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Kuwait Times

November 19, 2010

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Fast and the furious PAGES 4 & 5

Kuwait Airways plane seen at the tarmac

GM in record blockbuster IPO PAGE 19

Another emergency landing Second time in almost a week • Minister furious By A Saleh

Eva Longoria files for divorce from Tony Parker PAGE 55

Portugal rout WCup champ Spain 4-0 PAGE 64

KUWAIT: For the second time in almost a week, a Kuwait Airways (KAC) flight bound for Dhaka has had to return to Kuwait International Airport to make an emergency landing. Flight 283 bound, with 220 passengers on board, had to return to Kuwait yesterday around 47 minutes after takeoff after the pilot reported concerns over high air pressure in the cockpit, revealed a Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) official, noting that no casualties were reported on this occasion. The official explained that after taking off at 9:13 pm, the plane landed back at the airport at 10 pm, with emergency personnel being deployed at the scene, along with fire engines and 25 ambulances, as a precautionary measure. The DGCA source said that the pilot had decided to return to Kuwait airport after detecting high air pressure inside the cockpit. Last week, at least three passengers and crew members were seriously injured when a previous Dhaka-bound flight returned to the airport to make an emergency landing only fifteen minutes after takeoff. Meanwhile, a government insider said that the Minister of Communications and Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs, Dr Mohammed Al-Busairi, had expressed anger at the two emergency landings, demanding an immediate meeting with

KAC officials to evaluate the airline’s fleet’s maintenance performance and the reasons behind both incidents. The government insider explained that the government wants a full report on the conditions of KAC’s fleet to enable it to reach the right decisions. The insider added that Al-Busairi had also inquired about the availability of spare parts, maintenance operations, the number of maintenance engineers and their availability to do the necessary work on the airline’s fleet of planes. “Initial reports indicate that the KAC maintenance department wasn’t doing well,” said the insider, noting that many of KAC’s planes are too old and ought to be put out of service to avoid conducting very expensive maintenance operations that might cost almost as much as the price of a new fleet. The insider added that yesterday’s flight had been routinely approved for takeoff after the standard checks, despite the senior engineer having raised the subject of the cabin pressure, which indicates either an inaccurate examination of the plane or the occurrence of a contingent malfunction. “Another report will be written about this flight that, along with a previous one about the first flight, will be discussed on the cabinet meeting next Monday,” the government insider added. Meanwhile, MP Musallam AlBarrak told Al-Rai that the Popular Action Bloc (PAB) intends to file a

request to create two parliamentary committees to investigate last week’s KAC flight incident, as well as another incident in which His Highness the Amir’s plane reportedly only narrowly averted a mid-air collision with another KAC plane flying at the same altitude. In his statement, Al-Barrak refused to lay the blame on the pilot of the KAC plane involved in last week’s emergency landing, Nayef Al-Mutalqam, for the incident or to subject him to any investigation alongside other less skilled and experienced people. “It’s odd that while KAC was investigating the matter, KAC’s operations manager, his deputy and the training department manager go on private vacations...however, this is natural under a minister who holds nobody accountable for their mistakes and a government that punishes nobody”, said Al-Barrak, warning that a tragic air disaster could occur at any moment because of this deterioration of standards. Moreover, Al-Barrak asserted that the pilot Al-Mutalqam had refused to take off until passengers’ personal luggage in the aisles of the plane was removed. “What if the emergency landing was made with this luggage blocking the way?,” he asked, adding that the aisle emergency lights that usually direct passengers out of the plane when all engines are turned off were not on during the evacuation process last week. “Passengers had to push each other and step on others on

their way out of the plane in the dark’, he asserted, adding that on top of this problem, the first class exits malfunctioned leading passengers in that section to rush to the economy class exits, creating congestion, chaos and panic when people stampeded. On the subject of the emergency services’ reaction to the incident, AlBarrak said that ambulances had arrived 35 minutes late, adding that this delay had helped increase casualty numbers. “I urge the minister to reconsider his statements as he was misled by false information when he claimed that evacuation was done according to the highest standards and competently’, Al-Barrak said, reminding the minister that around 23 KAC pilots had filed a report two years ago warning that the planes they were flying had started suffering malfunctions before having to be put out of service to avoid air tragedies. On another KAC-related issue, meanwhile, informed sources said that the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) has made its final decision on providing limousine services for KAC passengers, extending the current provider’s contract until the end of next January at a total cost of KD70,000. The authority choose this method rather than accepting an extension of the firm’s contract up until next June, which would have cost KD130,000, and intends to open bidding for the contract again shortly.


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in my view Letting Palestine down... over and over again By Ni s reen Zahreddi ne


he subject I am about to raise here is not a new issue or a new angle on an old issue. It is just necessary to keep the public opinion aware of this fact, especially when people suffer from easy forgetfulness. It only comes with media storms and then turns to ashes that will inevitably only be moved again to start a new fire and drag the attention back once again. It is quite well known that Arab public opinion in general gets enthusiastic only periodically concerning issues that are of Arab human and regional concern. This concern rises with the media campaigns and then dissipates as the talk shows and the live broadcasts tail off. Naturally, however, the issue is still there, it had never stopped. In one case, the issue has been and is ongoing for more than 60 years. Palestinian suffering has not stopped for 62 years and counting, with ethnic cleansing and constant displacement ongoing, while Israeli settlements are constructed on the ruins of what were those citizens’ homes. The Gaza siege has now been ongoing for almost three years. At first, it gained a lot of sympathy among the Arab world and even the western world. As it continued, however, people outside Gaza began to live with and got used to the new fact and tried to adapt to it as if it were some kind of destiny and returned to their usual daily concerns. More recently, the issue of the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla saw the Arab street jumping again. Later, it seemed to be a new fashionable trend, with everyone wanting to be a national hero by exploiting the agony of those helpless people. Now, you find the word Gaza rarely in the media or even in everyday conversations or forums of public opinion. Kuwaiti public opinion naturally resembles the rest of Arab public opinion in this specific case. For a while, a few months back, we saw stories about the Kuwaiti citizens and officials attacked on the Freedom Flotilla heading to Gaza. Recently, however, the interest died down again and the subject, even the humanitarian aspect, fell from the public gaze, with Kuwait again turning its attention to domestic issues and leaving this one out. It is the same story over and over again; the Arab mind awakens to the horror and then returns to complacency, imagining that the story is ended and the world is going on again without any misery and human and national issues that need support and awareness in every generation. Here, I specifically refer to Palestine, which is the concern of every generation in the Arab world, the primary issue and the underlying inspiration in every fight for freedom.

KUWAIT: Many Muslims gathered at Salmiya Club on the first day of Eid-Al-Adha on Tuesday morning before the prayers. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Not fair enough A hair bleaching product made in Italy is used extensively by young women in Kuwait who aspire for fairer skin. Is beauty really that skin deep? By Nawara Fattahova


eople go to dangerous extremes when it comes to changing their skin color. Some spend countless hours in solarium studios getting tanned, while others obsess over fairer skin using Clorox, bleach hair products and what not that aims to lighten one’s skin. The latest fad among women is the use of hair bleaching products to lighten one’s face color. An investigation by this reporter proved that girls use these products without taking a doctor’s advice, “This may be very risky in some cases,” said a dermatologist. According to Dr Ashraf Abdel Kader, Professor of Plastic Surgery, MD Consultant at the Bushehri Clinic Center, such usage may cause serious skin damage. “These products may cause skin burns, scars, or discolored patches,” he said elaborating that many patients had visited him to cure these bad effects of their wrong use. “The correction then may be expensive and take a long time,” he warned. A salesman in a shop for hair and beauty products located in Salmiya, explained that a hair bleaching product made in Italy is used extensively by young women who want to get fairer skin. The 1 liter liquid bottle costs KD1 and must be mixed with the bleaching powder that comes in two colors depending on the desired degree of bleaching percentage. “Many customers come to buy this product,” he said. He emphasized that all the products in the shop are imported from Europe and “are of high quality.” According to

the salesman, these products are completely safe and approved by the Ministry of Health. “I have never received any complaints from customers who bought these products. The instructions are written very clearly on the package, and if the customer followed the instructions, they can’t be harmed,” he told the Friday Times. Doctors do not advice skin peeling or bleaching without the advice of a dermatologist. “The skin of the scalp is different from face skin, and such materials as the above mentioned bleachers may harm the skin, as the products used for hair that work on the scalp are much more concentrated than the products suitable for face,” added Dr Ashraf. Also, there is a difference in skin types and between the people in general. “The doctor knows the difference between the dry, oily, and combination skin to prescribe a suitable skin care regime. Such bleaching products contain glutafion, which works on the pigments under skin and stops its production, which then causes the lightening of the skin color. So I advise girls not to use such products. Also, the product that suits certain person may not necessary suit somebody else,” he further said. Dr Ashraf advised people, especially women not to perform skin peeling or bleaching at home or at beauty salons, as these ways are not professional and not safe. They should always choose to do such colorchanging procedures at a medical clinic to get the desired results, instead of acting upon unprofessional advice.


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When amateur butchers flourish! By Muna Al-Fuzai utchers play a pivotal role during the Eid Al-Adha holidays. The person slaughters animals, dresses the meat, and is licensed to practice the profession. In the run up to Eid Al-Adha however, many locals sacrifice animals themselves. Some Asians and Arabs are interested in slaughtering animals without holding any valid health certificates! Interestingly, the Ministry of Interior is aware of this illegal practice. Some were arrested and deported for violating residence permits laws. Such practices can be ended by repatriating wrongdoers. How did these amateur butchers think that without being properly authorized, they could end the lives of many animals in the least painful manner. They are living being too, and deserve respect. Some out of work people take religious holidays as an opportunity to display their unskilled work without facing objection from any quarter. I blame those individuals that hire such people and do not feel that that they were ignorant of their lack of professionalism! The amateur butchers often charge less and owing to the shortage in skilled butchers, the unemployed are game to perform any task that generates some quick money! I was glad to read that the Ministry of Interior took action on the matter. I also hope that swift action will be taken against illegal practices like begging during the holiday season.


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The dirty D word By Sawsan Kazak here is a word that is so misleading and deceptive it should be considered a curse word. This word builds up hope and high expectations only to disappoint and lead to despair. This dirty and hurtful word is DIET. This word is continuously used to sell books, products and food items to those wanting to lose weight. It is always billed as the miracle cure that will solve all your weight loss needs. These diets are usually unhealthy, contain weird foods and are impossible to follow in your everyday life. They


have funky names like the South Beach Diet, or the Super Slim Supermodel Diet, and are usually concocted by some personal trainer to the stars (not a dietician or nutritionist). These diet plans tell you to drink water for lunch and dried Texas cactus root for dinner. You have to eat raw tuna smoothies and inject yourself with pomegranate juice. Not only do the plans contain absurd ingredient combinations, they have a strange explanation for why it works: the enzymes in the grapefruit combine with the cup of olive oil to melt the fat in your body. These diets claim that you will lose 10 pounds in just 10 days, or some other strange calculation. The other absurdity is the belief that one diet can fit all body types.


The skyrocketing price of sheep By Khaled Al-Arafah id Al-Adha is here, and this Eid may become the reason behind ‘grilling’ the commerce minister due to the price hike in sheep, which Muslims sacrifice on this occasion. Despite what we have been hearing about livestock companies importing a large number of sheep to meet the demand, it can be noted that the Ministry of Commerce as well as the nation’s MPs are keeping silent although the price have risen dramatically in most markets and co-operative societies. It is indeed regretful that some MPs only react with a fiasco of loud statements when a crisis takes place, then ignore the entire issue a few days afterwards. Sheep prices are high due to the absence of supervision from the Commerce Ministry. In order to put an end to this uncontrollable price rise, the ministry must regulate prices instead of leaving it to the greedy, unsupervised workers and business owners that control prices. Last year prices reached KD180, which prompted people to opt for international Islamic charities to sacrifice a sheep in poorer countries. The minister toured the vegetable markets before the start of the month of Ramadan, and then the tours stopped. The minister should have continued to take rounds in markets to impose the supervisory role of his ministry over those who manipulate prices. I also call upon the minister to tour the sheep market to see with his own eyes the price madness, which has made market goers greatly worried. He must enforce law so that people can buy sheep. The reason behind the unjustified rise of prices is the absence of supervision. So all must move to bring sheep prices under control before they are infected with ‘Tomato Madness’ which we witnessed a few months ago. Anyone who goes to the market can tell you that there surely is no supervision from the commerce ministry over traders, especially since the government does not tax their income. However, consumers pay taxes in coffee shops and restaurants in the form of service fees. The question is how legal are those fees ranging from 10 to 15 percent? Is the consumer supposed to pay it or not? I present this question to the Commerce Ministry officials, who insist whenever they appear on the media that there are no taxes on services. Yet, the tax is levied, so what is the solution? Are we to launch a new restaurant boycott, and call it ‘Let your food spoil?’ Since we are talking about Eid, and malls are the only places families can visit during the holidays, as they are the only facilities available in the country, let us address the issue of the young hooligans who roam the malls on weekends. The reckless behavior of these youngsters has led to many people opt to avoid malls altogether rather than suffer from these people’s continuous harassment. We know that the Interior Ministry is doing its part in this, but we look for more presence in malls to avoid the breakout of fights and curb harassment. — Al-Anba


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And how annoying is it when you are out to dinner with friends and your friend says “I can’t eat that, I’m on a diet.” Then why did you even come out tonight? Just stay home and consume your three kilos of meat and half gallon of full fat milk alone. Being on something means you will eventually get off of it and go back to ‘normal’. By doing so you will inevitably gain all the weight back. Instead of pinning all your hopes and dreams on some strange diet the stars use to lose extra pounds before the Oscars, why don’t you take up some sort of physical activity and reduce your daily portions? That way you don’t get on or off something, you just add some positive activities to your life.

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By Nawara Fattahova

Kuwaiti youth are known for their love of driving fast and showing off on the roads. Many have participated in illegal car races organized by irresponsible individuals that have ended unfortunately. The most recent of these tragedies took place earlier this year when a few young Kuwaitis were killed, and others were injured, when a car participating in one of these street races spun out of control and into a crowd of spectators. Now there is the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Circuit on Sixth Ring Road in Farwaniya where those who love racing cars and those who love to show off their vehicles can participate in various activities every Friday evening. Other activities are held at the location as well. On Tuesdays, the location hosts autotest racing and on Saturdays ATV or motocross races. Both watching and participating is free of charge. The circuit is directed and managed by the Kuwait Motor Sports Club. Eid, a 23-year-old citizen, participates in the Freestyle competition almost every week and is happy he can show off his Nissan GT 300 1988. “I started driving when I was 17-years-old when I stole my father’s car. I showed it off around the neighborhood and in front of the school. When I turned 18 I started racing in Wafra, Waslat Al-Doha, and on Salmi Road,” Eid told the Friday Times. However, the result of these illegal races was not always good. “Once I hit a street lamp and totally damaged my car, thank God I wasn’t injured,” he added. “This is my hobby. Racing and showing off legally on the Jaber Circuit is much safer and my car won’t flip over. Also, there are firemen at the circuit that can extinguish a fire.” While participants don’t have to pay any

Friday, November 19, 2010 fees, participating does cost money. “For each event I have to pay between KD100 -150 for the tires and rims for each racing show. I bought my car for KD1,600 and paid about KD1,000 to equip it for the race,” Eid said. Sultan participates in the races with his 1979 Nissan Z. “I used to have a 1990 Mustang, it was my first car, before I bought the Nissan Z. I used to participate in the Wafra, Abdali and Doha Road races and I once flipped over my car when I hit the pavement. My main problem is the police officers who always stop me and take my driver’s license. They keep me from doing my best. At the racing circuit though I can do whatever I want and everything is available, even tire service,” Sultan said. Even though the race track is professionally monitored it still suffers from some shortages. “There is no water available here or any restrooms,” complained one of the spectators. “The seats are very bad and if it rains we can’t watch the races. There are no parking lots available and people have to park randomly in the desert.” The car races and shows are attended by people from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and several other places. Individuals don’t need to be members of the Kuwait Motor Sports Club to participate in an event. “The Club demands that participants follow certain safety measures,” noted Ayyad Al-Greishi, the circuit’s director and main organizer. He added that their vehicles must pass certain tests and that they always check the drivers to make sure they are fit to drive. Al-Greishi pointed out that drivers are expected to have helmets if they are participating in a race and that the club provides helmets to those who don’t have them. “Those who would like to participate in the show or race have to register at the Kuwait Motor Sports Club to get an ID free of charge,” Al-Greishi said. “They should have a valid driver’s license, photos and if the car they want to use is not registered in their name they must show authorization of the vehicle’s owner.” The racing season usually starts in September and ends in March. Some of the races featured at the circuit were started years ago while others, such as drifting, were just added to the club’s activities this year. Besides drifting, freestyle, autotest and several other kinds of races or competitions are held at the circuit. ATV, rally, motocross and drag races are also held at the circuit. The club also features kart racing in two categories; pro-kart and kart academy for kids. The circuit has plans to host autotest races for female participants as well.


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The Arabic Way: Learning ‘To Read from Right’ Language classes witness large turnout of students By Wendy Clayton


rabic is one of the very few languages that are written rightto-left using an alphabet consisting of 28 basic letters. What looks and sounds complicated to many non-Arabic speakers can be learnt relatively easily in the ‘To Read from Right’ - Arabic learning campaign run by the center for Computer and Management Studies (CAMS). CAMS has been in operation since 2002 and has re-launched Arabic courses via the ‘To Read from Right’ campaign aimed at helping non-Arabic speakers learn the language through a comprehensive and complete Arabic course. Nasim VP, Marketing and Operations Manager at CAMS said, “The CAMS Institute is run by the International Islamic Charity Organization by providing a number of courses to assist people and enhance their skills with the aim of increasing their job prospects. In the beginning, the center focused mainly on people who were employed as drivers and maids. These people have little to no education and our goal was to impart skills to them that they normally wouldn’t have a chance to gain elsewhere.” Most of the courses run by CAMS are provided free of charge, a facility made possible with support from the Ministry of Awqaf and aid from other Non-Government Organizations (NGOs). The center provides courses in Web Designing, Graphic Design, Auto CAD, 3D Studio Max, Primavera Project Management, Computerized Accounting, Hardware and Networking and various computer courses including the Arabic language course. The Arabic language courses have been divided into three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The beginner’s level comprises four sub-levels that run for 32 hours each. Students attend classes once a week for two hours. Each language class comprises of approximately 15 students. The CAMS also provides special ‘ladies only’ classes run by a female instructor upon request. “Our courses are very popular. We have five or six new batches starting every month,” said Nasim. “We even run classes on a Friday, which are extremely popular.” Language instructors use a variety of visual, audio and practical methods to impart their vast teaching experience to students. Also, students are provided with work books and CDs for the appropriate level, “We have an excellent group of teachers with years of experience. Some have been teaching for 10 to 20 years. All are fluent in English too,” explains Nasim. “In the class room, students begin with the Arabic alphabet and basic vocabulary before moving on to Arabic conversation. With each level, the student’s skills improve, and by the end of level 3 and 4, students are very capable of speaking basic Arabic.” At the end of each level, students are tested and are awarded a certificate of achievement, “As an added practice, we offer students completing each level with an opportunity to go outside into the community with the teacher and practice their new skills. We organize excursions for interested students to the market for example, where the teacher will assist students by asking

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CAMS classroom. questions and answering queries,” says Nasim. “We are with our students every step of the way.” CAMS is now branching out into the corporate sector by offering in-house

Spoken Business Arabic courses. All corporate classes are run based on a fee. A CAMS instructor assesses each company and the student’s current level of Arabic knowledge, before

tailoring a program to suit the needs of the company. “We aim to provide our students with the best possible training available to assist them in reaching their goals. We welcome all students

from all nationalities and levels of education,” added Nasim. For more information on courses provided by CAMS contact the CAMS helpline 94066954.

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Arab sports delegations praise Kuwaiti facilities in Guangzhou 10,000-plus Arab visitors travel to Guangzhou annually GUANGZHOU: The Arab sports teams taking part in the 16th Asian Games hailed the facilities and services provided in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, said Daif AlNabhan Al-Shemmari, the Vice Consul General of Kuwait. Al-Shemmari told KUNA that the consulate had taken the lead in caring for the members of the Arab teams taking part in the Asian tournament as a demonstration of Kuwait’s eagerness to take responsibility to meet its Arab brothers’ needs, since it is the only Arab state with a consulate in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. He added that the Kuwaiti consulate is providing these services and facilities at the instructions of the Kuwaiti political leadership and in implementation of the strategy adopted by the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry and the recommendations of Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and Khaled Al-Jarallah, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary. The aforementioned recommendations

aim to facilitate Arab travelers’ visits to Guangzhou whether for the purposes of tourism, recreation, work or as part of sports-related or other missions, he explained. The Kuwaiti diplomat pointed out that the number of Arab visitors visiting the Chinese city annually for various purposes currently exceeds 10,000, explaining that the Kuwaiti General Consulate there carries out all the necessary procedures in line with international laws and internationallyacknowledged diplomatic norms. On the services that the consulate offers to the Arab athletes participating in the tournament, he said that these include a manual in Arabic listing all the necessary instructions for travelers and special information on landmarks in Guangzhou and other neighboring Chinese cities. The manual also contains the addresses of the most important mosques in Guangzhou and the names of Arab hotels and restaurants in the city and in the nearby city of Shenzhen, as well as a telephone

directory covering emergency services and hospitals which have Arabic and English-speaking staff. It also provides information about the most important retail and wholesale markets in Guangzhou and nearby cities, along with the shopping malls, tourist sites, a list of the names and phone numbers of Arab airlines operating in the city and a prayer schedule covering the months of October, November and December this year. The members of the participating Arab sports teams expressed their appreciation of the Kuwaiti initiative in distributing 1,000 copies of the manual to all the team heads. Guangzhou is the capital city and the political, economic and cultural hub of the Chinese province of Guangdong, the southern gateway from China to the outside world. The province covers an area of 7,434 sq km and has a population exceeding 10 million. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) went beyond 900 billion yuan ($100 billion) in 2009. — KUNA

Daif Al-Nabhan Al-Shemmari, Vice Consul General of Kuwait


Brother attempts to kill own sister By Hanan Al -S aadoun KUWAIT: A 37-year-old female citizen was rushed to Mubarak hospital for treatment after her own brother stabbed her in an attempt to kill her over some domestic disputes. The woman is still in an unstable condition.

Officials discuss Ahmadi gas leak By A Sal eh KUWAIT: An emergency meeting of senior ministry officials was held yesterday to discuss the Ahmadi gas leak problem. The defense minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, led the discussions, focusing on ways to resolve the problem and avoid possible consequences that could endanger inhabitants’ health.

It was recommended during the meeting that the concerned officials conduct a field tour to learn more about the issue. The senior ministry figures are intent on pursuing all possible measures to safeguard the residents, including evacuation to alternative accommodation if necessary. “This issue is a top government priority and foreign experts will be consulted if needed,” said one of the officials present at the meeting.

Fatal hit-and-run A female expatriate died after being knocked down by a hit-and-run driver on Gulf Road while crossing the street. A hunt is underway for the driver of the vehicle. Deportee dies An Egyptian man in his sixties who was being held in Talha Prison prior to deportation was found dead in his cell during morning roll call by fellow inmates. Initial medical reports indicate that the man died of a heart attack. An investigation is underway into the death. Child abuser detained A 39-year-old Egyptian janitor has been arrested on charges of abducting and sexually harassing the five-year-old daughter of tenants at the apartment block in Hawally where he worked. The girl’s father, also Egyptian, filed a complaint against the concierge, accusing him of dragging the little girl into the room and touching her genitals. The accused man remains in custody and an investigation is underway. Dealer busted General Department for Drugs Control (GDDC) officers recently arrested an Iranian painter and decorator for drug-dealing. After receiving a tip-off about the man’s activities, he was caught redhanded in a sting operation as he sold undercover officers 150 grams of heroin. During questioning, he admitted that he had brought the drugs from his home country two months ago. The man is being held in custody pending trial.

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior’s Assistant Undersecretary for Border Security Affairs, Major General Abdullah Yousif Al-Muhanna took stock of airport security arrangements on Wednesday. The tour was conducted to check the airport’s readiness and competency to tackle adverse situations.

Illegal butchers raided Police launched a series of raids across Kuwait on Eid morning on illegally operated butchers’ facilities, arresting dozens of Arab and Asian

KUWAIT: The Iranian painter and decorator who was arrested by General Department for Drugs Control (GDDC) officers recently is pictured. expatriates working there. The detainees may face deportation for violating the terms of their residency visas and for working illegally. Blaze Firemen rushed to the scene after a blaze broke out in the basement of a building in Farwaniya overlooking Ghazali Road, evacuating the building and quickly putting out the fire, with no casualties reported.


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KUWAIT: (Left) HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is received at the gate of the Grand Mosque’s VIP Reception Hall by Awqaf Minister Rashid Al-Hammad. (Right) HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah along with HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber are pictured with other high-ranking officials in the Reception Hall. — KUNA

RDB to revise education minister grilling motion By A Saleh KUWAIT: The Reform and Development Bloc (RDB) is reportedly set to revise the grilling motion it intends to submit against Kuwait’s education minister Dr Moudhi AlHumoud. The move comes after the bloc received information from a Ministry of Education (MoE) employee who is also a member of the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) explaining that Al-Humoud has already resolved a number of the financial and administrative problems cited in the first draft of the motion.

Spain wants Kuwait’s help The RDB insider said that the education ministry employee, who was previously also a member of the Kuwait Teachers’ Society (KTS) had informed the RDB that the minister had already referred a number of the issues raised in the first draft of its grilling motion to the Public Prosecutor and had ordered investigations into other allegations which turned out to be baseless. On the subject of mould found in some school meals provided to local

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The candid camera era By Dr Khaled Al-Qahas


n the world-famous candid camera shows, ordinary people like us are caught in awkward or embarrassing situations while their reactions are exposed before the actors. They point toward hidden cameras and say ‘Smile... you’re on candid camera!” Mine, as well as viewers’ best government candid camera moment here in Kuwait is about sports. Though simple and obvious and can be solved while sipping a cup of coffee, just like George Bernard Shaw once said, we are witnessing hilarious complications and impediments that take us back to square zero on a daily basis. Is it possible that Kuwait can take part in the Asian Olympic games bearing the Olympic flag? Wouldn’t it have been far better if we refrained from taking part in the games until this problem was settled in order to avoid setting historic examples? It is our country’s reputation after all, or is this the least of our concerns? Nobody appears to want this problem to end. We expected to see a senior official from the Ministry of Social Affairs or the Public Authority for Youth and Sports to come out and ask us to say ‘Smile... you’re on

candid camera!’ Another funny episode is that of the expired meat issue, according to initial investigations, is a dated one that has recurred because the company owner managed to escape the law many times. He began craving to create Haram and unlawful profits. Have we gone as far as to distribute inedible meat in Kuwait? It is an irony when seeking to make lawful ‘halal’ profits becomes harder than easy money. Quick cash is much easier to mint with the help of many corrupt people and officials. I still cannot believe that expired meat is openly sold in Kuwait! This discussion would be incomplete without a discussion on the country’s corrupt media. Some people want us to buy expired meat while others want us to embrace ‘foul’ ideologies, believe partisan news, watch fake programs and read fake news. Corrupt media prevails in Kuwait; indecent language is dominant, corrupt ideas, filthy idioms and unethical practices are taking over. The ‘good guys’ are giving way and giving up. This cannot be real. It must be one of the those candid camera episodes, and we are stilling waiting for someone to shout out, ‘ are on candid camera!” — Al-Watan

primary schools, the RDB discovered that, contrary to popular gossip which suggested it had been widespread, it had actually been discovered in only six meals and the ministry had taken the appropriate action against the catering firm responsible. The RDB insider said that members of the bloc would meet in a few days’ time to revise the grilling motion and remove some of the points raised in order to avoid weakening it and thus empowering the minister during the

interpellation. The insider added that a special team consisting of current and former MoE staff is working on preparing the motion. Meanwhile, during his state visit to Kuwait last week, the Spanish monarch, King Juan Carlos, reportedly asked Kuwait to economically support his country so that it can avoid facing monetary problems similar to those which affected Greece a few months ago. Informed sources said that King Carlos had expressed a wish that

Kuwait would increase its investments and projects in Spain, adding that the king voiced similar request to other GCC states he visited on his tour. The insider stressed that Kuwait is keen to further strengthen its relations with Spain, emphasizing that its investments there are focused on utilizing the best opportunities since Spain is one of the best investment havens. The insider also noted that a list of potential projects had been submitted to the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry for discussion with officials from the Spanish Embassy in Kuwait.

Senior MoI officer visits coastguards base for Eid KUWAIT: To mark the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, a senior Ministry of Interior (MoI) official visited the Coastguards Directorate Headquarters at the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Marine Base. During his visit, Major General Sheikh Mohammad Al-Yousef Al-Sabah, the MoI Assistant Undersecretary for Border Security Affairs, met with Coastguards Director, Major General Abdullah Bin Naji. Maj Gen Sheikh Mohammad thanked the coastguards for their efforts and conveyed the interior minister’s best wishes to them.

KUWAIT: (Top) Major General Sheikh Mohammad Al-Yousef Al-Sabah, the MoI Assistant Undersecretary for Border Security Affairs, visits Coastguards Directorate Headquarters at the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Marine Base to commemorate Eid Al-Adha. (Left) The entire team pose for a picture.


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Saudi faces daunting task of post-Hajj cleaning job 2.8 million pilgrims perform Hajj this year MINA: As the Ha jj pilgrima ge nea rs its end, Sa udi authorities in Makkah fa ce the daunting ta sk of cleaning up after pilgrims w ho have turned the streets of Muslim holy sites into a garbage dump. During the short Hajj season, it has become almost impossible to w alk in the streets of the tent city of Mina, outside Makkah, w ithout a mask due to an overw helming stench w hich ha s

perva ded every open space. Islamic tea ching stresses clea nliness, w ith Muslims ta ught from a n early age that “cleanliness is half of faith”. But a s male pilgrims performed the rite of shaving hea ds on Tuesday, the streets of Mina and the neighborhood of the Grand Mosque in Makkah w ere strew n w ith hair and used ra zors.

MAKKAH: Muslim pilgrims leave from Mina valley on November 17, 2010 after they cast pebbles at pillars for the ‘Jamarat’ ritual, the symbolic stoning of Satan, as 2.8 million devotees launched into the final rituals of the Hajj. — AFP

Embargoes won’t scare Iran, says Ahmadinejad BAKU: Iranian President Mahmoud said yestreday that embargoes are ineffective and the West should drop its aggressive approach if talks on Tehran’s nuclear program are to be successful. Ahmadinejad said at a Caspian Sea summit in Azerbaijan that Iran is ready to return to six-party talks on its atomic energy program, which the West suspects may be directed at creating nuclear weapons. Iran denies that, saying it is for energy purposes. Talks between Iran and world powers Russia, the US, Britain, France, China and Germany are expected to restart Dec 5, but a venue is still to be determined. Ahmadinejad suggested Istanbul, while the West wants Geneva. ‘If they want their negotiations to be successful, they must reject their exploitative approach. If they take the side of justice, then we could reach certain results, and could cooperate on world issues,’ he said.

‘But, if they want to talk to us using old methods, then they must know that the results of negotiations will remain the same. Iran has chosen its own path.’ He added: ‘Iran won’t be scared by embargoes.’ Iran is the subject of multiple US and UN sanctions, including weapons and other trade restrictions. Last week, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the latest international sanctions are hitting Iran harder than that country’s ruling regime had expected, and they should be allowed more time. He also said although military action against Iran remains an option, the threat of force is not the only way to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb. On another issue, Iran has enraged human rights activists by sentencing a woman suspected of adultery to death by stoning. Ahmadinejad defended the prosecution of 43-yearold lawyer Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani,

whose case is being reviewed by the country’s supreme court. She faces the prospect of death by other means if the stoning sentence is revoked. The US and the EU have urged a stay of execution. ‘Why is it that in America they execute people and no one says a thing?’ Ahmadinejad said. ‘In America it is considered a defense of human rights, and in Azerbaijan or Iran it is a violation of human rights,’ he said. Ahmadinejad was silent on the case of two German journalists who were arrested last month on suspicion of spying while interviewing Ashtiani. Reporters Without Borders called for the immediate release of the two men, reporters on assignment from the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper. The Iranian government has said the pair admitted entering Iran on tourist visas instead of on the journalist visas that foreign reporters must have to work. — AP

The mess appeared to be mostly the work of “unauthorized” pilgrims, without the official permits, who flooded the valley. Some 2.8 million pilgrims are estimated to have taken part in this year’s Hajj, almost 800,000 more than expected based on the number of permits issued, according to Saudi authorities. Those pilgrims with no places reserved in equipped camps or hotel rooms in Makkah have squatted on pavements, under bridges and on rocky terraces. And where police turned a blind eye, they camped in the street. Colorful bedsheets and blankets were stretched between walls and lamp-posts for shade. Those who were better prepared erected beach tents. Many of the illegal pilgrims, who flouted the strict rule of “No permit, No Hajj,” were foreigners who live in Saudi Arabia, although some were Saudi nationals. “I work in Makkah, so I decided to perform the Hajj,” said an Egyptian who declined to give his name as he sat on a mat spread under the elevated track of the new Mashair Railway. These pilgrims, many of them in families with young children, ate and drank in the same place. As their litter grew around them, some admitted that they were at fault. “We are the reason behind this mess,” said Adnan Naji, 26, sitting with two fellow Egyptians on a straw mat on the road in Mina, while trash flowed out of a bin three meters (yards) away. He explained that some people could not afford to pay for a legal Hajj through a licensed group that would charge for decent accommodation, so they “sacrifice for Hajj.” The small mat they shared was clearly not enough to seat three of them. Their legs were stretched on the dirty tarmac, not far from a stream of stinking water flowing on the road surface. But their partner on the mat, Nada Qassem, 35, said the surroundings did not shock him as his situation back home was not much different. “My standard of living is not high so I am not shocked by this,” said Qassem, who came from Egypt to work as a bus driver during the Hajj, a chance to do the pilgrimage for free. “Most of us do not have the means to pay for Hajj,” he said. —AFP

TEHRAN: An unidentified Iranian female patient lies for her heart scan at the Shariati hospital. — AP

Nuke standoff may hurt Iran’s cancer patients TEHRAN: The human impact from the wrangling between Iran and the West over its nuclear program could fall first in nuclear medicine clinics around the country, where hundreds of cancer patients a week get treatment with radioactive isotopes. Iran says fuel for the Tehran research reactor that produces the isotopes will run out in September next year, leaving it without the materials needed to diagnose and treat some 850,000 cancer patients across the country. A deal for the West to provide fuel for the reactor has all but fallen apart in the deadlock over Iran’s broader nuclear program, and Iran’s drive to produce the fuel on its own has brought condemnation from the US and Europe. They fear the program could boost what they contend is the secret goal of Iran’s nuclear ambitions: to produce a bomb. Iran denies the claim, saying its program is only for peaceful purposes and has touted the need for medical isotopes to justify its program. Negotiators from Iran and the United States and its allies are expected to meet soon likely late this month or early next - in their first direct nuclear talks in more than a year. A deal to provide Iran with fuel for the research reactor may be on the agenda but US officials have already expressed pessimism that one can be reached. At the nuclear medicine ward in Tehran’s Shariati Hospital, Ghodratollah Ghalavand fears the standoff could eventually leave him without his lifeline. Every week, he comes in for treatment of his thyroid cancer with iodine-131 isotopes produced by the reactor. “I’m not familiar with politics. I’m a rural person. I only know that not giving fuel is wrong. It will endanger my life. Humanitarian issues are different from politics,” said Ghalavand, a man in his 50s from a village in southwest Iran. The Tehran reactor is fueled by rods made from uranium that has been enriched to a level of 20 percent. It has been running on fuel rods that Iran imported

from Argentina more than a decade ago to produce medical isotopes like iodine-131, used to treat thyroid cancer. Iran imports some ready-made isotopes, but it has faced greater restrictions under UN sanctions and has to pay higher prices to get them. Sanctions do not directly ban the sale to Iran of medical equipment, but they make foreign producers more reluctant to provide it, and those who will sell it do so at inflated prices. “We are paying twice the value of this product to import it from Turkey,” said Mohammad Reza Ramezani, an official at Shariati Hospital, pointing to a cargo of technetium-99, the most common radioisotope used in diagnosis, that arrived from Turkey at day earlier. Uranium enrichment lies at the heart of Iran’s dispute with the West. Low-enriched uranium - at around 3.5 percent - can be used to fuel a reactor to generate electricity, which Iran says is the intention of its program. But if uranium is further enriched to around 90 percent purity, it can be used to develop a nuclear warhead. Iran has been producing low-enriched uranium for several years, but the United Nations has demanded that it stop enrichment for fear it will be increased to weapons-grade. The UN has imposed four rounds of financial sanctions on Iran for refusing the demands. Last year, the United States proposed a UN-backed deal that it hoped would provide a confidence building measure and leave Iran at least temporarily unable to produce a bomb. It proposed that Iran ship abroad most of its stocks of low-enriched uranium, which would be further purified to 20 percent and turned into fuel rods, which would then be sent back to Iran to power the Tehran medical reactor. Doing so would leave Tehran’s stocks too low to produce enough high-enriched uranium for a bomb. But Iran balked, arguing that the deal did not provide enough guarantees the West would follow through with the fuel rods. It proposed modifications that the West rejected. —AP


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Indonesian minister heads to Saudi over maid torture Amnesty Int’l appeals to Gulf states to protect workers

JABALIA: The sister of Palestinian Islam Yassin cries during his funeral yesterday. Islam and his brother Mohammed were killed the previous evening by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. —AFP

Israel okays pullout from Lebanon border village JERUSALEM: Israel’s security cabinet approved plans on Wednesday to withdraw troops from part of a disputed village on the Lebanese border and hand over control to a UN peacekeeping force, officials said. “The ministerial committee on security decided today to accept the principle of a proposal by the United Nations and UNIFIL to withdraw IDF (Israel Defense Force) forces from the northern part of the village,” cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser said in a statement. The move will see Israel pulling its troops out of the northern part of Ghajar village and redeploying south of the UN “blue line” demarcating the border, he said. No date was mentioned but Washington welcomed the announcement and urged all sides to move ahead quickly. “The United States encourages Israel and the UN to complete the technical details necessary to implement this proposal rapidly and thereby protect the rights of the affected civilians,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. The peacekeeping force UNIFIL ruled that north Ghajar lies in Lebanon and the rest lies in the Israelioccupied Golan Heights, but Israel took over the Lebanese side too during its devastating 2006 war with Shiite militant group Hezbollah. Following the pullback decision, responsibility for the sector will be handed to UNIFIL (the UN Interim Force in Lebanon), whose troops will redeploy around the village’s northern perimeter but not inside it, officials said. A UNIFIL spokesman confirmed that the head of the Israeli foreign ministry had personally informed force commander Major General Alberto Asarta Cuevas of the security cabinet’s decision. “We are awaiting formal notification in order to get more details. It is also important to have a date for the IDF withdrawal from the area,” Neeraj Singh told AFP in Beirut. Details of the withdrawal are to be hammered out by

the foreign ministry and UNIFIL, and will need further security cabinet approval before being implemented. UNIFIL has been pressing Israel to withdraw from north Ghajar in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. “In taking these steps, Israel demonstrates its continued commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1701,” the cabinet secretary said. The village, which has around 2,200 residents, lies on the borders of Lebanon, Syria and the Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in 1981 in a move not recognised by the international community. Most of the residents took Israeli citizenship after the annexation, and now hold dual Israeli and Syrian citizenship. The vast majority are against repartitioning the village, which would leave 1,700 people in the north and 500 on the Israeli side. Practically speaking, the withdrawal will have little demonstrable effect on the ground, with residents unlikely to see their village physically divided, foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said. “It means there will be no IDF troops or any police or other Israeli security forces in the northern part of the village as UNIFIL has declared that area to be under Lebanese security,” he told AFP. Residents would still have no access to Lebanon, and the main change would be that those living in the north would have to go south to access Israeli-provided services. An AFP correspondent on the Lebanese side of the border said the cabinet decision was not well received, with angry villagers calling through loudhailers for protests against the move. Israel’s plans to withdraw from the village were first confirmed in New York last week at talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon. —AFP

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s women’s affairs minister will fly to Saudi Arabia today to check on the investigation into the brutal torture of an Indonesian maid, the foreign minister said. Linda Agum Gumelar will lead an interministerial team to ensure justice for Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, whose shocking injuries highlighted the abuse of female migrant workers in the Middle East. “As ordered by the president (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono), justice must be upheld,” foreign ministry spokesman Michael Tene told AFP. Gumelar will visit Sumiati in a hospital in the Saudi city of Medina where she has been recuperating since November 8 from injures including deep cuts to her lips and face allegedly inflicted with scissors. Amnesty International appealed to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states on Wednesday to do more to protect migrant domestic workers in the oil-rich kingdom. The London-based human rights watchdog said the maid’s treatment, which Yudhoyono on Tuesday described as “extraordinary torture,” symbolised the plight of foreign workers in the region.”Women who go to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to be domestic workers face abuse and exploitation,” the watchdog’s Middle East and North Africa director, Malcolm Smart, said. “At the root of the problem is the failure of the governments of the Gulf states to uphold the rights of women migrant domestic workers. “Workers from countries like Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka underpin the Gulf states’ economies-it is high time that they got a fair deal,” he said. Indonesia summoned Saudi ambassador Abdulrahman Alkhayat on Monday to express its deep concern. The envoy yesterday said what happened to Sumiati was “barbaric”. He said no arrests had been made as a result of the ongoing investigation, and rejected suggestions that such abuse was all-too common in his country, saying he would “pray to God” to prevent similar abuses in future. “We haven’t made any arrest and we have to wait for the result of the investigation,” he told a news conference in Jakarta. “There are more than one million Indonesian workers in Saudi. What happened to Sumiati is a very rare occurrence and we pray to God that this won’t happen again.” —AFP

JAKARTA: Indonesian Minister of Labor and Transmigration Muhaimin Iskandar (right) shakes hands with Saudi Arabian Ambassador for Indonesia Abdulrahman Alkhayat before a meeting over Indonesian migrant domestic worker, Sumiati binti Salan Mustapa yesterday. —AFP

Saudi king names son national guard chief RIYADH: Saudi King Abdullah named his son Prince Mitaeb bin Abdullah a member of the council of ministers and head of the national guard on Wednesday, the kingdom’s second army commanded from the palace. In the announcement carried by the official SPA news agency, the king also accepted the resignation “for health reasons” of his brother Prince Badr bin Abdul Aziz as deputy head of the national guard. The announcement suggested, without saying so explicitly, that as the new guard chief Mitaeb would be replacing King Abdullah, 86, who has been head of the national guard since 1962. Sandhurst-educated Mitaeb, 57, has

been with the national guard for many years and was named deputy commander in June 2009. The national guard is a fully trained army of between 100,000 and 120,000 men that operates in parallel, and as a palacedirected counter-balance, to the Saudi ground forces under the defense ministry. It has been boosting its capabilities with the addition of light armored vehicles and a plan to develop its own air wing. A large number of the 178 attack and transport helicopters included in a 30 to 60 billion dollar arms deal with the United States announced in October are destined for the national guard, according to Saudi and US officials. —AFP

Iraq prez fights Tariq Aziz’s death sentence BAGHDAD: Iraq’s president has declared that he will not sign off on the hanging of Tariq Aziz, joining the Vatican and others in objecting to the death sentence for a man who for years was the international face of Saddam Hussein’s regime. President Jalal Talabani’s statement Wednesday sets up a showdown between those seeking maximum punishment for key figures of the ousted regime and groups calling for reconciliation after years of fierce sectarian conflict

unleashed by the 2003 USled invasion. “I feel compassion for Tariq Aziz because he is a Christian, an Iraqi Christian,” Talabani, a Kurd, told France’s 24 TV. “In addition, he is an elderly man - aged over 70 _ and this is why I will never sign this order.” However, Talabani’s opposition does not necessarily mean Aziz, 74, will escape the noose. Aziz was sentenced in October for his alleged role in a campaign of persecuting, killing and torturing members of Shiite

opposition and religious parties that now dominate Iraq. The Iraqi constitution says death sentences must be ratified by the president before they can be carried out. But there are mechanisms to bypass the president - such as an act of parliament or the approval of one of Talabani’s deputies. Justice Ministry spokesman Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar told The Associated Press that death penalties can be carried out regardless of the president’s refusal to sign an execution order. —AP


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Nigerian military releases 19 hostages in oil region Release a boost for President Goodluck Jonathan PORT HARCOURT: Nigeria’s military has freed 19 hostages in the country’s main oil-producing region, including America ns, French, Indonesian and Canadian nationals taken in raids on oil installations. The hostages freed in the operation were presented to journalists yesterday, some still in their work suits, with the military saying they had been rescued from a

militant camp. They appeared in good health. “These gentlemen were recovered from Obese Camp in Rivers state,” said Major General Charles Omoregie. The rescue operation Wednesday came after a series of kidnappings in the turbulent Niger Delta, the heart of one of the world’s largest oil industries, and after the military threatened action to clear out militant camps.

LONDON: The front pages of British national newspapers showing images of Britain’s Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton. — AFP

Prince William’s wedding to fit austere times in Britain ‘Joining royal family a daunting task’: Middleton LONDON: Britain’s Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton will tone down some of the usual pomp and ceremony when they wed next year in line with the country’s mood of austerity, palace officials said Wednesday. William, the eldest son of the late princess Diana and heir-to-thethrone Prince Charles, will marry his long-term girlfriend in London after an eight-year romance but the venue has yet to be chosen. The couple, both 28, began Wednesday to work out the details of the event with an eye on the public mood as Britain struggles with deep cuts in public spending designed to slash a massive budget deficit. St James’s Palace, William’s offices, said the couple had spent the morning in meetings with household staff about the wedding. “All options are on the table and they’ve given us clear direction in terms of dates and venues,” a spokesman said. Staff will now take their thoughts to senior royals such as Queen Elizabeth II and Charles, the government and the Middleton family. “We will give them the results of that consultation so they are in a position to make a decision,” he said. “They want the day to be as enjoyable as possible, and they are mindful of the economic situation,” he added, a reference to the government’s major austerity drive. The couple, sweethearts since their university days, got engaged last month during a holiday in Kenya. William presented his fiancee with Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring in a proposal that Kate described as “very romantic.”

Charles said he was “thrilled” and quipped the couple had been “practising long enough”, but William said he waited so long before popping the question to ensure that Kate knew what she was getting into by marrying him. “I wanted to give her a chance to see in and to back out if she needed to before it all got too much,” William said in a joint TV interview Tuesday. Earlier, Kate told reporters at St James’s Palace that joining the royal family was “quite a daunting prospect but hopefully I’ll take it in my stride.” The St James’s Palace spokesman said the prince and his fiancee were still buzzing after their announcement. “They are still very much on cloud nine and are still enjoying the happy moment,” he said. “They are enjoying talking to friends and family and enjoying one another’s company and showing their commitment to each other publicly.” Royal officials say the couple want to be very hands-on in planning their wedding and their first decision will be on the venue, with commentators tipping Westminster Abbey or the more modest military Guards Chapel. Charles Kidd, an expert on the aristocracy, told AFP a smaller wedding would also reflect “the sort of character that Prince William and Kate Middleton have-they would probably prefer a slightly more modest affair.” Nonetheless, Westminster Abbey, where Britain’s monarchs are crowned, is the bookmakers’ favorite for the venue, closely followed by St Paul’s Cathedral, where Charles and Diana married.—AFP

Recent attacks had signaled a new round of abductions in the region after an amnesty program offered last year was credited with greatly reducing unrest there. Security sources had earlier confirmed the 19 hostages had been freed. Those released included two French, two Americans, two Indonesians, a Canadian and Nigerians, security sources said. The victims were all taken hostage in recent raids on facilities in the country’s Niger Delta. France’s foreign minister had earlier confirmed that the two French nationals were freed. Canada’s Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon also welcomed the news. Nigeria’s main militant group MEND had claimed responsibility for kidnapping 14 of the hostages. Those released were believed taken in three separate incidents. The military had at the weekend warned of action in the Niger Delta and urged residents living near militant camps to clear out. Eight of the hostages were believed taken in an attack this week on an ExxonMobil facility, while seven others were kidnapped last week in a raid on a support vessel and Transocean oil rig overseen by Afren. The remaining four were believed to be employees for Julius Berger taken in another incident, the sources said. There was no immediate indication of whether ransoms were paid. Last week, three French workers for maritime services firm Bourbon seized from an oil industry supply vessel in September were also freed. They were kidnapped when armed pirates in several speedboats attacked their 2,000tonne vessel off Nigeria. MENDthe Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Deltahas claimed scores of attacks in the Niger Delta. In a statement on Tuesday, it warned of a “major operation” and claimed one of its camps had come under military fire on Monday. Nigerian authorities had at the time confirmed operations were underway to hunt down kidnappers, but provided few details. Unrest in the Niger Delta before the government offered an amnesty deal to militants last year had slashed production in one of the world’s largest oil exporters. The amnesty was credited with greatly reducing unrest in the region and oil production has rebounded to an estimated 2.2 million barrels per day, but there has been a new round of attacks in recent months. Many observers say the amnesty has failed to address underlying issues of poverty and unemployment in the Niger Delta. Militant leaders given stipends in exchange for turning in their weapons would eventually be replaced by others, they warned.—AFP

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What if airport screeners checked your square root? WASHINGTON: What if airport screeners looked at would-be passengers and instead of assessing the color of their skin, asked: “What’s the square root of your likelihood of being a terrorist?” Such is the world imagined by an American computer scientist who argues that racial profiling to root out potential terrorists is actually less effective than random searches, but says some simple math could offer a better solution. “When you have any profiling at all, it quickly becomes less effective than random sampling,” said University of Texas professor William Press, whose paper appears Wednesday in the journal Significance, a publication of Britain’s Royal Statistical Society. Profiling does not work because “you end up screening the same innocent people over and over again, just because they happen to be in a profiled group,” Press said. Previous studies have shown that any apparent rise in success due to racial profiling is actually due to increased levels of law enforcement. More police focusing on one group will catch more criminals since fewer police and resources are focused on other groups. “It is simply better to do uniform random sampling, which means everyone who shows up at the airport should have the same chance of being screened in the same way,” said Press, who has written on the

topic before for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But he has come up with an idea that just might be even better. “It is this thing called square root sampling,” he told AFP. That way, screeners would approach a given group deemed to be, say 100 times more likely to be harmful, and then check them the square root of that number, or 10 times, more often. “That actually would be better than uniform (random) sampling. The trouble is there is no good way to do that.” Press teaches university-level statistics and uses the example for his students, who do not argue with his mathematical formulas but do puzzle over practical ways to solve the problem in real life. “One could imagine a system in which people’s risk factors are evaluated and as you show up in airport you know, in some computerized automatic way the computer flashes either red or green and does this square root business which would be some form of optimal profiling,” he said. “But I don’t know anyone who actually thinks you could make such a system work.” And when it comes to the latest controversy roiling US airport travelerssystems that can peer through clothing and show bodily detailsPress has just one hope in mind for any new screening technology. “That it not slow down the lines,” he said. — AFP

Madagascar mutineers in talks with regime ANTANANARIVO: Madagascar troops who staged a mutiny and claimed to have seized power on the island were yesterday holed up in their barracks negotiating with the regime, a military source said. “If the negotiations fail the regime is going to take a much tougher stance. There won’t be any en masse pardon. Orders have been given,” the source said, asking not to be identified. Negotiations were taking place a day after General Noel Rakotonandrasana, a former armed forces minister who played a key role in the March 2009 army-backed coup that brought Andry Rajoelina to power, declared that government institutions had been suspended and a military council was in charge. There were no signs of a military presence or unusual activity in the capital Thursday with traffic on the streets and shops open for business as normal. The mutineers do not number more than 20, Prime Minister Camille Vital told AFP. Rajoelina, speaking Wednesday evening insisted that “the government will assume its responsibilities and consequently take action.” The mutiny took place on a public holiday as residents voted in a referendum on a new constitution organized by Rajoelina. In the capital Antananarivo those who took part in the referendum

voted overwhelmingly in favor of the new law, according to provisional results announced yesterday by the electoral agency, but turnout was only 40 percent. The yes vote is likely to dominate everywhere as the opposition parties, led by the island’s three former presidents Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka et Albert Zafy have called for a boycott rather than a no vote. Despite the call by the mutineers “overall everything went off normally” during polling, Gisele Dama Ranampy, a member of the electoral agency, told AFP. “There were a few small problems on the voter lists ... and the authorities, when they saw all the people who wanted to vote, decided to extend the opening hours of the polling stations to 6:00 pm,” she said. Polling stations had been supposed to close at 4:00 pm local time (1300 GMT). The referendum is the first poll since the March 2009 coup that ousted elected president Marc Ravalomanana and brought Rajoelina to power. It marks the first phase of a process agreed to by Rajoelina and around 100 small political movements to lift the island out of political limbo. The process has however been rejected by the opposition and criticized by the international community. — AFP


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Guinea in state of emergency following post-poll violence CONAKRY: Guinea was under a state of emergency yesterday amid growing international concern over deadly post-election violence and with tension building ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on the disputed result. Interim president General Sekouba Konate, who has led the troubled country since January, said emergency rule would remain in place until the results of the presidential run-off, won by opposition leader Alpha Conde, had been confirmed by the court. Losing candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo insists he won the November 7 poll and is challenging the results, citing massive voter fraud. The state of emergency announcement came as the unofficial death toll since Monday rose to seven. “The president of the republic decrees a state of emergency throughout the country as of today November 17 until the proclamation of definitive presidential election results by the Supreme Court,” said Major Mohamed Kasse, reading the decree on national television. That meant “any protest, any gathering” was forbidden,

CONAKRY: A woman cries at the death of a relative killed by the military in the Cosa area of the Ratoma neighborhood amid violent protests following Guinean presidential elections. — AFP

Kasse told AFP. While various sources have reported at least seven deaths in violent clashes following the announcement of election results, the government up until now has not announced any fatalities. However, following the deaths of four people in earlier unrest, three more bodies were discovered Wednesday in Ratoma, the only suburb in Conakry which defeated candidate Diallo won in the vote. While Diallo, a member of the Fulani ethnic group, called on his backers to refrain from violence his supporters have clashed with security forces in several of his strongholds around the country. Guinea’s interim Prime Minister, Jean Marie Dore, blamed the violence on Diallo’s supporters whom he branded “hooligans”. He said Diallo had sparked the protests on Monday with his fraud claims after the victory of Alpha Conde, who won 52.52 percent of the votes against Diallo’s 47.48 percent. But some rights groups, journalists and eye-witnesses observers have raised concerns of excessive force by

Republican claims victory in close-fought Alaska poll Murkowski leads by over 10,000 votes ANCHORAGE: Republican senator Lisa Murkowski claimed victory Wednesday in a bitterly-fought election in Alaska that went down to the wire as a Tea Party rival took legal action to try to swing it his way. Murkowski flew in from Washington to claim re-election in the three-way race that pitted her against Democratic opponent Scott McAdams, and Tea Party challenger-and Republican primary winner-Joe Miller. After a week of counting so-called write-in ballots, Murkowski leads by over 10,000 votesmore than the 8,153 write-in ballots challenged by the Miller campaign due to handwritten misspellings of her name and other such errors. “We made history,” she told supporters at a labor union hall in Anchorage, adding: “I think we can say our miracle is here.” If her victory is confirmed, she would be the first US senator since Strom Thurmond in 1954 to win as a write-in candidateone who fights on an independent ticket, with voters having to write in her name on the ballot slip. Miller scored a major upset by defeating Murkowski in a primary vote to choose the Republican candidate, and his campaign has said it will call for a recount, citing its distrust of the vast northwestern US state’s electronic ballot system. His camp also filed a lawsuit to force Alaska’s election authorities to disregard “voter intent” in deciding whether misspelled ballots should count, and simply discard them. Calls to Miller headquarters went unanswered Wednesday. But in a sign that Miller’s hopes could truly be over, a terse status update on the Facebook page of the Alaska Republican Partywhich had dutifully supported Miller-said simply the party “considers the US Senate race over.” Miller-an attorney by training with a degree from Yale Law School-is a figurehead for a

ANCHORAGE: US Senator Lisa Murkowski addresses supporters after claiming victory as a write-in candidate in a bitterly-fought election which went down to the wire as a Tea Party rival took legal action to try to swing it his way. — AFP conservative school of thought which calls for the narrowest interpretation of the US Constitution. His opponents also have criticized his ideas on privatizing social security with Democratic rival Scott McAdams saying Miller “would like to repeal the 20th Century.” His campaign gaffes arguably did more to damage his election hopes, however. Miller raised eyebrows when he told a town

hall-style gathering of supporters that the former East Germany provided a useful model for the United States on the issue of border security. He attracted further criticism when, after the meeting, a local reporter was detained by his security detail after questioning Miller about his employment records from a previous job The reporter was released when police arrived, and Miller eventually had to

answer the questions, admitting that he had been previously reprimanded for using government computers to vote in an online political poll. Murkowski seemed keen to move on from the divisiveness of the campaign, citing the late Senator Ted Stevens, longtime Republican of Alaska, who she said once told her: “To hell with politics; just do what’s right for Alaska.” “We fought hard; we fought fair,” she added. — AFP

Guinean security forces. Diallo himself accused them of “savage brutality” against his supporters and members of his Fulani ethnic group. The United States condemned the violence Wednesday. “Such incidents have no place in the democratic society that Guinea aspires to become,” said US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. The US called on the country’s political leaders to restrain their supporters and make any challenge to the result via the “established constitutional procedures”, he added. After a campaign marred by inter-ethnic clashes between the two majority tribes, the Fulani and Malinke, Conde reached out to his rival after being announced the victor, saying it was “time to join hands”. The election is the country’s first ever shot at democracy after over 50 years of authoritarian and military rule. If the Supreme Court confirms the election results, Conde will become the fifth leader of Guinea, ruling a country which is desperately poor, despite massive stores of bauxite and iron ore. — AFP

Tanzanian cleared of terror charges in Guantanamo trial NEW YORK: The first former Guantanamo Bay inmate to be tried in civilian court was cleared of terror charges Wednesday, but could still face life in prison for his role in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies. The surprise verdict was the latest hit to already dim prospects of trying other Guantanamo prisoners-including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks-in US civilian courts rather than military tribunals. After five days of deliberations, a federal jury in US District Court in New York found Ahmed Ghailani guilty of conspiracy to destroy US property, which carries a sentence of at least 20 years and up to life in prison, but cleared him of all other 285 murder, conspiracy and other charges. Sentencing was set for January 25. The decision marked a blow to President Barack Obama’s plans to close down Guantanamo, the notorious US military base where 174 detainees remain, and move inmates into the civilian justice system. It was also likely to revive the acrimonious debate over how the closure should take place. “We are at war with AlQaeda. Members of the organization, and their associates, should be treated as warriors, not common criminals. We put our nation at risk by criminalizing the war,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement, adding he was “deeply disappointed” with the verdict. “Going forward, I once again strongly encourage the Obama administration to use military commissions to prosecute enemy combatants, particularly the 9/11 conspirators like Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” The South Carolina Republican previously made an offer to Obama, saying he could convince Republicans to vote in support of closing the detention center if the president agrees to try the “war on terror” detainees in military tribunals. Opponents of civilian trials have questioned the ability and cost to provide the necessary security, while some observers say it is problematic to prosecute defendants who have been deprived of all rights, often for years, in the same way as ordinary suspects. During the four-week trial, prosecutors painted the baby-faced 36-year-old as a scheming plotter who helped Al-Qaeda bombers prepare the truck bombs that slammed almost simultaneously into the Kenyan and Tanzanian embassies, killing 224 people and injuring thousands more. His defense attorney, Peter Quijano, called no witnesses and Ghailani did not take the stand. Instead, through cross-examination and a blistering closing argument, Quijano sought to undermine the credibility of witnesses produced by the government and he portrayed Ghailani as an innocent dupe who was used by Al-Qaeda, but who knew nothing of the plot. Ghailani “will face, and we will seek, the maximum sentence of life without parole when he is sentenced in January,” said US Attorney Preet Bharara. Daphne Eviatar, from Human Rights First, said the trial demonstrated the federal court system was “efficient, fair and transparent,” and there was no need to keep Guantanamo open. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also urged Obama to not bow to pressure from lawmakers and other politicians to try Guantanamo detainees in the military commissions system, which has only yielded five convictions thus far. “Federal courts are not only the right place but the most effective place to prosecute terrorism suspects,” said ACLU National Security Project director Hina Shamsi. But skeptics could seize on the fact that the presiding judge, Lewis Kaplan, ruled at the outset of the trial to exclude the government’s star witness, who had been expected to testify he sold Ghailani explosives. — AFP


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Suu Kyi calls her detention illegal YANGON: Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung SanSuu Kyi said yesterday that her recent release from seven years of detention was not a sign that the military regime is becoming moderate. In an interview with The Associated Press, Suu Kyi called her detention “illegal” and said there was no other reason for her release other than that the period of her house

arrest had ended. “I don’t think you can look at it like that,” she said when asked whether her freedom signaled a change from the military’s harsh, decades-long rule of the Southeast Asian nation. The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, set free from her lakeside residence on Saturday, has made it clear she plans to pursue

her goal of a democratic Myanmar but has been careful not to verbally challenge the junta or call for its overthrow. She has called for face-toface talks with junta leader Gen. Than Shwe to reach national reconciliation. Suu Kyi has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years but has remained the dominant figure of Myanmar’s battered pro-democracy movement. More than

2,200 political prisoners remain behind bars. A week before her release, a military-backed political party swept the first elections in 20 years amid widespread accusations that the balloting was rigged. Final results have yet to be announced, but some military candidates grabbed 90 percent and more of the votes in their constituencies. — AP

Shanghai fire probe finds bogus deals, cut corners More than 30 people remain missing from blaze SHANGHAI: Investigators probing a fire that ravaged a downtown Shanghai high-rise apartment, killing at least 53 people, say an energy-saving project that used illegal contracts, unsafe materials and unqualified workers is mainly to blame. The blaze Monday gutted the 28-story building, leaving 70 injured and dozens unaccounted for, and prompted a belated crackdown on illegal construction work and lax fire precautions. It also is raising alarm over widespread use of flammable insulation used to

retrofit buildings to meet new energy standards. “The accident should not have happened and was completely avoidable,” Luo Lin, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, said in remarks posted Yesterday on his agency’s website. Luo listed a litany of problems with the government-sponsored energy-saving project: illegal use of unlicensed subcontractors, poor construction site management, lax local safety supervision and use of highly flammable nylon netting, insulation and oth-

er materials that caused the fire to spread out of control throughout almost the entire building. Anguished family members and others angry over the government’s handling of the disaster are demanding answers. “The government owes us a reasonable explanation and serious investigation. They have already lost the chance to apologize to those who were killed,” said Wang Lianguo, a neighbor who said he spotted the fire while doing laundry. Authorities say they have identified only 26 of the 53 bodies taken

SHANGHAI: People gather to watch an apartment building destroyed by fire while flowers and wreaths are placed around in the downtown area on Monday. — AP

from the building. More than 30 people reportedly remain missing from the blaze. Most of the dead perished in their homes, suffocated by toxic smoke, as firefighters struggled to break through metal security doors. Officials have not said how many they believe are unaccounted for, although Shanghai’s fire chief said the building was thoroughly searched after the fire was extinguished. The inferno was set off by sparks from welding intended to affix insulating materials to the outer walls of the building that hit the nylon netting hung as a safety precaution from bamboo scaffolding, Luo said. Police have detained eight suspects, including four they said were welders working without proper qualifications. The disaster was a blow to Shanghai, China’s business capital and one of the country’s most modern, well-run cities, coming less than month after it claimed success in hosting a World Expo that drew a record 72 million visitors. China has been tightening its energy standards, partly to meet its pledges on climate change and also to reduce waste and curb soaring consumption of costly and scarce energy resources. Safety and other environmental issues apparently are being overlooked as local officials and businesses rush to jump on the energy-saving bandwagon with retrofitting projects that, inevitably, are fresh opportunities for the corruption and corner cutting endemic to construction work in this building-crazed country. While the nylon netting - illegal but widely used on construction projects _ appeared to be the main vehicle for the fire’s spread, the polyurethane foam insulation being layered on the apartment building’s outer walls was also highly flammable. Monday’s fire, and a similar one triggered by fireworks that destroyed a luxury hotel at the Beijing headquarters for CCTV, China’s main television network, show the need for tighter controls on use of new energy efficient materials, said Li Hua, an engineer and researcher with the China Academy of Building Research. “Building insulation materials are relatively new in China, but widely used. The government should supervise the quality of these materials, ensuring they pass fire prevention standards,” he said. — AP

SEOUL: South Korean students prepare to take the College Scholastic Ability Test, a standardized exam for college entrance, at a high school yesterday. — AFP

S Korea’s students attend university entrance exams SEOUL: Flights were delayed, rush hour rescheduled and military exercises halted as hundreds of thousands of young South Koreans yesterday sat a college entrance exam seen as crucial to their careers. The stock market and private companies in the education-obsessed nation opened late to ease traffic congestion as students headed for test centers, with police on call to escort latecomers. The test weighs heavily on students’ careers in a society where colleges and universities focus closely on its results when choosing applicants. Attendance at a prestigious alma mater is crucial in obtaining a top job. Extra buses and subway trains were laid on to take students to the test and a variety of noise control measures were imposed in the crowded nation. The transport ministry said landings and takeoffs were banned during an English listening test in the morning and another in the af ternoon, affecting a total of 118 flights. Drivers of vehicles and trains were told not to sound horns during the listening test. The military was ordered to suspend firing exercises and traffic was halted within 200 meters (660 feet) of each of the test centers. For fear that the trip might cause traffic congestion, Prime Minister Kim Hwang-Sik delayed his departure for a ceremony in the southern provincial city of Gwangyang. More than 668,000 students took the day-long standardized College Scholastic Ability Test at 1,206 centers nationwide, the education ministry said, with the absentee rate rising slightly from last year to six percent. The date was pushed back a week because of the November 11-12 G20 summit in Seoul. CSAT day is nerveracking not only for students but for their parents, who

crowded churches and Buddhist temples to pray for good results. “I feel as if the past few days were longer than the 12 years that I spent financing my son’s schooling,” Kim, a 45year-old parent, was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency. “At a Buddhist temple near my house, I’ve been engaged in 100 days of prayer for my son.” At a high school on the southern island of Jeju, teachers and students taking the exam performed a traditional shamanistic ritual. They knelt and touched the ground with their foreheads before a table spread with rice cake and fruit Yonhap said. Department stores cashed in on the anxiety, selling gift sets for students composed of rice cakes and rice candies. Superstition has it that sticky rice cakes help students cling on to their knowledge. Newspapers published pages advising students how to psych up for the exam and advising mothers how to fill their children’s lunch boxes on test day. “Avoid meat and other greasy food,” Chosun Ilbo said, recommending tofu or fish to prevent drowsiness. To prevent cheating, electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players and electronic calculators were banned. Cheaters are expelled from the once-a-year exam and banned from sitting it the following year. Education professor Kim Dal-Hyo of Dong-A University in Busan said the annual fever stems from the nation’s obsession with academic background and with links formed through schools and universities. “Parents spend fortunes on tutoring their children to send them to good schools,” he told AFP. “Unless the highly ossified stratification of colleges is resolved, this annual nationwide craze will never disappear.” — AFP


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Lanka’s prez settles in for the long-haul COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse kicks off a second term today, promising economic rebirth for the war-ravaged island with the help of nations who have snubbed Western calls for a war crimes probe. Rajapakse, who turned 65 yesterday, begins his fresh, six-year mandate from an unprecedented position of strength following a constitutional revamp two months ago that ramped up his executive powers. With his personal popularity running high, family members in key government positions, the opposition divided and his only serious political rival in prison, the president’s control over the island republic seems complete. Brushing off concerns voiced by countries like the United States that his powers pose a threat to Sri L anka’s democracy, Rajapakse insists they are necessary to

rebuild the country following final victory last year in the decades-old civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels. Vowing to make Sri L anka the “wonder of Asia,” he has set in motion or proposed a series of ambitious infrastructure plans, including a 1.5-billion-dollar port in the southern town of Hambantota that he opened yesterday. “When I came to power I promised an honorable peace and a new Sri L anka. I have kept my promise and built a new country,” Rajapakse said at the televised ceremony. While pursuing development, he has shrugged off attempts by the West to link aid and investment to human rights and turned to countries like Iran, Libya and China for help. Refusing to “beg for aid,” he has already opted to forego trade concessions rather than subject Sri L anka to human rights scrutiny by the European Union.

“We will not be held back by threatened economic sanctions or withdrawn trade concessions by those who seek strategic interference in the national affairs of Sri Lanka,” he said recently. Rajapakse has rejected allegations that the army may have been responsible for substantial civilian deaths during its final offensive against the Tamil Tigers and has dismissed calls for a probe into possible war crimes. Despite US reservations, he secured a 2.6-billion-dollar IMF loan shortly after the war ended last year and raised a further billion dollars through a bond issue in September. The central bank expects Sri Lanka’s economy to grow 8.0 percent in 2010, up from 3.5 percent last year, and Rajapakse has promised to double GDP per capita income to 4,000 dollars by the end of his second term in 2016. Political analyst

Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu said Rajapakse’s focus on economic recovery would leave the issue of reconciliation with the island’s Tamil minority on the backburner. “Any talk about political reform is considered irrelevant at best and subversive at worst,” said Saravanamuttu-an opinion echoed by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG).”There is no sign the government has any interest in doing any of the things necessary for reconciliation between and within communities damaged by so many years of war,” said ICG’s Sri L anka Project Director Alan Keenan. Saravanamuttu also identified a potential downside to the level of control enjoyed by Rajapakse and his family. “If things go wrong they have no one else to blame. The family is the state,” he said. Apart from being president and commander-in-chief, Rajapakse is

Delhi building collapse kills 69, many injured Officials order residents to leave 40 illegal constructions NEW DELHI: Authorities in New Delhi on Wednesday ordered dozens of buildings to be evacuated near a fivestorey residential block that collapsed killing nearly 70 people. Fears of other collapses prompted officials to order residents to leave about 40 allegedly illegal buildings which were found to have water-logged basements-one possible cause of Monday evening’s disaster. Hopes of finding survivors buried under the piles of concrete slabs and iron rods faded as rescuers completed their search through the remains of the building, which had housed scores of poor migrant families. “Stagnant water was found in the basements of 38 buildings in the district, so the inhabitants must vacate immediately for their own safety,” Deep Mathur, spokesman for the Delhi municipal corporation, told AFP. “We will look into the issue of illegal construction later. Right now, clearing people from these buildings is our priority.” Blame for the disaster has focused on poor construction, waterlogging from the nearby Yamuna river and extra storeys being added illegally to the structure. The Hindustan Times reported that 20 people were still missing at the site of the collapsed building, where bulldozers on Wednesday cleared rubble into trucks. “We have taken our workers out. Only machines are active at the site now,” Gulshan Rai Insan, from a volunteer group involved in the rescue work, told AFP. “From last night we

NEW DELHI: Eight-month-old Kalu who lost his grandmother and whose injured mother was admitted in a hospital after their five-story apartment building collapsed Monday plays in a relief camp yesterday. — AP were only finding broken furniture and household goods. We weren’t pulling out dead bodies. Now there is no hope of finding survivors.” The Press Trust of India news agency, quoting a medical official, said two bodies were pulled from the rubble late on Wednesday, taking the death toll from the collapse to 69, with 82 people still being

treated in hospital. The building had contained dozens of cramped, one-room flats rented by about 60 families from the states of West Bengal and Bihar, as well as some small businesses including a cloth exporting company and a food snacks group. Newspapers said it had originally been a three-storey structure erected at least 15

years ago. A sixth floor was thought to have been under construction. The owner of the building was arrested at a relative’s house after reportedly sleeping in a park to avoid police. He has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Dunu Roy, director of the Delhi-based Hazards Centre campaign group, said many housing developments in the city failed safety standards. “Most buildings lack final clearances from the regulatory authorities and the capacity of the government to regulate private builders is close to nil,” he said. Former High Court judge Lokeshwar Prashad was on Wednesday appointed to head the inquiry into the accident, with orders to submit his report within three months. Investigators will probe whether the building, located in a congested area of east Delhi, had been weakened by flooding after a heavy monsoon season. After the collapse, rescuers used sledgehammers to try to smash their way towards survivors, while others formed human chains to remove concrete piled on top of victims. Emergency teams had trouble getting lifting gear and cranes through the narrow streets to the disaster scene. Mohit Sarkar, 40, a vegetable vendor originally from Kolkata, had lived in the building for two years with his wife and four children. “I was working when my niece called me and told me that the building had collapsed. I came home and found that my 12year-old son was dead,” he told AFP. — AFP

the minister of finance, ports and aviation and highways.His elder brother Chamal is the speaker of parliament, younger brother Basil the economic development minister and another brother, Gotabhaya, the powerful defence secretary. Rajapakse’s main political rival, former army chief Sarath Fonseka, is currently serving a 30-month jail sentence af ter a court martial found him guilty of military procurement offences. Fonseka, who also has several criminal cases pending against him, was arrested shortly after his failed effort to unseat Rajapakse in presidential elections in January. With no visible political threat on the horizon, Rajapakse is able to look even beyond his second mandate thanks to the constitutional changes pushed through in September that also scrapped a two-term limit on the presidency. — AFP

Assertive Karzai bewilders allies KABUL: With the war at a critical stage, Afghanistan’s president is publicly berating his NATO allies, criticizing military tactics and occasionally reminding them that that they are not the only players in his country. President Hamid Karzai’s behavior has left his international partners bewildered as they try to decipher his motives whether he’s trying to provoke them, play to a domestic audience or ensure his long-term survival by portraying himself as no puppet of the American-led coalition. All this comes as the NATO alliance prepares to unveil plans that would keep international soldiers at the forefront of the combat role until 2014. In his most recent outburst, Karzai demanded in an interview last weekend that NATO reduce its military operations and stop what the military believes is its most successful tactic, night raids against suspected Taleban leaders. NATO’s senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, Mark Sedwill, said Karzai’s comments were unproductive, especially since they came days before a meeting in Lisbon that is meant to finalize the 2014 target date for a gradual transition of security to Afghan forces. “Clearly it is not helpful,” Sedwill said. “We have different perspectives, that’s natural. It is much better if we work those different perspectives out in private.” Then, just ahead of a weekend NATO summit he will attend, Karzai met Wednesday with the top US commander and said he supported NATO’s military campaign and, reluctantly, its nighttime special operations raids, a senior NATO official. The hourlong meeting Wednesday in Kabul between Karzai and Gen. David Petraeus, the senior NATO commander in Afghanistan, helped smooth over the controversy that followed the interview, said the official, who was among those briefed on the meeting. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the high-level discussion. It wasn’t the first time the mercurial Karzai has raised eyebrows and befuddled many of his supporters in the West. Last August, Karzai stood beside Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the Iranian railed against the United States, and Karzai later admitted to taking bags of money from Iran. He accused the European Union and the United States of manipulating last September’s presidential elections in an attempt to put his competitor Abdullah Abdullah in power. More recently, he accused the United States of wasting billions of dollars meant for reconstruction and then announced he was shutting down private security firms that guard international aid organizations, forcing them to scramble for alternative, made-in-Afghanistan security. Sedwill, the NATO representative, said it wasn’t clear whether Karzai’s recent comments were driven by a desire to pander to public opinion. “I don’t have a window into other men’s souls,” he said. But Karzai’s criticism is striking a chord among Afghans. “There is a widespread feeling that things just don’t add up,” said Martine van Bijlert, co-founder and director of the independent Afghan Analysts Network. Most Afghans, she said, wonder “if the foreigners really came to fight the Taleban, with all their troops and money, why is the insurgency only getting stronger?” The international community often cites security as their top priority, yet Afghans see them as a source of insecurity. The West wants to help rebuild Afghanistan, yet most Afghans bemoan the lack of reconstruction. NATO says they are in Afghanistan to help crush the insurgency, yet it is burgeoning. Another goal is to help bring stability and good governance, yet most Afghans see corruption as runaway and good governance a distant dream. “There are a lot of misunderstandings,” said van Bijlert. “Both see the other side as erratic, duplicitous, not honest about their own agenda.” Andrew Wilder, an analyst from the US Institute of Peace who has spent decades in Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Karzai’s attacks on the international community are seen by some as an attempt to divert attention away from mounting criticism over corruption in his administration. — AFP


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Toyota unveils hybrid car push TOKYO: The world’s top automaker Toyota Motor plans to launch 11 new hybrid models by the end of 2012, the company said yesterday, as the race to build more environmentally friendly vehicles heats up. The planned vehicles, consisting of all-new and redesigned models, will expand Toyota’s hybridengine range—which runs on gasoline and electricity at a time when rivals such as Nissan are developing allelectric vehicles. The automaker is eyeing annual sales of more than 50,000 units for a Priusbased plug-in hybrid to be launched by early 2012 in Japan, the United States and Europe, with a price tag of around 3 million yen ($36,045). It is also planning to launch an all-electric vehicle based on its current iQ minicar, which will be introduced in Japan and Europe, with a China launch also under consideration. Toyota’s rivals have moved to embrace the nascent electric vehicle market, with Nissan soon to launch its allelectric Leaf, which produces no tailpipe emissions–a car which has become the fulcrum of Nissan’s green ambitions. But Toyota has so far only dipped its toes into the allelectric market, with its president Akio Toyoda last week offering a cautious outlook, citing as a major obstacle the creation of a convenient recharging system. His comments came as Toyota showcased its ‘RAV4 EV’ concept vehicle that is on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the US this month. The all-electric version of Toyota’s RAV4 sports utility

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp Executive Vice President Takeshi Uchiyamada poses with an electric vehicle in Tokyo yesterday. — AP vehicle was developed with Tesla Motors, the US electric vehicle firm in which Toyota owns a 50-million-dollar stake. The new plans come

Oil rebounds towards $82 CAIRO: Egypt’s decision to raise the minimum wage for the first time since 1984 has been sharply opposed by the very activists who demanded it, because at 400 pounds ($69) a month, it skirts close to the poverty line. After a long battle, the National Council for Wages was ordered by a court in October to review the minimum wage, set in 1984 at 35 Egyptian pounds-roughly the price of a fast food meal in 2010. But the new wage is considered a pittance as inflation and prices have soared in the country of 80-million people.”It is impossible to live on it,” said Shaima Mohammed, a Cairo mother who puts her family’s monthly expenses at more than 1,500 pounds. Homes across the country are feeling the strain as annual inflation hit 12 percent in October.

Price increases for staples such as meat and tomatoes have aggravated discontent in the country. “How can you have a minimum wage equivalent to the price of six kilograms (13 pounds) of meat? It’s nonsense,” said Egyptian economist Ahmed al-Naggar. Others point out that 69 dollars roughly amounts to two dollars a day, the poverty line on which about 40 percent of the population survives. “The fact that the National Council for Wages has ignored the poverty line leads us to question the criteria used to determine wages,” said Khaled Ali, with the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights. Khair Abdel Rahman, a workers’ representative on the council, says the minimum should be 500 pounds for unskilled workers, 750 for semi-skilled and 1,000 for skilled labor. — AFP

as the automaker works to rebuild an image plagued by safety recalls in the past year over unintended acceleration, engine,

steering and brake problems. The recalls affected around 12 million vehicles in total. Toyota added yesterday that it intends to introduce a fuel-

cell powered sedan-type car around 2015 in the US, Europe and Japan. It is aiming for a price tag of under 10 million yen.

It is also ramping up efforts to develop next generation batteries that outperform current lithium-ion models. —AFP

Long awaited Egypt minimum wage sparks discontent CAIRO: Egypt’s decision to raise the minimum wage for the first time since 1984 has been sharply opposed by the very activists who demanded it, because at 400 pounds ($69) a month, it skirts close to the poverty line. After a long battle, the National Council for Wages was ordered by a court in October to review the minimum wage, set in 1984 at 35 Egyptian pounds-roughly the price of a fast food meal in 2010. But the new wage is considered a pittance as inflation and prices have soared in the country of 80-million people.”It is impossible to live on it,” said Shaima Mohammed, a Cairo mother who puts her family’s monthly expenses at more than 1,500 pounds. Homes across the country are feeling the strain as annual inflation hit 12 percent in October. Price increases for staples such as meat and tomatoes have aggravated discontent in the country. “How can you have a minimum wage equivalent

to the price of six kilograms (13 pounds) of meat? It’s nonsense,” said Egyptian economist Ahmed al-Naggar. Others point out that 69 dollars roughly amounts to two dollars a day, the poverty line on which about 40 percent of the population survives. “The fact that the National Council for Wages has ignored the poverty line leads us to question the criteria used to determine wages,” said Khaled Ali, with the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights. Khair Abdel Rahman, a workers’ representative on the council, says the minimum should be 500 pounds for unskilled workers, 750 for semiskilled and 1,000 for skilled labor. But the government says increasing the wage would affect inflation, despite an annual growth rate of six percent. That is disputed by some economists, who say inflation has been rising anyway. Cheap wages and an attractive fiscal policy have helped lure foreign

investment, a key to the government’s economic reform plans started last decade. Chinese manufacturers too are setting up shop in Egypt. Those reforms have enriched some but their effects have yet to trickle down and are thus viewed suspiciously by many Egyptians. With a parliamentary election due on November 28, President Hosni Mubarak has conceded that not all Egyptians have felt the benefits of his government’s reforms. “There are poor people who suffer the hardships of life and people with limited resources suffering from rising prices and expenditure,” he said at a party conference this month to launch the election program. “We propose our program for the next five years for their sake,” he said. Meanwhile trade unions and activists have said they will petition court for a revision of the minimum wage. — AFP


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World stock markets rebound

LONDON: World stock markets rose yesterday as investors grew increasingly confident that details of an Irish financial rescue package will emerge over the coming days and ahead of expected budget cuts by the Greek government. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 72.64 points, or 1.3 percent, at 5,765.20 while Germany’s DAX rose 93.59 points, or 1.4 percent, at 6,793.66. The CAC-40 in France was 58.68 points, or 1.6 percent, higher at 3,851.03. Wall Street was poised for gains at the open, too - Dow futures were up 86 points, or 0.8 percent, at 11,081 while the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 futures rose 12.5 points, or 1.1 percent, to 1,190. Once again, the focus remains on Ireland as representatives from the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund descend on Dublin. Investors are hopeful that some sort of deal will be thrashed out, especially after the country’s central bank governor Patrick Honohan said he expects the country will accept a loan worth tens of billions of euros and Britain, which is not part of the 16-nation bloc that uses the euro, offered to provide additional support. “The threat of contagion is too intense for EU-IMF-ECB to prevaricate and delay,” said Neil MacKinnon, global macro strategist at VTB Capital. The EU-IMF mission to the Irish capital is intended to identify the size of the hole in state and bank finances and the measures needed to reassure markets

Tokyo leads Asian shares out of trough

TOKYO: A man walks by an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo as Japan’s Nikkei average (top center) jumped 201.97 points to close at 10,013.63 yesterday. — AP that Ireland won’t default on debts. Honohan, speaking in Frankfurt, said he expected the EU-IMF loan - if approved by the Irish government - would provide a financial “buffer” for Irish banks that would not be used. The Dublin talks are expected to last several days. The hope, at least among policymakers, is that an Irish package, which some estimate at around $110 billion, would calm markets and ease pressure on the euro. Analysts remain skeptical that an Irish deal will put an end to the crisis that has engulfed the

eurozone over the last year. If recent history is any guide, it’s more than likely that another country could be targeted - under this domino effect, Portugal would be next, followed by evenbigger Spain. “The toing and froing about aid for Ireland has once again underlined that things are far from organized within the eurozone,” said Lutz Karpowitz, a currency strategist at Commerzbank. “Should an agreement be reached quickly, which is completely open as there is no time frame, the euro might benefit short term but

Creditors ‘must share future bailout costs’ BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted yesterday that a future eurozone crisisresolution arrangement must provide for creditors to share the costs, saying she views it as a “question of principle.” Merkel said it was important “that we now make clear the conditions for the future as soon as possible” to avoid market uncertainty. European Union governments, led by Germany, last month agreed to set up a so-called permanent crisis resolution mechanism, which would ensure that private investors shoulder some of the pain if a eurozone government runs into trouble after 2013. Although policymakers repeatedly emphasized that the mechanism would only affect debt issued after that year, when the current

eurozone rescue fund expires, the plan nevertheless prompted a sell-off in Irish and other vulnerable government bonds and Germany has drawn criticism in recent days. Merkel was unrepentant in a speech yesterday to an insurers’ conference. “We in the (German) government are absolutely convinced it is necessary in a future - I’m underlining that three times so that all market participants understand properly - mechanism, that creditors also must take a share in the costs,” she said. “For me, it is a question of principle to what extent politicians expect market participants to be responsible to some extent for their risks,” Merkel said. “That is the case for every businessman in the real world,” she added. “And why that is the case

everywhere but shouldn’t be the case when dealing with states, no one can explain to me so quickly.” Referring more widely to efforts to better regulate financial markets in the aftermath of the global crisis, Merkel acknowledged that “a certain struggle is taking place over how much power the financial markets get and what possibilities politicians have to shape things.” Merkel referred only briefly to the current concerns about a possible bailout for debt-ridden Ireland, and was noncommittal about prospects for one. “I only want to say: we have a euro rescue shield, and if a country is of the opinion it would like to use it, then I can only say it was created for exactly that case,” she said. — AP

in the end the money for Ireland is not going to support the euro.” By mid morning London time, the euro was up 0.8 percent at $1.3635. On Wednesday, it had fallen to a seven-week low of $1.3460 as the uncertainty over Ireland remained. One country that has already been bailed out is Greece, and its government is expected to unveil more spending cuts later as it tries to meet ambitious targets after its deficit figures were revised. Greece’s economy is under strict supervision after the country began receiving

funds from a three-year, $148 billion package of rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund and the other 15 countries that use the euro. Without the loans, Greece would have defaulted on its debt. In return, the government has imposed a series of strict austerity measures, including cutting public sector salaries and increasing taxes. On Monday, Athens increased its projected deficit for 2010 to 9.4 percent of gross domestic product, from the previous target of 8.1 percent, after the EU revised last year’s deficit figure to

15.4 percent - which translates into 36.15 billion euros. Tokyo’s stock market led Asian shares higher yesterday after some spectacular losses among Chinese stocks, with the mood improved by expectations of a rescue package to ease Europe’s debt woes. Tokyo’s Nikkei index hit a five-month high after bucking a down-trend in Asia on Wednesday, ending up 2.06 percent, or 201.97 points at 10,013.63, its highest close since June 22. Sydney S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.34 percent, or 15.9 points, to 4,640.2, led by resource companies such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.82 percent, or 422.93 points, to 23,637.39, while Shanghai’s Composite index edged up 0.94 percent, or 26.60 points, to 2,865.45, after sliding around 10 percent over the previous four sessions. Japan is seeing renewed appetite for its stocks, notably due to optimism about its banking sector, and was helped yesterday by a slight strengthening of the euro against the yen, which boosts the all-important export sector. Ireland has still to accept a bailout plan from the European Union and International Monetary Fund but crisis talks were due later yesterday and Dublin’s consent looked increasingly likely.”A large amount of foreign investor funds, which had been pessimistic on Japanese stocks, are shifting stance,” Tsuyoshi Segawa, equity strategist at Mizuho Securities, told Dow Jones Newswires. — Agencies

Doubts over eurozone debt push up Spanish bond rates MADRID: Spain raised 3.654 billion euros in 10-year and 31year bonds yesterday but had to offer higher yields as investors sought greater returns due to renewed concerns over eurozone debt levels. The Spanish treasury had sought to sell between 3.0 and 4.0 billion euros (4.08 to 5.44 billion dollars) of the bonds. It saw strong demand for the 10-year bonds, receiving offers totaling 4.7 billion euros and raising 2.6 billion. But the average yield was 4.615 percent, up from 4.144 percent at the last auction on September 16. For the 31-year series, the treasury raised 1.1 billion euros, exactly half the amount of the bids received, and at a yield of 5.488 percent compared to 5.077 percent in the September sale. The Spanish treasury also had to offer sharply higher yields in

an auction of its 12-month and 18-month bonds on Tuesday. The increased rates reflected renewed concern over eurozone debt levels. Ireland faces financial crisis talks with a delegation from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund yesterday, as markets await news of a bailout. Investors fear possible contagion from the situation in Ireland to other weak eurozone nations such as Portugal and Spain. In a bid to ease the concerns, Finance Minister Elena Salgado said Tuesday there is “no reason” to compare Spain with the debtstruck economies of Ireland and Portugal. “The situation in Spain is and will continue to be completely different,” she said. “We have adopted (austerity) measures in May and we are applying them.”

In a bid to shore up its public finances, the government in May passed a 15-billion-euro (20.5-billion-dollar) austerity package that included an average state employee salary reduction of five percent and a pensions freeze. That was on top of a 50-billion-euro package of spending cuts announced in January designed to slash the public deficit to the eurozone limit of three percent of gross domestic product by 2013 from 11.1 percent last year. Spain’s timid economic recovery from nearly two years of recession triggered by the collapse of a property bubble came to a stop in the third quarter amid tough austerity measures, official data showed Wednesday. Gross domestic product showed zero growth in the three months to September 30 from the previous quarter, the national statistics institute said. — AFP


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Chinese consumers blame US as prices spiral up BEIJING: At a bustling outdoor fruit and vegetable market in Beijing, Zhan Tiehui grumbles about rising prices for garlic, ginger and cabbage and points a stubby finger in the direction of the United States. “The source of China’s inflation is America, they are printing too much money,” Zhan, 50 said as she clutched plastic bags full of vegetables. “Everything is definitely more expensive than last year.” Chinese consumer fears are rising along with prices after October inflation grew at the fastest pace in two years. The problem is fuelled by soaring food costs after severe summer flooding and more recent cold snaps hit crop yields. But Zhan was echoing Chinese government criticisms of the US move to pump 600 billion dollars into the American economy, which Beijing warns could cause damaging fund flows into emerging economies such as China and fuel inflation. Wen Xingping, 50, said green vegetables and winter melons were more expensive than last year and had forced her and friends to cut spending on clothes and other nonessentials. “It is really serious,” Wen said as she braved chilly weather to buy dried fruit and nuts from a stall. “Prices have increased by 2030 percent in the past year. My friends are really worried.” In the first 10 days of November, average wholesale prices of key vegetables such as potatoes and cucumbers in 36 Chinese cities were 62.4

BEIJING: Vegetable vendors wait for customers at a vegetable wholesale market in Beijing. The double-digit jump in food costs that Beijing vowed to tamp down is a symptom of widespread, growing price pressures, rather than the cause, analysts said. — AP percent higher than a year earlier, official data showed. In October, the nation’s consumer price index rose 4.4 percent year-on-year, beyond the official full-year target of three percent and the fastest rate since September 2008. Consumers are not the only ones worried. The government said Wednesday it may intervene to control spiraling

inflation as it announced guidelines aimed at ensuring stable prices and supplies of key products such as vegetables, grain, coal and other energy sources. High inflation has a history of sparking unrest in China and the nation’s stability-obsessed leaders have already taken a range of steps, including hiking interest rates last month for

Piracy hotspot Bangladesh bootlegged to bankruptcy DHAKA: Bangladeshi pop icon Azam Khan has amassed legions of fans and dozens of hits over a 40-year career-but he’s always flat broke because of rampant music piracy. When the 61-year-old star, revered for modernizing the staid Bangla music scene in the 1970s, was diagnosed with mouth cancer this year he had to beg fans, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to fund life-saving treatment. “I’ve recorded 17 best-selling albums over my career but I have made less than 700,000 taka (10,000 dollars) in royalties,” Khan said from his sickbed in his modest two-bedroom house in the capital Dhaka. “If I’d had this many hit albums in Europe, I’d own a private jet. In Bangladesh, rickshaw drivers will sometimes give me a free ride out of pity,” he added. Khan’s experience is an extreme example of a broader global trend: demand for music is rising, but street piracy through counterfeit CDs and online piracy means profits for record companies and artists are being hit. In Asia, street piracy is the major problem, which experts say is partly because options for consumers to buy or download music legally are limited. Apple’s online iTunes store, for example, is still unavailable in most of the region. This means that in markets like Bangladesh, where top music albums can sell millions of copies, consumers have little choice but to buy from music pirates. “Sometimes it is literally impossible to buy legal copies of an album, the only thing

available in the market is pirated disks,” said Kumar Bishwajit, who heads the Music Industry Owners Association of Bangladesh. As a result, intellectual property theft is a thriving billion-dollar industry in Bangladesh, and this has decimated the local music industry, said Nazmul Haq, owner of music firm G-Series. Ten major Bangla-language recording companies, all long-established names, have folded in five years, and even major mobile phone companies routinely steal hit songs to use as ringtones without paying royalties, he said. “If we have a hit album, we can make money only on the day of release. The next day bootleg disks are flooding markets, sold at a fraction of our price,” he said. Piracy is not limited to music: Bangladesh is also the Asian country with the highest software piracy rate, according to a list prepared by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) for 2009. Globally, losses due to software piracy were more than 50 billion dollars in 2009, with some 16.5 billion of this in the AsiaPacific region, the BSA said, adding that in Bangladesh some 91 percent of software used is pirated. This is bad news for Bangladeshi software developers, said Mostafa Jappar, head of the Bangladeshi Computer Council, who copyrighted the first Bangla-language computer font in 1989. “More than 10 million computers in Bangladesh use my font but less than one percent of these use original copies,” he said, adding that piracy had cost him millions of dollars of lost revenue. — AFP

the first time since 2007. Inflation features so prominently in the public mind today that the Chinese character “zhang”, which refers to price rises, has the most votes so far in a poll to choose the character of the year on popular online forum Even McDonald’s has been hit by spikes in meat, egg, and oil prices, with the US

fast-food giant raising the price of its hamburgers, fries and chicken nuggets by up to one yuan (15 cents), business news website Hexun reported. A survey last month found about half of urban families plan to reduce spending next year due to worries over inflation, the China Daily reported. More than 60 percent of those surveyed in rural

areas said they planned to tighten purse strings. Another survey by Nielsen said Chinese consumer confidence fell in the third quarter for the first time since early 2009 due to concerns over rising food prices. Economic analysts said China’s government faces a quandary. It wants to tame inflation but fears aggressive steps could stall rural income increases, as well as the government’s plans to reduce the economy’s dependence on foreign demand for China’s exports and rely more on domestic consumption. But many feel another rate hike is probably overdue. “You really need to tighten monetary policy. They really have to do it because they are already a little bit behind the curve,” said Jianguang Shen, analyst at Mizuho Securities Asia Limited. The struggle to afford daily necessities like food compounds the anguish of prospective home-buyers and renters who have watched real estate prices soar. The government has enacted a range of steps to curb property values but they are still climbing in major cities, albeit at a slower pace, since surging 12.8 percent in April. That was the biggest year-on-year rise in five years. “Housing prices are really serious, it is really terrible,” Zhang Ming, 25, told AFP after buying a small bag of vegetables. “Problems in the American economy ... and hot money inflows have some impact on China,” she added. — AFP

India’s telecoms battered by spectrum probe worries Reliance Comm, Unitech fall up to 10% MUMBAI: India’s fiercely competitive mobile phone industry has been beset by a fresh wave of regulatory uncertainty stemming from a possible probe into 2G spectrum that a government audit says was awarded too cheaply. The scandal over spectrum allocation resulted in the sacking of Telecoms Minister Andimuthu Raja at the weekend. Shares in mobile operator Reliance Communications and Unitech fell as much as 10 percent yesterday after media reports said that the allocation of spectrum to some operators may face investigation. Real estate firm Unitech has a telecoms joint venture with Norway’s Telenor. “There are concerns in the minds of investors that there could be an investigation in how companies like Unitech and Reliance Communications obtained spectrum,” said Arun Kejriwal, a strategist with research firm KRIS. India’s

15-player mobile sector, the world’s fastest-growing, has been locked in a margincrushing price war. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India said in a recent report that the country may have lost up to $31 billion in revenues, roughly equivalent to the defense budget, in the granting of mobile licenses in 2007/08. “This department had been receiving innumerable references from Members of Parliament and other sources repeatedly, questioning the allocation process and the price fixed for such allocation,” the auditor said in its report. “The claim in each such reference is that ineligible applicants seem to have been granted licenses and at a price which appeared far below what has been perceived to be the appropriate market price in 2008,” it said. The auditor in its report said that Unitech, a company with no prior experience in the telecoms

sector at the time, was allocated spectrum at “a throw away price” by the department of telecommunications. Officials at Unitech and Reliance Communications could not immediately be reached by Reuters for comment. Swan Telecom, which has since been bought into by the UAE’s Etisalat, was given a licence despite a unit of No 2 telecoms firm Reliance Communications holding over 10 percent of equity, a violation of rules, the auditor’s report said. Reliance Communications has said the group did not have any shareholding in Swan when licenses were given out. At 1:10 pm, shares in Reliance Communications were down 7.6 percent at 149.50 rupees and Unitech was trading 7.3 percent lower at 69.90 rupees, while the main Mumbai market was little changed. The Indian markets were closed on Wednesday for a public holiday. — Reuters


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Ford to lose status as biggest Mazda shareholder TOKYO: Ford Motor will sell the bulk of its 11 percent stake in Mazda Motor, the Japanese firm said yesterday, meaning the US auto giant will no longer be its top shareholder for the first time since 1979. The move follows reports that Ford wanted to reduce its Mazda stake in order to gain more flexibility in operations in China. Ford had been the top shareholder in the Hiroshima-based automaker since 1979 and at times has owned more than a third of Mazda, but started cutting its stake in 2008 in the wake of the global financial crisis. The companies cooperate in terms of production, procurement and research and build some models using a common chassis, with joint

production facilities in the US, China and Thailand. In a statement, Mazda said the companies would continue their strategic partnership despite Ford’s decision to reduce its stake by around two-thirds to 3.5 percent. Ford will drop to Mazda’s fourthbiggest shareholder after the sale that is due to be completed by November 25. The US auto giant will transfer part of its shares in Mazda to several of Mazda’s business partners, the statement added, without elaborating. Japanese media reported earlier this week that as many as 10 firms will purchase Ford’s Mazda shares. “This change in shareholding will not affect Mazda’s business

Congo launches new farming community to tackle food crisis NKOUO: Gaetan Charlly Lengou knows how lucky he is to be part of a new, state-funded farming community-but he knows he will have to deliver results in the project, designed to tackle Congo’s food crisis. “To find a place here it’s good, but we have to work and prove what we are capable of,” he said, as he settled into the new agricultural village of Nkouu, 80 kilometers north of the capital Brazzaville. Lengou, 32, and his wife came here with their twoyear-old twin daughters in October, one family among 40 chosen from 12 different regions around this central African country for the project. Located in the midst of a grassy savannah, Nkouo is an attractive collection of 50 new homes, all with electricity and drinking water. The village is also served by a medical centre with three treatment rooms, has a primary school and play areas-all laid on by the state. Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso himself formally inaugurated the village last month, a sign of how much the government is investing in the project. Lengou, a specialist in rural development, knows the land is good. “Here in Nkouo, the conditions lend themselves to large-scale agriculture, which yields a good return,” he said. “In the past, I excelled in growing manioc (cassava) and sweet potato, but lacking support, I didn’t have good results,” he added. If all goes to plan, he should not lack support here. Nkouo is the first of three agricultural villages the government plans to develop at a cost of 13 billion CFA francs (20 million euros, 27 million dollars), Agricultural Minister Rigobert Maboundou explained. And the government, as well as funding the construction of

villages will also buy up some of its produce, he added. They used the Socomod (Societe congolaise de modernisation) a Congolese subsidiary of Israel’s LR Groups. “Nkouo is going to produce two million kilos (4.4 million pounds) of manioc per season...,” said Socomod chief Etrog Yehushua. It would thus contribute to food self-sufficiency in the Pool Nord, region where it is located, and even in Brazzaville, he added. In addition, the villagers would also have 40 barns, a warehouse and a refrigerated storage, said chief of works Jean Jacques Bouya. “Each farmer’s family has received 792 laying hens and two hectares to farm,” he added. But they will be expected to meet their targets: eight million eggs a year from the hens they have received. The hope is that what for the moment is an experimental model will be extended across Congo so that the country itself, rather than just individual regions, can become selfsufficient. Currently, Congo has to spend 130 billion CFA francs (198 million euros) a year to import food to feed its 3.6-million population. A recent report from the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization noted: “The country does not produce a significant amount of cereals; with imports covering approximately 95 percent of total cereal utilization requirements, mainly through commercial channels.” A July report by the UN’s World Food Program noted that nearly one in three children under five suffered from chronic malnutrition. The government, which has an estimated budget of 4.5 billion euros, plans to invest just under 61 million euros a year over the next four years towards making the country self-sufficient in — AFP

direction or financial projections,” Japan’s fifth-largest automaker said in a statement. “Ford will remain one of Mazda’s largest shareholders with a 3.5 percent stake, and both companies are committed to continuing our strategic partnership, which spans over 30 years,” said Mazda president and chief executive Takashi Yamanouchi. Based yesterday’s closing prices, Ford’s sale could be worth a total of 31 billion yen ($372 million), although the transaction price could be different. Lewis Booth, Ford’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, said in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal that Ford wanted to dissolve its three-

way venture in China with Mazda and Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Mazda and Ford would instead have separate tie-ups with the Chinese company. After purchasing 25 percent of Mazda’s outstanding shares in 1979, Ford raised the stake to 33.4 percent in 1996 to gain management control over the struggling Japanese company. Ahead of the announcement, Ford had reduced its stake to 11 percent due to its need to raise badly needed cash during the recession and due to Mazda’s issuance of new shares. The companies cooperate in terms of production, procurement and research and build some models using a common chassis, with joint production facilities in the US,

China and Thailand. Ford avoided bankruptcy and the taxpayer bailouts required to prop up US rivals Chrysler and General Motors during the financial crisis, but undertook painful restructuring to stay afloat. Many US and Japanese automakers that started alliances in the 1970s have since seen those relationships unwind. General Motors, faced with heavy losses, has sold its stakes in Japanese truck maker Isuzu Motors, car maker Suzuki and Fuji Heavy Industries, maker of the Subaru. Suzuki is now allied with Volkswagen of Germany. Toyota Motor has closed a plant in California that it jointly owned with GM. — AFP

GM’s blockbuster IPO Common shares priced at $33 each, top of range DETROIT: General Motors Co prepared for a dramatic return to the stock market yesterday, a day after completing the largest US share offering and less than a year and a half after emerging from a landmark bankruptcy. GM shares were set to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange yesterday, capping the first stage of a turnaround that has taken the 102-year-old automaker from near-death in 2008, to bailout in 2009, to unlikely Wall Street favorite in 2010. In the biggest initial public offering in US history, GM raised $20.1 billion on Wednesday after pricing shares at the top of the proposed range due to huge investor demand. The IPO priced at $33 per share, valuing GM at about $63 billion on a fully diluted basis. The investor appetite for GM represents a win for the Obama administration after it chose to restructure GM in an unpopular $50-billion bailout. That left the Treasury with a 61 percent stake and saddled the automaker with the embarrassing nickname “Government Motors.” “It is seen to be a better bet with stronger and clearer financial position after its restructuring and IPO, and that will give investors confidence to hold the stocks,” said William Lo, analyst at Ample Finance Group. “We expect to see about 10 percent upside (on debut) as the IPO response has been good and the U.S. government cash out from its holding is also seen a good move for GM to rebuild its image.” David Buik, senior partner at broker BGC Partners, said the indicative grey market price was $3737.50, a gain of as much as 13.6 percent. Late on Wednesday, President Barack Obama called the IPO a “major milestone” for the turnaround of the company

NEW YORK: Photo shows Cars at Martin Cadillac in Yonkers, New York. Once-bankrupt auto giant General Motors raced toward one of the largest stock sales in history on November 17, 2010, a sell-off that will bump the government out of the driver’s seat, but not out of the picture. — AFP and the entire US auto industry. Even after raising the IPO price and offering size, underwriters had far more potential investment lined up than the deal could accommodate, sources said. Sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East and Asia and other large international investors will account for less than 5 percent of the total GM offering including common and preferred shares and the overallotments, a source said. The reversal in Wall Street sentiment toward GM pointed to renewed confidence in an industry that was pushed to the brink of collapse before the unprecedented government intervention. It also offers hope for a range of auto-related companies, including smaller automaker Chrysler, that are looking to tap the credit and equity markets in coming months, analysts said. Including an option that would allow underwriters to sell more shares, GM looks set to raise $23.1 billion,

which would mean it would eclipse the record $22.1 billion raised by Agricultural Bank of China in its IPO in July to become the world’s biggest. GM’s initial valuation represents a more than 9 percent premium to Ford Motor Co - GM’s nearest rival and the only US automaker to have avoided a government bailout. “As we went through the crisis that the industry faced last year and the year before we’ve always been a proponent of a strong Big Three,” said Jim Lentz, president of Toyota’s US sales arm. “We share dealers, we share suppliers. So the stronger that the Big Three can become the stronger the US industry becomes. So I think that’s a good sign. That’s great.” TEST FOR THE NEW TEAM The GM IPO provided the first major test for a new GM management team led by Dan Akerson, 62, a former head of buyouts at The Carlyle Group who was placed on the GM

board by the Obama administration. “The new leadership team is doing very good work. Market share is up, prices per unit are up,” said Xavier Mosquet, a senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group who advised the Treasury on its intervention into the US auto industry. “Basically GM is doing what it said it would do,” he said. Akerson was set to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday to mark the start of GM’s trading under the familiar “GM” symbol it had before bankruptcy. For decades, GM was one of the most widely held and heavily traded shares and its collapse wiped out savings for many small investors including GM retirees and workers. Still, investors clamored for a piece of the GM IPO, sources familiar with the situation say. Retail investors will account for more than 20 percent of GM’s IPO-or more than $3 billion worth of stockone source said. — Reuters


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QinetiQ profit boosted by strong Afghan gear sales LONDON: QinetiQ, which makes bomb disposal robots and sniper detectors, posted a 14 percent rise in first-half profit, helped by strong sales at its global products unit and better cash generation, lifting its shares. Sales at the British defense technology company’s global products business, which accounts for around a third of group revenue, grew 65 percent, driven by demand for its Q-NET vehicle survivability product to support operations in Afghanistan. QinetiQ reported underlying pretax profit of 51.6 million pounds for the six months to end-September yesterday, on revenue 7 percent higher at 865 million.

Shares up 13 percent, hit two-month high Its shares, which had fallen more than a third this year after it lost a key training contract with Britain’s defense ministry, were up 13 percent at 111.9 pence by 1030 GMT, valuing the business at around 729 million pounds. “The overall beat comes from the lumpy products business, mainly from the Q-Nets order which the market had underestimated,” Bank of America analyst Celine Fornaro said in a research note, adding the company’s 231 percent cash conversion rate was a “key positive”. QinetiQ,

formerly Britain’s state-owned defense research agency, said it had cut net debt a quarter to 327 million pounds over the past 12 months, adding cost cuts and self-help measures were starting to bear fruit. No interim dividend was paid but an end of year payout was likely, it said. Last month, Britain slashed its defense budget 8 percent to help lower a huge budget deficit, cutting its army, navy and air force. US defense spending, also important to QinetiQ, was seen as flat at best.

“As yet the effect of new government policy, in both the US and UK, has not worked through to detailed implementation,” chief executive Leo Quinn said. “Absent any immediate material change in customer requirements, overall the board believes that the group will meet its expectations for the current financial year, as the global products business fulfils current order demand.” The company was expected to post a pretax profit of 91.8 million pounds for the year to end-March, according to a Thomson

Reuters I/B/E/S poll. QinetiQ said the US trading environment would likely remain challenging, with defense budgets under pressure. It said US support service contracting reductions would likely have greater impact on contracts to which it has limited exposure but that the US drive to have fewer and lower-cost suppliers would pressurize margins as customers looked to save money and competition intensified. QinetiQ, which lost part of a British defense training contract in spending cuts last month, welcomed Britain’s decision to invest further in cyber security, science and technology. — Reuters

Global recovery slows OECD trims US growth target

HAMBURG: Technicians work on an Airbus A380 of German airline Lufthansa standing at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany. — AFP

Rolls-Royce to replace up to 40 A380 engines SYDNEY: Rolls-Royce may replace up to 40 engines on Airbus A380 superjumbos flown by three airlines, Qantas said yesterday, after a mid-air explosion sparked safety fears over the world’s biggest passenger jet. The number accounts for nearly half the Trent 900 engines powering A380s operated by Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Germany’s Lufthansa, and follows extensive checks after the November 4 blast over Indonesia. Rolls-Royce has pinpointed a “specific component” in the Trent 900 as the cause of an oil fire behind the blast. Each A380 is powered by four engines. “Rolls may have to look at replacing up to 40 engines across the entire A380 fleet,” a Qantas spokeswoman said. “That includes the Singapore fleet and the Lufthansa fleet. Obviously Qantas doesn’t have 40 engines to replace, we only have six aircraft with four engines each.” Qantas chief Alan Joyce said that up to 14 of the airline’s A380 engines could potentially need replacing, leaving it unclear when its fleet of A380s will resume flying their routes to Los Angeles and London. Rolls-Royce had already been in the process of modifying the engines to prevent oil leaks, but none of Qantas’s turbines had been updated, Joyce said. Australia’s national carrier grounded all six of its A380s following the explosion, which forced an emergency landing in Singapore. Qantas earlier said that checks

on three engines had revealed oil leaks. Singapore Airlines has grounded three of its 11 A380s and Lufthansa is changing an engine on one of its superjumbos as a precaution, while other A380 operators use engines from different manufacturers. “Rolls-Royce are still working through the criteria for which engines need to be changed,” Joyce told reporters. “We’re hoping to understand precisely which engines need to be replaced and therefore we can have a firm timeline for when they will be back in the air, but we are still a few days away from that.” “It doesn’t look like it is a significant modification, but it is a modification that has an impact on how the engines are performing,” he said. “If this was significant, and was known to be significant, we would have liked to have known about that,” he added, noting that Rolls-Royce had begun modifying Trent 900 engines before this month’s explosion. Qantas would discuss compensation with Rolls-Royce once the A380s returned to service, Joyce said. Rolls-Royce was not immediately available to respond to the latest comments. Singapore Airlines said it would constantly inspect the Rolls-Royce engines powering its Airbus A380s and replace them if advised to do so by the manufacturers. “We remain in very close contact with both Rolls-Royce and Airbus,

and all checks that we have carried out to date have been in full compliance with their recommendations and instructions,” said Singapore Airlines spokesman Nicholas Ionides. “Under this inspection regime, as and when engines need to be replaced as advised by our manufacturers, we have been doing so and will continue to do so, to ensure the safe and continuous operation of the fleet.” Rolls-Royce shares, which have been battered already by the A380 jet troubles, were down 0.50 percent at 596.5 pence in early London trade yesterday. In Sydney, Qantas ended up 2.25 percent. The Qantas spokeswoman said she was unable to give a “definitive answer” on when its Airbus superjumbo would return to the skies, refusing to confirm a report which said it could remain out of action until at least early December. A new-for-old engine swap program was among options being discussed, she added. Joyce said the A380 issues had reduced Qantas’s flying capacity by between four and five percent. The double-decker A380, which carries 525 passengers and weighs 560 tons at takeoff, was hailed as the future of longhaul aviation at its commercial launch in 2007. Rival manufacturer Boeing’s Dreamliner is about three years behind schedule after a series of glitches, including an on-board fire last week which forced it to cancel test flights. — AFP

PARIS: The OECD trimmed its US growth forecast this year, urging the government yesterday to use caution in reducing its deficit to preserve recovery. The United States faces high unemployment for two more years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimated in its twice yearly outlook report. It also said the US Federal Reserve should maintain its lenient monetary polices, which to date have not aggravated inflation, for the next few years. The report said that after a spirited turnaround in the second half of 2009, US momentum slowed in the second and third quarters this year and should come to 2.7 percent for all of 2010, a downward revision to the OECD forecast in May of 3.2 percent. The global recovery shows signs of easing on slowdown in emerging economies but remains on track for 4.6-percent growth this year, dipping to 4.2 percent in 2011, the OECD said yesterday. Many countries must work harder and faster to cut budget deficits next year and some may have room to offest this for a while with even cheaper money. But exceptionally low interest rates cannot last, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned. The United States should consider continuing relaxed monetary conditions for the next few years, it said but also insisted that in general in leading economies “monetary policy must gradually return to a more normal stance.” It suggested that globally, sometime in 2012 exceptional stimulus measures should be on the way out. A broad risk “relates to the very low levels of long-term interest rates in major OECD economies,” it said in its six-month review of the world economy. “The current levels of long-term rates are difficult to reconcile with the projection of a mild but sustained recovery.” Radical action to correct national finances will pay dividends in the medium term, the report said, playing down the risk that widespread corrections would have dire effects on growth. But it also warned at length of dangers in long-lasting exceptionally low rates, notably on sovereign debt markets. One danger was that easy money was causing a problematic flow of funds into emerging economies and currencies. However, there were signs that some foreign exchange movements were in line with a correction of global payments imbalances. Set against this, it warned: “Global imbalances remain wide, and in some cases have started widening again, and there are rising concerns that they may threaten the recovery.” Global imbalances-massive trade surpluses in exporters such as China and massive deficits in importers like the United States-have stoked fears of a currency war as each side devalues its money to gain an advantage. The OECD noted that such “unilateral action” risked “triggering protectionist moves.” The report was published in the midst of the second eurozone debt crisis in six months with bond rates for Irish and Portuguese debt at near record high levels and a big difference between best and worst eurozone bond yields. Eurozone rules for controlling overspending should be tightened, the OECD said. And controversially, it suggested that a rescue fund for eurozone countries in trouble “could be made a permanent feature of the euro area.” This was an indirect reference to market tension over what will happen when the rescue scheme, set up after the Greek crisis, ends in 2013. — Agencies

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What politicians and speculators tend to prefer is not stability so much as flexibility to hide the true cost of government by inflating the money supply. Tying currency to gold in any way reduces such wanton flexibility. So the tendency is to call the gold standard a “barbarous relic” of a backward period in history.

Golden leash on government


he suggestion was somewhat indirect and conditional, but it is nonetheless fascinating that the head of the World Bank should bring up the idea of using gold to help stabilize the international monetary system. Robert Zoellick was far short of calling for a return to the gold standard, but he did say that the “system should also consider employing gold as an international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values. Although textbooks may view gold as the old money, markets are using gold as an alternative monetary asset today.” To be sure, Zoellick is not specific as to just how gold should be used. Before the United States in 1971 abandoned the post-World War II Bretton Woods system by deciding not to sell gold at the fixed price of $35 an ounce, that guarantee had provided some currency stability. But what politicians and speculators tend to prefer is not stability so much as flexibility to hide the true cost of government by inflating the money supply. Tying currency to gold in any way reduces such wanton flexibility. So the tendency is to call the gold standard a “barbarous relic” of a backward period in history. Anybody who remembers when candy bars were a nickel knows that, whatever the official statistics say, inflation has been rampant since the 1960s. The virtue of a gold standard, with money pegged to the price of gold, is that it reduces the flexibility of central banks to inflate the money supply. A true gold standard would eliminate the necessity or desirability of having a politically controlled central bank like the Federal Reserve System. But the idea of subjecting political authorities to the kind of economic discipline a gold standard would provide gives most modern politicians a severe case of the heebie-jeebies. For those and other reasons, Zoellick’s talk of using gold to help stabilize international currency markets may well come to nothing. But if it only leads to a serious debate on the use of gold or even a return to the gold standard, that would be healthy. Our current crisis demonstrates that government

manipulation of the economy has arrived at something of a dead end, a situation in which almost any government action is likely to make matters worse rather than better. It’s time at least to consider more freedom-oriented alternatives. Gold and silver have more than their usual glimmer these days, as prices for precious metals skyrocket and casual investors increasingly are buying coins. A few weeks ago, gold was trading at $1,000 an ounce, said Eric King, who works at Gregg’s Coins on Pass Road in Biloxi. Gold was $1,365 an ounce Friday after reaching a high of $1,422.

Silver has gone from $18 to $29.30 an ounce just within the last month. “It’s crazy,” he said. Though the price spike brings a big check for those selling their old jewelry, it adds to the cost of dental fillings, a diamond engagement ring and electronics that use precious metals. “The people who are broke are selling,” King said. He’s paying about $400 an ounce for 10-carat gold, $600 an ounce for 14-carat and $800 for 18-carat, and those prices change daily. Those who are buying gold and silver coins are scared about the value of the dollar, he said. They

Jewelry forms a very important part of the overall attire of an Indian bride.

started pulling some of their money out of the stock market when their retirement accounts began shrinking, and put it into coins they can hold in their hand, he said. Mostly they are buying an ounce of silver or a quarter- or half-ounce gold coin they can use to buy groceries and other supplies if necessary. Gold and silver are the one world currency that has held up for more than 2,000 years, he said. In the year and a half since David Watson of Biloxi started is buying silver coins for his retirement, the price has doubled from $14 to $29 an ounce. “I think this is the most safe investment you can make,” he said. “Silver’s my thing. Silver is used in so many things,” he said, including computers for the burgeoning worldwide market. “Gold’s not.” At Haney’s Pawn Shop on Central Avenue in D’Iberville, manager Buddy Evans said people are selling their old, broken and outdated gold jewelry to pay the bills. “The price of gold is up and the economy is down,” he said. He’s worked at the shop for more than 20 years and said the price of platinum fluctuates but other metals follow the price of gold. “Until the economy gets better I expect to see gold prices high,” he said, King said he agrees with many economists who predict the spike will continue. He also knows at any point the price could fall. As a dealer, he’s paying $13 to $20 each for old silver dollars, but he advises people to hold onto them. Gail Pav at Pav & Broome Jewelry in Gulfport said customers are still buying jewelry, and selling old rings and silverware. “We’ve got that trust factor that we’ve build for the last 30 years in the community,” she said. “We’re writing six to eight checks a day.” For those buying fine jewelry for Christmas, she said diamond stud earrings have very little metal and haven’t increased in price like gold chains, heavy tennis bracelets and jewelry repairs. A $3,000 diamond engagement ring will be about $80 more this year and Pav said their designers tweaked the custom jewelry to use less metal and keep costs in line. There are alternatives, she said. “When gold is up-buy diamonds.” — MCT


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Make a career from someone’s teeth


ental assistants provide some patient care in dentists’ offices and also have laboratory and clerical duties. One needs only on-thejob training to work as a dental assistant, but formal programs are also offered by some community colleges, trade schools, technical institutes or the Armed Forces. The employment outlook for this field is excellent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that it will be among the fastest growing occupations through 2018. Those who want careers in dentistry have four options from which to choose. You can be a dentist, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant or a dental technician. Educational and licensing requirements differ for each of these careers in dentistry, as do duties and salaries. Dentist Dentists diagnose and treat problems with their patients’ teeth and mouth tissue. Those who want to become dentists must attend dental school, a four year endeavor. Most dental school applicants have a bachelor’s degree, although a minimum of only two years of predental education is required. After graduating from dental school, one must be licensed by the state in which he or she wants to practice. A written

exam and a practical exam are required. Dental Hygienist Dental hygienists, generally working under the supervision of a dentist, provide patients with preventative dental care. To become a dental hygienist one must earn an associate degree from a dental hygiene school. State licensing, which is obtained after taking written and practical exams, is required of those who want to work as dental hygienists.

What it takes to be a dental technician

Dental Assistant Dental assistants work alongside dentists, performing some patient care, but not the same tasks dental hygienists are licensed to perform. Dental assistants also perform laboratory and office duties. Dental assistants usually receive their training on-the-job, although some attend dental assisting programs offered by community and junior colleges, trade schools, technical institutes or the Armed Forces. Some states license or register dental assistants. Dental Technician Dental technicians manufacture dental prosthetics based on dentists’ specifications. They are also called

dental laboratory technicians. Many dental technicians receive on-the-job training although many employers prefer to hire job candidates who have received formal training through community colleges, vocationaltechnical schools and the US Armed Forces. Voluntary certification is offered by The National Board for Certification, an independent board established by the National Association of Dental Laboratories. Dental Technicians Job Description Dental technicians, also called dental laboratory technicians, manufacture dental prosthetics including bridges, crowns and dentures according to specifications dentists send to them. They work in specialties that include orthodontic appliances, crowns and bridges, complete dentures, partial dentures, or ceramics. Dental technicians are also called dental laboratory technicians. Educational Requirements for Dental Technicians Although dental technicians generally receive on-the-job training, many employers prefer to hire job candidates who have received formal training available through community colleges and

vocational-technical schools and the US Armed Forces. Most are two year programs that lead to an associate’s degree, but some are four year programs that lead to a bachelor’s degree.

should have good manual dexterity, good vision, and be adept at recognizing very fine color shadings and variations in shape. Another important trait is an artistic aptitude for detailed and precise work.

Other Requirements for Dental Technicians In addition to receiving classroom instruction, dental technicians also need hands-on experience. Some dental technicians choose to become certified. The National Board for Certification, an independent board, offers voluntary certification in dental laboratory technology. One who wants to become a dental technician

Advancement Opportunities for Dental Technicians Experienced dental technicians who work in large laboratories may become supervisors or managers. Some may teach or work for dental suppliers. Others may open their own laboratories. How Much Do Dental Technicians Earn? Dental technicians earned a median annual salary of $34,820 and median hourly wages of $16.74 in 2009. A Day in a Dental Technician’s Life On a typical day a dental technician will make crowns, bridges, dentures, and other dental prosthetics based on dentists’ prescriptions. These are some of the steps she will take to make a dental prosthetic device: • create a model of a patient’s mouth by pouring plaster into an impression (mold) made by a dentist; • examine the model taking note of the patient’s bite, surrounding teeth and gum line; • build and shape a wax model of the patient’s teeth or tooth, which the dental technician will use to cast a metal framework for the prosthetic device; • after casting the metal framework, the dental technician will prepare its surface to adhere to the porcelain “teeth”; • form “teeth” from porcelain by applying it in layers to the prepared metal framework; • continue to adjust the color and shape of the tooth or teeth, which includes placing it in a porcelain furnace which will allow the porcelain to bake onto the metal framework. —


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What to look for in a notebook

ith so many notebooks on the market today, how can you decide which model is right for you? Start by determining how you'll primarily use the machine. Will your priority be travel, gaming, business, entertainment, or some combination of those? The answer to that question will go some way toward determining which features you should look for and which you should avoid. Read on to learn more. Q: I'm going to get rid of my desktop computer in favor of a notebook that can do everything my desktop could. What should I look for? A: Notebooks that are specifically designated as "desktop replacement" models typically have large screens, beefy processors and graphics cards, and close to fullsize keyboards. They're also often quite heavy - too heavy to carry around comfortably for long but still portable enough to lug along if you don't mind dealing with some significant extra weight. However, you can have the best of both worlds - desktop power and true portability - if you think a bit unconventionally and set your sights on models designed specifically for businesses. Instead of a bulky notebook with a screen big enough to replace your desktop display - and this usually means models with screens of 15 or 16 inches, and sometimes even larger - look at business-class units that can be plugged into a docking station. A docking station is essentially a small, plastic platform into which a business-class notebook snaps. The docking station itself contains additional ports, typically extra USB ports and connections for fullsize, external desktop displays and other external devices. You can buy a very powerful yet portable business class notebook for not much more than a consumer class model. What you get is both dockability and true portability - the best of both worlds. Business class notebooks include Dell's Latitude line, Lenovo's ThinkPads, Toshiba's Tecra, or HP's Elitebook or ProBook. Business class notebooks also are typically built to withstand a bit more punishment while on the road, so you'd be getting a stronger notebook as well as one that, with a docking station, can double as a desktop unit. The docking stations themselves can be purchased either from the same manufacturer that makes your notebook or, often, at a lower price from eBay outlet stores. Keep in mind, too, that not all notebooks are dockable. Consumer models are typically not. What this means is that these models will lack the docking port, typically found on the bottom of a notebook. Q: My current notebook computer has Vista, and it's very slow. I'm looking for a notebook computer that will run Windows 7. Which features should I get? A: Almost any notebook sold today will run Windows 7 just fine. In fact, unless you're dealing with


Big screen? Light weight? Durability? Dockability

notebooks from Apple, most notebooks will be sold with Windows 7 as the default, or standard, operating system. However, if your current notebook runs Vista, albeit slowly, you may be spending money needlessly if you feel you need a different notebook to run Windows 7. Windows Vista is notorious for making perfectly good hardware seem sluggish, especially over time, as more applications and bloatware pile up to cause slowdowns. Many, in fact, are finding that Windows 7 by itself breathes new life into hardware that seemed inadequate with Windows Vista. So before you run out and buy a new notebook, you might want to look first at the specs of your current notebook to see whether it's up to the task of running Windows 7. Just open Vista's System dialog box from the Control Panel, and you'll see most of what you need to know.

Do you have 2 gigabytes (GB) or installed memory or more? Do you have a single or dual core processor running at 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster? If so, you're probably best off just buying an upgrade to Windows 7 and seeing how much more life you can get out of your current model. If you're still bent on getting a new notebook for Windows 7, concentrate less on internal specifications - because just about any notebook sold today works fine with Windows 7 - and more on how you'll be using your notebook. Big screen? Light weight? Durability? These are the factors that will ultimately determine whether you're satisfied with your choice. Q: I'm a student, and I need a budget notebook that will allow me to play games as well as do my school work. Should I focus on the graphics card above all else?

A: First, gaming laptops are typically among the most expensive, since high-end graphics cards, processors, hard drives, and screens are all coveted by gamers, whose applications demand a lot from a computer. But if budget is a primary concern, then you have to prioritize. Where you start in your prioritization should depend on the particular games you're playing. If high frame rates are critical, for example, then emphasizing graphics card performance over other components makes sense, although a fast processor will be critical in keeping frame rates high as well. But in terms of notebook components, the order of importance for gamers is often graphics card, processor, screen size, hard drive, and memory (RAM). Q: I'm looking for a notebook primarily to surf the internet,

check my e-mail, work on Word documents, and listen to music. What are the features I need? A: For these light-duty tasks, the wide world of notebook computers is open to you. So concentrate on usability aspects of a machine rather than processor or amount of RAM. It's easiest to start by ruling out certain features. Because you mentioned surfing the web, netbooks may be too small, as their cramped screens are less than ideal for web surfing today. Also, many consider the glossy screens of many of today's notebooks to be less than ideal for office tasks such as word processing - and even for web surfing. That could mean that a budget business model may work best, as these combine light weight and nononsense features such as matt screens. Look particularly at Dell's Latitude e5400 series or HP's ProBook line. — dpa


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Beauty guide

hink about this long and hard. Tat night? How many hours do you sleep Many of us don’t get enough beauty sleep, and this takes its toll on our skin. For those of us who are sleep deprived, we often walk around like zombies throughout our days. Late nights out, late nights at work, and late nights in front of the television all take a toll on our bodies. For what price? Sleep deprivation is not only bad for our bodies, but it’s terrible for our mental health and affects the way we look. Beauty sleep is not just

When we drift off to slumber land our body is at peace. What you probably don’t realize is that your body is working its magic overnight. a myth; it’s extremely important to our overall health and wellbeing, and is essential for younger looking skin.

When we drift off to slumber land our body is at peace. What you probably don’t realize is that your body is working its magic overnight. It’s trying to refresh, revitalize and keep you looking your best for the next day. Consider sleep as your body’s maintenance time. Sleeping too little can have adverse health effects on your body that can lead to diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, irritability, slower reaction time, slurred speech and tremors. Skin cells regenerate faster at night than during the day and ultimately help your skin look younger. Lack of sleep causes you to age faster by changing your metabolism and affecting your hormones. The period of deep sleep, or R.E.M., is when people typically have a surge in growth hormones. These increased growth hormones help repair and rebuild tissue like your muscles. Your body’s cells also show increased production and less protein breakdown when you sleep. Proteins are important because they are needed for cell

growth to help protect and repair damage from stress and UV rays. It’s not just about how much you sleep (a minimum of 8 hours per night are generally recommended), it’s also about the quality of your sleep. Better quality sleep = younger looking skin overall. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest. Getting enough quality sleep is one of the best natural skin care techniques for looking your best. You can enhance this time by using skin care in the evenings that are rich in anti-oxidants. You will get increased benefits, as the anti-oxidants will stay active on your skin longer while you get your beauty rest. I love using Dreamweaver by Sircuit Skin before bed as an overnight moisturizer. The chamomile in it calms and relaxes my skin for a deep, heavenly sleep. Decleor’s Aroma Night Regenerating cream is also a dream to use. Infused with black orchid and primrose, you’ll awake to renewed and radiant skin. Sleep deprivation also affects your skin hydration. When you’re

not getting enough sleep, the first thing you run to is caffeine. Not so great for your skin! Caffeine exhausts your skin and takes away moisture from your body leaving your skin thirsty. If you’re stuck sleeping only a few hours in a night, take coffee and tea out of your diet and stock up on water. Adding water back into your system will have your skin looking moisturized instead of completely water deprived. Sleep also acts as a natural moisturizer when you perspire. Usually when you sleep your entire body (including your face) tends to perspire more, giving you a natural skin treatment. I don’t know about you but not getting sleep makes me a really cranky monster. Not being a morning person to begin with, the last thing I need is to compromise the well-being of my body. Getting my beauty sleep not only helps my human self function better, but I’m happier and less likely to get into a funk of depression. One thing that helps me get my quality beauty rest is having a satin sleep mask. It blocks light so my sleep isn’t disrupted. There are many different eye therapy masks you can also try to rejuvenate your tired eyes. Now take a minute and listen to your body, it’s telling you something. Are you sleep deprived? Are you dehydrated? Are the bags under your eyes so bad that they’re impossible to hide with even the strongest concealer? Get some Z’s. (

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ot a big event coming up or G just want to look beautiful? If you do, this guide shows you everything you need head to toe. 1-Shower Wash your hair with your favorite shampoo for one minute, rinse out and use your favorite conditioner. Leave in for two minutes then rinse out. Use a deep conditioner and leave it in for three minutes then rinse out completely. Wash your face with your cleanser, use a gentle scrub to exfoliate. Use a loofah and some soap or body wash and wash your entire body. Then shave your legs and underarms, rinse off once again. Towel dry when you step out. 2-Hair After you wash your hair, comb it gently with a widetoothed comb. Then if you need to, blow dry your hair, use a round brush; it gives your hair more volume. If you have the time, air dry it; air drying your hair is the best method. Style it anyway you like, or go to a salon and ask what they recommend. 3-Nails Clean your finger or toe nails with a nail scrubber. Then file and clip them. You can also paint your nails if you like or again you can go to a nail salon for a full manicure and pedicure. 4-Teeth Always brush your teeth at least twice a day (morning and night) and brush them for two minutes! After every time you eat if better though! Make sure to floss once a day, preferably at night, since then you can get rid of all the food that has been building up. Afterward, swish thoroughly with mouthwash for fresh breath! Don’t use strong mouthwash everyday, because it can kill some of your taste buds. Use a teeth whitener if your teeth need it. 5-Makeup The more natural-looking, the better. No one likes to see someone whose face is bogged down with what seems like six pounds of makeup. Use your favorite mascara, and then use an eyeshadow that makes your eye color pop! Brown eyeliner looks good on anybody. brown mascara looks natural, especially on blondes. Do not cake it on! Use concealer if needed, and chap stick/lip gloss/ lip stick. 6-Feel Good About yourself! You are unique, so don’t compare your looks to anyone else. If you have big eyes, enhance them, full lips, use a bright red lipstick and show them to the world, you have freckles? Don’t cover them up, they make you unique. Braces? Express your creativity and have fun colors as the brackets, so what if you have crooked teeth, you will thank yourself for this later. Glasses? Be proud, get frames you love- Eyes are the window to the soul, so you might as well frame them’’ (


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Exercise personality types: Finding your perfect workout

Finding the energy and motivation to hit the gym at the end of a long workday can be almost impossible. One of the best ways to maintain a steady exercise routine is to find an activity that you love


et’s face it: even at the best of times, working out can be a painful chore - finding the energy and motivation to hit the gym at the end of a long workday can be almost impossible. One of the best ways to maintain a steady exercise routine is to find an activity that you love - one that doesn’t really feel like working out (but leaves you exhausted by the end!). Exercise plans by personality type are perfect for determining what kinds of exercises you’re more likely to stick to - perfect for anyone who has trouble with motivation or boredom during exercise. Read through the exercise personality types below to see which fits you! Body Combat, Boxing, Free Weights - The Badass Are you secretly a bit of an asskicker? Do you ever fantasize about becoming a super-strong warrior, or love the way Pink is so tough? If so, the Badass workout is perfect for you! Developed by the world’s most popular exercise companies Les Mills, Body Combat is a one-hour exercise class that combines kickboxing, karate, jujitsu and tai-bo moves into a fast, high-intensity workout. Body Combat is amazing for both burning calories and

building muscle - and works you out from head to toe. Looking for something a little less intense? Try the boxing bag or free weights at your local gym. Ask an instructor for technique tips before you start punching (to avoid any wrist or knuckle fractures) and devise your own workout to your favorite badgirl music. Free weights also give you the freedom to choose your own intensity levels, while still building muscle and making you super-strong. Team sports, boot camp, running groups - The Socializer Do you love to have a gossip while working out? Is feeling supported and comfortable during your workout an essential? Taking on a team sport with a group of friends can be amazingly beneficial rather than getting together at the pub or for dinner, head out twice a week for group sports! You’ll have all the fun and enjoyment of socializing with the added bonus of getting fit. Most sporting organizations are very happy to accommodate new teams - try a sport such as netball, basketball or volleyball that requires minimum equipment but gives you a great workout! If you can’t get enough people together to make a full team,

try joining a bootcamp or running group with a close friend. Body J am, Zumba, Modern Dance - The Girly Girl Have you ever kind of wanted to audition for the Pussycat Dolls? Do you love to head out on a Saturday night and shake your booty ‘til dawn? If this sounds like you, try a dance-based cardio class! Developed by Les Mills fitness, Body Jam is a high-intensity cardio workout that combines all styles of dance - modern, ballet, hip hop, jazz - into a full-body workout. The best part? Moves are gradually learnt over a few songs so you have time to perfect each one, and are then combined as a whole routine (think the final number in Moulin Rouge or Chicago, but more modern and sultry!) You’ll be so busy feeling like a superstar that you won’t even notice you’re working out. For a slightly lower intensity, try Zumba. Zumba is another dance-based class that focuses mostly on Latin-American dance moves - perfect for a sculpted dancer’s body, but easier to follow and not as intense as Body Jam. If your gym doesn’t offer any dancebased classes, look up a local dance studio for adult classes - and get some friends to go along too!

Treadmill, elliptical trainer, exercise bike - The TV Addict We’re all guilty of it - ditching the gym to watch the new Gossip Girl can be an all too alluring temptation (theoretically, this is why nearly all gyms have cleverly placed televisions above most of the stationary equipment!). TVwatching is often a vastly underrated workout tool - not only does it give you no excuses in terms of missing your favorite shows, but most people tend to totally zone out while watching TV, making your workout a breeze! To maximize the benefits of TV at the gym, make a timetable of your favorite shows and head to the gym during these hours. Stick to machines that don’t require too much concentration such as treadmills, cross-trainers and stepping machines (to avoid any workout-related mishaps!). You’ll be into a fantastic exercise routine without even realizing it! Yoga, Pilates, Body Balance - The Guru Does the idea of a loud, fastpaced class sound daunting? Would you prefer to be left alone with your zen than listen to a screaming instructor? For a more relaxed

approach to fitness try a Body Balance class - a lower-intensity, strength and toning-based class. Body Balance incorporates moves from both yoga and pilates set to soft, soothing music. The class involves an hour of poses and strengthening exercises, designed to improve muscle tone, lengthen and elongate your body. Body Balance exercises are often unusual, and so are great for targeting muscles you never knew you had perfect for those problem areas that are tough to work out. Also, because it’s a combination of both yoga and pilates, it’s intense without being too painful. Yoga tends to focus more on the mental side of exercise, whereas some first-time pilates-goers find the moves a bit too difficult. Combining the two means a satisfying workout for both the body and the mind. Most gyms have both Body Balance and yoga/pilates classes, but if you’re having trouble finding one try looking up a private studio. Private studio classes tend to be somewhat more expensive, but usually offer a smaller, more intimate class - perfect for those looking to perfect their technique! (

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How much calcium do I need?

ou’ve probably heard that you need to take a calcium supplement each day - even if you are taking a multi-vitamin. This is because most people don’t get enough calcium in their diets and the multivitamins don’t have the recommended daily dosage of calcium in them; even though they do have other nutrients and minerals that we need. We need calcium to keep our bones and teeth strong, but it is also needed to help our muscles contract properly, to help our blood clot, to help nerves carry messages, to keep our hearts beating properly, and to prevent diseases such as Osteoporosis. Without calcium our bodies are in big trouble! We get some calcium from the foods we eat. Dairy products, broccoli, rice, salmon, tuna, beans, nuts, seeds, oysters, shrimp, turnip greens, okra, other green vegetables, oranges, figs, and several other foods all contain calcium. But again, most people don’t consume enough of these foods in a single day to get the required amount of calcium that is needed by the body, even if they are taking an additional multi-vitamin. Most people don’t even know how much calcium they need to meet their body’s requirements. Doctors always tell us to take a calcium supplement but they almost always fail to say how much calcium is enough, and how much is too much!


First, let’s look a t how much is too much, in terms of ca lcium. Nobody has ever overdosed on calcium, but some people have had health problems that were caused because they were getting too much calcium - the solution was always to cut down on the calcium of course. So far, scientists and doctors agree that up to 2500 milligrams of calcium per day is perfectly safe - but you don’t even need that much. Most health care professionals agree that if you aren’t drinking three eight ounce glasses of milk per day, you are not getting enough calcium. Babies between the ages of newborn and six months old should have at least 210 milligrams of calcium each day. From seven months to one year, they should have 270 milligrams per day. Children aged one to three years should have 500 milligrams, four to eight years should have 800 milligrams. Children nine years to eighteen year olds should have 1300 milligrams. It is vitally important that children get the calcium that they need, because this is when their bones and teeth are developing, and their bodies crave calcium! Adults between the ages of nineteen and fifty need 1000 milligrams of calcium per day, which adults aged fifty one and over need to increase their calcium intake to 1200 milligrams per day. If you are taking a supplement to get your daily calcium make sure you are also taking magnesium with it. Magnesium is the transport that brings the calcium to your cells. The ratio of magnesium to calcium should be 2:1. In other words if you are taking 1200mg of calcium you should also be taking 600mg of magnesium for a complete solution. (

We need calcium to keep our bones and teeth strong, but it is also needed to help our muscles contract properly, to help our blood clot, to help nerves carry messages, to keep our hearts beating properly, and to prevent diseases such as Osteoporosis. Without calcium our bodies are in big trouble


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Nancy King embraces her dog Buzz, a 15-year-old dachshund, at her home in Elk Grove, California. — MCT

Furry friends now get their own funds uzz and Hilda love to ramble around their Elk Grove home, taking naps or chasing after their chew toys by day, curling up in the family room recliner at night. Nancy King, their devoted owner, doesn't want that routine to change much once she's gone. So King, a librarian for the California Energy Commission, set up a pet trust, which spells out exactly how and where her dachshund duo will be cared for, if they outlive her. King, 67, wanted to ensure that her pets have "as little disruption as possible" once she can no longer care for them. With an estimated 71.4 million US households home to at least one bird, fish, reptile, cat, dog or bunny, pets are definitely our beloved companions in life. But what happens to them after we're gone? Some wind up in animal shelters. Some are put to sleep. Others are farmed out to willing family or friends. But to ensure there's no uncertainty, it appears more Americans are specifying exactly what happens to Fido and Fluffy when they're gone. That arrangement can be as casual as a friendly agreement with a grown child, a sibling or friend, or as concrete as a legally drafted trust. "It's definitely a trend, and it's caught on because people understandably value their animals and want to make sure their pets


Legal trusts can ensure devoted pets' comfort are looked after," said Mary Randolph, publisher of Berkeley, Calif.-based Nolo and author of "Every Dog's Legal Guide: A MustHave Book for Your Owner." Some 43 states and the District of Columbia now have statutory pet trust laws on their books, according to attorney Dan Meeks, who runs a Florida website, He said there's been increased interest in pet trusts over the past couple of years, partly due to several "outlandish" pet-care cases, such as the $12 million trust fund left by real estate mogul Leona Helmsley to care for her Maltese poodle (later reduced to $2 million in court). Or Florida heiress Gail Posner, who died in March, leaving her $8.3 million Miami mansion and more than $3 million for the care of Conchita, her pampered Chihuahua, and two other dogs. In Elk Grove, librarian King doesn't have anything quite so posh in mind for her beloved pooches. At her death, Buzz, a 15-year-old "senior citizen" and Hilda, an 8-yearold "doxie-wawa" (a dachshundChihuahua mix), will be adopted by a volunteer chosen by the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

(SPCA). Her pet trust specifies organic food and regular teeth cleaning every eight weeks for both dogs. King, who is setting aside about $150 a month to cover the dogs' food and vet bills, also gave the SPCA her recipe for homecooked organic pet food. How to prepare for your pets' lives after you're gone? Here are some choices: The easy route: The simplest and least costly way is an informal arrangement, asking a trusted friend, neighbor or family member to assume care of your pet should something happen to you. "Make sure the person is willing and able to take your animal, both financially and (life) circumstances," said Nolo's Randolph. And since the average dog or cat costs an estimated $1,000 a year in food and vet bills, it's a good idea to provide some financial help, ideally in either a will or a trust. (For more of Randolph's tips, look under "Pet Law" at For those who don't have a specific person in mind as their pet caretaker, many animal shelters and organizations like SPCA have "guardian care" programs. "Some people simply ask that we find a good, permanent adoptive home for their animal after they're gone," said

Steve Potter, development director for the Sacramento SPCA. "Some are more specific, like Fluffy doesn't go to a home with children or to a home with other pets." Pet trusts: If you want more assurance and supervision over Fluffy's long-term care, consider a pet trust, which names a trustee to ensure your wishes are carried out. Sacramento estate planning attorney Mark Drobny has done more than 100 pet trusts of all kinds for clients over the years, including: The Wilton couple with no kids and seven mules, whose trust names a caretaker to live on their ranch for the mules' natural lives, which can be 40 years or more. Or the reptile lover, who arrived for an attorney visit with a snake draped around her neck and two more in a carrying case. (Her pet trust places a caretaker in her home until the reptiles' demise; the remaining estate will be donated toward an SPCA adoption center for turtles, iguanas and other reptiles.) A pet trust can cost from $750 to $2,500, depending on whether it's part of a new living trust or added to an existing estate plan. Other options: More elaborate choices are available. The TLC for Pets Program at the University of

California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, for instance, allows dog and cat owners to provide for their pet's lifetime care, including an adoptive home and veterinary care, including surgeries. That TLC is not cheap. For dogs, the tax-deductible UCD gift is $50,000; for cats, it's $30,000. There's also a $1,500 enrollment fee that covers an initial in-home visit to meet the pet, assess its health and home environment. (The program, launched in 2006, originally included horses, but equines were dropped due to cost issues.) Celeste Borelli, TLC coordinator, said the price sounds steep but noted that surgical bills and cancer treatments can be costly for aging pets. At the end of the pet's life, any unused funds remain in the TLC program, part of UCD's Center for Companion Animal Health. Borelli said 12 families with 28 animals are currently enrolled. Regardless of what route you take, having a pet-care plan eliminates any lingering worries about what will happen once you're gone. "After I signed the paperwork, I just had so much peace of mind, knowing my guys will be well cared for," said Elk Grove's King, while her shortlegged companions jostled for room on her lap. Or as she joked, "If Leona Helmsley could do it, why not me, too?" — MCT


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The Muellers pray before eating their dinner. Every night the Mueller family eats together.— MCT

A family of 10, survives on faith ‘What kind of purpose in life do you want to create?’

ehind the doors of a modest Rogers Park, Illinois, frame house, Pete and Patty Mueller are acting out their own reality show of “Pete and Patty Plus 8.” Homeschooling all eight of their children and surviving on one income, the Muellers have not sought the reality show spotlight that helped pop culture icons Jon and Kate Gosselin raise their brood and eventually broadcast the end of their marriage. Still, there has been a fair share of drama surrounding the Muellers’ adoption of two children from Ethiopia - a process that started four years ago before anyone could have guessed Pete Mueller would lose his job. The Muellers could have backed out of the adoption. But they didn’t. They believed they were answering God’s call in the New Testament to look after orphans in distress. Now, with a new school year underway, with eight pupils at the dining room table instead of six, the Muellers are reminded of what they believed all along: God does provide. The journey has not brought fame or fortune. But it has fortified their faith. “We didn’t go into this thinking we’d save the world,” Patty Mueller said. “We did it selfishly. The byproduct is we’re forced to live by faith, forced to need God.” Pete Mueller says he has had three


epiphanies, or “lightning bolts,” in his 48 years. The first struck when he decided to propose to Patty. The second was the name of their oldest daughter, Pippin - a catchy name that Patty heard on the radio and Pete liked immediately. They chose P names for all of their biological children who range in age from 5 to 17. After Pippin came Paxton, Perri, Pia, Paavo and Peyton. The third epiphany was the decision to adopt Mulugeta and Birtukan, an Ethiopian brother and sister who kept their given names. Patty, 47, suggested adopting after learning about the plight of children in Liberia. With 146 million orphans and 2.1 billion Christians in the world, she believed, it was a moral imperative she could not ignore. Her husband scoffed and wished his wife luck. But six months later, he realized she had a point. This was a call from God. Though Pete felt drawn to Ethiopia, the couple followed Patty’s heart and applied with an agency in Liberia. Worried that the agency’s reportedly sloppy paperwork and inaccurate case histories might jeopardize their efforts, they sought another agency. Liberia closed its doors to adoption before they could find one. Wondering if this was a sign from God to abandon the idea, the couple

met with a counselor who specialized in adoption issues. After forcing them to confront every worst-case scenario she could imagine, the counselor asked Pete and Patty how they would feel in 20 years if they didn’t do it. When only regret came to mind, they followed Pete’s heart to Ethiopia. The day before New Year’s Eve, the Muellers received word that a man had brought his grandchildren now 2 and 6 - to the Bete Hit Sanet orphanage in the Ethiopian city of Kombolcha. Their mother and father had died of a sudden illness and he was unable to care for the children. The Muellers’ joy was tempered by an unexpected development that had occurred just days before Christmas. Pete lost his job as a project manager for a general contractor. The family was surviving on his two-month severance. The family could not afford two more mouths to feed, let alone travel to Ethiopia. Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services would not grant them a license necessary to adopt a seventh and eighth child the simple way, with one trip there and back. In order for the children to qualify for immediate citizenship, the Muellers had to meet them first in Ethiopia and then return a second time, costing them thousands of

dollars more. After a Tribune inquiry, DCFS is now investigating why a license would have been denied. “Adoption is not cheap or free,” Pete said. “Our whole lives have been undercapitalized. If we were smart economically, we wouldn’t do anything we do. I couldn’t imagine not having done this.” Five weeks after the severance expired, Pete found a sales job for a landscape supply company. Money has never been a priority for the Muellers. Neither has decorating, dusting or yardwork. “Some day” projects occupy almost every nook of their cozy four-bedroom home and lawn. They will get to them “some day.” When Pete discovered that the doors were coated with lead paint, he removed them. The house had no bedrooms with doors for 12 years. Because he has not yet installed another shower, the house has only one full bathroom. “They don’t seem to get bothered by some of those things,” said Patty’s mother, Lynn Berthel, who always kept a tidy house, but admires her daughter’s values. “There are some things you just have to let go.” What they can’t let go they discuss on Wednesdays, otherwise known as date night. Often the couple walks up the block to Baker’s Square for a cup of coffee and a free slice of pie. “He

vents for a while. I vent for a while,” Patty said. “We don’t go with the intention of having heartfelt conversations or romantic trysts. It’s just to be in the same space.” It’s the one time of the week when Patty is more than mom, teacher, coach, cook and chauffeur. She is Pete’s wife. “We need to be reminded that we love each other or need to,” Pete said. Those intimate moments, they say, sustain their marriage. A shared passion for justice also helps. That passion has fueled many of their unconventional life choices. Members of Grace Evangelical Covenant Church in Albany Park, they hope more churches broaden their pursuit of justice to include adoption ministries. They also want more churches to shake people from their comfort zones to address the issues war, poverty, AIDS - that threaten young lives in the Third World. “Without getting too philosophical, what kind of purpose in life do you want to create?” Pete said. “We knew we weren’t the kind of couple that would vacation in the Riviera or climb the Himalayas, but we humbly think we have a great family. We’re good at this parenting thing. Once I got used to the fact that I’m going to be poor for the rest of my life, I was at absolute peace. That’s when I knew we couldn’t not do it.” — MCT


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Everyday cooking


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Low-fat cranberry-pineapple sauce


Low fat eggnog

1 lb bag fresh cranberries 1 cup orange juice 1 6 oz can chunk pineapple 1/2 cup splenda or other sugar substitue


resh cranberries are available in the vegetable section in one pound bags. Although the cranberries are pre-washed, it is a good idea to wash the cranberries in cool water in a colander before cooking.Over medium-high heat add freshly washed cranberries, pineapple chunks, orange juice, and splenda (or sugar substitute) to a medium sauce pan. Use wooden spoon to mix thoroughly. Be sure the sugar is thoroughly

incorporated. Cook covered for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries burst open. As the cranberries burst open, pectin inside the cranberries will thicken the mixture into a nice sauce.Turn off the heat and leave uncovered for at least 10 minutes for the sauce to thicken. Sauce should be the consistency of marmalade. Carefully transfer the cranberry sauce to a pretty bowl and serve with a tablespoon.

ï3/4 cup sugar ï1/4 tsp cinnamon ï1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg ï1 egg ï4 egg whites


ï1 1/2 cups fat free milk ï1 1/2 cups fat free half-and-half ï1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ïfreshly grated nutmeg to garnish

ombine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add egg and egg whites, and beat with a mixer for 3-4 minutes. Gently heat fat free milk in a large saucepan. Gradually stir egg mixture into the hot milk. Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in vanilla extract and remove from heat. Let the milk and egg mixture cool a little before blending with fat-free half-and-half milk. Cover and chill in the refrigerator. Before serving sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg on top.


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Roast turkey roll with hifiber stuffing S

2 1/2 to 3 lbs. turkey breast, boned 2 to 3 tsp Dijon style mustard 1/2 tsp salt, optional Fresh ground pepper to taste 2 to 3 med sized shallots, finely chopped 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil 2 med sized cloves of garlic, shoot removed and

finely chopped 1 1/4 lbs. fresh mushrooms, wiped clean 10 oz fresh spinach, washed, steamed 1/3 c chicken stock 1/4 c chopped walnuts 1/3 c oat bran

kin and defat the turkey breast, also defat the skin by scraping the underside with a sharp flexible knife such as a boning knife to remove any visible fat, and reserve. Slice the thick end of the turkey breast horizontally, and open it out to increase its surface areas. Score with a sharp knife then spread with mustard, sprinkle with salt if desired and pepper and set aside. Saute the shallots over low heat in 1 tablespoon olive oil until transparent, about 5 minutes, add the garlic and continue to cook and additional 5 minutes. Chop 8 ounces of the mushrooms, plus the stems from the remaining mushrooms, and add them to the saute pan. Reserve the remaining caps to stuff. Drain the spinach by pressing out the liquid through a sieve, then chop and add it to the saute

pan, cook 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the dry stock, walnuts and oat bran, cook a few more minutes to heat through. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread the stuffing 1/2 inch thick over the turkey breast stuffing within 1/2 inch edges (this usually takes about 1 to 1/2 cups of the stuffing). Roll the breast, (not too tight and wrap it in the defatted skin.) Secure it with kitchen twine and rub the reserved 1 teaspoon olive oil to moisten the skin prior to roasting. Lower oven heat to 325 degrees and roast turkey roll for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (35 minutes per pound) or until the juices run clear when pierced with a fork. When the roast has cooked, allow it to rest 10 minutes out of the oven, this facilitates carving. Remove twine and skin prior to carving. Serve the turkey with gravy. Makes 8 servings.

sweet mash

Low-fat pumpkin bars 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes or yams, sliced thin for quick cooking 2 TBS fresh orange juice 1/2 tsp garam masala 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil salt and white pepper to taste Bring lightly salted water to a boil in a steamer with a tight fitting lid. Steam peeled and sliced sweet potatoes in steamer basket, covered, for about 10 minutes, or until tender When tender, mash with potato masher, adding rest of ingredients.

Healthy stuffing 1 tblsp light butter 14 oz stuffing bread (such as pepperidge farm or mrs cubbison) 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced carrots


reheat oven to 350 degrees heat a large saute pan once heated add butter and spray with cooking spray add carrots and saute add celery, onion, garlic and mushroom add additional cooking spray if needed. Continue cooking until veggies are tender. Remove from heat, transfer to bowl and allow to cool slightly in a large bowl and add

1/2 cup diced musrhoom 2-3 cloves of garlic 2- 2 1/2 cup chicken broth poultry seasoning to taste ( I usually use 1-2 tsp) pepper to taste around 1 tsp bread stuffing and veggies. Toss together, season with pepper and poultry seasoning, add chicken broth mixing until moist but not soaking taste and adjust seasoning. spray casserole dish with cooking spray add stuffing mix and cover with foil bake 20-25 minutes uncover and cook additional 10 minutes or until slightly crispy on top.

2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 2 cups pumpkin 1 cup applesauce 4 egg whites 1 tsp soda 3 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt

Mix ingredients together and spread on a baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes at 350ยบ.

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 : An intruder at the 99 Steps Foundation turns out to be the group’s old enemy, The Pathologist -- aka Dr. Audric Blondel. But even stranger: He claims to have reformed,

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

and says he wants to help The 99!


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The best African travel destinations 1 . The Masai Mara , Kenya If you want to see the ‘big five’ in one morning, Masai Mara in Kenya is the place to be. During the dry season from July to October the wildlife spectacle is unparalleled. Nowhere else can you watch the annual migration of over a million wildebeest from a hot-air balloon. The ‘Mara’ is as close to “Out of Africa” as you can get. 2. Victori a Fal ls, Zimbabwe/Zambia There is nothing quite like getting a thorough soaking from the roaring, powerful Victoria Falls. The spray is so impressive from the look-out points, it feels like you are in the middle of a torrential rainstorm. The Victoria Falls lie in between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. The Victoria Falls are just over 1 mile wide (1.7 km) and 355 feet (108 m) high. During the wet season over 500 million liters (19 million cubic feet) of water plummets over the edge into the Zambezi River. This incredible amount of water generates a huge amount of spray which shoots 1000 feet

into the sky and can be seen 30 miles away, hence the name Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke that thunders). 3. Pyr amids of G iza, E gypt The Pyramids of Giza, just outside Cairo in Egypt, represent one of the greatest architectural feats by man. The last surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the world’s oldest tourist attractions, built more than 5000 years ago. There are in fact three main pyramids in Giza; the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), The Pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura. Each Pyramid is a tomb to a different King of Egypt. In front of the pyramids lies the Sphinx, or Abu al-Hol in Arabic, “Father of Terror”. 4. Djenne, Ma li Djenne (Mali), founded in 800 AD, is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s oldest cities. Situated on an island in the Niger River delta, Djenne was a natural hub for traders who shuttled their goods between the Sahara

desert and the forests of Guinea. Through the years Djenne also became a center of Islamic learning and its market square is still dominated by the beautiful Grand Mosque. Djenne is located a few hundred miles downstream from Timbuktu. The market in Djenne, held every Monday, is one of the most interesting and lively markets in Africa, and well worth planning your trip around. The best time to go is at the end of the rainy season (August/September) when Djenne turns into an island. 5. Cape Tow n, South Afr ica Cape Town is a highlight of any trip to Southern Africa. The natural beauty of Cape Town makes it one of the most attractive cities in the world. Cape Town boasts beautiful beaches as well as the impressive Table Mountain right in the heart of the city. The restaurants are world class, and so are the wines. Cape Town is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in Africa and has reputation for social tolerance. 6. Ma r rakech, Morocco Situated at the foot of the

Atlas mountains in Morocco, the imperial city of Marrakech is large, noisy, polluted and fascinating. If you enjoy a daily assault on all your senses then you’ll have a lot of fun. There are so many things to see, you should spend at least 3 days in Marrakech. Stay in a Riad in the medina (old walled part of town), because this is where all the action is. The Majorelle Gardens offer a lovely respite from the bustle of the souqs and shouldn’t be missed. The heart of the medina, the Djemma el Fnaa, should also be a priority for anyone who visits. 7. Omo R iver Regi on, E thi opia Combining white-water rafting with an unparalleled cultural adventure is my idea of a perfect holiday. The Omo River Region of Southwestern Ethiopia, is a fascinating destination. The remote location, which is barely accessible by 4 wheel-drive, has meant that traditional customs and beliefs are very much intact for the more than 50 tribes who live there. It’s advisable to join a tour since it’s difficult to get around on your own and it’ll

enhance your understanding of the different cultures you’re seeing. 8. Vir unga Mountains (Tr acki ng Goril las ) , Uga nda, Rw anda, DR C With only about 700 mountain gorillas left in the world, seeing them in the wild is something only a few people will ever have the chance to experience. About 300 mountain gorillas inhabit an extinct volcanic region called the Virunga Range along the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC in East Africa. The time you are allowed to spend observing them the gorillas is limited, but I can guarantee the hour spent sitting and watching these incredible animals will be one of the best you’ve ever had. 9. Mount Kil imanjaro, Tanzania Africa is known as one of the best destinations for adventure travel and what can be more adventurous than hiking up the world’s tallest free standing mountain. Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania stands at 19,340 feet (5896m) and will take you 6 days to

conquer. The exciting thing about this mountain is that anyone who is fit and determined can make it up. No special climbing equipment or expertise is needed. That said, almost 75 of attempts fail because people figure it’s doable in shorts, t-shirt and a couple of beers for hydration. Check out these pictures to see what the hike is like. 10 . Za nzibar, Tanza ni a Zanzibar is one of Africa’s top destinations because of its fascinating history and its incredible beaches. Zanzibar’s location in the Indian Ocean (off the coast of Tanzania) has made it a natural trading center throughout its history. Famous for its spices, Zanzibar also became an important slave trading post under its Arab rulers. The Arab influences are obvious throughout Zanzibar but especially in Stone Town one of the island’s biggest attractions. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Stone Town boasts beautiful traditional houses, narrow alleyways, a Sultan’s palace and many mosques. (www.goafrica.about.com0


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The top 10 countries for 2010 El Salvador El Salvador sneaks up on you: in lefty lounge bars in San Salvador, at sobering war memorials and museums, and along lush cloud-forest trails; it’s a place of remarkable warmth and intelligence, made all the more appealing for being so unexpected. Travellers tend to skip El Salvador, wooed by marquee destinations such as Guatemala and Costa Rica, and unnerved by stories of civil war and gang violence. But the war ended almost 20 years ago, and crime, while serious, is almost exclusively played out between rival gangs; tourists are virtually never involved. And though El Salvador has fewer protected areas than its neighbours, you get them practically to yourself - including pristine forests, active volcanoes and alpine lakes. Ger many Some countries are simply allowed to be, but Germany has had to reinvent itself more times than Madonna. And it has done so again since 1990, when reunification brought an end to more than four decades of division (thanks for the correction, conetop!). In year 20 after its latest rebirth, Germany is still a country where you can witness history in the making. Head to Hamburg, where an entire new quarter is being wrested from the detritus of a 19th-century harbour. Or to Dresden, where the domed Frauenkirche church is once again the diamond in the shining tiara that is the city’s famous skyline. And, of course, to Berlin, whose climate of openness spawns more creative experimentation than a Petri dish on Viagra. Greece Seldom does a travel destination satisfy the blurbs that shout ‘has

Nepal But for the Himalaya, Nepal would probably be stuck in the shadow of India - but it’s hard to cast a shadow on a country that includes the highest point on earth, the summit of Mt Everest. Over the last decade, Nepal has seen its share of troubles, but 2008 was a watershed year - the rebels became the government, the kingdom became a republic and the king became a civilian. With the fall of the monarchy, the sound of temple bells has replaced the stomp of army boots and peace has returned to Shangri-La.

something for everyone’ - but Greece truly does. Whether you’re there to poke around ancient ruins, soak in the sun on idyllic beaches, or party till you drop, Greece will leave you clamouring for more. It’s guilt-free travel - a slice of history served alongside a healthy slice of hedonism - and everyone seems happy. You get to marvel at the dazzling clarity of the light and the waters, the floral aromas that permeate the air, the pervading sense of spirit - and then sit down to contemplate it all while consuming that great Greek combination of ouzo and octopus! Malaysia Malaysia often gets criticised as being mild in comparison with its grittier neighbours, Thailand and Indonesia. It’s true, natural disasters and coups only seem to happen across its borders, the roads don’t have too many potholes, buses and trains have air-con and plush seats, and hotels are of international standard. While troubles are few, visiting Malaysia lets you leap into the jaws of one of the most interesting parts of Southeast

Asia’s roaring cultural smorgasbord and not be too worried about it. Cheap connections to Europe and great exchange rates mean that you won’t get eaten up by your wallet either. Morocco ‘Hello, bonjour, salaam alaykum, labes?’ Street greetings sum up everything you need to know about Morocco in a word: it’s Berber and Arab, Muslim and secular, Mediterranean and African, worldly wise and welcoming. Morocco sees how the Middle East is portrayed via satellite news and the internet, and is as concerned with violent threats and abuses of power as anyone else in the modern world. But as you’ll see, most Moroccans are plenty busy working to get by, get their kids through school and greet the king’s planned 10 million visitors by 2010 with the utmost hospitality. Every visitor helps Moroccans realise these goals by creating new economic opportunities, and can make a Moroccan’s day by returning the greeting: ‘Hello, good day, may peace be upon you, are you happy?’

New Zealand Recommending New Zealand’s too obvious, right? You’re looking for something a bit edgier, under the radar or further off the beaten track. But there’s wisdom in the old saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fi x it’, and last time we checked the land of Maori and hobbits certainly didn’t need repairing. NZ’s checklist of essential experiences remains as strong as ever. Spectacular landscapes abound, from sea-level rainforests to plunging glaciers, geothermal springs and barren volcanic plains. Add a hearty pinch of lens-friendly wildlife, proud Maori culture, and fine food and drink, and it’s easy to see why the natives are so chilled. Port ugal Skirting along the southwestern edge of the Iberian Peninsula, the once-great seafaring nation of Portugal today straddles two very different worlds. For purists, this is a land of great tradition, of saints-day festivals where ox-drawn carts still lumber through flower-strewn streets, and ancient vineyards bring sleepy medieval villages to life during the annual harvest. Meanwhile, in

other parts of the country, something decidedly more modern is transpiring. Old city centres, long ago abandoned by the young and upwardly mobile in favour of the suburbs, are slowly being revitalised. A new wave of boutiques, art galleries and cafes are finding new homes in once crumbling old buildings, and locals are beginning to rediscover the allure of vibrant downtown areas. Suriname South America’s smallest country, both in area and population, is easily one of its most diverse. Some three quarters of Suriname’s people are descended from Chinese, Javanese and Indian labourers that arrived in the 18th century, and West African slaves in the 17th. Add indigenous Amerindians and Lebanese, Jewish and Dutch settlers, and you have the makings for a lot of ethnic tension, right? Fortunately, wrong. Suriname is known for its peacefully coexisting cultures, most emblematically represented by the country’s biggest mosque and synagogue situated side by side in the capital Paramaribo. With everyone speaking different languages, celebrating different holidays and worshipping in different temples, visiting Suriname is really like hitting several countries at once. USA Suddenly the USA is cool again! Be it from Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday last year, or just tightened budgets during the recession, but more Americans (even hipsters) are looking backwards - and foreigners too - and taking in traditional American historical sites, beginning with Washington DC’s freebie zone of museums and heroic monuments. (


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his week’s list is compiled of a number of books that discover the theme of sisterhood. The titles are mostly contemporary, and while most belong to the literary genre, each book takes place in an entirely different setting. Discovering the complexities of the relationships between sisters, overcoming rivalry and nurturing with unconditional love, these novels will certainly touch your heart. Send your thoughts and suggestions to

By Audrey Niffenegger


ix years after the phenomenal success of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger has returned with a spectacularly compelling and haunting second novel set in and around Highgate Cemetery in London. When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her

sister. Julia and Valentina are seminormal American teenagers — with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another. The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery. They come to know the building’s other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling obsessivecompulsive disorder; Marjike, Martin’s

devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive former lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including — perhaps — their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind. Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in Her Fearful Symmetry: about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life — even after death.

By Barbara Delinsky


elinsky flounders on her latest, a chronicle of how a family deals with a tragedy that befalls its favorite daughter. An Olympic marathon contender, self-centered Robin Snow often rubs her younger sister, Molly, the wrong way. After many years in her sister’s shadow, Molly takes out her resentment with petty actions, such as refusing to accompany Robin on a run. Fatefully, Robin has a heart attack while training and falls into a coma. As Robin’s condition fails to improve, Delinsky digs tediously into the family’s woes: Molly’s touchy relationship with Robin’s ambitious reporter ex-boyfriend; middle son Chris’s dealings with a would-be blackmailer; mother Kathryn’s trouble coming to terms with Robin’s dire prognosis. Delinsky litters the narrative with momentum-crippling scene-setting minutiae, and the Snow family, while theatrically intense in their interactions, make for flat characters. Delinsky is adept as portraying angst, but her story would have greatly benefited from a tighter telling and more complex characters.

By Alice Walker


elie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to “Mister,” a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

By Jodi Picoult


ew York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister - and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you? Once again, in My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult tackles a controversial real-life subject with grace, wisdom, and sensitivity.


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By Barbara Kingslover


he Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe

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they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

By Rebecca Wells By Philippa Gregory


hen Vivi and Siddalee Walker, an unforgettable mother-daughter team, get into a savage fight over a New York Times article that refers to Vivi as a ‘tap-dancing child abuser,’ the Ya-Yas, sashay in and conspire to bring everyone back together. In 1932, Vivi and the Ya-Yas were disqualified from a Shirley Temple Look-Alike Contest for unladylike behavior. Sixty years later, they’re ‘bucking 70’ and still making waves. With passion and a rare gift for language, Rebecca Wells moves from present to past, unraveling Vivi’s life, her enduring friendships with the Ya-Yas, and the reverberations on Siddalee. The collective power of the Ya-Yas, each of them totally individual and authentic, permeates this story of a tribe of Louisiana wild women who are impossible to tame.


wo sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands. A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

By Dodie Smith

By Esther Freud


rom the author of Hideous Kinky comes a charming, surprising, and utterly irresistible tale of adolescent love and self-discovery. When seventeen-year-old Lara accepts her father’s invitation to accom pany him to a Tuscan villa for the summer, she’s both thrilled and nervous for the exotic holiday. To her delight, she soon

discovers that the villa’s closest neighbors are the glamorous Willoughbys, the teenaged brood of a British millionaire. Caught up in their torrential thirst for amusement-and snared by Kip Willoughby’s dark, flirtatious eyes-Lara sets off on a summer adven ture full of danger, first love, and untold consequen ces that will irrevocably change her life.


Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle”-and the heart of the reader-in one of literature’s most enchanting entertainments.


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Look at the clues below and fill all the numbers you can into the grid. Then start a gain a nd use your answ ers to help solve the other clues. Across 2. Days in a year 4. Half a century 5. 2 down plus 4 down 7. Six times seven 8. 6284 rearranged 10. Hours in two days 12. Half of 15 across 13. Five times 1225

15. Six times fifteen 16. Number of days in four weeks 17. 4 across plus 14 down 18. Half of 1240 Down 1. Six times six 2. A third of 15 across 3. 2921 doubled

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The three little pigs blew that house in too, and ate the second little pig. The wolf then came to the house of bricks. “ Let me in , let me in” cried the wolf “Or I’ll huff and I’ll puff till I blow your house in” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin” said the pigs. Well, the wolf huffed and puffed but he could not blow down that brick house. But the wolf was a sly old wolf and he climbed up on the roof to look for a way into the brick house. The little pig saw the wolf climb up on the roof and lit a roaring fire in the

fireplace and placed on it a large kettle of water. When the wolf finally found the hole in the chimney he crawled down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf. The next day the little pig invited his mother over . She said “You see it is just as I told you. The way to get along in the world is to do things as well as you can.” Fortunately for that little pig, he learned that lesson. And he just lived happily ever after! (


dearly loved to eat fat little piggies, came along and saw the first little pig in his house of straw. He said “Let me in, Let me in, little pig or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in!” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin”, said the little pig. But of course the wolf did blow the house in and ate the first little pig. The wolf then came to the house of sticks. “Let me in ,Let me in little pig or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in” “Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin”, said the little pig. But the wolf



nce upon a time there were three little pigs and the time came for them to leave home and seek their fortunes. Before they left, their mother told them “ Whatever you do , do it the best that you can because that’s the way to get along in the world. The first little pig built his house out of straw because it was the easiest thing to do. The second little pig built his house out of sticks. This was a little bit stronger than a straw house. The third little pig built his house out of bricks. One night the big bad wolf, who


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Iraq reclaims piece of Saddam’s legacy

By Ali Abu Iraq raqi officials have acquired what they hope will become a major tourist attraction in Iraq’s second-largest city: a luxury yacht owned by Saddam Hussein. The 82-meter-long vessel sailed into the port of Basra on Nov 2, where it was met by cheering crowds and senior government officials, who said its return symbolized the struggle of the Iraqi people. “The return of the yacht means that peoples’ will is stronger than the tyrant’s. Saddam Hussein built this yacht to be used to his own personal purposes, but here it is returned to Iraqi people,” said Minister of Transportation Amer Abdul Jabbar. The boat was later opened to the public, many of whom gaped at its opulence. Saddam is particularly hated in the Basra region because he drained the region’s vital waterways, razed thousands of acres of farmland and brutally subdued the local Shia population. Built in 1981 for an estimated $25 million, the 14-room yacht boasts a helicopter pad, goldplated toilets and a submarine. Formerly the Ocean Breeze, the boat was renamed Basra Breeze at the homecoming event. Ownership of the Breeze hasn’t always been clear. According to Mahdi Ali Askar, the general director of naval transportation, the boat was removed from Basra during the Iran-Iraq War and later given as a gift to the Saudi royal family who, in turn, presented it to the royal family of Jordan. It’s unclear what happed to the vessel after that. There were reports that it was sold to a Moroccan company and used to ferry well-heeled passengers from Paris to Rabat, Morocco. Transportation Minister Abdul Jabbar said the boat has spent many years home ported in Nice on the French Riviera. “The yacht was in France and there were lots of debts. There were threats to seize and confiscate it, but finally after 2003, we demanded it back. After difficult negotiations we were able to pay the debts and get it,” said Abdul Jabbar. The government reportedly sought to sell the boat for $30 million, but failed to attract a buyer, so decided to return it to Iraq instead. “We will develop a plan to upgrade it and then we will turn this yacht into a tourist facility to serve the Iraqi people. We have more than one idea for this; it could be turned into a ship to transfer businessmen across the Gulf States; or it can be used to move pilgrims between Iraq and Iran,” Abdul Jabbar said. Some saw the yacht’s return as another form of reparation for the years the country suffered under Saddam. “Instead of having this beautiful thing owned only by the tyrant himself, it is owned now by the all Iraqi people,” said Mayada Hussein, who was touring the yacht with her husband. But others were less impressed. “I don’t care about this yacht, neither in the past nor now. If you ask me what I care about, I would say a better standard of life and good job opportunities,” Ameen Ali, a student in Basra, said. “People care more about getting clean water and 24 hours of electricity than this yacht. Life here will still be the same with our without it.” — MCT

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KIRKUK: US forces train their Iraqi counterparts on counter-insurgency tactics in the northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk. — AFP

A musical plea for Iraqi-US relations By James English


raq is back in the news, making headlines for the horrific attack on a Baghdad Catholic church that left 58 dead. It is yet another event that has widened the gap in American-Iraqi understanding and one that, for me, only reinforces the need for more opportunities for exchange and interaction between our two countries. In the summer of 2005, when the sounds of shrapnel whistling and glass shattering reverberated across Iraq, I took the guitars down off the wall of my Charlottesville, Virginia home and sold them so I could make a CD about healing. When that money ran out, I used most of my retirement savings and my stimulus check from the George W Bush Administration to complete the CD, which was released in the fall of 2008. As the war dragged on into 2005, I was becoming despondent about our country’s direction in the Middle East. That’s when I decided to make my own statement, and I wanted it to be a positive one. That statement was “A Call to Heal”, a CD I recorded with Grammy-nominated Iraqi musician, Rahim AlHaj, and a collection of A-list musicians from Charlottesville. The group became known as The Baghdad Rain Project and, to date, hundreds of copies of our CD have been donated to non-governmental organizations and

non-profits working in and with the Middle East. The CD was our way of saying “thank you” to those working for peace in the region, but we also wanted to provide them with a tangible example of an American and an Iraqi bridging the cultural divide and working together in a positive and constructive manner. Although I wanted to work with as many Iraqi musicians as possible, I quickly realized there were only a few in the United States. Then I read a story in my local paper about an Iraqi master oud (guitar-like instrument) player, AlHaj. I wrote to him about a possible collaboration and a few weeks later we met in a small recording studio and have been friends ever since. Like so many exiles, AlHaj has an amazing story: he was a musical prodigy who studied at the Institute of Music in Baghdad under the legendary musician, Munir Bashir. AlHaj was also a political prisoner during the Saddam Hussein regime. He fled Iraq during the first Gulf War but Iraqi guards forced him to leave his beloved oud at the border to Jordan. AlHaj was eventually granted asylum in the United States and settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico because it reminded him of his homeland. AlHaj returned to Iraq in 2004 to check on his family and friends, and was disheartened to witness increasing sectarian violence and unrepaired damage to his

country’s infrastructure. Of most concern to AlHaj were the Iraqi children. As he toured the country, he asked the young people he met about their dreams for the future and was told again and again that they no longer had dreams. This idea of a country where children have no dreams made me think more deeply about the psychological impact of war, which inspired two of the most important songs on the CD: “When I Leave This Place” and “The War In My Head”. Those civilians and soldiers experiencing war have to live with the associated images and emotions for the rest of their lives. They can never truly leave that place, not even after the fighting stops. Since making the CD, I have taken my interest in the Middle East to the world of academics. I am an International Advisor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and am in the midst of conducting graduate research in Middle Eastern History. Despite the ongoing violence in Baghdad, I am scheduled to make my first visit to Iraq in the summer of 2011. Going to Iraq will complete this journey for me. I started on this path five years ago, hoping to build a bridge between Americans and Iraqis. Now it’s time for me to cross that bridge. — CGNews James English is International Advisor at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

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World’s worst job? Book censor in Iran By Omid Nikfarjam


ity the poor book censors in Iran. Unloved by writers, publishers and readers, they confront a backlog of books they must read and approve before they can be distributed to the general public. The piles of books awaiting their review are so great that books have reportedly spilled out from their offices at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance into the building’s corridors. According to government figures, there are about 7,000 publishing firms in Iran today. Even if only 1,000 of those publishers delivers five books a year for approval, that’s 5,000 books a year the censors must wade through. No wonder one publishing house says it has about 70 novels and short story collections currently pending review by the censors, while another reports it has had between 50 and 70 books awaiting review at any one time during the last two years. Writers and translators say they routinely wait for one, two or even three years for a decision on the suitability of their books. The censors’ work has always been shrouded in secrecy, but the word in the publishing industry is that there are never more than 20 censors working at one time. To make matters worse, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president in 2005, one of his first acts was to require that all books that had been licensed under his predecessor, President Mohammad Khatami, be reviewed. That created a massive backlog. Censors had to go through already published works, as well as the never-ending flow of new ones, checking line by line to see whether they were compatible with the “core Islamic values” the new administration wanted to assert. My own translation of Vladimir Nabokov’s “Laughter in the Dark” fell victim to this retrospective censorship. Seven thousand copies had been printed in three editions, but censors now deemed it “unpublishable,” and it never saw the light of day again. The same fate befell hundreds of other works of literature, both Iranian and translated foreign fiction. State censorship of books long predates Ahmadinejad’s rule. It is not mentioned in the Iranian constitution, but a law first produced by the culture ministry in 1985 has been in effect ever since. Under this draconian piece of legislation, publishers must obtain a license from the ministry for every book they plan to sell. In practice, though, the censors only look at literature, books on art, and works on literary criticism and theory, which account for about 40 percent of all books published in Iran. Religious works and textbooks are exempt, and their specialist publishers, mostly based in the religious city of Qom, enjoy privileges such as generous government subsidies. Of late, some prominent literary figures have spoken out in opposition to current censorship policies. In October, Mostafa Rahmandust, a writer and translator of children’s books, used a column in the Khabar Daily newspaper to call current policies “an affront to the intelligence of readers.” Rahmandust’s comments carried particular weight because his writings over the past three decades have made him an iconic figure for the “principalists,” the conservative faction that helped Ahmadinejad come to power. Meanwhile, publishers say they’ve become increasingly frustrated by the ministry’s refusal to indicate when the censor’s decisions might be forthcoming. Some say this stonewalling is deliberate, part of a government strategy to wind down literary production. There is a rumor going round that the ministry has drawn up a blacklist containing the names of leading publishers like Niloofar and Qoqnoos. “They want to crush well-known publishers and stop writers and translators from working on novels, which they see as a corrupt, western thing,” a leading author and translator, who asked to remain anonymous, said. If that is indeed the plan, it does not seem to be working. As one veteran publisher, who asked that his name not be used, recently said, “No totalitarian regime has lasted forever, has it? I’ve been in the book business for 50 years now and I have no plans to quit.” — MCT


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Plot twist: Film based on Rubik’s Cube heading for the big screen Hollywood agency CAA snapped up humble puzzle for client list and is now in talks with studios over possible stars s the career of Steven Seagal shows, Hollywood has a track A record of breathing life into apparently inanimate objects. Yet eyebrows were still raised when word emerged earlier this week of a forthcoming film based on the Rubik’s Cube. Hollywood agency CAA - which represents the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep - snapped up the humble puzzle for its client list and is currently in talks with studios over star vehicles. Possible plots are under wraps, but this is not, in fact, the first time the plastic contraption has made it to the screen. In the 1980s it was the subject of a shortlived Saturday morning cartoon about a Rubik’s Cube with magical powers (and an unexpected Latino accent) who comes to life when his squares are in sync. Nor is it the only time movie producers have plundered their children’s cupboards for ideas back in 1985 an ensemble romp called Clue was spun off from lead pipe classic Cluedo; 10 years later, Robin Williams played a man trapped inside a game of Jumanji. But suddenly a rash of similar projects have been given the go ahead. At least six films in production take inspiration from the toybox. Ridley Scott will lend landlord classic Monopoly what Universal Studios call “a futuristic sheen, along the lines of his iconic Blade Runner”. Liam Neeson and Rihanna head the cast of Battleship, which airlifts an alien invasion into the naval face-offs. The tactical elements of war game Risk will, say its producers, “translate into an action-packed, uniquely exciting movie”. The man behind Enchanted will direct a liveaction version of Candyland (a sort of sugar-coated Snakes and Ladders), while Michael Bay is masterminding a movie of Ouija Board. Fresh sequels for Transformers and GI Joe will be released next year. This explosion mirrors a similar trend for movies based on theme park rides. The latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, inspired by the attraction of the same name, is out in 2011; also in the works are Guillermo del Toro’s take on Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride and, it was announced today, a movie adaptation of the entire Disney World Magic Kingdom theme park. Yet the very concept of a film whose hook is the Rubik’s Cube is a game-changer. It marks a tipping point in what Hollywood will pillage in pursuit of profits. “The influence of video games and board games mounts all the time,” says the film writer David Thomson. “Old narrative structure

is being replaced by problemsolving puzzles - except that the softness of our culture will insist on absurdly easy answers. Like shooting the problem. If you made Citizen Kane now you’d have to explain ‘Rosebud’ at the start.” What this explosion belies is Hollywood’s increasing nervousness about greenlighting anything without pre-existing brand awareness. “You could call it cynicism,” says Steven Gaydos, executive editor of trade paper Variety. “But it’s also just the fiscal responsibility of the corporate global conglomerate. They have to deliver to the stockholders.” With a diminishing numbers of titles being bankrolled by studios each year, it’s imperative each delivers a healthy return. That means it need to be either a blockbuster with franchise potential or - in the phrase of DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider a “cultural event”. Few films become watercooler movies based

solely on word-of-mouth Inception, The Hangover and The Social Network are the exceptions, rather than the norm, and, as Gaydos points out, The Social Network benefited from being branded “the Facebook film”, rather than just another yarn of college bad behaviour. Such a risk-adverse culture naturally turns to properties such as board games, which can deliver on both the franchise and the watercooler fronts. And they are cheaper, too: less marketing outlay is required when you don’t need to educate your audiences about the product. Toy and games manufacturers such as Hasbro and Mattel themselves under constant threat from the video console - have exploited this by licensing rights to the studios for some of their most cherished properties. Hasbro is tied into an exclusive six-year deal with Universal, a studio in need of a lucrative

franchise. Says Jeremy Kay, US editor of Screen International: “Both parties stand to make a lot of money. And the studios may get a cut of the lucrative merchandising revenues, which would compensate for weak box office. There could also be scope to develop TV series, webisodes, graphic novels and even theme park attractions down the line. The games themselves are mere stepping stones to a potentially vast transmedia enterprise and the irony is that the movies could end up bearing little if any of the original game’s DNA.” Indeed, despite the inevitable eye-rolling, films spun off from board games may represent the film business’s creative bankruptcy less than those adapted from video games, or even comic books. There’s more imaginative leeway when you buy a property that doesn’t come complete with plot and characters. Less risk, too: however faithful

you are to someone’s favourite novel or TV show, fans will always revolt if it strays too far from the original. Nostalgia can be a powerful carrot, but it’s also a high-stakes strategy if audience find the update grates: hence the disappointing box office take for The A-Team film earlier this year. Board games and fairground attractions, then, represent one of the rare unmined media which boast positive associations and cross-generational appeal. Playing games is a communal experience; watching movies inspired by them will surely, helpfully, be as well. “This is the realm of the modern studio,” says Gaydos. “It’s all about marketing and merchandising. Brand hustling and brand monetising. And it’s what they always wanted it to be. “They’d make a movie about a tin of Campbell’s soup if they could. No problem explaining that to people. It’s not even pre-sold, it’s pre-masticated.” —Guardian


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Artist of the week: Toby Ziegler Informed by a diverse and often subversive array of influences, Ziegler’s art blends CGI with Renaissance drawing n Toby Ziegler’s paintings, imagery borrowed from art history is crafted Ifrom patterns of identical stars and discs clouds might be borrowed from Constable, body parts from 16th-century pornography. Yet there’s no doubt his visuals originate anywhere other than CGI. Laid out according to exacting laws of perspective, they are 3D-looking vistas with illusory, kaleidoscopic depths. And his sculptures look like virtual blueprints for artworks - from classical busts to mantelpiece ornaments - that are yet to be fleshed out. Ziegler’s 2006 painting, Study for Euphemism for Something, captures many of these apparent paradoxes: it features a cloudscape converted into CGI on an inkjet printout, then worked over by hand with correction fluid. More recently, he’s been drawing inspiration from collages of computer imagery replete with haphazard rips and tears. Another painting, Vitalis, balances cloudbursts of replicating

patterns with misbehaving dots and dashes, while his sculptures are regularly doused with expressive splashes of paint. There’s a rebellious streak to his source material too, which has included I Modi, the erotic drawings created by Raphael’s pupil Giulio Romano, which landed their engraver in jail, and Courbet’s crotch-shot painting (Warning: this link contains a sexually explicit image), The Origin of the World. These are images with stories of social outrage or political repercussions, but equally their meaning has changed over time. A bust-like sculpture in Ziegler’s current show, The Alienation of Objects, takes its cue from the Iberian stone head Picasso stole from the Louvre and then chiseled away at. Unable to see the original, Ziegler created his response to this legendary object from a few old photos. It might seem like the carving’s meaning has been watered down, while Picasso’s bold gesture is subjected to the

unflinching order of computer processes. Yet as Ziegler draws attention to its translation from tribal art to modernist inspiration and 21stcentury technological gambit, he suggests there might be something far more optimistic at the heart of his work. Ziegler carries out his own creative evolution, transforming digital replicas into something personal, handrendered and unique. Why we like him: Ziegler’s sculpture The Liberals puts a wry spin on notions of art and good taste, translating kitsch Staffordshire pottery dogs into suitably chic, towering

geometric forms in scrappy cardboard. Hard drive: The London-based Ziegler first got into 3D modeling software during a creative crisis he suffered after graduating from Central St Martins art school in the 1990s. Creating schematic pictures and sculptures by hand was initially a way of getting over the disillusionment he’d been feeling about being an artist and the weight of history. Where can I see him? The Alienation of Objects is at 176 gallery, London until December. —Guardian

Clarisse D’Arcimoles’s best shot is my brother Emeric when Tof ithis he was three, and a re-creation My brother helped me recreate this picture of with him now, at 21. The first was taken on Christmas Eve in 1992 by my parents - it was the first time he had been allowed to celebrate Christmas Eve with us downstairs. Christmas Eve is a big deal in French families: late night, big meal. I think he ended up being sick, but he doesn’t remember it at all. It was tricky. In the original, he has a typical baby face. That’s a hard expression to recreate. And the size of a child’s head is always

him as a kid. It was Christmas, he was three, and he ended up being sick bigger than an adult’s in relation to its body. So I had to constantly reframe and change the angle. Look closely and you’ll see the chair in the second photo is made of cardboard: Emeric was sitting on the floor. He found it very

uncomfortable, and complained and fidgeted a lot, so I had to take the shot again and again. There was also the problem of what he’s eating: the Christmas cake in the first picture looks disgusting, the re-creation even more so. And the

orange food is a mystery: my mum said it was a bit of toast with salmon eggs. If I had used film, it would have been impossible to give the new shot the same visual quality as a 20-year-old photograph. So I used

a digital and retouched the picture, changing light and colors. My plan is to recreate each person in the family photo album. With digital cameras now so universal, my generation is the last that will have this kind of album, with photos printed out and then bound together in a book. CV Born: 1986, Paris. Studied: Set design then photography in London. Inspirations: “Sophie Calle. Top tip: “Believe in what you’re doing - and just enjoy.”

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ACROSS 1. Either of two folds of skin that can be moved to cover or open the eye. 4. Any member of Athapaskan tribes that migrated to the southwestern desert (from Arizona to Texas and south into Mexico). 10. A former monetary unit in Great Britain. 13. The compass point midway between northeast and east. 14. Of or producing or containing serum. 15. Any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all. 16. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 17. A small unit serving as the nucleus of a larger political movement. 19. A family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in southeastern Asia. 21. Half the width of an em. 23. English theoretical physicist who applied relativity theory to quantum mechanics and predicted the existence of antimatter and the positron (1902-1984). 25. Before noon. 26. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 29. A confusion of voices and other sounds. 33. Small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old World. 37. A constellation in the southern hemisphere near Telescopium and Norma. 38. The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet. 39. The month following February and preceding April. 41. A spirit believed by Muslims to inhabit the earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals. 42. A nonmetallic largely pentavalent heavy volatile corrosive dark brown liquid element belonging to the halogens. 44. A Dravidian language spoken in southern India. 46. Having a heading or course in a certain direction. 47. According to the Old Testament he was a pagan king of Israel and husband of Jezebel (9th century BC). 48. A chronic skin disease occurring primarily in women between the ages of 20 and 40. 49. (Babylonian) God of storms and wind. 53. (folklore) A corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living. 57. Hungarian choreographer who developed Labanotation (1879-1958). 61. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 62. A sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice. 63. Scarabaeid beetle considered divine by ancient Egyptians. 65. A doctor's degree in dental medicine. 66. A unit of absorbed ionizing radiation equal to 100 ergs per gram of irradiated material. 67. West Indian tree having racemes of fragrant white flowers and yielding a durable timber and resinous juice. 68. The compass point that is one point south of due east. DOWN 1. An accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape. 2. Any tree or shrub of the genus Inga having pinnate leaves and showy usually white flowers. 3. No longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life. 4. (computer science) American Standard Code for Information Interchange. 5. Seed of a pea plant. 6. Type genus of the Ardeidae. 7. The hard cylindrical core that bears the kernels of an ear of corn. 8. The quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength.

9. A radioactive transuranic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons. 10. The Tibeto-Burman language spoken in the Dali region of Yunnan. 11. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 12. English monk and scholar (672-735). 18. A Tibetan or Mongolian priest of Lamaism. 20. (Old Testament) In Judeo-Christian mythology. 22. A light touch or stroke. 24. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali metal group. 27. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 28. Having made preparations. 30. An unofficial association of people or groups. 31. Bulky grayish-brown eagle with a short wedge-shaped white tail. 32. Set down according to a plan. 34. A woman hired to suckle a child of someone else. 35. An Arabic speaking person who lives in Arabia or North Africa. 36. A condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders. 40. The sixth month of the civil year. 42. A loose cloak with a hood. 43. The United Nations agency concerned with atomic energy. 45. A quantity of no importance. 50. An informal term for a father. 51. In bed. 52. God of death. 54. Produced by a manufacturing process. 55. A metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables. 56. Acute lung injury characterized by coughing and rales. 58. A committee in the executive branch of government that advises the president on foreign and military and national security. 59. A close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities. 60. A compartment in front of a motor vehicle where driver sits. 64. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Aries (March 21-April 19) "You don't want to be the best of the best," said Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. "You just want to be the only one who does what you do." That's always good advice, but it will be especially apt for you during the next few weeks. You're entering a phase when competing with other people will get you nowhere fast. What will get you somewhere fast is nurturing your unique talents and proclivities. Do you know exactly what they are? If you're even a little fuzzy, make it your quest to get very clear. Ta ur us ( A pr i l 2 0- Ma y 20 ) What is the "soul," anyway? Is it a ghostly blob of magic stuff within us that keeps us connected to the world of dreams and the divine realms? Is it an amorphous metaphor for the secret source of our spiritual power? Is it a myth that people entertain because they desperately want to believe there's more to them than just their physical bodies? Here's what I think: The soul is a perspective that pushes us to go deeper and see further and live wilder. It's what drives our imagination to flesh out our raw experience, transforming that chaotic stuff into rich storylines that animate our love of life. With the gently propulsive force of the soul, we probe beyond the surface level of things, working to find the hidden meaning and truer feeling. I'm bringing this up, Taurus, because it is Celebrate the Soul Week for you. Gemini (May 21-June 20) "Nothing changes until it's changed in everyone's memories," said poet Alice Notley. I urge you to keep that in mind as you move forward, Gemini. In recent weeks, you have helped untie a knot that once seemed impossibly tangled, and you deserve kudos for that. But your job isn't done yet. Your next task is to work on loosening the snarls and smoothing the kinks that still linger in the imaginations of everyone involved.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) In the 1925 silent film The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin plays a prospector during the Alaska Gold Rush. After a series of adventures, he finds himself stuck in a remote cabin on Thanksgiving Day with a ruffian named Big Jim. They're out of food, so Charlie gets resourceful, boiling his right shoe in a big pot and serving it up steaming hot. What the audience doesn't know is that the movie prop is made of sweet licorice, not leather. So while it may seem that dinner is a hardship, the actors actually had no trouble polishing off their meal. I see a similar scenario in your near future, Cancerian: something like eating a "shoe" that's made of candy.

Libra (September 23-October 22) In the old Looney Tunes cartoons, Wile E. Coyote is constantly chasing after the Road Runner, a long-legged bird that prefers running to flying. Presumably, Coyote would eat the Road Runner if he ever caught him, but he never does; the bird's too fast and smart. In one recurring motif, the Road Runner dashes into the entrance of a cave that's cut into a wall of sheer rock. When Coyote tries to follow him, he smashes into the rock, and it's revealed that the cave entrance is just a very realistic painting. I suspect that you're going to have the Road Runner's power in the coming week: an ability to find and use doors that are inaccessible to other people. Scorpio (October 23-November 21) I recently discovered a blues-gospel artist named Famous L. Renfro, who is also known as "The Flying Sweet Angel of Joy." His soaring, gritty music had a medicinal effect. It seemed to say to me, "You have the power to change your life in the exact way you want to change your life." Your assignment, Scorpio, is to find a new source of music or art or literature or film that has a similar effect on you: a flying sweet angel of joy that inspires you to do what has been hard for you to do. According to my reading of the astrological omens, such an influence is within your reach right now. Sagittarius (November 22December 21) Your old self is the fuel you will use to burn your old self to the ground. This bonfire will liberate your new self, which has been trapped in a gnarly snarl deep inside your old self. It's only at first that you'll feel freaked out by the flames. Very quickly a sense of relief and release will predominate. Then, as the new you makes its way to freedom, escaping its cramped quarters and flexing its vital force, you will be blessed with a foreshadowing of your future. The intoxication that follows will bring you clarity and peace of mind. Capricorn (December 22January 19) "Do we love Heaven more than God?" asks poet Paula Cisewski in her book Ghost Fargo. I think that's the kind of cryptic question you Capricorns would benefit from mulling over in the coming weeks. Your mind needs to get its customary categories shaken up and rearranged . . . needs its habitual grooves broken up and diverted . . . needs its easy certainties flushed and abandoned. Can you think of any other queries that will help you accomplish this noble work? Let me offer a few to get you started: 1. Do we love love itself more than we love the people we say we love? 2. Do we fear failure so much that we interfere with our cultivation of success? 3. Do we obsess on our longing to such a degree that we miss opportunities to satisfy our longing?

Leo (July 23-August 22) Lots of toddlers in Indonesia smoke cigarettes, not just the chain-smoking two-year-old in the famous Youtube video. But don't you dare let your inner child get started on a similar habit any time soon, Leo. Make sure that sweet young thing is exposed to only the very best influences; feed him or her only the healthiest food, air, water, sounds, sights, images, and stories. The innocent, curious, wide-eyed part of you is entering a phase when rapid growth is going to happen, one way or another. It's your job to guarantee that the growth goes in the right direction.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) The Sanskrit word buddhi refers to the part of us that adores the truth. It's good at distinguishing between what's real and what's false, and is passionately attracted to liberation. Although it may go into long periods of dormancy in some of us, buddhi never falls asleep completely. It's always ready to jump into action if we call on it. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Aquarius, the buddhi aspect of your psyche will be extra special big strong and bright in the coming week. In my opinion, that's better than winning the lottery.

Virgo (August 23-September 22) "We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly," wrote Anais Nin. "We are mature in one realm, childish in another." In you, Virgo, the discrepancies have been especially apparent lately. For example, your brainy insightfulness has been on a hot streak, while your gut wisdom has not. But I suspect this situation to shift in the coming weeks. My reading of the astrological omens suggests that your emotional intelligence is set to thrive. It will be fine if you concentrate on that phenomenon with all your heart, even if it means investing a little less energy in being an analytical whiz.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) I like how snowboarder Graham Watanabe described his experiences at last February's Winter Olympics. He wasn't content with making a generic comment like "It was awesome!" or "No words could describe how great it was!" Instead he got florid and specific: "Try to imagine Pegasus mating with a unicorn and the creature that they birth. I somehow tame it and ride it into the sky in the clouds and sunshine and rainbows. That’s what it feels like." As you break through your previous limits in the coming weeks, Pisces, I'd love to hear you summon some bursts of articulate jubilation akin to Watanabe's.

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KKMA rally support for Kidney Dialysis centers any people from the Indian community living M in Kuwait celebrated Eid AlAdha as an “Eid Milan Day” to rally support for the noble charitable activity. Several hundreds of Indian nationals attended the program organized by Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association (KKMA), the largest social development organization of Indian nationals in Kuwait. The Eid Milan is annual event organized by KKMA to gain support for its visionary charitable projects, particularly to establish a series of kidney dialysis centers in every district of Kerala State, India. The first of its kind center was opened at IQRAA International Hospital and Research Center in the city of Calicut in June 2006. Subsequently, five more centers were opened in various other cities in Kerala and Mangalore. The event held at Jleeb Park provided Indian nationals an opportunity to meet and exchange Eid greetings while enjoying Mappila Muslim folk music rendered by local talents. The Chief Guest, Ajay Malhotra, the Ambassador of

India to Kuwait inaugurated the event. Malhotra delivered his Eid greetings to all Indian nationals in Kuwait. He admired the organizers for holding such a colorful gala in an organized and disciplined manner. The guest of honor was Shakir Al-Awadi, high ranking officer from Ministry of Agriculture. Representing the main sponsor, Waleed Al Khashti, CCR Manager of Zain Telecom attend the event. In his felicitation, AlKhashti recalled his visit to Kerala to open the fifth Kidney Centre of KKMA and expressed Company’s happiness to be part of such a socially important project in India. Al-Khashti then released a souvenir booklet printed to commemorate the event by handing over copies to co-sponsor representatives Rajan Rawther, Senior Relationship Manager, Al-Ahli Bank,

Relief efforts

elief Efforts Kuwait is hosting a dinner for Abrar-UlHaq to help rehabilitate the flood victims on Friday, R December 3, 2010. Please call 65840229 for more information.

Filipino Badminton Committee he Filipino Badminton Committee is inviting all badminton enthusiast to join its 20th Badminton Tournament. The event which is held for a cause will start on November 5 and will last until December 10 at the Kuwait Disabled Club, Hawally every Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM. The tournament will be a team event of 5 players. Each team must have Level 1 & 2 (Men’s), Level 1& 2 (Ladies’) and Level 3 (Ladies’). The deadline for submission of line up will be on October 15. Special prize will be given for Best Uniform, Best Team. For more information, call 97197268.


Global Goans Convention 2010 to be held in Kuwait nnouncing at the press briefing in Goa yesterday, Hon. Commissioner of NRI Affairs (Cabinet Ranking) and former Minister of External Affairs, Government of India, Eduardo Faleiro stated ‘the next annual Global Goans Convention would be held in Kuwait on November 16 and 17, 2010 was being organised by the Goan Cultural Centre, Kuwait during which the Vishwa Konkani Sammelan too would be held along with a cultural programme with the involvement of Konkani speaking expatriate communities of Goa and elsewhere in India”. The annual Global Goans Convention 2010 will be held in the State of Kuwait in coordination with the Department of NRI Affairs, Government of Goa and the Embassy of India, Kuwait on November 16 & 17 and will be hosted by the Goan Cultural Centre at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kuwait. The Global Goans Convention 2010, whose theme this year is ‘The NRI Goan’, will, in its annual debates, present the NRI Goan community with an opportunity to discuss various issues


Faisal Salahuddin, manager IFFCO and Shanawaz, manager Gulf Mart Abbasiya branch. Naeem, manager of Kuwait Qatar Insurance Company felicitated the event. Abdul Fatah Thayyil, general secretary of KKMA welcomed the fully packed audience. N A Muneer, KKMA vice chairman president presided over the function. KKMA Chirman, Sageer Trikarpur in his speech narrated KKMA’s various social development projects. AP Abdul Salam, general secretary of KKMA proposed vote of gratitude to the attendance. The event also witnessed honoring a young artist from Kerala, Ajayan Perambra, a well known singer and winner of popular realty singing contest “Patturmal”. An appreciation award was presented to him by the chief guest Ajay Malhotra, the Ambassador of India.

The program of the day included sports and games contest for children and adults, oppana dance by tiny tots, kolkali by KKMA members and the final round of mappila songs singing contest participated by several local talents. The attraction of the day, however, was a mini drama explaining a recent awareness campaign of KKMA named as Model NRI project. The campaign encourages and provide support for Non-Resident Indians to save for future by controlling expenses and changing life style. The drama conceived and directed by S M Basheer, president of KKMA Dakshina Kannada branch earned tremendous positive comments from the audience. The program was ably compeered by Ibrahim Kunnil, vice president KKMA, K Basheer, and organizing secretary. A large program committee headed by Hamza Payyanur, N. Abdul Majeed, BM Iqbal, Ummer, Shaheed Lebba with support of nearly two hundred volunteers made the event a grand success.

pertaining to them in their countries of domicile as well as back home in Goa, and will mainly deal with issues related to their social, financial, investment and cultural aspirations and development. It is expected that delegates and eminent speakers from over 10 countries will be participating in the convention this year. “We are happy and proud to be associated with this prestigious event”, in a statement confirming the news on its website “We are overwhelmed by the response to the press statement, GCC chairman, Carmo Santos remarked. Last year, Goan Cultural Centre had the largest delegation attending the Global Goans Convention held in Muscat, Oman, added Suresh Naik, GCC President and Advisor . It may be recalled that Carmo Santos was bestowed with the NRI Leadership Award at the hands of former Minister of NRI Affairs Valayar Ravi at a glittering ceremony in the presence of Goa’s Chief Minister, Digamber Kamat, in recognition of his efforts and dedication towards the Indian expatriate community. He was among a galaxy of Goan personalities chosen by Goa’s Department of NRI Affairs from Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Delhi. The Convention will be held in coordination with the Embassy of India at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Farwania. A special Brochure will be launched during the Convention. Arpan’s ‘Tune & Taste 2010’ rpan Kuwait will conduct a cooking competition as part of its annual mega event ‘Tune & Taste 2010’ for ladies. Competitions will be held in three categories as follows: Salads; Biriyani (vegetarian or non-veg); Pudding/cakes. Contestants are required to cook the items at home and bring them for a display at a venue provided, on December 1, 2010 after 5 pm. Amrita TV fame Rajkalesh will lead the jury who will adjudge three finalists. The finalists will have


A musical journey of clarinet classics Clarinet Concert will take place on November 25 at 7 pm at the Aappearance Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al-Bida’a. It will be the first of Iulian Rusu, internationally acclaimed Romanian Clarinetist, in Kuwait. Rusu has toured throughout Europe and performed in many countries including: Spain, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. This performance will be the first appearance in Kuwait and he will be accompanied by Marius Rusanu and Harriet Bushman on Piano. The program will include some of the World’s most famous clarinet songs such as: Mendelssohn: “Double Concerto with Piano”; Martian Negrea: “Martie”; Bela Bartok: “Homage A De Falla”; Verdi: and “Fantasy from Rigoletto Opera”. Join us on Thursday, November 25 from 7 pm until 9:30 pm in Al-Bida’a Ballroom and enjoy an evening to remember.

Kerala Association Drama Fest

erala Association is conducting a drama/one act play competition in February as part of its annual K Kampisseri drama festival. Drama workshop, seminar on drama, exhibition on the history of drama are also taking place along with the drama competition. Kerala Association invites drama troupes to participate in the competition. For more details: 99330267, 66383073.

to prepare the food again next day at their respective houses for a TV shoot overseen by Rajkalesh. This will also be telecast on Amrita TV. The first winner will be crowned as ‘Pachakarani’ while first and second runners up will be awarded valuable gifts on December 3, 2010 during the mega event at the Indian Community School, Salmiya. Interested persons are requested to fill in the form given below and submit before November 20. For registrations: TIES Center announces Winter schedule IES Center announces its schedule of Winter Arabic Courses which will extend from October 29, 2010 through December 23, 2010. The courses are offered with the following options: Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 The Arabic courses at TIES Center are designed according to the students’ needs and requirements. These courses are intended for all expatriates who wish to learn the Arabic language and culture. Upon completion of these courses the student will have a) Confidence in conducting basic Arabic communication (speaking, reading & writing) b) A basis for developing Arabic as a second language c) A better understanding of Arabic Culture d) Ability to interact with their classmates and learn about their background and culture For more information please contact us on 97144138 or visit our website


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World Diabetes Day celebration today


Kuwait Kerala Islahi Centre conducts Eid Gah uwait Kerala Islahi Centre (KKIC) conducted Eid Gah in several parts of Kuwait with thousands of people participated. In Abbassiya, Salam Salahi lead the Qutuba and Eid prayer, in Salmiya CP Abdul A zeez Sullami, Hawalli CP Salahudheen Salahi, Shaju Chemnad in Abuhalifa, K Mujeeb salahi in Mankaf, Mashhoor Madani in Fahaheel, Jahra CV Abdulla Sullami and in Farwaniya Saleh Zubair and Kabeer busthani in Sharq. After the Eid prayer, people exchanged the Eid greetings. Qurbani was followed by the Eid prayer in all parts.

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 e-mail address. The filled-in forms can also be submitted by hand, by email or by fax (number 24913204). EMBASSY OF CANADA The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, AlMutawakel St., Block 4 in Da’aiyah. Please visit our website at The Embassy of Canada is open from 07:30 to 15:30 Sunday through Thursday. Consular Services for Canadian Citizens are provided from 09:00 until 12:00 on Sunday through Wednesday. 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 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 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, AlAbraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. EMBASSY OF tHE 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

ndian Doctors Forum - Kuwait (affiliated to Kuwait Medical Association) is conducting a Diabetes Mega Event. The program consists of 1. Screening / assessment of diabetes through free blood test and counseling. 2. Seminar on diabetes with the high lights on Awareness about disease , assessment, complications , remedial measures , Medical Nutrition Therapy ( MNT) and on exercise - with high light on safe way of exercise for those with complications. 3. Interactive session with a panel of the Indian experts in most branches of medicine like Endocrinology, Cardiology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Nephrology, Gynecology and Surgery covering all areas of diabetes and complications. Venue: Kuwait Medical Association Complex ( Next to Mubarak Hospital) , Jabriya. Time : 5 PM to 8 PM today Ajay Malhotra, the honorable Ambassador of India has kindly consented to be the chief guest. All are welcome to make use of this unique opportunity which will be the first of its kind in Kuwait. For queries, please contact Dr Noble Zachariah (55960097/, Dr Amir Ahmed (99374877/, Dr Yousuf Dar (99187332/, or Dr Murali Gopal (94093848/

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. EMBASSY OF tHAILAND All foreigners who apply for Tourist Visa at the Royal Thai Embassies and the Royal Thai Consulate General worldwide, including eligible foreigners who apply for Visa on arrival at designated checkpoints, will be exempted from tourist visa fees until 31 March 2011. Such arrangement is for Tourist Visa only.

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TV Listings Orbit /Showtime Channels 23:00 Weird Creatures With Nick Baker 23:55 Animal Cops Miami 00:00 01:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00

Ellen de Generes GMA Live repeat Royal Pains Defying Gravity Desperate Housewives GMA Live Repeat One Tree Hill Survivor 21 Ellen de Generes Desperate Housewives Defying Gravity Royal Pains One Tree Hill GMA Live Survivor 21 Ellen de Generes White Collar The Deep End Breaking Bad Burn Notice

00:50 The Most Extreme 01:45 Untamed And Uncut 02:40 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 03:05 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 03:35 Cell Dogs 04:30 Animal Cops South Africa 05:25 Sharkman 06:20 Untamed And Uncut 07:10 Wildlife SOS International 07:35 Sspca: On The Wildside 08:00 New Breed Vets With Steve Irwin 08:50 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 09:15 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 09:40 Breed All About It 10:35 In Too Deep 11:00 Cell Dogs 11:55 Monkey Life 12:20 Sspca: On The Wildside 12:50 Animal Precinct 13:45 E-Vets: The Interns 14:10 Pet Rescue 14:40 Animal Cops Miami 15:35 Wildlife SOS International 16:00 Sspca: On The Wildside 16:30 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 17:25 Groomer Has It 18:20 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 19:15 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 19:40 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 20:10 Gorillas Revisited With David... 21:10 Cats 101 22:05 Whale Wars

00:40 01:40 02:30 03:30 04:00 04:35 04:50 05:10 05:25 05:45 06:00 06:15 06:35 06:45 06:55 07:15 07:30 07:45 08:00 08:10 08:20 08:45 09:00 09:15 09:30 09:50 10:00 10:20 10:40 11:45 12:30 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:20 16:20 17:20 18:05 18:40 19:10 20:00 21:00 21:45 22:15 23:00 23:50

The League Of Gentlemen Casualty The League Of Gentlemen Eastenders Last Of The Summer Wine The Roly Mo Show Fimbles Penelope K, By The Way Me Too Forget Me Not Farm The Roly Mo Show Fimbles Penelope K, By The Way Tellytales Me Too Forget Me Not Farm The Roly Mo Show Fimbles Penelope K, By The Way Tellytales Me Too Forget Me Not Farm The Roly Mo Show Penelope K, By The Way Fimbles Tellytales Me Too Forget Me Not Farm Last Of The Summer Wine The Weakest Link Michael Palin’s New Europe Doctors Eastenders Casualty Last Of The Summer Wine Michael Palin’s New Europe The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Casualty Michael Palin’s New Europe The Weakest Link Doctors Robin Hood The Jonathan Ross Show Lead Balloon

00:35 Masterchef 01:05 What Not To Wear 01:55 Indian Food Made Easy 02:25 Ching’s Kitchen 02:50 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 03:40 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 04:20 The Restaurant UK 05:10 Daily Cooks Challenge 05:40 Daily Cooks Challenge

06:10 What Not To Wear 07:00 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 07:40 Indian Food Made Easy 08:10 Antiques Roadshow 09:00 What Not To Wear 09:50 Antiques Roadshow 10:45 Hidden Potential 11:05 Cash In The Attic USA 11:30 Ching’s Kitchen 11:55 Ching’s Kitchen 12:20 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 13:10 Fantasy Homes In The City 14:00 The Restaurant UK 14:50 What Not To Wear 15:40 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 16:35 Indian Food Made Easy 17:05 Bargain Hunt 17:55 Masterchef 18:25 Cash In The Attic USA 18:45 Daily Cooks Challenge 19:20 Daily Cooks Challenge 19:50 The Restaurant UK 20:40 Masterchef 21:10 What To Eat Now - Autumn

01:00 03:00 05:00 07:00 09:00 11:15 12:45 15:15 17:15 19:15 21:00

00:40 01:35 02:30 03:25 04:20 05:15 05:40 06:05 07:00 07:25 08:15 09:10 10:05 10:55 11:50 12:20 12:45 13:15 14:10 15:05 16:00 16:55

I Want You-18 Elegy-18 Seven Pounds-PG15 A Shine Of Rainbows-PG15 Coeurs-PG Familiar Strangers-PG Mr. Holland’s Opus-PG The Babe-PG15 Frost / Nixon-PG15 Ripley’s Game-PG15 Wings Of The Dove-18

Overhaulin’ Dirty Jobs Heart Of The Machine Extreme Engineering Mythbusters How Stuff’s Made How Do They Do It? Dirty Jobs Fifth Gear Extreme Engineering American Chopper Mythbusters Ultimate Survival Overhaulin’ The Gadget Show How Stuff’s Made How Do They Do It? Mythbusters Miami Ink Ultimate Survival Dirty Jobs Overhaulin’

Swing Vote on Show Movies

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Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security The Gadget Show How Do They Do It? How Stuff’s Made Wheeler Dealers X-Machines Motor City Motors La Ink

00:40 How The Universe Works 01:30 The Gadget Show 01:55 Building The Biggest 02:45 Weird Or What? 03:35 I, Videogame 04:25 How Does That Work? 04:50 Da Vinci’s Machines 05:45 Brainiac 06:40 Weird Connections 07:10 Savage Planet 07:35 Savage Planet 08:00 Thunder Races 09:00 The World’s Strangest Ufo Stories 10:00 Weird Or What? 10:55 Stuntdawgs 11:20 The Gadget Show 11:50 Savage Planet 12:15 Savage Planet 12:45 How Does That Work? 13:15 Da Vinci’s Machines 14:10 Weird Connections 14:35 Weird Or What? 15:30 Science Of The Movies 16:25 The Gadget Show 16:55 How The Universe Works 17:50 Building The Biggest 18:45 Brainiac 19:40 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 20:30 Tank On The Moon 21:20 How It’s Made 21:45 The Gadget Show 22:10 Sci-Fi Science 22:35 Sci-Fi Science 23:00 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman

00:15 Pretty Wild 00:40 Dr 90210 01:30 Wildest TV Show Moments 01:55 Reality Hell 02:20 E! Investigates 03:15 25 Most Stylish 04:10 Sexiest 05:05 Battle Of The Hollywood Hotties 05:30 Streets Of Hollywood 06:00 THS 07:45 Behind The Scenes

08:10 Behind The Scenes 08:35 E! News 09:00 The Daily 10 09:25 Fashion Police 09:50 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane 10:15 THS 12:00 E! News 12:25 The Daily 10 12:50 Behind The Scenes 13:15 Pretty Wild 13:40 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 14:05 Kendra 14:30 Cheating Death 16:15 Behind The Scenes 17:10 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 17:35 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 18:00 E! News 18:25 The Daily 10 18:50 Fashion Police 19:15 Pretty Wild 19:40 E! Investigates 20:30 Kendra 20:55 Chelsea Lately 21:20 Holly’s World 21:45 Holly’s World 22:10 E! News 22:35 The Daily 10 23:00 Chelsea Lately 23:25 Fashion Police 23:50 Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami

00:00 Mantracker Series 3 00:50 Prophecy 1 01:40 Untracked Series 1 02:30 Eds Up 03:20 Mantracker Series 3 04:10 Fantasy Factory 05:00 Prophecy 1 05:50 Untracked Series 1 06:40 Eds Up 07:05 Eds Up 07:30 I-Ex 09:00 Summer Dew Tour 2009 11:30 Flipside 11:55 Bad Boy Racers 13:35 Disposable Hero - The Brian Deegan Story 14:25 Ride Guide Snow 2009 15:15 Life & Films Of Alby Falzon, The 1 16:05 Bad Boy Racers 17:45 Summer Dew Tour 2009 20:15 Flipside 20:40 Disposable Hero - The Brian Deegan Story 21:30 Bad Boy Racers 23:10 Disposable Hero - The Brian Deegan Story

00:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 00:30 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives 01:00 Chopped 02:00 30 Minute Meals 02:30 Tyler’s Ultimate 03:00 Grill Girls 04:00 Barefoot Contessa 04:30 Unwrapped 05:00 Chopped 06:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 06:30 Guys Big Bite 07:00 Food Network Challenge 08:00 Paula’s Best Dishes 08:25 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 08:50 Guys Big Bite 09:15 Barefoot Contessa 09:40 Everyday Italian 10:05 30 Minute Meals 10:30 Tyler’s Ultimate 11:00 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives 11:30 Barefoot Contessa 12:00 Unwrapped 12:30 Paula’s Party 13:30 Guys Big Bite 14:00 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 14:30 Paula’s Best Dishes 15:00 Barefoot Contessa 15:30 Everyday Italian 16:00 30 Minute Meals 16:30 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 17:00 Iron Chef America 18:00 Barefoot Contessa 18:30 Unwrapped 19:00 Paula’s Best Dishes 19:30 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives 20:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 20:30 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 21:00 Grill Girls

22:00 Barefoot Contessa 22:30 Everyday Italian 23:00 Chopped

00:40 01:30 02:20 03:10 04:05 05:00 05:55 06:20 07:10 08:00 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:25 13:50 14:40 15:30 15:55 16:20 17:10 18:00 18:50 19:40 20:30 20:55 21:20 22:10 23:00 23:50

Dr G: Medical Examiner Ghost Lab A Haunting On The Case With Paula Zahn Dr G: Medical Examiner Forensic Detectives Ghosthunters Dr G: Medical Examiner Real Emergency Calls Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Forensic Detectives Unsolved Crimes: USA On The Case With Paula Zahn FBI Files Ghosthunters Ghosthunters Accident Investigator Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls On The Case With Paula Zahn Forensic Detectives Unsolved Crimes: USA FBI Files Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls CSU Accident Investigator Couples Who Kill Deadly Women

01:35 03:05 04:50 06:45 08:45 10:35 12:20 13:50 15:30 17:05 18:35 20:20 22:00 23:50

Staying Together Impromptu Road House Network Where Angels Fear To Tread Memories Of Me Spring, The Captive Hearts Canadian Bacon The Legend Of Johnny Lingo Wuthering Heights Untamed Heart Burn! Hickey And Boggs

00:00 Til Death 00:30 The Simpsons 01:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 01:30 The Colbert Report 02:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 03:00 Hung 03:30 Bored to death 04:00 Family Guy 04:30 Tonight Show with Jay Leno 05:30 Eight simple Rules 06:00 Hope & Faith 06:30 The Drew Carey Show 07:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 08:00 The Simpsons 08:30 Eight simple Rules 09:00 Hope & Faith 09:30 The Drew Carey Show 10:00 Will & Grace 10:30 30 Rock 11:00 Eight simple Rules 11:30 Hope & Faith 12:00 Tonight Show with Jay Leno 13:00 The Simpsons 13:30 Eight simple Rules 14:00 Hope & Faith 14:30 Til Death 15:00 30 Rock 15:30 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 16:00 The Colbert Report 16:30 The Drew Carey Show 17:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 18:00 Scrubs 18:30 Parks & recreation 19:00 Sons Of Tucson 19:30 New adventures of Old Christine 20:00 Tonight Show with Jay Leno 21:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 21:30 The Colbert Report 22:00 Funny or Die presents… 22:30 Sarah Silverman program 23:00 Family Guy 23:30 Sons of Tucson

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01:00 The Hangover-18 03:00 The Tale Of Despereaux-PG 04:30 Star Trek 10: Nemesis-PG15 06:30 Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince-PG15 09:00 Star Trek-PG 11:10 I Spy-PG 13:00 Confessions Of A Shopaholic-PG 15:00 Obsessed-PG15 16:50 Star Trek-PG 19:00 State Of Play-PG15 21:00 Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past-PG15 23:00 Town Creek-PG15

00:30 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 04:30 05:30 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 11:30 12:30 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:30 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00 23:30

New Adventures of Old Christine Sons of Anarchy Lie To Me Tudors The Simpsons Heroes New Adventures of Old Christine Ellen DeGeneres Glee Sons of Anarchy Survivor 21 Ellen DeGeneres The Simpsons Heroes New Adventures of Old Christine Sons of Anarchy Lie To Me Survivor 21 30 Rock New Adventures of Old Christine Ellen DeGeneres Two & a Half Men Friday Night Lights Treme Breaking Bad Nip/ Tuck 30 Rock Ellen DeGeneres

00:15 00:40 01:05 01:30 04:00 05:15 06:30 06:55 08:00 09:15 10:30 13:00 14:15 15:30 16:45 18:00 19:15 20:30 21:45 23:00

Salmon, Trout And Steelheader Tarpon Of Boca Tarpon Of Boca The Wingshooter Ducks Unlimited The Wingshooter Salmon, Trout And Steelheader Tarpon Of Boca Ride To Adventure Tarpon Of Boca Ride To Adventure Adventures In Hawaii Duck Commander Ride To Adventure Adventures In Hawaii Duck Commander Ride To Adventure Adventures In Hawaii Duck Commander Ride To Adventure

07:00 07:25 07:50 08:15 08:40 08:50 09:00 09:25 09:50 Pooh 10:15 10:40 11:05 11:30 11:55 12:20 12:45 13:10 13:35 YR1) 14:00 14:25 14:50 15:05 15:30 15:55 16:20 16:45 17:10 Pooh 17:35 17:45 18:10 18:35 19:00 Pooh 19:25 19:40 19:50

Lazytown Imagination Movers Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Handy Manny Jungle Junction Special Agent Oso Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Handy Manny New Adventures of Winnie the Little Einsteins Special Agent Oso Imagination Movers Lazytown My Friends Tigger and Pooh Handy Manny Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Little Einsteins JO JO’S CIRCUS (SCANDI Higglytown Heroes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Special Agent Oso My Friends Tigger and Pooh Imagination Movers Little Einsteins Handy Manny Mickey Mouse Clubhouse New Adventures of Winnie the Special Agent Oso Imagination Movers Handy Manny Mickey Mouse Clubhouse New Adventures of Winnie the Handy Manny Special Agent Oso Jungle Junction

00:00 02:15 04:00 06:00 08:00 10:00 12:00 PG15 13:45 16:00 18:00 20:00 PG15 22:00

05:00 Model TV 05:30 The Designers 06:00 Style Her Famous 06:30 Area 07:00 How Do I Look? 08:00 Millennium Fashion: The Year In Fashion 09:00 My Celebrity Home 10:00 Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? 11:00 Married Away 12:00 Jerseylicious 13:00 Ruby 14:00 Clean House 15:00 Clean House Comes Clean 15:30 Style Her Famous 16:00 Jerseylicious 17:00 Ruby 18:00 Married Away 19:00 Mel B: It’s A Scary World 20:00 Jerseylicious 21:00 Homes With Style 22:00 How Do I Look? 23:00 Tacky House

Pride And Glory-18 Cold Souls-PG15 Little Nicholas-PG Jonas Brothers Concert-PG 12 Rounds-PG15 My Life In Ruins-PG15 The Life Before Her EyesStar Trek-PG 12 Rounds-PG15 Swing Vote-PG15 Ghosts Of Girlfriends PastFriday The 13th-18

01:00 Red Sands-18 03:00 The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day-18 05:00 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia-PG15 07:00 Along Came A Spider-PG15 09:00 Mortal Kombat-PG 11:00 Nighthawks-18 13:00 Jesse Stone: No Remorse-PG15 15:00 Mortal Kombat-PG 17:00 Darkness Falls-PG15 19:00 Green Street 2: Stand Your Ground-18 21:00 Max Payne-PG15 23:00 Town Creek-PG15

00:00 02:00 04:00 06:00 08:00 PG15 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00 18:00 20:00 22:00

Three And Out-PG15 Callback-PG15 I Spy-PG Rock Slyde-PG15 Deuce Bigalow: Male GigoloBlank Check-FAM Life-PG15 The Scout-PG15 Three And Out-PG15 Lonely Street-PG15 Women In Trouble-PG15 College-18

00:00 Babar: King Of The ElephantsFAM 02:00 The Wild Thornberrys MoviePG 04:00 Zorro’s Secrets-PG 06:00 Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins-FAM 08:00 Gladiators: The Tournament-PG 10:00 Zorro’s Secrets-PG 12:00 The Legend Of The Sea-FAM 14:00 The Wild Thornberrys MoviePG 16:00 The Jungle Book I-FAM 18:00 Rugrats Go Wild-FAM 20:00 Robin Hood: The King’s Return-FAM 22:00 The Legend Of The Sea-FAM

00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 05:30 06:00 06:30 07:00 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:00 11:00 12:00 12:30 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:30 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00

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00:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 01:00 Globe Trekker 02:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides 03:00 Swiss Railway Journeys 04:00 Globe Trekker 05:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 06:00 Chef Abroad 06:30 The Thirsty Traveler 07:00 Globe Trekker 08:00 48 Hours In 08:30 Top Travel 09:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 10:00 Chef Abroad 10:30 The Thirsty Traveler 11:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides 12:00 Globe Trekker 13:00 Planet Food 14:00 Panasia 14:30 Top Travel 15:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 16:00 Globe Trekker 17:00 48 Hours In 17:30 Chef Abroad 18:00 Panasia 18:30 The Thirsty Traveler 19:00 Globe Trekker 21:00 Culture Shock 21:30 Skier’s World 22:00 The Thrillseekers Guide 22:30 Surfari 23:00 Globe Trekker

Bones Drop Dead Diva Martha Stewart Lie To Me The View Look A Like Look A Like Emmerdale Eat Your Self Sexy Lie To Me Martha Stewart Look A Like Look A Like Lie To Me The View Emmerdale Eat Your Self Sexy Martha Stewart Bones Drop Dead Diva Look A Like Look A Like The View Hawthorne CSI Friday Night Lights Lie To Me The View Look A Like

World Sport Total Rugby International Rugby Union Premier League Snooker Spirit of a Champion Spirit of Yachting

Fast And Furious on Super Movies 11:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 12:00 FEI Equestrain World 12:30 ICC Cricket World 13:00 Brazil League Highlights 13:30 Futbol Mundial 14:00 World Sport 14:30 Total Rugby 15:00 Rugby League 4 Nations 17:00 Live The All Sports Show 18:00 ICC Cricket World 18:30 Spirit of a Champion 19:00 Spirit of Yatching 19:30 Futbol Mundial 20:00 Brazil League Highlights 20:30 World Sport 21:15 Total Rugby 21:45 The All Sports Show 22:45 Live Aviva Premiership

00:00 Total Rugby 00:30 International Rugby Union 02:30 Premier League Snooker 06:00 Spirit of a Champion 06:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 07:00 Total Rugby 07:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 08:00 Live European PGA Tour 12:00 European Tour Weekly 12:30 Total Rugby 13:00 Premier League Snooker 16:30 European PGA Tour 21:00 European Tour Weekly 21:30 Futbol Mundial 22:00 Total Rugby 22:30 Live International Rugby Union

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UFC The Ultimate Fighter UFC 122 UFC The Ultimate Fighter WWE NXT UFC Unleashed

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WWE NXT WWE Vintage Collection Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge V8 Supercars Championship Le Mans classic WWE NXT UFC The Ultimate Fighter Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge V8 Supercars Championship Le Mans classic UFC The Ultimate Fighter WWE NXT WWE Smackdown WWE Bottom Line UFC The Ultimate Fighter

01:00 The Level-18 03:00 Balibo-PG15 05:00 The Other Man-PG15 07:00 Mama I Want To Sing-PG 09:00 Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince-PG15 11:45 Aliens In The Attic-FAM 13:15 Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian-PG15 15:00 Fast And Furious-PG15 16:45 Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince-PG15 19:15 Whip It-PG15 21:00 Underworld: The Rise Of The Lycans-18 22:45 The Reader-18

00:40 Hearts Of The West 02:25 Victor/Victoria 04:35 The Screening Room 05:00 The Screening Room - Film Restoration 05:30 Wild Rovers 08:00 Please Don’t Eat The Daisies 09:50 Where Were You When The Lights Went Out? 11:20 Code Name: Emerald

12:55 14:15 15:35 17:20 18:55 21:20 23:00

Bad Day At Black Rock Across The Wide Missouri The Wheeler Dealers Crazy In Love Cimarron Skyjacked No Small Affair

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Ice Road Truckers, 3 Modern Marvels Mega Disasters Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Conspiracy? MonsterQuest Ice Road Truckers, 3 Modern Marvels Mega Disasters Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Conspiracy? MonsterQuest Ice Road Truckers, 3 Modern Marvels Mega Disasters Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Conspiracy? MonsterQuest Ice Road Truckers, 3 Modern Marvels Mega Disasters Deep Sea Detectives Rise & Fall of the Spartans Declassified Ancient Discoveries

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Mel B: It’s A Scary World Jerseylicious Model TV Style Her Famous How Do I Look? Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?

00:00 VH1 Rocks 00:30 So 80’s 01:00 Music For The Masses 02:00 Greatest Hits 03:00 VH1 Music 06:00 Chill Out 08:00 VH1 Hits 10:00 Aerobic 11:00 VH1 Hits 12:00 Music For The Masses 13:00 Top 10 14:00 Music For The Masses 15:00 Beyonce Vs Rihanna Weekend Weekend 18:00 Music For The Masses 20:00 Guess The Year 21:00 Final Countdown

00:00 Connect The World With Becky Anderson 01:00 Backstory 01:30 World Sport 02:00 World Report 04:00 World Business Today 05:00 The Situation Room 06:00 Anderson Cooper 360 07:00 World Sport 07:30 I Report For CNN 08:00 World Report 08:30 Backstory 09:00 World Report 11:00 World Business Today 12:00 World News 12:15 CNN Marketplace Middle East 12:30 The Best Of Backstory 13:00 Larry King Live 14:00 World Report 15:00 World Report 15:30 The Best Of Backstory 16:00 World Report 17:00 World Business Today 18:00 International Desk 19:00 The Brief 19:30 World Sport 20:00 World Report 20:30 Political Mann 21:00 International Desk 22:00 Quest Means Business


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Morissette baby is a boy A

lanis Morissette is expecting a baby boy. The 36-year-old singer and husband Souleye - whose real name is Mario Treatway - found out the gender of their unborn child during a recent pregnancy scan and can’t wait to welcome their son into the world next month. Though Alanis has only just confirmed she is carrying a boy, it

was first speculated that she knew the gender of the baby earlier this month after her baby shower. Pictures of the ‘Ironic’ hitmaker showed her leaving the bash in California clutching a bag reading, ‘It’s a boy’, though she refused to comment on the gifts at the time. Alanis - who married 30-year-old Souleye in May this year after eight

months of dating -previously revealed she only found out she was expecting a baby after visiting her doctor for another reason. She said: “I went to the doctor and he said, ‘Well this looks like the scan of a pregnant lady.’” Asked if she had gone to the doctor about the possibility of being pregnant, she added: “No actually I thought I wasn’t.”

Wahlberg wants to create a business


ark Wa hlberg wants to build a business for his children. The 39year-old star is proud of all his acting accomplishments but has revealed the motivation behind him starting his own production company Leverage is because he wants a venture that is for him and his family. The screen hunk is married to model Rhea Durham and the couple have four children together, Ella Rae, seven, Michael, four, Brendan Joseph, two, and 10month-old Grace Margaret, and are expecting their fifth child next year. In an

interview in the December issue of Men’s Health magazine, he said: “A career is nice, but I want to build a business . It’s one thing to have a career, waking up everyday thinking, ‘OK, what’s the next job?’ But I want to build something that can last forever, something that my kids could venture into if they were interested. I’m in a unique position of doing things that I can be very proud of and excited about. I might as well take advantage of that now because it definitely might not exist later.” Perhaps Mark’s

motivation for building a business is that he is approaching his 40th birthday - something he admits is on his mind. The screen star - who is also a major shareholder in bottled sports water company Aquahydrate - said: “I think about 40 every once in a while.

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vril La vigne’s divorce from Deryck Whibley has been finalized. The ‘Complicated’ singer - who has been married to the Sum 41 rocker since July 2006 - had their divorce signed off by a judge on Tuesday after Avril filed for a legal separation in October 2009. According to court documents obtained by gossip website TMZ, the pair signed a prenuptial agreement prior to their marriage, which saw their assets divided in half. Avril kept the couple’s Beverly Hills mansion, her musical instruments, lyrics and

songs, their Volvo car and all other pieces of jewellery, artwork, awards and items of clothing. Meanwhile, Deryck was entitled to his guitar collection, song catalogues, artwork, jewellery, awards and mementos. The prenup stipulated that neither party would be granted spousal support. Since splitting from the musician, the singer has been romantically linked with actor Wilmer Valderrama and oil heir Brandon Davis. The singer has been dating ‘The Hills’ star Brody Jenner since February, and according to his co-star Audrina Patridge, the pair are “very happy together”. She recently said: “They’re very happy together, they’re really good together. A lovely couple.”

Grint owns a Hovercraft


upert Grint thought it was a “good idea” to buy a hovercraft and an orange car. The ‘Harry Potter’ actor admits he has “not much idea” of how much money he has from starring in the film series - one of the most successful movie franchises of all time - but has used his riches to collect a number of unorthodox vehicles, which also includes an ice-cream van, and a pink BMX. The red-haired star said: “I don’t really like to blend in. I like standing out. I can’t really deal with the money thing. But it’s nice knowing that I don’t ever have to really worry about anything. “I’ve got a hovercraft. It’s quite strange to drive, but I have fun with it. The orange Range Rover just seemed like a good idea at the time. I don’t even think about the connection with being ginger.” Although Rupert enjoys splashing out on unusual vehicles, the 22year-old star admits he hasn’t used his ice cream van as often as he expected to because it is quite difficult to manoeuvre. He explained to Radio Times magazine: “It’s just something I’ve always wanted when I was a kid. I don’t really use it as much as I thought I would. I used to have stock in it, but not so much now. It’s not the most practical vehicle. It’s only got one seat. It’s basically a kitchen.”


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Brand and Perry create marital rules R

ussell Brand and Katy Perry refuse to go more than a week without seeing one another. The couple - who married in an intimate ceremony in India last month - are keen to do everything they can to ensure their marriage works so have drawn up a list of relationship rules, including buying a £1.8 million apartment in New York that is convenient for both of their work commitments. A source said: “Russell’s often in London with work and Katy in Los Angeles. They wanted somewhere slap bang in the middle so they never have to sleep apart for more than seven days. “Russell is aware that many famous couples split because of work demands and he pointed to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as an example of how to make it work.” As well as agreeing to see each other once a week, another rule created by

Russell and Katy is to start a family next year. The source told Britain’s Grazia magazine: “Another promise is to try for a baby in a year. While Russell is broody, Katy is in no rush, so they compromised.” Though their new apartment comes with a personal chef, the ‘Firework’ singer has also promised to learn to cook to please her new husband. The insider said: “Neither Russell nor Katy can cook, but he has told her that one of his favorite things in life is breakfast in bed. “So Katy has agreed to start making Russell breakfast every Sunday.” Also among the rules set by the couple are to continue speaking to their relationship therapist once a week and banning alcohol and saucy magazines from their home.

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Lachey congratulates Jessica on engagement


ick La chey has sent his best wishes to ex-wife Jessica Simpson on her engagement. The ‘Sing-Off’ host - who was married to the singerand-actress from 2002 to 2005 - is pleased his former spouse has found love again with NFL star Eric Johnson, who she agreed to marry last week after six months of dating. He said: “I will say the same thing I always say; I wish her the very best.” While Nick wishes Jessica the best, he is also hoping for a happy future with his own new fiancee, Vanessa Minnillo - who he has been dating for four years - though they won’t rush into tying the knot. He said: “We’re still basking in the glow of our very recent engagement and

enjoying that. I’m sure we’ll get on with the planning and what-not shortly, but we’re just enjoying this experience. “We’re very excited. We’re obviously extremely happy and looking forward to everything that the future brings for us, so we are very excited and just enjoying the moment.” Nick’s well-wishes echo those of Jessica, who recently sent her own congratulations to her ex-husband on his engagement. She said: “Our relationship was over a really long time ago, and it would be nice if everyone could move on with us and really just celebrate the love between him and Vanessa. I do, and I really wish them nothing but the best.”

Amber Le Bon

steals mother’s clothes


mber Le Bon admits she “hijacks” mother Yasmin Le Bon’s clothes. The 21-year-old beauty is following in her mum’s footsteps by making a name for herself in the fashion industry and as well as being a successful model, Amber also admits the pair share very similar tastes in clothes. She said: “Mum hasn’t so much as passed clothes down, I’ve hijacked them! I’ll borrow something and then ‘forget’ to give it back. I borrow a lot of her Azzedine Alaia stuff. My favorite was a skirt I wore to a launch recently. I’ll definitely be wearing that again.” Although she is keen to steal her mother’s clothes and have a successful modeling career, Amber - whose father is Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon - has no plans to design any clothes in the near future like Yasmin. She told heat magazine: “I want to concentrate on my modeling for now. I can only do one thing at a time! I don’t have a set style, so designing a collection would be hard because nothing would go with anything else - it’d probably give people a headache! So I’ll wait a bit to do that.”

Price takes break from IVF


a tie Price is taking a break from her grueling invitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. The former glamour model - who has sons Harvey, eight, Junior, five, and daughter Princess, three, from previous relationships - and her cagefighter husband Alex Reid are desperate for a child of their own but are shelving their dream for a while after two failed attempts at the process. She said: “I’ve tried it twice, it didn’t work but now I’m going to let my body have a rest. “It’s quite a struggle and everything on your body. You have to go through quite a lot.” Now Katie - who has admitted she found undergoing the treatment difficult because of the side-effects of the hormone injections -has

decided to have more musclefreezing botox treatments to cheer herself up. She told Sky News presenter Eamonn Holmes : “I’m going to have botox today, because it has all come out, I’m going to have it today. “I don’t like expression!” While Katie, 32, has decided to stop having IVF treatment at the moment, she has previously said she won’t give up hope and thinks she will become pregnant when the time is right. She said: “Just because I’ve got kids, it doesn’t me I can fall pregnant with someone else and it is quite a traumatic thing, because to do IVF again you have to wait a couple of months for your body to recover from the last attempt. “It will happen when it’s supposed to happen.”

Ryan Seacrest is a ‘phenomenal’ boyfriend


he ‘American Idol’ presenter’s girlfriend Julianne Hough has revealed the 35-year-old TV personality is a “romantic” partner who sometimes embarrasses her with his gestures of love. She said: “He’s phenomenal. He’s really romantic. He’s not even in town and I got in my car and there are flowers everywhere. “And for my birthday, same thing. Like, flowers everywhere. I was almost embarrassed. You walk in and you’re like, ‘Is this my room? I don’t even know.’ I’m kind of embarrassed,” As well as praising Ryan as a phenomenal boyfriend, Julianne, 22, also admitted to enjoying spending time with his

family and claims meeting one another’s parents was never an issue. She told US TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres: “Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, you met the folks!’ It’s like, I don’t know. Both of our folks are like our best friends, so when we hang out, it’s more like hanging out with friends.” Earlier this year, Ryan asked Julianne to move in with him after just a few months of dating, and as a treat he filled a hotel room with flowers. A source said: “He’s not afraid to take things to the next level. Everyone is shocked by how fast things are moving. —Bang Showbiz


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Five things missing from

Beatles/iTunes deal


ne striking aspect of the newly available Beatles albums on iTunes is that they weren’t accompanied by the release of more digital bells and whistles. When EMI Music reissued all of the band’s albums on CD last year, every title boasted improved sound, detailed liner notes, a generous selection of photos and mini-video documentaries about the recording of each album. The iTunes versions don’t include a whole lot more, offering the same documentaries and other material in the deluxe iTunes LP format, along with a 1964 concert film available only as part of the $149 digital “Beatles Box Set.” (iTunes is also making a free online stream of the film available through the end of the year.) Despite Apple Corps’ conservative handling of the Beatles catalog over the years, it has occasionally demonstrated a willingness to take creative risks, as it did with the Beatles edition of MTV/Harmonix’s “Rock Band” videogame and the startling mash-ups featured in Cirque du Soleil’s “Love” show. That recent history and the protracted wait for an eventual retail partnership with iTunes-hey folks, it’s 2010! — seemed to portend a more ambitious digital download debut. Now that the Beatles have finally embraced digital distribution, perhaps there’s more to come. In the meantime, here are five things we expected to see but didn’t: 1. A Beatles iPad Back in 2004, Apple Inc, U2 and Universal Music Group collaborated on the release of the iPod U2 Special Edition. The black and red music player was engraved with the signatures of all four band members and came with a coupon that could be redeemed for $50 off the purchase of the $149 “The Complete U2” digital box set. That seemed to provide the perfect model for a Beatles-branded iPad loaded with the Fab Four’s music. Tuesday’s Beatles-iTunes announcement included no mention of a hardware/music bundle. One likely explanation: the Beatles album downloads are only available in the iTunes LP format, which isn’t fully compatible with the iPad. 2. A Beatles Mobile App The iPhone has replaced the iPod as Apple’s cornerstone digital media player. So it was only natural to hope that the Beatles might offer a cool new mobile app that fans could use to interact with the band’s music. No such luck this time out, but this is surely a platform that Apple Corps is examining closely. 3. Higher-bitrate downloads One of the biggest selling points of last year’s Beatles CD reissues was their sparkling, remastered sound. While the Beatles albums at iTunes are drawn from the 2009 remastered recordings, they are encoded at the same 256 kilobits-per-second bitrate as conventional iTunes downloads. Higher bitrates yield better sound quality, albeit at the cost of larger file sizes. Most consumers probably can’t tell the difference. But higher-bitrate downloads might have provided an additional marketing angle, as well as a way to snare any audiophiles who haven’t already purchased the CD reissues. 4. US versions of Beatles albums One of the tricks of selling consumers the same music they already own is mixing things up a bit. To enhance the appeal of the Beatles iTunes downloads for American consumers, Apple Corps and EMI could have included downloads of the band’s Capitol albums, like “Meet the Beatles,” “Something New,” “The Early Beatles” and the U.S. configurations of “Help” and “Rubber Soul.” EMI never released those titles as individual CDs, making them only available in two boxsets it released in 2006. Consumers under the age of 40 wouldn’t have cared, but boomer-age US Beatles fans might have appreciated reminiscing over the iTunes LP-enhanced artwork of those Capitol albums. 5. Download debuts of other previously released material “The Beatles Anthology,” the comprehensive 1995 TV documentary series about the Fabs, featured footage of promotional clips that the band shot for “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Rain” and other songs. But none of them has ever been sold as individual video downloads. Also missing: “The Beatles At the Hollywood Bowl,” a 1977 live LP of performances recorded in the mid-’60s, which has never been released on CD or as a digital download. More surprising in their absence: the three doubleCD “Anthology” collections of demos and rarities and the two-CD set “Live At The BBC.” — Reuters

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uitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who played with rock legend Jim Morrison in The Doors, are supporting Florida Gov Charlie Crist’s proposal to pardon Morrison for an indecent exposure conviction after a 1969 Miami concert. Both bandmates said Wednesday that Morrison never actually pulled out his penis during the now infamous concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium. They said he was drunk and teased the crowd but he never followed through. They said Morrison was

Members of The Doors, from left to right, Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek in an undated photo. —AP inspired that night by a stage group called The Living Theater, which was performing plays in which actors disrobed - but he didn’t actually undo his pants. Morrison was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in 1971 in a Paris bathtub. — AP

Hendrix’s family talks anthology, documentary


Colombian singer Shakira performs on stage at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday. —AP

Jackson’s new album could top previous one


early a year and a half after the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop continues to play a significant role in boosting the fortunes of his label Epic Records and its parent Sony Music Entertainment. Jackson’s total US music sales are on pace to fall sharply in 2010 from last year, when grief over his untimely death on June 25, 2009, sparked a massive spike in sales of his catalog. But Billboard estimates that Jackson’s sales will still account for more than a fifth of Epic’s overall recorded-music sales for 2010, helped by the highly anticipated Dec 14 release of “Michael” a collection of previously unreleased recordings. Sony has been telling retailers that it expects “Michael” to generate US sales in its first three weeks-the final

three weeks of 2010 — that will top the first three weeks of sales for Jackson’s 2009 hits collection “This Is It.” That seems like a tall order, considering that “This is It” was tied to the hit movie documentary of the same name and was released just four months after Jackson’s death. In addition, “Breaking News,” the first song that Epic released from the album, drew a mixed reaction from radio programmers. And notwithstanding Taylor Swift’s remarkable million-plus, firstweek sales for her album “Speak Now.” the increasingly challenging sales environment for recorded music has contributed this year to disappointing debut weeks for albums from Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band. —Reuters

fter a prolific 2010 that continues with the “West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology” box set out this week, the family-run Experience Hendrix label has a more modest, but no less impactful blueprint for the next couple of years. “This year has been very special because it marked the 40th anniversary of (Hendrix’s) passing,” Janie Hendrix, the rock icon’s Jimi Hendrix sister and Experience Hendrix president and CEO, told The company started with the March release of the rarities set “Valleys of Neptune” and continues with “West Coast Seattle Boy.” The latter features four discs of unreleased material and alternate takes, including a full disc of pre-Experience tracks recorded with Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, Don Covay and others. The box also includes the documentary “Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Child,” narrated by Bootsy Collins. Deluxe editions of “Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions,” “Jimi Hendrix: Blues” and “Live at Woodstock” and the holiday EP “Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year,” are coming out the same day as well. Next year will bring a documentary about Hendrix’s 1969 concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall, “homecoming” shows of a sort since he launched the Experience in England. “It’s kind of a day in the life of Jimi, how we put it together,” Hendrix said of the project, which has been two years in the making. She continued: “There were about four cameras that followed Jimi and the guys around in Europe and filmed the two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as them coming off trains, planes and automobiles, signing autographs, Jimi backstage getting ready, in his apartment doing little apartment jams with his friends and then later playing the Speakeasy. “It’s not an actor playing Jimi; it’s Jimi, and he really does forget the cameras are rolling and you see those sides of him, the stage and the sweetness with different girlfriendsthere’s several that are in the film-and how he was around friends and how he was really into listening to the (tape of) the night before’s performance.” Hendrix says she hopes to release the Albert Hall documentary theatrically and possibly as a pay-per-view TV offering in addition to DVD. There will also be a companion soundtrack album of live performances from the show. Meanwhile, what would have been Jimi Hendrix’s 70th birthday in 2012 will be commemorated by a film of his performance at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival. It was culled from recently unearthed “pristine” footage from the show. Experience Hendrix is also working with Stephen Stills on a collection of recordings he made with Hendrix, but Janie Hendrix said the company is letting Stills take the lead on that project. —Reuters


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This undated handout image received yesterday from the Taipei Golden Horse Festival Executive Committee shows a scene from Hong Kong film “Bodyguards and Assassins” which is up for best picture at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Awards. — AFP

Taiwan, HK films vie for top prizes in Chinese ‘Oscars’


Taiwanese family drama and a Hong Kong kung fu flick are tipped to win top honors at this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards, the “Oscars” of Chinese-language cinema. “When Love Comes”, directed by Chang Tso-chi of Taiwan, leads the race with 14 nominations, followed by Hong Kong director Teddy Chen’s “Bodyguards and Assassins”, which has nine. Critics say the Hong Kong box office hit, set in the dying days of the Qing dynasty in the early 20th century, could walk away with most statuettes from the ceremony on Saturday night, especially in the technical field. But it faces tough competition from “When Love Comes”, which centers on a

Eva Longoria files for divorce from Tony Parker


struggling pregnant girl, in the running for the coveted best picture and best director categories. “The judges have shown a strong preference for arthouse and independent films this year, so a big-budget commercial hit like ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’ might be at a disadvantage,” said film critic Liang Liang. He noted that several blockbusters, including China’s “Aftershock”, about a devastating earthquake in 1976, and hit martial art drama “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame”, only picked up a few nominations. The Golden Horse Awards are styled after the US Academy Awards but are decided by a jury along the lines of

ess than four years after a storybook wedding in Paris, Eva Longoria filed court papers Wednesday to divorce French basketball star Tony Parker, citing irreconcilable differences. Parker, a three-time NBA AllStar with the San Antonio Spurs, made no hint as to what caused the split between him and the star of TV’s “Desperate Housewives” during a brief meeting with a throng of reporters outside his team’s locker room about an hour before a game. “It’s a difficult time right now for me and Eva,” Parker said. “We got a joint statement and everything else is our private life.” Asked about speculation that Parker might have been involved with the wife of a former Spurs teammate, Parker replied: “That’s my private life.” Parker spoke to the media for less than a minute before a team official ended the interview. Longoria and Parker were married in a civil ceremony in France on July 6, 2007. The next day, a priest married them in a church across from the Louvre Museum, followed by an exclusive bash at a storied French chateau. As a member of the Spurs, Parker has won three NBA championships in recent years. Longoria often had a courtside seat at his games. Each posted a statement on their Twitter accounts addressing the divorce. “We love each other deeply and pray for each other’s happiness,” it said. They have no children together. Longoria has one previous marriage. —AP

the Cannes film festival. China’s legal drama “Judge” and two Taiwanese independent films, “The Fourth Portrait” and “Seven Days in Heaven”, are also vying for best picture at the gala ceremony in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. For best director, film reviewer Ryan Cheng tipped Chang Tso-chi (“When Love Comes”) to win over Teddy Chen (“Bodyguards and Assassins”), Chung Mong-hong (“The Fourth Portrait”) and Liu Jie (“Judge”).”Chang’s film appeals to all and he is an acclaimed filmmaker who has yet to win the top directing prize, so this could be his year to shine,” said Cheng, author of “The Love and Death of Taiwan Cinema”. This year Chinese performers dominated the

top acting categories, with six out of eight nominees coming from the mainland. Xu Fan, who played a bereaved wife and mother in “Aftershock,” is the favorite for best leading actress, although compatriot Tang Wei could deny her the award, said the Apple Daily newspaper. “Personally I am very fond of Tang’s natural and down-toearth style in ‘Crossing Hennessy’, but Xu’s character is more emotional and intense, which moves a broad audience,” said Cheng. Tang, once blacklisted in China after starring in Taiwan-born director Ang Lee’s 2007 spy thriller “Lust, Caution,” is up for her role as a mainland immigrant in the romantic drama from Hong Kong.”Lust, Caution”, set in World

World II Shanghai, allegedly angered mainland authorities for treating a Japanese character too sympathetically, while also triggering ire with steamy sex scenes. The best actor gong is tipped to go to Chinese veteran Wang Xueqi, who in “Bodyguards and Assassins” plays a businessman who gets entangled with revolutionary plots to overthrow the Qing dynasty.But Ethan Juan, one of Taiwan’s most popular young actors, could emerge as the dark horse for his role in “Monga,” a gangster film set in Taipei a generation ago, said the Liberty Times.”Juan’s character is explosive and unique... he has made a breakthrough in his acting skills,” the paper said. — AFP

‘Harry Potter’ hits Web before big box office debut W

arner Bros studio said on Wednesday it was working to remove a 36-minute Internet leak of the new “Harry Potter” film ahead of what industry experts said could be the biggest opening weekend box office yet for the major movie franchise. Industry watchers and even the movie’s parent studio, Warner Bros, think the film could eclipse the $100 million mark in the US and Canada over its first three days in theaters, starting on Nov 19. They are even predicting a full run of more than $1 billion in global ticket sales. Those eye-popping numbers were being talked about even as 36 minutes of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” turned up on a file-sharing website Tuesday night ahead of the movie’s premiere in numerous countries around the globe. Warner Bros said in a statement that the excerpt was “stolen and illegally posted on the Internet. This constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros property. “We are working actively to restrict and/or remove copies that may be available. Also, we are vigorously investigating this matter and will prosecute those involved to the full

Actors Rupert Grint, center, Evanna Lynch, left, and Bonnie Wright pose for photographers during a press conference to promote their movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” in Tokyo, yesterday. —AP extent of the law,” said the Time Warner Inc studio. The first six “Harry Potter” movies, which are based on the bestselling books about a British boy wizard by author JK Rowling, have earned $5.42 billion at world-wide box offices, according to California-based

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros domestic distribution chief, said the film should top $100 million in the US and Canada during its first weekend in theaters. Throughout the movie’s entire life in theaters around the globe, he sees ticket sales rising to the rare level of more than $1 billion. —Reuters


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pilgrim heading to Santiago de Compostela in ancient times could expect a warm meal and a bed after a long day’s walk. Today you can expect a bar serving hamburgers, free Wi-Fi, and a decision about whether a reiki or watsu treatment would better relieve your foot pain. The pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, Spanish for the Way of St James, has existed for more than 1,000 years. The most traveled among several ancient routes leading to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain, is the Camino Frances, nearly 500 miles (800 kilometers) long. It starts from the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains and leads to the town of Santiago, home to an ornate cathedral and a tomb where the apostle’s remains are believed to be interred. In a visit to the cathedral Nov 6, Pope Benedict XVI said he had come to Spain as a pilgrim, just like the millions of others who have made their way here. He held an open-air Mass at the cathedral attended by thousands of the faithful, and he prayed at St James’ tomb. Walking the full trail can take from six to eight weeks. The Roman Catholic church traditionally considered it one of three pilgrimages-alongside Rome and Jerusalem-that awarded forgiveness of all of a pilgrim’s sins. The trip was popular during medieval times, but the number of pilgrims declined over the years because of European wars and political changes. The tradition was revived in the 1980s, when the route adapted itself to an age of mass tourism yet managed to remain modest in nature and resist overdevelopment. Thousands now walk the trail every year. Modern pilgrims do not have to worry about gangs of bandits or the plague. But they still face some travails-blisters, bed bugs, heavy backpacks-along with decisions about how far to walk, what to eat and where to spend the night. The pace of backpacking along the Camino is so slow that the meditative aspects of walking through lush green forests, endless cornfields and vineyards, passing wind turbines erected over hilltops, become inevitable even for travelers who did not come looking for salvation. Irasema Laverde, a Christian pilgrim from England, said she walks all day thinking about her loved ones and prays that ill relatives will recover quickly. “The roads are so safe I feel I can walk with my eyes closed and connect with myself and nature with its sounds of trickling rivers and birds singing,” she said. The Christian infrastructure of the trail brings together backpackers, cyclists and devout pilgrims who come with little trekking experience but with the belief that the journey

The cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

will bring them closer to God. Few admit they chose the trail purely as a way to spend their vacation and enjoy the relatively easy logistics provided by hundreds of years of Christian hospitality. Kevin Wiggen returned to Spain from San Francisco, California, to complete the journey after an injury prevented him from finishing an earlier attempt. Wiggen said hikers here reminded him of backpackers on other international trails, but said there were “religious undertones to the trail which make everyone nicer.” There are other noticeable differences between the Camino and other trails. Pilgrims, many of them in the sixth or seventh decade of their lives, are not typical backpackers. The trail’s scallop-shaped markers and simple yellow arrows make it easy to follow, while the hundreds of thousands who have walked these paths before have leveled the roads, leaving them smooth and easy on the feet. Some long hiking trails avoid civilization to intensify the feeling of nature, but

this one makes a point of entering every town, as modest as it may be, as a link to ancient traditions. Dimly lit, smoke-filled bars cater to pilgrims as well as to the often tiny local population. In addition to typical Spanish meals, bars have TVs showing local news, soccer matches and reruns of soccer matches. The traditional route reaches its climax with the pilgrims’ Mass at the cathedral of Santiago de

Compostela, with its ornate baroque facade. But for many modern travelers, the adventure reaches its peak after four additional days of walking, at Finisterre, which literally means “the end of the earth,” on the Atlantic Ocean. Looking out at the sea from this village at the end of a long journey, one does not need religious beliefs to feel the powerful meeting of nature and spirituality. — AP

If you go...


amino De Santiago: The Camino is open year-round, but some of the pilgrims’ inns shut down for the winter between November and March. Others are open, but travelers may need to phone ahead and reserve a room during these months. There are many travel guides for hiking or cycling along the trail, along with various websites.


ynga late Wednesday unveiled “CityVille,” the first globally released online game built by the hot startup behind social play hits “FarmVille” and “Mafia Wars.” “CityVille is where Monopoly meets Main Street,” said the game’s general manager Sean Kelly. The game challenges a player to build his or her dream city from the ground up and incorporates winning aspects of popular Zynga titles “FrontierVille” and “FarmVille.”“Instead of harvesting crops you’re harvesting your neighborhood; instead of clearing your friend’s frontier you’re working on a friend’s franchise,” Kelly said, referring to the title as Zynga’s most social game to date. Zynga rocketed to success at Facebook, where people recruited friends to join them in online play and shared

game accomplishments at the world’s leading social network. More than 320 million people have played Zynga games since the San Francisco-based company was launched in 2007, according to its founder Mark Pincus. The number of people playing Zynga games each month tops 225 million, according to the firm. Test, or beta, versions of “CityVille” will be rolled out worldwide in coming weeks in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.”CityVille” play involves creating thriving cities while balancing the needs of virtual inhabitants and tending to jobs such as running businesses and harvesting crops.Players in the roles of city managers will also need to cultivate beneficial relationships with neighboring cities. — AFP


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amous British department store Harvey Nichols on Wednesday promised to take foie gras from its restaurant menus following a plea by legendary James Bond actor Roger Moore. The 83-year-old actor, well known for his love of fine dining, urged the company to ban the delicacy which is made by force-feeding ducks and geese to enlarge their livers. “It’s absolutely splendid news that Harvey

Nichols has taken my appeal and that of other caring people into consideration and will be pulling foie gras from its menus,” said Moore. The London store had already taken the product off its shop shelves and will remove it from menus in the new year. Moore’s contribution is part of a larger campaign run by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) which has already enlisted the help of Oscar-winning

actress Kate Winslet, who spoke against the food in a video aired in April. Debonair actor Moore promised he would continue to target other illustrious London stores.”I will now be turning my attention to a little shop in Piccadilly called Fortnum & Mason which PETA informs me is resistant to appeals for compassion for cruelly force-fed birds!” the 007 star said. — AFP


Italian designer Roberto Cavalli gestures during a press conference to present his photography exhibition “il nero non e’ mai assoluto” (black is never absolute) in Milan on November 17, 2010. —AFP


avalli yesterday opened an exhibition of photos taken in his spare time, saying he got his inspiration from the world of nature. “I’ve loved taking pictures all my life,” Cavalli, wearing tinted sunglasses, a black jacket with jeans and a grey scarf, told AFP in the halls of the Palazzo Morando in the heart of Milan’s fashion district. The exhibition, which runs until December 12, marks the 70th birthday of the leathery entrepreneur whose extravagant designs and animal-skin prints have become synonymous with a new type of brash and kitsch Italian fashion style.”I’ve started taking pictures during my trips around the world all the time a scene, the red of a glass of a wine, a reflection in the sand,” he said. “The connection is my imagination,” added the tycoon, who has shocked the fashion world with famously extravagant designs such as leopard-print and patchwork. “Fashion has become too industrial, too commercial. It doesn’t allow for imagination any more.... You have to think about selling it,” he said. But with photography, he added: “I can do crazy things.” The exhibition, entitled “Black Is Not Always Absolute,” reveals Cavalli’s fascination with nature and animals-a major source of inspiration for him. In some of the snaps, Cavalli can be seen petting monkeys and dolphins. In others, he takes pictures of desert landscapes, flowers and fish. “I always say that God was the greatest designer. I prefer copying the clothes that God created for tigers or leopards,” he said. At the age of 70 the fashion designer, who was born into a family of artists in Florence in 1940, is determined to live as he always has “trying to make life the least boring possible”

and says photography helps him do that. “I never have an agenda. I can’t say what I will be doing in two months, I can’t know, I don’t care. I hope that each day will give me a good idea in order to be able to invent with a camera things that have never been done.” Cavalli earlier this year celebrated 40 years in the fashion business with a star-studded gala event to unveil his spring/ summer collection in a massive showroom built for the occasion at Milan’s historic Arco della Pace arch.

he last muse of Charles “Hank” Bukowski, the alcoholic and womanizing US author who used blunt prose to write about society’s downtrodden, still lives in the home she shared with her late husband and hopes to turn it into a museum.”That’s exactly like living with a ghost,” Linda Lee Bukowski told AFP. “His room is exactly the same. Clothes hanging around, you know, things like that.” Linda Lee is as shy as her late famous husband, but made an effort to speak to strangers at the Huntington Museum in the town of San Marino, just north of Los Angeles, which is holding an exhibit titled, “Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge,” through February 2011. Bukowski (1920-1994) was an important figure in 20th-century US literature. “In his poetry and prose, Bukowski used experience, emotion, and imagination, along with violent and sexual imagery, to capture life at its most raw and elemental,” reads a description of his work on the museum website. Bukowski “spoke for the social outcasts-the drunks, prostitutes, addicts, lay-abouts, and petty criminalsas well as those who are simply worn down by life.”The Museum bills the exhibit as the “most comprehensive exhibition on the writer ever undertaken” and includes typed scripts of Bukowski’s poems, periodicals with his poetry, and pictures loaned by his widow. The 1987 Hollywood movie “Barfly,” starring Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rourke, is loosely based on Bukowski’s life. The 2006 film “Factotum,” starring Matt Dillon, was another semiautobiographical work, drawing on one of Bukowski’s stories.”This exhibition is very personal for me and it’s the combination of many years,” Linda Lee Bukowski told AFP.”I’m very happy and very nervous because I’m not used to talking this way. I’m just getting used to be a person of public stature. “Bukowski didn’t like it at all,” she said.”He was a shy man, he was an individual who was more reclusive than outgoing and that’s why he would tend to drink and overdrink, because it was so much for him to handle the enormous social life. It was wasted time for him.”He would rather be either at his

typewriter or having dinner at Musso and Frank,” a landmark eatery billed as the “oldest restaurant in Hollywood.”Bukowski, who grew up and spent most of his life in Los Angeles, rose to fame after a difficult childhood and 14 years working in anonymity at the post office. He had written poems and short stories all his life, but did not write for a living until age 46, when the editor of Black Sparrow Press offered to pay him 100 dollars a month to focus on writing.”He never talked with me about his work,” his widow said. “He thought it was a bad luck. Once in a while, he would come down at night with a poem, and he would have a drink and he would read it. It was once in a year.”But in general, he would never show anybody because he thought it would bring bad luck. He would send it immediately to the publisher.”Bukowski had many female muses in his life that inspired his trademark raw, straightforward style. Linda Lee herself was never comfortable about being in his books. “Certain things are very embarrassing. But you know, you’re living with a writer. He writes novels. He always wrote about the people he lived with, that’s what he wrote about. People surrounding him in his life, his family, his existence, his friends.”So I assumed that sooner or later I would be in some of the writings. I didn’t practise to be in that position,” she said. It was the writing that brought her together with Bukowski in the first place, she said.”We were very distinct. He’s from here (California), I’m from the east coast, just different backgrounds. But we had a similar sense of humor, similar inner things. So I think that’s why we clicked.”Today she still lives in the home they shared in San Pedro, a coastal town south of Los Angeles, a place she hopes to eventually turn into a museum. The house “is exactly the sameI have not changed anything,” she said. “I live with my cats, in our house, as if I am living in a museum, because everything is there but him.”I go into his room in the evening... and sometimes I can smell, you know, some sort of a fragrance of Hank in there.”— AFP

Ryan Reynolds

anadian actor Ryan Reynolds was named the sexiest man alive Wednesday by People Magazine, which said the 34year-old has “an eight-pack of abs that makes millions swoon.” Reynolds is the 25th holder of the title, following in the footsteps of Australian actor Hugh Jackman, Ireland’s Pierce Brosnan, Scotsman Sean Connery, two-time winners Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney, and many more including actor Mel Gibson. Born October 23, 1976 in Vancouver, Reynolds has played a vampire hunter in “Blade: Trinity,” a man who mentally melts down in the 2005 remake of “The Amityville Horror,” and was Sandra Bullock’s faux fiance in “The Proposal.” He made his acting debut as a teen on Canadian television in a series called “Hillside,” which aired on the Nickelodeon children’s network. His picture will grace the cover of the next issue of People, which will hit newsstands today. Reynolds is married to US actress Scarlett Johansson-who was named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire Magazine in 2006. — AFP


“I always say that God was the greatest designer. I prefer copying the clothes that God created for tigers or leopards”

Last year he was however forced to cancel a showing of his Just Cavalli line after the luxury goods company that owned the brand, Ittierre, entered bankruptcy proceedings under a mountain debt during the economic crisis. Cavalli started out in Florence in the early 1960s. He met his wife Eva at a Miss Universe contest in 1977 in the Dominican Republic, which she was attending as Miss Austria. His clothes are available in more than 50 countries and there are Roberto Cavalli stores now in dozens of cities including Beirut, Dubai, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Mexico City and Taipei. — AFP

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LOS ANGELES: Rostislav Kleska No. 97 of the Columbus Blue Jackets clears a rebound in front of Brad Richardson and Dustin Brown No. 23 of the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at the Staples Center .—AFP

Capitals hold off Sabres’ comeback

WASHINGTON: Matt Bradley had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals held off a Buffalo comeback and beat the Sabres 4-2 in the NHL on Wednesday. It was Bradley’s first multiple-point game of the season. Nicklas Backstrom and David Steckel also scored as the Capitals took a 3-0 lead early in the second period. Washington, which has a league-high 29 points, is 10-1-0 at home. Derek Roy and Jordan Leopold scored less than a minute apart in the second period for Buffalo. Washington’s Alexander Semin had an empty-net goal in the final seconds and an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to nine games, the longest by a Capital this season.

Red Wings 7, Blues 3

In Detroit, Dan Cleary’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and began a four-goal rally to lift Detroit over St. Louis. Cleary also stretched his goal streak to six games, Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader each had a goal and an assist. Henrik Zetterberg, Brad Stuart and Tomas Holmstrom also scored for Detroit. St. Louis’ Andy McDonald had a goal and two assists, Brad Boyes a goal and an assist and Brad Winchester also scored.

Penguins 3, Canucks 1

In Pittsburgh, the hosts beat Vancouver in regulation for the first time in 10 years. The Canucks were 70-1 against the Penguins since 2000, and had won their past four in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby scored on a breakaway seven seconds after leaving the penalty box and Max Talbot scored short-handed. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who turned down a Penguins offer to sign

with Vancouver last summer, scored for the visitors.

Blue Jackets 5, Kings 3

In Los Angeles, the hosts perfect run of home wins to start the season was ended at eight by Columbus. Columbus punctuated the best start in franchise history with an impressive three-goal third period to beat the Kings, who were the NHL’s only remaining unbeaten home team. Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:12 to play, Andrew Murray and Rostislav Klesla also scored the Blue Jackets and Nash added an emptynetter. Justin Williams, Michal Handzus and Ryan Smyth scored for the Kings.

Bruins 3, Rangers 2

In New York, Tim Thomas made 15 of his 34 saves in the third period,

turning away three shots when Boston was down two men, helping the Bruins beat New York. Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin and Mark Recchi scored three consecutive goals as Boston improved to 7-1 on the road. The Bruins have scored 21 goals in their past five road games. Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik scored for New York, but the Rangers had their three-game winning streak snapped. They lost in regulation for the first time in seven games against a Northeast Division opponent.

Wild 2, Ducks 1

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Antti Miettinen scored at 3:36 of overtime to lift Minnesota over Anaheim. Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves, while Martin Havlat also scored for the Wild. Teemu Selanne scored for the Ducks.

Avalanche 4, Sharks 3 In Denver, Kevin Porter scored on a breakaway with 2:53 remaining in overtime as Colorado fought back to beat San Jose. Porter broke free from Sharks defenseman Kent Huskins and beat goalie Antero Niittymaki with a low shot as Porter was tumbling to the ice. Trailing 3-1 midway through the third period, the Avalanche tied the game with goals from Chris Stewart and Paul Stastny. Kevin Shattenkirk also scored for the Avalanche, his first NHL goal. Logan Couture, Dan Boyle and Mike Moore scored for the Sharks, who had their winning streak halted at three games.

Hurricanes 7, Senators 1

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Eric

NHL results/standings Results and standings from the NHL games on Wednesday. Tampa Bay 4, NY Islanders 2; Boston 3, NY Rangers 2; Pittsburgh 3, Vancouver 1; Washington 4, Buffalo 2; Carolina 7, Ottawa 1; Florida 2, Atlanta 1; Detroit 7, St. Louis 3 Minnesota 2, Anaheim 1 (OT); Colorado 4, San Jose 3 (OT); Phoenix 3, Calgary 1; Chicago 5, Edmonton 0; Columbus 5, Los Angeles 3. (OT = Overtime) Wester n Conference East er n Conference Cent ral Division Atlant ic Division Detroit 12 3 1 58 40 25 W L OTL GF GA PTS Chicago 10 9 2 62 59 22 Philadelphia 12 5 2 63 41 26 St. Louis 9 5 3 44 47 21 Pittsburgh 10 8 2 61 53 22 Columbus 10 6 0 46 41 20 NY Rangers 10 8 1 57 52 21 Nashville 7 6 3 42 48 17 New Jersey 5 11 2 33 59 12 Nor thwest Division NY Islanders 4 11 3 39 62 11 Vancouver 10 5 3 55 46 23 Nor theast Division Colorado 10 7 1 63 56 21 Montreal 12 5 1 49 36 25 Minnesota 9 6 2 40 39 20 Boston 10 5 1 47 31 21 Calgary 7 10 0 47 52 14 1 47 60 19 Ottawa 9 9 Edmonton 4 10 3 42 71 11 Buffalo 7 10 3 53 64 17 pacific division Toronto 6 8 3 40 51 15 Los Angeles 12 5 0 53 39 24 Southeast Division Anaheim 10 8 3 52 61 23 Washington 14 4 1 70 49 29 San Jose 9 5 3 51 44 21 Tampa Bay 9 7 2 52 56 20 Phoenix 8 5 5 50 54 21 Carolina 9 9 0 58 61 18 Dallas 9 7 0 48 45 18 Atlanta 7 9 3 58 69 17 Note: Overtime losses (OTL) are worth one point in the standings and are not included in the loss column (L) Florida 8 8 0 46 40 16

Staal had three goals, including the 200th of his career, and two assists as Carolina routed Ottawa. Chad LaRose added two goals and two assists, Tim Gleason had a goal and an assist and Tuomo Ruutu also scored for the Hurricanes, who had four goals in the first period. Reeling after consecutive blowout losses to Philadelphia and at Montreal, the Hurricanes shook up the roster a few hours before the puck dropped. Daniel Alfredsson scored late for the Senators.

Coyotes 3, Flames 1

In Calgary, Phoenix won its fourth straight game, overcoming Calgary. Martin Hanzal had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov made 39 saves. The Flames outshot Phoenix 16-9 in the first period, but Bryzgalov made several big saves. Wojtek Wolski scored and Lauri Korpikoski added an empty-netter for the Coyotes. Rene Bourque scored for the Flames.

Panthers 2, Thrashers 1

In Atlanta, Stephen Weiss and Radek Dvorak scored second-period goals as Florida beat Atlanta. Tomas Vokoun stopped 38 shots for Florida. He has allowed only one goal in each of his three straight wins in a span of a week. The Panthers ended a streak of three straight losses in Atlanta. Zach Bogosian scored his first goal of the season for the Thrashers, who lost their sixth in seven games games.

Blackhawks 5, Oilers 0

In Edmonton, a Jonathan Toews’ hat trick helped Chicago trounce Edmonton. Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell also scored for the Blackhawks, while Marty Turco stopped 18 shots. The Oilers have lost five in a row, being outscored 30-8, and have only two wins in their past 15 outings, both against Chicago. —AP


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All Blacks, Springboks continue Grand Slam pursuit LONDON: New Zealand is getting stronger and South Africa is getting weaker as both continue their pursuit of a Grand Slam this weekend. While world champion South Africa is weakened by injuries and suspensions for tomorrow’s match at Scotland, the All Blacks are taking nothing for granted when they face Ireland in the third leg of what they hope will be a third sweep of British Isles teams in six years. The world’s top-ranked side has temporarily halted its experiment with former rugby league international Sonny Bill Williams to recall Ma’a Nonu and go into the game at Lansdowne Road with its first-choice center partnership intact. Williams played instead of Nonu in last weekend’s 49-3 win over Scotland, and instead of Conrad Smith in the previous week’s 26-16 victory over England. Coach Graham Henry praised his contribution in both matches but opted to reunite Nonu and Smith in one of five changes. “One of the aims of this

tour is to build the foundations of the team for the future,” Henry said. “We were pleased with the physicality and accuracy shown against the Scots and we will look to improve on that this weekend. “However, the team also knows they will up against a very good Irish team which they respect.” Cory Jane returns to the right wing after recovering from the bruising to his ribs sustained against Australia three weeks ago and lock Tom Donnelly starts for the first time since that defeat in Hong Kong. Jerome Kaino replaces Liam Messam at blindside flanker and Andy Ellis, who scored one of his team’s seven tries as a replacement last weekend, starts at scrumhalf. With Ireland beaten by South Africa and stuttering to a 20-10 win over Samoa over the past two weeks, the All Blacks look set to go into next weekend’s meeting with Wales on course to emulate their 2005 and ‘08 feat of beating all British Isles sides. South Africa could be in the same

position when it meets England next weekend, but must first overcome the loss of wing Bryan Habana to a broken hand and two other players to a doping scare when it plays at Murrayfield. Habana withdrew on Tuesday hours after his initial selection after he fell awkwardly while tackling Morne Steyn in training. Sharks wing Lwazi Mvovo was promoted from the bench for a debut appearance in a fourth change to the team that beat Wales 29-25. Gio Aplon switched to the right wing to replace the suspended Bjorn Basson, while Zane Kirchner replaced Aplon at fullback. Francois Hougaard rotated in at scrumhalf for Ruan Pienaar, and No. 8 Ryan Kankowski replaced Pierre Spies. Habana’s injury left South Africa with 27 players for its games against Scotland, England and the Barbarians after Basson and backup hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle were sent home on Monday following positive tests for a banned stimulant. Scotland coach Andy Robinson also

made four changes following the abrupt end to his team’s four-match unbeaten streak, including the promotion of Rory Lawson to captain and scrumhalf following Mike Blair’s withdrawal with a concussion. “There were no excuses for our performance last week,” Robinson said. “You’ve got to be able to bounce back and what is great is that we’ve got another opportunity within seven days to bounce back. “That’s an opportunity the players understand they’ve got to take. They’re looking forward to playing against a side that’s very physical.” Also on Saturday, Australia tries to recover from its recordequaling 35-18 loss to England when it plays Italy. With its final November match against South Africa just around the corner, England resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes when it hosts Samoa. Although manager Martin Johnson rested Mike Tindall, Dan Cole, Lewis Moody and Tom Croft, he retained halfback pairing Ben

Youngs and Toby Flood as well as the back three of Chris Ashton, Mark Cueto and Ben Foden. Johnson said he was keen not to halt the momentum his team has built up after beating Australia and an encouraging display against New Zealand. “The good thing is that we played well in the last game and have done OK in the game before that,” Johnson said. “The team is doing well but we want to keep the continuity and we’ve seen the rewards of that.” Matt Banahan comes in for a match in the unfamiliar position of outside center, with prop David Wilson and flankers Hendre Fourie and James Haskell the other newcomers. After fielding an experimental team against Fiji, France coach Marc Lievremont has picked a strong side to face Argentina including Sebastien Chabal at No. 8, hooker William Servat, lock Lionel Nallet, skipper Thierry Dusautoir and center Yannick Jauzion. Fiji is at Wales tonight.—AP

Vettel writes Red Bull into F1 history MADRID: The Formula One season closed with another roller-coaster championship fight that saw Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull team riding into the history books. The 23-year-old Vettel emerged from F1’s first fourman duel to win the championship in the seasonending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, becoming the series’ youngest champion and giving Red Bull its first title only five years after first fielding a team. Vettel never led the standings during a topsy-turvy season in which five drivers were in contention until the next-to-last race, the Brazilian GP, where the German won to set himself up for Abu Dhabi. An error in pit-stop strategy by Ferrari at Yas Marina circuit cost Fernando Alonso the chance of becoming the youngest three-time champion, while Red Bull’s Mark Webber saw his own ambitions extinguished by a similar miscue. Those mistakes appear more glaring given that Vettel’s chances looked dim after he retired from the Korean GP, the race before Brazil. “I think it’s a typical example of you never know, and just maybe a little similar to what happened in 2007,” Vettel said, referencing how Kimi Raikkonen, then with Ferrari, snatched the title from Alonso and McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton by a single point. “Some things are out of our hands and just happen,” Vettel said. “Some people call it destiny, some people are a little bit more looking for explanations, but that’s the way it goes.” Vettel’s title confirmed Red Bull’s ascension into Formula One’s elite ranks.

The Austrian team secured 15 of 19 pole positions, but was often unable to turn that performance advantage into race wins. Still, Red Bull also took the manufacturers’ crown after Vettel’s fifth win - from his record-equaling 10th pole of the season - gave the team nine wins on the season. “You know it’s always easy after things have happened to say, ‘OK, you did right, you did wrong,’ “ Vettel said. “In the end you need every single point.” F1’s decision to overhaul its point system to award 25 points for a win and 18 for second place made victories more important than they were in the old system in which the first two cars earned 10 and 8 points, respectively. Red Bull eventually triumphed behind its decision to back both drivers “equally” even though it favored Vettel at times, such as at the British GP at Silverstone when a wing was removed from Webber’s car and given to his teammate. “Of course (Vettel) deserves the world title this year,” the 34year-old Australian said. “We start again from the first race next year. I think if I’m turning up next year thinking that I’m going to follow Sebastian around then this is not the right way.” The Red Bull drivers trailed Alonso during the closing stages of the season, when the Spaniard controlled his own destiny. “I will remember this year for a long time and despite the final result,” Alonso said. “I’m very proud of this, the job the team has done and our approach to the last part of the year.” But Ferrari’s decision to publicly back Alonso over teammate Felipe Massa could have played

into the hands of opponents as Massa faded badly after being asked to let Alonso pass for a German GP win in July. Crew changes could also be imminent at the Italian team after the season-ending gaffe, which saw Alonso finish seventh because he was unable to pass Renault driver Vitaly Petrov for 40 laps. A top-four finish would have been enough to secure the title. “We are Ferrari, which means we are condemned to having to win, so a second place is a defeat; but this is also part of sport and we have to accept it,” team principal Stefano Domenicali said. Alonso’s situation also highlighted how a lack of overtaking remains a big problem; the drama in the championship race wasn’t often mirrored in the action on the track. The season started in the Middle East at Bahrain with much enthusiasm after several driver changes and the return of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher. But that start turned into a bore like the finale, which demonstrated how the modern circuits commissioned by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone may be bold and beautiful but often lack bite. And with a new race in India beckoning next season, that seems unlikely to change. Hamilton stayed in the hunt for the title to the final race for the third time in four years and the 2008 champion expects McLaren to be even hungrier in 2011. Teammate Jenson Button — champion last year — was in contention until Brazil. “Every driver has moments when he could have done better, or would have done something different, so you just have to

AUSTRIA: Red Bull’s German pilot Sebastian Vettel attends a press conference at Hanger 7 in Salzburg on November 16, 2010, two days after he triumphed in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to take the title as world champion.—AFP accept what you have and make the best of it,” said Hamilton, who lost crucial points when he didn’t finish in Monza and Singapore and retired in Spain and Hungary. “I think we have a very good baseline from which to evolve this car into 2011.” Schumacher, meanwhile, finished ninth overall in a return from three years in retirement that led to questions over 2011 and

whether the 41-year-old German driver’s legacy has been negatively affected by his Mercedes stint. “Looking back at certain events there are reasons to be happy with certain things,” Schumacher said. “Most importantly I am happy to keep on working together because I have fun.” Fellow German Nico Hulkenberg is looking for a new seat after Williams released him

even though he won the pole in Brazil. Rookie teams Lotus, Virgin and HRT all failed to make any impact on the grid, and Ecclestone even labeled them “cripples” before the close of the season. Renault, meanwhile, made a strong return in the points after three disappointing seasons. Robert Kubica spearheaded the revival that could see the French team contend in 2011.—AP


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Sri Lanka fight back after follow on

GALLE: Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Tharanga Paranavitana helped Sri Lanka fight back to 89-0 after being forced to follow on by West Indies on the fourth day yesterday of the rain-affected first test. Sri Lanka was out for 378, failing to avoid the follow on by only three runs, and stayed positive to trail West Indies by 113 when rain stopped play with 22 overs remaining. More than 80 overs have been lost to rain in the test which was likely to end in a draw. Dilshan and Paranavitana were each 44 not out at stumps, hitting four boundaries each. West Indies coach Otis Gibson expects his team to start the last day with a winning mindset. “Anything is possible, we are still 100-odd ahead at the moment,” Gibson said. “We know its tough ... if we get a couple of wickets early who knows what will happen? The guys have to believe that they can still get some positives out of this game.” In the second session, West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford and paceman Kemar Roach shared seven wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 378 in its first innings in reply to 580-9 by the visitors. Gibson praised the way Shillingford bowled against the formidable Sri Lanka middle order on home ground. “Shane Shillingford is an exceptional spin bowler. He’s been our best test bowler over the last 12 months,” Gibson said. Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene, who scored a half-century, said his team could save the match because the openers are batting well. Resuming its first innings on 165-3, Sri Lanka’s situation looked bleak at lunch on 264-6 with all of its specialist batsmen having been dismissed and needing 117 more runs to avoid the follow on. Overnight batsman and vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene was caught behind off Roach for 52 in the first dismissal of the day. Thilan Samaraweera was unluckily run out for 52 when striker Anjelo Mathews drove straight and the ball deflected off bowler Dwayne Bravo’s boot to the stumps, catching Samaraweera outside the crease at the non-striker’s end. He hit six boundaries for his 24th test half-century. Mathews made 27 before being caught by skipper Darren Sammy off Shillingford at the stroke of lunch, leaving the hosts in a precarious position. But Prasanna Jayawardene and tailender Dammika Prasad shared a 72-run stand in 73 balls for the eighth wicket and brought Sri Lanka close to avoiding the follow on. Prasad, who made a career-best 47, including six boundaries and two sixes off 46 deliveries, became carried away by his aggression and was caught by Andre Russell in the deep off Shillingford. The innings quickly unraveled, and Prasanna Jayawardene was last out for 58. Shillingford took 4-123, his best test innings, while Roach returned 3-75. Captain Kumar Sangakkara topscored for Sri Lanka with 73, one of four batsmen to score halfcenturies. The match will start 15 minutes ahead of schedule today. — AP

GALLE: West Indies fielder Dwayne Bravo dives to catch a ball as Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene looks on during the fourth day’s play of the first Test cricket match. — AP

Scoreboard Scoreboard at the close of the fourth day of the first test between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Galle yesterday. West Indies first innings 580-9 declared (C Gayle b Mendis 333, A Barath 50, Darren Bravo 58, B Nash 64, A Mendis 6-169) Sri Lanka first innings (overnight 148-3) T Paranavitana b Roach 10 T Dilshan c Shillingford b Russell 0 K Sangakkara b DJ Bravo 73 M Jayawardene c Baugh b Roach 59 T Samaraweera run out 52 A Mathews c Sammy b Shillingford 27 P Jayawardene c Roach b Shillingford 58 S Randiv b Shillingford 12 D Prasad c Russell b Shillingford 47 A Mendis c DM Bravo b Roach 4 T Thushara not out 4 Extras: (b-8, lb-8, nb-13, w-3) 32 Total: (all out; 95.2 overs) 378 Fall of wickets: 1-6 2-61 3-132 4-193 5-227 6-264 7295 8-367 9-374 10-378 Bowling: Roach 19-2-75-3 (3nb), Russell 15-1-73-1 (9nb, 3w), Shillingford 33.2-3-123-4, Sammy 11-241-0, DJ Bravo 16-4-47-1 (1nb), Gayle 1-0-3-0. Sri Lanka second innings T Paranavitana not out 44 T Dilshan not out 44 Extras: (w-1) 1 Total: (no wicket; 22 overs) 89 To bat: K.Sangakkara, M.Jayawardene, T.Samaraweera, P.Jayawardene, A.Mathews, S.Randiv, D.Prasad, A.Mendis, T.Thushara. Bowling: Roach 6-0-18-0, Russell 2-0-17-0 (1w), DJ Bravo 7-0-30-0, Shillingford 5-0-20-0, Sammy 2-0-4-0.

Brown leads Hong Kong Open HONG KONG: New Zealander Mark Brown made a late charge to top the first round leader board at the Hong Kong Open yesterday, recording an eight-under par 62 to lead by one shot from two-time runner-up Rory McIlroy. Brown surge late at the Fanling course to overhaul early leader McIlroy, who had impressed in benign conditions in the morning to fire a 63, leaving him well placed to go one better than his second-place finishes in 2008 and 2009. McIlroy was joined in second place by India’s Jeev Milkha Singh with Englishman Simon Dyson and Denmark’s Soren Hansen in a tie for fourth. U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell was a shot further back with five others on five-under par in a tie for sixth. “Kind of a bit of a surprise after my form over the last two months, but a good surprise,” said Brown after a bogey-free round laced with eight birdies. “It’s the sort of course that gives you a lot of chances as long as you hit it in the fairway. I just tried to get the ball in play. Don’t hit a lot of drivers, which probably suits me the way I’ve been hitting my driver lately.” McIlroy also racked up eight birdies during his round but dropped a shot at the par-four sixth — his 15th hole of the day after starting

at the ninth — to be in a prime position to finally get his first European Tour win of the season. “The conditions are perfect for scoring,” said the 21-year-old Northern Irishman. “There wasn’t any wind and when the greens are that good in the morning you can take advantage of it and that is what I was able to do today. McIlroy said “you always feel you can do better”, pointing to a misread chip on the third and going into the trees on six. On a day of low scoring in the joint European and Asian Tour event, 80 players went below par. It was Dyson who claimed clubhouse bragging rights, getting a hold in one at the par-three 11th en route to a round of 64 that left him tied for fourth. The previous hole, he had chipped in from off the green. “That was a nice start and then it got even better at the next,” Dyson said. “Perfect yardage, no wind, perfect wedge, straight down the flag, pitched it to about a foot short and just rolled out and dropped in the hole. Couldn’t have asked for a better start.” Ian Poulter had a 67 to be five shots off the lead, while major winners YE Yang and John Daly had a 68 and 69 respectively. Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez was among the few to go above par, shooting a triple-bogey seven on the 18th to finish with a 72. — AP

India needs Harbhajan to take charge NAGPUR: India’s reputation as an all-conquering team at home is under threat from lowly ranked New Zealand, which heads into the third and final test with the series locked at 0-0. To add to the surprising nature of this series, India’s main spinner Harbhajan Singh has been the star with the bat instead of the ball, becoming the first No. 8 batsman in history to get centuries in consecutive tests. However he has taken only six wickets across the first two tests, and it will be his bowling more than his batting that will be required in the series decider beginning tomorrow, as the hosts need to find a way to take 20 wickets to force a face-saving victory. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was diplomatic when asked whether he needed ‘Harbhajan the bowler’ more than ‘Harbhajan the batsman’. “If it is a situation like at Ahmedabad where we were left saving the match, I would definitely not mind Harbhajan the batsman,” Dhoni said. But with strike bowler Zaheer Khan ruled out because of a groin strain, there is no doubt now as to what Dhoni will need more in Nagpur. “Zaheer has always got us wickets at different

situations and in different conditions. He can reverse-swing and it is always tough bowling without him,” Dhoni said. In Zaheer’s absence, Harbhajan will be relied upon heavily to take wickets, and will need a sharp improvement on his current bowling form if that is to happen. The 30-year-old off-spinner claimed a solitary wicket at Ahmedabad. He had five at Hyderabad, including four in the first innings, which had little impact on the match. The off-spinner has a mediocre 31 wickets from his previous nine tests. Harbhajan’s form with the bat does give India the option of including an extra bowler in an attempt to break down a stubborn New Zealand batting lineup, but Dhoni was unsure. “It will be a tough decision for us because we are comfortable playing four bowlers and I don’t think it is right to term Harbhajan an all-rounder. It will be harsh on him and put undue pressure on him. We should only enjoy his batting,” said Dhoni. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori believes his team has a chance to claim a famous series victory, given the form of his batsmen and the discipline of his bowlers, saying “we are looking at winning the series.”—AP

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Sun sets record in Asian Games pool GUANGZHOU: Sun Yang swam the second-fastest 1,500 freestyle race of all time on the last night of an Asian Games pool program that finished with China being disqualified in a relay to finally deliver Kosuke Kitajima a gold medal. Sun won the 1,500 in 14 minutes, 35.43 seconds, within a second of the world record set in 2001 by Australian Grant Hackett, to claim the Asian record and end Park Tae-hwan’s run of three gold medals in the freestyle events. “I am very satisfied with my time. I achieved the goal my coach set for me. I am in good shape,” said Sun, who covered his face with his hand to hide his emotion when he saw his time flash up on the scoreboard. “I haven’t thought about breaking the world record.” He’d finished second to South Korea’s Park in the 200 and 400 and thought it was good practice for the 1,500. Park, the Olympic 400 freestyle champion, won the 100, 200 and 400 titles here in Guangzhou before finishing 15 seconds behind Sun for a silver in the last individual race. And just when it looked as if China had capped it off with a victory in the 4x100-meter medley relay, officials ruled an illegal second change. That elevated Japan to gold, giving four-time Olympic breaststroke champion Kitajima his first gold medal of the games, almost by default. After disappointing fourth-place finishes in the 50 and 100 breaststroke, Kitajima withdrew from his favored 200. He swam in the heats of the relay to qualify for a medal, but didn’t contest the final. He said he’d had an injured shoulder since August and planned to go home for treatment. “Now I am used to the pain,” Kitajima said. “Not swimming the 200 doesn’t mean I am retiring,”

after Yang Shu-chun was disqualified from the under-49 kilogram division for using an illegal sensor on the heel of her shoes. The disqualification prompted tears and a sit-down protest from Yang, and an official protest from Taiwan. Politicians joined the chorus of condemnation on Thursday, calling for a review of the decision. The 25-year-old Yang, meanwhile, announced she was retiring from competition. One event China won’t dominate is cricket, where the subcontinental countries are strong. Bangladesh’s women raced to a comfortable nine-wicket win over China to reach the final against Pakistan, which also beat Japan by nine wickets. —AP

Medals table CHINA: Svetlana Podobedova of Kazakhstan attempts a lift in the women’s 75kg clean and jerk weightlifting event at the 16th Asian Games.—AP he assured. “I came to the Asian Games to contribute to the team, but I am not in the best shape.” China finished with 24 golds in the pool to dominate the competition. Japan was next with nine and South Korea finished with four. In 2006 at Doha, China and Japan split the golds with 16 each. There were dramatic finishes in baseball and women’s football, too. Taiwan beat Japan 4-3 in 10 innings in the baseball semifinal, earning a spot against South Korea in today’s final. The South Koreans, led by Cleveland Indians outfielder Choo Shin-soo, beat China 7-1. In the women’s football, South Korea edged China 8-7 on penalties to move into a semifinal against archrival North Korea after their last group match was locked 0-0 after extra time. World record holder Svetlana Podobedova won the women’s 75kilogram division to give

CHINA: South Korea’s Kim Won-jin (left) competes with China’s Li Guojie during their men’s Individual Epee final in Fencing competition at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.—AP

Kazakhstan both weightlifting gold medals on Thursday. Olympic champion Ilya Ilyin won the men’s 94-kilogram class. Chinese star hurdler Liu Xiang arrived in time to see China collects its 100th gold medal in Guangzhou - on only the sixth day of competition. There was none of the fanfare or frenzy which preceded Liu’s buildup to the Beijing Olympics, where an Achilles injury forced the then world and Olympic champion to limp off the track after failing to start his first heat. Again he’s one of the biggest stars of the Chinese event, although this time the public well knows he’s still on the comeback from injury. “Whether you’re talking the physical side or the mental side, Liu Xiang is ready,” Feng Shuyong, the head coach of China’s athletics team, told Chinese reporters. China’s target at Guangzhou is to

top the record 166 gold medals it collected at the last edition in Doha. So far, so good. China picked up six of the seven golds on the last day of rowing competition, and the Chinese women won the first dragon boat race. South Korea added three more gold medals in shooting to lift its tally to 13 on the range _ the most in a single sport the Koreans have ever collected at a single Asian Games. Gold medals at the Asian Games for South Korea earn a waiver from military service. Choo hit a solo home run in the third innings and plans to “just do what I’ve been doing all along” in the final. He has three home runs at the tournament so far. “I am only thinking about winning,” he said. Indonesia won its first gold of the games when its men’s dragon boat crew took the 1,000-meter final. Taekwondo competition continued amid a furor created overnight

Nation G China 109 South Korea 37 Japan 21 North Korea 5 Iran 5 Hong Kong 4 Kazakhstan 4 Taiwan 4 Uzbekistan 3 Malaysia 3 Philippines 2 India 1 Singapore 1 Thailand 1 Indonesia 1 Jordan 1 Macau 1 Vietnam 0 Myanmar 0 Mongolia 0 Pakistan 0 Afghanistan 0 Kuwait 0 Laos 0 Lebanon 0 Tajikstan 0

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CHINA: China’s Sun Yang (center) bites the gold medal he won in the men’s 1500m Freestyle event, flanked by silver medallist South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan (left) and China’s Zhang Lin, bronze, at the16th Asian Games in Guangzhou.—AP


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NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor (right) grabs a rebound over Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler in the first half of an NBA basketball game.—AP

Hornets sting Mavericks

NEW ORLEANS: David West stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki with 2 seconds left to preserve a 99-97 win for the New Orleans Hornets over the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA on Wednesday. Dallas, trailing 98-97, was trying to set up for a potential game-winning shot when West — who finished with 17 points — stole the ball and made one of two free throws for the final margin. Chris Paul had 20 points and 11 assists as New Orleans avenged its first loss of the season Monday in Dallas. Nowitzki had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks.

Spurs 103, Bulls 94

In San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 21 points, hours after his Hollywood actress wife filed for divorce, to lead San Antonio to its eighth straight win, defeating Chicago. Actress Eva Longoria filed court paperss earlier Wednesday to divorce Parker, citing irreconcilable differences between the “Desperate Housewives” star and the point guard. A swarm of media before the game waited for Parker, who called the divorce a private matter. Derrick Rose scored 33 points for the Bulls, whose win streak ended at four.

Lakers 103, Pistons 90

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points without playing in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles downed Detroit. Bryant scored 24 in the first half, helping the Lakers open a 14-point halftime lead, and the struggling Pistons allowed the first seven points of the third quarter to fall behind 66-45. Pau Gasol added 25 points and 12

rebounds for Los Angeles. Rodney Stuckey scored 18 points for the Pistons, which had to cope with the early ejection of Richard Hamilton.

Celtics 114, Wizards 83

In Boston, the home team was able to rest its starters in the fourth quarter of a dominant win over Washington. Paul Pierce scored 23 points and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 13 assists for the Celtics, who were ahead 89-69 at the end of three quarters and went ahead by as many as 37 in the fourth. Nick Young scored 20 points for the Wizards, who were without No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall, who sat out

because of a foot sprain.

Heat 123, Suns 96

Miami, which used two big runs - a 249 spurt to end the first half, followed by an 18-3 flurry that closed the third quarter - to snap the Suns’ three-game winning streak. James also had nine assists and eight boards. All five Phoenix starters scored in double figures, led by Steve Nash’s 17. Nash only had two assists, matching his lowest total in his past 141 games. Miami outrebounded the Suns 42-32.

In Miami, Chris Bosh scored a season-high 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter as Miami ran away from Phoenix. LeBron James had 20 points for

In Oklahoma City, the hosts recorded their biggest win over the season, defeating Houston. Kevin Durant scored 24 points in three

Jazz 98, Nets 88

In Salt Lake City, Deron Williams scored 23 points and dished out eight assists as Utah beat New Jersey. Paul Millsap had 19 points, 15 rebounds and four assists for Utah. All five Jazz starters were in double figures by early in the third quarter. Anthony Morrow scored 24 points to lead New Jersey.

Thunder 116, Rockets 99

NBA results/standings Results and results from NBA games on Wednesday: Miami 123, Phoenix 96; Toronto 94, Philadelphia 86; Boston 114, Washington 83; LA Lakers 103, Detroit 90.

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quarters and Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 12 assists for Oklahoma City. Durant came in second in the league at 41 1/2 minutes per game, but played just under 30 with Oklahoma City comfortably ahead. Luis Scola had 26 points for Houston, but stayed on the sidelines in the final period with the Rockets in the second leg of a back-toback.

Knicks 113, Kings 106

In Sacramento, New York overcome a slow shooting start to beat Sacramento and snap a six-game losing skid. Amare Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari each scored 27 points for the Knicks, who were the stronger team in the final quarer despite playing for the second straight night. Tyreke Evans scored 23 points for the Kings, who lost their sixth straight overall and fifth in a row at home.

Raptors 94, 76ers 86

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In Philadelphia, Andrea Bargnani scored a season-high 30 points as Toronto downed Philadelphia in a meetin of the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference. Sonny Weems added a career-high 25 for the Raptors. Elton Brand led the Sixers with 27 points.

T’wolves 113, Clippers 111

In Minneapolis, Michael Beasley scored 33 points and hit the winning jumper with 2.3 seconds to play to lift Minnesota over Los Angeles. Kevin Love added 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who nearly blew another big lead in the fourth quarter but held on. Eric Gordon scored 30 points for the Clippers, who lost their seventh straight.—AP


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FIFA suspends Adamu, Temarii from World Cup voting ZURICH: FIFA suspended two executive committee members from voting for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts yesterday after completing a corruption investigation, and cleared Qatar and Spain-Portugal of votetrading. FIFA’s ethics panel banned Nigeria’s Amos Adamu from all football activity for three years for agreeing to take bribes from undercover reporters from the British Sunday Times newspaper who posed as lobbyists trying to buy votes. Reynald Temarii of Tahiti, the president of Oceania’s confederation, was suspended for one year for breaching FIFA’s loyalty and confidentiality rules when he was secretly filmed in the undercover sting. With Adamu and Temarii suspended, 22 FIFA ruling committee members — instead of 24 — will vote in the World Cup secret ballots on Dec. 2 in Zurich. Temarii was mandated by Oceania to back Australia in 2022 voting. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said there was not enough time for appeals by Adamu and Temarii to overturn the ethics verdicts before the vote. “There will only be 22 members for the vote,” Valcke said at a news conference. The poll will proceed with a full slate of nine bid candidates after FIFA’s ethics committee, led by chairman Claudio Sulser, found no evidence to prove the British newspaper’s claims that Qatar and Spain-Portugal broke rules by colluding to exchange votes. “We didn’t find sufficient grounds to reach the conclusion that there was any collusion,” said Sulser, adding that the FIFA voters implicated gave written statements but were not questioned. Qatar bid chief executive Hassan AlThawadi welcomed a ruling he said

ZURICH: This April 23, 2010 file photo shows FIFA President Joseph Blatter answering journalist’s questions during a press conference on the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa in Zurich, Switzerland. — AP would end weeks of “rumors and hearsay.” “We were always confident of this outcome because we have conducted ourselves throughout the campaign adhering to the highest ethical standards,” Al-Thawadi said in a statement. The 2018 contest is between England, Russia and the joint bids of Belgium-Holland and Spain-Portugal. The 2022 race involves the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar. Adamu said he was

“profoundly disappointed” and would launch an appeal when FIFA provides reasons for the ruling. “I am innocent of all the charges leveled against me by the ethics committee and I completely refute the decision they have made,” Adamu said in a statement. Temarii’s lawyer, Geraldine Lesieur, said he had mixed emotions about the outcome, because “the most important thing for him was to be cleared of the corruption” allegations. “We have trouble understanding” the

decision, Lesieur told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. She acknowledged his appeal would not be completed before Dec. 2. Lesieur called The Sunday Times “crooks, fabricators,” and said Temarii is suing the newspaper in a London court for defamation. Yesterday’s rulings were delivered after a monthlong investigation that FIFA President Sepp Blatter insisted should “bring back credibility to football.”

Arsenal aims to maintain title bid against Tottenham LONDON: Arsenal’s players are in confident mood ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Tottenham despite knowing their local rivals would dearly love to derail the Gunners’ bid for the Premier League title. Spurs may have beaten Arsenal in the league for the first time in 11 years last season but Tottenham teams regularly head to Arsenal in high spirits and none has tasted victory there since 1993. If Chelsea loses at Birmingham tomorrow, secondplace Arsenal could go top of the standings with victory after quietly establishing itself as a credible contender with five wins from the past six matches. After puncturing Tottenham’s early season optimism a year ago with a 3-0 win, Arsenal’s players are unconcerned about the prospect of taking on a side driven by in-form winger Gareth Bale. “He’s doing very well at the moment, but don’t put pressure on him,” Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna said. “He’s only 20, 21. He’ll learn a lot, he’ll improve a lot over the next few years. “He’s in great form. But I will think about my own game.” Such an approach has served Arsenal well in recent years against a Tottenham side seven points and five places behind in the table. Tottenham has never won in six visits to Emirates Stadium and its last win at Arsenal came at Highbury in

1993, when the Gunners rested its entire first team in preparation for the FA Cup final four days later. Arsenal lost its last home game 1-0 to Newcastle, so has even more motivation tomorrow. “We have to win because we lost the last one and if we want to be competitive, we have to get results,” Sagna said. “The time to judge our team will be at the end of the season. Last season we played well but we didn’t win anything and that was very disappointing, so this season, we have to stay focused on each game. “This is the best way to win something and move forward.” Still, Harry Redknapp has narrowed the gulf in his two years as Tottenham manager, shrewdly strengthening the team to take it into the Champions League for the first time. “They’re a great side and certainly they’ll be well up for it against us,” Tottenham striker Peter Crouch said. “But we’ve got enough ability to go to the Emirates and get a result. “We’ve got nothing to be scared of. I look around our dressing room and I think with the squad we’ve got on our day we’re capable of beating anyone.” But consistency is Tottenham’s big problem. It beat Chelsea and Arsenal at White Hart Lane last season, but lost 3-0 away to both. It downed Inter Milan 3-1 this month but has lost in the Premier League to unheralded Bolton, Wigan and

Blatter will speak at a news conference today after chairing an emergency session of his executive committee. Sulser’s panel examined evidence and heard witnesses in a threeday session this week, using unedited videos and transcripts provided by the newspaper. “The damage done to FIFA is very great,” said Sulser. “When one talks of FIFA there is generally a negative attitude out there. There is talk of corruption.” Sulser also criticized the newspaper for “twisting the facts” by publishing edited interviews last month. The paper had video showing Adamu requesting $800,000 (euro580,000) to build four artificial football pitches in Nigeria, and for the money to be paid to him directly. Temarii was filmed appearing to ask for NZ$3 million ($2.3 million; euro1.7 million) to fund a football academy in Auckland, New Zealand. Four former FIFA executive members were suspended for a total of 12 years. They reportedly told reporters how to bribe FIFA officials and how much to pay. Tunisian lawyer Slim Aloulou, who chairs FIFA’s disputes panel, received a two-year sanction. FIFA referees committee member Amadou Diakite of Mali and Ahongalu Fusimalohi from Tonga were suspended for three years, and Botswana’s Ismail Bhamjee got a four-year ban. All can appeal the decisions. All received fines of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,000), except for Temarii who was fined 5,000 Swiss Francs ($5,000). Adamu, a former Nigeria sports minister, faces further sanctions from an anti-corruption investigation at home. Nigeria’s government has called his case “shocking and disturbing,” and said it would act if FIFA proved the allegations. —AP

Athletic’s Llorente has chance to impress Real

JOHANNESBURG: In this photo supplied by the Nelson Mandela Foundation former South African President Nelson Mandela, center, is flanked by South Africa’s Steven Pienaar (left) his daughter Skyla, and USA’s Bradley Guzan (right) in Johannesburg yesterday. The USA beat South Africa 1 - 0 in Wednesday’s Mandela Challenge soccer match in Cape Town. — AP West Ham. England striker Jermain Defoe could play some part for Tottenham after returning to training after more than two months out with torn ankle ligaments — which would be a big boost since leading scorer Rafael van der Vaart has yet to get a goal away from home. Midfielder Tom Huddlestone is out for three months with an ankle problem and Spurs still have injuries in central defense. Arsenal got a boost when Robin van Persie played the second half of the Netherlands’ 1-0 win over Turkey on Wednesday. The striker had

played only 32 minutes as a substitute since an ankle injury in August. Chelsea needs to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Sunderland that represented its worst setback at home since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the west London club in 2003. But central defenders John Terry and Alex are both out again for the visit to Birmingham. Any slip by Chelsea — or Arsenal — could allow Manchester United to strengthen its own position when it hosts Wigan in another of Saturday’s seven matches. —AP

MADRID: Fernando Llorente couldn’t ask for a better chance to impress Real Madrid than leading his Athletic Bilbao against the Spanish leader this weekend. The Spanish press has linked the lanky Spain striker with a move to Madrid throughout the season, and those reports have heated up this past week as Llorente trails only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi with eight goals scored before Saturday’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Llorente has also impressed with Spain, scoring seven goals in 13 appearances and being part of the team that won the World Cup in South Africa. But Athletic president Fernando Garcia Macua isn’t interested in losing his top player. “I don’t want any extra money. I won’t do anything with euro36 million ($49 million) in the bank,” Garcia Macua said of the 25year-old’s buy-out price in his contract. “I want to Llorente so we can compete.” Bilbao has only one away win so far, while Madrid has won all five home games this season. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will keep a close eye on the health of Ronaldo after the Portugal forward was replaced at halftime of Wednesday’s 4-0 humiliation

of Spain with an ankle problem. Mourinho must watch from the stands again as he serves out the last of a twogame ban for insulting a referee. Madrid supporter Gabriel Ruiz Almansa has offered to let Mourinho have his front-row seat as it is close to the Madrid bench. “It would be an honor for me and for my wife Ramona,” Ruiz Almansa was quoted as saying by AS on Thursday. “It’s the closest seat to the bench. From there you can hear everything.” Mourinho’s attitude has come under criticism from fellow coaches and opposition players during his first season with Madrid, but Ronaldo said that it all comes down to jealousy. “Everyone’s envious of Mourinho,” said Ronaldo, who has scored 11 goals. “He just tries to do his job as best as possible just like the players.” Madrid has won six straight matches to stay undefeated, while second-place Barcelona trails by one point ahead of its trip to 18th-place Almeria. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has a leg injury and forward Pedro Rodriguez is sick but both are still in contention to play. Messi returns after scoring in Argentina’s 1-0 win over Brazil. —AP

LISBON: Portugal’s Bruno Alves (left) goes for the ball with Spain’s Fernando Torres during their friendly soccer match on Wednesday at Luz stadium in Lisbon.—AP

Argentina win over Brazil, Spain loses

LONDON: Lionel Messi secured a 1-0 friendly win for Argentina over traditional rival Brazil on Wednesday, while World Cup holder Spain slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Portugal. While Messi justified his status as the best player in the world with an injurytime solo goal that clinched Argentina’s first win over its neighbor in six meetings, Spain conceded four goals for the second time since winning the World Cup. Carlos Martins, an own-goal by Sergio Ramos, Helder Postiga and Hugo Almeida gave the home side victory in Lisbon. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave World Cup runner-up the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Turkey, and France outclassed England 21 with a goal in each half at Wembley. Italy’s experimental lineup needed an 82nd-minute own-goal by Ciprian Marica to salvage a 1-1 draw against Romania in a match marred by racist taunts directed at Azzurri forward Mario Balotelli. A youthful Germany team failed to unlock host Sweden as defenses dominated in a 0-0 draw, while the United States beat South Africa 1-0. Argentina and Brazil looked to be heading for a scoreless draw in Doha, Qatar, after 90 minutes of a match more notable for the occasional rough challenge and bad-tempered reaction than the skills of Ronaldinho and Messi. But the diminutive Argentine collected possession midway inside Brazil’s half, beat four opponents and scored with a low shot into the right corner. “Messi means everything to us,” Argentina coach Sergio Batista. “He

showed why he’s the best player in the world.” Spain eliminated Portugal in the second round of the World Cup in South Africa but was comprehensively beaten in Lisbon. Martins opened the scoring in the 45th from a rebound after goalkeeper Iker Casillas had saved Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot and Ramos poked Postiga’s goalbound shot into his own net three minutes after the break. Joao Moutinho found Postiga for the third in the 68th before Hugo Almeida capped the Iberian derby victory in the third minute of injury time. Spain’s only wins in six matches since

the near post in the 16th and Mathieu Valbuena volleyed in from a cross by Bacary Sagna 10 minutes after halftime. Peter Crouch came on as a substitute for the injured Steven Gerrard and volleyed in with his first touch direct from an 86thminute corner. “We didn’t really pass the ball and we didn’t really get going until the last 15 minutes,” England captain Rio Ferdinand said. “We didn’t play to our strengths today. We didn’t control the ball and we didn’t retain possession.” Italy striker Balotelli, who was born in Italy but is of Ghanian descent, was jeered every time he touched the ball in neutral Austria -

chance came when Ola Toivonen cleverly chested the ball in the penalty box, but Germany substitute Andreas Beck was on hand to prevent him getting a shot away. Romelu Lukaku scored a goal in each half to give Belgium a 2-0 win over Russia, Egypt beat Australia 3-0 to hand Socceroos coach Holger Osieck his first loss since taking over in August, and Ghana dominated possession but was held 0-0 by Saudi Arabia. In qualifying for the 2012 European Championship, Niko Kranjcar scored twice to lead Croatia to a 3-0 win over Malta that completed an unbeaten

France outclassed England in friendly, Netherlands win hoisting the World Cup have been in European Championship qualifying, against the weak trio of Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Scotland. It has conceded 12 goals in its past four games. Huntelaar scored in the 52nd for the Netherlands, but it was Hedwiges Maduro who set up the goal. The Valencia midfielder took the ball from Turkey left back Ismail Koybasi and crossed to Huntelaar, who knocked it in from close range. The goal silenced a sizable Turkish crowd, which had been throwing flares onto the pitch throughout the game. France put its humiliation at this year’s World Cup further behind it with a fourth straight win and a fluent display, easing into a 2-0 lead at Wembley before injuryhit England got a late goal back. Karim Benzema beat goalkeeper Ben Foster at

with the taunts coming from a group of about 100 extreme right-wing Italian fans at the match. Stuttgart striker Marica put Romania ahead in the 34th with a shot from the edge of the area. He then scored at the other end following a corner from Andrea Pirlo. Germany coach Joachim Loew fielded an experimental team with four players appearing for the national team for the first time. Defender Marcel Schmelzer and midfielder Lewis Holtby both started, while Andre Schurrle and Mario Goetze were introduced in the second half. Scoring chances were scarce at either end. Germany’s second-half substitute, Toni Kroos, came closest to breaking the deadlock but Swedish goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson clawed away his rising shot. Sweden’s best

calendar year for the team for the first time since it started playing international football in 1991. Croatia is top of Group F with 10 points, although second-place Greece is two points back having played one game fewer. In the other qualifier, striker Mikael Forssell scored a second-half hat trick to help Finland to an 8-0 Group E win over tiny San Marino 8-0. Winless San Marino has now conceded 29 goals in five qualifiers. The 40-year-old Jari Litmanen stretched his national record to 137 appearances as a second-half substitute, scoring the sixth goal from a 70th-minute penalty in what could be his last game for the national team. “I cannot tell anything about how I will continue,” Litmanen said. “In the near

future, nothing will happen as there are not any games. I will look at what next year has to bring.” Euro 2012 co-host Ukraine drew 2-2 against Switzerland. World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi watched the game in Geneva, with speculation that the former Italy manager could be close to taking over the team. Switzerland captain Alex Frei, a recent target for abuse by Swiss fans, scored twice to extend his national scoring record to 42 in what is likely his last home international. Ukraine fought back through a deflection off Oleksandr Aliyev in the 48th, then Yvgenii Konoplianka’s spectacular 75th-minute strike from distance. Poland, the other co-host, ended an eight-game winless streak as Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 3-1 win over Ivory Coast. Roque Santa Cruz, who has made only two appearances for his club Manchester City this season, took advantage of some rare playing time to score two goals and set up two more in Paraguay’s 7-0 thrashing of Hong Kong. Santa Cruz opened the scoring in the fifth minute, heading in a pinpoint cross from the left wing, and Paraguay never looked back. Seventeen-year-old substitute Juan Agudelo scored on his United States debut for a 1-0 win over South Africa in a friendly on Wednesday. Agudelo, who turns 18 next Tuesday, exchanged passes in the 85th with fellow newcomer Mikkel Diskerud and scored with a shot that went in off the crossbar. Serbia beat Bulgaria 1-0, Norway won 21 at Ireland and Israel beat Iceland 3-2 in other matches. —AP

19 Nov  

Kuwait Times

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