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Kuwait Times

August 13, 2010


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‘Nobody cares about us’ Palestinians in Lebanon cry out

Sweet smell of festivity through the year PAGE 4

No Ramadan respite as unrest rocks Kashmir PAGE 15

Judge removes herself from Lindsay Lohan case PAGE 55

England defeat Hungary 2-1 in friendly PAGE 64

EIN EL-HILWEH REFUGEE CAMP: Mohammed Al-Amin spends his days doing little more than playing billiards and smoking cigarettes in this sprawling Palestinian refugee camp, where gunmen roam narrow alleyways dotted with tin-roofed, cement-block homes. The 25-year-old studied dental lab technology but works at a small, grubby coffee shop in the camp, making $100 a month. He dreams of working with a respected doctor in Lebanese society and being welcomed like any other foreigner, without being looked down on. “Sometimes I feel like a pressurized bottle that’s about to explode,” said AlAmin, who was born in Ein El-Hilweh years after his family fled what is now Israel. “Why should three quarters of the Palestinian people here be selling coffee on the street?” The approximately 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, many of them born here, are barred by law from any but the most menial professions and are denied many basic rights. Now parliament is debating a new law that would allow Palestinians to work in any profession and own property, as well as give them social security benefits. The bill, due for a vote on Aug 17, is the most serious effort yet by Lebanon to transform its policies toward the refugees. But the proposal faces stiff resistance, because it has implications beyond expanding the refugees’ civil rights. Lebanon’s population of 4 million is divided between 18 sects, including Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Christians and Druse, and every community is highly sensitive to anything that could tip the balance of power in a country with a grim history of sectarian strife. Christians and Shiites are particularly worried about any possible permanent settling of the refugees, who are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim. So Palestinians in Ein El-Hilweh are deeply skeptical there will be any change. “They are not fooling us,” said a woman pushing her handicapped mother on a wheelchair to a nearby clinic run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Her mother, 80-year-old Jamileh Salameh, lost her right leg in an Israeli air raid on Ein El-Hilweh in 1987. “Nobody cares about us, they will talk and talk but nothing will happen,” she

EIN EL-HILWEH: A Palestinian man (center) drinks coffee near attached pictures of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (right) in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein El-Hilweh near the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon. — AP said. The Palestinians in Lebanon are isolated in their camps to a higher degree than in any other Arab country. Some 4.7 million Palestinian refugees who fled or were driven from their homes during the 1948 and 1967 Israeli-Arab wars - and their descendants are scattered across the Middle East, in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, according to UN figures. Their fate is one of the most emotionally charged issues in the IsraeliPalestinian peace process. Palestinian negotiators have demanded at least partial repatriation, but Israel has refused, saying an influx of refugees would dilute its Jewish majority and threaten the existence of the state. Unlike in neighboring Arab countries like Syria and Jordan where Palestinians enjoy more rights, the refugees in Lebanon live mostly on UN agencies’ handouts and payments from the rival Palestinian factions. Those who do work are either employed by UNRWA or as laborers at menial jobs such as construction.

Beyond the legal restrictions on them, they also face deep prejudice from many Lebanese. The bitterness dates back to 1970, when the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat moved his base here after being expelled from Jordan in a bloody crackdown because his forces tried to form a government to rival Jordan’s. Many Lebanese have not forgiven Arafat’s fighters for attacking Israel repeatedly from southern Lebanon, giving Israel a pretext to attack villages and twice invade. The refugee camps - Ein El-Hilweh in particular - are notorious for their lawlessness. Lebanese troops patrol their perimeters but have no jurisdiction inside, part of an informal agreement with the PLO since the early 1970s. Factions of Palestinian fighters police the camps, but clashes and assassinations are common. The Palestinian leadership does not want refugees to gain citizenship, fearing it could deny them their right to ever return home. But it does support giving them civil rights. Druse leader Walid Jumblatt

proposed the rights bill in June, and it has triggered a heated debate. Some lawmakers insisted Palestinians should not be granted any “privileges” as long as they do not answer to the state’s authority. Others argued that letting Palestinians work and receive social security would strain the economy. “They (refugees) are not entitled to any rights according to Lebanese laws only some facilities that we can give them,” said Christian leader Michel Aoun. Lawmaker Sami Gemayel of the right-wing Christian Phalange Party accused UN agencies of trying to pawn off responsibility for the Palestinians onto Lebanon. If that happens, he warned, “we will move step by step toward naturalization” of Palestinians. Parliament has split largely on sectarian lines over the bill, with Christians opposed and Muslims supporting. The result may be a compromise that grants broader work rights but keeps other restrictions like the ban on owning property. — AP


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EAT, PRAY, LOVE: Workers are seen eating together during Iftar on first day of Ramadan. — Photos by Joseph Shagra


Generation schism

By Abdullah Al-Qattan


uring Ramadan, all family members get together to celebrate this holy month with a prayer and bring back some of the traditional social customs, such as Graish or Girgian. Today, elderly people still cherish these traditions and hold on to them more than ever, especially since they were the only means of entertainment and amusement during bygone times. Elderly people are holding on to olden traditions by witnessing how the youth of this country have shifted a little and have begun creating traditions of their own. For example, during their days in Kuwait, families from both sides - of the husband and the wife - would gather for Iftar. Today, elderly people say, it is mostly every family by itself during the week until and only a weekly family gathering is held on the weekend. According to 61-year-old Mohammed Al-Motairi, in the past, families would usually gather from both sides and they ask about each other and catch up on everyone’s news. “Many marriages were held right after Ramadan because families would see who is eligible for marriage so that he or she can be mutually introduced,” Mohammed added. Today, the busy work schedules and social commitments have re-shaped the way the holy month of Ramadan is celebrated. Whereas, now people rarely see each other due to their commitments and everyday toil, the younger generations seem to be losing track of traditions and have already started creating traditions of their own. 53-year-old Mona Al-Sane said that families and neighborhoods in the past were close and everyone knew each other. Today, she says, you rarely see a family

getting together for the entire month of Ramadan or meet to exchange dishes and recipes, “The younger generation now seems to be more interested in sheesha places than seeing their families during Ramadan. They readily go for fast food and prefer it over good home cooked meals,” Mona added. Nowadays, everyone is more or less caught up with work. But in the month that is dedicated to prayer and family gathering, the youth in Kuwait insist that they attend the important family gatherings along with prayers at the mosque. Some also add that Ramadan is usually a slow month where there is hardly anything to do. For 20-year-old Ali Bahbahani, the chores of Ramadan always fall on the kids, who help with cleaning, setting up the table and delivering dishes to relatives and neighbors. “After Iftar, the family usually heads to watch TV and watches reruns of the same shows,” Ali said. Nineteen year old Abdullah Al-Hindi said that families usually get together for prayers and Futour so that they can leave and continue with their work and come back again later at night for Suhour. For teenagers Ramadan means, spending more time with friends. They want to escape all the formalities and enjoy their time with friends or relatives who are of the same age. 26-year-old Hanaa Bloushi says that girls’ situation is usually more different than that of guys. This is because they usually stay after Futour help with cleaning and helping out for Suhour, so they don’t get the chance to go out as much as the guys do. “As long as people get together during Ramadan, it is okay because our traditions are based on socializing and becoming more familiar with each other,” Manna said.

‘Many marriages were held right after Ramadan because families would see who is eligible for marriage so that he or she could be mutually introduced’


Generosity all year-long By Hussain Al-Qatari


t can be noticed that people have become extremely generous with food during and shortly before the holy month of Ramadan. They give away food, drinks, hold feasts and donate money. I’m sure that it is quite overwhelming to see people at the peak of generosity. It is also

rich are usually in their homes, enjoying a six-course meal that was prepared throughout the whole day. The well-off families enjoy the luxuries they have while laborers have to cope with the heat and weather conditions as well as hunger and sometimes a barely edible meal. Equality between poor and rich, therefore, fails to apply because of people’s

While the poor go to a mosque to eat their basic Iftar meal, the rich are usually in their homes, enjoying a six-course meal that was prepared throughout the whole day. very sad to think of how much we allow and tolerate unfairness throughout the rest of the year. The most important lesson that people tend to forget is that they are supposed to feel with the poor during this holy month. However, this lesson completely fails because people tend to be easily agitated and intolerant when they are hungry. Moreover, the large feasts they hold during Ramadan are really not something that poor people are capable of. While the poor go to a mosque to eat their basic Iftar meal, the

extravagance during this holy month and their unwillingness to share this with the poor. My suggestion is this: Instead of trying every year to feel with the poor and miserably failing, why don’t we try to make it a habit to feed the poor all year long, not just during the month of Ramadan? Instead of waiting to be generous during this one month, we should learn how to extend this generosity - in moderation - throughout the whole year.


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Publicly protected privacy By Ahmad Saeid


have been wanting to write about this issue on and off for almost two months now. Ever since Google withdrew from China for allegedly refusing to give in for demands to give access to the email accounts of members the country’s political opposition. Back then, Google was facing another dispute over privacy with Austria, which insisted that Google cars should not ‘scan’ the roads of the country to make this information available for users of Google Earth, since such practices undermine individuals’ privacy. Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and owner of Facebook, said that the age of privacy is over. I don’t know about you, but for me this is a very important statement. The issue of privacy is becoming more controversial for both individuals and states. Now with the new disputes over the recently published classified documents on Wikileaks, and the whole Blackberry ban fever, privacy is becoming an item of dispute between governments and corporations. The question we, the consumers, should be asking now is, “Where does that leave us? And who do we trust?” Do we go American-style and trust that our government is always seeking to protect us when it violates our rights, limits our freedom and intervenes in our private lives? Or do we

Do we go American-style and trust that our government is always seeking to protect us when it violates our rights, limits our freedoms and intervenes in our private lives? Or do we try to protect the corporations that believe only in almighty cash? try to protect the corporations that believe only in almighty cash? For me personally this is an extremely difficult question, since governments around the world are always trying to find better ways to sneak into the heads of their citizens. On the other hand, many corporations are ready to do anything for money; they would not only give in to governments’ demands as Blackberry did recently, but some of them would even go out of their way to sell information about their subscribers to intelligence agencies, as Facebook has been repeatedly accused of doing. We can keep empowering giant companies like Google, and trust them to protect our private information from governments’ attempts to hack into it. But who will protect us from Google if it gains more control over this newfound, and truly democratic medium, that is the internet? Who can guarantee the impartiality of Google or Facebook, or Blackberry for that matter? We definitely cannot depend on governments to do that for us, because they have an interest in doing exactly the opposite. At the same time, we cannot depend on corporations to protect us from governments’

attempts to control us. So what do we do? When we need to protect our freedom of communication through something decentralized like the internet, mobile phones or other mediums of communication, the defense mechanism should also be decentralized. Users should make it clear to companies that compromising privacy will not be tolerated. A company that gives in to the demands of governments should be abandoned by its customers, so that the next company will refuse to give in to governments’ attempts to monitor its users. This will give the corporations a playing card to refuse the demands of governments. At the same time, people need to show more resistance to government attempts to violate their privacy or their right to information. For now we have two pending tasks, protecting WikiLeaks from the Pentagon, and letting Blackberry and Facebook know that what they are doing is wrong. Then, we might start to create an actual front to use the digital advancement as a tool for freedom, not for suppression.

How can hunger affect your day? By Sawsan Kazak


he Holy Month of Ramadan is upon us, and whether you are fasting or not, you will experience one thing during this month: hunger. Functioning and accomplishing your daily tasks when you are famished is tricky. You will be surprised as to how many aspects in your life are affected by hunger, or just the thought of the forbidden. Your cravings are the first to get affected. Foods that you would never eat normally, you will strangely begin to crave. The simple thought of not being able to drink will automatically make you feel intolerably dehydrated. During times of the day when you would not usually be hungry, you will find yourself absolutely starving. From sunrise to sunset, your thoughts will be consumed with what you want to eat, what you will eat and how much you can actually fit into your body. With all your thoughts diverted to the quest of food and drink, other aspects of your life will suffer. Your driving will change during the month of Ramadan. Your patience seems to be at a minimum when there is no food in your stomach. People cutting you off, red lights that take longer than usual and pedestrians will all seem to cause you a great deal of stress and discomfort. Hunger will also affect your perception of the world. Suddenly, everyone around you will seem extremely annoying. Because you are so hungry, you will no longer have patience for prolonged conversations or bad jokes. Your temporary starvation will make you perceive other peopleís behavior as rude and irritating. You might find yourself snapping at your co-worker at work for finishing the ink in the printer or that person at the supermarket who takes too long to pay for his groceries. Being hungry is not a comfortable feeling. Being consumed with thoughts about food is distracting, but you must keep in mind that itís mind over matter. By understanding that your hunger is affecting your moods and perceptions you could have a little more control on your reactions. Ramadan Kareem!


Don’t give me that face, give me your Facebook By Nisreen Zahreddine


o you have a Facebook account? You may, unless you feel that you do not feel the need to be connected or you believe that your private life is not anyone’s property. I might have given you the wrong impression with this sentence. You may have immediately thought that I want to discuss the Facebook’s privacy angle. This is, however, not my concern in this article. What I want to talk about, is a specific aspect of this social networking website. How far do our Facebook accounts and the posts we make along with our status, reflect our personality or character, or sometimes, our real mood. People post personal information on Facebook walls: the kind of books they like to read or the kind of music they love to listen which is a reflection of their character. Noticeably, most of people post information about their potential interests that do not necessarily reflect their actual hobbies. They

‘Most of them create alter-egos of themselves, so one cannot make clear judgments on personality through his or her Facebook posts, status and wall activities.’ intend to lend a certain image about themselves so that fellow ‘networkers’ are easily impressed. Salem, a regular Facebook user, explains that many of the people who are present on his friends list are the kind that post information which does not explain their character or reflect reality. He said that most of create alter-egos of themselves, so one cannot make clear judgments on personality through his or her Facebook posts, status and wall activities. Some of them consider it as social obligation to interact with people. So, their comments come as social compliments and not actual opinions. Others tend to ‘don’ intellectual guises of

themselves. Some, also give out the image of being broad-minded while in reality the opposite is true. Sam, a young man said that Facebook is a not a natural and spontaneous social network. It is ‘fake’ networking between people that gives them space to lie, as they do in real life. People do this for fun or as a reflection of their fantasies or even live out their dreams through the network, he asserted. Most of the people post information that contradict with their personal convictions, he added. People’s faces usually reflect some features of their character, but certainly not their Facebook accounts.

KUWAIT: A date seller is pictured in his shop. Dates have always had a fan following in the Middle East but their popularity surges especially during Ramadan since people break their fast with a few dates. — Photo by Joseph Shagra


Indian Bukhoor is the best and the most expensive

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ukhoor, or the incense, is a traditional perfume that is used all over especially in the Arab world. Even Westerners are fond of this incense and consider it an exotic, oriental variety, and many purchase it while visiting the region. It is rare in the West. Also, many international perfume brands have begun mixing Oudh and Bukhoor to their perfumes. The Bukhoor has found mention in historical books and has come to symbolize the region’s spirituality. The incense is a piece of perfumed wood that is burned in a specially decorated holder called ‘Mabkhar.’ A good selection of Bukhoor is extremely expensive to obtain.

However, there are some cheaper types available. According to salesmen who are experienced in this industry, the Indian Bukhoor is the best and the most expensive. It is sold and measured in terms of ‘Tola, ‘which equals 12 grams in GCC countries and 10 grams in Europe, Asia and others. Depending on the type of shop that sells the incense, a Tola of the product may touch KD60. The Bukhoor is taken from the bark of a tree. The

liquid that oozes out of it is used to create the Oudh perfume. There are hundreds of shops in Kuwait that sell Bukhoor. Some are very famous and others are lesser known. There are also many popular Saudi and Emirati branded shops in Kuwait that work in this industry. So, the customer can choose between a wide variety of Bukhoor. “The tree from which the Bukhoor is extracted should have been afflicted with disease. The diseased tree produces a pleasant-smelling liquid that wets the wood with perfume. Also, this liquid produces the expensive perfume named Oudh. The larger the spread of fungal infection on the tree, the more Bukhoor is obtained. When fungus attacks the tree, it produces antibodies to resist, creating the sweetsmelling liquid,” Abdul Malik, a salesman at Qurashi perfumes told Kuwait Times. An entire tree is rarely used to extract the raw material used to produce Bukhoor. “The Bukhoor wood is only extracted from

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the infected part of the tree. This makes the incense an expensive variety. Also, the environment from where the tree is located affects the quality and price of the incense. The Bukhoor wood is taken from the root or trunk of the tree,” added Abdul Malik. The incense does not expire easily, “It can stay on for years, and it is even better when it ages. However, it should not be exposed to water or humidity, which may spoil it. If burned in a room, the smell of the incense can last up to three days, if the material is of the best quality. This has been proven by the experience of our customers,” he said. The incenses can be classified into two kinds. “There is the pure ‘Safi Bukhoor’ which has a natural smell without any additional fragrances added. Then, there is the mixed Bukhoor called ‘Mamoul.’ This is mixed with different fragrances such as musk, amber and others. The natural one is more expensive to obtain. One tola of the best Indian Bukhoor

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KUWAIT: The incense is seen burning in a specially decorated holder called ‘Mabkhar’.

KUWAIT: Bottles of Bukhoor perfumes. —Photos by Joseph Shagra

can reach up to KD60, while the Mamoul costs about KD 5,” stated Mohammed from Fodari Perfumes store in AlFanar Mall. The Bukhoor is also imported from different countries, “It is bought from India, which is the best and most expensive. It is also available in Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, and Malaysia (which is the cheapest). Some trees are more than 100 years old, and these produce the best incense,” he added. According to Mohammed, most customers are women, “Although the Bukhoor is mostly sold during the holy month of Ramadan, prices are not hiked. Discounts and special offers are offered during this month,” he noted.

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Undercover reporter posing as beggar makes KD50 in an hour MoI arrests 16 beggars on first day of Ramadan KUWAIT: Brigadier Mohammad Al-Sabr, the Ministry of Interior’s official spokesman and director of the ministry’s security information department, on Wednesday stressed that the MoI is deadly serious about cracking down on opportunistic beggars during Ramadan and other religious festivals. Brig. Al-Sabr revealed that 16 beggars had already been arrested the same day, the first day of Ramadan, with eleven of them being Asian, two Arab and three Bedoon women. He said that 13 of those detained had entered Kuwait on visit visas, with two listed in their visa applications as managers and four others as businesspeople, while one had come to the country under a local hotel’s sponsorship. All were arrested while begging and soliciting donations, he said. Brig. Al-Sabr also revealed that the arresting officers had found lists detailing the names and details of Kuwaiti businesspeople, local

NGOs and records of donations given in the possession of a number of the beggars. He said that combating begging requires positive cooperation from citizens and expatriates, instructing anybody who is accosted by beggars or sees people soliciting money to call the emergency services hotline on 112 or phone the main security operations room on 2524 3001 or 2524 3002. Meanwhile, a female Al-Rai investigative journalist revealed that she had gone undercover posing as a beggar near a local mosque last Friday, making KD50 from kindhearted donors touched by her ‘plight’ in an hour. Describing the experience, the reporter said that she had been afraid and ashamed at pleading for money from strangers and thanking them effusively when they gave money. “I started at 12 noon and waited for worshippers emerging from the mosque after performing their Jumaa prayers,” she wrote. “In no time my lap was so full

of quarter and half dinar notes that I had to quickly go and empty it!” Shortly after this, she continued, another ‘more professional’ female beggar appeared, asking the undercover journalist to leave as this particular spot was her ‘pitch,’ which she was not going to allow a “beginner” to take over. “By then, an hour had passed and I left with the KD50 I collected to change my clothes and interview female worshippers about the phenomenon,” the journalist reported. Some of the worshippers asserted that begging had become a “job for the jobless” and individuals with no respect for the law, she said, with one of those interviewed telling her, “these problems result from issuing too many family visas to people of certain nationalities who only come to Kuwait in Ramadan and leave after Eid.” The worshipper added that the security forces are negligent in carrying out their duties to monitor and arrest beggars.


Firemen rescue kids from ‘sealed’ car By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: Firemen rescued three children after their father left them in a sweltering hot car for more than four hours while shopping for Ramadan. Several passersby near the parking lot in Jahra called police after spotting the three children left in the ‘sealed’ car alone. Police and firemen went to the location, opened the car and got the children out. The children were tired and suffering from heat exhaustion. The director of security for Jahra has ordered that charges of child neglect be brought against the father.

Rigga e atta ck A 26-year-old man was rushed to Adan Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after being stabbed by three attackers in Riggae, who dragged him out of his car after he started showing off in front of them with stunt driving tricks and stabbed him several times before fleeing the scene. The victim remains in a critical condition and a hunt is underway for the attackers.

Surra bomb Bomb squad officers carried out a controlled detonation after an unexploded bomb was discovered in a residential area in South Surra. The device was believed to date back to the 1990 invasion.

Vim to bra w l A fight broke out between a group of women at a well-known Jahra shopping mall over a small carton of Vimto. Police were quickly at the scene and stepped in to separate the brawling women.

J leeb mugging A Kuwaiti man was robbed by an African expatriate in Jleeb Al-Shuwaikh. The victim told police that the attacker, a man in his 30s who appeared to be Somali, had attacked him and stolen KD50 from him before fleeing the scene. A hunt is underway for the mugger.

Ashtra y a ttack An Indian man in his twenties lodged a complaint with police, telling him that an erstwhile friend had attacked him whilst drunk, using an ashtray to hit him around the head. An investigation is underway into the case.

Snake brea k-in After receiving a call from alarmed householders in Jahra reporting a snake in their home, local police rushed to the scene, razing the reptile.

Border infesta tion The Ministry of Interior is working closely with the Ministry of Health to combat an infestation of rodents and insects that threatens to overwhelm border posts there. The MoI has reportedly asked the health ministry to arrange for the border checkpoints to be sprayed with pesticide in order to eliminate the pests, who pose a threat to the health and safety of staff working there.

Ra ma da n ea ting a rrests Two male expatriates were separately arrested on the first day of Ramadan for public eating and drinking. The first man, an Egyptian, was spotted drinking something near the multipurpose hall in Hasawi, while

the second, an Asian, was taken into custody after being found eating a banana. The second man reportedly told officers that he did not realize that it was Ramadan.

Booze busts Police in Mubarak Al-Kabeer raided a flat being used as an illicit distillery, recovering a number of barrels of homemade alcohol. A local man was arrested at the scene, reported Al-Rai, with police confiscating a further six boxes of imported spirits from him. In a separate case, Farwaniya police arrested an Asian couple - a Bangladeshi man and a Sri Lankan woman - as they were about to begin selling a large quantity of homemade liquor to prospective customers, mainly Asian laborers working on the Sixth Ring Road and in Mina Abdullah. The officers recovered 574 bags containing bottles of the home-produced hooch from the couple, who were producing it at their flat in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh. The couple were taken into custody.

KUWAIT: The drug dealer who was caught in possession of heroin.

Pompous dealer busted Husband stabs wife By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: An unemployed Kuwaiti man who boasted that he had been living a wealthy lifestyle on his earnings from dealing in heroin was arrested after police raided his KD650-per-month flat, confiscating 250 grams of the drug. The man was arrested following an investigation launched after Major General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Khalifa, the Director General of the General Department for Drugs Control (GDDC) received a tip-off about the drug dealer’s activities. A team of GDDC officers monitored the man’s movements, with an undercover officer posing as a customer and arranging to buy five grams of heroin from him. The dealer, who was arrested red-handed with the drugs at the handover location, initially attempted to resist arrest but was quickly subdued and taken into custody. He subsequently led police to the flat in Bneid Al-Gar where they found the rest of the drugs. On being interviewed, he boasted that he had been living an affluent lifestyle on the proceeds of the drug trade, which he said he had carried out on behalf of a friend who is currently serving a sentence in Central Prison for drug dealing. Meanwhile, a 32-year-old Kuwaiti woman was rushed to Jahra Hospital in an extremely critical condition after being stabbed three times, once in the neck, by her husband. A security insider said that the woman’s husband had attacked her after Iftar on Wednesday at her parents’ house when she had refused to return to their home with him. After launching the frenzied attack on his wife, the man then fled the scene. Police are investigating the incident.

Electrical hitch at Badriya Ahmad Center causes concern By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: The FSGD operations center received a call about smoke coming out of the electric room of Sheikha Badriya Hospital, near Sabah hospital. Shuwaikh Industrial and Ardiya fire centers were dispatched to the scene. Smoke had already spread in the hospital through the air conditioning ducts, so the hospital was evacuated and the smoke was extinguished. The smoke was caused by a defect in the generator, which was repaired. No injuries were reported. The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that 43 patients had been transferred from the Badriya Ahmad Chemotherapy Centre to the Hussein Makki Juma Center. Dr Ahmad Al-Awadhi, the Hussein Makki Juma Center’s director, told KUNA that although the electrical problems had occurred in an empty ward of the chemotherapy center, the patients were transferred to the Makki Juma Center as a precautionary step, with all the patients being moved swiftly and safely. Dr AlAwadhi added that as soon as conditions return to normal at the Badriya Ahmad Center, the patients will be returned there, stressing, “Everything is under control and there is no cause for concern.”

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KUWAIT: The Badriya Ahmad Chemotherapy Centre after one of the units was affected by an electrical problem. — Photo by Hanan AlSaadoun


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Kuwait focuses on strengthening co-operation between authorities No cause for alarm over lapse in Kuwaiti politics: PM

KUWAIT: The homeland is set for a course of great challenge, and the top-most challenge is to strengthen co-operation between the legislative and the executive authorities for the best interest of Kuwait, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad told Al-Seyassah daily in remarks that were published yesterday. His Highness noted that there is no cause for alarm or fear over a lapse in Kuwaiti politics, because “ours is a state

“We shall try our best to reduce stages of processing, as we are fully committed to all details of the development plan. It is an ambitious plan which would rejuvenate the economy and urge people to act rather than surrender to a trend of hollow political rhetoric which is not coupled with action”. of institutions and one which relies and refers to the Constitution approved by its people and leadership.” As for procedures to facilitate meeting the objectives of the State’s development plan, he said focus is now on reducing red-tape and document processing to speed up execution of projects.

“However, this is not a problem Kuwait suffers in particular, but one which is wide-spread among states of institutions,” His Highness remarked. “We shall try our best to reduce stages of processing, as we are fully committed to all details of the development plan. It is an ambitious plan which would rejuvenate the economy and urge people to act rather than surrender to a trend of hollow political rhetoric which is not coupled with action. His Highness stressed, “Citizens are bored with great argument and little action, which plagued us in recent years.” The development plan has over 20 mega projects, “And we shall focus on six or seven of these in the first phase; those directly related to services, communications, education, and health care.” The premier also referred to laws to be considered at Parliament next. “If there are impediments hampering implementation of these projects, laws will be enacted to counter them.” “We are also considering new views regarding the B-O-T law, which must be enacted to engage the private sector in the megaprojects which may be executed. “On delay in the projects due to political influence, the premier said, “We are a constitutional state, and law is the reference in any dispute. There are also courts and there is Abdullah Al-Salem Hall (Parliament) for any political action, and there are constitutional institutions that are to govern all things, which had been agreed by all.” “Accordingly, I do not think we would meet delay. And, I also noticed a drop in the political debate and argumentation which has caused some problems and delays in the past. This is a good sign that people are now convinced we are on the right political path leading to development and hike in productivity. Everyone in Kuwait wishes to see results rather than plague those working on realizing objectives.” His Highness, meanwhile remarked political events in the region had some effect on political life in Kuwait, and also pointed out the big margin of freedom in the state that helped in the long-winded debate, “But everything has to come to a point of end or restraint.” On the future relationship between the two authorities, he said, “There is no harm in someone disagreeing with you, so long as the rights of country and countrymen are kept in focus at all times. And again, we do not mind a rather loud debate, as long as it clearly serves cooperation and maintains

respect for rights of all.” To a question on a solution for the stateless (bedoon) issue, His Highness said the planning council is to present a study the Cabinet on this regard. “From a quick view, I sensed the study was fair and objective and

considers all which must be considered. It shall be forwarded to the Cabinet after His Highness the Amir views it, so let us wait for that.” The premier also made remarks relating to youth and youth action and service. He said, “We

are working on a law on national service which rivals that adopted by the most advanced countries so that it helps encourage hobbies and encourage youth to realize their potential and put their abilities and their time to best use.” He

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went on to say, “This shall have great national value and influence. All would benefit, whether they be young, mature, or elderly, if we stress the sense of national duty among our young, who are our nation’s future.”— KUNA

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Floods kill 53 people in Yemen SAN’A: Yemen’s government says heavy rains and flooding across the country have caused the deaths of 53 people since the beginning of July. The Ministry of Interior says the latest flooding in the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, 140 miles (220 kilometers) west of the capital, has stranded people in their cars as they try to flee the rising waters. Yesterday’s statement added that acres of farmland have been ruined. Yemen, a poor, tribal country, is beset by a northern Shiite insurgency, a restive separatist south and elements of AlQaeda lurking in the mountainous hinterlands.—AP

Sudan independence vote risks being derailed

HEBRON: Palestinians crowd to receive donated food from an Islamic charity on the second day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. —AP

Palestinian formula for talks rejected by Israel Palestinians say all they want is agenda, not preconditions JERUSALEM: Israel has rejected a Palestinian proposal to begin face-to-face peace talks on the basis of a statement by major powers that would set their terms of reference, Israeli newspaper reports said yesterday. Reports in the left-wing dailies Haaretz and Maariv said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US envoy George Mitchell on Wednesday that he wants direct talks to start immediately but will not accept any preconditions. Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev had no direct comment on the reports, which said Mitchell’s mission had “failed”. “The government of Israel has been calling for the immediate start of direct peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians for more than a year now,” Regev told Reuters. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to engage in direct talks before Netanyahu agrees to a clear agenda. Without an agenda, Palestinians say, Netanyahu may propose terms for a peace treaty that are completely unacceptable, and leave Abbas looking like a rejectionist when he turns them down. This week ahead of Mitchell’s latest shuttle visit Abbas indicated that he could go for face-to-face negotiations, if talks were based on a March 19 statement by the “Quartet” of powers involved in Middle East diplomacy-the United States, European Union, Russia

and United Nations. This was the proposal Mitchell took to Netanyahu, the newspaper reports said, although it is not clear whether Israel was asked to formally sign up to it or merely acknowledge it. The Quartet statement says Israel should halt settlement building in the West Bank and reach a full peace agreement with the Palestinians within 24 months, creating a state on the basis of the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war. US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley on Wednesday said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had discussed Abbas’s proposal with U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and former British prime minister Tony Blair, the Quartet’s Middle East envoy. “If a Quartet statement can be helpful in encouraging the parties to move forward, obviously, I think that’s something that we the United States support,” Crowley said. The Palestinian source said he believed the Quartet would still issue its statement by Monday or Tuesday, giving Abbas the international backing he seeks and putting the ball back in Netanyahu’s court. Mitchell returned to Washington without divulging the outcome of his fifth shuttle since “proximity talks” began in May, after a

hiatus of nearly 18 months in the peace process. But Clinton described Mitchell’s twohour session with Netanyahu as “a good, productive meeting”, adding that the United States would “continue to work closely with both sides to get to direct talks as soon as possible”. US President Barack Obama wants the peace process to return to the level it broke off at nearly two years ago when Israel carried out a January 2009 offensive against Palestinian Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. The window of opportunity is narrowing. A partial 10-month moratorium on Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank, ordered by Netanyahu last November, is due to end on Sept. 26, posing a potentially fatal threat to the dialogue. Members of his right-wing coalition have begun talking in the media about ways in which it might be partially extended. A Palestinian source close to negotiations said an agenda which speaks of a Palestinian state “on the basis of pre-1967 borders is not an attempt to fix borders before negotiation”. “This language is what has been accepted in all the agreements over the past 18 years by Israeli prime ministers, including Netanyahu in his first term,” he said.—Reuters

KHARTOUM: A referendum due early next year on south Sudan’s independence will be derailed unless the country’s electoral commission swiftly resolves an internal row, a southern leader warned yesterday. “If the referendum commission within the next two weeks is not able to resolve all the issues that they are facing now, the referendum will be killed off and the referendum commission will be responsible for that,” said Pagan Amum, secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). The referendum, a key plank of the 2005 peace deal that ended a decades-long civil war between north and south Sudan, is due to take place on January 9, 2011 and promises southerners the chance to choose independence. “It would be very dangerous to shift that day because the hopes, expectations and aspirations of the people of southern Sudan, as individuals who will be determining their future, is so pinned on that day,” Amum said. “The majority of southern Sudanese will vote for secession if they have the chance to vote,” he added. Parliament ratified a key law at the end of last year setting up the vote and the commission responsible for organising it, after nothern and southern leaders overcame a dispute that threatened to jeopardise the peace deal. And since being returned to power in April elections, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has repeatedly promised the referendum on southern independence will go ahead as scheduled. But the commission, which should have been formed at the beginning of 2010, was only nominated in June, and members are still divided over who should be its secretary general. “The commission now is paralysed, it is not working,” Amum said. “I am afraid there may be elements within the referendum commission that are actually planning... a postponement, or in the worst case a total betrayal (of the right) to be exercised by the people of southern Sudan,” he added. Under the referendum law, the final list of eligible voters should be drawn up by October 9, three months before the vote itself. However, the commission has still not begun the laborious process of voter registration which is expected to take several weeks at least. Other outstanding issues ahead of the January referendum include the demarcation of north-south borders, with Khartoum and Juba still at loggerheads over five distinct sites along the tentative border. “We at the commission will begin the necessary measures to try to hold the referendum on time but we must warn the partners” there is not enough time, commission member Tarek Osman al-Taher told AFP on Monday. Officials from Bashir’s National Congress Party said the commission was merely expressing procedural difficulties, and that any decision on a delay could only be made by the party and its ruling partners, the SPLM. Last month a report by 24 international humanitarian and human rights organisations warned that Africa’s largest nation was “alarmingly” unprepared for a vote in January. But the SPLM condemned Taher’s comments as “irresponsible,” and Amum said any postponement of the referendum would “not be in the interests of peace.” —AFP

KHARTOUM: Sudanese Minister of Cabinet Affairs Pagan Amum, who is also the secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on January 31, 2009. —AFP


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Prosecutor says she was complicit in husband’s murder

Iran woman facing stoning death appears on state TV TEHRAN: An Iranian woman whose sentencing to death by stoning has sparked international outrage has apparently confessed to adultery and talked about her husband’s killing in a state television interview. In the interview, aired on Wednesday night, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani also criticised her lawyer for publicising her case, saying it had brought shame on her family. A human rights campaign group, the International Committee Against Stoning, called the TV show “toxic propaganda”. Ashtiani had previously denied the adultery accusations against her. International media attention given to the case has highlighted Iran’s high number of executions and may have spared Ashtiani from being stoned to death, according to her lawyer, who has fled to Europe.

LONDON: Iranian 43-year old mother of two Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani is seen in this undated handout image released by Amnesty International in London on July 9, 2010. An interview aired on Iranian state television on Wednesday showed a woman in a face-covering chador whom the report said was MohammadiAshtiani. —AFP

Cairo mosques begin unified call to prayer CAIRO: Is it even remotely feasible to get Cairo’s 4,000 mosques to all sing the same tune? This is exactly what the Egypt’s religious ministry is aiming to do, launching yesterday an ambitious project to, neighborhood by neighborhood, unify the timing and sound of the Islamic call to prayer across this sprawling city of 18 million. The project was originally meant to start in Cairo’s northern suburbs on Wednesday, the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, but system glitches and a communication breakdown delayed it by a day. “Egyptians have a problem with timing,” said Sheik Salem Abdel-Galil, the official at the Ministry of Religious Endowments who has done more than anyone to push this project forward. “Our goals are to accurately set the time of prayer so that it is called at the same time from each mosque, and to control the quality of the voices that call the prayer,” he told the Associated Press. Like pretty much everything in this densely populated, trafficchoked city, the call to prayer, or azzan, in Cairo is a chaotic affair of wildly different voices ringing out at different times. Even though it is technically a requirement for the caller, or muezzin, to have a beautiful voice, many who perform the call simply do not. The $175,000 project will equip each mosque with a receiver that will broadcast a single call to prayer from a downtown studio. Abdel-Galil said every one of the city’s mosques should be on the

system by the end of Ramadan. “We are in the age of laptops and computers, technology is advanced and it is better regulated than humans,” he said. Cities in Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have all successfully enforced some sort of unified call to prayer, but in Cairo there is the additional challenge of thousands of unregistered mosques. To take advantage of tax breaks, many landlords convert a small room at the foot of their buildings into a mosque, also known as a zawya, which often makes up for its small size with massive loudspeakers. Ashraf Tawfiq, a resident of the northern suburb of Nasr City, said the small zawyas in his neighborhood still did their own calls to prayer, but the larger mosques had all switched over to the new unified chant, which he said was beautiful. “There was an awkward moment when the mosque’s muezzin began his own call to prayer, but then he was interrupted by the unified call coming out of the mosque’s sound system,” he said. For many of the muezzins, however, it means a loss of livelihood and prestige as they are in some cases downgraded to little more than mosque custodians. “People in the mosque here compete to make the call and find joy when making it, and we will be depriving people from this rewarding practice,” said Sheik Youssef Salah who leads the prayers at the al-Noor mosque in the lower-income neighborhood Imbaba. —AP

With her face blurred in the telecast and her words voiced over for translation into Farsi from local dialect, it was not immediately possible to independently verify the woman’s identity. Ashtiani described how she had struck up a relationship with her husband’s cousin. “He told me: ‘Let’s kill your husband’. I totally could not believe that my husband would be killed. I thought he was joking,” said Ashtiani. “Later, I found out that killing was his profession. “He came (to our house) and brought all the stuff. He brought electrical devices, plus wire and gloves. Later, he killed my husband by connecting him to the electricity,” she said. The head of the judiciary of Iran’s East Azerbaijan province told the television show that Ashtiani had injected an anaesthetic into her husband. “After the husband went unconscious, the real murderer killed the victim by connecting electricity to his neck,” he said. It was not clear whether the cousin had been arrested. “LIES” Ashtiani, a mother of two, has received 99 lashes for having an illicit relationship with two men. The stoning sentence has been suspended pending a judicial review but could still be carried out, an Iranian judiciary official has said. Murder, adultery, rape, armed robbery, apostasy and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Iran’s sharia law, enforced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, told Reuters that Ashtiani, who was convicted of “adultery while being married”, was probably pressured into making her statements. “Her life is in the hands of the people who have power in Iran, and whatever they want, they can achieve. It is a normal thing for Iranian TV to say lies,” he said in Norway. He said the authorities might either now release Ashtiani in a show of magnanimity or “misuse her statements to justify her execution”. Mostafaei said earlier that Iranian authorities had issued a warrant for Mostafaei’s arrest and held his wife in jail for two weeks in an attempt to get him to return to Iran. In the TV interview, Ashtiani said she would lodge a complaint against Mostafaei. “Why did you publicise my case? Why did you harm my reputation and dignity? Not all of my relatives and family members knew that I am prison. Why did you do this to me?” Mostafaei said he had no regrets about going public because without international scrutiny Ashtiani and other people facing death sentences would have even less of a chance. “Sakineh is a very poor woman who needs human help, not political steering,” he said. —Reuters

BAGHDAD: A relative, right, rests her head on the coffin of slain Dr. Intissar Al-Tuwaijri at her burial service in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday. —AP

Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline re-opens after bombing ISTANBUL/KIRKUK: Iraq resumed exporting oil to Turkey through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline yesterday, two days after a bomb attack knocked out flows on the key energy corridor, officials said. Oil flow was restored to 350,000-400,000 barrels per day, the same rate as before the bombing, said an official with Iraq’s North Oil Company in Kirkuk. “Iraq started from the first hours of today exporting through the Iraqi oil pipeline to Turkey,” said the official, who asked not to be named. “We are pumping the same volume as before the attack. No problems

at all at the current time.” The Kirkuk-Ceyhan link carries an average of 500,000 barrels of oil a day, or about a quarter of Iraq’s total exports. Turkey blamed the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for the bombing, which started a major fire and killed two people. Turkish Energy Ministry officials said Turkey planned to increase security along the route to prevent further sabotage. “The fire was extinguished, then cooling activities took place. Now maintenance work is being carried out,” said a spokeswoman at Botas, Turkey’s state-run pipeline

Ahmadinejad defends his embattled chief of staff TEHRAN: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has backed his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, who has come under fire from conservative clerics for remarks about Islam, media reported yesterday. “Mashaie is my chief of staff and I have every confidence in him. He is a believer, who is faithful to the principles of the Islamic republic,” Ahmadinejad said. A close relative of the president, Mashaie caused a stir earlier this month when he told a conference for Iranians living abroad that there was an “Iranian school” of Islam, distinct from other schools, which Iranians should “present to the world” to show the “real nature” of Islam. His comments provoked a backlash from conservative politicians and clerics, who accused him of making “pagan” remarks about religion. —AFP

operator. Authorities have rerouted the flow of oil from the larger pipe that was bombed to a smaller one that runs parallel while repairs on the damaged pipe continue, she said. Pumping began early yesterday, the spokeswoman also said. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters in Ankara that repairs to the larger pipe could take six to seven days. Two shipping agents earlier said the flow of oil had resumed late on Wednesday. One agent based near Ceyhan, who spoke on condition he would not be identified, said the rate of pumping was between 4,000 and 4,600 cubic metres. At least one tanker was waiting to load cargo at Ceyhan after being delayed by the pipeline’s outage, he said. The 960 kilometre KirkukCeyhan link consists of two parallel pipelines. Different pumping stations along the route allow pipeline operators to switch the flow of crude to the other line, Iraqi oil-industry sources have said. The PKK, which has waged a 26-year insurgency against the Turkish state, last month claimed responsibility for bombing Kirkuk-Ceyhan in an attack that stopped flows for several days. —Reuters

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Ugandan LRA rebels kill hundreds :Report 255 killed, up to 74,000 people flee in past 18 months

KAMPALA: Idriss Nsobuga (R) weeps at a press conference given by the Ugandan military yesterday. Nsobuga is accused of being part of a group of men which planned the double suicide blasts that killed 76 people on the evening of the football World Cup final on July 11, 2010. — AFP

Moroccan protesters block Spanish enclave border MADRID: Moroccan demonstrators blocked trucks from entering a Spanish enclave yesterday, keeping out fresh fruit and fish and other products in a dispute over allegations of police violence and racism against Moroccans entering the city. The protest was held a day after the kings of the two traditional allies spoke by telephone to try calm tempers in a conflict that began three weeks ago. A senior Spanish police official in the enclave of Melilla who visited the border said protesters were preventing all trucks from entering, denying the city products that it imports from Morocco, such construction materials and produce. “They are not letting anything in,” the police official said on condition of anonymity in line with department rules. The city’s central market said no trucks from Morocco had come in. Footage shown on Spanish television showed dozens of protesters gathered on the Moroccan side of the dusty border crossing, one of them speaking over a bullhorn. Melilla is a centuries-old Spanish city of some 70,000 people, nestled between the Mediterranean to the east and northern Morocco to the west. It is about a quarter the size of Manhattan. Besides the bustling commercial flow, about 35,000 Moroccans cross daily into Melilla to work or shop. Morocco claims the city and another North African enclave of Spain, Ceuta, as its own, but Spain rejects any talk of giving up the cities. The demonstrators manning the blockade yesterday were also pressing Morocco’s claim to the cities. Over the past three weeks Morocco has made five complaints alleging Spanish police mistreatment or even racism against Moroccans crossing into Melilla. Moroccan officials also accused the Spanish coast guard of finding, then abandoning a group of ailing migrants in a boat off the Moroccan coast. Spain has denied any mistreatment. The

Spanish foreign ministry declined comment on the blockade, which started a day after King Juan Carlos called his Moroccan counterpart Mohammed VI to try to ease tensions. Calls to the Moroccan foreign ministry in Rabat and the Moroccan embassy in Paris went unanswered. The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan began Wednesday. An official at the Moroccan embassy in Madrid said she had no immediate comment. Spain and Morocco are key allies, cooperating closely on fighting Islamist terrorism and preventing illegal immigration. While the blockade could prompt shortages of some products in Melilla if it continues, the people living there won’t starve. Much of Melilla’s food is shipped in from Spain. Relations are generally good, but periodically suffer from tension. The most serious break came in 2002, when the nations edged close to armed confrontation after a handful of Moroccan troops occupied a rocky Spanish island off the Moroccan coast inhabited by goats. Spain sent warships to the area and ejected the troops. The standoff ended after the United States brokered a deal to remove all forces from the island. In 2005, another crisis emerged when several thousand destitute African migrants trying to make their way to Europe clambered over razor-wire fences into Melilla and Ceuta over the course of some two weeks. In their conversation Wednesday, King Juan Carlos phoned Mohammed VI and they reaffirmed the “excellent state of relations” between their countries and promised to work to ensure that “small problems or misunderstandings do not upset this climate,” according to the Spanish royal palace. The official Moroccan news agency MAP confirmed the call and said the two kings agreed to meet at an unspecified date. — AP

KINSHASA: Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels have abducted 697 people in central Africa in the past 18 months, killing many of them, according to a human rights group investigation. “The LRA has killed at least 255 adults and children, often by crushing their skulls with clubs,” said Human Rights Watch, whose researchers spent a month gathering evidence on attacks in Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. “Nearly one third of those abducted have been children, many of whom are being forced to serve as soldiers or are being used for sex by the group’s fighters,” its statement added. The group charted abuses by the rebels that include tying victims at the waist in long human chains, beating them with branches and machetes, forcing them into slave labor, and humiliating captives by making them dance for their freedom. Those who cannot keep up with the pace of swampy bush treks are clubbed to death and many captured children as young as 10 are armed and forced to kill other children with clubs, it said. The group said these attacks have had a “devastating impact” on communities, forcing up to 74,000 people to flee territories in southeastern Central African Republic and neighboring northeastern Congo. Another campaign group, Enough, said on Wednesday the LRA had attacked the northeastern Bas Uele territory 51 times in the past 15 months, bringing Congo’s death toll at the hands of the LRA to 2,500 since 2008. The Human Rights Watch findings underlined the scale of the catastrophe that the United States is seeking to tackle with new legislation that requires it to develop a strategy to bring to justice Joseph Kony’s LRA sect, which has relied on mysticism and violence in its fight against Uganda over 23 years. Several efforts to capture Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, have failed. In 2006, eight Guatemalan special forces working with the UN mission were killed in a raid on the LRA, while joint operations between Sudan, Uganda and Congo also failed in 2008, forcing the LRA to spread out across the region. “The threat is proportionately much greater than anything from FDLR and ADF,” a UN source told Reuters, referring to two active rebel groups in the east of Congo. —Reuters

MOSCOW: A Russian Emergency Situations Ministry helicopter drops water on a forest fire blaze at the Losiny Ostrov nature reserve in Moscow yesterday. — AP

Russia steps up fire battle near nuclear site MOSCOW: Russia yesterday stepped up efforts to halt wildfires near its main nuclear research site, as President Dmitry Medvedev said one quarter of its crops have been lost in a record heatwave. The fires have also raised alarm that burning forests could raise up radioactive particles in land still contaminated by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster but the authorities warned against any panic. Medvedev also reported success in containing the fires that have killed over 50 people and destroyed entire villages, saying he has given orders to lift the state of emergency in three of seven regions. But he warned that many farms were on the verge of bankruptcy after one quarter of the country’s crops have been lost due to the heat. “We have a very complicated situation because as a whole in the country around a quarter of the grain crops have been burned,” Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin chief as saying in the southern town of Taganrog. “Unfortunately many farms are on the verge of bankruptcy on account of the death of the harvest.” Medvedev also said he had lifted the state of emergency in Vladimir, Voronezh and Marii El regions, while the siatuation remained complicated in another four — Mordovia, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Ryazan regions. Russia is battling what experts say is the worst heatwave in its millenium-long history which has affected nearly all areas of life and may cost it one percent of gross domestic product, or 15 billion dollars. Fires also blazed in neighbouring Ukraine, with the emergency services working to put out a two-hectare (five-acre) peat bog fire 60 kilometres (35 miles)

from Chernobyl. Russia sent a special firefighting train and 70 more people to join over 3,400 firefighters battling to douse wildfires close to its top nuclear research centre in Sarov, a town in the Nizhny Novgorod region still closed to foreigners as in Soviet times. While no blazes had been registered on the territory of the nuclear research centre itself, a nearby nature reserve has been on fire for around a week. The nature reserve is located in nearby region of Mordovia and tree leaves and pine needles on the surface are now burning and smouldering, said Mikhail Turkov, a spokesman for the emergencies ministry’s Volga regional branch. “Two planes and two helicopters are currently circling over Sarov,” Turkov told AFP. “Reconnaissance is being constantly conducted from the air.” A firefighting train has been involved in putting out the fires, while a second train was on its way to the scene. Two soldiers were killed by blazing trees as they strove to put out a fire close to the centre on Monday. Moscow had choked for days on acrid smog that seeped into apartments, offices, stories and even underground into the Moscow metro. The city’s air was clear of smog yesterday as the emergencies ministry said the total area of the wildfires in the Moscow region has been reduced by more than a quarter to 126 hectares over the past 24 hours as firefighting teams poured more than 1,000 tonnes of water over burning fires and peat bogs. The total area of the fires across Russia was reduced by 10,000 hectares and nearly 50,000 people were battling fires in central Russia, the ministry said. —AP


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Mexican prez critical of low conviction rate MEXICO CITY: President Felipe Calderon questioned prosecutors and judges Wednesday as to why so few people are caught and punished for violent crimes in Mexico. Calderon is conducting a series of public conferences on anti-crime strategies, amid increasing criticism of his offensive against drug gangs in which more than 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence since late 2006. “There are a large number of people who are detained in police actions,

caught in the act or in the company of other criminal suspects, and not withstanding that, the number of people who are finally brought to trial or convicted is significantly less,” Calderon said at a meeting of officials from Mexico’s judicial branch. Calderon did not offer any specific figures on the conviction rate, but figures obtained by The Associated Press indicate that only about 15 percent of drug suspects detained between December 2006 and September 2009 have been convicted or

acquitted. The chief justice of Mexico’s Supreme Court, Guillermo Ortiz, said Wednesday that while some charges are dismissed for lack of evidence, 85 percent of people formally held over for trial on crimes in general are convicted. But officials also acknowledged that a highly touted legal reform allowing the government to seize alleged drug traffickers’ property before they are convicted has been of little use since it was enacted in May

2009. Ortiz said less than 10 cases had been brought under the property seizure law, saying it had “been of little use.” Attorney General Arturo Chavez said the law has been hampered because it requires prosecutors to reveal evidence from criminal cases to prove they have grounds for the seizures. Criminal cases are usually kept sealed in Mexico. Mexico has been under increasing pressure to combat an estimated flow of as much as $10 billion a year in suspicious

funds possibly linked to drug trafficking. Elsewhere on Wednesday, police in the northern state of Chihuahua reported finding four dead men tied to a fence in the crucifix position and five others shot to dead inside a ranch home. The Chihuahua state prosecutors office said the men were tied to the fence with ropes, and a sign found nearby read: “Keep sending us kidnappers, and we will kill them.” The bodies were found on the side of a highway near the city of Cuauhtemoc. Police

also found the bodies of five people inside a ranch in the town of Villahumada. All had been shot to death, Chihuahua state prosecutors’ spokesman Arturo Sandoval said. In the northern state of Durango, state prosecutors reported Wednesday they had found the hacked-up bodies of three people stuffed into sacks in the city of Santiago Papasquiaro. The sacks were dumped on a street. The victims had been dead for around a day by the time their bodies were found. — AP

Obama allies catch break, Republicans face challenge Democrats still face tough political environment

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE: This sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by a US Department of Defense official shows detainee Ihrahm Ahmed Muhmoud Al-Qosi attending his war crimes trial on Wednesday. Military jurors sentenced a former cook for Osama Bin Laden to 14 years in prison. —AFP

Former Bin Laden cook gets 14-year sentence at Guantanamo US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY: A Guantanamo Bay military jury Wednesday sentenced Ibrahim Al-Qosi, a one-time cook for Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, to 14 years in prison. The 51-year-old Qosi, from Sudan, is the first detainee to be sentenced by a Guantanamo Bay military tribunal since President Barack Obama took office and pledged to shutter the controversial facility. The 10-member jury spent a little more than an hour

deliberating before reaching a decision on the sentence, which must now be approved by a top official at the Pentagon. Qosi pleaded guilty in July to material support to terrorism, a charge both prosecution and defense agreed carried a sentence of between 12-15 years. But he has also hammered out a plea deal with prosecutors that includes stipulations on how long a sentence he should serve. The details of the deal have not been made public. — AFP

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies breathed a wary sigh of relief Wednesday after primary voters in Colorado gave them a rare break from anti-incumbent fever ahead of November elections. And Obama’s Republican foes faced fresh questions about the rise of fiercely anti-Washington ‘Tea Party’ insurgents that some in the party worry could drive off moderate voters and limit what are predicted to be heavy Democratic losses. Democrats still faced a tough political environment defined by deep voter anger at the sour economy, unemployment near 10 percent, and frustration with Washington’s failure to find a quicker fix amid a ballooning national debt. But establishment Democrats, who openly worry they could lose control of the House of Representatives, took some satisfaction at the results from Colorado and Connecticut primaries. In Colorado, Democratic Senator Michael Bennet fended off a stiff challenge from former state legislator Andrew Romanoff by a 54-46 margin, aided by an Obama administration blitz on his behalf. Bennet quickly set about distancing himself from the establishment politics of Washington after becoming the second major embattled Democratic incumbent after Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln to defeat a dangerous primary rival. ‘I’ve spent my entire career outside of politics,’ Bennet, a relative political novice appointed last year to fill the seat held by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, told ABC television the morning after his victory. And Bennet declined to state whether he would ask Obama to campaign for him in the general elections, saying only: ‘He’s been a huge help and I appreciate his endorsement. And we’ll see what happens between now and November.’ At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs credited Obama with helping

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday. — AP Bennet ‘through his endorsements and appearances’ and rebuked any critics who said ‘that the Democratic Party as a whole didn’t have a very good night.’ But Gibbs ducked a question about the president’s future involvement in the race, saying Obama ‘was proud to lend his name’ and that his support for Bennet ‘is fairly welldocumented.’ Republican Senator John Cornyn, tasked with getting his party’s senate hopefuls elected, quickly tied Bennet to the agenda championed by Obama, whose job approval ratings have tumbled since he took office in January 2009. ‘While there’s no doubt that Bennet will now attempt to distance himself from his party leaders in Washington, his liberal record in support of wasteful spending and bigger government bureaucracy speaks for itself,’ said Cornyn. Bennet will face off against Ken Buck, a prosecutor who casts himself as an outsider

despite being a long-ago aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney and beat the establishment Republican pick, former lieutenant governor Jane Norton. ‘We are going to reach out our hand for those independent voters and Democrats who are also fed up with Washington,’ Buck, who was backed by ‘Tea Party’ activists, reportedly told supporters late Tuesday. In Connecticut, Republicans voters anointed millionaire professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon their champion in the race for the seat held by retiring veteran Democratic Senator Chris Dodd. Democrats wasted no time in hammering McMahon for her ties to over-the-top spectacles put on by World Wrestling Entertainment, which she ran from its start in 1980 to 2009, when she began her Senate bid. Republicans ‘nominated a candidate who kicks men in the crotch, thinks of scenes of necrophilia as ëentertainment,’

and runs an operation where women are forced to bark like dogs,’ said Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan, who included links to the YouTube video-sharing site. Republicans and Democrats were vying for the seat being vacated by the retiring Dodd, one of the key architects of Obama’s landmark overhaul of finance industry rules. The likely Democratic nominee, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, remains the front-runner but has run into trouble after evidence surfaced that he at times exaggerated his military service record. McMahon was expected to mount a vigorous bid partly funded with her millionaire’s fortune, but she has already faced accusations of trying to buy the primary with her wealth. All 435 House of Representatives seats, 37 Senate slots, key governorships and state legislatures are up for grabs in the November mid-term elections. — AFP


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Nearly 200 centenarians missing in Japan TOKYO: Nearly 200 Japanese centenarians are missing, officials said yesterday, with the total likely to rise amid a nationwide search after the discovery of the 30-yearold corpse of a man registered as aged 111. In the western city of Kobe alone, the whereabouts of 105 out of 847 centenarians were unknown as of the end of July, a city official said. “The city launched an investigation on the condition of the 105 people,” the Kobe city official said-in addition to 22 others who have not accessed nursing or medical insurance in recent years. Those unaccounted-for include

people who would be older than the current officially recognised oldest woman in Japan, 113-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa, who lives in southern Saga prefecture. They include one supposedly 125-yearold woman. The sheer number of missing has raised fears that Japan’s current welfare system could be easily exploited by relatives, after officials visiting Sogen Kato on his 111th birthday instead found his mummified, 30 year-old remains. Police are investigating the late Kato’s relatives-who claimed he had retreated to his room to become “a living Buddha”-for fraud because

the government had kept paying a pension into the man’s bank account. A total of 9.5 million yen (109,000 dollars) in widower’s pension payments had been deposited since his wife died six years ago, and some of the money had recently been withdrawn, reports said. Local government officials have fanned out for face-to-face meetings with people registered as aged over 100 — of whom fast-greying Japan, with its world-beating life expectancies, had more than 40,000 at last count. In city of Osaka, 64 out of 857

centenarians are currently missing. Officials yesterday confirmed that a man who was registered as being 127 had been dead since 1966. The southwestern city of Kitakyushu also said it could not confirm the whereabouts of 10 centenarians. A government report said in July that Japan’s average life expectancy set a world-best 86.44 years for women while men’s average life expectancy came fifth globally with 79.59 years. When asked if the revelations of “missing” centenarians could affect the expectancy rate, a health ministry official said the rate is calculated using national census

data, whereas local communities and healthcare bodies are left responsible to maintain records of centenarians. Japan has a tradition of giving birthday gifts to centenarians, but often the presents are handed to family members, and workers are unable to confirm whether or not the elderly person has received them. In another case of a missing centenarian, officials found that Fusa Furuya, who had been listed as Tokyo’s oldest woman at 113, has not been seen for about half a century according to her 79-yearold daughter.—AFP

12 missing Filipino fishermen found alive MANILA: Twelve Filipino fishermen reported missing in rough seas have been found alive after they managed to keep their sinking boat afloat. The fisherman went missing Tuesday after it was thought their boat went down. But coast guard chief Adm. Wilfredo Tamayo said last Friday that the crew was actually able to pump water out of the boat and stay afloat

long enough to reach nearby shores. A tropical depression and monsoon rains have whipped up big waves in the northern and central Philippines, sinking and overturning several passenger boats and a domestic cargo ship with a crew of 16. The coast guard says two crewmen from the freighter have been rescued, six have drowned and eight are missing.—AP

Relatives struggle to identify dead bodies in China mudslides

TAEAN: South Korean special warfare command soldiers move into position on a beach during a sea infiltration drill in Taean, 120 km southwest of Seoul yesterday. —AFP

China’s army condemns S Korean-US sea drills China vowing it would respond in kind

BEIJING: China’s military yesterday condemned a second round of US-South Korean naval drills planned in the Yellow Sea in the coming weeks, vowing it would respond in kind. Beijing opposes actions by foreign military ships and planes in waters near its coast that could “affect China’s security interests,” the military’s newspaper People’s Liberation Army Daily said in an editorial. “If no one harms me, I harm no one, but if someone harms me, I must harm them,” said the editorial, signed by Maj Gen Luo Yuan, a frequent outspoken commentator on military matters. “As far as the Chinese people and the Chinese military are concerned, these are not joking remarks,” Luo wrote. China has repeatedly criticized the drills, saying they risked heightening tensions on the Korean peninsula and ignored its objections to any foreign military exercises off its coast. The expected participation of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington is particularly irksome to China because of

its status as a symbol of US power in the Pacific and the possibility of its F-18 warplanes flying within range of Beijing. The exercises are the second in a series of US-South Korean maneuvers to be conducted in the East Sea off Korea and the Yellow Sea. No date has been announced, but they are expected to happen in the coming weeks. The first maneuvers were conducted last week. Although the Yellow Sea consists mostly of international waters, China regards it as lying within its vaguely defined security perimeter. China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement earlier this week demanding the US and South Korea “take China’s position and concern seriously.” While Luo’s editorial mentioned no specific responses, China has recently given an unusual degree of publicity to a series of military drills and live-firing exercises along its eastern coastline _ seen by some as a direct response to the USSouth Korean exercises. The criticism comes amid renewed verbal sniping between Beijing and

Washington over the South China Sea, which China claims in its entirety, along with the myriad tiny islands lying within it. Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines also have staked claims on all or some of the territory, which straddles vital shipping lanes, important fishing grounds and is believed rich in oil and natural gas reserves. China responded with outrage when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a regional conference last month that the US had a “national interest” in seeing territorial disputes in the South China Sea resolved through a “collaborative diplomatic process by all claimants.” Beijing prefers to leverage its size and strength to deal with each claimant individually and blasted Clinton’s remarks as US interference in its affairs. China has also been alarmed by joint search-and-rescue exercises this week between the US and Vietnamese navies, viewing it as part of efforts to build an “Asian NATO” to contain Beijing’s rising influence. — AP

ZHOUQU: San Fenlong wearily removes his mask as he leaves a makeshift outdoor morgue. He has just identified the body of his nephew, a victim of China’s horrific mudslides, from the belt he was wearing. The 15-year-old’s clothes were the only items San and his family were able to recognise, four days after the boy’s death. Searing heat and the blunt trauma of the avalanche of sludge and rocks left his face unrecognisable. “We can’t bring him home as his body is decomposing, so we’re going to bury him here in the mountains,” San said, as another man’s bruised body, arms outstretched to the sky, lay in the open awaiting identification. After the disaster in Zhouqu, a remote northwestern town nestled in the mountains of Gansu province, the grim task of retrieving and identifying the dead is becoming more and more difficult. “People are now having to identify them by the clothes they were wearing or their birthmarks,” said San, as yet more rain came tumbling down. Rescuers are still pulling bodies out of the mudslide-which has so far killed more than 1,100 people-carrying them on stretchers to the morgue, located at the foot of a mountain on the side of the road leading into Zhouqu. “We dread hearing the phone ring because each call means more deaths,” Wu Guorong, the leader of a five-member team tasked with transporting corpses to two designated funeral homes, told the Global Times newspaper. But with more than 600 residents still buried deep in the muck, and intermittent rain complicating the search, the chances of finding all the bodies are slim to none. As authorities grow increasingly worried about the outbreak of disease, workers clad in white suits and masks comb the town, spraying disinfectant in every street corner and on the mudslide from machines strapped to their backs. An employee at Zhouqu’s centre for disease control, named Zhang, said more than 100 people had been assigned to disinfect the zone, including the makeshift morgue. Authorities have told residents the bodies will be kept in the morgue for two days once they are pulled from the mud. If not claimed, they will be taken away and buried in mass graves to avoid any disease outbreak. Beyond the human corpses, dead animals are also a concern, and workers from the local agriculture and animal husbandry department have been dispatched to take care of their remains. “We’ve found dozens of animal carcasses, mostly pigs and dogs,” said Du Yuelin, standing on one of the rivers of mud that swept through the town, where a dead pig lay out in the open, emitting a foul stench. Some relatives have managed to buy coffins to transport their loved ones to their final resting place, but these are in short supply in the mud-ravaged town. —AFP


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No Ramadan respite as unrest rocks Kashmir

JAFARABAD: Flood affected villagers ferry their household belongings to safer ground in Jafarabad, Pakistan yesterday. —AP

Pakistan president makes first visit to flood zone Warning of possible more devastation SUKKUR: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari flew in to a flood-hit area yesterday for a first look at the two-week-old crisis after criticism over his trips abroad and his government’s perceived slack response. The floods, triggered by torrential monsoon downpours, have swamped Pakistan’s Indus river basin, killing more than 1,600 people, forcing two million from their homes and disrupting the lives of about 14 million people, or 8 percent of the population. The deluge, which began two weeks ago, has caused extensive damage to the country’s main crops, agriculture officials said, after the United Nations appealed for $459 million in emergency aid and warned of a wave of deaths if help didn’t arrive. Agriculture is a mainstay of the economy and the United Nations has estimated rehabilitation costs will run into the billions of dollars. The International Monetary Fund has warned of major economic harm and the Finance Ministry said the country would miss this year’s 4.5 percent gross domestic product growth target though it was not clear by how much. Zardari, widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, set off on much-criticised visits to meet the

leaders of Britain and France as the floods were beginning. Two days after returning home, he flew to city of Sukkur on the banks of the swollen Indus river in the southern province of Sindh to inspect the destruction and aid efforts. “President Zardari is visiting the one-mile (2 km) long Sukkur barrage. From here he will visit a flood victims’ camp,” said presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar. Security was tight with only state media allowed access. Several barrages have been built across the river to divert water into irrigation canals and the flood waters have been building up alarmingly behind them. Ahmed Kamal, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said water levels may rise dangerously on Friday and again early next week along stretches of the Indus in the central province of Punjab and in Sindh. “There can be further devastation,” he told reporters. The meteorological office forecast scattered rain with a chance of thunderstorms across much of the country. The government is still assessing the extent of the damage but a spokesman for U.N. humanitarian efforts said a third of the country had been affected. Hundreds of roads and bridges have been destroyed from northern mountains to the plains of

the south. Countless villages have been inundated, crops destroyed and livestock lost. People have been jostling for food at distribution points throughout the disaster area, with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, when hungry people break their fast at dusk with a special meal, adding to people’s anxiety. “The government ... should provide clean water and clean food to the people,” said Mohammad Ali, a bread maker scrambling for supplies in the northwest. “Ramadan has arrived, but we see no sign of the government giving us any of these things.” The wheat, cotton and sugar crops have all suffered significant damage and the United Nations has warned of a second wave of death from disease and food shortages unless help for the displaced arrived quickly. Pakistan’s main stock market has lost more than 5 percent since the floods began and ended flat in thin trade yesterday as investors fretted about the economic costs, in particular the impact on inflation, dealers said. The military, which has ruled for more than half of Pakistan’s 63-year history, has taken the lead in aid efforts, reinforcing the faith many people have in the armed forces and highlighting the ineffectiveness of civilian governments. — Reuters

SRINAGAR: The fasting month of Ramadan looks set to be one of curfews, protests and hardship for Muslims in Indian Kashmir, which is experiencing a wave of popular unrest directed against Indian rule. For two months, violent demonstrations have rocked the troubled Himalayan region. Around 50 protesters and onlookers have been killed. Each fatality has fuelled fresh anger, in what Kashmir’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has acknowledged is a “cycle of violence”. The constant round of protests, strikes and curfews has all but shut down daily commerce in the mainly Muslim Kashmir Valley, hurting small traders and making shopping for basic provisions a major challenge. With Ramadan starting yesterday, residents have been advised to stockpile essentials in preparation for a difficult month. Muslim clerics in Kashmir have in the past used the Ramadan period to preach peace and reconciliation, but with emotions running high over the dozens of deaths of protesters, that message is likely to be muted. “We have planned protests during Ramadan against Indian rule and the innocent killings,” said Syed Ali Geelani, who heads a hardline faction of the region’s main separatist alliance. Geelani, who would like Indian Kashmir to accede to Pakistan, has also urged all Kashmiris to celebrate Pakistani independence day on August 14 and mark India’s independence celebrations a day later as a “black day.” Kashmir is divided between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, which both claim the region in full and have fought two wars over their territorial dispute. The last time largescale, anti-India protests hit the region, in 2008, Geelani suspended protests ahead of Ramadan and was blamed by many activists for breaking the movement’s momentum. “The separatists have done the right thing by calling for protests during Ramadan,” says Asif Ahmed, a shopkeeper. “This tempo should continue. We should not run out of steam this time.” On Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sought to calm tensions by urging

Kashmiris “to give peace a chance”. He held out the possibility of greater autonomy and vowed to address rampant unemployment. But his overtures were rejected by both hardline and moderate separatist groups, who want New Delhi to repeal tough emergency laws, pull troops out of civilian areas and release political prisoners. “This is the month of peace, but here I think we will be spending it under the shadow of curfews and strikes,” said Nabla Hafiz, a housewife. “Everyone is angry at the killings and the call for more protests will be heeded.” “We can’t forget the killings. If we stop protesting, that will amount to forgiving Indians,” said her husband, Hafizullah Bhat. The impasse has made daily life extremely difficult for many Kashmiris, some of whom blame both sides. “It is going to be a gloomy Ramadan. I have no money left,” said Srinagar roadside vendor Mohammed Yusuf, who has been forced to borrow money to make ends meet. “The shutdown calls only affect the poor like me,” Yusuf said, urging separatists leaders to “rethink their strategy”. Moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also chief cleric at Srinagar’s main mosque, the Jamia Masjid, said Kashmiris would have to pull together. “We must help each other. The rich should help the poor during Ramadan and those whose businesses have suffered,” Mirwaiz told AFP. “I also appeal to Islamic countries to send aid to Kashmiris.” The authorities have closed the Jamia Masjid on six consecutive Fridays, and Farooq-who has been under house arrest for much of the past two months-said he would defy restrictions to deliver a Ramadan sermon at the mosque this Friday. “The closing of the Jamia Masjid is an infringement of the Kashmiri peoples’ basic right to religious practice,” he said. “During the month of Ramadan, I will pray for an end to Indian repression and occupation.” According to the state finance ministry, curfews and shutdowns this year have resulted in economic losses amounting to 400 million dollars.— AFP

Afghan clerics seek return to Islamic law KABUL: Afghanistan’s largest gathering of clerics, who met to discuss reconciliation with the Taleban, has called for the revival of strict Islamic law as the country seeks ways to win militants away from a growing insurgency. About 350 of the Islamic clerics, or ulema, met for three days this week, the meeting ending with a declaration calling on President Hamid Karzai to enact sharia, or Islamic law, including punishments such as stonings, lashing, amputation and execution.

“The lack of implementation of sharia hodud (punishment) has cast a negative impact on the peace process,” said a 10-point resolution issued after the meeting. “We the ulema and preachers of Afghanistan ... earnestly ask the government not to spare any efforts in the implementation of sharia hodud.” The resolution, seen by Reuters, was sent to Karzai’s government. The ulema have a long-standing and deep influence in traditionally conservative Afghanistan

and have often stepped in to back uprisings or been used to bolster past governments. The head of a government council of religious leaders, separate to the gathering this week, has been asked to find ways to make peace with the Taleban after almost 10 years of war since the militants were ousted by US-backed Afghan forces. The head of that government council, Mawlavi Qiyamuddin Kashaf, attended the meeting of clerics and scholars this week, which included

representatives from both the majority Sunni Muslim sect and minority Shi’ites. “This (gathering) was very new for the peace efforts and the biggest yet. They will go and preach for peace in their respective regions,” Kashaf told Reuters yesterday. However, there has so far been no reaction from Karzai’s government to the council’s resolution. After years of conflict in Afghanistan, Karzai has sought to soften perceptions of his deeply religious country through programs such as moderate Islamic

schools. But at the same time he has been pushing reconciliation with the Taleban as violence continues to rise, raising concerns among some of his backers in the West. Karzai called a major tribal “peace gathering” in June to win support for his plan to offer an amnesty, cash and job incentives to Taleban foot soldiers while arranging asylum for top figures in a second country and getting their names struck off a U.N. and US blacklist. —Reuters


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Malaysian state launches Islamic currency KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian state yesterday launched the Islamic dinar and dirham as an alternative currency, allowing the golden and silver coins to be used as legal tender alongside conventional banknotes. Authorities in northern Kelantan state, which is ruled by the Islamic opposition party PAS, said the Islamic currencies would be used in many shops in the state in addition to the national currency, the ringgit. “We have over 1,000 shops

that have signed up to our campaign and agreed to accept the dinar and dirham for the purchase of goods,” state cabinet minister Husam Musa said. He said signboards have been erected in the main market in the state capital Kota Bharu to show the conversion table between the dinar and ringgit, and participating shops will display stickers to encourage people to use the coins. “The response has been very

Family businesses a focus for growth in Gulf region Reforms key to private equity regaining allure DUBAI: Private equity firms such as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and regional heavyweight Abraaj Capital which benefited from Dubai’s boom years are now looking to the emirate for reforms needed to revive the sector. Easing foreign ownership regulations and reviving the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) are key steps, and analysts say private equity still needs more business from the powerful families which dominate the region’s wealth. “We need to see some investments, we need to see the macro environment improving, we need to get the families on board,” said Jeremie Le Febvre, partnerin-charge of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at Triago, a private equity adviser. “A combination of all these factors will make the Middle East quite attractive because right now the message to investors is quite blurry,” he said. Middle East private equity investment, once among the most promising sectors in the region, plunged by 80 percent to $561 million in 2009, Gulf Venture Capital Association data showed. Deal activity has been slow in 2010 too, with investors backing out from capital calls, sellers still demanding more money than buyers are willing to offer and increasing competition from family groups hampering growth. Before the global financial crisis erupted, iconic private equity firms from across the globe such as KKR and Carlyle Group set up shop, attracted by the region’s petrodollars and spectacular growth prospects. The risk now is that without reforms to spur the sector, such firms will go back to viewing the region mainly as a source of capital and not an investment destination. “There is not much room for big

internationals,” Le Febvre said. “Over the next three years you may see some deals done by a select few, buying perhaps a mobile phone operator or a major pan-Middle East healthcare business.” Dubai-based Abraaj Capital, one the Gulf Arab region’s biggest private equity firms, has cut the size of its fourth buyout fund by half, while shares in Egypt’s Citadel Capital are down 15 percent this year. “I think it’s safe to conclude that the private equity market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is much smaller than was originally expected,” said Yahya Jalil, head of private equity at The National Investor in Dubai. EASING REGULATIONS Easing foreign ownership limitations across the Gulf would have a double positive impact as it would allow investors to bid for majority stakes and obtain control of a business while also making the IPO market more attractive. More IPOs would also mean better exit opportunities for local buyout firms. “Relaxing the foreign ownership rules and permitting more flexible share structures would all potentially make PE investments more attractive to overseas investors and hence promote deal activity,” said Isabella Roberts, a partner at law firm Simmons & Simmons. Transparency and disclosure among familyowned companies in the region could also improve. Damas, a Dubai-based jeweler with retail outlets across the region, is a case in point. The family-owned business raised $270 million in its 2008 IPO and a local private equity firm took a stake. But earlier this year, the company’s founders were accused of making “unauthorized transactions” valued at $165 million, resulting in management shake-up and financial trouble. —Reuters

positive and all the coins which were worth a total of 2.0 million ringgit (629,000 dollars) have been sold out at the launch today,” said Husam, who is in charge of economic and finance planning. According to Islamic law, the dinar measures 4.25 grams of gold, while the dirham is 3.0 grams of pure silver. A golden coin is equivalent to about 582 ringgit ($183) while the silver coin is worth around 13

ringgit but their values fluctuate according to market prices. Husam said the dinar and dirham currencies can also be used dealings with state government agencies, such as paying “zakat”, or alms for the poor. There has been a long debate in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country with large ethnic Chinese and Indian communities, to introduce the coins as legal tender nationally. Former premier Abdullah Ahmad

Badawi, whose administration promoted a moderate form of Islam that emphasized economic and scientific development, shot down the proposal to use the Islamic currencies. But his predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad, was an advocate of the dinar system and urged Muslim countries to use it as a trade instrument. The debate has died down since current Prime Minister Najib Razak came to power last year. —AFP

Govt explicit guarantees a ‘boost/risk’ for Gulf bonds Govt-backed issues surprise market, raise concerns DUBAI: A pair of recent Gulf bond deals where governments offered explicit guarantees attracted better terms and fat order books but analysts say

such moves risk distorting the market and harming it in the longer term. Qatari Diar, real estate arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, sold a $3.5 billion

dual tranche bond last month. It was the first state-guaranteed transaction in the region and largest this year, attracting a massive order book. On the

KUALA LUMPUR: A Muslim vendor prepares fried rice for sale at a Ramadan bazaar in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. —AP

heels of that issue came a $1.5 billion issue from Waha Aerospace, a subsidiary of Waha Capital, which was “irrevocably and unconditionally” guaranteed by the Abu Dhabi government. These helped boost issuance in the Gulf Arab region in the second half after a slow start hit by the euro zone debt crisis and uncertainty over government conglomerate Dubai World’s restructuring. The two guarantees were motivated by exceptional circumstances, with Qatari Diar otherwise facing a challenge to raise a deal of that size linked to a property firm in the Gulf, where values have fallen by half in two years. For Waha Aerospace, it helped a virtual unknown get a bond away without a roadshow. But some analysts warn that such explicit guarantees could have undesirable consequences. “It would be a dangerous extrapolation for market participants to think that two back to back explicitly guaranteed issues sets a trend for GREs (government related entities),” said Chavan Bhogaita, head of credit research at National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD). “In spread terms, these bond issues should trade close to the sovereign curve that they’re linked to, distorting the market.” Bhogaita also argued that too much help for GREs would harm state efforts to have such entities stand alone. “Issuing guarantees on a broad brush basis is not consistent with that,” he said. DUBAI WORLD HIT The shock call by Dubai World last November for a standstill on well over $20 billion in debt led to a flight of capital from the region. That shook investor confidence in implicit guarantees that had helped spur dramatic growth in the Gulf and new issues dried up. “Guarantees are a very good tool but you’ve got to use them in a smart way. You certainly don’t want to create a bunch of contingent liabilities just because you can,” Andrew Dell, HSBC’s head of debt capital markets for central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. —Reuters


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Delhi, BlackBerry meeting ‘inconclusive’ No agreement on BlackBerry encryption restrictions NEW DELHI: The Indian government put off a decision yesterday on whether to ban BlackBerry services over national security fears in the world’s fasted growing telecoms market. The home secretary, the top civil servant over internal security, held talks with intelligence officials and state-run telecom operators BSNL and MTNL about how the government could access encryption details, the latest global headache for Canadian maker Research In Motion. A telecoms ministry official, who asked not to be identified, described the talks as “inconclusive” after the meeting. Another source said private telecom operators could be invited later. “The government first wants to be sure how to pin down Blackberry,” the source said, when asked why private operators had not been invited. An RIM official met India’s

interior minister separately yesterday, a government source said. There were no more details. In a matter of a few weeks, the BlackBerry device-long the darling of the world’s CEOs and politicians, including US President Barack Obama-has become a target for its encrypted email and messaging services with governments around the world. The Indian demands follow a deal with Saudi Arabia, where a source said Research In Motion agreed to give authorities codes for BlackBerry Messenger users. The United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Algeria also seek access. The government could ask mobile operators to block BlackBerry messaging and email until RIM provides access to data transmitted over the handset, a senior government official said on Wednesday. Bharti Airtel and

India’s Mahindra becomes Ssangyong preferred bidder SEOUL: India’s top utility vehicle maker Mahindra and Mahindra has been chosen as the preferred bidder to take over South Korea’s bankrupt Ssangyong Motor, creditors said yesterday. Ssangyong said it would sign a memorandum of understanding with the Indian carmaker by the end of this month before due diligence begins in September. Mahindra was chosen over Indian tyre maker Ruia Group and Young An Hat, a local headgear company that also owns bus maker Daewoo Bus Co. Three other suitors, including an alliance between France’s Renault and Nissan of Japan, had withdrawn at an earlier stager apparently because of the high costs. Ssangyong, South Korea’s smallest carmaker, said it would receive deposits worth five percent of the bidding price from the Indian company this month. The selection was made after studying bid prices, funding capabilities and willingness to develop the company, it said in a statement. Mahindra, which seeks to go global, has been eyeing Ssangyong to gain access to new technologies for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and expand its overseas presence. Ssangyong is mainly a manufacturer of low-priced but robust SUVs such as “Rexton,” “Kyron” and “Actyon” that are sold globally. It also makes sedans. If the deal goes through, Mahindra is expected to become the second Indian carmaker to enter the South Korean market after Tata Motors, which bought truck maker Daewoo Commercial Vehicle in 2004. The creditors did not say how much Mahindra had bid but analysts said the cost of more than 50 percent of Ssangyong would be up to 500 billion won ($418 million). However, the ailing company may insist on more than 740 billion won to clear off debts, they added. “I think the proper price should be no more than 500 billion won, given the massive cost required to streamline its product lineup,” Koh Tae-Bong of IBK Investment and Securities said. “Ssangyong has good research and development capabilities, but it needs to reorganize its product focus from SUVs and big cars to more popular mid-sized sedans and smaller vehicles. I hope Mahindra can provide enough capital to do so,” he said. Ssangyong was granted court protection from creditors in February 2009 after rising oil prices and slowing demand due to the global recession hit SUV sales and former Chinese parent Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp declined to pump in more funds. It has since struggled to stay afloat, though a violent strike over job cuts disrupted production for almost 80 days. Ssangyong has seen some positive improvements this year. It sold 43,881 vehicles, including 26,190 overseas, in the first seven months, compared to 13,091 at the same point last year. However, Ssangyong’s share price fell 5.02 percent to 12,300 won after Mahindra won the bid. —AFP

Vodafone’s India unit are the largest providers of BlackBerry services in India. A shutdown would affect one million of the smartphone’s 41 million users. India is one of RIM’s fastest growing markets. If a shutdown takes effect, BlackBerry users in India would only be able to use the devices for calls and Internet browsing. India wants access in a readable format to encrypted BlackBerry communication, on grounds it could be used by militants. Pakistani-based militants used mobile and satellite phones in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. Officials say RIM proposes tracking emails without sharing encryption details, but that is not enough. A spokesman in India for the Waterloo, Ontariobased company made no comment. This year, India restricted imports of Chinese telecoms network

equipment over security fears. It is also worried about the introduction of 3G wireless services with no monitoring system in place. COMPETITION RIM, unlike rivals Nokia and Apple, operates its own network through secure services located in Canada and other countries, such as Britain. The BlackBerry image could suffer if users feel RIM has compromised its Enterprise email system. Corporate and consumer customers both use its BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging. The German government has urged staffers not to use the BlackBerry and several ministries have banned them. The European Union Commission this month rejected the BlackBerry in favor of Apple’s iPhone and HTC smartphones. India seeks access to both email and Messenger, while

Saudi Arabia has only targeted the instant messaging service. RIM has said BlackBerry’s Enterprise system lets customers create their own key, and the company has neither a master key nor a “back door” to allow it or any third party to access crucial corporate data. Middle Eastern countries are concerned that BlackBerry users may spread pornography or violate restrictions on contact between unrelated men and women. Top telecoms firm Bharti Airtel, one of the biggest BlackBerry services providers, ended nearly 0.7 percentage down on the day at 317.55 rupees mainly due to concerns on earnings. The broader market was up 0.02 percent. RIM shares closed up 1.7 percent at C$58.78 on Wednesday in a Toronto market that was down 2.2 percent. —Reuters

India industrial growth slides to 13-month low MUMBAI: Growth in India’s industrial production slipped to a 13-month low in June as the effects of government stimulus waned and expansion returned to more normal levels. The slowdown to year-on-year growth of 7.1 percent in June comes after eight months of double-digit expansion - a pace that was

unsustainable. The moderation is in large part attributable to the high levels of industrial production at the same last year when growth was rebounding from the global recession, economists say. Manufacturing, which has the greatest weight in the index, grew 7.3 percent during the month. Capital goods

MUMBAI: An Indian laborer works at a metal workshop in an industrial area of Mumbai yesterday. India’s industrial output in June expanded at its slowest pace for 13 months, undershooting market expectations with growth of 7.1 percent from a year earlier, official data showed yesterday. —AFP

output grew 9.7 percent, but consumer durables production remained strong, growing 27.4 percent over last year. The government revised down May industrial output growth to 11.3 percent from 11.5 percent. “Would I be worried?” said Shubhada Rao, chief economist for Yes Bank. “Not really. Momentum is good. Global demand is going to be soft so the support of exports may remain muted, but the focus entirely has shifted to domestic demand. With a good monsoon, we expect rural and overall demand to remain strong.” Credit growth has been rising, advance indicators of purchasing are positive and bank credit is improving, she said. Strong growth this time last year - during the second half, industrial output growth averaged 14.3 percent - is likely to keep headline numbers muted for some months yet, she said. She expects industrial production growth to come in at 9.0 to 9.5 percent for the fiscal year through March 2011, higher than India’s five-year average of 8.5 percent. Economies across Asia are also facing headwinds as governments pull back post-crisis stimulus spending while demand for exports from Europe and the Asia remains subdued. India, however, is less reliant than exports for growth than many other Asian economies. The country’s faster-than-expected industrial rebound was fueled in part by government stimulus measures, which are now being unwound. Inflation worries have pushed the central bank to hike interest rates four times this year. The government has raised some taxes, but it continues to spend. Last week, the government asked Parliament to approve an additional 545.9 billion rupees ($11.6 billion) in spending to combat a Maoist insurgency in eastern India and to pay for the Commonwealth Games being held in New Delhi in October, oil subsidies and other outlays. China’s industrial output in July slowed for a fifth month to 13.4 percent over a year earlier, its lowest level this year. —AP

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Gloom reigns as US recovery slows WASHINGTON: World markets were thrown into turmoil yesterday as investors worried that US growth-a key engine of the global economy-is coming coughing and spluttering to a halt. Investors from New York to Tokyo poured money into safer assets after the Federal Reserve warned the US recovery would be “more modest” than expected. In an effort to bolster market confidence the central bank on Tuesday announced a return to crisis-era stimulus spending. But the policy shift was seen more like a plumb line that revealed the depths of the Fed’s concerns. “Investors are now rightly questioning the strength and sustainability of the recovery,” said Joseph LaVorgna, Deutsche Bank’s chief US economist. And question they did. In New York the benchmark Dow index of 30 leading companies fell around 2.5 percent, its worst drop in nearly a month. Individual US companies shed millions of dollars in value, continuing a downward trend seen in Asian and European bourses earlier in the day. “Global equity markets were pummeled,” said Sam Stovall of Standard & Poor’s Equity Research, pointing to gloomy US trade data that darkened the mood further. The US Commerce Department reported that imports to the United States increased by three percent in June, draining billions of dollars out of the US economy. “This is spectacularly terrible,” said Ian Shepherdson of High Frequency Economics, explaining that rising imports will eat into already anemic domestic growth. That was enough to prompt analysts to slash growth forecasts across the board. Deutsche Bank’s LaVorgna predicted US growth in this quarter would be limited to three percent, well down from the 4.6 percent previously forecast and raising doubts that skyhigh unemployment can be trimmed soon. Other economists made similar calls, slashing past estimates as well as predictions running deep into next year. It is “bad news for real GDP growth in the US, which will be further reduced by the effects of rising imports,” said Christopher Cornell of Moody’s News from China and Europe did little to settle nerves. In China, key indicators showed the world’s thirdlargest economy was slowing after the government moved to wind back massive stimulus spending, close inefficient factories, and curb soaring property prices and bank lending. Analysts said the data added to mounting evidence that the Chinese economy was losing steam as the government aims to avoid overheating in the red-hot economy. “I think the picture is pretty clear that the entire economy is slowing,” Ken Peng, a Beijing-based economist for Citigroup said. In London, the Bank of England cut its economic growth forecasts, predicting gross domestic product (GDP) growth would average about three percent over the next three years. That was lower than the previous estimate of between 3.0-4.0 percent in May, owing partly to the impact of the government’s recent austerity budget that was aimed at slashing the public deficit. “The onslaught of negative news prompted a worldwide sell-off,” said Elizabeth Harrow of Schaeffer’s Investment Research. — AFP

Prudential trims cost of botched AIA deal H1 operating profit up 19 percent

NEW YORK: Specialist John Urbanowicz rubs his eyes as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks and interest rates tumbled as investors around the world took a bleaker view of the US economy. — AP

LONDON: Insurer Prudential said it had reduced the cost of its failed bid for AIG’s Asian unit and confirmed it has no further appetite for M&A as it reported forecast-beating half-year profit. The botched takeover will cost 377 million pounds ($591.4 million), down from an initial estimate of 450 million pounds, thanks to reduced fee payments to its advisors and lower foreign exchange hedging costs, Prudential said yesterday. Presenting its first set of results since the collapse of the AIA deal in May, PrudentialBritain’s biggest insurer- also ruled out reviving its bid for Hong Kong-based AIA, and said it had no plans for any other big takeovers. “We are focused on an organic growth strategy. Large inorganic transactions are not on the agenda,” Prudential Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam told reporters on a conference call, adding that the company had “ruled out” another approach for AIA. Prudential was forced to pull its $35.5 billion bid for AIA, aimed at giving the British insurer a commanding presence in fast-growing Asia, after its shareholders balked at the price tag and AIG rejected a lower offer. Thiam said shareholder pressure for his resignation and that of Prudential chairman Harvey McGrath in the wake of the bungled deal had largely subsided. “There’s always a range of views, it’s a diverse community. But overall I believe we have the support of the body of our shareholders and we can only operate on that basis,” he said. Prudential also said it had an IFRS operating profit of 968 million pounds for the first six months of 2010, up from 688 million a year earlier, and ahead of the 724 million pounds forecast by analysts, according to the company’s calculation of consensus expectations. Shares in the insurer were unchanged at 562.5 pence by 0830 GMT, outperforming both the FTSE 100 and the European insurance stocks index, which were respectively 0.1 percent and 0.7 percent lower. —Reuters

World stocks hit by fears of economic slowdown LONDON: The dollar wallowed close to a 15-year low point against the yen. A worldwide sell-off erupted on Wednesday after the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England cut their outlooks this week, while investors also shunned risk on signs of slowing industrial growth and rising inflation in China. A sharp widening of the US trade deficit added to the gloom, triggering fears of a double-dip recession. “The global markets have taken a turn for the worse on the back of an intense escalation in risk aversion,” said Joel Kruger, currency strategist at foreign exchange site Daily FX. “Fears over the implications of a downbeat Federal reserve, and signs of a dramatic slowing in the Chinese economy, weigh heavily on investor sentiment. “UK markets have suffered tremendously as a result, and we believe that the risks from here are for continued downside pressure in the local markets as broader global macro uncertainty takes hold.” The International Energy Agency, which has rare insights into oil market data revealing hidden forces at work in the economy, warned on Wednesday that significant risks to economic recovery could be detected. The dollar clawed its way back above 85 yen yesterday, after striking a 15-year low at 84.73

yen on Wednesday as market players sought a safehaven amid renewed jitters over the health of the global economy. In early morning European deals yesterday, Frankfurt shares shed 0.31 percent, London lost 0.37 percent and Paris also retreated by 0.37 percent in value. Fresh doubts over the strength of the global economic recovery also sent a chill through Asian markets, after Wall Street slumped 2.5 percent overnight. Shanghai dropped 0.57 percent, Sydney sank 1.23 percent and Tokyo fell 0.86 percent, recouping some earlier hefty losses. Interest rates on European sovereign bond markets firmed slightly after yields on the benchmark German and French debt bonds fell to historic low points late on Wednesday on a riskaversion rush into safe assets. When demand pushes up the price of government bonds, the fixed interest carried by the bonds automatically falls as a percentage of the new price. The rate on German 10year bonds edged up to 2.442 percent from 2.427 percent and the French yield to 2.733 percent from 2.715 percent. The dollar rebounded somewhat after a “verbal intervention” from Japanese leaders, who voiced concerns over the yen’s strength, dealers said. Prime

Minister Naoto Kan said yesterday that the yen’s rise was “rapid” and agreed with his right-hand man and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku to follow the situation, Japanese reports said. Investors were closely watching whether Japanese authorities will act for the first time since 2004 to stem the yen’s strength. The euro fetched 1.2923 dollars, up from 1.2868 in New York late on Wednesday, when the single currency had tumbled below the sensitive 1.30-dollar level. Wall Street had nosedived on Wednesday as data showing the US trade gap had widened sharply in June-to the highest level in 20 months on the back of rising imports-rekindled fears of a second-dip recession. The markets’ grim assessment was also colored by the downbeat view taken by the Fed on Tuesday, which warned that recovery in the world’s largest economy was slowing and opted for further stimulus measures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 2.49 percent to end at 10,378.83 points on Wednesday, posting its the worst percentage drop in nearly a month. “Overnight, US stocks were pummeled, albeit it on relatively low volume, as concerns about the economic health of the global economy continued to weigh on investor sentiment,” said IG Index analyst Cameron Peacock. —AFP


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Qantas ‘optimistic’ despite profits dip SYDNEY: Australia’s Qantas Airways yesterday announced a 4.3 percent drop in full-year net profits but voiced cautious optimism for the industry after its battering in the financial crisis. Net profits were 112 million dollars (101 million US), down from 117 million a year earlier, while underlying pre-tax profits rose threefold to 377 million after last year’s massive cost-cutting. “While global trading conditions remained challenging, they continued to improve, and the Qantas Group has delivered a strong result, more than tripling its full year profit year-on-year,” Chief Executive Alan Joyce said. “International demand and yield across the business and leisure sectors continue to improve and domestic business demand is also strengthening,” he added. Joyce said all sectors of the group, including budget offshoot Jetstar, were profitable, and that the company expects to increase capacity in the first half of next year. But Qantas did not pay a dividend to shareholders for the second year running, and declined to forecast future profits “given the volatility and uncertainty of the aviation market”. Joyce said the company, which pledged to dramatically slash costs as profits dived 88 percent last year, was seeing “encouraging signs” as freight and premium travel improve. “We are seeing some very good signs of improvement. Our freight business has seen a real improvement and our premium business has seen a recovery,” he told public broadcaster ABC. “We’ve seen some very encouraging signs. We’re starting to become more optimistic about the future,” Joyce added. The Qantas group controls about two-thirds of the domestic market and some 30 percent of international passenger movements in Australia. Analysts said the result was largely as expected, although Qantas’s share price dropped 1.99 percent to 2.46 dollars in the wake of the announcement. “This was driven by a stronger contribution from Jetstar business, while Qantas mainline and Qantas Holidays were slightly weaker than we expected,” a Goldman Sachs analyst told Dow Jones Newswires. Qantas last year vowed to trim about one billion dollars in spending and later axed first class from all but a handful of routes as it sought to recover from the global crisis, which hit freight and business and holiday travel. Joyce said a “high level of uncertainty” remained but conditions had vastly improved since the slowdown, despite renewed jitters over growth in Europe, China and the United States. “There is still a high level of uncertainty ... but we’ve seen a big improvement from the depths of the GFC (global financial crisis),” Joyce said. “We’ve seen the freight market rebound, our freighters have had a record year which is a good sign of business activity, and our premium traffic is rebounding.” Revenue fell 5.4 percent to 13.8 billion dollars while Qantas retains a cash balance of 3.7 billion. —AFP

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Sri Lanka pins hopes on China-funded port Deal fuels Indian concerns HAMBANTOTA: Sri Lanka is preparing to open the first phase of a China-funded, 1.5-billiondollar port project that has fuelled Indian concerns over strategic Chinese investment in South Asia. Sitting along the ancient “Silk Road” trading route and one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the Hambantota port is intended to be the engine that will drive Sri Lanka’s economic recovery after decades of ethnic conflict. Partly funded by a soft Chinese loan of 300 million dollars, the first phase of the deep-sea port is scheduled to open in November. The government hopes that by the time the second phase is completed in 2014, the port on

the island’s southern tip will have become a magnet for foreign investment in transshipment and spin-off business opportunities. Sri Lanka Ports Authority chairman Priyath Wickrama said Hambantota would initially aim to service around 2,500 of the 70,000 cargo ships that ply the East-West sea lane every year. “In about 10 years, with the second phase coming on stream, we aim to handle about 8,000 ships a year,” he said. Sri Lanka’s neighbor and biggest trading partner, India, is believed to be concerned that Hambantota is part of a Chinese policy to throw a “string of pearls” geographical circle of influence around India. China is

also developing port facilities in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan, and has plans for rail projects in Nepal. “Indian threat perceptions have grown as China has become more active in South Asia,” said Eurasia Group’s Asia analyst, Maria Kuusisto. “New Delhi sees this Chinese maneuvering as an incursion into its historic sphere of influence, and is consequently trying to outbid the Chinese for strategically important infrastructure projects,” she said. Last year, China overtook Japan as Sri Lanka’s biggest lender, providing 1.2 billion dollars in loans. And China has emerged as the partner of choice for big projects in

Hambantota, including a new airport, railway, roads and a conference hall. “The berths for cargo and oil are coming up nicely and the port will handle its first ship mid-November,” Wickrama said during an inspection tour of the port, some 240 kilometers south of the capital Colombo. Colombo is currently Sri Lanka’s main port, handing more than 6,000 ships a year. Some 30 investors from China, Singapore, India, the Middle East and major shipping lines have already sent in investment proposals for Hambantota that range from ship building, cement grinding and fertilizer bagging to warehousing and vehicle transshipment. —AFP

AHANGAMA: Sri Lankan stick fishermen attempt to catch fish in the late afternoon at Ahangama Bay, 25 kilometers south of Galle, Sri lanka. —AP

Debt woes sap Europe’s big-dream investments PARIS: A rebuilt Prussian palace in Berlin. High-speed rail from Lisbon to Kiev. A new visitor center for Britain’s Stonehenge. They’re just some of the big-ticket European projects put on hold by the continent’s government debt crisis. Deep in debt after decades of borrowing too much and still running big deficits from the recession, European countries are scaling back some of expensive building and highspeed transport projects that over the decades have given life on the continent much of its glitter and convenience. In particular, the dream of a connected high-speed rail network across Europe looks increasingly distant. Rail visionaries have envisioned a vast, unified network based on north-south and east-west axes, linking such cities as Lisbon to Kiev and London to Budapest, and expanding the extensive French and German rail systems to embrace more of the continent. But Portugal

is freezing construction of its strand needed to tie it together, while Hungary is slashing train routes, not laying new ones. The maker of France’s sleek, high-speed TGV trains, Alstom, is in the meantime racking up contracts in China, the Persian Gulf, and the United States not Europe. Home to many of the world’s richest economies and some of the world’s most visited tourist sites, Europe is far from collapse. But with Greece taking a trip to the verge of bankruptcy earlier this summer, and other governments running big deficits because of the financial and economic turmoil of the past three years, officials are looking for places to cut back. And putting off the costly road, rail and construction projects is proving easier to get past voters than job cuts, pay cuts or tax hikes. Some economists warn that European governments ignore their enviable infrastructure at their peril, and urge them to join forces and

invest long-term or risk erosion of Europe’s global stature - and the railways, historic buildings and restored city centers that make it such a lovely place to visit and live. “Our trains used to be the most admired in the world. Our roads, our system, was among the most advanced,” said Olivier Deleu, who advises French legislators on transport policy. “Today, there is little motivation to invest in this. After years of budgetary policy that is questionable, we have reached a turning point.” In Berlin, the government has suspended plans to rebuild a high-profile Prussian-era palace in the heart of the capital. The Baroque Stadtschloss palace was damaged in World War II and razed by East German Communists to make way for their parliamentary building, which in turn was torn down due to asbestos. The rebuilding is a project rich in symbolism of reconciliation and renewal. But it will cost §552 million, including §440

million from the federal budget. The start of construction is delayed from 2012 until 2014. In Britain, one of the first things the new Conservative government did was ax or suspend 24 projects worth a total of 10 billion pounds ($15 billion) agreed in the final months of Gordon Brown’s administration. Plans halted include a proposed 25 million pound ($38 million) visitor center for the famous prehistoric monument Stonehenge, in southern England, where last month thousands gathered to mark the summer solstice in a treasured annual ritual. In Ireland, three emergency budgets in two years have cut infrastructure spending 35 percent annually to 5.5 billion euros in 2010. That’s meant slowdowns on Ireland’s entire program for building roads, schools and public transportation. The biggest casualty has been plans to build a subway link between central Dublin and the

city’s lone airport. The private sector, too, is losing the drive to invest in brick and steel. Plans for what would have been Ireland’s tallest building - with new recording studios for supergroup U2 on top were scrapped in 2008 because of slumping property market. Since World War II, generations of European policymakers have built up deficits by spending billions on infrastructure and generous social welfare systems. They mortgaged the future, gambling that growth would keep pace with, or outpace, the debt. It hasn’t, and Europe’s next generation is facing a staggering bill unless governments cut spending somewhere soon. “The debt crisis didn’t provoke these problems, but it is making them more difficult,” Francois Rachline, director of the Institut Montaigne, said in an interview. Infrastructure, while it doesn’t sound alluring, is crucial to any economy. —AP


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Credit Suisse sees ‘strange shift’ Vedanta eyeing Cairn LONDON: India-focused miner Vedanta is in talks to buy assets or a stake in British oil and gas company Cairn Energy, Bloomberg reported. Both companies declined to comment. Some analysts questioned the rationale and affordability of such a deal. “A move into oil would be a very strange shift away from Vedanta’s core business of developing mines and smelters,” analysts at Credit Suisse wrote. “We therefore struggle to see any strategic fit or synergies.” BHP Billiton is the only large miner to have a significant interest

Orascom swings to unexpected net loss Djezzy revenue down CAIRO: Egypt’s Orascom Telecom swung to an unexpected net loss of $41.4 million in the second quarter of 2010, with revenues from its Algerian unit down from a year ago. The Cairobased international mobile network operator said yesterday its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was $441.3 million, and its revenue was $1.06 billion in the second quarter. The results were issued after Russian newspaper Kommersant reported telecoms group Vimpelcom Ltd might buy Italy’s No 3 mobile operator Wind and 51 percent of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom from tycoon Naguib Sawiris. A poll of eight analysts had predicted, on average, that Orascom would make a profit of $70.2 million in the quarter. The company previously reported a net profit of $111.8 million in the second quarter of 2009. Revenues from Orascom’s Algerian unit Djezzy were $436.5 million in the second quarter of 2010, down from a previously stated $478.9 million in the same quarter a year earlier, but up almost 6 percent from the first quarter. Performance at Djezzy, its main revenue earner, had been expected to suffer under tightening regulatory pressure from the Algerian government, which also hit the company with a $597 million back-tax bill last year. Stung by that bill and other hurdles, Orascom tried to sell the unit to South Africa’s MTN this year, but Algeria blocked the deal, citing a law it said gave it the right to buy the unit before any foreign bidder. Orascom, which has a presence in countries from Pakistan to Canada, had previously reported a $49 million profit in the first quarter of 2010 and a net loss of $46.4 million in the last quarter of 2009. —Reuters

in oil. Other analysts said the diversified nature of Vedanta, which has iron ore, zinc and copper mines, meant people should not rule out the possibility it will add oil and gas to its commodity basket. Talks are at an advanced stage and a deal may be announced later this month, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The companies, which each have a market value of about $10 billion and are members of Britain’s blue-chip FTSE 100 index have discussed options ranging from buying an equity stake or assets to

a complete takeover, according to one person cited. Shares in Cairn initially jumped as much as 4.3 percent on the news before backtracking to trade 0.7 percent higher at 447.9 pence by 1041 GMT. Shares in Vedanta were down 3.2 percent at 2,281 pence as analysts questioned its ability to afford another big acquisition. “Funding would be a big issue,” Credit Suisse, which is already predicting capital expenditure for Vedanta of $10 billion over the next three years, said. “We therefore see limited room for additional

debt funding.” Richard Rose, analyst at Oriel Securities, also said an outright bid would be surprising given the premium already priced into Cairn shares that have risen 35 percent his year, reflecting the potential value of prospects in Greenland. The company is currently drilling in the Baffin Sea between Greenland and Canada and has said that its prospects there could contain 4 billion barrels of oil. “More likely would be a potential bid for Cairn India through the acquisition of Cairn

Energy’s 62 percent stake in the company or the acquisition of up to 12 percent of Cairn India which we believe Cairn Energy would be happy to sell down,” Rose said. The latter option would allow Cairn to retain a controlling interest in Cairn India whilst raising about 1 billion pounds for further exploration opportunities, he added. Rose said key risks in any deal would likely include concerns over any cash requirement given what he described as Vedanta’s “relatively stretched” balance sheet. —Reuters

China targets local carbon trade BEIJING: China’s plans to launch a series of pilot carbon trading projects starting next year underscores its need to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions-now believed to be the world’s largest. With power capacity set to double again in the next decade to 1,600 gigawatts, far more than the United States, billions of dollars of investment in cleaner technologies will be needed, and a carbon price would help increase energy efficiency without jeopardizing breakneck economic growth. It could also be a boon to some domestic environmental exchanges if a compulsory national trading scheme is launched. But experts say China, the world’s second-largest energy consumer, won’t be rushing to launch a national emissions trading scheme or to commit to absolute emissions reduction targets. “The big picture will be worked out before March, but I believe there are going to be certain components that need more time to be worked out-the details on how to implement it will take some time,” said Changhua Wu, China director at the London-based Climate Group. In the short term, China will want to protect its position in a UN-backed global carbon trading scheme that has earned it billions of dollars from rich nations in exchange for carbon offsets,

CDM priority for now known as certified emission reductions (CERs). Beijing will also be cautious given that global climate talks on a “scaled-up” version of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), capable of delivering even more investment, have largely stalled. EXPERT PANEL A researcher at the National Development and Reform Commission told Reuters that an expert panel has been working for more than a year on pilot carbon trading schemes in highemission provinces or sectors-but dramatic gestures are unlikely. “Nothing is decided yet and China is still looking to see what happens to the CDM and the global climate talks,” said the researcher, who did not want to give his name because he was not authorized to speak to the media. The NDRC confirmed on Tuesday this week it was looking into the possibility of using “market mechanisms” in a number of pilot lowcarbon cities and regions. A broad commitment to carbon trading will be included in China’s 2011-2015 fiveyear plan, to be ratified by parliament in March 2011, but the full details are unlikely to emerge immediately, said Wu of The Climate Group, who has

been involved in the consultations. The cornerstone of any Chinese carbon market will be the country’s pledge, made last year, to reduce its 2005 carbon intensity rate-the amount of CO2 produced per unit of GDP- by 40-45 percent before the end of 2020. The China Daily newspaper said in July that officials had “reached a consensus” that CO2 trading would be a necessary component. ZhongXiang Zhang, a carbon expert at the East West Center in Hawaii, said China’s intensity targets would eventually be “converted to absolute emission caps at company levels” and that this would form the basis for a domestic trading platform. PROTECTING THE CDM The CDM, part of the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol, grants CERs to industrialized nations when they invest in clean-energy projects in the developing world. Those CERs are traded or used to comply with Kyoto targets. While it remains unclear what the CDM will look like after 2012 when the Kyoto Protocol’s first phase expires, its future direction is expected to shape China’s own carbon market plans. China has supported calls for a

BEIJING: A fruits seller (left in the background) plays chess game with a resident next to his tricycle cart loaded with various fruits in Beijing. China’s inflation spiked up in July amid heavy flooding that disrupted food supplies, adding to pressure on the government to control rising living costs as rapid economic growth slows. —AP

“scaling-up” of the old project-based CDM but it has also expressed opposition to reforms proposed by Europe that would commit entire sectors, rather than single projects, to reducing CO2. While domestic sectoral targets are on its agenda, Beijing has complained that introducing such methods to the postKyoto CDM amounts to a “mandatory” cut and thus violates the Kyoto principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities”. This says rich nations should bear most of the burden of cutting CO2. China’s concerns are practical as well as ideological. If a company already has to meet CO2 targets at home, it might find itself in violation of a key concept known as “additionality”: if its carbon reduction plans would have gone ahead anyway, it is not entitled to “additional” CDM revenue through issuing of CERs. Zhang of the EastWest Center said China will make sure that any local market it sets up will remain strictly domestic and unconnected from the CDM or any of its potential replacements. If the EU gets its way on CDM reform, it could complicate China’s plans to cap sectoral emissions or force a level of market integration that it is not prepared to accept, Zhang said. A FEW PIONEERS Whatever happens to the CDM, China’s 20 or so environmental exchanges are hoping government commitments to reduce CO2 will boost their own voluntary trading schemes and eventually put them at the centre of a single global market. So far, Chinese voluntary emissions trading has remained negligible, with no compelling reasons to participate. “I think they have explored all options and tried their best but the regulatory system is the major problem-you cannot rely on a few pioneers,” said Allan Zhang, director of sustainable business solutions at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Beijing. A compulsory, not piecemeal, scheme was also crucial. The China Beijing Environmental Exchange (CBEEX) could benefit most if firms were forced to buy CO2 credits. Its general manager, Mei Dewen, said it was now a matter of preparation. Mandatory “cap and trade” schemes might still be some way away, but the issue of pre-compliance-buying carbon credits now in order to meet binding targets imposed in the future- could still drive domestic buyers, he said. “Cap and trade is the Ferrari,” Mei said in June. “We are now just driving a tractor, but things could change- if you can’t drive the tractor then you won’t be able to drive the Ferrari.” —Reuters


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J C Penney shoppers at Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News, Virginia, make returns and exchanges. — MCT

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s they embarked on the annual quest for pens and folders and gym shorts, some shoppers received a nice surprise. Illinois’ first-ever sales tax holiday began on Friday and continues until Sunday. The holiday’s proponents wanted to ease the financial burdens of back-to-school shopping, so items such as clothes and school supplies are eligible. While most local retailers said they saw an increase in sales, many also said they encountered customers who did not know they would be receiving the break. “A lot of people actually didn’t know about the holiday,” said Jill Woosley, manager of J C Penney in Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth. “Last week, it was on the news some, and I know I saw it. I don’t know if customers just haven’t been watching the news.” Part of the reason for the confusion might be the holiday’s recent enactment. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure into law in July, amid concern from critics that the state’s $13 billion budget hole made this a bad year for such exemptions. Eligible clothing must cost less than $100 per item for customers to receive the discount; in other words, a $120 pair of shoes would not be eligible. However, customers still receive the reduced rate if they buy multiple qualifying items that add up to more than $100, as long as the individual prices do not exceed the limit. Craig Coughlin, team leader at the Target store in Decatur, said some customers were confused about how much their tax rates should be reduced. During the 10-day holiday, people who buy eligible items do not have to pay the 5 percent sales tax that goes to the state. However, they must still pay the portion of the sales tax that goes to local governments. “A lot of the communication, especially out of the media, has been that it’s a tax-free holiday, when it’s not,” Coughlin said. “It’s a tax-discounted holiday.” Willieann Stokes did not know about the sales tax holiday in Illinois, but that is understandable: She is from Clarksdale, Miss. Stokes, in town for a family reunion, was delighted to learn she had received the discount while shopping at Wal-Mart at 4265 E. Maryland St. She said she usually takes advantage of the tax holiday in Mississippi and would definitely consider

Shoppers Fernando Cervantes (from left) Jose L Ortiz, and Jose Ortiz leave a Best Buy store in Hurst, Texas, loaded with electronics to send back home to family in Mexico. —MCT doing more shopping in Illinois during her visit. Stokes said she believes such measures help the public and boost the economy. “Any time there’s a sale anywhere and you get something off, people are always running,” she said. Paul Nisevich, co-manager at the Wal-Mart where Stokes was shopping, said the store had

experienced a definite rise in sales by Saturday. In fact, he said he was surprised by a line of customers waiting at midnight Friday, when the tax holiday began. “We kind of knew it was coming,” said Nisevich, as a stream of Saturday morning shoppers rolled their carts steadily past. “We didn’t expect that.” Woosley, of J C Penney, said she was surprised so many people were out shopping because Decatur Celebration continued all weekend. She expected more customers during the upcoming weekend, and the store has extended its hours to accommodate shoppers who want extra time to enjoy the discount. Terry Hotwick, store manager of Kmart in Decatur, said he also prepared for the tax holiday by scheduling more employees to cover the weekend shifts. While the store’s corporate office handled reprogramming the cash registers, it still takes longer to ring up customers, meaning additional staff members are needed. Hotwick also said many customers in the early days of the tax holiday were unaware it was happening. “How much real advertising have you seen for it?” he said. But Bonnie Hubbard of Decatur knew about the holiday and filled her cart with school supplies for her 14-year-old daughter. Hubbard said she saved about $20 and only bought what could not be recycled from last year. “We reuse anything that was in good condition from the year before, always,” she said. Though she said she is a conservative shopper and did not spend any more than she normally would have, Hubbard appreciated the opportunity to save. “Everything helps,” she said. “With the economy like it is, every penny helps.” The sales tax holiday does not apply only to large department stores. Every retailer in the state is required to apply the discount to qualifying items, meaning smaller local businesses offer the same breaks. Even the Decatur Park District got in on the action. Rodney Buhr, the park district’s chief financial officer, said stores at the three golf courses and at Scovill Zoo had to configure their cash registers to apply the discount. The stores contain clothing, shoes, backpacks and pencils, which are all qualifying items, Buhr said. — MCT


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By Dawn Rosenberg McKay


efore you begin your job search campaign you must have a personal marketing strategy. A personal marketing strategy provides you with a game plan for your job search campaign. You should look at the job search as a marketing campaign, with you, the job seeker, as the product. Every product, even the best ones, won’t succeed without a strong marketing strategy. This begins with a comprehensive, yet flexible plan. First you must know to whom you are marketing. You must identify the types of employers who would be looking for an employee with your qualifications. Are they all within a certain industry? Are there many industries that hire employees with your background? Locating job leads Next, you must decide what sources you will use to locate potential employers. Everyone you speak to will have a different opinion on this. Some people feel that classified ads are a waste of time and that networking is the only way to go. Others believe that executive recruiters will get them the job they want. To use an old cliche, you should leave no stone unturned. Use all methods of tracking down potential employers. Contacting prospective employers You will then need to decide how you will contact your job leads. Generally a resume, accompanied by a cover letter, is the way to go, especially if you are responding to an ad. If you are working with an executive recruiter, he or she will set up the meeting between you and the employer. If you find out about a job lead through a friend or other contact, you must decide whether to telephone the person who is hiring, or whether you should send a resume and cover letter, generally via email. Often your contact can advise you. Remember, if you want to use email, send an introductory message first and ask if it is okay to send your resume as an attachment. Most people won’t open an unexpected attachment. Getting organized A very important aspect of the job search is organization. If you don’t keep yourself organized you will misplace important names and telephone numbers. When you later need this information to follow up on resumes and interviews you will have to spend your valuable time searching for it. The Minnesota Department of Economic Security has placed on it’s Web site an array of worksheets to help you keep your job search organized. Once you’ve established a strategy for your job search campaign, you can begin to move forward. Your next step is to put together a great resume, and to start preparing for your job interviews. —

By Alison Doyle


ometimes, it happens by choice. Sometimes, you don’t have an option. In either case, it’s important to be prepared to change jobs because you never know when it might happen to you. It’s happened to me both ways. I’ve been laid-off and out-of-work at the end of a business day and had to turn in my company car the next morning. That was a tough one! I’ve also resigned and managed to stay on excellent terms with my previous employers. In the latter cases, it’s been because I’ve always given plenty of notice, offered to help find and train a replacement, and offered to be available for questions in the future. Take care of the basics Whether you’re about to hand in your resignation or you’ve just received a pink slip, it’s important to prepare to leave and to prepare to conduct a job search. Take care of the basics first and check on eligibility for continuation of health and life insurance benefits, accrued vacation pay, unused sick pay, and other payments terminated employees may be entitled to. Keep in mind, that there may be a lag between when your current health insurance

coverage ends and a new policy starts. You may be able to file over the phone or online. When your work situation is unstable and you’re not sure if you’ll still have a job tomorrow, get ready to start, or even get going, on a job search now. Remember, you don’t have an obligation to accept a new position if you get an offer. Plus, it never hurts to see what’s available and, you never know, you just might get an offer you can’t refuse! How to prepare for a job search It’s important to have a well-written resume and compelling cover letters. Simply, resumes help get us interviews. A cover letter is often your earliest written contact with a potential employer, creating a critical first impression. References Plan ahead and compile a list of references and some letters of recommendations, so you’re prepared when a prospective employer requests them. Get contact information for your coworkers, vendors, customers, etc so you’ll have it for future networking purposes. Contact information Use non-work contact information for all your

job search communications. That way, if your access is cut-off at work, you’ll still be reachable. Phone - have a home phone or a cell phone with voice mail so potential employers can reach you; Email - use a personal email account, not your work account. Reason for leaving If you’ve quit, or are planning on quitting, be prepared with an answer for interviewers who are going to want to know why you resigned. Worried about getting caught? Apply confidentially for jobs online. There are job sites that let you apply anonymously, plus will protect your identity from certain employers and recruiters. Don’t leave anything behind Clean-up your computer - delete personal files and email and bring home your personal belongings. Finally, if you are resigning, always leave on the best terms you possibly can and don’t burn any bridges. Let the company know in advance that you’re leaving, let them know why (as diplomatically as possible) and thank them for having had the opportunity to work there.

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Antivirus software: Do you really need it?


o you wish you could do without antivirus software? There are certainly plenty of good reasons not to like it. After all, antivirus programs invariably slow down your computer, annoy you with false positives or status pop-ups, and of course most of them cost money - often on a recurring, yearly basis. But can you just say no to antivirus software and still stay safe? The short answer is "yes" - if you adopt some security-savvy computing practices.

Know thyself If you only use commercial software and never install programs you've downloaded from the internet or copied from a friend, then your main sources of concern for contracting a computer virus will come from web sites and email. Common sense - and following the guidelines below - will protect you the rest of the way. On the other hand, if you're addicted to free downloads, shareware, and "warez" sites that purport to offer commercial software at no cost, then you have no viable option. You must install antivirus software - and perhaps even use a couple of programs - to make sure you don't fall victim to malicious software or phishing attacks. Most people, however, run just the few programs that came with their PCs and don't venture into dangerous territory on the web. For them, the guidelines below will provide adequate protection.

Web sites Today's browsers have a lot of security controls built in, and these tend to do a fine job of preventing phishing attacks or the automatic downloading of potentially malicious software. Antivirus tools add little to their already robust protections. So if you want to be free of antivirus software, be sure to use to latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome, and keep those browsers up to date through your operating system's automatic update feature. Also, do not disable or alter the default security settings of the major browsers unless you know what you're doing. If you attempt to access a web site that's known to be harmful, most modern web browsers will warn you before the site is displayed on your screen. If you'd like to feel even more secure when you're surfing, consider installing the free McAfee SiteAdvisor tool (, which adds small site rating icons to your search results and a new browser button and optional search box to your browser. These controls together do a good job of alerting you to a potentially dangerous site before you reach it. Clean e-mail Most of the generalized warnings you hear about virus-carrying e-mail messages are

misleading. You can't get a computer virus merely by receiving an e-mail message. You would have to click on a link within the message that downloads a harmful file onto your PC, or you would have to open or run a malicious file attached to a message. So don't do either one of those things if you receive an e-mail message from someone you don't know. Combine that common sense approach with the latest patches or updates for your e-mail program of choice, and you should have no use for additional protection offered by a bloated security package. You can add yet another level of security by configuring your e-mail program so that it displays incoming messages as plain text. Doing so will turn off the display of graphics, which, when clicked, may unleash a virus-carrying file. If you use a traditional e-mail client such as Outlook or Outlook Express, add a good spamblocking like Cloudmark Desktop ( to your toolkit, and chances are very good that any potentially dangerous messages will get routed automatically to your Spam folder, where you will never see it. Periodic scans Just because you decide to run your PC without antivirus software doesn't mean you shouldn't check for viruses occasionally. You can

do so, however, without installing anything if you stop in occasionally at one of the free online virus scanners. Among them are Eset Online Scanner (, Avast Online Scanner (, and TrendMicro Online Scanner ( All of these allow you to initiate a system scan without installing a permanent antivirus package. Giving in If you don't like the idea of initiating a virus scan from a web sit or you just don't feel comfortable going without antivirus software, you can keep system slowdowns to a minimum and annoyance at bay by opting for one of the security applications that are known to be effective at detecting threats, relatively easy on system resources, and reasonably priced. Titles that meet all of those criteria include Microsoft's Security Essentials ( - which is free - PCTools' Spyware Doctor with Antivirus =(, and Norton Antivirus 2010 ( Each of these will provide the background scanning and on-demand protection that you might need, and each can be configured not to bug you unless absolutely necessary. — dpa

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ll types of surgery require a certain level of responsibility by the patient. This is especially true for the different types of lip augmentation, each requiring a lot of responsibility. If you think you’re ready then it’s time to choose the type of lip augmentation. There are different types of lip augmentation procedures and they can be administered by injection or by implant. Here are the most popular injections and implants to give you an overview of the different types of lip augmentation. Once you’ve researched the different types of lip augmentation that might suit you, an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon can help you decide which option best suits your needs. For an injected lip augmentation, your surgeon will most likely use topical anesthesia directly to the lip area. This type of lip augmentation can be performed on an outpatient basis in the doctor’s office or an outpatient center, where you will be sent home the same day. A synthetic material called Artecoll is one type of lip augmentation that is injected into the lips to achieve a plump look. However, because it’s synthetic, you are at higher risk of having an allergic reaction to it than with an injection of collagen or fat, but Artecoll’s results last longer than those treatments. Another type of injection is Autologen, which is made up of your own collagen. Autologen is extracted from another place on your body and injected into your lips. The results are only temporary, however, there’s no risk of allergic reaction. If you’re not ready to commit to the permanent results, this might be the method for you.



If you think you’re ready then it’s time to choose the type of lip augmentation that is right for you. Collagen extracted from cows can also be injected into the lips. Unlike human collagen, cow collagen presents a risk of allergic reaction, and its best to have your surgeon give you a test dose before proceeding with the full procedure. Results can usually last anywhere from four weeks to three months. Dermalogen is another type of collagen, also called injectable Human Tissue Matrix. It’s extracted from deceased human donors and is also a temporary fix, but your body should not reject it like cow collagen. Fascia injections use a specific type of connective tissue harvested either from your own body or from a deceased human donor. It

can be injected or implanted, but within a year your body will reabsorb the fascia. HylaForm is a material created from natural body substances, but you will need repeated treatments to maintain the results. Restylane is a clear gel that contains hyaluronic acid, a substance, which occurs naturally in humans. There is only a slight chance for an allergic reaction and it’s biodegradable, so your body will absorb it within about six months of the injection.

Types of lip augmentation Fat from your own thighs or abdomen can be injected into your lips as well, with no risk

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of allergic reaction and permanent results. This fat can also be implanted surgically. Different types of lip augmentation also include implants and surgeries. You will most likely receive local anesthesia for this type of lip augmentation as well. Certain procedures can take up to two hours at a doctor’s office or outpatient center, depending on the complexity, and you will be sent home the same day. Fat grafting is the surgical method of inserting fat extracted from your body, and into your lips to achieve the desired fullness. Permanent results may be achieved, but this result will vary from person to person. There is a chance that your body can reabsorb it because it is your own fat. Alloderm is a sheet of collagen created from post-mortem humans. The sheets are inserted through tiny incisions made on the inside part of the lip. The Alloderm type of lip augmentation offers only a temporary fix, with results lasting up to 12 months. Permanent results can be achieved through Gore-Tex and SoftForm types of lip implants. These are made of synthetic materials, so unlike some of the other options, your body will not absorb these. However, because they are synthetic, there is a risk of allergic reaction. When deciding what types of lip augmentation will suit you the best, remember that there is a level of responsibility you must accept before and after surgery. Consult with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to help you decide which of these techniques suit you the best, and get ready to pucker up.


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here are ways to keep our feet looking soft and smooth because this is something many of us may not pay too much attention to but, when the spring and summer comes and sandals are in season, we want to have our feet looking their best, here are some ways to keep them soft and smooth.

will help the oils to absorb into the skin for that extra protection. Make sure you moisturize your feet before they dry this will help the moisture to go into the skin where it is needed to make the outside look great as well.



If you have some scaly skin on your heels gently scrap it off with a piece of metal like a slipper spoon that you use to slip your shoes on with, or your nail file will do, don’t scrap too hard because you don’t want to scrap any skin off, just the dead skin, and do this while they’re still wet.


First if you’ve noticed when you walk around barefoot during the summer months that tends to make our feet ruff and scaly from walking around on the floors.


We must protect our feet to keep them soft and smooth during the summer, make sure you wear some type of sandals or flip flops, or a house shoe, because when we walk around barefoot that will make our feet rough and scaly because they’re unprotected from the hard floors, many of us are quite comfortable walking around barefoot when it’s hot but, this is ruining o u r feet.

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To make your feet soft and smooth soak them at least once per week in warm soapy water for five or ten minutes, when you’re done dry them and apply moisturizer right away, while they are still wet, our feet needs to be moisturized just like the rest of our body and is just as important because when the weather does get warm we want to have beautiful feet as well, and walking around barefoot all the time can ruin your feet. You see many people with rough scaly

feet, their heels are very dry with rough skin and has turned white on the bottom, that’s because they’re walking barefoot a lot. So you want to try to avoid this from happening to you.


After you moisturized then let that soak into your skin and dry, then apply some oil to your feet like baby oil or some Vaseline not too much because you don’t want them to be to greasy, then wrap them in a hot towel for about ten minutes, or stick them in a plastic bag, this

The key is to keep those feet moisturized just like your face or the rest of your body, and try not to walk barefoot everyday if you do, try to do it only twice per week that way you won’t do too much damage to your feet.


When you’re done with t h e s e things above go ahead and polish your toe nails, because you never know who will see them if you got sick or was unable to do them for a while you want to keep them looking as well as your fingernails, getting a pedicure

won’t hurt because they will also pamper your feet. So, go easy on your feet and give them a break because you want them to look great in your new sandals you bought for the summer. Also you should take care of them in the winter as well so, that they will be in good shape for the spring and summer months. Try to wear your shoes as much as possible so that you won’t ruin your feet, I know a lot of people don’t like to wear shoes around the house but, it’s really protecting your feet if you wear something, even if it’s a pair of socks, and even if you just go barefoot part of the day instead of the whole day will help keep you feet soft and smooth. You don’t want to get into bed and have your feet stick on the covers or scratch someone because they’re so rough and scaly, with a little care you can have soft and smooth feet all the time.


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Diet and dental health What you eat can affect your teeth Tooth decay Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world. Despite rates of dental caries falling in the last 30 years, it affects almost half of children and adolescents and more than 55 per cent of adults in the UK. Dental caries is a disease caused by acids - fermented sugars and starches - breaking down the tooth. It can be very painful and unsightly, and may lead to tooth loss if not managed. Thankfully it's preventable and manageable if detected early. The white visible section of the teeth is called the tooth enamel. It's made up of minerals, especially calcium and phosphate. It's constantly being dissolved (demineralised) and reformed (remineralised) depending on its environment. The bacteria in our mouths produce acids when they break down carbohydrates. In the presence of these acids, some of the calcium within the enamel dissolves and is lost from the tooth surface. This process is known as demineralisation. At this stage, surface damage to the tooth can be repaired. Saliva is one of the mouth's natural defences against this process and protects against dental caries in several ways: It helps to remove food from the teeth. It contains bicarbonate that helps neutralise the acid production. It delivers minerals such as calcium, phosphate and fluoride to the surface of the tooth, enabling remineralisation to take place. Tooth decay occurs when there's more demineralisation than remineralisation. The teeth of children under six years old, and

the elderly are particularly vulnerable to demineralisation. In children the tooth enamel is still being developed and is relatively soft and in the elderly, the tooth enamel is worn. Dental erosion is the irreversible loss of tooth enamel and the dentine layer below which are dissolved away by acid in the diet or other outside factors (eg gastric acid from vomiting). In severe cases erosion can lead to total destruction of the tooth. Sugary or carbonated soft drinks, sweetened yoghurts, pickles and acidic fruits and fruit juices all put the enamel at risk. Erosion can also be a sign of someone with an eating disorder including self-induced vomiting. Diet and dental health Diet plays a significant role in both dental caries (cavities or tooth decay) and dental erosion. Good nutrition prevents many dental problems and is important from the outset. From good nutrition during pregnancy to breastfeeding in infancy, a balanced diet throughout childhood and adulthood is as good for the teeth as it is for general health. The modern UK diet contains a mix of sugars and other carbohydrates that can be fermented in the mouth by oral bacteria to produce acid. Research has shown that people in countries that eat more sugar have significantly higher levels of caries. Studies also show that when people ate less sugar, for example during World War II, there was also a reduction in dental caries. Both total sugar intake and

eaten after a meal or a sugary/acidic drink will help protect tooth enamel. Tea There has been some research that shows that tea may fight tooth decay. Tea contains polyphenols, which suppress the growth of bacteria in teeth. However, tea also contains fluoride so it's unclear whether the protective effect is due to the fluoride or the polyphenols, or both and whether it's the milk added to tea that adds to the protective effect.

the frequency with which it's eaten are factors. Small amounts of sugar consumed frequently over a period of time will cause more damage than the same quantity consumed on a single occasion. Constant sugar nibbling encourages continuous demineralisation and the saliva doesn't have time to neutralise the acids. Sticky or chewy foods that remain in the mouth longer also cause more damage as the bacteria have more time to produce the acid. Milk and cheese Cows' milk contains the sugar

lactose - the least cariogenic (decay-causing) sugar. Milk on its own doesn't promote caries and this has been attributed to the presence of protective factors: calcium, phosphate, and the milk protein casein. Cheese protects against dental caries, partly because eating cheese causes more saliva to flow and neutralise acids, and partly because the cheese increases calcium concentration in the plaque stopping demineralisation. The fat in cheese also reduces the amount of bacteria on the surface of the teeth. So a small lump of cheese

Fluoride Fluoride undoubtedly protects against dental caries and in the UK, regular use of fluoride toothpaste has contributed to improved dental health. Fluoride makes tooth enamel harder and more resistant to acid attack. It also affects plaque by reducing acid production. Fluoride occurs naturally in water in some parts of the UK and is sometimes added in fluoridation schemes. High fluoride intake however can result in fluorosis (white flecks in the surface of the tooth enamel). A note about chocolate Milk chocolate contains calcium and casein that help protect teeth as milk would. There's a protective factor in cocoa itself, but these protective factors are unlikely to override the detrimental effect on teeth of the high sugar content. Top tips for teeth As well as correct brushing and flossing and regular dental checks, the following dietary

measures can help minimise tooth decay and erosion: Eat sugary foods less often, particularly those of a sticky or chewable nature. Remember that dried fruits can provide sugar and a sticky surface on teeth that encourage bacterial growth and acid production. Limit snacking of any foods, and therefore the amount of time your teeth are exposed to a bacteria-friendly environment . Choose raw vegetables, wholemeal bread, unsweetened yoghurt or cheese as snacks Avoid sugary or acidic drinks between meals. Water or milk are the best options If you do have sweets, eat them all at once. Avoid 'grazing' over extended periods. For example have a whole chocolate bar in one go rather than constantly dipping in to a bag of sweets End a meal with milk or cheese to help neutralise the acid. Leave a gap of one to two hours each time you eat or drink to allow remineralisation to occur Don't have anything except water after you've brushed your teeth at night - less saliva is produced at night. Don't brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic foods or drinks. If teeth are brushed when in a demineralised state, a layer of tooth enamel or dentine may also be removed Drink through a straw. Liquids sucked through a straw have less contact with teeth and are less damaging than those consumed from a glass Chew sugar-free gum after a meal to help produce more saliva to neutralise the acid (


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Depression: Recognizing the physical symptoms M

ost of us know about the emotional symptoms of depression. But you may not know that depression can be associated with many physical symptoms, too. In fact, many people with depression suffer from chronic pain or other physical symptoms. These include: • Headaches. These are fairly common in people with depression. If you already had migraine headaches, they may seem worse if you're depressed. • Back pain. If you already suffer with back pain, it may be worse if you become depressed. • Muscle aches and joint pain. Depression can make any kind of chronic pain worse. • Chest pain. Obviously, it's very important to get chest pain checked out by an expert right away. It can be a sign of serious heart problems. But depression can contribute to the discomfort associated with chest pain. • Digestive problems. You might feel queasy or nauseous. You might have diarrhea or become chronically constipated. • Exhaustion and fatigue. No matter how much you sleep, you may still feel tired or worn out. Getting out of the bed in the morning may seem very hard, even impossible. • Sleeping problems. Many people with depression can't sleep well anymore. They wake up too early or can't fall asleep when they go to bed. Others sleep much more than normal. • Change in appetite or weight. Some people with depression lose their appetite and lose weight. Others find they crave certain foods-like carbohydrates-and weigh more. • Dizziness or lightheadedness. Because these symptoms occur with many conditions, many depressed people never get help, because they don't know that their physical symptoms might be caused by depression. A lot of doctors miss the symptoms, too. These physical symptoms aren't "all in your head." Depression can cause real changes in your body. For instance, it can slow down your digestion, which can result in stomach problems. Depression seems to be related to an imbalance of certain chemicals in your brain. Some of these same chemicals play an important role in how you feel pain. So many experts think that depression can make you feel pain differently than other people. Treating physical symptoms In some cases, treating your depression-with therapy or medicine or both-will resolve your physical symptoms. But make sure to tell your health care provider about any physical symptoms. Don't assume they'll go away on their own. They may need additional treatment. For instance, your doctor may suggest an antianxiety medicine if you have insomnia. Those drugs help you relax and may allow you to sleep better. Since pain and depression go together, sometimes easing your pain may help with your depression. Some antidepressants, such as Cymbalta and Effexor, may help with chronic pain, too. Other treatments can also help with painful symptoms. Certain types of focused therapy-like cognitive behavioral-can teach you ways to cope better with the pain. (

How do I know if I am allergic to wheat? People who are allergic to wheat can react with a number of different proteins found in wheat. Symptoms of wheat allergies can range from intestinal distress after eating wheat to full-blown anaphylaxis


here are a number of diagnostic tools that can be used to determine if a patient is allergic to wheat and to narrow down the allergy to specific wheat components. These tests can be performed and supervised by an allergy specialist. Allergy clinics, some hospitals, and other types of medical centers may offer screening for wheat and other potential allergens. It can take several weeks or months to correctly diagnose an allergy in someone who is allergic to wheat because these allergies tend to be complex. People who are allergic to wheat can react with a number of different proteins found in wheat. Symptoms of wheat allergies can range from intestinal distress after eating wheat to full-blown anaphylaxis, where the patient's airways close in response to allergen exposure. Many people notice wheat allergies because they start developing skin conditions, digestive problems, runny nose, and a variety of other mild symptoms when they eat a lot of wheat. The first step in allergy diagnosis is often a food and activity diary. Patients keep track of what they eat and what they do and note down any symptoms or changes in status as well. This can allow a doctor to start linking particular triggers with allergies. If a food diary shows that wheatcontaining products are eaten around the time of allergy outbreaks, it can be a sign that a patient is allergic to wheat. Someone who is allergic to wheat may be encouraged to try an elimination diet. The patient cuts back the diet to very bland foods and then carefully introduces new foods and takes note of

the response. When the patient experiences an allergic reaction, the last foods consumed can be targeted as potential allergy culprits. For someone who is allergic to wheat, it is critical to read food labels carefully during an elimination diet because many foods contain wheat where it might not be expected. Soy sauce, for example, is sometimes produced with wheat. A skin prick test can be performed where the patient is exposed to specific allergens and the

response is monitored. Such testing is usually safe because the allergen doses are very small, but patients still need to be monitored in case they react poorly. Another option is a challenge test that involves eating small amounts of concentrated allergens. Blood testing can be used as well, and may be recommended if a doctor is concerned that skin prick or challenge tests could endanger a patient. (


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Zookeeper Wendy Lenhart feeds medicated food to Mrs Emu.

Zoos oldest animals require special care A

few weeks ago, Philadelphia Zoo keeper Mandy Fischer heard a small cough. It was Spot, 25, a grandmother and matriarch of her group of spectacled langurs. X-rays and ultrasound showed that the elderly Asian primate is not just losing her teeth. She has advanced cardiac disease. Small wonder: The zoo says she’s the secondoldest spectacled langur in North America. And she represents a significant change in zoos across the country. With improved nutrition, veterinary care and other advances, the animals are living longer. Animal welfare advocates say this is good. It shows zoos are doing their job. But it also means zoos must deal with increasingly difficult geriatric

‘It’s a lot like taking care of a very old relative’ problems. Animals that would have succumbed in the wild are developing ailments ranging from renal failure to liver disease. BooBoo the Andean bear, now 30, is slowing down and gaining weight. Puzzles the giraffe was euthanized a week ago. Her companion Twigga is a year older - the fifth-oldest female giraffe in North America. At 28, she has swollen joints. Keeper Betsy Karkowski puts her arthritis pill - big as a nickel - inside a

Zookeeper Wendy Lenhart adds medication to Mrs Emu’s food at the Philadelphia Zoo.

banana. “It parallels what we see with humans,” said Andy Baker, the zoo’s vice president of animal programs. “It’s not that there weren’t ever geriatric animals. What we’re seeing is a growing proportion.” No one is sure how many. It is difficult to define “geriatric across hundreds of species. And there are little survival data, although researcher Lisa Faust, at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, is crunching age data from zoos in North America to determine median life expectancies. Estimates do exist. They suggest that more than 20 of Philadelphia’s 250 larger mammals have survived at least five years longer than what is thought to be typical. The aging of zoo populations prompts a cascade of concerns. Are social animals that have lost companions lonely? Are elderly specimens taking too much space? Zoos are arks for species such as the Micronesian kingfisher, and young breeders are crucial for species survival. Research is proliferating. Veterinarian Robin Barbiers, Lincoln Park’s vice president of collections, plans to study brain function in older animals of various species. “We know nothing about cognition as animals age,” she said. A colleague, the primate curator, is already studying aging female gorillas to see if they go through menopause. Few animal species do. Behavioral training is helping zoos both diagnose problems and monitor them without resorting to anesthesia, often a risky procedure. When Philadelphia’s Mrs Emu, an aged 24, developed a chronic limp, keeper Wendy Lenhart spent months training the large Australian bird to walk up a ramp and stand still. This allowed the vet to use a portable machine to get X-rays of her leg. It was arthritis. Now, Lenhart adds anti-inflammatory medication to Mrs Emu’s food pellets and apple treats, then feeds her by hand. “She eats more of it when I stand here,”

she said. Lenhart also has trained George, an Andean condor more than a half-century old, to step on a scale so she can monitor his weight daily. Philadelphia has adapted living spaces for the elderly. A tree kangaroo that could no longer climb her pole got handrails and ramps. A snow leopard with failing vision got brighter lights. “We all get old the same way,” said zoo veterinarian Donna Ialeggio. “The idea is to make sure it is a good aging process.” For oldsters who are losing teeth, zoo nutritionist Barbara Toddes orders food pellets that dissolve easily in saliva. (Keepers used to soften yams in the microwave for a kangaroo, now gone.) An elderly zebra, Esther, gets Purina’s Equine Senior. It’s easier to

digest. Overall, her diet is twice as expensive as those of younger mares. If it’s getting close to the end for an animal, Toddes will relax the regime and allow more treats: “It’s a lot like taking care of a very old relative. If Grandpa loves his candy and he’s 92 ...” It would, of course, be nice if animals lived to the maximum age and died naturally. Gorillas are susceptible to cardiac problems; a stroke killed the zoo’s venerable Massa in 1984. He was 54, the oldest gorilla in captivity, and researchers who examined his remains said it was like studying Methuselah. (The Dallas Zoo’s Jenny is now 55, eclipsing him.) Decisions on euthanasia fall to a 14-member animal management group, and it can be complicated. —MCT

Mrs Emu, 24-year-old, eats some food that has medication added to it to help her with her geriatric problems, like arthritis.— MCT


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Love now a click away

Casey Zgutowicz, 32 (right) and his fiance Micaela De Alba, 30, talk about an upcoming trip to Mexico, in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The couple met on eHarmony. — MCT ay and Christina Lorance first met in an MSN chat room in May 1996, when the Internet, or even the idea of communicating electronically with a stranger, was an unfamiliar concept to many Americans. Their online interaction led to four months of telephone calls and snail-mail letters, culminating in a face-to-face meeting in Colorado. Jay showed up with a ring. One year and four months later, they were married. “We shocked a lot of people,” said Christina Lorance, 41. “I’m from New York and he’s from Oklahoma, so the first question everyone had was, ‘How did you meet?’ ... When we said the Internet, their eyes would bug out. They didn’t even think it was true.” Digital culture has changed drastically since the Lorances’ first virtual meeting. Online dating is now an accepted and commonplace way to meet someone, having largely shed its stigma as an option for only socially stunted nerds., one of the leading Web sites, celebrated its 15th anniversary in April. While advanced technology can’t guarantee in-person chemistry, that hasn’t stopped dozens of new offerings from touting their matchmaking algorithms or catering to a demographic niche. Michelle Teplitz, a 29-year-old Connecticut native, was drawn to, a site geared toward singles, because she wanted to meet someone with similar values. “It weeds out the people you wouldn’t want to talk to in a bar,” said Teplitz, who met her husband of three years on JDate. “You know


The age-old practice of meeting and courting a romantic partner moves online as consumers conduct more of their lives on the Web when you’re on this site, (you’re meeting) people who, for the most part, are interested in meeting someone they want to spend their life with.” Online dating has grown into big business. is part of IAC/Interactive Corp and recently became the exclusive dating service on Yahoo, while eHarmony has acquired other Web properties related to weddings and parenting, including Weddingbee and JustMommies. Webbased dating also is taking on new forms, such as mobile applications and services within Facebook. Another twist on the model was launched this year through WinkVid, the brainchild of Jordan Fulghum and Jake Lumetta. Their Chicago-based company offers online speed dating through webcams, with each date lasting four minutes. “This stigma that’s been around for the last decade is really starting to be erased because people’s lives are moving online, and they’re seeing the real benefits of social networks and of these technologies that enable you to meet people,” Fulghum said. A video chat may help bridge that difficult gap between online compatibility and in-

person chemistry. Still, there’s no predicting how a romantic relationship will develop offline. Although some dating sites brag about their ability to match up life partners, other services acknowledge their limitations. “I really think of our responsibility as ‘no bad first dates,’ which seems like a low bar, but the reason is we can’t promise you a soul mate,” said Sam Yagan, co-founder of OKCupid. “That’s ridiculous. That’s chemistry and what happens when you see each other.” The simplest reason for online dating’s emergence into the mainstream is that more Americans are digitally literate. The age-old practice of meeting and courting a romantic partner has moved online as consumers conduct more of their lives on the Web. A 2006 study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reported that nearly 7 million American adults have gone out with someone they met online. That number surely has gone up since, said Andrew Fiore, a doctoral candidate at the University of California-Berkeley who has studied online dating since 2003. “As soon as you talk about 7 million people

going on dates, they can’t possibly all be computer geeks,” Fiore said. “If you look at the demographics, people using online dating look a lot like people who are on the Internet in general.” These typical users include Chicagoans Casey Zgutowicz, 32, and Micaela De Alba, 30, a recently engaged couple who met on eHarmony. Online dating “is good in the sense you’re peeling back the onion,” Zgutowicz said. He said completing eHarmony’s intricate personality questionnaire was a “grueling process” but helpful, because “you know you have a similar foundation” before meeting in person. Zgutowicz and De Alba, who are planning a June 2011 wedding in Mexico, said they no longer think their “how we met” story is novel. “We’ve moved beyond it,” De Alba said. Positive word of mouth also has helped boost the credibility of online dating sites. According to the 2006 Pew survey, 30 million adults reported knowing someone who’s been in a long-term relationship or married someone he or she met online. “Once you have a friend who’s in a relationship that started online, you’re at a crossroads,” Yagan said. “Either

your friend is weird and you’re friends with weirdos, or it’s not weird.” Still, the stigma exists for some people. Holly Brunner, a 32-year-old pathology assistant in Washington, said she met a man via eHarmony who told his friends they met in the emergency room, where she was summoned to perform a biopsy on a liver tumor discovered after a motorcycle accident landed him in the hospital. Aside from that odd hiccup, Brunner said she’s pleased with her eHarmony experience and is in a relationship with someone she met via the site in 2008. “I can’t imagine any other way of dating,” she said. Sometimes, the spark simply isn’t there. Samuel DiMatteo, 76, used Yahoo Personals for several years but is going to let his subscription lapse because he didn’t find “that click” with the handful of women he met. “Probably, if I were younger, it would be better,” said DiMatteo, a River Grove, Illinois, resident who practices his computer skills at a cafe run by Evanston, Illinoisbased nonprofit Mather LifeWays. “When you’re 76, most (people) are set in their ways.” On the other end of the age spectrum, members of the Web generation say they’re fluent in how to read cues from someone whose body language is hidden behind a computer screen. “When I see how people type, I can immediately read their personalities: their grammar, lingo, the Net-speak they use,” said Iris Febres, 22, who met her boyfriend of more than one year on OKCupid. — MCT


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Why do people eat dates during Ramadan? Dates are a staple fruit of the Middle East having been in cultivation for thousands of years. Traditionally, dates are known as the food Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ate when he broke from his fast. During the period of Ramadan, when fasting lasts from sunrise to sunset, the body can develop mild health problems such as headaches, low blood sugar, and lethargy. To avoid such problems, one should carefully monitor their eating habits once fasting for the day has ended. Dates are an excellent source of fiber, sugar, magnesium, potassium, and have carbohydrates which will aid the body in maintaining health. The carbohydrates found in dates also make the fruit a slower digesting food, much better than fried or fatty foods which digest fast and leave one hungry for more! —About

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he Holy month of Ramadan is upon us once again and all Iftar tables will be filled with a variety of delicious dates. Due to their nutritional value and abundance in the Middle East, dates are typically used to brake one’s fast. They are great on their own, but just imagine how great they would be incorporated in savory dishes. Try the following recipes to add the great taste of dates into the whole meal. Ramadan karim ! Please send suggestions to:

Easy stuffed dates 1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, grated 1/4 lb. butter, softened 1 1/2 c. flour Red pepper to taste Whole dates, pitted Pecan halves Mix ingredients to a soft dough. Pat dough around each date which has been stuffed with a pecan half. Bake 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Serve hot.


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Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Dates and Pearl Onions 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder or stew meat, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 5 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon crushed saffron threads 1 1/2 cups (about) water 8 ounces pitted dates 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted Cook onions in medium pot of boiling

water 2 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and peel. Heat vegetable oil in heavy large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, season lamb with salt and pepper, add to Dutch oven and brown, about 4 minutes per batch. Using slotted spoon, transfer lamb to bowl after each batch is browned. Return all lamb and any juices to Dutch oven. Mix in chopped fresh parsley, chopped cilantro, ground cinnamon, ginger and saffron. Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup pearl onions. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until lamb is tender, about 1 hour. Using slotted spoon, transfer lamb and pearl onions to bowl. Reserve 3 dates for garnish; add remaining dates and honey to sauce in Dutch oven. Simmer sauce 5 minutes, mashing dates to coarse puree with back of fork. Add remaining pearl onions and simmer until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Mix in remaining 1/2 cup water if necessary to thin sauce. Return lamb mixture to Dutch oven; simmer until heated through about 5 minutes. Season tagine to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to platter. Top with slivered almonds and reserved dates.

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Date, goat cheese salad For vinaigrette: 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce freshly ground black pepper to taste 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 8 cups mesclun (mixed baby greens 8 dried dates (pitted and cut lengthwise) 6 ounces soft goat cheese, cut into pieces In a small bowl whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, pepper, and salt to taste and add oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified. Vinaigrette may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring vinaigrette to room temperature and whisk before proceeding. In a bowl toss mesclun with vinaigrette and divide among 8 salad plates. Top salad with dates and goat cheese.

Chicken with dates 5 chicken breasts salt and ground pepper 1 Tbl olive oil 1 large onion 1/2 Tbl ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1 Tbl honey 2 CUP chicken broth 1/2 lb. dates, pitts removed, and halved lengthwise juice of one lemon 1/2 tsp curry powder Preparation 1. Season chicken with salt and pepper.Heat oil over med-high heat, brown chicken on both sides in batches. Remove chicken and set aside. Add onion to pan and cook over med. heat untill soft, about 10 min. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and stock to onion in pan, and bring to a boil. Add chicken to pan, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 min. or untill chicken is cooked through. Add dates, lemon juice, and curry powder, cook 5-10 min. or untill thickend slightly. Serve chicken with some of the sauce and dates over rice.

Date walnut loaf 1 8 oz pkg pitted dates 1 cup boiling water 1/4 cup dark rum 6 tbsp butter 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed 1 egg, beaten 1 cup walnuts, chopped 2 1/4 cups flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp salt Line a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with wax or parchment paper and butter the paper. Chop dates finely. In a medium

bowl, soak dates in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Add rum, butter and brown sugar. Allow mixture to sit until cool, about 20 minutes. Stir in eggs and nuts. Combine dry ingredients, then stir into the date mixture just until blended. Transfer batter to prepared pan and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degree F. Bake for about 70 minutes, or until it tests done. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Run a butter knife along edges of pan to free the bread. Turn out on wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

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

THE STORY SO FAR : Aleem the All-Knowing calls the 99 Steps Foundation with a warning about the future: A large bridge is going to collapse! The trouble is, Aleem doesn’t know what bridge, or where it’s located...

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


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Sightseeing: What to see in New York The Statue of Liberty is smaller than most people expect, but as such an important symbol of America, you have to see it when in New York.


Friday, August 13, 2010 Get a view of the city from a tall building. In the old days, we took visitors to the top of the World Trade Center - you were on top of the world... Today you have 2 options, either the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center. I think I prefer the view from Top of the Rock because you can also see Central Park from there. The Empire State Building is more famous and has more history to it, and it’s taller-you decide which you prefer, but be sure to go up one of them.


See the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is smaller than most people expect, but as such an important symbol of America, you have to see it when in New York. It is out in New York Harbor beyond the lower end of Manhattan. You can see it from Battery Park downtown, but we recommend riding the Staten Island Ferry out past it. The Ferry is free and takes a little over an hour roundtrip (you have to get off in Staten Island, but you just walk around the line and get back on to return). It sails right past the statue giving you a great view and photo op. The other option is to take the Libery Island Ferry from Battery Park (also stops at Ellis Island) — you can no longer climb up the stairs inside the statue, but you can see it up close and walk around it. If you have several days in New York and plenty of time, then opt for the Ellis Island and Liberty Island trip-otherwise, take a quick cruise on the Staten Island Ferry.

See Times Square at night. You have to enjoy the lights of Times Square at night-just get out and walk up and down Broadway. You’ve seen it a million times in movies and on New Year’s Eve of course, now you’re a part of it


Walk Around Central Park. Well, not actually around it, walk through it. We like starting at the southern end of the park, right at 59th and 5th Avenue. You’ll see all the horse carriages lined up there-if you’ve got the money, consider one of those (about $35-$40 plus tip for 30 minutes, for the whole carriage, not per person), otherwise start walking. Check out the Wollman ice rink in the winter months, visit Tavern on the Green (especially at night with all the lights), see the Central Park Zoo if you have kids, have a drink at The Boathouse, climb up Belvedere Castle for the view-just walk around and enjoy the sights and sounds.


New York Walking Tour. Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge. Yep, the top level of the bridge is open to pedestrians. Take the subway down to City Hall, then follow the signs to the bridge. You get beautiful views of downtown, all while walking on a world landmark. If you have enough time, go all the way across and tour the Brooklyn Heights area and take in the views from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

See Times Square at night. You have to enjoy the lights of Times Square at nightjust get out and walk up and down Broadway. You’ve seen it a million times in movies and on New Year’s Eve of course, now you’re a part of it! Pop into some of the famous spots like Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the giant Toys R Us store.

Walk Around Downtown. This is a relatively compact area. Visit Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, City Hall, see Ground Zero where the World Trade Center once stood, walk down Wall St. and see Federal Hall where George Washington was sworn in as first President, see the Stock Exchange, walk down to Battery Park, and check out South Street Seaport. Consider taking a Circle Line boat tour around NY Harbor, or in summer months, a high-speed boat ride on the Beast, tickets for both at South Street Seaport. Explore our Downtown

Experience 5th Avenue. Walk along 5th Ave. I like to start at 42nd Street at the New York Library (if you have a little more time, start out at Grand Central Station first another block or two down 42nd St-the Chrysler Building is right next door, and the interior of Grand Central has awed people for decades..) — make your way up past Rockefeller Center, window shop at all the fancy stores, check out St. Patrick’s Cathedral, see the famous Plaza Hotel, see the Apple Store glass cube, go into the famous FAO Schwarz toy store, walk past the

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Explore Neighborhoods like Greenwich Village. New York is more than just the area around Times Square and Midtown. Check out some other neighborhoods while in New York. One of our favorites is Greenwich Village. Try this Greenwich Village Walking Tour if you have a few hours. Greenwich Village is also home to many jazz clubs, a great way to spend a late night. Also explore Little Italy and Chinatown (you can see them both in an hour) for a little more local flavor (Chinatown walking tour here). Pizza at Lombardi’s is considered a not-to-be-missed New York experience.


New York Museums. Hey, you gotta get a little culture into you when in New York. Go to the Metropolitan Museum (the “Met”), the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Natural History. You can spend hours and hours at all these placesgreat if you have the time, otherwise make abbreviated visits to get a feel for these famous sites. Also consider the Intrepid (a docked aircraft carrier) Sea, Air, and Space Museum -


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n August 1930, New York State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater left a Manhattan restaurant and was never seen again. Less than a year after the crash of the stock market, Crater became the embodiment of the fears, and perhaps the frail hopes, of Americans facing the Great Depression and soon to face WWII and the cold war. Was Crater rubbed out by the Mob, or did he simply disappear to find happiness as an ordinary Joe? Twenty-five years later, a Rupert Murdoch-like newspaper publisher hires private investigator

Fintan Dunne to do what the NYPD couldn’t do: solve the mystery of Crater’s disappearance. Freely mixing history, mystery, and novelistic license, Quinn offers a noirish tale of Tammany Hall politics, crime, Broadway moguls, and cops, populated by more than a dozen interesting characters. Dunne’s detection seems to come a bit too easily, but Quinn’s rich, insightful, evocative descriptions of New York, both in Crater’s time and in 1955, will certainly please fans of historical crime novels.

ew threads have disappeared so completely into history’s loom than the story of Joseph Force Crater. A graduate of Columbia Law and a darling of Tammany Hall, Crater rose swiftly in the avaricious milieu of Jazz-Age New York politics; by the time then-governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt appointed Crater to the New York State Supreme Court in April 1930, the onceupstanding young jurist was awash in chorus girls and shady business deals. Vacationing in Maine that summer, Crater was called back to New York on a mysterious errand. A few nights later, his wife in Bar Harbor awaiting his return, Crater stepped into a taxi on 42nd Street after eating dinner with friends. He was never seen again. Like the mysteries surrounding Amelia Earhart and infant Charles Lindbergh, Jr., Crater’s disappearance fascinated a nation recently plunged into the Great Depression. Novelist Peter Quinn begins The Man Who Never Returned when the trail has grown cold and Crater’s fame is all but forgotten. Fintan Dunne, the anti-anti-hero of Quinn’s previous novel, The Hour of the Cat, is a superannuated detective with the requisite thick skin: veteran of two world wars and years on the NYPD, he’s straight out of central casting. But Dunne is done: having built and then sold a successful detective agency, struggling to enjoy an early retirement in Florida, he finds himself hopping trains to Chicago and Los Angeles to check up on branch offices and old contacts. Then a surprise: he’s summoned to New York by a quirky, demagogue-ish newspaper mogul, by the name of Walter Wilkes, who wants to resurrect the Crater mystery in order to launch a new glossy magazine to compete with the likes of Time and Life. Wilkes’s monologues are a bore, and his designs for magazine publishing and the Crater mystery are more than a little bit implausible. The case is now is a quarter-century old, its every lead exhausted. But Dunne can’t resist a cold caseand Wilkes’s young assistant, the driven and alluring Nan Renard, captures his imagination. My friend Joshua Glenn calls the cohort born between 1894 and 1903 the Hardboiled Generation. It was, as Fitzgerald would write in his debut novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), one that had “grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken.” The men in Quinn’s book are born of this generation. Caught between the rigors of combat and the ennui of peace and pleasure, they bear all the hardboiled

hallmarks: the brittle dialogue, the breakfasts of bourbon and toast, the small-time tribalism of old New York. But the pleasures of The Man Who Never Returned are not to be found in its fealty to timeworn conceits. “History is one damn thing after another” could be a hardboiled sentiment, but it was historian Arnold Toynbee, born too early to be a proper hardboiled, who coined the phrase. He used it disparagingly, arguing in essence that those who believe it are condemned to experience it. The past, he argued, only makes sense when we can step back and see it whole. But when does the luxury of that perspective ever present itself? In fact it’s never so neat as one thing after another; it’s many things happening all at once, most of them beyond hope of sorting out. One of the pleasures of historical fiction depends on the author’s skill in interweaving the fabular and the factual-knitting into the tangled skein of acts and things a single golden thread of story. The task is similar to that of the criminal, really-if it’s done well, it’s impossible to know warp from weft. Quinn works his jaded dicks and dames with scores to settle quite intimately into that weave, where they sparkle and gleam. Their tics and hangups tell us what we need to know not only of their characters, but of their times as well. Explaining the tough Dunne’s aversion to airliners, Quinn writes, “Planes always brought back the war, the rush, the anxiety, the need to get everywhere in a hurry. The thrill of looking down on the world from several thousand feet wore off quickly.” There may only be a hip flask’s worth of psychology in that observation, but it’s served neat. Quinn’s jaded cops quote Ecclesiastes and Poe, Dante and Thomas Aquinas. St. Thomas’s aesthetic of clarity is especially salubrious in Dunne’s line of work-and true to the hardboiled genre, it arrives almost too late. But in the end it’s not Aquinas but an older saint, Ambrose, who holds the key to the Crater mystery-and that’s as close to a spoiler as this review will come. The presence of such ancient shades in The Man Who Never Returned seems fanciful, but they’re a reminder that the diversions and demons Quinn’s characters pursue are ancient ones, not limited to one era or generation. In the end, the mystery is unraveled-but history claims its prerogative, swallowing up the answers. Joseph Force Crater-his name like the open hole in which Fintan Dunne and his generation first saw deathremains missing to this day. —


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ovelist, political historian, and foremost chronicler of New York City. Peter Quinn joined Time Inc. as the chief speechwriter in 1985 and retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner at the end of 2007. He received a B.A. from Manhattan College in 1969, an M.A. in history from Fordham University in 1974 and completed all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation. He was awarded a Ph.D., honoris causa, by Manhattan College in 2002. In 1979, Quinn was appointed to the staff of Governor Hugh Carey as chief speechwriter. He continued in that role under Governor Mario Cuomo, helping craft the Governor’s 1984 Democratic Convention speech and his address on religion and politics at Notre Dame University. His 1994 novel Banished Children of Eve (Viking/Penguin) won a 1995 American Book Award. His second novel, Hour of the Cat (Overlook), set in Berlin and New York on the eve of WWII, was published in June 2005. Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America (Overlook), a collection of non-fiction pieces, was published in February 2007. All three books are in print. His next novel, The Man Who Never Returned, will be published in summer, 2010. Quinn co-wrote the script for the 1987 television documentary “McSorley’s New York,” which was awarded a New York-area Emmy for “Outstanding

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Historical Programming.” He has participated as a guest commentator in several PBS documentaries, including “The Irish in America;” “New York: A Documentary Film;” “The Life and Times of Stephen Foster,” as well as the Academy Awardnominated film, “The Passion of Sister Rose.” He was an advisor on Martin Scorcese’s film “Gangs of New York.” He helped conceive and script the sixpart documentary “The Road to the White House,” which aired on TG4, in Ireland, in 2009. Along with his book writing, Quinn was the editor of The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society from 1986 to 1993. He has published articles and reviews in The New York Times, Commonweal, America, American Heritage, The Catholic Historical Review, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The L.A. Times, EirÈ-Ireland, and in numerous other newspapers and journals. At present, Quinn is on the advisory boards of the American Irish Historical Society, NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House, the Tenement Museum and the New York City Landmark Conservancy. He is president and co-founder of Irish American Writers & Artists. Married to Kathleen Burbank Quinn, he and his wife are the parents of Genevieve Barry Quinn and Daniel Ryan Quinn. They reside in Hastings-onHudson, New York. —


n the eve of World War II, a homicide is commited in New York City, a simple murder indistiguishable from hundreds of others. But all is not as it seems. Two vastly different men- an American detective and a German admiral- are drawn into the gathering storm. It is soon plain that this case stretches far beyond the crime scene- to Nazi Germany and into a murderous conspiracy of a scope that defies imagination. With masterful command of fact and fiction, Peter Quinn transports readers to a pre-war New York brimming with atmosphere and consequence.


he Civil War has just entered its third bloody year and the North is about to impose its first military draft, a decision that will spark the most devastating and destructive urban riot in American history. Banished Children of Eve traces that event as its tentacles grip New York City. The cast is drawn from every strata: a likeable and laconic Irish-American hustler, an ambitious and larcenous Yankee stockbroker, an immigrant serving girl, a beautiful and mysterious mulatto actress and her white minstrel lover as well as a cluster of real-life characters, including scheming, ever-pompous General George McClellan, fiery, fierce Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes and fast-declining musical genius Stephen Foster. The fates of these characters coalesce in the cataclysm of the Draft Riots, as a pivotal period in the history of New York and the nation is painfully, vividly, magically bought to life.


n this stunning work chronicling the author’s exploration of his own past- and the lives of many hundreds of thousands of nameless immigrants who struggled alongside his own ancestors- Peter Quinn paints a brilliant new portrait of the Irish-American men and women whose evolving culture and values continue to play such a central role in all of our identities as Americans. In Quinn’s hands, the Irish stereotype of “Paddy” gives way to an image of “Jimmy”- an archtypal Irish-American. From Irish immigration to modern politics, Quinn vibrantly weaves together the story of a remarkable people and their immeasurable contribution to American history and culture.


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Dancing with Daddy "I

am so bored," said Jessica one early Sunday morning. "There is nothing fun to do around the house." Jessica Beth was 8 years old and very energetic ready for some fun. She tried playing inside all by herself, but after a while it was not any fun. Jessica read to her dolls, and got on her computer, but soon that was boring. "What else can I do for fun?" thought Jessica. Minutes later, Jessica's Daddy entered the room. "Jessica why are you looking so bored?" asked her Daddy. "It is a boring morning," replied Jessica. "Sure there is plenty to do for fun," said her Daddy. "Just wait right here." Jessica's Daddy went back into his bedroom and into his closet. "What in the world is Daddy doing in his closet?" thought Jessica. "What is he looking for?" About five minutes later, Jessica's Daddy came back with a huge black trunk. "What is in the trunk?" asked Jessica. As her Daddy opened the trunk, he pulled out a black top hat, a long black cane and black tap shoes. He put them on and moved some

of the furniture back for extra room. "Now, let me show you a new dance," said her Daddy. "This is how I used to dance when I lived and performed in New York City." Jessica's Daddy looked very funny in his top hat and twirling his cane. She did not know that her Daddy knew how to sing and tap dance. As she looked into his trunk, there were old black and white pictures of her Daddy dancing and singing in front of people. There were even pictures of her Daddy when he was little around her age. She tried on some of the old hats that her Daddy used to wear while dancing. "Come on Jessica, now lets dance," said her Daddy. "Now, let me teach you one of my favorite songs." Hours had past with Jessica and her Daddy having the best of fun dancing and singing. Jessica even taught her Daddy one of her dances. Hours later after having so much fun, Jessica's Daddy said, "Now we better clean up this room before we go to Church and your mother wakes up."

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Juarez cartel gets desperate

By Scott Stewart


n Aug 3, the US Consulate in Juarez, Mexico, reopened after being closed for four days. On July 29, the consulate had announced in a warden message that it would be closed July 30 and would remain closed until a review of the consulate's security posture could be completed. The closure appears to be linked to a message found on July 15, signed by La Linea, the enforcement arm of the Juarez cartel. This message was discovered at the scene shortly after a small improvised explosive device (IED) in a car was used in a wellcoordinated ambush against federal police agents in Juarez, killing two agents. In the message, La Linea claimed credit for the attack and demanded that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and FBI investigate and remove the head of Chihuahua State Police Intelligence (CIPOL), who the message said is working with the Sinaloa Federation and its leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera. The message threatened that if the intelligence official was not removed by July 30, La Linea would deploy a car bomb with 100 kilograms of high explosives in Juarez. The deadline has now passed without incident and the consulate has reopened. Examining this chain of events provides some valuable insights into the security of US diplomatic facilities as well as the current state of events in Juarez, a city that in recent years has experienced levels of violence normally associated with an active war zone. Security Standards When considering the threats in Juarez that led to the closure of the US consulate, it is useful to examine the building itself. The consulate is housed in a new building that was constructed in accordance with security specifications laid out by the US State Department's Standard Embassy Design (SED) program, standards first established by the Inman Commission in 1985. This means that the building was constructed using a design intended to withstand a terrorist attack and providing concentric rings of security. In addition to an advanced concrete structure and blast-resistant windows, such facilities also feature a substantial perimeter wall intended to protect the facility and to provide a standoff distance of at least 100 feet from any potential explosive device. This standoff distance is crucial in defending against large vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) because such a device can cause catastrophic damage to even a well-designed structure if it is allowed to get close to the structure before detonation. When combined, a heavy perimeter wall, sufficient standoff distance and advanced structural design have proved very effective in withstanding even large attacks. The US Consulate in Juarez is a well-designed building with adequate standoff. Certainly, the building could withstand the type of attacks that the cartels in Mexico have conducted to date, which have largely consisted of armed assaults, grenade attacks (the US consulates in Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo have been attacked

using hand grenades in the past two years) and occasional attacks involving small IEDs. The building and its perimeter would also likely withstand a VBIED attack of the size threatened by La Linea, but such an attack is not something the US government would want to risk. Despite the security design of the Juarez consulate, a VBIED attack would likely cause substantial damage to the facility and could result in the deaths of people outside the building. Perhaps the most vulnerable people during such an attack would be the hundreds of Mexican citizens (and other foreigners) who visit the consulate every day to apply for immigrant visas. Juarez and Mexico City are the only two US diplomatic posts in Mexico that issue immigrant visas and both have a very heavy flow of visa applicants. US consulates also frequently have a number of American citizens who visit each day in search of consular services. Such visitors are screened at a security facility located on the edge of the consulate's perimeter in order to keep weapons from entering the consulate complex. This screening

there have been persistent rumors that the Mexican government has favored the Sinaloa cartel and its leader, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka "El Chapo". This charge has been leveled by opposing cartels (like Los Zetas and the Juarez cartel), and events on the ground have seemingly supported the accusations, despite occasional indications to the contrary, like the July 29 death of Sinaloa operative Ignacio "El Nacho" Coronel Villarreal in a shootout with the Mexican military. Whether or not such charges are true, it is quite evident that the Juarez cartel believes them to be so, and has acted accordingly. For example, in March, three local employees of the US Consulate in Juarez were murdered, two of whom were US citizens. According to the Mexican newspaper El Diario, a member of the Los Aztecas street gang was arrested and has confessed to his participation in the murders. Los Aztecas and its American cousin, Barrio Azteca, are both closely linked to the Juarez cartel. According to El Diario, the arrested Azteca member said that a decision was made by leaders in the Barrio Azteca gang and Juarez cartel to attack US citizens in the Juarez area in an

Escobar's Medellin cartel, which launched a war of terror upon Colombia that featured large VBIEDs and resulted in Escobar's death and the destruction of his organization. In a similar case closer to home for the Juarez cartel, one of that cartel's predecessors, the Guadalajara cartel, was dismantled after the US government turned the full force of its drug enforcement power against the organization following the 1985 torture and execution of US DEA special agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. Intervention by the US government prompted by the Juarez cartel not only would focus on the organization in Mexico but also would likely result in US law enforcement going after the organization's assets and personnel inside the United States, which could be devastating for the cartel. The current leader of the Juarez cartel, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, is the nephew of Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, one of the leaders of the Guadalajara cartel and one of the Mexican traffickers arrested in 1985 and convicted of killing Camarena. Fonseca Carrillo was also convicted of murdering two American tourists in Guadalajara in 1985 and a host of other

People wait at the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 30, 2010. – AP facility/waiting area lacks standoff distance and would provide a soft target vulnerable to an attack. The local guards who provide perimeter security for the facility and screen visitors would also be vulnerable. The concern over the vulnerability of visitors was evidenced in the warden message that announced the Juarez consulate's closure. In the message, people were urged to avoid the area of the consulate during the closure, which not only would reduce the risk of collateral damage if an attack occurred but would also give security personnel less activity to monitor for potential threats. One other intriguing point about the security at the US Consulate in Juarez and its closure due to La Linea's VBIED threat is that the incident did not occur at a diplomatic post in a faraway terrorist hotspot like Yemen, Iraq or Pakistan. The US Consulate in Juarez is located less than seven miles from downtown El Paso, Texas. Desperate Measures As we noted some months back,

effort to force the US government to intervene in the Mexican government's war against the cartels and act as a "neutral referee," thereby helping to counter the Mexican government's favoritism toward El Chapo and the Sinaloa Federation. Then, in the wake of the July 15 IED ambush in Juarez, La Linea left the message threatening to deploy a VBIED in Juarez if the FBI and DEA did not investigate and remove the head of CIPOL. Using an IED in an ambush to get the world's attention (which it did) and then threatening to attack using an even larger device is further evidence that the Juarez cartel believes the Mexican government is favoring Sinaloa. And this brings us to the current situation in Juarez. The Juarez cartel is wounded, its La Linea enforcer group and Los Aztecas ally having been hit heavily in recent months by both the Mexican government and Sinaloa forces. The last thing the group wants to do is invite the full weight of the US government down upon its head by becoming the Mexican version of Pablo

charges. Now in his late 70s and reportedly suffering from cancer, Fonseca Carrillo will die in prison. Because of this family history, there is very little doubt that Carrillo Fuentes realizes the potential danger of using such tactics against the US government. And yet despite these dangers, both to the organization and to himself, Carrillo Fuentes and his followers have apparently tried to draw the US government deeper into the conflict in Juarez (though they have been careful so far not to assassinate any US diplomats or conduct any large and indiscriminate terrorist attacks). At present, the Juarez cartel seems to be walking a tight line of trying to get the US government's attention in Juarez while not doing anything too provocative. These actions reflect the desperate situation in which the cartel finds itself. In practical terms, an increase in US activity in Juarez would not only hurt Sinaloa but also impact the ability of the Juarez cartel to traffic narcotics. Although the FBI has already noted

that it believes Sinaloa now controls the flow of narcotics through Juarez, the willingness of the Juarez cartel to suffer this type of impact on its own operations indicates that the organization believes the deck is stacked against it and that it needs an outside force to help counter the combined efforts of the Sinaloa Federation and the Mexican government. For its part, the US government has not shown the willingness to become more actively involved in Juarez, nor does it have the permission of the Mexican government to do so. The Mexicans are very protective of their sovereignty, and the US government has shown that it will not overstep its bounds unless it is provoked by an incident like the Camarena murder. This means that the limited threats and attacks the Juarez cartel has been using are unlikely to result in any real increase in the US presence in Juarez. Ordinarily our assessment would be that the various Mexican cartels learned from the Camarena case and Escobar's experience in Colombia and have been very careful not to provoke the US government and to avoid being labeled narco-terrorists. It simply would not be good for business, and the cartels are, in fact, businesses, even though they specialize in an illicit trade. That said, in the recent past, we have witnessed cartels doing things inside Mexico that used to be considered taboo, like selling narcotics on Mexico's domestic market, in an effort to raise money so they can continue their fight for control of their territory. (Their ability to make money has been affected not only by the cartel wars but also by drug interdiction efforts.) We have also seen cartels that are desperate for cash becoming increasingly involved in human smuggling and in kidnapping and extortion rackets. It will be important to watch the Juarez cartel closely over the next few months as the United States refuses to become more involved and as the cartel becomes increasingly desperate. We believe the Sinaloa Federation and the Mexican government will continue aggressively to target the remnants of the Juarez cartel. Faced with this continued onslaught, will the Juarez cartel choose to go quietly into the night and allow Sinaloa to exercise uncontested control over the Juarez plaza, or will it in desperation undertake an even more audacious attempt to draw the United States into Juarez? Killing US consulate employees has not succeeded in increasing the US presence, and neither has threatening a VBIED, so it may feel compelled to take things up a notch. Although we have not yet seen a VBIED deployed in Mexico, explosives are readily available in the country, and the July 15 attack demonstrated that La Linea has the ability to deploy a small IED in a fairly sophisticated manner. It is quite possible that La Linea could use that same technology to craft a larger device, even a VBIED. The capability, then, seems to be there for larger attacks. This leaves the intent part of the threat equation. It will be important to see, above all, if desperation pushes Carrillo Fuentes and the Juarez cartel to take the next, large step. — Stratfor

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Arizona, borderlands and US-Mexican ties By George Friedman


rizona's new law on illegal immigration went into effect last week, albeit severely limited by a federal court ruling. The US Supreme Court undoubtedly will settle the matter, which may also trigger federal regulations. However that turns out, the entire issue cannot simply be seen as an internal American legal matter. More broadly, it forms part of the relations between the United States and Mexico, two sovereign nation-states whose internal dynamics and interests are leading them into an era of increasing tension. Arizona and the entire immigration issue have to be viewed in this broader context. Until the Mexican-American War, it was not clear whether the dominant power in North America would have its capital in Washington or Mexico City. Mexico was the older society with a substantially larger military. The United States, having been founded east of the Appalachian Mountains, had been a weak and vulnerable country. At its founding, it lacked strategic depth and adequate north-south transportation routes. The ability of one colony to support another in the event of war was limited. More important, the United States had the most vulnerable of economies: It was heavily dependent on maritime exports and lacked a navy able to protect its sea-lanes against more powerful European powers like England and Spain. The War of 1812 showed the deep weakness of the United States. By contrast, Mexico had greater strategic depth and less dependence on exports. The Centrality of New Orleans The American solution to this strategic weakness was to expand the United States west of the Appalachians, first into the Northwest Territory ceded to the United States by the United Kingdom and then into the Louisiana Purchase, which Thomas Jefferson ordered bought from France. These two territories gave the United States both strategic depth and a new economic foundation. The regions could support agriculture that produced more than the farmers could consume. Using the Ohio-Missouri-Mississippi river system, products could be shipped south to New Orleans. New Orleans was the farthest point south to which flatbottomed barges from the north could go, and the farthest inland that oceangoing ships could travel. New Orleans became the single most strategic point in North America. Whoever controlled it controlled the agricultural system developing between the Appalachians and the Rockies. During the War of 1812, the British tried to seize New Orleans, but forces led by Andrew Jackson defeated them in a battle fought after the war itself was completed. Jackson understood the importance of New Orleans to the United States. He also understood that the main threat to New Orleans came from Mexico. The US-Mexican border then stood on the Sabine River, which divides today's Texas from Louisiana. It was about 200 miles from that border to New Orleans and, at its narrowest point, a little more than 100 miles from the Sabine to the Mississippi. Mexico therefore represented a fundamental threat to the United States. In response, Jackson authorized a covert operation under Sam Houston to foment an uprising among American settlers in the Mexican department of Texas with the aim of pushing Mexico farther west. With its larger army, a Mexican thrust to the Mississippi was not impossible - nor something the Mexicans would necessarily avoid, as the rising United States threatened Mexican national security. Mexico's strategic problem was the geography south of the Rio Grande (known in Mexico as the Rio Bravo). This territory consisted of desert and mountains. Settling this area with large populations was impossible. Moving through it was difficult. As a result, Texas was very lightly settled with Mexicans, prompting Mexico initially to encourage Americans to settle there. Once a rising was fomented among the Americans, it took time and enormous effort to send a Mexican army into Texas. When it arrived, it was weary from the journey and short of supplies. The insurgents were defeated at the Alamo and Goliad, but as the Mexicans pushed their line east toward the Mississippi, they were defeated at San Jacinto, near present-day Houston. The creation of an independent

Stephanie Cox (left) and Shelby Cox join hundreds during a rally organized by supporters of the new Arizona immigration law SB1070 at the Arizona Capitol July 31, 2010 in Phoenix. — AP Texas served American interests, relieving the threat to New Orleans and weakening Mexico. The final blow was delivered under President James K Polk during the Mexican-American War, which (after the Gadsden Purchase) resulted in the modern US-Mexican border. That war severely weakened both the Mexican army and Mexico City, which spent roughly the rest of the century stabilizing Mexico's original political order. A Temporary Resolution The US defeat of Mexico settled the issue of the relative power of Mexico and the United States but did not permanently resolve the region's status; that remained a matter of national power and will. The United States had the same problem with much of the Southwest (aside from California) that Mexico had: It was a relatively unattractive place economically, given that so much of it was inhospitable. The region experienced chronic labor shortages, relatively minor at first but accelerating over time. The acquisition of relatively low-cost labor became one of the drivers of the region's economy, and the nearest available labor pool was Mexico. An accelerating population movement out of Mexico and into the territory the United States seized from Mexico paralleled the region's accelerating economic growth. The United States and Mexico both saw this as mutually beneficial. From the American point of view, there was a perpetual shortage of low-cost, low-end labor in the region. From the Mexican point of view, Mexico had a population surplus that the Mexican economy could not readily metabolize. The inclination of the United States to pull labor north was thus matched by the inclination of Mexico to push that labor north. The Mexican government built its social policy around the idea of exporting surplus labor - and as important, using remittances from immigrants to

stabilize the Mexican economy. The US government, however, wanted an outcome that was illegal under US law. At times, the federal government made exceptions to the law. When it lacked the political ability to change the law, the United States put limits on the resources needed to enforce the law. The rest of the country didn't notice this process while the former Mexican borderlands benefited from it economically. There were costs to the United States in this immigrant movement, in healthcare, education and other areas, but business interests saw these as minor costs while Washington saw them as costs to be borne by the states. Three fault lines emerged in United States on the topic. One was between the business classes, which benefited directly from the flow of immigrants and could shift the cost of immigration to other social sectors, and those who did not enjoy those benefits. The second lay between the federal government, which saw the costs as trivial, and the states, which saw them as intensifying over time. And third, there were tensions between Mexican-American citizens and other American citizens over the question of illegal migrants. This inherently divisive, potentially explosive mix intensified as the process continued. Borderlands and the Geopolitics of Immigration Underlying this political process was a geopolitical one. Immigration in any country is destabilizing. Immigrants have destabilized the United States ever since the Scots-Irish changed American culture, taking political power and frightening prior settlers. The same immigrants were indispensible to economic growth. Social and cultural instability proved a low price to pay for the acquisition of new labor. That equation ultimately also works in the case of Mexican migrants, but there is a fundamental difference. When the Irish or the Poles or the South

Asians came to the United States, they were physically isolated from their homelands. The Irish might have wanted Roman Catholic schools, but in the end, they had no choice but to assimilate into the dominant culture. The retention of cultural hangovers did not retard basic cultural assimilation, given that they were far from home and surrounded by other, very different, groups. This is the case for Mexican-Americans in Chicago or Alaska, whether citizens, permanent residents or illegal immigrants. In such locales, they form a substantial but ultimately isolated group, surrounded by other, larger groups and generally integrated into the society and economy. Success requires that subsequent generations follow the path of prior immigrants and integrate. This is not the case, however, for Mexicans moving into the borderlands conquered by the United States just as it is not the case in other borderlands around the world. Immigrant populations in this region are not physically separated from their homeland, but rather can be seen as culturally extending their homeland northward - in this case not into alien territory, but into historically Mexican lands. This is no different from what takes place in borderlands the world over. The political border moves because of war. Members of an alien population suddenly become citizens of a new country. Sometimes, massive waves of immigrants from the group that originally controlled the territory politically move there, undertaking new citizenship or refusing to do so. The cultural status of the borderland shifts between waves of ethnic cleansing and population movement. Politics and economics mix, sometimes peacefully and sometimes explosively. The Mexican-American War established the political boundary between the two countries. Economic forces on both sides of the border have encouraged both legal and illegal immigration north into the borderland - the area occupied by the United States. The cultural character of the borderland is shifting as the economic and demographic process accelerates. The political border stays where it is while the cultural border moves northward. The underlying fear of those opposing this process is not economic (although it is frequently expressed that way), but much deeper: It is the fear that the massive population movement will ultimately reverse the military outcome of the 1830s and 1840s, returning the region to Mexico culturally or even politically. Such borderland conflicts rage throughout the world. The fear is that it will rage here. The problem is that Mexicans are not seen in the traditional context of immigration to the United States. As I have said, some see them as extending their homeland into the United States, rather than as leaving their homeland and coming to the United States. Moreover, by treating illegal immigration as an acceptable mode of immigration, a sense of helplessness is created, a feeling that the prior order of society was being profoundly and illegally changed. And finally, when those who express these concerns are demonized, they become radicalized. The tension between Washington and Arizona - between those who benefit from the migration and those who don't - and the tension between Mexican-Americans who are legal residents and citizens of the United States and support illegal immigration and nonMexicans who oppose illegal immigration creates a potentially explosive situation. Centuries ago, Scots moved to Northern Ireland after the English conquered it. The question of Northern Ireland, a borderland, was never quite settled. Similarly, Albanians moved to nowindependent Kosovo, where tensions remain high. The world is filled with borderlands where political and cultural borders don't coincide and where one group wants to change the political border that another group sees as sacred. Migration to the United States is a normal process. Migration into the borderlands from Mexico is not. The land was seized from Mexico by force, territory now experiencing a massive national movement - legal and illegal - changing the cultural character of the region. It should come as no surprise that this is destabilizing the region, as instability naturally flows from such forces. — Stratfor

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The Last Airbender: Racially dubious, or just not very good?


he Last Airbender is M Night Shyamalan’s controversial adaptation of the hugely popular children’s TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender, set in a future world of fantasy in which civilisation has broken down and four famous nations, based on the ancient elements of fire, water, earth and air, battle for supremacy. As the story begins, chaos reigns, but hope is rekindled by the discovery of a 12-year-old boy, Aung, who has been trapped in an iceberg for 100 years. It turns out that he is an Avatar, a being capable of bringing order to the world (and nothing to do with James Cameron’s giant blue smurfs). Unfortunately, the rapacious fire nation, who have been doing rather well out of chaos, are determined to ensure the fledgling messiah does not get to fulfil his destiny (don’t these guys ever learn?) The film arrives in cinemas this weekend in the UK, though it has been out for a while in the US. The buzz It has been a long time since Shyamalan was any sort of critical favourite, but the brickbats thrown at his latest movie, supposedly a labour of love and the first in a trilogy, would be enough to end the Hollywood careers of most film-makers. Not only has the movie been roundly condemned for appalling special effects, a poorly executed 3D transfer and a confused and tepid narrative, but Shyamalan has found himself at the centre of a rabid debate about Hollywood casting practices after choosing white actors to play the principal parts. Perhaps rather inevitably, given that the TV series that gave birth to it conjures up a cultural universe with a distinct air of the far east about it, various US groups have been vocal in their rage. “To take this incredibly loved children’s series, and really distort not only the ethnicity of the individual characters but the message of acceptance and cultural diversity that the original series advocated, is a huge blow,” complained Michael Le of, a fan site calling for a boycott of the film. The Media Action Network for AsianAmericans also urged people not to see the movie, the first time it has made such a public statement. “This was a great opportunity to create new Asian-American stars ... I’m disappointed,” spat president Guy Aoki. The bitching The critics, meanwhile, have been no more kind. The film currently has a rating of 8% “rotten” over on the reviews aggregator site, putting it on a par with some of the worstreceived movies of the year. Most reviewers have focused on Shyamalan’s casting faux pas, yet there is a sense that the film would have been an absolute stinker in any case. “The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago SunTimes. “[Shyamalan’s] first inexplicable mistake was to change the races of the leading characters; on television Aang was clearly Asian, and so were Katara and Sokka, with perhaps Mongolian and Inuit genes. Here they’re all whites. This casting makes no sense because (1) It’s a

The bizarre casting of M Night Shyamalan’s new fantasy epic has provoked a race row - but would it have been a stinker in any case? distraction for fans of the hugely popular TV series, and (2) all three actors are pretty bad.” “The dearth of racially appropriate casting in the US simply means that fewer Asians were humiliated by appearing in what is surely the worst botch of a fantasy epic since Ralph Bakshi’s animated desecration of The Lord of the Rings back in 1978,” wrote Time magazine’s Richard Corliss. “The actors who didn’t get to be in The Last Airbender are like the passengers who arrived too late to catch the final flight of the Hindenburg.” The fawning Amazingly, there are a few critics out there daring to break ranks. “Yeah, it’s kid stuff, and parents aren’t going to be enjoying any Pixar-style dual themes. This is strictly for the preteens who like their heroes young, their morals simple and their villains clear,” wrote USA

Today’s Scott Bowles. “And Shyamalan delivers. Credit the director for emphasising the film’s multiple fight scenes, which crackle, particularly for a kids’ movie. This could have played like Spy Kids Know Kung Fu, but Ringer is a real martial arts prodigy, and co-star Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) trained for months. It shows.” The punters Remarkably, The Last Airbender is trending right now on Twitter, and it doesn’t even seem to be one of those rather dubious “sponsored” trends. Unfortunately, the vast majority of tweets appear to be in Thai, so it’s hard to know quite what the general reaction is. The prognosis Shyamalan’s film hasn’t yet managed to break the $200m barrier worldwide, despite a production budget of $150m and

a rumoured promotional spend of another $130m, so a sequel seems unlikely. That hasn’t stopped the film-maker talking up part two as an apparently “darker” prospect. The thing is, darker is unlikely to help here. The Last Airbender is a film so rife with banal, expository dialogue and paperthin characterisation that you can almost see the clumsy screenwriting poking through like varicose veins beneath the skin. It may have been filmed for children, but that is no excuse for the infantile nature of the movie-making process here: the original TV series offered up a realm of magical fantasy on paper far more enticing in its exotic make-up than ... say ... Harry Potter, yet The Last Airbender makes the most wooden moments of that series seem as well-executed as a perfectly performed Riddikulus spell. This is one Avatar with little spirit to guide it. —Guardian


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Photography: Self-portraits as an art form T

he photographic selfportrait is as old as photography itself. Likewise, the urge to camouflage or self-dramatise oneself in front of the camera. In 1840, Hippolyte Bayard portrayed himself as a suicide victim in a photograph entitled Self Portrait as a Drowned Man. He was incensed at not being accorded the same kind of respect as his contemporary, LouisJacques-Mandé Daguerre, and the morbid tableau was his response to an art establishment which, he felt, had overlooked his achievements. In depicting himself in such a melodramatic fashion, Bayard became not only the first photographer to take a selfportrait, but a pioneer of the kind of obsessive self-dramatisation that has come to define conceptual photography in recent times. Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography is, depending on where you stand, a feast of elaborate photographic reinvention or further evidence of the paucity of real intellectual thought that underlies so much conceptual practice. Susan Bright, a curator as well as a writer, begins by contrasting Bayard’s pioneering self-portrait with the artist Gavin Turk’s 1997 Portrait of Something That I’ll Never Really See, in which Turk turns his deadpan eye on his “dead” self. Eyes closed, head shaven, skin blotched and pallid, Turk certainly looks the part, but the work is also, unconsciously or otherwise, about the death of the photographer. Or as Bright puts it: “Although Turk conceptualised and authored the self-portrait, he did not actually ‘take’ the photograph himself.” Bright’s book is structured around five somewhat hazy, often overlapping, themes: autobiography, body, masquerade, studio and album, performance. In each, the notion of the self is stretched to an often absurd degree. Bright includes some wellknown photographers - Martin Parr, Boris Mikhailov, Nan Goldin but many names will remain mysterious to anyone not engaged with contemporary conceptual art. They include the other Nick Cave, a Chicago-based soundartist, the seriously disturbing Zhang Huan from China, who, for one performance art piece, covered his body in raw meat and burrowed into the ground, as well as a duo called My Little Dead Dick, who met on the internet through a photosharing website, fell in love and now document their life together in digital images. Their images are carefully posed to look casual, a defining trope of contemporary photography. Sexuality, gender and cultural identity are the other dominant thematic tropes. Both Gillian Wearing, a British artist, and Hew Locke, a British-Guyanese one,

Since the beginnings of photography, artists have used the self-portrait to push the technical and artistic boundaries of the medium

create elaborate disguises to hide behind while shedding light on their respective societies. Jemima Stehl’s self-portraits, in which she

strips in front of curators and critics, are as much about the predatory nature of the contemporary art market as they

are about herself. As Autofocus shows, the urge to turn the camera on oneself is as strong today as it was in Bayard’s

age. The images may raise more questions than they answer, but they intrigue and provoke nonetheless. —Guardian

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Yesterday’s Solution

ACROSS 1. A fatal disease of cattle that affects the central nervous system. 4. High quality grape brandy distilled in the Cognac district of France. 10. The unit of frequency. 13. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 14. National capital of Kiribati. 15. A flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism. 16. A small pellet fired from an air rifle or BB gun. 18. Having made preparations. 19. Loose or flaccid body fat. 20. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables. 22. A member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who once had a culture characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy. 24. (Irish) Mother of the ancient Irish gods. 25. An Arabic speaking person who lives in Arabia or North Africa. 27. Light informal conversation for social occasions. 29. A quantity of no importance. 30. Jordan's port. 33. Not only so, but. 35. A small cake leavened with yeast. 39. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 40. A federation of North American labor unions that merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955. 42. One who works hard at boring tasks. 44. A federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment. 45. A unit of weight equivalent to 1000 kilograms. 47. An international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members. 48. A public promotion of some product or service. 51. Joint capital (with Riyadh) of Saudi Arabia. 55. Long-tailed brilliantly colored parrot of Central and South America. 57. An official prosecutor for a judicial district. 58. (in Scotland) A child. 59. Fungus used in the preparation of punk for fuses. 62. Psychoactive substance present in marijuana. 63. Greek mythology. 66. The basic unit of money on Malta. 67. 10 hao equal 1 dong. 68. Grind together, of teeth. 69. (cosmology) The original matter that (according to the big bang theory) existed before the formation of the chemical elements. DOWN 1. A coffee cake flavored with orange rind and raisins and almonds. 2. A fencing sword with a v-shaped blade and a slightly curved handle. 3. A trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group. 4. A New England state. 5. An awkward stupid person. 6. Pasture grass of plains of South America and western North America. 7. Submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers. 8. Having awns i.e. bristle- or hair-like appendages on the flowering parts of some cereals and grasses. 9. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light.

10. West Indian tree having racemes of fragrant white flowers and yielding a durable timber and resinous juice. 11. A series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished. 12. A island in the Netherlands Antilles that is the top of an extinct volcano. 17. A region of Malaysia in northeastern Borneo. 21. Obvious and dull. 23. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 26. A compartment in front of a motor vehicle where driver sits. 28. A state in northwestern North America. 31. (Scotland) A small loaf or roll of soft bread. 32. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 34. A newt in its terrestrial stage of development. 36. Having the leading position or higher score in a contest. 37. An indehiscent fruit derived from a single ovary having one or many seeds within a fleshy wall or pericarp. 38. A radioactive element of the actinide series. 41. The display of motion picture. 42. An awkward stupid person. 43. A Bantu language spoken by the Kamba people in Kenya. 46. South American armadillo with three bands of bony plates. 49. In a sincere and heartfelt manner. 50. Small tropical American tree bearing edible plumlike fruit. 52. Applying to ordinary citizens. 53. (in Indian English) The number that is represented as a one followed by 7 zeros. 54. A communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea. 56. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 60. Airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.. 61. The longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code. 64. An informal term for a father. 65. A radioactive transuranic element produced by bombarding plutonium with neutrons.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Aries (March 21-April 19) When I studied method acting with David Mamet, he taught us to develop such a vivid imagination that we could taste the pretend coffee that we drank out of an imaginary cup. We'd feel the heft of the cup in our hand and the steamy heat rising. We'd hallucinate the bitterly flavorful smell, and the muscles of our face would move the way they might if we were sipping the real thing. Pop star Lady Gaga didn't work with Mamet while she was maturing as an actress, but she got similar teachings. Recently, she told New York magazine that she can "feel the rain, when it's not raining." And more than that: "I can actually mentally give myself an orgasm." If you think that you will ever want to have that strong an imagination, Aries, now is a good time to start working toward that goal.

Ta u r u s ( A p r i l 2 0 - M a y 2 0 ) When they say "Go with the flow," what "flow" are they talking about? Do they mean the flow of your early childhood conditioning? The flow of your friends' opinions? The latest cultural trends? Your immediate instinctual needs? When they say "Go with the flow," are they urging you to keep doing what's easiest to do and what will win you the most ego points, even if it keeps you from being true to your soul's code? I'm here to ask you to consider the possibility that there are many flows to go with, but only one of them is correct for you right now. And in my opinion, it is flowing in an underground cavern, far from the maddening crowd.

Libra (September 23-October 22) If you and I were sitting face to face and I asked you, "What are the most important lessons you've learned these last 11 months?", what would you tell me? I think you need this type of experience: an intense and leisurely conversation with a good listener you trust -- someone who will encourage you to articulate the major developments in your life since your last birthday. Here are some other queries I'd pose: 1. How have you changed? 2. What long-term process needs to come to a climax? 3. What "school" are you ready to graduate from? (And by "school" I mean any situation that has been a hotbed of learning for you.) Scorpio (October 23-November 21) The film Avatar hammers out such vehement anti-military, anti-capitalist, and antiimperialist themes that it could have been endorsed by the leftist rock band Rage Against the Machine. And yet it's the highest-grossing film in the history of the world. One critic marveled at its popularity in even the most conservative areas of America, noting that it got "a theater full of people in Kentucky to stand and applaud the defeat of their country in war." Your assignment in the coming week is to do what Avatar has done: Try to make sure that your opponents and skeptics are entertained by your message -- maybe even excited and intrigued.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) "There would not be such a thing as counterfeit gold if there were no real gold somewhere," says a Sufi proverb. Why am I bringing this to your attention at this particular moment in your life story? Here's the bad news: You're in possession of some counterfeit gold that you think is authentic. Here's the good news: Within a short time after waking up to the truth about the fake stuff, you will locate the real thing.

Sagittarius (November 22December 21) I recommend that you enjoy an abundance of recreational time in the coming days, Sagittarius. But I hope that you will favor a rigorous physical challenge over lying lazily on the beach. I hope that you will read great literature instead of mass market paperbacks, and that you'll attend a brain-bending workshop rather than being a spectator at a sports event. Catch my drift, Sagittarius? Say yes to embarking on a vision quest that scares the fear out of you and pumps up your spiritual ambition; say no to wasting away in a puddle of sluggish, circuitous daydreaming.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Here's a thought from the Cancerian philosopher Gaston Bachelard: "He who listens to the singing of the stream cannot be expected to understand the one who hears the singing of the flame: They do not speak the same language." While I mostly agree with that poetic formulation, I think you're about to be a temporary exception to the rule. Normally you are acutely attuned to the singing of the stream; your skill at reading its nuances are supreme among the zodiac. But I expect that in the coming days, you will not only have the power to appreciate the song of the fire; you'll even be able to empathize with and understand people who are entranced by the song of the fire.

Capricorn (December 22January 19) Sixty-nine percent of conservatives think that hell is a real place, and over half of all liberals do. Shocking! In my astrological opinion, believing in hell would grossly interfere with your ability to know the truth about your life right now. So would an irrational fear of failure, an obsession with enemies, or a tendency to define yourself in opposition to bad stuff. Here's the alternative: To thrive, all you have to do is accentuate what you love, identify what you want, and focus on rewards.

Leo (July 23-August 22) Paul, a fortune-telling octopus in Oberhausen, Germany, had an amazing run of success predicting the results of World Cup competitions a while back. His technique? His handlers gave him a succession of choices between two tasty morsels, each representing one of the teams in a given match. The treat he picked to eat was the team whose victory he prophesied. I wish I could access his expertise to help me sort out your upcoming decisions. It's really important that you not over-think the possibilities, but rather rely on simple gut reactions. Why don't you pretend you're an octopus, and imagine that each choice you have to make is symbolized by some food item. Ask yourself, "Which is yummiest?"

Aquarius (January 20February 18) This is an excellent time for you to get more conscious and proactive about what images you bring into your life and surround yourself with. It's always important to monitor the pictures flowing into your imagination, of course, but it's especially crucial right now. Your mental and physical health are unusually dependent on it. So please do yourself a big favor and gaze upon as much uplifting beauty as you can. Favor gardens over garbage dumps, soaring vistas over strip malls, interesting faces over scowling mugs.

Virgo (August 23-September 22) Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was Through the Looking Glass. As he wrote it, he invited his illustrator John Tenniel to offer editorial advice. In response, Tenniel tactfully suggested that Lewis cut out a certain chapter. Lewis agreed, and so the story, as we read it today, doesn't include Alice's meeting with a grumbling wasp who wore a bright yellow wig that sat disheveled on its head like a clump of seaweed. Think of me as your version of Tenniel, Virgo. As you finish up your labor of love, consider following my recommendation to omit the part that resembles a wasp in a wig.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) Every year smokers toss away over four trillion cigarette butts, fouling the environment terribly. But recently a few Chinese scientists embarked on the seemingly impossible project of finding value in this noxious waste. Collecting up big piles of discarded filters, they developed a process to extract chemicals that are effective at preventing corrosion when applied to steel pipes. Your assignment, Pisces, is to accomplish a comparable miracle: Turn some dreck or dross into a useful thing; discover a blessing in the trash; build a new dream using the ruins of an old pleasure.

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Announcements PABAK tourney: The PABAK organizing committee would like to announce the opening of the PABAK/Western Union 24th Conference Basketball Tournament in the second week of August 2010. Registration in the following categories: Open 5’9” & under, non-leaguers, veterans and inter-company, is now going on at the Kuwait Sports Club for the Disabled gym in Hawally every Friday, through email at:; or call: 6668954. Early entries: IKEA, Kuwait Cement Co, Wataniya AW, Unisteel, POLO and Caboria Restaurant. Sept 17 Onam Fest 2010: ‘Vanithavedi Kuwait’ a leading women’s association will be celebrating Onam on Friday, Sept 17, 2010, from 9 am - 6 pm at the Indian Community School, Khaitan Branch, the program named as ‘OnamFest 2010’ will have the public meeting followed by various cultural programs. The traditional Onasadya will be served. For the successful conduct of Onam Fest 2010, a program committee has been formed. Dr Vasanthy Nair (general convenor), Valsamma George, Dr Mary (Joint Convenors), Prasanna Ramabhadran (Arts convenor), Tolly Prakash (Food convenor), Shiny Ajith (Raffle convenor),

Sumathy Babu (Souvenir convenor), Valsa Sam (Publicity convenor), Syamala Narayanan, (Reception convenor), Sharlette Albert (Volunteer captain). For more details, contact: 24342807, 66428433, 66596625, 24331598. Theater & Music All level music classes: ‘Treasure of Talents’ (est in 1992) music education program invites all level music classes on piano, theory of music, vocal, flute. Academic Level teachers help prepare for international exams, children concerts, yearly ‘Treasure of Talents’ Festival and music competitions. Contact Prof Cezary, Tel. 25320427, 66549009 of Ms Yasmeene - Berlitz Institute Tel: 22542212. 22512533 or email: ✦✦✦ Call to classical music lovers: Are you a lover of music? Would you like to promote the traditional Indian classical music in Kuwait? If your answer is in the affirmative, please write ton more details to in (that is, music underscore karnatic) with your contact details or call 7978286.

every Thursday at 17:00 hours to 21:00 hours (5 pm to 9 pm) for a fun shoot in practical shooting target continues FPSC will hold a sanction tournament for the Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) as a requirement for the club affiliation for the year 20l0. All FPSC/PPSA members are obliged to participate in these disciplines. For particulars, please call the following officers: Tony 66600481, Eric 99570689, Jovi 66742419, Rommel 66850748, Dadz 66634012, Sunny 99545917, Joseph 99517467, Ramon 97433824, Ramir 99629631.

Navathara bids farewell to Vincent Thomas


VATHARA Arts and Cu1tural Association bid farewell to Mrs and Mr Vincent K Thomas, working committee member of NAVATHARA, on July 23, 2010 as they intend to complete the expatriate (a period of almost 27 years) life in Kuwait and returning homeland for good. Vincent K Thomas had dedicated his precious time to for social, arts and cultural activities during his tenure in Kuwait and as a token of NAVATHARA’s appreciation and recognition of his good and longstanding

EMBASSy OF US The United States Department of State announces the increase in various visa fees to ensure sufficient resources to cover the increasing cost of processing nonimmigrant visas (NIVs). US law requires the Department to recover the cost of processing non-immigrant visas through the collection of the application fees. The increased fees are to take effect June 4, 2010. Under the new rule, applicants for all visas that are not petitionbased, 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 indepth interview of the applicant than other categories, such as tourists. These categories include: H visa for temporary workers and trainees L visa for intra-company transferees O visa for aliens with extraordinary ability P visa for athletes, artists and entertainers Q visa for international cultural exchange visitors R visa for religious occupations The application fee for K visas for fiance(e)s of US citizens will be $350. The fee for E visas for treaty-traders and treaty-investors will be $390. EMBASSY OF INDIA

Sports FAST Shoot: Filipino Action Shooting Team (FAST) officials, with the support of Gen. Ahmmed Al Saleem would like to invite everyone to their Fun Shoot every Tuesday from 17:00-21:00 hours. For details contact: Butch Alinea 99816563, Danny San Juan 99540595 Carlos Gutierrez 97270371 and FAST Adviser Manny Cornelio 66737298. ✦✦✦ FPSC Fun Shoot session: The Filipino Practical Shooting Club (FPSC) is inviting its members and non-members who are gun sports enthusiast to join us

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services, he was honored by the members and a sift was presented to him. The meeting was presided by President PA Menon, while George Chacko, General Secretary welcomed the gathering, Jacob Pynadath, Working committee chairman, Binu K John, Mrs Birni K John, Joy Thumpassery, Antony Muricken, MJ John remembered Vincent K Thomas of his services, dedications and facilitated. C K Kurian thanked the gathering and wished Mr. Vincent all the best for the future.

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, AlOthman Street, Kurd Roundabout, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday.

Indian Independence Day On the occasion of the Independence Day of India, a flag-hoisting ceremony will take place at the Indian Embassy premises on Arabian Gulf Street at 7 am on Sunday, August 15, 2010. The flag hoisting will be followed by the reading of the message of the President of India and singing of patriotic songs. All Indian nationals are cordially invited to attend the function. The customary Open House Reception after the ceremony is not being held this year in view of the holy month of Ramadan. EMBASSy OF KOrEA “The Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the State of Kuwait and its consular section will be closed on Sunday, August 15, 2010 on the occasion of the National Liberation Day.” EMBASSy OF AUSTrAliA The Australian Embassy will be closed on Sunday the 15th of August for a public holiday. EMBASSy OF BANGlADESH The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kuwait will follow the following office hours during the holy month of Ramadan. Sunday to Thursday: 09:00 3:00 pm. Friday and Saturday: Weekly holidays. EMBASSy OF PAKiSTAN A flag hoisting ceremony will be held at the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 8 am to commemorate the Independence Day of Pakistan. All Pakistanis are cordially invited to attend the ceremony. During the holy month of Ramadan AlKarim the office timings, of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan will be from 8 am to 2 pm. The consular services would also be available during the office hours. EMBASSY OF turkEY The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey announces that Turkish language course will restart at the Embassy’s Tourism, Culture and Information Office 4 October 2010. The lessons will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 8:00 pm. For further details and registration please contact. * The Embassy at Tel: 22531785 (only from 9 am to 3 pm) * Or fill the application form on and send it to the e-mail: 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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Al Omooma Hospital holds seminar on the ‘Importance of proper nutrition during pregnancy’


ating the right food throughout pregnancy, and even a few months before pregnancy, is essential to ensure the proper health of both the mother and child.” “When it comes to eating healthy during pregnancy, what type of food you eat is more important than, how much food you eat.” “What you need to eat and what you will want to eat will change during each trimester of pregnancy.” “Age, physical, psychological and medical conditions that require their own specific diets all have a bearing when it comes to ensuring health of the baby and mother during pregnancy.” These were some of the remarks made by Layla Hussain Agha, a leading dietician and specialist in gestational dietetics in Kuwait. Layla was speaking before a large gathering of ladies at a seminar entitled, ‘Importance of proper nutrition during Pregnancy’, arranged by Al Omooma Hospital, the premier maternity and child-care hospital in Kuwait. Beginning her seminar, the specialist nutritionist explained that it was just as important for pregnant ladies to consult their dietician as it was for them to consult their doctor or nurse. In fact, it is important for the three, doctor, nurse and dietician to work as an integrated team to ensure that a successful pregnancy ensues and that the baby and mother continue to enjoy good health. “Remember, while you are pregnant, you are eating for two. Your baby depends on the food you eat for its growth and development. And you, too, will feel better if you pay close attention to your diet and follow the recommendations of your doctor and dietician.” “As soon as you start thinking about having a baby, you should start thinking about what you eat,” said the Nutritionist. “You need to begin eating foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, eating from the five major food groups and balancing your meals. Once you become pregnant then good nutrition should be a priority in order to provide the right nutrients important to your baby’s growth and to your own well-being,” added Layla. While nutritional needs will change during the different trimesters of pregnancy and prevailing physical conditions, medical ailments and tolerance for eating will determine what diet you follow, there are some general guidelines that will be important to follow throughout the nine months. For starters, these include eating a balanced meal, making sure not to skip meals, and eliminating caffeine and drinking plenty of water. Layla, who has proficiency in dietetics and is an ardent trainer of young dieticians, is specialized in ailments related to pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension as well as pediatric and geriatric nutrition. The doctor who considers dietetics a passion, is determined to increase awareness among the

public about the role of a dietician and the critical role they play in ensuring a proper diet that can lead to a healthy life. “People are not aware that a lot of illnesses that they suffer from can be cured, or mitigated to a large extent, simply through realigning their diet. A qualified dietician, after a thorough examination of the patient, can recommend curtailing some food or consuming others, which, along with a proper lifestyle, can help a person lead a healthy life,” said the specialist. During the seminar, the nutritionist elaborated on how to prepare and eat balanced and healthy meals while highlighting the major problems associated with pregnancy, including morning sickness, gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes. Layla went on to speak of the different dietary requirements during the three trimesters and weight gains associated with each period. While detailing the importance of proper exercise during the pregnancy period she stressed that during the first trimester women should not engage in any form of strenuous exercise other than walking. Layla also spoke of the importance of family support during pregnancy, especially during bouts of severe mood swings that can accompany the period. Detailing some of the essential elements in a proper healthy diet during the nine-month period of pregnancy, Layla said: Calcium is one of the most important minerals that need to significantly increase during pregnancy. Folic acid, which helps in the development of the fetal brain and spine, is another

essential element for a healthy baby. It is especially important during early pregnancy when many women do not even know that they are expecting. Protein is another element the intake of which should be increased during pregnancy. During the first trimester one of the main nutritional concerns may be battling morning sickness, which could be subdued to some extent by eating small meals frequently and munching on salty snacks. During the second three months of pregnancy, mothers should continue to eat a well-balanced diet and increase the calorie intake per day. These extra calories should primarily come from protein that could again be added to diet as healthy snacks throughout the day. In the final three months before delivery the weight of the baby will more than triple. For mothers this means feeling fuller faster. However, it is still necessary to eat a wellbalanced diet with sufficient calories. The best way to do this is to eat smaller amounts of food

more often. Picking a variety of healthy snacks that will supply the needed nutrients is a good way to go about this. Concluding her seminar, Layla deplored the lack of transparency when it came to advertising nutritional services. She stressed that only qualified people should be entrusted to offering advice on diet. Lack of proper guidelines with regard to certification means that even a person who reads a book on nutrition can claim to be an expert

nutritionist. Layla implored mothers to be aware of the difference when it comes to choosing the right person to advise them on their dietary needs during pregnancy, which is undoubtedly the most critical period in their lives. Meanwhile, Al Omooma Hospital emphasized that they will continue to conduct regular educational seminars aimed at improving societal health-care and increasing awareness among the public.


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IN CASE YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING, YOUR PROPER CANCELLATION OF BOOKINGS WILL HELP OTHER PASSENGERS TO USE SEATS. Arrival Flights on Friday 13/08/2010 Airlines Flt Route Wataniya Airways 188 Bahrain Tunis Air 327 Tunis/Dubai Kuwait 544 Cairo Wataniya Airways 306 Cairo Wataniya Airways 434 Damascus Middle East 408 Beirut Gulf Air 211 Bahrain Jazeera 187 Dubai Pakistan 215 Karachi Turkish 772 Istanbul Ethiopian 620 Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 551 Alexandria Egypt Air 614 Cairo Jazeera 267 Beirut DHL 370 Bahrain Emirates 853 Dubai Jazeera 513 Sharm El Sheikh Wataniya Airways 322 Sharm El Sheikh Etihad 305 Abu Dhabi Qatari 138 Doha Jazeera 241 Amman Air France 6770 Paris Jazeera 503 Luxor Jazeera 527 Alexandria British 157 London Kuwait 416 Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur Kuwait 206 Islamabad Kuwait 302 Mumbai Fly Dubai 053 Dubai Kuwait 676 Dubai Kuwait 352 Cochin Kuwait 286 Chittagong Kuwait 284 Dhaka Kuwait 362 Colombo Emirates 855 Dubai Arabia 121 Sharjah Qatari 132 Doha Etihad 301 Abu Dhabi Iran Air 619 Lar Gulf Air 213 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 182 Bahrain Middle East 404 Beirut Wataniya Airways 102 Dubai Jazeera 165 Dubai India Express 815 Mangalore/Doha Yemenia 825 Sanaa Jazeera 171 Dubai Gulf Air 219 Bahrain Egypt Air 610 Cairo Jazeera 457 Damascus Kuwait 672 Dubai Wataniya Airways 432 Damascus United 982 Washington DC Dulles Jordanian 800 Amman Fly Dubai 057 Dubai Jazeera 257 Beirut Wataniya Airways 422 Amman Kuwait 552 Damascus Kuwait 744 Dammam Jazeera 481 Sabiha Qatari 134 Doha Kuwait 546 Alexandria Mihin 403 Colombo/Dubai Jazeera 427 Bahrain Etihad 303 Abu Dhabi Emirates 857 Dubai Gulf Air 215 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 402 Beirut Saudia 510 Riyadh Jazeera 239 Amman Arabia 125 Sharjah Jazeera 367 Deirezzor Srilankan 227 Colombo/Dubai Wataniya Airways 304 Cairo

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Departure Flights on Friday 13/08/2010 Airlines Flt Route Egypt Air 607 Luxor Bangladesh 044 Dhaka Lufthansa 637 Frankfurt Indian 982 Ahmedabad/Hyderabad/Chennai Pakistan 206 Lahore Tunis Air 328 Tunis Turkish 773 Istanbul Pakistan 216 Karachi Air Arabia Egypt 552 Alexandria Egypt Air 615 Cairo DHL 371 Bahrain Emirates 854 Dubai Etihad 306 Abu Dhabi Qatari 139 Doha Wataniya Airways 101 Dubai Jazeera 480 Sabiha Air France 6770 Dubai/Hong Kong Jazeera 164 Dubai Jazeera 456 Damascus Gulf Air 212 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 181 Bahrain Jazeera 256 Beirut Wataniya Airways 431 Damascus British 156 London Jazeera 170 Dubai Kuwait 545 Alexandria Fly Dubai 054 Dubai Kuwait 177 Frankfurt/Geneva Kuwait 671 Dubai Kuwait 117 New York Wataniya Airways 421 Amman Kuwait 551 Damascus Arabia 122 Sharjah Wataniya Airways 631 Rome

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TV Listings Orbit /Showtime Channels

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Dollhouse Defying Gravity Warehouse 13 Ghost Whisperer The Ex-List Survivor Heroes vs Villains ER Dollhouse The Ex-List Big Love Ghost Whisperer Survivor Heroes vs Villains ER Big Love Ghost Whisperer The Ex-List Defying Gravity Warehouse 13 Dollhouse The Bachelor Friday Night Lights Happy Town Kings Sons of Anarchy

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Animal Cops Houston Air Jaws 2 Weird Creatures with Nick Untamed & Uncut Breed All About It Breed All About It In Too Deep Monkey Life RSPCA: On the Frontline Dolphin Days Animal Crackers Meerkat Manor The Planet’s Funniest Animals The Planet’s Funniest Animals Breed All About It Breed All About It In Too Deep Deadly Waters Monkey Life Night Animal Precinct E-Vets: The Interns Pet Rescue Animal Cops Philadelphia Wildlife SOS RSPCA: On the Frontline Sharkman The Planet’s Funniest Animals The Planet’s Funniest Animals Groomer Has It Great Ocean Adventures The Great Polar Bear Adventure Animal Cops Houston I Shouldn’t Be Alive Whale Wars Animal Cops Philadelphia Untamed & Uncut

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Suburban Shootout Green Green Grass Ideal The Weakest Link Last Of The Summer Wine Gigglebiz Tweenies Tellytales Tikkabilla Gigglebiz Tweenies Tellytales Tikkabilla Coast Mastermind 2006 Gigglebiz Tweenies Tellytales Tikkabilla Gigglebiz Tweenies Tellytales Tikkabilla Mastermind 2006 Coast Last Of The Summer Wine Last Of The Summer Wine The Weakest Link Eastenders Doctors Mastermind 2006 Coast Last Of The Summer Wine

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Last Of The Summer Wine The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Inspector Lynley Mysteries Inspector Lynley Mysteries Mastermind 2006 The Weakest Link Doctors Inspector Lynley Mysteries Inspector Lynley Mysteries The Jonathan Ross Show Live At The Apollo

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MasterChef Goes Large Indian Food Made Easy Ching’s Kitchen Ty’s Great British Adventure Ty’s Great British Adventure Cash In The Attic Cash In The Attic Come Dine With Me Hidden Potential Cash In The Attic USA Antiques Roadshow MasterChef Goes Large Hidden Potential Cash In The Attic USA Antiques Roadshow Living In The Sun Bargain Hunt Hidden Potential Cash In The Attic USA Indian Food Made Easy Ching’s Kitchen Ty’s Great British Adventure Ty’s Great British Adventure Antiques Roadshow Come Dine With Me Cash In The Attic Living In The Sun Bargain Hunt Indian Food Made Easy Ching’s Kitchen Ty’s Great British Adventure Ty’s Great British Adventure Antiques Roadshow Come Dine With Me Boys’ Weekend Rhodes Across China Living In The Sun Cash In The Attic Come Dine With Me

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Street Customs Berlin Dirty Jobs Destroyed in Seconds Destroyed in Seconds Discovery Project Earth Mythbusters How It’s Made How Stuff’s Made Dirty Jobs Massive Machines Discovery Project Earth Street Customs Berlin Mythbusters Ultimate Survival Overhaulin’ Border Security How It’s Made How Stuff’s Made Mythbusters Miami Ink Ultimate Survival Dirty Jobs Deadliest Catch Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security The Gadget Show How It’s Made How Stuff’s Made Wheeler Dealers

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Perfect Disaster Catch It Keep It Gamer Revolution Beyond Tomorrow Thunder Races How Stuff’s Made Weird Connections One Step Beyond Perfect Disaster Thunder Races Universe Weird Connections How Stuff’s Made Scrapheap Challenge Brainiac The Gadget Show The Gadget Show Mission Critical: Hubble How It’s Made How It’s Made Mega Builders The Gadget Show The Gadget Show Mission Critical: Hubble Mega Builders

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Suite Life On Deck Jonas Sonny With A Chance Hannah Montana Hannah Montana Jonas The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody Fairly Odd Parents Phineas And Ferb Replacements Suite Life On Deck Hannah Montana Kim Possible A Kind Of Magic Fairly Odd Parents Replacements Stitch Fairly Odd Parents Phineas And Ferb Replacements A Kind Of Magic Jungle Junction Special Agent Oso Handy Manny Imagination Movers Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Jungle Junction Fairly Odd Parents Phineas And Ferb Wizards Of Waverly Place Sonny With A Chance Hannah Montana Hannah Montana Jonas Sonny With A Chance Wizards Of Waverly Place Fairly Odd Parents Phineas And Ferb Replacements Suite Life On Deck Hannah Montana Kim Possible A Kind Of Magic Fairly Odd Parents Replacements Stitch Wizards Of Waverly Place Hannah Montana Sonny With A Chance Fairly Odd Parents Phineas And Ferb Suite Life On Deck Wizards Of Waverly Place Hannah Montana Jonas Suite Life On Deck Sonny With A Chance Hannah Montana Wizards Of Waverly Place Wizards Of Waverly Place

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Feuds 07:45 Behind The Scenes 08:10 Behind The Scenes 08:35 E! News 09:00 The Daily 10 09:25 Denise Richards: It’s Complicated 09:50 Leave It To Lamas 10:15 E!es 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 Dr 90210 15:25 Ths 16:15 Behind The Scenes 16:40 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 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 19:15 Pretty Wild 19:40 Ths 20:30 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 20:55 Chelsea Lately 21:20 Kendra 21:45 Kendra 22:10 E! News 22:35 The Daily 10 23:00 Chelsea Lately 23:25 Wildest Tv Show Moments 23:50 Pretty Wild

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00:00 Chopped 01:00 30 Minute Meals 01:30 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 02:00 Guys Big Bite 03:00 Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics 03:30 Everyday Italian 04:00 30 Minute Meals 05:00 Tyler’s Ultimate 05:30 Guys Big Bite 06:00 Barefoot Contessa 07:00 Everyday Italian 07:25 Food Network Challenge 07:50 Everyday Italian 08:15 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 08:40 Guys Big Bite 09:05 Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics 09:30 Everyday Italian 10:00 30 Minute Meals 10:30 Unwrapped 11:00 Paula’s Party 11:30 Barefoot Contessa 12:30 Everyday Italian 13:00 30 Minute Meals 13:30 Guys Big Bite 14:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 14:30 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 15:00 Iron Chef America 15:30 Barefoot Contessa 16:00 Everyday Italian 17:00 Chopped 17:30 Unwrapped 18:00 Guys Big Bite 18:30 Iron Chef America 19:00 30 Minute Meals 19:30 Tyler’s Ultimate 20:00 Iron Chef America 21:00 Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics 21:30 Everyday Italian 22:00 Chopped

00:00 Champions Tour Highlights 3M Championship 01:00 The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: Football 2001 Michigan State v Northwestern 06:00 World of Athletics 06:30 The Golf Channel - TBA 07:00 Golf Central International LIVE From the PGA Championship 08:00 The Golf Channel - TBA 09:30 Asian Tour Brunei Open 10:00 MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox 13:00 Golf Central International LIVE From the PGA Championship 14:00 Rolex Spirit of Yachting Giraglia Rolex Cup 14:30 World Sport 2010

15:00 Beach Sports Toyota Water Jam Rochester , NY 15:30 The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: Football 2001 Michigan v Michigan State 17:30 FIM Motocross Lommel, Limburg 18:30 Mobil 1 The Grid 19:00 MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox 22:00 USGA U.S. Women’s Amateur Charlotte, NC

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A Haunting FBI Files Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases Dr G: Medical Examiner Forensic Detectives Ghosthunters Dr G: Medical Examiner Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Forensic Detectives FBI Files CSU Diagnosis: Unknown Forensic Detectives FBI Files Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Solved Mystery ER Forensic Detectives FBI Files CSU Diagnosis: Unknown Forensic Detectives FBI Files Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Solved Mystery ER Extreme Forensics

00:15 Fat Dog Mendoza 00:40 Rescue Heroes 01:00 Tales from the Cryptkeeper Marathon 06:00 Max and Ruby 06:25 Rupert 06:45 Rolie Polie Olie 07:15 Corduroy 07:35 Boo and Me 07:40 Babar 08:05 Babar 09:20 New Adventures of Madeline 09:45 Heathcliff 10:05 George Shrinks 10:35 Fat Dog Mendoza 11:00 Sonic Underground 11:20 Sonic Underground 11:45 Beverly Hills Teen Club

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Sabrina The Animated Series New Adventures of Ocean Girl Dinosaur Island Dennis The Menace Birdz Heathcliff Fat Dog Mendoza Boo and Me Birdz Sabrina The Animated Series New Adventures of Ocean Girl The Future is Wild Rescue Heroes Dino Squad Boo and Me Ace Lightning The Future is Wild New Adventures of Ocean Girl Sabrina The Animated Series Rescue Heroes Ace Lightning The Future is Wild New Adventures of Ocean Girl Dino Squad

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Hidden Agenda The Big Man Bat 21 Chains Of Gold Movers & Shakers Secret Of N.I.M.H. The Black Stallion Returns True Heart The Black Stallion Sleepover American Friends Strictly Business Dreamchild Martin’s Day High Spirits

00:30 Word Travels 01:00 Bondi Rescue 01:30 Bondi Rescue 02:00 The Best Job In The World 02:30 4Real 03:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 03:30 Madventures 04:00 Banged Up Abroad 05:00 Pressure Cook 05:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 06:30 Word Travels 07:00 Bondi Rescue 07:30 Bondi Rescue 08:00 The Best Job In The World 08:30 4Real 09:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 09:30 Madventures 10:00 Banged Up Abroad 11:00 Exploring The Vine

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Friday, August 13, 2010 11:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 12:30 Word Travels 13:00 Bondi Rescue 13:30 Weird And Wonderful Hotels 14:00 Positive Footprints 14:30 Warrior Road Trip 15:30 Madventures 16:00 Banged Up Abroad 17:00 Exploring The Vine 17:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 18:30 Word Travels 19:00 Bondi Rescue 19:30 Weird And Wonderful Hotels 20:00 Positive Footprints 20:30 Warrior Road Trip 21:30 Madventures 22:00 Banged Up Abroad 23:00 Exploring The Vine 23:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled

00:00 Modern Family 00:30 Modern Family 01:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 01:30 The Colbert Report 02:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 03:00 Inbetweeners 03:30 The Ricky Gervais Show 04:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 04:30 Family Biz 05:00 Just Shoot me! 05:30 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 06:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 07:00 Eight Simple Rules 07:30 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 08:00 Frasier 08:30 Just Shoot me! 09:00 Family Biz 09:30 The Drew Carey show 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Will & Grace 11:00 Frasier 11:30 New Adventures of old Christine 12:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 13:00 The Drew Carey show 13:30 Just Shoot me! 14:00 Family Biz 14:30 Modern Family 15:00 Modern Family 15:30 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 16:00 The Colbert Report 16:30 Ten Things I hate about you 17:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 17:30 Frasier 18:00 The Simpsons 18:30 Gary Unmarried 19:00 Kath & Kim 19:30 Two and a half men 20:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 21:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 21:30 The Colbert Report 22:00 Reggie Perrin 22:30 The Ricky Gervais Show 23:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 23:30 The Simpsons

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What’s Good For You 10 Years Younger Look A Like The Ellen DeGeneres Show The Monique Show The Tonight show with Jay GMA (repeat) GMA Health What’s the Buzz Jimmy Kimmel Live! Never Trust a Skinny Cook Huey’s cooking adventures What’s Good For You The View The Ellen DeGeneres Show What’s Good For You GMA Live GMA Health What’s the Buzz Never Trust a Skinny Cook Huey’s cooking adventures Look A Like 10 Years Younger The View The Ellen DeGeneres Show Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Tonight show with Jay The Monique Show

07:00 Special Agent OSO 07:25 Handy Manny 07:50 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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Imagination Movers Special Agent OSO Jungle Junction Handy Manny Imagination Movers Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Special Agent OSO My Friends Tigger And Pooh Lazytown Handy Manny Imagination Movers Little Einsteins Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Special Agent OSO My Friends Tigger And Pooh Handy Manny Imagination Movers Special Agent OSO Mickey Mouse Clubhouse My Friends Tigger And Pooh Jo Jo’s Circus Handy Manny Imagination Movers Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Special Agent OSO My Friends Tigger And Pooh Handy Manny Imagination Movers Special Agent OSO Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Handy Manny Handy Manny

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01:00 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning-18 03:00 The Italian Job-PG15 05:00 Ice Twisters-PG15 07:00 The Building-PG15 09:00 Newton Boys-PG15 11:00 The X Files-PG15 13:00 Enough-PG15 15:00 Newton Boys-PG15 17:00 Speed Racer-PG 19:10 Donnie Brasco-PG15 21:20 New Town Killers-PG15 23:00 Children Of The Corn-18

00:00 The Go-getter-PG15 02:00 Jason Byrne Live At Vicar Street Theatre-PG15 04:00 Lock And Roll Forever-PG 06:00 First Kid-PG 08:00 The Pink Panther 2-PG15 10:00 Girl’s Best Friend-PG15 12:00 The Promotion-PG15 14:00 City Slickers-PG15 16:00 The Go-getter-PG15 18:00 How To Be-PG15 20:00 The Associate-PG15 22:00 Just Buried-18

00:00 Moomin And Midsummer Madness-FAM 02:00 Rugrats Go Wild-FAM 04:00 Aussie And Ted’s Great Adventure-PG 06:00 The Nameless Warrior-FAM 08:00 Scruff A Christmas Tale-FAM 10:00 Aussie And Ted’s Great Adventure-PG 12:00 Barbie Fairytopia MermaidiaFAM 14:00 Rugrats Go Wild-FAM 16:00 Superman/batman : Public Enemies-PG15 18:00 Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths-PG 20:00 My Favorite Martian-PG 22:00 Barbie Fairytopia Mermaidia

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Heroes The Closer CSI Miami In Plain Sight

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Three Sisters Home Improvement Without a trace Emmerdale Huey’s Cooking Adventure CSI Miami Three Sisters Home Improvement In Plain Sight Without a trace CSI Miami Emmerdale Huey’s Cooking Adventure Three Sisters Home Improvement Heroes The Closer Without a trace In Plain Sight Better Off Ted billable Hours Bones Bones Flash Forwards Without a trace In Plain Sight

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AFL Highlights Futbol Mundial Total Rugby Cricket ODI Highlights Triathlon Rugby League Challenge Cup Live AFL Premiership ICC Cricket World Live Rugby Union ITM Cup Live NRL Premiership NRL Premiership Total Rugby Rugby Union ITM Cup Futbol Mundial Total Rugby Live Currie Cup Live Super League

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Alanis Morissette gets pregnancy shock A

la nis Morissette didn’t know she was pregnant until a doctor told her. The ‘You Oughta Know’ singer - who this week announced she is expecting her first child with her rapper husband Souleye, real name Mario Treadway - went to see her physician for another reason when he gave her the happy news. During a TV interview with Chelsea Handler, she said: “I went to the doctor and he said, ‘Well this looks like the scan of a pregnant lady.’ The ‘Chelsea Lately’ host then put it to Alanis that she had “obviously gone to the doctor because you thought you were pregnant?” To which the rock star replied: “No actually I thought I wasn’t. But I mentioned in passing that I was a bit late, so he said, ‘Well let’s just take a quick look.’ “ Even after being told by her doctor she was expecting, 36-year-old Alanis who is five months into her pregnancy - still couldn’t believe it. She explained: “I said, ‘But there’s still a chance I’m not though, yes?’ And he said, ‘About as much chance as me getting a sex change.’ “And I said, ‘So when are you getting a sex change!?’ “ The musician also revealed she was instantly attracted to Mario the first time she met him at a meditation ceremony at her house. She said: “He walked in and I thought to myself, ‘Wow he’s incredible sexy.’ “ Alanis - who married Mario at her Los Angeles home in May after dating him for just eight months - has also tweeted her followers her joyous news, saying: “Yes, happy news, i’m pregnant :) we’re so excited to start our family.... xo a (sic)”

Travolta to buy a lakeside house J

ohn Travolta is reportedly planning to buy a $2.5 million lakeside house. The 56-yearold actor and his wife Kelly Preston - who are expecting a new baby together - have been looking at a property on the shore of Keuka Lake, New York, and are hoping to make the sale quickly so they can relax before the birth. A source told National Enquirer magazine: “The word is John’s jet recently landed at the local Penn Yan airport and the deal is ready to go down.” The impressive multi-leveled mansion is located on a half-acre plot on the “most spectacular” spot of the lake and has three bedrooms, five bathrooms, a swimming pool, a gym, outdoor kitchen facilities and boasts a 360-degree view of the water. Kelly, 47, has been advised to take it easy ahead of the birth and the lake and the Town of Wayne, where the property is located, is the perfect place for her to rest up ahead of the November due date. The source added: “I can’t think of a more beautiful, peaceful place for John and Kelly to kick back in the weeks before their new baby arrives.” The couple already have a 10-year-old daughter Ella and suffered tragedy when their 16year-old son Jett passed away in January 2009 after having a seizure during a family holiday to the Bahamas.

Alba fell for her husband immediately


essica Alba knew she was going to marry her husband the first time she met him. The actress felt an instant connection with Cash Warren - who she tied the knot with in May 2008, shortly before she gave birth to their daughter Honor Marie - and had to call her pal to let them know she had found her ‘Mr Right’. She explained: “Right after I met Cash, I called my best friend and was like, ‘I met this guy and I feel like I’ve known him forever and I’m gonna know him for the rest of my life!’ “ Despite their instant chemistry, Jessica insists it is crucial to work at your relationship and says being a team is far more important than

being romantic. She added to the US edition of Cosmopolitan magazine: “The romantic stuff comes and goes, but it’s like, does that person have your back? You have to be a team navigating through wherever life may lead you and I want a friend for that.” The ‘Sin City’ star - whose daughter Honor is now two - recently revealed she plans to adopt a child with Cash in the future. She said: “My mom grew up around a huge family, and they always wanted more kids, and I was like, ‘Why don’t you just adopt?’ “I’m totally inspired. If you have the love, and the capacity to love children, you should just adopt. And I plan on doing it.”


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Dannii Minogue has ‘taken a back seat’


annii Minogue admits her style has “taken a back seat” since she became a mother. The Australian beauty welcomed her first child, a son Ethan Edward, into the world last month and while she’s loving every moment of parenthood she confesses the last thing on her mind is being a fashionista. She said: “I’ve got a lot to learn but I’m enjoying every second - although my style has taken a back seat. PJs and UGGs are all I’m rocking right now. “I’m so used to admiring couture dresses, skin creams, Louboutins or scented candles, never did I think baby clothes and toys would bring me so much joy! Cute just isn’t the word. Cupboard

space, though, might be a problem.” Dannii also revealed how she is already planning her outfits for when she returns to her job as a judge and mentor on UK TV talent show ‘The X Factor’. Writing in her column for Britain’s Glamour magazine, Dannii revealed: “Before Ethan arrived I checked the autumn/winter collections online. Alongside my Aussie favorites, Ralph & Russo and J’Aton, Marc Jacobs’ ladylike show really appealed to me. I’m obsessed with this silver number It’d look great on TV. Another favorite is Halston’s yellow column gown - elegant and good for a brunette. And a gorgeous red dress at Paul Smith is so Sophia Loren.”

Seacrest moving in Hough


ya n Seacrest has asked Julianne Hough to move in with him. The ‘American Idol’ host recently met his 22-year-old girlfriend’s family at a birthday party for her sister Katherine and is now keen to make a commitment in their relationship. A source said: “He’s not afraid to take things to the next level. Everyone is shocked by how fast things are moving.” Julianne is smitten with Ryan and loves his romantic ways, which included him recently paying for her entire hotel suite to be covered in orchids, pansies and roses. The source told InTouch Weekly magazine: “There were rose

Bieber thinks Cole is hot

Kardashian dating Austin


im Karda shia n has confirmed she is dating Miles Austin. The reality TV star - who split from her NFL footballer boyfriend Reggie Bush earlier this year - has revealed she and the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver are having fun and “taking things slow”. She said: “He’s in the middle of his football season and he’s focused and I’m just trying to have fun and take everything really slow. My schedule is really hectic.” Kim - who is aunt to sister Kourtney’s eight-month-old son Mason - explained her mother Kris Jenner is very keen for her daughter to find

the right man and settle down, but she is happy to focus on her career at the moment. However, the 29year-old beauty does want children in the future. The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star added to E!: “I think she’s really anxious, and probably way more anxious than I am, for me to settle down. At my age, she already had four kids but I don’t feel any pressure. “Now is the one time in my life I can be 100 per cent selfish. I’m not married; I don’t have kids; I can focus on my career. I definitely want kids and I want four kids, for sure. But I need to find a husband first!”


ustin Bieber thinks Cheryl Cole is one of the “hottest girls” in the world. The 16-year-old pop star has a crush on the ‘Fight for This Love’ singer and also has a soft spot for Katy Perry - who is engaged to Russell Brand. He said: “Cheryl and Katy are two of the hottest girls in the world - and so normal and funny with it. “If I was a few years older they are the kind of girls I’d like to date. I want a younger version of Cheryl and Katy - a mixture of the two would be hot.” Although Justin accepts he has little chance of romancing either Cheryl, 27, or Katy, 25, he is keen to invite them both out so they can give him some tips on how to bag a girlfriend as beautiful as both of them. He added to The Sun newspaper: “Maybe they could coach me and tell me how to work out which ones are the good ones. That would be pretty awesome. I would like to invite the two of them out for dinner so they can tell me the best way to win a woman like them.” Justin would also like to work with Cheryl and Katy in the future and he would love to record a duet with Robbie Williams. He said: “I want to meet Katy and Cheryl in a professional capacity too, not just because they are hot, but because they are super-talented. “I also think Robbie Williams is really cool. He owns the stage when he is out there and is a great all-round entertainer.” —Bang Showbiz

petals in the Jacuzzi, bouquets all over the floor, flowers on the coffee table, and petals all over her bed. “The gesture was beautiful and made Julianne’s heart melt.” Last weekend,

the couple made a rare public appearance, driving round Los Angeles in Ryan’s Aston Martin convertible, before stopping for lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel’s poolside Cabana restaurant. One onlooker said: “It was warm and beautiful outside and the couple cruised with the top down on the car. “Ryan and Julianne looked very happy together and even held hands in the car. Ryan was laughing and seemed very smitten with Julianne. “Julianne didn’t seem to mind that Ryan got attention in the restaurant, and instead acted supportive and waited by his side until he finished greeting his fans.”


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Graham McPherson aka Suggs, left, and Cathal Smyth aka Chas Smash of the British pop-ska band Madness perform during their concert at the Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary. The Island Festival is one of the biggest cultural events of Europe with an emphasis on music. — AP

Owl City preps new album; hopes to nab Taylor Swift By Gary Graff


dam Young said he’s “halfway done” with the next Owl City album, and he’s hatching plans for at least one eyebrow-raising collaboration. “One of my dreams has been to get Taylor Swift to do a song,” Young, who remixed John Mayer’s “Half of My Heart” (featuring Swift) told “I have kind of a cool idea for this sort of hybrid, countryish direction for a new song that would be perfect for her,” Young said. “We’re hoping for the best. I can’t even imagine how

busy she is, so if it happens, it’s cool. Fingers crossed.” Young-who recently had to cancel some of his Maroon 5 opening dates due to a kidney stone-says that he’s corresponded via e-mail with Swift “a few times. She says she’s a fan, and vice versa, for sure, so hopefully there’ll be collaborating.” Young adds that he’d also like to work with Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, who’s “a pal. It would be fun to get his voice on there.” As for what the follow-up to 2009’s platinum “Ocean Eyes” will

sound like, Young predicts “more variety across the board-maybe a song with a ton of electric guitar, maybe one that’s really kind of trancey or European tranceinfluenced, maybe a super urban, hiphop kind of [song], just taking what the last record did but maybe enhance that.” Young is once again doing “everything aside from the mastering” by himself, so he doesn’t want to set a timetable for recording or the next album’s release. “It’s kind of a long process,” he explains. “Whenever I’m home and off the road, that’s my main focus. I

was in the studio in June and July, and then we’re out here on the road ‘til September. Then I’m heading back (in the studio) for a couple months in the fall.” Young said he’s also keenly aware of the expectations that will undoubtedly greet his “Ocean Eyes” followup. “There’s the whole sophomore slump thing,” he acknowledges, “and everybody’s going to say, ‘Can he do it again? Was ‘Fireflies’ just a flash in the pan?’ “I’m pretty optimistic...and, honestly, if this is it, I’m absolutely grateful,” said Young. “I was working for Coca-Cola in a warehouse before

Paris Hilton sued for $35m for wearing wrong hair By Anthony McCartney


aris Hilton was sued yesterday for allegedly wearing someone else’s hair. A company that manufactures hair extensions claimed the 29-year-old socialite breached her contract to wear and promote their product

when she sported the fake locks of a competitor in 2008. Hairtech International Inc. is seeking $35 million in damages — 10 times what she was apparently paid under the contract. The fraud and breachof-contract suit cites the heiress’ partying as contrary to Hairtech’s marketing campaign. The filing also

In this June 6, 2010 photo, Paris Hilton arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif. —AP

claims Hilton missed a launch party for the hair extension line because she was serving a stint in jail in 2007. Hilton served 23 days in 2007 after she was caught driving twice on a suspended license while on probation for reckless driving. The filing states the company’s lost $6.6 million on the launch party alone, although a jury or judge will have to decide whether Hilton owes any money if the case goes to trial. Phone and e-mail messages to Hilton’s publicist Dawn Miller were not immediately returned yesterday. The case isn’t the first time Hilton’s role as a pitchwoman has gotten her sued. The producers of the film “Pledge This!” sued Hilton in 2008 in federal court in Miami, claiming she didn’t properly promote the film. A judge ruled last year that she didn’t owe the roughly $8.3 million it cost to the make the film, which played in fewer than two dozen theaters. The court is still deciding how much, if any, of Hilton’s $1 million fee for “Pledge This!” she may have to return to filmmakers. — AP

any of this started, so I’m definitely grateful to be creating rather than hauling around pallets of soda.” Owl City finishes its run with Maroon 5 on Aug 15 and then starts a three and a half week stint with Mayer on Aug 18, followed by headline dates in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the UK and Europe during November and December. Meanwhile, Young has been extending his creative reach with “An Airplane Carried Me to Bed,” an album he crafted in 2007 under the moniker Sky Sailing, prior to Owl City taking off. —Reuters

In this Friday June 8, 2007 file photo musician George Michael reads a statement as he leaves Brent magistrates court in London after he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned him from driving for two years for driving under the influence of drugs. —AP

George Michael charged with drug, driving offences


inger George Michael has been charged with possessing cannabis and being unfit to drive after allegedly crashing his car into a photography shop last month, police said yesterday. The “Careless Whisper” star has been bailed and is due to appear before magistrates in London on August 24. He was previously arrested and bailed after the incident in the plush

Hampstead district of north London, near his home. London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed he had been charged, in a statement which referred to him by his real name. “Georgios Panayiotou, aged 47, of Highgate, N6 returned on police bail today,” it said. “He was charged with possession of cannabis and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.” —AFP


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Zsa Zsa Gabor released from hospital By Derrik J Lang


sa Zsa Gabor returned home Wednesday to recuperate after being hospitalized at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center since July 17 for a broken hip, her husband said. Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the 93-year-old actress’ eccentric partner, told reporters gathered outside their Bel-Air mansion overlooking Los Angeles that Gabor is glad to be back.

Zsa Zsa Gabor lies in the back of an ambulance, as she is returned to her home after being discharged from the UCLA hospital in Bel Air, Los Angeles. —AP “She is at home, and she is happy,” said von Anhalt. “She smiled already and started flirting with the guys who took her home. When she starts flirting, she is in good shape. At home here, with the environment and the air up here, we have lots of oxygen, and everything is clean. There’s not lots of nurses and doctors hanging around.” The Hungarian-born, glamour-loving actress’ condition deteriorated after she underwent hipreplacement surgery after she broke her hip while trying to get into her wheelchair. Gabor, who has to use a wheelchair after a 2002 car accident and a 2005 stroke, was originally expected to spend one week in the hospital but ended up being there four weeks, said von Anhalt. “She’s not a young chick,” he said. “She’s 93 years old. This time, she was scared. We have been married 24 years. She’s been in the hospital a few times, but she was never scared. She always smiled and said, ‘Don’t worry. Everything is going to be OK.’ She was scared because of her age and the big operation.” An ambulance followed by a police escort and led by von Anhalt, who was behind the wheel of his Rolls Royce, arrived at the gates of their Bel-Air home early Wednesday evening. Afterward, von Anhalt met with reporters and photographers at the end of the driveway. He called Gabor a fighter and said “she can go on for many more years.”—AP

US actress Eva Longoria Parker and CubanAmerican actor Andy Garcia pose for the photographers before a press conference after the presentation of their new film ‘Cristiada’ presently being filmed in Mexico directed by Dean Wright, on August 11, 2010 in Mexico City. —AFP

Judge removes herself from Lindsay Lohan case T

he judge who sent Lindsay Lohan to jail has removed herself from the troubled young actress’s drunken driving probation proceedings, following complaints she had improper conversations about the case. Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel “was having calls and discussions with people on the case and we were not present,” said Jane Robison of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Robison said on Wednesday

In this Thursday, May 20, 2010 file photo, Judge Marsha Revel speaks during a hearing in a courtroom in Beverly Hills, Calif. — AP

that Lohan’s case will now be overseen by Judge Elden Fox, although there are no new court hearings. Lohan, 24, is currently in a 90-day drug and alcohol rehabilitation program at the University of California, Los Angeles after having served 13 days behind bars for violating her probation in a pair of drunken driving cases. Among the improper contacts Revel had with people in the case were discussions over where Lohan would attend rehab. — Reuters

French star Bardot says ‘no one’ can play her


Leonardo DiCaprio attacker pleads not guilty


woman accused of attacking Leonardo DiCaprio with a broken bottle at a Hollywood party in 2005 pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to assault with a deadly weapon. Aretha Wilson, 40, is expected to return to court Aug 23 for a preliminary hearing. Wilson, who fled to Canada and was extradited to the United States to face the charge, remains in a California jail. DiCaprio, star of current hit movie “Inception,” suffered “great bodily injury’” when Wilson attacked him with a broken beer bottle, according to an arrest warrant. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hilleri G Merritt previously issued a protective order requiring Wilson to stay at least 500 yards away from the actor and two witnesses to the alleged attack. —Reuters Brigitte Bardot

rench screen siren Brigitte Bardot warned yesterday she would not authorize Hollywood film makers to shoot a movie about her life, arguing that no other actress could capture her personality. “There is no one who can do it,” said Bardot, 76, a 1950s and 1960s star of “And God Created Women” who retired from acting in the 1970s and became an animal rights activist. “They have their own personality, but they don’t have mine,” she said on French radio station Europe 1. She was responding to reports that US director Kyle Newman was planning

to make a film about the French star and would cast his wife, the model and actress Jaime King, as Bardot. “I don’t agree to a film about me without me having been warned and without me agreeing on who will play my part,” Bardot said. “I have heard nothing about it and there is no question of doing anything about me without my agreement.” Bardot was recently played by her compatriot Laetitia Casta in a biographical film about another 1960s French icon, singer Serge Gainsbourg. Bardot told Europe 1 she had not seen that film. —AFP


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Racing against time to preserve

India’s Parsi past

By Phil Hazlewood


igh in the hills of western India, Homi Dhalla looks around the Bharot Caves complex, pointing out the cracked and crumbling stone in the roughly-hewn rocks. “If we wish to save these caves, the world community has to stand up and do something about it now before it’s too late,” he says, as the web video fades to a still image of two Parsi priests worshipping in one of the stark grey vaults. Time and neglect have left the ancient caves in a dangerous state of disrepair that now threatens them as a place of pilgrimage for India’s fire-worshipping Parsi community. In the 14th century, their ancestors fled to the caves with the sacred fire of their Zoroastrian religion to escape a Mughal invasion. According to legend, the “Iranshah”the first fire to be consecrated in India-stayed lit throughout the 12 long years they were there. So far, 3,000 people have signed a petition on the portal-where Dhalla’s video is shown-which will be sent to the Archaeological Survey of India, urging it to repair the protected caves. “If we have 7,000 to 8,000 (signatories) I will be happy,” Dhalla, the founder-president of the World Zarathushti Cultural Foundation, told AFP at his home in Mumbai. “There is an urgent need to conserve the caves for posterity without delay or else this sacred heritage will be lost forever.” Whether the caves near Sanjan, close to the state border of Maharashtra and Gujarat, survive or collapse further into the hillside is not just dependent on funding. The project-and others like it — more than anything depends on people. Zoroastrians, who follow the prophet Zarathustra and worship Ahura Maza as the creator of the universe, fled persecution in ancient Iran and arrived in India in the 10th century. They have risen to prominence over the centuries as industrialists, philanthropists, teachers, musicians, artists and writers in India and abroad. Famous Parsis include the Tata family, which owns one of India’s most successful business houses, the conductor Zubin Mehta and the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury. ‘It’s a race against time’ But the population of India’s most successful and celebrated minority has been in steady decline, with numbers down to just under 70,000 in India, according to the last census in 2001. As the birth rate falls and Parsis marry outside the community or migrate, experts say they face a race against time to catalogue the distinctive religion and culture for future generations. Kainaz Amaria has seen the decline first hand, particularly in rural areas where oncethriving Parsi communities have died out and their homes and fire temples now lie abandoned. The 32-year-old photojournalist, who comes from a family of Indian Parsi priests, arrived in Mumbai last year and has been documenting everything from wedding ceremonies to water rituals in the close-knit community. “I like to focus on the customs and the cultures and the traditions that are typically Parsi,” said Amaria, who is in India on the US government’s Fulbright scholarship programme as part of her masters degree in visual communication. Comparing her experience growing up on the US west coast and Parsi life in India, she said all it took was her parents to emigrate and one generation for some rituals to disappear. “If they’re not documented they’ll fade away,” she said. “This is my little way of giving something back to the community. I feel a very strong sense of responsibility.” The decline in Parsi numbers doesn’t mean that nothing has been done to preserve tradition. —AFP

In this photograph taken on August 19, 2009, an Indian Zoroastrian or Parsi woman walks by figures of ‘knights’ at a fire temple after offering prayers on Parsi New Year ‘Navroze’ in Mumbai. —AFP

Extreme tourists walk Africa on less than two dollars a day By Guillaume Lavallee


rom Cape Town to Khartoum, extreme tourists Guillaume and Enora have trekked off the beaten track on foot, surviving on less than two dollars (1.5 euros) a day on a journey that will take them three years to complete. Unlike compatriots who have crossed the African continent by car in the Dakar rally, or by motorbike or bicycle raising money for a cause, these French tourists decided to trek through jungles and deserts in a professed bid to better understand humanity. “In the beginning we walked for the adventure, and then we tried to understand Africans’ strange attitude towards us,” said Guillaume Combot, 31, a former French parachutist who studied psychology in Canada and had once tried to become a monk at the Saint-Benoit-du-Lac in Quebec. “We took off without really knowing why. I was a little lost and I knew that I just wanted to walk. “The first stage was to try and understand Africa, the second stage was more broad, to try and understand humanity,” Combot told AFP while in Khartoum. He said people didn’t understand the motivation behind walking across the continent, particularly outside the cities and large towns. “The question to us was always ‘why are you acting like you are poor, why are you pretending to be suffering?,’” he said, a little

Guillaume Combot, 31, and Enora Nedelec, 21, tour Khartoum on their trek on foot across Africa from Cape Town, on July 28, 2010. —AFP dispirited. Together with his friend Enora Nedelec, 21, the pair left France for Cape Town in February 2009 with 3,000 Euros (nearly 4,000 dollars) in their pockets with the aim of walking back to Paris-an adventure that should take him three years, while she plans to end her journey in Jerusalem a little earlier. Their budget gives them less than two dollars a day each to eat, drink, sleep and wash. They venture off every day, not knowing when they’ll eat or where they’ll sleep. “We wanted to colour every

kilometre (mile) with emotion, which is something possible on foot but much more difficult when you are travelling faster,” said Nedelec, who put her midwifery studies on pause to discover the world on foot. Travelling with backpacks, which at their heaviest were around eight kilograms (17 lbs), they often slept on mats in the open air. “During our walk, we don’t know where we will sleep, how many kilometers (miles) until the next village, when we will eat, drink,” said Nedelec.

The two have been resting in Khartoum, marking the end of the sub-Saharan Africa leg of their journey and the beginning of their venture into the Arab world. Without Nedelec, Combot walked through a large part of south Sudan-a region still recovering for a decades-old civil war with the north and where tribal conflicts and attacks by Ugandan rebels sow fear among many. “There was one day I was stopped 14 times, but generally it was around 10 times a day ... Every time I was asked ‘Why are you walking?’” Combot said. Locals quizzed him on whether “tourists” worked for international organizations. “They didn’t know what a tourist was,” said the young man with balding head, showing sculpted muscles beneath a beige shirt. On some of the more obscure routes of south Sudan villagers, some of whom had never seen a white person, were intrigued by the Frenchman. “In one village, they asked me to eat something to prove I was not a ghost,” he recalls. On the banks of the Kiir river, at the entrance of the sensitive Abyei region which straddles north and south Sudan, policemen politely tied him to a tree, he said. “They put a chain around my ankle and then the chief said: do you want coke or sprite?,” Combot said. “I wish it could last 10 years. I’m not in a rush to go back. I don’t know what I’ll do once I’m home,” he added. — AFP


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A visitor at a shopping mall looks at a large 145 by 195-cm Quran on display for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Jakarta yesterday. Muslims observe Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, by abstaining from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country. —AFP

Locally grown fruits latest trend in spa treat By Jacob Adelman


isitors have long come to the hilly Southern California hamlet of Ojai to get stuffed with the Pixie tangerines grown as a specialty in the area’s citrus groves. Now they are coming to get scrubbed with them, too. The Ojai Valley Inn and other spas across the country are cashing in on the craze for locally grown fruits and herbs by integrating them into skin treatments and massage therapies. Customers say they like knowing they are supporting small, local farms and appreciate the freshness of the items used. “When they put this stuff on, I can smell fresh juice,” said Ojai Valley Inn guest Julia Pizzinat, 70, who had the 50minute, $145 Pixie Tangerine & Pomegranate Scrub, which uses halved tangerines as applicators for a sugar-based exfoliant. “It’s not like something that’s been made in Milwaukee and sent out in crates.” Guests’ greatest demand used to be for treatments employing exotic ingredients from far-off places, such as heavily perfumed body creams from Europe, spa managers said. But in the past few years, the local food movement firmly entrenched in the nation’s pricier restaurants has spread to spas. Treatments using products from local farms are a niche offering, so their sales have not been tracked separately. But spa managers say guests are increasingly opting for such luxuries. Atlanta-based spa consultant Mark Wuttke said demand is being driven by a desire for a unique experience tied to a

spa’s location. “People are looking for a more authentic experience,” he said. “People don’t necessarily want to have the same experience in Florida as they have in New York as they have in California as they have in Dubai.” He cautioned, however, that spas using locally grown ingredients risk disappointing guests who expect to get the same services year-round. Most crops grow only part of the year. “There are seasonal variations,” Wuttke said. “I can offer it today, but if you come back in six months’

time, you might not be able to have that because it’s no longer available.” Emily Walker, who manages the Spa Hotel Healdsburg in California’s Sonoma County, said using local ingredients fits with the ethos already embraced by many wine country visitors. One of her spa’s treatments features a salve of wine and honey from the nearby Quivara Vineyards. Another uses a massage oil made with the same locally grown Meyer lemons found on the spa restaurant’s menu. “We sort of carried it over because the climate here in wine

country is ‘farm-to-table,”‘ Walker said. “So now it’s ‘farm-to-spa.”‘ The Aspira Spa in western Wisconsin, meanwhile, designed some of its treatments around the elderberries that grow naturally on the surrounding plains, but not in great enough quantity to make all the ointments and creams slathered on guests. The spa had been importing elderberries from a farm in the Pacific Northwest but recently contracted with the nearby Stoney Meadow organic farm to grow the berries, along with lavender,

Body technician Bree Sarver demonstrates the pixie tangerine and pomegranate treatment on Andrea Olsonat the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa on Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 in Ojai, Calif. — AP

rosemary and other herbs, said Lola Roeh, general manager of the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, which houses the spa. A 65-minute Elderberry Facial there costs $190. “In the restaurant, our pork comes from a farm that’s 10 miles away. Our beef comes from another nearby organic farm,” Roeh said. “This is really part of the whole resort.” Stoney Meadow owner Andrea Levsen said spa sales are helping her business, which she otherwise runs on a communitysupported agriculture model, in which consumers pay upfront for regular shipments of produce during the growing season. “I think it does aid the CSA mission,” Levsen said. “The mission of the CSA was to help families be healthier, to help families have access to healthier food. (The spa business) allows us to put more money into the farm here.” At Friend’s Ranches in Ojai, which began selling Pixie tangerines to the Ojai Valley Inn early this year. The owners were surprised to find their fruit was being used in spa treatments. “I thought it was kind of silly,” said Emily Ayala, who owns the farm with her family. “As a farmer, you’re growing food and sometimes you think it’s wasteful when people don’t use your food to eat. I didn’t know that people rub themselves with a tangerine.” But that skepticism turned to delight when online orders for the Pixies spiked. “It gave us another level of exposure with customers who otherwise might not have tried the tangerine,” Ayala said. — AP


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Pavin denies Woods guaranteed Ryder Cup place KOHLER: US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin has denied reports Tiger Woods was guaranteed a place on the American team if he failed to secure automatic selection, insisting the world number one will be treated the same as everyone else. Although it is considered a foregone conclusion that Woods would be offered a wildcard if he missed out, Pavin said a US media report that Woods had already been given assurances was incorrect. “There’s nobody that’s promised any picks right now,” Pavin told a news conference Wednesday on the eve of the US PGA Championship. “It would be disrespectful to

everybody that’s trying to make the team. “I’ve got quite a few people I’m looking at. I would not disrespect any of the players that are potential players on the team.” Under the US team’s rules, the top eight players on this season’s Ryder Cup Points List will earn automatic selection for the Oct. 1-3 event in Wales. The remaining four spots on the 12-man team will be decided by Pavin next month. Even though he is ranked number one in the world, Woods is currently 10th on the list after missing part of the season following the sordid revelations about his private life. He could still play himself on to

the team with a strong performance at Whistling Straits this week but has indicated he would happily accept an invitation if he missed out. “He’s a hell of a player and I would like him to play well this week and make the top eight. That would be fantastic,” Pavin said. “He certainly wants to play the Ryder Cup and he wants to play well. “There’s maybe 20 players that I would be looking at right now for those four spots...and he’s definitely high on the list.” While Pavin was hesitant to say Woods was certain to be picked, European team captain Colin Montgomerie had no need for

diplomacy when asked what he would do if he was in charge of the U.S. team. “Of course I’d pick him,” the Briton said. “He’s a wonderful, wonderful player, the best player of our generation, if not a few generations. No team would be weaker with him on it, believe me.” Montgomerie was less forthcoming when talking about his own selection dilemma when he picks his team at the end of the month. There are currently nine Europeans ranked in the world’s top 20 including five who have yet to qualify for the team.

“I’ve got Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington and Paul Casey and there’s a number of (other) top 20 players (yet to qualify),” Montgomerie said. “It’s a headache and it’s a nice headache to have. It’s the first time that a European captain has had such a strong team that haven’t quite qualified as yet. “I will be discussing with my three vice captains and going through every scenario and pairings and locker rooms and all sorts and we’ll get that situation right. “It’s most unfortunate this particular year that I’m going to have to leave out winners this year.” —Reuters

Fog delays start of US PGA KOHLER: Thick fog delayed the start of the 92nd US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits on Thursday with conditions expected to remain overcast for the rest of the day. Americans Bo Van Pelt, Scott Hebert and Vaughn Taylor were scheduled to tee off from the par-four first at 0700 local (1200 GMT) but that time was likely to be pushed back by at least an hour. “Once the fog has lifted and it is clear to play, the first starting time will be 30 minutes following that time,” officials said. Four-times champion Tiger Woods, who has failed to win this season in eight appearances on the PGA Tour, had been set to start from the 10th hole at 0820 (1320). The American, hunting his 15th major title but first since the 2008 US Open, has been grouped with holder Yang Yong-eun and 2004 champion Vijay Singh of Fiji for the first two rounds. South Korean Yang became Asia’s first male major winner at Hazeltine National last year after spectacularly overhauling Woods in the final round to claim the title by three shots. US Masters champion Phil Mickelson had been scheduled to tee off from the first at 1335 (1835) with Britain’s US Open winner Graeme McDowell and British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa. In other high-profile groupings, 2008 champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland has been drawn with former winners Davis Love III and John Daly while American world number four Steve Stricker will play with Australian Adam Scott and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. The PGA Championship has, in recent years, enjoyed the strongest field of the four majors and 97 of the world’s top 100 players are chasing the season’s final grand slam title this week. —Reuters

KOHLER: Golf fans watch play during a practice round prior to the start of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits. —AFP

China trims titles target ahead of world champs Munaf Patel called up to reinforce Indian attack

BEIJING: China must temper its expectations ahead of the badminton world championships in Paris later this month and taking home just three of the five titles up for grabs is a realistic target, said head coach Li Yongbo. China won all but the mixed doubles at last year’s world championships in India but the outspoken coach said the poor form of some key players this year could weaken their dominance. “Of course I always want all five. But this time we have to be less optimistic,” Li told Titan News. “It is impossible to even match last year’s four wins.” The Chinese women’s team suffered a shock defeat to South Korea in the Uber Cup in May, ending their hold on the trophy that went back to 1998. “The women are still in the shadow of the Uber Cup defeat,

and the best men’s pair, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, have not played together for months because they represent different clubs in the domestic league. So it is also very difficult,” he added. Lin Dan, who has won the men’s singles at the last three world championships, is the only in-form player in the China team, Li said. The Olympic champion, however, faces a tough path to a fourth title with world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat in the same side of the draw. “Lin is doing very well recently,” Li said. “I believe he could beat Lee in the semi just like he did at this year’s Thomas Cup. And I hope he could win the fourth consecutive title ... So we do not want more. Three will be enough.” —Reuters

NEW DELHI: Indian medium pacer Munaf Patel is heading to Sri Lanka to strengthen the team’s depleted bowling attack for the ongoing tri-series, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said yesterday. “Munaf Patel is joining the Indian team in Sri Lanka as an additional member of the squad. He will reach Dambulla tomorrow,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement. India were hampered by injuries before the team departed for Sri Lanka for a three-match test series, which ended 1-1, and the ongoing one-day series that also includes New Zealand. Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan missed the tour because of a shoulder injury while right-arm seamer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth returned home before the test series began with an injured knee. Ishant Sharma missed the opening match of the tri-series due to an ankle injury with India going on to lose Tuesday’s encounter against New Zealand by 200 runs. Abhimanyu Mithun was drafted in to replace Ishant but the medium pacer could only manage four overs before he left ground due to heat stroke. India are also without lead spin bowler Harbhajan Singh for the tri-series. Munaf played the last of his 43 one-day matches against Australia at Guwahati last year. India’s next match in the tri-series is against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Monday. —Reuters


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Phillies blank Dodgers, Mets stumble

PHILADELPHIA: Roy Oswalt pitched seven impressive innings in his home debut and two relievers finished off the six-hitter as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Wednesday. The two-time NL champions are 154 since July 22, but lost another player when Ross Gload left with a strained right groin. Oswalt (7-13) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five. It was his first win in his third start for the Phillies. Dodgers starter Clay Billingsley (9-7) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. Ryan Madson worked around a leadoff double in the eighth, striking out two batters. Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save. Rockies 6, Mets 2 At New York, Melvin Mora hit a goahead grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning as Colorado downed New York. Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer in the first for the Mets and Jonathon Niese hung on to the early lead, but the bullpen came undone. With two outs in the eighth, Hisanori Takahashi (7-6) gave up a single to Todd Helton and walked Carlos Gonzalez, prompting manager Jerry Manuel to call on Manny Acosta. Acosta’s first offering was a wild pitch that let the runners advance, and Troy Tulowitzki was intentionally walked. Mora hit his slam — the Mets lead the majors having given up nine this season. Matt Belisle (5-4) struck out the side in the seventh, part of a string of seven straight Mets who whiffed. Rafael Betancourt and Huston Street followed with a perfect inning each.

Padres 8, Pirates 5 At San Diego, Kevin Correia took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning and Jerry Hairston Jr. hit a two-run home run as San Diego beat Pittsburgh. Correia faced the minimum through 6 13 innings before the Pirates chased him during a four-run rally in the seventh. Correia (9-7) won for the fourth time in five decisions. San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez went 4 for 4 with a walk, drove in two runs and scored twice. Miguel Tejada scored three runs for the Padres,

who beat the Pirates for the fifth straight time this season. Correia finished with seven strikeouts and one walk. Heath Bell pitched a perfect ninth for his 33rd save, his 20th straight since May 29.

Giants 5, Cubs 4 At San Francisco, Pat Burrell hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning after an earlier two-run single and Aaron Rowand also homered as San Francisco edged Chicago. Rowand’s 10th homer of the year, which came in the sixth, gave him seven straight seasons with double-digit home runs. Burrell’s eighth homer of the year leading off the eighth came off Justin Berg (0-1). Sergio Romo (5-3) recorded five outs for the win, while Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his 33rd save. Marlins 9, Nationals 5 At Washington, Mike Stanton had five hits and four RBIs and Chris Volstad won his third game for Florida against Washington this season. It was the third straight win for the Marlins (56-56) and the 18th time this season they have reached .500. Stanton had the first five-hit game of his twomonth career, with a two-run double in a four-run first inning, an RBI single in the second, a double in the fourth, a long home run in the seventh and a single in the ninth. His previous best was three hits. Stanton’s first double keyed a fourrun first inning where Florida batted around against Scott Olsen (3-4), who allowed seven runs and eight hits in 1 23 innings _ his shortest start since July 8, 2007. Ian Desmond had two home runs _ his first multi-homer game _ for Washington, while Adam Dunn hit his league-leading 31st. Cardinals 6, Reds 1 At Cincinnati, Colby Rasmus hit his first career grand slam and Adam Wainwright dazzled again to lead St. Louis to the three-game sweep of Cincinnati. The defending NL Central champs, scraped up from a cleat-kicking brawl the previous night, overtook the Reds with their first three-game sweep in Cincinnati since 2005, moving a game ahead in the standings.

CLEVELAND: Baltimore Orioles’ Brian Roberts is forced out at second by Cleveland Indians second baseman Jayson Nix, who threw to first to get out Ty Wigginton for a double play in the ninth inning. —AP Rasmus’ homer off Bronson Arroyo (12-7) broke it open in the fifth. Wainwright (17-6) remained unbeaten in day games, allowing two singles in seven shutout innings before a thunderstorm caused a 46-minute delay and left standing water on the field. Braves 8, Astros 2 At Houston, Omar Infante drove in the go-ahead run with a 10th-inning double and Brian McCann added insurance with a grand slam later in the inning to give Atlanta a win over Houston. Infante’s hit bounced low on the wall in left field and scored Rick Ankiel to put Atlanta back on top 3-2, giving closer Billy Wagner (6-2) the win after he blew a save in the ninth.

Brandon Lyon (6-5) intentionally walked Melky Cabrera to set up a runscoring single by Alex Gonzalez that pushed the lead to 4-2 and chased Lyon. McCann’s pinch hit slam off Jeff Fulchino landed in the stands in right field and put the game out of reach. D’backs 8, Brewers 2 At Milwaukee, Arizona equalized a major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs, with Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew all connecting in the fourth inning of a win over Milwaukee. The Diamondbacks became just the seventh team in history to accomplish the feat. —AP

White Sox beat Twins CHICAGO: John Danks pitched eight sharp innings as the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 6-1 on Wednesday to move back into a first-place tie in the American League Central with the Twins. Carlos Quentin homered in his second straight game while helping the White Sox draw even again after being knocked out of first place for the first time since July 10 with a 12-6 loss to the Twins on Tuesday. They fared better this time after dropping four of five, with a rare victory over a team that had won 18 of 23 against them. Danks (12-8) allowed one run and six hits. Quentin hit a two-run shot in the second off Glen Perkins (0-1) that made it 2-0. The Twins got two hits apiece from Michael Cuddyer and Joe Mauer, who has 27 in his last 50 atbats after going 2 for 4. Yankees 7, Rangers 6 At Arlington, Texas, Marcus Thames hit a long homer then had the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning as New York rallied from five runs down for a split in the two-game series with fellow-division leader Texas. Thames’ grounder between

shortstop and third base came after Derek Jeter had tied the game with a chopper past a drawn-in infield, an RBI single off Rangers rookie All-Star closer Neftali Feliz (3-3). Mariano Rivera worked the ninth for his 24th save in 26 chances. Elvis Andrus led off the inning with a triple before the Yankees closer retired the Nos. 2-4 hitters. Thames led off the eighth with his fourth homer of the season getting New York within 6-5. Orioles 3, Indians 1 At Cleveland, Brad Bergesen pitched a two-hitter for his first win in nearly three months as Baltimore downed Cleveland. The Orioles won their fourth straight and moved to 8-1 under new manager Buck Showalter. They became the last team in the majors to reach 40 wins this season. Bergesen (4-9) held the Indians hitless until Luis Valbuena singled with two outs in the fifth. Asdrubal Cabrera singled with two outs in the ninth for Cleveland’s other hit. Baltimore backed Bergesen with 13 hits and he won for the first time in 13 starts. He had gone 0-7 with a 6.65 ERA. Bergesen walked two and struck out four.

Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1 At Toronto, Bill Hall hit two home runs, and Adrian Beltre and J.D. Drew also connected for Boston in a comprehensive win over Toronto. Hall, who drove in four runs, and Mike Lowell each had three hits as the Red Sox improved to 9-2 against Toronto this season. The Red Sox have hit 153 home runs this season, second in the majors to Toronto’s 178. Clay Buchholz (13-5) won his third straight decision, allowing one unearned run and five hits in eight innings and lowering his ERA to 2.49. Hall led off the second with a home run, then added a two-run shot, his 15th of the season, in the fourth. It was the fourth multihomer game of his career. Drew hit a solo homer in Boston’s five-run fifth, his 14th. Beltre capped the inning with a three-run drive, his 21st. Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum (10-6) allowed a season-high eight runs and seven hits in four-plus innings, including a career-high four home runs. Angels 2, Royals 1 At Anaheim, California, Bobby Abreu homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Los Angeles

Angels a three-game sweep of Kansas City. Abreu sent a 1-1 pitch from Jesse Chavez (0-1) into the right-field seats with one out. The Angels rushed from the dugout to greet Abreu but stood back, giving him plenty of room to safely cross the plate. Kendry Morales sustained a season-ending broken leg on May 29 while jumping on home plate during a raucous celebration of a walkoff grand slam. Angels starter Jered Weaver struck out 11, giving him a major leagueleading 182. He surpassed his careerhigh of 174 strikeouts last season. Tigers 3, Rays 2 At Detroit, Ryan Raburn hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning as Detroit held on to avoid a series sweep to Tampa Bay. Justin Verlander (13-7) gave up one run and six hits while striking out seven over six innings. Ryan Perry pitched 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief and Jose Valverde allowed a run before earning his 22nd save in 23 chances. Matt Garza (11-7) gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He is winless in three starts since his nohitter July 26 against Detroit. —AP

MLB results/standings Major League Baseball results and standings on Wednesday. St Louis 6, Cincinnati 1; Detroit 3, Tampa Bay 2; Atlanta 8, Houston 2 (10 innings); LA Angels 2, Kansas City 1 (10 innings); Oakland 5, Seattle 1; Florida 9, Washington 5; Philadelphia 2, La Dodgers 0; Baltimore 3, Cleveland 1; Boston 10, Toronto 1; Colorado 6, NY Mets 2; NY Yankees 7, Texas 6; Arizona 8, Milwaukee 2; Chicago White Sox 6, Minnesota 1; San Diego 8, Pittsburgh 5; San Francisco 5, Chicago Cubs 4. American League Eastern Division W L PCT GB NY Yankees 70 43 .619 Tampa Bay 69 45 .605 1.5 Boston 66 49 .574 5 Toronto 59 54 .522 11 Baltimore 40 74 .351 30.5 Central Division Minnesota 64 50 .561 Chicago White Sox 64 50 .561 Detroit 55 59 .482 9 Cleveland 47 67 .412 17 Kansas City 47 67 .412 17 Western Division Texas 65 48 .575 LA Angels 59 57 .509 7.5 Oakland 57 56 .504 8 Seattle 44 71 .383 22 National League Eastern Division Atlanta 66 48 .579 Philadelphia 63 50 .558 2.5 Florida 56 56 .500 9 NY Mets 56 57 .496 9.52 Washington 49 65 .430 17 Central Division St. Louis 64 49 .566 Cincinnati 64 51 .557 1 Milwaukee 53 62 .461 12 Houston 48 65 .425 16 Chicago Cubs 48 66 .421 16.5 Pittsburgh 39 74 .345 25 Western Division San Diego 66 46 .589 San Francisco 65 50 .565 2.5 Colorado 59 54 .522 7.5 LA Dodgers 59 55 .518 8 Arizona 46 69 .400 21.5


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Coach, USA Swimming sued over alleged abuse SAN JOSE: A California woman sued the governing body of US competitive swimming and her former coach, claiming he sexually abused, humiliated and harassed her when she was a teenager training under his supervision. The lawsuit, announced Wednesday, is one of several around the country alleging USA Swimming covered up wrongdoing and allowed a culture of abuse to exist in coaching ranks. The lawsuit also names the West Valley Swim Club and Pacific Swimming, the West Coast branch of USA Swimming. USA Swimming declined to comment on the latest case but said it investigates misconduct complaints and revokes membership if behavior was inappropriate. The latest lawsuit claims swim coach Norman Havercroft sexually abused Jancy Thompson over a five-year period in the 1990s, beginning when she was about 15. The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of

alleged sexual abuse. However, the now 28-year-old has chosen to speak publicly. Thompson, who graduated from the police academy and does gang intervention for a nonprofit group, said she came forward to help affect change. “I was robbed of my childhood and never performed to my full capabilities,” she said. “I want to ensure that no one has to endure what I went through and carry such a burden the rest of their lives.” A telephone message left at a listing for Norman Havercroft in Corona del Mar was not immediately returned. USA Swimming said it investigates misconduct complaints and revokes membership if behavior was inappropriate. The alleged abuse took place at various locations in Santa Clara County, including a Los Gatos swim club where Thompson trained, the homes of Thompson and Havercroft, and at a school, according to the 44-page lawsuit

first filed June 18 and amended Aug. 4. Havercroft is accused in the lawsuit of groping, engaging in sexual acts, providing pornography and buying an Internet camera for “cyber” sex. The abuse carried on after Thompson turned 18, even though she never gave consent, according to the suit filed in Superior Court in San Jose. The suit also claims Havercroft abused another female and says USA Swimming knew about that case and did nothing to remove Havercroft from his position. That woman is not a plaintiff in the lawsuit. “In the worst of ways we claim that he took advantage of the coach-athlete relationship, exerting his power and authority,” attorney Robert Allard said. Jane Weil, a lawyer for USA Swimming and Pacific Swimming, said the organizations had no “knowledge of unlawful conduct” by Havercroft, as alleged in the suit. Weil said the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara

County district attorney’s office investigated claims of abuse by the other female and brought no criminal charges against Havercroft. During the police investigation, detectives interviewed Thompson and her mother regarding the other case. Thompson said Havercroft never acted inappropriately with the swimmers, according to a 1997 police report provided to the AP by Weil. A message left with a police spokesman was not immediately returned. A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, Amy Cornell, confirmed that office has never brought charges against Havercroft. The alleged victim in the other case sued Havercroft and West Valley Swim Club in 2001. The case was settled confidentially. Weil said neither USA Swimming, nor Pacific Swimming were involved in that case. A call to a phone number listed for the West Valley Swim Club said the

number was no longer in use. USA Swimming has come under fire for its handling of alleged abuse cases but has said it was taking steps to keep young athletes safe. At least 46 coaches and officials have been banned for life, mostly for sexual misconduct. The organization will vote on measures at its national convention in September that include a new athlete protection policy, expanded background checks, and a requirement that all adults who interact with swimmers become members of the organization. In the lawsuit, Allard called it a belated effort that demonstrates a “callous indifference to the health and safety of the young swimmers across the country.” In the Thompson case, simple steps would have prevented the alleged abuse, he said. “Just a basic look into it, do something about it and remove the man from coaching,” Allard said. “It’s not hard.”—AP

Perpignan get chance to avenge French final loss PARIS: Clermont, who won their first French Top 14 final at the 11th attempt last season, tackle Perpignan, the team they defeated to clinch that elusive crown, in Friday’s season opener. The two clash after a summer which has seen little transfer action while the season will also see the fewest number of foreign players involved than in previous campaigns. There have been some interesting comings and goings, notably regarding ambitious outfit Toulon who are bidding to improve on their somewhat controversial semi-final loss to Clermont. They lost Kiwi forward Sonny Bill Williams back to New Zealand but signed England winger Paul Sackey. His proven try-scoring ability will first be put to the test at home to Bayonne, who have rebuilt since they were saved from relegation only by Montauban’s failure to provide sufficient financial guarantees. Fellow cash-rich club Racing-Metro, who reached the play-offs in their first campaign back in the elite, have also made what should be a good investment in Argentina’s ‘magic man’ Juan Martin Hernandez, who returns from South Africa to former club Stade Francais’ bitter city rivals. Clermont’s outstanding scrum-half Morgan Parra, who had a stellar season both in France’s Six Nations Grand Slam side and for his club where he assumed kicking duties when Butch James form slipped, is clear they have to set aside what they achieved last season. “We mustn’t forget what we achieved but then we have put it to a corner of our heads and focus on retaining the title. Winning it twice will be even more difficult,” said Parra. Perpignan will be looking to regain the title they won in 2009 and coach Jacques Brunel is keen to put memories of the Clermont defeat behind them. “This is not about revenge,”

said Brunel, who has brought back veteran Australian back Manny Edmonds, who enjoyed a successful five-year spell with them from 2002-07. “The final is lost, it is finished with and over. We begin another season, another story, a marathon that must see us get off to a good start and that it is against Clermont, is even better. “They are a big team, who beat us not long ago, against whom we want to show our true worth.” Toulouse won the European Cup for the fourth time last season, but coach Guy Noves wants to reclaim the national title they last won in 2008. However, they go into their home match with promoted Agen devoid of many of their foreign contingent including former All Black scrum-half Byron Kelleher, who is still recovering from a broken jaw suffered playing for the Barbarians. Toulon take on Bayonne lacking key players such as South African captain Joe van Niekerk and veteran scrum-half Pierre Mignoni while there is a doubt over England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson who has a shoulder injury. Stade Francais had a terrible season last term but what they hope is the start of a new golden era under highlyregarded Australian coach Michael Cheika begins at home - at the Charlety Stadium as their previous home Jean Bouin Stadium has been demolished on Friday against Bourgoin. Stade president Max Guazzini certainly believes that brighter times lie ahead and takes solace from what happened the last time Stade were not involved in the European Cup. “Michael (Cheika) played for us. He is a personality who doesn’t allow for any nonsense,” said Guazzini. “Regarding our not being in the European Cup, the last time we weren’t involved was in 2002/2003 and we went on to be champions.”—AFP

BUDAPEST: Petra Chocova from Czech Republic swims a Women’s 200m breaststroke heat at the Swimming European Championships.—AP

Kubusch edges Rouault in heats at Europeans BUDAPEST: Christian Kubusch of Germany set the fastest time in the qualifying heats of the 800-meter freestyle event yesterday at the European swimming championships. Kubusch finished in 7 minutes, 53.93 seconds, 0.37 seconds faster than Sebastien Rouault of France, who won the 1,500 freestyle on Wednesday. Gergo Kis of Hungary was third. Pal Joensen of the Faeroe Islands, whose silver behind Rouault in the 1,500 was his country’s first international swimming medal, was fourth, and Federico Colbertaldo of Italy, the European record holder, was fifth.

Evgeny Lagunov of Russia posted the best time in men’s 100 freestyle heats, touching in 48.50 seconds. Teammate Andrey Grechin was second and European record-holder Alain Bernard of France was third. Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the heats of the women’s 100 butterfly in 57.89 seconds, ahead of Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark and Amit Ivri of Israel. European record holder Sarah Sjoestroem was fifth, 0.97 seconds behind Alshammar, who won the 50 butterfly on Tuesday. Rikke MollerPedersen of Denmark was fastest in the heats of the 200 breaststroke, her time

of 2:26.43 good enough to rally past Sara Nordenstam of Norway. Stacey Tadd of Britain was third. Nadja Higl, owner of the European record with 2:21.62, was fifth. Thursday’s finals will be in the men’s 50 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 butterfly. In the women’s events, finals will be held in 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley, 800 freestyle and the 4x200 freestyle relay. The 30th edition of European championships is the first major international meet where competitors can no longer wear the neck-to-ankle outfits that helped set dozens of world records in recent years.—AP


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Gay gunning for more glory in London LONDON: Tyson Gay will look to follow up his victory over world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt in Stockholm last week in the 100 metres at the London Grand Prix here today. American sprinter Gay handed Bolt only his second professional 100m defeat when easily beating the Jamaican in last Friday’s Diamond League meet in the Swedish capital, clocking 9.84 seconds. Bolt on Tuesday announced he would not be competing for the rest of 2010 because of a back injury, leaving sprint rivals Gay and Powell to battle it out in the three remaining Diamond League meetings. Powell, who like compatriot Bolt has run a world-best time of 9.82 secs this year, was absent in Stockholm owing to back trouble and admits he is not at peak fitness. “I have had a lot of problems with my groin and that spread to my back and hamstrings,” Powell said. “Since Paris (July 16), I have been unable to train at 100 percent. I have been getting treatment twice a day every day and slowly I am getting better. “My coach (Stephen Francis) and manager (Paul Doyle) have all my races lined up but I am not even aware of what is next,” added Powell. “All I am doing is focusing on getting healthy and back able to race. I am taking it day by day.” Gay, a three-time world champion, has beaten Powell over 100m on English soil already this season - at the Diamond League event in Gateshead last month - and will be the favourite at Crystal Palace after his recent exploits against Bolt. Trinidad’s Richard Thompson and American pair Walter Dix and Wallace

Spearmon are also down to compete in the sprint. There will be many other intriguing battles in the twoday meet, where the crowd will welcome back a host of athletes who helped Britain return a record 19-medal haul at the European Championships in Barcelona. Home favourite Mo Farah, the new European 5,000m and 10,000m champion, will take on Kenyan-born American Bernard Lagat over 3,000m. Lagat won world indoor gold at that distance earlier this year. Also today, three-time world champion Allyson Felix of the United States competes in the 200m and former world champions Bershawn Jackson and Felix Sanchez go up against David Greene and Rhys Williams, who grabbed a British 1-2 at the European Championships, in the 400m. American 100m hurdler David Oliver has been in form this season, clocking a personal best of 12.89 secs just 0.02 secs off Dayron Robles’s world record - in Paris, and has another chance in London to surpass the Cuban’s best time. Britain’s new European champion Andy Turner will also be present tomorrow. American Jeremy Wariner, the Diamond Race leader in the 400m thanks to four victories in the series this season, will go head to head with closest rival Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica. And in the field events, there should be a three-way fight for victory in the men’s triple jump when Britain’s world and newly crowned European champion Phillips Idowu, Sweden’s Christian Olsson and France’s Teddy Tamgho face off. There are two more Diamond League events this season - in Zurich on August 19 and in Brussels eight days later.—AFP

Powell pulls out of London Grand Prix LONDON: Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has pulled out of the 100 metres at the Diamond League meeting here today because of ongoing problems with his back injury. Powell, who made his decision after seeing a doctor in London on Wednesday, said in a statement yesterday: “I am disappointed that I will not be able to run at the London Grand Prix as I love running in front of the Jamaican fans here. “I visited the doctor yesterday and he has advised me not to run in order to help the recovery of my injury. I had hoped it would be better but unfortunately this is not so.” London chiefs confirmed on Wednesday that Powell was still struggling with the same

injury that forced him to pull out of last Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Stockholm. The 27-year-old said on Tuesday he had been nursing over the past month a series of injuries linked to an initial groin problem, and that he was monitoring his fitness “day by day”. American Tyson Gay is now the only star sprinter competing at the London Grand Prix, a two-day meeting that begins here at Crystal Palace on Friday. World and Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt had already said he would not be competing in the English capital, before his announcement on Tuesday that his season was over owing to a back injury.—AFP

SWEDEN: USA Tyson Gay (left) wins the men’s 100m final ahead of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (right) at the IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in this August 6, 2010 file photo.—AP

Games problems could harm India’s Olympic hopes SYDNEY: India’s hopes of one day hosting the Olympic Games will suffer unless it overcomes organisational problems affecting the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, Australian Olympic chief John Coates said yesterday. The October 3-14 event involving 71 nations is already the costliest Commonwealth Games in history, with an infrastructure and organising budget of two billion dollars, which unofficial estimates say will be at least tripled. An Indian anti-corruption body has also reported that it had found a host of

problems in construction work for the Games, including the use of poorquality materials and dubious contracts. The soaring costs and highly publicised delays have led to severe criticism of the organisers, and Coatesa member of the International Olympic Committee executive board-said the fallout would damage India’s reputation for hosting major sports events. “In the Olympic world we would certainly prefer that venues are all finished one year before, that you’re able to have test events,” the Australian Olympic Committee

president told reporters. “We did have some similar experiences with Athens (Olympics in 2004) and I’m sure the Games will happen, but certainly I wouldn’t like to be involved in something with construction happening so close to the event. “In many ways you’re in the hands of organising committees, you’re in the hands of governments, you get to a stage where you have to trust them, you have to back them. “There’s no potential to take the Games away; it had to happen in Athens, it has to happen in Delhi and I’m sure it will,” Coates said.—AFP

Golden pair to host wedding party on ice BEIJING: China’s golden Olympic figure skating pair Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo fell in love on the ice. Next month, they will throw a long-delayed wedding party on ice, with several of the sport’s biggest stars. Shen and Zhao capped a 18-year storybook partnership with China’s first Olympic figure skating title in Vancouver in February. They then announced their retirement from the sport, and said they wanted to start a

family. Though they have been officially husband and wife since 2007, when they won a third world title, they never threw a wedding celebration. That party will take place along with a gala performance in a Beijing gymnasium on September 4. “Artistry on Ice” will feature Russia’s Olympic champions Yevgeny Plushenko and Alexei Yagudin, threetime US men’s champion Johnny Weir and two-time Japanese women’s world

champion Mao Asada. “Xue and I have always wanted to marry on the ice. It’s her dream, and now we have an opportunity,” Zhao was quoted as saying in the Global Times yesterday. “I hope we can give something back to the skating community now that we are retired,” he said. For every ticket sold, 10 yuan (1.50 dollars) will be donated to skating training programmes.—AFP


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10 years later, US gymnasts get their medals HARTFORD: Ten years after finishing fourth at the Sydney Olympics, the US women’s gymnastics team on Wednesday received the third-place prizes that were stripped from China because a member of that team was found to be underage. The new bronze medalists are Amy Chow, Jamie Dantzscher, Dominique Dawes, Kristin Maloney, Elise Ray and Tasha Schwikert. “To me, it feels very separate,” Ray said after Wednesday’s ceremony. “Everything we went through in Sydney is still very fresh. Today feels like a different time. The two emotions couldn’t be more opposite.” Indeed, all said they were happy to be recognized for their efforts in 2000. But this was a team mired with injuries and controversy — and more than happy to take an unflinching look back on a night that was designated as

a celebration. “We were definitely the guinea pigs of the new system they were trying,” Dantzscher said. “Whenever you’re the guinea pig, it’s not easy.” Problems on this team resulted from a decision, nine months before the games, to bring Bela Karolyi (who was absent from the ceremony) back into the fold after disappointing results in the years leading up to 2000. The move was the first step in a renaissance of US gymnastics that has produced the last two all-around Olympic champions — Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin — and a total of 50 international medals over the past 10 years. But at the time, Karolyi’s presence was divisive. The US women had a terrible qualifying round that year — barely making it to the finals, where they hit all 20 of their routines, but still finished fourth. It was a bittersweet ending to a

difficult Olympic experience. “It almost felt like ‘Survivor,’ a little bit,” Schwikert said. “It was just, ‘We’ll just run you down, wait ‘til we find the last man standing and we’ll see what the team is.”‘ Their half-hour interview session before receiving the medals featured a number of similar observations. It came off like a therapy session of sorts, and it was a bit surprising that some of the feelings remain so raw. “It’s hard for us. Honestly, the experience was not great,” Dantzscher said. “It makes us sound like we’re being negative, but it’s just the truth.” It may have been worst for Dantzscher, Ray and Maloney — none of whom were on another Olympic team. Chow and Dawes had been on the 1996 gold-medal team and Schwikert went back as an alternate in 2004, after Martha Karolyi had taken over

for her husband and many of the kinks had been smoothed out in America’s semi-centralized training program. “They were true pioneers,” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said. “They worked hard. We’re proud to recognize them, make them smile and put a bronze medal around their necks.” The medals were redistributed after the International Olympic Committee took the recommendation of gymnastics’ governing body, which nullified the results of Dong Fangxiao after determining she was only 14 at the 2000 Games. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible. Age falsification has long been an issue in gymnastics, though it drew unprecedented attention in 2008 when media reports and Internet records suggested some girls on China’s gold-medal team in Beijing might have been underage.

That led to an investigation, which resulted in no changes in the 2008 results but did raise questions about China’s 2000 team. The IOC made its decision in April, and the medals were given to the Americans on opening night of US Championships — presented by Anita DeFrantz, an American IOC member. The medals actually had to be recast because the originals had the Chinese girls’ names on them. But they are the same design. And USA Gymnastics officials went so far as to get pictures from the medals ceremony in 2000 so they could present them with the same flowers that were handed out in Sydney. “I want you to close your eyes, think back to the games, think about where you were and put yourself on that medals podium,” DeFrantz said.A nice notion, even if none of these women really want to go back there. —AP

Nadal wins marathon tiebreak

OHIO: Kim Clijsters, from Belgium, hits a forehand against Dinara Safina, from Russia, during a match at the Cincinnati Open tennis tournament. —AP

Dementieva falters, Clijsters moves on

MASON: Russia’s Elena Dementieva lost 61 6-3 to compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round of the rain-hit Cincinnati Open on Wednesday, but Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters both advanced to the third round. Fourth seed Clijsters comfortably defeated another former world number one, Dinara Safina of Russia, 7-5 6-2 in a match that was delayed by almost two hours by heavy showers. But it was the early exit of third seed Dementieva that was the major surprise of the second round. “I was not feeling well and I think I was affected by the weather,” she told reporters after her loss. “I think that was probably the worst match of mine for a long, long time. “I was just not into the game. I couldn’t really focus, my concentration was not there and I was just not feeling well,” she added, citing the humid conditions in the

days before Wednesday’s rain. Pavlyuchenkova will meet 13th seed Shahar Peer of Israel, who defeated Spanish qualifier Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-3 6-2. “I had nothing to lose against Elena and I just wanted to enjoy things and put on a good performance,” said the 19-year-old, who won her second WTA event in Istanbul last week. Three-times Grand Slam winner Sharapova looked in impressive form as she crushed Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-3 61. Wimbledon runner-up and 2006 Cincinnati champion Vera Zvonareva survived multiple rain delays and a 5-2 deficit but fought back to win the third set and defeat fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko 7-5 2-6 7-6(2). Zvonareva will face Flavia Pennetta, who defeated Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu 6-0 6-1 earlier in the day.—Reuters

TORONTO: Top seed Rafael Nadal battled out a marathon tiebreaker on Wednesday to reach the Toronto Masters third round, downing Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (14/12), 6-3. The first-set decider tied the record of the longest ever played by the Spaniard, who went the same distance in 2009 but lost 14-12 to Richard Gasquet. The unseeded Wawrinka had five set point chances of his own which he could not convert. Nadal took the first set on his fourth chance. “I’m pretty happy with how I played,” said Nadal. “I was worried about this match, I knew it would be dangerous against Stan. “I played well, I had a bit of everything - difficult moments in the tiebreaker and also some good play. It’s important to win the first match back just for the confidence.” Nadal is playing in his first ATP event since winning a second Wimbledon title and then watching Spain win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He also had physical therapy on his knee, a constant cause of worry in his career. Nadal will line up late South against yesterday Kevin qualifier African Anderson, who knocked out American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-4. Novak Second-seeded Djokovic struggled to close out his opening win in searing heat while title holder Andy Murray played it cool as he rallied for a victory over Xavier Malisse. Djokovic required multiple match points to down Frenchman Julien Benneteau 7-5, 7-5. Murray broke Malisse twice to end the first set and easily powered through to A 75, 6-2 victory. Murray slowly seized control, firing seven aces and breaking his 30-year-old Djokovic, For opponent. however, it was a struggle to the end. The Serb admitted longstanding his that discomfort in hot weather again came into play.

TORONTO: Rafael Nadal, of Spain, hits a forehand to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, in Rogers Cup ATP tennis tournament action in Toronto.—AP “It was a big struggle, I was not feeling the best, But it is something I overcame. “I was lucky to come back when I needed to,” said the player whose occasional fragility has plagued him for the past few seasons. “When I needed to hit winners, I went for it instead of waiting for him to make errors. “That was a positive that came out of this. The heat was at least 30 Celsius and the court absorbs it and makes things even hotter. I was close to the edge today.” Djokovic, winner of the 2007 Canadian title, smashed a racket in the second set before finally improving to 4-1 in his career series against Benneteau. He was playing for the first time since leading his country into the Davis Cup semi-finals

last month. Three Frenchman won through, two through upsets. Jeremy Chardy put out Spanish ninth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/5), 62 while Michael Llodra did the same to another Iberian, number 14 Nicolas Almagro 76 (7/5), 6-2. The 15th seed Gael Monfils beat Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 7-5, 6-3 to set up a match with Murray. Russia’s world number six Nikolay Davydenko beat Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-1 but Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov upset 12th seed Russian Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5. Last week’s Washington winner David Nalbandian continued his comeback success from hip surgery and other injuries, putting out Spain’s Tommy Robredo 6-3, 60.—AFP


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Blackpool add twist to EPL opening day LONDON: Blackpool’s ground is being hastily upgraded, as is their squad, but the return of the seaside club to the English elite for the first time since 1971 adds a juicy orange twist to Saturday’s Premier League kickoff. Relegation favourites they may be, but Ian Holloway’s side will hog some of the limelight on Saturday as their season begins with a trip to Wigan Athletic-a match that was switched to an away fixture while their Bloomfield Road stadium is enlarged. Blackpool began last season tipped for the drop into the third tier but instead ended the campaign by beating Cardiff City in the Championship playoff final at Wembley-a victory worth an estimated 90 million pounds even if they, as most pundits predict, go straight back down. Not that they have been splashing the cash in the offseason a situation that left Holloway frustrated until he finally got clearance to sign five players on Wednesday. Striker Marlon Harewood, previously with West Ham United and Aston Villa, will offer a physical presence while defender Craig Cathcart, signed from Manchester United, and midfielders Ludovic Sylvestre, Malaury Martin and Elliot Grandin will add some depth.

“I’ve been running up blind alleys but we have a structure and we want to stick to that. I’m not falling into other people’s traps,” Holloway, whose quips will enliven the forthcoming season, said on Wednesday. “I can sell sand to an Arab and fridges to Eskimos if I believe in it. But it’s not easy because the difference between where we are and the rest of this crazy world is astounding.” While Holloway gathers littleknown cast-offs, Manchester City need no encouragement when it comes to opening the chequebook for the game’s big names. The new financial muscle men of English soccer have lavished another 80 million pounds during the close season as they bid to tilt the balance of power. So long in the shadow of Manchester United, City, now fuelled by seemingly limitless funds from their billionaire Abu Dhabi owners, came agonisingly close to breaking into the top four last season and after signing Yaya Toure from Barcelona and David Silva from Valencia and with more on the way they are being widely tipped as genuine title contenders. Manager Roberto Mancini took over halfway through last season from Mark Hughes and the Italian

will know that he will have to hit the ground running in his first full season in charge, beginning at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Tottenham, like City, have to go back to the 1960s for their last league title, but after pipping City to fourth spot last season courtesy of a 1-0 win at Eastlands, will also be in the frame for what promises to be a wide open title race. Mancini’s biggest challenge will be picking his strongest team out of the embarrassment of riches at his disposal and wily Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp may just view the opening day as the perfect time to play the league’s big spenders. “I would have liked another two weeks training with them, but of course that has not been an option,”

Mancini, who still hopes to sign Aston Villa’s James Milner, said this week. “But I’m excited, it’s going to be a big year for us. I would have liked to have another 20 days together with the squad, because we want the whole squad to the same level, so for that reason it’s so important that we start the season well.” City’s spending power stands alone in a new climate of budget cuts and tightening purse strings which, added to the new 25-player squad rule, could usher in a less frivolous culture. Chelsea, for one, appear to have become almost frugal these days compared to owner Roman Abramovich’s early years in charge. The champions, who begin at

United sign Bebe LONDON: Manchester United completed their third signing of the offseason after securing a deal for striker Bebe from Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes. United’s website said the 20-year-old had agreed personal terms and would undergo a medical later this week. Manager Alex Ferguson has been keen to bolster his striking options and Bebe joins along with Mexico’s Javier Hernandez, who scored in United’s 3-1 defeat of Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. The 6ft-3in Bebe is rated as one of the top young talents in Portugal and will join compatriot Nani at Old Trafford. United begin their Premier League campaign against promoted Newcastle United on Monday.—Reuters

home to promoted West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, have so far signed only Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool while Carlo Ancelotti’s squad has been shorn of midfielders Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Deco and defender Ricardo Carvalho, who agreed a move to Real Madrid on Wednesday. While West Brom, managed by former Chelsea favourite Roberto di Matteo, should be brushed aside, Ancelotti will be keen to top up his squad before the transfer window closes. “It was not a good pre-season,” Ancelotti said of a disappointing run of friendly defeats and Sunday’s 3-1 Community Shield defeat by Manchester United. United, runnersup last season, open against promoted Newcastle United on Monday. The new air of confidence at Liverpool in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s replacement of Rafa Benitez, the signing of Cole from Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres’ loyalty pledge will be put to the test with the visit of Arsenal on Sunday. Aston Villa, who were rocked on Monday by the resignation of manager Martin O’Neill, host West Ham United on Saturday while Everton begin at Blackburn Rovers .—Reuters

England say farewell to Beckham LONDON: Fans barely noticed when Wes Brown and Paul Robinson turned their back on England this week but when Fabio Capello closed the door on David Beckham on Wednesday it truly was the end of an era. Capello’s announcement before Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Hungary that the 35-yearold was “probably a bit too old” brought a low-key end to the international career of a player who right up until the day of the match was making it clear that he would never walk away. “I’ve always said I won’t retire from playing for my country,” Beckham said in Los Angeles on Wednesday, 14 years after winning the first of his 115 caps. “If I never get picked again or whether I get picked again for one more game or 10 more games I’ll be available.” In an era when Premier League also-rans feel the need to say “no thanks” Beckham remains a glorious, shining example of why pulling on the shirt of one’s national team should remain the ultimate honour in the game. For all his travails, for all his myriad off-pitch distractions and his unprecedented celebrity lifestyle, the bottom line is that he just loves the game. From his well-documented days as a London youngster who realised his dream of playing for Manchester United through his remarkable career at Old Trafford, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan, Beckham has never given anything but his all. Behind it all was England,

LONDON: This is a Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001 file photo of England’s captain David Beckham (left) as he is congratulated by teammate Emile Heskey after scoring their second goal against Greece during their 2002 World Cup qualifying match at Old Trafford. —AP where Beckham experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows. A generation of fans - those who last season roared to the rafters when he warmed up from the Wembley bench - will barely remember the 1998 World Cup when, after he was sent off for kicking Diego Simeone during the last-16 defeat by Argentina, his effigy was hung from lampposts and he was booed throughout the country. He kept his dignity, kept doing what he did best -

delivering crosses like nobody else in the game could and peppering the net with superlative free kicks and gradually won the fans over. He was back in credit on the back of his inspired display in the 2002 World Cup qualifier against Greece at Old Trafford when his last-gasp free kick earned the draw that sent England to the finals. His stock continued to rise after he converted a penalty to beat Argentina in the group stage but it was black mark time

again soon after when, protecting an injury, he leapt out of a tackle against Brazil and seconds later England were picking the ball out of their net en route to another quarter-final exit. His skied penalty in the quarter-final shootout defeat by Portugal in Euro 2004 was another painful moment, as were his touchline tears two years later when England lost to the same opposition at the same stage in the World Cup in Germany. The next day Beckham

relinquished the captaincy and his international career seemed over when new manager Steve McClaren left him out of his first squad, only to eventually recall him. Capello, who had his own fallout with Beckham when in charge of Real Madrid before relenting, recognised his value on the pitch and around the squad and the older he got, the more popular he got. Although increasingly peripheral to England’s plans, Beckham never complained, never went to the media staking

a claim for a place, but took his place amongst the substitutes. Yet when his name was announced by the PA it earned by far the loudest cheers. When he joined the fray young fans were delirious, his appearance making their day. Injury ended his hopes of playing in this year’s World Cup but when Capello asked him to accompany the team in an advisory role he jumped at the chance, saying he would carry the kit bag if he felt it would help their prospects. —Reuters

England, Argentina on top, Spain draw MILAN: France’s completely new team lost 21 to Norway in a friendly on Wednesday with the ghosts of World Cup controversy and failure also hanging over England despite Steven Gerrard’s brace in a 2-1 win over Hungary.

France beaten in Norway friendly David Silva spared the blushes of world champions Spain with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw in Mexico in a friendly almost no one in La Liga wanted just before the season, a common theme across the night with players keen not to pick up injuries. South Africa runners-up the Netherlands were held 11 in their Euro 2012 qualifying warm-up in Ukraine but most of their World Cup squad were rested while third-placed Germany also put out a second-string side in a 2-2 draw in Denmark. Exactly a month after the staging the World Cup final, South Africa beat Ghana 1-0 in a friendly at Soccer City to secure a winning start for new coach Pitso Mosimane. Argentina are still without a permanent coach after Diego Maradona’s dramatic departure but they still managed to win 1-0 in Ireland, whose own boss Giovanni Trapattoni missed the game because of surgery. Hungary took the lead at Wembley when Phil Jagielka’s deflection was wrongly adjudged to have crossed the line, in contrast to Frank Lampard’s effort in the 4-1 World Cup last 16 defeat to Germany which was ruled out despite being a goal. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said earlier in the day that the possible use of goalline technology would be on the agenda at the International Football Association Board meeting in October and the Hungary goal only adds more weight to calls for change. England coach Fabio Capello also opted for a minor revolution with Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott, left out of the World Cup squad, starting alongside Wayne Rooney in a new front three which became fashionable with teams in South Africa. It only worked in patches in the first half though and the boos which rang out at halftime were only avoided at the final whistle by two contrasting pieces of brilliance by captain Gerrard on 69 and 73 minutes to overturn the 62nd minute

LONDON: England’s Phil Jagielka (right) tackles Hungary’s Zoltan Liptak during their international soccer friendly at Wembley Stadium. —AP opener. Capello brought on 18year-old debutant Jack Wilshere late on as he edges towards a more youthful side for September’s opening Euro 2012 qualifier against

Bulgaria, meaning the international career of 35year-old David Beckham looks over. Ahead of the game, Capello told ITV Sport the injured Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder

was “probably a bit too old” to play for England again. “Thank you, David,” added Capello, who used England’s most capped outfield player as part of his backroom staff at the World Cup. New France

coach Laurent Blanc has been busy with his own rebuilding job, picking a totally different squad for his first game in charge in Oslo following the debacle which engulfed Les Bleus during the World Cup.

Bin Hammam backs goal-line technology, extra refs SINGAPORE: Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam has thrown his support behind the use of goal-line technology and extra assistant referees. The Qatari, seen as a potential successor to FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, suggested it was an almost inevitable development. “There must be some technology introduced to define whether the ball went in or not. That must happen,” Bin Hammam, a FIFA executive committee member, told AFP. “We must take into consideration today that with hundreds of cameras in a stadium telecasting the match, they can detect each and every action. “So people are always going to be negative about referee mistakes.

“It’s unfortunate for referees but maybe with introducing two extra referees in a match, it can improve the decision and judgement of referees. “Goal-line technology and two extra referees can resolve a lot of the issues.” The controversial issue of goal-line technology will be discussed at a meeting of the International Football Association Board in October, according to Blatter. FIFA have previously rebuffed all demands to use video technology to resolve contentious refereeing decisions, despite it being successfully implemented in other sports such as tennis, cricket and rugby union. Their rationale has been that it would disrupt the free-flowing movement of the game. But the issue was forced back onto the

agenda after England’s Frank Lampard had a goal against Germany disallowed at the World Cup in South Africa, despite replays showing the ball was well over the line. England suffered another debatable decision in a 2-1 friendly win over Hungary on Wednesday when the linesman ruled that Phil Jagielka had conceded an own goal. Replays suggested the ball was cleared off the line. Support for the use of two extra assistant referees is also growing. The system was used in the Europa League last season and will this year be trialled in the Champions League, as well as a handful of other competitions around the world. Referees will be assisted by two linesmen and two further officials in each penalty area. —AFP

Forward Nicolas Anelka was sent home from South Africa and the squad went on strike before their humiliating group stage exit, but things got little better on Wednesday. Erik Huseklepp’s two second-half goals cancelled out Hatem Ben Arfa’s 47th minute opener and left Blanc with lots of thinking to do before their first Euro 2012 Group D qualifier at home to Belarus on Sept. 3. Estonia kicked off the whole Euro qualifying campaign on Wednesday by scoring twice in added time for a 2-1 home win over the Faroe Islands in Group C. Italy, the 2006 world champions also in Group C, suffered more pain following their first round exit in South Africa when they lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast in a London friendly on Tuesday when a bright young Brazil side defeated United States 2-0. —Reuters

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