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Local Spotlight

in my view

Road rash

The Namesake Abdellatif Al-Sharaa

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was driving home from San Antonio to Tyler, Texas on a Monday afternoon. The weather was glorious so I decided to take the country road to enjoy the greenery and fresh air. While driving at 65 miles per hour, I saw a stationary pick-up truck parked toward the side of the road from a distance. As I approached closer, the vehicle began moving slowly until it faced me head on, forcing me to slam the brakes and swerve to avoid hitting the truck or flip over. When my Dodge Dakota truck came to a halt, I found myself facing the driver of the other vehicle, who was at least 75 years old. The elderly man looked me straight in the eye and screamed the words “did you not see me trying to turn?” I was still recovering from the shock of the experience and could not reply to him immediately, but it jolted me. I apologized and promised to be more vigilant. This incident took place thirty years ago. I recollected this while driving along Istiqlal road on Tuesday. It was about 8:30 in the morning and there was a traffic jam during rush hour. When I reached the exit of the Third Ring Road, I noticed an old worn out Caprice car driven by an elderly man who occupied two lanes at a time. My vehicle was right behind his and I could see him making gestures toward other drivers. He kept pointing at his head as if to ask

them to use their brains and stop honking at him! Kuwait’s Traffic Department has been taking a lot of steps to reduce the rate of road accidents; some of them are tragic and take away the lives of a significant number of youth. However, there are some who defy logic, road manners, disregard others in addition to ignoring the law, rules and regulations. A motorist told a TV presenter when asked why he drove so fast and cut the chase between cars, “I cannot lie, I am just having fun!” The TV presenter shot him a look of disbelief. I believe that it is high time for our education system to instill in our children from the elementary level, etiquettes and maintaining safety and mutual respect on the road. The case now is that many young drivers believe that they are not good drivers unless they drive fast, cross a red light, or overtake others. Many fatal accidents take place because of their attitudes. I really feel sorry for some of our young men who put up a brazen motorcycle stunt on the road or whizz past the red light at unimaginable speeds. Many of them slide, break limbs or injure their heads, apart from scaring and saddening people around them. May Almighty Allah guide us to all that is right and may He protect our youth from all evil and danger.

By Muna Al-Fuzai

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hy is it difficult to find someone’s address in Kuwait? Why is it hard to find someone’s place of residence regardless of the area they live in? If you try to visit someone living in a new residential area like South Surra for example, you can easily get lost. This is unless you install a GPS system in your car that helps with directions. Otherwise, you’ll end up attending your friend’s party when it is just about over! Also, you could be searching for someone who lives in a very crowded area like Hawally or Salmiya. Your mission is almost impossible if your friend stays in a flat. You may end up spending days together in a futile effort, and still not find the place. The municipality has named streets that are either too long or too difficult to pronounce especially for a nonArab. I know that here in Kuwait, streets are named after eminent personalities Kuwaitis and Arabs who helped develop this country. I think long-winding names should be abbreviated in order to make

pronouncing it easier. One has to bear in mind the fact that Kuwaitis are not the only ones on the streets. There are many ways to honor an eminent personality’s achievements, and naming a street is not the only way. I think it is worth it to name government schools after iconic personalities. This is because most, if not all, are Kuwaitis. They would find it easier to pronounce and spell the names. Many a time a street is named after a public figure who is largely obscure. People often suffer by having to pronounce the name and, worse still, have business cards printed with unpronounceable names. Why does the municipality not just name the streets? I am sure that there are many ways to honor someone. In fact, naming main halls and libraries after key figures is more acceptable. Funnily, people tell you their block and street numbers! What does that mean? Lastly, have a map in hand before heading to a place that you are not sure of. You may lose your way and not find help.


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Conspiracy Theories

Lost without my mobile By Badrya Darwish

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magine life without a phone! I mean a mobile phone. Coming back to the newspaper today to write my article, I rushed out of the door and left my mobile phone at home. In all honesty, I was coming to write about a totally different story. Then a small incident like forgetting my mobile occupied my mind and hijacked my thoughts. It became the topic of the evening. It is only about 15 years ago when the mobile was not so popular or important an item. It was meant only for the elite of the society. Or to put it bluntly - it was a gadget for the rich because of its high price. I remember a mobile used to cost around KD650. The times before when it was a commodity for the rich, it used to come in a heavy briefcase which had to be installed in the luxurious car with an antenna to accompany the accessories. You had to make a hole in your car to accommodate the antenna because it would not have a good signal without the antenna. So you ended up having two antennae - one for the radio and another to tell the world that you have a mobile in your car. If you wanted to boast and brag, you had to carry the whole damn thing with you. That cost around KD2,000.

Come year 2000, it was in everybody’s hand and it kept shrinking in size till it became palmsize and could be accommodated in your jeans pockets. The amazing thing is that it has spread faster than flu. Just look around you and you will see that even kids in the schools, the porters, delivery boys etc carry at least one mobile phone. It is no more just for the privileged or the wealthy. It became a necessary commodity you could not live without. How funny life is. Your mobile and your wallet are as important when you leave home. The mobile phone actually evolved and has now become your office and media source. As a journalist, I get all the news I need on my mobile. It has become my communication device with the whole world. You just send a message and wish good health or Eid Mubarak with an SMS! You can have your Internet, your directory with friends list and your personal banking tool - all of it on your handset. You store the pictures of loved ones in the grip of your hand. It has become your survival tool for social life. So, guys tonight I am lost. I don’t have my mobile phone with me! Excuse me as I sign off and rush back home - you know for what! Have a good weekend!

Satire Wire

Human trafficking in my view this time

By Sawsan Kazak

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ast week an article about human traffic appeared under my name. Let me begin by saying that I did not write this opinion editorial. A printing mistake switched my article about bad immune systems with one about a Bahraini man convicted of human trafficking. The article expressed doubt over the reliability of the girls’ stories accusing the man of forcing them into prostitution and showed sympathy towards the convicted man claiming more ‘examinations’ should be made before passing judgment on people. Furthermore, the article accused the women from Thailand of pretending to be naive and claimed that they should have known that there was such a risk when they were offered work in a massage salon. Unfortunately, the views expressed in the article are the exact opposite of what I believe. Allow me to address the topic. At first glance, I would never begin by doubting the stories of girls claiming to be forced into prostitution in a foreign land. I could be wrong, but I strongly believe that prostitution in a foreign country is somewhat of a last option for girls and being tricked and lured under false pretenses is not unheard of; actually it’s the norm. I do believe that proper inspection needs to be made on human trafficking claims, but since

the court ruled against the man, then clearly a proper inspection was undertaken. I think that any claim made on human trafficking needs to be taken extremely seriously. I believe that the Bahraini man should have been to blame as they were his responsibility. Even if the girls were aware of what was going to take place (which I doubt), they are not the ones to be held responsible. The person that sponsored them, set up the location and supervised and made profit from the dealings is the person to blame. Accusing the victims, as the article suggested, is definitely not what I believe should happen. Human trafficking is a big problem not only in the Gulf but also around the world. To blame the girls involved in this underground world is like blaming a drug addict for the availability of drugs on the street. The whole system that allows for this to take place needs to be fought and dismantled to avoid more incidents like these. The Gulf already has a bad reputation when it comes to this topic and we must do everything we can to fight human trafficking and prostitution. Evaluating what is at the source of this system and the people profiting is what we need to concentrate on. Protecting the innocent that are caught up in this is the goal here.


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Is it the curtains for

Kuwait’s theatre?

Reviving the dying art of drama By Nawara Fattahova

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uwait’s theater culture is nearing extinction. Although Kuwaitis are known for their love of theater, actors, producers, and directors jointly agree that their craft suffers from the lack of performances. Instead, many troops of actors travel to present their craft beyond Kuwait’s borders, “There are no professional theaters in Kuwait with international standards and modern technology. So many of the plays cannot be presented here, and our actors have to go outside to present their art,” said Abdullah Abdulrasoul, a Kuwaiti theater director and founder of the Youth Theatre. There were attempts to battle that status

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Liberation Theatre in Kaifan. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

quo. Earlier this year, the Cabinet issued a decision to establish a theater in each of the six governorates. The decision includes a plan to also build an opera house. “We suffer from a lack of theatres in Kuwait in general. This is a great obstacle towards presenting different plays, especially the professional ones,” said Abdulrasoul. Abdulrasoul, President of the Youth Theater from 1981 - 2005, explains that some theater plays need special effects and the use of modern technology, which are unavailable in Kuwait’s theater infrastructure. He laments that there are no genuine permanent theaters in Kuwait, “All the current shows are held at places that are not real theater houses,” he said elaborating that plays are now hosted in the sports halls in some sports clubs or schools. A third group of plays are staged in the old hall of the cinema. “All these plays are presented seasonally (during the Eids) only,” he explained. The hiccups of the theater industry These not only have limited places for audience, there are not enough parking lots for the audience as well. Such make-shift theaters are not equipped with the necessary sound effects and light,” said Abdulrasoul who considers the Dasma Theater to be the only ‘real’ one in Kuwait. The theater groups have continuously demanded that the government establish modern theaters in Kuwait, “We hope that the decision of the Cabinet will be executed soon,” Abdulrasoul said. He explained that theater groups do not have the capital needed to fund a theater. “This is the duty of the government. We know that the government has some priorities in their budget,” he stressed. Ahmad Al-Hleil, Kuwaiti Director expressed a less optimistic view about the time-frame for the project’s completion, “It may be done in five years if we are lucky. We need these projects urgently, as the present situation is miserable,” he said. Abdulrasoul asserted on the role played by

the private sector in rebuilding the industry, “We do not mind if any company took this issue as an investment subject, “I call upon the private sector to show more interest in this matter. Kuwaitis have great taste and sense for arts and culture but they have to travel abroad to watch the Kuwait theater plays that are present here,” he concluded. Al-Hleil attributed the problem to childhood, “We grew up from small school theaters that consist of a stage without a curtain in most cases. So we got used to the miserable situation of the theater,” he said. Stressing that Kuwaitis face many obstacles and feel envious when they visit other countries in the region, when they see art flourish. The theaters of the schools in Europe, United States, and even in many GCC countries are better than our official Dasma Theater, “This one needs to be renovated. Although we have the financial and the cultural ability to build good theaters, some poor countries have better theaters than us. In Egypt for instance, they have an old theater which is renovated and is well- equipped,” he further said. The government is not solely responsible for the situation. The Parliament can share a part of the blame, “Some MPs instead of looking into this important issue, stand in the way of establishing such an important project. In my opinion, the solution of the problem starts with the Ministry of Education, which should build better theaters in the schools,” highlighted Al-Hleil. The plays presented during Eid are all staged at rented theaters, “The Kuwaiti actor Tareq AlAli succeeded to somehow equip his theater with good equipment and seats, as he is renting the place for long term. So he presents more shows during the year long. Other producers have to rent the theater for a short period only,” he added. According to Al-Hleil, the government will not issue a license to build a private theater, “We cannot buy or build a theater; we can only rent one. Once the owner of a mall proposed that theater producers and directors rent his facility. But, the rent charged was unbelievably high. He demanded KD15,000. The price of tickets is cheap, one of the cheapest rates in the world. The price ranges between KD3 and 10. Even in Egypt, the ticket touches KD50 for some plays. So, we can’t pay such a high rent,” he stated. He concluded by saying that the government must adopt a serious approach towards reviving the opera and the theater culture.

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Marathoners unite on March 19

What you drink and eat in the first hour after a run plays a huge role in determining how you will feel on your next one

KUWAIT: The team from Kuwait Charity Run at the 2010 Run Q8.

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ong distance running can be a very fulfilling, satisfactory and lonely sport. It is just you and the pavement. Not only do you require the physical fitness and endurance to complete a marathon, but you also need discipline and mental fitness. Those who enter a marathon do not have to be professional runners. However, they must set realistic goals for themselves. Armed with this advice, amateur runners will be able to join a half marathon in March. The Kuwait Charity Run is hosting the first ever half marathon to be held in Kuwait on March 19 this year. Teaming up with the Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice (BACCH), the Kuwait Charity Run hopes to raise funds and awareness for Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice and to support children with life-threatening conditions in Kuwait. Australian marathon runner and coach, Pat Carroll, represented Australia in the marathon at three Commonwealth Games and is ranked fourth on the Australian all-time list for marathon runners. In 1994, he ran 61 minutes 11 seconds for the Half Marathon and

AND THE WINNER IS: Competitors in the Graz Marathon 2010 seen at the finish.

won the Beppu marathon in 1995 in a time span of 2 hours 9 minutes 39 seconds. Both performances at the time of racing, ranked him twelfth fastest in the world. Carroll retired from competitive running in 2001 to take up coaching. He has helped hundreds of runners achieve their goals through an online coaching site. Carroll corresponded with the Friday Times to give his best tips and coaching guidelines for running a half or full marathon. “Before commencing your campaign, I encourage you to stand back and realistically assess where you are currently placed fitness wise,” he says. No matter what level of fitness you are at or whether you are a runner or not, everyone contemplating entering an event like a marathon needs to have a fitness/medical test, “Especially, if you have not been involved in any form of physical fitness recently, you should consult your doctor to discuss what you are about to undertake,” adds Carroll. Once you are cleared to start training you then have to get motivated. Carroll says finding enjoyable environments in which to train will help to keep your motivation levels high. If you have to get in your car and go somewhere else then do it. Carroll suggests running from home and meeting up with a friend somewhere or alternatively work out at a gym on the treadmill. Another motivational tool is to hang your training schedule where you can constantly see it such as on the fridge door or at your desk at work, “Putting your training schedule where not only you can see it but where your family and work colleagues can see it will remind them also of what you have committed to,” said Carroll. He adds it is important to find and lock in windows of opportunity for training in order to ensure that you will complete the program. Now that you have committed yourself to the task, it is time to start running. Carroll says it is important to

begin slowly to prevent burn-out and injury. For people who have never trained for an event like this before, it is common that in the beginning you start out by just walking, “Don’t be concerned about the pace you are walking at your first week,” said Carroll. “You will pick up the pace later in the program. Your aim is to complete each session.”

GRAZ: Half way in to the Graz Marathon leader Weldon Kirui followed by eventual winner Kenyan compatriot RobertKipheoch Kirui and second placed Ethiopian Desta-Beriso Morkama.

Just as it is important to warm-up and cool-down with a 10-minute walk before and after your runs, a good diet is also a must, “Your next run is only as good as your last recovery,” says Carroll. “And by recovery, I am not just referring to rest or cross-training the following day, but also diet.” Carroll explains that when you drift between feeling great in one run to sluggish in the next,


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chances are the sluggish feeling is due to not recovering fully. “What you drink and eat in the first hour after a run plays a huge role in determining how you will feel on your next run,” explains Carroll. “Your body is crying out to be replenished.” Carbohydrates are the ultimate fuel source for exercise says Carroll. Increasing Carbohydrate intake is essential during heavy training periods. Just as important it is maintaining hydration of the body including during runs, “Practice drinking on your training runs and take in fluids before you feel thirsty,” instructs Carroll. By practicing to eat and drink pre-race, during the race and postrace will go a long way in achieving a fast recovery from an event like the marathon. Another important factor to consider is injury. While in the beginning, you may be healthy and injury-free, you need to be on the look-out for signs that could lead to the development of an injury, “Early warning signs of injury can be as small as dull ache,” said Carroll. “You can easily fix this by having an extra exercise-free day or icing the area and doing some light stretching.” Carroll explains some common injuries that can occur are: Stitch, blisters, chaffing, and muscle soreness. More serious injuries are: Achilles tendonitis, runner’s knee, iliotibial band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. All starting as a dull ache, these injuries can be kept at bay with an extra rest day. If not then you should seek some physiotherapy. So you have set your race day goal but just doing the work is not enough. You need to test yourself in training and prove to yourself your commitment to your goals, “Our lives are often busy and time is precious,” says Carroll. “The best way to make use of the time you have made available to run is to constantly remind yourself of your goals. When testing yourself in training, visualize yourself achieving your goal on race day.” Running fast is being ‘out of your comfort zone’ says Carroll. “Achieving a personal-best time on race day will find you running out of your comfort zone,” said Carroll. “Ideally, you should do the same while training.” Carroll adds that running at the same pace will not make you a faster runner. The short and sharp efforts, run at a much faster pace that your goal race pace, will help you develop your basic speed. A good idea is to adopt a mantra says Carroll so that you can focus on and repeat over and over again in your mind. When you get out of your comfort zone being able to concentrate on specific things will help to keep you relaxed and stay in control. Marathon running not only requires physical fitness but also mental fitness. Psychologically preparing yourself for an event is an important aspect of your training. The beginning of events such as marathons consist of many competitors, nothing like going out for your training runs. The start line will be congested and your heart rate will increase before the gun even fires. Being warmed up before the gun fires is paramount at the start of a race when you most likely will find yourself jostled about and being forced to run at everyone else’s pace. “Not being warmed up can lead to a sudden increase in your heart rate when the gun fires,” says Carroll. “This dramatic change to your physiology can leave you feeling exhausted.” Visualization can help to keep you in control and relax into the race. Completing a marathon is an exhilarating experience says Carroll, “I often experience a tremendous high with my running success. But I have come to realize there is often no difference to the amazing ‘high’ experienced by the winner of a race to someone crossing the line an hour or so later. “ Carroll says competitors finished an event such as the marathon is the exact euphoric state like ‘all my Christmases have come at once.’ Running is an individual sport involving natural movement which makes the experience all the more special says Carroll, “This natural ‘high’ stays with you for the remainder of your life. All you have to do is tap into your memory and relive the moment.”

Kuwait Charity Run Saturday, March 19 at 8 am on Gulf Road For more information visit www.kuwaitcharityrun.com

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Display weekly training schedule somewhere that it will be a constant reminder. Keep a stock of sports bars and electrolyte powder at home/office and car to ensure you replenish after every run. Prevention is better than cure. Always stretch after your warm-up and have regular check-ups with sports physiotherapist or sports massage to keep injuries at bay. When running out of comfort zone develop a mantra you can repeat to help you stay in control.

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To help maintain a fluent pace, imagine the sound of a drum beating in constant rhythm. Stay relaxed. Rather than running with tight shoulders, drop them. Don’t clench your fists and if you are breathing heavily, try to make as little sounds as possible. Wear an old warm-up top to the race and discard it to the side five minutes before the start, it will keep you warm. Decide on a pre-arranged meeting point at the end of the race to meet your supporters.


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Probe committee ready to hold first working session MPs warn Interior against pressuring witnesses By B Izzak K U W A I T : The investigation committee formed by the National Assembly on Wednesday to probe the death of a Kuwaiti citizen in a police station decided to hold its first working session on Sunday. It also invited all MPs to the meeting. The committee yesterday elected MP Ali Al-Omair as its chairman and Marzouk Al-Ghanem as rapporteur, Ghanem told reporters following the procedural meeting. Ghanem and other MPs warned the interior minister and other officials from taking any measure that would influence the witnesses in the case, amid charges by MPs that the interior ministry has summoned two key witnesses. MPs on Wednesday lashed out at Interior Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah after Mohammad Ghazzai Al-Mutairi, a Kuwaiti in his early 30s, reportedly died of torture at Ahmadi police station where he was being held on charges of trading in liquor. Several MPs have cried foul over the incident stating that the man was murdered by the Interior Ministry personnel after torturing him to extract confessions. The Interior Minister said that the man had twice complained of pain in the chest before he died in the early hours of Tuesday. MP Mussallam Al-Barrak however produced a medical report issued by the oil hospital in Ahmadi in which it clearly said the man had arrived at the hospital dead with signs of beatings on various parts of his body,

and with his legs and hands tied. Ghanem said that the committee on Sunday will listen to all MPs who have any information on the issue and appealed to lawmakers to attend the meeting. The committee was given two weeks by the assembly to prepare its report and submit it to the assembly for action. The interior minister has promised to punish any official if proven responsible for the death of the man regardless of his post. At the same time, the Interior Ministry formed two committees to investigate the death. He also said that the committee asked its chairman MP Omair to make contacts with the interior minister and other ministers in a bid to reach the truth. MP Barrak meanwhile alleged that a senior official at the Interior Ministry yesterday summoned the doctor who prepared the medical report on Mutairi’s death and both approached the interior minister. Barrak warned against any foul play or altering the medical report and stressed he already has a copy of the report. MP Mohammad Hayef meanwhile claimed that the detectives have summoned the main witness in the case, Sayyah Al-Rasheedi who was with the deceased at the police station and said he saw the police torture him. Hayef said that the detectives’ action at this time is a flagrant interference in the investigation of the case. The lawyers’ association meanwhile formed a special committee to follow up the case of Mutairi and will sponsor the case and defend his rights against policemen involved in his death.

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD: Pedestrians are pictured walking in the rain. More clouds are expected tomorrow with chances of scattered rain, along with active southeasterly winds as well as high waves at sea. —Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Temperature drops to freezing point in Kuwait KUWAIT: Temperature throughout Kuwait ebbed over the past hours dropping to the freezing point in some regions and islands. Meteorologist Issa Ramadan of the Meteorology Department at Kuwait Civil Aviation Department said that the temperature on Boubyan Island was recorded zero in yesterday’s early hours and two degrees at the airport region. The country was affected over the past days with Siberian gales, turning the temperature very cold in the morning and moderately cold throughout the day, with the winds turning northwesterly at night times. The winds are forecast to turn southeasterly with predicted hike of humidity, with forming clouds and relative hike of the temperature today and tomorrow. More clouds are expected tomor-

row with chances of scattered rain tomorrow, along with active southeasterly winds as well as high waves at sea. The temperature is forecast to reach 23 degrees tomorrow, before the northwesterly cold winds blow anew on Sunday. It will drop again lower than the level of 20 degrees. Ramadan affirmed that the country would witness scattered rain by the end of the week with forecast higher quantities compared to the recent showers. Dryness had been the lowest to be recorded in the country in the fall and early winter since the 50s, he indicated. ‘Al-Marbaaniah’ period (the local term used in reference to severe cold) would pass in the end of the month to be followed with the ‘Bard Al-Na’yem,’ another wave of coldness of less severity, expected to last for 13 days. —KUNA

Crimes

Citizen’s murder suspects under interrogation KUWAIT: The police are currently questioning a number of suspects who were detained as part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of a female citizen in Bneid Al-Gar last Sunday. Officials are checking the records of the Traffic Police Department in search of the vehicle that matches the descriptions of the one used by the main suspect, reported Al-Rai. It is believed that the vehicle may belong to a person who is related to the killer. Exam cheating A number of high school students were caught after breaking into their school at night to scribble notes on their desks with the intention of cheating for their next exam. The school’s janitor detained the suspects and informed police immediately. The arrested students admitted their plan to jot down notes on their desks for their physics exam the next morning, reported Al-Rai. Police are trying to confirm if the students entered the control room. Intruder escapes A Waha resident was hospitalized with a stab

wound after being attacked by a person he encountered in his domestic helper’s room. The man forcibly entered the Asian maid’s room after his wife heard strange noises. He found a man in a compromising position with the maid. The intruder, however, charged at the citizen and attacked him with a knife and fled the scene. The police were informed of the situation and apprehended the maid. During interrogation, the maid admitted that the stranger was her boyfriend; an Asian driver whom she met at a nearby co-operative society branch. She provided police with his phone number, but could not be reached, reported Al-Rai. They were able to identify his place of residence. However, he had already disappeared. Unconscious worker A Thai national was rushed to the Adan hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in a coma. He was found in an unconscious state inside the restroom of a company at the Abdullah Port, reported Al-Watan. A large bruise was located on the victim’s right arm. An investigation will be held once the victim’s condition stabilizes.


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Minister of Interior resigns Autopsy proves foul play in defendant’s death KUWAIT: The Minister of Interior Lt Gen Staff (rtd) Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah resigned yesterday in the wake of an investigation which confirmed that there was foul play in the death of citizen Mohammad Al-Mutairi. He allegedly died while in police custody. “I resign bearing my responsibilities and duties, and living up to my word during (Wednesday’s) session,” Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid confirmed in a press statement, referring to when he said at the Parliament that he wouldn’t “accept or be honored to lead a ministry that attacks citizens,” Al-Aan reported. Earlier reports suggested that Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid AlSabah had sent a letter of resignation to the Cabinet yesterday noon, shortly after the ministry released a statement which confirmed suspicions of a criminal act behind his death. Al-Mutairi was brought in dead to the Kuwait Oil Company hospital where he was dropped off by police who had detained him under interrogation. In the first public comment on the interior minister’s resignation, MP Dr Faisal Al-Mislem praised the minister for this step, and urged the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser AlMohammad Al-Sabah to accept his resignation immediately, before legal action is taken against the people involved. The minister’s resignation is seen by many as a clear admission that there have been some attempts to keep the circumstances which led to Al-Mutairi’s death in the dark. Most speculation regarding foul play behind the citizen’s death was solidified after the ministry’s statement contradicted with an initial statement in which they claimed that Al-Mutairi had attacked police officers during his arrest for alcohol possession. Observers believe that with this contradictory statement, combined with the minister’s promise during the latest parliament session and the medical report produced by MP Musallam Al-Barrak during the same session, as well as the Ahmadi Security Department report left the minister with no other choice but tender his resignation. In a press statement released yesterday, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior announced that the post-mortem report proved that Mohammad Ghazay Al-Maymouny Al-Mutairi was murdered. The entire case, including the ministry’s staff members involved, has been referred to the Public Prosecution Department, the ministry stated in a press release. The ministry, out of full commitment to the principles of transparency, will show all facts to the public, the statement read, reiterating an earlier statement issued soon after the death. The Minister of Interior has promptly ordered an investigation into the death of the defendant thoroughly. The ministry has vowed to take the necessary legal and punitive measures against any staff members that commit irregularity. Earlier, Al-Mutairy’s family said that they plan to take legal action against the Ministry of Interior, holding it fully responsible for the victim’s death. A heart failure was pronounced as the cause of death, but the medical report indicates that the victim’s body was heavily bruised, which drew strong speculation that the man might have been tortured to death, Al-Anba reported. In the meantime, the victim’s cousin Faisal Al-Tuwaih explained to the local press that the hospital refused to provide the family with the medical report, as per the orders of KOC board member Khalid Al-Khamees. Furthermore, AlTuwaih indicated that the hospital’s public relations manager told him that the Interior Ministry is in possession of the medical report and all other documents pertinent to the case. While asserting that he learned about the ministry’s attempts to check the medical history of the victim, Al-Tuwaih said that there are strong indications that the ministry is trying to cover up the case and conceal the identities of those responsible for Al-Mutairi’s death. On a separate note, an Iraqi sailor accused of firing the shot that killed a Kuwaiti coastguard official, is pleading not guilty to his charge after initially admitting that he was the culprit, Al-Anba reported. Lance Corporal Abdurrahman Al-Enizy was shot dead after he stopped a boat carrying Iraqi sailors that infiltrated into the Kuwaiti territorial waters. Kuwaiti officials were able to arrest a number of the infiltrators, and held them for questioning in connection with Al-Enizy’s death.

One of the suspects, identified as 45-year-old Taha Samhan, said that he pushed Al-Enizy and seized his gun, which he used to fire at the coastguards boat that was approaching their boat at the time in an attempt to escape. Investigators, however, insist that the suspect had previously

admitted that one of his shots had fatally wounded the lance corporal. Kuwaiti authorities further denied rumors that the Iraqi sailors in their custody will be handed over to authorities in Iraq. They are currently being held by the Public Prosecution Department.


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Australia floods recede to reveal damage Death toll stands at 25

BRISBANE: People paddle down a flooded shopping area in the Rosalie district of Brisbane in Australia yesterday.—AFP

POSTMANS RIDGE: Residents began a long wait yesterday for floodwaters to subside and reveal the extent of devastation to Australia’s third-largest city, while upstream soldiers picked their way through the debris of washed-away towns looking for more victims from one of the country’s worst natural disasters. The waters left behind tractor-trailers snapped in half, concrete slabs where houses used to be and a car hanging from a tree. The slow-motion inundation of Brisbane overnight, played out live on television before a nation transfixed, was a critical moment in flooding that has built for weeks as rain fell incessantly across Australia’s tropical northeast.

The emergency is not over, but Brisbane’s escape from what forecasters had predicted would be a flood worse than one that laid waste to much of the city 37 years ago triggered relief nationwide. The death toll stood at 25, including a 24year-old man who drowned yesterday when he was sucked into a storm drain as he tried to check on his father’s home in a swamped Brisbane neighborhood. Officials said they expect to find more bodies farther upstream as they finally got access to hamlets struck by flash flooding on Monday. The deadly floodwaters began to recede yesterday after cresting about three feet (one meter) below the depth of 1974 floods that swept through

Brisbane and set a benchmark for disaster. Still, 30,000 homes and business were swamped , many all the way up to their terracotta roof tiles. Skyscrapers stood empty as downtown closed for a for a second day, and thousands remained huddled in evacuation centers or with friends and family on higher ground. “Queensland is reeling this morning from the worst natural disaster in our history and possibly in the history of our nation,” a visibly shaken state Premier Anna Bligh told reporters. “We’ve seen three-quarters of our state having experienced the devastation of raging floodwaters and we now face a reconstruction task of postwar proportions.” The flooding across Queensland has submerged

dozens of towns , some three times , and left an area the size of Germany and France combined under water. Highways and rail lines have been washed away in the disaster, which is shaping up to be Australia’s costliest. Damage estimates were already at $5 billion before the floodwaters swamped Brisbane. At least 61 people are still missing, most of them from around Toowoomba, a city west of Brisbane that saw massive flash floods on Monday. Fourteen died in that flood alone, including two whose bodies were found yesterday. Deputy Police Commissioner Ian Stewart warned that number was likely to rise as search and rescue teams are able to move into more devastated areas. — AP


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Government fall plunges Lebanon into uncertainty Suleiman asks Hariri to stay on as caretaker PM

BAGHDAD: US Vice President Joe Biden, left, shares a light moment with Iraq's Parliament Speaker Osama Al-Nujaifi, in Baghdad, yesterday.—AP

Iraq’s success in US interest: Biden BAGHDAD: Vice President Joe Biden emphasized to Iraqi leaders yesterday that the US wants nothing more than for Iraq to be a free and democratic country in a daylong visit that officials said would focus on the departure of American troops from the country. Biden's trip marks the first visit by a top US official since Iraq approved a new Cabinet last month, breaking a political deadlock and jump-starting its stalled government after March's inconclusive elections. Three explosions in the capital killing two people, however, demonstrated the lingering security challenges facing the country's young democracy. "We have one overwhelming desire, the single best thing, that could happen to the United States, literally, is for you to be a free, prosperous democracy in this part of the world," the vice president told reporters before a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. Officials said they expected the issue of whether to keep some US forces in Iraq beyond the Dec 31 deadline to dominate the agenda with Talabani, Prime Minister Nouri AlMaliki and Kurdish President Massoud Barzani. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to be able to discuss the sensitive diplomatic issues frankly. Under a security agreement between Washington and Baghdad, all American troops are to leave Iraq by the end of the year. However, Iraq's top military commander Gen Babaker Shawkat Zebari, has said US troops should stay until Iraq's security forces can defend its borders , which he said could take until 2020. But Al-Maliki, under pressure from hardline Shiite Muslims, has signaled he wants American troops to leave on schedule. Last weekend, the influential and anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr returned to Iraq after nearly four years of exile in neighboring Iran, in part to insist that the US "occupiers" must leave on time or face retribution among his followers "by all the means of resistance." —AP

BEIRUT: The collapse of Lebanon's government plunged the country into deep political uncertainty yesterday after a year of relative stability, as the president began the process of putting a new administration together. President Michel Suleiman asked Saad Hariri to stay on as caretaker prime minister after the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah and its allies resigned Wednesday and brought down Hariri's government. The crisis was the climax of tensions that have been simmering for months over the UN tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The tribunal is widely expected to indict members of Hezbollah soon, which many fear could rekindle violence in the tiny nation plagued for decades by war and civil strife. Lebanon's 14-month-old unity government was an uneasy coalition linking bitter rivals UN a Western-backed bloc led by Hariri and the Shiite Hezbollah UN that was an attempt to stabilize the country. But in reality, it had been paralyzed for months because of disputes over the Hariri tribunal. Hezbollah, which is supported by Syria and Iran and maintains an arsenal that far outweighs that of the national army, denounces the Netherlands-based tribunal as a conspiracy by the US and Israel. It had been pressuring Hariri to reject any of its findings even before they came out, but Hariri has refused to break cooperation with the tribunal. Now, the chasm between the two sides is deepening with Hezbollah accusing Hariri's bloc of bowing to the West. Hezbollah's ministers timed their resignations to coincide with Hariri's meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, forcing him to meet the American president as a caretaker prime minister. The collapse of the government ushers in the worst political crisis since 2008 in one of the most volatile corners of the Middle East.

BEIRUT: In this photo released by Lebanon’s official government photographer, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, right, meets with Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon yesterday.—AP Lebanon suffered through a devastating civil war from 1975-1990, a 1982 Israeli invasion to drive out Palestinian fighters in the south, a 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, and deadly sectarian fighting between Sunnis and Shiites in 2008. Arab League chief Amr Moussa expressed concern that Lebanon could again descend into chaos. "It is bad. It is tense. It is threatening," he said of the situation. "All of us have to work together in order to reach some kind of compromise," he told reporters in Doha, Qatar. Israel also said it was worried about renewed violence on its northern border with Lebanon. Israeli troops stationed along the frontier were on alert yesterday. Suleiman began consultations over the choice of a new prime minister yesterday. He met with parliament speaker Nabih

Berri, who told reporters after the meeting that the president would begin polling lawmakers on their choice on Monday. There were expectations of prolonged wrangling over the selection of prime minister. Politicians in the pro-Western coalition said there was no alternative to the 40year-old billionaire Hariri, who remains the most popular choice among Sunnis. According to Lebanon's constitution, the president must be a Christian Maronite, the prime minister a Sunni and the parliament speaker a Shiite. Samir Geagea, leader of the Christian right-wing Lebanese Forces group which is allied with Hariri, said Hariri's backers would name him again as their choice. "It would be a grave mistake to even think about an alternative to Saad Hariri," he warned Wednesday. —AP

Clinton: Mideast faces disaster without reform

DOHA: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talks during a Civil Society breakfast in Doha, Qatar yesterday.—AP

DOHA: US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday delivered a stark warning to Arab leaders that they will face growing unrest, extremism and even rebellion unless they quickly address depleting oil and water reserves and enact real economic and political reform. Wrapping up a four-nation tour of US allies in the Persian Gulf with unusually blunt remarks to a regional development conference in the Qatari capital of Doha, Clinton said economic and political space must be opened up for the Arab world's exploding youth population, women and minorities. Without that, respect for human rights, improved business climates and an end to pervasive corruption, she said young people and others will increasingly turn to radicalism and violence that will bleed outside the region, threatening not only Middle Eastern stability and security but the rest of the world. "In too many places, in too many ways, the region's foundations are sinking into the sand," she told officials at the Forum for the Future conference. "The new and dynamic Middle East ... needs firmer ground if it is to take root and grow everywhere." Clinton made her comments after visiting the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen and Qatar. During her trip, civil unrest con-

tinued unabated in Tunisia and Algeria, Egypt remained tense after disputed elections and a political crisis hit Lebanon, underscoring what Clinton said where deep concerns about trends in the Middle East. "While some countries have made great strides in governance, in many others, people have grown tired of corrupt institutions and a stagnant political order," she said. She appealed for leaders to heed calls to rein in rampant graft and offer all of their people a better way of life. "Those who cling to the status quo may be able to hold back the full impact of their countries' problems for a little while, but not forever," Clinton said. "If leaders don't offer a positive vision and give young people meaningful ways to contribute, others will fill the vacuum." "Extremist elements, terrorist groups and others who would prey on desperation and poverty are already out there appealing for allegiance and competing for influence," she said. "This is a critical moment and this is a test of leadership for all of us." Improving the climate for business and outside investment is one approach, she said. Critical to that is fighting corruption, she said, reeling off a list of complaints about payoffs she had heard from businesspeople around the broader Middle East and North Africa. —AP


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New violence in Tunisian capital; 4 dead overnight Unprecedented violence reveals deep anger TUNIS: Rioters hurled stones at trams and government buildings in Tunisia's capital yesterday in defiance of increasingly tough government attempts to quash more than three weeks of rioting by youths angry about joblessness. Overnight, police opened fire and killed four people who defied a government curfew in several towns, opposition members said, driving up a death toll already in the dozens. Looters in the Bizerte region raided a supermarket, pharmacy, clothing shops and a bookstore amid chaos, said union leader and human rights advocate Souad Ghousami, a member of the opposition PDP party. Security forces appeared unable or unwilling to intervene, and the military appeared to focus its efforts on public buildings, she said. Many youths were taken into custody. The unprecedented violence has revealed deep anger against autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who has clamped down on civil liberties, jailed opponents and tightly controlled the media during 23 years of rule in the Mediterranean

tourist haven where unrest had been rare. Ben Ali announced plans to give his third television address since the start of tensions later in the day. The government's death toll stands at 23, while opposition figures and witnesses say it is more than 50, including the deaths overnight near Tunis and in the northern region of Bizerte. French and Swiss citizens visiting their native country were among those killed, the two European governments said. In the capital, which until this week had been spared the violence erupting in provincial towns, rioters threw stones at Metro trains, forcing them to return to their depot. The Interior Ministry building and a municipal services building were among targets of protesters' anger. Near the French Embassy, hundreds of protesters, some throwing rocks, clashed with undercover officers and riot police who fired tear gas in an effort to disperse them, a witness said. Police were deployed on major thoroughfares in the capital, and stores were shuttered — as was the central souk, or market.

TUNIS: People walk past a burned building after riots in Ettadhamoun, west of Tunis yesterday. —AP

The European Union has complained about the disproportionate use of force in a country that is considered an oasis of calm compared to its neighbors, Algeria and Libya. Ben Ali has gone on national TV in an appeal for calm and to pledge job creation, but his efforts have not done much to stop the unrest. Mourad Yacoubi, an academic and member of the PDP party, said two people were shot to death and another was severely wounded after being hit by gunfire in the Al Intilaka housing project outside Tunis. To the north, in the town of MenzelBourguiba in Bizerte, a young man, Khaled Ben Abderrahmane Mathlouthi, was also killed, said Ghousami. Ghousami said another person, Skander Khlifi, was shot and killed in the nearby town of Sekma, where two others were also rushed to the hospital with injuries to the stomach and shoulder. Amid complaints about a lack of openness, the government opened a media hotline, but calls to the line went unanswered yesterday. The Swiss Foreign Ministry said yesterday a woman with dual Swiss-Tunisian citizenship died in unrest in northern Tunisia. Swiss radio reported the woman was killed by a stray bullet while watching a protest a day earlier. Another victim was a professor of computer science in France, at the University of Technology at Compiegne. University spokeswoman Nadine Luft said Hatem Bettahar had taught there for a decade and had traveled to Tunisia for vacation to see his mother. Slah Nebti, a Tunisian teacher, said Bettahar was shot to death Wednesday by police in a protest in the central city of Douz. He filmed a video of the shooting's aftermath and posted it to Facebook: It showed Bettahar lying in a pool of blood, and the crowd shouting "God is Great!" in Arabic. The French Foreign Ministry said it was looking into the circumstances of Bettahar's death. Ben Ali, 74, has maintained an iron grip on Tunisia since grabbing power in 1987 in a bloodless coup, repressing any challenge to a government many see as corrupt and intolerant. —AP

Nigeria’s ruling party to choose its candidate ABUJA: Paramilitary police and soldiers swarmed Nigeria's capital yesterday ahead of the ruling party's convention, where delegates will pick the candidate expected to become the next leader of Africa's most populous nation. The party is choosing between President Goodluck Jonathan and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, highlighting the religious and ethnic fault lines running through this oil-rich nation of 150 million. Jonathan, a Christian from the south, became president only after the death of Nigeria's elected leader, a Muslim from the north who had only served one term. For that reason, some within the party believe its presidential candidate should be another northerner. The voting is to take place yesterday evening and is expected to last well into the night. The winner is expected to go on to victory in the April election. Since the hand over in 1999 from military rule to a civilian government, Nigerian politics have been dominated by the ruling People's Democratic Party. The party's operatives have the political connections, money and muscle necessary to control Nigeria's unruly and corrupt electoral system. Security was tight yesterday in Abuja, where car bombings

during an October independence celebration killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens more. Another bomb tore through an open-air beer garden in the city on New Year's Eve, killing at least four people. Federal police spokesman Olusola Amore said more than 17,000 officers were on hand for the primary convention. On Wednesday night, officials sealed off major roads crisscrossing the arid capital and paramilitary police with night-vision goggles monitored traffic. Yesterday, roads were blocked off as far as one mile (two kilometers) from the convention. Delegates, supporters and media had to go through at least four different searches, bags were Xrayed, and bodies were patted down and scanned with metal detector wands. In an unusual order, Amore said the federal police force had told its officers they wouldn't be able to carry firearms, grenades and tear gas canisters into Eagle Square, the convention site. Before the convention began, the US Embassy in Abuja also warned its citizens "to exercise caution and avoid areas where there are political or other large public gatherings" during the election season. Every major ministry office was shut down for the day. —AP

ABIDJAN: Local residents look on as a United Nations vehicle, set on fire by militant student supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, burns in the Riviera 2 neighborhood of Abidjan, Ivory Coast yesterday.—AP

Ivory Coast mob beats driver of UN vehicle ABIDJAN: Students loyal to the Ivorian leader who is refusing to cede power attacked a UN vehicle in the country's main city yesterday, setting it ablaze and beating the driver after dragging the person from the car. Supporters of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo forced the vehicle to stop at a makeshift roadblock in a pro-Gbagbo neighborhood. The driver was pulled out of the car and beaten while another group smashed the vehicle's windows and set it on fire, said a witness who declined to be identified for security reasons. It was not immediately known what happened to the driver, and the United Nations mission in Abidjan said it was looking into the attack and could not yet comment. The cocoa-producing country has been tense since a heavily disputed Nov. 28 election which the international community says opposition leader Alassane Ouattara won. Gbagbo, who refuses to give up power, still controls the military and security forces across this lagoonside city. An Associated Press reporter who arrived on the scene in the Riviera II neighborhood after the attack saw the vehicle still smoldering. There were no UN troops or security forces in sight. The witness said the students also tried to stop a UN truck that drove by shortly afterward. The truck escaped, but the students grabbed a bag filled with what appeared to be UN peacekeeping uniforms, which some of them put on. After the UN certified Ouattara as the winner, Gbagbo accused the global body of bias and ordered thousands of peacekeepers to leave the country immediately. UN peacekeepers patrolling the streets of Abidjan have come under growing threat of violence, including one who was wounded in a machete attack last month. Violent clashes in Abidjan already have left up to 11 people dead in recent days, including four civilians. Authorities imposed a curfew in the Ouattara stronghold of Abobo and sent in a convoy of military trucks following fighting that began there Tuesday after a police raid. Up to seven police officers are among the dead, and army chief Philippe Mangou warned that his troops reserved the right to retaliate. "In order to find these people attacking the republic inside their hiding places, the armed forces of Ivory Coast want all human rights organizations, as well as the national and international community to know that that these attacks against us are equal to acts of war ... putting us in a position of legitimate selfdefense," Mangou said in a declaration read on state TV on Wednesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the violence in Abobo, and UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said that Ban urged both sides "to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid further clashes." Gbagbo lost the election by a nearly 9-point margin according to results certified by the United Nations. A peace agreement after the country's 20022003 civil war invited the UN to act as the final arbiter of the election, creating an independent mechanism for determining the outcome. Elections in Zimbabwe and Kenya in recent years have ended with the opposition candidate forced to accept a power-sharing agreement with the sitting president, even though most observers say the opposition had won in both instances. Country experts warn that Gbagbo is likely hoping for a similar arrangement and is using the tool of human rights abuses, includ-


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TERESOPOLIS: A rescue worker walks among debris after landslides at Caleme neighborhood in Teresopolis, Brazil yesterday. —AP

Hundreds dead in Brazil slides, search to continue At least 50 still missing TERESOPOLIS: Driving rains sent tons of rusty red earth sliding into Brazilian mountain towns, killing at least 287 people and leaving dozens more missing , lives rescuers hoped to save as they resumed searches yesterday. In the hardest-hit town of Teresopolis, where the local civil defense agency said at least 146 people died, hundreds of family members crowded around the town’s morgue waiting to identify bodies. More corpses were laid out on a street in front to the police station, covered by blankets. Rains hit the town overnight, though no new mudslides were reported.

Rescuers used heavy machinery, shovels and bare hands in attempts to find survivors. How many were saved was not known , at least 50 were still missing and one neighborhood hit by slides in Teresopolis had not been reached yet by authorities. In a neighboring town, firefighters rescued a 25-year-old man who held his 6-month-old son for 15 hours until they were both pulled out alive. The man’s wife and mother-in-law were feared dead. Heavy rains and mudslides kill hundreds of people across Brazil each year, especially during the South American summer. The worst hit are the poor, whose rickety

homes are often built on steep slopes with weak or no foundations. In Teresopolis, 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Rio de Janeiro, deluges filled creeks and the overflows swept over already water-logged mountainsides. Brick and wooden shacks built on hillsides stripped of trees washed away in surging earth and water, leaving behind only a long trail of mud. The mountains saw 10 inches (26 centimeters) of rain fall in less than 24 hours. More rain, possibly heavy at times, is forecast through the weekend. Floodwaters continued to gush down the mountains for hours after rainstorms ended Wednesday.

Survivors waded through waist-high water, carrying what belongings they could, trying to reach higher ground. Many tried desperately to find relatives, though phone service was out in the region and many people were still missing hours after the rain stopped. “There are so many disappeared , and so many that will probably never be found,” said Angela Marina de Carvalho Silva, a resident of Teresopolis who feared she may have lost 15 relatives, including five nieces and nephews. “There was nothing we could do. It was hell,” she said in a telephone interview. Carvalho Silva took refuge in a neighbor’s house on high

ground with her husband and daughter, and watched the torrential rain carry away cars, tree branches and animals and rip apart the homes of friends and family. “It’s over. There’s nothing. The water came down and swept everything away,” said her husband, Sidney Silva. In the neighboring mountain town of Nova Friburgo, at least 107 people died, according to an emailed statement from the Rio state civil defense department. Among the dead were four firefighters who were helping in the rescue effort. Three other firefighters were listed as missing after their fire truck was hit by a mudslide. —AP

Obama urges country to heal after Arizona shooting TUCSON: President Barack Obama appealed for unity at a memorial service for those attacked in the Arizona shooting rampage, and he implored a divided America to honor them by becoming a better country. Obama electrified the crowd Wednesday by revealing that following his hospital visit with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, she had opened her eyes for the first time since being shot point-blank in the head in the assassination attempt four days ago. First lady Michelle Obama held hands with Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, as the news brought a cascade of cheers. While some have blamed America’s overheated political climate and the use of violent imagery in campaigns, Obama

conceded that there is no way to know what set off last Saturday’s shooting rampage that left six people dead, 13 wounded and the nation shaken. He tried instead to leave indelible memories of the people who were gunned down and to rally the country to use the moment as a reflection on America’s behavior and compassion. “I believe we can be better,” Obama said to a capacity crowd at the University of Arizona basketball arena _ and to countless others watching across America. “Those who died here, those who saved lives here _ they help me believe. We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to

us.” Obama said Giffords, known as “Gabby,” opened her eyes a few minutes after he left her intensive care hospital room Wednesday evening at Tucson’s University Medical Center, where some of her colleagues in Congress remained. “Gabby opened her eyes, so I can tell you: She knows we are here, she knows we love her, and she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult journey,” he said. Giffords is expected to survive, although her condition and the extent of her recovery remain in doubt. The 40-year-old was less sedated and more responsive and her doctors said that her recovery was going as anticipated. —AP

ARIZONA: President Barack Obama greets Daniel Hernandez, an intern for Rep Gabrielle Giffords who helped her after she was shot, at a memorial service in Tucson, Ariz, on the University of Arizona campus, Wednesday. —AP


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US defense chief warns on North Korea, eyes Japan ties Gates heads to Seoul

BEIJING: In this Jan 12 photo, Chinese paramilitary policemen stand guard in front of a sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius displayed near the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China’s capital.—AP

Confucius shows up on China’s Tiananmen Square BEIJING: There’s a new face keeping Chairman Mao company on Tiananmen Square. A mammoth sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled this week off one side of the vast plaza. It’s a jarring juxtaposition for a square the ruling Communist Party treats as politically hallowed ground: a mausoleum holding revolutionary leader Mao Zedong’s body sits in the middle and his giant portrait hangs at one end. Placing the statue at China’s political heart is the authoritarian government’s most visible endorsement yet of the 2,500-year-old sage and, selectively, his teachings. Confucius is enjoying a revival, in books and films, on TV and in classrooms. His message of harmonious social order and deference to authority is unthreatening to the party, while his emphasis on ethics resonates among Chinese coping with fast-paced social change on the back of torrid economic growth. The government is increasingly marshaling his popularity to bolster national identity. “The rise of a big country requires a cultural foundation, and Chinese culture upholds the spirit of harmony,” said Wu

Weishan, the sculptor, who has made more than 200 statues of the philosopher. “The essential thoughts of Confucius are love, kindness, wisdom and generosity. And peace and prosperity are what the people are striving for.” The 31-foot (9.5-meter) bronze sculpture depicts a robed Confucius with a serious expression and sits on the east side of the square, facing in the direction of Mao’s portrait and amid the bustle of Beijing. Chinese tourists busily snapped photos and agreed that Confucius’ teachings bear a message for modern China, where “money worship” and consumerism feel like national p r e o c c u p a t i o n s . “Confucianism has been governing the lives and ethics of Chinese for thousands of years,” said 25-year-old engineer Cui Xiaozhan, on a business trip from the eastern city of Qingdao. “We should study it. But everyone is too busy and tired.” Confucius laid down a code of ethics that was adopted as a quasi-religious national philosophy of governance and personal behavior. His teachings emphasized duty to family, respect for learning, virtuous behavior and obedience of individuals to the state. —AP

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge trial gets go-ahead PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s UN-backed genocide tribunal has refused to drop indictments against four former senior members of the Khmer Rouge, rejecting their appeals. The tribunal says Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge’s chief ideologist; Khieu Samphan, its head of state; Ieng Sary, its foreign minister; and his wife Ieng Thirith, who was minister for social affairs, were ordered yesterday to be sent for trial. Court officials have suggested the trial would start midyear. Charges against the four include crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes and murder, torture and religious persecution. An estimated 1.7 million people died under the Khmer Rouge’s rule in the late 1970s. The regime’s chief jailer was convicted last year of war crimes and crimes against humanity. —AP

TOKYO: The United States and Japan vowed yesterday to deepen military cooperation in the face of North Korean “belligerence”. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on an Asia trip that started in China and will end in South Korea on Friday, said all major regional powers hoped to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula. “If there is a common theme in my visits, it is the common interest of the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea and China for there to be stability and peace on the Korean peninsula,” Gates said. Gates earlier this week warned that Pyongyang was becoming a direct threat to the United States and could develop inter-continental ballistic missiles within five years. He also suggested that the sinking of a South Korean warship and the shelling of a South Korean island last year was raising pressure on South Korea to shift from a policy of restraint toward one of military response, were Pyongyang to strike again. “The key on the Korean peninsula, as I discussed in China and discussed in Japan, is to prevent another provocation from happening,” he said. The North has appealed almost daily for talks since the start of the year, but Gates called on Pyongyang to make concrete gestures that it was serious about negotiations. Gates and his Japanese counterpart, Toshimi Kitazawa also agreed to strengthen defense cooperation, and discussed the potential export to allies of missile defense capabilities both countries are jointly developing. Pentagon officials hope Japan will buy US fighter jets, when upgrading its fleet of ageing F-4 Phantom

TOKYO: US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, shakes hands with Japan’s counterpart Toshimi Kitazawa after a joint news conference at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo yesterday. —AP fighters. US relations with Tokyo frayed after the Democratic Party of Japan swept to power last year vowing to forge more equal ties with the United States and review an agreement on relocating a US Marine airbase on Japan’s Okinawa island. But wariness over a rising China and an unpredictable North Korea has bolstered incentives to strengthen the alliance. Gates said he spoke with Japanese leaders about “the challenges associated with China’s growing military strength.” His comments came just two days after the first test flight of a Chinese stealth fighter jet. US officials are also con-

cerned about China’s faster-thanexpected advances in its anti-ship ballistic missile program, which could challenge US aircraft carriers in the Pacific. Kitazawa said both Japan and the United States agreed it was important for the international community to “keep working on China, so that it will take cooperative actions as a responsible major power in the international society.” Relations between Japan and China soured last year after a flare-up of a territorial dispute involving islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.— Reuters

Japan PM to reshuffle Cabinet to push for reforms CHIBA: Japan’s prime minister said yesterday he will reshuffle his unpopular Cabinet as he tries to revive the struggling economy and open up the country to stay globally competitive. Naoto Kan said he will announce his new lineup today to push for reforms as Japan faces a string of daunting problems, including a rapidly aging population, growing national debt and an anemic economy , the world’s third-largest. “I will have the most powerful Cabinet,” Kan said. “The changes will reflect how best we can push for reforms for Japan and tackle the problems.” He was speaking at the annual convention of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan, held in Chiba, just outside Tokyo, where more than 2,000 national and local lawmakers and their supporters gathered to discuss agendas for the year. It will be his third Cabinet since he took office in June. The reshuffle is largely seen as an attempt to increase chances of passing key legislation,

including the 2011 budget. Distracted by personnel issues and a scandal involving a party veteran, Kan’s government has been unable to make much progress in parliament. Kan didn’t specify what changes he will make, but media reports say he will replace Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, who has come under fire from opposition parties for controversial comments on diplomatic and defense issues. The opposition bloc had threatened to boycott parliamentary sessions if Sengoku is not replaced. Yukio Edano, the ruling party’s acting secretary general, is among the top candidates for the job as the top government spokesman, according to Japanese media reports. Kaoru Yosano, a 72-year-old veteran lawmaker known as a staunch advocate of fiscal reform and supporter of raising the sales tax to meet the country’s climbing social security costs, is also expected to be given a Cabinet post. Yosano has held a number of sen-

ior government posts under the former Liberal Democratic government, and Kan’s likely decision to tap him suggests that the prime minister is focused on fiscal reconstruction and wants someone who could foster consensus across party lines. Other key Cabinet members, including Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, are likely to retain their posts, Kyodo News agency reported. Yesterday’s party meeting, Kan faced criticism from fellow party members that his administration was failing to tackle urgent problems confronting Japan. Tokyo is considering whether to join a U.S.-backed freetrade zone called the Trans-Pacific Partnership that nine countries are negotiating. Business leaders say Japan must join the TPP or suffer a competitive disadvantage, but farmers are opposed because of worries that cheaper imports would ruin them. —AP


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Afghanistan troop target may be too low: DefenSe official Current security situation means more than 400,000 needed

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan woman selling jack fruits and coconuts sits with a glass of tea as she waits for customers in Colombo, Sri Lanka yesterday.—AP

Sri Lanka prepares for flood-borne diseases COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is hospitalizing pregnant women and young children to shield them from waterborne diseases in districts where floods have brought sewage into the streets, a health official said yesterday. Days of heavy rain have triggered widespread floods and mudslides, mainly in the island's Eastern Province. Five more deaths were reported yesterday, bringing the toll to 23, Pradeep Kodippili of the Disaster Management Center said. One person was reported missing and 36 others injured. Amid the floods, sewage lines and tanks have overflowed in many villages, and Health Ministry spokesman Dharma Wanninayake said officials are concerned about diseases like typhoid and diarrhea. He said doctors working in affected areas have been asked to hospitalize women who are nearly nine months pregnant and children under 5 years old. The measure will help slow infection rates and allow the most vulnerable to be treated quickly, he said. More than a million people have been affected by the rains, and 325,000 have been forced from their homes. Many villages in Eastern Province have been inundated, with some cut off from supplies. Nine villages in the eastern Trincomalee district are isolated with only sea access, said N Selvanayagam, a local government official. Food and medical supplies are running low in those areas, leaving tens of thousands of people in need, said Mohammad Jihad, a community leader. Wanninayake said special teams of doctors and health inspectors have been dispatched to work in camps housing the displaced people and mobile clinics set up. The government has deployed 28,000 armed forces and police personnel with boats and helicopters to help with rescue and relief for affected people. The United Nations and other aid agencies have stepped in to provide food, sleeping mats, water tanks, purification tablets and hygiene kits. Badly hit Eastern Province has been recovering from a quarter century of violence during a civil war fought by Tamil Tigers seeking a separate state for minority Tamils. —AP

Bomb attacks kill 4 police in Pakistan PESHAWAR: Suspected militants targeted a police vehicle and a security checkpoint with bombs in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing four officers and wounding nine others, police said. Three policemen were killed in the first attack when a remotecontrolled bomb destroyed a vehicle carrying police and paramilitary forces in Bannu district of troubled Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province, said Rafique Khan, a local police official. Five security personnel were also wounded in the attack, said Khan, who blamed local Islamic militants but offered no evidence to back up his claim. Also yesterday, a bomb ripped through a checkpoint manned by tribal police in Bara, a town near the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing one officer and wounding four others, police official Iqbal Khan said. Islamist militants with bases in the northwest have carried out scores of attacks on police and army targets over the last three years. They are seeking to overthrow the US-allied, democratically elected government and replace it with a pro-Taleban Islamic emirate.—AP

KABUL: Afghanistan's security forces will likely need to be bigger than a projected 400,000 soldiers and police if they are to take over securing the country from foreign troops in 2014, the Afghan Defence Ministry said yesterday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai wants Afghans to take the lead in security by the end of 2014, an ambitious goal but one endorsed by Western nations with troops on the ground. Commanders have estimated that a 400,000-strong security force-combining military and police-would be the minimum requirement to protect the whole country and international donors have tentative plans to reach that level by 2013. There is a firm commitment to have a 300,000-strong force by October 2011, shortly after the US begins a slow withdrawal. But Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman General Zaher Azimy said yesterday even the larger number may not be high enough. "It cannot be predicted what the security situation will be like in 2014," Azimy said in a written statement. "But considering the current security situation ... Afghanistan will need a security force numbering more than 400,000 to transition power in 2014." Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since the war began in late 2001. A strategy review released by US President Barack Obama last month found NATO-led forces were making headway against the Taleban but serious challenges remained. The review also said the United States was on track to begin gradually withdrawing its troops-numbering about 97,000 out of some 150,000 foreign troops-in July, as Afghan forces slowly take over in some parts of the country. Azimy said there were currently around 149,500 soldiers in the Afghan army and that they were on track to expand to the 171,600 target this year. The Afghan army numbered 97,000 soldiers in November 2009, according to NATO figures.

KABUL: Afghan police guard entrance of Iranian Embassy hit with red paint by protestors yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan. A few hundred protesters marched to the Iranian Embassy to demonstrate against the hanging of Afghans in Iran. Afghan lawmakers have claimed that as many as 45 Afghans had been executed in Iran .—AP Afghanistan's police force, which is controlled by the Interior Ministry, numbered about 120,000 in November 2010, up from 95,000 a year earlier. Plans for 2013 call for 240,000 soldiers and 160,000 police. Critics, however, point to shortcomings in Afghanistan's security forces and say the 2014 target to begin withdrawing troops is too ambitious and only emboldens the insurgents. The army and police force have suffered from high attrition rates, mainly from desertion and casualties. The commander in charge of training, Lieutenant General William Caldwell, said in September attrition rates were so high that in order to achieve a permanent increase of 50,000, the security forces would need to recruit 133,000 personnel. Some also say too much focus has been placed on quantity over quality, and while

the army in particular has made strides in recent months, its operational capability has been overstated. Violence has surged in Afghanistan with record casualties on all sides. Afghan security forces have been hit particularly hard as they are often easier targets than their foreign partners who are protected by more advanced equipment. On a visit to Afghanistan this week, US Vice President Joe Biden said he hoped Afghans would be able to ensure security by the end of 2014 but that the United States would remain beyond that date if the Afghans wanted. The Pentagon also said last week the United States would temporarily send 1,400 more Marines to Afghanistan in an effort to hold on to fragile gains, but overall US troop levels would not surpass previously announced limits.—Reuters

India angry at Chinese visas for disputed border state residents NEW DELHI: China has angered India by issuing unorthodox visas to two Indians from a border state claimed by Beijing, the latest flare-up of a territorial dispute festering between the Asian giants. India's foreign ministry said yesterday it had seen reports that an Indian athlete and his coach from the remote northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, on the Chinese border, were issued visas on papers stapled to their passports. Chinese visas are normally stamped into Indian passports. The state is one of the biggest issues of contention between the fast-growing Asian nations who are competing for global influence and resources. China and India still claim vast swathes of each other's territories along their 3,500 km (2,173 mile) Himalayan border which has largely remained peaceful since a 1962 war, but their unsettled border remains the biggest single impediment to better relations. "We have unequivocally conveyed to the Chinese side that a uniform practice on issuance of visas to Indian nationals must be

followed, regardless of the applicant's ethnicity or place of domicile," the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement. "The ministry had also issued a travel advisory cautioning Indian citizens that Chinese paper visas, stapled to the passport, were not considered valid for travel out of the country." In the past, China has refused to issue visas to Indians from Arunachal Pradesh saying they did not need permission to travel to China. In 2009, India protested against a Chinese policy of issuing different visas to residents of Kashmir, a state which India and arch-enemy Pakistan rule in part but claim in full. Beijing supports Pakistan's claims to Kashmir. A few weeks ago, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited India in an effusive display of warmth that, however, failed to lift the veil of suspicion between the two nations or resolve their border disputes. China's support for Pakistan, which backs separatists in Kashmir, has not helped defuse tensions. Beijing resents the presence of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan leader, in India. — Reuters


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JAKARTA: A vendor puts chillies into a plastic bag for a customer at a market in Tangerang in the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday. Triggered by increasing food prices, Indonesia’s inflation reached 6.96 percent in 2010, raising concerns that the country could face big challenges in 2011 due to skyrocketing basic needs price. (Inset): Hans Timmer speaks in Washington. — AP

WB sees 2008 risks for economy Growth slowing, food and fuel prices skyrocketing WASHINGTON: The World Bank warned yesterday the global economy could return to the dark days of the 2008 crisis, with slowing growth and rising commodity prices. After the recession in 2009 and the 2010 rebound, the multilateral institution said, 2011 is expected to be a year of deceleration. In its latest projections, the bank estimates global growth of 3.3 percent this year following a 3.9 percent rate in 2010. Emerging and developing countries were expected to expand 6.0 percent, down from a 7.0 percent pace in 2010, the bank said in its latest Global Economic Prospects report. But that was more than double the 2.4 percent rate expected to be clocked by high-income countries this year, slowing from a 2.8 percent rate in 2010. Growth in both high-income and developing countries, however, was expected to pick up toward mid-2011, and “settling at rates close to their longer-run potential.” For 2012, growth in the global economy was seen rising at a 3.6 percent rate. High-income countries were

expected to expand by 2.7 percent and developing countries would speed up just a notch, to 6.1 percent. Still, the overall pace of growth is too weak to give the recovery solid traction, the World Bank said. “Unfortunately these growth rates are unlikely to be fast enough to eliminate unemployment and slack in the hardest-hit economies and economic sectors.” In addition, “serious tensions and pitfalls persist in the global economy, which in the short run could derail the recovery to differing degrees,” it warned. Threats that could derail the recovery include the eurozone financial market crisis, volatile capital flows and the rising prices of commodities, including food and fuel, the 187-nation institution said. The World Bank expressed particular concern about rising commodity prices, including food and fuel, driven by loose monetary policies in the developed countries and solid demand in the emerging economies. “Although real food prices in most developing countries have not

increased as much as those measured in US dollars, they have risen sharply in some poor countries,” the World Bank said. “And if international prices continue to rise, affordability issues and poverty impacts could intensify.” “We are very concerned about the rise in the food prices... We see some similarities with the situation in 2008, just before the financial crisis,” Hans Timmer, the bank’s director of development prospects, said at a news conference. In 2008, oil prices surged above $147 a barrel in July, then fell to nearly $30 six months later. Currently around $92 in New York, oil prices are above the bank’s estimate of $85 a barrel on average in 2011, compared with $79 in 2010. Commodity prices excluding oil were expected to dip 0.1 percent in dollar terms. The 2008 scenario of soaring food and oil prices amid slowing growth, which had revived the word “stagflation,” would likely be avoided, the World Bank said, as long as supply follows the rhythm of demand. —AFP


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Profit hopes push IQ to new high DUBAI: Bullish earnings and dividend expectations pushed Industries Qatar (IQ) to a 28-month high yesterday, helping Doha’s Index reach a similar milestone. IQ rose 2 percent to 151.90 riyals, its highest finish since Sept. 8, 2008. “We are bullish on the stock in the near-term as we expect earnings will grow sequentially by 15 percent in the fourth-quarter,” said Ankit Gupta, senior analyst at Securities & Investment Company (Sico), in Bahrain. “IQ is likely to disburse good dividends as underscored by its robust operational cash flows, under-leveraged balance sheet and limited committed capital expenditure over the next two years. IQ still has further upside.”

Sico’s fair value for the stock is 162 riyals. IQ is forecast to make a fourthquarter profit of 1.65 billion riyals, according to analysts polled by Reuters. Doha’s index rose 0.2 percent to its highest close since Sept. 29, 2008. It is up 13 percent since a Dec. 2 FIFA vote chose the gas exporter to host the 2022 soccer World Cup. “Investors are very bullish on Qatar,” added Gupta. “It’s premature, but many people think Qatar will be upgraded by MSCI, which would lead to a re-rating of the whole market.” Qatar, along with the United Arab Emirates, is on watch to be upgraded by MSCI to emerging market status, with the next review slated for June. MSCI currently classifies both countries as frontier markets.

In Kuwait, telecoms operator Zain rose 1.4 percent. Turkey’s Cukurova Holding is in talks to buy 29.9 percent of Zain for $7.89 billion, CNBC Arabiya reported on Wednesday, just days before the deadline for a 46 percent stake sale to Abu Dhabi’s Etisalat. Abu Dhabi’s Aldar Properties rose 0.4 percent. The company’s board will meet late Thursday to discuss plans to ask shareholders to approve asset sales and a convertible bond. The indebted developer is forecast to make a fourth-quarter loss of 446 million dirhams, according to a Reuters poll, in what would be its fifth straight quarterly loss. “It is the funding gap that matters,” said Ahmed Badr, Credit Suisse research

analyst. He estimates this gap will be 11 billion dirhams in 2011. “I’m neutral on Aldar-it has a short-term funding problem, plus long-term weak prospects in the Abu Dhabi property market,” added Badr. Dubai builder Arabtec fell 2.6 percent to a six-week low, continuing its slide since it announced plans to launch a $108.5 million rights issue and $150 million convertible bond. [ID:nLDE70A068] “In the near term the potential earnings dilution is likely to impact the stock price negatively,” NBK Capital wrote in a note to clients. “However, in the longer term we believe that this capital increase is likely to provide adequate firepower for the company to monetize its backlog in the neighboring markets more effectively.” —Reuters

ECB, BOE maintain rates unchanged

ATHENS: A man walks among vehicles in a traffic jam during a 24-hour strike by public transport in Athens yesterday. Transport workers in Athens have defied a court order and gone on a 24-hour strike against the government’s austerity measures. —AP

FRANKFURT: The European Central Bank and Bank of England kept key lending rates unchanged yesterday as Italy and Spain successfully sold bonds and the French premier vowed that the 17-nation euro-zone would not fail. In Frankfurt, the ECB kept its main lending rate at a record low 1.0 percent for the 20th month running, while the BoE held steady at its record low of 0.50 percent. Analysts had widely anticipated the rate decisions and waited for news on the ECB’s program of public debt purchases following a string of bond issues by Italy, Portugal and Spain, countries seen as at risk on the money markets. That and potential developments regarding the European Financial Stability

Greek strikes continue amid rise in jobless rate ATHENS: Greek unemployment has risen to its highest level in at least six years, official data showed yesterday, as government austerity measures continued to prompt strikes and street protests. The annual jobless rate jumped to 13.5 percent in October, the Greek Statistical Authority said, the highest rate since monthly figures were first released in 2004. Some 192,000 people lost their jobs during the 12 months since October 2009, when the country’s financial crisis became acute. Greece, battling recession and rising unemployment, is struggling to cut costs and to meet targets set under the 110 billion euros ($143 billion) bailout loan deal with European countries and the IMF. The Socialist government came under further pressure in November when the EU added losses by Greek state companies to the national deficit figures. In Athens, pub-

lic transport workers defied a court order and went on a 24-hour strike against the austerity measures. About 2,000 strikers marched to parliament in a rally that ended peacefully. The protest, which halted most services, went ahead after the government announced plans to restructure loss-making state transport companies, using fare increases and involuntary staff transfers. A court late Wednesday declared the strike illegal, but protesters leaders claimed they had not been formally notified of the decision when the walked-out started. Tickets for public transport services will rise on Feb. 1 from the current price of §1 ($1.30) to up to 1.40 ($1.82), but the government said it was maintaining high subsidy levels to keep prices low. “We have the cheapest public transport in Europe,” deputy transport minister Spyros Vouyias told parliament. —AP

MADRID: Spanish bank Banesto’s CEO Jose Garcia Cantera Garcia speaks during a press conference to present the 2010 results yesterday. —AFP

Facility (EFSF) were the “two questions high in people’s minds,” Barclays Capital economist Thorsten Polleit told AFP after the decision was announced. Capital Economics counterpart Ben May wondered whether the ECB would provide more clues at a press conference “about how it will deal with the peripheral euro-zone debt crisis.” Spain passed a key test with its first bond auction of 2011, selling 3.0 billion euros ($3.9 billion) in five-year bonds while Italy raised 6.0 billion euros via five- and 15-year bond sales a day after Portugal raised 1.25 billion euros. Analysts stressed that the sales did not spell an end to the euro-zone debt crisis and pointed to tens of billions of euros that would still have to be raised by heavily indebted countries later this year. In London, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said: “Of this there must never be any doubt-euro area states, and especially France and Germany, are ready to do everything, absolutely everything, to ensure the euro area’s stability.” The ECB has helped indebted countries by buying government bonds on secondary markets and providing unlimited amounts of cash loans to the commercial banks, some of which have become “addicted” to the funds in the words of many economists. But ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet has become more and more outspoken in telling euro-zone governments to get their finances in order, saying they must do more rather than rely on the ECB to save the day with its bond purchases. Trichet told German lawmakers last week that the ECB’s “monetary policy responsibility cannot substitute for government irresponsibility.” Germany is the strongest euro-zone member and many politicians here oppose providing more money to weaker partners who have failed to take the painful measures needed to put their finances in order. Media reports nonetheless suggest that Berlin is coming around to an eventual increase in the size of the 440-billion-euro EFSF, a vehicle that could eventually take over sovereign bond purchases from an increasingly reticent ECB. —AFP


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BlackBerry finds answer to India security fear NEW DELHI: The Canadian maker of BlackBerry said yesterday it had found a way out of an ongoing standoff in India over allowing security agencies access to the smartphone’s encrypted messaging service. However, the solution did not include providing access to corporate e-mail services, Research In Motion (RIM) said in a statement. India had given RIM until January 31 to come up with a solution that would permit its intelligence agencies to monitor encrypted dataamid concerns in New Delhi that militants may use the services to plan and carry out attacks. In its statement, RIM said its revised access capability “meets the standard required by the government of India for all consumer messaging services”. Indian agencies will now be able to monitor the BlackBerry’s messenger and public email services, but not corporate emails, the statement added. RIM’s representatives have met home and telecommunications ministry officials repeatedly in an effort to end a threeyear deadlock over the issue. Banning the service would create disruption for India’s corporations, which widely use the BlackBerry. The smartphone has 1.1 million users in India, including many non-corporate clients. Ministry officials in New Delhi were not available to comment on the RIM announcement. India’s minister of state for communications Sachin Pilot had told parliament last month that no answer to the standoff had been found. The January 31 date was the third time that the government has extended the deadline for BlackBerry to meet its requirements. In October, the United Arab Emirates withdrew a threatened ban on Blackberry services after saying they had been brought into compliance with the Gulf state’s regulatory framework, though it did not provide details of the changes. India has also told Google and Skype that they must set up servers in the country to allow law enforcers to screen traffic, as the country widens its security offensive on Internet communications firms. BlackBerry has become a global market leader in the smartphone sector thanks to its heavy encryption, and analysts say any compromise with the Indian government could damage its popularity with its high-profile clientele. RIM said on Monday it would start filtering web services in Indonesia after the mainly Muslim country threatened to restrict or block the company’s domestic services to prevent access to Internet pornography. —AFP

PARIS: French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen expects car markets in China and Latin America to rise this year, after growth outside Europe helped its own 2010 vehicle sales grow 13 percent to a record 3.6 million units. Carmakers have focused on booming emerging regions including China and Latin America, and an upturn in highpotential Russia, as scrapping schemes that helped European markets ended. PSA sold 39 percent of its cars and light commercial vehicles outside Europe in 2010, compared with 34 percent in 2009, it said in a statement yesterday. That development strengthened as the year unfolded, PSA said, with 43 percent of sales outside Europe in the second half. The group has been targeting international growth since late 2009 as a way to improve its profitability, unveiling models like the Peugeot 508 designed to appeal to Chinese drivers. Rising demand in priority growth regions including China, Russia and Latin America, as well as local market share gains should help PSA move closer to its target of making 50 percent of its sales outside Europe by 2015, it said. PSA sold 832,000 vehicles in France last year, compared with 375,600 in China, its second market, a spokesman said. PSA shares lost 0.4 percent to 32.07 euros by 0952 GTM, in line with the

PARIS: French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen Executive Vice President, Brands, Jean-Marc Gales talks while presenting PSA Peugeot Citroen 2010 sales results at the PSA headquarterz in Paris yesterday. — AFP STOXX Europe 600 autos index. Sales of new models such as the sporty RCZ and assembled vehicles only, excluding the the Citroen up-market DS range. The group’s overall orders in January sales of so-called CKD units that are shipped for assembly in other markets, are above those of the same month last year, Gales told a news conference. PSA rose 9.8 percent last year, it said. Jean-Marc Gales, executive vice presi- expects the European car market to stadent brands, was satisfied with the bilize this year, while China should congroup’s international growth and with tinue to show double-digit growth and the progress made with premium and Latin America should show “robust business customers, partly thanks to growth” after 2010’s rebound. —Reuters

Real Doha trade talks must start now: US GENEVA: Trading powers must get down to real negotiations right away if there is to be any hope of concluding the long-running Doha talks to open up global commerce this year, a top US negotiator said yesterday. To reach a deal, said the US ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Michael Punke, big emerging countries like China, Brazil and India should accept that their booming economies meant they must open up their markets more. WTO members have drawn up a program of intensive talks for the next few weeks, after leaders of the G20 rich and emerging economies called for the Doha round to be finished and said 2011 was a window of opportunity. Punke said the complex negotiations would require so much detailed work that a deal could not be done unless the real give and take of bargaining over substantive issues starts now. “For 2011 to be a window of opportunity we have to all be negotiating effective immediately. That’s the logistical reality of the Doha negotiations,” he told a briefing. “There’s an awful lot of work to be done.” Talks next week on agriculture and industrial goods-the core issues in the Doha talks launched nine years agowould show whether Washington’s

partners were really willing to deal, he said. A meeting of key ministers at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos at the end of this month would not yield a substantive breakthrough but would allow countries to signal whether they were serious about the talks, he said.

Punke said recent contacts with China had been disappointing as they had not gone into the detailed negotiations the United States had looked for, while India was sending mixed signals.Recent tariff increases by Brazil were a “stick in the eye” for its trading partners and made the Doha talks harder. — Reuters

HYDERBAD: Indian worker M Naresh spreads out red chillies to dry at a wholesale market in Hyderabad yesterday. Soaring food prices in Asia are a deepening concern among governments fearful of a repeat of the 2008 food crisis that triggered riots across the region and beyond. — AFP


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SEOUL: Pedestrians walk in a shopping district in Seoul yesterday. South Korea’s central bank unexpectedly raised its key interest rate to curb inflation, joining others in Asia and beyond, while the government announced its own steps to control rising prices. —AFP

S Korea steps up inflation battle Rate hike spooks markets SEOUL: South Korea raised interest rates yesterday, surprising markets, and unveiled a set of measures to contain mounting inflation as policymakers around the world battle surging prices of food and other commodities. Bond prices fell as the surprise move prompted traders to price in more tightening by the central back this year than they had earlier expected. Analysts surveyed later by Reuters said they now see the central bank delivering four rate increases in 2011 totaling 100 basis points (bps), including the one on Thursday. That is 25 bps more than they had predicted in a poll in December. President Lee Myung-bak, who last week declared a "war on inflation", yesterday ordered a review of fuel oil prices in a gesture aimed at discouraging domestic companies from raising prices as international crude oil prices neared $100 a barrel. Bank of Korea Governor Kim Choong-soo said inflationary pressures were building faster than it had expected a month ago, while Finance Minister Yoon Jeung-hyun said stabilizing inflation was the top economic policy priority. "Upward price pressures and inflation expectations have been increasing. Therefore, the committee judges it is important to contain them at current levels," Kim told reporters. "There is a substantial amount of liquidity left in the course of overcoming the global crisis. It will be the key task for the future monetary policy how to deal with it." The benchmark 7-day repurchase agreement rate was raised by 25 bps to 2.75 percent, marking the third hike since the end of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis and moving closer to 3.25 percent seen before the crisis. Government bond prices fell, with more liquid 3-year paper hit especially hard. The 3-year yield rose 10 bps to 3.64 percent while the 1-year yield gained 8 bps to 3.0 percent. Stocks and the won showed a muted reaction. Analysts said the next rise could come as early as in March. "I expect the next raise to come in March after pausing in February, when there's a Lunar New Year holiday," said Park Tae-keun, fixed-income analyst at Hanwha Securities, adding he was raising his view for the rate at the end of the year to 3.5 percent from 3.25 percent previously. The median forecast from the survey was for the benchmark interest rate to end the year at 3.5 percent, up from 3.25 percent seen in a previous Reuters survey in December. The government said separately it would cut import tariffs this month on items such as fish and powdered milk, freeze government-controlled prices such as electricity tariffs and rail transportation fares, and toughen punishment on pricing irregularities. — Reuters

BEIJING: China will cast a skeptical eye over a US offer to free up trade in high-tech goods and will refuse to be drawn into a bargain to speed up appreciation of its yuan currency, Chinese government advisers and economists said yesterday. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Wednesday that Washington was "willing to make progress" in giving China greater access to the American market and high-tech goods, provided that it saw some give from Beijing on its tightly controlled exchange rate regime. Chinese officials declined to comment on Geithner's idea, made ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit next week to the United States, but a series of advisers and analysts said that it was unlikely to jump at a trade-for-currency deal. "China has never thought about yuan appreciation from such a perspective," said Ding Yifan, deputy head of the World Institute in the Development Research Centre, a thinktank under the State Council, or cabinet. "The Chinese yuan will not rise in a way designed by the United States. Yuan appreciation is a general trend. It is not because the United States wants it," he said. The pilfering of US intellectual property is the main reason for the curbs on exports of high-technology products that China consistently demands Washington remove. Washington may, in fact, be too slow in opening the door to American technology, said Tao Xie, an expert on US-China relations at the Beijing Foreign Studies University. He noted that a parade of top Chinese officials had visited Western Europe in recent months and appeared to be making inroads there in gaining access to high-

BEIJING: A Chinese man reads a copy of newspaper next to an advertisement billboard displaying fashion and business magazines in Beijing yesterday.—AP tech goods. "That means we may not need to make major concessions to Washington about the currency," he said. "If China can get the same level of technology and equipment from Western Europe, why should it bother with the United States?" China has guided the yuan up by 0.4 percent against the dollar this week, following a well-established pattern of nudging up the currency's value before important political meetings. With China's trade surplus hitting nearly $200 billion last year and inflation run-

ning at its fastest in more than two years, economists believe that more yuan appreciation is needed over the coming year. "We know that the government has pledged to put the task of fighting inflation at the top of its agenda this year," said Lu Zhengwei, senior economist at Industrial Bank in Shanghai. "As more and more Chinese households own cars, the impact from higher international crude oil on inflation expectations has increased sharply. I think this is the most important factor behind the sharp appreciation in recent days," he said. — Reuters

Infosys Q3 disappoints, sales growth in doubt BANGALORE/MUMBAI: Infosys Technologies sparked concerns about the outlook for India's showpiece outsourcing sector after it missed estimates for profit and future sales growth and warned of sluggish global economic growth. Shares in India's No 2 software exporter, which boasts fatter profit margins than its

rivals, fell 4.2 percent and were set for their biggest fall in nearly one and a half years. Infosys and its rivals Tata Consultancy and Wipro have been on a hiring spree in recent quarters and have given pay hikes of up to 20 percent to keep staff, raising hopes of a sharp pickup in outsourcing demand. "We are particularly disappointed by

BANGALORE: Infosys Technologies Ltd. employees walk inside the company’s headquarters in Bangalore yesterday. — AP

Infosys' revenue growth forecast and if Tata Consultancy manages to post better results than Infosys, then people will switch over from Infosys because valuations for others look relatively attractive," said Taina Erajuuri, Helsinkibased portfolio manager at FIM India. FIM India owns shares in Infosys and Tata Consultancy in its portfolio. Infosys, whose sprawling Indian campuses house pizza and Subway outlets and golf courses, was the first to kick off results for the country's $60 billion IT services sector. "The striking negative is that they failed to meet guidance, which is unusual in their case," said Ambareesh Baliga, vice president of Karvy Stock Broking in Mumbai. "The expectations from other IT companies will now taper down." Infosys' net profit in the fiscal third-quarter ended December rose to 17.8 billion rupees ($396 million) from 15.6 billion a year ago. This compares with a Reuters poll of 18.2 billion rupees. Analysts said the possibility of a sharper appreciation in the rupee, rising wages and intensifying competition from global firms such as IBM , Accenture and Hewlett-Packard were also risks for export-driven Indian outsourcers. Consolidation is also picking up. — Reuters


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n the assumption that some version of Great Britain’s fiscal austerity program eventually will show up in the United States, I have been studying up on what Prime Minister David Cameron calls “The Big Society.” Severe budget cuts. Major layoffs of government workers. Reductions in government services to be offset by “community empowerment,” with seed money provided by a Big Society Bank. No more nanny state. Get tough, get involved. But just when I was getting excited about the Big Society, along came Cameron to mess it up. On Nov 23, he announced that next April 29 will be a “bank holiday” throughout the United Kingdom. In England, a bank holiday is what we call a national holiday, meaning most workers get a day off with pay. Each bank holiday costs the British economy about 6 billion pounds, or $9.36 billion. You just don’t declare a bank holiday willy-nilly, especially when you’re trying to rebuild your economy. It has to be a pretty big deal. The occasion for the national day of sloughing off next April 29: the wedding of one of Britain’s royal mascots and a woman with whom he has been consorting for six or seven years, depending on which tabloid you believe. How can you take austerity seriously when you knock off for a celebrity wedding? Most Britons still take their mascots very seriously, though not seriously enough to actually let them run things. The mascot who is getting married April 29 eventually could become mascot-in-chief, so his wedding is a big deal. Also, his late mother was the most beloved mascot in recent British history, and many politicians learned to their regret not to downplay her appeal. The mascots are supported in grand style — about $56 million worth in 2009-2010. It is a sign of just how serious Britain’s economic problems are that the mascots have agreed to take a 14 percent haircut, though not until 2012-2013. The official swan-counter could be laid off. Still, the mascots got off easy compared with the rest of the country. It’s good to be king. Nearly half a million public-sector employees will lose their jobs over the next four years, a sixth of the total public workforce. Most government departments will see their budget cuts by 19 percent, key exceptions being the National Health Service and foreign aid, which remain untouched, and defense spending, which will be cut 8 percent. It’s all part of the government’s plan to cut 81 billion pounds (about $126.3 billion) in spending over the next four years to bring the deficit under control. You think the United States has a spending problem? Britain’s 2011 budget is about a fourth of the size of the U.S. budget in an economy that’s about one-seventh the size of ours.—MCT

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Peggy Wiggins of Liberty, Texas, refuels her tractor-trailer with diesel fuel. ‘You can’t hardly make it out here with gas prices so high,’ Wiggins said. ‘You don’t make any money from the load, you’re paying for fuel,’ she said in Pacific, Missouri. — MCT

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ary Thurk is watching the price of crude oil on a computer screen in a dark office deep inside a garage full of snow plows and street cleaners. It’s creeping up ... $88.49 ... $88.52. Thurk, the purchasing buyer for the city of La Crosse, isn’t buying oil. But he’s preparing a contract for most of the city’s fuel supply for 2011. “I don’t put much credence in what I see at the pump,” Thurk said. He has requests for proposals-or RFPs-ready to go for when crude oil gets to a magic number that he’s reluctant to divulge but is somewhere in the low $80s. Mostly he wants to see the price trending down, which it hasn’t lately. Using the unique system he helped develop several years ago, Thurk contracts for about 65 to 70 percent of the city’s annual fuel supply. He’ll buy the rest as needed-in part to hedge his bet, in part because he can’t predict use, especially during the winter. It’s a system that has helped stretch the city’s budget-about $1.2 million this year for unleaded gasoline and diesel-and keep the fleet of 240 police cars, trucks, buses and snow plows running, Public Works Director Dale Hexom said. “We’re playing the market, if you will,” Hexom said. That could be important this year, as surging crude oil prices have consumers feeling the pinch at home and at the pump-and municipal governments keeping a wary eye on the market, fearing a budget-busting return to $4 a gallon gasoline. “Fuel’s a big thing to us,” Hexom said. “Hopefully, we’re going to be able to cover those costs with what we’ve budgeted.” Industry analyst Tom Kloza, who writes about petroleum markets for Oil Price Information Service, said $4 a gallon gasoline is possible but highly unlikely in 2011. Worldwide demand for petroleum in the past six months has pushed crude oil prices back near $90 a barrel, which translates into $3 a gallon gasoline at the pump. Based on historical patterns of consumer and investor behavior,

Kloza said petroleum will likely go even higher this spring, and gas prices could return to $3.75 a gallon-or more. On average, 2011 prices are likely to be in the $3 to $3.10 range, Kloza said. Diesel could average $3.25 to $3.50 a gallon, though prices could move closer to $4 in some states.

12. The district heats its buildings with natural gas, which hasn’t seen the price increases of petroleum derivatives such as heating oil. And five schools recently received new high-efficiency boilers that yielded 14 to 23 percent in savings. “We’ve been fortunate,” said Kerm King, dis-

Surging crude oil prices have consumers feeling the pinch at home and at the pump and municipal governments keeping a wary eye on the market, fearing a budget-busting return to $4 a gallon gasoline. That’s in line with US Energy Information Administration predictions of $3 a gallon gas and $3.23 diesel. The La Crosse County Highway Department used about $400,000 worth of fuel in 2010 and was instructed by the state Department of Transportation to budget for about a 5 percent increase in 2011. The county has budgeted $198,000 for the other departments, most of which goes to the sheriff’s department. Short-term price spikes don’t worry County Administrator Steve O’Malley. “If we get back up to $4 a gallon diesel, or high $3, then we really have problems,” he said. “If that’s perpetual, that’s going to put huge challenges on how much patrol we can do or how much plowing we can do. It could end up forcing tough choices eventually. Small fluctuations don’t bother us so much as the long-term trends.” The La Crosse School District, which spent $263,800 last year on diesel fuel for buses, budgeted for a 3 percent increase this year. “I think we’ll be OK this year, assuming prices don’t skyrocket the last six months of the (fiscal) year,” said Joyce Smalley, the district’s finance manager. But she expects a bigger increase for 2011-

trict energy manager. “Natural gas hasn’t taken a huge jump.” Jennifer Smith paid $566 in October for 200 gallons of oil for the furnace in her West Salem home. About 20 gallons remained in the basement tanks as of Thursday-just enough to get through the weekend. She expects it will cost more than $600 when Midwest Fuels comes Monday to deliver more. Though her husband makes a good living working for BNSF railroad, the stay-at-home mother of three said the rising expense crimps her budget-it’s costing more to fill up the car at the same time. “That’s a big chunk out of anybody’s check,” she said. She’d prefer to have natural gas but said they can’t afford the conversion. For now, she turns down the thermostat. The average price per gallon for residential heating oil reached $3 in December and continues to climb, according to EIA data. Residential propane, another petroleum derivative, has climbed to $1.95 a gallon. Those are prices not seen since October 2008, when financial crisis pushed the US economy into a deep recession.—MCT


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Strategic implications of Egypt’s church bombing By George Friedman

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ver the past few days, Christian churches have been attacked in at least two countries - Nigeria and Egypt - while small packages containing improvised explosive devices were placed on the doorsteps of Christian families in Iraq. Attacks against Christians are not uncommon in the Islamic world, driven by local issues and groups, and it is unclear whether these latest attacks were simply coincidental and do not raise the threat to a new level or whether they indicate the existence of a new, coordinated, international initiative. There is a strong case to be made for the idea that there is nothing new in all of this. Yet I am struck by the close timing of events in three distant and dispersed countries. Certainly, Egyptian intelligence services are looking for any regional connections (eg, whether Iraqi operatives recruited the Egyptian bomber). While there have been previous bombings in Egypt, they have focused on tourists, not churches. What is important is this: If the recent attacks are not coincidental, then a coordinated campaign is being conducted against Christian churches that spans at least these countries. And it is a network that has evaded detection by intelligence services. Obviously, this is speculative. What is clear, however, is that the attack on a church in one country - Egypt - is far from common and was particularly destructive. Egypt has been relatively quiet in terms of terrorism, and there have been few recent attacks on the large Coptic Christian population. The Egyptian government has been effective in ruthlessly suppressing Islamist extremists and has been active in sharing intelligence on terrorism with American, Israeli and other Muslim governments. Its intelligence apparatus has been one of the mainstays of global efforts to limit terrorism as well as keep Egypt’s domestic opposition in check. Therefore, the attack in Egypt is significant for no other reason than that it happened and represents a failure of Egyptian security. While such failures are inevitable, what made this failure significant was that it occurred in tight sequence with attacks on multiple Christian targets in Iraq and Nigeria and after a threat Al-Qaeda made last month against Egyptian Copts. This was a warning, which in my mind increases the possibility of coordinated action, but the Egyptians failed to block it. Egypt’s Historical Significance Egypt is the largest Arab country, with a population of about 80 million. Cairo is the historic center of Arab culture and served as the engine shaping the Arab response to the collapse of the British and French empires. Under Gamal Abdul Nasser, the political founder of the Pan-Arab (as opposed to Pan-Islamic) movement, Egypt was a radical, militarized engine in the region. When Egypt allied with the Soviet Union in 1956, it redefined the geopolitics of the Mediterranean region. When it switched alliances in the 1970s, geopolitics changed as well. More than any other Arab country, Egypt matters. When it is assertive, it frames

regional politics. When it withdraws into itself, the region becomes prey to outside forces, Islamic and otherwise. That last major move made by Egypt was signing a peace agreement with Israel in 1979 that demilitarized the Sinai Peninsula and removed the strategic threat to Israel’s south. This in turn freed Israel to focus its primary interests to the north and to develop its economy, leaving Syria isolated and dependent on Iran. The consequences of the treaty were enormous and have defined the geopolitics of the region for a generation. The death of President Anwar Sadat in 1981 and the subsequent elevation of Hosni Mubarak to the position led to a period in which Egyptian national strategy was frozen into place. Egypt’s

needed the intelligence cooperation of other countries, particularly the United States and Israel. The internal threat not only froze Egypt’s foreign policy but also contributed to social and economic inequality. As a result, Egypt appeared - from the outside at least - to have disappeared from history. News from Cairo galvanized the world from the 1950s to the 1970s, but by the 1980s, Egypt had ceased to be a player in the region. Even after 2001, when all American allies were mobilized in the war against militant Islam, Egypt’s role was to control its own terrorist movement. It achieved that, which was an enormous benefit to the United States. Had Egypt radicalized, it would have been a profound strategic challenge to the United States. Far from radical-

An Egyptian student from Helwan university holds a placard with a cross and a crescent and the slogan in Arabic “No to terrorism” during a demonstration on campus in Cairo on Jan 3, 2011 to condemn the New Year’s Eve car bomb attack on a Coptic church in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria. – AFP

core relationship was with the United States. It was secure on all external fronts. However, as Sadat’s death showed, the treaty with Israel generated resistance inside Egypt. Whereas the Egyptian regime derived from a secular Arabist point of view, for which the peace with Israel posed ideological but not theological problems, the opposition, built around the Muslim Brotherhood, was Islamist and therefore opposed to the treaty on theological grounds. The assassination of Sadat initiated a period of intense activity by Egyptian security forces to destroy the assassins’ organization as well as Islamist forces in the country that opposed the regime and the treaty with Israel. A combination of ruthless intelligence and security services, disorganization among the Islamists and deep divisions in Egyptian society reduced the Islamist threat to the regime to a weak political force and terrorism to a fairly rare occurrence. It was this focus on internal security that froze Egyptian foreign policy into place. First, the internal situation towered in significance over foreign policy. Second, conducting a vigorous foreign policy in the face of internal terrorism was dangerous, if not impossible. Third, the fight against Islamic radicalism was an intelligence war, and Egypt

izing, Egypt became the country neither the United States nor the Israelis had to worry about. Egypt’s Current Climate Mubarak is old and, by some accounts, suffering from cancer. He had hoped to have his son Gamal replace him, but this has run into resistance from the political and military apparatus that supports him and that derives from the regime Nasser founded. The regime has the support of some of the population, particularly government workers who make their living from it. At the same time, there are secularists who want to see a more liberal, business-oriented regime. The argument against them has been the threat of the Islamist radicals, who had been seen as a spent force. That’s one reason the attack on a church in Egypt is important. The argument that the Islamist threat has been dealt with is challenged by the attack, and with it the argument that the continued focus on a security state is archaic. Should there be follow-on attacks, Mubarak’s policies become re-legitimized, and can be passed on to whoever follows him as Egypt’s leader. And this brings us to the heart of the matter. It is unclear what is stirring beneath the surface of Egypt. Whatever it might be is by necessity cau-

tious. But radical Islamism has caught the imagination of people in other Muslim and Arab countries, and it is unreasonable to assume that it has passed Egypt by. Indeed, it was very much there until Mubarak suppressed it, and it is unlikely to have gone away. The most vulnerable time in Egypt is the period before Mubarak leaves the scene. No firm new government will be in place, no dynamic leadership will be provided. If the radical Islamists assert themselves now, they could well draw down the wrath of the security services. In that case, they would be no worse off than they were before. But if the impending succession crisis divides an already sclerotic state, it might open the door to a resurgence of radical Islamism. Egypt’s Political Future This, in turn, would introduce two possibilities. In one, Egypt enters a period of internal strife and instability and the regime fails to suppress the Islamists but the Islamists fail to take power. In the other, a massive Islamist movement repudiates the Nasserite heritage and establishes an Islamic republic in Egypt. There are many countervailing forces to the second scenario, but it is not an impossible scenario in the long run, even if instability is probably the most Islamists can hope for. And there is, of course, a third scenario - an orderly succession. Let’s consider for a moment what an Islamist Egypt would mean. The Mediterranean, which has been a strategically quiet region, would come to life. The United States would have to reshape its strategy, and Israel would have to refocus its strategic policy. Turkey’s renaissance would have to take seriously a new Islamic power in the Mediterranean. Most important, an Islamist Egypt would give dramatic impetus to radical Islam throughout the Arab world. One of the linchpins of American and European policy in the region would be gone in a crucial part of the world. The transformation of Egypt into an Islamist country would be the single most significant event we could imagine in the Islamic world, beyond an Iranian bomb. If this were happening in most other countries, it would be a matter of relative unimportance. But Egypt used to be the dominant Arab power, and the last 20 years have been, in my view, an abnormal period. Egyptian inwardness has been driven by an effective effort to repress radical Islamists. It has taken all of the regime’s energy. But the internal dynamic in Egypt is certainly changing as the succession approaches, and the recent church attack was a rare failure of Egyptian security. If such failures were to continue, it would be difficult to predict the outcome. For a country as important as Egypt, it is a matter to be taken seriously. It is certainly not clear how significant the attack on the church was, whether it is the beginning of something bigger. At this point, however, anything out of the ordinary in Egypt must be taken seriously, if for no other reason than because this is Egypt, Egypt matters more than most countries, and Egypt is changing. — Stratfor


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hen one considers all of the people and places in the West targeted by transnational jihadists over the past few years, iconic targets such as New York’s Times Square, the London Metro and the Eiffel Tower come to mind. There are also certain target sets such as airlines and subways that jihadists focus on more than others. Upon careful reflection, however, it is hard to find any target set that has been more of a magnet for transnational jihadist ire over the past year than the small group of cartoonists and newspapers involved in the Muhammad (PBUH) cartoon controversy. Every year Stratfor publishes a forecast of the jihadist movement for the coming year. As we were working on that project for this year, we were struck by the number of plots in 2010 that involved the cartoon controversy - and by the number of those plots that had transnational dimensions, rather than plots that involved only local grassroots operatives. Groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have gone to great lengths to keep the topic of the cartoons burning in the consciousness of radical Islamists, whether they are lone wolves or part of an organized jihadist group, and those efforts are obviously bearing fruit. Because of this, we anticipate that plots against cartoon-related targets will continue into the foreseeable future. A Recent Plot On Dec 29, 2010, authorities in Denmark and Sweden arrested five men they say were involved in planning an armed assault on the offices of Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen. Jyllands-Posten is the newspaper that first published the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in September 2005. According to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (known by its Danish acronym PET), three of the arrested men, a 29-year-old Swedish citizen born in Lebanon, a 44-year-old Tunisian and a 30-year-old Swedish citizen, lived in Sweden and had traveled to Denmark to participate in the plot. The other two individuals arrested were a 37-yearold Swedish citizen born in Tunisia who was detained in a Stockholm suburb and a 26-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker who was arrested in a Copenhagen suburb. The Iraqi has been released from Danish custody. According to the PET, one of the three men who had traveled to Copenhagen, 29-year-old Swedish citizen Munir Awad, had been arrested in Somalia in 2007 and in Pakistan in 2009 on suspicion of participating in terrorist activity. When arrested in Pakistan, Awad was allegedly traveling in the company of Mehdi Ghezali, a Swedish citizen who had been released in 2004 after being held in US custody at Guantanamo Bay since 2002. Given Awad’s background, it is almost certain that he had been placed under intensive sur-

veillance by Swedish authorities and it is likely this surveillance resulted in the unraveling of the plot. In addition to Awad’s background, there are several other indicators that this latest plot against Jyllands-Posten was serious. First, the attack plan was reasonable, practical and achievable. The plotters sought to attack a specific target, the Jyllands-Posten offices, with an armed assault. They were not seeking to execute some sort of grandiose, fanciful attack using skills and weapons they did not possess, or to conduct attacks against targets that were too difficult to strike using their chosen method of attack. They appear to have been aware of their own capabilities and limitations and planned their attack accordingly. This stands in stark contrast to plots like the one also thwarted in December in the Netherlands, where a group of Somalis allegedly plotted to shoot down a Dutch military helicopter but lacked even a rudimentary weapon with which to mount such an attack, much less a surface-to-air missile, the weapon of choice for anyone really wanting to bring down a helicopter. In another recently thwarted plot in the United Kingdom, the planners considered hitting pretty much every conceivable target in London, including the US Embassy, Parliament, the London Stock Exchange and a host of religious and political leaders. The Copenhagen plotters were far more focused. The PET said the group arrested in Denmark had obtained a pistol and a submachine gun equipped with a sound suppressor for use in its assault on the newspaper offices. Reportedly, the plotters were also found to possess flexible handcuffs, an indication that they may have been seeking to take hostages and create a theatrical terrorist operation to play to the world media. In addition to conducting their preoperational surveillance, planning their operation and obtaining weapons, the plotters had also brought in a team of operatives from Sweden to assist them in implementing their plan. This indicates that the operation was likely in the later stages of the terrorist attack cycle and was close to being executed. Even though it appears that Swedish and Danish authorities had the plotters under close scrutiny, had the attack been launched against unsuspecting security at the JyllandsPosten offices, it would have had a fairly good chance of creating considerable carnage and terror. History of Plots The cartoons received very little notice after their initial release by Jyllands-Posten in Sept 2005. It was not until early 2006 that a group of Muslim clerics traveling through the Middle East brought attention to the issue in a deliberate effort to stir up emotions. Those efforts were successful in fomenting a violent, if somewhat belated, reaction. In early February 2006, Danish and Norwegian embassies and consulates were attacked in Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iran,

Pakistan, Nigeria and Indonesia. In Damascus, rioters set fire to the Danish and Norwegian missions, and in Beirut the Danish Embassy was burned. At least nine people died when protesters tried to storm an Italian Consulate in Libya while protesting the cartoons. The furor diminished to a low boil but did not go away. In addition to calls by Muslims to boycott Danish goods, a Swedish newspaper published yet another cartoon of Mohammed, once again stoking the fires. In September 2007, Omar Al-Baghdadi, then leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, offered a $100,000 reward for killing Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist who drew on Aug 2007 cartoon. In a March 2008 audiotape, a speaker purporting to be Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatened to conduct attacks in Europe because of the drawings. According to bin Laden, drawing cartoons of the Prophet (PBUH) was even more provocative than killing Muslim civilians. On June 2, 2008, the Danish Embassy in Islamabad was attacked in a suicide vehicle bombing. Before the attack, the Danes had drawn down their embassy staff in Islamabad and, recognizing that their embassy was not very secure, had ordered the Danish staff remaining in Islamabad to work out of hotels. This move undoubtedly saved lives, as the bombing killed only a handful of people, mostly Pakistani Muslims. But militants were clearly trying to take their retribution for the cartoons to Denmark itself. Following the Oct 2009 arrest of US citizen David Headley, American officials learned that Headley, who had conducted preoperational surveillance for the Nov 2008 Mumbai attacks, had also been dispatched to conduct surveillance in Denmark. According to a complaint filed in federal court, the US government determined that the Kashmiri militant group Harkatul-Jihad e-Islami (HUJI) had ordered Headley to travel from Chicago to Copenhagen on two occasions to plan attacks against Jyllands-Posten and cartoonist Kurt Westergaard in what HUJI called “Operation Mickey Mouse.” Westergaard is a Jyllands-Posten cartoonist who drew one of the original batch of 12 cartoons in 2005. One of Westergaard’s cartoons elicited a stronger reaction than the other cartoons. In Jan 2009, Headley conducted surveillance of the Jyllands-Posten offices in Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark. He then traveled to Pakistan, where he met with his HUJI handlers to brief them on the findings of his surveillance and to formulate an attack plan. Headley traveled back to Copenhagen in Aug 2009 to conduct additional surveillance (presumably to address issues that arose during the operational planning session in Pakistan). During this second trip, Headley made some 13 additional videos and took many photos of the potential targets and the areas around them. It is suspected that some of the observations, photographs and video recordings may have been used in planning some of the subsequent attacks against Jyllands-Posten and Westergaard. — Stratfor


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he importance of career networking shouldn’t be discounted when you are in the midst of a job search. In fact, career networking should become a part of your daily work and career-related endeavors. Your career network should be in place for when you need it, both for job searching and for moving along the career ladder. Since you never know when you might need it, it makes sense to have an active career network, even if you don’t need it today. Who to Include in Your Career Network Your career network should include anyone who can assist you with a job search or career move. It can include past and present co-workers, bosses, friends with similar interests, colleagues from business associations, alumni from your university, or acquaintances you have met via online networking services. Your network can also include family, neighbors, and anyone who might have a connection that will help. What Your Career Network Can Do For You Over 80% of job seekers say that their network has helped with their job search. Networking contacts can help with more than job leads. They can provide referrals to or insider information about companies you might be interested in working for. They can provide information on career fields you might want to explore or what the job mar-

ket is like on the other side of the country. Your network can give you advice on where to look for jobs or review your resume. The possibilities are endless. Keep in Touch - Work Your Network Don’t just contact those who can help when you have just been laid-off from your job or decide you want to look for a new position. Keep in touch with your network regularly - even if it’s just a brief email to say hello and to ask how they are doing. People are more willing to help when they know who you are. What You Can Do for Your Career Network Networking shouldn’t be a one way street. If you come across an interesting article or a relevant job listing, share it with your network. The point of having a career network is to have resources who can help, but, you should reciprocate, whenever you can. Keep Track of Your Network Keep track of your personal career network somewhere. Whether it’s electronically or on paper, make sure you know who is who, where they work, and how to get in touch. Online Career Networking Online job searching networking does work. Sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and a variety of other online networking websites

can help you get in touch with other networkers at specific companies, with college affiliations or in a certain geographic area. In addition, if you’re a college graduate, your institute may have an alumni career network you can access. When networking with people you don’t know, make sure that you know what you want. Are you looking for company information? Do you want to know about job opportunities? Be specific in what you ask for. Networking Events Networking in person works too. If you belong to a professional association, attend a meeting or a mixer. You’ll find that many of the participants have the same goals you do and will be glad to exchange business cards. If your college alma mater holds alumni networking events (many schools hold them at locations across the country) be sure to attend. Career Networking Examples Here are few examples of how career networking can help: • Susan noticed a help-wanted ad for a job at a local veterinary clinic. She called a friend who happened to use that vet. Her friend called the vet and recommended Susan. Susan got an interview and got the job. The vet was glad to hire someone who came highly recommended by a good client. • John was interested in pursuing a career

in medicine. He mentioned his interest to a family friend who happened to be a doctor. The doctor arranged for John to spend a day shadowing him at the hospital and provided an excellent recommendation for medical school. • Angela was interested in changing careers and moving from public relations to publishing. Even though she graduated more than a few years ago, she tapped her college career network and came up with a contact at a top New York publishing firm. In addition to being sent new job postings, her resume was hand-delivered to Human Resources when she found a position she wanted to apply for. • In casual conversation at the orthodontist’s office, Jeannie, the assistant, just happened to mention to a patient’s mom that she was interested in horses and in a parttime job working with them. The mom had horses and a bunch of contacts. Jeannie had a part-time job working on a local horse farm by the end of the week!. Career Networking Works! As you can see, career networking really does work and it’s importance to have a viable network in place throughout your career and to use your network to your advantage when job searching or exploring career options. (www.about.com)


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aining weight is essential during pregnancy, but once the baby arrives, most moms can’t wait to lose the extra weight. But losing weight after giving birth is different from losing weight at other times, especially if you are breastfeeding your baby. To get professional advice on how to lose baby weight the healthy way, WebMD turned to Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, an expert in pregnancy, lactation, and kids’ nutrition, and author of Expect the Best. Here’s what she had to say. Q: How much weight is OK to gain during pregnancy? A: It takes lots of calories and good nutrition to support the growth and development of a new life, so it is very important that you eat a healthy diet. But you also need to be careful not to gain too much or too little weight. Most doctors base their recommendation of weight gain on the weight of the mom before pregnancy. Women with a normal BMI (body mass index) should gain anywhere between 25 and 35 pounds, and up to 45 for twins. Overweight women may be able to safely gain between 15 and 25 pounds, but should not use pregnancy as a time to diet or lose weight. Check with your doctor to determine if it is safe for you to gain less or more than the recommended range. Pregnancy is a very personal journey, and what is most important is to take care of yourself, eat a healthy diet, and make sure you take your prenatal vitamins to ensure you get all the nutrients you need for you and the baby. Q: What’s wrong with gaining too much weight during pregnancy? A: There will be more to lose after the baby is born, and studies show that if you don’t get if off within a year, the extra weight is more likely to become permanent. And if you are thinking about getting pregnant again, it is best to return to your healthy weight before conception. Q: Does gaining too much weight result in a bigger baby? A: That is a myth. Gaining too much weight will not necessarily cause the baby to be larger. Just because you are “eating for two” doesn’t mean you should eat twice as much. Gaining beyond 25-35 pounds for a single birth just makes it harder to lose after the baby is born. Q: How long should it take to lose the baby weight? A: Forget about dieting for at least six weeks postpartum and focus on eating a healthy diet. Most women are sleep-deprived, tired, and lack the energy to exercise, prepare healthy meals, and do what it takes to lose weight. Losing the baby weight can take upwards of a year. Ideally, you should take the weight off gradually, aiming for 1-2 pounds per week. Q: What’s wrong with getting in shape right away like the celebrities? A: I am not sure how they are losing the weight so quickly, and it may not be the safest way. More than likely, the financial resources of the celebrities enable them to hire help with the baby and personal trainers to get them back into shape quickly because looking good is their business. Restricting calories and going on a crash diet to fit into your jeans is not going to help. Good nutrition is essential, as are sleep and physical activity — but those issues are harder to control than diet when you have a newborn. A healthy diet can help you overcome some of the fatigue associated with newborns. Going on a low-calorie diet may help you get the weight off quickly, but it can lead to the loss of lean muscle tissue and zap your energy level. Losing muscle mass lowers your calorie needs and can make it even harder to lose weight. New moms need diets that give them energy to cope with the demands of a

newborn and any other children at home. And, if you are a nursing mom, you can’t restrict calories - otherwise, it will affect the quality of your breast milk. Q: What is the best diet plan for losing the baby weight if you are not breastfeeding? A: Calories count throughout pregnancy until the fourth trimester (or 3 months after giving birth), because your body needs good nutrition for the growth of the baby. Six weeks after the baby is born, you can start curbing a few hundred calories a day. Consult [the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s web site] mypyramid.gov to determine the right number of calories for you, and shave up to 500 calories, making sure to get a minimum of 1,600 calories per day. Keep in mind: When you trim calories, it is important to make sure every calorie counts by eating a nutrient-rich diet. You need balanced meals at least 3-4 times a day for your stamina and energy. Stock your kitchen with healthy foods so junk food, sweet temptations, and your trigger foods won’t derail your healthy diet. Cut back on extra fats and oils, where calories can creep up. Snack on fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and high-fiber foods that will help fill you up without filling you out. Drink plenty of water and nutritious beverages, but be careful of alcohol calories that can add up quickly. Q: What is the best diet plan for losing the baby weight if you are breastfeeding? A: Breastfeeding moms should not go on weight loss diets because they need plenty of calories to lactate and provide the sole source of nutrition to their infants. Even if the weight doesn’t come off as fast as if you were not breastfeeding, take comfort in knowing you are doing the best thing for the baby. Breast milk is designed by Mother Nature to give your baby everything he/she needs for growth and development for the first several months. Good nutrition is imperative. Your diet affects the quality of the breast milk, whereas the quantity is based on how much you nurse. Q: Does breastfeeding promote weight loss? A: Breastfeeding should not be used as a weight loss method because you could actually gain weight while nursing if you don’t pay close attention to your diet. It is it a myth that breastfeeding burns up lots of calories making milk. You will burn some stored body fat, but your body protects some fat for the purpose of breastfeeding. Many women don’t lose all the baby weight until they completely stop nursing. Typically, many moms breastfeed their babies for about six months, which gives them another six months to get their bodies back in shape before the one-year mark. Q: Do you recommend exercising to help shed baby weight? A: When it comes to exercise, think slow and gradual to work yourself back to your prepregnancy fitness level. Physical activity is a huge component of safe and healthy weight loss, and most moms can go back to exercising within weeks of a normal vaginal delivery. C-section deliveries require additional rest and wound healing before regular physical activity. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. By six weeks, most moms are ready to walk. Taking your baby for two 15-minute walks each day and gradually increasing your activity level is a great way to build up your stamina and burn calories. If walking doesn’t work, use the baby’s naptime to plug in a video, or sign up for a fitness program designed for mothers and babies. Q: Does lack of sleep affect weight loss? A: Studies show that at six months after giving birth, moms who got less than six hours of sleep per night had more difficulty losing weight than moms who slept more than six hours. There are lots of adjustments when you bring a baby home, and even more if there are other little people who need you. Getting rest is important for you to be able to focus on eating healthy and find time to be physically active. Do everything you can to get enough sleep, and try not to be a superwoman until you’re got your energy back because weight control takes a lot of energy. –WebMD


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• Banana & Fig Smoothie Ingredients: 1 ripe banana; 3 or 4 figs (sun dried best); 1 tablespoon honey; 1 cup water Method: Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth. Add a heaped teaspoon of bee pollen powder (or equivalent in capsules) for an extra boost. Sun dried dates or raisins can be substituted for figs. Benefits:†Bananas benefit your nervous system; figs, dates & raisins contain natural sugars to boost energy; honey nourishes digestion & boosts energy. • Honey & Bee Pollen Drink Ingredients: 1 tablespoon honey; 1 heaped teaspoon bee pollen powder; 1 cup warm water Method: Put ingredients in a large glass, add water, then mix with a spoon. Add ginseng extract for an extra energy boost. Benefits: Honey benefits your digestion & is a quick energy booster; bee pollen contains essential fatty acids & amino acids & stimulates production of sexual hormones; ginseng boosts energy & enhances digestion. • Egg Yolk & Carrot Juice Ingredients: 1 large cup of freshly

extracted carrot juice; 1 egg yolk Method: Add the egg yolk to the carrot juice then mix well with a fork. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of spirulina powder for an extra boost. Benefits: Carrot juice is highly cleansing & nourishing & improves blood quality which helps relieve fatigue; egg yolk stimulates sluggish, exhausted adrenal glands; spirulina is a super-nutritious vegetable protein. • Soy Milk, Egg Yolk & Honey Smoothie Ingredients: 1 cup natural soy milk (unsweetened, unflavored); 1 egg yolk; 1 tablespoon honey Method:†Put all ingredients in a blender and mix till smooth Benefits:†Soy milk is a protein alternative for pasteurized cow’s milk which does little more than clog up your system; egg yolk contains lecithin which benefits your brain & nervous system; honey nourishes digestion & provides a rapid energy boost. • Carrot, Apple, Egg Yolk & Honey Smoothie Ingredients: One carrot (finely diced); half an apple (finely diced); 1 cup natural soy milk (unsweetened, unflavored); 1 egg yolk; 1 tablespoon honey; ginseng extract (3-9 grams, liquid or granulated form).

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hat an athlete consumes before, during and after exercise is important for comfort and performance during exercise. While eating soon before exercise doesn’t provide the bulk of the fuel needed for the activity, it can prevent the distracting symptoms of hunger during exercise. The major source of fuel for active muscles is†carbohydrate†which gets stored in the muscles as†glycogen†in the days before exercise. This is one reason that†the post-exercise meal†is critical to recovery and being ready for the next exercise session.

When to eat Exercising on a full stomach is not ideal. Food that remains in your stomach during an event may cause stomach upset, nausea, and cramping. To make sure you have enough energy, yet reduce stomach discomfort, you should allow a meal to fully digest before the start of the event. This generally takes 1 to 4 hours, depending upon what and how much you’ve eaten. Everyone is a bit different, and you should experiment prior to workouts to determine what works best for you. If you have an early morning race or workout, it’s best to get up early enough to eat your pre-exercise meal. If not, you should try to eat or drink something easily digestible about 20 to 30 minutes before the event. The closer you are to the time of your event, the less you should eat. You can have a liquid meal closer to your event than a solid meal because your stomach digests liquids faster.

What to eat Because glucose is the preferred energy source for most exercise, a pre-exercise meal should include foods that are high in†carbohydrates†and easy to digest. This include foods such as pasta, fruits, breads, energy bars and drinks. Planning Planning is essential if you are competing in an all-day event, such as track meets or other tournaments. Consider the time of your event, the amount of your meal and the energy required. Also, be aware of the amount of fluid you consume. You should plan ahead and prepare meals and snacks that you have tried before and know will sit well with you. Do not experiment with something new on the event day. Suggested pre-exercise foods† Eating before exercise is something only the athlete can determine based upon experience, but some general guidelines include eating a solid meal 4 hours before exercise, a snack or a high carbohydrate energy drink 2 to 3 hours before exercise, and fluid replacement 1 hour before exercise. 1 hour or less before competition† • fresh fruit such as apples, watermelon, peaches, grapes, or oranges and/or • Energy gels • up to 1 1/2 cups of a sports drink. 2 to 3 hours before competition† • fresh fruits

• bread, bagels, pasta •yogurt • water 3 to 4 hours before competition† • fresh fruit • bread, bagels • pasta with tomato sauce • baked potatoes • energy bar • cereal with milk • yogurt • toast/bread with a bit of peanut butter, lean meat, or cheese • water Sugar and performance If you are an endurance athlete, evidence suggests that eating some sugar (glucose) 35 to 40 minutes before an event may provide energy when your other energy stores have dropped to low levels. However, you should experiment with such strategies before competition because some people do not perform well after a blood glucose spike. Caffeine and performance Caffeine acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system. It had been thought to boost endurance by stimulating a greater use of fat for energy, and thereby reserving glycogen in the muscles. Research, however, doesn’t seem to support that theory. When caffeine improves endurance, it does so by acting as a stimulant.


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How to make Facebook more private and productive

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ant to keep in touch with your friends and family on Facebook, but worried about your privacy? You’re not alone. Even with its newly simplified privacy controls, Facebook’s thicket of options for determining exactly which bits of information you’d like to share - and which ones you’d rather keep to yourself can be daunting, even for the most experienced Facebook users. Never fear. In the latest episode of Upgrade Your Life (click here for previous episodes), Becky Worley of Yahoo! News serves up a series of tips and tricks for controlling what you share on Facebook - and how to do it. You’ll also learn how to filter annoying posts out of your Facebook news feed, download photo albums from your online pals, and more. Among Worley’s tips: 1. Check your privacy settings One of the most persistent complaints about Facebook is how tricky it is to manage all your privacy settings - and indeed, Facebook ultimately rolled out a totally revamped set of privacy controls in response to the outcry. To access the settings, click the Account link in the top-right corner of the main Facebook page, then click Privacy Settings; from there, you can share all your Facebook profile info with the world, or confine it to just your friends, all in a few clicks. Simplified though they are, you could still spend hours tinkering away at Facebook’s privacy settings. But if you want to quickly lock out any and all outsiders from your Facebook account, go to the left-hand column in the privacy panel and click Friends Only. Want to keep third-party apps from meddling with your Facebook info as well? Click the “Edit your settings” link under Applications and Websites, then manage the access settings for your individual apps in the “Applications you use” section. Or, to cut off all outside app and website access completely, click the “Turn off all platform applications” link. Related: Facebook rolls out new, simpler privacy options How to put your third-party Facebook apps on lockdown 2. Avoid getting stuck in a Facebook chat The little browser-based IM window in Facebook makes it easy for your pals to see whether you’re online and ready to chat - perhaps a little too easy. Luckily, there’s a simple way to keep your Facebook presencehidden when you’re not in the mood to field a barrage of instant messages. Just click the Chat bar in the bottom of your browser to open the interface, then click Options, and finally select “Go Offline.” Another option is to turn off individual Friends Lists in the Chat interface: Just click the little switch next to the List name to make it go offline or come back online. And if you’re already moved over to Facebook’s revamped Groups feature, just open the Group page to chat privately with any fellow group members, or click the “X” on the chat bar to deactivate Group chat. 3. Create a Group Just as you can control who can see you in the Facebook chat window, you can also create a public, private, or even secret space where you can share updates, photos, and other info with only a select group of Facebook friends. Thanks to the recently redesigned Groups feature, you can create one of these private virtual Facebook spaces in just a few clicks. Here’s how it works. Just go to the left-hand column of the main Facebook page, and click the “Create Group” link. A pop-up window will appear that lets you name your group, add new members, and choose a privacy option: public (which means everyone can see who’s in

your group and what you’re sharing), private (the names of your members are public, but the content you’re sharing is private), and secret (everything about your group, from its content to the group members, is private). Related: Five questions-and answers-about Facebook Groups 4. Personalize your Facebook user name Facebook recently unveiled its new, unified messaging system, a pumped-up version of its existing chat interface that will incorporate different modes of communication - including email, text messages, and instant messages - into a single, threaded chat window. Part of this “modern” messaging system entails offering everyone on Facebook the option to get an “@facebook.com” email address based on their Facebook user name. Of course, that assumes you’ve already designated your own, customized Facebook user name - and if you haven’t, you’d better get cracking before all the good user names are taken (and indeed, many of them are already gone). To pick a user name, click Account in the top righthand corner of any Facebook page. Then click My Account, click the Setting tab, and enter the user name you’d like under the “Username” heading. If the name you want is already taken, keep trying until you stumble upon one that’s still unclaimed. Also, choose wisely - you can only change your user name once. Related: Facebook’s “modern messaging system” is “not an email killer” ... yet

5. Hide annoying wall posts Couldn’t care less whether your Facebook pal just became the mayor of Starbucks, or that your old roommate from college is building an orchard in FarmVille? Here’s a quick way to keep those pesky wall posts from junking up your news feed. Just click the little “X” next to the offending post; then, from the pop-up window, you can elect to zap only the individual item, hide all posts from the annoying application (like FourSquare or FarmVille), or nix any further posts from the Facebook friend who bothered you in the first place. 6. Download Facebook photos to your desktop Facebook ranks as one of the largest photo reposito-

ries on the Web, but downloading photo albums - either your own, or those of your friends - to your desktop isn’t as easy as it could be. Luckily, Becky’s found a couple of key photo-sharing tools that can help. First up: FacePAD, a plug-in for Firefox that lets you download an entire Facebook photo album to your desktop. Just visit the FacePAD add-on page and follow the installation instructions - keeping in mind, of course, that you’ll need to be using the Firefox browser for the component to work. Once you’ve installed FacePAD, log back into Facebook, find a photo album you’d like to download, right-click it, and select “Download Album with FacePAD”; a pop-up window will ask you for a directory into which you’d like all of your new photos to be downloaded. Want to download one of your own photo albums, or all of them? One easy, if space-consuming way to do so is simply to download your entire Facebook profile - including all your shared photos, videos, wall posts ... everything - to your desktop. Just click Account, then Account Settings, select the Settings tab, and click the “learn more” link next to “Download Your Information.” When you’re ready to proceed, click the Download button. (Think twice - or even three times - before downloading your entire Facebook profile to a desktop that isn’t yours.) Related: FacePAD download page 7. Get better birthday reminders Sure, Facebook will already remind you of upcoming birthdays for your friends - but usually only a day or so

before the party. Want a little more notice? Click the Account link at the top of the page, then click Account Settings, select the Notifications tab, and scan the first group of settings. Near the middle, you’ll see an option that reads, “Has a birthday coming up.” Click the appropriate check box, and you’ll get a weekly email digest reminding you of all “Happy Birthday!” messages you’ll need to post in the coming week. —Yahoo.com


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A crash course into parenting hen you ask parents which age was the most difficult when raising their kids, it is often whatever age their kids are now. While that may seem like a simple way to look at the demands of parenting, when you look at parenting more objectively, you usually do find that each age does have its own challenges. Many of these difficult times revolve around transitions, such as when your baby weans from the breast, moves from a crib to a bed, gives up his naps, and starts kindergarten, etc. Learning about and anticipating these childhood transitions can make parenting a little easier.

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Naps The transition of moving from two naps to one and then finally giving up a nap altogether can be very difficult. For a few weeks or months, until they get used to their new sleep schedule, kids can be very tired, extra sensitive, and irritable, especially in the late afternoon and early evening. Make sure your kids get enough sleep, including daytime sleep from their naps and don't give up their naps before they are supposed to. Keep in mind that most 2 and 3 year olds won't take a nap if you give them a choice... If your older toddler has given up taking naps, but then quickly falls asleep in his car seat or his fussy late in the day, then you likely let him give up his nap too soon. You might have to change the time of when you were putting him down for the nap, be more consistent in you daytime routine, or simply have some afternoon quite time if you still aren't able to get your toddler or preschool age child to take a nap and you think he needs one. Eating Habits Many parents also encounter problems when their child's diet transitions from that of a baby to a toddler and then to a diet that resembles the rest of the family, which is hopefully a healthy diet. Reviewing the 'normal' times that infants start baby food, finger food, and table food, can make feeding your baby much easier, especially for new parents. It can be just as important to understand that many toddlers have a big slowdown in their eating, like to feed themselves, and can become very picky. Common Childhood Transitions Other common childhood transitions that parents should, or will eventually, be familiar with include: •moving your baby to a crib from a bassinet (around 3 months of age) •teething and getting a first baby tooth (between 3 to 15 months) •sleeping through the night (around 4 to 5 months) •starting baby food (around 4 to 6 months) •starting finger foods and table foods (around 8 to 9 months) •weaning from infant formula to whole milk (12 months) •changing from a bottle to a sippie cup (around 12 to 15 months) •moving from 2 naps (a morning and after-

noon nap) to 1 afternoon nap (age 12 to 18 months) •weaning your infant or toddler from breast milk to infant formula or whole milk, depending on his age •temper tantrums and the terrible twos •starting potty training (age 18 months to 3 years) •moving your child to a toddler bed (age 2 to 3 years, once your toddler is climbing out of his crib, or he is 36 inches tall) •finishing potty training (age 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years) •giving up the afternoon nap (around age 3 to 5 years, but typically closer to when they start kindergarten) •first day of school

•staying dry at night (age 4 to 5 years or even later for some kids and very often much later then when they are fully potty trained) •losing a first baby tooth (age 6 to 7 years) •starting puberty - girls (age 8 to 13 years) •starting puberty - boys (age 9 to 14 years) •learning to drive •graduating from high school •moving out of the house •going to college •getting a job Of course, those last few can happen in a different order... Transition Rules? There are no hard and fast rules when dealing with childhood transitions, except that you

should likely be suspicious that something could be wrong if your child is way outside the typical range for when something should occur. For example, if your 18 month has already given up naps altogether or your 8 year old still needs a daytime nap, then that could be pointing to a medical problem. On the other hand, knowing that most kids don't start staying dry until they are 5 to 8 years old will help you to know that a 3 or 4 year old is normal if he is still wetting the bed, even after he is potty trained. The only other 'rule' about childhood transitions is that kids with different temperaments handle them very differently. While an easy going child might be able to both switch to whole milk and a sippie cup and the same time, another child who is much more


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any people adopt fexatarian diets these days, where they cut down on the amount of meat they consume and increase veggies and grains. If you find yourself looking for delicious vegetarian recipes, you may want to try one of these Indian vegetarian recipes. The complex delicious flavors and variety of textures and fragrant aroma will certainly win your heart. Send your suggestions to sawsank@kuwaittimes.net

BATATA SONG INGREDIENTS 4 large potatoes, boiled 3 tablespoons coconut oil 2 large onions, chopped 8 whole dry red chilies 1 lemon sized ball tamarind Salt to taste METHOD Peel the boiled potatoes and cut them into one inch sized cubes. Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Add onion in hot oil and saute. Roast the whole red chilies and grind into a fine paste with tamarind. When the onions turn brown, add the ground paste and sauté. Add half a cup of water and mix. Add salt and potato cubes and mix. Once the water comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for four to five minutes or till you get a thick gravy. Serve hot.

Gobhi Matar INGREDIENTS 1 medium cauliflower, separated into florets 1 cup green peas, shelled 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoons Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon ginger paste 1 teaspoon garlic paste 2 teaspoon coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1/4 cup tomato puree Salt to taste 1 teaspoon garam masala 1/2 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur) Green chilli, slit 1 1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, chopped METHOD Heat olive oil in a kadai (wok) and add cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour add ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté for half a

minute. Add coriander powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Sauté for another half a minute. Add cauliflower florets, green peas, half a cup of water and tomato puree. Add salt and mix. Cover and cook for eight to ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garam masala powder and amchur and mix. Garnish with green chilli and coriander leaves and serve hot.


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Ambe Dal INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1 medium raw mango, grated 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds Salt to taste Green chilli to taste 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon oil 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds 2 Dried red chillies, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 2 tablespoons coconut,

Khata Meetha Kaddu scraped 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves METHOD Soak the chana dal in four cups of water for at least four hours. Drain thoroughly. Place cumin seeds, salt, green chillies and sugar in a mortar and pound with a pestle for a minute or two. Then add the drained chana dal and pound into a coarse mixture. Heat oil in a pan, add asafoetida and mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add red chillies and turmeric powder. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Transfer the dal mixture into a bowl. Add raw mango and coconut and mix well. Add the tempering to the dal mixture and mix well. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately.

INGREDIENTS 400 grams red pumpkin (bhopla/kaddu) 3 tablespoons oil 1/2 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) a pinch asafoetida 2 chopped green chillies Salt to taste 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 tablespoon coriander powder 1 inch stick ginger, cut into thin strips 1 1/2 teaspoons red chilli powder 2 tablespoons sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, chopped

green chillies, pumpkin pieces and mix. Add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, ginger, red chilli powder and mix. Add a little water, cover and cook on medium heat for ten to fifteen minutes. Add sugar, lemon juice, coriander leaves. Cover and cook further on medium heat for ten minutes. The pumpkin pieces should get mashed. Serve hot.

METHOD Peel the pumpkin and cut into pieces.Heat oil in a kadai. Add fenugreek seeds, asafoetida,

BAhar INGREDIENTS Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 3/4 cup Carrot, 1/2 inch pieces 1 medium French beans, 1/2 inch pieces 3-4 Drumstick, 2 inch pieces 1 Cauliflower, separated into florets 1/4 small Oil 2 teaspoons Mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon Curry leaves 6-8 Asafoetida, optional a pinch Green chillies, slit 1-2 Garlic, chopped 5-6 cloves Ginger, chopped 1 inch piece Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon Salt to taste Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 2 tablespoons Lemon juice 1 tablespoon METHOD Soak dal in two cups of water for an hour.Heat oil in a cooker. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida, slit green chillies, garlic and ginger. SautÊ for a minute. Add carrots, French beans, drumstick and soaked dal and mix. Now add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and sufficient water and bring to a boil. When the water comes to a boil, add cauliflower, coriander leaves and lemon juice. Stir and put the lid of the cooker on. Cook under pressure till one whistle. Switch off the heat, open the pressure cooker lid only when all the steam has ceased in it. Mix lightly with the back of the round spoon. Serve hot. —Sanjeevkapur.com


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 FASCINATING STORY OF THE 99 Baghdad lies in ruins, destroyed by the marauding armies of Hulagu Khan. The brave librarians of the great Dar Al-Hikma rush to save the glory of the ancient world’s accumulated wisdom, little knowing that centuries later their efforts will bear strange fruit. While the Noor Stones were created to save the library, their power has transcended that task and in our own time has provided extraordinary abilities to an international group of young people, the world’s newest superheroes known as… The 99.

The 99 ® and all related characters ® and © 2011, Teshkeel Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Destination Cairo: Explore the city in luxury

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ne of the oldest cities in human civilizations, Cairo is culturally diverse and has something for everyone. From old traditional areas like khan el khalili, a souk famous for its souvenirs, to historic touristic destinations like the Pyramids, Cairo is a fascinating destination. Choosing from Cairo’s many hotels can be really challenging as it boasts many different hotels, but if you’re looking for luxury and style, try the Heliopolis Hotel and Towers, located a few minutes away from the international airport. Transportation to touristic destinations are available at competitive prices by the hotel. The resort hotel has numerous facilities including outdoor sports playgrounds and eateries, as well as international cuisines restaurants. DINE IN STYLE For all food lovers out there, no need to travel to savor your favorite cuisine. Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers will enthrall you with fifteen contemporary dining and entertainment venues from Thailand, Japan, China, Italy, France, Lebanon, Egypt and Mexico; all under one unique roof. Aqua e Luce is the perfect backdrop for delicious menu choices including salads, pasta, steaks and fish all prepared by our talented chefs in a spectacular open view kitchen. Taste Chef Federico Villoni’s delectable specialties at Leonardo, where classic Italian cuisine with a subtle modern influence is served. Mouthwatering Lebanese favorites at Al Dabke; order with the tastiest array of mezza Chef Michel Ghawi’s outstanding mixed grill with a mini BBQ on your table or spend a truly authentic evening at Egyptian Night, serving only local homemade dishes prepared by our native Chef Mostafa Hussein. Try our latest addition; Maria’s serving authentic Mexican cuisine from the recognized Salsa and Chips to “Carne Asada”, homemade corn tortillas, delicious Guacamole prepared table side and Chef Victor Garrido’s amazing Ceviches.

Enjoy a light lunch at the Blue Lagoon pool bar or Pizza Bar serving refreshing cocktail juices and shisha. Opt for Le Marche, a French pastry shop serving the freshest coffees, pastries, ice creams, bakeries under the supervision of French Chef Hichem Lahreche; and light meals including a mouth-watering entrecote. For authentic far eastern dining experiences, Haiku offers traditional Japanese delights prepared fresh daily by Japanese Chef Hideto Setemoto including sushi and sashimi assortments. While Lan Tania provides an exquisite dining experience with the tastiest homemade curries and a wide variety of seafood, beef, chicken and vegetarian options. Modern Chinese cuisine where taste surpasses expectation, partnered by three Teppanyaki grills, Noble House’s menu reflects mainly Cantonese cuisine. Rich and tasteful “Black Bean Beef” is Chef Kirbe Chang’s specialty making it difficult to resist. End the night by enjoying a few drinks and live music at the lobby bars Rainbow and Fuze serving the most delicious signature cocktails or while watching a sports match at Darts, the hotel’s traditional English pub.

Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers is definitely the ideal place for authentic, delicious and exciting dining experiences with family and friends! MEET IN STYLE Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers hosts events and gatherings in elegance and style. The extremely tasteful venues are marked by its timeless, luxurious atmosphere and sophistication, the finest food and beverage offerings and modern conveniences such as highest-speed Internet access in Cairo, advanced sound systems and teleconferencing equipment. Uniquely decorated and modern in every detail, each ballroom and meeting room offers a splendid atmosphere, matched only by their warm, engaging approach to hospitality. Named after ancient Egyptian precious stones and red sea treasures, the Catering and Conference facilities are by far the largest and best-equipped in Cairo. At more than 6,400 square meters (69,000 square feet), the facilities comprise three ballrooms, a theater and twelve smart rooms and more than 900-square meters (9,600 square feet) pre-function area. All can be configured to your specific needs, while state-ofthe-art audio-visual equipment rentals, and a

An outdoor space for holding events at the Fairmont Heliopolis

The Fairmont Heliopolis

qualified sound and lighting technician, are available upon request. The Canyon and Pearl Ballrooms can be divided into four and three sections, allowing it to be customized for smaller gatherings. Their innovative, themed coffee breaks, meals and cocktail receptions ensure an air of unrivaled luxury in unforgettable settings. Whether it’s a small, intimate meeting or a reception for up to 2,500 (1,400 for banquet seating), our trained Conference Services and Catering Team will help you create life long memories for your delegates. PAMPER YOURSELF AT THE ROOMS Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers continues to prove its prime position among Egypt’s five star deluxe hotels by launching The Fairmont Room at the Heliopolis wing. The design scheme of the room was created by London based interior designers Hirsch Bedner and Partners (HBA) turning it into a luxurious accommodation that is simply unrivaled whether you are travelling on business or pleasure. Indulge yourself in a room featuring a luxurious and cozy bed, a modern design bathroom with walk-in shower and functional services including safe, mini bar, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities available all day. New features such as pillow top beds, flexible bedside reading lights, blackout curtains and new sound reduction measures have been included in the Fairmont Room. Moreover, the facilities include state-of the-art business and entertainment connectivity through the installation of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Media Panel first of its kind in the Middle East, linking the working environment at the business desk to the new flat screen 42” television allowing guests to connect iPods, MP3 players and their own laptops to the TV (...) The clean and crisp contemporary classical design theme provides an attractive and modern environment for both tourists and business men and women, ensuring an authentically local experience during their stay. In addition, the room is carefully appointed to the highest standards of elegance and comfort giving guests the space they need to relax or be productive. The Fairmont Rooms are part of 835 gracious guest rooms and suites at Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers offering the finest amenities and features, complimented by a warm and engaging service.


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Fairmont Nile City,

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f you’re going to Cairo and if downtown is your game, you will certainly want to stay in the Fairmont Nile City Hotel. Fairmont Nile City is nestled between the two towers of Nile City complex - one of the most prestigious office and retail developments in Cairo that includes a number of highend shops, gourmet restaurants and movie theatres. With a panoramic view of the Nile, undistracted sense of privacy, and authentic local overtones, the 566-room Fairmont Nile City offers its guests the ultimate unwinding experience amidst exclusive business settings and dedicated service professionals. The hotel boasts having the 25th Fairmont Gold globally, which is the brand’s exclusive lifestyle offering, designed to meet the needs of the most discerning corporate or leisure guests, that takes the already celebrated service and luxury offered by Fairmont to an even higher level. Having a personal butler, your own concierge service and a Nile view lounge to sit back and relax in are only few of the perks that come with a Fairmont Gold reservation. Fairmont Gold experience starts when you first set foot in Cairo airport, with a complimentary meet and assist service. Once you arrive at the hotel you will be personally escorted To the Fairmont Gold reception desk located on the Fairmont Gold floor. Once check-in is complete, your Fairmont Gold experience escalates, with all the services and amenities provided, noth-

ing becomes out of reach. Along with the room come complimentary Wi-Fi and local calls, shoe shine, and suit pressing. Room amenities are supplied by Miller Harris products and cologne which are synonymous with gorgeous upscale scents and have given rise to some of the top fragrances in the world. Miller Harris has created a tailored custom-blended scent called Cologne 1888. This ultra high-end fragrance is only available to guests at the brand’s Five Diamond, Fairmont Gold and iconic landmark hotels. Fairmont Gold rooms all have access to the Fairmont Gold lounge, a residential-style lounge, where guests can enjoy privileges such as an Honor Bar and cocktail hour canapes, as well as a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. At around 3:00pm the lounge offers afternoon tea offering some local desserts and traditional English Tea delicacies. At 5:30pm the Honor Bar begins, where a wide selection of cocktails and wines can be found with an assortment of food canapés. The Fairmont Gold even offers a complimentary selection of local alcohols that are available all day. As the sun sets and night falls guests can enjoy ‘Nights by the Nile’, by enjoying the breathtaking view of the Nile, while indulging on authentically local desserts. If an unplanned business meeting decides to take place, there is no need to worry because guests also have access to an executive boardroom with a panoramic Nile River view for two hours complimentary.

Fairmont Gold has a private concierge service that can arrange your trip from A to Z, offering entertainment ticket requests, tailored city tours, baby sitting services and much more. Fairmont Gold Managers are trained to make the guests most outrageous request come true, from becoming a minister to marry a couple at the hotel, to placing a picture of your son on his birthday in your room so you don’t feel like you missed out on any precious moments! But it does not end there; there is a unique Butler service that each guest automatically has access to. The Butler can fulfill any shopping requirement you desire, including groceries, toiletries and clothing. He assists with departure needs by confirming travel arrangements, liaising with necessary departments, and can even assist with re-packing where required. The Butler can also help with secretarial-business center service requirements and can also polish shoes, steam or iron clothes when needed, replace buttons, and even return laundered and dry clean clothes to the right places in your closet. The Butler even contacts maintenance if anything needs immediate repair and changes your flowers daily. Fairmont Gold is a place for everyone that thrives on valuing individuality and uniqueness designed to cater your every need whether you’re a business man, top executive, or even a leisure traveller


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By Alyson Noel

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iley, who appeared in ghost form to her older sister, Ever, in Noel’s bestselling Evermore, takes center stage in this middle-grade spinoff, first in a planned series. Having recently crossed over into the afterworld, Riley has reunited with her parents, who were killed in the same accident, but is having trouble adjusting. “I’d do anything to go back home,” she admits. When she gets assigned to be a Soul Catcher, persuading dead people to “cross the bridge and move on,” she is thrilled to return to Earth in spirit form, even if it means traveling with Bodhi, a “dorky” teenage guide. As she and Bodhi help the deceased cross over (at one point, they are sucked into the grieving soul of a mother wrongly executed for her children’s murders), the assignments help her, too. If Riley is bratty—a fact she realizes after viewing video recaps of her brief life (“Are these like—edited—or maybe even, um, you know, Photoshopped, or something?”)—her wit, attitude, and maturation should have readers gladly following her into the second installment.

By Laurie Halse Anderson

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elinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

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or years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

fter the queen bee of their clique mysteriously disappears during a slumber party on the last day of seventh grade, the remaining four girls drift apart. Now, three years later, the Rosewood, Pa., former pals are practically strangers, but still plagued by the secrets that they shared with Alison and new scandals they are trying to keep under wraps. Then they each start receiving cryptic messages from someone named “A” who seems to know everything, and makes them wonder, “Was she back?” The four girls are fairly standard types: there is free-spirited Aria, overachiever Spencer, good-girl Emily, a star swimmer, and glamorous Hanna. Their scandals, too, echo the over-the-top fare typical of guilty pleasure books: Aria is having an affair with her new AP English teacher, for example, while Emily finds that kissing a girl “felt a zillion times different than kissing” her boyfriend. Readers will certainly find enough drama to keep the pages turning (one girl battles bulimia, another steals her sister’s boyfriend and then there’s what’s buried in Alison’s old backyard), and they will no doubt have fun piecing together who and what could be behind those bizarre messages. This is clique lit with a mystery twist: the author has spun a plethora of possibilities sure to make readers reach for the next installment in this planned four-book series and beyond.


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By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

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nter the dark, magical world of The House of Night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change-and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has

been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come bloodlust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human exboyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny-with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

By Michael Scott By Lauren Oliver

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e holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects-the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

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ou’ll have no choice but to tear through this book!”-Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best

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ing novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can t resist books. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of a sophisticated teen and adult readers a mesmerizing and original story. School Library Journal, starred review

friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High-from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death-and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011

5 beauty mistakes to avoid, and 5 dos

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rends come and trends go and this season you don’t want to be caught in public looking like last year (or worse, last ...decade). While it’s cool to follow some trends, there are some timeless beauty rules that will get you through every season looking classy, no matter what coast you live on (or plain in between). Beauty Do No1: Goodbye Helmet Head No matter the trends, the less done your hair looks, the fresher you’ll look. If you curl your hair, finger comb out the curls ala ‘50s pinups. If you opt for a bun on the back of the head, set it at the nape of the neck and let it get messy. If you’re off to a formal event, spend more time on your makeup and accessories and leave hair loose and sexy. Remember: Fancy, hair-sprayed ‘dos are terribly matronly and best left to your grandmother’s set. Beauty Do No2: Contrasting eyes and mouth Play up your eyes or your mouth, never both or you risk looking clownish and overly done. Nude lips and smokey eyes are a great look. Or try red lips and light eyes (mascara and face powder only).

Beauty Do No3: Apply sunscreen every day no matter the weather You’ve heard this preached enough, but it’s true. If you get into the habit of sunscreen application daily, you will thank yourself when you’re older and relatively lineless. Can’t bother with too many lotions and potions? Consider a tinted moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. If you can’t stand looking pale, brush on a bronzer. At least it doesn’t smell like fake tanners. Beauty Do No 4: Layer fragrances and lipsticks Sophisticated women know how to properly layer fragrances to create their own signature blends. How to do it? Take your

favorite scent and layer a new one atop it. Try out several versions until you find your favorite blend. According to French Elle, the safest way to blend is via citrus notes, which can be layered with floral, woodsy and amber-y fragrances. You can do the same with lipsticks. Create your own shades with mattes and glosses. If you don’t like a shade, don’t throw it out, perfect one with other colors in your beauty drawer. Beauty Do No 5: Moisturize after every shower Skin left unmoisturized will itch, and itching (especially done when you’re not paying complete attention) can cause scabs, which in turn can scar. In the shower, make sure you exfoliate your body thoroughly with a body scrub (see my list of the best body scrubs) or washable loofah gloves. When you get out and dry off, slather on the moisturizer. See a list of my favorite moisturizers. Beauty Don’t No1: High contrast French manis and pedis A sedate French manicure can look classy, but the bright whites on fake nails that you see sometimes can look tacky. If you must have a French manicure, keep the colors as natural as possible sticking to light pinks. Short, round nails are universally preferred over long talons. I love light pearl-colored manis (always classy) and I adore dark polishes, which are uber-trendy and a look that’s lasted many seasons already. See my list of the best nail polish trends for 2011 and this funny piece on 5 really tacky nail trends. For feet, please, skip the French pedicure, which we agree with a reader “looks like you have fingers on your feet.” Again, if you must do a French pedi, the more natural looking it is, the better and please keep your nails cut short. Another no-no: Nail art on your fake fingernails, although we find the occasional flower painted on your big toe adorable.

Beauty Don’t No2: Heavy foundation So many beauty faux pas can be attributed to foundation misuse: Tell-tale lines along the jaw, a mask-like appearance, too-dark colors or raccoon eyes. To achieve the always classy fresh face, stick to foundation use only on the areas that need it, typically around your eyes, along your your nose and on your cheeks. You don’t need foundation on your forehead or even neck. Remember to blend and consider different colors for winter vs. summer, when your skin is naturally lighter. Beauty Don’t No3: Scaly anything Keep your complexion fresh and vibrant all year long by exfoliating your face weekly with a great facial scrub (see my list of the best facial scrubs). Your body needs exfoliating as well, so invest in scrubs in your bathtub or shower. (We also recommend showering with exfoliating gloves). A quick pumicing on the soles of your feet during every shower will keep feet soft between pedicures. As for lips, try this Vaseline tip to keep lips from excessive scaling in winter. Beauty Don’t No4: Hair that falls to your hips Demi Moore and girls under 21 can get away with super long hair, but not many others can. There is such a thing as hair that’s too long no matter your face shape. Long hair can weigh your face down and once it grows far below your breasts it can look tacky. I have gotten reader complaints about this beauty don’t — usually from women over 40 — and we can just agree to disagree. Look, if you get tons of compliments on your butt-skimming hair and you love it, by all means, keep it. Beauty Don’t No 5: Pooh-pooh fake eyelashes Trust me, celebrities with gorgeous eyes look that way because they slap on the falsies. There are all sorts of false eyelashes to try these days. Don’t want to be too obvious? Try the individual lashes. (www.about.com)


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Beauty

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kin and hair should be taken care of according to the season. When winter comes, our skin becomes drier due to the fact that the cold weather outside destroys the lipid layer that protects the skin against dryness. As for our hair, this seems to reach its maximum level of frizz. Now it’s the best moment for us to take time and, without too much effort, to learn some winter care tips and tricks for face, body, and hair, which will help us get through the cold season looking healthy and beautiful. In winter, even though the skin is our first defender against the aggressive external factors, our body suffers too. However, it seems that their biggest enemy is not the cold, but the inside/outside temperature variation. Still, it seems that this warm-cold alternation can also be beneficial, as it stimulates the micro-circulation, eliminates toxins, and energizes the cutaneous system. This, only when you respect a few winter care tips and tricks.

Body care Even though it is protected by clothes, our body should be moisturized too. However, during cold winter days, a simple nourishing lotion is not enough. Try to replace the lotion your normally use by an oil or an extra-nourishing lotion in order to reestablish the hydrolipidic film. One helpful tip is to use some lavender oil while in the shower, or add just a few drops of olive oil in the bathtub. And try to avoid exfoliating too much, as it only makes your skin more fragile. Don’t forget the extremities. Our hands and feet need a special treatment during winter. Choose a very rich cream and apply it in the mornings and also in the evenings, according to dryness condition. Face Contrary to what is thought, in winter, it is not the water that moisturizes, but fat. This is the only element that prevents water evaporation at cellular level acting as a protecting barrier against external factors. Also, replace your moisturizing cream with a more nourishing one. And you can change a little bit you common beauty ritual. For example, choose a cream for dry skin, if you have normal skin, and a cream for normal skin, if you have oily skin. Dry skin is more fragile and this is why it needs double protection. Apply a rehydrating serum before applying the daily cream you normally use. It is important to use moisturizing creams especially if you have dry skin as this is prone to wrinkles. If your skin becomes reddish very easy, choose a care product for reactive skin, and apply it two times a day. This will combine vascular protection with a climatic one. Remember to always apply a sunscreen before going out, as winter sun rays can affect your skin too. This is one essential step in order to maintain your skin healthy and flawless during snowy winter days. Lips Winter requires maximum protection for your lips as their skin is more sensitive. If the skin on the lips has no protecting layer, it chaps and cracks. And this is

an unaesthetic and undesirable thing for every woman. The best thing you can do is to use a balm rich in wax and vegetable oil before applying lipstick. You can even protect them against cold and wind by covering them with a scarf. However, the best thing you can do is to always carry a lip balm with you. Hair Excessive cold and the specific wind during winter days have a negative effect upon our hair. This is why it is very important to use masks and special treatments for hair regeneration in order to nourish it. You can apply homemade masks or more professional ones. As this is the season when split ends represent one of the most frequent issues, try to trim your hair more often. The cold outside has a great influence upon our hair reducing the production of sebum. This is not such a huge problem for those who have oily hair. However, the real challenge must face those with dry hair that becomes even drier and it tends to break. The saving solution if you are dealing with this type of problem is to apply a nourishing mask once a week and leave it on the hair for about 15 minutes. And try to stay away from dry shampooings, hairsprays, or any other styling product that might frizz your hair. Colored hair is the one that needs extra-care as it is weaken and it loses its shiny aspect. Therefore, make sure you apply treatments specially created for its needs. More tips! • After spending an entire day outside, in cold, there is nothing more relaxing than a hot bath. However, this is not the best choice you can make for your skin. Hot water dehydrates and removes the natural oils from skin level. Replace baths with quick showers with tepid water. And don’t forget to apply moisturizing lotions after. • If until now, you used a cleansing water or gel, it’s time to replace them. A cleansing milk, oil or cream are more appropriate for winter care as they are more nourishing. • Forget about all the aggressive soaps and other washing products. Go instead for more gentle formulas that are soap-free and fragrance-free. • A night cream is a must for your skin. All day long your skin has to face different external aggressions. By applying a night cream you simply compensate and repair all the possible effects of these noxious factors upon the skin. Moreover, the cream will renew its lipidic protection. (www.becomegorgeous.com)


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SPOTLIGHT

FRIDAY JANUARY 14, 2011

Interview:

Michelle Williams’ Blue Valentine

all her a committed artist or maybe a masochist, but Michelle Williams is happy that everything about Blue Valentine was an ordeal. She became involved with Derek Cianfrance's heartbreak drama nine years ago, three years after he'd started work on it. Back then, Williams was a promising TV actress (Dawson's Creek) and not yet a respected film player. Her many laurels since include a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Brokeback Mountain in 2005, and there's serious talk of Oscar attention for Blue Valentine. Production dollars weren't easy to get for the film, and its searing depiction of a marriage breakdown was even harder to capture. Williams and co-star Ryan Gosling engaged in extreme method acting prior to filming, moving in together so they could work on the nuances of marital life and strife. Somehow this tough independent film was finished in time for a Sundance 2010 premiere. Since then it has braved the festival circuit (Cannes and Toronto included), a censorship battle stateside (more on that later) and seemingly endless press promotion chores. The film finally opens Friday in Toronto, and yet Williams - who also took time to make Take This Waltz in Toronto for Sarah Polley - sounds not the least bit exhausted by the process. On the contrary, she seems energized. "You know what's amazing?" said Williams, 30, calling from New York. "It's that I've been working on Blue Valentine since I was 21. So it makes sense in my mind that promoting it should have the same kind of effort and endurance behind it that being committed to it and finally making it had." The Montana-born actress admits there's another reason why taking the long road suited her. "I've always had this feeling that I never want my movies to come out, that I would prefer them to just be sort of personal exorcisms or explorations, something that I did with friends, family. "Because I feel shy. I wonder how it's going to be received, and it feels disconnected, somehow, from the experience of making it," she adds. "But now I've come to understand that the audience is the final piece of the puzzle and that there would be actually no point in making it if it didn't get a shot at being in the world. So now I'm curious how it opens, how it's being received and I have to be accountable for it."

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RATINGS AND REACTIONS Williams was curious and also infuriated by the recent uproar over the rating for Blue Valentinein America. Censor board MPAA initially classed it NC-17 (No one 17 and under admitted), a mark that would have killed its commercial chances. The reason was revealing scene, performed by Gosling on Williams, which Cianfrance and studio The Weinstein Company refused to remove. Instead they appealed the rating and won a rare reclassification to a simple "R" for mature adults. "When I first heard about the (NC-17) rating, I was incensed and sadly so, because I'm

a girl and I wasn't socialized to fight," Williams said. "I was taught to accept the world as it was given to me and work within it. But I did come to understand it as a censorship issue and an issue of favoring violence over sex, that's when I started to feel like I had something I could say about this." The higher-profile Black Swan has a similarly graphic scene to Blue Valentine, yet it escaped the threat of a NC-17 slapdown. Williams has given up trying to make sense of MPAA rulings, but she defends her intimate scene as being an essential part of the film's depiction of intense love followed by equally powerfully romantic dissolution. "When you think about censorship - fearbased censorship of women's sexuality you're actually in quite a good crowd," she points out. "Another thing that's interesting is, when we did that scene, Derek and Ryan said to me, 'This is your decision. And when you see this movie, and if it makes you uncomfortable, we'll take it out.' "And because I knew that, it gave me the freedom to go as far as I could with the scene." CHANGE OF HEART Blue Valentine had a subtle but profound effect on Williams' view of marriage, which she has yet to experience in real life. She was involved with the late Heath Ledger for several years, and they had a daughter named Matilda Rose, now five, whom Williams loves reading bedtime stories to. Williams still believes in being part of a committed couple, despite the "essential unknowability" between partners (she quotes screen inspiration John Cassavetes for that phrase). But she's now warier about love. "My romanticism and my optimism have not been diminished, but I do think you have to be vigilant and willing to compromise and it's something you have to stay ahead of," she said. "You have to outsmart the problems because they're so insidious, because they're inherited. Living inside of you is your mother, your father, a distant relative you never met. You're at the mercy, to some extent, of your DNA and of your formative experiences which happen to you, largely, without your consent. So you have to practice in learning to work with what you have." One thing Williams doesn't have to practice, although she thinks she does, is looking completely at home in front of the camera. The lens loves her, more than just for her beauty, which is why no one should worry about her playing Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming My Week with Marilyn, a biopic that might seem dubious in other circumstances. "Thank you! Then maybe I am a good trickster!" Williams said, laughing at the compliment. "You know, for some reason I allow myself in work to be more confident, to be braver, to expose more, to risk more - and my life is the opposite of that. "There's this Flaubert quote that I love: 'Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.' That's how I see myself." —


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Arts

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Artist of the week: Thomas Houseago

This LA-based sculptor's hulking macho figures look back to modernism through a 21st-century lens homas Houseago's sculpture has guts. He makes huge, disheveled macho figures from gobbets of gloriously messy plaster, built around visible armatures of rusty metal rods. Squatting, crawling or standing proud with legs astride, their provocative postures and gooey materials suggest sex, violence and shit. They might be idols of a primal cult, recalling the sex workers depicted in Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon with their primitive masks and distorted, angular bodies. At the same time Houseago's monumental work looks like a scuffed version of the snowy marble of classical statues or Henry Moore's massive, polished smoothly curving forms. Born in 1972, the Yorkshire-raised Houseago studied art at London's Central St Martins college in the early 1990s and then in Amsterdam, before moving to Los Angeles, where he is now based. Alongside artists like his sometime collaborator and LA neighbor Aaron Curry, he's part of a new generation looking back to modernism and older kinds of sculpture through a 21st-century lens Giants, round-eyed masks like the heads of robots and versions of triumphal arches (he calls them "gates") recur throughout Houseago's work - not just in his sculptures, but with bronze, wood, hemp and pencil drawing. While their titles and forms gesture

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to mythic creatures such as the Minotaur and Cyclops, his works have more of a Frankenstein's monster quality. Their seams are left showing. The focal point of his current show is a crouching brute called Baby, which first made an appearance at last year's Whitney Biennial. Half its muscular form is rendered from messy rivulets of plaster, half from flattened surfaces that bear the imprint of heavy pencil-marks. It looks ready to spring into action, or at least learn how to take its first infant steps - except that it's almost three metres high. Figurative work on this scale is usually confined to war memorials or statues of dictators. For Houseago, however, it becomes a way of exploring sculpture for sculpture's sake: of making by hand, of volume, mass, physical presence and gravity, or as he once put it, something that looks like it might fall on top of you. Why we like him: For Untitled (Red Man) of 2008, a Paolozzi-esque towering russet bronze with wonky eyes and limbs. Feel the force: Houseago's first taste of modern art was filtered through pop culture. He cites Darth Vader and his mask as influenced by Jacob Epstein and African art. Where can I see him? Houseago's solo show, What Went Down, is at Modern Art Oxford until 20 February.


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Can you find the hidden words? Each word ends with the letter H. The words may be horizontal or vertical. ARCH, BATH, BEACH, DEPTH, DISH, EACH, EARTH, ENOUGH, FINISH, FRESH, HIGH, LENGTH, MARCH, MONTH, MYTH, PEACH, RICH, ROUGH, SCRATCH, SMOOTH, STOMACH, TOUCH, VANISH, WASH, WATCH.

What you need: • red, blue and yellow food color • 1 cup milk • dish soap • shallow bowl Directions: • Pour 1 cup of milk into the bowl • Add 3 drops of red food color to one edge of the bowl o 1/3 of the way away, add 3 drops of blue food color o 1/3 of the way away add 3 drops of yellow o don't mix or jiggle the bowl • Squeeze a drop of dish soap in the center of the bowl • Record what you see. • What do you think happened? What Happened: The dish soap does not mix with the milk. Instead it floats on top and spreads over the surface. As it spreads, it grabs the food color we dropped into it. Where the colors meet, they combine to form new colors:


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THE FARMER AND THE MONEY-LENDER here was once a Farmer who suffered much at the hands of a Money-lender. Good harvests or bad the Farmer was always poor, the Money-lender rich. At the last, when he hadn't a farthing left, the Farmer went to the Money-lender's house and said, "You can't squeeze water from a stone, and, as you have nothing to get by me now, you might tell me the secret of becoming rich." "My friend," returned the Money-lender piously, "riches come from Ram--ask him." "Thank you, I will!" replied the simple Farmer; so he prepared three girdle-cakes to last him on the journey, and set out to find Ram. First he met a Brahman, and to him he gave a cake, asking him to point out the road to Ram; but the Brahman only took the cake, and went on his way without a word. Next the Farmer met a yogi, or devotee, and to him he gave a cake, without receiving any help in return. At last he came upon a poor man sitting under a tree, and finding out he was hungry the kindly Farmer gave him his last cake, and, sitting down to rest beside him, entered into

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conversation. "And where are you going ?" asked the poor man, at length. "Oh, I have a long journey before me, for I am going to find Ram!" replied the Farmer. "I don't suppose you could tell me which way to go?" "'Perhaps I can," said the poor man, smiling, "for I am Ram! What do you want of me?" Then the Farmer told the whole story, and Ram, taking pity on him, gave him a conchshell, and showed him how to blow it in a particular way, saying: "Remember! whatever you wish for, you have only to blow the conch that way, and your wish will be fulfilled. Only, have a care of that Money-lender, for even magic is not proof against his wiles !" The Farmer went back to his village rejoicing. In fact, the Moneylender noticed his high spirits at once, and said to himself, "Some good fortune must have befallen the stupid fellow, to make him hold his head so jauntily." Therefore he went over to the simple Farmer's house, and congratulated him on his good fortune in such cunning words, pretending to have heard all about it, that

before long the Farmer found himself telling the whole story--all except the secret of blowing the conch, for, with all his simplicity, the Farmer was not quite such a fool as to tell that. Nevertheless, the Money-lender determined to have the conch by hook or by crook, and, as he was villain enough not to stick at trifles, he waited for a favorable opportunity and stole the conch. But, after nearly bursting himself with blowing the conch in every conceivable way, he was obliged to give up the secret as a bad job. However, being determined to succeed, he went back to the Farmer, and said coolly: "Look here! I've got your conch, but I can't use it; you haven't got it, so it's clear you can't use it either. Business is at a standstill unless we make a bargain. Now, I promise to give you back your conch, and never to interfere with your using it, on one condition, which is this--whatever you get from it, I am to get double." "Never!" cried the Farmer; "that would be the old business all over again!" "Not at all !" replied the wily Money-lender; "you will have your share! Now, don't be a dog

in the manger, for, if you get all you want, what can it matter to you if I am rich or poor?" At last, though it went sorely against the grain to be of any benefit to a Money-lender, the Farmer was forced to yield, and from that time, no matter what he gained by the power of the conch, the Money-lender gained double. And the knowledge that this was so, preyed upon the Farmer's mind day and night, so that he had no satisfaction-out of anything. At last there came a very dry season--so dry that the Farmer's crops withered for want of rain. Then he blew his conch, and wished for a well to water them, and lo! there was the well, but the Money-lender had two!--two beautiful new wells! This was too much for any Farmer to stand; and our friend brooded over it, and brooded over it, till at last a bright idea came into his head. He seized the conch, blew it loudly, and cried out, "Oh, Ram! I wish to be blind of one eye!" And so he was, in a twinkling, but the Money-lender, of course, was blind of both, and in trying to steer his way between the two new wells he fell into one, and was drowned.


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ACROSS 1. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 5. A Nilotic language. 10. The basic unit of electric current adopted under the System International d'Unites. 13. (classical architecture) A molding for a cornice. 14. Lower in esteem. 15. Of or relating to or characteristic of Thailand of its people. 16. Felt hat with a creased crown. 17. A gonadotropic hormone that is secreted by the anterior pituitary. 19. A sensation (as of a cold breeze or bright light) that precedes the onset of certain disorders such as a migraine attack or epileptic seizure. 20. (informal) Of the highest quality. 23. An honorary degree in science. 24. A small pellet fired from an air rifle or BB gun. 26. The law enforcement agency in the Justice Department. 28. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light. 30. The basic unit of money in Bangladesh. 34. A flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism. 36. Soviet cosmonaut who in 1961 was the first person to travel in space (1934-1968). 38. Expletives used informally as intensifiers. 40. A heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element. 41. (Irish) Mother of the ancient Irish gods. 42. How long something has existed. 43. God of love and erotic desire. 47. An acute inflammatory disease occurring in the intestines of premature infants. 48. A small cake leavened with yeast. 51. The month following September and preceding November. 52. The United Nations agency concerned with atomic energy. 56. A peninsula between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. 59. Noisy talk. 60. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables. 63. The universal time coordinated when an event is received on Earth. 64. A Loloish language. 65. Jordan's port. 66. Being one more than forty. DOWN 1. The cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one. 2. Fruit trees native to the Old World. 3. An independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia). 4. West Indian tree having racemes of fragrant white flowers and yielding a durable timber and resinous juice. 5. 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. 6. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 7. The general activity of selling. 8. The residue that remains when something is burned. 9. That is to say. 10. Essential oil or perfume obtained from flowers. 11. Type genus of the Majidae.

12. French cabaret singer (1915-1963). 18. An Indian side dish of yogurt and chopped cucumbers and spices. 21. Being one hundred more than two hundred. 22. A logarithmic unit of sound intensity. 25. United States writer of poems and plays about racial conflict (born in 1934). 27. A Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria. 29. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 31. The biblical name for ancient Syria. 32. The basic unit of money in Papua New Guinea. 33. Type genus of the Anatidae. 35. (of roads) Made of logs laid down crosswise. 37. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. 39. A Powhatan Indian woman (the daughter of Powhatan) who befriended the English at Jamestown and is said to have saved Captain John Smith's life (1595-1617). 40. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 44. (British) A waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric. 45. Being two more than ninety. 46. A coffee cake flavored with orange rind and raisins and almonds. 49. Any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses. 50. German organist and contrapuntist (1685-1750). 51. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 53. A stock exchange in New York. 54. A British peer ranking below a Marquess and above a Viscount. 55. (prefix) Opposite or opposing or neutralizing. 57. A compartment in front of a motor vehicle where driver sits. 58. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 61. The atomic weight of an element that has the same combining capacity as a given weight of another element. 62. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group.

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he company behind Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica is expanding its reach by making its comic-book titles available for digital download the same day their printed counterparts go on sale. Archie Comics said Wednesday that starting in April, several of its titles featuring the gang from Riverdale will be released simultaneously in print and digital versions, including “Archie & Friends,” “Jughead” and “Betty & Veronica.” That decision makes the privately held Archie Comics Publications Inc. one of the first major comic book publishers to do that and reflects what co-chief executive Jon Goldwater called the goal of making Archie stories available to everyone everywhere. “Digital provides us with the tools to reach out to a whole new readership, and we’re excited and emboldened by the opportunities” presented by the simultaneous print and digital releases, Goldwater said in a statement of the titles, which will retail

for $1.99, a dollar less than the newstand versions. Like other publishers, including Marvel and DC, Archie has made several of its titles available through apps for the iPhone and iPad, but often after the print editions had been on the stands. Now, in a nod to the growing use of such devices by not just comic fans but a wider audience, many of whom like the convenience of reading digital offerings and are not collecting the books, the industry is giving digital platforms more credence. Earlier this month, the first issue of DC Comics’ “Batman Beyond” was made available digitally on Comixology, the PlayStation Network and DC’s website the same day it went on sale. “Batman Beyond was a critically acclaimed, fan favorite animated series that still has a large number of fans to this day,” said Hank Kanalz, senior vice president for digital at DC Entertainment of the decision. “By releasing the ongoing comic series digitally, we’re hoping we reach that audience and

bring back any fans of the show who may be lapsed comic readers.” And Marvel has done the same thing with “Ultimate Comics Thor” and “Ultimate Comics Captain America.” It also plans to release every issue in its story arc about the death of Ultimate Spider-Man digitally the same day it goes on sale in shops starting in February. Archie’s iVerse Media apps have proven popular for the company. By the end of 2010, it had sold more than 1.7 million copies of new, recent and classic issues and collections. Plans are also in the works to bring a similar app to users of Android-powered tablets and cell phones, too, by March. “We saw that there was an interest in our products digitally and we knew we had to capitalize on it,” Goldwater told The Associated Press. “We have to really make sure Archie Comics are made available to anyone who’s interested in reading them, whether they’re hard copies in a shop or on the newsstand or through a mobile phone or tablet.” — AP

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aptain America’s latest foe is deadlier than the Red Skull: suicide. The character armed with his trademark shield faces off against suicide in a new story that publisher Marvel Entertainment has released Wednesday for free through its website and app. The toll-free hotline for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is featured in the work, too. Entitled “Captain America: A Little Help,” the 11-page story is written by psychologist Tim Ursiny, and illustrated by Nick Dragotta. In it, a despondent youth is poised to jump off a building when he spies Captain America facing a bevy of villains on a nearby roof. The fracas keeps him from going over the edge, literally and figuratively. There is no dialogue, save for the end, which ends with the boy both saving the hero and, in the process, himself. — AP

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n employee of Japanese toy mask maker Ogawa Rubber wears a rubber mask of the cartoon character “Tiger Mask” at the company’s headquarters in Saitama city, suburban Tokyo yesterday. Japan has been enthralled by the mysterious comeback of a 1960s manga comic book hero that has sparked a nationwide wave of gift-giving by anonymous donors to underprivileged children. The spate of donations started on Christmas Day, when presents were left at a children’s welfare centre near Tokyo, with a note saying they came from “Naoto Date”, the alter ego of professional wrestling character “Tiger Mask”. The widely reported gift struck a chord with Japanese who fondly remember Tiger Mask-an orphan-turnedfighter who helped other parentless children-and has sparked more than 30 copycat acts of generosity since, Kyodo News said. — AFP


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hoever said economics is the dismal science never considered the prognostic powers of women’s taste in lingerie. To hear trend-spotters at the Salon International de la Lingerie tell it, a global swing towards a fuller feminine figure-think the TV series “Mad Men” and 1950s pin-up queens-is a harbinger of the waning of the Great Recession. “What were the 1950s? It was a post-war period,” explained Caroline le Grelle, a fashion consultant for Eurovet, organizers of the world’s most international lingerie trade fair, which opens January 22 in Paris. “Women had undergone a period of hardship. They wanted to enjoy themselves. We haven’t experienced a war this time-but we have come through an economic crisis. It’s exactly the same scheme of things.” “We want to sweep it all away and have a ball. Hence this return to retro.” So it’s out with minimalist thongs and pushup demi-bonnet bras, and in with bullet bras and high-waisted briefs, particularly in black, which Le Grelle calls “the colour of reference for seduc-

Models wear designs from the Acquastudio collection during the Fashion Rio Winter 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday. —AP photos

tion”. Samples on display at a preview for the fashion media around the corner from the big Parisian department stores this week were distinguished by remarkably light fabrics, as well as lace, silk and satin. The 1950s pin-up Bettie Page and her modern-day counterpart Dita Von Teese would certainly approve the designs, and indeed Le Grelle credits a renewed interest in burlesque as a motivating factor behind today’s lingerie preferences. Another factor, in her opinion, is a growing acceptance by women of their natural curves, after years of fretting over not being thin enough. “Women’s bodies have evolved considerably,” Le Grelle told AFP. “In a few years, women have gained a few centimeters around the hips and chest. Lingerie has been obliged to accept this changing morphology.” The salon-overlapping with the fall-winter 2011 haute couture showswill run for three days, with an estimated 20,000 buyers for retailers and distributors sizing up the wares from 550 labels. Triumph International, the

world’s biggest lingerie manufacturer, celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, will be using the salon to roll out an affordably-priced luxury line, dubbed Essence. It also wants to heavily promote its Shape Sensation series, which employs ultra-light elasticized fabrics to give wearers what the manufacturer calls a “shaping effect”. “It’s not a slimming product. It’s about shaping the body,” said Emilie Kauffmann, brand and marketing manager for Triumph in France. Another big name, Wacoal, is meanwhile pitching an innovative line of briefs made of a microfibre impregnated with caffeine, vitamins A and E and aloe vera which can reputedly combat cellulite. Wacoal claims that, after 28 days, its Beauty Secret undergarments can slim thighs by two centimeters (three-quarters of an inch), and that 67 percent of women who tried them reported feeling better in their jeans. But, warned Wacoal spokeswoman Marie-Dominique Tabard, “if you keep eating, it won’t work.” — AFP


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Models wear designs from the Coven collection during the Fashion Rio Winter 2011 in Rio de Janeiro.—AP

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Models wear designs from the Maria Bonita Extra collection during the Fashion Rio Winter 2011.—AP


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File photo shows the Zac Brown Band, from left, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Zac Brown, Jimmy De Martini, Clay Cook, and Chris Fryar are shown in Nashville, Tenn. — AP

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he five other guys in the Grammy-nominated Zac Brown Band have achieved a Zen-like state of trust in their eponymous leader - but it’s taken some time. The guy has some off-the-wall plans, after all. “The first couple times that Zac had a couple of crazy ideas,” fiddler Jimmy De Martini said, “we were like, uh ... “ “It’ll never work!” drummer Chris Fryar shouted. “But it worked out,” De Martini continued. “So now we’re like, ‘I

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myself on occasion saying, ‘Wait a minute, I should’ve come up with that. That should’ve been our idea.’ Because he really gets it, and he understands. He really puts himself in the fans’ shoes and wants to make the experience for them something above and beyond going to the concert.” The power of Brown’s gift was on full display at a late December show at the Bridgestone Arena. A sellout

bet that’s gonna work.’” “The crazier the idea the more likely it is to be highly successful with this group of guys,” Fryar said. “It’s amazing.” So far his surefire plan for world domination is right on schedule. Over the last three years Brown has suggested the band: • Feed hundreds of fans club members at every show from a gargantuan custom-built tractor-trailer kitchen on wheels. • Build and staff seven separate businesses that handle everything from publishing, film and music videos, and T-shirts - and why not throw in a machine shop for a planned line of custom knives? • Start it’s own record label. • Retrofit a warehouse to hold it all. Will Ward, a partner in the band’s management company, ROAR, LLC, calls Brown “an incredible visionary.” “He’s got this whole vision of greater things,” Ward said. “And some of the ideas he comes up with I’ve found

crowd that overflowed into the obstructed view sections sang along to every song. “Even the songs that haven’t even been released on a CD yet, so it’s pretty crazy,” Fryar said. The experience remains a little dizzying. “It’s a surreal thing to walk out on stage now,” Fryar said. “What was it - two years, two and a half years ago? - we were just starting to promote ‘Chicken Fried’ and we’d go and play these bars and there’d be maybe a hundred people in there. They didn’t know who we were.” The band was in a jovial mood after taking its first extended break since the 2008 release of their debut album, “The Foundation,” and many jokes were cracked. They had interviews and planning meetings all day and dinner with 200 fans, and gathered friends to play four solid hours of music that included a surprise drop-in by Alan Jackson - bearing the gift of a white convertible Cadillac. He sang “As She’s Walking Away” duet with Brown, the first No. 1 hit from “You Get What You Give.”

homeless man who became a YouTube sensation for his “golden voice” will check into rehab for treatment of alcohol and drug dependency, representatives for the “Dr Phil” show said on Wednesday. Ted Williams, 53, made the decision to enter a private rehabilitation facility after a discussion with Dr Phil McGraw about a physical altercation with one of his daughters, the show said in a statement. Williams and his family discussed that incident during a taping of “Dr Phil” the show said, and family members revealed Williams has been drinking daily. “If Ted is ever going to get better, he’s got to be honest with himself and

admit he’s addicted to drugs and alcohol,” Dr. Phil McGraw, the show’s host, said in the statement. “I’ve told him it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. It might be a long journey for him, but this is a step in the right direction,” McGraw said. Los Angeles police have said two people were taken to Hollywood station on Monday night following a disturbance at Williams’ hotel, although they have declined to identify them. Local media and celebrity web sites reported Williams and his daughter were questioned after getting into a loud argument. Williams, a former radio announcer who

Like the band’s first album, which spawned four No. 1s on Billboard’s country chart, the album is a hit. The ultimate idea is to have 10 food trucks on site so every fan can experience Rusty Hamlin’s Southern-flavored creations, a roster of radio hits from all points on the dial - not just country frequencies - and a live-show experience more diverse than anything currently offered. “We want people to go to other concerts and feel like they got robbed,” Brown said. “That’s our goal.” It was a night few country music acts can top and a symbolic moment for a band that was turned down flat by the Nashville labels. All of them. So they took a very different route, eventually selling “The Foundation” to Atlantic Records in New York. Unexpected enthusiastic support from country radio helped connect them with fans and the rest has been an uncommon success story, without compromise In 2010 alone, the band won the Grammy for best new artist, opened stadium shows for Dave Matthews, played the main stage at Bonnaroo and had a No. 1 album. They ended the year with four more Grammy nominations, including best country album for “You Get What You Give.” It’s a category that sports the eclectic lineup of Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert, all acts who threw the bit headed in new directions that helped remake the definition of country music for a new century. Lady A took it pop, Bentley headed for the hills with a rocking bluegrass sound, Lambert sparked white hot. Zac and the boys went mellow, riding a jam-band vibe that fits right in with their philosophy. Some critics and fans, hooked on the more traditional country sound of “Chicken Fried” and “Toes,” objected, but no apologies are offered. The six members of the band, which also includes bassist John Driskell Hopkins and multi-instrumentalists Clay Cook and Coy Bowles, bring diverse musical tastes, and bits of soul, R&B, hip hop and rock make it into the songs on “You Get What You Give.” It was another one of Brown’s crazy idea that this mishmash of sounds could work on a grand scale. Turns out the guy’s money. “I guess everybody is kind of all in on everybody else’s crazy ideas,” Bowles said. “I think that that’s kind of the magic of the whole band. It has to do with songwriting and arranging music and living together and all that stuff. Everybody’s kind of a lunatic on their own. So a lot of the ideas Zac comes up with, ‘We’re like, ‘Yah, why not? What have we got to lose?’” — AP

became homeless after battling drugs and alcohol, attracted millions of YouTube hits after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper posted a video of him panhandling using radio emcee imitations. He has since appeared on morning news programs including “The Today Show” to talk about new voice-over job offers with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and foodmaker Kraft and his stunning instant rise from begging on the streets. — Reuters


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ow-key British historical drama “The King’s Speech” could win a major boost towards Oscars glory Sunday, as Hollywood’s annual awards season launches with the Golden Globes show. Starring heartthrob Colin Firth as the stuttering King George VI, the movie is nominated in seven categories at the Globes, seen as a key pointer to who will win prizes at the Academy Awards next month. Facebook blockbuster “The Social Network” is also up for top honors at the show, which gathers the multi-billion dollar industry’s celebrity A listers and behind-the-camera for their first major gathering of the year in Beverly Hills. A Globe or an Oscar can give a global profile to a movie, so as well as being a star-studded event, the awards give a huge marketing boost for the winners, whose acceptance speeches are screened live around the world. Boxing movie “The Fighter,” ballet-themed thriller “Black Swan” and “Inception” starring Leonardo DiCaprio are also on the short-list for Best Picture at Sunday’s show. Ricky Gervais is hosting the awards, organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the plush neighborhood bordering Hollywood itself. The British comic fronted the awards for the first time last year, aiming amusing barbs at everyone from the show’s allegedly corrupt organizers to Hollywood stars in general and the drinking habits of troubled star Mel Gibson. This year the actor, creator of “The Office,” seems set to maintain his reputation for acerbic wit at the expense of Tinsel Town big cheeses. “The last thing I want to do is genuinely offend anyone,” he said, while adding: “I like the jeopardy that it’s live and there’s a quarter of a billion people watching and a room full of the most powerful people in the world. “That’s what gives me the adrenaline rush, thinking it could be the end of my career,” he told reporters ahead of the show. The Globes are the first major show in a season which includes the

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A sign announcing the upcoming Golden Globe Awards hangs along a street in Los Angeles, California January 12, 2011. — AFP

Directors Guild awards on January 29 and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) gongs the following night, setting the stage for the Oscars in late February. “The King’s Speech,” starring Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, is nominated Sunday for best picture, director, actor, screenplay, score and supporting actor and actress. The film was the surprise top nominee when the Globes short-lists were announced month, having only just opened in the United States and taken a tiny fraction of the box office earnings of “The Social Network.” Some suggest this was a wily move by the Weinstein Company, behind the film, letting it slowly impress critics and audiences with a limited opening rather than others’ blockbuster, head-on approach to seeking Oscar glory and fortune. The “Social Network” is tipped for best picture, director and actor for Jesse Eisenberg’s arresting performance as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, as well as best supporting actor and screenplay. Best actor nominees for the drama category also

included James Franco for Danny Boyle’s latest movie “127 hours,” Ryan Gosling for “Blue Valentine” and Wahlberg for “The Fighter.” In other categories, best director nominations went to Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), David Fincher (“The Social Network”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), Christopher Nolan (“Inception”) and David Russell (“The Fighter.”) One film’s inclusion in the shortlist triggered smirks around Hollywood. “The Tourist,” starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, was critically panned but was nominated surprisingly in the comedy or musical category, in what gossips suggested was a blatant bid to gets its A list stars to attend Sunday. But whoever comes away bathed in Globes glory, the real winners will be those who gain allimportant momentum for the Oscars, by far the industry’s biggest awards, on February 27. — AFP

Travolta to receive File photo shows Kelly Preston a cast member in ‘The Last Song,’ arrives with her husband John Travolta at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. —AP

Germany’s Golden Camera ohn Travolta will receive the Golden Camera, arguable Germany’s most prestigious media award, at a VIP gala in Berlin on February 5. Travolta will be honored with the best actor international honor, a trophy that has previously gone to such luminaries as Richard Gere, Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage and Sylvester Stallone. “Receiving the Golden Camera best actor international award is a huge honor for me,” Travolta said. “Over the past few months, so many positive things have happened to my family and me: Becoming a dad again has ignited such joy within me. ... But I also take great pride in my work, and it’s wonderful to have it recognized in such a way.” “John Travolta is one of the very few stars who have managed to stay on top of

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Hollywood’s A-list for decades,” said Christian Hellmann, editor-in-chief at leading German listings magazine Horzu, which presents the Golden Cameras. “He is iconic and one of the greatest actors in the world.” But honoring Travolta could prove controversial in Germany. The “Saturday Night Fever” and “Pulp Fiction” star is a prominent Scientologist, and many Germans view Scientology as a dangeroes cult. “Yes, Scientology is controversial in Germaly, but we aren’t honoring Travolta’s beliefs; we’re honoring his work,” Hellmann said. “And he is and remains one of the most popular stars here.” The 46th Golden Camera awards will be broadcast live on German public network ZDF. — AP


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assie could always sense when Timmy was in trouble. Black Beauty knew the bridge was out. Now two-thirds of American pet owners say they can relate their pets have a sixth sense about bad weather. Forty-three percent say the same about bad news, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll. Seventy-two percent of dog owners said they’ve gotten weather warnings from their pets, compared with 66 percent of cat owners. For bad news, 47 percent of dog owners and 41 percent of cat owners said they’ve been alerted by their pets, according to the poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. Jim Fulstone says his farm dog, a Pomeranian named Austin, gives warnings about 15 minutes before earthquakes and 45 minutes before thunderstorms “He’ll run around in circles and look at you. If you sit down, he’ll sit down with you. If you are outside, he will come up to you, run around, look off, sniff your leg, just kind of be there. He’s a lot more active,” said Fulstone, 65, of Wellington, Nev. “For the quakes, he was very alert and started barking and doing his run-around routine.” The reason? Hard to know “A sixth sense is something we can’t explain but we tend to trust. It’s a matter of

belief and faith,” said psychologist Stephanie LaFarge, the senior director of counseling services for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Scientists have suggested animals sense bad weather because of changes in barometric pressure or other factors, LaFarge said, and dogs anticipate seizures, low blood sugar or other medical problems because of hormonal changes. But they haven’t figured out what alerts pets to earthquakes, bad news or other events - or if it’s just in the eyes of their owners. Kay Moore, 64, of Loma Linda, Calif., said she gets quake warnings from her dogs, Brie, a 90-pound yellow Lab and Great Dane mix, and Lola, a 50-pound basset hound. “They get very, very hyper,” Moore said. If a friend or relative comes to the door, Lady, a 4-year-old golden retriever mix, doesn’t even bother to get up, said Stacey Jones, 50, of Stone Mountain, Ga. But if it’s a stranger, she goes on minor alert, she said. Lady’s sixth-sense tendencies are very subtle, said the Atlanta university writer and editor. But 18 years ago, when Jones was ordered to bed toward the end of her pregnancy, her dog Silver “planted herself next to me and would not leave. She knew something was going on with the baby and it was her job to take care of the baby.” Anne Radley was raped and suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome. If she has an

episode or panic attack, whether it lasts a few minutes or all day, she can count on her three dogs and four cats. “If I have high anxiety, I have pets all over me. All of the pets will come and try to cuddle. It gets a little crowded, but they all do it,” said the 37-year-old Hiawatha, Kan., mother of two. They are led by Mickey, about 15, a mixed breed terrier she got from a rescue 10 years ago. He can’t see her pain, Radley said, because he has gone blind, so she is sure it is a sixth sense. He has always watched over her daughters and if they get sick, he will not only cuddle them, but cuddle them exactly where they hurt, she said. “He warms them up, he’s a little heating pad. He’s always done that.” LaFarge has had similar brushes with a pet’s sixth sense. “I have been awakened in the middle of the night by a dog,” she said. “Very shortly after that, I received some very, very shocking bad news. I was awake when the phone rang. I couldn’t explain why I was awake except the dog was next to me nudging me. How did the dog know my father died at midnight?” Bridget Pilloud of Portland, Ore., a pet psychic who prefers the title “intuitive animal communicator,” is a believer. She has a client who keeps her dog’s ear medicine and his dog treats in the same drawer. “When she goes to get the treats, he is sitting there waiting for them. When she goes for the medicine,

he’s not there. The dog just knows.” How do pets convey their concerns? Sixty-four percent of those polled said their pets tried to hide in a safe place, 56 percent said they whined or cried, 52 percent said they became hyperactive, erratic or made unpredictable movements, and 36 percent said they barked or meowed persistently. Often, they use more than one form of communication. If a storm is coming, Emma, 3, a longhaired miniature dachshund, and Bella, a 7-month-old miniature Chihuahua, will mope around, make noise and hide under the bed. When owner Timothy Gilbert, 43, a telephone communications foreman from Mabank, Texas, gets a cold, “Emma will come lay with me. She can tell when things are wrong. She kept talking to me, letting me know it would be OK.” Gilbert believes all animals are born with a sixth sense, and they’re more likely to show it if they have strong bonds with their owners. Otherwise, “humans tend to think they have a dum dog, a lazy dog or a worthless dog,” he said. The APPetside.com Poll was conducted Oct 13-20, 2010, by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,000 pet owners nationwide, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.0 percentage points. — AP

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he red-headed Russian spy Anna Chapman will add to her colorful portfolio by presenting a weekly television show about mysterious phenomena, a television channel spokeswoman said Wednesday. Chapman will host a weekly show called “Secrets of the World with Anna Chapman” on Ren TV, a channel known for its independent political reporting, a spokesman for the channel, Marina Volodina, told AFP. The show will be experimental and will investigate the “most mysterious phenomena of the modern world,” Volodina said, but added that the channel would not reveal any details until the

first show airs on January 21. Since being extradited from the United States in a high-profile spy swap in July last year, Chapman has made attention-grabbing public appearances, posing in underwear for a men’s magazine and waving off Russian cosmonauts. In December she gave her first television interview to state-owned Channel One television, appearing on a popular talk show along with her mother and sister, although she declined to speak about her espionage activities. She also acted in a comedy spoof of a famous Soviet spy series that was aired on New Year’s Eve on the same

channel, where she played the role of the companion of an undercover Soviet spy in Germany during World War II. Ren TV is majority owned by National Media Group, which also controls the proKremlin Izvestia newspaper, but its news coverage is known for giving air time to opposition figures not shown on state channels. In December Chapman joined pro-Kremlin youth group Molodaya Gvardiya, or Young Guard, becoming a figurehead for the movement that is part of Russia’s ruling party United Russia, led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. — AFP

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011

Aries (March 21-April 19) What empire are you building, Aries? What master plan are you in the midst of carrying out? As you gaze out upon your realm, are you content with the way it's evolving? Judging from the current astrological omens, I'd say it's an excellent time to ponder questions like those. And if your inventory reveals that you're missing some pieces of the big picture's puzzle, I suggest you set out on a quest to locate them.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) In a famous psychology experiment, test subjects watched a video of six people passing basketballs to each other. Their assignment was to count how many passes were thrown and caught by the three people wearing white shirts, while ignoring passes between the three wearing black shirts. But there was a trick embedded in the exercise. Midway through the video, a person wearing a gorilla suit ambled into the scene, thumped his chest, and quickly departed. Half of the test subjects did not notice this intrusion. They were too focused on the task of counting the passes made by the players in white. In the coming week, Taurus, I expect that you will experience at least one similar trick. Look for the unexpected.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Astrologer Hunter Reynolds says that when you are at your best, you Geminis specialize in "enlightened impatience." You don't get trapped expressing polite deference in situations that drain your energy. You don't tolerate boring experiences just because they're supposed to be good for you. You'd rather "err on the side of learning-through-too-much-movement" than get bogged down in "principled sluggishness." But while that's how you are when you're at your peak, you can also be susceptible to the dark side of this talent. Sometimes you abort a potential breakthrough by prematurely fleeing a useful but difficult scene. I suspect you may be prone to that kind of behavior right now. My advice: Be skeptical of your escape reflex.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

In her poem "Heathen," Lesley Wheeler describes a young boy who puts his ear up against his mother's ear "so that the god in your head can talk / to the god in mine." The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to try something similar with people you care for. It's a ripe moment to raise the stakes in your intimate life . . . to get closer than you've dared to get before . . . to retire the familiar stories you and your allies are in the habit of exchanging so that you can tune in to the deeper hum of each other's wilder truths.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

There's a guy on the Internet -- calls himself Tian -- whose mission is to correct Westerners who misunderstand and misuse Chinese characters. Many of the people who write to him for advice are Americans who have come to suspect that the Chinese characters they got tattooed on their flesh don't really mean what they were led to believe. For example, Tian informed one person that a tattoo whose character supposedly says "to learn as much as possible" actually means "empty, hollow, bare, deserted." I offer this up as a cautionary tale, Leo. In the coming days, make sure you're not under a misapprehension about what you're taking on and taking in. Choose only the very best imprints -- and verify that they are what you think they are.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

I regard 2011 as an excellent time for you to cultivate your unique talents, some of which may still be latent or undiscovered. With that in mind, consider these thoughts. Ernest Hemingway said a person had to have "the guts of a burglar" to develop his or her talent. Neurologist and author Dr. Alice W. Flaherty believes that the drive to use one's talent is even more important than the amount of raw talent one has. And here's novelist Erica Jong: "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that 'talent' to the dark place where it leads." P.S. If you do venture into those dark places, you'll eventually uncover ten suns' worth of illumination.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Back in 1962, an American company named Corning created a product that was so revolutionary, no one could figure out how to exploit it in practical ways. It was "Gorilla glass," a glass that's so strong it's almost impossible to break or even scratch. Only recently has it found a commercial application, first in cell phones and other mobile devices and next in a new generation of ultra-thin TV screens. I foresee a comparable development in your immediate future, Libra: some ahead-of-its-time breakthrough you made a while ago that can finally be used to improve your life.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

When I arrived at my acupuncturist's waiting room, there were just two magazines on the table next to my chair: The celebrity rag People Style Weekly and the spiritually oriented Shambala Sun. The first offered articles on "hot new handbags and shoes under $99" and "easy ways to get gorgeous hair, skin, and nails." The second provided a "guide to mindful living," with advice about how to get centered, focused, and relaxed. I thought that was metaphorically similar to the choice you will face in the coming week, Scorpio. It's up to you: Which way do you want to go?

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

I can almost categorically guarantee that in 2011 you will have no encounters with fire demons, wart-ridden vampires, two-headed dogs, moaning ghosts, wayward werewolves, or extraterrestrial robots. Nope. You can pretty much go ahead and make plans based on the assumption that you won't have to account for intrusions like that. But I can also assure you that the lack of crazy encounters with unhinged monsters does not mean your life will suffer from blahs or boredom. On the contrary: I think this could be one of your most interesting years in a decade. To prepare yourself, make sure you don't unconsciously equate adventure with chaos; imagine what it would be like to experience mystery and intrigue that uplift you.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

"Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past," said comedian Lily Tomlin. I recommend that you make this a keynote during the next six months. According to my understanding of the astrological omens, you will have the best opportunity you've had in a long time to put some of your unsettling memories to sleep for good. This is your big chance to graduate from old anxieties that can never be resolved. You're finally ready to declare your independence from messy burdens and maddening riddles that have haunted you.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)

If you want to be healed, whether from a physical malady or a psychic wound, there's one prerequisite you have to meet: You have to be willing to learn a lesson that your suffering has invited you to study. I would go so far as to say that no one, no matter how skilled a healer, can help cure you until you have taken that first step. So what teaching is it that you would need to explore in order to transform your distress into wisdom?

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Are you ready to get the fun surprise you were promised in your dreams? Are you fully prepared to collect the elegant prize you were guaranteed before you were born? I don't think you are -- mostly because you're not thoroughly convinced that you deserve these wonders. From what I can tell, your self-doubts are still more substantial than your self-worth. And as long as that holds true, you will continue to hold your just rewards at bay. So let's make it your project in the next three weeks to elevate your levels of self-worth. It doesn't mean you'll have to completely shed your self-doubts, so don't worry about trying to pull off that impossible project. All you need to do is adjust your self-worth to self-doubt ratio so it's at least 51 percent to 49 percent.

COUNTRY CODES Afghanistan 0093 Albania 00355 Algeria 00213 Andorra 00376 Angola 00244 Anguilla 001264 Antiga 001268 Argentina 0054 Armenia 00374 Australia 0061 Austria 0043 Bahamas 001242 Bahrain 00973 Bangladesh 00880 Barbados 001246 Belarus 00375 Belgium 0032 Belize 00501 Benin 00229 Bermuda 001441 Bhutan 00975 Bolivia 00591 Bosnia 00387 Botswana 00267 Brazil 0055 Brunei 00673 Bulgaria 00359 Burkina 00226 Burundi 00257 Cambodia 00855 Cameroon 00237 Canada 001 Cape Verde 00238 Cayman Islands 001345 Central African Republic 00236 Chad 00235 Chile 0056 China 0086 Colombia 0057 Comoros 00269 Congo 00242 Cook Islands 00682 Costa Rica 00506 Croatia 00385 Cuba 0053 Cyprus 00357 Cyprus (Northern) 0090392 Czech Republic 00420 Denmark 0045 Diego Garcia 00246 Djibouti 00253 Dominica 001767 Dominican Republic 001809 Ecuador 00593 Egypt 0020 El Salvador 00503 England (UK) 0044 Equatorial Guinea 00240 Eritrea 00291 Estonia 00372 Ethiopia 00251 Falkland Islands 00500 Faroe Islands 00298 Fiji 00679 Finland 00358 France 0033 French Guiana 00594 French Polynesia 00689 Gabon 00241 Gambia 00220 Georgia 00995 Germany 0049 Ghana 00233 Gibraltar 00350 Greece 0030 Greenland 00299 Grenada 001473 Guadeloupe 00590 Guam 001671 Guatemala 00502 Guinea 00224 Guyana 00592 Haiti 00509 Holland (Netherlands)0031 Honduras 00504 Hong Kong 00852 Hungary 0036 Ibiza (Spain) 0034 Iceland 00354 India 0091 Indian Ocean 00873 Indonesia 0062 Iran 0098 Iraq 00964 Ireland 00353 Italy 0039 Ivory Coast 00225 Jamaica 001876 Japan 0081 Jordan 00962 Kazakhstan 007 Kenya 00254 Kiribati 00686

Kuwait 00965 Kyrgyzstan 00996 Laos 00856 Latvia 00371 Lebanon 00961 Liberia 00231 Libya 00218 Lithuania 00370 Luxembourg 00352 Macau 00853 Macedonia 00389 Madagascar 00261 Majorca 0034 Malawi 00265 Malaysia 0060 Maldives 00960 Mali 00223 Malta 00356 Marshall Islands 00692 Martinique 00596 Mauritania 00222 Mauritius 00230 Mayotte 00269 Mexico 0052 Micronesia 00691 Moldova 00373 Monaco 00377 Mongolia 00976 Montserrat 001664 Morocco 00212 Mozambique 00258 Myanmar (Burma) 0095 Namibia 00264 Nepal 00977 Netherlands (Holland)0031 Netherlands Antilles 00599 New Caledonia 00687 New Zealand 0064 Nicaragua 00505 Nigar 00227 Nigeria 00234 Niue 00683 Norfolk Island 00672 Northern Ireland (UK)0044 North Korea 00850 Norway 0047 Oman 00968 Pakistan 0092 Palau 00680 Panama 00507 Papua New Guinea 00675 Paraguay 00595 Peru 0051 Philippines 0063 Poland 0048 Portugal 00351 Puerto Rico 001787 Qatar 00974 Romania 0040 Russian Federation 007 Rwanda 00250 Saint Helena 00290 Saint Kitts 001869 Saint Lucia 001758 Saint Pierre 00508 Saint Vincent 001784 Samoa US 00684 Samoa West 00685 San Marino 00378 Sao Tone 00239 Saudi Arabia 00966 Scotland (UK) 0044 Senegal 00221 Seychelles 00284 Sierra Leone 00232 Singapore 0065 Slovakia 00421 Slovenia 00386 Solomon Islands 00677 Somalia 00252 South Africa 0027 South Korea 0082 Spain 0034 Sri Lanka 0094 Sudan 00249 Suriname 00597 Swaziland 00268 Sweden 0046 Switzerland 0041 Syria 00963 Taiwan 00886 Tanzania 00255 Thailand 0066 Toga 00228 Tonga 00676 Tokelau 00690 Trinidad 001868 Tunisia 00216 Turkey 0090 Tuvalu 00688 Uganda 00256 Ukraine 00380 United Arab Emirates00976


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Movenpick Hotel supports local charities

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n continuous support to the local charities, Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al-Bida’a has donated recently some of the hotel materials like bed sheets, duvet covers, bath towels and bath robes to the Kuwait Handicapped Centre. Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al-Bida’a aims to continuously support the local and International charities. Ramzi Shaban, the Executive Assistant Manager and some of the management team of Movenpick Al-Bida’a including the Training Manager, Manal Abdullah, and the Executive Housekeeper, Mohamed Assar, have visited the Kuwait Handicapped Centre on January 11, 2011 to deliver all the items donated by the hotel. Movenpick Al-Bida’a supported also a number of charities during 2010 and helped raise a significant amount of money for them. “We raised over KD2,700 for Nelson Mandela Foundation during our last World Cup event in the hotel “said Gary Moran, the hotel’s General Manager. “Although our donations are not as big as other companies we hope that it can help the people in need to improve their life” added Gary Moran.

KKK holds dazzling ‘Sangeeta Sanje’

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mesmerizing performance by Pallavi & Arun enthralled the Kuwait Kannada Koota audience for more than three hours with their lilting music and catchy numbers at the packed Carmel School Auditorium on January 7, 2011 for the Sangeeta Sanje and AGM program. Pallavi is a leading singer from Bangalore and her husband Arun is a child prodigy, and an ace drummer. Together with Madhusudhana on the tabla and Krishna Udupa on the keyboard, they unleashed a plethora of music such as sugama sangeeta, vachana, bandish, ghazals, bhava geete, desha bhakti geete, medley of Hindi songs and fusion. Pallavi also sang songs from her private albums. Pallavi brought the crowd on its feet with several memorable numbers. Her medley of old numbers of Asha Bhosle literally made the crowd dance to her tunes. The final song of the evening, ‘’Aye Mere Vathan Ke Logon’’ brought tears to the eyes of many people in the audience. The event was preceded by prize distribution, mementos to various committees who had worked hard throughout 2010 to bring in varied programs, releases of the monthly magazine Marala Mallige, desk-

top calendar 2011 and a new KKK directory. As a part of Christmas celebrations, there was the customary visit of Santa Claus with lots of chocolates for the Koota children. Nagaraj Subbarao (President), Nagaraj Shanbhag (Vice President), Rajeev Kulkarni (General Secretary) and Praveen (Treasurer) were elected into the Executive Committee for 2011. The outgoing committee comprising of Harsha Rao, Subhadra Surana, Anil Prabhu and Revanasiddappa Hombali delivered the Treasury Report, summary of events and vote of thanks.


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Embassy Information EMBASSY OF USA The Embassy of the United States of America will be closed on Sunday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. The embassy will reopen for normal business on Monday, January 17, 2011. Regular working hours are 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday to Thursday. The telephone number is 22591001; fax number is 2538-0282.

Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission, Linda Trigg cuts the opening ribbon of the new Organica Fish N Chips store in Salmiya with Operations Director Catherine Becka.

Charity bazaar

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he American Creativity Academy will hold its annual charity bazaar on March 12 from 9:00 to 2:00. The location will be the ACA Boys’ Campus in Hawalli on Sharhabil Street.

Tankei Maruyama Exhibition

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oul of modern Japanese calligraphy exhibition will be held from January 20-31 at Al-Fanar Mall Art Gallery (Salem Al-Mubarak Street) from 10 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm, (closed on Fridays). The opening of the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, January 19 at 7 pm.

Indonesian Ladies’ Association visit Crowne Plaza

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he Embassy of Indonesia hosted the Women’s Association at the AlAhmadi restaurant of Crowne Plaza Kuwait in a cheerful atmosphere for breakfast. In an ambience of elegance and amidst delicious global cuisines, the ladies had a good time of bonding and relaxation. Breakfast was a buffet that comprised of delicacies from around the globe, topping it with fresh fruits and juices. After breakfast, they had a tour of the Spa Aquatonic, getting a glimpse of the exotic treatments and therapies that are administered by expert therapists of Les Thermes Marins de Saint Malo. They visited the exquisite and unique Aquatonic pool, where they were briefed about the health benefits of the pool in terms of weight loss and well - being. Pictures were taken by the group, preserving memories of a day well - spent, in good company at the Crowne Plaza Kuwait.

EMBASSY OF CANADA The Embassy of Canada is open from 07:30 to 15:30 Sunday through Thursday. Consular Services for Canadian Citizens are provided from 09:00 until 12:00 on Sunday through Wednesday. The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, Al-Mutawakel St., Block 4 in Daíaiyah. Please visit our website at www.Kuwait.gc.ca. Canada offers a registration service for all Canadians travelling or living abroad. This service is provided so that Consular Officials can contact and assist Canadians in an emergency in a foreign country, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform Canadians of a family emergency at home. The Embassy of Canada encourages all Canadian Citizens to register online through the Government of Canada Travel Website at www.voyage.gc.ca. The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi provides visa and immigration services to residents of Kuwait. Individuals who are interested in visiting, working or immigrating to Canada are invited to visit the website of the Canadian Embassy to the UAE at www.uae.gc.ca. EMBASSY OF INDIA The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week. Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the Embassy of India: [i] 24x7 Helpline for Domestic Workers: Accessible by toll free telephone no. 25674163 from anywhere in Kuwait, it provides information and advice exclusively to Indian domestic sector workers (Visa No. 20) as regards their grievances, immigration and other matters. [ii] Help Desk: It offers guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal, and other issues (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iii) Labour Complaints Desk: It registers labor complaints and provides grievance redressal service to Indian workers (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iv) Shelters: For female and male domestic workers in distress; (v) Legal Advice Clinic: Provides free legal advice to Indian nationals (Embassy premises; Kuwaiti lawyers 3 PM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday; Indian lawyers 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday); and (vi) Attestation of Work Contracts: Private sector worker (Visa No. 18) contracts are accepted at the Embassy; 9 AM to 1 PM; Sunday to Thursday; Domestic sector worker (Visa No. 20) contracts are accepted at Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO), Hawally, Al-Othman Street, Kurd Roundabout, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. Embassy of India would like to inform that application forms for passport/visa services and labor contracts that are on its website, www.indembkwt.org, have been upgraded to include the facility for online data entry. Affidavit forms on the embassy website have had this facility since May 6, 2009.


TV Listings FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011

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The Ellen Degeneres Show Good Morning America Supernatural Kings The Closer Good Morning America One Tree Hill Burn Notice The Ellen Degeneres Show Law And Order: Criminal Intent Burn Notice The Closer One Tree Hill Live Good Morning America Law And Order: Criminal Intent The Ellen Degeneres Show Commander In Chief Eureka The Bachelor Supernatural Kings

00:50 Untamed & Uncut 01:45 Tigers Attack 02:40 Dogs 101 03:35 Venom Hunter with Donald Schultz 04:30 Pit Bulls and Parolees 05:25 Killer Jellyfish 06:20 Untamed & Uncut 07:10 Britain’s Worst Pet 07:35 Britain’s Worst Pet 08:00 Meerkat Manor 08:25 Planet Wild 08:50 Growing Up... 09:40 Breed All About It 10:10 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 11:05 Gorillas Revisited with David... 12:00 Animal Precinct 12:55 Wildlife SOS 13:20 Wildlife SOS 13:50 Animal Cops Houston 14:45 RSPCA: Have You Got What it Takes? 15:10 E-Vets: The Interns 15:40 Jessica the Hippo 16:30 Breed All About It 17:00 Planet Wild 17:30 The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 18:25 Cats of Claw Hill 18:50 Cats of Claw Hill 19:20 Venom Hunter with Donald Schultz 20:15 Escape to Chimp Eden 20:40 Snake Crusader with Bruce George 21:10 Cats 101 22:05 Austin Stevens Adventures 23:00 Whale Wars 23:55 Buggin’ with Ruud

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15:05 Science Of The Movies 15:55 Savage Planet 16:20 Apocalypse How 17:35 The Gadget Show 18:00 The Gadget Show 18:25 How Does That Work? 18:50 Brainiac 19:40 Sci-Fi Science 20:05 Sci-Fi Science 20:30 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 21:20 How It’s Made 21:45 The Gadget Show 22:10 Futurecar 23:00 Sci-Fi Science 23:25 Sci-Fi Science 23:50 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman

My Family Keeping Up Appearances The Weakest Link Casualty Eastenders Doctors Keeping Up Appearances Balamory Tweenies Fimbles The Large Family The Adventures Of Spot Gigglebiz Balamory Tweenies Fimbles The Large Family The Adventures Of Spot Gigglebiz Balamory Tweenies Fimbles The Large Family The Adventures Of Spot Gigglebiz Balamory Tweenies Fimbles The Large Family The Adventures Of Spot Gigglebiz Keeping Up Appearances The Weakest Link Sahara Doctors Eastenders Casualty Keeping Up Appearances

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Sahara The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Casualty Sahara The Weakest Link Doctors Doctor Who Doctor Who Confidential After You’ve Gone New Tricks

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Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Celebrity Masterchef Come Dine With Me Home For Life Cash In The Attic Bargain Hunt Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Celebrity Masterchef 10 Years Younger Daily Cooks Challenge 10 Years Younger 10 Years Younger Cash In The Attic Celebrity Masterchef Home For Life Cash In The Attic Bargain Hunt Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Celebrity Masterchef Coastal Kitchen Home For Life Cash In The Attic Bargain Hunt Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Come Dine With Me

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Overhaulin’ Dirty Jobs Destroyed In Seconds Destroyed In Seconds Discovery Project Earth Mythbusters How Do They Do It? How Machines Work Dirty Jobs Discovery Project Earth American Chopper How Do They Do It? How Machines Work Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security

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Mega World Apocalypse How Weird Or What? Science Of The Movies How Does That Work? Junkyard Mega-Wars Robotica Weird Connections Creatures Inside Us Da Vinci’s Machines How The Universe Works Weird Or What? Stunt Junkies The Gadget Show Creatures Inside Us How Does That Work? Da Vinci’s Machines Weird Connections Weird Or What?

Motor City Motors La Ink

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

Throwdown with Bobby Flay Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Chopped 30 Minute Meals Tyler’s Ultimate Ultimate Recipe Showdown Barefoot Contessa Unwrapped Iron Chef America Good Eats - Special Guy’s Big Bite Chopped Paula’s Best Dishes Good Deal with Dave Lieberman Guy’s Big Bite Barefoot Contessa Everyday Italian 30 Minute Meals Tyler’s Ultimate Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Barefoot Contessa Everyday Italian Everyday Italian 30 Minute Meals 30 Minute Meals Good Deal with Dave Lieberman Good Deal with Dave Lieberman Barefoot Contessa Everyday Italian 30 Minute Meals Guy’s Big Bite Chopped Barefoot Contessa Unwrapped Paula’s Best Dishes Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Good Eats - Special Good Deal with Dave Lieberman Iron Chef America Everyday Italian Everyday Italian 30 Minute Meals 30 Minute Meals

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

Dr G: Medical Examiner Ghost Lab Dead Tenants Dead Tenants Dr G: Medical Examiner Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases Dr G: Medical Examiner Amsterdam Vice Ghost Lab Mystery ER Forensic Detectives Guilty Or Innocent? Mystery ER Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Royal Inquest FBI Files On The Case With Paula Zahn Accident Investigator Mystery ER Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Royal Inquest Forensic Detectives Guilty Or Innocent? FBI Files Mystery ER Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls On The Case With Paula Zahn Accident Investigator Couples Who Kill Deadly Women

01:05 02:35 04:00 05:30 07:05 09:05 10:45 12:20 13:55 15:20 16:50 18:25 20:05 22:00 23:50

Board Heads L.A. Bounty Staying Together Chains Of Gold The 60’s Boy, Did I Get A Wrong Number! The Aviator Love Bites It Runs In The Family Late For Dinner Maxie Memories Of Me Comes A Horseman Assassination Tango Death Wish V

00:00 Surf’s Up 00:30 Bondi Rescue 01:00 Bondi Rescue 01:30 Nomads 02:30 Banged Up Abroad 03:30 The Best Job In The World 04:00 Bondi Rescue 04:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 05:00 Passport To Wine 05:30 Surf’s Up 06:00 Surf’s Up 06:30 Bondi Rescue 07:00 Bondi Rescue 07:30 Nomads 08:30 Banged Up Abroad 09:30 The Best Job In The World 10:00 Bondi Rescue 10:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 11:00 Passport To Wine 11:30 By Any Means 12:30 Market Values 13:00 Word Travels 13:30 Lonely Planet- Roads Less Travelled 14:30 Banged Up Abroad 15:30 The Best Job In The World 16:00 Bondi Rescue 16:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 17:00 Passport To Wine 17:30 By Any Means 18:30 Market Values 19:00 Word Travels 19:30 Lonely Planet- Roads Less Travelled 20:30 Banged Up Abroad 21:30 The Best Job In The World 22:00 Bondi Rescue 22:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 23:00 Passport To Wine 23:30 By Any Means

00:00 Two And A Half Men 00:30 Til Death 01:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart


TV Listings FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011

01:30 The Colbert Report 02:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 03:00 Eastbound And Down 03:30 Party Down 04:00 South Park 04:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 05:30 Malcolm In The Middle 06:00 Hope And Faith 06:30 The Drew Carey Show 07:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 08:00 Til Death 08:30 Malcolm In The Middle 09:00 Hope And Faith 09:30 The Drew Carey Show 10:00 Rita Rocks 10:30 30 Rock 11:00 Malcolm In The Middle 11:30 Hope And Faith 12:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 13:00 Til Death 13:30 Malcolm In The Middle 14:00 Hope And Faith 14:30 Two And A Half Men 15:00 30 Rock 15:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 16:00 The Colbert Report 16:30 The Drew Carey Show 17:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 18:00 Family Biz 18:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 19:00 Sons Of Tucson 19:30 The Office 20:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 21:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 21:30 The Colbert Report 22:00 Bored To Death 22:30 Weeds 23:00 South Park 23:30 Sons Of Tucson

01:15 03:15 PG15 05:00 06:45 09:00 11:00 13:00 15:00 17:00 19:00 21:00 23:00

Chocolat-PG15 Bring It On 5: Fight To The Finish-

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

My Boys Lost Bones Lie To Me Lost Scrubs Smallville The Ellen Degeneres Show My Boys Bones Law And Order: Criminal Intent The Ellen Degeneres Show Scrubs My Boys Smallville Law And Order: Criminal Intent Bones Lie To Me 30 Rock My Boys The Ellen Degeneres Show How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother No Ordinary Family Body Of Proof The Philanthropist Nip/Tuck 30 Rock The Ellen Degeneres Show

00:15 02:00 04:00 06:00 08:00 10:30 12:30 15:30 17:30 20:00 22:00

01:00 03:00 05:00 07:00 09:00 11:00 13:00 15:00 17:00 19:00 21:00 23:00

00:00 02:00 04:00 06:00 08:00 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00 18:00 20:00 21:30

00:00 02:00 04:00 06:00 08:00 10:00

Chapter-FAM 12:00 The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones 14:00 Cars-PG 16:00 Up-FAM 18:00 The Princess And The Frog-FAM 20:00 Winx: Secret Of The Lost Kingdom 22:00 The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones

Psycho-18 Death Race-18 Traitor-PG15 Captain Drake-PG Con Air-PG15 Arlington Road-18 S.W.A.T.-PG15 Con Air-PG15 Star Trek 10: Nemesis-PG15 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia XXX-PG15 Friday The 13th-18

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

Splinterheads-PG15 Doctor Detroit-18 My Fake Fiance-PG15 Crush-PG15 Life-PG15 Hotel For Dogs-FAM Scrooged-PG Man Of The House-PG15 Splinterheads-PG15 Fever Pitch-PG15 Black Dynamite-18 Sex And The City The Movie-18

Felix 1-FAM War Of The Buttons-PG Gladiator Academy: The Movie-FAM The Trumpet Of The Swan-FAM Felix 2-FAM Never Ending Story 2: The Next

Bones Drop Dead Diva The Martha Stewart Show Hawthorne The View Look-A-Like Look-A-Like Emmerdale Eat Yourself Sexy Hawthorne The Martha Stewart Show Look-A-Like Look-A-Like Hawthorne The View Emmerdale Eat Yourself Sexy The Martha Stewart Show Bones Drop Dead Diva Mercy The View Downton Abbey No Ordinary Family Friday Night Lights

01:30 Total Rugby 02:00 Dubai Int’l Horse Racing Carnival 06:00 Futbol Mundial

06:30 07:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 18:00 21:30 22:00

02:30 06:00 07:00 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 17:00 17:30 21:30 22:30 23:00

00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:30 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00

Inkheart-PG He’s Just Not That Into You-PG15 All About Steve-PG15 The Invention Of Lying-PG15 Dragonball: Evolution-PG School Of Rock-PG15 All About Steve-PG15 Wanted-18 Couples Retreat-18 Notorious-18

Stuart: A Life Backwards-18 Cheri-PG15 Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea Mee Shee-PG The Express-PG Mee Shee-PG Avatar-PG Amelia-PG15 Star Trek-PG Couples Retreat-18 Revolutionary Road-PG15

Monsters vs. Aliens on Super Movies

European Tour Weekly Snooker Masters European Tour Weekly ICC Cricket World Live Cricket Twenty20 ICC Cricket World World Hockey Total Rugby Futbol Mundial Live The All Sport Show Cricket Twenty20 ICC Cricket World Live Snooker Masters

Snooker Masters Pool World Cup Dubai Int’l Horse Racing Carnival Total Rugby Futbol Mundial Brazil League Highlights European Tour Weekly Live PGA European Tour ICC Cricket World Dubai Int’l Horse Racing Carnival The All Sports Show Total Rugby Live European Challenge Cup

WWE NXT The Ultimate Fighter Red Bull X-Fighters FIA GT1 World Championship UFC All Access UFC Unleashed UFC Unleashed WWE NXT Red Bull X-Fighters

09:00 09:30 10:30 12:00 13:30 14:30 15:00 16:00 16:30 20:00 22:00

Full Throttle UAE National Race Day FIA GT1 World Championship WWE NXT Red Bull X-Fighters Full Throttle Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge FIM World Cup Live Snooker Masters WWE Smackdown Live Squash PSA Super Series

01:00 03:00 05:00 07:00 09:00 11:00 13:00 15:00 17:00 19:00 21:00 23:00

Choke-18 Moon-PG15 Love Happens-PG15 Whip It-PG15 Monsters Vs. Aliens-PG Au Pair 3: Adventure In Paradise-PG Shorts-PG Love Happens-PG15 Balibo-PG15 The Informant !-PG15 Paranormal Activity-PG15 Fired Up!-18

00:50 Wise Guys-PG15 02:20 Screening Room, The - Women Directors-PG 02:45 White Heat-PG 04:35 Screening Room, The - Sfx Artists-PG 05:00 Screening Room, The - Football And...-PG 05:30 Alex In Wonderland-PG15 07:25 Screening Room, The - Horror-PG 08:00 Two Weeks In Another Town-PG 09:45 Now, Voyager-PG 11:40 White Heat-PG 13:30 Silk Stockings-FAM 15:25 An American In Paris-FAM 17:15 The Bad And The Beautiful-PG 19:10 Rhapsody-FAM 21:05 Clash Of The Titans-PG15 23:00 Some Came Running-PG

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

Modern Marvels Ancient Discoveries Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Warriors The Universe Ice Road Truckers 3 Modern Marvels Ancient Discoveries Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Warriors The Universe Ice Road Truckers 3 Modern Marvels Ancient Discoveries Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Warriors The Universe Ice Road Truckers 3 Modern Marvels Ancient Discoveries Deep Sea Detectives Decoding the Past Egypt: Land of the Gods The Next Nostradamus

00:00 00:30 01:00 02:00 02:30 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 06:30 07:00 08:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 11:00 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30

Mel B: It’s A Scary World Mel B: It’s A Scary World Jerseylicious Fashion Avenue Fashion Avenue How Do I Look? Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? Homes With Style Area Clean House Big Boutique Big Boutique Homes With Style Homes With Style Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? How Do I Look? Fashion Avenue Fashion Avenue Big Boutique Big Boutique

14:00 15:00 15:30 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 22:00 23:00

Clean House Clean House Comes Clean Fashion Avenue Jerseylicious Ruby Married Away Mel B: It’s A Scary World Mel B: It’s A Scary World Fashion Avenue Fashion Avenue Fat Free Fiances Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? Fashion Avenue

TRACE 00:15 Top Mobile 00:17 Playlist 01:00 Hit Us 01:50 Playlist 02:00 Urban Hit 02:45 Playlist 03:15 Top Fashion 03:17 Playlist 07:15 Top Gossip 07:17 Playlist 08:00 French Only 08:45 Playlist 09:15 Top Money 09:17 Playlist 13:00 Urban Hit 13:45 Playlist 15:15 Monthly Top 15:17 Playlist 16:00 Africa 10 16:45 Playlist 17:15 Top Sexy 17:17 Playlist 18:00 Urban Hit 18:45 Playlist 19:00 Trace Video Mix 20:00 New 20:30 Playlist 22:15 Top Mobile 22:17 Playlist 23:00 Club 10 23:40 Playlist

00:00 Globe Trekker 01:00 Australia’s Great Wildlife Islands 02:00 Exotic Lives 03:00 Nomad’s Land 04:00 Down the Line 05:00 Globe Trekker 06:00 Australia’s Great Wildlife Islands 07:00 The Thrillseekers Guide 07:30 The Big Fish 08:00 Globe Trekker 09:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 10:00 The Blue Continent 11:00 Sophie Grigson in the Souk 11:30 Hollywood and Vines 12:00 Word Travels 12:30 Word Travels 13:00 Globe Trekker 14:00 Planet Food 15:00 Feast India 15:30 Inside Luxury Travel with Varun Sharma 16:30 Great Scenic Railways - 175 Years 17:00 Globe Trekker 18:00 48 Hours In 18:30 Sophie Grigson in the Souk 19:00 Hollywood and Vines 19:30 Travel Today 20:00 Globe Trekker 21:00 Globe Trekker 22:00 Word Travels 22:30 Wild At Heart 23:00 The Thrillseekers Guide 23:30 Great Scenic Railways - 175 Years

00:00 00:30 01:00 02:00 03:00 06:00 08:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 18:00 20:00

VH1 Rocks So 80’s Music For The Masses Greatest Hits VH1 Music Chill Out VH1 Hits Aerobic VH1 Hits Music For The Masses Top 10 Covers Music For The Masses Justin Timberlake Weekend Music For The Masses Guess The Year


Flight Schedule FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011

FOR AIRPORT INFORMATION 161

FLIGHT SCHEDULE

IN CASE YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING, YOUR PROPER CANCELLATION OF BOOKINGS WILL HELP OTHER PASSENGERS TO USE SEATS. JZR

239

AMMAN

17:40

ABY

124

SHARJAH

9:45

Airlines

Flt

Route

Time

ABY

127

SHARJAH

17:45

KAC

117

NEW YORK

10:00

WAN

612

ISTANBUL

0:45

ALK

227

COLOMBO / DUBAI

18:10

QTR

133

DOHA

10:00

JZR

267

BEIRUT

0:45

KAC

542

CAIRO

18:50

ETD

302

ABU DHABI

10:20

BBC

43

DHAKA

1:00

KAC

618

DOHA

18:55

GFA

214

BAHRAIN

10:20

GFA

211

BAHRAIN

1:40

KAC

614

BAHRAIN

19:20

KAC

177

FRANKFURT / GENEVA

WAN

306

CAIRO

1:50

KAC

674

DUBAI

19:25

IRC

6808 SHIRAZ

10:45

WAN

408

BEIRUT

2:10

KAC

166

PARIS / ROME

19:30

JZR

200

DAMASCUS

10:55

THY

772

ISTANBUL

2:15

IAC

575

CHENNAI / GOA

19:30

JZR

212

DEIREZZOR

11:45

UAE

853

DUBAI

2:35

KAC

102

NEW YORK / LONDON

19:35

IRA

618

LAR

11:50

Arrival Flights on Friday 14/1/2011

10:30

QTR

138

DOHA

2:45

KAC

774

RIYADH

19:40

JZR

124

BAHRAIN

12:00

DHX

370

BAHRAIN

2:45

KAC

562

AMMAN

19:50

KAC

541

CAIRO

12:00

FDB

67

DUBAI

3:05

FDB

61

DUBAI

20:05

JZR

238

AMMAN

12:10

ETD

305

ABU DHABI

3:10

OMA

647

MUSCAT

20:10

KAC

103

LONDON

12:30

ETH

620

ADDIS ABABA / BAHRAIN

3:30

JAI

572

MUMBAI

20:15

MEA

405

BEIRUT

12:55

JZR

207

DAMASCUS

3:50

JZR

179

DUBAI

20:15

IYE

825

DOHA / SANAA

13:05

KAC

544

CAIRO

4:40

SVA

506

JEDDAH

20:35

MSR

624

SOHAG

13:30

JZR

503

LUXOR

5:20

DHX

372

BAHRAIN

21:00

MSR

611

CAIRO

13:55

JZR

223

ALEPPO

5:40

KAC

786

JEDDAH

21:10

FDB

58

DUBAI

14:35

KAC

416

JAKARTA / KUALA LUMPUR

6:25

VOS

81

BAGHDAD

21:15

KAC

561

AMMAN

14:45

BAW

157

LONDON

6:40

WAN

104

DUBAI

21:15

KAC

673

DUBAI

15:10

JZR

555

ALEXANDRIA

7:00

GFA

217

BAHRAIN

21:15

OMA

646

MUSCAT

15:15

KAC

352

COCHIN

7:35

MEA

402

BEIRUT

21:20

UAL

982

BAHRAIN

15:25

KAC

206

ISLAMABAD

7:40

QTR

136

DOHA

21:35

KAC

617

DOHA

15:35

FDB

53

DUBAI

7:45

SAI

441

LAHORE / KARACHI

21:50

KAC

785

JEDDAH

15:45

KAC

302

MUMBAI

7:55

UAE

859

DUBAI

22:00

JZR

178

DUBAI

15:50

KAC

678

MUSCAT / DUBAI

8:10

JZR

157

DOHA

22:10

JZR

552

ALEXANDRIA

16:00

KAC

362

COLOMBO

8:20

MSR

612

CAIRO

22:45

16:20

8:30

22:50

BAHRAIN

DUBAI

3553 ALEXANDRIA

613

855

RBG

KAC

UAE KAC

286

CHITTAGONG

8:35

UAL

981

BAHRAIN

23:00

KAC

773

RIYADH

16:25

QTR

132

DOHA

9:05

JZR

553

ALEXANDRIA

23:15

QTR

135

DOHA

16:30

ABY

123

SHARJAH

9:05

DLH

636

FRANKFURT

23:35

ETD

301

ABU DHABI

9:30

GFA

213

BAHRAIN

9:35

IRC

6807 SHIRAZ

9:45

Airlines

Flt

Route

Time

IRA

619

LAR

10:50

UAL

981

WASHINGTON DC DULLES

0:45

JZR

151

DOHA

10:55

AXB

390

MANGALORE / KOZHIKODE

0:45

JZR

121

BAHRAIN

11:10

IAC

982

HYDERABAD / AHMEDABAD / CHENNAI 1:05

JZR

165

DUBAI

11:20

Departure Flights on Friday 14/1/2011

PIA

206

LAHORE

1:10

MEA

404

BEIRUT

11:55

DLH

637

FRANKFURT

1:30

IYE

825

SANAA

12:05

BBC

44

DHAKA

2:35

MSR

623

SOHAG

12:30

KAC

283

DHAKA

2:40

MSR

610

CAIRO

12:55

THY

773

ISTANBUL

3:15

FDB

57

DUBAI

13:50

DHX

371

BAHRAIN

3:45

UAL

982

WASHINGTON DC DULLES

14:10

FDB

68

DUBAI

3:45

MLR

404

DUBAI / COLOMBO

17:40

ETD

304

ABU DHABI

17:40

GFA

216

BAHRAIN

18:05

UAE

858

DUBAI

18:10

RJA

801

AMMAN

18:15

ABY

128

SHARJAH

18:25

JZR

156

DOHA

18:30

SVA

511

RIYADH

18:35

ALK

228

DUBAI / COLOMBO

19:10

WAN

305

CAIRO

19:15

KAC

361

COLOMBO

20:20

FDB

62

DUBAI

20:50

KAC

331

TRIVANDRUM

21:00

KAC

343

CHENNAI

21:05

OMA

648

MUSCAT

21:10 21:15

OMA

645

MUSCAT

14:15

UAE

854

DUBAI

3:50

KAC

546

ALEXANDRIA

14:30

ETD

306

ABU DHABI

4:00

JAI

571

MUMBAI

4:15

JZR

528

ASSIUT

21:40

507

JEDDAH

21:55

KAC

552

DAMASCUS

14:35

ETH

620

ADDIS ABABA

KAC

284

DHAKA

14:55

QTR

139

DOHA

4:55

SVA

JZR

125

BAHRAIN

14:55

JZR

164

DUBAI

6:55

DHX

373

BAHRAIN

22:00

7:00

KAC

675

DUBAI

22:10

218

BAHRAIN

22:15

JZR

257

BEIRUT

15:00

RJA

803

AMMAN

QTR

134

DOHA

15:00

JZR

150

DOHA

7:10

GFA

KAC

746

ABU DHABI / DAMMAM

15:05

GFA

212

BAHRAIN

7:15

MEA

403

BEIRUT

22:20

WAN

304

CAIRO

16:20

7:50

QTR

137

DOHA

22:35

554

ALEXANDRIA

22:45

KAC

545

ALEXANDRIA

MLR

403

COLOMBO / DUBAI

16:40

VOS

94

DUBAI / KANDAHAR

8:00

JZR

JZR

201

DAMASCUS

16:40

JZR

120

BAHRAIN

8:20

KAC

301

MUMBAI

22:45

ETD

303

ABU DHABI

16:50

FDB

54

DUBAI

8:25

SAI

442

LAHORE

22:50

502

LUXOR

23:00

UAE

857

DUBAI

16:55

BAW

156

LONDON

8:55

JZR

GFA

215

BAHRAIN

17:05

JZR

256

BEIRUT

9:00

UAE

860

DUBAI

23:10

SVA

510

RIYADH

17:20

KAC

745

DAMMAM / ABU DHABI

9:05

RBG

3554 ALEXANDRIA

23:35

JZR

213

DEIREZZOR

17:25

KAC

551

DAMASCUS

9:10

MSR

613

CAIRO

23:45

9:40

KAC

411

BANGKOK / MANILA

23:55

RJA

800

AMMAN

17:30

UAE

856

DUBAI

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011

ACCOMMODATION In Abbassiya, near Balansiya bakery, double room flat, hall, furnished room with mini split from Jan 14, one separate room, share with Keralite family, for couples/ executive bachelor or teachers for Keralite only. Contact: 66944127 after 6 on 24334240. (C 3032) 13-1-2011 Sharing accommodation available near Salmiya garden for one non smoking executive bachelor with another Indian bachelor. New C-A/C building with separate bath, rent KD 50 only. Kindly contact 97202795/ 25654182. (C 3028)

Call 67039015 any time. (C 3012)

MATRIMONIAL Marthomite boy (innocent divorcee 36 yrs, 5’9”, fair, interior designer, business in Kerala returned from Bahrain) seeks suitable alliance from Christian girls. Email: jacobphilip@live.com

FOR SALE TV JVC old, DVD/VHS player, clothes cabinet large, kitchen cabinet set, 601F bulbs old, rugs/throw rug, plants etc.

Hard top coffee table with class cover + dining table (IKEA) with chairs for sale. Contact: 99893082. (C 3024) 10-1-2011

LOST

SITUATION WANTED

Policy no: 633003387, 633000955 issued by State Life Gulf zone on life M. Afazal - Amir Aziz have been lost. Anyone finding please communicate manager & LIC P.O.Box: 11278 Dubai, UAE, within one month. (C 3031) 13-1-2011

I am experienced in import/ export business correspondence want a part or full time job. Call 66513057. (C 3027) 12-1-2011

A valet with civil ID, driving license, MoH ID, 2 ATM card, finder please call 66329575/ 67073244, gift will be given. (C 3029) 12-1-2011

No: 14969

Sharing accommodation available for Indian families in a new C-A/C flat in Jabriya and Shara Amman, Salmiya. Rent KD 100 each. Contact: 97919485/ 66757539. (C 3030) 12-1-2011 Available full room for rent in Hawally behind Rihab Complex. Call 99581802. (C 3025) One separate room available for sharing in Farwaniya for couples/visiting families/decent executive bachelor, near Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Center to share with Keralite family in 2-bedroom hall, new C-A/C flat. If interested contact: 97508939 (C 3026)

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OAKLAND: Los Angeles Lakers’ Lamar Odom (right) goes up for a shot against Golden State Warriors’ Andris Biedrins of Latvia during the second half of an NBA basketball game. —AP

Hornets snap Magic streak in OT NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Hornets held off Orlando 92-89 in overtime on Wednesday, snapping the Magic’s nine-game NBA winning streak. Marcus Thornton capped a 22-point performance with a crucial jumper and two free throws in the final minute of the extra period as the Hornets took the lead for good. Emeka Okafor had 18 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans. Orlando’s Dwight Howard had 29 points and 20 rebounds, but missed a pair of free throws that could have given his side a one-point lead with 11 seconds to go. The Magic erased a seven-point deficit in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. Jazz 131, Knicks 125 In Salt Lake City, seven Utah players reached double figures in a battle of 3-pointers against New York. Deron Williams and reserve C.J. Miles scored 24 points apiece for the Jazz, who hit 10 of 22 long shots while New York made 14 of 29. Reserve Shawne Williams was 7 of 8 from behind the arc and scored 25 points for the Knicks, who made it close after trailing by as many as 16. New York still hasn’t won in Salt Lake City since 2005. Spurs 91, Bucks 84 In Milwaukee, reserve Matt Bonner scored all 17 of his points in the second half to lift San Antonio over Milwaukee and to its fourth straight win. Trailing by two, Bonner sparked an 11-2 run after hitting two 3-pointers and a floater that gave San Antonio a 79-72 lead with 8:32 left. When Milwaukee cut it to three late, Bonner answered with a 15-footer with 57 seconds to play that halted the Bucks’ rally. Manu Ginobili added 23 as the Spurs improved the NBA’s best record to 33-6 despite a pace more fitting to the grinding Bucks, who came in as the

worst shooting and lowest scoring team in the league. John Salmons scored 17 to lead Milwaukee. Lakers 115, Warriors 110 In Oakland, sluggish Los Angeles rallied late to beat Golden State for their sixth straight victory. Kobe Bryant scored 17 of his 39 points in the final 5:49 and also assisted on Ron Artest’s crucial 3pointer with 1:55 to play. Pau Gasol added 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who looked uncharacteristically out of sync for much of the game before turning it on when it mattered for their 12th consecutive win over the Warriors and sixth straight in Oakland. Golden State’s Lamar Odom did his part to fuel the comeback, scoring 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 20 points and nine rebounds.

just the 13th win of the season for Los Angeles. Dwyane Wade scored 31 points for the Heat, who had also won nine in a row overall. A threepoint play by James and a 3-pointer by Chris Bosh got the Heat within four, but Gordon calmly made two free throws to seal the win for the Clippers, who have won three straight. Pacers 102, Mavericks 89 In Indianapolis, Indiana’s Brandon Rush scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help secure a win that lifted the Pacers clear of Dallas atop the Southeast Division. Danny Granger and Darren Collison both scored 17 points for Indiana. Jason Terry scored 18 points for the Mavericks in a disappointing return for former Pacers coach Rick Carlisle. Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki missed his eighth straight game with a knee sprain.

Thunder 118, Rockets 112 In Houston, Oklahoma City won the franchise’s first game in Houston in 12 attempts. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 13 assists for the Thunder. The franchise won in Houston for the first time since 2004-05 when it was still the Seattle SuperSonics. Luis Scola scored 31 points, but none in the fourth quarter, for Houston. The Rockets again played without leading scorer Kevin Martin and backup center Brad Miller due to injury. Houston scored a season-high 70 points in the paint, but went 5 for 18 from 3-point range.

Bobcats 96, Bulls 91 In Charlotte, D.J. Augustin had 22 points and 12 assists, outplaying Derrick Rose in Charlotte’s victory over Chicago. The Bulls, off to their best start since their last title under Michael Jordan in 1998, couldn’t keep it going with Jordan sitting courtside. The Bobcats owner stood and clapped as the final seconds ticked down in Charlotte’s fourth straight win. Ex-Bull Tyrus Thomas added 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Bobcats moved to 6-2 under interim coach Paul Silas. Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago.

Clippers 111, Heat 105 In Los Angeles, the hosts provided a major upset by ending miami’s 13-game road winning streak. Blake Griffin had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his 30th double-double, while Eric Gordon added 26 points for the Clippers, who led virtually the entire game against the NBA’s second-best team. It was

Hawks 104, Raptors 101 In Toronto, Mike Bibby made a go-ahead 3pointer with 8.2 seconds left to give Atlanta victory over Toronto and a fifth straight win. Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 36 points and Joe Johnson scored 26 points for the Hawks. Leandro Barbosa had a season-best 26 points for

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the Raptors, who also got 26 from Andrea Bargnani. Celtics 119, Kings 95 In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 25 points to help Boston beat Sacramento. Pierce scored 15 in the first quarter as Boston got off to a quick start while bouncing back from a surprising home loss to Houston on Monday. Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists for the Celtics. Reserve Carl Landry scored 17 points for Sacramento, which has lost 12 consecutive road games. Grizzlies 107, Pistons 99 In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Zach Randolph had 34 points and 17 rebounds for Memphis in the win over Detroit. Rudy Gay scored 26 points in a new Pistons starting lineup. Richard Hamilton was benched, Ben Wallace was out injured and was replaced by rookie Greg Monroe, while Tracy McGrady and Chris Wilcox came in for Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Hamilton, rumored to be part of a potential Carmelo Anthony trade, did not play — the first game he has missed due to coach’s decision since sitting out the final regular-season game of the 2008-09 season to rest for the playoffs. Suns 118, Nets 109 In Phoenix, the home team erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit on its way to an overtime victory over New Jersey. Steve Nash had 23 points — including 10 in overtime — and 16 assists while Vince Carter also scored 23 points to notch his highest total since arriving from Orlando in a trade. Phoenix trailed 90-75 with eight minutes left in regulation before turning up the pressure on defense. Reserve Sasha Vujacic scored 19 points for the Nets. —AP


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Nalbandian ousts Isner in Auckland AUCKLAND: Former world No. 3 David Nalbandian beat ailing defending champion John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (3) yesterday to reach the semifinals of the Heineken Open. Nalbandian, the No. 6 seed in Auckland and the 27th-seed for next week’s Australian Open, beat the third-seeded American who appeared to be troubled by an arm injury yesterday. Isner needed medical treatment to an injury to his upper arm or shoulder but still delivered eight aces and put 78 percent of first serves in play before the steadier Nalbandian ended his title defense. The tournament’s top two seeds, Spaniard’s David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro, also won through to the semifinals in three-set matches. Nalbandian will play Almagro in the semifinals while Ferrer will take on unseeded Colombian Santiago Giraldo who beat the No.7 seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 6-2, 6-4. Top-seed Ferrer beat No. 8 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in a marathon match between former champions. Ferrer won the Auckland title in 2007 and Kohlschreiber in 2008. Their clash lasted 153 minutes before Ferrer prevailed, gaining the only service break of the third set. As a measure of it’s closeness, there were more than 300 rallies in the match and every game featured, on average, 10 points. Ferrer forced the only service break of the opening set in the sixth game, and took the first frame after Kohlschreiber had saved three set points. The Spaniard dropped serve in the fourth game of the second set but got back on level terms in the seventh game and saved two set points in the final game to send the set into a tiebreaker. Kohlschreiber had 37 unforced errors in the first two sets but won the tiebreaker 7-4 to take the match to a third set. The deciding set was also close until Ferrer, hitting hard from the baseline, gained the only break in the sixth game. He served for the match at 5-3 but needed three matchpoints before finally extinguishing Kohlschreiber’s challenge. “It was another tough match,” Ferrer said. “I’m happy in the first tournament of the year to be in the semifinals. “It’s not easy when you miss two matchpoints but I wasn’t afraid. I served well in the late stages of the match, when it was important.” Almagro needed three sets to end the giant-killing run of French qualifier Adrian Mannarino, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (1), 6-2. The 22-year-old Mannarino, ranked 80, beat No. 5 seed Juan Monaco of Argentina in the first round and eliminated last year’s runner-up, his compatriot Arnaud Clement in the second round. He also pressed the No. 14-ranked Almagro for more than 2-1/2 hours before succumbing. “It was really tough,” Almagro said. “He was playing so good at the beginning of the match and in the second set. But in the third set, I played much better than him and I could beat him. “I didn’t play my best tennis but I played a very good match with my head and mentality.” —AP

SYDNEY: Kim Clijsters of Belgium plays a shot in her semifinals match against Alisa Kleybanova of Russia during the Sydney International tennis tournament. — AP

Clijsters, Li reach final SYDNEY: US Open champion Kim Clijsters came from a break down in the deciding set to beat Alisa Kleybanova of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) yesterday and advance to the Sydney International final. Clijsters will play Li Na of China, who beat Bojana Jovanovski 7-6 (5), 6-3. “If she plays like that, I think she’s definitely a contender to beat a lot of top players,” Clijsters said of Kleybanova’s chances at the Australian Open. “It was last year when she played Justine (Henin) where she almost beat her in the Australian Open. That’s a perfect example of how well she can play. So I think she is definitely a player who’s a very tough outsider and can make

it very tough for a lot of the players.” In the men’s tournament, Gilles Simon advanced to the semifinals by beating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3. Simon’s victory set up a meeting with thirdseeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-4, 6-4. In the other semifinal match, Florian Mayer of Germany will play Viktor Troicki of Serbia. Mayer beat Potito Starace of Italy 64, 6-1, and Troicki defeated Richard Gasquet of France 6-4, 6-4. Simon and Dolgopolov both earned their places in the quarterfinals after completing rain-delayed first round matches Wednesday morning, then returning to the

court for second round matches in the afternoon. The tough schedule fully tested Simon’s gradual recovery from injuries that blighted his 2010. After the win, Simon said he feels he is back to the form that saw him reach No. 6 in the world rankings. “The thing is in tennis it’s always a matter of confidence,” Simon said. “You have to win some good matches and to beat the top guys. “That’s why I’m working hard to come back as soon as possible. I’m (ranked 41) now. I hope to reach top 30 or top 20 really as soon as possible because I know it will be better with the draws and everything.”—AP

Rain washes out Kooyong Classic MELBOURNE: Play at the key warmup for next week’s Australian Open was washed out yesterday as rain prevented any matches from taking place at the eightman Kooyong Classic. The elite event ahead of the season’s first major, which begins in Melbourne on Monday, was swamped, with Austria’s Roland Garros semi-finalist Jurgen Melzer and last year’s Kooyong finalist JoWilfried Tsonga unable to play an opening match originally scheduled for Wednesday. Organiser Colin Stubs announced an ad-hoc order of play for Friday in the hope of getting the event completed by its scheduled Saturday finish.Melzer and Tsonga have agreed to play in an abbreviated morning match, either a tiebreak set or a pro set, with the winner coming back later to face

Frenchman Gael Monfils in a semi-final. Wednesday winners Lleyton Hewitt and Nikolay Davydenko were also unable to get onto the court for their semi-final. “The forecast is the main complication,” said Stubs of more rain expected on Friday. “We’ll have to make some of this up as we go along. “It’s not fair to ask the Australian Open for a spare indoor court and I wouldn’t ask anyway, we have to deal with this situation. “We want to try and keep integrity of the event, but it’s hard to see any way out of it tomorrow.” Former number one Hewitt, the lowest-ranked player in the field at 54th, but the only Grand Slam winner at the event, changed his standard preparation to play at Kooyong for the first time instead of this week’s Sydney ATP tournament.

“In the past I’ve had different scenarios where I’ve either had a week off before and just trained at the main site or played a tournament in a different country,” he said. “If you’re seeing the ball well it doesn’t really matter as long as you keep that rhythm going and have a good mindset.” The Australian is feeling fresh after nearly two months of hard training at home with coach Tony Roche after a wrist injury sustained during the Davis Cup in September brought his season to a premature end. A year ago Hewitt also needed a second hip operation after a loss at the Australian Open. “You don’t know what’s around the corner,” said the 29year-old. “I was feeling pretty good coming into the Hopman Cup last year and then all of a sudden in practice I hurt my other hip. —AFP


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CHILE: Volkswagen’s driver Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz, both of Spain race in the 10th stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally.—AP

CHILECITO: Marc Coma in bikes and Nasser AlAttiyah in cars built up hefty leads after Wednesday’s 10th stage of the Dakar Rally to close in on the overall victory as the race returned to Argentina ahead of the finish on Sunday in Buenos Aires. The stage crossed a 4,000-meter (13,000-feet) pass in the Andes, with Coma of Spain winning the bikes category in 3 hours, 6 minutes, 35 seconds. Coma won the race in 2009 and leads Cyril Despres of France in the overall standings by 18:10 minutes, with Chilean rider Francisco Lopez Contardo trailing by 45:16 in third. Al-Attiyah of Qatar finished fourth in Wednesday’s stage, 8:54 behind winner Giniel de Villiers of South Africa. Defending champion Carlos Sainz of Spain was 18:13 off the lead in fifth, which gives Al-Attiyah a lead of 12:37 in the overall standings. Despres, the 2010 champion, probably blew his chance of retaining his title during a 97-kilometer (60-mile) stretch on Wednesday. Despres took a wrong turn as he approached a portion of the dunes, and then lost valuable time trying to find a way out. He squandered more time later when he got stuck in a dry river bed. “I made a first big mistake after 120 kilometers while I was riding well,” he said, explaining that he read his navigation system incorrectly and drove off into a rocky area. “We already lost lots of time there, but then in the last few kilometers I made another mistake, turned around and fell into a mud hole. It was impossible to get back out. It took me 10 minutes in all. I thought I was going to lose even more time.” Al-Attiyah finished second last year to Sainz but, barring any major mistakes, seems almost certain of victory this time. He said he also he had navigation problems but managed to find De Villiers and followed him to the finish. “From then, I said we must stay calm, take it easy and try and find the way,” AlAttiyah said. “It’s OK. We’re here now and I’m quite happy. I think it’s a big day for us.” —AP

CHILE: Portugal’s biker Ruben Faria rides his KTM on the stage of the 2011 Dakar Rally. —AP

Lightning beat Capitals to lead division TAMPA: Tampa Bay goaltender Dwayne Roloson again kept Washington at bay to give the Lightning a 3-0 win Wednesday, moving clear of the Capitals atop the NHL’s Southeast Division. Roloson, acquired in a New Year’s Day trade with the New York Islanders, made 23 saves to add this shutout to the 1-0 overtime win over Washington in his Lightning debut. Dominic Moore, Sean Bergenheim and Simon Gagne scored for Tampa Bay. Penguins 5, Canadiens 2 In Montreal, Pittsburgh scored four power-play goals to beat Montreal and snap a rare three-game losing skid. Alex Goligoski scored twice and added an assist for the Penguins. Tyler Kennedy and Jordan Staal scored with the man advantage in the second period to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead. Goligoski, who opened the scoring at even strength in the first, and Chris Kunitz added powerplay goals in the third. David Desharnais and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Canadiens. Blackhawks 4, Avalanche 0 In Chicago, Corey Crawford made 24 saves for his second straight shutout, helping Chicago blank Colorado. Dave Bolland and Fernando Pisani had a goal and an assist apiece for Chicago, which won the final regular-season meeting between the teams this season. Troy Brouwer scored Chicago’s first goal and Jack Skille added a rebound goal in the third to help the Blackhawks win their third straight. Ducks 7, Blues 4 In Anaheim, Bobby Ryan’s hat trick sparked Anaheim’s defeat of St. Louis. Ryan scored twice in the first period and completed his third career hat trick 30 seconds into the third. Ryan later scored his careerbest fourth point with an assist on Corey Perry’s score during Anaheim’s four-goal third period. Lubomir Visnovsky had a power-play goal and two assists while Jonas Hiller made 30 saves for the Ducks, who won three straight to end a six-game homestand that catapulted them back into the Western Conference race. David Backes scored twice for the Blues, winless in five straight games.—AP

NHL results/standings NHL results and standings on Wednesday. Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 2; Tampa Bay 3, Washington 0; Chicago 4, Colorado 0; Anaheim 7, St Louis 4. Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L OTL GF GA PTS Philadelphia 27 10 5 142 109 59 Pittsburgh 27 14 4 143 107 58 NY Rangers 25 16 3 127 109 53 NY Islanders 13 21 7 97 134 33 New Jersey 11 29 2 78 133 24 Northeast Division Boston 23 12 7 123 93 53 Montreal 24 17 3 109 105 51 Buffalo 18 19 5 115 124 41 Toronto 18 20 4 112 125 40 Ottawa 16 21 6 93 132 38 Southeast Division Tampa Bay 26 13 5 131 137 57 Washington 24 13 7 126 116 55 Atlanta 22 16 7 140 140 51 Carolina 21 15 6 127 128 48 Florida 19 20 2 113 109 40 Western Conference Central Division Detroit 27 11 5 149 123 59 Nashville 23 13 6 111 98 52 Chicago 24 18 3 142 124 51 St. Louis 20 16 6 114 123 46 Columbus 20 20 3 110 134 43 Northwest Division Vancouver 28 8 6 145 102 62 Colorado 22 16 6 144 142 50 Minnesota 21 17 5 108 123 47 Calgary 18 20 5 117 129 41 Edmonton 13 21 7 103 141 33 Pacific Division Dallas 26 13 5 127 118 57 Anaheim 24 18 4 124 127 52 Phoenix 21 13 9 121 123 51 Los Angeles 23 18 1 126 108 47 San Jose 21 18 5 121 122 47 Note: Overtime losses (OTL) are worth one point in the standings and are not included in the loss column (L).


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GENEVA: Europe’s top clubs are preparing for tough talks with FIFA over cutting the number of international matches played. European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said FIFA has to

Clubs set to fight FIFA over international matches accept that clubs pay the wages of players who are left “completely empty” because FIFA keeps expanding international schedules. “We have to stop this direction, always

doing more and more,” Rummenigge said this week. “I really hope that FIFA is willing to accept that. ... We speak about our players and they are not paid by FIFA or by anybody else. That is a legal fact and has to be accepted.” Rummenigge acknowledged a likely clash with FIFA President Sepp Blatter over club vs. country tensions. Blatter said last week he wants smaller European leagues with fewer matches so players arrive fitter and fresher at FIFA’s marquee World Cup event. “I have the opposite idea,” said Rummenigge, who is also chairman of German champion Bayern Munich. “I am strictly against reducing club matches. I will meet Mr. Blatter in a couple of months to speak about this because I believe we have to find a realistic way.” The clubs in the 197-member group will meet next month at their semiannual

ECA assembly in Geneva to formulate a strategy for influencing FIFA’s international schedule, which currently runs through 2014. The calendar is a four-year timetable of national team matches and FIFA rules demand that clubs worldwide release their best players. In 2011, it protects 10 dates for official matches, such as qualifiers for continental championships, plus three more for friendly matches in February, June and August. Clubs must also give up their players for the Asian Cup currently being played in Qatar, the United States-hosted CONCACAF Gold Cup in June and the Copa America tournament in Argentina in July. Rummenigge singled out Germany defender Philipp Lahm, who he said played 83 official matches in the 2010 World Cup season.

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“That is absolutely too much. He was completely empty, tired,” said the former West Germany great, who played on two World Cup runner-up teams. Rummenigge said clubs compromised when accepting fewer lucrative Champions League matches, from a maximum of 17 to 13. That was achieved by scrapping the second group stage format after the 2003 final. “The outcome was that we have more national team match days today than ever,” he said. The ongoing calendar debate would intensify if FIFA and Qatar decide the 2022 World Cup should be played in winter. The suggested switch — which was not discussed in public before the emirate won the hosting rights last month — would commit elite players for up to nine weeks in the middle of the traditional European season. —AP

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LONDON: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish (center) new first team coach Steve Clark (left) and assistant manager Sammy Lee (right) look on against Blackpool in this file photo. —AP

Struggling Reds desperate for win LONDON: Kenny Dalglish is facing up to the size of his task at Anfield as he prepares struggling Liverpool for its derby match against Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. The Reds have lost both of its games since the club legend was installed as manager last weekend in place of the fired Roy Hodgson, with Wednesday’s 21 defeat at Blackpool keeping them four points off the relegation zone. Dalglish was brought in by Liverpool’s American owners to galvanize a team that is lacking in confidence and he acknowledges it won’t be an easy ride after just a week back in charge. “It’s obviously a big challenge — very seldom do you get a job where you walk in with no challenges,” Dalglish said, after seeing Liverpool surrender an early lead given to it by striker Fernando Torres at Blackpool. “The encouraging sign is the attitude and desire of the players, which is quite pleasing. The only reason we will

have a problem is if they don’t show commitment to the club and I think they have shown that — we just need a result.” Dalglish’s first spell in charge of the club, between 1985-91, saw him win three English league titles to add to the five he picked up as a player for the northwest giants. This year, however, his main challenge could be stopping Liverpool slipping out of the top division. It will be an emotional return to the Anfield dugout for the former Scotland striker, who quit in 1991 for health reasons two days after Liverpool drew a dramatic FA Cup match against Everton 4-4 at Goodison Park. Liverpool owner John Henry will meet Dalglish for talks this weekend and is set to be present at a derby between two sides level on points, just below midtable. “It’s all very well being a decent side but every side which has been successful and has ever done anything needs that bit of luck,” Dalglish

said. “The longer we stick in there and the less sorry we feel for ourselves, the better chance we will have of correcting it.” Any hopes of playing a part in the title race have long gone for the 18-time champions _ they are currently 19 points behind unbeaten league leader Manchester United, which travels to fifthplace Tottenham on Sunday. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp would have been hoping to have David Beckham available to play against his former club but the London team has been unable to secure a loan deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy for the ex-England captain. As it stands, Beckham will only be at Tottenham to train until Feb. 11, when he is scheduled to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy. United manager Alex Ferguson will hope to recall England striker Wayne Rooney, who missed last weekend’s FA Cup victory over Liverpool because of an ankle injury. —AP

MILAN: Since Leonardo replaced Rafa Benitez as coach at Inter Milan, the Brazilian has led the Serie A club to three wins in three games, and next up is Bologna on Sunday. “They were three different games, but we played very well in all three,” Leonardo said of the team’s wins over Napoli and Catania in the league and Genoa in the Italian Cup. “Now we have to continue this way in the league because Bologna is in form and it will be another tough match.” Inter striker Samuel Eto’o continued his remarkable scoring run against Genoa, hitting two to take his tally to 21 in all competitions for Inter. “The important thing is to win,” Eto’o said. “It isn’t important who scores.” Inter is in seventh place in the league with 29 points, 11 behind league leader AC Milan but with two matches in hand. Milan, meanwhile, is at Lecce and coach Massimo Allegri is contemplating whether to break up the attacking duo of Alexandre Pato and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to hand new signing Antonio Cassano a start. Pato scored twice in the 4-4 draw against Udinese, in which Ibrahimovic hit an injury time equalizer. Between them the pair have scored 18 Serie A goals this season. Since Cassano joined Milan over the winter break, the former Sampdoria striker has twice come on late in the two matches he has been involved in. “Antonio has been a surprise,” Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso said. “He isn’t yet at his best because he needs to find his form and lose some weight, but he has come on and set up three goals in two games. “Antonio is conscious of the fact that coming to Milan is his last chance,” Gattuso added. “But he has found a positive changing room, although one where you need to respect the rules.” Second-place Napoli, which trails Milan by four points, hosts Fiorentina. Much of Napoli’s success so far has been based around the scoring exploits of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who is leading the Serie A with 13 goals. In the most recent match, he scored a hat trick against Juventus, while earlier in the season his injury-time goal against Steaua Bucharest meant Napoli was the only Italian team to progress beyond the group stage of the Europa League. “Cavani is showing that he is the most effective striker in the league,” Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis said. “But credit must go to the team and Edinson knows this. “He works very hard to make himself available for the ball on the pitch and this means we can keep pushing forward,” De Sanctis said. “Now we have to push on with the same form that the team has shown so far.” Also, it’s: Cagliari vs. Palermo; Brescia vs. Parma; Catania vs. Chievo Verona; Cesena vs. AS Roma; Genoa vs. Udinese; Juventus vs. Bari; and Lazio vs. Sampdoria. —AP


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DOHA: Saudi Arabiaís player Osama Al Harbi (left) fights for the ball against Jordan’s player Abdallah Deeb during their AFC Asian Cup Group B soccer match. —AP

DOHA: Jordan dumped threetimes champions Saudi Arabia out of the Asian Cup yesterday with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a goalkeeping howler by Waleed Abdullah. It has been a traumatic few days for Saudi Arabia, whose quest for a first Asian Cup since 1996 got off to a disastrous start when they were beaten 2-1 by outsiders Syria in their opening game on Sunday. Portuguese Jose Peseiro, who had already been under severe pressure for failing to get Saudi Arabia to the World Cup, was promptly sacked as coach and replaced by Nasser Al Johar. Al Johar inherited a similar situation in 2000 before guiding the

Saudis to the final, where they lost to Japan, but there would be no repeat this time. The regional giants become the first team to be eliminated from the tournament, while surprise-package Jordan are left sitting pretty at the top of Group B with four points, with one more game to go. Syria, who have three points, and Japan, who have one and were one of the pre-tournament favourites, play later yesterday. The Saudis made four changes from the side that embarrassingly lost to Syria, including bringing in midfielder Taiseer Al Jassam, who came off the bench to grab his team’s solitary goal in the

Syria debacle. Jordan, who came within moments of defeating Japan in their opener but had to settle for a 1-1 draw, were missing captain and central defender Hatem Aqel, who was stretchered off after injuring his right knee against the Japanese. Saudi Arabia should have been ahead within a minute of the postPeseiro era, but defender Osama Al Harbi completely missed his header right in front of goal when an inswinging corner somehow made it through a packed penalty box. The Saudis were in control early on at the Al-Rayyan Stadium, cheered on by a sizeable travelling support decked out in green.

Striker Naif Hazazi, one of the four new players drafted in, was at the centre of everything. On 16 minutes his goal-bound header was clawed away by Jordan keeper Amer Shafi, and moments later the bouffant-haired Hazazi blazed just wide. Hazazi went within inches of poking the ball in on the half hour, as the Green Falcons, as the Saudi team are known, continued to dominate. But three minutes before halftime Jordan got the goal against the run of play. Baha Abdelrahman was left unchallenged and given all the time in the world to loft over a cross that inadvertently curled into

the net. It was a moment of horror for keeper Waleed, who totally misjudged the flight of the ball. Jordan nearly got a second on the stroke of half-time, but the keeper went a small way toward making up for his catastrophic blunder by blocking with his legs from Odai Al Saify after the Saudi defence went awol. It was more Saudi pressure in the second period, but no matter how much they huffed and puffed, they could not break through Jordan’s stubborn rearguard. Saudi substitute Nassir Alshamrani was denied by goalkeeper Shafi after a fine run as the clock ticked down, but Jordan held on. —AFP

Hammam dampens India’s WCup hopes DOHA: India have a lot of work to do before they can consider hosting a major football tournament, Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam said, casting doubt on the country holding the World Cup any time soon. Seizing on comments by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, several British newspapers said the South Asian country could be an option for the 2026 World Cup as part of Blatter’s drive to see the game spread to new frontiers. But Bin Hammam, a moderniser seen as a prime candidate to succeed the ageing Swiss, said huge strides needed to be made if the developing country of 1.2 billion people was to stage the 2019 Asian Cup, nev-

er mind a World Cup. “Lots of things need to be done,” the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president told the Press Trust of India news agency in Doha, where the Asian Cup is being held. Doha was controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup. “India will have to be ready and naturally infrastructure will have to be developed in a way that it meets today’s international football standards,” said Bin Hammam. He added: “If India wants to host the World Cup they will have to show in their bid that they are capable and ready. “It depends on the determination of India to take up the challenge. “People

know what Qatar have, the stadiums and the facilities which India do not have. They will have to address these issues. It is entirely the Indians who will have to do this and fix it.”And the Asian football chief stressed: “Every country has a right and ambition to host big events like the World Cup. It is not in our hands. It is entirely in India’s hands and not an external wish.” Bin Hammam said India’s participation in Doha-the first time the world’s second-most populous country has had a team at the tournament in 27 years-could be just the spur football needs in the country, where cricket dominates. “I am happy for India to play in the

Asian Cup after so many years, after a long disappearance. I welcome them,” he said. “The national association, the players and fans in India must be feeling excited that their team is playing in the Asian Cup. “I do believe it is the start of the wakeup call for India by all means and from here on they should move ahead.” India are strong favourites to go straight out in the group stages, and did nothing to dispel that impression when they were hammered 4-0 by Australia in their opening game. “In the recent past there has been strong development of football in Asia except for India,” said Bin Hammam. —AFP


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LONDON: Liverpool’s Fernando Torres (right) vies for the ball against Blackpool’s Charlie Adam (top) during their English Premier League soccer match. — AP

Blackpool extend Liverpool’s misery BLACKPOOL: Blackpool came from behind to beat Liverpool 21 on Wednesday, its second win over the team this season and souring manager Kenny Dalglish’s first match back in the Premier League. Liverpool forward Fernando Torres scored in the third minute, but Gary Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell found the net for Blackpool to extend the visitors’ miserable away league record to only two wins in almost 13 months. The loss leaves Liverpool four points above the relegation zone. Blackpool, back in the top flight after a 39-year absence, is three points ahead of the Dalglish’s side. “You can see the effort and desire is there,” Dalglish told the BBC. “But sometimes it doesn’t matter how good the player is, he may not have the belief. We’ll work hard on giving the side belief and confidence.” The 59-year-old Scot was hired on Saturday after Roy Hodgson was fired, returning to the job he left in 1991. Back then, Blackpool was in the fourth tier while Liverpool had won its 18th English league title a year earlier. One of Dalglish’s priorities is to help Torres get back to his best, with the Spaniard struggling to find his scoring touch this season. It appeared that the transformation had worked early on, with Torres hitting just his seventh goal of the season. It came from one of the manager’s tactical decisions, Dalglish keeping faith with rookie right back Martin Kelly despite Glen Johnson returning. Dirk Kuyt passed the ball out to the defender he advanced over the halfway line, before Kelly rolled a pass into the penalty area. From a tight angle, Torres forced a powerful shot into the roof of the net. But the lead didn’t last long. Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles carelessly gave the ball away in midfield to David Vaughan, whose pass allowed Taylor-Fletcher to run through the defense before rolling a shot under goalkeeper Pepe Reina. All the Blackpool players ran to the touchline to hold up a Tshirt with the phrase “4 Butch you Bluenose RIP” — a reference to Macclesfield player Richard Butcher, who died suddenly this week. — AP

MADRID: Lionel Messi celebrated his second straight Ballon d’Or award by scoring a hat trick Wednesday in Barcelona’s 5-0 win over Real Betis in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, the Spanish champions’ 27th match unbeaten to equal a club record. Messi, who took the prize ahead of teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez on Monday, was honored before the first-leg match at the Camp Nou stadium. The Argentina forward then showed why he was voted world player of the year. Barcelona finally broke through against a composed Betis side in the 44th minute, Iniesta playing Messi through in a one-on-one with goalkeeper Casto Espinosa, who was caught off his line and beaten by a lifted shot. Espinosa and Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto stood out in the first half with a number of important stops, but the Betis ‘keeper could do little in the 64th. After making a reaction save to deny Messi, the rebound fell for the forward to slide the ball under him into the goal. Messi completed his hat trick in the 73rd, beating the offside trap to reach Xavi’s pass before shooting past Espinosa for his 31st goal of the season in all competitions. Espinosa was helpless in the 76th despite making a save from Daniel Alves, who tapped the loose ball back for Pedro Rodriguez to send into the top of the net for his 15th goal of the season. Second-division leader Betis’ strong first-half performance was all but a memory when substitute Seydou Keita jumped high to head home in the 83rd. “They were especially strong in the first half, when they pressured us so well,” Alves said. “But the goals came in the second half. I think today any debate over who deserved the Ballon d’Or was settled. (Messi) deserves it.” Barcelona went 27 straight games without defeat during the 1973-74 season. This season’s team will be aiming to surpass that mark and notch its 13th straight league victory against Malaga this weekend. Earlier, Alexis Ruano scored in the 88th minute as defending champion Sevilla rallied for a 3-3 draw at Villarreal in the first leg.

While Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido was suspended for the match, Cani was available after having a red card revoked and the midfielder opened the scoring in the 24th minute of a high-tempo game. Cani passed to an unmarked Giuseppe Rossi in the middle but Javi Varas saved. The loose ball eventually found Cani, who volleyed into the goal with Varas scrambling to get back into position. Rossi made it 2-0 fove minutres later after the Italy striker hammered a shot from outside the area from a corner, the ball taking a deflection off Alexis to leave Varas with no chance. It was Rossi’s 17th goal in all competitions this season. Sevilla pulled one back when Alvaro Negredo controlled Ndri Romaric’s long ball, held off Jose Manuel Catala and slid a low shot past goalkeeper Juan Carlos Sanchez. Lopez replaced Sanchez just before the restart, and Marco Ruben capped a wonderful buildup started by Lopez, leaping high to head Joan Capdevila’s cross past Varas in the 56th. Lopez then stopped Negredo from point-blank soon after but was helpless when Romaric and Negredo combined again, Negredo heading his Ivory Coast teammate’s cross home at the far post. Both teams had legitimatelooking goals disallowed after that — Negredo for a foul and Ruben for offside — and both picked up a number of yellow cards as the game became more physical before Alexis buried Romaric’s pass beyond the reach of Lopez off the post. “The truth is we’ve made things complicated for ourselves,” Villarreal forward Santi Cazorla said. Real Madrid plays Atletico Madrid and Almeria faces Deportivo La Coruna in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The second legs are next week. — AP

SPAIN: FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, from Argentina, reacts after scoring against Betis during the Copa del Rey soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium. — AP


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