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Iran blames West, Israel over attacks Lawmaker also blasts Pakistan KUWAIT: The body of a murdered woman is removed from a salon in Jabriya yesterday. — Photo by Fouad Al-Shaikh

Man murders ‘missing’ wife in salon By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: An Egyptian man killed his Filipina wife in a salon in Jabriya yesterday, after she allegedly did not return home for the past four days. The killer came to the women’s salon where the victim worked and killed her by stab-

bing her in the heart. He then ran away, leaving his shoe behind. Police are hunting for the killer. Separately, detectives apprehended the torturers and killers of a Filipina whose body was found near farm buildings in Kabd - a Kuwaiti husband and wife who employed her as a domestic worker. The wife admitted during questioning

that she tortured the woman daily with her husband’s full knowledge and agreement. When the woman fell unconscious after yet more abuse, the couple panicked and, rather than taking her to hospital, they took her to Kabd, threw her out of their car and ran over her before fleeing the scene. (See Page 4)

Thailand using wasps to combat cassava predator

CUPERTINO, California: Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about the Apple iPhone 4 at Apple headquarters Friday. — AP

Jobs says iPhone issues overblown, offers cases SAN FRANCISCO: Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said Friday that reception problems with the new iPhone 4 had been overblown but apologized to buyers who experienced issues and offered free cases as a fix. Jobs, speaking at a press conference for a select group of journalists at Apple headquarters, said other smartphones have antenna problems similar to those reported with the latest iPhone model. “We’re not perfect,” Jobs said. “Phones aren’t perfect either.” He acknowledged the iPhone 4

drops slightly more calls than the previous version of the smartphone, the iPhone 3GS, but said the issue had been “blown so out of proportion that it’s incredible”. “There is no ‘Antennagate’,” he said. “We think there’s a problem but we think it’s affecting a small percentage of users.” Some iPhone 4 users have complained they lose reception when holding the lower left corner of the phone whose unusual antenna wraps completely around the device - in what has Continued on Page 14

BANGKOK: Agricultural scientists unleashed insect against insect yesterday in a bid to save northeast Thailand’s cassava plants from an infestation that could cut harvest from the billion dollar industry in half. The team released 10,000 wasps in Khon Kaen province to prey on mealybugs, said Rod Lefroy, a researcher for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. If the trial goes well, another 250,000 eventually will be set loose. Cultivated by 5 million Southeast Asian farmers, cassava is used in biofuel and livestock feed, and its starch is extracted for use in food. Thai exports of the crop account for more than 60 percent of global totals and generate about $1.5 billion for local farmers annually, the group and its research partners said. The crop, originally brought from South America by Portuguese traders centuries ago, thrived before the mealybug infestation, which has spread to 200,000 hectares in Thailand’s north and northeast and could cut yields by up to 50 percent, leading to millions in lost revenue, they wrote in a statement. The mealybug, Phenacoccus manihoti, sucks the sap of cassava until it is dry and shrivels up. CGIAR, whose regional headquarters is in neighboring Laos, initiated the Anagyurs lopezi wasp project after Thai farmers noticed bugs clinging to withered cassava plants in large numbers last year, when crop production decreased by 20 percent to 30 percent, Lefroy said. “Although they are very small, they tend to amass in quite large numbers on the underside of leaves,” said Lefroy, who is working with the Colombia-based International

A close up of the Anagyrus Lopezi wasp, a tiny but highly effective cassava mealybug parasitoid native to South America, is seen. — AP Center for Tropical Agriculture, the Benin-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Thailand’s Agriculture Ministry. “They’re very white and look like they’re covered in a silky fur,” he said. After confirming the identity of the invasive bug, the team in Thailand imported the biocontrol wasps from Benin in Africa, and began a massive breeding and testing program to prepare for yesterday’s release. In the 1980s, wasps were successfully used in Africa to eradicate mealybugs preying on cassava. The female wasps, only 2 mm long, inject their eggs into the mealybugs and feed on them, gradually reducing their population. Lefroy said it is increasingly a regional problem and until recently Asia was largely exempt from the mealybug problem. “We really need to move into a phase where we admit the honeymoon is over,” he said. — AP

Kolkata landmark threatened by spit

KOLKATA: Indian commuters along the Howrah Bridge pass one of the paanstained support pillars on July 9, 2010. — AFP

KOLKATA: Sheathed in 26,500 tonnes of high-tensile steel and capable of handling 100,000 vehicles a day without a groan, Kolkata’s Howrah Bridge is facing a threat its builders had never dreamed of - human spittle. Recognised as one of the world’s finest cantilever bridges, the landmark structure, which straddles West Bengal’s mighty Hooghly River, is supported by key pillars that engineers say are suffering from severe corrosion. The source of the damage is paan - the mixture of betel leaf, areca nut, slaked lime paste and often tobacco - that

is habitually chewed by millions of Indians as a palate cleanser and digestive aid. Half a million people walk across the bridge every day, and the collective red-hued spittle of huge numbers of paan-chewing pedestrians is eating into the protective steel hoods at the base of the main pillars. “The thickness of some of the hoods has halved in just three years,” said Amal Kumar Mehra, a chief engineer with the Kolkata Port Trust which is responsible for the bridge’s upkeep. “It’s a real concern, and may even Continued on Page 14

TEHRAN: Iran blamed the West and Israel yesterday for twin suicide bombings which killed at least 27 people, despite condemnation of the attack by the European Union, United Nations and United States. Police meanwhile said security forces killed six “criminals” on Friday in Sistan-Baluchestan province where the bombings occurred and arrested 40 people for “creating disturbances” in the provincial capital of Zahedan. “This blind terrorist act was carried out by the mercenaries of the world arrogance (the Western powers),” state television’s website quoted Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi as saying about Thursday night’s bombings. “The agents of this crime were trained and equipped beyond our borders and then came into Iran,” Abdollahi said. Influential lawmaker Alaeddin Borujerdi went a step further and pointed the finger at Pakistan’s intelligence services which he said “have ties with the terrorists”, Fars news agency quoted him as saying. “The terrorists enter Iran from neighbouring countries and Pakistan, and so the Pakistani government and its army intelligence must revise their ties with them and do something to confront these criminals.” Sunni militant group Jundallah claimed responsibility for the bombings which targeted members of the elite Revolutionary Guards at a Shiite mosque in Zahedan. It said the attacks were to avenge the execution of their Continued on Page 14

HAVANA: Kuwaiti Prime Minister HH Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah is received by Cuban vice Foreign Minister Marco Rodriguez upon his arrival at Jose Marti international airport on Friday. — AFP (See Page 2)

US labels Awlaki as Yemen Qaeda chief WASHINGTON: A US-born Muslim cleric is a leader of Al-Qaeda in Yemen and helped direct the failed attempt to blow up a passenger jet over Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009, the US government said on Friday. The US Treasury said it black-

listed Anwar Al-Awlaki as a “specially designated global terrorist”, a move under an executive order that freezes any assets he may have under US jurisdiction. The action also prohibits Americans and US firms from engaging in any Continued on Page 14

GRENOBLE, France: A group of people face police in the neighborhood of Villeneuve, where riots erupted early yesterday. — AFP

Riots hit French city after police kill man GRENOBLE, France: Rioters exchanged gunfire with police in the French Alpine city of Grenoble yesterday, setting fire to shops and cars after police shot dead a man accused of robbing a casino. Youths torched between 50 and 60 cars in the southeastern city nestled in the French

Alps, as well as construction equipment and two shops, while police said they made five arrests. Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux showed up at the scene later yesterday, vowing to quickly restore order to the working class La Villeneuve neighbourhood. The rioting started after a

memorial service for 27-yearold Karim Boudouda, who had died 24 hours earlier in a shootout with police af ter allegedly holding up the Uriage-les-Bains casino near Grenoble. Shortly before midnight, a group of around 30 youths armed with baseball Continued on Page 14



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Premier’s visit a big success

Kuwait, Mexico plan more cooperation

HAVANA: His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber AlSabah arrived in Havana on Friday, the third leg of his Latin American and Caribbean tour. He was received at the airport by Cuba’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Rodriguez Costa, and Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Non-Resident Ambassador to Cuba Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi.

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The theory of Mr Right By Muna Al-Fuzai


he right person, at the right place! One does not have to think much finding this person in a place like Kuwait, especially in government departments where wasta rules the roost and outdated methods of employee assessment and evaluation fail to distinguish between good and bad workers. So, many hardworking employees were not able to showcase their talents and utilize their abilities. Is the public right about airing grievances on this matter? I think they are right, especially when you see many government officials and so-called ‘well placed’ employees who have been holding on to their positions for more than twenty or thirty years. Even when they are forced to retire owing to legal

requirements or medical reasons, they still insist publically on giving their best! When one holds a position for more than thirty years without garnering significant accomplishments, then the only plausible explanation for remaining in power is to promote personal interests and gain easy access to wasta. This always happens when officials are allowed to ‘grow roots’ especially those that are appointed as undersecretaries or assistant undersecretaries. If you have a boss who has been a veteran of 20 years and you decide to come up with new ideas or introduce a pilot project, it may or may not see the light of the day. The problem with government offices is that they follow a work methodology that is sluggish for the most part. Everyone fears change. In many cases, it is these bosses who have been there for many years who resist change of any kind. Most work is performed manually in many departments. Yes, that is the reason why

Loan for power station KUWAIT: Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) on Friday initialed a loan agreement with Bangladesh on launching a power generation station in the southeast Asian nation. The station, to be built in Chikadaha district of Chittagong City, will be one of the most imports projects being funded by KFAED in the Muslim nation, Kuwait Ambassador to Bangladesh Abdullatif Al-Mawash said. Al-Mawash, whose term in

office expired, met Bangladeshi President Mohammad ZillurRahman in Dhaka. “During the meeting President Zillur-Rahman highly appreciated Kuwait for her great contributions to the economic development in his country,” the diplomat said. “He also thanked the Kuwaiti people and government for the kind hospitality being given to the large Bangladeshi community in the country,” he pointed out. —KUNA

there are managers who are not up to date with newer methods of administration. They continue to appreciate the use of manual methods of saving files and documents. Finding a capable manager is almost impossible and we pay the price. You and me, we are the losers. The ‘wasta’ flaunters benefit the most.

Letter to Muna Al-Fuzai Dear Muna, I read your article on summer holidays and it was accurate. You have given us the true picture about the current generation. It was a very good piece of work and I could not resist appreciating you. This is my first letter to any newspaper. Keep it up. God bless you Regards, Pushpa

Search on for missing Kuwaiti girl in Florida WASHINGTON: The Kuwaiti diplomatic mission here is sparing no effort in search for whereabouts of a female Kuwaiti citizen who has gone missing in the city of Kissimmee, Florida, the embassy said in a statement yesterday. The mission is holding continuous contacts with the authorities in Kissimmee and the city of Noth Platte, Nebrasaka, trying to locate the girl’s whereabouts. Moreover, the embassy has contacted the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry and the US State Department, as part of the search to determine destiny of the miss-

ing female national. It added that the State Department affirmed taking all necessary measures for the continuing search of the female. Moreover, the Kuwaiti diplomats have been in contact with a number of the Kuwaiti students in Nebraska to know if they have any information on the missing Kuwaiti girl. The Kuwait Embassy asks the media to be cautious and accurate when covering this sensitive issue in respect to the feelings and privacy of the girl’s family. It also affirmed that it is taking all efforts to find the girl and ensure her return t o h e r family. —KUNA

MEXICO CITY: His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah concluded his official two-day visit to Mexico Friday evening, which came in response to an invitation by President Felipe de Jesus Calderon. Sheikh Nasser was bid farewell at the airport by top Mexican officials, as well as Kuwait’s Ambassador to

Canada and Non-Resident Ambassador to Mexico Ali Hussein Al-Sammak. A joint statement was issued at the conclusion of the visit, signed by Kuwait’s Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations Patricia Espinosa Cantellano.

The statement noted that His Highness Sheikh Nasser’s visit to Mexico, which took place July 15-16, was in response to an invitation by President Calderon, and coincided with the 35th anniversary of the establishment of relations between the two countries. It said that the two sides held talks that focused on bilateral and international matters, and agreed to boost relations of friendship and cooperation between their countries, and to increase cooperation in all possible means. According to the statement, the two sides stressed that Kuwaiti-Mexican relations were based on common principles and interests, friendship, mutual respect, and joint aspirations for greater development and prosperity. The Mexican president welcomed the Kuwaiti government’s decision to open an embassy in his country, as this was an important channel for dialogue and communication between the two countries and would serve to enhance relations between their two peoples. The two sides also underscored the importance of consolidating political dialogue with high-level visits and at international conventions, and to work towards placing a legal framework for boosting bilateral relations. Moreover, the two sides expressed their content with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the foreign ministries of Mexico and Kuwait, in order to establish a mechanism for deliberation over bilateral issues and others of mutual concern. The statement went on to say that the two sides expressed their interest in benefitting from investment opportunities, capital, the exchange of products, as well as services through hosting events that would facilitate communication between the business communities in Kuwait and Mexico. They agreed on the importance of establishing a highlevel working team that would seek investment opportunities in strategic sectors, such as energy, finance, mining, infrastructure, real estate, agriculture, industry, tourism and others. Furthermore, the two sides highlighted the need to quickly implement the agreement for the prevention of double taxa-

between nations, and reiterated their commitment to the standing and unconditional principles of the UN Charter and international laws, which call for using dialogue and negotiations as a means to secure peaceful settlements of international conflicts. They also underscored the need to consolidate efforts to combat climate change, and to focus on the success of the UN Climate Change Conference, which will be held in the Mexican city of Cancun in late 2010. On his part, the Mexican president expressed his intent to deepen relations with Arab countries and the member states of the Gulf Cooperation

MEXICO CITY: His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Nasser AlMohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah leaving Mexico on Friday after concluding his official three-day visit. tion, which was signed in Kuwait in October 2009, as well as the need to conclude talks over signing an agreement for the protection and encouragement of investments. These would serve to boost commercial exchange and investments between Mexico and Kuwait. The two sides also agreed to discuss mechanisms for cooperation in the fields of science, culture and education, which would ease the exchange of expertise in the interest of the people, while increasing mutual knowledge of each country’s culture and traditions. Meanwhile, the two sides expressed their rejection of the use of force in relations

Council, in order to increase understanding an coordination with countries of the region. His Highness Sheikh Nasser also expressed his interest in boosting ties with countries of Latin American and the Caribbean, as well as regional organizations. His Highness Sheikh Nasser also expressed his deep appreciation to the Mexican government and people, for the warm welcome and hospitality with which he was received. The Kuwaiti premier delivered an official invitation from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber AlSabah to President Calderon to visit Kuwait. —KUNA

Kuwait calls for world conference GENEVA: The Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, to be held on July 19, will be discussing issues concerning crises worldwide and means to solve them, said Kuwait’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN Dhirar Razzouqi said yesterday. The ambassador said that Kuwait would be partaking in the event with a high level

delegation, saying that such reflected the importance of the event to Kuwaiti lawmakers. The event would be discussing several reports by the UN in regards to the current global happenings especially within the parliamentary domain, said Al-Rzougi and added that the event would also touched on the UN

reforms concerning the General Assembly and the UNSC. The official went on and said that the conference would also touch on the UN goals for development within the current millennium, adding that cooperating on a global scale within the spheres of security and development would also be on the agenda. —KUNA


Sunday, July 18, 2010


Imprisonment of journalists

Paper claims to have won US ambassador’s $5,000 wager KUWAIT: After the US Ambassador to Kuwait Deborah Jones claimed that no journalist has ever been jailed in US history for expressing political views, putting forward a $5,000 bet to anyone who could prove that any US administration had jailed a journalist for expressing political opinions, local newspaper Al-Rai has taken up the challenge. When Al-Rai suggested to Ambassador Ambassador Jones made the wager after condemning the recent imprisonment of Kuwaiti columnist Mohammad Al-Jassem by a local court. In a bid to win the bet, Al-Rai cited several cases in which journalists were jailed in the US, not necessarily for statements of opinion but for refusing to disclose certain information, which the paper would qualify as their being imprisoned for political viewpoints. In 2005, the paper pointed out, New York Times journalist Judith Miller was jailed after refusing to reveal her sources in a case that led to the exposure of CIA officer Valerie Plame. Preliminary investigations in this case revealed that officials of [former US President] George W. Bush’s administration had intentionally leaked Plame’s identity as retaliation for the stance taken by her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, when he criticized the exaggeration of intelligence information on Iraq’s weapons of mass

destruction, which was used to justify the 2003 invasion. Miller was released after three months of imprisonment when it was revealed that the source who leaked the information was Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, the Chief of Staff for former US Vice President Dick Cheney. Meanwhile, Al-Rai continued, a simple online search revealed a notorious case in US history, back in 1734, when American journalist John Peter Zenger was imprisoned after writing articles in the New York Weekly Journal in which he attacked the “corruption” of the thenNew York governor who allied himself with the British colonists. This case is, however, not considered by most to be a violation of the laws of journalistic freedom in the US since it took place prior to the nation’s declaration of independence in 1776. Another case, however, this time in 1847, saw New York Herald journalist John Nugent imprisoned, initially in the

Jones that the recent dismissal of longtime CNN reporter Octavia Nasr over her expression of condolences on the death of Shiite scholar Mohammad Fadlallah disproved this claim, Ambassador Jones insisted that this was a separate issue and that any private institution in the US has the right to take whatever action it deems fit against an employee who has violated company policy. Capitol Building by Senate members, after he refused to reveal his sources in leaking confidential details of the Guadalupe-Hidalgo agreement that ended the US-Mexican war, which was still classified as a top secret document at the time. Nugent was subsequently jailed for a month without trial, although he was later released over concerns about his health. Three years before this, in 1844, another American journalist, Richard Hargreaves, was accused of defamation against the chairman of the board of trustees of St. Clair County, Illinois, based on a report published in the Belleville News Democrat, in which Hargreaves accused the chairman of fraud and of lying to voters. In 1991, meanwhile, four journalists were jailed for a number of hours after they failed to testify in the trial of former South Carolina Senator J.M. ‘Bud’ Long, who was charged with corruption.

In a similar incident in 1949, journalist Liza Abraham was jailed for 22 days for abstaining from supplying her testimony concerning an interview she previously conducted with a US official facing corruption charges. Most recently, meanwhile, freelance journalist Joshua Wolfe was jailed in 2006 after refusing to hand over a collection of videotapes he recorded in July 2005 which reportedly showed a suspect setting a police car on fire. In this case, Wolf spent 226 days in jail after opting to exercise his constitutional right under the first amendment to freedom of speech. Al-Rai argued that the above cases all offer proof that American journalists have indeed previously been jailed for reasons connected to their political stance and is claiming to have won the bet put forward by Ambassador Jones, who has so far failed to respond to the newspaper’s claim.

in the news Citizen acquitted KUWAIT: Saudi authorities recently released citizen Nasser Nayef Al-Hajri, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia three years ago. It was recently proven that he is in no way connected to any of the terrorist organizations that operate within the country. The citizen was arrested as part of a Saudi campaign in pursuit of Al-Qaeda recruits and other suspects who are linked to conducting terrorist activities in Saudi Arabia, reported Al-Rai. The Kuwaiti State Security Service received Al-Hajri from Saudi authorities on Wednesday, reported Al-Rai. He was set free following a last round of interrogations that were held after he was found not guilty of any of the charges pressed against him.

Women’s skills

KUWAIT: On the occasion of the French National Day, Jean Rene Gehan, Ambassador of France to Kuwait hosted a reception at his place of residence on Wednesday. Dignitaries and diplomats attended the event. — Photos by Joseph Shagra

Good sports news after PM’s return: Minister KUWAIT: Kuwait is expected to receive some good news concerning the contentious sports issue, according to Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr. Mohammad Al-Afasi, who indicated on Friday that key decisions will be made as soon as His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah returns from his current tour of Latin America. The minister made his comments in a statement he made to the press, in which he also addressed the charity collection process, indicating that the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) will closely monitor all cash donations in order to prevent any suspicious activities. Dr. Al-Afasi also revealed that the ministry had been considering the enforcement of a complete ban on cash donations to charity, which would have meant that donors could only give money via credit cards or the K-Net online service, but on studying the issue, it was decided that this would be unfair to some senior citizens and others without bank accounts who wish to donate.

In order to streamline the charity donation and collection procedure, the MSAL now obliges all charity organizations to issue invoices for all donations made in cash, with three copies being made, one of which goes to the donor, another kept by the organization and the third being submitted to the ministry for its records. Ministry officials will be visiting local charities posing as ordinary members of the public in order to assess whether any suspicious transactions are taking place, the minister added. The minister also revealed that the MSAL has given charities based in residential areas until the beginning of Ramadan in under a month to move their headquarters elsewhere, reported Al-Rai. Dr. Al-Afasi also revealed that the ministry no longer has authority over the public authority for disabled citizens, with responsibility for the organization’s administration being officially handed over to the First Deputy Prime Minister from May 28 of this year.

Jaber Al-Ahmad Military Hospital gets new generation of MRI KUWAIT: The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ward of Jaber Al-Ahmad Military Hospital became operational yesterday after being supplied with the second generation of MRI apparatuses. This generation is the world’s latest MRI technology, according to a statement issued by the moral guidance department of the Ministry of Defense here. The new system is quite distinct from the older one in the fact that it has open apparatuses. Patients are no longer subject to suffer from the ordeal of

entering a closed tube. The new system is more able to conduct high-precision imaging with the least degree of exposure to electromagnetic fields unlike the old system which used stronger magnetic fields to diagnose diseases. While the old system uses 1.5 Tesla - the measuring unit used in an MRI system, the new one uses 0.35 Tesla. This is a great achievement in the field of radiology where the system helps to visualize detailed internal structure and limited function of the body, the statement said.

It provides much greater contrast between the different soft tissues of the body than computed tomography does and is especially useful in neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and cancer imaging. The inauguration of the new MRI ward at the hospital is part of the efforts being made by Ministry of Defense under First Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah to improve the health service for military personnel and their families, the statement added. — KUNA

KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti activist recently remarked that Kuwaiti women can acquire more skills if given the right opportunity. This will enable them to contribute more productively to the local labor market. Secretary General of Kuwaiti Skills Assembly ‘Maharat,’ Kamal Al-Handal made these comments following the inauguration of an exhibition organized by the Assembly which displayed the works of Kuwaiti women. The event also honored participants. Al-Handal asserted on the importance of providing support to Kuwaiti women employed in the public and private sector, concerning social activities that are held to improve the capabilities of the younger Kuwaiti generation, reported Al-Rai. The two organizers explained that they utilized previous experience to hold similar events.

Amir’s envoy MBABANE, Swaziland: His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah’s visiting envoy Sheikha Amthal AlAhmad Al-Sabah met King Mswati III of Swaziland here yesterday. During the meeting, Sheikha Amthal conveyed greetings and good wishes from HH the Amir, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad AlAhmad Al-Sabah to the Swazi king. She said she is so happy to be here to attend the birthday party of the Swazi king’s daughter, pointing to HH the Amir’s keenness on bolstering and cementing relations between Kuwait and Swaziland. She also hailed her meeting with Swaziland’s Queen Mother Queen Ntombi, wishing the royal family in the kingdom good health. For his part, the Swazi king praised SwaziKuwaiti relations, thanking HH the Amir for sending his envoy to attend the kingdom’s royal celebrations. He also asked Sheikha Amthal to convey his greetings to the Kuwaiti leadership and government, wishing Kuwait more progress and development.

KUWAIT: The Kalthoumiyat concert in progress. —Photos by Joseph Shagra

National Museum holds ‘Kalthoumiyat’ night By Nisreen Zahreddine KUWAIT: The National Council for Culture, Art and Letters (NCCAL) held a concert named ‘Kalthoumiyat. ‘ The performance was led by artist Sayed Al-Nour and maestro Issam Zein. The event was hosted by the National Museum as part of its fifth ‘cultural summer’ on Wednesday. Sayed Al-Nour’ a Kuwaiti singer, is the only one to be accepted to the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kalthoum’s artistic tradition, in recognition of his musical abilities. The Egyptian ambassador was present at the concert which was crowded. Musical notations blended in harmoniously with Al- Nour’s gifted voice. The singer has performed at previous events held in Egypt two years ago. One of them was for the Egyptian-Kuwaiti Friendship Group, and then another that was held in Egypt on the occasion of Umm Kalthoum’s centennial celebrations that also supported Gaza. He has also performed at many other venues across Kuwait and Lebanon. Many of his concerts are performed along with Umm Kalthoum Band which is called ‘Kawkab Al-Sharq.’. The singer was discovered in 2008 and he embarked on a musical career in Egypt.

Al-Khurainij slams foreign ministry KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti MP has expressed his immense sorrow at the demise of members of his family in a tragic car crash in Saudi Arabia. The MP, Mubarak Al-Khurainij, also slammed what he said was the lackadaisical and uncompassionate attitude of staff at the Kuwaiti Embassy in Saudi Arabia in dealing with the crash victims’ relatives. “I was shocked by the uncompassionate attitude of our embassy’s staff members in helping the victims’ family members with the procedures to enter [return the victims’ bodies to] Kuwait, despite the commendable efforts of the ambassador, Meshaal Al-Mutairi, in this regard,” said Al-Khurainij in a press release issued following the tragic inci-

dent. Al-Khurainij said that his efforts to enter Saudi Arabia as soon as he learnt of the tragedy were thwarted. On contacting the embassy there, he said, he was informed that the ambassador was currently on leave and the ChargÈ d’Affaires was unable to return phone calls. After this, said the MP, he resorted to calling the Kuwaiti consul in the country, who told him that he does not currently have the power to authorize the return of Kuwaiti citizens’ remains to Kuwait, with the embassy still awaiting authorization from Kuwait’s foreign ministry for this. “This lack of responsibility and incompetent procedures which the foreign ministry has long been known for will not go unaccounted for,” warned Al-Khurainij, although he added

the current temporary foreign minister Roudhan Al-Roudhan, who is covering for the minister Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Sabah while the latter is on holiday, had immediately expressed his willingness to help in any way possible when contacted. Al-Khurainij condemned Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah, however, accusing him of “failing to provide help when needed,” and further charging that the minister has remained purposefully unaware of the poor performance of certain Kuwaiti embassies abroad, reported Al-Qabas. “We cannot accept the foreign ministry’s incompetent handling of citizens who wish to transport the bodies of their deceased relatives back for burial in [Kuwait],” the MP concluded.



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Body found in Kabad area

Couple in police custody for torture, murder of maid By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: Detectives have apprehended the torturers and killers of a Filipina woman, whose body was found near farm buildings in the Kabad area, a Kuwaiti husband and wife who employed her as a domestic worker. The offi-

KUWAIT: The car accident on the Fourth Ring Road. — Photo by Hanan Al-Saadoun

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Iraqis vs trouble makers By Dr Tariq Al-Alawi


e, as Kuwaitis, have the full right to guard ourselves against any suspicious activity taking place at the northern border, especially following the 1990 invasion in which our country was unexpectedly invaded on August 2nd of that year. Any undesirable activity taking place near the Kuwaiti - Iraqi border will spell doom to both countries. Kuwaitis are not ready to accept any allegations leveled on that regard, even in the form of jokes. Meanwhile, we as Kuwaitis, should ensure that our relationship is maintained with the honorable people of Iraq who condemn acts of aggression against Kuwait or its sovereignty. We should make sure that our criticism is only directed at the Iraqi people that question Kuwait’s legitimacy. It appears that regardless of how civilized they are, there will always be dissonant voic-

es among Iraqis affected by the nostalgia of ‘nationalistic ideology’ carried out by the former Iraqi regime which demanded that Kuwait be annexed as part of the Iraqi nation. The biggest mistake would be to react in a negative manner to these people. It would be unfair to generalize. We can eventually garner more from Iraqis with good intentions. Iraq has taken notable steps in the right direction, especially with regard to maintaining relations with Kuwait. Designating of a person who has gained respect among Kuwaitis as the country’s ambassador to Kuwait is one among them. This particular step is a clear acknowledgment of Kuwait’s independence and sovereignty, and it is our duty as Kuwaitis to cooperate and strengthen relations with Iraq, instead of over-reacting to the actions of some people, to the point of cutting off diplomatic ties. —Al-Qabas

cers investigating the case first spoke to the sponsor who had initially employed the woman, who told them that she had left his employment after three months. Subsequent investigations revealed that after leaving this employer, the woman had begun work for a couple in the Salwa area who used false civil ID and contact details to avoid detection.

Detectives managed, however, to trace the wife, who admitted during questioning that she had tortured the woman on a daily basis with her husband’s full knowledge and agreement. When the woman fell unconscious after yet more abuse, the couple panicked and, rather than taking her to hospital, they transported her body to the Kabad area, threw her out of their car and ran over her before fleeing the scene. The husband admitted to his part in the horrific crime. The couple have been taken into custody and are awaiting trial, while the car has been confiscated as evidence. Two dead in crashes A female Egyptian driver died and four passengers were injured in a crash on the Fourth Ring Road on Friday night, when their vehicle smashed into a lamppost on the central reservation. The four passengers - a 25year-old Egyptian woman, two Omani women aged 25 and 32, and a three-year-old Omani boy - who sustained various injuries, were trapped in the vehicle until being cut free by firefighters from Hawally fire brigade, at which point they were rushed to Mubarak Hospital. The dead woman’s body was removed for autopsy. In another fatal accident, a 20-year-old Kuwaiti man died instantly, while a 34-year-old Egyptian man suffered shoulder and arm injuries in a crash early yesterday morning on King Fahad Road near the Al-Dahr turnoff. The injured man was taken to Farwaniya Hospital, while the young man’s body was removed for autopsy.

KUWAIT: The vehicle which was used by the murder couple. In a separate accident, a 42year-old Kuwaiti man sustained a broken leg in a crash at the junction in Hawally between Beirut Street and the South Nugra Complex yesterday morning. The injured man was taken to Mubarak Hospital. Meanwhile, a crash on the Fifth Ring Road resulted in a 43year-old Egyptian driver suffering shoulder and head injuries. The man was taken to Amiri Hospital. In a separate incident, a 35year-old Jordanian woman sustained injuries to her left foot

and hand, while a 20-year-old Pakistani man suffered various injuries in a collision on King Fahad Road heading towards Nuwaiseeb. Both were taken to Adan Hospital. Landmine blast A 30-year-old Sudanese shepherd was rushed to Jahra Hospital after sustaining foot injuries when he stepped on a hidden landmine near the Iraq border. The mine was believed to have been left after the Iraqi invasion and occupation of 1990-91.

Weekend brawl A 37-year-old Egyptian man was taken to Adan Hospital with a broken nose following a fight between a number of laborers in the Sabah Al-Ahmed area early yesterday morning. Security ops at local malls Security officers have launched a series of operations to ensure security at local markets and commercial complexes over the summer period, with large numbers of patrol officers and security officials patrolling

certain areas. Friday and Saturday saw a strong security presence in the Souq Sharq and Marina Mall, as well as in the area along Arabian Gulf Street from Al-Salam Beach to Green Island, with officers under strict instructions to apprehend all those breaching the country’s security legislation. The crackdown comes as part of the Ministry of Interior’s program to enforce security across Kuwait during the summer holiday period and is being coordinated by the MoI Assistant Undersecretary.

Environment conditions deteriorating

KUWAIT: Security teams from the Ministry of Interior carried out a largescale security campaign during the weekend which covered the Marina Mall, Souk Sharq, and the Gulf Road. The operation commenced from Al-Salaam beach until the Green Island, and aimed to maintain order and pursue outlaws. The teams were formed by the Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security Affairs, Maj Gen Khalil Al-Shamali based on the Public Security Department’s efforts to reinforce security during summer by carrying out supervision across shopping malls and other locations. —Photos by Hanan Al-Saadoun

KUWAIT: The head of a local environmental campaign group has warned that environmental conditions in Kuwait are deteriorating, condemning the country’s Environment Public Authority (EPA) as lacking the necessary experience and abilities to tackle the problems. In an interview broadcast on Al-Rai TV, Khalid Al-Hajri, the chairman of Kuwait’s Green Line Environmental Group (GLEG), said that the cabinet’s and parliament’s response to the worsening environmental situation has been superficial, accusing the executive bodies of waiting until environmental problems occur before acting. Al-Hajri denied that he has any personal dispute with senior EPA officials, insisting that his objections are purely on the basis of the body’s environmental negligence. In connection with the controversy over high pollution levels in the Um Al-Hayman area, the prominent local environmental campaigner also condemned what he said was the authority’s poor planning, which he asserted had led to the area’s residents, as well as the factory owners and indeed the cabinet and parliament, all being negatively affected. He further proposed that the parliamentary environment committee should recruit environmental advisors to improve its performance, while accusing some of its members of seeking membership solely for the purpose of gaining political influence rather than having any interest in environmental issues. Al-Hajri went on to criticize the government for its failure to stop the dumping of liquid sewage from the damaged Mishref sewage treatment plant straight into the Gulf waters, further warning that the chemical treatment of the waste matter had worsened rather than improved the situation.

Vessels pictured en route to the diving locations

Pearl-diving underway at Khairan Bandar KUWAIT: The vessels taking part in the 22nd annual pearl-diving heritage voyage have dropped anchor at the diving location at the Khairan Bandar (port) after the sailors overcame several obstacles, including extreme weather and high levels of humidity, as well as countervailing winds and high tides. The fifteen ships participating in the annual event, organized by the Kuwait Sea Sports Club and held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, reached their destination 12 hours after setting sail from the KSSC’s base in Salmiya on Thursday morning. Ali Al-Qabandi, the head of the KSSC’s Sea Heritage Committee, said that the young sailors had dealt with the situation facing them with great capability and efficiency, demonstrating how much they have benefited from the training provided to them prior to the trip. The senior KSSC official also revealed that the divers have already begun their search for pearl-bearing oysters, but explained that the initial results of their search during these first couple of days have been very limited due to the strong prevailing sea currents. The young divers on the voyage do not use any modern equipment in their operations, as they are required to follow the traditional pearl-diving methods used by their forefathers.

Ali Al-Qabandi

Sunday, July 18, 2010



Duo abducts, rapes Asian maid in Jahra Filipina tries to commit suicide KUWAIT: An Asian domestic worker was raped by two young men who offered her a lift before abducting and sexually assaulting her. The woman had been waiting for a bus at a bus station in the Jahra area when the two young men pulled up in a vehicle and offered to take her to her destination, reported Al-Rai. Once she got into the car, however, they took her to a deserted spot and took turns in raping her before throwing her out of the vehicle and fleeing the scene. The victim immediately went to the local police station and reported the attack, giving officers descriptions of the two men and their vehicle. A hunt is underway for the rapists. Body found The body of an Asian woman who had apparently died after being struck by a car was found at a livestock farm in Kabad. Police were quickly at the location, with crime scene investigators removing evidence, reported Al-Rai. The body was removed for autopsy and an investigation is underway. Infant death A two-year-old boy whose family rushed him to Jahra Hospital after he fell ill was pronounced dead on his arrival there by medical staff. The infant’s body was removed for autopsy to determine the cause of death, reported AlRai.

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Of myths and superstitions By Dr Abdullatif Al-Suraikh s Paul the intuitive octopus continues to garner worldwide media attention, cynics have been criticizing the West and accuse them of being superstitious despite their advancement in the field of science. In my opinion, such criticisms are baseless and have been affected by the media hoopla surrounding the octopus. Over-the-top media coverage for the German octopus is not in sync


with that country’s reality which can boast of advanced levels of scientific research and technology. It has presented to the world industrial giants like the Mercedes Benz, BMW and Siemens. The hype generated around Paul, the octopus was only intended for fun. On the other hand, those who blindly believe legends and myths are us! We continue to reminisce past glories while making no advancements during the present. People in the Arab world continue to talk about Al-Khwarizmi’s mathematical genius, Ibn Al-Nafis’ works in

medicine, Jabir ibn Hayyan’s (Geber) researches in Alchemy and Ibn AlHaytham’s (Alhazen) achievements in ophthalmology. We continue to harp on the fact that out forefather’s civilization formed the foundation for modern-day western civilization. However, mere talk will not help achieve development in the absence of proactive measures. Moreover, this comes from communities that fail to act while clinging on to the legacy of former heroes. We hope that more such heroes will emerge from our region and rescue us

NBK honors outstanding employees KUWAIT: The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) recently held a ceremony to honor its best staff members during the first quarter of 2010. Employees who were committed to following work ethics and provided the best quality service to customers were acknowledged. “Our decision to honor our best employees acknowledges the positive role they play in helping the NBK continue to improve the quality of service rendered to its clients,” NBK CEO Essam Al-Saqr said in his inaugural speech. He noted that the bank has been able to solidify its position and increase its market value owing to professionals’ dedicated performance.

Call to recall bedoon servicemen KUWAIT: In recent remarks made to the Press, lawmaker Askar Al-Enizy asserted that four bedoon (stateless) servicemen be recruited again after they were sacked due to complications that arose concerning their domicile status.

The issue pertains with four servicemen who were issued Syrian passports in an attempt to adjust their domicile status. However, it was discovered that they were issued with forged passports, and therefore were relieved from duties, reported Al-Qabas.

Al-Enizy, who also serves the Head of the parliament’s defense and interior committee, had previously asked the Minister of Defense Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to recall the servicemen, noting that they had fallen victims to a scam.

Suicide attempt A Filipina domestic worker was rushed to hospital after attempting suicide by consuming a large number of painkillers at her sponsors’ home in Sabah Al-

Nasser. A member of the sponsor’s family found her in time and an ambulance was quickly at the scene, and she was admitted to Jahra Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), reported Al-Seyassah. An investigation has been opened into the incident at the local police station.

KD 600,000 from building sites across the northern part of the area. The man was caught redhanded while attempting to steal his sixty-first generator in a police operation launched after a number of complaints over the previous thefts, reported Al-Anba. The thief is being held in custody.

Forger arrested Farwaniya police have arrested an Asian worker at a local company who forged his own work permit. The man was arrested at the area immigration office after staff there called police to report their suspicions over the man’s documentation, reported Al-Watan. The man was taken into custody by officials from the immigration department’s investigation section.

Sheep rustler The owner of a livestock farm in Taima recently reported that the farm caretaker had disappeared, taking 18 sheep with him. The farm-owner immediately reported the theft at the local police station and filed charges against the missing man. A hunt is underway for the thief and the sheep.

Power thief Police in Jahra have arrested an Iranian man who stole 60 electrical generators worth a total of

Conman hunted An Egyptian expatriate has filed charges against a compatriot at Hawally police station, accusing the other man of stealing KD 200

and his passport. The complainant told officers that after he confided in his compatriot that he was wanted in connection with absconding from a previous sponsor, the man convinced him that in return for money he could obtain a forged residency visa, and persuaded him to hand over his passport in order to facilitate this. The offer turned out to be fraudulent and the fraudster disappeared with both the cash and passport, reported Al-Anba. A hunt is underway for the conman. Fugitive caught A Kuwaiti man in his 30s who was wanted on a number of charges was arrested in Riqqae after police pulled him over for dangerous driving. On checking his ID, police discovered his status and took him into custody, reported Al-Seyassah. The man has been referred to the relevant authorities.



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Step to promote harmony, tolerance

Al-Duwaisan awarded ‘Three Faith Forum Gold Medallion’ LONDON: Kuwait’s Ambassador to the UK Khaled Al-Duwaisan, was yesterday awarded the Three Faith Forum Gold Medallion in recognition of his support and commitment to furthering relations between Muslims, Christians and Jews. During a major ceremony at the Kuwaiti Embassy in central London, the envoy, who is also the Dean of the A large number of Arab and foreign ambassadors, diplomats, public figures, MPs and members of the House of Lords, as well as media representatives, also attended the ceremony. In addition, diplomats and other members of the Kuwaiti Embassy staff here were on hand to welcome their distinguished guests. In his brief address, Burt said that he was delighted to present this medallion to the ambassador on behalf of the Three Faith Forum. The minister paid warm tribute to the ambassador’s constant and sincere work to serve his country and help to promote bilateral relations between Kuwait and the UK. “The Kuwaiti ambassador today joined ranks with remarkable and outstanding figures who have been awarded this medallion, including, among others, the British Queen Elizabeth, her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and Pope John Paul II,” the minister noted. He said that this great honor bestowed on Al-Duwaisan served as “a hopeful reminder of our obligations as followers of the three divine faiths to promote harmony, tolerance and open channels of communication among different communities and religions.” “The dedication of the Kuwaiti ambassador in this respect is also a shining example of how faith opens up chances of strengthening peace, dialogue and understanding among people of different faiths and creeds,” Burt went on.

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KUWAIT: Big tern birds on Kubbar Island.

Monitoring of tern birds breeding on Kubbar Island KUWAIT: The Orthinological Society of Kuwait (OSK) announced yesterday that its team monitored the breeding of big tern birds for the first time on Kubbar Island since 1987. OSK Chairman Abdullah AlSarhan said that the society organized a trip to Kubbar on July 6, with the participation of 19 members, to observe the number of breeding birds on the island. The first registration of this breeding on Kubbar was on June 11, 1905, when Sir Percy Cocks, who visited the island

and collected two eggs laid by this bird. The team members monitored seven pairs of big tern birds, three of which sat in their nests that had one egg in each, while the rest were still in the mating stage and building nests, Al-Sarhan noted. A number of environmental factors led to the breeding of the small and big tern birds, namely the heavy rainfall and the subsequent growth of the ‘Swaida’ bush-tree and other seasonal dry plants, all of which provide protection from the

heat of the sun, especially for newly-hatched chicks, he added. The team found nests of big and small tern birds, located at no more than 30 centimeters apart, while the birds of both colonies never fought. Some 3,000 big tern birds were monitored in 2010, while 2200 were monitored in 2009. Kubbar Island is now the only suitable environment for the breeding of this bird, whereas in the past it used to also breed on the islands of Boubyan, Oha and Umm Al-Maradim. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Kuwait Environment Protection Society’s diving team cautioned here yesterday that some fishing nets are stuck in coral reefs at Umm Dira, northeast of Qarwa Island in Kuwait. Kuwaiti diving team member Walid AlShatti said fishing nets are caught in coral reefs at a depth of 12 meters, warning divers not to approach the nets. The coral reefs of Umm Dira are 50 km off Al-Khairan Coast, he said, adding that the area bounds in coral reefs and species.

Former MP passes away KUWAIT: Former Kuwaiti MP Humoud Al-Jabri has passed away aged 70 after a long illness. Al-Jabri, who was among the first to graduate from Kuwait’s teacher training college in 1964, worked as a teacher at a local school before being appointed as Assistant Principal and soon after as Principal, remaining in this position until 1980. After this, Al-Jabri went into business for a time before standing for local council election in 1982 and winning a seat. He was subsequently reelected as a councilor in 1985, 1992 and 1999, as well as becoming MP for Khaitan prior to the Iraqi invasion in 1990, proving to be a popular and well-loved parliamentarian who was reelected four times thereafter. May his soul rest in peace. Tribute to Jabri KUWAIT: As a tribute to late MP Humoud Al-Jabri, MP Sadoun Hammad Al-Otaibi asserted that Kuwait has lost a great man who was close to people’s hearts and was completely devoted to the country. “He has contributed immensely to Kuwait ever during his early days as a teacher and a school director,” said Al-Otaibi. He noted that he had made valuable educational contributions and that he then won parliamentary seats several times and continued to serve Kuwait until his demise. “Therefore, and in appreciation of his great contributions, I request that a street or school be named after him,” he concluded. Met in a fix KUWAIT: The government’s Kuwaitization policy, which seeks to see more job opportunities provided for Kuwaitis rather than going to expatriates, is not going according to plan when it comes to the field of meteorology, according to prominent Kuwaiti meteorologist Issa Ramadan.Ramadan indicated that Kuwait’s meteorological department has been recruiting expatriate weather experts for the past few years due to the lack of Kuwaiti citizens studying the subject, with the last Kuwaiti meteorologist being recruited in 1997.

Foreign Diplomatic Corps here, received this accolade from the worldrenowned Inter-Faith Foundation. The event was attended by the UK Minister of State at the Foreign Office, with Responsibility for Middle East Affairs, Alistair Burt, who presented the Medallion to the Kuwaiti Ambassador.

LONDON: Ambassador Khaled Al-Duwaisan pictured with Inter-Faith Foundation officials after the awarding ceremony. Another speaker, one of the co-founders of the Three Faith Forum, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, showered praise on AlDuwaisan, stressing that he was a worthy recipient of this great honor and award. Later, the ambassador said, “Today marks a special honor that we in Kuwait will be immensely proud to have achieved. This award is all the more appreciated as it comes from one of the world’s leading charitable bodies, which, since its inception 10 years ago, has

devoted its resources and considerable efforts towards promoting and encouraging friendship, goodwill and understanding amongst Muslims, Christians, Jews and peoples of different faiths.” In his own speech, the ambassador equally acknowledged the important role played by the foundation to strengthening religious tolerance between different faiths, despite the daunting challenges over the years. The envoy recalled that, more recently, a historic inter-

faith dialogue was initiated by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, to solve world problems through concord, peace and understanding. After the ceremony, Ambassador Al-Duwaisan said that he was “honored and humbled to be the recipient of this celebrated and noteworthy medallion.” He continued, “This prize is a symbol that comes in recognition of the great part played by Kuwait in promoting moderation and dialogue among differ-

ent religions, cultures and creeds, with the firm encouragement of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the government and the Kuwaiti people.” The ambassador also voiced his belief that this award reflects the recognition of the British government and the Three Faith Forum of the deep, historic and unique links between Kuwait and the UK in the political, economic, defense, cultural and educational fields. — KUNA

MoD to ditch French Rafale deal? KUWAIT: The debate between the cabinet and the parliament over a potential deal to purchase French-made Rafale fighter jets could soon come to an end, following reports which suggest that the Ministry of Defense (MoD) is leaning towards ditching the French deal, instead showing a preference for purchasing American-made Super Hornet military aircraft. According to sources within the Development and Reform Bloc - which warned the cabinet against going through with the French deal - senior MoD officials

have indicated that the ministry is not keen on adopting the French fighter planes following the release of technical reports assessing of the Rafale jets, which indicated that these aircraft have several technical problems. Members of the bloc are said to be “very relieved” by these developments. The MoD, meanwhile, is said to be currently studying an American offer of Super Hornet fighter jets, which are technologically superior to the Rafale planes, although the ministry is committed to refraining from taking any final decision until all the technical

studies and tests are completed. The Super Hornet aircrafts are the sixth generation of the F-18 US-made fighter jets, reported Al-Rai. The American deal is also said to include a clause through which the US would buy back the old Mirage airplanes owned by Kuwait. The advantages offered by the American Super Hornets’ over their French counterparts include the availability of spare body parts, as well as their widespread use worldwide, with 2,500 Super Hornets in current use, compared to 60 Rafale jets.

KUWAIT: Wataniya Telecom officials with the students.

Wataniya Telecom sponsors graduation KUWAIT: As part of its continuous efforts to support Kuwait youth, Wataniya Telecom has recently sponsored Kuwait University (KU) Political Science Students’ graduation ceremony last June at Salwa Al Sabah Ballroom. It is a significant and evident objective for Wataniya Telecom to always offer the support and encouragement for students of Kuwait who they believe will be the bright future of Kuwait. It was and will always be one of its important targets to look after the youth and highly appreciate and value their work to drive them in succeeding more.

Regarding the sponsorship, Abdul Aziz Al Balool said: “Wataniya’s endeavors to grasp any opportunity in improving the Kuwaiti society and enriching it will always be on the top of its agenda.” He also added: “Whether the graduating students are heading towards higher studies or towards employment in the workforce we are confident they will always make Kuwait proud and we will always be there for them.” The Social Sciences Faculty and Political Sciences Department along with all the graduate students expressed their gratitude and appreciation

towards Wataniya, as they were very pleased and felt rewarded for their presence there with them at the graduation ceremony The Faculty pointed out to the Wataniya’s active efforts on such occasions and called for more companies in Kuwait to take the initiative in supporting its Kuwaiti youth.” Al Balool confirmed Wataniya’s initiative to continue in supporting the academic field in Kuwait and giving the graduates all the assistance they may need, whereas always anticipating more successes and accomplishments to come their way.

Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned operator in Kuwait. Wataniya is a customer driven company that aims to provide product and service excellence that is leading to a real customer value... The company has been a driving force in increasing the mobile market penetration in Kuwait (over 80%) Wataniya Telecom has grown rapidly through acquisitions and enjoys a remarkable expansion in MENA & ASIA. Driving operations in Kuwait, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and in Palestine.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Abbas clarifies terms for direct peace talks Israel must agree to an equitable land swap RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel must agree to the idea of a third party guarding the borders of a future Palestinian state before direct peace talks can start. In a newspaper interview published yesterday, Abbas said Israel must also agree in principle to an equitable land swap that would compensate the Palestinians for West Bank land absorbed by Jewish settlements in any peace deal. The remarks were the clearest statement yet of what Abbas wants from Israel before he agrees to move to face-to-face negotiations that Washington wants the sides to begin. Continuing the US push to revive the Middle East peace process, President Barack Obama's envoy George Mitchell met Abbas yesterday in Ramallah. Mitchell, who met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, is mediating indirect peace talks that have been under way for more than two months. "We are heartened by the discussions that we had here today and in the past several days," Mitchell said in a brief statement to reporters after what he described as a candid and productive meeting in Ramallah. The United States recognized "the difficulties and the complexities" in trying to realize the vision of comprehensive Middle East peace set out by Obama, Mitchell said. "But we are determined to continue," he said, adding that he would visit several other coun-

tries in the region. The indirect talks are about halfway through a four-month period agreed by the Palestinian leadership, which is wary of more direct negotiations with an Israeli leader they believe is unwilling to make an offer acceptable to the Palestinians. Netanyahu says he is ready to begin direct talks with Abbas right away. Speaking after the Ramallah meeting, senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Yasser Abed Rabbo said the United States must provide more clarity on disputed issues before any advance to direct negotiations. FAIR LAND SWAP Speaking to the Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad, Abbas said he wanted Israel to agree "in principle" to the idea that a third party take on a security role in a future Palestinian state to be founded on land occupied by Israel in a 1967 war. "Now what is required from Israel is for it to say that these ideas are, in principle, acceptable," he said. "That means: do they accept that the land is the 1967 borders and that there be, in the Palestinian land, a third party. "If they agree to that, this is what we would consider the progress that we want and that would make us go to direct negotiations," he said. The Palestinians aim to establish their state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as their capital, a

Iranian defector could spend rest of life in fear WASHINGTON: For the moment, the Iranian scientist who returned to his homeland claiming he was abducted by the CIA is a national hero and a prime player in Tehran's propaganda war with the United States. After Shahram Amiri's public role is done, however, former CIA officials say he probably will face intense questioning about his defection from Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security and a future etched in fear. Amiri is at the center of a volatile war of words between Iran and the United States, with each country trading public salvos designed to discredit the other. His short career as an apparent defector and informant for the United States also will expose him to pressure from Iranian officials for information about his American handlers and to even more perilous questions about his loyalty. "They will keep him in fear and in doubt as to what his eventual fate will be," said Paul Pillar, a former CIA analyst with extensive knowledge of Iran. "From the private, official Iranian point of view, this guy is an awful traitor. If it weren't for the public relations aspect, he might have been strung up yesterday already or shot." On Thursday, Amiri took part in a high-profile news conference in Tehran and stuck to his position that he was kidnapped by the CIA in Saudi Arabia and whisked to Arizona and held against his will. US officials countered aggressively, releasing glints of revealing information intended to chip away at Amiri's credibility. They have called Amiri's story a "fairy tale" and said the scientist was paid $5 million to provide the CIA with information about its suspected nuclear weapons program. They have said Amiri, who ran a radiation detection program in Iran, provided the CIA with significant information and had stayed here for months of his own free will. All of this will make it harder for Amiri to convince Iranian intelligence officials of his claims that he was the victim of a forced rendition, intelligence phrasing for a stealthy abduction. How did he manage to escape from the CIA and make a series of videos questioning his treatment, and then make his way to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, former US officials said, if he was being held captive? Why would the United States allow him to get on a commercial flight back to Iran if the CIA did not want him to leave? "It's unlikely that the Iranians believe his current cover story about being kidnapped," Pillar said. "There are numerous holes in it. The people in Tehran are not dumb, and they can see through that just as you and I can." Even Iran's foreign minister reportedly told the BBC somewhat skeptically that "we first have to see what has happened in these two years, and then we will determine if he's a

hero or not." Eventually, former CIA officials said, Amiri's value in the propaganda war will wane, and he will then face hard questions while under some form of house arrest. Amiri will not have a lot of room to maneuver because his wife and young son are in Iran, a leverage point US officials say that the Iranians used to lure him back home. "He will be in huge trouble, and he will be in confinement, of some form, for a very long time," said Charles S Faddis, who headed the weapons of mass destruction unit at the CIA's Counterterrorism Center until he retired in May 2008. "I assume they are going to be a little restrained for public relation reasons because this thing has become such a high-profile incident." If the Iranians do show any restraint, former CIA officials say, it would result from their need to squeeze every last detail out of him. Iranian intelligence officers will be probing for information about what the CIA already knew about their nuclear program and what they wanted from him, who his contacts were and how they dealt with him. There is the ever-present danger that Amiri could, knowingly or not, help the Iranians learn about CIA spying efforts and perhaps put lives in jeopardy. Amiri had been an informant inside Iran for several years before he turned up in the United States. The New York Times reported Friday that Amiri was among the sources who contributed to a controversial 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that concluded Iran had stopped work on its nuclear program. "Could they walk back activities and learn about our activities inside?" Faddis asked? "Yes, if we were not careful about what we said, what questions we asked, how we asked them, etc. Every time you ask a question it says something about what you already know, what you do not know, what access you have, what access you do not have, what you consider important, what you consider unimportant. We will hope that the debriefing was conducted with all this in mind and an understanding that he might start talking one day." Former CIA officials pointed to the case of Vitaly Yurchenko, a Soviet KGB agent who defected to the United States in 1985 only to re-defect back to the Soviet Union three months later. Like Amiri, Yurchenko claimed he had been drugged by his CIA "torturers." Yurchenko managed to escape to the Soviet Embassy in Washington. He, too, held a crowded news conference, and, again like Amiri, claimed the CIA tried to pay him to stay - in his case, $1 million. Yurchenko soon became yesterday's news. "He'll fade away like Yurchenko," said Joseph Wippl, a former senior CIA officer. "He'll be alive, but there will be times where he won't be sure it was such a good idea." — AP

demand rejected by Israeli leaders who see all of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish state. Abbas has stated his rejection of any Israeli security role on the frontiers of the Palestinian state. But he has accepted the idea that NATO could play a role on the borders-a compromise to ease Israeli concerns that the Palestinians would arm themselves heavily if they controlled their frontiers. Israel, however, wants to maintain a presence in the Jordan valley along the West Bank's eastern border. Ahead of direct talks, Abbas said, Israel must also agree to the idea of a fair land swap, referring to a scenario where some Israeli land bordering the West Bank would be annexed to a future Palestinian state in compensation for major Jewish West Bank settlement blocs that would become part of Israel. "We said that the borders must be on the foundation of 1967 with agreement on an equitable swap," he added. Palestinian officials have said they could accept such a swap but the area involved should not exceed 2 percent of the West Bank. Netanyahu, who met US President Barack Obama last week, has promised "concrete steps" to encourage Abbas to move to direct talks. He has said he is willing to deal with the issue of settlements right away once direct talks begin. Obama has urged the parties to launch direct talks. — Reuters


Social reforms needed for Syria growth: Economists DAMASCUS: Syria, which has launched significant economic reforms, must now follow up with social changes that will tackle corruption and relieve poverty, economists say. Their comments come as Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad marked 10 years in power yesterday, gaining plaudits for opening up the economy and engaging in a process of rapprochement with the West, but criticism from rights groups who accuse him of not delivering on promises of greater freedoms for his people. After decades of planned reforms to Syria's dirigiste economy, Assad's Baath party finally pledged its commitment to developing a market economy in 2005. It began phasing out state subsidies on basic commodities, allowed private banks to operate, liberalized exchange controls and eased conditions under which businesses can operate. But economists say further economic and social reforms are now needed in order to reduce unemployment-currently riding at about 20 percent according to unofficial estimates-and to relieve the plight of the poor. An estimated 5.3 million of Syria's 22 million population are affected by poverty, according to a study by the United Nations. The budget deficit, meanwhile, reached

9.25 percent of GDP last year. Economists warn that the gap between Syria's rich and poor has grown due to the economic reforms, the global financial crisis and a drought which has ravaged the northeast of the country for the past four years. And with the phasing out of subsidies, the price of food and fuel has skyrocketed, hitting in particular the pockets of the less well-off. The Arab Human Development Report, pub-

lished by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) last year, named Syria and Yemen as the Arab countries which have experienced the biggest rise in income inequality over the past decade. "Improving living standards is a priority," Syria's Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri was quoted as saying recently in the official media. But he added that the government must find 25 billion

PARIS: Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his wife Asma arrive at the Elysee palace in Paris to attend the traditional garden party of the Bastille Day in this file photo. After years of enduring intense international pressure, Assad has engaged in a process of rapprochement with the West whose results remain unclear. — AFP

Syrian pounds (500 million dollars) to be able to raise the salaries of its 1.4 million employees by 10 percent, in order to keep pace with inflation. Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Middle East Centre, warned that unless Damascus deals with the economic erosion, social unrest could follow. "Syria is aware of the importance of the economy as a stabilizing element," Salem said. "If the economic and social problems are not solved, they will in the long term become" a time bomb, he added. The governor of the Central Bank of Syria, Adib Mayala said that Syria "is making major efforts to advance the path of reform" but said it was necessary to "alter attitudes" of some people opposed to the changes, alluding to bureaucrats. Economist Samir Seifane says that to modernize its infrastructure, and at the same time spur economic growth, Syria must invest heavily in the transport, agriculture, irrigation, energy, housing and water sectors.He said that some 12 billion dollars must be invested yearly to assure a growth rate of seven percent, which would help make inroads into the problems of poverty and unemployment. Carnegie's Salem says Syria should follow the example of its neighbor Turkey. — AFP



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Merkel faces loss of another CDU state leader BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel will probably lose yet another powerful regional leader of her party today when Ole von Beust, the popular mayor of Hamburg, is expected to resign, German media reported yesterday. Von Beust, a charismatic 55year-old who led the conservative Christian Democrats into power in the left-leaning port city in 2001 after 44 years of opposition, would be the sixth CDU state leader to leave office in the last 10 months.

Exodus compounds problems of unpopular Merkel The loss of von Beust, who local media say is fatigued in the job running Germany's second largest city, would be another severe setback for Merkel, whose popularity has slumped to the lowest level since she was elected in 2005. Von Beust, a close ally of Merkel, engineered the first CDU-Greens coalition ever in 2008 - establishing a precedent with Merkel's blessing for

the right-left coalition and possible model for such a government at the federal level at some point. Hamburg is one of Germany's 16 federal states. Von Beust was long viewed as one of the CDU's most influential leaders. Openly gay, von Beust has been a leading moderate voice in the CDU and helped make important inroads into new voter groups, especially in urban areas, that conserva-

tives had long ignored. A remarkably popular leader who even governed Hamburg with an absolute majority from 2004 to 2008, von Beust teamed up with the proenvironment Greens after the 2008 election. The two parties, long considered at opposite ends of Germany's political spectrum, have worked together fairly smoothly in Hamburg. But a controversial school

reform measure they agreed faces possible defeat in a referendum today. The mass-circulation Bild and other media said that von Beuest planned to step down before the results of the referendum are announced. Bild said he planned to resign effective August 25 because he is tired of being in the spotlight. "He wants to live a private life again-

no bodyguards and no more appointments," Bild said. Hamburg's interior minister, Christoph Ahlhaus, 40, will replace him, the newspaper said. A spokesman for the Hamburg government declined to comment. The departure in quick succession of experienced CDU state leaders will compound Merkel's difficulties, analysts say. Thuringia's state premier Dieter Althaus quit in September

after an election debacle, BadenWuerttenberg's state premier Guenther Oettinger left to become an EU commissioner in February and Christian Wulff of Lower Saxony quit in June after being elected federal president, a ceremonial office in Germany. Hesse state premier Roland Koch has announced he will leave politics at the end of August. And Juergen Ruettgers, state premier of North Rhine-Westphalia, was beaten in an

US senators seek BP-Lockerbie link New headache for troubled oil giant WASHINGTON: Just as BP stopped oil from flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, the company faces unwelcome attention from the US Congress on another issue: whether it sought the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset AlMegrahi to help get a $900 million exploration agreement with Libya off the ground. Soon after his release last year, BP acknowledged that it urged the British government to sign a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya, but stressed it did not specify Al-Megrahi's case. It reiterated that stance this week when four US Democratic senators asked the State Department to investigate whether there was a quid pro quo for the Lockerbie bomber's release. "The evidence here may be circumstantial but if I were a prosecutor, I'd love to take this case to a jury," said Sen Charles Schumer, one of the four lawmakers. While the State Department was noncommittal, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced this week it would a hearing on the case this month. Al-Megrahi served eight years of a life sentence for the Dec 21, 1988, bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people, most of them American. Last August, Scotland's government released him on compassionate grounds and he returned to Libya. As outrage swirled on both sides of the Atlantic, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown denied giving any assurances to Libya's leaders that the bomber would be freed in exchange for oil contracts. BP acknowledged in a statement at the time that it "did bring to the attention of the UK government in late 2007 our concerns about the slow progress in concluding a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya. Like many others, we were aware that delay might have negative consequences for UK commercial interests, including ratification of BP's exploration agreement." "We were not talking about the Al-Megrahi case because we were fully aware that this was solely a matter for the Scottish Executive and not the UK authorities," BP said. Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish justice secretary who freed Al-Megrahi, said Friday he had no contact with BP as he decided the Libyan's fate. "We had no communication from the oil company and we had no support or assistance from the British Government," he said. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed the matter Friday with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and informed him of congressional interest in the circumstances regarding Al-Megrahi's release and a possible BP connection. "Foreign Secretary Hague offered to communicate directly with the Hill and the secretary agreed that was a good idea," said State Department spokesman PJ Crowley "She said that this was an important

Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi issue in the Congress and recognizing that fact, the foreign secretary made a good faith offer to provide perspective on the decision to release Megrahi, which they both agreed was an error." In May 2007, BP inked the exploration deal with the Libya Investment Corp, with Britain's then-Prime Minister Tony Blair on hand to hail the deal as a sign of improved relations between the two countries. "A few years back, Britain and Libya could never have had this relationship," Blair said following a two-hour meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a tent. "This is a change of benefit to Libya and Britain and the wider region." That same month, Britain and Libya signed a memorandum of understanding that they would negotiate agreements on extradition, mutual legal assistance, civil and commercial law as well as prisoner transfer. The prisoner exchange agreement was signed on Nov 17, 2008, and ratified by Britain's Parliament last year. British officials have always insisted that the prisoner trans-

fer deal was part of broader diplomatic effort aimed at drawing Libya away from its support for terrorist groups and dismantling the North African nation's worrisome nuclear program. They have also insisted that the prisoner-swap was not specifically aimed at Al-Megrahi. Whether or not BP's lobbying played a decisive role in the prison transfer negotiations is not clear from the dozen or so pages of government correspondence released last year. In July 2007 Britain's justice secretary at the time, Jack Straw, was discussing how to make sure Al-Megrahi stayed behind bars. Around the time BP stepped in, Straw wrote to his Scottish counterpart, MacAskill, to say that he had not been able to secure an exclusion for Al-Megrahi. Then in a letter to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond in February 2008, Straw elaborated, saying he had not even tried to seek an exclusion for al-Megrahi. "Libya is one of only two countries to have ever voluntarily and transparently dismantled its weapons of mass destruction program," Straw wrote. "Having sponsored terrorist attacks in the past, it is now an important partner in the fight against terrorism. I do not believe it is necessary, or sensible, to risk damaging our wide ranging and beneficial relationship with Libya by inserting a specific exclusion into the PTA (prisoner transfer agreement.)" British officials have since pointed out that, whatever the merits of the prisoner transfer deal, Scottish officials were the ones ultimately responsible for the Libyan's release. So it fell to MacAskill to either approve or deny a request to return Al-Megrahi to Libya under the prison transfer agreement. In the end, MacAskill bypassed the prisoner transfer agreement, deciding to release the cancer-stricken Al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, on compassionate grounds. "We rejected the prisoner transfer agreement because of the legitimate grievances and doubts that the American community and families had," MacAskill said Friday. "We granted compassionate release following the laws and values that we hold here in Scotland." A Scottish Government spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with government policy, said: "The issues being raised in the United States regarding BP refer to the prisoner transfer agreement negotiated by the governments of the UK and Libya, and therefore have nothing to do with the decision on compassionate release which is a totally different process, based on entirely different criteria. We were always totally opposed to the prisoner transfer agreement negotiated between the UK and Libyan Governments. The memorandum that led to the PTA was agreed without our knowledge and against our wishes." — AP

75 soldiers, 300 rebels killed in Darfur clashes KHARTOUM: The Sudanese army said 75 of its troops and more than 300 fighters of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement were killed in clashes in Darfur over the past week. General Al-Tayeb Musbah Osman, the army's commander for the war-torn western region, said the army had also captured 86 JEM fighters, in a statement carried by the official SUNA news agency late on Friday. It is unusual for the army to acknowledge such large losses in its

own ranks. The JEM said on Tuesday that it was locked in fresh fighting with the army, a day after the International Criminal Court charged Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir with genocide over his government's conduct of the conflict in Darfur. In March 2009, the ICC already issued a warrant for Bashir's arrest on war crimes charges and charges of crimes against humanity in connection with the conflict. The most heavily armed of the Darfur rebel factions, the JEM has refused to join

peace talks in the Qatari capital Doha after a framework accord it signed with the government ran into problems earlier this year. Another large rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction of Abdelwahid Nur, is also boycotting talks. Southern former rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement offered on Wednesday to mediate between the Khartoum government and the two rebel groups in a bid to break the deadlock. US special envoy Scott Gration was

in Khartoum yesterday for talks with UN and African Union officials and other diplomats on how to move the moribund peace process forward. Darfur, an arid region the size of France, has been gripped by civil war since ethnic minority rebels rose up against the Arab-dominated government in 2003. Some 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million fled their homes, according to UN figures. Khartoum says 10,000 people have been killed. — AFP

British MP fuels veil debate LONDON: A British lawmaker is refusing to meet female Muslim constituents who wear face-covering veils and has proposed a law banning the practice altogether, he said yesterday. Philip Hollobone, a member of parliament (MP) from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party, wants to see a French-style ban on women covering their faces in public, although his bill stands little chance of becoming law. However, in his own constituency of Kettering in central England, he is demanding that women who wear veils and want to meet with him at his constituency surgeries remove them. "If she said: 'No', I would take the view that she could see my face, I could not see hers, I am not able to satisfy myself she is who she says she is," he told the Independent newspaper. "I would invite her to communicate with me in a different way, probably in the form of a letter." He added:

"God gave us faces to be expressive. It is not just the words we utter but whether we are smiling, sad, angry or frustrated. You don't get any of that if your face is covered." There are around 400 Muslims living in Kettering, according to the local Muslim association, out of a total population in the town of over 50,000. Hollobone has also tabled a bill in parliament to regulate certain face coverings, although it will not be debated until December and is highly unlikely to become law due to lack of government support. This week, French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public in a bill which will now go to the Senate for approval. A poll out Friday found that two-thirds of Britons would support a similar ban. In 2006, former foreign secretary Jack Straw sparked fierce debate by saying he asked Muslim women to lift their veils during meetings with him in his constituency. — AFP

MONTREUI: A Muslim woman wearing the niqab poses with her passport in this file photo. — AFP

GRUNWALD: A man in falconer's clothes performs during ceremonies to mark 600th anniversary of the Battle of Grunwald between a Polish and Lithuanian alliance and Teutonic knights.— AFP

Grunwald 1410: An enduring symbol for Poles, Lithuanians GRUNWALD: The 1410 Battle of Grunwald, which thousands of re-enactors marked yesterday at the original site in northern Poland, was an event with a far-reaching impact on the region's geopolitics. Equally important, historians say, is its role as a symbol over the following six centuries. On July 15, 1410, a Polish-Lithuanian army crushed the forces of the Order of the Teutonic Knights. Similar to the Templars, the Teutonic Knights were a force of Christian warrior-monks founded in the Holy Land in 1190 to protect pilgrims and hold lands conquered from the Muslims during the Crusades. Mainly German-speaking, they also drew members from Scandinavia and England. In 1226 Polish Duke Konrad of Mazovia called them in to help conquer and convert the pagans of neighboring Prussia in a bid to protect and expand his realm. But they gradually took swathes of the Baltic coast for themselves, establishing a military-religious state run from a huge castle in Marienburg-today's Malbork in northern Poland. The knights repeatedly fought their neighbors, notably the pagan Lithuanians, who allied with the Poles when their ruler converted to Christianity and married Poland's queen in 1385. After Grunwald, the knights' power faded. "There's no question that it was the most important battle in Polish history," Janusz Cisek, head of Warsaw's Polish Military Museum said. Poland and Lithuania went on to form a united state stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea. It survived until the late 18th century when it was carved up by the neighboring Russians, Germans and Austrians. Thereafter, Grunwald kept the dream of freedom alive. "A memory chain developed," as the story of Grunwald was handed down, Lithuanian historian Rimvydas Petrauskas said. In the 19th century, Grunwald became a key theme for Polish nationalist artists. The Teutonic Knights' state had lost its reli-

gious character in the 16th century, and its shrunken domain was transformed into the Duchy of Prussia-which endured in various guises until Germany lost the territory to Poland and Russia after World War II. Prussia's, and then Germany's, use of the knights' black cross as its military symbol added an edge for Poles. "Grunwald played an important role in shaping our patriotism in the 20th century," said Cisek. The 500th anniversary celebrations in 1910 helped forge a united Polish paramilitary movement. Poland and Lithuania won independence in 1918 when their rulers' empires collapsed at the end of World War I. So powerful was Grunwald that Poland's World War II Nazi German occupiers blew up a monument to the battle. After the war, it was exploited by Poland's new communist rulers, who created a Grunwald Cross as a military medal, and equated the knights with Germany and the rest of the West. In Lithuania, which was seized by the Soviet Union during the war, the regime did likewise. Several sports teams there still use the communist-era name "Zalgiris", Lithuanian for Grunwald. The battle lost its political edge after the communist bloc collapsed two decades ago. "Now it's more a plain celebration of Medieval history, no matter who won and who lost," said Cisek. With a contemporary edge, a series of statefunded TV adverts marking the anniversary use video-game style and rock music, and evoke scenes from the "Lord of the Rings" movies. "For me, the battle's like a realistic fairytale," said Lithuanian student Ruta Sturonaite, 22. "Nowadays everybody knows the date of the battle, but not its essence". Grunwald still pushes buttons. In 2008, ahead of a crunch match with Germany, Polish tabloid Fakt portrayed the national football coach as a warrior about to strike Germany's Michael Ballack who was clad as a Teutonic Knight. "Replay Grunwald!" the paper thundered. — AFP

US Congress members accuse Obama of funding Kenya vote NAIROBI: Three Republican members of the US Congress are accusing the Obama administration of using money meant for civic education in Kenya to back a draft constitution that they fear would increase access to abortion in the African country. The US Embassy on Friday said it has provided about $11 million in support of constitutional reform in Kenya, but that an investigation into the funds found that nine of more than 200 subgrantees supported the "yes" campaign. A spokeswoman said the embassy has since suspended or concluded those nine grants. Kenyans will vote on the draft constitution on Aug 4, a vote that is part of wide-ranging efforts to avoid a repeat of political violence that saw more than 1,000 people killed after the country's December 2007 presidential elections. The fight over the US funding centers around one of the draft constitution's most contentious clauses - language that says abortion will not be permitted unless the life or health of the mother is in danger according to the opinion of a trained health professional. Abortions are illegal in Kenya under current law, but hundreds of thousands of women still seek them each year. The existing law, however, also allows a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman's life is in danger. Rep Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey, argues that the "trained health professional" clause reduces the qualifications needed of the abortion provider from current Kenyan law. "The draft constitution, with its controversial provisions expanding access to abortion, is a matter for the Kenyan people to consider and decide," said Smith. "The Obama administration should immediately withdraw all US taxpayer funding used to buy votes

and influence the outcome on the referendum." A part of US law known as the Siljander Amendment makes it illegal for foreign assistance funds to be used to lobby for or against abortion. Katya Thomas, a US Embassy spokeswoman in Nairobi, said that the nine suspended grants originally had been given to support civic education, and constitutional and democratic reforms. But the primary contractor gave subgrants to other groups using language that had not been approved by the Embassy, she said. "We don't fund the 'yes' campaign, but around the region, not just in Kenya, through USAID, we support constitutional democratic reforms," she said, referring to the US government's aid arm, USAID. She said she does not know when those nine subgrants were cut off. Smith, in a statement, detailed 10 Kenyan organizations he said the US Inspector General had found used funds to promote "yes" votes on the constitution. Top US officials have done little to hide their support of Kenya's proposed constitution. President Obama has said the constitution is a "singular opportunity to put Kenyan governance on a more solid footing that can move beyond ethnic violence, can move beyond corruption." Last month during a visit here, Vice President Joe Biden said the new constitution would "deepen the roots of your democracy and ultimately guarantee your security." Rewriting Kenya's constitution was part of the peace deal signed in February 2008 after the postelection violence. The draft constitution cuts down the Kenyan president's current enormous powers by setting up an American-style presidential system of checks and balances. — AP


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chavez threatens to break Colombia ties in rebel spat Caracas recalls its ambassador CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened to break ties with Colombia after Bogota accused him of tolerating the presence of leftist rebels, escalating tension between the ideologically opposed neighbors. Colombia said it had proof that members of Colombian guerrilla groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, are hiding in the jungle on Venezuela's side of the border. Relations between the socialist Chavez and the conservative government of Colombia have deteriorated in the last two years because of spillover from Colombia's decades-long civil conflict and accusations Chavez helps the leftist rebels. Two years ago, a Colombian raid on a FARC camp in Ecuador led to troop movements by Caracas, raising the specter of war in the Andean region. Tensions flared again last year. Citing personal safety, Chavez said he will not attend the Aug 7 inauguration of Colombia's newly elected president, Juan Manuel Santos, and called on Santos to distance himself from outgoing President Alvaro Uribe. "If they keep up this craziness, in the next few hours I will break relations with Colombia," Chavez said in a broadcast. "This will make it much harder to restore ties with the new government." "I have a responsibility to protect my life," said Chavez, who often reports alleged plots to kill him. "Because of that I won't attend the swearing in of the new president.” Chavez's government accused Uribe of seeking to wreck moves to repair relations between the two countries, which have both lost out on billions of dollars of trade because of the spat. "As these steps (for improved relations) are going ahead, Uribe's government has decided ... to dynamite the rapprochement," Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro told a news conference in Caracas. He also said Caracas was recalling its Bogota ambassador for consultations. Following up on its accusation, Colombia's presidency on Friday requested that the OAS hold an extraordinary meeting of its permanent council to deal with the alleged presence of the rebels in Venezuela. Colombia says it has satellite images and the coordinates that show a top FARC commander has a camp in western Venezuela. Rejecting the Colombian charges as "an old broken record," Chavez called Uribe a "mafioso ... full of hatred."

"We're not going to be provoked," Chavez said on Friday, adding he would give Santos a chance to act on his declared intentions of improving Colombian relations with Venezuela. "I'm waiting to see," Chavez said. Colombia said in the last six years it had repeatedly given the Venezuelan government information about the alleged presence of the rebels on Venezuelan soil, but Caracas had failed to act. In 2008, Bogota released information gleaned from computers taken from a FARC camp that it said showed Chavez had backed the guerrillas financially. Chavez denied the charges. Maduro said Venezuela's security forces had followed up information given by Colombia about suspected rebel camps. He said the tip-offs never proved to be correct. 'ABSOLUTE RESPECT' The latest Colombian charges further strained relations damaged by a 2009 deal that allowed U.S. forces to use Colombian military bases for anti-drug operations. Chavez, whose socialist rhetoric and policies have made him an anti-US and anti-capitalist standard-bearer, said the deal could herald a US invasion of his OPEC nation. In a statement on Friday, the Venezuelan government said the US Embassy in Bogota had been involved in the announcement by the Colombian Defense Ministry and accused it of "intrigue." Colombia's decades-old guerrilla war often spills into neighboring countries. Two years ago, Colombian forces attacked a FARC camp in Ecuador, killing a top rebel leader. Ecuador and Venezuela broke diplomatic ties with Colombia over the raid and relations have yet to be fully restored. Chavez denies allegations he supports any guerrilla groups, and says such charges are part of a Washington-led plan to discredit him and his socialist "revolution." Chavez ordered a slowdown of trade between Venezuela and Colombia last year after Bogota let US forces use Colombian military bases. Annual trade had totaled some $7 billion, and the cutoff exacerbated shortages and fueled high inflation in Venezuela, while slowing Colombia's economic recovery. Colombia is the main US military ally in South America and has received billions of dollars in US aid to help fight the rebels funded largely by the cocaine trade. — Reuters

Fidel Castro appears again, warns of war 'US can't get out of Mideast through diplomacy' HAVANA: Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro took his warning of impending nuclear war to Cuba's Foreign Ministry on Friday, where he explained the reasons for his dire prediction in his fifth public appearance in 10 days. Castro's sudden re-emergence after four years in seclusion for health reasons has raised questions about his intentions, but his message has been consistent-a devastating war is at hand if the United States, in alliance with Israel, tries to enforce international sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activities. He also has predicted the United States will attack North Korea. "The United States finds itself now in an unsolvable dilemma (in the Middle East). It cannot get out, nor can it stay," Castro told 115 ambassadors, who listened with rapt attention. "It won't get out of that situation through diplomacy, but through the power of its arms," he said, pointing his finger in the air and pontificating at length as in the old days. Castro, 83, spoke for more than an hour as he sat in front of the ambassadors. He looked fit, relaxed and fully in charge as he took questions and read numerous news reports to back up his position. He said he had partially recovered from the "sudden and grave situation of health" that forced him from power. Castro disappeared from public view following emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 and ceded power to his younger brother, now President Raul Castro. He resurfaced on July 7 at a scientific research center in Havana and has since made several appearances in person and in a videotaped television interview. Theories abound about why the man who ruled Cuba for 49 years after taking power in a 1959 revolution has returned to public view. He has said his only interest is in warning the world of the coming conflict. His reappearance has coincided with Cuba's biggest release of political prisoners since 1998, in a deal cut with the Catholic Church, and intentional or not, has drawn away from it. The church announced on July 7 that 52 political prisoners, or about a third of the island's jailed dissidents, would be freed over the next few months. The releases began on Monday. Wide-ranging speculation includes theories that Castro is sending a message of stability at a time of uncertainty about Cuba's future, that he felt his warning of war was being ignored, or that he simply wanted to return to the limelight. — Reuters

Obama blasts Republicans over obstructionist tactics US leader casts Republicans as party of the rich WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama went on the attack yesterday, accusing Republicans in the US Congress of attempting "to filibuster" US recovery and "obstruct" progress. "Too often, the Republican leadership in the United States Senate chooses to filibuster our recovery and obstruct our progress. And that has very real consequences," Obama said in his weekly radio address. Obama stepped up his criticism of Republicans for blocking jobless aid, hammering home a Democratic election year attack line that casts the opposition as the party of the rich. Senate Republicans have blocked at least three Democratic initiatives to extend unemployment insurance, citing the need to curb government spending amid a record budget deficit. "Think about what these stalling tactics mean for the millions of Americans who've lost their jobs since the recession began. Over the past several weeks, more than two million of them have seen their unemployment insurance expire," the president said. Obama has made job creation his top domestic priority and has traveled repeatedly to the US heartland to tout policies that lift hiring, including to Holland, Michigan, on Thursday for the groundbreaking of an electric car battery factory that has received federal dollars. US growth has resumed after the worst recession in decades, thanks in part to a $862 billion stimulus plan Obama signed last year. But this recovery has been slow to produce new jobs, and his Democrats risk punishment by voters in congressional elections on Nov 2 unless he can start to curb unemployment now running at 9.5 percent. Time is running out. A recent poll showed confidence in Obama's economic stewardship has flagged, and Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives in November. All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs, as well as 36 of the 100 seats in the US Senate. Frustratingly for the White House, its proposals to extend unemployment insurance, cut capital gains taxes on investments and set up a fund to boost

Drug cartel blamed for deadly bombing CIUDAD JUAREZ: A Mexican drug cartel is responsible for a cellphone-detonated car bomb that killed four people in a city on the US border, state security forces said. In the first attack of its kind in Mexico's drug war, the explosion tore through a major intersection in Ciudad Juarez across the border from El Paso, Texas, late on Thursday, damaging nearby buildings and sending flames into the air. Federal police blamed La Linea, the armed wing of the powerful Juarez cartel, for the attack and Mexico's security ministry said it was retaliation for the arrest this week of a Juarez cartel member. "There were 10 kilos of explosives, activated from a distance by a cellphone," said Enrique Torres, an army spokesman in Ciudad Juarez, a manufacturing center that has become one of the world's deadliest cities over the past two and a half years. TV images showed the wreck of a car with just one front wheel intact and two federal police vehicles charred and on fire after the blast in the city's downtown area. The army said C4 plastic explosive was used in the attack, which killed a policeman, a doctor, a rescue worker and an unidentified man. Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said drug gangs set up an elaborate trap in which a


wounded man dressed as a city police officer was dumped on the street as bait. The assailants then called emergency services to lure federal police to the scene and detonated the bomb as they arrived, the mayor told a news conference. President Felipe Calderon is battling against surging violence across Mexico after launching his militarybacked crackdown on drug gangs in December 2006. More than 26,000 people have been killed. The violence is worrying Washington and some investors in a the oil-producing country with an emerging economy once known for its political stability next door to the United States. 'REMINISCENT OF COLOMBIA' Two rival drug gangs-the local Juarez cartel and the Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin "Shorty" Guzmanhave been fighting an all-out war in Ciudad Juarez for control of the drug trade that has killed nearly 6,000 people there in the past three and a half years. Hitmen have decapitated people and gunned down rivals in daylight attacks. But the car bomb was a clear escalation of the violence, a US law enforcement source said. "What you are seeing now is a whole new level of violence. It's a vehicle-born improvised explosive device," said the source, who is following the investigation closely and did not want to be named. — Reuters

MAINE: President Barack Obama eats coconut ice cream during a visit to Mount Desert Island Ice Cream in Bar Harbor, Maine. — AP lending to small businesses have been repeatedly blocked on Capitol Hill. BUDGET DEFICIT Senate Republicans say the country cannot afford more taxpayer-funded government spending, on top of Obama's emergency stimulus package, an argument that taps into public disquiet over a record budget deficit and rising debt. But the White House, which says the deficit should be tackled in the medium term once the labor market has properly healed, calls this politically motivated

obstruction and says Republicans are siding with the rich. "They say we shouldn't provide unemployment insurance because it costs money," chided Obama. "So after years of championing policies that turned a record surplus into a massive deficit, including a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, they've finally decided to make their stand on the backs of the unemployed," he said. The White House is particularly scornful of Republican criticism of the deficit, which is forecast to hit a record $1.56 trillion in the current fiscal year.

Obama's Republican predecessor George W Bush inherited a surplus from Democratic President Bill Clinton, but handed Obama a $1.3 trillion deficit eight years later, which his White House blames on Bush-era tax cuts and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that were funded with deficits. "They've got no problem spending money on tax breaks for folks at the top who don't need them and didn't even ask for them; but they object to helping folks laid off in this recession who really do need help," Obama said. — Agencies



Sunday, July 18, 2010

At least 67 dead as Typhoon Conson calms in China BEIJING: Typhoon Conson weakened to a tropical storm and headed for Vietnam yesterday after brushing the southeastern Chinese island of Hainan and pounding the Philippines, leaving at least 67 dead. Philippine authorities warned the toll could rise further with dozens missing days after Conson struck the main Luzon island, including the capital Manila, on Tuesday with a ferocity that caught weather forecasters by surprise. The typhoon destroyed thousands of homes, sank or damaged dozens of boats, uprooted trees that crushed people to death and snapped power lines. In China the storm killed at least two people, tore down trees and ripped up electricity pylons when it hit Hainan Friday evening, local officials said. Authorities on the popular tourist island evacuated around 40,000 people from the most vulnerable areas before the storm barreled inland. Two men, a security guard and a motorcyclist, died after being struck by advertising hoardings unhinged by strong winds, an official from the local typhoon warning centre said. Television images showed driving rain and powerful winds rocking the island, while residents also reported power outages. Several Vietnamese ships in the South China Sea had been wrecked, the state Xinhua news agency said. The typhoon was later downgraded to a tropical storm as it headed towards northern Vietnam, according to China's national weather centre. The China Meteorological Administration said the winds had slowed to around 20 kilometers per hour, but that coastal areas of eastern China could still expect heavy rain over the next 24 hours. Provincial flood control authorities have warned

MARIVELES: Rescuers reel in the dead body of a fisherman floating off the coast in Mariveles, in Bataan, after the fishing boat capsized in huge waves caused by Typhoon Conson. — AFP

Australia’s 1st female PM faces first poll as leader 'Psychic' octopus picks Gillard as winner CANBERRA: Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, called elections yesterday buoyed by strong support only three weeks after taking power, but she faces a tough fight from conservatives on climate change, asylum seekers, and record-high public debt. Gillard scheduled polls for Aug. 21 after grabbing power in a surprise ruling Labor Party coup. She said the government had "lost its way" under her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, and has attempted to steer new courses in key policy areas. "We would go into our second term with some lessons learnt," Gillard told reporters at Parliament House. "We would be able to implement and deliver programs differently than we have in the past." Opinion polls point to Labor winning a second three-year term, but analysts expect a tight contest against a resurgent conservative opposition Liberal Party led by Tony Abbott. Gillard, a 48-year-old Welsh-born atheist, was once considered too far left to successfully win over the political middle ground essential to an Australian election victory. Abbott, a 52-year-old former seminarian, was viewed as too far right. Both have shifted their parties' directions but have not withdrawn support for major foreign policy issues, including Australia's deployment of 1,550 troops to Afghanistan. Gillard broke a bitter deadlock between Rudd and major mining companies over a proposed 40 percent tax on mineral profits, hammering out a deal on a compromise tax of 30 percent. The tax is expected to raise 10.5 billion Australian dollars ($9.3 billion) in two years. Abbott, who in December became his Liberal Party's third leader in two years, has vowed to oppose the tax. Gillard has attempted to stem a surge in asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat by asking its tiny neighbor East Timor to host a U.N.-endorsed regional refugee processing hub. Labor has condemned a Liberal plan to deter asylum seekers by introducing temporary protection visas, which would enable the government to send refugees back to their homelands if conditions there

improved. The election issue is key with more than 4,000 asylum seekers having arrived in Australia by boat in the past year. Gillard was deputy to Rudd, who became a Labor hero when he led the party to a crushing election victory in November 2007 after 11 years in opposition.

He remained one of the most popular prime ministers in modern Australian history until he made a series of unpopular political moves earlier this year, including shelving a key pledge to make major industries pay for the carbon gas they emit. While Rudd went to the 2007 election declaring climate change the

"greatest moral challenge of our time," Gillard has yet to announce a new Labor policy on reducing Australia's carbon gas emissions, which are among the world's highest per capita. Under Abbott, the Liberals abandoned their polluter-pays policy and proposed that Australia cut greenhouse emis-

CANBERRA: Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday. Gillard, who has led the country for three weeks yesterday called a general election on Aug 21 and urged voters to show trust in her by returning her party for a second three-year term. — AP

sions by paying major polluters taxpayer-funded incentives. No penalties would be imposed for failure to reduce emissions under his plan. Abbott has led an attack on the government over its AU$52 billion economic stimulus spending that helped Australia scrape through the global economic recession with a single quarter of mild economic contraction in late 2008. Abbott told a conservative party meeting in Queensland, a key state to the outcome of the next election, the government has wasted money and the leadership change from Rudd to Gillard was a "seamless transition from incompetence to incompetence." "The people of Queensland won't be conned by a prime minister who is now running to the polls before she has established her credentials to lead our nation," Abbott said. Gillard has promised to return Australia to a surplus budget in three years. Octopus Meanwhile, an Australian newspaper has taken a leaf out of the football World Cup play book, unveiling its own "psychic" octopus that it says has predicted Prime Minister Julia Gillard will win next month's poll. The Sydney Morning Herald showed off "Cassandra" just as Gillard told the Australian people that they would go to national elections on August 21. The paper hopes Cassandra will rival the predictive powers of "Paul", a German octopus that called a string of results including the World Cup winner. "Cassandra's preference for Julia Gillard was clear," the newspaper said. "Despite being a solitary animal, she wrapped her long arms around the Prime Minister," it said next to a photo of the octopus wound around a picture of Gillard. But the octopus's reaction to conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott's photo was less enthusiastic-she turned a "defensive black color", the paper said. Marine science expert Professor Rob Harcourt however warned that as octopuses have "episodic personalities", Cassandra could change her eight-tentacled vote at any time. "On any given day, an octopus may be bold in all situations and then shy and timid the next day," he told the paper. — Agencies

local governments to be vigilant for floods, landslides and dike bursts, Xinhua said. China has been hit by deadly landslides and rainstorms in recent weeks. Earlier Conson became the first major storm to hit the Philippines this year and the archipelago nation bore the brunt of its fury, with the death toll there rising sharply to 65 yesterday. Philippine air force helicopters and navy aircraft were still combing the seas southeast of Manila for around 43 missing fishermen and other sailors. Three fishermen were plucked by passing colleagues from waters off the Bicol region, after Conson destroyed their boat on Tuesday, an army statement quoted survivor Victor Bordeos as saying. "Our boat capsized and (was) torn in half during the height of the storm," Bordeos said. The government's National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) yesterday raised the death toll to 65 from 39 as the coast guard and other rescuers found more bodies at sea at the mouth of Manila Bay and off Bicol. It put the number of overall missing at 87. By yesterday morning the coast guard said it was still struggling to contain two oil spills caused by wrecked watercraft, one of which severed an underwater oil pipe of a local refiner at the mouth of Manila Bay. It had earlier taken utility firms more than two days to restore electricity to the near-paralyzed capital Manila. Meanwhile the NDCC yesterday alerted Luzon residents of a weather front off the island's east coast that it said could develop into a stronger storm. The Philippines is in the socalled typhoon belt of the Pacific. Up to 20 typhoons sweep through the country each year, killing hundreds of people. — AFP

Pakistani PM calls for more talks with India ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's prime minister yesterday called for more dialogue with India, a day after his foreign minister accused New Delhi of limiting talks process by refusing to discuss key issues separating the nuclear-armed rivals. Indian newspapers blamed Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi for what they called the "failure" of talks this week aimed at building trust between the two countries. Qureshi met his Indian counterpart S M Krishna on Thursday in the third high-level contact between the countries during a six-month thaw in relations that were derailed by the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said yesterday he believed India remained committed to the talks, despite comments from Qureshi accusing New Delhi of restricting the discussions. "We want dialogues, they (India) too want dialogues, so when there will be talks then we will discuss all issues. At this point I cannot say something in the air," Gilani told reporters after an official function at Baloki, near the eastern city of Lahore. "They (India) had told us that they want to talk on all issues and I am sure that Indian prime minister is an honorable man and he will fulfill all his commitments," Gilani said. The talks were billed as a chance to build trust and the ministers made modest progress, focusing largely on the issue of cross-border militancy-India's key concern-and agreeing to meet again in New Delhi. But Qureshi appeared to question Krishna's authority in comments to reporters on Friday. "I did not leave the talks even once to discuss the progress by telephone," he told reporters Friday. "But

why did instructions keep coming in from New Delhi in the presence of the Indian foreign minister? "Who is the top foreign policy adviser for India?" Krishna called this an "extraordinary statement to make" as he arrived back at New Delhi airport and said he did not take calls from anyone during the negotiations. Qureshi also accused India of "narrowing down the talks" by focusing exclusively on militancy rather than the whole range of issues between the countries, including water and the status of the disputed region of Kashmir. India's Hindustan Times yesterday accused Pakistan of "ambush diplomacy" by seeking to set a fixed timeframe to resolve key issues such as the row over disputed Muslim-majority Kashmir, which has triggered two wars between the nations. This led to the "meeting's failure," the newspaper said. Even before talks got underway, comments from India's Home Secretary G K Pillai darkened the mood. He accused Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency of coordinating the Mumbai 2008 carnage that left 166 people dead. India broke off all dialogue with Pakistan after the attacks, which New Delhi says were planned and executed by Pakistan-based militants with the connivance of Pakistani authorities. India and Pakistan's prime ministers met in April on the sidelines of a summit in Bhutan which set in motion the process of trying to revive suspended contacts. Relations between the two countries, which have fought three wars since the subcontinent was divided in 1947, have been plagued by border and resource disputes, and accusations of Pakistani militant activity against India. — AFP

BAENGNYEONG ISLAND: The salvaged bow of the South Korean warship PCC-772 Cheonan, which sunk near the North Korean border one month ago, is placed on a barge. — AFP

South Korea develops cruise missile SEOUL: South Korea has developed a long-range cruise missile capable of striking nuclear sites and military targets in North Korea, news reports said yesterday. The Hyunmu-3C missile has a range of 930 miles, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, citing the August edition of its sister magazine Monthly Chosun. The new missile, if confirmed, would be the longest-range weapon in South Korea's arsenal. Missile-range limits have been agreed upon under an accord with the United States, which has cited concerns over a possible regional arms race. The surface-to-surface missile will be deployed along the border with North Korea beginning this year, the newspaper said. It has a 990-pound payload and can hit within 2 yards of its target, the report said. Despite the agreement with the United States, South Korea can develop

long-range cruise missiles as long as the payload is under 1,100 pounds. The Hyunmu-3C missile would also have the capability of hitting parts of China, Japan and Russia. Yonhap news agency carried a similar story. Both reports cited unidentified military officials. A spokesman for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said he could neither confirm nor deny the reports. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing policy. A Defense Ministry spokesman was not immediately available for comment. North Korea already has longrange missiles. The Taepodong-2 has a potential range of more than 4,100 miles, putting Alaska within striking distance. North and South Korea remain technically in a state of conflict because the armistice ending the 1950-53 Korean War was never replaced by a peace treaty. — AP


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Two British, two US soldiers killed Five die in Taleban-style bomb attacks PESHAWAR: Pakistani rescuers shift an injured blast victim onto a stretcher at a hospital in Peshawar, following a bomb blast in Kuki Khel town in Khyber. — AFP

Gunmen kill 16 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan PESHAWAR: Sixteen Shiite Muslims were killed and four wounded yesterday in an apparent sectarian ambush in a remote tribal town in northwest Pakistan, a paramilitary spokesman and local officials said. The incident took place in the Sunni dominated Charkhel area on Tal-Parachinar road in the violence-hit Kurram tribal district, close to the Afghan border. The victims were heading to Peshawar in two passenger vehicles when unidentified attackers ambushed them in a hail of gunfire before fleeing the scene, officials said. "Sixteen people from the Shiite community have been killed and four were injured in the attack," a senior security official in Peshawar said. "Today's incident was a result of sectarian violence," he said. Major Fazal-Ur-Rehman, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps, also confirmed the attack. Local administrative and intelligence officials said that all of those killed in the attack were Shiite Muslims, adding that the death toll may yet rise. Security officials said more troops have been deployed to guard the route. "Forces have reacted to the situation and more troops have been deployed for the route protection," the senior security official based in Peshawar said. Kurran tribal district has for three

years been a flashpoint for violence between Shiite and Sunni communities. Shiites account for some 20 percent of Pakistan's mostly Sunni Muslim population of 160 million. More than 4,000 people have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence between the groups since the late 1980s. Elsewhere yesterday six people were injured when two bomb blasts hit a congested market in Pakistan's cultural capital Lahore, damaging two Internet cafes. The bombs detonated seconds apart in two different net cafes in the Gari Shahu and Begum Kot neighborhoods of the city. Rescue officials said one of the injured was in a critical condition. Lahore, capital of Punjab province and a city of eight million near Pakistan's border with India, has been increasingly subject to Taleban and Al-Qaeda-linked assaults. Bombs and attacks blamed on Taleban and AlQaeda-linked militants have killed more than 3,560 people across nuclear-armed Pakistan since government troops besieged a radical mosque in Islamabad in July 2007. Much of the violence has been concentrated in northwest Pakistan and the border areas with Afghanistan, where around 143,000 US and NATO troops are battling to turn around a nine-year war against Taleban insurgents. — AFP

Hindu gods can't trade in shares: Indian court MUMBAI: An Indian court has ruled that Hindu gods cannot deal in stocks and shares, reports said yesterday, after an application for trading accounts to be set up in their names. Two judges at the Bombay High Court on Friday rejected a petition from a private religious trust to open accounts in the names of five deities, including the revered elephant-headed god, Ganesha. "Trading in shares on the stock market requires certain skills and expertise and to expect this from deities would not be proper," judges P B Majumdar and Rajendra Sawant said, according to Indian newspapers. The trust, owned by the former royal family of Sangli, in western Maharashtra state, of

which Mumbai is the capital, brought the case after successfully securing income tax cards and savings accounts for the deities. But National Securities Depository Limited (NDSL) rejected the trust's application for permission to open trading accounts, arguing that it would be difficult to take action against the gods in the event of irregularities. "Gods and goddesses are meant to be worshipped in temples, not dragged into commercial activities like share trading," the judges said. Ganesha, also known as Lord Ganpati, is one of the most popular and well-known gods of the Hindu pantheon and is worshipped widely in Mumbai and Maharashtra. — AFP

Bangladesh battles male attitudes over sex crimes DHAKA: When Aleya Akhter turned down a proposal of marriage, her enraged suitor turned up at her family's Dhaka apartment, grabbed the Bangladeshi teenager, poured petrol on her and lit a match. Aleya, 18, sustained burns to 70 percent of her body and died after six days in intensive care, becoming one of dozens of teenage girls to be killed or have committed suicide in Bangladesh this year because of sexual harassment. "A huge fire ball engulfed her and she was screaming, running around and trying to put out the fire, but she couldn't-everything except her face was burned," said Aleya's aunt Rajia Begum, 40, who witnessed the attack. "The man started asking her to marry him in April, she was dead by May 26. She was scared of him-we all were. We didn't go

to the police at first as he warned us not to," she added. "When she told him she wouldn't marry him, he said 'I'll make sure you don't marry anyone else'". A string of teenage suicidesat least 22 this year, according to local rights group Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) -- and dozens of high-profile attacks on teenage girls have highlighted Bangladesh's sexual bullying problem. Eve-teasing-the south Asian term for sexual harassment-is an everyday reality in Bangladesh, but it also causes public outrage in a country that regards itself as more progressive than other Muslim nations such as Pakistan. "We recently have seen a lot of eve-teasing and teenagers committing suicide and the government is very aware of this,"

DHAKA: Bangladeshi burns attack victim Aleya Akhter is cared for at the burns unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Dhaka. Eighteen year old Aleya, sustained burns to 70 percent of her body and died after six days in intensive care, becoming one of dozens of teenage girls to be killed or have committed suicide in Bangladesh this year because of sexual harassment. — AFP

Bangladesh's Women and Children Affairs Minister Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said. Plainclothed policemen have been on patrol outside top girls' schools in Dhaka, and female police officers have gone undercover inside school grounds across the country-arresting more than 500 bullies so far this year. But experts say Bangladeshi teenage girls still have no real protection from bullies or stalkers, and that deep-rooted traditional attitudes mean violent crimes against women are easy to carry out and often go unpunished. "The family and society together blame girls if they're being harassed," said lawyer Nina Goswami, who works with local rights group ASK. "The family would tell the girl, 'you laugh too much'. They would tell her to lower her head when she's walking to school." "Some girls even chose suicide as they feel so unsafe. The parents don't listen to their daughters. Instead they accuse her of being responsible for the harassment," she said. Even if parents do listen, they may not be able to help, with ASK evidence pointing to men who try to intervene and prevent bullying often being attacked themselves. The father of one bullying victim committed suicide and another recently had a stroke-allegedly because he was terrified his daughter's suicide would be reported in newspapers, ASK said. Bangladesh, a Muslimmajority nation of 146 million, remains a deeply patriarchal society, and Women's Minister Chaudhury said the balance of responsibility between the genders had to change. —AFP

KABUL: Five NATO soldiers including two British and two Americans have died in Taleban-style bomb attacks in Afghanistan, NATO and British authorities said yesterday. One British and one American soldier were killed in two attacks yesterday while the other troopers died a day earlier, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Britain's defense ministry said. Another NATO soldier was killed in a separate attack yesterday, ISAF said, without giving the trooper's nationality. ISAF said the four other fatalities were the result of three separate attacks employing improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, the single biggest killer in the nearly nine year-old war. The British casualties included a marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines, who died in an explosion in the volatile Sangin district of southern Helmand province on Friday. The second soldier, from The Royal Dragoon Guards, died in a blast in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand yesterday, the ministry said. He was part of a patrol providing security to allow the construction of new roads and security bases, it said. The American casualties occurred in the south and east of the country, an ISAF spokesman said. US troops have been involved in a major offensive in eastern Kunar province, partnering with Afghan forces to reportedly take on insurgents massed near the Pakistani border. Little has been said officially about the progress of the operation, though ISAF has announced significant casualties from the region in recent

KUNDUZ: A pink balloon is fixed next to a self-propelled gun of the type "Panzerhaubitze 2000" at the German field camp in Kunduz on July 16, 2010, where German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (not in picture) was on visit. Guttenberg had warned Germans in June 2010 they were facing a "tough summer" in Afghanistan fighting the Taleban. — AFP weeks. Casualty figures for international troops in Afghanistan have spiked in the past two months, with 102 in June, the highest monthly toll since the war began soon after a US-led invasion toppled the Taleban regime in late 2001. A total of 375 foreign soldiers have lost their lives in conflict in Afghanistan since the start of this year, according to a tally by independent website. Some 320 British forces, personnel and civilians working for the MoD have now died in Afghanistan since 2001. Britain has around 10,000 troops in the country as

part of the international force fighting the Taleban. Britain's Ministry of Defense announced the latest British deaths in London yesterday. Their families have been informed, it said in a statement. Earlier this week, a renegade Afghan soldier killed three British troops on an army base in Helmand. British Prime Minister David Cameron said last month he wants the country's combat troops to withdraw from Afghanistan within five years, without fixing a precise timetable. ISAF also announced the capture of a Taleban activist

whom "intelligence indicated ... was involved in coordinating an attack in Kabul during the upcoming Kabul Conference," it said in a separate statement. The international conference is set for Tuesday and expected to be attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and representatives from more than 70 countries and international organizations. The force did not give details of the suspects or several others it said had been detained with him. NATO and the United States have close to 150,000 troops in the country, with 30,000

deployed to the southern Taleban heartland-Helmand and Kandahar provinces-since the beginning of this year. They are the crux of US President Barack Obama's counter-insurgency effort, which aims to take the fight to the Taleban in an bid to speed an end to the war as public opinion continues to turn against continued commitment. Obama has said he wants to start drawing down US troops by the middle of 2011, conditional on Afghanistan's own forces being trained to take on responsibility for the country's security. — AFP



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US intel spending: Value for money? By Bernd Debusmann


merica's spy agencies are spending more money on obtaining intelligence than the rest of the world put together. Considerably more. To what extent they are providing value for money is an open question. "Sometimes we are getting our money's worth," says John Pike, director of, a Washington think tank. "Sometimes I think it would be better to truck the money we spend to a large parking lot and set fire to it." The biggest post-Cold War miss of the sprawling intelligence community was its failure to connect the dots of separate warnings about the impending attack on New York and Washington on Sept 11, 2001. It also laid bare a persistent flaw in a system swamped by a tsunami of data collected through high-tech electronic means: not enough linguists to analyse information. That problem was thrown into sharp focus by the government's disclosure, long after Sept. 11, that it had a 123,000-hour backlog of preattack taped message traffic in Middle Eastern languages, clear evidence of a system drowning in its own information. The overall amount of money spent on the collection and analysis of intelligence as well as on covert actions and counter-intelligence by civilian agencies and the military was long shrouded in secrecy. It was disclosed last September by Dennis Blair, then President Barack Obama's director of national intelligence: $75 billion a year. No other country comes even close and no other country has as many people working in the intelligence industry - at least 200,000, counting private contractors. Russia and China lag behind. "Nobody is quite as ambitious as the United States because nobody is trying to project global power as much as the US," said Steven Aftergood, an expert on intelligence spending who heads the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy. There are few public estimates of its global size but a recent study by Christian Hippner for the Department of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania estimated global spending on intelligence at $106 billion a year and the number of people (working for 246 different agencies around the world) at 1.13 million. Put into context: The United States, with around five percent of the world's population and 23 percent of its economic output, accounts for almost two thirds of global spending on intelligence. This is more than at the height of the Cold War, when annual

spending, a closely held secret at the time, was estimated at around $15 billion a year in today's dollars. America's Soviet superpower rival roughly matched US spending, according to estimates at the time, and had more spies, counter-spies and analysts than the Americans. Oleg Kalugin, a former KGB general and head of foreign counter-intelligence, said in a radio interview this month the KGB had employed 496,000 people before the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. That vast shadow army did not keep the Soviet leadership from misreading American capabilities and intentions as badly as the Americans misread the Soviet Union, whose military might it consistently overestimated and whose disintegration took Washington by surprise. The KGB's successor, the SVR, made headlines reminiscent of the Cold War this month when US counterintelligence rolled up a ring of 10 Russian "illegals," deep-cover agents who posed as US residents or citizens. They were exchanged just 12 days after their arrest for four Russians serving jail sentences for spying for the United States. Tracking and arresting illegals who, by all accounts, broke basic rules of spy tradecraft, is one thing. Eliminating wanted terrorists is another. The FBI's "most wanted terrorists" poster lists 29 men, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri, his right-hand man and Al-Qaeda's chief ideologue. The two have $25 million bounties on their head, the rest $5 million each. The main lesson drawn from the Sept 11 mass murder was that the American intelligence community was too focused on dealing with the threat of nuclear or conventional attack from nation states and not enough on terrorist groups, despite attacks on US targets in the Middle East and Africa. The 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, flagged as the most significant reform since 1947, was supposed to get the balance right. It added a new post, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and yet another level of bureaucracy. Regular budget increases continued. Should one expect improved performance as a consequence of more money? In an analysis of the reform five years after it was enacted, the Congressional Research Service, the research arm of congress, cautioned against high expectations: "It should be remembered that intelligence analysis is an intellectual exercise; it is not possible to increase budgets by 50 percent and receive 50 percent better analysis in the next fiscal year." Or the year after? And the year after that? — Reuters

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Pakistan's slippery censorship slope By David A Andelman


hen it comes to determining what is appropriate for a free press to report and publish, government regulation by any name is censorship. And censorship, especially in a democracy, is a slippery slope indeed. This would appear to be the path the Pakistani government is tracing with its efforts to ban reporting of terrorist incidents and their consequences. The plan to ban coverage of terrorism in Pakistani media was put forward by politicians who think the broadcast coverage of the consequences of terrorism - especially in the volatile North West Frontier Province (NWFP) - is exaggerated and irresponsible. They also feel it sometimes portrays the government in a negative light. A measure has been introduced by a parliamentary committee banning such coverage, or indeed "anything defamatory against the organs of the State." The law, which is expected to come before the full parliament for debate later this summer, would require that violators be punished by fines of up to $117,000 or three years in prison. In my 40 years as a correspondent, editor and commentator reporting from more than 60 countries, I have encountered many governments' efforts to muzzle or regulate what media are reporting. Such actions have never served the interests or security of the people of the nation. The absence of a free and unfettered press is the first and most jarring indication that a country's democracy is in jeopardy. Indeed a potent media is quite often

the best and most effective check on unbridled government power that abuses or curbs personal liberties. There are several realities the government of Pakistan has failed to consider as it strives desperately to put a lid on the activities of extremists that threaten to overwhelm the nation and its security services. First is the issue that one individual's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. Any effort to define a terrorist risks alienating many of the very people the government desperately needs to win over if it is ever to regain control of the vast stretches of the nation becoming increasingly alienated from mainstream Pakistani society. Moreover, the absence of news is a vacuum quickly filled by rumour and innuendo. In this globally connected world, a host of other sources of information will quickly step into the breach. Would the government of Pakistan prefer that Qatar's Al Jazeera replace the news outlets Dawn, Indus or Geo - each Pakistani owned and operated? Or for that matter should the BBC, Voice of America or CNN, Deutsche Welle, France 24, Russia Today or Xinhua TV become the main go-to source for news for Pakistanis? A host of private radios and Internet operations outside Islamabad's control would inevitably begin beaming their own version of events into the most volatile regions, especially the NWFP. Such vehicles may themselves be controlled by the very insurgents and extremists that the government is so anxious to prevent its people from embracing. As a compromise to head off out-

right government oversight of their reportage, Pakistan's eight principal television networks have proposed a regime of self-censorship - which is likely to produce similar results. However, trust between the media and

their audiences is perhaps the most critical issue facing news media today, and it cannot be strengthened by censorship. Facts, however difficult to accept, however emotionally stirring, inevitably prevail.

NOTE: David A Andelman is Editor of World Policy Journal, the author of A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today, President-Designate of the Overseas Press Club of America and a UN Global Expert — CGNews

IPBES to put value on planet By Gerard Wynn


he world relies on a range of services nature provides water filtration by forests, pollination by bees and a supply of wild plant genes for new food crops or medicines. If nature charged for these, how much would it cost? Most such values are excluded from measures of national economies and from prices and markets which would force businesses and governments to recognise them, and the result has been a bias towards development over conservation. UN states have proposed a new body, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), to advise on valuing nature and conservation targets. An early priority should be measurement, said Pavan Sukhdev, study leader for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) UN initiative, which published a business and biodiversity report this week. "For a country to say 'let's increase biodiversity', it's quite difficult because it's not measuring biodiversity," Sukhdev said. "That is a big challenge for the IPBES, to create a right set of metrics. The logical sequence is first establish what is biodiversity, what are you measuring, agree on it, so that countries are doing it pretty much the same way." The UN General Assembly is expected officially to endorse IPBES later this year. "It's bringing the world's best scientists together under an inter-governmental body, so governments can commission specific questions to that body, to provide them with guidance," said Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program. In a further political step, on the agenda at a U.N. meeting in October in Japan is an "access and benefit-sharing" regime for countries which are home to plants and other species valued by agriculture or the

pharmaceutical industry. The idea is to give such countries a share of profits from product development. "It has major implications for the economic benefit of conserving biodiversity," said Steiner. Damage to natural capital including forests, wetlands and grasslands is valued at $2-4.5 trillion annually, UN reports estimate, a figure excluded from measures of the global economy, or GDP. Of 48,000 species assessed for extinction risk as of 2009, some 2 percent were already extinct or extinct in the wild, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Part of the difficulty in recognising nature is the problem of assessing its various services using economic markets. In the fight against climate change, a pure market approach has been devised to put a value on carbon-free air in the European Union's emissions trading scheme, by generating tradable carbon permits. While some of nature's services could be similarly traded as commodities, such as proposed "rainforest bonds" which would pay for forests' wildlife, fresh water and carbon storage, most biodiversity cannot be valued or traded directly. "We should probably be thinking about biodiversity less like the carbon market and more like a real estate market, these are very distinctive, unique assets, they can be graded and valued but they're not interchangeable," said Joshua Bishop, chief economist at the IUCN. "It's not a commodity like carbon dioxide." Less direct, private sector opportunities indirectly tied to conservation are booming, such as eco-tourism and organic food, UNEP argued this week in its business and biodiversity report. And forest markets were still on track, said Sukhdev, pointing to a deal to raise about $4 billion to pay tropical forested countries not to chop their trees. "It is complex but at the same time I think there is a huge willingness," said Sukhdev. "It will take time." — Reuters

World Cup success could hamper S Africa's Zuma By Peroshni Govender


outh Africa's success in hosting the soccer World Cup has made life more difficult for President Jacob Zuma by raising expectations his government can meet a series of unfulfilled promises in the same bold fashion. After his government has shown it can deliver all that was needed to host the month-long sporting event, the public now wants Zuma to show the same resolve in dealing with the problems that have lingered since the end of apartheid 16 years ago unemployment, poverty and a woeful education system. Zuma now faces a crucial election for local posts across the country in the first half of next year that could determine the fate of the remainder of his term in office that ends in 2014. If he does not deliver on policies that win votes for the the ruling ANC, and seats for his supporters in the fractious party, Zuma could find himself being pushed to lame duck status as ANC rivals jockey for position to take over. "The bar has been set very, very high. South Africa will be correct to demand the same South Africa we have seen in the past four weeks and nothing less," Zwelinzima Vavi, leader of the state's top labour group COSATU, told reporters on Wednesday. Vavi, a powerful labour

leader seen as a possible contender to replace Zuma, fired a shot across the bow of the president by saying: "We demand

that the government leads from the front." "We want to see that same political will and vigour now translated into serious ser-

vice delivery in our townships, in the poorest of the poor areas." During the Cup, Zuma hobnobbed with world leaders and

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (left) and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma walk prior to the 2010 FIFA football World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. – AFP

movie stars in stadium VIP boxes that provided a respite from troubles that included riots in shantytowns by mobs angered that his government had not provided electricity, running water and paved roads. But a harsh reality awaits, analysts said. "With South Africa's economic recovery fragile, party infighting and popular discontent running high, the government will have no time to rest on World Cup laurels," said Anne Fruhauf, Eurasia Group's Africa analyst. "We are far less optimistic that the government will apply the same dynamism and resolve it brought to the World Cup to the handling of urgent socio-economic troubles." NGOs are demanding a World Cup-like focus on the HIV/AIDS scourge that has devastated the country. Educators are expecting a World Cup-like effort to build adequate schools. One of the government's most pressing needs will be job creation in a country with a 25 percent unemployment rate. Of the 130,000 jobs created during the World Cup, most have been terminated, swelling the ranks of the 900,000 who became jobless during the global economic downturn that hurt Africa's biggest economy as demand decreased for its commodity exports. Zuma will likely find little relief from organised labour,

which helped him to the presidency but threatened to undermine South Africa's hosting of the Cup with strikes unless it received wage rises well above the inflation rate. Strikes are still expected in the wake of the Cup as 14 unions representing 1.3 million workers in the public sector have rejected a 6.5 percent wage increase and threatened to walk off their jobs next week.. There are likely even more troubles in store in the private sector as the country enters its annual mid-year "strike season", during which wages are negotiated. Officials at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) have indicated they will turn up the heat, demanding more influence over economic policy and better pay for workers. COSATU has also planned nationwide industrial action over electricity prices, which are being raised by about 25 percent a year over the next three years. In one of their most serious fall-outs of the decades-old alliance that freed South Africans from apartheid, COSATU and the ANC are at odds over Zuma's approach to corruption within the alliance and his cabinet. "Zuma's biggest problem is the uncontained voracious plundering of state resources by politically connected elements, said independent analyst Nic Borain. — Reuters


Sunday, July 18, 2010


Iran bombs send rebels' message of survival A By William Maclean

n Iranian rebel group has sent Tehran a defiant message of survival after the execution of its leader, carrying out a deadly double bombing that is likely to deepen strains in a region already unsettled by the Afghan war. Although small, the ethnic Baluch insurgent group Jundollah draws international attention as it is active on the borders between Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, a destabilised region of sectarian tensions, banditry and drug trafficking that poses security risks for all three neighbours. The group is also periodically a factor in Iran's stormy ties to the United States, most recently strained by the mystery of an Iranian nuclear scientist who reappeared in Iran saying he had been kidnapped by the CIA, a charge Washington dismissed. Iranian officials have often said Jundollah is a tool of US intelligence another accusation denied by Washington - in an apparent attempt to show to a domestic audience that Washington has sought to destabilise the government. Jundollah claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks that killed at least 28 people including several Revolutionary Guards on Thursday, said they were retaliation for Iran's execution of its leader

Bloodied victims lie outside the Jameh mosque in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan on Friday. – AP Abdolmalek Rigi. In an email to Al Arabiya television, the group warned of more attacks to come. Analysts said the strike at a Shiite mosque was evidence the group retained an ability to strike in its home southeast region despite the loss of Rigi, seen by some as a hands-on leader with a prominent role in planning past attacks. The attack was also in line with an increasingly frequent use by the

group of the suicide tactics associated with hardline Islamist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the analysts said. Opposition secular activist Mehrdad Khonsari said Rigi's death appeared to have "lifted any restraint on what's left of Jundollah from showing it can reassemble itself and reengage". "They are very bitter." The strike was "almost inevitable" after Rigi's execution, said Henry

Wilkinson of the Janusian Security advisory group. "Most of the indications are that Jundollah remains a relatively small group, but one that has evolved as a threat." Jundollah has said it is fighting for the rights of Iran's Sunni Muslim minority, and the Baluch ethnic minority, but has denied harbouring any separatist or radical sectarian agenda. Iran rejects allegations by rights groups that it discriminates against ethnic and religious minorities. Iran says the group has links to Sunni Islamist Al-Qaeda, and accuses Pakistan, Britain and the United States of backing Jundollah to create instability in southeast Iran, where many Sunni minority live. The three countries deny the claim. However some analysts say there are signs that group has evolved through shifting links with various parties, including the Taleban, drug smuggling networks and Pakistani intelligence, each of whom saw the group as a tool for their own ends. Wilkinson said that despite what he called Jundollah's ethno-nationalist orientation, over the past year there had been signs that it had assimilated "practices from jihadist and sectarian elements in the Iran-AfghanistanPakistan region". This shift correlated with an increase in Jundollah's violent activity, he said, citing attacks in

2008 and 2009. But Wilkinson said he suspected its adoption of suicide tactics and ideals was driven largely by pragmatism. "Like many terrorist groups, Jundollah needs to innovate to remain viable, visible and relevant," he said. Analysts say the group's future survival was likely to rest on several longstanding pillars of support. These were revenue from drug smuggling, support from some Baluchs in southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province as well as from some Baluch businessmen elsewhere in Iran, and an apparent ability to continue to obtain safe haven in Pakistan. Sajjan Gohel of the Asia Pacific Foundation think tank said the group's resources "were not confined to one place" as its members appeared able to operate across the Pakistan border. Iranian authorities seemed to have assumed that the group was the creature of Rigi's family, Gohel said, but it evidently enjoyed wider support, and his execution had not affected the group's desire to attack the government in any way. "I think they will survive," he said, adding longstanding poverty and socio-economic deprivation would continue to fuel resentment of Tehran among local people in Sistan-Baluchistan that Jundollah would be able to exploit for recruitment. — Reuters

New Colombian leader faces diplomatic minefield By Hugh Bronstein


utgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's latest jab against neighbor Venezuela over leftist rebels is laying a diplomatic minefield for his successor Juan Manuel Santos, who takes office next month. Santos, set to be sworn in as Colombia's head of state on Aug 7, shares the same conservative policies as Uribe, but wants to smooth relations with Uribe's long-time adversary, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez. In its latest anti-Chavez broadside, Uribe's government on Thursday said it had proof of "continued and permanent tolerance" shown by Venezuela toward Colombian guerrillas who Bogota says were hiding in Venezuelan territory. Venezuela on Friday angrily rejected the charges and recalled its ambassador for consultations, calling the allegations an attempt to sabotage ongoing efforts to mend ties as Santos prepared

to come in as president. "Santos wants to normalize relations with Venezuela and Uribe does not want him to," said Bogota-based political analyst Ricardo Avila. "There is genuine tension between them over this issue right now. Until he leaves office on Aug. 7 you can expect Uribe to keep firing away at Chavez while Santos tries to tone down the rhetoric and look for conciliation," Avila said. Relations between conservative Uribe and leftwing populist Chavez have broken down over the last year, with the two charismatic politicians hurling accusations at each other. Santos, a former defense minister, has called however for dialogue with Colombia's neighbors. He is known as a pragmatist who wants to use diplomacy to pressure Venezuela into cracking down on rebel commanders who Colombian intelligence sources say are camped out in Venezuela's jungles. He is also keen to speed up

Colombia's economic recovery by getting trade back on track with Venezuela. There was more than $7 billion in cross-border commerce last year when Chavez cut off bilateral trade. Departing President Uribe has based his political career on fighting the leftist rebels who killed his father in a botched kidnapping attempt decades ago. "It is evident that President Uribe is uncomfortable with the decisions that Juan Manuel Santos is making," said Colombian analyst Claudia Lopez. "What we are seeing is a president who is not at all ready to be an ex-president." Uribe also recently blasted the foreign policy of another neighbor, Ecuador, as "dumb" after the courts in that country issued arrest orders for Santos and a top Colombian military chief for their roles in the 2008 bombing by Colombian forces of a rebel camp in Ecuadorean territory. Santos appears to prefer a more diplomatic style. "If there's no dialogue, how can

we resolve these problems?" he said at a conference on Thursday. Uribe's government backed a constitutional amendment that would have allowed him to run for a third four-year term in a last-ditch attempt to crush Colombia's decades-old insurgency. But the proposed amendment was struck down by the courts, clearing the way for Santos to win the presidency on promises of sticking to Uribe's basic policy framework. Both are close to the United States and their marketfriendly stance is appreciated by investors who have been spooked out of Venezuela and other Latin American countries such as Ecuador that have elected leftist rulers. Last year, Chavez halted trade with Colombia to protest a deal between Washington and Bogota that allowed the United States to use Colombian air bases for antidrug missions. Chavez says the deal could set the stage for an invasion of his oil-rich country. Uribe, popular for making

Sarko mid-term blues drive him to the right By Paul Taylor


t has been a rotten month for French President Nicolas Sarkozy. A furore over alleged illegal political donations and tax evasion by France's richest woman has dogged his government, forcing him to explain himself on television. Two junior ministers have quit over separate expenses scandals after having charged thousands of cigars and a private jet to the taxpayer. Sarkozy's approval rating has hit all-time lows, and his centre-right UMP party has lost an ultra-safe parliamentary seat in a by-election, highlighting popular anger at the scandals and an unpopular planned pension reform. Yet paradoxically, growing unpopularity and scandal make Sarkozy more likely to stick to plans to reform pensions and cut public spending than to change course, analysts say. "Clearly, his record unpopularity is more than just midterm blues," said Celine Bracq of the BVA polling institute. "He is the most unpopular president in the 30 years since we began polling." But Sarkozy retains a solid power base on the right, faces no credible challenger in his own party and has time to recover before the 2012 presidential election provided he shores up his core support. "Given his current unpopularity, it's his own grassroots supporters and those who expected him to carry out reforms who risk deserting him. So it's really in his interest to go all the way with the pensions reform," Bracq said. That explains why the president warned trade unions this week that demonstrations set for September against his plan to raise the retirement age to 62 from 60 and make people work longer for a pension would have no influence on the legislation. The furore over the suspected cash donations to conservative politicians by L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt seems bound to fuel those protests. But opinion polls show that while a majority of voters think the reform is unfair, most agree on the need to overhaul the pay-as-you-go pension system, which is in chronic deficit. The president failed to convince a majority of viewers, notably on the scandals, with his 75-minute television interview, but his comeback strategy was clearly on display. Sarkozy is counting on his presidency of the Group of 20 major economies for 12 months from November to swathe him in a mantle of global leadership, reminding voters of his energetic action at the peak of the financial crisis in 2008. To rally the faithful, he

promised initiatives in the coming months for farmers, doctors and the elderly - three core conservative voter groups - and tougher measures to fight delinquency and school absenteeism in high-rise suburbs. And he highlighted the left-right divide by attacking the opposition Socialists for overloading the economy with a 35-hour work week, retirement at 60 and a high tax burden. The next stage in cementing his power base is likely to come with a government reshuffle Sarkozy promised for October, but which may be brought forward to late August if the scandals make ministers' positions untenable. Political sources expect Sarkozy to jettison cabinet members lured from the left, such as Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, and bring back conservative heavyweights, possibly including ex-prime ministers Alain Juppe and Jean-Pierre Raffarin. On the opposition side, Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry,

the architect of the 35-hour week, has been cementing her grip on the party and positioning herself as a credible presidential candidate with broad support across the left. That makes it less likely that International Monetary Fund chief Dominique StraussKahn, the centre-left favourite in opinion polls, will return to France to run for president. Strauss-Kahn has the aura of a statesman with economic competence and has had a good financial crisis. He visits France often, maintains a high media profile and is keeping his options open. But he has little power base in the Socialist Party and many left-wing voters do not see him as a man of the left. The nightmare scenario haunting some members of the ruling centre-right UMP party is that Sarkozy might not get into the second round of the 2012 election. In this screenplay, known in political jargon as a "reverse April 21", the runoff would be between a Socialist, probably Aubry, and rising far-right National Front star Marine Le Pen. That would mirror what happened in 2002, when Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin failed to make the cut, leaving a runoff between conservative President Jacques Chirac and National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine's father. Such fears were fanned when the government lost an ultra-safe parliamentary seat to the left in a by-election southwest of Paris on a very low turnout last Sunday. The National Front, severely squeezed by Sarkozy in 2007, has regained some support due to the economic crisis, with unemployment at 10 percent, and the scandals, which feed its depiction of a "corrupt" political establishment. Marine Le Pen is a more modern, mainstream leader than her father, tainted by comments on the Holocaust and immigrants. But pollsters dismiss the "reverse April 21" scenario as highly unlikely. Even in this year's regional elections, when the Socialists won all but one of 22 metropolitan regions, the UMP polled level with the Socialist party in the first round. Furthermore, Sarkozy, a charismatic campaigner, has a tight grip on his party and all the advantages of incumbency. Brice Teinturier of the SOFRES polling agency notes that other European leaders struggling with the economic crisis are also unpopular. "Only a presidential campaign with a confrontation and a new contract (with voters) will enable him to change things," he told Le Nouvel Observateur magazine. — Reuters

Colombia's cities and highways safer, has been a key impediment to Chavez's goal of advancing a region-wide socialist "revolution" inspired by communistruled Cuba, a key ally of the Venezuelan leader. "Uribe has three more weeks in office and he's not going to go quietly," said Daniel Coronell, a columnist for Semana magazine who is often critical of the outgoing president. "Remember that Uribe wanted to stay in office another four years," Coronell said. "He's not happy about losing power." For the moment, it appears that Chavez's government is prepared to blame the latest tensions squarely on the departing Uribe, and give some benefit of the doubt to Santos. "We don't want a conflict with anyone ... we'll see with the new president in Colombia, by his fruits he shall be known," Chavez said this week. He said he did not know whether he would attend Santos' swearing-in next month. — Reuters


N Korea testing US 'strategic' patience By Shaun Tandon


ith North Korea thumbing its nose at the response to the sinking of a warship, the United States is left wondering how long to keep up its policy of studied coolness toward the communist state. The UN Security Council last week condemned the sinking of South Korea's Cheonan vessel, which killed 46 people. But it stopped short of blaming North Korea, which claimed a diplomatic victory and demanded Thursday that the United States prove Pyongyang's involvement in the March incident. The United States has responded to the Korean peninsula's deadliest incident in decades by standing firmly behind South Korea. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates are expected next week in Seoul to announce joint naval exercises, despite objections by China. But the longer-term US policy toward the North is less clear. Before the Cheonan's sinking, Clinton described a US stance of "strategic patience" - waiting for Pyongyang to come forward rather than hastily offering incentives. "How to move forward, and when, are all questions that lots of people are thinking about," said Bonnie Glaser, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington thinktank. "There's a recognition that, based on past patterns and practice, the longer there is a lack of dialogue and interaction, the greater the likelihood for North Korean brinkmanship and provocative action," Glaser said. "But there's also the risk of getting back prematurely and sending a signal to North Korea that provocative action leads us to re-engage with

them," she said. North Korea has offered to return to six-nation disarmament talks - which involve China, Japan, the two Koreas, Russia and the United States. It had stormed out last year before carrying out its second nuclear test. The United States ruled out talks in the wake of the Cheonan sinking. It has since said that North Korea must respect a six-way deal in which it agreed to give up its nuclear program in return for security guarantees and aid. Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs, said Thursday that the United States was willing to sit down with North Korea "under the right circumstances" but did not want to "talk for talking's sake". Some North Korea watchers say that the United States needs to be more forwardlooking and find ways to reach out to ordinary people in the isolated nation. "There seems to be no exit strategy beyond measures taken in response to the Cheonan incident," said Karin J Lee, executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, which supports US engagement with Pyongyang. She said that the United States and South Korea set "very high expectations" for UN Security Council action, even though veto-wielding China had consistently shown reluctance to pressure North Korea over the Cheonan. "The problem with setting the bar so high that it can't be reached is then the public is disappointed with the outcome," she said. China is the main diplomatic and political backer of North Korea. It is widely seen as supportive of the status quo, fearing that a collapse of Kim Jong-Il's regime could trigger a flood of refugees and bring a US-allied unified Korea to its doorstep. — AFP



Sunday, July 18, 2010

DALIAN, China: Firefighters walk near flames towering from a pipeline explosion at a port in northern China’s Liaoning province yesterday. — AP

China oil pipeline explodes BEIJING: An oil pipeline exploded at a busy Chinese port, sparking a massive fire that burned for 15 hours before it was finally extinguished yesterday. Officials said no one was killed and set their sights on the cleanup, with a dark, brown slick floating on the sea. State-run media said the pipeline blew up Friday evening, and the blaze raged among tanks at the port in the northern city of Dalian. More than 2,000 firefighters worked overnight to control flames that shot 30 m into the air. The cause of the blast was not clear. The Xinhua News Agency said it happened while a Liberian tanker was unloading oil at the port. It said the tanker left safely. A

vast stretch of polluted sea remains the next challenge. About 20 boats were trying to clean up a slick of oil and pollution covering a 50-sq-km swath off Dalian’s Xingang Harbor, Xinhua said. Dalian’s downtown was thick with smog, and environmental protection officials told China National Radio that the scene remained unsafe because of chemicals in the air. China National Radio said officials were considering the evacuation of about 600 homes nearby. The pipelines are owned by China National Petroleum Corp, which is Asia’s biggest oil and gas producer by volume. The state-owned company did not immediately comment. Phones at its

Beijing headquarters rang unanswered, and while the company website showed updates Saturday, there was no mention of the fire. Dalian’s secretary-general, Xu Guochen, told a news conference yesterday morning that firefighters had turned off valves on all oil tanks at the site. Xu said the flames gave off gas containing sulfur and aromatic hydrocarbon that were not fatally toxic, Xinhua reported. Xu did not take questions. Telephones at the offices of the Dalian city government, the city’s Communist Party propaganda department and the city firefighting team rang unanswered. — AP

US labels Awlaki as Yemen Qaeda chief Continued from Page 1 transactions with Al-Awlaki, 39. The Obama administration in April authorized operations to capture or kill Al-Awlaki, who has been described by some US officials as America’s top terrorist threat. The Treasury said in a statement that AlAwlaki has pledged an oath of loyalty to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and has recruited individuals to join the group. He also has facilitated training at camps in Yemen to support acts of terrorism and “helped focus AQAP’s attention on planning attacks on

US interests,” the statement said. The Treasury said New Mexico-born Al-Awlaki provided instructions to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, accused of trying to detonate a bomb on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Dec 25. After receiving instructions, Abdulmutallab obtained the explosive device he used in the failed attack, the Treasury said. “Anwar Al-Awlaki has proven that he is extraordinarily dangerous, committed to carrying out deadly attacks on Americans and others worldwide,” Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Stuart

Levey said in a statement. “He has involved himself in every aspect of the supply chain of terrorism fundraising for terrorist groups, recruiting and training operatives, and planning and ordering attacks on innocents.” A US Treasury official said Al-Awlaki is the fourth person with a US passport or Social Security number to receive such a terrorist designation since the executive order was put in place during the George W Bush administration in 2001, shortly after the Sept 11 attacks. The others were blacklisted in 2001 and 2003. — Reuters

Jobs says iPhone issues overblown, offers cases Continued from Page 1 been referred to as the “death grip”. Jobs said Apple will provide free rubber bumpers that surround the sides of the phone and refund buyers who have already purchased the cases. Some users have said the cases, which cost 29 dollars, remedy the reception problems that have given a company priding itself on the quality of its products a rare dose of negative publicity. Jobs, who promised a full refund to unsatisfied customers, appeared to have satisfied investors and analysts. Apple shares were up slightly in after-hours electronic trading after losing 0.62 percent in New York on Friday to close at $249.90. “I don’t think they’ve had a lot of serious product issues over the years,” Gartner research vice president Mike McGuire told AFP. “From a consumer perspective, they’ve now told me how this is going to be dealt with. And they even said if I’m really still unhappy, I can return it... You can’t ask for much more than that. Somebody’s always going to complain that they should have done it sooner,” McGuire added, “but they said ‘Hey, let’s go check it out first and get some information.’” Jobs said the iPhone 4 had received the highest customer satisfaction ever for an iPhone, describing it as “perhaps the best product we’ve ever made”. “People seem to like it,” he said, adding that Apple has sold

more than three million iPhone 4s since it hit stores three weeks ago. Jobs showed a video of smartphones from Blackberry maker Research in Motion, Taiwan’s HTC and South Korea’s Samsung in a bid to demonstrate that all devices lose signal strength when gripped in a certain way. “It’s certainly not unique to the iPhone 4,” he said. “Every smartphone has this issue. Smartphones have weak spots.” Jobs said only 0.55 percent of iPhone 4 buyers had called Apple hotlines to complain about antenna or reception issues and only 1.7 percent of US buyers had returned their iPhone 4 to carrier AT&T. He issued an apology to “customers that are having problems” but said he would not apologize to investors who bought Apple stock recently and saw it drop. Apple initially responded to signal strength criticism by telling owners of its latest generation iPhone to be mindful of how they hold the handsets. That failed to quiet the complaints, however, and Apple was forced to address the issue after Consumer Reports, the influential product review magazine, said it could not recommend the iPhone 4 because of signal loss problems it blamed on a design flaw. Jobs said Apple was “stunned and embarrassed” by the Consumer Reports review. Apple has sold more than 50 million iPhones since the device made its debut in 2007 and Jobs said the iPhone 4 was its best-selling

model of all time. The iPhone 4 notably features a higher resolution screen and “FaceTime,” which uses a forward facing camera to enable video chat. No phone owner wants a gadget that doesn’t work. But many people who have bought an iPhone 4 or are considering one seem willing to forgive the antenna problem because they like its other features so much. “It’s not really my concern because I hardly make calls,” said Ross Beck, a 22-year-old student in Seattle. “Honestly, it doesn’t faze me. I know Apple and I know they fix their mistakes.” Helen Ferszt walked out of Apple’s flagship store in New York City on Thursday after ordering the iPhone 4, her third model, despite having heard of the reception problems. “I love the iPhone,” said the 78-yearold psychotherapist from New York. But she added that Apple needs to do better than giving away a free case. “No, I want it to be fixed,” she said. “They can’t just hang us out to dry.” Some shoppers who were interviewed by Reuters at the Apple store in New York were not impressed by the offer of a free case. “I probably wouldn’t buy one still. It’s expensive and the calling plan is restricted, and now the case is restricted,” said one shopper, Nathaniel Johnson. Another shopper, Jason Slab, said, “The fix doesn’t make much sense; it just seems cheap.” — Agencies

Riots hit French city after police kill man Continued from Page 1 bats and iron bars attacked a tram in Boudouda’s La Villeneuve district and forced the passengers to get out. Police intervened to protect the passengers, and the youths began torching vehicles and attacking police who responded with tear gas. At around 2:30 am (0030 GMT), a youth emerged at the front of the rioters and fired a shot at police, who returned fire four times, police spokeswoman Brigette Jullien told AFP. Nobody was injured in the riots, said police, who arrested two men aged 18 and 20 for setting fire to vehicles and three more for attempted looting of shops. By yesterday afternoon, while the neighbourhood appeared calm, Hortefeux, with a horde of media in tow, made a lightning 15minute tour of La Villeneuve and promised quick action by the authorities. “When I say quick, I mean immediately,

that’s how we are going to re-establish public order and the authority of the State,” he told an instant press briefing outside the police headquarters. “I’ve asked the prefect to use all means to secure the neighbourhood... for now and for as much time as necessary for calm to return,” he said, adding: “There is a simple and clear reality in this country: there’s no future for hoodlums and delinquents because in the end the public authority always wins.” Some local residents listening to the interior minister, who also promised to crack down on drug and arms trafficking, were not totally reassured. “I don’t know what to think” of his visit, a florist in the neighbourhood told AFP. “On the one hand it’s reassuring, on the other it can only stir up the hatred of some people,” he said, adding that he wanted to empty his florist shop in case there were more incidents. “The minister’s visit only risks aggravating the situation,” said another resident who

also asked not to be named. According to police union SGP-FO, violence has been on the rise in recent months in Grenoble. “Police are at breaking point,” said regional union chief Daniel Chomette, who called for reinforcements. The casino at Uriage-les-Bains was the third to be attacked in southeastern France and Switzerland since late March. An alleged accomplice of Boudouda escaped during the shootout and is still on the run. Police found between €20,000 and €40,000 ($25,000-$50,000) in the back of the getaway car. Prosecutor Jean Philippe said the police had acted in legitimate self-defence when they were fired on at least three times after a car chase which ended in La Villeneuve. The police fired back, hitting Boudouda in the head, he said. An autopsy was to be carried out yesterday on Boudouda, who had three convictions for armed robbery. — AFP

Iran blames West, Israel over attacks Continued from Page 1 leader Abdolmalek Rigi on June 20. Jundallah claims it is fighting for the rights of Baluchis who make up a significant proportion of the population of Sistan-Baluchestan province and who, unlike Iran’s Shiite majority, mainly follow the Sunni branch of Islam. The province borders Afghanistan and Pakistan and analysts says Jundallah has exploited the unrest in the region to find safe haven on the frontier. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani directly accused the United States for the bombings. “Today, the country is mourning the tragic explosion in Zahedan which was done with the backing of Americans. Americans can’t come up with any excuse since they are connected with the Rigi group,” he said, quoted on the website. Crowds of mourners gathered outside Zahedan’s Jamia mosque, where the bombers struck, to take part in a mass funeral for the victims

of the attacks. “Those who committed these terrorist acts are neither Shiite nor Sunni,” read one banner carried by the mourners, while crowds chanted: “Death to terrorists,” the official IRNA news agency reported. Six “criminals” were killed on Friday in three different incidents which occurred in the border areas of SistanBaluchestan, Iran’s deputy police chief Ahmad Reza Radan told ISNA news agency. He said clashes broke out as security forces blocked various roads in the province but he did not specify if the six were connected to Thursday’s bombings. The deputy police chief also said that police had arrested 40 people in Zahedan for “creating disturbances” in the city after the bombings. Tehran has long charged that Washington has provided support to the Rigi group as part of efforts to destabilise the Islamic regime by fomenting unrest among ethnic minorities in sensitive bor-

der areas. US President Barack Obama condemned the “outrageous terrorist attacks”, while UN chief Ban Ki-moon blasted a “senseless act of terrorism” and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said they were “cowardly” attacks. Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar pointed the finger at Israel, Iran’s arch-foe. “The terrorist act by the Zionists had a number of objectives, including creating division between Shiites and Sunnis,” the ISNA news agency quoted Najjar as saying. He said Iran’s security and intelligence services now had “a grip on the situation”. But MP Abbas Ali Noora from SistanBaluchestan resigned in protest at the handling of security in the province, saying such an attack was expected after the execution of Rigi. “The culture of this region is of revenge. After Rigi’s execution, we had warned that this group would retaliate,” he told ILNA news agency. — AFP

Kolkata landmark threatened by spit Continued from Page 1 require closing the bridge for repairs,” Mehra told AFP. According to experts, the ingredients in paan can combine into a highly corrosive compound that is capable of breaking down steel. “The accumulation of spit laced with this compound can have an acid-like effect on steel and gradually eat into the structure,” said Chandranath Bhattacharya, director of Kolkata’s Central Forensic Science Laboratory. Constructed during the final decade of British colonial rule, Howrah Bridge was opened to traffic in Feb 1943. At 705 m long - it can expand by as much as one

metre during the heat of a summer’s day the iconic structure serves as the gateway to Kolkata, linking the city with Howrah Station, one of the world’s busiest railway hubs. The bridge has comfortably weathered the intense storms that are often whipped up in the Bay of Bengal area and in 2005 survived being rammed by a 1,000-tonne cargo vessel. But the tannin-rich, half-chewed mixture of betel and slaked lime is proving a more formidable challenge. Kolkata police chief Gautam Mohon Chakraborty says his men fine dozens of people every day for spitting on the bridge’s hoods and railings. “But with nearly half-a-million people passing across every day, it’s just not

possible for the police to stop the nuisance completely,” Chakraborty said. “What we really need is a campaign to educate people about the importance of the bridge and the damaging effect of spitting,” he added. Paan-chewing is prevalent across South Asia and in India the habit has a history of several thousand years. As well as discolouring the teeth and gums, regular intake of paan - particularly if it includes tobacco - heightens the risk of mouth and stomach cancer. Despite the health threat, it remains enormously popular. So much so that in 2007, the state-owned company Hindustan Latex brought out a brand of paan-flavoured condoms. — AFP


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MLB results/standings Major League Baseball results and standings on Friday. Chicago Cubs 4, Philadelphia 3; Toronto 4, Baltimore 2; NY Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4; Cleveland 8, Detroit 2; Houston 5, Pittsburgh 2; Texas 8, Boston 4; Washington 4, Florida 0; Cincinnati 3, Colorado 2; Milwaukee 9, Atlanta 3; Oakland 5, Kansas City 1; Minnesota 7, Chicago White Sox 4; St. Louis 8, LA Dodgers 4; San Diego 12, Arizona 1; LA Angels 3, Seattle 2; San Francisco 1, NY Mets 0. American L eague Eastern Division W L PCT GB NY Yankees 57 32 .640 Tampa Bay 54 35 .607 3 Boston 51 39 .567 6.5 Toronto 45 45 .500 12.5 Baltimore 29 60 .326 28 Central Division Chicago White Sox 50 39 Detroit 48 39 Minnesota 47 43 Kansas City 39 50 Cleveland 35 54

.562 .552 .522 .438 .393

1 3.5 11 15

Texas LA Angels Oakland Seattle

Western Division 52 38 49 44 44 46 35 55

.578 .527 .489 .389

4.5 8 17

Atlanta NY Mets Philadelphia Florida Washington

National League Eastern Division 53 37 48 42 47 42 42 47 40 50

.589 .533 .528 .472 .444

5 5.5 10.5 13

Cincinnati St. Louis Chicago Cubs Milwaukee Houston Pittsburgh

Central Division 50 41 49 41 41 50 41 50 37 53 30 59

.549 .544 .451 .451 .411 .337

.5 9 9 12.5 19

San Diego Colorado LA Dodgers San Francisco Arizona

Western Division 52 37 49 40 49 41 49 41 34 56

.584 .551 .544 .544 .378

3 3.5 3.5 18.5

KANSAS CITY: Royals second baseman Mike Aviles (30) looks to first after forcing out Oakland Athletics’ Daric Barton (10) on a ball hit by Kurt Suzuki, who was safe at first during the first inning of a baseball game.—AP

Fitting tribute to Steinbrenner: Yanks win NEW YORK: Nick Swisher’s game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning gave New York a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday and capped an emotional night that saw the Yankees pay tribute to late owner George Steinbrenner and former public address announcer Bob Sheppard. Swisher hit a tying home run in the eighth, then lined a single that sent Curtis Granderson sliding home for the victory in a matchup of the teams with the best records in baseball. The Yankees streamed from the dugout to celebrate, and Swisher wound up way out in right field, surrounded by jumping teammates. The joyful ending was in sharp contrast to earlier events that honored Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday, two days after the passing of Sheppard. A 15-minute pregame tribute included a 2-minute moment of absolute silence. Not a single fan shouted out, and the only sounds were the flags flapping at half-staff and a passing subway train. Granderson opened the bottom of the ninth with a single against Randy Choate (23). Ramiro Pena sacrificed, Brett Gardner walked and Derek Jeter struck out. Swisher lined a single and Granderson beat right fielder Gabe Kapler’s throw. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada hit consecutive home runs

off James Shields in the sixth to tie it at 3.

Rangers 8, Red Sox 4 At Boston, Bengie Molina hit for the cycle with a grand slam and triple in his last two at-bats as Texas came up with another big inning in a victory over Boston. Molina’s slam came in a five-run fifth inning and gave Texas a 7-3 lead. One night earlier, he capped a six-run first inning with a two-run homer and the Rangers went on to a 7-2 win. The slow-footed catcher, obtained from San Francisco on July 1 to shore up a team weakness, lumbered into third base with a leadoff drive over the head of center fielder Eric Patterson and smiled at teammates in the dugout. A few pitches later, he left the game with tightness in his right quadriceps and was replaced by pinch-runner Joaquin Arias. Arias scored the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Michael Young. Molina is the fifth player in Rangers history to hit for the cycle and the first since Kinsler on April 15, 2009. The last visitor to hit for the cycle at Fenway Park was Cleveland’s Andre Thornton on April 2, 1978. The AL West-leading Rangers lost their last four games before the All-Star break but returned to take the first two of a four-game series against the Red Sox, who have lost

seven of nine as injuries severely weakened their lineup.

Twins 7, White Sox 4 At Minneapolis, Minnesota snapped Chicago’s nine-game winning streak with the help of a strong outing from Francisco Liriano. Liriano (7-7) left with two outs in the eighth inning. The Twins had lost Liriano’s last five starts. Liriano also got some help from Chicago’s defense. The White Sox made four errors, and Gavin Floyd (5-8) gave up four runs in the fourth inning. Joe Mauer’s two-run single in the ninth gave Jon Rauch a five-run pad he needed in the bottom of the inning, when he walked three and surrendered two hits before being pulled for Jesse Crain with one out and the bases loaded. Crain got his first save by getting the last two outs, striking out Paul Konerko on three pitches.

Angels 3, Mariners 2 At Anaheim, California, Jered Weaver outpitched Felix Hernandez for the third time this season in a matchup of the AL’s strikeout leaders as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners. Weaver (9-5) allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings and had five strike-

outs, increasing his major league-leading total to 142. The right-hander is trying to become the first Angels pitcher to lead the majors in strikeouts since 1977, when alltime strikeout king Nolan Ryan had 341. Weaver did not issue a walk against an offense that has scored fewer runs than any team in the majors except Pittsburgh. He has allowed only two earned runs against them in 21 1-3 innings this season, and is 10-3 with a 4.12 ERA lifetime. The Mariners, who held a hitters-only meeting in the clubhouse before batting practice to discuss their situational approach, were shut out until the seventh. Franklin Gutierrez led off with a single and newly acquired Justin Smoak homered on a 1-2 pitch to cut the Angels lead to 3-2. It was Smoak’s ninth home run this season, and the rookie’s first RBIs since joining Seattle in a multiplayer trade that sent 2008 AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers on July 9. Smoak entered the game 0 for 23 lifetime against the Angels before singling his first time up. Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Brian Fuentes got three outs for his 17th save. The Mariners have lost 11 of their last 13 games following a 9-3 stretch and are a season-worst 17 games out of first place. Ichiro Suzuki did not get a ball

out of the infield in four at-bats, ending his 14-game hitting streak.

Indians 8, Tigers 2 At Cleveland, Andy Marte and Austin Kearns hit two-run homers as Cleveland trounced Detroit. Marte broke at 2-2 tie in the fourth inning against Max Scherzer (67). Kearns’ eighth homer of the season capped a four-run sixth against the Tigers’ bullpen that put Cleveland ahead 8-2. Jake Westbrook (6-5) gave up two runs over 5 2-3 innings to win his first home start against Detroit since Sept. 18, 2007. The right-hander missed most of 2008 and all of 2009 following reconstructive elbow surgery. Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a run-scoring single that put the Tigers ahead 1-0 in the first. Austin Jackson singled to open the game, stole second, and scored on Cabrera’s two-out liner off the left-field wall.

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 2 At Baltimore, Ricky Romero allowed five hits in seven innings and Aaron Hill homered as Toronto ended Baltimore’s four-game winning streak. Fred Lewis had two hits and scored twice for the Blue Jays, who improved to 70 against the Orioles this season, including

Nationals blank Marlins MIAMI: Stephen Strasburg struggled through a 34-pitch first inning but escaped early jams to lead the Washington Nationals past the Florida Marlins 4-0 on Friday night. Strasburg (4-2) allowed two baserunners in each of the first three innings, walking three and throwing the first wild pitch of his career. He finished with seven strikeouts in six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.03. Two relievers completed a four-hitter. The shutout was the third this season for the Nationals, thanks in part to Strasburg’s first scoreless outing. Making his eighth major league start and facing Florida for the first time, Strasburg was locked in a scoreless duel with Ricky Nolasco (9-7) until Josh Willingham hit a three-run double in the sixth.

Cardinals 8, Dodgers 4 At St. Louis, Yadier Molina homered and drove in four runs as St. Louis overcame a rough start by rookie Jaime Garcia to beat Los Angeles. Chad Billingsley (7-5) was the second straight Dodgers starter to get roughed up by the Cardinals, allowing seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. It was the second-shortest outing of the season for the right-hander, who has a 1.09 ERA in four day games but a 5.76 ERA in 13 night starts. Randy Winn added two hits and two RBIs, his first since June 13, off a pitcher he’s batting .481 against (13 for 27) with seven RBIs. Winn got a spot start in right field ahead of rookie Jon Jay, who’s batting .500 during a 12-game hitting streak. James Loney had three hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who are 313 at 5-year-old Busch Stadium. Rafael Furcal, a .342 career hitter against the Cardinals, had two hits

and a bases-loaded walk, and was robbed of a third hit by second baseman Skip Schumaker’s diving stab in the third. The Dodgers had 13 hits but stranded 12 runners, going 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position. Garcia, one of the National League’s top rookie pitchers at 8-4 with a 2.27 ERA, labored through 3 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and eight hits. In his last two outings, he has allowed 17 hits and five earned runs in 8 2-3 innings.

Reds 3, Rockies 2 At Cincinnati, Brandon Phillips followed his first All-Star appearance with a three-hit game and first-time All-Star Arthur Rhodes pitched out of a bases-loaded, noouts threat in the eighth inning as Cincinnati beat Colorado. The NL Central leaders hadn’t played a home game all month and had dropped five of its last six on the road. Bronson Arroyo (10-4) gave up a solo homer by Miguel Olivo that was upheld after a review and cut it to 3-2 in the eighth. Phillips scored twice and had three hits off Jason Hammel (74), who had won his last six decisions. Hammel struck out a careerhigh 10. The victory was a breakthrough for Cincinnati, which had lost its last nine games against Colorado and is 4-16 against the Rockies since 2007.

Padres 12, D’backs 1 At San Diego, All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer to key a five-run outburst and Jon Garland threw six strong innings as the San Diego Padres routed the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gonzalez put the NL West leaders ahead 2-1 in the fourth when he

Athletics 5, Royals 1 At Kansas City, Missouri, Gio Gonzalez outdueled Zack Greinke as Oakland took advantage of the umpires’ reversal of a call in the first inning. Kevin Kouzmanoff had a two-run single for the Athletics while Gonzalez (8-6) allowed seven hits and one walk in seven innings. Relievers Craig Breslow and Michael Wuertz each pitched a shutout inning. Leading off the game, Oakland’s Coco Crisp was awarded a double after first base umpire Larry Vanover first ruled a foul ball on Crisp’s liner down the right field line. On replays, it did appear to come down an inch or so fair. A’s manager Bob Geren came out to argue, the umpires huddled, and the call was reversed. Jack Cust drove in Crisp with a sacrifice fly. —AP

Francisco Giants shut out New York for the second consecutive game. All-Star closer Brian Wilson completed the three-hitter for San Francisco, which has won four straight and nine of 11. Aubrey Huff had three hits and scored the only run on a fielder’s choice grounder. Zito (8-4) matched his season high for strikeouts and allowed only one runner past first base while winning for the first time in more than a month. The left-hander faced just three batters more than the minimum before Wilson earned his 24th save. Despite the return of cleanup batter Carlos Beltran, the Mets haven’t scored in two games since the All-Star break. Both times, they faced a Cy Young Award winner. Jonathon Niese was the hard-luck loser for New York, shut out for the third time in the last four games. The Mets have scored nine runs in their last seven, going 2-5 during that stretch. Zito hadn’t made it out of the sixth inning in his previous four starts but was in control while keeping New York’s offense quiet. His performance, coming on the heels of Tim Lincecum’s six-hit gem Thursday night, ended a streak of three straight no-decisions for the Giants’ lefty and gave him his first win since Zito beat his former team, Oakland, on June 12. Mets manager Jerry Manuel tried shaking up his lineup, moving left fielder Jason Bay to second in the batting order, but it didn’t matter against Zito.

connected off Dan Haren (7-8) for his 19th homer. San Diego added three more runs in the inning. Garland (9-6) finally beat the Diamondbacks after having tough luck in his first two starts against them this season. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He combined with three relievers on a four-hitter. In his two previous outings against the Diamondbacks, including an opening-day 6-3 loss at Arizona, Garland had gone 0-1 while allowing seven unearned runs. San Diego increased its lead in the NL West to three games over the Colorado Rockies, 3-2 losers at Cincinnati. Arizona has lost eight of 10 to drop 18 1/2 games behind the Padres. After David Eckstein led off the fourth with a double, Gonzalez connected against Haren on an 0-1 pitch off the outside part of the plate to drive the ball into the leftfield stands. The ball barely made it over the wall into the front row. Headley followed with a double and went to third on Nick Hundley’s single. One out later, Aaron Cunningham hit a sacrifice fly. A walk and an infield single by Garland loaded the bases before Jerry Hairston Jr. singled in two runs for a 5-1 lead. Headley added a homer off Haren, his seventh, in the fifth. Haren gave up six runs and eight hits over five innings. The right-hander, who struck out eight and walked one, is 0-4 in his last six starts with a 4.57 ERA.

Astros 5, Pirates 2

Giants 1, Mets 0 At San Francisco, Barry Zito struck out 10 in eight dominant innings of two-hit ball and the San

4-0 in Baltimore. Toronto was 1-8 at Camden Yards last year. Romero (7-6) gave up two unearned runs, walked one and struck out five. He lost his previous three starts, yielding a combined 13 earned runs over five innings in the last two Hill had three hits, including Toronto’s major league-leading 137th home run. The Blue Jays have homered in nine straight games, collecting 22 over that span.

SAN DIEGO: Padres’ Scott Hairston is hit with a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.—AP

At Pittsburgh, Jeff Keppinger homered and had three RBIs and Brett Myers allowed two runs while working into the eighth inning as Houston remained unbeaten in seven games against Pittsburgh this season. Myers (7-6) extended his club record for consecutive starts of at

least six innings to begin a season to 19, allowing two runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking one. Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run for Pittsburgh, which has lost seven consecutive overall.

Cubs 4, Phillies 3 At Chicago, Aramis Ramirez homered with two outs in the eighth inning — his third hit of the game — to cap Chicago’s rally past Philadelphia. Ramirez’s 11th homer came off Ryan Madson (2-1) and gave him 14 RBIs in his last eight games. Ryan Howard hit his 20th homer with two outs in the sixth, his third home run in two games and it put the Phils up 3-1. The Cubs scored two runs in the bottom of the inning with a twoout rally off Joe Blanton as Ramirez doubled and Marlon Byrd followed with his 10th homer. Shane Victorino also homered for the Phillies.

Brewers 9, Braves 3 At Atlanta, Ryan Braun’s tworun homer helped Milwaukee to an early lead and Randy Wolf earned his first win over Atlanta in seven years. Wolf (7-8) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings for his first win over the Braves since Sept. 9, 2003, also at Turner Field. Wolf improved to 5-12 in his career against Atlanta. Prince Fielder had a two-run double in the Brewers’ three-run eighth. Milwaukee had 16 hits, including five off Kenshin Kawakami in the eighth. Casey McGehee had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the eighth. Alcides Escobar drove in McGehee with a single in the second. Wolf added a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead. After Corey Hart led off the third with a single, Braun’s homer made it 4-0.—AP



Sunday, July 18, 2010

IndyCar could survive without Patrick — series CEO TORONTO: With Danica Patrick under increasing pressure to choose between IndyCar and NASCAR, the head of the IndyCar circuit remains confident the series could survive the defection of its most marketable commodity. CEO Randy Bernard said he has had no indication Patrick is ready to follow other IndyCar luminaries such as Tony Stewart, Sam Hornish Jr and Juan Pablo Montoya and make the jump to racing stock cars fulltime. But midway through a season that has produced only modest results on both the IndyCar and stock car circuits, there is mounting speculation that the popular 28-year-old driver will have to focus on one series

if she wants to be competitive. Bernard, the former head of the Professional Bull Riders circuit and the man chosen to return IndyCar to its past glory, acknowledged that if Patrick were to defect it would be blow to a series already possessing few marquee names. He said, however, the circuit would recover. “Anyone would tell you that if she’s going to be a huge asset she is going to have to win,” Bernard told Reuters. “She knows that. There would be a little deflation at first (if Patrick were to leave) but the series needs winners and champions and people who are going to grow our sport.

“The series would go on, we have too much momentum right now. But for sure she is a tremendous asset.” Once the undisputed darling of American motorsport, Patrick has watched her popularity slip during a frustrating season that saw her booed at the Indianapolis 500 after blaming her poor performance on her team’s car preparation. The only woman to reach Victory Lane in an IndyCar race with a win at Motegi in 2008, Patrick has been getting more mileage out of her racy commercials lately than her results. Patrick has posted just one top five result this sea-

son, a runner-up finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Her stock car efforts have been less impressive, a 24th place at a second-tier NASCAR event last weekend her crowning achievement. While the petite American has proven she can win in an IndyCar, there are no guarantees she can find the same success in the rough-and-tumble stock car world. Former Formula One champion and Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve has launched several attempts to break into stock cars without success and the Canadian will try again later this month at the Brickyard 400. Twice Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti returned

to IndyCars last season after a failed flirtation with NASCAR. Despite the long odds, the pioneering Patrick appears determined to blaze a new trail for women, saying she will continue on a steep stock car learning curve before making a final decision about her racing future. “I wanted to race NASCAR, I wanted to try it out, I wanted to experience it and I have the ability to,” Patrick said ahead of this weekend’s Toronto Indy. “It’s humbling but really rewarding. I’m starting to figure it out. “It is like starting over, it is all coming at me. “This year and next year will be just like this and we’ll see where it goes from there.” — Reuters

India’s Chandhok dropped for German F1 Grand Prix

Karun Chandhok in action in this file photo

Lorenzo on pole, Rossi fifth SACHSENRING: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain secured his fourth successive pole position when posting the quickest time in qualifying here yesterday for the German Grand Prix. The Yamaha rider, who had to complete qualifying on his spare bike, is seeking his sixth win of this year’s MotoGP championship, which he leads with 165 points. Lorenzo has started on the front of the grid in the three last grands prix that he has gone on to win, at Silverstone, Assen and Barcelona.

Joining him on the front row in today’s race are Australia’s Casey Stoner on his Ducati and Dani Pedrosa of Honda. On the second row are Italian Andrea Dovizioso, reigning world champion Valentino Rossi, who has made a remarkable return to the track just six weeks after breaking his leg at Mugello in Italy, and Hector Barbera. Lorenzo grabbed pole in a time of 1min 21.817sec in the final five minutes of the qualifying session, with Stoner second 0.024sec away and long-time leader Pedrosa 0.131sec back in third.

Qualifying was held up for 15 minutes after Lorenzo’s bike broke down with oil spilling out onto the Sachsenring circuit at the start of the straight by the grandstand, which caused two spectacular crashes. American Ben Spies first parted company with his Honda and his teammate Randy de Puniet then somersaulted off his machine. The French rider returned to the pits on the back of a scooter before undergoing x-rays on his ankle and right tibia. — AFP

GERMANY: Spain’s Jorge Lorezno of the Fiat Yamaha team steers his bike during the qualifying practice of the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring Circuit. — AFP

Strycova, Szavay in Prague final PRAGUE: Eighth-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has reached her first WTA final by routing Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-2, 6-0 in the Prague Open semifinals yesterday. The 24-year-old Czech needed just 53 minutes to dismiss Schnyder, a former top 10 player. Zahlavova Strycova said it was “an unbelievable feeling” to win and that she “played almost without errors” against Schnyder. “She plays a bit slow but clever tennis, so I had to be patient and it paid off,” the 52nd ranked Zahlavova Strycova said about Schnyder. In Sunday’s final, Zahlavova Strycova will face seventh-seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary who beat

Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-2, 6-4. The 49th-ranked Szavay will be battling for her fifth career title after winning in Budapest on July 11. Meanwhile, world number one Serena Williams will miss three hardcourt tournaments in the build-up to her US Open defence after suffering a foot injury caused by stepping on broken glass at a restaurant. Williams will miss the WTA Tour events in Istanbul, Cincinnati, and Montreal while she undergoes surgery to repair the damage to her right foot. “I’m so upset I won’t be able to play in the upcoming events because of this foot surgery. Thank you for all of your support. I can’t wait to get back on the courts,” Williams said in a statement.

Just two weeks ago, the 28-year-old American cruised to a fourth women’s singles title at Wimbledon with a crushing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva. It was her 13th Grand Slam crown. The US Open, which Williams won in 1999, 2002 and 2008, gets under way on August 30 in New York, just a week after the Montreal event finishes. In between, there is just one WTA tournament, the low-key event at New Haven, before the season’s final Grand Slam begins. Williams has played in just six tournaments this season, with three of those appearances coming in the majors at the Australian and French Opens as well as Wimbledon. — AFP

LONDON: India’s Karun Chandhok was confident his Formula One career remained on track on Friday despite being dropped by his Hispania (HRT) team for next week’s German Grand Prix. The F1 newcomers said in a race preview that Japanese test driver Sakon Yamamoto would retain his place on the starting grid for the second grand prix in a row, partnering Brazilian Bruno Senna. Senna, nephew of the late triple champion Ayrton, had to sit out last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone while Yamamoto raced with Chandhok. “You want to drive every weekend so it’s not ideal,” Chandhok, who will still travel to Hockenheim as planned, told Reuters when asked about the situation. “But it’s hardly the end of the world. “At the end of the day, they gave me the chance to be in Formula One.” The Indian, sole representative on the starting grid of the world’s second most populous nation and hoping to be the first Indian to race at home when the country hosts a grand prix next year, was confident he would be back in the car before long. “By no means does this mean that I’m not back in the car in Budapest (the race after Germany),” he said. “We will sit down in Hockenheim and the team will decide on a race by race basis.” Spanish-based Hispania have four drivers on their books, with experienced Austrian Christian Klien their second test driver, and Chandhok said the team would pick and choose who raced in the second half of the season. “There’s no reason to believe that I will be out for too long,” said the 26-year-old who competed in the first 10 races and is currently the second highest ranked of the drivers from the new teams with a best finish of 14th place. “I’m not too worried.” Under the 2010 Formula One sporting regulations, teams are allowed to use four drivers in a season with all eligible to score points. Just getting both Cosworth-powered cars to the finish has been an achievement for Hispania, who have yet to come close to scoring. The team said in a statement that Yamamoto, who is believed to bring substantial funding to a team that almost went under before the season had even started, had been kept on due to his “very positive performance” at Silverstone. The Japanese finished 20th and last in that race, with Chandhok 19th. “Karun Chandhok is still part of the Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team family and is likely to be in the car at some later races this season,” the team added. Meanwhile, former world champion Jacques Villeneuve is linking up with Italy’s Durango in a bid to return to Formula One next season, according to team owner Ivone Pinton. Pinton told the website on Saturday that Durango and the 39-year-old Canadian, who last raced in F1 in 2006, had joined forces with Villeneuve Racing to seek an entry as the 13th team on the grand prix starting grid. “I really hope together we will find a place,” he said. “We still don’t know where the car would be built, but the team’s base will definitely be ours, in the Veneto (region of Italy)” added Pinton, who ran Villeneuve’s car in the Dubai-based Speedcar series until it folded last year. “As well as being the driver, I’m sure he will make a useful contribution to the company. I think he’s preparing a job to do after he hangs up his helmet.” Durango announced in April that they would seek the 13th slot, although that was met with some scepticism due to the outfit dropping out of the GP2 support series last year due to financial problems. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) is expected to decide later this month on whether any of the applicants has what it takes to participate. Several big names in motorsport, such as Prodrive, Lola and GP2 frontrunners ART have already ruled out a bid for cost reasons. Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion with Williams as well as a winner of the Indy 500 and CART series, told the BBC that he was ‘working hard on an F1 project” but would not give details. He had been linked earlier this year to a drive for Serbian-backed Stefan GP, who had hoped to use cars designed by Toyota before the Japanese manufacturer pulled out at the end of last season, but they failed to secure a place. The Canadian won 11 races in a Formula One career that declined after he left Williams at the end of 1998 to join the new BAR team. — Reuters

Fever forward Tamika Catchings in action

Fever shatter Dream INDIANAPOLIS: Tamika Catchings had 23 points and 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Fever beat the first-place Atlanta Dream 89-70 in the WNBA on Friday. Catchings shot 9 for 15 from the field and had six steals. Katie Douglas scored 20 points, reserve Jessica Davenport scored 17 points in 22 minutes, and Ebony Hoffman added 17 points for Indiana (12-7). Angel McCoughtry scored 27 points for the Dream (14-7). Atlanta entered the game second in the league in scoring at 86 points per game, but the Dream shot 39 percent from the field in their worst loss of the season. Shock 75, Silver Stars 70 At San Antionio, Ivory Latta scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers, to help Tulsa beat San Antonio and snap a 12-game losing streak. Tiffany Jackson added 12 points for the Shock, who won for the first time since beating Minnesota on June 4th. Tulsa (415) shot 8 for 16 on 3-pointers and pulled 2 1/2 games behind San Antonio for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Chamique Holdsclaw scored 20 points and Sophia Young had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Silver Stars (6-12), losers of three straight. Sky 80, Sparks 68 At Rosemont, Illinois, reserve guard Erin Thorn scored 15 points to lead Chicago past Los Angeles. Tamera Young, Dominique Canty and rookie Epiphanny Prince each scored 11 points, and Sylvia Fowles and Mistie Bassed added 10 for Chicago (10-11), which won for the fifth time in eight games. DeLisha Milton-Jones had 21 points, Tina Thompson scored 15 and Noelle Quinn added 12 for the Sparks (5-14), who lost for the third time in four games. — AP

Darko’s new deal: Milicic moves to lose bust label MINNEAPOLIS: Last February, a trade made the Timberwolves Darko Milicic’s fifth team in seven frustrating NBA seasons. The Milicic was the second pick in a dream 2003 draft that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. The rebuilding Timberwolves, in need of a true center who can contribute at both ends of the court, provided plenty of playing time over two months. They liked enough of what they saw to give Milicic a four-year contract last week worth a guaranteed $16 million. “They just really wanted to give me a chance. When I came here, I really saw that people are real and not just telling me lies,” Milicic said on Friday afternoon, his first appearance in Minnesota since the deal was done. “That’s when I decided to make the best of it last season.” Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn and coach Kurt Rambis visited Milicic’s home in Serbia and helped seal his desire to return to the NBA instead of staying in Europe. “We both agreed that it was going to be good for me and them,” Milicic said. In a recent interview with Chris Webber on NBA TV during a summer league game, Kahn called Milicic’s acquisition “like manna from heaven,” one of many superlatives Kahn used to defend Milicic to a rather skeptical Webber, who wondered what the Wolves see in Milicic to warrant the new contract. Milicic said he wasn’t worried about any of the criticism of Minnesota’s faith in an unproven player who was out of shape when he came in the trade with New York but man-

aged to average 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 24 games. “I don’t really follow that kind of stuff,” Milicic said. “The Wolves, they wanted me here, they signed me, that’s what they wanted, that’s what they got. Other people, they can talk on the web. They can come to Serbia and tell me to my face. It’s going to be different.” Kahn said Milicic came to the NBA too soon — he was 18 when Detroit drafted him — and he suffered from the high expectations of being such a high pick. “There’s no question that he was drafted too high for that year,” Kahn said. “That was a mistake. And I’m not pointing the finger at anybody in saying so. ... Kid from Serbia in a new country at a place where they were trying to win a championship, you can’t think of a worse situation for him to develop in.” Milicic claimed coming to the NBA at the time was the best decision for him, that staying in his league in Serbia would not have allowed him to develop any better. “I can’t just blame other people. I blame myself too. I didn’t do as much as I can,” Milicic said, reflecting on his rough start. The Milicic said he’s in better condition and taking this season “really really seriously.” The Wolves believe his passing ability and skills on the block both offensively and defensively will fit well with Rambis and his triangle offense. “The system that he plays, for big guys it’s so easy and simple,” Milicic said. Said Kahn: “In Darko’s case, I think he’s at a moment in his career where he finally gets it. He’s happy to be here and we’re happy to have him.”—AP


Sunday, July 18, 2010


US relay runners win Olympic medals appeal GENEVA: American sprinters who were stripped of their 2000 Olympics relay medals because teammate Marion Jones was doping won an appeal Friday to have them restored. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in favor of the women, who had appealed the International Olympic Committee’s decision to disqualify them from the Sydney Games. The court said the IOC and International Association of Athletics Federations rules in 2000 did not allow entire teams to be disqualified because of doping by one athlete. The IOC said the ruling was “disappointing and especially unfortunate for the athletes of the other teams who competed according to the rules.” In Sydney, Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, LaTasha Colander Clark and Andrea Anderson were part of the squad that won gold in the 4x400 relay. Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards, Nanceen Perry and Passion Richardson were on the 4x100 bronze medal squad. All but Perry joined the appeal. “The panel found that at the time of the Sydney Olympic Games there was no express IOC or IAAF rule in force that

clearly allowed the IOC to annul the relay team results if one team member was found to have committed a doping offense,” CAS said. Now that the case is over, Richardson can relax, her medal safe and secure in a wooden frame at the home of her parents in Florida. “It’s been a long three years, a long hard fight,” Richardson told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I wanted to believe they would do what was right, but there were some times where I wasn’t as certain. Today, they did what was right.” Richardson spoke to Gaines and MilesClark and “everyone is extremely excited.” “Finally, the fight is over,” Richardson said. In 2007, Jones admitted she was doping in Sydney and also lost her individual golds in the 100 and 200 meters and bronze in the long jump. She spent about six months in a Texas prison in 2008 for lying about using performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check-fraud scam. She has since made a comeback in basketball with the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA. “I’ve totally moved on,” Jones told The AP on Friday in San Antonio, where the Shock were preparing to play the Silver

Stars. “I’m moving forward.” Jones said she had not heard about the CAS decision and had not spoken to her former Olympic teammates recently. She declined further comment. “She made some very poor choices. That’s something she has to live with,” said Richardson, who no longer has any ill will toward her former teammate. “We did what we were supposed to do and did it with fairness. You have to learn to forgive and forget.” The CAS panel of three lawyers acknowledged the ruling might be unfair to relay teams that competed “with no doped athletes” but added the decision “exclusively depends on the rules enacted or not enacted by the IOC and the IAAF at the time of the Sydney Olympic Games.” The CAS inflicted a further defeat on the IOC by ordering the Olympic body to pay 10,000 Swiss francs ($9,500) toward the athletes’ legal costs. Mark Levinstein, the Washington, DCbased lead attorney for the athletes, said there is still a lawsuit pending against the USOC. “All they had to do was say, ‘The rules are the rules, leave them alone,’ and this

didn’t happen,” Levinstein said in a phone interview. “To have your own national Olympic committee turn its back on you, it was sad.” The USOC issued a statement saying it respects the decision of the CAS. “Although we continue to believe that the U.S. medals in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter women’s relays were unfairly won due to Ms. Jones’ doping, we have always recognized that the athletes who made up the US teams might have a legal basis on which to defend these medals,” said Patrick Sandusky, chief communications officer for the USOC. “We are sorry that Ms. Jones’ actions continue to have a negative effect on the world of sport and express our sympathy for all of the athletes who competed cleanly at the Olympic Games in Sydney and were damaged by Ms. Jones’ poor decisions.” United States Track and Field president Stephanie Hightower and CEO Doug Logan said in a joint statement, “Although USATF was not a party to this case, we are sympathetic to any clean athlete who was robbed of something because of Marion Jones’ cheating: competitors, teammates, fans and anyone who strives for fair competition.” The IOC has now lost two CAS rulings

within five weeks involving Olympic medals stripped. “What better confirmation of independence can you have than the baby you have created says no to you?” IOC president Jacques Rogge told The Associated Press in New York. “We’re disappointed that we lose the case, of course. But it strengthens us to say to the athletes, ‘You can trust the court of arbitration. They are independent. They are free. They can rule against the IOC.”‘ Belarus hammer throwers Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan won their appeals last month against disqualification from the 2008 Beijing Games and regained their silver and bronze medals, respectively. Both had elevated levels of testosterone, but the CAS panel said tests were invalid because international laboratory standards in Beijing were not respected. “The IOC will continue to enforce its zero tolerance policy in the fight against doping for the sake of the athletes’ health and to ensure fair competition,” the IOC said in a statement. The CAS panel said it accepted the IOC’s claim that Jones was possibly not the only US runner doping in Sydney, and it

was mindful that Gaines later served a doping ban for cheating in 2002-03 with the same designer steroid — known as “the clear” — that Jones used. However, CAS warned that judging an athlete based on suspicion could “deliver a fatal blow to any serious fight against doping and the CAS’s reputation.” The case involving the sprinters was heard over two days in Lausanne, Switzerland, in May, when the relay runners’ legal team argued they should not be punished for cheating by Jones. The panel agreed unanimously Friday that the IAAF’s rule in 2000 was the decisive point. The court also confirmed its own precedent set five years ago in a previous doping case involving US relay runners at the Sydney Olympics. That panel determined that teammates of Jerome Young should not lose their 4x400 gold medals after he received a retroactive ban from 1999-2001 — meaning he was technically ineligible to compete in Sydney. Young’s relay partners — Michael Johnson, Antonio Pettigrew, Angelo Taylor, Alvin Harrison and Calvin Harrison — won their appeal to CAS after the IAAF annulled their result. —AP

Bolt defeats Powell in Paris showdown

Manny Pacquiano on the look out for another opponent

Pacquiao and Mayweather deadline passes without deal NEW YORK: Manny Pacquiao reluctantly will look for another opponent for his next bout after promoter Bob Arum’s deadline for a deal with Floyd Mayweather Jr. passed yesterday without a word from Mayweather. In the latest improbable twist in the torturous negotiations for the most tantalizing prospective fight in boxing, Arum said Mayweather’s camp simply hasn’t responded to a contract proposal with no obvious points of contention. Pacquiao already has agreed to extensive drug testing and an equitable split of the earnings from what’s likely to be the richest fight in boxing history. “Floyd, for whatever reason — and I’m sure he has some valid reason — didn’t want to commit,” Arum said. Although Arum was careful not to criticize Mayweather, saying the fighter who calls himself Money could take the incredibly lucrative offer at any point in the next week or so, Arum plans to open discussions with Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto for a fight with Pacquiao in November. “(Pacquiao-Mayweather) is dead when we conclude a deal for Manny’s fight in November,” Arum said. “Then we’re contractually bound to that fight, and we would look to do a deal with Floyd for next year. If Floyd emerged and said he wanted to do the fight (in November), then there would be nothing opposed to doing the fight.” Arum claims he couldn’t wait any longer to start the time-consuming process of putting together a fight for Pacquiao, whose personal schedule has tightened up with his election to congress in his native Philippines this year. Arum said Top Rank needs several months to put together television deals and publicity tours for the bout. Pacquiao and Mayweather are their sport’s top two stars, and a meeting likely would be worth more than $40 million to each fighter. They’ve discussed a bout for several months since Mayweather’s return from a brief retirement, but haven’t made a deal. Although he hasn’t spoken directly to Mayweather, Arum believes the former pound-for-pound champion might be reluctant because of the legal woes of Roger Mayweather, his uncle and longtime trainer. Roger Mayweather will go on trial in Las Vegas next month on assault charges stemming from an altercation with a female boxer last year. “It would be a shame if it didn’t happen, but I don’t think (anybody) should be

too harsh on Floyd in this situation,” Arum said. “I would have liked him to communicate, but I really believe that this issue with the uncle has an effect. Putting myself in their shoes, I would feel a lot of reluctance going into this big fight without my trainer, and we’re not going to know what the outcome of this criminal situation is for quite some time.” Arum also gave a little insight into the murky negotiations, which were conducted with much less public grandstanding than in the rancorous talks during the 2009 holidays, which ended with no deal - and with Pacquiao suing members of the Mayweather camp for insinuating he uses performance-enhancing drugs. Arum said he never spoke directly to Mayweather, his representatives at Golden Boy Promotions or even Al Haymon, Mayweather’s chief adviser. Instead, Arum spoke solely to HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg, who served as a mediator between Top Rank and Mayweather’s camp. Mayweather’s camp has been silent throughout the negotiations, with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer even refusing to

Judah stops Santa Cruz NEWARK: Zab Judah of the United States has knocked out Jose Armando Santa Cruz in the third round of a junior welterweight bout. Judah dominated the first two rounds on Friday, then floored the Mexican with a straight right in the third. A groggy Santa Cruz got up before being counted out, but was defenseless for eight straight punches when referee Benjy Estevez jumped in and stopped the fight at 2:33. Judah was fighting for the first time since November 2009. The former undisputed world welterweight champion improved to 39-6 with his 27th knockout, and Santa Cruz fell to 28-5. —AP

acknowledge talks were occurring. Haymon never grants interviews or makes public statements about his varied boxing interests. Mayweather’s official Twitter feed, which usually is overflowing with plugs for his iPhone application, music ventures and charity endeavors, hasn’t been updated since Thursday afternoon. Although Top Rank informed Greenburg of its deadline — and even tweaked Mayweather by putting a countdown clock on its website — Greenburg and Haymon hadn’t responded by Friday night. “The fight that we want to do is Mayweather,” Arum said. “We haven’t said anything different, we haven’t acted differently, but Manny has to fight in November. We’re going to proceed with all deliberate speed, but if in the interim Floyd decides that, despite the Roger situation, that he wants to fight Manny, absolutely, that’s the fight we want.” Pacquiao is unlikely to have much trouble reaching a deal with either of the replacement opponents identified by Arum. since Cotto and Margarito both are fellow Top Rank fighters. Pacquiao stopped Cotto last November to win the WBO welterweight title in a fairly one-sided fight, but Arum said the rematch would be at super welterweight, where Cotto rejuvenated his career by claiming the WBA title at Yankee Stadium last month. The match also is enticing because Pacquiao could go after a title in his eighth weight class. While Pacquiao and Cotto would meet either at Cowboys Stadium or in Las Vegas, Arum said Pacquiao might have to fight Margarito in Monterrey, Mexico — which could be a financial boon to both fighters, given Mexico’s lower withholding taxes. Margarito’s suspension in California still hasn’t been lifted after he was caught using illegal hand wraps in a January 2009 bout, essentially making him unable to fight anywhere stateside without an exemption. Arum scoffed at the notion of matching Pacquiao against Paul Williams, Timothy Bradley or other lesser-known fighters who might be even more deserving of a shot at the world’s best boxers, calling them “free riders” on Pacquiao’s financial muscle. “Paul Williams is a tremendous fighter, really a great fighter, but he’s never been promoted correctly,” Arum said. “He doesn’t have any following. He can’t sell a ticket. ... I’m not going to let anybody have a free ride.”—AP

PARIS: World record holder Usain Bolt overcame a slow start to power past Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell and win their first 100 metres showdown of the season in 9.84 seconds at the Paris Diamond League meeting on Friday. Triple Olympic champion Bolt, whose season has been interrupted by an Achilles tendon strain, pulled away over the latter part of the race from Powell, who finished second in 9.91 seconds. Bolt’s time was the third fastest in the world this year. Yohan Blake completed a Jamaican sweep of the top three with a personal best time of 9.95. “I’m happy with my time. I’m feeling very good,” said Bolt, who returned from injury last week to equal Powell’s fastest time in the world this season of 9.82. “The crowd was wonderful. Thank you for your support,” said the exuberant Jamaican, who raced in a distinctive purple vest with his surname emblazoned across the front. His victory lap of the stadium was greeted with cheers and rapturous applause. Bolt said he completed the race without any pain from the Achilles injury and, according to his doctor, should be completely recovered in two to three weeks. Clear skies and good conditions at the Stade de France helped provide five year’s bests. Olympic bronze medallist David Oliver thundered home in the 110 metres hurdles in a time of 12.89 seconds, just 0.02 slower than the world record set two years ago by Cuba’s Dayron Robles, who withdrew from Friday’s meeting with an injury. “I was hungry before this season and wanted very much again to win races. Now it is coming,” Oliver said. “Today was excellent. I broke the US record and became the third fastest under 12.90. I executed well today, maybe at 90 percent.” In the first race of the evening, former world and Olympic 400 metres champion Jeremy Wariner coasted home in world leading 44.49 seconds. “Another world lead in the last two weeks. I still have three races this season and the goal is to run at least one of them under 44 seconds,” the American said. In the men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase, Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto of Kenya set a season’s best of 8:00.90 ahead of compatriot Paul Kipsiele Koech. The women’s 5,000 was comfortably won by Kenyan world champion Vivian Cheruiyot, who shaved nearly three seconds off the year’s best time with 14:27.41. Russian Anna Alminova also set a season’s best by more than a second in the women’s 1,500 of 3:57.65. Australia’s world pole vault champion Steve Hooker failed to clear his opening height of 5.40 metres as France’s Renaud Lavillenie maintained his season’s unbeaten run, clearing 5.91 for a fourth Diamond League victory. —Reuters

FRANCE: Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates after he won the men’s 100m event of the Paris IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Stade de France in SaintDenis, near Paris. —AFP

FRANCE: US Brittney Reese competes in the women’s long jump event of the Paris IAAF Diamond League meeting. —AFP

Big name pullouts a blow for India — sports minister NEW DELHI: India’s sports minister yesterday expressed regret over a series of pullouts from this year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, a day after British cyclist Chris Hoy announced his withdrawal. “The world knows that India has spent lavishly for organising the Commonwealth Games,” Manohar Singh Gill told Reuters. “The stadiums we built match the best in the world and far in excess of the requirement. It is therefore sad that some of the leading sportspersons are not

coming to India.” Quadruple Olympic gold medallist Hoy pulled out of the October 3-14 games because of a clash with the European championships, which carry qualification points for the 2012 London Olympics. His withdrawal is a further setback to the games after the announcement in June that triple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt would skip the event. “We all wanted to see Bolt run in Delhi and Hoy, being a multiple Olympic and

Commonwealth champion, was also a top draw,” Gill said. Fellow Jamaican and Olympic 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser, who tested positive in a doping test in May, will also not attend. “It appears that for the Olympic Games, performance in events like Asian Games and European championships are taken into account. Naturally, the sportspersons don’t attach the same importance to the Commonwealth Games,” Gill said. —Reuters



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Eagle sends Stenson soaring

SCOTLAND: John Daly of the US plays out of a bunker on the seventh hole during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews. —AP

Garrigus, Bettencourt share lead RENO: Robert Garrigus shot a 7under 65 to share the second-round lead with Matt Bettencourt at the Reno-Tahoe Open on Friday. Tour veterans Chad Campbell, who posted his second 69 in a row, and Chris DiMarco, who slipped to 71 after an opening 67, were among those within four strokes of the

his second shot with a 3-wood from 297 yards on the 616-yard, par-5 ninth. Bettencourt led the first round with a 66 and had a three stroke lead with three holes to go in Friday’s second round. But he bogeyed the last two to finish with a 68 while Garrigus added his sev-

Reno-Tahoe Open lead at Montreux Golf & Country Club. John Mallinger shot a 67 for third-place alone Friday at 8-under 136, a stroke ahead of Bob Heintz, Bill Lunde, John Merrick and Kevin Stadler. Stadler shot 70 on Friday and the other three 69 to get to 7under 137. Shiv Kapur of India missed the cut but made the fourth double eagle on tour this year, holing out

enth birdie of the day on No. 17. “It was just one of those days that nothing was going wrong,” Garrigus said. “I didn’t make any bad swings. Not one bad swing today.” The unusually hot weather in the mid-90s on the mountain course 30 miles from Lake Tahoe gave way to strong winds gusting up to 40 mph by early afternoon as the skies darkened and towering pines swung back and forth — mak-

NEVADA: Matt Bettencourt tees off the 18th hole during the second round of the Reno-Tahoe Open held at the Montreux Golf and Country Club. — AP

ing for generally higher scores the rest of the day. “It was really the old cliche — you’ve got to weather the storm,” said Garrigus, who said he was the his second hole when “it started blowing 35 miles an hour.” “I kind of thought, ‘Oh, it’s kind of like the British Open. The guys in the morning got no wind, and we’re out here in the elements,”‘ he said. Not that he minds the mountain atmosphere, where most players figure the ball travels 10 percent farther in the thinner air than at sea level. Garrigus said his swing, hitting down on the ball and causing it to spin, ends up making his shots go anywhere from 20 percent to 25 percent father. “I’ve got 270 yards to the hole (on the par-5 17th) and I’ve got a 5 iron in my hand. I hit it the pin high. I mean, it’s ridiculous how far the ball goes,” Garrigus said. “I just joke with everybody it’s like playing on the moon because you are out of breath walking up the hill and there’s no oxygen and the ball just goes forever.” Bettencourt won the money title on the Nationwide Tour in 2008. His finish overshadowed what was otherwise another fine round, capped by his second eagle of the tournament — a 40-yard chip-in out of the rough on his second hole of the day, the par-5 11th. But he bogeyed his last two holes of the day, hitting his second shot wide left of the green in the rough on the 616-yard par-5 ninth before chipping and three-putting from 23 feet. The 35-year-old blamed a footprint in the greenside bunker on the difficult par-4 No. 8 for his inability to get up and down from the sand there. “Had no shot. I’m just frustrated right now,” Bettencourt said. “I just need to keep playing the way I’m playing and everything will be fine.” Thanks to sharp iron and wedge play, Mallinger made five birdie putts inside 12 feet but said he felt as if he should have made more. “I missed a lot of putts today. I had a lot of good looks that didn’t fall,” he said. “Club selection is the biggest thing out here. With the altitude and the wind, it is tough.” Garrigus is trying to bounce back from his loss to Lee Westwood in a playoff at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis last month after he blew a three-stroke lead on the final hole of regulation with a triple bogey and bogeyed the first playoff hole. He said he made a stupid mistake because he thought he had a two-stroke lead on the 72nd hole instead of three, but has put it behind him. “I know how good I’m playing,” he said Friday. “I keep getting my getting the mojo going on the weekend has been a problem because I’ve been all the way in the back of the pack. “It’s kind of nice I’ll be in the last group. Maybe I can keep going.”—AP

ST. ANDREWS: Sweden’s Henrik Stenson eagled the 13th hole and charged into second place yesterday in the third round of the British Open as leader Louis Oosthuizen teed off into gusting winds. Stenson, who won the biggest title of his career at last year’s US PGA Players Championship, fired four birdies on his outward nine as well and stood second on eightunder par, three off the pace of South African Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen stumbled at the start, opening with a bogey that dropped him to 11-under for the tournament as brisk breezes blowed across the Old Course. Stenson opened and closed the front nine with birdies and added two more at the par-5 fifth and par-3 eighth. Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson joined a European charge, each two under on the front nine for the day to reach six-under for the tournament to share third. Englishmen Lee Westwood and Paul Casey, South Korean amateur Jin Jeong and Spain’s Alejandro Canizares also shared third on six-under, five off the pace along with American Mark Calcavecchia, who began with a bogey. Top-ranked Tiger Woods was three-under, eight back of Oosthuizen, af ter going one-over through seven. Woods, who made bogey at the par-5 fifth, lipped out a 60-foot birdie bid at two and missed a 15-foot birdie try at seven. Calcavecchia, the 1989 Open champion trying to win his second major at age 50, was five strokes behind Oosthuizen in second after 36 holes, both aided by completing their second rounds Friday before high winds hit. Oosthuizen, who missed the cut in seven of eight prior majors, had the largest midway lead at a British Open since 1982, when American Bobby Clampett led by five at Royal Troon only to collapse and finish in a share of 10th. Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, won British Open titles in 2000 and 2005 at the Old Course and hopes to become the first threetime Open winner at the birthplace of golf. Woods has not won a title since a sex scandal engulfed him last November and led to a five-month layoff. While he shared fourth at the Masters and US Open, Woods has not shown the overpowering form he once displayed. Jeong, a 20-year-old who won the British Amateur crown last month, and Canizares, the son of four-time Ryder Cup starter Jose Maria Canizares, are both British Open debutantes. Spain’s Sergio Garcia shook off a bogey at the second with birdies at the fifth, sixth and ninth holes to make the turn at five-under overall. —AFP

Chawalit stays ahead in Thailand KHON KAEN: Thailand’s in-form Chawalit Plaphol maintained his one-stroke lead in the Singha E-San Open yesterday with a battling one-under-par 71 in blustery conditions. The 35-year-old is bidding for back-toback wins on the Mercedes-Benz Tour after his emphatic eight-stroke victory at the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship in the Philippines. Chawalit is on 10-under-par 206 for three rounds and leads big-hitting countryman Namchok Tantipokhakul, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit champion, by a shot.

Former Asian number one Thaworn Wiratchant is close behind after a best-ofthe-day 68 took him to within two shots of Chawalit. High winds that buffeted Singha Park Golf Club made scoring difficult with scorecards scarred by bogeys as the conditions dominated the tone of play. Chawalit shot four birdies offset by three bogeys and bemoaned his putting game. “I should be a lot better than 10 under par - I did not putt well today,” he said. “The conditions were difficult today and I am happy to be still in the lead,” said the two-time winner on the Asian Tour.

Namchok reached the turn in one over 37 but three birdies on the inward nine saw him card a two under 70. “It was very windy today and it was hard to control the ball,” he said. “I had to be more controlled with my game but even then I did not hit my irons very well. I should have birdied the par five last hole but my approach was poor.” Thaworn surprised himself with his 68 highlighted by four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the 11th hole. “This is a very long course and I did not think I would have a chance of winning around here,” said the 43year-old, who has won 11 titles on the Asian circuit. — AFP

GALLE: Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar (right) and Gautam Gambhir look on during a practice session ahead of their first Test match with Sri Lanka in Galle. —AP

India look to end 17-year Test drought in Sri Lanka GALLE: India today embark on a third Test series in two years against Sri Lanka, with the world’s top-rated side hoping to end their 17-year drought in the island nation. The Indians have not won a Test series in Sri Lanka since a 1-0 success by Mohammad Azharuddin’s team in 1993, despite playing on similar slow wickets at home. India lost 2-1 the last time they played in Sri Lanka, in August 2008, but gained revenge with a 2-0 victory at home a year later that propelled Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men to the top of the official Test rankings. India’s new-found love for Test cricket over the more lucrative oneday matches saw them pencil in the three-Test series against Sri Lankaand another chance to defend their ranking. It was an offer too good to refuse for Sri Lanka, whose only scheduled Test series this year would have been at home against the West Indies in November. “The boys were desperate to play Test cricket, which is the pinnacle of the sport, and I am grateful that India agreed to this series,” Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said. Sri Lanka, currently fourth in the

Test rankings behind India, Australia and South Africa, are hoping to showcase their prowess in home conditions, where they have proved almost invincible. The Sri Lankans have won eight of their last nine series at home, the only setback coming in 2006, when Pakistan won a two-match series 10. Their success has mainly been down to the prolific work by world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan, backed by a strong batting line-up led by Sangakkara and former captain Mahela Jayawardene. Off-spinner Muralitharan, 38, who will quit the five-day game after the first Test, needs just eight more scalps to reach the unprecedented tally of 800 Test wickets, adding to a record 515 in one-day matches. India have not lost a Test match at home to Sri L anka, but they know the Sri Lankans are a very different proposition on their own patch. “We know the past has not been very good, but we want to look towards the future,” said Dhoni, turning out for national duty just two weeks after getting married. “We have played Sri Lanka so

much in the last few years that we know their strengths and weaknesses and hopefully we can exploit that. Sri L anka are a strong team at home, but we have the ability to win.” India are bolstered by the return of batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, who missed last month’s Asia Cup limited-overs tournament in Sri Lanka, which Dhoni’s men won beating the hosts in the final. Also back are the seasoned trio of Rahul Dravid, Venkatsai Laxman and Yuvraj Singh to complete a formidable middle-order to follow openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. But injuries to pace spearheads Zaheer Khan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth have blunted India’s bowling attack, leaving off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to shoulder the burden. The Galle International Stadium has happy memories for Sehwag, whose unbeaten double-century inspired India to a massive 170-run victory two years ago. The action then shif ts to Colombo, where the second Test will be played at the Sinhalese sports club from July 26, and the third at the P. Sara Oval from August 3. —AFP

Butt replaces Afridi as Pakistan Test captain LONDON: Salman Butt will take over the Pakistan captaincy from Shahid Afridi for next week’s second and final Test against Australia at Headingley, Pakistan tour manager Yawar Saeed told AFP yesterday. He revealed Afridi, who has been struggling with a side strain, had been released from the Test squad and so would not play at Headingley, in Leeds, northern England, where the Australia finale starts on Wednesday. Saeed added Butt, currently the vice-captain, would also lead Pakistan in their subsequent four Test series against England, starting at Trent Bridge on July 29. Afridi, who remains Pakistan’s one-day and Twenty20 skipper, announced the Headingley fixture would be his last Test after leading Pakistan to a 150-run defeat by Australia in the series opener at Lord’s here on Friday. That was Afridi’s first Test in four years and so the 30-year-old’s latest farewell to the five-day format has taken place after just one match back. “Salman Butt will be the captain for the next five (Test) matches, starting against Australia in Leeds,” Saeed confirmed, adding wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal would be the vice-captain. Left-handed opener Butt was Pakistan’s top-scorer in both innings at Lord’s with 63 and 92. After the match, which Pakistan lost with more than a day to spare, Afridi said the 25-year-old Butt, who has now played 28 Tests, should become captain. “Salman is showing his maturity,” batsman Afridi explained. “He’s good enough to take over this team as captain.” Butt is now in line to become Pakistan’s seventh Test captain in just three years but Saeed stressed: “It’s not a crisis situation. “The captain (Afridi) announcing his retirement midway through a series may be a shock to others but I appreciate Shahid Afridi’s decision

Salman Butt of Pakistan which is based on truth. “A lot of people would have carried on for financial gain but he does not have the temperament for Test cricket and this was a good call for the team.” Experienced batsmen Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan, both former captains, were omitted from the current Test squad after they were each reprimanded following Pakistan’s 3-0 series loss in Australia earlier this year. Saeed said the issue of whether to recall Yousuf and Younus had been discussed at a meeting Friday involving himself, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, team coach Waqar Younis and Butt. He added neither Yousuf nor Younus would be recalled at Headingley but held out the possibility they could feature during the four Tests against England. “The issue of Yousuf and Younus was dis-

cussed but the matter was deferred.” Meanwhile Saeed pleaded with Pakistan fans to be patient with Butt, who has never captained Pakistan before, and his fledgling team. “The situation could have gone haywire but we have taken the best possible decision,” the veteran official added. “An England tour is not easy and with an inexperienced side it will be very tough for Salman Butt to lead. “But my plea to Pakistan fans is to give Salman Butt and this young team time to settle. The team has talent but will take time to settle.” Afridi holed out fourth ball at Lord’s on Friday when slogging at part-time spinner Marcus North. “A captain should be an example for the youngsters, for the team, but I didn’t show any example so I’m not capable to play Test cricket,” Afridi said. “If I play (Test) cricket like this it’s better to leave.” —AFP


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Brazil trying to find perfect coach for 2014 WCup SAO PAULO: Brazil is taking its time to choose a new coach, the man who will face the hard task of leading the team at home in the 2014 World Cup. After firing coach Dunga following the disappointing elimination by the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in South Africa, the Brazilian football federation is carefully considering its options before deciding who will be in charge of the fivetime champions four years from now. The federation took a chance in picking Dunga, who had no coaching experience, but this time it may adopt a different approach. Experience will likely be the main requirement, as the pressure for Brazil to succeed at home will be unprecedented. “To lose in 2010 was justifiable, but to

lose in Brazil will be like repeating 1950,” federation president Ricardo Teixeira said recently, referring to the team’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final in Brazil, when the country hosted the tournament for the first — and last — time. The federation said it will make the announcement of the new coach by the end of the month, and the main names touted for the job include World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari, former Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, and three-time Brazilian league champion Muricy Ramalho. Other names reportedly on the list include former player Emerson Leao, Paulo Autuori, and less-experienced coaches such as former AC Milan coach Leonardo, Sao Paulo manager Ricardo Gomes and

Corinthians commander Mano Menezes. Scolari led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002 and is the favorite for fans, local media and even President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who recently said the former Chelsea manager has a “huge advantage over the other candidates” because of his triumph at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Even some other local coaches are behind the return of Scolari. “He is the right coach because of all he has achieved so far,” Santos’ Dorival Junior said. “He is a great person and has the kind of a profile that everyone in football likes.” But Scolari just signed a two-year contract to coach four-time Brazilian champion Palmeiras and hinted he would not be available to the national team until 2012. He

said the federation has not made him an offer so far, but he did leave open the possibility of eventually taking the job. Teixeira may not be willing to wait too long for Scolari, however, and may need to look for alternatives. He could go with established coaches Luxemburgo and Ramalho, who are highly respected by Brazilian fans and media for their success locally. Luxemburgo, currently with Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro, coached Brazil from 1998-2000. He led the team to the 1999 Copa America title, but off-field problems with the revenue service and Brazil’s elimination in the 2000 Olympics eventually cost him the job. He has won five Brazilian league titles with four different teams. Ramalho became a well-regarded name

after leading Sao Paulo to three consecutive Brazilian league titles from 2006-2008. He is currently in charge of Rio de Janeiro club Fluminense. Menezes led Corinthians to the Brazilian Cup title last year, while Gomes has coaching experience abroad with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco and led Sao Paulo to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores this year. “It makes me proud to have my name included in this discussion, but it’s all speculation right now,” Menezes said. Leonardo, who as a player helped Brazil win the 1994 World Cup, had only a brief coaching experience with AC Milan last season and his hiring would mean taking another chance, which Teixeira may not be willing to do. Dunga was chosen to revamp

the national team, replacing veteran Carlos Alberto Parreira following Brazil’s elimination to France in the quarterfinals in Germany in 2006. He imposed a defensive style and left out stars such as Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Adriano, displeasing millions of Brazilian fans, but the team achieved significant results under his command and entered the World Cup as a favorite to win a sixth world title. Despite not impressing, Brazil did well and looked good to go all the way to the final, but a disappointing second half in the quarterfinal match allowed the Dutch to rally to a 2-1 victory. Brazil will play a friendly against the United States in August in New Jersey, and could be playing five other exhibition matches before the end of the year.—AP

Essien scores as Chelsea win pre-season opener Arfsnal, United and Eveton also win

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson

I turned down England job twice, says Ferguson LONDON: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he twice rejected the opportunity to coach the England national team. “I was offered the chance to manage the England team on a couple of occasions but, of course, it was just out of the question,” said the Scot, whose side beat Celtic 3-1 in a pre-season friendly in Toronto on Friday. “It’s a poisoned chalice anyway. I think it’s a terrible job, plus the fact that I would have had a tremendous handicap being Scottish. “No matter which way you look it, that’s important.” The quality of coaching in the English game has once again fallen under the microscope after England’s disappointing World Cup, where they were knocked out in the last 16 after a 4-1 defeat by old rivals Germany. Ferguson, though, feels the blame lies with the intensity of the English Premier League. “The English season is exhausting,” the 68-year-old told Canadian television channel TSN. “Look at December, for instance, when we play eight or nine games even though it’s the worst time of the year for the pitches, when they are heavier and the weather is at its worst. “In the second half of the season, you then find lots of players are carrying little strains and pulls. “But because of the importance of the games they keep on playing and, when they get to the end of the season and there’s an important tournament such as the World

Cup, they are not 100 percent.” Meanwhile, England are poised to appoint a homegrown coach when the reign of Italy’s Fabio Capello comes to an end. Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Association’s director of development, said on Friday that the mood within the governing body is to have an English manager. “I think longer term, after Fabio, we’d like to go English,” Brooking told the BBC. “We want to create a spell where we appoint English coaches and Fabio can help us enormously to bridge that gap and help that transition. “We’ve got a short-term priority of the (Euro 2012) qualifying games but over the next couple of years the National Football Centre will hopefully be built, and that’s going to be the hub site for the future development of English coaches.” Brooking, who was a key member of the FA group that opted to retain the services of Capello when his future was in doubt, said the former AC Milan and Real Madrid coach was as disappointed as everyone else after England’s 4-1 humbling at the hands of Germany in the second round of the World Cup. “We were all stunned at how poor we were,” said Brooking. “We reflected on it, as he did. From a pride point of view he was hugely disappointed - but he wanted to try to do better and help rebuild.” England coach Fabio Capello yesterday demanded that his controversial ‘Capello Index’, which rates the performances of

players at the World Cup, be removed from the Internet. The rankings were published earlier yesterday and included marks awarded to England’s players for their performances in South Africa, where they were knocked out in the last 16 after a humbling 4-1 loss to Germany. Goalkeeper Robert Green was dropped after his blunder gifted the opening goal to the United States in England’s 1-1 draw with their Group C rivals and the West Ham man received Capello’s lowest rating of 51.57. The index uses a statistical system devised by Capello to award players a score out of 100. Underperforming stars such as Wayne Rooney (58.87), Joe Cole (55.45) and Gareth Barry (57.50) fared similarly badly, with striker Jermain Defoe the top-ranked England player on 62.47. Uruguay striker Diego Forlan, who won the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player, was the top-ranked player with a mark of 65.77. Capello called for the index to be removed after saying he had not seen or approved of the rankings. “The index was published without Mr Capello’s knowledge and his representatives have taken immediate steps to have the material taken down,” read a Football Association statement released to the Press Association. Capello had intended to publish his rankings during the World Cup but was persuaded not to do so following talks with the FA.—AFP

Barcelona sign Adriano MADRID: Spanish champions Barcelona on Friday agreed a 9.5 million-euro deal with Sevilla to sign Brazilian utility player Adriano, the club said. The 25-year-old, who can play at full-back or as a wide midfielder, will cost an initial fee of 9.5 million euros and a conditional four million extra depending on his performances. The deal depends on Adriano passing a medical on Saturday at the club’s Camp Nou stadium. Adriano has been at Sevilla since 2004, twice tasting success in both the King’s Cup (2007, 2010) and the UEFA Cup (2006, 2007). He would become the first player to move to Barcelona since the arrival of new club president Sandro Rosell at the beginning of July. Barca have already completed the signing of Spanish international striker David Villa, who arrived from Valencia for a fee close to 40 million euros.—AFP

SPAIN: Barcelona’s Brazilian Adriano Correia (right) shakes hands with Barcelona’s president Sandro Rosell upon arrival at the club’s office in Barcelona. Correia has completed a move from Sevilla to Barcelona, signing a four-year deal with the Catalan club.—AP

LONDON: Premier League champions Chelsea kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace yesterday, while there were also wins for Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton. Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien made a goalscoring return after missing Ghana’s World Cup campaign with a knee injury, netting the winning goal in the 60th minute with a crisp shot from the edge of the Palace area. “It was an important return, he came back very well and played very well,” said Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti. “He is a fantastic player, we missed him last season and we hope he can do the best for this season.” Summer signings Laurent Koscielny and Marouane Chamakh both made their debuts as Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 win in their traditional pre-season curtain-raiser against English fourthtier side Barnet. Russian attacking midfielder Andrey Arshavin put Arsene Wenger’s men 1-0 up after dancing around the goalkeeper in the third minute, before a neat brace by young striker Jay Simpson put the game beyond Barnet. France international Samir Nasri scored Arsenal’s fourth in the 75th minute when he seized on a mistake by a Barnet defender before calmly beating the goalkeeper. Manchester United, who finished second behind Chelsea in the Premier League last season, began their North American tour with a 3-1 defeat of Scottish giants Celtic in Toronto. Dimitar Berbatov put United ahead in the 34th minute, burying the ball in the bottom-right corner with his left foot after controlling Mame Biram Diouf’s leftwing cross. Celtic drew level just after the hour when Giorgios Samaras netted a penalty following debutant Chris Smalling’s foul on Celtic new boy Joe Ledley, before Danny Welbeck restored United’s lead from Berbatov’s cutback. Berbatov then teed up Tom Cleverley, whose shot in the 86th minute deflected off a Celtic defender to leave Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska stranded. “I enjoyed the whole game,” said Berbatov. “We have started well with a win. We have a lot of games before the season starts so I think we will be fully prepared.” Everton rounded off their Australian tour with a third straight win thanks to a goal eight minutes from time against Brisbane Roar from new signing Magaye Gueye. The Frenchman latched onto an inviting low cross from Jose Baxter to tuck the ball home at the back post and give the Toffees a 2-1 victory. Highly rated English midfielder Jack Rodwell gave the visitors the lead with a delightful 20-yard shot in the 49th minute, before Kosta Barbarouses drew the Roar level in the second half. “It’s nice to win games but I’d swap them all for three wins in the Premier League,” said Everton manager David Moyes, whose side also enjoyed victories over Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart. “But we’ll certainly go away with a positive feeling about Australia.” Elsewhere, Bobby Zamora earned last season’s Europa League runners-up Fulham a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth, newly promoted Newcastle won 3-0 at Carlisle and Sunderland defeated near neighbours Darlington 1-0. Liverpool were due to begin their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Saudi champions Al Hilal in Austria, with Tottenham taking on the San Jose Earthquakes in Califonia.—AFP

TORONTO: Tom Cleverly No. 35 of Manchester United kicks the ball from Georgios Samaras No. 9 of Celtic FC during a friendly match at the Rogers Centre. —AFP

Everton see off Roar BRISBANE: A goal by Frenchman Magaye Gueye eight minutes from time was enough to give Everton a 2-1 friendly win over a tenacious Brisbane Roar yesterday. With the scores locked at 1-1 and the Roar dominating territory and possession, Gueye seized on a lapse in concentration from defender Luke Devere to slide the ball into the Brisbane net for the winner. The 2-1 win in front of a crowd of 20,000 ensured Everton finished their three-match Australian tour unbeaten, following victories over Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart. “It’s nice to win games but I’d swap them all for three wins in the Premier League,” Everton manager David Moyes said. “But we’ll certainly go away with a positive feeling about Australia.” Brisbane fans, who saw their team finish second last in the last A-League season, had plenty to cheer about as for long periods of the second half they looked capable of causing a major shock. But the Toffees had too much class and stepped up when it was needed to delight large sections of the crowd decked out in Everton blue. “It felt like the toughest game we’ve had so far,” Everton captain Phil Neville said. “The system that they played made it very difficult in the

first half.” After a dour and mistake-ridden first half the game opened up in the second period as both teams decided to go on the attack. When the first goal finally came in the 49th minute it was a beauty-Jack Rodwell getting the ball 20 metres out and looking up before calmly firing the ball into the top corner past the despairing dive of Roar keeper Michael Theoklitos. Everton then turned the screw, with chances coming thick and fast as the Roar struggled to cope with the pace and passing of the Premier League outfit. Rodwell, Saha and Leon Osman all had good chances to double the lead but were unable to convert. They were made to pay when some slick passing from the Brisbane forwards found replacement striker Kosta Barbarouses with space in the box and he slotted the ball home to level the scores with 24 minutes left on the clock. It was then the home side’s turn to dominate as they began to look for a winner, using the pace of Mitch Nichols and Henrique to find holes in the Everton defence. But the visitors had the final say when Gueye ghosted in behind the defence to meet a Jose Baxter through ball and slide the winner past Theoklitos.—AFP

FIFA to inspect World Cup hopefuls TOKYO: Just a week after the din of celebratory vuvuzela horns died down in South Africa, fresh World Cup fever is gripping nine candidates battling to host the showpiece in 2018 or 2022. The sport’s world governing body FIFA tomorrow kick off a two-month inspection tour of Japan, South Korea, Australia, the Netherlands-Belgium, Russia, England, SpainPortugal, the United States and Qatar in that order. The first stop, Japan, is counting on its impressive organisational, financial and technological power to win the 2022 event. It co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea after staging one summer and two winter Olympics. Japan has promised to treat football fans worldwide to ultra-realistic live three-dimensional broadcasts of matches. Under the six-billion-dollar “Universal Fan Fest” project, matches would be viewed in 3-D by 360 million people at nearly 400 select stadiums in FIFA’s 208 member countries. Japan’s bid also features a plan to invite 6,000 children from the 208 countries to watch matches live, participate in football clinics and learn about environmental issues and world peace with trips to the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “FIFA at its working level has rated Japan’s proposals as outstanding and unique,” said Japan Football Association president Motoaki Inukai, who heads the country’s bid committee. “But it’s a different story how the voting FIFA executives are viewing our proposals.” A team of around six FIFA-appointed

experts, led by Chilean Football Federation president Harold Mayne-Nicholls, will visit the candidate countries to inspect stadiums and other facilities. The panel starts a four-day visit to Japan with a helicopter inspection of the site in the western megacity of Osaka for an 83,000-seat stadium which would host the opening match and final. The team will also tour another stadium and attend a presentation on Japan’s bid in Tokyo. It will draw up technical inspection reports on the feasibility of each bid for FIFA’s 24 executives who will choose the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts on December 2 in Zurich. Japan, South Korea, Australia and Qatar-all members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) — have submitted bids for 2022 only. England, Russia and the United States are bidding to host either 2018 or 2022, as are Spain-Portugal and the Netherlands-Belgium. If Europe gets 2018, the continent will be excluded from the 2022 race. Japan had originally sought to host either 2018 or 2022. But in May it abandoned its 2018 bid to focus on 2022 after learning Europe has a strong chance of hosting the World Cup after Brazil 2014. AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam last month underlined the body’s determination to see an Asian country win 2022. “We have four countries who are very capable of hosting the World Cup,” he said. “Asia will put its best foot forward.” The statement prompted Australia to withdraw its 2018 bid and focus on hosting the 2022 tournament.—AFP

FRANCE: Combo made in Revel shows, (from top, left to right) Kazakh’s Alexandre Vinokourov celebrating on the finish line, the pack riding past sunflowers, the new Green jersey of Best Sprinter, Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi, celebrating on the podium and Yellow jersey of Overall leader, Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck leaving the podium at the end of the 13th stage of the 2010 Tour de France cycling race.—AFP

Vinokourov clinches Tour de France stage REVEL: Alexandre Vinokourov scored his first victory on the Tour de France since completing a doping suspension after a gutsy attack late in the race’s 13th stage from Rodez to Revel yesterday. Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, of Saxo Bank, retained the race leader’s yellow jersey with his 31sec lead on main rival and reigning champion Alberto Contador intact ahead of Sunday’s first stage in the Pyrenees. Vinokourov, who only returned to racing last year, was delighted with his win after capping a late counter-attack to Italian Alessandro Ballan with a determined drive for the finish line. It is his first victory on the race since 2005, when he

won two stages as part of the T-Mobile team. “For me, just to be at the Tour de France is a victory. So to win a stage makes me very happy,” said Vinokourov, who served a two-year ban after being caught blood doping at the race in 2007. “When I was racing as an amateur they used to tell me that winning a stage on the Tour is similar to winning the world championships. And that’s true. “So I’m very happy, not just me but for my team, my family and all the people in Kazakhstan.” Vinokourov attacked late on Friday’s stage to Mende, where he had to drop his own ambitions after Astana teammate

Contador countered a late attack by Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez to overtake the Kazakh rider, eventually taking 10secs off Schleck. This time, Vinokourov made no mistake. After former world champion Ballan had jumped out of the peloton with 8.7km remaining, the Kazakh joined a small group of riders in a bid to close the gap. By the time he had crested the summit, Ballan had run out of juice. Vinokourov soloed past with ease, and employed impressive bike handling skills on the rest of the downhill section to keep the peloton at bay. The HTC-Columbia team of British sprinter Mark Cavendish had been hard at

work all day helping to chase down a three-man breakaway, which was reeled in with 10km remaining. But by then the American outfit had nothing left to offer. The 1.9km-long SaintFerreol climb, just after the 10km to go banner, provided the perfect ramp for the late attacks which came and went, and ended their hopes of seeing Cavendish win a fourth stage on this year’s race. Cavendish went on to win the sprint for second, the Isle of Man rider thus adding precious points to his tally for the green jersey. Despite missing out, he was quick to applaud Vinokourov’s performance. “At the end (of the stage) we weren’t riding full gas,” said Cavendish. “I had to

use my team the whole day so I didn’t have anyone, but if any of the other sprint teams wanted to take it (chase) up maybe we could have got him back. But he did a very impressive ride. “We didn’t win the stage today... but it was an incredible ride by Vinokourov. He deserves that win.” Cavendish consoled himself by picking up 30 points to close the gap significantly to rivals Alessandro Petacchi and reigning champion and competition leader Thor Hushovd. Once again Hushovd finished off the pace, the Norwegian crossing the line in eighth to collect 18pts. That proved insufficient for him to keep the lead of the points competition, now being led by

Netherlands, Argentina book final showdown NOTTINGHAM: Argentina will play the Netherlands in the women Champions Trophy final today after England and New Zealand drew 2-2, Netherlands squeezed a 1-0 win over Germany and Argentina beat China 4-3 yesterday. England’s inability to score one more goal against New Zealand cost them a place in the final, failing to gain the 12 points needed to advance ahead of Argentina. Argentina’s win equalled England’s 10 points but the South Americans secured a final berth with a better goal difference. Germany goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds parried Netherlands’ four first half penalty corner shots in the scoreless first half, winning more contested possessions while Netherlands turned over possession in the midfield and in Germany’s circle. Kim Lammers’ 50th minute goal marked one thousand women’s Champions Trophy goals and earned the Dutch their ninth Champions Trophy final berth. Netherlands’ coach Herman Kruis believes his side advanced by general-

ly sticking to their game plan. “We started the game with the goal to play a better press than the last matches and I think we did that very well because in the press we could pick up some balls and that was our goal for this match,” Kruis said. Germany coach Michael Behrmann was pleased with his side’s showing - if not the result. “I think we played quite well today in a very close match and we had chances to score and while I am not happy with the result I am quite happy with the way we played,” Kruis said. New Zealand spoilt England’s chance of playing in their first Champions Trophy final by drawing 22. The draw gave New Zealand their first point in the tournament and kept alive their record of not losing to England in Champions Trophy tournaments. New Zealand’s Piki Hamahona and Gemma Flynn had New Zealand ahead 2-0 midway through the first half before Nicola White’s field goal and Crista Cullen’s penalty corner conversion levelled matters at the break. England had a penalty corner chance in the last minute, saved by

New Zealand goalkeeper Beth Jurgeleit, clearing Cullen’s high flick with seconds remaining. New Zealand coach Mark Hager was not enthused by New Zealand’s performance. “We were patchy although obviously the two goals in the first half were pleasing, but apart from that, in the second half, I don’t think we created too many opportunities so we need to learn to play for 70 minutes rather than for 15 minutes,” Hager said. England coach Danny Kerry was impressed with New Zealand. “I have watched the matches of New Zealand here and I think this New Zealand squad is very talented,” Kerry said. Argentina struggled to overcome China’s speed at times as they let slip a seemingly safe advantage at 3-1, the Chinese roaring back through Zhao Yudiao and Fu Baorong. But in a thrilling finale Argentina earned a penalty corner converted by Noel Barrionuevo. As the Dutch and Argentina play for gold, Germany and England meet for bronze and China face New Zealand to avoid the wooden spoon.—AFP

Petacchi on 187pts, with Hushovd on 185 and Cavendish on 162. However, Cavendish is coy about his chances. “It’s just important to minimise my losses now. Thor’s always there, Petacchi’s there.... we’ll see what happens,” he added. Today’s 184.5km-long 14th stage from Revel to the summit of Ax-3-Domaines is the first of four in total in the Pyrenees, which are set to stage the yellow jersey duel between Schleck and two-time champion Contador. Vinokourov added: “This victory is also very important for the team’s motivation, especially with four days in the Pyrenees remaining.” —AFP

All Blacks again too fast, accurate for Springboks

NOTTINGHAM: Argentina’s Daniela Srouga (front) takes a shot to score the opening goal of the match during the Samsung Women’s Champions Trophy match at Highfields. —AP

WELLINGTON: The All Blacks again ran the world champion Springboks into submission to win the second Tri-nations rugby Test 31-17 with another four-try bonus point performance here yesterday. A week ago in Auckland in pristine conditions, the All Blacks won 32-12 but were just as dominant in the blustery, wet conditions in Wellington with their high-paced, accurate, running rugby. The margin could have been higher had the usually reliable Dan Carter not had an off-night with the boot, missing three conversions and three penalties before he was replaced by Piri Weepu as kicker. In two Tests against the reigning World and Tri-Nations champions the All Blacks have scored eight tries and conceded only two to firmly lay to rest their nightmare of last year’s 03 whitewash by the Springboks. South Africa were again punished for ill-discipline. A week after Bakkies Botha was yellow-carded, his replacement Danie Rossouw was sent from the field in the fourth minute

and the All Blacks snared two tries before he reappeared. But it was the All Blacks’ ability to recycle the ball and counter-attack, even when deep on defence that the Springboks found hardest to handle. All Blacks coach Graham Henry said the recent victories were down to how the All Blacks have adapted to new law interpretations that allow for quick recycling of possession. “We were prepared to play rugby from a fair way out from the goal line and were prepared to attack from our own half and that resulted in a couple of tries,” Henry said. “The new interpretation of the tackle law has changed the game a lot. It allows you to get continuity of possession and to build to score points and the guys did that exceptionally well.” After the first Test hammering, South African captain John Smit said his side had faith in their traditional forward power game and did not need to match the All Blacks’ free-flow style, seeing improvement despite yesterday’s result. —AFP

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Capitalism bastion HK OKs minimum wage law HONG KONG: Hong Kong passed a minimum wage law yesterday, a rare departure from the wealthy Chinese financial hub’s free-market philosophy that union leaders hailed as a victory for the territory’s underpaid working class. Legislator and union organizer Lee Cheuk-yan called the vote a historic moment requiring the Hong Kong government to set a minimum wage for the first time in the city’s history. “This symbolizes that Hong Kong has said goodbye to shameful wages and embraced social justice for workers. This means goodbye to unfettered capitalism,” Lee said. However, the law doesn’t cover the nearly 280,000 mostly Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers who work as live-in help for Hong Kong families. They are currently promised a monthly minimum wage of 3,580 Hong Kong dollars ($450). China decided to preserve Hong Kong’s capitalist system when Britain returned the territory in 1997. The Beijing-appointed government continued to resist a minimum wage in the name of keeping labor markets free. But under pressure to address the city’s widening rich-poor gap after a voluntary wage protection initiative failed, leader Donald Tsang in 2008 reversed government policy and started efforts to introduce a minimum wage, culminating in yesterday’s law. Although he praised the law backed by probusiness legislators, Lee said it is highly limited, leaving much discretion in the hands of the territory’s leader, who is traditionally allied with the business community. The Hong Kong leader is empowered to recommend a minimum wage level, which the legislature can approve or reject but can’t amend. Once the level is set, the law requires the wage level to be reviewed every two years — instead of the annual review demanded by unionists. The Hong Kong administration excluded the nearly 280,000 mostly Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers on the grounds that it is difficult to calculate their work hours given the round-the-clock nature of their jobs, also noting they are promised benefits like housing, food, medical care and free travel to their home countries. Any minimum wage law “must balance the interests of every party,” Secretary for Labor and Welfare Matthew Cheung told legislators yesterday. Tsang will propose the first minimum wage level in November, Cheung said. The current consensus ranges from the HK$24 ($3) an hour backed by business interests to the HK$33 ($4) demanded by local unions — about the average price of a fast-food meal and still low in one of the most expensive cities in the world. The federal minimum wage in the United States is $7.25; in Britain, it’s 5.80 pounds ($9); in Canada, it ranges from 8 to 10.25 Canadian dollars ($7.6 to $9.7) depending on province; in New Zealand, it’s 12.75 New Zealand dollars ($9). Hong Kong is one of the world’s richest territories with a 2008 per capita GDP of $30,863, but is also among the most stratified economies. It came last in income equality among 38 countries and territories the United Nations Development Program’s 2009 Human Development Report ranked as the world’s most advanced. — AP

Binladin sells sukuk amid tight credit RIYADH: Private contractor Saudi Binladin Group has raised 700 million riyals ($187 million) from the kingdom’s first short-term Islamic bond, opening a new window for credit-hungry firms amid tight lending conditions. In a statement on Saturday, the issue’s security agent, SABB — which is HSBC’s Saudi affiliate-did not disclose the maturity of the sukuk. It said the placement was private, offered to Saudi investors and issued through Saudi BinLadin Sukuk Co. “The sukuk issuance ... was oversubscribed by more than 2.5 times ... (and was) the first short-term issuance in Saudi Arabia; the first credit enhanced structure incorporating the sharing of assigned government contract payment and the first issuance to be issued on a zero coupon, discount to maturity basis,” SABB said. Government agencies, insurance companies, mutual funds and individual investors bought into the issue, Saudi Binladin said in the statement without giving a breakdown. This was Saudi Binladin’s second sukuk issue since 2008 when it raised 1 billion riyals, also under a private placement. After years of rapid credit growth, the profitability of most Saudi banks has been hit over the past four quarters by hefty provisions to counter exposure to troubled Saudi firms and a slowdown in lending. Saudi lenders had a difficult year in 2009 with profitability eroded by a doubling of provisions for non-performing loans to about 11 billion riyals within a year as a rising number of Saudi and regional firms ran into financial problems. “Considering Saudi local market conditions and investors’ preferences, the development of commercial paper in Saudi will enable corporate short term funding requirements to diversify away from bank sources,” SABB said. “(Saudi Binladin’s latest sukuk issue) is expected to prove to be an attractive alternate financing source to support local issuer requirements,” SABB added. — Reuters

Rare departure from wealthy hub’s free-market policy

HONG KONG: A female employee buses tables at a local fast-food chain in Hong Kong. Hong Kong passed a minimum wage law yesterday, a rare departure from the wealthy Chinese financial hub’s free-market philosophy that union leaders hailed as a victory for the territory’s underpaid working class.—AP

BP, scientists try to make sense out of well puzzle NEW ORLEANS: Engineers kept vigil yesterday over the massive cap holding back oil from BP’s busted Gulf well, their eyes glued to monitors in a faraway control room that displayed pressure readings, temperature gauges and underwater images. Their round-the-clock work deciphering a puzzle of data from undersea robots and instruments at the wellhead is helping BP and the government determine whether the cap is holding tight as the end of a critical 48-hour testing window approaches. Signs so far have been promising but inconclusive. Saturday afternoon will mark two full days since BP stopped the oil from leaking into the Gulf and entered into the pressure-testing phase. At that point engineers could offer more definitive evidence that the cap is working, or call for more testing. At any time before then, they could also reopen the cap and allow some oil to spill into the sea again. Scientists are watching for leaks either in the well itself or the sea floor. Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said on a Friday evening conference call that engineers had found no indication that the well has started leaking underground. “No news is good news, I guess that’s how I’d say it,” Wells said. One mysterious development was that the pressure readings were not rising as high as expected, said retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man on the crisis. Allen said two possible reasons were being debated by scientists: The reservoir that is the source of the oil could be running lower three months into the spill. Or there could be an undiscovered leak somewhere down in the well. Allen ordered further study but remained confident. “This is generally good news,” he said. But he cautioned, “We need to be careful not to do any harm or create a situation that cannot be

No indication well has started leaking underground

GRAND ISLE: Oil cleanup workers use pressure washers as they clean up the beach on Grand Isle, Los Angeles. The wellhead from the Deepwater Horizon incident has been capped and BP says there are no signs that the well has started leaking underground more than a day after it was capped. — AP reversed.” Inside BP’s command center hundreds of miles (kilometers) away in Houston, engineers, scientists and technicians have been carefully monitoring reams of data around the clock, BP’s chief operating officer, Doug Suttles, told The Associated Press on Friday. Other engineers watched on monitors aboard ships at sea. “You’ve got a very, very focused group of people because this is very important,” Suttles said. Asked if people are nervous, knowing the whole world is watching and government offi-

cials are sitting with them to monitor their work, Suttles replied: “I wouldn’t say they are nervous. I would use the word focused.” Throughout the day, no one was declaring victory-or failure. President Barack Obama cautioned the public “not to get too far ahead of ourselves,” warning of the danger of new leaks “that could be even more catastrophic.” Even if the cap passes the test, more uncertainties lie ahead: Where will the oil already spilled go? How long will it take to clean up the coast? What will happen to the region’s fishermen?

And will life on the Gulf Coast ever be the same again? On Thursday, BP closed the vents on the new, tight-fitting cap and finally stopped crude from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since the April 20 oil-rig explosion that killed 11 workers and unleashed the spill 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) down. With the cap working like a giant cork to keep the oil inside the well, scientists kept watch in case the buildup of pressure underground caused new leaks in the well pipe and in

the surrounding bedrock that could make the disaster even worse. Pressure readings after 24 hours were about 6,700 pounds per square inch and rising slowly, Allen said, below the 7,500 psi that would clearly show the well was not leaking. He said pressure continued to rise between 2 and 10 psi per hour. A low pressure reading, or a falling one, could mean the oil is escaping. But Allen said a seismic probe of the surrounding sea floor found no sign of a leak in the ground. Benton F. Baugh, president of Radoil Inc in Houston and a National Academy of Engineering member who specializes in underwater oil operations, warned that the pressure readings could mean that an underground blowout could occur. He said the oil coming up the well may be leaking out underground and entering a geological pocket that might not be able to hold it. But Roger N. Anderson, a professor of marine geology and geophysics at Columbia University, said the oil pressure might be rising slowly not because of a leak, but because of some kind of blockage in the well. “If it’s rising slowly, that means the pipe’s integrity’s still there. It’s just getting around obstacles,” he said. He added that “any increase in pressure is good, not bad.” The cap is designed to prevent oil from spilling into the Gulf, either by keeping it bottled up in the well, or by capturing it and piping it to ships on the surface. It is not yet clear which way the cap will be used if it passes the pressure test. Either way, the cap is a temporary measure until a relief well can be completed and mud and cement can be pumped into the broken well deep underground to seal it more securely than the cap. The first of the two relief wells being drilled could be done by late July or August. In a positive sign, work on the relief wells resumed Friday. —AP

Austerity clouds outlook at Farnborough air show

LONDON: Randy Tinseth, Vice President of Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airlines, addresses journalists at the annual Boeing industry forecast press briefing, in central London. — AFP

LONDON: The slow global economic recovery and sharp cuts to national defense budgets are expected to blow a chill wind through the Farnborough International Airshow next week. But there are some glimmers of light amid the austerity gloom as plane makers, government ministers and military top brass gather for one of the aviation and defense industry’s premier events. There’s buzz about the debut of two of the world’s most long-anticipated aircraft — the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A400M — and likely commercial plane orders from buyers in the Middle East and Asia. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 38 countries have signed up to take part in the weeklong event showcasing both commercial and defense aircraft. Delegations from Egpyt, Taiwan and Morocco will be attending for the first time, while organizers also cited stronger interest from major players China and Russia. Analysts expect the event to be more upbeat than last year’s sister show in Le Bourget outside Paris as the global economy staggers back to its feet, but they aren’t holding their breath for orders anywhere near the record-breaking $88.7 billion worth announced in Farnborough in 2008.

“The show is a little too soon to see a huge rise of orders, but there’ll probably be more than Paris,” said Forecast International analyst Raymond Jaworowski. “We should start to see orders accelerate late this year.” Boeing, which suffered a setback on the eve of the show by revealing that delivery of the already long-delayed 787 may be set back yet again, this week predicted that the global airline industry will need $3.6 trillion in new aircraft over the next 20 years. The Geneva-based International Air Transport Association has forecast that global industry profits will reach $2.5 billion this year, an upturn from the huge $9.4 billion loss in 2009. Analysts expect Asia and North America to lead the recovery, with Europe lagging behind. Strikes at some airlines, the debt crisis and the volcanic ash cloud that caused major disruptions this spring are all hurting Europe’s recovery. Analysts are instead expecting Middle Eastern and Asian buyers to put up some money. Emirates airline, the largest in the Gulf states, has indicated it would announce new orders at Farnborough after surprising many with a repeat order last month for 32 Airbus A380 superjumbos. —AP



Sunday, July 18, 2010

KSE index bounces back, investors eye corp results KUWAIT: The Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) was able to extend previous week’s gain on July 14, taking its index to the highest level since June 24. However, the last trading session saw some profit-booking ending the week at 187.01 point, up by 1.60 percent as measured by Global’s weighted General Index. The recent rise in the index took the market once again to the positive side on a year-to-date basis recording 0.42 percent at week end. On the other hand, Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) price index was also up by 81.80 points (1.27 percent) and closed the week at 6,512.7 points. Total market capitalization reached KD30.92bn. Market breadth was notably skewed towards advancers with 94 stocks advancing against 29 declining out of 138 shares traded this week. Trading activity was lower, and distributing among all market sectors. Negative sentiment also remains as investors expects bad corporate results for the second quarter of the year in line with the retreating performance of the Kuwaiti bourse that affected company results specially the investment sector. It is worth mentioned that the KSE, measured by Global General Index, retreated by 12.60 percent during 2Q2010 as compared with an increase of 13.27 percent in 1Q2010. The biggest retreat was seen in the investment sector, shedding 23.70 percent in 2Q2010 compared with an increase of 4.33 percent in 1Q2010. Volume traded was down by 7.11 percent reaching 1.18bn shares changing hands at a total traded value of KD118.66mn (32.09 percent decline compared to the week before). The trading volume was highly seen on the Real Estate Sector which accounted for 38.54 percent (455.60mn shares) of the total market traded volume. The high figure is attributed to the continuous intense trading occurring on Investors Holding Group Company’s share for several weeks now, which saw alone 272.08mn shares traded, accounting for 23.01 percent of the overall weekly traded volume. The scrip topped the volume list and ended the week up by 2.27 percent. On the value side, the Services Sector saw the most value traded with KD36.71mn exchanged, accounting for 30.94 percent of the total market traded value. Zain topped the value list for the week with KD14.50mn traded on its share, accounting for 12.22 percent of the total weekly traded value. The scrip of the largest listed company in the bourse concluded the week up by 1.72 percent. Looking at the market sectors’ performances, Global Insurance Sector Index was the only loser, shedding 2.53 percent of its value. The huge drop, for the second week, in the share price of First Takaful Insurance (-34.57 percent) caused the index retreat. The stock topped the losers list for the week closing at KD0.106. All other market sectors concluded the week with gain. Global Industrial Sector Index was the biggest advancer, adding 4.29 percent to its value with two of the industrial companies topping the gainers list for the week. Salbookh Trading Company led with 23.53 percent increase in its share price followed by an increase of 22.99 percent in the share price of Mena Holding Group. Global Services Sector Index came second, adding 2.67 percent with an increase seen in the share prices of the biggest three companies in the sector. Global Investment Sector Index was the third biggest gainer, adding 2.46 percent. Two of the investment companies were seen on the top gainers list. AlSalam Group Holding Company and International Financial Advisers added 19.10 percent and 17.31 percent, respectively to their share prices. Global’s special indices were all up by the end of the week. Global Large Cap (Top 10)


Index rose by 1.06 percent while Global Small Cap (Low 10) index added 1.82 percent to its value. Global Islamic Sharia Index was also up by 1.26 percent. Macroeconomic News Kuwait’s consumer prices rose 0.8 percent month-on-month in March, lifted by rising food and housing costs, after falling 0.3 percent in February, the Kuwait’s statistics office said this week. Gulf consumer price growth is expected to pick up speed again this year as economies in the world’s largest oil- exporting region recover from the 2009 slowdown, but analysts expect mostly low single digits due to sluggish credit growth. On the year, consumer prices in OPEC member Kuwait rose 2.9 percent in March, continuing an upward trend after touching a three-and-half year low of 1.6 percent in November. Housing prices, which have the largest weight of 27 percent in the overall basket, rose 1.42 percent month-on-month in March, after staying flat for two months in a row. Food prices, which account for 18 percent of the basket, grew by 0.7 percent month-on-month, following a 0.3 percent decrease in February. Transport prices, the third biggest basket component, were unchanged on the month for the second month in a row. A Reuters poll forecast Kuwait’s inflation at 4.0 percent for the full year of 2010, the same as last year. Oil Related News The Kuwaiti crude oil price closed higher this week by $4.70 reaching $72.01 per barrel (pb) on Wednesday, July 14, compared to the previous Wednesday, July 07, revealed Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said. The decline in oil prices lately is due to the report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) expecting a slowdown in the

global demand on oil by more than 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2011. However, priced of the Kuwaiti crude is currently much better compared to prices in the last two years, at some time reaching a low of $32.89 bp, in December 2008. Kuwait has kept the official selling price (OSP) for its crude oil sales to Asian buyers for August at $2.00 a barrel below the average of Oman/Dubai quotes, the same with for July, a trader said on Monday, July 12. That is within the range of expectations in a Reuters survey. Kuwait’s crude price formula is loosely linked to that of Saudi Arabia’s Arab Medium grade. Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) cancelled a tender to sell 24,000 tons of light naphtha for early August loading due to low bids, dragged down by rising supplies and cracker outage in Taiwan, traders said last week. KPC had previously sold around 150,000 tons of naphtha for July loading, comprising both light and full-range grade, at premiums in the high single-digit a ton level to Middle East quotes on a free-on-board (FOB) basis. Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of State for Development Affairs and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad AlSabah said that his government signed contracts involving more than KD2bn to implement several vital projects envisaged in the development plan. These projects are part of the country’s quest for transformation into a leading international financial, commercial and service hub, Al-Sabah said. He made the remarks after the signing ceremony of a contract between the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the developer of the first stage of the project to launch Kuwait Cargo City at Kuwait International Airport (KIA). “The development projects focus on improving the infrastructure and the public

utilities nationwide particularly the land, sea and airports this year and the coming year,” the minister pointed out. Liquidity infusion The Kuwait government is ready to inject liquidity through its sovereign wealth fund the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) to support its stock market, Trade and Industry Minister Ahmad Al-Haroun said this week. The setup of the bourse authority will help improve the conditions of the Kuwaiti market, he added. Last week, the country’s prime minister said that eighteen candidates have so far turned down the offer to head Kuwait’s new markets regulator, but the government hopes to fill the post soon. Kuwait’s parliament approved in February a much-delayed bill to set up a watchdog for the bourse that has been plagued with irregularities in prices and disclosure. The European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed to hold an “economic dialogue” every year to boost and expand economic and trade cooperation and relations between the two major regional blocs. The agreement came following the second EU-GCC Economic Dialogue which ended in Kuwait this week. The first one was in 2003. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) signed a contract this week for establishing the first phase of a Kuwait cargo city within Kuwait International Airport. This is a key project for the country’s development plan. It will cover 3mn square meters and is going to be the largest cargo city in the Middle East, said the directorate. DGCA issued a report this week stating that the Kuwait Cargo City will be located between the western and third runway. It also includes a parking area capable of handling up to 67 giant cargo planes (Airbus A380 and Boeing B800-747).

Kuwait Stock Exchange Kuwait Projects Company Holding (KIPCO) said that it plans to sell a 13 percent stake in its commercial banking arm Burgan Bank to its 96-percent owned unit United Gulf Bank. KIPCO said it will not book any profits or losses from the transaction. KIPCO owns a 55.5 percent stake in Burgan Bank according to bourse data. Last week, Bahrain-based UGB, KIPCO’s investment banking unit said it got the Kuwaiti central bank approval to acquire a 20 percent stake in Burgan. Moreover, Kuwait Projects Company Holding (KIPCO) announced the completion of a $500mn (KD144mn) bond issue under its $2bn Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) Program. Last week a banker with the lead arrangers said that KIPCO has launched a $500mn bond issue with a 10-year tenor. The banker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a yield guidance of 9.5 percent has been set for the bond sale. Lead arrangers said that KIPCO is considering a benchmark-sized bond issue with a 10-year tenor, making it the first offering from a Kuwaiti corporate this year. This transaction followed on the back of a highly successful $500mn seven-year offering from KIPCO in 2009. The 10-year fixed-rate note is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Highlights Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of State for Development Affairs and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad AlSabah has issued a decision to form a higher committee chaired by Deputy Director of Fatwa and Legislation Department Counselor Faisal Al-Sarawi to review all laws, legislations, rules and regulations related to the State’s major contracts. Counselor Al-Sarawi said that the aim of

forming the committee is to remove the obstacles which can impede signing or implementing the contracts which should meet the requirements of the development plan. He added that the committee will review all laws and decrees related to major contracts and put forward the recommendations whether to issue new laws and decrees or amend the ones in force. AlSarawi said that the committee is expected, during the coming period, to discuss the proposed solutions and the experiences of other countries in this regard in order to develop new laws or amend current ones in order to achieve the aims of the development plan. Al-Safat Investment Company was granted the approval of the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) to repurchase or divest up to 10 percent of its issued shares for further 6 months, as of the current approval expiry on July 28, 2010. Al-Safat should abide by CBK buyback rules and regulations, in addition to the provisions of Article No 115 bis of Corporate Law. Combined Group Contracting Company (CGC) announced that it was awarded the lowest prices in the tender No. QR/T 241 from the Ministry of Public Works for the general maintenance for expressways in the State of Kuwait. The 24 months contract is worth KD3mn. Zain, the biggest Kuwait-listed company, said it is open to investing in communications and the Internet in the Middle East, its Chief Executive, Nabil bin Salama said. He stated that the company’s profits for the first half will be “good”. He noted that Zain was interested in acquiring the telecoms company it operates in Lebanon, MTC Touch, if the government decides to sell it. The mobile telecommunication company, Zain, is ready to launch more investments in the communication and cyber domains in the Middle East, the group Chief Executive Officer said.) Management representatives from The Investment Dar and the Coordinating Committee (CC) of its banks and investors including their advisors met on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 in Dubai to discuss the impact on the current restructuring plan of the regulatory changes for Kuwaiti investment companies recently announced by the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK). The new regulations from the CBK, which require full compliance with certain financial ratios by June 2012, had not been envisaged during the development of the existing restructuring plan. Preliminary discussions took place and further discussions are planned to start reviewing alternatives and to also include all stakeholders to ensure that Dar’s restructuring fully complies with all regulatory and other requirements. Ahli United Bank received the approval of the Egyptian Central Bank to increase its stake in Commercial Bank of Iraq (CBI) from 49 percent to 75 percent, by purchasing 6.60bn shares at KD1.360 each through. AUB currently owns 26.40bn shares or 49 percent of CBI. The purchase will start seven days after the date of the announcement and will run for two months, under the trading mechanism applicable on Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX). Commercial International Bank (CIB) will suspend its trading in the Kuwait Stock Exchange as of September 16, 2010. CIB’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) had approved the delisting of the stock on March 17, 2010. CIB shares will continue trading on the Egyptian Exchange (EGX), London Stock Exchange (LSE) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). CIB announced also that in guarantees the payment of any liabilities including dividend distributions for previous years, in coordination with Kuwait Clearing Company (KCC).

EXCHANGE RATES Commercial Bank of Kuwait US Dollar/KD GB Pound/KD Euro Swiss francs Canadian Dollar Australian DLR Indian rupees Sri Lanka Rupee UAE dirhams Bahraini dinars Jordanian dinar Saudi riyals Omani riyals Philippine peso Egyptian pounds US Dollar/KD GB Pound/KD Euro Swiss francs Canadian dollars Danish Kroner Swedish Kroner Australian dlr Hong Kong dlr Singapore dlr Japanese yen Indian Rs/KD Sri Lanka rupee Pakistan rupee Bangladesh taka UAE dirhams Bahraini dinars Jordanian dinar Saudi Riyal/KD Omani riyals Philippine Peso US Dollar Sterling pounds Swiss Francs Saudi Riyals

.2850000 .4320000 .3620000 .2700000 .2770000 .2500000 .0045000 .0020000 .0784920 .7647250 .4020000 .0750000 .7496800 .0045000 .0500000 CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES .2891500 .4344810 .3641250 .2723900 .2790690 .0488430 .0386850 .2525700 .0371810 .2090640 .0032640 .0062180 .0025640 .0033810 .0041900 .0787630 .7673550 .4089320 .0771450 .7514060 .0062850 TRANSFER CHEQUES RATES .2912500 .4375480 .2743190 .0776370

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. Japanese Yen Indian Rupees


.2950000 .4410000 .3690000 .2780000 .2850000 .2590000 .0075000 .0035000 .0792810 .7724100 .4180000 .0790000 .7572150 .0072000 .0580000 .2912500 .4375480 .3666960 .2743190 .2810450 .0491890 .0389590 .2543530 .0374440 .2105450 .0032870 .0062620 .0025820 .0034050 .0042200 .0792650 .7722470 .4118280 .0776370 .7561960 .0063300

Pakistani Rupees Srilankan Rupees Nepali Rupees Singapore Dollar Hongkong Dollar Bangladesh Taka Philippine Peso Thai Baht Irani Riyal - Transfer Irani Riyal - Cash

3.381 2.563 3.884 211.100 37.368 4.175 6.248 8.988 0.296 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES Saudi Riyal 77.275 Qatari Riyal 79.612 Omani Riyal 752.770 Bahraini Dinar 769.580 UAE Dirham 78.903 ARAB COUNTRIES Egyptian Pound - Cash 54.000 Egyptian Pound 50.886 Yemen Riyal 1.281 Tunisian Dinar 199.330 Jordanian Dinar 409.170 Lebanese Lira 194.400 Syrian Lier 6.188 Morocco Dirham 34.235 EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 289.630 Euro 378.550 Sterling Pound 447.190 Canadian dollar 277.960 Turkish lire 188.700 Swiss Franc 279.840 Australian dollar 251.400 US Dollar Buying 288.145 GOLD 20 Gram 239.000 10 Gram 120.000 5 Gram 63.250

Euro Cash Hongkong dollar Indian rupees Indonesia Iranian tuman Iraqi dinar Japanese yen Jordanian dinar Lebanese pound Malaysian ringgit Morocco dirham Nepalese Rupees New Zealand dollar Nigeria Norwegian krone Omani Riyal Pakistani rupees Philippine peso Qatari riyal Saudi riyal Singapore dollar South Africa Sri Lankan rupees Sterling pound Swedish krona Swiss franc Syrian pound Thai bhat Tunisian dollar UAE dirham U.S. dollars Yemeni Riyal 10 Tola Sterling Pound US Dollar

SELL CASH 259.200 770.640 4.290 284.900 569.000 14.100 49.500 167.800 53.830

371.000 37.730 6.210

409.620 0.195 92.960 3.880 210.000 752.590 3.390 6.265 79.710 77.370 211.410 40.560 2.580 443.000 276.400 9.150 78.970 289.800

GOLD 1,317.640 TRAVELLER’S CHEQUE 443.000 289.800

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Bahrain Exchange Company COUNTRY Australian dollar Bahraini dinar Bangladeshi taka Canadian dollar Cyprus pound Czek koruna Danish krone Deutsche Mark Egyptian pound

372.500 37.880 6.530 0.035 0.274 0.258 3.380 411.500 0.196 92.960 48.200 4.530 211.500 1.974 46.800 752.770 3.560 6.550 80.140 77.370 211.410 40.560 2.746 445.000 39.700 277.900 6.400 9.310 198.263 79.070 290.200 1.330

SELL DRAFT 257.700 770.640 4.180 283.400

211.400 51.922

Rate for Transfer US Dollar Canadian Dollar Sterling Pound Euro Swiss Frank Cyprus Pound Bahrain Dinar UAE Dirhams Qatari Riyals Saudi Riyals Jordanian Dinar Egyptian Pound Indian Rupees Pakistani Rupees

Selling Rate 290.300 282.805 439.851 368.090 274.402 711.549 768.397 79.018 79.717 77.382 409.655 51.041 6.234 3.394

Sri Lankan Rupees Bangladesh Taka Philippines Pesso Japanese Yen Thai Bhat Syrian Pound Nepalese Rupees

2.558 4.198 6.281 3.260 8.961 6.333 3.888

Kuwait Bahrain Intl Exchange Co. Currency US Dollar Pak Rupees Indian Rupees Sri Lankan Rupees Bangladesh Taka Philippines Peso UAE Dirhams Saudi Riyals Bahraini Dinars Egyptian Pounds Pound Sterling Indonesian Rupiah Nepali rupee Yemeni Riyal Jordanian Dinars Syrian Pounds Euro Candaian Dollars

Rate per 1000 (Tran) 289.700 3.395 6.225 2.570 4.180 6.295 78.960 77.460 770.100 50.920 445.200 0.00003280 3.890 1.550 411.500 5.750 373.900 286.800

Al Mulla Exchange Currency Transfer Rate (Per 1000 US Dollar 289.200 Euro 378.000 Pound Sterling 447.350 Canadian Dollar 280.000 Japanese Yen 3.350 Indian Rupee 6.205 Egyptian Pound 50.850 Sri Lankan Rupee 2.564 Bangladesh Taka 4.169 Philippines Peso 6.255 Pakistan Rupee 3.390 Bahraini Dinar 769.000 UAE Dirham 78.720 Saudi Riyal 77.260 *Rates are subject to change


Sunday, July 18, 2010


Kuwait could see a KD7bn budget surplus in FY10/11 Crude prices stabilize after May drop KUWAIT: Crude oil prices ended the month of June more or less where they started it, following a sharp fall in May. The price of Kuwait Export Crude (KEC) finished June at $71 per barrel (pb), the same as a month earlier and

BMW 7 Series

BMW Group Mideast sales increase 13% in H1 2010 Both BMW and MINI brands witness double-digit growth KUWAIT: BMW Group Middle East has completed the first six months of 2010 with a 13% sales growth over the same period in 2009. Across 14 Middle East markets, the world’s most successful premium automotive manufacturer delivered 8,096 BMW and MINI vehicles to customers, signaling the underlying strength of both brands in the region. The company made gains virtually all 14 Middle East markets. Pakistan and Yemen achieved record sales for BMW with both markets more than doubling year on year sales with Pakistan up 180% (14 vehicles sold) and Yemen up by 105% (39 vehicles). Other markets that recorded double digit growth were: Syria with an increase of 65% (742 cars); Abu Dhabi up 38% (1,707 cars), the highest number of vehicles sold across the region, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where sales increased by 19% (1,478 cars). Notable increases were also recorded in Oman and Bahrain where sales were up 9% (304 cars) and 4% (319 cars) respectively. BMW’s flagship BMW 7 Series remained the top selling model with 2,402 cars sold an increase of 16%; followed by the BMW X6, a popular model in the Middle East, which achieved 1,319 cars, a growth of 6%. Meanwhile, the BMW X5, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in the Middle East this year, was the third biggest selling model with 1,266 cars sold. The strongest growth in the first half year was reported by the BMW Z4 with sales increasing 173%. Each of these models: the BMW 7 Series, the BMW X6/ X5 and the BMW Z4 remain the global market leaders in their respective segments. Contributing to BMW Group Middle East’s performance for the period under review was the BMW 5 Series, selling 1,312

cars marking an increase of 34%. Launched in March this year, the new BMW 5 Series is a core products for BMW and combines sporting and elegant design, excellent comfort, the highest standard in efficiency in its class and sets the benchmark in driving dynamics and safety having recently achieved five stars in the Euro NCap vehicle safety assessment program. The MINI brand also performed exceptionally well with sales increasing by 28%, a total of 293 cars were sold across eight Middle East markets compared to the first six months of 2009. Markets that performed well included Oman with an increase of 233% sales growth, Qatar with 200% growth, Dubai with 85% and Lebanon with 60%. The MINI brand will diverse over the next couple of years to include three new models with the first new vehicle, the MINI Countryman, arriving in the Middle East in January 2011. The MINI Countryman will be the first MINI with four doors, four wheel- drive, four individual seats and measures more than four meters in length. It will be the answer to the needs of customers who are looking for a bit more MINI, and a MINI which goes far beyond urban boundaries. Commenting on the first half year success, Phil Horton, Managing Director, BMW Group Middle East said: “We had six new BMW model launches in the first six months of the year: two ActiveHybrid models, Gran Turismo, 5 Series, X1 and X5, so it’s been a busy and successful start to the year. We are very pleased with the sales results for both our BMW and MINI brands and look forward to continuing to work closely with all our importers during the second half of the year to achieve our 2010 year-end sales target.”

Mini Countryman

Bukhamseen Group wins awards for Hospitality Company of Year KUWAIT: Every year, the top achievers in every field of business deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their work in every category of the business world, both on a corporate and individual level. With this aim in mind, the Arabian Business Awards returned to Kuwait this year to acknowledge the outstanding business performers of the year. The CEO and the publisher of the Journal of ITP, Walid Akkawi, distributed the awards to the winners, to the applause of more than 250 businesspersons convened there, from various business segments of the Arab World. At a time, when the world still stands threatened by the recession crisis in Europe and US, the award ceremony is a step towards acknowledging excellence even in these tough times. Held at the Courtyard, Marriott on 21 June 2010, there were awards distributed under 18 categories, varying

from technology to aviation and including the Lifetime achievement as well at a glittering evening. The Bukhamseen Group Holdings won the award for the best company in the tourism sector, under the title of Hospitality Company of the year. Raed Bukhamseen, the Vice President of the company received the award amidst applause of appreciation. The award for the Hospitality Company of the year comes as

appreciation for all the hard work and dedicated efforts that has been put into the hotels and restaurants owned by the group. This is an award of excellence, marking them as top in class for their remarkable achievement in the past year. This achievement has marked a milestone for the Bukhamseen Holding Group and may there be many more laurels added on in the years to come.

The improved environment for oil prices in June partly reflected an easing of pessimism surrounding prospects for the global economy, and especially concerns over financial stability within the euro-zone. As a result, the euro gained ground against the US dollar, reversing some of the 7% drop seen in May. A weaker dollar is usually supportive of crude oil prices. Also, tensions surrounding the onset of the US Atlantic hurricane season - and its potential crimping of supplies from the Gulf of Mexico - provided support. Ultimately, however, more benign than expected storm paths and weak US jobs data saw bearish sentiment reassert itself in early July, pushing the price of KEC back below the $70 pb mark. Most of the major global benchmark crude prices pushed back up towards the $80 pb mark in June. The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI), for example, rose to almost $79 in late June, around $6 above the same-day price for KEC. Both WTI and its European equivalent blend, Brent, had slipped back to $72 pb by early July, however. Futures contracts for both crudes are still pricing in a gradual rise to more than $80 pb over the next couple of years probably in anticipation of a stronger global economy and the return of fears over medium-term shortages in crude supplies. In general, analysts expect a year of solid growth in oil demand in 2010, though small changes continue to be made in light of the ebbs and flows of the latest economic data. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revised up its forecast for global oil demand this year from 1.6 to 1.7 million barrels per day (mbpd, 2.0%) based upon stronger than expected preliminary OECD data, but continues to emphasize the downside risks. The Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES) meanwhile, highlights the apparent recovery in US oil demand (particularly for industry-sensitive middle distillate products such as diesel) and the scope for the US to compete as a driver of oil demand growth with China. Nevertheless, it has revised down its 2010 oil demand growth forecast by 0.2 mbd to 1.6 mbpd, reflecting what it sees as a loss of momentum in the global economy more generally. It predicts no crisis for the world economy in 2011, however, with oil demand seen growing by another solid 1.4 mbd (1.8%) next year. Crude output of the OPEC-11 (i.e. excluding Iraq) rose by 17,000 bpd in May to 26.83 mbpd, leaving overall production at almost 2.0 mbpd above its official quota levels. Nigeria and Venezuela - two of the cartel’s serial over-producers added an extra 36,000 bpd of crude between them, which was not offset by falls in output of some other members. Most observers expect the organization to retain a cautious stance on changes in quota levels, despite the current indiscipline. But in fact, behavior beyond OPEC policy circles may be more important in determining changes in oil supplies this year. Output of OPEC natural gas liquids - not subject to cartel quotas - is expected to rise by at least 0.5 mbpd this year, while non-OPEC oil supplies could rise by even more. Together, this might inject as much as 1.5 mbpd to total liquids supply, more than double the amount likely to be added by OPEC crude. This significant increase in global oil supplies - which could amount to some 2 mbpd this year is expected to be enough to offset the anticipated recovery in global demand, and cap any major upward shift in prices. Indeed, despite growing at a reasonably healthy 1.6 mbpd pace this year, year-on-year demand growth is expected to ease in 2H10, providing scope for crude prices to drop off somewhat. Assuming that OPEC crude output remains more or less unchanged at current levels, the price of KEC would start to dip in the current quarter, reaching $71 pb in 1Q11 and averaging $73 pb for FY2010/11 as a whole. A lower price scenario could emerge from a combination of weaker than expected global oil demand growth - just 1 mbpd - and stronger than expected non-OPEC supplies - a rise of 0.8 mbpd versus 0.6 mbpd. The former in particular seems a plausible risk given the tighter fiscal policies expected in many parts of the world later this year. In this case, the price of KEC might fall to well below $60 pb by the start of next year, and average $65 in FY10/11. It should be noted, however, that OPEC would be likely to react to such a prospect, making it less likely to occur in the first place.

well off the 19-month high of $84 recorded in early May. There was still some intra-month volatility, however, with prices falling to $69 mid-month before rising back up to $75 later on.

Wataniya accompanied students during World Cup season at GUST KUWAIT: Following a month filled with enthusiasm, lots of cheering and exciting moments Wataniya is glad to announce the success of its sponsorship of the Sports and Talents Clubs at GUST University where all of the World Cup games were broadcasted on a huge screen for students to watch at the campus’s auditorium. The event witnessed the presence of both South Africa and Zimbabwe Counsels in addition to a great number of students. During the breaks, and on days where games didn’t take place, PlayStation Championships took place and winners received Free Wink Lines. Regarding the sponsorship, Abdol Aziz Al-Balool PR Manager of Wataniya commented: “The students World Cup spirit and energy was something we truly enjoyed witnessing. Wataniya’s team is glad to have taken this step to sponsor the games at GUST.” “We look forward for further opportunities that will give us the chance in being part of the

student life to further encourage them to become more active in athletic activities and supporting their educational mission,” Al-Balool Added. Sports Club Chairman Muhammad Al-Kanaderi expresses his gratitude to Wataniya Telecom saying that they are so glad to have this

kind of sponsorship by Wataniya which created successful interactive atmosphere among all the students. “We are looking forward to have Wataniya with us in all future events”. Wataniya has a fruitful and rewarding history in supporting youth and sports events,

ranging from sponsorships of tournaments to sponsoring educational and business oriented events, Wataniya has successfully penetrated the youth sector and managed to leave its footprints there with further numerous goals to accomplish and achieve in the future.

Zimbabwe gets regulator go-ahead to sell diaHARARE: Diamond sales from Zimbabwe’s Marange fields will resume by September after an agreement with the Kimberley Process, which monitors trade in the gems, the World Diamond Council (WDC) said. The announcement, made at the end of an annual WDC meeting in Russia on Thursday, ends a stand-off between the southern African country and regulator Kimberley Process and rights groups which accuse the army of rights abuses at Marange. Zimbabwe says it holds a stockpile of over 4 million carats of Marange diamonds worth an estimated $1.7 billion, almost as much as its 2010 budget. The government hopes the move will boost the struggling economy and attract donor aid. “The World Diamond Council wrapped up its...meeting in St. Petersburg, with the welcome announcement that the

Kimberley Process had reached consensus on an agreement that will enable the renewal of rough diamond exports from the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe,” a WDC statement seen by Reuters on Friday said. The Kimberley Process is mandated to certify all rough diamond trades in an international pact aimed at stopping the use of the precious stones to fuel conflict. Zimbabwe would be able to start gem sales by September under the supervision of the Kimberley Process, the WDC said. The Zimbabwean government agreed to a process of assessment by the Kimberley Process following reports of atrocities in Marange four years ago. Rights groups say soldiers in Marange are still engaging in forced labor, torture and harassment. Last month, a Kimberley Process monitor said that Zimbabwe had met the mini-

mum standards set by the global regulator. But rights groups have pressed for a ban on the Marange alluvial diamonds, accusing security forces of killing hundreds of the over 30,000 illegal diggers who descended on the poorly secured fields in the eastern part of the country in 2006. A meeting of Kimberley Process members held in Israel last month ended inconclusively, with regulators failing to agree to suspend trade in diamonds from Zimbabwe, prompting a second round of meetings in Russia. “If this is a victory for anyone, it is a victory for the Kimberley Process,” chairman of the Kimberley Process, Boaz Hirsch, said in a statement. “The past several months have been difficult, but they have clearly demonstrated that not only does the Kimberley Process have teeth, it also is able to achieve results.” —Reuters



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Govt initiative on liquidity boosts KSE sentiment KUWAIT: By the end of last week’s activity, Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) managed to register weekly gains amid continued weakness in trading indicators. KSE’s performance began to solidify in the week before, backed by optimism that resulted from news of forthcoming government initiatives for the improvement of the country’s overall economic condition. Optimistic sentiments continued last week, and it was supported by the recorded increases in international stock markets. However, it was cautious optimism as traders are awaiting listed companies’ results for the first six months of their fiscal year, where no more than 10 companies have announced their first half results so far, thus explaining KSE’s indices fluctuation during some of the week’s sessions. Purchase activities that caused the main indices to grow coincided with other activities of profit reaping in fear of a market relapse. On the other hand, and in terms of trading activity, last week’s average daily turnover declined by 15.11%,

BAYAN INVESTMENT WEEKLY REPORT compared to previous week’s levels, to reach KD 29.67 million, whereas trading volume average amounted to 295.55 million shares, at an increase of 16.12%. By the end of the week, the price index closed at 6,512.7 points, up by 1.27% from the week before closing, whereas the weighted index registered a 1.58% weekly gain after closing at 403.43 points. And as a result of last week’s outcome, price index’s losses, compared to previous year’s closing level, reached 7.03%, while weighted index’s year-to-date gains reached 4.58%.

highest gainer was the Industry sector, achieving 4.22% growth rate as its index closed at 5,293.4 points. Whereas, in the second place, the Investment sector’s index closed at 4,761.0 points recording 2.19% increase. The Services companies sector came in third as its index achieved 0.99% growth, ending the week at 14,311.2 points. The Banks sector was the least growing as its index closed at 9,112.0 points with a 0.04% increase. On the other hand, the Insurance sector was last week’s only loser as its index declined by 3.12% to end the week’s activity at 2,304.4 points.

changing hands, representing 38.54% of the total market trading volume. The Investment sector was second in terms trading volume as the sector’s traded shares were 21.65% of last week’s total trading volume, with a total of 255.99 million shares. On the other hand, the Services sector’s stocks where the highest traded in terms of value; with a turnover of KD 36.72 million or 30.94% of last week’s total market trading value. The Banks sector took the second place as the sector’s last week turnover of KD 26.13 million represented 22.02% of the total market trading value.

Sectors’ indices All of KSE’s sectors ended last week in the green zone except for one sector. Last week’s

Sectors’ activity The Real Estate sector dominated total trade volume during last week with 455.60 million shares

Market capitalization KSE total market capitalization grew by 1.60% during last week to reach KD 29.94 bil-

lion, as all of KSE’s sectors recorded an increase in their respective market capitalization except for one sector. The Industry sector headed the growing sectors as its total market capitalization reached KD 2.56 billion, increasing by 4.40%. The Services sector was the second in terms of recorded growth with 2.70% increase after the total value of its listed companies reached KD 8.20 billion. The third place was for the Investment sector, which total market capitalization reached KD 2.60 billion by the end of the week, recording an increase of 2.54%. The Banks sector was the least growing with 0.36% recorded growth after its market capitalization amounted to KD 11.04 billion. On the other hand, the Insurance sector was last week’s only decliner as its total market capitalization decreased by 2.55% to reach, by the end of the week, KD 272.70 million. —Prepared by the Studies & Research Department, Bayan Investment Co.

Sunday, July 18, 2010



Sofia vies to secure lower prices for gas deliveries

Russia bags Bulgarian deal to speed up South Stream SOFIA: Russia bagged yesterday a key agreement with Bulgaria to speed up work on its South Stream gas pipeline project as Sofia vied to secure lower prices for its gas deliveries, state BTA news agency reported. Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov and Russian Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko signed a “road map” for accelerating South Stream in Bulgaria’s Black Sea resort of Varna in a ceremony also attended by Bulgarian Premier Boyko Borisov, BTA said, but did not immediately provide any further details. The document was expected to map out a timetable for preparing the preliminary feasibility study for the project to channel an annual 63

billion cubic metres of Russian gas to Europe under the Black Sea. It also put February 2011 as the target deadline for receiving the results of the study and setting up the joint company for building the Bulgarian stretch of the 900-kilometre (560-mile) pipeline, Traikov told journalists late Friday on the sidelines of the two-day talks in Varna. Sofia has always said it was committed to both South Stream and its rival EU-backed Nabucco pipeline but progress on Russia’s Gazprom and Italy ENI’s project has been stalled over haggling as to how Sofia and Moscow would split ownership of the new pipelines going through Bulgaria.

But Sofia agreed on Saturday to give South Stream a push in a bid to secure cheaper prices for its own gas deliveries from Russia, the contracts for which expire in 2011 and 2012. Bulgaria is almost 100-percent dependent on Russian gas supplies via Ukraine for its annual consumption of about 3.0 billion cubic metres and also channels 17 billion cubic metres of gas to neighboring Turkey and Greece. The small Balkan state, often regarded by analysts as one of Russia’s staunchest satellites from the Soviet era, was among the worst hit by Russia’s gas spat with Ukraine last January when it practically saw no gas coming down the pipes for days on end. — AFP

Canon launches first MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) file-based camcorders XF305, XF300

Burgan Bank announces names of daily winners of Yawmi Account

Redefining professional handheld video market

Only account in Kuwait to give away KD 5,000 cash-prize daily

DUBAI: Canon Middle East today redefines the professional handheld video camera market with the launch of the XF305 and XF300 - two revolutionary, file-based video cameras that are the first models to use the new MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) recording codec recently adopted by Canon. Designed to offer exceptional image quality and seamless workflow compatibility for a wide range of professional uses, the new XF models feature technology unrivalled in their class. An outstanding, all-new camera system comprises a Canon L-series HD Video Lens, 3CMOS sensor system and highly advanced DIGIC DV III processing. MPEG-2, Full HD video is recorded as industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format) files to Compact Flash memory cards, using data transfer rates of up to 50Mbps and rich 4:2:2 colour sampling, capturing more colour information for post production. XF305 and XF300 combine excellent imaging systems with a design that delivers advanced mobility and versatility. The broad feature set and adaptability of these models will allow users to shoot in almost any situation and for any given purpose, from independent filmmaking to commercial broadcast.

Systems Incorporated, Apple Inc., Avid Technology Inc. and Grass Valley, ensuring videographers can immediately integrate XF305 and XF300 into their workflow. Canon optical excellence high quality, L-series lens Canon lenses are already favoured by the majority of broadcasters, providing outstanding resolution, contrast and low chromatic aberration. The new XF305 and XF300 feature an L-series HD Video Lens, combining a 29.3mm wide-angle with fast maximum aperture (F1.6) and a versatile 18x zoom - providing stunning performance from the wide to the tele ends of the zoom.

Market leading performance XF305 and XF300 have been designed to provide outstanding image quality. For the first time ever in a handheld professional video camera, the new models utilise the MPEG-2 Full HD recording codec with 4:2:2 colour sampling at up to 50Mbps, capturing broadcast-quality footage in stunning detail.

Easy operation, effective performance, enhanced durability XF305 and XF300 also feature a 1.55 million dot EVF with 100% coverage and a unique, frontmounted, high-resolution LCD system that can be easily switched from left to right to suit any individual and shooting situation. The largest LCD in its class at 10.1cm (4”), with a 1.23 million dot resolution, the screen offers unparalleled clarity and flexibility for High Definition shooting. The new XF models feature completely revised ergonomics, incorporating feedback from professional users. An enhanced control layout provides intuitive operation and the centrally positioned grip achieves optimum balance. These design enhancements combine to ensure that individual XF operators can film comfortably, over prolonged periods of time and in varying conditions.

Seamless workflow integration Both new XF models record industry standard MXF files, an open-source file format compatible with major file-based workflow systems used by professionals today. At the time of launch, XF camcorders are fully compatible with major editing and processing software packages from Adobe

Advanced audio and connectivity Both models record 16-bit linear PCM audio at 48kHz, providing the high quality audio signal required for professional or broadcast content. An integrated microphone records stereo sound, with the option of connecting external microphones or other sources via two in-built XLR terminals.

Wataniya Airways, STC launch on-board roaming service KUWAIT: As part of its endeavor to provide convenience and continuous connectivity to its passengers, Wataniya Airways, the Kuwaiti based airline, has joined STC’s international roaming on board flights enabling passengers to use their mobile phones during air travel. STC stated that the air roaming service is available for Aljawal customers after take-off and until landing so that travelers can enjoy all the advantages of the service including incoming and outgoing phone calls, SMS’s, and emails, and internet browsing directly through their mobile phones onboard with a group of leading carriers including Emirates, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian, Wataniya Airways, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Malaysian Airlines, Qantas, and British Airways. STC launched airplane roaming in 2007 for the first time globally with Saudi Arabian Airlines Airbus A330 and the new Airbus fleet of Emirates.

KUWAIT: Burgan Bank declared the names of the daily winners of the Yawmi Account draw which took place at the Bank’s head office. The lucky winners for the ten daily draws for the last 2 weeks will take home a handsome cash-prize of KD 5000 each. The lucky winners are: 1Anoushirauann Herand Nazariyan 2Bader Essam Ibrahim Abo Khamseen 3Amr Hassan Ibrahim Elassily 4Sherouq Mohammed Majeed AlDouseri 5-Rana Mohmmed Bashar A.Al Rahman. 6-Huda Ali Hashem 7-Shayma’a Khalil Abdullah Al-Shatti 8-Fatma Jasem Mohmed Mothafer 9-Sharifa Abbas Ali Sarkhoh 10-Aisha Abdullah Al-Mehrey Congratulating the winners, Burgan Bank Chief Retail Banking Officer Muneera AlMukhaizeem said: “I extend my warm wishes to the winners of last 2 weeks Yawmi draw. Yawmi today is a well understood product, the popularity of which can be seen from the number of

In another innovative and pioneering initiative, STC has offered a first of its kind offer in the region which enables 100 randomly drawn customers to get their roaming invoice fully paid for July and August in appreciation of the continued support and usage of the roaming services. In June the company also announced the first summer surprise for this year by offering a free-ofcharge call receiving service during roaming to all postpaid customers in more than 90 countries around the world and across all operating networks in these countries without exception. STC is the largest telecommunications provider in the Middle East with regard to international roaming agreements and has signed more than 1200 agreements with international companies, ranging from postpaid roaming services and SAWA prepaid roaming services to 3G roaming, video call roaming, JawalNet roaming services and MMS service. For further information about roaming prices customers may visit

KUALA LUMPUR: A traffic police officer directs busy hours traffic in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Friday. The government announced subsidies for petrol, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and sugar will be reduced as a first step to the gradual subsidy rationalization program effective from July 16. — AFP

Wen calms German worries on rare earths, investment XI’AN, China: Chinese premier Wen Jiabao told a German trade delegation that China would not block exports of rare earth metals, while disputing allegations that China’s investment climate has worsened for foreign businesses. European and American business associations have expressed concern over the past year at Chinese policies that favour procurement of goods and services with “indigenous innovation” as well as China’s promotion of national standards instead of international norms for technology and equipment. German business leaders called for open access to Chinese markets, better intellectual property right protection, and equal access to resources including rare earth minerals. “Currently, there is an allegation that China’s investment environment is worsening. I think it is untrue,” Wen said in response. Wen said China would never block the export of rare earth minerals to foreign countries, but said minerals should be exported at a reasonable price and volume, the Xinhua news agency reported. Those remarks were not made in the presence of foreign reporters. Wen said foreign firms would be

given the same treatment as Chinese firms if they manufacture in China. Access to the Chinese market is particularly important to German firms, many of whom still enjoy active exports to China but worry about losing ground as Chinese manufacturers move up the value chain. China holds about 90 percent of the world’s reserves of rare earth minerals, which are used in a number of electronic devices, digital displays and military applications. “I am worried about the conditions for access to these materials,” visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Earlier this month, Chinese media reported a new central government plan to fix monthly prices for rare earth metals in the five provinces that hold much, but not all, of the known Chinese deposits. Foreign traders, manufacturers and military strategists have grown increasingly vocal about Chinese moves to reduce the volume of exports of rare earths. Chinese planners say export controls will prevent wasteful exploitation, support volatile international prices and encourage high-tech manufacturers to shift operations to China, where rare earth prices are cheaper.—Reuters

increasing account holders. This is the only account in the country that gives account holders a chance to win KD 5000 every single day except on weekend and public holidays.” Last year, Burgan Bank introduced a first-ofits-kind draw account - Yawmi Account - which entitles customers who deposit KD 500 for a period of 30 days to be eligible for a daily draw to win KD 5000 every single day (except weekends and public holidays). For every KD 50 deposited in your Yawmi Account you receive an additional entry into the draw, which means the more you deposit, the more chances you will have of winning. For example, if you deposit the minimum of KD 500 for one month, you will receive 10 entries into the draw. Opening a Yawmi account is simple, just visit your nearest Burgan Bank branch and get all the details. Or simply call our Call Center 1804080 and our executive will be more than happy to assist you. For further information visit

NBK’s ‘What Would You Do With KD 5000?’ draws KUWAIT: National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), the leading bank in Kuwait and highest rated in the Middle East, recently conducted the eighth and last draw of its first of its kind salary acquisition campaign designed to reward new salaried customers who transfer their salaries with a chance to win KD 5000. “What Would You Do with KD 5000?” campaign offered 8 chances at winning, over a period of 3 months. Last winner of the 8th draw prize of KD 5000 Omar Abdularahman Saleh, a Manager at a catering company, said that he has a good

personal experience with NBK, and now he had started transferring his salary- basically because he wanted to continue dealing with his “Favorite bank”. Omar also expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation for NBK. He said: “I’m really proud for being an NBK customer and I cannot think of dealing with any other bank as no other bank will offer me the competitive and rewarding merits I have with NBK”. NBK has pioneered many firsts in both the local and regional markets with offering of innovative products and value added services.

The winner Omar Abdularahman Saleh receives the prize from NBK Regional Manager, Ghadeer Al-Awadhi.


Mohamed Naser Al-Sayer and Sons Co WLL exclusive distributor for Lexus in Kuwait Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that all model year 2007 and 2008 Lexus LS460 Series sedans in the Middle East will be called in for servicing over engine stalling concerns. Due to slight variations during the manufacturing process, some foreign material may have contaminated a small number of the valve springs. Approximately 9700 units of LS460 Series in the GCC might face the remote possibility of abnormal engine noise or idling of the engine. According to the estimates by Lexus engineers, the likelihood of a vehicle experiencing this condition

is 0.2% but Toyota Motor Corporation’s Bahrain Representative Office reiterated that customer safety and satisfaction have always been and will always remain top priority for the company and the understanding and support of our customers is highly appreciated. Mubarak Al-Sayer CEO MNSS, exclusive dealers for Lexus in Kuwait, assures customers in Kuwait when he says: “Mohamed Naser Al-Sayer & Sons Co will be running a special Lexus Customer Satisfaction Campaign starting from the 3rd of July 2010 for spe-

cific Lexus LS460 model years 2007 - 2008, so we would like to inform Lexus LS460 owners of this Service Campaign we also assure them that their safety and satisfaction comes first”. During the next week, MNSS will be calling respective Lexus LS460 owners to arrange for the following: • Suitable Service appointment. • Pickup and delivery. • A replacement car arrangement till the service is completed.



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Earnings to drive stocks after ugly data NEW YORK: After ugly economic data and an unexpected downturn in sentiment on quarterly earnings, Wall Street will face a tough time battling back from the latest selloff. Technology and banking results will once again shape investor mindset in the week ahead. But it’ll be a tough job to shift back into a positive mode after stocks dropped nearly 3 percent drop on Friday. Minutes of the Federal Reserve’s June meeting got the market seriously worried this week after officials said they were more concerned with the pace of the economic recovery. A raft of disappointing data didn’t help, prompting questions this week on whether the economy had merely hit a soft patch or was primed for a doubledip recession. “It doesn’t mean the market can’t rally, but the structural prob-

lems are there and there is no doubt about it,” said Joe Saluzzi, comanager of trading at Themis Trading in Chatham, New Jersey. From a technical perspective, the picture is even less certain. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is stuck in a tight range after it failed to hold its 50-day moving average, now near 1,090, after closing above it for two days. The Nasdaq Composite, meanwhile, failed in its attempt to break its 200-day moving average, but has support around its 14-day moving average at 2,171. At Friday’s close, the three major US stock indexes were each down about 1 percent for the week: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 1 percent, while the S&P 500 slid 1.2 percent and the Nasdaq shed 0.8 percent. The coming week’s earnings will include results from 12 Dow

WALL STREET WEEKLY OUTLOOK components, as well as earnings from financial powerhouses Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Morgan Stanley along with tech bellwethers Apple Inc, Texas Instruments Inc and Qualcomm Inc. For the second quarter, earnings are expected to increase 28 percent from the year-ago period, according to Thomson Reuters data. The week’s major economic indicators will zero in on the housing sector, which is still struggling in the wake of the worst recession since the 1930s. In the second quarter, banks repossessed a record number of US homes as US unemployment stayed high, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate data company. On Tuesday, Wall Street will get data on housing starts for

June, which are expected to show a slight decline to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 580,000 units from 593,000 in May, according to economists polled by Reuters. Another snapshot of the housing market will be provided on Thursday with existing home sales for June. The forecast calls for a drop of 8.1 percent in June existing home sales versus the 2.2 percent decline in May, the Reuters poll showed. But investors will focus on earnings next week. Close attention will be paid to revenue for signs of improvement, in light of the contrasting results from Intel Corp and Google Inc. “That’s been the problem. They’ve been meeting or exceeding on cost cutting and not

on demand for their products,” said Terry Morris, senior vice president and senior equity manager for National Penn Investors Trust Company in Reading, Pennsylvania. “That has got to end pretty soon because the market was expecting sales to start improving and it’s not materializing.” According to Thomson Reuters data through July 16, 48 companies in the S&P 500 Index have reported earnings for the second quarter, with 75 percent having topped analysts estimates, 13 percent in line with expectations and 13 percent below expectations. On a revenue basis, of the 48 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported results so far, 71 percent have topped analysts’ expectations and 29 percent have

fallen below estimates. Options investors appear to be expecting less volatility in the technology sector than the broader market next week. Implied volatility on the at-the-money options for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF, an exchange-traded fund that tracks the benchmark S&P 500, was slightly higher than on the PowerShares QQQ Trust ETF that tracks the performance of the Nasdaq 100, according to Steve Claussen, chief investment strategist at online brokerage Implied volatility, a key component of options prices, measures the expected movement in stocks calculated by options prices. It is also seen as a barometer of anxiety. “It’s notable that QQQQ is showing less implied volatility, which suggests more movements

in the broader market than the straight technology sector. The tech sector will be a less exciting place in terms of movements next week,” he said. Implied volatility on August options for the S&P 500 ETF was 25.5 percent, slightly higher than 25.25 percent for the Nasdaq ETF. Usually, the Nasdaq ETF has an implied volatility that’s 5 percent to 10 percent above that of the S&P 500 ETF. The most actively traded options on the S&P 500 ETF were the August $100 and $105 puts, excluding July options that expire at the end of the day. Late Friday, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF was down 2.8 percent at $106.63. For the QQQQ, the highest volume was on the August $44 put and August $45 call options. On Friday, the ETF was down 2.78 percent at $44.34. —Reuters

Politicians want cutbacks

Defense in firing line as Europe cuts budget LONDON: For European policymakers desperate to cut spending, the defense budget looks an appealing option. But military chiefs and arms firms will lobby hard, arguing that jobs and geopolitical clout are on the line. In the early going of the financial crisis, defense budgets were under little pressure and indeed were often seen as part of a wider economic stimulus effort. But with the focus shifting to austerity and rebalancing books, that dynamic will change. “In the short term,

defense is an obvious area to cut,” said Jonathan Wood, global issues analyst for the London-based consultancy Control Risks. “It doesn’t have the same political dangers as cutting social spending.” Britain’s new government is already pushing through a comprehensive defense review, making it clear that military budgets will come under particular pressure. Other European governments have frozen key decisions.

NEW YORK: Dave Vail with Kellogg Capital Markets LLC works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday before the closing bell in New York. —AP

Doha deal possible in 2011 Trade back on agenda in US GENEVA: Trade is moving back up the US political agenda and there is scope to reach a deal next year in the long-running Doha round and other stalled trade negotiations, industry lobbyists said yesterday. But to get the backing of business, a Doha agreement must be more ambitious than what is currently on the table, said Christopher Wenk, senior director for international policy at the US Chamber of Commerce. “2011 is going to be a big year for trade in the US,” Wenk told reporters, saying the year would see action on free-trade deals between the United States and South Korea, Colombia and Panama, as well as a strong push on the Doha negotiations as part of President Barack Obama’s exports initiative. The comments are the latest in a series of hints that the Doha negotiations-launched in 2001 to help poor countries prosper through trade-are not as deadlocked as they appear.

The G20 summit last month quietly dropped a call to complete the Doha round in 2010, recognizing the lack of progress in the talks. But World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy said in a newspaper interview on Friday that trading powers were readying for the end-game in the Doha talks. And progress is possible in talks in the highly technical but crucial area of non-tariff barriers, the diplomat leading those negotiations said on Thursday. American businesses say that what is currently on the table will not generate enough new trade opportunities to justify their support. In particular, they want big emerging economies like China, India and Brazil to sign up to proposals to slash tariffs in key industrial sectors to zero, or close to it. INDUSTRY AGENDA Wenk was speaking after executives from Fedex, United Parcel Service, AT&T, Qualcomm, Philip Morris International and

MEXICO CITY: A member of the Mexican Union of Electricians (SME) protests the government’s decision to disband the state-run electricity company Luz y Fuerza del Centro in Mexico City on Friday. Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon shut down the state-run electricity company on Oct 11, 2009 citing gaping budget and operational inefficiencies. —AP

Caterpillar spent the week meeting counterparts and EU officials in Brussels and Lamy and trade negotiators from other countries in Geneva. “The train is beginning to move. 2011 is doable. We need to get ahead of the issues and make sure our priorities are on the agenda,” said William Lane, Washington director of Caterpillar, the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment. Caterpillar makes machinery vital to emerging and other developing countries as they undertake big infrastructure projects and is a keen supporter of a Doha deal. “We can get this done in 2011. Companies that fail to recognize that are making a colossal mistake,” he said. Lane acknowledged that the United States had taken a “time-out” on trade for the past 18 months, but said that was now clearly changing, and business was worried that the US was being left behind as the EU signed a series of free-trade agreements and Asian countries liberalized their markets. Caterpillar is particularly keen on extending existing zero-tariff deals covering industrial sectors from the United States, EU, Japan and Canada to the big emerging economies. It also wants a deal on re-manufactured goods-a focus of the non-tariff barrier talks, involving used products that are stripped down and reconditioned to be as good as new while saving on resources and energy, and reforms to anti-dumping measures to stop them being abused for protectionism. The business lobbyists had a cool reception in Geneva from China’s WTO ambassador, Sun Zhenyu, who urged them to take what was on the table now rather than waiting five years in the hope of a better deal, Wenk said. But he said Washington was ready for concessions too. “I know the US has said to these countries: ‘Work with us here... We’re willing to talk about your interests too. It’s not going to be a one-way negotiation, it’s going to be a two-way negotiation,’” he said.” One concession sought by the emerging economies is highly politically sensitive: a big increase in the number of temporary work visas for their workers. —Reuters

Across the continent, the main choice will be whether to scale back or axe major projects-warships, aircraft, new vehicles-or cut manpower including sometimes bloated conscript or formerly conscript armies. “My worry is that they do precisely the wrong thing and keep the numbers while cutting the kit we really need, particularly heavy airlift and helicopters,” said Giles Merritt, director of Security and Defense Agenda, a Brussels-based think tank. That could hit the value of firms such as BAE Systems, Finmeccanica and EADS. “Valuations for European defense stocks continue to look attractive, (but) this alone will not be enough to drive these stocks upwards,” wrote Morgan Stanley analysts. “Near-term news flow around European defense budgets is likely to be negative.” But the companies are fighting back. THREATS OVER JOBS “At worst, firms like BAE can threaten that they might move their domicile somewhere else-and you know what that would mean for jobs,” said defense analyst and former lobbyist Robin Ashby. That may mean which projects survive could depend as much on domestic electoral politics as strategic need. For example, Britain’s junior coalition partner Liberal Democrats are generally cautious on defense spending but enthusiastic about it in their keystone southwestern constituencies. Policymakers are also hamstrung by the costs of cancelling pre-committed projects. Shortterm costs-payroll, fuel-are easier to cut, but risk leaving costly equipment unused and wasted. Immediate commitments such as Afghanistan also make it politically dangerous to be seen as cutting support for troops. “Short-term projects aimed at keeping soldiers safe will get priority,” said Alastair Newton, once a diplomat and civil servant responsible for spending cuts and now a political analyst for Nomura. “Other projects will be more vulnerable. There will be a lot of swapping between budgets.” Britain’s Foreign Office and Ministry of Defense would particularly look at how they could use funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) that looks to have been ringfenced, he said. On one level, analysts perceive a drive to high-tech new solutions: drones, satellites, robots and cyberwarfare. But powerful vested interests protect the status quo. Most analysts agree there are multiple savings that could be made. Britain’s Parachute Regiment and Royal Marines could be combined into one elite unit, for example, Ashby suggests. All three servicesarmy, navy, air force-could even be merged into one. HITTING EUROPE’S CLOUT But virtually no one expects defense chief to back that idea since they are desperate to protect their key jets, ships and regiments. “They are not only protecting their services, they are protecting career structures,” says former lobbyist Ashby. A nascent protectionism-at least in the short term- means few expect any drive to set up new multinational projects as governments hunker down to try to protect domestic industry. —Reuters

AIG agrees to pay $725m to investors in settlement COLUMBUS, Ohio: American International Group Inc and some of its directors and officers have agreed to a $725 million settlement to resolve allegations of wide-ranging fraud laid out in a class action suit led by three Ohio pension funds. Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray said on Friday the latest figure will combine with previous AIG settlements reached with secondary defendants to pay about $1 billion to shareholders, including pensions representing firefighters, police, teachers, librarians and others. He characterized it as the 10th largest securities litigation settlement in US history. The lawsuit alleged anti-competitive market division, accounting violations, and stock price manipulation by AIG between October 1999 and April 2005. “The serious misconduct by AIG more than deserves today’s large settlement,” Cordray said. AIG said in a statement it was glad to have the matter resolved. “This settlement ends a longstanding lawsuit, allowing AIG to continue to focus its efforts on paying back taxpayers and restoring the value of our franchise for the benefit of all our stakeholders,” it said. The federal government bailed out New York-based AIG in September 2008 as the financial crisis spiraled out of control. The insurer has received aid packages with a total value of $182.5 billion from the government. In return for that financial support, the government received an 80 percent stake in AIG. Cordray’s office represented the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, who were lead plaintiffs

in the lawsuit. The settlement still requires court approval, after which an initial payment will be made of $175 million, Cordray said. AIG will fund the remaining $550 million through one or more offerings of common stock. If the necessary amount can’t be raised, plaintiffs will have three options: terminate the agreement, acquire shares of AIG stock worth $550 million, or grant an extension, he said. The suit alleged that AIG: *Committed accounting fraud that culminated in a $3.9 billion restatement in May 2005 that included an array of transactions through which the company artificially boosted its reported claims reserves. Those transactions included allegations relating to a $500 million no-risk fraudulent reinsurance transaction with General Reinsurance Corp. in relation to which one AIG executive and four General Reinsurance executives were found guilty of securities fraud. *Divided the market for certain types of insurance by paying tens of millions of dollars in undisclosed contingent commissions to insurance brokers and through bid-rigging. *Engaged in stock price manipulation that Cordray called “straightforward,” in which AIG executives ordered traders to inflate the company’s stock price. In addition to the $725 million announced Friday, the case against AIG also includes several earlier settlements: $72 million with General Reinsurance; $97.5 million with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and $115 million with former AIG chairman Hank Greenberg and other AIG executives and related corporate entities. —AP

OHIO: American International Group Inc and some of its directors and officers have agreed to a $725 million settlement to resolve allegations of wide-ranging fraud laid out in a class action suit led by three Ohio pension funds.

Treasury prices extend gains on economic data NEW YORK: More signs of a weak economy sent Treasury prices up and interest rates down again on Friday. A sharp drop in an indicator of consumer confidence was the latest blow to the US economic outlook. Consumer confidence fell in July to its lowest point in nearly a year, according to a survey by the University of Michigan and Reuters. The downbeat news came days after the Federal Reserve dialed down its estimate for long-term economic growth. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.93 percent from 3 percent Thursday. That

yield helps set interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans. The price of the note maturing in May 2020 rose 59.375 cents to $104.844. In other trading, the yield on the 30-year bond fell to 3.94 percent from 3.99 percent. Its price rose 84.375 cents to $107.594. The yield on the two-year note fell to 0.59 percent from 0.62 percent. Its price rose 3.125 cents to $100.063. The yield on the three-month Treasury bill was unchanged at 0.14 percent. Its discount was 0.15 percent. —AP


Sunday, July 18, 2010


Data on iPhones a treasure trove in criminal inquiries DETROIT: Two years ago, as iPhone sales skyrocketed, former hacker Jonathan Zdziarski decided law-enforcement agencies might need help retrieving data from the devices. So he set out to write a 15-page, how-to manual that turned into a 144page book (“iPhone Forensics”). That, in turn, led to Zdziarski being tapped by law-enforcement agencies nationwide to teach them just how much information is stored in iPhones — and how that data can be gathered for evidence in criminal cases. “These devices are people’s companions today,” said Zdziarski, 34, who lives in Maine. “They’re not mobile phones anymore. They organize people’s lives, and if you’re doing something criminal, something about it is probably going to go through that phone.” It’s an area of forensic science that’s just beginning to explode, lawenforcement and cell phone experts said. Zdziarski said the focus of forensics recovery has been on the iPhone over other smart phones in large part

because of its popularity. An estimated 1.7 million people rushed to buy the latest iPhone version released last month. Before that, Apple had sold more than 50 million iPhones, according to company figures. Although some high-stakes criminal cases have used cell phone towers to estimate a suspect or victim’s whereabouts, few have laid out the information that iPhones have to offer. For example: * Every time an iPhone user closes out of the built-in mapping application, the phone snaps a screenshot and stores it. Savvy law-enforcement agents armed with search warrants could use those snapshots to see if a suspect is lying about whereabouts during a crime. * iPhone photos are embedded with geo-tags and identifying information, meaning that photos posted online might not only include GPS coordinates of where the picture was taken, but also the serial number of the phone that took it. * Even more information is stored by the applications themselves,

including the user’s browser history. That data is meant in part to direct custom-tailored advertisements to the user, but experts said that some of it could prove useful to police. Clearing out user histories isn’t enough to clean the device of that data, said John B. Minor, a communications expert and member of the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners who has written articles for law enforcement about iPhone evidence. “With the iPhone, even if it’s in the deleted bin, it may still be in the database,” Minor said. “Much is contained deep within the phone.” Some of that usable data is in screenshots. Just as users can take and store a picture of their iPhone’s screen, the phone itself automatically shoots and stores hundreds of such images as people close out one application to use another. “Those screen snapshots can contain images of e-mails or proof of activities that might be inculpatory, or exculpatory,” Minor said. Most iPhone users agree to let

the device locate them so they can use fully the phone’s mapping functions, as well as various global positioning system (GPS) applications. The free application Urbanspoon is primarily designed to help users locate nearby restaurants. Yet the data stored there might not only help police pinpoint where a victim was shortly before dying, but it also might lead to the restaurant that served the victim’s last meal. “Most people enable the location services because they want the benefits of the applications,” Minor said. “What they don’t know is that it’s recording your GPS coordinates.” Bill Cataldo, an assistant Macomb County, Mich., prosecutor who heads the office’s homicide unit, said iPhones are treated more like small computers than mobile phones. “People are keeping a tremendous amount of information on there,” he said. Cataldo said he has found phone call histories and text messages most useful in homicide cases. But Zdziarski, who has helped federal and state law-enforcement agencies gath-

er evidence, said those elements are just scratching the surface when it comes to the information police and prosecutors soon will start pulling from iPhones. “There are some terrorists out there who obtained some information about a network from an iPhone,” he said. Sam Brothers, who works for US Customs and Border Protection and helps train law-enforcement agencies about cell phone forensics, said he also has testified in state and federal cases about data he has retrieved from iPhones. Although he can’t comment about specific cases, he provided a hypothetical: “Let’s say you have a gang, and somebody’s killed a gang member on the street,” he said. “The killer takes a picture on his iPhone. ... We as law enforcement may retrieve that image and might have proof not only of the death, but the time of death.” Even people who don’t take pictures or leave GPS coordinates behind often unwittingly leave other trails, Zdziarski said.

“Like the keyboard cache,” he said. “The iPhone logs everything that you type in to learn autocorrect” so that it can correct a user’s typing mistakes. Apple doesn’t store that cache very securely, Zdziarski contended, so someone with know-how could recover months of typing in the order that it was typed, even if the e-mail or text it was part of has long since been deleted. Apple did not return phone calls or an e-mail seeking comment for this story. Adam Gershowitz, who teaches criminal procedure at the University of Houston Law Center, said that the new technology brings with it concerns about privacy _ especially when it comes to whether investigators have the right to search someone’s iPhone after an arrest. So far, the courts have treated mobile phones like a within-reach container that police can search the same way they can check items in a glove box or cigarette pack, Gershowitz said, though the Ohio Supreme Court in 2009 ruled to bar

warrantless searches of cell phone data. That case is being appealed to the US Supreme Court. “Phones are regular tools of the drug trade,” Gershowitz said. As police become more familiar with iPhones, he said, they become more adept at flipping through photos, map searches and text messages as they look for evidence. Zdziarski said some examiners are “afraid to touch” iPhones because of privacy concerns. “I personally will never work on civil cases,” he said, adding that when he advises law-enforcement agencies about obtaining search warrants for iPhones, he instructs them to add iPhone-specific language to the warrant. But, he said, as iPhones appear to keep selling in record numbers, law enforcement appears poised to keep up. “It’s no longer about a list of phone numbers and maybe a couple of pictures,” Zdziarski said. “You’re talking about data that can travel back a year or longer. That’s useful to law enforcement.” —MCT

I grew up dreaming about this, and it’s real now: Jobs

Video chat comes closer to the mainstream DALLAS: In a series of TV ads in 1993, AT&T pitched a vision of a nearfuture absolutely brimming with live video communication. From a busy mom tucking her kids in bed from a video phone booth and a barefoot exec partic-

The cordless Swivel Sweeper claims it swivels and picks up like no other. —MCT

Gadgets of future could monitor health, anticipate commands SAN JOSE: Don’t be surprised if one day your refrigerator nags you to lose weight, your phone blocks calls it figures you’re too stressed to handle, and your wisecracking car entertains you with pun-filled one liners. Within a decade or two, researchers at Silicon Valley companies and elsewhere predict, consumer gadgets will be functioning like hyper-attentive butlers, anticipating and fulfilling peoples’ needs without having to be told. Life would not only be more convenient, it might even last longer: Devices could monitor people’s health and step in when needed to help them get better. “I think it’s inevitable,” said Michael Freed, an artificial intelligence specialist and program director at Menlo Park, Calif., think tank SRI International, which has been studying the concept for the military. Noting that some of these gadgets already are being developed, he added, “I expect we’ll see more soon — a trickle and then a flood.” The technology propelling this new generation of personal assistants is a combination of sophisticated sensors and carefully tailored computer software. As envisioned, the machines would adjust their own actions to the preferences and needs of an individual, by analyzing

data on the person’s past actions and monitoring current behavior with cameras, audio recorders, and other sensors. Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker Intel, which has been studying the technology for several years, believes that one day soon the gadgets will have the ability to read their owner’s emotions. While some experts have proposed that face and voice recognition gear be used to detect a person’s disposition, Intel has been experimenting with heart monitors and galvanic skin-response sensors. A study it did last year envisioned the gadgets detecting mood swings “while people are driving, singing, chatting with friends, attending a boring meeting and even while going to the dentist.” Others expect household appliances eventually will be designed with human-like personalities. In a study this year that was partly financed by Nissan, researchers at Japan’s Hokkaido University experimented with cheery-sounding devices that they imagined one day could serve as “artificial companions for elderly and lonely people” or as pun-spouting car navigation equipment that could “entertain drivers by talking and possibly by joking.” Although some gadgets already

Memory card adds wi-fi to your camera SAN JOSE: Digital cameras continue to be one of the hottest selling consumer electronic items. It’s no wonder that more and more accessories for them continue to be developed. Digital picture frames are a hot ticket item as well. After all, they’re a great way to display the images we take. Another way digital shutterbugs can show off their images is on the web. There are dozens of website services that let you share your images online such as Flickr, Shutterfly, Snapfish and Facebook just to name a few. Digital cameras have eliminated the tedium of film cameras. No longer do we have to remove used film cartridges, wind in new ones and ship them off to be developed. Yet there is still one bit of digital tedium that remains; the offloading of images from the camera to the computer. When you are ready to offload the pictures you’ve taken, you first have to physically attach the camera to your computer via the supplied USB cable. Then unless the camera is set up to look like an attached hard drive so you can drag and drop the images from one location to another, you usually have to run some kind of application that lets you dump all of them to the computer or select the images you want to offload. After that you can once again feel creative by grouping the ones you want, adding titles, captions and generally having fun with all of them. So let’s take a closer look at that boring offloading process for a moment. What if you didn’t have to do that anymore? What if you could just point, shoot and your images would automatically be downloaded to your computer without any wires? Even better, what if you could just download them directly to the web, directly to any of those picture websites I mentioned? Or best of all, what if you could do both at the same time? Well now you can. —MCT

make assumptions about what people want, such as word processing software that automatically corrects grammar, the devices contemplated by Intel, HP and other companies would be capable of much more sophisticated judgments about a broader array of human needs. That’s a complex task — so difficult that some experts are skeptical the technology will be ready in the near future. “My guess is that we will get there in time, but it’s a little further off than the most ambitious announcements from a lot of companies have indicated,” said Bob Sloan, who heads the computer science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “There are a lot of hard problems to solve.” But other experts say the idea recently has become more practical because of the proliferation of computerized devices, from universal remote controls, MP3 players, air conditioning equipment and microwave ovens to security systems, lawn-sprinkler controllers, exercise equipment and toys. Because many of these devices come with cameras, global positioning systems and other sensors to monitor what’s around them, these experts say, it’s not hard to imagine them gathering enough data about people to act autonomously on their behalf, assuming the individuals let the gizmos have that authority. One product that already claims to partly think for its owner is a “personal assistant” app for the iPhone and iPod developed by Siri, a San Jose company Apple bought in April. Besides being able to recommend a good play, book a taxi and offer helpful reminders, the app — which responds to verbal queries — “adapts to your preferences over time,” Siri claims. For example, ask it about a good place to eat nearby and it might suggest a certain type of restaurant you have picked before, a company spokesman said. He added that the app also can learn to recognize a person’s voice and speaking style, which might make it easier for it to understand what the person is saying on a noisy street. Other products could be on the way soon, said Diane Cook, a researcher at Washington State University, which has an experimental smart house filled with such devices. “We have companies large and small and in-between visiting us monthly — IBM, Bosch, Qualcomm — all wanting to commercialize it, all trying to decide what that first step is, that first niche,” she said. Stanford University operates a similar research lab. When it hosted a workshop on the technology three weeks ago, it attracted interest from Facebook, Google, Honda, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Panasonic, Sony and Hewlett-Packard, according to the lab’s website. —MCT

Seventeen years later, the technology is catching up. The question now is whether anyone wants to use it. Cell phones, video game consoles, hotel meeting rooms and even video phone sex providers are offering real-time video communication that is far more sophisticated than the glitchy, computer-bound webcams of yore. Apple Inc. probably gave video chat its biggest boost with the launch of the iPhone 4. The phone includes a front-facing camera and software called FaceTime for users to make video calls over Wi-Fi. “I grew up dreaming about this, and it’s real now,” a beaming Steve Jobs said during the unveiling. Apple, which said it sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the first three days of availability, isn’t the only tech company renewing the conversation over video chat. HTC Corp. and Richardsonbased Samsung Telecommunications America are also pushing video chat-capable smart phones, while Microsoft Corp. is touting the camera in its upcoming Kinect motion gaming accessory for the Xbox 360 console as a tool for gamers to videoconference with each other on their TVs. And entrepreneurs are coming up with unexpected ways to use that technology. Last week, an ad went up on Craigslist looking for women to work at a New York “online interactive pornography firm where (women) will use the iPhone 4 to video chat with potential customers.” Businesses are getting the hard sell as well. Cisco Systems Inc. and Dallasbased AT&T Inc. are promoting a high-end system called “telepresence” that allows high-definition videoconferencing. In the US, 40 percent of business professionals say their companies will deploy a videoconference system in the next six to 24 months, according to a survey released in February by Global IP Solutions. For all the hype, video chat is not a new technology. It’s been a sci-fi dream for decades and a reality for years in other parts of the world, such as Japan, where mobile phones have traditionally been more advanced than in the U.S. “Every 10 years, you would see kind of the same claims, that even though it’s not here now, in the next 10 years it’s really going to take off,” said Robert Kraut, a professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. “I think the first paper I wrote about that was in 1986.” But there are situations where the technology could be popular, experts say. Kurt Scherf, principal analyst with Dallas-based market research firm Parks Associates, said a study done by his firm in March found that 20 percent of households with broadband Internet connections use computer-based webcams on a regular basis. “That would be a mass-market phenomenon right there,” he said. Scherf said the new wave of mobile devices — as well as more sophisticated systems such as telepresence — could well boost video communication’s popularity. Much of that could be generational. —MCT

ipating in a business meeting from the beach to a student quizzing a professor about the history of jazz from across the country, narrator Tom Selleck confidently promised that “You will!” soon be doing all those Jetsonian tricks.

Seth Chapman, 26, of Silver Lake, checks out items for his new HTC EVO smart phone at the Sprint store in Los Angeles, California, June 16, 2010. —MCT

Less than 10 percent of fliers use Wi-Fi Wi-Fi connections in the air may not be the magical service capability that some in the travel world had hoped. Although airlines and providers of the service says they’re pleased with consumer response, some analysts estimate that perhaps less than 10 percent of the passengers who could use Wi-Fi to log on to the Internet actually are doing so. Even that estimate may be inflated by the heavy dependence on coupons and shortterm introductory periods when the service is free, says consul-

tant Michael Planey, who advises airlines on in-flight technology. The biggest issue for travelers, Planey says, is the price. “I believe the more successful business model is to reduce the session price as much as possible to drive usage up,” he says. Cal Lacasse, an aerospace industry sales executive from Flower Mound, Texas, who travels weekly, agrees that the cost is the biggest barrier: “I don’t think it’s worth the cost. Anything more than free is too

much.” Gogo, the biggest Wi-Fi service provider in the air with eight big airlines as its partners, charges $4.95 to connect to the Internet on flights of up to 90 minutes. The price goes to $9.95 for flights up to three hours and to $12.95 on longer flights. It now has a monthly rate of $34.95 for use on all carriers it provides service to. That could be too much even for some business travelers. The trade journal Business Travel News recently surveyed corporate travel managers and

Faith Paulsen and her husband, Barton Sacks, read their Kindles at home in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. “Lightweight. Easy to use,” she said. —MCT

found that only about a third of the companies that responded reimburse their corporate travelers for in-flight Wi-Fi expenses. The industry disputes the notion that Internet access on planes isn’t taking off. Wi-Fi access has been available only about 18 months and on only about 950 mainline commercial jets — less than one-third of the U.S. fleet. Michael Small, CEO of Aircell, which provides Gogo, says the “adoption rate is really fast compared to other businesses I know of that have rolled out new services and technologies.” Nearly 2,000 U.S. planes will be equipped by year’s end. The rapid spool-up means revenue is surging. Consulting firm InStat said last Thursday that it expected revenue for Aircell and rival Row 44 to be about $95 million this year, up from $7 million last year. Freelance photographer Art Meripol of Birmingham, Ala., says Wi-Fi isn’t a matter of price, but of value. “Most of my flights are so short, there seems to be little value and little that can’t wait till I land,” he says. There could be other reasons some travelers aren’t logging on. “I choose not to use Wi-Fi on a flight,” says Bill Wahler, sales manager for a Chicago staffing firm. “I don’t need to be connected 24/7/365. I may be a road warrior, but I have to have some ‘me’ time, too.” —MCT



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Two-step vaccine may offer ‘universal’ flu jab WASHINGTON: A two-step flu vaccine using DNA to “prime” the immune system and then a traditional seasonal influenza vaccine may be able to protect against all strains of the virus-providing a long-sought “universal” flu vaccine, US researchers said. The team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is already testing the new vaccine in people and says the results of tests in mice, ferrets and monkeys suggest the industry may finally be able to dump the cumbersome process of making fresh flu vaccines every year. “This is the first step, conceptually,

towards a good shot at a universal vaccine,” NIAID Director Dr Anthony Fauci said in a telephone interview. Every year, the influenza strains that are circulating mutate a little bit and at any given time several very different strains are infecting people. In some years a new mutant pops upsuch as the new H1N1 swine flu strain that appeared in March 2009 to spark a pandemic. Vaccine makers have to change their formulations every year to match the current strains. To make matters worse, virtually all flu vaccines are made using decades-old

technology based on chicken eggs that is both slow and prone to contamination. So the goal is to come up with a universal influenza vaccine that could protect people from all flu strains for decades or even for life. NIAID’s Dr Gary Nabel said his lab has taken a big step toward this goal. Their method, described in the journal Science, starts with a piece of DNA based on the hemagglutinin protein-a mushroom-shaped structure on the outside of the virus that gives flu strains the “H” in their names. The DNA directs the body to make antibodies against a part of the flu virus that is normally

hidden-on the “stem” of the hemagglutinin protein. This part is conserved, meaning it does not change from flu strain to flu strain. Vaccinated mice and ferrets produced antibodies that protected them against flu strains from 1934 through 2007. “We are excited by these results,” Nabel said. “The prime-boost approach opens a new door to vaccinations for influenza that would be similar to vaccination against such diseases as hepatitis, where we vaccinate early in life and then boost immunity through occasional, additional inoculations in adulthood.”

The vaccine, which uses DNA from Netherlands-based Crucell NV, “looks pretty safe,” Fauci said. “They are already well into, at least a full year into, a Phase 1 trial.” Such trials are meant to see if a new drug or vaccine is safe in people. A larger, Phase 2 trial could start next year, Fauci said. Seasonal influenza kills 250,000 to 500,000 people a year globally, including 36,000 in the United States. Pandemics often kill more and while H1N1 has not been especially deadly, it has killed far more children, young adults and pregnant women than seasonal flu usually does.

The experimental vaccine protected animals against H5N1 bird flu, as well. While avian influenza only rarely infects people, it has killed 296 of the 500 sickened by it since 2003. Flu experts fear H5N1 could mutate and cause a pandemic far worse than swine flu and, using current vaccine technology, it will take months to formulate a good vaccine against it. Swine flu made its spread global within six weeks. Dozens of companies make influenza vaccines, including Sanofi Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, AstraZeneca and CSL. —Reuters

94 charged in health care scams totaling $251m For decades, Medicare operated under a system that paid providers first and investigated later MIAMI: Elderly Russian immigrants lined up to take kickbacks from the backroom of a Brooklyn clinic. Claims flooded in from Miami for HIV treatments that never occurred. One professional patient was named in nearly 4,000 false Medicare claims. Authorities said busts carried out this week in

Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history — part of a massive overhaul in the way federal officials are preventing and prosecuting the crimes in the US insurance program for the elderly.

The benefits of medicinal marijuana have long been clear to those who suffer from chronic illness, and with a physician’s consent, patients have had legal access to the drug for therapeutic purposes in Washington state since 1998.

Looking for medical marijuana? Get in line ALBUQUERQUE: Len Goodman can’t grow enough marijuana to keep up with demand. He is one of just 11 growers approved by New Mexico to produce pot for all of the state’s 2,000 registered medical marijuana patients, and his customers routinely wipe out his supply. Once a strain of marijuana is harvested, dried and cured, he sends an announcement that patients can place orders, and the pot is usually gone in 24 hours. New Mexico has been so cautious in licensing and regulating growers under its 3-year-old medical marijuana law that the small number of providers can’t grow enough, creating a shortage that has forced some patients to the street to buy illegal drugs. The dilemma in New Mexico could have ramifications elsewhere because the state’s program has been held up as a national model, with other states looking to replicate its strong regulatory structure to avoid the chaos that has prevailed in places like California. Prospective pot growers are subjected to a painstaking screening process before being granted a license. Once that happens, they are limited to 95 plants and seedlings and an inventory “that reflects current qualified patient needs.” The providers’ identities and locations are kept secret, avoiding the kind of storefront dispensaries that have flourished in Colorado and California. State Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil says he must balance patients’ needs against preventing so much legal pot from being grown that it ends up in the illegal market. He said the program is being expand-

ed methodically to ensure sufficient oversight and to get to know producers and how they operate. He also opposes having hundreds of producers and many thousands of patients, which he said “absolutely takes it out of the arena of use for in-state patients and into the arena of defacto legalization.” Medical marijuana patient Larry Love sees New Mexico as an example of what not to do. He contends the department approves new growers much too slowly. Love, who runs a radio blog and has been highly critical of Vigil, got his medical marijuana card in June 2009 but said it was November before he could get a supply from an authorized grower. He said that drove him and other patients to the illegal market, despite the risks. Goodman’s Santa Fe County business, NewMexicann, has 650 registered patientsfive times the number of patients he said he can supply. Other producers are in similar shape, he said. As a result, he has to ration pot to patients who are chronically ill. “Sometimes they don’t have enough so they use it when it’s really severe, which is not good,” he said. “It’s like seniors cutting down on their meds because they can’t afford it.” The situation in New Mexico is being closely watched by other states as medical marijuana becomes increasingly popular nationwide. New Jersey, Iowa, Maine, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Colorado, Washington, D.C., and some California municipalities have called about New Mexico’s law, Health Department

spokeswoman Deborah Busemeyer said. They have been asking how the state manages producers and how it’s kept some control over legal pot while avoiding problems with federal agencies, since marijuana remains illegal under federal law. New Jersey and Rhode Island have laws that are closer to New Mexico’s system than California’s much more freewheeling one. New Mexico passed its medical marijuana law in 2007 with a groundbreaking provision to license production and distribution. The Health Department spent more than a year crafting regulations, electing to go with a state-licensed system of nonprofits that places strict restrictions on how much pot they can grow. Patients can get licenses to grow their own, but most turn to the state-sanctioned growers. The first producer wasn’t approved until March 2009. The health Department OK’d four more in November, then six more last week. It takes five to six months for a grower to ramp up to production. In the meantime, patient rolls have grown to about 2,000. New Mexico approved 200 patients in the program’s first year; now it’s approving about 200 a month. While Love praised the approval of the new producers, he said New Mexico still will have only about half the supply it needs for current patients. He claims the state needs at least 10 more producers by the end of the year to keep up. — AP

US fitness guru urges yoga for fat soldiers WASHINGTON: Asked by the US military for tips to help combat the growing problem of obesity in the ranks, a popular television fitness guru came up with an unusual answer: mind-soothing and body-bending yoga. “I know inclusion of yoga in military training sounds a tad alien,” Tony Horton, 52, acknowledged as he presented his techniques to a group of 200 people, many clad in gymwear, at the National Press Club in Washington. “The days of push ups, sit ups and long runs in the military are over,” said Horton, whose functional fitness concept combines equipment-free, body weightbased exercises with push-ups, sit-ups and yoga postures. “Yoga magnifies the positive effects of strength and cardiovascular exercises,” he

said. “It’s lubricating all the major joints and reduces the potential for injury.” The fitness trainer best known for his trendy “P90X” workout regime has trained celebrities like Usher, Bruce Springsteen and Sean Connery, as well as soldiers at military bases, including Andrews Air Force Base and Fort Bragg. As Horton demonstrated, men and women of all sizes struck yoga poses, arms and feet outstretched. “Obesity is a national security issue,” Horton said, repeating a warning issued earlier this year by two senior retired generals, John Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton, both former chairs of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. “People are too fat to fight,” the fitness trainer added. Pentagon studies say the mili-

tary’s obesity rate has nearly doubled since 2003. According to Horton, the military saw its obesity rate nearly triple from 1995 to 2008 alone, while the overall number of obese troops has grown from 1.6 percent in 1998 to 4.4 percent in 2008. In the United States as a whole, more than two thirds of states now have an adult obesity rate above 25 percent, Horton said. In contrast, not a single state had a rate above 20 percent in 1991. The US military also faces a problem with troops already serving who are overweight, Horton said. “The failure to meet fitness standards has meant each year thousands have had to deal with canceled promotions, loss of education opportunities,” he added. “The statistics are profoundly disturbing.” — AFP

In all, 94 people — including several doctors and nurses — were charged Friday in scams totaling $251 million. Federal authorities, while touting the operation, cautioned the cases represent only a fraction of the estimated $60 billion to $90 billion in Medicare fraud absorbed by taxpayers each year. For the first time federal officials have the power to overhaul the system under Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which gives them authority to stop paying a provider they suspect is fraudulent. Critics have complained the current process did nothing more than rubber-stamp payments to fraudulent providers. “That world is coming to an end,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told The Associated Press after speaking at a health care fraud prevention summit in Miami. “We’ve got new ways to go after folks that we’ve never had before.” Officials said they chose Miami because it is ground zero for Medicare fraud, generating roughly $3 billion a year. Authorities indicted 33 suspects in the Miami area, accused of charging Medicare for about $140 million in various scams. Suspects across America were accused of billing Medicare for unnecessary equipment, physical therapy and other treatments that patients never received. In one $72 million scam at Bay Medical in Brooklyn, clinic owners submitted bogus physical therapy claims for elderly Russian immigrants. Patients, including undercover agents, were paid $50 to $100 a visit in exchange for using their Medicare numbers and got bonuses for recruiting new patients. Wiretaps captured hundreds of kickback payments doled out in a backroom by a man who did nothing but pay patients all day, authorities said. The so-called “kickback” room had a Soviet-era propaganda poster on the wall, showing a woman with a finger to her lips and two warnings in Russian: “Don’t Gossip” and “Be on the lookout: In these days, the walls talk.” With the surveillance, the walls “had ears and they had eyes,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said at a news conference in Brooklyn. In a separate Brooklyn case, authorities charged six patients who shopped their Medicare numbers to various clinics. More than 3,744 claims were submitted on behalf of one woman alone, 82year-old Valentina Mushinskaya, over the past six years. At a brief appearance in federal court Friday, Mushinskaya was released on $30,000 bond and ordered not to return to the Solstice Wellness Center, scene of an alleged $2.8 million scam. Authorities called Mushinskaya one of the clinic’s “serial beneficiaries,” with phony bills totaling $141,161 paid by Medicare. Her nephew, Vladimir Olshansky, told reporters his Ukrainian-born aunt suffers from diabetes. “She doesn’t know what this is about,” he said. “She’s in the dark.” In Miami, Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general of HHS, which oversees Medicare, said the arrests “illustrate how health care fraud schemes can replicate virally and migrate rapidly across communities.” Cleaning up Medicare fraud will be key to paying for President Barack Obama’s proposed health care overhaul. Federal officials have allocated more money and manpower to fight fraud, setting up strike forces in seven cities with a plan to expand to a dozen more. So far, the operations are responsible for more than 720 indictments that collectively billed the Medicare program more than $1.6 billion. —AP

Dr Faten Ahmed Kandil

Dr Wolfgang Bergler

Prof Dr Wolfgang Bergler visits Al-Rashid Hospital KUWAIT: Dr Wolfgang Bergler a German visitor, is an ear, nose, throat, head and neck, surgeon in Bremen hospital. He is also professional in advanced ENT surgery and sleeping disorders. He is a member of German Society and Spanish society of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery. A member of American Academy of ORL head and neck surgery, member of German Society of Oncology and Cranial Base Surgery, honorary member of the Estonia ENT Society. He is a specialist and has a good experience in laryngeal and vocal cord laser and microscopic surgery, nose and par nasal sinuses endoscopic surgery, salivary gland, neck glands and tumors surgery, microscopic middle ear surgery, ossiculoplasty, mastoidectomy and stapedectomy, treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea by laser or radio

waves (coblation) also for nose, ear, eyelids plastic surgery. He is expert in treatment of vertigo, unbalance, tinnitus and hearing loss, also treatment of nasal allergy and chronic nasal obstruction. His visits before were highly successful because every visit he operated a highly skilled operations especially during his last visit where he operated three stapedectomies one of them was very difficult because the facial nerve was close to the stapes, he removed it without touching the facial nerve and the patient’s hearing was restored. The visit will be under supervision of Dr Faten Ahmed Kandil, ENT consultant and the head of the ENT department of the Al-Rashid Hospital. From 31/7/2010 to 5/8/2010.

Himalayan ice shrivels in global warming: Exhibit NEW YORK: When British climbing legend George Mallory took his iconic 1921 photo of Mount Everest’s north face, the mighty, river-shaped glacier snaking under his feet seemed eternal. Decades of pollution and global warming later, modern mountaineer David Breashears has reshot the picture at the same spot - and proved an alarming reality. Instead of the powerful, white, S-shaped sweep of ice witnessed by Mallory before he died on his conquest of Everest, the Main Rongbuk Glacier today is shrunken and withered. The frozen waves of ice pinnacles-many of them the size of office buildings-are still there. But they are far fewer, lower and confined to a narrow line. Comparing precisely matched photographs, Breashears determined that the Rongbuk had dropped some 320 feet in depth. “The melt rate in this region of central and eastern Himalaya is extreme and is devastating,” Breashears said Wednesday at New York’s Asia Society, which is hosting the exhibition July 13 to August 15. Amid bad-tempered political debates over the causes and reality of global warming, Breashears speaks literally from the ground. He went in the footsteps of three great early mountaineer-photographers: Mallory, Canadian-born mapping pioneer Edward Wheeler, and Italy’s Vittorio Sella, whose work spanned the 19th and 20th centuries. The result is then-and-now sets from Tibet, Nepal and near K2 in Pakistan showing seven glaciers in retreat-not only much diminished, but in one case having dissolved into a lake. “If this isn’t evidence of the glaciers in serious decline, I don’t know what is,” the soft-spoken Breashears said. The melt-

ing glaciers pose more than a threat to the “ultimate harmony” Mallory once described finding in these beautiful peaks. Himalayan glaciers are the world’s third largest reserve of ice after the north and south poles, and their seasonal melt water is a crucial source for Asia’s great rivers, including the Ganges, Indus, Mekong and Yellow. Asia Society’s China expert Orville Schell described Nepal as “a kind of a headquarters for the hydrology of the whole of Asia.” As a result, rapid melting is triggering a “cascade of effects all downstream, whether it’s animals, plants, rivers, agriculture, people,” he said. That interconnectedness also works the other way: fallout from vast smog clouds over Asian population centers is dirtying the seemingly remote glaciers, thereby hastening their destruction. “This black carbon soot then turns the glaciers into kind of a solar collector. Rather than reflecting heat back out of the atmosphere into space, it’s absorbing it,” Schell said. Addressing the problem requires data and that’s proving hard to get, according to Syed Iqbal Hasnain, a top Indian glaciologist who attended the “Rivers of Ice” opening. Hasnain knows first hand about the difficulty of informed debate. He said he was misquoted by a magazine claiming that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035, a terrifying but unfounded prospect which caused uproar after slipping into a UN climate change report earlier this year. Hasnain particularly bemoans the complications of getting authorities and scientists from India, Pakistan, China and Tibet to collaborate in their often hostile border regions. “We should know how much the glaciers are moving,” Hasnain said, “but there is a problem of security. —AFP

WILLGOTHEIM: A South Korean specialist in distinguishing the sex of chicks works at a farm in Willgotheim in Eastern France separating male and female chicks on July 16. The only way to distinguish sex is by observing the extremity of their wings. The team of South Koreans come every summer for three days to divide the chicks by their sex so that the farmers can castrate the males and turn them from roosters into capons, an alternative to the traditional turkey at the Christmas table. — AFP


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Africa looks to vast forests for carbon credit BANCO: They inhabit a polluted part of Ivory Coast’s main city with few jobs and a swelling population, but residents of Abidjan’s slums have a rare respite: A stretch of pristine rainforest. From their wooden shacks and unpainted concrete houses by motorways on the edge of Banco National Park, the millions who live in north Abidjan need no lesson on its worth. “This forest is a great thing,” said textile worker Sebastien Coulibaly, 35, in front of the sky-scraping green mass of vines and broccoli-shaped trees. “It helps us to breathe better-we live at ease because of it. Sometimes we walk our children there. We must protect it, because our planet will be nothing without forests.” Logging, farming and armed conflict still threaten Africa’s jungles, which include the Congo Basin, the world’s second largest after the Amazon, but analysts are hopeful. A new global study on illegal logging by London’s Chatham House think-tank on Wednesday found that it had halved in Cameroon, once one of the worst sources of illicit timber, since 2002, a decline of twice the global average. Earlier this year the European Union signed deals with Ghana, Cameroon and Congo Republic to tighten restrictions on log-

Logging down, but palm oil threat looms ging, ahead of an EU ban on illegally harvested timber that was passed this month and takes effect in 2012. “We’ve dared to sanction firms, from withdrawing permits to big fines,” said Cameroon Forest Minister Elvis Ngolle. Logging bans don’t directly address forest loss from other threats such as agriculture, but officials are hoping that a potential money spinner-carbon offsets-will. A UN scheme to reduce emissions from deforestation or degradation (REDD) has enabled Indonesia, which houses the world’s third biggest forest but is being deforested by palm oil and timber firms, to get $1 billion from Norway in May to revoke those firms’ forestry licenses. Deforestation makes up a fifth of world CO2 emissions and the REDD fund is worth a total of $4 billion so far. Unlike Asia, African states have been slow to capitalize on climate aid-they account for 2 percent of developing nation carbon projects. But many hope to change that. An African Development Bank fund was established in 2008 for the Congo basin, a forest of half a billion acres spanning nine countries and stor-

A UN scheme to reduce emissions from deforestation or degradation (REDD) has enabled Indonesia, which houses the world’s third biggest forest but is being deforested by palm oil and timber firms, to get $1 billion from Norway in May to revoke those firms’ forestry licenses. Deforestation makes up a fifth of world CO2 emissions and the REDD fund is worth a total of $4 billion so far. Unlike Asia, African states have been slow to capitalize on climate aid-they account for 2 percent of developing nation carbon projects.

ing, the bank says, 25-30 billion tons of carbon, which currently trades at 14 euros per ton in Europe. The fund aims to harmonize forest tax, share ecological data, cooperate on policing and sponsor community projects that encourage forest protection, like honey-making. “Expectations are extremely high that this will allow us to preserve the forest, restore what’s been degraded and pay these countries for their ecological services,” Patrice Wadja, the fund’s operations officer, told Reuters. Gabon’s President Ali Bongo seeks to be first in line. He has banned raw wood exports and in May set up a climate council that must come up with a REDD plan for the 80 percent of its original forest that remains before December’s climate talks in Cancun. Despite the challenges, experts think Africa’s forests have at least as good a chance as Brazil or Indonesia. The rate of forest destruction is generally slower: 0.16 percent a year in the Congo Basin, compared with 11 percent in Indonesia, Wadja said, because Central Africa has been largely spared large-

scale clearing for agriculture. West Africa’s deforestation is much higher, driven by logging and clearing to plant cash crops, especially cocoa, a topic so sensitive that Reuters could not get permission to visit some forests in top grower Ivory Coast. “At independence, we had 16 million hectares of forest. We today have 6 million-the lost area is now all farms,” said Ivorian forest and water technician Yamani Soro. Improving yields with fertilizer and pesticides is key, although reforms have been blocked by Ivory Coast’s post-civil war political crisis. Drier nations in the semi-desert Sahel belt with scant forest are meanwhile planning to plant trees. Presidents from Senegal to Djibouti agreed in Chad last month to build a “green wall” thousands of miles long with IMF funds. But even as Africa curbs illicit logging and plants trees, another threat looms: Asian palm oil companies are eying Africa’s forests to feed their growing populations. Liberia has signed deals with two and China on Thursday proposed a vast project in Democratic Republic of Congo. “The big unknown are the Chinese,” said conservationist Terese Hart who has worked in DRC for decades. “They are looking at the interior for exploitation, including palm.” — Reuters



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Embassy information

KOTC holds Open Day at Aquapark


he Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) recently organized a special day for its staff members and their families at the Aquapark, which featured several activities and competitions as prizes were distributed among the winners. The event was attended by the KOTC public relations and administrative services manager, Khalid Al-Doub, while it also featured active participation by the Aquapartk administration.

EMBASSY OF AMERICA The United States Department of State announces the increase in various visa fees to ensure sufficient resources to cover the increasing cost of processing nonimmigrant visas (NIVs). US law requires the Department to recover the cost of processing nonimmigrant visas through the collection of the application fees. The increased fees are to take effect June 4, 2010. Under the new rule, applicants for all visas that are not petition-based, including B1/B2 tourist and business visitor visas and all student and exchange-visitor visas, will pay a fee of $140. Applicants for petition-based visas will pay an application fee of $150, as each of the below categories requires a review of extensive documentation and a more in-depth interview of the applicant than other categories, such as tourists. These categories include: H visa for temporary workers and trainees L visa for intra-company transferees O visa for aliens with extraordinary ability P visa for athletes, artists and entertainers Q visa for international cultural exchange visitors R visa for religious occupations The application fee for K visas for fiance(e)s of US citizens will be $350. The fee for E visas for treaty-traders and treaty-investors will be $390. EMBASSY OF 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 NIGERIA The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria wishes to invite all Nigerians residing in Kuwait to come and register with the Embassy. The registration is compulsory for all Nigerians residing /visiting Kuwait. Kindly bring the following documents along with you: • A photocopy of the Nigerian passport • One passport photograph • Copy of the civil identification card or visa For additional information please call: 25620278 or visit the Embassy at Block, 4, Malik Bin Anas Street, Avenue 44, House 31, Along Al-Aqsa Road, Rumaithiya. The Consular Section opens Sunday - Thursday from 9 am - 3 pm Your prompt response is highly solicited.

Announcements UFC’s annual raffle draw postponed United Friends ClubKuwait informs all that the annual raffle draw which was to be held on (15/7/2010) is postponed to 10/9/2010, due to unavoidable circumstances. The president and the managing committee of United Friends Club thanks all for the support and cooperation extended to them. St Francis Xavier Unity Cup An 8-a-side football tournament, open for all Indians in Kuwait will be held during Ramadan, starting from 6th Aug 2010 at the Digital Grounds, Kuwait City. Teams wishing to participate are kindly requested to contact 99663252/66625567 or email: joepereira125@hotmail.c om for further details.

Congratulations Congratulations to M.A.M. Mohamed Shahira Banu who wedded A. Mohamed Al-Fahad Maricar, (B.E.,), S/o S.M. Ameerudeen Maricar, Karaikal on Thursday, 1st July at Shamira Mahal, Karaikal. TMCA members attended this grand event.

EMBASSY OF TURKEY The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey announces that Turkish language course will restart at the Embassy’s Tourism, Culture and Information Office 4 October 2010. The lessons will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. For further details and registration please contact. * The Embassy at Tel: 22531785 (only from 9 am to 3 pm) * Or fill the application form on and send it to the e-mail:

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Orbit / Showtime Listings 14:00 Barefoot Contessa 14:30 Everyday Italian 15:00 30 Minute Meals 15:30 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 16:00 Iron Chef America 17:00 Barefoot Contessa 17:30 Everyday Italian 18:00 30 Minute Meals 18:30 Guys Big Bite 19:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 19:30 Tyler’s Ultimate 20:00 Food Network Challenge 21:00 Barefoot Contessa 21:30 Barefoot Contessa 22:00 Everyday Italian 22:30 Everyday Italian 23:00 Food Network Challenge

00:00 Ugly Betty 01:00 Without a Trace 02:00 Ghost Whisperer 03:00 The Closer 04:00 Without a Trace 05:00 The Ex-List 06:00 Bones 07:00 Ugly Betty 08:00 Glee 09:00 Smallville 10:00 Ghost Whisperer 11:00 The Ex-List 12:00 Bones 13:00 The Closer 14:00 Ghost Whisperer 15:00 Without a Trace 16:00 Glee 17:00 Smallville 18:00 Ugly Betty 19:00 Bones 20:00 Damages 21:00 Cold Case 22:00 The Murdoch Mysteries 23:00 Nip/Tuck

00:15 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 00:45 Pit Bulls and Parolees 01:40 Untamed & Uncut 02:35 Untamed & Uncut 03:30 Animal Cops Philadelphia 04:25 Pit Bulls and Parolees 05:20 Animal Cops South Africa 06:10 SSPCA: On the Wildside 06:35 Dolphin Days 07:00 Animal Crackers 07:25 Meerkat Manor 07:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:15 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:45 Cats 101 09:40 Wildlife SOS International 10:05 Africa’s Super Seven 10:55 Gorilla School 11:20 SSPCA: On the Wildside 11:50 Animal Precinct 12:45 E-Vets: The Interns 13:10 Pet Rescue 13:40 Gorilla School 14:05 Gorilla School 14:35 Wildlife SOS International 15:00 SSPCA: On the Wildside 15:30 Cats of Claw Hill 15:55 Cats of Claw Hill 16:25 Dogs 101 17:20 Cats 101 18:15 Animal Cops Houston 19:10 Weird Creatures with Nick Baker 20:10 The Animals’ Guide to Survival 21:05 Untamed & Uncut 22:00 Untamed & Uncut 22:55 Animal Cops Philadelphia 23:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals

00:15 The League Of Gentlemen 00:45 The League Of Gentlemen 01:15 Extras 01:45 Ideal 02:15 Doctor Who Confidential 02:30 Green Green Grass 03:00 Teletubbies 03:25 Me Too 03:45 Tellytales 03:55 Tweenies 04:15 Teletubbies 04:40 Me Too 05:00 Tellytales 05:10 Tweenies 05:30 Teletubbies 05:55 Me Too 06:15 Teletubbies 06:40 Me Too 07:00 Tellytales 07:10 Tweenies 07:30 Teletubbies 07:55 Me Too 08:15 Tellytales 08:25 Tweenies 08:45 Teletubbies 09:10 Me Too 09:30 Mastermind 2006 10:00 Mastermind 2006 11:00 Doctors 11:30 Doctors 12:00 Doctors 12:30 Doctors 13:00 Doctors 13:30 Mastermind 2006 14:00 Mastermind 2006 14:30 Doctor Who Confidential 14:45 The Weakest Link 15:30 The Weakest Link 16:15 Doctor Who 17:00 Doctor Who Confidential 17:15 Inspector Lynley Mysteries 18:00 Casualty 18:50 Casualty 19:40 Sorted 20:30 Rough Diamond Sd 21:25 New Tricks 22:15 Doctor Who Confidential 22:35 Hotel Babylon 23:35 Gil Mayo Mysteries

00:40 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 01:25 The Home Show 02:15 Home For Life 03:05 Fantasy Homes In The City 03:45 Ainsley’s Gourmet Express 05:00 Saturday Kitchen 05:55 Ainsley’s Gourmet Express 06:20 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 07:10 Come Dine With Me 11:20 Saturday Kitchen 13:00 Living In The Sun 13:50 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 14:35 The Home Show 15:25 Home For Life 16:15 Fantasy Homes In The City 17:00 Come Dine With Me 17:50 Come Dine With Me 18:40 James Martin’s Brittany 19:05 Come Dine With Me 21:35 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes

01:00 Blessed-R 03:00 Chariots Of Fire-PG 05:00 Reservation Road-PG15 07:00 Stolen Summer-PG 09:00 L’age Des Tenebres-PG15 11:00 Nights In Rodanthe-PG15 13:00 Trekkies 2-PG 15:00 Run Papa Run-PG15 17:00 We Are Marshall-PG15 19:15 Big Night-PG15 21:15 Sexy Beast-18 23:00 Shake Hands With The Devil-PG15

00:00 Deadly Women 01:00 Undercover 02:00 Prototype This 02:55 Brainiac 03:50 Nextworld 04:45 How Stuff’s Made 05:10 American Loggers

College Road Trip on Show Movies 06:05 Mythbusters 07:00 Wheeler Dealers 07:55 Ultimate Car Build-Off 08:50 Construction Intervention 09:45 How Stuff’s Made 10:10 Ultimate Survival 11:05 American Loggers 12:00 Mythbusters 17:30 How Stuff’s Made 18:00 Extreme Fishing with Robson Green 19:00 Alone in the Wild 20:00 Prototype This 21:00 Mythbusters 22:00 Storm Chasers 23:00 Moments of Terror

00:30 Engineered 01:20 The Colony 02:10 Nextworld 03:00 The World’s Strangest UFO Stories 03:50 Da Vinci’s Machines 04:45 What’s That About? 05:40 How Stuff’s Made 06:10 Mighty Ships 07:00 Junkyard Mega-Wars 08:00 The Gadget Show 08:30 The Gadget Show 09:00 What’s That About? 09:55 Catch It Keep It 10:50 How Stuff’s Made 11:15 How Stuff’s Made 11:45 Engineered 12:40 Engineered 13:35 Engineered 14:30 Engineered 15:25 Savage Planet 15:55 Science of Storm Chasing 16:50 Mighty Ships 17:45 How Stuff’s Made 18:10 How Stuff’s Made 18:40 Nextworld 19:30 The Future of... 20:20 Engineered 21:10 Da Vinci’s Machines 22:00 Nextworld 22:50 The Future of... 23:40 Science of Beauty

DISNEY CHANNEL 00:00 Wizards of Waverly Place 00:25 Wizards of Waverly Place 00:50 Suite Life On Deck 01:15 Suite Life On Deck 01:40 Sonny With A Chance 02:05 Jonas 02:30 Hannah Montana 02:55 Hannah Montana 03:20 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody 03:45 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody 04:10 Hannah Montana 04:35 Jonas 05:00 Wizards of Waverly Place 05:20 SUITE LIFE ON DECK 05:45 FAIRLY ODD PARENTS 06:10 A KIND OF MAGIC 06:35 Replacements 07:00 Phineas & Ferb 07:25 FAIRLY ODD PARENTS 07:50 Replacements 08:15 Sonny With A Chance 08:35 Hannah Montana 09:00 SPECIAL AGENT OSO 09:25 JUNGLE JUNCTION 09:45 HANDY MANNY 10:10 IMAGINATION MOVERS 10:35 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 11:00 SUITE LIFE ON DECK 11:25 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE 11:50 Jonas 12:15 Hannah Montana 12:40 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE 13:00 Sonny With A Chance 13:30 High School Musical 15:00 Hannah Montana 15:25 Jonas 15:50 Wizards of Waverly Place 16:15 SUITE LIFE ON DECK 16:40 FAIRLY ODD PARENTS 17:00 A KIND OF MAGIC 17:25 Replacements 17:50 Phineas & Ferb 18:15 FAIRLY ODD PARENTS 18:35 Replacements 19:00 Sonny With A Chance 19:25 Hannah Montana 19:45 SUITE LIFE ON DECK 20:10 Wizards of Waverly Place 20:30 Jonas 20:55 Hannah Montana 21:20 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE 21:45 Sonny With A Chance 22:10 TINKERBELL AND THE LOST TREASURE 23:35 Hannah Montana

00:40 Bank of Hollywood 06:00 THS 07:45 Bank of Hollywood 08:35 E! News 09:25 THS 11:05 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 11:30 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 12:00 E! News 12:50 Growing Up Fabulous 13:15 Dallas Divas & Daughters 13:40 THS 14:30 THS 15:25 Kendra 15:50 Kendra

16:15 Kendra 16:40 Kendra 17:10 E! News 17:35 Behind the Scenes 18:00 Kendra 21:20 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 21:45 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 22:10 E! News 23:00 Kendra 23:25 Kendra 23:50 Extreme Hollywood

00:00 Untracked Series 1 05:30 I-Ex 06:00 I-Ex 06:30 I-Ex 07:00 Tread Bmx 10:00 Bmx Megatour 11:00 Bmx Megatour 12:00 Summer Dew Tour 2009 11 13:00 Summer Dew Tour 2009 12 14:00 Bad Boy Racers 15:00 Laird 16:00 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 17:00 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 18:00 Mind The Addiction 19:00 Extreme Lives: My Right Foot 20:00 Summer Dew Tour 2009 11 21:00 Summer Dew Tour 2009 12 22:00 Bad Boy Racers 23:00 Laird

00:00 Barefoot Contessa 00:30 Barefoot Contessa 01:00 Food Network Challenge 02:00 Barefoot Contessa 03:30 Everyday Italian 04:00 Iron Chef America 05:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 05:30 Guys Big Bite 06:00 Chopped 07:00 30 Minute Meals 07:25 Tyler’s Ultimate 07:50 Guys Big Bite 08:15 Barefoot Contessa 08:40 Everyday Italian 09:05 30 Minute Meals 09:30 Tyler’s Ultimate 10:00 Guys Big Bite 10:30 Barefoot Contessa 11:00 Everyday Italian 11:30 Food Network Challenge 12:30 30 Minute Meals 13:00 Tyler’s Ultimate 13:30 Guys Big Bite

00:30 Crime Scene Psychics 00:55 Crime Scene Psychics 01:20 A Haunting 02:10 A Haunting 03:05 Psychic Witness 04:00 Crime Scene Psychics 04:25 Crime Scene Psychics 04:55 Crime Scene Psychics 05:20 FBI Files 06:10 Ghosthunters 06:35 Ghosthunters 07:00 Forensic Detectives 07:50 FBI Files 08:40 CSU 09:30 Mystery ER 10:20 Forensic Detectives 11:10 FBI Files 12:00 Impossible Heists 12:50 Final Days of an Icon 13:40 Diagnosis: Unknown 14:30 Forensic Detectives 15:20 FBI Files 16:10 CSU 17:00 Mystery ER 17:50 Forensic Detectives 18:40 FBI Files 19:30 Impossible Heists 20:20 Final Days of an Icon 21:10 Diagnosis: Unknown 22:00 I Almost Got Away With It 22:50 Dr G: Medical Examiner 23:40 Deadly Women

00:30 Racing To America 01:30 Don’t Tell My Mother 04:30 Word Travels 05:00 Wild Rides 05:30 Danger Men 06:30 Racing To America 07:30 Don’t Tell My Mother 10:30 Word Travels 11:00 Graham’s World 11:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 12:30 Bondi Rescue 13:00 Bondi Rescue 13:30 The Best Job In The World 14:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 14:30 Banged Up Abroad 15:30 Banged Up Abroad 16:30 Wild Rides 17:00 Graham’s World 17:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 18:30 Bondi Rescue 19:00 Bondi Rescue 19:30 The Best Job In The World 20:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 20:30 Banged Up Abroad 21:30 Banged Up Abroad 22:30 Wild Rides 23:00 Graham’s World 23:30 Cruise Ship Diaries

00:00 How I met your mother 00:30 Gavin & Stacey 01:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 01:30 The Colbert Report (repeat) 02:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 03:00 SNL one hour version 04:00 South park 04:30 George Lopez 05:00 Just Shoot me! 05:30 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 06:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 07:00 Gary Unmarried 07:30 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 08:00 Frasier 08:30 Just Shoot me! 09:00 George Lopez 09:30 Ten Things I hate about you 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Gary Unmarried 11:00 Frasier

11:30 The Simpsons 12:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 13:00 Ten Things I hate about you 13:30 Just Shoot me! 14:00 George Lopez 14:30 Two and a half men 15:00 How I met your mother 15:30 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 16:00 The Colbert Report (repeat) 16:30 The Drew Carey show 17:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 17:30 Frasier 18:00 New Adventures of old Christine 18:30 Eight Simple Rules 19:00 Better Off Ted 19:30 Will & Grace 20:00 Entourage 20:30 How to make it in America 21:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 21:30 The Colbert Report (repeat) 22:00 Saturday Night Live 23:30 New Adventures of old Christine

00:00 The Martha Stewart Show 01:00 Downsize Me 02:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 03:00 The Monique Show 04:00 The Tonight show with Jay Leno 05:00 GMA Weekend (Repeat) 06:00 Parenting 06:30 Job Club 07:00 GMA Health 07:30 What’s the Buzz 08:00 The Martha Stewart Show 09:00 Downsize Me 10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 11:00 The View 12:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 13:00 The Martha Stewart Show 14:00 Parenting 14:30 Popcorn 15:00 GMA Weekend Live 16:00 Ahead of The Curve 16:30 Chef’s Table 17:00 The Tonight show with Jay Leno 18:00 Downsize Me 19:00 The View (repeat) 20:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 21:00 The Best of Jimmy Kimmel 22:00 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Best Of) 23:00 Moms Get Real / Now you know / Amplified

02:30 Stevie-PG15 04:30 Three Investigators-PG15 06:30 Igor-PG 08:00 College Road Trip-PG 10:00 Temple Grandin-PG15 12:00 Ghost Town-PG15 14:00 Man In The Chair-PG15 16:00 College Road Trip-PG 18:00 Eagle Eye-PG15 20:00 Sex And Lies In Sin City-PG15 22:00 The Dark Knight-PG15

01:00 The Italian Job-PG15 03:00 Lost Junction-PG15 05:00 The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian-PG 07:30 Prisoner-PG 09:00 Battle Of Wits-PG15 11:15 Dead Water-PG15 13:00 Mercury Man-PG15 15:00 Battle Of Wits-PG15 17:15 Shaft-18 19:00 Traitor-PG15 21:00 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning-18 23:00 Deadgirl-R

00:00 The Go-Getter-PG15 02:00 All Night Long-18 04:00 Griffin And Phoenix-PG15 06:00 Bridal Fever-PG 08:00 The Frighteners-PG15 10:00 Splinterheads-PG15 12:00 Mchale’s Navy-PG15 14:00 Baby’s Day Out-PG 16:00 The Go-Getter-PG15 18:00 Jason Byrne Live At Vicar Street Theatre-PG15 20:00 Black Dynamite-PG15 22:00 Separation City-18

Beauty And The Briefcase on Super Movies

00:00 Elias And The Royal Yacht-FAM 02:00 Scooby-Doo And The Loch Ness Monster-FAM 04:00 Hey Arnold! The Movie-PG 06:00 Yogi’s Great Escape-PG 08:00 Simba Junior To The World CupFAM 10:00 Hey Arnold! The Movie-PG 12:00 Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation-FAM 14:00 Scooby-Doo And The Loch Ness Monster-FAM 16:00 Atom Nine Adventures-PG 18:00 Monsters Vs. Aliens-PG 20:00 Robin Hood: The King’s ReturnFAM 22:00 Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation-FAM

00:00 CSI 01:00 Dollhouse 02:00 Desperate Housewives 03:00 Dawson’s Creek 04:00 Three Sisters 04:30 Home Improvement 05:00 Survivor 06:00 Emmerdale 06:30 Coronation Street 07:00 Desperate Housewives 08:00 Three Sisters 08:30 Home Improvement 09:00 Dawson’s Creek 10:00 Survivor 11:00 Desperate Housewives 12:00 Emmerdale 12:30 Coronation Street 13:00 Three Sisters 13:30 Home Improvement 14:00 CSI 15:00 Dollhouse 16:00 Survivor 17:00 Dawson’s Creek 18:00 Emmerdale 18:30 Coronation Street 19:00 The Philanthropist 20:00 Dollhouse 21:00 Desperate Housewives 22:00 Survivor 23:00 Dawson’s Creek

00:30 Super League 02:30 Tri-Nations 04:30 NRL Premiership 06:30 World Sport 07:00 Live NRL Premiership 09:00 Masters Football 12:00 NRL Premiership 14:00 Tri-Nations 16:00 ICC Cricket World 16:30 Futbol Mundial 17:00 World Sport 17:30 Live Rugby League Northern Rail Cup Final 19:30 Mobil 1 The Grid 20:00 Futbol Mundial 20:30 Brazil League Highlights 21:00 Live Masters Football

00:00 Spirit of the Open 00:30 Spirit of the Open 01:00 The Open Championship 07:00 Futbol Mundial 07:30 World Sport 08:00 Live NRL Premiership 10:00 NRL Premiership 12:00 ICC Cricket World 12:30 European Tour Weekly 13:00 Live The Open Championship 21:00 Tri-Nations 23:00 NRL Premiership

Hey Arnold! The Movie on Show Movies Kids

00:00 WWE Vintage Collection 01:00 WWE Bottom Line 02:00 WWE NXT 03:00 WWE SmackDown 05:00 UFC Unleashed 06:00 UFC Unleashed 07:00 WWE Vintage Collection 08:00 WWE Bottom Line 09:00 WWE NXT

10:00 WWE SmackDown 12:00 V8 Supercars 13:00 V8 Supercars 14:00 FIA GT1 World Championship 15:30 Mobil 1 The Grid 16:00 WWE SmackDown 18:00 V8 Supercars 19:00 V8 Supercars 20:00 WWE Vintage Collection 21:00 WWE Bottom Line 22:00 WWE NXT 23:00 WWE SmackDown

01:05 Network 03:05 The Perez Family 04:55 Bigger Than The Sky 06:40 Straight out of Brooklyn 08:00 Hawaii 10:40 UHF 12:15 The Black Stallion Returns 13:55 Cornbread, Earl and Me 15:30 I Could Go on Singing 17:10 American Friends 18:45 Beauty Shop 20:30 Sleepover 22:00 Flowers In The Attic 23:30 Legally Blonde

01:00 Flags Of Our Fathers-PG15 03:15 Four Extraordinary Women-PG15 05:00 Beauty And The Briefcase-PG15 07:00 Grey Gardens-PG15 09:00 Georgia O’keeffe-PG15 11:00 Against The Current-PG15 13:00 American Violet-PG15 15:00 A Dance For Bethany-PG15 17:00 Georgia O’keeffe-PG15 19:00 Broken Lines-PG15 21:00 The Secret Life Of Bees-PG15 23:00 Mama I Want To Sing-PG

01:25 The Screening Room 01:50 Victor/Victoria 04:00 Where Were You When The Lights Went Out? 05:30 My Favorite Year 07:00 Skyjacked 08:40 My Favorite Year 10:10 Kidnapped 12:00 Living Free 13:30 Where Were You When The Lights Went Out? 15:00 The Wings Of Eagles 16:45 High Society 18:30 Boys’ Night Out 20:20 Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 22:00 Bob And Carol And Ted And Alice 23:45 Wise Guys

00:30 Dogfights 01:20 Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire 02:10 Evolve 03:00 Mega Disasters 03:55 Nostradamus Effect 04:50 Mega Disasters 05:40 Conspiracy? 06:30 Dogfights 07:20 Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire 08:10 Evolve 09:00 Mega Disasters 09:55 Nostradamus Effect 10:50 Mega Disasters 11:40 Conspiracy? 12:30 Dogfights 13:20 Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire 14:10 Evolve 15:00 Mega Disasters 15:55 Nostradamus Effect 16:50 Mega Disasters 17:40 Conspiracy? 18:30 Dogfights 19:20 Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire 20:10 Evolve 21:00 Lost Worlds 21:55 Tales of the Gun

00:00 Dallas Divas & Daughters 00:30 Dallas Divas & Daughters 01:00 My Celebrity Home

02:00 Split Ends 03:00 How Do I Look? 04:00 Dr 90210 05:00 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 05:30 Area 06:00 How Do I Look? 07:00 Style Star 07:30 Style Her Famous 08:00 Clean House 09:00 My Celebrity Home 10:00 Ruby 12:00 Peter Perfect 13:00 My Celebrity Home 15:00 Tacky House 16:30 Clean House Comes Clean 17:00 Clean House: Search For The Messiest... 18:00 Dress My Nest 21:00 How Do I Look? 22:00 Clean House: Search For The Messiest... 23:00 Summer-ize Your Home with Style Special 23:30 Tacky House

01:04 Sound System 01:45 Playlist 02:00 Urban Hit 02:45 Playlist 08:04 Africa 08:45 Playlist 13:04 Urban Hit 30 15:00 Code Compilation 15:24 Playlist 16:04 New 16:35 Playlist 17:00 Focus 18:00 Urban Hit 18:45 Playlist 20:04 French Only 20:45 Playlist

00:00 Julian and Camilla’s World Odyssey 01:00 Chef Abroad 01:30 Sophie Grigson In The Orient 02:00 Planet Food 03:00 Top Travel 03:30 Destination Art 04:00 Distant Shores 06:00 Julian and Camilla’s World Odyssey 07:00 Globe Trekker 08:00 Swiss Railway Journeys 09:00 The Big Fish 10:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides 11:00 People of the Sea 12:00 Globe Trekker 13:00 Intrepid Journeys 14:00 Cutting Edge California 14:30 Hollywood and Vines 15:00 Distant Shores 17:00 Australia’s Great Wildlife Islands 18:00 Planet Food 19:00 Working Holiday 20:00 Great Scenic Railways-US & Canada 20:30 Budapest to Bamako 2010 21:00 People of the Sea 22:00 Travel Notebook 23:00 Globe Trekker

06:00 Kid Vs Kat 06:50 American Dragon 07:40 Power Rangers Rpm 08:05 Phil Of The Future 08:30 I’m In The Band 09:00 Kick Buttowski 09:25 Phineas & Ferb 09:50 Phineas & Ferb 10:15 Zeke And Luther 10:40 Zeke & Luther 11:05 The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody 11:30 The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody 12:00 Luck Of The Irish 13:30 Pokemon 14:00 Kid Vs Kat 14:25 Kick Buttowski 14:50 Suite Life On Deck 15:15 Phineas & Ferb 15:45 I’m In The Band 16:15 Zeke And Luther 16:40 Zeke & Luther 17:05 Aaron Stone 17:30 Pokemon 17:55 Suite Life On Deck 18:20 Suite Life On Deck 18:45 Phineas & Ferb 19:10 Phineas & Ferb 19:35 Power Rangers Rpm 20:00 Aaron Stone 20:30 Kick Buttowski

Sunday, July 18, 2010

33 tact: 22445791. (C 2476)

ACCOMMODATION Sharing accommodation available for a couple or a working lady or an executive bachelor to share with Christian family in a 2 bedroom flat with 2 bathrooms, near Integrated School, Abbassiya. Tel: 66293133/24317514. (C 2479) 18-7-2010 Sharing accommodation available for a decent Keralite Christian bachelor in a CA/C flat in Sharq, opp Behbehani Complex. Con-

Sharing accommodation available in Abu Halifa with Keralite Christian family near roundabout SAS restaurant CA/C building. Contact: 97135749, 99167951. (C 2477) 17-7-2010 Fully furnished sharing accommodation available with decent guy in Salmiya near Bestow Super Market. Please contact: 25620547, 66737466. (C 2469) Sharing accommodation available for a Keralite non-

smoking bachelor in Abbassiya, rent KD 40. Contact: 66577233. (C 2470) 15-7-2010 Accommodation available for family, working ladies or non-cooking bachelors in Abbassiya opp German Clinic. Contact: 66455687. (C 2466) Sharing accommodation available for bachelors Goan/Mangalorean only with Mangalorean family with food near Jabriya bridge 4th Ring Road. Contact: 22662734 after 2:30

pm. (C 2467) Sharing accommodation available in Abbassiya for working ladies, couples or bachelor. Phone: 97501647. (C 2468)

FOR SALE IKEA children double bed, 200 x 90, KD 35, exercise machine, DVD player, VHS player, 100 VHS movie tapes original KD 20 DVDs, etc. Contact: 99881982. (C 2472) 15-7-2010

CHANGE OF NAME I, Evelyn O Usman, holder of Nigerian passport number A1955285 hereby change my name as Evelyn O Okafor. 18-7-2010 I, Mahadeo Ramchandra Purane, holder of Indian Passport No. E 0370252, hereby change my name as Madhav Ramchandra Purane. (C 2471)15-7-2010

our daughter, 26 years, born again, baptized Keralite girl, MBBS, from parents of born again Keralite doctors from USA. Contact email: (C 2475) 17-7-2010


Srilankan lady seeks household job with American or European family in respectable condition. Credible reference. Tel: 99708475. (C 2481) 18-7-2010

MATRIMONIAL Proposals invited from God-fearing, well qualified boys (preferably working in Kuwait), for my sister, currently in Kerala. She is 26y/165cm, RCSC, B.Sc nursing/more than 2 years experience, fair, good looking. She got 1 brother, 1 sister (Kuwait), both married. Contact: email: (C 2480) 18-7-2010 Proposals are invited for

Immediately required an experienced Indian young male cook (transferable visa), able to cook Kuwaiti foods, for a respected Kuwaiti family, will provide food and accommodation. Contact: 94064401, 97324988. (C 2474)

or 2006 model, must be in very good condition. Contact: 99881982. (C 2473) 15-7-2010 BABYSITTING Reliable babysitting available in Khaitan, opp Kuwait Clinic. Contact: 66473041. 18-7-2010

No: 14793

English speaking maid for a family living in Mangaf.†If interested, please contact 60055305 or 23741548. 15-7-2010

MISCELLANEOUS Looking for female aquatic physical therapist to help 4 years old girl at home. Call 22426942/97333492. (C 2478) 18-7-2010 Required car Nissan Sunny or Mitsubishi Lancer 2005

Flight Schedule Arrival Flights Sunday 18/07/2010 Airlines Flt Route Ariana 405 Kabul/Dubai Wataniya Airways 188 Bahrain Jordanian 802 Amman Kuwait 306 Cairo Kuwait 544 Cairo Wataniya Airways 434 Damascus Gulf Air 211 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 408 Beirut Turkish 772 Istanbul Jazeera 524 Alexandria Ethiopia 624 Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 551 Alexandria Kuwait 108 Geneva/London Egypt Air 614 Cairo Jazeera 267 Beirut DHL 370 Bahrain Emirates 853 Dubai Bulgaria Air 7029 Varna Etihad 305 Abu Dhabi Jazeera 513 Sharm El Sheikh Jazeera 241 Amman Falcon 201 Dubai Jazeera 503 Luxor Kuwait 412 Manila/Bangkok Jazeera 527 Alexandria British 157 London Kuwait 206 Islamabad Kuwait 382 Delhi Iran Air 615 Shahre Kord Kuwait 302 Mumbai Kuwait 332 Trivandrum Fly Dubai 053 Dubai Kuwait 676 Dubai Kuwait 286 Chittagong Kuwait 284 Dhaka Emirates 855 Dubai Arabia 121 Sharjah Qatari 132 Doha Iran Air 603 Shiraz Etihad 301 Abu Dhabi Iran Aseman 6801 Ahwaz Jazeera 425 Bahrain Falcon 203 Dubai Jazeera 497 Riyadh Wataniya Airways 182 Bahrain Gulf Air 213 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 102 Dubai Jazeera 165 Dubai Jazeera 447 Doha Egypt Air 610 Cairo Oman Air 645 Muscat Kuwait 672 Dubai Kuwait 774 Riyadh Jordanian 800 Amman Wataniya Airways 432 Damascus United 982 Washington DC Dulles Fly Dubai 057 Dubai Jazeera 257 Beirut

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

Wataniya Airways Kuwait Kuwait Saudia Kuwait Qatari Jazeera Bahrain Air Etihad Emirates Gulf Air Wataniya Airways Saudia Wataniya Airways Arabia Jazeera Jazeera Srilankan Jazeera Wataniya Airways Kuwait Wataniya Airways Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Jazeera Jazeera Kuwait Kuwait Kuwait Singapore Kuwait Kuwait Fly Dubai Oman Air Middle East Rovos Jet A/W Wataniya Airways Wataniya Airways DHL Gulf Air Emirates Kuwait Qatari United Indian Jazeera Safi Jazeera Lufthansa Jazeera Jazeera Egypt Air KLM India Express Kuwait Wataniya Airways Pakistan

422 512 562 500 554 134 173 344 303 857 215 402 510 202 125 239 367 227 511 304 166 106 502 542 786 618 481 177 744 674 614 458 102 552 061 647 402 081 572 642 404 372 217 859 172 136 981 981 459 215 449 636 185 429 612 0447 389 1804 108 205

Amman Tehran Amman Jeddah Damascus Doha Dubai Bahrain Abu Dhabi Dubai Bahrain Beirut Riyadh Jeddah Sharjah Amman Deirezzor Colombo/Dubai Sharm El Sheikh Cairo Paris/Rome Dubai Beirut Cairo Jeddah Doha Sabiha Dubai Dammam Dubai Bahrain Singapore/Abu Dhabi New York/London Damascus Dubai Muscat Beirut Baghdad Mumbai Vienna Beirut Bahrain Bahrain Dubai Frankfurt Doha Bahrain Chennai/Ahmedabad Damascus Kabul Doha Frankfurt Dubai Bahrain Cairo Amsterdam/Bahrain Kozhikode/Mangalore Cairo Dubai Lahore

14:10 14:20 14:20 14:30 14:35 15:05 16:05 16:40 16:50 16:55 17:15 17:15 17:20 17:35 17:40 17:40 17:55 18:00 18:15 18:35 18:40 18:45 18:50 18:50 18:55 18:55 19:00 19:05 19:15 19:20 19:20 19:25 19:25 19:40 20:05 20:15 20:20 20:30 20:30 20:45 20:50 21:00 21:05 21:15 21:20 21:35 21:55 22:05 22:20 22:30 22:30 22:35 22:40 22:45 22:45 23:10 23:10 23:25 23:55 23:55

Departure Flights on Sunday 18/07/2010 Airlines Flt Route Bangladesh 044 Dhaka Egypt Air 607 Luxor India Express 394 Cochin/Kozhikode Indian 994 Mumbai/Chennai Lufthansa 637 Frankfurt Ariana 406 Dubai/Kabul Turkish 773 Istanbul Ethiopian 625 Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 552 Alexandria Egypt Air 615 Cairo DHL 371 Bahrain Emirates 854 Dubai Bulgaria Air 7030 Varna Etihad 306 Abu Dhabi Qatari 139 Doha Wataniya Airways 101 Dubai Jordanian 803 Amman Jazeera 164 Dubai Jazeera 496 Riyadh Jazeera 422 Bahrain Jazeera 446 Doha Gulf Air 212 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 181 Bahrain Jazeera 256 Beirut Wataniya Airways 431 Damascus British 156 London Iran Air 614 Shahre Kord Fly Dubai 054 Dubai Kuwait 171 Frankfurt Kuwait 671 Dubai Kuwait 117 New York Kuwait 553 Damascus Wataniya Airways 421 Amman Kuwait 561 Amman Arabia 122 Sharjah Emirates 856 Dubai Wataniya Airways 641 Vienna Kuwait 511 Tehran Qatari 133 Doha Kuwait 773 Riyadh Etihad 302 Abu Dhabi Iran Air 602 Shiraz Iran Aseman 6802 Ahwaz Jazeera 480 Sabiha Wataniya Airways 401 Beirut Gulf Air 214 Bahrain Falcon 204 Baghdad Wataniya Airways 303 Cairo Jazeera 172 Dubai Kuwait 541 Cairo Jazeera 510 Sharm El Sheikh Jazeera 238 Amman Jazeera 366 Deirezzor Wataniya Airways 201 Jeddah Kuwait 103 London Kuwait 501 Beirut Kuwait 785 Jeddah Egypt Air 611 Cairo


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

Oman Air Kuwait Jordanian Wataniya Airways Fly Dubai United Jazeera Kuwait Wataniya Airways Kuwait Saudia Kuwait Qatari Kuwait Kuwait Jazeera Rovos Bahrain Air Etihad Emirates Gulf Air Wataniya Airways Arabia Wataniya Airways Jazeera Saudia Jazeera Srilankan Wataniya Airways Wataniya Airways Jazeera Jazeera Kuwait Kuwait Fly Dubai Singapore Kuwait Kuwait Oman Air Middle East Jet A/W Wataniya Airways Gulf Air DHL Kuwait Emirates Kuwait Falcon Qatari Kuwait Kuwait Jazeera Jazeera United Jazeera Kuwait Kuwait Egypt Air

646 551 801 105 058 982 176 673 403 617 503 613 135 743 1803 458 082 345 304 858 216 305 126 321 184 511 448 228 407 107 428 434 283 361 062 457 343 351 648 403 571 187 218 373 675 860 381 102 137 203 301 526 636 981 502 411 415 613

Muscat Damascus Amman Dubai Dubai Bahrain Dubai Dubai Beirut Doha Medinah/Jeddah Bahrain Doha Dammam Cairo Damascus Baghdad Bahrain Abu Dhabi Dubai Bahrain Cairo Sharjah Sharm El Sheikh Dubai Riyadh Doha Dubai/Colombo Beirut Dubai Bahrain Mashad Dhaka Colombo Dubai Abu Dhabi/Singapore Chennai Cochin Muscat Beirut Mumbai Bahrain Bahrain Bahrain Dubai Dubai Delhi Bahrain Doha Lahore Mumbai Alexandria Aleppo Washington DC Dulles Luxor Bangkok/Manila Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta Cairo

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Sunday, July 18, 2010



Aries (March 21-April 19) Real estate plays a bigger part in your life goals as well as plans to invest for your future. You are very gifted, having great magnetism and warmth as well as having a keen and powerful mind. You can do anything you want to do in this life. Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity and self-expression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and admired--needed, even. There is a flashy, flirty, stylish splash of color and warmth. Being appreciated and admired for your gifts and talents are powerful needs. Taking chances can bring big rewards. Home and family matters can play a big part in this: relatives take on greater importance than before. You decide to decorate or paint a room. Taurus (April 20-May 20) It is personal business that has your interest now. There is a lot of mental energy churning around. Circumstances may prove difficult regarding communication, writing, ideas and the like. You may find it hard to think or study. Move to a different environment and you will have fewer distractions. A break is welcomed this afternoon and some form of group exercise will help you gain a focus on your thoughts. You will find that this will help you to feel more relaxed. You may find yourself more than a little curious later today and your appreciation for just about everything may lead you to indulge too much. This is not your usual style--compare prices. Chores demand your attention this evening and actually bring about a good transition.

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Gemini (May 21-June 20) There is an emphasis on close relationships and a preoccupation with ideas of fairness and harmony. You are concerned with issues of freedom and independence far beyond the average person. There could be long discussions with your friends about inventions and electronics. You adjust your ideals often and struggle not to become carried away with each new vision. The world of your imagination is a major focus of change. You are independent, confident and more than likely a little self-centered. You love attention and somehow manage to gravitate to the center of almost any group or happening. You enjoy a little independence this evening--there is time to clean and sort through clothes, etc.

Non Sequitur Cancer (June 21-July 22) You may be able to enjoy and value your private time today. Neighbors or relatives, brothers or sisters in particular, can be subjects for concern. If there are difficulties in your relationships with them, now is the time to improve situations. It will take some effort and patience on your part to keep things on an even keel. There may be a tendency to be out of touch or uncommunicative; work at developing your communication skills. You are very out-front and candid, probably not known for your great sense of diplomacy or tact. You are driven to penetrate the superficial and get at the essential. Be aware of the tendency to see you as unfairly treated. Your support system becomes more secure now. Fun surprises come through a small creature today. Leo (July 23-August 22) The key to understanding your personality and the circumstances in which you find yourself can be found in the environment or support system that surrounds you. You are very much the creature of habit and habitat, the encircling network of friends, relationships, etc., are crucial to your success or lack thereof. There are opportunities to network this afternoon. You appear perhaps more charming and refined than usual. Now is the time to make yourself known. Your brilliant imagination and enchanting manner transport all who meet you beyond the mundane and into the extraordinary regions where you spend a lot of your time. Romance is possible this evening. This is a time when love, creativity and self-expression are satisfying.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) Taking care of business is a major theme where your emotional orientation is concerned. This could mean your personal financial affairs as well as your professional accounts. This may be a great time to work with family relations and improvements. Health and work goals take on a great deal of importance for you and plans for less stress and more relaxation may be in order. This could be a time of good fortune but you are wise in determining how your finances are channeled. Perhaps a budget is in order so that you will know how and where you are motivated to spend your earnings. You will make career gains with your ability to choose well. Opportunities proliferate and you may find yourself wanting to do almost everything.

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Libra (September 23-October 22) This could be an action-filled day when time seems to slow down as you encounter some of your more sensitive areas. This kind of intensity and vulnerability points to inner change and growth. Communication with authority figures or older members of your family is enhanced. If needed, a surplus of insights and solutions are available. The evening brings opportunities for whatever your heart desires: quiet, romantic, adventurous, educational or whatever else you think up is yours for the asking. It is time to do something different for a change. This is a good time for surrounding yourself with friends and young people and for having fun. You appreciate your particular situation and enjoy support from those around you. Scorpio (October 23-November 21) There is a burning zeal for humanitarian goals, what is best for the many, the community. You may find yourself in a volunteer service today. With little patience for red tape and superficialities, you insist on getting right to the heart of any question. You have a knack for putting the feelings of a group into words and may serve as a teacher or spokesperson. Communication is one area where you can always get support and backing from friends and co-workers. Historical ideas, articles or books may be of interest to you today. It would be excellent if you could somehow make your living in these areas. An instinctive urge to get serious about taking care of yourself at many levels is emphasized now. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Instant gratification is one of the temptations to which you are subject now: you want things and you want them this instant. This is a practical and materialistic kind of focus and may indicate the making and spending of money. Learning what really counts is an important lesson that could come about as a difficult lesson. This is a good day, one that should just flow along quite well. In particular, you will do well in activities that include children, young people and your home and surroundings. You could feel real support and harmony for circumstances and those around you. Be wise in your choice of relaxation. You could lose yourself in the social world and neglect your ability to present yourself as a separate, unique individual.

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Aquarius (January 20- February 18) You have high ideals and a vision of unity and togetherness that allows you to be long-suffering and put up with a lot. You tend to be self-sacrificing, understanding and always interested in whatever is psychological, mystical, etc. You may feel passionate about some issue and your ideas may help others to understand a truth behind some common frustration. This could be political but more than likely will be the uncovering of some secret tradition. Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity and selfexpression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and needed. Talking with your loved one about any particular subject will gain you a better viewpoint.

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Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity and selfexpression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and admired. You have unusual relationships, perhaps a number of them and not always of long duration. You are creative when it comes to partnerships or lovers; you seem to establish unusual and different relationships. Be aware that you could take on the role of mother, whether you are male or female instead of partner. It is natural for you to be very compassionate and attentive to the needs of others. New paths to world or personal unity are a major interest to you and you have a very practical sense of how to make your dreams real. You become involved with community service.

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Pisces (February 19-March 20) Your friends, partners and relationships mean a lot to you. They are your primary source of strength and you always look to them for support and encouragement. You may be visiting out-of-town family this weekend and enjoying all sorts of fun times together. You are indeed a social being and will weave this fact into your lifestyle. You are very responsive yourself and value this in others. You do not play favorites and are quite impersonal when it comes to your responsibilities. You never forsake your ideals when it comes to relationships of any kind. Your imagination is at its best when you are being social or relating to others. Family, home, relatives and real estate play a bigger part in your life now. Misunderstandings can be healed today.


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The late ‘Bad’ hitmaker - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - hadn’t lived at the address since he was cleared of child molestation charges in 2005, and handed over the estate to Colony Capital LLC, a private equity firm, amid financial worries in 2008. But now, state assembly member Mike Davis has revealed he proposes to apply to the California State Senate for backing to turn the disused site into a Michael Jacksonstyle Graceland. Owned partly by the Jackson estate, Neverland currently lies dormant, a far cry from its heyday when the singer wrote many of his greatest hits at the site complete with zoo and Ferris wheel - and entertained hun-


he ‘Salt’ actress - who raises adopted Maddox, eight, Pax, six, Zahara, five, and biological kids Shiloh, four, and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with partner Brad Pitt - is best known for appearing in action movies and is constantly seeking new experiences outside of work, but insists nothing compares with being a parent. She said: “I fly planes, ride bikes with Brad and travel to uncharted territories but the greatest adventure of all is



having children. “Our kids are very much a part of everything we do.” The 35-year-old star - whose mother Marcheline Bertrand died of cancer in 2007 - claims she has always been adventurous and is delighted to see some of her traits echoed in her children. She added: “I was always fearless and now I have those fearless kids - Pax and Shiloh. “I had a very strong mother. She was the kindest and most loving person I had ever known in my life and her faith and integrity were so strong they were unbreakable. “I now live

he French actress-and-singer who has children Lily-Rose, 1, and eight-year-old Jack with the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ star - claims she fell for the hunk as soon as they met and they connected instantly. She said: “When we met each other, we just knew - ‘This is the one’. And we were right. “I can’t believe any two people love the way that

he unlucky in love actress - who has been through a string of relationships with the likes of Vince Vaughn, John Mayer and model Paul Schulfor since her marriage to Brad Pitt ended in 2005 - has reportedly invested in a $4,000 500lb Buddha model to take her spirituality to a new level. An insider told National Enquirer magazine: “She’s been bringing it flowers every morning. Some days she even reads poetry to the guy. But she knows the


statue won’t give her any answers, so it’s not like she’s gone bonkers. “It just makes her feel good to ask the questions - and she says she likes talking to the Buddha because he never cuts her off or asks for an autograph.” Things could be looking up for the ‘Bounty Hunter’ star, as she was recently spotted enjoying a dinner date with actor Christopher Gartin at the Sunset Tower Hotel and Restaurant in Los Angeles. A source revealed: “She was bubbly in demeanor, seeming to be rather enthusiastic about something. They were talking about swimming pools and the pros and cons of chlorination or the new saltwater saline pools.”

with three very strong women - my daughters Zahara, Shiloh and Vivienne.” The brunette beauty and her 46-yearold partner always travel with their children and they hope their globe-trotting adventures will teach the youngsters more about life. Angelina explained to the New Straits Times newspaper: “The more I travel, the more excited I am about life and its possibilities. “I hope to raise my children in such a way so that they are exposed to many of life’s experiences.”

we love”. And Vanessa, 37, revealed that she doesn’t just love the actor for his gorgeous looks. She added “People might think it’s easy to love someone like him because he’s so gorgeous looking, but the thing about Johnny is that he’s even more gorgeous on the inside.” Johnny, 47, has previously spoken of his quick attraction to Vanessa, who he has been in relationship with for 12 years. He said: “I saw her across a room and I thought, ‘What’s happening to me?’”

amar Odom - who married Kim’s sister Khloe in September 2009 - is delighted by the socialite’s romance with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, who she began dating in June. Lamar told “I love Kim and Miles is my boy! They’re happy, so if my sister is happy, then I am happy. I wish them only the best.” While Kim, 29 and Miles, 26, began dating in early June, they only officially came out as a couple during Serena Williams’


he ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ star - who portrays Elizabeth Gilbert the movie about a woman who, after failing to fall pregnant, decides to travel the world - admits she will only accept film roles which are important enough to justify spending time away from her three children, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, five, and three-year-old Henry. Discussing her latest movie, Julia - who is married to cameraman Danny Moder - said: “I knew this project would be a huge undertaking, but I just feel that for me to leave home now that I’m a mother and go to work on something it really has to be epic. And this is epic!” Julia admits she has honed her movie selection skills over the years, and instinctively knows whether it is something she wants to work on or not after just one glance of the script. She explained: “It’s just a feeling I have the first time I read something. I just like it or I don’t. I turn the last page and I know whether I want to do it or not.” The 42-year-old actress was immediately drawn to ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, because of the lead character’s courage and liberating behavior. She explained: “It’s based on a beautiful book, a great multilayered story of a woman of a certain age going through problems a lot of people can relate to. What she does is difficult, though ultimately liberating, and I think we all wish that one day we would feel a certain way about ourselves and really do something about it.”— Bang Showbiz


dreds of children with parties. However, Davis suggested as California’s budget deficit currently stands at $19 billion, it would be difficult for the State Parks Department to purchase the property alone, and therefore proposes a publicprivate partnership to put the plan into action. Meanwhile, several members of the Official Michael Jackson Fans of Southern California Group have offered to clean the pop legend’s vandalized Great Masoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California - the singer’s final resting place - after other fans defaced the building with tributes written in permanent ink. The group say they want cemetery officials to realize not all of the late star’s supporters are vandals.

he 70-year-old singer insists that, despite his advancing years, he has no plans to ever retire from performing and recording new music because he doesn’t want to have any regrets. He said: “I don’t want to stop. Because I don’t want to be 80, which is actually not far away, and look back and think, ‘Why did I stop then?’ I don’t ever want to have any regrets. “I hope it goes on forever.


ESPY party on July 12. The brunette beauty’s new romance comes just two months after splitting from her long-term boyfriend Reggie Bush. Speaking shortly after they split, Kim who was also romantically linked with soccer star Christiano Ronaldo - admitted she is looking for a husband. She said: ‘I’m on the market. This is a new life for me. I haven’t been single in years. I never thought I would like being single. ‘I’m not the dating type. I’m a relationship kind of girl. The next one that comes into my life will be my husband.’ “

I’d like to live forever. I’d like to sing forever, because it’s great. “I’m having a ball.” The singer is preparing for the release of a new album, ‘Praise and Blame’, and admits recording the LP made him feel younger than ever. He explained: “It was like being in a rock band again, like when I had my band in Wales, like when you all get into the back room of a pub to rehearse. “You’re all in one room and it’s close. It was great to do that again.”


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By Jerome Rivet he government offered them electricity and schools, but they refused. The Baduy people prefer to walk barefoot on their traditional lands on Indonesia’s Java island. Progress? Technology? Baduy villager Sapri will have none of it. “We have a quiet and harmonious life, close to nature. We’ve got everything we need,” he told AFP with a broad smile. The 38-year-old father-ofseven cares little for the outside world. Global financial turmoil matters not a jot to him, and the World Cup barely registered. For Sapri, the world stops at the border of “Baduy country”, 5,000 hectares (12,360 acres) of tropical forest reserve in the heart of Java, one of the most crowded islands on Earth. His people number close to 12,000 and live semisubsistent lifestyles in about 30 villages. A typical Baduy home is made of bamboo


In this photo, a Baduy tribeswoman descends a staircase at the tribe’s settlement situated in a forest in Ciboleger, West Java province. — AFP

By Sharon Theimer thousand years of Japanese history, from ancient Buddhism to “No” theatre or manga robots, takes centre stage this summer in Monaco with a giant show devoted to the land of the rising sun. Some 600 artworks-giant sculptures, cypress wood masks, exquisite silk kimonos or samurai armor-loaned from around the world, went on display this week for two months until September 12 in the tiny Riviera principality. “We wanted to show the continuity, the coherence of the Japanese world,” said curator Jean-Paul Desroches, who secured several rare pieces for the show that had never before left Japan’s Imperial Museum. An 11th-century giant wood sculpture depicting the Buddhist fire deity Fudo Myo-o greets the visitor at the entrace to the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco’s main exhibition space. Follows an 11-headed statue of a bodhisattva of compassion, loaned from Nice in nearby southern France, whose tranquil gaze rests on the six-armed bodhisattva the Nyorin Kannon, loaned from San Francisco. Sumptuous costumes from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum fill a room devoted to “No” theatre, before the visitor reaches the samurai chamber, adorned with armor, helmets and silk and horsehair braids. Across the hall, the bright glass-fiber and resin helmets of 1970s sci-fi hero “Kamen Rider” send out a modern-day challenge to the samurai warriors. Delicate woodblock prints by the 19thcentury master Utagawa Hiroshige, depicting the Tokaidi road from Tokyo to Kyoto, hang beside boards by manga artist Shigeru Mizuki, showing the same road peopled by serpent monsters. Contemporary art also gets a look-in, with giant resin sculptures of a black panther and a white Eve by “Final Fantasy” artist Yoshitaka Amano. But the show ends on a playful note, with a wink at manga’s nowclassic “Super Robots,” such as Mazinger Z, known as Tranzor Z in the United States, that conquered the world from the 1970s onwards. — AFP


By Aubrey Whelan itting at the counter of Nanee’s Kitchen in Philadelphia’s bustling Reading Terminal Market, Jamie Keiles took a bite from a heaping platter of Indian food. “I feel so fearless,” she said with a sarcastic grin. “I’ve never eaten anything of such exotic taste.” For most people, Indian at Reading Terminal is just another lunch option. But for the Central Bucks West high school senior, it’s a requirement: part of her monthlong quest to literally follow every piece of advice in the June/July issue of Seventeen magazine. Today’s task? Be “food fearless” and try Indian, Israeli, or Ethiopian food. Keiles, 18, who runs a blog called The Seventeen Magazine Project ( that details her adventures living life by the teen bible, has been called to wear high heels to school, post detailed criticism of Seventeen’s “hot boys” section on her blog, and spend hours each morning primping, as per Seventeen’s guidelines. She came up with the idea after flipping through an issue of Seventeen at school and reading page after page of “frivolous” beauty tips. She had read Seventeen before, but this was the first time she looked at it critically. “I was just like, oh my god, this is ridiculous,” she said. “I thought, ‘How would it be to do this at an incredibly literal level?’ I just thought it’d be something fun to do.” Yet Keiles is just the latest (and maybe youngest) to take part in a growing genre of media criticism: following to the letter the advice of some heralded personality or tome whether it’s Seventeen, Oprah and her “Live your Best Life” empire, Cosmopolitan, or the Bible. Perhaps the grandmother of them all arguably the biggest success of the hands-on genre - is Julie Powell’s blog the Julie/Julia Project, launched in 2002, where she cooked every recipe in Julia Child’s seminal “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Powell turned her blog into a book that eventually was made into the Nora Ephron film “Julie & Julia.” Other not-too-shabby results:


he University of Georgia’s bulldog mascot, Uga, gets a special medical procedure to help him fly safely. But many other short-snouted dogs do not fare as well when put on an aircraft, new data shows. Dogs with pushed-back faces such as English bulldogs and pugs accounted for roughly half the purebred dog deaths on airlines in the past five years, the Transportation Department disclosed Friday. Overall, at least 122 dog deaths have been reported since May 2005, when US airlines were required to start disclosing them, the department says. The dogs died while being shipped as cargo. English bulldogs accounted for 25 of the deaths, the single highest number among the 108 purebreds on the list. Pugs were next, with 11 deaths; followed by golden retrievers and labradors, with seven deaths each; French bulldogs, with six; and American Staffordshire terriers, four. Boxers, cockapoos, Pekingese and Pomeranians each accounted for two deaths. Owners should consult with veterinarians before putting their dogs on planes, the department said. It believes the deaths represent a tiny percentage of the pets shipped on airlines. The department said mixed breeds accounted for four airline deaths and


Performance artist Robyn Okrant inked a book deal during her yearlong Living Oprah project, which she blogged about in 2008. The book itself was published in January. A J Jacobs wrote a best seller - “The Year of Living Biblically,” about following every rule in the Bible for a year - and continues to write a series of like-minded articles for Esquire. But the question remains: Will yet another literal lifestyle blog provide some public benefit? Or do people view them as fast-fame gimmicks? “I think it’s a little bit of both,” said Ron Bishop, a professor in the Department of Culture and Communications at Drexel University. “I think that (these authors) are certainly availing themselves of the tools of social commentary. My worry is that whatever social commentary they’re doing gets lost because we’re so into the (hands-on) format.”

a dozen dogs who died were of unknown breed. Short-nosed breeds - known as “brachycephalic” in the dog world - have a skull formation that affects their airways, said Dan Bandy of Shawnee, Oklahoma, chairman of the Bulldog Club of America’s health committee. “The way all dogs cool themselves is basically through respiration, either just panting or the action of breathing in or out, is a method of heat exchange for them,” Bandy said. “A dog that has a long snout or a long muzzle has more surface area within its nasal cavity for that heat exchange to take place. So breeds like labradors or collies or those types of dogs with the long muzzles have a more efficient cooling system.” Brachycephalic breeds tend to be heat-intolerant in general, Bandy said. They pretty much have the same amount of tissue and structures within their skulls as long-nosed dogs, but it’s compressed, and that can contribute to encroachment on their airways, he said. Sonny Seiler of Savannah, Georgia, who owns the University of Georgia’s mascot, Uga the English bulldog, said people who fly English bulldogs are taking a risk. Seiler said that’s why he takes precautions. Over the years, seven bulldogs have been the university’s mascot, and Seiler said that before each Uga is a year old, he has a procedure done at the veterinary school to enlarge the

and and palm leaves, and has no windows. Food is prepared on wood fires and eaten on the floor. Furniture, electrical equipment and modern utensils are prohibited. “We’ve respected these very strict rules for centuries,” said village chief Djaro Dainah, who has been appointed to a 14-year tenure as the tribe’s chief liaison officer with the outside world. But even Dainah admits the tribe cannot remain completely impervious to the encroachment of modernity. “The government has offered us electricity but we’ve refused it because we don’t want progress to come too fast. We want to protect our culture, but sooner or later...” The Baduy’s origins are a mystery. Some say they could be descendants of a Hindu kingdom who found refuge in the mountains as Islam spread across most of Indonesia in the 15th century. The purest are the 500 Urang Tangtu, the

Jamie Keiles chows down at Nanee’s Kitchen at Reading Terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. — MCT

“Inner Baduy” who live in three villages without any contact with foreigners. Anyone who doesn’t obey the rules is shunned and joins the “Orang Panamping”, the “Outside Baduy”. Clad in black or dark blue, the “Outside Baduy” are relatively more liberal but they also live austerely and have minimal contact with non-Baduy despite growing numbers of tourists visiting the reserve. Both groups turn their backs on the trappings of modernity; they wash in the river, they don’t use soap and children don’t attend school. But octogenarian tribesman Cayut said he could see change coming even though he had never left his village except to work in the surrounding rice paddies. “Change has been very fast in recent years. We’ve been able to keep our culture but it’s very difficult,” he said.It is increasingly common for the deep stillness of the forest to be broken by the ringing of a mobile phone or the crackle

dog’s airways. “They go into the nasal passage and clip muscles and tissue and in essence, what they do is they make a bigger air passage,” Seiler said. “It’s a quick procedure, and once you have it done it really eliminates a lot of the problems with the breathing.” “It’s just business as usual with us,” Seiler said of Uga’s air travel. “He goes with the team.” Uga routinely flies to the football team’s away games, often in the team’s charter plane or the university’s smaller plane, and is in the cabin or an airconditioned cargo hold, said Seiler. The bulldog club’s Bandy said that in addition to trying to cool themselves, dogs may also pant excessively in the cargo hold due to stress or excitement. Bandy said he has flown one puppy and one adult dog before, both in early spring with no issues. He advises against shipping dogs during hot months, and says owners should make sure the cargo hold is climate-controlled. If dogs are easily stressed or not well-socialized, they are probably not good candidates for air travel, Bandy added. Dogs shouldn’t be given tranquilizers before flying, both because airlines do not want them tranquilized and because they would be less able to manage their own cooling process, he said. In all, 144 pet deaths were reported by airlines over the past five years, along with 55 injuries and 33 lost pets. — AP

A man passes by a wall at 5 Pointz, a graffiti covered warehouse that used to house artist studios. The art of famous and novice graffiti artists covers the building’s facade, all done with the encouragement of the building’s owner. The building is located in the Long Island City section of Queens. — AFP

Okrant, a performance artist, yoga instructor, and writer based in Chicago, said her Living Oprah project was motivated in part by a desire to stop passively judging media. “Before I started this project, the last couple projects I worked on were satirizations of the self-help industry. All roads kept leading back to Oprah,” she said. “Instead of just sort of judging it - I usually write about these things from the comfort of my own desk chair - I thought, what if I put myself in the trenches?” Like many of her colleagues, Okrant soon found that even though she obsessively followed every directive Oprah issued, she wasn’t exactly living her best life. After nearly a month, Keiles — not exactly your average beauty magazine reader - is feeling the strain, too. The redheaded Doylestown, native is interested in gender issues and media literacy


and has a distinct gift for biting sarcasm. She describes herself as a “cute dresser” but not “modelific” (her word) - she borrowed many of the clothes for her project from friends. And her trip to Philadelphia to eat Indian food had a dual purpose: She’s building her own bike and needed to pick up a few parts in the city. It took Keiles more than an hour and a half to get ready for her “food-fearless” excursion - from moisturizing to makeup to fixing her hair to a “Seventeen-approved curly.” Including the recommended products she bought for her senior prom in late May, she’s spent about $600 on the project so far. “When I wake up, I’m not looking forward to getting dressed,” she said. “It takes so much time that it loses its meaning. I’ve come to resent the project a little.” Keiles - who will attend the University of Chicago in the fall - said her biggest criticism of Seventeen is that it needs to represent more diverse interests. “They have a very singular idea of what teenage girls like, and I think that’s setting the bar very low for what they expect us to be as women,” she said. And despite Keiles’ tongue-in-cheek take on America’s most popular teen magazine, Seventeen editor-in-chief Ann Shoket has nothing but praise for the blogger. “I think what she’s doing is tremendously valuable,” she said, adding that the magazine plans to invite Keiles in to talk about her experience with the project. “What we really want every girl to experience is ridiculous, crazy, insane fun. So I want to hear from Jamie if she’s had fun.” Keiles, who said she hasn’t yet been contacted by anyone from Seventeen (although they are following her on Twitter), said she hopes the magazine takes her criticism into consideration. “Part of me wants to be like, ‘Great, I’m not dissing anyone!’” she said, laughing. “The other part is like, ‘Oh no, I’m not dissing anyone?’” Okrant, whose only contact with Oprah has been through a Kindle the talk show queen sent after recommending readers buy one in an episode (Okrant sent it back with a thank-you note), said she hopes that writers who start projects like hers have a “genuine curiosity” about the media they’re critiquing.—MCT

ouTube joins world famous filmmakers Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald in asking people around to world to help them create the first user-generated feature-length documentary film shot on a single day - July 24, 2010. ‘Life in a Day’ is a historic global film experiment that enlists the global community to capture a moment of their lives on Saturday, July 24 and to upload that footage to Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland, and Touching the Void) will direct, bringing together the most compelling footage into a feature-length documentary film. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down) and produced by his company Scott Free Productions. Individuals whose footage makes it into the finished film will be credited as co-directors and 20 of these contributors will be flown to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for the film’s world premiere. ‘Life in a Day’ is one of several efforts by YouTube to push the boundaries of music, art, and now film. YouTube Symphony Orchestra and the recently announced YouTube Play partnership with the Guggenheim are examples of the convergence of online video with traditional arts and ‘Life in a Day’ takes this effort into the cinematic realm. LG Electronics is supporting ‘Life in a Day’ as a key part of its long-standing Life’s Good campaign and to support the creation of quality online content that can be shared and enjoyed by all. The director, Kevin Macdonald says of the project, “Life in a Day is a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on the July 24, 2010. It is a unique experiment in social filmmaking, and what better way to gather a


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of a radio. “This wouldn’t have been accepted years ago,” said Samani, who has a phone to help him manage his cloves business. “It’s hard to keep a balance between our personal needs and our traditions. It’s very difficult to keep the rules of our ancestors which date from centuries back. But it’s our heritage.” The 40-year-old said he educated his four children himself, focusing on “the basics” like counting, some writing and reading. “But the most important thing is to teach them how to farm, how to make brown sugar... They have to learn skills to support themselves in the future,” he added. Fifty-year-old villager Sakri said that despite the growing pressures from the world of steel and glass beyond the forest, “our beliefs and our culture are strong”. “When I go outside to see the world, I don’t change my mind and don’t want to live there. We have a basic life that suits us,” he said. — AFP

In this 2008 file photo, Uga VII, the seventh English bulldog mascot for the University of Georgia team, who died last football season, keeps to the sidelines in Tempe, Arizona. — AP

limitless array of footage than to engage the world’s online community.” “Over the past five years, You Tube has changed the way media is created and consumed,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, YouTube’s parent company. “We’re thrilled to give our community the opportunity to work with Kevin Macdonald and Ridley Scott and are grateful to our long-term partner, the Sundance Institute, for their support of this global initiative. I can think of no better place to premiere ‘Life in a Day’ than at next year’s festival.” “A vital part of our mission is to support individual storytelling around the globe and to provide a platform for expression and experimentation,” says John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. “This is a great way to engage the You Tube community and to also provide Festival audiences with something new and unexpected.” “LG believes in enriching people’s lives through technology and saw complementary objectives in the ‘Life in a Day’ project,” says H S Paik, President of LG Electronics Gulf FZE. “For LG, this project is a fantastic opportunity to engage with You Tube users on a personal and emotional level that’s both rewarding and enjoyable. This initiative is perfectly consistent with our brand promise of ‘Life’s Good!’” Scott Free will work with Rick Smolan, creator of “A Day in the Life” and CEO of Against All Odds Productions, a California-based organization that specializes in the execution of large-scale global projects that combine story-telling with state-of-the-art technology, to distribute cameras to individuals in remote regions of the world in an effort to ensure that the film is as inclusive and representative as possible. To learn more and upload footage after July 24, please visit


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nception,” the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio that opened Friday, marks the third collaboration between writer/director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer. The first two scores the duo paired on — 2008’s “Dark Knight” and 2005’s “Batman Begins”-were notable sales successes in terms of score albums, selling 144,000 and 83,000, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Inception: Music From the Motion Picture” was released July 13 on CD by Reprise/WaterTower; a vinyl edition will follow Aug 3. To build on the sales of his and Nolan’s previous film score projects, Zimmer engaged in a number of promotional appearances-underscoring a new all-hands-on-deck

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mentality for soundtrack promotion. During the afterparty for the Warner Bros film’s Los Angeles premiere July 13, Zimmer and Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr-who performs on eight of the soundtrack’s 12 cutsplayed selections from the score alongside a 20-piece orchestra. The concert was streamed live on Ustream. “The idea of a premiere is sort of a weird thing,” Zimmer says. “Here we are making this movie for everybody, and we celebrate it by having security guards and velvet ropes around us. I said, ‘I’ll do it if we can do it for everybody, and the way to do that is with the Internet.’ Maybe I’m too much of a socialist from growing up in England during Margaret Thatcher’s evil reign.” “Inception” is a densely layered sci-fi film that invokes multiple interpretations of the

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dream state and the subconscious, tied to corporate espionage. Zimmer says he and Nolan talked for a year about the project’s music. “Once he gave me the script, it was quite obvious that the obvious wouldn’t work,” Zimmer says. “There wasn’t a lot of arguing going on about this. It was a lot of Chris and I sitting on the beach, watching our kids play in the sand, while we chucked ideas at each other.” At several points, the score references the Edith Piaf song “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” a decision that Zimmer says Nolan wrote into the script before Marion Cotillard-who won the Academy Award for best actress for her portrayal of Piaf in 2007’s “La Vie en Rose”signed on to the project. “I said, ‘No one is going to be that shallow and that dumb and think that that’s some kind of a joke,”“ Zimmer says. “(Using) Piaf and

Chris shooting some of these scenes in Paris were really important because I think that laid the foundations for an emotional journey: the half-remembered dream.” Zimmer visited the set during filming to get a sense of the movie’s atmosphere. But once Nolan started editing he asked Zimmer to work on his own-an audacious request, as composers generally work from a combination of script, storyboards and a near-completed cut of the film. “I think the idea of shared dreaming ... he wanted to see if it would actually work,” Zimmer says. “The first time I saw the film, it was the complete movie from top to tail with all the music in it.” And did the director and composer reach a creative mind meld? “It was surprising how well it worked,” Zimmer says with a laugh. — Reuters

By Cortney Harding ost artists of a certain stature have at least one “let me tell you about the crazy music business” story. But few have had their story turned into a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary. When Wilco left Reprise Records in 2001, the film “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” captured the angst and turmoil surrounding the band’s departure and subsequent signing to Nonesuch. Fast-forward nearly a decade, and Wilco is again without a label. But this time, frontman Jeff Tweedy sounds happy and relaxed. While the end of Wilco’s Nonesuch deal has sparked speculation that it may start its own label, Tweedy says the band hasn’t made a final decision on the matter. But he does say that he’s finished with the major-label merry-go-round for good. As Wilco mulls its next move, Tweedy; the band’s manager, Tony Margherita; and promoter Alex Crothers are busy preparing for the Solid Sound Festival, which takes place Aug 13-15 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass. The event, which Crothers says is enjoying brisk ticket sales, will feature performances by Wilco, band side projects and such friends as soul legend Mavis Staples, whose forthcoming album “You Are Not Alone” (Anti-) was produced by Tweedy. As he prepared for his recent solo performance at the Faraday Independent Music Festival near Barcelona, Spain, Tweedy spoke by phone with Billboard about Wilco’s future and his work curating Solid Sound.


leak anyway and people are going to download it at some point before it comes out-you might as well make something rather than make nothing.

Billboard: Now that Wilco has left Nonesuch, how will you release new music? Jeff Tweedy: I don’t see it being drastically different from the way we put out music in the past. It seems unlikely that we will be under the umbrella of a major label or a major-label group. It doesn’t make sense for us to pay somebody three-quarters of the pie for a lot of things that we’ve been doing ourselves. On the other hand, I don’t know if it makes a lot of sense for a label to upend their entire historical precedent to make things work for us when a lot of other bands really do need a lot of the things that a label provides. But we worked hard to do more and more. We do all of the publicity, a bulk of the promotion, all the marketing. All of that stuff has predominantly been done in-house for quite some time. Billboard: When did you start doing more things in-house? Tweedy: We were forced to do that early on. Even when we were with Reprise, there wasn’t that much interest in promoting Wilco. We learned how to do it with what we had available to us. A lot of it has grown out of our touring-obviously, that is the main thing Wilco has been able to control. We’ve practically gone door to door. Billboard: Wilco’s previous troubles with Reprise and your subsequent deal with Nonesuch were chronicled in the film “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” Looking back, do you wish

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you’d had the options you have now back then? Tweedy: We did have that option (to start our own label) back then, but the way people were consuming music wasn’t quite there yet. We could’ve made that decision back then, and we certainly did make the decision to stream our record and continue to tour at the time, because we mostly wanted people to hear our new songs and be excited about them. Billboard: Are you talking to any other artists or looking at any other artist-

run labels as potential models? Tweedy: Not really. I know some of the guys in Radiohead and talk to them. But our manager pays more attention to the business models than I do. When Radiohead streamed their album and let people pay what they wanted, I thought that was similar to what we had been doing for years. But we didn’t take the money because we were on a major at the time; we ended up giving the money to charity. Everyone made a big deal of it, but it seemed like such a nobrainer to me. The record is going to

By Gail Mitchell wo years after launching as a country and rootsmusic label, Time-Life imprint Saguaro Road Records is expanding into contemporary R&B and gospel. Saguaro Road’s first release under its R&B wing will be an album featuring Brandy and her brother and fellow VH1 reality-show star, Ray J. Also on the release slate is the reissue this month of a 2009 album by Motown legend Smokey Robinson and the release of a holiday album by the O’Jays. The label plans to announce its first signings to its gospel division shortly. “Our goal at Saguaro is to be active in American music, and R&B is one of the foundations of American and world music,” said Mike Jason, senior vice president of retail at Time-Life. Time-Life’s release of a 2008 covers collection by Joan Osborne and its launch later that year of Saguaro Road represented its first efforts to release new music, a departure from its cornerstone business of direct-to-consumer marketing of oldies compilations and video collections of classic TV shows. Like Saguaro Road’s foray into country music, the label’s R&B strategy will be focused on signing acts with established fan and tour bases, according to Jason, a former executive at RCA and Sanctuary Music Group. “We’re looking for a combination of classic artists who are still very vibrant, like Smokey and the O’Jays,” he said, “and younger artists at the other end of the spectrum heading toward peaks in their careers, like Brandy and Ray J.” Mirroring the label’s


The singer of British band Muse, Matthew Bellamy, performs on stage in Carhaix, Brittany, during the 19th edition of the Vieilles Charrues music festival. — AFP

he world’s oldest opera singer, Cantonese Opera star Luo Pinchao, has died. He was 98. China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday Luo passed away at his home in the southern city of Guangzhou on Thursday. Ranked the world’s oldest opera singer by the Guinness World Records, Luo was born in June 1912 and began performing in 1930. Cantonese Opera is a form of traditional Chinese theater delivered in the southern dialect. Xinhua said Luo’s signature move was singing for nearly half an hour with one foot raised and wrapped around a prop. He also helped modernize the art form by using scripts written in colloquial instead of classical Chinese. — AP


approach on country releases by such acts as Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker and Lonestar, each R&B and gospel release will typically involve a one-album deal with the chance to do more. Saguaro Road will support each release with a full-service team encompassing radio promotion, retail and online sales support, marketing, publicity and two-minute TV spots generated through the company’s direct-response infomercial division. “Even though the business is difficult and challenging, we can do a lot of nontraditional and traditional marketing,” Jason said. “And the blending of those things will make us successful where others are struggling.” Slated for a fourth-quarter release, the Brandy and Ray J project will be a family-oriented album inspired by the siblings’ popular VH1 reality show, “Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business,” which will start its second season Sept 19. It features performances by various members of the Norwood family, including Brandy, Ray J, father/musician Willie Sr and manager/mom Sonja. “The VH1 show gave us a platform to broaden our family brand,” Ray J said, “and now this Time-Life project opens up more doors.” Footage shot during the family’s recording sessions will appear in the next season of the VH1 show because, Brandy said, “fans want to see us back in the studio.” As for its other inaugural R&B releases, Saguaro Road is reissuing Robinson’s 2009 album “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun,” and plans to release an O’Jays holiday album later this year that will include covers and original songs. — Reuters

Billboard: As you’re figuring out Wilco’s label future, you’re also gearing up for the Solid Sound Festival. How did the concept for the festival come about? Tweedy: We’ve played a lot of festivals and there are certain things you take away from those experiences, thinking, “That would be nice if we had the opportunity to do something like that.” But this festival isn’t exactly like any of the other ones that we’ve ever played. The main thing about festivals that we’ve enjoyed-or at least smaller ones-is that we’ve been able to navigate them once we’re a part of them. Even in Chicago when (the Pitchfork Music Festival) has been happening every summer, it’s a nice, smaller-size festival that my wife and I and our kids have gone to. And this is even smaller than that. I always think of it as being when you go to a restaurant and they have a really big menu. I never know what to order; I always feel like I’ve been cheated. More choices (aren’t) necessarily a good thing. I understand a big festival like Lollapalooza is a spectacle. It’s incredible. It’s not in the cards for us to ever do something on that scale, especially if we’re trying to avoid a lot of outside endorsements and funding and things like that. Billboard: So how is the festival being of the Black Eyed Peas performs. — AP

funded? Tweedy: It’s all ticket sales. There are no sponsors. Billboard: How are you approaching your work as curator of the festival? Tweedy: The original core of the festival is that it would be fun for Wilco to play a series of shows in one location where everybody else’s side projects and everything else all of the members of Wilco do could be presented in the same place. We’ve never done that. We never all performed in all our different entities in one place. In terms of non-Wilco acts, it’s things that we like and artists that we’d like to see. It’s comedians we’d like to see and hang out with and friends we want to be around. Hopefully if we’re able to continue doing this, I would like to keep it somewhat manageable in that regard. Billboard: Are you preparing to record anything right now? Tweedy: I’m on tour right now, but I’m always writing and we’re getting into the studio later this month to start recording the next Wilco record. We’re going to try to do what we’ve always done. The way we’ve been touring the past year, there’s been a dividing line between one record and the next as there ever had been because we’ve been touring so intensively and we haven’t been able to do any recording on the side. But this is usually the way we seem to work when we have downtime — we generally spend it in the studio. — Reuters

een sensation Justin Bieber has knocked Lady Gaga off her reign as holder of the most-viewed video on YouTube. Bieber, 16, who was discovered on YouTube, racked up more than 246 million views of his music video “Baby” on Friday, pushing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” into second place with 245.6 million. The Canadian singer, currently on tour in the United States to promote his hit album “My World 2.0”, thanked his fans in a Twitter message, but added that he thinks Lady Gaga is “an incredible artist who (I) have great respect 4. and her vid is incredible. “So it doesnt matter who has more views what matters is that we have incredible fans that support us...that im sure we are both greatful 4,” he continued. Bieber signed a record deal at age 14 after posting his own videos on YouTube and now causes mob scenes of hysterical girls wherever he goes. Lady Gaga, 24, is in the middle of her “Monster Ball” tour and


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New scandals spell trouble for Gibson’s tarnished star ollywood observers believe Mel Gibson’s temper may have landed him in more than just hot water amid a furor over alleged rants against his ex-girlfriend. This time it may cost his career. The latest scandal stems from profane and rage-filled comments posted on the celebrity gossip website which were culled from audio tapes, allegedly of Gibson threatening and cursing his ex-girlfriend, Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva. The tapes have only further tarnished the reputation of devout Catholic Gibson, already known for his scathing comments against blacks and Jews. While the tapes have yet to be authenticated, neither Gibson nor his lawyers have issued any denial since they first surfaced a week ago. And with horrendous details of his private life in full view-the culmination of an ugly breakup between Grigorieva, 40, and Gibson, 54, following a January beating in which he allegedly knocked out some of her teethagents and fellow actors were quick to turn their backs on the star. Among the first was the William Morris Endeavor agency headed by powerful agent Ari Emanuel, who has made no secret in the past of his disdain for the “Mad Max” star after an alcohol-fueled anti-Semitic outburst became public in 2006. “Stars have come back from scandals before, but the number of times Mel Gibson has been in the news for aggressive and abusive behavior, along with racist and sexist remarks, makes him a poor

Lindsey Kilbourn of Staunton performs with Queen City Fire Circus in Staunton, Va. — AP

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bet for being one of those who manage to rebuild their careers,” University of Southern California professor Leo Braudy told AFP. “Now that he has been dropped by his agent, and denounced by a number of fellow stars, it seems like a real uphill battle, which would make even investors who have some faith in his talent very wary.” Movie agents and actors, who requested anonymity in order to speak more freely about the case, predicted a rough road ahead for Gibson, who received two Oscars for his acting and directing of “Braveheart.”

The 1995 drama was nominated for 10 Oscars and scored five. “His career has taken a real downturn... No one of quality is going to want be associated with him,” said popular culture critic Elayne Rapping. “He’s really ruined his reputation beyond repair. I’ve never seen anyone behaving in the way he is.” But she noted that Gibson’s work does remain popular with some fans and he could continue directing and acting so long as he has his own production company. The fallen star could thus dig into the fortune he has

amassed from such blockbusters as “The Passion of the Christ,” his 2004 film with a 30-milliondollar budget that took 600 million dollars in worldwide revenue. A former agent with one of the most prestigious Hollywood talent agencies compared working with Gibson today to collaborating with O J Simpson, the American football legend who was famously cleared of murdering his ex-wife and her friend at a 1995 trial. “Irrespective if the public accepts or doesn’t accept it, the people who actually give him the jobs or help him get jobs no longer support him,” the agent said, requesting not to be named. “The actual Hollywood community doesn’t want to work with him anymore. He’s lost the support of his agent, he’s lost the support of many financiers who could put into a movie.” A legal fight is also brewing between Gibson and Grigorieva, a Russian-born model and pianist, over the custody of their baby girl Lucia. The “Lethal Weapon” star is due in court on Tuesday in the domestic violence case. But some point to Gibson’s proven ability to rise and fall, again and again. “Of course he needs agents,” acknowledged veteran publicist Fredell Pogodin, who considers Gibson a “maverick” who is “not politically correct at all. But she also added: “Does he have enough money though to, if he needed to, to go and fund and start his own films? Yes. And if those films are successful, will Hollywood then see him and want to work with him again? I’m sure.” —AFP

Lohan stays at substance abuse facility By Linda Deutsch indsay Lohan has moved to a substance abuse facility and signed legal papers hiring celebrity lawyer Robert Shapiro to represent her as she prepares to head to jail for violating probation in a 2007 drug case. Shapiro, a key figure on O J Simpson’s legal “dream team” in 1995, confirmed Lohan was staying at Pickford Lofts, a treatment center Shapiro founded after his son died of a drug overdose. Shapiro told The Associated Press on Friday he had agreed to represent Lohan only if she does her jail time and complies with the terms of her probation. He said he would help


the actress get treatment to accomplish long-term recovery and sobriety. “Ms Lohan is suffering from a disease that I am all too familiar with,” said Shapiro, whose son Brent died in 2005. “Hopefully I can be of assistance.” Lohan is scheduled to begin serving a 90-day sentence on Tuesday. Shapiro has represented numerous celebrity clients. In representing Lohan, Shapiro is replacing attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, another veteran of the Simpson trial in which the former football star was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. Holley resigned after saying Lohan’s sentence was harsh and unfair. Shapiro filed papers in court

‘Spider-Man’ role presents good break for rock band By Jason Lipshutz os Angeles rock band Carney recently wrapped a lengthy tour in support of its debut album, “Mr Green-Vol 1.” Instead of taking time off, however, guitarist/vocalist Reeve Carney began flighttraining lessons in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil and working on music with members of U2. That’s because the singer’s lifestyle has become a shade more spectacular since landing the lead role in “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” the upcoming Broadway musical directed by Julie Taymor and scored by U2’s Bono and the Edge. Carney is excited to start full rehearsals tomorrow for a tentative bow this fall, but he’s not forsaking the four-piece band that he fronts. “Acting has never been my primary focus,” Carney says. “It’s hard to get your voice heard in the music industry. So this was an amazing way for the band to have a distinct story.” Carney signed with Interscope as a solo artist in March 2006 before forming a quartet with brother Zane Carney on guitar, Aiden Moore on bass and Jon Epcar on drums in late 2007. The band recorded “Mr. Green”-released in May through DAS Label/Interscope-with engineer Matty Green (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and performed at last year’s Bonnaroo and


Outside Lands festivals. When Taymor (“Across the Universe,” Broadway’s “The Lion King”) attended a Carney gig at New York’s Mercury Lounge in June 2008, the director recognized the frontman’s charismatic stage presence. After casting Carney in her upcoming film version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” starring Helen Mirren, Taymor asked the singer if he could fill in for rumored “Spider-Man” lead Jim Sturgess and perform some songs for the show’s investors in March 2009. “I didn’t think I was auditioning for the part, but Bono said that he loved my voice,” Carney says. After a long audition process, Carney was announced as the lead in November. The role presented both a logistical problem and unique solution for the band’s touring plans. Carney will not tour during the year that Reeve is playing Peter Parker, but Taymor has tapped the other band members to perform in the show’s orchestra. The group also hopes to secure a weekly residency at a club in New York and possibly perform midnight gigs after the Broadway shows. “It’s frustrating that they’re limited to New York,” says band manager David Sonnenberg of DAS Communications. “But if you have to be limited to one place, it might as well be the media capital of the world.” — Reuters

probation. The plea came after a pair of high-profile arrests earlier that year. Lohan has

signed by Lohan substituting him as her counsel. The 24-year-old actress was sentenced to 90 days in jail earlier this month after a judge determined she violated her probation by missing seven weekly alcohol education classes since December. The judge also ordered Lohan to spend three months in rehab after serving her sentence and continue to undergo random drug testing until her probation expires. Lohan pleaded guilty in August 2007 to two misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of cocaine; no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent; and one count of reckless driving. She was sentenced to three years

This file photo from video provided by KCBS-TV in Los Angeles shows the interior of a typical jail cell at the Century Regional Detention Facility in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, California. — AP spent 84 minutes in jail and performed mandatory service at the county morgue. Still, she has struggled with the terms of

Clooney radiates cool in witness box By Colleen Barry t’s no wonder the Italian businessmen claimed George Clooney was behind their fashion line - the actor knows how to wow an audience whether he’s on the red carpet or the witness stand. Maintaining his trademark aura of cool, Clooney delivered a few wisecracks Friday as he testified against three defendants accused of co-opting his name with the goal of launching a fashion line. The appearance of the star, who maintains a villa on nearby Lake Como but is rarely seen here in public, sent the normally staid courthouse into full celebrity tilt. Clooney had to push his way through a wall of cameras into the courtroom, saying “scusa, scusa,”“Excuse me” in Italian - and warning “Don’t crush my lawyers.” Throngs of fans packed the tiny courtroom. The judge repeatedly told spectators to be quiet and tossed out one woman who snapped a photo of Clooney. The 49year-old actor wore a navy blue suit, crisp white shirt and red-spotted blue tie as he addressed the court through an interpreter, throwing in occasional words in Italian and apologizing for his lack of fluency. He testified that photos that purported to show him with two of the defendants were doctored and signatures on documents also were forged. Only one defendant - Vincenzo Cannalire - attended the trial. Clooney turned to greet him after recognizing the man from of the photos he was looking at. “This is the first time I’ve ever seen him,” Clooney said, motioning to the defendant. Then with just a trace of irony, Clooney added, “So I’d like to say hello, nice to meet you.” Two others also charged with criminal fraud in the case are Vanja Goffi and Francesco Galdelli. Clooney said one photo purporting to show him with Goffi was instead doctored from a photo of Clooney and an ex-girlfriend in real life. The actor said he had never met


Goffi but knew of her from stories on the Internet that claimed the two had a romantic relationship. “Of course, I have seen her for the last three years in every single interview story nearly every day,” Clooney said with a hint of annoyance. The actor said the woman had even moved to the town in Italy where he spends about two months a year, but added: “I’ve never met her. I’ve never seen her.” Examining other photos, Clooney explained why he was not the man in one particular picture. “Here, for instance. I don’t smoke and I don’t wear that watch,” Clooney said. Then after a pause he added, “I also don’t wear long jean shorts.” The signatures on the many documents he examined either were forged or photo copies of his signature, Clooney said, at one point acknowledging “this is my signature, but I didn’t sign it.” “My signature is very easy to get, as you

can imagine, off the Internet, off eBay,” Clooney testified. “You would think if you were going to forge my signature, you would borrow several different versions of it.” The actor noted that just two versions of the photocopied signature were used. Defense lawyers attempted to dig into the actor’s private life but were blocked by the judge. Clooney appeared irritated when the defense questioned him about who cares for his Harley Davidson motorcycles and his Italian home. One lawyer asked if Clooney saw a lot of women or dated many Italian women since acquiring a residence in Italy nine years ago. The judge ruled the questions “irrelevant and not admissible.” Clooney has a well-documented relationship with Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis. Clooney testified that the case dated to 2006, when he received a letter

from Rolex telling him to stop wearing one of their watches in public. “I didn’t know what was going on,” said Clooney, who is a spokesman for Omega. He added that he realized that someone was using his image to sell Rolex watches. Later, the actor and his employees noticed articles saying that he had put out a clothing line in Italy, which he said was not true. Clooney then hired Italian lawyers to resolve the situation. After his 90-minute testimony, Judge Pietro Caccialanza thanked Clooney, wryly noting that the session “has lasted as long as a movie.” Clooney was flanked by carabinieri military police as he left the courtroom. “They are taking advantage of a lot of people,” Clooney told reporters as he left. “It seems the justice system is the only way to deal with it.” — AP

US actor George Clooney leaves the courthouse in Milan. —AFP

her sentence. In October, a judge extended her probation for another year and a prosecutor warned the actress she was facing jail time if she violated her probation. Lohan has been required to wear an ankle alcohol monitor since late May, when she missed a court hearing. She claimed her passport was stolen while she attended the Cannes Film Festival in France. The lapse prompted a series of crackdowns by the judge, including doubling Lohan’s bail to $200,000 when the monitor registered a .03 blood alcohol level after the star attended the MTV Movie Awards and afterparties. Lohan denied she had been drinking that night. — AP

‘West Wing’ director plans John Edwards movie he creator of the hugely successful “West Wing” series will make a movie about John Edwards, the Democrat who lost his White House bid and had an extramarital affair while his wife battled cancer, Variety magazine reported Friday. Aaron Sorkin has bought the rights to the book by Andrew Young, “The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edward’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down,” the movie industry magazine said. The book, by a former Edwards aide, tells how the candidate had an affair with campaign staff member Rielle Hunter and tried to cover it up even as he fought hard for the Democratic nomination eventually won by Barack Obama in 2008. Only this year did Edwards, a wealthy lawyer, finally admit to having fathered a child with Hunter. He and his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Edwards, have separated. She has terminal breast cancer. It will be a directorial debut for Sorkin, but he is well acquainted with political drama as the writer of both “West Wing,” a long-running series set in the White House, and Cold War-era movie “Charlie Wilson’s War.” The news of his movie plan immediately sparked guessing games on political blogs about the casting, with the Washington Post suggesting Tom Cruise for Edwards, who, like the actor, is known for his flashing smile. — AFP


Will shorts work at work? By Sara Glassman ow can you look stylish when it’s 88 degrees and humid and you’re heading for the office? For Melissa Bohlig, a press specialist at Roepke Public Relations in Minneapolis, the answer is short and sweet: shorts. Bohlig wears Bermudas or looser shorts that hit her at mid-thigh at least a couple times a week. On a recent Friday, nearly her entire office donned them. Bohlig said the look is de rigueur for her job, which requires her to meet with editors at fashion magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar. “In the media scene, shorts are contagious,” she said. “In (a recent episode of MTV’s) ‘The City,’ all the editors (from Elle magazine) were in shorts.” But Bohlig may have a leg up on many professionals. While shorts first hit runways a few years ago, every length from hot pants to Bermudas was part of spring and summer collections from Michael Kors, Charlotte Ronson, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney and Carolina Herrera. Stylish shorts have proven very popular among working women in New York City, where stores have been stocking up. According to Women’s Wear Daily, “Retailers report they’re experiencing double-digit increases in the shorts category.” And some designers have clearly decided that it’s a look with staying power. Phillip Lim is showing shorts as part of his fall collections, layered over hosiery. “Shorts are iconic of a trend of taking something casual and dressing it up,” said Gregg Andrews, the Chicagobased fashion director of Nordstrom. He favors a tailored look for the office, paired with a tailored blouse, jacket and flats, wedges or kitten heels. What about the boss? But while they’re taking over the runways and finding favor on the East Coast, shorts are not being embraced by corporate Minnesota. According to representatives of Minnesota-based Target, Carlson Companies and HealthPartners, shorts are not considered acceptable attire. Target, for example, requires business formal or red and khaki Monday through Thursday and business casual on Friday, which doesn’t include shorts. “Shorts aren’t allowed anytime in headquarters,” said Erika Svingen, a company spokeswoman, who added that team members are encouraged to incorporate their personal style into their working wardrobes. The policy is similar at HealthPartners in Minneapolis. “As much as I would love to wear shorts in the office, they are not part of the dress code at HealthPartners,” said spokeswoman Amy von Walter, via email. “Given that our organization includes patient-care areas, our policy tends to be fairly conservative.” Smaller companies in creative fields seem less restrained. Shorts are permissible at Roepke, but they must have at least a 9-inch inseam and be worn with flat shoes or a wedge heel, said owner Katherine Roepke. And Bohlig said she wears shorts on days when she’s primarily in the office. She has worn them to a client meeting only once, with the design firm Duff y & Partners. “The client is casual, very creative - and they wear shorts,” she said. Kara Kurth is a designer at, a stationery etailer, where even “pajamas or workout clothes” are acceptable, said founder Erin Newkirk. And Kurth, who owns four pairs of office-appropriate shorts, said she thinks being allowed to wear shorts gives her an edge. “I really like it, because if I’m inspired, my work will be, too,” she said. It seems likely that dressed-up shorts will become a staple of office attire, at least in some cities and some industries. But even Nordstrom’s Andrews recognizes that the trend has legs - and limits. “You’d want your art director in shorts,” he said, “but probably not your attorney.” — MCT


Shorts are part of the professional dress code at Roepke Public Relations in Minneapolis. Pictured here (from left) Ben Heinemann Karen Fullerton, Katherine Roepke, Natalie Howell, Melissa Bohlig and Shelby Allen. — MCT photos

Designer Kara Kurth wore J Crew shorts to the office. “I like to stay on-trend with a twist,” she said. (From left to right) • Whitney Murphy, who works at Houlihan Lokey restaurant, is spotted in shorts during her lunch break. Gregg Andrews, fashion director of Nordstrom, thought this look really worked as attire for work. • Lisa Kuhle, who works at a downtown Minneapolis bank, wears these shorts on a day off from work. • Jena Hoffman, who works at Saks Fifth Avenue, says about her shorts, “They’re not part of the dress code, but I think they look like a skirt.”

Dogs do the catwalk

Miss Darcy the dog walks the catwalk.

Landon the dog is groomed by owner Christopher Grubb.

Astaire the dog walks the catwalk.

Mochi the dog is groomed by dog stylist Pilen.

Gabriel the dog walks the catwalk.

Model Holly Ridings and Treasure the dog walk the catwalk during the “Patterns for Paws” doggy fashion show in West Hollywood on July 15, 2010. The event was held to benefit the Amanda Foundation, a Beverly Hillsheadquartered animal rescue, spay and neuter facility that has been saving animals from city pounds for over 30 years. Donations to the charity have dropped by 70 percent since the US went into recession. — AFP photos

(From left to right) Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian pose backstage at the Beach Bunny Swimwear 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at the Raleigh in Miami Beach, Florida. — AFP

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