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SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010
No Tehran concessions in nuke documents
SHAABAN 26, 1431 AH
Britain, Pakistan pledge unity in anti-terror fight
US economy lost 131,000 jobs in July
Liverpool in control on field as buyers jostle
BlackBerry Messenger works in Saudi despite ban Kuwait operators see no ban KUWAIT: Kuwait has no intension to shut down any BlackBerry services, at least for now, said a leading telecommunication firm’s official. He indicated that the appeal of these services has increased up to 70 percent, reported Al-Rai. “Kuwait has no plan to follow in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in banning features from BlackBerry services,” said CEO of the Zain telecommunications company, Khalid AlOmar. He made his comments during a televised interview with CNBC Arabia, asserting that personal freedoms are protected by Kuwaiti law. According to AFP, a VIVA Telecom spokesman said: “Until now we were not given any orders on new means of dealing with BlackBerry and the company will not
block any of those devices’ services.” Meanwhile, the Kuwait Human Rights Society (KHRS) urged the country not to enforce restrictions on the usage of BlackBer r y ser vices in a recent press release. They asserted that freedom is indivisible and national security should never be used as an excuse to limit people’s freedom. Furthermore, the KHRS asserted that there are no viable justifications to limit the usage of certain features regarding cell phone services in the country. They pointed out that points of conflict can be settled by negotiating with the manufacturing companies that provide these services. Furthermore, they asserted to Cabinet members and MPs that citizens’ freedoms and privacy are protected by Kuwait’s constitution.
No ban seen in Bahrain • Lebanon weighs security concerns JEDDAH: BlackBerry users in Saudi Arabia say their messaging services went down only briefly yesterday despite a ban, as Arab states battle between security concerns and business interests linked to the smartphone. Users in the highly security-conscious Gulf state said the service was interrupted at around 0930 GMT, but four hours later they were back online. The kingdom’s telecoms regulators were unable for comment yesterday. But employees of mobile phone providers STC and Mobily, asking not to be named, said their companies had not been officially notified of a ban or of its timing. The Saudi telecommunications authority announced on Tuesday that it had ordered the country’s three providers to block key BlackBerry services or face a $1.3-million fine as of yesterday. But a time was not specified. The
regulator said “the way BlackBerry services are provided currently does not meet the regulatory criteria of the commission and the licensing conditions,” in a statement carried by Saudi Arabia’s official news agency SPA. BlackBerry’s encrypted emails and data are stored on servers in Canada, the headquarters of its maker Research in Motion, meaning that third parties such as intelligence agencies cannot monitor communications. Subscribers of the popular smartphone number around 700,000 in Saudi Arabia, where the Internet service is strictly censored. The BlackBerry controversy has divided ranks in the Arab world. While Lebanon said no decision had yet been taken, and Oman and Bahrain said they would not follow the example of their Gulf neighbors, the cost of the smartphone fell in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ahead of a similar ban. Continued on Page 19
RIYADH: A Saudi customer argues with a salesman at a mobile shop in Riyadh on Thursday. Some Saudis are trying to sell their BlackBerrys ahead of a ban on the smart phone’s messenger service in the kingdom, but with few willing to buy, they’re having to slash prices. — AP
‘Terror blast’ hit Japan tanker in Arabian Gulf UAE raises security fears for vital waterway • Japan orders probe
NOWSHERA, Pakistan: Flood-affected people jostle for food relief in Nowshera in northwest Pakistan yesterday. Stormy weather grounded helicopters carrying emergency supplies to Pakistan’s flood-ravaged northwest as the worst monsoon rains in decades brought more destruction. — AP
12 million affected by Pakistan floods Flash flood kills 113 in Kashmir SUKKUR, Pakistan: Stormy weather grounded helicopters carrying emergency supplies to Pakistan’s flood-ravaged northwest yesterday as authorities said 12 million people had been affected and 650,000 houses destroyed in the disaster. US military personnel waiting to fly Chinooks to stranded communities in the upper reaches of the hard-hit Swat Valley were frustrated by the storms, which dumped more rain on a region where many thousands are living in tents or
crammed into public buildings. Over the last week, floods triggered by monsoon rains have spread from the northwest down Pakistan, killing around 1,500 people. Some 30,000 Pakistani soldiers are rebuilding bridges, delivering food and setting up relief camps in the northwest, which is the main battleground in the fight against Al-Qaeda and the Taleban. Continued on Page 19
Woman symbolizes Afghan war stakes NEW YORK: The face on the cover of Time magazine is graceful, composed and unthinkably maimed. The heartshaped hole where 18-year-old Aisha’s nose should be is a mark of Taleban justice — a visceral illustration, the headline suggests, of “what happens if we leave Afghanistan.” The portrait quickly has become a symbol of the stakes of a nearly decade-old war. It has been brandished before House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on television, dissected in online commentary and extrapolated into a conversation-starter about topics ranging from anti-abortion activism to violence against women. “Disturbing on so many levels,” Cory Albrecht, a telecommunications technology worker in Kitchener, Canada, wrote of the photo on his Twitter feed. And “completely necessary, unfortunately,” he added by email. Continued on Page 19
This photo provided by Time magazine shows the cover of the August 9, 2010 issue, with a photo of Aisha . — AP
DUBAI: An explosives-laden boat carried out a “terrorist attack” that damaged a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz last week, the United Arab Emirates said yesterday, raising security fears for the vital waterway. “The investigation and examination conducted by special teams have shown the tanker was attacked with explosives, prepared using traditional methods, which were loaded on a boat that approached the ship,” a UAE coastguard spokesman said on the official WAM news agency. “UAE explosives experts... found a dent on the starboard side above the water line and remains of home-made explosives on the hull,” when they inspected the ship off the UAE port of Fujairah, the official said. “Probably the tanker had encountered a terrorist attack from a boat loaded with explosives,” he was quoted as saying on the agency’s English-language website. Continued on Page 19
FUJAIRAH: A handout picture from the Emirati News Agency (WAM) shows the Japanese oil tanker M Star of the Mitsui OSK Lines as it arrives at the Emirati port of Fujairah on July 28 after a mysterious explosion hit the tanker in the vital Strait of Hormuz. — AFP
Obama economic aide quitting Obama is ‘leaving Iraq to the wolves’: Tariq Aziz
WASHINGTON: One of President Barack ble digit unemployment. Obama inherited an Obama’s most pivotal economic advisers is economic disaster in 2009. Since then, the resigning, a change that comes as the White economy began growing, accelerating in the House struggles to show signs of clear eco- winter and spring. It spurred some modest nomic gains to a hurting nation as the hiring but not enough to rapidly reduce the unemployment rate, which is 9.5 percent. November congressional elections approach. Christina Romer, the head of the Council of “Christy Romer has provided extraordinary service to me and our country Economic Advisers, announced during a time of economic criher resignation Thursday, effecsis and recovery,” Obama said. tive Sept. 3. She becomes the “The challenges we faced second high-level Obama aid to demanded more of Christy than leave this summer, following the any of her predecessors, and I resignation of White House greatly valued and appreciated Budget Director Peter Orszag. her skill, commitment and wise She will return to her job as counsel.” Romer’s resignation a professor of economics at the came amid a report that she University of California, had been frustrated that she Berkeley. The White House cast didn’t have as much access to the decision as an unsurprising Christina Romer the president as L arry one driven by family reasons; in a statement, Obama said Romer has long Summers, director of the White House wanted to return to California, where her son National Economic Council. One administration official, speaking on condition of anonymiwill be starting high school in the fall. Romer has been one of the administration’s ty to discuss internal relations at the White most prominent voices on the economy, mak- House, played down that notion, noting that ing frequent appearances on television and at Romer met with the president daily to chart White House events to promote Obama’s poli- the government’s response to the financial cies. Her resignation comes as the White meltdown. The official said Romer and House labors to convince the public that the Summers often emerged as strong allies. Continued on Page 19 economy is on the right track amid near-dou-
LONDON: The man who once served as Saddam Hussein’s leading lieutenant has appealed to the United States to extend its presence in Iraq, saying that President Barack Obama is abandoning the country, according to a British newspaper interview published yesterday. Tariq Aziz, whose long tenure as Saddam’s foreign minister made him the international face of the Iraqi dictator’s regime, was quoted by The Guardian newspaper as saying his hopes about Obama had been dashed. “I thought he was going to correct some of the mistakes of Bush,” the paper quoted Aziz as saying from his jail cell in north Baghdad. “But Obama is a hypocrite. He cannot leave us like this. He is leaving Iraq to the wolves.” However, Aziz’s Jordan-based Iraqi lawyer, Badee Aref, challenged the accuracy of The Guardian’s report. He confirmed that Aziz gave the interview, but insisted that the 74-year-old was misquoted.
“I know how Mr Aziz speaks and I know that he’s not very aware or informed of what goes on in the world outside the jailhouse where he is,” Aref told The Associated Press. “So, how could he say what he said about the US troop withdrawal and about President Obama? He was definitely misquoted.” The Guardian said that its reporter, Martin Chulov, was traveling and wouldn’t be available for comment. But the paper did release a statement saying it stood behind the story. “We wholeheartedly reject any suggestion that Mr. Aziz has been misquoted,” the statement said. In its story, The Guardian said that Aziz had been keeping up with events in Iraq via television. It wasn’t immediately clear if the paper had made a recording of the interview. According to the Guardian, Aziz refused to condemn his former boss, who was executed in December 2006. Continued on Page 19
Saturday, August 7, 2010
NA members discuss legislative priorities
Independent national fund for developmental projects KUWAIT: Members of the Popular Action Bloc have yet to review the details of the meeting that took place last w eek betw een leading bloc member MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, reported Al-Qabas. “We have yet to discuss the results of the meeting and w e still haven’t review ed its details as of this point”, the bloc’s official spokesman MP Musallam Al-
Different parliamentary approach By Dr Abdulmuhsin Jamal t’s clear that the parliament’s next term will be different from its predecessor regarding MPs’ reactions and follow up of the Cabinet’s work. The Cabinet will continue executing the development plan, which was approved by the Parliament, while MPs are expected to monitor the government’s performance and attempt to detect flaws in order to subject respective ministers to questioning. By analyzing the statements made by MPs during the summer, we can detect an increase in tension. Meanwhile, ministers who continue to work towards implementing the plan are sure to address the
remarks made by the MPs during the summer break. For example, MP Musallam Al-Barrak threatened to question HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah should the Kuwaiti government fail to implement 25% of its plan by next March. Soon after Al-Barrak’s comments, the Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad responded by approving of the MP’s method to hold the Cabinet accountable to the implementation process. HH the Prime Minister is currently depending on Ministers who are capable and efficient enough to carry out the plan’s major projects. Meanwhile, it’s safe to speculate that
MP Al-Barrak is not looking for a direct confrontation with Sheikh Al-Fahad due to the fact that the latter has already agreed to the Cabinet’s stance on the Parliament’s housing committee, which is led by fellow Popular Action Bloc member MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun. Spectators indicate that political confrontation between MPs and ministers, or between MPs themselves, is the most democratic way to enhance the role of parliamentarians. Competition will encourage the implementation of major projects and foil the plans of those who look to use constitutional tools to promote tension and hinder projects. — Al-Qabas
“[The committee] will discuss procedures regarding this issue during the first meeting to take place at the middle of this month,” announced the deputy speaker of the parliament, MP Abdullah Al-Roumi. He further revealed intentions to prepare separate schedules for enforced and yet to be enforced draft laws for comparison purposes. He added that there is an attempt to look into steps that can be taken to avoid the delay of enforcing draft laws that are of top priority. Meanwhile, the financial committee is scheduled to add among its priorities several draft laws regarding the funding of large, middle and small projects. Included in those draft laws are regulations on supporting the projects of young businessmen. In a statement made recently to the press, head of the committee, MP Dr Yousuf AlZalzalah, revealed that he forwarded a draft law regarding the establishment of an independent national fund for developmental projects with a KD10 billion capital. The fund would provide loans to shareholding companies that would carry out these projects and give them a 15 year repayment period.
Barrak told reporters from his location in Dubai. He added that he is scheduled to meet w ith Al-Saadoun to discuss the matter after his return today. On a separate issue, the parliament’s priorities committee assigned a number of its members to rearrange their list of legislative priorities. They asked them to add draft law s that have been finalized by other committees.
On a different note, family and women’s affairs committee member, MP Dr Rula Dashti revealed that the panel will discuss the latest developments regarding the women’s law next week. Meanwhile, a committee was formed by the Minister of Education to assess and improve the sixth and seventh grade curriculums of Islamic religious studies, reported Al-Watan. The committee provided the ministry with notes that focus on providing students with rich educational material that does not conflict with the doctrinal. In other news, sixteen companies listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange market bid on the low cost homes project. The companies bought into 50% of the shareholding company that will be established by the Public Authority for Housing Welfare to execute the project via a build, order, transfer (BOT) system. MP Dr Mohammad Al-Huwailah urged the Cabinet to provide full support to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and State Minister for Development and Housing Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-
Sabah. His comment specifically regarded the project he proposed to end the ongoing housing shortage problem. On a related note, the General Manager of the Environmental Public Authority (EPA) Dr Salah Al-Madhahi indicated that Sheikh Al-Fahad “is committed to establishing green residential areas.” Regarding parliamentary developments, MP Khalid Al-Adwah proposed to establish a Kuwaiti shareholding company for livestock trade and production of fodder and meat products. According to his proposal, the company will help address the problem of increased food prices, especially that regarding fresh red meat products. In other news, a study prepared by the legal documenting department of the Ministry of Justice indicates that 3,772 cases of divorce took place between Kuwaiti couples last year. The number of divorces between Kuwaiti men and wives of other nationalities are as followed: Saudi wives (225), Syrian wives (120), Iraqi wives (92), non-Arab Asian wives (91) and Egyptian wives (69).
Dual citizen may face forgery charges KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior is expected to contact the Health Ministry in order to verify information they have gathered on Khalid Al-Marreekhi, reported AlWatan. While investigating the citizen, information may have been gathered to indicate that he is involved in a forgery case while filing for Kuwaiti citizenship. The Interior Ministry reported that AlMarreekhi’s Kuwaiti passport indicates that he was born in Kuwait while his Saudi Arabian one says he was born in Hafr Al-
Batin, Saudi Arabia. The Ministry is attempting to determine whether Al-Marreekhi forged documents in 2003 to make it seem as though he was born in Kuwait. Should the information be confirmed, Al-Marreekhi is expected to face charges of forging official documents. The Saudi - Kuwaiti national announced that he is surrendering his Kuwaiti citizenship in favor of his Saudi one. He explained that the treatment dual citizens receive in
Kuwait drove him to abandon his citizenship. Since then, Al-Marreekhi has spent his summer in Beirut, Lebanon while the Kuwaiti government has decided to cancel his Kuwaiti citizenship. Meanwhile, several officials are criticizing state officials for their lack of coordination with Lebanese authorities to apprehend Al-Marreekhi and put him on trial in Kuwait for offending the status of Kuwaiti citizenship.
Baghdad urged to meet resolutions on Kuwait IRBIL: An Iraqi figure said the Iraqi government should commit itself to implementing international resolutions on Kuwait. Speaking at a seminar held in Irbil late Thursday, under the title: “In Remembrance of the Barbaric Aggression on Kuwait”, Abdelrahim Al-Refaai, chairman of the so-called IraqiKuwaiti Relations Supporting Council, said the State of Kuwait, at both official and unofficial levels, has amicable and friendly feelings towards the Iraqi people. He called on the Iraqi government to meet international resolutions on compensations to Kuwait, which he said have become a legitimate right of the Kuwaiti people. By so doing, Iraq can show to the entire world that it is a peaceful country that respects international laws and meets its commitments, he said. On the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990, he said: “Saddam Hussein was a tyrant who oppressed Iraq with all its nationalities and components; Kurds, Arab and minorities. His oppression went beyond Iraq and his invasion of
Kuwait is a resonant paradigm.” “Saddam alleged that he was the bearer of the banner of Arab nationalism, but on the ground, he did harm to an Arab neighboring country. He tried to control the will, land and people of Kuwait. The Kuwaiti people went to bed on August 1, 1990, to wake up to become ‘Iraqis’ on the following day only by the power of Saddam Hussein,” he lamented. He went on to say that the Kuwaiti land border is open to Iraqis around the clock, and Kuwaiti ports are witnessing an active and unrestricted movement. He added that thousands of Iraqis fled to Kuwait in 2003, and are now working in Kuwait so freely. However, he lashed out at some Iraqis for alleging that Kuwait is the 19th province of Kuwait, emphasizing that people-to-people Iraqi and Kuwaiti relations are good, historical and deep. The Iraqi-Kuwaiti Relations Supporting Council, which is headquartered in the northern city of Irbil, is mainly meant to heal Iraqi-Kuwaiti rifts triggered off by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. — KUNA
in the news Al-Juwaihel Sued for defamation KUWAIT: The editor of a local daily newspaper pressed defamation charges against Mohammad Al-Juwaihel, the owner of Al-Soor TV and controversial former parliamentary candidate, reported AlQabas. In the case, which was filed with Jahra authorities, the Alam Al-Youm editor, Nassir Al-Husaini accused Al-Juwaihel of announcing that he tried to kill Al-Juwaihel on his television channel. Al-Husaini provided police with footage of Al-Juwaihel’s accusation. Furthermore, it’s expected that Al-Husaini and other members of his family will file about twelve more cases against AlJuwaihel and his channel for other charges of defamation.
Deputy chairmen appointments KUWAIT: Acting Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak AlSabah put a decision by the State Minister for Cabinet Affairs to appoint a number of deputy chairmen at the fatwa and legislation department on hold, reported Annahar. The appointees were told verbally to go back to their original duties on Sunday. Sheikh Jaber’s decision to suspend the appointments was made for the purpose of waiting for the return of HH The Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, who is expected to cancel the decision.
Ramadan cultural events KUWAIT: The Ministry of Awqaf is to launch a series of religious events and cultural programs in the mosques of the six Kuwaiti governorates as part of its preparations for the holy month of Ramadan, Director of the Artistic Affairs Department at the Ministry Anwar Al-Hamad said here yesterday. Al-Hamad said in a statement yesterday that these activities include holding 365 lectures, 191 jurisprudence sessions, 20 scholarly training courses, more than 100 religious educational sermons, 16 Islamic Shariaa lectures, 558 religious meditation sessions, 370 Ramadan seclusion meditations as well as 13 publications, 18 contests and 55 hosting of overseas religious scholars. Further, Kuwait would host 30 Qur’anic reciters from other countries as well as 30 reciters from the country itself, besides organizing 183 women’s activities and holding several cultural weeks.
NBK concludes youth summer training program KUWAIT: The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), Kuwait’s leading bank and the highest rated in the Middle East, celebrated the conclusion of their 2010 national summer training program for students between the ages of 15 to 20. NBK awarded participating students with appreciation certificates after completing the summer training successfully. NBK public relations officer, Talal Al-Turky said that more than 300 students participated in the
national training program this year throughout four different courses. The students participated in fieldtrip activities such as visits to Watani Hospital as well as other public and private sector establishments. Theoretical and practical training courses allowed participants to see important banking methods in action such as; team work, creative thinking, quality customer service and strong work ethics.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
3 Two dead in car accidents
Teenage girl, mother held for sex trade KUWAIT: Police uncovered a case of prostitution involving a teenage girl, her mother and tw o Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) na tiona ls, reported Al-Ra i. I nitia lly, police approached a suspiciously parked car w ith its w indow s fully tinted in Salmiya. After discovering that the vehicle w as occupied, the officers demanded that the occupants exit the vehicle. Police then discovered that tw o Gulf nationals and a young teenage w oman w ere inside the car. An investiga-
KUWAIT: The Director General of the General Department for Drug Control, Maj Gen Sheikh Ahmad Al-Adballah Al-Khalifa honored Interior Ministry public relations officers and Hawally traffic officers for their participation in the International Day for Fighting Drugs on June 26 at Bairag mall. Al-Khalifa thanked them for their effort toward the success of the annual event. — Photo by Hanan Al-Saadoun
Treatment abroad manager a witness By Dr Waleed Al-Tabtabae ccording to a report made by the Audit Bureau about medical treatment abroad to the public prosecutor, the total number of patients sent for treatment abroad that did not at all meet Cabinet conditions in 2006 were 9,324, with a total cost of KD102 million. Such official reports confirm what we mentioned in previous grilling motions against Health Ministers Ahmad AlAbdullah and Masouma Al-Mubarak on sending people for treatment abroad for tourism and election purposes. Citizens forgot their dignity and buttered up an MP or a candidate in order to convince them to persuade a minister or
undersecretary to approve their transaction and waste millions of public funds. If KD102 million was wasted in 2006 alone, what about the following years when those corrupt people were still in office? The statements made yesterday by Dr Al-Meshan about fighting medical tourism and providing overseas treatment to those who really deserve it is promising and compelling. However, it would place both the Ministry of Health and Dr Al-Meshan himself under a great deal of pressure to fight wasta. I still remember how chaotic the overseas treatment department used to be, especially during the summer. Thanks be to Allah that such a state is over now.
A fellow-lawmaker told me that he once sent a list of names requesting overseas treatment in addition to the names of MoH employees requesting a transfer from a hospital to ministry offices. Instead of the transfer, they were granted a full paid ‘medical trip’ abroad, each with a companion. “I gave them to my secretarial staff to have fun abroad for the summer and promised to file another transfer request once they returned,” he told me. The secretary of another MP told me that his boss had 900 people sent abroad during his 2006 electoral campaign, with pocket money. A simple calculation shows that if sending one person abroad costs KD 30,000 this candidate alone cost the state about KD27 million. — Al-Rai
Staff penalized for smoking at airport KUWAIT: Several staff members working at the Kuwait International Airport had their access licenses suspended after they were caught smoking at the airport, reported AlWatan. The decision was made directly by the General Manager of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Essam Al-Zamel,
as per the regulations of the antismoking law, number 15/1995 and upon instruction of the Ministry of Health. Airport officials spread awareness among employees about the necessity to abstain from smoking inside the airport’s building. Nevertheless, staff members decided to
ignore the instructions and a decision was made to hold them accountable. Al-Zamel noted in a statement to the press that he overlooked several attempts to reduce the penalties imposed against the violating personnel, including which were threats made by influential people.
tion into their IDs revealed that the Gulf nationals w ere 20 and 25-years-old w hile the girl w as 15. When questioned, the young men explained to authorities that her mother agreed to accept KD10 for her daughters sexual services as long as they did not have intercourse w ith her. They added that the mother w as w aiting for her daughter inside a nearby coffee shop. The mother w as placed under arrest for further questioning.
A 21-year-old citizen was killed in a car accident on Fahaheel highway and involved five vehicles, reported Al-Watan. Injured in the accident was a an Egyptian driver while four others remained unharmed. The injured man was brought to a nearby hospital and police are investigating the incident. Meanwhile, a man was killed after he suffered a fatal head injury in a car accident on Doha’s coastal road, reported Al-Watan. An investigation was launched to look into the cause of the accident.
An attempt to kidnap a child from outside of his home in Riqqa was interrupted when the victim’s screams caught the attention of his father, reported Al-Watan. The young Kuwaiti boy’s father came to his son’s rescue after he was grabbed by a group of thugs soon after exiting his house. While trying to force the boy into their car, they realized that the boy’s father had discovered the kidnap attempt and fled the scene. The father reported the incident at the local police station.
A customer threatened to kill his Asian mechanic after discovering that his jet ski’s repair job would take longer than was previously agreed, reported Al-Watan. The incident occurred at a sea gear repair shop where the mechanic found himself threatened by a citizen with a gun. The mechanic reported the incident to the area’s police station and filed a case against the citizen.
A citizen placed an emergency call to police informing them that he spotted an unidentified flying object in Abdaly, reported AlWatan. He informed them that he thought the object may have been a spacecraft visiting from outer space. Jahra security officials soon discovered however that the object the man reported seeing was only a large piece of equipment used for oil exploration.
A middle aged Bangladeshi man was found dead in his apartment in Hawally, reported Annahar. After an investigation, it was reported that the man may have been the victim of foul play. Officers are gathering information from the victims friends and family.
Police arrested a gang of four thieves who specialized in stealing cash from citizens and residents in the elevators of the Capital Governorate’s Labor Department, reported Al-Qabas. A security team responded to the emergency call of a citizen who informed them that he caught an Egyptian man trying
to steal KD1,400 from him. When questioned, the suspect confessed to the crime and informed police about his accomplices who were later arrested as well. It was discovered that the suspects entered the country a short time ago with a visiting visas.
Baby abandoned A newborn baby was found inside a trash can in Oyoun where he was left by his mother, reported Al-Rai. After receiving an emergency call from a passerby who found the infant, an ambulance responded to the scene and paramedics brought the baby to a nearby hospital. An investigation was launched to reveal the identity of the child’s parents and the circumstances of the incident.
Fugitives held Two fugitives were arrested after they were found having affairs with two maids hired to work for a Kuwaiti citizen, reported Al-Rai. Police reported to a house in Roudha after receiving an emergency call from a citizen reporting that strangers had broken into his house. Police caught the two Asian men inside the maids’ room. An investigation into their IDs revealed that they were both wanted by the police for cases of absconding from their employers. They were referred to the area’s police station.
August salaries to be Army reservist Laura paid before Ramadan deployed to Kuwait KUWAIT: Public sector employees will receive their monthly salary for the month of August before the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to start on Wednesday August 11, announced the Minister of Finance. “This step comes as part of the government’s commitment to help citizens prepare for occasions with extended spending rates,” said Minister Mustafa Al-Shamali to reporters. He also announced that September’s salaries will be before the start of the Eid AlFitr holidays following the end of Ramadan, reported Al-Rai. The minister said that the decision to pay public employ-
ees an additional one month salary as a gift before Ramadan is highly unlikely. “Such a decision is out of the authority of the ministry and needs to be made by a higher authority,” he said When asked about a deadline for paying the allowances of public employees, the minister responded by saying the issue is in the hands of the Civil Service Commission. He added that the Cabinet is following up on the issue. Regarding the insolvency fund, Al-Shamali noted that internal regulations regarding the fund were finalized and that “the project will be re-launched soon after forming the necessary committees that will handle its work.”
PROVO: It’s a busy week for Laura Cabanilla. last Monday afternoon, her 22-year-old son Cliff was sworn in as a member of the US Army Reserve. On Wednesday, her 19-year-old son Marc is expecting his call to serve a mission for the LDS Church. And on Friday, Cabanilla herself, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, will leave for Fort Benning, Ga., where she will spend a week before being deployed to Kuwait for a year as a logistics specialist with the 3rd Army. But Tuesday night, the Provo attorney who was elected to the Provo City Council in November participated in one final City Council meeting before her official deployment. “I’m sorry to be leaving this position at this time,” Cabanilla told community leaders gathered at the city center Tuesday for a sendoff. “At the same time, I’m grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my obligations and my duty to my country.” At the send-off, council members and other community leaders signed a community covenant that pledges community support to members of the military and their families in the community. Cabanilla’s fellow council members voted to keep her council seat vacant during her one-year deployment. Military service is second nature to Cabanilla, who joined the Army Reserves in 1981. “We are a military family,” she said. “I have three siblings who are in the military as well. So was my
father.” So are her four children, including a set of triplets. In addition to Cliff, daughter Paige, 22, is a reservist, and another daughter, Sierra, 22, is dating a soldier who just returned from Iraq. Dave Cabanilla said his wife’s deployment came as a surprise. “But we have lived with this for 27 years, and we are kind of used to her absences. This is just a big one,” he said. “We just feel lucky that she was not activated until the kids were older. We don’t have to make the sacrifices that the families of younger soldiers have to make.” Marc, who will be gone from the family twice as long as his mother, respects her choices. “It’s cool because you don’t see a lot of women going into the Army,” he said. Cabanilla was initially told she would deploy to Iraq but learned recently that she would actually be serving in Kuwait. Still, she said, her work as liaison with private contractors and the military could take her into more dangerous areas. “It’s possible that I’ll be doing some traveling, and Afghanistan is where most of the action is now,” she said. Fellow council members said Cabanilla’s contributions will be missed.” “I am sad she is leaving. She’s become an integral part of our council,” said Council vice chairman Rick Healey. “But I am glad there are people who are willing to go and serve our country. I hope she serves and comes back quickly.” — Desert News
Boubyan port project enters third stage
KUWAIT: A fire broke out in a five-storey building in Hawally. Hawally and Salmiya firefighting and rescue teams responded to the emergency. Six persons were injured and treated on site. — Photos by Hanan Al-Saadoun
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Public Works finalized preparations to launch the third stage of Phase One of the Mubarak AlKabeer port development project, reported Al-Rai. The stage is scheduled to begin at the start of next year, announced the head of the advisory studies division of the major projects department, Sorour Al-Otaibi yesterday. The third stage of the project includes expanding the water basin and the naval channel to allow larger ships to pass through in addition to establishing facilities for the ports’ operation. The estimated cost for the project is around KD400 million.
The project, located on the east coast of Boubyan Island, is considered one of the largest development projects to be carried out in Kuwait. It falls under a set of projects that will carry out economic, housing, touristic and environmental developments. Al-Otaibi stressed that the department is coordinating with several environmental bodies in Kuwait in order to maintain the safety of the island’s marine environment, as well as the environment inland. He noted that about 60 percent of the islandís area will be allocated a natural reserve in order to protect its distinguished wildlife.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Older Gazans recall Israelis, youth sees only army SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip: From his ramshackle Gaza home, Palestinian Sobhi Hamami, 61, fondly recalls the 23 years he worked on an Israeli kibbutz, where he learned Hebrew, swam in the pool with Israeli friends and celebrated holidays with his Jewish boss. His son Mohammed, 21, sees Israelis differently: “They’re the enemy,” he says, “without exception.” This generational split slices through families across Gaza, where older people remember when jobs in Tel Aviv and contact with Israelis were a short drive away, while those under 25 have grown up locked in, seeing little from Israel but fighter planes and bombs. Israel has been tightening restrictions on who can leave Gaza for nearly two decades, finally imposing a strict blockade with Egypt when the Islamic militant group Hamas overran the territory in 2007. After its deadly May raid on an activist flotilla seeking to break the blockade, Israel allowed more consumer goods into the impoverished seaside strip. But outside of rare exceptions for medical patients, Israel says the travel ban will remain to keep out would-be attackers until Gaza is ruled by a government that doesn’t seek Israel’s destruction or consider Israeli civilians legitimate targets. Hamas rejects those conditions. This means Gaza’s youth — 68 percent of its
1.5 million residents are under 25 — have no contact with people outside, which critics warn could make them more susceptible to militant groups and calls to violence. “We have a whole generation that has no chance to see the other, whether that other is an Israeli, a European, another Palestinian, anyone,” said Hamdi Shaqqura of Gaza’s Palestinian Center for Human Rights. “This will push people more and more toward self-containment, further from other communities, and widen the gap with Israel.” The gap is clear in the crowded streets of this refugee camp, from which hundreds of men once commuted to Israel daily for jobs in industry, agriculture and construction. Most are now middle-aged and haven’t left Gaza in years. Still, they can recall Israeli towns in street-by-street detail and the names of Jewish colleagues, bosses and friends. The elder Hamami spent what he considers the best 23 years of his life working on Israeli kibbutzim, or collective farms, near Gaza. He had his own room, took Hebrew classes, swam in the community pool with kibbutz members and danced at their parties. “They were all my friends,” he said, “from the old man to the child.” When asked about Israel, his son Mohammed sees “mass destruction and killing peo-
ple,” he said. “I’ve seen lots of houses destroyed and children killed.” Mohammed has never left Gaza nor met a Jew. He has childhood memories of Israeli soldiers storming the camp during the Palestinian uprising that erupted in 2000, and clearly recalls Israel’s three-week offensive last year to stop militant rocket fire on Israeli towns. The war killed 1,400 Gazans, many of them civilians, and left swaths of the strip in ruins. Thirteen Israelis also died. Their politics also differ. The father thinks violence is self-defeating. His son supports those who fight Israel. “As long as they are fighting the army, we have to support them,” Mohammed said. “They fight the enemy that kills children and destroys homes.” Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev defended the Gaza travel ban as protection against militant attacks and blamed Hamas’ rhetoric for younger Gazans’ negative views of the Jewish state. “The Hamas regime in Gaza is constantly bombarding the younger generation with extreme violence and anti-Israeli propaganda that plays on traditional anti-Semitic themes, often describing Jews as Satanic,” he said. This prevents them from seeing the good Israel has done, he said, citing the withdrawal from its settlements in 2005 and its allowing thou-
sands of Gazans to enter Israel for medical care. Sari Bashi of the Israeli group Gisha, which advocates for Palestinian freedom of movement, said the lack of contact between Gazan and Israeli civilians leads to the “demonization” of Gazans in the Israeli mind. This she said, could lead to greater violence from the Israeli side. “This separation is very dangerous for the future because if people in Gaza are not human beings, you can do pretty much anything to them,” she said. Moussa Himmo, 45, also from Shati camp, worked for years in a factory in Tel Aviv, eating and lodging with the Jewish owner’s family, which sent him home on weekends with sweets for his children. In 1990, during the first Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation, Israel arrested Himmo for throwing firebombs at an army jeep in Gaza and imprisoned him for three and a half years. He says he was repeatedly beaten. Still, upon entering Israel seven years later, he sought out his old boss, who embraced him like a prodigal son. “He was a beautiful guy, with green eyes and curly hair,” his former boss Nuriel Izhaki, 70, said of Himmo. “It was only because he was an honest guy and did clean work that I let him work here. I trusted him.” The men lost touch years
ago. And both see no way to return to the old days. Izhaki blames Hamas for Gaza’s woes, especially for holding Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit captive for four years. “If they hold Gilad Schalit and don’t let anyone visit him, how do they think life can be good for them?” he said. Himmo, the Palestinian, said he doesn’t believe Israelis want peace. “They think all Arabs are dangerous,” he said. “The whole situation has changed and there is no way to go back.” The former boss of Hamami, the kibbutz worker, said Hamami was “like family.” Strolling through the tree-lined community of Gvulot, Michael Adler, 70, pointed out many buildings Hamami helped build, including the dining hall and Adler’s own home. His wife, Daphna, remembered the local children liking Hamami’s Gaza-style felafel. They, too, had lost touch with their former employee. Now, they said, their children and grandchildren live in communities near the Gaza border that have been frequent targets of militant rockets. “I don’t see a solution in the near future,” Adler said, suggesting that the only way out is for the sides to talk to each other. “If we don’t speak, what else do we have?” he said. — AP
Stage set for new talks
No Iran concessions in nuke documents VIENNA: As Iran and w orld pow ers prepare for new nuclear talks, letters from Tehran’s envoys to top international officials suggest little prospect of major progress, w ith Tehran combative and unlikely to offer any concessions. Tw o letters, both w ritten late last month reflect Iran’s apparent determination to continue the nuclear activities that have led to new
BAGHDAD: University graduates are seen during a graduation ceremony in Baghdad. A group of some 300 students graduated from Al Nahrain University in Baghdad on Thursday. —- AP
Three cops killed in Baghdad BAGHDAD: A drive-by shooting and a bomb hidden in a motorcycle killed three traffic policemen in Baghdad on Friday, taking to eight the number from the city’s force killed this week, police and hospital officials said. The rash of killings suggested militants were targeting traffic policemen specifically for the first time since the insurgency began in 2003. Iraqi security officials said militants from al-Qaida in Iraq or affiliated groups are likely behind the slayings, viewing the mostly unarmed cops as easy targets whose killing creates a sense of lawlessness in Iraq’s most heavily guarded city. Two traffic police were killed in a driveby shooting in a western Baghdad neighborhood Friday in which gunmen used pistols fitted with silencers, police officials said. A third was killed in central Baghdad by a bomb hidden in a parked motorcycle. The blast wounded four others, they said. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. “We demand that we are given firearms to defend ourselves and our families,” said a 35-year-old traffic policeman in the central Karradah district. “Our life is difficult as it is without this on top,” he said.
He would only give his nickname, Abu Zeid, because he was not authorized to speak to journalists. Baghdad’s traffic cops have one of the toughest jobs in the city. They are out every day during those merciless 120degree summer days on streets that have for years been among the world’s most dangerous. Members of the force have been killed in crossfires or by bombings, but there hasn’t previously been such a string of killings in which they were the intended victims. Five of them were killed and 11 others wounded on Tuesday and Wednesday by bombings targeting their patrols and a blast from a bomb attached to a patrol’s vehicle. A street booth used by traffic cops in eastern Baghdad was blown up Thursday, but no one was hurt. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks. The force does more than direct traffic or issuing tickets _ it also brings order to a city struggling to regain normalcy after seven years of violence. “What they want is to push us into quitting our jobs,” said another member of the force, Abu Mohammed. “Already, I have noticed that some of us did not come to work today,” he
Al-Qaeda offers cash to lure former allies in Iraq BAGHDAD: Al-Qaeda in Iraq has begun offering cash to lure back former Sunni allies angry over the government’s failure to give them jobs and pay their salaries on time, according to Sunni tribesmen and Iraqi officials. The recruitment drive adds to worries that the terror network is attempting a comeback after the deaths of its two top leaders in April and is taking advantage of a summer of uncertainty. The political stalemate in Baghdad is entering its sixth month after inconclusive elections, just as the US military is rapidly drawing down its forces. Al-Qaida’s strategy is to provoke the Shiite majority into launching revenge attacks — a development that could reignite open warfare, split the Iraqi security forces along sectarian lines and cement alQaida’s leadership role among Sunnis. But if the extremists are unable to win back their former Sunni allies, it would be difficult for them to rebound as a significant threat — though Al-Qaeda could continue to be a deadly nuisance for years to come. Al-Qaeda’s overtures in recent weeks are notable because its militants have killed hundreds of former allies over the past two years, setting off blood vendettas between the Sunni extremist group and others in the Iraqi Sunni community. Many former insurgents also disliked Al-Qaeda’s imposition of a strict interpretation of Islam in areas under its control. But tribesmen said the need for cash to feed their families is pushing some lowerranking former al-Qaida in Iraq members to rejoin the terror group _ and that AlQaeda’s presence is growing in Anbar province west of the capital.
“The government must help us counter the resurrection of al-Qaida in Anbar,” warned Mahmoud Shaker, an influential tribesman from the province’s Habbaniyah district. Others warned that the recruitment could help Al-Qaeda gain ground elsewhere in Iraq. “I expect that if salaries continue to be paid late, Sahwa members will themselves seek to rejoin Al-Qaeda,” said Rafia Adel, referring to the Sunni tribesmen who turned against al-Qaida and sided with the US military and the government. Adel is a senior Sahwa leader from the city of Beiji in Salaheddin province. Al-Qaida is also exploiting continuing resentment by the Sunnis over their second-class status in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein _ particularly in Baghdad, which had been a Sunni-dominated city for 1,000 years. The 2006 and 2007 revolt by Sunni tribesmen against Al-Qaeda dramatically changed the course of the war. Former insurgents were organized into Awakening Councils, or Sahwa, to help US and Iraqi troops fight alQaida. The US military initially supervised and paid the salaries of the Sahwa fighters, whose numbers peaked to about 100,000 in 2008. The Iraqi government took over the Sahwa from the Americans last year, agreeing to give at least 20 percent of the fighters police and government jobs and to pay the rest to maintain security in Sunni areas. Other fighters simply returned to their old jobs. Nowadays, the government pays the salaries of its estimated 650,000strong police and army on time, including the estimated 20,000 Sahwa fighters who have been assimilated into the security forces. —AP
said as he took shelter from the late morning sun under a tree in an eastern Baghdad neighborhood. When Baghdad was without traffic police for months after its capture by U.S. forces in 2003, the city’s unruly motorists did as they pleased, driving on sidewalks and against incoming traffic. It took many months, sometimes with the help of American troops, before the city’s traffic cops were able to persuade motorists to abide by the law. A wide range of Iraqis from different walks of life have been targeted by insurgents since 2003. Topping the list are politicians, government officials, policemen, army officers, academics and doctors, but athletes, artists and entertainers have also been killed. The diversity of the targets have led many to believe that the insurgents were seeking to disrupt life and prevent a return to normalcy even as the levels of violence have dramatically dropped since 2008. “I am surprised that we are being targeted,” said a traffic police lieutenant in the Mansour area across the Tigris in the western part of Baghdad. “Our only weapon is the pen we use to write tickets,” said the officer, who would only give his nickname, Abu Zahraa. —- AP
Iran insists it want to enrich uranium only to make fuel for a planned reactor network and denies accusations that it will use the program to make fissile warhead material. But international suspicions are strong. Tehran hid its enrichment program until it was revealed from the outside. And it acknowledged constructing a secret nuclear facility to the International Atomic Energy Agency last year only days before its existence was publicly revealed by the US and Britain. Since its enrichment program was unmasked eight years ago, Tehran has defied four U.N. Security Council sanctions meant to pressure it into freezing enrichment. Sporadic negotiations between Iran and all or some of the permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany also have failed to make headway. The International Atomic Energy Agency, in its latest tally in June, said Iran was now running nearly 4,000 uraniumenriching centrifuges and had amassed nearly 2.5 tons of low-enriched uranium that can be used for fuel. That’s also enough for two nuclear bombs, if enriched to weapons-grade levels. Reinforcing his country’s hard line, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday warned the West against “resorting to lies and hue and cry” in attempts to pressure his country into making nuclear concessions. The letters, provided to the AP by an official on condition of anonymity because of their confidential nature, address two sets of talks tentatively set to resume this fall. In one negotiation round, the US Russia, China, France Britain and Germany
rounds of UN, EU, and US sanctions over fears that Tehran might be seeking to develop nuclear arms. At the same time, w orld pow ers preparing to talk to Tehran are unw illing to cede ground on key demands concerning Iran’s uranium enrichment activities, dimming prospects that the new negotiations w ill ease tensions.
will again push for an Iranian commitment to freeze enrichment. The other will try to revive talks involving Tehran, Washington, Paris and Moscow on a fuel swap for Iran’s research nuclear reactor. A letter addressed to Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, slams her offer to resume talks a day after the U.N. Security Council passed its fourth set of sanctions, calling it “astonishing,” and describing subsequent E.U. and US sanctions as “even more astonishing.” “This kind of behavior ... is absolutely unacceptable,” says the letter, from Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili. The second letter says that “irrational conditions” imposed by the West are blocking a new round of the fuel swap talks. Addressed to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano and signed by Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s chief IAEA delegate, the letter accuses the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council of poisoning the atmosphere “through (the) imposition of another illegal resolution.” While both letters say Iran is ready to talk, the one to Ashton — the point person for the six big powers — sets the bar perhaps unreachably high, suggesting that Tehran is prepared to come to the table only if the other side ends its “hostility,” avoids “any kind of pressure or threat” and states its “clear position on the nuclear weapons of the Zionist regime.” The previous meeting between Iran and the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany in October ended inconclusively on an enrichment freeze but led to agreement to start the fuel swap negotiations. That, in turn, foundered after Tehran balked at
Mousavi urges prisoners to end hunger strike
Syrian minister blames Israel for aggressive policy DAMASCUS: - Syrian Minister of Information Muhsin Bilal described here Thursday the aggressive policy followed by Israel whether in Lebanon or occupied Palestine as well as continuing its occupation of Arab territories as the most horrendous form of terror. Bilal made this remark during a forum held in Tartus city, northern of Syria, during which he talked about developments of the situation in the Middle East and the role of media in serving Arab issues with the Palestinian cause at their forefront. The Syrian minister also spoke highly of the steadfastness of the Lebanese army in the face of the latest Israeli aggression and its defense of the Lebanese soil, saying that this solves the difficult equation that involves people, army and resistance. In this context, Bilal stressed the importance of media in benefiting the Arab issues and presenting them credibly and objectively to the global public opinion as well as defending Arab lands, dignity, culture, customs and traditions. He also called for adhering to the parlance of resistance, national and pan-Arab constants in order to protect the Arab rights and culture, hailing simultaneously the stances adopted by Syrian president Bashar AlAssad and his defense of national interests alongside supporting the option of resistance and sticking to national unity in what thwarted the schemes of hegemony and divisions. He also drew attentions to the difficult circumstances that faced Syria in the recent years and the attempts to negatively affect Syrian national and pan-Arab constants. Bilal concluded by saying that, “the three-way summit the brought together recently in Beirut president Bashar along with Lebanese president Michel Suleiman and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz came as a result of the promising Syrian policy that asserted to the world as a whole that Syria was always rightful in its stances on the events and issues in the Middle East.” —- KUNA
shipping out most of its low-enriched uranium in exchange for fuel rods for the research reactor. While Iran says it is now ready for a swap, its interlocutors say the terms must be renegotiated because Tehran has since enriched much more uranium, meaning that it would still have enough to enrich to weapons grade, even if it now shipped out the original amount agreed upon. Additionally, Iran is now enriching to higher levels, which can be turned into weapons grade uranium more easily _ material it says it needs to turn into fuel rods after the deal stalled last year. The West demands the process be stopped before any consideration of new fuel swap talks. In what the West sees as a further complication, Iran has enlisted Turkey and Brazil in pressing for a return to the fuel swap talks essentially under the original terms now rejected by its interlocutors. Russia has welcomed Iranian calls to invite Brazil and Turkey to the negotiations, while the US and France are skeptical. “The Iranians say they want to meet without preconditions, then they lay out a bunch of preconditions,” said a Western official from a European capital who is familiar with the issue. The official, who asked for anonymity because his information is confidential, said there is a “long way to go before we know who will be at the table and when.” A diplomat from an IAEA member nation familiar with the talks said that Brazil and Turkey may not be keen to join any negotiations and risk sharing the blame, should they fail. He, too, asked for anonymity because his information was confidential. —- AP
JERUSALEM: The remains of a minibus is seen on railway tracks at the site of a crash near the southern Israeli town of Kiryat Gat, Thursday. Israeli rescue services say seven people were killed when a train smashed into a minibus that ignored road signs and crossed a checkpoint on to the tracks in the south of the country. — AP
Train crashes into minibus in Israel, kills 7 family members JERUSALEM: Seven members of one family, including a pregnant woman and two children, were killed when the minibus they were traveling in ignored traffic signals and crossed the tracks right into the path of a speeding train, rescue services said. No one on the train was hurt. The driver of the minibus was lightly injured and one other passenger was injured when the vehicle was hurled 20 yards from the tracks, rescue services said. Train driver Giora Weiss told Israeli media he saw the minibus driver talking to passengers sitting behind him before the collision Thursday evening near the
town of Kiryat Gat in southern Israel. “I saw the eyes of one of the passengers and it was horrible,” he told reporters. He said he hit the emergency brakes but it was too late. It was not immediately clear how fast the train was going at the time of the crash or how many passengers were on board. “When the driver realized he was in danger, he froze instead of driving forward to move the vehicle out of the way,” he said. A spokesman for Israel Railways said that an initial investigation showed the minibus smashed through a barrier at a stop sign next to the track. — AP
TEHRAN: Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi urged 17 political prisoners to end a hunger strike which reportedly started 12 days ago over their treatment by jailors, his website said yesterday. The group jailed in Tehran’s Evin prison after last year’s disputed presidential election include reformist journalists and leading student activists, opposition websites said. Mousavi, who has led an anti-government campaign since the June 2009 poll, praised the hunger strikers for their “resistance” and “standing up for humane and legitimate demands.” “Your message has been heard inside the country and abroad. People are worried about your health and we want you all to end your hunger strike,” Mousavi said in a statement carried by his Kaleme.com website. “We also urge prison officials to respect all prisoners’ rights in accordance with the existing flawed law and not to disgrace the country further in the eyes of other nations,” he added. Reports on opposition websites said the hunger strike had been triggered by an argument between some prisoners and wardens over the treatment of their families who had come for a visit on July 26. Some prisoners were protesting after being transferred to solitary confinement and others joined in, Kaleme and Rahesabz.net said on Monday. They said several have been taken to hospital and warned that others’ “condition is worsening.” The hunger strikers have been in jail since they were rounded up after protests that followed the 2009 vote which saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reelected amid allegations of widespread fraud. The authorities heavily cracked down on critics, detaining scores of journalists, rights activists and reformist politicians. Many of them have been sentenced to varying jail terms on charges of harming national security and provoking unrest. At least 10 have also been given death sentences. Several prisoners detained in connection with the protests have reportedly embarked on hunger strikes at various times in the past year, among them acclaimed film director Jafar Panahi, with demands ranging from immediate release to access to lawyers.—AFP
Saturday, August 7, 2010
India hints at Pakistan role in Kashmir unrest NEW DELHI: India’s interior minister hinted yesterday that Pakistan could be behind weeks of violent anti-India protests in the disputed Kashmir region, a move that could hurt the nuclear-armed rivals’ attempts to improve ties. This is the first time New Delhi has linked Pakistan to the violence in Kashmir that has killed nearly 50 people since June. Earlier India had said Pakistan-based militants were inciting trouble in Kashmir, a region divided between India and Pakistan
and which both claim in full. “Pakistan appears to have altered its strategy in influencing events in Jammu and Kashmir,” Palaniappan Chidambaram told the Indian parliament during a debate on the protests, among the biggest since a separatist revolt against Indian rule broke out in 1989. “It is possible that they believe that relying upon civilian unrest will pay them better dividends. But I am confident if we are able to win the hearts and minds of the
people ... those designs can be foiled.” There were fresh pro-independence protests in several places in Kashmir on Friday. At least two people were wounded when police opened fire on thousands of protesters in Sopore town in north Kashmir. The minister’s comments could be seen by Islamabad as a provocation, damaging prospects for improving ties that plummeted after the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people and derailed a sluggish
four-year-old peace process with Pakistan. So far, the latest violence in Kashmir has appeared to have little impact on relations. The two sides last held peace talks in July and those ended in acrimony over the attacks, even though the dialogue itself is seen as a tentative step toward improving ties. Divided Kashmir remains at the heart of the dispute between India and Pakistan, with both sides claiming the Himalayan
region in full. They have fought two of their three wars over it. India accuses Pakistan of fuelling unrest in Kashmir, but Islamabad says it only lends moral support to what it calls Kashmir’s independence movement which has killed tens of thousands of people. In June, India blamed Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants for the Mumbai attacks, but Kashmiri separatists say protests by crowds of mainly Muslim youths are generally spontaneous.
LeT was founded in 1990 to fight Indian rule in Kashmir and is based in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Militant violence has fallen dramatically in recent years but popular protests have continued. In 2008, the region witnessed the biggest protests against Indian rule in two decades. Kashmiri separatists want to carve out an independent homeland or merge with predominantly Muslim Pakistan. — Reuters
Britain, Pakistan pledge unity in anti-terror fight ‘Bond unbreakable’ LONDON: The leaders of Britain and Pakistan moved yesterday to shelve a row over a British attack on Islamabad’s security record, pledging to step up their cooperation in the fight against terrorism. President Asif Ali Zardari had vowed to confront British Prime Minister David Cameron over recent claims suggest-
NEW DELHI: Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPIML) activists hold placards as they protest against India’s Nuclear Liability bill in New Delhi yesterday, which also marks the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. An estimated 140,000 people died instantly in Hiroshima or succumbed to burns and radiation sickness soon after the blast, and over 70,000 perished as a result of another US atomic attack on the port of Nagasaki three days later. — AFP
Philippine leader grumbles over tiny official residence MANILA: New Philippine President Benigno Aquino yesterday groused over the spartan feel of his chosen official residence, likening it to a “prison”. The 50 year-old bachelor said he moved Thursday into the optimistically named “Dream House”, a small bungalow that had been used by special guests of previous presidents, after rejecting the nearby Malacanang palace as too big. “It felt like being in a prison cell,” said Aquino, who comes from a wealthy background. “If I had the choice I would rather be at Times,” he said, referring to his old Times Street address in northern Manila. His official one-bedroom house is located inside the headquarters of the presidential security force. He now uses a boat to cross the polluted and foul-smelling Pasig River to reach his office at Malacanang palace, just five minutes away.
Aquino had commuted to work in the first five weeks of his presidency, causing consternation among his bodyguards by insisting his convoy stop at red traffic lights just like ordinary motorists. “I moved to (Dream House) to lessen their stress levels,” Aquino said. “My security people are concerned over my predictable route.” The guest house was remodelled after Aquino won the May 2010 elections to accommodate two members of his household staff and to enhance security. Aquino said it would take him time to adjust to his new quarters, admitting he only fell asleep well past midnight. “When the lights are off I have a hard time finding the switches,” he said. Meanwhile, Aquino said he used his entire first pay cheque of 63,002 pesos ($1,400) after taxes to pay off his mobile phone bill for July. — AFP
MANILA: Protesters from the Free Burma Coalition carry a picture of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi as they hold a rally in front of the Foreign Affairs office in Manila yesterday, ahead of the 22nd anniversary of 1988 bloody uprising, known as the 8888 Popular Uprising. The protesters uged the Philippine government to support the ongoing international campaigns calling for the creation of a UN commission of inquiry to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Myanmar, as they also oppose the holding of elections. — AFP
Political rivalry blamed for Philippines airport bombing ZAMBOANGA: A politician who survived a “human bomb” attack that left two people dead in the volatile southern Philippines said yesterday he believed his rivals had tried to assassinate him. The blast occurred at Zamboanga city airport on Thursday as Sulu province governor Sakur Tan and other passengers on a flight from Manila were leaving the terminal, killing a man carrying the bomb and a bystander. “It is not just a coincidence that this bomb exploded right next to me,” said Tan, 60, who suffered only minor injuries but whose son was hit by the severed head of the man carrying the bomb. A total of 24 people were injured, including an elderly British man who lived in the area, police said. Tan told ABS-CBN television he believed rival politicians with links to “terrorists” orchestrated the attack, and that he suspected the same people were behind an attempt on his life in May last year. “I received intelligence reports that I would be bombed,” said Tan, who rules over the Sulu island chain about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Zamboanga.
Both areas are part of the impoverished Mindanao region, where deadly Muslim and communist insurgencies have raged for decades. The US military also has about 500 soldiers stationed in Mindanao to help local forces combat the Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic militant group blamed for the Philippines’ worst terrorist attacks. The Philippine military confirmed that one of the men killed was carrying the bomb, but said they doubted it was a suicide attack and that he may have been duped into carrying the deadly device. Two ID cards found on the dead man identified him as a local construction worker who was not affiliated with any extremist groups, regional military commander Lieutenant-General Benjamin Dolorfino told AFP. “The indications are it is not a suicide bomber. The possibility is someone sent (the man) with the backpack and he did not know what was inside,” Dolorfino said. “You can see him on (security video footage). He was just standing outside the airport arrival area just before the blast. He was just loitering there.” — AFP
“This is a friendship that will never break, no matter what happens,” Zardari said outside the prime minister’s weekend retreat of Chequers, northwest of London. “Storms will come and storms will go, and Pakistan and Britain will stand together and face all the difficulties with dignity,” he added. Cameron said he wanted to enhance London’s partnership with Islamabad “in the absolutely vital area of combating terrorism”. And he said the two men had discussed “what we see as an unbreakable relationship between Britain and Pakistan based on our mutual interests”. “We want to work together to combat terrorism.” “Whether it’s keeping troops safe in Afghanistan or to keep people safe on the streets of Britain, that is a real priority for my government,” he said. In a joint statement, Cameron and Zardari said London and Islamabad would step up their anti-terror co-operation, with the two countries’ foreign ministers to meet in October. “Among the common challenges facing the UK and Pakistan is the fight against terrorism and violent extremism,” they said. “Both leaders agreed that terrorism and extremism are global issues and needed to be combated by intensifying cooperation at the global and regional levels.” Relations between the two countries soured after Cameron hit out at Pakistan while on a visit to its arch-rival India last week. “We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country (Pakistan) is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world,” he told an audience in Bangalore, southern India. Zardari came under enormous pressure to cancel his trip over the controversy, but his office insisted that the visit gave Pakistan a chance to make its case. The president, whose late wife, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by militants in 2007, has argued that Pakistanis are often the victims of attacks on home soil and that Islamabad is committed to fighting extremists.—AP
ing that elements in Pakistan back the “export of terror,” which triggered the diplomatic spat. But both leaders put on a show of unity after their talks near London, saying the bond between Pakistan and the former colonial power was unbreakable, while Cameron accepted an invitation to visit Islamabad soon.
LONDON: Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, right, listens as Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari speaks to the media following talks at Chequers, the prime minister’s official country residence, yesterday. President Zardari has been criticised at home for his diplomatic visit to France and Britain, as the worst flooding in Pakistan’s history has killed over around 1,500 people and affected four million. — AP
Bilawal not yet ready for politics LONDON: He was seen rubbing elbows with the leaders of France and Britain this week, but the son of slain Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto says he’s not yet ready to follow in his mother’s political footsteps. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who turns 22 next month, just completed a degree in modern history and politics at Oxford. After he made rare appearances this week with his father, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, many speculated that he would address a rally in Birmingham on Saturday to officially announce his entry into politics and take his place as part of a political dynasty that helped build his country. “This is not true,” he said, adding that he would instead help collect donations in London for victims of Pakistan’s deadly floods. “As for my future plans, I intend to continue my education - both academic and political. I am currently looking into the possibilities of studying law ... I feel that an understanding of law and an appreciation for the rule of law is important for any politician seeking to strengthen democracy in
Pakistan.” Bhutto’s only son, and one of three children she had with Zardari, was educated mostly abroad and only speaks rudimentary Urdu. Articulate and armed with his mother’s striking looks, he has kept a relatively low profile since entering Oxford, where his mother also studied. Though he is the chairman of his mother’s Pakistan People’s Party, he now has little day-to-day responsibility in Pakistan - a situation that may change in the future. “I do look forward to working with the media, the international community and most importantly the people of Pakistan in the future to achieve our shared goals of strengthening democracy in Pakistan and combating the forces of extremism that robbed me of my mother and threaten the world today.” The 21-yearold already enjoys greater popularity than his father, who has been plagued by allegations of corruption and spent many years in jail. Analysts predict the Pakistan Peoples Party will suffer during the next national elections in 2013 partly because of Zardari’s low approval ratings and the severe chal-
lenges currently facing the country. Lawmakers must be at least 25 years old in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto’s father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto _Pakistan’s first elected prime minister and founder of the Pakistan People’s Party - was hugely popular among the poor for nationalizing industries, building houses and handing out land deeds. Like Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated on Dec. 27, 2007 in a gun and suicidebomb attack during a political rally shortly after her return to Pakistan from nearly nine years in self-imposed exile, her father was hanged shortly after his ouster in 1979. Their story is compelling to many Pakistani voters, who see their history as intertwined wiht Pakistan’s own. Though he appears reluctant, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, is well-placed to take on the family tradition, analysts say. “There is blood and sacrifice. There is the narrative of victimhood and also there is the perception of Bhutto heroism,” said Rasul Bakhsh Rais, a professor of political science at Lahore University of Management Sciences. “This is all great potential to do politics in Pakistan.” — AP
Karzai suggests oversight of anti-corruption work KABUL: US officials are waiting to see if the Afghan government will attempt to impede corruption probes of high-ranking officials concern that comes as a new report issued in Washington questioned the Afghan administration’s ability to fight graft and bribery that are undermining the war against the Taliban. The possibility that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will place restraints on the operations of two anti-corruption units set up with help from US law enforcement officials heightens already growing tension between the US and the Afghan government, which is seeking more control over the billions of foreign dollars being poured in to foster reconstruction. Corruption and a weak court system have undermined public trust in Karzai’s government and its efforts to win the loyalty of many Afghans away from the Taliban. Soon after a key Karzai adviser was arrested last week for allegedly taking a bribe, the Afghan president sought more oversight of the work of the two US-backed anti-corruption units, the Major Crimes Task Force and the Sensitive Investigative Unit. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation helps train employees of the two units who conduct corruption probes of highlevel Afghan government officials and then
feed cases to Afghan prosecutors. Mohammad Zia Salehi, head of administration for the Afghan National Security Council, is accused of accepting a car in exchange for his help in exerting pressure on Afghan officials to ease off in another corruption case, said Fazel Ahmad Faqiryar, first deputy attorney general. He said the attorney general’s office has wiretaps of Salehi discussing the vehicle. Karzai gathered his top law enforcement and justice officials at the presidential palace Wednesday to hear from a panel he asked to monitor the work of the two units that made the arrest. A statement released by Karzai’s office said that work done by the US-based anti-corruption units, including the Major Crimes Task Force, should follow Afghan law and respect Afghan values and the national sovereignty of the nation. “All the cases, which are being investigated and those cases that have been completed, should be reviewed by the delegation and the outcome of its assessment should be reported to Karzai’s office,” the statement said. “All the activities _ arresting, investigation, questioning and detention _ should be based on the principles and laws of the country and respect
human rights.” That sparked concern among US officials that Karzai was attempting to derail corruption probes of top officials in his government. The president’s office did not elaborate and little more detail about what Karzai might be planning was revealed at a news briefing Thursday by Afghan Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Alako; Mohammad Yasin Usmani, director of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption, the office Karzai set up months ago to battle corruption; and others that Karzai asked to look into the issue. They told reporters that the arrest of Salehi had nothing to do with Karzai’s review of the units’ work. “It was a coincidence,” Usmani said. US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Washington viewed the arrest of Salehi and other ongoing investigations as evidence that the Afghan government was following through on pledges to fight corruption. Crowley said the US did not see Karzai’s intervention as problematic at this point, but that the US was closely monitoring developments in the Salehi case as well as Karzai’s decision to review the anti-corruption work being done by the investigative units.— AP
Parliament fails to elect new Nepal PM again KATMANDU: Nepal’s parliament failed yesterday to elect a new prime minister in its fourth attempt since June, with no party holding an outright majority or able to form a coalition. Both of the main candidates Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and Ram Chandra Poudel of Nepali Congress party failed to obtain more than half the votes in the 601-seat parliament to replace Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, who resigned in June. The two main parties have been negotiating with smaller parties for the past few days but have been unable to reach agreement on a coalition. The fifth round of voting is scheduled for Aug. 18. The Maoists control the most seats, with 237, followed by Nepali Congress with 114. A prime minister needs the support of at least 301 members. The delay in electing a new prime minister is straining the peace process that prompted the Maoists to give up their armed revolt in 2006 and enter mainstream politics. —AP
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Berlusconi plans last ditch effort to seek confidence ROME: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, his power sapped by a break with an ally, will seek a show of confidence from his splintered coalition in September and resign if he loses, a party leader said yesterday. Fabrizio Cicchitto, head of centre-right parliamentarians in the lower house, said Berlusconi will give his coalition one more chance to close ranks before giving up. “In September, Berlusconi will present a platform based on a few points. We hope that a majority can be found to support them and renew the confidence in
the government,” he said in a statement. “Otherwise, at that point, there can be no alternative to elections.” Lower house speaker Gianfranco Fini, who split with Berlusconi last week, allowed the prime minister to escape a full-blown showdown on Wednesday by letting a junior minister survive a confidence motion in parliament. But Fini’s supporters showed their strength by abstaining in the vote, making clear that they had enough votes to bring the government down if they had chosen to oppose it. Fini, a co-founder of Berlusconi’s
People of Freedom party (PDL), has set up a breakaway faction in parliament that could deprive Berlusconi of his majority, particularly if the rebels join ranks with small centrists opposition parties. This is exactly what happened on Wednesday when a no-confidence motion against junior justice minister Giacomo Caliendo failed by 70 votes. Fini’s backers abstained along with members of three smaller parties, totalling 75 votes. Cicchitto did not specify in his statement what the points of the Berlusconi’s September platform would be.
However Italian media speculated they would be centered around reform of the justice system, taxes, devolution of power to regions and an economic programme for Italy’s poorer south. When Fini formed his new faction, called Future and Freedom for Italy, he said it would “loyally support the government every time it acts within the framework of the electoral programme” but against it when it does not. Cicchitto’s words appeared to be a warning to Fini that Berlusconi would hold him to that promise. If Berlusconi calls a confidence vote
and loses it, which commentators say is likely given the tension between the prime minister and the house speaker, he would have to resign. If a government resigns and Italy’s president fails to find someone who can form another one, he would be forced to dissolve parliament and call early elections-usually held about two months later. Berlusconi and his main coalition ally, the Northern League, say they would oppose the appointment of an interim government made up of so-called “technicians” such as bankers, businessmen and academics and push for snap elections in
the autumn. The political turmoil comes at a time when financial markets are watching to see whether the government will be strong enough to implement a 25billion euro ($33-billion) austerity package approved in parliament last week to rein in the deficit. Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti sounded a note of reassurance about the impact of the ruckus on Italy’s finances on Wednesday. “The political crisis, if it happens, will not have an impact on Italy’s public accounts,” he told Reuters. He also ruled out the need for more budget measures in the autumn.—- Reuters
First time in history
US joins Hiroshima A-bomb memorial HIROSHIMA: A US representative participated for the first time yesterday in J apan’s annual commemoration of the Am erica n a tom ic bom bing of Hiroshim a , in a 65th anniversary event that organizers hope will bolster global efforts toward nuclear disarmament. The site of the world’s first A-bomb attack echoed with the choirs of schoolchildren and the solemn ringing of bells yesterday as Hiroshima
marked its biggest memorial yet. At 8:15 a.m. — the time the bom b drop p ed, incinera ting m ost of the city — a moment of silence was observed. Hiroshima’s mayor welcomed Washington’s decision to send US Ambassador John Roos to yesterday’s commemoration, which began with an offering of water to the 140,000 who died in the first of two nuclea r bom bings tha t prom pted J a pa n’s surrender in
HIROSHIMA: Paper lanterns float in the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome (background) in Hiroshima yesterday to mark the 65th anniversary of the World War II atomic bombing. Representatives from more than 70 nations, including for the first time the United States, joined tens of thousands at the emotional event. — AFP
South Africa recalls envoy to Rwanda ‘for consultations’ KIGALI: South Africa has recalled its ambassador to Rwanda “for consultations” after the two countries’ relations soured over the shooting of a dissident Rwandan general in Johannesburg, South Africa’s state news agency said. General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, a critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, fled his homeland in February and was shot in the stomach in June. South African police have arrested five people over the attack but have not revealed their nationalities. South African Foreign Ministry Director General Ayanda Ntsaluba said the recall of Ambassador Gladstone Dumisani Gwadiso was not intended to break relations between the two African states. “We have no intention of expelling the Rwanda ambassador,” Ntsaluba said on Thursday, quoted by the South African agency. He had been recalled “for consultations over the issues in that country,” it said. But analysts said the move may indicate a
further deterioration of their relationship. Ties took a turn for the worse when media misquoted a South African official as blaming Rwanda for the attack, the agency said. The Rwandan government has denied allegations it was involved in the shooting, branding them “preposterous”. In July, Rwanda summoned Ambassador Gwadiso to express concern about the South African investigation. “We are not making any connections by recalling our ambassador. We are also not making any connection between the government of Rwanda and the shooting of the general,” Ntsaluba said. But Muzong Kodi, an associate fellow of the Africa programme at the Chatham House think-tank, said the move was significant because the two countries have been close allies in the past. “It’s an indication of mounting tensions between the Rwandese and the South Africans over the attempted assassination,” Kodi said. —- Reuters
Gang jailed for gem heist LONDON: A gang who carried out Britain’s biggest ever gem heist-a 40 million pound armed raid on a luxury jewellers in central London-were jailed yesterday. The men used a professional make-up artist to hide their identities and opened fire during their getaway after the “high stakes” raid at Graff Diamonds in London’s upmarket Mayfair area. Petra Ehnar, a shop assistant at the store, was forced with a gun in her back to empty the store’s display cabinets. She filled a bag with 43 pieces of jewellery including earrings, necklaces and watches worth a total of 40 million pounds, with one diamond necklace alone valued at 3.5 million pounds. The stolen gems have never been recovered. Ehnar, who was forced into the street by the robbers as they made their escape, was told she would be killed if she did not carry out their demands. Aman Kassaye, who planned and executed the heist, was jailed for 23 years at London’s Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, the Press Association reported. He used a professional make-up artist to disguise his appearance and a series of getaway cars to escape across the capital, shooting at anybody who got in his way. Three other men Solomun Beyene, 25, Clinton Mogg, 43, and Thomas Thomas, 46,
were jailed for 16 years after being convicted of conspiracy to rob, a court official said. The court was shown footage of Kassaye firing a shot in the street outside the store as they made their getaway, sending passers-by running for cover. Kassaye’s defence rested on his assertion that the raid was carried out “by someone remarkably like him”, but he was identified by Ehnar who the prosecution said would have had “his facial features would be etched in her mind” by the events. “This was the first time I have ever been subjected to an armed robbery and I was petrified,” she told police. “I was thinking, ‘I am going to be shot, killed’, I had no idea.” “It is the most terrifying experience a person can be put through as you have no control over the situation that you find yourself in.” Beyene’s role was to buy so-called “dirty” mobile telephones used in the heist and hire a van to block traffic, while Mogg provided the address used by the make-up artist and Thomas used the blocking vehicle, the jury was told. In 2003, an international gang of robbers carried out a 23 million pound armed raid at Graff’s. Two members of an Eastern European crime syndicate were later jailed for 20 years for their role in the raid. —- Reuters
Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba is also hoping that President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, an idea that Obama has said he would like to consider but that would be highly controversial and unprecedented for a sitting US president. “We need to communicate to every corner of the globe the intense yearning of the survivors for the abolition of nuclear weapons,” Akiba told the 55,000 people at the ceremony. Akiba called on the Japanese government to take a leadership role in nuclear disarmament toward “turning a new page in human history.” “I offer my prayers to those who died — we will not make you be patient much longer.” Along with the US, nuclear powers Britain and France also made their first official appearance at the memorial, as well as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kimoon. Altogether, 74 nations were represented. China, which sent a lowranking official in 2008, was not participating. Officials said Beijing did not give a reason. Hiroshima was careful to ensure that the memorial — while honoring the dead — emphasized a forward-looking approach, focusing not on whether the bombing was justified, a point which many Japanese dispute, but on averting any future nuclear attacks. Roos said the memorial was a chance to show resolve toward nuclear disarmament, which Obama has emphasized as one of his administration’s top objectives. “For the sake of future generations, we must continue to work together to realize a world without nuclear weapons,” Roos said in a statement. Ban, who presented flowers at the Eternal Flame in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, said this year’s memorial will send a signal to the world that nuclear weapons must be destroyed. “Life is short, but memory is long,” Ban said. “For many of you, that day endures ... as vivid as the white light that seared the sky, as dark as the black rains that followed.” Ban added that the time has come to move from “Ground Zero, to Global Zero” _ a world without any nuclear arms. The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty’s 190 member countries in May adopted a plan to speed up arms reductions and take further steps toward banning nuclear arms in the Middle East. The nuclear treaty recognizes five atomic-weapon states _ the US, Russia, Britain, France and China. India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea have also developed nuclear weapons but are not party to the treaty. Independent analysts estimate the current total world stockpile of nuclear warheads at more than 22,000 _ less than a third the number at the peak of the Cold War in the 1980s but still enough for more than 100,000 Hiroshimas. In May, Washington acknowledged a total stockpile of 5,113 nuclear warheads as of September 2009, down 75 percent from 1989. The US and Russia in April agreed to shrink the limit on a specific type of long-range warheads to 1,550 for each country, down about a third from the current ceiling. —AP
MOSCOW: Two women with a boy wear masks protecting from the thickest blanket of smog covering walk through a street as the heavy smog covered Moscow yesterday. — AP
Dense smog shrouds Moscow MOSCOW: A dense smog from raging wildfires shrouded Moscow yesterday, grounding flights at the city’s airports, plunging its iconic Red Square into a sea of dirty mist and stinging eyes and throats across the city. Flocks of tourists had to don face masks just to trod the square’s historic cobblestones, photographing the Kremlin’s barely visible spires and the hazy domes of St. Basil’s Cathedrals. Airborne pollutants such as carbon monoxide were four times higher than average readings _ the worst seen to date in the Russian capital. “It hurts my eyes,” student Valeriya Kuleva said on a central Moscow street. “I’m wearing a mask but nothing helps.” Dozens of incoming flights were diverted from the capital’s Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports, as smog brought runway visibility down to 200 meters, airport officials said. All incoming flights to Domodedovo were being offered alternative airports at which to land, but the decision to divert was up to individual flight crews, airport spokeswoman Yelena Galanova said. Moscow’s other main airport, on the opposite side of the city from most of the
blazes, freed up tarmac space to receive some planes. Other flights decided to divert to St. Petersburg, 640km to the northwest or to Kazan, 800 km east of Moscow, a Vnukovo Airport spokeswoman Irina Ivanova said. Visibility in parts of the capital was down to a few dozen yards (meters) due to the smog, which carries a strong burning smell and causes coughing. Kremlin buildings and church domes disappeared into the haze, which is forecast to hang in the air for days due to the lack of wind. “It’s just impossible to work,” said Moscow resident Mikhail Borodin, in his late 20s, as he removed a face mask to puff on a cigarette. “I don’t know what the government is doing, they should just cancel office hours.” More than 500 separate blazes were burning nationwide Friday, mainly across western Russia, according to the Emergencies Ministry. Dozens of forest and peat bog fires around Moscow have ignited amid the country’s most intense heat wave in 130 years of record-keeping. “All high-temperature records have been beaten, never has this country seen anything like this, and we simply have no
experience of working in such conditions,” Moscow emergency official Yuri Besedin said Friday. He added that 31 forest fires and 15 peat-bog fires were burning in the Moscow region alone. At least 52 people have died and 2,000 homes have been destroyed in the blazes. Russian officials have admitted that the 10,000 firefighters battling the blazes aren’t enough _ an assessment echoed by many villagers, who said the fires swept through their hamlets in minutes. To minimize further damage, Russian workers have evacuated explosives from military facilities and were sending planes, helicopters and even robots to help control blazes around the country’s top nuclear research facility in Sarov, 300 miles (480 kilometers) east of Moscow. A wildfire last week caused huge damage at a Russian naval air base outside Moscow, with Russian media reporting as many as 200 planes may have been destroyed. The forecast for the week ahead, with temperatures approaching 38 C (100 F), shows little change in Moscow and surrounding regions, where the average summer temperature is around 23 (75). — AP
Swiss minister at centre of Libya spat resigns
STOCKHOLM: A military guard and police crime scene investigators in front of the smashed door of the cordoned off Kina castle in the Drottningholm Palace park in western Stockholm yesterday. — AP
Thieves nab artefacts at historic Swedish landmark STOCKHOLM : A gang of thieves yesterday staged a remarkable break-in near the Swedish royal family’s residence in Stockholm, smashing display cases at a historic 18th-century Chinese-style landmark and getting away with artifacts that police called potentially priceless. The heist at the ornate Chinese Pavilion, a birthday gift from King Adolf Fredrik to Queen Lovisa Ulrika in 1753, took just six minutes, and occurred just after security guards had made their rounds at 2 a.m., police spokeswoman Diana Sundin said. “The alarm went off just as the guards had passed by,” she said. Guards immediately returned to the scene, but the burglars had already vanished, she said. The burglars are believed to have entered the building by smash-
ing the glass on the pavilion’s back door. Once inside, they shattered three display cases, she said, and made off with an unknown number of “old, beautiful Chinese objects.” “It might not even be possible to put a value on these objects. That’s how bad it is,” she said. She could not say specifically what was stolen, but the pavilion is known for its display of Chinese artifacts including porcelain, China and vases. The original small wooden Chinese pleasure palace was replaced by a more robust structure in the 1760s and has rich, European rococo interiors along with its collection of chinoiserie. It is located near the royal family’s permanent residence in the Drottningholm Palace park in western Stockholm. Both are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. —AP
GENEVA: Swiss finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz announced his resignation yesterday, a year after his highly criticised handling of a diplomatic row with Libya and international pressure on banking secrecy. “I have handed in my resignation this morning” 67 year-old Merz, a member of the centre right Radical Party, said at a news conference. He added that he would step down in October after nearly seven years in office. Pressure for Merz’s departure had grown in recent weeks after Transport and Energy minister Moritz Leuenberger, a Socialist, announced last month that he would step down at the end of the year after 15 years in office. Both ministers in the fiveparty cabinet, the Federal Council, have to be replaced in elections by Switzerland’s parliament, setting the stage for a political battle for the two vacant posts. Merz also held the Swiss presidency in 2009 and triggered a rare Swiss political storm with his attempts to resolve a dispute with Libya over two businessman who were prevented from leaving the North African country. The tensions with Tripoli escalated shortly after Merz delivered an unexpected and controversial apology to Libya’s government in August 2009 for the brief arrest of one of Libyan leader Muammar Kadhafi’s sons in Geneva in 2008. —AFP
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Dubai’s DAE cancels $3bn plane orders, data shows Lessor cuts Airbus order volume by 25% PARIS: Airbus said yesterday it had more than doubled its year-to-date orders due to a bumper Farnborough Airshow, but the pick-up was marred by the cancellation of $3 billion of orders from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise. The Dubai-
based Lessor slashed an order for 100 Airbus passenger jets by 25 percent in volume terms, shedding 18 orders for narrow-body A320 planes and 7 orders for A350-900 mid-sized jets, figures released by the European planemaker showed.
A pair of combines from Befort Harvesting LLC, of Hays, Kansas, work their way through a wheat field, about six miles from Pasco, Washington. Russia banned grain exports for the rest of the year on Thursday after a severe drought and wildfires destroyed 20 percent of its wheat crop. — AP
Wheat pauses after rally on Russia export curbs MILAN: Wheat markets pared gains yesterday taking a breather after a charge to 2-year highs fuelled by Russia’s decision to suspend grain shipments following its worst drought in a century, which is expected to slash harvests. “We’ve gone up close to 50 percent in a month so in a sustainable bull market trend you should have room for a pause when you see market participants looking at the validity of the rally,” said Barclays Capital analyst Sudakshina Unnikrishnan. “I think a bit of a pullback is perfectly healthy in the market,” she said. Benchmark November milling wheat on Euronext was up 0.50 euros or 0.22 percent at 224.00 euros a ton by 1253 GMT, taking the contract gains to 54 percent since the start of July, including a rise of nearly 7 percent in the previous session. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) frontmonth wheat futures were up 1.69 percent at $7.99 per bushel at 1254 GMT after closing at a limit-up rise of 60 cents on Thursday. The contract has gained nearly 90 percent since prices bottomed on June 9 at $4.25-1/2 per bushel.
The pullback was modest and the underlying mood remained bullish as the market was focused on the potential impact of Russia’s suspension of grain exports, which could nullify pending shipments and fuel demand for grain from other exporters such as the European Union and the United States. Russia will return to honoring its current grain export obligations only after the harvest is completed and the crop situation is more clear, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov told Reuters on Friday. Traders cited concerns that Kazakhstan and Ukraine, also hit by hot weather, may follow Russia’s suit with export curbs. “There are doubts about the whole Black Sea zone,” said one futures dealer. “Export traders are going to think it’s better to pay more for US wheat (than take risks with Black Sea wheat) ... The competition is now between US and European wheat,” he said. Two global suppliers cancelled deals to ship some 65,000 tons of Black Sea wheat to Bangladesh after Russia curbed grain
exports, a Bangladeshi importer said yesterday. “If you see a lot of exporters declaring force majeure that is likely to spook the market a bit and if see you neighboring countries like Ukraine and Kazakhstan putting any similar export restrictions in place, I think that could add further fuel to the rally,” Barclay Capital’s Sudakshina Unnikrishnan said. Force majeure clauses in supply contracts free firms from their obligations without penalty due to events beyond their control. They are often used in response to natural disasters. Ukraine on Wednesday said it had no need at the moment to limit grain exports and traders Russia’s Black Sea neighbor could face other constraints. “Ukraine is a member of the World Trade Organization and has to be very careful about introducing export bans and export taxes,” a trader said this week. “They have apparently introduced different measures, they have introduced an unofficial ban on grain shipments by rail to ports and extra re-inspections of grain cargos after loading which makes their exports much slower.” — Reuters
The move brings to more than $8 billion the catalogue value of apparent DAE cancellations, totaling 50 aircraft, revealed in Airbus and Boeing data published in the past 24 hours. Neither planemaker agreed to comment on cancellations. DAE was not available for comment. Leasing companies were hard hit during the financial crisis though some returned with bulk orders for narrow-body planes at last months’ Farnborough trade show, which delivered unexpectedly robust evidence of an economic turnaround. There have been several specialist industry reports that part of DAE’s order portfolio would be transferred to Dubai’s Emirates Airline, which ordered 30 more 777s at Farnborough. Excluding the effect of cancellations, Airbus said its cumulative 2010 orders jumped sharply to 286 planes by the end of July from 131 planes in the first half of the year. Deliveries reached 298 aircraft. The EADS subsidiary is targeting over 400 sales and 500 deliveries. On Thursday, Boeing data revealed cancellations for 25 jets worth over $5 billion at catalogue prices. Comparisons with previously published data suggested the cuts came from DAE. DAE had ordered 15 787-8 Dreamliners and 10 777-300ER aircraft in 2007, at the peak of a global order boom. Boeing’s latest backlog did not include any such wide-body passenger jets for the leasing and repair firm. It did however have 91 unfilled DAE orders for narrow-body jets and freighters. DAE also still has 52 Airbus A320 planes and 23 A350-900s, a model designed to compete with the Boeing Dreamliner, on order with a total list value of $10 billion at current prices. Airbus sales chief John Leahy said at Farnborough that it was “no secret” that DAE was facing disruption over its orders. After adjusting for total cancellations in the past month, Airbus reported a net total of 245 new orders in the first seven months of the year, up from 117 by the end of June. The data leaves Boeing ahead of its rival in the race for 2010 orders as the industry exits recession, though it still ranks in second place behind Airbus in terms of production. Boeing said it had received total orders for 319 planes between January and July, and a net total of 255 planes after adjusting for cancellations. The net orders include 229 narrowbody Boeing 737 short-haul and medium-haul planes. —Reuters
TIANJIN: Containers are loaded onto a cargo ship at the Tianjin port in China on Thursday. China is set to overtake Japan as the world’s second largest-economy in a resurgence that is changing everything from the global balance of military and financial power to how cars are designed.—AP
Oil falls towards $81 after US jobs report CAPE TOWN: Oil fell towards $81 a barrel yesterday, extending an earlier drop, after data showing US employment fell in July raised concern about the pace of economic and energy demand recovery. Non-farm payrolls fell 131,000, the Labor Department said, more than the fall in overall employment of 65,000 analysts had expected. Equities also fell, while a weaker dollar gave crude little immediate support. “Bearish jobs data is initially weighing on oil. Equities turned negative also. The dollar is weaker but that is not helping (the) crude market right now,” said Tom Benz, broker at BNP Paribas Commodity Futures Inc in New York. US September crude was down 60 cents to $81.41 a barrel by 1252 GMT, while ICE Brent
eased 85 cents to $80.76. Oil was lower before the jobs data was released at 1230 GMT as some investors anticipated a weak report. Crude in New York is still on track for a weekly gain after topping $80 a barrel for the first time in three months on Monday. Oil has rallied despite further indications this week that supply remains ample. The US Energy Information Administration on Wednesday said gasoline stocks unexpectedly rose, while supplies of distillate fuel including diesel also climbed. “The fundamentals at some point have to reassert themselves,” said Ben Westmore, a commodities analyst at National Australia Bank in Melbourne. “We had a pretty weak EIA report. Product stocks are building and the market didn’t react much.” — Reuters
UK watchdog probes Queen’s bank over RBS fund sales LONDON: The UK financial services industry watchdog has launched a probe into sales of a fund product by Royal Bank of Scotland’s private banking arm Coutts, which counts Queen Elizabeth II among its clients. The investigation is into the sale by Coutts of a savings product offered by US insurer AIG, which was forced to suspend withdrawals on the fund in 2008 when it landed in financial trouble during the credit crisis. RBS added that it was “cooperating fully” with the probe by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). “In July 2010, the FSA notified RBS Group that it was commencing an investigation into the sale by Coutts & Co of ALICO (American Life Insurance Company) Premier Access Bond Enhanced Variable Rate Fund to customers between 2001 and 2008,” RBS said in a statement yesterday. A spokeswoman at the FSA said the statement was accurate. AIG has agreed to sell its ALICO foreign life insurance business unit to Metlife as it seeks to repay taxpayer money after a government bail-out. The private banking industry has struggled to rebuild its oncesolid reputation after falling out of favor with well-heeled clients who lost money on invest-
ments that went bad in the financial crisis. Coutts found itself under fire from entrepreneur and loyalty card schemes inventor Sir Keith Mills, who says he made a 65 millionpound ($103.4 million) investment in the ALICO products. He has mounted a high profile publicity campaign, including placing billboard advertisements criticizing the private bank close to its headquarters on London’s Strand. He also says on his website that he wrote to the FSA to ask about investigating Coutts’s sales of the product, and that he met the regulator’s chief executive Hector Sants. Mills was not immediately available for comment. A source close to Coutts said about 250 of its 72,000 UK-based customers have investments in the product. While Mills’ campaign has focused on Coutts, other high profile Britons have launched outspoken attacks on their bankers for selling them products related to AIG, including Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of the BBC’s Top Gear TV motoring show. The news of the probe came alongside RBS’s second-quarter results which showed lower impairment losses had helped operating profit rise from the first quarter. —Reuters
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CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES .2856000 .2877000 .4549430 .4581570 .3774250 .3800910 .2740350 .2759760 .2786070 .2805800 .0506560 .0510150 .0402280 .0405130 .2605550 .2623950 .0367830 .0370440 .2109950 .2124900 .0033420 .0033650 .0062080 .0062520 .0025440 .0025620 .0033400 .0033640 .0041390 .0041680 .0777970 .0782930 .7579500 .7627850 .4039200 .4067820 .0761990.0766850 .7421970 .7469310 .0063460 .0063910
281.720 192.610 276.960 261.570 285.645 ASIAN COUNTRIES
Japanese Yen Indian Rupees Pakistani Rupees Srilankan Rupees Nepali Rupees Singapore Dollar Hongkong Dollar Bangladesh Taka Philippine Peso Thai Baht Irani Riyal - Transfer Irani Riyal - Cash
3.379 6.204 3.346 2.549 3.897 212.460 36.971 4.137 6.350 8.923 0.296 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES
Saudi Riyal Qatari Riyal Omani Riyal Bahraini Dinar UAE Dirham
76.545 78.870 745.760 762.400 78.168 ARAB COUNTRIES
Egyptian Pound - Cash Egyptian Pound Yemen Riyal Tunisian Dinar Jordanian Dinar Lebanese Lira Syrian Lier Morocco Dirham
53.550 50.490 1.226 200.230 405.350 192.600 6.190 34.445 GOLD
20 Gram 10 Gram 5 Gram
232.000 120.000 62.000
Bahrain Exchange Company
TRANSFER CHEQUES RATES .2877000 .4581570 .2759760 .0766850
Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer Euro Sterling Pound
Canadian dollar Turkish lire Swiss Franc Australian dollar US Dollar Buying
286.930 381.190 459.370
COUNTRY Australian dollar Bahraini dinar Bangladeshi taka Canadian dollar Cyprus pound Czek koruna Danish krone Deutsche Mark Egyptian pound Euro Cash
SELL CASH SELL DRAFT 265.000 263.500 762.820 762.820 4.220 4.137 283.400 281.900 583.300 14.100 51.600 167.800 213.400 53.140 50.447 383.000 381.470
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
37.620 6.470 0.035 0.272 0.253 3.410 407.470 0.194 92.600 46.300 4.490 214.500 1.955 49.100 745.110 3.460 6.540 79.330 76.590 213.420 41.770 2.719 461.000 41.400 278.800 277.300 6.300 6.300 9.240 198.263 78.270 287.200 1.250
405.405 0.193 92.600 3.900 213.000
9.100 78.170 286.800
Sterling Pound US Dollar
Kuwait Bahrain Intl Exchange Co. Rate per 1000 (Tran)
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
TRAVELLER'S CHEQUE 459.000 288.800
288.800 3.385 6.120 2.570 4.170 6.250 78.730 77.220 767.700 50.725 445.600 0.00003280 3.890 1.550 410.200 5.750 377.800 283.300
Al Mulla Exchange Currency
Dollarco Exchange Co. Ltd 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
2.552 4.167 6.268 3.310 8.903 6.286 3.846
Currency 744.930 3.360 6.345 78.900 76.590 213.420 41.770 2.548 459.000
GOLD 10 Tola
Sri Lankan Rupees Bangladesh Taka Philippines Pesso Japanese Yen Thai Bhat Syrian Pound Nepalese Rupees
287.300 280.799 450.263 377.664 274.314 706.271 762.697 78.432 79.127 76.809 406.617 50.574 6.160 3.372
US Dollar Euro Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar Japanese Yen Indian Rupee Egyptian Pound Sri Lankan Rupee Bangladesh Taka Philippines Peso Pakistan Rupee Bahraini Dinar UAE Dirham Saudi Riyal
*Rates are subject to change
Transfer rate 286.500 381.300 458.850 281.700 3.380 6.210 50.420 2.548 4.131 6.348 3.351 762.780 78.210 76.550
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Euro-zone remains buoyant but recovery two-speed BERLIN/ROME: A leap in German industry output over the second quarter and a moderate rise in Italian economic growth added yesterday to evidence the euro zone is in a robust recovery phase but with divergences within the bloc. The Bank of Spain highlighted a divide between strength in Europe’s largest economies and a less impressive rebound in the currency zone’s laggards, estimating the Spanish economy grew by an anaemic 0.2 percent in the second quarter. Economists fear Spain’s economy could contract again at the back end of the year as government debt-cutting measures kick in. Italian GDP grew by 0.4 percent from the first quarter but the euro zone as a whole is expected to have expanded by 0.6 percent
or more in the second quarter, suggesting much stronger growth from the likes of Germany. “This 0.4 percent growth is pretty normal but given that it’s coming off the extraordinary fall in GDP during the recession, it shows the recovery is going to be slow,” said Giada Giani at Citigroup of Italy’s performance. German industry output dropped by 0.6 percent on the month in June but following sharp rises in April and May, was up 5.4 percent over the second quarter as a whole, the biggest quarterly gain since German reunification in 1990. “June’s modest fall in industrial production does not change the picture of a rapidly recovering industrial sector, which prob-
ably caused GDP to surge in Q2,” said Jennifer McKeown at Capital Economics, who forecast 1.2 percent Q2 GDP growth there. GDP figures for Germany, France and the euro zone will be published next Friday. A run of upbeat euro zone data so far in the third quarter, which European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said was surprisingly strong, goes some way to explain the contrast between the confident tone coming from the ECB and an uncertain US Federal Reserve considering further policy easing. Trichet said on Thursday he expected second quarter growth for the 16-nation currency bloc to have been “exceptional” although he still expects a slowdown fur-
ther out as government austerity measures bite. Yesterday’s pivotal US jobs figures are expected to show employment fell for a second month running in July as more temporary census jobs ended and private hiring remained too weak to boost a fragile economic recovery. French figures on Friday showed the continued health of China’s powerhouse economy is increasingly vital to the world, challenging the mantle of the United States. France’s trade deficit fell more than expected in June as exports hit their highest level in nearly two years helped by higher trade with China. Since a European Union safety net for debt-laden countries was set up in May, fears of a full-blown sovereign debt crisis
have receded, bonds from Spain, Portugal and Greece have sold well and intraEuropean government bond spreads have narrowed. The premium investors demand of Spain on its 10-year bonds versus the equivalent debt of Germany stood at 143 basis points yesterday, down from a peak of around 224 bps in mid-June. European bank stress tests, which threw up no disasters, have added to the improvement in market sentiment. And Greece-the cradle of the debt crisis-won recognition from the IMF and EU on Thursday for its efforts to honor a draconian program of spending cuts, tax hikes and other measures to stabilize public finances. Nonetheless, most economists, and the
ECB, expect a slowdown later this year and not just for countries like Spain. “Signs have increased that the momentum will wane noticeably at the end of the year. Leading indicators suggest the world economy is losing some drive,” said Alexander Koch at Unicredit. The OECD said yesterday its leading indicator for June pointed to a possible peak in growth in developed economies, with the index for the United States turning negative for the first time since February 2009.But talk of a double-dip recession in Europe has all but evaporated. “We consider that we have undoubtedly a recovery where the double-dip is totally out,” Trichet said on Thursday after the ECB left rates at a record-low 1.0 percent. — Reuters
Economy lost 131,000 jobs last month
US companies hire at slow pace for 3rd straight month WASHINGTON: Companies show ed a lack of confidence about hiring for a third straight month in J uly, making it likely the US economy w ill grow more slow ly the rest of the year. The unemployment rate w as unchanged at 9.5 percent. Private employers added a net total of only 71,000 jobs in J uly, far below the roughly 200,000 needed each month to reduce the unemployment rate. Overall, the economy lost a
ATHENS: Ministry staff and journalists are evacuated by security personnel from the Finance Ministry building in Athens on Thursday. Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou had been scheduled to give a news conference immediately after the briefing the IMF, ECB and European Commission, but was forced to postpone for more than an hour and a half due to a bomb scare at the ministry. — AP
IMF to open monitoring office in Athens: Official ATHENS: The International Monetary Fund will soon open a fact-finding office in Athens, where it is already overseeing a crash three-year Greek austerity program, a senior IMF official said yesterday. “An office will operate in Athens in a month to six weeks at the most,” the IMF’s deputy European director Poul Thomsen told To Vima daily. “Its role will be to collect data, analyze it and discuss it with the Greek government,” said Thomsen, who also heads the IMF’s joint team with the European Union and the European Central Bank auditing Greece’s application of reforms undertaken in return for a massive default-saving loan. The joint EU-IMF mission this week completed a two-week audit of Greek finances to determine whether a nine-billion-euro ($11.9-billion) slice of the loan will be released as scheduled next month.A total sum of 110 billion euros over three years was earmarked this year to rescue Greece from bankruptcy. The inspectors said on Thursday that Greece had made “considerable” and “impressive” progress on slashing state spending en route to eliminating a public deficit that last year stood at over four times the allowed EU limit. But they noted that “key challenges” remained ahead of a next release of funds in December, by which time Greece must begin the deregulation of the energy sector which is currently dominated by
state operator PPC. Greek officials must also present proposals on overhauling the ailing state railway group OSE which the mission said is buried under debts of 10 billion euros. The reforms have sparked six general strikes and protests this year which are set to pick up again after the summer lull. Unionists at both the PPC and OSE have pledged to fight against the government’s cost-cutting plans. Yesterday, Thomsen advised Greek authorities to “pick their battles” with unions by focusing on sectors promising immediate relief to the recession-hit economy, such as the important tourism industry. “Undoubtedly there will be vested interests that will react, you need to think smart,” he said. In another interview with Le Monde, Thomsen ruled out the prospect of Greece restructuring its mountain of debt, estimated at about 300 billion euros or 133.2 percent of output this year. “This is not an option for the Greek government, and markets are also in the process of comprehending that this is not the issue. “Greece’s problem is not so much the weight of its debt, but its lack of competitiveness. Its main challenge is to achieve growth, create jobs and become competitive within the euro-zone,” the Dane said. “When Greece completes its structural reforms we will see the weight of this debt lessen considerably,” he said. — AFP
AIG reports Q2 loss of $538m on restructuring NEW YORK: The insurance giant AIG yesterday reported a $538 million loss in the second quarter due to charges related to selling assets to repay the federal government bailout. Its adjusted results excluding the charges beat Wall Street expectations, and its shares rose almost 3 percent in pre-market trading. Its insurance business showed improvement. American International Group Inc, which was rescued by the government during the financial meltdown, said its net loss attributable to common shareholders amounted to $3.96 per share. It had a profit of $311 million, or $2.30 per share, a year ago. The net loss attributable to AIG was a larger $2.66 billion. That is much bigger than the $538 million loss attributed to its shareholders, because it includes the portion that the government is shouldering. The government owns 80 percent of AIG. Removing the charges, AIG earned $1.99 per share, up from $1.71 per share last year. That reflected improved performance in its insurance business, despite heavy claims related to the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion and subsequent
NEW YORK: The AIG logo is shown in New York. The insurance giant AIG reported a $538 million loss in the second quarter yesterday due to charges related to selling assets to repay the federal government bailout. — AP spill, storms and flooding in the US during the quarter and the Icelandic volcano. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, expected profit of 99 cents per share. The company’s overall loss reflected $3.42 billion in charges related to the sale of its American Life Insurance Co. unit, or Alico, and its Nan Shan Life Insurance Co. Both are in the process of being sold to help pay back some of the $180 billion in federal bailout funds the company received in late 2008. The Alico sale to MetLife
Inc should close by the end of the year. The company said in July it will conduct an initial public offering of AIA, its Asian life insurance unit, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, after the sale of the company to Britain’s Prudential PLC fell through. AIG also reported $755 million in interest and other charges on its emergency line of credit from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That was down from $1.4 billion last year, due mainly to a reduction in the balance of the loan, which stood at $26.5 billion on June 30. —AP
The department also revised down its jobs figures for June, saying businesses hired fewer workers than previously estimated. June’s private-sector job gains were lowered to 31,000 from 83,000. May’s were raised slightly to show 51,000 net new jobs, up from 33,000. “There is still a labor market recovery, but it’s a very, very weak one,” said Nigel Gault, chief US economist at IHS Global Insight. The slow pace of hiring will weigh on the recovery, he said, with economic growth in the current quarter likely to come in even lower than the April-toJune quarter’s already weak 2.4 percent. The “underemployment” rate was the same as in June, at 16.5 percent. That includes those working part time who would prefer full-time work and unemployed workers who’ve given up on their job hunts. All told, there were 14.6 million people looking for work in July. That’s roughly double the figure in December 2007, when the recession began. Even if hiring picks up, it will take years to regain all the jobs lost during the recession. The economy lost 8.4 million jobs in 2008 and 2009. This year, private employers have added only 559,000 new hires. Yesterday’s report is being closely watched by the Federal Reserve as it considers ways to energize the recovery. The report could persuade the Fed to take new steps to boost the economy and keep interest rates at record lows when it meets next week. Without more jobs, consumers won’t see the gains in income needed to encourage them to spend more and support economic activity. Even those with jobs may not feel confident enough to ramp up their spending. That’s important because many of the trends driving economic growth earlier in the recovery are fading. Companies boosted production in the winter and spring to rebuild inventories that were depleted in the recession. But that boost won’t last much longer. And the impact of the federal government’s stimulus package is also declining. The US economy grew at 5 percent in the fourth quarter last year and 3.7 percent in the first three months of 2010. But that slowed to 2.4 percent in the April-June period. That’s not fast enough to generate many jobs and reduce the unemployment rate. Many companies appear to be getting more out of their current employees rather than adding new staff. The average work week increased by onetenth of an hour to 34.2 hours, the department said. That’s up from about 33 hours in the depths of the recession. Average hourly pay also rose 4 cents to $22.59, up 1.8 percent from a year earlier. That, along with the increase in hours worked, could provide some boost to spending. The number of temporary jobs fell by 5,600, the first drop after nine months of gains. Employers usually hire temp workers if they need more output but don’t want to hire permanent employees. But “firms aren’t even adding temporary workers right now,” Gault said. —AP
net total of 131,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said yesterda y, mostly beca use 143,000 tempora ry census jobs ended. Investors reacted by selling stock futures and shifted into safer investments such as Treasury bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, w hich helps set interest rates on mortgages and other consumer loans, fell to 2.87 percent from 2.91 percent late Thursday.
DANIA BEACH: Joseph Oeler Jr, 35, of Hollywood, Florida waits in line at a job fair sponsored by National Career Fairs in Dania Beach, Florida. Oeler was the first in line and has been looking for work for three months. — AP
RBS makes Q2 profit of $409m LONDON: Part-nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland said yesterday it made a profit of 257 million pounds ($409 million) in the second quarter, due to large one-time gains, although losses from bad loans increased. Results for RBS, a once-swaggering giant which became the biggest British casualty of the credit crisis, were boosted by gains of 1.05 billion pounds on redemption of own debt and the bank’s participation in the government’s Asset Protection Scheme, a program to help lenders deal with bad loans. In the second quarter a year ago, RBS lost 140 million pounds. The bank’s secondquarter profit also more than reversed the first-quarter loss 248 million pounds, yielding a net profit of 9 million pounds in the first half. Revenue of 7.9 billion pounds was up from 6.8 billion pounds a year ago but down from 8 billion pounds in the first quarter of this year. Chief Executive Stephen Hester proclaimed the bank on the road to recovery, but far from the finish. “The rebuilding of RBS is a marathon and not a sprint,” Hester said, adding that “the economic and regulatory environment has the potential to delay or inhibit progress.” Impairment losses increased from 971 million pounds in the first quarter to 1.1 billion pounds in the second quarter, which RBS attributed to a few single-name impairments in its Global Banking and Markets unit and further deterioration in the commercial property portfolio of its Ulster Bank subsidiary. RBS shares were up 3.1 percent 53.6 pence as trading opened on the London Stock Exchange. Richard Hunter, head of UK equities at Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers, said the share price has gained 60 percent in six months and is above the
theoretical break-even level on the government’s investment. However, “the general market view is that holders of the stock should continue to do so and, secondly, that investors looking to enter the UK banking sector can find better prospects elsewhere in terms of both income and capital growth,” Hunter said. Ian Gordon, analyst at PNB Exane Paribas, said the RBS share price was largely up with events; “Indeed, it appears relatively expensive in comparison to Barclays.” Barclays, which didn’t need a bailout, on Thursday reported a 29 percent rise in first-half profit. The government saved RBS from collapse during the credit crisis, and holds 68 percent of the ordinary shares. Revenues for
Global Banking & Markets, the investment banking unit, were down 31 percent compared to the first quarter as the sovereign debt crisis unsettled the market. Operating profit of 2.5 billion in the first half was 44 percent below a year ago. RBS has cut employment numbers by more than 22,000 as it restructures. The bank shed 20 billion pounds of assets in the second quarter. Earlier this week it announced it had agreed to sell 318 branches to Banco Santander, which will earn RBS 350 million pounds when the deal is completed late next year. On Thursday, RBS said it had agreed with Aviva PLC on a new distribution arrangement for insurance products, and it booked a loss of 235 million pounds in the sec-
ond quarter for the termination of the existing joint venture. On Tuesday, the Financial Services Authority fined RBS, and its subsidiaries NatWest, Ulster Bank and Coutts & Co, 5.6 million pounds for having inadequate controls to prevent breaches of sanctions against terrorist groups and others listed by the government. Yesterday, RBS disclosed that the FSA is investigating sales by Coutts & Co of investments in a fund run by American Life Insurance Co between 2001 and 2008, when it was a unit of bailed-out US insurer AIG. AIG sold ALICO to MetLife in March. The FSA confirmed that it was investigating, but it and the bank gave no details of the issues being probed. — AP
India Tata chief successor to be chosen by March MUMBAI: India’s Tata Group says a successor to replace veteran Ratan Tata as head of the sprawling industrial conglomerate should be announced by March. The group’s holding company, Tata Sons, formed a five-member panel earlier in the week to select a successor to run the group, which has annual sales of $71 billion and 98 companies in its fold. “We are working on this and will finalize something by February-March next. We will announce the name by then,” the Press Trust of Indian quoted Tata Sons director R K Krishna Kumar as saying in Mumbai late Thursday. He said the successor would be chosen far ahead of Ratan Tata’s retirement to ensure a smooth transition at the group which embraces India’s biggest outsourcing company, largest vehicle maker and a leading steelmaker. Slated to step down by the end of 2012 when he turns 75, Ratan Tata spearheaded the group’s international drive since taking over as chairman in 1991, buying such famous names as British luxury cars Jaguar and Land Rover.
Tata also garnered headlines as the driving force behind the creation of the Podlike Nano, billed as the world’s cheapest “people’s” car. There has been widespread speculation over whether the top job will remain within the Tata founding family or go to an external candidate. Ratan Tata, who was present at the shareholders’ meeting, said: “We will be working rigorously for the next six to seven months on this.” Announcement of the panel search came days after the promotion of Noel Tata, Ratan Tata’s 53-year-old half-brother, to head Tata Group’s international operations. The move fuelled talk that Noel Tata, who is also son-in-law of Pallonji Mistry, the biggest single shareholder in Tata Sons, the group’s holding company, may be chosen to lead the group. Besides Noel Tata, other names bandied as potential successors include Arun Sarin, former chairman of British mobile phone giant Vodafone, and Nuslia Wadia, chairman of textiles giant Bombay Dying. —AFP
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Watchers fear Google compromise on ‘net neutrality’ SAN FRANCISCO: Online freedom advocates feared that Google is changing allegiance in the battle to stop Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to those that pay. The concerns surfaced amid reports by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal that Google and Verizon are crafting a deal in which online traffic such as data-rich video from YouTube would move faster, for a fee. Such an arrangement would be a major blow to the campaign for “net neutrality” in which no content is given priority treatment online. “The New York Times is quite simply wrong,” Google spokeswoman Mistique Cano said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. “We have not had any conversations with Verizon about paying for carriage of Google or YouTube traffic. We remain as committed as we always have been to an open Internet.” Google has long championed net neutrality, which has also been a priority for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Talks with Verizon to establish tiered pricing for Internet data traffic would be seen as a reversal of position. Verizon issued a softer denial, hinting that it was collaborating with Google but that their intentions were honorable. “Our goal is an Internet policy framework
PARIS: The spokesman of Google’s European advertising, Ben Novick poses at the Google’s Paris office. Google shook up its lucrative online advertising service, saying it would allow sellers to register other companies’ brand names as search “keywords” when shopping on the Internet. — AFP that ensures openness and accountability, and incorporates specific FCC authority while maintaining investment and innovation,” Verizon spokesman David Fish said in
a blog post. “To suggest this is a business arrangement between our companies is entirely incorrect.”
Internet and telecom giants had been meeting with FCC officials regarding a net neutrality strategy. The FCC on Thursday called off further
meetings, saying that while productive, the talks have “not generated a robust framework to preserve the openness and freedom of the Internet.” “It is a huge issue, because at the end of the day there is only so much spectrum out there and it is only going to carry so much,” said Internet analyst Michael Gartenberg, a partner at Altimeter Group. “It is a fuzzy situation, but it underscores the tensions that are going on.” One of three proposals put forward by FCC chairman Julius Genachowski calls for broadband Internet service to be reclassified as a telecommunications service. That would force Internet service providers (ISPs) to adhere to the same strict fairness rules for consumer access as apply to telephone companies. “Any outcome, any deal that doesn’t preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs will be unacceptable,” Genachowski said during a press conference after an FCC meeting. In April, a US appeals court dealt a major setback to the FCC’s efforts to force ISPs to treat all Web traffic equally. The court ruled in favor of broadband provider Comcast Corp. in a case seen as a test of the FCC’s authority to enforce net neutrality. Net neutrality would prevent ISPs, for example, from blocking or slowing band-
width-hogging Web traffic such as streaming video that put a strain on their networks or from charging different rates to users. The court ruled that the FCC had not been granted the legal authority by Congress to regulate the network management practices of ISPs. Nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog portrayed any compromise by Google on net neutrality as a betrayal. “Apparently Google redefines principles to suit the business need of the moment,” said John Simpson, a consumer advocate with the group. “What Google and Verizon are trying to do is carve up the Internet behind closed doors for their own benefit.” The Eastern chapter of the Writers Guild of America also came out against the purported collaboration between Google and Verizon, saying that paying for online speed would cripple the ability of small players to compete. The guild represents people who write, edit, or produce content for online television, film, or radio shows. A deal between Google and Verizon to pay for faster Internet routing would become a standard that other telecom giants would eagerly embrace, critics predicted. “The world’s biggest media companies want to define how people will get content over the Internet,” said Writers guild executive director Lowell Peterson. — AFP
Unicom to finally roll out iPhone with WiFi
Apple in talks to buy Chinese game developer Handseeing
This product image provided by DISH Network L.L.C, shows an Apple iPad using the Remote Access app. Dish Network Corp. is planning to offer the feature on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and BlackBerry devices in September and on phones using Google Inc.’s Android system in October. — AP
BEIJING: US computer giant Apple is in negotiations to buy Chinese Internet game developer Handseeing Information Technology, a top executive with the Chinese firm said yesterday. “We are indeed in talks,” Handseeing’s deputy general manager Tian Bo told AFP, adding discussions had been going on for “a certain period of time”. When asked when the negotiations could end, he said he hoped some kind of “incremental” announcement would come in September. In response to a question about speculation that the US company could pay 150 million dollars for Handseeing, Tian refused to speculate, only saying jokingly: “The higher, the better.” Tian told the state Xinhua news agency that if successful, it would be Apple’s first acquisition in China, but added that other foreign firms had shown interest in investing in Handseeing. Calls to an Apple spokeswoman in Beijing went unanswered. The news comes as Apple, based in Cupertino, California, makes a concerted push into China, a huge market where it has struggled to gain a major foothold, with the opening last month of a dazzling flagship store in Shanghai. The company, which opened its first China store in Beijing in 2008, says it plans to open 25 additional stores on the
mainland by the end of next year. Apple’s iPhone has been legally available only via China Unicom, the country’s second-largest mobile operator, but sales were initially sluggish as the price was much higher than for those sold on the grey market. Unicom has since offered lowerpriced package deals. Another reason has been that previous rules required Apple to disable the Wi-fi function in phones sold on the mainland, making them less attractive to increasingly Internet-savvy consumers in China. But Unicom said Friday that it would put Wi-fi-equipped iPhones on the market in China-the world’s largest mobile market with more than 800 million users-next week. Apple’s net profit rose 78 percent to 3.25 billion dollars in the fiscal third quarter which ended on June 26, and revenue increased to a record 15.7 billion dollars, from 9.73 billion dollars a year ago. Those figures were in part due to strong sales of the newly released iPad tablet computer, which is not yet officially available in China. China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile operator, said in May that it was interested in selling the iPad. Handseeing, founded in 2005, is based in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu. It specialises in online gaming applications. — AFP
Another Foxconn worker falls to her death in China BEIJING: A female worker at Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn died in eastern China after falling from a dormitory building, the company said yesterday. The 22-year-old woman, who died late Wednesday, was an employee at a packaging department in Foxconn’s Kunshan plant in eastern Jiangsu province, it said. The company said it is working with local authorities to investigate the incident.
Q&A LONDON: My parents, both in their late 70s, want to get online. I think they’ll only need a browser, ideally with Flash support. Is there some kind of set-top box PC that they could use through their TV that might avoid the worst of trojans/viruses etc? Or is there a better solution? This is a market that a lot of companies have tried to crack since WebTV was launched in 1996 with internet-enabled settop boxes from Philips and Sony. So far, none of them has been successful. Google plans to make the next attempt with Google TV, and it will support Adobe Flash. Sony has agreed to make Google TV sets while Logitech will make set-top boxes that can be used with existing TV sets. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know when systems will be launched, when they might reach the UK, how well they might work, or how much they will cost. Under the circumstances, there’s no point in waiting. Of course, there are some very small Windows PCs that can be used with TV sets. The leading examples include the Acer Aspire Revo and the Asus Eee Box, which can be clipped to the back of a TV set.
Foxconn, which assembles Apple’s iPhone and other well-known products, has seen a series of suicides in its Chinese plants this year that has put the spotlight on conditions for millions of factory workers in the “workshop of the world”. A total of 13 Chinese employees have committed suicide this year at Foxconn plants and an affiliate by jumping from buildings, including 10 in the southern city of Shenzhen. It was unclear whether the latest death was
also suicide. Labour rights activists have blamed suicides at Foxconn-the world’s largest maker of computer components and a supplier to leading brands such as Dell and Nokia-on tough working conditions in its factories. But company founder Terry Gou has said none of the suicides was directly work-related and that he was cleared by Chinese authorities of any wrongdoing in the period leading up to the suicides. — AFP
LONDON: Apple iPads are seen on a shelf in the company’s new Covent Garden store in central London on August 5. Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple Inc, Ron Johnson, announced the store will stock more iPads than any of its other stores around the world. — AFP
Apple chooses London to open biggest store in the world LONDON: Brushed steel, glass stairs, oak tables - the latest Apple retail store in London’s Covent Garden has everything you’d expect from the company. Due to open today, it will be Apple’s 300th store and its biggest yet, but the highprofile opening is also a welcome distraction from the recent launch of its misfiring iPhone 4. While Apple promised the new store would stock more iPhones than any shop in the world, it would not say whether the elusive white version would be available, which is widely expected to be released later this year with an improved antenna to cure the much-publicised fault, in which the devices lose their signal if held in a certain way. Apple cannot afford any more setbacks in the competitive smartphone space where, according to Nielsen, Google’s Android phones have been steadily gaining market share and account for 27% of the market. Before the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple had a 23% share, Nielsen found. Senior Screen Digest analyst Dan Cryan said that trouble was brewing for Apple in the smartphone market, where Google is aggressively pushing its Android operating system for mobiles and tablet devices. “The future is not without its challenges for Apple,” he said. “The rise of Android is set to pose a challenge to both the iPad and iPhone lines and Apple has yet to sink its teeth into the ‘cloud’. There is scope for improvement.” Apple’s retail strategy relies on filling its chic, spacious stores with attractive devices. The first retail outlet opened 10 years ago in Virginia, and Apple now has stores from China to Switzerland, from the iconic glass cube on New York’s Fifth Avenue to the Louvre in Paris. Later this summer, new shops will open in Chicago, Paris and Shanghai, the latter featuring the largest pieces of curved glass ever manufactured. Each store is overseen by Ron Johnson, Apple’s senior vice-president for retail. He said it would have more space
for children, training, small business services and kit in stock than any of its other stores in the world. Apart from two small outlets in Westfield and Brent Cross, the often chaotic and crowded Regent Street store has served central London until now. Retail analysts Verdict estimate that despite the spacious layout the Regent Street shop has the highest sales density of any retailer in London, generating an average £2,000 per square foot. Consumer electronics firm Dixons generates £536 and TopShop’s flagship store at Oxford Circus £1,000. “For most people, what they call flagship stores, it’s just for the brand and doesn’t make money,” said Johnson. “It was a big bet to come to Regent Street and open a store like that, and it worked.” Verdict’s consulting director, Neil Saunders, said the combination of higher-end products, avoiding third-party dealerships and choosing high footfall locations had been key to Apple’s retail success. “It has a brand people are evangelical about,” he said. “Apple is a better retailer than most because it understands brand management, that retail is about selling aspirations and dreams and not just lumping products on a shelf.” Not for the first time, Apple defied the analysts who predicted its retail strategy would fail because it went against the prevailing market trend. After 10 years, arch-rival Microsoft has just four retail stores in the US, while Apple has 28 in the UK alone. Retail accounted for 16.4% of Apple’s revenue in the second quarter of 2010, up 78% from the previous year to $2.58bn. Johnson’s interpretation of the Covent Garden project was to create a big, spacious retail space to embody the Apple brand. But without great products Apple has no retail strategy, so Johnson had better hope Apple can continue to keep its edge. — Guardian
A PC to get ageing parents online However, I really don’t think a TV set is the best choice for web surfing. You need to be close to the screen to read the web and much further away to watch broadcast TV. This problem is being solved by the introduction of WiDi notebooks, where WiDi is a “wireless display”. In other words, the notebook uses Wi-Fi to transmit to a separate TV screen. An early example is the Lenovo ThinkPad X201i, which has just been launched in Taiwan. Apple’s iPad might be an option, but it doesn’t support Abode Flash and it’s very expensive for what you get. This suggests, as an alternative, a similar media tablet running the Google Android operating system ... but you can’t buy one of those either. You could perhaps show your parents one of the larger smartphones running Android 2.2, which supports Flash 10.1. If they really like it, it might be worth waiting until Android tablets appear. There are real advantages to having a proper keyboard, especially for writing emails and playing casual games online, so the obvious alternative is a netbook or a laptop with a larger screen. A portable PC with a 15.6-inch screen will would be easi-
Intel’s WiDi wireless display system, based on Wi-Fi, enables a notebook PC to use a TV set as a remote screen. er to read, and you can get one running Windows 7 for about £300. A MacBook would cost a lot more, but it depends how
much you are willing to spend. If Windows sounds too risky, then the Jolicloud version of Linux looks like a good
option; it’s based on Ubuntu Netbook Remix. You could see how your parents might get on with Linux by running Ubuntu or a slimline version of Linux (Puppy, etc) from a USB thumbdrive. There’s also Thinstation. I have not tried it, but its website says: “Thinstation supports a Microsoft Windows-only environment and requires no Unix/Linux knowledge.” Some Windows netbooks and laptops come with thin versions of Linux built in. For example, Asus fits some of its machines with ExpressGate, which is a version of Splashtop. That gets you into a browser in a few seconds without booting Windows, and it also supports Skype. However, I suspect your parents would ultimately prefer to run Windows, mainly because such a lot of online content targets Windows machines. So, of course, do almost all viruses, but there are several ways of dealing with that. Companies typically control what Windows users can do by giving them limited accounts and locking everything down using Group Policies. But it might be better to assume that everything will go wrong and just deal with it.
Some cybercafes, schools, public libraries and even a few home users do this by running Microsoft’s free SteadyState 2.5 software. This protects the hard drive and limits what users can do, but it doesn’t matter much, because rebooting the PC returns it to the state it was in before. The drawback is that it only supports Windows XP and Vista, not Windows 7. (Microsoft had other plans for Windows 7, and failed to deliver.) One alternative would be Returnil, which loads a copy of Windows in a “virtual PC”. Again, it doesn’t matter if the user messes it up. When the PC is restarted, the old virtual PC is thrown away and Returnil just loads a new one. There is a Home Free version of Returnil but Home Lux ($39.95) is better. There are also Enterprise versions for business use. Another option is Comodo Time Machine. There have been “roll back” programs for Windows for at least a decade, but this one’s free. And if you do go for Windows, set it up so that you can log on and fix it remotely, or install one of the third-party alternatives. — Guardian
HEALTH & SCIENCE
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Dispersants not expected to get into flesh of seafood Scientists say EPA tests only show short-term effects HOUSTON: Oil from BP Plc’s blown-out well has stopped flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and so far there is little sign of the 1.8 million gallons of dispersants used to combat the oil slick. But experts say very little is known about what their long-term effects might be, either on the creatures living in the Gulf of Mexico or the people who eat them. Test results released by the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday showed that Corexit 9500, the main dispersant used, is less toxic to some sensitive species of sea life than Louisiana sweet crude oil and that oil and dispersant mixture is no more toxic than oil by itself. And the dispersants themselves have not been found in any nearshore species of fish, and would be unlikely to pose a health risk in seafood, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
“The constituents of dispersants are highly unlikely to get into the flesh of the fish,” said the FDA’s Don Kraemer. However, a panel of scientists testifying at a Senate hearing on Wednesday cautioned that the long term effects of dispersants, particularly on deep sea life, are largely unknown. “A massive ecotoxicological experiment is underway,” Ronald Kendall, director of the Environment and Human Health Institute at Texas Tech University, told the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Oversight. The panel largely agreed the EPA tests left large gaps in knowledge about how dispersants might affect animals in the long term. While the chemicals may not accumulate in the flesh of fish, they might interact with chemicals from the oil that can build up in sea life
higher on the food chain. For instance, dispersants might prevent bacteria from breaking down cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, said Richard Denison, a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund. Little is known about how dispersants could affect PAHs, said Kraemer. “There is some literature out there and frankly it’s very sketchy,” Kraemer said in a telephone interview. Current seafood testing will find whatever PAHs do get into seafood, he said. So far the levels of PAHs that have been found are far below levels considered dangerous by the FDA. The experts recommended more extensive toxicity testing for dispersants before they are approved for use. “I look at the dispersants and right now there’s very limited
information to a point where we can’t even evaluate the potential environmental toxicology,” Kendall said. Denison said there is nothing new about having experts say they know little about the effects of dispersants on oil spills. Studies as early as 1989 from the National Academy of Sciences identified a lack of knowledge and need for research. Denison said there are often calls for better research after a major oil spill. “Those calls have often resulted in a little spurt of money being put in and drying up once the interest in the spill disappears,” he said. Studies started after the 1979 Ixtoc oil well blew out off the coast of Mexico failed to come to any conclusions, expert say. Last week Congress said BP used more dispersants to battle the spill than the EPA had directed. — Reuters
GALLIANO: In this Aug. 5, 2010 picture, Zack Wilkerson walks with his fishing pole near Bayou Lafourche in Galliano, La. Summers used to be filled with trips to the beach less than an hour away at Grand Isle, but the oil has kept the Wilkersons—and many others-from the sand and surf. The Children’s Health Fund survey found nearly 85 percent of parents along the Gulf have stayed away from the water because of the spill. — AP
HEALTH & SCIENCE
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Prayer heals when it’s close-up and personal: Study impaired people recruited at meetings of Pentecostal Christian groups in Mozambican villages and towns. The study participants were tested with a handheld audiometer or vision charts, depending on their impairment, before and after they took part in a prayer session. “There was a highly significant improvement in hearing across 18 ears of 11 subjects” and “significant visual improvements,” says the study, which will be published next month in the peer-reviewed Southern Medical Journal. Two of the hard-of-hearing study participants were able to hear sounds 50 decibels lower after the prayer session and three of the visually impaired subjects saw their vision improve from 20/400 or worse to 20/80 or better. The study focused on the clinical effects of prayer
WASHINGTON: Prayer heals when it’s close-up and personal, according to a study carried out in Mozambique by doctors, scientists and a religion professor. It’s not just any kind of prayer, but “proximal intercessory prayer,” or PIP-when one or more people pray for someone in that person’s presence and often with physical contact-that was found to help heal some patients with hearing and visual problems. A team of medical doctors and scientists led by Indiana University professor of religion Candy Gunther Brown found in the study, conducted in rural Mozambique, that prayer brought “highly significant” improvements to hearing-impaired participants and significant changes to the visually impaired. They studied 14 hard-of-hearing and 11 visually-
and did not attempt to explain how or why some participants saw such remarkable improvements. “This study shows that in some instances there are measurable effects that can be demonstrated using clinical studies,” Brown, whose interest in the study was to explore spiritual healing practices, told AFP. “Much more needs to be found out about why these effects are noticed, what are the mechanisms, are there structural changes involved,” she said. The Pentacostals typically spent between one and 15 minutes administering PIP, but some spent an hour or more with a patient. “They placed their hands on the recipient’s head and sometimes embraced the person in a hug” while praying softly out loud, according to the study. The study focused on hearing and visual condi-
tions because they allow improvements to be objectively and easily measured, and are less susceptible to perceived or psychosomatic improvement than conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Rural areas in Mozambique were chosen for the study because eyeglasses and hearing aids were not readily available there and Pentecostal groups who specialize in healing prayers were active there. Brown and colleagues urged more studies “to assess whether PIP may be a useful adjunct to standard medical care for certain patients,” especially in countries with limited care options. “The implications are potentially vast given World Health Organization estimates that 278 million people, 80 percent of whom live in developing countries, have moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears and 314 million people are visually
impaired,” the study says. In an editorial accompanying the study, Harvard Medical School professor John Peteet wondered what physicians would make of the study and urged scientists to “rigorously question any purported mysterious healing.” He also points out that while the study’s authors are not asking “readers directly to consider a supernatural explanation for these unexplained findings nor asserting that they are predictable, their report challenges the world view of readers who rule out the supernatural or relegate it to another time.” Peteet said common ground between scienceminded physicians and spiritual prayer-givers was available, namely that both have “foundational commitments to healing whenever it is possible and to meaningful acceptance when it is not.” — AFP
Vaccines prevented nearly half of severe cases
Rotavirus vaccines save poorest children: Reports WASHINGTON: Trials in Asia and Africa show rotavirus vaccines can save the lives of even the poorest young children and programs should begin to vaccinate as many as possible, researchers reported recently. The vaccines prevented betw een 39 percent and 48 percent of infections in some of the poorest countries in the w orld, w here more than 400,000 children die from Rotavirus vaccines made by GlaxoSmithKline and Merck and Sanofi Aventis are now part of the regular schedule for infants in the United States and other developed countries. The two studies show they would also be effective in places without sure supplies of clean water or medical care, where diarrhea is one of the major killers of young children. Victor’s team tested Merck’s RotaTeq vaccine in the rural area of Matlab in Bangladesh and urban and semi-urban parts of Vietnam. About 2,000 babies aged one to three months got either three oral doses of the vaccine or placebo. After two years, 38 vaccinated babies got severe rotavirus infections, compared to 71 babies that got placebo, making the vaccine 48 percent effective against severe disease. “Our main goal is to prevent the most severe disease that might lead to death in areas where treatment
rotavirus every year. They urged the governments of developing nations to make the vaccines a priority. “Rotavirus vaccines have the potential to protect the lives of nearly 2 million children in the next decade alone,” Dr. J ohn Victor of the Seattle-based PATH non-profit development organization and colleagues w rote in one of tw o reports in the Lancet medical journal.
is inaccessible,” Victor said in a statement. Dr. George Armah of the University of Ghana, along with colleagues at PATH and elsewhere, tested RotaTeq in 5,400 children in Ghana, Kenya, and Mali. There, the vaccine was 39 percent effective in preventing severe disease, and 64 percent effective in babies a year old or younger. “In Africa, where young children are dying from diarrheal disease and prompt medical care is often out of reach, the need to prevent rotavirus is especially urgent,” they wrote. Rotavirus vaccination, along with programs that are about to start to vaccinate children against the most common causes of meningitis, pneumonia and other bacterial infections, “could instigate a new era of reduction of childhood disease and mortality,” they wrote. Dr. Anthony Nelson of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Dr Roger Glass of the U.S. National Institutes of Health said cost was a major issue.
“Reassuring governments in low-income countries that they will be able to purchase vaccine at a reasonable price, when support from the GAVI Alliance ends, will be the quickest way to encourage their introduction and to establish whether these vaccines will stand alongside smallpox, measles, and poliomyelitis vaccines in their public health benefits,��� they wrote in a commentary. The Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization or GAVI brokered an Advance Market Commitment agreement in March under which Pfizer and Glaxo signed a 10-year deal to supply 60 million doses a year of cut-price pneumococcal vaccines to developing nations. Experts hope it could pave the way for future deals on rotavirus vaccines and an experimental treatment against malaria. GAVI says it needs to raise a further $1.5 billion over the next 5 years to ensure the program is fully funded. — Reuters
Iron-eliminating protein key factor in breast cancer
LONDON: Men wearing face masks of British Prime Minister David Cameron demonstrate to call for a ban on the cloning of cattle for human consumption, in Trafalgar Square, London, yesterday. Food safety officials said Wednesday, Aug. 4 they are investigating how a bull from the embryo of a cloned US cow came to be slaughtered and eaten in Britain, where farmers must apply to sell such meat. — AP
Clue found to why swine flu spread in people HONG KONG: The H1N1 swine flu virus underwent a mutation and used a new trick to spread efficiently in people, another signal to help experts predict whether a flu virus can cause a pandemic, researchers said yesterday. The H1N1 swine flu virus was first identified in people in April 2009 but genetic research later suggested it had in fact been circulating for at least a decade and probably longer in pigs. “This pandemic H1N1 (virus) has this mutation and is why it can replicate so well in humans,” wrote Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Tokyo, who co-authored the paper. “This gives us another marker to help predict the possibility of future flu pandemics.” Typically, a flu virus needs two amino acidslysine and asparagines-on specific sites on its structure before it can jump from animals to people and multiply efficiently in human cells. But the H1N1 remained a puzzle for scientists because they could not find the amino acids in those two locations. In an experiment with mice, Kawaoka and colleagues discovered the lysine amino acid was residing instead in a completely different position, but it allowed the virus to be just as effective in adapting to human cells. The World Health Organisation said early in June the H1N1 pandemic was not yet over, although its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world. Children and people with underlying conditions that weaken the immune system such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease and pregnancy have been the hardest hit. — Reuters
After miscarriage, best to try again soon: Study PARIS: Women who conceive within six months after a miscarriage have a better chance of a healthy pregnancy without complications compared to women who wait longer, according to a study released yesterday. They are less likely to have another miscarriage, and are also less likely to experience a caesarean section, deliver prematurely or have low-birth weight babies, the study showed. The findings, published in the British Medical Journal, are likely to be controversial. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that women who experience a miscarriage should wait at least six months before getting pregnant again, and other medical authorities suggest holding off even longer. To get a clearer picture, researchers led by Sohinee Bhattacharya at the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital in Scotland reviewed the medical histories of more than 30,000 women in Scotland who had a miscarriage in their first pregnancy and then became pregnant again between 1981 and 2000. “Our research shows that women who conceive within six months of an initial miscarriage have the best reproductive outcomes and the lowest complication rates in a subsequent pregnancy,” they concluded. “It is unnecessary for women
to delay conception after a miscarriage.” The results held true even though the women who conceived within half-a-year were, on average, two years older than the women who waited at least 24 months. Differences in socioeconomic level did not affect the outcome. The study pointed out that delays in getting pregnant were perhaps more of a issue in wealthy societies, where women often choose to wait until they are older to have children. “Women over 35 are more likely to experience difficulties in conceiving and women aged 40 have a 30 percent chance of miscarriage, which rises to 50 percent in those aged 45 or more,” the study noted. An earlier study of more than 250,000 Latin American women found that an interval of six months or less between pregnancies was linked to a higher risk for the mother and the late-stage foetus or newborn, including maternal anaemia, low birth weight and premature delivery in the next pregnancy. But the study-the basis for the WHO recommendations-did not distinguish between induced abortions and miscarriages, which could have affected the findings, Bhattacharya said. On average, approximately one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage before the 24th week. — AFP
WASHINGTON: A protein that eliminates iron from cells could be used to slow the growth of cancerous tumors, to treat breast cancer, and to predict the outcome for breast cancer patients, a study published found. Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina found that levels of ferroportin-a protein that exports iron from cells-are strikingly lower in breast tumors than in normal tissue. The lack of ferroportin results in a build-up of iron, which allows a tumor to grow and perhaps become more aggressive, Suzy Torti, an associate professor of biochemistry at Wake Forest Baptist and one of the lead investigators on the study published in Science Translational Medicine, said. When the researchers restored ferroportin levels to normal in human breast tumors in mice, the tumors grew more slowly. “Because ferroportin can remove iron from the cell, when we put the protein back into the cell, the ferroportin removed the cancer’s growth stimulus,” said Torti. “Our findings suggest that ferroportin is a substantial influence on the behavior of the cancer,” she said. Patients should not, however, change the amount of iron in their diets, she stressed, because the study was focused on cellular, not dietary iron. The researchers also looked at data on more than 800 women with breast cancer to see if they could find a link between ferroportin levels and long-term outcomes for cancer. They found that low ferroportin levels were a strong predictor of a poor outcome for women with breast cancer and that ferroportin levels were lowest in the most aggressive areas of cancer. But they also had good news: high levels of ferroportin predicted a 90-percent chance that a woman would be a long-term cancer survivor. “Using ferroportin as a marker for iron regulation may be a useful tool in breast cancer prognosis and may even help direct therapy,” the study said. “In the future, manipulating levels of ferroportin or proteins that affect levels of ferroportin may prove to be an effective breast cancer treatment,” it said. — AFP
Food sources of vitamin D include milk, breakfast cereals and orange juice fortified with vitamin D, as well as some fatty fish, like salmon and mackerel.
Vitamin D may help keep colds away in winter NEW YORK: If you can’t get a dose of sunshine then a daily vitamin D supplement could help ward off colds during winter, according to a small Finnish study. Researchers have been interested in whether the vitamin might play a role in people’s susceptibility to colds, flu and other respiratory infections as these illnesses rise during winter when people get little exposure to sunlight. The body naturally synthesizes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Researcher Dr. Ilkka Laaksi of the University of Tampere in Finland said some past studies found people with relatively lower vitamin D levels in their blood tended to have higher rates of respiratory infections than those with higher levels of the vitamin. Laaksi said along with that evidence, recent lab research had shown that vitamin D may play an important role in the body’s immune defenses against respiratory pathogens. “However there is a lack of clinical studies of the effect of vitamin D supplementation for preventing respiratory infections,” he told Reuters Health. For the latest study, Laaksi’s team randomly assigned 164 male military recruits to take either 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D or inactive placebo pills every day for six months from October to March, the months when people’s vitamin D stores typically decline and when respiratory infections peak. After six momths, the researchers found no
clear difference between the two groups in the average number of days missed from duty due to a respiratory infection which included bronchitis, sinus infections, pneumonia, ear infections and sore throat. On average, men who took vitamin D missed about two days from duty because of a respiratory infection, compared with three days in the placebo group. That difference was not significant in statistical terms. But men in the vitamin D group were more likely to have no days missed from work due to a respiratory illness. Overall, 51 percent remained “healthy” throughout the study cmpared to 36 percent of the placebo group, the researchers reported in the Journal of Infectious Diseases (http://link.reuters.com/dan53n). Laaksi said the findings offer some evidence of a benefit from vitamin D against respiratory infections but the extent of the benefit was not clear. While recruits in the vitamin group were more likely to have no days missed from duty, they were no less likely to report having cold-like symptoms at some point during the study period. Laaksi said larger clinical trials looking at different doses of vitamin D are still needed before the vitamin can be recommended for curbing the risk of respiratory infections. Food sources of vitamin D include milk, breakfast cereals and orange juice fortified with vitamin D, as well as some fatty fish, like salmon and mackerel. — Reuters
MEXICO CITY: A woman holds up a sign that reads in Spanish “Freedom for women imprisoned for abortion” during a demonstration in favor of the legalization of abortion in Mexico City, Aug 5. The legislation regarding abortion varies in Mexico’s 32 separate jurisdictions. While in Mexico City it is legal before the fourth month of pregnancy, some states continue to treat abortion as a criminal offence. — AP
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oth the ‘California Gurls’ singer’s parents Keith and Mary Hudson are Christian pastors and it wasn’t unusual for Katy to hear her mother and father talk in the ‘spiritual language’ which usually involves a Christian believer talking uncontrollably in non decipherable words. She told Rolling Stone magazine: “Speaking in tongues is as normal to me as,
he ‘Edge of Darkness’ star is currently being investigated by police following allegations he attacked ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during a violent row, and has sought help from top hypnotist Rick Collingwood in a bid to deal with the fall-out. Rick - founder of The Australian Academy of Hypnosis - flew in from Perth, Australia, to Mel’s Los Angeles mansion to start the 10-day course and was impressed with his client’s behavior. He said: “I gave him a few sessions to help him with the stress he is obviously experiencing at the moment. “I must say that he is a far nicer person that what is being portrayed presently in the media. It will be interesting to see the results when all of the truths are revealed during the ongoing legal saga.” However, Rick refused to reveal exactly what treatment Mel received, telling RadarOnline.com: “The nature of the therapy is of course confidential, but it does show that they were both reaching out for help. “Hypnosis can be used very effectively as a therapy for anything that is the human condition, to change behavior and habits - and also for self improvement.” Russian singer Oksana - who has a nine-month-old daughter Lucia with Mel - has claimed the 54-year-old actor hit her in the face, breaking her teeth, and threatened to kill her during the alleged attacked on January 6. Mel has denied this.
Megan Fox is new face of Armani Cosmetics he stunning actress - who has previously advertised for Emporio Armani underwear and Armani Jeans - will appear in the advertising campaign for the brand later this year and says she was thrilled to be asked. She said: “Mr Armani is an iconic visionary for all things fashion. I’m honored to be associated with him and part of this campaign.” The 24-year-old beauty was chosen by the designer because of her striking good looks and engaging personality. A spokeswoman said: “Megan embodies the spirit of the women of today: free, confident and seductive. Her beautiful features reveal femininity, sensuality and strength.” The beauty campaign was photographed by Craig McDean, with make-up by Linda Cantello. Earlier this year, Megan lived up to her reputation by wearing a custom-designed red silk Giorgio Armani Privie mini-dress at the Los Angeles premiere of new movie ‘Jonah Hex’. An onlooker said: “Megan looked superhot and really was the star of the show. No wonder she has so many male fans all over the world - that Brian Austin Green is one lucky guy!”
‘Pass the salt.’ “A lot of religions use meditation or chanting. It’s a secret, direct prayer language to God. My dad speaks in tongues and my mom interprets it. That’s their gift.” Katy and her brother and sister had a very religious upbringing which involved them being banned from saying seemingly harmless everyday words. The 25-year-old pop star - who is engaged to
he 42-year-old actress - who is the face of French cosmetic company Lancome - doesn’t want the wrinkle-smoothing injections which can leave people with frozenlooking faces because she wants her children to be able to understand her expressions. Julia - who has three kids, five-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and son Henry, three, with her cameraman husband Daniel Moder - told Elle magazine: “It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as an older person. “I want to have some idea of what I’ll look like before I start cleaning the slates. I want my kids to know when I’m angry, when I’m happy, and when I’m confounded. Your face tells a story and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.” The Hollywood star has also revealed George Clooney played a series of schoolboy pranks on her while filming ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ and ‘Ocean’s Twelve’. She also confessed the other actors - which included Brad Pitt and Matt Damon - broke into each others’ rooms to take obscene photos on each others’ cameras. She said: “Those boys! I was the only girl there. One day George Clooney put these giant potted trees in front of my door so that I couldn’t get out to work. I pride myself on being punctual! “You didn’t want to leave your camera lying around, either. People were breaking into each other’s rooms, taking them, and let’s just say you didn’t want your mom picking up your photos at Walgreens! Photos of unidentifiable body parts!”
Julia Roberts refuses to get Botox done
Pamela Anderson adopts two mutts
he Girls Aloud beauty has decided to end her relationship with NFL player Jason Bell - who she has been dating since the summer of 2008 because it wasn’t going anywhere. A friend of the singer - who now lives in Los Angeles - revealed: “Nadine was the one who decided it wasn’t working. They were together for two years but there was no marriage on the horizon. It’s all very amicable and they will remain
friends. But relationships are all about taking steps and making commitments and they weren’t moving to the next step.” It doesn’t seem Nadine, 25, will have long to dwell on her decision to separate from 32-year-old Jason, because she is completely focused on completing her debut solo LP. The pal added to the Daly Star newspaper: “Now she’s putting all her energies into making her solo album. It will blow people away. “She’s really thrilled with the results. It will prove once and for all what an amazing talent she has.” Nadine’s future with Girls Aloud is uncertain at present following reports her bandmates - Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole - are planning to reunite without her. The group have been on a self-imposed hiatus to work on individual projects, but the other four girls are now keen to get back together with or without Nadine.
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Tom Cruise gets fashion advice from Suri
he ‘Knight and Day’ actor lets Suri - his child with wife Katie Holmes - select his outfits each day, which she carefully lays out for him to inspect. He explained: “Suri will think about it and she’ll lay out the clothes and be very creative and know what looks good. “She even picks out clothes for me to wear. She picks the shirt and the shoes, lays them out very kindly and sweetly. She’s generous like that.” Tom who has adopted kids Isabella, 17, and 15-year-old Conor with ex-wife Nicole Kidman - and Katie take a relaxed approach to dressing Suri and let her choose her own outfits. Tom added: “She dresses herself. And it’s the funniest thing because I’ve been a parent long enough to know that when a child is four, if they want to wear something, no matter what it is, you go for it. ‘Pink and purple and orange? Great -you dressed yourself!’ If they want to stay in their pajamas all day let them, they’re four years old.” — Bangshowbiz
he former ‘Baywatch’ babe - who is the honorary chairman of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was left upset after discovering around 50 pooches were abandoned by their owners following the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so has given two of them a home. Pamela - who has two sons, Brandon, 13, and Dylan, 11, from her marriage to ex-husband Tommy Lee - said: “My son was hoping we could take all 50. “People can’t afford to feed their families, so the family member that gets left behind and has to go is the pet.” The
blonde actress has named her two new pets which have been identified as Chihuahua mixes - in honor of fellow actresses Gina Lollobrigida and Brigitte Bardot. The dogs were paraded in New Orleans - which was badly affected by the April 20 rig explosion, along with the surrounding areas - in the hope of finding them new owners. Bridgette Verdin of the Humane Society of Louisiana, which is working with PETA and several New Orleans area shelters to find homes for the dogs, said: “We couldn’t find homes for all the dogs that were being surrendered before the spill.”
Russell Brand - explained: “I wasn’t ever able to say I was ‘lucky’ because my mother would rather us say that we were blessed, and she also didn’t like that lucky sounded like Lucifer. ‘Devilled eggs were called ‘angeled’ eggs. I wasn’t allowed to eat Lucky Charms cereal, but I think that was the sugar. I think my mom lied to me about that one.”
n official at a Nelson Mandela charity said yesterday he kept uncut diamonds from supermodel Naomi Campbell for over a decade, giving them to police only when she testified at a war crimes trial. Campbell’s appearance Thursday at the trial of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor set off speculation about the fate of the “blood diamond gift” Taylor allegedly gave her in 1997 after a celebrity dinner hosted by then South African president Nelson Mandela. The supermodel told a court in The Hague how she received a pouch of rough diamonds as a latenight gift she assumed came from Taylor, who is charged with murder, rape and enslavement for his
By Melanie Sims hen rapper K’Naan was recording songs peppered with tales about warfare, poverty and despair in his native Somalia, there were people who told him he should consider abandoning his socially conscious frame of mind for material that wasn’t so somber. Most of those people were Somalis, K’Naan recalls. “They didn’t want someone’s shining talent to be wasted on such a disaster,” K’Naan said recently. “They wanted to see themselves out there, and they knew there was rarely a chance that you could do it while carrying the baggage of Somalia. So they would say, ‘Put it down and just go and be a star like these other people are.”‘ But K’Naan, along with a new generation of African-born singers like Nneka and Cornielle, are getting acclaim these days by using their experiences to express political messages, varied life experiences and sounds influenced by their years on the continent.
K’Naan K’Naan, who now lives in Canada, had a global audience recently when he performed a remixed version of his song “Wavin’ Flag” at the kickoff concert for the World Cup. Though the original lyrics, a bittersweet homage to his native Somalia, had been changed to talk about a general celebration of nationality, he held the Somali flag up high on stage, something he never thought possible. “It had been buried under a rubble of bad stories for 20 years now. Nobody expects to see the Somali flag in a beautiful moment,” he said. While promoting her critically acclaimed album “Concrete Jungle” recently in Chicago, Nneka paused on stage at a dim bar to educate the crowd to problems stemming from the oil industry in Nigeria “just for your American information,” Nneka said jokingly. Nneka then channeled fellow Nigerian and Afrobeat icon Fela, instructing the predominantly white crowd of 20-somethings to join her in singing the late singer’s “V.I.P. (Vagabonds in Power).” “I think it’s important ... especially coming out of an area like the Niger Delta,” she said of her music’s African themes. “I think it is my responsibility to
alleged role in the 1991-2001 civil war in Sierra Leone that claimed some 120,000 lives. Campbell told judges she gave the stones to Jeremy Ratcliffe, then the chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, to “do something good with”. But she claimed she spoke to Ratcliffe last year, “and he still has them”. In a statement, Ratcliffe confirmed yesterday that he kept the three uncut diamonds and never gave them to the charity, which has denied ever receiving them. “Three small uncut diamonds were given to me by Naomi Campbell on the Blue Train on September 26, 1997,” Ratcliffe said, referring to the luxury train he travelled on with Campbell and other
speak about the issues that the normal person is confronted with on a daily basis and with issues (such as) corruption, and pollution and exploitation.” Tackling tough topics has mixed effects on an artist’s success in crossing over to the mainstream. “I think it’s a doubleedged sword. On one hand young people are more politicized than they’ve ever been. And Africa is certainly coming to focus in a way it hasn’t before, especially with young people,” said Jason King, an associate professor at New York University’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. “On the other hand, we’re living in a time when there’s this great residue of xenophobia - sort of distrust of foreigners and aliens that you see in Arizona and Nebraska and other places,” King continues. “There’s that continual resistance that Americans have to finding out what’s going on in the rest of the world. And that’s limiting the chance for success for some of these artists.” K’Naan’s 2009 album, “Troubadour,” sold 90,000 copies, and “Wavin’ Flag” has sold 304,000 digital songs, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The tracking system lists Corneille’s “The Birth of Cornelius” at almost 7,000 copies. Nneka’s “Concrete Jungle” sold 11,200 units this year, while her mixtape with DJ and producer J Period prompted 127,955 downloads, according to her label, Decon/Epic. K’Naan acknowledges that it’s difficult to get heard amid the music of Lady Gaga and other pop music. “Let’s be honest, that doesn’t get played on radio,” he said. But conquering the American mainstream is not an impossible feat. Senegalese-born entertainer Akon, who’s had a hand in the careers of Lady Gaga and T-Pain, is proof of that, though his music rarely touches on political or African themes. King points out a list of successful acts of past generations, including Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, Nigerian-born Tony Allen and even rock star Freddie Mercury, who was born on the island of Zanzibar. There’s also Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba, among others. “K’Naan’s visibility in the States is pretty small. But that could change,” King said. “I definitely think he has the potential to be one of the biggest emcees in the business because he does represent the next age of hip-hop which in my opinion is globally conscious hip-hop.” Singer Corneille’s parents were killed during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and the youngster fled to Germany. He eventually moved to Canada, and after stints with a few bands, decided to go solo. “I decided there was a story I wanted to tell that was mine, that was too personal to share with anybody else,” Corneille said of the process, which he found therapeutic. He released his first English-language album, “The Birth of Cornelius,” last year in the United States, and was often defined in the media as a survivor of yet another African tragedy. “As an African artist, when you become successful in the West, it’s sort of imposed on you,” he said. Only in the last year and a half or so has he found the balance and boundaries he’s comfortable with when it comes to discussing his views. It’s a task he’s taken on, knowing that he has more to offer with his voice than just music - he can be the voice of a people as well. “There is no other Rwandan artist with the notoriety in the West that I have,” he said. — AP
Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke, poses for a photocall with the Leopard of Honor, at the 63nd Locarno International Film Festival, Thursday, Aug 5, 2010, in Locarno, Switzerland. Every year the Locarno Festival’s Leopard of Honor celebrates one or more major contemporary filmmakers. — AP
guests of Mandela. Campbell had wanted the fund to use them, but Ratcliffe said he did not want to involve the charity in any possible illegal activities. “In the end I decided I should just keep them,” he said, but added that he recently handed them over to South African authorities. Police confirmed they received the stones on Thursday. “They were handed over to the police and now they have been sent to the diamond board for authentication,” said Musa Zondi, spokesman for the special investigations unit of the South African police. “Obviously there has to be an investigation, but first we have to wait and get the diamonds authenticated before we can say anything,” Zondi told AFP.
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“We have to get them authenticated because the authentication will tell us where they come from.” Ratcliffe, who is no longer chief executive of the Children’s Fund but is still a trustee, said in his statement he is willing to testify in Taylor’s trial if the court calls him as a witness. “I am happy to testify should the international criminal court at The Hague request it of me,” he said. The court said prosecutors would have to file a motion to reopen their case in order to call Ratcliffe as a witness, and that no such motion has been filed. “There has been no contact between the OTP (office of the prosecutor) and Mr Ratcliffe,” court spokesman Peter Andersen told AFP. Prosecutors
said they had not made contact with Ratcliffe nor he with them, but added, “He is welcome to do so.” Taylor, 62, is accused of receiving illegally mined “blood diamonds” in return for arming rebels who murdered, raped and maimed Sierra Leone civilians during the country’s civil war, cutting off their limbs and carving initials into their bodies. Prosecutors had subpoenaed Campbell in a bid to cast doubt on Taylor’s credibility and to try to disprove his claim he never possessed rough diamonds. After a lull in media interest in Taylor’s three-year old trial, dozens of journalists from around the world descended on The Hague for Campbell’s testimony. — AFP
A visitor walks past an illuminated wall painting depicting Chinese traditional paper cutting art at a subway station Expo yesterday in Shanghai, China. — AP
By Dean Goodman on’t hold your breath waiting for Beatles songs to go on sale at iTunes or other online retailers, Yoko Ono said Thursday. The Fab Four have long resisted the allure of digital downloads, instead selling millions of old-fashioned compact discs last year after remastering the catalog. Apple Corps, the group’s holding company has been unable to agree on terms with EMI Group, which licenses the Beatles’ recordings. And then there’s the unrelated Apple Inc, owner of iTunes, the world’s largest music retailer. Apple and Apple have had a difficult history over rights to the name. But that trademark dispute was settled in 2007, and speculation has regularly popped up ever since that the two companies would strike an iTunes deal. “(Apple CEO) Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy,” Ono, the 77-year-old widow of John Lennon, told Reuters. “There’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. “Don’t hold your breath ... for anything,” she said with a laugh.
New Lennon documentary Ono, who was promoting an upcoming public television documentary about her husband, “LENNONYC,” declined to go into detail. Former member Paul McCartney was similarly vague in 2008 when he said there were “a couple of sticking points.” Ono said her comments
Yoko Ono discusses the PBS special “Lennon NYC” during the PBS Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California, Thursday, Aug 5, 2010. — AP did not necessarily reflect the opinions of the three other equal shareholders in Apple Corps — McCartney, bandmate Ringo Starr and Olivia Harrison, the widow of George Harrison. But she added that the infamous rancor of the past has been replaced by smooth consensus because “we’re older and more experienced.” Apple Corps may be reluctant to enter the digital age, but the company is far more open to
By Christy Lemire here is so much to say about “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” so much to pore over and praise. Trouble is, the less you know about this movie heading into it, the better. So ... what can we say about it, then? Well, it is one you should definitely see: a small, intelligent thriller you will be glad you went out of your way to find, especially during the summer when so much is so mindless. It is so deftly handled, so sharp and clever, you would never know it is the first feature from British writer-director J Blakeson. A tense, twisting tale about the kidnapping of a wealthy man’s daughter, “Alice Creed” keeps you on your toes as secrets are revealed
and allegiances shift. With its three characters in a cramped space, it has the claustrophobic feel of watching a play on film. Yet there also is a dry sense of humor that surfaces sporadically and keeps it from being completely suffocating. But perhaps we already have said too much ... Anyway, “Alice Creed” sucks you in immediately with a beautifully edited opening sequence. The whole film moves really well, but off the top it is especially fluid, as two guys wordlessly go to a hardware store to pick up supplies. Then they quickly and efficiently outfit a shabby, one-bedroom apartment with soundproofing and extra
In this publicity photo provided by Anchor Bay Films, actress Gemma Arterton plays the role of Alice in the film, “The Disappearance of Alice Creed”. — AP
new ideas that it was in the past, Ono said. The company’s day-to-day operations are run from London by Jeff Jones, a former Sony Music executive who took over as CEO in 2007. She said Jones was an “action person,” while his late predecessor Neil Aspinall-who worked with the Beatles for 40 years-kept the Beatles “elite and closed-off,” which served its purpose at the time.
locks and line the inside of a nondescript white minivan with plastic sheeting. One of them says to the other, “OK,” and that’s it. Then they are off to steal away with the young woman. We learn later that their names are Vic (Eddie Marsan) and Danny (Martin Compston). Their target, Alice (Gemma Arterton), is the daughter of a rich businessman. Once inside the apartment, they strip her down and place her in different clothes, tie her spread-eagle to a bed, then place a ball gag in her mouth and a pillowcase over her head. (And if there is a complaint to be had here, it is that the film has a slightly sleazy, exploitative vibe to it.) And from there, Vic and Danny’s scheme to make $2 million off Alice’s father does not exactly go as planned. It never does, right? We know this going in and yet it is impossible not to be engaged, to hang on every word, wondering who is going to do what to whom next. “Alice Creed” feels almost quaint in its minimalism: It is all about story and character and pacing. Barking orders and glaring intensely, Marsan, who was so great as Sally Hawkins’ exasperated driving instructor in “Happy-GoLucky,” is even more formidable here. Scottish actor Compston is lean and squirrelly as the younger schemer who might not be as smart as he thinks. And Arterton, who recently costarred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” is a kick as the feisty, physical title character. These guys thought they had picked the perfect mark to make some easy money. Boy, were they wrong. But that is all we will say about that. “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” an Anchor Bay Films release, is rated R for violent content, pervasive language and some nudity. Running time: 100 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. — AP
Jones has overseen not only the reissue of the Beatles catalog, but also a “Beatles: Rock Band” videogame. The band’s music has also been getting a new life in a Cirque du Soleil “Love” stage show that has been running in Las Vegas since 2006. Ono was reluctant to discuss upcoming Beatle-related activities, but has plenty of projects in the works to commemorate Lennon’s 70th birthday on Oct 9, and the 30th anniversary of his murder on Dec 8. “LENNONYC” will premiere nationally on Nov 22, as part of PBS’ “American Masters” series. It focuses on the couple’s time together in New York from 1971 to 1980, boasting previously unseen video footage and unheard studio recordings from sessions for his final album, “Double Fantasy.” That album will be reissued on Oct 5 (a day earlier internationally), along with seven other studio releases, such as 1971’s Imagine.” “Double Fantasy” will also be available in a newly remixed “stripped down” version that enhances Lennon’s vocals on such songs as “Starting Over” and “Woman.” Ono said she was putting a lot of care into the projects, because of her increasing age. “I’m 77, so I think this could be my last effort, so I’m really trying very hard,” she said. Ono will once again oppose parole for Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman when his case comes up for review later this month. She said Chapman, now 55, posed a risk not only to her and to Lennon’s two sons, but to the public and even to himself. —Reuters
British singer Robbie Williams performs during the Live 8 concert for Africa in Hyde Park in central London, in this file photo. The singer, 36 — who recently rejoined British band Take That — is to tie the knot with Ayda Field, 31, in an intimate ceremony today, Britain’s Sun newspaper said. — AFP
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Wyclef Jean has a vision for Haiti By Jonathan M Katz fter the hip-hop party was over, the cheering supporters back in their tents and the speaker trucks parked for the night, newly minted presidential candidate Wyclef Jean sat down to talk business - promoting Haiti’s and defending his own. The potential front-runner in Haiti’s Nov 28 election told The Associated Press that he supports the US and UN vision for rebuilding Haiti’s economy after its magnitude-7 earthquake - a plan that encourages private investment in factories, agriculture and other areas. He also hit back at critics of his own personal finances, including allegations over his use of post-quake charity funds and the revelation he personally owes $2.1 million in back taxes to the United States. “We can provide a way to get (Haitians) out of the mess they’re in. And the way that that’s going to happen (is) education, job creation and investment for Haiti,” Jean said in the wide-ranging interview Thursday evening. He spoke in a Port-auPrince hotel room as aides, his wife and 5year-old daughter looked on. The Haitianborn, Brooklyn-raised singer is attempting a difficult and potentially dicey transformation: From multimillionaire international recording artist to leader of one of the world’s poorest and most dysfunctional countries - and doing so through a pivotal and difficult election. Among the best known figures in his native country, Jean - who left as a child speaks American-accented Creole to crowds and New York-accented English at home. His estimated annual income of up to $18 million is 13,000 times more than the average Haitian sees in a year - assuming that person even has a job. If he wins the presidency, the ex-Fugee frontman said he would encourage donors to invest heavily in education. He also endorsed the economic vision promoted by former US President Bill Clinton, the UN special envoy who is in Haiti this week. Those plans include creating jobs in the garment export industry, boosting tourism and building the capacity of Haitian farmers to reduce the nation’s chronic dependence on imports. “President Clinton is focusing on the garment industry and all that. I think that’s great. But also agriculture is involved,” Jean said. “We can work both components at the same time.” Among other potential investment targets he mentioned mining, an industry whose ramping up amid the rising price of gold and other minerals has sparked controversy in the neighboring Dominican Republic. Jean’s leap from entertainer to prospective head-of-state is also leading to some interesting transitional moments. After previously listing his age as 37, as a candidate he suddenly jumped to 40 years old. On Thursday he traded his urban hip-hop style for a dark suit, better to hide the rubble dust and handprints as he crowd-surfed to open his rally. The worldwide attention that his presidential bid attracts also means scrutiny and criticism - turning the campaign into what Jean called a “combat sport.” He responded directly Thursday to a revelation published this week on the US-based website The Smoking Gun concerning his unpaid US taxes. “First of all, owing $2.1 million to the IRS shows you how much money Wyclef Jean makes a year,” he said, pledging to publish an accounting of his finances online and to repay the money he owes. The singer also fumed when aides told him that actor Sean Penn, who has been managing an earthquake-survivor camp in the Haitian capital since the spring, had accused Jean of not spending enough time in Haiti after the quake and misappropriating $400,000 of the $9 million his charity, Yele Haiti, raised after the disaster. “I just want Sean Penn to fully understand I am a Haitian, born in Haiti and I’ve been coming to my country ever since (I was) a child,” he said. “He might just want to pick up the phone and meet, so he fully understands the man.” Jean stepped down from his chairmanship of Yele on Thursday ahead of his run for office. The organization has been accused of pre-quake financial improprieties that benefited the singer. Before campaigning can begin, Jean must be cleared to run by Haiti’s eightmember provisional electoral council. Among the requirements he must fulfill are proving he has never renounced his Haitian citizenship by holding another - namely, US - passport; and that he has been a resident of Haiti for the last five years - which by most accounts he has not. The campaign will argue that Jean’s status as a Haitian ambassador-at-large, a post he was awarded in 2007, exempts him from having not spent more time in the country of late. If approval comes, Haiti’s particular brand of Byzantine and often brutal politics will really begin. Jean’s charisma and popularity in Port-au-Prince’s vast slums could draw comparisons - some favorable, others not - to the popular but divisive former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was flown into African exile aboard a US plane during a bloody 2004 rebellion. On Thursday, Jean took the stage at his rally as supporters sang a traditional proAristide song, replacing the exiled leader’s name with Jean’s. Asked what prompted that particular tune, Jean replied he hadn’t picked it. The singer ultimately sees himself as an advocate for Haiti’s struggling youth. Officially running under the banner of the Viv Ansanm party - whose name means “live together” - Jean is more heavily promoting his youth movement called “Fas a Fas,” meaning face-to-face. “Even if I lose, I win,” he said. “It gives us an opportunity to be a voice to speak to government about what happens.” — AP
A supporter holds a portrait of Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean as Wyclef, (right) leaves the electoral office after submitting the paperwork to run for president of Haiti in the next elections in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Aug 5, 2010. — AP
Pets on vacation:
Flying luggage, pampered guests By Dorene Internicola irlines may charge a small fortune to transport animals in noisy cargo holds, but pets vacationing with their owners are finding that when they deplane, there’s a room with a treat waiting for them. ‘It costs $200 one-way to transport your pet as checked baggage,’ said Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor at Travelocity. ‘On the other hand, there are plenty of hotels that are pet friendly’ Sixty-one percent of pet owners traveled with their furry friends last year, according to a survey of 1,200 US travelers by the travel website TripAdvisor. Fourteen percent said they thought bringing their pet was more cost effective than boarding them in a kennel, according to Brooke Ferencsik, of TripAdvisor, who has taken his two Labrador retrievers on many road trips throughout New England. Pet-friendly means more than throwing the dog a bone. ‘Some hotels have pet sitting and pet walking services, grooming and even pet massage,’ Ferencsik said. ‘But that doesn’t mean they stay for free.’ He said pet surcharges can run from $25 to $100 a night. Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, a nationwide chain of 50 boutique hotels, prides itself on extending hospitality to all companion creatures, great and small. ‘We’ve had penguins at the Alexis hotel in Seattle, Washington, a kangaroo at the Monaco in Denver, Colorado, at the Muse in New York City,’ said COO Niki Leondakis. ‘We stock the room with welcome treats. We will babysit behind the front desk,’ she said. ‘Non-human guests are greeted by a director of pet relationsóusually the general manager’s dog.’ Leondakis said pains are taken to keep
the tails of their non-pet-owning guests wagging as well. ‘We have a deep clean methodology. We never, ever get complaints. We’ve sort of got this down.’Only one percent of TripAdvisor respondents with pets cited air travel as the most pet-friendly form of mass transportation. Nevertheless 15 percent brought their pawed pals onto a plane last year. ‘It’s best to avoid flying with pets,’ Ferencsik said. ‘Extreme temperatures, noise, air pressure that changes. It’s especially tough for elderly or stressed pets.’ Alysa Binder and her husband were so stressed when the size of their Jack Russell Zoey consigned her to the cargo hold that they founded Pet Airways, a pets-only fleet of Beechcraft 1900 planes rebuilt so all cosseted critters can fly in climate-controlled main cabin luxury. ‘We can take up to 50 pets on each flight,’ said Binder. ‘There is always a pet attendant on board. It’s mostly cats and dogs. The smallest was a hermit crab.’ Pet Airways started out serving five US cities but has expanded to nine. ‘We consider pets family members or children. We want them to be safe, cared for and loved,’ Binder said. ‘We are booked.’ Ferencsik says if you’re traveling with a pet, make sure you plan ahead. ‘Research a kennel in advance in case of emergency, always have them wear IDs, and keep them leashed in a strange place,’ she explained. But if you’ve chosen to vacation creatureless, only to find yourself longing for your beloved dog, cat, or pot-bellied pig, Leondakis can provide small animal solace. ‘For people who leave their pets at home, we will send a goldfish to the room,’ she said, adding they call the service Guppy Love. — Reuters
Castro autobiography speaks of rebel shaped by childhood By Isabel Sanchez uba’s iconic former leader Fidel Castro says his childhood struggle against unjust authority turned him into a rebel and revolutionary, in extracts of his upcoming autobiography published online Thursday by Cubadebate.com. “I wasn’t born a politician, although as a young child I observed events that were seared in my mind and helped me understand the world’s realities,” said Castro in “The Strategic Victory,” one week before his 84th birthday. Four years after stepping down as president to undergo a delicate gastrointestinal operation and passing the helm to his younger brother Raul, 79, Castro has recovered enough to appear in public and writes regularly and extensively in official newspapers and websites. In the first part of his two-part autobiography-he said he is busy writing the second installment-Castro reminisces about home life in eastern Biran, and how his childhood and adolescence shaped his spirit and mind. In a 6,500-word chapter of his autobiography, which as yet has no publishing date, Castro covers his experience from birth to his religious schooling with the Jesuits, and his time studying law in Havana University, where he says his political life began in earnest. He said his first recollection of
A man cleans the giant skull of a ghost train at the opening of the 575 Cranger Fair in Herne, western Germany, yesterday. What once started as a horse market in the 15th century has become one of Germany’s biggest fun fairs with 500 exhibitors and about four million visitors within ten days. — AP Homeless dogs Lelya (left) and Hatiko pose during their wedding ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday. The ceremony was organized by Ukraine’s first ever dogs’ wedding agency to attract public attention toward homeless animals. —AP
Undated handout picture released by Cuban website “Cubadebate”, shows Fidel Castro (sitting) having his hair cut at El Naranjo, Sierra Maestra, Cuba. — AFP “consciously” rebelling was when he was going hungry at a teacher’s house where we went for pre-schooling, and later, when at 11 years of age he threw a piece of buttered bread at a teacher who hit him in class. “I threw it in his face... and then I struck him with my hands and feet in such a way, in front of all the schoolchildren... that his authority and abusive ways left him discredited. “It was an event that school remembered for a long time.” Castro also remembers sending a letter “full of admiration” to then-US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for which he received an acknowledgment message from the US Embassy in Havana.
He said he was good at writing, better still at math, an excellent athlete and a gun lover from early in life. Conspicuously absent are details of his love life, except for his recollection of the time he cried on a beach in front of a girlfriend after some bullies blocked him at the university door. “I knew the enemy was beyond tolerance. In my quixotic mind, there was no alternative left but to face the threat. I could get hold of a gun and I would keep it on me,” Castro said. “I was overtaken by a spirit of competition and perhaps selfsufficiency and vanity so common with many young men, even in our times,” he added. Castro says he was among the
few who dared dream of revolution at a time when “the empire” (United States) was growing. “But nobody can take individual credit in a heroic deed that was a blend of ideas, events and sacrifices of many people. “With those ingredients, we were able to conquer Cuba’s full independence and (establish) a social revolution that has honorably withstood more than 50 years of attacks and a blockade by the United States.” Still in command of Cuba’s powerful Communist Party, Castro said he has “indelible” memories of the circumstances that turned him into a guerrilla fighter. “It’s very pleasing to remember them, because there is no other way to explain how I forged the beliefs that, after all, determined the path I was to take in my life.” The turning point of the revolution, he said, was when, with 300 men at his command, he took on and defeated an army of 10,000 in the forbidding mountains of Sierra Maestra in the 1950s. That “heroic exploit,” Castro said, was the inspiration for the first part of his autobiography, a 896-page book full of pictures, maps and documents he presented on Monday to his former comrades-in-arms. He said he was working on the second part of his life story, covering the final rebel assault that brought his bedraggled, bearded band of fighters to their final victory in Havana on January 1, 1959. — AFP
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The Screening Room Gone With The Wind Across The Wide Missouri The Screening Room Where The Spies Are Mogambo Raintree County
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Dr 90210 The Designers Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane How Do I Look? Split Ends The Designers Style Her Famous Growing Up Fabulous Area Dude, Where’s Your Style? Style Star Dress My Nest Clean House What I Hate About Me Ruby How Do I Look? Dr 90210 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane Style Specials Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane Kimora’s Home Movies Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane Giuliana And Bill The Dish Jerseylicious Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane
Saturday, August 7, 2010
17 ACCOMMODATION Flat for sharing, Farwaniya behind crowne plaza. CA/C, separate bathroom, available internet & laundry. KD 70 monthly. Call: 66604286 (C 2539) 7-8-2010 Abraq Khaitan, sharing bed space available for single Goan bachelor in C-A/C flat, beside bus stop, opp. Kuwait clinic near police station round about. Call 97523316 / 24745162 (C 2536) Sharing accommodation available for Keralite family or a working lady. From September 1st near Highway Center Abbassiya. Call 67052936. (C 2538) 5-8-2010
Flight Schedule Arrival Flights on Saturday 7/08/2010 Airlines Flt Route Jordanian 802 Amman Wataniya Airways 188 Bahrain Middle East 406 Beirut Wataniya Airways 306 Cairo Gulf Air 211 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 408 Beirut Turkish 772 Istanbul Ethiopian 620 Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 551 Alexandria Egypt Air 614 Cairo Jazeera 267 Beirut DHL 370 Bahrain Pakistan 239 Sialkot Emirates 853 Dubai Etihad 305 Abu Dhabi Qatari 138 Doha Jazeera 637 Aleppo Jazeera 503 Luxor Kuwait 412 Manila/Bangkok Jazeera 527 Alexandria British 157 London Kuwait 416 Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur Jazeera 529 Assiut Falcon 201 Bahrain Jazeera 613 Lahore Kuwait 204 Lahore Kuwait 302 Mumbai Fly Dubai 053 Dubai Kuwait 332 Trivandrum Kuwait 676 Dubai Kuwait 284 Dhaka Kuwait 344 Chennai Kuwait 362 Colombo Emirates 855 Dubai Arabia 121 Sharjah Qatari 132 Doha Etihad 301 Abu Dhabi Iran Air 3407 Mashad Jazeera 497 Riyadh Wataniya Airways 182 Bahrain Gulf Air 213 Bahrain Middle East 404 Beirut Al-Naser 711 Baghdad/Najaf Wataniya Airways 102 Dubai Jazeera 165 Dubai Mahan Air 5068 Mashad Jazeera 171 Dubai Gulf Air 219 Bahrain Wataniya 422 Amman Egypt Air 610 Cairo Jazeera 457 Damascus Kuwait 672 Dubai Kuwait 774 Riyadh Al Masariya Univesal 407 Alexandira Wataniya Airways 432 Damascus United 982 Washington DC Dulles Jordanian 800 Amman Egypt Air 621 Assiut Fly Dubai 057 Dubai Kuwait 786 Jeddah Jazeera 257 Beirut Wataniya 332 Alexandria Jazeera 525 Alexandria Saudia 500 Jeddah Kuwait 552 Damascus Nas Air 745 Jeddah Mahan Air 5066 Mashad Qatari 134 Doha Kuwait 1502 Beirut Iran Aseman 6791 Mashad Jazeera 173 Dubai Kuwait 118 New York Nas Air 703 Medinah Mihin 403 Colombo/Dubai Etihad 303 Abu Dhabi Rovos 061 Baghdad/Najaf Emirates 857 Dubai Wataniya 402 Beirut Gulf Air 215 Bahrain Cargolux 792 Luxembourg Saudia 510 Riyadh Arabia 125 Sharjah Jazeera 493 Jeddah Jazeera 129 Bahrain SriLankan 227 Colombo/Dubai Syrian Air 341 Damascus Wataniya 304 Cairo Wataniya 106 Dubai Rovos 093 Kandahar/Dubai Kuwait 542 Cairo Kuwait 502 Beirut Kuwait 548 Luxor/Sharm El Sheikh Wataniya 202 Jeddah Kuwait 618 Doha Jazeera 177 Dubai Iran Air 607 Mashad Bahrain Air 344 Bahrain Singapore 458 Singapore/Abu Dhabi Kuwait 562 Amman Kuwait 614 Bahrain Fly Dubai 061 Dubai Jazeera 459 Damascus Oman Air 647 Muscat Indian 993 Chennai/Mumbai Wataniya 612 Sabiha Middle East 402 Beirut Jet A/W 572 Mumbai Egypt Air 618 Alexandria KLM 0445 Amsterdam Kuwait 788 Jeddah Wataniya 404 Beirut DHL 372 Bahrain Jazeera 183 Dubai Gulf Air 217 Bahrain Kuwait 674 Dubai Jazeera 433 Mashad Emirates 859 Dubai Qatari 136 Doha Kuwait 178 Geneva/Frankfurt United 981 Bahrain Jazeera 429 Bahrain Mahan Air 5080 Mashad Lufthansa 636 Frankfurt Jazeera 117 Abu Dhabi Egypt Air 612 Cairo Bangladesh 043 Dhaka India Express 393 Kozhikode/Cochin Egypt Air 606 Luxor Wataniya 108 Dubai
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Departure Flights on Saturday 07/08/2010 Airlines Flt Route Jazeera 528 Assiut Shaheen Air 442 Lahore Egypt Air 607 Luxor KLM 0447 Amsterdam Indian 576 Goa/Chennai Lufthansa 637 Frankfurt Turkish 773 Istanbul Ethiopian 620 Bahrain/Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 552 Alexandria Egypt Air 615 Cairo DHL 371 Bahrain Pakistan 240 Sialkot/Islamabad Emirates 854 Dubai Etihad 306 Abu Dhabi Qatari 139 Doha Wataniya 101 Dubai Jordanian 803 Amman Jazeera 164 Dubai Jazeera 524 Alexandria Jazeera 496 Riyadh Wataniya 331 Alexandria Gulf Air 212 Bahrain Jazeera 456 Damascus Wataniya 421 Amman Wataniya 181 Bahrain Rovos 094 Dubai/Kandahar Jazeera 256 Beirut Wataniya 431 Damascus Kuwait 785 Jeddah British 156 London Jazeera 170 Dubai Fly Dubai 054 Dubai Kuwait 671 Dubai Kuwait 551 Damascus Arabia 122 Sharjah Kuwait 101 London/New York Emirates 856 Dubai Kuwait 1501 Beirut Qatari 133 Doha Kuwait 773 Riyadh Etihad 302 Abu Dhabi Kuwait 107 Geneva/London Kuwait 547 Luxor/Sharm El Sheikh Iran Air 3406 Mashad Gulf Air 214 Bahrain Wataniya 401 Beirut Kuwait 165 Rome/Paris Middle East 405 Beirut Wataniya 303 Cairo Jazeera 172 Dubai Kuwait 541 Cairo Rovos 062 Baghdad Wataniya 611 Sabiha Al Naser 712 Najaf/Baghdad Jazeera 492 Jeddah Kuwait 501 Beirut Mahan Air 5067 Mashad Gulf Air 220 Bahrain Wataniya 201 Jeddah Egypt Air 611 Cairo Al Masria Universal 408 Alexandria Wataniya 105 Dubai Jordanian 801 Amman Fly Dubai 058 Dubai Kuwait 561 Amman Egypt Air 622 Assiut Jazeera 458 Damascus United 982 Bahrain Jazeera 176 Dubai Jazeera 128 Bahrain Wataniya 403 Beirut Jazeera 432 Mashad Kuwait 617 Doha Kuwait 787 Jeddah Nas Air 746 Jeddah Saudia 505 Jeddah Qatari 135 Doha Mahan Air 5065 Mashad Kuwait 613 Bahrain Jazeera 182 Dubai Iran Aseman 6792 Mashad Kuwait 673 Dubai Nas Air 704 Riyadh Etihad 304 Abu Dhabi Mihin 404 Dubai/Colombo Gulf Air 216 Bahrain Emirates 858 Dubai Wataniya 305 Cairo Kuwait 543 Cairo Arabia 126 Sharjah Saudia 511 Riyadh Jazeera 482 Sabiha Cargolux 792 Hong Kong Kuwait 285 Chittagong SriLankan 228 Dubai/Colombo Jazeera 428 Bahrain Wataniya 407 Beirut Syrian Air 342 Damascus Wataniya 433 Damascus Wataniya 107 Dubai Iran Air 604 Isfahan Bahrain Air 345 Bahrain Jazeera 266 Beirut Kuwait 283 Dhaka Fly Dubai 062 Dubai Singapore 457 Abu Dhabi/Singapore Kuwait 331 Trivandrum Jazeera 512 Sharm El Sheikh Oman Air 648 Muscat Middle East 403 Beirut Jet A/W 571 Mumbai Egypt Air 619 Alexandria Wataniya 187 Bahrain KLM 0445 Bahrain/Amsterdam Gulf Air 218 Bahrain Jazeera 240 Amman DHL 373 Bahrain Kuwait 675 Dubai Emirates 860 Dubai Kuwait 381 Delhi Falcon 102 Bahrain Qatari 137 Doha Kuwait 301 Mumbai Kuwait 205 Islamabad Jazeera 526 Alexandria United 981 Washington DC Dulles Jazeera 502 Luxor Kuwait 411 Bangkok/Manila Mahan Air 5079 Mashad Egypt Air 613 Cairo
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Saturday, August 7, 2010
Aries (March 21-April 19) Some people may find
you especially witty and eccentric. A sense of humor is important today. Being on the go and keeping a finger to the winds of change make you feel in touch. Learning and communicating are what you enjoy. You prefer a career that accents your own devotion to your ideals and dreams. Working with groups in a spirit of cooperation and unity is a natural. Things are happening and your career or path depends upon your own ambition and drive, which are strong now. You are able to use good common sense in order to make all the right moves. This is a time to get ahead by taking action. Keep your attitude positive and all opportunities will become clear. Don?t forget to provide a little water for the birds. Taurus (April 20-May 20) There are good practical
job-related thoughts and ideas available for you today. The ability to communicate with superiors or describe what you see comes easily as well. A greater appreciation for things of value may be on your mind. This could be a period of material gain; it is certainly a time when material things gain your attention. CAREFUL-make room for the unexpected expenses that may come up in the next few days. Matters that need changing may come to your attention this evening and a great deal of intensity and purpose begins. You could be a spokesperson for a cause, or a generation. You can be fearless in action and you are certainly not afraid to use your power. You know how to get what you want.
ACROSS 1. A federally chartered savings bank. 4. Type genus of the Apogonidae. 10. Inquire about. 13. (Irish) The sea personified. 14. A wired or starched collar of intricate lace. 15. Aircraft landing in bad weather in which the pilot is talked down by ground control using precision approach radar. 16. A reptile genus of Iguanidae. 17. American inventor. 18. Grass mowed and cured for use as fodder. 19. Capital and largest city of Iraq. 21. The mission in San Antonio where in 1836 Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico. 23. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. 34. A rechargeable battery with a nickel cathode and a cadmium anode. 35. A small cake leavened with yeast. 36. Fermented alcoholic beverage similar to but heavier than beer. 37. A federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment. 38. A radioactive element of the actinide series. 40. Alternatively, a member of the family Nymphaeaceae. 42. The capital and chief port of Qatar. 44. Resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects. 45. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 47. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 50. The basic unit of money in Bangladesh. 54. Common Indian weaverbird. 56. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 57. Advanced in years. 58. A flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism. 61. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 62. A condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people. 63. (Greek mythology) Any of the 50 sea nymphs who were daughters of the sea god Nereus. 65. An adult male person (as opposed to a woman). 66. Apparent power to perceive things that are not present to the senses. 67. Be hungry. 68. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. DOWN 1. An embarrassing mistake. 2. Stalk of a moss capsule. 3. (informal) Exceptionally good. 4. A particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography). 5. A genus of Ploceidae. 6. A religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery. 7. A wound made by cutting. 8. A member of the Siouan people inhabiting the valleys of the Platte and Missouri rivers in Nebraska. 9. The Fate who spins the thread of life. 10. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 11. A fraudulent business scheme. 12. Knock unconscious or senseless. 20. Any orchid of the genus Disa. 22. Flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes. 24. An esoteric or occult matter that is traditionally secret. 26. Bark in a high-pitched tone. 27. Someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike. 28. (Babylonian) God of storms and wind. 29. (British) A waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric. 30. An amino acid that is found in the central nervous system. 31. A rotating disk shaped to convert circular into linear motion. 32. A white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves. 33. A unit of length of thread or yarn. 39. A spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink. 40. A religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery. 41. The cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one. 43. An agency of the United Nations affiliated with the World Bank. 46. A pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinel. 47. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. 48. 100 agorot equal 1 shekel. 49. An edible tuber native to South America. 51. Small terrestrial lizard of warm regions of the Old World. 52. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables. 53. A city in southern Turkey on the Seyhan River. 55. Make a raucous noise. 59. A bachelor's degree in naval science. 60. The virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). 64. A Mid-Atlantic state.
Gemini (May 21-June 20) The atmosphere is improving around the work area today, but still a bit cool with regard to an older person or authority figure. Perhaps this is not the best time to be expressive. Career choices and direction seems to indicate a loss of freedom and originality on your part. You may feel stifled and forced to go along, if you want to succeed. You will soon have an opportunity to veer off on your on path of success; be patient. In the afternoon, something breaks the spell and communication becomes more comfortable with everyone. You may wonder what had really happened over the last few days. When it comes to images and finding a connection, you are a fast worker. This tendency to see unity in the world around you sets the tone for your character.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) You are more interested in seeking out your dreams than you are in financial welfare today. However, you will find that financial welfare can be very helpful toward the process of reaching your dreams. This is a most beneficial time for you to secure, concentrate, change or otherwise find ways in which to secure and make steady a good income. You are very intuitive rather than a rational thinker-mysticism and religion are a natural for you. Place yourself in a position that will give you opportunities for expression. You work well with children. This is a very nice day-filled with a deep appreciation for life. Your taste in the arts is heightened. This may be a good time to select furnishings, colors and so on-the finer things of life. Leo (July 23-August 22) You may be asked to do a special job today. Your management and directional abilities are in high focus. You may feel like being different, trying something new and unusual. This is a perfect time for new ideas; a breakthrough in thinking, a novel approach. Where your goals are concerned, it may be time to choose-you should not go down two paths at once. It would be easy to end up confused as well as feeling short-changed. Pick the goals that blend together and stay with them until you can realize them. This evening is particularly good for all types of social activities, especially parties. Personal relationships are at their all-time best, with affection flowing freely. Your artistic talents are likely to be stimulated.
Virgo (August 23-September 22) You may have come a long way, perhaps with regard to changing your habits or beginning new and positive habits, but soon you will be putting some of your hard work to a test. You have done well and you must believe in yourself more firmly than you do. If you are stopping a negative habit, give yourself some leeway and stay away from the people and places where you enjoyed this habit the most. A sense of belonging to something bigger than the merely personal, becomes a greater focus in your life. You attach more importance to new friendships and taking part in group activities that are productive. Making things work, healing past relations and creating harmonious surroundings will be the goals you work hard to achieve now. Libra (September 23-October 22) Ideas are flowing and could come with ease. You are aggressive in the pursuit of gaining insight into all that is new, different and out of the ordinary. Electronics, computers, communications and telecommunications, etc., could be a big part of your life now. You are an expert at working with communication technology. You would make an excellent teacher. You cannot help but enchant all who come to know you. You have a stick-to-itiveness that always finds you in the thick of things, no matter what the subject. An invitation to attend an event this evening is just too tempting and you make your plans. This event is a good opportunity for you to network or to meet a new friend with whom you will have much in common.
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Scorpio (October 23-November 21) There is a real
possibility that the decisions you make and the solutions you find may have to be re-done later. Easy does itsometimes slow changes are best. You could be most persuasive with others at this time and this is where you may find yourself today-making speeches, presentations or just airing your views to listeners. The situation is a natural for you and people are listening to your particular ideas and thoughts. There is much support available to you. You value steady, secure situations and possess a good business sense. You are, by nature, very domestic and enjoy nice surroundings. These are the reasons you continuously check and recheck to make a secure home or a steady work situation. Relax this evening; enjoy the family. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Communications with others are particularly fast at this time. Note taking would not be a bad idea in order to keep you alert and at the same pace with the flow of energy. Your powers of perception are particularly sharp. This afternoon you can put away the note taking. You may find yourself just plain witty and others enjoy your presence. Perhaps this week has been so intense that it takes a bit of comedy to get rid of that stress buildup. Conversations with friends will have ideas rolling off your tongue. This is a good time for communication-by phone, letter or in person. Your home environment, friends and surroundings in general are uncomplicated and you appreciate those that give you encouragement. Tonight . . . you want to cook!
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Communication, particularly with authority figures, could prove troublesome. You may not think as they do and you could find your thoughts run opposite to theirs. Your thoughts may be more on home and family-easy does it. You hate the lack of clarity and that could be all that is between you and your progress now. Perform your own research, ask questions and get instructions on paper, if possible. You enjoy discipline and any limitations as you may consider them opportunities rather than as handicaps. You enjoy working with your mind and will usually find a solution to even the worst problems. You like to solve puzzles and dilemmas and may find yourself working crossword puzzles or reading psychology books about solving problems today. Aquarius (January 20- February 18) Work and career are the primary focus today. There are several opportunities to make good decisions and have clear choices. You are at your most practical now and the things that take place today may have a lasting effect on your life direction. Your love of job and practical skills makes you a good manager and businessperson. You bring a great deal of love to your work. Your career is very important to you and you have superb management abilities. You are expert at manipulating a situation to the benefit of all concerned. There is an improvement over some long-term circumstances that others felt would never improve. Tonight, some new game or project has you quite busy and you may even discover there are talents you never knew you had. Pisces (February 19-March 20) You have more than just the gift of gab. You can pull ideas out of a hat, like the magician with the rabbit. Sometimes people will even express that they would like to help you achieve certain results or reactions. Your imagination and sense of what connects all of life are felt in your speech and in the way you communicate. You could be in some type of sales, advertising or transportation business. This means dealing with lots of people and a lot of problem-solving. People will wait on the phone a long time for your input. Do not become too impatient with the situations that can occur now. While shopping this afternoon, you may be tempted to purchase everything you see-careful. It is easy to become self-indulgent when tired.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Some Saudis sell off BlackBerrys RIYADH: Some Saudis are trying to sell their BlackBerrys ahead of a ban on the smart phone’s messenger service in the kingdom — but with few willing to buy, they’re having to slash prices. The Saudi telecoms regulatory agency announced earlier this week the service would be halted yesterday. By mid-afternoon, it was still operating. One Saudi newspaper, Okaz, said the halt would begin at the end of the day, at midnight. Saudi officials were not available yesterday, a weekend day, to confirm. The kingdom is one of a number of countries expressing concern that the device is a security threat because encrypted information sent on the phones is routed through overseas computers — making it impossible for local governments to monitor. The United Arab Emirates has announced it will ban BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and Web browsing starting in October, and Indonesia and India are also demanding greater control over the data. Yesterday, Lebanon said it is also looking into whether BlackBerry use raises security concerns there — in part due to allegations that Israeli spies are trying to infiltrate phone networks in Lebanon. This summer, Lebanese authorities charged two employees at the state-owned Alfa mobile phone company with spying for Israel. A third suspect worked for the landline operator Ogero. Lebanon’s main concern is “the ability of our security and judicial groups to access the data ... when it is required by law and when the security situation requires it,” Imad Hoballah, the acting head of the Telecoms Regulatory Authority, told The Associated Press in an interview in Beirut. In Saudi Arabia — which local media say has some 750,000 BlackBerry users — the ban has raised accusations the government is trying to limit freedom of expression. “The real reason behind the ban is the freedom granted by BlackBerry messenger to its users to criticize, object and mock,” columnist Adhwan AlAhmari wrote in the Al-Watan daily. “Do authorities think that all security breaches will end with the ban of BlackBerry messenger?” he asked, pointing out extremist groups have other ways to communicate.
Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications regulator, known as the Communications and Information Technology Commission, announced the imminent ban on Tuesday, saying the BlackBerry service “in its present state does not meet regulatory requirements,” according to the state news agency SPA. Saudi security officials fear the service could be used by militant groups. The kingdom has been waging a crackdown for years against AlQaeda-linked extremists. Saudi Arabia also enforces heavy policing of the Internet, blocking sites both for political content and for obscenities Expectations of the ban have pushed some to sell their devices. At Riyadh’s main mobile phone market, dozens of young men on the street were trying to sell the devices, some in their original packaging, and some running at more than half the normal price. “Nobody buys it now,” mourned Nour Al-Zaman, a store owner in the market. Al-Zaman said his shop had cut prices for a new BlackBerry from around $300 to around $100. Another shopowner in the market, Isam Ali Marsh, said he used to sell seven or eight Blackberrys per day. “Now I don’t sell even one BlackBerry,” he said. People have also come in trying to exchange their BlackBerrys for ordinary cell phones, said shopowner Abdul-Ghani Al-Owaydi. “Our lives have been wrecked. We are sitting in our shops doing nothing. We have done nothing to get into such difficult financial situation,” Al-Owaydi said. Not everyone was unhappy. Some religious leaders saw the ban as a boost for the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom’s morals. Sheik Mohammed Al-Najmi, a cleric involved in a government program that aims to rehabilitate Islamic extremists in prison, said the Blackberry messenger was “dangerous” because some young men get addicted to it. Also, he said, “there are some porn sites that young men exchange and which are not under any control or surveillance since messages are encrypted.” BlackBerry phones are known to be popular both among businesspeople and youth in the kingdom who see the phones’ relatively secure communication features as a way to avoid attention from the authorities. — AP
8 foreigners among 10 killed in N Afghanistan
Zurah Adbu Ahmed, mother of suspected Al-Qaeda operative Adnan Shukrijumah, poses with a photo of her son yesterday in Miramar, Flordia. Shukrijumah, a suspected Al-Qaeda operative who lived for more than 15 years in the US, has become chief of the terror network’s global operations, the FBI says, marking the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks. Adnan Shukrijumah, 35, has taken over a position once held by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003, Miami-based FBI counterterrorism agent Brian LeBlanc told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. — AP
Obama economic aide quitting Continued from Page 1 Summers said Monday night that Romer has been “an extraordinary friend and colleague at the White House”, and he looked forward to drawing on her advice in the future. The official said no decision has been made on who will replace Romer as head of the Council of Economic Advisers. The White House has vigorously defended its interventions — chiefly the $862 billion stimulus bill approved by Congress — as moves that first prevented further freefall and then began turning around the economy. Romer, along with Vice President Joe Biden’s top economist, Jared Bernstein, wrote in a January 2009 report that the economic stimulus package Obama was proposing would keep unemployment
under 8 percent. Without the stimulus, the report said employment would rise to about 9 percent in 2010. Yet unemployment has surpassed that figure. Republicans have seized on that point. yesterday, the government released unemployment numbers for July that are expected to show a loss of 65,000 jobs because of the end of temporary positions with the US Census Bureau. The unemployment rate is not expected to budge much from its current 9.5 percent. Romer called her work the “honor of a lifetime”. She said: “While I look forward to returning to research and teaching, the opportunity to help shape economic policy these past 20 months, and to work with the other members of the economic team and my colleagues on the CEA, is one I will always cherish.” A person close to Romer
Foreign countries and the United Nations have donated millions of dollars. Nadim Ahmed, the head of the National Disaster Management Authority, said 12 million people had so far been affected by the floods and 650,000 houses destroyed over some 132,000 square kilometers (50,965 square miles), making it a biggerbut far less deadly-disaster than the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Meanwhile, at least 113 people were killed and hundreds injured after rare rainfall triggered flash floods yesterday in an area of Kashmir popular with foreign fans of high-altitude adventure sports. The floods, prompted by an intense cloudburst, surged through Leh, the main town in the Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region, causing what state Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora described as “unprecedented” devastation. Television footage showed scenes reminiscent of an earthquake, with collapsed buildings, downed power lines and residents scrabbling knee-deep through mud to try to dig survivors out of the rubble. The floods hit Leh and surrounding villages without warning during the night when most residents were asleep. “We now have got 113 bodies and we have got dozens of people who still are missing,” a senior police officer said, asking not to be named as he was not authorized to talk to the media. At least 400 people were reported injured. “The devastation is unprecedented,” Jora said, adding that the military had been called in to help with the relief efforts. The Indian army has a large presence in Ladakh, which shares a sensitive border with neighboring China. Several army posts were washed away in the flood and army spokesman Sitanshu Kar said 25 soldiers were missing. “All the civilian doctors have been
operating from the main army hospital, because the Leh Civil Hospital has been filled with mud,” Kar said. The mountainous region, in the southeastern part of Muslim-majority Kashmir, is popular with foreign adventure tourists interested in Himalayan trekking and river-running. August is the peak tourist season in Ladakh, which experiences extreme weather conditions and is largely inaccessible during the harsh winter. Some 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level, Leh is surrounded by highaltitude desert where heavy rainfall is uncommon. In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Raza Yousuf Gilani said it was the worst flooding in Pakistan’s 63-year history. Ahmed did not say what he meant by affected, though the figure presumably includes those who may have experiencing only minor floods. The United Nations earlier said that more than 4 million people had been affected, but normally bases its figures on government data. Officials from the world body were not immediately available for comment on the updated estimate Friday. Also helping out in the relief effort are Islamist charities, including the Falah-eInsaniat Foundation, which Western officials believe is linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The group has been subject to a ban, but it has been challenged in court and patchily enforced. Foundation head Hafiz Abdur Rauf said the assistance of the US Army was welcome. “This is a difficult situation for us. Every helping hand and donation is welcome,” he said, adding that his group is running 12 medical facilities and providing cooked food for 100,000 people everyday. The foundation helped out after the Kashmir earthquake under a different name. The government has come under criticism for not doing enough, especially since President
Asif Ali Zardari chose to go ahead with a trip to Europe at the height of the crisis. In the Sukkur area of Sindh in southern Pakistan, 70 villages had been flooded over the last 24 hours, the navy said. “Floods killed our people, they have ruined our homes and even washed away the graves of our loved ones. Yet we are here without help from the government,” said Mai Sahat, a 35-year-old women looking over a flooded landscape where her village used to be. Saleh Farooqi, head of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Sindh, said authorities had evacuated about 200,000 people from areas where floodwaters could hit, but many more were still living in the danger zone. “About 500,000 people living near the Indus River do not realize the gravity of the situation, and they do not know how fast the water is rushing to their areas,” he said. All helicopters currently stationed in the northwest were grounded because of poor weather, said Amal Masud, a spokeswoman for the National Disaster Management Authority. About 85 US military personnel are taking part in the relief activities along with six helicopters that were flown over from Afghanistan, where some 100,000 American troops are based battling the Taleban. Specialist Joseph James usually flies Chinooks on combat missions in Afghanistan and was happy with his new mission. “It just feels nicer helping people,” he said at a Pakistani air base in Ghazi where biscuits and water were being loaded into choppers. “The first time we got up there, everybody was shaking our hand,” said the 22-year-old from Union Star, Missouri. The United States is unpopular in Pakistan, and Washington is hoping the relief missions will help improve its image. The US military carried out larger operations in the aftermath of the Kashmir quake, as it did in predominantly Muslim Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami. Those missions were credited with boosting Washington’s reputation there. — Agencies
BlackBerry Messenger works in Saudi despite ban Continued from Page 1 The brief Saudi shutdown came five days after the UAE announced it would also cut off the messenger, email and web browsing services of the BlackBerry on October 11 over security concerns. Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper said retailers are reducing the price of the BlackBerry as customers opt for other smartphones, with discounts of up to 15 percent. As the United States stepped into the growing row, Lebanon on Thursday became the latest country in the Middle East to voice security fears over the hand-held devices. Lebanon’s telecommunications regula-
tor said Beirut would assess security concerns about the smartphones after the arrest of several telecoms employees suspected of spying for Israel. But yesterday, it said no decision had yet been reached. Defending its free market policies, Oman’s regulatory authority said the sultanate has no plans to join the ban, in a statement carried by the Oman Daily newspaper. “The authority considers these services as part of the free market philosophy in the telecommunications sector,” it said. Bahrain also said it had no plans to suspend BlackBerry services, used by 77,000 subscribers in the country, saying it wanted to remain a leader in the field of telecommunications, especially for busi-
KABUL, Afghanistan: The bodies of 10 people, including eight foreigners, were recovered yesterday in a remote area of Badakhshan province in northern Afghanistan, police said. Provincial police chief Gen Agha Noor Kemtuz said the victims, who had been shot, were found next to three bullet-riddled fourwheeled drive vehicles in Kuran Wa Munjan district. He said two Afghan men were found dead along with eight others — three women and five men — whose nationalities were not known. It was unclear what the group was doing in the forested area away from main routes through the province. Kemtuz speculated that robbery could have been a motive in the killings. “We couldn’t find any passports or anything,” he said. “Nothing was left behind.” Villagers reported seeing foreigners traveling in four-wheeled drive vehicles in the area about 15 days ago, Kemtuz said. About two days ago, villagers told police that they saw the vehicles abandoned and search crews were sent to the area to investigate, he said. In eastern Afghanistan, a candidate in next month’s parliamentary elections, who was kidnapped by insurgents, was found dead Friday along a road in Ghazni province. Also in the east, 12 Afghan civilians and a NATO service member were killed by roadside bombs. The Taliban abducted the candidate, Najib Gulstani, 10 days ago in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province, Kazim Allayar, the deputy provincial governor, said. Relatives, assisted by Afghan soldiers, recovered his body yesterday afternoon from the side of road that runs between Qarabagh and Ab Band districts, Allayar said. Aziza Mysam, a member of parliament from Ghazni, said members of the local council in Qarabagh told the governor that the Taleban wanted two of their detainees released in exchange for the candidate. She said the governor refused to entertain the exchange offer. “Ghazni is very dangerous,” said Mysam, who said she has received 10 threats from the Taliban
in the past month. She said one caller told her, “Leave your job, otherwise we will kill you.” She said she told the caller, “I’m continuing my job. It’s my wish to serve the nation. I’m not afraid of your threats.” In other violence, nine civilians were killed Thursday by a remote-controlled bomb in the Bar Kunar district of Kunar province, according to Gen. Khalilullah Zaiyi, provincial police chief. Three civilians were killed and others were wounded in a different blast Thursday in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni, NATO said. NATO did not disclose the nationality or provide other details about the death of its service member Friday. But the Polish Defense Ministry said the dead soldier was a Pole killed by a roadside bomb in Ghazni that also injured five other Polish service members. In the south, Malak Janan, a tribal chief in Kandahar province’s Dand district, and his son were killed on Thursday night when gunmen entered their home and shot them, according to Zelmai Ayubi, a spokesman for the provincial governor. The motive was unclear. NATO said Afghan-led security forces detained several suspected insurgents Thursday in neighboring Helmand province where they were tracking two Taleban district commanders in charge of Garmser and Naway-i-Barakzayi districts. One force targeted a compound in search of the militant commander for Garmser district, who directs attacks against coalition forces and runs weapons and supplies for Taliban fighters. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to ask residents to leave their buildings and, after questioning, the assault force detained several suspected insurgents. A separate security force went to Marjah district looking for the Nawah-i-Barakzayi district commander, who recently returned from Pakistan, NATO said. The force captured three men who tried to escape a compound by maneuvering through a nearby canal. The assault force detained several suspected insurgents and found five pounds (2.3 kilograms) of opium at the scene. — AP
Obama is ‘leaving Iraq to the wolves’: Tariq Aziz said she is a top contender to be named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, an appointment that would be made by the regional organization’s board of directors. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because a decision has not been made. Orszag announced his resignation in June after a grueling, nonstop sprint as director of the Office of Management and Budget and as a key adviser to Obama. During his tenure, Congress passed the most expensive economic stimulus program in US history and a massive health care reform bill. Orszag oversaw Obama’s first two budgets too. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at the time that Orszag decided to leave before work began on a third. — AP
12 million affected by Pakistan floods Continued from Page 1
ness users. “The kingdom has chosen to liberalize the telecoms sector,” said Sheikh Ahmad bin Atiyatullah Al-Khalifa, minister in charge of telecommunications. Bahrain aimed to “maintain its position as regional leader in this sector.” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that Washington would soon hold talks with the UAE and other countries about the issue. “We are taking time to consult and analyze the full the range of interests and issues at stake because we know that there is a legitimate security concern,” Clinton said. However, she also recognized a “legitimate right of free use and access.” — AFP
Continued from Page 1 “If I speak now about regrets, people will view me as an opportunist,” he said, according to the paper. Aziz has already been sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against humanity, and is accused of being part of a campaign targeting members of Iraq’s Dawa Party, of which Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is a member. Aziz, who has suffered several strokes, appeared frail at a court appearance last
month. The Guardian’s piece offered no assessment of Aziz’s condition, but said that his prison was “clean and well-managed.” The paper said Aziz offered a robust defense of his time as Saddam’s deputy — and insight into the origins of the 2003 Iraq War. Saddam preferred to keep the world guessing about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, Aziz was quoted as saying. But he explained that it was more about maintaining Iraq’s regional standing than
pushing the country into conflict with the US and Britain. “Partially it was about Iran,” Aziz was quoted as saying. “They had waged war on us for eight years, so we Iraqis had a right to deter them. Saddam was a proud man. He had to defend the dignity of Iraq. He had to show that he was neither wrong nor weak. “Now Iran is building a weapons program. Everybody knows it and nobody is doing anything. Why?” — AP
Woman symbolizes Afghan war stakes Continued from Page 1 If the response proves it still is possible for pictures to provoke a visually saturated culture, it also shows how much viewers have come to accept graphic images. Time braced for an outcry — even consulting psychologists about how the photo might affect children — but relatively little of the ensuing discussion has centered on the graphic nature of the image. Under orders from a Taleban commander acting as a judge, Aisha’s nose and ears were sliced off last year as punishment for fleeing her husband’s home, according to Time’s story and other accounts. She said she fled to escape her in-laws’ beatings and abuse. Now in a women’s shelter, she is set to get reconstructive surgery in the United States, with the help of Time, humanitarian organizations and others. Aisha posed for the Time cover photo because she wanted readers to see the potential consequences of a Taleban resurgence, the magazine said. Prominent Afghan women have expressed concerns that a potential government reconciliation with the insurgents could cost them freedoms they have gained since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the former Taliban government. The photo was shot by freelancer Jodi Bieber, and Time’s Aryn Baker wrote the story. Since the magazine hit newsstands yesterday, the photo has been discussed on many news shows, including ABC’s “This Week,” when host Christiane Amanpour held it up and asked Pelosi about America’s commitment to Afghan women as the United States weighs its future involvement in their country. Pelosi looked away before replying that
educational and other goals for Afghanistan’s women depend on establishing security and ending corruption. The picture and story have elicited more than 500 comments on Time’s website alone, plus countless others on social networks and websites ranging from the political behemoth The Huffington Post to BagNews, a forum for dissecting photography. While it is too early to gauge whether the piece affected the magazine’s sales, it already has brought in more than twice as many e-mailed letters to the editor as hot-button issues usually generate, the magazine said. “It’s provoked a tremendous amount of conversation, which is exactly what we wanted,” Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel said. “It both gets people’s attention and kind of repels people’s attention, but it commands you to look at it and have an opinion about it.” Some observers have invoked comparisons with one of photojournalism’s most enduring images: the arresting, green-eyed refugee girl who appeared on National Geographic’s cover in 1985 and became an emblem of Afghanistan’s suffering under Soviet occupation. But if Aisha is the new “Afghan girl,” some feel she is being used as a poster child for a political message. “It’s not the photo,” journalist Irin Carmon wrote on the feminist blog Jezebel. “It’s the headline. ... There is an elision here between these women’s oppression and what the US military presence can and should do about it.” At least some commentators, including some writing from Muslim perspectives, are troubled by the photo itself or its placement on the cover of a magazine with a 3.25 million-copy print circulation and a website that drew nearly 9 million unique US viewers last month. Hofstra University anthropology professor Daniel
Martin Varisco wrote on the Islam scholars’ blog, Tabsir, that the cover photo is an “unfortunate example of sensationalized news reporting” that downplays the gains Afghan women have made. Krista Riley, a sociology graduate student and contributor to a Muslim women’s website, Muslimah Media Watch, finds the photo “invasive and deeply troubling.” To Riley, the image plays into racial divides and cultural distances. Photojournalists have long grappled with how and when to use graphic pictures, balancing a belief in telling difficult truths with consideration for the sensitivities of the subjects and of readers. American media outlets have become more open to publishing such photos as they face competition from an anythinggoes online universe for an audience increasingly inured to violent images from entertainment, said Kenneth Irby, lead visual-journalism expert at the Poynter Institute. Stengel said he deliberated at length about using Aisha’s portrait, which was accompanied by an editor’s note explaining his rationale and apologizing to readers who might object. Still, some have responded to the photo by adopting Aisha as an image of far more than Afghanistan’s struggle or journalism’s role in shaping it. Jill Stanek, an anti-abortion activist and blogger, draws parallels between the Time picture and the graphic photos her fellow activists sometimes use to press their cause. Lemondrop, a women’s lifestyle blog maintained by AOL, cast Aisha’s portrait as a chastising reminder for the appearance-conscious. The Pixel Project, an online group that works to combat violence against women, saw it as a call to action. Founder Regina Yau called it “a teachable moment.” — AP
‘Terror blast’ hit Japan tanker in Arabian Gulf Continued from Page 1 In Tokyo, Japanese Transport Minister Seiji Maehara said he had instructed ministry officials to ask the UAE authorities for details of the investigation, as requested by the prime minister. “Without prejudgment, we will carry out our analysis on the cause of the incident,” Maehara was quoted as saying by Jiji Press. Japan “should take a firm stance” in response to such incidents because they threaten the country’s oil imports, the minister added. The world’s second largest economy sources some 90 percent of its oil from the Middle East, much of it from the Gulf, where the tanker was sailing from. Jihadists on Tuesday claimed a suicide bomber had struck the ship owned by Mitsui OSK Lines, which reported that tanker the M Star appeared to have been hit by a blast on July 28 in international waters between Iran and Oman. US monitoring group SITE Intelligence said the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam claimed in a
message on jihadist websites that it had placed a suicide bomber on the tanker, identifying him as Ayyub Al-Taishan. The little-known group with links to AlQaeda last October claimed responsibility for a rocket salvo into northern Israel from Lebanon, as well as for bombings in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh and two other resorts in 2004 that killed a total of 98 people. It said the attack on the tanker was carried out in the name of Omar Abdul Rahman, the Egyptian “Blind Sheikh” imprisoned in the United States for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York. The tanker attack sought “to weaken the infidel global order which is thrust unto Muslim lands and which loots its resources,” the group said, according to SITE. The militants said that because of the potential effect of this attack on oil prices and the global economy, “the enemies of Allah concealed the reality of the operation.” Mitsui OSK maintained the damage was caused in an attack despite reports that it had been caused by a freak wave.
The Japanese shipping firm said crew members saw a flash and heard an explosion shortly after midnight. One crewman was slightly wounded in the blast, which caused minor damage to the vessel, including an indentation several metres (yards) across its hull, according to pictures published by WAM. The Japan-bound vessel-crewed by 16 Filipinos and 15 Indians was carrying 270,000 tons of crude oil from the Gulf but did not suffer a spill. It arrived under its own steam to Fujairah for repairs, where an investigation into the incident was launched. The UAE coastguard spokesman said the tanker left Fujairah yesterday after the repairs were completed. The Strait of Hormuz, which separates Oman from Iran and is the gateway to the oil-rich Gulf, is particularly vulnerable because of its maximum width of around 50 kilometers (31 miles). The Bahrain-based US Navy Fifth Fleet said the strategically important waterway, through which an estimated 40 percent of global oil exports passes, remained open on the day of the reported explosion. — AFP
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Toiling Tiger fails to shine
Rio celebrates six-year countdown to Olympics
Watson sets Firestone pace
RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio de Janeiro organizers are marking the six-year countdown to the 2016 Olympics on Tuesday by creating a team of athletes and coaches to assist in the games’ preparations. The organizing committee said the Sports Advisory Council was formed so the athletes and coaches can help in the games’ organization, promotion and legacy. The council’s president is Brazilian International Olympics Committee member Joao Havelange. Rio 2016 committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman said Rio is following the example of London 2012 organizers, who created a similar sports council. “It will be fundamental to count on the collaboration of those who acted or is acting in the competition field,” Nuzman said. “This group has extensive experience and will advise us mostly on what concerns the sports facilities and the Olympic Village.” Fourteen former and active athletes and coaches have already been chosen for the council, including football coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, former Brazil and WNBA women’s basketball player Janeth Arcain, Brazil’s men’s volleyball coach Bernardinho and former tennis player Gustavo Kuerten. “Our opinion is really fundamental and I hope to contribute (so) the athletes (can) find an ideal competition environment,” said Maurren Maggi, the women’s long jump gold medalist in Beijing in 2008. The council is expected to hold regular meetings and its members will directly cooperate with the sports and infrastructure departments of the organizing committee to help improve the games’ preparation, officials said. The council’s members will also assist in the promotion of the Rio 2016 Games in Brazil and abroad. In Tuesday’s event announcing the council, Nuzman and other officials said Rio is on track preparing for the games. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said “the preparation of the city has already begun” and “infrastructure works” are at full steam. Sports Minister Orlando Silva said Brazil is preparing to deliver the best Olympics of all time. Brazil will also host the 2014 World Cup. — AP
AKRON: With Tiger Woods struggling, long-hitting American Bubba Watson stole the limelight from the game’s biggest names by surging into a two-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round at the WGCBridgestone Invitational. Competing in the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) event for the first time, lefthander Watson birdied five of the last eight holes on a hot, humid af ternoon to card a spectacular six-under-par 64 at Firestone Country Club. He ended his round in outrageous fashion, finding the left rough off the 18th tee before hitting a lob wedge over trees to 36 feet and coolly sinking a curling putt from just off the green for a birdie. Woods, seeking a record eighth win at one of his favorite venues, struggled in every area of his game as he chalked up a six-bogey 74, his worst score at Firestone in 45 rounds. Masters champion Phil Mickelson, who could replace Woods as world number one after this week, fired a 66 to lie two strokes off the pace with fellow American Kenny Perry, Australian Adam Scott and US Open winner Graeme McDowell of Britain. Four more AmericansChad Campbell, Sean O’Hair, Jeff Overton and Bo Van Peltand double US Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa opened with matching 67s. Watson, who clinched his first PGA Tour title at the Travelers Championship in June, had never seen the tight, tree-lined Firestone layout before this week. “I knew it was going to be tough but I putted really well, hit good iron shots and made it look a little bit easy,” the 31-year-old told reporters after covering the back nine in four-under 31
and totaling only 22 putts. “But we’re not done yet. We’ve still got three tough days of golf to go.” MAIN TARGET Watson, whose main target this year was to make the US Ryder Cup team, felt he had benefited from his relaxed approach at Firestone. “If it’s a win this week or whatever it takes to get into the Ryder Cup, that’s my main goal,” he said. “I learned the golf course in a couple of days... so I’m just free-wheeling it, just having fun.” Woods, who had averaged a superb 67.75 in his previous 44 rounds at Firestone, took little comfort after finding only five fairways out of 14, struggling with his iron shots and totaling 32 putts. “Just because I like the golf course doesn’t mean I’m going to play well on it,” the 14-times major winner said. “You still have to execute, and I didn’t do that today. “I’ve just got to hopefully tomorrow get it to even par or under par for the tournament and then hopefully put together a good weekend and see where that puts me.” Mickelson was delighted to recover from two bogeys in his first six holes after teeing off at the par-four 10th. “It was a good day in that I got off to a poor start... and then was able to turn it around and shoot 30 on my back nine to get in good position,” the lefthander said. Mickelson would become world number one for the first time with victory this week. He would also take over at the top by finishing in the top four at Firestone if Woods places outside the top 37 and Britain’s Lee Westwood comes third or worse. — Reuters
15-year-old golfer Hall shoots 78 in PGA debut VERONA: Gavin Hall’s debut on the PGA Tour didn’t go as well as planned, yet the 15year-old golfer was still smiling after shooting a 6-overpar 78 in the first round of the Turning Stone Championship. “It was a good day. It was all right, just a struggle from the first hole as you guys could see,” said Hall, who is trying to become the secondyoungest player in tour history to make a tournament cut. “But that’s going to happen in golf. It was just unfortunate, one of my bad days of golf happened at a PGA Tour event.” Hall said he still had a lot of confidence. And why not, he shot a 10-under-par 62 two weeks ago to set a scoring record at the US Junior Amateur. “I’ve been having strong finishes the last three or four weeks. I think I can definitely improve on it and post a good number (Friday).” The left-handed teenager was followed by a gallery of about 200 fans, by far the
day’s largest. He opened with a double bogey before making birdie at the par-5 fifth hole. He then hit trouble on the back nine with bogeys at the 12th and 14th and a triple bogey at No 13. “Middle part of the round was just rough. I wasn’t in rhythm,” he said. “I learned to keep your emotions in control. That’s the thing.” Hall played in a group with New Zealander Tim Wilkinson and Cameron Tringale. Wilkinson was impressed with his young playing partner. “It’s hard watching someone that’s a little bit nervous on the first few holes. I think he had a little bit of adrenaline going early on,” said Wilkinson, who shot a 5under 67. “He hit it over a few greens, but after that he played really well. As long as he has fun and learns from it, he’s got a big future in front of him. He’s got a good game.” Rain delayed play in the morning for nearly three hours. — AP
OHIO: Bubba Watson watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships in Akron, Ohio. — AFP
Playing partners Mickelson, McIlroy flourish at Firestone AKRON: Playing partners Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy formed their own mutual admiration society as they charged into contention at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday. World number two Mickelson fired an opening round four-under-par 66 and eighth-ranked McIlroy began with a 68, both of them recovering from untidy starts with sparkling runs after the turn. “We fed off each other on the back nine,” Northern Irishman McIlroy told
reporters after coming home in threeunder 32. “Phil played a couple of great shots and chipped in on the sixth hole, which was one of the best shots I’ve seen all year. “He struggled early on but had a great finish. He’s a great player and that’s what great players do. They hang in there and make a score out of something that wasn’t necessarily there.” American left-hander Mickelson holed out with a lob wedge from 50 feet right of the green at the
par-four sixth as he covered his first nine holes in a sizzling five-under 30. The four-times major winner, who clinched his first World Golf Championships title at last year’s WGC-CA Championship in Miami, said he always relished McIlroy’s company despite their age difference. “I do enjoy playing with Rory,” the 40-year-old added. “He’s fun, he’s interesting and he’s a smart guy so we always have intelligent conversation.” Both players are installing
state-of-the-art practice facilities at their respective homes, and this was among the various topics they discussed together at Firestone Country Club on Thursday. “He’s really got a great demeanor, always upbeat and great to be around, not to mention his talent,” said Masters champion Mickelson. “We get to play together again tomorrow.” McIlroy shot a course record 10under 62 to win his maiden PGA Tour title at the Quail Hollow
Championship in May and Mickelson has become an unabashed fan of the 21-year-old’s game. “I look at the guys today who are young, in their teens and 20s-Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Ryo Ishikawa and some of these other young kids,” Mickelson said. “Their ball striking is so superior to where myself or other players of my age were at when we were in our teens and 20s. Their ball striking is just extremely impressive.” — Reuters
Sabbatini shares clubhouse lead at rain-hit PGA event
NEW YORK: Rory Sabbatini watches his bunker shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship golf tournament in Verona, NY — AP
VERONA: South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini fired a seven-under par 65 to share the lead on Thursday when darkness halted the opening round of the four million-dollar US PGA Turning Stone Championship. Sabbatini and American Omar Uresti were in the clubhouse on 65, one stroke ahead of Australian Steve Elkington, England’s Brian Davis, Germany’s Alex Cejka and American Brad Faxon. The South African birdied the third and sixth holes, the front nine’s par-3 holes, and birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine. Uresti birdied three of the first four on the back side and closed with back-to-back birdies. “It’s not often you can come off the golf course and jokingly say you should have birdied them all, but I did,” Sabbatini
said. It was the South African’s best round since a 63 at the season-opening Tournament of Champions. “I played well,” Sabbatini said. “I didn’t score anywhere near what my potential was out there. I had a really good ball-striking day, had a lot of short birdie putts that I missed, a lot of good opportunities I squandered. “But overall I made it a pretty stress-free day.” Because of rains that halted play for three hours, there were 24 players still on the course when darkness fell, none with more than four holes to play. Only two unfinished American golfers were a threat to join the leaders, with Chris Tidland at six-under with two holes remaining and Steve Wheatcroft at five-under with 17 and 18 to finish as well. Top-
ranked Tiger Woods and most of the world’s top players are taking part in the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational this week at Akron, Ohio, instead of at this event. American 15-year-old Gavin Hall, trying to become the second-youngest player to make a PGA cut, had a rough tour debut, although his six-over 78 in a debut made possible by a sponsor exemption was not too disappointing. “It was a good day. It was all right, just a struggle from the first hole,” Hall said. “But that’s going to happen in golf. It was just unfortunate, one of my bad days of golf happened at a PGA Tour event. “But I still have a lot of confidence.” Southpaw Hall fired a 10-under 62 two weeks ago to set a record at the US Junior Amateur. — AFP
Saturday, August 7, 2010
NBA results/standings Major League Baseball results on Thursday. Minnesota 8, Tampa Bay 6; Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit 4 (11 innings); Baltimore 5, LA Angels 4; Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 1; Hoston 6, Cleveland 2; Atlanta 3, San Francisco 2; Philadelphia 5, Florida 4 (10 innings); Arizona 8, Washington 4; San Diego 5, LA Dodgers 0; Texas 6, Seattle 0; American League National League Eastern Division Eastern Division Atlanta 62 46 .574 W L PCT GB Philadelphia 60 48 .556 2 NY Yankees 67 40 .626 NY Mets 54 54 .500 8 Tampa Bay 67 41 .620 .5 Florida 53 55 .491 9 Boston 62 47 .569 6 Washington 48 61 .440 14.5 Toronto 56 52 .519 11.5 Baltimore 35 73 .324 32.5 Central Division Cincinnati 61 48 .560 Central Division St Louis 60 48 .556 .5 Chicago White Sox 62 46 .574 Milwaukee 50 59 .459 11 Minnesota 61 48 .560 1.5 Houston 47 60 .439 13 Detroit 53 55 .491 9 Chicago Cubs 47 61 .435 13.5 Kansas City 46 62 .426 16 Pittsburgh 38 70 .352 22.5 Cleveland 46 63 .422 16.5 Western Division Western Division San Diego 63 44 .589 San Francisco 62 47 .569 2 Texas 63 45 .583 Colorado 56 52 .519 7.5 Oakland 54 53 .505 8.5 LA Dodgers 56 53 .514 8 LA Angels 54 56 .491 10 Arizona 41 68 .376 23 Seattle 40 69 .367 23.5
Phillies benefit from an umpire’s bad call MIAMI: Carlos Ruiz homered leading off the 10th inning as the Philadelphia Phillies benefited from an umpire’s bad call to complete a three-game series sweep of the Florida Marlins with a 5-4 victory Thursday. A ruling by third base umpire Bob Davidson cost the Marlins a victory in the ninth. Gaby Sanchez pulled a grounder over third base for a hit that would have scored Hanley Ramirez from second base, but Davidson ruled the ball foul. Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez argued in vain, and replays showed ball landed inside the line behind the base. Ruiz, who had a two-run double in the sixth, broke the tie in the 10th with his fifth homer off Will Ohman (0-1). Braves 3, Giants 2 At Atlanta, Eric Hinske snapped a 17-pitch hitless streak with a tiebreaking, sixthinning home run off San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum. Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer in the second inning - his second for Atlanta - for the other runs off Lincecum (11-5). Jair Jurrjens (4-4) went six innings for the Braves, allowing seven hits, two runs and three walks. Billy Wagner picked up his 26th save with a scoreless ninth. Lincecum, who had won six of his seven previous starts against Atlanta, gave up six hits and three runs in 6 1-3 innings.
game losing streak. Jones snapped an 0-for-20 stretch by leading off the second against Jeff Francis (4-4) with his teamleading 15th homer.
Pirates 5, Rockies 1 At Pittsburgh, James McDonald pitched six shutout innings in his Pittsburgh debut as Colorado lost its seventh straight road game. Five days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers, McDonald (1-1) had eight strikeouts - as many as any Pirates starter had all season. He allowed four hits and a walk in his second start of the season and sixth of his career. Garrett Jones and Ronny Cedeno homered for Pittsburgh, which came in having lost six of its past seven. Troy Tulowitzki had the lone RBI and three of the Rockies’ seven hits - all singles. Colorado had won five of its past six since snapping an eight-
Diamondbacks 8, Nationals 4 At Phoenix, Kelly Johnson and Adam LaRoche both had three hits as Arizona’s Barry Enright overcame two of Washington’s four solo homers in six solid innings. The Diamondbacks struck out 12 times to eclipse 1,000 for the season, offsetting that with 13 hits and Justin Upton’s two RBIs to earn a split of the fourgame series. Enright (3-2) gave up solo homers to Adam Kennedy in the third inning and Ryan Zimmerman in the fifth, but little else to earn the win after two tough no-decisions. Zimmerman added another solo homer off Esmerling Vasquez to follow Roger Bernadina’s the inning before, but the Nationals
PHOENIX: Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson (left) turns the double play while avoiding the Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn in the fifth inning during a baseball game in Phoenix.— AP couldn’t overcome a shaky start from Ross Detwiler (0-2), who allowed seven runs and nine hits in four innings. Padres 5, Dodgers 0 At Los Angeles, Kevin Correia and four relievers combined on a shutout as San Diego salvaged a split of the four-game series with Los Angeles. Correia (8-7) allowed four hits over 5 2-3 innings and did not strike out a batter in his 100th major league start. Luke Gregerson gave up two two-out singles in the eighth before Heath Bell got the final four outs for his 31st save. Chad Billingsley (9-6) gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 25 before San Diego grabbed a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Chase Headley and Adrian Gonzalez hit consecutive RBI singles and Tony Gwynn Jr added a sacrifice fly. — AP
Kotsay’s triple lifts White Sox DETROIT: Mark Kotsay hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, then lined a two-run triple in the 11th to send the Chicago White Sox past the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Thursday. Detroit’s Ryan Raburn hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Bobby Jenks that made it 4-all. Sergio Santos (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for his first major league win. Freddy Garcia pitched 6 23 strong innings for the AL Central leaders. Kotsay’s go-ahead triple came off Jose Valverde (1-3). Brent Lillibridge and Andruw Jones hit oneout singles in the 11th before Kotsay’s drive into the right-center field gap.
Twins 8, Rays 6 At St Petersburg, Florida, Jason Kubel’s twoout popup hit a catwalk high above Tropicana Field and fell near the pitcher’s mound for a goahead single in the ninth inning that sent Minnesota past Tampa Bay. The Rays scored six times in the eighth, capped by pinch-hitter Jason Barlett’s grand slam. Michael Cuddyer added a more conventional RBI single off Joaquin Benoit (0-1) later in the Twins’ ninth. Matt Capps (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win.
Orioles 5, Angels 4 At Baltimore, Cesar Izturis singled in the winning run in the ninth inning as Baltimore remained unbeaten under new manager Buck Showalter, defeating Los Angeles for a threegame sweep. Matt Wieters led off the ninth with a double off Francisco Rodriguez (0-3). After pinchrunner Julio Lugo took third on a bunt by Corey Patterson, the Angels packed the drawn-up infield
with six players. Izturis then lined a single up the middle, sparking a wild celebration by the Orioles around first base. Jason Berken (3-2) got the win despite giving up a three-run, game-tying homer to Torii Hunter in the eighth.
Red Sox 6, Indians 2 At Boston, Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched eight solid innings and Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam to lead Boston past Cleveland. Matsuzaka (8-3) allowed Shin-Soo Choo Shin-soo 14th homer of the season in the first but gave up just four more hits and never faced more than four batters in any inning. Beltre connected for his 20th homer in the fourth inning after Josh Tomlin (1-1) retired Boston’s first 10 batters. Beltre took over the team’s RBI lead with 75. Jonathan Papelbon got his 26th save in 31 opportunities when he struck out Trevor Crowe with the bases loaded for the final out. Rangers 6, Mariners 0 At Seattle, David Murphy hit his second goahead home run in two nights and Tommy Hunter resumed his excellence as Texas blanked Seattle. Murphy drove in the game’s first two runs with his seventh homer of the season in the sixth. Hunter (9-1) pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings against the worst offensive team in the major leagues to up the Rangers’ lead in the AL West to a season high-tying 81/2 games over the idle Athletics. Felix Hernandez (7-9) lost his fourth consecutive decision - even though his ERA remained steady at 2.94, sixth-lowest in the AL.—AP
India battling to save test as Randiv strikes Tendulkar keeps India’s hopes alive COLOMBO: India’s renowned batsmen were handed a stern challenge to secure a series-leveling win in the final Test after Sri Lanka fought hard with both bat and ball yesterday. India, set a victory target of 257, ended the rousing fourth day’s play on 53-3 in their second innings, following a triple strike by lanky off-spinner Suraj Randiv. Randiv, sharing the new ball with Lasith Malinga, had in-form Virender Sehwag caught in the slips in his first over and later bowled Rahul Dravid off the inside edge for seven. He then dismissed opener Murali Vijay for 27 to a disputed catch at short-leg by Mahela Jayawardene, which was referred to the television umpire before the batsman was ruled out. Sachin Tendulkar, the world’s leading run-getter playing a record 169th Test match, kept India’s hopes alive with a watchful unbeaten 11. Nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was on two, with India needing 204 more runs on the final day with seven wickets in hand. Sri Lanka made 267 in their second innings after a spectacular century partnership for the ninth wicket between Thilan Samaraweera and Ajantha Mendis. India’s spinners had sparked a dramatic collapse in the morning session as five wickets fell for 24 runs to reduce the hosts to 87-7 in an hour’s play. But the last three wickets added 180 runs to frustrate the Indians as Samaraweera followed his century in the first innings with a fighting 83 in the company of tailenders. Samaraweera added 38 runs for the eighth wicket with Lasith Malinga (15) and Sri Lanka’s record ninth-wicket stand of 118 with Mendis (78). The duo flayed the Indian attack for two hours and 32 minutes before the partnership was broken in the first over with the second new ball. Samaraweera attempted to pull a short ball from Abhimanyu Mithun and gloved a catch to Indian captain Mahendra Dhoni behind the stumps. Mendis, who hit 10 boundaries and a six in his maiden half-century, scored 20 runs in the company of last man Chanaka Welegedara before being held in the covers off Amit Mishra. “I never took batting seriously because my primary role was that of a bowler, but I soon realized I needed to bat too,” said Mendis, whose highest score in 11 previous Tests was 27. “I worked hard at the nets and am glad to help Sri Lanka recover today.” Mendis was confident Sri Lanka will win the Test on Saturday. “The morning session usually helps spinners, so we are looking to pick up a few wickets before lunch tomorrow,” he said. “We should be able to wrap up the game by afternoon.” India’s three spinners, Pragyan Ojha, Mishra and Sehwag, claimed three wickets each on a pitch that afforded turn and bounce to the bowlers. Sri Lanka added 18 runs to their overnight score of 45-2 when Ojha trapped nightwatchman Randiv leg-before for six, one ball after Dhoni dropped a simple catch behind the stumps. Ojha then dealt two deadly blows in successive overs, getting rid of Sri Lanka’s batting mainstays, Mahela Jayawardene (five) and skipper Kumar Sangakkara (28). It was the Sri Lankan captain’s first failure in the series after making 103 in the first Test, 219 and 42 not out in the second and 75 in the first innings of this match. Mishra removed Angelo Mathews and Prasanna Jayawardene with consecutive deliveries, but Malinga prevented the hattrick. — AFP
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan cricketer Suraj Randiv (second right) safely completes a run as Indian wicket keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (left) displaces the wicket while fielders Virender Sehwag (second left) and Murali Vijay look on during the fourth day of the third and final test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka yesterday.— AP
SCOREBOARD Scoreboard at the close of the fourth day of the third and final test between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo yesterday. Sri Lanka first innings 425 (K. Sangakkara 75, M Jayawardene 56, T. Samaraweera 137, P. Ojha 4/115) India first innings (V. Sehwag 109, V.V.S. Laxman 56, S.Raina 62, S. Randiv 4-80) Sri Lanka second innings (45-2 overnight) T. Paranavitana c Dhoni b Sehwag 16 T. Dilshan c Vijay b Sehwag 13 K. Sangakkara c Raina b Ojha 28 S. Randiv lbw b Ojha 6 M. Jayawardene c Dravid b Ojha 5 T. Samaraweera c Dhoni b Mithun 83 A. Mathews c Tendulkar b Mishra 5 P. Jayawardene lbw b Mishra 0 L. Malinga lbw b Sehwag 15 A. Mendis c Raina b Mishra 78 C. Welegedara not out 4 Extras: (lb-4, nb-6, w-4) 14
Total: (all out; 85.2 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-32 2-39 3-63 4-77 5-78 6-87 7-87 8-125 9-243 10-267
Bowling: Mithun 8-1-22-1, Sharma 17-3-54-0 (4-w, 4-nb), Ojha 285-89-3, Sehwag 15-0-51-3, Mishra 17.2-1-47-3 (2-nb). India second innings M. Vijay c M. Jayawardene b Randiv 27 V. Sehwag c M. Jayawardene b Randiv 0 R. Dravid b Randiv 7 S. Tendulkar not out 11 I. Sharma not out 2 Extras: (lb-4, nb-2) 6 Total: (three wickets, 18 overs) 53 Fall of wickets: 1-10 2-27 3-49 To bat: VVS Laxman, S. Raina, MS Dhoni, A. Mishra, A. Mithun, P. Ojha. Bowling: Malinga 6-1-16-0 (1-nb), Randiv 9-2-20-3, Mathews 2-05-0, Welegedara 1-0-8-0 (1-nb).
England turn the screw on hapless Pakistan BIRMINGHAM: England ripped Pakistan out for 72 and reached 43 for no wicket in reply to take complete command of the second test at tea on the first day yesterday. Pakistan crumbled meekly to their lowest-ever test total against England after winning the toss and openers Andrew Strauss (24 not out) and Alastair Cook (17) turned the screw on the touring side who lost the first test by 354 runs. The Pakistan innings lasted just 39.3 overs and spanned four minutes short of three hours. Umar Amin top-scored with just 23, Stuart Broad claimed four for 38 and James Anderson four for 20 in idyllic conditions for seam and swing bowling. The total was eight runs lower than Pakistan’s previous low recorded in their second innings in the first test which finished tomorrow. Pakistan resumed after lunch on 37 for six but despite the highest partnership of the innings of 27 between Mohammad Aamer and Amin, they lost their last four wickets for nine runs. Pakistan, who lost 3-0 in their 2006 series in England, chose to bat despite agreeing in a team meeting the previous evening that they would bowl given such conditions, according to team sources. Imran Farhat’s arduous 31-minute struggle for no runs from 24 balls ended when his ultra-defensive approach was undone by a short ball which the opener edged to wicketkeeper Matt Prior off Broad. It was clear the Pakistani batsmen were intent on playing more conservatively than at Trent Bridge but they also invited pressure. When Butt (7) played a leg glance off Anderson for a single to take the team to nine for one, it was the first run off the bat for 49 deliveries. Butt succumbed after 40 balls, attempting a rare attacking shot which he edged to Graeme Swann at second slip off Steven Finn. Shoaib Malik (3) drove his first ball firmly through cover three runs but he then edged an
SCOREBOARD BIRMINGHAM, England: Scoreboard at close of Pakistan’s first innings on the first day of the second Test against England at Edgbaston here on yesterday: Extras (lb4, nb1) 5 Pakistan 1st Innings Total (all out, 39.3 overs, 176 mins) 72 Imran Farhat c Prior b Broad 0 Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Farhat), 2-9 (Butt), 3-12 Salman Butt c Swann b Finn 7 (Malik), 4-29 (Ali), 5-33 (Akmal), 6-36 (Haider), Azhar Ali lbw b Broad 0 7-63 (Amin), 8-64 (Gul), 9-67 (Aamer), 10-72 Shoaib Malik c Prior b Anderson 3 (Asif) Umar Akmal lbw b Finn 17 Bowling: Anderson 14.3-6-20-4 (1nb); Broad 17Umar Amin c Collingwood b Broad 23 7-38-4; Finn 8-3-10-2. Zulqarnain Haider c Prior b Broad 0 England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Mohammad Aamer c Cook b Anderson 12 Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Umar Gul c Pietersen b Anderson 0 Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wkt), Saeed Ajmal not out 5 Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Mohammad Asif c Pietersen b Anderson 0 Steven Finn Anderson out-swinger to a diving Prior. Umar Akmal’s clip off his legs over square for six off a Broad half-volley was a rare moment of cheer for the Pakistani fans, spotted around a half-full Edgbaston undergoing
major reconstruction. Azhar Ali put up a brave but ultimately fruitless struggle. He failed to score a run from his 32 balls, before being trapped lbw by a Broad delivery that swung into him and cut back. Akmal (17) was lbw to
Finn though he would probably have been not out if he had used one of his team’s two reviews as the ball struck him outside the line of off stump. Debutant Zulqarnain Haider edged his first ball in test cricket to Prior off Broad. —Reuters
Undefeated Aussies book the final spot MOENCHENGLADBACH: Australia defeated hosts Germany 3-1 on Thursday to maintain their perfect Champions Trophy record and book their place in Sunday’s final. Frenetic end-to-end play marked the first 20 minutes, both teams having shots on goal until Martin Haner converted Germany’s first penalty corner for their only goal. Des Abbott picked up a rebound from Germany goalkeeper Max Weinholt for Australia’s first goal just before the break and added another, deflecting in a cross from Jamie Dwyer early in the second half. Dwyer put the match out of Germany’s reach, hammering in a loose ball which Germany defense failed to control and clear. “We came here to play in the final and we have achieved that and I am proud of the way we fought although I think the result could have gone either way,” said Australia coach Richard Charlesworth. Germany stay second in the group despite suffering a second successive defeat having lost to Spain on Tuesday. But coach Markus Weise still saw positives. “It was a close match and I am happy we could create chances. Unfortunately we were unable to convert any, apart from the one penalty corner, so creating chances is one thing and converting them is anoth-
er,” Weise said. New Zealand came within 10 seconds of another historic win after defeating Netherlands 3-1 Tuesday, but conceded a last second penalty corner and goal to allow Spain to draw 4-4. New Zealand now share third place with Spain and England, all with four points. David Alegre scored first for Spain followed by Nicholas Wilson’s deflection high into the net for his third goal in three matches at the tournament. Santi Freixa’s individual goal had Spain ahead 2-1 going towards the break until Simon Child levelled at 2-2 in the last minute of the first half. New Zealand dominated Spain for the first 20 minutes of the second half as Phillip Burrows then Steven Edwards scored field goals for a 4-2 lead with 15 minutes to play. Spain hit back a minute later, Ramon Alegre converting Spain’s third penalty corner off Pau Quemada’s flick. Spain went for the equalizer, gained a penalty corner with 90 seconds left on the clock after New Zealand had their video referral refused. The push out was not stopped giving New Zealand 80 seconds to defend their lead. In the last play of the game, Spain gained possession in New Zealand’s circle and won a penalty corner. The final siren sounded and Spain took the penalty corner, converted by Miquel Delas. —AFP
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Rebel French players face disciplinary case PARIS: The French football federation has opened a disciplinary case against the players who went on strike at the World Cup in South Africa. French federation spokesman Francois Manardo said yesterday that the federal council of the federation had asked its disciplinary commission to give a ruling on the case after reviewing a report from a commission of inquiry set up last month. The commission is expect-
ed to gather within 15 days. French federation president Fernand Duchaussoy said before the meeting of the federal council that such a move did not necessarily mean sanctions would be taken. Three investigators have interviewed 18 of the 23 World Cup players, staff members and federation officials who were in South Africa when the players decided to boycott a training session. The
strike was intended to protest Nicolas Anelkaís exclusion from the squad following an expletive-filled tirade directed at then-coach Raymond Domenech during a 2-0 loss to Mexico. According to Patrick Braouezec, a deputy in the French national assembly who was a member of the three-man inquiry commission, none of the players who were questioned confirmed Anelka
used the offensive and crude words printed by sports daily LíEquipe after the altercation. Braouezec told RTL radio yesterday that the players accepted collective responsibility in the case. ´They were not pressurized and there were no leaders,ª he said. Anelka never denied ranting at Domenech but took LíEquipe to court for
Arsenal’s captain ends speculation
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according to British media reports. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has remained adamant since the end of last season that Fabregas would remain at the club, this week called on his young captain to end the speculation surrounding his future. “I have had many conversations with Arsene Wenger both in person and over the phone over the last few months and although the content of those conversations will remain private, the conclusion is that Barcelona have had two formal offers rejected by Arsenal,” Fabregas continued. “I owe a lot to the club, manager and the fans and I will respect their decision and will now concentrate on the new season ahead with Arsenal.” The classy midfield playmaker, who joined Arsenal in 2003, is a popular figure at the north London club and will be a key figure in their quest to win a first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup. Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004. Fabregas has enjoyed huge success in the Spanish national team, helping them win the 2008 European Championship and this year’s World Cup.— Reuters
Chelsea, Utd face off in Community Shield Injured Cech, Carrick will miss the curtain-raiser LONDON: Chelsea and Manchester United renew acquaintance in tomorrow’s Community Shield season opener with one team worried about its form and another concerned by injuries. Premier League and FA Cup champion Chelsea meets league runner-up United having lost three straight friendlies and still trying to complete its activity in the transfer market. On the other side, United is without midfielder Michael Carrick because of an ankle injury and striker Michael Owen is worried about the effect the Wembley turf will have on his hamstrings. Czech international goalkeeper Petr Cech and England midfielder Michael Carrick will miss the curtainraiser to the English season when Chelsea play Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium tomorrow. Carrick injured an ankle in United’s 7-1 win over the League of Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday and the problem will also sideline him for the opening matches of the Premier League season. He was one of a number of injured players highlighted by manager Alex Ferguson at a news briefing yesterday with the United boss adding Rio Ferdinand and midfielder Anderson would also miss the game. Owen is finally fit after rupturing a hamstring at Wembley in February and is wondering whether a re-laid surface containing synthetic fibers will lessen the impact the often uneven field has on players. Owen’s injury after scoring in the League Cup final was one of several blamed on the Wembley turf last season. It was widely criticized and John Terry said it ruined the FA Cup final, which Chelsea won 1-0 against Portsmouth. “Hopefully it makes it a lot better because I wasn’t the only injury to come out of that game and we don’t want the same to happen again,” Owen said. “There were quite a lot of other injured players and that is the worrying bit. “If it was just me then you could say it was a freak accident. But the pitch must have had something to do with it because there were loads
of injuries.” Owen’s return and the signing of Mexico striker Javier Hernandez should provide a big boost to a United side that won the League Cup but missed out on a record fourth straight Premier League title when it finished a single point behind the Blues. Hernandez, who is also known by his nickname of Chicharito, joined United for 7 million pounds ($11.1 million) in April. He scored twice at the World Cup and has impressed in preseason, scoring three times for his new club and once for his old team Chivas, against United. Hernandez, Owen and Wayne Rooney are all in contention for a place in attack against Chelsea, which won both league meetings between the clubs last season for an edge that proved crucial in the outcome of the title. Chelsea also beat United in a shootout to win last season’s Community Shield. The winner of the Community Shield has gone on to win the league title the past three seasons, although prior to that it has been an unreliable indicator of the year to come. Liverpool won it twice in the past decade but the closest it has come to winning a first title since 1990 was when it finished runner-up in 2009. Chelsea scored seven goals twice before wrapping up the Premier League title with an 8-0 win over Wigan but, with the league season starting Aug. 14, is in less than impressive form. It has lost to Ajax, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburg since beating secondtier English side Crystal Palace last month. Most recently it was beaten 2-1 at Hamburg on Wednesday. “We’ve had a lot of hard training sessions over the last few days,” striker Nicolas Anelka said. “It’s a shame because we conceded two rubbish goals but what can I say? “I think we are improving in our play - we played well in some parts - and I hope we will be OK for Manchester United tomorrow.” Chelsea’s lineup will be a familiar one, with Yossi Benayoun replacing Joe Cole in the only notable transfer of the offseason. Chelsea is trying to sign Brazil midfielder Ramires but has not completed the deal. —Agencies
Laurent Blanc dropped all the World Cup players for next weekís friendly in Norway as collective punishment for their actions. Blanc now hopes the federation will not impose further suspensions on the players, a decision that would hamper his teamís chances in the qualifying race for the 2012 European Championship. France crashed out in the first round at the World Cup without winning a match. — AP
Newcastle aiming to avoid past mistakes
Fabregas commits to Arsenal LONDON: Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas ended speculation linking him with a move to La Liga champions Barcelona by confirming his commitment to the Premier League club yesterday. “Firstly I would like to apologize to all the Arsenal fans for not speaking sooner about my future but I have not known what I was going to do until this moment,” the 23-year old Spanish international said in a statement. “I cannot deny that joining a club like Barcelona was not an attractive move for me... There are not many players in the world who would not want to play for Barcelona. “This was the club where I learnt my football, it is my home town where my friends and family are and a club where I have always dreamed of playing. “I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal’s prerogative not to sell me... I can assure all the fans that now the negotiations have ended I will be 100 per cent focused on playing for Arsenal,” he added. Fabregas, who began his career at Barcelona, had been heavily linked with the Catalan club, who had two bids turned down in the close season, including a 29 millionpound ($46.12 million) offer,
libel, accusing the newspaper of distorting his words. The case is unlikely to start until after this month. After Anelkaís words were splashed across the front page of the newspaper, the French football federation sent the striker home, and the following day the entire squad refused to take part in training in protest at the decision. Newly-appointed French coach
LONDON: Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas kicks a ball during their open training session coinciding with the English Premier League soccer club’s Members’ Day at the Emirates Stadium in London. — AP
LONDON: Newcastle returns to the Premier League this season as the biggest of a trio of promoted clubs and intent on avoiding the mistakes of its last spell in the top flight. Newcastle’s 15year spell in the Premier League ended in 2009 amid financial chaos, uncertainty over its ownership and fans livid at underperforming star players. Chris Hughton stepped up from the role of assistant manager to guide the team back up after just a single season, alongside West Bromwich Albion and Blackpool. He is now warning against unrealistic expectations and another headlong chase for honors. “It’s stability we need and that can’t happen overnight,” Hughton said. Newcastle finished third the last time it was promoted to the Premier League for the 1993-94 season, but that was only with the millions of former owner John Hall and the fervor of coach Kevin Keegan. “It is important that this club has a period of stability in the Premier League and I don’t think anybody would expect a team coming from the championship to the Premier League to be knocking on the door of Europe,” Hughton said. Newcastle sold or released five big-earning stars, including Michael Owen, after it was relegated and signed a cluster of less prestigious names. Hughton said his influence was minimal and that the players bonded in adversity to win the League Championship. Hughton seems to be counting on the morale again. He has so far only bolstered his squad with veteran defender Sol Campbell, Everton midfielder Dan Gosling and Nottingham Forest youngster James Perch. While Newcastle and West Brom are back in familiar territory after a single season in the League Championship, Blackpool has not been in the top flight since 1971. Blackpool’s limited hopes of avoiding last place and relegation apparently hinge on maintaining the momentum that teams promoted through the playoffs often carry through to the start of the new season. Hull’s early form compensated for a later collapse to keep it up in 2009 and Burnley beat Manchester United and Everton in its first two home games before sliding to relegation last season. The Tangerines are on a roll after winning seven of their last eight matches to qualify for the final playoff spot and then winning all three of its playoff games. But only one promoted team has ever avoided relegation after finishing sixth in the League Championship. Blackpool has topflight experience in Jason Euell and Brett Ormerod but the 33-year-old Euell has not played in the Premier League since 2007. He is now a midfielder instead of the striker for whom Charlton paid Wimbledon 4.75 million pounds (then $6.73 million) in 2001. Ormerod’s
Premier League experience consists of 12 goals in 98 games in a five-year spell at Southampton that was punctuated by loan spells at two lower-league sides. “Some of the players have been coming up to me asking me what it’s like and how it is,” Euell said. “Again I can only go from experience from the games I’ve played in and I just say, ‘football is football.’ “The only difference is that in this league the quality is a lot different and it’s just down to concentration. I think a lot of that is key to the way we play and what mentality we go into the games at.” With club-record 500,000 pound ($797,600) signing Charlie Adam central in midfield, Blackpool played some entertaining football last season, but its limited resources and allure means it has added only Israel defender Dekel Keinan to the 18 players listed on its website. And manager Ian Holloway is determined to be picky over who he brings in, particularly after watching team including Bradford, Barnsley and Hull stumble badly after paying too much for bigger names. “It won’t be tried and tested because, basically, what you’ve got is people who have been to the Premiership and failed,” Holloway said. “The most important thing is to marry people up in positions that have got more life in them and can go on again. “They’ll have to come for the right reason, which isn’t their wage packet. It’ll be wanting to play in the Premiership for Blackpool.” The club will comfortably conform to the Premier League’s new 25-man squad rule but will struggle if it picks up more injuries. Striker Billy Clarke could miss the whole season following knee surgery and midfielder Keith Southern will at least miss the season opener at Wigan after injuring his knee in a preseason friendly defeat at Bristol City. West Brom’s fourth promotion since 2002 came when the Baggies finished second to Newcastle in the League Championship with a club-record 91 points. Manager Roberto Di Matteo has signed Pablo Ibanez and Steven Reid but his biggest move may have been to thwart interest in midfielder Graeme Dorrans from bigger clubs. West Ham wanted to sign the highly rated 23-year-old Scotland international but he instead signed a new four-year contract. West Brom opens with a daunting trip to defending champion Chelsea. The Baggies are unlikely to get much from the game but it will be a highlight for Di Matteo, who spent six years with the west London club before retiring injured in 2002. “We’ll certainly need to hit the ground running as opening fixtures don’t come much tougher than Chelsea away,” Di Matteo said. “Of course, going back to Stamford Bridge will be a special occasion. “But we will all be fully focused on one thing: getting a result for Albion.” — AP
Lyon, Bordeaux chase resurgent Marseille PARIS: Their national side may have wallowed in humiliation at a disastrous World Cup but French fans can look forward to an intriguing domestic season as Lyon and Bordeaux look to knock Marseille off their Ligue 1 perch. Marseille landed their first title success since 1992 last term with outgoing champions Bordeaux failing to qualify for Europe at all after falling away badly to finish sixth. But ahead of this weekend’s opening round of action Marseille coach Didier Deschamps is battling to keep his squad together as predators circle around some of his side’s top assets. On Thursday, the 1998 French World Cup-winning skipper had to underline his desire to hang on to strik-
er Mamadou Niang, who is a target for Turkey’s Fenerbahce, while English Premier League side Newcastle are still out to buy playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa after having a loan bid rejected. Niang told La Provence newspaper that “I will not go back on my decision (to leave)” the club. But Deschamps countered by saying: “The club has to be stronger than the players. When the door is not open to a player (allowing him to leave) then the door is not open, full stop.” Marseille’s problem is that, even if they have captured Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta from Osasuna for a fee rising to 9.5 million euros for the top transfer of the summer, the French league continues not to have the finan-
cial pulling power of the likes of England, Spain or Italy. The southerners and Lyon are the closest thing the Ligue has to financial big-hitters. Yet with annual revenue of around 140 million euros that leaves them both languishing outside the top ten in the Deloitte Football Money League, led by Real Madrid with some 400 million with Barcelona snapping at their heels. Marseille remain the only French side to have lifted the European Cup in 1993 - though disgrace followed in the shape of enforced relegation for match-fixing. But where the Champions League is concerned it is Lyon who have, thanks to 11 straight years of participation,
managed to use the tournament as a means of strengthening their financial profile. Having won the title by six points last May, Marseille start off with what should be a home banker against Caen today while Lyon host Monaco before Bordeaux travel to Montpellier on Sunday. Auxerre, third last term to earn a spot in the Champions League qualifiers, should also put three early points on their scorecard with a win at home to Lorient. Fans in the capital will meanwhile likely have to keep on waiting for Paris St Germain, who host fellow former giants St Etienne, to emerge from their slumbers. PSG did at least lift the French Cup but have made no impact in recent years on the
title race, indeed they flirted with relegation in three of the last four seasons. Bordeaux, having lost coach Laurent Blanc, who led them to the championship in 2009, to the France top job, will under Jean Tigana have to make do without European revenues this season. “That means we will be concentrating everything on the league and we will have to give it everything we have got,” said Brazilian midfielder Fernando. “We can’t miss out a second time - another year without European competition would be really tough,” compatriot and striker Wendel concurred. The loss of striker Marouane Chamakh to Arsenal will not help the Girondins’ cause.— AFP
Inter edge Sao Paulo to reach Libertadores final RIO DE JANEIRO: Internacional remained on course for a second Libertadores Cup success in five seasons when they overcame a late sending off to edge out fellow Brazilians Sao Paulo on the away goals rule in their semi-final on Thursday. Inter, winners in 2006 when they beat three-times South American champions Sao Paulo in the final, lost 2-1 at the Morumbi in Brazil’s biggest city but went through having won the first leg 1-0 in Porto Alegre last week. They meet Guadalajara’s in the two-leg final on Aug. 11 and 18 after the Mexican side beat Universidad de Chile 3-1 on aggregate earlier in the week. Inter will host the second leg. “We’re satisfied to be in the Libertadores final, obviously very satisfied, but I feel a bit flat after this defeat. I think Internacional did not deserve to lose today,” said Coach Celso Roth, who took charge after Uruguayan Jorge Fossati was sacked despite having
steered them into the semi-finals. Inter had midfielder Tinga sent off 10 minutes from time for a second bookable offence but Sao Paulo failed to score a third goal despite enjoying the lion’s share of possession. Alex Silva headed Sao Paulo into a 1-0 halftime lead after a blunder by keeper Renan, who dropped an easy high ball. Striker Alecsandro flicked in playmaker Andres d’Alessandro’s free kick in the 51st minute to equalize but Ricardo Oliveira restored the home side’s lead less than two minutes later when he beat the offside trap and shot from the right. Inter have already guaranteed a Club World Cup appearance in Abu Dhabi in December even if they were to lose the final since Mexican teams, from the CONCACAF region, are guests in the South American Confederation’s (CSF) flagship event. In 2006, Inter were crowned world club champions when they beat Barcelona, winners last year, in the final in Japan. — Reuters
SAO PAULO: Brazil’s Sao Paulo FC’s Dagoberto (right) fights for the ball with Brazil’s Internacional’s Nei during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Sao Paulo.—AP
Saturday, August 7, 2010
ISSF vice-president returns home in style By Abdellatif Sharaa KUWAIT: Vice-president of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and President of the Asian and Kuwait Shooting Sport Federation, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud AlSabah returned home late Wednesday evening from Germany. He was accompanied by President of the Arab Shooting Sport Federation and member of the ISSF administrative council, Duaij AlOtaibi. The two attended the ISSF General Assembly where elections for president, secretary general, vice presidents, and various committees were held. Among the four vice-presidents elected, Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah collected most of the votes, topping Luciano Rossi from Italy, Gary Anderson from the United States and Medhaf Whadan from Egypt. Once again, Sheikh Salman dedicated his win to HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and the Crown Prince HH Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah for being major supporters of the sport in Kuwait. He credited his win to Kuwait’s diplomacy abroad, which is led by HH the Amir. He said that this important post gives great support to Kuwait’s sports and is further proof that Kuwait’s sports figures receive great confidence from international organizations. He said that his mission will not stop now that he has won a seat but will
rather start there. “We will work towards providing the best facilities in order to further develop the game,” he said. Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said that the fact that most of his support came from international Asian and Arab federations makes the next part of his mission much harder. “We look to improve the game and leave an impression on all those who did not vote for us with our actions and plans,” he said. Sheikh Sabah thanked all those who supported him, particularly HH Sheikh Salem Al-Ali, Deputy Chairman of the National Guard Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad, HH the Premier Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad, Speaker of the House Jassim AlKharafi, Chairman of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad, and PAYS. Meanwhile, Duaij Al-Otaibi said that such an achievement from Kuwait would not be possible without the unlimited support of HH the Amir and HH the Crown Prince. He added that shooting attracts many young people and the game is on the rise. He also wished Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah great success while serving Kuwait. Sheikh Salman and Al-Otaibi were met at the airport by PAYS Acting Director General, Essam Jaafar, several sports figures and members of the shooting sports community. The ISSF General Assembly met in Munich and re-elected the ISSF President, Mr Olegario Vazquez Rana and the ISSF Secretary General Horst G Schreiber.
The rest of the election’s results are as followed: Position
Sheikh Salman S.S.H
MESA RUIZ de
KUWAIT: PAYS and shooting club officials pictured with Sheikh Salman (4th from left, inset) and Duaij Al-Otaibi (6th from left).
Vandeweghe stuns Zvonareva in San Diego SAN DIEGO: American teenager Coco Vandeweghe produced a stunning fightback to defeat Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva 2-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round of the San Diego Open on Thursday. The 18-year-old Vandeweghe played a courageous and aggressive match, hammering away from inside the baseline and blowing overhead winners past her rattled opponent, who was clearly upset by the manner of her defeat. “I just stopped playing and played stupid,” said Zvonareva, who shed tears in her post match press conference. “I was putting balls down the middle right into her hitting zone. I should have changed things. That’s not how a top player is
supposed to play.” Vandeweghe moves on to face two-time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals after the Russian needed to call upon all her reserves to topple Italy’s Sara Errani 6-1 6-7 7-5. In other matches, Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova crushed China’s Zheng Jie 62 6-1 and will face Russian Alisa Kleybanova, while Italy’s Flavia Pennetta overcame Russia’s Maria Kirilenko 6-4 7-6 and will play second seed Samantha Stosur of Australia. However, the day belonged to qualifier Vandeweghe, who had her home area crowd roaring as the San Diego resident battled to victory over former top five player Zvonareva.
Unbeaten champs spice world title triple feature ST LOUIS: Unbeaten world champions Devon Alexander and Tavoris Cloud risk their boxing crowns today in a title triple-header that also includes hometown hero Cory Spinks. Southpaw Alexander will defend his World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation lightwelterweight crown against former World Boxing Association super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik of Ukraine. Cloud, the IBF light-heavyweight champion, will face Jamaican Glen Johnson while Spinks defends his IBF light-middleweight crown against Cornelius Bundrage in an all-American bout. Alexander, 20-0 with 13 knockouts, fights in his hometown against Kotelnik, 31-3 with one draw and 13 knockouts, and looks forward to potentially bigger fights down the road if he can keep his crowns. “Most people don’t get an opportunity like I have and I want to make the most of it,” Alexander said. “I know if I take care of this there are bigger opportunities down the road and I am ready.” Kotelnik, a veteran of facing foes before their home fans, warned that he
was prepared as well. “Taking me lightly would be a big mistake,” he said. “Devon, when you go over what happens, I think it’s going to remind you of a horror movie.” Cloud, 20-0 with 18 knockouts, made his confidence clear Thursday. “We are going to win. We are definitely going to win,” he said. “I don’t think Glen Johnson is the fighter he used to be and I don’t think I will have any problems winning the fight.” Johnson, 50-13 with two drawn and 34 knockouts, hopes to reclaim the crown at age 41. He dropped his past two world title fights to American Chad Dawson and last held a major crown, the one Cloud has, in 2004. “I don’t have to talk a lot of noise,” Johnson said. “It’s all about stepping in the ring and doing what you do.” Spinks, 37-5 with 11 knockouts, faces a mandatory challenger in Bundrage, 29-4 with 17 knockouts. “I’m fighting a tough guy in Bundrage and I know he’s going to bring his ‘A’ game,” Spinks said. “Cory Spinks is ready for anything he brings. Expect a spectacular performance.” —AFP
KUWAIT CITY: Abu Dhabi, tipped by leading travel guides Lonely Planet and Frommer’s as a top 10 destination to visit this year, is upping its leisure tourism proposition as it readies to open Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world’s largest indoor theme park - just ahead of November’s staging of the second Formula 1(tm) Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A delegation from the destination which is on track to exceed its 2010 target of 1.65 million hotel guests, a 10% rise on last year - was in Kuwait City today to outline its advancing leisure tourism proposition to the travel trade and media. “We’re looking to do business with leisure operators and will incentivize them to create innovative packages which will encapsulate these headline events,” said Dayne Lim, Product Development Director, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which organized the road show. “This will be a defining year for leisure tourism in Abu Dhabi which has traditionally been heavily reliant on the business tourism segment,” explained Lim. “While we naturally are looking to maintain and
Vandeweghe had only won two WTA Tour level matches coming into the contest, one of them over Argentine Gisela Dulko in the first round, but she had won two minor circuit events in June and felt like she was peaking. The tall daughter of a former Olympic swimmer, Vandeweghe moves well for her height and sports a big serve and heavy groundstrokes. While she grew nervous when she attempted to close out the match at 5-2 in the third set, eventually, she was able to break the Russian and win the contest when she crushed an inside out forehand winner “It’s pretty cool,” the number 205 ranked Vandeweghe said. “Its awesome to beat someone at that
high of a level. It’s exciting to play one of those top 10 players and get a win off of them.” Kuznetsova was not overly impressed with her erratic play after squandering a match point and 5-1 lead in the third set against the scrappy Errani, but she closed the match out convincingly once she knuckled down. “There’s a saying in Russian, ‘What ends good is good’,” Kuznetsova said. “I need matches like this because I won and I was fighting and it was really hard. I said, ‘Okay, it’s enough. You had too many chances and you have to go for it.’ I did the right thing in the end, even though it took me a long time.” — Reuters
Simon cruises past lethargic Roddick
WASHINGTON: Gilles Simon, of France, celebrates after beating Andy Roddick, of the United States, at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. Simon won the match 6-3, 6-3.— AP
build on our MICE business, we believe we now have the product and the service back up to increase our foothold in the leisure sector.” Lim said ADTA is looking to talk to operators to discuss incentives, such as ticket allocations, to drive forward its leisure potential. “We are looking to work with those who can see an opportunity to gain a foothold in
an emerging destination of distinction. Our visitor offering is set to increase substantially as we head towards the opening of major beachfront resorts and the 2013 launch of the much anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi,” said Lim. Abu Dhabi’s leisure offering has been boosted this year by the opening of two 18-hole championship-ready golf courses.
WASHINGTON: Andy Roddick’s preparations for the US Open suffered a jolt when the ninth-ranked American suffered a lop-sided 6-3 6-3 defeat to Frenchman Gilles Simon in the third round of the Washington Classic on Thursday. The second-seeded Roddick struggled to maintain any consistency, landing only 55 percent of his first serves and was out-aced by the Frenchman 7-3 during the 69-minute match. “It was just a bad night. I really don’t have much of a defense for it,” a frustrated Roddick softly told reporters. “I really don’t feel you can defend it. “I didn’t feel right physically, I didn’t feel right mentally. It was just a pretty bad effort.” In other matches, top seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, playing in his first tournament since losing to Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon final, overcame a second-set wobble to edge Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3 5-7 7-5. Also advancing to the quarter-finals of the $1.2 million hardcourt tournament were third seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain and fourth seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia. The 27-year-old Roddick, a three-times Washington champion, said he has felt sluggish over the last few weeks, admitting “something is just not right”. “I’m a little concerned about that,” Roddick
The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, on the signature Saadiyat Island, is the Arabian Gulf’s only ‘ocean’ course, designed by Gary Player. Yas Links, on Yas Island was designed by Kyle Phillips and has eight holes running along the coastline with all 18 holes having fabulous Arabian Gulf views. The Abu Dhabi road show featured a
said. “Feeling lethargic and not all there energywise, that’s not fun for me. I don’t enjoy nights like tonight. “It could be something simple, maybe a vitamin deficiency. I promise you I’m going to figure this out before I do that again. That’s not what I built my reputation around. Simon, ranked 33rd and seeded 13th, made the most of his chances, converting three of five breakpoint opportunities against Roddick while never losing his own serve. The Frenchman broke Roddick in the second game of the final set to take a 2-0 lead and served out the contest. “I managed to return his serve today,” said Simon, who had failed to win a set against Roddick in their prior two meetings. “When he decided to wait (and play from the baseline), I was more consistent than him. “And when he decided to attack and be more aggressive, he made some mistakes.” Roddick, playing in just he second tournament since Wimbledon, refused to blame his performance on his light schedule. “There is a reason that I haven’t been playing a lot,” he said. “It’s because I’ve been playing like crap. I felt I didn’t do one thing right tonight. “I honestly don’t think it would have mattered who I played.” —Reuters
number of leading destination stakeholders. They included: Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management, which manages the state-ofthe-art Yas Marina Circuit home to the Formula 1(tm) Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which will take place on November 14 this year; ALDAR, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading developers and the name behind Yas Island, the UAE capital’s
emerging entertainment hub which is home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and its Formula Rossa - the world’s fastest rollercoaster due to open October 28th; Abu Dhabi National Hotels, which is building the Grand Canal Abu Dhabi, the 500-room Italian-themed resort rising on the beachfront in Abu Dhabi’s fashionable Between The Bridges district and Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Kuwait is an increasingly important market for Abu Dhabi with the emirate receiving some 6,331 Kuwaitis as guests in its 116 hotels and hotel apartments in the first half of this year - a rise of 54% on the same period last year. “We are convinced we can significantly build on this performance over the coming months,” said Lim. Abu Dhabi’s current hotel guest profile has an 80/20 business/leisure ratio with ADTA officials saying the equation should head towards a more balanced demographic of 60/40 by 2012 end. Abu Dhabi is easily accessible from Kuwait with Etihad flying three times a day from Kuwait International to Abu Dhabi International.
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool’s Daniel Pacheco runs with the ball during their UEFA Europa League football match at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England. — AFP
Liverpool in control on the field as buyers jostle
Europa League Roundup
Liverpool, Juventus advance in Europa LONDON: Liverpool put aside the uncertainty surrounding the club’s search for new owners by producing an assured performance on the pitch Thursday to reach the Europa League playoff with a 2-0 win over Rabotnicki. Captain Steven Gerrard scored from the penalty spot after striker David Ngog’s headed opener to reproduce the result of the first leg in Macedonia last week. The five-time European champions will be joined in yesterday’s draw by Juventus, another former winner of the continent’s more illustrious competition. Alessandro Del Piero’s goal clinched a 1-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers to advance 3-0 on aggregate from the third qualifying round. Stuttgart progressed with a 5-4 aggregate win after drawing 2-2 with Molde, Galatasaray routed OFK 5-1 in Belgrade to advance 7-3 on aggregate, and AZ Alkmaar went through despite losing 1-0 to IFK Goteborg thanks to its 2-0 win last week. At Anfield, Liverpool’s unwelcome qualifier provided a distraction from the ongoing tussle to buy the club. Joe Cole, Liverpool’s main offseason signing, made his debut Thursday in a central attacking role and provided the
cross for Ngog to head in the opener off the underside of the crossbar in the 22nd minute. Five minutes before halftime, Ngog was fouled by Fernando Lopes and Gerrard slotted home the resulting penalty kick. “We’ve probably been written off a bit over the summer and I think everyone believes we can improve on last season,” said defender Jamie Carragher, whose Liverpool side finished seventh in the Premier League last season. In Germany, Timo Gebhart scored with a diving header two minutes into injury time after a mistimed clearance by Molde’s defense to salvage a 2-2 draw for Stuttgart. Molde, persistently dangerous on the break, scored in the 41st when Emil Johansson was left unmarked at the far post for a simple goal after a pair of defensive mistakes by Stuttgart. Molde, which lost the first leg 3-2, doubled its lead in the 49th when Knut Olav Rindaroy broke through unchallenged to the edge of the penalty area and drilled home with a left-footed shot. Pavel Pogrebnyak’s glancing header from Gebhart’s free kick reduced Molde’s lead in the 54th. Meanwhile, as businessmen battled for control of
Liverpool off the field, the players were in total control on it, brushing aside a poor Rabotnicki side 2-0 in a Europa League third qualifying round tie on Thursday. The Reds, whose future ownership is still far from decided, breezed through the second leg at Anfield to reach the playoff round of Europe’s second-tier competition 4-0 on aggregate against their totally outplayed Macedonian visitors. MINOR NIGGLE The visitors only escaped a much heavier defeat because of some wayward Liverpool shooting, the only minor niggle for new coach Roy Hodgson in his first match in charge at Anfield. “It was important tonight that we gave a disciplined and quality performance and we did that. It was good to keep a clean sheet as well,” said Hodgson. “I’m sure the next round will be a bit tougher than this one proved to be.” The tie against the Macedonians was only the second time Liverpool have started their season in July. The previous occasion was five years ago when they
began the defence of the European Cup they won against AC Milan in Istanbul the previous May with a Champions League qualifying round tie against TNS of Wales due to a UEFA technical ruling. The two matches reflect how far Liverpool have slipped since 2005 because they are now taking part in the Europa League qualifiers after finishing seventh in the Premier League last season and missing out on the Champions League altogether. At least Thursday’s win meant a positive end to a confusing day as the saga of Liverpool’s future ownership brought claims and counter-claims involving China’s government and Syrian financiers reported by media to be interested purchasers. One thing was clear-every fan interviewed by Reuters at the ground was desperate to see the reign of unpopular American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett end as soon as possible. CASH INJECTION Liverpool, English champions 18 times, urgently need a cash injection to take care of their 237 million pounds ($374.7m) debt, build a new stadium and invest in the
club which believes its rightful place is among Europe’s elite, not the also-rans. There has been some good news for Hodgson in the last few weeks with Gerrard and Fernando Torres pledging their futures to Liverpool, along with Cole’s arrival on a free transfer and Serbia forward Milan Jovanovic signing from Standard Liege. Cole and Jovanovic made excellent impressions on their Anfield debuts with the England midfielder prompting most of Liverpool’s most dangerous attacks. Hodgson fielded a stronger side than for last week’s first leg but Torres, who has only just returned to training following Spain’s World Cup triumph, was not in the squad. Gerrard, looking refreshed after England’s poor campaign at the finals in South Africa, gave a typically robust performance against visitors whose only real chance in the entire game came seconds before the end when they hit the post. It might have been little more than a training match against inferior opposition but the 31,000 fans still gave the occasion an air of importance, underlying the appeal to potential buyers of one of England’s finest sporting institutions. — Agencies
Chelsea the team to beat: Ferguson
United’s coach Alex Ferguson
MANCHESTER: Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chelsea are the team that pose the biggest threat to Manchester United’s hopes of bringing the Premier League title back to Old Trafford. Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea ended United’s three-year reign as Premier League champions last season and also won the FA Cup to complete the double. Ferguson expects bigspending neighbors Manchester City and Tottenham, who finished fourth last season, to progress this term, but the United manager says Chelsea remain his team’s biggest rivals. United will get an early look at Chelsea when they face the Blues at Wembley on Sunday in the Community Shield, which marks the final weekend before the start of the Premier League season. “They won the league and cup double last season and you can’t dismiss them,” Ferguson said on Friday. “It could be a league of a lot dangers in terms that the competition is being
raised all the time. Last season the monopoly of the big four was squashed and Tottenham came into it. “You’d think that Tottenham would make progress this season and Man City have bought again, you obviously have to put them in the equation. “I think Everton, after all the injury problems they had last season, will come into it also. It’s going to be a competitive league, there’s no doubt about that. “It’s getting more competitive every season now. But I do think the team that won the league the previous season are the ones you look at. Chelsea have got that experience.” Ferguson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney, back at United after a disappointing World Cup with England, will play at least 45 minutes at Wembley this weekend. But the Scot believes supporters will not see the best of the forward until well into the season. “The profile of the World Cup means that it does take a lot out of players,” Ferguson said.—AFP
LONDON: A police passes Horseguards Parade, the London 2012 Olympic venue for beach volleyball yesterday. — AP
Premier League club owners LONDON: Liverpool and Blackburn are both attracting serious interest from potential buyers from all parts of the globe, including China, India and Syria. With the new English season getting underway tomorrow when Chelsea and Manchester United meet in the Community Shield, AFP Sport details who owns the 20 English Premier League teams: Chelsea Roman Abramovich: The Russian billionaire, rated the 50th richest man in the world, took over at Stamford Bridge in 2003 and his lavish spending has helped transformed the Blues into three-time Premier League champions. Manchester United The Glazer family: The much-maligned Americans arrived at Old Trafford in 2005 after a takeover which saddled United with debts of over 800 million pounds, leading to persistent fan protests against their reign. Arsenal American sports mogul Stan Kroenke is the club’s largest shareholder but Uzbekistan’s Alisher Usmanov also has a significant stake. There are several other smaller shareholders on the Arsenal board. Tottenham Joe Lewis: English businessman based in the Bahamas is the power behind investment company ENIC, although the club is run on a day to day basis by chairman Daniel Levy. Manchester City Sheikh Mansour: The leading player in the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi ruling family bought City in 2008 for 210 million pounds and has spent a small fortune on the squad without winning a trophy to date.
but their turbulent reign has angered fans and forced them to look to sell up. Everton Bill Kenwright: The Liverpool-born theatre producer took a majority shareholding in the club in 2000 and is still hands-on as chairman of the team he supported as a boy. Birmingham Carson Yeung: The Hong Kong-based tycoon completed a protracted 57 million pounds takeover of the Blues in 2009. Blackburn J ack Walker Trustees: Former Rovers owner Jack Walker left the club in trust after his death and the group are ready to sell to Indian businessman Ahasan Ali Syed. Stoke Peter Coa tes: Locally-born businessman who was chairman of Stoke until 1997 before stepping down due to fan protests. He returned to buy the club in 2006 for 1.7 million pounds and led them into the top-flight. Fulham Mohamed Al Fayed: The Egyptian, who recently sold world famous London department store Harrods, purchased the Cottagers in 1997 when they were languishing in League One and provided the funds to turn the club into a Premier League outfit.
Aston Villa Ra ndy Lerner: The American, who also owns the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise, paid 62 million pounds for Villa in 2006 and enjoys a solid relationship with boss Martin O’Neill and the club’s fans.
Sunderland Ellis Short: The American investment banker assumed 100 percent control of the club in 2009 after initially joining the board as a majority shareholder.
Liverpool Tom Hicks and George Gillett : The American businessmen bought the Reds in 2007 for 435 million pounds,
Bolton Phil Gartside: The 68-year-old Englishman has been chairman of the club since 1999, presiding over the most
successful period in the team’s recent history. Wolves Steve Morgan: The Liverpool fan used his wealth to buy Wolves in 2007 after failing to take over at Anfield. Invested 30 million pounds in the club after paying a token 10 pounds to previous owner Sir Jack Hayward. Wigan D a v e W h ela n : The outspoken 73-year-old from Bradford purchased Wigan in 1995 and his cash helped lift the Latics from the lower league into the Premier League for the first time. West Ham Da vid Sulliva n a nd Da vid Gold: The co-owners bought the team they both supported as children for 50 million pounds in 2010 after a long and relatively successful spell in charge at Birmingham. Newcastle Mike Ashley: The English sportswear tycoon bought a majority shareholding in Newcastle in 2007, but his reign has not gone down well with fans after relegation from the top-flight in 2009. West Brom J eremy Pea ce: Locally-born 53-year-old has been Albion chairman since 2002 and owns 55 percent of a club which has enjoyed several promotions to the Premier League in his time. Blackpool Valeri Belokon: The Latvian tycoon Belokon, chairman of the Baltic International Bank, bought a stake in the club in 2006 and gradually increased his shareholding to over 50 percent. Is now the club president. — AFP
Security ‘big worry’ for London 2012 Olympics LONDON: With less than two years to go until the opening of the London Olympics, the venues are nearing completion, the project remains on budget and the city is gearing up to welcome the world in 2012. Beyond the tangible progress, however, lies a lingering concern: Will London be safe from a terrorist attack during the biggest peacetime event in British history? London, after all, has been a recent target of international terrorism: The day after the capital was awarded the Olympics, four homegrown suicide bombers attacked the city’s Underground and bus network on July 7, 2005, killing 52 commuters and themselves. Investigators believe the group were likely guided by al-Qaida operatives. The head of Britain’s transport police at that time of the 2005 attacks was Sir Ian Johnston, and he is now director of security for the London Olympic organizing committee. Johnston said the official threat level during the games will be set at “severe” - just one notch below the most extreme level of “critical.” “You can’t run at critical for very long,” Johnston said during a three-day world press briefing on Olympic preparations this week. “We can escalate to critical, but when you’re running at severe, that’s already a pretty high level of threat.” London’s threat level was last classified as “critical” in July 2007, and has been set as “severe” meaning a terrorist attack is highly likely - since January. Johnston said organizers will operate a “100 percent search regime,” meaning all spectators, officials and media will be checked and their bags scanned or searched upon entry at Olympic venues. People will be prohibited from taking liquids, even
bottled water, into the sites. “I think people will understand that it is for their safety,” Johnston said, referring to a measure that is a throwback to the tight global airline restrictions imposed after the foiled 2006 plot to blow up trans-Atlantic planes with liquid explosives. The tight spectator security in London marks a shift from last February’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where checks were limited and often random. Johnston said the threat level in Vancouver was extremely low. Johnston - who has had a 44-year career in policing, including eight years as chief constable of British Transport Police - said London will avoid being heavy-handed and seek to run “effective and discreet” security. Security has been a top concern at the Olympics since the slaying of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Games. Olympic planners have ramped up security even further following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. Britain is viewed as a high security threat, and the Olympics offer a platform for any terrorist group looking for maximum impact and publicity. “If you rank the order of the countries that al-Qaida wants to do things to, it’s the ‘Great Satan’ (United States) first, and it’s the Brits second,” said Bob Ayers, a London-based former US intelligence officer. “Here’s this massive event coming up. You know exactly when it’s going to occur ... If you’re a terrorist planner, it doesn’t get any better than this.” Ayers said stopping a determined suicide bomber would be “impossible,” stressing that the key work will be done in the leadup to the games as security officials monitor communications and try to break up any plots in the planning stages.—AP