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Welcoming Ramadan — II

Fasting an obligation upon the believers By Sheikh Abd Al-Aziz ibn Baz


asting is a most virtuous act with a reward commensurate with its greatness. This is especially true in Ramadan, since Allah has made fasting therein an obligation upon the believers and a means of their attaining salvation. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Every deed of the human being is for himself and its reward is multiplied for him from ten to seven hundred times. Allah says: ‘Except for fasting, for truly it is for Me and I alone will reward it, for verily he abandoned his desires, his food, and his drink for my sake.’ The one who fasts experiences two joys, one upon breaking his fast and one when he meets his Lord. Surely the breath of the fasting person is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk.” [Sahih AlBukhari and Sahih Muslim] The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When Ramadan commences, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are bound in chains.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim] The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “On the first night of Ramadan, the devils and rebellious jinn are bound in chains, The gates of Paradise are opened until not a single gate remains closed. The gates of Hell are bound shut until not a single gate remains open. Then a caller calls out: ‘O desirer of good, go forth! O desirer of evil, restrain yourself! Allah is emancipating people from the Fire every night’.” [Sunan AlTirmidhi] Continued on Page 19

Iran to fire up first N-plant next week Russia to load fuel into Bushehr facility on Aug 21 TEHRAN: Iran is to launch its first nuclear power reactor next week, the Islamic republic and Russia which helped build the plant said yesterday after years of delays to the highly sensitive project. Russia will load fuel into Iran’s first nuclear power plant despite US demands to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear energy until the country proves that it’s not pursuing a weapons capacity, officials said yesterday. “We are preparing to transfer the fuel inside the plant next week... Then we will need seven to eight days to transfer it to the reactor (core),” said Iran’s atomic energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi. “On August 21, the fuel will be transferred inside the building in which the engine” of the Bushehr power station in southern Iran is located, he said, quoted by Iran’s Fars news agency. Continued on Page 19

Israeli agent in Hamas killing freed on bail

KUWAIT: Customers at a meat market in Kuwait City yesterday on the third day of Ramadan. This year, the meat prices have gone up sharply in Kuwait market during the holy month. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

BERLIN: Germany yesterday released on bail an alleged Israeli agent suspected of links to the January killing in Dubai of a leader of the Palestinian militant movement Hamas, prosecutors said. Polish authorities, who had arrested Uri Brodsky in June at Warsaw airport on suspicion of obtaining a German passport under false pretences, had extradited him to Germany on Thursday. He appeared yesterday before a magistrate in the western city of Cologne, who released him on bail and he may now return to Israel as his maximum penalty would be a fine covered by the bail payment, a spokesman for the city prosecutor’s office told AFP. “The arrest warrant was sus-

pended after an agreement between the district court and the prosecutor’s office,” the spokesman said, adding that bail had been set at “an appropriate amount” without providing details. Brodsky is accused of illegally obtaining a German passport which was later found to have been used by a member of the hit-squad that killed Mahmud AlMabhuh of Hamas in a Dubai hotel room. The squad, which Dubai police believe was from Israeli spy agency Mossad, was found to have used 26 doctored foreign passports, sparking diplomatic fallout not only with Germany but also Australia, Britain, France and Ireland. Israel has denied any Mossad involvement in the AlMabhuh assassination. — AFP

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAhmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is pictured receiving well-wishers who expressed their congratulations to Kuwaiti leadership on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. — KUNA

BlackBerry assures India on access to its services NEW DELHI: BlackBerry’s Canadian maker will provide India with technical solutions next week to help read its encrypted data that New Delhi sees as a security threat, a senior government source said yesterday. The assurance raised hopes that India might withdraw its threat to ban messenger and encrypted email. India has given Research In Motion, the maker of the popular BlackBerry smartphone, until Aug. 31 to comply with a request to gain access to encrypted corporate email and messaging services or

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Amiri diwan thanks Ramadan well-wishers Kuwait leadership receives congratulations for Ramadan

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is pictured receiving well-wishers who expressed their congratulations to Kuwait’s leadership on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. —KUNA

Welcome to Kuwait!


inister of Commerce Ahmad AlHaroun has offered solemn assurances that his ministry will not allow any form of price-fixing during the holy month at the vegetable market or any other place. I do not know the secret behind the minister’s choice of venue (the vegetable market) in issuing the warning. Why did he not choose to speak about the corruption at the Bourse where even the shares of food manufacturing firms are traded? Isn’t this the country’s symbol of economic strength that controls economic activities? Not every ‘Hussein,’ ‘Mohammad’ or ‘Mustafa’ who sells green leafy vegetables at a market can command prices there, the ‘place’ to which the minister paid a visit! Why did he not choose to issue his statement from the Chamber of Commerce, among the corporate behemoths or from the headquarters of the Union of Co-operative

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KUWAIT: (Left) HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah pictured with an unidentified guest. (Right) HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah is seen receiving well-wishers at the Bayan Palace. —KUNA

in the news Khorafi calls on govt to present development plan

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By Thuaar Al-Rashidi

KUWAIT: The Amiri Diwan expressed gratitude yesterday to the nationals and residents who congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah and HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf AlAhmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and AlSabah family on the advent of Ramadan at Bayan Palace. The Diwan expressed regret at the large crowd resulting from the flock of a large number of wellwishers, affirming that special measures taken to avert such a recurrence on such occasions in the future. Well-wishers flocked, for the second consecutive day yesterday, to the conventions hall at Bayan Palace by congratulating top leaders on the holy occasion. Among them were diplomats, senior commanders of the Army, the police, the National Guards, the fire department, citizens and residents. The reception depicted sentiments of compassion and brotherhood that characterize the Kuwaiti people. —KUNA

Societies? Why did he pay a ‘surprise’ visit to the sellers of tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelons, rather than those companies that were shut down? I would have agreed with the minister’s sudden tour if it were made to any other venue but the vegetable market. But His Excellency the Minister chose the vegetable market to issue his warning! I am sure the prices would have surged to such heights that the hands of citizens and expats, who hoped to receive their salaries early for Ramadan would never be able to touch them. In light of the minister’s warning and the statement issued, I recall a funny one-liner that an American told me when he discovered a violation on a project on which I worked 14 years ago, in which no action was taken against the subcontractors responsible. After the investigation concluded, this American simply said, “Welcome to Kuwait!”—Al-Anba.


KUWAIT: Parliamentary Speaker Jassim Al-Khorafi yesterday called on the government to speed up the drafting of legislation governing the financing of development plan projects, noting that the 50-member National Assembly would then look into the government’s proposals and the extent of the need for such a law. There should be no need to hold an extraordinary parliamentary session to discuss the issue, he told KUNA, calling on the government to present the bill as soon as possible, adding that it would be debated and studied in depth.

Govt rejects raising child allowance The government has rejected a parliamentary proposal to raise the child benefit paid to Kuwaitis for each of their children to KD 100 per month. A government official told Al-Anba that the decision was taken as part of the government’s commitment not to overburden the state budget with extra, nonessential expenses. The insider said that the government has already prepared its response to those who will

question it, explaining the negative impact that increasing child benefits in this way could have overall on the state budget. Surprise inspections help to keep food prices stable: minister Minister of Commerce and Industry Ahmad Al-Haroun has announced that ministry inspectors have already caught several retailers found to be fixing food prices, warning that the ministry will be carrying out regular unannounced inspections of food outlets during Ramadan to ensure that attempts at manipulating prices are minimized and penalized. “I will personally supervise the inspections and I won’t allow traders to exploit consumers,” the minister vowed, speaking to reporters. AlHaroun said that there are various categories of price-fixing violation ranging from minor to major, with the penalties, whether full prosecution or on-the-spot fines, decided based on the inspectors’ reports. The minister said that the inspectors compare the prices of goods with those in the country of origin and the current local market prices, emphasizing that any retailers found to be artificially inflating prices will be penalized. Al-Haroun said that a number of Kuwaitis had complained of sharp price increases in some food items recently,

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reported Al-Jarida. He warned that the ministry’s inspectors would continue to carry out unannounced inspections of shops in the country to catch out any shop owners trying to cheat customers.

Kuwait Zakat House encourages donations through telephone SMS KUWAIT: The Kuwait Zakat House continues to collect donations from recipients and charitable projects through various channels of services, including mobile telephone messages (SMS), a marketing observer with the Zakat house said yesterday, KUNA reported. SMS service has been activated for more than three years in cooperation with local mobile telecommunication service companies that support its services and provides the easiest way to donate in 24 hours, he added. SMS service is also available to the public, to choose the type of donation from charity to Zakat and implement various Zakat house projects such as relief projects, caring for orphans, encouraging students in education, and Iftar meals during the holy month of Ramadan, he noted. He pointed out the ability to contribute to the house’s projects outside the country, such as building mosques, homes for


the poor, press centers, in addition to Zakat on Eid Al-Fitr and Al-Adha days.

EPA to form committee The Environment Public Authority (EPA) is mulling over the creation of a national committee comprising representatives from the EPA, the housing authority, Municipality, ministries of Electricity and Public Works and Engineering Society. The Director General of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) Dr Salah Al-Mudhi made the relevant announcement. The committee will be formed to supervise ‘green’ cities and buildings in order to reduce the load on electricity consumption, rationalized use of building materials and construction objects. He said that the Ministry of Electricity and Water has begun distributing the new green buildings code. He said that the next projects will include the code from the first day of design, adding that this aspect will be implemented on 800 projects including 134 construction projects Al-Mudhi provided the latest update on the Sheikh Jaber bridge, adding that environmental conditions must be met, and any correction that the EPA asks for will be performed,


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Construction materials shop after the fire, in Khaitan.


A devastated tire shop at Hassawi.

The three-storey building in Al-Mirgab after it caught fire.

50 evacuated from three-storey building Four fire incidents reported across Kuwait

By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: Four fire incidents were reported in Khaitan, Andalus, Hassawi and Mirgab. Firemen tackled the blazes and there were no casualties, Director of the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) Lieutenant Colonel Khalil Al-Amir said yesterday.

One of the fires tore through two stores, out of which one sold construction materials, in Khaitan. Fire stations from Farwaniya, Ardiya, Al-Shuhada and northern Salmiya helped extinguish the flames.

Nine people who were trapped in the building and suffered smoke inhalation were rescued and emerged unscathed, Al-Amir said in a press statement. He added that the Andalus fire broke out

Prisoner released, stabs wife KUWAIT: Few minutes after Iftar on the first day of Ramadan, a Kuwaiti man, 30, attacked his wife and stabbed her 10 times leaving her unconscious. The woman was rushed to the intensive care unit in AlJahra hospital. The attacker who had been released from the central jail two days before the attack went to his wife’s family at Al-Qasr area block 14. He sneaked into the house kitchen through an open window and surprised his wife. He stabbed and left her drenched in a pool of blood before he escaped. The family members heard the woman’s cries for help and found her lying on the floor. They spotted the attacker try-

ing to escape through an A/C space on the window. They reported the crime to police who came immediately to the site. Security sources said that the woman, aged 32, was immediately taken to Al-Jahra hospital in a critical condition. She was admitted to the intensive care unit. The killer fled the site in a white jeep. Investigations revealed that he was just released from central jail two days ago where he was doing time for several crimes - including an attempt on burning his family’s house at Al-Oyoun. The killer was accused of several cases and was admitted to the psychiatric hospital for

threatening to kill a family member. He was imprisoned seven years ago for accidentally killing one of his neighbors. Police started investigating the man and discovered that he was living in a five-star hotel after leaving the jail. The investigation showed that he had accumulated large amount of cash, the source of which is unknown. Sources said that the money could be from trading in drugs. The car plate number was circulated on patrols and a travel ban was placed on the perpetrator. A case was registered in the police department. —Al-Anba


Duo arrested for indecent behaviour KUWAIT: The Capital patrol played spoilsport to a citizen and his Asian girlfriend by arresting them in a car that was parked inside an empty parking lot. Policemen caught the couple in a compromising position and were later referred to higher authorities.

examining files, some visas were found to be counterfeit. The arrested ‘mandoub’ said that each person had to pay KD 500 to KD 1,000 based on nationality and background. The company owner is being sought.

Forged visas

A young man was found in a mentally disturbed, inebriated condition during the day. He was arrested following a complaint lodged by family members.

Immigration detectives are trying to nab a citizen who had obtained licenses for non-existent companies that traded in visas, in addition to forging them. The ‘mandoub’ (liasion-man) of the said company was arrested and is being interrogated. The Director General of Immigration Department Maj General Abdullah Al-Rashid was tipped off on the activities of the bogus company that had recruited employees. After collecting requisite information and

Drunk man arrested

Verbal abuse A retired citizen lodged a complaint with the Sabah Al-Salem police stating that he was subject to verbal abuse by a caller to his mobile phone. He referred the phone number to the police. A case has been filed.

Identity theft The Nuwaiseeb police referred a 24-year-old citizen and his 28-year-old brother to the Public Prosecution Department in connection with identity theft. The citizen approached the passports window at the terminal to receive a departure stamp to Saudi Arabia. However, the official at the helm, discovered that the employee had presented his brother’s passport and not his own. The 24-year-old has hence been barred from traveling abroad.

Missing money A 53-year-old citizen filed a complaint with the Ali Sabah Al-Salem police stating that KD 300 was missing from his account. The victim discovered the theft after obtaining a print out of a bank statement. — Al-Watan

in the basement of a three-storey building in which one firefighter was injured. At least 22 of the occupants suffered from smoke inhalation. He said that the fire was put out in

record time. Firemen from the Sulaibikhat and Al-Madinah fire stations prevented the flames from spreading further. Firefighters in Jleeb Al-Shouyoukh and Shuwaikh industrial area quelled another fire that broke out

No bill collection during Ramadan KUWAIT: The government has stopped collecting bill payments from all respective ministries against public services provided during the Holy Month of Ramadan. This move, has been reportedly said to relieve citizens of monetary burden as consumption and spending increases during the month. The decision was issued in a circular by the Ministry of Electricity and Water, Ministry of Communication, Municipality and other service provider organizations. The Ramadanreprieve will come to an end after Ramadan, following which regular measures will resume after Eid holidays. However, court cases against those who have failed to settle dues will continue, reported Aljarida. The temporary cessation in bill collection was made at the request of a number of MPs who reasoned that high prices of commodities and non-payment of salaries for the month of August called for the measure to be adopted.

at a tire shop at Hassawi. No injuries were reported. Also, some 50 people were evacuated from a three-storey building in Al-Mirgab after it caught fire. The fire fighters conducted a rapid evacuation operation with the participation of Al-Madina and Al-Hilali fire stations.


Violent family dispute By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: Police received an emergency report on Thursday evening from a Kuwaiti woman residing in AlWaha, claiming that her son was threatening to kill her. When police arrived at the scene, the woman’s husband, told police that the threat was only an extension of a family dispute that had turned violent, and was resolved.

Drug-induced death A citizen who had injected himself with an overdose of heroin died in Al-Jahra.

Sulaibikhat power cut Sulaibikhat experienced unexplained a three-hour long power cut and as a result, police were deployed to the

area. They were instructed to stay alert and keep strict vigil. However, there were no reports about a power transformer catching fire.

Car accidents In a car accident that took place along the Third Ring Road, 42-year-old Pakistani expatriate fractured his ribs and was admitted to Amiri hospital. In another car accident that took place in Kabd, a 16-year-old citizen fractured his shoulder and sustained multiple injuries. Both were referred to Farwaniya hospital. Also, in another car crash that took place at Sabhan, opposite to the Pepsi factory, two Indians and two Bangladeshis sustained multiple injuries and were admitted to the Farwaniya hospital.



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Lebanon TV stations scrap controversial Jesus show BEIRUT: Two Shiite Muslim television stations in Lebanon canceled a controversial program about Jesus (PBUH) yesterday, saying they do not want to stir up sectarian conflict in the country. The 17-episode program, which was produced in Iran, describes Jesus from an Islamic point of view. Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet and a teacher, but not the son

of God. The debate has particular resonance in Lebanon, an Arab nation of 4 million people with a grim history of sectarian strife. The countryís population is divided into 18 sects, including Sunni and Shiite Muslims, Christians and Druse. Al-Manar, a television station run by Lebanonís powerful militant group, Hezbollah, and the National Broadcasting Network, NBN, started airing

the program this week at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Christian priests and politicians quickly protested, saying the topic might endanger national coexistence. The show does not show respect to ´Jesus, the church and Christianity,ª Catholic Maronite Archbishop Bechara el-Rai told reporters yesterday. Shortly before el-Raiís news conference,

Al-Manar and NBN issued a statement saying the program ´shows the great personality of Godís prophet Jesus, the son of Mary, peace be upon him.ª But, the statement said, the stations decided to stop airing the program in respect to other Lebanese sects. Information Minister Tarek Mitri said that even though he is against censorship, he agreed with the cancellation because of

Lebanonís religious diversity. ´There is a special case in Lebanon which is considered a country of dialogue and a county where Christians and Muslims meet,ª Mitri said. After Lebanon gained independence from French rule in 1943, Christians dominated the country. Muslim demands for reform helped trigger the 1975-90 civil war. A 1989 agreement ended the civil war and

the two sides have since shared power. The political system reflects Lebanonís sectarian makeup. The presidency goes to a Maronite Catholic, the prime minister must be a Sunni Muslim, and a Shiite Muslim must be the parliament speaker. The Cabinet and the parliamentís 128 seats are divided equally between Christians and Muslims. —AP

What counts is what’s going to be offered

‘Direct talks’ no ME miracle cure J ERUSALEM: Moving from indirect talks to direct negotiations on the Middle East conflict may yield little unless Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a surprise in store, says a US veteran of the peace process. “It

w ould be a mistake of epic proportions to conclude that w e’ve now reached a fundamental turning point that is going to produce quick or easy progress let alone results,” former Middle East adviser Aaron David Miller told Reuters.

JERUSALEM: Palestinian worshippers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the first Friday prayers of Ramadan yesterday. — AFP

Palestinians to decide on talks after Quartet statement RAMALLAH: The Palestinians will decide whether to hold direct talks with Israel after the diplomatic Quartet issues a formal invitation, a senior Palestinian official said yesterday. The Quartet, made up of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia was expected to issue a statement in the coming days after months of US-led efforts to revive direct negotiations suspended in late 2008. “We are waiting for a statement from the Quartet to take

the appropriate decision on direct negotiations,” Nimr Hamad, an aide to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, told AFP. “The Quartet should meet or issue a statement to invite the two parties, Israelis and the Palestinians, to enter into direct negotiations,” he said. “We hope the statement will include some important points that were in the previous Quartet statement issued in March.” In that statement the Quartet called on Israel to halt

all settlement construction and for the two sides to resume final status talks with the goal of reaching a peace deal in 24 months. Israel has repeatedly called for direct talks, but gave a frosty reception to the March statement when it was issued, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman saying it hurt the chances for reaching an accord. The EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton said Abbas was very close to reaching a decision on the direct talks and should give a “definitive

answer” early next week, according to a letter to foreign ministers seen by AFP on Friday. She said direct peace talks could begin later this month. After months of US pressure the Palestinians reluctantly entered into indirect talks with Israel in May but have said they will not upgrade to direct negotiations without a complete settlement freeze, clear guidelines on final borders and a timeline for reaching an agreement. —AFP

Chinese ‘gold’ brings Egyptians a little taste of luxury CAIRO: A Cartier ring for just eight dollars? In Egypt, “Chinese gold”-an affordable imitation of the precious metal-has swamped the jewellery market, granting the poor a little taste of luxury. As in many other countries, the Egyptian market has been flooded with Chinese goods-everything from electronics to plastic cigarette lighters have been shouldering locally made goods out of the way. And in a country where 40 percent of the 80 million population lives on less than two dollars a day, the so-called Chinese gold has been widely welcomed, particularly by young couples who struggle to afford the traditional marriage dowry. The current price of one gram of 24 carat gold in Egypt stands at 218 Egyptian pounds (38 dollars), while the Chinese version-a mixture of aluminium, iron and other metals-only costs around 20 to 30 Egyptian pounds (four to five dollars) per gram. “Chinese accessories are cheap and elegant, the styles are varied and the best thing is that they look just like gold,” said 31year-old Amira showing off her Chinese trinket. Ancient Egyptians considered gold the skin of gods, lending it spiritual as well social value. A walk down Old Cairo-lined with jewellery shops-is a testament that the pharaohs’ modern-day compatriots still hold high regard for the precious metal. But as unemployment and rising inflation weighs down on a large part of the population, Egyptians are looking to alternatives for their coquetterie. Just a short walk from the Khan alKhalili tourist bazaar is Haret al-Yahud, the

CAIRO: Egyptian jeweler Ramiz Missiha arranges his shop’s window display with “Chinese Gold”, stylish and affordable accessories that mimic real gold, in old Cairo on July 20, 2010. — AFP old Jewish quarter where gold workshops churned out designs from simple wedding bands to elaborate necklaces. But many of the jewellers there have switched to selling Chinese gold to improve business. Amira, an accountant, says she goes to the area especially to buy herself the Chinese goods. “They look like gold, and most importantly, they are affordable,” she said. “Few have the means to buy real gold

these days, which is why the Chinese gold is so in demand,” said a woman selling the faux-bijoux in the quarter, who gave her name only as Nora. “We have very nice rings, imitation Chanel and Cartier for less than 50 Egyptian pounds (around eight dollars),” said Azza Riad, who, making the most of the high demand, has just opened a store in the popular Ain Shams district in northwest Cairo. —AFP

Unless US President Barack Obama has heard privately from rightwinger Netanyahu of a significant shift, he would do better to “park” the issue until after November mid-term congressional elections in the United States, rather than risk “another fight with the Israelis”, Miller said. Miller, who describes the ageing peace process as a “false religion”, was discussing reports that the Palestinians may be about to accede to Netanyahu’s repeated call for face-to-face talks instead of indirect negotiation. Netanyahu may be keen to deal with the Palestinians without an American “babysitter” present, he said. But simply changing the format of negotiations means little and could backfire on Obama, who is also pushing for direct talks. Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev, repeating what has become a virtual mantra for the Israeli leader, says: “Ultimately, I think we all understand that only through direct talks is it possible to achieve peace between the two peoples.” Miller said that sounds right in theory. But in practice, the history of Middle East negotiations shows the opposite: indirect talks have often been more successful. “Before I left government, between the years of 1993 and 2003, direct talks on (Middle East) permanent status issues have started 10 times,” said Miller, now a policy analyst at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. The problem is that even if the two sides can now agree on sitting face-to-face in the same room, they are so far apart and entrenched on the main issues that there is little hope that these talks will not fail like all others have before them. The big issues are the competing claims on Jerusalem as a capital, a fair settlement for Palestinian refugees, the fate of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and whether Israel would be able to patrol the international borders of a Palestinian state. Miller was an adviser to six US secretaries of state, none of whom grasped the holy grail of Middle East peace. “The reality is that direct negotiations have never been a necessary component,” he said. With the exception of the 1994 peace pact between Israel and Jordan, the record shows direct talks are “clearly not sufficient to generate an agreement”. Major powers involved in Middle East diplomacyWashington, Moscow, the EU and the UN-are now drawing up a statement to be used the terms of reference of direct talks, if both sides agree to them in the next week. Miller said the factors that determine whether talks have a chance of succeeding are: “Is either side willing to make decisions that would push these talks forward? Are there terms of reference we’re not aware of, or assurances provided? And what are American calculations of its own role?” These indicators are “far more important than whether the talks go direct”, he said. In fact, it could be argued that indirect talks are “the much preferred alternative right now rather than pressuring the Palestinians or for that matter the Israelis into talks neither side is ready for”. —Reuters

BEIRUT: Observant Christians, pray as they protest against the airing of a program about Jesus on two Shiite Muslim TV stations, including Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV, at a Catholic Maronite center, in Beirut’s northern suburb of Jal el-Deeb, Lebanon, yesterday. — AP

Iran stoning woman tortured to confess LONDON: A lawyer for an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning in the Islamic republic told a British daily she was tortured before confessing on state television to involvement in her husband’s murder. Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani’s lawyer told The Guardian newspaper on Thursday that his client, a 43-year-old mother of two, was forced to give the interview, recorded in Tabriz prison where she has been held for the past four years. “She was severely beaten up and tortured until she accepted to appear in front of camera,” lawyer Houtan Kian said on the newspaper’s website. The lawyer said he feared the Iranian authorities would act quickly to carry out the death sentence, which was reportedly commuted to hanging after an international outcry against her sentencing last month. The Guardian gave no details of where the lawyer was speaking. Another of her lawyers, Mohammad Mostafaie, fled Iran this month and is now in Norway after Iranian officials issued an arrest warrant for him and detained his wife. He said Thursday that the television programme Mohammadi-Ashtiani had appeared on was designed to “justify the actions of those who abuse their power”. “In my opinion this programme is produced by the security apparatus, particularly the ministry of information. They broadcast mostly lies and misinformation,” Mostafaie told BBC television. “I know that she said those things under duress.” The sentence against Mohammadi-Ashtiani was initially for “having an illicit relationship outside marriage,” which drew condemnation from many countries. But in the interview broadcast on state television, she said that a man with whom she was acquainted had offered to kill her husband and she let him carry out the crime. In a separate interview with The Guardian last week, she said she had been acquitted of murder, “but the man who actually killed my husband was identified and imprisoned but he is not sentenced to death.” The television interview of the woman in Muslim face-covering was aired on Wednesday night during a political broadcast condemning

Western “propaganda” over her case as part of pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme. The chief justice of East Azerbaijan province, where the alleged murder took place in 2006, told the TV show that MohammadiAshtiani injected her husband with a substance that made him unconscious before the killer electrocuted him. Iranian officials have maintained the death sentence was for murder, although initial reports said she was acquitted of that charge and convicted for “having an illicit relationship outside marriage.” The stoning sentence has been temporarily suspended by Iranian judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani. Iran’s ambassador to Brazil meanwhile said Mohammadi-Ashtiani would not be transferred to the South American country, which had offered her asylum. “We have not received any official demand or offer that this woman be transferred to Brazil. There is no written document or exchange of (diplomatic) notes,” Moshen Shaterzadeh told Agencia Brasil news service. The British foreign ministry said it was “appalled” by the televised confession and “deeply concerned by her lawyer’s claim that the confession was a result of torture.” On Thursday, Amnesty International criticised both the television interview and the Iranian authorities. “Televised ‘confessions’ have repeatedly been used by the authorities to incriminate individuals in custody. Many have later retracted these ‘confessions,’ stating they were coerced to make them,” it said in a statement. “Statements made in such televised exchanges should have no bearing on Iran’s legal system, or the call to review her case. This latest video shows nothing more than the lack of evidence against Sakineh Ashtiani.” The Guardian reported Friday that Iran was quietly changing the sentences of Iranians awaiting death by stoning to hanging in the wake of the recent international outcry. Mariam Ghorbanzadeh, 25, was initially sentenced to death by stoning for adultery but her sentence has been commuted to hanging, said the paper, citing her lawyer Kian, who represents Mohammadi-Ashtiani. — AFP

Hezbollah to give govt ‘evidence’ on Hariri murder BEIRUT: Hezbollah yesterday said it would hand over data allegedly implicating Israel in the murder of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri to Lebanese authorities, following a request by a UN court probing the killing. “What Lebanon’s jurisdiction asks for we will provide, and what they do with that is their responsibility,” said Mohammed Fneish, a minister representing the Shiite militant group in Lebanon’s unity government. “Our position has not changed, however. Our evidence is in the hands of the Lebanese government... but that does not alter our view of the tribunal, which is that it has no credibility,” Fneish told AFP. He was referring to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), a UN-backed investigation into the Hariri murder which Hezbollah has dismissed as an “Israeli project.” Tribunal prosecutor Daniel Bellemare’s office on Wednesday called on the Lebanese authorities to submit all material related to the murder in the possession of Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, who claims his arch-foe Israel was behind the February 14, 2005 bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others. Lebanese prosecutor general Said Mirza yesterday informed Hezbollah official Wafiq

Safa of the STL’s request, a judicial source told AFP. The STL statement came days after Nasrallah produced several undated clips of aerial views of several areas in Lebanon which he said were intercepted from unmanned Israeli MK surveillance drones. The clips included footage of the site of the Hariri assassination in mainly Sunni west Beirut shot several years before the murder. Syrian- and Iranian-backed Hezbollah is facing increasing pressure amid reports that the STL is set to accuse several of its members. Nasrallah, who has repeatedly attacked the tribunal’s credibility, had already said he would cooperate with the government and present the cabinet, which includes two Hezbollah ministers, with his findings. But he has not specified what measures Hezbollah would take should the STL implicate the party. The Hariri assassination triggered an international outcry and led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon in April 2005 after a deployment of almost three decades. The murder has been widely blamed on Syria, but Damascus has consistently denied involvement. —AFP



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British Pakistanis scramble to aid flood survivors LONDON: Muhammad Maqsood Sheikh, a British Pakistani, runs a chain of grocery shops in London but he will temporarily abandon his business this month to deliver aid to the survivors of Pakistan’s worst floods in decades. Like many in Britain’s Pakistani community, he is angry with what he sees as the slow response of the Pakistani government to the floods which have killed more than 1,600 people. “Most of the people I have seen are angry, very angry with the government,” Sheikh, 55, said in a windowless

office in the basement of one of his shops in south London. “We need to give maximum relief to the people,” added Sheikh, who was in Pakistan this month and helped recover bodies from a swollen river near his home village in Kashmir. Anger with President Asif Ali Zardari and concerns about a lacklustre international donor response have galvanised Britain’s 1.2-million-strong Pakistani diaspora, one of the world’s biggest and oldest. In London and Birmingham, home to most of the communi-

ty, ordinary people like Sheikh are scrambling to collect cash and clothes though mosques and charity and fund-raising events. Many have gone to Pakistan to look for missing relatives and deliver aid. Money transfers from Britain via MoneyGram rose 36 percent last week compared with a week earlier, the payment services firm said. The United States, Britain and other donors have committed a total of more than $150 million but the United Nations says more is needed. It has appealed for $460

million in urgent aid. In Britain, many in the Pakistani community are bitter, saying Zardari has failed to rally international support and provide strong leadership. The Pakistan leader has faced sharp criticism for travelling abroad, including a visit to Britain, as the crisis unfolded. Aid agencies say response has been slow compared with other disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti in January. “It could be because of donor fatigue in terms of what’s happening around the

world,” Abdullah Hussain Haroon, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, told BBC radio this week. Britain’s Disasters Emergency Committee raised 9.5 million pounds in public donations but says more is needed. Addressing hundreds of Pakistanis at a charity dinner in north-east London, Ishfaq Ahmed, a charity boss, broke into tears as he appealed for donations. “You must feel the pain of your brothers and sisters wherever they are,” Ahmed, head of the Kashmir International Relief

Fund, told guests. “We must help them.” Others have accused Western leaders of portraying Pakistan in a negative light, pointing to remarks last month by British Prime Minister David Cameron who told Islamabad that it must not “promote the export of terror”. Imtiaz Qadir from London’s Active Change Foundation, which is raising money for the flood victims, said: “David Cameron had a big effect that people articulate: ‘Why should we donate to these people when they are actually exporting terrorism?’ — Reuters

Firefighters battle to cut back hundreds of blazes

Fires grow close to Russian nuclear site CANADIAN FORCES BASE ESQUIMALT: Two Canadian navy tugboats(back) guide MV Sun Sea, suspected of carrying 490 Tamil migrants, into dock at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in British Columbia on August 13, 2010. Hundreds of Sri Lankan asylum seekers on board a cargo ship arrived at a naval base in western Canada yesterday, escorted by a naval frigate and police helicopters. — AFP

Canada boards ship with hundreds of Sri Lankans VANCOUVER: Canada yesterday prepared to screen nearly 500 asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka from an intercepted cargo ship, as Colombo warned that some of those on board had been Tamil Tiger rebels. After days of tracking by Canadian and US authorities, the Canadian navy and immigration officers on Thursday boarded the MV Sun Sea after it appeared to veer from its expected destination in the Vancouver area. The frigate HMCS Winnipeg, “attempted to hail the Sun Sea several times and, after establishing communications, the vessel declared that it had refugees on board,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said. While the skipper of the Thai-flagged ship said that around 490 refugees were on board, Canadian authorities are uncertain about their identities, Toews said, public broadcaster CBC reported. Some of those on the ship are “suspected human smugglers and terrorists,” Toews said, adding that Canada would prosecute anyone involved in human trafficking, which he called a “despicable crime.” In Colombo, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said it awaited a Canadian investigation to establish the identity of those aboard the ship, which had earlier been turned away from Australia. “We have lodged our concerns with the Canadian authorities that these people aboard the Sun Sea could be linked to the LTTE,” or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in Colombo. Canada and other Western nations have been critical of Sri Lanka’s human rights record, but consider the LTTE-better known as Tamil Tigers-to be a terrorist organization. The Sri Lankan military crushed the Tigers, who had mastered the use of suicide bombers and child soldiers, last year in a bloody finale to a 37year civil war that provoked concerns abroad over

alleged human rights abuses. Canada has among the world’s most welcoming asylum policies and has a politically active Tamil community, which urged their adopted country to grant asylum to the Sun Sea’s human cargo. In a similar incident in October 2009, 76 Tamil refugees arrived on a ship to Canada where they were held but eventually released after none were determined to belong to the Tamil Tigers. “We are optimistic that the Canadian government will do the same thing again,” said Manjula Selvarajah of the Canadian Tamil Congress. “The idea of security, it’s very important to us as well. We are Canadian as well.” Selvarajah hinted that the accusations of Tamil Tiger links came from the Sri Lankan government. Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Canada, Chitranganee Wagiswara, told the CBC that the ship was a “human smuggling operation managed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.” In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that US authorities had monitored the ship to prepare for any emergency. Tents were set up to accommodate the Sri Lankans once they dock at a Canadian naval base on Vancouver Island, off mainland British Columbia.A vacant emergency ward has been set aside in Victoria General Hospital for “triage, screening and diagnostics,” hospital spokeswoman Shannon Marshall told AFP. Healthy migrants will be released back to federal authorities, said Marshall, “while those who require further care will be admitted to an area of the hospital that will be kept separate from the general population”. Local officials said that two jails near the city of Vancouver had prepared space for the expected arrivals. Sri Lankan officials said the ship headed for Canada after being turned back from Australia, and that several other ships could also be on their way. —AFP

LANGLET: French itinerant people holding a sign reading: Liberty Equality Fraternity, face riot policemen during the closing of their camp in Langlet, south western France, yesterday. Last month, President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered a crackdown on illegal camps, calling them a source of trafficking and prostitution. He says there’s no intention to stigmatize a community, as Roma groups and others contend. — AP

Kids flying alone JACKSONVILLE: Three Florida children bought tickets with babysitting money and flew to Nashville, Tennessee, on Southwest Airlines — unbeknownst to their parents. WJXT-TV reports that 15year-old Bridget Brown had $700 saved and asked a 13-year-old

friend where he wanted to go. The friend, Bobby Nolan III, suggested Nashville. Together with Brown’s 11-year-old brother, the three took a taxicab to Jacksonville International Airport and bought three tickets at the counter. The children say no one asked them for identification.

They called their parents from Nashville and immediately flew home. Southwest Airlines says the company’s minor policy covers children ages five through 11 traveling alone, and that the 11-yearold in this case was accompanied by two older companions. — AP

MOSCOW: A fire raging dangerously close to Russia’s main nuclear research centre has grow n in size, officials said yesterday, as firefighters battled to cut back hundreds of blazes across the country. The emergencies ministry said that over 500 fires covering just under 65,000 hectares of land w ere still ablaze across Russia, dow n 15,000 hectares from the day earlier, in a crisis that has already left 54 dead. Russian has sent thousands of firefighters to a nature reserve near the country’s top nuclear research centre in Sarov, a town still closed to foreigners as in Soviet times, and officials warned a fire was gaining in area. “The fire which appeared in the eastern part of the nature reserve two days ago after lightning struck a pine tree has grown in size and now presents a certain danger,” the head of the emergencies ministry for the Mordovia region, Major General Vyacheslav Kormilitsyn, said in a statement. The fire had grown to an area of 1,000 hectares, the local emergencies ministry said in a statement on its website. The fire is in a nature reserve in the district of the village of Popovka, 17 kilometres (10 miles) southeast of Sarov. “At the current time, efforts are being made to contain the fire within its existing limits and localise it,” Kormilitsyn added, saying that 2,600 people and 200 pieces of equipment were being used to extinguish the blazes. A second fire in the nature reserve-in the district of the village of Pushta, 21 kilometres (13 miles) southwest of Sarov-is smaller at 200 hectares and has been localised, the ministry added. After a record heatwave lasting over a month, first significant rain for weeks poured down on Moscow overnight, with lower temperatures up to 32 degrees Celsius were expected later in the day. Despite signs of public frustration with the authorities, a heavy police presence ensured only a few dozen activists turned out for a protest against the Moscow mayor’s handling of the crisis, several of whom were then arrested. There was little sign of the smog from the wildfires that had blighted the Russian capital in the last week but new reports emerged accusing the authorities of hiding the true health toll from the heatwave. Moscow’s top health official has already said the mortality rate had doubled in the heatwave, with hundreds more deaths every day than in usual periods. However the federal authorities have refused to confirm these figures. The Interfax news agency quoted Moscow doctors as saying they had been forbidden to give “heatstroke” as a cause of death to keep a lid on the statistics. “We received the order not to use the diagnosis ‘heatstroke’. We are told that the statistics for heatstroke were mounting up,” one doctor told the news agency. Interfax said the heatwave had also forced Russia to stop producing biometric passports for a week after condensation infiltrated the server at the unit where they are produced when its air conditioning broke down. Production has now resumed and the database was not damaged, it quoted the federal migration agency as saying. With the full impact of the drought and fires becoming clear, President Dmitry Medvedev said one quarter of Russia’s crops had been lost and many farms were now on the verge on bankruptcy. —AFP

MOSCOW: In this Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 photo made available yesterday volunteers from Moscow, who refused to be identified, cut a tree, as they try to extinguish forest fire, which came close to a village of Kovrigino, some 74 km ( about 46 miles) east of Moscow. — AP

Freed Russian analyst Sutyagin yearns for home MOSCOW: A Russian analyst convicted of spying for the West who was released from prison and flown to Britain as part of a spy swap said yesterday he is yearning to return home. Igor Sutyagin has been granted a sixmonth work visa by Britain, but he told Russia’s Ekho Mosvky radio station in a telephone interview from London that he doesn’t intend to stay. Sutyagin spoke this week for the first time since he was delivered, still in Russian prison attire, to a British military base in rural Oxfordshire last month. He said he is staying with friends in London and is talking to relatives about future employment in Russia. “It’s my country. I am not on the run,” he said, adding Russian officials vowed they would not hinder his homecoming. He and three others convicted of betraying Moscow for the West were pardoned and exchanged in July for 10 Russian agents who had infiltrated suburban America in the largest spy swap since the Cold War. Sutyagin was a military analyst with the

U.S.A. and Canada Institute, a respected Moscow-based think-tank, before he was sentenced to 15 years in 2004 on charges of passing information on nuclear submarines and other weapons to a British company that Russian investigators claimed was a CIA cover. Sutyagin has insisted on his innocence, saying the information he provided was available from open sources. For President Dmitry Medvedev’s pardon, Sutyagin was required to sign a confession, something he said he initially declined to do. But he reconsidered after speaking with American and Russian officials who told him the release of others depends on his cooperation, he said. Sutyagin said in yesterday’s interview that he was fatigued and longed to be among his friends and relatives in Russia to make up for lost time. “I need to return. Eleven years have been lost. I need to get moving,” he said, casting off warnings he said he had received from acquaintances in Russia not to return and risk renewed trouble with the authorities. In the meantime, relatives were

applying for passports to fly to see him, he said, but had been told the processing period would be longer than expected. He suggested the holdup had been linked to interviews he had given since arriving in Britain, but did not go into any greater detail. Of the four convicts pardoned and flown out of Russia, two — Sutyagin and Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in the Russian military intelligence who was found guilty of passing state secrets to Britain and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2006 — were sent to Britain. The others, Alexander Zaporozhsky — a former colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, sentenced in 2003 to 18 years — and Gennady Vasilenko — a former KGB officer sentenced to three years in prison on murky charges of illegal weapons possession — flew to the United States. It remains unclear why the two were sent in Britain, though the country figured in both their cases. “Honestly, I don’t know. No one has explained it,” Sutyagin said, saying he welcomed the destination all the same for it’s relative proximity to Russia. — AP

Wife: Quiet life with ‘Granddad Bandit’ suspect BATON ROUGE: Patsy Mara doesn’t doubt the man the FBI calls the “Granddad Bandit,” suspected in a string of bank robberies across the country, is her husband. The 61-year-old schoolteacher, however, still has trouble reconciling the image of a holdup man who snatched money from more than two dozen banks with the gentle, loving husband she married just a year ago. Michael Mara, 52, was arrested Wednesday after police and FBI agents acting on a tip surrounded their modest home in Baton Rouge. He surrendered peacefully after a nearly six-hour standoff. “Did my husband who I was married to do that? Of course not. Did Michael Mara, the guy who walked out this door with police do it? Yes,” Patsy Mara said in an interview with The Associated Press, sitting on her couch in the home she shared with the man she thought once worked as a paramedic and most recently for the US government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency on disaster recovery. Michael

Mara wore his uniform, with the crisp white shirt and badge of a paramedic, on the couple’s wedding day in June 2009. Now Patsy isn’t sure if he ever was an emergency worker, or if he helped on the Sept 11 cleanup as he claimed. She doesn’t doubt, though, that it’s him in the surveillance photos the FBI says show him robbing banks around the country. The Michael Mara she knew was smart and kindhearted, loved trips to New Orleans’ French Quarter and liked bologna sandwiches and macaroni-and-cheese dinners. She said she knows nothing about the crimes he’s accused of, beyond what she’s now seen in TV newscasts. Michael Mara is suspected of robbing 25 banks in 13 states, dating to a December 2008 holdup of SunTrust Bank in downtown Richmond, Virginia, authorities said. According to court documents, the FBI received a tip from someone who identified

ST LOUIS: This May 18, 2010, file security photo provided by the FBI on Tuesday June 1, 2010, a man the FBI has named the “Granddad Bandit,” in St Louis county, holding a black billfold with a holdup note. — AP Michael Mara as the robber and gave authorities photographs to match to bank surveillance videos. In the robberies, the suspect waited patiently in line and handed the teller a note demanding a specific amount of money. Sometimes, he made gestures indicating he had a weapon, although agents said

there was no indication he ever used one. The crimes began only months after Patsy and Michael met in a shelter set up for evacuees of Hurricane Gustav. Patsy Mara, who had been married twice before, said Michael showed up in a paramedic’s uniform as she was working at the shelter. —AFP



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Pakistan says won’t divert forces from militant fight ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s army is playing the leading role in rescue efforts after the worst floods in decades, but it will not divert forces from the battle against Islamist militants, military officials said yesterday. The floods, the country’s most severe natural disaster, began two weeks ago and have killed more than 1,600 people, forced 2 million from their homes and disrupting the lives of about 14 million people, or 8 percent of the population. The army has deployed about 60,000 troops for rescue and relief operations out of a force of about 550,000 soldiers. Soldiers in helicopters and boats have plucked numerous survivors from the water

that has inundated the Indus river basin. Army engineers are rebuilding broken bridges and washed-out roads while other units have set up relief camps. But there has been worry, especially in the United States, that the Pakistani military would have to withdraw some of its 140,000 soldiers fighting militants in ethnic Pashtun lands in the northwest, along the Afghan border, to help with the floods. The United States needs concerted Pakistani action on its side of the Afghan border as it struggles to suppress a raging Afghan Taliban insurgency supported from militant strongholds in Pakistan’s wild northwest. But the military played down that worry.

“The involvement of our troops in relief activities will have no impact on our fight against militants,” said military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas. “We were mindful of this factor when we carried out deployment for relief activities and I don’t think there will be any need to withdraw troops from the western border,” he said. The mountainous northwestern has been largely spared the worst of the floods and most troops involved in relief work were from units in the flood areas, said a senior security official. “We have not withdrawn any troops from the western border and we hope we will not need to do so,” said the official, who

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief convicted by court martial COLOMBO: A court martial convicted Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka yesterday of dabbling in politics and stripped him of his rank and medals, a senior military source said. “The guilty verdict was read out to General Fonseka at the court martial a short while ago,” the military source told AFP. “The president as commander-in-chief must now ratify the decision.” Fonseka’s hearing before the three-member tribunal began five months ago despite protests from his party and human rights groups that the process was seriously flawed. However, he has the right to appeal to a civilian court.“The court (martial) has ruled that he should be cashiered,” the military source said. “So he will be stripped of his rank and all the medals he had earned during his 40-year career.”A separate court martial is still hearing charges that he engaged in corrupt deals. Among other things, Fonseka, 59, is also accused before a civilian court of employing army deserters, an offence that carries a 20year jail term. As the battlefield architect of the military victory over Tamil Tiger rebels in May last year, Fonseka had seemingly secured his legacy as the commander who crushed the 37year insurgency for an independent Tamil homeland. But it was his bid to translate that success into political power that was to prove his undoing as he took on his former ally, President Mahinda Rajapakse, at the ballot box in elections in January. The two men fell out soon after the defeat of the Tigers and both sought to take credit for the victory in what became an extremely acrimonious, and at times violent, battle for the presidency. It was a showdown that Rajapakse eventually won with ease, routing his challenger who, as a relative political novice, was left isolated and vulnerable. Two weeks after the election, Fonseka was arrested and brought before the first court martial which concluded its sittings Friday at the naval headquarters in

more likely to pull units off the eastern border with old rival India, security analysts said. Tension between the nuclear-armed rivals has eased in recent months after a sharp deterioration that followed a November 2008 attack on the Indian city of Mumbai by Pakistan-based militants. There is still a worry that militants will take advantage of anger with the government over its perceived sluggish response to the floods to step-up recruitment. US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday expressed concern that militants would seek to expand their influence by aiding flood victims as the government struggled to reach them.

Former Sri Lankan military chief and lawmaker Sarath Fonseka. — AP Colombo. Despite being in military custody, he managed to win a seat in parliament in April. He was briefly released for parliament’s opening on April 22 and vowed he would use the floor of the House to campaign for freedom and democracy. Fonseka has also angered the government by saying he would willingly testify before any international war crimes tribunal. Rajapakse has vowed to prevent any such probe. Fonseka’s arrest and detention drew angry protests at the time, but have since fizzled out. His political allies during the presidential election campaign have also split and weakened the country’s opposition. His Democratic National Alliance (DNA) party rejected Friday’s guilty verdict and argued that the court martial was illegally constituted. —AFP

protests, which began when a teenage student was killed by a police tear-gas shell on June 11, have brought Kashmir’s towns and cities to a standstill. The majority of protesters killed have been young men and teenagers. Each fatality has fuelled fresh anger, in what Kashmir’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has acknowledged is a “cycle of violence”. Separatists had called upon residents to stage protests on Friday and observe a general strike against Indian rule. The strike closed shops, schools, offices and banks in Srinagar and other towns in the region, police said. The constant round of protests, strikes and curfews has all but shut down daily commerce in the mainly Muslim Kashmir Valley, hurting small traders and making shopping for basic provisions a major challenge. In Srinagar, stone-pelting young men defied a curfew and clashed with riot police at nearly a dozen places, police said. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sought to calm tensions by urging Kashmiris “to give peace a chance”. He held out the possibility of greater autonomy and vowed to address rampant unemployment. But his overtures were rejected by both hardline and moderate separatist groups, who want New Delhi to repeal tough emergency laws, pull troops out of civilian areas and release political prisoners. — AFP

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri protestors shout slogans during a pro-freedom procession in Srinagar, India, yesterday. Tens of thousands of angry protesters rushed into the streets in Indian-controlled Kashmir after government forces killed four people and injured at least 12 others during protests. — AP

Charity groups linked to militant factions have been quick to step in to help, as they did in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in 2005 centred in Pakistani Kashmir. While the charities deny any political agenda and have not been seen doing any overt recruitment, analysts say they can influence public opinion and win over hungry, angry survivors. “They will take full advantage and they may try to spread their tentacles and try to participate in social and welfare work as they did in the Kashmir earthquake,” said retired army general-turned-security analyst Talat Masood. “The government has to continue to expand their welfare in order to neutralise their affect.” — Reuters

UN chief to visit flood-hit Pakistan

US Marines arrive to help Pakistan flood survivors SOHBATPUR: A shipload of US Marines and helicopters arrived to boost relief efforts in flooded Pakistan, but the prime minister told The Associated Press his country needs more international help to cope with one of the worst natural disas-

Two protesters shot dead in Kashmir: Police SRINAGAR: A teenager and a 65-year-old man died yesterday when security forces opened fire during anti-India protests in Indian Kashmir, a day after the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, police said. The killings took the death toll from two months of violent protests in the Muslim-majority region to 53. The first shooting death yesterday was of a 17-year-old youth in Trehgam village, north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. “Hundreds of people came out on the streets after dawn prayers and held a noisy anti-India demonstration,” witness Abdul Rashid said, accusing security forces of opening fire without provocation. Ramadan began on Thursday in Indian Kashmir, where an armed insurgency against Indian rule has been under way for 20 years, and which has seen a massive surge of popular unrest in recent months. Police said they resorted to firing live rounds only after demonstrators started pelting them with stones. “Several others are injured, including a 60-year old woman,” a police officer said, asking not to be named. Afterwards, a curfew was imposed in a bid to prevent further violence. The 65-year-old man was shot dead when troops fired teargas and live ammunition after hundreds of protesters attacked a police station in Patan town, also north of Srinagar, police said.The violent anti-India

declined to be identified. “There has been an impact on our training activities as most troops involved in relief efforts were undergoing training, but our activities, operations as well as deployment along the border with Afghanistan have not been affected at all,” he said. Even before the floods, the Pakistani military said it had no immediate plans for any major new offensive in the northwest. Despite US pressure to root out all militant enclaves in the rugged northwestern border lands, the military has said it must first consolidate the gains it has already made. If the floods worsened, and more soldiers were needed to help, the military was

Spokesman Maurizio Giuliano said UN officials roughly estimated that up to one-fourth of the country is or had been affected by the floods, though those areas were not necessarily under water. The government has been sharply criticized for a slow and patchy response to the floods, which has killed 1,500 people left and left an estimated 7 million people needing emergency assistance, their homes destroyed, damaged or inundated with muddy water and unlivable. President Asif Ali Zardari — whose decision to go ahead with a trip to Europe when the disaster began was condemned by many — made his first visit to victims of the disaster on Thursday, according to staterun Pakistan Television that gave few details of the trip. UN chief Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Pakistan late today to visit areas devastated by the country’s worst floods in history and to hold talks on relief efforts, the foreign ministry said yesterday. “He will discuss relief efforts with government leaders tomorrow and visit flooddevastated areas the same day,” the spokesman added. Basit confirmed that Ban’s one-day visit will take place two days ahead of one by US Senator John Kerry. Pakistan says up to 20 million people face direct or indirect harm, although without providing a detailed breakdown on how. The United Nations believes 1,600 people have died, while Islamabad has confirmed 1,343 deaths. Welcoming the visits, President Asif Ali Zardari had said the “damage to life, property, livestock and infrastructure was so huge that it could be faced only with the concerted efforts of all the people of Pakistan with the support and assistance of the international community,” his spokesman said. The United States has pledged $71 million in emergency assistance to the country, which is key in the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taleban as well as stabilizing neighboring Afghanistan. It has also deployed the military to help, as it often does after major disasters. The USS Peleliu arrived off the coast near Karachi on Thursday along with helicopters and about 1,000 Marines. The helicopters will fly to flood-hit areas and rescue stranded people and deliver food and other supplies. An Associated Press reporter flew with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani over parts of Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan provinces. Seen from the air, the extent of the disaster was clear, with the aircraft often flying for many minutes over a mostly flooded landscape. “All I say is that we need more help from our international friends,” he said. “We need more such helicopters because the magnitude of the destruction was far more” than earlier government assessments. “I also urge my own countrymen and women to help their brothers and sisters,” he said. Flood survivors already short on food and water began the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a normally festive, social time marked this year by misery and fears of an uncertain future. —Agencies

ters in its history. The United Nations warned the crisis was far from over, saying dams in Sindh province could still burst in the coming days. More rain fell around the country Thursday, and monsoon season is forecast to last several weeks still.

BASSERA: Pakistani flood survivors evacuate a flooded area of Bassera village yesterday. Water levels receded in Pakistan but survivors of record floods endured grim conditions in makeshift tent cities, as the UN appealed for $460 million in urgent foreign aid. — AFP

Myanmar’s junta to hold its first election in two decades on Nov 7 YANGON: Myanmar’s junta announced yesterday it will hold its first election in two decades on November 7 — a vote critics say is a sham aimed at entrenching the ruling generals’ half-century grip on power. Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent much of the past 20 years in detention and is seen as the biggest threat to the junta, is barred from standing in the polls because she is a serving prisoner. The election date, announced by state media, falls about a week before Suu Kyi’s current term of house arrest is due to expire on November 13. Her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won a landslide victory in 1990 but was never allowed to take office. It is boycotting the upcoming vote, saying the rules are unfair. Opponents say the ruling generals are taking no chances this time, reserving one quarter of the seats in parliament for the military and crafting election rules to make sure that junta-backed parties have the upper hand. “The military regime learnt their lessons so they are trying all possible ways to ensure this election is won by their parties,” said Thai-based activist Naing Aung of the Forum for Democracy in Burma — Myanmar’s former name. A group of former NLD members has formed a new party, the National Democratic Force (NDF), to stand in the

Aung San Suu Kyi election-a move that has put it at odds with Suu Kyi, who was opposed to participating in the polls. The NLD decided not to contest the vote because of rules laid down by the junta that in effect would have forced it to expel Suu Kyi and other members in prison in order to participate. The election “cannot be free and fair”, the NLD’s long-time spokesman Nyan Win told AFP. “We still don’t have freedom

of expression and freedom of information.” Under strict election rules, members of all parties are banned from marching, waving flags and chanting to garner support. They must apply one week in advance for permission to gather and deliver speeches outside their offices. Parties must also register their election candidates by August 30, leaving them little time to prepare. In any case, without Suu Kyi, few think any of the opposition groups could repeat the NLD’s landslide victory in 1990, two years after it was formed in response to a popular uprising against the junta that left thousands dead. Among the opposition parties not boycotting the vote, the NDF so far seems to have the best chance of success, according to Win Min, a Burmese academic at Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand. “But they have serious financial problem even to travel to local areas to recruit candidates,” he said. Given restrictions placed on opposition parties running in the election, they are unlikely to win a majority, but may secure about 10 percent of seats in parliament, he predicted. So far 40 parties have been allowed to register for the polls, but some are already expressing concerns about conditions for the vote. —AFP

Malaysian court convicts brothers of church bombing KUALA LUMPUR: Two Malaysian brothers were yesterday sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for firebombing a church, in the first convictions since a spate of attacks on places of worship. The January 7 attack on a church in suburban Kuala Lumpur, which sent tensions soaring in the multi-ethnic nation, was “appalling and despicable”, said Sessions Court judge S. M. Komathy Suppiah. “It strikes at the very foundations and tenets of a civilised society,” she told the sombre-looking pair, Raja Mohamad Faizal Raja Ibrahim, 24, and Raja Mohamad

Idzham Raja Ibrahim, 22. A third man was acquitted over the attack that partially gutted the threestorey church, and was the first in a series, which saw mosques and churches across the Muslimmajority nation fire-bombed and vandalised. The violence was triggered by a ruling that overturned a ban on non-Muslim Malaysians using “Allah” as a translation for “God”. The government argued that the use of the word “Allah” by Christians, who make up nine percent of the population, could cause confusion and encourage religious conversion, which is illegal for Malaysian Muslims. —AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: In these two combo photos both taken on July 6, 2010, Raja Muhammad Faizal Raja Ibrahim, left, and his brother Raja Muhammad Idzham arrive separately at a court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. — AP



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OPEC ups 2010 world oil demand growth to 1.2%

Malaysian state rolls out Islamic currency CB says ringgit only legal currency KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian state’s attempt to revive use of gold and silver coins common in early Islamic societies has run afoul of the country’s central bank, which said yesterday that local governments have no authority to issue their own currency. The gold dinar and silver dirham coins provide an alternative to this Muslim-majority country’s currency, the ringgit, in the northeastern state Kelantan, which is governed by the PanMalaysian Islamic Party, a conservative opposition group that promotes religious policies in its rule. The gold dinar was the official currency of Muslim societies for centuries. The value of the coins used in Kelantan can fluctuate according to market prices, but officials say it remains a better alternative to currency affected by the US dollar and other foreign currency. Kelantan authorities also say the use of such coins is encouraged in the Quran. State officials have produced coins worth about $630,000 for use at about 1,000 outlets in Kelantan’s capital, said Nik Mahani Mohamad, executive director of Kelantan Golden Trade, which mints the coins. “It’s a great, great moment for Muslims,” Nik Mahani said. “We are providing an alternative means for the people to trade with.” The coins came into circulation on Thursday and can be purchased at various locations in Kelantan. Their worth is currently about $180 per dinar and $4

Cartel urges caution in predicting future trends VIENNA: The Organization of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) yesterday revised upw ards its w orld oil demand grow th estimate for 2010 to 1.2 percent but urged caution in predicting future trends. “Given stabilised oil demand in the US, the w orld oil demand grow th forecast is revised up by 0.1 million barrels per day (bpd) to show grow th of 1.05 million bpd or 1.2 percent,” the cartel said in its monthly report. Total demand for 2010 was now expected to reach 85.5 million bpd, up from 84.46 million bpd in 2009. The cartel warned however that a slower economy in the second half of the year, caused by a phasing out of fiscal stimulus, would likely affect demand. “Looking to the second half, the pace of economic growth is projected to slow, not only in the OECD (developed countries) but also across most emerging and developing markets, indicating that oil demand growth will remain moderate. “There is need to be cautious about forecasting oil demand for the remainder of 2010,” the report said. “Moreover, other factors such as government policies could impact growth in demand,” it added, citing plans by the Chinese government to meet environmental targets by the end of the year which could cut into oil demand in the country. “For the whole year, oil demand growth is expected at around 1.0 million bdp, lower than the pre-recession annual average of around 1.7 million bpd,” OPEC noted. SHANGHAI: Chinese investors monitor screens showing stock indexes at a trading house in Shanghai “Next year, the situation is yesterday. Chinese shares closed up 1.21 percent amid growing signs that the world’s third-largest not expected to be much different,” it added. — AFP economy is slowing, making further tightening policies unlikely, dealers said. — AFP

Korean Air sinks to loss in Q2 as fuel bill rises SEOUL: Korean Air, South Korea’s biggest airline, said yesterday it sank to a loss in the second quarter as a weak won swelled its fuel costs. The carrier lost 233.1 billion won ($192 million) in the three months ended June 30 compared with a profit of 78.5 billion won a year earlier. Sales surged 36.7 percent to 2.84 trillion won. Shares in the airline, which released earnings before the stock market closed, rose 2.5 percent to 76,900 won as its operating profit — seen as a direct indicator of business performance — more than doubled. Korean Air said its fuel bill increased by 30 percent from a year earlier to 865 billion won amid higher jet fuel prices and a 3.5 percent fall in the won against the dollar on average during the quarter. But the airline expects to return to profit in the third quarter because passenger numbers are recovering from the global recession and the won has strengthened. Operating profit — seen as a direct indicator of business

performance before taxes, dividends, asset sales and other items are figured into net profit or loss — surged more than twofold to 352.1 billion won from 127.3 billion won last year. Korean Air, the world’s biggest international air cargo

carrier, said its airfreight business improved in the second quarter as exports of liquid crystal displays, semiconductors and cell phones increased. Cargo to Europe more than doubled and nearly doubled to North America and Japan during the three months. — AP

SEOUL: Passengers wait to buy tickets at the Korean Air ticketing counter at Gimpo airport in Seoul yesterday. Korean Air, South Korea’s biggest airline, said Friday it sank to a loss in the second quarter as a weak won swelled its fuel costs. —AP

Norway wealth fund swings to Q2 loss as BP weighs OSLO: Norway’s sovereign wealth fund lost 5.4 percent on its investments in the second quarter as its core holding of BP shares halved in value and other stocks also fell, Europe’s largest equity investor reported yesterday. The fund also said only oil majors have the capacity to improve environmental safety standards after the Gulf of Mexico spill and said it was seeking a wider effort by the oil industry in that regard. Thanks to a weak crown and fresh transfers of oil revenues, the total value of the fund rose, standing at 2.79 trillion Norwegian crowns ($454.8 billion) on June 30 from 2.76 trillion at the end of the first quarter. The largest stock loser in the portfolio was BP, said Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive officer of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the fund. “We’ve had more than 1 percent of our stock holdings invested in BP and this share halved in value during the second quarter,” he told a press conference. “That is to say a fall from 18.9 billion crowns to 10.6 billion.” The investment vehicle-the world’s second largest wealth fund behind that of the United Arab Emirates-”slightly increased” its investment in BP from 1.7 percent of the company’s stock portfolio at the beginning of 2010. Slyngstad said only oil majors had the capacity to boost safety standards following the Deepwater Horizon accident. “It is only the oil majors that can take on the task of focusing and developing further the environmental safety standards,” he told Reuters in an interview. “This is an industry-wide issue and the industry needs the larger players with the best resources (to achieve this).” Slyngstad said he was backing the BP board’s efforts towards safe and reliable operations. —Reuters

per dirham. But the plan hit a snag when Malaysia’s central bank said in a statement later yesterday that the ringgit remained “the only currency that is the legal tender for payment of goods and services in Malaysia.” The bank said it “has the sole right under the law to issue currency in Malaysia.” It was not immediately clear how the bank planned to block the use of the coins for transactions. The state government also plans to give employees the option of receiving part of their salary in this currency, as well as introduce gold bars for large investments. Muslim alms can also be paid with the coins. The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party has governed Kelantan since 1990. Some of its policies over the years include banning gambling, nightclubs and rock concerts, and requiring Muslim female state employees to wear headscarves at work. The party and the federal government are often at odds with each other. The opposition accuses the government of being corrupt and not practicing Islamic principles; the ruling coalition says the Islamic party is overzealous and unprogressive. Malay Muslims account for nearly two-thirds of the 28 million people in this Southeast Asia country, mostly religious moderates. There are also minority communities of ethnic Chinese and Indians who mainly practice Buddhism, Christianity or Hinduism. — AP

Boosted by big profit, GM preps for IPO with new boss CHICAGO: Riding high on a $1.3 billion quarterly profit, General Motors announced that Ed Whitacre will step down as CEO next month as the biggest US automaker prepares to break free from government control and relist on the stock exchange. Revenues and profits swelled under Whitacre, 68, who was brought out of retirement last year by the Obama administration to lead the troubled company after a government-financed restructuring under bankruptcy protection. “It was my public duty to help return this company to greatness and I didn’t want to stay a day beyond that,” said Whitacre, announcing he will step down as CEO on September 1 and as chairman of the board by year-end. “We’ve positioned the company for success and things look good. There’s a foundation in place, a good foundation. I see no reason to delay.” Whitacre, the long-time head of telecom giant AT&T who took the helm of GM on December 1, 2009, expressed confidence in successor Dan Akerson, who had no previous experience in manufacturing before joining the GM board when it emerged from bankruptcy in July 2009. “I know Dan will do a terrific job of leading this company forward,” Whitacre said in a conference call. “He has a

great team around him and the complete support of the board and GM’s employees... I think he’s absolutely the right choice.” GM is widely expected to register its plans for an initial public stock offering with securities regulators yesterday after having reportedly secured a $5 billion line of credit. Its drive for an IPO will be boosted by news that the firm’s revenues swelled to $33 billion in the second quarter, a $10 billion increase over the same period last year, as vehicle sales rose 11 percent. GM reported stronger sales

in North America, Asia and Latin America, but sales floundered in Europe and its market share slipped in all regions, in part because of the elimination of several brands. The timing of Whitacre’s announcement was no accident, said Jeremy Anwyl, chief executive officer of automotive site “GM wants the issue of succession planning off the table,” Anwyl said. GM executives declined to comment on the upcoming IPO, which will allow the US government to begin winding down its massive stake in the company. — AFP

MIAMI: A 2010 Camaro RS is on display above a row of 2010 Chevrolet Corvettes at Kendall Chevrolet in Miami. — AP

EXCHANGE RATES Commercial Bank of Kuwait US Dollar/KD GB Pound/KD Euro Swiss francs Canadian Dollar Australian DLR Indian rupees Sri Lanka Rupee UAE dirhams Bahraini dinars Jordanian dinar Saudi riyals Omani riyals Philippine peso Egyptian pounds

.2830000 .4470000 .3680000 .2690000 .2720000 .2550000 .0045000 .0020000 .0775300 .7553550 .4020000 .0750000 .7404940 .0045000 .0500000

.2930000 .4560000 .3760000 .2780000 .2820000 .2620000 .0075000 .0035000 .0783100 .7629470 .4180000 .0790000 .7479360 .0072000 .0580000

US Dollar/KD GB Pound/KD Euro Swiss francs Canadian dollars Danish Kroner Swedish Kroner Australian dlr Hong Kong dlr Singapore dlr Japanese yen Indian Rs/KD Sri Lanka rupee Pakistan rupee Bangladesh taka UAE dirhams Bahraini dinars Jordanian dinar Saudi Riyal/KD Omani riyals Philippine Peso

CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES .2869500 .4495430 .3703540 .2716010 .2744330 .0497040 .0390240 .2577240 .0369400 .2107380 .0033490 .0061700 .0025620 .0033660 .0041580 .0781640 .7615270 .4058260 .0765690 .7467660 .0063760

.2890500 .4527180 .3729700 .2735250 .2763760 .0500560 .0393010 .2595450 .0372010 .2122300 .0033730 .0062140 .0025800 .0033890 .0041880 .0786630 .7663830 .4087010 .0770570 .7515280 .0064210

US Dollar Sterling pounds Swiss Francs Saudi Riyals

TRANSFER CHEQUES RATES .2890500 .4527180 .2735250 .0770570

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. 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 Saudi Riyal Qatari Riyal Omani Riyal Bahraini Dinar UAE Dirham Egyptian Pound - Cash Egyptian Pound - Transfer Yemen Riyal Tunisian Dinar Jordanian Dinar Lebanese Lira Syrian Lier Morocco Dirham

3.347 2.553 3.893 212.870 36.024 4.143 6.380 8.988 0.296 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES 76.665 78.994 746.930 763.600 78.290 ARAB COUNTRIES 53.200 50.704 1.228 200.260 405.990 192.900 6.200 34.624

EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 287.380 Euro 380.060 Sterling Pound 455.780 Canadian dollar 280.370 Turkish lire 191.820 Swiss Franc 273.960 Australian dollar 262.260 US Dollar Buying 285.845

SELL CASH 264.700 764.800 4.200 281.900 564.700 14.100 51.800 167.800 53.280 382.800

10 Tola

GOLD 1,294.950

37.590 6.190 0.035

406.510 0.194 93.130 3.910 209.300 746.880 3.365 6.380 79.110 76.790 214.600 42.200 2.555 456.100 275.400 6.300 9.180 78.370 287.600

TRAVELLER’S CHEQUE 456.100 287.600

Dollarco Exchange Co. Ltd

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

37.740 6.480 0.035 0.273 0.254 3.450 408.530 0.195 93.130 46.300 4.500 210.800 1.960 49.200 747.060 3.470 6.560 79.540 76.790 214.600 42.200 2.726 458.100 41.500 276.900 6.300 9.310 198.263 78.470 288.000 1.260

Sterling Pound US Dollar

GOLD 236.000 120.000 62.000

20 Gram 10 Gram 5 Gram

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

SELL DRAFT 263.200 764.800 4.140 280.400

214.600 50.736 379.300

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

Selling Rate 287.400 283.604 457.585 380.302 272.327 704.430 760.708 78.227 78.921 76.609 405.557 50.709 6.190 3.360

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

2.557 4.150 6.355 3.371 8.980 6.269 3.854

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

Rate per 1000 (Tran) 286.500 3.355 6.225 2.560 4.130 6.410 78.090 76.595 761.600 50.590 461.600 0.00003280 3.885 1.550 407.000 5.750 386.100 284.800

Al Mulla Exchange Currency Transfer Rate (Per 1000 US Dollar 287.800 Euro 374.700 Pound Sterling 454.850 Canadian Dollar 277.600 Japanese Yen 3.405 Indian Rupee 6.150 Egyptian Pound 50.720 Sri Lankan Rupee 2.560 Bangladesh Taka 4.148 Philippines Peso 6.330 Pakistan Rupee 3.358 Bahraini Dinar 766.350 UAE Dirham 78.500 Saudi Riyal 76.900 *Rates are subject to change


Saturday, August 14, 2010


Germany leads euro-zone to stronger growth LONDON: The economy of the 16 countries that use the euro expanded by a better-than-expected 1 percent during the second quarter before as growth engine Germany expanded at its fastest pace since reunification two decades ago. Thursday’s quarter-on-quarter figures show the eurozone grew at its fastest rate in nearly four years — and faster than the US during the same quarter. That defied expectations from just a couple of months ago, when Europe was threatened by a severe government debt crisis. The US grew by 0.6 percent during the April to June period compared to the previous quarter. The euro-zone beat market forecasts for a 0.7 percent rise and topped the muted 0.2 percent growth from the first quarter. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, led the way as its economy grew by a very strong 2.2 percent in the second quarter compared to the quarter before as exporters reaped the benefits of a recovery in global demand. Still, many economists think the second quarter will be as good as it gets for the euro-zone this

year. Governments across the region — particularly Greece, Spain, Ireland and Portugal — are slashing spending programs and raising taxes to cut their ballooning debt levels, depriving the economy of stimulus from government spending. Additionaly, the US, a major trading partner, is losing momentum. “The peripheral economies will continue to suffer from fiscal tightening and look set to remain in, or return to, recession,” said Jennifer McKeown, senior European economist at Capital Economics. “Meanwhile, the German recovery will weaken as global demand slows and its own fiscal consolidation begins next year,” she added. Figures across Europe show a wide divergence in performance and there are fears that a number of countries will remain in recession or will start contracting once again — the euro-zone as a whole only emerged from its severe recession in the third quarter of last year. While Germany is steaming ahead, and France posted a solid 0.6 percent increase, others like Greece, remain mired in reces-

PARIS: Shoppers are seen near Paris main department stores. Economic growth in the 16 countries that share the euro was just 0.2 percent in the first quarter, and analysts say the recovery can only really take root if consumers open their pocketbooks. — AP

Commercial Bank International embraces spirit of Ramadan DUBAI: Commercial Bank International (CBI) announced yesterday that in keeping with the spirit of Ramadan, it had launched several initiatives to enhance ease of banking for customers. These include installment deferment for loans and extended operating hours at some branches of the bank. Speaking on the occasion Douwe J Oppedijk, Chief Executive Officer, CBI, said “Customer convenience is of primary importance to CBI and we aim to offer our clients value-added initiatives. We are aware that many of our customers have considerable financial obligations during the Holy Month, and we would like to demonstrate our commitment to them by deferring payment on this month’s installment for personal and auto loans.” The monthly installments during the month of Ramadan for all personal and auto loan customers who have a salary transfer to the bank will be postponed. Customers who do not wish to avail this facility can call the bank’s 24x7 call centre on 800 CBI (224) or can walk in to any of the 15 branches of CBI. “CBI has established its reputation as a bank that cares, and we would like to demonstrate this to our customers by extending the operat-

ing hours at some of our branches, till after Iftar. Extended branch opening hours is a clear indication that CBI services are easier to access than ever before, and we work efficiently to meet our customers’ banking requirements,” added Douwe Oppedijk. All CBI branches will operate from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, during Ramadan. In addition, the branches at Riqqa Road, Dubai, Al Hamra Mall, Ras Al Khaimah and Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi, will also work extended evening times between 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. CBI is one of the few banks to have a branch in all seven emirates with a focus on reaching customers across the country through quality products and services Commercial Bank International (CBI), is a leading bank in the UAE. Founded in Ras AlKhaimah during 1991, the bank is a public shareholding company operating in the UAE and is listed at the Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADX). CBI offers a wide range of products and solutions in the Retail and Corporate Banking, Treasury and Trade Finance services. The bank’s distribution network comprises of 15 branches across the UAE and 53 ATMs.

In London, Mumbai man awakens slumbering East India Company LONDON: An Indian entrepreneur is relaunching the East India Company with the opening of a store in London today, after buying the remnants of the British trading giant that once ruled much of the subcontinent. The company took control of large swathes of the region during the 1700s as it expanded rapidly on the back of its trading activities, before power over India was formally handed to London in the 19th century. But the firm, which had grown so huge it boasted its own currency and army, was dissolved in 1874. A tiny rump of the company lived on, however, consisting of its trading name and a small tea and coffee concern. This shadow of the former global trading power was acquired in 2005 by Indian businessman Sanjiv Mehta, who has transformed it into a consumer brand focused on luxury foodstuffs. “I was born and grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), so for me to acquire a company which once owned us is a tremendous joy,” Mehta told AFP, as workmen put the finishing touches to the shop in London’s upmarket Mayfair district. But the entrepreneur, who moved to Britain around 20 years ago, insists he is not driven by a desire for vengeance-rather, he says his plan is based on carefully thought-out commercial considerations. In reawakening the slumbering giant, Mehta has bought into a 400-year-old brand already known to millions of people around the world. At its peak, the company employed a third of the British workforce and was responsible for 50 percent of global trade. “It’s impossible to build a luxury brand like this,” the 49year-old said. “You can spend billions of dollars and not reach where the East India Company is already starting from.” The sheer size and reach of the original EIC is hard to overstate, he said.

LONDON: Sanjiv Mehta holds up a box of “Director’s Blend” green tea in the East India Company store in central London. — AFP “It controlled the waters of the world, it controlled trade, it controlled movement,” he went on. “To control that, it had its own army, its navy, its treasury, its land.” Although his ambitions are much more modest, he hopes the EIC will once again spread its tentacles across the globe. The company is already in talks about taking the brand to Japan and the Middle East. Mehta also expects the EIC to make a return to India at some point to tap the market for luxury goods in one of the world’s fastest expanding economies. “The East India

Company is a name which every Indian knows,” he said. But the revival of the name in India, where the EIC was responsible for ushering in decades of foreign rule and Indian subservience, may prove controversial. The company was created by the granting of a charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1600 and given a monopoly on English trade to Asia, and its early activities focused on cotton, silk and tea. These concerns gradually became of secondary importance to taking military and administrative control of parts of India, however. — AFP

sion. The economy there contracted by 1.5 percent in the second quarter. And Spain’s modest 0.2 percent improvement in the quarter won’t do much to get the unemployment rate down from 20 percent. Howard Wheeldon, senior strategist at BGC Partners, thinks that this gap between the core and the periphery may cause friction within the single currency area. “The point is that if Germany is growing on the back of predominantly export led growth and that other euro-zone economies are being left out in the cold is a fact that over time is almost bound to create increased friction amongst smaller euro-zone members,” said Wheeldon. For now though, the EU thinks Germany’s outperformance is giving the more indebted countries in the euro area a bit more room to get their public finances in order. EU spokesman Amadeo Altafaj Tardio said there was no room for complacency and that countries across Europe should continue with their fiscal consolidation plans and structural reforms. Germany is benefiting “from the

reforms that it carried out in previous years,” he said in an interview with AP Television News. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, the figures from statistics agency Eurostat revealed that the euro-zone economy grew by 1.7 percent, up from the 0.6 percent rate recorded in the first quarter. The US economy grew 2.4 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter, according to the US Commerce Department, although that figure may be revised downward later. The EU does not publish quarterly figures that show the annualized rate of growth, as the US does, but simply compares them to the previous quarter or the same quarter a year ago. The wider 27-country EU, which includes non-euro members such as Britain and Sweden, also grew by a quarterly rate of 1 percent for an annual increase of 1.7 percent. The Eurostat figures published yesterday do not include all the economies of the EU. A number, such as Denmark, Poland, Romania and Finland, have still to pull together quarterly figures. — AP

July busy month for car dealership

US retail sales post gain, consumer prices better WASHINGTON: A busy month for car dealerships lifted retail sales for the first time in three months w hile more expensive food and gas boosted US consumer prices by the most in nearly a year. Retail sales rose 0.4 percent last month, buoyed by auto and gasoline station purchases. Most retailers reported declines for the month. Excluding autos, sales climbed 0.2 percent, Excluding volatile food and energy prices, the so-called “core” index increased 0.1 percent in July. The cost of housing, clothes, and used cars and trucks all rose. Over the past year, consumer prices rose 1.2 percent. That’s up slightly from last month’s 1.1 percent pace but still a mild increase. Broad declines in retail sales have economists concerned that spending will slow further in the second half of this year. Households are saving more and spending less as they struggle with high unemployment and lackluster job growth. Economists note that the government revised activity in the previous two months to show slightly smaller decreases. But overall, the declines for most retailers in July suggest the recovery is losing momentum. “There is only one thing that’s for sure — economic momentum has slowed,” said Jennifer Lee, senior economist for BMO Capital Markets. The July increase in retail sales followed declines of 0.3 percent in June and 1 percent in May. Sales had surged 2.1 percent in March but since that time consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of the economy, has weakened. The major bright spot was a 1.6 percent rise in sales of motor vehicles and parts. It was the best showing since a 6.6 percent surge in March. Summer promotions and easier credit lured shoppers back to car buying last month. Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, Subaru and Kia reported the biggest gains. The industry sold more than 1 million cars and light trucks. That’s 5.1 percent higher than in July 2009. Last year auto sales fell to the lowest level in three decades. Sales at gasoline stations rose 2.3 percent in July, the biggest jump since last November. But much of that strength reflected higher prices. Sales were down 1 percent at department stores and also dropped at specialty clothing stores, furniture stores, hardware stores and appliance stores. Prices are rising at the slowest pace in 44 years, well below the Federal Reserve’s inflation target. Core prices moved up 0.9 percent in the past year for the fourth month in a row. July’s modest increase in consumer prices may quiet deflation concerns raised in recent weeks by some Federal Reserve officials. Deflation is a widespread and prolonged drop in the price of goods, real estate and stocks. It also reduces wages and can make it harder to pay off debts. The last serious case of deflation in the US was during the Great Depression. Most economists don’t believe deflation will happen. But they are watching consumer prices closely for any signs of it. — AP

the Commerce Department said Friday. Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in J uly, the Labor Department said. That’s the largest increase since last August to the Consumer Price Index, the government’s most closely w atched inflation measure. Energy prices jumped for the first time in five months.

LITTLE ROCK: Ann Brown (right) and her daughter Julie Anne, 5, shop for school supplies at a Staples store in Little Rock, Arkansas. Retail sales managed a modest increase in July after two consecutive declines, but the strength was concentrated in higher sales of autos and gasoline. Most other retailers saw their sales fall. —AP

Hong Kong to raise land supply to avoid bubble HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s government said yesterday it would further increase land supply and tighten mortgage lending to avoid a property bubble, warning that prices of some flats are approaching historic highs. John Tsang, the city’s financial secretary, said prices in June were eight percent up from the end of 2009, despite a series of measures the government introduced in April to cool the overheating market. “A large amount of hot money has flown into Hong Kong’s financial system.Flat prices of some popular housing developments are fast approaching historic highs,” he told a news conference. “There is an increased risk of a property bubble forming because interest rates are expected to continue to be very low for some time to come,” he said. Tsang said the government would auction three sites on its latest application list in the remainder of the fiscal year ending March 2011, regardless of whether developers tabled an offer. Two of these three sites would be auctioned in September. Under Hong Kong’s application list system, a land auction is triggered only when a developer offers at least 80 percent of the government’s minimum price for a lot on the list. Tsang added that the gov-

ernment would also convert some industrial sites into residential sites. To curb speculation in the luxury market, the

government will raise cancellation fees to 10 percent of buyers’ deposits from five percent, Tsang said. It will also ban the

HONG KONG: People standing with umbrellas in the rain on the Avenue of Stars looking towards the International Finance Centre building (center) in front of Victoria Harbor and the skyline of Hong Kong. — AFP

resale of unfinished new homes before transactions are completed. Norman Chan, chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the city’s de facto central bank, warned property buyers that current interest rates are “extremely low, extremely abnormal.” “This can’t last forever,” he told a separate briefing. Chan also warned banks that the credit risks they faced in residential mortgages were rising and unveiled measures to help them cope. These included lowering the loan-to-valuation ceiling to 60 percent for properties worth 12 million Hong Kong dollars ($1.54 million) or more. The ceiling for all non-owner-occupied residential mortgages would also be lowered to 60 percent, he said. Chan added that the debt-toincome ratio, which reflects repayment ability of mortgage borrowers, would be standardized at 50 percent. In addition, there will be a stress test to ensure that when interest rates rise the borrower can continue to service the debt, he said. The city’s home prices have surged nearly 45 percent from their trough at the end of 2008, supported by persistently low interest rates. Prices of some luxury flats have returned to or surpassed the peaks of the 1997 property boom. —AFP



Saturday, August 14, 2010

PayPal to make micro payments easier SAN FRANCISCO: PayPal wants to make it easier to buy low-cost digital goods online, whether it’s a single article on a news website or virtual items in a video game. Scott Thompson, the online payment service’s president, said Thursday that PayPal plans to roll out a payment product by the end of the year that helps businesses collect “micropayments” on the Web. Generally, if you want to buy, say, a virtual sword in an online game, you need to first purchase a chunk of credit perhaps $5 or $10 - that you can then

spend on a 49-cent virtual sword on a game on Facebook or other websites. That’s because the costs associated with credit card transactions quickly eat away at the profit a merchant would make on something that costs a few dollars or less. Thompson thinks consumers want to be able to buy items one at a time, though. And with this in mind, he said PayPal intends to allow purchases in small increments. PayPal, which is owned by eBay Inc., plans to make that work by compiling consumers’ transactions.

Someone might buy $10 worth of news articles, or goods in an online game, before getting billed by PayPal. PayPal thinks this will appeal more to consumers while benefiting merchants and PayPal, too. Online micropayments are not new. They emerged in the 1990s but never really caught on, in part because early attempts often had people spend tiny amounts of money - a dime here, a quarter there - instead of the currently popular model where you buy a bunch of credits up

front and use them a little at a time. But consumers are now much more used to the idea of buying virtual goods in online games and downloading content like songs and videos, and this change in behavior could benefit PayPal. PayPal is already involved in the digital payment space. Last year, $2 billion of its total $71 billion in payment volume came from digital goods such as downloads of music, videos and software people bought online. And it seems to be growing: In the first half of this year, the company

processed $1.3 billion in digital goods payments, Thompson said. The company has gotten its feet wet in the world of micropayments, too, offering merchants a micropayment option that websites can use, charging a fee of 5 percent plus 5 cents for small transactions, which it sees as generally less than $10 apiece. This way, a $3 micropayment for a news article would cost the merchant 20 cents in transaction fees; under PayPal’s normal fee schedule for items that cost up to $3,000, it would cost about 39 cents.

Still, Thompson thinks the upcoming payment product will be better, and hopefully more convenient, too. Right now, if you use PayPal to buy items in an online game such as Zynga’s popular FarmVille, you’re still prompted to leave the game mid-session to make the actual payment. Thompson wants to change this with PayPal’s upcoming offering. “The whole intent is to keep you in the experience, don’t force you to do anything else ... and keep it economical for all parties,” he said. — AP

Google refuses selling out on ‘net neutrality’ New policy to ban ‘undue discrimination’ SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Thursday tried to derail talk that it has “sold out” on the idea of insuring all data is treated equally when it comes to routing traffic on the Internet. A legal framework for “net neutrality” proposed this week by Google and US telecom titan Verizon has given rise to “myths” challenging

the Internet firm’s devotion to the cause, Google media counsel Richard Whitt said in a blog post. Google has not “sold out” when it comes to net neutrality and the proposal would not exempt wireless Internet connections from rules of fairness regarding handling of digital information, according to Whitt.

HANNOVER: A car equipped with a special camera, used to photograph whole streets, can be seen on the Google street view stand at the world’s biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT. —AFP

Google amplifies voice commands SAN FRANCISCO: Just because mobile phones are becoming more like small computers doesn’t mean you should have to do a lot of typing on them. That’s the thinking behind the latest update to Google Inc.’s popular Android software for mobile phones. The latest version of Android 2.2, released Thursday, includes 10 new voice commands that can be used to operate phones without using a keypad. Although Google says about 200,000 Android-powered phones are being sold each day, not all of them are equipped with the 2.2 operating system, also known as Froyo. Google’s Nexus One phone already runs on Froyo, but users will need to download free updates through its Android Market. Motorola Inc’s Droid 2, which went on sale this week, already has the necessary updates. The features are expected to be added to HTC Corp’s Evo and Incredible phones when they get Froyo in the coming months. Google’s new “Voice Actions” tool” enables people to dictate their text messages and e-mails. The voice recognition technology automatically translates the spoken words into text. Phone calls can be made simply by speaking the name of a person or business. The feature can also find and play songs with spoken commands. Although spoken words were turned into written words almost flawlessly in a Thursday demonstration for reporters, many applications relying on voice recognition technology misinterpret what’s being said in less quiet settings. Google says its tests showed Voice Actions was highly accurate. Android already has been processing spoken requests for Internet searches and directions. The feature has caught on quickly: Google says about 25 percent of its search traffic on Android phones is triggered by the spoken word. The additional bells and whistles already have helped Android phones gain usage in recent months, though overall there are far more iPhones from Apple Inc. and BlackBerrys from Research in Motion Ltd already on the market. Besides adding more voice controls to Android, Google also is making it easier to transfer information from a computer screen to a phone. Google is making that happen by offering a free tool that users can add to Google’s Chrome Web browser for personal computers. This tool makes it possible to send the link to a story or mapping directions from a personal computer to a designated phone within seconds. — AP

PATERSON: An IPhone owned by Jim Otun of Fairfield, NJ displays an app called IQuran. Many Muslims across the country are using new technologies to help them in their Islamic beliefs. —AP

“We decided to partner with a major broadband provider on the best policy solution we could devise together,” Whitt said. “We’re not saying this solution is perfect, but we believe that a proposal that locks in key enforceable protections for consumers is preferable to no protection at all.” The proposed framework would ban “undue discrimination against any lawful Internet content” and give the US Federal Communications Commission exclusive authority to oversee broadband Internet access service. Efforts to figure out how US regulators should or could keep Internet service providers (ISPs) from giving preferential treatment to some data at the expense of other bytes of information have been fruitless. 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 decided that the FCC had not been granted the legal authority by Congress to regulate the network management practices of ISPs. “We’re not so presumptuous to think that any two businesses could, or should, decide the future of this issue,’ Whitt said. “We’re simply trying to offer a proposal to help resolve a debate which has largely stagnated after five years.” The proposal has prompted parties ranging from Internet freedom advocates to online social networking star Facebook and US telecom powerhouse AT&T to weigh in on the topic. Facebook disagreed with the idea of sparing wireless networks from strict net neutrality rules as proposed by Google and Verizon. “Facebook continues to support principles of net neutrality for both landline and wireless networks,” the world’s leading online social networking service said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. Recommending that wireless Internet connections be exempt from net neutrality rules played into fears that Google is changing allegiance in the battle to stop ISPs from giving preferential treatment to those that pay. “It’s true that Google previously has advocated for certain openness safeguards to be applied in a similar fashion to what would be applied to wireline services,” Whitt said. “However, in the spirit of compromise, we have agreed to a proposal that allows this market to remain free from regulation for now, while Congress keeps a watchful eye.” An AT&T executive told a gathering of investors this week that the proposal was encouraging. “It’s a positive sign that shows that those two companies can agree on something as different as net neutrality,” said Ralph de la Vega, chief of the telecom firm’s mobile and consumer unit. Fiber communications colossus Level 3 cautiously endorsed the Google-Verizon framework, but expressed concern about allowing ISPs to offer television or other services on private sections of networks. Allowing network owners to create a ‘paid priority’ data service raises a number of concerns since contention for limited broadband capacity seems inevitable, he added. The proposal calls for letting broadband service providers freely offer “additional services” such as Verizon FIOS TV, which is currently available. — AFP

Twitter makes tweeting easier SAN FRANCISCO: Tweeting your favorite stories may be getting a little easier. Twitter introduced Thursday a “tweet” button that websites can place alongside their content. The button serves as an invitation to Twitter’s legion of users to share what they’re reading without having to copy and paste the Web link. Pressing the button automatically creates a shortened link that appears in a pop-up box tied to the Twitter user’s account. A comment can be added next to the link, staying within the 140-character limit of Twitter’s messaging service. After the message is dispatched, Twitter will suggest people the sender might want to follow, based on the story’s

topic and its writer. The new tweet button will likely make Twitter an even more powerful tool for attracting online traffic. As it is, Twitter says nearly onefourth of its tweets contain Web links. The list of websites already using the tweet button include Gannett Co’s USA Today, one of the world’s largest newspapers; IAC/InterActiveCorp’s search engine and Google Inc’s video site YouTube. Twitter’s new sharing tool is similar to a “retweet” button that another service called TweetMeme has offered publishers since early 2009. TweetMeme is teaming upTwitter on the new button. — AP

US agency computers face cyberattack risk WASHINGTON: Federal Aviation Administration computer systems remain vulnerable to cyber attacks despite improvements at a number of key radar facilities in the past year, according to a new US government review. The Department of Transportation’s inspector general said while the FAA has taken steps to install more sophisticated systems to detect cyber intrusions in some air traffic control facilities, most sites have not been upgraded. And there is no timetable yet to complete the project, the IG said. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said the agency is working on a timetable and will notify the IG with that information soon. The FAA also said that upgrades to critical air traffic control systems have taken precedence over the intrusion detection improvements at a number of facilities. Without the detection abilities, the FAA cannot effectively monitor air traffic control for possible cyber attacks or take action to stop them, the inspector general said in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The findings echo broad US government worries about gaps in critical US computer systems and networks that leave them vulnerable to cyber attacks by criminals, terrorists or nation states. US networks are persistently probed and attacked by hackers and criminals looking to steal money or information, get access to classified documents or military technologies, or disrupt networks

that control vital utilities and services. Last year, a government audit found that air traffic control systems were vulnerable to cyber attacks, and that some support systems had been breached, allowing hackers access to personnel records and network servers. The computer systems used to control air traffic are often in the same building as ones used for administrative functions, but they are not connected. Cyber experts repeatedly warn, however, that in some cases software glitches and other gaps can be exploited by hackers to move between computer systems at critical infrastructure facilities. In the report last year, the IG warned that although most of the attacks disrupted only support systems, they could spread to the operational systems that control communications, surveillance and flight information used to separate aircraft. Since then, the FAA has taken a number of steps to shore up the vulnerabilities in its computer networks. In a letter to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, two senior members of Congress said they are concerned about the vulnerabilities. Rep John Mica, who is the ranking Republican on the House Transportation panel, and Rep Thomas Petri, also a Republican, urged Babbitt in a letter last week to take any necessary steps to immediately address the security issue. Mica and Petri requested the initial inspector general’s investigation into the matter last year. — AP

Saturday, August 14, 2010



Missing centenarians cause angst in aging Japan TOKYO: Japan prides itself on the world’s longest life expectancy but is struggling with a disturbing footnote to that statistic - revelations that hundreds of people listed as its oldest citizens are either long dead or haven’t been heard from for decades. The mystery of the missing centenarians has captured the attention of this rapidly graying nation with reports of scamming relatives and overworked social workers and sad tales of old people, isolated and forgotten, simply slipping out of touch with society. The story unfolded in late July when police discovered that Sogen Kato, who would have been 111 and was thought to be Tokyo’s oldest man, had actually been dead for 32 years, his decayed and partially mummified body still in his home. Police are investigating his family for possible abandonment and pension fraud. That discovery led officials around the country to check up on the centenarians in their own districts, and what they found has been shocking. The woman listed as Tokyo’s oldest, Fusa Furuya, born in July 1897, is also missing. Her last registered residence was long ago converted into a vacant lot. In the western city of Kobe alone, officials are trying to track down more than 100 unaccounted-for centenarians, including a woman who, if still alive, would be

125. That case and three others of 120-plus residents in Kobe are almost certainly examples of lax bookkeeping. According to the Gerontology Research Group, which tracks individuals of extremely old age, the oldest person is 114-year-old Eugenie Blanchard, a French woman born on Feb 16, 1896. She became the oldest after Japan’s Kama Chinen died in May a week before her 115th birthday. The confusion over Japan’s centenarians has hit a sensitive nerve at a time when a growing number of people are living their last years alone. Japan has 40,399 people aged 100 or older, according to last year’s annual health ministry report marking Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday on Sept 21 - though that total now may be a few hundred lower. “The families who are supposed to be closest to these elderly people don’t know where they are and, in many cases, have not even taken the trouble to ask the police to search for them,” the Asahi, a major newspaper, said in an editorial. “The situation shows the existence of lonely people who have no family to turn to and whose ties with those around them have been severed.” The Asahi also noted a sinister side to the problem. Unless death notices are filed with authorities, pension payments tend to keep coming,

TOKYO: An elderly woman walks by a shrine in Tokyo after she made her last prayer for the year. Japan prides itself on the world’s longest life expectancy but is struggling with a disturbing footnote to those statistic revelations that hundreds of people listed as its oldest citizens are either long dead or haven’t been heard from for decades. — AP

prompting some relatives managing older peoples’ finances to keep deaths a secret. The share of the population aged 65 and older hit a record high of 22.7 percent last year, while that aged 14 and younger has fallen to 13.3 percent - the lowest among 27 countries with more than 40 million people. Japanese women can expect to live 86 years, the longest in the world, and men nearly 80. The graying of society and the low birth rate have brought an increasing number of social problems, strained government services and pension programs and raised worries about expected labor shortages in the near future. Crime, alcoholism and suicide among the elderly are rising because of low incomes, unstable employment and poor living conditions. Before World War II, about 90 percent of older parents lived with their children, a figure that has fallen below 50 percent today, said Katsuya Inoue, professor emeritus of psychology at Tsukuba University. While that remains higher than in many Western countries, the rapid change has left many older people with few social ties and a porous support network. “People used to take care of their aging parents. But with rapid changes in lifestyles, the very idea of taking care of one’s parents seems to be waning,” Inoue said. The problem is exacerbated by a

shortage of nursing homes. The government has introduced a health insurance system to deal with ballooning medical costs for people over the age of 75, stepped up programs that encourage older citizens to stay active and is gradually extending the retirement age to 65 from 60. But the recent revelations about the centenarians underscore how easy it can be to fall through the cracks. Each centenarian receives a letter and a gift from a local government office, usually by mail. Little is done to confirm their circumstances, however. Fewer than half of the country’s 47 prefectures (states) regularly keep track of centenarians in person. Stung by the growing reports of unaccounted-for centenarians, Health and Welfare Minister Akira Nagatsuma has urged officials to find a better way to monitor the elderly. “Many people have doubts whether the government properly keeps track of senior citizens’ whereabouts,” he said. “It is important for public offices to check up on them where and how they are - and follow through all the way.” Nagatsuma suggested face-toface meetings between local officials and all citizens over 110 years old to prove they are alive and well. Fewer than 100 people are believed to be in that category. — AP



Saturday, August 14, 2010

Report offers liability options for CO2 storage WASHINGTON: A US presidential task force is proposing several options aimed at overcoming liability obstacles that could hinder the development of “clean coal” technology. The experimental technique involves storing carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants and other sources underground, in an attempt to reduce pollution blamed for contributing to global warming. A big issue hanging over the developing technology is liability costs if something goes wrong. A sudden release of large amounts of carbon dioxide can kill by asphyxiation. In 1986, 1,700 people died when a cloud of carbon dioxide escaped from a volcanic lake in Cameroon. In its report Thursday,

the task force said the following liability options should be considered: maintaining the current legal framework; limits on claims; an industry-financed trust fund to pay damages after a site is closed; or transfer of liability to the federal government following a site closure, with certain contingencies. While advising against the government taking on unlimited liability for underground storage of carbon dioxide, the task force says that the government could take it on at closed sites if federal regulators certify that the carbon dioxide is safely sequestered and will remain that way. The Energy Department has estimated that there are hundreds to thousands of years of storage potential in geologic formations in North

America. President Barack Obama created the task force in February. He charged it with coming up with a plan to overcome barriers to widespread, cost-effective deployment of carbon storage technology within 10 years with a goal of bringing five to 10 commercial demonstration projects online by 2016. The report also says that the key to developing the technology is charging a fee on carbon dioxide emissions. It says that without such a fee, there is no framework for investing in carbon capture and storage. According to the report, coal-fired power plants are the largest contributor to US greenhouse gas emissions, which is why the Obama administration is making a big push

for “clean coal.” The Energy Department is funding demonstration projects with $4 billion in federal funds, matched by more than $7 billion in private investments. Senate Democrats were forced last month to shelve plans for climate legislation, which included a fee on carbon emissions, because they could not get enough Republicans to support it. The Republicans assailed the bill as a “national energy tax” and jobs killer, arguing that the costs would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher electricity bills and fuel costs. Despite questions about the technology and skepticism about its feasibility, the report says there are no insurmountable barriers to carbon capture and storage. But early projects do face “first-of-a-kind

technology risks” and high costs, the report says. The task force, led by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department, included input from 14 federal agencies, carbon capture experts and others. The report calls on federal agencies to help along the technology by coming up with rules governing coal storage projects. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which represents industries involved in producing electricity from coal, urged the government to continue to press forward on the issue. Carbon capture and storage “represents the next wave of clean coal technology, allowing us to safely capture and store car-

bon dioxide,” said Steve Miller, the group’s president and CEO. “Investments in this technology are critical, and we look forward to a continued partnership between the private sector and the federal government to ensure its development.” Miller’s statement did not address the call for a fee on carbon emissions, and the group did not immediately respond to a request for comment on that part of the report. Frank O’Donnell, president of the environmental group Clean Air Watch, said he agreed with the basic premise that the government needs to limit carbon emissions for the technology to become widespread. “And, even then, who knows for sure?” he said. — AP

Frustrated left-handers can hope for liberated future Lefties face ‘prejudice in a world conceived by right-handers’

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama sings the Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010, a bill that is designed to help create jobs and invest in the manufacturing sector, in the East Room at the White House in this file photo. —AFP

Get creative in your kitchen KUWAIT: As Ramadan begins, I’d like to extend my best wishes to everyone. Every year, we like to get creative in our kitchens when breaking fast with family and friends. This year I hope to show you how these healthy ingredients in some recipes that serve your family can be also applied to your skin and be as beneficial. This way you can dine well and give your skin a treat as well. Dates are the fruits of the date palm tree and one of the most common foods eaten during Ramadan. Everyone knows that dates have high nutritional value. The sweetness of the date takes the edge off hunger and this is another reason why fasts are both started and ended with dates. It prevents people from overeating after they have broken their fast Dates contain calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, magnesium, volatile oils, Vitamin-B6, folic acid, magnesium, proteins, and sugars. Vitamins and are rich in natural fibers which contribute to a healthy body. Dates provide natural sugar in the form of glucose and fructose which are ready for immediate absorption. Dates have great benefits and are illustrated as follows: Prevents Cancer: Dates are very nutritious and contain natural fibers. Modern medicine has shown that they are effective in preventing abdominal cancer. In general Bedouin Arabs, who eat them on a regular basis, show an extremely low rate of cancer. Strengthens heart: Dates are an excellent remedy for weak hearts. Dates soaked overnight should be taken twice a week to strengthens the heart. Treatment for Obesity: The wide variety of nutritious elements in dates makes it hunger-resistive! So treatment by eating few dates when feeling hungry helps reduce hunger. These dates will provide the body with the necessary sugars and stimulate the intestine which will reduce food consumption. Ideal for breast-feeding mothers: Dietitians consider dates the best food for breast-feeding mothers. This is because dates

contain elements that assist in alleviating depression and enrich the breast milk with the nutrients needed to make the child healthy and resistant to disease. Strengthens bones: Calcium is important for strong bones so this is an additional benefit that dates provide. As dates are rich in calcium, they contribute to healthy bones. For this reason it is recommended that children and older adults, especially

women, eat plenty of dates to strengthen their bones. Modern science has also proved the effectiveness of dates, in preventing diseases of the respiratory system. Intestinal Disturbances: Eating dates in the morning on an empty stomach kills intestinal worms and other parasites, for dates have an antidotal potency which restrains the growth of such disturbances.

Improves Eye sight: Dates are also important in maintaining good vision and are effective in guarding against night-blindness. Cures constipation: Dates are also highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels. They should be soaked in water at night and taken after making them into fine syrup the next morning to secure a laxative effect. In short, one date satisfies the minimum requirements of a balanced and healthy diet, so cultivating a healthy habit of eating dates miraculously preserves our health. Here is a recipe of a very tasty pie filled with dates and whipped cream: Ingredients: 1pound dates; pitted water; 1/2 cup sugar; 1/8 teaspoon salt; 1 tablespoon flour; 1 egg, well beaten; 1 baked pastry shell, 9-inch

Whipped Cream Topping or purchased whipped topping Preparation: Cut dates into quarters; Place in saucepan, cover with water, and simmer, covered, until tender; Mix with milk, sugar, salt, and flour; add to date mixture, then add beaten egg.; Cook until thickened, while stirring constantly; Cool and pour into pastry shell; When firm, cover date pie with Whipped Cream Topping.

Here’s how to feed your skin Dates Fruit Facial Pack: For this facial pack you need 8-10 dates fruit. -Add half of a fresh orange or lemon without seeds and without removing its skin; Make a paste of these ingredients in a grinder; You may add water to this paste, if it is too thick; otherwise there is no need to add water; You must apply this mask after cleaning your face properly with water; You can apply directly to your face or apply it after massaging your face; Massage with finger tips in a circular motion; Then apply evenly to your face and leave it for 5-10 minutes; Rinse off with cold water and do not allow the pack to dry on your face; Massaging before applying the facial pack gives better results.

VIENNA: Curiosity got the better of Andrea HayekSchwarz, an Austrian teacher from a family with left-handers but whose own three daughters-and herself-were, more conveniently, right-handers. Or so she thought. Six years and lots of research later, she is now a specialist offering to liberate left-handers forced by cultural diktats to confront life unnaturally, using their “right” hand. While some lefties like Julius Caesar, Charlie Chaplin and Barack Obama overcome any odds and rose to fame, left-handers still face “prejudice in a world conceived by right-handers,” HayekSchwarz said ahead of the annual International LeftHanders Day on August 13. “We remain a neglected section of the population and the products for lefties, such as knives, scissors or even musical instruments, are rare and expensive,” the 47-year-old said in an interview with AFP. She points to a young woman dentist she knows who “cannot afford to set up a surgery for lefties”, and is forced to practice in a non-adapted environment where standard equipment is designed for right-handers. In 2004, Andrea Hayek-Schwarz, whose mother and husband were both lefties, started wondering why the trait-which tends to run in families and is thought to be genetic-was not reproduced in any of her three daughters. When she delved into studies on “the problem of lefties”, she tried out some of the tests on her own girls and discovered they were indeed frustrated left-handers-but even more surprising, so was she. Her eldest daughter, then nine, became her guinea pig as Hayek-Schwarz worked to refine a program to guide frustrated lefties back to their natural state. Once she succeeded with the three still very young girls, she tried the methodology on herself. At age 45 she relearned how to write with her left handresearch she used in a university program to confirm her specialty. “It is not easy to detect lefties who have been converted into right-handers,” the expert conceded, saying it involves long, drawn-out tests. She now treats about 20 adults and 30 youngsters each year. Reprogramming can take six months to two years, depending on age, according to Hayek-Schwarz who said natural “lefties converted to righties” can suffer problems of concentration, memory or learning because they’ve been thwarted from using their full potential. She confessed that she herself feels “more on the ball” and quicker in discussions since relearning to write with her left hand. Clients have told her they feel more confident of their abilities at work and in everyday life. Leftie websites abound detailing minefields for the minority, like drinking from the next person’s glass, going for the “wrong” cheek and kissing someone’s lips, or dangers when using right-handed power tools. So August 13 is one day when “left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages,” touts a site by the Britishbased Left-Handers Club ( —AFP

SATTAHIP: A sea turtle crawls across the beach as it is released back into the sea at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Sattahip. — AFP

Rare ‘princess’ turtle returns

to Malaysia after 32 years KUALA LUMPUR: A leatherback turtle has made a surprise return to a Malaysian beach after 32 years, a report said yesterday, hailed as a “miracle” by conservationists and renewing hopes for the endangered species. The leatherbacks-the largest of all sea turtles-were once a star attraction at Rantau Abang beach in Malaysia’s northern state of Terengganu but overfishing, poaching and pollution caused the population to plummet. The turtle, dubbed the “Puteri Rantau Abang” or Rantau Abang Princess and identified by special markings, returned last month to end a long dry spell of turtle landings which have been rare in Terengganu since the 1980s. “It is a miracle that leatherback turtles are making a comeback to this area,” Malaysian Fisheries Department director-general Ahamad Sabki Mahmood said according to The Star newspaper. Ahamad said the turtle’s return showed that Rantau Abang was being made a turtle nesting ground once again, and he hoped for more during the next possible nesting period between August 15 and 20. The Puteri Rantau Abang, which was hatched in the area in 1978 and marked on its

shell and left flipper, returned at a weight of 500 kilograms, measuring 1.5 meters in length and 1.16 meters wide. It was released back into the sea on Thursday, carrying a satellite transmitter which will help conservationists track turtle migration patterns. “We expect Puteri Rantau Abang to head for Vietnam and Japan before heading to the Pacific,” Ahamad said, adding that the turtle was also expected to travel to Indonesian waters and as far as New Zealand before returning to Malaysia. Leatherback turtles have been around for the past 75 million years, surviving cycles of near extinction. Terengganu was the only place in Malaysia where leatherbacks nested. In the 1950s, up to 10,000 female turtles struggled up the beach to lay their eggs each year, but by 1984 the number had fallen to 800 and in 2006 only five nests were found from two turtles, without any hatchlings emerging. Apart from the leatherbacks, green turtles have also made a return to Malaysian beaches in recent weeks, but experts warned that the species is still headed for oblivion if habitat loss is not stopped. — AFP

Fruit pulp linked to rare typhoid cases ATLANTA: A rare US outbreak of typhoid fever has been linked to a frozen tropical fruit product used to make smoothies, health officials reported Thursday. Seven cases have been confirmed - three in California and four in Nevada. Two more California cases are being investigated. Five people were hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC said five of the victims drank milkshakes or smoothies made with frozen mamey fruit pulp. Four of them used pulp sold by Goya Foods Inc of Secaucus, New Jersey. Mamey is

a sweet, reddish tropical fruit grown mainly in Central and South America. It is also known as zapote or sapote. It is peeled and mashed to make pulp, the CDC said. The company has recalled packages of the pulp, sold in mostly western states. A sample from one package found in Las Vegas tested positive for the bacteria that causes typhoid, the Food and Drug Administration reported Wednesday. A phone call to Goya seeking comment was not immediately returned Thursday. No other food was linked to the illnesses, which occurred between April and July. —AP

Stuck? Study uncovers Rubik’s Cube solution WASHINGTON: An international team of researchers using computer time lent to them by Google has found every way the popular Rubik’s Cube puzzle can be solved, and showed it can always be solved in 20 moves or less. The study is just the latest attempt by Rubik’s enthusiasts to figure out the secrets of the cube, which has proven to be altogether far more complicated that its jaunty colors might suggest. At the crux of the quest has been a bid to determine the lowest number of moves required to get the cube from any given muddled configuration to the color-aligned solution. “Every solver of the Cube uses an algorithm, which is a sequence of steps for solving the Cube,” said the team of mathematicians, who include Morley Davidson of Ohio’s Kent State University, Google engineer John Dethridge, German math teacher Herbert Kociemba and Tomas Rokicki, a California programmer. “There are many different algorithms, varying in complexity and number of moves required, but those that can be memorized by a mortal typically require more than forty moves.” “One may suppose God would use a much more efficient algorithm, one that always uses the shortest sequence of moves; this is known as God’s Algorithm. The number of moves this algorithm would take in the worst

case is called God’s Number. At long last, God’s Number has been shown to be 20.” The research, published online, ends a 30year search for the most efficient way to correctly align the 26 colored cubes that make up Erno Rubrik’s 1974 invention. “It took fifteen years after the introduction of the Cube to find the first position that provably requires 20 moves to solve,” the team said. “It is appropriate that fifteen years after that, we prove that twenty moves suffice for all position.” Using computers lent to them by Google-the company won’t disclose how many or how powerful they are-the team crunched through billions of Cube positions, solving each one over a period of “just a few weeks.” The study builds on the work of a veritable pantheon of Rubik’s researchers, starting with Morwen Thistlethwaite who in 1981 showed 52 moves were sufficient to reach the solution from any given Cube position. By May 1992, Michael Reid showed 39 moves was always sufficient, only to be undercut a mere day later by Dik Winter, who showed 37 moves would work. Rubik’s enthusiasm extends not only to God’s number, but the speed with which the tricky puzzle can be solved. The current world record holder is Dutch Erik Akkersdijk who successfully solved the puzzle in just 7.08 seconds. — AFP


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Oprah Winfrey makes a whopping


Hilton uses her own smell to attract men

$315m a year he TV star - whose series ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ will end after 25 seasons in September 2011 - topped a list of the highest paid talk show hosts in the US, with her staggering wage more than the combined total of the next four top earners, Judge Judy Sheindlin and David Letterman, who earn $45 million and $28 million respectively, ‘Tonight Show’ star Jay Leno on $25 million and Conan O’Brien, who gets paid $10 million for his self-titled program. Charlie Sheen was the highest paid comedy actor, receiving $1.25 million per episode of ‘Two and a Half Men’ - more than double the


$550,000 paid to his co-star Jon Cryer, who was second on the list. ‘House’ actor Hugh Laurie was named the top earning actor in a drama by TV Guide magazine, taking home a minimum of $400,000 per episode, while ‘American Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest was the top earning reality TV star, with a salary of $15 million, and Matt Lauer from ‘Today’ earned $16 million, making him the highest-earning news presenter. Despite the huge pay cheques, Hollywood insiders insist that salaries have dropped in recent years. One source said: “No one broke the bank on anything this year.”

he 29-year-old beauty - who has released a total of 10 perfumes during her media career admits her latest scent Tease is great for attracting men. Asked what she uses to “tease” a new man - such as rumored boyfriend Cy Waits - Paris said: “By spraying on some of my Tease perfume of course!”I think just by being confident and believing in yourself. Having that certain flirty look you have to get down. You can practice in the mirror.” Discussing her current relationship situation with the Las


Dev Patel is proud of his big ears


Miley Cyrus to auction her wardrobe he ‘Last Airbender’ star used to get bullied at school for his appearance, but never got upset by any of the taunts and was able to laugh at himself. He said: “I’ve always been a happy bunny. My life has always been uncomplicated. Growing up, religion and race were never issues for me. I’d regularly attend Hindu temple, but the faith was never forced on me. “At school I was bullied by the older kids, but I never experienced any racism. I was teased for having big ears, but I didn’t mind that. I saw it as a badge of honour. I used to run round the playground pretending that my ears were the FA Cup handles. I never had a problem making myself popular.” However, the 20year-old actor admits he does get embarrassed, and was left particularly red-faced when he sat down with his family to watch ‘Skins’, the British TV drama in which he shot to fame. He explained to Live magazine: “I remember sitting down with my whole family the first Friday night it was on the TV. It was the single most embarrassing experience of my life. “In one of the earliest scenes I was running around completely naked. Looking at my sister watching me on screen was completely traumatic.”


he 17-year-old singer-and-actress is to give her clothing and accessories on Internet auction site eBay with proceeds going to charity Get Ur Good On. She said: “For me I get this amazing blessing and opportunity to do this every day and get up on stage and hopefully inspire people with my music. “And that’s something that’s really important to me, but so is getting involved in charities.” The charity aims to help connect young people with volunteering opportunities in their local communities, and Miley believes it is a good way to show charity begins at home. She said: “You don’t have to travel 30 hours... you don’t have to give a billion dollars. It’s not about how much or how far, it’s about looking at your neighbors and seeing how you can help. “It isn’t just stuff that’s all over the world, it’s right here, it’s right next to you. It’s important to get involved.” The auction is due to take place at the end of August. Miley has long had an interest in fashion, previously releasing a range of clothes through US supermarket chain Wal-Mart.


Olsen twins want to dress Michelle Obama he 24-year-old sisters have three fashion lines - The Row, Elizabeth + James and Olsenboye - and say they would love to see the US First Lady in some of their designs from their most upmarket range. Ashley said: “I’d love to get Michelle Obama in The Row. The simple suits and things. It’s all made in America, so why not?” Mary-Kate also revealed how she and Ashley were taught to dress tastefully and elegantly from an early age. She told America’s Harper’s Bazaar magazine: “When we were growing up, our mother taught us never to have your belly button exposed.” The Olsen twins aren’t the only designers who have expressed a desire to work with Michelle. singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham says she would love to create a dress for the First Lady because she’s such a “strong woman”. Victoria - whose clothing lines have won widespread praise - said: “I would love to dress Mrs Obama absolutely absolutely absolutely! I just think she’s incredible and she’s a very strong woman and she’s beautiful. “I love women and I just want to make women feel good and beautiful and it’s just been a huge compliment that ladies have enjoyed wearing my dresses and they look great! It just goes to show they can flatter women of all different shapes and sizes, all different heights, and that’s what it’s about. It’s about creating an illusion and having a great cut.” —Bang Showbiz


Victoria’s happiness is the fact they always make quality time for one another. Speaking after he scooped the Choice Athlete: Male gong at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on, he said: “We’ve been married 11 years - we’ve been together for 14 years and we make it work. We make time for each other. “We work hard as individuals, but our main job is being parents, our boys are our lives so our number one priority is our boys, but then we make time for ourselves we go for dinner, we go for romantic weekends and you make it work of course.”

Beckham thinks Victoria is an ʻamazing motherʼ

he soccer superstar insists there are lots of things about the former Spice Girl that are attractive to him but none more so than watching the way she cares for their three sons - Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, seven, and Cruz, five. When asked what he loves most about Victoria, he said: “There are so many things, I think the main thing is she’s an amazing mother. To see her grow into a person with children - and she’s become this amazing person with the children - that’s one of the most attractive things about Victoria, and about any woman.” David, 35, also revealed the secret to his and 36-year-old

Vegas nightclub owner, she told Hollyscoop: “I’m really happy right now. I’ve just been travelling and having so much fun. Life is really good.” Paris - who split with ‘The Hills’ star Doug Reinhardt earlier this year - was spotted enjoying Cy’s company on a recent commercial shoot for Devassa Beer in Long Beach, California. An onlooker said: “They are clearly enjoying every minute of their new relationship and aren’t afraid to show their feelings and affection for one another.”



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8-year-old painting prodigy is new art world superstar By Jill Lawless e’s Britain’s most talkedabout young artist. His paintings fetch hefty sums and there’s a long waiting list for his eagerly anticipated new works. It has all happened so quickly - he’s still getting used to the spotlight - and Kieron Williamson fidgets a little when he’s asked to share his thoughts on art. “Cows are the easiest thing to paint,” said Kieron, who has just turned 8. “You don’t have to worry about doing so much detail.” Horses, he says, are “a lot harder. You have to get their legs right, and you have to make their back legs much bigger than their front.” Paintbrush prodigy Kieron - dubbed “mini Monet” by the British press - is a global sensation. All 33 of the pastels, watercolors and oil paintings in his latest exhibition sold, within half an hour, for a total of 150,000 pounds ($235,000). Buyers from as far away as the United States lined up overnight outside the gallery, and there is a 3,000-strong waiting list for his Impressionistic landscapes of boat-dotted estuaries, snowy fields and wide marshland skies. He has a website and a business card. Strangers approach him at the gallery, asking him to sign postcards of his work. Journalists from around the world travel to his small home town in eastern England to interview him. Kieron shrugs off the attention. “It feels normal to me,” he says. It definitely doesn’t feel normal to his parents, Keith and Michelle Williamson. They are bemused, proud and a little anxious about their son’s talent and its effects. “It has been overwhelming,” said Michelle Williamson, a 37-year-old nutritional therapist. She and her 44year-old art dealer husband live in a small apartment with Kieron and his 6-year-old sister, Billie-Jo.

mounted two exhibitions and is helping them cope with the flood of global interest. “It’s not a natural thing to want to put your kid in the media spotlight,” Michelle said.


A painting called ‘Hong Kong’ by Kieron Williamson, an eight-year-old painting prodigy is seen displayed.

“We’ve met so many sharks. All they see is the financial element. They don’t see the emotional stuff. You can’t separate the art from Kieron.” A self-possessed blond boy, dressed in a polo shirt, shorts and sneakers, Kieron was a normal, energetic little boy, and his parents were surprised when he asked for pencils and paper during a holiday in Cornwall two years ago. They were astonished when the then5-year-old produced an accomplished picture of boats in a harbor. He progressed rapidly to fully realized landscapes, many depicting the flat, open Norfolk countryside near their home. “Keith and I don’t paint, so we find it difficult to know what’s going on inside his head,” Michelle said. “We don’t understand it. We don’t know where it comes from. But he’s adamant it’s what he wants to do. When your child has got such a gift and a talent, you have to support him.” That hasn’t stopped the Williamsons worrying about whether they are doing the right thing in exposing him to so much attention. They showed Kieron’s work to a local gallery, which has

Lindsay Lohan’s mother says actress will move East By David Bauder indsay Lohan’s mom says the actress will be moving away from California and back to New York after she gets out of drug rehabilitation. Dina Lohan, during an often tense interview with NBC television on Friday, said her daughter was doing “wonderfully” after 14 days in jail and lashed out at California Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel, who put the actress there. “She’s great,” Lohan said. “She’s been through a lot. The judge played hardball. Lindsay was in with alleged murderers and she’s become friends with a lot of them. Lindsay rolled with the punches and she’s doing wonderfully.” Lindsay Lohan served 14 days of a 90-day jail sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case. She was sent


to a UCLA drug rehab facility for a court-mandated threemonth treatment, and her mother said she’d be out soon. Revel removed herself from Lohan’s case earlier this week after a prosecutor complained she improperly contacted experts or participants in the case. NBC interviewer Matt Lauer prodded Lohan, noting that there were some observers who thought the 24year-old actress had this coming to her because of bad behavior. “I think that’s all propaganda and what people are reading,” she told him. “As you know, you’re in the business of entertainment, so I think a lot of it is pre-orchestrated and you’re reading things that are not based on fact.” Lauer also asked her about a belief that her daughter was not well-served by those around her, including her parents. —AP

Kieron doesn’t seem like a hothouse prodigy. He likes soccer he plays defense for a school team - and messing around on the broad North Sea beaches near his home in Holt, a pretty Georgian town 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of London. When he talks about his work, it’s with a striking mix of the adult and the childlike. He can discuss his color choices and the interplay of light and dark, but also remembers more idiosyncratic details. “This,” he said, pointing at one landscape, “is when we came back from Holkham and we couldn’t get fish and chips because there was a line going from the fish and chip shop to the car park.” When he starts to draw, with a confident, relaxed fluidity, all childishness disappears. Working form a photograph of a river at sunrise, Kieron swiftly sketches the horizon, the mounds of trees and the line of the river, then uses pastels to color the yellowy pink of the sky. His parents are happy for people to watch him work - it disproves any suspicions that the paintings are not his own. They encountered that kind of skepticism at first, though

A painting called ‘Sailing on the Broads’ is displayed.

Michelle Williamson says it has abated. Critical opinion on Kieron’s work is divided. One newspaper headline asked, “Is Kieron Britain’s most exciting painter?” But others have wondered whether Kieron’s paintings

Kieron Williamson, an eight-year-old painting prodigy stands by some of his work displayed in an art gallery in Holt, Norfolk in England. — AP would be so well-regarded if he were an adult, and asked if his talent will endure. The precedents are mixed. Pablo Picasso famously said that unlike in music, “there are no child prodigies in painting. What people regard as premature genius is the genius of childhood. It gradually disappears as they get older.” Picasso himself was a child prodigy, however, who went on to revolutionize art. The 19th-century English artist John Everett Millais was made a member of the Royal Academy at 11. But for every Millais - or Mozart - there are many prodigies whose gifts do not survive puberty. “Most brilliant 8-yearold pianists or footballers don’t maintain it into adulthood,” said Jack Boyle, a Glasgow-based child psychologist. He advises the Williamsons not to worry too much. Kieron’s talent is unlikely to do him any harm. “Children like being successful and they like being the best,” Boyle said. “My advice? Take the money and run. Milk it for every penny, but don’t harm the child in the

process. “Develop his other interests and sell as many of the paintings as you can.” At the moment, Michelle Williamson is looking forward to the start of the school year in September, when exhibitions and interviews will be replaced by homework and normal childhood routines. The gallery is offering two new landscapes - Kieron’s last work as a 7-year-old and his first as an 8year-old - by an online auction that closes Aug 20. A new exhibition is planned for next summer. Michelle Williamson says she and her husband won’t be disappointed if Kieron one day stops painting, as long as he is happy. “We fully expect Kieron to change his mind,” she said. “But we know that whatever he ends up doing, Kieron is going to give it 200 percent.” Kieron says he knows what he wants to be when he grows up - “painter and footballer.” And he is willing to offer advice for other aspiring artists. “Never give up. Try and keep your buildings straight. And don’t do a plain blue sky.” — AP

Europe’s biggest balloon festival takes flight Crowds gather to watch a hot air balloon night meeting during the 32nd Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at the Ashton Court Estate in Bristol. — AFP

BRISTOL: Europe’s biggest balloon festival took off Thursday with weird and wonderful shapes filling the skies to mark the golden jubilee of modern hot air ballooning. More than half a million people are expected to attend the four-day Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, held on a country estate in the city in southwest England, involving some 150 balloons from around the world. This

year’s festival, one of Britain’s largest outdoor events, marks the 50th anniversary of modern ballooning, and 100 years of Bristol’s aviation industry, a major local employer. In 1960, American Ed Yost first used a nylon balloon and propane gas on board for heating. Before, balloons dating back to the Montgolfier brothers’ pioneering manned flight in 1783 were heated by a ground fire.

Don Cameron built Europe’s first modern balloon in 1967. The Bristol Belle, now worn with age and with too many holes in the thin nylon, was inflated again at this year’s fiesta. Cameron, now the world’s biggest balloon manufacturer, is the event’s flight director, and at 71 is still in love with their charm. “It’s gloriously obsolete, a vintage way of flying that’s more than two centuries old,”

he told AFP. “Fundamentally, it’s about the principle of being lighter than air.” “There is a magic about flying in balloons because you are not rushing, you can drift along quite slowly, lean over the edge of the basket, and sometimes fly so low that you can chat to people on the ground.” A giant motorbike with a helmeted rider on top, a light bulb, a dog, a mon-

ster, a Jaguar car, squares, a and a green dragon slowly emerged to fill the skyline. The motorbike is one of the biggest special shapes ever built, while the dragon is Britain’s only glass-bottomed balloon. Its pilot Richard Turnbull told AFP: “It’s a great view for passengers, though they do dwell on the fact that there’s seemingly nothing between them and oblivion.” — AFP

Dance crews lock in a living through hip-hop By Nardine Saad att Nguyen’s career options once amounted to hair cutting or maybe military service, but the 21-year-old dancer nicknamed “Dumbo” now makes $4,000 a month cutting up dance floors and battling fellow hip-hop crews. After propelling to fame through a cable TV reality competition, Nguyen and his buddies from Southern California think their new career could last longer than the latest twostep. “We used to just dance for fun,” said Nguyen, front man for Poreotics, a hip-hop troupe featured in Justin Bieber’s latest music video as well as all over YouTube. “We didn’t think it was going to be that big, but it’s our life now,” he said, as he waited to rehearse at the recent World Hip-Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas. Poreotics represented the United States as back-to-back national champions. Nearly 200 crews from 28 countries went toe-to-toe across three divisions, with an all-women crew from New Zealand taking top


honors and Poreotics placing second overall. Dancers ranging from ages 5 to 45 convened at the Red Rock Resort waiting to bust a move in front of their global colleagues during the preliminaries. Crews in red football jerseys, blue space suits and custom-made T-shirts hyped each other up and held impromptu rehearsals in the hotel’s halls. More than 4,000 ousted competitors and paying fans watched the finals at the resort’s Orleans Arena. The market for professional hip-hop dance crews has evolved in recent years, with films like “Step Up 3D,” reality television and amateur videos online fueling demand for showcases of popping, locking and other signature styles of the once-underground pastime. Earning a living through hip-hop dance is still a difficult leap at best, even for crews like Poreotics, who have gained mainstream fame for their moves. Veterans who have been break dancing since “Soul Train” say the quality of would-be dancers has dropped amid its growing popularity.

Nguyen and Poreotics scored reputations as top boogie men early this year on “America’s Best Dance Crew,” where the two-time US hip-hop dance champs used their stationary, robotic style and stage humor to win the MTV show. That meant more work and hefty raises. The shades-donning showmen now charge $8,500 per gig - 17 times their old asking rate of $500 - and earn a full-time income from performances, merchandise sales and dance workshops. “It becomes work that we love to do, but at the same time we try to have fun with it, joke around and be ourselves,” said crew member Justin “Jet Li” Valles, 23, of Los Angeles. “That’s what got us here.” Valles said Poreotics started in 2005 with three friends before expanding to a six-man crew. The group’s name blends popping, a style that involves suddenly jerking certain muscles, choreography and robotics. Each member attended some college but dropped out to pursue dance. They each live with their parents or families.

In this photo, the Japanese dance team Super Dynamites performs during World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas. — AP Cam Nguyen, 19, of Garden Grove, California, who is not related to his teammate, took graphic arts classes after high school and said he is content designing the squad’s T-shirts as their careers take shape.

“These kids would have never been able to make a living off their passion if it wasn’t for the commercialization,” said Barbara Adler, 49, a break dancer with Momz-N-Da Hood, a Long Island, New York-based

crew of mothers who hip-hop dance. She was blogging at the championships. Adler, a former developmental specialist at a hospital, said she and her fellow crew-moms left steady incomes to pursue dancing despite eco-

nomic tension it created in their households. “But it’s true - when mom is happy, the whole house is happy,” said Adler, who has three sons and a husband who supports the family. “Motherhood

is our ‘hood; we have angst too,” she said. Hip-hop dance, a part of hip-hop culture that includes rapping, deejaying and graffiti that originated in East and West Coast neighborhoods, has morphed into its own performance genre and gone global. Freestyling soloists have given way to tightly choreographed teams that synchronize head spins, fancy footwork and gymnastics-heavy stunts. Global competitions besides the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships include Battle of the Year in Germany, a breakdancing competition that started in 1990. It is an alternative to ballet or ballroom - with YouTube serving as today’s most accessible stage where dancers battle and one-up each other online. Some think would-be dancers mimic amateurs too much, instead of attending organized events and seeking out experts. “It’s like a telephone game and you don’t get the right message in the end,” said Natasha Jean-Bart, a professional dancer for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas and the competition’s head judge. —AP


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Khan offers new face of Indian cinema By Romain Raynaldy fter forging a career as one of the biggest stars of lavish Bollywood movies, Aamir Khan is using his clout to bring a grittier vision of India to the big screen. Khan,


also believed that it had the potential to engage audiences across the world. “It’s a human story, very funny, very entertaining, but also heartbreaking. It’s a great window into rural life in India today. But I think that it’s a story that resonates

A troupe of Bollywood Axion dancers pose with the wax figure of Indian film star Shah Rukh Khan (center, rear) August 12, 2010 at Madame Tussauds New York. The actor known as ‘King Khan’ is the latest addition to Madame Tussauds fullyinteractive ‘Bollywood Zone,’ which allows guests to feel as though they are on a Bollywood film set. — AFP

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fashion icon dies at 75 This file photo shows noted Bollywood star Aamir Khan speaking to the media persons at his Pali Hill residence in Mumbai, India. — AFP 45, the star of acclaimed films such as “3 Idiots” and “Ghajini,” is the producer of “Peepli Live,” a dark tragi-comedy about the hardships suffered by workers in contemporary rural India. “Mainstream Indian cinema is larger than life and mainly musicals,” Khan told AFP in an interview during a publicity event in Beverly Hills ahead of the worldwide release of “Peepli Live” on August 13. “The style of story-telling is larger than life, with strong emotions. This film is unusual for Indian cinema as well, and it’s a challenging film for the audience as well.” A household name in India, Khan remains a relative unknown in the United States, even if, during a press day in Los Angeles he retains the trappings of Bollywood superstardom: two bodyguards are stationed outside his suite, and anyone approaching the actordirector is subjected to a pat down. Dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt, however, Khan is anything but the caricature of a cosseted movie star, speaking freely as he offers his opinions on film and life in India. Khan threw his considerable weight behind “Peepli Live” after reading first-time director Anusha Rizvi’s script. Khan was hooked immediately. “Indian films are more about fairytales. You have heroes, romance, action, big musicals,” Khan explained. “It’s not usual to have a very realistic setting for a movie in India.” “When I read the script I felt that this is a challenging film for mainstream Indian audiences. I

across cultures and across countries.” Convinced that the movie would find an audience beyond India, the film’s producers invited staff at foreign consulates in Mumbai to attend test screenings. “They responded very well as well,” Khan said. Khan revealed that “Peepli Live” helped him understand rural India after living most of his life in the country’s huge urban centers. “The film, in fact, is about this growing divide between urban and rural India, and how as a society, we are concentrating all our resources, our energies, our emotions, our wealth towards cities,” Khan said. “And as a result, villages and rural India get completely neglected. They are almost invisible for us. And that’s not good.” Khan though was happy to support a film that helps bring the plight of rural communities to a wider audience. “I would like to use the strength I have as a mainstream Bollywood actor to be a platform for projects which have unusual and different things to say,” he explained, adding he is not ready to turn his back on Bollywood just yet. “I’m not fed up with mainstream cinema. I think they have a place of their own. It’s great to see a good mainstream film which takes you on a journey which is very entertaining. “But for me, to be attached to a film, I have to be excited about the script. And whether it’s mainstream or not, it has to attach me, to move me, indulge me and entertain me. “When I say entertain, I don’t mean make me laugh. I mean make me think.” — AFP

outh Korean fashion designer Andre Kim has died at the age of 75, his son said yesterday. The popular designer passed away late Thursday at the Seoul National University hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia, Kim Joong-Do told reporters. Doctors were also treating him with an anti-cancer chemical after an operation for colon cancer in 2005, Kim said. President Lee MyungBak sent a message of condolences to Kim’s family and would award him the Medal of the Golden Crown, the country’s highest award for contributions to culture, the president’s office said. Billed as South Korea’s fashion ambassador, Kim’s shows were a fixture at key events in the region, such as the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 and in Beijing in 2008. A towering figure on the country’s fashion scene, he also enjoyed wide popularity among the general public, with his eccentriciSouth Korea’s maestro of ties and drawn-out style of speech fashion Andre Kim, surveys providing material the Sydney Opera House for comedians. He from the catwalk in this file wore all-white outphoto, as he prepares for the fits and put on layof thick makenight’s much-anticipated ers up, complete with fashion show. — AFP black mascara caked over his hairless scalp. Born to a farming family in Seoul’s northern suburbs in 1935, Kim burst on to the fashion scene in 1962 as the country’s first male designer, at a time when fashion was still considered a women’s job in South Korea. Kim was presented with South Korea’s Presidential Culture and Art Medal in 1977, the first of its kind for a designer. Unmarried, Kim is survived by the son he adopted in 1982. — AFP


‘Eat Pray Love’ will satisfy fans By Christy Lemire at Pray Love” does exactly what it should to satisfy its core audience: It provides a gorgeous escape, exquisitely photographed and full of female wish fulfillment. Yet it also offers sufficient emotional heft and self-discovery to make you feel as if you actually have learned something and, perhaps, emerged a better person solely through osmosis. It is easy to see why author Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir became an international phenomenon. Everyone is looking for something - for answers, for his or her true and higher purpose and Gilbert had the fortitude (and the wherewithal) to take off alone on a journey around the world to find herself after her divorce. Having Julia Roberts star as Liz Gilbert in the film version of the best-seller, in theory, only makes it more appealing to an even wider audience. Roberts is radiant as ever, and director and cowriter Ryan Murphy’s adaptation allows her to show off her full range with plenty of hardcore hanky moments. Not unlike the production numbers in Murphy’s juggernaut TV series “Glee,” the search for meaning in “Eat Pray Love” is played with complete earnestness. But even cynics viewing this movie (or the vast majority of men) would find it hard not to be impressed by the lush visuals and, on a more substantive level, moved by some of the performances. In the India section of the story, Richard Jenkins pretty much steals “Eat Pray Love” away from Roberts as the hippie Texan who serves as the voice of reason when Liz is feeling lonely and sorry for herself. She accuses him of talking in bumper stickers, which the script from Murphy and Jennifer Salt is frequently


Review guilty of, as well, but he shakes things up and, more crucially, delivers one hell of a monologue in which he describes what led him to the ashram. Jenkins is such an intelligent, honest actor, he makes every moment feel authentic. He kind of makes you want to see a movie about his character instead. But “Eat Pray Love” is the story of how Liz, a successful author, leaves her husband (Billy Crudup) when she realizes she no longer wants to be married to

him, then leaves her muchyounger boyfriend (James Franco) when she realizes she is losing her identity to him, then leaves New York entirely. Her first stop is Italy, a place she always has wanted to visit, where she immediately falls in love with the people, the sights, the language. This would be the “eat” portion of our adventure, and the scene in which Liz takes on a plate of spaghetti plays like food porn. She lovingly twirls the noodles around her fork then lifts

them into that perfect mouth, slurping and sucking the pasta in with delight. Warning: Do NOT see this movie hungry. The Thanksgiving turkey she shares for breakfast with the locals and ex-pats who become her makeshift family is a nice touch, but it also looks seriously delicious. Next, she is off to pray at an ashram outside New Delhi, which she finds is harder than she had expected; the whole process of keeping the mind still, and all. This is where Jenkins’ character, Richard from Texas, comes into play. But Liz also befriends a 17-year-old girl on the verge of an arranged marriage - a lively, colorful affair with gorgeous, intricate costumes and that relationship provides its own poignant moments. Finally, she finds love in Bali, where she visits in the beginning of the movie and returns to learn from the elderly medicine man who prompted this whole journey. Since “love” is in the title, we know Liz will find it, so there’s not a whole lot of suspense. Still, Roberts’ scenes with Javier Bardem sparkle because ... well, he is Javier Bardem. And his character is just a real man: strong, confident, exciting, but also sweet and sensitive. He is comfortable about welling up as he says goodbye to his 19-year-old son, who is visiting from Australia. Again, it’s that whole female wish-fulfillment thing. Beautiful as it is, the Bali section is overlong and it wraps up the film with the kind of romantic comedy cliches that, for the most part, were blissfully absent from the first two-thirds. Regardless of how you feel about the movie, though, “Eat Pray Love” will make you want to head out for pasta with your girlfriends afterward. Any excuse will do, and this is a good one. —AP


Stalloneʼs nostalgia, ʻThe Expendablesʼ By Jake Coyle he Expendables” is an exercise in nostalgia for the bygone era of muscly, macho action films. It is willfully out of date, like aging hair rockers who cannot pack away the spandex. Sylvester Stallone, the director, co-writer and star, has said he set out to make a movie “with brains and brawn, not modern technology.” Stallone thus comes across as a kind of Rip Van Winkle, had Van Winkle only been a die-hard Guns ‘N Roses fan. “The Expendables” is awash in motorcycles, tattoos, black leather, glistening biceps and big guns. Though the “Rambo” star’s suggestion that contemporary movies have lost something of their masculinity and authenticity bears some


truth, surely pretending the past two decades never happened is not the answer. Here we are with “The Expendables,” which immediately, and without irony, announces its defense of such kitsch with, yes, a fade to a full moon. Stallone is Barney Ross, the leader of a group of mercenaries who are played by most of the remaining defenders of high body count, testosterone-filled action: the British action star Jason Statham (blade expert Lee Christmas), the Chinese martial artist Jet Li (as Yin Yang), WWE wrestler Steve Austin (Paine), ultimate fighter Randy Couture (Toll Road), former professional American football player and Old Spice commercial actor Terry Crews (as the absurdly named Hale Caesar) and Dolph Lundgren, famously the Russian

boxer Ivan Drago from the “Rocky” films (as the loose cannon Gunner Jensen). The “all-star” action lineup also includes cameos from Bruce Willis (as a contractor) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (as a rival mercenary). Schwarzenegger makes a brief appearance, entering through a light-soaked doorway like an action film angel. The scene is played for as many wink-wink laughs as possible; as he exits, Willis’ character wonders what his problem is, while Barney wryly replies: “He wants to be president.” The most respected actor to be summoned for duty is Mickey Rourke, who plays the group’s job hunter, a grizzled former mercenary named Tool. It’s a testament to Rourke’s abilities that he somehow manages to move through “The

Expendables” enlivening it with old warrior wisdom (in a monologue, he says he’s dead inside, “Dracula dead”) while still maintaining his dignity. The crew is hired out to storm the fictional Caribbean island of Vilena, where a corrupt general (the usually comedic David Zayas) and a villainous, rogue CIA agent (the well chosen Eric Roberts) are in power. The general’s daughter (Giselle Itie) is leading a resistance, and she quickly becomes a focal point of the mission (“Bad Shakespeare,” notes Roberts’ character). There are the slightest of political undertones: The mercenaries, perhaps like America, have become too soulless in their warring occupation. There is a gratuitous waterboading scene, as well. The possibility of redemption hangs

in saving Vilena. Yet the world of “The Expendables” has shockingly little connection to anything like the real world. The principle setting on Vilena is a military compound like that of any “Rambo” movie or shoot ‘em up video game: cargo boxes, sand bags and watch towers - all of your cliche fodder for explosions. “The Expendables,” too, has the shallowest of world views. There is little room for women (Charisma Carpenter plays Lee Christmas’ cheating girlfriend, who quickly recedes from the film) and the men are most comfortable bantering with each other and cheering knife throwing contests. Morality is not complicated, the only really firm rule being that hitting women is intolerable - quite the moral stance. —AP



Saturday, August 14, 2010

Orbit / Showtime Listings

00:00 The Unit 01:00 Lie to Me 02:00 Law & Order 03:00 Hawthorne 04:00 The Ex-List 05:00 Survivor Heroes vs Villains 06:00 ER 07:00 The Unit 08:00 The Ex-List 09:00 Big Love 10:00 Hawthorne 11:00 Survivor Heroes vs Villains 12:00 ER 13:00 Big Love 14:00 Ghost Whisperer 15:00 The Ex-List 16:00 Lie to Me 17:00 Law & Order 18:00 Dollhouse 19:00 ER 20:00 Defying Gravity

00:45 Animal Cops Houston 01:40 I Shouldn’t Be Alive 02:35 Galapagos 03:30 Untamed & Uncut 04:25 Cats of Claw Hill 04:50 Cats of Claw Hill 05:20 In Too Deep 05:45 Monkey Life 06:10 RSPCA: On the Frontline 06:35 Dolphin Days 07:00 Animal Crackers 07:25 Meerkat Manor 07:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:15 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:45 Cats of Claw Hill 09:10 Cats of Claw Hill 09:40 In Too Deep 10:05 Shark Therapy 10:55 Monkey Life 11:20 Dolphin Days 11:50 Animal Precinct 12:45 E-Vets: The Interns 13:10 Pet Rescue 13:40 Animal Cops Philadelphia 14:35 Wildlife SOS 15:00 RSPCA: On the Frontline 15:30 Deadly Waters 16:25 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 16:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 17:20 Breed All About It 17:45 Breed All About It 18:15 Weird Creatures with Nick Baker 19:10 Fur Seals: The Dark Side 20:10 Animal Cops Houston 21:05 Air Jaws 2 22:00 Weird Creatures with Nick Baker 22:55 Animal Cops Philadelphia 23:50 Untamed & Uncut

00:25 Lead Balloon 00:55 Lead Balloon 01:25 Mastermind 2006 01:50 The Weakest Link 02:35 Last Of The Summer Wine 03:05 Gigglebiz 03:20 Tweenies 03:40 Tellytales 03:50 Tikkabilla 04:20 Gigglebiz 04:35 Tweenies 04:55 Tikkabilla 05:25 Coast 06:30 Mastermind 2006 07:00 Gigglebiz 07:15 Tweenies 07:35 Tellytales 07:45 Tikkabilla 08:15 Gigglebiz 08:30 Tweenies 08:50 Tellytales 09:00 Tikkabilla 09:30 Mastermind 2006 10:00 Coast 11:00 Last Of The Summer Wine 11:30 Last Of The Summer Wine 12:00 The Weakest Link 12:45 Eastenders 13:15 Doctors 13:45 Mastermind 2006 14:15 Coast 15:15 Last Of The Summer Wine 15:45 Last Of The Summer Wine 16:15 The Weakest Link 17:00 Doctors 17:30 Eastenders 18:00 Casualty 18:50 Casualty 19:40 Doctor Who Confidential 20:00 The Weakest Link

20:45 Doctors 21:15 Eastenders 21:45 Green Green Grass 22:15 Ideal 22:45 Ideal 23:15 The League Of Gentlemen 23:45 The League Of Gentlemen

00:00 MasterChef Goes Large 00:20 The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook 00:45 Glamour Puds 01:10 The Home Show 02:00 Cash In The Attic 02:45 Cash In The Attic 03:30 Come Dine With Me 04:20 Hidden Potential 04:45 Cash In The Attic USA 05:15 Antiques Roadshow 06:00 MasterChef Goes Large 06:30 MasterChef Goes Large 07:00 Cash In The Attic USA 07:20 Antiques Roadshow 08:00 Living In The Sun 08:55 Bargain Hunt 09:45 Hidden Potential 10:05 Cash In The Attic USA 10:30 The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook 10:55 Glamour Puds 11:20 The Home Show 12:10 Antiques Roadshow 13:00 Come Dine With Me 13:50 Cash In The Attic 14:40 Living In The Sun 15:30 Bargain Hunt 16:15 The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook 16:45 Glamour Puds 17:00 The Home Show 17:50 Antiques Roadshow 18:45 Come Dine With Me 19:45 MasterChef Goes Large 20:15 Indian Food Made Easy 20:40 Ching’s Kitchen 21:05 Ty’s Great British Adventure 21:30 Ty’s Great British Adventure 21:55 Cash In The Attic 22:40 Come Dine With Me 23:30 MasterChef Goes Large

01:00 Welcome To Sarajevo-18 03:00 Barton Fink-PG15 05:00 Nights In Rodanthe-PG15 06:45 The Sting-PG15 09:00 Morning Light-PG 11:00 Save The Last Dance-PG 13:00 Janis-PG 15:00 Chariots Of Fire-PG 17:00 The Bridges Of Madison CountyPG15 19:15 Ceux Qui Restent-PG15 21:00 Of Mice And Men-PG15 23:00 Romulus My Father-PG15

00:40 Street Customs Berlin 01:35 Dirty Jobs 02:30 Wreckreation Nation 03:25 Discovery Project Earth 04:20 Mythbusters 05:15 How It’s Made 05:40 How Stuff’s Made 06:05 Dirty Jobs 07:00 Massive Machines 07:25 Discovery Project Earth 08:15 Street Customs Berlin 09:10 Mythbusters 10:05 Ultimate Survival 11:00 Overhaulin’ 11:55 Border Security 12:25 How It’s Made 12:50 How Stuff’s Made 13:20 Mythbusters 14:15 Miami Ink 15:10 Ultimate Survival 16:05 Dirty Jobs 17:00 Deadliest Catch 17:55 Mythbusters 18:50 Cake Boss 19:15 Border Security 19:40 The Gadget Show 20:05 How It’s Made 20:35 How Stuff’s Made 21:00 Destroyed in Seconds 21:30 Destroyed in Seconds 21:55 Serial Killers 22:50 I Escaped Death

00:30 What’s That About? 01:20 Space Pioneer 02:10 Engineered 03:00 Beyond Tomorrow

03:50 Junkyard Wars 04:45 How Stuff’s Made 05:10 Weird Connections 05:40 One Step Beyond 06:10 What’s That About? 07:00 Thunder Races 08:00 Universe 09:00 What’s That About? 16:20 How Stuff’s Made 16:50 Scrapheap Challenge 17:45 Brainiac 18:40 Catch It Keep It 19:30 Science of the Movies 20:20 How It’s Made 21:10 Mega Builders 22:00 Catch It Keep It 22:50 Science of the Movies 23:40 Mighty Ships

00:15 Sonny With A Chance 01:25 Hannah Montana 02:15 Jonas 02:35 The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody 03:25 Fairly Odd Parents 03:50 Phineas And Ferb 04:15 Replacements 04:35 Suite Life On Deck 05:00 Hannah Montana 05:01 Kim Possible 05:50 A Kind Of Magic 06:15 Fairly Odd Parents 06:35 Replacements 07:00 Stitch 07:01 Fairly Odd Parents 07:50 Phineas And Ferb 08:15 Replacements 08:35 A Kind Of Magic 09:00 Jungle Junction 09:10 Special Agent Oso 09:35 Handy Manny 10:00 Imagination Movers 10:20 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 10:45 Jungle Junction 11:00 Fairly Odd Parents 11:25 Phineas And Ferb 11:50 Wizards Of Waverly Place 12:15 Sonny With A Chance 12:40 Hannah Montana 13:25 Jonas 13:50 Sonny With A Chance 14:15 Wizards Of Waverly Place 14:35 Fairly Odd Parents 15:00 Phineas And Ferb 15:25 Replacements 15:50 Suite Life On Deck 16:15 Hannah Montana 16:40 Kim Possible 17:05 A Kind Of Magic 17:30 Fairly Odd Parents 17:55 Replacements 18:15 Stitch 18:40 Wizards Of Waverly Place 19:00 Hannah Montana 19:25 Sonny With A Chance 19:45 Fairly Odd Parents 20:10 Phineas And Ferb 20:35 Suite Life On Deck 21:00 Wizards Of Waverly Place 21:25 Hannah Montana 21:45 Jonas 22:10 Suite Life On Deck 22:35 Sonny With A Chance 23:00 Hannah Montana 23:25 Wizards Of Waverly Place

06:00 American Dragon 06:25 American Dragon 06:50 Kid vs Kat 07:15 Kid vs Kat 07:40 Iron Man: Armoured Adventures 08:05 KICK BUTTOWSKI 08:30 POKEMON 09:00 Phineas & Ferb 09:25 Zeke & Luther 09:50 Zeke & Luther 10:15 I’M IN THE BAND 10:40 Suite Life On Deck 11:30 Phil Of The Future 12:00 Phineas & Ferb 12:30 Phineas & Ferb 13:00 Kid vs Kat 15:15 American Dragon 15:45 American Dragon 16:15 KICK BUTTOWSKI 16:40 I’M IN THE BAND 17:05 Zeke & Luther 17:30 Zeke & Luther 17:55 Phineas & Ferb 18:20 Phineas & Ferb 18:45 POKEMON 19:35 Kid vs Kat 20:00 Aaron Stone 20:30 KICK BUTTOWSKI 21:00 I’M IN THE BAND 21:25 Phineas & Ferb 21:55 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody 22:20 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

00:15 Leave It To Lamas 00:40 Dr 90210 01:30 Wildest Tv Show Moments 01:55 Reality Hell 02:20 E!es 03:15 Extreme Hollywood 04:10 Sexiest 05:05 Battle Of The Hollywood Hotties 05:30 Streets Of Hollywood 06:00 Ths 07:45 Behind The Scenes 08:10 Behind The Scenes 08:35 E! News 09:00 The Daily 10 09:25 Denise Richards: It’s Complicated 09:50 Leave It To Lamas 10:15 E!es 12:00 E! News 12:25 The Daily 10 12:50 Behind The Scenes 13:15 Pretty Wild 13:40 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 14:05 Kendra 14:30 Dr 90210 15:25 Ths 16:15 Behind The Scenes 16:40 Behind The Scenes 17:10 Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami 17:35 Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami 18:00 E! News 18:25 The Daily 10 18:50 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 19:15 Pretty Wild 19:40 Ths 20:30 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 20:55 Chelsea Lately 21:20 Giuliana And Bill 22:10 E! News 22:35 The Daily 10 23:00 Chelsea Lately 23:25 Wildest Tv Show Moments 23:50 Pretty Wild

00:00 Profiles - Tosh Townend 00:30 Profiles - Taylor Knox 01:00 F.I.A European Drag Racing 01:30 F.I.A European Drag Racing 02:00 M1 Challange 03:00 Bmx Megatour 04:00 Untracked Series 2 04:30 Untracked Series 2 05:00 I-Ex 07:00 I-Ex Season 2 08:00 Drop In Series 5 11:00 Clay Marzo - Just Add Water 1 12:00 Untracked Series 2 12:30 Untracked Series 2 13:00 F.I.A European Drag Racing 13:30 F.I.A European Drag Racing 14:00 Rebel Events 2009: Rock The Goldcoast Ep 9 14:30 Rebel Events 2009: Extreme Playgrounds-Dirt Session Ep10 15:00 Clay Marzo - Just Add Water 1 16:00 Untracked Series 2 16:30 Untracked Series 2 17:00 Drop In Series 5 20:00 Untracked Series 2 20:30 Untracked Series 2 21:00 Clay Marzo - Just Add Water 1 22:00 Bad Boy Racers 23:00 M1 Challange

00:00 Iron Chef America 01:00 30 Minute Meals 01:30 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 02:00 Guys Big Bite 03:00 Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics 03:30 Everyday Italian 04:00 30 Minute Meals 05:00 Tyler’s Ultimate 05:30 Guys Big Bite 06:00 Barefoot Contessa 07:00 Everyday Italian 07:25 Food Network Challenge 07:50 Barefoot Contessa 08:15 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 08:40 Guys Big Bite 09:05 Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics 09:30 Everyday Italian 10:00 30 Minute Meals 10:30 Unwrapped 11:00 Paula’s Party 11:30 Barefoot Contessa 12:30 Barefoot Contessa 13:00 30 Minute Meals 13:30 Guys Big Bite 14:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 14:30 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 15:00 Food Network Challenge 15:30 Barefoot Contessa 16:00 Everyday Italian 17:00 Iron Chef America 17:30 Unwrapped 18:00 Guys Big Bite 18:30 Chopped 19:00 30 Minute Meals 19:30 Tyler’s Ultimate 20:00 Food Network Challenge 21:00 Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics 21:30 Everyday Italian 22:00 Iron Chef America 23:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 23:30 Guys Big Bite

00:00 2010 American Le Mans Series: Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock Park, CT 03:00 MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox 05:00 Golf Central International LIVE From the PGA Championship 06:00 Women’s Professional Soccer Boston Breakers at Philadelphia Independence 08:00 Major League Soccer FC Dallas v Philadelphia Union 11:00 PGA Tour Highlights: Turning Stone Resort Championship 12:00 Champions Tour Highlights 3M Championship 13:00 Golf Central International LIVE From the PGA Championship 14:00 Inside the PGA Tour 14:30 Sport Central 15:00 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 200 Nashville, TN 18:00 Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour Las Vegas Motor Speedway 19:00 2010 American Le Mans Series: Northeast Grand Prix Lime Rock Park, CT 22:00 USGA U.S. Women’s Amateur Charlotte, NC

Rush Hour 3 on Show Movies

00:30 A Haunting 01:20 FBI Files 02:10 I Almost Got Away With It 03:05 Murder Shift 04:00 Forensic Detectives 04:55 Ghosthunters 05:20 Dr G: Medical Examiner 06:10 Real Emergency Calls 06:35 Real Emergency Calls 07:00 Forensic Detectives 07:50 FBI Files 08:40 Fugitive Strike Force 09:30 Diagnosis: Unknown 10:20 Forensic Detectives 11:10 FBI Files 12:00 Real Emergency Calls

12:25 Real Emergency Calls 12:50 On the Case with Paula Zahn 13:40 CSU 14:30 Forensic Detectives 15:20 FBI Files 16:10 Fugitive Strike Force 17:00 Diagnosis: Unknown 17:50 Forensic Detectives 18:40 FBI Files 19:30 Real Emergency Calls 19:55 Real Emergency Calls 20:20 On the Case with Paula Zahn 21:10 CSU 22:00 Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases 22:50 Dr G: Medical Examiner 23:40 Dr G: Medical Examiner

01:05 10:30 P.M. Summer 02:30 Reversal Of Fortune 04:20 The Limbic Region 05:55 3 Strikes 07:20 Return Of A Man Called Horse 09:25 The Cutting Edge 11:10 A Home Of Our Own 12:55 Battle Of Britain 15:05 The Pink Panther Strikes Again 16:45 The Devil’s Brigade 18:55 Flowers In The Attic 20:25 Interiors 22:00 High Spirits 23:35 The Mean Season

00:30 Word Travels 01:00 Bondi Rescue 01:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 02:30 Banged Up Abroad 03:30 Madventures 04:00 Banged Up Abroad 05:00 Take Away My Takeaway 05:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 06:30 Word Travels 07:00 Bondi Rescue 07:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 08:30 Banged Up Abroad 09:30 Madventures 10:00 Banged Up Abroad 11:00 Pressure Cook 11:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 12:30 Word Travels 13:00 Bondi Rescue 13:30 Bondi Rescue 14:00 The Best Job In The World 14:30 4Real 15:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 15:30 Madventures 16:00 Banged Up Abroad 17:00 Pressure Cook 17:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 18:30 Word Travels 19:00 Bondi Rescue 19:30 Bondi Rescue 20:00 The Best Job In The World 20:30 4Real 21:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 21:30 Madventures 22:00 Banged Up Abroad 23:00 Pressure Cook 23:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled

00:00 Community 00:30 Rita Rocks 01:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 01:30 The Colbert Report 02:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 03:00 Cleveland Show 03:30 Seinfeld 04:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 04:30 Family Biz 05:00 Just Shoot me! 05:30 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 06:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 07:00 Eight Simple Rules 07:30 The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 08:00 Frasier 08:30 Just Shoot me! 09:00 Family Biz 09:30 The Drew Carey show 10:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30 Will & Grace 11:00 Frasier 11:30 New Adventures of old Christine 12:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 13:00 The Drew Carey show 13:30 Just Shoot me! 14:00 Family Biz 14:30 Rita Rocks 15:00 Community 15:30 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 16:00 The Colbert Report 16:30 The Drew Carey Show 17:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 17:30 Frasier 18:00 Seinfeld 18:30 Will & Grace 19:00 Modern Family 19:30 Modern Family 20:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 21:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 21:30 The Colbert Report 22:00 Will & Grace 22:30 The Ricky Gervais Show 23:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 23:30 New Adventures of old Christine

00:00 The Martha Stewart Show 01:00 10 Years Younger 01:30 Look A Like 02:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 03:00 The Monique Show 04:00 The Tonight show with Jay Leno 05:00 GMA (repeat) 07:00 GMA Health 07:30 What’s the Buzz 08:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 09:00 Never Trust a Skinny Cook 09:30 Huey’s cooking adventures 10:00 The Martha Stewart Show 11:00 The View 12:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 13:00 What’s Good For You 14:00 GMA Live 16:00 GMA Health 16:30 What’s the Buzz 17:00 Never Trust a Skinny Cook 17:30 Huey’s cooking adventures 18:00 Look A Like 18:30 10 Years Younger 19:00 The View 20:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show 21:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 22:00 The Tonight show with Jay Leno 23:00 The Monique Show

07:00 Special Agent OSO 07:25 Handy Manny 07:50 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 08:15 Imagination Movers 08:40 Special Agent OSO 08:50 Jungle Junction 09:00 Handy Manny 09:25 Imagination Movers 09:50 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 10:15 Special Agent OSO 10:40 My Friends Tigger And Pooh 11:05 Lazytown 11:30 Handy Manny

The Golden Compass on Super Movies 11:55 Imagination Movers 12:20 Little Einsteins 12:45 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 13:10 Special Agent OSO 13:35 My Friends Tigger And Pooh 14:00 Handy Manny 14:25 Imagination Movers 14:50 Special Agent OSO 15:05 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 15:30 My Friends Tigger And Pooh 15:55 Jo Jo’s Circus 16:20 Handy Manny 16:45 Imagination Movers 17:10 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 17:35 Special Agent OSO 17:45 My Friends Tigger And Pooh 18:10 Handy Manny 18:35 Imagination Movers 18:55 Special Agent OSO 19:10 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 19:35 Handy Manny 19:45 Handy Manny

00:00 Rush Hour 3-PG15 02:00 Nurse Fighter Boy-PG15 04:00 My One And Only-PG15 05:45 The Express-PG 08:00 Hotel For Dogs-FAM 10:00 My Life In Ruins-PG15 12:00 Baby Mama-PG 14:00 Temple Grandin-PG15 16:00 Hotel For Dogs-FAM 18:00 Up-FAM 20:00 Seven Pounds-PG15 22:00 Lakeview Terrace-PG15

01:00 Iron Man-PG15 03:10 Amusement-18 05:00 The Flash-PG 07:00 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life-PG15 09:00 Ice Twisters-PG15 11:00 Solstice-18 13:00 The Building-PG15 15:00 Ice Twisters-PG15 17:00 The X Files-PG15 19:00 Behind Enemy Lines : ColombiaPG15 21:00 The Italian Job-PG15 23:00 Severed-R

00:00 Futurama: Bender’s Big ScorePG15 02:00 Callback-PG15 04:00 Kung Fu Panda-PG 06:00 Rrrrrrr!!!-PG15 08:00 Santa Baby 2-PG15 10:00 Lock And Roll Forever-PG 12:00 First Kid-PG 14:00 The Pink Panther 2-PG15 16:00 Futurama: Bender’s Big ScorePG15 18:00 Jason Byrne Live At Vicar Street Theatre-PG15 20:00 Separation City-18 22:00 Dead Man On Campus-18

00:00 Bugs Bunny 1001 Rabbit Tales 02:00 Jimmy Neutron : Boy Genius-FAM 04:00 Atom Nine Adventures-PG 06:00 The Jungle Book I-FAM 08:00 Moomin And Midsummer Madness 10:00 Atom Nine Adventures-PG 12:00 Cinderella-FAM 14:00 Jimmy Neutron : Boy Genius-FAM 16:00 The Nameless Warrior-FAM 18:00 Rugrats Go Wild-FAM 20:00 Aussie And Ted’s Great Adventure 22:00 Cinderella-FAM

00:00 Burn Notice 01:00 The Closer

02:00 Criminal Minds 03:00 One Tree Hill 04:00 Three Sisters 04:30 Home Improvement 05:00 Without a trace 06:00 Emmerdale 06:30 Coronation Street 07:00 Criminal Minds 08:00 Three Sisters 08:30 Home Improvement 09:00 One Tree Hill 10:00 Without a trace 11:00 Criminal Minds 12:00 Emmerdale 12:30 Coronation Street 13:00 Three Sisters 13:30 Home Improvement 14:00 Burn Notice 15:00 The Closer 16:00 Without a trace 17:00 In Plain Sight 18:00 Emmerdale 18:30 Huey’s Cooking Adventure 19:00 Heroes 20:00 The Closer 21:00 CSI Miami 22:00 Without a trace 23:00 In Plain Sight

00:00 Triathlon 01:00 AFL Highlights 02:00 Rugby League Challenge Cup 04:00 Futbol Mundial 04:30 European Tour Weekly 05:00 Ladies European Tour Highlights 06:00 AFL Highlights 07:00 Triathlon 08:00 Rugby League Challenge Cup 10:00 NRL Full Time 10:30 World Match Racing Tour Highlights 11:30 World Pool Masters 12:30 ICC Cricket World 13:00 Rugby Union ITM Cup 15:00 Ladies European Tour Highlights 16:00 AFL Premiership 18:30 AFL Highlights 19:30 Mobil 1 The Grid 20:00 ICC Cricket World 20:30 World Sport 21:00 Total Rugby

01:00 World Pool Masters 02:00 AFL Premiership 04:30 ICC Cricket World 05:00 Currie Cup 07:00 World Pool Masters 08:00 World Hockey 08:30 FEI Equestrain World 09:00 Ladies European Tour Highlights 10:00 European Tour Weekly 10:30 ICC Cricket World 11:00 Futbol Mundial 11:30 NRL Full Time 12:00 NRL Premiership 14:00 AFL Premiership Highlights 15:00 World Match Racing Tour Highlights 16:00 Brazil League Highlights 16:30 European Tour Weekly 17:00 Rugby Union Tri Nations 19:00 NRL Full Time 19:30 Ladies European Tour Highlights 20:30 European Tour Weekly 21:00 Live PGA Championship

00:00 Le Mans Series Highlights 01:00 Le Mans Series Magazine 01:30 UAE National Race Day 02:00 UFC Unleashed 03:00 UFC 117 Silva vs. Sonnin 06:00 UFC Unleashed 07:00 WWE SmackDown 09:00 WWE Vintage Collection 10:00 Red Bull X-Fighters 11:30 FIM World Cup 12:00 UAE National Race Day 12:30 Planet Power Boats 13:00 V8 Supercars Championship 14:00 V8 Supercars Championship 15:00 FIM World Cup 15:30 FIA GT1 World Championship 17:00 UFC 117 Silva vs. Sonnin 20:00 WWE NXT

21:00 UFC The Ultimate Fighter 22:00 UFC Unleashed 23:00 UFC Unleashed

01:00 Five Minutes Of Heaven-PG15 03:00 Inconceivable—PG15 05:00 Martian Child-PG 07:00 Racing For Time-PG15 09:00 Hancock-PG15 11:00 Hannah Montana Movie-PG 13:00 Living Out Loud-PG15 15:00 Hoot-PG 17:00 Hancock-PG15 19:00 The Golden Compass-PG 21:00 Surrogates-PG15 23:00 Obsessed-PG15

00:00 Poltergeist 01:55 Lust For Life 04:00 The Killer Elite 06:00 The Screening Room 06:30 The Screening Room 07:00 Boys’ Night Out 08:50 Angels With Dirty Faces 10:25 It Happened At The World’s Fair 12:10 Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 13:50 The Screening Room 14:20 Lust For Life 16:20 After The Fox 18:00 The Screening Room 18:30 40 Carats 20:15 The Wings Of Eagles 22:00 Bite The Bullet

00:30 Dead Men’s Secrets 01:20 Dinosaur Secrets 02:10 Pawn Stars 03:00 Pawn Stars 03:25 Godfathers 03:55 Nostradamus Effect 05:40 Conspiracy? 06:30 Dead Men’s Secrets 07:20 Dinosaur Secrets 08:10 Pawn Stars 09:00 The Tech Effect 09:25 Meteors: Fire in the Sky 09:55 Nostradamus Effect 11:40 Conspiracy? 12:30 Dead Men’s Secrets 13:20 Dinosaur Secrets 14:10 Pawn Stars 15:00 The Tech Effect 15:25 Meteors: Fire in the Sky 15:55 Nostradamus Effect 17:40 Conspiracy? 18:30 Dead Men’s Secrets 19:20 Dinosaur Secrets 20:10 Declassified 21:00 Mega Disasters 21:55 Modern Marvels 22:50 Ax Men 2 23:40 Cities of the Underworld

00:00 Dr 90210 01:00 The Designers 01:30 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane 02:00 How Do I Look? 03:00 Split Ends 04:00 The Designers 04:30 Style Her Famous 05:00 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane 05:30 Area 06:00 How Do I Look? 07:00 Style Star 07:30 Dress My Nest 08:00 My Celebrity Home 09:00 Style Star 09:30 Style Her Famous 10:00 Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? 11:00 Peter Perfect 12:00 Ruby 12:30 Giuliana And Bill 13:00 Clean House 14:00 Clean House Comes Clean 14:30 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane 15:00 Dr 90210 16:00 Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? 17:00 Tacky House 18:00 Dallas Divas And Daughters 18:30 Dallas Divas And Daughters

Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Flight Schedule Arrival Flights on Saturday 14/08/2010 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 Wataniya Airways 102 Dubai Jazeera 165 Dubai Mahan Air 5068 Mashad Jazeera 171 Dubai Gulf Air 219 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 422 Amman Egypt Air 610 Cairo Jazeera 457 Damascus Kuwait 672 Dubai Kuwait 774 Riyadh Al Masariya Universal 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 Airways 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 Airways 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 Airways 304 Cairo Wataniya Airways 106 Dubai Rovos 093 Kandahar/Dubai Kuwait 542 Cairo Kuwait 502 Beirut Kuwait 548 Luxor/Sharm El Sheikh Wataniya Airways 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 Airways 612 Sabiha Middle East 402 Beirut Jet A/W 572 Mumbai Egypt Air 618 Alexandria KLM 0445 Amsterdam Kuwait 788 Jeddah Wataniya Airways 404 Beirut DHL 372 Bahrain Jazeera 183 Dubai Gulf Air 217 Bahrain Kuwait 674 Dubai Jazeera 433 Mashad Emirates 859 Dubai Qatari 136 Doha 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 Airways 108 Dubai

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Departure Flights on Saturday 14/08/2010 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 Airways 101 Dubai Jordanian 803 Amman Jazeera 164 Dubai Jazeera 524 Alexandria Jazeera 496 Riyadh Wataniya Airways 331 Alexandria Gulf Air 212 Bahrain Jazeera 456 Damascus Wataniya Airways 421 Amman Wataniya Airways 181 Bahrain Rovos 094 Dubai/Kandahar Jazeera 256 Beirut Wataniya Airways 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 Airways 401 Beirut Kuwait 165 Rome/Paris Middle East 405 Beirut Wataniya Airways 303 Cairo Jazeera 172 Dubai Kuwait 541 Cairo Rovos 062 Baghdad Wataniya Airways 611 Sabiha Al Naser 712 Najaf/Baghdad Jazeera 492 Jeddah Kuwait 501 Beirut Mahan Air 5067 Mashad Gulf Air 220 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 201 Jeddah Egypt Air 611 Cairo Al Masria Universal 408 Alexandria Wataniya Airways 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 Airways 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 Gulf Air 216 Bahrain Emirates 858 Dubai Wataniya Airways 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 Airways 407 Beirut Syrian Air 342 Damascus Wataniya Airways 433 Damascus Wataniya Airways 107 Dubai Iran Air 604 Isfahan Bahrain Air 345 Bahrain Jazeera 266 Beirut 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 Airways 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


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

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Saturday, August 14, 2010



Aries (March 21-April 19) You might like to

ignore responsibilities and do some socializing, but realities demand that you tend to business and forget your friends for a short while. Later today, thoughts and activities can return to the social sector. Close relationships take on an emotional depth, power and importance. Family members respond positively to your suggestions. Now is a great time to attend or create a social event. People value you for your warmth and dynamic qualities as much as for your ideas. You may find it easier to be satisfied with your animal warmth than to develop your mind. You can relate to almost all types of people with equal ease. Your dreams, visions and ideals propel you, but always from the depth of your being. This evening is a time for lovers. You may have the opportunity to gain a new customer today or at least satisfy the demands of the public. You may have an ability to organize and manage all that is vulnerable and sensitive. You exhibit your tremendous practical sense and are able to cut through all the red tape in order to choose the right path for the best results every time. Progress in the business world is satisfying. A friend or family member may need your advice today. Clear and useful ideas are within your reach and you will be able to give helpful advice. There is a chance to understand those around you and to have a special time with someone you love. General good feelings and a sense of support and harmony make this a memorable time. Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Pooch Cafe

ACROSS 1. An unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles. 4. Of or relating to or associated with the moon. 9. The rate of moving (especially walking or running). 13. Perennial herb of East India to Polynesia and Australia cultivated for its large edible root yielding Otaheite arrowroot starch. 14. (Jungian psychology) The inner self (not the external persona) that is in touch with the unconscious. 15. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 16. A member of an Iroquoian people formerly living on the south shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania and western New York. 18. (Islam) The man who leads prayers in a mosque. 19. A platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the person on it. 20. A high-crowned black cap (usually made of felt or sheepskin) worn by men in Turkey and Iran and the Caucasus. 22. (of persons) Highest in rank or authority or office. 24. A ductile gray metallic element of the lanthanide series. 25. Any place of complete bliss and delight and peace. 26. A federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment. 27. A strip of land projecting into a body of water. 33. Hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland (trade name Pitressin) and also by nerve endings in the hypothalamus. 35. Electronic warfare undertaken to prevent or reduce an enemy's effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum. 38. Spread or daub over. 40. Of or pertaining to or written in Altaic. 43. The function or position properly or customarily occupied or served by another. 48. Attribute to a source or cause. 50. Strike with disgust or revulsion. 54. A unit of length equal to one thousandth of an inch. 55. French tragedian who based his works on Greek and Roman themes (1639-1699). 58. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 59. (Irish) Mother of the ancient Irish gods. 60. A port city in southwestern Iran. 61. United States architect (born in China in 1917). 62. Remaining after all deductions. 63. West Indian tree having racemes of fragrant white flowers and yielding a durable timber and resinous juice. 64. A condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders. DOWN 1. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 2. A genus of Mustelidae. 3. The lower house of the parliament of the Republic of Ireland. 4. A white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily. 5. An agency of the United Nations responsible for programs to aid education and the health of children and mothers in developing countries. 6. Game in which matchsticks are arranged in rows and players alternately remove one or more of them. 7. A woman hired to suckle a child of someone else. 8. Tall perennial herb of tropical Asia with dark green leaves. 9. A genus of Ploceidae. 10. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 11. Elegant and stylish. 12. Freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort. 17. A fencing sword similar to a foil but with a heavier blade. 21. A public promotion of some product or service. 23. The month following March and preceding May. 28. A sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice. 29. An American doctorate usually based on at least 3 years graduate study and a dissertation. 30. A branch of the Tai languages. 31. Being two identical. 32. (trademark) A liquid that temporarily disables a person. 34. Of or related to the genital and urinary organs or their functions. 36. A flat-bottomed volcanic crater that was formed by an explosion. 37. Small porch or set of steps at the front entrance of a house. 39. The sixth month of the civil year. 41. Type genus of the Lycaenidae. 42. A heavy brittle diamagnetic trivalent metallic element (resembles arsenic and antimony chemically). 44. Wild ox of the Malay Archipelago. 45. Enthusiastic approval. 46. English theoretical physicist who applied relativity theory to quantum mechanics and predicted the existence of antimatter and the positron (1902-1984). 47. Of or like a cecum. 49. A small cake leavened with yeast. 51. An informal term for a father. 52. In bed. 53. Set down according to a plan. 56. An agency of the United Nations affiliated with the World Bank. 57. Tag the base runner to get him out.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) You may feel restricted today. Perhaps this is not the time to try to solve serious problems—it could be hard to think. There is something special about you that others cannot seem to emulate for themselves. For all your confidence, you tend to depend on others for advice. Your grasp of situations is unquestioned. You gain insight as you gather the facts, figures and estimates to gain your final decision. You are it, or at least always in the midst of it. You are not afraid to gain advice—perhaps from someone who is not as involved, someone to give you directions from time to time. You will enjoy the company of your friends this afternoon. You and your friends plan some fun gathering this weekend—perhaps a campout or some reunion bash.

Non Sequitur

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Charged with a kind of moving-forward force, you look for ways to complete tasks and put an end to some long, on-going project. This could be an article, a presentation or just giving up on the old ways and creating some new ideas to pull together a difficult project. Artistic changes may be where the attention needs to go. You could gain from subordinates however, believe it or not, they can gain from you. Your home environment, friends and surroundings in general get your attention this afternoon. In particular, you will do well in activities that include children, young people and your home and surroundings. Careful—you may be deceived in matters of love and romance. Stay aware of what is real. Leo (July 23-August 22) Your organizational abilities and sense of responsibility; although commendable, can limit your personal goal achievement. It may be time to reassess how you balance your day and to decipher if some project is really worth your effort. If your project is worthy, it may be time to change your goal. You could enjoy making your own way and finding solutions to whatever problems you have. There is time to give this much thought as well as looking into some educational counseling. Your popularity rating moves up today; career or business efforts are successful. A sports activity transports you to great friends this afternoon. A creative project is encouraged by all who know you. Friends and family are interested in helping you with this creative adventure.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) Your sense of honesty and truth is something that other people sense in you—and support. You might find yourself in a position of trust— handling money, vouchers, receipts, expensive items, etc. When it comes to business and career, you have a mind that just cannot help but take care of business. Your thoughts and ideas are nothing if not practical and your clear-sightedness makes some form of management or supervision almost unavoidable. You have an interest in athletics, the outdoors, etc., that should last a lifetime. You will find yourself with your friends in some sort of sports environment later this evening. Travel with friends is indicated and there may be more than one choice to make—there will be time for planning.

Libra (September 23-October 22) You are in a planning mood and are very clearheaded—able to view all the possibilities. You can see the road ahead and will make good choices. You could be in the limelight today, especially with superiors or in relation to your work. You may find that you enjoy your job or the responsibility it entails more than usual. Pace yourself and work on maintaining a balance. Everyone needs some fun—it is time for your fun this afternoon. In your personal life, there could be a minor crisis due to a missed appointment. Say aloud the word cancel or stop when you catch yourself in a negative thinking position. Just take the time to correct an error and no reciprocations will come up later. A new concert gets your attention and you make plans.

Mother Goose and Grimm

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) Crawl out of your

shell and speak up for yourself at this time—you can do it! This may mean that there is an opening for an upgrade in a job position and higher-ups are just waiting for you to make a request. This may be a time when management waits for only a short time and if you do not let higher-ups know that you would be willing to learn new things or stretch your wings, so to speak, the next person in line that has been expressive will get the opportunity. You are in a good position to put in for a raise, job change or otherwise make yourself known. This is a time for imagination and creativity when it comes to ideas and thinking. Combined this with the ability to put your thoughts into words, to create opportunities to captivate and spellbind others. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Perhaps this is just a routine day, lacking in imagination or much, if any. It is not likely that you will lose yourself in a great book or movie. You may feel separated and not a part of anything around you. You work to concentrate and achieve as much as possible today. There could be plenty of fun conversations with friends this afternoon, however. You are, no doubt, a romantic, at home in the world of dreams and images. A quandary over a valuable lost item finds you and your loved ones plotting the path of discovery. The way to begin your search is the biggest question. This lost item could be documents about land or a list of names, information of some new discovery. Whatever the case, there will be fun in deciding the next step to take.

Yesterdayʼs Solution

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) General


Yesterdayʼs Solution


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good feelings and a sense of support and harmony make this a happy time. The people around you tend to come to you for help and advice. You have a natural sense of the needs of those around you and what others are trying to accomplish. There are plenty of opportunities for just about anything you want to accomplish at this time. There is a surge of independence and a need for freedom with an interest in trying new and different things. Unusual or unconventional behavior and an interest in the exotic may be just the thing for you at this time. This afternoon is a good time for surrounding yourself with friends and young people and for having a good time. You appreciate your particular situation and enjoy support from those around you. Aquarius (January 20- February 18) The stumbling blocks today are only emotional—they will not slow you from your work if you do not allow it. This is done by knowing others will see your good works a long time after the emotional has gone away. Save yourself a lot of trouble and ignore whatever is bringing you emotional problems today. If working conditions are poor, there are channels to go through or there are other companies for which to work. You can make positive things happen. You have great internal strength and tend to be independent, preferring to lean on yourself more than on others. You are self-motivating, able to take care of yourself and self-directed to a high degree. You will be able to turn around any negative situation into a positive. Let yourself dream. Pisces (February 19-March 20) Others will show their appreciation today for your hard work. You could also find that you are valued for your quick thinking and fast problem-solving abilities. This is the time when you can expect a little boost as well as some sort of extra support from others. You may feel that you are in touch and in harmony with others. You may be called upon to speak or lead a group and you will not need to worry about anyone misunderstanding you—you can do very well. You have an ability to enchant others with your words and images. Your presence has a way of easing things, helping those around you let go of any differences. A surprise is due—this relates to the lifting of a burden. This evening features communication, short travel and an open mind.


Saturday, August 14, 2010


JENIN: Palestinian worshippers attend the weekly Friday prayers, the first since the start of the holy month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Jenin yesterday. — AFP

US Muslims gear for Eid - around 9/11 South Asian ‘superbug’ spreads to Australia NEW YORK: The lunar calendar that Muslims follow for religious holidays is creating a potential for misunderstandings or worse in a year when American Muslims are already confronting a spike in assaults on their faith and protests against new mosques. Eid Al-Fitr, a joyous holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, this year falls around Sept 11. Muslim leaders fear that their gatherings for prayer and festivities could be misinterpreted by those unfamiliar with Islam as a celebration of the 2001 terrorist strikes. The Muslim Public Affairs Council, an advocacy group based in Los Angeles, is contacting law enforcement and the Justice Department civil rights division to alert them to the overlap. The Islamic Circle of North America, which organizes Muslim Family Days at the Six Flags amusement park in several cities around Eid Al-Fitr, this year planned nothing for Saturday, Sept 11, because of the anniversary. A founder of Muslim Family Day, Tariq Amanullah, worked at the World Trade Center and was killed in the attacks. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based civil rights group, is urging mosques to review the group’s security guidelines, including clearing brush where people could hide and installing surveillance cameras. “The issue I can sense brewing on hate sites on the Internet is, ‘These Muslims are celebrating on September 11,”‘ said Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for CAIR. “It’s getting really scary out there.” The exact date of Eid Al-Fitr this year is not yet known. Muslims follow different authorities on moonsightings and astronomical calculations to decide when a holiday begins. In North America, the Eid could fall on Thursday, Sept 9, Friday, Sept 10, or Saturday, Sept 11. It is one of the two biggest Muslim holidays of the year, often compared to Christmas in its significance and

revelry. (The other major holiday is Eid AlAdha, at the end of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy Makkah.) Muslims who rarely attend congregational prayer fill mosques to overflowing on Eid Al-Fitr. Mosque leaders often rent hotel ballrooms or convention centers to handle the crowds. Families wear their best clothes, exchange gifts, plan special meals with friends and relatives, sometimes decorate their homes inside and out, and organize carnivals for children. In predominantly Muslim countries, the celebration can last for three days. But because of work and school obligations in the US, American Muslims generally attend congregational prayer on the day of the holiday, then continue the festivities over the next weekend or two. Most mosques usually intensify security around Ramadan because of the attention the month brings. This year, leaders have grown especially concerned about safety. In recent months, mosques around the country have faced protests and vandalism. The debate over a proposed mosque and Islamic center near ground zero has become a national issue. Yet well before these recent tensions, American Muslim leaders saw trouble ahead when they checked the calendar. Haroon Moghul, a New York Muslim leader who speaks regularly at mosques, said mosque leaders have been discussing Eid Al-Fitr for months. “When we realized that Ramadan would be ending around that time, a lot of people started sitting down together and saying, ‘How do we handle this in a way that’s appropriate?”‘ said Moghul, executive director of Maydan Institute, a communications consulting company. Moghul said most New York Muslims likely won’t celebrate the way they normally do, and noted that a significant number lost relatives when the World Trade Center was destroyed. Many imams in the

city plan sermons on dealing with loss and grief. “It’s a very painful day for everyone,” Moghul said. However, he and other American Muslim leaders don’t want to make so many changes that they appear to be giving in to those who reject any Muslim observance in the United States. Some critics have said Muslims should move the date of the eid. “It’s like being offended that 9/11 and Christmas fall on the same day,” said Safaa Zarzour, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, an Indiana-based communal group with tens of thousands of members. “There is something unsettling about that.” Yvonne Maffei, 35, of Des Plaines, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, said she and her husband plan to stick with their usual Eid Al-Fitr plan. They will attend morning prayers at their local mosque, go out for brunch then visit friends during the day. “I think most Americans understand the value and place of religious holidays in a person’s life,” said Maffei, editor of My Halal Kitchen, a blog with recipes that meet Islamic dietary laws. “For those who don’t, I just hope they will take the time to try and understand not only why we are celebrating at this time, but also what we are celebrating, which is the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a blessed month of fasting and attaining closeness to Allah.” Rizwan Jaka, a board member of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, based in Sterling, Virginia, near Washington, DC, said he hopes the attention to Muslim traditions during the month of Ramadan will help educate non-Muslims and decrease the likelihood of any problems. He said the mosque will reach out to its interfaith partners and others ahead of the Eid. The All Dulles Society is one of the largest mosques in the country and expects to host as many as 20,000 worshippers during the holiday at several locations. — AP

BlackBerry assures India on access to its services Continued from Page 1 codes. Other firms have also faced scrutiny since officials intensified their fight against Islamic militants misusing mobile devices. “They have assured that they will come with some technical solution for messenger and enterprise mail next week,” the government source said. “Our technical team will evaluate if it works.” The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the government had concerns over Internet telephony and would take it up with companies such as Skype. Earlier in the day, BlackBerry officials met Indian authorities, now pledged to go after firms, including Google, to keep the world’s fastest growing mobile phone market safe from militants and cyber spying. After the meeting, Robert Crow, a vice president at BlackBerry, expressed optimism that the company would resolve India’s worries. “It is a step in a long journey,” he said. At 1405 GMT RIM shares were down 1.5 percent at C$55.59, despite the assurances. Pakistani-based militants used mobile and satellite phones in the attacks on Mumbai in 2008, which killed 166 people. The militants

were suspected of using Internet telephony, which is widely available. The authorities have for more than a year been looking at Google’s messaging, Skype and other providers of communication in India. “Wherever there is a concern on grounds of national security the government will want access and every country has a right to lawful interference,” a senior interior security official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. India has already forced mobile phone operators, including leading Bharti Airtel, to follow strict import rules when buying telecoms network equipment. Chinese manufacturers Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp have been temporarily prevented from shipping network equipment for fears of embedded spyware. “We have concerns regarding these (Google and Skype) services on grounds of national security and all those services which cannot be put to lawful interference,” the same source said. India’s demands follow a deal with Saudi Arabia, where a source said RIM agreed to give authorities codes for BlackBerry Messenger users. The United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Algeria also seek access. How much brinkmanship is involved remains to be seen. Not one

country recently threatening to ban BlackBerry corporate email or messaging services has carried through with the threat. “We don’t expect a ban actually. There will be some solution before the deadline,” said a senior official with a mobile phone operator in India, who did not want to be identified. Officials say RIM had for a time proposed tracking emails without sharing encryption details, but that was not enough. India, like other countries, has been criticized for seeking blanket restrictions while mobile phone operators say they have to offer consumers privacy and secure communications. India is also keen to retain its position as one of the world’s fastest growing IT nations. Competitors have eaten into RIM’s oncedominant share of the North American smartphone market, pushing the company to look to places like India and Saudi Arabia for growth. A shutdown would hit one million users in India out of the smartphone’s 41 million users, allowing them to use the devices only for calls and Internet browsing. RIM, unlike rivals Nokia and Apple, operates its own network through secure servers located in Canada and other countries, such as Britain. — Reuters

MUMBAI: An Indian woman accompanying a child walks past a billboard for BlackBerry phones in Mumbai yesterday. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) said that it was ‘optimistic’ it could avert a threatened shutdown by India of the core features of the popular smartphone on security grounds. — AFP

SYDNEY: A drug-resistant “superbug” has infected three Australians who travelled to India, an expert said yesterday, reinforcing fears it could spread worldwide after hitting dozens of people from Britain. Professor Peter Collignon, Canberra Hospital’s head of infectious diseases department, said the cases — including one patient who had plastic surgery in Mumbai — were just the “tip of the iceberg”. “There may well be more because it’s difficult to pick up this particular gene unless you’ve got sophisticated testing,” Collignon told AFP. British scientists sparked an angry response from India when they said “medical tourists” to the subcontinent were among 37 people who were found to be carrying bacteria with the New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) gene. “We strongly refute the naming of the enzyme... and also refute that hospitals in India are not safe for treatment including medical tourism,” the Indian health ministry said in a statement. The gene was identified last year in

bacteria carried by a Swedish patient admitted to hospital in India. The gene, which is found in a number of different bacteria, produces an enzyme that renders even very strong, last resort antibiotics ineffective in combating the bacteria. Collignon said he treated one of Australia’s three cases in Canberra, while there was one each in the eastern states of New South Wales and Queensland. “We found this multi-resistant, untreatable bug in their urine, luckily not causing too many problems to that person. But it’s a real problem if it spreads to others,” he said. “The germ we had was untreatablethere were no drugs we had that could treat it,” he added. Collignon said his patient caught the bug in intensive care in an Indian hospital after plastic surgery went wrong. But he said one of the three picked up their bug in the general community, indicating the extent of the problem. “There are likely to be more because what you’re picking up in hospitals is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. “It proba-

bly is killing lots of people but it happens in the developing world and there’s no way of measuring it.” Collignon blamed the new bugs on the “abuse” of antibiotics in medicine and also in agriculture, saying some countries used them on billions of chickens, which develop bacteria and are then eaten by humans. The professor, who sits on World Health Organization panels on antibiotics, called for a worldwide crackdown on antibiotics use along with a major hygiene campaign to stop the bugs spreading. “All of these systems are interlinked through our food. Wherever we use antibiotics and wherever we over-use them we will get superbugs develop and we will get problems,” Collignon said. “People are dying in large numbers because there’s no antibiotics they can obtain, particularly in developing countries,” he added. “This is getting worse, there are no antibiotics in the pipeline so we have to work with what we’ve got.” — AFP

Fasting an obligation upon the believers Continued from Page 1 On the eve of Ramadan, the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave a sermon and said: “O people! A great and blessed month is coming upon you, a month containing a night better than a thousand months. Allah has made fasting in its days an obligation and observing prayer in its nights a voluntary act. Anyone who seeks nearness to Allah in this month through any virtuous act will be like one who carried out a religious obligation at another time, and anyone who performs an obligatory act of worship in this month will be like one who performed seventy such acts at another time. It is the month of patience, and the reward for patience is Paradise.” [Sahih bin Khuzaymah] We must seize the opportunity presented to us in this blessed month and appreciate the greatness of this time by engaging in all the worship that we can. We must hasten to perform good deeds. Allah has made this month a time for worship and for competing with one another in righteousness. We must increase our prayer and our spending in charity. We

must busy ourselves with reading the Quran. We must hasten to help the poor, the needy, and the orphans. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was the most generous of all people and he was even more generous in Ramadan. We must follow the good example of our Prophet (peace be upon him) by redoubling our efforts in this month. We need to safeguard the blessings of our fasts from our sins and our shortcomings. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever does not leave off false speech and false conduct, Allah has no need of his leaving off food and drink.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari] The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “When any one of you is observing the fast for the day, he should neither indulge in obscene language nor raise his voice. If someone insults him or quarrels with him, he should say: ‘I am fasting’.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim] We must beseech Allah for forgiveness in this month and do all that we can to take advantage of this precious time. We must avoid committing any offence against the fast

that will diminish its blessings and invoke Allah’s anger. Therefore, we must not be negligent of our prayers or stingy with our Zakah. We must not consume interest or the property of the orphans. We must not steal, oppress anyone, or disrespect our parents. We must not spurn our kinfolk. We must avoid backbiting, slander, lies, and falsehood. We must eschew false oaths and claims. We must not shave or trim our beards or leave our moustaches to grow. We must not listen to song and musical instruments. Women must not make a wanton display of themselves and men should not mix with them. These sins are forbidden throughout the year, but in Ramadan they are even more forbidden and more sinful. We must fear Allah and avoid what Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) have prohibited us. We must be upright in our obedience in Ramadan and throughout the rest of the year. We should call one another to this and by doing so attain the success and salvation that this month promises us.

Iran to fire up first N-plant next week Continued from Page 1 Salehi added that Iran had invited inspectors from the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to attend the launch ceremony. “The fuel is sealed and IAEA inspectors must be present to remove them,” he said. The rest of the fuel will be transferred to the reactor’s core on September 5, Salehi said, according to Mehr. It would take two more weeks for the reactor to reach 50 percent of its power generation capacity, allowing it then to be linked to the national electricity grid, the atomic chief added. “It will take six to seven months to reach the maximum power level of the plant,” he said. Salehi’s comments came soon af ter Russian atomic agency Rosatom said the Bushehr plant would be formally launched on August 21, although Rosatom officials gave a slower operational startup schedule. “The fuel will be charged in the reactor on August 21. From this moment, Bushehr will be considered a nuclear installation,” Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov said. “This can be considered as the physical launch.” Russia has been building the plant since the mid-1990s but the project was marred by delays, and the issue is hugely delicate amid Tehran’s standoff with the West and Israel over its nuclear program. The UN Security Council hit Tehran with a fourth set of sanctions on June 9

over its nuclear program, and the United States and European Union followed up with tougher punitive measures targeting Iran’s banking and energy sectors. Officials in Russia said the Bushehr launch ceremony would be attended by the head of Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, his Iranian counterpart Salehi and possibly the Russian energy minister. Ties between Moscow and Tehran have cooled in recent months as Russia toughened its line on Iran’s nuclear drive, but Prime Minister Vladimir Putin this year confirmed the plant would start up in the summer. Russia signed a $1 billion contract to build the Bushehr plant in 1995 but it has dragged its feet on completing the project. Western countries accuse oil-rich Iran of seeking to acquire a nuclear weapon under the guise of its civilian nuclear program. But Tehran insists the drive is entirely peaceful and that it needs nuclear energy for a rapidly expanding population whose fossil fuels will eventually run out. A senior Iranian military official, meanwhile, accused Washington of using the nuclear issue to demonize Muslim countries. “The United States knows that we do not need nuclear weapons and they (US officials) try to create a phobia about the Muslim nations,” Iran’s Press TV quoted Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani as saying. He added that the US government was doing this “in order to make Americans follow their policies,” the English-language network reported on its website.

Rosatom officials emphasized it would still take time for the 1,000 MW capacity power plant to start significant work, with the facility operating at a minimal power of one percent after three-four months. Under the contract between Russia and Iran, Moscow has already sent the nuclear fuel for the plant, with Iran committed to send spent fuel back to Russia for reprocessing. Russia in late 2007 and early 2008 delivered to Iran a full consignment of 82 tons of nuclear fuel, which has since been stored and sealed under UN nuclear agency safeguards. President Dmitry Medvedev said earlier this month that Iran was close to attaining the potential to build a nuclear weapon, the first time a Russian leader had warned so explicitly of the dangers of Tehran’s nuclear drive. Russian officials have always said Iran has a right to the use of peaceful nuclear energy. The Bushehr project was first launched by the late shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in the 1970s using contractors from German firm Siemens. But it was shelved when he was deposed in the 1979 Islamic revolution. It was revived after the death of revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, as Iran’s new supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his first president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani emerged as supporters of the project. In 1995, Iran won the support of Russia which agreed to fuel the plant as well as complete its construction. — AFP



Saturday, August 14, 2010

MLB results/standings Major League Baseball Results And Standings On Thursday: NY Mets 4, Colorado 0;Toronto 6, Boston 5; Milwaukee 8, Arizona 4; San Francisco 8, Chicago Cubs 7; San Diego 3, Pittsburgh 0; Cleveland 4, Baltimore 1; Philadelphia 10, LA Dodgers 9; Minnesota 6, Chicago White Sox 1; NY Yankees 4, Kansas City 3; Florida 5, Washington 0. American League Eastern Division W L PCT GB NY Yankees 71 43 .623 Tampa Bay 69 45 .605 2 Boston 66 50 .569 6 Toronto 60 54 .526 11 Baltimore 40 75 .348 31.5 Central Division Minnesota 65 50 Chicago White Sox 64 51 Detroit 55 59 Cleveland 48 67 Kansas City 47 68

Texas LA Angels Oakland Seattle

.565 .557 .482 .417 .409

1 9.5 17 18

Western Division 65 48 .575 59 57 .509 57 56 .504 44 71 .383

7.5 8 22

National League Eastern Division Atlanta 66 48 Philadelphia 64 50 Florida 57 56 NY Mets 57 57 Washington 49 66

.579 .561 .504 .500 .426

2 8.5 9 17.5

Central Division 64 49 64 51 54 62 48 65 48 67 39 75

.566 .557 .466 .425 .417 .342

1 11.5 16 17 25.5

Western Division San Diego 67 46 .593 San Francisco 66 50 .569 Colorado 59 55 .518 LA Dodgers 59 56 .513 Arizona 46 70 .397

2.5 8.5 9 22.5

St Louis Cincinnati Milwaukee Houston Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh

PHILADELPHIA: Los Angeles Dodgers’ Ryan Theriot (left) scores past Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz on a sacrifice fly by Dodgers’ Ronnie Belliard in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Aug 12, 2010. —AP

Mets blank Rockies NEW YORK: Johan Santana pitched a four-hit shutout to make a closer unnecessary as the New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 40 on Thursday after Francisco Rodriguez was arrested on a charge of assaulting his fatherin-law at Citi Field. Just before the game, the Mets suspended Rodriguez for two days without pay, a move that if not reversed would cost him $125,683 of his $11.5 million salary. Rodriguez was charged with third-degree assault after Wednesday’s game, police said. His father-in-law was in a hospital with a scraped face and bump on his head following

the confrontation at a Citi Field family lounge. Santana (10-6) won for the first time in four starts, and Carlos Beltran had his first threehit game for the Mets since his season started on July 15.

team mark set by Ryan Braun in 2008. The MLB record for consecutive hits is 12, set by Pinky Higgins in 1938 and matched by Walt Dropo in 1952. McGehee scored three times and helped the Brewers avoid a four-game sweep.

Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 4 At Milwaukee, Casey McGehee set a team record with his ninth straight hit, going 4 for 4 in Milwaukee’s win over Arizona. McGehee had a solo homer, a two-run double, an RBI single and another single. His seventh-inning single off reliever D.J. Carrasco broke the

Giants 8, Cubs 7 At San Francisco, pinch-hitter Andrew Torres hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning to send San Francisco over Chicago. The second-place Giants host NL West-leading San Diego in a weekend

series. Pat Burrell hit a grand slam and solo home run and Pablo Sandoval also homered to snap a drought of 178 at-bats without a longball. Aaron Rowand led off the ninth with an infield single against Andrew Cashner (15) and went to second on a sacrifice by Freddy Sanchez. After Aubrey Huff was intentionally walked, Cashner walked Buster Posey unintentionally to load the bases. Torres, held out of the starting lineup before of tightness in his legs, then hit a drive to center that landed on the warning track and bounced over the fence.

Padres 3, Pirates 0

Phillies 10, Dodgers 9

At San Diego, Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer while Jon Garland and three relievers combined on a four-hitter to lead San Diego to a victory that completed a three-game sweep of lowly Pittsburgh. The Padres protected their 2 1/2-game lead over the Giants in the NL West going into a weekend showdown at San Francisco. Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez, who last weekend guaranteed a sweep over the Padres, will start Friday night’s series opener against Padres lefty Clayton Richard. San Diego is 7-1 against the Giants this year.

At Philadelphia, Carlos Ruiz’s game-winning two-run hit in the ninth inning capped a frantic rally to help Philadelphia beat Los Angeles. Ruiz’s shot bounced off the left-center field fence off Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton, scoring Jayson Werth and Ben Francisco. The Phillies entered the eighth inning trailing 9-2. They scored four runs in the eighth off three relievers, then four off Broxton (4-4), who began the inning by hitting Placido Polanco and walking Mike Sweeney and Werth.—AP

Lewis’ sacrifice fly lifts Blue Jays past Red Sox

Jankovic and Wozniacki knocked out at Cincinnati

TORONTO: Fred Lewis hit a sacrifice fly that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Thursday. The Blue Jays trailed 5-2 before Jose Bautista chased Red Sox starter John Lackey by leading off the ninth with his major leagueleading 36th homer. Jonathan Papelbon (4-5) came on and blew his sixth save try of the season, and his first in 25 career chances against the Blue Jays. Vernon Wells greeted Papelbon with a double and scored on Adam Lind’s single.Pinch-runner Dewayne Wise stole second and moved to third when Aaron Hill singled off Papelbon’s left foot. Papelbon stayed in the game and struck out Travis Snider, but Edwin Encarnacion hit a tying double. Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay was walked intentionally to load the bases for Lewis, who hit a fly ball to shallow center off Daniel Bard.

CINCINNATI: Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic and second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki were knocked out of the third-round Thursday at the Cincinnati Women’s Open. Qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova used a strong service game to topple world number two Jankovic 76 (7/2), 6-4, shortly after 16thseeded Marion Bartoli won eight straight games on her way to a 64, 6-1 victory over third-ranked Wozniacki. Just one of the top nine seeds - number four Kim Clijsters - reached the quarter-finals of the two million-dollar hardcourt tournament. Clijsters bucked the upset trend with ease, ousting American Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1. McHale had just two break point chances and couldn’t convert either. Sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva fell to 11th-seeded Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-3, while seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was eliminated by 10th-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-3 and eighth-seeded Li Na lost to 12th-seeded Yanina Wickmayer 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4). Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova eliminated 13thseeded Shahar Peer 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Sharapova, who is scheduled to face Bartoli, said the upsets are a sign of depth in women’s tennis. “I think it just speaks a lot about the depth of the game right now,” said Sharapova, who has never played in Cincinnati before. “I think the depth of the game is a lot deeper than it was, say, a few years ago, where maybe in the first few rounds you could have gotten a few easy matches, easy scorelines. I think now, from the get-go, you really have to be ready for the first round.” Former world number one Ana Ivanovic continued her progress with a quick 6-0, 6-3 win over Elena Vesnina. Ivanovic, now ranked 62nd in the world, has beaten three higher-ranked oppo-

Indians 4, Orioles 1 At Cleveland, rookie Jeanmar Gomez remained unbeaten as Cleveland defeated Baltimore, handing Buck Showalter his first road loss as manager. Gomez (3-0) gave up one run and six hits over six innings, leaving after Adam Jones led off the seventh with a bunt single. The 22-yearold native of Venezuela struck out three without a walk in his fourth career start to beat veteran Kevin Millwood (212). Baltimore, seeking a season-high fifth win in a row, dropped to 8-2 with Showalter.

Yankees 4, Royals 3 At Kansas City, Missouri, CC Sabathia picked up his 15th victory and Austin Kearns homered as New York held off Kansas City. Sabathia (15-5) is tied with Tampa Bay left-hander David Price for the most victories in the American League. Sabathia, who is 11-2 in his past 14 starts, gave up three runs and 10 hits, while walking two and striking out three in 8 2-3 innings. David Robertson got his first save of the season in three opportunities, but not before giving up a two-run double to Willie Bloomquist, who had three hits.

Twins 6, White Sox 1 At Chicago, Jason Kubel hit a three-run home run and Francisco Liriano pitched in and out of trouble to help Minnesota beat Chicago and move into first place in the American League Central. Orlando Hudson also added a solo homer for the Twins, who took two of three games from their division rivals to move one game ahead in the division. The Twins also finished a 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record. The White Sox, who won their last seven straight series at home, lost their first series at US Cellular Field since the Indians took two out of three game from the White Sox on June 4-6. Liriano (11-7) allowed one run and pitched around seven hits with four strikeouts. He pitched his best when he was in several jams. — AP

TORONTO: Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns the ball while playing against Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during Rogers Cup ATP tennis tournament action in Toronto. — AP

Big four set to light up Toronto quarters TORONTO: World number one Rafa Nadal’s victory at the Toronto Masters has set the stage for mouthwatering quarter-final matches that will feature the game’s top four men’s players. The presence of Nadal, his great rival Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the last eight offers the promise of something special as the players gear up for the US Open. Nadal and Federer have each claimed a pair of Canadian titles and tomorrow clash between the Swiss master and the muscular Spaniard would be a dream final for tennis fans. But world number two Djokovic, a winner in 2007, and Murray, seeded fourth and the defending champion, have shown they too are capable of delivering memorable moments. Eager to add an elu-

sive US Open title to the Wimbledon and French Open crowns he has already lifted this season, Nadal dismissed big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-2 7-6. Next up for Nadal will be 37th ranked German Philipp Kohlschreiber, a 6-7 7-5 6-0 winner over Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun. Federer eased into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 6-3 win over Frenchman Michael Llodra, setting up a grudge match with Czech nemesis Tomas Berdych, who booked his place with a 6-3 6-7 64 win over Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. Twice a champion in Canada, Federer has shown confidence and improving form in Toronto but will need to bring his ‘A’ game to center court since Berdych has had the Swiss maestro’s

number this season. While Federer holds an 8-3 edge in head-tohead meetings, Berdych has dominated the 16time grand slam winner this season and helped send the former number-one down to number three in the world rankings. The quarter-final will mark their third meeting in the past five months, with the hard-hitting Czech coming out on top in both previous encounters, including a quarter-final upset at Wimbledon that ended Federer’s reign at the All-England Club. “I definitely will have to go back and take a look at what didn’t go so well against him and what did work well,” Federer told reporters. “He’s definitely on a run right now.”— Reuters

nents to reach the quarter-finals. The 114th-ranked Amanmuradova had 12 aces with no double faults, keeping the tournament’s defending champion on her heels. “I didn’t expect to go that far,” said Amanmuradova, who is scheduled to meet Ivanovic in the quarter-finals. “I knew Cincinnati was very strong, being a Premier event for the second year. Last year, I lost in the first round. I was just hoping to pass through the qualifier and see what happens. Today was one of my best games ever. I’d never beaten a top 10 player. “Serving a lot of aces helped me save my energy,” she added. Jankovic played just two matches one week after losing in the first round at San Diego in her first match since injuring her left ankle during the second round of a tournament in Slovenia last month. “The key to today’s match was I really didn’t return well and her serves were really accurate,” Jankovic said. “I didn’t really have many chances. When I had the chances, I didn’t really take them. “When I was able to hit the return, I would make mistakes. So, unfortunately, I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. She was a better player today.” Wozniacki was up 4-3 in the first set before Bartoli heated up and won the last three games of that set and five more to take charge. Momentum shifted Bartoli’s way when she won a challenge on break point in the eighth game. “To break her, especially to get this challenging call when the ball was out and the line judge called it in and actually it was out on the break point, it was kind of a huge turning point,” Bartoli said. “I felt like, after that, I served really well, and it helped me a lot to stay on top today.” — AFP


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SCOREBOARD DAMBULLA: Scoreboard from Sri Lanka v New Zealand, the second one-day international of the Tri-series on yesterday: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by three wickets New Zealand innings BJ Watling c Sangakkara b Mathews 55 M. Guptill c Kapugedera b Malinga 0 R. Taylor lbw b Mathews 16 K. Williamson c Samaraweera b Mathews 0 S. Styris c Jayawardene b Herath 24 G. Hopkins c Kapugedera b Malinga 11 N. McCullum c Herath b Mendis 36 D. Tuffey b Malinga 0 K. Mills c Mathews b Herath 11 T. Southee c Dilshan b Kulasekara 13 A. McKay not out 4 Extras: (b-5, lb-4, nb-3, w-10) 22 Total: (all out, 48.1 overs) 192 Fall of wickets: 1-2 2-47 3-47 4-99 5-101 6-123 7-123 8-143 9-178 10-192 Bowling: Malinga 10-1-35-3, Kulasekara 8.1-1-35-1, Mathews 10-1-36-3, Mendis 10-0-42-1, Herath 10-0-35-2. Sri Lanka innings U. Tharanga c Watling b Mills 70 T. Dilshan c and b Mills 5 K. Sangakkara c Guptill b Styris 48 M. Jayawardene c Taylor b McCullum 5 T. Samaraweera not out 36 A. Mathews c Taylor b Mills 0 N. Kulasekara c Hopkins b Southee 7 R. Herath c Taylor b Mills 2 C. Kapugedera not out 9 Extras: (b-4, lb-1, w-8) 13 Total: (seven wickets, 40.5 overs) 195 Fall of wickets: 1-11 2-96 3-119 4-162 5-164 6-177 7-180 Did not bat: A. Mendis, L. Malinga Bowling: Mills 9.5-1-41-4 (2-w), Tuffey 5-0-31-0 (1-w), Southee 6-0-41-1 (3-w), McKay 4-0-26-0, McCullum 7-0-23-1, Williamson 1-0-6-0 (2-w), Styris 8-0-22-1.

DAMBULLA: Sri Lankan cricket team captain Kumar Sangakkara safely completes a run during the one-day international match again New Zealand, in the tri-series cricket match in Dambulla yesterday. — AP

Tharanga stars in Sri Lanka victory DAMBULLA: Upul Tharanga guided Sri Lanka to a three-wicket victory over New Zealand with a solid half-century in the triangular one-day series yesterday. The lefthanded opener hit nine fours in his 109ball 70 as Sri Lanka achieved a 193-run target with more than nine overs to spare in the day-night match in Dambulla. Sri Lankan pacemen Lasith Malinga (3-35) and Angelo Mathews (3-36) played key roles in restricting New Zealand to a modest total

before Tharanga ensured the win with his 17th half-century in one-day internationals. New Zealand, who beat India by 200 runs in the opening match on Tuesday, tasted early success when fast bowler Kyle Mills removed Tillakaratne Dilshan in his second over. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Tharanga steadied the innings with an 85-run stand for the second wicket. The Sri Lankan captain made 48 before falling

to a superb catch by Martin Guptill in the covers off seamer Scott Styris. Tharanaga, dropped on 44 by Styris in the slips off spinner Nathan McCullum, was caught in the deep by debutant Bradley-John Watling off Mills, but not before putting his team in a strong position. Thilan Samaraweera (36 not out) completed the win when he hit a four off Mills, who was the most successful bowler with 4-41. Sri Lanka earlier did not allow New

Zealand to build a big partnership, the highest stand being of 52 runs for the fourth wicket between opener Watling (55) and all-rounder Styris (24). McCullum contributed 36. Malinga struck with the second delivery of the match when he had Guptill caught by Chamara Kapugedara for his 100th victim in one-day internationals. Watling and skipper Ross Taylor (16) then put on 45 for the third wicket before Mathews bagged two wickets off three

balls. Mathews trapped the New Zealand captain leg-before and then had Kane Williamson caught by Samaraweera in the slips. Watling, 25, completed his half-century in style when he hit left-arm spinner Rangana Herath for a four. He fell soon, top-edging a pull off Mathews to be caught by wicket-keeper Sangakkara. He struck eight fours in his 68-ball knock. Malinga grabbed two wickets off

Chawalit extends Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore lead SINGAPORE: Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol extended his lead in the 60,000-dollar Mercedes-Benz Masters Singapore to six strokes yesterday after shooting his best round of the week with a sixunder-par 66. He moved to an impressive 15-under-par 201 for three rounds at Laguna National Golf and Country Club and is well-placed to secure his second Mercedes-Benz Tour title of the year. His 17-year-old compatriot Panuphol Pittayarat is in second place after also carding a 66. Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing stormed back into contention with a 65 and is tied for third with compatriot and defending champion Mardan Mamat, Singapore-based Australian Scott Barr and Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert. They are nine shots behind Chawalit. Chawalit has made only two bogeys in three rounds, one of which came yesterday but was overshadowed by seven birdies. He made four birdies on the trot from the first hole. “I feel no pressure. The past few months have been great for me. I feel like a different player,” said

Chawalit, who has led since day one. He now sits in the same situation as he was in the previous Mercedes-Benz Tour event where he led for the first three rounds at the Singha E-san Open. On that occasion, the 35year-old was overtaken on the final day by his countryman Thaworn Wiratchant but few can see him slipping up today. Chawalit claimed the ICTSI Mt Malarayat Championship in July in Tour. He won that event by eight strokes to emphatically announce his comeback after a poor run of form for 18 months. Second-placed Panuphol, a talented golfer nicknamed “Coconut” because of his round chubby features, is continuing to build a name for himself after some fine performances last year on the Mercedes-Benz Tour. He made eight birdies and two bogeys yesterday, twice putting in for birdie from off the green. “Yesterday nothing went right even though I worked really hard at it. So I felt I deserved it today. Everything came together,” said Panuphol, whose father is on his bag. —AFP

Woods rebounds to shoot 71 at the Whistling Straits SHEBOYGAN: Tiger Woods wasted little time shaking off the most miserable performance of his career. The 14-time major championship winner shot a one-under 71 after starting his opening round of the 92nd PGA Championship with three birdies on the first four holes. Woods birdied his final hole of the day to reach one-under in a round that included four birdies and three bogeys on the Whistling Straits course. Woods, who is fresh off his worst career performance at the Bridgestone Invitational, needed just four putts on the opening four holes after starting his round from the 10th tee. “I got off to a quick start and all of a sudden I felt like I could shoot something in the 60s,” said Woods. “It didn’t quite happen. I lost a few shots out there but I made a nice birdie (final hole) and finished under par for the day.” The world number one Woods got to three under at one point and briefly had a share of the lead. “I played too good not to shoot under par,” Woods said. “It would have been very disappointing and frustrating to end up at even par with as well as I played today.” Woods’ game has hit the skids coming into the final major of the season when he shot a fourth round 77 to finish in a tie for 78th at the Bridgestonea tournament he had won seven times before. Woods said his preparation was better for this week and brushed off the Bridgestone debacle on Thursday by saying, “Everyone has bad weeks.” The four-time PGA Championship winner is without a win this season and without a major title in the past two years as he battles to rebuild his career and reputation following the sex scandal which engulfed him last November. Woods is playing in a trio for the first two days with South Korean defending champion Yang Yong-eun and 2004 PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh. Wearing a white shirt in the hot, muggy conditions, Woods’ approach from 80 feet out on the par-four 361-yard 10th hole landed on the green before snaking in a 10 foot putt for birdie.— AFP

successive balls in his second spell, dismissing Gareth Hopkins (11) and Daryl Tuffey for no score. New Zealand made three changes from the side that defeated India in the previous match, bringing in Watling, McCullum and Tim Southee in place of Peter Ingram, Jacob Oram and Grant Elliott. Each side will play the other twice in the preliminary league before the top two qualify for the final on August 28. —AFP

Day grabs clubhouse lead

HAVEN: Francesco Molinari of Italy hits a drive on the ninth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis.—AP

Molinari shares lead at PGA Championship SHEBOYGAN: Italian Francesco Molinari fired a four-under 68 to seize a share of the lead with American Bubba Watson in the first round of the weather-hit PGA Championship Thursday. Molinari hit 16 of 18 fairways on the Whistling Straits course and rolled in five birdies to go with a bogey in his second appearance in the final major championship of the season. South African Ernie Els and Matt Kuchar of the USA were also at fourunder when play was halted for the day because of darkness following a three hour, 10 minute delay at the start of the round due to dense fog. Kuchar, who missed the cut in his first two PGA Championships, eagled the par-four 13th hole. He started on No. 10 and still had four holes to play when the first round resumes early yesterday morning. Els got a ride back to clubhouse as the evening light faded over the course and he found himself stranded on the par-four 15th hole when the siren sounded. The 78 players who were left on the course will complete their rounds Friday followed immediately by the second round of the 7.5 million dollar event. It was a good day all around for the Molinari family as his older brother Edoardo also had a strong round, shooting a one-under 71. “It was a pretty solid round,” said the 27-year-old Francesco. “I hit the ball quite well all day and basically just tried to stay out of trouble.” Edoardo, 29, collected his first European Tour victory earlier this year. If

Molinari hangs on for the victory he would become the first player in seven years (Shaun Micheel 2003) to make the PGA Championship his first victory on the USPGA Tour. “You have to start somewhere,” he said. The 31-year-old Watson made his presence known with a round that included six birdies, 10 pars and two bogeys in the first round. Watson spent the down time playing video games on his cell phone and joking around with fellow American Rickie Fowler who was trying to catch up on his sleep. “I was throwing stuff at Rickie Fowler,” Watson said. “Pretty much basic kid stuff that you do.” Australian Jason Day, who is competing in his first PGA Championship, is part of a group at threeunder 69. Day was in the opening group that teed off with some of the thick fog from Lake Michigan still blanketting the course. He finished with five birdies and made the turn at 34 on the Whistling Straits. “I will take a 69 every day,” said Day. Day qualified for the PGA Championship by winning the Byron Nelson Championship in May. He finished tied for 60th at the British Open at St Andrews. Tiger Woods rolled in a birdie on his final hole to get to one-under 71. The 14-time major championship winner is three shots back of the leaders in a group that also includes Molinari’s brother, Steve Elkington, Brian Davis and Camilo Villegas. Woods, who is trying to rebuild his image and his

game following a recent sex scandal, came out quickly Thursday getting to three-under at one point and briefly grabbing a share of the lead. Woods said improved putting made the difference and helped him open and close his round with birdies. “I felt so much more comfortable over (putts),” he said. “I got my lines back. I could release the blade and the toe is moving again which is great and something I like to feel. It felt good.” Woods, who is fresh off his worst career performance at the Bridgestone Invitational, needed just four putts on the first four holes after starting his round off the 10th tee. Woods was in one of the early trios to tee off and is playing with defending champion Yang Yong-eun (72) and 2004 PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh (73). World number two Phil Mickelson was oneunder par through 11 holes and is tied for 24th. Mickelson revealed this week he is being treated by doctors for debilitating arthritis which at one point a couple of weeks ago left him unable to get out of bed. Even before the fog rolled in Thursday morning, the par-72, 7,507 yard course had been hit by bad weather. Thunderstorms dumped more than four centimeters of rain on, forming puddles in many of the close to 1,000 bunkers and softening the fairways and greens. Weather forecasters are predicting more fog Friday. — AFP

SHEBOYGAN: Australia’s Jason Day, who is competing in his first PGA Championship, shot a three-under 69 to take the clubhouse lead in the first round of the weather-hit final major of the season. Day was in the opening group that teed off from the 10th hole but he had to wait over three hours to get started because of a fog delay. He finished with five birdies and made the turn at 34 on the Whistling Straits course. The 22-year-old from Forest Lake, Queensland is one of three Australians within a couple shots of the lead, joining countrymen Michael Sim and Marc Leishman near the top of the leaderboard. On the course, Bubba Watson was fourunder through 16 holes. Leishman and Sim were both threeunder on the course. Tiger Woods opened his round with three birdies on the first four holes but was one-under through 14. Day played in a group with Tim Petrovic and Rich Steinmetz. They had to wait three hours and 10 minutes to get going after dense fog from Lake Michigan blanketed the course early Thursday. Day birdied his 17th hole of the day - the par-four 507 yard eighth - to move to four under and into a tie for the lead before giving one shot back with a bogey on his final hole. He opened his round with four pars then birdied two of the next three holes. Day qualified for the PGA Championship by winning the Byron Nelson Championship in May. He finished tied for 60th at the British Open at St Andrews. Woods, who is fresh off his worst career performance at the Bridgestone Invitational, needed just four putts on the first four holes after starting his round off the 10th tee. Woods is playing with defending champion Yang Yong-eun and 2004 PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh. Wearing a white shirt in the muggy conditions, Woods’ approach from 80 feet out on the par-four 361-yard 10th hole landed on the green before snaking in a 10 foot putt for birdie. Woods hit another superb tee shot on his second hole and followed it up with an iron shot landed 10 feet from the pin. His first errant shot came off the tee at No 12 as he put it over the green and across a public path, but he was able to recover and get his second shot on the green and save par. Woods’ game has hit the skids coming into the final major of the season when he shot a fourth round 77 to finish in a tie for 78th at the Bridgestone-a tournament he had won seven times before. Woods made the turn at 34 then dropped a stroke back. The four-time PGA Championship winner is without a win this season and without a major title in the past two years as he battles to rebuild his career and reputation following the sex scandal which engulfed him last November. Even before the fog struck Thursday morning, the par-72, 7,507 yard course had been hit by bad weather. Thunderstorms dumped more than four centimeters of rain on the course Wednesday, forming puddles in many of the close to 1,000 bunkers and softening the fairways and greens.— AFP



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Beckham to reject England farewell game LONDON: David Beckham will reject the chance to make one final appearance for England, a person familiar with the former captain’s plans said yesterday. Coach Fabio Capello announced Wednesday that the 35year-old Beckham was too old to continue playing competitively for England, but offered him an opportunity to say farewell to fans in a friendly match. Beckham, who is recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury that denied him a trip to a fourth World Cup, has played 115 times for England, second only to goalkeeper Peter Shilton on the country’s all-time appearance list. And the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has said repeatedly that he wouldn’t retire from England duty while still playing football. “It would seem strange to say you are not retiring then to signal your retirement in a benefit match,” the person familiar with Beckham’s plans said on condition of anonymity on Thursday because Beckham has yet to announce his plans. “It’s not going to happen.” So revered is Beckham in England that local media lashed out at Capello for essentially retiring him on TV rather than notifying him directly. In a hostile media conference after England’s 21 victory against Hungary on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium, Capello backtracked and said Beckham could end his 14-year international in a friendly match - possibly in November against France. But when Beckham was ruled out of the June 11-July 11 World Cup after surgery on his left Achilles’ tendon in March, Capello had insisted that he could still play a part in the 2012 European Championship. “I hope he will be fit for the Euros because he is always one of the best players,” Capello said. Such confusion from Capello has prompted the volatile British media to lash out at the Italian, who is already under fire following the team’s second-round exit at the World Cup. The Daily Mirror called Capello “Dumb And Dumber” and The Daily Telegraph described this as “Another Fine Mess.” “Blundering England manager Fabio Capello’s battered reputation sank even further,” the Daily Express wrote Thursday. British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday paid tribute to Beckham, who made his England debut in 1996. “We will all remember some of those great free kicks, some of those great moments that he’s been responsible for,” Cameron said. “I’m sure lots of people will be sad that he’s not going to be playing for England again.” Beckham has never won the international honors to put him alongside the likes of 1966 World Cup winners Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton in the pantheon of true England greats, but he arguably contributed more to the national side over the past 14 years than any other player. Still, Beckham is well acquainted with the highs and lows of international football. He was blamed for England’s elimination from the 1998 World Cup for his petulant red card against Argentina, but scored the winning goal against the same team at the World Cup four years later. He responded to jeering at the 2000 European Championship with an obscene hand gesture to England fans, but was lauded by the same supporters little more than a year later when his last-minute free kick against Greece secured a place at the 2002 World Cup. The latest revelation already has some speculating that this may not be the end of Beckham’s international career, especially if Capello’s spell in charge of the side ends soon. Capello dropped Beckham in January 2007 when both were at Real Madrid after the midfielder announced that he would be leaving for Major League Soccer. But Beckham won over his coach with his attitude in training and made a scoring comeback a month later. And more pertinently, England dropped Beckham in August 2006 in an effort to renew the team with younger players after a quarterfinal exit at that year’s World Cup. Coach Steve McClaren recalled him the following year after a run of stuttering form, and he returned for the remainder of England’s unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 2008 European Championship. “Look at the way he has adapted going into different cultures and different football clubs and the way he won over the Real Madrid fans and then went to MLS and then Italy with AC Milan,” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said. “He has been an amazing example and I don’t think he is getting the right credit yet. “When he retires, people will realize the footballer he was behind the brand of David Beckham.” Beckham, who has played mostly as a substitute over the past two years, has said he is not retiring from international football and will play if selected. “I still wouldn’t write him off yet and I wish him well,” said Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, who was at Manchester United during the first five years of Beckham’s career. “He’s a decent lad and he’s always been absolutely 100 percent dedicated to football. “Once he gets himself fit again, you never know because he’s a resilient so and so.” Bruce said that the whole furor may simply be down to Capello’s struggle to master the English language. British papers have regularly highlighted the Italian’s inability to speak English fluently after two years in the country. “Sometimes if we’re looking at Fabio Capello, I think it’s a communication problem and I think we witnessed that last night,” Bruce said. “It is difficult, it would be like us going to Italy. There’s a whole different culture and we have to respect that. “I believe it’s the language barrier more than anything. As soon as I heard it last night, I thought, well is that the end for David? Whether he meant that, I don’t know.” — AP

Capello battles to put Beckham row behind LONDON: England coach Fabio Capello insists the bond with his players will not be broken by the ham-fisted and controversial manner in which he ended David Beckham’s international career. The Italian was roundly criticized for using a TV interview to tell the former captain that he was too old to feature in the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers. It only emerged late on Thursday that Capello’s assistant Franco Baldini had spoken to Beckham in the wake of the interview and that the 35-year-old was aware of its content. As a result Capello has no doubt that his players retained faith in him. “I am sure about it,” he said. “The players are the important thing. They are the ones I work with. If they believe in me, we can win. When we win the fans will be with us. “My relationship with the players is good. I have never had any problems and I am looking forward. It is not easy but this is a new adventure and I have to find new players.” Meanwhile, Premier League side West Ham believe they can rescue Beckham from the scrapheap onto which the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was dumped by Capello. The Hammers believe that the midfielder, still playing club football with the Los Angeles Galaxy, could have a crucial ambassadorial role in the club’s hopes of playing in the Olympic stadium once the 2012 London Games are finished. West Ham co-chairman David Gold said there is an open invitation for Beckham to join the club either on loan as a player or for him to be a club ambassador. “He’s still a great player and it would be a fantastic statement if he came to West Ham,” Gold told the BBC. “We also had in mind his value as an ambassador to help us with securing the Olympic Stadium. He was an ambassador for the 2012 bid and is doing the same for the 2018 World Cup.” Despite Capello’s insistence that Beckham’s time as an international has finished, the player’s agent said his

client was not about to announce his international retirement. A statement read: “There has been no discussion of retirement. He will always be available for his country, when fit and if needed he will be there.” However, Capello confirmed af ter Wednesday’s 2-1 friendly win over Hungary that Beckham was no longer in his plans as he looks for younger players to spearhead the Euro 2012 campaign. “I think David knows he has no future with the international team because we have to change,” said Capello in what has now become an infamous TV interview. “I’m sure someone will have phoned him now. We tried to speak to him but we couldn’t. I will speak to him soon.” But Capello revealed he would grant Beckham a farewell appearance at Wembley in a friendly, probably against France in November. “David is a fantastic player, he was really important but we have to monitor the new players for the future. The age is important,” Capello said. Speaking in Los Angeles, prior to Capello’s comments, Beckham said: “I’ve always said that I won’t retire from playing for my country, whether I never get picked again, play one more game or 10 more games.” Beckham has admitted that being forced to miss the World Cup this summer through an Achilles tendon injury had made him more determined to play again, although his options are becoming more limited. AC Milan, where he had two spells on loan, have already said that a third deal will not be in the offing. Meanwhile, former teammates have rallied to Beckham’s side. Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, who played alongside him at Manchester United, backed the discarded star to bounce back. “I still wouldn’t write him off yet,” said Bruce.Ryan Giggs, a teammate at United between 1993 and 2003, added: “He will come back stronger. He is an unbelievable talent and Becks has said he still wants to play for England, so we will have to wait and see.” — AFP

Cash-strapped Rangers brace for Celtic assault

CARSON: David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy warms up with his teammates during a training session at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. — AFP

GLASGOW: Rangers star Steven Whittaker believes the club has a strong enough squad to successfully defend their Scottish Premier League title even if they don’t sign any new players. The champions, who open the defense of their title against Kilmarnock at Ibrox today, haven’t signed a player in two years due to financial problems but manager Walter Smith has been handed a modest transfer budget this summer after several first-team players. The Gers manager is hopeful of tying up deals for Stoke’s James Beattie and Portsmouth winger Tommy Smith before the season kicks off. And while admitting Rangers are light on players, utility man Whittaker, who chipped in with 11 goals mostly from defense last season, believes his side can clinch a third title in a row regardless of who signs on at Ibrox. “The manager and the rest of his staff have been working hard to try and get some new faces in and it appears as though we are very close to making some signings, which is great,” said Whittaker. “You

want to be part of as strong a squad as possible and the more quality players we can get, the better. Everyone knows we have lost some important players this summer and we are a bit light at the moment. “However, we still feel we have a strong team, and if we can get some new players in, then even better.” At Parkhead, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has wasted no

was also the case last season and look what we managed to do. “So, hopefully, we can repeat that again this term and retain the championship for a third successive season.” Celtic make the trip north to take on the newly-promoted Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the early kick-off. Irish winger Aiden McGeady may be on his way to Spartak Moscow but they could have a star replacement in the

Scottish Premier League Preview time in putting his own stamp on the club having brought in seven new players and letting several leave. And Whittaker knows Rangers will face a tough challenge from their Old Firm foes. “Celtic have signed a lot of new players this summer and we are obviously expecting a tougher challenge from them. And there are other clubs in the SPL who will be hoping to improve and be up there challenging,” Whittaker said. “So we really have it all to do again this season. But that

form of Craig Bellamy as they negotiate a loan deal for the Manchester City man. Bellamy played 12 matches on loan at Celtic in 2005, scoring seven times. “How far down the line we are will be down to Craig obviously,” said Lennon. “But the advantage we have is that, one, it’s not in the Premier League and, two, he has been here before and he enjoyed his time and made a huge impact on the game and has a real connection with the supporters.” —AP

French League Preview Ronaldinho tips Pato and Coutinho to star Serie A Paris St Germain hope to maintain momentum ROME: Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho has tipped two countrymen to star in Serie A this season: AC Milan team-mate Pato and teenage midfielder and new Inter Milan signing Coutinho. The 30-year-old, once the most exciting player in the world and twice world player of the year, enjoyed something of a mini revival last season following two disappointing campaigns. While his burst of pace of old is long gone, Ronaldinho still showed flashes of the brilliance that turned him into a superstar during his Barcelona days. And while talk surrounding Ronaldinho these days focuses more often on his expanding waistline or nocturnal activities, the former Paris St Germain star said it is his compatriots who people should keep their eyes on this season. “Pato has great ability and he’s very motivated, it will be his season, he’ll score many goals,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “But watch out for another young talent, he’s just arrived but he’s destined to make his mark: Coutinho. The future is his.” Pato was a sensation in his first year and a half at Milan, holding down a regular first team spot an impressing with his pace and finishing. But after a good start to last term, injuries affected the second half of his season and he missed out on the Brazil World Cup squad. Attacking midfielder Coutinho, 18, has just been signed by Inter and is believed to

be one of the main reasons the Italian champions are prepared to let Mario Balotelli leave. Looking ahead to the new title race, Ronaldinho predicted there would be no surprises. “Inter have lost (Jose) Mourinho, one of the best coaches in the world, but I think the fight will be the usual one,” he added. “That means between the champions (Inter), us, Juventus and AS Roma.” For Ronaldinho, who also missed out on World Cup selection, this season he wants to return to winning ways, following four trophy-less years. “I was expecting to be picked for South Africa and maybe I deserved it, but now I’m looking forward. “I still have a lot of desire to show Milan what I’m worth, and I haven’t won anything since 2006.” As for questions about his growing stomach, and photos of him on a beach in Rio showing that he had developed something of a paunch, Ronaldinho remained defiant. “I haven’t seen this photo,” he said. “I’m used to giving my replies to those who don’t have faith in me on the pitch.” And that includes former Brazil great Falcao, who said recently that Milan have not seen the best of Ronaldinho. “All I know is that in my career I’ve won a few things, he speaks because he is Falcao,” retorted Ronaldinho, possibly in reference to the fact the unlike himself, Falcao never won the World Cup. — AFP

PARIS: Paris St Germain go into this weekend’s second round of the French championship hoping they can maintain the form they showed in last weekend’s opener against St Etienne. L ast season’s French Cup winners produced an impressive performance to win 3-1 although the game was overshadowed by crowd violence which looks likely to result in 250 of their notorious fans being banned from their Parc des Princes home. Tomorrow, they face a stiff challenge at Lille where former PSG goalkeeper Mickael Landreau admits that there is an air of expectation ahead of the game. “There is no particular pressure in this match but it is our first real test,” says Landreau who played in Lille’s opening 1-1 draw with Rennes. “You can sense that the supporters really want to beat Paris and we are desperate to win our first game at home.” Landreau, however, is in no doubt about the task

ahead of them against a PSG side that is itself desperate to land its first league title since 1994. “Paris have rebuilt well since I lef t. The team has shown it wants to live up to the attacking ideals it showed in pre-season,” he said. Promoted Caen were the surprise package of the opening round as they travelled to Marseille and beat the champions 2-1 - the winner coming four minutes from time from the impressive Youssef ElArabi. However, coach Franck Dumas is not getting carried away by thinking his side can emulate Montpellier’s frontrunning performances last year. “We have won one match, it would be madness to say that,” he said. “We beat Marseille which is wonderful for those who don’t really know the Velodrome or Ligue 1. “I hope they really enjoyed but now we have other things to think about. The objective remains staying up.” The downside of the win

PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain PSG’s coach Antoine Kombouare gives a press conference at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. — AFP was a broken toe for their influential midfielder Benjamin Nivet which rules him out of another tough match at home to a Lyon side that was held to a goalless draw at home to Monaco. The visitors, however, are also likely to be missing a key player as winger Ederson

tweaked his hamstring two minutes into his debut for Brazil against the USA in midweek. Marseille, meanwhile, hope to pick up the pieces as they head to Valenciennes while Jean Tigana’s Bordeaux - beaten by Montpellier - are at home to Toulouse. — AFP


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Chelsea out to prove title more than a money-game LONDON: Chelsea begin the defense of their Premier League title today at home to new boys West Brom having spent a “mere” five million pounds in pre-season. When Baggies boss Roberto di Matteo was a Chelsea player that was still a sizeable sum of money and there is something grimly amusing about the London club, who have enjoyed success on the back of Russian owner Roman Abramovich’s billions, being outspent in the transfer market. But with former Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun the lone new arrival at Stamford Bridge, that has certainly been the case with Manchester City, underpinned by

Gulf money, spending a colossal 85 million pounds. City’s spending is likely to continue with the prospect of the likes of England winger James Milner still coming to Eastlands before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. Whether spending quite so much money will give City the ‘instant’ success their owners seek remains to be seen in a league where their local rivals Manchester United are still a formidable force. Chelsea look like an ageing team but modern training methods are fast forcing a re-evaluation of what older players can do and Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “The

players will be better this season because they have one year more experience, like me. “I’m not older. I’m more experienced. I am a better manager now. I had more doubt last year when I started.” Chelsea ended United’s three-year grip on the Premier League trophy last term and in the process denied Sir Alex Ferguson’s team a record 19th English title as the monopoly of the ‘Big Four’ came under threat. “Things definitely changed last season - it was a different league altogether,” Ferguson said. “The top four found it difficult and dropped points in games they wouldn’t have expected to. “That’s an indication of the

improvement made by other teams, and I think there’ll be a bit of a dogfight for the top four places this season. “We all have to be aware of the threats from the likes of (Aston) Villa, Everton, Tottenham and Manchester City.” Not since 1968 have City been crowned champions of England and they start the season away to Tottenham, who pipped them for fourth spot and a lucrative Champions League place last term, today with World Cup-winning Spain winger David Silva and Yaya Toure, brother of Kolo, among the new arrivals. Liverpool begin the season at home to Arsenal in what could be a pivotal season

for both clubs. Last time out, Liverpool dropped from runners-up to seventh amidst a background of boardroom uncertainty. Doubts over the future ownership of the club remain but new Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has at least managed to keep the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres on board, while Joe Cole has joined from Chelsea. Arsenal continued to win plaudits for the quality of their football but there were signs of frustration among some Gunners’ supporters last season with the club not having won a major trophy since the 2005 FA Cup and the Premier League since 2004. Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s long-serv-

ing manager, has repeatedly forecast a brilliant future for a largely youthful team. But at some point the future has to become the present and an optimistic Wenger said: “We finished third last season, so we have two stairs to climb and I am confident we can do it.” In other opening round matches, Aston Villa will try to put the resignation of former manager Martin O’Neill behind them when they face West Ham while today also sees Blackburn against Everton, Bolton playing Fulham, newboys Blackpool up against Wigan and Wolves playing Stoke. Manchester United play promoted Newcastle on Monday.-—AFP

Essien eager for fresh start LONDON: Michael Essien will kick off the new season against West Brom today as one of the few Chelsea players anxious to put the memory of the most recent campaign behind him. While his teammates marked Carlo Ancelotti’s first term in charge with the club’s first ever Premier League and FA Cup double, the midfielder looked on from the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury. The injury also prevented the 27-year-old from taking part in Ghana’s memorable World Cup campaign but after returning to pre-season training before many of his colleagues, Essien is now fully fit and ready to feature in his first league game in 2010. Despite last season’s success, the Blues suffered in the midfielder’s absence and his return goes a long way towards easing concerns about the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market after a summer that has seen the departure of five first team players have left while attacking midfielder Yossi Benayoun remains the only senior newcomer. “It feels so good to be back, it has been a long way back but everything is behind me now and I’m enjoying playing football again,” said Essien. “These injuries are part of football, so you have to take them when they come and not get too down about it. “I knew if I worked hard I would be back again so that’s what I did and I am back on my feet.” He added: “I know a few years ago it could have been the end of my career but with new technologies, surgery and techniques things are good, so yeah, let’s go again this season. Chelsea’s pre-season preparations have hardly run smoothly with Ancelotti conceding his side are still short of full fitness. Last weekend’s disappointing 3-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Community Shield-the game that marked Essien’s return - inevitably raised questions about the champions’ ability to retain their crown, particularly following the departures of Joe Cole, Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Ballack, Deco and Juliano Belletti. The visit of newly-promoted West Brom, though, should provide a routine three points, while subsequent meetings with Wigan and Stoke will provide breathing space before more daunting opponents loom after the transfer window shuts. Essien, though, is primarily concerned with his own condition. “We’ve had a bit of a bad pre-season with losing games but more importantly it has been good for me to be gaining fitness again and making sure I am sharp and ready for the season,” the midfielder added. The opening day task facing Roberto di Matteo’s side could hardly be tougher as they attempt to finally establish themselves in the Premier League. The Baggies have flitted between the top two divisions over the past decade and been involved in a promotion or relegation in all but two of the last nine seasons. Di Matteo returns to his former club with a squad bolstered by five new arrivals including Nicky Shorey, the left back signed from Aston Villa for 1.5 million pounds. Shorey found opportunities limited at Villa Park and is now anxious to make a fresh start. “It is going to be a tough season and we could not have wished for a harder start going to the home of the reigning champions,” said the defender. “But that is something we should all be looking forward to. Albion worked really hard to get into the top flight last season and we want to stay there.” — AFP

LONDON: Manchester United’s Scottish midfielder Darren Fletcher (right) vies with Chelsea’s Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien (left) during the FA Community Shield football match at Wembley Stadium in this file photo. — AFP

All eyes on Man City as Robinho, Balotelli fly in MANCHESTER: Manchester City have grabbed the spotlight on the eve of the Premier League season, with Robinho named in their 25-man squad list yesterday and Mario Balotelli flying in for a medical. Coach Roberto Mancini, who also looks like selling striker Craig Bellamy and midfielder Stephen Ireland in the next few days and buying James Milner from Aston Villa, was his usual calm self at a news conference despite all the comings and goings. He said Robinho was in his 25-man squad and added he would sit down with the unsettled Brazil striker next week to thrash out his future. Robinho has made no secret of

Bellamy, Ireland on way out of Eastlands the fact he wants to stay with Brazilian club Santos, where he has been on loan since January, after an unhappy spell at Eastlands. This season the Premier League has imposed a 25-man limit on squads, with eight “home-grown” players included in that number. That is putting extra pressure on coaches who are being forced to let some players leave. Robinho, the most expensive signing in British soccer after joining for 32.5 million pounds ($50.91 million) from Real Madrid almost two years ago, reluctantly returned

to Manchester on Thursday to begin training but will not feature for City’s difficult trip to Tottenham Hotspur today. “He only arrived back yesterday and is tired from the World Cup and other games he’s been playing,” said Mancini. “But he’s on my list and I will talk to him next week about the situation.” BARGAINING TOOL Even though Robinho favours a return to Santos, the Brazilians do not have the money for a permanent transfer and he

could be used as a bargaining tool in the deal to bring Balotelli from Inter Milan. Mancini said the Italian striker, who was 20 on Thursday, was heading to Manchester to undergo a medical while England midfielder Milner could also follow over the weekend. Balotelli, who made his international debut against Ivory Coast in London on Tuesday, will cost City around 24 million pounds and Mancini said he expected the deal to be concluded within 24 hours. “We are close,” said the coach. “I think he could be a big success at this club.” One player heading out is Bellamy who said last week he had not spoken to Mancini for six months

Hughes tells Schwarzer to forget Arsenal move

Mancini under spotlight City face Tottenham in EPL opener MANCHESTER: Roberto Mancini’s managerial acumen will be put under the spotlight when Manchester City travel to Tottenham Hotspur today, as the Italian attempts to find a winning formula from the start of the new Premier League season. Spurs pipped City to fourth spot, and a place in the lucrative Champions League last term. But Mancini has since enjoyed a lavish pre-season spending spree, splashing out than 80 million pounds (120 million dollars) on new signings to leave his multi-talented and multi-national squad the envy of much of the Premier League. The most notable signings at Eastlands have been World Cup winner David Silva, Yaya Toure from Barcelona and German defender Jerome Boateng. Meanwhile, England winger James Milner is expected to complete a 26 million pounds switch from Aston Villa to bolster Mancini’s ranks still further. But for the time being the Italian must focus on his starting

line-up for the trip to White Hart Lane to face a Spurs side who will be challenging City for Champions League qualification and honors this season. There remain doubts as to who will be City’s first choice goalkeeper, with both Shay Given and England’s Joe Hart battling to be the No 1. Whoever is left out is sure to make their feelings clear, setting the tone for what could be a problematic season for Mancini, who will be feeling immense pressure to achieve success. Toure, Silva and Boateng are sure to make their debuts, while Carlos Tevez is expected to lead the attack. For the likes of Micah Richards, Patrick Vieira, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Craig Bellamy, Robinho and Emmanuel Adebayor the chances of them fitting into Mancini’s puzzle are far less certain. Little wonder then that Mancini is playing for time, saying: “We couldn’t have all the players together until very

recently. “Many played in the World Cup, so some only started pre-season a week ago. “Now many have been away again for international matches, and it’s a big problem. I don’t think I’ll have all the players at 100 percent for another 20 days, but this is a problem for every squad with good players like we have.” Mancini is nevertheless excited about the campaign ahead. He has an immediate chance of revenge against the club who denied them fourth spot last time out and says: “I’m excited, it’s going to be a big year for us. “That’s also why I wanted to build up the squad so we have plenty to choose from in each position. It’s not about revenge, no, it’s about winning the game.” Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp knows this will be one of his toughest home examinations but he is boosted by the return to fitness of Gareth Bale, although Jonathan Woodgate and Roman Pavlyuchenko are unavailable. —AFP

and knew he was not part of the Italian’s plans. The Wales striker will not play for City again, according to Mancini, and is free to find a new club with Celtic, Sunderland and Fulham heading the queue to sign him. “This is the problem of the list,” said City’s manager. “There are players on there and those who aren’t are out. “Craig is not on the list. What he said isn’t important, it’s false. I work with the players every day and speak with them. “I don’t want to talk about it, it’s not important. What is important is the players here play well and work with a good attitude,” added Mancini. — Reuters

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspurs Russian player Roman Pavlyuchenko (left) vies with Felipe of ACF Fiorentina during a Friendly match at White Hart Lane in this file photo. — AFP

LONDON: Fulham manager Mark Hughes has told Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer he won’t be allowed to make a dream move to Arsenal. Schwarzer this week pleaded with Hughes to let him join the Gunners, who had a bid for the Socceroos star rejected by the Cottagers in May and are still interested. Arsene Wenger is keen to sign a first-choice stopper to replace error-prone Manuel Almunia and Schwarzer wants to take advantage of the chance to play for one of England’s top teams and also compete in the Champions League. The 37-year-old described the possibility of linking up with Wenger’s side as “an amazing opportunity that I want to take”. But Hughes is determined to keep the former Middlesbrough player and insisted any new offer from the Gunners would be turned down. “From our point of view the situation has not changed. There was interest from Arsenal in May. Their bid was refused. We have not had any more bids and we wouldn’t

encourage any,” Hughes said yesterday. “Mark sees it as an opportunity with the current stage that he is at in his career. “I can appreciate that but he has to understand that we have to protect Fulham too. At the moment it wouldn’t be right for Fulham football club.” Schwarzer was a key player for Fulham last season as the west London club enjoyed a fairytale run to the Europa League final and Hughes, who took over from Roy Hodgson two weeks ago, is aware it would be impossible to find an adequate replacement this late in the transfer window. “He is an outstanding goalkeeper. It’s only when you work with players that you realize how good they are,” Hughes added. “It would be difficult to replace him. It’s difficult to get the right quality into your football club. We have a top-class keeper in our squad and we would like to keep him.” Hughes also hopes to conclude a deal for AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele soon. “We have made some progress with Moussa,” Hughes said. —AFP

Pellegrini wins 200m freestyle heats BUDAPEST: Federica Pellegrini of Italy had the fastest time in the 200-meter freestyle heats yesterday at the European swimming championships. Pellegrini’s time of 1 minute, 57.29 seconds was 1.02 seconds faster than Patricia Castro of Spain. Silke Lippok of Germany was third. Grainne Murphy of Ireland was fastest in the women’s 1,500 freestyle heats in 16:10.65. Erika Villaecija was 2.40 seconds behind and Lotte Friis, winner of the 800 freestyle on Thursday, was third. Aliaksandra Herasimenia posted the best time in the heats of the women’s 50 backstroke - 28.06 seconds - followed by Mercedes Peris of Spain and European record holder Daniela Samulski of Germany. Three Slovenian swimmers had the top times in the men’s 50 breaststroke heats, but only Damir Dugonjic and Emil Tahirovic advanced to the semifinals. Matjaz Markic, who was third, was eliminated because only two swimmers from the same country can advance to the next round whether semifinals or finals. The men’s 100 butterfly heats were won by Konrad Czerniak of Poland in 52.10 seconds. Lard Froelander of Sweden and Joeri Verlinden of the Netherlands were next. Eric Ress of France swam 1:58.97 in the men’s 200 backstroke heats, just 0.08 seconds ahead of Stanislav Donets of Russia and another Frenchman, Benjamin Stasiulis. Two swimmers from Azerbaijan, Andrey Ilin and Yevgeniy Lazuka, were excluded from the tournament by European swimming’s governing body after it was discovered that they had competed for another country, Belarus, less than 12 months ago, in contravention of international rules. Lazuka finished 14th in the semifinals of the 50 butterfly event on Monday, a result which will be annulled, while Ilin was to compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. The 30th edition of the European championships is the first major international event where competitors can no longer wear the neck-to-ankle outfits that helped set dozens of world records in recent years. On Friday afternoon, the men’s finals will be in the 100 and 800 freestyle, while the women will crown European champions in the 100 butterfly and 200 breaststroke. — AP

BUDAPEST: Italy’s Federica Pellegrini starts the Women’s 800m freestyle final at the European Swimming Championships in Budapest.

Palestinians declare ‘sports war’, fight Israeli restrictions AL-RAM: The Palestinian Olympic Committee has declared “open war” against Israel in a dispute over movement restrictions that could poison international football. The uproar threatens to reverse years of relatively good relations that had seen Palestinian football rise to prominence with the construction of a new stadium and a high-profile visit by FIFA head Sepp Blatter in 2008. The dispute erupted earlier this week when six players on the national football team from Gaza who have been living and playing in the West Bank were turned back at the Jordanian border for “security reasons” on their way to a friendly in Mauritania. An Israeli security official said the players failed to renew the special permits which allow them to play in the West Bank and were granted to them as a “humanitarian gesture” aimed at keeping politics out of sports. But the Palestinians insist they shouldn’t need permission to travel throughout the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the West Bank,

lands occupied by Israel in the 1967 war and expected to be part of a future Palestinian state. “The Olympic committee will engage in an open war with the occupation to guarantee the freedom of movement of Palestinian players, teams and club members in order to allow us to establish sporting institutions on our own land,” chairman Jibril Rajub told reporters on Wednesday. The Olympic committee is the most senior sporting body in the Palestinian territories. The former security chief in the Westernbacked Palestinian Authority has been widely praised as he joined dozens of protesters at a tent outside Faisal Al-Husseini Stadium in the West Bank town of Al-Ram near Jerusalem, to protest the Israeli restrictions. Rajub, who is also head of the Palestinian Football Federation, vowed to fight back, saying his committee would send letters of protest and “demand the removal of Israel from international sporting organizations.” Israel had allowed the six players to travel

with the team on previous occasions but last week it refused. “The players were staying in the West Bank illegally because the Palestinian football association did not renew their permits,” the Israeli security official said on condition of anonymity. “When they requested to leave to Jordan they were denied for security reasons,” he said, meaning their departure was blocked by Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service in a move most likely related to the permits. The team sent six replacements to Mauritania, including three Palestinians living in Jordan, and played to a 0-0 draw. Midfielder Suleiman Al-Obeid, one of the six players stopped at the border, has been living in the West Bank for the last year and a half. He has not returned to Gaza to visit his wife and two children during that period for fear he would be prevented from rejoining his team in the West Bank. He has yet to see his daughter, who was born nine months ago. —AFP

Sevilla host Barca in Supercup 1st leg MADRID: Barcelona’s top players will try to shake off the exertions of the World Cup and midweek international action when they play Sevilla in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup today. League champion Barcelona seeks to retain the cup, which pits the league winner against the Copa del Rey champion in Spain’s biggest preseason clash. Eight Barcelona players were part of Spain’s World Cup-winning team. The national side also made a draining trip to Mexico for a friendly that ended 1-1 on Wednesday. World Cup hero David Villa, who moved to Barcelona from Valencia in the summer, admitted he was tired ahead of the Supercup first leg, which will be in Sevilla’s Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. “I had hoped my first training session would be in different circumstances,” the striker said. “We arrived a bit tired from the journey, but I’m keen and happy to get started.” With so many key players fighting off the fatigue, coach Pep Guardiola is expected to dip into Barcelona’s famed youth academy for the game. One of the beneficiaries could be goalkeeper Ruben Mino, to replace Victor Valdes. With the transfer window still open, both Barcelona and Sevilla could yet see personnel changes before the first league action of

BEIJING: European champions Barcelona’s player Maxwell Cabelino heads a ball against China’s Super League winners Beijing Guoan during their friendly football match at the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in this file photo. — AFP the season on Aug 28-29. Media reports have linked Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a move to Manchester City, while Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano is reportedly mulling a move to the Spanish champions. For Sevilla, forward Luis Fabiano is in advanced talks with Marseille. Meanwhile, for Barcelona utility player Adriano Correia, today’s game will be a return to

the stadium he left at the end of last season. “I’m delighted about the time I spent at (Sevilla) and now I’m really excited to go back,” said Correia, who played in defense and midfield for the Andalusian side. The Brazilian said he was not sure what position he will play if he starts today’s game, but he was certain his former team will play hard. “Sevilla won’t hold back.

They are interested in this game against Barcelona because it’s a final, it’s a chance to win a title.” A win for Barca in the two-leg encounter would give its historians something to celebrate going into the league season, as it would hand the club a record nine Spanish Supercup title, one more than archrival Real Madrid. The return game will be played in Barcelona on Aug 21. — AP

Utd’s late start a ‘boost’ MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping his side’s late start to the Premier League season against Newcastle on Monday will help their cause this season. United have had five players on international duty this week and the Old Trafford manager considers the extra rest his players will get before their Premier League opener as a blessing. While title rivals Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool all play on either roday or tomorrow, United’s game will be televised on Monday, allowing his squad the time to fully recover from any midweek exertions. “The game being on Monday is a blessing for us in the sense that quite a few players have been travelling in the week,” Ferguson said yesterday. “Javier Hernandez has been in Mexico, Park Ji-Sung has been in South Korea, Rafael in the United States for Brazil, Jonny Evans in Montenegro and Nemanja Vidic in Serbia. “They will train today of course but you are always wondering how they will come back and having to wait until Friday to see how they are for a today game. “But now it is a Monday it gives us a couple of extra days to prepare so it could be a blessing for us.” Ferguson knows the extra rest his players will be getting courtesy of the fixtures secretary is a bonus only if they take advantage by beating newly-promoted Newcastle. He added: “The other way of looking at it is that all our major competitors could win today and tomorrow, and you don’t want to start the season three points behind your rivals. “Last season we went to Burnley like that and lost and you’re always wary of a team that is promoted because their motivation is obvious.” Ferguson also oversaw the signing of little-known Portuguese forward Bebe during the week and spoke of his pride at beating several other clubs to his signature. United pounced in a shock 7.4 million pounds (8.9 million euros) for the 20-year-old, who had only played a handful of games for his new side Vitoria Guimaraes. Ferguson has put faith in his scouting networking and is confident they have got it right.

Manchester United’s Manager Sir Alex Ferguson “He’s quick, two-footed and there is raw material there and other clubs were starting to hover so we made a quick decision,” Ferguson said. “I thought ‘why don’t we go for it?’. He’s young and we are good with young players here.” United’s opposition on Monday were comprehensive winners of the Championship last season as they proved to be too strong from the start to the finish of the season. They returned to the Premier League at the first time

of asking following their tumultuous relegation and Ferguson has nothing but praise for a club he grew used to having as a Premier League title rival in the mid-1990s. “They have a great work ethic and their manager Chris Hughton should take great credit for that,” he added. “He was not first choice to be manager but he has done a great job. “He had to deal with all the financial constraints of last season and they sold a lot of players and created a bond with the players and they fought togeth-

er. “We will find on Monday that they will battle too. So it won’t be an easy first game. “He had them all playing for him last season and they fought every game and it’s not easy to come straight back up. “History proves that very few teams have done that over the years so you have to give them credit. “I think they were probably in a better position because of Newcastle’s fantastic support, they take away as many fans as they are allowed and having that fanatical fanbase.” — AFP

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