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Crime and punishment By Badrya Darwish

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y debate here is not about religion. Whether we are talking about Yasser Habib or Terry Jones, the American priest who was preparing to burn the Holy Quran last week, these are weak people who simply seek publicity. Unfortunately, they are succeeding in this. They are getting humungous publicity even beyond their belief. The Shiite activist Habib in 2004 insulted Ayesha, the wife of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). He also offended few of the Prophet’s sahaba (companions). He was convicted for 10 years and managed to escape to the UK where he is still residing. I wonder why he could not be extradited. But this is not the issue of my article. Now many MPs are calling on the government to strip him of his Kuwaiti nationality. Our Shiite MPs are against such a move. The issue here is: Why strip someone of his nationality? If someone does a crime he should be sentenced by an independent court depending on the crime committed. If countries rule this as a punishment, what a state of chaos will result in the world? How many people will become bedoons? Or should we invent a country, let’s call it Crimeland, and throw all these people there. Also last week, French President Sarkozy suggested adopting the same theme. The news came out that France is studying a project to issue a law that would allow the government to strip the nationality of everyone who commits a crime against the security of the country. Is it fair that in the 21st century and in modern countries we hear of stripping someone of his nationality? Imagine, for instance, if a country as big as Canada which is made up of new immigrants, issues such a law? How many people will remain in Toronto and Ottawa? What about other countries which are well known for their immigration policies, such as Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The US alone issues 50,000 green cards every year with its Green Card lottery. They have a warm welcome policy for scientists, inventors as well as university graduates and high achievers. This is a scary proposal for a law, if countries slowly start adopting it. Then it becomes easy - arrest the criminal, convict him, strip his nationality and send him away to Crimeland. This, in my opinion, is a taboo trade-off. Everyone should receive punishment. Why do we think in a prejudiced way of stripping someone of their nationality? There is independent judiciary that decides who has committed a crime. They are the ones to decide on the verdict. There are many ways of punishment. Why go to that inhumane measure and invent laws that would create more hatred and might trigger more crime.

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Obama: Islam not the enemy US marks 9/11 ’versary • Duelling demos in NYC • Imam warns against retreat on mosque NEW YORK: US President Barack Obama has told a deeply polarized America that Islam is not the enemy as somber ceremonies marked an unusually tense ninth anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks. Moving remembrance ceremonies were held Saturday to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed when AlQaeda extremists slammed airliners into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside Washington and a field in Pennsylvania. But with thousands of people marching in dueling protests over a proposed Muslim community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero and a Florida pastor triggering demonstrations across the Muslim world with his threat to burn the Holy Quran, this was the most politicized 9/11 anniversary yet. Speaking at the Pentagon, Obama addressed the politically explosive domestic debate that has enraged Muslims abroad. “As Americans, we will not and never will be at war with Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was AlQaeda, a sorry band of men, which perverts religion,” Obama said. He urged Americans not to succumb to “hatred and prejudice,” and vowed: “Just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation.” At Ground Zero, where for the first time reconstruction work is visibly gathering pace, a youth choir opened the ceremony with the national anthem. Vice President Joseph Biden and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were among those attending the annual ritual of reading the names of all 2,752 people killed when two hijacked airliners destroyed the Twin Towers. Bereaved relatives held up portraits of their lost loved ones under a perfectly clear sky as they listened to the litany of names read by often tearful survivors and members of the reconstruction team. Continued on Page 19

KUWAIT: Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram and Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi perform during the “Al-Raya Nights” concert on the second day of Eid AlFitr early yesterday at the Arraya Centre. The concert was exclusively sponsored by Kuwait Times. — Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat (See Pages 12 & 13)

Scientists make artificial skin PARIS: Biotech wizards have engineered electronic skin that can sense touch, in a major step towards next-generation robotics and prosthetic limbs. The lab-tested material responds to almost the same pressures as human skin and with the same speed, they reported in the British journal Nature Materials. Important hurdles remain but the exploit is an advance towards replacing today’s clumsy robots and artificial arms with smarter, touch-sensitive upgrades,

they believe. “Humans generally know how to hold a fragile egg without breaking it,” said Ali Javey, an associate professor of computer sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, who led one of the research teams. “If we ever wanted a robot that could unload the dishes, for instance, we’d want to make sure it doesn’t break the wine glasses in the process. But we’d also want the robot to grip the stock pot without dropping it.”

Two Afghans killed as Quran protests simmer

GAINESVILLE, Florida: Several hundred protestors march outside Pastor Terry Jones’ Dove World Outreach Center on Saturday. — AFP

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KABUL: Two people were killed yesterday in a third straight day of violent Afghan protests sparked by a US pastor’s threat to burn copies of the Holy Quran. Hundreds of Afghans kept up the angry demonstrations, some apparently unaware that pastor Terry Jones had dropped his plans. Two protesters were shot and killed in the eastern province of Logar, a district official said, taking the death toll since last Friday to three. The furore over Jones’ plan - a grave insult to Muslims who believe the Holy Quran to be the literal word of God - overshadowed the lead-up to commemorations of the Sept 11 hijacked airliner attacks on the United States. Other parts of the Muslim world saw protests last week but yesterday’s violence was confined to Afghanistan, six days before a parliamentar y election which the Taleban has vowed to disrupt. The United Nations’ top diplomat in Afghanistan has said the protests risk Continued on Page 19

The “e-skin” made by Javey’s team comprises a matrix of nanowires made of germanium and silicon rolled onto a sticky polyimide film. The team then laid nano-scale transistors on top, followed by a flexible, pressure-sensitive rubber. The prototype, measuring 49 sq cm, can detect pressure ranging from 0 to 15 kilopascals, comparable to the force used for such daily activities as typing on a keyboard or holding an object. Continued on Page 19

Iran to free US woman on bail

MANILA: Nurses attend to a newborn baby found inside the lavatory of an airplane yesterday at Manila’s international airport. — AP

Newborn found in airport garbage bag MANILA: Authorities at Manila’s airport found a newborn baby in a garbage bag that was apparently unloaded from an airplane that landed yesterday from the Middle East, officials said. Security officials brought the baby boy, who was covered in blood and wrapped in tissue paper, to an airport clinic, where doctors and nurses examined

him and cleaned him up, wrapped him in cloth and gave him a bottle of milk, airport officials said. “After he was cleaned, he let off a soft cry,” airport nurse Kate Calvo said. “He was healthy, his vital signs were OK according to our doctors.” A security officer noticed something moving in a garbage bag that was Continued on Page 19

TEHRAN: A senior prosecutor said yesterday that Iran will release US hiker Sarah Shourd on bail, as he criticised President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government for interfering in judicial issues. Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Shourd, one of three US hikers detained in Iran for more than a year, had been granted bail on health grounds on a surety of about $500,000. “For the female defendant (Shourd), bail has been set at five billion Iranian rials (about US$500,000),” the official IRNA news agency quoted Dolatabadi as saying. “She can be freed by posting the bail,” he said, adding the decision was taken after a “judge confirmed Ms. Shourd’s illness.” Shourd’s mother Nora told AFP last month her 32-yearold daughter was being held in solitary confinement despite suffering from a pre-cancerous cervical condition, a lump in her breast and depression. Shourd, arrested along with fellow hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal on July 31, 2009

in the news Kuwait eyes nuke reactors DUBAI: Kuwait, the world’s No. 4 oil exporter, has decided to build four nuclear reactors by 2022, each with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, a senior nuclear energy official was quoted as saying on Saturday. State news agency KUNA quoted the secretary general of Kuwait’s National Nuclear Energy Committee, Ahmad Bishara, as saying several options to develop the nuclear sector were being considered and a general plan would be issued in January. Bishara also said Kuwait was in discussions with international partners to find a suitable mix for producing nuclear energy over the next 20 years. The initial analysis, he was quoted as saying, showed that nuclear energy was a viable option if oil prices remained above $45-$50 a barrel. Bishara signed a cooperation agreement in Japan this week to expand nuclear capacity in the Gulf nation, raising the prospect of lucrative deals for Japanese companies. Kuwait signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with France in April.

Iraq to compensate US

Sarah Shourd after straying into Iran from Iraq, was expected to have been freed on Saturday, but those hopes were dashed by legal technicalities. The United States yesterday voiced cautious optimism that Iran would free the hiker. “Obviously we’re hopeful and encouraged by this news but there have been starts and stops in this before and until that actually happens, you know, we’re on a wait-and-see basis,” White House adviser David Axelrod told NBC. Continued on Page 19

BAGHDAD: Iraq has agreed to financial compensation for Americans who say they were mistreated by executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime during the 199091 Gulf war, the US embassy said yesterday. “The agreement was signed on September 2,” US Embassy spokesman David Ranz said. He could not confirm the size of the settlement, but the Christian Science Monitor reported that Baghdad had agreed to hand over $400 million in compensation. The deal was signed between Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and US Ambassador to Baghdad Jim Jeffrey. Several US citizens were held by Saddam’s regime during the war over Kuwait and used as human shields to deter coalition attacks, with some claiming they were mistreated and tortured by Saddam’s forces. “The agreement was signed between the two countries to resolve several legal claims inherited from the former regime for US citizens,” Iraq’s foreign ministry said in a statement on its website. It said the deal was part of efforts to “end the provisions of Chapter 7” of the UN Charter, which currently regards Iraq as a threat to international security and requires that sanctions be imposed upon it.


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‘Cabinet reshuffle necessary’ Cabinet should reconsider the position of certain ministers KUWAIT: While the Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense Sheikh J aber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah denied reports of an impending Cabinet reshuffle, several MPs asserted that it is necessary that certain Cabinet posts be altered as ministers’ w ork is being assessed during the one-and-a half year since the Cabinet’s formation.

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah arrives at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Mongolia. — KUNA

Amir starts private visit to Mongolia ULAN BATOR: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his party have arrived at Chinggis Khaan (or Genghis Khan) International Airport here Friday evening, commencing a private visit to the Republic of Mongolia. HH the Amir is accompanied by Vice President

of Kuwait National Guards Sheikh Meshaal AlAhmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and a number of senior officials. They were given a red carpet reception by Chief of the Presidential Staff Dashjamts Battulga and Presidential Advisor for foreign policy affairs Foreign Policy Purevsuren Lundeg. — KUNA

Mubarak Al-Suhaijan (left), Kuwait’s ambassador to Mongolia.

in the news Murder KUWAIT: Police took a 50-year-old bedoon woman in custody as the main suspect in the killing of the Egyptian janitor in the building she lives in, reported Al-Anba. The woman was arrested after an investigation revealed that she may have poured gasoline into the victim’s room while he was having Iftar on the last day of Ramadan and setting the room on fire. The door was also locked from the outside to prevent him from escaping. Further investigations revealed that a series of complaints were issued against the woman resulting in a court order to leave the apartment complex. If convicted, the woman faces homicide charges. Drug overdose A bedoon man in his thirties was found dead in his home in Andalus as a result of a drug overdose, reported Al-Watan. Drug paraphernalia found at the scene was confiscated by authorities. DUI Mubarak Al-Kabeer police arrested two young men after pulling their car over on Fahaheel Expressway, reported Al-Watan. It was discovered that they were under the influ-

ence of drugs and a search of their vehicle revealed that they were in possession of 45 illegal drug pills. They were referred to the proper authorities. Theft A store closed for the Eid holidays reported that they were robbed of KD 25,000, reported Al-Watan. An investigation of the crime scene allowed investigators to determine the identity of the thief. Police are currently searching for the suspect. Bootlegger busted A bootlegger wanted for previous offenses was arrested by Sabahiya investigators after he unknowingly sold liquor to an undercover agent, reported Al-Watan. He was referred to the proper authorities. Suicide attempt An Ethiopian maid jumped off the roof of a building in an attempt to kill herself in Hawally, reported Al-Rai. She survived the fall but suffered several injuries. Paramedics responded to the emergency and brought the maid to a nearby hospital where she was treated for several broken bones. A case was opened for further investigations.

The numerous interpellations that have been filed during the past term of the Parliament, added to the slew of ‘grilling motions’ that several MPs have been threatening to initiate. Many political insiders view this as a sign that a number of ministers have become a liability on His Highness the Prime Minister and his Cabinet, which gives a justifiable reason for a reshuffle that can achieve more unity in the formation of the Cabinet. “The period between the formation of the Cabinet and this day is enough to evaluate the performance of each minister, and tell the most productive ministers apart from those whose presence have become burdensome,” MP Khalid AlAdwa said, adding that this situation affects the Cabinet’s integrity. Meanwhile, MP Naji AlAbdulhadi believes that the Cabinet should reconsider the position of certain ministers, “who gave nothing to the country or citizens,” adding that a reshuffle to rejuvenate the governmental team’s work has become a necessity. MP Abdurrahman Al-Anjari demanded that the Cabinet announce a schedule that acts as “the road map to implement development projects for the government’s program budget for the fiscal year 2010/2011,” adding that in order to ensure all ministers are able to provide such data, a reshuffle should be conducted. While MP Hussain Meziyed said that five to six ministers should be removed before the start of the Parliament’s next term “due to their unproductive approach and lack of vision for development,” MP Dr Salwa Al-Jassar said that a flood of interpellations points towards the flaws that need to be addressed. MP Faisal Al-Duwaisan said that the Cabinet should eliminate some ministers who have obstructed cooperation between the two authorities, asserting that HH the Prime Minister is most capable of evaluating the work of Cabinet members. Al-Duwaisan also acknowledged the actions of Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and State Minister for Housing and Development, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AlSabah. They had carried out several field trips to check on the progress of work, while urging other ministers to act competitively, reported AlWatan. In a separate development, MP Saleh Al-Ashour rejected statements made by fellow MP Khalid Al-Sultan, in which he claimed that the Anwar TV station that he owns, “spreads sectarianism.” In a statement made recently to the press, Ashour asserted that his TV station specializes in providing viewers with information about prominent figures in Islamic history, and at the same time criticized Al-Sultan for making false accusations.

Head of Kuwait churches union condemns call to burn Quran KUWAIT: Head of the Christian churches associa-

tion in Kuwait Pastor Emmanuel Ghareeb last

Wednesday condemned the call by a church in Florida, to

KUWAIT: Ministry of Interior Assistant Undersecretary for Ports Security Affairs, Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al-Mehanna, yesterday visited the general security department at Kuwait International Airport. The visit was organized upon the instructions of interior minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, and MoI Undersecretary Ahmad Al-Rujaib. The tour included inspecting the travel procedures in place to expedite passengers’ arrival and departure over the holiday period.

burn copies of the holy Quran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The church subsequently abandoned the plan. Ghareeb said in a press release that the extremist act of the Dove World Outreach Center violated the teachings of Jesus which called for love and the acceptance of others. He stressed that the Islamic teachings were respected. The “stupid behavior” will lead to more extremism, division, and violence, and would hurt the feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, he warned. The church was supposed to call for unity and peace, not tension, he said. Ghareeb called Muslims in Kuwait and other countries to ignore such “irrational behaviors.” He extended greetings to Muslims on the occasion of Eid, praying that God would protect Kuwait and its people. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Senior Interior Ministry officials on an inspection tour of Al-Abdaly, Al-Salmy and AlNuwaisib border posts on Friday. — KUNA

Top senior security officials inspect Kuwait ports of entry KUWAIT: Assistant Undersecretary of Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior for Ports of Entry Security Affairs Maj.-Gen. Abdullah Al-Mehanna and his party have made an inspection tour of Al-Abdaly, Al-Salmy and Al-Nuwaisib border posts on Friday. He was accompanied by Director General of Land Ports Security Department Maj.-Gen. Muhammad Edris Al-Dousary, Director of Security Media Department and Spokesman of the Interior Ministry Col. Muhammad

Hashem Al-Sabr and Assistant Director General of the General Department of Border Posts Col. Obaid Abu-Sulaib. The tour, coinciding with the first day of the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, aimed to verify the smooth operation of the border posts and the efficacy of the security measures there. Maj.-Gen. Al-Mehanna and his party were warmly received at Al-Abdaly port, north Kuwait, at Al-Salmy port, west Kuwait, and Al-Nuwaisib port, south

Kuwait, by the directors and senior officers of the border posts. He conveyed the Eid greetings of Minister of Interior Lt.-Gen Staff (rtd) Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah and Undersecretary Lt.Gen Ahmed Abdullatif Al-Rujaib to the officers and staffers of the posts. The border officials had to double their efforts in the recent days to handle the exit and entry procedures of travelers who spent the Eid holidays abroad. — KUNA

KSC dive team seeks sunken vessels in Red Sea KUWAIT: The Kuwait Science Clubís (KSC) diving team is to participate in the seventh exploratory mission to locate sunken vessels in the Red Sea off the Egyptian coast. Speaking to KUNA here on Friday ahead of the team’s departure, KSC Board Chairman Iyad Al-Khorafi said: “The team has enjoyed long experience and great credibility in carrying out such missions,”

adding, “We, as representatives of Kuwait at the International Divers Association (IDA) and the Arab diving union, have close relations with our peers in many countries.” The head of the team, Captain Talal AlSarhan, said, “The team is made up of 22 top Kuwaiti divers who are eager to further their knowledge about new marine environments and locations.

“The six-day mission, part of the KSC annual plan for activities and training courses, will add to the skills of participants and the scientific achievements of the club.” A 120-foot yacht carrying the team and equipped with all the necessary diving equipment and devices has already headed for the location near the coast of Sinai Peninsula. — KUNA

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Our environmental reality By Dr Yaqoub Al-Sharrah t is certain that the world will continue to suffer from global warming for several years, given the fact that the international community shares the responsibility of creating the problem that has a magical solution that can put an end to it immediately. And out of all the questions raised on this topic, the most important is to devise the most logical ways to protect the environment. This raises an important question: If humans realize that global warming was caused by their destructive activities, why do they continue with these activities and escalate the problem? Studies have shown that global warming has been increasing in proportion to industrial activities and population rise.

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The ongoing destruction of the environment has created room for debate focusing on morality, the role of religion and education, as well as their effect on economy and trade. In Kuwait, studies show that industrial activities have been polluting the sea and atmosphere, while they carry out activities that are unmonitored. This has caused several health and environmental problems to escalate owing to the lack of commitment to environmental controls. Meanwhile, the government’s move to resolve this problem has come late, only after complaints were made from the public. The main problem that residents face, is their position - at different factories that include oil refineries and fuel production factories, as bio-chemical emissions from construction sites pose greater health risks for resi-

dents. While a solution to this problem can be really simple on paper - by relocating factories or residents to more remote locations, reality is way more complex. Therefore, the most viable solution is to focus on changing the technology used in factories to make them more environmentfriendly. The government should address the pollution problem caused by factories, mainly those from the oil sector that are considered to be the main polluters of our surroundings. Furthermore, we hope that the subject will not be politicized for our flawed ‘environmental reality’ to be seen as an opportunity to make personal gains. A solution will not only help save the lives of citizens in Kuwait, but also contribute toward reducing emissions that add to global warming. — Al-Rai


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Pollution factory works at full speed in Eid

Um Al-Haiman residents concerned about health By Nawara Fattahova KUWAIT: The residents of Um Al-Haiman still hope to see the sky of their area pollution-free. According to some residents, the pollution they live in has spoiled their Eid holidays as concern for the environment has prevailed as the According to a statement issued last week, residents of Um Al-Haiman are inhaling chemical and poisonous substances emitted from the factories there. The problem has continued despite official institutions, such as the Environmental Public Authority and the Industrial Public Authority, promises to solve the problem since October 2009. They promised to close or move factories

found violating environmental standards. Al-Shrie noted that some of the violating factories were closed for only three days while others were closed for a week. Residents have expressed disappointment at the government’s lack of action on the 10-year-old problem. The problem of Um AlHaiman seems impossible to solve. “As long as there is no

main topic of discussion at diwaniyas and family gatherings. Ahmad Al-Shrie, Head of the Voluntary Environmental Committee in Ali Sabah Al-Salem (Um Al-Haiman) stated that people in Kuwait are celebrating Eid while the residents of Um Al-Haiman continue to suffer from the pollution emanating from the factories working at full production there.

political decision regarding this issue it will remain unsolved,” said Dr Hamad AlMatar, Associate Professor of the Chemistry Department at Kuwait University to the Kuwait Times. “It’s similar to the sports issue and the political reform issue. I think the problem will continue and that residents will keep suffering unless they move from the area.” Al-Matar, who is also Head

of the Kuwait Green Peace Organization, thinks the best solution for Um Al-Haiman residents is to move away from the area. “We can’t move the refineries. The factories are licensed and the mistake is to build houses in this industrial area. It would be better for them to move as opposed to risk their lives and wait for a solution to be provided by the government. The pollution coming out of these factories

is really dangerous,” he added. The government provided some solutions but some believe it is not enough. “They planted several trees in the area, and it’s true that it produces oxygen and gives a beautiful view, but it doesn’t solve the problem,” Al-Matar said. “I don’t believe the government will ever solve the problem unless they decide to provide residents with houses in another area.”

70 teachers refuse to work in Kuwait

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah performed Eid Al-Fitr prayers at the Grand Mosque on Friday, with of His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Speaker of the National Assembly Jassem Al-Kharafi, senior Sheikhs, Deputy Chief of the National Guards Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and senior state officials. —KUNA

Amir attends Eid Al-Fitr prayers KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah performed El-Fitr Eid prayers at the Grand Mosque on Friday, with of His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah. Also participating in the early morning prayers were Speaker of the National Assembly Jassem Al-Kharafi, senior Sheikhs, Deputy Chief of the National Guards Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber AlSabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad AlSabah and senior state officials. Sheikh Dr Walid Mohammad Abdullah Al-Ali delivered the

Eid Khutba (sermon) where he praised the advantages of the holy month of Ramadan. He stressed on the advantages of saying Allahu Akbar (God is Great) on this happy occasion that marked the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Furthermore, he mentioned the advantages of the speech delivered on the occasion of the last ten days of Ramadan by His Highness the Amir, where he stressed on tolerance. Meanwhile, His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received a telephone call on Friday, from Qatar’s Minister of State and Secretary General of the Ruling

Family Council Affairs, Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser bin Jassim Al-Thani. Sheikh Hamad extended his best wishes on the festive occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, hoping the glorious occasion would bring ever-lasting health, happiness and long life to His Highness Sheikh Nawaf. The Qatari minister also wished the event would bring wealth and prosperity to the nation of Kuwait. His Highness the Deputy Amir similarly exchanged the congratulations, hoping this glorious occasion would bring further wealth and affluence to Qatar and its people, in addition to peace between Islamic and other nations worldwide. —KUNA

in the news Over half of CSC staff request leave KUWAIT: More than 60 percent of Civil Service Commission (CSC) personnel applied for additional leave following the public Eid Al-Fitr holiday in order to extend the break to the following weekend beginning on Friday September 17 to allow them to travel abroad on a brief vacation before returning to work. A CSC insider told AlQabas that the commission’s departments had ensured that leave periods were allocated in a manner which would not allow the progress of work to be affected. The insider also revealed, however, that no department within the CSC has the right to turn down any employee’s application for leave. The last days before the beginning of Eid Al-Fitr saw an increase in the levels of work at the CSC, the insider said, with numerous citizens wanting to conclude transactions before the holiday began.

Fund registration period non-extendable KUWAIT: Registering at the insolvency fund for financial support which will be opened on September 19, will remain opened for a six months period only, while that period is not sub-

ject for extension. This announcement was made by the Minister of Finance Mustafa Al-Shamali, who pointed out that the ministry will publish announcements to explain the mechanisms pertaining with the fund, while committees will work double duty to insure that work is done more effectively in comparison to the previous fund which was scrapped when the new fund was announced. Furthermore, Al-Shamali urged all insolvent citizens to seek assistant from the fund “which was put as the only solution for their problems”, warning that failure in registering during the period given will not be compensated in the future. Moreover, Al-Shamali noted that any cases of providing false information will be sent to prosecution.

Blackouts at chalets KUWAIT: Power cuts recently hit the chalets area in Al-Nuwaiseeb and Al-Zoor, where a number of citizens were spending their Eid AlFitr holidays. The power cut lasted for a few hours, before electricity was restored, reported Al-Watan. The damage had already been done, however, with the incident reportedly ruining the holiday for several of those holidaying at chalets there.

KUWAIT: As of September 5, 650 teachers arrived in Kuwait from Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Tunisia to teach Mathematics, English, Electronics, Religion and other subjects in public schools, reported Al-Rai. Meanwhile however, 70 teachers from Egypt, Syria and Jordan refused to commit to their contracts to teach in Kuwait. The information was confirmed by Undersecretary Assistant for Public Education at the Ministry of Education, Muna Al-Lughani. She explained that teachers were distributed to schools throughout the six educational zones and asserted that all preparations for the start of the school year have been finalized. Al-Lughani also announced that eleven new schools will be opened this school year, including eight in the Jahra and three in the Farwaniya educational zones. She said that the new schools will help address student capacity problems. Meanwhile, the Jahra educational zone is prepared to train five hundred Kuwaiti and nonKuwaiti teachers to work in public schools, announced acting General Manager Latifa Al-Ujail. She announced that eight new schools at Saad Al-Abdullah have been fully prepared for the new year, reported Al-Watan. Furthermore, Al-Ujail confirmed previous reports indicating that the ministry will start implementing meal plans at elementary schools from October 31st. She explained that the Aisha Elementary School for Girls will have the project implemented toward the beginning of the school year for experimental purposes. She added that clinics at the schools are fully prepared for the school year. In a separate educational development, the Ministry of Education recently stated that there are no plans to extend school hours, reported AlQabas. The ministry reported that the decision was made following a report indicating that several teachers were prepared to go on strike in protest of extending school days. The ministry further explained that ten minutes will be added to elementary schools to compensate for lunch break. They added that 25 minutes will be added on Tuesdays for special programs aimed to promote patriotism amongst students.

Barrak demands govt action on sectarianism KUWAIT: A hardline opposition MP has urged the government to fully implement the existing audiovisual media law in order to combat sectarianism in Kuwaiti society, asserting that the current problems do not lie with the law itself, but in the failure to enforce it. In a statement made during the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, MP Musallam Al-Barrak accused the cabinet of helping spread sectarianism by opting not to punish media outlets that publish or broadcast material which damages national unity. “It’s strange that a media outlet would clearly attack a part of our society, while our government fails to do anything against such unfortunate action”, Al-Barrak said, before noting that it is not the legislative process which is at fault, but the government’s lack of will to implement the law in question.

KUWAIT: Acting Chief of Staff of the Kuwaiti Army Lt. Gen. Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah on Saturday inspected the “Duty Squad” of the Mechanized Al-Sour Brigade-26, stationed in the northern region, on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.

Acting chief of staff inspects troops on Eid KUWAIT: The Acting Chief of Staff of the Kuwaiti Army Lieutenant General Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah on Saturday inspected the “Duty Squad” of the Mechanized Al-Sour Brigade-26, stationed in the northern region, on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. During his visit, Lt. Gen. Khaled Al-Jarrah conveyed the greetings and congratulations of the Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ahmad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah to the

troops on the happy occasion. A press release detailing the visit also revealed that Brigade Commander Colonel Saleh Al-Najem briefed the Acting Chief of Staff about the combat preparedness of the force. Later, Lt. Gen. Khaled Al-Jarrah proceeded to Failaka Island to inspect the air defense force deployed on the island, praising the troops for monitoring the skies over Kuwait round the clock, relaying to them the salutations of Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak and the

Chief of Staff on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr and praying that Almighty Allah would protect the homeland under the leadership of HH the Amir and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, HH the Crown Prince and HH the Prime Minister. He was accompanied during the tour by the Assistant Commander of the Ground Force Major General Nasser Al-Sammar, Commander of the Air Force Air Vice Marshal Abdulaziz Al-Jassem and a number of commanders of the army. —KUNA

Teenager killed on accident By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: An Egyptian, who had just arrived in the country, witnessed the tragic death of his 16-year-old son in a car accident at dawn on Friday. His wife and 11-year-old child were severely injured and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The man was received at the airport by his wife and two sons and were heading back home. At the intersection between Jaber AlAli and Mubarak Al-Kabeer, a reckless driver collided into the Egyptian’s car, killing the teenage son and gravely injuring the wife and 11-year-old. Two Kuwaiti youth were also injured, but it is not known if they were trapped in the car or were victims. Eye witnesses said that a car of Japanese make was being ‘stunt driven’ erratically. The Egyptian had halted his vehicle, waiting for the reckless driver to complete his stunt. However, the driver at the helm of the car lost control over his vehicle and rammed into the fourwheel-drive vehicle.

KD75,000 stolen Officials from a company lodged a complaint against a Lebanese man and a woman, accusing them of stealing KD 75,000. The duo are believed to be absconding. A complaint was lodged against them at the Salhiya police station. In a similar event, the manager of another company registered a complaint with the Sharq police station stating that an Egyptian ‘mandoub’ (liaison officer) had stolen KD4,000 before escaping to his country.

KUWAIT: The Lebanese expats arrested on charges of having 11 cartons of imported liquor. Asian mugged An Asian expatriate lodged a complaint with Andalus police stating that two individuals had robbed KD 250 from his possession at an Ardhiya grocery store.

Fire in Farwaniya A fire occurred in a kitchen in an apartment building in Farwaniya. Local firefighters responded to the emergency and the fire was extinguished before it could spread. First Lieutenant Abdallah Al-Mas was injured while putting out the blaze. He was brought to the Bahar Eye Center to have steel chips removed from his right eye.

Drugs fighting Two Lebanese expats were arrested on charges of having 11 cartons of imported liquor, Red Label and vodka. The accused are working in the media field,

one of them in a TV channel as hair dresser and the other works as administrator in a monthly magazine. Earlier information received by drugs fighting administration, about and expat working as hair dresser is having liquor and trying to sell it at higher prices on the occasion of Eid holidays. He was approached by police to sell them a mixed carton of Red Label and vodka at KD 650. Delivery place was agreed next to his house at Salwa. He was arrested red handed after searching his house and found another 3 cartons. During interrogation he confessed about another Lebanese working in a monthly magazine. After police raided the apartment of the 2nd they found 7 cartons. Both were arrested and sent to concerned authorities.

Officers break the law Security sources revealed

that a police patrol caught a police woman and a soldier engaged in sexual relations. The patrol suspected the suspiciously parked vehicle after noticing it was parked near the sea-front and had tinted windows. Both were detained in a police station in Maidan Hawally and charged with performing sexual acts in public. Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, General Ahmad Al-Rujaib, was informed of the case. It was not reported whether the two lawbreakers committed their offense while on or off duty. MP Mohammad Hayaf criticized the release of the offenders and filed a case against the Minister of Interior and the Undersecretary. He accused them of being responsible for the problem and said that this is the reason why he was against allowing female police officers.


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Armed rebels injure two soldiers in south Yemen ADEN: Protesters from the separatist Southern Movement shot and wounded two Yemeni soldiers in Abyan province in south Yemen yesterday, a security source said. He said the soldiers were wounded while trying to disperse a protest in Al-Ain, eight kilometres

(about five miles) south of Loder. Loder was the scene of late-August clashes between Al-Qaeda militants and security forces, in which 33 people were killed, according to an AFP tally. An official in the Southern Movement, whose members want

either increased autonomy or independence for Yemen’s south, accused security forces of having fired on the protesters first. He said the protest was against the ongoing “siege” of Loder, adding there are currently no Al-Qaeda members there and that security forces are in

the area to oppress the Southern Movement. The official also said that the Southern Movement has called for demonstrations across Abyan province next Thursday, and for the protesters to march to Loder. Southern Movement

members hold frequent protests in Yemen’s south, where many residents complain of discrimination on the part of the Sanaa government in the distribution of resources. South Yemen was independent since the British withdrawal in 1967

until 1990 when it united with the north. The south seceded in 1994, sparking a brief civil war that ended with the region overrun by northern troops. South Yemen, and Abyan province in particular, is feared to have become a base for Al-Qaeda militants to

regroup under the network’s local franchise, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden and the Arab world’s poorest country, is also grappling with an on-again, off-again rebellion by Zaidi Shiites in the north. —AFP

Clinton heads to Mideast to boost fledgling peace talks Israeli officials indicate they will not extend the freeze WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to the Middle East this week to nudge along fledgling peace talks that face a first test with the looming expiration of an Israeli settlement freeze. US President Barack Obama called Friday on Israel to extend the partial freeze that expires September 26 while he pledged his administration

would remain deeply engaged in the new negotiations. As a sign of active and high-level US participation, the chief US diplomat, accompanied by Middle East envoy George Mitchell, will attend talks tomorrow in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and Jerusalem on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations September 8, 2010. —AFP

Just 2 percent of quake debris in Haiti cleared PORT-AU-PRINCE: From the dusty rock mounds lining the streets to a National Palace which looks like it’s vomiting concrete from its core, rubble is a ubiquitous reminder of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. Rubble is everywhere in this capital city: cracked slabs, broken-up cinder blocks, half-destroyed buildings that still spill bricks and pulverized concrete on the sidewalks. Some places look as though they have been flipped upside down, or are sinking to the ground, or listing precariously to one side. By some estimates, the quake left about 25 million cubic meters (33 million cubic yards) of debris in Port-auPrince, more than seven times the amount of concrete used to build the Hoover Dam. So far, only about two percent has been cleared, which means the city looks pretty much as it did a month after the Jan 12 quake. Government officials and outside aid groups say rubble removal is the priority before Haiti can rebuild. The reasons why so little has been

cleared are complex and frustrating. Heavy equipment has to be shipped in by sea. Dump trucks have difficulty navigating narrow and mountainous dirt roads. An abysmal property records system makes it hard for the government to determine who owns a dilapidated property. And there are few sites on which to dump the rubble, which often contains human remains. Projects funded by USAID and the US Department of Defense have spent more than $98.5 million to remove 882,000 cubic meters (1,153,620 cubic yards) of rubble. Because all the equipment needs to be shipped to Haiti, and because land to dump the debris is scarce and expensive, the cost is high. Also, no single person in the Haitian government has been declared in charge of clearing the rubble. This means foreign nongovernmental organizations have taken on the rubble removal task themselves, often fighting for a small pool of available

money and contracts. The work is done piecemeal, with little coordination. “There’s not a master plan,” sighed Eric Overvest, country director for the UN Development Program. “After the earthquake, the first priority was clearing the roads. That was the easiest part.” Overvest said the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, created after the earthquake to coordinate billions of dollars in aid, approved a $17 million plan to clear rubble from six neighborhoods in Port-auPrince. The six neighborhoods have not yet been selected, he added, and it is unclear when debris will be removed from other areas. Leslie Voltaire, a Haitian architect, urban planner and presidential candidate, says his country needs a “rubble czar.” “Everybody is passing the blame on why things haven’t happened yet,” he said. “There should be one person in charge. Resettlement has not even begun yet, and it can’t until the city has been cleared.” Voltaire maintains that there

PORT-AU-PRINCE: In this photo, two men remove rubble from a building destroyed by the Jan 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. —AP

are enough crushers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment for the job; others say more machinery is needed. Everyone agrees that recovery will take decades, and the slower the rubble removal, the longer the recovery. Most Haitians simply are living with the rubble, working and walking around it. After a while, the gray heaps and cockeyed buildings just blend into the tattered background of the city. “It will take many, many years to fix,” acknowledges Overvest. “We can’t just go with wheelbarrows to remove it.” Still, that is exactly what some Haitians are doing: using shovels and wheelbarrows to clear properties, a Sisyphean task if there ever was one. “Personally, I don’t think Port-au-Prince will ever be cleared,” shrugged 47-yearold Yvon Clerisier, an artist who was working a temporary job clearing rubble with a rusty shovel for a private homeowner on a recent summer day. He wore torn jeans, a sweaty T-shirt and sandals, and was covered in a fine dust. Clerisier was one of a dozen men in his crew; in 100-plus (40-plus Celsius)degree heat. The property owner, Gregory Antoine, said he paid the crew $1,200 for three weeks of work. “People want to work,” Antoine said. “If you get a good organization to put people to work and give them direction, things will get done. But right now, nothing is getting done.” It is not for lack of trying. The nonprofit CHF International spent about $5 million of USAID money on heavy machinery and paying Haitians to remove rubble from specific sites. Dan Strode was the rubble removal operations manager for CHF for three months; some dubbed him “the rubble guy y” because of his enthusiasm for the job. —AP

She will meet there with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, whom she hosted in Washington on September 3 for the launch of the first direct peace talks in 20 months. Robert Danin, a former deputy US assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, expected settlements to be a “key issue” during the second round of talks. “The number one challenge is getting some resolution on the settlement moratorium expiration because without a resolution of that, then everything they’ve launched could come to nought,” Danin told AFP. And Danin, now a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank, believed that “both Israel and the Palestinians are actually digging themselves into very hard, entrenched positions” on the settlements. Israeli officials have indicated that they will not extend the freeze as is, but the Palestinians have warned that they would break off the new talks if settlement building continues on occupied land. Danin doubted the issue would be resolved during Clinton’s visit, adding more intense talks on settlements could take place if Abbas and Netanyahu meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in the last week of September. “This issue is likely to be a white knuckler that will go down to the wire,” Danin said. But he said there is “room for continued hope” now that the talks appeared to have got off to a good start. Recalling the launch, Obama told a press conference Friday that Netanyahu and Abbas came to the White House “with a sense of purpose and seriousness and cordiality that frankly exceeded lots of people’s expectations.” He underlined that the two leaders affirmed the goal of creating two states living sideby-side and agreed to hold negotiations roughly every two weeks. The new US-sponsored negotiations aim to settle in one year the core issues of security for Israel, the borders of a Palestinian state, the fate of Palestinian refugees, and the future of Jerusalem. Marina Ottaway, an analyst with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told AFP that the crucial meetings will not be those this coming week but those coinciding with the moratorium deadline. “It’s only at that point that I think there could be a real danger of a sudden collapse of the talks,” she warned, adding the upcoming meetings will be more about setting the agenda for negotiations. But she said the upcoming talks might explore suggestions on how to “fudge” the issue of settlements in a way that keeps the negotiations safe. Ottaway said she is interested to learn whether the Clinton-led team play the role of observer in the talks or whether they become more directly involved. Will there be, for example, “any attempt to set forth suggestions of how to proceed and so on,” she wondered. In his press conference, Obama said his administration will encourage and facilitate the negotiations, even though the parties must ultimately decide their own future. Refusing to accept failure, Obama pledged: “If these talks break down, we’re going to keep on trying.” —AFP

KANDAHAR: This photo shows US army Huskie driver Joshua Joe with the 174 Mobility Augmentation Company (MAC) National Guards flashing his tattoos. —AFP

US troops search for Taleban ‘Cinderella’ JELAWAR: In single file with dogs sniffing ahead, a patrol of US paratroops and Afghan soldiers leaves a combat outpost for a mine clearing mission in southern Afghanistan. “We are going to do a route clearance,” says Captain James L Thomasson, commander of Alpha Battery 1/320 of the 101st Airborne Division. The 101st, known as the “Screaming Eagles,” has one of the proudest and most decorated histories in the US military. It took part in the D-Day landings in June 1944, the battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam, the invasion of Iraq, and is now on yet another American front line, this time high in the mountains of central Asia. Nine years into the war in Afghanistan, the biggest killers of foreign troops in the country are improvised explosive devices (IEDs), cheap, crude, easily fashioned by Taleban fighters and devastatingly effective. Buried by roadsides or hidden and detonated by booby traps, timers or remote control, IEDs have killed hundreds of

people and inflicted life-shattering injuries on many more. Washington is spending billions to try to counter the threat, and it is for Thomasson and his men to put the initiative into effect on the ground. The soldiers’ camp, named Combat Outpost Nolen after a solider killed in battle, is on the edge of the village of Jelawar in the Arghandab valley in Kandahar province, the birthplace and stronghold of the Taleban. Before they have progressed very far in an alley dubbed “IED Lane,” Staff Sergeant George Robertson directs the Afghan soldiers. “Keep five meters distance between you,” he orders. The dog handler suddenly raises his arm, fist closed, to order the patrol to stop. The men freeze, the black Labrador circles around one spot, sniffs, looks back at its master and sits wagging its tail. “IED! Everyone move back!” says the handler. “We are 600 meters from the Taleban. They have built a defensive belt of IEDs around their positions,” says Major

Tom Burell, adding that “60 to 65 percent of our casualties come from IEDs”. The bomb disposal experts are called in, led by a woman in her twenties, her hair tied in a bun under her helmet. She crawls to about 50 meters (yards) from the point marked by the dog as the team prepares the robot that will neutralize the bomb, an 82mm mortar shell rigged with a detonator and trigger mechanism. In the heart of the Taleban’s powerbase, the battle to win “hearts and minds” is no easy matter. “We can’t leave the camp without the Taleban knowing. They have spotters everywhere. What we call the ‘10-dollar Taleban,’ they only do it for the money,” Thomasson says. “We found hundreds of IEDs. A very small percentage have been pointed to us by the population,” says battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel David Flynn. To the south of a canal, the Taleban watch the scene. “I see movement, I see movement,” an Afghan soldier shouts in Pashtu, the local language. —AFP

TEHRAN: Photographers and cameramen take pictures and film the Cyrus Cylinder, at the National Museum of Iran yesterday. A Babylonian artifact sometimes described as the world’s first human rights charter displayed in Iran after the government threatened to cut ties with the British Museum if it did not loan the object. The Cyrus Cylinder is a sixth century BC clay object inscribed with an account in cuneiform of the conquest of Babylon by the Persian King Cyrus the

Four killed in clashes in northern Iraq Raids continue in the aftermath of tension BAGHDAD: At least four people were killed and around 10 wounded in clashes between militants and Iraqi security forces in the restive northern province of Diyala, officials said yesterday. The clashes erupted on Saturday afternoon in the orchard area of Al-Hdaid, near the city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Baquba is the capital of Diyala, a troubled province where Al-Qaeda and other Sunni insurgents still battle Iraqi security forces. A volatile mix of minority Kurds, majority Shi’ites and Sunnis has made it difficult to bring peace to Diyala. Sadiq Jaafar Al-Hussaini, deputy head of Diyala provincial council, said the Iraqi security forces were trying to capture “a den of snipers” in

the area. He said four members of the Iraqi army and police were killed. One security source said three policemen and three militants were killed in the fighting, and 10 Iraqi security forces were wounded. A police source put the casualties at eight killed- three policemen and five militants-and 12 wounded. Iraqi security sources sometimes give conflicting figures of casualties. Insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda are believed to be trying to exploit a political vacuum that followed Iraq’s inconclusive election in March. More than six months later, Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish political factions remain in dispute over the formation of a new government. Hussaini said militants planted bombs around the area to prevent

security forces from entering, but the Iraqi army was able to break through the barricade. “There are good indications that the operation will end soon,” he said. The clashes started after a roadside bomb went off near a police patrol and militants opened fire, Diyala Governor Abdul Nassir AlMehdawi said. “Security measures are in place, the orchards are surrounded and now the search for militants is about to start to arrest the criminals who planted the bomb,” Mehdawi told Reuters. Attacks have been on the rise in the past weeks against the Iraqi army and police, who have taken over responsibility for security in Iraq after the United States formally ended its combat mission on Aug 31. —Reuters


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S Korea offers flood assistance to N Korea SEOUL: South Korea will send a list of proposed relief aid to flood-stricken North Korea and hold talks on reuniting families separated by war six decades ago, the government said yesterday, in signs of easing tensions on the divided peninsula. An overflowing river last month swamped farmland, houses and public buildings in the North’s northwestern city of Sinuiju and adjacent areas. State media reported the region was “severely affected” by the flooding, and experts fear the flooding worsened the country’s chronic food shortages. The North has

relied on foreign food aid since natural disasters and mismanagement devastated its economy in the mid-1990s and led to a famine estimated to have killed as many as 2 million people. Thousands of people were affected by the flooding, with some still living in public shelters after their houses were destroyed, according to the Choson Sinbo, a Japanbased newspaper considered a mouthpiece for North Korea. Local officials have received some aid from the government and international organizations but urgently

need more food, fuel, tents and construction materials, the newspaper reported. Yesterday, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it plans to forward a list of aid it is willing to send to the North, including rice and cement. Heavy equipment that North Korea also requested will not be delivered over concerns it may be used for military purposes, spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo said. The Unification Ministry, which oversees relations with the North, did not indicate when it would deliver the assistance. The Yonhap news agency, citing an unidenti-

fied South Korean official, said the South would soon begin sending the aid unless North Korea rejects the list. Relations between the Koreas plummeted to their lowest level in years following the sinking in March of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors. South Korea blames the sinking on North Korea, which denies any involvement. Ties have shown signs of improvement since late last month when South Korea offered 10 billion won ($8.5 million) in aid to help the North recover from the flooding. North Korea later freed seven crew

members of a South Korean fishing boat seized Aug. 8 and offered to discuss a new round of reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. More than 20,800 families have been briefly reunited through face-to-face meetings or by video following a landmark interKorean summit in 2000. The program stalled a year ago as ties between the countries deteriorated. Lee said South Korea will ask for regular reunions, rather than the onetime meetings offered by the North. Millions of families remain separated follow-

ing the Korean peninsula’s division in 1945 and the ensuing Korean War, which ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. There are no mail, telephone or e-mail exchanges between ordinary citizens in the two Koreas. Meanwhile, special US envoy Stephen Bosworth was to arrive in Seoul later Sunday for talks on stalled six-nation negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear programs. In an apparent conciliatory gesture toward Washington, the North freed an imprisoned American last month during a visit by former US President Jimmy Carter. — AP

China raises pressure on Japan, plan boat protest Diplomatic sparring likely to continue BEIJ ING: China’s top-ranked diplomat intensified pressure on J apan over a territorial rift, w arning Tokyo yesterday against making “misjudgements” over the seizure of a Chinese fishing boat in disputed seas. China’s latest demand marked another diplomatic escalation in the territorial rift betw een Asia’s tw o biggest economies and has set back efforts to ease decades of dis-

SRINAGAR: An elderly Kashmiri Muslim cries as he offers Eid Al-Fitr prayers, Saturday, Sept 11, 2010. — AP

Kashmiri chief accused of treason SRINAGAR: Police in Indianadministered Kashmir formally accused a key separatist leader of treason yesterday for allegedly inciting violence after participants in a massive anti-India rally torched government offices. Armored vehicles patrolled the streets yesterday and security forces used steel and barbed-wire barricades to seal off public squares and neighborhoods in Srinagar, the largest city. Scores of people defied a curfew throughout the region and clashed with government forces, police said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq could face a death sentence or life imprisonment if prosecutors follow through with formal charges and he is convicted. However, police have brought similar cases against other separatist leaders in the past and they have rarely been pursued. After leading a special prayer Saturday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Farooq asked worshippers to march in Srinagar. Some demonstrators later attacked and burned a building housing the offices of the state police and electricity department. Shiv Murari Sahai, a senior police officer, said police were investigating those responsible for the violence. Farooq yesterday denied provoking people to burn the government offices. The accusation “is a desperate attempt to dilute

the political significance of thousands of Kashmiris who gathered ... demanding their right to self determination,” he told The Associated Press. Farooq is a key leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organization for nonviolent political and religious groups. He also is the chief Muslim cleric in Indian Kashmir. The mostly Muslim region has seen near-daily anti-government demonstrations and clashes between protesters and security forces for the past three months. At least 69 people - mostly teenage boys and young men in their 20s - have been killed in the protests against control of the region by predominantly Hindu India. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both. Protesters reject Indian rule and want independence or a merger with predominantly Muslim Pakistan. The current unrest in Indian Kashmir is reminiscent of the late 1980s, when protests against New Delhi’s rule sparked an armed conflict that has so far killed more than 68,000 people, mostly civilians. Meanwhile, about two thirds of residents in India-administered Kashmir want independence for their region, with less than one in ten seeking a merger with Pakistan, a survey showed yesterday. The

Kashmiri region is administered separately by India and Pakistan, with the Indian part subject to an insurgency and violent separatist movement for the last 20 years that has claimed an estimated 47,000 lives. The poll, conducted for the Sunday Hindustan Times newspaper, showed that 66 percent of respondents in the Kashmir valley wanted “complete freedom to entire Jammu and Kashmir as a new country”. Jammu and Kashmir is the far northwestern state of India that includes the violencewracked Muslim-majority Kashmir valley, the Hindumajority region of Jammu and the mostly Buddhist Ladakh area. Only six percent in Kashmir wanted a “complete merger of the entire Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan.” The desire for independence for the state is not shared in the Jammu and Ladakh parts however, where 76 percent and 70 percent wanted a “complete merger” of the state into India. Kashmir has a special status under the Indian constitution and was initially autonomous after partition of the subcontinent in 1947, though much of its autonomy has slowly been eroded. Respondents were also asked who was to blame for a current wave of unrest in the Kashmir area where young stone-throwers have clashed with security forces for the last three months. —Agencies

US missile attack kills 6 militants in Pakistan MIRANSHAH: A US missile strike yesterday killed six militants in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border, as a suicide bomber died in a failed attack in Pakistan’s Kashmir, officials said. Pakistan has seen a sharp spike in US drone strikes in its rugged northwestern tribal region in recent days, amid a surge in suicide attacks and bombings across the country. The Pakistani Taleban said Tuesday they would continue to target Pakistani security forces with suicide attacks in revenge for the US drone strikes. “We are targeting Pakistani security forces because the government has allowed America to launch drone attacks on us,” Tehreeke-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP by telephone.

The latest drone attack hit Newey Adda village in the Datta Khel area near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, they said. “A US drone fired two missiles. The target was a house used by militants as a compound. Six militants were killed,” a senior security official in Peshawar told AFP, on condition of anonymity. Another intelligence official in Miranshah confirmed the attack and the death toll, while a third intelligence official said there were two “guests” among the dead-a term used for foreign militants. The area is a renowned hub for Taleban militants and Al-Qaeda-linked rebels. Residents said six bodies had been dug from the rubble. Some injured people were taken to an unknown location for medical treatment. —AFP

Dai advises China’s top leaders on foreign policy and serves on the State Council, or government cabinet, outranking the Foreign Minister within the ruling Communist Party hierarchy. “(He) solemnly stated the Chinese government’s major concerns and urged Japan not to misjudge the circumstances and to make the wise political choice of immediately returning the Chinese fishermen and their boat,” Xinhua reported. Chinese media have said ardently patriotic public opinion could become fired up by the dispute and Beijing’s official stand appears partly driven by that pressure. Last afternoon, around a dozen Chinese protesters were preparing to head towards the disputed East China Sea islets- called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China-on a fishing boat, one of the protest organisers, Li Yiqiang, told Reuters. He said it would take the boat a couple of days to reach the islets from the eastern city of Xiamen, and they had not sought government approval. Authorities have stopped such trips before. “We’re going to protest, to make it clear that these islands are China’s and there can be no bending on that,” Li said by telephone. Japan’s ambassador, Niwa, gave no indication his government was preparing to back down. “We have maintained the position that we will solemnly handle the case in strict accordance with domestic law”, the ambassador said, according to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, citing the Japanese embassy in Beijing. China should act “calmly and carefully” to avoid damaging bilateral ties, Niwa said. On Friday, a Japanese court authorized a 10-day extension in detaining the arrested Chinese boat captain, Zhan Qixiong, whose 14 crew members are being kept on the same island as him. Japanese prosecutors allege Zhan deliberately struck a patrol ship and obstructed public officers, said Kyodo. Beijing and Tokyo have so far confined their dispute to diplomatic sparring and avoided measures that would take them back to the icy hostility of several years ago. Could w orry investors A step in that direction could worry investors, focused on the two countries’ growing trade flows, which reached 12.6 trillion yen ($150.4 billion) in value in the first half of 2010, a jump of 34.5 percent on the same time last year. —Reuters

trust. State Councillor Dai Bingguo made the w arning to J apan’s ambassador in Beijing, Uichiro Niw a, summoned in the early hours to hear China’s call for the release of a Chinese captain and crew w hose fishing boat collided w ith tw o J apanese coast guard ships in disputed seas last w eek, Xinhua new s agency reported.

EAST CHINA SEA: In this file photo released by Japan Coast Guard, a Chinese fishing boat is inspected by Japan Coast Guard officials after it collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near a chain of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. — AP

Japan’s PM, challenger vie for top job

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks to the crowd during a campaign stop near Yurakucho train station, Saturday, Sept 11, 2010. — AP

TOKYO: Japan’s prime minister and a powerful challenger wooed fellow party members ahead of a vote tomorrow that could bring the country a new leader in the face of pressing economic and international concerns. Prime Minister Naoto Kan appeared to have a slight edge over party kingpin Ichiro Ozawa ahead of the election, in which members of the ruling Democratic Party will choose their party president, who almost certainly will then become the nation’s leader. If Ozawa wins, he would become Japan’s third prime minister in a year. The two men’s policy stances are modestly different, but they have widely different public images. Kan is far more popular with the general public and is seen as an upbeat grass-roots reformer, while Ozawa is viewed as a somber powerbroker and old-school master strategist. Kan spoke to hundreds of supporters at a weekend rally in Tokyo, emphasizing his broad popular appeal. “We will finally begin working on the core of true reforms for Japan,” he said. Both candidates are focused on leading Japan out of

its economic morass. Ozawa favors spending more to stimulate the economy and intervening in currency markets to the halt the yen’s rise. Kan is more concerned about fiscal responsibility and has stressed the need to create more jobs. “Even in a major city like Tokyo, if you stray a bit you will find many closed shops,” Ozawa told reporters as he visited a small shopping street in the capital. Recent polls have shown Kan to have more support among Japan’s fickle voters. He currently has the backing of about twothirds of the public, according to a survey by Kyodo News agency released Saturday. But the leadership decision will be made by party members, not the general public. After voting by rank-andfile party members and local politicians closed Saturday, attention shifted to the 411 Democratic members of parliament, who have more weight and will cast their votes tomorrow. While Kan is stronger among regular party members and local lawmakers, Ozawa has deep support in parliament, where many are beholden to him for helping start their political careers. —AFP


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Upset Turkey loses patience with EU entry foot-dragging Irritation fueled by referendum BR US SELS: Exa sp era ted Turkey sla m m ed its fist on the ta ble sa ying Europe is dra gging its feet on EU entry ta lk s, w hile the 27-na tion bloc sought to boost ties w ith a nation w hose w orldw ide w eight is on the rise.

After sitting dow n for talks Saturday w ith the 27-nation bloc’s foreign affairs chiefs, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said: “I expressed our dissatisfaction w ith the speed of the negotiations, I expressed it clearly.”

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (left) and his wife, Emine, arrive at a polling station yesterday during a referendum on constitutional changes. — AFP

Obama allies, foes vie to redraw US political chart WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies and Republican foes are battling over a oncein-a-decade prize in November mid-term elections: power to literally redraw the US political map. Each US state gets two senators, but the 435 full members of the House of Representatives are divided among the 50 states depending on their population, meaning some will gain or lose seats based on the results of the 2010 US census. The November 2 elections will decide which party controls key state legislatures and governorships that typically carry out the task of redrawing a state’s congressional districts, a job that can be bent for a partisan edge. “The redistricting process has a large impact on whether or not any given seat is contestable,” said Justin Buchler, an expert on redistricting who teaches political science at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. “A Democrat in a district where 40 percent of the voters are Democrats and 60 percent are Republicans, the Democratic candidate will not have much of a chance,” Buchler told AFP by tele-

phone. So politicians have sometimes sought to pack their opponents in as few constituencies as possible, or divided them so that they are in the minority in several districts, tactics to reduce their presence in the US Congress. In the best-known example, then Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry signed legislation in 1812 to redraw his state’s districts to help his DemocraticRepublican party, including one constituency that a newspaper decried as resembling a salamander-and the term “gerrymander” was born. The behindthe-scenes battle has already begun, with lawyers on both sides preparing for a fight that commonly spills into the courts, which have increasingly decided redistricting battles over the past few decades. The formal two-phase process begins at the end of December when the US Census Bureau reports to Obama on the population figures for all 50 states, as well as the number of seats each state will have going forward in the House-a step called “apportionment”. Detailed population figures are formally reported shortly thereafter to the states so that they can

Favorite to lead Britain’s Labor may face defeat LONDON: The favorite to become the next leader of Britain’s L abor party, David Miliband, may be heading for defeat by a narrow margin at the hands of his younger brother, a poll suggested yesterday. David and his sibling Ed Miliband are the two frontrunners in the contest to succeed former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a few months after Labor was ousted following 13 years in power. Former foreign secretary David has been widely tipped to take the helm at the party, which was defeated in May’s general election and replaced by a coalition government of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. But a poll for The Sunday Times newspaper of L abor members and trade unionists showed Ed snatching victory by just two points. “What we’re seeing is people uniting around Ed’s message that Labor must change if it is to restore people’s trust and win the next election,” a spokesman for the younger brother said. Voting in the leadership race began at the start of this month. Ballot papers were sent to 160,000 Labor party members, who have a third of the votes, Labor lawmakers in the British and European parliaments, who have another third, and trade unionists, who get the last chunk. Results of the contest will be announced on September 25, the day before Labor’s annual conference. David Miliband, 45, was foreign secretary under Brown but is seen as closer to ex-premier Tony Blair and strongly associated with the New Labor years under him, when the leftwing party moved further to the centre ground. Ed Miliband, 40, was Brown’s climate change and energy secretary and previously served him as an advisor. —AFP

begin the next phase, “redistricting”, the actual act of redrawing the map. In most cases, that job will fall to state legislatures, often with the governor playing a key role, though some states rely on independent commissions and the smallest have only one House member. The US Census Bureau has yet to formally determine which states will gain or lose House seats based on the latest congressionally mandated 10-year population count, completed April 1, said spokesman Derick Moore. But independent observers have forecast that Republican-leaning Texas could gain up to four House seats through apportionment, and Florida may get one more, while traditional battleground Ohio could lose two. The resulting shuffle will slightly alter the balance of US presidential races, in which each state has as many votes in the electoral college that decides such contests as it has representatives and senators in congress. Another historic, though controversial, use of redistricting has been to try to ensure that racial minorities can win office in the winner-take-all US system. — AFP

Campaigners seek out more reactive UN rights council GENEVA: Five years after the Human Rights Council was set up, the United States, once among its biggest critics, has now confirmed its full engagement in the UN body. But campaigners complain that the council, which is required to begin a formal review of its work and functioning next month, still fails to react quickly when human rights abuses occur. “One of our big concerns is that it hasn’t responded effectively to situations of violations,” said Juliette De Rivero, who is a Genevabased advocacy director of Human Rights Watch. “We’ve seen less and less situations that are being examined by the council,” noted De Rivero. The Human Rights Council was set up in March 2006 to replace the Human Rights Commission, which was largely discredited due to the dominant presence of countries with poor records such as China, Cuba, Sudan and Zimbabwe. The United States said then that it could not support the new council as changes did not go far enough to address the commission’s deficiencies. The new US administration has however ushered in a new attitude, and Washington last year sought and won membership at the council. “We are now fully engaged at the council,” US ambassador Eileen Donahoe told journalists in Geneva ahead of the UN body’s 15th session, which opens today. She acknowledged that there are still many critics who “are still arguing that the US should not have joined in the first place and that we should pack up and go home now.” “I personally disagree with this idea. I believe very deeply that if the United States is not at the table, there will be a vacuum of leadership that will get filled by a group of others with whom we dis-

agree,” she said. “I believe if the United States wants to lead on human rights, we have to show up and that is what we are here to do.” Amnesty International’s Peter Splinter said it was “welcomed that a country with such a long history in human rights work has finally come back and committed itself to making the council work”. But while the council has managed to win the participation of the United States, campaigers say the UN body still has key issues to tackle when it embarks on a required review of its work and functioning in October. To describe how the council is hamstrung in dealing with immediate issues, De Rivero cited its failure to react during the massacre in Guinea in 2009, Russia-Georgia’s brief war over the Georgia’s rebel South Ossetia region in 2008 and Sri Lanka’s final push against the Tamil Tigers last year. “Governments are paralyzed in a real human rights situation,” she charged. She suggested that independent voices, such as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, should in the future be given the right to get the council to look into specific issues. Splinter also made the same suggestion, pointing out that “most problematic is the failure of the human rights council to address many violations”. In fact, compared to the former commission, Splinter said: “With the exception of the UPR, nothing much has changed for the better. In fact, the commission probably considered more country situations.” The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a feature of the council that has been lauded by campaigners for requiring each country to undergo an examination of its rights record. —AFP

His expression of irritation, moreover, came on the eve of a referendum on highly-divisive constitutional changes that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) says will strengthen Turkey’s bid for admission into the EU. But instead of jump-starting the sluggish entry talks that kicked off in 2005, his counterparts offered to develop a “strategic dialogue” on key world issues that would be independent of talks on joining the bloc. “Turkey will never accept any replacement or any alternative to the accession process”, Davutoglu added after meeting his EU counterparts. The European offer however underlines Ankara’s growing role on the world scene as it helps mediate such thorny issues as the row over Iran’s nuclear program or peace in the Middle East. “Turkey today has more influence in the world than all the EU member states on an individual basis,” said Finland’s Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb. And some fear the serious slowdown in its rapprochement with Europe might cause it to drift east, to the Middle East and Asia. “It is in the interest of us Europeans that Turkey remain oriented towards the west and that there be no change of course,” said German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. But his Turkish counterpart told journalists that “without a momentum in negotiations it’s difficult to develop such a strategic vision.” That was why at the meeting “I said this speed is not satisfactory at all.” “There should be a new approach, meaning to open more chapters, not to have any linkage or political barriers which are not related to the negociation process, including the Cyprus question or others,” he said. Since the kickoff of entry talks in 2005, movement has been sluggish, due to the deadlock over Cyprus, the slow pace of reforms in Turkey and, more fundamentally, because France and Germany are wary of seeing the Muslim-majority nation of 75 million join the bloc. Of the 35 chapters conditioning entry, 18 currently are blocked by the EU, Cyprus and France. Only three chapters could potentially be opened, failing which the process faces deadlock, a situation which could trigger a real crisis between Turkey and the EU. Paris and Berlin meanwhile favour a “privileged partnership” with Turkey. But Ankara can bank on the support of other EU states in its bid to join. Britain, which in July publicly expressed its opposition to France and Germany on the question, this weekend reiterated its willingness to see progress on the entry talks. “It would be good to see those talks speed up,” said Foreign Secretary William Hague, as with Turkey inside the EU “there is a very powerful combination to have.” “It’s very important to show some momentum on this and the UK will be trying to make sure that that happens before the end of the year,” he said. Sweden’s Carl Bildt took an even stronger tack. “There are certain countries which have fairly deep reservations, but even those countries I think recognize more than they perhaps did in the past, the strategic importance of Turkey to the EU.” “We need to look at ways to overcome” the blockage, he added. “It is of course fundamentally unacceptable that countries for their own political reasons block the accession process.” “It’s certainly an issue that we will return to.” — AFP

BOULDER: A slurry bomber drops a load of retardant to protect buildings from wildfire. — AFP

Fire teams sure Colorado

wildfire under control BOULDER: Fire teams battling a destructive wildfire near Boulder are growing increasingly confident that they have been able to stop it from spreading so that some 1,000 evacuees can soon return to their homes - or what remains of them. But authorities warned that much of the area is dangerous because of downed power lines and poles, damaged roads and exposed mine shafts. Still, utility workers were restoring electricity to homes where about 2,000 residents have been allowed to return in the rugged foothills above Boulder. Firefighter Steve Reece spent Saturday day digging out grass and cutting through roots with a tool that is part shovel, part hoe and part ax to snuff out hot spots. “We had a good day,” Reece said. The Fourmile Canyon fire erupted Sept 6 and quickly destroyed at least 169 homes. The 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometer) wildfire was 73 percent contained Saturday night and crews, taking advantage of calmer winds, hoped for full containment by this evening. About 1,000 firefighters from 20 states dug lines and tamped out hot spots. “It’s great. We’re looking better and better,” said Jim Thomas, head of the federal incident response team leading the effort. An infrared flight over the burn area showed several areas of isolated heat, but no large pockets of intense heat, as previously seen. Firefighters focused on those areas, especially ones near buildings. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office planned to issue passes yesterday to residents from the hardest hit areas so they eventually can access their property without impeding firefighters or police. But Cmdr Rick Brough said it wasn’t known when or which roads, some heavily damaged, will be reopened to those areas. Inside the burn area Saturday, crews

worked to snuff out smoldering stumps, using shovels, axes and water carried on backpacks. Fire trucks and water tenders ferried water up the mountains and down the canyons while helicopters dropped water on hot spots. “There is a lot of unburned fuel and a lot of houses at risk,” warned Don Ferguson, a spokesman for the incident command. The fire left some houses standing among blackened forests while homes nearby burned to the ground. Burnt cars littered driveways. At one home, a winding stucco concrete staircase rose about 15 feet into open space = where a house used to be. Beyond, mountains in the distance sprouted 100-acre (40-hectare) patches of burned trees surrounded by green forest and untouched homes. In the town of Gold Hill, Mayor Amy Hardy and other volunteer firefighters prepared for residents’ return. “We’re getting frozen food out of freezers before it spoils, feeding livestock, chickens,” Hardy said at the Gold Hill Inn. Xcel Energy, the region’s electricity utility, planned to start repairing or installing new poles and lines, said spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo. It has cost more than $6 million to fight the fire, which was quickly fanned by gusting winds. Winds picked up again later in the week, leading to fears that the fire might spread into the city of Boulder. Officials urged residents to prepare to evacuate, but fire lines held and no evacuations were needed. Authorities believe the blaze was humancaused. They are looking at whether a vehicle may have crashed into a propane tank. The loss of homes surpassed that of the 2002 Hayman fire in southern Colorado, which destroyed 133 homes and 466 outbuildings over 138,000 acres, or more than 215 square miles. — AP

SAN BRUNO: A section of pipe (lower right) is seen near a massive crater at the scene of a gas main explosion September 10, 2010. —AFP

Death toll in California gas blast rises to seven SAN BRUNO: The death toll from a huge gas pipeline explosion that set fire to dozens of homes in this California town has risen to seven as the search goes on for people still missing in the disaster. City police chief Neil Telford reported late Saturday that specially trained search dogs had found three more bodies raising the toll. Six more people remain missing, authorities added. “Our hearts go out to the victims of this tragedy,” Telford said. “This is devastating to so many families.” The massive blast and inferno ripped through a neighborhood in San Bruno near San Francisco Thursday evening, leaving residents shocked by the sudden devastation. Huge flames blasted from the ground like a blow torch where the pipe was ruptured and fire spread relentlessly to houses in several directions. Hundreds of people fled for their lives, many weeping, while others paused to capture the chaotic scene on cell phone cameras. The blast also injured 52 people-three with third degree burns-and destroyed 37 homes leaving seven others severely damaged. The blast-triggered fire consumed four hectares (10 acres) of property and was completely extinguished by Friday night. Emergency workers said they had searched over 75 percent of the smoldering ruins. But Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado-standing in for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who is on a trade trip to Asia-was more cautious, stressing that a quarter of the inferno site had yet to be checked. US President Barack Obama on Saturday called Schwarzenegger “to express his condolences for the tragic loss of life in San Bruno and his concern for those still recovering from injuries,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs in a statement. Three of the fatalities have been identified so far. They include a mother and her 13-year-old daughter

and a 20-year-old woman, the San Mateo forensic institute said. Local utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) said a natural gas main ruptured in the town near San Francisco International Airport. Several San Bruno residents said they had complained of gas smells over the past few weeks and some said they saw PG&E crews in the area who apparently did not take any measures. PG&E President Chris Johns told a press conference Saturday that the company was “reviewing all the phone records... As of right now, we have not been able to confirm any calls... in that vicinity, happening in the first nine days of September.” Both PG&E and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the blast. But US Senator Barbara Boxer of California said these investigations could take a year or more. “I’m calling on all responsible parties, PG&E and all the regulators, federal and state, to outline a robust inspection system that begins right now,” the senator stated. NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart said the broken pipe section is expected to be taken to a lab in Washington for further inspection. That inspection would include studying whether fractures developed because of an impact, fatigue or other reasons, he said. Authorities are looking into the insulation of the pipeline, its pressure and what safeguards were in place. The probe was expected to take up to 18 months. Local authorities on Saturday still did not know when people evacuated from the blast area could return to their homes, as PG&E announced it would cover the cost of all emergency housing. Up to 200 firefighters were dispatched to battle the blaze, but they were no match for the flames as the intense heat reportedly melted fire truck windows and car tail lights several dozen yards (meters) from the flames. —AFP


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Jobless rate at record, deficit widens...

Doomsday predictions of US economy gain ground WASHINGTON: Economists peddling dire warnings that the world’s number one economy is on the brink of collapse, amid high rates of unemployment and a spiraling public deficit, are flourishing here. The guru of this doomsday line of think-

THESSALONIKI, Greece: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou gives a press conference on the sidelines of an annual trade fair in Thessaloniki yesterday. —AFP

Greek PM: No new austerity measures Restructuring of debt ruled out THESSALONIKI, Greece: The Greek government is planning no new austerity measures as part of efforts to pull the country out of debt, the prime minister said yesterday. George Papandreou said the government was on track to meet targets for reducing its deficit by nearly 40 percent this year. “We will not need any new measures,” he said, and reiterated that Greece did not plan to restructure its debt — a move that he said would have been “catastrophic” for the economy. Papandreou ruled out any restructuring of the country’s huge national debt, warning it would be “catastrophic for the economy”. “The logic of restructuring the debt would be catastrophic for the economy, for our credibility, for our future,” Papandreou told a press conference in Thessaloniki where on Saturday he had sketched out his economic priorities. If debt payments were suspended, he said Greece “would head towards a potential and probable collapse of the banking system and the loss of Greek families’ property (which) would be a tragedy,” he added. Greece averted default on its debt in May when it agreed to unprecedented austerity cuts in pensions, public sector pay and a sales tax hike in return for a 110-billion-euro ($140 billion) rescue package from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The measures have triggered waves of strikes and protests, including one in which three people died when the bank they worked in was firebombed by youths participating in a demo in May. On Saturday, 20,000 people marched against the austerity drive in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, hours before Papandreou defended the measures in a major speech. In exchange for 110 billion euros ($140 billion)

in rescue loans over three years from the International Monetary Fund and some EU countries, Greece has implemented strict fiscal control in an effort to reduce the budget deficit from 13.6 percent of annual output in 2009 to 8.1 percent this year. Unions have been angered, however, by austerity measures that have included cutting salaries and raising taxes. The government’s main challenge now is to boost revenue, which is lagging behind targets, although the shortfall is offset by better than expected performance in spending cuts. According to the latest figures released by the Finance Ministry last week, net revenue increased 3.3 percent in the first eight months of the year, against a target of 13.7 percent for the year. However, spending fell by 12 percent from January to August, compared with an end-year target of 5.8 percent. Papandreou acknowledged that revenue shortfall was a problem, but said that overall “we are ahead of our targets.” “I have every confidence that, by the end of the year ... we will have achieved the 40 percent reduction of deficit,” he said. IMF and EU inspectors are due in Athens next week to review Greece’s progress in overhauling its economy, while the country is due to receive a second installment of loans worth 9 billion euros ($11.45 billion). On Saturday night, Papandreou gave a speech on the economy, promising to cut the tax rate on companies’ retained profits from 24 to 20 percent next year to offer “a strong incentive for investments and competitiveness.” He also pledged this year to open up restricted professions — including truck drivers, notaries, taxi drivers and pharmacists — deregulate the energy market, settle on privatization targets, facilitate major investments and simplify business licensing procedures. —AP

BEIJING: A woman (left) looks at a man performing a stunt to earn money along a street in Beijing yesterday. China said on September 11 that consumer inflation rose at the fastest pace in nearly two years in August, as severe floods and unusually hot weather destroyed crops, driving up food prices. —AFP

Oil cartel OPEC still influential at 50 LONDON: OPEC, marking its 50th anniversary tomorrow, remains a key influence on oil markets with non-OPEC output set to fall and consumers burning fossil fuels despite higher demand for renewable energy. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was founded on September 14, 1960 in Baghdad by Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela as the five oil producing nations sought to control their crude output in a bid to increase prices and hence their revenues. Half a century later OPEC has 12 members, including the original five, and together the dozen produce about 40 percent of the world’s oil. The cartel meanwhile possesses about 60 percent of the world’s proven crude oil reserves. Above the demographic and political differences separating members such as Algeria, Iran, Nigeria and Venezuela is “a common bond sealing the orga-

nization together-the countries’ dependence on revenue from oil,” said analyst Francis Perrin from the publication Petrole et Gaz Arabes. OPEC showed off its political might during the 1970s, when by slashing output following the Arab-Israeli conflict and Iranian Revolution, oil prices soared. But stiffer competition surfaced a decade later as nonOPEC oil producers came to the fore thanks to ramped-up production in the North Sea. In more recent times Russia has become an increasingly important producer able to compete with the likes of Norway and OPEC members such as Nigeria and Qatar. Recently however, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Nobuo Tanaka, said that global dependency on OPEC for crude oil would in fact rise in the next five to 10 years as output by non-OPEC nations falls.

All oil producers meanwhile face the risk of greater demand for cleaner and renewable biofuels amid climate change fears and recent spikes in the price of crude. Shaking off the threat, producers and consumers agreed at the International Energy Forum in April that fossil fuels would provide the bulk of the world’s energy needs for “decades” to come. Barclays Capital analyst Paul Horsnell agreed that talk of OPEC’s demise was “somewhat premature.” “There is still, in our view, something of an anti-OPEC slant in much coverage, with analysis tending to rush to write off OPEC’s relevance, understate the cohesion of its aims, and to play down its effectiveness as an influence. “Indeed, throughout the latest economic cycle, it is very difficult to make the case that OPEC has not been effective in defending prices,” he added. —AFP

“The US has run out of bullets,” Roubini told an economic forum in Italy earlier this month. “Any shock at this point can tip you back into recession.” But other economists, who have so far stayed out of the media limelight, are also proselytizing nightmarish visions of the future. Boston University professor Laurence Kotlikoff, who warned as far back as the 1980s of the dangers of a public deficit, lent credence to such dark predictions in an International Monetary Fund publication last week. He unveiled a doomsday scenario-which many dismiss as pure fantasy-of an economic clash between superpowers the United States and China, which holds more than $843 billion of US Treasury bonds. “A minor trade dispute between the United States and China could make some people think that other people are going to sell US treasury bonds,” he wrote in the IMF’s Finance & Development review. “That belief, coupled with major concern about inflation, could lead to a sell-off of government bonds that causes the public to withdraw their bank deposits and buy durable goods.” Kotlikoff warned such a move would spark a run on banks and money market funds as well as insurance companies as policy holders cash in their surrender values. “In a short period of time, the Federal Reserve would have to print trillions of dollars to cover its explicit and implicit guarantees. All that new money could produce strong inflation, perhaps hyperinflation,” he said. “There are other less apocalyptic, perhaps more plausible, but still quite unpleasant, scenarios that could result from multiple equilibria.” According to a poll by the StrategyOne Institute published on Friday, some 65 percent of Americans believe there will be a new recession. And the view that America is on a decline seems rather well ingrained in many people’s minds supported by 65 percent of people questioned in a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll published last week. “It is true: Today’s economic problems are structural, not cyclical,” argued New York Times editorial writer David Brooks. He said the United Sates is losing its world dominance much in the same way the British Empire began to crumble more than a century ago. “We are in the middle of yet another jobless recovery. Wages have been lagging for decades. Our labor market woes are deep and intractable,” Brooks said. Nobel Economics Prize winner Paul Krugman also voiced concern about the fate of the fragile economic recovery if voters return the Republicans to political power. “It’s hard to overstate how destructive the economic ideas offered earlier this week by John Boehner, the House minority leader, would be if put into practice,” he wrote in a recent editorial. “Fewer jobs and bigger deficits-the perfect combination.” The Wall Street Journal, usually more favorable to Boehner’s call for tax cuts, ran a commentary from another Nobel Prize-winning economistVernon Smith-that failed to provide much comfort for readers. “This fact needs to be confronted: We are almost surely in for a long slog,” Smith wrote. And it seems such pessimism has even filtered into the IMF, which warned on Friday that high levels of national debt and a still shaky financial sector threaten to derail the global economic recovery. “The foreclosure backlog in US property markets is large and growing, in part due to the recent expiration of the home buyer’s tax credit. When realized, this could further depress real estate prices.” This could lead to “disproportionate losses” for small and medium-sized banks, which could in turn “precipitate a loss of market confidence in the recovery,” the IMF warned. —AFP

ing may be economist Nouriel Roubini, thrust into the forefront after predicting the chaos wrought by the subprime mortgage crisis and the collapse of the housing bubble.

TAIPEI: A woman works at a shop selling material in downtown Taipei yesterday. A historic trade pact between Taiwan and China came into effect yesterday, yoking the two sides closer together than at any point since their split more than six decades ago. —AFP

Sweeping Taiwan, China trade pact takes effect TAIPEI: A historic trade pact between Taiwan and China came into effect yesterday, tying the two sides closer together than at any point since their split more than six decades ago. The landmark Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), signed in June, is the most sweeping pact ever penned by the two sides, officially still not at peace after the end of a civil war in 1949. “With ECFA becoming effective, the crossStrait ties marched into a new era... Taiwan should better utilize the trend,” Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou told reporters while on a trip to the southern Tainan county. China’s commerce ministry also hailed the hard-won pact. “We’re pleased to see the agreement taking effect... We believe the implementation of the pact will further promote exchanges and cooperation in cross-strait trade and help the economies develop together,” spokesman Yao Jian said in a statement on the ministry’s website. For the Beijing-friendly President Ma, who came to power in 2008 on a promise to improve the economy through a rapprochement with the mainland, the signing of the ECFA was a triumph. Ma’s administration has said the pact will create 260,000 jobs in the island’s export-

dependent economy and boost growth by up to 1.7 percentage points. Fundamentally, however, the pact will only solidify a move towards closer economic interaction that has taken place despite frequent political tension between the two sides. China is Taiwan’s largest trading partner, its largest investment destination, and now also home to a growing number of Taiwanese. It is estimated that about one million people from the island live on the mainland, many of them in the Shanghai area. They, and thousands of short-term travellers, now have access to 370 direct flights a week, a sharp contrast with the situation a few years ago when all travel routes passed through Hong Kong. Chiang Pin-kung, Taiwan’s top China negotiator who signed the ECFA for the island, is expected to travel to Shanghai and meet with his Chinese counterpart Chen Yunlin this week, Chiang’s spokesman said. In what was painted as a boost for Ma’s proBeijing agenda, the ECFA was passed last month by island lawmakers without a single dissenting vote. But the formal recording of unanimous approval masked a refusal by members of the anti-China opposition, centered around the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), to take

part in the vote. The DPP wants formal independence from China and has a significant following on the island. China, however, says Taiwan has been part of its territory since ancient times and insists on eventual reunification, even if it means war. “ECFA will contribute to a further widening of the wealth gap,” DPP spokesman Tsai Chichang told AFP, adding that the people of Taiwan rather than the government should have had the chance to accept or reject the agreement. Taiwanese media said recently that closer economic ties with China had contributed to a record income gap between rich and poor on the island. The most prosperous 20 percent in Taiwan reported average disposable incomes of 1.79 million Taiwan dollars ($56,000) last year, or 6.34 times more than the income of the poorest 20 percent, according to government figures. Some economists say that the deal with China makes it possible for Taiwanese businesses to move their production to the mainland, cutting costs and increasing profits. However, by doing so they also reduce job opportunities in Taiwan, hitting the incomes of the island’s blue-collar population, economists have warned. —AFP

Euro-zone laggards surf bonds, but risk rough water: Analysts PARIS: Some precarious eurozone economies, shut out from the bond markets earlier this year by prohibitively high yields, returned in buoyant form this week with successful operations to sell debt bonds. An aversion to risks on the stock market, as well as the helping hand of the European Central Bank and greater confidence that governments will step in to prevent any eurozone defaults, are helping to fuel the rally, experts said. “Every time a peripheral euro-zone country issues a bond it goes through no problem,” said Jean-Francois Robin, an analyst for Natixis, a French bank. Frederic Gabizon, a debt analyst at British lender HSBC, said: “This is a favorable environment for sovereign debt in general, compared to stocks.” Countries such as Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain all had successful bond issues this week and some major institutional investors which had interrupted their bond purchase earlier this year have been taking part. However, perceptions of

risk on euro-zone debt markets are strongly skewed by two special measures introduced as a result of the Greek debt crisis earlier this year. The European Central Bank, in a stunning switch of attitude, agreed to stand by to buy some euro-zone sovereign bonds from the balance sheets of financial institutions having trouble raising funds. And European Union countries and the International Monetary Fund provided guarantees of 750 billion euros, or about a trillion dollars, to help a member country in trouble or under pressure on the bond market. Euro-zone countries as a whole are well ahead in their debt placement plans for the year, having raised more than 80 percent of their 2010 requirements. Analysts are quick to warn however that the climate remains uneasy after some of the most agitated months ever seen on the bond markets, resulting in an unprecedented crisis for the euro-zone. This point was made in strong terms by credit ratings

agency Fitch in a study published this week, Fitch warned that competition between euro-zone governments and banks for funds raised on financial markets is likely to intensify in the coming months. The agency said that the stepped-up pace would come “as higher gross fiscal financing needs coincide with an upsurge” in bank debt maturities in 2011. States and banks are expected to seek 455 billion euros ($579 billion) from investors in the second half of this year and between 900 billion and one trillion euros a year in 2011 and 2012, according to Fitch. Fitch also forecast that most of the 16 euro-zone members would need three to four years to stabilize their debt levels. The agency found that market confidence in the eurozone remained fragile despite the outcome of so-called “stress tests” on European banks, generally considered to have been reassuring. Gabizon also remarked: “There is still... some volatility. Every news report is an

excuse for going in one sense or the other.” Jean-Pierre Jouyet, the head of the French financial markets authority, warned earlier this month of a possible “bubble” on the debt markets. And it remains to be seen whether confidence will be dented if the ECB winds down its exceptional program of government bond purchases launched in May. ECB bond purchases went down to just nine million euros ($11 million) in one week in August but are now up again at 173 million euros last week. That pales in comparison to the 16.5 billion euros in bonds it bought in the first week of the program to prevent a collapse of the bond markets but still indicates a resurgence of investor concern about sovereign debt. One of the main drivers of concern among investors is the state of the banking system, which in turn could add to strains on national finances. A report in the Wall Street Journal this week questioning stress tests on European banks dented financial markets. —AFP


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Schwarzenegger checks out China’s high-speed rail SHANGHAI: Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger is engaging in a little window-shopping of China’s new high-speed train lines while peddling Californian exports and tourism in the world’s second-largest economy. His own state budget $19 billion in the red, Schwarzenegger says he is hoping for some “creative financing” from Asia to help lower costs and get California’s proposed high-speed rail lines up and running. Industry experts say cash-rich China may be best placed to help with funding, and less risk averse than others whose banks are still recovering from the financial crisis. That could prove a key competitive advantage as it goes head-to-head against better estab-

lished high-speed rivals rail in Asia and Europe. “That is something very attractive about the Chinese which the Europeans will find very difficult to compete with,” said Michael Clausecker, director general of Unife, the Association of the European Rail Industry. “Even in America, finance is a scarce resource. Rail investments need a lot of investment up front.” China has invested huge prestige, and tens of billions of dollars, in its high-speed rail industry-building on mostly European know-how acquired in joint ventures with Siemens AG, Alstom SA and to a lesser extent Japan’s “Shinkansen” bullet train operators. It is gearing up

to fight for a chunk of what Unife estimates to be a 122 billion euros ($155 billion)-a-year global market for railways. Schwarzenegger posed for photos yesterday on a high-speed train in Shanghai, after spending Saturday, the first day of his weeklong trade mission of nearly 100 business leaders, hobnobbing in Hangzhou with Jack Ma, founder of Internet trading behemoth Alibaba.com, and other Chinese entrepreneurs. “Today what I have seen is very, very impressive. We hope China is part of the bidding process, along with other countries around the world, so that we can build high speed rail as inexpensively as possi-

ble,” he told reporters. He also announced a plan for Silicon Valley to bid for the 2020 World Expo, which would be California’s first time to host the event since 1940. The governor will also check out high-speed rail in Japan and South Korea - two others among at least seven countries that have officially shown interest in helping develop California’s system-assuming the state can find the money. “There is great potential over there and in Japan and Korea, when it comes to building our high-speed rail and also providing the money for building the high-speed rail,” Schwarzenegger told reporters before leaving California.

The fact-finding mission is also aimed at better understanding the technologies on offer. “He will learn a lot from that,” said T C Kao, director of the Railway Technology Research Center at National Taiwan University, who has introduced many US delegations to the technology. “They get the impression, ‘We need it.’ They feel behind,” he said. “You have to experience it to understand.” The US is the world leader in freight railway technology but has almost no high-speed rail expertise. It will have to import the technology for the 13 regional projects that have won $8.5 billion in initial federal funding, with $2.5 billion more to come this year and hundreds of billions

needed before lines are up and running. China already has the world’s longest high-speed rail network, about 4,300 miles (6,920 kilometers) of routes, including nearly 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) that can run at top speeds of 220 miles per hour (350 kph). It aims to develop 9,900 miles (16,000 kilometers) of such routes by 2020. All of that construction involves “highly sophisticated work on infrastructure, on rails and design of track structure,” says Chris Barkan, director of the Railroad Engineering Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, who recently toured facilities in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

A visit to a mammoth manufacturing plant in the eastern city of Qingdao “absolutely blew me away,” he says. Having already build up a huge capacity for manufacturing trains and the systems to serve them, China is looking for a chance to prove it has the wherewithall to export the most advanced technology. “China now owns the most advanced high-speed rail technology and winning contracts in the US would surely help it to sell more to other countries,” said He Xin, an industry analyst at Donghai Securities in Beijing. Other industry experts say it is difficult to know just how much China has achieved on its own. —AP

Strikes loom as govt cuts spark unrest

British trade unions gather for annual congress today

MOUNTAIN VIEW: A Costco customer checks strawberries at Costco in Mountain View, California. Inventories held by wholesalers surged in July by the largest amount in two years while sales rebounded after two straight declines. —AP

$130m unprotected in Japan failed bank TOKYO: Some $130 million deposited to the failed Incubator Bank of Japan (IBJ) will not be covered by the state-backed deposit insurance agency, the agency said yesterday. The IBJ, a private lender for small businesses, filed for bankruptcy Friday, in Japan’s first bank failure in seven years. It is the first time a cap has been applied to deposit insurance, under which account holders’ money is guaranteed only up to a maximum of 10 million yen ($120,000) per depositor. The cap was enacted in 2002 after a slew of banks went bankrupt when the economic

bubble of the 1990s burst. The IBJ, which was earlier told to halt its operations by the Financial Services Agency, will resume refunding business today, the state-backed Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan said yesterday. The insurance scheme will not cover some 11 billion yen ($130 million) held by 3,423 depositors, amounting to some 2.7 percent of all of IBJ’s clients, the agency said. The bank held a total of 582 billion yen in deposits as of Friday. Government officials and Bank of Japan governor Masaaki

Shirakawa have stressed that the bankruptcy would have little impact on the Japanese financial system. The Incubator Bank specializes in providing banking services for small and mediumsized businesses, and is not related to Japan’s central bank. The IBJ has been struggling to restructure itself after it was ordered to temporarily halt operations in May for blocking an FSA inspection, leading to the July arrest of former chairman Takeshi Kimura. In the financial year to March, it posted a net loss of 5.1 billion yen. —AFP

New Barclays chief hits back at ‘casino banker’ critics LONDON: Bob Diamond, the controversial American investment banker chosen to be the next chief executive of Barclays, yesterday defended the British bank against accusations it was being run like a casino. The appointment of Diamond, infamous for pocketing huge bonuses as head of the lender’s highly successful investment banking arm, to the top job at Barclays earlier this week has proven controversial. The 59-year-old will take

over from British banker John Varley in the post at the end of March 2011. Diamond hit back at critics who have lambasted Barclays for “casino banking”-a term commonly used to describe the high risks taken by investment bankers, which have been heavily criticised for their role in the economic crisis. In comments to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Diamond said the term “has no basis in reality”. “These aren’t casino

businesses. These are real, client-driven businesses,” he said. “It’s disappointing when we hear reference that banks are casinos. It’s disappointing when we hear reference that Barclays Capital [the investment banking arm] is a casino.” He added: “It is just not right to use a phrase like that to encompass investment banking or banking, it is not based on fact and it creates the wrong impression.” Diamond has been at the

forefront of Barclays’ transformation from a well-run retail bank into an investment banking giant able to compete with Wall Street titans. Earlier this year, the then business minister Peter Mandelson described him as “the unacceptable face of banking” amid public outrage at bankers’ bonuses. Mandelson had accused Diamond of receiving a bonus worth tens of millions of pounds (dollars) — which Barclays denied. —AFP

MANCHESTER: Possible mass strikes by public sector workers in protest at looming government cuts will be high on the agenda when Britain’s trade unions gather for their annual congress from today. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is meeting for the first time since Conservative David Cameron’s coalition government took power in May. The conference, in Manchester, northwest England, will generate particular controversy this year because the government is pushing through major cuts to tackle Britain’s record deficit. Some 600,000 public sector jobs could eventually be cut and ministers have warned government departments to prepare reductions of up to 40 percent. Ministers will give full details on how they intend to reduce borrowing-forecast to hit 149 billion pounds (180 billion euros, $230 billion) in the year to March 2011 — in a spending review on October 20. The situation threatens a return to the tensions of the 1970s and 1980s when another Tory premier, Margaret Thatcher, drew intense hostility from unions as they staged a wave of strikes against a backdrop of her free market reforms. Britain’s trade unions are major donors to the opposition Labor party, which elects a new leader on September 25, and have a history of clashing with the Conservatives. Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, the trade union umbrella group with the same name as the congress, has warned of “difficult disputes” ahead as unions representing public sector and private sector workers resist the cuts. “We have a pretty volatile cocktail of issues, such as the public sector pay freeze, threats of further privatization, restructuring of public services and major worries about security of pensions,” Barber said ahead of the event. “It is a pretty potent mixture and there could be some difficult disputes as a result.” A rally and lobby of parliament is already planned for October 19, the day before the spending review, and many unions are urging British support for a Europe-wide day of action against state austerity measures on September 29. Thousands of activists are expected at the TUC from Monday to Thursday when the trade union movement’s plans for the coming year are decided. The agenda contains a string of motions condemning the government’s budgetary plans and urging action. Around seven million people in Britain belong to a trade union, under a quarter of the total workforce of 29 million. If they do go on strike, they could struggle to get much support from the British public or limit the cuts, experts say. Defending the government’s decisions in a speech last week, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, of the Liberal Democrats, accepted that they would prove “difficult, painful or unpopular”. “I am under no illusions about the significant political risks both parties in the coalition are now taking by facing up to these difficult decisions in government,” he said. But Clegg stressed the cuts would not begin until next April and would happen over four years. —AFP

SHANGHAI: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and China’s Ministry of Railways Vice Minister Lu Chunfang (right) talk as he inspects a China’s high-speed train at Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai yesterday. —

Australia’s NAB mulls ‘all options’ on AXA SYDNEY: National Australia Bank (NAB) said “all options” were on the table regarding takeover target AXA Asia Pacific and it was close to deciding whether to push ahead with its failed bid. NAB’s $12.2 billion offer for AXA’s Australia and New Zealand businesses was rejected by competition officials for a second time on Thursday over fears it would shrink the local financial services industry. Analysts expect NAB to walk away from the bid because AXA’s value has slipped since the initial offer, but bank spokesman Steve Tucker said it was still mulling whether to make a court challenge or further amendments. “All the options are being considered at this stage,” Tucker told ABC television. “That’s the sensible thing to do, just to take our time and think it through, and we’ll make a pretty timely decision over the next few days.” Tucker said NAB had done “quite a lot” to try to address the concerns of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) since it knocked back the bank’s initial offer in April, and it disagreed with the second rebuff. “You have to be careful to get the balance between satisfying the concerns of the ACCC and keeping the integrity of the value of the deal in

place,” Tucker said. “We thought we’d done that with a good package. We were disappointed to get the no decision.” ACCC deputy chairman Peter Kell said AXA was emerging as a “vigorous and effective competitor” and the merger would have “taken them out of the picture.” Kell said NAB’s offer to divest key technology did not go far enough because the bank would still have taken AXA’s distribution network and products and benefited from the “significant investment” it had made building a profile. Under the arrangement, French parent company AXA SA would have taken charge of its subsidiary’s Asian arm, while NAB would control the Australian and New Zealand businesses. Rival suitor AMP made an initial $11.5 billion offer which was elbowed aside by NAB, and it has said it still considers the deal “strategically attractive” at the right price. Kell said the ACCC didn’t “have the same competition concerns about AMP,” and would not oppose its bid. “But ultimately whether AMP wants to take some further steps now is entirely up to them,” he said. —AFP

Tough days ahead for Pakistan’s CB chief KARACHI: Pakistan’s new central bank governor, Shahid Hafiz Kardar, is expected to adopt a tougher line on government spending than his predecessor to try to bring fiscal policy more into line with monetary policy. The economist takes charge at a time when massive damage from flooding has strained the already fragile economy. Food prices are fuelling inflation and the flood damage is seen dragging growth back to between zero and 2 percent this fiscal year from a yearearlier 4.1 percent. “We all know what the issue is-the issue is mainly fiscal discipline,” Kardar told Reuters in response a question on how he plans to tackle inflation. “If we can correct the fiscal side, the pressure on government borrowings, then the inflationary impact can be eased too.” Analysts say the inflationary pressures will probably leave Kardar little choice but to maintain the current monetary policy settings for now, although Kardar was more cautious about the outlook. “It’s too early to say. It will become clearer by the end of the month,” said Kardar, when asked about the direction of monetary policy. The central bank raised interest rates by 50 basis points in July to 13 percent to try to control a pick up in inflation, which hit a four-month high above 13 percent in August. But he has already flagged that he is likely to push the government to control its expenses, a bone of contention with the

Shahid Hafiz Kardar International Monetary Fund. In newspaper articles in recent months, Kardar has called upon the government to launch a serious austerity drive, cut nondevelopment expenditures, replace general subsidies with direct cash transfers to the poor, and increase revenue. His views are likely to wear well with IMF, which is concerned by Pakistan’s inability to meet reform targets under its lending program, including narrowing the fiscal deficit and raise tax revenues. Pakistan turned to the IMF for an $11 billion loan in November 2008 when it was on the brink of defaulting on its debt. The government has already overshot its IMF-set target of zero net borrowing from the central bank by 133.6 billion rupees from July 1 to Aug 20. But officials and analysts say he will also need to remain firm in the face of interference from the government. Kardar’s predecessor, Salim Raza, resigned in June, citing government interference.

“It will be a tricky situation for him,” said a senior government official, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. “He will need to draw a line somewhere and take a firm stance on issues such as the government’s borrowing from the central bank, and I think he has the capacity to do that,” he said. However, the task will be a challenge especially given the need to support the economy following the floods, which caused an estimated $43 billion in damage, equal to about a quarter of GDP. “He will face the challenge of aligning the tighter monetary stance in line with the fiscal stance at a time when the fiscal deficit is bound to rise further because of the floods,” said Mohammed Sohail, chief executive of brokers Topline Securities. “But Mr. Kardar is pretty energetic and active and will hopefully try to bring more discipline in line with IMF targets.” —Reuters


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Appeals court ruling threatens used software sales SAN FRANCISCO: A federal appeals court has sided with the computer software industry in its effort to squelch sales of second-hand programs covered by widely used licensing agreements. Friday’s ruling by the 9th Circuit of Appeals raised worries that it will embolden music labels, movie studios and book publishers to circumvent the so-called “first-sale” doctrine in an attempt to boost their sagging sales. The doctrine refers to a 102-year-old decision by the US Supreme Court that

determined copyright holders can’t prevent a buyer from reselling or renting a product after an initial sale, as long as additional copies aren’t made. It’s a legal principle that allows used book and music stores to operate, as well as DVD subscription services such as Netflix Inc. But a three-judge panel in the 9th Circuit concluded the first-sale doctrine didn’t apply to used software programs that online merchant Timothy Vernor peddled in his store on eBay. Vernor had bought the unopened software, made by Autodesk Inc.,

at garage and office sales, without ever agreeing to the licensing agreement imposed on the original buyer. That contract made it clear the rights to install Autodesk Inc.’s software were being licensed rather than sold, according to the 9th Circuit’s interpretation. Without a definitive sale, the first-sale doctrine is moot, the appeals court reasoned in its decision overturning a lower federal court in Washington state. Autodesk, which is based in San Rafael, said it was pleased with the decision. The Software & Information

Industry Association had filed documents supporting Autodesk’s position in the case. The ruling sets the stage for even more legal skirmishes over the definitions of a sale and a license, said Corynne McSherry, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group fighting to set the boundaries of digital copyrights. “I am sure there are going to be others (in the media) trying to find the magic words that prevent a buyer of intellectual property from being considered the owner,” McSherry said.

Another round in the 3-year-old battle pitting Vernor against Autodesk seems assured. Vernor’s attorney, Gregory Beck of Public Citizen, said he intends to ask a full panel of 11 judges in the 9th Circuit to review Friday’s decision before considering a possible appeal to the US Supreme Court. For the moment, Beck and another attorney involved in the case, Sherwin Siy of Public Knowledge, said they expect the 9th Circuit’s decision to have a chilling effect on the used software market. That’s something that eBay Inc. had

hoped to avoid. The e-commerce company, based in San Jose, Calif., filed a brief in support of Vernor’s legal arguments citing the protections under the first-sale doctrine. Many other popular software programs already installed on home and office computers are covered by licensing agreements using similar language to Autodesk’s programs, Beck said. “That means the infrastructure already is in place for other software makers to say their customers don’t really own those programs,” he said. — AP

Putting a face on unsolved cases

PHNOM PENH: A customer (R) wears 3D glasses as he views a 3D movie on a Toshiba computer during an exhibition in Phnom Penh on September 11, 2010. — AFP

GoDaddy.com puts itself up for sale SAN FRANCISCO: Internet domain name registry GoDaddy.com has put itself up for sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The privately held company could fetch more than $1 billion in an auction, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. GoDaddy has hired

investment bank Qatalyst Partners, the Journal reported. Private equity firms are expected to bid. The company declined to comment. GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar. The company was founded by Bob Parsons in 1997, and says it has more than

43 million domains under management. The company posted revenue between $750 million and $800 million in 2009, the report said. GoDaddy has made a name for itself by running racy television ads to promote its brand, some of them featuring race car driver Danica Patrick. — Reuters

iPad due for front cam? The redesigned iPod Touch stole the show at Apple’s fall music event, but the Cupertino company may have a bigger trick up its sleeve in the coming months: an updated iPad. The tablet may be refreshed with a built-in video camera and support for FaceTime by the first quarter of next year, according to Apple Insider. A “person with proven knowledge of Apple’s future product plans” told the website that the device is already in the advanced testing stages and Apple may plan to push the launch through before the holiday season. If you’re like me, the holiday season starts the day before Black Friday. That gives Apple 75 days to get its act together. Adding cameras to the iPad makes sense, especially considering many critics are praising the redesigned iPod Touch for FaceTime inclusion and making it more iPhone-like than ever. The only problem is timing. It seems a little off, since Apple typically sticks to a yearly schedule for product upgrades. Most people, including folks at research firm iSuppli expected an upgrade in April 2011 — a year after the

initial iPad launch. New hardware could fall in line with the release of iOS 4.2 in November (a little late for the start of the holiday season, if you ask me). Steve Jobs announced the future upgrade at the fall music event on September 1. He said it will bring new features to the iPad, including file-sharing, multitasking (finally), and HDR photos. A new iPad model could explain how the device would feature photos since all the current models are camera-less. This could also make the iPad more accessible to businesses. Apple already announced wireless printing in iOS 4.2, so adding FaceTime could appeal to people who telecommute or travel frequently. Whether or not we see a camera-equipped iPad before the year’s end, it’s probably inevitable that we’ll see one by the end of 2011. It only makes sense when you consider the iPad’s popularity and that Apple is trying to make FaceTime an open industry standard. Neglecting to put the video chat software on one of your most popular products would be bad joojoo. — PCworld

COLUMBIA: The pale face stares straight ahead, peering at something just beyond the horizon perhaps. His lips curve ever so slightly downward, almost betraying a hint of sadness. The sculpted head could be an exhibit in a gallery, but this is no image crafted from an artist’s imagination. The sculpture is literally a face from the grave, an art form with a CSI twist. The head was created by Special Agent Deborah Goff, a forensic artist with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, one of a handful of specialists nationwide with the art and science background to create a likeness from remains left behind by a killer. In this case, it is the image of an unidentified man whose damaged skull and scattered bones were found in Horry County almost a year ago. Officials hope that Goff’s artistry and a new process of reconstruction will lead them to a name for the victim, answers for his family and an arrest in his slaying. And although the details might sound more like the plot of a TV crime show, such investigations don’t lend themselves to 60minute solutions in real life. Investigators don’t know where this victim’s story began, or where it will end. But they hope the collaborative and creative work by Goff, an anthropologist, Lexington Medical Center and a medical researcher in Florida will lead them to evidence that will fill in the blanks. They picked up the thread of his life story on the evening of Sept. 29, 2009, when a hunter found bones in a wooded area about 100 yards behind the Horry County Parks and Recreation Building on Oak Street extension outside Conway. Horry County’s crime scene investigators began combing the site early the next morning. They searched methodically, fanning out from the spot where the first bones were found. “We put little flags, sort of like you see on TV, to mark every place we located some,” said Lt. Jamie DeBari, deputy commander of the Horry County Police Criminal Investigation Division. The circle widened, eventually reaching about 50 feet in diameter as the team collected, photographed and logged bones they found on the ground and under bushes and leaves, said DeBari, adding that animals were responsible for scattering the remains. “Once we collected as much as we thought we could, we had most of the major bones,” he said. They brought them to the department and Susan Able, an anthropologist at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, arrived to examine them, DeBari said. She confirmed that the remains were from a human who likely had been there for one to five years. “At that point, we started to go back through missing person files looking for any unsolved cases to see if any fit the criteria,” DeBari said. “We also contacted other departments.” Able took the bones back to MUSC for additional tests, DeBari said. By Oct. 28, police could report that the victim was a white male between 30 and 50 years old who was between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet 3 inches. They also knew he had been shot twice in the head. As investigators in Horry County studied missing persons reports trying to match

HORRY COUNTY: Debbie Goff, a forensic artist with the SC Law Enforcement Division, sculpted a model of an unidentified murder victim found in Horry County, February 22, 2010. His real skull, right, was copied, and Goff reconstructed muscle and flesh in clay to make this three-dimensional likeness. — MCT descriptions, Goff began her work. The road to Goff’s finished sculpture began with the MUSC anthropologist, who had to glue pieces to the skull to replace spots where the bone was missing. “It was badly damaged,” Goff said, pointing to several spots on the victim’s skull where the reddish-toned filler can be seen. Goff knew of a researcher at the University of South Florida’s Center for Human MorphoInformatics Research who was working to create skull replicas from CT scans, and the researcher agreed to take on the project. First, however, they needed a CT scan. So once pieced together, the skull’s next stop was Lexington Medical Center. “SLED contacted our hospital to see if we could use some of our technology to recreate this skull to give them a better idea of what this man looked like,” said Jennifer Wilson, public relations manager for Lexington Medical Center. “We gladly did it. They brought the skull in on a Saturday, and the staff came in ... just to do this CT scan.” Lexington radiologists and technicians used a 16-slice CT scanner to produce precise measurements of the man’s face and generate a 3D image, Wilson said. Those scans and images then went to the Florida research center, where scientists use medical imaging technology to create anatomically accurate 3D models of the human body for education, medical

treatment and research, said Summer Decker, the graduate research associate who had been in contact with Goff. “One of the benefits of our methods is that we do not take custody of the physical evidence or human remains, in this case, the skull,” Decker explained in an email. “I used different computer software packages to reconstruct the skull virtually and develop a 3D model of it,” wrote Decker, whose doctoral research includes using virtual forensic technology for craniofacial identification. “We then used a special printer to build an actual replica of the skull that can be used for the clay reconstruction of the face.” This was the first time SLED collaborated with the center, but researchers there have worked with other agencies around the country and in Great Britain, Decker said. In the long run, they hope that such projects will help hone the accuracy of such reconstructions. “I, myself, am not an artist,” she wrote, “so I enjoy seeing how the collaboration between science and art can benefit the forensic sciences. ... Forensic identification methods like facial reconstruction are about identifying some unknown individual. We owe it to them to do our best to find out who they are.” Once the replica arrived in Goff’s studio office, she began her work by consulting a database that uses measurements based on research from male and female cadavers to deter-

mine the way skin would form around the skull. Goff points to the skull. “You can see he had a strong brow ridge and a strong jaw line.” She took the database information and detailed measurements to determine such things as the angle of the nose and width of the nostrils, and applied her artist’s touch to put a face to the crime. She inserted tiny numbered pushpins, not unlike those used to mark places to visit on a map, into the skull replica to provide what are called “tissue depth markers.” They do exactly what it sounds like, mark the spot to show how deep the modeling clay should be to approximate the victim’s flesh. Then she began to apply the modeling clay, using her knowledge of muscle anatomy to fill in around his eyes, cheeks and lips. The sculpting process took about a week. “It took a day to rough it in, and a day to work on the features,” she said. Then she added finishing touches. “Doing the hair takes a little longer.” The last feature to take shape was the nose. “You don’t want to risk bumping it when you’ve taken such care to get it right,” Goff said. Spending a week in such close contact with a victim’s remains builds a certain intimacy. Goff says she doesn’t carry on a conversation with her victims, but there is some communication as she works to recreate their image. “You get to know the

skull,” she said. “It’s telling me information and I’m using what I know.” She’s quick to note that the finished product shouldn’t be viewed as an exact likeness of the victim. The database guidelines and anatomical measurements can only go so far in recreating the man’s face. Some details, such as the droop of the skin around his mouth for example, are the artist’s interpretation of how a 30- to 50-year-old man would age. “We can’t know his skin tone, eye color, whether he had facial hair,” she said. “TV makes you think it should be an exact likeness, and it should take about five minutes.” Back in Horry County, investigators released photos of the dead man’s likeness on July 7, hoping someone would come forward to identify him. “Since we put it out there, we’ve gotten a few calls,” DeBari said. “Detectives are following up on those.” Investigators are also trying to match the man’s dental structure “with some of the (missing persons) reports we have.” But, he added, many not many dental records exist for those on missing persons lists. The case was “cold at the get-go” DeBari said, because of the amount of time that had passed between when the man was killed and the discovery of his bones. But any time they get something new, they check it out, he said. “It’s a long, painstaking process.” — MCT

Google’s Tease on Tablets: Android or Chrome OS? Just when it appears Android 2.2 is ready to leap from smartphones to tablets, Google steps up and casts aspersions on its mobile operating system -at least for now. Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google, reportedly told UK tech news site TechRadar that Android 2.0, code-named Froyo, “is not optimised” (British spelling) to run on tablets. In addition, the Android Market won’t be available on Froyo tablets, a major shortcoming. “If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor,” Barra told TechRadar. That’s unsettling news, particularly for tablet enthusiasts preparing to buy Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, an Android 2.2 tablet that starts shipping in Europe next month. Equally strange is the fact that Samsung’s prelaunch hype seemingly contradicts Barra’s Froyo dis. For instance, the company says the Galaxy Tab, which has a 7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels,

is compatible with about 85 percent to 90 percent of Android Market apps. Of course, “compatible” and “runs well” are often light years apart. Just ask Apple iPad users who’ve dealt with iPhone apps stretched to fit their tablet’s large 9.7-inch display. So who’s right? Is the Froyo-based Galaxy Tab ready to rock? Or should customers wait for Android 3.0? Samsung declined to comment for this story, and Google didn’t respond by end of business day Friday. The Froyo debate affects other soonto-ship tablets too, including Toshiba’s Folio 100, which made an appearance at this week’s Internationale Funkaustellung (IFA) trade show in Berlin. While Barra’s comments may have seemed provocative-perhaps even detrimental to Android’s tablet ambitions-it’s no secret future versions of Android will fine-tuned for slates. Here’s what IDC mobile analyst Susan Kevorkian told me recently:

“We’re seeing new versions of Android coming out every few months or so. What we understand from talking to device vendors is that it won’t be until Android 3.0 that the operating system is fully optimized for the media tablet’s larger display and navigation, and what not.” Ah, but when will Android 3.0, codenamed Gingerbread, arrive? Some rumors say as early as next month, although that seems too soon. If version 3.0’s debut is only weeks away, why wouldn’t tablet makers simply wait a brief time and install the slate-optimized Gingerbread instead of Froyo? For business users mulling whether to bring Android slates to the workplace, the mixed messages from Google and its hardware partners send a clear message: We’re not quite ready. Apple iOS, Android’s more refined mobile competitor, has successfully migrated from iPhone to iPad, albeit with a few minor hiccups. Will Android’s transition be as painless? — PCWorld


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Expectant moms at high risk after Pakistan floods Half million women hit by the floods estimated to give birth: WHO MUZAFFARGARH: Sughra Ramzan knew something was wrong when strange pains began ripping through her stomach for the second time. The pregnant mother feared her baby was in trouble , but there was nothing she could do. It was dark, and she was stranded with no way to reach a doctor from her village, still floating in thigh-high murky water from last month’s massive floods. She desperately needed a boat to ferry her through even deeper water to reach the road, but nothing was available until morning. All she could do was wait and pray. “I felt there was something very wrong,” she said softly. “I was scared about what would happen.” Like Ramzan, tens of thousands of expectant moms were marooned by floods that have swallowed an area of Pakistan larger than Florida. Some 18 million people have been affected, 70 percent of them women and children, in the country’s worst natural disaster. The World Health Organization estimates a half million Pakistani women hit by the floods will give birth over the next six months, and about 32,000 of them will experience complications. Many were malnourished and anemic before the disaster due to a lack of protein and iron in their diets. Now, with so many going hungry and facing diseases ranging from severe diarrhea to malaria, they and their newborns are among the most vulnerable. “It is getting worse day by day. They are suffering extremely, extremely miserable conditions,” said Zahifa Khan, who runs the 14-person Pakistan Human Development Foundation, an organization in the central city of Multan that’s helping pregnant women and babies left homeless by the floods. “They have no camps, and they are sitting under open sky.” Even before the floods, giving birth in Pakistan was risky and difficult. About 80 percent of women deliver at home, often in filthy conditions on the dirt floors of their traditional mud houses. And six out of 10 expectant mothers do not have a skilled birth attendant. Complications mean death rates in childbirth are high, at 276 per 100,000 compared to 11 per 100,000 in the US And that number was already double in Pakistan’s poorest rural areas, where flooding has washed away what little people had and cut off access to roads. One in 20 Pakistani babies do not make it through their first month, and doctors fear rates among those affected by the floods will soar much higher. Some women are getting food and medical care in camps run by aid groups or the government. But many pregnant women, such as those living along the road on the outskirts of hard-hit Multan, are forced to sleep on burlap rice sacks spread across gritty sand under tents propped up by bamboo poles. The sun and 100-degree (38-Celsius) temperatures turn the flimsy canvas shelters into pressure cookers that attract snakes and scorpions. Thousands of flies swarm the sweat-soaked women, most of

PUNJAB: In this Sept 10, 2010 photo, pregnant Pakistani women displaced by floods talk as they sit on a rope bed at a camp in Muzaffargarh district, Punjab province, Pakistan. —AP whom have not bathed in a month because there is no water, toilet or privacy to escape men’s eyes in this conservative Muslim country. They are surviving on a daily handful of boiled rice and grains. If they are lucky, a mobile health unit will provide checkups and transport to the hospital when it’s time for their babies to come. But some have been forced to deliver in tents on their own, using dirty water without even a towel or blanket to clean and wrap their newborns. For others, it’s even worse. “I’m sleeping on a bed on the roadside,” said Shama Mai, 18, who’s due to deliver any day, with a stomach so swollen it’s stretching her dirty threadbare shirt into a tight-fitting tunic. She has six young daughters at her side and not even a sheet to shield

them from the elements. They were forced to flee the surging water at night with only the clothes they were wearing and still cannot return to their flood-ravaged village. “There is no safe place that I can go. We are dying of hunger,” she cried. “There is no water, no food. We are waiting for help from God or the government.” Like many poor women from Pakistan’s agricultural heartland, Ramzan learned early about birthing babies. At 25, she had successfully delivered six children. She was eight months pregnant with her seventh when the Indus River exploded, as it thundered down the country following extreme monsoon rains in late July, killing more than 1,700 people. It was night when the announcement was broad-

cast through speakers that the water had almost reached her village. She and her husband scurried to save their family by holing up on the second floor of their house. Water gushed and rose downstairs, but they remained dry and, unlike many other neighbors’ foundations that were swept away, their house stood firm. Ramzan thought the worst was over. She could keep living in her home and there was still food for her family. God had spared her. But about two weeks ago, something felt wrong. Pain started pulsing through her womb. She knew it wasn’t yet time for the baby to come, so she slogged through snake-infested waters on foot and by boat to eventually reach a doctor. She was given an ultra-

sound, some medicine and advice to come back in five days. She felt better after returning to her village. So she stayed at home instead of again trying to make the 40-kilometer (25-mile) journey on foot, boat and bus for the checkup. Then the pains came again. This time worse and at night. One of the biggest problems with births throughout Pakistan is a delayed call for help. Women and girls often as young as 12 try to deliver at home and only seek a doctor once they realize the situation is life-threatening. The floods destroyed roads and bridges, forcing people into areas with strangers and unfamiliar transport routes. Many have no mobile phones or cash to arrange an emergency trip to the hospital, leaving pregnant women on their own. “We’ve doubled our number of C-sections, we’ve doubled our number of complicated deliveries. Women are coming having started delivery essentially in the open,” said Hilary Bower, medical coordinator for the aid group Doctors Without Borders, which provides emergency care to pregnant women in rugged flood-hit Baluchistan province. “Often we can save the mother and the baby, but sometimes we can’t. These are the ones that are making it to us.” Newborns, a quarter of whom were born with low birth weight prior to the floods, also are at great risk of infection. Many are being given milk formula instead of breast milk because women have no privacy to nurse or they simply feel too weak. Some moms believe they are too unclean to breast-feed, instead giving babies milk substitutes mixed with contaminated water that causes diarrhea, the number two killer of children worldwide. “I don’t think there will be enough care for them,” said Dr Ahmed Shadoul, head of maternal and child health at the WHO in Pakistan. “This is a grave situation, and those affected are the poorest people and those who are also living in remote areas which are not accessible.” When morning finally came, Ramzan was weak and exhausted, but she hoped there was still time. Her husband, brother and sister-in-law all feared she would not survive the long journey. They took turns helping to lead and carry her through 4 kilometers (2 1/2 miles) of muddy water littered with decaying animal carcasses. She then boarded a boat and took six buses before finally reaching the hospital. By the time the doctor arrived, Ramzan already knew the outcome. “I came too late. It should have been a C-section. The baby died three days ago,” she said, still cradling her watermelon belly as the tears came. “It was a very long trip. If the flood had not come, the baby would be OK.” Still in pain, she laid back on the bed and stared at the ceiling , waiting for the doctor to return and remove the latest flood victim lost inside her.—AP

Cancer educates a med student LOS ANGELES: Joshua Lilienstein lined up for treatment this summer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center’s general oncology clinic. A medical student who’d been battling cancer for four years, Lilienstein had little choice. In June 2009, he lost his insurance after maxing out on the lifetime benefit. At 30, Lilienstein found himself playing two roles: a patient negotiating the county’s options for the uninsured and a medical student working the halls of the same hospital to finish a demanding 12-week surgery rotation. The line at the metal detector near the county’s oncology clinic snaked out the door. Lilienstein, who’d arrived straight from morning rounds in his doctor’s coat, stood out among the patients. Security guards took one look at his white jacket and ID badge and waved him through. He was in his first year of medical school at USC when doctors diagnosed testicular cancer. At the time, he was insured by Anthem Blue Cross through the student health insurance program. Lilienstein sought treatment at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the nation’s leading cancer research and treatment sites. He withdrew from school three times for chemotherapy and surgery so radical, doctors called it “heroic” , removing his testicle, clusters of tumors, portions of his liver and bowel, his spleen and lymph nodes and replacing bone marrow destroyed by chemotherapy with a transplant. In January, six months into remission, Lilienstein returned to complete his third year of medical school. By then he was among the more than 2 million uninsured Los Angeles County residents. The oncology clinic’s waiting room was packed. It was a far different crowd than at Norris. Most of the patients were minorities; many Latino, Spanish speakers. Some had amputations. They looked desperate and broken. How strange, he thought, that I look like the healthiest person in the room. He was handed a financial questionnaire full of small print. He looked around the room, wondering how many of his fellow patients would understand their options. When he returned hours later to wait for his appointment, a loudspeaker blared names. The voice was harsh to Lilienstein’s ears. Chemotherapy had damaged his hearing, leaving him dependent on hearing aids. He could not understand the voice on the loudspeaker. Many others in the room were also struggling. Fellow patients, noticing his white coat, assumed he was a

LOS ANGELES: Medical student Joshua Lilienstein stands in the operating room during a break in a breast cancer surgery on June 15, 2010. Lilienstein is leading a life of a surgical medical student and a cancer patient himself. —MCT clinic doctor and approached him for help. “I’m Gonzalez,” one man said. “Are you looking for me?” When Lilienstein told the man he was not his doctor, he wilted back into his seat. Within the hour, a resident was recording Lilienstein’s medical history in an exam room. Lilienstein wondered if he was getting preferential treatment and vowed to leave his doctor’s coat behind next time. When his oncologist arrived, they spoke briefly, reviewed his records and confirmed the blood tests he would have that day. After about five minutes, the oncologist moved on. Doctors at Norris usually spent more time with Lilienstein, but their clinics were not inundated with chronically ill uninsured and underinsured patients. These are the moments when Lilienstein thinks about the paradox of public hospitals and the promise of national health reform.”County is an amazing public service; look at all these hundreds of people getting free or low-cost medical care. But on the other hand, there’s a stark class division in terms of access to medical care and engaging with the medical system that’s very uncomfortable,” he said. “This is not how it looks in other developed countries. We can do better.” On a midsummer day not long after his first appointment at the county clinic, Lilienstein greeted Lydia Nueva Espana, 77, in the preoperative area at the private USC University Hospital, a short walk

across the medical campus from County-USC. Lilienstein does not tell every patient he is a cancer survivor. Sometimes it can be a distraction. But other times, his story can offer encouragement. He had shared his history with Nueva Espana, whose battle with breast cancer had begun in 1978, before Lilienstein was born. She had a mastectomy soon after her initial diagnosis more than three decades ago, but the cancer had recurred three to four years ago. Nueva Espana was already in a hospital gown, and as nurses settled her onto a gurney, Dr. Stephen Sener, the cancer surgeon, arrived to explain how he and two other surgeons would remove the lump and rebuild her breast. “It’s what that medical student had: multi-disciplinary surgery,” Sener said, pointing to Lilienstein as Nueva Espana beamed. Doctors who survive cancer and return to work show a different perspective and dedication, Sener said, adding of his younger colleague: “He doesn’t have to be here , he could have just curled up in a ball.” From the start, Lilienstein resisted fearing his illness. He chronicled and examined his treatment on a blog. He let his parents post photographs of his last surgery online. “This time of illness,” he said, “has been fascinating.” Still, he second-guessed himself at the start of the summer, questioning whether he should return to the demands of

medical school. “The kind of stress that I will have to endure as a medical student and a resident is something that ruins normal people’s bodies and minds,” he said. “As opposed to some random genetic thing that had messed with my life, this would be me making the wrong decision.” Knowing he was uninsured only added to the pressure. He already owed more than $30,000 to USC, Stanford Hospital and Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center in New York for cancer treatments and surgery. Collections agents were calling. In the operating room, Lilienstein stood by as a thoracic surgeon sewed a protective mesh over Nueva Espana’s lungs. “Somebody hold that. Don’t pull it , hold it,” the surgeon ordered. The surgeon and Sener had removed a fist-size hunk of cancerous tissue from Nueva Espana’s breast and sections of two of her ribs. Lilienstein, standing across from the surgeons, helped them stitch the mesh, holding one of the threads in place with a metal clamp. They have been on their feet for about two hours. Lilienstein was in awe of the surgery, the most radical he had seen. To him, it was both beautiful and terrible. Beautifully done, terribly painful to recover from. Soon, Dr. Alex Wong, a plastic surgeon, arrived and took over, slicing into Nueva Espana’s abdomen with the help of a resident to find

the muscle he would use to rebuild her breast. Lilienstein held back surrounding tissue with a metal retractor. “So, you’re finishing your third year,” Wong said. “Have you thought about what you want to do?” Lilienstein was not sure what sort of doctor he wanted to be. He wanted to improve cancer therapies, translating advances in genomic science into new treatments. Maybe he should be a radiologist, he said, or a hematologistoncologist. “And I’m still recovering,” he said, explaining his diagnosis of metastatic testicular cancer. Wong took that in stride. He asked which doctors Lilienstein had seen. The medical student eagerly detailed his own case. “The added drama is that I maxed out my health insurance, so I’m uninsured.” The resident who’d been helping Wong looked confused. How could a medical student be uninsured? Lilienstein understood. His medical school professors rarely discussed health insurance. He remembered a single lecture during his first year that was so complicated, even the instructor threw up his hands. “It’s sort of this space in our health care system,” Lilienstein said.

He had to leave surgery for a noon appointment at the county oncology clinic, so he did not tell the resident the latest news: He had been told he would soon be insured. University officials had recently notified him that the student health plan was switching from Anthem Blue Cross to Aetna. He was eligible to enroll, despite his pre-existing condition and lapse in coverage. Wong was winding down, preparing to stitch up Nueva Espana’s incisions. Lilienstein left for his scheduled CT scan. The resident shouted after him. “Good luck on your CT!” Lilienstein walked briskly across campus, still thinking about Nueva Espana’s surgery, considering decisions the surgeons made and how they would affect her recovery. At the diagnostic and treatment tower, he did not have time to take off his white coat before he reached the metal detector, where security guards again waved him past the line. He found the fourth-floor CT scan waiting area nearly empty, a television in the windowless room blaring a World Cup soccer game. A radiology technician appeared and told him he had just missed the morning rush. “Usually, the line is out the door,” Lilienstein said. —MCT

COLOMBIA: Five-day-old tiger cubs play with their mother “Maya” at the Villa Lorena Shelter for injured and mistreated animals in Cali, Colombia Saturday. “Maya” was seized from a Colombian circus. —AP

Sri Lanka fishermen find peace leaves nets empty TRINCOMALEE: Fishermen in the Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee hoped the end of the island’s civil war would bring prosperity, but dynamite and corruption now threaten their livelihoods. Trincomalee, on the northeast coast, has one of the world’s finest natural harbors and was fiercely fought over during the war until government troops finally defeated the rebel Tamil Tigers in May last year. “The problem we have now is that although we have the freedom to go out and work, the fish are being illegally destroyed to the point where we can’t earn a living,” said captain Ananda Peiris after a dawn expedition that brought in just 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of tuna. Peiris hoped his small boat would haul in good profits when restrictions on fishing were lifted after peace broke out. But he says the end of the war has resulted in a free-forall that leaves him with tiny catches as big operators bribe authorities and use dynamite to kill large numbers of fish, also damaging coral reefs. “A lot of fishermen are going out but because others are doing dynamite and purse seine (circular net) fishing, we are not able to earn money,” he said. “We’ve told the government but they’re not doing anything. Our natural resources are being destroyed and I don’t know what to do.” The Fisheries Ministry says the annual catch last year rocketed to 28,000 tonnes from just 8,000 during the war-and it admits that the increase is due in part to illegal dynamite fishing and big business corruption. “The government has banned this type of fishing. But we depend on the navy to patrol the waters and prevent these horrible methods,” Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne told AFP. “There are certain Navy officials in certain places who are also involved with the business people in the area. Therefore, they are not taking quick action,” Senaratne said. For the 8,000-strong community of smallscale fishermen in Trincomalee, there has been no sign of a “peace dividend” since decades of bloody ethnic warfare in Sri Lanka came to an end. “During the war where we could only fish in daytime, I earned about 10,000 rupees (90 dollars) a day. Now I barely earn 2,000 rupees,” said fisherman Mohammed Fazlan, 39. A third-generation fisherman, Fazlan blames authorities for not tackling the illegal and unregulated fishing rackets that have taken over control of waters that were until recently infested by Tamil Tiger mines. During the war, the Tigers carried out several daring attacks on Trincomalee harbour, which was a critical transport link from where government troops, food and ammunition were ferried to the battlefields further north. “The illegal fishing is done under political patronage,” alleged Naghappan Parasuraman, 61, president of Trincomalee Fishermen’s Society. “During the war the Tigers banned it, and people were scared of them. Now no Tigers. People want quick money. “The people who do dynamite fishing, the government must make the navy catch and


Monday, September 13, 2010

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Worst epidemic in Nigeria in 19 years

Cholera stalks West Africa as rains spread disease GANJUWA, Nigeria: Patients jammed rudimentary clinics and health workers in surgical masks sprayed anti-bacterial solution on muddy paths as the government struggled to contain a cholera epidemic that has killed nearly 800 Nigerians in two months. The worst epidemic in Nigeria in 19 years is spreading to Cameroon, Chad and Niger, where it has killed hundreds more. At a

GEUMSAN: A chef cooks a dish with Korean ginseng at a local market during a ginseng festival in Geumsan, 130 kilometres south of Seoul, on September 7, 2010. —AFP

S Koreans pay homage to health-giving herb GEUMSAN: “Look! It’s huge!” shouts a muddy but beaming Han Myung-Ja, 52, plunging her hoe into the soil to unearth a giant ginseng root. Han fills a basket with the man-shaped root as she collects seasonal presents for family and friends-one of dozens of people doing the same at South Korea’s biggest ginseng festival. The herb, known to Koreans as the “root of life” for its purported health-giving properties, grows wild in deep valleys and on shaded hillsides and has also been cultivated on the peninsula for 1,500 years. Devotees say the herb increases resistance to stress and fatigue, has an aphrodisiac quality and acts as a stimulant, although it has proved difficult scientifically to prove some of the claimed benefits. Last year South Korea produced 27,460 tonnes of ginseng roots, worth about 700 million dollars including exports valued at more than 21 million dollars. Geumsan county, 130 kilometres (81 miles) south of Seoul, is the hub of the industry. Its ginseng market operates yearround and accounts for 80 percent of all the country’s trades.

Geumsan also draws almost a million visitors every year to its ginseng festival, which precedes the major holiday of Chuseok (thanksgiving) at which the root is a prized gift. The event this year runs from September 3-12. The festival earned about 76 million dollars last year, including 27 million dollars in sales of raw ginseng and 13 million dollars spent at an expo of various products based on the herb. “Our county is where ginseng was first found-according to legend-and ginseng here is of good quality due to the nutritious soil and the right amount of sunshine,” county mayor Park Dong-Cheol told AFP. The event involves a lot more than digging up roots. In a food competition, chefs ranging from soldiers to students are encouraged to be creative. Among a variety of other dishes, rolls filled with ginseng and vegetables are used to decorate models of traditional Korean homes. “It looks delicious and beautiful,” said Russian visitor Anna Krasnova, 22. Casual visitors can try out various products for free, while traders haggle over large orders

at a ginseng expo before signing contracts. “We sell a lot here. I came last year and I plan to come next year as well because of the large number of visitors,” said Lee Hyo-Jin, who retails ginseng jelly and snacks. During the expo, more than 150 tons of ginseng products are sold daily to both locals and foreigners. The festival also offers visitors a chance to dig for the roots, a free health examination, ginseng facial masks for beauty, massages involving a form of ginseng aromatherapy and foot baths in water flavored by the herb. Visitors eager to check their health and receive the appropriate free treatment form long lines. The festival celebrated its 30th anniversary this year by opening the International Ginseng and Herb Research Institute, a 17 billion won (14 million dollar) project with 11 researchers dedicated to proving the health benefits of ginseng and honing cultivation skills. “We plan to increase the number of researchers to up to 21 in five years and are currently preparing labs for projects,” said county mayor Park. —AFP

As more and more patients arrived and occupied all the beds in the wards, doctors had to put them into storerooms and concrete hallways wet with human waste. Throughout villages like Ganjuwa and cities across West Africa, lack of clean drinking water is allowing the waterborne bacterial disease to bloom. In Nigeria, 13,000 people have been sickened, according to the nation’s Health Ministry. Salisu Garba needs only to look at a communal trash pit outside his family’s home in Ganjuwa to see how the cholera bacteria sickened and ultimately killed his 20-yearold brother. Seasonal rains have turned the trash pit into a pond of raw sewage, which seeps into nearby wells, infecting Garba’s family and others in this rural village in northern Nigeria. “That pond is a source of worry,” Garba said. “We don’t have any hope.” “These areas become breeding ground for cholera,” said Chris Cormency, a UNICEF official monitoring the epidemic. Cormency said the disease began in Nigeria and then spread to neighboring Cameroon, where more than 300 people have died and 5,000 have fallen ill. In Chad, more than 40 have died and 600 are sickened, while the disease also has popped up in nearby Niger, he said. It was not immediately clear how many people were affected there. After someone was found sick with cholera on a train in Cameroon, the other 1,500 people onboard panicked. Health officials gave out antibiotics and tried to decontaminate the train, media in Cameroon reported. Cholera is a fast-developing, highly contagious infection that causes diarrhea, leading to severe dehydration and possible death. The current outbreak is the worst in Nigeria since 1991, when 7,654 people died, according to the World Health Organization. Cholera is easily preventable with clean water and sanitation but in places like West Africa, sanitation often remains an afterthought in teeming city slums and mudwalled villages. In Nigeria, almost half the country’s 150 million people lack access to clean water and proper sanitation, according to the WHO, even though the government earns billions of

dollars a year as one of Africa’s top oil exporters. Poor sanitation “is the backbone of this disease,” said Adamu Abubakar, a Red Cross official in Bauchi state, a rural region of rolling mountains and pasturelands where Ganjuwa sits. Doctors at the maternity clinic, which during this crisis has been transformed into a cholera hospital, try to keep the disease from spreading by waving off well-wishers and preventing ill mothers from holding their children. The poorly funded clinics put patients on torn, yellow foam mattresses, with only a plastic bucket underneath to catch the waste that drains off. The seriously ill receive drugs through an IV. Many can be treated simply by remaining well hydrated during the illness. Abubakar and other Red Cross officials offered powdered mixes to families in Ganjuwa on a recent morning and gave advice. In Bauchi, the state capital, the major state hospital has a clinic staffed by Doctors Without Borders, where more than 100 cholera patients are being treated. Officials say many more cholera sufferers are in local clinics or at home in other states throughout Nigeria’s north. Volunteers carrying large sprayers moved through the littered, narrow dirt streets of Ganjuwa and into family compounds, spraying a chlorine solution designed to kill the cholera bacteria. The teams also dumped chlorine tablets into wells. Dr Musa Dambam Mohammed, a Bauchi state health official, said the local government has chlorinated every well in the region and informed the public about how to avoid contracting the illness. However, the chlorine wears off over time, leaving the wells again susceptible to cholera. And the rains have not stopped. They flush sewage out of small holes at the base of mud walls along narrow dirt paths and into the trash-pit pond near Garba’s family compound, where chickens peck at refuse and children learn to read the Quran from wooden tablets. But now, everyone here knows the danger lurking in the algae-covered water. “Within two hours you can be dehydrated,” Garba said. “You cannot even stand on your toes.” —AP

maternity clinic and a nearby hospital in Ganjuwa, patients with blank eyes lay contorted on fouled mattresses from severe diarrhea triggered by the cholera. Small children laying under traditional brightly colored cloth were hooked up to IV tubes as doctors tried to save them by rehydrating them intravenously.

ST LOUIS: Newly pressed Tums pile into a bin, August 26, 2010, at the Tums plant in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. —MCT

80 years of Tums: US plant churns out 4 billion stomach-soothers a year ST LOUIS: If you’ve ever popped a tablet for a tummy ache, chances are it was made here. For decades, Tums has rolled off billions of antacid tablets from its red brick building at 320 S. Broadway in St. Louis, where 99.9 percent of the world’s Tums supply is produced. This month marks the 80th anniversary of Tums’ production at the five-story plant across from Busch Stadium that stretches across nearly a city block. Stephen Bishop, who oversees operations at the plant where he started as a research scientist 38 years ago, said the simplicity of the product’s formula explains its longevity and standing as the No. 1 selling antacid in the nation. “The basic formula is the same as it was 80 years ago,” he said. Tums ranks first in the US for the number of units sold, 60.2 million bottles or rolls, for the 52-week period that ended Aug. 8, according to SymphonyIRI Group, a Chicago-based market research firm. Johnson & Johnson, which makes Rolaids, is Tums’ next-biggest competitor, with 37.24 million antacid products sold in the US in the past year. Antacids that work over time instead of fast-acting relief are relatively new to the market, including Procter & Gamble’s Prilosec, launched in 2003, and Novartis’ Prevacid 24-hour antacid tablets, launched in 2009. Both of those products are among the top five antacid tablets sold in the US Morningstar analyst Damien Conover said antacid tablets provide lower margins versus prescription medications, but they serve as a buffer for their parent companies that are facing patent chal-

lenges on prescription drugs. “A lot of pharmaceutical companies are facing patent litigation, and companies that are better diversified such as Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline have been able to lean a little more on consumer products,” Conover said. Conover said Tums’ recognizable brand name helps explain its leading market position. “The consumer health care business is one area where a strong brand name can really resonate well with consumers and help maintain market share.” Tums added signs outside its building this year to chronicle its history in the stomach-soothing business, but many St. Louisians don’t know Tums started here and don’t realize the plant is still in operation, Bishop said. Anisha Morrell-Charles, a New Orleans native who works at St. Louis Community College, said she didn’t know Tums was locally made until she started working downtown three years ago, and she has lived in St. Louis for 20 years. “I have acid reflux, so it’s great for me to know they’re next door,” she said. The plant pumped out 4.7 billion Tums tablets in 24 flavors in 2009. Five years ago, Tums’ parent company, London-based GlaxoSmithKline, moved the manufacture of its Oscal calcium supplement brands to the St. Louis plant, which added about a half-million tablets. Early next year, the Tums plant will also start making a fiber additive, Citrucel tablets. A GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman said the addition of Citrucel production to the St. Louis manufacturing site may result in additional jobs, but no job estimates were available. —MCT


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Monday, September 13, 2010

sponsors Feast for the senses after the fast

By Sahar Moussa ights dazzled and the stars shone down at a one-of-a-kind concert staged at Al-Raya Center on the second day of Eid Al-Fitr. The show-stealer was no stranger to admiration and has a huge fan following. Gorgeous and ethereal, Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram sparkled with the equally charming Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi at a music fest which was organized and exclusively sponsored by Kuwait Times with the collaboration of Nina Koutibashvili Jewelry under the auspices of Sheikh Duaij Al-Khalifa AlSabah. Nancy arrived at the airport at around 1:40 in the afternoon, and was received with flowers and greetings from the people at the airport, who rushed to click pictures with her. The event was wellplanned at the Al-Raya hall and excellent security was arranged by Director of Government and Foreign Relations Department for Kuwait Marriot Hotels Yaacoub Al-Shatty. The concert called ‘AlRaya Nights’ kicked off around 11:40 pm with a song from Ajram and this was followed by her Eid wishes to everyone present. What really impressed the young children who participated at the event - apart from the contagious energy - was the singing and dancing along to Ajram’s tunes. Along with her hugely well-known and popular songs, Ajram sang two numbers from her new album and left the crowd delighted. Her musical act lasted on stage for an hour-and-a-half and left the audience thirsting for more. After Ajram’s performance, the outstanding Emirati singer Al-Jassmi fuelled the stage with his exceptional entrance and modest smile that captured the audience. Both Al-Jassmi and Ajram have received ‘Ambassador of

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KUWAIT: Dr Ziad Alyan, Kuwait Times Deputy Editor-in-Chief (right) is pictured with Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram before her concert in Kuwait on Saturday evening. —Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Goodwill’ plaque from UNICEF, but this moniker has been associated with AlJassmi ever since. He got onstage at 1:30 am and kept the crowds swaying in a trance till 3 in the morning. His songs lef t his fans enchanted and begging for more into the night. He thanked the organizers and wished everyone a happy and prosperous Eid. Ajram and Al-Jassmi not only made music but also made everyone’s night and it won’t be an exaggeration to say that they gave the listeners the best Eidiya this year.

M or e excl u si ve photos a n d a on e- on - on e i n ter vi ew wi th N a n cy A j r a m comi n g u p i n tomorrow’s Ku wa i t Ti mes i ssu e.

One of the concert’s hosts introducing Hussain Al-Jassmi before he came onstage.

Nancy Ajram is seen in her car at the airport before going to the hotel.

Director of Government and Foreign Relations Department for Kuwait Marriot Hotels Yaacoub Al-Shatty

Audience are seen before entering the concert.

Nancy Ajram performing on stage.


Monday, September 13, 2010

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star-studded night with Ajram and Al-Jasmi

(From left) Kuwait Times Editor Sahar Moussa, Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram and PR Manager Gigi Lamara, greeted with flowers at Kuwait airport.

Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi performing on stage.


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ulio Iglesias’ marriage has helped him to focus on the future. The 66-year-old singer - who tied the knot with partner of 20 years Miranda Rijinsburger last month- said the couple’s intimate union in Marbella was the “culmination of many years of love”. He said: “It’s the culmination of many years of love, mutual understanding, affection and unconditional support, a relationship that has brought us five children who are our very soul. If Miranda hadn’t come into my life, my mind wouldn’t be as focused on the future as it is right now - it would be focused on the present, and very likely, more and more in the past. “When you have five kids, the future - their future automatically becomes your focal point. And that makes you always look forward.” The couple - whose children Miguel, 13, Rodrigo, 11, nine-year-old twins Cristina and Victoria, and threeyear-old Guillermo made up five of the seven guests at the wedding - decided to wait to walk down the aisle until their offspring were old enough to understand what was going on. Julio explained: “They are thrilled. Now that they’re older, they understood perfectly what the day meant and were very moved by it. And we were very moved by it, too, sharing such a special moment with them.”

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Iglesias’ marital focus Gemma Arterton used to be ‘rough’ T

he 24-year-old actress - who grew up in Gravesend, Kent admits she had a tough upbringing and had to learn to be “posh” while studying acting at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). She said: “I was quite rough when I was younger. I had an attitude. And at RADA they just said, ‘It doesn’t match your casting,’ so I had to learn to be posh in a way. “I’ve had problems with people thinking I’m common and making judgments. It

really angers me, it’s terrible, but people do. So you have to adapt, otherwise you’ll be limited.” The actress recently learnt the importance of her looks after wearing a prosthetic nose on her new comedy ‘Tamara Drewe’ and realizing people’s attitudes changed. She explained to Glamour magazine: “People actually treated me differently. They accommodated me less, like I had lower status. Very interesting. The nose is framed in my bathroom now.”

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Zoe Saldana’s mother is her hero

he ‘Avatar’ actress revealed when her father died when she was just nine years old, her mother left their New York home to take her and sisters Cisely and Marial to their birthplace in the Dominican Republic, where they could “fulfil their dreams”. She explained: “My mother is my hero. She sacrificed herself so we could study and fulfil our dreams,

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always advising us to uphold wholesome values, love and family.” The 32-year-old star also admitted winning the role of Princess Neytiri in ‘Avatar’ was a dream come true, as she had always thought director James Cameron was “ingenious”. She added: “They chose me right away, the first one in the cast. I didn’t know what to expect but I was totally thrilled because

I’ve always held James Cameron in great esteem. I think it’s ingenious how, even in films with spectacular special effects, he always manages to include the human side and a positive message. “Also he has brought wonderful female characters to the screen, like Linda Hamilton in ‘The Terminator’ and Sigourney Weaver in ‘Aliens’.

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he Girls Aloud singer - who is also a judge on UK TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ can’t think of anything worse than giving up her showbiz lifestyle in favor of an office job. She explained: “Oh my motivation is absolutely being in the public eye. Like I totally get it when people who sit in offices with nine-to-five jobs can’t be bothered. What would be their motivation? “I would never give up what I do. I love what I do, I love my music, I love being a judge on ‘The X Factor’.” The ‘Fight for This Love’ star - who is currently in the process of divorcing soccer star Ashley Cole - also admitted she struggles to switch off and has attempted to take up meditation in order to calm herself. She told Britain’s Vogue magazine: “I’ve been trying to meditate but I can’t seem to get it. My mother does it, and I really think that actually may be the way forward for me, but the thoughts keep coming in. Always. How do you stop them?”

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livia Palermo claims starring in ‘The City’ was a “business decision”. The New York-based socialite - who appears alongside former ‘The Hills’ star Whitney Port in the reality TV show admitted the show is edited to make her appear to be the office villain. She explained: “It is absolutely not reality. This is a business decision. I can learn from it. It adds entertainment value. I know my focus. I have a long-term plan, so I don’t get stuck in the moment.” The brunette beauty who is currently dating male model Johannes Huebl revealed she doesn’t plan to stay in reality television forever and will eventually move into the world of fashion design. She told Tatler magazine: “I want to act, model, try it all. Designing a collection will come in time.” However, the 24year-old star admitted she prefers spending time in London to her native New York, as she believes British people are more genuine. Olivia added: “People are always looking for the negative and not focusing on the positive. In New York people can be too accepting too quickly. In London, people are slower to accept you, but once they do, you can have deeper relationships.”

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Minogue’s treatment Rod Stewart and wife quit LA tears R ylie Minogue admits she often cries over her ongoing cancer treatment. The pop superstar is still taking medication for breast cancer and has confessed there have been times when the side-effects, which include extreme sickness and headaches, have left her distraught and despondent. Kylie who was first diagnosed with the disease in 2005 - said: “Trust me, ‘I have been in

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floods of tears at my oncologist, saying, ‘I can’t stand it, get me off this stuff,’ and he will become very stern and say, ‘We have to cure you,’ so you have to carry on with it because it works. “I will finish early next year and that will be amazing, but I’ve also heard that you can feel quite insecure when you first come off it because you have relied on this medication for so long. It’s going to be a big adjustment.” Just as Kylie

is looking forward to finally completing her treatment for the illness she is also looking forward to performing for years to come. The 42-year-old singer wants to continue making music into old age and admits her career gave her something to focus on during her initial cancer treatment. She explained to You magazine: “Work was a big part of my recovery. Even when I was going through treatment I was

fantasizing about the ‘Showgirl Homecoming’ tour. I had to do it - I don’t know what else I would have done. As I went through the treatment, I would try and concentrate on the future... But I’ll be the one in the old people’s home doing high-kicks in the corner. There is an inherent part of me that says, ‘This is what I do, this is who I am.’ I just can’t stop - it’s difficult to subdue a performer’s instinct.”

od Stew art and his wife Penny Lancaster have quit their Los Angeles home. The couple - who are expecting their second child together - have turned their backs on the US and moved back to the UK so their fouryear-old son Alastair can be educated in Britain. The family has moved into their mansion in Epping, Essex, and the youngster has been enrolled in a school in the nearby village of Coopersale. A source told The Mail on Sunday newspaper: “Rod and Penny were both ready to come back to Britain. They both dropped Alastair off at school for his first day and were very proud parents. Penny was pretty emotional she can’t believe how quickly Alastair has grown up.” Rod - who has lived in Los Angeles for much of the last 30 years - and Penny now

intend to stay in the UK permanently but will keep their Stateside home for vacations. It is believed Essex-born Penny

wanted to move back to England so she could be close to her mother. The source added: “Alastair will have an interna-

tional upbringing but they are staying in the UK to be near Penny’s family. Her mother especially wants the chance to see more of her grandchildren. Rod and Penny also want their kids to have a traditional British upbringing.” Rod has six other children from previous relationships - Kimberley, 30, and Sean, 29, by his first wife Alana Hamilton, Ruby, 23, by model Kelly Emberg and Renee, 18, and Liam, 15, with his second wife Rachel Hunter. His eldest daughter, Sarah, 46, was born when he was just 19 and was brought up in a children’s home until she was four, before being adopted. All of his older children apart from Sarah were raised in Los Angeles. The 65-year-old singer and Penny, 39, announced they were having another child together in August. —Bang Showbiz


WHAT’S ON IN KUWAIT

Monday, September 13, 2010

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Announcement s

Embassy information EMBASSY OF US The United States Department of State announces the increase in various visa fees to ensure sufficient resources to cover the increasing cost of processing nonimmigrant visas (NIVs). US law requires the Department to recover the cost of processing non-immigrant visas through the collection of the application fees. The increased fees are to take effect June 4, 2010. Under the new rule, applicants for all visas that are not petitionbased, including B1/B2 tourist and business visitor visas and all student and exchangevisitor visas, will pay a fee of $140. Applicants for petition-based visas will pay an application fee of $150, as each of the below categories requires a review of extensive documentation and a more indepth interview of the applicant than other categories, such as tourists. These categories include: H visa for temporary workers and trainees L visa for intra-company transferees O visa for aliens with extraordinary ability P visa for athletes, artists and entertainers Q visa for international cultural exchange visitors R visa for religious occupations The application fee for K visas for fiance(e)s of US citizens will be $350. The fee for E visas for treaty-traders and treaty-investors will be $390.

Sept 17 Onam Fest 2010: ‘Vanithavedi Kuwait’ a leading women’s association will be celebrating Onam on Friday, Sept 17, 2010, from 9 am - 6 pm at the Indian Community School, Khaitan Branch, the program named as ‘OnamFest 2010’ will have the public meeting followed by various cultural programs. The traditional Onasadya will be served. For the successful conduct of Onam Fest 2010, a program committee has been formed. Dr Vasanthy Nair (general convenor), Valsamma George, Dr Mary (Joint Convenors), Prasanna Ramabhadran (Arts convenor), Tolly Prakash (Food convenor), Shiny Ajith (Raffle convenor), Sumathy Babu (Souvenir convenor), Valsa Sam (Publicity convenor), Syamala Narayanan, (Reception convenor), Sharlette Albert (Volunteer captain). For more details, contact: 24342807, 66428433, 66596625, 24331598. Theater & Music All level music classes: ‘Treasure of Talents’ (est in 1992) music education program invites all level music classes on piano, theory of music, vocal, flute. Academic Level teachers help prepare for international exams, children concerts, yearly ‘Treasure of Talents’ Festival and music competitions. Contact Prof Cezary, Tel. 25320427, 66549009 of Ms Yasmeene Berlitz Institute Tel: 22542212. 22512533 or email: treasureoftalents@yahoo.com treasureoftalents@hotmail.com

Visitors are seen at the viewing sphere

✦✦✦ Call to classical music lovers: Are you a lover of music? Would you like to promote the traditional Indian classical music in Kuwait? If your answer is in the affirmative, please write ton more details to music_karnatic@yahoo.co. in (that is, music underscore karnatic) with your contact details or call 7978286. SEPT 24 NSS Onam: Nair Service Society (NSS), Kuwait will celebrate Onam on Sept 24, at Cambridge School, Mangaf. South Indian film star and acclaimed dancer Lakshmi Gopalaswamy will perform during the function. Ajai Malhotra, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, will be the chief guest at the Onam celebration on September 24, which will be followed by a full day variety entertainment program depicting the rich heritage and art forms of Kerala. Muraleekrishnan P, President of Nair Service Society, Kuwait (NSS Kuwait) will preside over the function.The Ona-Sadhya (Onam Feast) will be served in the traditional Kerala style on banana leaf on September 24. Nair Service Society (NSS) Kuwait, is one of the largest Socio-Cultural Organization in Kuwait formed in year 2001 and now has more than 3000 Indians as members. For more information, contact Anish Nair, NSS Kuwait 9969-1431.

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Oct 14 Tulukoota Kuwait announces its “Decennial Parba “on October 14th & 15th. 2010 at American International School Hawally. We invite all Tulukoota Kuwait members to join us for fun filled and exciting events planned to celebrate the milestones throughout Tulukoota Kuwait’s 10 years journey. 14th October Rasamanjari - musical show by Star performer Anuradha Bhatt, Prakash Mahadevan Naveen Koppa & others, Vismaya Jadoo by Mega Magic Star Ganesh Kudroli & troupe. Dr. Mohan Alva Cultural Performances & King of Comedy Navin D Padil presents tulu drama “ Paniyerla aath Panande Budiyerla aath” This is a fun tilled evening for entire family! Join us for a great time. For more information call : Swarna C Shetty - 99006934; Pascal Pinto - 9953 1557; Sathya Narayan 66585077: Suresh Salian - 99161228; Chandrahasa Shetty - 55941955. OCT 21 Rendezvous 2010: The Kuwait Chapter of the St. Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA KUWAIT) have announced that “Rendezvous” their hallmark event will be conducted on 21st October at Asia Asia Restaurant, Souk Al Watiya, Kuwait City from 8 pm onwards. This year, SACAA Kuwait celebrates five years of its existence in Kuwait. SACAA-Kuwait has been synonymous with various fund raising initiatives through which they consistently supported various needs of their Alma Mater and its students back in Mangalore, India. Through Rendezvous-2010, SACAA-Kuwait intends to help generate funds for the Poor Students Fund of St. Aloysius institutions where numerous needy students look forward to assistance to subsidize their costs. SACAA Kuwait calls upon all Aloysians, their families and also like minded people to join this noble cause and help make life a little better for those needy students back home. For entry passes and further information, kindly contact - 66731828, 66746425, 66181041, 94093275, 66699857, 66091962. OCT 29 Onathanima tug of war: Thanima is conducting its annual Onam celebrations along with its celebrated tug of war competitions on October 29 at Central School compound, Abbasiya. Cultural procession, concert and other attractive cultural items will add glitter to the evening function in which many prominent personalities are expected to be present. Those teams wishing to participate in the tug of war competition, please contact 99865499 / 97253653 / 66071276 / 99703872. Nov 17 Trend setter Udupi Restaurant, Kuwait proudly presents “ Gandharva Ganam” a live carnatic classical concert by living legend & maestro Padmabooshan Dr. K.J.Yesudas with his troupe on 17th Nov. 2010 at American International School, Kuwait. Sri. Nagai Murali on violin, Sri. Bakthavalsalam on Mridangam and Sri. Thripunithura Radhakrishnan on Ghatam. For more details, please contact 66752462 or 66784867.

Saudi Arabian tourists stop by the Kuwait Towers

A family pose at the viewing sphere

Another family opts to visit the Towers during the holiday

Friends enjoy their time at the Kuwait Towers

A visitor receives his free snack

Kuwait Towers welcomes Eid vis KUWAIT: The Kuwait Towers is one of the most visited recreational spots in the country and is considered to be a favorite socializing spot during special occasions. Preparations have

been made at the Kuwait Towers for Eid Al-Fitr holidays. The Deputy Managing Director of Touristic Affairs at the Touristic Enterprises Company (TEC), Meshary

IPC - Islamic courses PC is offering Islamic courses in English (for ladies only). 1. Tilawa Surah Al Imran on Tuesday at 5:30-7 pm on October 5, 2010 2. Forty Hadith (Part 2) Tuesday from 78:30pm on October 5, 2010 Instructor: Sr. Zeinab Hassan Ashry at IPC - Women Section Al-Rawdah - Area 3 - St. 30 - House 12. Call 22512257 97290270.

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Arpan Onam celebration rpan Kuwait will celebrate Onam — the harvest festival of Kerala — on October 1, 2010 from 10 am onwards at the Indian Community School (Amman Branch), Salmiya. Arpan office-bearers are lining up an array of cultural programs to celebrate the festival that marks the homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. A variety of programs to be presented by Arpan members and their families will include Mohiniyattom, Onam songs, folk and traditional songs, skits etc. Arrival of Mahabali with the accompaniment of ‘chenda’, ‘arpu’ and ‘pulikkali’

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Al-Sanousi indicated that all preparations were made ahead to organize the towers’ different facilities and restaurants for this special occasion. At the same time, he announced that visitors to

will be the highlight of the celebration. Athappookkalam, to be drawn by the Ladies Wing of Arpan will be an added attraction. The celebration will conclude with the traditional ‘Onasadya.’

Toastmasters Club announcement o you want to overcome your fear of speaking in public? Do you want to sharpen your presentation skills? Do you want to develop leadership skills? Do you wish to attend job interviews with confidence? All of these can be achieved for a nominal fee with unlimited opportunities to practice and develop at the new Toastmasters Club (affiliated to Toastmasters International USA), being chartered in Salmiya. If you want to be part of your own chartered club, join us at Bayan Restaurant, Salmiya (next to Red Tag) at 7:45 pm on Friday, September 3, 2010. For free registration contact Vishwanath at 67735024 visragmal@yahoo.com or Xavier at 99850173 xaviermuthu@hotmail.com

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the viewing sphere can benefit from a special offer along with a free snack. Visitors from all nationalities arrived at the Kuwait Towers during the early hours of the morning on the first day of Eid.

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pplications are now being invited for “Tulukoota Kuwait Merit Cum Means Scholarship” to be awarded during Tuluparba 2010 scheduled to be held on 14th & 15th October 2010. The objective of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance and support to deserving meritorious students, to enable them pursue their higher studies. Applications are accepted from minimum one year valid Tulukoota Kuwait member’s children studying either in the State of Kuwait or in India, and scoring high grades in Xth and XIIth standard Board Examination held for Academic year 2009-2010. Copies of marks sheet & proof of income to be submitted along with the application for scholarship to Welfare officer Mr. Ramesh Kidiyoor Tel: 99596457/97204716 Applications will be accepted from 5th September 201030th September 2010. Candidates obtaining high grades but not eligible for merit cum means scholarship shall be honored with Merit Certificate and Medal during Tuluparba 2010, For more information contact: Mr. Ramesh Kidiyoor: 99596457/97204716, Sathyanarayan: 66585077; Chandrahasa Shetty: 55941955.

EMBASSY OF CANADA Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) 2010 - October 2 to 4, 2010 organized by the Embassy of Canada. Representatives of leading Canadian universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education will be available to meet students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors to present the advantages of studying in Canada. On October 4, 2010 a “Study in Canada” exhibition will be being held at the Safir Marina Hotel, Salmiya for potential students and their parents to attend. The Canadian institutions will also be visiting local schools to speak to interested students about opportunities to study in Canada. Please contact the Canadian Embassy in Kuwait for additional information. The MEEI tour will also be visiting the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. EMBASSY OF INDIA The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week. Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the Embassy of India: [i] 24x7 Helpline for Domestic Workers: Accessible by toll free telephone no. 25674163 from anywhere in Kuwait, it provides information and advice exclusively to Indian domestic sector workers (Visa No. 20) as regards their grievances, immigration and other matters. [ii] Help Desk: It offers guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal, and other issues (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iii) Labour Complaints Desk: It registers labor complaints and provides grievance redressal service to Indian workers (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iv) Shelters: For female and male domestic workers in distress; (v) Legal Advice Clinic: Provides free legal advice to Indian nationals (Embassy premises; Kuwaiti lawyers 3 PM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday; Indian lawyers 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday); and (vi) Attestation of Work Contracts: Private sector worker (Visa No. 18) contracts are accepted at the Embassy; 9 AM to 1 PM; Sunday to Thursday; Domestic sector worker (Visa No. 20) contracts are accepted at Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO), Hawally, Al-Othman Street, Kurd Roundabout, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. The Embassy of India will remain closed on August 23 and September 2, 2010 on account of ‘Onam’ and ‘Janmashtami’ respectively. EMBASSY OF TURKEY The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey announces that Turkish language course will restart at the Embassy’s Tourism, Culture and Information Office 4 October 2010. The lessons will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. For further details and registration please contact. * The Embassy at Tel: 22531785 (only from 9 am to 3 pm) * Or fill the application form on http://kuweyt.befscnet.net and send it to the e-mail: Turkish_embassy_Kuwait@hotmail.com

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TV PROGRAMS

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Orbit / Showtime Listings 21:45 Holby City 22:40 This Life + 10

00:00 Mercy 01:00 Damages 02:00 Cold Case 03:00 The Invisible Man 04:00 Dawson’s Creek 05:00 In Plain Sight 06:00 Dawson’s Creek 07:00 Mercy 08:00 Dawson’s Creek 09:00 Criminal Minds 10:00 The Invisible Man 11:00 In Plain Sight 12:00 Dawson’s Creek 13:00 Criminal Minds 14:00 The Invisible Man 15:00 Dawson’s Creek 16:00 Damages 17:00 Cold Case 18:00 Mercy 19:00 Dawson’s Creek 20:00 White Collar 21:00 The Philanthropist 22:00 Criminal Minds 23:00 Grey’s Anatomy

00:45 Untamed & Uncut 01:40 Return to the Wild 02:35 Untamed & Uncut 03:30 I’m Alive 04:25 Shark Bait Beach 05:20 Untamed & Uncut 06:10 RSPCA: On the Frontline 06:35 Vet on the Loose 07:00 Animal Crackers 07:25 Meerkat Manor 07:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 08:40 Groomer Has It 09:35 Planet Wild 10:00 Living with Wolves 10:55 Monkey Life 11:20 Dolphin Days 11:50 Miami Animal Police 12:45 E-Vets: The Interns 13:10 Pet Rescue 13:40 Animal Cops Houston 14:35 Wildlife SOS 15:00 RSPCA: Have You Got What it Takes? 15:30 Living with Wolves 16:25 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 17:20 Dogs 101 18:15 After the Attack 19:10 Return of the Prime Predators 20:10 Austin Stevens Adventures 21:05 Into the Lion’s Den 22:00 Your Worst Animal Nightmares 22:55 Animal Cops Houston 23:50 Return of the Prime Predators

00:40 Casualty 01:30 Strictly Come Dancing 02:15 New Tricks 03:05 The Weakest Link 03:50 Last Of The Summer Wine 04:20 Gigglebiz 04:35 Teletubbies 05:00 Tellytales 05:10 Tikkabilla 05:40 Gigglebiz 05:55 Teletubbies 06:20 Tellytales 06:30 Tikkabilla 07:00 Gigglebiz 07:15 Teletubbies 07:40 Tellytales 07:50 Tikkabilla 08:20 Gigglebiz 08:35 Teletubbies 09:00 Tellytales 09:10 Tikkabilla 09:40 Mastermind 2006 10:05 Last Of The Summer Wine 11:05 The Weakest Link 11:50 Strictly Come Dancing 12:35 Doctors 13:05 Mastermind 2006 13:35 New Tricks 14:25 Last Of The Summer Wine 15:55 Strictly Come Dancing 16:35 The Weakest Link 17:20 Doctors 17:50 Mastermind 2006 18:20 Mine All Mine 19:10 Innocent 20:00 The Weakest Link 20:45 Doctors 21:15 Eastenders

00:30 Cash In The Attic 02:45 Come Dine With Me 04:25 Rhodes Across China 05:10 Ching’s Kitchen 05:35 Coastal Kitchen 06:00 Cash In The Attic 07:00 Antiques Roadshow 08:40 Bargain Hunt 09:25 Hidden Potential 09:45 Cash In The Attic Usa 10:10 Rhodes Across China 10:55 Living In The Sun 11:45 Come Dine With Me 12:35 Come Dine With Me 13:25 Cash In The Attic 14:10 Rhodes Across China 15:45 Antiques Roadshow 16:35 Saturday Kitchen 17:05 Living In The Sun 17:55 Daily Cooks Challenge 18:50 Come Dine With Me 19:40 Celebrity Masterchef Goes Large 20:10 Saturday Kitchen 20:35 Saturday Kitchen 21:00 House Swap 21:45 Cash In The Attic 22:30 Come Dine With Me 23:20 Celebrity Masterchef Goes Large

01:00 Inventing The Abbots-18 03:00 Primo-PG15 05:00 Diamond 13-18 07:00 Farrah’s Story-PG 09:00 Jump Tomorrow-PG15 11:00 Centre Stage 2: Turn It Up-PG15 13:00 Run Papa Run-PG15 15:00 Fireproof-PG 17:00 The Babe-PG15 19:00 Man On Wire-PG15 21:00 Female Agents-18 23:00 After Sex-R

00:40 Destroyed in Seconds 01:10 Destroyed in Seconds 01:35 Ultimate Car Build-Off 02:30 Wheeler Dealers 03:00 Wheeler Dealers 03:25 Construction Intervention 04:20 How It’s Made 04:50 How Does it Work? 05:15 Destroyed in Seconds 05:40 Destroyed in Seconds 06:05 Extreme Engineering 07:00 Fifth Gear 07:25 Mega Builders 08:15 Street Customs 2008 09:10 Mythbusters 10:05 Ultimate Survival 11:00 Swords: Life on the Line 11:55 Border Security 12:25 How Does it Work? 12:50 How It’s Made 13:20 Mythbusters 14:15 Miami Ink 15:10 Ultimate Survival 16:05 Dirty Jobs 17:00 Overhaulin’ 17:55 Mythbusters 18:50 Cake Boss 19:15 Border Security 19:40 The Gadget Show 20:05 How Does it Work? 20:35 How It’s Made 21:00 Ultimate Survival 21:55 Deadliest Catch 22:50 Black Gold 23:45 Football Hooligans International

00:30 The Colony 01:20 Science of the Movies 02:10 What’s That About? 03:00 Catch It Keep It 03:50 The Colony 04:45 The Colony 05:40 How Does That Work? 06:10 Engineered 07:00 Junkyard Mega-Wars 08:00 Sci-Fi Saved My Life 09:00 What’s That About?

09:55 Stunt Junkies 10:20 Weird Connections 10:50 Sci-Fi Science 11:15 Sci-Fi Science 11:45 How Does That Work? 12:15 The Greatest Ever 13:10 One Step Beyond 13:35 What’s That About? 14:30 Nextworld 15:25 The Gadget Show 15:55 Sci-Fi Saved My Life 16:50 The Greatest Ever 17:45 Brainiac 18:40 Da Vinci’s Machines 19:30 Mega World 20:20 How It’s Made 20:45 The Gadget Show 21:10 The Greatest Ever 22:00 Da Vinci’s Machines 22:50 Mega World 23:40 The Greatest Ever

00:40 Bank of Hollywood 01:30 25 Celebrity Near Death Experiences 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 09:25 Denise Richards: It’s Complicated 09:50 Leave It To Lamas 10:15 15 Most Shocking Political Sex Scandals 12:00 E! News 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 & Khlo√© Take Miami 17:35 Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami 18:00 E! News 18:50 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 19:15 Pretty Wild 19:40 E!ES 20:30 Kendra 20:55 Chelsea Lately 21:20 Giuliana & Bill 21:45 Giuliana & Bill 22:10 E! News 23:00 The Soup 23:25 Kendra 23:50 Pretty Wild

00:00 M1 Challenge 01:00 Drop In Tv 01:30 Drop In Tv 02:00 Drop In Tv 02:30 Drop In Tv 03:00 08 Winter X Games 12 04:00 08 Winter X Games 12 05:00 Sports Jobs 05:30 Sports Jobs 06:00 Iex 2009 06:30 Iex 2009 07:00 Iex 2009 07:30 Iex 2009 08:00 Quattro Events 2009 11:00 Fim World Motocross Mx1/mx2... 12:00 Fantasy Factory 12:30 Fantasy Factory 13:00 Tread Bmx 13:30 Tread Bmx 14:00 Extreme Lives: My Right Foot 15:00 Fim World Motocross Mx1/mx2... 16:00 Fantasy Factory 16:30 Fantasy Factory 17:00 Quattro Events 2009 20:30 Fantasy Factory 21:00 Fim World Motocross Mx1/mx2... 22:00 Extreme Lives: My Right Foot 23:00 Fim World Motocross Mx3 Championships... 23:30 Fim World Motocross Mx3 Championships...

00:00 Food Network Caters Your Wedding - Special 01:00 30 Minute Meals

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

02:30 How to make it in America 03:00 Saturday Night Live 04:30 Best Late night with Jimmy Fallon 05:30 Just Shoot me! 06:00 Malcolm in the Middle 06:30 The Drew Carey Show 07:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 07:30 Three sisters 08:00 Seinfeld 08:30 Just Shoot me! 09:00 Malcolm in the Middle 09:30 The Drew Carey Show 10:00 Will & Grace 10:30 Brothers 11:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 11:30 Three sisters 12:00 Best Late night with Jimmy Fallon 13:00 Seinfeld 13:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 14:00 Malcolm in the Middle 14:30 Community 15:00 Brothers 15:30 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 16:00 The Colbert Report (repeat) 16:30 The Drew Carey Show 17:00 Ellen 17:30 Three sisters 18:00 Seinfeld 18:30 Will & Grace 19:00 Brothers 19:30 Community 20:00 Best Late night with Jimmy Fallon 21:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Global Edition) 21:30 Colbert Report Global 22:00 Monday night Stand Up 23:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 23:30 Brothers

02:30 Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour 03:30 Global Golf Adventure 04:00 The Golf Channel - TBA 06:30 Golf Central International 07:00 LPGA Tour: P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart Final Rd. Rogers, AR 09:00 PGA Tour: BMW Championship Final Rd. Lemont, IL 13:00 Pac-10 Football Colorado at Cal 16:00 PGA Tour: BMW Championship Final Rd. from Lemont, IL 19:00 NFL TBA at TBA 22:00 NFL TBA at TBA FOX SPORTS HD 02:30 Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour -HD 03:30 Global Golf Adventure -HD 04:00 The Golf Channel - TBA 06:30 Golf Central International -HD 07:00 LPGA Tour: P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart Final Rd. Rogers, AR-HD 09:00 PGA Tour: BMW Championship Final Rd. Lemont, IL-HD 13:00 Pac-10 Football Colorado at Cal-HD 16:00 PGA Tour: BMW Championship Final Rd. from Lemont, IL -HD 19:00 NFL TBA at TBA-HD 22:00 NFL TBA at TBA-HD

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

00:30 Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases 01:20 True Crime Scene 02:10 Disappeared 03:05 Crimes That Shook the World 04:00 Lucie Blackman Murder 04:55 Crime Scene Psychics 05:20 FBI Files 06:10 Real Emergency Calls 06:35 Real Emergency Calls 07:00 Forensic Detectives 07:50 FBI Files 08:40 Undercover 09:30 Mystery ER 10:20 Forensic Detectives 11:10 Mystery Diagnosis 12:00 Real Emergency Calls 12:25 Real Emergency Calls 12:50 The Prosecutors 13:40 Disappeared 14:30 Forensic Detectives 15:20 FBI Files 16:10 Undercover 17:00 Mystery ER 17:50 Forensic Detectives 18:40 Mystery Diagnosis 19:30 Real Emergency Calls 19:55 Real Emergency Calls 20:20 The Prosecutors 21:10 Disappeared 22:00 FBI Case Files 22:50 Forensic Justice 23:40 Dr G: Medical Examiner

01:55 Assassination Tango 03:50 Taking Of Beverly Hills 05:25 Mrs. Munck 07:05 Masquerade 08:35 Return Of A Man Called Horse 10:40 The Cutting Edge 12:20 The Pink Panther Strikes Again 14:05 Beach Red 15:45 Madison 17:25 100 Films & A Funeral 18:50 Diary Of A Madman 20:25 Italian Movie 22:00 Love Bites 23:35 Paper Lion

00:30 Bondi Rescue 01:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 01:30 The Best Job In The World 02:00 Graham’s World 02:30 Banged Up Abroad 03:30 Banged Up Abroad 04:30 Word Travels 05:00 Pressure Cook 05:30 Banged Up Abroad 06:30 Bondi Rescue 07:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 07:30 The Best Job In The World 08:00 Graham’s World 08:30 Banged Up Abroad 09:30 Banged Up Abroad 10:30 Word Travels 11:00 Bondi Rescue 11:30 Banged Up Abroad 12:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 13:30 Departures 14:30 By Any Means 15:30 Wild Rides 16:00 Long Way Down 17:00 Bondi Rescue 17:30 Banged Up Abroad 18:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 19:30 Departures 20:30 By Any Means 21:30 Wild Rides 22:00 Long Way Down 23:00 Bondi Rescue 23:30 Banged Up Abroad

Bedtime Stories on Show Movies

00:00 Community 00:30 Seinfeld 01:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 01:30 The Colbert Report (repeat) 02:00 Entourage

00:00 The Life Before Her Eyes-PG15 02:00 A Previous Engagement-PG15 04:00 Cutting Edge: Fire And Ice-PG 06:00 The Tale Of Despereaux-PG 08:00 Bedtime Stories-FAM 10:00 Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea 12:00 Keith-PG15 14:00 Ocean’s Thirteen-PG15 16:00 Bedtime Stories-FAM 18:00 Semi-pro-PG15 20:00 Death Race-18 22:00 The Bank Job-PG15

01:00 Resident Evil 3-18 03:00 Merlin And The Book Of BeastsPG15 05:00 Anaconda 3: The Offspring-PG15 07:00 The Flash-PG 09:00 Ice Twisters-PG15 11:00 Along Came A Spider-PG15 13:00 Road Of No Return-PG15 15:00 Ice Twisters-PG15 17:00 New Town Killers-PG15 19:00 Dog Pound-18 21:00 Alien Raiders-18 23:00 Bronson-R

00:00 Mr. Baseball-PG 02:00 Bob Roberts-PG15 04:00 Bridal Fever-PG 06:00 Mystery Men-PG15 08:00 Son Of Rambow-PG 10:00 Mr. Troop Mom-PG 12:00 Beverly Hills Chihuahua-PG 14:00 The Associate-PG15 16:00 Mr. Baseball-PG 18:00 Prelude To A Kiss-PG15 20:00 Leatherheads-PG15 22:00 Black Dynamite-18

00:00 The Thief Of Baghdad-PG 02:00 The Missing Lynx-PG 04:00 Felix 1-FAM 06:00 Super 7-FAM 08:00 Christopher Columbus-PG 10:00 Felix 1-FAM 12:00 Red Wall : The Movie-FAM 14:00 The Missing Lynx-PG 16:00 Bugs Bunny 1001 Rabbit TalesFAM 18:00 Jimmy Neutron : Boy Genius-FAM 20:00 Genghis Khan-PG 22:00 Red Wall : The Movie-FAM

00:00 The Deep End 01:00 Law & Order 02:00 Private Practice 03:00 Ghost Whisperer 04:00 8 Simple rules 04:30 Rita Rocks 05:00 Lie To Me 06:00 Emmerdale 06:30 Coronation Street 07:00 Private Practice 08:00 8 Simple rules 08:30 Rita Rocks 09:00 Ghost Whisperer 10:00 Lie To Me 11:00 Private Practice 12:00 Emmerdale 12:30 Coronation Street 13:00 8 Simple rules 13:30 Rita Rocks 14:00 The Deep End 15:00 Law & Order 16:00 Lie To Me 17:00 Ghost Whisperer 18:00 Emmerdale 18:30 Coronation Street 19:00 The Deep End 20:00 Drop Dead Diva 21:00 Private Practice 22:00 Lie To Me 23:00 Ghost Whisperer

The Good Heart on Super Movies

00:00 Cricket One Day International 07:00 Scottish Premier League 09:00 Aviva Premiership 11:00 Super League 13:00 AFL Premiership 18:00 Aviva Premiership 20:00 ICC Cricket World 20:30 Goals On Monday 21:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 22:00 Scottish Premier League

01:30 AFL Premiership 04:00 Masters Football 07:00 European PGA Tour 11:30 Countdown to The Ryder Cup 12:00 Masters Football 15:00 Aviva Premiership 17:00 NRL Premiership 19:00 European PGA Tour Highlights 20:00 AFL Highlights 21:00 World Sport 21:30 Mobil 1 The Grid 22:00 Rugby Union Tri Nations

01:00 V8 Supercars Championship Series 04:00 WWE NXT 05:00 WWE Vintage Collection 06:00 UFC Unleashed 07:00 V8 Supercars Championship Series 10:00 Le Mans Series Highlights 11:00 Le Mans Series Magazine 11:30 UAE National Race Day 12:00 WWE Vintage Collection 13:00 FIA GT1 World Championship 14:30 UAE National Race Day 15:00 WWE SmackDown 17:00 WWE Vintage Collection 18:00 V8 Supercars Championship Series 21:00 UFC Wired 22:00 UFC Unleashed

01:15 The Pleasure Of Being Robbed 03:00 Beauty And The Briefcase-PG15 05:00 Meet Dave-PG 07:00 Racing For Time-PG15 09:00 The Good Heart-PG15 11:00 For The Love Of Grace-PG 13:00 Fab Five : The Texas Cheerleader Scandal-PG15 15:00 Four Extraordinary Women-PG15 17:00 The Good Heart-PG15 19:00 Heaven On Earth-PG15 21:00 Choke-18 22:45 Love Happens-PG15

01:15 Grand Prix 04:00 The Screening Room 04:25 A Soldier’s Story 06:10 The Screening Room 06:35 The Screening Room 07:00 Two Weeks In Another Town 08:45 Bachelor In Paradise 10:30 The Champ 12:35 Grand Prix 15:20 Code Name: Emerald 16:55 The Time Machine 18:35 The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight 20:15 Sunday In New York 22:00 Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid 23:55 They Call Me Mister Tibbs!

00:05 Pawn Stars 00:30 Modern Marvels 01:20 Dead Men’s Secrets 02:10 Ufo Files 03:00 How The Earth Was Made 2 03:55 Tales Of The Gun 04:50 Flying Pyramids: Soaring Stones 05:40 Pawn Stars 06:05 Pawn Stars 06:30 Modern Marvels 07:20 Dead Men’s Secrets

08:10 Ufo Files 09:00 How The Earth Was Made 2 09:55 Tales Of The Gun 10:50 Flying Pyramids: Soaring Stones 11:40 Pawn Stars 12:05 Pawn Stars 12:30 Modern Marvels 13:20 Dead Men’s Secrets 14:10 Ufo Files 15:00 How The Earth Was Made 2 15:55 Tales Of The Gun 16:50 Flying Pyramids: Soaring Stones 17:40 Pawn Stars 18:05 Pawn Stars 18:30 Modern Marvels 19:20 Dead Men’s Secrets 20:10 Ufo Files 21:00 Tales Of The Gun 21:55 The Universe 22:50 Ax Men 23:40 Man Moment Machine

00:00 Clean House: Search For The Messiest... 01:00 My Celebrity Home 02:00 How Do I Look? 03:00 Split Ends 04:00 Dr 90210 05:00 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 05:30 Area 06:00 How Do I Look? 07:00 Millennium Fashion: The Year In Fashion 08:00 My Celebrity Home 09:00 Whose Wedding Is it Anyway? 10:00 Married Away 11:00 Peter Perfect 12:00 How Do I Look? 13:00 Clean House 14:00 Tacky House 14:30 Tacky House 15:00 Jerseylicious 16:00 Peter Perfect 17:00 How Do I Look? 18:00 How Do I Look? 19:00 Split Ends 20:00 Clean House: Search For The Messiest... 21:00 How Do I Look? 22:00 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 22:30 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane 23:00 15 Remarkable Celebrity Body Bouncebacks

00:15 Top Gossip 00:17 Playlist 01:00 Africa 10 01:45 Playlist 02:00 Urban Hit 02:45 Playlist 03:15 Monthly Top 03:17 Playlist 07:15 Top Sexy 07:17 Playlist 08:00 Sound System 10 08:45 Playlist 09:15 Top Mobile 09:17 Playlist 13:00 Urban Hit 13:45 Playlist 15:15 Top New 15:17 Playlist 16:00 Latina 10 16:45 Playlist 17:15 Top Fashion 17:17 Playlist 18:00 Urban Hit 18:45 Playlist 20:00 Hit Us 20:50 Playlist 22:15 Top Gossip 22:17 Playlist

00:00 Julian and Camilla’s World Odyssey 01:00 Culinary Asia 02:00 Word Travels 02:30 Culture Shock 03:00 Travel Notebook 04:00 Globe Trekker 05:00 Julian and Camilla’s World Odyssey 06:00 The Thrillseekers Guide 06:30 PhotoXplorers 07:00 Globe Trekker

08:00 Travel Oz 08:30 Distant Shores 09:00 Culture Shock 09:30 Croissants In The Jungle 10:00 Food and Wine Special-Varun Sharma 11:00 Riding Route 66 11:30 Travel Today 12:00 Globe Trekker 13:00 Taste Takes Off 13:30 The Thirsty Traveler 14:00 Entrada 14:30 Distant Shores 15:00 Culture Shock 15:30 Croissants In The Jungle 16:00 Globe Trekker 17:00 Travel Oz 17:30 Taste Takes Off 18:00 Journey Into Wine-South Africa 18:30 Opening Soon 19:00 Globe Trekker 20:00 Planet Food 21:00 Hollywood and Vines 21:30 The Thirsty Traveler 22:00 Food and Wine Special-Varun Sharma 23:00 Globe Trekker

00:00 Music For The Masses 01:00 VH1 Music 05:00 Chill Out 07:00 VH1 Hits 09:00 Aerobic 10:00 VH1 Hits 11:00 VH1 Superchart 12:00 Top 10 Metallica 13:00 Music For The Masses 14:00 VH1 Pop Chart 15:00 VH1 Music 17:00 Music For The Masses 18:00 VH1 Superchart 19:00 Guess The Year 21:00 Simon Conwell’s All Time Top 50 Pt3 22:00 Simon Conwell’s All Time Top 50 Pt4 23:00 The Album Chart Show

00:05 Cow And Chicken 00:30 Cramp Twins 00:55 George Of The Jungle 01:20 Adrenalini Brothers 01:45 Eliot Kid 02:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 02:35 Ben 10: Alien Force 03:00 The Powerpuff Girls 03:15 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 03:40 The Secret Saturdays 04:05 Codename: Kids Next Door 04:30 Ben 10 04:55 Best ED 05:20 Samurai Jack 05:45 Cramp Twins 06:10 Eliot Kid 06:35 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 07:00 Codename: Kids Next Door 07:25 Chowder 07:50 Best ED 08:15 Chop Socky Chooks 08:40 Ben 10: Alien Force 09:05 Bakugan Battle Brawlers 09:30 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 09:55 Eliot Kid 10:20 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 10:30 Squirrel Boy 10:55 Robotboy 11:20 Camp Lazlo 11:45 The Powerpuff Girls 12:10 Class Of 3000 12:35 Ed, Edd N Eddy 13:00 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 13:25 Codename: Kids Next Door 13:50 Ben 10 14:15 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 14:40 Squirrel Boy 15:05 Eliot Kid 15:35 Casper’s Scare School 16:00 Skunk Fu! 16:25 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 16:50 Bakugan Battle Brawlers 17:15 The Secret Saturdays 17:40 Ben 10: Alien Force


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FLIGHT SCHEDULE

Arrival Flights on Monday 13/09/2010 Airlines Flt Route Wataniya Airways 322 Sharm El Sheikh Wataniya Airways 188 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 305 Cairo Bangladesh 045 Dhaka/Bahrain Wataniya Airways 408 Beirut Gulf Air 211 Bahrain Turkish 772 Istanbul Ethiopian 620 Addis Ababa/Bahrain Jazeera 435 Mashad Egypt Air 614 Cairo Jazeera 267 Beirut DHL 370 Bahrain Emirates 853 Dubai Etihad 305 Abu Dhabi Qatari 138 Doha Falcon 201 Dubai Air Arabia Egypt 553 Alexandria Wataniya 4001 Cairo Egypt Air 2102 Cairo Falcon 201 Dubai Jazeera 637 Aleppo Jazeera 503 Luxor Kuwait 412 Manila/Bangkok Jazeera 527 Alexandria British 157 London Jazeera 529 Assiut Kuwait 204 Lahore Kuwait 382 Delhi Kuwait 302 Mumbai Fly Dubai 053 Dubai Kuwait 676 Dubai Kuwait 352 Cochin Kuwait 284 Dhaka Kuwait 344 Chennai Kuwait 362 Colombo Emirates 855 Dubai Arabia 121 Sharjah Qatari 132 Doha Etihad 301 Abu Dhabi Jazeera 425 Bahrain Gulf Air 213 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 182 Bahrain Middle East 404 Beirut Wataniya Airways 102 Dubai Jazeera 165 Dubai Jazeera 447 Doha Iran Aseman 6791 Mashad Iran Aseman 6521 Lamerd Jazeera 171 Dubai Egypt Air 610 Cairo Syrian Air 1099 Damascus Kuwait 272 Dubai Oman Air 645 Muscat Jordanian 800 Amman United 982 Washington DC Dulles Wataniya Airways 432 Damascus Fly Dubai 057 Dubai Jazeera 257 Beirut Wataniya Airways 422 Amman Saudia 500 Jeddah Mahan Air 5066 Mashad Kuwait 552 Damascus Nas Air 745 Jeddah Qatari 134 Doha Kuwait 548 Luxor Kuwait 546 Alexandria Kuwait 678 Muscat/Abu Dhabi Kuwait 1542 Cairo Kuwait 118 New York Bahrain Air 344 Bahrain Kuwait 502 Beirut Etihad 303 Abu Dhabi Emirates 857 Dubai Gulf Air 215 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 402 Beirut Saudia 510 Riyadh Jazeera 239 Amman Jazeera 493 Jeddah Arabia 125 Sharjah Iran Air 3407 Mashad Jazeera 367 Deirezzor SriLankan 227 Colombo/Dubai Kuwait 104 London Wataniya Airways 304 Cairo Wataniya Airways 106 Dubai Kuwait 542 Cairo Kuwait 786 Jeddah Kuwait 618 Doha Jazeera 177 Dubai Kuwait 744 Dammam Kuwait 674 Dubai Kuwait 614 Bahrain Kuwait 774 Riyadh Indian 575 Chennai/Goa Fly Dubai 061 Dubai Iran Aseman 6793 Mashad Middle East 402 Beirut Rovos 081 Baghdad Jet A/W 572 Mumbai KLM 0445 Amsterdam Wataniya Airways 404 Beirut Kuwait 1548 Sharm El Sheikh DHL 372 Bahrain Gulf Air 217 Bahrain Jazeera 459 Damascus Emirates 859 Dubai Qatari 136 Doha Wataniya 4003 Cairo United 981 Bahrain Jazeera 429 Bahrain AlMasria Universal 1407 Alexandria Jazeera 449 Doha Jazeera 185 Dubai Egypt Air 612 Cairo Tunis Air 327 Tunis Lufthansa 636 Frankfurt Pakistan 239 Sialkot Wataniya Airways 108 Dubai Kuwait 1544 Cairo

Time 00:10 00:30 00:50 01:05 01:05 01:05 01:15 01:45 01:45 02:05 02:10 02:15 02:25 02:55 03:25 05:25 03:40 04:30 05:20 05:25 05:45 05:50 06:15 06:20 06:30 06:40 07:10 07:20 07:50 07:55 08:00 08:05 08:10 08:20 08:20 08:25 08:40 09:00 09:20 10:25 10:45 10:45 10:50 11:05 11:15 11:20 11:35 11:45 12:40 12:55 13:00 13:15 13:15 13:35 13:35 13:35 13:50 14:05 14:10 14:30 14:35 14:35 14:55 15:05 15:10 15:30 15:35 15:45 16:15 16:40 16:45 16:50 16:55 17:15 17:15 17:20 17:40 17:40 17:40 17:50 17:55 18:00 18:35 18:35 18:45 18:50 18:55 18:55 19:05 19:15 19:20 19:20 19:25 19:30 20:05 20:10 20:20 20:30 20:30 20:40 20:50 20:55 21:00 21:05 21:15 21:15 21:35 21:45 21:55 22:15 22:25 22:30 22:40 22:55 23:35 23:45 23:55 23:55 23:50

Departure Flights on Monday 13/09/2010 Airlines Flt Route Jazeera 528 Assiut India Express 390 Mangalore/Kozhikode KLM 0447 Amsterdam Lufthansa 637 Frankfurt Safi 216 Kabul Indian 982 Ahmedabad/Hyderabad/Chennai Pakistan 206 Peshawar/Lahore Turkish 773 Istanbul Bangladesh 046 Dhaka Ethiopian 620 Bahrain/Addis Ababa Egypt Air 615 Cairo DHL 371 Bahrain Emirates 854 Dubai Etihad 306 Abu Dhabi Air Arabia Egypt 554 Alexandria Qatari 139 Doha Egypt Air 2103 Cairo Wataniya Airways 101 Dubai Jazeera 164 Dubai Wataniya Airways 331 Alexandria Jazeera 422 Bahrain Jazeera 446 Doha Gulf Air 212 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 181 Bahrain Jazeera 256 Beirut Wataniya Airways 431 Damascus British 156 London Jazeera 170 Dubai Kuwait 545 Alexandria Fly Dubai 054 Dubai Kuwait 677 Abu Dhabi/Muscat Wataniya Airways 421 Amman Kuwait 1541 Cairo Kuwait 551 Damascus Arabia 122 Sharjah Kuwait 547 Luxor Emirates 856 Dubai Qatari 133 Doha Etihad 302 Abu Dhabi Kuwait 501 Beirut Wataniya Airways 401 Beirut Gulf Air 214 Bahrain Kuwait 165 Rome/Paris Wataniya Airways 303 Cairo Middle East 405 Beirut Kuwait 541 Cairo Jazeera 238 Amman Jazeera 492 Jeddah Jazeera 366 Deirezzor Kuwait 103 London Iran Aseman 6792 Mashad Iran Aseman 6522 Lamerd Kuwait 785 Jeddah Egypt Air 611 Cairo Syrian Air 1100 Damascus Oman Air 646 Muscat Wataniya Airways 105 Dubai Jordanian 801 Amman Fly Dubai 058 Dubai United 982 Bahrain Jazeera 176 Dubai Wataniya 4004 Cairo Kuwait 1547 Sharm El Sheikh Kuwait 673 Dubai Wataniya Airways 403 Beirut Kuwait 617 Doha Saudia 501 Jeddah Nas Air 746 Jeddah Jazeera 458 Damascus Kuwait 773 Riyadh Mahan Air 5065 Mashad Qatari 135 Doha Kuwait 613 Bahrain Kuwait 743 Dammam Rovos 082 Baghdad Kuwait 1543 Cairo Bahrain Air 345 Bahrain Etihad 304 Abu Dhabi Gulf Air 216 Bahrain Emirates 858 Dubai Kuwait 543 Cairo Arabia 126 Sharjah Jazeera 184 Dubai Saudia 511 Riyadh Jazeera 262 Beirut Kuwait 285 Chittagong Jazeera 448 Doha Iran Air 3406 Mashad SriLankan 228 Dubai/Colombo Jazeera 428 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 407 Beirut Wataniya Airways 433 Damascus Wataniya Airways 107 Dubai Kuwait 283 Dhaka Jazeera 266 Beirut Fly Dubai 062 Dubai Kuwait 331 Trivandrum Iran Aseman 6794 Mashad Middle East 403 Beirut Jet A/W 571 Mumbai Wataniya Airways 187 Bahrain KLM 0445 Bahrain/Amsterdam Gulf Air 218 Bahrain DHL 373 Bahrain Kuwait 675 Dubai Emirates 860 Dubai Jazeera 612 Lahore Falcon 102 Bahrain Kuwait 381 Delhi Qatari 137 Doha Kuwait 301 Mumbai Kuwait 205 Islamabad AlMasira Universal 1408 Alexandria Jazeera 526 Alexandria United 981 Washington DC Dulles Jazeera 502 Luxor Kuwait 411 Bangkok/Manila Egypt Air 613 Cairo

Time 00:05 00:25 00:30 00:50 01:00 01:05 01:10 02:15 02:15 04:15 03:05 03:15 03:45 04:00 04:20 05:00 06:20 06:50 07:05 07:30 07:30 07:40 07:45 07:50 08:05 08:10 08:25 08:30 08:35 08:40 08:45 09:10 09:10 09:10 09:20 09:20 09:40 10:00 10:10 11:00 11:35 11:35 11:45 11:50 11:50 12:00 12:10 12:15 12:15 12:30 12:35 12:45 13:30 13:55 14:00 14:15 14:30 14:30 14:35 14:50 14:55 15:00 15:00 15:10 15:10 15:35 15:45 15:45 15:50 16:05 16:05 16:20 16:20 16:25 17:00 17:05 17:25 17:35 18:05 18:05 18:10 18:20 18:30 18:35 18:40 18:45 18:50 18:50 19:10 19:20 19:25 19:30 19:40 20:00 20:10 20:50 21:00 21:10 21:20 21:30 21:35 21:40 21:55 22:00 22:10 22:25 22:25 22:30 22:30 22:35 22:45 22:55 23:15 23:20 23:40 23:40 23:40 23:55

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Monday, September 13, 2010

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CROSSWORD 78

Aries (March 21-April 19) You seem to be

handling your financial situation much better now than in the past—perhaps you intuitively know that budgeting actually has positive results. It is your turn for financial blessings. Close relationships offer a lot of potential for growth and good advice toward future investments is yours for the asking. A marriage or other partnership can raise high hopes and give your spirits a boost. People close to you are optimistic and have good prospects. Faith, optimism and a yearning to explore all kinds of new horizons are some of the focal points in your life at this time. Travel, education and other ways to stretch your horizons open new doors of opportunity. Religious, philosophical and cultural matters are likely to have a special appeal. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Law, politics, education,

travel, religion: these are some of the areas where some emotionally-charged drama will be played. Good fortune and plain old luck surround you today. It is easy for you to make correct decisions, find the right path and move forward where home concerns are present. Life’s problems seem manageable and easy to solve. Relationships, whether partnerships, personal or the social scene in general, are very important during this time and can have a very decided influence on your career and workplace. You may find that a more impersonal attitude is the key. You may decide to make some changes in your physical image this fall—have you chosen the body you want? Do not give up . . . changes happen in little steps.

Pooch Cafe

ACROSS 1. An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect. 5. (of molten metal or glass) Formed by pouring or pressing into a mold n 1. 9. The head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate. 13. Evergreen trees and shrubs having oily one-seeded fruits. 14. Type genus of the Alcidae comprising solely the razorbill. 15. A white crystalline double sulfate of aluminum. 16. An official language of the Republic of South Africa. 17. Praise, glorify, or honor. 18. A small cake leavened with yeast. 19. A large fleet. 22. A sock with a separation for the big toe. 25. The capital and largest city of Venezuela. 28. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 29. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 30. The residue that remains when something is burned. 35. One of the two main branches of orthodox Islam. 37. Resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects. 39. Date used in reckoning dates before the supposed year Christ was born. 40. A pilgrim who journeys to Mecca. 42. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light. 43. A condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders. 44. A public promotion of some product or service. 45. An informal term for a father. 49. Gully or streambed in North Africa and the Middle East that remains dry except during rainy season. 52. A light strong brittle gray toxic bivalent metallic element. 54. The content of cognition. 56. The capital of Morocco. 58. A small nail. 61. The elementary stages of any subject (usually plural). 62. A human limb. 63. A unit of weight used in some Spanish speaking countries. 65. (British) A waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric. 66. The foot of a human being. 67. African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread. 68. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. DOWN 1. A wine bottle made of leather. 2. (botany) Of or relating to the axil. 3. A large quantity of written matter. 4. When dried yields a hard substance used e.g. in golf balls. 5. West Indian tree having racemes of fragrant white flowers and yielding a durable timber and resinous juice. 6. A flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism. 7. Flesh of fish found in colder waters of northern Atlantic coast of the United States. 8. A slight amount or degree of difference. 9. A clique that seeks power usually through intrigue. 10. A state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico. 11. One of the three sections of the hipbone. 12. Of or relating to Oman or its people. 20. Small European freshwater fish with a slender bluish-green body. 21. A compartment in front of a motor vehicle where driver sits. 23. (Old Testament) The second patriarch. 24. The longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code. 26. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 27. A sudden short attack. 31. Any of a number of fishes of the family Carangidae. 32. A family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in southeastern Asia. 33. A unit of information equal to one million (1,048,576) bytes. 34. A radioactive element of the actinide series. 36. A genus of Platalea. 38. Having undesirable or negative qualities. 41. A state in the Rocky Mountains. 46. Jordan's port. 47. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables. 48. An indehiscent fruit derived from a single ovary having one or many seeds within a fleshy wall or pericarp. 50. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 51. A software system that facilitates the creation and maintenance and use of an electronic database. 53. A Spanish river. 55. Fallow deer. 57. The bill in a restaurant. 58. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group. 59. Take something away by force or without the consent of the owner. 60. A light touch or stroke. 64. An intensely radioactive metallic element that occurs in minute amounts in uranium ores.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) You may be moved to appreciate and discover the beauty in your life and in those around you. At the same time, everything could take on added value and importance. Be careful that you do not overspend or indulge too much just now. Enjoy. There is charisma, self-transformation and the development of personal power in your life now. Remember, tiny causes can lead to big effects. This is a time of profound changes on the personal level—psychologically and perhaps physically as well—as if you are transforming into an entirely new person. Insights into your deeper, more spiritual nature are available to you now. You may be able to discover whole new areas of your psyche or mind that have been closed up to now. Enjoy an old hobby this evening.

Non Sequitur

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Making peace with the past, coming to terms with karmic debts are some of the issues that confront you as a new phase begins in your life. Failure to face these things can cause setbacks and put obstacles in your path. Learn to look beyond the narrowly personal or you will get in over your head. You may have some difficulty speaking or getting your ideas and thoughts across to others. Do not take chances or risks just now—be satisfied with the ordinary and the usual. Novel ideas or insights could be more damaging than useful. Your home environment, friends and surroundings in general receive encouragement today. You will gain insight from young people during this time. Enjoy the evening within the arms of a loved one. Leo (July 23-August 22) Circumstances remind you that time is just flying by and there are things you had thought of accomplishing years ago that you have only just begun to think about now. You may spend some quiet time today in contemplation. You may want to travel—places to visit are certainly great topics of discussion during lunch with friends or family. If you could travel anywhere, give some thought as to where you would go and why. If you are married, perhaps you, as a couple, have a dream to take a vacation to a resort or enjoy an adventure. Find three things you can do now, to bring those desires closer to reality. Action now creates positive results. Unconventional approaches to philosophy, religion, law and politics become topics of conversation this evening.

Zits

Virgo (August 23-September 22) You find the past, tradition and all that is historical very romantic and the ideal world of yesteryear seems to beckon and call. You are most imaginative when it comes to anything spiritual or psychological—pertaining to the psyche. Others find you entrancing and always able to draw them into your world of images and dreams. No one has any doubt that you are a high achiever—a full-blown dreamer, complete with built-in psychic abilities and probably given to visions. Your creative side is in full swing and others may help you figure out how to pull in some money for your creative ideas. You may be learning all about art shows, exhibitions, etc. If you are not in a committed relationship, now is the perfect time to find your future love. Libra (September 23-October 22) Obtaining and exchanging information takes on more emotional significance for you now. Being more involved with neighbors or sibling(s) satisfies a deep emotional need. Communicating feelings becomes an important factor in today’s activities. The people you are around today tend to be remembering the old school days. Perhaps it is time for a reunion. At this time you may see that your friends want you to jump on the diet train with them. This could be a time to go along as some of their personal changes may also benefit you. You could show off your abilities to bring insight and helpful information to their attention regarding matters concerning health. You are able to encourage each other. It is through teaching others that one is also taught.

Mother Goose and Grimm

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) Put your mind and

body to work and take care of any chores or errands you may have—mental discipline comes easily. Repairs, shopping and such may help you feel more organized and ready for the workweek ahead. Problems and obstacles around your living area, that have previously been confounding, should find easy explanations. You may take an interest in your own psyche, religion and spiritual ideas later this afternoon. This is a time to absorb and take in new impressions and information. In summary, here is a natural breaking point in life, a time to let go of what has been occupying you for the last years and assume a new attitude. Perhaps this would also be a good time to decide about asking for a raise this next week. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Perhaps this is a good time to think and study—you have a real appreciation for ideas and thoughts. You may find yourself catching up on your reading, writing a letter or making a special phone call. A sporting activity later this afternoon will have positive results. You will find your mind beginning to turn away from the material and to be concerned with more inward and spiritual ideas. All of this will become clear soon. This time marks a change of direction for you, away from the material and glitter, toward inner needs and security. You will find yourself more concerned with maintaining and strengthening your position, rather than pushing outward. This should also be a time filled with opportunities and friendships.

Yesterday’s Solution

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) You find yourself in a very practical mood today. Whatever activity fills your day, you will manage very well. There may be a few contemplative moments as well. Your home environment, friends and surroundings in general will hold your attention. You could be visiting and discussing different ways in which to enjoy the day. Perhaps this includes season passes, group sports, exercise activities or plans for one night out a week with friends. You could talk about setting up a time schedule for some sort of refurbishment project around your home, before the winter months begin. You are a revolutionary when it comes to the domestic scene. You have very special insights to share.

Yesterday’s Solution

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) You could find yourself pursuing more spiritual directions or finding someone who can guide you to realizing your inner dreams and ideals. Your path is toward cooperation and union with others, even at the expense of the practical. This is a great time to reflect and understand your own situation, just how you feel about yourself. Emotions in particular, or the feelings of those around you, may be very clear. Close relationships take on more emotional depth, power and importance now. Nobody makes demands today, including you and life just seems to flow very smoothly. Time involved in fun activities with your loved ones is an important investment—this binds one to another. Good memories are the windows to a firm foundation.

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Pisces (February 19-March 20) Community concerns may come to your attention this morning and you may find yourself thinking of ways in which to improve conditions. Others value your ability to make practical decisions concerning group issues. You have a natural sense of what the public wants at this time. Your general outlook on life is attractive and people seek you out to help them with their problems. You are a natural guide and counselor. This afternoon you will find a social gathering quite enjoyable. You are at your most elegant, particularly in social situations. You will have a grasp for abstract and spiritual ideas and the ability to present or communicate these to others. Fun conversations develop. This evening you prepare for the week ahead.


Monday, September 13, 2010

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Turks support curbs on military, judiciary

NEW YORK: Bette Cassaro of Woodside, New York protects Mohammad Abdul Awal, of Queens, NY, from the passing foot traffic as he prays during a rally in support of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero Saturday. — AP

Obama: Islam not the enemy Continued from Page 1 “We come not to mourn but to remember and rebuild,” Biden said. At a third ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the fourth hijacked plane crashed into a field, First Lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor Laura Bush addressed relatives of the passengers and crew. “May the memories of those who gave their lives here continue to be a blessing to all of you and an inspiration to all Americans,” Michelle Obama urged. Obscure Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who was in New York to continue publicizing his campaign, told NBC television he no longer wanted to desecrate the Muslim holy book - “not today, not ever” - after the plan by his tiny congregation of just 50 followers sparked global condemnation and fears of retributions against US troops. But his stunt overshadowed the day after raising political temperatures in the United States and triggering protests in Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. In New York, thousands turned out to join two protests in favor and against the planned Islamic cultural center and mosque which has become the focus for a national debate. One supporter of the project - which organizers say would include dedicated prayer rooms for Muslims, Jews and Christians - said Islam should not be demonized. “I see Catholic churches around here, Protestant churches, a synagogue, but why shouldn’t Muslims be allowed to build too? It’s crazy,” said bicycle courier Craig Thorpe. As he spoke, a large man with wraparound sunglasses stopped and said: “Why should we let them build a mosque? So that we can burn it down. Build the mosque, then fly a plane into it, that’s what I say.” Visiting radical Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, who calls Islam fascist, told some 2,000 mosque protesters that it was time to take a stand and “draw a line today on this sacred spot”. “We must never give a free hand to those who want to subjugate us... Draw this line so that New York... will never become New Mecca,” added Wilders, who has been under 24-hour protection since 2004, after receiving death

threats for his radical beliefs. Some protestors accuse the Islamic center of aiming to honor the 9/11 terrorists and argue Muslims should not be allowed a significant presence anywhere near Ground Zero. Others say the feelings of families of those killed on 9/11 are still too raw to accept the project. Meanwhile, a small group of Christians tore a few pages from a Holy Quran outside the White House Saturday to denounce what they called the “charade of Islam”. In Gainesville, Florida police swat teams separated angry activists gathered outside pastor Jones’ church where the Koran burning was to have taken place. A man later pulled out a Holy Quran and tried to burn it but was stopped by police. But in Chicago, Obama’s hometown, the American Library Association hosted a Holy Quran reading event in response to what had been the Florida pastor’s plan. Meanwhile, the Islamic cleric behind plans to build the mosque near Ground Zero in New York warned yesterday that retreating on the project would only strengthen the hand of Muslim extremists around the world. Despite the warning, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf dodged the question when asked if he intended to keep the Islamic cultural center at its current site, two blocks from where Al-Qaeda crashed planes into the World Trade Center. “The decisions that I will make - that we will make - will be predicated on what is best for everybody,” he told ABC’s “This Week” program. Jones used his threat, which triggered demonstrations across the Muslim world, as a bargaining chip to try and get the mosque moved and flew to New York to meet the imam. Abdul Rauf has so far refused to meet him and his initial response in a statement to CNN was: “We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we going to barter.” The imam told ABC in the interview yesterday that the “discourse has been, to a certain extent, hijacked by the radicals”, and said this made his decision on the mosque “very difficult and very challenging”. “The radicals on both sides, the radicals in the United States and the radicals in the Muslim world, feed off each other. And to a certain extent, the attention that

they’ve been able to get by the media has even aggravated the problem.” The mosque, to be built on the site of a derelict clothing store two blocks from Ground Zero - the name given to the site of the downed Twin Towers - was proposed by Abdul Rauf as a way of giving Islam a new face in the United States. “My major concern with moving it is that the headline in the Muslim world will be Islam is under attack in America,” the imam told ABC. “This will strengthen the radicals in the Muslim world, help their recruitment,” he continued. “This will put our people - our soldiers, our troops, our embassies, our citizens -under attack in the Muslim world and we have expanded and given and fueled terrorism.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has warmly endorsed the mosque idea and Obama has repeatedly said that religious freedoms in America allow anyone to build a holy site where they please. Polls show a majority of Americans, and some 70 percent of New Yorkers, think the mosque should be moved further from Ground Zero, not least because of the sensitivities of those who lost loved-ones in the 9/11 attacks. Opposition to the mosque has developed into a cause celebre for ultra-conservative radio hosts and Tea Party activists dedicated to battling Obama and what they denounce as his liberal, “socialist” agenda. Abdul Rauf said that if the Holy Quran burning plan had been implemented, it would have been “a disaster” in the Muslim world. “It would have strengthened the radicals,” he said. “It would have enhanced the possibility of terrorist acts against America and American interests.” The imam described a “growing Islamophobia” in America, but said that contrary to the claims of radical Islam, Muslims in the United States were free to observe their religion, happy and thriving. Abdul Rauf said the way America was treating its Muslims was being watched by over a billion Muslims worldwide and that the main ideological battleground today was not between Islam and the West. “The battleground has been: moderates of all faith traditions in all the countries of the world against the radicals of all faith traditions in all parts of the world.” — AFP

Iran to free US woman on bail Continued from Page 1 The lawyer acting for the hikers, Masoud Shafii, told Iran’s ISNA news agency yesterday that Shourd could be freed later in the day. Speaking to AFP, he said his clients had been charged with “espionage and illegal entry,” which they “rejected”. The three previously insisted they entered Iran by mistake after getting lost during a trek in Iraqi Kurdistan. Shourd’s release could ease tensions between Washington and Tehran, which have heightened in recent months over Iran’s controversial uranium enrichment program. Her case has highlighted deep divisions between Ahmadinejad’s government and conservative-run institutions like the judiciary. Yesterday, Dolatabadi criticised the government directly, saying “releasing information on judicial cases should not be done by government officials, and judicial authorities should han-

dle it.” And prominent conservative lawmaker Ahmad Tavakoli hit out at Ahmadinejad directly, accusing him of pushing for Shourd’s release. “Such actions will intensify (American) pressure day by day (on Iran)... This move by Mr President is also an insult to the Iranian nation,” he told Fars news agency. “Internally, such behaviour by the government... will be read as humiliation for the judicial branch and will question its independence.” Dolatabadi reiterated the three Americans were engaged in espionage. “The case is nearly complete and the judge has issued an indictment for the three Americans accused of spying,” he said, adding Bauer and Fattal, both aged 28, had been remanded in custody. “It has been proven that they illegally entered through the Kurdistan border. Also the equipment and supplies they were carrying are only used for spying,” Mehr news

agency quoted Dolatabadi as saying. Shafii said he went to court yesterday with his clients, after which he told the Swiss embassy and the hikers’ families about Shourd’s bail. “Whenever they raise it and pay, she can be freed immediately and can leave the country,” he said, adding the period of detention for Bauer and Fattal had been extended by two months. “We have objected to the extended detention,” he said. Shafii also said that no trial date has yet been fixed. The Swiss embassy manages US interests in Iran as Washington and Tehran have had no direct diplomatic ties since the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution. Washington, including President Barack Obama, and human rights watchdogs have called on Iran to release the three hikers. In May, Iran allowed visits to the trio by their mothers, who reported Shourd and Bauer had become engaged while behind bars. — AFP

Scientists make artificial skin Continued from Page 1 A different approach was taken by a team led by Zhenan Bao, a Chinese-born associate professor at Stanford University in California who has gained a reputation as one of the top women chemists in the United States. Their approach was to use a rubber film that changes thickness due to pressure, and employs capacitors, integrated into the material, to measure the difference. It cannot be stretched, though. “Our response time is comparable with human skin, it’s very, very fast, within milliseconds, or thousandths of a second,” Bao told AFP. “That means in real terms that we can feel the pressure instantaneously.” The achievements are “important milestones” in artificial intelligence, commented John Boland, a nanoscientist at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, who hailed in particular the use of low-cost processing com-

ponents. In the search to substitute the human senses with electronics, good substitutes now exist for sight and sound, but lag for smell and taste. Touch, though, is widely acknowledged to be the biggest obstacle. Even routine daily actions, such as brushing one’s teeth, turning the pages of a newspaper or dressing a small child would easily defeat today’s robots. Bao added important caveats about the challenges ahead. One is about improving the new sensors. They respond to constant pressure, whereas in human skin more complex sensations are possible. This is because the pressuresensing cells in the skin can send different frequencies of signal - for instance, when we feel something painful or sharp, the frequency increases, alerting us to the threat. In addition, Bao warned, “connecting the artificial skin with the human nerve system will be a very challenging task”. “Ultimately, in the very distant future,

we would like to make a skin which performs really like human skin and to be able to connect it to nerve cells on the arm and thus restore sensation. Initially, the prototype that we envision would be more like a handheld device, or maybe a device that connects to other parts of the body that have skin sensation. The device would generate a pulse that would stimulate other parts of the skin, giving the kind of signal ‘my (artificial) hand is touching something’, for instance.” In the future, artificial skin could be studded with sensors that respond to chemicals, biological agents, temperature, humidity, radioactivity or pollutants. “This would be especially useful in applications where we want to send robots into environments, including space, where it could be dangerous for humans to go,” said Bao. “They could collect information and send it back.” — AFP

ISTANBUL: About 58 percent of Turkish voters approved a package of constitutional changes to reshape the judiciary and curb army powers, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday. “According to provisional results, the changes were approved by about 58 percent... The turnout was between 77 and 78 percent,” Erdogan said at his party’s office in Istanbul. “We have passed a historic threshold on the way to advanced democracy and the supremacy of law,” he said to the applause of party supporters. “The power of democracy, the power of the people’s will has been cemented today... Those who said ‘yes’ and those who said ‘no’ are equally winners because advanced democracy is for everybody,” he said. “The losers are the coup supporters and those resisting change,” he added. Erdogan refused to take the result as the exclusive success of his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party, extending thanks also to supporters of other parties who backed the package. “The vote today was not about parties... It was the support that people of various political convictions gave to what they believe is right,” he said. The referendum “is an important breaking point for Turkish democracy. We are passing through a very important test,” Erdogan said after casting his vote in Istanbul earlier. The opposition had urged Turks to reject the amendments, saying they masked an AKP quest to take control of the judiciary and assert an authoritarian

grip on power. The European Union, which Turkey is seeking to join, has welcomed the amendments as a “step in the right direction” but expressed reservations over increasing government influence in a key body dealing with judicial appointments. Unrest marred voting in some regions where militant groups harassed and stoned fellow Kurds who rejected a boycott call from the main Kurdish party and turned out to vote in the referendum. Police used truncheons and tear gas to disperse the rioters and detained about 90 people in seven cities, Anatolia news agency reported. Some 50 million people were eligible to vote in the referendum, which fell on the 30th anniversary of the 1980 coup, one of four military interventions that have unseated elected governments in Turkey since 1960. Voters were divided on the AKP agenda, reflecting the sharp polarisation that has plagued Turkey since 2002 when the AKP, the moderate offshoot of a banned Islamist party, came to power amid fears it would undermine the secular system. “We no longer want military coups in this country... We want a civilian and a more democratic constitution,” said 32-year-old Serkan Misirlioglu, a travel agency employee, as he went to vote under pouring rain in Istanbul. But housewife Fatma Uretici, a “no” voter, had no trust in Erdogan. “He is transforming the constitution as it suits him. He wants to install his men everywhere,” she grumbled. The current constitution, a legacy of the 1980 coup, remains under universal criti-

cism for its oppressive spirit despite previous amendments. The opposition argues the AKP - its democratic credentials already under mounting criticism - designed the amendments to propel cronies to senior judicial posts, control the courts and dilute Turkey’s secular system. The bill, pushed through parliament in May by the AKP, aims to restructure the higher echelons of the judiciary, a secularist bastion at loggerheads with the government. The most controversial provisions modify the make-up of the Constitutional Court and the Higher Board of Judges and Prosecutors, and the way their members are elected. The 26-article package also curbs the powers of the once-untouchable military, already humbled amid sprawling probes into alleged plans to unseat the AKP that have landed dozens of soldiers in court. The AKP narrowly escaped being outlawed by the Constitutional Court for undermining Turkey’s secular system in 2008. Top courts have also often blocked AKP-sponsored legislation, including a bill that would have abolished a ban on the Islamic headscarf in universities. Other provisions limit the powers of military courts and abolish an article providing a judicial shield for the 1980 coup leaders. The package also gives civil servants the right to collective bargaining, but not the right to strike, and emphasises women’s and children’s rights. Voters were required to decide on all amendments with a single “yes” or “no”.— AFP

India braces for ruling on bitter religious dispute AYODHYA, India: One of the most divisive events in India’s modern history returns to centre stage this month with a high court ruling on a religious dispute that redrew the country’s political landscape. The 1992 destruction by Hindu activists of the Babri mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya triggered the worst sectarian violence since partition and helped propel India’s main Hindu nationalist party from the political fringes into government. Around 2,000 people died in the Hindu-Muslim riots and there are deep concerns that the long-awaited September 24 ruling on ownership of the Babri site could reignite communal tensions. Hindus say the 16th-century mosque was built by the Moghul emperor Babar on the site of a temple marking the birthplace of the Hindu warrior god Ram. A drive to build a Ram temple on the ruins of the razed mosque remains a key political platform of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is currently the main opposition party in parliament. The upcoming court verdict is awaited with trepidation by the residents of Ayodhya and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, where the state government has requested 35,000 extra paramilitary police to deal with any fallout. “We have seen enough blood. We are looking for a peaceful end to this whole issue,” said Dhananjay, a 30-year-old shopkeeper who sells CDs and cassettes of Hindu devotional songs. Mahant Gyan Das, a senior member of the Hindu trust seeking to build a Ram temple on the site,

insisted that any violence resulting from the court verdict would not come from the people of Ayodhya. “The local population Hindus or Muslims - would never create trouble. What we need to guard against is infiltration by mischief-makers from outside,” Das told AFP. At the same time, Das was strident in his belief that the court ruling would favour the Hindu argument. “I’m an optimist, so I never look at the negative. A lot of evidence has already gone into proving our claim,” he said. Hashim Ansari, a 90-year-old Muslim leader who has pushed for the demolished mosque to be rebuilt on its original site, is equally adamant that his camp has the better claim. “But what we need to profess and promote is that either party must abide by the order of the court,” Ansari said. Whichever way the ruling goes, the dispute is unlikely to end there as the decision can be appealed to the Supreme Court. Memories of the violence that was unleashed in 1992 remain strong and Muslim Abdul Rehman, who runs a shop just 200 m from the disputed site, said residents of Ayodhya had always sought an “amicable” solution. “Let us pray that this prolonged battle comes to a close. Haven’t both sides suffered enough?” he said. Within hours of the Babri mosque’s destruction, Ayodhya was ablaze as rampaging Hindu mobs torched Muslim homes and businesses and brought in tractors to tear down mosques that had stood side-by-side with Hindu temples in the pilgrimage town for decades or even centuries.

India’s chief Muslim cleric Syed Ahmed Bukhari appealed for calm ahead of the court decision, but also stressed that Muslims “are not willing to give an inch to anyone” over the Ayodhya issue. The ruling poses a crucial test for India and its image as an emerging global player and a beacon of stability in a volatile region. “The way the country handles this - the aftermath - will have a profound impact on the evolution of our country,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said last week. Since the Gujarat riots of 2002, India has avoided any major outbreak of HinduMuslim violence. The government is especially keen to keep a lid on any unrest ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, which begin on Oct 3, and the visit of US President Barack Obama in November. So far, the BJP leadership had remained relatively tightlipped about the looming judgement, but the push to build a Ram temple still exerts an emotive pull on many party supporters. The campaign brought the BJP into the political mainstream and eventually into the corridors of power when it formed a coalition government in 1998 under prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The pressure on the three high court judges who will deliver the verdict is enormous, but the real unknown is what the popular reaction to their decision will be. “The problem about the case is that it’s not so much about who wins, but about who loses,” The Hindustan Times said in an editorial. — AFP

Newborn found in airport garbage bag Continued from Page 1 reportedly unloaded from a Gulf Air plane that arrived from Bahrain and found the baby inside, an airport statement said. The baby was later turned over to social workers posted at the Ninoy Aquino

International Airport. Gulf Air officials were not immediately available for comment. Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said she was angered by what happened, adding that police have been ordered to search for the infant’s mother, who could be criminally charged. “I was simply outraged,

no infant should be treated that way,” Soliman said. She said the baby will be turned over to the mother’s relatives or put up for adoption. Many Filipinos are forced to work as maids and laborers abroad, including the Middle East, to escape crushing poverty and unemployment at home. — AP

Two Afghans killed as Quran protests simmer Continued from Page 1 delaying the election and warned that the Taleban, which has vowed to continue fighting until nearly 150,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan have left, could try to exploit popular anger over the issue. Poor security is already a major concern ahead of the vote, with more than 1,000 polling centres out of a planned 6,835 to remain closed. Yesterday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said a Taleban commander who had been plotting rocket attacks on polling stations had been killed in eastern Nangarghar a day earlier. The election is seen as a key test of stability in Afghanistan before President Barack Obama conducts a strategy review of the increasingly unpopular war in December. Angry protesters chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Christians” clashed with security forces in Logar, south of the capital, yesterday. Seven demonstrators were wounded, one seriously, when Afghan security forces opened fire to disperse hundreds of protesters marching to Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar, officials said. Mohammad Rahim Amin, chief of Baraki Barak district just west of Pul-e-Alam, said two of

the wounded died later in hospital. The protesters threatened to attack foreign military bases. “The governor must give us an assurance that the church is not going to burn the Holy Quran, otherwise we will attack foreign troop bases in our thousands,” protester Mohammad Yahya said. Some of the protesters seemed not to know that Jones had called off his plan. Many in impoverished Afghanistan have limited access to news outlets and the Internet. Major Patrick Seiber, a spokesman for ISAF, said it was aware of more protests in Logar yesterday and estimated the crowd at about 100, some wielding sticks and throwing stones. Four protesters were wounded in Logar on Saturday, a day after one was shot dead when an angry crowd attacked a German-run base in the northeast, one of many protests across the country. Protests had eased by later yesterday. Ceremonies in the United States on Saturday marked the ninth anniversary of the attacks by Al-Qaeda, which led to the ousting of the Taleban by US-backed Afghan forces because it had harboured Osama bin Laden’s group. The heated controversies over Jones’s plan and over proposals to build an Islamic cultural centre and mosque near the site of the

toppled World Trade Center in New York highlighted a growing debate in the United States about religious tolerance. Hundreds of people favouring and opposing the cultural centre and mosque gathered in New York for peaceful rallies hours after ceremonies in the city, and in Washington and Pennsylvania, to mark the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. Obama had warned that burning copies of the Holy Quran could hurt the United States deeply abroad, endanger US troops in Afghanistan and risk attacks by Al-Qaeda. While Jones abandoned his plan, there were at least two incidents of abuse of the Holy Quran in Lower Manhattan in New York on Saturday. Two evangelical preachers not affiliated with any mainstream church burned two copies of the Holy Quran in Tennessee. Demonstrations over perceived desecration of Muslim symbols have led to dozens of deaths in Afghanistan in recent years, including after a Danish newspaper published a cartoon depicting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in 2005. Obama, who has sought to improve ties with the Muslim world frayed by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept 11 attacks, stressed religious tolerance in remarks at a memorial service in Washington on Saturday. — Reuters


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MLB results/standings Major League Baseball results and standings on Saturday: Florida 4, Washington 1; Tampa Bay 13, Toronto 1; Atlanta 6, St Louis 3 (12 innings); NY Mets 4, Philadelphia 3; San Diego 1, San Francisco 0; Kansas City 8, Chicago White Sox 2; LA Dodgers 6, Houston 3; Minnesota 1, Cleveland 0 (12 innings); Baltimore 5, Detroit 3; Cincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 4 (10 innings); Chicago Cubs 1, Milwaukee 0; Texas 7, NY Yankees 6; Colorado 2, Arizona 1; LA Angels 7, Seattle 4; Oakland 4, Boston 3. American League Eastern Division W L PCT GB NY Yankees 87 55 .613 Tampa Bay 86 55 .610 .5 Boston 78 64 .549 9 Toronto 72 70 .507 15 Baltimore 55 87 .387 32 Central Division Minnesota 84 58 .592 Chicago White Sox 78 64 .549 Detroit 71 72 .497 Kansas City 58 83 .411 Cleveland 58 84 .408

6 13.5 25.5 26

Texas Oakland LA Angels Seattle

Western Division 79 63 .556 71 70 .504 69 73 .486 55 87 .387

7.5 10 24

Philadelphia Atlanta Florida NY Mets Washington

National League Eastern Division 82 61 82 61 72 69 70 72 60 82

.573 .573 .511 .493 .423

9 11.5 21.5

Cincinnati St Louis Houston Milwaukee Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh

Central Division 81 61 .570 73 67 .521 67 75 .472 65 76 .461 62 80 .437 47 94 .333

7 14 15.5 19 33.5

San Diego San Francisco Colorado LA Dodgers Arizona

Western Division 80 61 .567 80 63 .559 78 64 .549 71 72 .497 57 85 .401

1 2.5 10 23.5

CHICAGO: Kansas City Royals’ Gregor Blanco dives safely into first base as Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko takes the throw in the first inning of a baseball game.—AP

Twins down Indians, Rangers edge Yankees CLEVELAND: Jim Thome hit his 587th homer, passing Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for eighth place on the career list and lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in 12 innings Saturday. Thome hit a 2-0 pitch from Justin Germano (0-2) into the Cleveland bullpen in center field, snapping the Twins’ 21-inning scoreless streak. It was the only extra-base hit of the game. Thome returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a mild abdominal strain and was 0 for 3 with a walk until hitting his fifth homer in his last four games. The Twins opened a six-game lead over Chicago in the American League Central. The White Sox lost to Kansas City 8-2.

Rangers 7, Yankees 6 At Arlington, Texas, Mariano Rivera ended New York’s perfect record when

leading after eight innings. Pitching the ninth inning with a one-run lead, Rivera allowed a tying double to Ian Kinsler, then hit Jeff Francoeur on the left shoulder with the bases loaded, giving the Rangers a victory over the Yankees in yet another long game. A night after Texas won the series opener in 13 innings, lasting 5 hours, 12 minutes, this one took 4:16 — plus a 59-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fifth inning. The teams also went from using 19 pitchers on Friday night to using 14. The Yankees were 76-0 when leading after eight before Rivera’s third blown save opportunity of the year.

Royals 8, White Sox 2 At Chicago, Kyle Davies pitched six solid innings, and Gregor Blanco and Kila Ka’aihue each had three hits as Kansas City beat Chicago to snap a four-game losing

streak. Blanco and Ka’aihue each scored two runs as Kansas City roughed up Edwin Jackson (3-1) on its way to 18 hits. Davies (8-9) allowed one run and five hits, winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. Paul Konerko hit his 34th homer for the White Sox, who have lost four of five.

Athletics 4, Red Sox 3 At Oakland, California, Rajai Davis hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh inning and Andrew Bailey struck out David Ortiz to end the game, preserving Oakland’s victory over Boston. Adrian Beltre doubled in Victor Martinez with two out in the ninth to get Boston within one but pinch-hitter Ortiz looked at a called third strike, giving Bailey his 23rd save in 26 opportunities. Oakland scored three times in the seventh and once in the eighth, erasing a 2-0

deficit and clinching its first season-series win over the Red Sox since 2006. Mark Ellis hit a tying RBI single before coming around on Davis’ hit. Martinez, Beltre and Darnell McDonald had two hits apiece for Boston, which has lost six of eight and is struggling to stay in the playoff picture. John Lackey (12-10) pitched seven innings, yielding three runs and six hits. Oakland announced before the game it had exercised its option on manager Bob Geren’s contract for the 2011 season.

Rays 13, Blue Jays 1

Angels 7, Mariners 4

At Toronto, Brad Hawpe hit a grand slam for Tampa Bay, and Wade Davis won his seventh straight decision. Kelly Shoppach also homered as the AL wild-card leaders won for the third time in four games. Davis (12-9) improved to 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts since a stint on the 15day disabled list with a strained shoulder.

At Anaheim, California, Hideki Matsui homered and Torii Hunter had four RBIs to lead Los Angeles to the victory over Felix Hernandez and Seattle. Ervin Santana (16-9) tied a career high for victories, allowing three runs and five hits over 7 1-3 innings. Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 13

Giants fall to Padres SAN DIEGO: Tim Stauffer threw six sparkling innings and Yorvit Torrealba homered as the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Saturday to retain the National League West lead. The Padres (80-61) snapped a virtual tie for the top spot in the division, taking a one-game lead over the Giants (80-63) after dropping the first two in the four-game set. San Francisco pulled within one percentage point of San Diego with Friday night’s 1-0 win. Stauffer, the club’s long reliever, made just his third start of the season but was sensational. He yielded three hits and pitched out of his only jam in the second. Torrealba’s fifth homer in the third landed in the right-field porch and helped San Diego win for just the fourth time in 16 games. Luke Gregerson, Mike Adams and Heath Bell each pitched a hitless inning in the Padres’ 18th shutout of the season. Bell earned his 40th save in 43 chances.

Braves 6, Cardinals 3 At Atlanta, Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning as Atlanta beat St. Louis to move into a share of the NL East lead. With runners on first and third base and the outfielders playing shallow to guard against a sacrifice fly, Gonzalez hit the winning shot off Mitchell Boggs (2-3) into the left-field seats. The Braves improved their major league-best home record to 51-20 and grabbed a share of the division lead with the Philadelphia Phillies, who lost to the New York Mets 43. Albert Pujols had three RBIs for St. Louis, which is facing an uphill climb to return to the playoffs.

Mets 4, Phillies 3 At New York, Mike Pelfrey was dominant into the eighth inning to earn his career-high

RICHMOND: Denny Hamlin bounced back from a last-place finish last week at Atlanta to grab his second career victory at Richmond International Raceway. It is his sixth win of the season and pushes him past four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson for the top spot in the NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The Chase begins next week at New Hampshire, and Hamlin will open the 10-race playoffs with a 10-point lead over Johnson. “I hope you guys are ready for a good 10 weeks,” he radioed his crew. Regular-season points leader Kevin Harvick took the third seed, 30 points behind Hamlin. Busch, also 30 behind Hamlin, gave Toyota

Marlins 4, Nationals 1

Dodgers 6, Astros 3 At Houston, reliever Brandon Lyon’s threw away a bunt for a tiebreaking two-run error in a three-run ninth inning to give Los Angeles a win over Houston. Dodgers manager Joe Torre was ejected in the first inning by plate umpire Paul Emmel. Torre complained from the dugout after Casey Blake was called out on strikes, then left the dugout following the ejection to speak with Emmel. With the score 3-3, Trent Oeltjen singled off Lyon (6-6) and Reed Johnson reached on a bunt single down the firstbase line. A.J. Ellis bunted, and Lyon picked up the sacrifice, then

games with a three-run homer in the eighth. It was his 2,215th major league hit, breaking a tie with Joe DiMaggio for 167th place on the career list. Kevin Jepsen gave up a twoout RBI single in the ninth to Josh Wilson before Fernando Rodney closed it out for his ninth save in 14 chances.

Orioles 5, Tigers 3 At Detroit, Adam Jones had four hits and Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven shutout innings to help Baltimore get the victory over Detroit. Brian Roberts and Felix Pie had three hits apiece for Baltimore. Guthrie (10-13) gave up five hits — all in the first three innings — and one walk. He is 3-0 with a sparkling 0.81 ERA in his last three starts. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his ninth save and second in as many days. Detroit’s Max Scherzer (10-10) allowed four runs and a career-high 12 hits in six innings, snapping a five-start unbeaten streak.—AP

Hamlin wins at home to grab top seed in Chase

14th victory as New York stopped Philadelphia’s fourgame winning streak. Ike Davis kept up his big September with four hits and three RBIs and Jose Reyes homered for the Mets, helping quiet the red-clad Philadelphia fans in the Citi Field crowd of 35,788. New York was able to slow the surging Phillies in their pursuit of a fourth straight NL East title even without center fielder Carlos Beltran, who sat out with tendinitis in his left knee. He is day to day. At Washington, Anibal Sanchez remained unbeaten against Washington, allowing four hits in 7 2-3 innings to pitch Florida past the Nationals for the fifth straight time. Emilio Bonifacio hit a tworun single to back Sanchez (12-9), who gave up one run, struck out four and walked none. He has a 2.29 career ERA against the Nationals, going 2-0 this year. Wilson Ramos’ RBI double in the eighth was the first earned run Sanchez allowed against the Nationals in 23 1-3 innings.

The right-hander, who leads AL rookies in wins, allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked three. Davis, who has not lost since June 27 against Arizona, matched Jeff Niemann (2009-10) and Mark Hendrickson (2005) for the most consecutive victories in Rays history. Lyle Overbay homered for the Blue Jays, who have connected in 13 straight games, matching a season high. Ricky Romero (12-9) allowed six runs in four innings.

and JGR a 1-2 finish. Kurt Busch, winner of the inaugural 2004 Chase, is the fifth seed, followed by Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle, who secured his spot in 12driver field just 30 laps into Saturday night when start-and-park driver Jason Leffler called it a night. Biffle was guaranteed a spot in the Chase by finishing 42nd or better. He wound up 32nd. Jeff Gordon will be seeded eighth, the first of five drivers winless this season who will start the Chase 60 points behind Hamlin. Clint Bowyer was the only real driver on the “bubble” at the start of Saturday night, but had a stout car, led 33 laps and finished sixth to grab the final Chase spot. —AP

ATLANTA: St. Louis Cardinals’ Nick Stavinoha (34) is forced out at second base by Atlanta Braves second baseman Omar Infante (4) on a Brendan Ryan (13) ground ball in the eighth inning.—AP

Reds 5, Pirates 4

gle past hard-throwing Aroldis Chapman completed Pittsburgh’s rally to a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Joel Hanrahan blew the save chance, giving up a tying double by Chris Heisey in the ninth.

At Cincinnati, Joey Votto led off the bottom of the 10th inning with his 33rd homer, sending Cincinnati to a wild victory over Pittsburgh that extended their NL Central lead to a daunting seven games. Votto hit the fourth pitch from Justin Thomas (0-1) into the seats in left, touching off chants of “MVP” with his first career game-ending homer. Edinson Volquez dominated for seven innings, allowing one hit and fanning 10 before turning a 3-0 lead over to the Reds bullpen. Neil Walker’s two-run sin-

At Milwaukee, Ryan Dempster struck out eight batters in seven crisp innings, earning his 100th career win and helping Chicago beat Milwaukee. Xavier Nady homered for Chicago, which got an outstanding outing from Carlos Zambrano in a 4-0 victory in the series opener Friday night. Dempster (13-10) allowed three hits and walked two, improving to 15-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 22 career starts against the Brewers. The

hesitated and threw wildly to first as two runs scored. Ellis went to third on the error and scored on pinch-hitter James Loney’s double.

Cubs 1, Brewers 0

right-hander retired 21 of the first 26 batters on his way to his 50th victory with Chicago.

Rockies 2, D’backs 1 At Denver, pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera’s sacrifice fly off Mike Hampton broke a seventh-inning tie as Colorado rallied past Arizona for its ninth straight victory. Rookie Matt Reynolds (1-0) picked up his first major league win by working one scoreless inning as Colorado stayed 2 1/2 games behind San Diego in the NL West race. The Padres beat San Francisco 1-0. Diamondbacks right-hander Rodrigo Lopez cruised along until the seventh, when he gave up three straight hits, including Miguel Olivo’s RBI single that tied it at 1 and took Ubaldo Jimenez off the hook for a hard-luck loss. —AP

Shooters during practice

KSSC to host training camps KUWAIT: The Scottish Shooting Association will hold a training camp at Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Ranges complex from September 12-19. Secretary General of Kuwait Shooting Sports Club (KSSC), said Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad complex became one of the most important shooting facilities around the world, and is now an attraction for many international associations to train their athletes, as it includes all the international standards. Al-Osaimi said KSSC received several requests for training camps, as the chairman and board mem-

bers welcome all brotherly and friendly associations to hold their training camps in the state of Kuwait. He said the English Shooting Association will hold a training camp at Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad complex as its previous training camp here was a success. Al-Osaimi said KSSC will also receive shooters Ahmad bin Hashar Al-Maktoum and Sheikh Jumaa bin Damlouk AlMaktoum from UAE Shooting Association, as they will hold their training camp from September 14-20. Meanwhile the German Shooting Association asked for arranging a training camp for its shooters

in Kuwait from Feb 9-18, 2011 and KSSC welcomed that.

Obaid Al-Osaimi


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Rio 2016 Games need more triathlon medals DUESSELDORF: There should be more triathlon medals available at the 2016 Olympic Games to reflect the sport’s growing popularity, International Triathlon Union (ITU) president Marisol Casado said yesterday. The federation is pushing for the inclusion of mixed relay teams and Casado, speaking during the final world championship series event in Hungary, said it was high time more triathletes had the chance to become Olympians. With the sport’s rapid growth in Europe, the United States and

Oceania, Casado said the two current Olympic events-a men’s and a women’s competition-were not enough. “That is only two hours one day and two hours the other day during the whole Olympics,” the Spaniard told Reuters in an interview. “Our athletes deserve to have more opportunities to be Olympians. I know that local organising committees invest a lot of money in their venues and it is a shame not to use them for more time.” Triathlon, combining swimming, cycling and running, made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Since then it has grown with the ITU beginning its current world championships series, its top tier race series, in 2009. It features eight races in eight different countries. “I think it is important to have more time to use these Olympic venues and being an individual sport I think the value of the team sport is very important to put it as an ingredient of triathlon,” said Casado. The mixed gender relay discipline made its debut at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore last month, winning positive reviews and with International Olympic Committee

President Jacques Rogge in the stands. Casado, also an IOC member, said the ITU was pushing for the discipline’s inclusion in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics programme. The IOC can introduce new disciplines of existing Olympic sports some two years before the Games. “Athletes are very happy with this competition. It will be short distances, a lot of energy around and more TV friendly,” said Casado. That has been one of the sport’s major drawbacks. While more and more races have joined the interna-

tional triathlon calendar, TV coverage has not grown at the same rate, given the event’s duration and the complexities of covering it on land and water. “That is a fact. It is very expensive and complex with the number of cameras needed,” Casado said. “But we have made a huge step forward because at this moment the final series in Budapest (on Sunday) is broadcast live in 13 territories globally.” The other drawback of the sport is its lack of universality with Asia and Africa absent from the top 100 apart from a small number of Japanese and

South African athletes among the dozens of Europeans, Americans, Australians and New Zealanders. “This issue is true,” Casado said. “We are investing money in education and coaches in these regions. There is a big effort to spread the sport and in our congress in Budapest we admitted new national federations, among them Morocco. I hope we will increase the number of participants.” The other federations who joined are the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Iraq, Oman and Iceland. The ITU is also bridging a gap with

the World Triathlon Corporation, organisers of the popular Ironman competition, an extended triathlon version which is not sanctioned by the ITU, Casado said. “The WTC is not another federation. It is a company,” she said. “We are in negotiations with them and it is one of my dreams to be together because it is the same sport. “I am confident in not a very long time we will arrive at a simple agreement that they will recognise us as the international federation and we will recognise them as good organisers.” —Reuters

Kaymer wins KLM Open

MOSCOW: Russia’s Alan Gogaev (left) grapples with India’s Kumar Sushil during their 66kg freestyle final match at the World Wrestling Championships. —AP

Blue Bulls lose to Cheetahs JOHANNESBURG: Currie Cup defending champions the Blue Bulls fell to their fifth loss in 10 games this season as they went down 20-14 to the Free State Cheetahs in round 10 of the competition on Saturday. The Cheetahs claimed their second win over the champions this campaign after tries from loose forwards Phillip van der Walt and Hendro Scholtz saw them home at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein. The loss leaves Pretoria’s Blue Bulls out of the top four, and out of the semifinal places, after a resurgent Lions team from Johannesburg beat Griquas 40-29 to move up to fourth. Western Province halted a three-game losing streak with a 59-17 victory over bottom team the Leopards in Cape Town, and leaders the Sharks eventually came through 30-14 against the Pumas in Witbank, despite a slack second-half performance from the Durban side. After 10 of 14 rounds of the regular season, the Sharks lead by eight points from Western Province. Just three points separate the Cheetahs in third and the Blue Bulls in fifth. The Cheetahs, losing finalists to the Blue Bulls last season, made a flying start when van der Walt rounded off a stunning length-of-the-field attack to score after just 31 seconds. A try from wing Jaco van der Westhuyzen closed the gap for the visitors and Jacques-Louis Potgieter then kicked the Blue Bulls into an 11-10 lead _ despite being denied one penalty when the referee

referred it to the TV official, who couldn’t confirm if the ball had gone over. Still missing Springbok stars Victor Matfield, Pierre Spies and Morne Steyn, who are to be rested for a month after the Tri-Nations, the Blue Bulls finally succumbed to second-half pressure from the Cheetahs when Scholtz broke through the line from close range. Earlier Saturday, the Lions won their fifth successive match to move ahead of the Blue Bulls and into the top four in the standings for the first time this season. The Lions were forced to battle back after early scores from Griquas wing Rocco Jansen and prop Jean Botha at Ellis Park. The home team replied with two tries from fullback Jaco Taute and one each from flanker Josh Strauss and winger Jannie Boshoff. Bjorn Basson also scored for Griquas late in the game to take his season try tally to 14, five off the Currie Cup season record of 19. Elton Jantjies kicked 20 points, after a 31-point personal haul last week, as John Mitchell’s team continued its turnaround. The Lions had started their season with four losses in five games, following a disastrous Super 14 campaign where they lost every game. Western Province ended their slump with a predictably one-sided home win over the Leopards at Newlands. Province ran in nine tries, including two for South Africa flanker Francois Louw and one for Springbok center Juan de Jongh, for a con-

vincing 59-17 victory and a return to winning ways for coach Allister Coetzee’s team. Province will also have to wait for four weeks and the last round of the regular season before they can pick contracted South African Rugby Union internationals like Schalk Burger, Bryan Habana and Jaque Fourie. The Leopards, who had hooker Gavin Williamson sent off in the second half, will now almost certainly face an end-of-season playoff for their Currie Cup Premier Division place after 10 defeats from 10 games. On Friday in Witbank, north east of Johannesburg, the Sharks wrapped up victory and a bonus point with four first-half tries against the Pumas. Flanker Jacques Botes, wings Lwazi Mvovo and Odwa Ndungane and hooker Craig Burden all scored in the first 40 minutes. Flyhalf Elgar Watts scored a weaving, side-stepping try for the Pumas, and Corne Steenkamp also crossed for the home team as the Sharks led 27-14 at the break. But, both teams left their try-scoring form in the locker room as the only score of the second half was a penalty from Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie. The leaders won 3014 to stay on course for a home semifinal. “It was a tough game, all credit to the Pumas,” Sharks captain Stefan Terblanche said. “But we stuck to our guns and we were tested on defense. We weren’t as clinical as we’d have liked to be but very happy to take the five points out of the game, anyone will take that.”—AP

HILVERSUM: PGA champion Martin Kaymer shot a final round 4-under 66 to win the KLM Open by four strokes yesterday. The German, who had led by one shot overnight, carded five birdies and only one bogey when he missed the green at the short 10th hole, to stay top of the leaderboard all day and finish with a 14-under total of 266. Sweden’s Christian Nilsson and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti both shot 69s to finish joint second at 10-under. The win was the 25-year-old Kaymer’s seventh on the European Tour and his third in 2010 following victories in Abu Dhabi and last month’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Kaymer now plans to take a week off before starting his preparation for his European Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor and his confidence could not be higher. “I set out to be consistent in the final round,” he said. “I just wanted to give myself chances and avoid high numbers which is what I did. And my swing felt very nice.” There was no mystery about the source of his current self-belief. “Winning the US PGA, one of the biggest tournaments of the year, gives you the biggest confidence you can get,” he said. Kaymer meanwhile sent a message to European team captain Colin Montgomerie who now has to find him a partner for the Ryder Cup contest against the United States. “If I could I would choose to play with Rory McIlroy,” Kaymer said. “We get along very well and he could be a great foursomes partner for me.” By collecting euro 300,000 ($381,000) for his victory at Hilversum, Kaymer increased his lead at the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai money list to nearly §500,000. Graeme McDowell, in second place, did not play over the weekend. The only real threat to during the fourth round in Holland emerged at the 15th when his playing partner Nilsson chipped in for a birdie from off the green to cut his lead to two shots. Kaymer, however, responded by converting a six foot birdie putt on the next green and a tap in birdie at the last completed a convincing victory. Among the four players who shared fourth place at 9-under was the 2010 British Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen who shot a closing 5-under 65.—AP

HILVERSUM: Martin Kaymer of Germany poses with the trophy after winning the KLM Open golf tournament at the Hilversum Golf Club. —AP

Cochran rallies to win in South Korea INCHEON: Russ Cochran won the Posco E&C Songdo Championship yesterday for his first Champions Tour victory after making a birdie on the opening hole of a playoff with Fred Funk in the 50-and-over circuit’s first event in Asia. The 51-year-old left-hander finished at 12-under 204 on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea to earn $456,000. He won the 1991 Western Open for his lone PGA Tour title. Cochran, who shot a final-round 66 to force the playoff, tapped in for the win after hitting a bunker shot just short of the hole. “I’ve been playing well over the last year, year and a half and I felt like a victory was in the near future,” said Cochran, who was out of golf for about six years with wrist and elbow problems that required surgery. “I’m back playing and my game’s a little bit different, but it’s pretty solid,” he said. “I’m hoping I can take this and go (on) to more victories on the Champions Tour.” Funk, who began the day with a two-stroke lead, shot a 68 for a three-round

204. He had a chance to win the tournament in regulation, but missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th. He also hit into a bunker on the playoff hole — also the 18th — and though his recovery escaped the trap, it fell short of the green. Tom Pernice Jr., Cochran and John Cook were all tied for second entering the final round. Pernice had a 67 to finish a stroke off the leaders at 11 under after missing a putt on the 18th that denied him a chance to join the playoff. Tom Watson, who finished second in last year’s British Open, shot a 70 to close the tournament at 3 under. Bernhard Langer, a five-time winner this year on the tour, shot an 80 to finish at 6 over. Funk, who won the Jeld-Wen Tradition — a major title — three weeks ago, was clearly disappointed at the outcome. “It was my tournament to win,” he said. The 54-year-old Funk was co-leader with Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake after the first round and was sole leader going

into the final round. “I was very shocked when Fred missed,” said Cochran, adding he had given his ball to his caddy — who is also his son — and was in the process of handing over his glove when Funk’s putt veered off to the left of the hole. The event, played in the port city of Incheon, west of Seoul, had a record Champions Tour purse of $3 million. The tournament was plagued by heavy rains, which delayed the start of play Friday and Saturday. Conditions markedly improved yesterday with play ending under sunny skies. Golf great Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course, said Wednesday that a performance of 4 under a day would probably be enough to win the tournament, which proved accurate. Champions Tour President Mike Stevens declared the tournament a success, despite the challenges posed by the weather and the logistics of playing so far away in Asia. “We’re embarking on an international strategy and growth for our tour,” he said yesterday. —AP

Beaten Wallabies have reasons to be cheerful SYDNEY: New Zealand’s sweep of the Tri-Nations affirmed their status as rugby’s top dogs but Australia’s rapid improvement in the tournament suggests an All Blacks’ World Cup victory may not be a foregone conclusion. The Wallabies’ gut-wrenching 2322 loss in the final Tri-Nations match in Sydney on Saturday condemned them to a record streak of 10 defeats to the All Blacks. It also left them with an unflattering 2-4 record for the tournament and lingering doubts about their ability to land a killer blow against their bitter arch-rivals with the World Cup in New Zealand just a year away. However, despite the disappointing conclusion in Sydney, surrendering a late 13-point lead after dictating much of the play, the Wallabies emerged from the tournament with a greater resolve and the number two ranking pilfered from South Africa. “Two out of six is obviously disappointing, but I think to play the game that we did... does show that we’ve come a long way and it shows that if we just keep working and keep building we’ll get there,” scrumhalf Will Genia told reporters on Sunday. “It was our game to be won. It’s

all good saying it now after the game’s over but we’ve just got to make sure that we keep going. If we’re good enough to get to a 22-9 lead then we’re good enough to keep playing and score another 22 points.” Playing havoc with coach Robbie Deans’s selections, a number of injuries to key players have actually proved an unlikely blessing for the Wallabies, with their replacements stepping up and in some cases blossoming. Quade Cooper, who was given his start on the season-ending northern hemisphere tour last year after an ankle injury to Berrick Barnes, has made the flyhalf position his own and looms as a threat with both hand and foot in tandem with Genia. The losses of Digby Ioane, Rob Horne and Peter Hynes hurt Australia’s backline, but also allowed youngster James O’Connor to show his versatility out wide, while Adam Ashley-Cooper’s shift outside centre Matt Giteau has shored up the defence. Kurtley Beale, whose last-gasp, long-range penalty felled the Springboks in Bloemfontein last week to break a 47-year winning drought on the highveld, has also proved a revelation despite the full-

back committing the odd farcical error. “I think they’re playing exciting football and the passes are sticking now. That’s a result of the understanding between them and the development,” 1999 World Cup-winning Australia coach Rod Macqueen told Reuters. “I think in the last two games they really are looking a much more composed team... I think that they can all go back and think that we’ve discovered some good players there and with good players to come back, all is well.” Australia had assembled a side whose running and passing was the equal of the All Blacks if not better, but remained prone to ‘switching off’ after scoring tries, Wallabies Hall of Famer Andrew Slack said. “The ability to score a try is clearly very important, they’ve got that in spades, it’s just the other areas. Once they’ve scored those tries they need to sharpen up a bit.” “I think it’s more a mental side of things. “We don’t want patches in the game where we’re mentally flat. They’re going to be times when the momentum moves away from you... You’ve just got to cope and dig in your heels as the All Blacks do.”

Slack also joined a chorus of disapproval over Australia’s goal kicking, with Giteau’s woeful three-outof-seven on Saturday magnified by opposite number Piri Weepu’s perfection at the other end. “It is a major issue. If you look in the history of World Cups, so many of them are won by a kick of one degree or another.” “You can’t have your off nights when they matter. You can have your off nights when you’re 30 points up... Either turn Matt Giteau into a better goal kicker, a more consistent one, or find someone else.” Australia will be buoyed by the encoraging signs but their chances of catching up to the seasoned All Blacks in time for the World Cup remain in doubt so long as the young Wallabies remain prone to shooting themselves in the foot with victory in reach. “That’s exactly what it is-finding a way to win,” Genia said, echoing coach Deans’s losing mantra. “(The All Blacks) have got so much experience and a wealth of quality talent and with that combination it’s always going to be tough. “They’ll always back themselves to be in the contest all the way to the end no matter what the score.” —Reuters

SEOUL: Russ Cochran of the United States holds the winner’s trophy after the final round of the Posco E&C Songdo Championship at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club. —AP


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Alonso celebrates dream Ferrari win at Italian GP

MONZA: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates on the podium after winning the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack. —AP

Turkey beats Serbia to reach world final ISTANBUL: Kerem Tunceri made a layup with 0.5 seconds left and Semih Erden blocked Serbia’s final attempt as Turkey reached the final of the basketball world championship with an 83-82 win Saturday. Turkey got the go-ahead basket in a frantic final minute when Tunceri corralled a loose ball lost by teammate Hedo Turkoglu and drove along the baseline. After a timeout, Novica Velickovic caught a lob pass but his midair attempt was denied by Erden. “It was nothing except luck,” Turkey coach Bogdan Tanjevic said of the finish. “They played the better game.” Turkey will play the United States in Sunday’s final. Serbia meets Lithuania for the bronze medal. The two

teams have never met in a tournament game, but played three Olympics warmups — two in 2004 and one in 2008 — all won by the US. “It’s just a like a dream for now,” Kerem Gonlum said of Turkey’s eight consecutive tournament wins. Until Tunceri’s crossover dribble and 3-pointer over 6-foot-9 (2.06-meter) Velickovic gave Turkey a 76-75 lead, Serbia hadn’t trailed since the game’s first minutes. “It was a very tough loss for us but we have to think about next game, the bronze medal game,” Milenko Tepic said. Turkey fell behind 12-6 five minutes in and struggled. Nearly every time it strung together a few points — as it did when tying the game at 15 with 2:38 left in the first quarter — Serbia answered with 3-

pointers to spurt ahead again. Serbia hit six of 13 3-point attempts in the first half, and Turkey hit two of nine. Tunceri scored eight points in a crucial 14-3 fourth-quarter run that put Turkey up 78-75 with 3:20 left. Marko Keselj led Serbia with 18 points, and Nenad Kristic and Dusko Savanovic had 15 each. Turkoglu scored 16 points for Turkey; Omer Onan added 14. With sixteen seconds left, Tunceri drove into the paint and passed to a Erden, who dunked it for an 81-80 lead while being fouled. He screamed, and hung on the rim with one arm for a few seconds as the crowd roared. “Unfortunately I think we lost our concentration under pressure the last couple of minutes,” Serbian coach Dusan Ivkovic said. — AP

ISTANBUL: Spain’s Rudy Fernandez goes up to score during the 5th-6th place playoff match between Argentina and Spain at the World Basketball Championship. — AP

MONZA: Fernando Alonso seized a longed-for victory in his first Italian Grand Prix for Ferrari yesterday while Lewis Hamilton lasted less than a lap and handed the championship lead back to Australian Mark Webber. It was Ferrari’s first Formula One win at their home circuit since Michael Schumacher’s victory in 2006 and Alonso answered the fans’ prayers despite being overtaken at the start by McLaren’s world champion Jenson Button. Button, who led for more than half the race by little more than a second, finished runnerup after losing out at his pitstop after 36 of the 53 laps. With Button’s team mate Hamilton going out on the first lap, Red Bull’s Webber surged five points clear despite finishing only sixth. The top five are now separated by just 24 points, less than the 25 available for a victory, with everything to play for and five races remaining. Webber has 187, Hamilton 182, Alonso 166, Button 165 and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel 163. Button denied Ferrari a onetwo finish, with Brazilian Felipe Massa joining team mate Alonso on the podium in third as a sea of red-shirted fans invaded the track in jubilation. “This is a good motivation for all of us but the remaining five races are the really important ones,” said Alonso, who started on pole position and had earlier described Monza as crucial to his hopes of a third title after he crashed in Belgium last month. “We need to remain calm. This was a good weekend for us. Spa was a bad weekend. We need to find some consistency in the final races.” Massa had challenged Alonso at the start, a seemingly futile gesture for a driver ordered to let the Spaniard win in Germany, but his main contribution was to knock Hamilton out of the running at the Della Roggia chicane on the opening lap. The two banged wheels in a risky bid by the 2008 champion for third place and Hamilton’s front right suspension was broken by the impact. Hamilton’s retirement was his second in three races, although he won the previous race in Belgium, and his second in succession in Italy. “The championship is not over but it’s mistakes like I made today that lose world championships,” the Briton told reporters. “It’s my fault, I’ll take the blame.” Vettel was fourth, leaving his pit stop to the last lap after earlier suffering an engine problem and slipping behind Webber. He cut his deficit to Webber from 28 to 24 points, with his result demonstrating that Red Bull were in no mind for the ‘team orders’ that led to Ferrari being hauled before the governing body last week. Germany’s Nico Rosberg was fifth for Mercedes with compatriot Nico Hulkenberg seventh for Williams. Poland’s Robert Kubica was eighth for Renault with Schumacher ninth in a Mercedes and Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, last year’s winner for Brawn GP, taking the final point for Williams. —Reuters

ROSARIO: Argentina’s players celebrate at the end of the 2010 Women’s Hockey World Cup final match against Netherlands. Argentina won 3-1. — AP

Argentina lift women’s World Cup ROSARIO: Carla Rebecchi scored twice as Argentina were crowned women’s hockey world champions for the second time on Saturday after beating holders Netherlands 3-1 in the World Cup final. It was Argentina’s third win over the Olympic champions in two months after they twice beat them on their way to retaining the Champions Trophy in Nottingham in July. Las Leonas (lionesses) also beat the Dutch when they won their first world title in Perth, Australia in 2002. “We really wanted this title. The girls won all their matches playing with fight, passion and heart,” coach Carlos Retegui said on Argentine television.

Argentina’s 33-year-old captain Luciana Aymar, six times world Player of the Year and playing the tournament in her home town, said: “This wasn’t our best performance but we took our chances and defended with grit.” Argentina made a lightning start and were two goals up inside eight minutes. Rebecchi scored in the third minute, tapping a cross from the left into an open goal from a metre out with keeper Joyce Stombroek committed after stepping out to face the threat posed by Aymar. The home side increased their lead with their first penalty corner when specialist Noel Barrionuevo rifled a shot into goal off Stombroek for her sixth of the tournament.

The Dutch, six times world champions, pulled one back 10 minutes into the second half through Maartje Paumen, the tournament’s top scorer who took her tally to 12. Argentina restored their two-goal advantage when Rebecchi volleyed in the loose ball after Stombroek had parried an effort by Soledad Garcia. Earlier, England beat Germany 2-0 to win the bronze medal, also a repeat of the result for third place in Nottingham. Alex Danson put England ahead in the 28th minute with a fine reverse-stick shot with her back to goal and laid on the second three minutes later for Helen Richardson to give England their best finish at a World Cup. — Reuters

Klitschko knocks out Peter to retain titles FRANKFURT: Vladimir Klitschko retained his WBO, IBO and IBF world heavyweight championship titles when he knocked out Samuel Peter of Nigeria on Saturday. The Ukrainian floored his opponent in the 10th round with a flurry of punches to Peter’s head in the 10th round to claim his 55th win in 58 fights and the 49th by knockout. Peter, dubbed the Nigerian nightmare, keeled over backwards and never looked like making the count as the fight came to a dramatic end. Until then the Nigerian had frustrated Klitscho and the 40,000 crowd at the Eintracht Frankfurt soccer arena without staking a real claim for the titles. Peter, who had won 34 of his previous 37 bouts, had never been counted out before. “Samuel Peter is a very aggressive boxer. I have great respect for him and he fought to the last punch,” said Klitschko, 34, in the ringside interview. Klitschko’s brother Vitali holds the WBC title

while Briton David Haye holds the WBA crown. But with the brothers not fighting each other and Haye repeatedly refusing a much awaited unification clash with them, any other bout looks like an inexpensive substitute. Peter, WBC champion for six months in 2008 before losing to Vitali, fought Vladimir five years ago and despite knocking the Ukrainian down three times on that occasion, ended up losing. This time, he was the second choice for the fight after Russia’s Alexander Povetkin failed to show up for a prefight news conference because of a sinus problem, prompting the IBF to order Klitschko’s management to find a new opponent. Klitschko controlled the fight from the second round, hurting the Nigerian with some left-right combinations. He struck Peter with a vicious uppercut in the sixth round, by which time the Nigerian already had a swollen right eye.

Klitschko used his jab to wear down his opponent and by the ninth round, his win looked only a matter of time. Klitschko finished the fight with one minute and 22 seconds of the 10th round remaining. Meanwhile, undefeated WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba unanimously outpointed Mexico’s Orlando Salido to take the IBF crown Saturday in a title unification bout at the Palms Casino. Gamboa (19-0) had winning scores of 116-109, 114-109 and 115-109 from the judges. “Every time I hit him, Salido would come back and fight,” Gamboa said. “This is the new Gamboa you’re going to see more controlling, less careless.” Referee Joe Cortez ruled Salido (34-11-2) knocked down Gamboa in the eighth round, but replays indicated the 28-year-old slipped. Gamboa then knocked down the 29-year old Salido in the 12th. However, Gamboa was deducted two points for hitting while his opponent was

down. In the WBA lightweight title eliminator, Brandon Rios won by disqualification over previously unbeaten Anthony Peterson due to low blows in the seventh round. Referee Russell Mora ruled Peterson (30-1) threw two illegal punches in the sixth and then another at 2:59 of the seventh. Rios (25-0-1) was ahead on the three judges’ scorecards, 68-62. Rios left to the head knocked down Peterson with 12 seconds left in the fifth. Peterson quickly got up just before the bell ended the round. By end, Peterson had out punched Rios, 194-189. In the main event, if Salido had won, he would vacate the IBF title due to weighing in at 138 pounds (62.5 kilograms) on Saturday after coming in at 126 pounds (57 kilogram) on Friday. But that did not happen as Gamboa out-landed Salido in punches, 260-140. Two judges had Salido winning two rounds with the other having him winning three. — AP

Ogier storms to Japan victory SAPPORO: Citroen driver Sebastien Ogier rode his luck as his rivals faltered to win the Rally of Japan yesterday, forcing six-time champion Sebastien Loeb to wait until his home race in France before he can lift the title again. Ogier, also from France, began the final day 5.4 seconds behind leader Petter Solberg, but went on to complete his second victory of the season after his team mate and second-placed Mikko Hirvonen encountered problems with their cars. Loeb finished fifth and leads Ogier by 43 points in the championship standings with three races remaining and will be hoping to capture a seventh consecutive title on home soil in early October. The 26-year-old Ogier said he expected a tough rally and was delighted with his 15.7 second victory in his first Japan race. “It’s amazing really and I’m really happy,” Ogier, who also won in Portugal in May, told the World Rally Championship website (www.wrc.com). “Arriving here for my first time I

JAPAN: Rally driver Sebastien Ogier from France holds the winner’s trophy. — AP

knew it was a difficult rally because I don’t like stages that are very rough. But quickly I found a good feeling and a good rhythm.” Battling illness, Citroen privateer Solberg began the day with a 3.7 secondlead over Hirvonen and was looking for his first world rally championship victory since 2005 before a damper issue and steering problem scuppered his chances. “I never thought it would go so well after the fever because I was terrible at the start of the rally,” Solberg said. “But I had a very good feeling. It’s just unfortunate we had a problem with the car.” In Hirvonen’s case, it was a gearbox problem which allowed Ogier to leap ahead of him in the second place in the short Bisan stage. Hirvonen eventually finished down in sixth place while his Ford team mate Jari-Matti Latvala claimed third. Former Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen’s maiden Rally of Japan ended in a premature retirement after his Citroen car slid off the road halfway through the Bisan stage. — Reuters

FRANKFURT: IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion Vladimir Klitschko of Ukraine (left) hits Samuel Peter of Nigeria during their boxing title bout at the Arena. Klitschko knocked out Peter in round 10. — AP


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Euro giants Barca, Milan humiliated

GERMANY: Bremen’s Mikael Silvestre (left) and Bayern’s Mario Gomez challenge during the German First Division Bundesliga soccer match. —AP

Mainz defeat Kaiserslautern BERLIN: Mainz maintained their 100 percent record in the Bundesliga yesterday when they came from behind to beat Kaiserslautern 2-1 and go second behind leaders Hoffenheim. A well-taken goal by Croatian striker Srdjan Lakic on 20 minutes handed Kaiserslautern the lead, but two goals in two second-half minutes was enough to give Mainz their third straight win of the season and give them nine points. The fightback began when Mainz defender Niko Bungert scored after 71 minutes before teenage striker Andre Schuerrle’s shot took a deflection and flew past the diving Kaiserslautern goalkeeper. Mainz will have their perfect record tested next weekend when they travel to Champions League contenders Werder Bremen. Cologne picked up their first win of the season yesterday evening with a 1-0 win over St Pauli as midfielder’s Taner Yalcin netted to give his side their first points of the season over the Bundesliga’s newcom-

ers. On Saturday, defending champions Bayern Munich were held to a dull goalless draw by Bremen as both sides prepared for next week’s Champions League opening games with mediocre performances. Bremen host Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday while Bayern take on AS Roma on Wednesday, but neither side were impressive at Munich’s Allianz Arena. The result leaves both sides in mid-table on four points. Germany captain Michael Ballack suffered a further setback on his return from injury when he suffered a left knee cap fracture and was forced to limp out of Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-2 draw at 10-man Hanover. The 33-year-old came off after just 30 minutes following a heavy tackle on and is set to miss the next six weeks, ruling him out of Germany’s Euro 2012 qualifiers against Turkey and Kazakhstan next month. Ballack missed the World Cup after tearing a ligament in his right ankle, and an MRI scan on Sunday revealed the fracture.

The result leaves Leverkusen in midtable and Hanover fourth behind leaders Hoffenheim. Hamburg drew 1-1 at home to Nuremberg which leaves them third in the table. In the day’s other matches, Stuttgart lost 2-1 at Freiburg to suffer their third defeat of the season while Eintracht Frankfurt routed ‘Gladbach 4-0. Ex-England manager Steve McClaren is still looking for his first win of the season as his Wolfsburg side lost 2-0 at Dortmund whose Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored his first Bundesliga goal. On Friday, Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer conceded a late own goal as Hoffenheim kept up their dream start to the season to claim their third-straight victory with a 2-0 win over Schalke. This was Schalke’s third defeat in three games and their Germany defender Christoph Metzelder face a race against time to be fit for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Lyon after picking up a groin strain.—AFP

Juve and Samp share six-goal thriller ROME: Juventus’ poor start to the season continued as they shared a six-goal thriller with Sampdoria yesterday in a game that raised doubts over both sides’ title winning capabilities. Claudio Marchisio, Simone Pepe and Fabio Quagliarella scored for the hosts while a brace from Nicola Pozzi and one from Antonio Cassano earned Sampdoria a point that keeps them amongst the leaders. Juve have yet to win this season and are hovering just above the drop zone. In a pulsating endto-end contest neither side showed the kind of solidity necessary to fight for the scudetto but there was more than enough evidence that they will entertain fans-both theirs and their opponents’-this season. Juve coach Luigi Delneri was not too disappointed and said his team had taken a step forward from their 1-0 defeat at Bari two weeks ago. “We gave too much away but contrary to what happened in Bari we reacted,” he said. “However, I must say we’re in a moment a great development. “We need time and we need to be more clinical even if we were at times today.” Sampdoria boss Domenico Di Carlo admitted his team had come under the cosh after the break but lamented their inability to turn chances into a lead in the first period. “We played an amazing first half which could certainly have finished differently,” he said. “But what’s important is the character we showed which allowed us to go home with a positive result.” On 21 minutes Felipe Melo slipped in midfield with the ball bouncing off Angelo Palombo and sending Pozzi through one-on-one with Marco Storari who made a stunning onehanded save. On 35 minutes Cassano cut in from the left and got behind the defence with only Storari in front of him but under pressure from the back-tracking Leonardo Bonucci he poked his effort straight at the goalkeeper. But a minute later Samp deservedly took the lead as Cassano sent a ball across the box from the left and Pozzi arrived on

ITALY: Sampdoria’s Antonio Cassano (left) celebrate after scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria at the Olympic Stadium.—AP the edge of the area to drill home a crisp low shot. Two minutes before the break Juve were level as Del Piero stood the ball up at the back post where Milos Krasic headed it back into the danger area and Marchisio arrived to crash home a shot with the outside of his right boot. Just five minutes after the restart the turnaround was complete as Krasic crossed from the right and Daniele Gastaldello stuck out a boot but diverted the ball towards goal with Gianluca Curci making a fine one handedsave, only for Pepe to then tap home from barely a yard out, although TV replays suggested Quagliarella got a touch first which would have meant Pepe was offside. Juve were threatening to run away with this as Krasic beat his man on the right and outstripped the defence but Curci came out to make a smothering save before Quagliarella lobbed the rebound over. On 64 minutes, Samp fashioned a well-worked goal as Palombo chipped over the defence for Cassano to finish first time from an angle.—AFP

Villarreal rout Espanyol MADRID: Italian international striker Giuseppe Rossi showed his commitment to Villarreal with a double as his his side notched their first win of the season with a 4-0 victory over Espanyol yesterday. The 23-year-old Rossi recently denied that he wanted a return to his native Italy and responded to the reports with a goal in each half for his first goals of the season as Villarreal moved up to fifth. Former Manchester United man Rossi opened the scoring in the 23rd minute before midfielder Borja Valero, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, netted his first goal for the club shortly afterwards. Rossi grabbed his second on 55 minutes firing a spot-kick past Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and Brazilian international Nilmar struck on 77 minutes to clinch a comfortable win. Villarreal are in European action on Thursday when they travel to Dinamo Zagreb in the

round of 32 Europa League match. Elsewhere former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Michael Laudrup continues to wait for his first league win as Real Mallorca coach after his side crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Sporting Gijon on Sunday. Dane Laudrup, now 46, started with a creditable 0-0 draw against old club Real on his debut but has yet to see his team score, let alone win. Defender Alberto Botia opened the scoring on 47 minutes before Diego Castro struck a penalty four minutes from time with Portuguese defender Jose Nunes sent off for giving it away. Laudrup’s old club Getafe, a creditable sixth last season, recorded their first win of the new season with a 4-1 home victory over promoted Levante. Getafe scored twice in stoppage time to give the scoreline a flattering look and newcomers Levante have no points from their first two matches.—AFP

PARIS: Barcelona and AC Milan, with 10 European Cup and Champions League titles between them, suffered embarrassing defeats at the weekend as Europe’s formbook was turned upside down. Spanish champions Barcelona slumped to a shock 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Hercules, who are in the top flight for the first time in 13 years, while, in Italy, Cesena, also a promoted team, stunned Milan 2-0. Paraguayan forward Nelson Haedo Valdez, signed from Borussia Dortmund, grabbed both Hercules goals to hand Barcelona their first home defeat since May 23, 2009. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who must pick his side up for Tuesday’s Champions League opener against Panathinaikos at Camp Nou, refused to make excuses for the Hercules setback with the match coming after a two-week interval for Euro 2012 qualifiers. “There have always been international breaks and we didn’t fail to win because of that,” said Guardiola. “I see how the players work every day and I don’t have any doubts about this team.” Defeat was also a bitter disappointment for Argentina’s Javier Mascherano who was making his Barcelona debut following his 22-million-euro signing from Liverpool. Jose Mourinho celebrated his home debut as Real Madrid coach with a 1-0 win over Osasuna thanks to a goal frpom Portuguese compatriot Ricardo Carvalho. Atletico Madrid and Valencia lead the way in Spain with six points from two matches after wins over Athletic Bilbao and and Racing Santander respectively. Cesena, who were in the Italian third division just two seasons ago, moved into the top four in Serie A after their 2-0 win over AC Milan with goals from Erjon Bogdani and Emanuele Giaccherini. Big-money signings Robinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed a penalty, suffered nightmare debuts for Milan. “We knew beforehand that they were good on the counter-attack but we still conceded two goals. We made life easy for them on the things they do well,” said Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. Champions Inter Milan secured their first league victory of the season with a 2-1 success at home to Udinese with Samuel Eto’o scoring the winner at the San Siro after Antonio Floro Flores had cancelled out Lucio’s early opener. “Of course the important thing was to win,” said coach Rafael Benitez. “We had a very good start but then we lost control in midfield and they had some dangerous counters.” Chievo are the unlikely early pace-setters as they won 3-1 away to Genoa despite going a goal down. German champions Bayern Munich are also struggling and are already five points behind leaders Hoffenheim after a dull goalless draw with fellow Champions League representatives Werder Bremen. In France, Toulouse lost their 100-percent record in a 1-0 home defeat to SaintEtienne but still lead the way by a point. Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez converted two penalties to give Ajax a 2-0 win over bottom side Willem II to keep the Amsterdam giants on top of the Dutch first division. PSV are just behind on goal difference after a 3-1 comefrom-behind win over NEC Nijmegen. FC Porto beat Sporting Braga 3-2 to stay top in Portugal with four wins from four.—AFP

SPAIN: FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi from Argentina (right) duels for the ball against Hercules’ Noe Pamarot from France during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium.—AP

Reina rescues Reds in Birmingham stalemate Birmingham 0

Liverpool 0 BIRMINGHAM: Birmingham City extended their impressive unbeaten Premier League record at St Andrew’s to 17 matches with their 0-0 draw with Liverpool yesterday, but missed an opportunity to create deeper problems for Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson. This was the seventh draw between the two sides in as many meetings, but only the superb form of Spain international Pepe Reina enabled Liverpool to return home with something to show for such a below par performance, as their unimpressive start to the new campaign continues. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish will certainly spend much of the week trying to work out how his impressive team, even without injured new loan signing Alexander Hleb, failed to record a victory that they fully deserved. These are worrying times for

Hodgson as he tries to re-establish Liverpool’s Premier League credibility. This latest disappointment leaves his team seven points behind Chelsea and there are few signs they are capable of reclaiming the Champions League place they relinquished to Spurs last season. They were second best for embarrassingly lengthy periods and his only consolation is that Birmingham did not punish them enough to reflect their domination. Hodgson has been preaching that it will take time for him to mould the team at Anfield into his own image, but he will have been alarmed by the amount of work that needs doing on the evidence of an opening 45 minutes in which Liverpool were thoroughly outclassed. It would not have been a travesty if Birmingham had headed to the dressing rooms at half-time with a three-goal advantage. Hleb, on loan from Barcelona, failed to recover from a knee injury suffered playing for Belarus last week and other new signing Jean Beausejour was also left out of the squad, while Nikola Zigic was only introduced as an 89th-

minute substitute as McLeish relied heavily on the side that performed so well for him last season. The only reason they were denied victory their performance merited was the form of Liverpool ‘keeper Reina. His was the one area of the team which functioned correctly. One punch prevented Cameron Jerome from converting at the near post. His earlier save from the Birmingham striker’s header, following Lee Bowyer’s cross, was of the highest order, palming the ball away with a strong right hand after it bounced dangerously in front of him. Jerome said the save showed why Reina ranked as one of the world’s best keepers. “He’s up there with the best,” Jerome told Sky Sports. Reina’s save low to his right, to prevent Craig Gardner’s header from finding the target from eight yards was even more impressive and Birmingham continued to fritter away chances. Scott Dann somehow headed over the bar from a similar range, after Sebastian Larsson’s freekick found him completely unmarked. —AFP

LONDON: Birmingham’s Cameron Jerome (center) wins a high ball from Liverpool’s Paul Koncheskey (left), Lucas Leiva (second left) and Milan Jovanovic (right) during their English Premier League soccer match.—AP

EPL result/standings Birmingham 0, Liverpool 0. Played Saturday: Arsenal 4 (Koscielny 24, Chamakh 58, Song 78, Vela 83); Bolton 1 (Elmander 44) Everton 3 (Pienaar 39, Cahill 90, Arteta 90); Man Utd 3 (Fletcher 43, Vidic 47, Berbatov 66); Fulham 2 (Dembele 49, 90); Wolves 1 (Van Damme 10); Man City 1 (Vieira 55); Blackburn 1 English Premier League table against, points): Chelsea 4 4 0 Arsenal 4 3 1 Man Utd 4 2 2 Blackpool 4 2 1 Birmingham 4 1 3 Fulham 4 1 3 Aston Villa 3 2 0 Man City 4 1 2 Wolverhampton 4 1 2 Sunderland 4 1 2

(Kalinic 25); Newcastle 0 Blackpool 2 (Adam 45pen, Campbell 90); West Brom 1 (Brunt 41); Tottenham 1 (Modric 27); West Ham 1 (Parker 85); Chelsea 3 (Essien 2, 83, Kalou 18); Wigan 1 (Alcaraz 87); Sunderland 1 (Gyan 66). Playing Monday Stoke v Aston Villa (1900GMT)

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LONDON: Chelsea’s Didier Drogba (right) and West Ham United’s Valon Behrami vie for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park.—AP

Chelsea surge clear as late show stuns United LONDON: Chelsea maintained their perfect start to the Premier League season on Saturday as a dramatic injury time fightback saw a Wayne Rooney-less Manchester United throw away victory at Everton. Two goals from Michael Essien and a Salomon Kalou strike helped the Blues to a 3-1 win over West Ham at Upton Park as Carlo Ancelotti’s men preserved their two-point lead at the top of the table. Ancelotti played down his team’s flying start to the season, which has seen them open up an early four-point lead over perennial title rivals Manchester United. “It means nothing,” Ancelotti said. “We’ve started better than Manchester United, but it will be a long race. I said last year that the race is only decided at the end of the season. I will say the same this year.” Manchester United missed the chance to keep the pressure on Chelsea after Everton scored twice in stoppage time to scramble a 3-3 draw against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in Saturday’s early game at Goodison Park. United had appeared to be cruising to victory after goals from Darren Fletcher, Nemanja Vidic and Dimitar Berbatov had cancelled out Steven Pienaar’s first half opener. However a late header from Tim Cahill and shot from Mikel Arteta gave Everton an improbable share of the points to leave United four points behind Chelsea-and Ferguson fuming. “Football can do that to you,” Ferguson said. “In a game of a completely comfortable position we’ve thrown it away - simple as that. We had chances to bury Everton and we didn’t do it.”

Arsenal stayed in touch at the top with a 4-1 rout of 10-man Bolton at the Emirates, with summer signings Laurent Koscielny and Marouane Chamakh both getting on the scoresheet for Arsene Wenger’s side. Koscielny had fired the Gunners into a 1-0 lead on 24 minutes but Wanderers hit back through Johan Elmander on the stroke of half time after good work by South Korea international Lee Chong-Yong. Moroccan international Chamakh restored Arsenal’s lead however, capitalising on good work from skipper Cesc Fabregas. Bolton’s task was made harder when Gary Cahill was given a straight red card for a wild lunge on Chamakh before goals from Alex Song and and Carlos Vela sealed the points. Wenger meanwhile said Arsenal’s refusal to be unsettled by a physical Bolton team was proof of his team’s growing resilience. “We have had two games, at Blackburn and today, which we certainly would not have taken six points from two years ago,” Wenger said. “The players can handle these situations.” At Eastlands, Manchester City’s faltering form continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers. A dreadful mix-up between England goalkeeper Joe Hart and Kolo Toure saw City fall behind, Nikola Kalinic sneaking in to put Blackburn 1-0 up. However City got back on level terms early in the second half when former French international Patrick Vieira netted a vital equaliser for Roberto Mancini’s multi-millionaires. City boss Mancini refused to blame Hart for his blunder. “This is a fluke, it can happen in

football but I hope after today we finish making gifts to the opponent. It can happen. Joe Hart is a good goalkeeper,” Mancini stressed. Blackpool earned their second victory of the season-and second away from home-with a 2-0 defeat of Newcastle at St James Park. A Charlie Adam penalty and a late goal on the counter from DJ Campbell helped Ian Holloway’s Tangerines to all three points. Ghanaian international Asamoah Gyan saw his Sunderland career get off to a dream start as he rose from the substitutes bench to rifle in the opener at Wigan before Antolin Alcaraz earned a 1-1 draw for the home side. Gyan, a 13-million-pound signing from Rennes, volleyed home a Jordan Henderson cross for the Black Cats, who recovered from the first half dismissal of Lee Cattermole to thwart the Latics. Tottenham handed new signing Rafael van der Vaart a debut at the Hawthorns but were held 11 by West Bromwich Albion. Luka Modric put Spurs 1-0 up but departed injured after 32 minutes before Chris Brunt levelled for the Baggies. Two goals from Moussa Dembele helped Fulham fight back from 1-0 down to secure a 21 win over Wolves at Craven Cottage. The Cottagers were rocked by a 10thminute goal from Wolves defender Jelle Van Damme before Belgian forward Dembele struck in the 49th and 90th minutes to give Mark Hughes team their first win of the season. However, Fulham’s joy was tempered by a broken leg suffered by Bobby Zamora which could keep the England striker sidelined for up to four months.—AFP

Clijsters retains US crown NEW YORK: It was all too easy for Kim Clijsters at the US Open on Saturday. And all too hard for Roger Federer. Clijsters won her third women’s singles title with ridiculous speed, thrashing her nervous Russian opponent Vera Zvonareva 6-2 6-1 in less than an hour. For the second year in a row, Clijsters celebrated her victory by fooling around with her infant daughter on the centre court. The photographers lined up to start snapping away but Jada protested. “No photos, no photos,” she told them. Clijsters giggled and the crowd at Arthur Ashe Ashe Stadium lapped it up. “I’m very excited that I was able to defend my title,” Clijster said. “It’s always an honour to go back to a place, especially a Grand Slam, where you’ve done well and you’ve won.” Zvonareva was reduced to tears, hiding her head under her towel as she sobbed. The seventh-seed had played some brilliant tennis to get to the final but these were not her finest 59 minutes. It was not Federer’s greatest day at Flushing Meadows either. For the first time since 2003, the Swiss master will not be appearing in the men’s singles final after his loss in the semi-finals to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. “I’m not as disappointed as I would have been in the final. That’s the only positive news to enjoy anything out of it,” he said. Federer had two match points in the final set, which lasted longer than the entire women’s final, but missed his chances and Djokovic went on to win 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5. “It’s one of those matches that you will remember for the rest of your life,” said Djokovic. “I am very proud of myself.” His reward was a place in Sunday’s final against the world number one Rafa Nadal, who sailed through with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory over Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny. Nadal has never won the US Open but it will take an extraordinary performance from Djokovic to deny him this time. “I have tried my best for a lot of years,” Nadal, who has not dropped a single set in the tournament, said. “So now after a lot of work I am here and I’m happy for that.”

NEW YORK: Ohio State and Oklahoma won their Bowl Championship Series finals rematches and showed that a couple of former powerhouses from the Sunshine State are not quite ready to return to elite status. Behind the running of Terrelle Pryor and a ball-hawking defense, the second-ranked Buckeyes beat No. 12 Miami 3624 on Saturday at the Horseshoe in Columbus. The last time the teams met was in the 2002 national championship game at the Fiesta Bowl, with the Buckeyes taking a dramatic and controversial 31-24 victory in double-overtime. In Norman, Oklahoma, Landry Jones bounced back from a sluggish opener and led the 10th-ranked Sooners to an easy 47-17 victory over No. 17 Florida State. That was a rematch of the 2001 Orange Bowl that brought home the Sooners’ most recent national championship, but it quickly turned into a blowout as Oklahoma (2-0) scored touchdowns on its first four possessions. Jones finished 30 for 40 for 380 yards without an interception. He had 321 yards by halftime, the second-most in a half in Oklahoma history. Ryan Broyles caught 12 passes for 125 yards and a score. At Ohio Stadium, Pryor ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score and the Buckeyes (2-0) intercepted four of Jacory Harris’ passes. In what was billed as a Heisman showcase, Pryor completed just 12 of 27 passes for 233 yards but added 20 carries, scoring on a 13yard run. Harris was 22 of 39 passing for 232 yards and a touchdown but had the four interceptions _ three of which could easily have been caught.

OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon (right) fends off Troy linebacker Donnell Golden (left) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater.—AP

Alabama 24, Penn State 3 At Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Trent Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram to lead Alabama. The Crimson Tide (2-0) hardly slowed down without Ingram, and a young defense forced freshman Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions (1-1) into several turnovers to end promising drives. Greg McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.

James Madison 21, Virginia Tech 16 At Blacksburg, Virginia, Drew Dudzik ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and James Madison stunned Virginia Tech, the Hokies’ second loss in six days. Dudzik scored on secondhalf runs of 7 and 12 yards as the Dukes (2-0) became only the second team from the Football Championship Subdivision to beat the Hokies. Richmond did it in 1985, a year after the Spiders dropped down from the Football Bowl Subdivision.

SOUTH BEND: Notre Dame quarterback Nate Montana (left) gets kicked in the face by Michigan safety Cameron Gordon as he’s hit by Mike Martin (top) and Jonas Mouton (right center) during the first half of an NCAA college football game. —AP down, in his first game back after a one-game suspension as Oregon scored the last 45 points.

for a score and Florida pulled away from South Florida in the second half.

Florida 38, South Florida 14

Iowa 35, Iowa State 7

At Gainesville, Florida, Jeff Demps ran for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown, Justin Trattou returned an interception

At Iowa City, Iowa, Adam Robinson rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries as Iowa beat Iowa State for

the third straight time.

Wisconsin 27, San Jose State 14 At Madison, Wisconsin, John Clay ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns as Wisconsin beat San Jose State, but lost receiver David Gilreath early in the game with a concussion. —AP

TCU 62, Tennessee Tech 7

NEW YORK: Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, kisses the championship trophy after winning the finals at the US Open tennis tournament.—AP Nadal is now tantalisingly close to completing a career grand slam. Only six men, including Federer, have achieved the feat and Nadal only needs the US Open to become the seventh. If he does it on Sunday, the 24-year-old will be second youngest. “I feel great,” Nadal said. “It’s not a dream, because a dream is to win the tournament.” Nadal’s only moments of concern against Youzhny were late in the match when he dropped serve for just the second time in the tournament and had his left foot retaped and bandaged because of a blister. Djokovic’s victory put the Serbian into his third grand slam final. The world number three made the US Open final in 2007, losing to Federer, but won the Australian Open the following season. At 23, he has time on his side and the game to match. The biggest questions about him have revolved around temperament. He has been labelled a quitter whenever he has failed to finish a match. In the third set against Federer, he repeatedly smashed himself in the head

with his racket in an attempt to motivate himself. It worked and by the end, he was on his knees planting a sloppy kiss on the court. “(I have) many, many more years to come. I look forward to it,” he said. “I’m working hard on my game. I’m getting some things together and hopefully on the court it’s gonna pay off.” His victory robbed the tennis world of what might have been the ultimate grand slam final. Federer and Nadal have played each other in the Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open finals, but no two men have ever met in the finals of all four majors. “I would have loved to play against him here,” Federer said. “I won’t watch but I hope he wins.” Clijsters won her first US Open title in 2005 but was unable to defend her crown because of an injury. She missed the next two years after taking time off to start a family. She won it again last year in her comeback to grand slam tennis and Saturday’s win saw her become the first woman to successfully defend her the crown since Venus Williams in 2001. —Reuters

At Fort Worth, Texas, Matthew Tucker ran for two touchdowns and Andy Dalton threw for a score while setting another TCU record. The Horned Frogs stretched their home winning streak to 15 games and Dalton tied Max Knake’s school record of 622 career completions with his second against the Golden Eagles, a 24-yard pass to Josh Boyce less than 5 minutes into the game to put TCU (2-0) ahead to stay.

Texas 34, Wyoming 7 At Austin, Texas, Garrett Gilbert passed for 222 yards and a touchdown and Texas shook off another slow start to beat Wyoming. Gilbert was 22 of 35 with a 45yard touchdown to freshman receiver Mike Davis in the second quarter. Fozzy Whittaker scored on a 39-yard run.

Nebraska 38, Idaho 17 At Lincoln, Nebraska, Taylor Martinez ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska’s defense intercepted five of Nathan Enderle’s passes and had seven sacks.

Oregon 48, Tennessee 13 At Knoxville, Tennessee, LaMichael James ran for 134 yards, including a 72-yard touch-

Rubaiaan takes second spot in speed boat racing KUWAIT: Kuwaiti champion Yousef AlRubaiaan took second place in the finals of the Formula 2 world speed boat racing tournament held in Italy. He told KUNA by telephone yesterday that he was in the lead but due to an accident he was compelled to use the back-up boat, thus

putting him third among the contenders in today’s race. He praised members of his team, Port Ghaleb, Mohammad Al-Awadhi, Nasser AlHarbi and Khaled Al-Delali, for exerting tremendous efforts since the launch of the championship.—KUNA

13 Sep  

Kuwait Times

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