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Govt totally bans ‘sectarian’ rallies Cabinet prepares action on Shiite fugitive Habeeb By B Izzak

KUWAIT: Editors-in-chief of local newspapers are seen with Acting Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak AlSabah at Seif Palace yesterday. —KUNA

Acting PM warns against attempts to sow discord ‘Fragile’ Kuwait society needs unity By Dr Ziad Alyan, Kuwait Times Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Kuwait Times Deputy Editor-in-Chief Dr Ziad Alyan (left) is seen with Sheikh Jaber yesterday.

KUWAIT: Kuwait will resolutely confront anyone who makes an attempt to cause friction in society, Acting Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah told editors-in-chief of local newspapers in a meeting held at Seif Palace yesterday. Calling it a “brotherly meeting”, he reiterated that the pivotal aspect of the event is to “maintain the fabric of our national unity”. In his opening remarks to the editors-in-chief, he stressed that certain people are trying to take advantage of the current turmoil for personal benefit. “Some people are trying to instill friction in society,” he said, appealing to the press and the role it plays in influencing public opinion. “The press is capable of escalating events or scaling them down,” he said. Continued on Page 14

Tourists shot in attack at New Delhi mosque Two Taiwanese injured

NEW DELHI: Indian police officers stand guard outside the Jama Masjid yesterday. — AP

NEW DELHI: Attackers on a motorcycle opened fire with a sub-machine gun on a tourist bus outside the biggest mosque in New Delhi yesterday, injuring two Taiwanese in an assault claimed by Indian Islamists. The incident came just a fortnight before the start of the Commonwealth Games, when 7,000 foreign athletes and officials are expected in the Indian capital, and is likely to raise anxiety in participating teams. Authorities called for calm, however, and police cast doubt about the emailed claim of responsibility from the Indian Mujahideen group, which also threatened more violence to disrupt the Games. “The claim sent to various media outlets is not reliable because the attack was carried out in a very unprofessional and crude manner, which no organised terrorist group would do,” a senior policeman told AFP, asking not to be named. Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the shooting was the work of a “disgruntled gang of criminals”. Continued on Page 14

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior yesterday slapped a total ban on “sectarian” gatherings as the government warned of an iron fist policy against those trying to drag the country into a sectarian Shiite-Sunni rift, as it prepared to spell out its actions today. Acting premier and defense minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah told editors of local dailies that the government will firmly confront those who try to drag the country into a sectarian rift. He said the government banned all public gatherings that incite sectarianism after “we saw that the knife has cut too deep to the bone and that the danger has become real and imminent”. Sheikh Jaber warned that those who defy the government orders will be in fact defying the interests of the Kuwaiti people, adding that all the measures the government will take are to safeguard the security and stability of the country. At the same time, head of the interior ministry legal department Brigadier Asaad Al-Ruwayyeh told a press conference that the public gatherings law stipulates that no public gathering, procession or demonstration can be held without prior authorization from the ministry. Ruwayyeh explained that violators of the law could face a jail term of up to two years and a fine. Penalties apply to organizers and participants as well, he said. The main aim of the ban is to curb growing sectarian tensions in the country and confronting rifts, he told the press conference. The government actions came as several Sunni Islamic groups said they will hold public gatherings throughout the week in support of Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) wife Aisha who was disparaged by Shiite fugitive Yasser Al-Habeeb from London. But following a meeting of 11 Islamist MPs and their supporters, it was decided to call off the public gatherings to give the government enough time to take actions against Habeeb including the withdrawal of his Kuwaiti citizenship. The 11 lawmakers agreed to wait for the government’s Continued on Page 14

KUWAIT: Interior Ministry’s Brig Asaad Al-Ruwayyeh (center) speaks during a press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Interior to announce that the state is banning public gatherings in a bid to contain rising tensions between Sunnis and Shiites over inflammatory remarks by Shiite fugitive Yasser Al-Habeeb. Brig Mohammad Hashem Al-Sabr (right) and Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Saeed are also seen. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

‘Moral’ search engines squeeze out sin online WASHINGTON: Seek and ye shall find. A number of new Internet search engines created by Christian, Jewish or Muslim entities aim to filter out queries from Web users in a way that is more relevant to those users and keeps them from temptation, alcohol and pornography. “We think that the other search engines are way too ‘main street’ oriented. We wanted to provide a solution to explore the Web in a safe environment, where you won’t bump into explicit content or immoral websites, like pornography,” said Reza Sardeha, the Amsterdambased founder of the Muslim-oriented search engine I’mHalal. If one types the world alcohol into, the search engine produces results that explain the Muslim viewpoint on drinking. Type in “pornography,” and the search engine produces... nothing. The 21-year-old from Kuwait says the site attracts users from places like Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates as well as the United States.

“Actually we know that our users are not only Muslims, and once a week we get an email from non-Muslims as well saying that they like the content of our safe search engine and they allow their children to search knowing they won’t bump into offensive content.” For Christians, SeekFind offers “a research tool for people who are looking for biblical and theological content from an evangelical Christian prospective,” says founder Shea Houdmann, who operates from Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to the website, the search engine functions by “only indexing websites that are Biblically-based, theologically-sound, and in agreement with our statement of faith. “That way, you can have confidence that you will find content which will be God-honoring and spiritually encouraging,” it says. For the Jewish community, the niche is filled by another engine called Jewogle, which bears a passing resemblance to Google. Continued on Page 14

Twin Baghdad blasts kill 31 BAGHDAD: Two near-simultaneous car bombs rocked the Iraqi capital yesterday, killing at least 31 people and wounding 111 in the city’s deadliest day in a month. The violence, which saw 40 people killed across the country, was the worst to hit Iraq since US troops declared an official end to combat operations on September 1, and comes with no new government yet formed since a March poll. The twin blasts struck near the Aden junction in north Baghdad and in the residential district of Mansur in the west at around 10:10 am (0710 GMT), AFP journalists and security officials said. “It was a minibus - the driver stopped Continued on Page 14

in the news KIPCO sells GIC stake KUWAIT: Kuwait Projects Co (KIPCO) said yesterday it has agreed to sell Canada-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited a 39.2-percent stake in Gulf Insurance Co for $208.6 million. The deal will reduce KIPCO’s share in GIC, Kuwait’s largest insurance firm, to around 43 percent and raise the Fairfax stake to around 41 percent, said a KIPCO statement. The transaction will be sealed shortly subject to Kuwait Stock Exchange procedures, it said. “Fairfax brings its international insurance and reinsurance expertise, proven management skills and global investment platform and technology infrastructure knowhow to GIC,” KIPCO vice chairman Faisal Al-Ayyar said.

Oil output to be hiked KUWAIT: OPEC-member Kuwait will raise production from its northern oil fields to reach more than 850,000 barrels per day (bdp) by the end of December, a newspaper reported yesterday. “KOC is currently negotiating with several firms including Exxon Mobil, which is considered the closest to receive the developing heavy oil reserves contract,” Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported, citing a source in Kuwait Oil Co (KOC). “However, the contract’s contents and whether it matches Kuwait’s laws is not yet clear,” it added. The paper said that reaching this production capacity will finalise the purpose of developing the northern fields. State-owned KOC is in charge on oil exploration in Kuwait, the world’s fourthlargest oil exporter.

Iran denies seizing GIs

BAGHDAD: Iraqis inspect the scene of a car bomb attack in the Kazimiyah neighborhood yesterday. — AP

TEHRAN: Officials in Iran, the United States and Islamabad yesterday all denied reports that Iranian security forces had seized seven American troops near the Islamic republic’s border with Pakistan. The denials came after hardline news website, which is close to the elite Revolutionary Guards, reported that seven US soldiers had been seized in Iran’s Kuhak area near the border with Pakistan. “No American troops have been arrested. Continued on Page 14



Monday, September 20, 2010

Manager flees country with KD80,000

Couples held for selling offspring to beggars KUW AI T: Police a rrested tw o p rostitutes a nd tw o m en in Sa lm iya , rep orted Al-W a ta n. They w ere a rrested a fter a n investiga tion revea led tha t the tw o coup les w ould intentiona lly conceive children a nd sell their offsp ring to begga rs. They w ere referred to the p rop er a uthorities. Suicide attempt An Asian woman working for an Arab family tried to kill herself by consuming several prescribed medication pills, reported Al-Watan. Paramedics responded to the emergency and found the maid lying on the kitchen floor in critical condition. She was brought to Mubarak AlKabeer Hospital. Attempted murder An Asian woman was seriously injured after she was pushed off the balcony of her home by her drunk husband in AlRiqa, reported Al-Watan. Paramedics found the woman lying unconscious in her yard with several broken bones and was brought to a nearby hospital. A case was opened and police are searching for the husband.

HH Acting Amir receives Kuwaiti officials KUWAIT: His Highness the Acting Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah received yesterday at Seif Palace, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah. HH the Acting Amir received Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Abdullah Yousef Al Roumi and Minister of Interior Lt Gen (ret) Sheikh Jaber Khalid Al-Sabah. — KUNA

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Bye, bye fake companies! By Muna Al-Fuzai


recently read that the recently automated and upgraded Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) database has been well-received by the public, even though the new system has faced technical glitches during the initial phase of implementation. According to the Ministry, a large number of visa traders and non-existent companies will no longer be able to cheat or manipulate laws. Also, I was pleased to hear the latest statement released by the Ministry of Labor on the approval of a new policy to recruit workers needed to implement development projects. I think all the companies should recruit a fixed number of workers needed for their project. These laborers have the rights and needs that should not be ignored. Another

major aspect here is the sponsorship system, which I believe, has done more damage than good. It has left the destiny of many poor and uneducated workers to the kindness and mercy of their sponsors rather than the power of laws and country regulations. In Kuwait, most workers from a poor background are uninformed about their rights and fall prey easily to fraudulence. The action taken by the Ministry of Labor although late is better than never. The rights of the workers will not be neglected. I think this is a great step to end the misery of many non-existent companies that are involved in visa trading. Traders and its so-called representatives have damaged Kuwait’s reputation. Thousands of poor workers who have come to Kuwait in search of work have never found, or even an actual sponsor! In fact, this step should have been introduced a long time ago. Enough is enough. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has established a direct connection with all the government departments to ease the processes involved. I think it is time to see the ministry motivate it staff members and authorities for the workers’ benefit. muna@kuw

KUWAIT: Ministry of Interior General Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid held a coordination with the assistant undersecretaries in the presence of the Undersecretary General Ahmad Al-Rujaib. The minister reviewed with them the current security situation and emphasized on the importance of national unity.

Theft An Asian man fled to his home country after stealing KD 80,000 from his employer, reported Al-Rai. The man worked as a manager for a local perfume manufacturing company and was given power of attorney over many of the business’s administrative duties. One day however, the owner discovered that the manager failed to report to work and was missing for more than 24 hours. The owner reported to the employees home in Farwaniya after he failed to return his phone calls. There he learned from his employee’s neighbors that the man had left for his home country with no intention of returning. Later, the business owner discovered that KD80,000 had disappeared from his safe. The owner filed a case with authorities. Stray animal Authorities spent hours looking for a fox that residents reported spotting in Kaifan, reported Al-Rai. Authorities responded to the location after receiving several emergency calls from Kaifan residents. The Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) were contacted and said they would send a specialist to deal with the animal as soon as it was located. The operations were put on hold after authorities failed to find the fox. Unlicensed weapon Jahra police arrested a young man hunting for birds with an unlicensed weapon in Kabad, reported Al-Rai. The man was arrested when police heard gunshots while patrolling through the area. He was referred to authorities when it was learned that his gun was unlicensed. Illegal relationship A Filipina maid questioned about her pregnancy informed police that her child was the result of an illegal relationship with a waiter, reported Al-Rai. The maid was brought to Farwaniya Hospital by her sponsor when she discovered that her maid was pregnant. Once there, she learned that she was five-months pregnant and was brought to the Andalus police station. When questioned, she confessed to having an extramarital relationship with a person who works at a coffee shop in Reggae. After an investigation police located the man and placed him under arrest. He and the maid were referred to the proper authorities.

Kuwait mulls over IOM membership KUWAIT: In an attempt to gain membership into the International Organization of Migration, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry has requested the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to coordinate with other ministries and public firms. Proceeding with work that membership at the IOM will help boost efforts to fight human trafficking issues. Membership with the international organization can further help Kuwait outline a clear, more positive vision on the situation of manpower deployment in the country. The IOM has, in the past, extended numerous

invitations to join the organization in Kuwait, ever since it began operations in the country back in 1991 through an IOM delegation that is active in Kuwait, reported Al-Qabas. They informed the Kuwaiti authority that the membership will help Kuwait receive support to create projects and programs that ultimately enhance Kuwait’s capabilities in upholding human rights, as well as programs to organize employment by adopting a ‘temporary employment method’ through which the government can repatriate expatriate workers to their native countries when contracts expire.

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Lost identity By Amer Al-Faleh


ur identity as Kuwaiti nationals has been seriously threatened because we have overlooked the customs of our forefathers. Our beautiful Kuwaiti heritage is rapidly dissolving in the presence of a fake and distorted culture brought forward by a generation that doesn’t seem to care about their nation’s legacy. During this year’s holy month of Ramadan, several TV stations, including Kuwait’s national TV station, aired programs that featured the traditional customs of countries around the world during Ramadan. Each episode demonstrated how people of a different country welcomed the Holy Month and the traditional activities they carry out each year. In the documentary’s thirty episodes, there was no mention whatsoever of Kuwait. Come to think of it, I realized that the producers probably wanted to make a special feature about the traditional atmosphere of Kuwait

during Ramadan but didn’t find enough cultural material to make a whole episode. Sadly, the cultural traditions associated with Ramadan have rapidly diminished. The atmosphere during the holy month has transformed drastically from a spiritual one to a sports-themed one with too much emphasis placed on football, handball and other sports activities. Those who are not interested in sports activities spend their time in coffee shops smoking hookahs or wandering around malls. I don’t think those two activities qualify as cultural enough to be represented on an episode of a documentary on the traditions of Ramadan. Restoring Kuwaiti identity amongst its people should become a priority of our government, the parliament and academia. Future generations deserve to be accustomed to the traditions that distinguish them from other nations. — Al-Rai

Coral bleaching affect 90% of reefs KUWAIT: Ninety percent of coral reefs located at the Kuwaiti territorial waters have deceased, announced the Kuwaiti Diving Team following inspection tours carried out after coral bleaching was discovered around the Umm Al-Maraddem island a few days ago. In a statement made recently to the Kuwaiti News Agency

(KUNA), team leader Waleed Al-Fadhel urged the government to launch investigations in order to know the reason behind the “devastation of marine life in Kuwaiti waters”, while urging people who visit places where coral reefs are located, to refrain from activities that can damage these corals.

The recent inspection operations covered the main locations where coral reefs are located spanning over a 50 nautical kilometers and found around the Umm Al-Maraddem island, Al-Khairan, Ras Al-Zoor, Qarouh island, Kubbar Island and Araifjan. During the campaign, the divers noticed that 90% of the coral reefs are suffer-

ing from coral bleaching, while dead fish were also spotted. Al-Fadhel further revealed a voluntary campaign to compensate for the destruction of coral reefs, and that by rehabilitating the locations of coral reefs,. Expanding the jabber Al-Ahmad marine reserve as well as focusing efforts on coral cultivation. — KUNA

Monday, September 20, 2010



Employer advises workers to take ‘temporary jobs’ Non-payment of salary, breach of contract By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: A group of some 20 Filipino employees working with a private company in Kuwait lodged a complaint with the office of Philippine labor attache, accusing their employer of non-payment of salaries, breach of con-

NEW YORK: His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, accompanied by deputy head of the National Guard Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport Saturday on a private visit to the US. Sheikh Sabah was received at the airport by His

Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Advisor at the Amir’s Office Abdulrahman Salem Al-Atiqi, Sheikh Mubarak Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Sheikh Khaled Bader AlMohammad Al-Sabah and senior officials. — KUNA

“We were hired in February this year. The company required us to resign from our previous jobs with a promise of immediate employment,” says Melvin, a spokesman of the group. “We did resign, and left our previous work. We provided the new employer with our legal documents only to find out that all our papers were not transferred and renewed as we had been informed at first,” Melvin asserted. “They lied to us claiming that our papers were already transferred and renewed. This wasn’t the case; we were left believing we were transferred but in fact we were not,” he claimed. According to him, the group found out they were working illegally when they demanded that salary be paid for months of training and preparation for an expected ‘big day’ opening; but the it was not given. “From the time we resigned, we were promised to be paid salaries; it was a promise made to us by our employer. The regular training has been going on for over two months, and we were supposed to be paid. We were told that we would be paid regardless of whether the restaurants opens or not,” Melvin said. The workers claim they have not been paid salaries since March. When the workers demanded their salaries, the company provided only one month’s salary, and promised to settle their remaining dues when restaurants begin operations, which was then tentatively set to open on May 10, 2010. For unclear reasons, the scheduled restaurant opening

tract and lying about legal residency in Kuwait. In a recent interview with the Kuwait Times, workers claimed that they were hired locally for an immediate placement at a well-known restaurant to open soon in Kuwait. However, according to the men, months have passed by and the restaurant has not opened. As a result, the workers have not been paid salaries for months.

KUWAIT: Philippine Labor Attache Vivo Vidal (centre) talking with the workers at his office in Jabriya. —Photo by Ben Garcia has been delayed, and the workers decided to turn for legal help. “May 10th arrived and there was no grand opening. This is when our suffering began. Besides, the restaurant owner refused to pay us any salary,” Melvin said. He explained that the employer had advised them to find a temporary job instead. “How can we find a temporary job when we are legally employed by them,” Melvin queried. Besides the workers’ documents had already expired, awaiting transfer, “We were told to pay our fines with the

threat that if we cannot; they’ll just turn us over to the police. We did pay fines from our pockets, but again they failed to secure our iqamas (work residency). In order to transfer the iqama, I paid KD340 as a fine; some paid KD76 each for their visa transfer; but visas were not transferred. Now, they are denying they received the money we gave them,” Melvin claimed. The dire situation exacerbated after the workers found out that the employer has been hiring new employees from the Philippines, “Please do not

allow them to hire new Filipino workers. Let them (the employer) settle their problems first with us. We are afraid they might suffer the same fate as we did. Besides, they are not honest employers. They should pay us first before allowing them to hire new workers,” the workers informed embassy officials. The aggrieved workers want to settle their unpaid salaries as soon as possible; receive their money back and be transferred to new employers immediately. In the words of Philippine Labor Attache to Kuwait Vivo Vidal, “We will try to negotiate with

the company on their behalf and get the answer as soon as possible. We’ll try to open the line of communications/dialogue to resolve this case swiftly.” The Philippine Labor Office also assured workers that the company cannot hire new workers from the Philippines unless they settle dispute with their workers, “No, they cannot hire new Pinoy workers unless the company settles their problems with these workers. We’ll try to contact them (the company) as soon as possible and the complaining workers issues are resolved,” Vidal concluded.



Monday, September 20, 2010

Kuwaiti women rank fifth worldwide in obesity ‘Among younger generation in particular’ By Ahmad Saeid KUWAIT: A recently published book revealed that Kuwaiti women took fifth place on the worldwide obesity index. The

book, titled “Top 10 Of Everything 2011,” studied the percentage of women younger than 25 years of age suffering from obesity. The book revealed that in Kuwait, 31.8 percent of women in this category suffer from obesity.

According to the book’s British author, Russell Ash, first place was occupied by the Kingdom of Bahrain, where 42 percent of women below the age of 25 are obese or overweight. In second place was the United States with 36 percent, followed by Portugal and Spain with 34.3 percent and 32 percent respectively. This revelation was revealed at the same time as a local campaigner revealed that almost half of Kuwait’s female students are overweight. “ found that 45 percent of female students tested for obesity were found to be overweight or obese,” said Sami Al-Bader, Chief Nutritionist of The campaigner’s press release read that “out of 232 teenage girls tested in six schools, expert nutritionists found

that 17 percent suffer from high cholesterol levels while nine percent have high glucose levels.” Obesity is determined by measuring a person’s body mass index (BMI), a measurement that compares a person’s weight to their height. People with a BMI between 25 kilograms per meter squared and 30 kilograms per meter squared are considered overweight while those with a BMI between 30 kilograms per meter squared and 35 kilograms per meter squared are considered obese. “In many cases, the BMI results we are finding in schools is higher than 30 when the healthy range should be between 20 and 25,” said Al-Bader. “This means that many of these girls are well into the obesity stages. Parents must be especially conscious of these

alarming results because they are the foundation of their children’s dietary and nutritional requirements.” “Healthy eating behavior starts at home and parents must encourage healthy eating habits for their children,” he added. Al-Bader, who is also the Diet Care Operations Manager for the campaign revealed that among the reasons for increased obesity in Kuwait is a lack of activity, caused partially by the hot climate, office based jobs, bad eating habits and overeating. He explained that obesity is not a matter of a better physical appearance. He said that obesity is a dangerous illness that can increase the likelihood of various diseases, such as heart disease, type two diabetes, breathing difficulties and certain types of cancer.

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti meteorologist Essa Ramadan expected yesterday a gradual increase of humidity during the next three days that would last till the weekend. Ramadan told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that today is the last day of “Talaa aljabha” (local naming), and the start of equal day and night, where the weather is cool at night and hot by day,

continuing until October 3. He added that following this period, the “Sfiri” days continue, a season of allergies, flu, and stomach bug, due to the unstable temperatures. “Autumnal Equinox” is when day and night are equal, usually witnessed in the upper half of the globe on September 21, as the sun rays line the equator, therefore day and night are equally 12 hours.

Ramadan said that Autumnal Equinox will be late this year for five days in Kuwait, illustrating the change of seasons. He also expected that the next couple of days will witness high humidity, especially on coastal areas during the night. Southerly winds will also decrease starting from Wednesday, with pleasant weather expected on Saturday. — KUNA

G26 warns against potential Kuwait to witness high humidity employment crisis KUWAIT: A group comprising 26 political and economic activists recently warned that the country’s economic structure, financing mechanism, manpower distribution as well as demographical composition suffers from major structural flaws that are mainly caused as a result of overspending that has caused money laundering and corruption. In a statement made to the press recently, the group officially known as the

‘National Movement Against Public Fund Misappropriation’ asserted on the importance of enforcing the law against ‘top officials’ who are corrupt, as a step towards fighting the spread of corruption which are called ‘essential.’ The group also raised several potential problems that may occur in the future, for example, stating that the government will definitely find solutions to citizens’ employment in the upcoming years,

reported Al-Qabas. They further label this issue as a ‘ticking time bomb.’ Focusing on the fact that 51 percentage of Kuwaitis are 21 years of age or younger, the G26 indicated that the government faces the challenge of creating 520,000 job opportunities within the upcoming two decades. The group further indicated that around half of the 279,000 public sector Kuwaiti employees are not ‘actual’ employees.


Financial quakes offer learning opportunity By Ali Abdelaziz Al-Namash


uwait has faced several financial crises since the early 1970s, some of which were as destructive as earthquakes and others as painful as a toothache. The financial crisis that began two years ago is an earthquake that affected the entire world and we are still looking for a way out of it with as few losses as possible. I am not convinced that we have learned our lesson from this most recent financial tremor and don’t believe that our foundation will be any stronger than it was before. It is necessary for us to review and re-diagnose the reasons behind the crisis and try to find a way to recover peacefully. The officials of companies registered with the stock market went into hiding because they thought their disappearance from the media would make their previous bogus statements forgettable. Many of those officials are still hiding, especially those involved with investment and real estate companies. We need you to emerge from your hideouts because you are still at the head of your work. Speak frankly to shareholders and media members about the latest developments of your companies. Many of these companies have faced difficulties trying to settle their debts with their creditors and they should clarify the nature of the difficulties so that shareholders can decide which direction to go next. Let us learn, even if just a little, from experience and history. Let our experiences be an opportunity to promote development and privatization.

Fodder prices up KUWAIT: Fodder prices are bound to feature a noticeable increase after the country’s main supplier of barley - the main component in fodder production announced that the price of this material will be increased from KD 66 per ton to KD 105 per ton. In a letter sent to the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources, the Kuwait Flour Mills and Bakery Company explained that the 62.8% price increase is universal. At the same time, PAAAFR officials fear from the financial effects that this will cause since they are the body

responsible for subsidizing fodder for breeders who are entitled for government support. The price increase will also drive farmers who buy fodder in high prices at the black market, to suffer from extended costs. Ultimately, the sharp increase in fodder prices will cause for the prices of livestock to hike subsequently. This forms a major source of concern for consumers who are preparing to stock up with red meat products ahead of the Eid Al-Adha holidays that fall mid November. — Al-Qabas

Consumers fear back to school means back to power shortages KUWAIT: After power consumption rates finally stabilized with a drop in temperature and the threat of power outages were put to an end, the resuming school year threatens to bring the issue back to the surface, reported Al-Qabas. While eight hundred schools are expected to open today, next week marks the full return of the school year with intermediate and secondary grades resuming their classes. It is estimated that with all the country’s schools back in session, 450 additional megawatts of power will be drawn from the national grid on a daily basis. The Ministry of Electricity and Water said that the situation is under control and indicated that the most recent power surplus recorded reached 2,358 megawatts. The steadily increasing demand on power and the limited increase in the production of electricity has been a main source of concern for the min-

istry in the past years. In order to guarantee that the country would have a sufficient amount of power this year the ministry went forward with several maintenance operations as well as plans to establish high tech power plants. One of these major developments is the Subbiya power plant project, expected to contribute an additional 20% of electricity to the current national power grid by next summer. “This project will be decisive in helping the ministry overcome the increasing demand on power, especially during the toughest parts of the summer,” said the plant’s manager Muheidine Najm. The plant is considered a top priority by the ministry. It is anticipated that the plant will generate 2,000 megawatts of power, which would be enough to eliminate the power shortage problem and accommodate the country’s new development plan.

The power plant, which costs an estimated KD 762 million, is scheduled to be inaugurated on June 1, 2011 and start contributing to the national power grid the following year. Meanwhile, the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) has rejected a request by the ministry to purchase spare parts and tubes needed to reinforce water desalination units at the East Doha plant. The tender was worth an estimated KD 109,000. In other news, the ministry announced that tenders to establish and maintain five pure water pipelines has been awarded, reported Al-Rai. The pipelines will connect the desalinated water complex in the Abdullah Port with areas in West Funaitees. The ministry added that the CTC also approved six new bids for tenders regarding the maintenance and renovation of the country’s power distribution network.

—Photos by Foaud Al-Shaikh


Monday, September 20, 2010


50 local, international hospitals to participate in first fair

Confab targets displaying govt plans on medication abroad KUWAIT: Universal for Organizing Conferences and Fairs will organize the First International Kuwait Fair for Distinct Hospitals under the patronage of Minister of Health Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer from 7th to 9th October, 2010 in the Movenpick Free Zone. More than 50 local and international hospitals work-

KUWAIT: Indian expat arrested for selling drugs. —Photo by Hanan Al-Saadoun

Drug dealer arrested By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: An Indian expat was arrested for selling drugs after the head of the General Department of Drug Control, Sheikh Al-Khalifa Al-Sabah, received a tip on the man’s illegal activities. An investigation confirmed the man’s illegal activities and he was arrested after he unintentionally sold several capsules of heroin to an undercover agent in Abu Halifa. Authorities

reported to the suspect’s house and confiscated an additional two kilos of heroin. He was referred to the proper authorities.

Brothel busted Farwaniya police busted a prostitution ring in Farwaniya after confirming the reports they received about the illegal activities. During the operation four prostitutes and three men were arrested and referred to the proper authorities.

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Stability of the oil sector By Mohammad Al-Matar


ver since it was discovered in Kuwait, back in 1936, and from its first export in 1946, oil has been the country’s main source of income. Oil revenues provide salaries to the public sector and employees as well as to financial aid funds. Oil has played a major part in the country’s development and has allowed Kuwait to shine. While we have expressed gratitude to God Almighty for such a gracious blessing, the country’s government has failed to realize that the country’s security depends on the stability of the oil sector. The government of Saudi Arabia, for example, has realized the importance of oil sector stability. The country’s ministry of oil has always been handled by efficient and competent ministers. The current Saudi Oil Minister, Ali Al-Nuaimi, started as a simple employee in the oil sector before becoming an engineer and worked his way to the minister’s post. Saudi Arabia’s commitment to their oil

CSC asked to curb expats employment KUWAIT: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) recently learnt that it has failed to fulfill obligations concerning the execution process of projects that fall under the country’s main development plan. This includes failure to curb the employment of expatriates at public posts. The Supreme Council of Planning and Development (SCPD) recently provided final reports on the follow up action taken on the execution process of projects assigned to each public firm, as part of the annual development plan for the fiscal year 2010-2011. The council prepares to set the outline for the annual plan for the fiscal year 2011-2012. The report contained nine descriptions of duties that were unfulfilled, mainly when it concerns the decision to limit expats’ employment in the public sector, to fields that suffer from extreme shortage in qualified national manpower. Other observations recorded the CSC’s failure to devise suitable solutions to employ illegal residents, reported Al-Qabas. The CSC was also asked to work toward reducing the percentage of manpower in the public sector by stabilizing the capacity of staff members in the public sector.

sector has allowed the state-owned company to develop into the worldwide role model that it has become today. On the other hand, the Oil Ministry in Kuwait has never had similar stability. The fact that 12 different ministers have assumed the top position of the oil ministry has prevented it from developing a clear vision. Stability has eventually been managed in the companies of this vital sector. Corruption and nepotism has spread through the oil sector and has killed the spirit of a strong work ethic. Meanwhile, those who work responsibly in the country’s oil sector find themselves the ‘odd ones out.’ Since the country’s economy depends completely on the revenue of a single natural resource, shouldn’t the government give the oil sector its full commitment? The government should do more to support responsible figures in the oil sector and put them in decision making positions. Let’s benefit from the successful example of the stable oil sector in Saudi Arabia. —Al-Qabas

New refinery project KUWAIT: An official source at the Higher Petroleum Council expected the final report to be submitted in regards to the new refinery project and its related studies to the oil minister, Audit Bureau then the central tenders committee during the current month, to take the routine procedures to tender the project according to the mechanism that will be agreed upon. The sources said there are two main ideas on how to tender the project, the first is to ask the government sector to execute the project through KNPC, which specialized in running Kuwait’s refineries, and the other idea is calling for the establishment of refineries company, 50% of which will be allocated for the private sector, provided that the entire project will be handed to the company to executed completely. And this is what some people are calling for to support the private sector in the development projects as this is a strategic government direction during the current period. About the second option, the source said the execution of the project through the private sector is a risk that was proven a failure in many previous projects, such as the low cost housing project and the establishment of Boubyan Bank, which exhausted it, budget in paying employees salaries, until the National Bank took it over.

On the occasion, Mohammad Al-Otaibi, Spokesman of the preparation committee, said that the fair aims to help develop government and private health services by utilizing technical and human capabilities of distinct local and international hospitals, “This can be achieved by exchanging visits and training doctors, and organizing partnership agreements between local hospitals and their counterpart hospitals in developed countries,” he said. “The fair aims to discuss government plans concerning medication abroad,” Al-Otaibi added, noting that there will be lectures delivered by different government officials, in addition to specialists who will lecture on standards of choosing distinct hospitals. Al-Otaibi assured that Kuwait has become the favorite destination for medical companies and centers due to the awareness of the Kuwaiti patient who seeks the best medical services from the best hospitals in the world. He pointed that the fair will be an opportunity for visitors to have a look on the latest services offered by both local and international hospitals and medical centers, “This medical gathering goes side by side with the ambitious plans of MoH through signing agreements of technical development for government hospitals by specialized international hospitals,” he said. Al-Otaibi added that visitors will get discounts and gifts from participating hospitals in addition to being acquainted with the latest medical breakthroughs, “They will also have the chance to ask and enquire about whatever they want and have appointments to visit the participating hospitals for consultations, in addition to knowing about travel and medical insurance companies specialized in medication abroad,” Al-Otaibi added. Al-Otaibi concluded by welcoming participating parties including hospitals, medical centers, to show local medical competence and skills and the advanced levels medical Kuwaiti firms have reached. He also welcomed participating investment companies and those willing to invest in the health sector.

University scholarships for bedoons KUWAIT: Meritorious bedoon students will now have more opportunities to pursue higher education at local private universities in the country. The Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Moudhi AlHomoud announced that five scholarships will be granted every year, to each of the country’s private institutions, for bedoon students who have graduated with a cumulative record of more than 90 percent. The decision will go into effect as per the new academic year (2010/2011). In other news, the Parliament’s educational affairs committee will discuss the addition of new academic topics on the 1990 Iraqi Invasion. These will be included in the curricula of high school students. The meeting will take place next Thursday, announced the committee’s Head Dr Salwa Al-Jassar, who noted that Cabinet representatives will be invited to the meeting to provide their point of view, reported Al-Watan. Separately, a recent study carried out by the Oxford Business Group pointed out that students comprise 40 percent of the Kuwaiti population, which burdens the educational system.

ing in Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Germany, UK, USA, Singapore, Thailand, India, and South Korea; in addition to many health insurance companies and other companies specialized in medication abroad will make their presence felt.

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Ministry of Interior monitors traffic jams By Hanan Al-Saadoun

KUWAIT: A team from the Ministry of Interior observed traffic patterns from a helicopter in an attempt to curb potential traffic problems on the first few days of school. Traffic jams were spotted from Messilah to the fairgrounds and into Salwa while it was noticed that traffic on Gulf Road was minimal.

WHO warns Kuwait’s Ministry of Health KUWAIT: Kuwait Ministry of Health received a warning letter recently from the World Health Organization, which ‘extremely warns’ from the spread of poliomyelitis in Pakistan, Afghanistan and South Sudan, calling Kuwait to take extra caution since it’s considered a desired destination for labor workers from these three countries. In the meantime, the minister Dr Helal AlSayer is currently working on assembling a team from higher ministry officials to attend

the regional meeting held by the Middle Eastern committee of the WHO that will take place in Cairo on October 3, 2010. The meeting will discuss several issues that include public health at the countries in the region, as well as mechanisms of reducing tuberculosis. AIDS will also be a topic of discussion during the meeting. On that regard, WHO statistics indicate that there are more than 130 HIV positive cases in Kuwait. In a separate note, a report pertaining

with the organizational structure of the ministry that has been recently released by the human development department indicated that the number of physicians employed in Kuwait reach 5340; 1122 of which are male citizens and 1059 female citizens, while Egyptian doctors led other nationalities. Meanwhile, the statistics indicate that 665 doctors and pharmacists resigned from working for the ministry during the past year.



Monday, September 20, 2010

Islamic Constitutional Movement postpones meeting

Legislative committee to discuss law to govern juvenile delinquents By A Saleh KUWAIT: A meeting w as held w ith the legislative committee to discuss a law to govern juvenile delinquents. It w as proposed to in 1997. Committee members expressed readiness to accept government-pro-

posed amendments to the draft law in line w ith international agreements. The Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Mohammad Al-Afasi commented on the question put forw ard by MP Marzouq Al-Ghanim,” We did not receive it yet, and w e do not have a problem in answ ering any question.”

KUWAIT: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Mohammad Al-Afasi talking to reporters. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

in the news GCC audit bureaus seek cooperation KUWAIT: The GCC states’ audit bureaus are seeking to develop their structures and pursue more cooperation within their respective hemispheres to achieve the mutual benefit for all parties, said a Kuwaiti official here yesterday. Undersecretary of Kuwait’s Audit Buearu Abdulaziz AlRoumi said in the opening of the 11th meeting for GCC Audit undersecretaries that developing the audit mechanism within the GCC framework was a must to achieve the ultimate goal of economic development, stressing that having a unified plan would lead to such sought results. For his part, Director General of the Audit Bureaus Affairs at the GCC Secretariat Aqel AlDamiri lauded the meeting’s efforts to prepare the agenda for the upcoming ninth meeting for the GCC’s heads of Audit Bureaus to be held in Kuwait which will be focusing on exchanging expertise amongst audit facilities. Shiite MPs support ban KUWAIT: A number of Shiite MPs expressed support to the government’s decision to ban public gatherings, which could incite tension caused by controversial figure Yasser Al-Habeeb, and endanger national peace. MP Hussein Al-Qallaf said, “We know very well that someone wants to take on a heroic appearance at the expense of the state. If we call for holding public rally, they will accuse us of inciting tension.” MP Adnan Al-Muttawa said that Kuwait has always been secure, under the protective care provided by the Al-Sabah ruling family, reported Al-Anba. MP Saleh Ashour said that the government is aware of the fact that citizenship is a matter of sovereignty. “If it is revoked from the one who abused The Prophet’s Companions (PBUH), then it should be revoked from those who insulted the descendants of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as well,” he said. Charity violations KUWAIT: Official sources with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor revealed that an important meeting will be held with the ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary of Charity, reported Al-Anba. The sources said that officials will review the violations made by those during the month of Ramadan, especially the cases of 14 expats who came to Kuwait on visitors visas to collect donations for unknown parties. The fourteen expats were referred to authorities in the Ministry of Interior for questioning. It was hoped that authorities would be able to determine what organization the expats were collecting money for before deporting them, explained the sources. Authorities noticed that the expats received recommendations from various religious figures throughout Kuwait and supported their donation collecting.

Bloc agrees to PM grilling KUWAIT: The National Action Bloc (NAB) has been monitoring the country’s political situation, as the sports situation in the country faces several challenges. One bloc member asserted that a general consensus has been reached to initiate an interpellation motion against His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad AlSabah. In a statement made recently to the press, MP Saleh Al-Mullah denied reports that the NAB might consider grilling the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) instead of the premier. Previous reports suggested that Minister Dr Mohammad Al-Afasi would face an interpellation motion, as he exercises authority over the country’s sporting activities. Al-Mullah, along with fellow bloc members MPs Marzouq Al-Ghanim and Adel Al-Saraawi, have been making efforts to hold the government accountable for the failure to resolve persistent problems that have plagued the country’s sporting activities. These have severely marred athlete’s performances at a regional as well as international level, reported Al-Qabas. He explained the reason behind his absence at a press conference that was held by Al-Ghanim and Al-Saraawi last week, stating that he was on vacation in London at the time. He pledged at the same time, his full support towards the decisions made during the conference. Separately, MP Dr Waleed Al-Tabtabae revealed that the Development and Reform Bloc would hold a press conference next month to review the issues it plans to adopt as priorities during the upcoming term which begins in November.

The Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) has postponed the seminar that was scheduled to be held yesterday. It was a special session scheduled to be held to discuss allegations leveled by Yasser Al-Habeeb. The Development and Reform Bloc announced, through its member MP Waleed AlTabtabae, “No seminars will be held as a matter of cooperation with the government, awaiting the Cabinet’s decision tomorrow. We shall evaluate those decisions, and meet Tuesday at the office of MP Mohammad Hayef.” In other news, the Assistant Undersecretary of Ministry of Health Sameer Al-Asfoor revealed that the new project to construct a physiotherapy hospital, that can accommodate more than 500 beds, will be privatized in accordance with Build-Operate-Transfer system. Some local, private companies will complete constructions and invest in it for a certain period. Ownership will then be transferred to the Ministry of Health (MoH). The hospital will render health services free of charge. This idea was put forward by a Council of Ministers and the Ministry Of Health, pointing out that engineering designs submitted for the project are being reviewed. Al-Asfoor added that shortly, the companies chosen to build ‘health towers’ will be chosen and their tenders will be referred to the Central Tender Committee (CTC). He also said that Mubarak AlKabeer hospital’s renovation work is in the final stages.

KUWAIT: Security media dept chief at Ministry of Interior Major Abdul Elah Al-Abdul Salam made a tour that covered several street crossings and distributed leaflets for road awareness to road users on the occasion of the start of the new academic school year.

VIVA Kuwait contributes to the Cancer Aware Nation in Kuwait KUWAIT: VIVA Kuwait yesterday announced its support for Cancer Aware Nation (CAN) launched in 2006 under the auspices of the Cancer Patients’ Fund by Kuwait Society for Smoking and Cancer Prevention with the aim of raising Cancer risk awareness. “CAN Show” broadcasts health awareness mes-

Housing trade permitted KUWAIT: Those who have submitted housing welfare applications and are still waiting for their requests to be filed will soon be able to trade their applications with citizens who already received housing, reported Al-Watan. According to unconfirmed information, the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and State Minister for Housing and Development, Sheikh Ahmad AlFahad Al-Sabah has instructed Public Authority for Housing Welfare officials to accept requests from citizens wishing to give up the homes they received from the authority to citizens still waiting for their housing. These instructions will apply to citizens with applications submitted before June 2001.

sages on screens installed at waiting areas in Ministry of Health hospitals and clinics, providing them with high-speed Internet service reaching 21.6 Mbps to connect more than 310 screens in 64 hospitals and clinics around Kuwait on one network. The collaboration between VIVA Kuwait and The

Cancer Aware Nation (CAN) demonstrates the importance of a healthy lifestyle, with easy to understand messages made to raise awareness to prevent and protect Kuwaiti society from cancer and related diseases. It also encourages the public to have regular medical check-ups to enjoy a long and healthy life.

Info authority to be discussed Oct 3 KUWAIT: Already in the spotlight for being accused of failing to curb sectarian tensions in the media, the Ministry of Information has moved closer towards being dismantled, reported Al-Rai. Contributing to this effort, several MPs have created a draft law proposing the establishment of a supreme council for audio and visual material and a public information authority. Such a proposal, if approved, would render the ministry’s existence unnecessary. The Parliament’s educational committee is scheduled to meet with the Cabinet on October 3 to further discuss this subject. Meanwhile, committee reporter, MP Ali AlOmair indicated that the Minister of Information, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah AlSabah, was granted permission to be consulted on this matter. Al-Omair noted that not all of the committee members are in favor of dismantling

the ministry. He reported that some fear the dismantling will further weaken the government’s ability to observe what is broadcast or published. On the other hand, supporters of this approach believe that a public authority would be more effective at monitoring media outlets than a minister who already handles several great responsibilities.

The draft law for establishing a public authority of information was initially made by MP Faisal Al-Duwaisan, who told reporters that he will present the proposal at the October 3 meeting. He said the new authority would “help address violations and the lack of control demonstrated by the ministry.”

Oil production to increase KUWAIT: The production capacity of the country’s northern fields will exceed 850,000 barrels per day by December, said a top official from the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). Once operations of the latest center sets into motion it will increase the volume of production. Officials said that the company has made good progress in increasing production capacity, especially in the north, and is continuing to dig up wells and repair malfunctioning ones, reported Aljarida. He said that the company’s level of production has risen in the northern fields.

KUWAIT: A speeding jeep at the 5th Ring Road approached a curve which caused the driver to lose control of the car turning the jeep upside down. As result 2 Kuwaitis suffered from injuries and broken limbs and were taken to a nearby hospital. — Photos by Faoud Al-Shaikh


Monday, September 20, 2010


Top Hamas official arrested in Egypt Dababish held for using falsified documents CAIRO: A top Ha ma s security officia l w a s a rrested a t Ca iro a irport for using fa lsified tra vel docum ents, Egyptia ns officia ls sa id yesterda y. Moha m m ed Da ba bish’s rela tives sa id he w a s returning from a pilEgypt has arrested a string of Hamas figures since one of its soldiers was killed in a border shooting early this year, including the son of a Hamas Cabinet minister last month. Egypt believes a Hamas sniper was responsible for the shooting. Dababish’s name was on a wanted list for using falsified travel documents to enter and leave the country, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian man inspects a burnt out catering area where shishas or water pipes for smoking are prepared after unknown assailants set fire a water resort park ‘Crazy Water’ in Gaza City yesterday. — AFP

Gunmen torch Gaza beach club shuttered by Hamas GAZA CITY: Masked gunmen yesterday set fire to a Gaza beach club that had earlier been ordered closed by the territory’s Hamas rulers, an owner said. Alaa Al-Araj, one of the owners of the “Crazy Water” club and a former Hamas minister, said about 40 gunmen had tied up and blindfolded a night watchman before setting fire to an administrative building and restaurant overnight. “The fire engulfed different parts of the club, including an administrative building, and then spread to the main restaurant and cafeteria, which is three storeys high,” he said. He said the club had been ordered to close for three days last month by the Hamas-run government because it had hosted parties in which men and women mingled. Earlier this month, it was told to close for 21 days because of a dispute over the use of a local spring for its pools and water slides.

“The government in Gaza and the police are responsible for the protection of the club (they) closed,” Araj said. “All tourism projects in Gaza are threatened by extremists who reject them.” The Hamas interior ministry said it had opened an investigation into the incident and denied any link between the attack and the closure. “Investigations are ongoing to uncover the perpetrators of this crime and to hold them accountable,” spokesman Ihab AlGhussein said in a statement. “What happened was a criminal act and it is being investigated. The decision to close (the club) was because of violations of the law,” the statement added, without providing further details. In recent weeks Hamas has stepped up enforcement of a two-month-old ban on women smoking water pipes in public, saying it is “against traditions and social

mores” and has closed a number of hotels and restaurants. The Islamist movement has only taken limited steps to impose Islamic law in Gaza since it seized power in June 2007 but has sought to prevent the mixing of the sexes in the already conservative territory. Smaller and more extreme groups have in the same period stepped up attacks on establishments perceived as un-Islamic, including coffee shops, beauty salons and even UN-run summer camps, though they rarely wound anyone. Hamas regularly condemns such attacks, but yesterday two well-known human rights groups, Al-Mezan and Al-Haq, released a joint statement criticizing the government for failing to make arrests. “The continuing lack of any results casts doubt on the seriousness of the relevant bodies in investigation such incidents,” they said. —AFP

Top Mideast officials fly to US as peace talks crisis looms JERUSALEM: Top Israeli and Palestinian officials headed yesterday for the United States where they are expected to seek ways to break a deadlock over settlements threatening to sabotage peace talks. Israeli President Shimon Peres left on a four-day visit coinciding with the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, before Defence Minister Ehud Barak set off for talks in Washington. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was also to fly later to New York for the annual sitting, with efforts under way to arrange a meeting with US President Barack Obama, a senior Palestinian official told AFP. “There are also preparations for a meeting between (Israeli premier Benjamin) Netanyahu, Obama and Abbas,” he said. “There is an expectation that they will meet.” Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said the Palestinian leader had high-level engagements scheduled, but he would not give details. “Abbas will take part in the UN General Assembly meetings in New York and meet with several world leaders,” Abu Rudeina told AFP. “He will deliver an important speech about the peace process and efforts to push it forward in a way that would help end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land in 1967 as well as create an independent Palestinian state, with east Jerusalem as its capital.” Netanyahu’s office said he

had no plans to fly to the United States this week, and would not say whether he would meet Abbas before the settlement freeze expires later this month. Israel and the Palestinians began long-awaited peace negotiations earlier this month, but the talks may well collapse if they fail to resolve a bitter dispute over the moratorium expiry. So far, Israel has stubbornly refused to extend the partial 10-month ban on new construction. The Palestinians have vowed to pull out of the talks if building resumes. Addressing ministers, Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s position: that the moratorium will end as planned. “Last week, I held political talks in (the Red Sea resort of) Sharm el-Sheikh and Jerusalem. I can’t give any detail about the content of the talks because of its sensitivity. What I can say is that regarding the freeze, there has been no change in our position,” he said. The talks, which brought together Abbas, Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, failed to break the impasse. Clinton said she hoped the Israeli leader would extend the freeze. “Well, that certainly is our hope,” she told ABC News. “It’s been in effect for the time that it was set for, and the talks are just starting,” she said. “So we are working hard to make sure there remains a conducive atmosphere to constructive thought.”

But Israel’s ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was up to Netanyahu to withstand pressure over the moratorium. “If we aren’t able to withstand pressure on a relatively simple issue like building in (the West Bank), how will we defend our other national interests?” Lieberman said on army radio. “We said it would be a 10-month freeze and we told everyone. The minute it’s over, we can start (building) again,” he added. The deadline for the end of the freeze is widely accepted as September 26, 10 months and a day after the original cabinet

decision. But the military order regarding the moratorium states it will only close at midnight on September 30. Efforts to reach a lastminute compromise now look set to shift to the United States. Speaking on condition of anonymity, an Israeli official told AFP the main negotiators would meet there this week in order to set up the next leaders’ meeting. “The negotiators will be meeting this week in North America where they will be planning the next round of talks at a leadership level,” he said, without giving further details.—AFP

grima ge to Sa udi Ara bia w hen he w a s stopped. Da ba bish is a top officia l in Ha ma s’ interna l security unit, w hich oversees intelligence ma tters in Ga za . Ha ma s officia ls declined to comment.

He was also questioned about an illegal shipment of walkie-talkies interdicted by police in Sinai apparently destined for Gaza, they added. Egyptian security forces are on high alert in the Sinai Peninsula bordering Gaza and Israel because of information about possible Palestinian rocket attack from Egypt toward Israel. Egyptian officials have blamed Hamas for a deadly rocket attack last month on Israel and Jordan’s Red Sea

port of Aqaba that killed one person and wounded four. Hamas has denied the accusations. Egypt is also investigating reports of plans to smuggle rockets from Gaza into Egypt and then launch them back toward Israel, said officials. So far, no rockets have turned up. The officials say hundreds of police and private agents been deployed along the border, at entry points to Sinai and along checkpoints.— AP

Activists warn of meltdown in Sudan CAIRO: Preparations for Sudan’s crucial referendum on southern independence are so far behind schedule that urgent international diplomatic intervention is the only guarantee to prevent renewed civil war, Sudan activists warned yesterday. A 2005 peace agreement ended a 21-year civil war between Sudan’s mostly Muslim north and predominantly animist and Christian south that left some 2 million people dead. The deal set up a transitional unity government as well as an autonomous government in the south, and called for a referendum, slated for Jan. 9, 2011, on independence for southern Sudan. But activists from the Sudan 365 campaign warned that with around 100 days to go before the vote, there is still a slew of outstanding issues to be resolved. “We are at the eleventh hour. Preparations for the referendum are woefully behind schedule and the risk of conflict is increasing,” said AlBakir Mukhtar Alafif, a Sudanese activist with the campaign. The organizers of the campaign, including Human Rights Watch and Save Darfur Coalition, said the situation in Sudan has deteriorated to a point that even if the referendum takes place on time, it could still have a devastating civilians and regional security. Sudan 365 also called on the UN, the US, Egypt and others states that supported the peace deal “to honor their pledge to Sudan and to prevent diplomatic meltdown.” “It is time for those governments who promised to help implement the peace agreement to develop a package of pressure and incentives to persuade the Sudanese parties to broker peace and not war,” Alafif said in a statement. —AP

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s former General Security chief Maj Gen Jamil AlSayyed, speaks to journalists upon his arrival at Rafik Hariri international airport where he was received by Hezbollah officials in a show of support, in Beirut, Lebanon on Saturday —-AP

Lebanon ex-general says proceedings are illegal BEIRUT: A Lebanese ex-general who spent four years in jail without charges in connection with the assassination of former premier Rafiq Hariri said yesterday that ongoing legal action against him was “illegal.” Jamil Sayyed has brought lawsuits against prosecutor general Said Mirza, accusing him of producing “false evidence.” “Mr Mirza is supposed to be a public prosecutor, i.e. neutral, but considering these lawsuits he became my personal adversary,” Sayyed said. He said that by law, “all proceedings by him (Mirza) are-de facto-illegal.” Sayyed, the former head of General Security, said he still had not been called in for questioning. Sayyed is one of four generals who say they were arbitrarily detained between August 2005 and April 2009 after they made strongly worded accu-

sations about the Hariri case. The ex-general, together with the Shiite Hezbollah and its allies, have accused security officials, politicians and judges close to the former premier’s son, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, of having “manufactured” evidence to implicate them in the assassination. Sayyed was accompanied from the airport by armed Hezbollah bodyguards when he returned to Beirut on Saturday after a short visit to France. Hariri and 22 others were killed in a car bomb blast in Beirut on February 14, 2005. The UNbacked Special Tribunal for Lebanon which is investigating the killing is reportedly set to indict Hezbollah members in the assassination, a charge vehemently denied by the group, which is backed by Syria and Iran.— AFP



Monday, September 20, 2010

Basque separatists want peace talks with Spain MADRID: The armed Basque separatist group ETA said yesterday that it is willing to accept international mediation to help solve its long-running conflict with Spain’s government. Two weeks after it announced a cease-fire, the group said in a statement published by Basque newspaper Gara yesterday that it is willing to “jointly explore” with overseas mediators the steps required for a democratic process, “including commitments to be taken by ETA.” Since launching its violent campaign for an inde-

pendent Basque homeland in the late 1960s, ETA has killed more than 825 people. The group previously announced what it called a permanent cease-fire in 2006, but ended it with a car bombing at Madrid’s main airport that killed two people and destroyed a parking garage later that year. Spain’s government has repeatedly said progress can only be made when ETA renounces violence for good. ETA said it is prepared to consider proposals put forward in March by 19 people, including four Nobel

peace laureates, in a document called the Brussels Declaration. That document called on ETA to announce a permanent, unilateral, unconditional and internationally verifiable cease-fire. Among its signatories were former South African president F.W. De Klerk, archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Irish leaders Mary Robinson and John Hume. ETA’s statement in Gara, a proindependence daily that often serves as ETA’s mouthpiece, did not mention a permanent or verifiable cease-fire.

The statement comes a day after the Spanish newspaper El Pais released a video on its website believed to have been filmed by ETA earlier this year as a training aid which shows a hooded gunman practicing assassination techniques by shooting into a car. The newspaper did not reveal how it had acquired the video, but several TV news bulletins also showed the footage, which suggests that ETA is still training militants to kill. ETA has come under pressure from pro-

independence parties Batasuna and Eusko Alkartasuna, which earlier this month called on the armed group to declare a cease-fire that could be independently verified. They did so in writing, something unprecedented in Basque separatist politics. Batasuna, which was banned in 2003 on grounds it is part of ETA, hopes to field candidates in Basque local elections scheduled for next year. If it fails to secure seats in Basque town councils, it could face political oblivion

because the party is not represented in the regional legislature or the national parliament in Madrid, and it misses subsidies that come with having elected members. Since 2008, 287 ETA members have been arrested in Spain, France and elsewhere, including six men described as ETA’s top leaders. ETA’s last deadly attack was a July 2009 car bomb that killed two policemen on the island of Mallorca. It is considered a terrorist organization by Spain, the European Union and the U.S. —AP

Cross row mars service in Turkey First Armenian Orthodox ceremony in nearly a century AKDAMAR ISLAND: The first Armenian Orthodox ceremony in nearly a century at a church in Turkey w as overshadow ed yesterday by a partial boycott because Turkish authorities refused to place a cross on the roof of the building. Nearly a thousand Armenian Orthodox w orshippers out of the expected 5,000 attended the service at the Church of the Holy Cross, w hich the gov-

ernment has hailed as a sign of grow ing religious tolerance in the predominantly Muslim country, w hich is a European Union candidate. The church, w hich has been closed for services since the 1915 mass killings of Armenians at the hands of Ottoman troops, has become a symbol of Turkey’s troubled past w ith its Armenian minority and a painful process of reconciliation.

AKDAMAR ISLAND: Deputy Turkey Partiarch Aram Ateshian, center, leads a special service inside the Akdamar church, one of the most precious remnants of Armenian culture 1,000 years ago, called the Church of Surp Khach, or Holy Cross and inaugurated in AD 921 on the Akdamar Island on Lake Van, Turkey yesterday. — AP

Swedish government seeks re-election amid far-right rise STOCKHOLM: Swedes voted for a new parliament yesterday with polls showing the centerright government heading for a historic second term unless an Islam-bashing far-right group spoils its majority. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s center-right coalition has been boosted by popular tax cuts and healthy public finances that stand out in debt-ridden Europe, and polls suggest a clear victory over the Social Democrat-led opposition. That would mark a shift in Swedish politics, no center-right government has ever been reelected after serving a full term in a country dominated since the 1930s by the left-wing Social Democrats. Reinfeldt’s parlia-

mentary majority, however, is under threat from the Sweden Democrats, a small anti-immigration party hoping to play kingmaker in the 349-seat legislature. The Sweden Democrats, who demand sharp cuts in immigration and have called Islam Sweden’s biggest foreign threat since World War II, are seeking their first seats in parliament. The last polls before the election suggested Reinfeldt’s majority could remain by a single seat. But growing support for the farright could lead to a hung Parliament, because both blocs have ruled out governing with the Sweden Democrats. “We have appealed to the Swedish people to be farsighted and responsible and vote clearly

for the possibility to continue with a majority government,” Reinfeldt told reporters yesterday. Large waves of immigration from the Balkans, Iraq and Iran have changed the demography of the once-homogenous Scandinavian country, where one in seven residents is foreign-born. The Sweden Democrats say immigration has become an economic burden that drains the welfare system. Surveys, however, show Swedish voters are more concerned about unemployment , at 8.5 percent in July , the economy and the environment than immigration. Reinfeldt’s coalition ousted the Social Democrats in 2006 and kept its promises to

STOCKHOLM: Swedish Social Democrats party leader Mona Sahlin licks the envelope with her ballot as she casts her vote at a polling station in Stockholm during general elections yesterday. — AP

lower taxes and trim welfare benefits. Sweden’s export-driven economy is expected to grow by more than 4 percent this year while its 2010 budget gap is on track to be the smallest in the 27-nation European Union. After dominating Swedish politics for decades, the Social Democrats plunged to a recordlow 35 percent in the previous election and were forced to join forces with the smaller Green and Left parties to have any chance of regaining power. The Electoral Authority said a record 2.2 million Swedes cast advance ballots before yesterday’s vote, suggesting a high turnout. There are 7.1 million eligible voters. Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin, who is seeking to become Sweden’s first female prime minister, says the government is dismantling the welfare system and widening the gaps between rich and poor. “Are we supposed to feel that politics is about getting one or two or five more hundred-kronor bills in our wallets at the expense of someone who doesn’t get decent social insurance?” she asked at a campaign rally in Stockholm. Louise Maniette, a 35-yearold college lecturer, said she is concerned that the center-right government will wreck the welfare system. “Little by little, society becomes more and more unjust,” said Maniette. Lisa Slusne, 52, voted for Reinfeldt’s Moderate Party. “It’s quite crystal clear that there is only one person in this country who is credible as prime minister,” she said. “And that’s Fredrik Reinfeldt.”— AP

Earlier this year Turkey agreed to open the site, which sits on the island of Akdamar in Van Lake, for services once a year. “I am so happy to be here. I want to thank the government for letting us be here at this historic moment,” one elderly woman, who identified herself as part of the Armenian community in Turkey, told Turkish television. The service is the second of its kind this year allowing religious minorities to worship in once-banned holy sites. Last month thousands of Greek Orthodox flocked to Sumela Monastery on the Black Sea for the first mass held there in nearly 90 years. The Armenian Church of the Holy Cross, or Surp Khatch in Armenian, was opened officially as a museum in 2007 after a $1.5 million restoration by the government. Turkish authorities said a 200-kg cross made for the 1,000-year-old church was too heavy for the roof, sparking outrage among some Armenians. Many people cancelled plans to make the 20-hour bus trip from Armenia, through Georgia, after news that the cross would be placed at the door of the church. The Archbishop of Istanbul’s Armenian Patriarchate, speaking in front of the remains of faded frescoes inside the restored church, told worshippers authorities had promised to place the cross atop the church ‘as soon as possible’ after the ceremony. Turkey closed its border with Armenia in 1993 in solidarity with Muslim ally Azerbaijan over its war with Armenia. Last October there were a series of accords to normalize relations, but the process fell through after both sides accused the other of trying to rewrite the agreements and setting additional conditions. Armenia, backed by many historians and world parliaments, says some 1.5 million Armenians died during the upheavals that accompanied World War I and labels the events as genocide. Ankara rejects the term genocide and says large numbers of both Christian Armenians and Muslim Turks were killed. In Armenia, hundreds attended an alternative religious service held at the Armenian Genocide Memorial on a hill overlooking the capital, Yerevan. They denounced the service on Lake Van as a publicity stunt. The Armenian Church in Yerevan had planned to send two bishops to the Lake Van service but reversed the decision in protest at the failure to mount a cross on the church. — Reuters

BIRMINGHAM: Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd after he conducts a mass in Cofton Park, Birmingham, England yesterday. —AP

Vatican declares Pope’s visit to Britain a success BIRMINGHAM: The Vatican declared Pope Benedict XVI’s four-day visit to Britain a “great success” yesterday, saying the pontiff was able to reach out to a nation wary of his message and angry at his church’s sex abuse scandal. On his final day, Benedict praised British heroics against the Nazis to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and moved an Englishman a step closer to possible sainthood. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the important thing wasn’t so much the turnout , crowds were much smaller than when Pope John Paul II visited in 1982 , but that Benedict’s warning about the dangers of an increasingly secularized society had been received “with profound interest” from Britons as a whole. Indeed, the British media coverage was remarkable in the seriousness with which newspapers and television took Benedict’s message, and TV stations ran virtually all of the pope’s speeches, Masses and other events live. “Everyone is agreed about the great success, not so much from the point of view of the numbers, but ... by the fact that the message of the pope was received with respect and joy by the faithful,” Lombardi told reporters. Prime Minister David Cameron, in his farewell speech before Benedict’s departure ceremony, said the pope had “challenged the whole country to sit up and think, and that can only be a good thing.” At the same time, he seemed to take issue with Benedict’s contention that secularization was taking hold more and more in Britain. “Faith is part of the fabric of our country. It always has been and it always will be,” Cameron said. That was certainly evident yesterday, as Benedict beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman before tens of thousands of faithful who paid 25 pounds ($39) to attend. This trip marked the first time pilgrims had been asked by their church to pay to see the pope. Newman, a 19th century Anglican convert to Catholicism, was honored at an open-air Mass in Birmingham, the spiritual highlight of Benedict’s trip. The theologian was enormously influential in both churches, and Benedict wants to hold him up as a model for the faithful for having followed his conscience despite great costs. Still, Benedict opened his homily by marking a very different but no less poignant commemoration for a German pope on British soil: the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when Nazi German bombers attacked Britain during World War II. “For me, as one who lived and suffered through the dark days of the Nazi regime in Germany, it is deeply moving to be here with you on this occasion and to recall how many of your fellow citizens sacrificed their lives, courageously resisting the forces of that evil ideology,” Benedict told the crowd. The Mass was the last major event of Benedict’s trip, which saw him again apologizing for the sex abuse scandal, meeting with abuse victims, and pressing his case that God and faith should have a place in public life. He also sought to ease tensions with the Anglican Church by making a historic visit to Westminster Abbey, seat of the Church of England.

Saturday saw one of the biggest anti-pope protest of Benedict’s five-year papacy as some 10,000 people marched against him through central London, opposed to his policies on homosexuality and contraception and disgusted by the clerical sex abuse scandal. “You’re Wrong, Catholics Tell Pope,” read the front-page headline in yesterday’s center-left The Independent newspaper, which ran a poll showing seven out of 10 British Catholics believe a woman should have the right to choose an abortion and nine out of 10 support the wide availability of contraceptives. Yet more than 100,000 cheering people lined London’s streets to watch the pope go by in his Popemobile on Saturday night and another 80,000 massed in Hyde Park for a prayer vigil, remarkable numbers given the indifference and downright hostility prior to the visit and the fact that Catholics make up only 10 percent of Britain’s population. And an alleged terrorist threat against the pope that resulted in the arrests of six people on Friday appeared to fizzled out. Scotland Yard released the men overnight without charges. Benedict called Newman a “saintly Englishman” who belongs with a host of other British saints, a strong indication that Newman will be canonized shortly and even made a doctor of the church , a designation reserved for a handful of great Catholic thinkers like St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Therese Lisieux. Benedict praised Newman for his writings in particular on his vision of Catholic education. “He sought to achieve an educational environment in which intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment would come together,” Benedict said. The pontiff opened his homily by marking the Blitz, which is being commemorated in these days. It was the second time this trip that the Germanborn pope had referred to the battle. “Seventy years later, we recall with shame and horror the dreadful toll of death and destruction that war brings in its wake, and we renew our resolve to work for peace and reconciliation wherever the threat of conflict looms,” he said. Benedict was forced to join the Hitler Youth and then served in the army before deserting near the end of World War II. He has spoken out before about the evil of the Nazi regime, but not even at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland, nor at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, did he refer to his personal experience as a German who lived through it. Birmingham, the base of production for the Spitfire fighter, which was instrumental in defeating the Nazi Blitz, was said to be the most heavily bombed city after London. Nearby in Coventry, a Nov. 15 1940 raid destroyed 4,300 homes, damaged three-fourths of its factories and reduced the medieval Anglican cathedral to ruins. Yesterday marked the first time Benedict celebrated a beatification. Under his own rules, popes don’t beatify, only canonize. The shift was a significant gesture that underscores Benedict’s view that Newman is a crucial model at a time when Christianity is on the wane in Europe. —AP

Somalia to open second front against insurgents MOGADISHU: Several thousand Somali forces trained in neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya will open a second front against Islamist insurgents by year-end in Somalia’s south and central regions, the prime minister said yesterday. The forces will try to capture key towns including the port of Kismayo, which is believed to generate a substantial amount of revenue for the insurgency, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke told reporters in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Kenya has a force of 2,000 Somali refugees stationed in northern Kenya, and Ethiopia trained a force of 1,000 fighters under a German-funded program. “Those forces have now completed their training and we are expecting them to come back and really now open a different front,” Sharmarke said. “Unless you open different

fronts you’re not going to end this war.” The prime minister’s comments follow a month of intense fighting between Somali government forces and the insurgents, some of whom have pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda. Government soldiers who had gone for months without pay abandoned key positions in Mogadishu, many of which African Union peacekeepers had to fight to regain. The prime minister was unable to say whether the new forces would be consistently paid. “Some forces are being paid today and then it will take them four or five months to get another salary,” he said. “You cannot expect those forces to be loyal and defend the country when they’re not getting ... what they’re entitled to.” An allied militia in the central region also was expected to help with the new front, he said, although representatives of the militia alliance earlier told The Associated Press

that relations between them and the government were strained. Sharmarke said that the government would “definitely” deploy the foreigntrained troops by the end of the year because they wanted to strike while the Islamist insurgents were weakened. A nurse at Deynile hospital, located in an insurgent-held neighborhood, said that around 20 fighters had come seeking treatment a day over the past few weeks instead of the usual two or three. The Associated Press withheld her name to protect her from possible reprisals. Somalia has not had a functioning government for nearly 20 years. The current administration is protected by 7,100 African Union peacekeepers, who are gradually expanding their bases throughout the capital in an effort to recapture territory from Islamist insurgents. —AP


Monday, September 20, 2010


Bermuda braces for Hurricane Igor; Karl dissipates HAMILTON: Tourists lined up to catch the last flights off Bermuda and locals stocked up on emergency supplies Saturday preparing for approaching Hurricane Igor, while Mexicans mourned at least seven killed by Hurricane Karl. An extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane earlier in the week, Igor was still a Category 2 storm, and officials warned that its pounding rains and driving winds could be deadly. “This storm will be a long and punishing one,” Public Safety Minister David Burch said. “The potential for injury and physical damage is great.” High surf kicked up by the storm has already swept two people out to sea in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, far to the south. Several people in the Bahamas stared mesmerized at the 12-to 15-foot waves (4- to 5-meter waves), including Peter Mills, 44, who took his wife and two children to John Smith’s Bay Park to watch. “It’s absolutely spectacular, but it’s probably going to be absolutely horrifying come the next couple of days,” Mills said. In Mexico, meanwhile, the remnants of Hurricane Karl soaked south-central portions of the country as authorities sent helicopters to rescue dozens of people

stranded by flooding and hunt for others feared washed away. At least seven fatalities were reported. A 61year-old woman and a 2-year-old girl died when a landslide buried a house in the town of Nexticapan in Puebla state. In Veracruz state, a woman and two young children were swept away by a rushing river in Cotaxtla and two women were found dead in Felipe Carrillo. Tropical-storm-force winds were forecast to start battering Bermuda Saturday night, with the hurricane expected to pass directly overhead or nearby late yesterday or early today, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Around midday, Igor had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph (160 kph) and was located about 360 miles (645 kilometers) south of Bermuda. It was headed north-northwest and expected to curve toward the British Atlantic territory. Hotel cancellations were reported across Bermuda, popular with tourists for its pink sand beaches and with businesspeople as an offshore financial haven. Sophie Dier, a spokeswoman for Elbow Beach hotel, said it was almost fully booked for the weekend until a business group and a wedding party canceled. Now the hotel will be

BERMUDA: A couple walks near Elbow Beach in Paget Parish as Hurricane Igor moves onto Bermuda yesterday. — AP

around 10 percent full, she said. Two Fairmont hotels also reported a 20 to 40 percent drop in occupancy. “We have been proactively advising our guests to reschedule their travel plans,” said Shelley Meszoly, Fairmont’s regional marketing director. Bermudians were planning ahead and buying up supplies, said Mark Stearns, vice president of Masters Ltd., a home and garden store in the capital of Hamilton. “We’ve sold out of generators, tarpaulins, buckets, rope, screws, bottled water, coolers, even trash cans and plastic sheeting,” he said. “Anything people can use to secure their homes.” Schools will close today and tomorrow, and a local newspaper said it will not print a Monday edition. “This decision has not been taken lightly,” editor Bill Zuill wrote in an article published Saturday. “It will be the first time in living memory that The Royal Gazette has missed an edition.” The government planned to close the L F Wade International Airport by Saturday afternoon and likely reopen it today. A causeway from the east end of the island to the rest of Bermuda was also to be closed. The last plane to leave was a British Airways flight

bound for London, which departed three hours earlier than usual. Aboard was Jane Royden, 47, and her husband, both from Birmingham, England. “We are quite relieved to be leaving and concerned for the safety of the island and everyone here,” said Royden, who cut her two-week vacation short by a week. Traveller’s Boat Works marina was running out of space for all the vessels whose owners wanted them out of the water, and arranged to turn a nearby church parking lot into a makeshift boat yard. “They pushed the panic button basically between Thursday night and yesterday,” said marina operator Kristy Roberts. “I had maybe 20 boats to mess with, now I’m up to possibly 40 ... and I think it’s going to go well over that.” Bistro at The Beach, a popular bar and restaurant in Hamilton, reported a busy Friday night ahead of the storm. “I guess people are making the most of getting out and partying,” manager Duncan Adams said. “They’re going to be cooped up in their homes from today.” In 2003, Hurricane Fabian killed four people when it hit Bermuda as a Category 3 hurricane. —AP

Gunmen kidnap 9 Mexican state lawmen, 2 found dead Officers seized by unknown gang of gunmen ACAPULCO: Gunmen kidnapped nine police officers investigating a death in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, and the bodies of tw o of the law men w ere found later, authorities said Saturday. Fernando Monreal Leyva, director of the State Investigative Police, said one of his agency’s commanders and

ATACAMA: A woman passes by a poster with the pictures of the 33 miners trapped yesterday at San Jose mine, near Copiapo, 800 km (500 miles) north of Santiago. — AFP

Chile celebrates bicentennial with miners’ fate in focus SANTIAGO: Chile marked 200 years of independence Saturday, with the nation’s attention split between official celebrations and the fate of 33 men trapped deep inside an underground mine since August 5. The South American economic powerhouse with a population of 17 million is in many ways still consolidating its democracy following the 1973-1990 dictatorship of the late general Augusto Pinochet. This year Chile has seen a transition from leftist governments to the first right-wing administration since 1990, which took place just days after a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake-the fifth most powerful on record-that devastated the south-central coastal region. The quake caused an estimated 30 billion dollars in damage and unleashed a tsunami that killed more than 500 people. Chileans rallied in the days after and in an outburst of patriotism raised millions of dollars for quake victims. “This bicentennial finds the country ... recovering from the earthquake, with a consolidated democracy, but with the pending debt to incorporate the indigenous people,” sociologist Eugenio Tironi told AFP. At a special mass with the country’s leaders in the main cathedral in Santiago, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz made reference to the country’s ill treatment of its Mapuche indigenous minority. There are some 600,000 Mapuches in Chile living mainly in the southern Araucania region, some 650 kilometers (400 miles) south of Santiago. Thirty-four of them-all but two of whom are jailed-have been on a hunger strike for more than two months demanding that the government strike down anti-terrorist laws they say have been applied unfairly to their claim to ancestral lands. The activists, who claim they are political prisoners, are also demanding the return of ancestral land lost in a 19th century military conflict that has since been split up among ranch-holders and lumber or farm companies. On Saturday a small march of Mapuches ended in three arrests in the southern city of Puerto Montt. “We are profoundly worried about the hunger strike of our Mapuche brothers,” Errazuriz

said, urging the activists and the government to begin “a generous and visionary dialogue.” The Catholic Church has offered to mediate in the conflict. In a surprise move, President Sebastian Pinera announced a four billion dollar investment Saturday in the Araucania region for schools, hospitals, and “creating work opportunities.” The announcement comes ahead of talks with Mapuche community leaders next week. Pinera however would rather focus on the plight of the miners, who became instant national heroes when they were found alive trapped 700 meters (2,300 feet) below the surface on August 22. The president announced that he would visit the mine yesterday along with Chilean novelist Isabel Allende. Rescuers are in touch with the miners via a narrow shaft which is also used to send supplies. Despite two separate bore holes, and a third one set to begin early yesterday, rescuers do not expect to have them out before Christmas. “We would have liked to have had them here” for the bicentennial events, Pinera said. He said that the operation to rescue them will be called Prophet Jonah-named after the Old Testament prophet swallowed by a whale. Jonah “was rescued from the belly of a whale, and they will be rescued from the belly of a mountain,” Pinera said. The trapped miners sang the national anthem in unison with their compatriots across the nation at noon Saturday to mark bicentennial anniversary. The miners’ family members hoisted a Chilean flag signed by each of the workers in an emotional ceremony at a camp near the entrance to the San Jose mine, whose entrance caved in on August 5. Bicentennial ceremonies were kicked off with a light show in Santiago late Thursday, and will include a naval review in the port city of Valparaiso today. Pinera and the country’s four living ex-presidents unveiled an enormous flag on a 61 meter (200 foot) mast to fly outside the La Moneda presidential palace on Friday. Pinera is hosting Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo over the weekend for bicentennial events. —AFP

Searchers found the bodies of two officers near El Revelado, the community where the police group was kidnapped, Monreal said. He said the Mexican army was helping police search for the other missing officers. Several drug gangs are battling for control of smuggling routes in Guerrero state. In another part of Guerrero, unidentified men traveling in two vehicles threw two human heads into a refreshment stand in Coyuca de Catalan, state police said. One of the heads was blindfolded with duct tape. Monreal said the incident was not connected to the kidnapping of his officers. Authorities in Ciudad Juarez, a northern border city gripped by drug violence, said police arrested two alleged leaders of the Aztecs gang linked to at least 10 murders, including the killing of a federal police officer last month. The detainees were identified as Gonzalo Dominguez Sanchez, known as “El Chore,” and Eduardo Rocha, alias “El Dienton,” both 29. Federal police said Dominguez was the successor to alleged Aztecs leader Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo, “El Camello,” who was arrested July 2. Rocha was described as the gang’s second in command. Federal police said the men were caught with an AR-15 rifle, two loaded pistols and more than 1.6 kilograms of cocaine. In northeastern Mexico, troops killed three suspected drug cartel gunmen in a gunbattle and also freed a kidnap victim near the industrial city of Monterrey, the Defense Department said Saturday. A military statement said soldiers responding to an anonymous tip in the town of Mina, in Nuevo Leon state, were fired on by three gunmen travelling in an SUV with Texas license plates Friday afternoon. The three attackers were killed, and troops recovered three rifles, two grenades, 475 bullets and four military-style uniforms, the army said. Later Friday, soldiers came across an SUV that had crashed against the wall of a bridge in the town of Sabinas Hidalgo, also in Nuevo Leon, the press release continued. Soldiers found a man with a bulletproof jacket inside the vehicle, along with an AK-47 rifle and three ammunition clips. The man allegedly refused to identify himself and was detained. Another person in the car was believed to have been kidnapped and was released by the troops. Nuevo Leon has seen a surge in drug violence since the Zetas gang split with its former employer, the Gulf cartel. Across Mexico, druggang violence has claimed more than 28,000 lives since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office and deployed thousands of troops and federal police to crack down on the cartels. — AP

a team of eight agents had gone to identify and recover a body in a northern part of the state Friday. He said contact w as lost w ith the group that afternoon, and officials learned the officers had been seized by an unknow n gang of gunmen.

CIUDAD JUAREZ: Relatives and friends of newspaper photographer Carlos Santiago stand over his coffin during his wake in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Saturday. —AP

Chavez wants big majority in Venezuela assembly vote CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez exhorted supporters to treat next Sunday’s parliamentary vote as a “battle” for the two-thirds majority needed so his government can push on unimpeded with socialist reforms. Venezuela’s opposition boycotted the last National Assembly vote in 2005, meaning Chavez has had legislative carte blanche for nationalizations and other policies of his self-styled “revolution” in the South American oil producer. Opposition parties have changed tactics this time, however, uniting under the umbrella Democratic Unity grouping. Polls show they are within a few percentage points of the ruling Socialist Party, benefiting from discontent with crime, economic recession, high inflation and some weariness with Chavez’s authoritarian style after 11 years in power. But electoral rules favor the government, many Chavez supporters still regard him as a messiah for the poor, and the provision of free education and healthcare is a vote-winner. So analysts expect Chavez to keep a majority but are less sure whether the government and allies can win two-thirds. “No less than two-thirds of the assembly,” Chavez declared as the government’s goal, dedicating his regular Sunday column

“The Lines of Chavez” to electoral tactics. “Thus we ensure continued peaceful, democratic transition of our Venezuela towards socialism, in line with the positions of Christ the Redeemer and the noble aims of Simon Bolivar.” As well as mentioning Jesus and Venezuela’s independence hero Bolivar, Chavez also quoted Napoleon’s military strategy in a series of detailed instructions to supporters, including specific times to concentrate efforts getting the vote out. The government needs at least two-thirds,

or 110 of the 165 seats in the assembly, to pass major legislation such as local government shake-ups or more nationalizations. Chavez does, though, have the option of using fast-track decree powers to bypass parliament, but for that he would need the support of three-fifths, or 99, of the lawmakers. Opposition political parties say Chavez is wrecking Venezuela’s economy, repressing opponents and imposing another failed model, Cuba, on an unwilling population. Their pre-election adverts figure prominently images of

Fidel Castro. As is customary, Chavez, who has taken on the former Cuban president’s mantle as Washington’s most ferocious critic in Latin America, also alleged a US agenda against him. “The imperial forces, in their aim of winning back control of Venezuela and converting our fatherland into a gringo colony once more, have launched their offensive to try and take the National Assembly with their lackeys,” he said. “We are soldiers in a battle ... the final offensive.” —Reuters

Canadian convicted of lying in Air India case VANCOUVER: A Canadian man who admitted helping make the bomb that destroyed Air India Flight 182 was found guilty of perjury on Saturday during the trial of two other men accused of history’s deadliest airline bombing. Inderjit Singh Reyat sat passively in the prisoner’s box as the jury in Vancouver delivered its verdict after more than two days of deliberations. He later gave a short wave to family members as he was escorted from the courtroom into custody. Reyat was convicted of lying in the trial of two other Canadian men charged with murder for bombing Air India Flight 182, which exploded over the Atlantic Ocean in 1985, killing 329 people. Prosecutors subpoenaed Reyat as a witness in 2003 after he had pleaded guilty to reduced charges of helping make the bomb at his home in Duncan, British Columbia on Canada’s Pacific coast. On the witness stand, Reyat, 58, denied

knowing what the bomb was to be used for, who organized the plot, or ever asking the name of a man who spent a week at his home completing construction of the explosive device. The other men accused in the case, Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajiab Singh Bagri, were both acquitted of murder. The judge who acquitted them called Reyat an “unmitigated liar” but said Reyat’s testimony was not the major factor in his decision. Prosecutors say Reyat who was born in India and holds both British and Canadian citizenship, tried to mislead the court. He denied that, and said his testimony reflected his poor English-language skills. His attorneys argued that as a lowlevel “soldier” in the plot, Reyat would not have asked questions of its leaders. Canadian and Indian police have long alleged the bombing was conducted by Sikh extremists living in western Canada as revenge on India for its deadly storming of Sikhism’s Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984. —Reuters



Monday, September 20, 2010

China suspends senior bilateral exchanges with Japan BEIJING: China yesterday said it had suspended senior bilateral exchanges with Japan over an incident in disputed waters and warned relations with Tokyo had been "severely hurt". The announcement comes after a Japanese court authorized prosecutors to extend by 10 days the detention of a Chinese captain accused of ramming his trawler against Japanese patrol boats in the East China Sea. It also comes as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his counterpart Naoto Kan prepare to fly to New York to attend a UN gathering where they will meet US President

Barack Obama in separate talks. "China has already suspended bilateral exchanges at and above the provincial or ministerial levels," the official Xinhua news agency quoted the foreign ministry as saying yesterday. Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu threatened Japan with "strong counter-measures" if the captain was not released. According to Xinhua, China has also halted contact with Japan on increasing civil flights between the two countries, adding a meeting on coal has also been postponed. Japanese authorities arrested Zhan Qixiong, the Chinese captain, on September 8, but they have since

released his crew and boat. Zhan's initial detention on suspicion of obstructing official duties had been set to end yesterday. The incident took place near the disputed Diaoyu islands-called Senkaku in Japan and also claimed by Taiwan-which lie in an area with rich fishing grounds that is also believed to contain oil and gas deposits. China has already summoned Japan's ambassador five times and scrapped scheduled talks over joint energy exploration in the East China Sea, in what has become the worst diplomatic row in years between Beijing and Tokyo.

Ma yesterday reiterated Beijing's stance that the detention was "illegal and pointless." Xinhua quoted the foreign ministry as saying relations with Japan had been "severely hurt". "We ask Japan to immediately and unconditionally release the Chinese captain," Ma said in a statement. The incident has sparked resentment among the Chinese public, which still has strong feelings about atrocities committed by Japanese forces when they occupied swathes of northern China before and during World War II. On Saturday, the anniversary of Japan's

1932 invasion of Manchuria, protesters rallied in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, although the demonstrations were relatively small, short and non-violent. Security was still tight in the area around the Japanese embassy in Beijing, in possible anticipation of fresh protests. Earlier yesterday, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara tried to ease the impact of the incident, saying that China had helped restrain the demonstrations, which he called "sporadic protest activities". "I think the Chinese government has made considerable efforts to restrain them,"

he said in a televised talk show. "In this sense, it is imperative for both sides to deal with the matter in a level-headed manner." He also described the collision as "gu-hatsuteki"-a Japanese word which could be translated as incidental or unforeseen. The expression was apparently softer than Tokyo's earlier position that the captain intentionally rammed the Japanese vessels during a high-seas chase on September 7. Tokyo has warned its citizens in China to remain vigilant to ensure their safety in the event of any backlash over the dispute. — AFP

Thailand's Red Shirts mark coup anniversary First major demonstration since May's deadly military crackdown BANGKOK: Thousands of anti-government "Red Shirt" protesters defied an ongoing state of emergency in Thailand's capital yesterday to stage their first major demonstration since their street protests were ended by a deadly military crackdown in May. The activities marked the fourth anniversary of a 2006 military coup that toppled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The Red Shirts include many Thaksin supporters as well as activists opposed to the military's interference in politics. Thousands of people gathered yesterday at Bangkok's Rajprasong intersection, a glitzy shopping district that was occupied by the group from April to May. The crowd, exuberant but peaceful, spilled into the street and snarled traffic, while hundreds of police stood by in case of trouble. "This showed that a large number of Red Shirt people, despite the emergency decree being in effect, are still passionate and want to express their feelings," said Sombat Boonngamanong, a Red Shirt organizer. The Red Shirt protests earlier this year, which demanded that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva call early elections, deteriorated into violence that turned many parts of Bangkok into a virtual war zone, leaving about 90 people dead and more than 1,400 hurt, mostly demonstrators. When troops moved in with live ammunition to clear the demonstrators on May 19, exactly four months ago, hardcore protesters set fire to almost three dozen buildings around Bangkok, including the country's biggest luxury shopping mall and the stock exchange. Most top Red Shirt leaders were detained. Bangkok remains under a state of emergency imposed in April that gives the military CHIANG MAI: Anti-government, or Red Shirt, protesters stage a mock crushing of demonstrators by broad powers, and soldiers have been deployed at key locations Thai soldiers during a rally in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand yesterday. — AP over the past two weeks as the government warned of possible violence around the coup anniversary. Yesterday's protesters shouted "People died here" and "Abhisit, get out" before the demonstration culminated in the lighting of candles and release of balloons to honor those who died in the earlier protests. Among those SEOUL: A rare meeting of North Korea's has not yet got under way. The North's Un as heir apparent in an official document. taking part was Boonchuai The Workers' Party of Korea used the docruling party expected to pave the way for media has cited no reason for the delay. Rumpai, 58, a housewife from South Korean reports said North Korea ument to educate rank-and-file members an eventual leadership succession will be Ayutthaya who participated in held later this month after an unexplained has told international agencies that the del- in August, the newspaper reported. the previous demonstrations. The daily said it had seen photographs delay, state media indicated yesterday. egates' meeting was postponed due to "I want democracy back. I Performances by artistic troupes and mili- damage from floods in August and a showing parts of the document, which it want new elections," she said. tary bands in August had "boosted the typhoon which reportedly killed dozens in added was circulated by senior officials in But one thing that has changed, mood for September when the historic the North. The elder Kim, 68, has report- the party's central Pyongyang chapter. she said, is "I don't want to see The text said Jong-Un had "received a party delegates' meeting takes place", the edly been speeding up succession planning any more coffins." "We have communist party newspaper Rodong since he suffered a stroke in August 2008. revolutionary education and influence from learned our lessons and we Analysts say the conference will likely pro- the beloved supreme commander (Kim Sinmun said. must bring ourselves out of this The paper's comments were carried on mote supporters of the dynastic power Jong-Il) and his respected mother to equip shadow," said Sombat, referring the North's official Uriminzokkiri website. transfer, which would be the second since himself with the dignity and qualities necto the violence that marred the The conference-the biggest political gath- Kim took over from his late father Kim Il- essary for a great successor to the Songun earlier protests. (military-first) revolution", according to the ering for 30 years is expected to put a new Sung. Thaksin was ousted by the They say Jong-Un, who is believed aged daily. It added that Kim Jong-Il had put his leadership line-up in place, spell out possiSept. 19, 2006, coup after being ble policy shifts and pave the way for an around 27, may be given a mid-level party heart into giving his son the "qualities of an accused of corruption and disreeventual power transfer from leader Kim post. Japan's Tokyo Shimbun newspaper, all-conquering great commander and an spect to Thailand's constituJong-Il to his youngest son Jong-Un. It was quoting North Korean sources, said yester- outstanding statesman excellent both in tional monarch, King Bhumibol slated for the first half of September but day the communist party has named Jong- the arts of pen and sword". — AFP Adulyadej. The army acted after a series of protests and court rulings nearly paralyzed Thaksin's ability to govern. Although the coup was supposed to restore stability, it MANILA: Philippine troops accused of helping kidnap three prompted Washington to tary says.Meanwhile, dozens of instead sharply polarized socieclashed with Abu Sayyaf gun- American and 17 mostly deploy hundreds of troops to rebels from a larger Muslim ty. men in a southern coastal vil- Chinese Filipino tourists in southern Mindanao region, rebel group, the Moro Islamic Many of Thaksin's supportlage yesterday and killed a May 2001 from the Dos Palmas where they have been training Liberation Front, attacked a vilers come from the rural poor long-wanted militant who resort in western Palawan Philippine troops and sharing lage in Basilan's Lamitan town who benefited from his social intelligence. US military per- yesterday, killing one villager helped in the 2001 kidnapping province. welfare policies and remain bitHunted by hundreds of sonnel are not allowed to and wounding another, police of three American and 17 ter over his ouster through Filipino tourists and the troops, the militants brought engage in combat in the said. A rebel commander, Hud undemocratic means. Many of Limaya, led the attack to takeover of a hospital, the mili- their captives by speedboat to Philippines. his opponents, including memAlthough the government avenge the recent killing of his tary said. Abdukarim Sali was Basilan, where they took over a bers of the urban middle class killed before dawn in a clash hospital in Lamitan town to claims to have crippled Abu relative by a clan based in the and elite, see him as a threat to with troops and police in steal medicine and snatch a hos- Sayyaf after years of offen- town, police and military offidemocracy and view his popLower Mangas village on pital staff member and two sives, the group remains a cials said. The rebels withdrew ulist brand of politics as a danBasilan island's Lantawan nurses. American missionary major security threat. It held when army troops were ger to their own privileges. township — a stronghold of the Gracia Burnham survived the three Red Cross workers and deployed to contain the vioIn 2008, Thaksin opponents Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, jungle captivity, but husband several other hostages last lence. seized the prime minister's At least three Muslim rebel regional military commander Martin and one of the Filipino year, attacked troops and blew offices for three months and groups are actively operating in Lt. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino nurses were killed in an army up bridges. occupied Bangkok's two airA roadside bomb in the south, along with members commando rescue in 2002. The said. ports for a week to try to force The other militants fled, third American, Guillermo September killed two US sol- of the Indonesia-based Jemaah a pro-Thaksin government out leaving behind Sali's body, an Sobero, was beheaded by the diers. The militants, who have Islamiyah militant network, of office. government received Al-Qaeda training and complicating M16 rifle and grenade launcher, militants. The Red Shirts allege that The other hostages were funds in the past, have efforts to curb violence and ammunition and cell phones. military and parliamentary The government offered a freed separately, reportedly remained without a central introduce development in maneuvering unfairly brought $7,700 bounty for the capture after ransom payments. The leader following the killings of some of the country's poorest Abhisit to power in December or death of Sali, who has been kidnappings and violence its top commanders, the mili- regions. — AP 2008. — AP

North Korea may hold rare party meeting this month

Philippine troops kill Abu Sayyaf militant

YANGON: A candidate (name unavailable) for Myanmar's National Democratic Force (NDF) points at a party sample ballot at the party office in Yangon on Saturday. — AFP

Suu Kyi's party warned over election criticism YANGON: Myanmar's state-controlled media warned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's disbanded party yesterday that criticism of controversial upcoming elections could lead to long jail terms. A commentary in the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said criticizing the Election Commission for having dissolved the party was "an irresponsible act and could cause misunderstanding among the public." The commission is overseeing Nov 7 general elections, the first in the military-ruled country in 20 years. Under new election laws, any party that does not register for the balloting is automatically dissolved. The laws also prohibit Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, from running or even remaining a member of her own party. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has decided to boycott the elections, calling them undemocratic and unfair. The NLD overwhelmingly won the last elections in 1990, but the military refused to relinquish power. The commentary did not specifically name the NLD, but said "an old party that has been dissolved automatically in according with the existing law is inciting the people to boycott the elections." It warned that a 1996 law provides for

five to 20 years in prison for anyone who makes statements that "undermine the stability of the state, community peace and tranquility and prevalence of law and order." Suu Kyi, who has been detained for about 14 of the past 20 years, has said the Election Commission has no authority to dissolve parties registered under a 1988 registration law. She also has said that people have the right not to vote, and told supporters that they could refrain from voting since her party is boycotting the elections. Nyan Win, an NLD spokesman and Suu Kyi's lawyer, said she plans to file a lawsuit contesting the party's dissolution. The commission announced last week that 37 political parties will contest the elections. It said five existing parties, including the NLD and the party that came in second in the 1990 polls — the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy — had been dissolved because they had failed to reregister. The commentary said that "inciting the people to protest the elections and not to cast votes ... amounts to violation of the election law" and is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of 100,000 kyats ($100). — AFP

Powerful typhoon lashes Taiwan TAIPEI: Typhoon Fanapi churned towards mainland China after it pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and torrential rains, leaving dozens of people hurt, sparking landslides and gridlocking traffic. The typhoon that packed gusts of up to 155 kilometres (97 miles) an hour was moving west towards the mainland at 20 kilometres an hour and as of 6:30pm (1030 GMT), its centre was in the Taiwan Strait, the Central Weather Bureau said. "Although hampered by high mountains and the momentum of the typhoon has been slowing down, Fanapi may still introduce strong winds to the coastal areas," Hsieh Ming-chang, a senior official of the bureau, told reporters. In southeastern China, authorities were on high alert after the national meteorological centre warned that Fanapi was expected to hit the coastal areas of Guangdong and Fujian provinces today after its passage through Taiwan. Typhoon Fanapi made landfall at 8:40 am near Taiwan's east coast city of Hualien, packing gusts of up to 220 kilometers an hour after picking up speed, the bureau said. The typhoon caused 66 injuries, with some people blown over by

gales or knocked from motorcycles. Several other people were hit by flying debris, the National Fire Agency said. TV footage from Hualien showed lines of fallen trees, several houses with their roofs ripped off and an upturned lorry. "Over the past three hours, the winds have slightly slowed after the typhoon was hampered by the high mountains," an official with the bureau said. The weather bureau warned that the storm may bring more torrential rain and had already set off dozens of landslides. "People should take precaution against possible flash flooding and avoid low-lying areas," Hsieh said. Typhoon Fanapi has dumped more than 500 millimetres (20 inches) of rain on some parts of the island, the bureau said. Memories are still raw in Taiwan of the onslaught of Typhoon Morakot in 2009, which left more than 700 people dead or missing in one of the island's worst natural disasters. President Ma Ying-jeou and his administration came in for criticism after Morakot for reacting too late. Authorities appear determined to take a more proactive approach this time, with Ma presiding over a video conference

with local officials yesterday, urging measures to prevent major damage from the typhoon, whose name means "small atoll islands" in Micronesian. High-speed rail services were interrupted and partially resumed while all domestic and five international flights were called off. A spokeswoman for Airport Authority Hong Kong said 22 flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan have been cancelled while another 16 were delayed because of the typhoon. The National Fire Agency said more than 6,000 people had been evacuated from mountainous areas. Taiwan's defense forces deployed armored personnel carriers for duty in case of floods and other emergencies, television footage showed. The typhoon also brought an abrupt halt to the inaugural Yeangder Tournament Players Championship golf tournament with Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant declared the winner after 54 holes. The Yeangder TPC is the second event on the Asian Tour schedule to be reduced to 54 holes, after bad weather also struck the Ballantine's Championship in Korea this season. — AFP

KAOHSIUNG: Cars and motorcycles pass through a flooded street in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, as Typhoon Fanapi hit the area yesterday. — AP



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US missile strike kills 5 militants in Pakistan MIR ALI: A suspected US drone fired three missiles at a house in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing five alleged militants in the 14th such attack this month, the most intense barrage since the strikes began in 2004, said intelligence officials. The house belonged to a local militant and was located in Datta Khel, a town in the North Waziristan tribal area that is controlled by militants who regularly launch cross-border attacks against NATO troops in Afghanistan, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media.

The exact identities of the militants were not known. But US and Pakistani intelligence officials have said most of this month’s strikes have targeted forces led by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a commander who was once supported by Pakistan and the US during the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Haqqani has since turned against the US, and American military officials have said his network presents the greatest threat to foreign forces in Afghanistan. The US has pressured Pakistan to launch a military offensive against the network, but Pakistani officials have

pushed back , a move that many analysts believe is driven by their desire to maintain their historical relationship with the group, which could be an ally in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw. Without a Pakistani offensive, the US has had to rely on CIA-operated drone strikes to target the network, which is based in North Waziristan and adjacent areas in Afghanistan. Including yesterday’s attack, fourteen missile strikes have killed more than 65 people since Sept. 2, according to an Associated Press tally based on

Pakistani intelligence officials’ reports. Many have struck in and around Datta Khel, which has a population of about 40,000 people and sits on a strategically vital road to the Afghan border. US officials do not publicly acknowledge the missile strikes but have said privately that they have killed several senior Taleban and Al-Qaeda militants and scores of foot soldiers in the region that is largely out of the control of the Pakistani state. Pakistani officials often criticize the strikes as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, but the government

is widely believed to help the US carry out the attacks and criticism has been more muted in recent months. US forces began targeting Pakistan’s tribal regions with aerial drones in 2004, but the number of strikes soared in 2008 and has been steadily climbing since then, with nearly 70 attacks this year, according to an AP tally. Until now, the highest number of airstrikes inside Pakistan in a single month had been the 11 launched in January 2010 after a suicide bomber killed a Jordanian intelligence officer and seven CIA employees at a base in Afghanistan. — AP

Deaths come ahead of high-level political delegation visit

Three more protesters die in Indian Kashmir SRINAGAR: Three more protesters died yesterday in Indian-administered Kashmir, sparking a new cycle of demonstrations against rule from New Delhi and the tactics of the security forces. The protesters died in tw o separate hospitals after being injured last w eek in clashes w ith armed security forces in the disputed Himalayan region, w here protests began in J une and have escalated in the past w eek. Thirty-four civilians have

COLOMBO: Anoma Fonseka, wife of former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka, speaks to the press in Colombo yesterday. — AFP

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief vows to fight back from jail COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka yesterday rejected his conviction at a court martial and said he would fight against a proposed three-year jail term. Fonseka, in a statement released through his democratic National Alliance (DNA) party, said he did not accept Friday’s verdict in a court martial which held he was guilty of corruption in defence procurement deals. DNA spokesman Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the party rejected the court martial process as seriously flawed and would make a formal appeal to the civilian Court of Appeal “as a matter of routine”. “There is no justice in the country and we can’t have any faith in the judiciary, but we will make a formal appeal as a matter of routine,” Dissanayake told reporters in Colombo. The military tribunal recommended that Fonseka be jailed for three years, a decision that is widely expected to be ratified by President Mahinda Rajapakse on his return from New York later this month. Fonseka, 59, who became a national hero after leading the military to victory over ethnic Tamil separatists in May last year, fell out with Rajapakse and unsuccessfully tried to unseat him at January polls. The culmination of the war effort last year was the killing of separatist supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and his senior military commanders in a campaign that has since been dogged by war crimes allegations. “If I am jailed for something that I did not do, I will work

with more determination than what I displayed in destroying Prabhakaran. I will work to ensure that injustice is defeated,” Fonseka said in his statement. “There will be no mercy for those who worked to tarnish my honor.” He was arrested in February and remains in military custody. Despite his detention at the naval headquarters in Colombo, the authorities have been ordered to escort him to parliament where he won a seat at April general elections. His party said they will file a formal appeal in civilian courts today against a first court martial verdict in August that stripped Fonseka of his pension and title. It held that he had dabbled in politics before he quit the army in November to challenge his former commander-in-chief Rajapakse. The two men had squabbled over who should take more credit for crushing the Tigers. A second court martial convicted him on the procurement corruption charge. He also faces civilian charges of employing army deserters, as well as revealing state secrets-offences that carry a 20year jail term. Fonseka has also angered the government by saying he would willingly testify before any international war crimes tribunal. Rajapakse has vowed to prevent any such probe. The United Nations estimates that at least 7,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed in the final months of fighting between government troops and the Tamil Tigers.— AFP

Fraud, turnout weigh on Afghanistan poll KABUL: The top United Nations diplomat in Afghanistan said yesterday it was too early to describe a parliamentary election as a success, with an expected 4,000 complaints to be heard and turnout figures not yet established. Afghan election officials declared Saturday’s result a success despite widespread reports of fraud, worryingly low voter turnout and attacks across the country that killed at least 17 people after the Taliban vowed to disrupt the poll. “I think that that is premature, with all due respect,” Staffan de Mistura, special representative for UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon told Reuters in an interview. “They have done a great job ... But I would wait to talk about success,” he said in Kabul. Election officials pored over votes yesterday but there will be a long wait before even preliminary results are declared, with ballots still to come in from remote areas and thousands of complaints expected from unsuccessful candidates. The election was being closely watched in Washington ahead of US President Barack Obama’s planned war strategy review in December, which will likely examine the pace and scale of US troop withdrawals after nine years of war. A flawed poll would weigh on Obama when his administration faces mid-term Congressional elections in November amid sagging public support for the war, with violence at its worst since the Taliban were ousted in 2001. Some areas have started sending checked ballot boxes back to Kabul, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) told Reuters, but early signs were that almost a million fewer votes were cast than in a flawed 2009 presidential poll. The IEC said on Saturday the number of Afghans who cast ballots was about 3.6 million, although de Mistura said the final figure would likely be around 4 million. The IEC has said there were 11.4 million voters but de Mistura said that number only represented the number of ballot papers sent to polling stations and that the real number of eligible voters was probably closer to 10.5 million. The Taliban twice threatened to disrupt the election and warned voters to stay away. Their threat seemed to have some impact on turnout, with nervous voters staying at home after the hardline Islamists launched scores of attacks across the country. —Reuters

The deaths come ahead of a visit by a high-level political delegation, headed by Home Minister P. Chidambaram, that is set to arrive in the region today. The fact-finding mission, the first major initiative by the government to try to defuse tensions, suffered a setback when the separatist leading the demonstrations, Syed Ali Geelani, said he would not cooperate. The government has admitted it is struggling to respond to the outpouring of anger, but it is reluctant to demilitarize or relax stringent security measures that are deeply resented by Kashmiris. India is committed to dialogue with peaceful groups, but has ruled out granting Kashmir independence and is seen as wary of granting any meaningful political autonomy. “Today’s protesters are a very different group of young men, women and, in some cases, children,” Chidambaram told the Hindustan Times yesterday. “We do need to recognize this. “The protests are certainly more widespread and there is significant alienation.” Senior Congress figure Pawan Kumar Bansal, one of those in the delegation, downplayed the chances of a breakthrough. “It is part of a long-drawn process which we have to carry out,” he said. “Reaching out to people is a must.” India has an estimated 500,000 troops in the small disputed territory, which is split into Indian- and Pakistani-administered parts. The Indian area has been in the grip of a separatist insurgency for the last 20 years. Both India and Pakistan claim the mountainous region in full, and the territory has been the cause of two of the three wars the countries have fought since independence from Britain more than half a century ago. Since protests began in June, the Indian part of Kashmir has been paralyzed by demonstrations, strikes and strict curfews imposed to try to stem the unrest. Security forces have repeatedly been pelted with stones and opened fire on demonstrators. Authorities briefly relaxed a curfew on Saturday that had been in place for almost a week, allowing locals to stock up on food and medicine which had been running low. Yesterday, police once again sealed off neighborhoods with barbed wire and asked residents to stay indoors. “Anyone violating the curfew will be dealt with sternly,” said announcements made through loudspeakers fitted to police vehicles in the region’s main town of Srinagar. Army soldiers have been positioned on the road from the airport since Friday. In Srinagar’s main hospital, doctors said that medicines were in short supply because the curfew had made restocking impossible. Many people pleaded with security forces to be allowed to go home to fetch medicine for patients. Pakistan accused India on Friday of “brutality” over its crackdown on demonstrators. The criticism drew a stinging response from India, which accused Pakistan of interference in its internal affairs. A recent poll found twothirds of Kashmiris wanted independence.— AFP

been killed in the last w eek, w ith a total of 105 protesters and bystanders dead-most of them young men and teenagers-in more than three months of unrest. Hundreds poured onto the streets yesterday, holding noisy anti-India and pro-independence demonstrations, according to residents reached by phone in Baramulla, Pulw ama and Anantnag, the home districts of the latest victims.

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri Muslims pray by the body of Fayaz Ahmed during his funeral procession in Srinagar, India on Saturday. — AP

UN gathers pledges for two billion dollar Pakistan appeal UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations gathered new aid pledges for the Pakistan flood disaster yesterday after making a record two billion dollar appeal to feed millions of victims. Twenty-five top ministers, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gathered in New York ahead of the UN summit this week, to discuss the new crisis in Pakistan. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called the floods “the worst natural disaster the United Nations has responded to in its 65-year history.” Norway more than tripled its emergency aid to Pakistan to 66 million dollars yesterday. “The situation is still highly critical for nine million people. We must now show our solidarity with the flood victims,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store, who is in New York. Norway had already pledged 115 million kroner to the earlier Pakistan appeal and upped this to 400 million kroner (66 million dollars). India has made an immediate 25 million dollar contribution to its rival neighbor as soon as the appeal was made on Friday. The main world powers have held back from announcing their response to the record UN appeal though. The floods, caused by weeks of torrential rain have killed

more than 1,700 people, according to an official toll, but the UN said the massive surge has exposed more than 20 million people to homelessness, malnutrition, risks of epidemics and loss of livelihood. UN officials have compared the disaster to the Haiti earthquake and 2004 Asian tsunami even though the death toll is significantly lower. The UN said money was needed to buy food, set up emergency camps, rebuild agriculture and villages which have seen drinking water and sanitation wiped out. The flood water is still moving from the north of Pakistan to southern provinces causing huge new emergencies. Agencies have warned of a looming health crisis with 709,000 cases of acute diarrhea, almost one million cases of skin disease, more than 800,000 cases of acute respiratory infections and hundreds of thousands of cases of malaria and dengue fever that are spread by mosquitoes. “We simply cannot stand by and watch the immense suffering in a disaster of this scale,” said Valerie Amos, the UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, announcing the mega-appeal. The

more than two billion dollars requested by 15 UN bodies will be used to help 14 million people over the next 12 months, the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. The previous record emergency appeal made by the UN was the 1.5 billion dollars sought after the Haiti earthquake in January. Eleven billion dollars has been sought in humanitarian appeals this year, which the UN said was the most since they started in 1991. The UN launched an appeal for 460 million dollars for Pakistan on August 11 and this is now 80 percent funded, officials said. The new appeal includes this sum. The floods have affected more than 10 percent of Pakistan’s population spread over an area bigger than 160,000 square kilometers (62,000 square miles). Some 1.9 million homes have been damaged or destroyed. The UN secretary general and Pakistan Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will co-chair yesterday’s meeting at the UN headquarters. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Britain’s International Development Minister Andrew Mitchell will also be present. — AFP

Blast kills at least six children in Afghanistan

NANGARHAR: Afghan villagers bury seven of their people after NATO forces launched an attack in the village of Khogyani, in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province yesterday. — AP

KUNDUZ: At least six children were killed when a rocket exploded in a village yesterday in northern Kunduz province, a provincial official and the Afghan interior ministry said. The incident happened in Ali Abad district of Kunduz, which took the brunt of attacks by the Taliban insurgents on Saturday when the militants fired rockets as part of an effort to disrupt the parliamentary poll in many parts of the country. Habibullah Mohtashim, the district chief of Ali Abad, said eight children were killed while playing with a rocket round left lying on the ground. “Seven died on the spot and the other one passed away while being taken for treatment,” Mohtashim said. Mohtashim said the rocket may have been fired by the Taliban on Saturday and did not explode, or was placed for a planned attack which never happened. The interior ministry said six children had been killed and that the rocket had been fired by insurgents yesterday. The reason for the discrepancy was not clear. Unexploded ordnance and mines, a legacy of the three decades of war triggered by the former Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, have killed or maimed thousands of Afghans. More than 650 sq km (250 sq mile) of Afghan territory are still considered active minefields, and more than 11,000 anti-personnel mines and 380,000 other explosive remnants were cleared in the first five months of this year, the UN has said. While demining agencies routinely struggle to clear the past threats, new explosives and ordnance used by NATO forces, Afghan troops and the Taliban insurgents fighting them appear anew, and often harm civilians.— Reuters



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Islamophobia and a German banker By Bernd Debusmann


ow do you reconcile the traditions of many Muslim immigrants with the freedoms and values of 21st century Western Europe? It’s a question that has led to periodic outbursts of vigorous debate from France to Holland and Switzerland. In Germany, the discussion has been relatively subdued. Until now. Why? A passage in a book considered so unsettling that its author, Thilo Sarrazin, was forced to resign from the board of Germany’s central bank this month, provides part of the answer. Criticism of Islam and Muslim immigrants, he writes, is wrongly seen to “equal Islamophobia which equals racism which equals antiSemitism which equals rightwing radicalism which equals national socialism (Nazism).” In a country deeply ashamed of its 1933-1945 Nazi past, that’s enough to mute debate. Sarrazin’s book, “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germany abolishes itself), came under withering assault from Germany’s political and intellectual elite even before its publication and (judging from some of the comments) even before many of the critics waded through its 461 dense, statistics-laden pages. It is not an anti-immigration, anti-Islam tirade, it is an argument against a combination of flawed immigration and social welfare policies that, according to Sarrazin, have tended to attract a sizeable number of immigrants more interested in living off generous government handouts than in finding a place in the labour market, climbing up the economic ladder and integrating into German society. Immigrants from Muslim parts of former Yugoslavia, from Arab and North African countries and from Turkey (the largest group) “are the core of the integration problem”, Sarrazin writes, citing dismal statistics on scholastic achievement, unemployment, dependence on welfare payments, crime and reluctance to learn German, an essential step towards integration. In contrast, immigrants from Asia or India were doing particularly well in integrating and in making economic progress. Sarrazin’s arguments are part of a European backlash against multiculturalism, the notion that all cultures are equal and society is enriched by encouraging separate cultures to exist side by side rather than blending into one. The first serious critique of the concept came from the left, with an essay in 2000 by the Dutch author Paul Scheffer who said multiculturalism had blinded politicians to the fact that ethnic minorities, mainly Muslims, had higher rates of unemployment, poverty, school drop-outs and crime and that they failed to integrate. Scheffer’s controversial piece preceded the murder in 2002 of Pim Fortuyn by a

Dutchman who objected to his criticism of Muslim immigration and the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Muslim extremist. Scheffer’s essay was followed by others, outside Holland and from both sides of the political spectrum. Some political leaders agreed. Before he became Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron said multiculturalism contributed to “deliberately weakening our collective identity.” In the week the German debate over Sarrazin’s book reached a crescendo, the French parliament banned burqas and niqabs, the head-totoe robes worn by devout Muslim women. Switzerland drove another nail into the coffin of multiculturalism last year with a referendum that ended in a ban on the construction of minarets. Back to Germany, where those who rebuked Sarrazin included chancellor Angela Merkel and the head of the conservative Christian Social Union, Alexander Dobrindt, who remarked “this guy is nuts.” Embarrassingly for politicians and political commentators of all stripes, much of the citizenry disagreed. The first edition of his book was sold out nationwide within days. By mid-September, there were long queues in one of the few bookshops in central Frankfurt that had stocked ample supplies. A few days later, the publisher said the total print run would be 250,000, ten times what had been expected. A public opinion poll in September showed that 70 percent of those surveyed partly or fully agreed with Sarrazin, who is a member of the left-of-centre Social Democratic Party from which he now faces expulsion after close to 40 years of membership. Party leaders deem some of the arguments in his book racist. The front page of the German news magazine Der Spiegel carried a portrait of the bespectacled, 65-year-old exbanker with the headline “Folk Hero Sarrazin”. Sub-headline: “Why so many Germans are seduced by a provocateur.” Provocation is in the eye of the beholder and one commentator, Susanne Gaschke of the liberal weekly Die Zeit ascribed the “enthusiastic acceptance for Sarrazin’s belated taboo-breaking” to a retroactive settling of accounts for the years in which politically correct multiculturalism made it difficult to touch the subjects he covers. One is demographics and boils down to a gloomy forecast: ethnic Germans are dying out, slowly but surely. If present trends continue, ethnic Germans will be a minority in their own country by 2100, comfortably outnumbered by Turks. Long-range demographic forecasts have to be taken with a pinch of salt but there is no dispute that Germany’s birth rate, the lowest in Europe, has fallen way below the so-called replacement rate. —Reuters

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Hey, America: I’m a Muslim, let’s talk By Mona Eltahawy


have developed an overwhelming urge to tell everyone I meet I’m a Muslim. As a Muslim woman who doesn’t wear a headscarf, I’m often mistaken for a Latina and other ethnicities that my features match. But as antiMuslim sentiment has risen across the United States, so has my urge to say: “Hey America: I’m a Muslim. Let’s talk.” That urge took me to the sidewalk in front of Park51, the proposed community centre and mosque near Ground Zero, over Labor Day Weekend. I spent four days with a small but dedicated group of sidewalk activists who for more than three weeks have stood in front of Park51 with signs reading “Peace Tolerance Love” to support its right to build. The volunteer sidewalk activists are a mix of non-Muslims and Muslims, and newly-minted activists in their 20s as well as veteran activists of their parents’ generation. We were not there to defend or speak for any of the spiritual or financial backers of Park51. We were there to defend Park51’s constitutional right to build. For me, opposition to Park51 was part of that larger pattern of anti-Muslim sentiment that had expressed opposition to several other mosque projects around the country. It was much bigger than Park51. The easiest people to deal with, for me, were what I called the “hit and runs” – passersby who thanked us or those who would hurl insults as they moved on. Those four days in front of Park51 taught me a lot. First, I learned to resist labelling as a “bigot” anyone who opposed its building. Some of those against Park51 were indeed bigots, but as my sidewalk activist friends taught me, when you call them bigots it makes them defensive and it ends up shifting the focus from the issue at hand – the

necessary discussion about Park51’s right to build – to the hurt feelings of the people you just called bigots. And that necessary discussion can bear fruit. Two women who had walked over to Park51 from a nearby protest against the centre had some questions. One wanted to know about jihad. I said I condemned all acts of violence committed in the name of any religion, including my own. After some back and forth, Meryl said we both should launch a jihad against violence in the name of any religion and asked if she could hug me. “Why aren’t there millions of Muslims like you?” she asked. “There are,” I answered. Mary wanted to know how, as a woman, I could remain a Muslim when Muslim women were treated so badly. I told her I would be lying if I denied that women in Muslimmajority countries enjoyed equal rights but also said I belonged to a movement called Musawah, which means equality and which aims for equality and justice in the Muslim family by working to remove misogynistic and male-dominated interpretations of Islam. Again, after a back-and-forth discussion, Mary hugged me too. Later, another woman asked: “Can’t you see that you’re hurting people’s feelings by building so close to Ground Zero? Think of the victims’ families.” “Can you see when you ask me a question like that you’re assuming that I had something to do with the attacks on 9/11?” I answered. “Those men were Muslim but it was 19 men. None of us here had anything to do with it.” “But would it be so hard to move it somewhere else?” “That’s a really slippery slope,” I told her. “There are mosques across the country being opposed. Where do you draw the line? Once you make Park51 move, anyone can say ‘Oh I don’t want Muslims around here. Move them.’” She too gave me a hug!

I often went home not just ready to collapse but wondering if I had at all helped to stem that wave of antiMuslim sentiment. Does talking to six or seven people change anything? One man who identified as a liberal Christian

stopped to ask general questions about Islam. He had many. After talking for about half an hour, he thanked me and said it was the best conversation he had had about the religion. So I have to believe that my “Hey America: I’m a

Muslim, let’s talk” campaign is worth it. NOTE: Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning New York-based journalist and commentator, and an international lecturer on Arab and Muslim issues — CGNews

Eid ul-Fitr and September 11 By Anisa Mehdi


very year Eid ul-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of Ramadan, happens on a different day, approximately 11 days earlier than the year before. This year, it arrived last Thursday in some parts of the world, but most of us celebrated on Friday, depending on which night the new moon was sighted by each particular community. The uncertainty surrounding which day Eid will fall upon results from Islam’s lunar calendar. The months are dictated by the cycles of the moon and there are no extra days, no shortened months and no leap years, which in the Gregorian calendar ensure that April planting takes place in the spring, October harvest in the fall, and New Year’s Day falls on Jan 1. And strange as this calendar system may seem to some, and difficult as it is to fit into our linear American lifestyle, there are still spiritual qualities to appreciate. For example, one blessing Muslims share is: “May you see Ramadan in every season of the year.” In the past dozen years, the Ramadan cycle has coincided with many major American events as well as civil and religious holidays: the Super Bowl, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, New Year’s Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Advent, Thanksgiving, All Saints’ Day, Halloween, the High Jewish holy days of Yom Kippur and - this year - Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Last year and the year before, Muslim and Jewish groups made the most of the concurrent fasting holidays - Ramadan and the 24-hour Yom Kippur fast - to show solidarity by fasting and breaking bread together through interfaith events at synagogues, mosques and community centres. Yet at the state level, beyond an annual fast-breaking iftar at the White House since 1996, there is little national recognition of this holiday, which is as significant to Muslims as Easter and Passover are to Christians and Jews. A handful of American cities close schools in observance of Eid, because of the growing number of Muslim students in their districts, but in New Jersey, like many American cities, fewer

than two per cent of public schools close for Muslim holy days. It is only because Eid comes at the same time as the Jewish New Year this year that schools will be closed in many American cities. The US State Department notes that Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States. As it grows, it is becoming increasingly important to consider the need to respect Muslim holy days in public life. As the moon moves the months of the Islamic calendar 11 days earlier each year and Ramadan shifts into the summer, the coincidence with big American holidays comes to a close for a while. But in 2016 Eid ul-Fitr will take place around the Fourth of July, and by 2020 it will be closer to Memorial Day in May. This year there’s another American day of remembrance that coincided with Eid ul-Fitr - one of grief, reflection, anger and fear: the anniversary of the events of Sept 11, 2001. This year’s Eid celebrations overlapped with memorial services for those who died. And Muslim Americans were conscious of that. As Americans they grieve. As Muslims, by and large, they feel the weight of perceived stereotypes and all too often find themselves defending Islam. Out of consideration for the solemnity of Sept 11, many Muslims decided not to hold big public Eid celebrations on the second day of the three-day feast as they typically have done in the past. The annual Muslim Family Day merriment, often scheduled the second day of Eid at amusement parks or children’s museums in some cities in the United States, was postponed until Sept 12. Ironically, the founder of Muslim Family Day, Tariq Amanullah, died in the Twin Towers on 9/11. Muslims have been part of the fabric of American society since the days of slavery; they are insiders, not outsiders. Given the accusations of Muslim insensitivity surrounding a proposed Islamic community centre in lower Manhattan, I hope this small, symbolic gesture in delaying the celebration of a major religious holiday, and Muslim Americans’ high standard for respect and patriotism, will be noted. NOTE: Anisa Mehdi is a journalist, filmmaker and 20092010 Fulbright Scholar in Jordan. —CGNews

‘Forced veiling’ debate divides Bangladeshi women By Cat Barton


hen a Bangladeshi government official told Sultana Arjuman Banu she was an “uncultured prostitute” for not wearing a burqa, the outraged headmistress took him to court. In a landmark verdict, Bangladesh’s High Court ruled that “attempts to coerce or impose a dress code on women clearly amount to a form of sexual harassment”. A woman’s right not to wear the Islamic veil has become a hot topic in Bangladesh, with three high court rulings in less than six months banning “forced veiling” in the Muslimmajority country. The veil is neither compulsory nor customary in Bangladesh but public opinion is divided on the politically charged issue, and even as the courts affirm a women’s right to go bare-headed, more women are opting to cover up. “My hijab is my freedom,” 19-year-old television presenter Fahmida Islam, who reads the news on the privately owned, conservative Diganta Channel and wears a fulllength veil, told AFP. “Bangladesh should embrace its Islamic heritage more,” she said. Bangladeshi women traditionally wear saris or salwar kameez, and the Islamic veil is a relatively new arrival which some credit to the influence of the Bangladeshi diaspora, particularly the millions of migrant workers in the Gulf. Burqa-clad women are an increasingly common sight both in the capital Dhaka and in rural areas, though Fahmida said

In a picture taken on Aug 27, 2010, Bangladeshi women wear veils as they walk through a market in Dhaka. —AFP “many people have the wrong concept of the veil, some girls wear burqas but take them off to go to parties.” The veil has become a new front in the battle - fought in the courts, in parliament and the education system - to keep the Bangladeshi state officially secular, despite the country’s predominantly conservative population. In March, the high court banned police from “hassling women” who do not wear the full-face veil after police in northern Rangpur district arrested nine teenage couples in a public park and ordered the girls to wear burqas. “A girl can only be arrested if there is a criminal case against her, not because of what she is wearing,” the

country’s deputy attorney general, Rajik Al Jalil, said at the time. In April, the court banned forced veiling of female workers after an official insulted Sultana Arjuman Banu, trying to force her and fifty other female teachers at the school in Kurigram district to wear headscarves. “How an educated man could utter the word prostitute to a headmistress of a government primary school is not comprehensible,” the court said in its ruling, before ordering the official to make an unqualified apology. Last month, the high court issued a ruling banning the imposition of any religious clothing on students, following reports that a principal at a state-run col-

lege in northern Bangladesh has forced students to wear veils. “No girl should be repressed, harassed or punished for not wearing burqa or religious attire,” education secretary Syed Ataur Rahman said in a Ministry of Education order issued to support the court verdict. “Forcing a girl to wear veil or any religious wear or barring her from sports and cultural activities will be considered an offence,” he said. Bangladesh was created as a secular democracy in 1971 after a bloody battle for independence from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. A series of constitutional amendments in the 1970s and 1980s made Islam the state religion and legalised religion-based political parties. The Awami League government, which came to power in Dec 2008 elections, is committed to protecting the secular status of the state - moving to ban religious political parties and launching an overhaul of the education system. But Bangladesh is also a deeply patriarchal society, experts say, where the idea that a woman should dress modestly to prevent sexual harassment is accepted across the social spectrum. “It is a justification often used in ordinary conversations as well as policy rhetoric -’oh, well, women really ask for it, they should be modestly dressed,’” said barrister Sara Hossain. “Ultimately, this can get pushed to an extreme where women feel safest if they are covered up,” said Hossain, a petitioner on headmistress Sultana Arjuman Banu’s case. The recent court rulings are a step

towards turning this situation around, by “creating safer, securer spaces and putting the burden on others to make sure that they don’t assault women,” Hossain said. “The rulings will give space and strength to women who do not want to observe these kind of [Islamic] dress codes or who want to be freer in the way that they want to conduct themselves,” she said. But many women, like Samia Islam who started wearing the veil a few years ago, after her husband completed the haj pilgrimage - argue the Islamic veil is the best way for women to stay safe. “When I started wearing the veil properly, it changed my experience of my own country,” Samia said, adding “irritating, insulting rough talk,” she used to hear from men had transformed into polite compliments about her veil. “Most women wear the veil because of their family - this was all me, willingly I’ve embraced the veil as a Muslim woman. I think all women should do this. It protects them from all types of unwanted attention,” she said. Mehtab Khanom, a psychologist who teaches at Dhaka University, warns the recent court rulings will have a limited impact on women’s rights. There is significant pressure on young Bangladeshi girls to dress modestly and behave politely, she said, and in the family and even in official quarters, women’s misconduct is still seen as the main driver of sexual harassment. “It is always the girls being blamed in this country,” Khanom said. —AFP


Monday, September 20, 2010


Beleaguered Sarkozy faces another tough week By Anne-Laure Mondesert lready under attack from Europe over Roma expulsions, unions over pension reform and the press over financial scandal, President Nicolas Sarkozy now faces yet another tough week. But - with his rock-bottom opinion poll ratings falling once again France’s mercurial leader appears determined to press on regardless, despite strikes, street protests and a barrage of international criticism. With less than two years to run before he must seek re-election, Sarkozy opened the newspapers Sunday to find his personal approval rating falling four points to 32 percent in an IFOP poll carried out for the Journal du Dimanche. Voters are fearful for their jobs in a weak recovery and dismayed by his moves to raise the retirement age, but Sarkozy hopes to win them back by taking a tough stance on law and order and immigration in the run-up to the vote. “Sarkozy is tempted to do just anything at all to stay in power,” complained Green Euro-MP Daniel Cohn-Bendit in an interview with Le Parisien, comparing the French leader to Italy’s rightwing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Cohn-Bendit accused the president of having made a “petty calculation”


that say they support the Roma policy to swing behind his government’s other measures as polling day approaches. That might be a tough sell, given the anger that his key reform inspires. Between one and three million marchers - depending on whether one believes police or union estimates - demonstrated in France on Sept 7 to oppose Sarkozy’s plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. The measure passed the lower house last week, amid rowdy scenes in both the chamber and on the street, but trade labour leaders have called another day of strikes and protests for Thursday this week. The French leader has made passing the unpopular measure, which he says will save France €70 billion, the touchstone of his economic reform program, designed to reduce the public deficit and reassure financial markets. But he is fighting the battles of his career with a team weakened by scandal and indecision. The labour minister promoting retirement reform, Eric Woerth, is a former ruling party treasurer implicated in several investigations surrounding the fortune of France’s richest woman, L’Oreal

that he can win in 2012 by drawing in votes from the anti-immigration farright to shore up his conservative centre-right base. “It won’t work, and the political tone is getting more harsh,” he said, warning Sarkozy’s deliberate stirring up of racial and security issues would play into the hands of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s hardline National Front. The crackdown on Roma Sarkozy has ordered police to dismantle Gypsy camps and expel foreign-born travelers certainly stirred up the political scene in Europe, triggering an ugly row at last week’s EU summit in Brussels. Sarkozy clashed privately with European Commission chairman Manuel Barroso and publicly with Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, over the charge that France’s policy was a racist throwback to World War II Nazi tactics. The spat annoyed France’s European partners, even its traditional partner Germany which was forced to deny a claim by Sarkozy that it intends to launch its own Roma round-up, but might play into his hands at home. Portraying himself as the champion of France’s wounded honour, Sarkozy hopes the narrow majority of voters

heiress Liliane Bettencourt. Woerth denies all wrongdoing, but he has been politically weakened by the scandal and could still face new embarrassing revelations as police probe an alleged web of influence-peddling and illegal party donations. The scandal has also seen Sarkozy clash with the media. Last week Le Monde threatened legal action after accusing the government of illegally ordering intelligence agents to unmask one of the daily’s anonymous sources. The Elysee has firmly denied ordering such a probe, but police confirmed that they had investigated a top official’s telephone records and found he had been in contact with the newspaper. Meanwhile, the suggestion that Sarkozy may have manipulated the work of state security agencies to serve his own political agenda triggered a new round of breathless criticism from the press and his opponents. Sarkozy’s other ministers have been scarcely less discomforted in recent months, with some facing the sack in a much-trailed reshuffle due in October. “I’ve never known, for 20 years in any case, the political scene to be as divided as it is now,” complained centrist leader and probable presidential candidate Francois Bayrou, calling on Sarkozy to settle his troops. —AFP

ANC stability shakes S Africa’s economic future By Jon Herskovitz


ome fairly safe bets in South Africa’s turbulent politics are that massive unemployment will persist, poverty will remain widespread and the ruling ANC will stay in power but do little to fix the problems. African National Congress members will debate and advocate economic, employment and welfare policies this week at one of the party’s biggest political events in years when it holds its National General Council meeting from Sept 20-24. But the ANC’s big tent structure, marked by a persistent search for consensus among a cacophony of diverging voices, almost certainly ensures it cannot advance muchneeded reforms to address the country’s most obvious problems. The combination of prolonged ANC rule and dithering on policy presents enormous risks for Africa’s largest economy. “The ANC’s inability to make policy decisions on a whole range of issues ... means that we cannot compete,” said Nic Borain, an independent political analyst. “The real debate and real democracy is within the ANC. It positions itself as the parliament of the people and there is a degree to which that is true,” he said. Despite its shortcomings, the ANC is almost certain to enjoy years, if not decades, of continued rule because of its role in bringing down apartheid, the lack of a credible opposition, consistent support among the black majority and strong fund raising. “Since 1994, the people have put the ANC in power and they will continue to do so,” President Jacob Zuma told parliament last week. Economists for years have called on the ANC to introduce reforms to add flexibility to the labour market where unemployment is officially 25 percent, but could be as high as 45 percent, according to some experts. The ANC, which is in a formal alliance with the powerful COSATU labour federation, has balked at reforms in order not to anger its union partners

who fear measures that would make it easier for employers to fire workers. As a result, since a spike in employment in the six years that followed the end of apartheid in 1994, the number of jobs in Africa’s biggest economy has hit a plateau despite annual growth of around 5 percent from 2002-2007. The workforce has grown increasingly expensive, creating a drag on the economy that limits foreign investment. The finance minister said the economy will have to grow at 7 percent per year for two decades to alleviate unemployment and poverty, a nearly impossible task, especially with the central bank seeing growth at 2.8 percent this year. The consensusbuilding policies the ANC has advanced to solve the problem include massive spending on education, which takes up about one-fifth of the budget, and on job training. But it has had trouble implementing education reforms due to the objections of teachers’ unions who are a vocal part of the ruling alliance and oppose measures that make them more accountable for the performance of their students. Factional friction has hindered the ANC in its efforts to build more housing for the poor, privatise its loss-making state-owned firms, improve public health and provide electricity to the slums. For international investors, compared to the likes of China and India, two members of the BRIC quartet of leading emerging economies, South Africa fares poorly in terms of labour costs. The average monthly salary, including overtime and benefits, is 6,400 rand ($896), according to Statistics SA. By contrast, this year the official average monthly wage for a city worker in China has been 1,783 yuan ($264) and an entry-level factory worker could be on a third of that. The benefits of ANC rule, not the least of which is stable democracy in a state once scorned as a global pariah for apartheid, have been stable monetary policy and institutional inertia that squashes populist ideas. This point should not be lost when

its communist partners want the state take over more firms and COSATU wants the central bank to ignore certain key economic indicators such as inflation when setting interest rates. The ANC has mostly kept ideologues away from economic policy and made sure the businesses that drive the

economy are not slowed down. “Because they are a big tent, it makes it difficult to achieve policy reforms that the business sector may see as necessary but there are also negative policies that can be restrained,” said Mark Schroeder, a US-based Africa specialist for global intelligence com-

pany Stratfor. Among the more populist proposals that are likely to come up at the ANC policy meeting this week are calls to weaken the rand by more than 25 percent and nationalise mines in the world’s largest platinum producer and fourth-largest gold producer. —Reuters

Obama faces imperfect poll scorecard By Andrew Beatty


ky-high unemployment will help decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies in upcoming elections, but it might be an imperfect indicator of their economic management. If past practice is any guide, sometime after breakfast on Friday Oct 8, Obama will walk out in front of the cameras and discuss one of the most important report cards of his political career. He will talk about the latest monthly unemployment report, the last before midterm elections on November 2. It will include a jobless rate that will be cited in hundreds of speeches on the campaign trail. Any number above the current rate of 9.6 percent would smooth Republicans’ path to take control of Congress, placing not just a hurdle but a full obstacle course between Obama and his policy goals. A blockbuster drop would help Obama convince voters his economic policies are working, albeit slowly, helping Democrats retain control of the Senate and even perhaps the House of Representatives. Regardless of the outcome, the figure will be seen in the White House, on Wall Street and beyond as a vital insight into the health of the world’s largest economy. But in this fraught political climate it might be given a little too much weight, economists say. “The hardest thing when you are in one of these government jobs is not to get too high or too low with any one number,” said Phillip Swagel, a former chief of staff in George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. “There is always a tendency for whatever came out five minutes ago, to think everything hangs on that. But it is just not that simple, the economy is too complicated and too noisy to hang too much on one piece of information.” While nobody argues the unemployment rate is unimportant, the October 8 figure will carry multiple footnotes. Firstly, it will nearly certainly be revised. Not all of the roughly 390,000 work-sites surveyed will have responded by the deadline - making a second and third estimate necessary. In recent times those revisions have been significant. “Employment during the recession was revised down by dramatic amounts, almost a million jobs for one particularly year,” said Zach Pandl, a US economist with Nomura.

And even without revisions the figures can be “noisy”: a public holiday, or a temporary jump in census hiring making comparison fiendishly difficult. The biggest challenge for voters may be interpreting the data, a rise in unemployment is often seen by economists as a positive sign - signaling more people are returning to the job hunt. A drop in unemployment can signal deep gloom among workers as they exit the market. In recent months seemingly bleak unemployment figures have been greeted positively by the stock market, which like the White House, has zeroed in on jobs growth in the private sector. “There are always contradictions in the data, it is really why I have a job,” joked Pandl. Even when a trend is seen over a long period experts argue unemployment should be seen in the context of other indicators. “The public at large does not have a really sophisticated view of indicators, most put much too much weight on a single one,” said former Federal Reserve governor Lyle Gramley. “The unemployment report is one of the most important in terms of understanding what is going on in the economy, but different parts of the employment report have to be interpreted differently.” The people behind the numbers admit to being amazed by how their work is received. “Sometimes I’ve seen us come out with a good report but because everyone is pessimistic it doesn’t do anything. Other times I’ve seen us come out with a bad report and it wasn’t as bad as everyone thought so the market is happy,” said Norbert Ore, who helps produce the ISM manufacturing index - a keenly watched indicator of the sector’s health. But Wall Street might still provide the single best indicator for voters trying to judge how the economy is doing, according to Nomura’s Pandl. “The markets are very smart, you have millions of people making a simultaneous consensus decision about what is important and what is not, so it is worth listening to.” That could be an intoxicating concept for the White House. Since Obama came to office the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen by around 30 percent. But with recent polls showing seven in ten Americans know at least one of the 15 million Americans who is out of work, the unemployment figure, however imperfect, will still be the most important statistic come election time. —AFP

Increasingly literate India fuels newspaper boom By Penny Macrae


hen India hosted the World Newspaper Congress last year, Indian editors and owners were a conspicuously cheerful minority at a gathering dominated by doubts over the future of newsprint. While many papers in industrialised nations have been laying off staff or folding in the face of freefalling circulation figures and competition from Internet news and television, the printed press in India is booming. A fast-expanding economy, mushrooming advertising budgets, rising disposable income and, above all, increasing literacy rates have fuelled a newspaper renaissance, with new titles and fatter editions appearing by the month. Since 2005 the number of paidfor daily newspaper titles in India has grown by 44 percent to 2,700, according to the “World Press Trends 2010” survey published by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA). That makes it the world leader ahead of the United States with 1,397 titles and China with 1,000. India also has the world’s highest paid-for daily circulation, having surpassed China for the first time in 2008. “What we have is education levels and purchasing power improving there’s a hunger among Indians to know,” Bhaskar Rao, director of

A picture taken on Sept 9, 2010 shows an Indian newspaper vendor reading a book at his roadside stand in New Delhi. —AFP New Delhi’s Centre for Media Studies, told AFP. Even with 125 million households owning a television, “TV only seems to serve as an appetizer - after watching the evening news they want to read more about the stories the next day,” Rao said. Indian newspapers are also incredibly cheap, with revenue driven by advertising rather than sales. Most have a cover price of less than four rupees (eight US cents), allowing many households to subscribe to more

than one daily. The market liberalisation of the early 1990s triggered the rapid expansion of an Indian middle class that was hungry for information and represented a boom in potential consumers as well as newspaper readers. “A race began to reach this audience,” said Robin Jeffrey, author of “India’s Newspaper Revolution.” “Advertising avenues were the prizes and these would come largely to newspapers that could convince advertisers that they had more readers than

their rivals,” Jeffrey said. India boasts the world’s largest Englishlanguage newspaper in the Times of India, with a circulation of around four million and a well-educated, affluent readership that allows it to charge ad rates more than 10 times those of Hindi and other language publications. In recent years, newspaper growth has been fuelled by increasing literacy which has opened up more markets apart from the wealthy but numerically limited urban middle-class.

According to government estimates, only 35 percent of Indians could read in 1976. The current literacy level is almost twice that and youth literacy stands at around 82 percent, meaning a massive pool of future readers. “There’s a huge hinterland that’s becoming literate and starting to read newspapers,” said Santosh Bhartia, editor of the Hindi-language weekly Chauthi Dunia which tackles such issues as slum clearances and corruption. “They want to read about themselves, their lives, how to improve themselves and they’re getting it from language newspapers which talk about local subjects and issues,” Bhartia told AFP. The clearest sign of this broadening appeal is the ascendance of the non-English press. Circulation of Hindi newspapers, for example, has risen from less than eight million in the early 1990s to more than 25 million in 2009. And circulation figures only tell half the story, as many more people read newspapers than actually buy them. In readership terms English-language newspapers are absent from the top 10 where Hindi titles, led by the 55 million readership Dainik Jagran, take the top four spots, according the WAN-IFRA survey. They are followed by Tamil, Marathi, Bengali and Telugu titles, and it’s not until 11th place is reached that the Times of India

pops up with 13.3 million readers. While such numbers are enough to make a western newspaper owner weep with envy, the statistic that really stands out is that, in a country of 1.2 billion people, only around 200 million people read a newspaper every day. “That means fundamentally there are still 800 million to 900 million people waiting to start engaging with newspapers,” said Tarun Tejpal, editor of the investigative weekly Tehelka, who aims to launch a new financial paper before the end of the year. “That’s why there is so much bullishness about newspapers and people believe there’ll be traction for newspapers for years to come,” Tejpal told AFP. For the moment, Indian newspapers are not struggling with the same competition from the Internet that has been partly blamed for falling circulation in developed countries. The cost of connections and a lack of infrastructure means Internet penetration remains low, with only 55 million Indian web users. And while there are more than 635 million mobile phone users, just 20 percent have Internet capability. “Increasing literacy is creating more demand, but many don’t have access to the Internet so they’re turning to newspapers,” said PriceWaterhouse media consultant Timmy Kandhari. —AFP


International justice is inching forward By Nicholas Rigillo


ight years since its establishment, the United Nations’ first permanent tribunal, the International Criminal Court (ICC), has yet to issue a single verdict. And this month, judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) warned that the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic could drag on into 2014, two years later than expected. But despite the snail’s pace, the international courts in The Hague still deserve support, experts told dpa. “The slow progress of the first ICC trials can seem quite disappointing,” says William R Pace of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), a civil society network. Pace notes that “the longer the trial takes, the greater the risk is that evidence fades - notably with the passing of victims - and the greater victims’ expectations can get.” However, he argues that “such a slow start was always to be expected, as complex and totally new procedures are being established, including on disclosure of evidence and the right of victims to participate in proceedings.” The chances of history repeating itself are slim: Unlike Slobodan Milosevic, the former head of Yugoslavia who died of a heart attack four years into his ICTY trial, Karadzic has been in reasonably good health since legal proceedings against him began in 2009. Nevertheless, long trials frustrate the families of the victims and are disliked by the accused, “who have the right to a speedy trial and justice in good time,” notes Richard Dicker, an international law expert at Human Rights Watch, a pressure group. The ICC’s first trial, of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga, only began in January 2009, nearly three years after his arrest. Experts agree that the sheer complexity of such trials means they require time. In the case of Milosevic, who faced 66 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the prosecution spent two years presenting evidence from nearly 300 witnesses covering three different conflicts - in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. But complexity is only part of the problem. Dicker also points his finger at the time-consuming exercise of translating every official document into French, along

with English the working language of the international courts, and the judges’ tendency to tolerate stalling tactics. One common criticism voiced during the Milosevic and Karadzic trials is that both chose to defend themselves and proceeded to waste precious time by carrying out drawn-out cross-examinations and using the tribunal as a political platform to address sympathisers back home. “You are needlessly using time making comments, asking questions that are irrelevant,” ICTY presiding judge O-Gon Kwon recently told Karadzic. Peter Robinson, Karadzic’s lawyer, rejects charges of timewasting, arguing that the tribunal has admitted prior statements and testimony from about 150 witnesses without giving Karadzic the opportunity to challenge them in court. To speed up proceedings, Robinson has suggested dropping some of the charges brought against his client. “The prosecution should employ a precision weapon targeting its strongest evidence, not a shotgun which it hopes will land a fatal bullet somewhere against the accused,” Robinson says. But Axel Hagedorn, a German and Dutch lawyer who represents the relatives of the 8,000 victims of the Srebrenica massacre, is wary of any attempt to limit the scope of the trial. “It has been mentioned that the Srebrenica facts should be left out (of the trial) as this is a complex story and lots of witnesses have to be heard. But that is just what the victims are waiting for. They have been waiting for years and want to hear about it in court,” Hagedorn says. More broadly, it is argued that international courts attempt to determine an objective and definite history of conflicts, rather than ascertain the criminal responsibilities of a limited number of high- profile individuals. In this context, Robinson and others suggest that truth and reconciliation commissions might better serve the purpose of providing material for the history books. Not all agree, however. For grieving relatives of the victims in particular, the trial and sentencing of major culprits is the only way to provide closure. Moreover, truth and reconciliation commissions seldom provoke confessions by the powerful, argues Geoffrey Robertson in his book Crimes Against Humanity. —dpa

Manila ends HK push after deaths By Mynardo Macaraig


he Philippines has announced it will stop marketing its tourist attractions to Hong Kong as the key market is lost after a hostage-taking fiasco left eight people from the southern Chinese territory dead. Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said the government would instead focus its marketing efforts on other countries to hit the target of 3.3 million arrivals this year from just over three million in 2009. “Going to Hong Kong at this time would be wrong. They would say we are only after their business. We should show sympathy instead,” the minister added. The Chinese territory issued an alert warning against all visits to the Philippines after a sacked police officer hijacked a tourist bus in Manila, killing eight Hong Kong visitors as police mounted a bungled rescue. The Aug 23 bloodbath outraged China and Hong Kong residents and prompted many prospective visitors to cancel. Some tourists already in the country left abruptly before their tours were completed. It was a huge loss, with Hong Kong and China accounting for nine percent of tourist arrivals in the Philippines, according to the tourism department. Secretary Lim said the Philippines lost about 40 million pesos ($890,000) in tourist income in the first two weeks after the hijacking. New President Benigno Aquino has tagged tourism, currently seen as performing well below its full potential, with visitor arrivals at just a fraction of the traffic in nearby countries, as a key economic growth driver. Samie Lim, vice-president for tourism for the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said he found in recent visits to Hong Kong and China that the tragedy

remained front-page news there. “We are in the newspapers every day. We are on television. Everybody knows about it. The visual of what happened is very fresh in the minds of the public,” the business leader said. “This will be a difficult market to turn around,” he warned. To mollify foreign governments, Aquino named a high-level panel to investigate the bloodbath and look into whom might be culpable. Though the results have not been made public, its head, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, said it recommended the criminal prosecution of more than a dozen people including police officials. Cesar Cruz, head of the Philippine Tour Operators Association, told AFP the key to recovery is for the authorities to do everything necessary to prevent the tragedy creating a longlasting negative impression. “We can now feel the immediate impact as this is the season for holidays in most of our regional markets like Hong Kong, Japan, China and (South) Korea,” he said. “If we (and) the authorities like the Department of Tourism will play their cards right, we can avert a long-term effect,” Cruz added. Secretary Lim said the promised delivery of the report to the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities would help soothe the anger against the Philippines. “It will definitely help especially if it is credible. If it will satisfy the Hong Kong government, then it will help. They will see that the incident was resolved and there was closure,” the minister told AFP. The tourism ministry hopes public anger over the incident will have passed by December, peak season for tourists arriving from Hong Kong and which extends to the Chinese lunar new year the following February. —AFP



Swiss army made secret Libya entry GENEVA: A Swiss soldier entered Libya on a covert mission in 2009 to make plans to whisk across the border two Swiss citizens prevented from leaving the north African country, a newspaper reported yesterday. Three such military plans were studied between November 2008 and May 2009, including one that may have involved the help of a Bedouin tribe, the Swiss weekly NZZ am Sonntag said, citing a confidential foreign ministry memo. During planning for the third one, a member of a special forces reconnaissance unit, AAD-10, “entered Libyan soil” travelling “as a civilian, unarmed and with a valid visa,” it added. That “exploratory” mission, which never went further, came three months after another plan was called off because of intelligence indicating that Libya had got wind of a possible bid to free the

Swiss duo, according to the newspaper. Libyan authorities stopped businessmen Rachid Hamdani and Max Goeldi leaving their territory in a tit-for-tat action after the brief arrest in Switzerland of one of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s sons in July 2008. In Sept 2009, they were taken by Libyan officials from the Swiss embassy in Tripoli, where they were staying, to a secure location where the duo were held until November. They were later returned to the embassy and Hamdani was allowed to leave Libya in February, while Goeldi returned to Switzerland in June after serving a jail sentence. The standoff sparked diplomatic tensions between the two countries and was only resolved with mediation by several European Union countries. It also caused a political storm in Switzerland over the government’s

handling of the affair. Neutral Switzerland’s army has a purely defensive mission, only hesitantly stepping up low key participation in international peacekeeping operations on foreign soil over the past decade. Media reports of secret military planning in 2008 to bring out the two Swiss citizens had emerged in June, but it was the first time that a report indicated that it went to the point of reaching Libyan territory. The Swiss foreign ministry declined to comment on yesterday’s report. “The foreign ministry deplores that confidential documents aimed at preparing the discussion in the Federal Council (government) could be transmitted to the press,” it said in statement emailed to AFP. “For the rest, we decline to comment on the article that was published today in NZZ am Sonntag,” the statement added. — AFP

Ahmadinejad shrugs off sanctions’ effects Clinton slams Iran militarization WASHINGTON: Iran’s economy is feeling no ill effects from the toughest Western sanctions yet and is in fact benefiting from them, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told American television yesterday. “These sanctions will definitively mark a new level of progress in our economy,” Ahmadinejad told ABC News in an interview in New York. “We have turned sanctions around and created opportunities out of this.” His assessment couldn’t have differed more from that of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who in a separate interview with ABC in Jerusalem praised the measures imposed by the UN Security Council in June as “biting”. “In fact the information we’re getting is that the Iranian regime is quite worried about the impact on their banking system, on their economic growth because they’ve already encountered some tough economic times. And this is, you know, making it more costly.” Ahmadinejad insisted Iran wanted more nuclear talks with the so-called P5 plus one -permanent UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany. Iran is suspected of planning to build a nuclear weapon, something Tehran strongly denies. “We have a plan to discuss things, to discuss issues,” Ahmadinejad told ABC. “We’ve always been ready to discuss issues as long as they’re within the legal framework and based on principles of justice and respect.” The last high-level meeting between Iran and the six world powers was held in Geneva in Oct 2009 when the two sides agreed a nuclear fuel swap deal that has since stalled. The Iranian leader said Tehran was complying fully with inspections by the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “All our nuclear activities are being controlled by cameras,” he said. “Material that is moved is weighed, it’s examined and controlled. So as far as the IAEA supervision is concern, there’s no blockage of that supervision.”

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Twin Baghdad blasts kill 31 Continued from Page 1 and told people nearby that he was going to go see a doctor,” said Abu Abdullah, 40, who was near the site of the Aden bombing. “A few minutes later, it exploded.” An AFP journalist said the blast, at a National Security department office building, left a crater three metres in diameter. He reported blood, torn scraps of clothing and shards of blackened metal littered across the street, adding that the building had collapsed in on itself and several houses nearby had been badly hit. In Mansour, another AFP journalist reported seeing several bloodied bodies on the street, with many cars burned out and two buildings destroyed, while nearby houses were also badly damaged. The explosion was outside an office of mobile phone company Asiacell, he said, but it was unclear if the office itself was the target. “When the bomb exploded, all of our papers and chairs were thrown into the air and we were flung to the floor,” said one Asiacell employee who did not want to give his name. “Everybody wanted to run away from the building, but fire and smoke was blocking our way,” he said,

adding that two of his colleagues were killed in the blast and more than 10 were wounded. The man, in his 20s, himself suffered head wounds, his clothes were covered in blood and dirt, and his car was badly burned. A medical official at Al-Yarmuk hospital in west Baghdad said it had received 10 dead bodies and treated 59 people, including 11 women and two children. Also yesterday, a father and son were killed by a magnetic bomb attached to their car in Ghazaliyah, west Baghdad, the interior ministry official said. He added that three mortar rounds were fired into the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to many foreign embassies and government buildings, but they had not caused casualties or damage. West of Baghdad in the Sunni Arab town of Fallujah, a suicide bomber killed six people, including three soldiers, near a popular restaurant in the city centre. The attack comes four days after a joint US-Iraqi raid in Fallujah left seven civilians dead, sparking public anger in the city, long a base from which Sunni rebels launched attacks against US forces and the Iraqi government. Also west of the capital in Abu Ghraib, an anti-Qaeda

militia leader was killed and two others wounded by a roadside bomb, a defence ministry official said on condition of anonymity. The overall death toll in Baghdad was the highest since Aug 17, when a suicide bomber killed 59 people by blowing himself up at a crowded army recruitment centre. That same military complex was again targeted two weeks ago, when six suicide bombers carried out a coordinated attack, killing 12 people. The latest violence shattered a relative calm in Baghdad since Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that follows the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which typically sees a spike in attacks. Government figures suggest violence has risen in recent months as the US military has withdrawn thousands of soldiers and Iraqi politicians have failed to agree on a new government six months after an inconclusive election. July and August recorded two of the highest death tolls since 2008, according to figures released by Iraqi officials. The latest bloodletting has sparked concern that local forces are not yet prepared to handle internal security on their own, although American commanders insist their Iraqi comrades are up to the job. —AFP

Acting PM warns against attempts to sow discord Continued from Page 1 Taking the point further, Sheikh Jaber emphasized that the power of the press should be used to thwart the current turmoil in escalating to a dangerous level. Emphasizing that t h e c u r re n t s i t u a t i o n i s “ n e w t o Kuwait”, he said that “few people are looking at segregation of race, religion and tribe”. “In the past, Kuwait has never known this type of segregation and we must exert all efforts to prevent this from becoming the norm,” he said. Sheikh Jaber said what Kuwait is undergoing “is not a simple matter”. “Society in Kuwait is very fragile now,” he remarked. He added that the responsibility now lies with the government and the authorities in charge together with the help of the press to try and support “this fragile society”. “The government is playing its role

in doing this. Now the press needs to play its role in strengthening the society. It is due time that we now join forces to protect the Kuwaiti public,” he said, elaborating that the pillar of this call is “protecting social unity”. Dwelling on the subject about the media and its responsibility in society, Sheikh Jaber noted that realistically the media is a host of things ranging f ro m Yo u Tu b e t o B l a c k b e r r y s t o MMSs etc and Kuwait cannot ban editorial content. “ We a re n o t t r y i n g t o b a n t h e press. I hope that the media acts responsibly to help the government in preventing the breakdown of society,” he said. With regard to a host of banned public rallies, he said, “Protecting Kuwait and its people is more important than anything else.” “We are not trying to infringe upon the freedom of speech, but even the most developed nations ban rallies. It is

important to protect the overall good of the nation,” Sheikh Jaber said. He added that public gatherings were banned because “I don’t want people to take advantage and use them for their own purpose”. In his words, all the actions taken by the government are legal and constitutional. In response to a question about Shiite fugitive Yasser Al-Habeeb and the actions that the government plans to take, he explained that there was an official legal action taken against him, and revoking his Kuwaiti nationality (Habeeb allegedly holds dual citizenship) is constitutional. Insulting the wife of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him), Sheikh Jaber asserted, is not just a Kuwaiti problem. “This is a Muslim problem,” he stressed. On a final note, he remarked that those who break the law must be brought to justice. “The law applies to everyone,” he concluded.

‘Moral’ search engines squeeze out sin online Continued from Page 1 Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of, said none of these website has “taken off and caught fire” but that “it doesn’t mean to say that they can’t be good, profitable businesses”. But he said some of the niche websites fail, like the African-American

NEW YORK: In this Sept 18, 2010 photo, ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a wide-ranging interview in a studio for “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” that was broadcast yesterday. — AP Asked about the “uniform” nature of the sanctions now imposed against Iran, by the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, Japan, South Korea, Russia, even China, Ahmadinejad responded: “It is meaningless to us.” “We do take sanctions seriously, but taking it seriously is different from believing that they are effective,” he said. “We consider this and have recorded it as a serious violation of international law. It was illegal. It was wrong. It wronged the people of Iran by insulting them.” Pushed further on the crippling effect the sanctions could have on businessmen trying to trade or on Iran’s vital shipping industry, Ahmadinejad was defiant. “None of this is a problem,” he said. “I want to stress, it is not a problem. If you want to say it’s effective, why not wait for the next six months or a year to see with your own eyes whether there are effects or not? And I tell you there are none.” Clinton also called on “responsible” leaders to assert control in Iran. Shor t of an

explicit call to the Iranian people to revolt, Clinton’s comments represented a sharpening of US rhetoric as it increasingly seeks to portray Iran as a military dictatorship. Clinton said the militar y, the elite Revolutionary Guard and other militia were wielding more and more power to prop up a regime struggling to maintain its legitimacy since last year’s “very flawed” presidential elections. “And I can only hope that there will be some effort inside Iran, by responsible civil and religious leaders, to take hold of the apparatus of the state,” she told ABC News. “When you empower a military as much as they have to rely on them to put down legitimate protests and demonstrations, you create a momentum and unleash forces that you do not know where they will end up. And I know that that’s a concern of people inside Iran. We read reports coming out of Iran. And it is something that would be even more distressing for the Iranian people.” Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi

Karroubi have repeatedly called for fresh presidential elections and rejected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s authority since he was reelected in June 2009. Mousavi and Karroubi quickly dismissed the result as having been massively rigged, sparking street protests which rocked the Islamic republic for the rest of the year. Security forces cracked down heavily on dissent, with dozens of protesters killed, hundreds arrested and scores of prominent reformists, journalists and rights campaigners put on trial and receiving stiff prison sentences. Clinton said the United States had made it “very clear” to the Iranian people that it was behind their efforts to demonstrate against the “illegitimate” election. “But we also knew that the worst thing for those protesting was for them to be seen as stooges of the United States,” she said. “Now it’s very delicate.... But our bottom line is, we think the Iranian people deserve so much more than what they are now being given and we are worried about the direction we see Iran headed.” —AP

FM wants to eject Israeli Arabs JERUSALEM: Israel’s foreign minister yesterday called for redrawing the country’s borders to exclude some Arab citizens, raising the explosive proposal just as new peace talks with the Palestinians struggle to get under way. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also rejected the foundation on which years of negotiation with the Palestinians have been based: Trading captured land for peace. The principle guiding peace talks “must not be land for peace, but an exchange of land and people,” Lieberman told reporters before the weekly Cabinet meeting. Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party, or Israel is our Home, posted strong gains during elections last year with a message that questioned the loyalty of Israel’s Arab citizens, a minority that makes up 20 percent of Israel’s 7.6 million people. His proposal is to redraw the border and transfer them to Palestinian rule, while also incorporating residents of Jewish settlements in the West Bank into Israel’s borders. No one would be uprooted from their homes. In a radio

interview, Lieberman, who himself lives in a West Bank settlement, defended his proposal, saying Israeli Arab leaders do not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Israeli Arabs frequently identify with their Palestinian brethren in the neighboring West Bank and Gaza Strip. Lieberman has consistently questioned the loyalty of Israeli Arabs and unsuccessfully tried to enact a law that would strip citizenship from people who refused to sign a loyalty oath. The proposal was rejected by a ministerial committee. The loyalty issue has come up again because of the refusal of Palestinian negotiators and the Arab League to endorse Israel’s demand that it be recognized as the homeland of the Jewish people. Opponents say Israel’s demand would compromise the rights of Israeli Arabs and Palestinian refugees who lost homes in the war over Israel’s establishment in 1948. Husam Zomlot, a Palestinian spokesman, said Lieberman’s comments were unhelpful to peace efforts. Lieberman “holds the second-most important position in the Israeli govern-

ment. Therefore we are extremely discouraged by his remarks,” he said. “He is looking for ways to complicate the Middle East conflict with confrontations against the Arab community,” said Jafar Farah, director of the Moussawa advocacy center for the Arab-Palestinian minority in Israel. If Israeli Jews can’t coexist with that minority, then how can they live in peace with the region’s 400 million Arabs, he added. Asked if Lieberman’s position reflected the government’s, official spokesman Mark Regev noted that the different parties in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition “have different political outlooks.” Lieberman has made such declarations before, and the prime minister, not the foreign minister, sets Israeli foreign policy. But the comments threatened to further cloud the negotiating climate at a sensitive time. Palestinians envision the West Bank as the hub of a future state and object to any Jewish construction there. Netanyahu says a 10-month slowdown on building won’t be extended beyond its Sept 26 expiry. — AP

search engine called rushmoredrive, which was closed by its parent firm IAC in 2009. “It was designed so that when you do a search you get sort of an African-American spin on the Web results that you got back. But that never took off.” Michael Gartenberg, partner at technology research firm Altimer Group, told

National Public Radio that some of these niche groups are bringing more users to the Internet. “You have an emerging generation and emerging culture that wants to take advantage of technology... search engines and the things that they provide but at the same point, be true to their heritage... and not stray from their belief system,” he says. — AFP

Govt totally bans ‘sectarian’ rallies Continued from Page 1 decision today at the Cabinet meeting and then meet tomorrow to assess the situation and decide the further course of action. The Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM) said it had decided to postpone its rally, scheduled for late yesterday night, for one day after it was assured by Sheikh Jaber that the government will take decisive decisions today. The Sunni Islamist lawmakers are pressing for the withdrawal of citizenship of Habeeb in addition to pursuing legal action against the self-exiled activist. Habeeb, who feld Kuwait in

2004 to escape hefty prison terms for abusing Muslim caliphs, triggered the latest wave of Sunni-Shiite tensions after holding a ceremony to celebrate the death anniversary of Aisha who is highly revered by Muslims including many Shiites. Islamist MP Jamaan Al-Harbash said he and other MPs will demand a probe into how Habeeb escaped from the prison and who helped him flee the country in 2004. The Cabinet is expected to withdraw the citizenship of Habeeb at its meeting today and could also announce other measures to put a lid on sectarianism. Meanwhile, Shiite and Sunni lawmakers continued to trade

arguments over the controversial issue. Shiite MP Hussein Al-Qallaf said that after the ICM called off its rally, he decided not to hold his own rally but warned that he will organize a public gathering if the ICM held one. Also, MP Saleh Ashour indirectly criticized the government’s planned action of withdrawing the citizenship of Habeeb, saying that applying the law does not mean withdrawing citizenship but in controlling the country’s security and for all parties to respect legal measures. Ashour warned the government if it fails to control what he described as “neo Nazis” and radical hardliners who consider others as infidels.

Iran denies seizing GIs Continued from Page 1 “We deny it,” Ali Mohammad Azad, the governor general of Iran’s SistanBaluchestan province, told the Arabic language Tehran-based Al-Alam network. The channel said a source with the provincial border patrol services had also denied the arrest. The United States also rejected the Javanonline report as “false.” “We have no missing soldiers. All accounted for,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said in an email to AFP. And in

Islamabad, Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told AFP: “There are no US soldiers there - the question of arrest does not arise.” Iran’s English-language Press TV said the guards themselves rejected the repor ts that US troops have been ar rested as “unfounded,” and Javanonline later said its report had been “incorrect” and “apologised” to its readers. The town of Saravan is near the border with Pakistan in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province. The province, which also lies on a major

narcotics route from Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been the scene of a deadly insurgency by the Sunni militant group Jundallah, whose leader was executed in Iran this year. Iranian officials have repeatedly said that American forces in neighbouring Afghanistan give support to militants and fuel unrest in its restive border area. In March 2007, Revolutionary Guards seized 15 British naval personnel and held them for 13 days for allegedly entering Iranian waters in the Gulf. — AFP

Tourists shot in attack at New Delhi mosque Continued from Page 1 Witnesses and police said two men wearing raincoats and helmets rode up to the mosque in the heart of the historic old city, with the passenger then opening fire first at the mosque and then at the minibus of Taiwanese tourists. The imam of the 17th century Jama Masjid mosque, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, also told AFP the attackers had shot at the mosque, raising further questions about whether the firing was carried out by Islamists. Two injured male Taiwanese tourists aged 26 and 27 were on the final leg of a nine-day tour of northern India and its historic cities, including the Taj Mahal town of Agra, police said. One of them was seriously injured after being shot in the stomach. He had been operated on and was in a critical condition, Amit Banerjee, head of Lok Narayan Jay Prakash Hospital, told AFP late yesterday. The other tourist suffered a superficial head injury. Indian officials have been repeatedly forced to defend security arrangements ahead of the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games, a multi-sport event bringing

together athletes mostly from countries and territories in the former British empire. The Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack, in an email sent to the Press Trust of India and other media outlets. It said the raid was a “tribute” to two men killed by New Delhi police after a series of bomb blasts in the capital in Sept 2008 that were claimed by the group. It added: “We are warning you. If you have the guts, then organise the Commonwealth Games... We know that preparations are in full swing. Be prepared... We are also making preparations,” PTI quoted the email as saying. Organisers of the Games, the most expensive in the history of the event and also far behind schedule and mired in corruption allegations, attempted to play down any threat. “The shooting incident this morning in Delhi will have no impact on the Commonwealth Games,” organising committee secretary-general L alit Bhanot said in a statement. “The ministry of home affairs and Delhi police have made elaborate arrangements to provide the Commonwealth Games athletes and officials a safe and secure environment.”

Chief minister of New Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, told the NDTV news channel it was “a very sad incident”. “I appeal to everybody: please do not panic. An incident like this is worrying but nothing to panic about,” Dikshit said. The attack was the second outside the 17th century Jama Masjid mosque in recent years. In April 2006, two small bombs went off after early evening prayers, leaving 14 people wounded. India is constantly on guard against attacks from Islamist groups, particularly the Pakistan-based L ashkar-e-Taiba, which New Delhi blamed for the Mumbai 2008 atrocities and a 2002 attack on the national parliament. Home Minister P Chidambaram warned last month, however, that Hindu extremists posed an increasing risk to national security, dubbing the threat “saffron terror”. The country is also on edge ahead of a court ruling on Friday on a religious dispute that sparked Hindu-Muslim violence in 1992 which left an estimated 2,000 people dead. The court is set to rule on a decades-old fight for ownership of the Babri Mosque in the temple town of Ayodhya. — AFP


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BALTIMORE: New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter (right) comes in to score on a double by Nick Swisher during the sixth inning of a baseball game as Baltimore Orioles catcher Craig Tatum waits for the ball. —AP

Yankees rout Orioles, Rays down Angels BALTIMORE: CC Sabathia became a 20game winner for the first time in his stellar career, pitching the New York Yankees past the Baltimore Orioles 11-3 Saturday. Sabathia (20-6) leads the majors in victories. He twice finished seasons with 19 wins, and succeeded this year in his third try at No. 20. Sabathia already had a Cy Young pitching award, a World Series championship and several All-Star selections to his credit over 10 seasons. Winning 20 games was about the only thing missing on his pitching resume. The big lefty allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings for the American League East leaders. Sabathia, denied the milestone win in a home loss to the Orioles on Sept. 7, walked one and struck out four, improving to 14-2 all-time against Baltimore. Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson

homered for the Yankees. Cano’s two-run shot put the second baseman at 101 RBIs. That gave the Yankees three infielders with 100 or more RBIs in a single season for the first time in franchise history — first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Alex Rodriguez previously reached the mark. Jeremy Guthrie (10-14) took the loss.

pinch-runner Jason Bartlett went on third on John Jaso’s grounder. Slumping Ben Zobrist walked, Carl Crawford popped out and Evan Longoria was intentionally walked to load the bases. Willy Aybar hit a grounder on a full-count pitch up the middle that Wood fielded, but he made a wild throw.

Rays 4, Angels 3

Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3

At St. Petersburg, Florida, Carlos Pena hit a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning for Tampa Bay, then shortstop Brandon Wood’s throwing error with two outs in the 10th lifted the Rays over Los Angeles. The Rays stayed one-half game behind New York in the AL East, and continued to hold a sizable lead over Boston in the wild-card race. Reid Brignac opened the Rays 10th with a double off Bobby Cassevah (0-2), and

At Boston, Jose Batista hit his major league-leading 49th homer, extending his own club record set one night earlier, as Toronto beat Boston. Batista’s homer in the first inning sailed over the Green Monster seats and into a parking lot across the street. The Blue Jays’ slugger established the franchise home run record in Friday’s win. George Bell held the previous mark with 47, set in 1987. Ricky Romero (13-9) pitched six innings for the

win. Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 33rd save.

Twins 4, Athletics 2 At Minneapolis, rookie Danny Valencia hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning, sending Kevin Slowey and AL Central-leading Minnesota over Oakland. The Twins’ magic number for clinching the division is five. They lead Chicago by 10 games. Slowey (13-6) set a career high for wins, giving up two runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Matt Capps earned his 40th save and 13th in 15 chances since coming to Minnesota. Landon Powell homered and doubled for Oakland. Rookie Chris Carter kept struggling, going 0 for 2 with a pair of strikeouts _ he is 0 for 29 with 13 whiffs since making his major league debut this season.

Tigers 6, White Sox 3 At Chicago, pinch-hitter Scott Sizemore connected for a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Justin Verlander and Detroit over Chicago. Chicago lost its fifth in a row. Verlander (17-8) pitched a six-hitter and struck out eight. He struggled in only one inning, giving up three runs in the fifth. Sizemore, batting for starting second baseman Will Rhymes, hit a tiebreaking home run with two outs.

Rangers 6, Mariners 1 At Seattle, Cliff Lee shut down his former teammates for eight innings in his first start in Seattle since a July trade. Lee (12-8) allowed six hits and struck out eight for his second consecutive win after three losses and a no decision. Lee improved to 4-5 with the Rangers as they

Brewers 2, Giants 1 At San Francisco, Yovani Gallardo struck out six batters in seven innings as Milwaukee knocked San Francisco out of first place in the National League West. San Francisco fell a half-game back of San Diego after the Padres won 8-4 at St. Louis. San Francisco dropped two games behind Atlanta in the NL wild-card race. Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run single in the fourth inning that held up for Gallardo (13-7). The right-hander matched his career high for wins

also done last year. Gallardo outpitched Tim Lincecum (14-10). Giants manager Bruce Bochy pulled his ace after five innings and a season-low 72 pitches. San Francisco trailed 2-0 when Lincecum left.

Reds 11, Astros 1 At Houston, Jay Bruce, Jim Edmonds and Drew Stubbs hit home runs as Cincinnati beat Houston to increase its lead in the NL Central. The Reds opened a seven-game edge over second-place St. Louis. Cincinnati stopped a six-game road losing streak. Bronson Arroyo (16-10) pitched four-hit ball for six innings, striking out five and walking one. Bruce’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth as the Reds took a 7-1 lead. Joey Votto started the inning with a double and Bruce connected one out later off Nelson Figueroa (5-3) for his 21st home run.

Hall of Famer Chuck Klein. Kyle Kendrick (10-9) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Braves 4, Mets 2 At New York, Tim Hudson snapped a three-start losing streak and Nate McLouth homered and drove in two runs, giving Atlanta’s playoff push another boost with a win over New York. Holding a slim lead in the NL wild-card race, the Braves got a two-run double from Alex Gonzalez and won their second straight game at Citi Field after consecutive losses to last-place Washington. Billy Wagner struck out all three batters in the ninth against his former team for his second save of the series and 35th this year. Hudson (16-8) allowed solo homers to Jose Reyes and Luis Hernandez, who connected one pitch after breaking a bone in his right foot on a foul ball.

Phillies 5, Nationals 2 At Philadelphia, Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer to lead Philadelphia past Washington for its sixth straight victory. Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez also homered for Philadelphia, which maintained a three-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Howard’s drive in the third gave him his fifth straight seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs, setting a new franchise record previously held by

Padres 8, Cardinals 4 At St. Louis, Ryan Ludwick snapped a ninth-inning tie with a three-run homer to help San Diego beat his old team and end an 11-game losing streak in St. Louis. Will Venable and David Eckstein had three hits and an RBI apiece for the Padres, who snapped a three-game skid overall and began the day a half-game behind San Francisco in the NL West. They remained 1 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the

Indians 6 Royals 4 At Kansas City, Missouri, Matt LaPorta’s first career grand slam powered Cleveland past Kansas City on a long, stormy night that included four rain delays totaling 3 hours and 40 minutes. LaPorta’s grand slam off Sean O’Sullivan (2-6) gave Cleveland a 5-0 lead in the fourth. Then Jai Miller and Mike Aviles hit two-run homers for Kansas City in the fifth off Justin Germano. The rain delay in the top of the fourth lasted only 2 minutes. The stoppage after the sixth was 1 hour, 39 minutes.—AP

USA Swimming approves new protection measures

Rockies thrash Dodgers LOS ANGELES: Troy Tulowitzki hit two more home runs to equal a modern major league record with 14 shots in a 15-game stretch as the Colorado Rockies kept up their playoff push by routing the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-2 Saturday. Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer in the first inning, doubled in the third and added another two-run homer in the fifth against rookie John Ely (48). Tulowitzki fouled out with the bases loaded in the eighth, but Melvin Mora hit a grand slam later in the inning. Tulowitzki joined Albert Belle (1995) and Barry Bonds (2001) as the only players since 1900 to homer 14 times in a span of 15 games. Jhoulys Chacin (9-9) threw 111 pitches over eight innings and was pulled three outs shy of his first big league shutout and complete game.

close in on their first postseason berth since 1999. Bengie Molina had three hits and two RBIs and Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run double to lead the AL West-leading Rangers. Seattle’s Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo homer in the seventh.

LOS ANGELES: Colorado Rockies’ Melvin Mora hits a one-run single to right field in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. —AP wild card. Ludwick and Matt Stairs hit back-to-back homers off Kyle McClellan (1-4). Mike Adams (41) was the winner.

Cubs 5, Marlins 3 At Miami, Marlon Byrd drove in two runs and Casey Coleman pitched six solid innings as Chicago won its season-high fifth straight game. Aramis Ramirez and Blake DeWitt also drove in a run for the Cubs. Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his

33rd save in 38 opportunities. Marlins rookie Logan Morrison had three hits to extend his streak of reaching base to 37 games, tying Cliff Floyd for the third-longest string in franchise history. Coleman (2-2) allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked four.

Pirates 9, D’backs 6 At Pittsburgh, John Bowker and Andrew McCutchen each hit two-run homers, and James McDonald extended his score-

less-innings streak to 20 innings before giving up two runs as Pittsburgh beat Arizona. Ryan Church hit a three-run homer and Kelly Johnson also connected for Arizona, which has lost 11 of 14 and assured itself of its second consecutive last-place finish in the NL West. McDonald (4-5) improved to 4-1 at home with Pittsburgh and 4-4 overall since joining the Pirates in a trade with the Dodgers. Barry Enright (6-5) allowed six runs on six hits and three walks in 3 2-3 innings.—AP

DALLAS: Responding to a sexual abuse scandal, USA Swimming expanded background checks, approved new athlete protection measures and made it mandatory for members to report any credible allegations. The measures were approved by wide margins on Saturday at the group’s annual convention in Dallas. “We have been committed throughout this process, to doing the right thing, and taking actions that, first and foremost, will foster a safe and positive environment for our athletes,” said Jim Wood, the outgoing president of USA Swimming. “Our membership really stepped up today to provide their overwhelming support to this important issue.” All nonathlete members of the USA Swimming must now pass a criminal background check, a move that will cover 30,000 to 40,000 additional members. Also, anyone who interacts directly with swimmers, including local club owners and chaperones, must join USA Swimming. The screenings, which had been required every two years for coaches, will now be updated on a “real-time” basis so any infractions will turn up more promptly in the database. The board of directors already voted earlier this year to subject coaches and officials to a search

of county court records for their homes over the previous seven years before they can be approved for membership. Any club affiliated with USA Swimming must conduct specific pre-employment screenings before hiring any coach, employee or volunteer who would be in a supervisory position over athletes. The national governing body recently approved a list of more than 20 companies that can provide those checks. The expanded background screenings go into effect on Jan. 1. USA Swimming also required all non-athlete members to complete an “Athlete Protection Education” program as a condition of membership, beginning with the 2011-12 season. The program must be updated every three years. In addition, athlete protection polices approved by the board in July were formally added to the USA Swimming code of conduct. Coaches are prohibited from giving rubdowns to swimmers — even if licensed in massage therapy — and must have the permission of a parent or guardian before they can visit a swimmer’s home. On the road, coaches are barred from sharing a room with athletes regardless of gender (unless it’s their own child) or traveling alone with an athlete without a parent’s written permission. —AP



Monday, September 20, 2010

Nicol’s greatest World Open threat? Herself SHARM EL SHEIKH: Nicol David’s unbeaten run during 2010 has brought talk that the only player who might prevent her equalling the record of five World Open titles is herself. This is not so curious suggestion as some might think, for David soaks up a greater pressure of expectations than any woman player in the history of squash. After being world number one for 50 consecutive months, she has become such an icon in Malaysia and through much of Asia that careful precautions are needed to protect her, especially with her daily schedule and psychological preparation.

“Even during a practice, when she stops to have a drink, people come up and want their photo taken with her - in the middle of practice,” said Liz Irving, her coach. “She does very well to put up with it all. It must at times really annoy her. It’s important when she’s at these big events that she doesn’t get held up with people bothering her all the time.” The last time David failed to deliver was at the tail end of last year when she was twice beaten by Jenny Duncalf, the world number two from England, when she may not have been at her fittest physically or mentally.

Before that David suffered a shock loss in the British Open to Madeline Perry, the world number five from Ireland, a setback which gave the impressison that there had been prolonged mental wobbles. “You just try to minimise distractions in your mind. You try to get your head around it all, and to play a fresh match, but things can come in when your focus is up and down,” David said while talking about these defeats. The important skill at blocking out distractions and remaining emotionally on an even-keel fits well with the more initiative-taking tactical emphasis she has been try-

ing to develop. Signs that these remedies were working showed when David lost the first game to Natalie Grinham in last year’s World Open final in Amsterdam, after which she wrenched command from the Australian. She did that by using her tremendously quick court coverage less to contain and more to augment her capacity for making the first important blow, especially with the volley. In this David has been helped by Sarah Fitz-Gerald, one of the greatest of all volleyers, and more recently by another famous former

world champion, Vicki Cardwell, who communicated what was needed in her uniquely passionate way. The message has been similar from all three Australians - Irving, Fitz-Gerald and Cardwell - but expressed in very different styles, adding freshness and enhancing David’s desire to make her game evolve. Nevertheless David has to remain mindful of her mental condition. “I see the stress levels in her play,” said Irving. “She does well to stay in control. But I see little signs the pressure creates. She has been working on that.” She has been doing this part of

the time with Frank Cabooter, a psychologist whom Irving employs at her squash academy in Amsterdam, where she and David are based. “She’s definitely been working on things, working on own agenda and keeping on track,” Irving continued. “It’s just an important part of professionalism. It doesn’t matter if you are ranked one in the world or 20. You can always do with some help in these areas. But it’s not like she needs much.” The conclusion must be therefore that with prolonged success and having passed her 27th birthday, David has reached

greater maturity. “She’s not the young girl she was,” Irving reckoned, referring to David’s ability at public relations, her greater self-knowledge, and her mental preparation. “She’s wiser and understands things better. She’s in tune with a lot of things which for a long time she had no idea about. It has not come easy. But she may now be nearing her peak.” For this reason the odds on David winning the World Open again, and equalling Fitz-Gerald’s record five titles, are the shortest they have ever been. The 2010 World Open begins on Saturday. —AFP

Mosley and Mora fight to a draw at Staples Center

LOS ANGELES: Sugar Shane Mosley (right) lands a punch to Sergio Mora during the final round of a 12-round boxing match in Los Angeles. The bout ended in a draw. —AP

Giants fear nobody now, says Hodgson MANCHESTER: Former Wests Tigers full-back Brett Hodgson believes Huddersfield will continue to thrive on their underdog status when they play for a place in the Super League Grand Final next weekend. St Helens will choose who they play - either the Giants or bitter rivals Wigan - in the semi-finals at the controversial Club Call event. Huddersfield, who finished fifth in the league standings, stunned Warrington with a 34-22 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The visitors led 23-0 at half time but doubles from Mickey Higham and Chris Hicks ensured Warrington hit back in the second half. Leroy Cudjoe’s interception try sealed the win for the Giants and although Hodgson, who kicked 12 points, is convinced Saints will pick the Giants in the final four, he insists they will fear no-one after producing one of the upsets of the season against the Wolves. “We were underdogs against Warrington and we’ll be underdogs next week whoever we play,” said Hodgson, who will join the Wolves during the off-season. “We’re pretty sure that Saints will pick us because Wigan finished top and are their rivals. “But that doesn’t bother us. We showed against Warrington that it doesn’t matter who we play - this is play-off rugby and anything can happen. “We started really well but let them come into the game in the second half - I think we need to learn how to dominate games when we are in front.

“I’m sure we’ll speak about that with (coach) Nathan Brown in the week and be ready for the semis.” Departing hooker Mark Riddell insists Wigan are still the team to beat in the semi-finals after they reached the final four at the second time of asking. The Warriors - who picked up the League Leaders’ shield at the end of the regular season were far too strong for Hull KR with Pat Richards scoring 18 points in a 42-18 rout. Michael Maguire’s men slipped to a 27-26 defeat to Leeds last weekend with Richards missing a last minute penalty to win the game. But Riddell - who is returning to Australia at the end of the season - said: “St Helens can choose who they like in the semi-finals - it won’t make much of a difference to us. “It’s out of our hands so there is no need to speculate. We did what we needed to do and we managed to put the disappointment of last weekend behind us. “I really want to end my time at Wigan on a high and get through to the Grand Final at Old Trafford.” Rovers had taken an early lead through Peter Fox and Ben Cockayne but couldn’t stop the Wigan juggernaut after the interval and coach Justin Morgan admitted they were beaten by the better side. “Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up,” said the Australian. “When you are in the playoffs, every week is the Grand Final and it was always going to be a tough game. I’m proud of my boys though. We’ve improved from last season.” —AFP

OSTRAVA: Ruta Paskauskiene (right) from Lithuania and Oksana Fadeeva (left) from Russia celebrate after the European Table Tennis Championship women’s doubles gold medal match. —AP

LOS ANGELES: Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora fought to a 12round draw in a junior middleweight bout Saturday night at Staples Center. The 39-year-old Mosley (466-1, 39 KOs) had hoped to earn another big-money fight after his one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May, while Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) was trying to re-establish himself as an elite fighter. Neither fighter left the arena satisfied — and neither did the crowd, which booed both boxers. “We both fought hard,” Mosley said. “It was good fight, a good decision.” The fight was very difficult to score, with judge Kermit Bayless calling it 115-113 for Mora, David Denkin giving Mosley a 116-112 edge, and Lou Moret ruling it even at 114-114. Mosley had an edge in the CompuBox punchstats, landing 161 of 522 punches to 93 of 508 for Mora. Mora, who held the 154-pound (69.9-kilogram) title in 2008, said he actually let up because he thought he was winning the fight down the stretch. “I should’ve listened to my corner,” he said. “They were telling me that it was a close fight. I thought I was winning, so I didn’t fight as hard because I have respect for Shane. I didn’t want to hurt him.” Mosley was the aggressor from the beginning, but had a difficult time landing clean punches because Mora is a standout defensive fighter. The former 154-pound titleholder consistently danced out of harm’s way or tied up Mosley when he got inside. Mora threw many fewer punches than Mosley but landed more clean shots, giving him several rounds. Neither fighter hurt the other or even had a particularly big round, making it even more difficult to separate them. Before the main event, junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz (28-2-1, 22 KOs) took a round to feel out Guyana’s Vivian Harris (29-5-1, 19 KOs) before unloading, stopping Harris early in the third round after knocking him down three times in the second. Ortiz was too quick and sharp for his aging opponent. He landed a right hook and then a quick right uppercut to knock down Harris 45 seconds into the third round, with referee Raul Caiz waving off the fight right when Harris hit the canvas. Ortiz’s handlers have been talking to WBO titleholder Timothy Bradley, and Ortiz likes the idea of facing the winner of the Dec. 11 fight between WBA champion Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana, who knocked out Ortiz in the sixth round last year at Staples Center. Harris, a former titleholder from New York, is 1-3 with one no-contest in his last five fights. Earlier, budding Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had a spectacular third-round knockout of veteran Carlos Baldomir. Alvarez (34-0-1, 26 KOs) hurt Baldomir (45-13-6, 14 KOs) with a number of punches toward the end of the final round before a straight left put the Argentine on his face. Baldomir, who had failed to go the distance only once before, was able to get to his feet, but was too wobbly to continue. Baldomir was a good test for the 20-year-old star from Guadalajara because of his experience and awkward style, but Alvarez was much quicker than Baldomir, and he patiently outboxed his 39-year-old foe. Baldomir, who has one of the best chins in boxing, took most of the big shots, but was slowly worn down. —AP

Kuwait and Scottish shooting officials and athletes.

Donald McIntosh receiving a memento from Obeid Al-Osaimi.

Kuwait shooters hold Friendship competition By Abdullatif Sharaa KUWAIT: Kuwait Shooting Sports club organized a joint competition with visiting Scottish shooters who held a training camp here from Sept. 12- 19 in preparation for the Commonwealth Games. The competition was in the 50m rifle event. Kuwait’s shooters are preparing for the international prize competitions to be organized by the Iranian Shooting Federation next week. The Friendship competition was held Saturday morning (18/9) at Sabah AlAhmad Olympic shooting complex. The Scottish team ended the winner. Neil Stirton was first with a score of 696.1 out of 700, Kay Copland was second with 693.9 out of 700, Jennifer McIntosh third scoring 689.5 out of 700, Kuwait’s Hussein Al-Ajmi was fourth scoring

684.3, Nasser Al-Subaie fifth with 683.4 and Abdallah Al-Harb sixth with 681.7 out of 700. Shooting sport club secretary General Obaid Al-Osaimi commended the friendship between the Scottish and Kuwait Shooting Federations, adding that Kuwait’s shooting is keen to stay in touch with the world shooting associations in both technical and administrative aspects. He said the friendly associations have very strong relations with the chairman and board members of KSSC, due to the good reputation of the president of Asian and Kuwait Shooting Associations and vice president of the ISSF Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah, who is always keen to develop the sport and spreading it among the youth. He said that such meetings are impor-

tant in developing the technical aspects of the bullets shooting sport for Kuwait’s shooters, as the Scottish shooters are ranked in the top internationally. AlOsaimi thanked the Scottish Association for choosing Kuwait to hold their camp. Head of the Scottish delegation Donald McIntosh said the choice of Kuwait to hold the training camp for Scottish shooters was good, and he is very happy for the choice, as the Olympic and international requirements are available at the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Olympic Shooting Complex. He said he has good memories here due to the hospitality he and delegation members received during their stay. He, on behalf of the Scottish Shooting Association thanked the chairman and board members of KSSC, and wished Kuwait’s shooters the best of luck.

O’Gara kicks Munster to the top LONDON: Fly-half Ronan O’Gara kicked Munster back to the top of the Celtic League on Saturday in a 22-10 win over reigning champions Ospreys. A 37th-minute penalty from O’Gara was the sole score of a poor first half, but the second period saw Doug Howlett and Tommy Bowe swap tries. O’Gara’s right boot dominated the remainder as he added four penalty goals for a 17-point personal haul, making Richard Fussell’s late try a mere consolation for the under-par Welsh region. Treviso scored a stunning

upset over Irish province Leinster, a late Brendan Williams breakaway try sealing a comprehensive 29-13 victory. Isa Nacewa scored all of Leinster’s points, including an early try, but two Tobie Botes penalties and a brace of Chris Burton drop goals put the Italian newcomers up 12-10 at half-time. Nacewa briefly put Leinster back ahead with a penalty, but a third Botes penalty and a try through Luke McLean handed Treviso momentum at 22-13. Williams’ try, converted by Botes, was icing on the cake, and a second victory this season in a

league they were meant to struggle in, after having beaten Scarlets 34-28 in their opening match. The defeat was Leinster’s second in their opening three games, with Joe Schmidt, who took over now-Stade Francais coach Michael Cheika in the summer, immediately in the hot seat. “I’m really disappointed with the result and the performance as well,” said Schmidt. “In those conditions you really need to have a platform to play from and I don’t think we ever gave ourselves a platform from the start.” Cardiff Blues won the south-

east Wales derby, beating Newport Gwent Dragons 43-21, earning a bonus point with a try with just two minutes of normal time left. The Blues built up a 20-6 halftime lead with tries from Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Thomas (2). Kiwi No 8 Xavier Rush got the late fourth, with full-back Ben Blair kicking four conversions and five penalties for a 23-point haul. The Dragons scored through Will Harries and Adam Hughes, outside-half Matthew Jones slotting three penalties and a conversion. —AFP


Monday, September 20, 2010


TOKYO: Helio Castroneves of Brazil leads the pack of IndyCar drivers during the Indy Japan 300 mile auto race at Twin Ring Motegi. Castroneves won the race. — AP

Castroneves wins Indy Japan MOTEGI: Pole-sitter Helio Castroneves of Brazil won the Indy Japan 300 but it was Dario Franchitti of Scotland who gained the most from yesterday's race. Defending series champion Franchitti finished second to close the gap with series points leader Will Power of Australia to just 12 points. Power finished third. The final race of the season is at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 2.

As well as making sure the championship series will come down to the final race of the year, Franchitti also secured the inaugural A.J. Foyt Oval Championship Trophy for earning the most points in the IndyCar series oval races. Franchitti was in a similar position last year when he went into the final race of the season trailing Scott Dixon by five

points and won at Homestead-Miami to secure the championship. Franchitti, who was second here in 2000 and '09, beat Power to the finish line by just 0.4997 seconds. "Helio was just in a class of his own in terms of sheer speed," Franchitti said. "We can only control what we do and we did our best." Castroneves gained the lead from Team Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe on a lap

118 pit stop and held on through 200 laps to earn his third win this season. "It's always a tough race here," said Castroneves who won at Motegi in 2006. "I trusted my car and trusted my team which did a great job in the pit stops." Power, who dropped down as far as ninth place during Sunday's race, said he was pleased to recover but was disappointed he didn't finish ahead of Franchitti after

Lara wins Austrian Open ATZENBRUGG: Spain's Jose Manuel Lara ended his three-year wait for another European Tour title when he won the Austrian Open yesterday after a playoff against England's David Lynn. Both players finished the tournament on 17-under 271. Lara had 10 birdies in an 8-under 64 and Lynn had seven birdies in a 4-under 68 for his final round. At the first playoff hole at the Diamond Country Club, Lynn drove into the rough and missed a 15-foot putt to save his par. Lara clinched the second victory of his career following his 2007 win in the Hong Kong Open when he two-putted from 30 feet for par on the playoff hole. Two weeks ago, however, he looked anything but a winner. Prior to finishing fourth at last Sunday's KLM Open he had missed nine straight cuts and was in danger of losing his card. In Austria he fired 10 birdies in an 8-under 64 to make the play off in some style. Having three-putted the 15th and 17th greens he sank a 35-foot birdie putt at the last to complete his round. "I have missed too many cuts in the past two years," Lara said after picking up the euro 125,000 ($163,000) first prize which should lift him from 139th into the top 115 in the money list who are guaranteed playing cards for 2011. "And after playing so poorly , I could not imagine I could play so well as I have done all this week here in Austria. Now I would like to climb into the top 60 and make the Dubai World Championship at the end of the year." Lynn had led after the third round with fellow Englishman Danny Willett, who dropped shots at his last three holes having been at the top of the leaderboard. Lynn, playing in the final group, joined Lara at 17 under with his seventh birdie of the day on the 16th green. Willett, after a 71, ended up in a group of three players tied for third place, three shots behind the winner. Alongside him were Sweden's Alexander Noren after a 68 and US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, who closed with a 69. McDowell had traveled to Austria at the end of a five-week break, seeking to rediscover his touch ahead of the Ryder Cup. Four rounds in the 60s suggested that the Northern Irishman had achieved that aim, but a series of missed birdie opportunities prevented him putting last day pressure on the leaders. — AP

starting third on the grid. "The team did a great job to get me back up to third," Power said. "I've never finished ahead of Dario on an oval. I'm getting closer and I really want to finish ahead of him next time." Castroneves led for 153 laps to clinch two bonus points for most the laps led. He is now third in the overall standings with 501 points, but has been eliminated

from the title chase along with New Zealand's Scott Dixon, who finished sixth. Briscoe, who started on the front row with Castroneves, was fourth. Danica Patrick, who won here in 2008 to became the first female winner in IndyCar history, was fifth. Former Formula One driver Takuma Sato finished 12th for the best finish among three Japanese drivers. — AP

PCB chief to name people behind fixing allegations ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt said on Sunday his country had been unfairly targeted and that he will name the people behind spot-fixing allegations against players. "We will shortly reveal the people, bodies and parties involved in this sinister conspiracy," Butt told The Associated Press by a telephone interview from Dubai. "We reserve the right to sue them for the damage." Pakistan won the third one-day international against England at The Oval by 23 runs on Friday before another spot-fixing controversy overshadowed its rare win during an increasingly controversial tour. The International Cricket Council launched an investigation into tabloid

allegations of spot-fixing for the match at The Oval, after a tabloid newspaper suggested the scoring pattern in Pakistan's innings was prearranged. The probe comes just three weeks after the ICC suspended three Pakistan cricketers for alleged spotfixing in the fourth test against England in August. The PCB has said it only knew the ICC was conducting an investigation into the third ODI through media reports. An ICC spokesman told The AP that the game's governing body had tried to contact Butt on Friday. Butt arrived in Dubai on Saturday and met with ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat. "As soon as we came to know that he (Butt) is in Dubai our chief executive met him Saturday evening

and discussed matters of mutual interests," the ICC spokesman said. Butt also claimed that the media in "certain countries are biased and not fair." "This is not a conspiracy to defraud the bookies, this is a conspiracy to defraud Pakistan and Pakistan cricket," he said. At Lord's, England captain Andrew Strauss cautioned against abandoning the one-day series with Pakistan despite the latest allegations. "It's a hard thing to stop a series when we don't know how credible the evidence is," Strauss told reporters. Both teams return to Lord's for the fourth ODI on Monday with England leading the fivematch series 2-1. The series ends with the fifth match on Wednesday at Southampton. — AP

No choice but to play on, says England skipper

AUSTRIA: Jose Manuel Lara of Spain kisses the trophy after winning the Austrian Open golf tournament. — AP

Thaworn declared winner in typhoon-hit Taiwan TAIPEI: Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant was declared the winner of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship after it was reduced to 54 holes due to Typhoon Fanapi, which lashed Taiwan yesterday. With the storm packing winds of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the final round at the Linkou International Golf Club in Taipei was unplayable and officials shortened the inaugural event to three rounds. "The threat of Typhoon Fanapi today was a very serious one and it would be very dangerous if we allowed play to continue. We

had no choice but to cancel the final round and reduce the tournament to 54 holes," said Wanchai Meechai, Asian Tour's tournament director for the Yeangder TPC. The Yeangder TPC is the second event on the Asian Tour schedule to be reduced to 54 holes after the Ballantine's Championship in Korea this season. Thaworn now holds the joint record of 12 Asian Tour victories alongside compatriot and reigning Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee after winning the 300,000-dollar event. The 43-year-old posted a two-under-par 70 to take the third round lead and win his

12th Asian Tour title with a three-day total of 10-under-par 206. "I'm happy to have won my 12th Asian Tour title this week. It does not really matter whether I won it after 54 or 72 holes. As long as I did it, I'm happy," said Thaworn. "Now that I've won my 12th title, I'm looking forward to extending my winning record on the Asian Tour," added the Thai. Compatriot Chinnarat Phadungsil carded rounds of 70,70 and 67 to take second place on 207 while Malaysia's Iain Steel took third place. Australia's David Gleeson and American Ben Fox shared fourth place. — AFP

LONDON: England captain Andrew Strauss said his side had no choice but to complete the one-day series against Pakistan despite fresh "spot-fixing" claims involving the scandal-tainted tourists. Cricket was facing a new scandal Saturday after the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed it was investigating possible irregularities in Pakistan's limited overs victory over England at the Oval on Friday. The latest revelations prompted calls from figures within the game including former England captain Michael Vaughan for the remaining two matches in the EnglandPakistan series to be scrapped. However Strauss said Sunday it was impossible for English authorities to cancel the final two games-at Lords today and Southampton on Wednesday-before all the facts surrounding the latest allegations were known. "It's not ideal that the cricket is being overshadowed even more than it was previously by these latest allegations," Strauss said. "But we don't know how credible they are, so as a side - unless the ICC come out and say they are very credible - we've just got to continue to play and to strive to win this series." The ICC said it was investigating a "certain scoring pattern" that emerged during Pakistan's victory over England at the Oval. It followed a report by The Sun newspaper, which claimed to have been

made aware of details of Pakistan's innings before the match had got underway. The paper tipped off cricket authorities, who then watched as the scoring patterns in two suspect overs emerged as predicted. The investigation comes after three Pakistan players were suspended following their alleged involvement in spot-fixing. Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif have all been questioned by police over an alleged plot to bowl deliberate no-balls during last month's Test series. All deny any wrongdoing. Strauss said yesterday he would be "astonished" if it emerged that other Pakistan players had been involved in fixing aspects of Friday's one-dayer. "The last thing the game needs right now is to be dragged through the mill even further," added the England captain. "It would astonish me if something like this was going on, given the circumstances in which this one-day series is being played. "But if it is, obviously that is a pretty strong indictment of how prevalent this type of thing is in the game of cricket. "But we just don't know how credible that information is, and it would be wrong for me to speculate on whether there is any credibility to it at all. "It would be wrong for us to vote with our feet on something that may be just a crank call. We just don't know." — AFP



Monday, September 20, 2010

France rout Argentina

LYON: France’s Arnaud Clement serves the ball to Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos during their Davis Cup semifinal match in Lyon, central France, —AP

India defeat Brazil to return to world group

CHENNAI: India’s Somdev Devvarman, reacts after winning the reverse singles match against Brazil’s Thomas Bellucci, in the Davis Cup world group playoff in Chennai. India won both reverse singles matches yesterday to complete victory over Brazil. — AP

CHENNAI: India returned to the Davis Cup world group yesterday after staging a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down on the opening day to beat Brazil in the playoff tie. Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna won the reverse singles against higher ranked opponents, to clinch the tie in India’s favour. Both players had lost their singles matches in five sets on Friday. Doubles specialists Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had made it 1-2 for the hosts on Saturday, beating Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-4 7-6 6-1. On Sunday, India drew level when Thomaz Bellucci, ranked 27th in the world, conceded the first of the reverse singles to 113th-ranked Devvarman midway through the second set. Devvarman was leading 7-6 4-0 when Bellucci retired due to dehydration in the searing Chennai heat. Ranked 479th, Bopanna then defeated world number 75 Ricardo Mello 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 to make the tie 3-2 for India. “After the heartbreak we had on Friday, losing those two turn it around against Brazil and win today, it takes five lionhearts to do that. We are very proud of what we achieved,” the 36-year old Bhupathi told a news conference. “I keep saying that in Davis Cup you throw the rankings out of the window. It’s all about the team. We are back in the world group where we deserve to be,” Paes, who made his Davis Cup debut 21 years ago against Japan, said. — Reuters

LYON: Gilles Simon beat Eduardo Schwank 7-6 (5), 6-7 (6), 6-3 and Arnaud Clement enjoyed a comprehensive 7-5, 6-1 win against Horacio Zeballos as France completed a 5-0 rout of Argentina in their Davis Cup semifinal yesterday. With a place in the final already secured after victory in Saturday’s doubles gave the French an unassailable 3-0 lead, captain Guy Forget rested Gael Monfils and Michael Llodra for Sunday’s reverse singles and chose Simon and Clement instead. France will travel to Serbia for the Dec. 3-5 final after the Serbs, led by US Open finalist Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic, rallied from being 21 down yesterday to beat the Czech Republic 3-2. “We’ve been lucky enough to just play at home so far,” Forget said. “The match was already very hard and now it will be even harder because the Serbian players Djokovic and Tipsarevic are very talented. They will probably have 20,000 people behind them. It will be tough.” Simon did not face a single break point and closed out the match on serve after breaking Schwank’s serve for the first time in the eighth game of the final set. Clement then broke Zeballos’s serve four times in taking little more than an hour to win. France, which routed defending champion Spain 5-0 in the quarterfinals, won the last of its nine Davis Cup titles in 2001 and lost to Russia at home in the 2002 final. “It’s a dream weekend, with a lot of joy,” French tennis federation president Jean Gachassin said. “The Davis Cup is very important in the life of a player and in the life of a federation.” But Forget accepts that Djokovic and Tipsarevic form a potent singles pairing, although France has a strong doubles pairing in Llodra and Clement. “Novak is in great form at the moment after his final at the US Open. Whenever they needed him, he responded,” Forget said. “When he plays for his country, he surpasses himself every time. There’s also Tipsarevic, who saved his team against the Czech Republic. He also has a lot of experience and will be hard to beat in front of his fans.” But Forget does not expect his own players to crumble in Serbia. “We beat the Australians at their place a few years ago. So why not repeat the feat?” Forget said. “All the French players have been mentally strong since the start of the season. They’ve shown a lot of courage and temperament. They will be well up for it.” Simon had six aces in the first set and won a closely contested tiebreak with a forehand volley. The first break-point chance of the match for either player came in the seventh game of the second set, when Schwank had to save his serve three times with Simon pressuring him. Simon’s 10th ace of the match set up two match points at 6-4 up, but schwank saved both and then set up a set point of his own with a neat drop shot. He then leveled the match with a powerful forehand return on Simon’s serve. — AP

SPAIN: MotoGP Ducati rider Casey Stoner of Australia lifts the trophy after winning the MotoGP Aragon Motorcycle Grand Prix. — AP

Stoner wins in Aragon MADRID: Former world champion Casey Stoner held off local favourite Dani Pedrosa to win the Aragon MotoGP yesterday and record his first victory of the season. Spanish Honda pilot Pedrosa recovered from a poor start and began to reel the Australian Ducati rider in during the middle stages of the race at the new Motorland circuit in Alcaniz to the north east of Madrid. But 2007 champion Stoner, who started from pole having recovered from a minor crash during the warmup, pulled away to win by a comfortable margin of more than five seconds. Stoner’s team mate Nicky Hayden of the United States pipped championship leader Jorge Lorenzo for third, just over nine seconds off the pace, after overtaking the Spaniard on an exciting final lap. With five races remaining and 25 points awarded for a win, Pedrosa is the only rider who can catch Lorenzo in the overall standings. The Yamaha rider leads his compatriot by 56 points

and Stoner is 129 points back in third. “It was a difficult race today and I was very nervous for the first few laps after the crash this morning,” Stoner said in an interview with Spanish television. “I was lucky not to make too big a mistake and tried to put in some smooth, consitent laps and pull away for the win,” the 24-year-old added. Current world champion Valentino Rossi, who is struggling with a shoulder injury, finished sixth. The sport is still reeling from the death of Shoya Tomizawa at the San Marino Grand Prix two weeks ago and riders had earlier gathered in bright sunshine in the paddock to pay tribute to the Japanese Moto2 pilot. Members of his team placed his bike on the starting grid and a minute’s silence was held for the 19-yearold, whose number 48 has been retired from the championship. Andrea Iannone of Italy won the Moto2 race and Spaniard Pol Espargaro was victorious in the 125cc category. — Reuters

Nibali secures Tour of Spain MADRID: Italian Vincenzo Nibali, of Liquigas, claimed overall victory in the Tour of Spain yesterday after a 21st and final stage won by American sprinter Tyler Farrar. Nibali, a 25-year-old all-rounder from Sicily, becomes the first Italian since Marco Giovannetti in 1990 to win the three-week race. He succeeds Spaniard Alejandro Valverde as race champion. The Italian finished with a 41-sec lead on Ezequiel Mosquera after managing to counter a series of attacks by the Spaniard, notably on the mountainous penultimate stage. Mosquera took that stage victory on Saturday and eventually finished in second place overall, with Slovakian Peter Velits finishing third having hoisted himself up the standings with victory in the final time trial. Having placed a solid seventh overall in last year’s Tour de France, Nibali’s status as a potential winner of the Grand Tours was polished with a third place finish in the 2010 Giro

d’Italia, won by teammate Ivan Basso. A number of top stars were missing from the race-three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador opted not to compete and Valverde is currently serving a ban. And arguably Nibali was given a helping hand when he took over the race lead on stage 14 after Euskaltel’s Igor Anton was forced out due to a crash. Nibali, however, showed class and composure for the final week that was made even more difficult by the offensive tactics of Mosquera and Spanish climbing specialist Joaquin Rodriguez. Rodriguez then took an option on overall victory after taking possession of the leader’s red jersey after stage 16, after which Nibali dropped to second overall at 33sec. However the diminutive Katusha rider paid the price for his lack of time trialling prowess. The next day Nibali produced a solid time trial performance over 46km on stage 17 to

take command of the race. With Rodriguez almost four minutes adrift, it became a duel with Mosquera with the final round taking place on Saturday’s 20th stage to the summit of the Bola del Mundo. Mosquera had promised to give it his all, and the Spanish rider kept to his word. Nibali was equal to the challenge, however, finishing spent but happy in the Spaniard’s wake to vitrually secure his first three-week race win. In the final stage GarminTransitions sprinter Farrar finally got the better of triple stage winner Mark Cavendish, the American leaving the Isle of Man ace in second with Allan Davis of Australia in third. France’s David Moncoutie, of Cofidis, won the polka dot jersey for the race’s best climber for the third time. As well as three stage wins Cavendish, who has 15 stage wins from the Tour de France in three years, also secured the race’s points jersey. — AFP

SPAIN: The pack rides during the Spanish Vuelta cycling race. — AP


Monday, September 20, 2010


Martinez excels, Alabama rout Duke NEW YORK: Top-ranked Alabama and eighth-ranked Nebraska had no issues in their first road games of the college football season Saturday. Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns in his season debut as Alabama routed Duke 6213. It was the Tide’s highest-scoring game in 19 years. Taylor Martinez, a redshirt freshman, ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns, threw for another 150 yards and a score as Nebraska overwhelmed Washington 56-21. At Durham, North Carolina, the Tide drew an overflow crowd 39,042 to Wallace Wade Stadium and then quickly doused any hope of an upset for the home team. Ingram, who missed the first two games with a knee injury, took his first carry 48 yards, surpassed the 100-yard mark two carries later and scored on rushes of 1 and 17 yards. Greg McElroy matched a career high with three scoring passes for the Crimson Tide (3-0). Alabama led 28-0 roughly 10 minutes into the game. With Ingram and defensive end Marcell Dareus back in the lineup, the Tide won their 17th straight to roll into the SEC opener at No. 12 Arkansas next week. At Seattle, Roy Helu Jr. rushed for 110 yards including TD runs of 65 and 8 yards as the Cornhuskers gained 383 yards on the ground against the Huskies’ defense. Nebraska (3-0) led 28-14 at halftime before Martinez took the first play of the second half 80 yards for his second score. Washington (12) never got closer than 14 after that. The 56 points tied the most ever allowed by Washington at home.

Ohio State 43, Ohio 7 At Columbus, Ohio, Terrelle Pryor picked apart Ohio University’s defense with a school-record 16 consecutive completions as Ohio State ran away from the Bobcats. The victory over the turnover-prone Bobcats (1-2) improved Ohio State (3-0) to 41-0-1 since it last lost to another Ohio college, a 7-6 setback against Oberlin in 1921.

Arkansas 31, Georgia 24 At Athens Georgia, Ryan Mallett threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Greg Childs with 14 seconds remaining as Arkansas picked up a huge win on the road after blowing a two-touchdown lead.

S Carolina 38, Furman 19 At Columbia, South Carolina, Stephen Garcia threw two touchdown passes and South Carolina beat Furman. Freshman Marcus Lattimore added 97 yards and his fifth rushing touchdown this season for the Gamecocks, who opened 3-0 for the first time in three years.

Utah 56, New Mexico 14 At Albuquerque, New Mexico, Shaky Smithson went untouched on a 73-yard punt return touchdown, capping a surge of three touchdowns in a span of 4:16 for Utah.

LSU 29, Mississippi State 7 At Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Josh Jasper set an LSU record with five field goals, and the Tigers had five interceptions. Stevan Ridley rushed for a 2-yard touchdown for LSU (3-0, 2-0 SEC). At Auburn, Alabama, Wes Byrum kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime and Clemson’s Chandler Catanzaro missed a doover kick to tie as No. 16 Auburn won.

USC 32, Minnesota 21 At Minneapolis, Robert Woods returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown to jumpstart USC’s sluggish offense and the 18thranked Trojans pulled away.

DURHAM: Alabama cornerback Mark Holt (15) catches a pass over Duke cornerback Chris Rwabukamba (16) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game.—AP

At Laramie, Wyoming, Kellen Moore threw for 370 yards and two touchdowns and Boise State’s defense forced three turnovers as the Broncos extended their winning streak to 16. The Broncos (2-0) showed no signs of rust after a 12-day rest, piling up 648 total yards. They scored 37 straight points to begin the game, allowing Moore & Co. to watch the final quarter from the sideline.

West Virginia 31, Maryland 17 At Morgantown, West Virginia, Geno Smith threw four touchdown passes, Noel Devine rushed for a season-high 131 yards and West Virginia beat Maryland.

Penn State 24, Ken State 0 At State College, Pennsylvania, Evan Royster and freshman quarterback Rob Bolden each ran for first-quarter touchdowns, and the Penn State defense capitalized on quarterback Spencer Keith’s shaky performance in a win over Kent State.

TCU 45, Baylor 10 At Fort Worth, Texas, Ed Wesley ran 19 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns, and Andy Dalton completed 21 of 23 passes for 267 yards with two scores as TCU stretched its home winning streak to 16 games. The Horned Frogs (3-0) scored touchdowns on their first five drives to build a 353 lead and had 335 of their 558 total yards by halftime. At Eugene, Oregon, LaMichael James ran for 227 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns as Oregon easily defeated Portland State in its final tuneup before Pac-10 play. Oregon set a school record with 528 yards rushing, surpassing the

At Stanford, California, Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes and ran 52 yards for another score for Stanford to the end zone on all eight drives that he played. Michigan 42, Massachusetts 37 At Ann Arbor, Michigan, Denard Robinson accounted for 345 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 20 Michigan overcome its poor defense to beat Massachusetts.

Boise State 51, Wyoming 6

Oregon 69, Portland State 0

Stanford 68, Wake Forest 24

UCLA 31, Houston 13

LEXINGTON: Kentucky running back Derrick Locke (20) dives past Akron defenders Sheldon Miller (32) and Shawn Lemon for a touchdown during the second half of their NCAA college football game.—AP mark 465 set at Washington in 2007.

Texas 24, Texas Tech 14 At Lubbock, Texas, Garrett

Gilbert threw for two touchdowns and 227 yards to lead Texas to a sloppy victory. Texas put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter after

draining more than nine minutes off the clock. The 22-play drive included a risky and successful fake punt on fourth-and1 on its own 29.

PASADENA: Houston quarterback Case Keenum (7) is stopped by UCLA safety Tony Dye after a 45-yard scramble in the first half of an NCAA college football game.—AP Oklahoma 27, Air Force 24 At Norman, Oklahoma, DeMarco Murray gained a total of 148 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Oklahoma hold off a late charge from Air Force’s overpowering run game. Murray ran for a 5-yard touchdown and scored on a 17-yard screen pass in the third quarter as the Sooners (3-0) reeled off 17 straight points to pull away after Air Force (2-1) had tied it early in the second half.

Valai blocked a game-tying extra point try and the 11thranked Wisconsin held on. Arizona State’s Cameron Marshall scored on a 2-yard

touchdown run to cut Wisconsin’s lead to 20-19 with 4:09 left in the game. But Valai, a senior safety, burst through the line to block the kick.

At Pasadena, California, Johnathan Franklin rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns as UCLA rolled over No. 23 Houston, which lost star quarterback Case Keenum to an injury for the second straight week.

Oregon State 35, Louisville 28 At Corvallis, Oregon, Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns and James Dockery sealed the game with an interception for Oregon State. —AP

Arizona 34, Iowa 27 At Tucson, Arizona, Nick Foles hit William Wright with a late 4-yard touchdown pass and Arizona bounced back after blowing a big lead. The Wildcats (3-0) jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead behind a slew of big plays that included a blocked punt, Travis Cobb’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception returned 85 yards by Trevin Wade for another score.

Florida 31, Tennessee 17 At Knoxville, Tennessee, Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns as Florida beat Tennessee for the sixth straight time. The Gators grabbed a third straight win in Knoxville for the first time in the 40-game series after failing to pull of the feat in 1990, 1998 and 2004.

KENTUCKY: Western Kentucky’s Ryan Beard (right) tries to tackle Indiana’s Damarlo Belcher during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Bowling Green.ó—AP

Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 19 At Madison, Wisconsin, Jay

KNOXVILLE: Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker (88) is tripped up by Florida cornerback Jeremy Brown (8) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game.—AP

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LONDON: Manchester United’s Dimitar Berbatov (right) scores his second goal against Liverpool during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium. — AP

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MANCHESTER: A stunning Dimitar Berbatov hat-trick rescued Manchester United from what was threatening to be yet another defensive catastrophe in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford here yesterday. United seemed to be in complete control of the game after two goals from Berbatov repaid the faith shown in him of late by his manager, only for two goals from Steven Gerrard-the results of infringements by United defenders-allowed the visitors to draw level. With just six minutes to play, however, Paul Scholes found John O’Shea on the right and his perfect cross saw Berbatov outjump Jamie Carragher and head clinically into the Liverpool goal.

The Bulgarian, singled out for praise by Ferguson in the prematch build-up, certainly continued in the vein of form described by his manager and had been an influential figure even before he claimed the opening goal four minutes before the interval. Berbatov himself won the telling corner with a cross from the right which Carragher turned behind as Wayne Rooney lurked, poised to connect. Ryan Giggs took the resulting kick from the left flank and, with the assistance of some shoddy marking, Berbatov cleverly found the space to stoop and guide a header past Pepe Reina from six yards. The second, for United and Berbatov, just before the hour mark was far more memorable and seemed to have effectively killed off the contest. The move started with a sublime pass from Darren Fletcher which found Nani near the righthand corner flag. The winger cut in before chipping over a cross which Berbatov, back to goal, controlled on his knee before placing into the goal, via the crossbar, with an auda-

cious overhead kick. The Berbatov brace was the very minimum that United deserved and, indeed, the only surprise was that two goals were all the home side had to show for a first hour of complete domination. But, two minutes later, Liverpool halved the deficit after Jonny Evans slid in and brought down Fernando Torres as he made a rare burst into the United areaGerrard calmly beating Edwin van der Sar from the penalty that correctly followed. That was a break that Liverpool could scarcely have foreseen as they struggled out of the gate yet United’s worrying trend of throwing away leads-as had been the case at Fulham and Everton already this season-continued. After 68 minutes, John O’Shea was judged to have brought down Torres as he sped towards the United area and Gerrard placed the free-kick through the wall and past the stationary van der Sar from just outside the box, a finish which left major question marks over United’s defending once more. The comeback had earlier

seemed inconceivable, such was United’s power going forward. Nani screwed an early shot just wide and Ferguson’s men seemed to grow in confidence after Berbatov’s first. There were strong appeals for a United penalty after Christian Poulsen’s backwards header appeared to strike Carragher’s arm and Rooney ended the half with a low shot from just outside the area which was not far from the target. The second half opened with Liverpool finally showing more enthusiasm to attack their hosts although the first chance again fell for United as Fletcher’s long-range shot took an awkward deflection and looped up, almost falling for Berbatov on the six-yard line before Reina gathered. O’Shea’s short pass also created an angle for Nani to unleash a quite blistering shot which beat Reina only to thunder against the Liverpool woodwork after 56 minutes. Three goals followed, inside ten minutes, and set up an intriguing finale which was finally, and fittingly, settled by the best player on the field. — AFP

Barca see off Atletico MADRID: Champions Barcelona got their title bid back on track with a 2-1 win over bogey side Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon yesterday to stay within three points of league leaders Valencia. Barcelona, humiliated 2-0 by Hercules in their last league outing, had lost their last two trips to the Calderon but first-half goals from Argentine Lionel Messi and Spain World Cup star Gerard Pique inflicted a first defeat of the season on Atletico. It was Barca coach Pep Guardiola’s first win at Atletico, who had a maximum six points before kick-off, and his side climbed to fifth a point behind Real Madrid and three points off Valencia. His joy, however, was tempered by seeing Messi stretchered off in the final minute after having his ankle kicked by Czech defender Tomasz Ujfalusi, who was sent off for the tackle. Earlier Valencia replaced Real Madrid at the top of La Liga winning 2-1 at promoted Hercules to make it a perfect nine-point start to the season. It was Atletico’s second defeat in a week following their 1-0 Europa League loss to Aris Salonica, however they stay third in the league above Barcelona on goal difference. Barcelona were on a high after their 5-1 thrashing of Panathinaikos in the Champions League and had a full strength team with eight Spanish World Cup winners in the starting XI. Atletico received a boost with forward Sergio “Kun” Aguero shrugging off a knock to start. David Villa hit the post for Barcelona to give Atletico their first warning. Then on 13 minutes Barca took the lead when Messi flicked the ball into the corner of the net with the outside of his boot after being fed by Pedro Rodriguez. Atletico responded quickly and were level in the 25th minute when Raul Garcia headed in a Simao corner after goalkeeper Victor Valdes had mis-timed his punch. Barca took seven minutes to restore their lead with defender Pique finishing like a striker. Pique controlled a Messi corner on his chest and drilled a low shot into the corner for his first goal of the season. Xavi and Pedro forced Atletico goalkeeper David de Gea, only 19 but being tipped for a bright future, to produce two smart saves early in the second half. Villa could have killed the game off but fired over on 73 minutes and was denied by the terrific de Gea in a one-on-one minutes later. Atletico’s Ujfalusi was sent off in the dying seconds for hacking down Messi who clutched his ankle on going down and left the field on a stretcher. The Atletico defeat means Valencia, league champions in 2002 and 2004, are the only team with a flawless record after a 2-1 win over Hercules yesterday. Hercules won 2-0 at Barca last time out but goals from Spanish international Juan Mata and Pablo Hernandez were enough for Valencia, who played most of the second half with ten men following the dismissal of defender David Navarro. Villarreal climbed up to fourth with a 2-1 win at promoted Levante yesterday. — AFP

MADRID: FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi from Argentina is tackled by Atletico de Madrid’s Tomas Ujfalusi from Czech Republic during their Spanish League soccer match. — AP

Schalke slump continues BERLIN: Japan midfielder Sinji Kagawa scored twice in Dortmund’s 3-1 win over arch-rivals Schalke yesterday in the Ruhr valley derby to inflict a fourth-straight defeat on the Royal Blues. Despite signing Spain striker Raul and Dutchman forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Schalke have big problems in defence and are bottom of the league after four games. “This is the worst day for me since I have been at Schalke,” fumed coach Felix Magath in his second season in charge, having won the Bundesliga with both Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich. “I have never experienced such a start to the league, the defeats have left their marks on us. The group has lost all confidence, I have never seen that before in a team.” Schalke lost French defender Nicolas Plestan for a second yellow card and a subsequent red on 60 minutes, but Kagawa had already scored his third goal in four games by then to claim the bragging rights for Dortmund. Both his strikes on 19 and 58 minutes were top class and his 350,000 euros transfer from Japanese side Cerezo Osaka before the the start of the season looks like a bargain. Dortmund’s Poland striker Robert Lewandowski headed a late goal to seal the win, before Huntelaar netted a late consolation for Schalke. The result puts Dortmund third behind new leaders Mainz 05 while Schalke are rock bottom. Leverkusen were held to a goalless

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Nuremberg and remain in mid-table but lost Germany striker Stefan Kiessling to an ankle injury just 13 minutes into the game. Earlier, Hamburg striker Mladen Petric’s long-range strike earned his side a 1-1 with St Pauli in the Hanseatic derby. Hamburg’s Petric came off the bench in the 62nd-minute and went on to score a super equaliser in the 88th minute after St Pauli midfielder Fabian Boll, a part-time policeman, had fired the hosts ahead on 77 minutes. The result leaves Hamburg in fourth and St Pauli tenth. On Saturday, dark horses Mainz went top after shocking Champions League side Werder Bremen 2-0 while champions Bayern Munich were held to a goalless draw at home by Cologne. Fresh from their 2-2 midweek draw with Tottenham in the Champions League, Bremen were stunned at home as midfielder Marcel Risse netted and teenage striker Andre Schuerrle scored his third goal in three games. The win leaves Mainz as the only team in the German league with four wins from their first four games. Bayern’s game coincided with the start of Oktoberfest in the Bavarian city, but there was little for Bayern fans to celebrate. — AFP Cologne had several chances to win as Bayern goalkeeper Hans-Joerg Butt had a busy afternoon while Munich only threat-

LONDON: Florent Malouda struck twice as Chelsea completed a routine 4-0 victory over Blackpool that extended the champions’ 100 percent record after the opening five games of the Premier League campaign. Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba completed the scoring as Carlo Ancelotti’s free-scoring side raced into a four-goal half time lead and took their season tally to 25 goals in six domestic and Champions League games. Malouda’s double means the France midfielder has now scored six goals in five league games and the 30-year-old’s display confirmed his growing status as one of the key members of Ancelotti’s line-up. Surprisingly, Chelsea eased off after the interval, apparently content to collect the three points that means they sit four points clear above Arsenal and Manchester United in the emerging Premier League table. The fixture list handed Ancelotti’s side a generous start and the match against Manchester City next weekend marks their first meeting with one of their main rivals. But the Italian will be satisfied his side could not have done any more in the opening weeks. Blackpool, meanwhile, will draw positives from their second half display when they carved out a number of decent chances, albeit against a side that was seeing out the game in second gear. The visitors’ resistance was expected to be flimsy but manager Ian Holloway might have reasonably expected his side would put up more of a fight before falling behind to Kalou’s opening goal inside two minutes. From Blackpool’s first touch they conceded a corner inside the first minute and from the setpiece the Ivorian-one of two Chelsea players unmarked at the far post-swept the ball past Matthew Gilks from six yards. That set the standard for the opening exchanges and Michael Essien came close to doubling Chelsea’s lead in the seventh minute when he fired a rising drive narrowly over. It was clear, though, the second goal was imminent and it came five minutes later after Kalou had picked out Didier Drogba’s run across the back-four and the striker then showed superb awareness to pull the ball across the face of goal where Malouda completed a routine tapin. Blackpool’s worst fears were being realised but to their credit they responded positively, taking the game to Chelsea whenever they could and they even came close to clawing one back when midfielder Alex Baptiste produced a superb save from Petr Cech. That was the start of the visitors best spell of the game and for ten minutes they pressed the home side back and forced several corners. The continuing ambition of Holloway’s side was commendable but their willingness to press forward inevitably left them vulnerable, particularly to Ashley Cole’s forays down the left flank. Blackpool right back Neil Eardley was given a torrid time by Cole and when Essien picked out the fullback, Cole released Drogba, whose shot took a deflection to make it 3-0. The striker turned sharply and enjoyed a stroke of luck when his shot brushed off defender Ian Evatt and wrongfooted Gilks for the 30th minute third. Blackpool could have been forgiven for shifting into damage limitation mode, particularly when Malouda stroked home a fourth four minutes from halftime after once again being set up by Kalou. But there was no sign Holloway’s side’s primary concern was to protect Gilks’s goal and they maintained their positive approach after the break,

LONDON: Blackpool’s Ian Evatt (front) clears to ball away from Chelsea’s Didier Drogba during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stamford Bridge Stadium. — AP

EPL results /standings Manchester United 3, (Berbatov 42, 59, 84); Liverpool 2, (Gerrard 64-pen, 70); Wigan 0, Manchester City 2, (Tevez 43, Yaya Toure 70); Chelsea 4, (Kalou 2, Malouda 12, 41, Drogba 30); Blackpool 0. Played Saturday: Stoke City 1,(Jones 48); West Ham 1,(Parker 32); Aston Villa 1, (Ashley Young 13);Bolton 1,(Davies 35); Blackburn 1, (Samba 30); Fulham 1, (Dempsey 56); Everton 0, Newcastle 1, (Ben Arfa 45); Tottenham 3, (Van der Vaart 77-pen, Pavlyuchenko 87, Hutton 90); Wolves 1, (Fletcher 45); West Brom 3, (Dann o.g. 51, Odemwingie 59, Olsson 69); Birmingham 1, (Jerome 15); Sunderland 1, (Bent 90); Arsenal 1, (Fabregas 13). English Premier League table after yesterday’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Sunderland 5 1 3 1 5 5 6 Chelsea 5 5 0 0 21 1 15 Birmingham 5 1 3 1 7 8 6 Arsenal 5 3 2 0 14 4 11 Bolton 5 1 3 1 7 8 6 Man United 5 3 2 0 14 7 11 Blackburn 5 1 2 2 5 6 5 Man City 5 2 2 1 6 2 8 Wolver 5 1 2 2 6 8 5 Tottenham 5 2 2 1 6 4 8 Liverpool 5 1 2 2 4 7 5 Newcastle 5 2 1 2 8 6 7 Stoke City 5 1 1 3 5 8 4 Fulham 5 1 4 0 7 6 7 Wigan 5 1 1 3 2 13 4 Aston Villa 5 2 1 2 6 9 7 Everton 5 0 2 3 4 7 2 Blackpool 5 2 1 2 8 12 7 West Ham 5 0 1 4 3 13 1 W’ Bromwich 5 2 1 2 5 9 7

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WIGAN: Argentinian international Carlos Tevez scored one and created another as Manchester City moved into the top four with a 2-0 victory at Wigan here yesterday. Roberto Mancini’s expensively assembled side were desperate for three points after just one win in their first four Premier League matches. They were stifled for much of the opening period before Tevez scored just before half time with his sixth goal in seven appearances against Wigan. The dynamic striker then crossed for summer signing Yaya Toure to score his first goal in English football as City recorded their first ever win at the DW Stadium in six attempts. Wigan have now lost three of their first four home games, conceding 13 goals and scoring just once. Manchester City began the game with Tevez on his own in attack and Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure and Nigel De Jong in midfield. David Silva started a fine move with a fine pass to Micah Richards, whose cross was headed back across his own area by Emmerson Boyce, only for Silva’s shot to be deflected wide. And Tevez also went close when he held off three Wigan defenders and hit a low drive that flew just wide of Ali Al Habsi’s post. Wigan were organised and

LONDON: Manchester City’s James Milner (right) vies for the ball against Wigan’s James McCarthy during their English Premier League soccer match at the DW Stadium. — AP pressing their visitors hard when City had possession.And their first real attack came when Pablo Zabaleta’s pass was easily intercepted by Boyce but the Wigan full back’s cross for Charles N’Zogbia was blocked by Vincent Kompany. As City looked for more penetration, Gareth Barry lifted a ball wide for James Milner, whose dangerous cross was held at the near post by Al Habsi. Wigan striker Franco Di Santo had enjoyed an impressive start and forced a tricky low save after cutting inside Kolo Toure and trying to find the near corner. City continued to probe and when Barry picked out Zabaleta’s

forward run, the full back drilled a shot over from just outside the area. But City took the lead just before the break through Tevez’s fine chip. Hart’s goal kick was flicked back towards his own goal by Mohamed Diame and Tevez broke away from Steve Gohouri before lifting his finish over Al Habsi. Tevez picked out Silva shortly after the restart but the Spaniard was crowded out. At the other end, Diame shot well over from 30 yards as Wigan tried to find a way back into the contest. City doubled their lead with 20 minutes remaining thanks to another Wigan defensive lapse. — AFP

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Oman plans to stick to 2010 spending plan MUSCAT: Oman plans to stick to its spending plan this year and the budget deficit is likely to be smaller as oil prices seem to stay higher than estimated, the Gulf country’s finance ministry official said yesterday. The small non-OPEC crude producer largely overshot its original expenditure plans in the past two years to help the economy ride through the global downturn. However, inflationary pressures are on the rise again this year. Oman has used nearly 63 percent of its 2010 budget in the first eight months, the official said, focusing on infrastructure and energy projects to boost economic growth. “The government has spent 4.5 billion rials ($11.69 billion) so far in January to August from the 7.18 billion rial expenditure budget allocated for 2010 as part of our plan to meet all our spending commitments targeted for the year,” the official, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. The Omani cabinet surpassed expenditures budgeted for 2009 by nearly 16 percent, after more than 30 percent in the previous year. It has yet to publish budget data for August and July. Omani policymakers use fiscal policy as a key tool to steer the economy as the country pegs its rial to the US dollar. Oman set its 2010 budget with revenues of 6.38 billion rials and a deficit of 800 million based on an average oil price of $50 per barrel. Its budget surplus widened to 702.8 million rials at the end of June, data showed in August. The Gulf Arab sultanate’s central bank warned in July that it needed to closely watch inflation in the second half as it could put the currency under pressure. Inflation climbed to a 13-month high of 3.5 percent year-on-year in June. The official did not say whether a budget surplus was likely this year given substantially higher oil prices. “It looks good so far. We don’t intend to exceed the deficit we planned for the year because the price of oil has so far favored the budget,” he said. “We sold our oil in August at an average price of about 30 percent above the figure we forecast for this year,” he said. Analysts polled by Reuters expected Oman to post a surplus of 3.8 percent of gross domestic product in 2010. The benchmark US crude oil prices fell for a fourth straight session on Friday to close at $73.66 a barrel. The sultanate boosted its oil output for the second year running in 2009 and plans further gains this year. The crude income accounted for 67 percent of its total revenues last year. The country produced an average of 812,500 barrels per day (bpd) of oil in 2009 compared to 756,800 bpd the year earlier, data from the economy ministry showed. It is planning to spend around $3.5 billion in the next five years to increase oil output and generate cash for infrastructure projects. Oman said in March it expected its GDP to jump 6.1 percent in 2010, helped by a recovery in oil prices, while the market is more pessimistic, betting on a 4.0 percent rise. — Reuters

Iraq delays gas auction BAGHDAD: Iraq has postponed an auction for three gas fields for the second time, to Oct 20, after some companies asked for more time to study contract terms, an Iraqi oil official said yesterday. The bidding round was to have taken place on Oct 1, after being pushed back by a month before. “Eight companies asked the Oil Ministry to postpone the auction to give them more time to study the final tender protocol after the ministry made some amendments,” Abdul-Mahdy Al-Ameedi, head of the Iraqi oil ministry’s licensing and contracting office, told Reuters. Ameedi also said that Italy’s Eni and Japan’s Mitsubishi have paid participation fees for Iraq’s third bidding round, bringing the number of companies expected to join the auction up to 13. One or two more companies are expected to pay the participation fees in the coming few days, he added. Iraq will tender gas fields at Akkas in the western desert, Iraq’s Sunni heartland and once an Al-Qaeda stronghold, Mansuriyah near the Iranian border in volatile Diyala province, and Siba in the relatively peaceful southern oil hub of Basra. The three fields together have estimated reserves of around 11.23 trillion cubic feet of gas. The companies registered for the auction include Italy’s Edison, France’s Total, South Korea’s KOGAS, and Russia’s TNK-BP. Firms had registered for the auction and paid the necessary fees, and received final versions of the model contract earlier this month. Iraq, starved of power after years of war, sanctions and economic decline, hopes opening its gas sector to foreign investment will boost its power capacity. More than seven years after the US-led invasion, Iraq’s national grid only supplies a few hours of power each day. — Reuters

Gap likely to be lower than 800m rials planned for 2010

SINGAPORE: This photo shows visitors riding on the “Battlestar Galactica roller-coaster” at Universal Studios Singapore theme park during its opening day. — AFP

Growing Asian middle class fuels theme park expansion SINGAPORE: When Singapore first announced it was building a Universal Studios theme park, skeptics wondered if the complex would draw enough crowds to be commercially viable. But just six months after opening, Universal Studios Singapore has already welcomed more than one million visitors, and other countries in Asia are building even bigger theme parks. Asia has become the new frontier for large-scale outdoor entertainment complexes thanks to growing affluence in large emerging economies like China, India and Indonesia, and cheaper air travel. “The industry is moving to Asia,” said Christian Aaen, Asian regional director of research firm AECOM Economics, which specializes in entertainment and leisure industry analysis. “With key fundamentals in place such as the growing middle class and incomes in Asia as well as demand for entertainment and leisure time, this is the perfect product for tourism and economic development,” he told AFP. Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea, the Universal Studios park in Osaka and South Korea’s homegrown Everland ranked among the world’s top 10 theme parks in terms of visitors last year, according to industry con-

sultancy Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Encouraged by Asia’s promise, Universal Studios signed a deal in January to build its largest theme park in the world in South Korea at a cost of around 2.67 billion dollars. When completed in 2014, the resort will be bigger than Universal Studios’ four other parks in Hollywood, Florida, Osaka and Singapore combined. Disneyland has not fared well in Hong Kong-with a 70 million Hong Kong dollar (nine million US) loss last year, according to the South China Morning Post-but it is going ahead with a new franchise in Shanghai, with construction expected to start in November. Denmark’s Legoland is setting up its first Asian branch in Malaysia’s Johore state close to Singapore, hiring builders to use the famous little plastic bricks to replicate national and state landmarks. A recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) report said the region’s middle class was growing at an exponential rate and poised to become the world’s single biggest group of consumers. In 2008, some 1.9 billion people were broadly classified by the ADB as part of the middle class in Asian developing countries, more than triple the

group’s size of 565 million in 1990. China in particular saw its middle class boom, with statistics showing the share of the Chinese population with daily incomes of six to ten dollars surging from 4.8 to 25.5 percent between 1995-2007. In India, people in that income bracket increased from about 29 percent in 1993-94 to 38 percent in 2004-05, the ADB report showed. Wealthy Singapore, which has only five million people, is a major beneficiary of Asia’s increasingly mobile middle class families. Nearly 1.1 million tourists entered Singapore in July-a record high, thanks in part to Universal Studioswith Indonesia, China, Malaysia and India in the top five countries of origin along with Australia. “As developing Asia’s people secure their middle-class status, its emerging consumers are very much expected to become the next global consumers and assume the traditional role of the US and European middle classes,” the ADB said. AECOM’s Aaen said the opening of Universal Studios in Singapore “marked the beginning of the new decade where Asia will dominate and remain the primary region for future growth of the industry”. — AFP

Saudi Hollandi bets on retail banking following debt woes Move follows massive debt defaults by Saudi corporates RIYADH: Saudi Hollandi Bank, the kingdom’s oldest bank, will put more focus on retail banking in the short-term to boost profit growth after multi-billion dollar defaults by some Saudi family-owned firms. The lender, part-owned by Royal Bank of Scotland does not have a new cost-cutting policy, Managing Director Bernd van Linder told Reuters yesterday, after a 50 percent drop in costs led it to a stellar profit growth performance during the second quarter. This performance had prompted analysts to wonder whether the savings were one-offs or Hollandi had started a cost-cutting strategy that could help it sustain strong profit growth performances. “The main goal of our new strategy, approved by the board, is focus on personal banking considering the kingdom’s young population ... We feel there is a market for it and will balance the bank’s recurrent income,” van Linder said in a telephone interview. Van Linder did not put numbers on the targets of the retail banking push. Its contribution to Hollandi’s net profit fell to 8 percent by end-June down from 15 percent a year earlier, while corporate banking’s contribution to net profit rose to 71 percent from about 56 percent in the first half of 2009. “We want to raise the contribution of personal banking which will help us stabilize net profit,” van Linder said. He declined to talk about the financial cost of the new strategy. The bank has 44 branches, or about 3 percent of total banking branches in the kingdom. Growth in bank lending, especially to the private sector, has been slow since early 2009. Saudi bank credit growth was flat throughout much of 2009 due to the global slump and after defaults the same year by local family firms. “The issue of family-owned firms is an isolated incident that does not reflect the overall strength of the Saudi econo-

my,” van Linder said. For Hollandi, the impact translated into an 11.1 percent drop in its loan portfolio by end-June, 2010, an acceleration from a 7.4 percent decline in the 12 months to end-March 2010. Like several other Saudi lenders, substantial provisions for non-performing loans and a low-interest rate environment eroded Hollandi’s profitability in 2009. Hollandi responded by setting aside enough provisions to cover all non-performing loans and which stood at 2.24 billion riyals by end-2009. “We had strong control on costs, we have been happy especially that this was achieved without compromising revenue growth ... But I am not sure there is a cost-cutting strategy,” van Linder said. “Provisions for non-performing loans caused volatility in profit performance ... We continued to maintain a 100 percent coverage of non-performing loans in 2010,” he added. “It is hard to say whether the worst is over because we are a listed company,” he said, in an apparent reference to stock market regulations on public disclosure. In a note in March, Fitch said Hollandi’s capitalization was “moderately tight” compared to peers. “This may be a constraint on its ability to develop its franchise and exploit opportunities for organic growth in the future,” Fitch said. Van Linder declined to discuss this point, but said Hollandi would “easily comply with Basel III” rules expected to be enforced as of 2013 and under which certain forms of non-voting capital will not count towards the highest quality of capital reserves. In May, Hollandi’s Chairman Mubarak Al-Khafrah said Saudi authorities should help to boost lending by placing longterm deposits with banks in the world’s largest oil exporter. Khafrah also said that a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland may sell its 40-percent stake in Hollandi through a public offering. — Reuters

Indonesian companies cash in on boom times JAKARTA: State-owned Garuda Airlines and Krakatau Steel are among a clutch of Indonesian firms planning public offerings as investors clamor to gain a foothold in Southeast Asia’s emerging giant. Foreigners have been pouring money into the region’s biggest economy, which was largely unaffected by the global financial crisis due to strong domestic demand and limited reliance on wobbly Western export markets. The Jakarta Composite Index has soared threefold from its low in October 2008, hitting historic highs last week as the country’s improving prospects continued to attract foreign capital, dealers said. “Stable economic and political conditions in Indonesia continue to be attractive to international investors,” Sucorinvest Central Gani analyst Gifar Indra Sakti told AFP. The World Economic Forum’s 2010-11 Global Competitiveness Index rankings, released this month, showed Indonesia as the third biggest mover, up 10 notches to 44th place. A survey of business leaders from 523 companies by UK Trade and Investment and the Economist Intelligence Unit, published last week, put Indonesia fourth behind China, Vietnam and India as a destination for investment capital over the next two years. “As (Asia’s) third-fastest growing economy, with huge upside potential for our markets, Indonesia is one of those exciting growth stories and our companies are increasingly receiving wider access to financing,” Indonesia Coordinating Investment Board chief Gita Wirjawan said. Foreign direct investment in the archipelago of 240 million peoplethe fourth biggest country in the world by population-soared 53 percent on-year to 35.6 trillion rupiah (four billion dollars) in the April-June period, official figures show. But analysts said concerns about corruption and the rule of law made equities-rather than direct investments in plant and infrastructure-a more attractive entry point. Around 20 local companies will have raised more than five billion dollars on the sharemarket by the end of the year if current plans come to fruition. Many say they want to pay off debt and cash up for expansion. Fourth-ranked lender Bank Negara Indonesia is targeting 10 trillion rupiah in a December rights issue, while another state-owned bank, PT Bank Mandiri, is marketing a 14-trillion-rupiah issue in the same month. Indofood Sukses Makmur is expecting to raise about 700 million dollars from offering 20 percent of its subsidiary PT Indofood CBP in October. State-owned Krakatau Steel, the country’s biggest steel producer, aims to list in November. “Hopefully we can get fresh funds up to 600 million dollars. We plan to use the funds to expand our business and modernize our machinery,” Krakatau president director Fazwar Bujang said. Another state-owned enterprise, flag carrier Garuda, wants to raise around 300 million dollars to strengthen its capital structure and help fund six new Airbus A330-200 aircraft valued at 1.15 billion dollars. The airline-which was on an EU safety blacklist from 2007 to 2009 — has announced aggressive expansion plans, codenamed “Quantum Leap”, running through to 2014. Equities are seen as the easiest way to get into the Indonesian market, with investors regularly citing legal uncertainty, chronic corruption and poor infrastructure as obstacles to direct investment in the mainly Muslim country.—AFP



Monday, September 20, 2010

KSE best performing market amongst peers he lack of market catalysts during this month, declining oil prices, weak global economic cues and concerns over a sustained global economic recovery along with renewed winds of global risk aversion promoted weakness in the majority of GCC equity markets which ended the month of August on a mixed note as 4 out of 7 bourses have shown losses over the period. This has come on the back of lower than expected 1H-10 earnings of the heavy weight GCC banking sector which came in at $8.8 billion down from $9.2 billion reported in 1H-09. Credit growth in the GCC region, especially for the private sector, remains sluggish compared to unprecedented levels witnessed in the pre-crisis period triggered by the concerns of high credit risk which forced banks to book high provisions that curbed growth in profitability and led to deterioration in asset quality. The month of August witnessed the end of earnings season for 1H-10 with 90 percent of GCC listed companies reporting their 1H-10 financial results showing a significant increase over 1H09 profits; thus injecting a more optimistic view into the economic and market outlook. Aggregate profit has reached $25.4 billion up from $19.7 billion representing a 29 percent increase over 1H-09. All markets, except for Abu Dhabi, have shown an improvement in earnings with the KSE topping the list with a whopping 161 percent increase in earnings followed by Tadawul and DFM showing advances of 40 percent and 15.8 percent, respectively. In addition, the Kuwaiti bourse was the best performer during August with a monthly gain of 3.96 percent in its Weighted Index and hence extending its YTD gains to top the region with a return of 13 percent; followed by Qatar Exchange which gained 2.8 percent, while the Tadawul All Share Index was the region's worst performer with a monthly drop of 2.82 percent. MSM 30 Index declined by 0.6 percent, extending its YTD losses to 1.76 percent, while DFM and ADX remained the worst performers since the beginning of the year triggered by losses reported during August. On YTD basis, DFM and ADX are still in the negative territory with sharp losses of 17.7 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively. Dragged down by the heavy losses incurred by the Saudi market, the largest market in the GCC region; the combined market capitalization of the 7 GCC bourses declined by 0.79 percent or $5.6 billion to record $698.4 billion. The Saudi market, which accounts for around 46 percent of the aggregate market cap of the GCC bourses, lost



Credit growth in GCC's private sector remains sluggish

around $7.6 billion while the Kuwaiti bourse, the second largest stock market, advanced by $4.18 billion over the same month. Stock markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi together lost $2.77 billion on the back of low risk appetite, sluggish economic growth, lack of local market catalysts and yet another delay in reaching an agreement with Dubai world creditors. The GCC region is currently experiencing a foreign investment boom reminiscent of the first oil boom as gulf countries are starting to realize the benefits of capital to their economies. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia and the UAE received about 78 percent of the total $50.9 billion foreign direct investments attracted by the region during 2009, according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). While Saudi Arabia remained the largest Arab destination for FDI, attracting nearly $35.5 billion, Qatar's share stood at $8.7 billion, making it second top investment recipient in the region and taking over the significant FDI destination status that the UAE has maintained over the past decade. Saudi Stock Exchange (TADAWUL) In Saudi Arabia, Tadawul All Share Index (TASI) bucked its previous month upward trend to shed 2.82 percent and close at 6,106.42, thereby ending as the worst performer amongst its peers in the GCC region. The petrochemical sector witnessed its market cap drop 2.90 percent mainly on the back of declining oil prices and speculations that a weak global economic recovery will curb energy demand growth. The market heavyweight bank-

ing sector witnessed its market cap drop 2.11 percent, weighing further on the performance of the market during the month. In other developments during the month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in a report stated that the outlook for the Kingdom's economy is positive as it confronted the global financial crisis handily; noting that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) not related to oil will likely grow by 4.5 percent in 2010. Total market capitalization shed 2.32 percent as compared to the previous month to SAR 1.20 trillion ($ 321 billion). On an YTD10 basis, losses incurred during the month pushed the TASI to erase its year-to-July return of 2.65 percent and post a YTD loss of 0.25 percent. Kuwait Stock Exchange In Kuwait, the Government's decisions to finance its KD30 billion development plan through local banks and its readiness to back the same with guarantees boosted investors' sentiment and shaped the market performance during August. As a result, the KSE Weighted Index and KAMCO TRW Index continued its previous month upward trend to gain 3.96 percent and 2.83 percent respectively. Gains recorded during the month enabled the Kuwait Stock Exchange to end as the best performing market amongst its GCC peers for the second consecutive month. The market heavyweight banking sector shaped the performance of the market for the month as it witnessed its market cap gain 9.9 percent to KD 12.95 billion. Total market capitalization during the month gained 3.7 percent to KD33.2 billion. On the corporate earnings front, 178 out of 201 listed companies with fiscal year ending

December announced their 1H-10 financial results; the aggregate net profit announced so far stood at KD1.35 billion, as compared with a net profit of KD531.5 million for 1H-09. Gains reported during the month pushed the KSE Weighted Index and KAMCO TRW Index YTD-10 gains to jump to 13 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Dubai financial market In Dubai, triggered by weak global cues and concerns over global economic recovery, lack of local market catalysts, lower than expected 1H-10 earning, downgrades in the banking sector and yet another delay in reaching an agreement with Dubai World (DW) creditors, the DFM General Index has ended the month on a negative note losing 1.90 percent to close at 1,483.67 below the physiological barrier of 1,500 points. Furthermore, foreign and institutional investors remained net buyers on the Dubai Financial Market during the month while GCC and UAE nationals were by far net sellers, indicating varying risk perceptions in a depressed market. Foreign investors bought shares worth AED779.2 million, comprising 52.3 percent of the total value of stocks traded during the month, according to trading statistics for August released by DFM website. The value of stocks sold by foreign investors rose to AED 728.8 million, comprising 49 percent of the total value of stocks on the bourse, thus showing a net investment inflow of AED50.4 million. On the economic front, the UAE economy is perceived to be performing worst than other GCC economies during 2010 with the International Monetary Fund forecasting Real GDP

growth of 1.3 percent and 3.1 percent during 2010 and 2011, respectively in comparison with growth rates of 4.9 percent and 5.2 percent for the GCC region. Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange In Abu Dhabi, the ADX General Index ended the month on a negative note after declining 1.86 percent to 2,498.52 points, thus causing the Index to extend its YTD-10 losses to 8.93 percent. Investor confidence throughout the month remained weak as a lack of catalysts at a local and global level failed to push the Index upward and investors continue to remain cautious about the pace of global economic recovery. Oil prices also registered a modest decline, thus further weighing down on sentiment as oil prices continued to be driven by macroeconomic sentiment. The Emirate's release of 2009 GDP figures indicated that GDP dropped 18 percent to AED546.5 billion compared to AED666.7 billion in 2008. The notable drop in 2009 GDP reveals how macroeconomic indicators in Abu Dhabi are highly influenced by changes in the demand and prices of oil. In tandem with the lackluster market performance, property developers continued to weigh down on the Index's performance, thus the ADX General Index dropped to a 2010 low of 2,471.7 points. Qatar Exchange In Qatar, the QE 20 Index maintained its upward trend throughout the month to end on a green note after gaining 2.80 percent to close at 7,226.15 thus enabling the Index to end

as the second best performing market for the month against its GCC peers. In line with the positive performance, the Index extended its YTD-10 gains to 3.84 percent. The upward trend witnessed during the month was supported by increased institutional buying support as investor sentiment remained upbeat and was further strengthened with the 10.3 percent increase recorded in aggregate net profit amongst listed firms for the first half of 2010, which came in at QAR14.89 billion compared to QAR13.51 billion during the comparable period of last year. Accordingly, the QE 20 Index registered a three month high of 7,200 points on the 24th of Aug, 2010 on the back of increased foreign investor appetite for Qatari blue chip industrial and banking stocks. Trading indicators also rose throughout the month as trading volume increased by 15.11 percent to reach 94.1 million shares valued at QAR3.2 billion. Bahrain Stock Exchange In Bahrain, the Stock Exchange snapped a three month losing streak after posting gains following Kuwait Stock Exchange and Qatar Exchange. The Bahrain All Share index advanced by 1.77 percent during the month to close at 1,418.61 points and minimize its year-to-date losses to 2.72 percent down from 4.41 percent recorded during the first seven months. Trading indicators also increased in the BSE as the number of shares exchanging hands totaled 38.53 million shares, a rise of 66 percent from the previous month; spread over 1,306 deals with a total value traded of BHD7.43 million. The

market rebounded from its lowest 2010 closing of 1,361.19 points on July 4, to reach the highest level witnessed since May-10 at 1,434.25 points after the Bahrain All Share Index was able to register consecutive weekly gains throughout the month of August supported by market heavyweight banking and investment sectors. Despite the downgrades witnessed for Bahrain and local banks, the Benchmark was buoyed for further increases. Moreover, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Bahrain's sovereign ratings to 'A3' from 'A2' with a 'Stable' outlook after stating that higher oil prices, approximately $ 80 per barrel according to Moody's estimates, were required for the government to balance its budget. Muscat Securities Market In Oman, sell offs in global equity markets coupled with the fall in oil prices weighed on investor sentiments as the MSM 30 Index bucked its previous month positive trend to fall 0.60 percent and close at 6,256.81 points. Losses incurred during the month extended the MSM 30 Index YTD-10 losses to 1.76 percent. On the corporate earnings front, 54 out of 61 listed companies announced their 1H10 earnings; aggregate earnings rose 4.0 percent to OMR275.14 million from OMR264.64 million reported during 1H-09. Total market capitalization shed OMR8.87 million ($23.04 million) to end the month at OMR6.19 billion ($16.09 billion), slipping 0.14 percent by the end of August as compared to OMR6.20 billion ($16.10 billion) in July-10.

Bentley Continental GT in a league of its own DUBAI: Since its introduction in the Middle East in 2003, the region's automotive connoisseurs have been familiar with the Continental GT. Representing the first step in Bentley's renaissance and defining a whole new market segment, this luxury GT has for the past seven years offered excellent usability that has remained true to the Bentley grand touring spirit. On September 7, this seminal and highly successful model will move in a bold and exciting direction with the international unveiling of the new Continental GT coupe. From Beirut to Muscat, Bentley aficionados will particularly appreciate how the new four-seat

Continental GT coupe builds on the success of its iconic predecessor, capturing that GT spirit but with even higher standards of design, engineering, luxury, craftsmanship, dynamic performance, everyday practicality and refinement. "While the first Continental GT strongly appealed to the Middle East market, I know that this new model will captivate the region once again," said Chris Buxton, Bentley Motors' regional director for India, Middle East and Africa. "It is a work of art, with all the superb craftsmanship and elegant, contemporary design favored by our customers here. Because it is a true Bentley, it combines supercar perfor-

mance with supreme ride and practicality, and is a car that you can enjoy every moment of every day." A beautifully sculptured new body gives the GT coupe an even crisper, more defined appearance. The contemporary interior sets new standards in terms of cabin design, comfort and handcrafted luxury. The seats, for example, provide even greater support and rear legroom; a sweeping dashboard suggests even more style and modernity. The new touch screen infotainment system features state-of-the-art navigation, Google Maps and entertainment while the latest Balanced Mode Radiator speaker technology and Dirac

Dimensions(tm) digital sound processing deliver enhanced audio quality. Bentley's acclaimed 6-litre, 12-cylinder, twin-turbocharged powertrain has proved enduringly popular across the Middle East, and now it has a raised power output of 567 bhp/423 kW and 700 Nm/516 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a new Quickshift transmission that enables double downshifts. Thanks to advanced FlexFuel technology it can also run on both standard unleaded petrol and low-emission bioethanol (up to E85) or any mix of the two. While bioethanol is not yet available in this region, it is becoming extremely important in the global search for future fuels.

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

.2820000 .4450000 .3710000 .2810000 .2750000 .2650000 .0045000 .0020000 .0777200 .7572030 .4020000 .0750000 .7423050 .0045000 .0500000

.2920000 .4540000 .3790000 .2900000 .2840000 .2730000 .0075000 .0035000 .0785010 .7658130 .4180000 .0790000 .7497650 .0072000 .0580000

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

CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES .2863000 .4473960 .3735240 .2835060 .2769780 .0501920 .0405040 .2678480 .0368630 .2142580 .0033340 .0062920 .0025500 .0033580 .0041490 .0779880 .7598050 .4049090 .0763960 .7450770 .0065060

.2884000 .4505560 .3761630 .2855140 .2789400 .0505480 .0407910 .2697400 .0371240 .2157760 .0033580 .0063360 .0025680 .0033820 .0041780 .0784850 .7646510 .4077770 .0768830 .7498290 .0065520

US Dollar Sterling pounds Swiss Francs Saudi Riyals

TRANSFER CHEQUES RATES .2884000 .4505560 .2855140 .0768830

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES Japanese Yen 3.385 Indian Rupees 6.209 Pakistani Rupees 3.353

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

2.553 3.890 215.530 37.057 4.142 6.480 9.351 0.296 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES 76.759 79.090 747.840 764.530 78.386

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

ARAB COUNTRIES 52.400 50.436 1.357 197.820 406.480 193.100 6.211 34.091

EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 287.730 Euro 375.340 Sterling Pound 450.730 Canadian dollar 281.400 Turkish lire 192.760 Swiss Franc 288.600 Australian dollar 269.720 US Dollar Buying 286.750 GOLD 235.000 120.000 60.000

20 Gram 10 Gram 5 Gram

SELL CASH 273.300 764.670 4.330 282.300 564.700 14.100 51.400 157.800 52.980 379.300

37.710 6.470 0.036 0.280 0.251 3.450 408.170 0.195 95.490 46.400 4.500 212.700 1.959 48.200 746.930 3.510 6.840 79.530 76.770 216.400 42.980 2.737 453.500 41.400 287.900 6.400 9.700 198.263 78.460 287.900 1.380

10 Tola

GOLD 1,359.230

Sterling Pound US Dollar

37.580 6.270 0.036

406.440 0.194 95.490 3.940 211.200

SELL DRAFT 271.800 764.670 4.142 280.800

216.400 50.459 377.800

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

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

2.555 4.152 6.495 3.353 9.339 6.273 3.908

Kuwait Bahrain Intl Exchange Co. Currency

746.750 3.355 6.500 79.100 76.770 216.400 42.980 2.553 451.500 286.400 6.400 9.530 78.360 287.500

Rate per 1000 (Tran)

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TRAVELLER'S CHEQUE 451.500 287.500

287.500 3.365 6.280 2.565 4.140 6.530 78.360 76.870 764.300 50.430 454.100 0.00003280 3.890 1.550 408.400 5.750 381.100 284.800

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

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

287.550 281.740 452.341 380.011 282.991 704.798 761.106 78.268 78.962 76.649 405.769 50.446 6.266 3.358

Currency US Dollar Euro Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar Japanese Yen Indian Rupee Egyptian Pound Sri Lankan Rupee Bangladesh Taka Philippines Peso Pakistan Rupee Bahraini Dinar UAE Dirham Saudi Riyal *Rates are subject to change

Transfer rate 287.200 375.500 449.900 281.200 3.390 6.227 50.430 2.552 4.130 6.479 3.355 764.700 78.300 76.620


Monday, September 20, 2010



European commission reduces inflation forecast for 2010 United States Lower US dollar The announcement of Basel III and the Japanese intervention paved the road for a weaker dollar against the majors. The euro rose during the week to reach a high of 1.3159 and closed at 1.3045. The pound rallied to a high of 1.5728 and closed the week at 1.5626. The Swiss franc started the week at 1.0188, reached a low of 0.9930 to close at 1.0095 on talks that the Swiss National Bank might intervene. The yen reached its highest level since May 1995 at 82.85 before closing lower at 85.84 after the nation took action to weaken the yen and pledged to do so again, if needed, to preserve its export-led recovery. US turns up heat over Renminbi Tim Geithner, US Treasury secretary, encouraged the US Congress to pile pressure on China to force it to allow its currency to rise and said the administration was examining a range of tools to urge Beijing to act. However, during his appearance in front of the Senate and the House of Representatives committees on Thursday, Geithner stopped short of promising to impose any of the aggressive legal or administrative measures demanded by US lawmakers. His comments came in response to renewed anger in Congress about the effects on the US economy of China’s intervention to hold down the Renminbi. Ahead of the hearing, Beijing hit back at the criticism. Jiang Yu, spokeswoman at the Chinese foreign ministry, said: “I would point out that appreciation of the Renminbi

will not solve the US deficit and unemployment problems.” Retail sales increase for a second month Sales at US retailers climbed in August for a second consecutive month, calming concerns the economy will stumble in the second half of the year. Purchases increased 0.4 percent following a 0.3 percent gain in July. Bigger back-to-school discounts, an increase in the number of states offering tax-free holidays and the restoration of extended jobless benefits may have helped boost demand. Consumers’ reliance on incentives is testament to the harm caused by the lack of jobs, one reason why spending may be slow to recover. Producer prices climb for second month Wholesale costs in the US rose in August for a second month, indicating demand is strong enough to prevent deflation, or a prolonged drop in prices. The Producer Price Index increased 0.4 percent, the most in five months and twice the gain in July. A measure excluding volatile food and energy costs climbed 0.1 percent. Consumer Price Index Consumer prices rose in the US in August for a second month as energy and food prices increased, while other goods and services showed a slight change. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent in August higher than market expectations of a

drop by 0.2 percent. While the core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, was unchanged at 0 percent. University of Michigan consumer sentiment Confidence among US consumers unexpectedly dropped in September to a one-year low signaling that Americans ere less likely to increase spending. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped to 66.6 in September versus expectations of a rise to 70, from a previous 68.9 in August.

to at least 7 percent of assets, up from 2 percent currently, including a 2.5 percent buffer to withstand future shocks. Under Basel III rules, banks that fail to meet the buffer would be unable to pay dividends, though not forced to raise cash. The long lead-in time to make the adjustment eased fears that lenders will have to rush to raise capital. “We have transition arrangements which will enable banks to meet these standards while supporting the economy on recovery,” Trichet added.

Jobless claims drop New claims for jobless benefits fell to a two-month low last week, offering a glimmer of hope that the US labor market could be stabilizing. Initial jobless claims fell by 3,000 to 450,000. Economists were expecting an increase after another surprise drop the previous week and the less volatile four-week average of claims is down by 13,500 to 464,750. The number of Americans continuing to claim unemployment insurance also fell, declining by 84,000 to 4.485 million. The fall reflects both a drop in job cuts and also idle workers seeing their benefits expire.

Faith in Spain Spain raised nearly 4 billion euros in a successful government bond sale, the latest sign that the Eurozone’s fourth-largest economy has broken free from the group of socalled “peripheral” European economies regarded by investors as particularly risky. Madrid sold 2.7 billion euros ($3.5 billion) of 10-year bonds and almost 1.3 billion euros of 30-year bonds, in an auction that saw strong demand and yields below market rates. The sale confirmed that investor appetite for Spanish debt has continued to recover sharply since May and June. One reason for the improvement was that Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Socialist prime minister, launched one of the Eurozone’s harshest austerity plans in May and has so far stuck to his ambitious budget deficit reduction targets. Another was that the European Union’s stress tests for banks in July revealed no unpleasant surprises about the Spanish banking system.

Europe Trichet on Basel rules The ECB President, Jean-Claude Trichet, said officials agreed more work is needed to improve the global banking system after they agreed on the new banking regulation rules. The new requirements agreed, known as Basel III, will require lenders to have common equity equal

German investor confidence falls to 19-month low German investor confidence fell more than economists’ forecasts to a 19-month low in September as budget cuts across the Euro region and slowing global growth clouded the outlook for Europe’s largest economy. The ZEW Center for European Economic Research said its index of investor and analyst expectations, which aims to predict developments six months ahead, dropped to minus 4.3 from 14 in August. This is the fifth monthly decline and the lowest since February 2009.

costs of items from airfares to food stoked price pressures in the economy. Consumer prices rose 3.1 percent from a year earlier, the same pace as in July. On the month, prices increased by 0.5 percent. The persistence of faster inflation may worsen the split on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, where Andrew Sentance has argued for an interestrate increase to tame prices while other officials say more stimulus may be needed. Core inflation, which excludes the cost of food, tobacco, alcohol, and energy prices, accelerated to 2.8 percent from 2.6 percent in July.

European inflation eases European inflation slowed in August, led by energy costs, as companies held back from hiring amid signs the recovery is losing momentum. Consumer prices in the 16-euro nations increased 1.6 percent from a year earlier after rising 1.7 percent in July. European companies may find it difficult to pass on higher costs as unemployment near a 12-year high discourages consumer spending and governments cut spending to plug budget deficits. The European Commission reduced its inflation forecast for 2010 on September 13 and European Central Bank council member Yves Mersch said last week that the situation calls for “caution.”

Retail sales drop Retail sales unexpectedly fell in August, the first decline since January, led by a drop in sales at book shops, sporting-goods stores and pharmacies. Sales dropped 0.5 percent from July, when they rose 0.8 percent. On the year, sales rose 0.4 percent, the least since April.

United Kingdom Inflation unexpectedly exceeds 3 percent UK inflation unexpectedly exceeded the government’s 3 percent limit for a sixth month in August as higher

Jobless claims increase Jobless claims unexpectedly increased in August for the first time in seven months, a sign the economic recovery may be faltering just as the government starts the country’s biggest austerity drive since World War II. Claims for unemployment benefits rose by 2,300 to 1.47 million. The job market is showing signs of weakening as the economy braces itself for budget cuts of as much as a quarter from Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, to be outlined next month. Bank of England policy maker Martin Weale said yesterday

the public-spending squeeze may weigh on the labor-market recovery and unions are pledging coordinated strike action. Global Japan intervenes for the first time since 2004 The yen tumbled from a 15-year high versus the dollar after Japan intervened for the first time since 2004 to curb gains that threaten the export-led recovery. Japan’s currency slid the most in 19 months after Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said the nation unilaterally sold yen. The step comes a day after Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan won reelection as the head of the ruling party, beating a candidate who had insisted intervention was necessary. Gold and silver higher Gold climbed to a record of $1,282.75 as the dollar’s drop spurred demand from investors for wealth protection. Bullion, which usually moves inversely to the dollar, headed for the biggest weekly gain since May as the Greenback dropped to a five-week low against the euro. Holdings in goldbacked exchange-traded products reached a record this month as investors sought protection from financial turmoil and the prospect of slowing economic growth. Silver advanced to the highest price since March 2008 at $20.99 an ounce. Kuwait Dinar at 0.28685 The USDKWD opened at 0.28685 last morning.

Chevrolet Captiva SUV features new engine line-up New manual and automatic six-speed transmissions

Abdulsalam Al-Bahar, Chairman and MD of Wataniya Airways

Wataniya Airways announces new winter flight schedule KUWAIT: Wataniya Airways, Kuwait’s only premium service airline, yesterday announced its 2010/2011 winter flight schedule, which continues to build on its reputation for providing a convenient and attractive network of routes, and which is designed to appeal to its rapidly increasing number of discerning guests. The new winter schedule, which will be introduced from November, includes more flights to many of Wataniya Airways’ most popular destinations and further improvements to departure and arrival times. A key feature of the new schedule is the continued expansion of Wataniya Airways’ popular Vienna service, which will feature three direct flights a week from Kuwait to Vienna (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays) and three flights a week to Vienna via Beirut (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays), all with convenient departure times to provide great connection opportunities for guests flying to or from other European cities. Chairman and Managing Director of Wataniya Airways, Abdulsalam Al-Bahar, said: “We continue to accommodate the growing demand for our premium services by expanding our fleet, and we are pleased to introduce our new winter schedule to meet the needs of our ever increasing number of guests.”

Wataniya Airways will also continue its services to Istanbul throughout the winter, offering three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. Sharm El Sheikh, one of the company’s most popular leisure and short break destinations, will now be served by four flights a week during the winter months, with flights leaving on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Other features include increasing the number of weekly flights to Bahrain to sixteen, improved departure times for services from Kuwait to Amman, and maintaining the regular three flights a day service to Dubai, with convenient departure and arrival times for both business and leisure travelers. Chief Commercial Officer for Wataniya Airways, Lee Shave said “We continually listen to our guests and have tried to come up with schedules that fit our guests’ requirements. In our new schedule we have improved departure and arrival times, as well as expanded our guest appeal by offering more flights on some of our most popular routes to accommodate the continually growing and strengthening demand. Vienna, in particular, has been a great success for us and our guests are using it as their entry point to connect to many other cities in Europe and beyond.”

Stay on top of university projects with BlackBerry University is a transitional phase, preparing you to face the working world and your chosen career path. Although it is fun to meet and stay in touch with new people, it’s also important to remain focused on your goals and leave university with good grades. An IPSOS-Reid report from 2007 showed that BlackBerry users lead a more efficient, organized life and are therefore able to put an extra 60 minutes of time per day towards something else. BlackBerry smartphones are packed with features such as calendars, memo pads and task applications to help you stay organized. But how can you make use of other features and applications to enhance your university life and schedule? 1. Create your own group forum on BlackBerry Messenger to avoid spending your lunch breaks gathering and calling your peers to discuss group assignments. You can communicate with contacts at anytime, anywhere and it’s simple to arrange and manage groups by adding or deleting people. 2. Share PowerPoint slides, PDF files and your classmates’ notes on the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone. You can also record your lectures in video and audio to spice up your resources for revision before exams.

3. Keep on top of the news headlines each day. Remain up-to-date about the stock market or even the latest celebrity gossip by having your favorite news portal bookmarked in your internet browser on your smartphone, or by checking out the news on Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones. 4. Don’t forget about the social side of your BlackBerry smartphone. Be connected to your Facebook without even having your laptop handy. Let your friends know when you’ll be finished classes for the day, remind your friend about a test they have tomorrow or update your status when you hear about an event you want to attend on campus. 5. To remember the fun you’ve had with friends at university; don’t forget to capture precious moments and share photographs or videos with your distant friends and family members via e-mail, Facebook or BlackBerry messenger on your BlackBerry smartphone. It’s as easy as clicking the shortcut button on the side of your phone and you can take photographs of your friends and turn them into a wallpaper for your display screen. There are endless ways to get yourself and your university schedule organized using a BlackBerry smartphone - so take back that extra hour and put it towards your studies!

The new Captiva SUV will be seen for the first time at the Paris Motor Show, featuring a new front end design, a range of enhancements to the interior and new engines and transmissions. The Captiva combines confident and dynamic new styling with an available active-on-demand all-wheel drive system that distributes power as needed. It retains the advantages of its adaptable, theatre-style seating in three rows which comfortably accommodates up to seven passengers. A number of features are immediately noticeable when viewing the new Captiva from the front, including its athletic stance: the sharply sculptured hood, Chevrolet’s signature dual-port grille with the Chevrolet ‘bow-tie’ sited proudly in the middle and the prism style headlamps and integrated LED turn signals on the outside rearview mirrors. Moving around to the front fenders, the side air vents now take on a more angular shape to emphasize the new Captiva’s sportiness, while from the A pillars back, the Captiva retains its handsome profile, characterized by a sleek, rising shoulder line. Accentuating the new Captiva’s body are the new exterior color palette and the sculpted wheel arches which will accommodate wheel sizes of 17 to 19 inches. Many changes are also taking place under the Captiva’s hood. In the Middle East, 2 new powerful engines will come with a new manual or automatic six-speed transmission for a powerful, smooth ride. The new engine line-up, which is comprised of two gasoline engines (2.4L and 3.0L) incorporates a host of advanced technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of performance and fuel economy. With the introduction of a new 3.0 liter, 258 hp, V6 gasoline engine with direct injection and variable valve timing, the Captiva will be one of the most powerful vehicles in its class in the Middle East. The Captiva is also available with a2.4 liter dual overhead cam gasoline unit with variable valve timing, rated at 171 hp. The 2.4 liter gasoline engine can be ordered in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The new Captiva’s chassis has been tuned to further enhance vehicle dynamics, improving cornering, roll characteristics and ride feel. With Traction Control System (TCS) and Braking Assist System (BAS) standard, as well as front-, side- and curtain airbags, the Captiva also provides a high level of safety. The Captiva’s new and upgraded interior now features an array of new finishes and textures including all-new seat fabrics and interior dÈcor appointments that give the SUV an upscale feel and look. Chevrolet’s designers applied elements featured on other new Chevrolet models, such as the iceblue back lighting and the ‘wrap-around’ design of the front fascia which flows into the front driver’s and passenger doors creating the dual-cockpit look. The new Captiva features Hill Start Assist, eliminating “roll-back” on hills and an electric park brake that opens up space for further storage in the center console, including two large cup holders. The audio system includes an auxiliary input and USB-port. Passengers will be able to enjoy their audio experience thanks to multiple acoustic measures resulting in low road, wind and engine noise. With its Middle East launch scheduled for spring 2011, Captiva offers powerful, yet efficient engines, all-wheel drive capabilities, roominess and versatility for up to seven passengers.

Second Russian route takes flydubai to Samara KUWAIT: flydubai made it a Russian double yesterday with the announcement of its 24th destination, the Western Russian city of Samara. Flights to Samara will begin on Wednesday, October 20, and will follow hot on the heels of flydubai’s first flight to Russia, which will be to Yekaterinburg on Saturday, October 16. Ghaith Al-Ghaith, flydubai CEO, said: “Traffic between Russia and Dubai is developing and we at flydubai are pleased to be playing our part in ensuring business and leisure travelers from both countries can discover the benefits of travel between our two nations. “The introduction of flydubai’s direct ser-

vice to Samara provides an option for travelers to the Samara Oblast region, which is an important area near the river Volga.” Situated where the Volga and Samara rivers meet, Samara is an important regional centre, as the majority of the Russian car manufacturing industry is situated in neighboring Tolyati. A city with a long history of importance to the region Samara also offers culture and plenty to see for leisure travelers. Samara is a haven for ballet and opera lovers and has played host to some of Russia’s most famous sons, including composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who lived there during World War II and wrote his

Seventh Symphony in the city, and author Alexey Tolstoy, who was born in the city. flydubai flights to Samara will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from October 20. Flight FZ903 will depart Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 at 0900hrs and arrive in Samara at 1450hrs local time. The return flight FZ904 leaves Kurumoch International Airport at 1550hrs and arrives in Dubai at 1935hrs local time. Prices for flights from Dubai begin from AED1,150 and flights from Samara start at $400. Flights can be purchased on flydubai’s website (, through the call centre and with travel partners.

Wataniya Telecom launches new rate plan

Scott Gegenheimer, Wataniya GM and CEO

KUWAIT: Tailored to meet the business needs of the growing number of small and medium enterprises, Wataniya Telecom for the first time in Kuwait has launched new rate plans for small offices, home offices and small and medium enterprise. The new rate plans entail attractive offerings and customized Value Added Services (VAS) to facilitate the daily communication of entrepreneurs who own their own businesses in Kuwait. Wataniya has developed number of specially developed packages to cater to the business needs: PRO 10, PRO 15, PRO 20, PRO 30 and PRO unlimited. Each plan will consists of various offers which gives the subscribers the opportunity to choose which ever fits their business need the most. “Understanding the business

needs in Kuwait is important for us and we continue to develop new services and products to meet their needs. We have previously launched the W PRO packages and today we are introducing the PRO packages aspiring to cover every segment of the business community.” Scott Gegenheimer, Wataniya GM and CEO stated “the subscriber will enjoy a bundle of offers and discounts on usage as well as number of other Value Added Services (VAS) such as voice mail, I-Move, message manager, Pro mail, automatic debit payment and many more. Wataniya is providing a dedicated sales team to assist subscribers and answer any questions or enquires they might have. Customers can also call 131 for any further information about the Wataniya’s newest packages.



Monday, September 20, 2010

KSE price index ends trade with 6,791.8 points Gulf Bank announces

Kuwaiti equities recoiled yesterday, as profit booking highlighted the session. The retreat was broad-based with literally all eight sectors edging lower.

Al-Danah winners KUWAIT: Gulf Bank held its thirty-second Al-Danah draw on September 14, 2010, announcing a total number of eight Al-Danah weekly prize draw winners, each awarded with prizes of KD1,000. The winners are: Afaf Ahmad Shaker Ali, Mwafaq Maaraai Al-Sarahin, Hamedah Houmod Mefareh Al-Azmi, Rudaina Abdulla Bader Al-Kharafi, Kazem Dawoud Handhal, Jasem Mohammed Abdulla Al-Qallaf, Abdullah Faddel Abdullah Haydar, and Abdulaziz Hameed Habib Allah Ali. A minimum deposit of just KD200 is needed to open an Al-Danah account. Not only does Gulf Bank’s Al-Danah account allow customers to win, but it is also encourages customers to save money. The more money deposited and the longer it is kept in the account, the more chances there are to

Market indices Global General Index (GGI) closed 1.85 points down (0.88 percent) during the day at 209.52 point as the Market capitalization was down for the day reaching KD33.74 million. On the other side, Kuwait Stock Exchange Price Index managed to close down losing a 46.90 point (0.69 percent) to its value and closed at 6,791.8 point. Market breadth During the session, 120 companies were traded. Market breadth was skewed towards decliners as 72 equities retreated versus 21 that advanced, while 118 stocks remained unchanged during the trading session. Daily trading activity Trading activities ended on a mixed note yesterday as volume of shares traded on the exchange increased by 4.24 percent to reach 288.99 million shares, and value of shares traded decreased by 6.49 percent to stand at KD53.07 million. The investment sector was the volume leader yesterday, accounting for 27.58 percent of total shares and the banking sector was the value leader, with 42.72 percent of total traded value. Al-Safwa Holding Group was the volume leader yesterday, with a total traded volume of 288.99 million shares. National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) was the value leader, with a total traded value of KD7.30 million. Top gainers and biggest decliners In terms of top gainers, Kuwait National Cinema Company was the biggest gainer for the day, adding 7.25 percent and closed at KD0.740. On the other hand, Future Kid Entertainment and Real Estate

win. Al-Danah also offers a number of unique services including the Al Danah Deposit Only ATM card which helps account holders deposit their money at their convenience; as well as the AlDanah calculator which is now in operation to help customers calculate their chances of becoming an Al-Danah winner. To be part of the Al-Danah draw customers can visit one of Gulf Bank’s 51 branches, transfer on line, or call the Telebanking service 1805805 for assistance and guidance. Customers can also log on to, Gulf Bank’s bilingual website, to find all the information regarding Al-Danah or any of the Bank’s products and services or log on, to find out more about AlDanah and who the winners are.

Dubai hits 4-month high

GLOBAL DAILY MARKET REPORT Co.was the biggest decliner, dropping by 7.69percent and closed at KD0.120. Sectors wise The advance was broad-based with 8 sectors closing in negative territory. Food stocks spearheaded decliners, clocking 1.37 percent in sector losses. Livestock Transport & Trading Co shed 4.76 percent, whilst Kuwait Foodstuff Company

(Americana) tumble 1.28 percent. Services stocks inched lower by 1.23 percent. City Group Company was the second top loser in the sector ended the day down by 7.14 percent. Mobile Telecommunication Co. (ZAIN) was the major loser in the sector shedding 1.49 percent at KD1.320. Non Kuwaiti stocks performed poorly during yesterday’s session, with Global Non Kuwaiti index reporting 1.21 percent in daily

losses. Stock price of Ahli United Bank shed 0.95 percent of its value and closed at KD0.208. Ithmaar Bank witnessed its share value drop by 2.50 percent and closed at KD0.039. Oil news The price of OPEC basket of twelve crudes stood at $75.49 a barrel on Thursday, compared with $75.37 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.

DUBAI: Dubai hit a 4-month high as undervalued stocks rose sharply and sentiment was driven by the nearing Dubai World debt settlement and the inclusion of the UAE in the FTSE Group emerging market index. Otherwise Gulf markets were mixed yesterday with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain ending lower, while Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman advanced. “It is linked to finalization of Dubai World’s debt issue with its creditors or the inclusion in the FTSE emerging market index,” said Marwan Shurrab, vicepresident and chief trader at Gulfmena Alternative Investments. FTSE confirmed the classification of the UAE as a “secondary” emerging market within its global equity index series on Thursday, which the index provider says is the first time the country has been added in a global equity universe. Dubai gained 2.2 percent to 1,683 points, its highest close since May 20. “At the same time there is interest from investors to build positions ahead of the close of the third quarter,” Shurrab said. Real estate-related stocks such as Emaar Properties which gained 1.6 percent, were among those stocks to lift the index. “If you look at those stocks performance, they are among the worst performers this year so it’s normal to see them attracting more liquidity now,” Shurrab added. In Kuwait, Burgan Bank eased from Thursday’s 20 month high after the lender appointed a new chief executive, mirroring declines in other local banks as investors book profits. Burgan Bank, which fell 3 percent and which is the commercial banking arm of Kuwait Projects Co (KIPCO), has appointed Eduardo Eguren as its chief executive officer. Bluechips in Saudi Arabia showed little movement as the main index ended lower for a second session in three in lackluster trade, with many investors yet to return from their summer vacations. Samba Financial Group climbed

0.4 percent, but SABB fell 1.3 percent and Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) dipped 0.6 percent. “Many families are still coming back from holidays, with the school year not starting until Saturday,” said a Riyadhbased trader at an international bank. Wednesday is a national holiday in Saudi Arabia, deterring investors from opening positions in the shorter trading week. “The market is only trading about two-thirds of the recent average, but this should pick up next week,” the trader adds. In the coming weeks, investors will hope to at least consolidate the current levels, although Shurrab warns too much retail activity could trigger some pressure on the markets’ performance. “It is mostly retail activity now, which is not benefiting the market because it will create an overbought situation and you will see selling pressure testing the market,” Shurrab said. YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS Dubai The index advanced 2.2 percent to 1,683 points. Abu Dhabi The measure gained 1 percent to 2,632 points. Saudi Arabia The benchmark fell 0.1 percent to 6,356 points. Kuwait The benchmark fell 0.7 percent to 6,792 points. Qatar The benchmark climbed 0.5 percent to 7,594 points. Oman The index rose 0.5 percent to 6,392 points. Egypt The benchmark gained 0.5 percent to 6,565 points. Bahrain The index fell 0.4 percent to 1,437 points. — Reuters


Monday, September 20, 2010


Global brands deal with labor militancy in Asia DHAKA: Global retailers fleeing China’s rising labor costs now find themselves facing growing pressure for higher wages in countries from Bangladesh to Cambodia, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. The latest sign that workers are becoming more militant in their demands for a larger share of the region’s economic success came in Cambodia last week, when tens of thousands of workers went on strike. The mass protest rejecting a proposed 20 percent pay increase crippled Cambodia’s exportorientated garment industry, which produces items for renowned brands including Gap, Benetton, Adidas and Puma. The strike followed a deal between the government and industry that set the minimum wage for

garment and footwear staff at 61 dollars a month. Unions want a base salary of 93 dollars. “Workers are having difficulties surviving on their low wages,” Kong Athit, secretary general of the Cambodian Labor Confederation, told AFP. The Cambodian action came just weeks after Bangladesh’s three million garment workers, who make Western clothes for the world’s lowest industrial wages, spurned an 80 percent pay hike, attacking factories and burning cars. Tens of thousands of workers who sew clothes for brands such as H&M and Tesco went on the rampage over the 3,000 taka (43 dollars) monthly minimum wage offer then staged wildcat strikes protesting a four-month delay in implementation.

“It is not a living wage,” said Shahidul Islam Sabug of the Garment Workers Unity Forum, which wanted 5,000 taka a month to help workers cope with sharp increases in the cost of living, including near double-digit food inflation. Earlier this month, Bangladesh said exports leapt more than 25 percent year on year in July, with manufacturers linking the jump to a shift in orders from China to the low-cost South Asian country. In China itself, workers scored major victories this year at companies such as Japanese automakers Honda and Toyota and Taiwanese IT giant Foxconn, which were all forced to hike pay in the so-called “workshop of the world”. In an effort to ease worker concerns, most Chinese provinces, regions and municipalities

have raised official minimum wages this year, with Shanghai atop the list, offering monthly pay of at least 1,120 yuan (166 dollars). “Costs are going up in places like China, so you are getting a move to Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh and this is good for these countries,” Robert Broadfoot of the Hong Kongbased Political and Economic Risk Consultancy told AFP. And even if manufacturers are now facing wage pressures in the new manufacturing centres, they are on a different scale. “China is getting more expensive. To be sure, less developed countries are too, but the gap between per capita incomes in places like Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam and those in China will continue to widen going forward,” Broadfoot said. “Wages of

workers in these countries are unlikely to go up in absolute terms step for step with China’s wages,” In Cambodia, union leaders called off the strike last Thursday after the government stepped in and arranged talks with both manufacturers and unions for later this month. Cambodia’s garment industry is a key source of foreign income for the country and employs about 345,000 workers. Social Affairs Minister It Samheng warned that further stoppages could “affect benefits for the workers, employers, and our nation that is facing the impact of the global financial crisis.” Bangladesh’s protests, which raged for days until a massive police crackdown restored calm, were the most violent of a string of recent strikes in Asian

countries. In Vietnam, where independent trade unions are banned and inflation is running at some 8.75 percent there have been 139 strikes in the first five months of 2010, according to the Vietnam Confederation of Labor. The bulk of the protests concern low pay and poor conditions, with many of them hitting foreignowned factories. Tens of thousands of workers at a Taiwanese-owned shoe factory in southern Vietnam went on strike in April. In Indonesia, where three powerful trade unions represent the vast majority of the country’s 3.4 million unionized workers, there is also mounting pressure to raise the minimum wage. Garment factories in particular, including some that are for-

eign-owned, have been hit by strikes and disputes over long hours and low wages. The minimum wage is not set in Jakarta and varies from district to district. In 2008 the highest minimum wage was 123 dollars a month in Papua province and the lowest 60 dollars in East Java, according to the manpower ministry. Tens of thousands of workers protested for minimum wage levels to be raised during May Day demonstrations in Jakarta this year, until riot police stepped in to quell the unrest. India, which has a highly vocal workers’ movement, has also seen recent disputes over pay and conditions at companies such as mobile handset manufacturer Nokia, car maker Hyundai and the technology and services group Bosch. —AFP

China an inspiration for foreign clean tech firms Beijing to spend $738bn on clean energy

BEIJING: Pedestrians pass a soon to open Gap clothing store along Wanfujing Street. —AFP

China’s Sinochem wants govt to back Potash bid BEIJING: China’s state-owned Sinochem Group has asked the government to back a potential bid for Canada’s Potash Corp, the world’s largest fertilizer maker, local media reported yesterday. “Sinochem has submitted written material to relevant agencies in the government saying that potash (used to make fertilizer) is key to national food security, and hoping it can get support,” the Economic Observer reported.

Potash is currently at the receiving end of a 40-billion-dollar hostile bid from mining giant BHP Billiton, which it rejected last month. China-a big importer of potash-has been uneasy about the BHP bid, as it already relies on the Anglo-Australian mining group for the import of a lot of its iron ore. Citing sources close to the situation, the paper said Sinochem had already made a preliminary evaluation of a potential bid, which had revealed

the group would need 40 to 60 billion dollars to rival BHP in its offer. It added that the groupChina’s top fertilizer maker-did not have sufficient funds to make the bid on its own, and would need to team up with another firm. According to the sources, Sinochem has been in touch with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek concerning a potential bid, but nothing has yet been decided. —AFP

DETROIT: Thomas Youngblood, Jr, talks to his tenants Danette Trice and her son, Ephraim Gibson Jr. —MCT

As real estate languishes, owners become landlords DETROIT: A growing number of homeowners are finding out what it means to be a landlord after failing to sell their homes in one of the worst housing slumps in history. With home prices down nationwide, many don’t want to take a huge loss when they decide to move. They want to wait to see whether they can rebuild their equity. So they rent. “People just really don’t want to be landlords, and they really have no choice,” said Dennis Dickstein, a Realtor at Real Estate One in Farmington Hills, Michigan, who estimates that 20 percent of his deals are leases. Mark and Rhonda LaVelle decided to buy a bigger home while the market was down. The couple had a 1,100-square-foot house in Royal Oak, Mich., to sell but decided to move when they found a 2,300-square-foot home about 2 miles away. They started renting their house in January after it had been on the market nine months. “After paying two mortgages and the house wasn’t moving, we were at a point where we would have to

sell it at a substantial loss or get someone else in who could pay the mortgage,” said Mark LaVelle, 38, a freelance cameraman. He and Rhonda LaVelle, 37, a television-news producer, turned the leasing over to his real estate agent. “It’s been a great experience. We’re getting the full mortgage payment from the tenants,” Mark LaVelle said. “My wife just wanted to wash her hands of the whole thing. She looks at it like a liability. I look at it as an investment.” But it’s not always moving up that sparks a home rental. Sometimes it’s a life change, such as marriage, college graduation, divorce or death in the family. Many homeowners who decide to lease their homes use their real estate agents to handle the transaction, including background and credit checks. The service generally will cost a landlord one month’s rent, while property management could cost 10 percent-20 percent of the monthly rent. But with rent often set just high enough to

cover the mortgage payment, some landlords do it themselves. Dan Elsea, president of brokerage services for Real Estate One in Southfield, Mich., advises landlords not to be too turned off by potential tenants with bad credit. “The people coming to them have gotten rid of their biggest expense, their mortgage, when they arrive at the door. They arrive with a reasonably clean income statement if they have a job,” he said. “You should look at the credit report, but don’t scrutinize it too closely. References are just as important.” Other real estate agents agree. James Silver, an agent with Keller Williams in Troy, Michigan, said there are many good tenants to choose from. “As long as you get everything ... a credit report, the last few pay stubs, references. As long as you have everything in front of you, you’re fine,” Silver said. And the beauty of the rental market is that prices there have not fallen by 40 percent, as many parts of the sales market have. —MCT

TIANJIN: In a laboratory in northern China, technicians are breeding billions of micro-organisms in test tubes to create enzymes-proteins that can turn plant waste into clean-burning biofuels. The facility near the port city of Tianjin belongs to Novozymes, a Danish biotechnology company and one of a growing number of foreign firms in China benefiting from Beijing’s massive investment in green energy. “The situation has never been better,” Michael Christiansen, president of Novozymes China, told AFP in an interview. “I think China is seen as a very good market to commercialize technology at scale and there is a great market to try to generate long-term competitive advantage around clean technology,” Ernst & Young analyst Ben Warren told AFP. China leapfrogged the United States to become the most attractive market for renewable investment this year, the global accounting firm said in a report published this month. It was also the most attractive market for investment in wind power after Beijing announced plans to launch 90,000 megawatts of wind capacity by 2015, the report said. Beijing’s pledge last year ahead of global climate talks in Copenhagen to reduce carbon intensity-the measure of greenhouse gas emitted per unit of economic activity-by 40-45 percent by 2020 based on 2005 levels has been a beacon to foreign companies, analysts said. “Things are tough for companies here (in the West) — we have a shortage of debt financing,” said Nicholas Parker, executive chairman of US-based clean technology research firm Cleantech Group. “The money for deployment, for building wind farms or for building a factory where you tend to use debt financing, has dried up due to the crisis on Wall Street. That shortage doesn’t exist in China.” Local government officialsthreatened with the loss of their promotion if they fail to meet energy reduction targets-are falling over themselves to attract foreign investment in clean technology, offering firms free land and money for research and development. State-owned banks also offer loans to green technology firms at much lower interest rates than those available in the United States, according to a report by US think tanks Breakthrough Institute and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. “China currently has what seems like the most aggressive incentives for production of renewable energy and the closest thing to a coherent policy,” said Michal Meidan, an analyst at political risk research firm Eurasia Group. Demand for financing in the clean energy technology industry could reach two trillion yuan (297 billion dollars) in the next decade, the China Daily reported this month, citing a government official. To meet these growing needs for money, China could create a market for yuan-denominated “green bonds” to support the environmentally friendly sector, said Gao Cailin, a finance official in the northeastern province of Jilin. China-whose pollution woes have been worsened by decades of rampant economic growth-is pushing harder than Western governments to develop clean energy technology because it is “mission critical”, said Parker. “This is essential in China whereas Western countries think maybe today, maybe tomorrow,” he said. Despite its eagerness for foreign investment, Beijing has sought to protect certain domestic industries such as wind power from overseas competition. —AFP

Beijing has pledged to spend 738 billion dollars developing clean energy over the next decade as it seeks to meet a target of generating 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources-mainly wind and water-by 2020. China’s vast market, deep pockets and favorable policies for clean technology-a key theme of last week’s World Economic Forum’s “Summer Davos” in Tianjin-are attracting a growing number of foreign companies which face a severe funding shortage in their home markets due to the global crisis.

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi worker carries a basket full of clay pottery yesterday. Bangladesh is one of the poorest nations on the planet with 40 percent of its population living on less than $1 a day. —AFP

Millionaire philanthropist sees China as ‘charitable superpower’ BEIJING: When Bill Gates and Warren Buffett visit Beijing this month in a drive to promote philanthropy among China’s superrich, one person they won’t need to convince is Chen Guangbiao. The demolition company tycoon pledged this month to give his fortune-estimated at more than 700 million dollars-to charity after he dies and says more than 100 other rich Chinese had since

contacted him to promise the same. And the man who already has given away more than 200 million dollars over the years hopes such pledges can spur China to become a “great charitable nation” in line with its growing wealth. “If you have a cup of water, that’s for one person to drink. If you have a bucket of water, that’s for your family to drink. But if

BEIJING: Picture shows demolition company tycoon Chen Guangbiao at his residence. —AFP

you own a river, you should share it for all to enjoy,” Chen, 42, told AFP in an interview. Such views have made a media darling out of Chen, who has been honored as China’s top philanthropist in the past two years, and put him at the centre of a debate over whether the country’s swelling ranks of super-rich are too selfish. China had 64 dollar billionaires last year, second only to the United States’ 403, according to Forbes magazine. But several of China’s richest have been laid low by corruption charges just as a widening wealth gap has caused official concerns of unrest among the poor. Reports suggesting that the super-rich have been slow to answer an invitation to a September 29 banquet hosted by Gates and Buffett, out of fear that they would be pressured to donate, has done little to enhance their poor image. The reports angered Chen, who sports a bristling buzz-cut and who says he wants to be like “Jesus Christ, sacrificing myself to make other people happy,” although he is not religious. “When I heard this, I was indignant. Rich people like that are just too selfish,” said Chen. “They think their wealth is purely a creation of their hard work and has nothing to do with the opportunities created by their country or society.” Charity has grown as China prospers. About five billion dollars were given last year, according to official figures. That is down from a 2008 spike of 16 billion dollars due to a massive earthquake that devastated southwest China that year, but slightly above previous years.

Chen built his fortune through his Huangpu Renewable Resources Utilization Group, based in the eastern city of Nanjing, a demolition company that recycles salvaged materials. But he says none of that would have been possible if not for China’s Communist Party-led economic transformation-views that have been lapped up by state media, no doubt due in part to an official desire for a positive “rich” role model. Chen’s rags-to-riches story perhaps makes him the perfect fit. Growing up in rural eastern Jiangsu province as China was struggling to recover from Mao Zedong’s disastrous economic policies, two of Chen’s four siblings died of starvation, he said. Still, his parents often gave away what little they had, imprinting on their son a combination of personal thriftiness and generosity. That thrift-and other idiosyncrasies-can reach extremes. Chen pantomimes how he blows his nose in his hands to save a tissue and boasts that he takes taxis for his many trips to the airport rather than employ his personal driver. In 2008, he changed the given names of his two young boys in 2008 to “Huanjing” (environment) and “Huanbao” (protect the environment). But his decision to leave none of this wealth for his sons-a breach of tradition in family-oriented China-is perhaps the clearest sign of his maverick nature. “My parents left nothing to me and I wish to leave nothing for my kids” except the “spiritual wealth” that comes from philanthropy, said Chen. —AFP



Monday, September 20, 2010

Economists cautious over African ‘miracle’ PARIS: With strong growth, a reduction in poverty and foreign investment, a number of recent studies have highlighted the African “economic miracle,” but economists suggest the picture is more complicated. Since the start of the decade, the world’s poorest continent has witnessed an economic boom. After a brief slowdown during the global economic crisis, growth this year is set to approach a steady five percent continent-wide.

“Africa’s growth acceleration resulted from more than a resource boom,” consultancy firm McKinsey & Company said in a report published last Tuesday which analyzed the continent’s “likely staying power.” Jim O’Neill, the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, suggested in an article in the Financial Times last month that South Africa, along with Nigeria and Egypt, could by 2050 join the BRIC groupBrazil, Russia, India and China-

of emerging economic powerhouses. Economic development is also boosting some of Africa’s smaller economies. “The absence of raw materials has not stopped countries like Mali and Burkina Faso from recording good growth rates,” said Senegalese economist Abdoulaye Diagne. But for Bongani Motsa, an economist at South Africa’s Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies institute, exports of natural resources remain the principal engine for

African growth, which means it is fragile. Furthermore, rosy long-term predictions rest on the continent turning the page on a history of conflict, political instability, health epidemics and rampant corruption. “Those obstacles are far from being removed,” said Motsa. “The lack of good governance remains total,” said LÈonard Wantchekon of the Benin-based Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy.

In addition to economic growth, the question of development remains a critical one. Two recent studies have shown that poverty and inequality were being reduced. “The conventional wisdom that Africa is not reducing poverty is wrong,” said Maxim Pinkovsky and Xavier Sala-i-Martin, US academics who wrote one of the studies. The economic growth supports the development of the middle class, said Alwyn Young of the London School of Economics in a

second study. “The real household consumption in sub-Saharan Africa is growing around 3.3 percent per year,” Young said, saying this was higher than official statistics suggested. According to Motsa: “African growth is not as sustainable as sometimes said.” Recent food, economic and financial crises have already caused a return of inequalities and evaporation of the middle class. Local governments lack strate-

gies to achieve sustainable growth, with the absence of human capital the main handicap. Problems such as poor infrastructure are “a real bottleneck on development,” said Wantchekon. In addition, poverty remains massive and the reduction has not yet been significant, said Diagne. “In oil-producing countries like (Democratic Republic of) Congo and Gabon, growth has tended to profit just a tiny part of the population and thus increase inequality,” he said. —AFP

Federal Reserve to wait and see as economy convalesces Trade deficit points towards recovery WASHINGTON: Glimmers of a revived economic recovery are expected to give the US Federal Reserve some breathing space when its top committee meets tomorrow, avoiding a renewed battle inside the central bank. Members of the

Fed’s policymaking panel will gather for the last time before November’s midterm elections, with the economic outlook transformed since their last meeting from apocalyptic to vaguely promising. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is expected anchor the fragile recovery by promising to leave interest rates at historic lows and keep stimulus spending at current levels. But with the economic picture brightening it is expected to hold off from dramatic increases in spending designed to speed up growth. “We see the improved data as buying time for the Fed to sit on the sidelines at the September FOMC meeting,” said Michael Gapen of Barclays Capital. The US economy, after months of languishing in the doldrums, has regained some momentum since the Fed meet at the end of June, when members expressed concern about a “sluggish” economic recovery. In July and August private firms continued to add jobs, albeit at pace that was too slow to offset the loss of tens of thousands of Census taking jobs. MAPUTO: Protesters from the association MadGermans, meaning “those from Germany” in the Shangaan A rapidly narrowing trade language, carry a banner reading “Association of Former Mozambican Workers in Germany” during a deficit and recovering conmarch. —AFP sumer prices have also pointed to a tempered, if tepid, recovery. Most economists now expect the economy to grow faster in July, August and September than the previous three months. That could help avoid a showdown at the Fed over the need for more stimulus. At recent meetings Fed MAPUTO: A handful of tattered photos president Zeca Cossa said from their base they do see, they don’t speak,” said are all that remain of Mozambican at a park across from parliament in the Cossa. “We who were in Europe can see.” members have tussled over Anacleto Amade’s two years in East Mozambican capital Maputo. “We were “But in Mozambique, if you talk, they kill how and when to restart Germany, where he worked in the 1980s there to learn these trades to build you,” he said, referring to a demonstraeven modest crisis meaunder a labor scheme between the then- Mozambique. Then we returned and we tion in 2003 when police shot dead one of sures, which some fear the group. Every Wednesday around 300 communist allies. But his memories of were all unemployed.” would send the wrong signal “They told us ‘We don’t have money’,” MadGermans march through the city’s friendships abroad and walking in the to financial markets and snow are scant comfort now. Like most of said Cossa. He believes the group was streets. Earlier this year they even forestall a return to normal the 15,000 Mozambicans sent to work in sent to repay East Germany for the attempted to storm parliament. monetary policy. While “all The labor ministry afterwards said it East German factories, Amade said he weapons sold on credit to liberation party but one member” agreed on was never been paid his full wages. Frelimo during Mozambique’s fight for would make some payments to nearly the need to reinvest crisis “When I see those pictures, the emotion independence against Portugal from 1964 1,800 former workers, “definitely closis enormous, it is big. It is the size of the and during the civil war that ended in ing” the case, state radio reported. spending that had expired, world. Because no one’s story is the 1992. “We didn’t go to train. We went However, the group’s reputation as trouminutes showed deep divithere to work off Mozambique’s debt,” he blemakers complicates finding a job anysame,” the 41-year-old said. sions about the impact these where. “Even when you work, when they While in East Germany, the said. “We were used like slaves.” measures would have. The MadGermans’ situation reflects find out you’re a MadGerman, you lose Mozambicans were paid only 40 percent Any move to increase of their salaries, they say. They were told nagging problems that remain in the your job,” said Rose Ester Libombo, who stimulus spending would the rest was sent to Mozambique for country, one of the world’s poorest, after worked in a lamp factory in Erfurt for two likely deepen divisions, investment and pay-out upon their the 16-year civil war that pitted the com- years. especially if the case for “When they find out, they think you return. But after the Berlin Wall fell in munist Frelimo government against action was not clear cut. 1989, the labor pact ended and they were rebels supported by apartheid South could make a noise, because we insist on sent home to a nation that was still a Cold Africa. Despite the economy’s projected our rights.” “They call us marginalized, Given this many analysts War proxy battlefield. They received only 6.5 percent growth this year, 60 percent confused.” These days she sits waiting in believe a shift in policy will about 350 dollars (270 euro) each. The of Mozambicans do not have work. But the dusty park with other MadGermans not now come until the Mozambicans in East Germany worked in the MadGermans see more sinister rea- in the shadow of a tattered German flag Fed’s November or steel, construction, manufacturing and sons behind their failure to build a life in hanging off a tree stump, while street December meetings, and their home country. They say the govern- vendors dodge the refuse and heaps of textiles industries from 1979. will be contingent on signs Locally they’re known as the ment, the nation’s biggest employer, ash as they ply their trade. Asked about that the economy is in deep MadGermans, meaning “those from refuses them work because they demon- the way forward, Libombo smiles faintly. distress. “I don’t have plans. You need money to Germany” in the Shangaan language. “It’s strate for their rights. “We believe the bar for “Most Africans don’t see. Even when make plans.” —AFP pejorative,” MadGerman Association further stimulus includes some combination of belowtrend growth in real GDP (gross domestic product), a worsening labor market, and THE HAGUE: A cost-cutting in Greece to radical action in Jager will have no room for the centre-left government led heightened deflation probaDutch budget expected tomor- Britain and Spain against a back- grand plans to boost the post-cri- by Christian Democrat Jan Peter bilities,” said Gapen. But Balkenende prompted early row is merely a ritual prologue ground of anxiety that if they get sis economy. not all economists were conon June 9. “The budget will count for elections to probably much tougher cuts the mix wrong, and all together, University of Balkenende’s caretaker governby another government, analysts they could tip everyone in the nothing,” vinced that the Fed should Amsterdam economist Bas ment remains in charge of “runsay. The cuts in themselves will boat back into recession.. wait. “The ‘better-thanWhat makes the Netherlands Jacobs told AFP ahead of the ning issues” including the annube worthless, but set a baseline expected’ tone of many for the real budget which will be different, apart from underlying event that is required by law to al budget, but steers clear of recent indicators says more the priority for an incoming performance which is relatively happen every third Tuesday of potentially controversial policy about the gloom that has coalition administration. But favorable compared to the EU September, even in times of issues. overtaken the markets than “Until there is a new govcuts there will be in the end, countries in most difficulty, is political transition. “Whatever it does the improvement in probably with some tax rises, to that the government, required will be presented tomorrow can ernment, no new projects can economic fundamentals,” fight overspending even as the by law to present a budget be thrown in the trash: the new be developed,” said political said David Resler of Nomura economy shows signs of slow- tomorrow, is waiting to hand the government will completely analyst Philip van Praag. MPs, keys to a new coalition adminis- modify the budget” as it tackles a dismissing the exercise as ing. Securities. On this score, the tration in the process of being public deficit expected to rise to “useless”, have decided to skip “Marginally stronger Netherlands is in a similar, formed. With a new coalition 6.3 percent of GDP in 2010 from this year’s parliamentary debate economic data have not with the finance minister that although lesser dilemma to the government yet to be formed 5.3 percent in 2009. altered the case for a new Negotiations to form a new traditionally follows the budget one squeezing many govern- and the direction of economic round of quantitative easing ments in the European Union, policy uncertain, outgoing coalition government are still tabling, a parliament spokesand we see no compelling from historic and radical reforms finance minister Jan Kees de underway after the collapse of woman said. —AFP reason to wait.” —AFP

Mozambican laborers in East Germany distressed

Dutch budget is just words; real cuts to come

FLORIDA: Michelle Zubizaretta (center) poses with several of her Gen-Y aged employees at her Zubi Adverstising in Coral Gables. —MCT

‘Gen Y’ gets a dose of hard reality in job market slump MIAMI: It was only five years ago that Miami accounting firm director Richard Berkowitz thought he had a problem during tax season relating to his younger workers. “When I told them it was mandatory they come in on the weekend, they looked at me like I was out of my mind.” Today, his younger workers are much easier to manage. The recession has brought a shocking reality to the Generation Y professionals who stumped baby boomers when they first entered the workforce with their desire for work/life balance over the corner office. Stunned by a barrage of pink slips instead of promotions, Generation Y people between ages 18 and 30 has swallowed a piece of humble pie. Those who still have jobs are adopting new workplace attitudes and making themselves more valuable. They still want a chance at career development, but they are no longer demanding that it happen on the fast track. “This is the generation that dreamed they wanted to be CEO of a public company but didn’t have an idea what to do to get there,” Berkowitz said. “What’s happened is that realization set in. They’ve discovered you have to be on the ground and working hard to accomplish great things.” In some ways, this coddled, techsavvy generation, also known as the millennials, is best positioned to prosper post-recession: They never really trusted corporate America. They know how to scour the Internet for opportunities. They grew up innately adapting to change and embracing fast-paced innovation. As a group with high self-confidence, they are approaching their plight with optimism. “They are seeing this as a reevaluation period,” said Tamara Bell, editor-in-chief and president

of Y Gen Out Loud, a news platform for political and public policy conversations. “They will tell you, ‘We can do this. We can make the change necessary to get the engine going.’ They see it as an opportunity to change what they were doing and learn something new instead of being in complete panic mode.” By all measures, the newest members of the workforce are bearing the full effect of the worst economic slump since the Great Depression. The recession brutalized their income, savings and career-ladder potential. About 37 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds have been underemployed or out of work during the recession, the highest share among the age group in more than three decades, according to a Pew Research Center study released in February. Even more, the unemployment rate for Gen Y remains much higher than the national rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the overall national unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in June, the latest figures available for making that comparison, for Gen Y it was 15.3 percent. Because of these stark numbers, many of them realize that they can’t make demands for raises, promotions, time off, training and the hottest technologies during a recession. Cesar Alvarez, executive chairman of law firm Greenberg Traurig, thinks the recession was the wake-up call for this group of workers, much like other generations had defining events that changed their behavior. “I think their concept of the ultimate safety net has shattered,” Alvarez said. “I’m seeing them much more engaged. I think this was a tipping point that helped the new generation suit up for the game.”

To be sure, the legal sector underscores the new world at work. Only a few years before the Wall Street meltdown, law firms had lured young legal grads with salaries as high as $160,000. Then came the recession, and these young lawyers were told to hit the bricks as firms slammed them with layoffs, pay cuts and withdrawals of job offers. As of last month, there were 17,200 fewer US legal jobs in the than there were in July 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Before the recession, senior partners regularly complained about their young lawyers who wanted to work less and get paid more. Now, Alvarez explains, the young lawyers don’t necessarily want to work more hours but they are putting in the effort and bringing the technology to get the job done in less time. “They are changing the business model,” he said. Their workplace priorities have changed, too. In the past, they wanted to work for companies that incorporate community involvement and charitable giving. Now they value organizations that are financially strong above all else, said Jaret Davis, administrative shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. He used to get questions about the timing of pay raises and promotions. Now, Davis said, the questions he gets from young recruits are, “How is the firm doing financially? Will it be around? Will my job be around?” Christina Totfalusi Blake, a 29-year-old attorney, feels lucky to have a job, particularly one that provides the attributes most Gen Y workers value - meaningful work, opportunities for learning, quality of life and likeable colleagues. Blake joined Kelley, Kronenberg, Gilmartin, Fichtel, Wander, Bamdas, Escalyo and Dunbrack in Miami Lakes after working solo in Orlando, Florida, for two years. She views her workplace as a social hub where collaboration has value. “There’s an open-door policy so I can chat with other attorneys,” she said. “For me, brainstorming, having senior associates to bounce ideas off is huge. It’s something I can’t put a value on.” But Blake still wants the high salary and worklife balance. “Young attorneys are taking lower-paying jobs for the same long hours. But our hopes are still there, in light of our student loans and high debt, that compensation will go back up.” Some seek those same goals by working for themselves. For some millennials, there is little to lose in becoming an entrepreneur: no mortgages, no families and not a whole lot of obligations. They often start businesses on a shoestring budget or look to their parents for start-up capital. Sonny Palta, 23, has started two businesses alone and co-founded two others, including Green Monkey yoga centers in Miami. He won’t even consider working for an employer, nor would many of his peers. “We look at it as unbearable. Work without passion is nothing to me. I’d rather do something I love for bare bones and hope I hit that one idea that makes it big.” Almost five years ago, the consulting firm Deloitte turned to Stan Smith when it became alarmed by the high turnover of its youngest employees. —MCT


Monday, September 20, 2010


Tech and ergonomics: Think long term when buying displays FRANKFURT: Displays are getting progressively better and more snazzy and cheaper as well. Users are ultimately the big winners from this trend. The biggest problem facing buyers is probably trying to sort through the enormous selection to find the right display for your own personal needs. The good news: you’d be hard pressed to make a bad choice right now when it comes to new computer monitors. Even so, finding the perfect unit means taking several points into consideration before making a purchase. Displays are typically used much longer than the desktop or laptop to which they’re connected. Users are therefore well advised to think

about the long term, not just their current needs, recommends Markus Schuetz from PC maker Dell. The intended use of the monitor is the decisive factor. That means thinking through carefully before the purchase whether the device will be used for games, photo editing, video editing, and desktop publishing or simply to surf the web and use office applications. Characteristics like size, resolution, and colour range will then reflect those needs. Classic 22-inch devices are perfect all-rounders, says Robert Kraft from the computer portal Twentyfour-inch screens offer a higher resolution and thus are well suited for games

and any and all office tasks. Film fans can feed their passion with bigger displays: 27-inch TFT monitors with a 68 cm diagonal can produce an intensive cinematic experience in full HD resolution. Gamers seek out monitors with short reaction times, Schuetz notes. This ensures that fast-moving scenes with quick image changes don’t leave trails behind on the screen. “For photo or video editing, by contrast, it’s all about a big image area and the highest possible resolution for comfortable and above all else precise work,” the computer expert explains. Another factor is the available ports on the display, since they dictate how

many and what kind of digital devices like webcams, camcorders, gaming consoles, media players and external TV tuners can connect to the monitor. “High quality digital connections include DVI, HDMI, or the new display port standard,” explains Schuetz. For users with older devices and video cameras, analog connections like VGA, Composite and S-VHS are needed. Upper-end models also include USB ports, webcams, or card readers for storage cards of all types, ready to be read out directly in the display. Another feature of potential interest is Picture-in-Picture (PiP), which allows for a text document to be edited while a separate window - perhaps a sports

match - runs in the corner of the screen through a connected TV receiver. Computer owners who need the monitor just for surfing the web, handling office tasks and photo editing really don’t require all of the bells and whistles. “There are good entry level models for as little at 160 dollars,” Kraft says. For that price, you can expect a respectable Full-HD format resolution, but not outstanding image quality. The price/performance ratio is very good in that range, Kraft says. Users should therefore pay more attention to how well the monitor can connect to peripherals and whether the monitor supports the HDCP proto-

col for digital image and sound transmission. Those working with tight budgets have good prospects as well. As little as 100 dollars will get you the G922HDL TFT monitor from BenQ, praised as best in its size in a recent comparative test in PC Games Magazine. The best devices in the entry level start at around 200 dollars, Kraft says. Those displays offer a DVI port and improved contrast. The performance jump is nevertheless massive for devices starting at 300 dollars, which are intended for watching Blu-Ray content. For that price, the user can get a fast screen with reaction times of two to three millisec-

onds (ms), with the displays in many cases already equipped with internet loudspeakers. Buyers should consider more than just a monitor’s technical prowess. Its ergonomics are also a key factor to preventing exhaustion and poor posture. The selection of a monitor size should be made with a consideration of how far away from the monitor you’ll be sitting and how many hours of use it will see each day, says Dell’s Schuetz. Other things to consider: whether the monitor’s height and tilt are adjustable, whether it can rotate by 90 degrees, and whether a VESA bracket adapter is attached so that it can be mounted on a swiveling arm. —dpa

Microsoft, Yahoo! jostle for US search share

GERMANY: Picture taken on March 3, 2010 shows the camera of a street view car, used to photograph whole streets, on the Google street view stand at the world’s biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT in the northern German city of Hanover. —AFP

BERLIN: Google is facing even more opposition in Germany than it expected to its Street View navigation service, with hundreds of thousands opting out, Der Spiegel news weekly reports in its Monday issue. Ahead of an October 15 deadline, “several hundred thousand people” have told the Internet giant that they do

not want their home or business to be visible on Street View, which features panoramic still photos taken at street level. Der Spiegel cited sources close to Google, which in August said it expected tens of thousands of tenants and owners to respond to its offer, unique to Germany, to pixel out buildings before images are published. The

consumer affairs ministry had expected applications for more than 200,000 addresses. Google presented plans last month to roll out images from 20 German cities on Street View later this year. The service is already available for more than 20 countries worldwide. But the announcement triggered an outpouring of security and privacy con-

cerns in a country particularly sensitive to such issues due its experience with the Nazi and communist regimes. Johannes Caspar, the top official for data protection in the northern city of Hamburg, where Google’s German unit is based, said he had the impression that the company was respecting citizens’ wishes. But he told Der Spiegel

he wondered whether “Google can process such a storm of applications correctly”. The German government is weighing new laws on online data protection in the wake of the debate over Street View and will hold a high-level meeting on Monday in Berlin chaired by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere. —AFP

WASHINGTON: Google is the undisputed king of search in the United States. But w ho’s number tw o? Yahoo! has long held that position but Microsoft has been creeping up and may even have leapfrogged the Sunnyvale, California, company in a competition whose goal is to turn more Internet searches into more advertising dollars. According to The Nielsen Co., Microsoft, led by new Web search engine Bing, overtook Yahoo! for the first time in August to make it the number two search service in the United States. Another digital tracking company, comScore, disagreed, however, releasing August search share figures just days after Nielsen’s that had Yahoo! still firmly in second place. According to Nielsen, Microsoft’s Bing, MSN and Windows Live had a 13.9 percent share of US search volume in August while Yahoo! had a 13.1 percent share. ComScore, for its part, said Yahoo! accounted for 17.4 percent of the US search market in August and Microsoft 11.1 percent. Both click-counters agreed that Google remains the dominant player with a 65.1 percent search share in August according to Nielsen and a 65.4 percent share according to comScore. So who’s right-Nielsen or comScore-when it comes to the battle for second place? “I couldn’t say one’s more accurate than the other,” said Danny Sullivan, editor-in-chief of, a blog devoted to search. “They’ve got their own formulas,” Sullivan told AFP. “They both have their own ways of measuring exactly what they consider a search to be. For example, comScore will not consider anything that happens on a map page to be a search.” Sullivan said what’s important for him is “not whether the numbers are exactly the same but whether or not the trends tend to be the same. “It’s not really ‘Is Bing higher than Yahoo!?’ but ‘Is Bing continuing to close the gap?” By that measure, Bing has

made steady strides since it was launched in June last year, good news for the Redmond, Washington-based company founded by Bill Gates and better known for its ubiquitous software. “You’ve got Microsoft, this big, huge powerful tech company, that’s been trying to be the number two in search for a long time and they’re finally getting there,” Sullivan said. “Part of the reason why you’ve seen them become successful in this way is that they found a branding (with Bing) that people could understand and latch on to,” he said. “At the same time, you have Yahoo! going through the opposite in some ways,” Sullivan said. “They are not positioning their service as what would seem like a competitor to Google.” Microsoft and Yahoo! reached an agreement last year which calls for Bing to eventually power searches at all Yahoo! websites-although for advertising purposes their search share will continue to be calculated separately. While Sullivan said it’s difficult to precisely determine the value of a percentage point of search, it’s a highstakes game. “The overall thing is the more that you can grow your share the more likely you’re going to be able to tap into some of the millions and billions that Google makes off of ads,” he said. While Google can be expected to rule the search market for the foreseeable future, Sullivan said the Internet titan could see a mild erosion in its share in the short term, the result, ironically, of its own innovation, a product called “Google Instant” unveiled earlier this month. Google Instant suggests results as a user types a query in the search box and displays them on the same page, eliminating the need to return to the search box if the initial query was unsatisfactory. “You’re only going to register one search under this existing system,” Sullivan said. “So what could happen is Google’s share could come down.” —AFP

EU extends Internet to remote and elderly BRUSSELS: Regulators will bid today to extend mobile Internet access to Europe’s farthest flung outposts by opening up commercial rights to the analogue broadcasting spectrum. Britain, France and Germany are each moving towards total digital switchover which others must eventually match, but the drive has repeatedly raised fears of remote and elderly populations being left behind in the communications revolution. In an effort to allay those fears, the European Union wants all member states to agree from 2013 to free up existing analogue frequencies used for television and radio output so that telecoms companies can fully extend wireless access, according to documents seen by AFP this weekend. Intriguingly, today’s proposals will show, Brussels also suggests using these post-recessionary times of high unemployment to encourage the roll-out of new public works programs underpinning private investment, to dig extra fixed-line networks. “Public authorities may decide to undertake, at their expense, civil works in order to enable and accelerate

the deployment by the operators concerned of their own network elements,” the commission suggests. From the wilds of the west coast Highlands and islands of Scotland to the remote edges of Bulgaria, there are gaps in sharp-end mobile coverage that policymakers see as a major driver of economic growth over coming decades. Setting up fixed broadband cable networks is either technically challenging or commercially prohibitive, but getting the measures through member states and the European parliament also means overcoming stiff lobbying. On average, 94 percent of Europeans had high-speed broadband access by the end of 2009, but that proportion falls to 80 percent in rural areas and national disparities mean the figure can fall ever lower. The European Commission estimates total private and public investment in new fibreoptic cable networks by 2020 at between 180 and 270 billion euros, if networks are “to provide sufficient coverage so that 50 percent of households are on 100 megabits per second services.”

Under Europe’s 2020 strategy for attaining a “smart, sustainable and inclusive economy,” all Europeans should by that date have “access to Internet of above 30 Megabits per second.” Radio and television frequencies-often under public monopolies-should be made available to these ends by January 1, 2013, the proposals state. The telecoms industry, as represented by the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association, unsurprisingly spies a “unique opportunity.” Said its director, Michael Bartholomew: “Opening up additional spectrum for mobile broadband services is essential to bridge the digital divide and to meet rapidly increasing consumer demand.” But the current users of these frequencies inevitably see their own business opportunities, as articulated by the European Broadcasting Union. “Wireless broadband is neither a viable replacement for terrestrial broadcasting nor an alternative to fixed broadband,” it said in a submission, underlining: “It is not a solution for rural broadband.” — AFP

JAPAN: Picture taken on October 7, 2008 shows Yoshiyuki Sankai, Tsukuba University Professor and president of the robotic venture Cyberdyne, displaying the newly developed robot-suit “HAL” (Hybrid Assistive Limb), produced by Cyberdyne at the company’s new R and D center at Tsukuba city in Ibaraki prefecture, suburban Tokyo. — AFP



Population taboo doubts development goals Demographic growth adds to strain on infrastructure, amplifies environmental damage PARIS: Of all the issues that will be aired from the pulpit of the UN's development summit this week, one is likely to stand out by its absence: What should be done about the world's population explosion? To many campaigners, demographic growth is the gorilla in the UN's living room, a blindingly obvious problem interlinked with poverty and environment that gets carefully ignored whenever leaders meet. "When the Millennium Development Goals were adopted, there was not a single target on population or family planning access," said Alex Ezeh, executive director of the Africa Population Studies and Health Research Centre in Nairobi. "It was a huge mistake," he said. "The world is only now just waking up." Campaigners on population issues acknowledge that poverty and environmental damage can have complex causes. A surge in population in some well-documented cases has helped catapult a country to prosperity. But, they also say, relentless population pressure is common to many of the problems besetting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),

up for review in New York. The three-day summit opens today. In poor countries, unbraked

amplifies the risk of environmental damage and boosts exposure to the wrath of climate change.

Even if countries reduce the proportion of people living in poverty, the number living in poverty grows in absolute terms simply because of demographic growth adds to strain on infrastructure, health and educational resources,

Ezeh pointed in particular to the dilemma in Africa. Even if countries reduce the propor-

tion of people living in poverty, the number living in poverty grows in absolute terms simply because of massive population growth. "If you have a population growing at three percent (per year), that means it is doubling every 23, 24 years or so," he said. "It means, for instance, that you will have maybe twice the number of children needing education. But it is almost impossible for countries to double the number of schools and double the number of teachers during this time." One example is Kenya, where the population in 2009 stood at 38.6 million, an increase of around 10 million since 1999. Less than a third of Kenyans have piped water and three-quarters have no mains

BELGIUM: Cyclists ride along the Wetstraat - Rue de la Loi, a main street in Brussels, during Car Free Sunday (Autovrije Zondag - Dimanche sans voiture), an event organized to encourage motorists to give up their car for a day, on September 19, 2010. The activity promotes the improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking. — AFP

Japan organ transplant group marks 10th brain death under new law TOKYO: A man in his 30s was diagnosed as brain dead Saturday under the criteria stipulated by the revised Organ Transplant Law in Japan, representing the 10th such diagnosis since the law came into effect in July, the Japan Organ Transplant Network said. The man had been hospitalized in the Kinki region. He had not expressed in writing a desire to be an organ donor, but his family agreed to the harvest of his organs — the ninth case of organ donation with only a family's consent under the new law. The revised law made it possible to transplant organs from a brain-dead person with only his or her family's permission, as long as the person had not clearly expressed the wish not to donate or be declared brain dead. The organ transplant network quoted one of the man's relatives as saying the man had told his family: "Organ transplants can save people's lives." "We wanted to respect his will. We're proud that parts of his body will be alive in other people and help them," the relative was quoted as saying.

The man's heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas will be transplanted into six patients throughout Japan. The country's first organ transplant from a brain-dead donor was conducted in February 1999, about a year

been conducted with only the families' consent, brain-dead patients had verbally expressed desire to donate in just three. In all the other cases, the families decided to donate the brain-dead persons' organs

The man's heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas will be transplanted into six patients throughout Japan. and four months after the initial Organ Transplant Law was put into force in October 1997. The 10th organ transplant from a brain-dead donor was not conducted until January 2001, about three years and three months later. Before the law's revision, organs could not be donated from brain-dead individuals unless they had left a written statement expressing their desire to do so. The relaxation of the criteria has clearly contributed to a sharp increase in organ transplants. Among the nine cases in which organ transplants have

because they wanted parts of their loved ones' bodies to live on in others. "I believe the public's understanding of organ donations has deepened," said Prof. Atsushi Aikawa of Toho University, the top spokesman for the Japan Society for Transplantation. If the current pace continues, the annual number of organ donations from braindead donors will likely rise sixfold, to about 60, from the number that took place each year before the law's revision. The figure is still far less than in the United States and

Europe. The United States sees about 2,000 heart transplants from brain-dead donors each year, and there are several hundred in Europe. But if the number of organ donations from brain-dead patients continues to increase, it might make it difficult for workers in emergency medical care facilities and network personnel to follow all necessary procedures. Emergency facilities suffer from a chronic shortage of doctors, and the network has only 26 organ transplant coordinators. Whether organ transplants in Japan will be able to take root as a medical treatment conducted at a global standard depends on the nation's efforts to improve its medical services. "Without long-term observation, we can't know whether this pace can continue," said Jiro Nudeshima, a bioethics researcher at the Tokyo Foundation. "But even the current number is among the lowest in the world. If many people feel the current pace is high, it means (the concept of) organ transplants still hasn't taken root in this country." —MCT

sanitation. Since the MDGs were drawn up in 2000, the world's population has expanded from 6.0 to 6.8 billion, 95 percent of whom were born in poorer countries. By 2050, the total is likely to be more than nine billion, according to UN estimates. Providing these extra souls with housing, water, electricity, sewerage, hospitals and schooling is going to be a mighty challenge, as a report issued in March by UN Human Settlements Program revealed. It found that 227 million people had escaped slums in the past decade-but the overall people living in slums had increased, from 776.7 million to 827.6 million. Half of the rise was due to population increase in existing slums, and a quarter to rural exodus. Even tiny investments such as access to contraception, improvements in sex education and promotion of reproductive rights for women can bring big benefits, say advocates. Smaller families-achieved gradually, and through voluntary measures-mean lower overheads, less environmental damage, reduced exposure to the risks from climate change, and children that have a better chance of a healthier life. "Each dollar spent on family planning can save up to 31 dollars in health care, water, education, housing and other costs," according to an estimate in the latest issue of the US journal Science, written by eight experts in public health, conservation and development. Politically, though, commitment on population issues has been weak, absent or deliberately stifled at the top level, say critics. The UN's World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 declared it would haul billions of people out of poverty and protect the environment. Yet it made no mention of how to achieve these goals when the planet's population was expected to rise by 50 percent within half century. Similarly, the original set of MDGs made not a single reference to population. Responding to an outcry, leaders tacked on a target, MDG 5b, for achieving "universal access to reproductive health" by 2015. It joined the other MDGs in 2007. "Because we started seven years late, the result is hugely disappointing. There are 215 million women who have an unmet need for family planning," said Gill Greer, director-general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in London. Global spending on family planning halved because of its absence from the MDGs, and even now "there is still a reluctance" to raise the issue, she said.A Seeking to explain why population has failed to feature on summit radar screens, suspicions fall partly on the Roman Catholic church and evangelists in former US president George W. Bush's administration, said Greer. But another explanation could lie in bad memories of coercive measures-forced sterilizations in India in the 1970s, and controversies arising from China's one-child policy, which among other things has skewed gender numbers hugely in favor of boys. Andrew Dorward, professor of development economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, said it was too late for population policies to have much of an impact on the current MDGs, whose target date is 2015. "Where it will have an effect is 10, 15, 20 years from now," he said. "We can start acting now, in a positive, supportive way. It's no good saying that getting to nine billion (people) in 2050 is going to be a problem. You've got to start working on it now." — AFP

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cancer: New gene clues point to women's 'silent killers' PARIS: Gene detectives said yesterday they had netted a clutch of tipoffs to help identify women with a higher inherited risk of ovarian and breast cancer, dubbed "silent killers" for the stealthy way they claim lives. The work gathered experts from the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia, who trawled through the genetic code of tens of thousands of women, looking for single-letter changes found among women with cancer but absent among women who were otherwise healthy. Their work was published online in the journal Nature Genetics. One study found telltale DNA on chromosomes 2, 3, 8, 17 and 19 that strongly indicated risk from serious ovarian cancer, the term for the commonest and most aggressive form of this disease. Another paper found that a variation of DNA on Chromosome 19 amplified the risk of breast cancer associated with a wellknown culprit, a faulty copy of the BRCA1 gene, which is located on Chromosome 17. What role these variants perform in the biol-

ogy of cancer is unclear, and finding out will probably take many more years of investigation. Even so, the researchers believe that the clues add powerfully to the basket of genetic telltales for cancer, which thus opens the way to diagnostic tools for women at risk. "These latest findings raise the possibility that in the future, women in the general population who are at the greatest risk of developing ovarian cancer because they carry these newly discovered DNA variants can be identified and given closer surveillance," said Andrew Berchuck, a professor at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, who headed one of the investigations. "It also suggests that preventive approaches could be targeted towards these women." Ovarian cancer is the fifth commonest cancer in developed countries and is often detected too late, when the chances of a cure are remote. Each year, about 130,000 women around the world die from the disease. — AFP

CHINA: In this photo taken Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, panda Hua Mei hugs her newly-born panda baby at the Bifengxia base of the Wolong China Panda Protection and Research Center in Ya'an, in southwest China's Sichuan province. —AP

US-born panda gives birth to her 8th cub in China BEIJING: An American-born panda gave birth to her eighth cub in southwest China, a rare accomplishment for the endangered species known for being poor breeders. Hua Mei gave birth to a male cub at 3 a.m. on Friday at the Wolong China Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan province, the official Xinhua News Agency said Friday. The cub weighed 5.7 ounces at birth. This brings the number of panda births at the Wolong center to 16 this

year, equal to last year's total, the report said. Hua Mei -- whose name means China-America -- was the first giant panda cub born in the United States in 1999, at the San Diego Zoo, after a decade of failed breeding attempts. She returned to China in 2003 and now has eight cubs, including three sets of twins. Panda females have only three days a year in which they can conceive -- one reason their species is endangered. Some males never suc-

ceed at natural breeding, so artificial insemination has become common practice when breeding captive pandas. Pandas are threatened by loss of habitat, poaching and a low reproduction rate. Females in the wild normally have a cub once every two or three years. The fertility of captive giant pandas is even lower, experts say. Only about 1,600 pandas live in the wild, mostly in Sichuan province. An additional 290 are in captive breeding programs worldwide. — AP

Man who swam Channel with no arms and legs 'happiest alive' LILLE: A French father-of-two who swam across the Channel 16 years after losing all his limbs in an electrical accident said yesterday that he was "the happiest man alive." Philippe Croizon, a 42-year-old former metalworker, said he had performed his feat to inspire all those "who think life is nothing but suffering." He set off from Folkestone in southern England just before 8:00 am on Saturday, and arrived on the French coast near Wissant just before 9:30 pm, propelled by his specially designed flipper-shaped prosthetic legs. Steadying himself with the stumps of his arms, Croizon kept up a constant speed in good weather and was accompanied by wild dolphins for part of the 33-kilometre (20mile) crossing, his support team said. "For a while, I didn't realise what I'd done. It was only that night, when I went to bed, that suddenly I burst out laughing, and told myself, 'You did it!'," he told AFP by telephone from his home in northern France. In 1994 Croizon was hit by a 20,000-volt charge as he attempted to remove a television aerial

from a house roof and an arc of current surged through him from a nearby powerline. "I was on my hospital bed, they'd just finished cutting off my last leg. You can imagine how that felt. And then I saw a television documentary on a female swimmer who crossed the Channel," he explained. "There and then, I asked myself: 'Why not me one day?'," he said. Croizon trained for two years and last month completed a 12-hour swim between the ports of Noirmoutier and Pornic on France's Atlantic coast, but his final Channel crossing was much faster than he had anticipated. "At one point I told myself, 'Woah, slow down, you'll never get there if you try to keep up this speed'. I wanted to slow down, but I couldn't. The motor was running," he said, adding that he had expected to be at sea for 24 hours. "It was huge. I was in the zone. I was inside my head. I didn't want to disappoint anyone," he said, declaring that his next longdistance challenge will be to swim between Europe and Africa. — AFP

Monday, September 20, 2010



Communities helping Nepal meet millennium goals KATHMANDU: Despite years of civil war and political instability, Nepal is on track to meet several of its Millennium Development Goals, with major strides forward on maternal and child mortality. Landlocked Nepal remains one of the world's poorest countries, with high rates of unemployment and an average annual income of just 472 dollars. But more than nine out of 10 primary school age children are now in education

and 86 percent of people aged between 15 and 24 can read and write, according to a 2010 progress report by the government and the United Nations. With another five years to go, the government and the United Nations say Nepal is likely to achieve, or partially achieve, five of the seven goals laid out in 2000. Among the achievements highlighted in the report are a fall in maternal mortal-

ity rates from 850 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to an estimated 229 this year, a reduction of 73 percent. Jagadish Chandra Pokharel, vice-chairman of the Nepal Planning Commission, said community organizations were the key to its success in reducing the number of deaths in childbirth and getting more girls into school. "The government has provided simple things like basic birthing kits, but the role

of community groups in educating people and raising awareness has made all the difference," he said. Most women in Nepal still give birth at home, but since January 2009 they have received cash incentives to go to a hospital or local clinic, with the amount rising according to the distance they have to travel. "The government has made maternal mortality a priority and there have been a

number of innovative schemes, along with a gradual reduction in poverty levels in Nepal," said Sarah Sanyahumbi, head of Britain's Department for International Development in Nepal. "But there is a long way to go. One woman still dies every four hours due to childbirth." Development in Nepal was severely hit by the 10-year civil war between Maoist rebels and state security forces that ended in 2006. The initial optimism

that greeted the end of the war four years ago has faded as a series of governments has failed to provide access to basic services such as electricity and clean water, and deep inequalities persist. "Two thirds of the way towards the 2015 MDG finishing line, the country should focus on eradicating inequality and social exclusion to achieve the MDGs and to sustain peace," said the UN in its progress report. — AFP

Prototype gel fails to block HIV

Paleontologists, from left, Brad Riney, Gino Calvano, Christopher Plouffe, Joe El Adli, all with the San Diego Natural History Museum, excavate a 3 million-year-old, 18foot subadult baleen whale fossil that is mostly intact at the San Diego Zoo. Construction workers were digging a storm water equalization tank when paleontologist Gino Calvano found the skeleton.

Whale fossil found at San Diego Zoo SAN DIEGO: The San Diego Zoo has about 4,000 animals-all carefully cataloged. For at least a few more days, it will have one more that officials didn't even know existed until Thursday when an excavating machine digging a hole for a storm-water runoff tank made a distinctive scraping sound. Gino Calvano, a paleontologist at the San Diego Natural History Museum, acting as a fossil monitor on the project, heard the sound and came running. He

looked at the machine operator. "I just kind of made eye contact with him," Calvano said. "He knew right away that I had heard something big." Calvano realized that the machine's metal scoop had scraped a large fossilized skeleton. A quick inspection determined the skeleton was that of a whale from about 3 million years ago. Work was stopped and, in accordance with state law, paleontologists from the nearby museum in Balboa Park quickly

assembled. By Friday, the squad was carefully chipping, dusting and digging in preparation for the skeleton to be encased in plaster and taken back to the museum for additional study. Meanwhile, work on the storm-water project resumed. Paleontologists had expected that digging at the site, tucked just inside the zoo fence between California Highway 163 and the park's Polar Bear Plunge,

would uncover some shells, maybe some shark teeth. But finding a whale fossil, particularly one 20 feet long and largely intact, was unexpected. "A lot of times the skull gets separated after the animal dies," Calvano said. There have been older fossils discovered in the region, some of which are on display at the museum. Among them: a femur found in Carlsbad from a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed the region 75 million years ago,

and portions of a sea cow found in Chula Vista that were dated at about 3.5 million years old. Still, the discovery of the whale fossil is additional proof that despite the civic self-image of San Diego as a place where everything is new, the truth is somewhat different. "The people are new," said Sarah Siren, the museum's paleontology field manager on site. "The whales have been here the whole time." — MCT

PARIS: A vaginal gel failed to protect women against the AIDS virus, doctors said on Monday, reporting on a major clinical trial that enrolled more than 9,000 women. The formula, known as PRO 2000, was tested in a Phase III trial, the widest and most exhaustive stage of the process to assess a new drug for safety and effectiveness. AIDS campaigners have staked huge faith in the search for a vaginally-used gel to thwart the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It would revolutionize the fight on AIDS by empowering women, especially in African countries where coercive sex is a problem. The first breakthrough in this quest was announced in July at the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna. Scientists reported that a cream tested in a Phase IIb trial in South Africa called CAPRISA 004 cut the risk of HIV infection by 39 percent overall, and by 54 percent among those women who used it most consistently. This level of protection may not be enough to make the CAPRISA gel get approval, however. The cream incorporates tenofovir, a drug commonly used in tablet form to quell HIV by disrupting its reproduction in immune cells. The PRO 2000 formula is different, being a so-called large charged polymer, which is intended to disrupt HIV's interaction with targeted cells. It was tested at two levels of concentration, of two percent and 0.5 percent, in 13 clinics in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia in a trial that was closely monitored for ethical standards. Volunteers were women who were aged 18 years or older, were sexually active and did not have HIV. They were given either the gel or an inactive dummy cream called a placebo. All were given counseling on safe sex and access to protection. Their HIV status was then tested at 12 weeks, 24 weeks, 40 weeks and 52 weeks after starting with the product. PRO 2000 was found to be safe but ineffective, according to the report card, published online by The Lancet. "Safety-related events were rare and at similar rates in all three groups... (but) HIV1 incidence was much the same between groups at study end," it said. In an important detail, use of the gel-a big challenge in microbicides-was high. Eighty-nine percent of the women said they used it prior to intercourse. Twenty-five million people have been killed by AIDS and more than 33 million others today are infected by HIV, which causes the disease. More than two-thirds of these live in sub-Saharan Africa, where 60 percent of the estimated 1.9 million new infections in 2008 occurred among women and girls. — AFP



Monday, September 20, 2010

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 7-8:30pm on October 5, 2010 Instructor: Sr. Zeinab Hassan Ashry at IPC Women Section AlRawdah - Area 3 - St. 30 House 12. Call 22512257 97290270.


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 or Xavier at 99850173


CCAA to celebrate 10th anniversary and Onam


athanamthitta Catholicate College Alumni Association (CCAA), Kuwait Chapter, a prominent socio-cultural organization in Kuwait, will be celebrating Onam and its 10th Anniversary extensively by hosting an elaborate public function with multifaceted

cultural and musical galaxy at Central School, Abbassiya on 24th September 2010 from 10.30am till 3.30pm. Traditional onasadya will also be served. The function will be inaugurated by Indian Embassy official and will be attended by Prof. G John, Bursar


ore than 1000 people are expected to attend the grand Onam feast and celebration to mark NSS Kuwait’s 9th Onam celebration, the harvest festival of Kerala at Cambridge English School, Mangaf on Sep 24, 2010. According to K P. Manikandan, General Secretary, NSS Kuwait “This Ona Sadhya will be a treat of flavour and sublime culture for all and will include 22 varieties of vegetarian dishes”. Ona-Sadhya will be served in the traditional Kerala style on banana leaf. Athapookalam, the floral carpet will be a special attraction. Onam 2010, organised by the Nair Service Society (NSS Kuwait) will feature a full day cultural program including presentations of traditional and classical dances, musical show(Ganamela) by various Kuwait based artists and spe-


rpan Kuwait cancelled this year’s Onam celebration following the sad demise of its founder president and current executive member C Vijyakumar, according to a press release. The executive committee and the program committee for Onam celebration, at an emergency meeting, unanimously decided to call off all Onam festivities and celebrations scheduled to be held on October 1 as a mark of respect to the departed founder president, the press release added.


n the occasion of Decennial celebration Tulukoota Kuwait invites all Tuluvas to join us for “Tuluparba Competitions” to be held on Friday, October 8, 2010 from 10:00 am5:00 pm at Indian Community School Auditorium (Senior Girls) Salmiya. Join us for an exciting and entertaining day with lots of fun and creativity. Competitions for various age group planned for the day include: Dance Solo and Group, Fancy Dress Solo and Group; Pick N Speak; Onion Cutting; Ladies Cloth Bag Making; Men -Kenchana Kurlari; Smart Kid Contest; Puzzle and color me contest, “Hiriyerna Udala pathera” for senior citizens. For further details and registrations, please contact Sathyanarayana 66585077; Swarna Shetty: 99006934; Rekha Sachu 65044521 and for more details on the rules and regulations please visit our website Last date for accepting registrations is October 3, 2010.

lights of the celebrations, disclosed the office bearers Koshy Daniel, Joby Kaleeckal, Thomas Mathew, George Varghese, Samuelkutty in an extensive press and visual media conference arranged on 18th September. Catholicate college

Pathanamthitta, established in 1952 is the first educational institution of Malakankar Sabha. The ultimate goal of conducting such an exclusive celebration is to provide a platform for the reunion of about 250 ex-students with their families who could build on the foundation this educa-

tional intuition had laid in their lives and find a decent livelihood in Kuwait, revealed the office bearers in the press and visual media conference. For more details contact in telephone numbers 66232408, 66864057,99832725

Nair Service Society lines up for Ona-Sadhya

Arpan cancels Onam fest

Tulu Parba competitions

of Catholicate College Pathanamthitta with other dignitaries. Performance of well-known Indian Cine-TV Artists Ramesh Pisharadi, Dharmajan & Biju, musical programmes by the leading singers of Kuwait and other cultural programmes constitute the high-

cial dance performance by the leading South Indian film actress and renowned Classical Dancer Lakshmi Gopalaswamy on the 24 Sep. HE Ajai Malhotra, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, will be the chief guest and Director Board Member and Legal Secretary of NSS, Adv. N V Ayyappan Pillai will be the guest of honor. Under the leadership of Muraleekrishnan P., President of Nair Service Society, Kuwait (NSS Kuwait), has set up a special program committee to arrange the complete event. The president also mentioned that entry is free for all and Ona-Sadhya coupons are already in circulation. The committee has requested all the guests to collect the OnaSadhya coupons in advance to avoid last minute disappointment. For more information, contact Anish Nair, NSS Kuwait 9969-1431 / 66819913.

Johnarts Kalabhavan, an Indian artist based in Jleeb presents his caricature of Bishop Joshwa Mar Ignathiyos.

Sports around the world since 1938. Hash is for a mixture of abilities from walkers to experienced runners. It is social rather than athletic. Length of course depends on time of year. Contact Gerry Burton on the above number or on 99764028.

KAYAKING Kuwait Surf-Ski Kayak Club 99706742 Sea kayaking is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world today. Call if you are interested in purchasing a kayak, getting involved in the sport. MOTOR SPORTS Kuwait Motor Bike League / The Amateur Car & Motorbike Association Motorbike track (for trail/dirt bikes) and rally car-racing centre located behind the Science Club on the northern side of the 6th Ring Road (between roads 401 and 50). Car and bike races held on Fridays. Use of facilities and participation in competitions limited to members only. office on 3td Ring Road, near Road 50. NETBALL Kuwait Netball Meet Monday for mixed games 6:30 7:30 and Tuesday for Woman only check the web- site for more info. RUGBY Kuwait Nomads The rugby season in Kuwait runs from September to May. Mens, ladies and minis rugby are played and the teams frequently travel to participate in AGRFU tournaments. Any interested child between the ages of 5-17 can participate in the Minis rugby. Training is held every Friday between 9am-llam on the grassed pitch at the Yarmouk stadium. The men’s and ladies teams have the pleasure of training and playing on the KOC sand pitch in Ahmadi, the home of the Kuwait Nomads. Training nights are Sundays and Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm. Inter-Gulf matches are played on Thursdays or Fridays.

SAILING The Arabian Gulf waters are an ideal environment in which to learn to sail. Offshore the seas are seldom rough and there is often a moderate breeze. Many of the sea clubs organise sailing activities.

RUNNING For anyone who likes walking, jogging or cycling in Kuwait there is a very good track around the area of Mishref. The track is 4.9km long and is marked out in distances of 100m. There are also a number of outdoor exercise machines located near the start and the end of the track. Please note, however, that the track is more of a horseshoe shape rather than a complete circuit as there is a gap of at least a mile between the start and finish. Decide how far you want to walk, walk half the distance and then turn back. There are roads to cross so take care if you have young children with you. Despite all of this, it’s still very worthwhile going along and trying it out. Hash Harriers 23982219 Social jogging on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Hash Harriers has been operating

Catamaran Sailing 6658 7737 Dive Caroline Beach Fafaheel The Kuwait Catamaran Club is a group of enthusiasts who love sailing on fast cats in the Arabian Gulf’s waters around Kuwait. Usually an informal group sail on Friday afternoons. Boats are privately owned but visitors are very welcome and can be taken out as crew. Boats for hire, a Dart 18 and Hobie 16. Contact John Morley Fahaheel Sailing Club (see Dive Caroline) 2371 9289 KOSA 2398 3365 9974 5383 The Kuwait Offshore Sailing Association (KOSA) meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at the Dive Caroline clubhouse, which is located at the Fahaheel Sea Club. Fortnightly racing plus International events in Bahrain and Dubai. Boats often require crew and will take you if you turn up! Catamaran racing is arranged

after KOSA morning races, followed by a sunset barbecue on the beach. An Annual Regatta, usually during April, is also organised. SCUBA DIVING The Arabian Gulf is the perfect place in which to learn to scuba dive. Although dive sites are not as spectacular as those in the Red Sea and Thailand, the local environment is conducive to teaching youngsters who wish to do fairly shallow dives and build up their confidence. A parent/guardian is required to accompany all children between the ages of 10-12. Thereafter the child may be accompanied by a diving instructor. It is a good idea for adults to attend the theory classes with their children. Dive Caroline 2371 9289 Fahaheel Sea Club, Fahaheel Dive Caroline is a friendly sailing and diving club with pool, beach, sauna, steam room, fitness and social areas. Scuba diving training and equipment sales; skippered sailing yacht charter for up to 8 passengers; fishing charters (up to 6 passengers with a max. of 2 trawling lines); skippered power boat hire for 6, 8 or 14 passengers. Birthday parties are hosted at the DC pool for children 8 years old and over (maximum of 16 children). Swimming lessons for children as well as private lessons for adults. Banana boat rides, water skiing, kayaking. Dive Centre 9964 9482 The Palms Hotel, Salwa A full service PADI 5 Star Dive Centre catering for all of your diving requirements. KIM Dive Centre 2371 6002 Villa 365, Hilton Kuwait Resort Kuwait International Marine (KIM) Centre is a full service PADI 5 Star Dive Centre catering for

all of your diving requirements. SHOOTING Hunting & Equestrian Club 24739199 Shooters can sharpen their skills at the range. Members aren’t charged any fee but have to bear the costs of the cartridges while guns are provided by the club. Shooting Range Complex 2475 9999 Off the 6th Ring road and drive past the Hunting and Equestrian Club. SOFTBALL Ahmadi Softball Located at the softball grounds situated behind the Governorate Building in Ahmadi SQUASH Squash courts are available at a few of the 5-star hotels as well as at the Salmiya Club. There are a number of squash leagues and tournaments are held throughout the year. Duffers League 9970 1720 The League comprises about 25 players of all standards. Players are placed in groups of 4 which means you play three games per month. The rules of standard squash apply with all matches being best of five. Games are arranged by mutual agreement between the players. Contact Philip Anderson at Kuwait Squash Federation 2263 4618 Salmiya Club 2575 5052 Salmiya Sheikha Squash

Monday, September 20, 2010


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Announcements 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:

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 petition-based, including B1/B2 tourist and business visitor visas and all student and exchange-visitor visas, will pay a fee of $140. Applicants for petitionbased visas will pay an application fee of $150, as each of the below categories requires a review of extensive documentation and a more in-depth interview of the applicant than other categories, such as tourists. These categories include: H visa for temporary workers and trainees L visa for intra-company transferees O visa for aliens with extraordinary ability P visa for athletes, artists and entertainers Q visa for international cultural exchange visitors R visa for religious occupations The application fee for K visas for fiance(e)s of US citizens will be $350. The fee for E visas for treaty-traders and treaty-investors will be $390.

✦✦✦ 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 in (that is, music underscore karnatic) with your contact details or call 7978286. 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.

Let’s go fishing!


et a taste of your ocean favorites at the Beldani Restaurant. Every day from 7:00 pm until 11:30 pm Beldani Restaurant at Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a is your fish market! Select your catch of the day with a wide choice of fresh crabs, lobsters, jumbo shrimps, Scottish salmon, Hamour, amongst others. Steamed, baked, grilled or fried - our chefs will prepare your selection, cooked to perfection according to your preferences. Accompanied by a great range of sides and a wide array of seafood cold dishes and salads, guests can sit back, relish the seaside ambiance and enjoy a nice evening out of the pier. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf as Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a is considered one of the best hotels in Kuwait with its prime location on the coastline of Salmiya. For reservations or more information, please call: 22253100

birthdays or celebrations by email: Fax: 24835619 / 20


IOC to organize ‘Gandhidarsan’


ndian Overseas Congress is organizing “Gandhidarsan 2010” - a photo exhibition related to Mahatma Gandhi’s life and teachings on October 7th and 8th at United Indian School, Abbasiya. More than 300 pictures portraying Mahatma Gandhi’s childhood to his tragic death will be exhibited at the venue. Students from the Indian schools in Kuwait will be given separate timings on Thursday morning and the rest of the two days will be for public. The exhibition will be inaugurated by His Excellency the Indian Ambassador Mr. Ajay Malhotra on Thursday 7th October 2010 at 9.00 am and the exhibition will be continued for public at United Indian School from 5.00pm on 7th Thursday till Friday evening. IOC is conducting various arts competitions which is done every year. Single dance, Group dance, Patriotic song, Elocution, Poetry recitation, Solo, Poster Poem, Tableau and drawing competitions will be held for junior, senior and super senior groups.

Poster-Poem competition will be held in English for senior group and in Malayalam for super senior group will be a new item of competition. General conveners Adv. John Thomas and K. J. John and Joint conveners Geevarghese Abraham and Tom Chirayil are coordinating the program. Reji. C. Ninan, Varghese Mamparampan, Thampan Mani, Raju Karunakaran, George Joseph, Joshuvakutty, Thajudeen, Shaji Kavalam and Dr. George Varkey are the various committee conveners. Registrations can be done through telephone also. The entry forms for the competitions will be available at Hidine Restaurant, Hidine Super Market and Sakina Book shop (Abbassiya), Edee Stores (Salmiya), Al Dallah Super Market (Riggae) and Zaas Restaurant (Abu Halifa). Entry forms can also be sent through email id: For details and registration contact: 24316426,6610570,99827113,66853100, 99234968,99576162.

Birthday Greetings

Palakkadan Mela 2010


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.

Send to What’s On upcoming events,

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.

Happy birthday wishes to Ziad Ali Gous who turned 6 yesterday. Best wishes come from both his parents, his sister and his brother. Have a blast, Ziad!

alakkad Pravasi Association of Kuwait (PALPAK) presents Palakkadan Mela 2010 in connection with Onam, Eid & Gandhi Jayanthi Celebrations on 1st October 2010 at Cambridge English School Auditorium, Mangaf. A full day Entertainment Event will be inaugurated by our honorable Indian Ambassador Ajay Malhothra. It is in order to promote our Social and Cultural heritage. Very talented Professional Artists, indudes Joby, Arun Venjaramood, Nobi, Rajeev Kilimanoor. Ashkar Mahi, Rajeev and Midhilag are performing Ambient Media program “Dhlm Chinkida thom.” And Idea Star Singer Renjinraj and Saritha Rajeev will stage Musical Orchestra with Film Songs, Onapattukal and Muslim Songs. PALPAK Ladies wing performing Thiruvathirakkali. The other

functions includes Inaugural Session, Oppana, Raffle Coupon Draw & Prize Distribution, and it is a full day Program and the Ona Sadhya will serve at 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. PALPAK “Ona Pookkalam” competition will be held on 30th September 2010 afternocn at same venue, those who are interested to participate (Gents or Ladies) may contact Udayavarnian.(97216434) Palakkadan Mela 2010 Programs will start at 9am. We request all members, their family and friends presence and Cooperation to make this event a Marvelous and grand success. For further details please contact PALPAK President PN Kumar (99771830) General Secretary K V Hamza (66262325). And Gulam Mustafa # 66619649,the Convener of the programme.

Free IPC course


ake this opportunity to learn and improve your Arabic skills. The Women Section of Islam Presentation Committee will be conducting free Arabic Language Course for non-Arab ladies commencing from October 3, 2010. Offers in basic and advance level and classes are available during weekdays and weekends. Islamic subjects and Quran classes are also offered in different languages. Classes are offered only once a week, Register now! For more information: Rawdab-2251 2257-97290278; Salmiya25733263-97533263; Khaitan24730137; 99285459; Mangaf 23723002; Jahra-2455883097533948.

The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week. Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the Embassy of India: [i] 24x7 Helpline for Domestic Workers: Accessible by toll free telephone no. 25674163 from anywhere in Kuwait, it provides information and advice exclusively to Indian domestic sector workers (Visa No. 20) as regards their grievances, immigration and other matters. [ii] Help Desk: It offers guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal, and other issues (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iii) Labour Complaints Desk: It registers labor complaints and provides grievance redressal service to Indian workers (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iv) Shelters: For female and male domestic workers in distress; (v) Legal Advice Clinic: Provides free legal advice to Indian nationals (Embassy premises; Kuwaiti lawyers 3 PM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday; Indian lawyers 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday); and (vi) Attestation of Work Contracts: Private sector worker (Visa No. 18) contracts are accepted at the Embassy; 9 AM to 1 PM; Sunday to Thursday; Domestic sector worker (Visa No. 20) contracts are accepted at Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO), Hawally, Al-Othman Street, Kurd Roundabout, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. EMBASSY OF TURKEY The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey announces that Turkish language course will restart at the Embassy’s Tourism, Culture and Information Office 4 October 2010. The lessons will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. For further details and registration please contact. * The Embassy at Tel: 22531785 (only from 9 am to 3 pm) * Or fill the application form on and send it to the e-mail: EMBASSY OF THAILAND All foreigners who apply for Tourist Visa at the Royal Thai Embassies and the Royal Thai Consulate General worldwide, including eligible foreigners who apply for Visa on arrival at designated checkpoints, will be exempted from tourist visa fees until 31 March 2011. Such arrangement



Monday, September 20, 2010

Orbit / Showtime Listings

00:00 Mercy 01:00 Damages 02:00 Cold Case 03:00 The Invisible Man 04:00 The Ex-List 05:00 In Plain Sight 06:00 Dawson’s Creek 07:00 Mercy 08:00 The Ex-List 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 The Ex-List 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 Surviving the Drought 02:35 Untamed & Uncut 03:30 I’m Alive 04:25 Shark After Dark 05:20 Untamed & Uncut 06:10 RSPCA: On the Frontline 06:35 Predator’s Prey 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 Shark Shrinks 20:10 Austin Stevens Adventures 21:05 Into the Pride 22:00 Your Worst Animal Nightmares 22:55 Animal Cops Houston 23:50 Shark Shrinks

00:00 Casualty 00:50 Casualty 01:40 Strictly Come Dancing 02:25 New Tricks 03:15 The Weakest Link 04:00 Gigglebiz 04:15 Teletubbies 04:40 Me Too 05:00 Tikkabilla 05:30 Gigglebiz 05:45 Teletubbies 06:10 Me Too 06:30 Tikkabilla 07:00 Gigglebiz 07:15 Teletubbies 07:40 Me Too 08:00 Tikkabilla 08:30 Teletubbies 08:55 Tikkabilla 09:25 Mastermind 2006 09:55 Last Of The Summer Wine 10:55 The Weakest Link 11:40 Strictly Come Dancing 12:25 Doctors 12:55 Mastermind 2006 13:25 New Tricks 14:15 Last Of The Summer Wine 15:45 Strictly Come Dancing 16:30 The Weakest Link 17:15 Doctors 17:45 Mastermind 2006 18:15 New Tricks 19:05 Innocent 20:00 The Weakest Link 20:45 Doctors 21:15 Eastenders 21:45 Holby City 22:40 After Thomas

00:25 Cash In The Attic 01:10 Cash In The Attic

01:55 Cash In The Attic 03:20 Come Dine With Me 04:10 Rhodes Across China 04:55 Ching’s Kitchen 05:55 Cash In The Attic 07:00 Antiques Roadshow 07:50 House Swap 08:35 Bargain Hunt 09:20 Hidden Potential 09:40 Cash In The Attic Usa 10:05 Rhodes Across China 10:50 House Swap 11:35 Cash In The Attic 12:20 Come Dine With Me 13:10 10 Years Younger 13:55 House Swap 14:40 Rhodes Across China 15:30 Antiques Roadshow 16:20 House Swap 17:10 Cash In The Attic 17:55 Daily Cooks Challenge 18:50 Come Dine With Me 19:40 Celebrity Masterchef Goes Large 20:10 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 Foxfire-18 03:00 Midnight Express-18 05:00 October Sky-PG15 07:00 Morning Light-PG 09:00 Max And Co.-PG 11:00 Frozen River-PG15 13:00 Annie-FAM 15:15 One True Thing-PG 17:30 Cassandra’s Dream-PG15 19:15 Roman Polanski : Wanted And Desired-PG15 21:00 Rudo Y Cursi-PG15 23:00 Wild At Heart-18

00:40 Destroyed in Seconds 01:35 Ultimate Car Build-Off 02:30 Wheeler Dealers 03:25 Construction Intervention 04:20 How It’s Made 04:50 How Does it Work? 05:15 Destroyed in Seconds 06:05 Extreme Engineering 07:00 Fifth Gear 07:25 Mega Builders 08:15 Street Customs 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 Cosmic Collisions 09:00 What’s That About? 09:55 Stunt Junkies 10:20 Weird Connections 10:50 Sci-Fi Science 11:45 How Does That Work? 12:15 Mega Builders 13:10 One Step Beyond 13:35 What’s That About? 14:30 Nextworld 15:25 The Gadget Show 15:55 Cosmic Collisions 16:50 The Greatest Ever 17:45 Brainiac 18:40 NYC: Inside Out 19:30 Mega World 20:20 How It’s Made 20:45 The Gadget Show 21:10 The Greatest Ever 22:00 NYC: Inside Out 22:50 Mega World

06:00 K9 Adventures 06:25 American Dragon 06:50 Kid Vs Kat 07:15 Phineas And Ferb 08:05 Kick Buttowski 08:30 Pokemon 09:00 Zeke And Luther 09:50 I’m In The Band 10:15 Phil Of The Future 10:40 Suite Life On Deck 11:30 Phil Of The Future 12:00 Phineas And Ferb 13:00 Kid Vs Kat 14:00 The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody 14:50 Zeke And Luther 15:15 The Super Hero Squad Show 15:45 Kick Buttowski 16:15 I’m In The Band 16:40 Suite Life On Deck 17:05 Zeke And Luther 17:30 Zeke And Luther 17:55 Phineas And Ferb 18:20 Phineas And Ferb 18:45 Kick Buttowski 19:10 Pokemon 19:35 Aaron Stone 20:00 Kid Vs Kat 20:30 Kid Vs Kat 21:00 Phineas And Ferb 21:25 I’m In The Band 21:55 The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody 22:20 Shreducation 22:30 Programmes Start At 6:00am KSA

00:40 Bank of Hollywood 01:30 E! Investigates 03:15 25 Most Stylish 04:10 Sexiest 05:05 Battle of the Hollywood Hotties 05:30 Streets of Hollywood 06:00 Beauty Queens Gone Wrong 07:45 Behind the Scenes 08:35 E! News 09:25 Denise Richards: It’s Complicated 09:50 Leave It To Lamas 10:15 THS 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 E!ES 16:15 Behind the Scenes 17:10 Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami 18:00 E! News 18:50 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 19:15 Pretty Wild 19:40 THS 20:30 Kendra 20:55 Chelsea Lately 21:20 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 03:00 Winter X Games 13 2009 05:00 Sports Jobs 05:30 Sports Jobs 06:00 Iex 2009 08:00 Quattro Events 2009 09:30 United By Fate 11:00 Fim World Motocross Mx1/mx2... 12:00 Fantasy Factory 13:00 Tread Bmx 14:00 No Way: The Hans Rey Story 15:00 Fim World Motocross Mx1/mx2... 16:00 Fantasy Factory 17:00 Quattro Events 2009 18:30 United By Fate 20:00 Fantasy Factory 21:00 Fim World Motocross Mx1/mx2... 22:00 No Way: The Hans Rey Story 23:00 Untracked

00:00 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives - 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

HBO and Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire automatically downloaded in stunning HD to all OSN Showbox HD subscribers


his September, HBO and OSN – ORBIT SHOWTIME NETWORK takes subscribers inside the world of BOARDWALK EMPIRE the big budget mobster series from the Emmy Awardwinning writers of The Sopranos and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese in stunning high definition. The highly anticipated one-hour drama starring Steve Buscemi set at the dawn of Prohibition, charting the birth and rise of organized crime in “the world’s playground” will be available to OSN-ONDEMAND subscribers on their OSN SHOWBOX HD on Monday, September 20th just hours after it premieres in the US. Every week the latest episode will automatically download on the OSN SHOWBOX HD creating a virtual library of the series giving you the flexibility to watch one episode or more at a time that suits you. Following the 12 episodes series, you will have the entire first season of the show in your collection to watch again or in its entirety like you would a purchased box-set series. BOARDWALK EMPIRE recreates the glitter and decadence of Atlantic City in its pre-Depression heyday. Led by the charismatic town Treasurer Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi the kingpins of AC seize the unique opportunities that

Prohibition creates to carve out a profitable niche in contraband alcohol, teaming up with rumrunners across the Atlantic seaboard to buy bootleg alcohol at a low price – and sell it for huge profits. But before long, as money pours in from thirsty customers and greedy third-party dealers, Nucky and his minions find themselves forced to defend their turf against jealous mobsters … with deadly consequences. In addition, the long hand of the law – personified by a relentless federal agent named Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon) – casts an additional shadow on the glitter and glamour that Nucky enjoys, at least for now. OSN’s on-going deal with HBO, secures the exclusive Middle East rights to all its forthcoming programming and current hit series including ENTOURAGE, THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW, TRUE BLOOD and BIG LOVE. Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, President and CEO of OSN said: “This exclusive partnership with HBO has once again allowed OSN to bring its Showbox HD subscribers an unprecedented On-Demand entertainment experience. By simply pressing the red button on their remotes, OSN Showbox subscribers will be able to enjoy Martin Scorsese’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE at the same time as the US release for free, without any breaks and in High Definition.”

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

00:30 Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases 01:20 True Crime Scene 02:10 Disappeared 03:05 On the Case with Paula Zahn 04:00 Serial Killers 04:55 Ghosthunters 05:20 FBI Files 06:10 Real Emergency Calls 07:00 Forensic Detectives 07:50 FBI Files 08:40 Undercover 09:30 The Prosecutors 10:20 Forensic Detectives 11:10 Mystery ER 12:00 Real Emergency Calls 12:50 The Prosecutors 13:40 Disappeared 14:30 Forensic Detectives 15:20 FBI Files 16:10 Undercover 17:00 The Prosecutors 17:50 Forensic Detectives 18:40 Mystery ER 19:30 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

01:15 The Mean Season 03:00 Ulee’s Gold 04:55 Number One Fan 06:30 Crazy Joe 08:05 Woman Of Straw 10:05 Strictly Business 11:30 Cornbread, Earl And Me 13:05 True Heart 14:40 Reckless 16:10 Oleanna 17:40 The Honey Pot 19:50 The Battle Of Britain 22:00 Mystery Date 23:35 A Star For Two

00:00 (P) The Dudesons ¬† 00:30 The Dudesons ¬† 01:00 True Life I Have Acne 02:00 Friday Night Music 03:00 Music Mix 07:00 Breakfast Club 08:30 100% Mtv 11:00 (P) Biggest! Hottest! ¬†Loudest! 12:00 Nothing But Hits 14:00 Big Tunes 15:00 100% Mtv 15:30 Teen Cribs 16:00 Jessica Simpson’s The Price Of Beauty 16:30 My Super Sweet 16 ¬† 17:00 Room Raiders ¬† 17:30 Pimp My Ride 18:00 Made 19:00 Teen Cribs 19:30 My Super Sweet 16 ¬† 20:00 Room Raiders ¬† 20:30 Pimp My Ride 21:00 (P) Worldchart Express 22:00 16 And Pregnant 23:00 Jessica Simpson’s The Price Of Beauty 23:30 Pimp My Ride

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 04:30 Word Travels 05:00 Pressure Cook 05:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 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 Madventures 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 Madventures 22:00 Long Way Down 23:00 Bondi Rescue 23:30 Banged Up Abroad

00:00 Community 00:30 Seinfeld 01:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 01:30 The Colbert Report (repeat) 02:00 Entourage 02:30 How to make it in America 03:00 Saturday Night Live 04:30 Best Late night with Jimmy Fallon 05:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 06:00 Malcolm in the Middle 06:30 The Drew Carey Show 07:00 Ellen 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 Frasier 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 Cougar Town 20:30 Cougar Town 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

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

07:00 Lazytown 07:25 Imagination Movers 07:50 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 08:15 Handy Manny 08:40 Jungle Junction 08:50 Special Agent Oso 09:00 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 10:15 Little Einsteins 10:40 Special Agent Oso 11:05 Imagination Movers 11:30 Lazytown 11:55 My Friends Tigger and Pooh 12:20 Handy Manny 12:45 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 13:10 Little Einsteins 14:00 Higglytown Heroes 14:25 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 14:50 Special Agent Oso 15:05 My Friends Tigger and Pooh 15:30 Imagination Movers 15:55 Little Einsteins 16:20 Handy Manny 16:45 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 17:10 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 17:35 Special Agent Oso 17:45 Imagination Movers 18:10 Handy Manny 18:35 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 19:00 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 19:25 Handy Manny 19:35 Special Agent Oso 19:50 Jungle Junction

02:30 This Week in Baseball 03:30 Sport Central 04:00 The Golf Channel - TBA 06:30 Golf Central International 07:00 Nationwide Tour: Albertsons Boise Open Final Rd. Boise, ID 09:30 World of Athletics 10:00 NFL TBA at TBA 13:00 Golf Central International 13:30 Asian Tour HANDA 14:00 NFL TBA at TBA 17:00 NFL TBA at TBA 20:00 Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy v D.C. United 23:00 Women’s Professional Soccer WPS First Round

00:00 Taking Woodstock-18 02:00 Cold Souls-PG15 04:00 Smart People-PG15 06:00 Three Investigators-PG15 08:00 The Express-PG 10:15 Capturing Mary-PG15 12:00 Evan Almighty-PG15 13:45 Barbarossa-PG15 16:00 The Express-PG 18:15 You Don’t Know Jack-PG15 20:30 I Love You, Man-18 22:15 Friday The 13th-18

01:00 Punisher: War Zone-18 03:00 28 Days Later-18 05:00 Prisoner-PG 07:00 Death Warrant-PG15 09:00 The Bodyguard 2-PG15 11:00 Child’s Play-18 13:00 The Flash-PG 15:00 The Bodyguard 2-PG15 17:00 The Uninvited-PG15 19:00 Children Of The Corn-18 21:00 Quarantine-18 23:00 Final Encounter-PG15

00:00 College-18 02:00 Clueless-PG15 04:00 Chatterbox-PG 06:00 A Plumm Summer-PG15 08:00 I’m Not Rappaport-PG15 10:15 Life-PG15 12:00 Sweet Liberty-PG15 14:00 Bolt-FAM 16:00 Bustin’ Loose-PG15 18:00 Working Girl-18 20:00 The Cable Guy-PG15 22:00 Harold And Kumar Escape From Guantanamo-18

00:00 Barbie In A Mermaid Tale-FAM 02:00 Monsters Vs. Aliens-PG 04:00 Felix 2-FAM 06:00 Up-FAM 08:00 Gulliver’s Travel-PG 10:00 Felix 2-FAM 12:00 Scruff A Christmas Tale-FAM 14:00 Monsters Vs. Aliens-PG 16:00 Hua Mulan-PG 18:00 Curious George: Follow That Monkey-PG 20:00 Scooby-doo ! And The Samurai

The Ruins on Super Movies Sword-FAM 22:00 Scruff A Christmas Tale-FAM

00:00 CSI: NY 01:00 Law & Order 02:00 Private Practice 03:00 Ghost Whisperer 04:00 8 Simple rules 04:30 Rita Rocks 05:00 Sons of Anarchy 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 Without a trace 11:00 Private Practice 12:00 Emmerdale 12:30 Coronation Street 13:00 8 Simple rules 13:30 Rita Rocks 14:00 CSI: NY 15:00 Law & Order 16:00 Without a trace 17:00 Ghost Whisperer 18:00 Emmerdale 18:30 Coronation Street 19:00 Lost Special 20:00 Drop Dead Diva 21:00 Private Practice 22:00 Sons of Anarchy 23:00 Ghost Whisperer

01:00 Scottish Premier League 03:00 Super League 05:00 NRL Premiership 07:00 Scottish Premier League 09:00 Aviva Premiership 11:00 NRL Premiership 18:00 Futbol Mundial 18:30 Countdown to the Ryder Cup 19:00 European PGA Tour Highlights 20:00 ICC Cricket World 20:30 Goals On Monday 21:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 22:00 Scottish Premier League

00:30 Currie Cup 02:30 AFL Premiership 05:00 Aviva Premiership 07:00 European PGA Tour 11:30 Countdown to The Ryder Cup 12:15 Live Cricket One Day International 20:30 AFL Highlights 21:30 Aviva Premiership 23:30 Countdown to The Ryder Cup

01:30 FIA GT1 World Championship 03:00 WWE NXT 04:00 WWE Bottom Line 05:00 WWE Vintage Collection 06:00 UFC Unleashed 07:00 WWE Bottom Line 08:00 FIA GT1 World Championship 09:30 Planet Power Boats 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 UFC Fight Night 21:00 UFC Unleashed 22:00 UFC 119 Countdown 23:00 UFC The Ultimate Fight Championship

01:00 The Ruins-R 03:00 Captain Drake-PG 05:00 A Dance For Bethany-PG15 07:00 From Time To Time-PG15 09:00 Living Proof-PG 11:00 Witness To Waco-PG15 13:00 Captain Drake-PG 15:00 A Shine Of Rainbows-PG15

17:00 Living Proof-PG 19:00 Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants 2-PG15 21:00 Suburban Girl-PG15 23:00 Aliens In The Attic-FAM

00:20 The Executioner 02:10 White Heat 04:00 Passion Fish 06:10 The Screening Room 07:00 Boys’ Night Out 08:50 White Heat 10:40 The Sunshine Boys 12:30 Little Women 14:30 The Mouse On The Moon 16:00 Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 17:40 Where Eagles Dare 20:10 An American In Paris 22:00 American Friends 23:35 Shaft

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 Crossing The Bridge 05:40 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 Crossing The Bridge 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 Crossing The Bridge 17:40 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 Style Specials 12:00 How Do I Look? 13:00 Clean House 14:00 Tacky House 15:00 Jerseylicious 16:00 Peter Perfect 17:00 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

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 Travel Today 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 Word Travels 09:30 Travel Today 10:00 Journey Into Wine-Spain & Portugal 10:30 Opening Soon 11:00 Riding Route 66 11:30 Essential 12:00 Globe Trekker 13:00 Taste Takes Off 13:30 The Thirsty Traveler 14:00 Entrada 14:30 Distant Shores 15:00 Word Travels 15:30 Travel Today 16:00 Globe Trekker Special 17:00 Travel Oz 17:30 Taste Takes Off 18:00 Journey Into Wine-Spain & Portugal 18:30 Opening Soon 19:00 Globe Trekker 20:00 Planet Food 21:00 Hollywood and Vines 21:30 The Thirsty Traveler 22:00 Exotic Lives 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 Simple Minds 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 Pt5 22:00 Top 20 Celebs Gone Good 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

Monday, September 20, 2010


ACCOMMODATION Sharing accommodation available for 1 Keralite bachelore in a C-A/C flat opposite to Jas International Shipping close to Abbassiya police station bus stop. Please call: 66349475. (C 2674) One room for family or bachelor in Hawally behind commercial bank with Mangalorean family. Contact: 22612729 / 97401091. (C 2675) A small room with bath for rent C-A/C flat in Farwaniya, for working lady / decent bachelor / couple, any nationality but Christian / Muslim. Rent KD 60. Contact: 55437519. (C 2672) 20-9-2010 A separate room in a two bedroom flat in Salmiya (along the road). Please call 97505912 Room for rent in Farwaniya, Block-1, near Canary and fire station. Contact No: 99035093. (C 2670) 19-9-2010



FOR SALE For sale fridge, bed set, sofa set, microwave, kitchen cupboards, all new items. Please contact Khaled. Tel: 65603645. (C 2676) 20-9-2010 2006 Toyota Corolla 1.8 XLI, color white, done 61000 km, excellent condition, cash price KD 2450. Serious buyers can contact: 66211779. (C 2668) 19-9-2010

I Thiru S. Saravanan (Hindu) holder Indian passport No. G 9950267 converted to Islam with the name of S. Sameer Mohammed. (C 2667) 18-9-2010

Indian male B.E (Electronics) + MBA (Marketing + HR), 2 years experience in marketing / sales engineer / Administration / Management. Proficient in all computer applications. Visa - 18, transferable. Ready to join immediately. Seeks suitable employment. Phone: 65170157. (C 2673)

No: 14855


Kuwaiti family needs a male Muslim cook who knows Indian, Chinese and Arabic dishes. Mob: 99779139 / 99629044 / 99876363. (C 2671) 19-9-2010

MATRIMONIAL Proposal invited from Keralite born again / Pentecost boys above 36 years for a Keralite staff Nurse, MOH, Kuwait. Email: (C 2669) 19-9-2010



In case you are not travelling, your proper cancellation of bookings will help other passengers to use seats Arrival Flights on Monday 20/09/2010 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

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Departure Flights on Monday 20/09/2010 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

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Monday, September 20, 2010



Aries (March 21-April 19) This is a wonderful

time to appreciate philosophy, religion and all that is mystical. Your value system and the way you care for others may shoot up a notch to a higher plane. There is a surge of independence—a need for freedom and an interest in trying new and different things and these things hold your attention. You may want to take a short trip or visit a new friend this afternoon. Circumstances may stimulate and enhance your enjoyment of life. You may decide to purchase the more expensive item when it comes to merchandise or good taste. Purchasing, selecting colors, etc., are at a high. There is some concern about future financial affairs. Connecting with stable, trustworthy people is an important consideration as you make new friends this evening. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Go ahead . . . volunteer to

help out where you would usually not be a volunteer. This is one way of having a new understanding and gaining new insight. This day is mostly taken up with chores and routine tasks. Conditions at home are due a change for the better. Go slowly just now. There is a tendency to seek out the most exciting activities this afternoon and a rebellious mood might find you wanting to ignore responsibilities. Careful, something could break. You are able to relax and enjoy some delightful activity later today. Breathe deeply and relax. There is a renewed interest in exploring the realm of dreams tonight. There is a big discussion on the subject of dreams. Keep a journal of your dreams for more insight.

Pooch Cafe

ACROSS 1. A compartment in front of a motor vehicle where driver sits. 4. A fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface). 9. Not open. 13. Not in good physical or mental health. 14. An Indian tree of the family Combretaceae that is a source of timber and gum. 15. Edible starchy tuberous root of taro plants. 16. Disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people. 18. Having a claw or claws. 20. Alternatively, a member of the family Nymphaeaceae. 21. A resin used in adhesives and paints. 22. A chronic inflammatory collagen disease affecting connective tissue (skin or joints). 23. Affect with wonder. 26. Battles in World War II in the Pacific (November 1943). 29. (New Testament) The sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born. 33. Less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so. 34. A highwayman who robs on foot. 36. An inactive volcano in Sicily. 39. An ancient Iranian language. 40. Standard time in the 6th time zone west of Greenwich, reckoned at the 90th meridian. 41. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. 42. Any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia. 46. A colorless and odorless inert gas. 47. The capital and largest city of Equatorial Guinea on the island of Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea. 54. An Arabic speaking person who lives in Arabia or North Africa. 55. (Babylonian) A demigod or first man. 58. (Irish) Mother of the ancient Irish gods. 59. A covering to disguise or conceal the face. 60. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables. 61. One of the five major classes of immunoglobulins. 62. A Loloish language. 63. A city in southern Turkey on the Seyhan River. 64. A period of time spent sleeping. DOWN 1. (computer science) A kind of computer architecture that has a large number of instructions hard coded into the cpu chip. 2. Type genus of the Alcidae comprising solely the razorbill. 3. Divulge information or secrets. 4. A piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold. 5. According to the Old Testament he was a pagan king of Israel and husband of Jezebel (9th century BC). 6. A deep bow. 7. Being one more than three. 8. An enclosed space. 9. Showing deterioration from age. 10. Diurnal bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail. 11. United States chemist who discovered deuterium (1893-1981). 12. Scottish chemist noted for his research into the structure of nucleic acids (born in 1907). 17. Perennial plants resembling yucca. 19. An ancient region of west central Italy (southeast of Rome) on the Tyrrhenian Sea. 24. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 25. 100 agorot equal 1 shekel. 27. A book of the New Testament. 28. Influential German idealist philosopher (1724-1804). 30. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 31. (the feminine of raja) A Hindu princess or the wife of a raja. 32. Tropical starchy tuberous root. 35. French poet (born in Romania) who was one of the cofounders of the Dada movement (1896-1963). 37. A Powhatan Indian woman (the daughter of Powhatan) who befriended the English at Jamestown and is said to have saved Captain John Smith's life (1595-1617). 38. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 43. West Indian tree having racemes of fragrant white flowers and yielding a durable timber and resinous juice. 44. A coffee cake flavored with orange rind and raisins and almonds. 45. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 48. Any of various strong liquors distilled from the fermented sap of toddy palms or from fermented molasses. 49. Any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids. 50. The complete duration of something. 51. Characteristic of false pride. 52. Any tree or shrub of the genus Inga having pinnate leaves and showy usually white flowers. 53. Providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities. 56. A doctor's degree in education. 57. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Family members adore you and appreciate your ease in making practical decisions. You seem to have matured with a fine ability to sense what others want and need at this time, particularly concerning the elderly. Clear decisions affecting others could be made now. Be truthful in laying out the options that are available to others so that decisions are more acceptable and easier to make. Others depend on your input. This may take some patience on your part. Your most essential quality has to do with the very real love and compassion you radiate. Your sense of value and sheer appreciation for life are communicated to all who come to know you. There is time this evening to enjoy a candle-lit dinner with a loved one. Consider a walk under the stars.

Non Sequitur

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Emotional security, a sense of belonging and nurturing is felt intuitively now. Anything from the birth of a child to the merging of a family will bring about that importance of togetherness and dependency on each other. Your family and social life is bright and active. You are propelled toward expansion and protection. This can mean a move is in the forecast or an addition can be planned for in your living arrangement. One action always creates another action and you are wise to keep this under consideration. No person can be prepared for everything but try to keep your expenses below the limit of the income. A loved one lives up to your expectations and you are happy to favor this relationship with all of your attention this evening. Leo (July 23-August 22) Today is one of your best days— a great time to plan or carry through on your plans to refurbish or update your living surroundings. This may mean you put in a new showerhead or you rebuild or improve your living space. This afternoon has plenty of feel-good moments when you show off your hard work. You will also find yourself in a great social mood. You may see that others want to show their appreciation of you. Perhaps a meal away from home with the group can be a source of great fun. Staying in touch and on top of the latest developments are the subjects that make up wonderful conversations. Brothers or sisters play a big role in supporting your ideas. Young people as a whole, figure more prominently in your life now.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) You have great insight into matters of personal freedom. You come up with brilliant ways to express, or act out things. New methods of lovemaking, raising kids and caring for animals are yours. You are outspoken, impressive and regal. You may enjoy a trip to the country this afternoon, perhaps a fruit or vegetable stand, perhaps a garage sale. You relax with children, sports, acting, singing and such this day. This evening you may enjoy your eccentric or unconventional friends—groups with some kind of humanitarian flavor will appeal. This could mean you and your friends have some involvement with a child care group, such as a religious group or work with an orphanage. You and your friends will work to make a difference. Libra (September 23-October 22) This is a day when recognition should be present from the public and from family and friends. A new project is at hand. Perhaps some monetary rewards are in the forecast for this project. Neighborhood news might consist of lost and found pets or construction sites that hinder traffic in and out of the neighborhood, school news, garage sales, etc. You could help organize the neighbors to create a positive change through city meetings. A nearby park could have signs that display the hours or drive slowly signs on the street where children play may present the answers that are needed. It won’t be long before the way your neighborhood handles community problems catches on with other neighborhoods. You could be awarded some prize this year.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 21) A cycle of nostalgia

and domesticity begins now, emphasizing a need for security and a sense of roots. Family, home, relatives and real estate play a big part in your life. You express your appreciation of your loved ones today. You may decide to cook the meals, treat your loved ones to a meal out or take them to a play, a movie or a concert. Ideas and thoughts will have greater meaning and form just now. Listening also becomes important today as you try to understand and have understanding for those around you. Self-sacrifice and an understanding attitude on your part could have far-reaching effects on your own life-path. Tonight is a good time to complete ongoing projects—cleaning, mending, sorting through clothes, cooking, etc. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Be ready for a change that brings new insight into how you can take better advantage of your current situation. You are more able to see what is worth saving. You may have breakthroughs that are a bit unconventional in health and diet. You are at your mental best with clear thoughts. This is an excellent time to make decisions and take care of mental work. Instant gratification is one of the temptations to which you are subject now: you want things and you want them this instant. This is a practical and materialistic kind of focus, one that emphasizes the making and spending of money. Learning what really counts is an important lesson that you keep trying not to have to learn the hard way—leave the credit cards at home this evening.

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Aquarius (January 20- February 18) A strong need for nurturing others could be met when you involve yourself in a volunteer group or in a religious group that visits shut-ins or the handicapped. You may have insights or breakthroughs with regard to your living situation. This could come about while using your imagination toward improvements or ways in which to beautify your environment. You may feel very idealistic about your friends, especially someone who is younger or who could use your help. Others value you for your independence and you can generate a good deal of support for whatever you want to accomplish. This is quite a busy day; however, there is still time to visit and be with elderly family members. You easily pass along positive energy to others.

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Pisces (February 19-March 20) It is easy to overdo today. Your energies are high—physically—you may feel that you can do anything. In other words, do not try to reroof the house in one day! Set your priorities and pace yourself throughout the day. Your patience may be tested. You may complain of never having any privacy or time to think. Your living pattern seems to throw you into contact with lots of people and the world outside of your family. Being an extrovert, you may have difficulty understanding reclusive types. You may find time with friends this evening the best way to relax. Your mind is ever on communication, how you present yourself and come across with others. There is plenty of room for a candlelight dinner and a little romance this evening.


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treatment ‘unfair’ eorge Michael has been moved to a softer prison. The ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ singer was taken from London’s Pentonville prison to Highpoint Prison, Suffolk, East England, where he is expected to serve the rest of his sentence for driving while under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis. George was given the eight-week sentence on Tuesday for crashing


his Range Rover into a shop in July. He was found slumped behind the wheel by two police officers. Half of George’s sentence will be served in custody, the other half will be spent under the supervision of the probation service. The ‘Careless Whisper’ singer abandoned plans to appeal his sentence after lawyers warned him he had already received a light sentence and faced the possibility his jail term

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could be increased on appeal. A source told The Sun newspaper: “George was playing with fire. He was quite fortunate to escape with a two-month stretch.” George, 48, was locked on a wing for vulnerable prisoners at Pentonville, but said to have still been mocked by other prisoners, and spent much of his time at the prison weeping and staying in his cell. The singer is believed to now be in a single

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ihanna stopped a restaurant manager trying to ban her fans from taking her photograph. The ‘Rude Boy’ singer was enjoying a meal out with friends in Ago, in West Hollywood when two teenage supporters reportedly asked if they could pose with her. However, the manager reportedly rushed over and scorned: “Fans are not allowed to bother celebrities, so no pictures, please!” However, the 22-year-old beauty quickly interrupted the restaurant worker and told him to leave them alone. She said: “These girls are my fans and without them, I’d be nothing. So I’m happy to pose!” Afterwards, she happily smiled with the girls and signed napkins for them to take home as a keepsake. Rihanna’s fans are very important to her, and she recently admitted she keeps all the gifts and letters sent to her from her admirers. She recently revealed: “I keep them in my theatre at home. Well, it’s supposed to be a theatre room but it has just become a storage room. “I put everything that my fans give me in there. Letters, gifts, all that stuff.”

he 29-year-old beauty admits she works hard to look good, but will never like the tops of her legs because they don’t get into the shape she wants them to. She said: “I really don’t like my thighs. No matter how much running I do, I just can’t get them how I want them to be. I wish they were smaller. “But you know what? They are a part of me and I have to learn to love them. I’m still learning, though!” However, the curvy star does like her stomach and admits she does sit-ups every day to keep it toned. She said:


“I work hard to keep it flat, so I’m pretty proud of it. I make sure I do sit-ups every day - I have to. I try to do at least 200 every day. “But then I also do loads of working out and running, so it’s a bit of a combination.” She also claims she wasn’t always so happy with her figure, and had body-image issues as a teenager. She said: “When I was a teenager I hated being curvy. But, as you grow up, you learn to love yourself and everything about you. At every stage, there’s a point when you’re uncomfortable but you grow out of it.”

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Anastacia would love to date Depp he ‘I’m Outta Love’ singer - who filed for divorce from her husband Wayne Newton, in April citing irreconcilable differences - is currently single and would love to get up close and personal with the Hollywood star. When asked who she secretly has a crush on, Anastacia replied: “I wouldn’t turn down Johnny Depp - he’s hot!” The 41-year-old singer - who has admitted she would love to date a younger man - also revealed she has recently struck up a friendship with 36-yearold singer James Blunt. She said: “James Blunt is the latest addition to my phonebook. We met on a plane and a 12-hour flight was enough to make us friends.” Anastacia - who overcame breast cancer in 2003 - spoke about how she coped with her cancer diagnosis, revealing she went on a huge shopping spree when she was given the news. She said: “I bought a £65,000 Franck Muller diamond watch when found out I had cancer, as I didn’t know where life was going. If I was going to go out, I was going to go spending!”

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Eva Longoria Parker wants a big family he ‘Desperate Housewives’ actress who has been married to basketball star Tony Parker for three years - insists she is not in a hurry to have children but dreams of a large brood. She said: “Having a big family is really important to both of us. “I feel more confident in myself now, and Tony and I would love for children to happen - though we’re in no rush.” The 35-year-old star also spoke of her attempts to maintain a low profile when socializing with her husband and friends, admitting it doesn’t always go to plan. She explained: “I went to a Pussycat Dolls gig recently and thought I’d sneak behind the paparazzi to avoid getting spotted. “But in my rush I fell over and twisted my ankle.


he socialite - who already has a menagerie of animals including dogs, a hamster and a miniature pig - took pity on the furry creatures after learning they were being sold at a pet shop as snake food. She tweeted: “Feeding My Bunnies a Late Night Snack :) “The bunnies were meant to be feeders. I saw them at the petstore & they told me they were for snake food and I had to save them. “I rescued 20 of them. They are now happy living in my backyard. They are all so happy, so nice to have changed their fate. (sic)” Meanwhile, Paris’ friends have revealed she has finally grown up since her arrest for cocaine possession and has turned her back on partying. The 29-year-old hotel heiress who was charged with possession of the drug after it was found in her handbag when she and boyfriend Cy Waits were searched by police in Las Vegas last month - has apparently turned her back on partying and wants to live a quieter life. A source told E! News: “She’s actually enjoying laying low. As bad as this whole experience has been, she feels like everything happens for a reason and that it really made her slow down and appreciate life. “She finally feels like an adult and doesn’t miss the clubs or party scene. She’s turned down lots of offers to host parties.” —Bang Showbiz


he Oscar-winning actor and Myrna ColleyLee officially ended their 26-year marriage on September 15, his lawyer William R Wright has confirmed. He said: “There’s no waiting period, there was no trial and they reached an amicable settlement. He is just happy that they can both move on.” The couple - who married in June 1984 and have two children together - separated in December 2007, but the news wasn’t made public until the following August. Morgan’s business partner Bill Luckett said at the time “They are involved in a divorce action. For legal and practical purposes, they have been separated since December of 2007.” The couple met when Morgan was working in an off-Broadway theatre production in 1976 and they married in 1984. Morgan, 73, also has two other children from previous relationships.


man cell at the Highpoint prison he has been moved to, which houses around 1,000 inmates who are mainly middle-aged drug offenders at the end of their jail terms. George’s jailing comes after he received a community sentence two years ago for driving while under the influence of drugs. He was also been handed fines and a five year driving ban alongside his prison term.


Monday, September 20, 2010

By Emma Charlton orkaday staple and fashion favorite, blue jeans have conquered the planet. But were they born in the textile mills of New Hampshire, on France’s southern coast or the looms of north Italy? Art historians believe they have found a piece of the centuries-old puzzle in the work of a newly discovered 17th-century north Italian artist, dubbed the “Master of the Blue Jeans”, whose paintings went on show in Paris this week. Running through his works like a leitmotif is an indigo blue fabric threaded with white, with rips revealing its structure, in the skirts of a peasant woman or the jacket of a beggar boy. “The works are very attached to the detail of clothing-it was very rare for a painter to characterize


the poor with such detail,” said curator Gerlinde Gruber, who helped to identify the anonymous artist’s works. “And there is blue jean in every painting except one,” she said. Other details in his work, such as a knotted white kerchief in a painting entitled “Mother Sewing”, enabled curators to locate the scenes in northern Italy, in the region of Venice. Historians have long traced jeans’ ancestry to two sources outside the United States: a sturdy fabric from the French city of Nimes-”de Nimes”, hence “denim”-on the one hand, and a cotton fustian from Genoa in Italy-”Genes” in French, becoming “Jeans” in English-on the other. But unlike the finery worn by the upper classes, the clothes of the peasant classes were used until shredded through, leaving no trace. Until now there were only fragmented written records to rely on to document the shipments of low-

cost fabric that flooded from Genoa into northern Europe-and especially England-in the mid-17th century. “We have accounts from an English tailor saying that his fabric came from Genoa, and that is the origin of jeans,” said Gruber. “But this gives us new documentary proof of a historical reality that has been forgotten.” In a further quirk, the blue tint of the fabric was painted with the exact same indigo as that used to dye today’s denim, according to curators. Centuries later, husband and wife design team Francois and Marithe Girbaud earned a reputation as modern-day masters of the jeans world-as pioneers of the baggy hip-hop look, of stonewashing or stretch denim. “This calls into question the entire history we have been telling up until now,” said Francois Girbaud, who partnered with the Paris exhibition. “And that’s what’s fun.”


“In people’s minds, jeans used to be all about Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, about the United States,” he said. “Nimes or Genoa? I don’t have the answer. But it’s amusing to think that jeans already existed in 1655.” Ten paintings have been attributed to the Italian artist, eight of which are on show in Paris alongside works by contemporaries such as Michael Sweerts or Giacomo Ceruti, loaned from museums and private collections in Rome and Vienna. How they came together in Paris is a detective story in itself. In 2004, the Paris-based gallery owner Maurizio Canesso bought a work in New York by an unknown artist of the Neapolitan school. Trying to track down the origins of the painting, “The Barber’s Shop”, Canesso found a copy in a museum in Varese near Milan and says “that was

when the search really began.” At the same time in Italy, unknown to him, Gruber had been joining the dots between works she believed to be by the same artist, who she dubbed “The Master of the Blue Jeans” because of the recurring presence of the fabric. Her search began after two works thought to be by his hand surfaced within a short space of time-the “Woman sewing with two children” and the “Beggar boy with a piece of pie”. Canesso’s curiosity was aroused by a 2006 article in which Gruber described the paintings, and over the following few years he purchased all the available works attributed to the artist. With their use of vivid blue set against chiraoscuro backdrops, and focus on humble everyday scenes, the works’ value is estimated at between 60,000 and 800,000 euros according to the Canesso gallery. — AFP

Models display creations by Indian designer Nandita Thirani on the third day of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2010 in Mumbai yesterday. The LFW, held twice annually and now in its eleventh year, features creations by over 70 designers and will culminate with a grand finale on September 21. — AFP

Models display creations by Indian designer Purvi Doshi.

Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh displays a creation by Indian designer Arpan Vohra.

A model displays a creation by Indian designer Arpan Vohra.

Models display creations by Indian designer Masaba.

Models display creations by Indian designer Little Shilpa . — AP/AFP photos



By Gregory Katz Models wear outfits by designer Unique during the show at London Fashion Week, in London, Saturday. — AP photos

(From Right) Twenty8Twelve designers Sienna and Savannah Miller, pose for photographers backstage, at London Fashion Week, in London.

ou had to use your imagination to see the influence of Joni Mitchell, Jack Kerouac and director Wim Wenders in the impressive catwalk show by actress Sienna Miller and designing sister Savannah Miller at London Fashion Week. But those were the inspirations the unique designing team of Twenty8Twelve cited for their spring and summer 2011 collection, a focal point of Saturday’s shows on Day Two of fashion week. The crowd at the Old Sorting Office in central London seemed to include an unusually high number of young blonde women who styled their hair exactly like Sienna Miller-blonde and slightly wild, often parted down the middle. Even the models used the Sienna hairstyle and big sunglasses to give them the casual, glamorous look associated with the actress, who has starred in “Factory Girl,” “Layer Cake” and other major films. Known for creating a sexy rock chick look, Sienna and Savannah Miller did not disappoint their fans, winning over the crowd with slinky mini-dresses, tight black cocktail dresses, and a series of jersey outfits, some with revealing cutaways. They offered a slouchy, comfortable look. There was a denim minidress with pink frilly details at the bottom, like a puffed up petticoat, and some lovely lacework and antique embroidery embellished other outfits as well. Still, it was difficult to see the “our girl in the Nevada dessert” theme mentioned in the sisters’ publicity package, although there were many earthy tones in the collection. Afterward, Savannah Millerpronouncing herself exhausted and ready to rush home and see her kids-said she took some of her inspiration from early color photographs by Paul Oterbridge from that remote region of America, and from the films and books that depict it. “I just love the colors, it’s really nothing more than that,” she said. Their mission statement cited Kerouac’s landmark beat novel “On the Road” as a major influence, along with Mitchell’s “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter” album. Actor Jude Law, Sienna Miller’s on-again-off-again sweetheart, pronounced the show a success after viewing it from a front-row perch. “I don’t know how she finds the time to do it, but she spends lots and lots of time designing,” said Law, who particularly admired a short black cocktail dress and another outfit that features a white shirt styled with a small cape on the back. Some of the outfits were deceptively simple, like a plain white tee paired with blue shirts and an undecorated white, lacy minidress with a narrow black belt. There were a few denim shirts, suggestive of the


American West theme. The sisters drew heavy applause when they walked out hand in hand at the end of the show to briefly wave to the crowd. TOPSHOP UNIQUE Topshop Unique went for a flamboyant, crystal coated collection, turning the disused Eurostar terminal in London’s Waterloo Station into a 2010 version of Studio 54. Heavily applied crystal detail glittered on the bodies of dresses and sheer trains glided behind the strutting models, who floated down the catwalk in flares and breezy caftans that looked straight out of the 1970s. Each model was given an afro style hair do with candy colored highlights, while the shoes they wore were sky high, perspex platforms. A pregnant Lily Allen sat in the front row, snapping her favorite looks. Burnt orange, rust, scarlet, dusky rose and khaki were the statement colors in the collection, marbled together on billowing silks. Disco worthy catsuits came in white, copper and black. “Unique delivered a collection different to most I’ve seen so far,” said stylist Polly Haywood. “Think 70s Miami beach glamour with sexy cutaway swimsuits and plenty of suede fringing.” BETTY JACKSON Designer Betty Jackson used a variety of fabrics and techniques to update the 1940s look in her spring and summer 2011 catwalk show Saturday. Using the fashions worn by the women’s land army during World War II, she created a modern silhouette, with many outfits based on long length skirts and elegant tops. The colors were light brown and beige for the most part, although one outfit paired green hot pants with a green print silk top, and the collection did include a lime green minidress. Many of the models wore oversize colored bracelets from American jewelry designer Alexis Bittar. Some were made of colored Lucite and ostrich feathers. OSMAN Osman’s spring and summer collection used woven, pliable patent leathers along with lightweight layered silks in a number of dramatic asymmetrical dresses, each individually cut for a distinctive look. Some of the clothes were denim, but they looked sophisticated, not catchas-you-can casual. He combined brown and beige with more springlike colors, including pink, yellow and apple green. Most of his dresses were loose-fitting, while other designers have been choosing tight, form-fitting dresses for summer. But the most dramatic piece was closefitting, a full-length, asymmetrical dress that was black except for one portion that was an unusual glowing pink. — AP

Models wear outfits by designer Louise Gray during her show at London Fashion Week.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A model falls as she wears an outfit by designer Betty Jackson.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Models wear outfits by designer Betty Jackson.

acoste’ lives in colour year round, as creative director Christophe Lemaire deftly demonstrates with his Fall/Winter 2010 collection that takes iconic sportswear staples and stretches them beyond their imagined boundaries. The show starts with the elegant Club line, which strikes a healthy balance between comfy casual and sophisticated chic. ‘Volume and oversized proportions are the key words’, explains Lemaire. ‘We really worked on the sleeves for women, while for men it is all about deconstructing and rethinking the jacket’. A show-stopping hand-knitted baby alpaca car coat morphs into a larger-than-life scarf wrapped over a long-sleeved polo paired with tailored shorts in doublefaced wool that hit mid thigh. A sweater dress features a funnel collar that slips up and into a hood, while a jumpsuit in red wool jersey is made for walking from winter into spring. For men, the jacket gets a facelift in suede and knit with construction details like cropped waists and raglan sleeves adapted from workwear and adopted from peacoats. A pair of inverted three-pleat trousers inspired by a 1930s photograph of brand founder Mr Rene Lacoste lounging off court get a contemporary 3D twist in speckled flannel. Vivid color blocking takes center stage as Lemaire showcases the sportswear heritage of


‘Lacoste’. The classic polo gets cropped in double-faced wool then stretched into a bolero-like cape or pulled into a maxi dress with big buttons. Tube dresses with cocktail length hems are layered over long-sleeved polos and Lemaire’s answer to sweatpants: lean ‘longjohn leggings’ with extra-wide ribbed ankles that snuggle over the tops of highheeled desert boot-brogue hybrids in suede. Sweatshirts are elongated and become mini-dresses with funnel collars and gathered waists or rendered in soft knit with a wide ribbed hip-hugger waist and collar that can slide over the shoulders for a sporty take the little black dress-with fuschia, yellow and green colorblocked highlights of course. ‘It is also important to ensure that the runway translates to the rack’, Lemaire adds. ‘The reality of early sell-in periods and increasingly demanding delivery schedules mean that some of the special pieces we have made for past shows never had a chance commercially. This season we have highlighted 15 looks for a capsule collection named ‘Lacoste’ Studio that will be available at our flagship boutiques and select specialty stores around the world’.


Fireworks light the skies during a concert by French composer and music producer Jean-Michel Jarre as he performs close to the Sunni Muslim Mohammed Al-Amin mosque in downtown Beirut, on September 18, 2010. —AP

They make balloons into a full-blown art By Bob Pool he only things missing when Los Angeles’ top air artists get together are inflated egos. There’s something resembling Betty Boop standing in the corner. Pluto, the cartoon dog, is sitting on the floor. A tiny ladybug rests on a hand. There’s a birthday cake, a Viking headdress, a witch’s hat and broom, an octopus, Casper the ghost. All made of twistedtogether balloons. “We’re standing on the shoulder of giants,” says Eddie Medrano, one of the balloon blowers. “Look at that guy over there. That’s Buster Balloon. He’s one of the best in the world.” A dozen balloon sculptors are jammed into the back room of the Griddle Cafe on Sunset Boulevard for one of their regular gatherings. Between bites of brunch and a string of one-liners, they create latex works of art. Medrano is a former Marineturned-Ringling Bros. Circus clown. He left circus work after blowing out his knee doing acrobatics. The Hollywood, Calif., resident celebrated his 40th birthday recently by jumping out of a giant balloon cake nonethe-


less. When brunch is over, the balloonists will leave their fanciful creations for restaurant employees to enjoy. “To thank them for putting up with us,” Medrano says. Across the table from the man they call Buster sits Rob Balchunas. He’s 23, lives in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and has been making bal-

loon figures since age 4. He performed his first birthday party balloon show when he was in 2nd grade. He moved here from Connecticut so he could learn from the masters, Balchunas says. One thing he’s learned is that it’s flashier to blow up balloons with his mouth when he’s performing than with a pump.

Buster Balloon (Don Caldwell), 39, blows up a balloon, while making a witch’s hat during a gathering of balloonists at The Griddle restaurant in Hollywood, California, September 1, 2010. — MCT photos

A ladybug finger ring is one of the creations made during a gathering of balloonists at The Griddle restaurant.

“Everybody here shares what they know with everybody else,” he says. “Buster got me using heart-shaped balloons for faces. The people here are pretty much the best in the world.” Buster’s real name is Don Caldwell.

Randy Quaid, wife face burglary charges in US ctor Randy Quaid and his wife are facing burglary charges in California after the owner of the couple’s old house reported they had been living there without permission. A representative of the property owner called Santa Barbara sheriff ’s deputies Saturday afternoon to report that squatters had been staying in the guest house illegally. When deputies arrived at the house that evening, they found Randy and Evi Quaid, who said they had


These booking photos provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office show actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi Quaid. —AP

Spanish singer-songwriter Labordeta dead at 75 panish singer-songwriter, politician and author Jose Antonio Labordeta, a lifelong defender of democracy and of his native region of Aragon, has died. He was 75. Labordeta died yesterday in a Zaragoza hospital after surviving prostate cancer for four years, Chunta Aragonesista, the political party he represented during two terms in parliament, said on its website. The party defends greater financial resources for Aragon, the protection of its environment and of the Aragonese language. His musical career began with the release in 1974 of ´Cantar y callar,ª which showcased his pro-democracy convictions as a military dictatorship imposed by Francisco Franco in 1939 endured its final months. —AP


Actress Eva Mendes arrives at a premiere of the feature film “Last Night” during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, Sept 18, 2010. —AP

owned the property since the 1990s. The property owner’s representative provided documents that showed his client had bought the home in 2007. A contractor showed police more than $5,000 in damages to the guest house. Police arrested the Quaids on charges of felony residential burglary and entering a noncommercial building without consent, a misdemeanor. Police also charged Evi Quaid with resisting arrest. — AP

He’s 39 and lives in Garden Grove, Calif, with his balloon-artist wife, Laura. “I’m actually in the process of legally changing my name to Buster Balloon,” Caldwell explains. “I travel a lot and I want to see the expression on

faces when Buster Balloon goes through airport security. It will make carrying 60 pounds of balloons with me easier to explain.” Caldwell worked as a magician before turning to balloons 20 years ago. He once spent a week in Rochester, NY, creating a haunted house out of balloons. It took 150,000 balloons and included monsters and furnishings. Tourists tromped through it for two weeks until it gradually deflated. For that project, he used air compressors. He and his wife wear out about three of the machines a year. As he talks, Caldwell blows up two skinny balloons with single puffs and ties them off. Then with one in each hand, he twists them into perfectly matched dogs. Laura Caldwell, who formerly worked in musical theater, met her husband seven years ago at a Texas balloon-twisters convention. She says she’s changing her name to “Annie Banannie,” the character she portrays when she stages her own balloon magic shows. “We don’t work together-we want to stay married,” she says. The group, which has been meeting for five years, informally calls itself the “SoCal Twisters.” They gather twice a

month to swap techniques as well as jokes. LA has a flourishing balloon art scene, and that’s due at least in part to Caldwell, who has taught generations of artists and sells how-to DVDs. Among his disciples is Carmen Tellez, 39, of Whittier, Calif. She is a talent agent who got into balloons when a balloon artist she represented was too busy to accept a booking. “I needed to fill the gig, so I went out and bought Don’s videos and taught myself how to do it,” she says. She continues to represent other balloon artists, between her own shows. Across the table, Brian Potvin, 30, of Downey, Calif, is fashioning a circular creation. “It’s a hamburger,” he says. “I started to make a pancake, but it turned into a burger.” The weirdest figure he has ever made was a gargoyle, Potvin explains. “It was Optimus Prime, the Transformer. It was for a girl’s Sweet 16 party. She loved it.” Potvin began shaping balloons into characters eight years ago after studying theater at Los Angeles City College and working as an office administrator for a social service agency. It’s been his full-time job for the last three years. —MCT

5 most prolific actors turned directors By Christy Lemire t is the ultimate cliche among actors desperate to be taken seriously: “What I really want to do is direct.” But many have made the transition to the other side of the camera so skillfully, you almost forget they were ever actors in the first place. Ben Affleck’s second film as a director, “The Town,” hits theaters this week following his powerful 2007 debut, “Gone Baby Gone.” Also this week is the first movie Philip Seymour Hoffman has directed, “Jack Goes Boating.” And Affleck’s younger brother, Casey, is out there with “I’m Still Here,” which may or may not truly be a documentary about Joaquin Phoenix’s fledgling rap career. Either way, it’s got people talking.


Here’s a look at some other actors w ho have made their mark behind the lens: * Clint Eastw ood: For nearly 40 years, his films have run the gamut-from his 1971 directing debut, the thriller “Play Misty for Me,” to the Westerns in which he’s starred including “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Pale Rider” and one of his absolute best, “Unforgiven,” to the World War II companion pieces “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima.” He’s even allowed a little self-deprecation in some of these films, including “The Bridges of Madison County” and the rare comedy “Space Cowboys.” “Million Dollar Baby” earned him his most recent Academy Awards, for best picture and best director,

but “Mystic River” stands for me as his masterpiece. * Ron How ard: Granted, some of Howard’s films can be a bit mawkish (“Cocoon,” “Backdraft,” “Parenthood”). And his adaptations of the Dan Brown best sellers “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons” were laughably over the top. Still, he is prolific, and when he is on, he is on. He also is versatile. His early comedies “Night Shift” and “Splash” still hold up well today. “The Paper” is one of the more amusing depictions of journalism you’ll see on screen. “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind” couldn’t be more different but they’re equally effective. And one of his most recent films, “Frost/Nixon,” is his best: a great example of letting strong writing and acting shine through. * Sydney Pollack: He used his acting experience as adeptly behind the camera as he did in front of it. Pollack won Oscars for best picture and best director for the epic “Out of Africa,” but the former student of legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner also turned up on screen in everything from his own productions to television’s “The Sopranos” and “Will & Grace.” He was a scene stealer in “Tootsie,” which he also directed, a rare comedy for a filmmaker who clearly had heady ideas. But he always had a knack for provoking, whether with thrillers like “Three Days of the Condor” and “Absence of Malice,” romances like “The Way We Were” and “Out of Africa,” or dramas like “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”

* Sofia Coppola: She was universally ridiculed for her supporting role as Mary Corleone in her father Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather: Part III.” But Coppola has since established herself as a director of great vision and sensitivity. Her debut, “The Virgin Suicides,” was gorgeous and insightful. The melancholy “Lost in Translation” earned her an Oscar nomination for best director, making her one of only four women ever to achieve that honor. The historical mash-up “Marie Antoinette” was a visual feast, and her latest, “Somewhere,” just took the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, the Golden Lion. And she is only 39 years old; that is pretty exciting. * Sean Penn: His work both in front of and behind the camera keeps getting better. In 2007, he directed “Into the Wild,” a devastating look at the meaning of survival featuring a killer performance from Emile Hirsch; the next year, he starred as slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk in “Milk,” and won his second best-actor Oscar. One of the hallmarks of the films Penn has directed, including 1995’s “The Crossing Guard” and 2001’s “The Pledge,” both with Jack Nicholson, is that he never shies away from the bleaker aspects of the story. It is as if he has taken his own formidable ability to portray the raw humanity of his characters and honed it into a similar intensity when he directs others. And in doing so, he’s truly found the best of both worlds. —AP

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