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September 24, 2010

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RIYADH: Saudis celebrate the National Day in this photo. In a rare burst of patriotic gusto, Saudis celebrated their national day yesterday, testing hardline clerics who object to the Islamic kingdom’s only secular holiday five years after it was created.

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Rare burst of patriotic gusto Saudis celebrate National Day in style RIYADH: In a rare burst of patriotic gusto, Saudis celebrated their national day yesterday, testing hardline clerics who object to the Islamic kingdom’s only secular holiday five years after it was created. Tens of thousands of Saudi youths took to the streets in cars in major cities, waving flags and blaring music on one of the very few occasions when public displays of nationalism are permitted. Many more attended late-night cultural events and fireworks displays, activities which have increased each year as cities in the ultra-conservative kingdom take note of the public’s desire for more entertainment. The holiday marks the 1932 creation of the modern Saudi state by King Abdul Aziz al-Saud, who spent 20 years of bloody fighting and political alliance-building to unify the desert’s disparate clans. But it was only in 2005, just weeks after he inherited the crown from his half-brother King Fahd, that Abdul Aziz’s son King Abdullah established the first national day. The move was criticized by conservative clerics who held that the national day was a secular celebration and that

the only proper holidays are Islamic. The celebration will only take place at night, as the 40 degree Celsius temperature keeps people indoors in the daytime. As the sun sets, they flock to parks for fireworks and shopping malls for the sales, and young men, and occasionally women, cruise the streets in cars blasting out pop tunes from car stereos and waving flags. It is all new for Saudi Arabia, where for decades Islamic conservatives have enforced a ban on concerts, films and other public shows and celebrations seen as un-Islamic. Writer Abdullah S Al-Shehri, writing in the Saudi Gazette yesterday, called it “rather ironic, let alone ridiculous,” that some Saudis still debate the Islamic correctness of national day. “For many decades, we, as a people of this country, were deprived of the privilege of celebrating our national day out of fear that we might be violating the precepts of our Islamic faith!” he wrote. Underscoring the hidden tensions, on Wednesday Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz stressed in a televised statement both King Abdul Aziz’s political

accomplishment of unifying the country and the Islamic basis of the kingdom. “We are proud of this day not only because it is an anniversary of the nation, but because it is for a state established on the basis of fear of God,” he said. Saudi Arabia was created on principles “which made the kingdom a truly Islamic state in all its affairs,” he added. Seemingly blithe to those issues, young Saudis were clearly already into the festive spirit on Wednesday night. Police were out in force in Riyadh’s central Olaya corridor to keep the jammed streets orderly while shooing away youths who stood on the sidewalks watching the parade of crowded sports cars and SUVs. In the wester n por t city of Jeddah, flags were on sale on street corners and being waved by young men from car windows as they cruised the streets. For the night most cities had planned cultural events in parks, though not concer ts. In the easter n hub of Dammam, officials have organized a 60 kilometer parade of several hundred decorated cars for the late afternoon. — AFP


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The joy of finding the right fit Different shops, different sizes: Shoppers face the same headache B y R awa n Kha lid uwait has many clothes shops, each of which imports its stocks from various countries, including China, Turkey, India and Bangladesh. Some shops even stock solely locally-made clothes. Although a number of people buy all their clothes from a couple of stores which offer all the range of garments they’re looking for, many will shop around and don’t have any particular favorites they prefer to get their clothes from. Despite the range of merchandise on offer, though, many clothes-shoppers still face difficulties in finding what they’re looking for because of the wide variations in clothes size from shop to shop. Sara Adnan, a 25-year-old Lebanese expatriate, buys her garments from only a few local clothes stores: “I’ve faced this problem when I was out shopping with a friend,” she told the Kuwait Times. “She wanted to buy some clothes for herself, and while we were there I saw a very nice t-shirt and trousers, so I got them in my size, which is 14. When I reached home, though, I discovered they were very small. When I went back to the shop to exchange them, I selected two different sizes and took them to the fitting room. I was saddened to find that in this shop I was a size 18. After that, I decided not to buy anything from any other shop but my favorite one. My visits there take only 15 minutes because I know my size and my style, so I can buy the clothes without even having to go into the fitting room.” Another shopper, 23-year-old Egyptian student Maya Jaber, who’s studying at a private univer-


KUWAIT: A shopper takes a look at an outfit at a store here. Women who have a ‘curvaceous body’, sometimes face a hard time shopping for the right ensemble. When the apparel is pretty, the size may be less than flattering, and when they find the right fit, the garb may not be such an eye-catcher. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat sity abroad, was more positive about Kuwait’s clothes shops, however. “I’ve been studying abroad and I waited a year to come back and shop for clothes in Kuwait because in the other country the clothes sizes are very different from those I’m used to here in Kuwait.” She explained, “Here, I know my sizes in every shop. I have

three sizes - 16, 10 and three for the locally manufactured clothes. Most of the time, I prefer going to local shops to buy the clothes I need because they’re cheaper than the brand name clothes. Because I’m studying abroad and come to Kuwait just once a year, I prefer buying clothes here and I take lots of clothes back with me since I can’t find the same sizes abroad.”

Outsourcing original thinking By Abdullah Al-Qattan f late, one question has been dwelling on the minds of many residents: Where has all the creativity disappeared to? Most of Kuwait’s creative work is done by international agencies that, more often than not, are mostly unaware of the intricate details and background of the country. Most of the time, creative projects are merely a reproduction of an international project. The same applies to the theater. “Most of the creative advertisements that you see on TV are actually done by international agencies, due to the fact that creative Kuwaiti minds aren’t allowed to prove themselves,” Mona Ahmed, Principal at a high school opined. She provides her take on the subject by providing another reason for the lack of creativity in all aspects. The reason lies in the educational system that strictly relies on scientific subjects while neglecting creative classes such as painting workshops and drama. Ever since the new educational system was first applied, courses that encourage young minds to find creativity have been overlooked in order for students to focus on ‘real education.’ Some parents agree by arguing that being good at music or painting may not offer a steady job, therefore the educational system should direct the students’ attention on science subjects, instead of the theater or sculpting. Mosa Al-Mahmeed, a parent of three, places monetary gain as the culprit for lack of creativity. “At


the end of the day, the income is what matters the most. Musicians in this country hardly make any money so it wouldn’t be an appropriate career choice to lead a comfortable life,” she said. Mariam Kazem, a parent of five, says that creativity is a step behind because most of the decent-paying jobs in Kuwait require a degree in Science, “Our children should not be wasting time in school doing things that they can pick up as hobbies,” she said. For Jaber Al-Muttar, a high school teacher, introducing new classes as part of the curriculum is the right path toward boosting creative minds. He says that the change that was made by the Ministry of Education is considered positive because other subjects may distract students from what really matters the most, which is, a good education. While some favored the new system, others believe that the move deprives children of the right to choose something they are interested in, or something that they can be more creative other than engineering or medicine, he says. Lulwa Al-Wazzan, a mother of three, has a completely different opinion. She says that the school shouldn’t spell out what classes students should or should not take even at earlier levels because they will never be taught to take responsibilities. Khawla Al-Eisa, another high school teacher says that the new educational system churns out students in bulk while leaving no room for creativity.

Amal Khafagy, a 26-year-old mother of one son, had experienced a different clothes-related dilemma. “I faced a problem when I was pregnant because I was only looking for maternity wear and I found that every shop had its own size in clothes, so I was forced to take three different sizes of the same t-shirt or trousers or even shoes to try on... I had to try every

size just to see which one would fit me. In the end I stopped searching when I found the perfect shop for maternity wear.” Amal faced a different problem after her son was born, however. “As he was growing I had to search a lot in every shop to find the right size... but I know this is just a matter of time because he’ll be growing constantly.”


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marks 49th anniversary


One year to Golden Jubilee uwait Times today celebrates its 49th anniversary. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our dear readers, for being with us as we report the truth, discuss the issues that matter and supply you with whatever you need to know. Over four decades ago, a man with a vision Yousef Saleh Alyan - translated a dream into reality. Inspired by the need for accurate information, he estab-


lished Kuwait Times as the first English language newspaper in the Arab Gulf. Alyan aimed to strengthen the bonds of unity between his fellow countrymen and the rest of the world. On September 24, 1961, Kuwait Times was born. Alyan’s greatest wish was to serve his country by explaining the monumental changes taking place in the world and bolstering Kuwait’s image abroad and he felt that a rep-

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Extended class hours By Muna Al-Fuzai recent decision issued by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to extend class hours for the upcoming year has provoked parents, and triggered a debate over the future of education. Will this decision improve Kuwait’s educational system? The most vociferous criticism came from the Kuwait Teachers Association (KTA), but they were not the only ones. Many parents have described this decision as a mistake as it does not explain by how much the class hours should be extended. What can we offer our students? Is the environment in government schools ready for such an extension? Another aspect here, I guess, is whether teachers are ready to accept the decision. The angry public has a point! Any update or change


The education curriculum is not a holy book; we need to update the information contained, and upgrade the education system based on our needs, which matches with international requirements. related to education is considered a sensitive case, and usually, the ministry is attacked! That is not fair, I believe. The education curriculum is not a holy book; we need to update the information contained, and upgrade the education system based on our needs, which matches with international requirements. In 2009, the World Bank reported that if the government of Kuwait fails to reform the educational system, international academic institutions may refuse to recognize Kuwaiti high school certificates! The World Bank has also issued a warning on the duration of class hours: The state system averaged at just 528 teaching hours in 2005/06, well below the national average which is 800 hours per year. That is disappointing news because many of our high schools graduates will not be able to pursue higher education in UK, or any other good colleges in Europe or USA! If these reasons have prompted the Ministry of Education (MoE) to take such a step, then public anger lacks reason. I think the Ministry of Education’s spokespersons should come forward and explain reasons behind taking this decision. I’m not sure how many parents are aware of this fact. Sometimes, knowing only one side of the truth is not always good. This decision is applicable to all - parents and educationalists.

utable and reliable English-language newspaper would be the perfect mechanism for bridging the communication gap with the rest of the world. From that day on, Kuwait Times has never looked back. It has continued to grow, ensuring that citizens and expatriates alike know what is happening in Kuwait and the rest of the world. By providing the public with information about government news, plans and

policies, Kuwait Times has enhanced the country’s image and enlightened its public. Today, it continues to unflaggingly perform this service. We have succeeded in achieving all these objectives only because we have been standing on the shoulders of giants and the giants are you, our dear readers.



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Friday, September 24, 2010

By Nisreen Zahreddine


ave you ever thought about whether the way you sit or eat in front of people is right or wrong? Have you ever considered the proper ways to treat your colleagues, particularly if they are of the opposite sex? Do you know that the term “etiquette” applies not only to your personal life but has much to do with the lives of those around you? Although manners are a very personal issue, they serve as a tool in delivering a certain message about you to those around you in a public place. This does not have much to do with social or cultural norms, which can differ from one culture to another, but there are certain universal standards used internationally, which are collectively known as etiquette.

‘ ‘ This issue was the subject of a recent twoday workshop at Kuwait University’s Social Awareness Department’s Center for Social Services and Lifelong Learning. Professor Tariq Al-Rujaib hosted the seminar, giving the participants masses of information about the various categories of etiquette and the differences between etiquette and protocol, which, unlike etiquette, is associated with social norms which vary from nation to nation much as regulations and rules vary from one home to another. Al-Rujaib defined etiquette as the internationally agreed conventional requirements governing social behavior. Personal etiquette, he explained, is a personal standard; even within one home or other group environment, after all, we often find one member of the family or other group will display distinctive behavior different to that of the rest of the family or group members. Professor Al-Rujaib explained that the most important factor in personal etiquette is that it is determined by us. One should carefully monitor one’s behavior or manners in front of people for this is one’s personal message to others about one’s

Each country has its own societal protocol to be followed character, the academic said: “The way we walk in a public place delivers a message about who are we to the people around us.” He added that walking is a matter of a habit or of getting used to a certain manner of walking or behavior. Etiquette, meanwhile, depends on each individual’s personal skills, Professor Al-Rujaib continued, and while most people think that they know about it all, there are actually seventy types of etiquette, with the most important kinds of it are the personal, social,

and diplomatic etiquette. Meeting one’s social obligations is considered to be etiquette for instance. Etiquette revolves primarily around maintaining a formal distance between males and females in public places. For instance, in Arabian culture men should walk up stairs before women, while women should go first when walking downstairs. It should also be pointed out, however, that this behavior is very much governed by personal attitudes - towards ourselves and others. Some people treat their

skin, faces and bodies with aggression. It is very important to be confident and at peace with oneself and a certain kind of concord should be found between outer appearance and behavior or manners. Etiquette proscribes males from crossing their legs in the direction of females sitting next to them and a woman should never put her handbag on a table in a public place. It is also well-known that when crossing one’s legs, one should not expose the sole of one’s shoes to others.

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“In fact, many young people buy plants that they have seen at FarmVille games,” Meshary says. He says that this observation was made based on conversations with customers that buy items to create their own Farmville. Just recently, Time Magazine included Zynga’s Farmville in the list of 50 worst inventions. “For being a time-suck and an addicting game” that Dan Fletcher says is “hardly even a game, but instead a series of mindless chores.” Fletcher, a Time Magazine reporter and self-confessed web nerd, admitted the game captivated the interest of millions of people around the world. According to Wikipedia, FarmVille is a realtime farm simulation game developed by Zynga and is available as an application on the socialnetworking website Facebook, and as an ‘App’ on both the Apple iPhone and Android. The game

allows Facebook members to manage a virtual farm by planting, growing and harvesting their virtual farms, thereby, accumulating money which could be used for buying houses, cars, helicopters and even palatial townhouses. FarmVille has become the most popular game application on Facebook, with over 80 million active users as of June 2010. One of the many FarmVille fanatics admits to dreaming and creating a real life FarmVille when he retires from his photographer’s job in Kuwait, “I’d like to retire to almost similar farms that I have made in Farmville. It’s a really cool and easy game. Elementary game as yet, but you know why I like it? It challenges me to go on click, and click to accumulate money and finally purchase my desired cars, houses and materials which are hard to buy in real life,” he said. “For me, it’s a

challenge, and it can really help young people to dream big. So, why include it in the 50 worst inventions?” he mused. Another user admitted to have used Facebook’s FarmVille for about 24 hours — just to fulfill his ambition of buying a palatial home offered (reward) in the FarmVille. “I know I cannot have them in real life. At least in the game, like this I can satisfy my own feelings. It’s good, who knows I could win a lottery tomorrow, and I could afford the same farm model. So, I’ll buy the same farm,” he said. But Muhammad, another Facebook frequent user admits to being bored by using FarmVille, “I tried it once and I got bored,” Mohammed said. He argued, “I cannot get anything from it. It kills my time, which I could use in more productive and fruitful way.”

FarmVille is a real-time farm simulation game developed by Zynga, available as an application on the social-networking website Facebook and as an App on both the Apple iPhone and Android. The game allows Facebook members to manage a virtual farm by planting, growing and harvesting virtual crops and trees, as well as raising livestock. FarmVille started as a clone of the popular Farm Town on Facebook in June 2009, but has since grown to be its most popular application, with over 62 million active users and over 24.6 million Facebook application fans as of September 2010. FarmVille users comprise over 10 percent of all the users of Facebook. —

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Book bans in Kuwait are not exclusive to books written in English. Many history, politics, and contemporary literature books written by Arab authors are banned in Kuwait. Not only are they not allowed to be sold in local bookstores, but they are also banned from being displayed in the annual Kuwait National Book Fair. Kuwait’s 35th Arabic Book Fair, bound to take place next month, has banned books by more than 35 Arab thinkers and writers. The titles include books by renowned authors like Mohammad Hasanain Haikal and Khairi Shalabi. In light of this, Saudi novelist and Arab Booker Prize winner Abdu Khal declined his invitation to attend the event. He told press it upsets him to see Kuwait, “one of the most enlightened countries in the Gulf region, turn into a cultural checkpoint state that chooses to close up while other countries open up to new ideas and ideologies.” He asked all intellectuals and thinkers to boycott the book fair if it insists to keep this policy of banning books saying, “Intellectual and ideological freedom are basic human rights, and it is a shame on Kuwait to let the organizers of this event taint its image in such a way.” Arabian Nights Moreover, a most recent addition to the controversial titles in the region is ‘A Thousand and One Nights,’ which was translated into English as Arabian Nights. It is as if we are through with contemporary and recent titles, we had to go back to a masterpiece written in the 15th century to ban. In a situation like this, how do people find good reads? Suad Al-Shawaaf, 31, says she designates a day whenever she travels to neighboring Arab countries to buy books, “I love the bookstores in Lebanon and Egypt; you can find so much there, from contemporary Arabic literature to translated Western novels. Walking into any of the bookstores there is fascinating,” she notes. The bank accountant believes that it is quite sad to see Kuwait competing in building malls and franchising restaurants and coffee shops while leaving behind the culture aspect. Speaking about censorship, she says, “I believe that governments have the right to censor the culture in this part of the world; it is something that is inevitable in our region. But I think there should be a reason given behind the banning of each book. I don’t know if it’s a person or a committee that decides what we can read and what we can’t read, but are they credible to make such a decision?” Reading online Tech-savvy Yousef Malik, 26, says he downloads the books he likes to read on his iPad, “The major booksellers in the United States have launched electronic readers and applications for almost every mobile phone to read books. If you have a US account and credit in it, you can read anything you want, and it costs you less than it would if you buy the actual book,” he says. Yousef, who is working on obtaining a degree in Mass Communication in the US says that reading on the computer screen,

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although uncomfortable, is much better than settling for the few titles available in local bookstores. “The bad censorship system here bans titles that are hyped by the media, but if you go to the local bookstores you’ll find lots of cheap, erotic novels available for sale. There is no logic to the local censor,” he protests. Columnist and blogger Faisal Khajah believes that for the Kuwaiti tech-savvy thinker, book bans don’t pose any problem. “The internet has opened thousands of doors. You can now download all kinds of books in all languages in PDF format and read them on your laptop or iPad; it is no longer unavailable,” he says. The public, however, are left with what’s available on bookstore shelves, which is quite meager. “If you look at what is best-selling in Kuwait, you will find that they are either books that talk about trivial issues, like for example the psychological effects of gemstones. Or they are reproductions of books that we have quite a lot of, like the Prophet’s (Peace Be Upon Him) life or stories about the early Islamic era,” he adds, “Even if there are members of the public who have an interest in reading, they cannot find good reading material that opens horizons. The local bookstores only offer shallow material.”

Criticizing a recent fad in the Arabic book world, he said, “A most annoying latest trend is books that talk about the tribes and descent of Arab families. The authors of these books employ ‘hadeeths’ and text from known books about the life of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) to talk about the importance of one’s descent and where he originates from, and dig into the genealogy of last names and tribes name, deciding which is most honorable.” It is books like that, argues Khajah that must be banned. “These books teach intolerance, superiority, and create conflict among people. Books about other sects within Islam, or other faiths and belief systems teach us what others think, and make us understand each other more rather than hold prejudices against one another,” he says.


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Interior minister criticized for shunning assembly panel Panel approves prior supervision of oil contracts By B Izzak


nterior Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah came under fire yesterday for failing to attend a probe by the National Assembly’s Interior and Defense committee for the third time yesterday, and the panel gave him an ultimatum until next Wednesday. The minister’s misery was compounded with the reports that two officers were jailed after they caught red-handed a woman and a man in a compromising position in a car, for refusing to release the woman. Rapporteur of the Interior and Defense committee MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri said that the interior minister does not respect the assembly panels after he failed to attend the committee meetings three times, despite being informed well ahead of time. He said that the committee decided to invite him for the last time to a meeting next Wednesday to hear his testimony over allegations that he ordered the release of two Iranian brothers who are accused of drug trafficking. Muwaizri said that the committee which was assigned by the National Assembly in June to probe the allegations, has received all the necessary information from all sides with the exception of the interior minister. In June, MP Mussallam Al-Barrak claimed that two Iranian brothers were arrested for drug trafficking and were sent to the deportation center, instead of referring them to the public prosecution. After staying for some time in the center, the two men were released at the behest of the interior minister who acknowledged the incident, but added that he did so because their sister was a Kuwaiti citizen. The minister has been facing testing times since yesterday after a senior official at the ministry jailed two officers for three days even after they caught a Kuwaiti woman and a Jordanian man in a compromising condition in a car at night in Salwa, a few days ago. According to reports, the woman threatened the two officers that she would send them to jail if they did not release her. The two officers had refused orders issued by senior officials to release her, according to officials. The Director of Security of Hawally governorate ordered the two officers to be kept in jail for three days for allegedly refusing to answer

his calls when he wanted to inquire about the case. Commenting on the issue, the interior ministry said that the two officers were jailed on disciplinary action for leaving the Salwa police

station, together and leaving it without a duty officer. The ministry said that the woman was freed by the police station investigator, and not the interior ministry and that the Jordanian man was still in

MP questions interior minister MoI denies media accusations KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior has denied media reports that the two officers who arrested a young woman and her boyfriend after discovering the couple in a compromising situation in a parked car were subsequently imprisoned for arresting the woman in question. Although the officers were subsequently imprisoned, the ministry claimed that this was in connection with a wholly unconnected incident. The case began after the couple was found in an indecent state in a car parked in a deserted area of Salwa on Tuesday evening. The young woman in question, who reportedly insulted the two officers on being taken into custody, was quickly freed, with subsequent media reports suggesting that her connection to a senior interior ministry official was used in obtaining her freedom and in wrongly punishing the arresting officers. Brigadier Mohammed Hashem Al-Sabr, the head of the Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) security media department, said that the young couple was arrested, with a charge of adultery brought against both. On the senior investigator’s instructions, the young woman was subsequently released at 2:00 PM the following day, while her boyfriend remained in detention at Salwa police station. Brig Al-Sabr claimed that the arresting officers were subjected to “disciplinary Brigadier punishment” solely for Mohammed disobeying direct military orders and for leaving the Hashim Al-Sabr police station together, with no officer in charge there without informing the Director of Security in Hawally beforehand. The senior officer said that the two officers had previously been cautioned more than once over leaving the station without any officer in charge. He also claimed that the MoI Undersecretary for Public Security Affairs had been notified of their violations and had ordered that the officers be courtmartialed. Local daily Al-Rai had published a story yesterday in which it was asserted that a senior MoI official had intervened to arrange the young woman’s release and to have the arresting officers punished, despite this allegedly not being the first time that adultery charges had been filed against her. According to the newspaper’s account, while the young woman’s boyfriend was immediately put in a cell on his arrival at the police station, she refused to enter the women’s holding cell. Instead, she immediately used her mobile phone to call well-connected family members who straight away began calling the arresting officers to demand her release. According to the newspaper, however, the two officers refused to answer their phones. The paper said that the extremely high-ranking official called by the young woman then rushed to the station, shouting imprecations at the officers and reprimanding them for filing a case against the young woman, despite the illegality of her actions, before having both arrested and imprisoned. Meanwhile, an MP has submitted a parliamentary question to the Minister of Interior asking for details of the case and the ministry’s subsequent action. Al-Mutairi requested the details of the arrested couple’s records, along with identification and the rank of the senior official who secured the young woman’s freedom. The MP also demanded to know whether the official would be penalized for abusing his position and why the two arresting officers had been incarcerated.

police custody. MPs Muwaizri, Mussallam Al-Barrak, Faisal Al-Muslim, Khaled Al-Tahous and others strongly lashed out at the interior minister and held him responsible for the violation, and called on him to immediately take action against the ministry officials. Muwaizri said that the incident will not pass without a proper investigation and vowed that appropriate penalties would be taken. In another major development, the assembly’s financial and economic affairs committee yesterday approved an amendment made to the Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) law to allow previous monitoring and supervision of all contracts by the KPC and its subsidiaries. Under the current law, investments carried out by the oil sector are not subject to the prior monitoring of the Audit Bureau. The issue has been a focal point of disputes between the National Assembly and the government, with the latter refusing the assembly interference in major contracts before they are signed by oil companies. The Head of the committee MP Yousef Al-Zalzalah said the committee will refer the amendment to the National Assembly for consideration, when the new term begins in late October. But MP Rola Dashti said that she is opposed to the amendment saying that it will restrict the operations of oil companies and their competiveness, especially those operating outside the country. MP Hussein AlHuraiti said the amendment will greatly hamper the pace of the decision-making process by the oil companies, through which they could waste important opportunities. In another development, Communications Minister Mohammad Al-Busairi said yesterday that he has submitted the communications draft law consisting of 90 articles to the Assembly’s public utilities committee. Busairi said that the ministry reviews the tariff rates of services provided by the three mobile operators in the country, including the price of calls and SMS text messages, and the companies have also agreed to reevaluate their rates. He also assured that the transfer of mobile numbers between three companies will be handled by a private or government company before the end of the year.

KUWAIT: A fireman carries the injured threeyear-old boy who later died following the massive fire that broke out in a Salmiya apartment block yesterday. — Photos by Hanan Al-Saadoun


Two perish in Salmiya apartment block blaze By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: A three-year-old boy and an elderly woman died from the effects of smoke inhalation following a massive fire that broke out in a six-floor apartment block in Salmiya early last morning. Firefighters managed to safely evacuate most of the residents, with four or five families who were trapped on the fourth and fifth floors by the heavy smoke having to be rescued using extended fire engine ladders and taken for medical treatment. Seven residents and four firefighters were treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation, with firemen battling for some time to bring the massive blaze under control and put it out. Colonel Fahad Al-Saqer, the director of Kuwait Fire Services Directorate’s (KFSD) Hawally division, said that old buildings, such as the one where the fire broke out, were not provided with any fire safety precautions, urging parents to closely monitor their children to prevent tragedies such as this one. An investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze. Meanwhile, a 40-year-old Bangladeshi man suffered second-degree burns to both hands, as well as his legs and lower back in a fire that broke out at his apartment in Mergab. He was rushed to Amiri Hospital. One dead, five injured in crashes An unidentified man suffered fatal head injuries when he was hit by a speeding

vehicle while crossing Airport Road near the Sixth Ring Road. Although paramedics rushed to the scene, they found that the man had died before their arrival. His body was removed for autopsy. An 18-year-old Kuwaiti man was rushed to Jahra Hospital after suffering serious neck and spinal injuries in a car crash on Salmi Road. The young man apparently lost control of his vehicle while driving at high speed, with the car subsequently overturning several times before coming to rest. In another crash, a 27year-old Kuwaiti woman suffered spinal fractures after she lost control of her car, which then smashed into another vehicle on King Fahad Expressway near Jabriya. In a separate incident, a 19year-old Kuwaiti man fractured his right leg in a crash at a junction between Hitteen and Al-Salam, while two young compatriots in the car, aged 13 and 12 suffered skull injuries and a broken nose respectively. All were taken to hospital. Two injured in falls A 37-year-old Syrian construction worker suffered serious head injuries, as well as fracturing his right thigh and sustaining heavy bruising to his ribcage when he fell from a building which he was working on in Sabhan. He was rushed to Adan Hospital. In a separate incident, a 24year-old Ethiopian woman was taken to Mubarak Hospital after fracturing her right leg when she fell or jumped from a high window in a Salmiya tower block.

KUWAIT: Firefighters inspect the Salmiya building ravaged by the blaze.

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Kuwait discusses Gulf issues at UN meetings FM chairs GCC, EU, Russia, and Japan meetings UNITED NATIONS: Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah AlSabah on Wednesday chaired a series of meetings between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the

KUWAIT: Deputy Chairman of the National Security Department Sheikh Thamer Ali AlSabah is pictured with the British Commercial Secretary, Lord Sassoon. — KUNA

Security head receives UK commerce official KUWAIT: The Deputy Chairman of the National Security Department Sheikh Thamer Ali Al-Sabah yesterday received the British Commercial Secretary, Lord Sassoon, and his accompanying delegation. During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, recent regional and international development, and issues of joint interest. The meeting was also attended by the UK Ambassador to Kuwait, Frank Baker. — KUNA

MP questions Kuwait nuclear energy plans KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti lawmaker yesterday questioned plans by the oilrich Kuwait to build a number of nuclear reactors for power generation and demanded information about the expected costs. In a series of questions to Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the head of parliament’s financial and economic affairs panel, Yussef Al-Zalzalah, asked if sufficient studies have been made on the issue. He also demanded to know the size of the budget allocated for the project and what has been spent so far. In its drive to develop nuclear energy for peaceful use, particularly to generate electricity, the Gulf state set up Kuwait National Nuclear Energy Committee (KNENEC) in 2009 headed by the prime minister. The emirate has signed memoranda of cooperation with France, the United States, Japan and Russia and, in April, upgraded its deal with France to the level of a full agreement. KNNEC secretary general Ahmad Bishara said earlier this month that Kuwait will sign a fifth memorandum of cooperation with South Korea, which last year clinched a multi-billion-dollar deal with the neighboring United Arab Emirates. Zalzalah also inquired about press statements that Kuwait planned to build four 1,000megawatt nuclear reactors by

2022, and if sufficient studies were made, and demanded documents related to the issue. Kuwait’s deals with the nuclear powers call for preparation, planning and nuclear power development which include training, human resources and infrastructure. Bishara has said Kuwait expects electricity demand to double in 10 to 15 years from the current 11,000 megawatts, which would make the country face a serious power shortage. The OPEC member currently burns 12 percent of its oil production to meet local electricity needs, and the figure will rise to 20 percent by 2030 if no alternative sources of energy are found, Bishara said. Kuwait currently pumps around 2.3 million barrels of oil per day. If the nuclear plans proceed as projected, Bishara estimated nuclear power would meet 15-20 percent of Kuwait’s total electricity needs. KNNEC is conducting a series of studies on the cost of power generation by nuclear energy, setting up legal frameworks, reviews on potential sites for nuclear reactors and human resources, Bishara said. These studies are expected to be completed before the end of the year, and then the KNNEC will make the decision if Kuwait is to go nuclear, he said. — AFP

The participants in the meeting, who also included GCC Secretary General Abdulrahman Al-Attiyah and UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zaid Al-Nahyan, discussed various issues related to economic development and security in the Gulf region. Speaking to KUNA following the meetings, Al-Attiyah said that the three representatives of the GCC at the meeting had discussed a variety of associated issues, including the importance of Iraq’s implementation of all the UN resolutions imposed on it, particularly those related to Kuwait, with the other delegations. “We become happy when we see Iraq stable and free from foreign interference, but we become upset when we see otherwise,” he said, adding, “We are keen on Iraq’s Arab and Islamic identity.” All the delegations and groups praised Kuwait’s call to hold an international conference on investment in Sudan, he said, explaining that invitations to attend the event are to be sent to the concerned countries and international bodies. Al-Attiyah also pointed out that the decision to invite Sudanese President Omar AlBashir was taken by the Kuwaiti government. One of the issues discussed between the EU delegation and the officials from the Gulf was the mooted free trade agreement between the Gulf and Europe, he revealed, explaining that while GCC countries are certainly interested in the idea, but there are some unresolved issues such as export duties. The two sides agreed to hold further talks to resolve all the issues as soon as possible, he noted. In the talks with the EU delegates, the Gulf delegation stressed, in the importance of Iran’s compliance with the UAE’s calls to start direct talks regarding the Emirati islands or to seek international arbitration, Al-Attiyah continued, revealing that they also discussed the crisis between Tehran and the West regarding the Iranian nuclear issue and the situation in the Middle East, especially the importance of Israel’s compliance with the international legitimacy and ending Israel’s settlement activities and violence. The GCC head revealed

European Union (EU), Russia and Japan. Sheikh Dr Mohammad was taking part in the 65th United Nations General Assembly as a member of the Kuwaiti delegation.

UNITED NATIONS: Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Sabah, presides over a meeting between the GCC group and the Japanese FM Seiji Maehara. — KUNA that many of the same issues were also covered in the talks between the Gulf officials and Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, with the subject of the situation in Sudan and Qatar’s efforts to resolve the crisis in Darfur also being discussed. Al-Attiyah said that in their discussions with the Russian foreign minister, the Gulf officials had ensured him that the Gulf nations accord great importance to the need to hold strategic talks with Russia. The first of these meetings

is to be held in Kuwait, possibly in the second half of October, Al-Attiyah added, and the two sides are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the details of the talks, which will cover a wide variety of issues in various fields, including the economy, trade, the environment, technical cooperation, education, culture and regional and international political issues. The GCC head said that the talks between the leading Gulf

officials and Japan’s Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara focused on cooperation between the Gulf nations and Japan in the fields of the economy, trade, investment, energy, education, scientific research, health and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The Japanese and Gulf delegates also discussed the establishment of a framework for strategic dialogue and exchanging views on regional and international issues of common interest, Al-Attiyah concluded. —KUNA

Mubarak Al-Kabeer set for school traffic chaos KUWAIT: Security officers and traffic police in Mubarak Al-Kabeer are fully prepared for the reopening of local schools on Sunday, according to the area’s senior security official. Major General Dulaihi Al-Hajri, the Director of Security Services in the area, emphasized that all the necessary preparations have been completed, with patrol officers and security personnel to be stationed around schools and on the approach roads to ensure that all those dropping off and picking up pupils there observe the traffic regulations. The operation is part of a comprehensive plan to safeguard pupils’ wellbeing while easing traffic congestion during rush hour

periods, especially around schools, colleges and other educational institutions which see heavy levels of traffic. Major General AlHajri stressed that the traffic police will be assisted by

police helicopters to monitor traffic congestion levels, while police patrols and the Ministry of Interior’s central operations division will also be helping them to achieve their objectives.

Dear citizens and expatriates: • Cooperation with traffic police ensures a smoother traffic flow • Setting out earlier reduces traffic jams • Stopping in secondary lanes outside schools blocks traffic • Watch out for pedestrians outside schools and slow down • Pay attention to road markings and traffic signs outside schools • Car-sharing or using

public transport limits traffic jams • Using alternative routes saves a lot of time • Ensure that children are safely buckled in in back seats • Safe driving indicates your traffic awareness • Your cooperation is vital in limiting road hazards • Let’s all cooperate to have an accident-free school year - Compliments of MoI S e c u ri ty M ed ia Depar tment


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Egypt president’s son campaign hints at rifts Gamal’s popularity in question despite poster campaign CAIRO: When posters vaunting President Hosni Mubarak’s son as Egypt’s future leader appeared in Cairo’s poorer districts, it was only days before many were torn down or defaced with spraypaint. Supporters of Gamal might take heed. Approaching elections have stirred debate about whether 46-year-old Gamal will succeed and hinted at rifts in the establishment about whether he is up to the job. The poster campaign raised questions about whether he has the popularity or muscle to win over the military or secure other levers of power. The question of who rules next has created uncertainty for investors but not enough, for now, to outweigh the attractions of a market growing at more than 5 percent a year when the picture in other global markets is less bullish, economists say. “Gamal runs against the public mood,” said American University in Cairo political scientist Mustapha al-Sayyed. “If the state of discontent continues ... it would be very difficult for the security and armed forces to support him. They would like a candidate that could maintain law and order.” It is not only in the military where he could run up against opposition should the president, 82, decide not to seek a sixth six-year term in a presidential vote next year. The ruling party seems divided, with an old guard wary of a new generation of the economic liberalizers and business executives behind the former investment banker Gamal. “There is a split in opinion in the political class in Cairo,” said a European diplomat. Another Western diplomat said: “I don’t see any evidence talking to those around him (President Mubarak) that they are clear in their minds about who succeeds him.” Virtual walls, a growing channel of opposition, are also plastered with appeals. Dozens of Facebook groups have emerged supporting Gamal, but an equal number of groups seek to block a family succession. “Under their rule, Egypt’s resources have been sucked dry... We have had enough of your accomplishments,” said one Facebook group titled “Gamal: you and your father are unwanted.” INVESTORS Threatening any family succession-which both Mubaraks deny is their plan-has been a campaign run by former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei, who said he might run in 2011 if the constitution is changed to open the field. ElBaradei is unlikely to

CAIRO: Egyptian activists burn a poster showing Gamal Mubarak, the son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, during a protest in Cairo. —AP secure the changes but has shown there may be an alternative for Egypt, where many poor blame Gamal’s allies for policies they say only helped the rich. “It is unreasonable to tell people that no one in the country is suitable for this role except for the president’s son,” said Hassan Abou Taleb of the state-funded Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies. Investors are not yet fretting. Bank of America Merrill Lynch chief Turkey and Middle East economist Turker Hamazaoglu said Egypt’s resilient growth was a relative rarity in the world. Investors “do not have the luxury” of ignoring it because of a political scenario that may still be some way off. But a November parliament election and the 2011 presidential poll are still regular subjects for bank research notes. Gamal may still be the most common name tipped for the top job but other names are bandied about. Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, in his 70s, who is close to Mubarak and has a military background unlike Gamal, is the most commonly cited alternative. Other possibilities include Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, other military

candidates or some senior politicians. Mubarak has no designated successor and has not appointed a vice president, the post he held prior to becoming president. But even determining where power lies or who are king makers is difficult in Egypt where the system was last tested 30 years ago when President Anwar Sadat was assassinated and Mubarak, who had a low political profile then, was thrust into office. Although the country now holds multi-candidate elections for the presidency, analysts say odds are heavily stacked in favor of the ruling party pick. Officials say voting is free and fair. SHARING POLITICAL SPACE When Mubarak took the helm, the military was by far the pre-eminent political force. But that was less than a decade after the October 1973 war with Israel and the Sinai was still only in the process of being returned under a 1979 peace deal. “A few years ago there was one power centre, the military,” said the European diplomat. Now it had to share at least some of that political space with others such as ruling party leaders and to consider the growing clout of business, he said.

Officers will want any successor to guarantee privileges, such as well-paid sinecures to top staff on leaving the service. Gamal’s fate may depend on whether Mubarak, whose health has been subject to frequent rumor since his gallbladder surgery in Germany in March, steps down or dies in office. Another diplomat said the military and others would likely end up backing Gamal or any other candidate Mubarak picked. “There may be folks all around who may think Gamal is not the strongest candidate ... but that doesn’t mean they would be interested in blocking him,” the diplomat said. While supporters’ posters declare “Gamal is the future”, the opposition April Sixth youth Movement, spraying X-marks over his face, thinks otherwise. “Spray painting is a means of expressing our refusal of the Gamal Mubarak campaign,” Ahmed Maher, a group leader said, complaining of harassment of their own campaigns. The party denies a role in the proGamal campaign but some detect tacit approval because the state was quick to stamp out another campaign backing spy chief Suleiman. That campaign was pushed by a group saying it wanted to block a family succession. —Reuters

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Israeli settlers impatiently await end of building freeze TEKOA SETTLEMENT: For Arieh Haskin, the roar of a bulldozer outside his West Bank home is the welcome death knell of an Israeli settlement moratorium he always opposed. “We live here because this is our land,” the 40year-old Jewish settler and father of five said. “How can it be that the only place in the world where a Jew cannot build a house is Judaea, the birthplace of the Jewish people?” Sunday’s expected end of a moratorium on new West Bank settler homes has been the subject of intense negotiations in recent weeks and threatens to upend peace talks relaunched on September 2 after a 20-month hiatus. The Palestinians view the presence of 500,000 Israelis in more than 120 settlements across the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem as a major threat to their establishment of a viable state in the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War. They have threatened to walk out of the talks if building resumes, and US President Barack Obama has led a chorus of international calls for Israel to extend the partial ban. But on this hilltop settlement in the southern West Bank, where some 1,500 Israelis live in neat rows of redroofed homes, settlers are preparing the ground for construction and hoping Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds firm in his vow to let the moratorium expire. “I hope that construction will finally resume,” Haskin said, adding that his community hopes to one day build an additional 800 homes, including 180 in the next few years. “The building of houses in Judaea and Samaria is not the problem,” he said, using the biblical name for the occupied West Bank. Tekoa is believed to be the birthplace of the Jewish prophet Amos in the 8th century BC. “The real question is whether the Palestinians are ready to recognize the existence of a Jewish state,” he said. “Netanyahu is determined to resume construction as he promised.” Netanyahu’s own rightwing Likud and other pro-settler parties in the coalition have demanded he resist pressure to extend the moratorium, warning that such a move could threaten his political future. “In what other country would a political leader be prevented from building his home by his own government,” said Zeev Elkin, a Likud member of parliament who bought land in Kfar Eldad, a cluster of mobile homes near Tekoa. —AFP

Hamas nabs Israel’s spies GAZA: The Hamas-run government in Gaza said yesterday it had arrested spies for Israel who had infiltrated armed groups and helped kill top militants. The revelations capped a months-long public campaign warning residents of the coastal enclave against collaborating with Israel and followed the arrest of some wellknown local figures in recent weeks. “The relevant bodies have succeeded in acquiring dangerous confessions and revealing a number of agents who were behind the assassination of leaders of the resistance,” interior ministry spokesman Ihab Al-Ghussein told reporters. “We have arrested some agents who were able to infiltrate some of the resistance groups by joining their ranks and attempting to gain the confidence of leaders,” he added at a Gaza news conference. Ghussein then listed several incidents going as far back as 2006 in which spies allegedly helped pinpoint leaders ahead of their assassination by Israeli forces and set off bombs in militant compounds. In many of the alleged incidents the information provided was incorrect, leading to the killing

of civilians, the interior ministry spokesman said. However, he declined to say how many alleged agents had been arrested and provided just one name-that of a supporter of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement who fled to the West Bank town of Ramallah. Ghussein also showed a video of two men, their faces pixelated, confessing to having spied for Israel and describing how they were recruited. Another interior ministry official, Mohammed Lafi, showed different gadgets he said had been found on the alleged agents, including a camera concealed in a tissue box and a car battery with a phone inside. “The security services have a strict policy of not speaking about numbers or names or specific situations, but I think it’s very clear that we have achieved something,” he said. The news conference did little to address rumors that have gripped Gaza in recent weeks over who has been accused of spying and what might happen to them. During its months-long campaign, Hamas demanded that spies turn themselves in and threatened those who failed to heed the order. —AFP


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Protect civilians, Amnesty tells Yemen High number of displaced ‘shocking’ SANAA: A human rights groups accused the Yemeni military yesterday of displacing “a shocking number of people” in preparation for a potentially disproportionate offensive against suspected Al-Qaeda fighters. Yemen’s Red Crescent said this week that up to 12,000 civilians had been forced to flee clashes between suspected AlQaeda militants and government forces in and around the town of Al-Hota in the southern province of Shabwa. Amnesty International said that some inhabitants of al-Hota had told the rights watchdog that the suspected militants were in fact armed tribesmen with grievances against the government. “The nature of the assault may be-for a lawenforcement operation-grossly disproportionate,” Amnesty said in a statement. The Yemeni government has confirmed that civilians had been asked to move out of the area to avoid being caught up in military operations. “Residents were advised to evacuate their homes to minimize collateral damage,” a spokesman for the Yemeni embassy in Washington said in statement late on Wednesday. The military assault on AlHota was a response to a recent attempt by suspected militants to bomb a key gas pipeline running to an export point in Shabwa, the $4.5 billion Totalled liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant that started production in October, it said. Amnesty International urged the Yemeni government to protect those displaced by the fighting. “Whatever the nature of the ongoing operations, the Yemeni authorities must ensure as a matter of urgency that what amounts to a shocking number of people displaced in the space of a few days are adequately provided for,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in the statement. —Reuters

Iran seeks seat on UN nuclear agency board

SANAA: A Yemeni soldier sits atop a military vehicle outside a court in Sanaa. —AFP

VIENNA: Iran is seeking a seat on the decision-making board of the same UN nuclear agency probing its activities for evidence that Tehran may be interested in making atomic weapons, officials said yesterday. While Iran has sought such a position previously, it had always withdrawn its candidates well before the 151 members of the International Atomic Energy Agency approve members for the agency’s 35-nation board. Diplomats and other government officials, however said just hours before the issue was to be taken up yesterday that Iran’s hat remained in the ring. They and an Iranian official who confirmed that Iran remained in the running, asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. A seat for Iran would give it a stronger lobbying platform on its file as well as voting rights on resolutions of the kind that sent Tehran’s file to the Security Council. Iran insists it does not seek atomic weapons but has been under IAEA investigation since revelations of secret nuclear activities eight years ago. Iran is under four sets of UN Security Council sanctions for refusing to stop uranium enrichment - a pathway both to nuclear fuel and fissile warhead material and other actions that have raised concerns about its ultimate goals. The IAEA board peruses Iran’s activities four times a year and set into motion UN Security Council involvement and ultimately UN sanctions - by referring Tehran to the council for its nuclear defiance four years ago. Eleven seats were to be decided yesterday, including two regional seats contested by Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Iran. One of the diplomats said Iran had sent letters to many IAEA members asking for support, a reflection of its determination to get a board seat. The board membership agenda item was postponed for later shortly to allow the three nations to talk about which would withdraw. If there was no agreement, the full IAEA general assembly planned a vote to eliminate one of the contestants. —AP

Bosnian tycoon candidate seeks to bridge ethnic gap Muslim tycoon sees partner in Serb separatist leader SARAJEVO: A Muslim tycoon running for high office has a radical plan by Bosnian standards: He wants to pursue development together with the Bosnian Serb leader whose separatist rhetoric clouds the country’s future. What the two men share is a distaste for a continuation of international powers in Bosnia, a legacy of the 1995 Dayton peace accord which some analysts say has given regional leaders little incentive to bridge dysfunctional ethnic divisions. Deep Muslim-Serb tension has stalled reform in Bosnia, which the Dayton deal divided into Muslim-Croat and Serb entities and where politicians have thrived by playing to sectarian concerns since the 1992-95 war that killed 100,000 people. Fahrudin

Radoncic, owner of Bosnia’s largest media group in Bosnia which publishes the best-selling Dnevni Avaz daily, is campaigning to become the Muslim member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency in an Oct 3 election. In an interview earlier this month, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said his Serb Republic with capital Banja Luka could secede before the next parliamentary and presidential election in four years. Yet Radoncic, a former journalist who owns the two tallest buildings in Sarajevo built after the war, said that unlike other Bosnian Muslim leaders, he can work with Dodik. “With me, Dodik will not have a partner from Sarajevo difficult to please who will throw stones at Banja Luka,” he told Reuters in an

interview. “I will not do that.” “Bosnia has looked towards Istanbul, Vienna or Belgrade for long enough,” Radoncic said, referring to the old outside powers that once dominated the region-the Ottoman Turks, old Austro-Hungarian empire and Serbian-led Yugoslav federation. “The time has come for us to look after ourselves and make own decisions,” Radoncic said in his vast office at the top floor of his Avaz Twist Tower overlooking Sarajevo. Dodik told Reuters earlier this month that if only international protectorate authorities left Bosnia, he would find Muslim and Croat partners to govern the country effectively. He declined to name them. But they are unlikely to be current

Muslim party leaders whose campaigns revolve around opposition to Dodik’s leadership and who insist on a continued international presence to counter his threats of secession of the Serb Republic. FOCUS ON THE ECONOMY Radoncic, who heads the new Alliance for a Better Future (SBB) party, is campaigning on a platform of economic development and crackdown on graft and illegal privatization. “Our absolute priority is the economy,” said Radoncic, 53, who was born in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica. “We think the time has come to turn exclusively to the economy.” Analysts say the SBB will attract voters unhappy with the two largest Muslim parties, the Party of

Democratic Action (SDA) of late wartime President Alija Izetbegovic and the Party for Bosnia-Herzegovina (SBiH) of presidency member Haris Silajdzic. Such popular support would arise from disappointment with parties in power for the past 15 years but which have done little to tackle unemployment, poverty and corruption, with leaders seen by many as enriching only themselves. In a poll published by the US-based election watchdog National Democratic Institute (NDI) late in August, Radoncic came in second behind Silajdzic and his party also closely followed his rival’s SBiH. Radoncic said he had held talks with Serb and Croat leaders on future cooperation. —Reuters


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Asia wary as China asserts territorial ambitions KUALA LUMPUR: As a newly assertive China confronts Japan and the United States over its territorial ambitions, other Asian nations are growing wary of being crushed between brawling powers. China has a long list of disputes over land and sea, including swathes of the Himalayan plateau also claimed by India, and the islets and reefs of the Spratlys chain staked out by Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei. As Beijing’s economic might grows, many of its neighbors now find themselves defending their own territorial ambitions against a giant they literally cannot afford to offend. China’s threats of unspecified “further action” against Japan, which has refused to release a trawler

captain detained in an incident in disputed waters in the East China Sea two weeks ago, have rung out across the region. And Beijing has warned the United States not to wade into one of its most complex disputes, the island chains of the South China Sea, during Friday’s meeting in New York between President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders. As the old saying goes, smaller nations must ensure they do not become “the grass that is trampled when the buffalos fight,” said Simon Tay from the Singapore Institute for International Affairs. Tay said the new dynamic was potentially healthy, but if the competing powers “do start to push and pull”, the 10-member

Southeast Asian bloc must present a united front and not be split Cold War-style. China vehemently opposes “internationalising” its territorial wrangles, preferring to deal quietly with each claimant country on a bilateral basis, a stance that gives it more clout. So it was no surprise that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s proposal at July security talks in Hanoi for a multilateral approach on the South China Sea was met with a sharp rebuke. “There was quite an interesting and sharp exchange between the Americans and the Chinese,” said Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo, recounting the discussion that followed with Clinton’s Chinese

counterpart. “At some points, the atmosphere was just a little tense,” he said with diplomatic understatement. China insists it has complete sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel islands in the South China Sea, a region rich in oil, gas and fisheries, as well as a strategic waterway linking East Asia with Europe and the Middle East. But Clinton said that resolving competing claims there was “pivotal” to regional stability and the national interests of the US, which has flagged its concern over a looming threat to free navigation. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates in June called for free access to the South China Sea, and alluded to alleged threats against US

Indian Supreme Court defers flashpoint ruling Bitter religious dispute poses major security headache NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court deferred yesterday a high court ruling on a bitter religious dispute that had posed a major security headache ahead of the crisis-hit Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The high court in Allahabad in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh had been due to rule Friday on a long-standing ownership struggle over a religious site in Ayodhya, where Hindu zealots destroyed a mosque in 1992. But the verdict was postponed for at least a week after the Supreme Court said it would hear a private petition requesting more time for mediation. “The Supreme Court has deferred the Ayodhya verdict. The order states that the high court in Allahabad cannot pass the judgment tomorrow,” said an official in the registrar office. The next hearing on the petition was set for September 28. “We will try and tell the court the matter should be deferred further and that parties involved in the dispute-the religious leaders-should be asked to sit and solve the matter amicably,” said Mukul Rohatgi, a lawyer for the petitioner. “This issue is not about 10 or 100 people. It involves millions of people and there should be representation from all the concerned parties,” Rohatgi said. The razing of the Babri mosque in 1992 triggered some of the worst communal violence since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. More than 2,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed in the rioting. Since then, the 47acre site has been cordoned off with barbed wire and steel fencing and guarded by

oil and gas firms interested in offshore exploration in waters claimed by Vietnam. Chinese vessels last year confronted US naval surveillance ships in stand-offs in the disputed region, which Beijing’s critics say it views as a “Chinese lake”. India is also watchful over China’s growing presence, particularly its heavy investment in ports being built in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, seen as part of its ambitions for a bluewater naval fleet. Some regional nations, particularly Vietnam which fought a brief but deadly 1998 naval battle with China in the South China Sea, have welcomed the new US willingness to act as a counterweight to Beijing. —AFP

Afghanistan adds female officers to swelling army KABUL: Afghanistan’s army got its first female officers in decades yesterday when 29 women graduated in a class of new recruits who hope to help take the lead role in national security from foreign forces by 2014. President Hamid Karzai, NATO and the United States have been pushing to expand and train Afghanistan’s army, police and other security forces to allow them to take over during a planned drawdown of foreign troops. The United States has said it will start its withdrawal in July 2011, although the process may take years. “I am fully committed to serving my country, the same way as my Afghan brothers currently serving in the army. That is why I decided to join,” said female officer Mari Sharifi after the graduation ceremony at the Kabul Army Training Centre. The women will not be sent to the frontline of the fight against the insurgency, which is raging at its strongest since the 2001 overthrow of the Taleban government, and instead will largely be doing administrative work. Women served in the army of Afghanistan’s communist-backed regime in the 1980s but retreated from military service during the civil war and hardline Taleban rule that followed the Soviet retreat from Afghanistan in 1989. The British officer who oversaw their training said all the new recruits were good and enthusiastic soldiers. —Reuters

India floods kill 17 AYODHYA: A flower vendor waits for customers by the river side in Ayodhya, India. —AP troops. Hindus say the mosque had been built by the Moghul emperor Babur on the site of a temple marking the birthplace of the Hindu warrior god Ram. There had been deep concerns that Friday’s scheduled high court ruling could spark widespread unrest, and 200,000 police, paramilitary and other security personnel had been deployed across Uttar Pradesh as a preventative measure. The petition before the Supreme Court had argued that the Allahabad verdict posed a particular security risk at a time when India’s security concerns are focused on the October 3-14 Commonwealth Games being held in New Delhi. Fears for the safety of athletes and spectators were heightened after a home-grown Islamist group shot at a tourist bus outside New Delhi’s main mosque last Sunday, injuring two Taiwanese nationals. The

Supreme Court decision was greeted with dismay by some involved in the Ayodhya dispute who argued that the time for mediation was over. “It’s really unfortunate. People were waiting for the verdict,” said SQR Ilyas, convenor of a committee representing Muslim interests in the dispute. “All efforts at reaching an amicable solution have been made without result,” he said. “The court verdict... is the need of the hour.” The drive to build a Ram temple on the ruins of the razed mosque remains a key political aim of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which first came to national prominence over the Ayodhya issue. BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was appearing as a senior counsel arguing against the petition in the Supreme Court, said he was disappointed. “I respect the court decision, but I can tell you that there is no

possibility of an amicable solution,” Prasad said. Despite appeals for calm from all sides, there are serious concerns about a violent, knee-jerk reaction once the Allahabad High Court eventually delivers its ruling. “The way the country handles this-the aftermathwill have a profound impact on the evolution of our country,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said earlier in the month. India has avoided any major outbreak of Hindu-Muslim violence since riots in Gujarat in 2002 and is especially keen to keep a lid on any unrest during the Commonwealth Games. The Games are already in chaos, with some national delegations threatening to withdraw their teams amid complaints over the “filthy” athletes village and safety concerns after a footbridge leading to one of the main venues collapsed on Tuesday. —AFP

Millions flee rising water LUCKNOW: Raging floodwaters triggered by heavy rain in northern India have killed at least 17 people, washed away thousands of homes and forced some 2 million people to evacuate in a 24 hour period, officials said yesterday. A large swathe of Uttar Pradesh state has been covered by floodwaters spilling over the banks of several rivers that crisscross the region, state spokesman Diwakar Tripathi said. Soldiers and paramilitary troops were working to evacuate people from marooned villages and move them to relief camps in safer areas. “At least 17 people have died overnight. More than a thousand houses have been washed away. Large areas are under water,” Tripathi said. Northern India has experienced unprecedented rain since August, according to the India Meteorological Department. Most rivers are flowing above the danger

mark, including the Yamuna and Ganges that run through Uttar Pradesh. Temporary shelters and medical facilities were being set up yesterday at relief camps in the state, while army helicopters were dropping food and water packets for people stranded in remote villages, said KK Sinha, a relief official. One of the hardest-hit areas is the industrial town of Moradabad, where some 200,000 people had to be evacuated from the rising water, said Suresh Tomar, a district official. There was also extensive damage to farmland in the state, with crops worth around 35 billion rupees ($750 million) destroyed, Tripathi said. More rain was forecast for the coming days and a flood alert has been issued for 18 districts in Uttar Pradesh. In neighboring Pakistan, monsoon floods have killed more than 1,700 people and damaged or destroyed nearly 1.9 million homes in the past six weeks. —AP


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Typhoon kills 54 BEIJING: Floods and landslides from the strongest storm to hit China this year have killed at least 54 people and left dozens missing since it struck earlier this week, officials said yesterday. Typhoon Fanapi swamped south China’s Guangdong province after directly

hitting the island of Taiwan on Sunday and killing two there. Guangdong’s meteorological center said heavy rains would start to ease later today. Fanapi had killed 54 and left 42 missing as of midday yesterday, said an official surnamed Zhou with Guangdong’s flood

control and drought relief headquarters. The state-run Xinhua News Agency earlier said the dead included five people who were killed when a dam at the Xinyi Yinyan Tin Mine in Xinyi city was hit by a landslide and collapsed.

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The Civil Affairs Ministry estimated the typhoon has caused 867 million yuan ($12 million) in direct economic losses in Guangdong. In southern Taiwan, two people died in flash flooding caused by Fanapi, which caused tens of

millions of dollars of damage, dumping more than 40 inches of rain in some places. Fanapi was the first major storm to strike Taiwan this year and the 11th typhoon to hit China. It had weakened significantly before landing in China’s Fujian province. — AP

UN summit promises the world, but can it deliver? UNITED NATIONS: After a UN poverty summit featuring 140 world leaders, three days of speeches, and thousands of news articles, critics had only one thing left to add: cold water. No sooner had President Barack Obama urged fresh energy in the campaign to haul the planet’s so-called “bottom billion” out of extreme poverty by 2015, than aid groups demanded a reality check. “In the time that President Obama stood at the podium to deliver his UN address, 30 women died in childbirth, and 66 children will have died from malaria,” Ray Offenheiser, spokesman with the charity Oxfam, said. “Those numbers will repeat every hour upon hour until the president’s words are turned into action.” The eight Millennium Development Goals, launched in 2000, are an unprecedented attempt at global cooperation to slash child mortality rates, the number of people living on less than a dollar a day, AIDS, and other aspects of extreme hardship. But with only five years to go until the deadline, the 140 heads of state and government at the UN summit in New York admitted they need to play catchup. UN officials estimate that at least 120 billion dollars will have to be found over the next five years to reach the eight ambitious markers. Some believe the real figure is far higher. Nothing like that much crossed the horizon this week. European leaders grabbed headlines with a pledge of 1.3 billion dollars, while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced a 40-billion-dollar health drive in aid of women and children. But Oxfam called that 40-million-dollar pledge a sleight of hand. “It’s clear that rich countries are putting old promises with a seemingly big price tag in a new shiny UN wrapper, rather than announcing anything new for the world’s poorest people,” Oxfam spokeswoman Emma Seery said. “Almost half of the cash has already been pledged elsewhere.” At ActionAid, an NGO combating hunger, chief executive Joanna Kerr dismissed the three-day UN summit as “an expensive side-show” and “an avalanche of warm sentiment (that) cleverly concealed the fact that no fully funded plans of action for tackling poverty were actually announced.” Others asked whether governments at the root of misery in the world were the right institutions to implement the Millennium goals, which involve everything from improving health to infrastructure and protecting the environment. Often the lack of basic services like electricity is caused by “discrimination and other human rights violations,” Amnesty International’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, said. “In effect, world leaders are asking us to trust them, an incredible demand when we see the gap between what they are required to do and what they have delivered.” Mo Ibrahim, an entrepreneur turned anticorruption crusader, said that crooked governments and private businesses pose the biggest threat to chances of successfully reaching the Millennium goals. “We talk about governance in leaders but we also need to talk about governance in the private sector. That is very important,” he said. Ibrahim noted that the global financial crisis-which has driven a huge hole in funding efforts for the millennium goals-was largely the fault of the private sector. “The financial crisis here which affected everybody everywhere was the result of bad governance in the private sector,” he said. “That’s the big elephant in the word.” — AFP

LA BOCANA: A child jumps into the water in front of a flooded school after heavy rains at the La Bocana shantytown, Managua, Nicaragua. — AP

China marks 30 years of its one-child policy BEIJING: Han Mei knew when she fell pregnant for the second time that she was facing an extortionate fine, a salary drop and even the loss of her job for having flouted China’s infamous one-child policy. With her first child, a girl, she went on maternity leave a month before the birth, which was paid for by her employer. When she had her son she waited until the day she went into labor to stop work and paid for the caesarean section herself. The population control law that limits many in China to one child in a bid to improve people’s lives marks its own 30th birthday tomorrow, having been formally implemented in 1980. The risks Han faced were severe. “Anyone who illegally gave birth to a second child would be punished, and the penalties would be dismissal from school, a downgrade in wages or a fine,” she said. “If you didn’t have money to pay the fine, your house would be demolished or the furniture and appliances moved away by the family planning officials,” the retired teacher, now 50, added. Han, whose real name has been changed due to the sensitivity of the issue, kept her second child’s existence a secret from family planning officials for four years, aided by villagers who did not betray her. Then she benefited from lax enforcement. Many others have not been so lucky. Soon, though, China may relax the policy. According to He Yafu, an expert who is in close contact with some of China’s official demographers, authorities

plan to launch pilot projects in five provinces aimed at evaluating the effects of watereddown rules. Until now, those exempt from the law include ethnic minorities, farmers whose first child is a girl and couples where both are only children. But in the would-be test provincesHeilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning in the northeast, Jiangsu and Zhejiang in the eastauthorities plan to let couples where just one of the adults is an only child have two kids from next year. “Official demographers say that those five provinces have basically been determined as the first pilot provinces, and over the next five years or so it will spread to the whole of China,” He said. The move would help alleviate problems caused by the policy, such as an ageing population that is putting pressure on the nation’s fast-growing economy. According to the Office of the China National Committee on Ageing, the number of people aged 60 or over stood at 167 million in 2009, or 12.5 percent of the 1.3-billionstrong population. Only children now face the daunting task of looking after their two parents and four grandparents in a society where much of the elderly population is still cared for by relatives. The policy is also blamed for gender imbalance in China, where sexspecific abortions remain common. Female infanticide and the abandoning of baby girls have also been reported. In 2005, the last year when data were made available, there were 119 boys for every 100 girls. A study

earlier this year found over 24 million men of marrying age could find themselves without wives in 2020, state media said. Graeme Smith of Sydney’s University of Technology, who has researched the policy’s effects in Anhui province, said it had “resulted in rural men going mad because they could not cope with the pressure of finding a bride”. Experts have warned this could fuel prostitution or trafficking, and state media has reported that since April last year authorities have freed more than 10,600 women who had been sold as brides or forced to work as prostitutes. China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang said this week that the government would launch measures to narrow the gender gap and address problems arising from an ageing population, without giving specific details, state media reported. He, who believes family planning should not be coercive, said the policy had created a host of other problems. “There have been many atrocities committed during the process of enforcing the one-child policy, and most courts do not accept cases linked to family planning departments,” he said. Some women have been forced to have abortions-some late in their pregnancy-or sterilizations over the years, and activists who have exposed these abuses have been jailed. Chen Guangcheng, who was jailed in 2006 after accusing officials in eastern China of forcing sterilizations or abortions on at least 7,000 women, was released this month.—AFP


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New Labor leader will be Miliband: But which one? Brothers fight to lead UK Labor Party

LONDON: Britain’s brother-versus-brother fight for the soul and leadership - of the Labor Party comes to an end tomorrow, promising to determine w hether the opposition force keeps the centrist philosophy of Tony Blair or returns to its w orking cla ss Ex-foreign secretary David Miliband, 45, is pitted against younger brother Ed Miliband, the 40-year-old former climate change secretary. Both seek to restore the party’s fortunes after a humbling national election defeat against Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives. The sparring siblings are frontrunners in a five-strong field of candidates, and offer sharply contrasting views on the future of their center-left party, dumped after 13 years in the aftermath of the global financial crisis and a biting 18month long recession. The elder Miliband - once gushingly praised by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “vibrant, vital, attractive (and) smart” - advocates sticking largely by the centrist policies of his mentor Blair, believing Labour must woo back middle class moderates to return to power. His brother, a protege of Blair’s rival Gordon Brown, has set out plans that resonate with Labour’s rank-and-file, particularly its leftist labor union backers, advocating a rise in Britain’s minimum wage, higher taxes for top earners and a more punishing levy on banks. Legislators appear to favor the elder brother, while labor unions back the younger Miliband and the party’s 160,000 ordinary members seem divided. Votes have already been cast, with the result announced tomorrow on the eve of the party’s annual rally. “There’s been an element of soap opera, of a family battle, about all of this,” said Lance Prince, a former press adviser to Blair and co-author of a forthcoming biography of both brothers. A “real tension was introduced into the relationship between them and it became very, very difficult,” he said. In contrast to Brown’s unopposed coronation in 2007, current contenders have crisscrossed Britain to spar in more than 40 town hall-style debates - skirmishes which have seen the Milibands pull away from their rivals. The other candidates are the pugnacious former education secretary Ed Balls, amiable exhealth secretary Andy Burnham, and wild card Diane Abbott, a veteran leftist who opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. David Miliband has acknowledged that competing with his brother has been “pretty odd _ it’s an unusual situation,” but insists they remain close. “We’re a relatively small family, and one of the things you learn in small families is you stick together, and we are determined to make sure that family comes before politics,” he told Associated Press Television News in an interview. The brothers were raised by their late father Ralph and mother Marion, both prominent leftist intellectuals and the children of Polish-Jewish parents, in a north London home bustling with activism. But the elder Miliband conceded that - despite a shared upbringing - he and his brother have sometimes wildly different approaches on policy. “We were brought up to think for ourselves and haven’t I learned that in the last few months,” he said drily. As the older brother gained prominence as foreign secretary in Brown’s Cabinet, Ed Miliband quietly carved out his own international reputation. The younger politician won plaudits for his work to strike a global emissions pact at the Copenhagen climate conference in December, dashing from his bed to scupper a 4 a.m. attempt by Sudan to veto an agreement. “Ed has that special ingredient. He is somebody who offers real change, whereas David has appeared more trapped in the past,” said Peter Hain, a Cabinet minister under both Blair and Brown. However, critics say Ed Miliband has gone too far in appeasing his party’s left wing, by suggesting the use of more tax hikes and fewer spending cuts to clear Britain’s national debts, a move that would safeguard jobs of Labour loyalists in Britain’s public sector. In turn, David Miliband is accused of favoring a familiar pro-business agenda over any radical overhaul of the platform adopted in the failed campaign to stave off Cameron’s Conservatives at the national election. —AP

roots. Experts say the race is too close to call, largely due to Labor’s voting system that offers ballots not only to legislators a nd party activists, but to a bout 3.5 million labor union members.

LEEDS: Photo shows British Labor party leadership candidates Ed (right) and his brother David Miliband in Leeds, north-east England. — AFP

German SPD on rebound, aims to pressure Merkel BERLIN: After their shock defeat last year, Germany’s Social Democrats are confident their rebound in opinion polls will translate into big gains in state polls in 2011 and again make them a force to be reckoned with nationally. In an interview with Reuters ahead of a party congress this weekend, deputy leader Manuela Schwesig said the centre-left party had shaken off its 2009 drubbing and was optimistic that Chancellor Angela Merkel would soon find herself having to make deals with them to push through her federal agenda. “The SPD has picked itself up from the floor after the election defeat last year and the mood is much better now,” Schwesig, 36, told Reuters. “We’ve stabilized and we’ll push for policies we stand for through our strength in the states.” Schwesig said the SPD went through a painful period of selfreflection after winning a meager 23 percent of the vote last year, bringing an 11-year run in government to an abrupt end in one of the darkest defeats in the party’s history. The SPD took power in 1998 with nearly 41 percent. Schwesig, a rising star in the SPD and a deputy to chairman Sigmar Gabriel, said the party was back in tune with voters and would use its party congress to map its strategy for next year. Merkel’s centre-right coalition of conservatives and Free Democrats took control the lower house of parliament last year, but they lost control of the upper house or Bundesrat in July when the SPD won back North Rhine-Westphalia state. The SPD hopes to use their growing popularity to defeat Merkel’s conservatives in polls in six out of the total 16 states next year. The more states the SPD controls, the more clout they have on federal policy. The SPD currently runs six and the conservatives 10, but control of the upper house is

also determined by states’ size and the fact that Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) govern some states in coalition with other parties, and must often abstain on issues that are divisive within the coalition. Schwesig’s party has climbed to about 30 percent in opinion polls, while Merkel’s conservatives have slid to about 30-31 percent from 33.8 percent they won in 2009. The SPD is increasingly confident of gaining control of CDU bastions like Baden-Wuerttemberg and SaxonyAnhalt in 2011. “We’ve been out talking and listening to people,” said Schwesig, a straight-talking state minister from the former East Germany who has campaigned hard for equal rights for women. “We’ve gone through a self-assessment and tried to find new answers on key issues like job market reform, family policies and healthcare. We’re not a ‘Basta!’ party anymore.” ‘Basta!’ (enough!) is what former SPD chancellor Gerhard Schroeder used to say when he wanted to end any discussion. Schroeder, who pushed the party towards the centre during his seven years in power to 2005, tended to ignore the party’s leftist grassroots in pushing through policies which helped cut unemployment but put off many traditional SPD supporters. “We’re well-positioned now in the states to gain more power so that we’ll be able to use that power in the upper house to prevent the government from pushing through unsocial policies that squeeze people,” she said. “I’m very confident we’ll be successful there (in the states),” she added. History appears to be on the SPD’s side. There is plenty of precedent for the party that wins federal elections to then lose state elections, forfeit control of the upper house and then face defeat in a federal contest. — Reuters

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Yemen’s ‘Friends’ gather DUBAI: Al-Qaeda is on the rise in Yemen, security is worsening and economic woes are dire, analysts said, on the eve of a donors conference to assess “progress” in the impoverished country. The “Friends of Yemen” group, which aims to fight extremism and raise funds to tackle poverty in the Arabian Peninsula country, meets today in New York, an official statement said. “The meeting will review progress since the high-level meeting in London in January (and) give strong direction to future work of the Friends of Yemen,” said the statement from co-chairs Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Britain. The ministerial-level meeting will bring together donor states, other “Friends of Yemen” and Yemeni government representatives, at a time when the situation in Yemen has worsened, analysts said. “General developments since the Friends of Yemen meeting in London in January have clearly taken a negative trend,” said Nicole Starke, a security analyst with the Gulf Research Centre in Dubai. “Developments indicate a deterioration in the security situation, in particular in the south,” Starke said. “AlQaeda has become stronger since the beginning of this year,” she said, adding that “it appears that the initiative is in the hands of the terrorists, at least in the southern provinces of the country.” Yemeni forces have since the weekend been locked in a standoff with up to 100 alleged Al-Qaeda militants who officials say are holed up in the Shabwa province town of Huta. In late August, government forces and alleged Al-Qaeda militants fought a pitched battle in the town of Loder in the southern province of Abyan. At least 33 people were killed, including 19 militants, according to an AFP tally based on official and medical sources. Protests and intermittent unrest have also rocked the south of Yemen, where there is a growing secessionist movement and many residents complain of discrimination by the Sanaa government. Thousands of supporters of Yemen’s Southern Movement, whose members want either increased autonomy or independence for the region, demonstrated in south Yemen on Thursday, local officials and witnesses said. Yemeni authorities also face a sporadic Zaidi Shiite rebellion in the north. Mohammed AlZahiri, a professor of political science at Sanaa University, also pointed to Al-Qaeda as a rising problem in Yemen. “Al-Qaeda is present in Yemen and its role is increasing, this is true,” Zahiri said, adding however that the government was “exaggerating” the threat of Al-Qaeda. “The government is... creating scarecrows in order to get foreign aid and bolster its position,” he said. “The real problem in Yemen is not Al-Qaeda but corruption,” Zahiri said. “To Western states, I say: if you want to help, pressure the Yemeni government to fight corruption and achieve a state of law,” Zahiri said, stressing that corruption and poverty contributed to Al-Qaeda’s rise. In addition to security problems, Starke warned of brewing economic trouble. “There is evidence of a deepening of the economic crisis, with the Yemeni currency depreciating over the past months,” she said. Analysts, and officials, also noted that the disbursal of aid to Yemen over the years has been problematic. Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Kurbi said earlier this month that 15 percent only of about 5.7 billion dollars of aid pledged at a conference in London in 2006 has been disbursed. “The overall security situation makes it difficult for donors to implement projects on the ground,” Starke said. Neil Partrick, a Gulf analyst and visiting politics and international relations lecturer at London’s University of Westminster, said strict guidelines from Gulf states on how the aid should be spent was contributing to the slow disbursal of funds. —AFP

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Action needed to tackle anti-social behavior LONDON: There were an estimated 12.5 million incidents of anti-social behavior (ASB) in England and Wales last year but the issue has not been the priority for police as it should be, according to a major study yesterday. The report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said ASB was widespread, a significant number of people suffered it repeatedly, and those who reported it often faced intimidation. However, for some in policing, ASB did not qualify as “real police work” like dealing with crime, it found. “The public won’t tackle anti-social behavior on the streets while they fear reprisals,” said Denis O’Connor, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary. “Perpetrators need to know they are wrecking lives, the results can be tragic and that they will get swift action from the authorities if the public call for help.”

Federal help to boost vulnerable US Democrats WASHINGTON: Voters across the country are dispirited about the economy, frustrated with President Barack Obama and fed up with their elected officials, according to polls. But one thing the party in power has going for it is Obama’s ability to steer federal dollars and government projects to vulnerable candidates’ states and districts and to dispatch high-profile members of his administration to boast of their accomplishments. It’s a time-honored tradition in Washington, and one that could help embattled Democrats emphasize an argument they have been making to voters in an otherwise grim political environment: “Forget what you think of the president, my party, or even Congress - I’ve delivered for you.” And it’s being deployed by Democrats who are in serious danger of losing their hold on the House of R and bracing for big losses in the Senate The perks-of-power tradition was on display recently in the West Coast state of Washington, where it’s been a tough year for Sen. Patty Murray, one of dozens of Democrats facing a tight race to win re-election this fall. When President Barack Obama’s top transportation official, Secretary Ray LaHood, went to Seattle this month to tout the $30 million in federal grant money the administration was delivering to help unclog a notoriously snarled interchange downtown, it seemed like a major boon arriving at a critical time. “We would not be standing here today if it weren’t for your courageous representatives in Congress,” LaHood said during an event largely devoted to praising Murray. Her opponent, Republican businessman Dino Rossi, has dismissed the massive stimulus law that created the grant program as a failure that hasn’t produced jobs. In Arkansas, Democratic Sen Blanche Lincoln, in an uphill fight for a third term, won a promise from Obama’s team for $1.5 billion in disaster aid for her state’s farmers. Her Republican opponent, Rep John Boozman, quickly dismissed the package - it ultimately amounted to just half the promised amount - as little more than a bailout for Lincoln’s political fortunes. Other lawmakers in tough races also have benefited richly from projects funded by Obama’s roughly $800 billion stimulus legislation. With passage of the stimulus law last year, “there’s a lot more ... money in the executive branch’s pocket than there been in the past, and they can spread it out as they see fit,” said Steve Ellis of the nonpartisan watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. —AP

ASB has long been one of the public’s top concerns fuelled by a number of high profile cases, such as that of Fiona Pilkington, who killed herself and her severely disabled 18-year-old daughter after they were hounded on their Leicestershire estate for a decade. The report by HMIC, the most comprehensive into the issue involving a survey of 5,699 people who had reported incidents, said there were about 3.5 million calls to police about ASB in 2009-10, down slightly from the year before. However, it was estimated the public reported only 28 percent of incidents, the vast bulk of which related to rowdy or disorderly behavior, such as under-age drinking, teenagers loitering in the street and vandalism. Those who suffered ASB avoided public spaces, did not go out at night and steered clear of groups of youths, the report found, while 71 percent had called

police more than once in the past year. Of those that stood up to ASB, 32 percent later experienced intimidation. Vulnerable people were particularly at risk with 29 percent of all those who contacted the police having a long-term illness or disability. Ninety percent of people turned to police to deal with the issue, but HMIC said there was a lack of understanding of the harm ASB caused, a lack of knowledge about what worked to stop it, and uncertainty about how much of a priority it should be. ASB did not have the “same status” as crime for some in policing and for almost 20 years police success had been judged increasingly on crime statistics. “Meanwhile, the “non-qualifying” ASB issue, and its variants, that signal lack of control on our streets, have grown and evolved in intensity and harm,” the report said. When police had taken timely action, people were

generally satisfied with the outcome, the study said. But response systems which downgraded calls and lengthy delays made matters worse. Only 22 out of the 43 police forces had IT systems that prioritized repeat calls and only 13 could identify those most at risk. The Association of Chief Police Officers said it was acutely aware of the impact of ASB and they would “work tirelessly to improve our response”. “Anti-social behavior is not a matter for the police to tackle alone, and the service supports the government’s approach to encouraging greater personal and community involvement in neighborhoods,” said Assistant Chief Constable Cimon Edens. Home Secretary Theresa May, who said in July that anti-social behavior orders (ASBOs) might be scrapped with communities playing a greater role, said the report showed that for too long the problem had been sidelined. —Reuters

Gillard’s majority becomes slimmer Conservative opposition backs out CANBERRA: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s w a ferthin ruling majority beca me even more fragile yesterday after the conservative opposition ba cked out of a deal over the prized job of parlia mentary Spea ker. Gilla rd’s Labor w on a second term w ith the support of three independents a nd one Green la w maker after dead-hea t Aug. 21 elections, giving the party The development means Gillard will have only one vote to spare in the House of Representatives, further weakening her control of the first minority government since World War Two. Opinion polls show voters do not expect the government will last a full threeyear term, with the slender majority also adding to uncertainty over plans for a 30 percent profits-based tax on miners and a policy to price carbon emissions. While financial markets have been largely unmoved by the political upheaval, leading business lobby groups have called for the government to move quickly on major policies including a price on carbon to smooth investment plans. The new parliament will meet on Sept 28, when Gillard will have the first opportunity to test government numbers in the lower house since the election. Under a deal signed by the government, opposition and key independent lawmakers in early September, all sides of politics committed to keeping the numbers balanced by granting a “pair” to whoever becomes Speaker. Under Australia’s constitution, the Speaker does not vote in parliament but casts a deciding vote in the event of a tie on controversial legislation. Granting the Speaker a “pair” meant a member of the opposing party would also abstain from voting, ensuring the government would retain its normal majority. Opposition leader Tony Abbott, who has vowed to try to force a change of government, said yesterday he backed out of the deal over the Speaker’s job because he believed it did not comply with the constitution. “The first act of every parliament is to choose a Speaker, and it is the first responsibility of government, when parliament resumes, to provide a Speaker,” Abbott told reporters. “If the government is unable or unwilling to provide a Speaker for the parliament, well the prime minister should not have accepted the Governor-General’s commission.”— Reuters

control of 76 seats in the 150-sea t low er house. But Gillard must now sa crifice one law ma ker to be non-voting Speaker after the opposition backed dow n on a dea l to ensure the voting numbers w ould rema ined ba lanced, helping ensure stability. “I view this to be an extraordina ry set of events,” Gillard told reporters yesterda y.

BUJUMBURA: The body of an unidentified person that was washed ashore on Lake Tanganika just north of Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura lays tangled in the shore of the Rusizi River near Lake Tanganyika. — AFP

Corpses in Burundi river ignite fears of new unrest GATUMBA: At a side of the Rusizi River in Burundi, not far from a group of hippos and half hidden by huge clumps of reeds, lies the first body, a headless man naked to the waist. Close by, surrounded by pieces of trash, are two more-one a woman, also decapitated. To reach Gatumba, where the Rusizi flows into Lake Tanganyika a few kilometers to the west of the Burundi capital Bujumbura one has to walk for an hour through dense and towering reeds. “For the past week the Rusizi has been washing down corpses with marks of violence ... this morning we counted four,” said Julien Nimbona, a local official. “Last week we buried first four, then six, so that’s a total of 14 corpses from the Rukoko marshes in less than a week. People are frightened, really frightened because we don’t know if the war has resumed or not,” Nimbona said. The discovery of the corpses comes after at least other 14 civilians were killed in the Rukoko marshes in attacks attributed to “unidentified armed men”. These incidents seem to confirm persistent rumors of the presence of new rebel pockets in Rukoko and in the Kibira forest, which runs from north to central Burundi. “I helped bury

most of those corpses-some were decapitated, others had the limbs bound or had machete wounds,” said a fisherman from Gatumba too afraid to give his name. “I’m afraid. Everyone in Gatumba is afraid because everyone knows that once again there are fighters in the Rukoko marshes.” Several families in the area said they had no news of relatives who went into the marshes to gather reeds or wood. Some families also spoke of young people who went there to join the rebel movement. “I’ve heard talk of people being killed in the Rukoko marshes and of others being recruited there but no one wants to admit this publicly because people are scared,” said Nimbona. “Fear has taken over the region because people are afraid that hostilities will resume,” he added. Gatumba, with some 35,000 inhabitants is a stronghold of the old Burundian rebellion, the National Liberation Forces (FNL), now an opposition political party. No one dares mention the mysterious new armed group. Lucie, a woman around 30, is collecting water in a battered jerrycan held together with tar. Look at my clothes, look at my baby ... we’re poor.—AFP


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Trade creditors offered 40% cash, 60% bond

Nakheel to complete debt restructuring by year end DUBAI: Dubai sta te-ow ned property developer Na kheel expects to complete its debt restructuring by the end of the yea r. “We ha ve had a successful ba nk meeting a nd w e a re having very good discussions w ith the Nakheel co-com (core committee),” chief executive Chris O’Donnell told

reporters yesterda y. Conglomera te Duba i World has nearunanimous approval for its $24.9 billion debt pla n, it sa id t his month. But Na k heel-its fla gship property a rm undergoing parallel negotiations-ha s yet to secure backing needed for the plan.

DUBAI: Though Dubai developers have managed to tide over the recession, many realtors like Nakheel are struggling to restructure their debt following a property bust in this bustling city. — Photo by Sajeev K Peter.

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala posts $1.23bn H1 loss ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi governmentowned investment fund Mubadala posted a first-half loss of 4.5 billion dirhams ($1.2 billion) yesterday, driven by the falling value of stakes it has in other companies. The investment fund also said it would triple its capital base by converting debt held by the government into equity, effectively relieving it of interest payment obligations and giving the government more control over the fund. Mubadala has stakes in Advanced Micro Devices Inc and Ferrari, as well as General Electric and private equity firm Carlyle. “The company recognizes that share price fluctuations will have a positive or negative effect on its periodical reporting of financial performance,” Mubadala said in a statement. Total assets under management stood at 86.1 billion dirhams at the end of June, compared with 88.5 billion dirhams at the end of 2009. First-half revenue from operations grew to 8 billion dirhams, an increase of 2.1 billion dirhams from a year earlier, driven by strong performance in aerospace, infrastructure, and oil and gas. Mubadala is fully-owned by the Abu Dhabi government. Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates is investing

heavily in sectors such as industry, tourism, infrastructure and real estate to diversify its economy from oil. Mubadala’s board approved plans to increase share capital to 15 billion dirhams from 5.5 billion dirhams by converting certain shareholder rights. “We will be converting some of the government loans into equity and share capital which the board has approved,” Carlos Obeid, CFO of Mubadala told Reuters by phone, adding the process could be completed by this year end. Mubadala owes the Abu Dhabi government 44 billion dirhams. Operating income at its oil and gas segment rose 44 percent to 3.6 billion dirhams, while operating income at its aerospace segment rose 20 percent to 2.5 billion dirhams. While assets in aerospace and infrastructure grew 11 percent and 44 percent respectively, it remained stable in the oil and gas sector. Along with its international holdings, Mubadala also owns stakes in local firms including UAE telecom operator du and developer Aldar Properties. In July, Mubadala Aerospace said it expected to seal aircraft component leasing deals worth up to $500 million this year and was eyeing acquisitions in the United States and Asia. — Reuters

Earlier this week, Nakheel said it had about 85 percent of acceptances, by value, for its debt restructuring and was “well on target to achieve its 95 percent acceptance of all payables and claims within the near future”. Under Nakheel’s restructuring plan, trade creditors have been offered 40 percent of what they are owed in cash and the rest through an Islamic bond, or sukuk. Nakheel, which overstretched itself building islands in the shape of palms and other ambitious real estate developments, has restarted work on its Al-Furjan residential project and expected to start building again on all short-term projects by the end of October, it said on Wednesday. Al-Shafar Transport and Contracting Co is the first contractor to restart work on Al-Furjan, Nakheel said. Al Shafar’s contract to build 300 of the 800-villa project is worth 573 million dirhams ($156 million) and expected to be completed by the end of 2011 with some handed over earlier, managing partner Tarek Zoabi told reporters yesterday. Dubai contractor Arabtec is to build the remaining 500 villas. The Gulf emirate’s once-booming property market was hit hard by the financial crash as property prices fell around 60 percent and billions of dollars worth of projects were put on hold or cancelled. Other projects that Nakheel put on hold included a planned kilometre-high tower. On Tuesday, Nakheel said it disputed the validity of a creditor claim filed against it, saying the claim would not delay its debt deal. “Any business faces lawsuits and issues and you have to deal with this as part of normal business,” O’Donnell said yesterday when asked about the claim. Nakheel repaid approximately 2.5 billion dirhams to contractors in July, it said last month. In June, Nakheel said it planned to restart six projects in Dubai, including Jumeirah Park, Al Furjan, Jumeirah Village, parts of Jumeirah Island and Jumeirah Heights, as well as Al-Badra. It is also revisiting all other projects, including man-made islands The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira. — Reuters

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Burgan Bank to issue $400m 10-year bond KUWAIT: Burgan Bank, one of the leading and most dynamic banks in the state of Kuwait and the commercial banking arm of Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO), has announced its issuance of a subordinated bond worth $400 million to enhance its capital base. Burgan Bank enjoys a rating of A2 by Moody’s and BBB+ by Standard & Poors while the issue ratings will be A3 by Moody’s and BBB by Standard & Poors. The bond maturity date will be 29 September 2020, a tenure of 10 years with a fixed coupon rate at 7.875%. Majed Essa Al Ajeel, the chairman of Burgan Bank commented that: ‘The Bank’s decision to issue the bond comes from our efforts to strengthen the Bank’s capital and support its business growth’ commented. The proceeds from the bond issuance will be utilized to further strengthen the Bank’s business locally as well as supporting its expansion strategy which has primarily targeted high growth markets in the MENA region. The joint bookrunners for the deal are JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered Bank.

SAN DIEGO: Shoppers walk towards the entrance to the Nike Factory Store in San Diego. Nike reported quarterly financial results yesterday after the market close. —AP

PM: Egypt to reallocate Madinaty land to TMG CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister said yesterday the government would reallocate the land for Talaat Moustafa’s Madinaty project back to the firm after a court ruled the state land sale contract should be scrapped. The cabinet spokesman also said a group of ministers was drawing up details of the arrangement for final approval by the cabinet on Sunday. “The ministers of finance, housing and legal affairs are sitting to give us the form of the solution in detail to be discussed in the cabinet meeting on Sunday to be

approved,” the spokesman, Magdy Rady, told Reuters. Egypt’s government sold land to TMG, the country’s biggest listed developer, for its estimated $3 billion Madinaty project in 2005. But a court ruled in June the contract was illegal because the land was not put up for public auction. A higher court upheld the decision last week, sending the firm’s shares crashing 16 percent in three sessions. The government has since come under pressure from investors in TMG to find a resolution to the row.—Reuters


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Twitter hack: Made in Japan? Headache for micro-blogging service TOKYO: This week’s Twitter attack that caused a widespread headache for the micro-blogging service appears to have been triggered by a Japanese computer hacker who says he was only trying to help. The attack, which emerged and was shut down within hours on Tuesday morning, involved a “cross-site scripting” flaw that allowed users to run JavaScript programs on other computers. The originator is believed to be someone who uses the name “Masato Kinugawa” in cyberspace and acknowledges creating the Twitter account “RainbowTwtr” that demonstrated the vulnerability. Through his Twitter account and personal blog, Kinugawa regularly tracks down possible computer security loopholes and notifies companies of their existence. Earlier this year, he pointed out several scripting problems to Japanese Internet company

WASHINGTON: The Twitter homepage appears on a screen in Washington. —AFP Livedoor, which thanked him with a 15,000 yen ($177) gift certificate. Kinugawa says he contacted Twitter about the weakness on Aug 14 — but in vain. “Twitter had not fixed this critical issue long after it had been notified,” Kinugawa tweeted.

“Twitter left this vulnerability exposed, and its recognition of this problem was low. Rather than have someone maliciously abuse this under the radar, I decided it would be better to urgently expose this as a serious problem and have it be addressed.” The account, which

exploited the issue by turning tweets different colors and causing a pop-up box with text to appear when someone hovered over the link in the tweet,” the company said. The White House’s official Twitter feed — followed by 1.8 million users — was among those affected, though the offending message was quickly taken down. Security breaches were common in Twitter’s early days, but the company has since worked to beef up its vigilance and the problems have become less common. Tuesday’s hack coincided with Twitter’s ongoing rollout of a redesign of its website, which tries to streamline users’ Twitter feeds and make it easier to see photos and videos directly on the site, without having to click on a link to YouTube or Flickr. Twitter said it discovered and fixed this problem last month, and that a recent site update unrelated to the redesign was responsible for its return. —AP

Greece’s union says will not strike soon

Electrolux CEO resigns, vice president takes over STOCKHOLM: Swedish appliance maker Electrolux AB yesterday said its president and chief executive Hans Straberg has resigned and will be replaced by company vice president Keith McLoughlin. McLoughlin, of Long Island, New York, will become the first non-Swede to run Electrolux when he takes over as CEO at the start of 2011, the company said. He is currently in charge of research and development, manufacturing and purchasing for Electrolux’s major appliances division. Straberg said in a statement that after nine years as CEO of Electrolux, he felt it was time to do something new. He said he will now start working with a “portfolio of growth companies” and develop his board assignments. “This was not an easy decision to make, but I consider my mission accomplished,” he said. “Over the last four quarters we have achieved our target operating margin of 6 percent.” Shares in Electrolux, which makes refrigerators and vacuum cleaners, dropped 1.7 percent to 159.1 kronor ($23.2) in early Stockholm trading. Electrolux chairman Marcus Wallenberg said he was sorry to see Straberg leave, but pleased that McLoughlin wanted to take over. Investor AB, the Swedish investment group controlled by the Wallenberg family, is the biggest shareholder in Electrolux, with 12.7 percent of the share capital. McLoughlin, 54, joined Electrolux in 2003 as head of the Major Appliances North America unit. —AP

displayed messages in colors of the rainbow, spurred others like Australian teenager Pearce Delphin of Melbourne to spread the word about the vulnerability. “RainbowTwtr” has since been suspended. In an e-mail to The Associated Press yesterday, Delphin said he analyzed the code within the “rainbow tweets” and realized it could be tweaked to make a pop-up window appear just by moving a cursor over a message. Other users quickly picked up on Delphin’s discovery and made their own changes, infecting unsuspecting accounts around the world. San Francisco-based Twitter said it does not believe that any user information was compromised and that the “vast majority” of the breaches were pranks or promotions. The company said the attack began when a user, whom it did not identify, noticed a security hole and “took advantage of it.” “First, someone created an account that

ANGRA DOS REIS: A Petrobras oil worker walks by iron sheets to be used in the construction of a Petrobras platform at the BrasFels shipyard in Angra dos Reis, Brazil on Wednesday. —AP

Asda sells 47 Netto stores to appease watchdog LONDON: Asda, the British arm of US retailer Wal-Mart, needs to find a buyer for almost a quarter of the stores it wants to acquire from discounter Netto in order to win over competition regulators. Britain’s consumer affairs watchdog, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), said yesterday Asda needed to sell on a largerthan-expected 47 stores to address its concerns about the deal. Analysts said the requirement could reduce the benefits of Asda’s 778 million pounds ($1.2 billion) deal to buy Netto UK, although much would depend on which stores are being sold and whether Asda can find buyers. “As we’ve seen, there’s no shortage of appetite for stores,” said RBS analyst Justin Scarborough, referring to expansion plans at almost all of Britain’s top grocers. “But it does create uncertainty,” he added. Asda, Britain’s second-biggest grocer behind Tesco, said the

requirement to sell 47 stores was at the higher end of its expectations, but it was confident of finding buyers and converting the remaining stores to Asda supermarkets by late summer 2011, as planned. However, the first pilot conversions will now take place in the first quarter of 2011 rather than before Christmas. “Although Asda and Netto offer somewhat different propositions for customers, the evidence from our investigation indicated that Asda did provide a significant competitive constraint on Netto in a number of local areas where they overlapped,” said Amelia Fletcher, the OFT’s senior director of mergers. “The OFT is confident that, if agreed, this package of remedies will safeguard competition in 47 such areas, to the benefit of local shoppers, while allowing the remaining store purchases to go ahead.” Asda said it expected the transaction to create around 1,000 jobs. —AFP

ATHENS: Greek private sector workers will not strike against austerity measures anytime soon but the government must be aware rising unemployment may spark unrest, a union leader told Reuters yesterday. Less affected by austerity measures than civil servants, who have seen salaries slashed by about 15 percent, private sector union GSEE has staged six general strikes and protests that have often turned violent this year, worrying investors and hurting the key tourism sector. “We have staged so many strikes, yet the tough policies, the ones prescribed by the (EU/IMF) memorandum have been implemented and there are no obvious alternative solutions,” GSEE president Yannis Panagopoulos said in an interview. “There are no plans for a general strike in the immediate future.” This would ease pressure on the government, which has struggled to implement EU and IMF prescribed austerity measures and reforms in exchange for 110 billion euros ($147.4 billion) aimed at helping the country avert bankruptcy. But Panagopoulos warned of possible non-union unrest if the government did not take steps to secure growth and create jobs to tackle unemployment, which hit a 10year high in the second quarter. “I’m afraid that if not dealt with, unemployment will become a huge social problem which will lead to reactions

ATHENS: A firefighter uses a loud speaker as riot police look on during a demonstration in central Athens yesterday. Firefighters and other public service contract workers protested to demand staff jobs despite a public sector hiring freeze in crisis-hit Greece. —AP that don’t follow institutional procedures, the reaction of people who have been affected and have no other way to react,” he said. “The financial crisis is radically turning into an employment crisis. Our estimate is that the number of unemployed will rise by 150,000-170,000 people in 2011.” Some 600,000 were unemployed in the second quarter, official figures show. GSEE union and its public sector sister ADEDY represent half of Greece’s workforce. Wildcat strikes and marches continued even during the summer but turnout has started to wane. The death of three bank workers during a demonstration in Athens in May has also dampened

enthusiasm for protests. Despite the belt-tightening, opinion polls show the ruling Socialists ahead of their conservative opponents, blamed by many Greeks for the fiscal crisis. Panagopoulos said any future strikes would depend on how the government applies policies but also workers’ appetite and stamina for action during a recession. Private sector workers don’t get paid when they walk off the job, a growing problem as austerity bites, and many fear lay-offs. Greek employers and GSEE signed in July a threeyear wage deal which foresees a pay freeze for 2010 and wage rises in line with euro zone inflation, currently much lower than Greek inflation, in the next two years. —AP


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465,000 seek unemployment benefits WASHINGTON: The ta lly of newly laid-off US w orkers requesting unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time in five weeks as the job market rema ins sluggish.

Initial cla ims for jobless aid rose by 12,000 to a seasona lly a djusted 465,000, the Labor Department sa id yesterday. Many economists had expected a flat rea ding or small drop.

SANTA MONICA: A sign offers a position at a beauty salon in the downtown shopping district of Santa Monica, California. New requests for jobless benefits rise to 465,000, first increase in five weeks. — AP

Blockbuster files for bankruptcy NEW YORK: Troubled video-rental chain Blockbuster Inc filed for bankruptcy, and said it plans to keep stores and kiosks open as it reorganizes. In a submission to the US Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York yesterday, the company said it reached an agreement with bondholders on a recapitalization plan. Blockbuster plans to reduce debt from nearly $1 billion to about $100 million or less by swapping debt for equity in a reorganized Blockbuster with bondholders that hold about 80.1 percent of the company’s senior notes. It has received commitments for $125 million in “debtor-inpossession” financing from senior noteholders to repay customers, suppliers and employees during the reorganization. “After a careful and thorough analysis, we

determined that the process announced today provides the optimal path for recapitalizing our balance sheet and positioning Blockbuster for the future as we continue to transform our business model to meet the evolving preferences of our customers,” said CEO Jim Keyes. Once a home entertainment powerhouse, Blockbuster has been losing market share and money for years as more Americans rent DVDs from subscription service Netflix Inc. and popularity surged for streaming video over the Internet. Blockbuster said its 3,000 stores in the US, DVD vending kiosks, by-mail and digital businesses will all continue to operate normally. Operations outside the US and domestic and international franchisees are not part of the Chapter 11 reorganization.—AP

MIAMI: A Blockbuster video rental store in Miami. Ailing US video rental company Blockbuster said yesterday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection. — AFP

The rise suggests that jobs remain scarce and some companies are still cutting workers amid weak economic growth. Initial claims have fallen from a recent spike above a halfmillion last month. But they have been stuck above 450,000 for most of this year. “What’s becoming increasing clear is that this isn’t a normal recovery,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak. “There’s little we can do to create jobs until demand returns, and demand isn’t returning.” Claims typically fall below 400,000 when hiring is robust and the economy is growing. The four-week average of claims, a less volatile measure, declined by 3,250 to 463,250. That’s the lowest level since the end of July, but down by only 4,000 since January. Initial claims, while volatile, are considered a realtime snapshot of the job market. The weekly claims figures are considered a measure of the pace of layoffs and an indication of companies’ willingness to hire. New requests for jobless benefits have fallen sharply since June 2009, the month the recession ended. They topped 600,000 at the end of that month. But most of the decline took place last year. Economic growth has slowed considerably in recent months, and many employers are reluctant to add new employees. The economy grew at a 1.6 percent annual rate in the second quarter, an anemic pace that isn’t fast enough to reduce the jobless rate, now at 9.6 percent. Growth in the current July-September quarter isn’t expected to be much faster. While layoffs have eased since the recession ended, hiring hasn’t picked up much. Businesses added a net total of only 67,000 jobs in August. The economy needs to generate a net total of almost 300,000 jobs a month to reduce the unemployment rate to 8 percent over the next two years, according to an estimate by the Labor Department. The number of people continuing to receive jobless benefits fell by 48,000 to 4.49 million, the department said. But that doesn’t include several million people who are receiving unemployment aid under extended programs approved by Congress during the recession. The extended benefit rolls rose by about 200,000 to nearly 5.2 million in the week ending Sept. 4, the latest data available. Some companies are still cutting jobs. Cessna Aircraft said Tuesday that it will lay off 700 workers because the economy hasn’t recovered as strongly as the company had hoped earlier this year. The latest reductions are on top of 8,000 jobs the company has shed since late 2008, reducing its work force by half. — AP

NEW YORK: Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Speaking to an investor conference yesterday, Seidenberg said nothing about an iPhone for the company’s current network, but said he hopes Apple Inc will come around and allow Verizon to sell the phone for a new network it’s building. The ‘4G’ network hasn’t yet opened for service and won’t be complete next year.—AP

Islamic finance needs markets to develop DUBAI: Islamic finance will need to move beyond the retail market and develop its capital markets globally to compete better with conventional finance, an official from consultancy Deloitte said yesterday. Daud Vicary Abdullah, global leader of Deloitte’s Islamic finance group told reporters in Dubai at the launch of the firm’s Middle East Islamic finance leaders survey that international markets such as Japan and London are actively trying to raise shariacompliant capital in order to tap liquidity from the Gulf region. “Islamic finance still represents less than 1 percent of the global market,” he said. “It’s not yet punching its weight.” Abdullah said that the economic power is moving further east and currently in the Middle East region, with $600 billion of the $1 trillion Islamic finance industry is coming from the Gulf Cooperation Council. For that reason, more interest is coming out of markets such as Canada, China and Brazil to explore the possibility of launching sukuk. “The fuel for growth is not about the retail side but about the big ticket items such as project financing and raising funds,” he said. He said Deloitte is working with three major financial Japanese financial corporations to raise Islamic funds outside of the domestic market and is also working on Islamic finance projects in Italy, Germany and Luxembourg. But the Islamic finance industry will need to address concerns over accounting standards and risk management, the Deloitte survey found, if it wants to reach its growth potential. The survey found that 61 percent of those questioned, believe that there must be more regulation over accounting standards and risk management in the industry. Still regulation within the industry is considered inconsistent in different parts of the region given wrangling over Islamic law among scholars and a lack of enforceable standards across the Gulf. The survey found that more than half of respondents supported the creation of a single sharia supervisory council in any one jurisdiction, similar to the models implemented in Malaysia, Sudan and Pakistan. “A GCC (gulf cooperation council) move to a national sharia council or super-GCC sharia council” would help influence global standardization and make the industry more competitive, Abdullah added. — Reuters

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Germany’s ThyssenKrupp halts all business in Iran No new contracts in Iran as sanctions get harsher

SINGAPORE: Nout Wellink, chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision gestures during a press briefing at the 16th International Conference of Banking Supervisors in Singapore yesterday. Banks that have the capacity to adopt more stringent standards introduced by a supervisory committee this month should do so as quickly as possible, Wellink head of the group said. — AFP

Ireland facing new recession DUBLIN: Ireland is close to falling back into recession as official data yesterday showed its economy shrank unexpectedly by a massive 1.2 percent in the second quarter. Gross domestic product contracted 1.2 percent between April and June after growth of 2.2 percent in the first quarter when Ireland exited a sharp recession, the Central Statistics Office said in a statement. First quarter growth was revised down from an initial estimate of 2.7 percent, the CSO said. The generally-accepted definition of recession is two successive quarters of negative output after at least one quarter of growth. The latest Irish data came as a shock as most economists had expected a further quarter of growth to show the country was building on its recovery. “The disappointing Irish second quarter numbers have certainly exacerbated investor nervousness ... driving the euro lower; despite the protestations from senior Irish politicians, there is concern for the Irish debt obligations and moreover the health of the European economic recovery generally,” said analyst Giles Watts at trading firm City Index. Ireland was the first euro-zone member country to plunge into recession, in the first half of 2008, slammed by the global financial crisis, a domestic property market meltdown and soaring unemployment. It edged back to growth in the first quarter but its wrecked public finances hang over the recovery. The CSO said GDP slumped 1.8 percent in the second quarter compared with the equivalent period in 2009, as consumer spending fell 1.7 percent year-on-year. yesterday’s data comes just days after Ireland’s government fought off speculation that it may have to seek assistance from the International Monetary Fund or European Union due to the strains on its public finances. The small nation on Tuesday raised 1.5 billion euros ($1.96 billion) as planned, in an oversubscribed bond auction seen as a crucial test of investor confidence in its economy. Irish Central bank governor Patrick Honohan on Monday hit out at “alarmist commentary” regarding the country’s economic difficulties. Honohan insisted that the cost of dealing with the deficit and its banking crisis was “manageable from the point of view of the national public finances and a good deal less than some alarmist commentary had suggested”. Nonetheless, the cost of borrowing for Ireland remains high, with investors concerned about the overall cost of fixing the banking sector-particularly the bailout of Anglo Irish Bank-and the public finances.— AFP

F R A N K F U R T : ThyssenKrupp said it would freeze all new business with Iran with immediate effect and terminate existing contracts there as soon as possible in response to everharsher sanctions against the Islamic Republic. “By halting business with Iran we are supporting the sanctions policies of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Union and the United States,” Ekkehard Schulz, chief executive of Germany’s biggest steelmaker, said yesterday. ThyssenKrupp is the latest in a series of German companies reducing business ties with Iran. Carmaker Daimler said earlier this year it would sell its stake in an Iranian engine manufacturer and freeze planned exports to Iran, following similar moves by Siemens, Munich Re and Allianz. A spokesman for ThyssenKrupp said Iran accounted for less than 0.5 percent of group revenues of 40.6 billion euros ($54.42 billion) in its fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2009. Most of ThyssenKrupp’s existing business in Iran comprised engineering projects for cement factories, he said. “The latest executive board decision prohibits all new business with Iran and thus goes beyond the current sanctions measures, which relate primarily to the petroleum sector (oil and gas0,” ThyssenKrupp said in a statement. T h y s s e n K r u p p announced it decision a day after foreign ministers of major powers told Iran they hoped for an early negotiated solution to the stand-off over its nuclear program. Western countries have urged Iran to return to the negotiating table over its nuclear program, which they fear is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Tehran says the program is purely for peaceful purposes. ThyssenKrupp was part owned by Iran for many years from the shah’s era in 1970s until the company bought enough of its remaining shares in 2003 to avoid being put on a US government blacklist. — Reuters

DUISENBERG: Wagons filled with steel can be seen on the company grounds of German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg yesterday. ThyssenKrupp announced to renounce any commercial relation with the Iran with immediate effect, rejoining several other German groups with their decision.—AFP

Oil falls to around $74 after US data LONDON: Oil fell to around $74 a barrel yesterday after US data showed continued labor market weakness in the world’s biggest oil user, where fuel inventories have swollen to record levels. US jobless benefit claims rose to 465,000 last week, more than the consensus expectation for claims to be 450,000. Front-month US crude for November fell 63 cents to $74.08 a barrel by 1320 GMT, having earlier hit a session low of $73.58. November ICE Brent fell 80 cents to $77.15. “(The jobless claims) were a bit on the weak side,” said Rob Montefusco, an oil trader at Sucden Financial. “It does (put) a little bit of pressure to the market.” The oil market has spent much of the year in lockstep with equities and negatively correlated to the US dollar. The dollar was up 0.07 percent against a basket of currencies.

US stock index futures slightly added to losses after the jobless data. European shares, which had already slipped for a third straight session on concerns about the state of some European economies and on poor data, also extended losses. Government data on Wednesday showed an unexpected increase in US crude and gasoline stockpiles. The inventory increase last week, despite the eight-day shutdown of the biggest pipeline shipping Canadian crude to the US, reaffirmed views that prices would mostly remain rangebound for the rest of the year between $70 and $80, the preferred level for OPEC producers. “(The data) is showing that the US continues to build. There is still a huge stock overhang in the US and the situation is not improving,” Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix said. — Reuters

Breaking up banks can create more risk: HSBC LONDON: HSBC’s chief executive said breaking up banks could create more risk and lawmakers should not set out how lenders work, a day before a UK panel steps up a probe into whether banks are too big and powerful. “Issues of bank structure are not best tackled by trying to legislate what banks can and cannot do, but through capital requirements and enhanced supervision,” Michael Geoghegan, the CEO of Europe’s biggest bank, said in a speech yesterday. “Breaking up banks would result in less diversification, either by geography, by business line or both. That means concentration and correlation of risk, which in turn drives systemic risk,” Geoghegan said, according to the text of remarks drawn up for delivery in Singapore. Britain’s Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) is assessing the structure of the industry, aiming to reduce systemic risk, mitigate moral hazard and promote competition. An “issues paper” refining its scope is due out today. The commission, which has a year to report, may consider whether retail and investment banking should be separated. It is also expected to consider other measures, such as setting up firewalls or requiring independent

Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) chief executive Michael Geoghegan —AFP capital and funding for units, or focus on whether there is a lack of competition in High Street banking. Geoghegan said no banking model emerged from the financial crisis with a clean sheet, and said diverse business models can mitigate systemic risk and aid financial stability. — Reuters


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Wen to harp on common interest issues

Chinese PM rebuffs US demands on yuan rise NEW YORK: China’s premier sought to ease tensions with the US ahead of a speech in which he is expected to defend Asian giant’s Yuan policy, as US lawmakers prepared to vote on punishing Beijing for alleged currency manipulation. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is expected to

rule out drastic appreciation of the yuan in his address. But ahead of his speech and a meeting with US President Barack Obama at the United Nations General Assembly, he stressed that the world’s two largest economies had more common interests than they had differences. US lawmakers meanwhile prepared to vote on whether to punish China for allegedly manipulating its currency and distorting trade. “There is no basis for a drastic appreciation of the renminbi (yuan),” Wen said on Wednesday in a speech to the US-China Business Committee in New York. “If the renminbi appreciates by 20 to 40 percent according to PARIS: Passengers crowd a subway train the requests of the US government, we do not know yesterday in Paris. Protesters are counting on how many Chinese companies people power to pressure the government to back will go bankrupt and how many down on its plan to up the retirement age from 60 Chinese workers will be laid off to 62, with a second round of September strikes and how many rural workers expected to hobble public transport, air traffic will go back to their homes and there will be major turbulence and schools across France. —AP in the Chinese society,” he said, according to a translation of his speech. Washington has been toughening its rhetoric over BEIJING: People sit beside a sculpture featuring a Chinese 100 yuan bank China’s currency handling in recent weeks, accusing Beijing note at a cafe in Beijing yesterday. China’s premier said that there was no of keeping its currency PARIS: French commuters was at a record high. basis for a drastic appreciation of the yuan, responding to increasingly angry artificially low against the dollar squeezed onto limited trains Union leaders are seeking claims in the US that Beijing was keeping its currency low. —AFP to make its exports more or fought for rare parking a massive show of popular competitive. Members of a key at 232 spots yesterday as a second discontent US congressional panel were to round of strikes against demonstrations throughout vote Friday on legislation that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s the country Thursday, hoping would call on the Commerce plan to raise the retirement to beat the Sept. 7 protests Department to slap age to 62 hobbled trains, when at least 1.1 million countervailing duties on China planes and schools across the people took to the streets to offset Beijing’s export over reforms to the deficitcountry. subsidies, but would be “fully Fewer than half of the Paris burdened pension system. consistent with World Trade Metro’s lines were working The strikes are seen as a test Organization rules,” said panel normally, according to the for the conservative Sarkozy chairman Sander Levin. RATP public transit network, and are being watched Obama warned earlier this LAGOS: Emerging-markets-focused bank purchase bad loans in order to sell off the and about half of France’s elsewhere in Europe, as week that the yuan “is valued long-distance trains were governments struggle to rein Standard Chartered plans to double its rescued banks to new investors and get lower than market conditions expected to be canceled, in costs with unpopular branch network in Nigeria over the next credit flowing again to the economy after a would say it should be,” and according to the SNCF state- austerity measures after a three years to tap into the country’s lending freeze-up in the wake of the called on the Chinese to do debt crisis in Greece scared run rail system. growing middle class, its country chief financial crisis. more to promote “fair” trading and sapped Major cancellations were markets AMCON can also purchase bad loans executive told Reuters. conditions. expected at Orly and Charles confidence in the entire euro Christopher Knight said the bank would from healthy banks. Wen however insisted Sarkozy has de Gaulle airports, the Paris currency. Knight said his bank was not looking to take its number of branches to 50 from 26 Wednesday that China has airport authority said. indicated he is willing to make and invest in new products in sub-Saharan sell non-performing loans to AMCOM. “kept the renminbi exchange Security was higher than marginal concessions but rate basically stable at an Africa’s second-biggest economy rather Instead, Standard Chartered was seeking to usual at some Metro stations, remains firm on the central adaptive level since the than expand through acquisitions. “We see partner with AMCON to purchase nonincreasing the where soldiers armed with pillar: outbreak of the financial crisis,” machine guns were on patrol. retirement age from 60 to 62 Nigeria as a country with long-term growth performing loans, he said. as other countries depreciated In recent days, top officials and pushing back the age from UK-based Standard Chartered has opportunities. As a result of that our their currencies by a wide have warned that the risk of a 65 to 67 for those who want strategy is to grow across all our business multiple local listings in Africa-in Ghana and margin. —AFP terrorist attack on French soil full retirement benefits. —AP segments,” Knight said in an interview in Kenya, for instance-but was not considering listing its Nigerian operations, Knight said. Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos. Nigerian inflation rose to 13.7 percent Standard Chartered had not bid for any of the nine banks rescued in a $4 billion year-on-year in August from 13 percent the bailout a year ago, he said, and would only previous month, prompting the central bank MILAN: Unicredit’s interim CEO Dieter of Italy’s most important bank. Shares consider an acquisition if it was small, niche to raise its key interest rate this week to Rampl said in an interview published showed some recovery yesterday, rising 0.82 bank that complemented their range of 6.25 percent after keeping it at 6 percent for yesterday that Italian politics did not influence percent to €1.83, after losing 4 percent a day more than a year. Knight said he expected services. the sudden ouster of Alessandro Profumo as earlier. Rampl said the period of uncertainty Nigeria’s central bank last month said it another 25-basis-point rise before the end of head of Italy’s largest bank, but declined to say would be “as little as possible, weeks at the had received bids for the rescued lenders, the year if inflation continued to accelerate. just what was behind the move. most.” He denied that external pressure paid “Over time distances built up that could no any part, asserting that the 23 members of the He forecast further weakness in the naira including from two foreign firms. Several longer be overcome,” Rampl was quoted as board, including Italian foundations and local banks and private equity firms in this year due to the liquidity impact of saying by Milan newspaper Corriere della German insurer Allianz, make it one of the partnership with foreign banks are also in AMCON and a spending splurge before Sera, adding that confidentiality did not permit most distinguished boards in Europe. “Words the mix. Central bank governor Lamido elections next year. him to be more specific. are one thing, another is to have influence But he said the currency should Sanusi has given no further indication as to Rampl has been given “weeks” by the over the choice .... It is a mistake to think strengthen in 2011 due to a tightening the identity of the bidders. Unicredit board to identify a new successor, politics can determine the choice,” Rampl Nigeria is setting up an asset money supply and oil prices rising to $93 per raising criticism about the vacancy at the top said. —AP management company (AMCON) to barrel by the end of 2011. —Reuters

France hit by strikes over retirement age

StanChart to double branches in Nigeria

Unicredit CEO ouster not political: Rampl


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The three lessons for investors


hat should be the lessons learned by investors after the market meltdown of 2008? Investors should learn three lessons from the market meltdown of 2008: 1. Diversify, really. Diversification is not fun or exciting. When the Nasdaq is up 80 percent, your diversified portfolio will lag woefully behind. In a year like 2008, however, your portfolio will outperform the broad market and you’ll sleep better at night. Many investors who thought they were diversified in 2008 lost nearly as much as the S&P 500. Proper diversification means holding investments that do not all move in the same direction at the same time. High quality bonds and gold are not highly correlated with stocks and can help balance the risk in stocks. Holding 10 different stock funds does not provide real diversification. 2. Focus on the negative. You need to know the level of risk in your portfolio. Using Morningstar data, you can calculate a risk score. This is the loss you would incur if all of your mutual funds had their worst 12 month periods at the same time. If your risk score is too high, you need to reallocate your portfolio. 3. Open your account statements. Whether you use an investment adviser or make investment decisions yourself, you have to take responsibility for your money. When the markets take a tumble, like in 2008, everyone will lose money. If your losses are more than you can stand, either your allocation is too aggressive or your investments are weak. Don’t hide your head in the sand and don’t assume that your investment adviser knows best. No one is going to be more concerned about your money than you. — Rick Zivi, principal in NBZ Investment Advisors If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For example, 10 percent to 20 percent appreciation in your home is great but that cannot continue year in and year out because incomes do not increase at that rate. So where do we go from here? Investment returns for all assets fluctuate-they always have and always will. Twenty years ago you could earn 10 percent interest on a certificate of deposit; today you are lucky to get 2 percent. There are risks in all investments. Investors cannot control interest rates or the direction of the market. For most people, there are only two things they do have control over and that is spending and saving. Saving doesn’t come easy for most and it does require sacrifice. However, since pensions are rare, and many are underfunded, it is up to the individual investor to take control of their finances. They should continue to diversify. Do not let emotions drive your investment decisions-most investors sell at the bottom and decide to re-enter the market “when there is less uncertainty” resulting in reduced investment returns. Be very conservative in your investment return assumptions and over estimate how much you’ll need in retirement. Regardless of whether you can tolerate the volatility of the stock market, where you may be rewarded for greater risk, you should not assume that you can save less because the market will make up the shortfall. If you choose to avoid the stock market and invest only in safe CDs, then you must be willing to save more, or, spend less in retirement. Regardless of your investment strategy and risk tolerance at this point, the majority of people will need to save more than they have been or be prepared for a reduced quality of life. — Susan K. Williams, trust officer in employee benefits and personal trust administration for The Trust Co.

Evan Gentry in his Ladera Ranch, California, office. The founder of G8 Capital has volumes of wealthy investors at his fingertips, but the market meltdown in 2008 has many confused about their investments. —MCT

For most people, there are only two things they do have control over and that is spending and saving. Saving doesn’t come easy for most and it does require sacrifice. However, since pensions are rare, and many are underfunded, it is up to the individual investor to take control of their finances. Investors should reflect on the soundness of the advice they received from financial experts and government officials before and during the financial crisis of 2008. When has an advisor ever told you it is not a good time to buy equities? The messages usually are “stocks are for the long term,” and “things are always going to get better.” The financial industry has a selfserving interest to keep you invested. Many financial experts in 2007 were calling for strong corporate profits and double-digit returns in the equity markets for 2008. These same people continue to appear on TV giving advice after being completely wrong during the worst downturn since the great depression. In March 2007, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed confidence that the subprime housing market problems would be contained and not endanger the larger economy. Three years later the housing industry remains depressed and a headwind to a US recovery. And yet many still place their complete trust in Bernanke’s ability to foresee the future and effectively steer a $14 trillion economy. Anyone can be wrong from time to time. The point is to not place blind trust in what experts are telling you without first critically evaluating their selfinterest, motives and limitations. Investors should have also learned that traditional diversification does not always protect them from suffering significant losses. When the unexpected “Black Swan” event occurs, many asset classes respond in a similar nature, but

fall at differing rates of severity. Traditional asset allocation guidelines were not much help in avoiding doubledigit losses in 2008. Thus you may suffer significant losses if/when the next crisis occurs if you do not have the ability and/or expertise to short the market as a hedge to existing long positions, or to sell equities to raise cash to preserve capital when conditions are extreme. ● J. William Waltman, president of PYA Waltman Capital There is a long list of lessons depending on what one assumed to be true about financial markets prior to the crisis. Most of them are not really new lessons, but one would probably be an appreciation for risk and establishing some kind of strategy rather than winging it by emotion. We know from behavioral studies that humans have a huge intolerance for losing money, more so than mere uncertainty. Investors could start by defining their true tolerance for risk ahead of time by asking, “How much money am I willing to lose in a given period of time?” Since 1926 there has been a one in four chance that the stock market will be negative in any 12-month period, with an average loss of -14 percent. That is normal, and sometimes we forget that stocks are risky. Individual investors might want to confront this reality ahead of time so they are not so shaken when the market turns down. That might help set up the portfolio with an acceptable amount of risk, minimize some of the urge to sell out at the bottom after the damage has been done, and insulate them from the irrevocable harm that could be

done to their financial plans. A lot of people just take too much risk for their own good, most of the time without really knowing it. ● Chad Starliper, chief investment officer at Rather & Kittrell Passive strategies result in much higher risk than many expect. The investment industry largely misrepresents diversification and asset allocation as “risk management.” Yet, diversification fails just when they need it most. In a bear market, all things correlate to the downside. The people who lost half their money are those who let their losses get too large. Many of them relied on asset allocation and panicked at the lows when all the many things they held plummeted. Just like any good decision, the exit determines the outcome. Risk is exposure to the possibility of a loss. The exposure is the risk, not the market or the stock. To control risk necessarily means to decrease exposure. That means sell. And, you have do that before the losses get to large for you. Everyone has an exit point; it can be predetermined like mine is, it can be the “Uncle!” point, or it can be zero. Either way, we all get to decide. — Mike Shell, chief investment officer at Shell Capital Management A lesson individuals should take away from 2008 is the realization that there is a big difference between “investing” and “speculating.” Investors have well thought-out written plans that guide them in good times and bad. Investment plans help them to remember that stock market

investments should only be made when there is a long time frame to allow them to recover from unanticipated or extended periods of poor performance. Investors are generally able to avoid emotional decisions and are able to turn off noise from media and markets. They stay focused on making prudent investment decisions which generally provide them with above average investment returns. Speculators, on the other hand, tend to have short-term plans, or no plans at all, and they try to capture above-average return by taking above-average risks. All too often the speculator is so focused on the anticipated high return that they fail to recognize, or ignore, the risks inherent in their decisions. They are the ones that are rocked by unanticipated events and who too often respond emotionally, as opposed to logically, thus making poor decisions resulting in below-average investment returns. Create a well thought out investment plan suited to your circumstances and risk tolerances, make adjustments when called for, rely on the plan for making major decisions, and you will be well rewarded for a disciplined long-term approach to investing. Don’t follow a plan, think short term, make emotional decisions, respond to the noise, allow greed and fear to rule and you could end up with the vast majority who do not realizing that they are speculating as opposed to investing. They have often ended up with far less than they could have if they had instead chosen to be an investor. —Wesley Price, senior partner of US Planning Group


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Friday, September 24, 2010

What an internship can do for you

By Dawn Rosenberg McKay Three Reasons to Do an Internship With more and more people doing internships, employers are coming to expect to see them listed on the resumes of potential employees. ● Internships often turn into job offers. All the more reason to do an internship and to take the job very seriously — it is the first impression you make on who may be a future employer. ● An internship is a great way to get an inside glimpse of a company, an industry, and a particular occupation. It can help you discover if the career you are considering is right (or wrong) for you.

you are not in school, or if you find the career center is not a good resource, you may seek out an internship on your own. There are several databases available on the Web that list internships both in the United States and abroad.

Two Reasons Not to Do an Internship Internships either pay very little or nothing at all. If you absolutely have to earn money, you may decide against doing one. ● Internships sometimes involve performing menial tasks. ●

How to Find an Internship Visit Your College Career Center: If you are currently attending college, your career center may be a good resource for finding internships. Use Internship Databases: If

How to Evaluate an Internship Setting Read the Internship Description: While many internships exist to nurture budding professionals, there are others which serve only to provide the employer with cheap (or free) labor. Make sure you are going to get what you need out of an internship. ● Research the Company: Learn as much about the internship site as possible. This will not only help you decide whether a setting is a good one, but it will also make you a more knowledgeable interviewee. ● Talk to Former Interns: You will want to hear about the experiences of those who went before you. Talk to students who have interned at the site in which you are interested. Talk to your college’s internship coordinator who may have kept a record of interns’ feedback or can provide you with the names of former interns. ●

Five tips for landing an internship


he steps for finding and securing an internship include: identifying the type and location of the internship, researching opportunities in that field and location, applying, interviewing, and getting accepted. Finding an internship by prospecting permits students to find unadvertised opportunities as well as prospective internships with smaller organizations or within a smaller community. 1. Determine Type and Location of Internship 1. A good place to begin identifying career options is by doing research or contacting a career counselor at your college. 2. Choose one or more geographic locations where you’d like to intern for the summer and research internship options available in those areas. 3. Develop a plan and identify when you are able to begin the internship. 2. Research Internship Opportunities and List Top Priorities 1. Meet with a career counselor at your college. 2. Begin looking for internships by searching online, checking out career sections of employer websites, and contacting employers of interest. 3. Network with family, friends, faculty, alumni and professionals in the field. 4. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce as well as the Classified Ads in the local newspaper. 3. The Application Process 1. Begin the application process by applying to all internships of interest. 2. Contact a career counselor to assist in preparing your

resume and cover letter. 3. Identifying key skills and accomplishments. 4. Apply for all internships of interest. 5. Follow up with all employers. 4. The Interviewing Process 1. Review company websites and make an appointment with a career counselor to review possible interview questions and/or to arrange to do a mock interview. 2. Practice, practice, practice. 3. Ensure that you have appropriate interviewing attire. Depending on the organization and type of business this can range from a business suit to a nice skirt or pair of slacks and a dress shirt or blouse. 4. Be conscious of nonverbal behavior. 5. Follow up each interview immediately with a thank you note. 5. Acceptance and Preparation 1. Accepting the internship and preparing yourself to start is the last step of the process. Accept the internship both verbally and in writing. 2. Ask the organization or your direct supervisor if there is anything you can do to prepare prior to starting. 3. Learn all you can about the organization by reading their website. 4. Contact the organization and check on appropriate dress attire. 5. Make final preparation on any living or travel arrangements. 6. Show up well rested and dressed professionally. 7. Inquire about work hours and length of lunch and breaks to avoid potential future misunderstandings.

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ummer is quickly fading into memory. School is back in session. What remains, most likely, are the dozens - perhaps hundreds - of digital photos that you’ve taken over the past few months. They’re waiting, of course, for you to process them and share them with your friends and family. It can be a daunting task - one that, without the right tools, you can easily put off indefinitely. But don’t despair. Read on to learn about some tools that can make getting those photographs off of your memory card and into the lives of those who matter a job that’s easy, even fun. Q: I’d like to get my vacation photos up on the web quickly. I’ve never done that before. What are some of the easiest to use photo galleries on the internet? A: There are dozens of free services that allow you to create and show photo galleries online, but a few have risen to the top in the minds of many who use these services regularly. Look first at Yahoo’s Flickr (; Google’s Picasa Web Albums (, which ties in nicely with the free Picasa photo editing software; and PhotoShop Express (, which features fairly full-featured online photo editing in addition to free galleries. What often separates the easiest-to-use online galleries from the others is the intuitiveness of the uploading process itself. Flickr, for example, gives you no fewer than three ways to upload images to your galleries, including by email and through tie-ins with a number of image browsing applications. With Picasa Web Albums, you can upload directly from the Picasa photo browsing and editing tool (, which is widely considered among the best free photo editors. PhotoShop Express, from Adobe, includes a very easy-to-use drag-and-drop add-on uploader that the service offers to install after you sign up. You may not even need to sign up for some of these services. If you already have a Yahoo or Google email account then you already have your logon credentials for Flickr or Picasa Web Albums. Q: Before I get my photographs online, I need to get them off of my camera and into my computer! A: There are many tools that you can use to make this task simple. But first, you need to be sure you have the cable that will connect your camera to your computer. That should have come with your camera. Typically this will be a USB cable with a large, standard USB plug on one end and a smaller, “mini” USB plug on the other. The mini plug fits into your camera. If your computer has a card reader, as many do these days, you may not even need the cable. You will need to know how to take the memory card out of your camera and insert it into the card reader. Before taking either step, install and start either the software that came with your camera or a free photo processing tool like Picasa (, available for both PC and Mac. These tools will automatically recognize the incoming photographs and offer to download the images for you. Windows 7 and other current-generation operating systems will do the same thing. Q: If I upload my photographs to a service like Flickr, will they be available for all the world to see? A: Only if you want. When you upload your photos to a Flickr gallery or any of the other popular choices, you’ll be given the option to designate the gallery as “private,” which limits access to invitees. Q: I have my own website and would like to create photo albums there that I can share with family members. I don’t have a lot of

time for this, though. Is there a tool that makes the job quick and easy? A: Yes. Download the free Jalbum ( Once installed, click the prominent Add Photos button to tell Jalbum where the photos you want to publish are stored. You’ll be able to select the photos from among those on your drive and even perform minor alterations, such as rotating images. Once

you’ve selected the photos, you can choose from among several including “skins” - which will determine how your photo album appears online. Finally, click the Make Jalbum button, which will give you a preview of your site, and then click Publish. To publish you pictures, you will need to know your ftp (file transfer protocol) login details, meaning the server name, your user name, and your password.

You should have received that information from your web host. That’s pretty much all you need to do. With Jalbum, you can go from a folder full of photographs to a finished product on your website in about 15 minutes. And if you want to get even more creative, you can download and try out dozens of additional skins donated by Jalbum users ( — dpa


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Cosmetic surgery procedure: Brow lift hroughout life, natural signs of aging occur on all of our bodies. The forehead broadcasts a telltale sign of aging more so than any other place on our body. Fortunately a forehead lift is one of the easiest and among the most common procedures to fight the visible signs of aging. During the aging process the muscles and skin on the forehead begin to lose a great deal of elasticity and eventually causes drooping. This will give the appearance of fatigue, frustration and sometimes anger. Smoothing out the lines and lifting the sagging skin will give the forehead a younger and more refreshing look. Generally most people choose to have a brow lift performed between the ages of 40 - 60, but because it’s such a quick and simple procedure, anyone can use it to enhance their appearance. Today, brow lifts are generally performed using one or two techniques. The first technique is more traditional as it requires a lengthy incision along the hairline, starting at the beginning of one ear, and ending at the other. The hair on both sides of the


incision line is tied back, and the forehead skin is separated from the tissue below. The skin is then stretched across the forehead and reattached within the hairline by tight stitches and sutures. Most surgeons then cover the area with surgical gauze and bandages, but some choose not to. A less invasive procedure used to perform a brow lift is called an endoscopic brow lift. Instead of using one long incision, the doctor makes around three half inch cuts into the top of the scalp where a pencil thin scope is then inserted. The scope is connected to a camera which allows the doctor to view beneath the skin without having to cut it open. While the camera is placed into one incision a surgical tool is used inside another. The forehead skin is lifted while the underlying tissues are smoothed out or removed entirely. The smaller incisions are then washed away and stitched. Depending on the doctor, sometimes they are covered with gauze or antiseptics. www.

Almond treatment for hands • Soft kid gloves • 1 Cup Almond meal • 1 Tsp Comfrey root, PO (Powdered) • 1 Tsp Parsley, PO • Some Honey • A raw Egg • 1 tsp Tincture of Benzoin (known to be STRONG sensitizer) Quantity: Makes about 12 beautifying hand treatments. To Make: Mix the herbs and Almond meal together and store away. When your hands need care, take about 2 tablespoons of the herbal mixture and mix in a small bowl with a bit of the morning’s egg (before it is cooked of course), the Benzoin, and enough Honey to make a thick but non-drippy goo. To Use: About once a month when your hands get dry and chapped or red and rough, pat a thick layer of the goo all over your hands, massaging around each and every finger and then ask someone to put on the gloves for you. Go to bed. Why: During the night the Almond will smooth, the Comfrey heal, the Benzoin protect, the Parsley medicate and the Honey will soothe all those problems that your hands have accumulated during the month. Kid gloves are important because they do not absorb the mixture, whereas with cotton gloves the cotton itself absorbs, leaving very little for your hands. The gloves can be washed by hand or in the washing machine after each use.

Proper eye shadow application he color of the eye shadow is be chosen carefully. To enhance the eye color, the area under the brow should be shadowed in a lighter shade. A deeper shade of eye shadow should be applied on eyelids according to the dress color. Eye shadow can be applied with a foam tipped stick and then blended gently with the finger tips upward and outward. Two shades of the same color eye shadow or a contrast can be used at the same time. Dark color eye shadow should be nearest to the middle and upper area of the eye. The following points should be kept in mind before choosing an eye shadow:


• For day time. eye shadow should match your eyes or be one shade lighter. • Bright and contrast colored eye shadows are better suited to evening wear. • For mature women. lightening the area under the eyebrows makes the eyes look bigger and brighter. White, off white and ivory shades are best for this purpose. • Dark eye shadows look good only on younger women with smooth eyelids. • Small, deep set, mature and crepyskinned eyes should avoid dark colors on the eye sockets. Use only light eye shadows. www.


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How to reverse wrinkles now ou might disagree, but hear me out on this. Here are some suggestions on how to reduce and reverse wrinkles. These suggestions for reversing wrinkles come straight from experts in dermatology and plastic surgery. Of course, some of their suggestions also include dermabrasion and other forms of cosmetic surgery. Those are not included here. These are safe and effective steps that anyone can take, without spending thousands of dollars or risking adverse reaction. The sun is our friend, but not if we overdo it. The body needs sunlight in order to produce vitamin D. It has positive effects on the brain, as well. Depression goes up in


the winter, down in the spring and summer. If you want to reverse wrinkles, you need to limit your exposure, because UV radiation from the sun increases the amount of free radicals that are in the skin’s cells and free radicals play a role in wrinkle formation, as well as the other signs of aging. The regular use of sunscreen is controversial, but using a zinc-oxide sun-block on an as-needed basis is always advisable. There is even a new line of natural make-up that contains it. It’s safe and effective. Anyone interest in reversing wrinkles should avoid cigarette smoke. It causes the release of an enzyme that breaks down collagen

and elastin fibers, as well as hyaluronic acid. Without those things, our skin begins to sag. Extracts from wakame kelp have been shown to inhibit the enzymatic activity. You still shouldn’t smoke. But, the kelp extracts are good for anyone that wants to reduce sagging. Increased nutrient intake is important for reversing wrinkles. Omega 3 fatty acid supplements have some proven benefit. Eating more fish may help. Vitamin A, C and E are necessary for the skin’s health and are best absorbed when taken together. Be sure that the type of vitamin A in the supplement is beta-carotene or other

carotenoids, not retinol. Protein intake is also important, as the skin’s cells and fibers are primarily composed of protein. Coenzyme Q10 is another important vitamin-like substance. It is found in every cell of the body. Research has shown that the skin’s level of COQ10 is quickly depleted upon exposure to UV rays from the sun. Topically applied COQ10 has been shown to reverse wrinkles, reduce roughness, increase hydration and reduce sun damage. After six weeks, a 29% reduction of lines and wrinkles has been seen. Topically applied protein fragments called peptides have proven effectiveness for stimulating the production of collagen and

elastin fibers, as well as reducing and reversing wrinkles. Night creams that include Shea butter and avocado extract will help reverse wrinkles. They provide the vitamins A and E, as well as essential fatty acids and other important nutrients. Make no mistake about it. The key to reversing wrinkles is to improve your overall health. As your skin becomes healthier, it will be firmer and better looking. Although most products on the market will not reverse wrinkles, a few will. You just need to read the label of ingredients carefully and look for the nutrients mentioned in this article.

How to keep your lips moisturized our skin is a vessel that begs for moisture, and the winter is a greedy little season that is determined to deprive your body of it. During the coldest months, skin dries out quickly, leaving you scaly, itchy, and uncomfortable. Your lips are even more susceptible to the dry winter plague due to the fact that they don’t have oil glands, which help our skin to compensate for the lack of moisture it receives. They also are less abundant in melanin, which protects our skin from burning due to winter glare. To save your lips from the treacherous throes of frozen frenzy, stick to these basic tips. First, start your day off with a little lip TLC. When brushing your teeth, use your foamy, toothpaste-laden brush to gently sooth your lips. Working in a circle motion, sweep the brush over any dead skin to loosen and lift any unwanted particles. Wash your mouth


with warm water, and apply an aloe or menthol-based lip balm. Remember to also moisturize the corners of your mouth with the balm, as these areas are often neglected. If you’re in love with lipstick, try to stick to one with a moisturizing formula (many drug stores stock these gems in abundance), or apply balm as a topcoat over your daily lip treatment. Drink lots of water during the day, as your lips rely on the saliva in your mouth to stay nourished. If your body is dehydrated, your mouth will be dry, and if your mouth is dry, your lips will be hurting. Invest in some Vitamin E pills, and apply a thin layer of the substance before bedtime. Use a safety pin to prick a hole in the pill, and squeeze the gel right onto your lips. After all, you’ll need to keep those lips kissably soft during the long, cold winter months. www.ezinear

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Parents, kids and manufacturers rethink lunch

Geeta Maker-Clark and her husband Todd prepare dinner and next-day lunches for their kids (from left) Devika (2), Sachin (5) and Sahaara (7) in their Evanston, Illinois, home on Aug 31, 2010. Both parents are doctors. – MCT By Emily Bryson York


ith back-to-school season in full swing, busy parents are trying to find convenient yet nutritious ways to hand their kids a healthy lunch. And that has the attention of food manufacturers. Kraft Foods Inc, General Mills Inc, Campbell’s Soup Co and ConAgra Foods Inc are some of the food companies trying to show that packaged food can deliver on price, convenience, taste and health. From Kraft’s Lunchables to ConAgra’s Chef Boyardee, food manufacturers are reformulating their products in an effort to lure more parents. Some parents, with memories of what packaged foods looked like in their childhoods, need more convincing. Nutritionists are more skeptical, and some doctors say that substitutes and fillers in reduced-calorie foods can be worse for kids than fullfat versions. Still, the demand for convenient packaged food that can count toward daily fruit or vegetable requirements is increasing. Experts say that’s driven not just by moms and dads but by kids. The major packaged-food companies have launched products with reduced fat, calories or sodium for fall. Darin Dugan, senior director of marketing for Kraft’s Lunchables, said that while kids will opt for tastier options just like everyone else, they’ve also got an eye on what’s good for them. “Moms and kids are looking for fresher, more wholesome, lessprocessed lunch options,” he said. “While kids aren’t as nutritionally aware as moms, kids will tell you they know foods that are good for them and not so good for them.” Lunchables recently underwent sweeping changes to packaging and advertising, which came on the heels of product reformulations that cut calories, fat and sodium and also removed high fructose corn syrup from most of the line. The result has been dramatic sales gains that the company describes as about 10 percent. According to grocery scanner data from SymphonyIRI Group, a Chicagobased market research firm, Lunchables sales increased 6 percent over the 52 weeks ended Aug 8, to $578 million. IRI data doesn’t include Wal-Mart or

What’s in the bag? club stores. Lunchables is just one example. While Gen Y parents may have had baloney on white bread, chips, a juice box and a snack cake, for instance, their kids may be more likely to have sandwich on wheat bread, fruit, pretzels or yogurt, and maybe a piece of candy. For fall, in response to the shifting mandate, ConAgra’s Chef Boyardee brand is promoting wholegrain pastas, while General Mills’ Yoplait is advertising Go-Gurt, a yogurt that can go into a lunchbox frozen and be thawed by lunch time. Campbell’s is pushing its fruit-and-vegetable drinks, V8 V-Fusion, which offer a full serving each of fruits and vegetables. The idea is to sneak vegetable nutrients into children’s diets with a sweet-tasting beverage. Some doctors and nutritionists argue that this strategy misses the point. The foods are, in short, side-stepping opportunities to eat whole foods that have fewer calories and more fiber, they say. Geeta Maker-Clark, a family physician with NorthShore University HealthSystem, said she sometimes views the processed-food industry as “the enemy” of her work. “They market in such a way as to make the food seem irresistible and impossibly convenient for parents, and they really sort of create a situation in which it’s easier and cheaper for parents to choose what they’re offering versus something that’s clearly going to benefit their children,” she said. Highly processed food, she added, can be particularly dangerous for children with inflammatory conditions like asthma. “(It) can worsen their problems,” she said. “And I don’t think most people know that.” Better-for-you updates of classic processed food are generally focused on reducing fat, calories and sodium, and sometimes removing such ingredients as high fructose corn syrup. Products that meet established criteria may be promoted within grocery stores as a “better for you” option.

In the absence of universal guidelines, the packaged-food industry created a “Smart Choices” labeling system, in an effort to denote healthier foods. The FDA shut down that program last fall and is in the process of establishing a federally-regulated standard. From a business perspective, however, healthier makeovers often seem to boost sales. For instance, Lunchables discontinued its Maxxed Out line, which had larger portions and higher calories. Lunchables also launched a sub-segment dubbed “Lunchables with water”, which features white-meat chicken and turkey, crackers with whole grain, mandarin oranges, unsweetened applesauce or sugar-free Jell-O, and, of course, water. Northfield-based Kraft has also revisited packaging and advertising. Kraft ditched movie tieins on packaging, and nutritional information is more prominent. Most Lunchables trays are now clear, because moms said they wanted to be able to see the food inside. Because the plastic trays aren’t recyclable, Kraft moved to avoid “green” criticism by partnering with TerraCycle to convert used Lunchables containers into lunch boxes and pencil cases. New ads focus on kids’ potential, and an updated logo stacks the words “Lunch” and “ables”. One advertisement, depicting a young boy doing a chalk drawing, says, “Even da Vinci started somewhere.” The ad is promoting a cheese-pizza lunch, with a side of mandarin oranges. Katie Nahrwold, a mother of four who lives in Kenilworth, Illinois, said she sees lots of Lunchables boxes when she volunteers in the school lunchroom. She added that some parents get it for their children as a Friday treat. “I think it’s easy for working parents just to grab and go,” she said. She buys the meals occasionally when in the grocery store with her kids at lunchtime, but they often eat the treat and leave the rest. “It reminds me of those old TV dinners,” she said. Juliet Berger-White, of Evanston, Illinois, said

she doesn’t buy Lunchables because her daughter wouldn’t like everything in the container. It’s easier for her to assemble a lunch piecemeal. For the first day of kindergarten, she packed a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, pretzels, organic baby carrots, a plum, water and an organic juice box. Most days, Berger-White adds a small treat, like a piece of chocolate. “I think it’s fair to say we have to strengthen our relationship with moms and with kids,” said Lunchables’ Dugan. He added that changes to the products are altering parents’ perceptions in Kraft focus groups. Of the families tracked over the last year, 68 percent said Lunchables quality has improved, and 89 percent like the new package. “Moms told us they really wanted to see the food,” Dugan said, adding that “kids like what we’re doing, and they understand that the move to fresher, lessprocessed foods is the right thing to do.” Nutritionists are still skeptical. “I always applaud when companies reduce calories, sodium and fat,” said Toby Smithson, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. She added, however, that Lunchables’ sodium levels “still tend to be high,” and while improvements are a good thing, “we’re not quite there yet.” For some families, home-made lunches are the only way to go. Maker-Clark said that for her children, ages 7 and 5, she has a handful of lunch options that create variety and make her kids feel good about eating healthy. One day may feature a whole-wheat pita with almond butter, banana and unsweetened coconut flakes, celery with peanut butter and raisins, or cheese and crackers with grapes and a hard-boiled egg. Sides may include berries or Stonyfield Farm’s YoBaby yogurt. “School lunch is a great opportunity,” MakerClark said of getting kids to eat healthy. “If they’re having a great lunch, and (other) kids see it, they have a sense of pride around what they’re eating. That’s worked for my kids. They take pride in their great lunches, and so they tell other kids about them.” — MCT


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Questions over supplement’s claim to aid speech problems By Deborah L Shelton


suburban Chicago company is touting its mix of vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids as a “pharmaceutical grade” product that can help children with speech problems, even though the capsules are only a dietary supplement whose effectiveness has not been rigorously tested. NourishLife, based in Lake Forest, Illinois, says on its website that some

dosage of Speak would exceed the limit federal health officials have set for consumption of Vitamin E supplements because of the risk of hemorrhage. The story is a familiar one to consumer advocates, who say buyers should beware when dietary supplements beckon from the Internet or store shelves. While the products may promise to maintain good health or improve a wide range of medical problems, the government does not

Lori Rosen Malott plays with Hannah, one of her 5-year-old twin daughters at their home, Sept 8, 2010, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Malott said her daughter Hannah had seizures for the first time after taking Speak at age 3. “I think the FDA should pull it off the market,” she said. children with verbal apraxia, a disorder that interferes with the development of normal speech, see benefits from its Speak supplement “as soon as the first week”. “Others notice advances in speech and coordination after several weeks,” says the site, where a single box of 60 capsules sells for $70. The claims are troubling to some speech-language experts who say there is no good evidence the product works, that families would be better off turning to speech therapy, which has proven benefits, and that the company is exploiting parents seeking a miracle cure for their children. Vitamins also are not necessarily a harmless addition to the diet. Small children taking the suggested

regulate supplements as strictly as medications. “It’s up to the manufacturer to market a safe product,” said Siobhan DeLancey, spokeswoman for the US Food and Drug Administration. “There is nothing in the regulation that requires that these products be effective for their intended use.” NourishLife founder and spokesman Mark Nottoli said his product is safe and beneficial, referring to a study he says found that many children with verbal apraxia show signs of vitamin E deficiency. “The combination of omega-3 with vitamin E together had a dramatic impact on these children’s symptoms, not only helping with speech, but also improved eye contact and helping to

improve pain sensation,” he said by email. But the study Nottoli cited is an unscientific survey of families who answered a questionnaire posted on a Web site. One of the two authors of the paper was a pediatric emergency room doctor who developed the formulation for Speak and had previously touted the benefits of supplementation on the same site. The company’s leadership also raises concerns. A physician who has served on NourishLife’s medicalscientific team, Dr Dwight Lundell, lost his license to practice in 2008 after that state’s medical board determined that Lundell, an Arizona cardiac surgeon, made mistakes resulting in the deaths of six patients. Supplement sales represent a nearly $30 billion business. While some products are ordinary vitamins and minerals marketed to people with deficient diets, others are aimed at patients and their families with rare, chronic or difficult-to-treat medical problems. “People get desperate, and while part of them may know better, they become vulnerable to companies that promise magical solutions,” said Bruce Silverglade, director of legal affairs for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit watchdog group. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 prohibits supplement companies from making medical claims, so labels often promise to facilitate healthy functioning or development instead. Indeed, the NourishLife supplement’s website says the product is used to “support normal and healthy speech development and maintenance”. But in a news release, the company described the supplement as “a patented nutritional therapeutic formulation designed for the treatment of apraxia”. The words therapeutic and treatment are medical claims, which the company is not allowed to make in advertising or on the product label. The label also refers to the supplement as “pharmaceutical grade”. That determination, implying the product meets the quality standards of a prescription drug, would need to be made by the FDA, Silverglade said. Another red flag, consumer advocates say, is that the company promotes the product through testimonials. Though personal anecdotes can be persuasive, only scientific research can determine if a product is effective. Parents otherwise may credit a product for progress that occurs naturally in all children, even those with medical issues. “Personal anecdotes based on testimonials should raise a red flag to consumers,” Silverglade said. “It often indicates that little or no systemic research has been conducted on the product.” Dr Claudia Morris, a California pediatrician who developed the Speak formulation, offers her own testimonial: She says her son partially recovered from apraxia after she gave him supplements. Verbal apraxia, also called apraxia of speech, is a neurologically based disorder in which a person has difficulty speaking correctly and consistently. Its forms can range from mild to severe. “Originally I was very skeptical of the potential benefits of something as simple and benign as fish oil, however the dramatic improvements were beyond description, and clearly suggested to me that there was some fatty acid metabolism dysfunction that could

What is apraxia?


praxia is a neurological disorder characterized by inability to carry out skilled movements, despite having the desire and physical ability to perform them. It can arise from many diseases or damage to the brain. There are several kinds of apraxia, which may occur alone or together. If possibly be affecting cell membrane fluidity, leading to motor planning issues and the neurological symptoms my son was suffering from,” she wrote to the Tribune in an email. Morris’s paper, published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine last summer, found 181 of 187 children with verbal apraxia showed “dramatic improvement” in their speech after taking the Speak formulation or another combination of omega-3 and vitamin E. Many of the subjects were recruited from a Web-based support group and resource center for families dealing with apraxia, called the CHERAB Foundation. Morris had posted frequently on the site about the value of supplements before conducting the study, and the investigators relied on parents’ subjective observations of their child’s responses to the supplement. There was no control group, which scientists use to check whether perceived changes are caused by a treatment or by the placebo effect. In her email, Morris said her study was a series of case reports, not a clinical trial. While some parents report benefits from the supplements, others have described adverse effects. Lisa Geng, who lives in Florida, said her son Tanner had mild seizures and regressed after he took Speak at age 11. Geng, a moderator of the CHERAB site, said apraxia made it hard for Tanner to express himself in words, which was frustrating for him and heartbreaking for her. “He couldn’t smile or pucker to kiss,” she said. “He couldn’t form his mouth to make sounds.” Tanner, now 14, has improved dramatically after undergoing intensive speech therapy as well as following a diet that includes

mild, apraxia is called “dyspraxia.” Verbal apraxia is difficulty coordinating mouth and speech movements. Generally, treatment for individuals with apraxia includes physical, speech, or occupational therapy. If apraxia is a symptom of another disorder, the underlying disorder should be treated. whole-food nutrition as well as supplementation with essential fatty acids and essential amino acids, according to Geng. Lori Malott of Cincinnati said her daughter Hannah, then 3, had seizures for the first time after taking Speak. “I think the FDA should pull it off the market,” she said. Malott and Geng both said they suspect the formulation might contain too much vitamin E. A Speak capsule contains 250 IUs of Vitamin E, and the package insert says “toddlers and small children may see the best results with 24 caps daily”. That amount would exceed the limits on vitamin E supplementation set by the National Institutes of Health for children age 1 to 3, which is 300 IUs a day. The tolerable limit for children 4 to 8 is 450 IUs. Nottoli said by email that the limits for children were “arbitrarily chosen” and there is research to support the safety of vitamin E supplementation. “Since we introduced the Speak supplement nearly two years ago, several thousand families have used the product with not a single report of bleeding,” he said. The product insert suggests parents discuss use of dietary supplements with a health care practitioner. Margaret Rogers, chief staff officer for science and research for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, said her group was not aware of any evidence that suggests the product makes a difference. “It’s not totally out of the question that there could be some dietary supplement that could help,” Rogers said, “but it seems quite premature to make such claims based on anecdotal evidence.” —MCT

Tips on supplements


ome advice on how to protect yourself from dangerous or ineffective dietary supplements: • Do the claims for the product seem exaggerated or unrealistic? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. • Beware of products promoted primarily with personal anecdotes and testimonials. A legitimate product will have a body of published scientific research that supports its safety and effectiveness. • Ask a doctor or another trusted health professional about the

product. • Check with the Better Business Bureau or a local attorney general’s office to see if complaints have been filed against the product or its manufacturer. • Talk to someone at an appropriate health professional group - for example, the National Arthritis Foundation - to find out if the product is legitimate. • Check on the FDA website if any actions have been taken against the product. Search “warning letters” or search for the company name or product name.


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A female vet? You bet!


hen Dorothy Segal entered Michigan State University’s veterinary school in the 1930s, she was one of seven women in the class. She recalls the dean telling them that they didn’t belong in the school or the profession. “There’s no place for women here. Go back to the kitchen,” Segal recalled him saying. “I made up my mind that he was going to like me when I was done.” At age 93, Segal of Grand Blanc, Michigan, has lived to see her chosen profession become dominated by women. Today, there are about 2,500 licensed veterinarians who practice in Michigan, and about half are women, said Karlene Belyea, director of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. And about 87 percent of MSU’s 431 students pursuing veterinary medicine degrees are women. “It’s a good thing,” said Segal, who graduated from MSU in 1943. An extreme shift The ascent of women “has happened in higher education across the board, and it’s happened in extreme” in veterinary medicine, said Christopher Brown, the dean of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the only veterinary school in the state. Women now practice in every facet of the veterinary business, operating small businesses like Dr Kari Nugent, who runs a mobile fleet of animal clinics and specializes in hospice care for pets in western Wayne County, Mich. Or Dr Cheryl Good, who owns Dearborn (Michigan) Family Pet Care, which has 15 employees, all women. Or D. Mary Beth Leininger, who was running a Plymouth, Michigan, animal clinic when she became the first female president of the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1996. Harvard economist Claudia Goldin said the workday of a typical clinic veterinarian can give women, if they are struggling to balance children and family life, more flexibility in a professional career. Although the training is rigorous, the work settings for veterinarians can follow a family-friendly routine. A small animal clinic is open during the day, has no late or emergency hours and lends itself to flexibility for part-time work. “When you choose occupations, you also choose because you have a passion for something,” said Goldin, who has analyzed why women gravitate to certain professions. But women also are balancing career callings with practical needs. Some experts have said that women, because of feminine-associated qualities such as nurturing and caretaking, are well-suited to the care of pets. Dr Cassandra Pohl, 40, of Canton, Michigan, works as a vet at Dearborn Family Pet Care. Pohl entered the field because she loves animals, but relishes the flexibility it gives her. She works three days a week, plus two Saturdays a month. “I can make a good

Friday, September 24, 2010

Old prejudices fall away as women take the lead in family-friendly career

Retired veterinarian Dorothy Segal, 93, is pictured at her Grand Blanc, Michigan home. — MCT living part-time and my husband works full-time. I can be home with the kids more often,” said Pohl, mother of boys ages 9 and 7. “I was fulltime until I had my first son, and then it was very easy to go part-time after that.” Just one bump in the road Only once in Pohl’s career has a client asked that a pet be seen by a male veterinarian. “My first year of practice, I did deal with a client who was really not very nice to women. ... He wanted a male vet. That was really is the only time that I ran into that,” Pohl said. “I’ve

worked in three hospitals and they were all owned by women.” Jennifer Stokes, who is to graduate from MSU’s vet program in 2011, said she first thought of becoming a veterinarian when she heard a career day speaker in grade school. “She was a woman, matter of fact,” said Stokes, 25. “I thought it was cool, and I stuck with it over the years.” Stokes said she didn’t consider the salary or workplace flexibility. But she said she and her classmates consider the flexibility of working part-time or full-time

“a pretty attractive option for women when a lot of us are perceiving having a family and kids” down the road. “With women, we are more caretakers and that does show when we’re taking care of other people’s animals,” said Stokes. “I think that aspect is positive when owners look at us. ... With animals, you want to have compassion. I think women might have a niche to do that a little better than men.” A shift in attitudes It once was believed that women couldn’t handle large

animals, such as cows and horses, so a vet needed to be a brawny fullback-type. But compared with a 1,700-pound horse, the size difference between a 130-pound woman and a 200-pound man doesn’t amount to much. Whatever concerns once may have existed are mitigated now by education, and the availability of medications such as tranquilizers to subdue large animals. “It wasn’t about muscles. It was about smarts,” said Dr Paula Rode, the immediate past president of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, who owns Chelsea Animal Hospital. Even as women dominate the field of veterinary medicine, they don’t make up the majority of veterinarians who own their own practice or clinic. To do so means a vet also is a smallbusiness owner, with all the time commitments and duties that entrepreneurship entails. In Michigan, 546 male veterinarians own practices, compared with 261 women, according to the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. “As the expansion of the female part of the profession continues, they will become practice owners. It’s just a matter of time. I don’t think there’s a glass ceiling,” said Brown, MSU’s veterinary dean. “The profession is stronger and healthier because it’s become more diversified,” Brown said. “It was bad when it was predominantly all male. ... It may not be good for it to be all-female either. Finding that mix, where it reflects society, is the long-term challenge for the profession.” What a difference a couple of generations make Female veterinarians in the US now outnumber male veterinarians. The numbers flip-flopped in 2009, according to figures released last month by the American Veterinary Medical Association, which reported that women lead men, 44,802 to 43,196, in the field. The trend is especially pronounced in Michigan; women account for 87 percent of the enrollment at the only veterinary school in the state. A shift can be seen in some other medical fields as well. Among pharmacists, women overtook men in the profession in 2008, according to projections from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. In the fall of 2009, about 61 percent of students pursuing pharmacy degrees were women. About 70 percent of recently graduated optometrists are women, according to the American Optometric Association. The attraction to these professions is fueled partly by the desire for careers that provide the flexibility to combine family and work, Harvard economist Claudia Goldin said. “It really has to do to with workplace flexibility... and can often mean, ‘Can I leave at 11 to take my kid to the dentist?’” Goldin said. — MCT


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In this file photograph, biological sisters including Pauline Gehrs, 85 (from left) Esther Gehrs, 90, Ruth Flett, 86, and Marge Thurman, 94, get together to watch a Chicago Cubs game like they did as young girls from Chicago. — MCT

Learning to look beyond As we grow older, changing priorities can have a surprising effect on emotional health

eace. Contentment. Happiness. This wasn’t what Allan Schwartz expected he would find in his late 60s, as he left middle age behind. Like many people, he expected the transition into older age to be difficult; instead it has been liberating, emotionally. “I’ve noticed a distinct change from when I was younger,” said Schwartz, 68, who resides in Port Charlotte, Flaorida, and Boulder, Colorado, with his wife of 42 years. “Then, I was quicker to anger, more defensive, much more anxious. Now, I have a greater sense of inner peace. I don’t feel the need to prove anything to anyone.” A growing body of research finds that far from being a dark time, older age is a vibrant period emotionally for many people, a time of turning away from fears and frustrations and attending to what makes life meaningful, such as satisfying hobbies and friends. Laura Carstensen, director of Stanford University’s Center on Longevity, has spent most of her career studying this so-called paradox of ageing: the counterintuitive finding that older people often report feeling happier - more stable, better adapted - even


as their cognitive faculties and physical health decline. Her explanation for the phenomenon is “socioemotional selectivity theory.” As we age and realize that the time left to us is limited, our priorities change, Carstensen postulates. Instead of focusing on expanding our horizons and taking on challenges - adaptive tasks for younger adults - we focus on “what matters most right now: people who are close, places or endeavors that mean a lot to us,” she says. That is the unexpected “silver lining of aging,” she says. “When you live in the now, that’s good for your mental health and your emotional well-being. You see more clearly what’s important and invest in what’s important.” And what is important, in the end, are experiences rich with positive emotion. Several studies support the theory, providing evidence that healthy older adults respond differently to negative stimuli than younger adults. (Of course, ill health or the loss of a spouse or cherished friends can throw people into an emotional tailspin that may color their later years.) A 2003 report by Carstensen and colleagues in Psychological

Science found that seniors paid less attention to photos of people’s faces when expressions were angry or sad. Similarly, in a 2007 study in Aging & Mental Health, older adults reported being unhappy less often in diaries than younger people. In new research, Bob Knight, associate dean of the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, has discovered that the perception of time is key to this so-called “positivity effect.” When seniors were asked to imagine having a much longer time to live, “they acted more like young adults and saw more negative emotions in the faces” shown, he says, describing as-yet unpublished results. Other studies suggest that older adults have better coping skills because of their life experience. “What we think is that people learn over time that tuning out, avoiding problems, and daydreaming don’t work so they quit doing it,” Knight said. Changes in the structure of the brain may also contribute to suppressing negativity and improving emotional regulation, other researchers propose. As a young man, Schwartz said he felt it was his fault when bad things happened. By contrast, he

has learned with experience, “It’s not about me, it’s life. Lousy things happen to everybody. “It’s not pie in the sky: You still get thrown curveballs. It’s just, I don’t dwell on things the way I used to. I’m better able to move on,” Schwartz says. What are the practical implications of this line of research? Joseph Mikels, an assistant professor of psychology at Cornell University and DePaul University, has discovered that older adults rely more heavily on gut emotional responses in making decisions than on reasoned, detailed analysis. It makes sense, given seniors’ intact emotional capacities and diminished cognitive capacities, Mikels notes. In a report published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology earlier this year, Mikels demonstrated that young adults were adept at making health-care choices using either analysis or intuition but older adults faltered when making decisions based on reasoning alone. Mikels’ conclusion? “Structuring decisions that require older people to review a lot of details and pay a lot of attention to fine print doesn’t appear optimal,” he says. “Older people are more inclined to go with their hearts than with their heads,

and paying attention to that counts.” Ageing with empathy Older people may prefer to seek out positive experiences and situations. But when they find themselves in difficult situations, they experience sadness even more acutely than people in their 20s, according to a new report published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Robert Levenson, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley, asked 20-somethings, people in their 40s, and people in their 60s to watch clips of films that were sad, disgusting or neutral. Participants were hooked up to monitors that tracked their physiological responses. Older people were more deeply affected by the sad film clips. “There’s no evidence that as you age things that are sad just don’t get to you anymore,” Levenson says. “If anything they get to you even more.” That’s a healthy response insofar as it motivates older people to reach out to others for comfort and with compassion, strengthening social ties. Levenson says. “Sadness is not the enemy of well-being,” he notes. “Feeling these emotions with all their richness and subtlety is part of the meaning of life.” — MCT


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Everyday cooking:

Friday, September 24, 2010


alnuts are a great snack as they are full of good fats, lower cholesterol levels as well as lowering the risk of heart disease. But munching on walnuts all day can get boring as they are a little bland. However, incorporating walnuts into everyday recipes is a good way to get all their goodness while you enjoy your meals. What do you think? saw sank@kuw

Heart-healthy facts on walnuts • In the 16th and 17th centuries, herbs and foods used in medical practice were often prescribed due to their resemblance to a particular body part or organ. The resemblance between the walnut and heart made walnuts a popular treatment for this organ. • A daily handful of walnuts, as part of a healthy diet, can help reduce the risk of heart disease. • A landmark study at Loma Linda University (New England Journal of Medicine, March 1993) showed when walnuts substituted some of the saturated fat in a diet, blood cholesterol levels dropped by more than 12 percent and LDL (i.e., bad cholesterol) by more than 16 percent. • A study conducted at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona (Annals Of Internal Medicine, April 2000) showed individuals who incorporated walnuts into a Mediterranean diet lowered their LDL by almost 6 percent and risk of heart disease by 11 percent. • The unsaturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found mostly in fish and plant foods are considered beneficial and called good fats (i.e., HDL) because they lower cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. Polyunsaturated fat, the fat found in walnuts, has an additional benefit—it is the source of essential fatty acids, including omega-3s, one of the two essential fatty acids your body cannot produce. • Walnuts are packed with protein, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and omega-3s essential for good health. — ( )


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Gorgonzola and walnut salad 7 tablespoons walnut oil 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt shopping 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 cup walnut halves 3 heads romaine lettuce leaves separated and torn into bite size pieces 6 small ripe figs quartered through the stem ends 1 cup red seedless grapes halved 2 small pears quartered cored and thinly sliced 1/2 pound gorgonzola cheese at room temperature broken into bite-size pieces


hisk together walnut and olive oils, balsamic and sherry vinegars, salt and pepper. Set aside. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Toast stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a small bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of the vinaigrette then toss lightly and let stand for 15 minutes. Place the torn romaine in a large bowl. Add the marinated walnuts and drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and toss well. Divide among chilled individual plates and top with figs

Double chocolate walnut brownies 1 cup butter 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate 2 cups white sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


elt butter and 4 squares unsweetened chocolate in a medium size saucepan over moderate heat. Remove from heat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Beat in sugar gradually with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; stir in vanilla. Stir in flour until thoroughly combined. Stir 1 cup of the walnuts. Spread into greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Combine remaining 1/2 cup walnuts with chocolate chips; sprinkle over top of brownie mixture, pressing down lightly. Bake in a preheated oven for 35 minutes or until top springs back when lightly pressed with fingertip. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars or squares.

Pasta with walnut sauce 6 ounces shelled walnuts 1/2 clove garlic, minced 1 slice bread, crusts removed 2/3 cup whole milk 1 ounce grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper 2 pounds any flat short pasta 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley, for garnish


ut a large saucepan of water on to boil, and toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan until they begin to make a nutty aroma. Put the bread in a bowl and cover with the milk. Put most of the toasted walnuts (reserving about 1 ounce for garnish) into a blender along with the garlic, bread soaked in milk, and Parmesan. Blend until it turns smooth

and creamy, then pour in the oil and season well with salt and pepper before blending again. Pour into a bowl, and set aside. Add pasta to boiling water with salt and cook for the required amount of time. When pasta is al dente, reserve a cup of the pasta cooking liquid and then drain the pasta, but put it in to a large bowl while it’s still dripping slightly with

water. Sprinkle a little olive oil over the pasta to prevent it sticking together, and then add the walnut sauce, mixing it into the pasta (splash in a little pasta cooking liquid to make the sauce less thick if needed). Roughly chop the remaining walnuts and toss them over the top along with some more Parmesan and the chopped parsley.

Walnut-Stuffed Chicken roulades 10 thin, crisp whole-grain crackers 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts, toasted 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 6 garlic cloves, minced 2 shallots, finely chopped 3 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, chopped (3 cups) 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 2 ounces spinach, trimmed 1 tablespoon water 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


reheat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse crackers and 3/4 cup walnuts in a food processor until finely ground. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic and shallots until soft, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and thyme, and cook until mushrooms are slightly golden, about 4 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add spinach and water to skillet. Cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Chop spinach, and add to mushroom mixture. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup

walnuts. Season each chicken breast with 1/4 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Lay 1 chicken breast on a plate. Spread 1/2 cup mushroomwalnut mixture onto chicken, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around. Roll, and tie with kitchen twine. Cover with crumb mixture, pressing to coat. Repeat with remaining chicken, mushroom-walnut mixture, and crumbs. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Untie, and slice.

THEY ARE THE 99! 99 Mystical Noor Stones carry all that is left of the wisdom and knowledge of the lost civilization of Baghdad. But the Noor Stones lie scattered across the globe - now little more than a legend. One man has made it his life’s mission to seek out what was lost. His name is Dr. Ramzi Razem and he has searched fruitlessly for the Noor Stones all his life. Now, his luck is about to change - the first of the stones have been rediscovered and with them a special type of human who can unlock the gem’s mystical power. Ramzi brings these gem - bearers together to form a new force for good in the world. A force known as ... the 99!

THE STORY SO FAR : When a large herd of Mongolian horses escapes from a ger farm, Dr. Ramzi asks Noora, to supervise the rescue team. But Noora pushes the team too hard, and almost ruins the mission...

The 99 ® and all related characters ® and © 2010, Teshkeel Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Located at the north end of Boothbay Harbor, the Linekin Bay Resort was established in 1909.

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Evocative of another era, a gaff-rigged sloop works its way on the starboard tack across Boothbay Harbor.

Rustic state’s craggy coast is an ideal place to escape life’s frenetic pace By Thomas Curwen he Olson House is hard to find, but once you arrive, there is no mistaking it. We made a few wrong turns at first, my brother and his wife, my wife, Margie, and I. The four of us had taken this day trip to the village of Cushing just three years ago, and you’d think we’d know the way. We got directionsand suggest you do the same-in Thomaston off Route 1 at the Prison Showroom, a small gift shop that sells crafts made by prisoners of Maine’s Department of Corrections. Ten miles later, down narrow back roads cut through fields and woods, we pulled into the parking lot, and the Olsons’ clapboard farmhouse loomed above us much as it did for Andrew Wyeth more than 60 years ago. Not everyone will want to make the trip. The seaside towns that extend from Brunswick to Bar Harbor are far more inviting than this 20minute detour off the main drag. Never mind the fact that Wyeth memorialized the setting with canvases that are part of the canon, including his most famous one, “Christina’s World.” The Olson House is an acquired taste. Set on a slight knoll partially adorned by orange day lilies, it keeps its distance, aloof, monumental, almost defiant. Winter pounds the weathered wood; summer bakes it. Its rooms are forlorn, nearly empty, the floor bearing the faint impressions of stenciled leaves, the walls some ghostly patterned paper. But its indifference is its appeal. The Olson House has a timeless quality, as if it exists at an intersection of past and present, a place that seems both permanent and ephemeral. For almost 30 years, Wyeth returned to this spot. He savored the character of the house and the company of his friends Christina and Alvaro Olson. “I just couldn’t stay away


from there,” he said. “I did other pictures ... but I’d always seem to gravitate to the house.... It was Maine.” Wyeth, of course, was lucky. He had a lifetime to discover Maine in the suspended moments that define the essence of this place-a breeze wafting through an open window, an oar lying on a stone wall, the far-off stare in a local’s eye-but we had only a week. Fortunately, we had a slight advantage. My grandparents came to Maine in 1926, renting a home in a town called New Harbor. It was here that my father spent his summers playing the prankster, tipping over outhouses, shooting squirrels and sailing model boats. My family was no different from most New Englanders who each summer traded the inland heat and humidity for the fog and the cool of the coast. These vacationers of late 18th and early 19th century-rusticators, they called themselves, an openhearted exhortation to the virtues of a rustic lifestyle-transformed the local economy when exports of granite, ice, salt cod and lumber began to fail. They made Maine the “Vacationland State” it is today. But vacationland has its price. There is a frantic aspect to the economy as merchants try to wrestle a year’s worth of living out of the summer months. They cater to out-of-towners and play up an idea of Maine-lobster knickknacks, ol’ fisherman tchotchkes, balsam air fresheners-that seems almost a parody of the life that once

The Marshall Point Lighthouse is located just five minutes from Port Clyde at the mouth of the St George River. —MCT photos

The wharf at Five Islands, partially covered with lobster traps, overlooks the Sheepscot River. defined this region. When New Harbor grew too crowded for my grandparents in 1941, they bought a cottage overlooking Pig’s Cove on Southport Island

for $2,000. Today that cottage is owned by my uncle, who is in his 80s and, with the help of my aunt, turns our visits into longoverdue reunions. We rent the

cottage next to theirs (seven days, $1,300) and make ourselves at home. With three bedrooms, one bath, our rental is a place of wonder, testimony to more than 50 years of its owner’s comings and goings: shelves crammed with books and board games, mismatched antiques, circle throw rugs, appliances that should be in the Smithsonian and driftwood mobiles hung from the ceiling that catch the breeze through the open door. In the mornings, we awaken to the putput-put-put of the fishing boats and gaze out the window at lobstermen moving from buoy to buoy. With a hook and a wellpracticed swing, they winch the traps to the surface, pull out the legal bugs-or sing out, “No keepahs herah”-and move onto the next. At night, we sit on the porch and listen to a foghorn in the distance and the surge of the tide running through the rock weed. Lights of boats cut through the darkness; shooting stars sear the sky. Where Wyeth found Maine in the Olson House, we have discovered Maine in these quiet moments and in the companionship of family and friends, coffee in the morning, dinner at night. Our recent trip was that perfect, except for one inconvenience: The water heater was broken. We made do (and were compensated). Cold water does have a certain aesthetic, and we could always shower next door when we wished. We also took the occasion to get to know Alfred Moses, de facto caretaker

‘The water was glassy, a quarter moon setting in the west. We sighted our approach to the harbor upon a tall building with a red roof, the 1897 life-saving station, now a decommissioned Coast Guard facility that looks haunted, as if it belongs in an Edward Hopper painting.’

of the cottages along this road. His family has lived here on and off since 1870, when an Episcopal parish paid to build a home for his great-grandfather, the Rev. John T Magrath. At 67, Moses is a garrulous man, every anecdote a story, and we welcomed him when he knocked on the back porch one morning. He came to look at the plumbing, and we enjoyed the chance to talk. He recommended a day trip to Damariscove Island. He guessed the temperature of the ocean at 58 degrees. He identified the birds. We listened and asked, “Could you live anywhere else?” He shook his head. The winters are hard, and worse than the cold is the darkness. The sun sets at 4 and doesn’t rise until after 8, but no, he said, pausing, this is home. “There’s kind of feng shui here,” he said. “I can stand on my front porch and look east and see Monhegan Island and to the south-there are the Cuckolds,” referring to the lighthouse at the southern tip of Southport. “It orients me, this view. I can’t imagine not being here.” After visiting the Olson House and Wyeth’s grave on a point of land overlooking the St George River-an hour drive from Southport and the Boothbay Harbor region-we drove to Port Clyde, where we had fish and chips and lingered over our Lobster Ales as a rain squall passed. When the sun broke through, we drove to Marshall Point Lighthouse, built in 1858 and made famous in 1994 when Tom Hanks ran along its footbridge in “Forrest Gump.” We took pictures and watched as the storm moved out to sea and a lone fishing boat worked against the tide. We had hoped to continue to Rockland to see the Wyeth collection at the local museum, and possibly go to Camden for blueberry pie, but it was late afternoon. Driving the coast of Maine

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The Five Islands Lobster Co. on Georgetown Island serves seafood of all varieties including lobsters, steamer clams, farm-raised mussels, scallops, haddock and clams, mostly brought in off its dock. has its rewards-the roadside produce stands, the Colonial villages, the church steeples poking through the canopy of trees, Civil War monuments, the quick glimpses of daily life-but it can be frustrating. Route 1 is the primary way from Brunswick to Camden, and the two-lane roads that snake down to the sea can be choked with traffic made worse by road repairs. The problem, of course, is the topography itself, the peninsulas and tidal rivers of this drowned coastline, as geologists describe this edge of the continent, where glaciers over the last few millions of years scraped soil from the rocks and eroded the rocks themselves. Some speculate that the coast of Maine used to resemble the gently sloping New Jersey seaside, but as the last glaciers melted some 15,000 years ago, they flooded the valleys and turned mountains into islands. Today the coast is so convoluted that from New Hampshire to Canada, 293 miles as the crow flies, there are nearly 5,500 miles of tidelands. It’s an invitation for renting a boat-or for at least accepting the generosity of an uncle whose 19-foot outboard sits moored just a short row from shore. The next day we skipped across the water at 22 knots, visiting harbors and wharves that would have taken us hours to reach by car. The weather was perfect, the breeze warm and from the southeast. Our road map was the nautical chart of the Damariscotta, Sheepscot and Kennebec rivers. Few documents better capture the romance and mystery of Maine. It became our guide to the Cuckolds and the Hypocrites, a neighboring ridge of semisubmerged rocks; to the ledges, guts and reaches of Boothbay Harbor, and to a stretch of tidal rapids known as Upper and Lower Hell Gate. Soon we were cracking open 2-pound lobsters on the wharf at Georgetown Island, picnicking on Outer Heron Island, swimming in the Sheepscot and having margaritas at Robinhood

marina. On our final day, we headed out into the Gulf of Maine to Damariscove Island, a sliver of land stretched between sea and sky. The water was glassy, a quarter moon setting in the west. We sighted our approach to the harbor upon a tall building with a red roof, the 1897 lifesaving station, now a decommissioned Coast Guard facility that looks haunted, as if it belongs in an Edward Hopper painting. Damariscove has a rich and troubled history-from the Indian wars of the 17th century to the hardscrabble lives of its residents in the 19th, from its role helping mariners in distress to the day in 1939 when the last family left the settlement forever. Today the island has found peace as a nature preserve. We anchored in the harbor and followed trails cut through shoulder-high brambles of bayberry, meadowsweet and rose. We rock-hopped granite ledges on the eastern shore and paused to watch cormorants and gulls take flight from the fresh water pond. At Bar Cove Beach, we went swimming, easing ourselves into the icy water that was clear and stunningly bright. A meadow of lupines ushered us on our walk back to the boat. Toward the end of our seven days, I went over to Moses’ house to invite him to dinner. It was late afternoon, and he was sitting beneath the oak trees at a picnic bench. He had binoculars beside him and was watching a passenger boat pushing its way up the coast. We sat overlooking the cove. There used to be more trees here, he said, but Hurricane Carol in ‘54 took them out. He pointed to a pine just off the porch. It was knee-high when he was a child, and as it grew, the family wanted to cut it down-it blocked the view-but his mother loved that tree, and in time it grew tall enough to bother no one. We sat for a moment, not speaking. “People sometimes ask me if I ever get tired of the view,” he eventually said. “But how could I? It’s never the same twice.” —MCT


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Five Islands on a summer day is a favorite destination for out-of-towners, but its remote location keeps the crowds down.

The Marshall Point Lighthouse is located just five minutes from Port Clyde at the mouth of the St. George River in Maine.

Shaded by tall oaks, Al Moses’ home on Southport Island, Maine was built in 1870 for his greatgrandfather by the parish of the local Episcopal Church.


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10 Scaredy-Cat, Splat!

By Rob Scotton


t’s Halloween, and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately he’s just too much of a scaredy-cat. He’s afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary. And when Mrs. Wimpydimple tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat gets so frightened that he tips over his jack-o’-lantern. But when the lights go back on, the entire class is scared silly by a small, black, furry creature with a big pumpkin head. Whooooo can it be?

Bink and Gollie By Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, Tony Fucile


eet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls - one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving painfully bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. No matter where their roller skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends. Full of quick-witted repartee, this brainchild of Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and award-winning author Alison McGhee is a hilarious ode to exuberance and camaraderie, imagination and adventure, brought to life through the delightfully kinetic images of Tony Fucile.

A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time Dr Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection

By by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca


ack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! Jack and Annie’s mission from Merlin the Magician? To help the famous writer Charles Dickens! In a magical whirl, the brother and sister are whisked back in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London. There, Jack and Annie discover that Charles Dickens has everything he could possibly want. How can they help him? It is not until Mr. Dickens rescues them from being thrown in jail that they discover his secret past and the sad memories that haunt him. They will need all their magic-and help from three ghosts-to keep the great writer from ruining his life! Mary Pope Osborne mixes magic, humor, history, a little spookiness, and a lot of heart to create this tale, which celebrates the joys of writing-something she knows a lot about, thanks to millions of readers all over the world!

By Dr Seuss


perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss-The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, andFox in Socks-will be cherished by young and old alike. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!


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Witch Switch

Who’s Afraid of Fourth Grade?

By Nancy Krulik


atie loves Halloween. Everyone is buzzing about the costume contest, the Halloween parade is just around the corner, and a mysterious black kitten has captured Katie s attention. But the busy holiday doesn t stop the magic wind! Join Katie in this Switcheroo Super Special for twice the switcheroos, and find out how she saves the day!

By Nancy Krulik


t first, Katie and her friends can’t wait to enter the fourth grade! But with the pressure of new classes, teachers, and friends, Katie isn’t so sure she likes it after all. And to make matters worse, the magic wind appears twice-and turns her into her new friend Emma Weber, who has her hands full with three younger siblings to help take care of, and then into her former best friend Suzanne as she’s about to make her fashion runway debut! What’s a fourthgrader to do?

The Giving Tree

By Shel Silverstein


classic book for all ages-for mothers and fathers! A moving parable about the gift of giving and the capacity to love, told throughout the life of a boy who grows to manhood and a tree that selflessly gives him her bounty through the years.

Hands Are Not for Hitting When I Feel Angry Late for School By Steve Marting, C F Payne


etting to school has never been quite this difficult— or hilarious. Celebrated writer and performer Steve Martin and dynamic artist C. F. Payne have teamed up to tell a story of the adventure, danger, and laughs of the journey to school. Enclosed with the book is a CD of Martin on banjo and vocals, singing the book’s story with a bluegrass twist. Undoubtedly a new classic for readers of all ages, Late to School is the perfect gift to be read—and listened to—again and again.

By Cornelia Maude Spelman, Nancy Cote


nger is a scary emotion for young children, their parents, and caregivers. As this little bunny experiences the things that make her angry, she also learns ways to deal with her anger-ways that won’t hurt others.

By Martine Agassi, Marieka Heinlen


his fresh edition of a Free Spirit classic presents charming new illustrations along with the familiar encouraging message of the original. Children learn that violence is never okay, that they can manage their anger and other strong feelings, and that they’re capable of positive, loving actions-like playing, making music, learning, counting, helping, taking care, and much more. Includes a special section for adults with activities and discussion starters.


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A change of course in

By George Friedman and Reva Bhalla

trange statements are coming out of Cuba these days. Fidel Castro, in the course of a fivehour interview in late August, reportedly told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Julia Sweig of the Council on Foreign Relations that “the Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore”. Once that statement hit the headlines, Castro backtracked. Dressed in military uniform for the first time in four years (which we suspect was his way of signaling that he was not abandoning the revolution), he delivered a rare, 35-minute speech Sept 3 to students at the University of Havana. In addition to spending several minutes on Stratfor’s Iran analysis, Castro addressed his earlier statement on the Cuban model, saying he was “accurately quoted but misinterpreted” and suggesting that the economic model doesn’t work anymore but that the revolution lives on. Castro, now 84, may be old, but he still seems to have his wits about him. We don’t know whether he was grossly misinterpreted by the reporter during the earlier interview, was acknowledging the futility of the Cuban model and/or was dropping hints of a policy shift. Regardless of what he did or did not say, Castro’s reported statement on the weakness of the revolution was by no means revolutionary.


Sustaining the Revolution There is little hiding the fact that Cuba’s socialist economy has run out of steam. The more interesting question is whether the Cuban leader is prepared to acknowledge this fact and what he is prepared to do about it. Castro wants his revolution to outlive him. To do so, he must maintain a balance between power and wealth. For decades, his method of maintaining power has been to monopolize the island’s sources of wealth. All foreign direct investment in Cuba must be authorized by the government, the most important sectors of the economy are offlimits to investors, foreign investors cannot actually own the land or facilities in which they invest, the state has the right to seize foreign assets at any time and foreign investors must turn to the government for decisions on hiring, firing and paying workers. Under such conditions, the Cuban leadership has the ultimate say on the social welfare of its citizens and has used that control to secure loyalty and, more important, neutralize political dissent. But that control has come at a cost: For the revolution to survive and maintain both a large security apparatus and an expensive and inefficient social welfare system - it must have sufficient private investment that the state can control. That private investment has not been forthcoming, and so the state, unable to cope with the stresses of the economy, has had to increasingly concern itself with the viability of the regime. Since Soviet subsidies for Cuba (roughly $5

billion per year) expired in the early 1990s, Cuba has been seeking an injection of capital to generate income while still trying to leave the capitalists out of the equation in order to maintain control. There is no easy way to resolve this paradox, and the problem for Castro in his advanced age is that he is running out of time. Many Cubans, including Castro, blame the island’s economic turmoil on the US embargo, a politically charged vestige of the Cold War days when Cuba, under Soviet patronage, actually posed a clear and present danger to the United States. There is a great irony built into this complaint. Castro’s revolution was built on the foundation that trade with the imperialists was responsible for Cuba’s economic turmoil. Now, it is the supposed lack of such trade that is paralyzing the Cuban economy. History can be glossed over at politically opportune times, but it cannot so easily be forgotten. What many seem to overlook is how Cuba, in spite of the

embargo, is still able to receive goods from Europe, Canada, Latin America and elsewhere - it is the state-run system at home that remains crippled and unable to supply the island’s 11 million inhabitants. And even if US-Cuban trade were to be restored, there is no guarantee that Cuba’s economic wounds would be healed. There are a host of other tourist resorts and sugar and tobacco exporters lining the Caribbean coastlines aside from Cuba, which has largely missed the boat in realizing its economic potential. In other words, the roots of Cuba’s economic troubles lie in Cuba, not the United States. But Cuba is in the midst of a political transition, and Fidel will eventually pass the revolution on to his (not much) younger brother, Raul. If Fidel is the charismatic revolutionary, able to sustain a romanticized political ideology for

decades in spite of its inherent contradictions, Raul is the bureaucratic functionary whose primary purpose at this point is to preserve the regime that his brother founded. This poses a serious dilemma for 79-year-old Raul. Not only does he lack the charisma of his older brother, he also lacks a strong external patron to make Cuba relevant beyond Cuba itself. It must be remembered that the geographic location of Cuba, which straddles both the Yucatan Channel and Straits of Florida, gives it the potential to cripple the Port of New Orleans, the United States’ historical economic outlet to the world. If these two trade avenues were blocked, Gulf Coast ports like New Orleans and Houston would be, too, and US agricultural and mineral exports and imports would plummet. Cuba has been able to pose such a threat and thus carry geopolitical weight only when under the influence of a more powerful US adversary such as the Soviet Union. Though the Castros maintain relations with many of their Cold War allies, there is no middle, much less great, power right now with the attention span or the will to subsidize Cuba. Havana is

thus largely on its own, and in its loneliness it now appears to be reaching out to the United States for a solution that may not hold much promise. While Fidel has been making statements, Raul has been fleshing out a new economic strategy for Cuba, one that will lay off 500,000 workers - 10 percent of the island’s workforce. The idea is to develop private cooperatives to ease a tremendous burden on the state and have implementation of this plan in progress by March 2011. This is an ambitious deadline considering that Cuba has little to no private industry to speak of to absorb these state workers. The feasibility of the proposed reforms, however, is not as interesting as the message of political reconciliation embedded in the plan. Alongside talk of Raul’s economic reforms, Cuba has been making what appear to be political gestures to Washington through the release of political prisoners. But these gestures are unlikely to be enough to capture Washington’s attention, especially when Cuba is neither a significant geopolitical threat nor a great economic opportunity in the eyes of the United States. Cuba needs something more, and that something could be found in Venezuela.

The Cuban-Venezuelan Relationship Cuba and Venezuela face very similar geographic constraints. Both are relatively small countries with long Caribbean coastlines and primarily resource-extractive economies. While Venezuela’s mountainous and jungle-covered borderlands to the south largely deny the country any meaningful economic integration with its neighbors, Cuba sits in a sea of small economies similar to its own. As a result, neither country has good options in its immediate neighborhood for meaningful economic integration save for the dominant Atlantic power, ie, the United States. In dealing with the United States, Cuba and Venezuela basically have two options: either align with the United States or seek out an alliance with a more powerful, external adversary to the United States. Both countries have swung between these two extremes. Prior to the 1959 revolution, the United States dominated Cuba politically and economically, and although relations between the two countries began to deteriorate shortly thereafter, there were still notable attempts to cooperate until Soviet subsidies took hold and episodes like the 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco sunk the relationship. Likewise, until the 2002 coup attempt against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela had long maintained a close, mutually beneficial relationship with the United States. With US urging, Venezuela flooded the markets with oil and busted the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, helping bring about the fall of the Soviet Union. That energy cooperation continued with


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the US sale of Citgo in the 1990s to Venezuela’s state oil firm PDVSA, a deal designed to hardwire Venezuela into the US energy markets. Venezuela obtained a guaranteed market for its low-grade crude, which it couldn’t sell to other countries, while the United States acquired an energy source close to home. For most of the past decade, Cuba and Venezuela have found themselves in a unique position. Both now have adversarial relationships with the United States, and both lack strong allies to help them fend off the United States. As a result, Cuba and Venezuela have drawn closer together, with Cuba relying on Venezuela primarily for energy and Venezuela turning to Cuba for its security expertise. In trying to rebuild its stature in the region, Cuba has taken advantage of the Venezuelan regime’s rising political and economic insecurities as it set about entrenching itself in nearly all sectors of the Venezuelan state. Cuban advisers, trainers and protectors can be found everywhere from the upper echelons of Venezuela’s military and intelligence apparatus to the ports and factories. Therefore, Cuba has significant influence over a Venezuela that is currently struggling under the weight of stagflation, a precarious economic condition that has been fueled by an elaborate money-laundering racket now gripping the key sectors of the state-run economy. With the country’s electricity, food, energy and metals sectors in the most critical shape, power outages, food shortages and alarmingly low production levels overall are becoming more difficult for the regime to both contain and conceal. This might explain why we are now seeing reports of the Venezuelan regime deploying military and militia forces with greater frequency, not only to the streets but also to the dams, power plants, warehouses, food silos and distribution centers. Venezuela’s opendoor policy to Cuba was intended to bolster the regime’s security, but Cuba’s pervasiveness in Venezuela’s government, security apparatus and economy can also become a threat, especially if Cuba shifts its orientation back toward the United States. Cuba may now be in a position to use its influence in Venezuela to gain leverage in its relationship with the United States. Washington’s Venezuela Problem The list of US complaints against Venezuela goes well beyond Chavez’s diatribes against Washington. Venezuela’s aggressive nationalization drive, contributions to narco-trafficking (in alleged negligence and complicity) and suspected support

for Colombian rebel groups have all factored into the United States’ soured relationship with Venezuela. More recently, the United States has watched with growing concern as Venezuela has enhanced its relationships with Russia, China and, especially, Iran. Venezuela is believed to have served as a haven of sorts for the Iranians to circumvent sanctions, launder money and facilitate the movement of militant proxies. The important thing to note here is that, while Cuba lacks allies that are adversarial to the United States, Venezuela has them in abundance. For the United States to take a real interest in signals from Havana, it will likely want to see Cuba exercise its influence in Venezuela. More precisely, it will want to see whether Cuba can influence Venezuela’s relationship with Iran. We therefore find it interesting that Fidel Castro has been making moves recently that portray him as an advocate for the Jews in opposition to the Iranian regime. Castro invited Goldberg, an influential member of the Jewish lobby in the United States, to his hacienda for an interview in which he spent a great deal of time criticizing Iranian President

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his insensitivity to the Jewish people and their history. “I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews,” Castro said. “I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they

are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything.” He added: “The Jews have lived an existence that is much harder than ours. There is

nothing that compares to the Holocaust.” Then, Castro asked Goldberg and Sweig to accompany him to a private dolphin show at the National Aquarium of Cuba in Havana. They were joined by local Jewish leader Adela Dworin, whom Castro kissed in front of the cameras. Following Fidel’s uncharacteristically pro-Jewish remarks, Chavez, who has echoed his Iranian ally’s vituperative stance against Israel, held a meeting with leaders of Venezuela’s Jewish community on Sept 18 in which he reportedly discussed their concerns about anti-Semitic remarks in the media and their request for Venezuela to reestablish diplomatic relations with Israel. That same week, Venezuela’s state-run Conviasa Airlines, which has

had an unusually high number of accidents and engine failures in recent days, cancelled its popular Tuesday roundtrip flight route from Caracas to Damascus to Tehran. This is a flight route frequented by Iranian, Lebanese, Syrian and Venezuelan businessmen and officials (along with other sorts trying to appear as ordinary businessmen). The route has come under heavy scrutiny by the United States due to a reinvigorated US sanctions campaign against Iran and US concerns over Hezbollah transit through Latin America. When Stratfor inquired about the flight cancellations, we were told by the airline that the cancellations were due to maintenance issues but that flights from Caracas to Damascus would be re-routed through Madrid. The Iran leg of the route, at least for now, is out of

operation. Whether Cuba is intending to reshape Venezuela’s relationship with Iran and whether these Venezuelan moves were taken from Cuban cues is unknown to us, but we find them notable nonetheless.

A Chinese Lifeline for Caracas? Each of these seemingly disparate developments does not make much sense on its own. When looked at together, however, a complex picture begins to form, one in which Cuba, slowly and carefully, is trying to shift its orientation toward the United States while the Venezuelan regime’s vulnerabilities increase as a result. An insecure and economically troubled Venezuela will need strong allies looking for levers against the United States. Russia will sign a defense deal here and there with Venezuela, but it has much bigger priorities in Eurasia. Iran is useful for hurling threats against the United States, but it has serious economic troubles of its own that rival even those of Venezuela. China so far appears to be the most promising fit, although that relationship carries its fair share of complications. China and Venezuela have signed a deal for Beijing to lend $20 billion to Caracas in exchange for crude-oil shipments and stakes in Venezuelan oil fields. The two are also discussing multibilliondollar deals that would entail China investing in critical areas, such as Venezuela’s dilapidated electricity grid. China doesn’t have much interest in paying the exorbitant cost of shipping lowgrade Venezuelan crude halfway around the world, but it is interested in technology to develop and produce low-grade crude. In many ways, China is presenting itself as the lifeline to the Venezuelan regime. Whether all these deals reach fruition remains a big question, and how far Beijing intends to go in this relationship with Caracas will matter greatly to the United States. A Chinese willingness to go beyond quid pro quo deals and subsidize Venezuela could lead to Chinese investments threatening existing US energy assets in Venezuela, potentially giving Beijing leverage against Washington in the US backyard. But subsidizing countries is not cheap, and China has not yet shown a willingness to take a more confrontational stance with the United States over Venezuela. After claiming to have received the first $4 billion installment of the $20 billion loan from China, Chavez said China is lending the money because “China knows that this revolution is here to stay”. Like Cuba, Venezuela may not have the economic heft to back up its revolutionary zeal, but it is finding useful friends of the revolution in China. In this time of need, Venezuela’s challenge lies in finding allies willing to cross the threshold from economic partner to strategic patron. — Stratfor


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Older workers face tough times

Mignon Veasley-Fields, 61, left, poses for portrait with her granddaughters Kelly Cotledge, 8, right, and Victoria Anderson, 19, at their home in Los Angeles, California. Fields lost her job two years ago as an executive assistant at a charter school and hasn’t been able to find another job since. The two girls live with Fields. — MCT

2.2 million people above 55 jobless in US O

lder workers are the fastest-growing segment of the US workforce, according to the federal Administration on Aging, but they also face unprecedented challenges in today’s job market. That’s the backdrop for National Employ Older Workers Week, which runs through Saturday. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, the goal is to spotlight how workers 55 years and older contribute to the workplace while emphasizing the tools they may need to transition back into the work force. “Today’s reality is that we have record numbers of older people in the workforce, many on the sidelines who can’t find work,” Stephanie Cabral, California state director of Experience Works, a nonprofit that provides training and job opportunities for older workers, said in a statement. For more information on its programs, go to The economic downturn continues to affect job seekers of all stripes, with California’s jobless rate at 12.4 percent and national unemployment at 9.6 percent. Workers 55 and older have been especially hard hit as downsizing or economic uncertainty has forced many back into the job market.Nationally, more than 2.2 million people age 55 and older were unemployed in August, according to an AARP analysis of federal Bureau of Labor Statistics

data. Of those, the average duration of unemployment was nearly 10 months, nearly double the average in December 2007 when the recession began. AARP hopes to change that, debuting this month a new online job-hunting service, in partnership with job search engine The free AARP Job Search Engine, found online at, allows seekers to look for jobs by state, ZIP code, industry, occupation and title. “The 50-plus audience is going online like never before and our goal is to provide them with information and tools they need to live

their best lives,” said Nataki Clarke, an AARP vice president. Job opening eWomen Network, the women’s business networking organization, is seeking a new managing director for its Sacramento chapter. The independent contractor will build membership and organize eWomen Network events in the Sacramento area. For more information, go to:, select “Find a Chapter” and “Sacramento.” Help for veterans Military veterans can learn job seeking,

interviewing and other employment techniques on Thursdays at the Greater Sacramento Urban League office, 3725 Marysville Blvd., in Sacramento. The free weekly workshops, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., also cover how to search the state’s CalJobs online directory, job retention and other topics. For information, call the Urban League at (916) 286-8628. Job-seekers forum The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum for job seekers at 9 a.m. today at the chamber’s offices, 2085 Vine St, Suite 105, in El Dorado Hills. — MCT


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An artist's best shot

Oscar Fernando Gomez Rodriguez

hen I was 18, I left Monterrey to look for work in Mazatlan, a town 12 hours away, near Mexico's west coast. But on the way I ran out of money, and ended up sleeping rough, eating whatever I could find, sleeping on street corners, just surviving. Eventually, I tried to hitch a ride to my aunt's house, not far from Mazatlan. When I finally got there, on a lorry carrying a load of strawberries, I weighed 45kg (7st). Two decades on, I'm back in Monterrey, working as a taxi driver (and I now weigh about 110kg). One day, I saw this man while I was out driving. He reminded me of what I'd been through: first living on the streets, then doing a series of odd jobs,


ARTIST CV Born: Monterrey, Mexico, 1970. Studied: "I bought a photography magazine that taught me how to click the shutter. That was all I needed." Influences: "[Mexican photographer] Pedro Meyer, because he documents everyday life." Top tip: "Don't worry about technique or what camera to buy. Feel what you feel and translate it to the image." — Guardian

like street-sweeping or cleaning carpets. He had loaded his wheelbarrow with industrial waste - wood, metal, plastic - to sell to recycling companies for about three pesos (15p) a kilo. I, too, did this. As I drove past him, I noticed he had stopped to comb his hair very carefully. Intrigued, I asked if I could take his photograph: I wanted to show that even people who can't find work - who have nothing - can maintain their dignity. Often, it is all they have. I started taking photographs when I left my aunt's town. I bought the cheapest camera I could find, a Kodak, and shot places that had been special to me, such as monuments and parks. When I got back to Monterrey, I bought a better camera, a 35mm Canon, and took more shots: rivers and landscapes at first, then wedding portraits. When my wife and I decided to have a child, I started taking photos from the window of my taxi, to make an album to show our child what dad sees when he is out all day. Our daughter died at birth, but I carried on taking pictures: of poor people, people who have nothing. For me, the important thing is not technique or composition. It's about trying to show that the people who live the most humble lives are often the most worthy of respect."

Artist of the week: Kris Martin I The tick-tock of n 2007, the young Belgian conceptualist Kris Martin achieved what most artists only dream of and brought Frieze, London's major art fair, to a standstill. The cacophony of dealers and wellheeled collectors fell to a complete hush, when a voice announced over the microphone that there would be a minute's silence. Whatever else people thought of in that brief interim, with a simple instruction he had suddenly drawn the entire crowd's attention to the present moment. This dazzlingly simple method for getting people to consider time is typical for Martin, whose work is full of endings and beginnings. One of his best-known pieces, Vase from 2005, involves smashing a replica Ming vase and then gluing the whole thing back together each time it's exhibited in an ongoing act of quick destruction and painstaking resurrection. New ideas similarly rise from the ashes in a series of works on paper that feature the closing fullstops from his favorite books, from The Brothers

mortality is a constant in the work of this Belgian conceptualist, who makes us think about what comes next with something as succinct as an explosion or a full stop Karamazov to Teddy Bear on Holiday. Is that final black dot the end of the tale, or the moment the book's significance starts to take hold? More bleakly, in Mandi III from 2003, a train station clock with its numbers removed clicks around in an endless void where there are no longer any arrivals and departures. Though his works are now sold by one of London's major commercial galleries, White Cube, Martin's path into the art world was far from conventional. After studying architecture, he began making projects for his own amusement. His first big break was when the esteemed German curator Jan Hoet

invited Martin to participate in the septennial Dutch exhibition Sonsbeek, alongside the likes of rising art stars Gelitin and Cai GuoQiang in 2001, following a studio visit. Martin often spikes his work with an impish, self-deprecating humor, revealing the absurdity of our aspirations to longevity, even as he falls foul of those vanities himself. But if it's history that ultimately decides who today's great artists will be, he's left future generations something that will guarantee somebody somewhere remembers him. His bronze sculpture, 100 Years, doubles as a bomb set to detonate in a century, as an engraving on its underside informs us. As in life, the tick-tock of mortality is a constant in Martin's work, making us think about what comes next with something as ingeniously succinct as an explosion or a full stop. An admirable work: In a chilling act of excision, Mandi IV from 2007 reconfigures one of antiquity's most famous works, Laocoon and His Sons. Martin's replica has lost the snakes the brawny trio wrestle with, so that their agonized faces and grasping empty arms suggest both pointless struggle and how the march of time erases meaning. Fool's gold: Dostoevsky's The Idiot is Martin's hero. When he had his own coin made by Milanese goldsmiths in 2005, one side depicted the artist's head, the other his currency: 1 idiot. Where can I see him? White Cube Hoxton Square, London, until 9 October. — Guardian

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ACROSS 1. A benevolent aspect of Devi. 4. Goat-like antelope of central Eurasia having a stubby nose like a proboscis. 9. (Babylonian) God of wisdom and agriculture and patron of scribes and schools. 13. A change in the electrical properties of the skin in response to stress or anxiety. 14. A city in south central Belgium situated on a promontory between the Meuse River and the Sambre River. 15. Any culture medium that uses agar as the gelling agent. 16. The sediment from fermentation of an alcoholic beverage. 18. A rapid series of short loud sounds (as might be heard with a stethoscope in some types of respiratory disorders). 19. A tiny or scarcely detectable amount. 20. Small tropical American tree bearing edible plumlike fruit. 22. A rare silvery (usually trivalent) metallic element. 24. A dog small and tame enough to be held in the lap. 25. A public promotion of some product or service. 26. An honorary degree in science. 27. A radioactive transuranic element. 29. A Mid-Atlantic state. 30. Being ten more than one hundred forty. 32. Aromatic bulb used as seasoning. 34. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light. 37. State in northeastern India. 41. Someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike. 43. The compass point that is one point east (clockwise) of due north. 44. Formerly a term of respect for important white Europeans in colonial India. 45. (Akkadian) God of wisdom. 46. A radioactive element of the actinide series. 48. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 50. A quantity of no importance. 53. Large burrowing rodent of South and Central America. 55. A siren of German legend who lured boatmen in the Rhine to destruction. 58. A member of a seafaring group of North American Indians who lived on the Pacific coast of British Columbia and southwestern Alaska. 62. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 63. Small wooden bat with a flat surface. 66. (informal) Roused to anger. 67. Being five more than one hundred fifty. 68. (music) Characterized by avoidance of traditional Western tonality. 69. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 70. Large brownish-green New Zealand parrot. 71. West Indian tree having racemes of fragrant white flowers and yielding a durable timber and resinous juice. 72. A member of a Mayan people of southwestern Guatemala. DOWN 1. Large sweet juicy hybrid between tangerine and grapefruit having a thick wrinkled skin. 2. One thousandth of a second. 3. Of or relating to or involving an area. 4. A silvery malleable metallic element that resists corrosion. 5. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 6. (psychoanalysis) An idealized image of someone (usually a parent) formed in childhood. 7. A Russian prison camp for political prisoners. 8. A unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters. 9. Submerged aquatic plant having narrow leaves and small flowers. 10. Highly excited.

11. Held back. 12. A mountain range in western Russia extending from the arctic to the Caspian Sea. 17. Any of a number of fishes of the family Carangidae. 21. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 23. A pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinel. 28. A tax on employees and employers that is used to fund the Social Security system. 31. A law passed by US Congress to prevent employees from being injured or contracting diseases in the course of their employment. 33. A white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily. 35. An associate degree in nursing. 36. A collection of objects laid on top of each other. 38. The capital and largest city of Yemen. 39. A resource. 40. A master's degree in business. 42. A Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria. 47. A high-crowned black cap (usually made of felt or sheepskin) worn by men in Turkey and Iran and the Caucasus. 48. A colorless and odorless inert gas. 49. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group. 51. An anti-TNF compound (trade name Arava) that is given orally. 52. A long noosed rope used to catch animals. 53. Gone by. 54. A Hindu disciple of a swami. 56. Look at with amorous intentions. 57. A material effigy that is worshipped as a god. 58. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. 59. (Islam) The man who leads prayers in a mosque. 60. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 61. (Old Testament) In Judeo-Christian mythology. 64. A nucleic acid consisting of large molecules shaped like a double helix. 65. A workplace for the conduct of scientific research.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY Aries (March 21-April 19) Rightwing talk show host Rush Limbaugh is a person whose ideas and attitudes repel me. But in the dream I had last night, I enjoyed hanging out with him. He was affable and humorous. We had several fun adventures together. Here's how I interpret the dream: It doesn't necessarily mean that Limbaugh is a better human being than my bias allows me to imagine. Rather, I think I'm becoming more relaxed about people I disagree with. I'm less susceptible to being motivated by hatred. I'm able to maintain a live-and-let-live approach to things that used to knock me off center. You're now set up for a similar shift, Aries. I hope you take advantage. Taurus (April 20-May 20) You have entered a phase in your astrological cycle when your best lessons will come from doing hard work. I mean that in the most literal way: intensifying your commitment to doing your job with maximum integrity and intelligence and excellence. But I also mean that you should concentrate on what needs fixing, refinement, and upkeep in other areas of your life. Could your best relationships use some tweaks that would pump up the collaborative energy? Would you consider making a course correction in your spiritual path? Is there any part of your rhythm that could use more discipline and organization? Gemini (May 21-June 20) I'm getting excited to see what you'll create in the coming weeks. You're slipping into the most expressive groove you've been in for a while. I'm guessing that any minute now your imagination will start churning out a wealth of fresh perspectives and new approaches. Half-rotting problems that have just sat there immobile for weeks or even months will begin morphing into opportunities as you zap them with your frisky grace. Misunderstandings that have festered far too long will get cleansed and salved by your tricky ingenuity. Get the party started!

Cancer (June 21-July 22) As I stood by the creek at dusk, the silhouette of a woman in a kayak came flowing my way. The last crease of the orange sun hovered on the horizon behind her. I spied the reflection of the planet Venus shimmering in the violet water before I saw it in the sky. The temperature was balmy. A translucent spider floated nearby at the end of an airborne silk strand. Nine geese in v-formation trumpeted as they soared overhead. When the woman got close enough for us to see each other's faces, she addressed me. "We win!" she exclaimed jubilantly, then paddled onward. I agreed. We were basking in a great victory, paradise having temporarily descended into our midst. This is the kind of triumph I expect you'll be capable of achieving several times over in the coming week. Leo (July 23-August 22) Focus on what's small and slippery, Leo. Turn your gaze away from what's big and obvious. Exult in the salamander on the rock and a friend who has a new trick and the guilty pleasure you just discovered; excuse yourself from obsessing about the state of the economy, the meaning of life, and the clash between science and religion. Your pleasurable duty is to love what's in the midst of changing, and not fixate on trying to make arrangements that will supposedly last forever. Don't just grudgingly attend to the mercurial details; dive in as if playing with them were your central purpose.

Virgo (August 23-September 22) "Artists suffer for their work, but they don't mind," read the headline in the San Francisco Chronicle. The attached article featured brief interviews with five artists who all said they enjoy doing their creative work so much that they gladly put up with the privations it causes them. That's the spirit I'd like you to embrace in the coming weeks, Virgo. See if you can immerse yourself in a labor of love with so much enthusiastic devotion that you drive away some of your aches and anxieties. Libra (September 23-October 22) Albert Einstein was extremely famous during his lifetime. Although he had no publicity machine promoting him, his face became an iconic symbol for genius.

"Einstein" was, in effect, a brand name that made people think of creativity, wisdom, and imagination. There were times that bothered him. "I am no Einstein," he said, preferring to be his raw self rather than the idol on a pedestal. I offer his example up to you, Libra. You can benefit from slipping away from, ignoring, and even rebelling against your image right now. Return to the source of your ever-evolving life energy. Scorpio (October 23-November 21) My proposed assignment for you would be fun, but it wouldn't be easy. It would require you to dissolve at least one of your fixations, escape at least two of your habits, and override at least three of your dogmatic beliefs. I'll completely understand if you're not up for the challenge. But if you're game, read the following excerpt of a poem by Pablo Neruda (translated by Alastair Reid), and incorporate its attitude into your daily rhythm. "I have a mind to confuse things, unite them, make them new-born, mix them up, undress them, until all light in the world has the oneness of the ocean, a generous, vast wholeness, a crackling, living fragrance." Sagittarius (November 22December 21) I love to listen to DJ Schmeejay on San Francisco radio station KUSF. Like a throwback to the Golden Age of FM radio in the 1970s, he plays a "visceral, cinematic" mix that delights you with a flow of unpredictable juxtapositions. Unlike some music experts who harbor haughty elitist prejudices, the dude is an openminded aficionado. His playlist may include a psychedelic tune, flapper-jazz, a pretty pop song, a barbershop quartet, 1960s folk, polka, and trip-hop. He understands that good entertainment keeps you guessing about what's going to come next. I urge you to borrow his approach as you cruise and schmooze in the coming weeks. Charm people with good surprises. Expand your bag of tricks, and use everything in it.

Capricorn (December 22January 19) I'm not a big believer in the idea that dreams are prophetic. I've recorded thousands of my own dreams, and just three of them have foreshadowed waking life events that actually occurred. However, I have often found it valuable to regard my dreams as pointers on how to develop unripe aspects of myself. For example, when I was 19 I had a series of dreams suggesting that the best way to become a writer was simply to write at least three hours every day. I acted on those prompts, and they worked. I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because it's prime time for you to tap into your own dreams for tips on how to create your best possible future. Aquarius (January 20February 18) In his opening comments on an episode of his TV show, Stephen Colbert announced, "I have butterflies in my stomach. I just ate a cocoon quesadilla." If I'm reading the omens correctly, you, too, will soon have fluttering sensations in your gut, but not because of your food choices. Rather, you're likely to be quivery and atwitter due to encounters with the Great Unknown -- arrivals from beyond the Wild Blue Yonder that will blow your mind and recalibrate your philosophy of life. Don't worry. Your appointments with the numinous are likely to be stirring, even awe-inspiring, but not frightening. P.S. You should celebrate the fact that you feel free enough to go exploring so far and wide.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) "If we wish to outline an architecture that conforms to the structure of our soul," wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, "it would have to be conceived in the image of the labyrinth." I take this to mean that clarity, assuredness, and single-mindedness are luxuries the ego may indulge in, but they are not the natural state of our deepest selves. Rather, at our cores, in the essential primal source that sustains us, we are complicated and meandering . . . mysterious and exploratory . . . curious and questioning. In other words, it's perfectly healthy to be in a labyrinthine state of mind. I hope this meditation helps you enjoy your upcoming Season of Soul.

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Gulf Voice of Mangalore 2010


outh Recreation Center (Rising Stars), on the completion of 30 glorious years in Kuwait has organized a maiden/mega Singing Competition, the “Gulf Voice of Mangalore 2008” on October 17, 2008 and Kuwait’s very own voice, Vinay Lewis was declared the winner of ‘Gulf Voice of Mangalore 2008. After the super success of this event we are back again with Gulf Voice of Mangalore 2010’. The auditions/preliminary rounds for Kuwait already held on June 11, 2010 under the leadership of Lawrence Pinto and Louis Rodrigues and 12 semi-finalists (six male and females each) were chosen to compete for the semi-finals in Kuwait on October 8, 2010 at the American International School - Hawalli. On this day two finalists, one male and one female each will be chosen to enter the grandfinale. Famous personalities in the music field will arrive from Mangalore to judge the semi-finalists. There will be an entertainment program by visiting artists from Mangalore as well as the local artists, Twelve finalists from six Gulf countries will be fighting for the coveted title in the grand-finale to be held in Dubai on October 22, 2010. For further information about this competition, contact Lawrence 99803755, Louis - 66561184. Wilson - 99719938.

Friday, september 24, 2010

NSS Kuwait holds ‘Onam Fest 2010’ today Konkani drama


ational Service Society (NSS Kuwait) will conduct its ninth Onam celebrations ‘Onam Fest 2010’ today from 9:30 am onwards at the Integrated Indian School auditorium, Abbassiya. The organizers have charted a full-day event with a wide range of cultural programs including a musical concert by finalists of Asianet Idea Star Singer Season 4 — Sreenath, Preethi Warrier, Vidyashankar and Rahul Sathyanath. Indian Ambassador Ajai Malhotra will be the Chief Guest of the event. Announcing the program at a press conference NSS Kuwait President N Jayashanker said the traditional caravan to welcome the King Mahabali will include several folk art forms such as


‘kummattikkali’, ‘mayilattom’, ‘theyyam’, ‘karakattom’, ‘karadikali’, ‘pulikkali’, hunter, puppet show and elephant in additional to ‘Thalappoli’ and ‘chendamelam. A sumptuous ‘Onasadya’ will be served during the celebration. Other office-bearers who attended the press conference included

Program Convener Jayakumar Kurup, General Secretary Dinachandran, Rajeev Pillai, K S Suresh and K P Vijayakumar. Vidhyashankar: Ideal Star Singer Season 4 contestant. This 26 year old contestant’s major achievements are winner in music shows (Tamil Satellite TV Shows) Ragamalika (Jaya TV)

NAFO Kuwait Onam 2010


ational Forum Kuwait (NAFO Kuwait) will celebrate Onam 2010 with its full spirit and fervor on Friday, September 24, 2010 at the Indian Community School Auditorium (Senior), Salmiya from 9:30 am onwards. Indian Ambassador Ajai Malhotra and his wife Ira Malhotra will be the chief guests on this happy occasion. Veteran political leader, former Minister of Kerala and Director Board member of NSS, R Balakrishna Pillai will be the celebrity guest. A galaxy of eminent personalities in Kuwait will also join the celebration. Starting from the floral carpet called “Athapookkalam”, NAFO family will stage various cultural programs bringing back the

nostalgic memories of a bygone era of prosperity, equality and righteousness under the golden reign of King Mahabali. In addition, a sumptuous meal-the traditional “Onasadya” will be served to all invitees. B S Pillai, NAFO president inaugurated the distribution of Onam coupon by giving a coupon to Reception Committee Convener G K Nair. In order to make the mega event a grand success, a program committee and sub-committees have been formed under the leadership of C G Manoj, General Secretary, Gopakumar, Cultural Secretary and Program Convener M S Nair. For more details, please contact 99660428/94062853 or

Ragageetham (Raj TV) etc. Preethi Ravindran Warrier won first prize in music contest Raagalaya conducted in Amrtia channel. Sreenath K has got the prize for Janapriya Gayakan in Gandharva Sangeetham show. He has also got first prize in the youth festival for classical and light music.

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


ariano Fernandes presents Soglleank Nomoskar, the Konkani drama which is all set to tour Gulf states and Kuwait on Friday, Oct 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm at Kuwait Medical Association Hall (beside Blood Bank/adjacent to Mubarak Hospital), Jabriya. For gate passes contact: Limra Cargo, Salhea Tower, Basement, Shop No 9, opposite GPO, Kuwait City or call 99581491 97643536 - 66512602 99423781.

Arpan cancels Onam fest


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.

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: ✦✦✦ 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. SEPT 24 NSS Onam: Nair Service Society (NSS), Kuwait will celebrate Onam on Sept 24, at Cambridge School, Mangaf. South Indian film star and acclaimed dancer Lakshmi Gopalaswamy will perform during the function. Ajai Malhotra, Indian

Ambassador to Kuwait, will be the chief guest at the Onam celebration on September 24, which will be followed by a full day variety entertainment program depicting the rich heritage and art forms of Kerala. Muraleekrishnan P, President of Nair Service Society, Kuwait (NSS Kuwait) will preside over the function.The Ona-Sadhya (Onam Feast) will be served in the traditional Kerala style on banana leaf on September 24. Nair Service Society (NSS) Kuwait, is one of the largest Socio-Cultural Organization in Kuwait formed in year 2001 and now has more than 3000 Indians as members. For more information, contact Anish Nair, NSS Kuwait 9969-1431. 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. SACAAKuwait 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 Rendezvous2010, SACAA-Kuwait intends to help generate funds for the Poor Students Fund of St. Aloysius institutions where numerous needy students look forward to assistance to subsidize their costs. SACAA Kuwait calls upon all Aloysians, their families and also like minded people to join this noble cause and help make life

a little better for those needy students back home. For entry passes and further information, kindly contact - 66731828, 66746425, 66181041, 94093275, 66699857, 66091962. OCT 29 Onathanima tug of war: Thanima is conducting its annual Onam celebrations along with its celebrated tug of war competitions on October 29 at Central School compound, Abbasiya. Cultural procession, concert and other attractive cultural items will add glitter to the evening function in which many prominent personalities are expected to be present. Those teams wishing to participate in the tug of war competition, please contact 99865499 / 97253653 / 66071276 / 99703872. Nov 17 Trend setter Udupi Restaurant, Kuwait proudly presents “ Gandharva Ganam” a live carnatic classical concert by living legend & maestro Padmabooshan Dr. K.J.Yesudas with his troupe on 17th Nov. 2010 at American International School, Kuwait. Sri. Nagai Murali on violin, Sri. Bakthavalsalam on Mridangam and Sri. Thripunithura Radhakrishnan on Ghatam. For more details, please contact 66752462 or 66784867.

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Nair Service Society lines up for Ona-sadya today More than 1,000 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 today. According to K Manikandan, General Secretary, NSS Kuwait “This Ona-sadya will be a treat of flavor and sublime culture for all and will include 22 varieties of vegetarian dishes”. Ona-sadya will be served in the traditional Kerala style on banana leaf. Athapookalam, the floral carpet will be a special attraction. Onam 2010, organized 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 special dance performance by the leading South Indian film actress and renowned classical dancer Lakshmi Gopalaswamy today. Ajai Malhotra, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, will

be the Chief Guest and Director Board Member and Legal Secretary of NSS, 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-sadya coupons are already in circulation. The committee has requested all the guests to collect the Onasadya coupons in advance to avoid last minute disappointment. For more information, contact Anish Nair, NSS Kuwait 9969-1431 / 66819913.

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Embassy information EmbaSSy Of US The United States Department of State announces the increase in various visa fees to ensure sufficient resources to cover the increasing cost of processing nonimmigrant visas (NIVs). US law requires the Department to recover the cost of processing nonimmigrant visas through the collection of the application fees. The increased fees are to take effect June 4, 2010. Under the new rule, applicants for all visas that are not petition-based, including B1/B2 tourist and business visitor visas and all student and exchange-visitor visas, will pay a fee of $140. Applicants for petition-based visas will pay an application fee of $150, as each of the below categories requires a review of extensive documentation and a more in-depth interview of the applicant than other categories, such as tourists. These categories include: H visa for temporary workers and trainees L visa for intra-company transferees O visa for aliens with extraordinary ability P visa for athletes, artists and entertainers Q visa for international cultural exchange visitors R visa for religious occupations The application fee for K visas for fiance(e)s of US citizens will be $350. The fee for E visas for treaty-traders and treaty-investors will be $390. EmbaSSy Of CaNada Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI) 2010 October 2 to 4, 2010 organized by the Embassy of Canada. Representatives of leading Canadian universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education will be available to meet students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors to present the advantages of studying in Canada. On October 4, 2010 a “Study in Canada” exhibition will be being held at the Safir Marina Hotel, Salmiya for potential students and their parents to attend. The Canadian institutions will also be visiting local schools to speak to interested students about opportunities to study in Canada. Please contact the Canadian Embassy in Kuwait for additional information. The MEEI tour will also be visiting the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. EMBASSY OF INDIA The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week.

Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the Embassy of India: [i] 24x7 Helpline for Domestic Workers: Accessible by toll free telephone no. 25674163 from anywhere in Kuwait, it provides information and advice exclusively to Indian domestic sector workers (Visa No. 20) as regards their grievances, immigration and other matters. [ii] Help Desk: It offers guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal, and other issues (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iii) Labour Complaints Desk: It registers labor complaints and provides grievance redressal service to Indian workers (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iv) Shelters: For female and male domestic workers in distress; (v) Legal Advice Clinic: Provides free legal advice to Indian nationals (Embassy premises; Kuwaiti lawyers 3 PM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday; Indian lawyers 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday); and (vi) Attestation of Work Contracts: Private sector worker (Visa No. 18) contracts are accepted at the Embassy; 9 AM to 1 PM; Sunday to Thursday; Domestic sector worker (Visa No. 20) contracts are accepted at Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO), Hawally, Al-Othman Street, Kurd Roundabout, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. The Embassy of India will remain closed on September 2, 2010 on account of ‘Janmashtami’ respectively. EMBASSY OF turkEY The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey announces that Turkish language course will restart at the Embassy’s Tourism, Culture and Information Office 4 October 2010. The lessons will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. For further details and registration please contact. * The Embassy at Tel: 22531785 (only from 9 am to 3 pm) * Or fill the application form on 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 is for Tourist Visa only.

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IN CASE YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING, YOUR PROPER CANCELLATION OF BOOKINGS WILL HELP OTHER PASSENGERS TO USE SEATS. Arrival Flights on Friday 17/09/2010 Airlines Flt Route Wataniya Airways 188 Bahrain Tunis Air 327 Tunis/Dubai Kuwait 544 Cairo Wataniya Airways 306 Cairo Wataniya Airways 434 Damascus Middle East 408 Beirut Gulf Air 211 Bahrain Jazeera 187 Dubai Pakistan 215 Karachi Turkish 772 Istanbul Ethiopian 620 Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 551 Alexandria Egypt Air 614 Cairo Jazeera 267 Beirut DHL 370 Bahrain Emirates 853 Dubai Jazeera 513 Sharm El Sheikh Wataniya Airways 322 Sharm El Sheikh Etihad 305 Abu Dhabi Qatari 138 Doha Jazeera 241 Amman Air France 6770Paris Jazeera 503 Luxor Jazeera 527 Alexandria British 157 London Kuwait 416 Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur Kuwait 206 Islamabad Kuwait 302 Mumbai Fly Dubai 053 Dubai Kuwait 676 Dubai Kuwait 352 Cochin Kuwait 286 Chittagong Kuwait 284 Dhaka Kuwait 362 Colombo Emirates 855 Dubai Arabia 121 Sharjah Qatari 132 Doha Etihad 301 Abu Dhabi Iran Air 619 Lar Gulf Air 213 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 182 Bahrain Middle East 404 Beirut Wataniya Airways 102 Dubai Jazeera 165 Dubai India Express 815 Mangalore/Doha Yemenia 825 Sanaa Jazeera 171 Dubai Gulf Air 219 Bahrain Egypt Air 610 Cairo Jazeera 457 Damascus Kuwait 672 Dubai Wataniya Airways 432 Damascus United 982 Washington DC Dulles Jordanian 800 Amman Fly Dubai 057 Dubai Jazeera 257 Beirut Wataniya Airways 422 Amman Kuwait 552 Damascus Kuwait 744 Dammam Jazeera 481 Sabiha Qatari 134 Doha Kuwait 546 Alexandria Mihin 403 Colombo/Dubai Jazeera 427 Bahrain Etihad 303 Abu Dhabi Emirates 857 Dubai Gulf Air 215 Bahrain Wataniya Airways 402 Beirut Saudia 510 Riyadh Jazeera 239 Amman Arabia 125 Sharjah Jazeera 367 Deirezzor SriLankan 227 Colombo/Dubai Wataniya Airways 304 Cairo Kuwait 166 Paris/Rome

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Departure Flights on Friday 24/09/2010 Airlines Flt Route Egypt Air 607 Luxor Bangladesh 044 Dhaka Lufthansa 637 Frankfurt Indian 982 Ahmedabad/Hyderabad/Chennai Pakistan 206 Lahore Tunis Air 328 Tunis Turkish 773 Istanbul Pakistan 216 Karachi Ethiopian 620 Bahrain/Addis Ababa Air Arabia Egypt 552 Alexandria Egypt Air 615 Cairo DHL 371 Bahrain Emirates 854 Dubai Etihad 306 Abu Dhabi Qatari 139 Doha Wataniya Airways 101 Dubai Jazeera 480 Sabiha Air France 6770Dubai/Hong Kong Jazeera 164 Dubai Jazeera 456 Damascus 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 177 Frankfurt/Geneva Kuwait 671 Dubai Kuwait 117 New York Wataniya Airways 421 Amman Kuwait 551 Damascus Arabia 122 Sharjah Wataniya Airways 631 Rome

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Emirates Wataniya Airways Qatari Etihad Wataniya Airways Gulf Air Iran Air Middle East Wataniya Airways Kuwait Kuwait Jazeera Jazeera India Express Kuwait Kuwait Yemenia Gulf Air Jazeera Egypt Air Kuwait Wataniya Airways Jordanian Kuwait Fly Dubai United Jazeera Kuwait Wataniya Airways Kuwait Kuwait Jazeera Jazeera Kuwait Qatari Kuwait Rovos Etihad Mihin Wataniya Airways Gulf Air Emirates Arabia Jazeera Saudia SriLankan Wataniya Airways Wataniya Airways Jazeera Kuwait Jazeera Kuwait Fly Dubai Nas Air Kuwait Kuwait Oman Air Middle East Jet A/W Wataniya Airways Gulf Air Saudia DHL Kuwait Jazeera Qatari Kuwait Kuwait Emirates Jazeera Jazeera United Jazeera Kuwait Egypt Air

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ACCOMMODATION Room for rent in two B/R, flat in Khaitan, for bachelors only. Call: 66141908 after 4:00 pm. (C 2684) Furnished sharing accommodation available for a non-smoking Keralite bachelor in Abbassiya. Rent KD 40. Contact: 66577233. (C 2689) 23-9-2010 Sharing accommodation, one room available for decent working ladies or small family with Indian small family in Farwaniya. From 1st Oct. 2010. Call: 97823565. (C 2683) 22-9-2010 Room for rent Indonesian/Filipino only. CA/C, separate bathroom, non-smoker, single or couple, Farwaniya behind Crowne Plaza. Call: 66604286. (C 2677) Sharing accommodation available for decent Indian Christian bachelor or couple in Salmiya, behind Mr. Baker, with dish TV facility. Contact: 66486047 / 25711643. (C 2681) Room available for small family (without kids) or bachelor in Khaitan area. Call: 99868113. (C 2680) 21-9-2010 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

issued by RTA - Dubai. If anyone found kindly inform me on my cell 97638503. 22-9-2010


Urgently required expert TRANSCRIBER, part-time, proficient in English, and excellent auditory skills, experienced in handling and transcribing project interviews. Contact 66660966. Need part time or full time baby sitter in Hawally, preferably Filipino. Contact: 66662863. (C 2687)

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

Need part time or full time baby sitter in Kuwait City, preferably Filipino. Place at Al Muthanna complex. Call: 66809431. (C 2688) 23-9-2010


LOST A wallet containing Civil ID, driving license and bank cards were lost near Indian School, Salmiya, Essa AlQatami Street. Finder please contact the advertiser on telephone 97204538 or 97209341. (C 2690)

I, Mohammed Ameer Ali Chemnad, Civil ID No. 271030305782 hereby notify that I have lost my following documents while traveling from Shuwaikh to Jaleeb Shuyookh. Original B.Com Degree Certificate, Calicut University, Reg. No. 3475, year 1991. Original U.A.E Driving License No. 1006406, Original NOC

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Experience in housekeeping, baby sitting and looking after pets. Contact 94005328. (C 2678) 21-9-2010 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)

CHANGE OF NAME Change in name spelling only. This it to inform that Saniya Pachisa holder of Indian Passport No. H 1115646 and holder of Kuwaiti civil ID 290090501623 will change the name as SANIA PACHISA. (C 2679)



Two boys - Sunni Muslim Studied in USA (BTECH Comp.) working in New York, Well settled, Aged 27 - 5ft 6� & 28 yrs 5 ft 4�, looking for suitable match with degree in Eng./Finance etc. from educated / respected / religious family (NRI) preferably from Trichur / Ernakulam Dist. Please contact e-mail: (C 2682) 22-9-2010 SITUATION WANTED

Available from India, Goan Roman Catholic full time live out maid for American and European family only.

PRIVATE CLINICS Ophthalmologists: Dr. Abidallah Al-Mansoor 5622444 Dr. Samy Al-Rabeea 5752222 Dr. Masoma Habeeb 5321171 Dr. Mubarak Al-Ajmy 5739999 Dr. Mohsen Abel 5757700 Dr Adnan Hasan Alwayl 5732223 Dr. Abdallah Al-Baghly 5732223 Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT): Dr. Ahmed Fouad Mouner Dr. Abdallah Al-Ali Dr. Abd Al-Hameed Al-Taweel Dr. Sanad Al-Fathalah Dr. Mohammad Al-Daaory Dr. Ismail Al-Fodary Dr. Mahmoud Al-Booz

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General Practitioners: Dr. Mohamme Y Majidi Dr. Yousef Al-Omar Dr. Tarek Al-Mikhazeem Dr. Kathem Maarafi Dr. Abdallah Ahmad Eyadah Dr. Nabeel Al-Ayoobi Dr. Dina Abidallah Al-Refae

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Urologists: Dr. Ali Naser Al-Serfy 2641534 Dr. Fawzi Taher Abul 2639955 Dr. Khaleel Abidallah Al-Awadi 2616660

Dr. Adel Al-Hunayan FRCS (C) 5313120 Plastic Surgeons: Dr. Mohammad Al-Khalaf Dr. Abdal-Redha Lari Dr. Abdel Quttainah

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Family Doctor: Dr Divya Damodar


Psychiatrists Dr. Esam Al-Ansari Dr Eisa M. Al-Balhan

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Gynaecologists & Obstetricians: Dr Adrian Harbe Dr. Verginia s.Marin Dr. Fozeya Ali Al-Qatan Dr. Majeda Khalefa Aliytami Dr. Ahmad Al-Khooly Dr. Salem soso

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General Surgeons: Dr. Amer Zawaz Al-Amer 2610044 Dr. Mohammad Yousef Basher 5327148

Dr. Latefa Al-Duweisan Dr. Nadem Al-Ghabra Dr. Mobarak Aldoub Dr Nasser Behbehani

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Paediatricians: Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Rashed Dr. Zahra Qabazard Dr. Sohail Qamar Dr. Snaa Maaroof Dr. Pradip Gujare Dr. Zacharias Mathew

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(1) Ear, Nose and Throat (2) Plastic Surgeon Dr. Abdul Mohsin Jafar, FRCS (Canada) 5655535 Dentists: Dr Anil Thomas Dr. Shamah Al-Matar Dr. Anesah Al-Rasheed Dr. Abidallah Al-Amer Dr. Faysal Al-Fozan Dr. Abdallateef Al-Katrash Dr. Abidallah Al-Duweisan Dr. Bader Al-Ansari

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Internists, Chest & Heart: Dr. Adnan Ebil Dr. Mousa Khadada

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Neurologists: Dr. Sohal Najem Al-Shemeri 5633324 Dr. Jasem Mola Hassan 5345875

Gastrologists Dr. Sami Aman 2636464 Dr. Mohammad Al-Shamaly 5322030 Dr. Foad Abidallah Al-Ali 2633135 Endocrinologist: Dr. Abd Al-Naser Al-Othman 5339330 Dr. Ahmad Al-Ansari 5658888 Dr. Kamal Al-Shomr 5329924 Physiotherapists & VD: Dr. Deyaa Shehab Dr. Musaed Faraj Khamees

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Rheumatologists: Dr. Adel Al-Awadi 5330060 Dr. Khaled Al-Jarallah 5722290 Internist, Chest & Heart: DR.Mohammes Akkad 4555050 Ext 210 Dr. Mohammad Zubaid MB, ChB, FRCPC, PACC Assistant Professor Of Medicine Head, Division of Cardiology Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital Tel: 5339667 Dr. Farida Al-Habib MD, PH.D, FACC Consultant Cardiologist Tel: 2611555-2622555

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Big Love One Tree Hill Survivor Karen Sisco The Ex-List Hawthorne Defying Gravity Big Love The Ex-List Criminal Minds Karen Sisco Hawthorne Defying Gravity Criminal Minds Karen Sisco The Ex-List One Tree Hill Survivor Big Love Bachelor Friday Night Lights Happy Town The Closer Saving Grace

Untamed & Uncut Weird Creatures with Nick Pit Bulls and Parolees Animal Cops South Africa A Nose for Crime Untamed & Uncut SSPCA: On the Wildside Planet Wild Animal Crackers Meerkat Manor The Planet’s Funniest Animals The Planet’s Funniest Animals

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Breed All About It Breed All About It Planet Wild Pit Bulls and Parolees Monkey Life Night Animal Precinct E-Vets: The Interns Pet Rescue Animal Cops Miami Wildlife SOS SSPCA: On the Wildside Pit Bulls and Parolees The Planet’s Funniest Animals The Planet’s Funniest Animals Groomer Has It Great Ocean Adventures Killer Jellyfish Stranger Among Bears Stranger Among Bears Whale Wars Living with the Wolfman Living with the Wolfman Animal Cops Miami

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Daily Cooks Challenge Daily Cooks Challenge Cash In The Attic House Swap Cash In The Attic Come Dine With Me Daily Cooks Challenge Daily Cooks Challenge 10 Years Younger House Swap Antiques Roadshow House Swap Bargain Hunt Hidden Potential Cash In The Attic Usa Chuck’s Day Off

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Normal Life-R The Sisters-18 Solaris-PG15 Jump Tomorrow-PG15 Field Of Dreams-PG Disco-PG Run Papa Run-PG15 The Memsahib-PG15 The Madness Of King GeorgeRipley’s Game-PG15 Pan’s Labyrinth-18 Trainspotting-R

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Street Customs Berlin Dirty Jobs I Shouldn’t Be Alive Mega Builders Mythbusters How Stuff’s Made How Does it Work Dirty Jobs Fifth Gear Mega Builders Street Customs Berlin Mythbusters Ultimate Survival I Shouldn’t Be Alive Border Security How Does it Work How Stuff’s Made Mythbusters Miami Ink Ultimate Survival Dirty Jobs Overhaulin’ Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security The Gadget Show How Does it Work How Stuff’s Made Swords: Life on the Line Construction Intervention

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Rhodes Across China House Swap Cash In The Attic Come Dine With Me Celebrity Masterchef Goes Celebrity Masterchef Goes

Perfect Disaster The Gadget Show Catch It Keep It I, Videogame How Does That Work? Junkyard Mega-Wars Robotica Weird Connections Perfect Disaster Junkyard Mega-Wars Mission Critical: Hubble Catch It Keep It Stunt Junkies Weird Connections Perfect Disaster How Does That Work? Mega Builders One Step Beyond Catch It Keep It Science of the Movies The Gadget Show Mission Critical: Hubble Mega Builders Brainiac Sci-Fi Science Sci-Fi Science Weird Connections Weird Connections How It’s Made The Gadget Show Mega Builders Sci-Fi Science

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Bmx Megatour Tread Bmx Untracked Untracked Sports Jobs Fantasy Factory Iex 2009 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross... Ticket To Ride 2009 Lg Action Sports World... Lucas Oil Ama Motocross... Winter Dew Tour 09/10 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross... Ticket To Ride 2009 Ticket To Ride 2009 Strikeforce

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

Barefoot Contessa Everyday Italian Chopped Throwdown With Bobby Flay Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives

01:00 Inside the PGA Tour 01:30 Sport Central 02:00 The Golf Channel - TBA 04:30 Golf Central International 05:00 MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers 08:00 Women’s Professional Soccer WPS Super Semifinal 10:00 MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers 13:00 Golf Central International 13:30 World Sport 2010 14:00 NFL Game Day 14:30 Beach Sports EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Panama City Beach, FL 15:00 Global Golf Adventure 15:30 European Tour The Vivendi Rd. 2 18:30 Inside the PGA Tour 19:00 World Sport 2010 19:30 NFL Game Day 20:00 PGA Tour: THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola Rd. 2 Atlanta , GA

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Dead Tenants Dead Tenants FBI Files Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases Dr G: Medical Examiner Forensic Detectives Ghosthunters Dr G: Medical Examiner Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Forensic Detectives FBI Files CSU The Prosecutors Forensic Detectives Mystery ER Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Solved Mystery ER Forensic Detectives FBI Files CSU The Prosecutors Forensic Detectives Mystery ER Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Solved Mystery ER Extreme Forensics Extreme Forensics Dr G: Medical Examiner

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trendy for summer 2011


By Daniela Petroff


snappy Gucci collection opened the Milan fashion week and set the mood for the spring-summer 2011 — Italian style. Outlandish fashion falls flat in these days of crisis, with designers preferring a return to the “oldies but goodies,” which don’t have to pass the test of time. Frida Giannini, the Roman designer who took over the reins at Gucci several years ago, dips into the horsey past of the Florentine house for inspiration, especially for her handbags, but never succumbs to nostalgia. The show presented Wednesday, the first day of the six-day preview showings, is colorful and fastmoving with a sophisticated elegance gleaned from a 1970’s feel and a

Models display creations as part of Gucci springsummer 2011 ready-to-wear collection on September 22, 2010 during the Women’s fashion week in Milan. —AFP

Mediterranean allure. Highwaisted tulip skirts share the runway with harem pants. Softly tailored men’s jackets compete with fitted riding jackets and bomber jackets. Bright shades of orange, purple and green contrast with safari beige and basic black. The 1970’s glam is most evident in a series of hot evening dresses in colorful metallic satin with intricate fringe detailing. Daytime is cinched by a gold belt with playful tassels. Tassels also play a major role in the bag department. Mini shoulder bags with prominent stitching are decorated with tassels, as is the new “Snaffle Bit Bag” which harks back to the original saddle bag with horse-bit clasp. A darker version of the famous bamboo handle is another tribute to past Gucci glory. See next page


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From page 52 The latest Gucci footwearsandals with python detailing and metallic heel, and ultralight basket-weave boots-is very contemporary and very high. Later Wednesday, Alberta Ferretti presented a collection that reached way back into the annals of fashion to the days of romantic maidens. Somewhere between a Greek nymph and a Shakespearian Ophelia, the Ferretti fairy floats down the runway in flat floral sandals and diaphanous gowns, seemingly unaware of the crisis-ridden world around her. She is a nature girl with long flowing hair and no makeup who loves flowers, whether they be delicately stitched onto her clothes or worked into lovely floral chiffon prints. Natural shades of green and beige are her favorites. Should she feel a chill she wraps herself in a

delicate silk knit sweater. Ferretti’s option is quite contemporary. The Italian designer represents that portion of modern women who prefer a romantic rather than edgy approach to fashion. The alluring styles can be either short or long, but never sexy. They caress rather than grab the body, and their transparency is more a hint than a revelation. Over the next six days more than 60 of Italy’s top ready to wear designers, including such high-end labels as Armani, Cavalli, Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Ferre, Prada, and Versace will present their latest warm weather wears. — AP

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(From left) Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Fendi acknowledge the audience at the end of Fendi spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection. —AP/AFP photos

Models display creations as part of Fendi spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection yesterday during the Women’s fashion week in Milan.

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Monet show to reconcile French with snubbed master


eloved by Americans, Impressionist master Claude Monet has long been a victim of a sort of Gallic snobbishness in his native France. A new exhibition at Paris’ Galleries Nationales attempts to right this historic wrong by bringing together nearly 200 pieces by the painter-from blockbuster chefs d’oeuvre reproduced in books, magazines and postcards worldwide to little-known, privately held pieces you’d never guess were Monets. Curator Guy Cogeval said “Claude Monet (1840-1926)” — the most complete Monet exhibit in France since 1980, with paintings on loan from dozens of museums and collections from Cleveland, Ohio, to Canberra, Australia-is a bid to “repatriate one of the great geniuses of French art.” “We (the French) have always said, ‘Monet’s for an exhibit in Japan, an exhibit in the United States, but not for one in France.’ But why? He’s one of our greatest painters,” Cogeval told The Associated Press. He chalked this reticence up to “snobbishness,” saying the French largely dismissed Impressionism as “something for tourists” and preferred other 19th century movements like Realism or Symbolism. This Gallic apathy “has had disastrous consequences” on the French public’s appreciation of Monet, Cogeval said, adding that the lion’s share of recent scholarship on the painter was done by academics in the US and Britain. “I think the French public will be very surprised” by the show, said Cogeval-who also heads Paris’ Musee d’Orsay, a museum dedicated largely to the Impressionists. Organized thematically, the exhibition-which opens Wednesday and runs through Jan 24 — showcases the subjects that obsessed Monet throughout his long life, from the rocky coastline of Normandy to the haystacks and poplars he revisited under every conceivable meteorological condition, to the Japanese bridge and water lilyfilled pond at his home in Giverny. It highlights his evolution from a gifted but slightly conventional landscape painter-churning out in the mid-1860s seascapes so realistic they could almost be mistaken for photographs-to a painter whose feathery brushstrokes that captured shifting light, atmosphere and movement helped launch the Impressionist movement. Grays, slate blues and forest greens dominate the early work, but Monet’s palette slowly broadens out, first to include pastels like buttery yellows and salmon pinks and then to the bold mauves, teals and crimsons of his final years, when his eyesight was clouded by cataracts. “Point de la Heve at Low Tide,” an 1865 depiction of a foreboding, rocky beach in the northwestern Normandy region where he grew up-one of Monet’s early critical successes-shows his lifelong preoccupation with weather and atmosphere: The skies churn with foreboding black clouds and the whitecap-dotted sea roils. —AP

(From left) In this publicity image released by Fox, judges for season ten of American Idol are shown. Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Ryan Seacrest (Below) Singer Steven Tyler at the American Idol Season Ten judge announcement. — AP

J.Lo says won’t be

cruel as ‘American Idol’ judge


ew “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez sparkled in a silver jumpsuit, and said she could never make cruel remarks to an aspiring singer. Steven Tyler said his Aerosmith bandmates were jealous when they first learned he would join the judge’s panel on television’s No 1-ranked show, and he rambled about his “Idol” gig “resonating with his career.” And everyone in the “American Idol” gang acknowledged on Wednesday that British judge Simon Cowell was “irreplaceable,” but said the talent show’s

focus would return to the contestants. “Season 10 is like the remix. It is like a new beginning for what ‘Idol’ is. These two are so talented...I think it worked out the best it ever could,” music producer Randy Jackson, the only remaining original judge on the three-person panel, told a news conference after Wednesday’s judges’ announcement. The hiring of Tyler, 62, and Lopez, 41, as the two new judges on “American Idol” marked an injection of glamour and hard rock star power to the 10-year-old show.

But asked who will take British judge Cowell’s place as the “villain” on the new panel, both superstars looked blank. “I believe in tough love, but I

don’t think I will ever, as an artist myself, be cruel to another artist. I think there are definitely better ways to say things,” Lopez said. “It’s not about role playing,” said executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. “It is about being themselves.” Lythgoe also dismissed media reports that Lopez, the star of movies such as “The Wedding Planner,” made “diva demands” for her “Idol” contract, calling previous stories “so much rubbish.” Both Lopez and Tyler are joining America’s mostwatched TV show after recent

career setbacks. Lopez’s last movie “The Back-Up Plan,” flopped at the box office in a disappointing comeback after she took time out to raise her twins with third husband, singer Marc Antony. Tyler had a second spell in rehab for prescription drug addiction a year ago and has just finished an Aerosmith tour marked by public feuds with bandmates. “This was thrown on me. I looked on it as a great opportunity,” the rocker said. “With the band-we have been married for 40 years. They are worse than women...At first they were jealous. —Reuters

Joaquin Phoenix thanks Letterman for his ‘beat down’ A

clean-shaven Joaquin Phoenix dressed in a suit and tie appeared on David Letterman’s talk show Wednesday night and thanked the host for giving him a verbal “beat down” when the two last appeared together. Phoenix, Oscar-nominated for his role as Johnny Cash in 2005 film “Walk the Line,” also apologized to the talk show host for pulling a stunt as a rambling hip-hop performer on the “Late Show with David Letterman” in 2009, stunning audiences and Letterman with his bizarre behavior. “I think that you’ve interviewed many, many people and I assumed that you would know the difference between a character and a real person, so-but I apologize. I didn’t-I hope I didn’t offend you in any way,” Phoenix said in a transcript from Letterman’s interview that will air Wednesday night. For almost two years, Phoenix has been carrying out a hoax on his fans by telling anybody

who would listen that he had given up Hollywood movies for a career as a hip-hop singer.

He grew a long, scraggly beard, put on weight and started rapping in front of live audiences. But it was all

In this photo released by CBS, actor Joaquin Phoenix joins host David Letterman on the set of the ‘Late Show with David Letterman,’ Wednesday, in New York. —AP

an act for a documentary film about his “transformation” called “I’m Still Here,” that was directed by Phoenix’s brother-in-law and fellow actor Casey Affleck. The movie was released earlier this month in U.S. theaters and Affleck admitted last week in the New York Times that it was all an act. “It’s a terrific performance, it’s the performance of his career,” he told the newspaper. As part of his act, Phoenix appeared on Letterman’s “Late Show” in February 2009 behind dark sunglasses and bushy beard, he mumbled answers to the talk show hosts’ questions and, at times, appeared to have his mind elsewhere. Since the hoax was revealed, speculation has arisen that Letterman had been in on the joke. But in Wednesday’s interview, the pair tried to put those rumors to rest. Letterman asked Phoenix directly if he knew anything about the act, to which Phoenix responded, “No.” — Reuters


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Tourists flock to Chernobyl radiation zone By Anya Tsukanova


ellow Geiger counter in hand, the guide announces that radiation levels are 35 times higher than normal. Welcome to Chernobyl, the site in 1986 of the worst nuclear disaster in history and now an attraction visited by thousands of tourists every year. Nearly 25 years after a reactor at the Soviet-era plant exploded, the irradiated zone around Chernobyl is attracting curious visitors from around the world, from nuclear specialists to ordinary tourists, willing to pay 160 dollars (122 euros) a day to visit the zone. Described by US magazine Forbes as among the “world’s unique places to visit,” Chernobyl last year hosted about 7,500 visitors, according to official figures. On one recent trip, a small bus ferried tourists to the edge of the zone, forbidden to those without special permission. At the entrance, each signed a form promising to respect rules aimed at preventing contamination, including not eating or smoking outside, not touching anything and not sitting on the ground or even putting down

personal belongings. The tourists signed the form with nervous laughs. A young Belgian psychologist, Davinia Schoutteten, admitted to being “a little bit scared” of the radiation and said she planned to throw away her shoes after the visit. She moved forward with the other tourists nonetheless, heading toward the infamous reactor, now covered in a cracked concrete shell. The Geiger counter registered radiation levels of 3.9 microsieverts, against a normal level of 0.12 microsieverts. After taking pictures of the reactor, the tourists headed to the abandoned city of Pripyat, built only three kilometers (two miles) from the nuclear plant to house its personnel and from where 50,000 residents were evacuated the day after the catastrophe. In the city, time was frozen. Soviet-era signs hung from buildings near a rusting fun park. Books and bits of toys sat in abandoned apartments. Hundreds of gas masks littered the floor of a school cafeteria. At the entrance to a classroom, a lesson plan for the next week including classes in reading, math, Russian and natural sciences was written in black and red ink on a

Kevin Costner pitches emergency oil spill plan to Congress


evin Costner told US lawmakers Wednesday that clean-up operations during the BP oil disaster were a “tangled mess,” as the Hollywood star urged Congress to adopt his 895-million-dollar emergency response plan. Costner-the on-screen hero of “Waterworld” who has a real life passion for developing oil clean-up technology-said that 32 of his company’s centrifugal oil-water separators leased by BP sat idle while the British energy giant figured out what to do with them. “Our machines sat on a barge waiting to separate oil and water for days before some boats could even come,” Costner told reporters after testifying before the House of Representatives committee on homeland security. “It was a lack of coordination, it was a tangled mess.” The Oscar-winner had returned to Capitol Hill in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill to pitch his plan, which incorporates oil-separating machines developed by his firm, Ocean Therapy Solutions, along with a fleet of specialized boats for oil collection and eliminating use of chemicals. Actor Kevin Costner dispersant During recovery testifies on Capitol Hill operations, BP touted in Washington, its “vessels of Wednesday, Sept. 22, opportunity,” thousands of small boats2010.—AP often private fishermen-sent out to fight the spill, many of them with no expertise in oil containment. “Our choices are clear,” Costner told lawmakers. “We can choose to enlist a fleet of 6,000 vessels that are hampered by their lack of training and preparedness, or we can create a dedicated fleet of 190 state-of-the-art vessels.” The specialized ships and barges, Costner explained, could react quickly to a spill, skimming large amounts of oily water separating the gunk from the water while offshore, rather than inefficiently bringing the haul to land for processing. Costner, 55, urged that the same energy and financial resources expended by the oil industry in pursuit of oil be harnessed to protect US waters and coastlines.—AFP

A tourist from Sweden takes a picture in the abandoned amusement park of the ghost city of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, on September 16, 2010. —AFP piece of paper still pinned to the wall. “It’s very sad. I can’t help but feel very sad,” said Bobby Harrington, a young woman visiting from Australia. “(It is) very beautiful and poetic but the whole tragedy makes me feel very uncomfortable with photographing it,” she said,

adding that she felt like she was intruding by seeing abandoned homes. “It’s too early maybe. There are a lot of people still alive.... It’s the voyeuristic element that I feel uncomfortable with,” she said. But other tourists felt no hesitation about the site being made a tourist

attraction, saying it was a testament to a historical event. “I always wanted to see this place, since it happened. It’s a very important part of our recent history,” said tourist Karl Backman, a Swedish musician. “I do not think it’s bizarre. It’s no different from the Coliseum, where people died... or from Auschwitz. It’s history,” he said. The disaster occurred on April 26, 1986 at 1:23 am, when one of Chernobyl’s reactors exploded, contaminating the then-Soviet states of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus with the fallout also spreading to other parts of Europe. Thousands of people known as “liquidators” from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus have died since taking part in the bid to limit radioactive fallout after the catastrophe. The death toll from the Chernobyl disaster is bitterly disputed, with a United Nations toll from 2005 setting it at just 4,000, but non-governmental groups suggesting the true toll could reach tens or even hundreds of thousands. In Ukraine alone, 2.3 million people are designated officially as “having suffered from the catastrophe,” including from higher cancer rates. —AFP

Singer Gwen Stefani poses for photos with a wax figure of her Wednesday, Sept 22, 2010, at Madame Tussaud’s in Las Vegas. —AP

Mexico’s Ximena Navarrete, the recently crowned Miss Universe 2010, poses for photographers with the Guadalajara 2011 Pan-American games mascots, during a promotional event in Guadalajara, Mexico, Tuesday. — AP


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Rays shine over Yankees, Rangers down Angels NEW YORK: Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria hit consecutive home runs Wednesday to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 7-2 win over the New York Yankees after a long rain delay took some of the luster out of a key September game. Dan Johnson hit his third homer against New York in a week as the Rays’ bullpen outpitched the New York relievers to help Tampa Bay pull within 1 1/2 games of the Yankees in the American League East in a game that ended at 12:34 a.m. Tampa Bay improved to 9-8 in the season series — the first tiebreaker should the teams be equal after 162 games — with one game to go. The finale of the four-game set for Thursday is highlighted by the anticipated rematch of Cy Young pitching award candidates CC Sabathia and David Price after they went zero for zero for eight innings on Sept. 13 in Florida. Rangers 2, Angels 1 At Anaheim, California, Jeff Francoeur doubled to lead off the 12th inning and eventually scored on Jeff Mathis’ passed ball as Texas trimmed its magic number for clinching the AL West to four. Mathis’ mistake on an easily catchable pitch by Matt Palmer (1-2) ended an eight-inning scoreless drought for the Rangers, who extended their division lead over Oakland to eight games heading into a fourgame series at the Coliseum. Texas can clinch its first AL West title since 1999 with two wins over the Athletics. Its magic number dropped earlier Wednesday with Oakland’s 4-3 loss to the White Sox. Mike Napoli tied it with a seventhinning homer for the Angels, who lost for just the fourth time in 13 games. Mariners 6, Blue Jays 3 At Toronto, Jose Lopez hit three home runs and Michael Saunders added a two-run drive as Seattle beat Toronto. Lopez hit a solo shot off Kyle Drabek (02) in the second inning, led off

the sixth with a drive against reliever Brian Tallet and connected off reliever Shawn Camp in the eighth. It was his first multihomer game of the season and fourth of his career. Lopez, who has 10 home runs, hit all three homers to left field. Vernon Wells had a solo shot, Toronto’s major leaguebest 233rd. David Pauley (3-8) got the win. Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki went 1 for 5, leaving him two hits from becoming the first player to record 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons. Suzuki leads the majors with 198 hits. Red Sox 6, Orioles 1 At Boston, David Ortiz homered and drove in four runs, and John Lackey ended a careerworst four-game losing streak as Boston avoided a three-game sweep by beating Baltimore. Josh Reddick also homered for Boston — his first of the season — as the Red Sox avoided being swept in Fenway Park by the Orioles for the first time since 1994. Lackey (1311) pitched seven innings and allowed one run and five hits. Ortiz hit a three-run homer — his 31st — into the Red Sox bullpen off Kevin Millwood (316). Twins 5, Indians 1 At Minneapolis, Minnesota rested most of its regulars and beat Cleveland behind the pitching of Nick Blackburn to complete a three-game sweep a day after becoming the first major league team to clinch a playoff berth this year. Blackburn became the sixth Minnesota pitcher to reach double digits in victories, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. Jose Morales had three RBIs and Alexei Casilla had three hits for Minnesota, which has won nine of 11 and improved its record at new Target Field to 5225. The Twins have sold out 74 straight home games and set a season home attendance record with 3,063,327, topping their 1988 mark. —AP

PHOENIX: Arizona Diamondbacks’ Kelly Johnson (left) throws to first after forcing out Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez, completing the double play on Troy Tulowitzki during the sixth inning of a baseball game. —AP

Phillies continue winning streak PHILADELPHIA: Roy Oswalt and two relief pitchers allowed just one hit as National League Eastleading Philadelphia beat Atlanta 1-0 on Wednesday for the Phillies’ 10th straight win that increased their lead over the Braves to six games. Raul Ibanez hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning for the only run, helping the twotime NL champions reduce their magic number for clinching their fourth straight division title to four.

MLB results/standings Major League Baseball results and standings on Wednesday: Minnesota 5, Cleveland 1; Chicago White Sox 4, Oakland 3; Tampa Bay 7, NY Yankees 2; Detroit 4, Kansas City 2; Pittsburgh 11, St. Louis 6; Washington 4, Houston 3; Philadelphia 1, Atlanta 0; Seattle 6, Toronto 3; Boston 6, Baltimore 1; Florida 7, NY Mets 5; Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco 0; Milwaukee 13, 1; Arizona 8, Colorado 4; Texas 2, LA Angels 1 (12 innings); San Diego 3, LA Dodgers 1. American League National League Eastern Division Eastern Division Philadelphia 92 61 .601 W L PCT GB Atlanta 86 67 .562 6 NY Yankees 92 60 .605 Florida 76 75 .503 15 Tampa Bay 90 61 .596 1.5 NY Mets 74 78 .487 17.5 Boston 84 68 .553 8 Washington 64 88 .421 27.5 Toronto 76 75 .503 15.5 Central Division Baltimore 61 91 .401 31 Cincinnati 86 67 .562 Central Division St. Louis 77 74 .510 8 Minnesota 92 60 .605 Houston 73 79 .480 12.5 Chicago White Sox 80 72 .526 12 Milwaukee 70 81 .464 15 Detroit 77 75 .507 15 Chicago Cubs 69 82 .457 16 Kansas City 62 89 .411 29.5 Pittsburgh 53 98 .351 32 Cleveland 62 90 .408 30 Western Division Western Division San Diego 85 66 .563 Texas 84 67 .556 San Francisco 85 67 .559 0.5 Oakland 76 75 .503 8 Colorado 82 69 .543 3 LA Dodgers 73 79 .480 12.5 LA Angels 75 77 .493 9.5 Arizona 61 91 .401 24.5 Seattle 58 93 .384 26

It was the Phillies’ first home sweep over the Braves since 2001. Oswalt allowed the hit — a clean double by Martin Prado in the fourth — and walked one in seven innings. Atlanta began the day with a one-game lead over San Diego in the wild-card race. Padres 3, Dodgers 1 At Los Angeles, Miguel Tejada hit his 300th career home run as San Diego reclaimed first place from San Francisco in the topsyturvy NL West race. The Giants lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-0, giving the Padres a halfgame lead as they returned to the top of the standings for the first time since last Saturday. It was the third time the division lead changed hands since the Padres lost at St. Louis to fall out of first on Sept. 16. Tim Stauffer (5-4) allowed one run and three hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his career-high 43rd save in 46 chances. Tejada’s eighth homer of the season gave the Padres a 3-1 lead in the third. Cubs 2, Giants 0 At Chicago, Randy Wells pitched 7 2-3 innings and Kosuke Fukudome homered to lead Chicago past San Francisco. The Giants were shut out for the fourth time in their last five losses. It was the eighth time in 11 games they scored two runs or fewer. The Cubs have won seven of their last eight games, the lone loss 1-0 on Tuesday to the Giants on Buster Posey’s home run. After Wells walked Travis Ishikawa and allowed a double to

Cody Ross with two outs in the eighth, Cubs closer Carlos Marmol struck out Freddy Sanchez to end the inning. Marmol struck out the side in the ninth for his 34th save. D’backs 8, Rockies 4 At Phoenix, Adam LaRoche, Stephen Drew and Kelly Johnson homered to help deny Ubaldo Jimenez his 20th victory as Arizona sent Colorado to its third straight loss. Jimenez (19-7) lasted just four innings, giving up five runs and six hits. He couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead Colorado gave him in the first on Melvin Mora’s three-run homer and Todd Helton’s solo shot. Rodrigo Lopez (7-14) retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced. Four relievers held the Rockies scoreless over the final four innings. Sam Demel pitched 1 2-3 innings to get his second save in two tries. Jimenez gave up two homers in a game for the first time this year and fell to 4-6 in 13 starts since beginning the season 15-1. The Rockies are 3-5 after winning 10 straight. Brewers 13, Reds 1 At Milwaukee, Craig Counsell homered during Milwaukee’s eight-run second inning and Corey Hart homered the next inning as the Brewers finished with 19 hits. Cincinnati pitcher Aaron Harang hobbled off after being hit in the leg by a line drive and the NL Central-leading Reds had their magic number cut to three when Pittsburgh beat St. Louis 11-6. Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (126) had his shortest start of the

season and Harang, normally a starter, was struck in the right ankle by Rickie Weeks’ liner in the fourth inning. X-rays were negative and Harang had a bruise. Pirates 11, Cardinals 6 At Pittsburgh, Charlie Morton pitched effectively over six innings to win for the first time in 4 1/2 months and Pedro Alvarez homered and drove in four runs as Pittsburgh extended St. Louis’ late-season collapse. John Bowker homered among three hits as the Pirates won their fifth straight, their longest streak since an identical run in August 2009, and assured the Cardinals of their eighth consecutive series loss to a losing-record opponent. St. Louis has dropped 25 of 37 since it led the NL Central on Aug. 13, including the first two of this three-game series. Any combination of losses by St. Louis or wins by first-place Cincinnati totaling three will eliminate St. Louis from a division race it led much of the season. Cincinnati lost 13-1 at Milwaukee on Wednesday. Nationals 4, Astros 3 At Washington, Danny Espinosa hit a go-ahead, tworun homer in the seventh inning and a triple, and Michael Morse added a solo shot as Washington edged Houston. September call-up Espinosa’s fifth homer barely cleared the out-of-town scoreboard in right field off the second pitch from reliever Jeff Fulchino (2-1). Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez walked Justin Maxwell leading off the inning. —AP

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Hamilton geared up for Singapore success SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton is targeting back-toback victories at the Singapore Grand Prix after the Briton professed his love for the city-state, the Marina Bay circuit and a job he declared that was “the best in the world”. Hamilton won the floodlit street race last year and finished third in the scandal-tainted inaugural running in 2008 behind Fernando Alonso, who had benefited from a deliberate crash by then Renault team mate Nelson Piquet. The McLaren driver lies second in the standings, five points behind Red Bull’s Mark Webber with five races remaining and is confident he can leapfrog his rival with a victory in Sunday’s race on a track that perfectly suits his driving style. “It’s a street circuit and I love street circuits,” the Briton told a small gathering of reporters yesterday. “They are the most challenging, the most demanding and the most fun. At a racetrack, you have grass and run off areas... less exciting than here, where it’s just man, machine and a wall. “You are driving at top speeds and making split second decisions. That’s what makes it special. I love driving here and I love this track. I think it shows. In 2008, I nearly won and would have won if not for the cheating that happened. “Then in 2009, we didn’t have the best car yet I still managed to win. This year, I feel the car is the best it has ever been.” Compared to the grumpy figure he cut last year, a laidback and animated Hamilton explained how he had improved his preparations for the season’s only night race by keeping his body clock on European time. “I feel brilliant,” added the 25-year-old. “Last time I came here, I arrived on the Tuesday morning and was completely packed out with appearances from the moment I got here. “By the time I got in the car on Friday I was absolutely destroyed. I was so angry about it but managed to qualify on pole position and win the race on Sunday. “This year, things are different. I came directly here from my home in Switzerland... had lots of sleep, great food and feel really good and positive about the weekend. “I’m hoping the weather holds up and we will have a great race.” Continuing in a positive mood, Hamilton spoke of how lucky he feels to be competing in Formula One and how he needs to constantly remind himself of how privileged he is. “I still have to pinch myself and think there are only 24 of us who get a chance to do this. I think that all the time... when I get in and out of the car. “I have got the best job in the world. Not even being a fighter pilot is as exciting. “It’s absolutely incredible. You get in the car, it’s so fast and so light... it’s such a beast. “You get in and put the pedal to the metal and it takes off like a rocket. Then you have to tame it... it’s awesome. “It can catch you out as well which is a special part of it. You really have to be prepared and have your thinking cap on. Especially on a track like this, which is much longer than Monaco but not as narrow. “But it is spectacular to drive.” — Reuters

SINGAPORE: McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain attends a press conference. — AP

SINGAPORE: Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia (center) talks with his mechanics as they work in their team garage as they prepare for the Singapore Grand Prix.—AP

Webber banking on strong finish SINGAPORE: Red Bull’s Mark Webber is banking on a strong result in Singapore to keep his world championship dreams on track, knowing a failure to finish on Sunday could prove fatal. The Australian leads a tight championship race by five points from McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, with Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel all within striking distance with five Grand Prix to go. Webber hasn’t had much luck in Singapore, with his 2009 race wrecked by brake failure while the year before an electric charge from a passing subway train was bizarrely blamed for a gearbox meltdown. He plans to do better this time. “I’ve had a gearbox and a brake failure here, but Brazil was also a rubbish track for me in the past and I won there, so I’ve been ticking a few boxes,” said the 34-year-old. “I’m leading the championship but it’s still very interesting. Of course it can move around quite quickly. It’s certainly a nice position to be in, but it doesn’t matter if there are two or five guys chasing, I just do my job. “Eventually a few will drop off. Will five of us go to the last race at Abu Dhabi in contention-we could, but it’s unlikely. “What I do know is that I need to finish races and keep in the hunt.” While Webber and teammate Vettel have never won the drivers’ title, Alonso, Hamilton and Button all have. But the Australian doesn’t think it gives them an advantage. “It’s slightly uncharted waters for us and there’s a degree of inexperience, but of course we are incredibly hungry for it and we realise how unique this is for the team,” he said. “Jenson, Lewis and Fernando have all won titles but I don’t treat them any differently to guys who haven’t. I have respect for all competitors.

“We’re not leading the championship by mistake, we have earned those points and I’m optimistic that we can continue to chip away and it is important to do that in the next few weeks,” he added. “Not finishing is not part of the menu, I need to keep scoring.” Meanwhile Vettel, who finished fourth last year, said he was expecting another tough race on a circuit that demands the drivers’ complete concentration.

“The circuit has 23 corners so it’s extremely important for the driver to find a good rhythm without touching the barriers,” said the German, who is 24 points, or less than one victory, behind Webber in the title race. “Besides that, this circuit is hard on the brakes and it has a lot of kerbs; the resulting bumpiness demands extreme concentration from the driver.”— AFP

Massa ready to put demons to bed SINGAPORE: Given Felipe Massa’s pit stop fiasco at the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, the Ferrari driver will take some comfort that there will be no refuelling during this year’s race. Massa qualified in pole position for the city state’s night race in 2008 but went from first to last after a nightmare pitstop left his car trailing a broken fuel hose behind it down the pit lane. The Brazilian, who missed last year’s race while recovering from head injuries sustained in a freak accident in Hungary, says he is looking forward to the unique challenge of racing around the city streets of Singapore. “We need to be ready for everything,” said Massa, as thunder rumbled and rain pelted the streets outside a media conference on Thursday. “We know that in wet conditions a track like this is much more difficult-but we need to be ready.” Massa is well out of this season’s title race in sixth spot, trailing Red

Bull leader Mark Webber by a massive 63 points, but he said he was determined to do well on Sunday. “I like the track, in 2008 I was in pole position here and I had a good pace in the race and then we had many problems after refuelling,” he said with a rueful smile. “First of all, repeat qualifying and then we think about the race.” Regulations imposed by the sport’s governing body (FIA) this season have eliminated mid-race refuelling, which means cars will be much heavier and more difficult to drive around Singapore’s twisty street circuit. “This is a big difference for the driver, qualifying a car that’s maybe six seconds quicker than what you’re going to have in the race. That makes our lives a little more difficult,” he said. “Overtaking is very difficult because it’s in the middle of a town. There’s no long straight and it’s one corner after another. “That’s why qualifying is so, so important.”— Reuters


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England threaten legal action against Butt LONDON: England threatened legal action against Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt yesterday unless he apologizes for alleging English players deliberately lost the one-day international between the teams at The Oval last week. The England and Wales Cricket Board and the Professional Cricketers’ Association sent a letter to Butt on behalf of the team, seeking “a full and unreserved apology.” “ Butt has been advised that if a satisfactory response is not received, legal proceedings will be commenced against him without further notice,” the ECB said in a statement. England’s players were outraged after Butt accused the team of throwing Friday’s one-dayer at The Oval, which Pakistan won after an England late-order collapse to keep the five-match series alive at 2-1. Butt’s allegations came after an investigation was opened by the International Cricket Council following claims the scoring in Pakistan’s innings on Friday was prearranged. It was the latest incident to mar Pakistan’s scandal-filled tour, which ended on Wednesday when England won the fifth and deciding one-dayer at the Rose Bowl in Southampton by 121 runs to claim the series 32. The tour has been mired in controversy ever since three players _ Salman Butt,

LONDON: England’s captain Andrew Strauss (center) holds the trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after winning the fifth and final one-day cricket match of the series to win the series between England and Pakistan at the Rose Bowl cricket ground.—AP Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir — were accused of spot-fixing allegations in the fourth test at Lord’s last month. The trio was alleged in a newspaper sting to have ensured deliberate no-balls were bowled to order to

facilitate a gambling syndicate. The players maintain their innocence but were charged and suspended under the ICC’s anti-corruption code. A fourth player, Wahab Riaz, was also questioned by police under caution before being unconditionally

released. Tensions between the two teams reached a low point on Monday when England captain Andrew Strauss said his team had had mixed feelings about taking to the field for the fourth onedayer at Lord’s. Strauss said he and his

Pakistan crawl home to face an uncertain future SOUTHAMPTON: Pakistan limp home unlamented, unloved and unwanted by a country which had been prepared to grant them sanctuary while security threats make it impossible for them to play at home. A profound sense of betrayal has poisoned relations between England and Pakistan since three players, including test captain Salman Butt, were suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a corruption investigation into the fourth test at Lord’s. Butt and his two opening bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were accused by a British newspaper of accepting money to manipulate incidents within the match. “This summer has clearly demonstrated that when there is a sniff of something in the air it devalues the whole game,” England captain Andrew Strauss said on Wednesday. “No one wants to play cricket in those circumstances. The players from both sides have been put under a lot of stress and pressure. The ICC need to leave no stone unturned and we need to be sure that every game of cricket

from now on is not tarnished.” Strauss, speaking after his team had clinched the fivematch one-day series on a balmy evening at the Rose Bowl, had seriously considered pulling out of the fourth match at Lord’s after his team were bizarrely accused of match-fixing by Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt. The nadir of a tour which may rival England’s 1932-33 bodyline series in Australia in its implications for the game was reached soon afterwards on the same morning. England batsman Jonathan Trott and Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz had to be separated after an altercation in the pre-match nets session and Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi said he had considered calling the police. The usual banter between rival supporters has continued unabated but a nastier edge was evident on Wednesday. “Are you going to throw the match and buy a corner shop with the proceeds?,” one England supporter shouted at Afridi as he stepped off the Pakistan team bus before the day-night match. —Reuters

teammates were disappointed their integrity as cricketers had been questioned by Butt, and vowed to “explore every possible avenue” to clear their names. Butt, who claimed he heard rumors from bookmakers that England players had taken

“enormous amounts of money” to lose the third onedayer, was adamant there was a “sinister conspiracy” against Pakistan cricket. The Pakistan squad will return home having lost the test, Twenty20 and one-day series to England. —AP

England name Panesar, Tremlett for Ashes

MOHALI: Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting plays a shot in the nets during a training session in Mohali. Australia, who arrived in India on Sept 20, begin the month-long tour with a three-day practice match against the Indian Board President’s XI in Chandigarh from Oct 25. —AFP

LONDON: Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar was handed a chance to resurrect his test career when he was named in England’s 16-man squad yesterday for the Ashes tour of Australia this year. Panesar, whose last test was the first match of the 2009 series when his last-wicket stand with James Anderson helped secure an unlikely draw, got the nod as back-up spinner to Graeme Swann. Tall fastmedium bowler Chris Tremlett, who played three tests in 2007, was preferred to Ajmal Shahzad after an 80-wicket season for Surrey and Tim Bresnan was included for his bouncy fastmedium bowling and useful batting. England’s first-choice bowling attack is likely to be Swann, Anderson, Steven Finn and Stuart Broad. Steven Davies, who has enjoyed an impressive summer in the one-day side, was selected as wicketkeeping backup to Matt Prior. Kevin Pietersen, dropped for the one-day series against Pakistan, returns and will join the squad after playing for Natal in South Africa. A 16-man “performance programme squad” was also

named yesterday to tour Australia, creating a ready-made supply of back-up players all playing competitive cricket. That squad included the likes of Jimmy Adams, Michael Carberry, Craig Kieswetter, James Tredwell and Shahzad. The squads were announced on the ground where England secured the 2005 and 2009 Ashes with the new men given the task of making up for the 2007 whitewash and bidding to become the first England team to win a series in Australia since Mike Gatting’s 1986-87 side. Andrew Strauss will captain the side with fellow opener Alastair Cook as his vicecaptain. One-day specialist Eoin Morgan was also included in the squad. “We believe we’ve selected an outstanding test squad for what will be a fiercely contested Ashes series in Australia. In order to retain the Ashes we will need to play to a very high level and we believe we’ve selected a squad to do just that.” chairman of selectors Geoff Miller said in a statement. Miller said Chris Tremlett’s inclusion would add a real threat of pace and bounce to the bowling attack in Australian conditions. —Reuters

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NEW DELHI: An Indian laborer works at the construction site of a hockey training stadium in New Delhi, ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. A top Indian builders’ union said that the rush to finish Commonwealth Games construction projects in time meant safety and quality were being compromised, just days after a bridge collapsed. — AFP

Games fiasco highlights split in India government NEW DELHI: The Commonwealth Games fiasco opens a weakened Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to dissent within his government and may add to a policy drift over issues from economic reforms to dealing with a Kashmir revolt. Singh’s Congress-party led coalition will likely stay in power to the end of its term in 2014. But a perception of a floundering and out-of touch leadership may bolster the rise of a more leftist inner circle led by family scion Rahul Gandhi. The Games were meant to show India’s global clout, but filthy venues, a bridge collapse and a suspected militant attack have added to a sense the 77year-old, increasingly overshadowed by Rahul, doesn’t control the reins of power 6 years in office. An increasingly influential Rahul could push Congress to the left on policies ranging from social programs to stricker controls for industrial projects to protect farmers, overshadowing Singh’s attempts to liberalise Asia’s third biggest economy. For the moment, Games criticism is being heaped on officials underneath Singh, such as its organiser and Congress party lawmaker Suresh Kalmadi. But this week Singh was forced to enter the fray, with growing calls for India to get its act together. “Multiple centres of power are emerging,” said political analyst Swapan Dasgupta. “They’ve always existed but this time they are becoming more public and the Games will only exacerbate that. Succession is always on the back of people’s minds.” Many politicians may use a national embarrassment to juggle for influence. Rahul, son of the country’s most influential politician Sonia Gandhi, is thought by many in India to be waiting in the wings to succeed Singh. This week, in the middle of the Games controversy, the prime minister’s own press spokesman made headlines when he appeared to criticise the government’s lack of vision. He said the comments were taken out of context, but the damage was done. “Congress is by nature a status-quoist, pragmatic party,” Harish Khare, was reported by local newspapers as saying on Tuesday. “It does not believe in any conviction. (It’s) only conviction is to win elections.” Those criticisms are rising in tone. Rahul also made headlines recently by effectively telling Singh to pass a land bill to help farmers. Other politicians, like Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh seen close to Rahul, have appeared on a different page to Singh on how to enforce environmental rules for industrial projects. No one is doubting the government’s stability. The main Hindu nationalist opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, is in disarray. The ruling coalition will likely survive until 2014, or when and if it calls early elections. But Singh appears unable to take advantage of near double-digit growth, stocks at more than a two yearhigh and strong capital inflows. And frustration among Rahul’s followers, who want to target more funds to social programs, may be growing. Many foreign investors have priced in the slow pace of India’s drive to open up the $1 trillion economy, with any surprise reform a upside for investors, company executives say. In India’s last major sports event, then Prime

Minister Indira Gandhi put her son Rajiv to run the 1982 Asian Games, a job that helped usher him into succeeding her as prime minister before he was assassinated in 1991. But Indira was an autocratic and charismatic leader once labelled “the only man in her cabinet.” Singh, by contrast, is an unassuming politician never directly elected to office. This time round, both Sonia and Rahul have been markedly distant from the Games. Singh left it to middle-ranking leaders like Kalmadi, a decision that has boomeranged. “Singh’s authority is increasingly coming under question and there will be some hard-thinking within

Congress,” said political analyst Mahesh Rangarajan. “What we are seeing in India is a succession in slow motion. Few would dare to push out Singh, widely seen as India’s most honest politician. But widespread reports of corruption at the $6 billion Games, where costs ballooned more than 17 times, can hardly help the leftist Congress party with its pro-poor image. While it relies mainly on support of poor farmers, who account for half of India’s 1.2 billion plus population, 24-hour news cycles mean these controversies have longer tentacles. The reports may alienate a middle class, and millions more voters with middle class aspirations.

Congress in part won the 2009 vote due to this vote bloc drifting from the BJP. “The middle class votes more on issues than regional and caste politics,” said Yashwant Deshmukh, head of C-Voter Polling Agency . “They are more fickle and we may see a reaction.” But as rumblings surface around Singh, other commentators say there is still a long way to go before his rule is history. “People have always underestimated Singh,” said Jahangir Aziz, chief India economist at JP Morgan, referring to Singh’s ability to survive six years in government. “People mistake his softspokenness for weakness. That weakness is simply not there. — Reuters

Is it really worth hosting major sporting events?

NEW DELHI: Indian municipal workers treat the open water canal to kill mosquitoes near the Commonwealth Games village in New Delhi. — AFP

LONDON:- India’s Commonwealth Games debacle shows the risk of such high profile sporting events- there are limited benefits if you get it right but a vast investment and political downside if it all goes wrong. Indian officials would have hoped a successful games might have helped build on India’s narrative as an emerging superpower, perhaps drawing comparisons to rival China’s 2008 Olympics. Instead, the Commonwealth Games-due to start on Oct. 2 — have become a national embarrassment. Several big-name athletes have already pulled out of the games, while the Commonwealth Games Federation complain of a “filthy” athletes’ village littered with rubbish and stray dogs. Most seriously, a footbridge to the main stadium collapsed, injuring 27 workersinevitably highlighting India’s wider infrastructure problems and raising concerns about the quality of new construction. “India is suffering from a public relations disaster here in that it looks less ‘competent’ than China,” said Nikolas Gvosdev, professor of national security studies at the United States Naval War College in Rhode Island. Organisers still say the problems are only minor glitches and the games should be a success. But media coverage is clearly inclining towards an overarching story looking at India’s wider problems from poverty to security. Established investors might already be aware of those issues, but it will shape the expectations of others. “It’s quite probable the Commonwealth Games issue will feed into existing negative perceptions on India’s investment environment,” said Rebecca Jackson, analyst at political risk consultancy Maplecroft. The most successful games in terms of national branding have been those-such as 2008 Beijing and 1988 Seoul Olympics, as

well South Africa’s World Cup this yearused as “coming out parties” for developing states, analysts say. But a poorly conducted event can have the opposite effect- and even success can have its problems. Organisers in Delhi have liked to point to the example of the 2004 Athens Olympics, which bounced back from global media predictions of failure. But the financial cost helped fuel the current Greek debt crisis. “There’s always been a debate about this kind of event,” said Jonathan Wood, global issues analyst for London-based consultancy Control Risks. “They cost a lot of money- particularly on the infrastructure and security front-and it has never been entirely clear that they are worth it.” That might be a sobering thought for London-where the 2012 Olympic stadiums already tower over nearby housing-and Brazil, due to hold both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. “These sporting events have become bloated behemoths, where there is little chance of achieving long-term benefit from the initial investment,” said Christopher Meyer, a veteran diplomat and former British ambassador to the United States. “But there is little chance of reversing the trend.” Most observers agree South Africa’s World Cup could have been a disaster. Had the naysayers being right and the tournament suffered from crime, power cuts and construction failures, South Africa’s reputation might have sustained long-term damage affecting both investment and political clout. But some wonder whether the money might have been better spent in a country still suffering deep poverty and HIV/AIDS. “If anything, South Africa got more out of the World Cup than most countries hosting such sporting events,” said Razia Khan, chief African economist at Standard Chartered bank.—Reuters


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Friday, september 24, 2010

Kalou doubtful for City test

LONDON: In-form striker Salomon Kalou is doubtful for Chelsea’s visit to Manchester City tomorrow when the champions face what is likely to be their toughest game in the Premier League so far this season. Kalou has scored four times in Chelsea’s blistering start to the new season, which has produced five successive league wins, but he suffered a thigh injury during Chelsea’s shock 4-3 home defeat to Newcastle United in the League Cup on Wednesday and was replaced at half-time. Manager Carlo Ancelotti, who made nine changes from the side that beat Blackpool 4-0 last Saturday, said after the Newcastle setback that midfielder Yossi Benayoun could also miss the trip to Eastlands because of a calf injury. “They will both have scans on Thursday but they are both doubtful and I am not sure they are going to be fit enough in time,” said Ancelotti after watching his side lose a competitive match for the first time since April. Manchester City, like Chelsea, were also beaten on Wednesday, losing 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion and although the League Cup was not a priority for either side, they will both be eager to bounce back immediately. Chelsea lead the table on 15 points, while City are fourth, on eight points from their opening five games. The weekend’s other feature games see second place Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion, while third place Manchester United make the short trip to Bolton Wanderers. Tottenham Hotspur, who are fifth, travel to bottom-placed West Ham United while Liverpool, humbled by League Two (fourth division) Northampton Town in the League Cup on penalties on Wednesday will be looking to appease the wrath of their fans when they face Sunderland at Anfield. Liverpool’s defeat to Northampton continued their poor start under new coach Roy Hodgson. They are currently 16th with just one win from five games and dissent is apparent in the squad with defender Daniel Agger criticising Hodgson’s tactics in an interview earlier this week. Saturday’s match at Eastlands pits new money against even newer money with City desperate to emulate the success Chelsea have enjoyed since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich rescued them from penury seven years ago. Before Abramovich’s arrival, Chelsea had won the league just once in 1955, but have now won it again another three times and completed the FA Cup and league double last season. City are desperate for that kind of success and their owner Sheikh Mansour has spent 170 million pounds ($266.4 million) this year alone trying to find the formula for glory, but they have so far failed to gel as a side and coach Roberto Mancini is having to deal with some internal problems he could do without. Earlier this week he expressed his irritation at his players publicly criticising his methods, saying they should stop expressing their views in the media. “I played football myself and I understand why the players who are not chosen are unhappy,” he said. “But at the same time it’s really important that we start to change their mentality because if we want to win something, to be a top team, its going to be impossible, if, every few days if a player does an interview moaning ‘I am not playing’.” —Reuters

Roma v Inter back on after strike suspension

LONDON: Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka (right) celebrates scoring a goal against Newcastle with Patrick Van Aanholt in this file photo. —AP

Efficiency trumps brilliance for Real Madrid and Barca MADRID: Real Madrid hit the top of La Liga on goal difference from Valencia on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho’s side still have to impress their demanding fans. An opening day draw has been followed by three consecutive victories with only one goal conceded, but the Bernabeu expect more, and grumbled and whistled at their side during the laboured 3-0 win over Espanyol midweek. They head off to play promoted Levante tomorrow (1800 GMT) and then face another trip next Tuesday to take on Auxerre in the Champions League. “The fans want to see football played at pace but they have to

remember that we are having to play a lot of games in quick succession,” Germany midfielder Sami Khedira told reporters. “There is an accumulation of fatigue and stress so the idea is that we conserve our energies.” Mourinho has had little time to work with his full squad because of the recent rush of fixtures, but defensive solidity has made up for a lack of fluidity in attack so far. Tomorrow’s hosts Levante should not ask too many questions of Real. They won their first points of the season beating Almeria 1-0 away on Wednesday, but have already leaked 10 goals. Mourinho has a one-point lead

MADRID: Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal (right) react during a Spanish League soccer match against Espanyol in this file photo. —AP

over champions Barcelona, who have also been struggling to produce their best football so far this season. Barca were camped in their own area defending a 1-0 lead at home to Sporting Gijon when the referee blew for time on Wednesday, and Pep Guardiola sounded similar to Mourinho as he sought to explain a below-par performance. “It was very difficult to find any space. We may not have been brilliant but the team were very stable,” he told reporters. Against Atletico Madrid last weekend and Sporting, Barca have failed to convert chances which could have killed off the games much earlier, making life more uncomfortable for themselves. The last thing they need ahead of a gruelling trip to play Rubin Kazan in the Champions League next week is a visit to Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames (2000). The Basque side are always a tough proposition in front of their own fans, and Barca will be without the injured Lionel Messi once again. Valencia dropped their first points of the season at home to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, when visiting goalkeeper David De Gea ensured they were held to a 11 draw. They return to action at Sporting on Saturday (1600). Atletico are at home to basement side Real Zaragoza on Sunday (1900) when Sevilla visit promoted Hercules (1700).—Reuters

MILAN: The suspension of this weekend’s Serie A players’ strike has come at a bad time for beleaguered AS Roma, who could have done with Saturday off rather than hosting champions and leaders Inter Milan. Roma were close runnersup to Inter last term having become favourites in the runin when they defeated their big rivals at home only to throw away their advantage in a loss to Sampdoria. The ghosts of April’s capitulation have continued to haunt Claudio Ranieri’s cashstrapped side at the start of this season where they have so far failed to win a game. Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at promoted Brescia was symptomatic of their problems with goalkeeper Julio Sergio seriously injuring his ankle and a raft of refereeing decisions going against them, so much so that the Romans plan a formal complaint. Media speculation has linked former Italy coach Marcello Lippi with the club and despite official denials, Ranieri is taking nothing for granted. “There are those who move in the shadows. The newspapers have come up with first and last names, so they know something too,” the coach cryptically told reporters. Roman warriors Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi missed the Brescia defeat through injury and face a race against time to be fit for Saturday when a packed Stadio Olimpico is still expected despite the up-forsale team’s early woes. Treble winners Inter will show no mercy now they have hit their stride with a 40 home win over Bari on Wednesday when last term’s hero Diego Milito broke his scoring drought. Rafael Benitez’s new side top the table with 10 after four games with surprise packages Chievo and Brescia a point behind. AC Milan, picked as favourites by some pundits to stop Inter winning their sixth straight scudetto this term after the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, are already five points adrift of their dominant rivals following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Lazio. The Rossoneri have won only one game out of four, the 4-0 win over Lecce in the opener before forward Ibrahimovic joined. —Reuters


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Minnows Mainz ready to dream big against Bayern BERLIN: Surprise league leaders Mainz are brimming with confidence ahead of their clash with champions Bayern Munich tomorrow after winning all five of their Bundesliga matches in a stunning start to the season. “My boys have to dare and imagine that we can also win in Munich,” said coach Thomas Tuchel, the youngest coach of the league at 37. “If you do not dare think about it then you will

never achieve it.” Mainz top the standings on 15 points, two ahead of Borussia Dortmund. They could be forgiven for thinking big having scored 12 goals, the second best in the league, while conceding only four. Tuchel took over when Mainz sacked their coach Jorn Andersen days before the 2009/10 season started and already has a win against Bayern under his belt, beating them

2-1 last season. The former Mainz U-19 coach has learned to swim very quickly after being thrown in the deep end. While lacking the big names of Bayern, Tuchel has cleverly made the most of his resources and drawn praise for his tactical acumen. “Our game is very similar to the English style of play,” Tuchel said after their 2-0 victory over Cologne on Tuesday. “Huge power, ready to

run, pressing and ball possession.” Their last league defeat stretches back to April. Apart from long-injured Arjen Robben, Bayern will also be without Franck Ribery who tore an ankle ligament in their 2-1 win over Hoffenheim on Tuesday. Coach Louis van Gaal will be hoping his offence will finally fire after they scored two against Hoffenheim, having managed only four goals in five Bundesliga matches so far.

Dortmund, on a four-match winning streak following their 5-0 demolition of Kaiserslautern, travel to St Pauli while third-placed Hoffenheim take on Cologne. Last season’s runners-up Schalke 04 will hope victory at home against visitors Borussia Moenchengladbach will help them climb out of bottom spot after their first win on Wednesday following four straight defeats.—Reuters

Lyon on brink of crisis

DOHA: Saudi’s Al-Hilal club player Yasser AlQahtani celebrates after scoring a goal against Qatar’s Al-Gharafa club during their AFC Champions League quarter final football match in Doha on Wednesday. —AFP

Two Saudi teams into Asian Champions League semis SUWON: Saudi Arabian football enjoyed a good night on Wednesday as both Al Shabab and Al Hilal advanced to the semifinals of the Asian Champions League to join Zob Ahan of Iran and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma of South Korea. Two goals deep into extra time helped Al Hilal avert a shock exit and advance 5-4 on aggregate despite losing to Qatar’s Al Gharafa 4-2 in the second leg in Doha. Al Gharafa stormed to a 3-0 lead in the first half with goals from Mirghani Al Zain, Younus Mahmood and Othman El Assas to level the tie on aggregate and send the match into extra time. Mahmood scored 11 minutes into extra time to put his team on the brink of a stunning upset but Al Hilal’s Yasser Al Qahtani and Eysa Al Mahyani scored in the final two minutes to snatch away the victory. Al Shabab also clinched a place in the semifinals even though it lost 1-0 to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of South Korea at King Fahd International Stadium. Al Shabab hosts Seongnam in the first leg of the semifinals on Oct. 5, while Zob Ahan plays Al Hilal in Iran on Oct. 6. Kim Jee-wong’s long-range strike midway through the firsthalf cut the 2-0 aggregate deficit, but despite several good chances in the second half, the visitors were unable to come up with another goal to send the match into extra time. Al Shabab had the most

opportunities in the second half, including a dangerous free kick from Marcelo Camacho which was pushed around the post by Kim Min-sik in the 50th minute. Nasir Al Shamrani Al Shamrani fired over from the edge of the box six minutes later. Lee Dong-gook then wasted Jeonbuk’s best chance of the second half as the striker fired wide from eight yards. Seongnam went through 4-3 on aggregate after losing 2-0 to Suwon Bluewings in an all-South Korean quarterfinal. South Korea international Yeom Kihoon and Lee Sang-ho scored for two-time champion Suwon at Suwon World Cup Stadium. Yeom curled a 25-meter free kick over the wall and into the top corner in the 32nd minute. The deficit was reduced to one goal after Brazilian midfielder Marcelo’s short pass to Lee inside the area allowed the striker to shoot into the bottom corner in the 59th. Zob Ahan needed an 80thminute goal from Mohammad Reza Khalatbari to seal its place in the final four. Khalatbari punished Pohang for its wastefulness, taking a pass from Ghasem Hadadifar to fire past goalkeeper Shin Hwa-yong. Pohang had led in the 10th minute with a well-worked goal. Brazilian striker Mota freed Jung Hong-yoon on the left side and his low cross was swept into the net by international midfielder Kim Jae-sung.—AP

LYON: With grim faces on the pitch, a few angry fans and reporters galore, Tuesday’s training session showed Olympique Lyon on the brink of crisis before they take on arch-rivals St Etienne in Ligue 1 at the weekend. Lyon, champions seven years in a row from 2002, lie 17th in the standings ahead of tomorrow’s clash with neighbours Les Verts, who went top of the table for the first time in 28 years last weekend. Chairman Jean-Michel Aulas launched the week with stinging comments, hinting coach Claude Puel could be fired next month. “If after 10 matches, our results are not good, we will have to change something,” he told reporters. “I do not think it is the right moment (to make changes). After playing Arles-Avignon in mid-October, we will also have played three Chammpions League matches and therefore have a more global view.” Little wonder more reporters than usual turned out at the Tola Vologe training camp on Tuesday. Although there were less supporters than in the club’s hey-day, the few who came were more raucous. “Puel resign!” they chanted. “Lose the derby so he will get out of the way.” Puel, who used to conduct training sessions among the players, stayed behind the railings. After the session, he was the last one to come out of the dressing room. “Morning, ladies and gentlemen,” he told reporters before skipping the press conference. Reporters had to make do with a single player, central defender Pape Diakhate, who joined Lyon in August on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev. The choice could have been newsworthy given the Senegal international spent last season on loan at St Etienne, but he produced a perfect show of hackneyed soccer tongue. “Things are looking good because most of the players are available,” he said, omitting that Argentina striker Lisandro Lopez,

FRANCE: Lyon’s French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff runs with the ball during a training session before the French League football derby match against Saint-Etienne.—AFP France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff and French international Aly Cissokho missed training with injuries. “Supporters have the right to express themselves. That’s soccer. We are not going to make a fuss about it. Our faces were grim? It’s normal. You don’t go back to training laughing,” he added.

“We all support the coach. He is serene, as usual. There was no rollicking in the dressing room. We have to carry on working and results will come.” St Etienne, who have 13 points from six games, have not won the derby since April 1994 — 21 games-and could be without the league top

striker Dimitri Payet, who netted six but is doubtful because of a muscle injury. Olympique Marseille, eighth on eight points, are expected to welcome back France striker Loic Remy, who could make his debut at the Stade Velodrome when the champions host Sochaux tomorrow.—Reuters

NEW DELHI: The child of a laborer looks on in the backdrop of a banner for the Commonwealth Games on a street in New Delhi, yesterday. With less than two weeks before the Games begin, frantic last-minute preparations are verging on chaos, international sports officials are furious, and the Games have become an international embarrassment that could threaten plans for major sporting events in other developing nations. — AP

Nations delay departure in Games fiasco NEW DELHI: More nations delayed departure for the Commonwealth Games in India as organisers raced against time yesterday to address security and health concerns that have already prompted several top athletes to pull out. New Zealand joined Canada and Scotland in delaying a decision due to poor accommodation for athletes at the New Delhi Games village, compounded by heavy monsoon rains and a dengue epidemic. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard highlighted security fears surrounding the Games and said athletes should decide for themselves whether or not to attend. Two foreign visitors were shot and wounded by suspected militants in the city on Sunday. “There is obviously widespread concern about the Commonwealth Games,” Gillard told reporters in Canberra. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was meeting key ministers during the day as he reviewed preparations, an official in his office said, in what was seen as a last-ditch effort to avoid national withdrawals. But he was not scheduled to meet Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell, who arrived in Delhi in the evening and had requested an emergency meeting. Suresh Kalmadi, the chairman of the organising committee, said no team would pull out from the Games and no one should be worried about security. “I can assure you that security is well in place. Now if some people have their own conception (of security), I can’t help,” he told reporters.

The Games, held every four years for members of the organisation of mostly former British colonies, are estimated to have cost $3-6 billion. India had hoped to use them to display its growing global economic and political clout, rivalling China. Instead, they have snowballed into a major embarrassment for the government, having to fend off criticism of shoddy construction, inadequate security and unfit accommodation. In a sign of desperation, the federal government ordered the organising committee to hand over management of the Games Village, which will house 6,500 athletes, to the government. In contrast, preparations for the November’s Asian Games in China, which held a hugely successful Summer Olympics in 2008, are on track, with organisers in Guangzhou handing the athletes’ village over to the Asian Games authorities for signoff earlier this week. Many sporting events have suffered glitches in the run-up to the opening ceremony, such as the 2004 Athens Olympics, and some infrastructure projects, like a new metro and international airport in Delhi, have been widely praised. But polls in Indian newspapers show that a vast majority of Indians are ashamed. Singh has been accused of being out of touch and failing to recognise that events like the Games carry huge international prestige. Much of the Congressled government remains focused on its rural vote. “I genuinely feel sorry for what has happened and would like to apologise not only on my behalf

and on behalf of the organising committee, but for everyone connected,” A.K. Mattoo, Organising Committee Secretary General, told NDTV broadcaster. “This is a collective failure.” Organisers have promised a prompt clean up. Teams start arriving this weekend for the Oct. 3 official start and so far no one has said the Games will be cancelled or delayed. New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie said the organisers’ failure to admit to problems had seen them lose the faith of competing countries. “Every time we raised an issue (we received) ‘yes that will be fixed tomorrow’, but you know clearly that it won’t be fixed tomorrow,” he said. “And they weren’t.” World discus champion Dani Samuels of Australia has pulled out of the Games because of security and health concerns, as did England’s world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu. Four other champions have quit due to various reasons, including injuries. Triple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica is the highest profile athlete to skip the event. A dengue epidemic has also spread through the Indian capital, sending thousands of people to hospital. Nevertheless Games organisers were upbeat. “We had a meeting with all the chefs de missions today and they are all much happier than before,” Kalmadi said. “Everything will be all right today.” Some officials blamed the athletes. “They (athletes who compete in numerous competitions)

may not be able to sustain their performance so they find out some reason or other why they are not participating, but these things happen in every game, every competition,” Lalit Bhanot, secretary general of the organising committee, told CNN IBN. Scotland and Canada had already announced they were delaying sending athletes to New Delhi and Wales said it had sought guarantees that venues and athletes’ accommodation were safe. Other nations have also threatened to stay home. The New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) told their athletes to delay their arrival until at least next Tuesday, just five days before the Games are due to open. “It is tremendously disappointing,” said NZOC President Mike Stanley in a statement. “The long list of outstanding issues has made it clear the village will now not be ready for New Zealand athletes to move in as planned.” Images of stray dogs, stagnant water, workers urinating in public and human faeces found at the unfinished athletes’ village in central Delhi have overshadowed the successes of the Games-the main stadium and other sporting venues. A portion of false ceiling in the weightlifting venue caved in on Wednesday, a day after the collapse of a footbridge by the main stadium, injuring 27 workers. The event has also been plagued by security concerns. Two foreign tourists were shot and wounded at the weekend by unknown assailants in Delhi. — Reuters

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