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PLO: No talks until settlements frozen Assad says Mideast talks aim to boost Obama This artist rendering shows an interior view of the proposed Park51 community center and mosque. — AP

New York Islamic center looks futuristic, secular NEW YORK: Conceptual sketches of the Islamic center planned two blocks from ground zero envision a futuristic-looking building wrapped in a honeycomb of abstract shapes, with a core containing far more space for secular pursuits than religious worship. The renderings, some of which were posted on the project’s website this week, are preliminary, but they project the development team’s desire to build something cosmopolitan and fun on a site now known only for controversy. “I don’t think that once this thing gets built, anyone will be picketing,” said Sharif El-Gamal, the project’s developer. Groundbreaking for construction is probably two to three years away, “or hopefully sooner”, El-Gamal told AP. The largest part of the building - four of 16 floors - would be taken up by a sports, fitness and swimming center. Another full floor would be occupied by a child care center and playground. Much of the rest of the building would be occupied by a restaurant, culinary school, artist studios, exhibition space and an auditorium for cultural events. El-Gamal said the idea was to build a facility that will attract neighborhood residents looking for a place to work out, as well as suburban Muslim couples spending “date night” in the city. The building’s prayer space for Muslims - the part of the center that has caused some Continued on Page 14

in the news Iran able to fight worm TEHRAN: Iran’s intelligence minister said the country has learned how to fight off a complex computer worm that some foreign experts have speculated was designed to target Tehran’s nuclear program, state television reported yesterday. Heidar Moslehi was also quoted as saying authorities have arrested several nuclear spies, but he gave no details and it wasn’t clear if the developments were related. The destructive Stuxnet worm has surprised experts because it is the first one specifically created to take over industrial control systems, like those at power plants, rather than just steal or manipulate data. Moslehi did not reveal where or when the suspected spies were arrested, saying only that Iran has “always faced sabotage” by foreign intelligence services. The state TV report did not carry any remarks from Moslehi linking the arrests with the investigation into the computer worm. “Iran’s intelligence department has found a solution for confronting (the worm) and it will be applied,” he was quoted as saying. “Our domination of virtual networks has thwarted the activities of enemies in this regard.”

This artist rendering shows an exterior view of Park51.

RAMALLAH/TEHRAN: The Palestinian leadership yesterday said there would be no further peace talks with Israel as long as it continued settlement construction in the occupied territories. The decision by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) strengthened president Mahmoud Abbas, who has threatened to walk out of US-backed talks relaunched a month ago over the recent resumption of building in the West Bank. However, Abbas has said he would not make a final decision on the talks until after meeting Arab foreign ministers in Libya on Friday, giving US mediators another few days to try to strike a compromise. “The resumption of negotiations requires tangible steps from Israel and the international community beginning with a halt of settlement activity,” the PLO said in a statement. “We have alternatives (to the negotiations) which we will announce soon,” it said after holding a special meeting attended by Abbas and members of his Fatah movement’s Central Committee. It did not provide further details. “The Palestinian leadership holds the Israeli government responsible for foiling the international efforts and the peace process in the region because it is determined to combine negotiations with settlements,” it added.The PLO, a Fatah-dominated umbrella group headed by Abbas that includes most Continued on Page 14

ROME: Doctors in Italy implanted an artificial heart into a 15-year-old boy yesterday, the first time the procedure has been performed on a child, the hospital said. Heart surgeons at Rome’s Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital carried out the 10-hour breakthrough operation on Thursday, and the hospital said it was “cautious” over the boy’s condition. “A permanent artificial heart in the inside of the chest was implanted for the first time on an (adolescent) patient. So far this type of implant Continued on Page 14

CAIRO: In a second audio recording in 24 hours, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin L aden said governments of Muslim nations have not done enough to help Pakistanis hit by floods that killed hundreds and displaced millions. As in the earlier recording, bin Laden’s criticism was measured in the message released yesterday on militant websites. The tone contrasted sharply with past videos and recordings in which he and his deputies called for the leaders of

Muslim nations like his native Saudi Arabia and Egypt to be overthrown. By avoiding his familiar calls for attacks on the West and the toppling of US-allied regimes in the Arab world and instead speaking of humanitarian causes like the floods in Pakistan and issues like climate change, bin Laden appears to be trying to broaden Al-Qaeda’s appeal beyond its traditional extremist support base. Still, he singles out Arab leaders, accusing them of failing to

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (left) raises the hand of Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad after awarding him a “medal of valour” at a function during Assad’s official visit to Iran. —AFP

respond to a calamity in a fellow Muslim nation and asserting that the UN chief did more than them to help Pakistan. “The (UN’s) secretary-general came to witness the catastrophe for himself, and yet no Arab leaders came to witness the disaster despite the short distances and claims of brotherhood,” he said. A copy of the 13-minute audiotape, entitled “Help your Pakistani Brothers”, was made available by the US-based SITE Continued on Page 14

Tut granddad statue dug up

LUXOR, Egypt: A recent undated handout picture shows a 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III that was unearthed by archaeologists at the site of his funerary temple. — AFP

Handout image shows the world’s first permanent artificial heart implant on a 15year-old boy. — AFP

9/11 theories rife in Muslim world

Laden urges Pak flood relief

Morocco weekly closes RABAT: A Moroccan Arab-language weekly has gone bankrupt and been forced to close, its publisher said yesterday, blaming “the highest circles of power” for organising a boycott of advertisers. Ahmed Benshemsi told AFP that his magazine Nichane had been brought down because of its “editorial stance, its tone and the taboos that it managed to break”. Paris-based media watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF) said the boycott had been launched in August last year after Nichane, its French-language stablemate Telquel and France’s prestigious Le Monde conducted an opinion poll on the monarchy. The poll, which found that King Mohammed VI had done a good overall job in the first decade of his reign but needed to do more to reduce poverty, was swiftly censored in Morocco, despite its largely positive view. The Moroccan magazines were seized and 100,000 copies destroyed, while the relevant edition of Le Monde was barred from the country, as Communications Minister Khalid Naciri said that the monarchy “cannot be the object of debate even through a poll”. RSF said the royal holding company ONA/NSI was the first to boycott Nichane, followed by state-owned and parastatal outfits and businesses close to the government.

Italian doctors give teen artificial heart

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed part of a 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun, antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said yesterday. “The statue was found near the northern entrance of Amenhotep III’s temple and depicts the king sitting down on a throne with Amun,” the chief deity, Hawass said. The red-granite top half of the statue was discovered at the site of the Amenhotep III’s funerary temple in the southern city of Luxor, Hawass said. The newly-discovered artifact which measures 130 cm in height and 95 cm in width is “fantastic... because of the details of the facial features,” Hawass said. Archaeologists believe the full statue is around three metres tall. In recent years, a large quantity of red-granite statue pieces have been uncovered at Amenhotep III’s funerary temple at Kom Al-Hitan on Luxor’s west bank. Amenhotep III ruled Egypt between 1390 and 1352 BC. He was almost certainly the grandfather of Tutankhamun, according to the results of DNA tests and computerised tomography (CT) scans on the famed boy king’s mummy announced by scientists on Feb 17. The temple is one of the largest on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. It was largely destroyed, possibly by floods, and little remains of its walls. But archaeologists have been able to unearth a wealth of artifacts and statuary in the buried ruins, including two statues of Amenhotep made of black granite found at the site in March 2009. — Agencies

ISTANBUL: About a week ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared to the United Nations that most people in the world believe the United States was behind the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. To many people in the West, the statement was ludicrous, almost laugh-

able if it weren’t so incendiary. And surveys show that a majority of the world does not in fact believe that the US orchestrated the attacks. However, the belief persists strongly among a minority, even with US allies like Turkey or in the US itself. Continued on Page 14



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Shuwaikh market to be blamed for prices hike Dispute over storage unit sparks sharp increase KUWAIT: In light of the recent public outcry against the sharp increase of vegetable prices at local markets, a recent report quotes a source from within the Kuwait Municipality who suggests that the problem comes from the main vegetable market in Shuwaikh, reported Al-Rai. The source indicated that one of the main reasons the price of tomatoes and other vegetables was raised is because of a conflict that was caused over the storage unit at Shuwaikh's vegetable market. The official said that the price hike started after the Vegetables' Importers Association won a lawsuit against the Municipality resulting in the transfer of control of the market's management. Subsequently, the rental fees of the market's storage units were increased to compensate for the losses they suffered during the lawsuit. The Kuwaiti government established a new and improved vegetable market in Sulaibiya, known as Al-Fardha. They hope that the new market will replace the current market in Shuwaikh as the country's main market for fruits and vegetables. This market, established via the B.O.T system, is

reported to be the largest in the Middle East and uses technology to ensure that traders are not manipulating prices. Customers will be aware of the standard price of various vegetables via large screens placed throughout the market. The technology used at the market will allow the price of fruits and vegetables to be uniform across the country and make it easier to maintain food security and enforce price control. The source further explained that some traders at the Shuwaikh market are currently manipulating prices by making deals with importers. They reduced the supply in order to increase demand, which causes prices to spiral out of control. The source said that the best way to solve this problem is to have the government shut down the vegetable market in Shuwaikh in order to guarantee that prices are properly monitored at the Sulaibiya location. The public outcry against the expensive vegetables started when a wooden box of tomatoes, which usually costs about 750 fils, soared to as much as KD 4.5 over the weekend. It was also found that the

price of a box of cucumbers raised from 250 fils to KD 3 in one day without any explanation from merchants. Several MPs responded to the public outcry, demanding that the government enforce stricter supervision of the vegetable market as well as calling for a boycott against vegetable merchants. "Consumers are called upon to participate in the boycott until prices return to their normal rates," MP Dr Faisal Al-Mislem said. He criticized the government for failing to properly monitor the prices. Meanwhile, MP Husain Mezyied announced his support of the boycott, urging all consumers to participate. MP Hassan Jowhar said that influential people were responsible for manipulating prices because of a lack of proper control from the government while MP Khalid Al-Tahous also held the government responsible. While MP Musallam AlBarrak urged local co-operative societies to join the boycott, MP Mubarak AlKhurainej urged His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad AlSabah to hold an emergency Cabinet meeting to discuss ways to stop the sharp price increase.

Minister warns against 'unjustified expansion'

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Rotten apples within MSAL By Nasser Al-Abdaly he current minister of social affairs and labor Dr Mohammad Al-Afasi has made notable achievements in his efforts to address several major topics facing his ministry. However, the attempt to speed up the achievement of his objectives was forced to a stop by the efforts of hidden powers within the ministry itself. The figures primarily responsible for the obstacles that stand in the way of fixing the problems facing the MSAL have been exposed by a parliamentary investigative committee led by former MP Meshary Al-Usaimi, which uncovered various violations, including human trafficking. However, at the time of being issued the committee's investigative report into this subject was totally neglected by the government, leading to the situation that the country has now reached, condemned by international human rights organizations which list Kuwait among the countries where human trafficking flourishes. These 'hidden powers' are a group of MSAL officials who work on obstructing the project of reform which the minister is trying to impose. One example of their actions is their continuous war against the efforts to cancel the 'kafeel' (sponsorship) system, which they have been


exploiting to their benefit for years to the point at which it has become an extremely lucrative business with an estimated total annual profit of KD3 billion. And while this business thrives, simple workers watch their hard work go in vain, with nothing to hold onto but hope for something or someone to save them from the godfathers of the residency trade mafias. Of course, the cancelation of the kafeel system would be a serious and decisive blow against the residency trade moguls; since their illegal business depends entirely on exploiting the flaws of the existing system. Therefore, these corrupt ministry officials are currently focusing all their efforts on thwarting the plans to cancel the kafeel system. Also, unfortunately, their efforts are being supported by certain corruption-protecting politicians. The minister Dr Al-Afasi has been at war with the powers of corruption ever since he announced his plans for the reform of the labor sector. During the struggle, he might face criticisms from MPs on different topics, which ultimately aim to quell his efforts in opposing corruption. However, everyone who has been following the developments on the local scene realizes that Al-Afasi is always firm on fighting corruption, even if his efforts are hindered at times. — Al-Qabas

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Supporting positive activities By Madhi Al-Khamees or years I’ve called on the Public Authority for Youths and Sports (PAYS) to be separated into two authorities; one for youth and the other for sports. This would prevent the youth development section from being overshadowed by its sports counterpart. Statistics indicate that of PAYS’s approximate KD 6 million budget only KD 700,000 is allocated for the youth sector. Meanwhile, the remaining


Measures needed to prevent overlap in MGRP restructuring

amount is wasted because of the country’s deteriorating sports sector. The main problem is that this crime against Kuwaiti youth is taking place with total disregard from parliament members and top state officials. This contradicts the statements made by state officials. They often claim that the country’s youth is their top priority because Kuwait’s future is in their hands. The fact that less than 10 percent of PAYS’s budget is allocated to youth activities is a sign that

the next generation is at the bottom of their ladder of priorities. Parliament members usually focus their efforts on fighting against the negative practices of youth in Kuwaiti society. However, they fail to support the positive activities of Kuwaiti youth. If authorities were to support and help spread such positive practices it would help eliminate negative activities. As part of these efforts, MPs should investigate the reason behind PAYS’s failure to provide youth with positive activities. — Al-Rai

KUWAIT: The Minister of Social Affairs and Labor has warned that "unjustified expansion" in the organizational structure of the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) could lead to serious problems if measures are not taken to prevent overlapping of authorities and bureaucratic repetition between different departments. The minister, Dr Mohammad Al-Afasi, was speak-

ing during a meeting with senior ministry officials featuring discussion of various topics, including the proposed organizational restructuring of the MGRP, which is scheduled to begin in February next year. During the meeting, labor department assistant undersecretary Mansour AlMansour noted that work on completing the electronic filing and archiving system

is still ongoing, adding that it will continue despite allegations that the introduction of the new system had failed to achieve its objectives. Al-Mansour also noted that the system had already succeeded in uncovering a large number of forgeries and other violations and had been able to achieve a far greater degree of order in systematizing the department's workload than was possible previ-

ously, reported Al-Qabas. The assistant undersecretary further indicated that the greater coordination achieved between the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) via the introduction of the electronic system had helped in uncovering a number of security-related breaches, such as cases of workers who absconded from their workplace.

MPW blamed for massive marine pollution problem EPA wants a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate marine environment KUWAIT: A senior Environment Public Authority (EPA) official has laid the primary responsibility for the massive pollution of Kuwait’s beaches and marine environment at the feet of the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). Mohammad Al-Enezi, the head of the EPA’s industrial environment department, demanded that the MPW should put forward a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate the marine environment after the August 2009 breakdown at the Mishref sewage treatment plant, which led to massive amounts of raw sewage being pumped directly into the Gulf. Although MPW did its best to redirect the sewage bound for the Mishref plant to other sewage treatment facilities, these were unable to handle all the waste matter and much of it was dumped into the Gulf waters after being chemically treated, which resulted in major environmental problems. Speaking to the press, AlEnezi revealed that the EPA is currently working with a British marine environment

centre to organize a visit by experts from the centre to Kuwait so that they can carry out a detailed assessment of the damage caused to the country’s shore and marine environment by the pollution resulting from the incident. The team plan to carry out an inspection of the country’s coastline between Bidaa and Fintas, reported Al-Qabas. The issue came up again recently after a visiting team of Japanese environmental scientists invited by the EPA visited the country to assess the environmental pollution, recommending that prompt measures be taken to safeguard against further pollution. Ali Haidar, the EPA’s Deputy Director General, said that the team had not provided any detailed statistics regarding what volume of the pollution had been caused by the Mishref plant breakdown. The report conducted by the Japanese team made a number of short and longterm recommendations for rehabilitating the marine environment, Haidar added.

KUWAIT: The Czech ambassador cuts the anniversary cake with official spokesman of the Kuwaiti government, Minister of Communications and State Minister of Parliament Affairs, Dr Mohammad Al-Busairi.

Kuwait needs domestic workers labor law: HRW KUWAIT: The head of Kuwait's expatriate manpower office Abdurrahman AlGhanim recently met with Human Rights Watch (HRW) coordinator Priyanka Motaparthy, who is currently visiting Kuwait as part of a regional tour. Motaparthy, the HRW coordinator for the organization's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) branch, will subsequently be writing a report for HRW on the problems facing domestic workers in Kuwait and the conditions of their recruitment, reported AlQabas. During the meeting, AlGhanim, who is also the Secretary General of the Kuwait Trade Union Federation, laid out the KTUF's stance on the issue,

while the HRW official underlined the importance of protecting domestic workers' rights through the introduction of regulations similar to those protecting public sector employees. "Our studies focus on the current labor laws in Kuwait in order to check whether [these laws] protect domestic workers' rights or not," Motaparthy explained, adding that a law specifically protecting domestic workers' rights should be introduced in Kuwait. The senior HRW official also indicated that several recommendations concerning the current problems facing domestic workers employed in Kuwait would be put forward during a press conference scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

KUWAIT: The ambassador of the Czech Republic in Kuwait, HE Martin Vavra, celebrated his country's National Day in a ceremony that attracted host of dignitaries. — Photos by Fouad Al-Shaikh


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Constitution demonstrates 'dedication to elderly care'

Corruption 'more damaging' to Kuwait than Iraqi invasion KUWAIT: Another MP has lent his support to calls for the premature dissolution of parliament, saying that dissolving the current National Assembly in order to hold new elections would "save Kuwait from the most corrupt phase in its history," which he suggested, controversially, had damaged Kuwait more than the 1990-91 Iraqi invasion and occupation. Speaking in an interview on Al-Rai TV, Dr Jamaan Al-Harbish expressed support for parliamentary dissolution, insisting that it had become necessary in order to rid the parliament of dishonest MPs. "The Kuwaiti people have become more aware of the true nature of those representing them in parliament and have become able to distinguish between those working for the public good and those working for the benefit of influential individuals," Al-Harbish asserted. The MP also suggested that an early election would allow the Kuwaiti public to force pro-government MPs to change their stance in the future. Al-Harbish, a member of the Reform and Development Bloc, also predicted that the forthcoming parliamentary term, scheduled to begin at the end of this month, would feature "heated political confrontation."

‘International Day of Older Persons’ KUWAIT: Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr Mohammad Al-Afasi said yesterday that the rights enshrined in the Kuwaiti constitution for elderly and disabled citizens represent a civilization distinction and confirm Kuwait's keen interest in human welfare. In a statement released to mark yesterday’s International Day of Older Persons, Al-Afasi emphasized the prominent status of the elderly in Kuwait and the state's support for their role in society. He noted that Kuwait is considered to have advanced status at a local, regional and international level in the field of care for the elderly. The minister added that the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) operates in accordance with its various responsibilities and affiliated institutions in order to serve and provide care and rehabilitation to the elderly through implementing a comprehensive care program and expanding the systems and methods of service offered. This care is offered in various forms, including the provision of care homes for elderly people without sponsors or whose families cannot meet their needs, as well as a daycare service and mobile food services. Dr Al-Afasi also drew attention to the role played by the ministry in spreading social awareness of the needs of the elderly, their specific problems and conditions, as well as its con-

stant endeavors to develop the services provided to this sector of society. Al-Afasi also revealed that the ministry is in the process of introducing an 'early intervention system' for the country's elderly people to help protect the vulnerable in this group from having to cope with adverse conditions associated with old age. The new system has been designed to comply with the country's laws and regulations and is based on the relevant conventions and agreements signed with regional and international organizations, he added. The minister explained that as part of its action program associated with the national development plan, the ministry is planning to construct a number of new social care facilities, including amenities for the elderly. One of the most important goals in assisting and caring for the elderly lies in supporting and developing social security mechanisms in order to allow them to become more flexible in the face of economic and social variables, especially given the global financial crisis and wide-ranging developments seen by Kuwaiti society, Al-Afasi asserted. The minister also mentioned the improvements in specialist services offered to the elderly in Kuwait, such as increasing the number of teams providing mobile services for housebound elderly people and the establishment of specialist care, medical

treatment and training centers for the elderly in all Kuwait's governorates, which offer expert social, psychological, therapeutic, medical and other services, as well as helping the elderly to acquire new skills according to their own wishes and capabilities. He also drew attention to a law introduced in 2007 on the provision of social care for the elderly, which led to the establishment of a national committee for the elderly, including representatives from all the institutions and bodies working in the field of providing care and medical and other services for elderly people. The committee's objectives are to coordinate the efforts of these bodies and to ensure that the highest level of services are provided for Kuwait's older generations, he explained. Dr AlAfasi also lauded the efforts exerted by all Kuwait state and non-governmental organizations in organizing the events marking the International Day of Older Persons, as well as thanking His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah for their tremendous patronage of Kuwait's elderly population and their limitless support in this field. The events marking Kuwait's participation in celebrating the International Day of Older Persons will continue until October 21. — KUNA

MP: AUK concert 'unconstitutional'

LONDON: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah arrived at the UK's Heathrow Airport late on Friday evening on a private visit. HH the Amir is accompanied during this trip by the Deputy Chief of the National Guard Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and a party of other senior officials. The Kuwaiti leader was welcomed at the airport by Kuwaiti National Assembly (parliament) Speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi and Kuwaiti Ambassador in the UK Khalid Al-Duwaisan. — KUNA

Opposition growing over KCCI draft law KUWAIT: Criticism of the parliamentary financial and economic committee's recent decision concerning the drafting of new regulations for the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has continued, with the committee members accused of handling the issue in a personal rather than an objective manner. The committee members have been accused of failing to consult with the KCCI or the cabinet before drafting the new regulations, and of failing to invite any KCCI members to its meetings on the issue. Some parliamentarians have sug-

gested that the committee took the measures in line with a proposal from member MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun, who reportedly recommended that the committee should only heed the cabinet's viewpoint as laid out by commerce and industry minister Ahmad Al-Haroun, without addressing any details. One unidentified MP suggested that Al-Saadoun had put forward the recommendation in order to avoid having to invite KCCI board members to committee meetings and only to work with the cabinet's opinions on the regulations.

Although committee head MP Dr. Yousef Al-Zalzalah reportedly opposed Al-Saadoun's proposal, it was approved by other committee members Mohammad Al-Mutair and Khalid AlSultan. "This practice indicates that the committee's handling of the KCCI issue is downright political," said the unidentified MP, who also indicated that the finance committee had consulted several prominent government and non-government figures during meetings, at which other items of legislation were also discussed, including the privatization laws, the stimulus

package and moves to write off citizens' loans. Meanwhile, a group of MPs who oppose the committee's stance on the KCCI issue have reportedly formed a team to coordinate efforts with the KCCI board to obstruct the bill in its current form when it comes under discussion during the next parliamentary session and force the committee to reconsider it. According to another unnamed MP, the group of parliamentarians is attempting to gain more support from fellow MPs in preventing the bill from being passed in its current

form. The KCCI members, who are believed to be studying the draft law with the MPs, reportedly want to see substantial changes made to the draft legislation, since at least 60 percent of the current bill conflicts directly with the chamber of commerce's current policies. The KCCI board is also reportedly planning to present a report detailing its objections to the draft legislation to the cabinet, particularly commerce and industry minister Ahmad Al-Haroun, prior to the bill being presented to parliament. — Agencies

KUWAIT: MP Daifallah Buramya has demanded that the American University of Kuwait (AUK) cancel preparations for a concert scheduled to take place there later this week, which he says conflicts with Kuwaiti values and customs, as well as contradicting the country's constitution. Buramya also called on education minister Dr Moudhi AlHumoud to live up to her responsibilities and cancel the event, reported Al-Shahed. He stated that schools and universities are made for education, learning and improving national capabilities in order

to turn the wheels of growth, rather than being venues for singing, dancing and other activities which he said spoil the mind. The MP insisted that it is vitally important that the education minister intervene to cancel the event, warning that parliamentarians would not remain silent on the issue. Fellow parliamentarian Dr Walid Al-Tabtabae also voiced opposition to the concert, stressing the importance of private universities observing the country's gender segregation laws and calling the event unacceptable.



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Logos, the ‘silent speakers’ of companies By Nisreen Zahreddine KUWAIT: Companies, restaurants, food franchises, environmental institutions, civil society organizations and famous perfume and fashion houses have their own logos. Logos are often symbols, names or designs that represent a particular institution. Logos are important because they attract cus-

tomers with a memorable symbol that will be associated with a particular franchise or organization. Food franchises in particular spend much of their budgets creating, maintaining and advertising their logos. A lot of time is spent finding the right letters, slogans and logos to match a particular business. For instance, Pizza Hut established a PHD logo which actually stands for Pizza

Hut Delivery, not a doctorate degree of philosophy. Talal, who works in an advertising agency in Kuwait, said that when a logo is designed many standards and concepts are taken into consideration. “We make sure that our logos give insight about the franchise in a very symbolic way,” he said. Logos are a franchise’s silent speaker. He

added that companies usually pay attention to the drawings, font and color used when creating a logo. Choosing each of them and agreeing on it is a long process and studies are often made to determine which logo best suits the company. “It is combination of math, logic and psychology in addition to taste,” Talal said. Adham, an Egyptian expatriate in

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By Nawara Fattahova KUWAIT: About 600 people attended the Australian Universities’ Open Day 2010 on September 30 at the Sheraton Hotel. 22 separate universities, some diploma institutes and various high schools also participated in the event. Students and their parents will have the opportunity to get information about studying in Australia at the education festival, being held from September 30 to October 10. The event is organized by the IDP, the world’s largest student placement and English language testing services provider, twice a year. Nearly 20,000 students from Middle Eastern countries are currently studying in Australia. “They have discovered that Australia has many advantages as an educational option,” said Sujata Vora, IDP’s Business Unit Manager. “Australia has prestigious universities of high quality that rate alongside reputable institutions around the world.” “University fees and the cost of living in Australia offer good value,” Vora continued. “Australia is a multi-cultural nation where people from all countries are respected and welcomed by universities and the community. Religious observances are respected and universities ensure that Muslims are able to practice their faith.” Over twenty five Australian institutions are participating in the Open Day program in Kuwait. Representatives of uni-

Education minister slammed MP Hussain Mizyed has called on education minister Dr Moudhi Al-Humoud to fulfill her previous promises to renew the contract of Kuwait University dean Dr Abdullah Al-Fuhaid. Indicating that the minister had promised to renew Dr Al-Fuhaid’s contract on a number of occasions, the MP told Al-Anba that the dean had attained several great achievements for the university, adding that it is illogical for the minister to repeatedly postpone the decision on renewing his contract, particularly since the 2010-11 academic year has already begun and the university needs a dean to lead work there. Dr Al-Fuhaid has the necessary experience and ability to continue in his current post, said Al-Mizyed, adding that the minister is very much aware of this and criticizing the manner in which she has delayed issuing a decision on the matter.

Air safety fears A decision by a senior Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) official to dismiss five junior officials at the airport’s radar operations department has led to heavy criticism from other personnel, especially given the staff shortages in that department and the rapidly increasing air traffic levels. Some staff have warned that the move could jeopardize air safety in Kuwait, telling Al-Rai that recommendations from staff that any dismissals should at least be postponed until after the upcoming extremely busy Hajj season had been ignored. With a 400 percent rise in Kuwait’s air traffic levels in recent years following the introduction of the ‘open skies’ policy,’ and flight numbers continuing to increase steadily, many DGCA staff have condemned the decision to dismiss the five staff, which was reportedly taken by the Deputy Assistant Manager for Air Navigation Affairs. According to a DGCA insider, no reason was given for the dismissals, which take effect as of today (Sunday).

Policemen face punishment Fugitive escape from custody of her criminal history when he offered to provide her with accommodation. In her evidence to police following her recapture, the woman said that after her escape she had gone to various coffee shops in Hawally. In one of these she met a Kuwaiti man who she conned into believing that she was a businesswoman who had been forced to flee her family home due to domestic arguments. The kind-hearted man then offered to let her stay in his apartment in Salwa, where she was recaptured, she explained. Speaking to the press about the incident, Ministry of Interior (MoI) Undersecretary Lieutenant General Ahmad AlRujaib said that the two officers from whose custody the criminal was able to escape would be held accountable over the felon’s escape. Since they had changed their route without informing their supervisors, the official said, they would face immediate disciplinary action.

triate in Kuwait working in a public relations agency, said that she is interested in visiting advertising agencies or design companies to see how they pick out which logos to use. She said she was surprised at how much marketing depends on logos and designs to attract customers. “It is amazing how companies spend so much money on logos,” she said.

Australian universities host Open Day fest at Sheraton

KUWAIT: The traffic department has introduced a number of new, hi-tech speed cameras in various locations, which effectively calculate vehicle’s speed within a defined area. The new cameras, which were introduced for an initial test period, have so far proved highly effective. Unlike the traditional speed cameras, which work by photographing speeding vehicles, the new ones use a system of two cameras apiece; the first of these photographs each car, registering its details and time of entering the precisely measured zone covered. The second camera, meanwhile, registers the exact time at which the vehicle leaves the zone. Motorists driving at normal speed will take ten minutes or more to drive the distance between one camera and the next, but those breaking the speed limit will take a longer period, a traffic department official told Al-Anba. By introducing the two-camera system, the department hopes to accurately determine average speeds and catch more speeding drivers, the official added.

KUWAIT: Two policemen are facing disciplinary action after a female Kuwaiti fugitive previously sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and wanted in connection with a large number of other cases was reportedly able to escape from custody due to their unprofessional conduct. The woman, who was wanted in connection with five counterfeiting cases and 17 different civil cases, was reportedly being escorted to the hospital by the two officers after feigning illness when she convinced them to take her to her apartment where she said she kept medicine for her ‘medical condition.’ Whilst in the apartment, she apparently used a back door to escape, with the officers unable to find her, reported Al-Rai. She was subsequently recaptured 48 hours later after detectives tracked down the signal from her cell phone. The owner of the apartment where she was recaptured told police that he had not been aware

Kuwait, said that if he likes the logo of a restaurant he will stop in and try their food without even asking about the quality in advance. “I would rather enter the restaurant and try the food myself,” he said. Adham admits that he is often fooled by logos and he sometimes discovers that the quality of the food is not as inviting as the logo made it seem. Rania, a Lebanese expa-

KUWAIT: Australian Ambassador to Kuwait Glenn Miles (right) pictured during the Australian Universities’ Open Day 2010 on September 30 at the Sheraton Hotel. —Photo By Fouad Al-Shaikh versities and colleges will be available to give information about courses and enrollment options. For those visiting, they recommend bringing original college transcripts. There is no application fee or service charge to attend the Open Day. The next Open Day event is scheduled to take place in April, 2011. To learn more about the event visit their website at About IDP The Open Day event is presented by IDP Education - the world’s largest placement service for international students, operating in 24 countries. IDP

was established over 40 years ago by Australian universities and provides independent professional advice to students and their parents. Over 300,000 students have been assisted by IDP and have enrolled in the educational institutions of their choice. IDP offers students comprehensive counseling, application processing, tuition fees receipting, visa application, accommodation and flight arrangements, airport reception arrangements and pre-departure briefing. IDP has the experience, the staff and the infrastructure to fully support those interested in acquiring higher education.

Connecting Classrooms Online British Council trains Kuwaiti teachers on cyber program

GDDC head: Anti-drugs conference a success By Hanan Al Saadoun KUWAIT: The joint Mediterranean Conference for

Officers working in the AntiNarcotics Field, which took place from September 19-30, achieved its objectives, including greater cooperation between anti-drug taskforces across the GCC, according to Kuwait’s senior anti-drugs official. Speaking at the event’s final session, Lieutenant General Sheikh Ahmad AlKhalifa Al-Sabah, the Director General of the General Department for Drugs Control (GDDC), told those present that the conference had successfully created a roadmap for cooperation and coordination between

the bloc’s various anti-narcotics bodies, which would help to control and limit the spread of drugs in the six member nations. Among the other GDDC officials attending the event were Assistant Undersecretary Lieutenant General Mustafa Al-Zaabir, and Director General of Patrols Administration Brigadier Zuhair Nasrallah. At the end of the prestigious event, the GDDC head presented mementoes to the participating delegations from the GCC member states to honor them for their participation in the conference.

KUWAIT: Teachers in Kuwait looking to build an international dimension into their classroom activities will soon find it easier thanks to the launch of the British Council Connecting Classrooms Online portal in the Middle East, said a statement by the council yesterday. The head of the program at the Council Rafat Abu-Taleb said that connecting Classrooms online would provide teachers with a single gateway dedicated to providing teaching resources, advice and networking opportunities to support international school partnerships. A key strength of the portal is the chance it gives teachers to share ideas and link up with other teachers around the world. At the heart of the Connecting Classrooms Online community is a network of specially trained ambassadors. These ambassadors guide teachers face-to-face on how to make best use of the online resources. The first ambassadors for the Middle East received this week training on Connecting Classrooms Online at a workshop were held at the Crowne Plaza in Kuwait September 27-28. These eight ambassadors will support teachers in Kuwait and Bahrain. The Kuwait ambassadors were from Al-Yusrah Intermediate School for Girls, Ramlah Um AlMumineen Intermediate School for Girls and the British School of Kuwait were selected for their experience of working with information

and communication technologies (ICT) in international schools partnerships. They join a growing global network of around 160 Connecting Classrooms Online ambassadors. Amy Cottage, British Council Regional Program Manager for Schools in the Middle East, said “International school partnership projects are proving an excellent way for students in the Middle East and the UK to learn firsthand more about each other’s cultures. “This latest resource is part of Connecting Classrooms global ambition to develop the skills and cultural understanding of young people so that they can make a positive contribution to our global society. This helps improve trust and understanding between young people in the UK and the Middle East.” “Our ambassadors will provide valuable support to teachers in Kuwait on Connecting Classrooms Online - from a teacher’s perspective. They will be able to give teachers the skills and confidence to make the most of the online tools. In turn, our ambassadors will be backed by British Council colleagues at our office in Kuwait.” There are now more than 66,000 students in 300 Connecting Classrooms schools in the Middle East and the UK exchanging knowledge about their respective cultures through joint curriculum projects. — KUNA

British Council staff pictured with Kuwaiti teachers.

10th ICEBO to be held in Kuwait Conference to discuss 90 scientific papers from 26 countries KUWAIT: The programs for the 10th International Conference for Enhanced Building Operations (ICEBO 2010) due to be held in Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) from Oct 24-28 was announced by the institute yesterday. Dr Ahmad Al-Mulla, Chairman of the Scientific Committee (SC) for ICEBO 2010 and an Associate Research Scientist at KISR, said that the conference will discuss 90 scientific papers from 26 countries in five continents. He added that a number of prominent researchers, senior government officials, chairmen from local and international countries will participate on the activities of the conference. “This reflects the international importance of the conference underlined by the fact the event is patronized by HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. Additionally, an exhibition will be held during the conference with the participation of local and international companies.” Al-Mulla further noted that the committee has selected three distinguished keynote speakers for the conference. The first keynote speaker is Dr Arab Hoballah who is the chief of sustainable consumption and production which is part of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). The second keynote speaker is Dr Volker Hartkoph, Professor at the Department of Architecture and the Director of Center of Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University. Prof Hartkoph has done a number of important projects inside and outside the United States of America for enhancing energy efficiency in buildings. Finally, Dr David

Dr Ahmad Al-Mulla Claridge is the Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He is well known for his field directing the development and implementation of the Continuous Commissioning process for improving the comfort and energy efficiency of buildings. It has been applied in well over 300 large buildings that include higher education facilities, military facilities, medical facilities, and office buildings. Dr Al-Mulla mentioned that buildings are the primary consumers of electricity in Kuwait and electrical demand reaches its peak during the summer months due to harsh weather conditions in the region. Additionally,

the reduction of energy consumption in buildings is a key option to reduce fuel consumption from power plants, which constitutes the main source of income in the country, in addition to reducing greenhouse gases which is harmful to the environment. He added that the topics of the ICEBO 2010 include design and construction of sustainable green building (LEED Certification), best practices and policies in commissioning, retro-commissioning, and Continuous Commissioning in new and existing buildings, national energy efficiency and conservation policies and programs, high-performance sustainable and green buildings, successful programs for electric utility demand side and response management, and on-site and building integrated renewable energy applications such as solar, wind and fuel cells. “It is expected that the outcomes of this conference will benefit a number of sectors in the country such as the ministries, governmental institutions, consultancy firms, and companies. About the workshops, Dr. Al-Mulla said that four pre-conference workshops will be conducted on Oct 24 and 25. “The topics of the workshops deal with an introduction to sustainable green buildings, LEED Certification, Kuwait energy code of practice and energy audit applications, Continuous Commissioning and sustainability through intelligent controls. Al-Mulla has invited all specialists and interested people to register for the conference and workshops by visiting ICEBO’s website: or by contacting the Building & Energy Technologies Department on 2498 9100/1/2.

Kuwait Aromatics to launch new projects and products KUWAIT: Kuwait Aromatics Company (KARO) will start selling heavy aromatics by 2011 and it is currently conducting a feasibility study for a new Kuwait-based downstream project, said the company’s board Chairman Bakhit Al-Rashidi. During a board visit to the plants of The Kuwait Styrene Company (TKSC) and Kuwait Paraxylene Production Company (KPPC), Al-Rashidi said, “We will start offering heavy aromatics during next year. That will add more volumes to our export quantities and will increase the company’s returns.” KPPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of KARO that has a 57.5% stake in TKSC. Al-Rashidi explained, “KPPC’s aromatics complex, which is Kuwait’s first with the value of over $2 billion, currently produces 829,000 metric tons annually (MTA) of paraxylene (BZ) and 393,000 MTA of benzene (BZ). PX is marketed around the world by Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), while BZ is used for manufacturing Styrene Monomer (SM) by TKSC.” AlRashidi added, “KARO and its shareholders are currently examining a downstream project that involves using KPPC’s paraxylene products as feed-

Experience, education vital in immigration assessment WWICS offers fast, easy migration assistance By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: It seems that many in Kuw ait are still searching for greener pastures, or maybe just a change in scenery. For such a move how ever, according to immigration experts, education and experience is highly considered. At a seminar on Wednesday evening, hosted by BS Sa ndhu, Cha irm a n a nd Ma na ging Director of the Hundreds of expatriates, as well as some Kuwaitis, turned up at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Salmiya to attend a free assessment seminar organized by Sandhu who came all the way from Dubai. Participating in the seminar was Curtis Panke, the Director of Global Placement Services, to speak to potential immigrants in Kuwait. WWICS encourages expats to migrate to Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, New Zealand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, who are now currently all in the process of admitting immigrants. “Through us, your migration concerns will be easier and faster,” Sandhu said. These countries are open for migration and with our support you could land in the country of your choice within four to eight months. Your choice will always depend on your level of education and experience.” Canada is among the eight countries in the world that allow immigrants from all over the world in a relatively fast and easy manner. They promise easy relocation, from the airport to a new home, to financial loans with services only available at WWICS. “In Canada we have about 29 job positions available, specifically in medical or hospitality services, and they welcome everyone,” he continued. “Within one cycle, as per Canadian immigration policy, they allow up to 20,000 people on a first come first serve basis to fill 20,000 slots. If interested, be quick to apply and if you fail try again. My advice to a would be immigrant is to post applications as many times as possible. If you are rejected try again and again.” Canada, according to Sandhu, also welcomes entrepreneurs, businessmen and people who can contribute in their provincial nominee programs. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic and the Caribbean Islands welcome investors with an investment capital of 100,000 -400,000 US dollars. They can facilitate their investors in just 34 months. The Ukraine also welcomes investors, especially in the farming and mining industries. WWICS also facilitates visas for students who would like to study in Canada, Australia, the UK and the USA. WWICS assists students through their Worldwide Education Services Program, helping them in various ways. They help individuals choose the right universities or colleges as well as gives them assistance with admissions,

Worldw ide Immigration Consultancy Services Limited (WWICS), it w as explained that a person’s value as an immigrant is determined by their level of education and experience. “Experience and education w ill alw ays play a vital role w hen choosing the country of your dream or finally landing the job you desire,” he said. “A country w ill allow you in because they think you can contribute to their society, economy and people.”

KUWAIT: B.S. Sandhu, right, WWICS Chairman and Managing Director, and Curtis Panke, Director of Global Placement Services, at the seminar held at the Holiday Inn Salmiya. — Photos by Ben Garcia

KUWAIT: Guests at Wednesday’s event. visa formalities and permanent residencies. Every month WWICS relocates 15-20 families from Kuwait and that number could triple next year, Sandhu pointed out. He advised clients to accumulate more skills if they wish to earn immediate placement. WWICS is a company conceptualized by Sandhu, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army, that specializes in immigration settlement. His group of companies include Global Placement Services, which provides professional orientation and training programs for would be immigrants. Sadhu himself began as an ordinary immigrant to Canada, but when he noticed an influx of

illegal immigrants, especially from his home country of India, he set up a company to help Indians obtain legal status there in October 1993. That same year, he held the company’s first extremely popular series of public seminars, starting in India. “Bringing a great deal of the immigration and legal expertise I acquired in Canada, I conducted a series of seminars and workshops in major Indian cities,” Sadhu explained. “I got thousands of people attending interested in settling in Canada. Since 1993 I’ve managed to set up 25 offices in India and 25 offices in other countries, including other developed countries as well.”

MoH hosts ophthalmology convention stock. We are presently at the feasibility study stage and aim to finalize it during 2011.” Al-Rashidi noted “The aromatics business is going through a very challenging cycle and all efforts are focused into a successful business performance at this word class facility through best business practices in such commodity production. We need to maintain the excellence in environment, health and safety performance at all time, as well as continue developing the exemplary operational and business performance. Above all, we will always support the highly competent human assets who are

‘EU can play role in GCC projects’ BRUSSELS: Kuwait’s Ambassador to the European Union and Belgium Nabila AlMulla said on Thursday that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are investing billions of dollars in massive projects and invited the European Union nations to be partners in these projects through investments and by providing technology and expertise. “While Europe grapples with economic austerity, the GCC is facing the challenges of economic stimulus,” she told a visiting GCC media delegation at a dinner here Thursday night. “The GCC has embarked on ambitious infrastructure projects,” said Ambassador AlMulla. “Kuwait, for example, has initiated $115 billion projects for the next five years. We seek the participation of the EU to be partners in these projects...We seek Europe’s industrial investments, technological input and training to make these projects viable. Indeed, investments is a two-way street.” Al-Mulla said that economic integration in the GCC is on track citing as an example the successful completion of the Gulf Customs Union which has led to significant increase in trade between the GCC countries. Under Kuwait’s current GCC presidency, the six-mem-



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ber regional bloc has also celebrated the launch of the unified electrical grid. “Another landmark during our presidency is the launch of a railway network,” the ambassador continued. “The GCC is planning to invest $109 Billion on the project in the next ten years. Here is a role for the EU to play.” Referring to the process of monetary integration in the GCC, she said “we need to proceed cautiously given the experience of the Eurozone.” Al-Mulla said that a primary economic challenge for the GCC is economic diversification from its current reliance on one major source of revenue, oil which in the long run might be unsustainable. There is a conscious drive to diversify through providing incentives for the private sector, she said. Diplomats, including the GCC ambassador to the EU Amal Al-Hamad, Arab and European academics and researchers attended the dinner, which was hosted by the Dubai-based Gulf Research Centre and the Brussels-based Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). The two think tanks also jointly organized a workshop on EU-GCC relations and global economic issues, which was held here on Friday. — KUNA

the cornerstone our success.” Al-Rashidi lauded the role of EQUATE Petrochemical Company in operating the plants of KPPC, expressing utmost appreciation for overall achievements in several relevant fields. KARO is a joint venture grouping PIC with 40%, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) with 40%,

while Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC) owns the remaining 20%. EQUATE is the single operator of Greater EQUATE, which includes KPPC, TKSC and The Kuwait Olefins Company (TKOC) under one fully integrated operational umbrella at Kuwait’s Shuaiba Industrial Area.

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health is keen to keep up with the latest technological advancements in ophthalmology worldwide, and to work on using these locally, said a senior MoH official on Thursday. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Kuwait’s annual ophthalmology convention, MoH Assistant Undersecretary for Medical Services Affairs Dr Rushaid AlRushoud said that Kuwait could achieve

this through holding regular conventions and forums to which international experts should be invited. Dr Al-Rushoud also revealed that the latest scientific advances in ophthalmic surgery would be discussed during the conference, along with plans to obtain the newest equipment and devices to treat retinal diseases, glaucoma and other eye disorders, reported Al-Qabas. The MoH

allocated KD1.4 million for this year’s convention, which is hosting various international experts in ophthalmology, including the president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Professor Richard Abbott, and ophthalmological consultant at Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University Dr Saleh Al-Ubaidan, who both acknowledged the great advances made by Kuwait in this field.



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NBK awards ‘Ad Sensation’ cast

The ad’s cast pose with the NBK’s public relations staff and CEO of the Caviar advertisements company Haitham Al-Hajjy.

Dhary Al-Rashdan delivering his speech.

Al-Rashdan receives the award from Al-Rasheed and Al-Hajjy.

KUWAIT: The National Bank of Kuwaiti recently awarded the cast of a TV ad which was broadcasted during the period between the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, which broke records in the numbers of viewing through TV stations and online. An NBK advertisement showing a group of kids performing a singing and dancing sketch while asking their relatives for an ‘Eidiya’ (Eid money gift), soon became the most popular ad on TV after it started broadcasting during the last days of Ramadan, while the number of people who viewed it through social networking websites exceeded 300 thousand. The ad was directed by the Caviar advertisements company. To commemorate their efforts, the NBK recently hosted the cast of children who took part in the ad, as they were awarded in a special ceremony attended also by their parents. During the event, kid Dhary Al-Rashdan who starred in the sketch delivered a speech on behalf of his cast mates in which he expressed excitement for the experience that he and the other cast members took part in. On his part, deputy public relations manager at the NBK, Abdulmuhsin Al-Rasheed, indicated that the top viewing rates which the ad has recorded reflects the high popularity that the NBK has among people, and the good relations that it has with its customers. He further noted that the ad’s great success proves the bank’s ability to understand the general thinking in society, as well as utilizing the latest technological advancements in media and communications.

Schlumberger inaugurates first online computer lab Schlumberger connects Kuwait students to the globe KUWAIT: Schlumberger, a global oil services company and a strong advocate of educational excellence yesterday inaugurated the company’s first online educational computer lab in Kuwait at The English Academy, connecting the school’s students to over 282,000 students from 42 countries and 66,000 Schlumberger employees from 140 different nationalities, The SEED program is a volunteerbased, non-profit educational program focused on communities where Schlumberger people live and work. SEED empowers employee-volunteers and educators, including teachers, parents and other mentors, to share their passion for learning and science with students aged 10 to 18 years. The SEED learning-while-doing methodology draws on the technology and science expertise of Schlumberger volunteers to engage students in global issues, such as water, energy and climate change. Schlumberger Kuwait General Manager, Maen Razouqi, said: “The lab enables students to reach and connect with our teams from across the world, each bringing with them a unique experience and perspective for students to learn and benefit from. We welcome The English Academy into our global SEED program as the first school from Kuwait. “Schlumberger is a staunch advocate of educational excellence and skills development across the globe, and in Kuwait. We support, mentor, and train our Kuwaiti recruits with world class career development programs, and we look forward to the day when students of the English Academy join our ranks.” Since its establishment in 1998, the SEED program has provided students with direct interaction on energy and engineering issues as an extension to what they learn at school. The program promotes education about issues such as water conservation, energy usage and conservation, and climate change. This is done through

essentially creating a forum of learning, discussion, and knowledge transfer. The English Academy is the first school in Kuwait to be admitted into the company’s Excellence in Educational Development program (SEED) after one of their students won the largest nation-wide science fair competition in Kuwait. The SEED admittance and the lab were the reward.

direct interaction with Schlumberger engineers and scientists and is available in seven languages, namely Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The English Academy Principal, Mr. Horace James Vernall, said: “We are honored to be the first school in Kuwait to be admitted in the prestigious SEED program. We are even more proud that one of our brilliant students, Amneh Tarkhan, is behind this unique opportunity that will benefit hundreds of students here at the English Academy and help them excel in science education. As students and faculty members, we look forward to interact with international engineers who have helped shape the energy resources we use today and see what other students from around the world have to share with us.” The English Academy school was founded in 1993 and is now one of the leading educational institutions in Kuwait for kindergarten to year 13 students. The English Academy provides students with a learning experience that encourages them to be successful learners, confident and responsible citizens with a global perspective. With the SEED program, the English Academy is today the first school in Kuwait to offer direct on-ground science learning experience with professionals. The SEED program includes: School Network Program (SNP) invites qualified, underserved schools to apply for grants that provide various resources, typically funding for computer hardware and software, and

Internet connectivity. The grant may include other equipment and materials as appropriate. SEED schools also receive educational resources and planning guidance. Educational Programs offer students and educators in SEED network schools hands-on workshops and online activities and projects using a project-based, approach. These experiences foster teamwork and understanding among learners and mentors within a single school or among different schools and countries. The Online Science Center provides a broad range of educational resources and opportunities to learners and educators in seven languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. It also offers access to Schlumberger experts who answer questions about projects and activities. Learning Materials include ready-to-go SEED experiments, activities, and articles from the Online Science Center, which can be used in a classroom setting or just about anywhere. Founded in 1998, SEED is a volunteerbased, nonprofit education program focused on underserved communities where Schlumberger people live and work. SEED empowers employee-volunteers and educators—including teachers, parents and other mentors to share their passion for learning and science with students aged 10 to18 years. The SEED learning-while-doing (LWD) methodology draws on the technology and science expertise of our volunteers to engage students in global issues, such as water, energy and climate change.

Indian woman commits suicide KUWAIT: A middle-aged Indian woman committed suicide by ingesting a lethal amount of toxic substances, reported AlWatan. The body of the 54-yearold woman was found in her home in Farwaniya and initial investigations revealed that the woman had committed suicide. Police are investigating the matter further.

the two citizens’ vehicle after they grew suspicious of their behavior and discovered the fugitive hiding in the trunk. An investigation revealed that the fugitive was one of the citizen’s brothers while the third man involved was their cousin. They were referred to the proper authorities

Suicide attempt

A drunk driver was arrested shortly after escaping from a police checkpoint and crashing his vehicle, reported Al-Watan. Police discovered that the man was intoxicated and wanted for a criminal offence after he was stopped at a checkpoint on Fifth Ring Road. Before authorities could arrest him however, the fugitive drove through the checkpoint recklessly and crashed his vehicle into a concrete barricade on the other side of the road. A search of his vehicle revealed that he was in possession of a bottle of imported liquor. He was referred to the proper authorities.

DUI A Filipina woman was rushed to the intensive care unit of Mubarak Hospital after she jumped from the second floor of a building in Salmiya in an attempt to kill herself, reported Al-Watan. Police launched an investigation to determine the motive of her suicide attempt.

Fugitive arrested Authorities at the Nuwaiseeb border checkpoint arrested a fugitive trying to escape from the country and his two relatives, who tried to assist him, reported Al-Watan. The authorities decided to search

Kuwait lauds Bahrain's approval of smartcard MANAMA: The Kuwaiti Ambassador to Bahrain Sheikh Azzam Mubarak Al-Sabah yesterday lauded Bahrain's decision to support the introduction of a GCC travel smartcard that will facilitate travel between the bloc's member states. Bahrain has always been on the vanguard of developing relations amongst GCC states, said the ambassador, adding that its support of the introduction of the GCC travel smartcard provides further evidence of this. The diplomat said that the decision, announced during the seventh meeting of the interior ministers of the states neighboring Iraq would help to promote relations amongst GCC states and advance cooperation in different fields. Bahrain contributed to the smartcard agreement signed between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, said the official, voicing hope that similar measures would be taken in the future. —KUNA

Theft Thieves broke into a factory in Ardiya and stole KD 24,000 in cash that was kept hidden in a safe, reported Al-Qabas. Crime scene investigators responded to the emergency and were able to find evidence of fingerprints left behind by the thief. Police are still searching for the suspects.

Fugitive in custody A fugitive wanted for three drug related incidents was arrested after having a car accident, reported Al-Rai. Police responded to the scene of the accident and discovered that the man responsible for the accident was wanted for various drug related charges. He was apprehended and referred to the General Department of Drug Control.

Car Robbery A citizen’s newly purchased automobile was badly damaged after a thief stole it and abandoned it after it became too

worn out to drive, reported AlRai. The citizen left his German-made car outside of the Mubarak Al-Kabeer co-op society with the engine running while he went inside to buy an item. The thief stole the vehicle, ran several red lights and crashed the car several times before parking it in an abandoned lot after it became too damaged to drive. A case was opened and police are investigating the incident.

Missing phone A case was filed with police in the Capital Governorate when a citizen in her twenties informed police that her cell phone was stolen, reported AlAnba. She informed authorities that the cell phone contained “extremely private images” and that she discovered her cell phone had been stolen while she was preparing to leave a restaurant. Police officers questioned the staff members and the case is ongoing.

No Kuwaiti victim in US shooting WASHINGTON: A Kuwaiti diplomatic authority has reassured the families of Kuwaiti students studying at Texas University that none of these students had been hurt in the recent shooting spree on campus there. The Kuwaiti Cultural Office in Washington contacted the university to enquire about the Kuwaiti students’ welfare immediately after the incident took place, the Kuwaiti Cultural Counselor Dr Abdulaziz Suleiman Al-Omar said. The bureau was assured that all the students were safe, he added. On Tuesday, a masked student brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle ter-

rified students and teaching staff at Texas University at Austin, shooting randomly but hurting nobody until he killed himself. He was identified as 19year-old Colton Tooley, a second-year Mathematics major. Dr Al-Omar expressed gratitude to the Kuwaiti Ambassador in Washington, Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Sabah, and the embassy staff for following up on the incident with the bureau. A number of Kuwaiti students are studying at the university, dispatched by the Ministry of Higher Education, Kuwait University and the Kuwait Investment Authority.


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Washington considers cleric a threat to Iraq's shaky security

Anti-American cleric vies for more power in Iraq BAGHDAD: A Muslim cleric who once used a militia to resist the American invasion positioned himself as a big winner in Iraq's monthslong political deadlock Friday when his party threw its support behind the beleaguered prime minister. The hard-line Shiite group led by Muqtada al-Sadr called it the start of its ascent to nationwide power -- a specter sure to spook the United States.

WEST BANK: A child holds the Palestinian flag during a protest against the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian leadership in the northern Israeli occupied West Bank town of Nablus yesterday. — AFP

Kurds hold political cards for al-Maliki SULAIMANIYAH: Kurdish lawmakers began yesterday to plot their course as Iraq's kingmakers with enough seats to secure a second term for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and press key demands, including a greater say over the oil riches in the country's north. The Kurds, who control a semiautonomous northern enclave, emerged as the pivotal votes after al-Maliki's Shiite-led coalition received a major boost Friday from a powerful Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, who once opposed him. The support pushed al-Maliki close to a majority grip in the 325-seat parliament, but he needs help from other factions to break a nearly seven-month impasse. A Sunni-backed coalition led by a former prime minister, Ayad Allawi, narrowly won March elections, yet without enough clout to control parliament and oust al-Maliki, leaving the country in political limbo. Eventual Kurdish support for al-Maliki is anticipated. But first the Kurds are expected to lobby for their long list of issues, topped by a call for a referendum to decide control of the oil-rich Kirkuk region that is now under Baghdad's sway. A senior Kurdish official said lawmakers from across the Kurds' three northern provinces gathered yesterday for their first strategy session, but no details were immediately available. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to brief media. Lateef Mustafa Amin, a Kurdish lawmaker, said the Kurds waited in the wings as al-

Mitchell in Cairo on peace talks push CAIRO: US Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrived in Cairo yesterday as part of a regional tour aimed at saving fledgling direct Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, the official MENA news agency reported. Mitchell, who is scheduled to meet foreign ministry officials during his short visit, it said. He arrived from Qatar where he held talks with officials and is due to travel to Amman today. Mitchell and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had shuttled between Jerusalem and Ramallah on Friday in a bid to save the peace talks which were launched at the beginning of September. The US envoy met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and president Mahmud Abbas in Ramallah as he sought to break the deadlock over Jewish settlements. Israel's refusal to extend a 10-month moratorium on settlements in the occupied West Bank-which expired last Sunday-has brought the talks to the brink of collapse. Abbas has repeatedly said he would quit the USbrokered negotiations if settlement activity continues. The Palestinian leadership yesterday urged Abbas to withdraw from the talks over Israeli settlement construction, his spokesman said in Ramallah. — AP

Maliki and Allawi battled after the election. But now the Kurds "see themselves as part of the solution" to settle the political bind by opening talks with alMaliki's bloc, he said. The chain of events in the past days has left al-Maliki on the verge on holding onto power after the humbling election loss. Yet al-Maliki will be under pressure for big concessions in exchange for the support. And it comes from two very different directions -- the pro-Western Kurds and the staunchly antiAmerican al-Sadr, who once led one of the most formidable Shiite militias in Iraq. A leading member of alSadr's movement said their demands include as many as six of the 34 Cabinet-level ministry posts, possibly the trade ministry and one post linked to security operations. Both outcomes would alarm Washington by giving al-Sadr's allies a role over vital foreign investment policies and efforts to build up Iraq's police and military as US forces depart. Al-Sadr has ben in self-exile in Iran since 2007 and there are Western concerns about how much influence Tehran now carries over his decisions. The Kurds, meanwhile, have been closely tied to the West. After the 1991 war to drive Iraq from Kuwait, American warplanes protected the Kurdish region - which allowed the Kurds to develop their economy and policies virtually independently from Saddam Hussein's control. Now, the Kurdish region is experiencing an economic boom that has raised living standards well

above much of the rest of Iraq. The Kurds also are trying to exert their influence beyond their autonomous zone. They have demanded Iraq follow through with a constitutionally mandated referendum to decide the fate of Kirkuk, which is contested between Kurds, Sunni Arabs and a group with ethnic ties to Turkey. Kurds consider Kirkuk part of their ancestral territory and want a central voice in how the oil wealth is developed, but the referendum has been repeatedly postponed. Kurds also are at odds with Baghdad over oil and gas deals signed without central government approval. Other demands include more central government funding for the Kurds' traditional fighting force, known as the peshmerga, and a greater political voice in the northern city of Mosul, Iraq's third-biggest urban area. Although Kurds are overwhelmingly Sunni, they appear to favor a Shiite-led government in the belief that Sunni Arabs would be less willing to strike deals over Kirkuk and Mosul. Mal Aqrawi, a political analyst based in the Kurdish city of Irbil, said there are some splits among Kurds over whether to back alMaliki's bloc, but it appears that he will eventually get the Kurdish nod. "The Kurds will back al-Maliki because he has the most power in parliament and it is the most logical choice," he said. Murphy reported from Baghdad. Associated Press Writer Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad contributed to this report. — AP

Washington considers the cleric a threat to Iraq's shaky security and has long refused to consider his movement a legitimate political entity. But Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki may be unable to govern without him. March elections failed to produce a clear winner and left the nation in turmoil -- a power vacuum that US military officials say has encouraged a spike in attacks by Sunni insurgents. Final agreement on how to form the new government could still be weeks if not months away, but "the Sadrist acceptance of al-Maliki as prime minister could begin to break the logjam," said Iraq expert Daniel Serwer of the US Institute of Peace in Washington. In a latenight appearance on state-run TV, al-Maliki thanked his fellow Shiite allies for the support that will likely hand him another term as prime minister. "I promise them and all beloved Iraqi people that we will take care with the big, heavy responsibility of serving all Iraqis," alMaliki said. It is still too soon for him to declare victory, however, because his chief rival, former prime minister Ayad Allawi, continues to scramble for support. Shiite leaders from the Fadhila party and the devout Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council

met late Friday night to discuss the political developments with Deputy Prime Minister Rafia Al-Issawi, a lawmaker with Allawi's Sunni-dominated Iraqiya coalition. Iraqiya won the most parliament seats in the March 7 vote, narrowly beating al-Maliki's coalition, but neither side has the 163-seat majority needed to control the government outright. Allying with al-Maliki poses a political risk for al-Sadr among his followers, many of whom hate the prime minister, and the cleric's top aides refused Friday to publicly explain why he did it. The most that Sadrist lawmaker Nassar al-Rubaie would say is that both camps now seek to "open dialogue with the other winning political groups to form the government." But it is clear to Iraqi and US officials that al-Sadr seeks unfettered and increased influence in the next government if al-Maliki comes out on top. The cleric, whose militia once ran death squads out of the health ministry headquarters in Baghdad to target Sunnis, has been in self-imposed exile in Iran since 2007. As part of agreeing to back al-Maliki, a leading Sadrist said the movement has demanded key government positions, including deputy parliament speaker and as many as six Cabinet-level

ministry posts of the 34 to be filled. Controlling service agencies like Iraq's health, oil, construction and electricity ministries would allow Sadrists to hire supporters and boost political loyalty. Sadrists also are clamoring to run the trade ministry, which would carry some sway over foreign policy, and at least one of the agencies tasked with Iraqi security missions -- a huge red flag to US officials. Down the road, after the American military has fully withdrawn in 2011 and US diplomatic influence has waned, Sadrists will make a play for the prime minister's post, said a leading party official who spoke on condition of anonymity because al-Sadr has forbidden his aides from discussing the negotiations. "In the future, the premiership will be for us," the Sadrist official said. "We will have nominees who will compete when the next elections are held after the departure of the (US) occupation." Having a Sadrist in power would endanger if not scuttle hopes of establishing a thriving democracy in Iraq that could be a model in the region. There are worries about how much influence Iran now carries over al-Sadr after offering him refuge for more than three years. While saying it does not have a favorite candidate among

KARBALA: Iraqi women sort through a pile of date fruit yesterday, during the harvest at a palm grove some 10 kilometers east of the southern city of Karbala. One of the world's oldest cultivated fruits, the date is sold raw or dried; it is also made into a paste and sometimes stuffed with nuts as a sweet. — AFP

those vying to become prime minister, the Obama administration strongly opposes giving power to al-Sadr and his followers. It is largely a moot wish: Sadrists were the only party to gain seats in parliament in the March 7 vote, winning 39 of the 325 in a signal of their rise. That has put them in the position of being wooed by other Shiite political leaders for support. "The Sadrists having a key role in the next government of Iraq was one of the few redlines that the Obama administration had," said Ken Pollack, an expert at the Brookings Institute think-tank in Washington who was a key Iraq policymaker in the Clinton administration. "They've staged this major comeback, and the administration is very, very worried about that," Pollack

said. "This is something Iran has been trying to do for months. Clearly this is a big win for them and really bad for the US" In Baghdad, US Embassy spokesman David J. Ranz avoided even using the word Sadrist when asked for an official statement Friday about the movement's partnership with alMaliki. Ranz said the embassy welcomed actions that would lead to a new government in Iraq, now stalled for nearly seven months. And he said the U.S. hoped to see "an inclusive and legitimate government, responsive to the needs of the Iraqi people." Al-Maliki has been scrounging for allies since his political coalition fell short in the election to Iraqiya coalition, which is largely backed by Sunnis and led by Allawi, a Shiite. — AFP



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Ethnically divided Bosnians hope for change at the polls SARAJEVO: Deeply divided along ethnic lines, voters in Bosnia were preparing for a crucial vote today, hoping changes that would unblock reforms and give fresh impetus to the nation's drive to join the EU. There was to be no campaigning yesterday to enable some 3.1 million voters to reflect on a campaign dominated by nationalist rhetoric. Almost 15 years after the end of the 1992-1995 inter-ethnic war, Bosnia's Muslims, Croats and Serbs remain strictly entrenched in their own communities. Ending the election campaign late on Friday, key political parties urged their supporters to cast a ballot for their own ethnic

group once again. In Banja Luka, outgoing Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik, who is running for the presidency of the Serb-run entity, vowed to continue his "fight for Republika Srpska" and against centralisation. A fierce opponent of Bosnia's ethnic division and advocate of its unity, incumbent Muslim member of the tripartite central presidency Haris Silajdzic who is up for re-election, pledged before some 1,000 supporters in Sarajevo to continue "being the biggest obstacle to all attempts to break up Bosnia." The internationally-brokered Dayton agreement that ended the war, divided the country into two semi-independent entities,

Bosnian Serb dominated Republika Srpska (RS) and the Muslim-Croat Federation. Each has its own government and are linked by weak central institutions based in Sarajevo. Voters today will elect the tripartite presidency, the central parliament and the entities' assemblies. In the RS people will also vote for a president, while in the Muslim-Croat Federation voters will choose districts parliaments. Although analysts believe the elections will not bring a major shake-up, people in the street hope that the polls will end the political stalemate and bring a change to their every day life.

Twenty-year-old Armin Ramic said he still believed a change was possible. "I want authorities that would enable me to find a job, a life in which I would not be forced to bribe doctors or clerks. I don't care if power was held by a Serb, a Croat, a Muslim, (or) a Chinese," Ramic told AFP. In Banja Luka, 42-year old Bosnian Serb Miladin, who did not give his last name, called the situation in the country "ridiculous." "Fifteen years since the end of the war our politicians are still fighting about nationalist issues, and we have not even started to rebuild the country," the unemployed man sighed. Since the 2006 polls Bosnia has been

politically deadlocked as Bosnian Serbs oppose any strengthening of the central institutions at the expense of RS autonomy. The reforms, in particular centralisation of government, are required by the international community and are a key condition for the country's further EU rapprochement. A recent survey showed that 90 percent of all Bosnia's citizens support the country's integration into the EU. Analysts warn that further stagnation in the reform process could be devastating for one of the least developed European countries. "Some sort of political change is absolutely necessary unless we want to end

up living in a social and economy catastrophe," analyst Haris Abaspahic told AFP. Bosnia's already fragile economy has hard hit by the global financial crisis. The gross domestic product shrank with 3.2 percent in 2009, while the unemployment rate in July reached 43 percent, according to the Bureau of statistics. "I want the authorities to increase my pension and bring back my dignity," said Mehmed, adding that he was tired of nationalism of any kind. "Nationalists should be expelled from this region forever," the 70-year-old Sarajevo pensioner who did not give a last name, said. — AFP

Nigeria hunts militants after blasts

Jonathan says 'terrorists' behind attacks, not MEND ABUJA: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday "terrorists" and not militant group MEND were behind two car bombings that killed at least 12 people near independence day celebrations. "This is a camouflage," he told journalists after visiting victims of the blasts at an Abuja hospital. "It has nothing to do with MEND ... These are terrorists."

ABUJA: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan waves to the crowd during the 50th anniversary celebrations of Nigerian independence, in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday. Two car bombs blew up as Nigeria celebrated, killing at least seven people in an unprecedented attack on the capital by suspected militants from the country's oil region. The attacks claimed by the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta came as the president and other dignitaries sat only a 10-minute walk away. — AP

British govt to scrap 'no touch' rules for teachers LONDON: Rules that prevent teachers from restraining or comforting pupils by physical contact will be scrapped under plans to ensure staff are better able to assert themselves in class, Education Secretary Michael Gove said. In an interview published in yesterday's Guardian newspaper, Gove said he would "clarify and shrink" the 1,000 or so pages of guidance for teachers on discipline and bullying. "Teachers worry that if they assert a degree of discipline, one determined mav-

erick pupil will say 'I know my rights' and so teachers become reticent about asserting themselves," Gove said. He promised to end the so-called "no touch" rules applied in many schools, which discourage teachers from making physical contact with children, although he said he did not believe teachers should be allowed to hit children. "I do believe that teachers need to know they can physically restrain children, they can interpose themselves between

two children that may be causing trouble, and they can remove them from the classroom," he said. "The important thing is that teachers know they are in control and this department and the justice system will back them." Gove also said teachers would be given the power to search children for anything which is banned by the school rules, and promised a right to anonymity for teachers faced with allegations from pupils. — Reuters

Thousands protest against Berlusconi ROME: Tens of thousands of people converged on Rome yesterday to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi just days after the Italian leader survived a confidence vote in parliament. Demonstrators arrived from across Italy on hundreds of buses and two ferries from the island of Sardinia for the "No Berlusconi Day" rally, which was set to start at 1200 GMT in the central square Piazza della Repubblica. The rally was called by the Purple People, an Internetbased civil society movement with no political party affiliation that mobilised more than 500,000 people against Berlusconi in a previous rally in December last year. The movement's main slogan is: "Licenziamolo!" ("Let's Sack Him!") Berlusconi has been weakened in recent months by the rebellion of one of his closest allies, speaker of parliament Gianfranco Fini, who has set up a splinter group of lawmakers that is putting pressure on the government. But the prime minister won a confidence vote in parliament on Wednesday that put off the prospect of early elections while also revealing the divisions within his ruling coalition. Elections are only scheduled for 2013. Apart from Berlusconi's resignation, the "No Berlusconi Day" rally will also call for a law

against conflicts of interest to put an end to the media tycoon prime minister's domination of Italy's news channels. They also want a new electoral law and early elections. The objective is "to put pressure on our parliament to confront the real problems in the country and not those linked to the personal interests of the prime minister," Adele Palazzo of the Purple People said ahead of the rally. The Purple People styles

itself as an apolitical movement but is broadly supported by Italy's left and leaders of the Democratic Party, the main opposition party, will be taking part alongside trade union bosses. Rosy Bindi, who chairs the Democratic Party, has voiced her support. Antonio Di Pietro, a former anti-corruption judge and now leader of the Italy of Values opposition party, has said he will take part and is partly funding

the protest. Protesters are set to march from Piazza della Repubblica to Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano where there will be a concert and speeches by dozens of lawyers, journalists and other civil society figures. But no politicians will take the stage in line with the rules set by the Purple People movement, which holds regular small rallies outside the Italian parliament to protest against particular laws. — AFP

MOGADISHU: Relatives assist in transporting an injured woman to Medina hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia, after she was wounded by mortar shrapnel during clashes between Somali insurgents and African Union troops yesterday. A medical official said scores of people were killed and wounded in the clashes. — AP

He did not provide details on who he believed the culprits were following Friday's blasts. MEND-the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta-claims to be fighting for a fairer distribution of oil revenue. The Niger Delta is the heart of the country's oil industry, but remains deeply impoverished and spills have caused serious damage to the environment. Jonathan, who is from the Niger Delta, said "for anybody to work for a terrorist organisation and try to use the MEND as a camouflage is totally unacceptable". "What happened yesterday has nothing to do with the Niger Delta," Jonathan said. Nigerian authorities hunted oil militants yesterday who claimed responsibility for two car bombs that killed at least 12 people near independence celebrations in the first such attack in the capital. MEND issued a warning an hour before the blasts went off and later blamed government officials for the deaths, saying they "acted irresponsibly by ignoring our forewarning." "We hinted to the government security forces and gave them an ample warning of five days in addition to the one hour given today," it said. The car bombs failed to halt the ceremony marking 50 years of independence at Abuja's Eagle Square, where a military parade marched and music played as President Goodluck Jonathan looked on. Yesterday, police guarded the location where the bombs went off near the justice ministry and a federal court building. A line of destroyed and burnt-out cars remained, with glass and other debris still littering the cordoned-off area. Abuja police spokesman Moshood Jimoh said authorities had launched a manhunt and had confirmed 12 dead. "We have mounted a check throughout the city," he said. Journalists covering the ceremony at Eagle Square on Friday said they heard what sounded like a third, smaller explosion inside the venue, but police denied any bomb blast occurred there. MEND-the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta-says it is fighting for a fairer distribution of oil revenue in Africa's largest crude producer, but has also been seen as a loose collection of criminal gangs. The Niger Delta region, the heart of the country's oil industry, remains deeply impoverished despite Nigeria's oil wealth, as does much of the country, and spills have caused serious damage to the environment. "There is nothing worth celebrating after 50 years of failure," MEND said in a statement. "For 50 years, the people of the Niger Delta have had their land and resources stolen from them." But while MEND has been staging attacks over the last several years, they have mostly targeted oil installations or carried out kidnappings in the Niger Delta. It was the first time they had struck in the capital and in such dramatic fashion, with the entire country focused on independence celebrations. The car bombs went off within minutes of each other and in the same area, and witnesses said the first blast drew people to the scene who became victims of the second. — Agencies

RIGA: Latvians cast their ballot at a polling station in Riga, Latvia, yesterday. A center-left ethnic Russian party looks poised to top the polls in Latvia's general election yesterday, the first time in the country's 20 years of independence that a pro-Russia party would win the most seats in Parliament. — AP

Russian party set to win Latvian election RIGA: A center-left ethnic Russian party looks poised to top the polls in Latvia's general election yesterday, the first time in the country's 20 years of independence that a pro-Russia party would win the most seats in Parliament. Harmony Center, which predominantly consists of ethnic Russians living in Latvia, almost certainly will not win a majority in the 100-seat legislature -- nor would it be guaranteed a role in the next government. However, a strong showing would most likely allow the party to sit in a future coalition given the high rate of government turnover in the tiny Baltic state. Many people fear that Harmony Center would steer Latvia, a country of 2.3 million people, away from NATO and the European Union -- it joined

both in 2004 -- and toward Russia. Leaders of Harmony Center, which controls the city council in the capital, Riga, deny the accusation, though they acknowledge they would like to recall Latvia's troops from the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan. Regardless, the next government will immediately be tasked with making large budget cuts and tax hikes as part of an austerity program put together by the International Monetary Fund and the EU. After four years of stellar growth fueled by a borrow-andspend boom, Latvia's economy nose-dived two years ago and has since shed some 25 percent of its size -- one of the worst recessions in the world. Unemployment reached nearly 25 percent, and tens of thousands of young people fled for

greener pastures in countries like England and Ireland. Only a euro 7.5 billion ($10.3 billion) emergency bailout package put together by the IMF and the EU in December 2008 saved Latvia from bankruptcy. President Valdis Zatlers, who has the right to nominate the next prime minister, has said that one of the criteria in his selection will be a strict adherence to the bailout program. He also said he would not allow any shifts in foreign policy, a clear hint that he would be reluctant to let Harmony Center form the next government. Analysts agree that the probable third-place winner, the populist Greens and Farmers Union, will be the kingmaker in any future coalition as it will hold enough seats to give a majority to either Harmony Center or Unity. — AP

Christian Democrats hold key Dutch coalition vote AMSTERDAM: Dutch Christian Democrat members met yesterday to vote on a coalition pact with the Liberal party (VVD) which would lead to a minority government backed by the anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV). Earlier this week the VVD and PVV approved the deal, which makes concessions to PVV's Koran-bashing populist leader Geert Wilders over banning the burqa and tightening immigration rules in the Netherlands. But many prominent Christian Democrat (CDA) members object and the future of the Netherlands' first post-war minority government hinges on the vote in the city of Arnhem by close to 5,000 CDA members. Entering the congress hall CDA leader Maxime Vergahen told reporters he was convinced internal divisions would be overcome and the deal would be approved. The vote is expected on Saturday afternoon. Under the proposed deal, the country would be able to bar entry to radical religious leaders. Convicted immigrants would be expelled more rapidly and immigrants would lose their temporary residence permit if they failed an integration exam. "The PVV has driven a wedge in society ... by scapegoating 1 million of our fellow citizens and wanting to make second-class citizens of them," CDA politician and Justice Minister Hirsch

Ballin wrote in a newspaper column yesterday. "The endorsement of Wilders as a political partner must be stopped, better late than never, before any more division in our country brings more exclusion and distress." Despite public hostility to immigration in several European countries, mainstream political parties have a taboo against forming coalitions that include far-right groups. Polls indicate a majority of CDA members want their party to agree the deal. Markets are watching closely because of concerns that scuppering the agreement would prolong efforts over the past four months to form a government and add to uncertainty at a time when the Dutch face tough spending decisions. Emotions ran high inside and outside the congress. Several speakers spoke strongly against Wilders, one calling him Judas while a protest was held earlier in Arnhem with demonstrators carrying banners such as "Yes to freedom, No to the PVV". Prosecutors have opened a case against Wilders on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims. He goes on trial tomorow. His Freedom Party was placed third in the June election behind the Liberals and Social Democrats. The Christian Democrats placed fourth. — Reuters


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Free speech cases at top of Supreme Court’s agenda WASHINGTON: Free speech cases top the US Supreme Court’s docket as it begins a new term with a new justice and three women on the bench for the first time. The court will look at provocative anti-gay protests at military funerals and a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children. These cases worry free speech advocates, who fear the court could limit First Amendment freedoms. The First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees such basic rights as freedom of speech, religion and assembly. The funeral protest lawsuit, over signs praising American war deaths, “is one of those cases that tests our commitment to the First Amendment,” said Steven Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Another case involves a different aspect of the First Amendment, the government’s relationship to religion. The justices will decide whether Arizona’s

income tax credit scholarship program, in essence, directs state money to religious schools in violation of the constitutional separation of church and state. Under Chief Justice John Roberts, marking his fifth anniversary on the court, and with the replacement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor by Justice Samuel Alito, the court has been more sympathetic to arguments that blur the line between government and religion, as long as one religion is not favored over another. Justice Elena Kagan, confirmed in August, is the one new face on the court, but nearly everyone will be sitting in different seats when the term opens on Monday. Like so much else at the Supreme Court, the justices sit according to seniority, other than the chief justice at the center of the bench. The retirement of John Paul Stevens, who had served longer than the others, means Roberts now will be flanked by Justices Antonin Scalia and Anthony

Kennedy. Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who joined the court last year, will sit at opposite ends of the bench. The woman with the longest tenure, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also is now the senior liberalleaning justice with Stevens gone. Though it’s never certain how changes will affect the court’s direction, President Barack Obama said he was looking for someone in the mold of the liberal-leaning Stevens when he chose Kagan. If Kagan votes as Stevens did, her presence would not affect the ideological divide that has four justices on the conservative side, four on the liberal side and Kennedy in the middle, though more often with the conservatives. Then, too, a justice’s first term is not necessarily a good predictor of future performance. If anything, getting a read on Kagan in her first year may be even harder because her former job as Obama’s solicitor

general already has forced her to take herself out of 24 of the 51 cases the court has so far agreed to hear. The solicitor general is the top lawyer who argues the government’s cases before the high court. The first case from which she is withdrawing will be argued Monday, and Kagan will slip out of the courtroom before Roberts invites the lawyers to begin their argument. Kagan’s absences create the potential for the eight remaining justices to split 4-4 in some cases. That outcome leaves in place the decision reached by the most recent court to have the case, but leaves unsettled the issue the high court was set to resolve. A second Arizona law, imposing penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants, also is before the court this term. At issue is whether the state law intrudes into an area, immigration, that really is the federal government’s responsibility.

The result at the Supreme Court could signal how the court might resolve another suit working its way through the federal courts over the Arizona immigration law that puts local police officers on the front lines of enforcing federal immigration law, said Brian Wolfman, a Georgetown University law professor. Several cases that pit consumers against business also revolve around when federal law trumps state action. In one case, parents of a child who suffered severe, lasting damage from a vaccine want to use state law to sue a drugmaker, even though Congress has established a special court to hear disputes over vaccines. The business community is asking the court to rein in the use of class actions in suits and arbitrations in state courts. Plaintiffs often can force large settlements without a trial if they succeed in pooling the claims of everyone who might be affected.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., backed by many business groups, wants the court to toss out an enormous class-action sex discrimination suit over allegations that it pays women less than men and promotes women less frequently. The case could involve millions of women who once worked at the world’s largest private employer. In recent years, the start of a new term has been accompanied by speculation over who might soon retire. The same nine justices served together from 1994 to 2005, an unusually long period of stability. Since 2005, four new justices have joined the court. The oldest justice is Ginsburg, at 77. Scalia and Kennedy are 74, while Justice Stephen Breyer is 72. Ginsburg has said she intends to stay on the court for five more years or so, and the other three septuagenarians have given no indication they are leaving anytime soon. — AP

Democrats Reps reassess strategy a month to election Democrats worried about House districts in economically troubled Midwest

BRASILIA: Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L) listens to his then Environment Minister Marina Silva, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia on March 2, 2006. Marina Silva, a current presidential candidate of the Green Party (PV) for the election today, is the only other figure to make a mark, besides Jose Serra, Sao Paulo’s former state governor. — AFP

Brazil’s Silva hopes for victory lap SAO PAULO: The emcee’s voice begins rising to a crescendo rivaling that of any Las Vegas ring announcer, a yell driving through a dense tropical rain that concisely explains what Brazil’s adored president means to his nation. “He is the man who turned our dreams into reality!” the man screams into the night, his words ringing in the ears of 10,000 people at the last election rally the leader would attend. “President. Luiz. Inacio. Lula. Da Silvaaaaaaaaaa!” The crowd goes wild on cue, like they always do when Silva takes center stage. “My beloved comrades ...” Silva begins, but his raspy voice is drowned out by cheers. Silva’s eight-year rule begins its end today, when Brazilians vote for a new president. Over that time, a nation forever seen as not living up to its potential and suffering from serial self-doubt has evolved into a country of 190 million people with immense economic might, rapidly growing political clout and model programs for social transformation. “Historically, he will be considered one of the most important leaders of the 21st century,” said Peter Hakim, with the Washington-based InterAmerican Dialogue, who first met Silva in the 1980s. “He will walk away as being one of the great Brazilian heroes.” Silva, armed with a near-80 percent domestic approval rating, is one of the loudest moral voices of the developing world, boldly lashing out at what he considers economic and political injus-

tices rich nations hand down to the developing world. He hammers away at what he says is a global trade system favoring wealthy nations and invokes the responsibilities former colonial powers have toward impoverished nations they once ruled. Despite fears that the leftist leader would turn Brazil socialist, Silva has fought off the more radical wings of his Workers Party and used orthodox economic policies to lead the country to unprecedented growth. Brazil is now forecast to be the world’s fifthlargest economy by the time it hosts the Olympics in 2016, the first time the Games will be held in South America. His programs are credited with lifting 20.5 million people from poverty since 2003 and boosting another 29 million into the middle class _ creating new consumers who help drive the economy. “Lula has given great benefits to the poor, but the greatest one was dignity,” said Silvia Silveira, a 53-year-old woman at the rally who scratches out a living by selling water and soda out of a cooler in central Sao Paulo. “He has given the poor like me a sense we have a voice in the government, something that has not happened since Brazil was discovered 500 years ago.” Silva’s ascension to power did not come easy. He was only successful on his fourth run at the presidency, when in 2002 voters decided to give him a shot. It was a watershed moment in Brazilian politics, handing the office to a one-time shoeshine boy with a fifth-grade education, making him the first working-class leader ever elected. — AP

DA to look into suicide of teen said to be bullied HOUSTON: Prosecutors said Friday they will look into what led to the suicide of a 13-year-old Houston boy whose parents say was relentlessly bullied at his middle school for two years because of his religion and sexual orientation. Asher Brown’s parents, who claim school officials ignored their pleas for help, said they hope “justice will be served” by the investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “Once they find out what’s been hidden, we would want the people responsible to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Asher’s stepfather, David Truong. Asher shot himself in the head with his stepfather’s handgun on Sept. 23 at his family’s home. Truong said his son, a straightA student who loved to read, had been ridiculed by students at school because he was small, a Buddhist and didn’t wear designer clothes. This

summer, Asher converted to Christianity in the hope students would no longer make fun of his religion, Truong said. “What my child went through was not normal in any capacity,” Truong said. “It was relentless. It was just day after day and nothing was done and now my son is dead.” Truong said students also made fun of Asher because they believed he was gay. Truong said while he and Asher’s mother, Amy, suspected their son was gay, the teen didn’t confirm this to him until the day of his suicide. “I told him, ‘We’ll talk about it when you get home.’ I told him, ‘You know your mother and I support you,” Truong said. “He told me, ‘Have a good day.’ I said, ‘Have a good day son.’ That was the last time I spoke to my son.” Truong found the teen’s body when he returned from work later that day. — AP

WASHINGTON: Democrats have all but written off at least three Senate seats and at least six House seats as they embark on a final-weeks advertising push to minimize congressional election losses. In the one-month dash to Election Day, both parties are zeroing in on races they have the best chances of winning, recalibrating strategies and shifting advertising money by the day. The state of play could change repeatedly between now and Nov. 2. Control of Congress and the outlook for President Barack Obama’s agenda is at stake this election. About 60 or more House races are competitive, mostly for seats now held by Democrats. Republicans need to win 40 to take control. Of the 37 Senate races, about a dozen are close. The magic number for the Republicans to take a Senate majority is 10. The Republicans are moving to expand a playing field already heavily tilting their way. Democrats are especially worried about House districts in the economically troubled Midwest, and their chances of picking up Republican-held Senate seats have dwindled. In the final stretch, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved at least $52 million to run TV ads in more than 60 districts, nearly all held by their own party. The National Republican Campaign Committee has set aside $35 million in airtime in 55 races, and officials say more is on the way. The disparity is misleading. Democrats consistently have had a cash advantage, but Republican-allied groups have weighed in and advertised in crucial contests for weeks. The latest details emerged from campaign documents obtained by The Associated Press, as well as from interviews with more than a dozen Republican and Democratic operatives with knowledge of advertising plans, polling and strategy. All spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details publicly. No one doubts that Democrats will lose seats in both chambers. The question is how many. “The political environment is positive for us. I think our candidates are strong. And really it’s going to be a resource issue now on how we can maximize the use of limited resources,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign efforts. His Democratic counterpart, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, predicted his party will retain its majority despite the tough landscape

marked by “a lot of ups and downs.” He added: “I don’t think the roller coaster is ready to level out anytime soon.” While technology has changed politics, television advertising still is a powerful and necessary political tool to reach voters, and it’s the best indicator of where party leaders think they have a shot at winning. Both sides have reserved millions of dollars of airtime and will decide whether to cancel those orders or send the check. Any movement from one side will force the other to change strategy. In the Senate, the Republican goal of seizing control became tougher when Republican leaders’ favored candidate in Delaware, Rep. Mike Castle, a moderate, lost to tea party conservative Christine O’Donnell. It’s doubtful national Republicans will advertise in the state now unless polls show Democrat Chris Coons’ poll lead evaporating. Just as that race was falling off the map, Republicans were buoyed by the surprisingly neck-and-neck nature of the West Virginia Senate race. Cornyn’s team invested $1.3 million to help Republican John Raese, and Democrats were forced to go on the air to aid Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin. In other Democraticheld Senate seats, however, the party hasn’t reserved any airtime to protect incumbent Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas or help Rep. Brad Ellsworth win an open seat in Indiana. Both are trailing their Republican opponents in polls. The Senate Democrats’ campaign committee disputes the notion that it’s given up on those races, noting that it continues to spend money on turnout programs in both states and doesn’t rule out providing more resources. North Dakota was never in the Democrats’ fall plans. Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan is retiring in a solidly Republican state. Elsewhere, Democrats are on TV defending seats in Colorado, Delaware, Illinois and Pennsylvania, and are going up on the air in Connecticut. They’ve reserved airtime if needed to help Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in Washington state, but Democrats have been feeling better about that race in recent days and even Republicans say she’s improved her standing. At this stage, no party money is going to other hotly contested states held by Democrats California and Nevada among them — but only because candidates are sitting on their own cash. Operatives also are closely watching Wisconsin, where Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold is in trouble.— AP

THE VILLAGES: Rick Scott (C), Republican gubernatorial candidate for Florida, speaks during a rally yesterday in The Villages, Florida. A recent poll shows Scott leading his Democratic opponent Alex Sink. — AFP



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China vows to enhance ties with new N Korea leadership BEIJING: China's president yesterdayday welcomed North Korea's election of a new slate of communist party leaders and promised to continue close ties -- an expected but important affirmation of the two countries' relationship from the North's closest ally. The comments were Hu Jintao's first on the new leadership since a key ruling party conference in North Korea at which the youngest son of ruler Kim Jong Il was introduced to the

world and given key posts that confirmed speculation he was being groomed to eventually succeed his ailing 68-year-old father. Hu said China's Communist Party will work with North Korea's ruling party to "strengthen communication and coordination in regional and international affairs, and continue endeavors for the region's peace, stability and common development," according to the state-run Xinhua

News Agency. He was speaking during a meeting with a North Korean delegation. During the recent Workers' Party convention, Kim's son, Kim Jong Un, was elevated to a four-star general and given a key party position. China is North Korea's most important ally, so it's unsurprising that Hu congratulated the regime's new leaders -- saying they would bring about "new achievements." But the message affirmed that

China stands behind the impoverished and increasingly isolated country as a transition is made -- support that is vital to its survival. "The Chinese backing will empower Kim Jong Un in the succession process," said Kim Yong-hyun, an expert on North Korea at Seoul's Dongguk University. In August, when Kim Jong Il visited China, there were reports that he brought along his 20-something son, though that has not been confirmed. The

trip led to speculation that Kim may have introduced his son to Chinese officials to win their understanding on the succession. It's not clear if the new leadership in North Korea -- which continues to develop its missile and nuclear programs in defiance of UN and other sanctions -- will change its combative stance toward the international community. Only hours after the party conference ended, the regime

again threatened to expand its nuclear arsenal. While North Korea has expressed willingness to rejoin international talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear programs, Washington has said the North must first take specific moves to demonstrate its sincerity. North Korea pulled out of the negotiations last year after an uproar over a suspected missile test. — AP

'Bloody corpses hanging from carriages'

Train crash in central Indonesia kills at least 36 PETARUKAN: A train crashed into another parked at a railway station in central Indonesia early yesterday, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, many seriously, officials and witnesses said. Rescuers spent hours searching through the mangled wreckage for trapped survivors of the accident, which occurred just before 3 am, as many passengers were sleeping. A train from the capital, Jakarta, plowed into the rear of a train that was sitting at a station in Petarukan, a coastal city in Central Java province, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan.

The force of the crash knocked several carriages off the track, waking Anwar Sumarno, a university student, with a bang. The lights were knocked out in his cabin and screams of the injured pierced

the darkness. "At first I was so shocked I couldn't move, but then I grabbed my backpack and shoved my way outside," said the 24-year-old, who had been sitting near the front of the idle train.

"Bloody corpses were hanging from the carriages. ... There was nothing we could do," he said. "It was total confusion." It took almost an hour for rescue workers and ambulances to arrive at the scene,

PEMALANG: Indonesian policemen along with residents evacuate train accident victims in Pemalang yester. Up to 22 people were killed when a passenger train smashed into the back of another train on Indonesia's Java island, an official said. Police said a traffic management error was to blame for the accident, which occurred in the early morning at the station in Petarukan Pemalang, Central Java province. — AFP

which was littered with twisted debris. Villagers, railway officials and some passengers used their bare hands and bamboo sticks to search for survivors. Sumarno said it took hours to pry loose a pregnant woman, who suffered injuries to her arms and legs. A family member sitting behind her died, he said. Investigators were trying to determine if human error was to blame. "It may also have been mechanical," said Ervan, the transport ministry spokesman. "We're checking to see if the signals of the parked train were working properly." The 36 bodies were taken to three nearby hospitals, said Tri Yuniasari, a spokeswoman for the Hasyim Ashari hospital who was helping keep tallies. Among the victims were Bayu Sakti, a 33-year-old army sergeant, his 29-year-old wife and their 4-year-old son. "It'd been six months since they'd come home," the man's 60year-old mother, Agatha, told the news portal "We were waiting for them." More than 40 people were hurt, some with severe injuries and broken bones, doctors and nurses said. Indonesia -- with a reputation for poor safety standards and maintenance -- has been hit by a series of plane, train and ferry accidents in recent years that have killed hundreds. Just an hour after yesterday's collision, another train crashed in the town of Solo, also in Central Java, killing at least one person, according to Ervan and officials at a nearby hospital. — AP

Japan nationalists rally against PM, China TOKYO: Nationalist groups rallied in Japan yesterday against the country's "diplomatic defeat" to China in a maritime dispute, amid growing Russian pressure over another simmering territorial row. Japanese national flags fluttered in Tokyo's Yoyogi park where organisers said some 1,500 people had gathered, with many holding banners reading: "Never tolerate weak Kan government defeated to Chinese threats". The rally was organised by a nationalist network chaired by former air force chief Toshio Tamogami, who was fired in October 2008 for penning an essay calling for the nation to shed elements of its post-World War II pacifism.

"China is claiming its sovereignty of the Senkaku and even eyeing at getting (southern) Okinawa main island under its control," said Tamogami in his statement. "The time has come for us to bolster our defence." Following the rally, the anti-China protesters marched through Tokyo's fashionable Shibuya district, chanting: "Brave Japanese will fight! Proud Japanese will fight!" They accuse China of an "invasion of the Senkaku"-the Japanese name for disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as Diaoyu in China-and are angry at Beijing's perceived hardline response to a diplomatic spat. "Japan became numb

because the peaceful time lasted too long," said Hiromitsu Yanashima, 31, hoisting a rising-sun flag. "We need to realise that China is thrusting a knife point at us." Asia's two largest economies have been involved in a tense standoff since Japan arrested a Chinese trawler captain near the disputed islands on September 8. Japan has since released the captain, but the move did little to ease tensions and left Kan open to domestic attacks from political conservatives claiming he had caved in to Chinese bullying. As the row with China simmers, the centre-left Kan is facing another diplo-

TOKYO: Japanese nationalists, hoisting national flags, march in downtown Tokyo after anti China rally yesterday. Nationalist groups rallied against Japan's "diplomatic defeat" to China in a maritime dispute as Russian pressure grows over another simmering territorial row. — AFP

matic challenge with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expected to visit the disputed Kuril Islands. The islands, which lie north of Japan's Hokkaido island, have been controlled by Moscow since they were seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War II but Tokyo still claims the southernmost four islands as Japanese territory. The row has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty to formally end World War II. "I think Russia is taking passage in Japan's weak diplomacy," Yanashima said. But some onlookers of the rally said they felt uneasy about the heated argument of the protesters. "Before saying we are proud Japanese, we should be proud individuals. I feel rallying under such slogans may lead us to a war again," said teacher Yasuko Hirano. China reacted strongly to the Senkaku dispute, freezing high-level talks and visits and taking punitive economic measures, according to industry sources, such as temporarily halting rare earth exports to Japan. The damaging row, which has so far lasted more than three weeks, appears to have some way left to run, with Tokyo and Beijing continuing to trade calls for the other side to come to heel. Beijing has issued a travel warning, cautioning its citizens over visiting Japan after right-wing nationalists harassed a group of Chinese tourists this week, surrounding and kicking their bus and hurling abuse. China last month detained four Japanese construction workers for filming at a restricted military site before allowing three of them to return home Friday. One man remains in custody for further questioning. On the Russian issue, Japan has already warned that a visit by Medvedev to the Kuril Islands would seriously hurt ties after he said he planned to travel to the islands while on a trip to the Far East this week and was only prevented by bad weather.A Kremlin source said Friday that Medvedev is expected to visit Japan for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November. — AFP

SINGAPORE: This file picture taken on September 16, 2003 shows Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew (L) blowing the last lighted candle while his wife Kwa Geok Choo looks on at his 80th birthday celebration in Singapore. Kwa Geok Choo, the wife of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, and mother of the city-state's current prime minister died yesterday. — AFP

Wife of ex-Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew dead SINGAPORE: Kwa Geok Choo, the wife of Singapore's first prime minister and mother of its current leader, died yesterday. She was 89. Kwa suffered strokes in 2008 and had been bedridden and unable to speak since then. She is survived by her husband Lee Kuan Yew, sons Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Lee Hsien Yang, and daughter Lee Wei Ling. Kwa "passed away peacefully at home," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. It did not specify the cause of death. Kwa was born into a prominent Chinese family and was the daughter of a banker. She attended Methodist Girls' School and Raffles Institute in Singapore and England's Cambridge University, where she studied law as a Queen's Scholar. Kwa met fellow Cambridge student Lee in 1944 and the two married in Singapore in 1950. "I had 61 years of happiness," Lee, 87, said in an interview with the New York Times published earlier this month. Lee, who is currently a senior adviser in his son's Cabinet, also has had health problems in recent years. He has been hospitalized since Wednesday with a chest infection, and in

September 2008 he was treated for an abnormal heart rhythm. Kwa was a partner at Lee & Lee law firm, which she founded with her husband and Lee's brother Lee Kim Yew in 1955. Kwa was not known as a campaigner or speech giver during Lee's term as prime minister from independence in 1965 to 1990. Most Singaporeans remember her for wearing traditional Chinese cheongsam dresses while accompanying her husband on official trips abroad. "It's really sad," said Iris Tan, a 48-year-old flower shop owner. "She seemed like a very kind person." Lee said he had been distraught at times over his wife's illness. "I tell her about my day's work, read her favorite poems," Lee said in the interview. "I try to busy myself, but from time to time in idle moments, my mind goes back to the happy days we were up and about together." Prime Minister Lee is currently on an official trip to Brussels and will return to Singapore immediately, television station Channel NewsAsia reported. A public wake for Kwa will be held at the Prime Minister's official residence on Oct. 4-5 and a private funeral will take place Oct. 6, the Prime Minister's Office said. — AP

Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir in hospital KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad was admitted to hospital for chest infection yesterday during a trip to Australia, where he was scheduled to address a seminar, according to an aide. The 85-year-old was admitted to the general ward in a Melbourne hospital for antibiotics treatment and physiotheraphy, his aide Sufi

Yusof said in a statement. "Dr Mahathir's condition is stable and he has been advised to rest," said the aide, adding that the former Malaysian leader is expected to remain in hospital for a few days for observation. Mahathir arrived in Melbourne Thursday and was slated to address a seminar on human development organised by a club linked to

Malaysia's ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation. Mahathir retired in 2003 after 22 years in power. He remains an influential figure in Malaysian politics, and has often speak up on current issues. He has undergone two coronary bypass surgeries, one in 1989 and the latest in 2007. — AFP


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Karzai calls on army to take charge of protecting and defending nation KABUL: Preparing for the eventual exit of international forces, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called yesterday on his own police and army to get ready to take charge of protecting and defending the nation. Karzai's speech -- upbeat with nationalistic themes -was an apparent move to bolster Afghanistan's image as a sovereign nation that must plan for its future despite its heavy reliance on international troops and aid. Karzai said US and NATO forces will leave Afghanistan once they no longer feel the need to stay for their own national security interests. When that happens, Afghans must be ready to protect the borders, the people and have good governance, Karzai said. "Unfortunately today we do not have this capacity and capability," he said at the presidential palace where he promoted 28 members of the Afghan police, army and intelligence service. Karzai cautioned the 100 members of the security forces in the audience not to rely on a longtime presence of international forces -- that they should use the current time to bolster their capacity. "It is possible that one day this international community, which is with us today, will not see a benefit in Afghanistan any more and leave us -- like they left us in the past," Karzai said. "What

11 Pakistan blocks NATO supplies

US drone strikes kill 10 militants MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes killed 10 militants yesterday in a lawless tribal belt in Pakistan, where a land route for NATO supplies was blocked for a third consecutive day, officials said. Officials in Washington say its drone strikes in the region have killed several high-value targets, including Pakistani Taleban chief Baitullah Mehsud, and help protect troops in Afghanistan from attacks plotted across the border.

KABUL: This handout taken and received yesterday from the Presidential Palace shows Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai (L) promoting an officer from the Interior Ministry at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. — AFP then is the task of the Afghan people, the Afghan government and the Afghan armed forces? Maintaining and developing the national interests of our country." Karzai's speech recounted three decades of history in Afghanistan, including US efforts to arm the mujahedeen in the 1980s, which helped speed the defeat of the Soviets in Afghanistan. Afterward, however, Afghanistan's international allies did not continue to help. "The US, Britain, France and many other countries closed their embassies in Afghanistan because they didn't see any more benefit to

being here after the jihad victory over the Soviets," he said. The country then slipped into a civil war and turmoil that created an opening eventually filled by the Taleban, which provided a safe haven for al-Qaeda. After the Sept 11, 2001, attacks in the United States -- carried out by al-Qaeda terrorists trained in Afghanistan -- the US invaded the country it had once helped liberate. Separately yesterday, officials announced nine drug traffickers have been sentenced to up to 17 years and given stiff fines by the Primary

Court of the Criminal Justice Task Force for trafficking 41 pounds (19 kilograms) of heroin, 968 pounds (440 kilograms) of opium and 24 pounds (11 kilograms) of hashish. Khalilu Rahman Motawakel, a spokesman for the task force, said the longest sentence was handed down to three traffickers from Helmand province in the south. The announcement was seen as part of Afghanistan's effort to demonstrate it is cracking down on the illegal drug trade, which is a major source of revenue for the country's insurgency. — AP

Bomb attack kills NATO soldiers in Afghanistan KABUL: Two soldiers from NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a bomb explosion in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said yesterday. NATO did not release the nationalities of the soldiers, but the incident took the number of foreign troops killed in the war so far this year to 551 -- the deadliest on record. "Two ISAF service members died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan yesterday

(Friday)," a NATO statement said. Homemade bombs cause the majority of casualties among foreign and Afghan troops fighting the Taleban. On Friday a roadside bomb ripped through a vehicle in Shah Wali Kot district of southern Kandahar province, killing two civilians and wounding four others, an official statement said. Separately six insurgents were killed on Friday in a joint Afghan and NATO operation in Zahri district of Kandahar. In neighbouring Uruzgan province five

insurgents were killed in an air strike overnight, provincial police chief Juma Gul Himat told AFP. The United States and NATO allies have increased the number of foreign troops fighting a nine-year Taleban insurgency in Afghanistan to more than 152,000. US-led forces have stepped up attacks on insurgents since the spring as part of a new strategy aiming to root out Taleban militants before drawing down the military presence next year. — AFP

However, drone attacks are a sensitive issue in Pakistan as the attacks also fuel antiAmerican sentiment in the conservative Muslim country. In the latest strikes, US missiles hit two villages near Datta Khel town, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, officials said. In the first attack four missiles hit a house used by militants in Dashgah village, killing six people."Two US drones fired four missiles and destroyed the house. Six militants were killed in this attack," a Pakistani security official in Peshawar told AFP on condition of anonymity. "All of them were militants attached to the Haqqani group," one intelligence official said, referring to one of the strongest US foes in Afghanistan, whose leadership is based in North Waziristan. A second intelligence official told AFP that initial reports suggested the dead were Uzbek militants from Afghanistan. The second attack hit Inzarkas village, around two kilometres from the first, killing four militants, officials said. "The US drone fired two missiles and targeted a vehicle. Four militants have been killed," a security official in the area said. One intelligence official in Miranshah, after confirming the attack and the death toll, said a house near the vehicle was also badly damaged. Pakistani officials have reported that at least 21 US drone strikes in September have killed around 120 people, the highest monthly toll for the

attacks. The overwhelming majority of the attacks have been carried out in North Waziristan, considered a bastion of Al-Qaeda-linked forces and Taleban commanders opposed to the US-led war in Afghanistan. Washington has classified Pakistan's tribal belt on the Afghan border as a global headquarters of Al-Qaeda and the most dangerous place on Earth. A covert US drone war in Pakistan has killed around 1,140 people in about 140 strikes since August 2008, including a number of senior militants.

Under US pressure to crack down on Islamist havens, Pakistan has stepped up its own military operations against militants in the area. But commanders have so far avoided a major offensive in North Waziristan, arguing that gains elsewhere need to be consolidated to prevent their troops from being stretched too thin. Pakistan has protested against the drone strikes but has never taken any practical steps to stop the US carrying out such attacks. However, Pakistan's move to block a main land route for NATO supplies

this week has shown its determination to protect its airspace from US aircraft. Pakistan halted the NATO convoys on Thursday after officials blamed a cross-border NATO helicopter attack for the deaths of three Pakistani soldiers. Yesterday the route remained closed, with no NATO supplies entering Afghanistan. "The situation is the same. The border is blocked for NATO supplies," an official at Torkham, the main border crossing in Pakistan's Khyber district, told AFP by telephone. — AFP

NEW DELHI: Indian President Prathiba Patil (2nd L) pays her respects at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi yesterday, in honour of Gandhi's 142 birthday. Indians celebrated the founding father's birthday with prayers and social activities as a mark of respect to Gandhi, famed as the torchbearer of India's fight against British rule. — AFP



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Crackdown on dissent risks stoke Thai crisis By Ambika Ahuja


onths after the Thai army forced an end to weeks of antigovernment protests, the government says widespread restrictions on dissent are still essential for peace. But the risk is that they end up sparking more unrest. From high-profile arrests to the shutting down and censoring of thousands of websites, the measures used by authorities to keep a lid on simmering tensions are threatening to worsen the conflict, alienate rivals and discredit the administration of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. “Thailand is in uncharted territory and the government’s response to dissent could lead to a bolder display of resistance,” Jacob Ramsay, senior Southeast Asia analyst at Control Risks, a strategic consulting firm based in Britain. “Once authorities start to react to that it has no choice but to do so with more force. It’s a vicious cycle.” The tough line on dissent is also a public relations gamble for Abhisit, the seemingly progressive Oxford-educated premier who has to call an election by the end of 2011. While the curbs will please his backers, they make it harder to convince voters he is serious about national reconciliation and close a social and political divide at the heart of five years of mass anti-government protests and civil unrest. In the latest case, a director of prominent online newspaper Prachatai was arrested in September after arriving on an overseas flight at Bangkok’s main airport over a comment posted two years ago deemed a breach of lese majeste and computer crime laws. Lese majeste, or insults to the monarchy, are punishable by up to 15 years in prison in largely Buddhist Thailand where many regard King Bhumibol Adulyadej as almost divine. Critics say the military-backed government is using the law to silence opponents. “It isn’t clear where the line is. The law does not guarantee freedom of speech or give us protection,” Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the director of the Prachatai website, told Reuters after she was released on bail. Since a spasm of political violence killed 91 people in April and May, Bangkok and six province remain under emergency rule, which bans political gatherings and gives the government power to impose curfews, censor media and detain suspects without charge. At least 185 protesters remain in detention and thousands of webpages have been shut since April on top of over 100,000 blocked since 2007. Dozens of community radio stations and a cable television channel run by the “red shirt” movement were forced off air. Recent action against dissidents also raised questions over who is calling the shots Abhisit, who has voiced concerns about the use of anti-

crown law, for political purposes or the army and its establishment allies. Political scientist Thitinan Pongsudhirak said the recent arrest “exposes Thailand’s solidifying soft civil-military authoritarianism”. He described Thailand’s current leadership as a “hybrid of a civilian democratic facade with a military spine”. Since a 2006 bloodless coup, the Thai military has doubled its budget and strengthened its influence. A reshuffle this month elevated pro-establishment royalist generals opposed to former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his “red shirt” protest movement. Military figures seen as allies of Thaksin have been overlooked, which could worsen friction in the armed forces, a significant political risk for foreign investors who have ploughed $1.7 billion into Thai stocks in the past two months. Thitinan cited other cases of a toughening line on dissent, including a professor at his university held without charge and a student sent for psychotherapy for attending a recent protest. “The way to silence those who disagree with the government is becoming more insidious,” said Somyos Pruksakasemsuk, editor of Red Power magazine, a publication allied with the red shirts. Authorities said Red Power, with a circulation of 40,000, was “distorting facts and spurring hatred”. Instead of shutting it down, a separate company operating its printing press was told it violated licensing rules and could no longer publish. “Now, no one dares publish for us and even hotels are reluctant to let us host political seminars,” Somyos said. The Culture Ministry threatened to close another magazine which was criticized for its anti-establishment content because it refused to register under the Printing Registration Act. Analysts say recent actions may give the government some breathing room before it decides when best to call a fresh poll but warned it could prolong the conflict already in its fifth year. The red-shirt movement held a rally of more than 10,000 people in Bangkok on Sept. 19. “Disengagement from critics is giving the government space to dominate national agenda and headlines,” said political historian Charnvit Kasetsiri. “But people will find room to voice their opposition and find their way back into the political dialogue. How smoothly that happens is up to the government.” Abhisit insists emergency powers and other controls were necessary to keep peace in Bangkok, which remains on edge after a series of mysterious bomb blasts in recent weeks. Defending the government’s action against some opposition media which “spread hatred”, he said: “I’m not sure whether you’d allow a special station for Al-Qaeda here.” —Reuters

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Iraq Shiites may pick Maliki for PM By Suadad Al-Salhy and Waleed Ibrahim


uri Al-Maliki looks likely to be nominated by his Shi’ite coalition to lead Iraq’s government for a second term despite increasing acrimony among his partners and threats by a Sunni-backed bloc to boycott his government. Officials from the National Alliance, a merger of Maliki’s State of Law coalition and the Iran-friendly Iraqi National Alliance (INA), coming out of a closed-door meeting on Monday said they were leaning towards Maliki. His rival, Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (ISCI), a main faction in INA, was seen as losing out. But even if most of his partners support him, Maliki has to convince others to work with him to form a government, analysts said. “I think it’s very likely that if Maliki is named as the (alliance’s) candidate for the premiership he will end up leading Iraq’s next government,” said Middle East analyst David Bender of Eurasia Group. “However, deciding who should lead the next government is only part of the challenge. Maliki will now have to assemble a cabinet, which will be a highly contentious process as different political factions look to guarantee their influence and gain greater access to patronage networks.” On Monday the National Alliance missed its own deadline to choose a nominee for prime minister and said it would continue talks. The two Shiite-led coalitions have said they intend to merge in parliament, combining State of Law’s 89 seats and INA’s 70 to form a single bloc that would be just four seats short of the 163 needed for a governing majority. But months of talks have failed to produce a candidate for prime minister, a necessary step towards ending a stalemate that has left Iraq without a new government 6-1/2 months after

an inconclusive election in March. To muddy matters more, Iraqiya, a cross-sectarian alliance led by former prime minister Iyad Allawi, which won the most seats in the 325seat parliament with strong support from minority Sunnis, said it would not join any government headed by Maliki. National Alliance officials coming out of Monday’s closed-door meeting said they were leaning towards Maliki rather than his rival, Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi, a member of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (ISCI), a main faction in INA. But disagreements between the politically savvy ISCI and its former armed wing, the Badr Organisation, on whether or not to support Maliki, raised doubts about the unity of the Shiite bloc, and uncertainty about Maliki’s chances. Badr, which controls around 11 seats in parliament attended the meeting, while ISCI stayed away. “It all depends on the size of the panShi’ite bloc that supports (Maliki). On Monday, there were signs of ISCI defecting. If they really do this then Maliki is less certain to become prime minister,” said analyst Reidar Visser. “If Maliki emerges as the prime minister nominee within the framework of a sectarian Shiite alliance, the chances of an Iraqiya boycott are considerable, since they also have strong misgivings about him at the personal level.” The impasse has shown how deep the divides remain and raised fears that widespread bloodshed that almost ripped Iraq apart in 2006-07 could resume if one of its communities is excluded from government or denied what it views as a fair share of power. “Let them do whatever they want. We said clearly that we will only take part in an inclusive government that includes State of Law, the Kurdish bloc, and Iraqiya,” said a defiant Abdul-Mahdi. “We believe these terms are not available.” Politicians from the INA said

threats from Iraqiya and ISCI are just pressure tactics and Maliki’s nomination is likely, even if not all the Shiite alliance agrees. “All indications suggest that Maliki is the person who will be nominated as the sole candidate for the National Alliance. Currently, there are no more obstacles,” said Khalid Al-Asadi, a mem-

ber of Maliki’s State of Law. But Irayiqa’s opposition and the rising resistance lining up against Maliki from within would make forming a government a tough task and hard to digest by other factions inside Iraq, or by its neighbours. Iraqi analyst Ibrahim AlSumaidaie said if Maliki excluded

Iraqiya and ISCI, whose leader Ammar Al-Hakim is seen as one of the more moderate Shiite politicians despite his close ties to Iran, he risks the wrath of powerful countries. “Who would accept Maliki today? America? Turkey? No one would accept Maliki and his party anymore,” Sumaidaie said. —Reuters

Ireland buys time but clock ticking By Carmel Crimmins


ublication of Ireland’s “colossal” bill for bailing out its banks has removed a major uncertainty for markets, but the problem of how to tackle the underlying deficit remains the real monster in the room. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has bought Ireland some time to get its fiscal house in order by cancelling bond auctions for the rest of this year, but that will be just a stay of execution unless he can come up with a credible four-year plan in November to get the budget back under control by 2014. “Ireland is still very much on probation,” said Ciaran O’Hagan, bond strategist at Societe Generale in Paris. “We have more certainties around the banks now but the banks were never the bugbear for investors, it’s the deficit.” A worst-case estimate of over 50 billion euros, or nearly a third of economic output, to clean up after the Irish banks and their “Celtic Tiger” era of reckless lending is - as central bank head Patrick Honohan put it - “colossal”. But that cost is a one-off which can be spread over a decade, and around €10 billion of it can be sourced from a national pension fund pot of €24 billion. A recurring and far more serious issue is the underlying deficit which, even after deducting the bank burden, is expected to be an eye-watering 12 percent of GDP this year, four times the EU limit and the worst shortfall in the union. The government says that level of indebtedness means it is raises just €3 in taxes for every €5 it spends. The yield on Irish 10-year paper hit a euro lifetime high of nearly 7 percent this week on fears Dublin couldn’t afford to bail out its banks and cut its deficit in a fragile domestic economy. But given the country is fully funded until the middle of 2011 and has cash reserves of 20 billion euros on top of that, the risk of Lenihan having to tap external help from the European Union or the IMF was never a credible threat, at least for this year. “They (IMF) would laugh in his face, they would tell him ‘spend the cash you have at home first of all’,” said O’Hagan. “The ESFS (European System of Financial Supervisors) is meant for countries that have no cash, Ireland has

tonnes of cash.” Despite a precipitous climb in its borrowing costs in recent auctions, Ireland’s average rate of interest over this year was 4.7 percent and analysts have said the government could have continued issuing small amounts of debt at higher levels next year without pushing its overall average interest rate to an unsustainable level. What does risk becoming unsustainable, and fast, is the underlying shortfall. Irish interest rates eased back a touch after Thursday’s announcement but the only hope of them falling significantly is if Lenihan can get a jumpy coalition government to agree to additional spending cuts and tax hikes above €3 billion for 2011 and sign off on a harsh fouryear plan. Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s parliamentary majority is wafer-thin but political analysts believe three by-elections early next year will be the trigger for an early general election, not the latest austerity measures. While opposition deputies make political capital out of lambasting the government for Ireland’s sorry state they know that with the country’s heavy reliance on international investors they would have to administer similar measures if they were in power. In many ways, the biggest headache for Lenihan is trying to find, after three austerity budgets in two years and economic growth faltering, what to slash. To prevent strikes and social unrest, the government has agreed a deal with unions not to cut public pay any further and while this may be one of the biggest spending lines, Lenihan will be reluctant to revisit this agreement despite the deterioration in Ireland’s finances. Instead, he will likely focus on cutting social welfare, the health budget and widening the tax base to include low income earners, currently around 50 percent of the labour force, who don’t pay income tax. Lenihan’s track record on pushing through fiscal pain is good. Before the banks blew out the numbers, Ireland was lauded for its tough action on the budget. But a lot has changed since then. “Markets may be less forgiving in future if the underlying problems turn out to be even worse than the government has now admitted,” said Peter Dixon, an economist at Commerzbank. —Reuters

Laden may be using climate to bolster image By Olivier Knox


sama bin Laden’s message of worry about climate change and devastating Pakistan flooding, broadcast online Friday, aims to polish his battered image among Muslims, a leading Western analyst said. “Bin Laden seeks to capitalize on any crises or problems which are of concern to the people whose favor and support he seeks,” said Paul Pillar, a former top US intelligence official who retired in 2005 after a 28-year career. “At least for many Pakistanis, the floods have most recently been concern number one,” said Pillar, a professor at Georgetown University, adding that the Al-Qaeda chief “projects a compassionate image” by focusing on social issues. He aims “to counteract his loss of support among people who have come to perceive him as an uncaring terrorist who has no hesitation about spilling the blood even of fellow Muslims,” Pillar told AFP by email. Some US officials have taken pains to highlight the number of Muslims killed by Al-Qaeda and its offshoots in a bid to sap support for the network behind the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. And bin Laden, whose latest message avoided direct calls for

Image shows an undated still picture of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. —AFP violence, may also be taking note that militant groups like Hamas and Hezbollah win public support by providing services, said Pillar. “If he can’t build goodwill by actually providing services like those groups do, he can at least hope to get some mileage out of talking up the subject,” the analyst added.

Pillar’s comments came after a monitoring group provided what it described as an audio message from bin Laden in which the Al-Qaeda chief warned that the number of victims from climate change is “bigger than the victims of wars.” The voice on the message also urged “serious and prompt action to

provide relief” to those afflicted by Pakistan’s devastating floods, the country’s worst environmental disaster. If authenticated, the tape provided by SITE Intelligence Group would be the first time bin Laden has spoken publicly since March 25. The recording’s focus on Pakistan was notable in that Al-Qaeda number two Ayman Al-Zawahiri and US-born AlQaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn both assailed the US ally’s response to the catastrophe in recent messages. US intelligence agencies declined to comment, but a US official who requested anonymity called the Pakistan appeal “yet another cynical ploy by someone who is, in fact, one of mankind’s least humanitarian people”. But Michael Scheuer, formerly the CIA’s top bin Laden tracker, warned against seeing climate change - and notably calls for preventive steps to mitigate flooding - as a new or bizarre theme for the world’s most hunted man. “This not just some ham-head with an AK-47,” Scheuer told AFP by telephone, condemning the “one-dimensional picture” many in the West paint of bin Laden. “We want to believe that he’s just a nihilist killer,” he added. “We tend to forget he was trained as a construction engineer, he’s a management

expert, and when he was in the Sudan, he was extensively involved in agricultural issues.” Scheuer, author of a bin Laden biography due out in February, said that while climate change “has not been a major theme” for the Al-Qaeda chief, it has been the focus of several past appeals and reflects lifelong interests. Bin Laden’s wife and son wrote about “his interest in the environment, and agriculture and plant life” in their book about their life with him, added Scheuer, a Georgetown professor. A similar bin Laden message in January also denounced the United States for not ratifying the Kyoto Protocol aimed at battling climate change. In one of two tapes issued in January, bin Laden blamed major industrial nations for climate change, a statement the US State Department said showed that he was struggling to stay relevant. In a previous message, he warned Al-Qaeda would kill Americans if the alleged mastermind of the 2001 attacks, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, were executed. In another statement in January, bin Laden claimed responsibility for the botched Christmas Day bombing attempt of a US airliner and vowed further strikes on American targets. —AFP


Sunday, October 3, 2010


Brazil now a diplomatic force to be reckoned with By Mauricio Rabuffetti


razil’s new government after weekend elections will have a raised diplomatic profile to match its booming economy, thanks to efforts by outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, experts say. Lula’s strategy of ensuring Brazil was friends with all nations, especially its South American neighbors, while boosting ties with developing economies has borne fruit, they said. Brazil now carries greater weight in the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, environmental summits and groupings such as the G20, thanks to tireless work and cooperation between Lula and his foreign minister, Celso Amorim. “Lula wanted to strengthen the G20 and weaken the G8, which he considered illegitimate because it excluded emerging nations,” Amado Cervo, professor in international relations at the National University of Brasilia, said. “He managed that, to an extent,” in that the G20 became more cohesive. “But strategic power is closed, the G8 is more closed,” Cervo said. Lula’s dream of seeing Brazil elevated to a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, however, came to naught. That was through no misstep on Lula’s part, but rather because “that power club doesn’t want to expand, doesn’t want to share around the power,” the analyst said. David Fleischer, an analyst at

In this Sept 27, 2010 file picture, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks at a campaign rally in Sao Paulo to support candidates in tomorrow’s general elections. —AP

the University of Brasilia, agreed that the incoming government to be decided after Sunday’s elections would have the same difficulties in trying to effect a reform of the UN Security Council, despite unabated ambitions. “Brazil is part of the BRIC, along with China, India and Russia. But there are interests there that undermine access to a reformed Security Council. China wants to block Japan, India and Pakistan. In that mix, Brazil’s chances are diluted,” he said. Brazil nonetheless has burnished its UN credentials by heading up the peacekeeping mission in Haiti since 2004. And it is taking up other initiatives meant to underline its intent to gain the diplomatic clout commensurate with its economic might, notably trying to carve out a role as a neutral mediator in the Middle East conflict. “The Middle East play was an attempt at becoming more important” on the world stage, Cervo said. As well as trying to act as a gobetween with the Israelis and Palestinians, Brasilia stepped in this year with Turkey to convince Iran to sign on to a nuclear fuel swap deal meant to avert UN sanctions. The United States and its allies eventually rejected that deal, though. Cervo said the next Brazilian government would likely make less effort to win a seat at the big table of world powers. Fleischer said Lula’s determined efforts to show Brazil was a friend of Iran’s,

risking US irritation, was not set in stone for the incoming administration. “What is happening internally in Iran” could rewrite that relationship more than any international pressure, he said. Despite some setbacks, the diplomacy as executed by Amorim and bolstered by Lula has forged a reputation for Brazil as a nation which deserved to be listened to. One consequence of it has been Brazil’s positioning to be more independent of the United State. The United States “expects Brazil to be a partner, but knows the country has become stronger in defending its own interests,” Hal Brands, an analyst for the US Army War College, said in an interview with the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper. “This gives rise to conflicts in areas such as trade, and in relations with Iran and Venezuela,” he said. Cervo noted that pushing integration of South America was a priority when Lula first came to power eight years ago, but that has since languished as a goal because of regional squabbles and lack of a defined plan. Andre Pereira Cesar, an analyst at CAC consulting, said the favorite to win the presidency, Lula’s former cabinet chief Dilma Rousseff, would likely try to pursue her old boss’s diplomatic strategy. If her main rival, former Sao Paulo governor Jose Serra, wins - against all the odds - then Brazil could expect “to return to give more priority to the United States and Europe,” he said. —AFP

Greek row sidetracks Macedonia economic dreams By Kole Casule


acedonia’s high hopes that European Union candidacy status would bring foreign investors to kick-start its economy have long since been dashed, and a dispute with Greece over its name is at the heart of the problem. The EU entry process would give Macedonia the framework and impetus to reform its economy and give investors greater confidence that they could make money in the small, poor Balkan nation of two million people. But the two-decade old dispute with neighbouring Greece over the use of the name Macedonia has kept the country on the sidelines of NATO and the EU, and recent attempts by Skopje and Athens to find a compromise have failed. “Macedonia cannot afford to stay in EU’s waiting room for too long, it could devastate the country,” a Western diplomat said. Macedonia was granted EU candidate status in 2005 - a sta-

tus that fellow applicants Serbia, Albania and Montenegro have still not achieved - but Skopje has yet to open membership talks due to Greek objections. In 2008, Athens also blocked the country’s entry into the NATO military alliance. By contrast, Albania and Croatia have already become NATO members. Remaining outside international institutions is clearly taking a toll on one of Europe’s weakest economies. “There is no serious discussion in the country or a long-term plan what to do if this situation continues,” said Marjan Nikolov, an expert at the Center for Economic Analysis, a non-governmental organization based in Skopje. Macedonia’s economy contracted 0.6 percent in 2009 and 0.9 percent in the first quarter of 2010, but grew 0.4 percent in the second quarter. The International Monetary Fund and the government have forecast 2 percent economic growth this year, while the central bank gives a less optimistic view of

0.6 percent. The government projects 3.5 percent growth next year, based on global recovery spurring Macedonia’s metal industry and construction. The country badly needs outside investment to boost its production, lower the unemployment rate of around 34 percent and make its products more competitive on international markets. But foreign investors are reluctant to risk money in a country that many see as politically unstable and an outsider in Europe. In 2009, foreign direct investment fell to 180 million euros ($245 million) from 399 million in 2008 and 506 million in 2007. Much of the foreign investment is in the telecom sector, with Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG, Slovenia’s Telekom and Telekom Austria Group being the sole three mobile operators. France’s Societe Generale and Slovenia’s Nova Ljubljanska Banka are among investors in Macedonian banks. Greeks,

who have a controlling stake in the country’s sole oil refinery OKTA and in its Stopanska Banka, are still the country’s largest foreign investors. Greece’s debt crisis had very little effect on its firms in Macedonia, as its bank in Skopje was well capitalised and it did not hold Greek government debt or rely on the parent bank for financing. The Greek crisis mostly hurt trading, because landlocked Macedonia relies on Greek ports for most exports and imports. Some experts say local authorities have used the name dispute as an excuse for lack of progress in reforms. “The last refuge for the government is to say the economic situation is bad because of Greece. That’s simply not true,” said former Finance Minister Xhevdet Hajredini. “The lack of foreign investment comes from bad economic policy.” Most of the criticism from EU diplomats is over the lack of reforms in the judicial system,

Serbia only inching towards EU By Adam Tanner


n Austrian bank advertisement longer than a football pitch wraps tightly around the former interior ministry in Belgrade, giving it a flashy facade masking a darker past still haunting Serbia. A decade after strongman President Slobodan Milosevic fell in a popular uprising on Oct 5, 2000, the old ministry remains a ruin of the 1999 NATO bombing, evoking both the promise of a better European future and the wounded core of Serbia itself. Since the overthrow of Milosevic, who supported warring Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia as communist federal Yugoslavia tore apart, the formerly pariah Balkan country of 7.3 million people has been at peace and embraced a market-style democracy. Yet the lives of ordinary people have not improved as much as hoped and Serbia lags even impoverished Albania in progress towards coveted European Union membership. Serbia faces a long, hard slog to approach EU standards of living as it suffers from reform fatigue and wariness of foreign investors towards its leaden, state-dominated economy. “We are not afraid of bombs any more, our image has improved and we no longer defy the international community,” said Boris Begovic, a University of Belgrade economics professor, summing up the feelings of many. “But what helped us survive the 1990s was the hope that everything would change when he (Milosevic) was gone. Now we don’t have that hope.” Serbia was spared the devastation of ground wars in Bosnia or Croatia. But NATO bombed key Serbian roads, the power grid and industrial sites in 1999 to stop Milosevic’s war to defeat and expel the separatist majority Albanians of Serbia’s Kosovo province, leaving major economic scars. By 2009, the economy was just 74 percent of its size in 1989, according to Miladin Kovacevic of Serbia’s statistics agency. By contrast, most formerly communist East European countries have boomed and joined the EU in the past decade. Hurt by the global financial slump that led to an IMF loan, the economy shrank three percent last year. Unemployment is near 20 percent. Corruption, red tape and limited

competition plague the economy, deterring foreign investors. More than a quarter of jobs are in inefficient state-owned enterprises or the government. Serbia has attracted some major foreign investment, including from Italy’s Fiat SpA and US Steel. Italians, Austrians and Greeks are major banking players and Greece’s OTE has long held 20 percent of state-owned Telekom Srbija, with a majority stake to be sold next year. Yet total foreign investment in the largest emerging Balkans economy has fallen sharply during the economic crisis and its dinar currency has lost a third of its value since 2008. The shabby capital also needs a major facelift, but investors continue to be doubtful. “We remain on the sidelines in Serbia,” Unicredit bank said in a September report. Barclays Capital reached a similar assessment in May. “Serbia is showing signs of reform fatigue just at a time when the country is called on to pick up the reform effort,” it said. “We do not see enticing investment opportunities at this stage.” Since 2000, pro-Western political forces have been under sustained pressure from nationalists who had backed Milosevic, stunting efforts to undertake more ambitious market reforms. Diplomats say Belgrade, once the envy of the old Communist bloc for its relative personal freedoms and prosperity, may have to wait another 8-10 years to join the EU, although last year Serbians won visa-free travel to most of the 27-nation bloc. President Boris Tadic asserted in a recent New York speech that Serbia had made great strides in a decade to boost its democracy, economy and rule of law, and had lured a total of nearly Ä15 billion ($20.2 billion) in foreign investment. But the legacy of Milosevic, who died in 2006 while on trial for war crimes in The Hague, still retards Serbian progress towards EU-style stability and prosperity. Serbia still grapples with nationalist nostalgia and ambivalence about its past. In 2008, the government arrested Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic and extradited him for trial before the UN war crimes court in The Hague. He had been living openly in Belgrade disguised as a spiritual guru. But Belgrade has yet to round up Bosnian

Serb wartime commander Ratko Mladic and wartime Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic to join Karadzic in The Hague - and it must do so to qualify for EU membership. “Despite the great interest in accession to the EU and in apprehending Mladic and Hadzic, the new Serbian government has yet to confront its past honestly and fully,” Sabrina Ramet, a senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of Civil War in Oslo, wrote in a recent article. A major setback was the 2003 assassination by organised crime hitmen of the politician some Serbs saw as the John F Kennedy of their generation, Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. “Much of the reformist energy of the Milosevic-era opposition was wasted in the early years of the new democratic regime on internal political struggles,” said Fred Cocozzelli, an expert on post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans at St John’s University in New York City. “It was always questionable whether internal reforms were done, not only legal reforms but mental reforms,” said Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, who has acted to improve long fraught relations with Belgrade since taking office last year. “They lost several wars. Firstly Slovenia, then in Croatia, then Bosnia, then they lost Montenegro as part of (the Yugoslav) federation,” he told Reuters. Then came Serbia’s possibly most crushing defeat - the loss of Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians declared independence in 2008. Serbia has spent much effort lobbying against diplomatic recognition of Kosovo. This month however, Tadic, under great EU pressure, agreed to negotiate with Pristina for the first time. Even if the nationalist opposition takes power after 2012 - current polls suggest a close contest - most analysts expect Serbia to move towards the EU aided by more foreign investment. In question, however, is the pace of change. “Talk that there have been no changes and that we do not live according to a different standard I think is cynical,” said Ivan Vejvoda, a former adviser to Djindjic and now executive director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy. “Serbia has really done a lot over these past ten years. Is it enough? No. Could it have been faster? Absolutely.” —Reuters

the rule of law, public administration and media freedom - all critical to foreign investors’ risk assessment. Diplomats say the current conservative government led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s VMRODPMNE party, which holds 63 seats in the 120 seat parliament, is reluctant to push through painful reforms, fearing a loss of popular support. Finance Minister Zoran Stavrevski disputes that. “We

have very good results in creating a better business climate. Several international institution have praised us for the reforms, even ranked us as top reformers,” he told Reuters. The EU’s last review of Macedonia’s candidacy, late in 2009, said it had made good progress in fighting corruption. Despite some problems in enforcing legislation, it recommended entry talks should start - a proposal blocked by Greece. —Reuters


Drugs threaten to taint Contador win By Sid Astbury


adel Evans, beaten by Alberto Contador by just 23 seconds in the 2007 Tour de France, is not quite ready to gloat over the triple champion’s positive test to the banned drug clenbuterol. “I’ll wait until the final analysis is completed before I form an opinion,” Australia’s top cyclist said. Evans, twice a Tour runner-up, was speaking Thursday as news of the failed drug test spread among riders gathered in Melbourne for this year’s UCI World Road Championships. But the reticence of the reigning world road race champion was not universal in a cycling fraternity that has found the 27-year-old Spaniard hard to love. “From chain cheat to drug cheat,” was the comment from one aggrieved fan. “It really was too good to be true.” In this year’s Tour, in which Contador finished just 39 seconds ahead of Andy Schleck, the Spaniard broke a sacred tradition in professional cycling when he took advantage of the Luxembourger’s chain derailment to attack him on a crucial climb. Contador eventually apologized, but the nasty tactic deepened suspicions that the Spaniard would stoop to nothing to wear the yellow jersey. Contador did not contest the 2008 Tour because his Astana team was not invited over doubts that it was drug-free. He was also sidelined from the 2006 Tour after Astana-Wurth teammates were implicated in the Operation Puerto doping crackdown in Spain. Evans has excoriated those in his sport who dabble in drugs and it is unusual for him to be diplomatic in assessing a rider tainted by a failed drug test. It is probably the “very small concentration” of clenbuterol that has kept Evans cautious - and the need to stay calm for Sunday’s big race. According to the University of

New South Wales medical website, clenbuterol acts like an amphetamine - raising heart rate, temperature and blood pressure. The site claims that bodybuilders use clenbuterol to burn fat. Contador is maintaining that his food was spiked, that he ingested the drug accidentally an in-competition test on July 21, 2010, the second rest day of the 2010 Tour. Perhaps because his English is nonexistent, Contador is not a favourite among cycling fans. He is not an exciting rider, taking this year’s Tour without winning a stage and attacking Schleck only when the young gun was struggling with a chain derailment. But he is a winner, being only one of five riders ever to win all three grand tours - the Tour de France (2007, 2009, 2010), the Giro d’Italia (2008) and Vuelta (2008). Once described as “lighter than helium,” the seemingly puny Madrid-born rider is the best climber of his generation. He has been compared favourably with the late Marco Pantani, who won the Tour through his mountain prowess alone. But in 2007 Contador showed that he was more of an all-rounder than the tiny Italian, holding his own in the final time trial that decided the winner. Contador is not contesting the world championships, despite the Melbourne course suiting his style of riding. It remains to be seen whether the UCI will take away his latest Tour crown and award it to runner-up Schleck. If Contador is stripped of the title, he will become the second cyclist after American Floyd Landis to suffer that fate for a failed drug test. Landis lost his Tour crown in 2006. Like Evans, seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong has kept his own counsel about Contador’s failed drug test. The pair made no secret of their dislike for each other. —dpa



US apologizes for syphilis experiments in Guatemala Colom slams ‘crime against humanity’ WASHINGTON: American scientists deliberately infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago, a recently unearthed experiment that prompted US officials to apologize Friday and declare outrage over “such reprehensible research.” The discovery dredges up past wrongs in the name of science - like the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in this country that has long dampened minority participation in medical research - and could complicate ongoing studies overseas that depend on cooperation from some of the world’s poorest countries to tackle tough-to-treat diseases. Uncovering it gives “us all a chance to look at this and - even as we are appalled at what was done - to redouble our efforts to make sure something like this could never happen again,” said Dr Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH-funded experiment, which ran from 1946 to 1948, was uncovered by a Wellesley College medical historian. It apparently was conducted to test if penicillin, then relatively new, could prevent some sexually transmitted infections. The study came up with no useful information and was hidden for decades. “We are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday. President Barack Obama called Guatemala’s president, Alvaro Colom, later Friday to apologize. Clinton had called to apologize the night before. “Obviously this is shocking, it’s tragic, it’s reprehensible,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. “It’s tragic and the US by all means apologizes to all those who were impacted.” Guatemala condemned the experiment as a crime against humanity and said it would study whether there were grounds to take the case to an international court. “President Alvaro Colom consid-

ers these experiments crimes against humanity and Guatemala reserves the right to denounce them in an international court,” said a government statement, which announced a commission to investigate the matter. Guatemalan human rights activists called for the victims’ families to be compensated, but a US official said it was not clear there would be any compensation. Guatemalan Embassy official Fernando de la Cerda said his country hadn’t known anything about the experiment until Clinton called to apologize Thursday night. “We appreciate this gesture from the USA, acknowledging the mistake and apologizing,” he said. “This must not affect the bilateral relationship.” Strict regulations today make clear that it is unethical to experiment on people without their consent, and require special steps for any work with such vulnerable populations as prisoners. But such regulations didn’t exist in the 1940s. The US government ordered two independent investigations to uncover exactly what happened in Guatemala and to make sure current bioethics rules are adequate. They will be led by the prestigious Institute of Medicine and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Wellesley College historian Susan Reverby made the discovery while combing the archived records of Dr John Cutler, a government researcher involved in the Tuskegee study that from 1932 to 1972 tracked 600 black men in Alabama who had syphilis without ever offering them treatment. She discovered that Cutler also led the Guatemala project that went a step further: A total of 696 men and women were exposed to syphilis or in some cases gonorrhea - through jail visits by prostitutes or, when that didn’t infect enough people, by deliberately inoculating them. They were offered penicillin, but it wasn’t clear how many were infected and how many were successfully treated. She reported

that the US had gained permission from Guatemalan officials to conduct the study, but did not inform the experimental subjects. While secretly trying to infect people with serious diseases is abhorrent today, the Guatemalan experiment isn’t the only example from what Collins on Friday called “a dark chapter in the history of medicine”. Forty similar deliberateinfection studies were conducted in the United States during that period, Collins said. “We’ve made some obvious moral progress” in protecting the poor and powerless, said Dr Arthur Caplan, a University of Pennsylvania bioethicist. “The sad legacy” of past unethical experiments is that “they still shape who it is that we can get to trust medical researchers.” A continuing ethical dilemma in developing countries is what Caplan calls the “left-behind syndrome”, when the people who helped test a treatment can never afford the resulting care. “It’s still ethically contentious as to how we ought to conduct, or whether we ought to conduct, certain forms of research in poor nations today,” he said. Reverby, whose work was first reported by NBC News, made the discovery last year and gave a speech about it at a medical historians’ meeting in May, which a US health official heard. She provided her findings to the government the next month, resulting in Friday’s apology, and has posted them on her website. The revelation of abuses by a US medical research program is only the latest chapter in the United States’ troubled history with the impoverished Central American nation, which has a per capita gross domestic product about half of that of the rest of Central America and the Caribbean. The US helped topple the democratically elected president Jacobo Arbenz in 1954 and backed several hardline governments during a 36-year civil war that ended in 1996 and cost 200,000 lives. — Agencies

Photos show US soldiers posing with Afghan dead SEATTLE: Those who have seen the photos say they are grisly: soldiers beside newly killed bodies, decaying corpses and severed fingers. The dozens of photos, described in interviews and in e-mails and military documents obtained by AP, were seized by Army investigators and are a crucial part of the case against five soldiers accused of killing three Afghan civilians earlier this year. Troops allegedly shared the photos by email and thumb drives like electronic trading cards. Now 60 to 70 of them are being kept tightly shielded from the public and even defense attorneys because of fears they could wind up in the news media and provoke antiAmerican violence. “We’re in a powder-keg situation here,” said Eugene R Fidell, president of the National Institute for Military Justice and a military law professor at Yale University. Since the images are not classified, “I think they have to be released if they’re going to be evidence in open court in a criminal prosecution,” he said. Maj Kathleen Turner, a spokeswoman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, where the accused soldiers are stationed, acknowledged that the images were “highly sensitive, and that’s why that protective order was put in place.” She declined to comment further. At least some of the photos pertain to those killings. Others may have been of insurgents killed in battle, and some may have been taken as part of a military effort to document those killed, according to lawyers involved in the case. Among the most gruesome allegations is that some of the soldiers kept fingers from the bodies of Afghans they killed as war trophies. The troops also are accused of passing around photos of the dead and of the fingers. Four members of the unit - two of whom are also charged in the killings

- have been accused of wrongfully possessing images of human casualties, and another is charged with trying to impede an investigation by having someone erase incriminating evidence from a computer hard drive. “Everyone would share the photographs,” one of the defendants, Cpl Jeremy Morlock, told investigators. “They were of every guy we ever killed in Afghanistan.” After the first slaying, one service member sent urgent emails to his father warning that more bloodshed was on the way. The father told the AP he pleaded for help from the military, but authorities took no action. A spokesman said Friday that the Army was investigating. The graphic nature of the images recalled famous photos that emerged in 2004 from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Those pictures showing smiling soldiers posing with naked, tortured or dead detainees, sometimes giving a thumbs-up - stirred outrage against the United States at a critical juncture. The photos were a major embarrassment to the American military in an increasingly unpopular and bloody war. In a chilling videotaped interview with investigators, Morlock talked about hurling a grenade at a civilian as a sergeant discussed the need to “wax this guy”. Morlock’s attorney, Michael Waddington, said the photos were not just shared among the defendants or even their platoon. He cited witnesses who told him that many at Forward Operating Base Ramrod in Kandahar Province kept such images, including one photograph of someone holding up a decapitated head blown off in an explosion. That photo had nothing to do with Morlock, he said. It’s not clear whether it’s among the photos seized in the case. On Sept 9, Army prosecutors gave a military representative of the defendants, Maj Benjamin K Grimes, packets containing

more than 1,000 pages of documents in the case. Included were three photographs, each of a different soldier lifting the head of a dead Afghan, according to an email Grimes sent to defense lawyers. Later that day, before the documents could be shared with the defense lawyers, the prosecutors returned to Grimes’ office and demanded to have the packets back, Grimes wrote, according to a copy of the e-mail first reported by The New York Times. The prosecutors cited national security interests and a concern that the photos could be released to the media. Grimes said his staff initially refused to return the photos, but the next day, the Army commander at LewisMcChord who convened the criminal proceedings, Col. Barry Huggins, ordered them to do so. They complied. At a preliminary hearing in Morlock’s case Monday, Army officials confirmed that the number of restricted photos is 60 to 70. The investigating officer said he would view the photos in private. Defense attorneys will also be allowed to see them if they visit the criminal investigations office on base, but they cannot have copies - an arrangement that did not satisfy Grimes. The defendants have been detained and cannot travel to see the photos to assist in their own defense, he noted, and most of the defense lawyers are based out of state. Michael T Corgan, a Vietnam veteran who teaches international relations at Boston University, said it should be no surprise that, even after Abu Ghraib, some soldiers take gruesome pictures as war souvenirs. “They’re proof people are as tough as they say they are,” Corgan said. “War is the one lyric experience in their lives - by comparison every else is punching a time clock. They revel in it, and they collect memories of it.” — AP

Italian doctors give teen artificial heart Continued from Page 1 has only taken place on adults,” said the hospital in a statement. Artificial hearts are usually used on a temporary basis for patients awaiting a suitable human transplant, but the boy suffered from an illness

that made a long wait impossible. The artificial heart is four centimetres wide and weighs 400 gm, and special measures were taken to reduce the risk of infection. “The risk of infection represents the primary cause of failure of alternative solutions attempted to date worldwide,” said

the hospital. The procedure “opened new therapeutic perspectives and hope for life for all patients with cardiac illnesses for whom a transplant is needed, especially for those like Thursday’s patient who cannot receive a donated heart for clinical reasons,” the statement said. —AFP

Laden urges Pak flood relief Continued from Page 1 Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi forums. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed, though the voice resembled that of bin Laden in confirmed messages by him. The recording was aired along with a still photograph of a smiling bin Laden superimposed over pictures of flood victims. The message was similar to the recording released Friday in which bin Laden called for the establishment of a relief organization to prevent flooding in Muslim nations, create development projects in impoverished regions and improve agriculture to guarantee food security. In yesterday’s message, bin L aden accused the media of failing to cover the

flooding tragedy effectively or provide “the real picture” of natural disasters in the Muslim world. Journalists should also increase coverage of climate change, he said. While bin Laden’s recent messages have avoided talk of violence, US counterterrorism officials said Friday they believe he and other senior Al-Qaeda leaders were involved in a recently uncovered plan for coordinated shooting rampages or attacks in Britain, France and Germany. The accusation raised speculation bin Laden might be seeking to show Al-Qaeda’s besieged Pakistan-based core remains able to launch attacks on Western targets. Two earlier videos from other Al-Qaeda figures about the flooding in Pakistan took a sharply militant tone. The United States

and Pakistani officials have often expressed fears that militant groups in Pakistan could drum up support by exploiting frustration among Pakistanis who feel aid has not reached them quickly following the floods that swept through the country starting in late July. International donors have pledged more than $800 million for flood relief in Pakistan, the bulk of it coming from the United States which has donated nearly $350 million. The United Nations last month hiked up its call for aid, seeking to raise $2 billion for Pakistan’s flood victims, its largest humanitarian appeal ever. Arab nations in the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have also launched relief appeals and delivered aid to Pakistan. — AP

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New York Islamic center looks futuristic, secular Continued from Page 1 critics to derisively brand the center the “ground zero mega mosque” - would be located on two levels in the basement. The 12th floor would hold a 9/11 memorial and sanctuary open to people of all faiths. As for the look of the place, it could fit in fine as an annex to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, with white walls and floors and a crystalline feel. Renderings by Soma Architects, a design studio that shares office space with El-Gamal’s real estate company, show a building exterior that takes a traditional element of Islamic architecture - an arabesque pattern - and weaves it into a geometric mash-up that extends into the interior. “We want to have a marriage between Islamic architecture and New York City. We want to do something that is green and cool,” El-Gamal said. Actual working plans for the center are still some time away. An architect has yet to be selected, El-Gamal said. Planning is just beginning to emerge from a brainstorming phase disrupted when criticism of the center exploded over the summer. Fundraising will probably begin in earnest in about 30 days, once the work of establishing a nonprofit group to oversee the center is complete. Like the project’s co-leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Brooklyn-born El-Gamal said he was caught off-guard by criticism from people offended by the concept of building an Islamic institution so close to the World Trade Center site. Some have called it an exercise in triumphalism, intended to plant Islam’s flag at the scene of the attacks and deliberately provoke Americans. Others say they are against the center because they don’t want to see any growth of Islam in the US. “I would have done things a lot differently during this process if I understood what

we were up against,” El-Gamal said. But he added that he remained convinced much of the criticism was sparked by “a campaign of deception and deceit”. “People have been calling this the ground zero mosque. It’s not at ground zero and it’s not a mosque,” he said. “Our identity has been stolen from us. It has been stolen by extremists.” Opponents have sought to link people involved in the project to Islamic militancy, partly by looking for past public statements in which they were critical of the US or Israel. El-Gamal, who spent his early childhood in New York with his Polish, Catholic mother, then moved abroad with his Egyptian father, a Chemical Bank executive, after his mother died, says those efforts are ridiculous. But he acknowledged that intense scrutiny of the project will make tasks like gathering donations and selecting board members more laborious. “We’re going to have to run this just like a political campaign,” vetting every donated dollar to see where it comes from, he said. The center has set a goal of raising $27 million through a nationwide appeal to Muslims, interfaith groups and other philanthropists, but most of the $120 million to $140 million needed for construction would be raised by issuing a type of bond common in Islamic banking. The instrument provides some of the same borrowing benefits as a standard construction bond, but complies with a religious prohibition against charging interest on a loan. El-Gamal said he hoped the bonds could be issued by a public development authority, which would allow investors to get them tax-free, but said that is not essential to move the project forward. Revenue for operations would come from membership dues. The goal is to have around 4,300 paying members, with about half paying $2,700 per year for a family plan

that would include fitness center access. Both the center’s programming and business model were modeled largely after the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, a popular facility on the Upper West Side where ElGamal is a member. El-Gamal said he hoped the prayer space would serve a congregation of around 2,000 people, most of whom would probably be Muslims who work downtown. Around 500 to 600 worshippers are already attending services at the site. Big steps ahead for the project include resolving the relationship between the new nonprofit group that will operate the center, and the eight-person real estate investment partnership led by ElGamal that controls the real estate on which it would be built. Buying out the investment partnership is probably the first step, El-Gamal said, although the details of how that will happen are still not finalized. One of his partners in the real estate deal, Hisham Elzanaty, has told AP that while he supports the idea of the center, he also needs his investment to turn a profit. El-Gamal said Elzanaty was a partner, and that “his consent and approval” were necessary to the project, but he didn’t foresee that as any obstacle. A bigger challenge could be persuading enough New Yorkers that the project is just another community center. El-Gamal said he is optimistic his message will eventually break through. He said the group is planning a series of town hall style meetings in which the relatives of 9/11 victims would be encouraged to voice their concerns. At the very least, he said, the project is on the map. “From a publicity standpoint, I think we’ve gotten $50 million worth of press,” El-Gamal said. “It was good people that came together with good intentions, and when that happens, good things usually come out of it.” — AP

PLO: No talks until settlements frozen Continued from Page 1 Palestinian factions but not the militant Hamas, is the Palestinians’ sole international representative. Fatah, meanwhile, appeared to have adopted an even harder line on the negotiations, with one member of the Central Committee suggesting the international community reconsider Israel’s existence. “The ball is now in the court of the international community to stop the unilateral aggression on Palestinian lands on which a Palestinian state must be established,” Jibril Rajub told reporters. “If the world cannot do that, then it should re-examine the legitimacy of the continued existence of the state of Israel, which was established with an international birth certificate.” The Arab League Follow-up Committee on the peace talks will meet to form its own position on Friday in the Libyan city of Sirte, officials in Cairo said, after the meeting was twice postponed. Abbas - who previously secured the endorsement of the group of Arab foreign ministers for launching indirect peace talks and then again for upgrading to direct talks - plans to announce his decision after the meeting. “We want the Arab Follow-up Committee to support the Palestinian position on the negotiations,” Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior PLO official and member of the negotiating team, told AFP after yesterday’s meeting. “But we have taken a decision on the negotiations and we will bear the consequences.” A Palestinian official, meanwhile, said on condition of anonymity that Abbas would ask for Arab and international assistance in bringing the settlements issue before the UN Security Council. The Palestinian leader had frequently threatened to walk out of the direct negotiations launched exactly one month ago if Israel allowed a 10-month moratorium on new West Bank settler homes to expire on Sept 26. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allowed the restrictions to end despite US pressure, but has said he will restrain settlement construction and repeatedly urged the Palestinians to continue the talks. US envoy George Mitchell held meetings with both sides last week before heading for meetings with Arab leaders in a bid to keep the peace talks alive. He arrived in Cairo on Saturday after holding talks in Qatar. The Palestinians have long viewed the presence of some 500,000 Israelis in more than 120 settle-

ments scattered across the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem as a major obstacle to the establishment of a viable state. The international community considers all settlements illegal. Meanwhile, a mortar round was fired on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, without causing any casualties, the Israeli army said. The number of attacks declined sharply following Israel’s massive 22-day Gaza offensive in Dec 2008 and Jan 2009, and Hamas has taken steps to rein in the attacks, believed to be the work of rival factions. However, since the start of 2010, militants have fired more than 120 rockets or mortar rounds into southern Israel, the military says. Separately, Syrian President Bashar AlAssad said in Tehran yesterday that direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were aimed only at bolstering support for President Barack Obama inside the United States. Meanwhile, his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad praised Assad’s role in “resistance” against Israel, the Islamic republic’s arch-foe. “Nothing has changed in the Palestinian peace process (which) only aims to garner support for Obama inside America,” Assad was quoted as saying in a statement posted on the website of Ahmadinejad’s office. He was speaking at the start of an official visit to Iran, during talks with Ahmadinejad who also criticised the United States and Israel, saying “America’s facade has crumbled and the Zionist regime has been exposed”, without specifying whether he was referring to the US-mediated peace talks. Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials have already dismissed the direct talks, as the Islamic republic does not recognise Israel. The Obama administration has increasingly sought to develop ties with Syria, and has encouraged Damascus to distance itself from Tehran. But senior Washington officials, including Defence Secretary Robert Gates, have accused both Iran and Syria of arming the Shiite Lebanese militant group Hezbollah with sophisticated rockets and missiles. Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006 that killed 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mainly soldiers. Iranian media said on Saturday that Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine would feature prominently in Assad’s talks with Iranian leaders. His visit comes just days after Iraqi exprime minister Iyad Allawi said he asked Syria

to persuade Iran to keep out of his protracted battle for the premiership with incumbent Nouri Al-Maliki after inconclusive elections in March. At a news conference in Damascus on Wednesday, Allawi accused Iran of “interfering in Iraqi affairs”. “We have been asking leaders who have good relations with Iran to ask it not to interfere in Iraqi affairs and we discussed this with President Assad,” Allawi said, adding that Assad had “promised to make every effort for Iraq and the region’s stability”. Assad’s visit also precedes an Ahmadinejad trip later this month to Lebanon, where Iran’s ally Hezbollah is locked in a bitter war of words with Prime Minister Saad Hariri about a UNbacked court’s probe into the assassination of his father Rafiq in 2005. Ahmadinejad yesterday awarded Assad a “medal of valour” at a function in which the Iranian hardliner praised Syria for its role in “resistance” against Israel. “Syria has been receiving constant threats from Zionists and their allies, which shows the role of Syria in preserving security in the region,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast by state television. “Today, Syria, along with Lebanon and Palestinian resistance, is a symbol of courage.” Ahmadinejad said that Iran and Syria will “warmly shake the hand of any nation which wants foreign troops... to leave.Real peace and stability can come with the return of (Palestinian) refugees, the end of occupation (of Palestinian territories by Israel) and officially acknowledging the Palestinian people’s right of self determination.” As he accepted the medal, Assad said the “role model relationship” between Iran and Syria “can bring peace and stability” to the Middle East. Later yesterday, before returning home, the Syrian president held talks with Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who lashed out at Washington, the state television’s website reported. “America is the main opposer to the axis of resistance,” Khamenei told Assad without naming the axis, the website said. “American officials are exerting efforts to destroy this axis of resistance, but their efforts will fail.” Assad told Khamenei that “the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria are in the same trench and have common aims”. Assad was accompanied by Syrian Vice President Farouq Al-Shara and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem. His last visit to Iran was in Aug 2009. — Agencies

9/11 theories rife in Muslim world Continued from Page 1 And it cannot be dismissed because it reflects a gulf in politics and perception, especially between the West and many Muslims. “That theory might be true,” said Ugur Tezer, a 48-year-old businessman who sells floor tiles in the Turkish capital, Ankara. “When I first heard about the attack I thought, ‘Osama’, but then I thought the US might have done it to suppress the rise of Muslims.” Compassion for the United States swept the globe right after the attacks, but conspiracy theories were circulating even then. It wasn’t Al-Qaeda, they said, but the United States or Israel that downed the towers. Weeks after the strikes, at the United Nations, President George W Bush urged the world not to tolerate “outrageous conspiracy theories” that deflected blame from the culprits. However, the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan provided fodder for the damning claim that the US killed its own citizens, supposedly to justify military action in the Middle East and to protect Israel. A 2006 survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that significant majorities in Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan and Turkey - all among the most moderate nations in the Islamic world - said they did not believe Arabs carried out the attacks. Two years later, a poll of 17 nations by, an international research project, found majorities in nine of them believed Al-Qaeda was behind the attacks. However, the US government was blamed by 36 percent of Turks and 27 percent of Palestinians. Such beliefs have currency even in the United States. In 2006, a Scripps Howard poll of 1,010 Americans found 36 percent thought it somewhat or

very likely that US officials either participated in the attacks or took no action to stop them. Those who say the attacks might have been an “inside job” usually share antipathy toward the US government, and often a maverick sensibility. Besides Ahmadinejad, high-profile doubters include Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura has questioned the official account. Conspiracy theorists have heckled former President Bill Clinton and other prominent Americans during speeches. Controversy over US actions and policies, including the widely discredited assertions that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, reinforced the perceptions of conspiracy theorists. Iranians dug deeper into history, recalling the US-backed coup in their country in 1953. “Initially, I was doubtful about the conspiracy theories. But after seeing the events in later years, I don’t have any doubt that it was their own operation to find a pretext to hit Muslim countries,” said Shaikh Mushtaq Ahmed, a 58-year-old operations manager in a bank in Pakistan. “It’s not a strange thing that they staged something like this in their own country to achieve a big objective.” In March, an editorial in The Washington Post harshly criticized Yukihisa Fujita, a lawmaker with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, for saying in an interview that some of the Sept 11 hijackers were alive and that shadowy forces with advance information about the plot played the stock market for profit. Fujita said the article contained factual errors. The record shows that Al-Qaeda agents on a suicide mission hijacked four American passenger planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, killing nearly 3,000 people. The evidence is immense: witness accounts, audio recordings, video and

photographic documentation, exhaustive investigations and claims of responsibility by Al-Qaeda. Yet every fact and official assertion only feeds into alternative views that become amplified on the Internet, some tinged with anti-Semitism because of the close US-Israeli alliance. They theorize that a knowing US government stood by as the plot unfolded, or that controlled demolitions destroyed the Twin Towers, and the Pentagon was hit by a missile. “All this, of course, would require hundreds if not thousands of people to be in on the plot. It speaks volumes for the determination to believe something,” said David Aaronovitch, the British author of “Voodoo Histories: the role of Conspiracy Theory in Modern History.” “This kind of theory really does have a big impact in the Middle East,” he said. “It gets in the way of thinking seriously about the problems in the area and what should be done.” A US State Department website devotes space to debunking conspiracy theories about Sept 11, in the apparent belief that the allegations must be addressed forcefully rather than dismissed out of hand as the ruminations of a fringe group. “Conspiracy theories exist in the realm of myth, where imaginations run wild, fears trump facts, and evidence is ignored. As a superpower, the United States is often cast as a villain in these dramas,” the site says. Tod Fletcher of Petaluma, California, has worked as an assistant to David Ray Griffin, a retired theology professor, on books that question the Sept 11 record. He was cautious about the Iranian president’s comments about conspiracy theories, suggesting Ahmadinejad may have been politically motivated by his enmity with the US government. “It seems like it’s the sort of thing that could lead to further vilification of people who criticize the official account here in the United States,” Fletcher said. — AP


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MLB Results/Standings Major League Baseball results and standings on Friday: Baltimore 10, Detroit 6 (First Game); Baltimore 2, Detroit 1 (Second Game); Pittsburgh 5, Florida 1; NY Mets 2, Washington 1 (10 innings); Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 3 (11 innings); Philadelphia 11, Atlanta 5; LA Angels 5, Texas 4 (11 innings); Chicago Cubs 2, Houston 0; Cleveland 7, Chicago White Sox 3; Kansas City 7, Tampa Bay 0; Toronto 6, Minnesota 3; St Louis 3, Colorado 0; Arizona 7, LA Dodgers 5; Oakland 9, Seattle 0; San Diego 6, San Francisco 4; Boston V NY Yankees (Postponed). American League Eastern Division W L NY Yankees 94 65 Tampa Bay 94 66 Boston 87 72 Toronto 84 76 Baltimore 65 95 Central Division Minnesota 93 67 Chicago White Sox 86 74 Detroit 80 80 Cleveland 69 91 Kansas City 67 93 Western Division Texas 89 71 LA Angels 79 81 Oakland 79 81 Seattle 61 99 National League Eastern Division Philadelphia 96 64 Atlanta 90 70 Florida 78 82 NY Mets 78 82 Washington 68 92 Central Division Cincinnati 89 71 St Louis 84 76 Milwaukee 77 83 Houston 75 85 Chicago Cubs 74 86 Pittsburgh 57 103 Western Division San Francisco 91 69 San Diego 89 71 Colorado 83 77 LA Dodgers 78 82 Arizona 65 95

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SAN FRANCISCO: San Diego Padres’ David Eckstein reacts after getting hit by a pitch from San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt as Giants catcher Buster Posey (left) looks on during the ninth inning. —AP

Braves’ lead sliced in NL wild-card race ATLANTA: The Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta 11-5 on Friday to imperil the Braves’ hopes of taking the National League wild-card berth. The Braves’ lead in the wild card race was sliced to a single game when San Diego won at San Francisco, with both teams having two games left to play in the regular season. Jimmy Rollins, making his third start back from a hamstring injury, hit a grand slam to cap a five-run sixth inning for the Phillies. Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick (1110) gave up two runs in five innings to claim the win. Braves rookie Brandon Beachy (0-2) allowed four runs over 5 2-3 innings in his first home start. Padres 6, Giants 4 In San Francisco, the hosts had to put their NL West-clinching party on

hold as San Diego pulled off a dramatic win. The Giants need to win one of their remaining two games, or hope the Padres lose at least one, in order to capture their first division crown and playoff berth since 2003. San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez hit a threerun homer, and Ryan Ludwick and Matt Stairs also connected off Matt Cain (13-11), who surrendered three long shots for the first time this season. The Padres’ offense came to life after managing just five runs across four home games against Chicago. San Diego led 6-0 early but had to hold off threats in the eighth and ninth. San Diego’s Clayton Richard (149) held down a Giants team that has hit 17 homers in its past eight games.

Cardinals 3, Rockies 0 In St. Louis, Jake Westbrook matched his career high with nine strikeouts and got his first RBI of the season, steering St. Louis past Colorado. Westbrook (4-4) left in the eighth inning, leading 3-0. He had been 2 for 22 at the plate with 12 strikeouts before driving in a run with a single off Jorge De La Rosa (8-7) in the second, the second RBI of his career. The Rockies have lost 11 of 12 in a late-season free fall that began with them one game out of first place in the NL West and left them eight games out.

the road. In the 11th, with one out and runners on the corners, Casey McGehee hit a bouncer up the middle that rebounded off the chest of Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips’ chest and into short center field. Corey Hart scampered home to give Milwaukee a 4-3 lead. Phillips said his view was blocked by the second base umpire. It was initally ruled an error then changed to a hit by the official scorer after the game. Milwaukee’s Mike McClendon (2-0) pitched a perfect 10th to get the win and John Axford finished for his 24th save.

Brewers 4, Reds 3 In Cincinnati, the hosts were beaten by Milwaukee, ensuring the Reds will begin the postseason on

Cubs 2, Astros 0 In Houston, Casey Coleman pitched seven strong innings and drove in a run, helping Chicago

defeat Houston. Coleman (4-2) improved to 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his past three starts. Bud Norris (9-10) pitched six innings for Houston, yielding two runs. He issued a career-high seven walks as the Astros lost for the fifth time in six games. Mets 2, Nationals 1 In New York, the hosts set aside reports of a postseason management clearout by eding Washington. The game was played against the background of reports that Mets manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya will both lose their jobs at season’s end. Josh Thole homered in the 10th inning against Tyler Clippard (11-7), hitting a one-out drive into the rightfield seats for New York’s first hit

Rays slide behind Yankees in AL East KANSAS CITY: The Tampa Bay Rays slipped down to second place in the American League East after a 7-0 defeat by the Kansas City Royals on Friday. The Rays fell a half-game behind the New York Yankees, whose scheduled game in Boston was rained out. Tampa Bay has two games left against the last-placed Royals, while the Yankees have to play three at Fenway Park. Both teams are guaranteed of a playoff spot, with the second-placed side to get the wild card. Kansas City pitcher Bruce Chen (127) struck out a season-high seven to record his first ever shutout, and only the third complete game of his 12-year career. He became the first Kansas City pitcher to get 12 wins in a season since 1988. Tampa Bay starter James Shields (1315) dropped to 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA in six starts since Aug. 29. The Rays have lost five of six, managing just nine runs during that span. Blue Jays 6, Twins 3 In Minneapolis, Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run homer highlighted Toronto’s four-run eighth inning that sparked victory over Minnesota. Encarnacion had three hits and four RBIs and has hit three homers in the first two games of the season’s final series. Normally reliable reliever Jesse Crain (11) gave up four runs in the eighth and the AL Central champions have lost seven of eight with the playoffs less than a week away. They fell 1-1/2 games behind New York for the best record in the AL. Toronto starter Ricky Romero (14-9)

D’backs 7, Dodgers 5 In Los Angeles, Adam LaRoche homered and drove in three runs to reach 100 RBIs for the first time, leading Arizona over Los Angeles. The Diamondbacks ended a three-game skid as LaRoche set a franchise season record for RBIs by a first baseman. Diamondbacks starter Zach Kroenke (1-0) allowed one run over five innings to earn his first major league win. The Dodgers, coming off a three-game sweep of Colorado, are assured of a losing season for the first time since 2005. It marks the first losing season

for outgoing Los Angeles manager Joe Torre since 1984 with Atlanta. L.A. starter John Ely (4-10) gave up seven runs in 4 2-3 innings. Pirates 5, Marlins 1 In Miami, Chris Snyder and surging rookie Pedro Alvarez homered to lead Pittsburgh past Florida. It was a rare road victory for the Pirates, who are 17-62 on the road and must win one of their final two games to avoid matching the 1963 New York Mets for the worst road record in a 162game season. Pittsburgh’s Chan Ho Park (4-3) pitched three hitless innings in relief for his 124th career win. Alvarez hit his 16th homer off Adalberto Mendez (1-3), his fifth home run in his last 10 games. Snyder had a two-run drive. —AP

Bronzini clinches women’s road world championship

gave up two runs in eight innings to claim the win. Angels 5, Rangers 4 In Arlington, Texas, Juan Rivera homered twice, including a tiebreaking drive in the 11th as Los Angeles beat Texas. Rivera hit the winning pitch off Matt Harrison (3-2) into the left-field seats. L.A.’s Rich Thompson (2-0) pitched an inning for the win and Michael Kohn worked out of a jam to earn his first major league save. Texas slugger Josh Hamilton went 0 for 3 in his first game since breaking two ribs while crashing into the outfield fence a month ago. Athletics 9, Mariners 0 In Seattle, Daric Barton homered in his first two at-bats, including a grand slam, to set up Oakland’s big win over Seattle. Barton, who had six RBIs, cracked a solo homer in the first to begin a miserable outing for Luke French (5-7). An inning later, Barton added his first career slam. He also doubled in the sixth before leaving the game with a tight quadriceps. Oakland starter Trevor Cahill (18-8) pitched seven sharp innings in his last outing of the season. He finished the 2010 campaign with a 2.97 ERA and became the first AL pitcher 22 or younger to win 18 or more games since Bret Saberhagen in 1985. Seattle was handed its 99th loss and must win its final two games to avoid dropping 100 for the second time in three years. But with the defeat, the Mariners assured themselves of having the second

since the fourth inning. New York’s Hisanori Takahashi (10-6) pitched two hitless innings to claim the win. Washington hitters struck out 14 times.

ARLINGTON: Los Angeles Angels’ Hideki Matsui (55) of Japan singles to right off of Texas Rangers’ Mark Lowe as catcher Bengie Molina (right) looks on in the ninth inning. —AP overall pick in next June’s amateur draft. Indians 7, White Sox 3 In Chicago, Cleveland extended its season-best winning streak to seven games by downing Chicago. Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer for the Indians, who are on their longest run since they won 10 straight in August 2008. Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona (13-14) won his seventh straight start against the White Sox. He allowed two runs in six innings, striking out seven. Chicago starter Tony Pena (5-3) allowed six runs in six innings. Orioles 2, Tigers 1 In Baltimore, the hosts recorded a doubleheader sweep of Detroit. In the

opener, Chris Tillman (2-5) pitched seven strong innings and Adam Jones drove in four runs to lead the Orioles. It was the second time in three days that Detroit was swept in a doubleheader; Cleveland did it Wednesday. The Tigers (80-80) have lost five straight and must win at least once this weekend to avoid a losing season. In the second game, Jeremy Guthrie (11-14) allowed two hits over eight shutout innings, struck out five and permitted only one runner past first. Nick Markakis homered for the Orioles, who have won three in a row to edge past their wins total of last season. Jeremy Bonderman (8-10) took the loss in the first game, and Rick Porcello (10-12) in the second. —AP

GEELONG: Giorgia Bronzini won the women’s road world championship in the port city of Geelong yesterday to keep the title in Italian hands for a second year in a row. The 27-year-old edged out Netherlands’ Marianne Vos by a bike length after a furious four-way sprint up the final straight of the 127.2 km course to win the rainbow jersey. Emma Johansson of Sweden took bronze but appeared unhappy as she crossed the line after nearly crashing into Vos from behind during the closing stages of the sprint, which also included Britain’s 2008 world champion Nicole Cooke. Bronzini’s success matches the feat of compatriot Tatiana Guderzo, who triumphed in Switzerland a year ago. Meanwhile, Spain must recognise it has a doping problem and its government should do more to eradicate it, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid said yesterday, as another Spanish cyclist was banned for a positive drug test. Olympic cross country cycling medallist Margarita Fullana became the fourth Spanish cyclist to be suspended in three days after she returned a positive test for banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO). The UCI announced a provisional ban on Thursday for Tour de France champion Alberto Contador for a positive test for anabolic agent clenbuterol, shortly before suspensions for Tour of Spain runner-up Ezequiel Mosquera and team mate David Garcia Da Pena. “The government needs to first of all recognise there is a problem and I don’t know that they’ve actually recognised it as

a problem,” McQuaid told reporters at the road world championships in Geelong on Saturday. “Fifty percent of our... I don’t know what the percentage is but a large percentage of our doping cases come from Spain and there doesn’t seem to be-so far-the will to tackle that in Spain and that will needs to come from the government down. “But I hope that they would take note and realise that something needs to be done. “Cycling’s an important sport in Spain. The sport deserves the support of the government into trying to ensure they can completely clean their act up.” The raft of suspensions has rocked the road world championships in the port city of Geelong and has harmed cycling’s fight to cast off its image as sport riddled with drug cheats. McQuaid conceded that doping remained a problem in the sport in general but defended the UCI’s efforts to stamp it out, and instead put the blame on team managers he said had failed to provide adequate support to riders. “Quite a few of the team managers and team directors maybe are not taking their responsibility enough. “They tend to leave the responsibility to the athlete. They say ‘well, these athletes are living in different parts of the world and we can’t control them 24 hours a day.’” “I don’t fully accept that. I think they do need to control their athletes more, they do need to know who their athletes are meeting. They do need (to know) even more during events what their athletes are doing. “And if things like blood transfusions or whatever are going on in the team, ultimately the manager is to blame for that.” —Reuters



Sunday, October 3, 2010

US open up 6-4 lead at Ryder Cup

NEWPORT: A swan flies onto the course as Jeff Overton plays a shot during the second day of the 2010 Ryder Cup golf tournament at the Celtic Manor Resort. — AP

Three stage wins keep BP Ford Abu Dhabi in Rallye de France FRANCE: BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team’s Jari-Matti Latvala kept his hopes alive for a Rallye de France podium finish after recording the fastest times in three FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) stages on Friday evening and yesterday to enter mid-day service in fifth place. Latvala put in a sterling display to win the 9.9kms Hohlandsbourg 2 and the 24.12kms Grand Ballon 2 stages on Friday and the 13.09kms Salm 1 yesterday to leave him just 7.5seconds off fourth placed Peter Solberg at the break. “I was driving on gravel and that helped. I took some risks but it wasn’t possible to cut the corners as much as in other stages so less dirt was dragged onto the road,” said Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA)-backed Latvala. “I didn’t have a consistent morning. My time on the last stage was great, but if conditions were more dependable I would have been happier. The first two tests had good grip but the third was incredibly slippery. I think I hesitated a little too much when I didn’t know the conditions and that cost me time.” Teammate Mikko Hirvonen is a further 1m28s behind the young Finn as he struggles to find a winning rhythm on the drenched, winding country roads outside of Strasbourg. The 30-year-old Abu Dhabi lead driver was sixth through all four early stages to maintain his position on the leaderboard. And Abu Dhabi’s motorsport ace Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi continued to display caution on the French asphalt, persevering with his aim to finish the WRC competition safely after heavy crashes in Japan and Finland. He finishes the mid-way point in 14th place, 1m12s outside of the top 10. “Today’s conditions are tough on everyone and I am happy to have joined the mid-day service with little damage to the car and will now focus on the second run of the stages this afternoon, which I’m sure will be even trickier than this morning,” said Al Qassimi. The Emirati rally star’s caution paid off earlier in the day after

BP Ford Abu Dhabi driver Latvala holds fifth position at Rallye de France rivals Ken block and Kimi Raikkonen both fell victim to the tough terrain, with the duo dropping back to allow Al Qassimi to climb to ninth place, and within the championship points scoring zone. However, the heavy overnight rain had worsened road conditions considerably, with mud and water on the asphalt roads making the possibility of the cars aquaplaning very much a reality, causing all WRC contenders to struggle with braking on hairpin bends. Abu Dhabi’s Al Qassimi entered the day’s longest stage, 35.7km Pays D’Ormont, holding a 14.5 second advantage on tenth placed Henning Solberg, only to lose valuable time after encountering difficulties in the last kilometres which saw him come-off the rain-sodden track. “We were a couple of kilometres from the end when we spun, there was some damage to the car and we had to get assistance from spectators to push the car back into position,” added Al Qassimi. “It was frustrating as we lost over a minute in time, but the conditions here are really hard and we are pleased to have remained on the road and in the competition.” Meanwhile, Team Abu Dhabi’s junior driver, Bader Al Jabri, lost

his early lead in the Fiesta SportTrophy International (FSTi) to Christian Reidmann. Despite the Abu Dhabi driver winning three stages Friday morning, brake problems with his Fiesta R2 in the afternoon caused him to slow in the day’s closing two speed tests, forfeiting him top podium spot. He remains in a competitive second position facing another full day of action. As rallying conditions had worsened overnight, the members of ADTA’s grassroots development programme focused on cautious driving, but technical problems hounded the team with an unfortunate flat tyre on Stage 10 for Al Jabri. The set-back lost the up-and-coming rally star valuable time and enabled rival Harry Hunt to pass him, leaving the Emirati in 3rd place after 12 stages. “I am really pleased with our performance so far this rally. The roads are some of the toughest we have come up against so far, the surfaces are so greasy that it is hard to get a grip, so to take three stage wins and the lead is a great result for us,” said Al Jabri. “We are of course disappointed with the problems we have had today, but we still have another day and a half of action and anything can happen.”

Team Abu Dhabi’s Bader Al Jabri contesting the FSTi at Rallye de France

NEWPORT: The United States surged into a two-point lead over Europe at the Ryder Cup here yesterday as the battle for the golfing showpiece intensified in a gripping second session of foursomes. Leading by one point after completion of the rain-delayed opening fourballs earlier yesterday, the icecool Americans kept their nerve to open up a 6-4 lead over Colin Montgomerie’s men following the foursomes at Celtic Manor. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker wrapped up a comfortable four-up win over Peter Hanson and Miguel Angel Jimenez as Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan downed Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari. Jim Furyk and youngster Rickie Fowler meanwhile snatched a vital half point from Europe’s Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer with some magnificent golf under pressure, which was to be the story of America’s day. Europe stayed in touch courtesy of a three up victory by Ross Fisher and Padraig Harrington before Luke Donald and Ian Poulter defeated Jeff Overton and Bubba Watson two and one. But the pivotal moment of a thrilling session came on the 17th hole of the final match, where Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy were up against Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar. The Europeans had looked poised to take the lead with one hole to play, after McDowell put a superb tee shot to within six feet. But a breathtaking 40-foot birdie putt from Cink turned the pressure back on Europe, and when McIlroy missed his putt to halve the hole, the Americans had taken a lead that they were not to relinquish. The match was a microcosm of the second session: across the board the Americans were able to deliver when it mattered, in stark contrast to Europe. Nowhere was that fact move evident in Kaymer and Westwood’s battle with Furyk and Fowler, when Kaymer squandered a very gettable birdie putt on 17 which would have handed the duo victory. Cink and Kuchar’s win provided US captain Corey Pavin with a twopoint cushion as his team attempt to become the first American side to win the Ryder Cup on foreign soil since 1993. Six more foursomes and fourballs were teeing off later yesterday and will be completed before the final 12 singles matches get under way today. Europe skipper Montgomerie said his side needed a minimum of four points from the third session if they were to have any hope of victory. “We must get into the singles 88. If we can get four points from this session we have a chance,” Montgomerie said as players teed off. “It’s all about passion, and want. They’ve got to want this-and by god they do,” the Scotsman added. The United States need 14 points to retain the tropy they won at Valhalla, Kentucky in 2008, while Montgomerie’s men need 14 1/2 to win outright. Earlier Yesterday, the US had won the opening fourballs 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 when Woods and Stricker clinched a two-up win over Poulter and Fisher. Woods, who had an off-day in both his fourball and foursome matches, nevertheless was left to reflect on his most successful start to a Ryder Cup ever with two wins out of two. The troubled world number one was quick to pay tribute to partner Stricker, whose putting was on fire in both matches. “It’s not a bad deal is it?” Woods said. “All you have to do is put him in position, and he’s got that go-in look. It’s fun to watch.” Westwood and Kaymer put Europe’s first point on the board with a three-and-two victory over world number two Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. There was more for Europe to cheer about in the second fourball, where McIlroy and McDowell clawed back a two-hole overnight deficit to halve against Cink and Kuchar. But there were no heroics for Europe in the fourth match, where US rookies Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton coasted to a three-and-two victory over Donald and Harrington. Ove1rton rattled in five birdies over the final 10 holes as the American duo became the first rookies to win an opening session since 1979. — AFP

Stage set for the 2nd Red Bull Flugtag 2010 36 Teams to Compete on Nov 5 KUWAIT: The stage is set for the biggest event in Kuwait, the 2nd Red Bull Flugtag 2010 which will take place at the Marina Crescent on Friday Nov 5, 2010. The selected teams were invited to the Hard Rock CafÈ for the official briefing which included: Pre take-off performance, branding, special machine launching systems, transport of the machines, location explanation and the drawing of lots to determine the first flight. The teams were also informed during the gathering that they have less than a month to build and finish their machines. In the draw of lots to determine who gets to take off first, the honor went to team “Kuwait Riders”. “I am excited and proud that our team will be the first to fly in such a big event; it’s a bigger responsibility now as we will be the first on the ramp. But we will do our best to present a good show and hopefully a long flight” said one of the team members of Kuwait Riders. Red Bull Flugtag, sponsored by Wataniya Telecom is currently in its 2nd phase, known as the “Construction Phase”, where the selected teams still have around one month to turn their designs into flying machines, and take-off from the Marina Crescent into the sky before plunging into the water. Red Bull Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, is a competition that dares both the brave and the brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 6m high ramp in hopes of achieving humanpowered flight. But don’t be fooled this is no ordinary flying competition! Distance is important, of course, but teams need both creativity and showmanship to impress the judges.

Since the first Red Bull Flugtag took place in Vienna, Austria, in 1991, more than 90 Flugtags have been held around the globe, attracting up to 300,000 spectators for a single event. While the sky may be the limit on creativity, there are still a few flight

regulations. First off, all flying machines must be entirely humanpowered (no external energy sources or stored power). Second, no matter what they say, size does matter - all crafts must be less than 8 meters wide and must weigh no more than 180 KGs (excluding the pilot).

The participating teams will fly in this order 1. Kuwait Riders 2. Tayr Al Habbari 3. Fly Boys 4. AMZN 5. Fujaira Al Duwaliya 6. Al Rai Bulls 7. Just Winging It 8. Ma Yhezak Rih 9. City My Way 10. The Wavers 11. The Coffee Bean 12. The Z Team 13. The Victorious Wolves-Burgs 14. Club 25 15. Dragon Fly 16. Raging Bulls 17. Urban Runners 18. Monsters of Flight

19. The Flying Stars 20. Hang Out 21. The Phoenix 22. Diva’s 23. Al Majmuha Al Mo’tamda 24. Salute to Ibn Farnas 25. Mechanical Bulls 26. HKM3 27. Addiso Labideh 28. Good Food Company 29. Baked with Passion 30. Marina World 31. Imperial 27 32. Wataniya Telecom 33. Arab Times/Al Seyassah 34. Freshly Prepared 35. Scary Boys 36. Schlumberger

TOKYO: Italy’s MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso steers his Honda during a free practice ahead of today’s Japanese Motorcycling Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi circuit. — AP

Dovizioso takes pole position TOKYO: Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso claimed pole for the first time yesterday ahead of the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix with champion-elect Jorge Lorenzo fourth for Yamaha. The Italian set a quickest lap of one minute 47.001sec in front of defending world champion Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha and Ducati’s Casey Stoner at Motegi. “I’m so happy and surprised,” Dovizioso told reporters. “We’ve improved a lot. Normally my style is not to go too fast in practice. I’m sure we can have a strong race.” Lorenzo, virtually assured the title after fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa fractured his collarbone in Friday’s practice, was upset at missing the front row for the first time this year.

“I would have liked to have been on the front row in Japan Yamaha’s home,” said Lorenzo after signing a new two-year deal for the team earlier in the day. “But it’s only qualifying and the most important thing is that we’re ready for the race. We have a good pace and we only have one or two more small things still to work on. “This afternoon I tried the new engine for the first time and it felt good in the high gears.” Pedrosa, who trails Lorenzo by 56 points with five races remaining, suffered a multiple fracture of his left collarbone on Friday and is likely to miss the next three races. The Honda rider was the only man in a position to overtake Lorenzo in the world championship. — Reuters



Sunday, October 3, 2010

If Armstrong doped, teammates say they saw nothing PARIS: For Lance Armstrong, it became a tradition. On the triumphant last day of his Tour de France victories, the champion cyclist and his teammates celebrated by riding past chattering crowds and the leafy trees that line Paris’ most famous boulevard, the Champs-Elysees. They radiated bonhomie, smiling and sometimes waving star-spangled banners. Armstrong and Co., the scene suggested, was one big and happy cycling family. Reality, however, was not so cut-and-dried. Even with riders who were integral to Armstrong’s unprecedented run of seven consecutive Tour wins, the single-minded Texan remained somewhat aloof. His teammates watched Armstrong’s back on France’s sun-seared roads, elbowed aside rival teams, carried his water bottles, shared meals, bus trips, and helped to construct the story of the cancer survivor who tamed cycling’s most mythic race. But, some of them also say, they never got to intimately know the man in the winner’s yellow jersey. After they and the crowds went home, some never had much contact with Armstrong again. That contrast between the public and guarded sides of the man who revolutionized France’s storied race with his modern American ways could become a hurdle for US investigators trying to corroborate allegations from Floyd Landis. One of 23 support riders without whom Armstrong might not have won so many Tours, Landis claims that doping was partand-parcel of being on his teams and that Armstrong cheated, too.

Armstrong has always insisted that he rode clean. He says Landis lacks credibility. After quitting Armstrong’s team, Landis won the 2006 Tour but was stripped of the title for doping. Having denied it for years, Landis now acknowledges that he cheated but says others did, too. The elaborate and systematic doping Landis describes — he alleged, most notably, that Armstrong and his riders shotup in full view of each other in 2004 — would have required considerable levels of trust, connivance and conspiracy to remain hidden. But that stands at odds with the way some riders recall life inside Armstrong’s US Postal squads. Simply put, some say, Armstrong never let them get that close. Steffen Kjaergaard rode at Armstrong’s side for his second and third wins, in 2000 and 2001. He remembers the victory parties and the one-starred Texas flag that Paris’ famous Crillon Hotel flew in Armstrong’s honor. But he says he is stumped by Landis’ allegations because coming “from a team that I was a member of, that is so far from what I have been a part of, or seen, or discovered myself.” “If some of that is just a little bit true, I must have been extremely naive,” he says. “No, no,” he chuckles when asked if he ever saw Armstrong take performanceenhancing drugs. “Floyd’s stories ... are hard to believe.” Peter Meinert-Nielsen, a Dane who rode with Armstrong on his first Tour win in 1999 until he dropped out on stage 13 with a bad knee, says the Texan

“was always friendly and a great person to be with” but that unlike in other sports, friendships rarely blossom in cycling because riders don’t often train together. “You are more or less only together when you ride. You don’t get a close relationship,” he says. “Cycling is a working place like any kind of working place. There are some people you get along with better than others. Lance and I got along pretty well. He asked that I be on the team that rode the Tour de France. He knew he could rely on me as a helper. He knew that if I had been told something I would do it. He trusted me. He knew I would ride 100 percent for him.” “He is the greatest personality I have ever been racing with. He had a great power. I am certain it was a strong will and authority that made him win. He’s a one of a kind,” Meinert-Nielsen says. Although he also adds that if there was any doping then he wouldn’t have been privy to it “because I wasn’t with him, I didn’t share a room with him.” Says Colombian Victor Hugo Pena, another ex-Postal cyclist who rode the Tours of 2001-03 with Armstrong: “Some people want me to destroy Armstrong and try to affirm that everybody was doping. “This did not happen during my time with the group. I have good memories of the team and of Armstrong; for him only grateful words. We had a good relationship.” Pavel Padrnos, who rode the 2002-05 Tours with Armstrong, says the Texan was good at lifting teammates’ spirits at the end of long days.

“When you have nine riders at a big table every night for three weeks for dinner day after day, he was one of those capable of entertaining all,” he says. He dismissed Landis’ allegations, saying: “It seemed to me that he wants to sell his story and it’s written in a way to be of interest to anybody.” In his one of his autobiographies, “Every Second Counts,” Armstrong says “teammates have an odd relationship; they float somewhere between acquaintances and relatives.” While Armstrong speaks with affection of Americans like George Hincapie — “like a brother to me” — some other riders get little more than a mention. Armstrong says he and team director Johan Bruyneel spent years “carefully identifying, recruiting, and signing the kind of people we wanted to work with” — riders who were “willing to sacrifice” and “who rode with 100 percent aggression.” “We didn’t accept slacking,” he says. “But we encouraged good humor, because we believed it was excellent painkiller.” Armstrong’s teams were multinational, with non-Americans outnumbering Americans by nearly 2-to-1 when rosters are tallied from his seven winning Tours. Because of the language mix, Armstrong says they sometimes communicated in “a kind of pidgin or shorthand.” But Pascal Derame, a Frenchman on the 1999 team, doesn’t recall much conversation. “We didn’t say much to each other,” he says of Armstrong. Asked about doping, he said: “Nobody ever did anything in front of me.” Another rider, Spaniard Roberto

Heras, refused to discuss Landis’ doping allegations. “I have nothing to say. It is an ugly subject, a disagreeable subject and I don’t want to talk about it. It is respectable to not talk about it,” Heras says. After quitting Armstrong’s team, he failed a doping test at the 2005 Tour of Spain and was banned for two years. Manuel Beltran of Spain and American Tyler Hamilton - as well as Landis - also failed drug tests after leaving Postal’s Tour teams and were banned, while American Frankie Andreu told The New York Times that he used the banned blood booster EPO while preparing for the 1999 Tour he rode with Armstrong. The rolling three-week circus that is the Tour does not leave much time for socializing. To survive, riders must sleep as much as possible, gulp large meals for energy, salve aches and pains. Every day, there are hotels to get to, bags to pack and unpack. Armstrong also had television and press commitments and doping controls to satisfy. He usually rode the Postal bus with his teammates to each day’s start. But when he finished far ahead, he sometimes wouldn’t hang around for them at the end. “He was extremely focused on getting back to the hotel as soon as possible, get on the message table as soon as possible, get recovered as soon as possible. Sometimes there was a car waiting for him,” Kjaergaard says. They ate meals together but were never close and Armstrong was “very selective” in his choice of close friends, he says. “Probably I fit into the team for a couple of years because I had no problem accepting

that. I had my friends and he had his.” Beltran adds: “Obviously he’s a man with a lot of extra commitments within the team so he wasn’t always around like everyone else ... Although he might not have many friends, the ones he has are authentic.” “There were a few people (on the team) that he didn’t get along with,” says MeinertNielsen. “That always happens. If there was someone he didn’t like, that person found out pretty quickly. He didn’t tell them directly but you can always get a feeling that there is something saying ‘I like or dislike you.’ He was pretty tough about that. There were very few people who really got close to him. Including (Americans Kevin) Livingston and Tyler Hamilton. And, later on, George Hincapie. We, the others, we were more the working guys ... But that is what we got our salaries for. The plan was not that we going to be best new pals.” Armstrong has 2.65 million followers on Twitter. Meinert-Nielsen is not one of them. He says they have not kept in contact. Beltran failed a doping test at the 2008 Tour and says he lost contact with Armstrong after that. Kjaergaard retired in 2003 and says he’s had no contacts with Armstrong for years. Heras, too, is no longer in touch, saying: “I wouldn’t say we lost our friendship, but we don’t have a relationship. I haven’t talked to him again.” “You get a new life after cycling,” says MeinertNielsen, who stopped riding in 2001. “The contacts we had then were pretty much superficial.”—AP

Johnson double strike slows India’s response

THAILAND: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain returns the ball to compatriot Rafael Nadal during their semifinal match at the PTT Thailand Open tennis tournament.—AP

Garcia-Lopez stuns Nadal BANGKOK: Spain’s world number one Rafael Nadal fell short on 24 of 26 break point chances yesterday as he lost his Thailand Open semi-final 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 to compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The surprise winner, who handed world number one Nadal only his eighth loss of the season against 61 wins and six titles, will today face Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, who beat German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-2 in their semi-final. Nadal, winner of the last three Grand Slam titles and this season’s dominant player, was frustrated by his 53rd-ranked opponent, who won his only title in 2009 on clay in Kitzbuehel. “This is a tough loss to take,” said Nadal, who moves on to an event in Tokyo next week to continue his Asian tour. “I had a chance to reach another final and maybe win another title. But it was not to be. That is the sport and this was not my day. “I was unable to take my chances. You

have to convert more if you have 26 break points. I congratulate him. He played better than I did today.” Nadal dominated the opening set and looked to be in good shape after GarciaLopez received treatment for various aches and pains at the end of the third game in the second set. “I’m still in shock from this win,” said Garcia-Lopez, who has lost two previous ATP matches to Nadal. “I’ve never beaten a number one, and especially not Nadal. This has to be my greatest win.” Garcia-Lopez said he had no idea how he would fare against three-time semi-finalist Nieminen. “Maybe I’ll do fine but maybe I won’t be able to put one ball on the court. We will just have to see.” The 29-year-old Finn, ranked 60th in the world, progressed beyond Bangkok’s semifinals after three appearances in the lastfour stage that included losses to eventual champions Taylor Dent and Roger Federer

in 2003 and 2005 respectively. “It feels great to be in a final, it seems like the last one was so long ago,” said Nieminen. “I’ve not dropped a set this week and have been playing great tennis.” Nieminen will hope to improve on a 1-8 score in career ATP finals, his only trophy coming in Auckland in January 2006. He lost his last final against the Argentinian David Nalbandian 20 months ago in Sydney. Nieminen advanced in 65 minutes, never facing a break point while breaking Becker three times. The Finn finished the job on the first of two match points, a service winner. He and coach Jan de Witt then went straight to the practice court in anticipation of a much tougher match today. Nieminen improved to 13-4 in Bangkok and has yet to drop a set on his way into the title match. His victory was his 21st of the season, pulling him almost level with 2010’s 22 losses.—AFP

Youzhny, Golubev in Malaysian Open final KUALA LUMPUR: Fourth seed and US Open semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny won an all-Russian tie at the Malaysian Open yesterday, reaching the Asian ATP final with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over compatriot Igor Andreev. The winner of one trophy this

season, in Munich, Youzhny will today meet eighth-seeded Kazak Andrey Golubev, who beat number five Spaniard David Ferrer 75, 7-6 (7-4) in their semifinal. Youzhny defeated Andreev, a qualifier who once reached the Top 20, in just over 90 minutes.

“It was a tough match,” said Youzhny, who reached his fourth final of 2010. “He played really well in the first set, but since he’s coming back from injuries, his level dropped in the second and I was able to go through. “I’m not think-

MALAYSIA: David Ferrer of Spain serves against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan during their semifinal match at the ATP Malaysian Open tennis tournament.—AP

ing about another title, I just want to keep my level the way it is now.” Youzhny now stands 3-1 against Andreev, whose last ATP title came five years ago. World number nine Youzhny is fighting to qualify for the eight-man season-ending event in London from November 21. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the US Open semis a month ago. Youzhny broke Andreev five times to earn his 38th win of the season against 15 losses. His only title so far came on clay in Munich last May. Youzhny will be playing for a trophy after losing back-to-back finals in February against Sweden’s Robin Soderling (Rotterdam) and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (Dubai). Andreev, now ranked 102, was appearing in only his second semifinal of 2010 after his last at this level in Brazil in February. He has not reached a final since 2008. Golubev needed just under two hours to eliminate Ferrer, who beat him on clay last spring in Monte Carlo.—AFP

MOHALI: A double strike from Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson put the brakes on an aggressive reply from India late on day two of the first Test yesterday. Opener Virender Sehwag struck a 54-ball 59 with the help of 10 fours as India reached 110 for two at the close, after Zaheer Khan’s five-wicket haul had restricted Australia to 428 in their first innings. Rahul Dravid (21) and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma (0) will return on Sunday hoping to erase the 318-run deficit. Australia had made it past the 400-mark thanks to a career-best 92 from Tim Paine, with Shane Watson departing in the morning session after a well-compiled 126. Watson, dropped twice on Friday, departed when Harbhajan Singh orchestrated a bat-pad dismissal to cut short the opener’s 338-ball knock. Paine, dropped by Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Zaheer on Friday, made the most of the reprieve in company of Johnson (47), raising 82 runs for the seventh wicket. Zaheer removed Johnson to break the stand and returned to dismiss Paine and complete his five-wicket haul with the batsman eight runs short of his maiden test century. Paine faced 196 balls during his patient innings, hitting 12 boundaries in the process. “I wanted to spend some time in the middle and get used to the conditions...and bat as long as I can,” the Australian said. “At some stage it looked difficult but I’m happy with the total.” “It was also nice to get Sehwag tonight. He puts lot of pressure on the bowlers but at the same time, if you bowl enough balls in the right areas, he will give you chances.” Sehwag wasted little time in asserting himself in the reply and was particularly harsh on Doug Bollinger. Losing opening partner Gautam Gambhir (25) to Johnson had little impact on Sehwag who kept scoring freely until the pacer induced a leading edge in the penultimate over of the day to send him back. Zaheer praised leftarm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who did bulk of the bowling duty to make up for Sharma’s absence due to a knee injury on Friday. “Full credit to Ojha. After Ishant got injured, one bowler needed to bowl longer. He did a fantastic job. He kept tight at one end and helped me and Bhajji (Harbhajan) to attack in short bursts,” Zaheer said.—Reuters

MOHALI: India’s Gautam Gambhir (back to camera) attempts successfully to take the catch to dismiss Australia’s Shane Watson (center) during the second day of their first cricket Test match.—AP

SCOREBOARD Scoreboard at the close on day two of the first test between India and Australia in Mohali on Saturday. Australia first innings (overnight 224-5) Shane Watson c Gambhir b Singh 126 Bowling: Khan 30-7-94-5; Sharma 11.4-1-71- 0; Ojha Simon Katich lbw b Khan 6 51.4-16-113-1; Singh 49-12-114-3; Sehwag 9.2-1-23-0. Ricky Ponting run out 71 Michael Clarke c Dravid b Singh 14 India first innings Mike Hussey lbw b Khan 17 Gautam Gambhir lbw Johnson 25 Marcus North b Khan 0 Virender Sehwag c Clarke b Johnson 59 Tim Paine c Laxman b Khan 92 Rahul Dravid not out 21 Mitchell Johnson c Dhoni b Khan 47 Ishant Sharma not out 0 Nathan Hauritz c Gambhir b Singh 9 Extras: (b-1, lb-4) 5 Ben Hilfenhaus not out 20 Total (2 wickets; 21 overs) 110 Doug Bollinger c Sharma b Ojha 0 To bat: S. Tendulkar, V.Laxman, S. Raina, M.S. Dhoni, Extras: (b-4, lb-9, nb-13) 26 H.Singh, Z. Khan, P. Ojha. Total (all out; 151.4 overs) 428 Fall of wickets: 1-81 2-106. Fall of wickets: 1-13 2-154 3-172 4-218 5-222 6-275 7- Bowling: Hilfenhaus 9-0-39-0, Bollinger 4-0-22-0, 357 8-373 9-427. Johnson 6-1-29-2, Hauritz 2-0-15-0.

Wozniacki wins in Tokyo TOKYO: Top seed Caroline Wozniacki outfought Russia’s Elena Dementieva 1-6 6-2 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open yesterday. Victory in the $2 million tournament means the Dane can leapfrog Serena Williams at the top of the world rankings if she reaches the quarter-finals at the China Open in Beijing next week. “Of course being number one has always been a goal of mine but I’m just focusing on

winning the next tournament,” Wozniacki told reporters after winning her fifth title of 2010. “I feel I can beat anyone now,” added the 20-year-old. “I have grown a bit not only physically but mentally. It’s my 11th (career) title. I’m so happy.” Seventh seed Dementieva rued missed opportunities after suffering an abrupt meltdown at the business end of the deciding set in the Tokyo sunshine. The Russian dumped a routine forehand into the net to gift

Wozniacki a break at 4-3 and never fully recovered her composure, double-faulting twice in a row to surrender the contest. “That was not the most exciting way to finish the match,” said Dementieva. “I didn’t use my opportunities and let her get back in it. I allowed her to play the way she likes to.” Wozniacki pocketed $350,000 for her victory while former champion Dementieva took home $175,000. —Reuters

TOKYO: Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki returns a shot against Russia’s Elena Dementieva in the singles final match at the Toray Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament.—AP



Sunday, October 3, 2010

India poised to stage biggest Games NEW DELHI: India raced yesterday to put finishing touches to preparations for the biggest Commonwealth Games, with the start just a day away-hoping to make the event a success story after a shambolic run-up. Organisers promised a Bollywood-inspired opening extravaganza today with singers and dancers showcasing India's diverse culture with dazzling sound and light effects and a performance by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman. "We're sure the Games will be a huge success," Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit after inspecting sites. "We're working around the clock." Officials said they expected the final tally of athletes to touch 6,700, topping the 2006 Melbourne Games' record of 5,766 participants. "Delhi 2010 will be the biggest ever Commonwealth Games," secretary general of the Games organizing committee Lalit Bhanot said, with over 5,800 athletes and officials already in the Indian capital. But amid fears militants might attack the quadrennial competition, New Delhi was a fortress with 17,000 paramilitary troopers reinforcing 80,000 police. Security forces lined roads leading to high-walled stadiums encircled by barbed wire fences, armed guards were posted behind sandbag positions and sentries watched from watchtowers. Cameras monitored public areas. Since 2008, when Pakistanbased Islamist militants killed 166 people in a 60-hour assault in Mumbai, India has been fearful the Games, which feature 71 nations and territories formerly belonging to the British Empire, could be hit. Western governments have persistently warned of the threat of a militant attack during the Games, which run until October 14. Delhi police commissioner YS Dadwal promised "foolproof security" but called the Games a "moment of challenge" and urged citizens to be on guard. Every police officer "is on the job 24/7. Most are working and sleeping at the police station," he told a news conference on the eve of the Games. Dadwal's statements came as US Central Intelligence Agency chief Leon Panetta made a stopover in New Delhi to discuss the Games and regional security threats after visiting Pakistan for talks, the Press Trust of India reported. Britain's Prince Charles, sent by Queen Elizabeth to represent her at the Games' opening ceremony, arrived in the capital. The 84-year-old monarch, the ceremonial head of the Commmonwealth, is giving the event a miss for the first time, pleading a hectic schedule. India was deeply embarrassed by revelations about rampant corruption in the lead-up to the Games-the six-billion-dollar event is hugely over budget-and "filthy" conditions in the athletes' village that threatened to turn the competition into a national humiliation. The nation had hoped to showcase itself as a dynamic emerging superpower and deliver an event to rival the spectacular Beijing Olympics. But the country's old image of inefficient bureaucracy, poor infrastructure, graft and squalor was broadcast around the world by the international media and was tagged India's "Shame Games" by local newspapers. However, by yesterday, a lastminute sprint to clean up the village and prepare the venues appeared to be paying off. "The venues are outstanding and we're really looking forward to competing there," Wales chef de mission Chris Jenkins told reporters. Athletes said they now were focusing on doing their best at the Games. "There are so many fantastic athletes here at these Commonwealth Games and being a part of that is such a big thrill," said Australian netball captain Sharelle McMahon. Some high-profile athletes have withdrawn due to health and security fears. Foreign spectators will also be far fewer than the 100,000 organisers had hoped for with worries about an outbreak of dengue fever-a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease-the chaotic preparations and fear of militant attacks deterring many. But Mike Andrews, a chef who travelled from London, said he planned to enjoy the Games and had even purchased a vuvuzela horn whose low-pitched bellow drove many to distraction at the soccer World Cup in South Africa. "I want to watch some good sports," he said. — AFP

NEW DELHI: Indian artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays a miniature handmade pitch featuring models of Commonwealth Games mascot ‘Shera’ (center) with flags of the participating nations as well as egg shells with a map of India (left) and the Commonwealth Games logo. The Indian capital New Delhi will host the 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 3-14. — AFP

Singapore paddlers set the bar in Delhi NEW DELHI: With table tennis powerhouse China not eligible for the Commonwealth Games, paddlers from Singapore pick up the mantle as the team to beat. The tiny, but wealthy, city-state won four gold medals at Melbourne 2006 -- women's team, mixed doubles, women's singles and women's doubles-and 11 table tennis medals in total. More of the same is expected in Delhi, with women's world number two Feng Tianwei spearheading the squad along with veteran Li Jiawei, who is at her third Games.

"That will be our target again," Feng told reporters, referring to the clean-sweep of the women's medals in Melbourne. "It may be a different competition but we must still have the same attitude of working hard." They will have to lift their confidence after their women were steamrollered by China in the final of the World Team Cup Classic in Dubai last weekend, a telling reminder of which country rules the sport. It was sweet revenge for the Chinese after Singapore scored a stunning upset at the women's world teams championships in

Moscow when they downed their arch-rivals for the crown. With Singapore's women so dominant at the Commonwealth level-they won gold, silver and bronze in the singles at Melbournethere are few serious challengers, with Australia and Canada among those hoping for an upset. On the men's side of the draw, athletes from India, Nigeria and Singapore should feature, with Indian Sharath Kamal defending his title. Kamal is desperate for glory in front of his

home fans, and is in fine touch after recently winning two back-to-back international titles, including his maiden Pro Tour crown in Cairo. "I think there will be tough competition in table tennis because a number of good players are there," the Chennai star told the Times of India. "I will be starting as the second seed in the singles category, behind Gao Ning of Singapore. The draw is going to be important." Gao, who recently migrated to Singapore from China, starts as the top seed, and heads a Singaporean men's team that appears far

stronger than the one that failed to fire in Melbourne. He sees India as the main threat. "India are strong opponents, but others are also good. Sharat Kamal is playing well," he told Indian media this week. "I have seen the other Indians also play, they all play aggressive table tennis. It will be tough to make it to the finals.' Nigeria are the men's doubles defending champions, while India holds the men's team title. The table tennis event start on Monday at the Yamuna Sports Complex. — AFP

Canadian Pereira a local delight in Delhi

NEW DELHI: 2010 Commonwealth Games Canada hockey captain Ken Pereria holds a national flag at a team press conference in New Delhi. The Indian capital is scheduled to host the October 3-14 Commonwealth Games, the biggest sporting event in the city since the 1982 Asian Games. — AFP

NEW DELHI: Like most Canadian kids, Ken Pereira's first experience with hockey was on skates. More than 30 years later, the field hockey player with Indian-born parents has become somewhat of a celebrity at the Commonwealth Games. Pereira, who has played 310 matches for Canada, will be the country's flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies today, the first Indian-Canadian and field hockey player to receive the

honor. The Canadians have their first match against South Africa on Tuesday. Yesterday the Canadian captain, who also plays in the Dutch league, found himself the center of attention with throngs of Indian media, all anxious to find out about his roots to the country. The Toronto-born Pereira said he didn't know much about India while growing up in Canada's largest city. "But in 2005 I went on vacation to see

where my parents (Hugh and Audrey) grew up in Goa," Pereira said of the west India coastal city. "It was pretty cool to see and then relate it back to see how they brought me up. "I still have lots of family in Goa, some in Mumbai. I'm not too sure how many I have here in Delhi, but maybe on Tuesday I'll see a few out at the game." The 37-yearold Pereira joked that when Canadian officials called him to tell him of the flag-bearer duties

"I thought they called the wrong number." "I literally have goose bumps every time I think about walking into the main stadium in Delhi carrying the maple leaf," he said. "And it's especially sweet because it's the birthplace of my parents." Pereira said an Indian connection resulted in him making the switch from ice hockey, which he had played since he was 3, to a version played on a field, with a different style of stick and with a ball instead of a puck. — AP

KSSC to launch new shooting season By Abdellatif Shara'a KUWAIT: Kuwait Shooting Sports Club will launch its new season 2010/2011 on Thursday, October 7, with a major event in which club shooters, army, police and national guards will be participating. The club decided to start with His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad tournament due to his contributions to the sports since its start in Kuwait, said President of the Asian and Kuwait Shooting Sport Federation and Vice president of the ISSF Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah. He said HH the Crown Prince contributed morally and materially to the sport which is part of our heritage, adding that designating an event under his name is considered one of the strong motives to keep it going and having shooters excel internationally, regionally and at Arab levels. The tournament which will continue until Saturday Oct 9th with skeet, trap, double trap,

Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah 10m pistol and rifle, 50m pistol and rifle, 25m ladies pistol and Olympic archery. Meanwhile, Kuwaiti shooter Saad Lafi Al-Mutairi snatched first place and the gold medal of

the double trap event, during the shooting Grand Prix tournament in Tehran, Iran. Saad Al-Mutairi scored 192200, in his first international competition competing against

well seasoned and experienced champions. Meanwhile, Mishfi Al-Mutairi ended in third place and the bronze medal with a score of 188-200. The second place was decided in a shoot off by Qatar's Hamad Al-Mirri who scored 188-200 in regulation and beat Mishfi for second. Kuwait's team Fuhaid AlDaihani, Hamad Al-Afasi and Mishfi Al-Mutairi scored 419450, securing first place, followed by Qatar with 416 and the Iranians with 395. Internationally fourth ranked Shahad Abdelrehman Al-Hawal continued her supremacy in the ladies trap, and scored 89/100, claiming first place, followed by Qatar's Amenah Al-Abdallah and Iran's Narjis Parr. The skeet event witnessed fierce competition between Kuwait's Salah Al-Mutairi and Qatar's Masoud Hamad, as the score remained the same between the two, until the Qatari shooter missed a target in the shoot out round as he hit 13, while Salah Al-Mutairi hit 14, and claimed the gold medal,

Kuwait's Zaid Al-Mutairi was in third place. In the men's trap, Italy's Rodolpho Figno took first place with a score of 142/150, Kuwait's Nasser AlMiqlid was second with 140, and his brother Saud was third with 139-150. In the ladies 10m rifle event Kuwait's Maryam Irzouqi drew with Iran's Maryam Taleb with a score of 500-500 for 2nd, so a shoot off round was held and the Iranian took second place. First place went to Iran's Ihqaqi. Head of Kuwait's delegation Dr Nidal Al Sayed Omar said the shooter's outstanding achievements are dedicated to His Highness the Amir, Kuwait’s leadership and people. He said Kuwait's shooters will continue making such results because of the support they are receiving from the government and sports authorities. He said the latest success are evident on the sound planning and joint efforts of the board members headed by Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah.

Shahad Al-Hawal


Sunday, October 3, 2010


Pongolle rescues point for Zaragoza

Soccer results/standings English Premier League results Birmingham 0, Everton 2 (Johnson 54-og, Cahill 90); Stoke 1 (Walters 48); Blackburn 0, Sunderland 0, Man Utd 0, Tottenham 2 (Van der Vaart 45, 75); Aston Villa 1 (Albrighton 16); West Brom 1 (Morrison 78); Bolton 1 (Elmander 64); West Ham 1 (Piquionne 51); Fulham 1 (Dempsey 33); Wigan 2 (Gomez 65, Rodallega 85); Wolves 0. English Football League results Championship Barnsley 1, Cardiff 2, Bristol City 0, Norwich 3, Crystal Palace 1, QPR 2, Doncaster 1, Nottingham Forest 1, Hull 0, Coventry 0, Ipswich 2, Leeds 1, Leicester 3, Scunthorpe 1, Middlesbrough 2, Portsmouth 2, Millwall 1, Burnley 1, Preston 1, Reading 1, Sheffield Utd 0, Watford 1, Swansea 0, Derby 0. Division One Brentford 2, Charlton 1, Carlisle 0, Peterborough 1, Dagenham and Redbridge 2, Swindon 1, Exeter 1, Rochdale 0, Huddersfield 0, Bristol Rovers 1, Milton Keynes Dons 1, Colchester 1, Notts County 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Oldham 1, Leyton Orient 1, Plymouth 0, Hartlepool 1, Southampton 2, Bournemouth 0, Tranmere 1, Brighton 1, Walsall 0, Yeovil 1. Division Two Accrington 7, Gillingham 4, Aldershot 0, Cheltenham 2, Barnet 2, Hereford 0, Bradford 0, Morecambe 1, Burton 2, Stockport 1, Bury 1, Rotherham 1, Chesterfield 5, Crewe 5,

Macclesfield 2, Northampton 0, Oxford 2, Port Vale 1, Shrewsbury 1, Torquay 1, Southend 1, Lincoln 0, Stevenage 0, Wycombe 2. Scottish Premier League results Celtic 3 (Maloney 25, 64, Hooper 71); Hamilton 1 (McLaughlin 3); Hearts 1 (Skacel 12); Rangers 2 (Lafferty 80, Naismith 90); Inverness CT 2 (Hayes 19, Rooney 61); Aberdeen 0, Kilmarnock 1 (Sammon 90); Dundee Utd 2 (Goodwillie 15, Daly 69); Motherwell 3 (Humphrey 3, Hateley 87-pen, Murphy 88); St Mirren 1 (Wardlaw 64); St Johnstone 2 (Craig 76, Haber 90); Hibernian 0. Scottish Football League results First Division Dundee 2, Morton 1, Falkirk 5, Cowdenbeath 1, Queen of the South 2, Dunfermline 0, Raith 0, Stirling 2, Ross County 0, Partick 2. Second Division Alloa 3, Forfar 2, Ayr 3, Livingston 1, Brechin 4, Peterhead 2, Dumbarton 1, Airdrie 3, Stenhousemuir 1, East Fife 1. Third Division Albion 1, East Stirling 0, Berwick 2, Annan Athletic 2, Clyde 1, Elgin City 1, Queen’s Park 5, Arbroath 2, Stranraer 1, Montrose 2. Italian League results Udinese 1 (Benatia 90); Cesena 0. Spanish League results Real Zaragoza (Pongolle 56, 61) v Sporting Gijon (Obradovic 32-og, Castro 48-pen).

English Premier League table after yesterday’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): English Premier League table Chelsea Man Utd Arsenal Man City Tottenham West Brom Stoke Aston Villa Fulham Sunderland Bolton Blackburn Wigan Newcastle Birmingham Blackpool Everton Liverpool W’hampton West Ham

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15 13 11 11 11 11 10 10 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 5 5

English Football League tables Championship QPR 10 8 2 Cardiff 10 6 2 Norwich 10 6 1 Watford 10 5 3 Ipswich 10 5 3 Burnley 10 4 4 Reading 10 4 4 Swansea 10 5 1 Coventry 10 4 3 Leeds 10 4 2 NottForest 10 2 7 Millwall 10 3 4 Doncaster 10 3 4 Derby 10 3 3 Barnsley 10 3 3 Hull 10 3 3 Scunthorpe 10 3 2 M’brough 10 3 2 Sheffield Utd 10 3 2 Preston 10 3 1 Portsmouth 10 2 3 Leicester 10 2 2 C Palace 10 2 2 Bristol City 10 1 3

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Division One Brighton Peterborough Bournemouth Carlisle Rochdale Colchester Exeter Charlton Bristol Rovers Sheff Wed Huddersfield Oldham Milton Notts County Southampton Swindon Plymouth Hartlepool Yeovil Dagenham Tranmere Leyton Orient Brentford Walsall

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3 1 2 4 4 7 4 3 3 2 2 5 2 1 3 3 3 3 2 4 4 3 3 1

1 3 3 2 2 0 2 3 3 4 4 2 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 5 7

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7 16 11 6 10 10 16 11 13 7 15 12 13 18 8 13 15 16 18 17 15 14 11 15

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Division Two Port Vale Chesterfield Rotherham Shrewsbury Bury Accrington Wycombe Torquay Oxford Utd Burton Albion Southend Cheltenham Stevenage Crewe Aldershot Macclesfield Stockport Gillingham Northampton Morecambe Barnet Lincoln City Bradford Hereford

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Scottish Premier League table Celtic 7 7 0 Rangers 7 7 0 Motherwell 7 4 1 Dundee Utd 7 3 2 Inverness CT 7 3 1 Hearts 7 2 2 Aberdeen 7 2 1 Kilmarnock 7 2 1 St Johnstone 7 2 1 Hibernian 7 1 2

Hamilton St Mirren

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Scottish Football League tables First Division Dunfermline 8 6 0 Raith 8 5 2 Falkirk 8 5 0 Q of the South 8 4 1 Cowdenbeath 8 4 0 Dundee 8 3 2 Ross County 8 2 3 Stirling 8 2 2 Partick 8 2 0 Morton 8 1 2

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7 4 8 9 16 7 7 15 14 9

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Second Division Brechin Livingston Alloa Ayr Airdrie Utd Forfar East Fife S’housemuir Peterhead Dumbarton

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1 1 2 2 1 4 3 4 4 6

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Third Division Albion Berwick Annan Athletic Stranraer Montrose Arbroath Queens Park East Stirling Elgin Clyde

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Spanish League table Valencia 5 4 Villarreal 5 4 Barcelona 5 4 Real Madrid 5 3 Atletico 5 3 Espanyol 5 3 Sevilla 5 2 Hercules 5 2 Bilbao 5 2 Getafe 5 2 Mallorca 5 2 Malaga 5 2 Almeria 5 1 Sporting 6 1 Osasuna 5 1 Racing 5 1 Sociedad 5 1 Levante 5 1 Deportivo 5 0 Zaragoza 6 0

1 0 0 2 1 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 3

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GERMANY: Mainz’s Marco Caligiuri (left) and Hoffenheim’s Christian Eichner challenge during the German First Division Bundesliga soccer match.—AP

Magnificent seven for minnows Mainz BERLIN: Minnows Mainz equalled the record for most wins at the start of a Bundesliga campaign with their seventh victory as they hammered 10-man Hoffenheim 4-2 yesterday to maintain their perfect record. Dark-horses Mainz are only the third side after Kaisterslautern and Bayern Munich to have won all seven matches at the start of the season and their young guns ran riot at home to Hoffenheim. Coach Thomas Tuchel can scarcely believe his luck as his inexperienced side are growing in confidence with every game, especially after winning 2-1 at defending champions Bayern Munich last weekend. They host Hamburg in their next league game on October 16 for their chance to make Bundesliga history with an eighth win, but Tuchel said he was not interested in records. “During the game, I didn’t even think about records, for me it is not even an issue,” he said. “In the first half, we were lacking in confidence and even the early goal gave us no security. “Hoffenheim gave us big problems, but after the break we were better and always threatened their goal.” Both teenage striker Andre Schuerrle,

19, and midfielder Lewis Holtby, 20, have produced performances to take them to the verge of the national side, according to Germany coach Joachim Loew, and the pair scored in the rout. Loew singled out Holtby for special praise after his defence-splitting pass set up the opening goal. “His pass was worth the entrance fee alone,” said the impressed national coach. Mainz began both halves in style with a first-half goal by Tunisia striker Sami Allagui after just two minutes, while Hungary striker Adam Szalai scored their second right at the start of the first half. Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba had put his side level just before the half-time break while Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson came off the bench to smash in a free-kick just a minute later to make it 3-2 with 64 minutes played. But the second half belonged to Mainz as Holtby, who had been a constant threat all afternoon, scored from the right wing as his shot clipped Hoffenheim’s Luiz Gustavo on 59 minutes. Mainz then claimed the golden 21 points from seven games when Holtby was hauled down in the area by Hoffenheim’s Josip

Simunic on 73 minutes. Simunic was showen a straight red card and Schuerrle netted his fourth goal of the season to seal the win. Freiburg are up to fourth in the table after their 3-2 win over Cologne yesterday and Hamburg are seventh after they came from behind to beat Kaiserslautern 2-1. Schalke’s dreadful start to the season continued at Nuremberg as they suffered their fifth defeat when they went down 2-1 to stay second from bottom. Ex-England manager Steve McClaren was denied his fourth straight win when his side were held 1-1 by Moenchengladbach. Today, second-placed Dortmund need to beat Bayern Munich at home if they want to close the six-point gap behind Mainz and Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund have racked up five consecutive wins in the German league. But Louis van Gaal-coached Bayern will be gunning for the three points with president Uli Hoeness warning it is a must-win game at Dortmund. “We absolutely have to win at Dortmund so we can get back into the championship race,” Hoeness. “If not, it will become difficult to make up the difference before Christmas.”—AFP

Morrison earns West Brom a point West Brom 1

Matches on TV (Local Timings) English Premier League Man City v Newcastle..............................15:30 Abu Dhabi Sports HD 3 Abu Dhabi Sports HD 5 Liverpool v Blackpool.......................17:00 Abu Dhabi Sports HD 4 Chelsea v Arsenal ............................18:00 Abu Dhabi Sports HD 3 Abu Dhabi Sports HD 5 Italian Calcio League Lecce v Catania ...............................13:30 Aljazeera Sport + 3 Napoli v AS Roma.............................16:00 Aljazeera Sport + 1 Bologna v Sampdoria ........................16:00 Aljazeera Sport + 4 Genoa v As Bari................................16:00 Aljazeera Sport + 7 Fiorentina v Palermo.........................16:00 Aljazeera Sport + 10 SS Lazio v Brescia............................16:00 Aljazeera Sport + 8 Chievo v Cagliari .............................16:00 Aljazeera Sport + 5 Inter v Juventus ...............................21:45 Aljazeera Sport + 1 Spanish League Almeria v Malaga .............................18:00 Aljazeera Sport + 8 Villarreal v Racing................................18:00 Aljazeera Sport 1 HD Sevilla v Atletico ..............................18:00 Aljazeera Sport + 5 Barcelona v Mallorca .........................20:00 Aljazeera Sport + 2 Real Madrid v Deportivo ...................22:00 Aljazeera Sport + 2 German League Stuttgart v Eintracht ........................16:30 Dubai Sports 1 Dortmund v Bayern .................................18:30 Dubai Sports 1

Bolton 1 BIRMINGHAM: James Morrison scored a late equaliser as West Bromwich Albion rescued a 1-1 draw from their Premier League clash with Bolton yesterday. Morrison struck with 12 minutes to play after Johan Elmander had put Bolton ahead midway through the second half at the Hawthorns. The point leaves West Brom, promoted from the Championship last season, in a creditable sixth place, while Bolton sit in midtable after drawing five of their first seven matches. The hosts carved out the first opportunity of the game in the second minute with Morrison just unable to get on the end of Chris Brunt’s cross. Soon after that, Bolton captain Kevin Davies had a sight of goal but he couldn’t get any real power on his header from Lee Chung-Yong’s cross. Gary Cahill, back in the Bolton team after serving a three-match suspension, made a better connection with Martin Petrov’s corner but the England defender’s header went narrowly over the bar. Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie, named as the Premier League’s player of the month for September, drilled a low shot off-target as he looked to add to his tally of three goals in five games since joining Albion in August. Bolton started the second half in purposeful fashion and after Scott Carson had tipped away an effort from Petrov, Cahill saw his header cleared off the line. Owen Coyle’s team were rewarded for their pressure in the 64th minute as Davies laid the ball into the path of Swedish forward Elmander, who broke into the box and slotted home his fourth goal of the season. Odemwingie had a great chance to equalise after as he pounced on an error by Zat Knight, but he dragged his shot wide. The Nigerian made amends though as he curled over a wonderful 78th minute cross and Morrison rose highest to power home his headed equaliser.—AFP

LONDON: West Bromwich Albion’s Peter Odemwingle (top) and Bolton Wanderers’ goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen (below) during the English Premier League soccer match. —AP

Dempsey beats Green again but Hammers rescue draw West Ham 1

Fulham 1 LONDON: Fulham forward Clint Dempsey caused more heartache for West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green in yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Upton Park. It was United States star Dempsey who struck the weak shot that England international Green allowed to squirm into the net during a 1-1 draw at the World Cup in South Africa. Green’s howler cost him his place in Fabio Capello’s squad and has made him a figure of derision since his return to England. At least the Hammers stopper could say there was nothing he

could do to stop Dempsey this time as the Fulham player volleyed home in the first half. But that will have been of little consolation to Green and his team-mates, who sank to the bottom of the Premier League table despite Frederic Piquionne’s second half equaliser, which denied Fulham a first away league win in 13 months. Fulham, now unbeaten in seven matches, made a bright start and Dempsey wasted little time trying to test Green with a long-range effort which curled wide. Piquionne then drew a goalline clearance from Cottagers defender Carlos Salcido with a powerful header before Fulham responded with a Damien Duff strike that flashed wide. Fulham appealed for a penalty when Eddie Johson was bundled over by Lars Jacobsen but referee

Andre Marriner waved play on. There was no need for Fulham to dwell on that decision as Dempsey was played in by Simon Davies in the 33rd minute and smashed his strike past Green to open the scoring. Dempsey was close to doubling Fulham’s advantage soon after the break when his curling shot bounced off the crossbar. But West Ham drew level in the 51st minute when Brede Hangeland’s misplaced pass was picked up by Luis Boa Morte, who laid the ball down the right flank to Victor Obinna. The Nigerian’s cross was at the perfect height for the unmarked Piquionne, who made no mistake from six yards for his third goal in three games. At times it seemed as though Dempsey was on a mission to ruin Green’s day. —AFP

MADRID: On loan French striker Florent Sinama Pongolle scored twice in five minutes as 10-man Real Zaragoza came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Sporting Gijon yesterday. Zaragoza stay bottom of the table despite the point but it could have been worse having trailed 2-0 with one player less after the dismissal of former Chelsea defender Jiri Jarosik two minutes after the break. However, the hosts scored twice in five minutes to stun Gijon with former Liverpool striker Pongolle, on loan from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, scoring in the 56th minute and again in the 61st minute to change the course of the match as Zaragoza salvaged an unlikely point. Zaragoza prop up the table with no win from their first six matches while Sporting are in 14th place after squandering two points. An own goal from Serbian defender Ivan Obradovic just after the hour mark saw Zaragoza fall behind and the hosts were reduced to ten men two minutes after the break when giant Czech Jarosik was sent off for hauling down David Barral. Diego Castro converted the spot-kick to make it 2-0 but Pongolle stole the headlines with a quick-fire brace to steal a point in a thrilling match. Later on Saturday league leaders Valencia can stretch their advantage at the top to four points when they host Athletic Bilbao at the Mestalla Stadium. Valencia lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United in Wednesday’s Champions League match but are unbeaten in the league with four wins and a draw from their first five league outings. “Valencia did good business in the transfer market and they remind me of Sevilla a few years ago when they formed a great team with players that weren’t particularly well-known,” said Bilbao coach Joaquin Caparros. Champions Barcelona are a point behind Valencia in third place and host Real Mallorca today while Real Madrid, two points behind Valencia in fourth, host strugglers Deportivo La Coruna on the same day. The game of the weekend is on Sunday when Sevilla host Atletico Madrid on Sunday in a re-run of last season’s Kings Cup final which Sevilla won 2-0. Sevilla sacked coach Antonio Alvarez on Sunday and new manager Gregorio Manzano makes his league bow against Atletico at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Fifth-placed Atletico, three points behind Valencia, are without Argentine striker Sergio “Kun” Aguero who picked up a knock in training and Manzano is glad the gifted forward is unavailable. “Atletico Madrid’s numbers indicate they are in good form and they have the players to go head to head with us although the loss of (Sergio) Aguero is a relief,” said Manzano. Sevilla won 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund in Thursday’s Europa League match as Manzano got off to a winning start on his debut and hopes for another victory as Sevilla bid to improve on their seventh place. In other matches, promoted Real Sociedad host Espanyol yesterday with the visitors looking for their first point on the road. It will be a special match for striker Raul Tamudo, 32, who spent 14 years at Espanyol before joining Sociedad in the summer. “Two or three years ago I couldn’t have imagined I would play against Espanyol,” admitted Tamudo. Espanyol sit sixth but have collected all their points at home, however, Sociedad are in poor form having lost their last three matches. —AFP

United miss out after tie with Sunderland Sunderland 0

Man United 0

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur’s Rafael van der Vaart (centre) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at the White Hart Lane stadium.—AP

Van der Vaart’s brace sinks Villa Tottenham 2

Aston Villa 1 LONDON: Rafael van der Vaart struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur clinched a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa to move up to fifth in the Premier League table at White Hart Lane here yesterday. Spurs had trailed to Marc Albrighton’s early goal when van der Vaart headed the home side level in first half added time before securing the points with a close range finish 16 minutes from the final whistle. Van der Vaart’s goals came on the back of his effort in the Champions League victory over FC Twente and banished Spurs’ fears their domestic form may again suffer in the wake of a midweek European clash.

Villa, who had appeared to be in control of the game before van der Vaart’s equaliser, were furious Tottenham’s opening goal was allowed to stand and fell to their first defeat under new manager Gerard Houllier. The Frenchman’s arrival had triggered an upturn in form and there was no doubting the visitors’ commitment as they attempted to impose themselves on the game and take advantage of the fact Spurs had come through a testing European tie just four day previously. Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was twice left needing treatment in the opening 20 minutes after robust challenges, first from Albrighton and then from Stephen Warnock. Totenham manager Harry Redknapp was visibly agitated at Villa’s approach but he could have no complaints about the build-up to Albrighton’s goal that provided the latest example of Emile Heskey’s revival

under Houllier. The pair worked together at Liverpool and the former England forward has shown signs of the form he displayed earlier in his career during the three games since Houllier took charge at Villa Park. This time it was the striker’s unwillingness to give up the cause as he chased Sebastien Bassong down that led to a goal. Heskey harried Bassong into a mistake, snatche possession, and then delivered the ball across the face of the goal after working his way to the byline. There was still work to do but Albrighton got in front of Alan Hutton to stab the ball home from to yards and give Villa a 16th minute lead. Spurs struggled to find an effective response until the final ten minutes of the first half when they finally applied more meaningful pressure. Gareth Bale whipped in a 39th minute cross that Roman Pavlyuchenko should have

turned home at the near post instead of simply flashing the ball across Brad Friedel. But the Russian made up for that miss when he delivered the right wing cross that Peter Crouch sent back across goal where van der Vaart headed in from close range. The goal came deep into first half added time-too deep for Houllier and the rest of the Villa bench who insisted the half time whistle should have been blown beforehand. The goal clearly lifted the home side and van der Vaart should have claimed his second six minutes after the break when he shot over from close range. Crouch followed suit, this time with a header, but the two players then combined much more effectively in the 74th minute to create the winning goal. Aaron Lennon’s cross was headed down by the England striker and van der Vaart claimed his second with a right foot finish from six yards.—AFP

Stoke out-muscle Blackburn Stoke 1

Blackburn 0 STOKE: Stoke City edged Blackburn Rovers 1-0 to win the battle of the Premier League’s most physically imposing teams here yesterday and move up to seventh place in the table. A goal by former Blackburn trainee Jon Walters three minutes into the second period was the difference between the sides, but defeat for Rovers would have been much heavier

had it not been for the resilience of goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Stoke are now unbeaten in four league games and climb eight places from 15th, while Blackburn slip from ninth to 12th. Roared on by a typically raucous Britannia Stadium crowd, Stoke flew out of the traps and came close to taking the lead in the fifth minute when Kenwyne Jones turned and sent a low drive narrowly wide. Rory Delap’s huge throwins have long been a key element of Stoke’s attacking play and one such missile almost brought a breakthrough shortly after, with Rovers skipper Ryan Nelsen glancing the ball

against his own post. Blackburn threatened in the 14th minute when Brett Emerton’s lob was headed off the line by Ryan Shawcross, but the hosts were quickly back on the attack. Robinson denied Jones from another Delap throw, while Matthew Etherington fired into the side-netting after a brilliant piece of control on the edge of the box and then tested Robinson with a volley from Jermaine Pennant’s cross. Tony Pulis’s team sustained their momentum into the second half and took the lead in the 48th minute when Etherington released Walters to curl the ball past former England number one Robinson

for his first Stoke goal. Robinson repelled an Etherington free-kick as Stoke looked to tighten their grip and the former West Ham winger was then denied again by the Rovers keeper after lashing in an attempt at goal from Walters’ pass. Blackburn survived a goalmouth scramble, with Robert Huth just failing to make contact at the back post after a spot of pinball, before Jones headed wide from a cross whipped in by the excellent Etherington. Huth volleyed over from substitute Glenn Whelan’s injury-time corner, but by that stage Blackburn had little fight left.—AFP

LONDON: Stoke City’s Dean Whitehead (left) and Blackburn Rovers’ Phil Jones battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium.—AP

SUNDERLAND: Manchester United were the victims of a burst water pipe that flooded their changing room but managed to stop the leaks in their defence to record a 0-0 draw at Sunderland yesterday. However, the result meant Sir Alex Ferguson’s side failed to draw level with Chelsea, the Premier League leaders and reigning champions, who will kick off their London derby against Arsenal on Sunday with a two-point lead. It was a fourth successive away league draw for United, but things could have been worse as a Sunderland side managed by Old Trafford old boy Steve Bruce wasted several good chances. Kick-off was delayed by 20 minutes while United’s players found somewhere else within the bowels of the stadium to get changed after the pipe burst above the away dressing room. If United were suffering from a Champions League hangover after the mid-week win over Valencia in Spain, a trip to Sunderland was never going to offer them an easy cure. Gone are the days when teams can travel to Wearside and cruise to victory and Bruce’s young, vibrant side had much more energy for their sluggish visitors. Having conceded seven goals in just three away games in the Premier League before this trip, the one pleasing aspect for Ferguson was that his backline stood firm against an almighty battering. Sunderland comprehensively out-played them in the first half and, while Ferguson’s half-time team-talk woke his players from their slumber, the Black Cats more than held their own in the second. Bruce had anticipated a team selection surprise from his former boss, although he had half expected to see Wayne Rooney in the starting line-up rather than Paul Scholes. Rooney has already declared he will be fit to play for England against Montenegro next week, but Ferguson refused to consider him for this match after he missed the Champions League win in Valencia in mid-week. Sunderland’s Steed Malbranque had the best chance of the first half. The midfielder should have beaten Edwin van der Sar after he was played in at the end of a powerful run from Lee Cattermole. The Dutchman spread himself well, but the finish was a weak one. The Manchester United goalkeeper was rather more fortunate moments later when he failed to deal with Jordan Henderson’s corner. His poor punch was sent back across goal by Malbranque, but Darren Bent’s first-time shot hit Nemanja Vidic on its way past van der Sar. United had a lucky escape again before the break when, at the end of another incisive move, Bolo Zenden unleashed a low drive that smacked against the base of the post. Sunderland’s home form has been superb, with United the only team to have beaten them at the Stadium of Light in 2010, and they had already defeated Manchester City and drawn with Arsenal at their home ground this season. They did not find things so easy in the second, although Bent went close from a Phil Bardsley cross and Asamoah Gyan almost grabbed a spectacular winner with an overhead kick. United had improved, though, and they came within a couple of inches of grabbing victory when substitute Dimitar Berbatov-who also had an effort ruled out for offside when he turned in Scholes’s mis-hit shot-dragged a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area.—AFP

LONDON: Manchester United’s Anderson (right) vies for the ball with Sunderland’s captain Lee Cattermole (left) during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light.—AP

Wigan see off 10-man Wolves Wigan 2

Wolves 0 WIGAN: Wigan climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-0 victory over 10man Wolves at the DW Stadium yesterday. Roberto Martinez’s side desperately needed a win after a poor start to the season and they were given a helping hand as Wolves captain Karl Henry was sent off early in the first half for a reckless challenge on Jordi Gomez. The hosts made Henry pay for that mistake as Gomez struck in the second half before Hugo Rodallega added the clinching second goal late on. Mick McCarthy’s team have now suffered four successive defeats, allowing Wigan to climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of their opponents. Wigan had to play several minutes without their captain Antolin Alcaraz in the early stages as he left the pitch to receive stitches in a head wound. But it was Wolves who went down to 10 men permanently when referee Lee Mason showed Henry a red card for a foul on Gomez that caught the Spaniard on his shin. Henry has been criticised for his aggressive tackling several times this season, but the midfielder has no intention of changing his style as his crude lunge on Gomez showed all too clearly. Although they had the numerical advantage, Wigan initially struggled to take advantage and the home fans began to show their frustration when Franco Di Santo was unable to get on the end of Charles

N’Zogbia’s cross. Former Chelsea striker Di Santo then saw an effort deflected behind for a corner. Wolves were unable to clear the resulting set-piece and N’Zogbia crossed back into the area for Gomez to head just wide. Wigan were close to taking the lead early in the second half when a fine move between Rodallega and Di Santo left the Argentinian just six yards from goal. But Di Santo scuffed his shot just enough to allow Marcus Hahnemann to get a hand to the

ball and Wolves were able to clear. Martinez’s men finally broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when Dave Edwards pulled back N’Zogbia on the edge of the area. Gomez took the free-kick and curled a superb effort into the top-left corner. That shattered Wolves’ morale and in the 85th minute Rodallega put the result beyond doubt when Christophe Berra’s attempt to cut out N’Zogbia’s pass deflected off the striker’s foot and past Hahnemann.—AFP

LONDON: Wigan’s Hugo Rodallega (left) vies for the ball against Wolverhampton’s Kevin Foley during their English Premier League soccer match at DW Stadium. —AP

Everton win at last Birmingham 0

Everton 2 BIRMINGHAM: Everton won in the Premier League for the first time this season as they ended Birmingham’s 18-league game unbeaten home run with a 2-0 victory at St Andrews here yesterday. The result lifted Everton off

the bottom of the table after an own-goal from Roger Johnson put them ahead before Australia midfielder Tim Cahill’s late header sealed victory. Birmingham had not lost at St Andrews since a defeat by Bolton on September 26 last year and they were nearly in front early on when Cameron Jerome’s half-volley went just wide of the post. Everton responded when Nigeria striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu’s close-range shot was blocked by England goalkeeper Ben Foster before the covering

Liam Ridgewell hacked the ball of the line. But the Toffees did take the lead early in the second-half when Johnson prodded Leon Osman’s cross into his own net. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish sent on strikers Nikola Zigic and Matt Derbyshire in a bid to get an equaliser against an Everton team managed by a fellow Scot in David Moyes. However, Everton held firm before Cahill completed a desperately needed victory for the Merseysiders with a firm header.—AFP

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Japan-China ties vital for global economies Handshake not enough to repair mutual trust: Tokyo

STOCKHOLM: Kuwait;s Minister of Commerce and Industry Ahmad Rashed Al-Haroun with his Swedish counterpart Eva Bjorling. —KUNA

KSE to launch new system next year, says Al-Haroun STOCKHOLM: The new computerized system for Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) will be launched next year and will work at full capacity by 2012, said Kuwait’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Ahmad Rashed Al-Haroun yesterday. Al-Haroun made his statement at the conclusion of his three-day visit to Sweden aimed at following up the progress of the new KSE system. “The time period to develop the system is three years, with one year down and two to go,” said the minister, who noted that Kuwait had sought Swedish expertise to focus on develop KSE’s system. The system would strengthen the KSE mechanized control in a distinctive way through comprehensive tools and state-of-theart techniques, said Al-

Haroun. He stressed that the new system would achieve total supervision over KSE operations. Regarding his meetings with officials here, AlHaroun said that he met with his Swedish counterpart Eva Bjorling who had visited Kuwait twice to discuss closer cooperation between her country and Kuwait. The new KD 18.3 million-system is expected to increase trade operations at KSE up to 50,000 daily. The KSE had contracted the Swedish NASDAQ OMX Company in order to develop the current trading system as part of a deal that includes providing strategic consultative services for the KSE management team in order to help it apply international standards and effectively contribute to developing the market per for mance in general. — KUNA

STOCKHOLM: Minister Al-Haroun with Kuwaiti and Swedish officials during a photo call in Stockholm. — KUNA

Goldman awards free shares to London staff LONDON: Goldman Sachs has given its top Londonbased employees millions of pounds worth of free shares after a decision to cap their pay, Britain’s Sky television reported yesterday. Sky financial editor Mark Kleinman, quoting unidentified people close to the investment bank, said the awards were made in August after they were discussed with Britain’s regulatory Financial Services Authority. No immediate comment was available from Goldman Sachs on the Sky report. Sky said Goldman’s employees in London had their salary and bonuses for 2009 capped at 1 million pounds ($1.58 million), meaning they would earn less than counterparts in other offices around the world. The capping, it said, was a reaction to then Labour government finance minister Alistair Darling’s

decision to impose a one-off tax of 50 percent on discretionary cash bonus awards of more than 25,000 pounds. “My understanding is that Goldman felt compelled to hand out the free shares in order to retain key staff, with several London-based partners of the bank having left earlier this year after seeing their compensation capped at 1 million pounds,” said Kleinman. Sky said there were conditions, including a bar on partners who received the shares being unable to sell them for five years, even if they left the company. Britain, now with a Conservative-led coalition in power, will implement a four-year levy on banks from 2011. It was forced to bail out several lenders with billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money while the public faces tough austerity measures to stabilize the country’s finances. — Reuters

TOKYO: Japan and China must repair strained ties for the sake of the global economy, but rebuilding trust will take more than a high-level hand-shake, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku said yesterday. Ties between the world’s two biggest economies sank to their lowest in years after Japan’s Coast Guard detained a Chinese trawler skipper whose boat collided last month with two Japanese patrol ships near disputed islands in the East China Sea. The uninhabited islands are claimed by both countries and near potentially huge oil and gas reserves. “The biggest-I won’t say only-but the biggest centre of growth in the world economy is Asia,” Sengoku told Reuters in an interview at the prime minister’s official residence, one day before Prime Minister Naoto Kan heads for an Asia-Europe summit. “To further develop Asian economic growth, what is needed more than anything is the enrichment, strengthening and development of strategic, mutually beneficial relations between Japan and China,” he added. Japan released the boat captain last week and has been urging calm, while China has said it does not want the ongoing dispute to worsen ties further. But relations remain strained. Sengoku, the de facto No 2 in Kan’s cabinet, said he could not predict whether Kan would meet Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao when the two attend the AsiaEurope summit in Brussels next week, but suggested restoring trust would be a complex process. “It is necessary not merely to shake hands at a high level but to link this to restoring trust at a practical level. I am not pessimistic, but neither am I optimistic.” Sino-Japanese ties are plagued by China’s memories of Japan’s past military aggression, rivalry over territory and resources, and Tokyo’s suspicions as Beijing spends big chunks of its growing wealth on modernizing its military and turning its navy into a blue power fleet that can project its power. At the same time, the two economies have grown ever more interdependent, with China-now overtaking Japan as the world’s second biggest economy-replacing the United States as Japan’s biggest trading partner last year. The dispute has raised concerns in Japan and elsewhere about the risks contingent on China’s growing economic clout, but Sengoku said the problem was not Japan’s alone. “The world economy has become one and is mutually interdependent. This is not just a risk for Japan,” he said, noting that China could also suffer economically if its relations with Japan, the United States and Europe deteriorated. “(The question is) to what extent does China share the common rules and values of international society,” he added. “What is fundamental is to urge (China) to act responsibly as a major power in international society.” China imposed a de facto ban on shipments of rare earth metals vital for products such as electronics and cars after the trawler captain was held. Exports have since resumed and a senior Chinese industry official told Japan’s trade minister yesterday that China would work to resolve the issue of stalled exports of the vital elements, Kyodo news agency reported. Four Japanese businessmen were also held on suspicion of violating a Chinese law regarding the protection of military facilities. Three were released and came home on Friday. Kan has come under heavy fire domestically for appearing to cave into China’s demands. Yesterday, nearly 1,000 conservative activists rallied in Tokyo to assert Japan’s claim to the islands and blast the government’s handling of the affair. — Reuters

SHADONG: A worker checks disposable plates at a factory in Laiwu city, in east China’s Shandong province. Japan and China must repair strained ties for the sake of the global economy, but rebuilding trust will take more than a high-level hand-shake, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku said yesterday. —AFP

Iraq buys 250,000ton wheat to cover 2011 BAGHDAD: Iraq has bought 250,000 tons of wheat from the United States, Australia and Ukraine, which is enough to cover its needs in 2011, Waleed al- Hilow, Iraq’s deputy trade minister, told Reuters yesterday. Iraq, once a regional breadbasket, is now one of the world’s biggest importers of rice and wheat, and its grain tenders are among the most competitive in the global market, with a wide range of exporters vying to win deals. The country issued a tender on Sept. 20 to buy 100,000 tons of wheat-

a figure usually signifying a required minimum. An Australian exporter with direct knowledge of the talks later said it was possible Iraq could scale up the tender to 500,000 tons, with both US and Australian suppliers winning additional tonnage. Hilow denied the possibility, however, saying 250,000 was enough to help cover domestic demand in 2011. He criticized the suggestion as a speculative attempt to inflate prices on the global market.

“We don’t have such plans, and we don’t need to buy this amount,” he said. “(The suggestion) was designed to raise international prices”. Hilow said Iraq bought 100,000 tons of wheat from the United States, 100,000 tons from Australia and a further 50,000 tons from Ukraine. Iraq is trying to revive its agricultural sector after years of war, economic sanctions and drought. Farming is plagued by high soil salinity, poor irrigation practices and a lack of proper seeds and fertilizer.

Most of its grain purchases are to supply a public food rationing program. With a population of around 30 million, Iraq consumes at least 1 million tons of rice annually and 4.5 million tons of wheat. It has said it currently has around 1 million tons in grain reser ves, enough to feed its people until early January 2011. On the domestic market, Hilow said that wheat purchases from Iraqi farmers exceeded 1.5 million tons for the 2009-2010 farming season. — Reuters

Foreign firms bidding for Saudi Shaybah NGL KHOBAR: Foreign engineering firms have started to bid for the construction of the process packages related to Saudi Aramco’s Shaybah natural gas liquids (NGL) project, industry sources said. Shaybah NGL is one of two new gas projects the state oil giant plans to develop as it needs to boost gas output to meet rising domestic demand. Aramco completed last year a massive crude expansion program which included increasing capacity at Shaybah oilfield to 750,000 barrels per day (bpd). The other gas plant, Wasit would be the kingdom’s largest. Shaybah NGL is designed to process 2.4 billion cubic feet per day (cfd) of

low-sulphur sweet gas and extract 264,000 bpd of NGL which will be shipped to Juaymah Gas Plant for further fractionation, Aramco said in the summer edition of its Dimensions International magazine. Aramco has set Dec. 4 as a deadline for companies to submit their proposals, industry sources said. Shaybah NGL project is estimated to cost $5 billion-$6 billion, two industry sources said. The project calls for the construction of a cogeneration facility, a gas treatment facility, an NGL recovery plant and facilities to handle gas. “Development of the related Shaybah NGL Plant is well under way, with con-

struction scheduled to start in summer 2011 and completion projected for fall 2014,” the magazine said. South Korea’s GS Engineering, SK Engineering, Samsung Engineering, France’s Technip, Canada’s SNC Lavalin and Italy’s Saipem are among companies bidding for the three process packages. Bids for the first package of work-a cogeneration plant are due on Nov 22. Tenders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are expected to be awarded in 2011, the magazine said. US engineering firm KBR Inc is conducting engineering and design work and provides project management services for the plant. — Reuters

Citizens bank on gold in Myanmar’s sick economy YANGON: Housewives huddle over jewelry counters in Yangon’s bustling Chinatown, but fashion is not foremost on their minds. This is banking in Myanmar’s dysfunctional economy. On nearby Shwe Bontha Street, the heart of the gold market since colonial times, Nyan Tun is more than just a trader: he is an unofficial banker in the military-ruled country. “Normally, the major buyers are farmers. They will buy gold with a little bit of extra money to sell before the next harvest,” he said. “Second are the housewives, who love to buy jewelry as savings.” The global economic crisis may have reignited suspicion of banks worldwide, but in isolated Myanmar such distrust has long run deep and savers have no desire to put their money into the backward banking sys-

tem. Not that people have much to spare: decades of economic mismanagement by the country’s rulers, plus international boycotts and sanctions, have generated a population struggling to get by and facing soaring consumer prices. Between 2005 and 2009 the annual inflation rate in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, averaged 20 percent, according to the Asian Development Bank. “If you want to catch up with inflation, you buy gold. If you save money in the bank you lose money,” said Nyan Tun. “People have much more trust in gold as a store of value,” added the trader, whose name AFP has changed at his request. In military-ruled Myanmar, saying anything seen as critical of the junta can have serious consequences. Nyan Tun said the value of a gold “tical”-

about half a troy ounce-had increased more than 30-fold in the local currency, the kyat, since his early days as a gold trader in the late 1980s. Sean Turnell, a specialist in Myanmar’s economy at Macquarie University in Sydney, said rampant increases in consumer prices were largely a result of the government’s habit of simply printing more money to fund its spending. An abundance of natural treasures-including gold, gas, teak, oil, jade and gems-could make the country a rich nation as it once was before coming under military rule in 1962. But Myanmar remains one of the world’s least developed countries, with nearly a third of the population living below the poverty line, according to World Bank figures, as the junta and its associates exploit these raw materials for their own benefit. —AFP

IMF says China policy to help yuan revalue YALTA, Ukraine: Policy moves by the Chinese government to free the yuan from a dollar peg will help the Chinese currency rise, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, said yesterday. “I am confident that the new policy of the Chinese authorities will lead to the revaluation of the yuan,” Strauss-Kahn said during a conference in the Black Sea resort town. Finance Ministers from the Group of Seven major industrialized nations will meet informally on the sidelines of an IMF meeting in Washinton on Oct 8, which will focus on potential currency depreciations by some countries who may seek to increase exports. China’s policy of keeping the yuan artificially weak has drawn criticism that Beijing is maintaining an artificial advantage in international trade at cost of jobs in consumer countries. Strauss Kahn warned against efforts by other countries to hide their own economic problems behind China’s currency policy. “This kind of policy is in their own interests. The revaluation of the renminbi should not be used (by other governments) as a curtain to hide problems in their own country. It is



Sunday, October 3, 2010

KSE ends quarter as confidence surges KUWAIT: With the conclusion of the third quarter, the market got boosted by a new huge deal tended to be almost confirmed before the end of the week. The offer to buy the 46 percent stake of Al-Kharafi Group in Zain at a premium of around 35 percent caused an increase in almost all the Group’s related listed equities. This added to the week’s higher performance. Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) ended the week up by 3.18 percent at 215.48 point, it’s highest closing since October 22, 2009, as measured by Global’s weighted General Index. The month of September was cheerful after achieving an increase of 6.88 percent, the highest monthly gain since last February. With this gain the market managed to concluded its third month on higher note. On a year-to-date basis, the market gains reached 15.71 percent. On the other hand, Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) price index was up by 144.90 points (2.12 percent) and closed the week at 6,985 points. Total market capitalization escalated to KD34.70bn. Market breadth skewed towards advancers with 82 stocks advancing against 51 declining out of 163 shares traded this week. Trading activity was higher with trading seen more on the blue-chip equities. Volume traded slightly rose by 3.05 percent reaching 1.47bn shares changing hands at a total traded value of KD329.02mn (41.97 percent increase compared to the week before). The trading volume was high on the Investment Sector, which accounted for 26.25 percent (387.14mn shares) of the total market traded volume. The Services sector came second accounting for 23.26 percent of the weekly volume traded. On the value side, the Banking Sector saw the most value traded with KD107.40mn exchanged, accounting for 32.64 percent of the total market traded value. The Services sector came second on this list as well with KD89.96mn traded, accounting for 27.34 percent of the total market value traded. The real estate sector was the only loser this week, shedding 0.49 percent of its value, as measured by Global Real Estate Sector Index. The drop came after losers overweight gainers in the sector. The same sector saw its Investors Holding Group Company coming on top of the volume traded list for the week with 123.20mn shares changing hands. On the other hand, all other sectors managed to achieve higher closing for the week. Global Food Sector Index was the biggest gainer, adding 8.44 percent with only one advancer in the sector. Kuwait Foodstuff Company (Americana) added 12 percent to its share price. The other generated gains affecting the market was the 4.48 percent and 3.81 percent increase in the Industrial and the Services sectors, respectively. Zain was a main mover of the services sector and the market as well, being the largest listed company in market capitalization. The script was the highest value traded this week with KD54.94mn exchanged and added 4.62 percent to its price by the end of the last trading session. The Investment sector was also up by 2.70 percent. Al-Mal Investment Company led the gainers list with 34.21 percent increase in its share price, while on the other side, National International Company (Holding) topped the losers list, shedding 15.15 percent of its share value. Global’s special indices closed on positive note except for Global Small Cap (Low 10) Index which ended the week down by 0.81 percent. Global High Yield Index was up by 3.86 percent, Global Large Cap (Top 10) index added 3.42 per-


cent to its value and Global Islamic Sharia Index was up by 1.38 percent. Macroeconomic news Kuwait inflation rose to a 13-month high of 4.0 percent year-on-year in July, driven by rises in food and global commodities prices. Inflation in the world’s fourth largest oil exporter is expected to decelerate again towards the end of the year as economies in the Gulf Arab region start to recover from the global financial downturn. On the month, consumer prices in the OPEC member picked up 0.6 percent following a 0.5 percent rise the previous month, figures from the Central Statistical Office showed. Food prices, which account for 18 percent of the basket, jumped by 3.1 percent in July, following a 0.1 percent rise in the previous month. Housing prices, which have the largest weight of 27 percent in the overall basket, dropped 0.1 percent month on month after rising by 1.3 percent in June. Transport price growth, the third biggest component, remained flat at 0.4 percent month-onmonth. Central Bank Governor Sheikh Salem Abdul-Aziz Al-Sabah said that inflation pressures in the Gulf Arab oil producing region had decreased significantly. Governor Sheikh Salem Abdul-Aziz AlSabah said that inflation is a main concern for Kuwait’s central bank, while the Gulf oil exporter’s economy is expected to grow strongly this year. After a meeting of the Gulf Arab central bank governors in Kuwait this week Sheikh Salem said that inflation is a main concern at the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) and that despite the decline compared to 2008 and the end of 2009, there is a kind of a noticed trend, mainly due to the increase in the prices of food worldwide. He believed that inflation will rise a little bit toward the end of this year, to about a level of 4-4.5 percent. On

the economy side said that according to the existing information, Kuwait’s GDP for the year 2010 will be positive and growth will be from 4 to 5 percent. Consumer confidence appears to still be stable in Kuwait, following the drop in consumer confidence felt at the end of last year, according to the latest Consumer Confidence Index (CCI). The CCI, a quarterly survey conducted by the Middle East’s number one job site in conjunction with research specialists YouGov Siraj, found Kuwait increased by a n impressive 6.3 points since last June. The CCI is a measure of consumer expectations and satisfaction of various elements of the economy including inflation, job opportunities and the cost of living. Oil-related news Equate Petrochemical Company, a joint venture between Kuwait-owned Petrochemical Industries Company and US Dow Chemical Company, said this week that it has signed a deal with US-based Aquatech International to build a water recycling plant, part of a company environmental project valued at over $11mn. Equate said in a statement the plant will reduce the company’s water consumption and cut on carbon emission associated with purifying water. It did not disclose the value of the contract. The price of Kuwaiti crude oil dipped $1.31 per barrel to settle at $72.64 on Tuesday, September 28, compared with a week earlier on Tuesday’s, September 21, the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said. The drop in Kuwaiti oil prices comes in spite of the depreciation of the US dollar versus other key currencies due to expectations of data on the US economy and rising US oil reserves. However, Kuwait’s current oil prices are still the highest within the OPEC target of $70-$80 per barrel.

OPEC will not change its output quota at its next meeting on October 14 in Vienna, Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmad AlAbdullah Al-Sabah said on arriving there for trip expected to last several days. “No increase, no change, we will keep the quota as it is,” he said when asked what the likely outcome of the meeting will be. Kuwait is willing to consider raising long-term crude supplies to India, but wants to use its own vessels for such supplies, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah said.”India should look into using our ships in taking oil from Kuwait,” Sheikh Ahmad said, adding that Kuwait would look into India’s request for enhanced long-term supplies.” Whenever we have negotiations, it is give and take,” he said in response to a question on whether Kuwait would boost supplies only if India used Kuwaiti vessels. Other local news The Central Tender Committee (CTC) will decide the fate of six pending projects to be executed on behalf of the Ministry of Water and Electricity (MEW), officials said. They said that one of the projects concerns maintenance of eight main transformers located at Al-Funaitees and Abu Fataira, in addition to the project to reduce pollution that is caused by fuel burning at power stations. The committee spelt out its views on tenders through its representative, to the ministry. However, a final decision was postponed until the next meeting is held. A Saudi-Kuwaiti joined venture (JV) has extended to October 11 the bidding for the construction of gas and natural gas liquids (NGL) distribution facilities at Khafji oilfield, the company said. Al-Khafji Joint Operations Company (KJO) said that the deadline was extended to October 11 from September 27.

Kuwait Stock Exchange Emirates Telecommunications Corp’s (Etisalat) made a “preliminary conditional offer to buy a 46 percent stake of the free float share in Zain. Etisalat wants to acquire 46 percent of the free float, which would amount to a majority, given Zain holds 10 percent of its stock in treasury. The total cost might be roughly KD25.6bn ($11.8bn) at the mooted price of KD1.700 per share, a reasonable premium of 35 percent to Zain’s last closing price on September 29. Nasser Al-Kharafi, head of the Kharafi Group said in remarks to local media that Etisalat offer to buy the Kharafi Group’s stake in Zain is suitable and good for both parties. Global Investment House has been ranked among the leading international investment banks providing financial advisory services for mergers & acquisitions (M&A) in two separate reports issued by Thomson Reuters and Merger Market, based on the M&A deals the world has witnessed during the first six months of 2010. Global was ranked 4th on the Thomson Reuters list of companies that played the role of financial advisors in M&A deals completed in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region during the first half of 2010. It also earned the 17th position among the international investment banks that were advisors for M&A deals completed in the Europe, Asia and the Middle East region (EMEA), and the 15th position for deals completed in emerging markets. The report published by Merger Market listed Global in the 6th position for the deals announced during the first half of 2010. Furthermore, Bharti Airtel’s acquisition of Zain’s assets in Africa, excluding Morocco and Sudan, for $10.7bn, in which Global was the regional financial advisor for Bharti, was ranked as the largest M&A deal in the MENA

region and the 8th worldwide during the period. Kuwait Financing & Investment Company (KFIC) asked to drop its name from the listed companies in the Dubai Financial Market (DFM). The decision of cancellation will be executed next Tuesday, October 5, 2010 upon which the shares of the company will be transferred from DFM to Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE). Shareholders of Kuwait’s International Investment Group (IIG) voted on Wednesday, September 29th to cut the troubled company’s capital by more than half to cover its losses. The Islamic investment house said that capital would be cut by 55.8 percent to KD20.2mn. Accumulated losses as of the end of 2009 were KD40.7mn, it said. IIG is one of the Kuwaiti investment houses badly hit during the financial crisis. In July, it was unable to make a $152.5mn Islamic bond payment. The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) rejected the request submitted by Noor Financial Investment Company to extend the period for repurchasing 10 percent maximum of its issued shares. The company has the right to sell outstanding shares for six months ending March 28, 2011. The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) has turned down the request submitted by Gulf Investment House (GIH) to repurchase 10 percent maximum of its issued shares. The Kuwait-listed company can only sell outstanding shares for six months ending on March 17, 2011. HAYAT Communications Company has signed two contracts worth $5.60mn with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to provide certain services for Kuwait Telecom Company (VIVA) as follows: Under the first $1.76mn worth of contract, Hayat would supply and install power generators over four months. While under the second $3.84mn worth of contract, the company would expand infrastructure works over nine months. The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) has approved the request submitted by Gulf Bank to repurchase or sell 10 percent maximum of its issued shares for further 6 months, as of the current approval expiry on October 14, 2010. The bank should abide by Highlights of the week A meeting held by a committee of central banks’ governors has approved recommendations to guarantee financial stability of a unified currency and the compatibility of this system for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The committee has unanimously agreed on several major facts including that the unified monitoring and supervision controls ought not to be mandatory to financial institutions which are currently or later to be supervised by financial centers. Also these financial centers should not have any representatives within the supervising committees across all GCC countries. After discussing a draft of monitoring and supervisory legislations that should be unified, the committee apprehended differences between member countries regarding the issue of dealing with financial centers and the central supervisory authority. The CBK’s buyback rules and regulations, in addition to the provisions of Article No. 115 bis of Corporate Law. Warba Insurance Company has purchased 5.895% or 16,50mn shares of AlGhazal Logistics at 190fils each, totaling KD3.14mn to settle some debts to Bukhamseen Holding. Accordingly, the deal it will boost Warba’s assets and reduce liabilities.

EXCHANGE RATES Commercial Bank of Kuwait US Dollar/KD GB Pound/KD Euro Swiss francs Canadian Dollar Australian DLR Indian rupees Sri Lanka Rupee UAE dirhams Bahraini dinars Jordanian dinar Saudi riyals Omani riyals Philippine peso Egyptian pounds US Dollar/KD GB Pound/KD Euro Swiss francs Canadian dollars Danish Kroner Swedish Kroner Australian dlr Hong Kong dlr Singapore dlr Japanese yen Indian Rs/KD Sri Lanka rupee Pakistan rupee Bangladesh taka UAE dirhams Bahraini dinars Jordanian dinar Saudi Riyal/KD Omani riyals Philippine Peso US Dollar Sterling pounds Swiss Francs Saudi Riyals

.2795000 .4470000 .3830000 .2830000 .2880000 .2720000 .0045000 .0020000 .0770560 .7507370 .4020000 .0750000 .7359650 .0045000 .0500000 CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES .2838500 .4507980 .3866960 .2909530 .2755050 .0518950 .0422300 .2749260 .0365730 .2157710 .0034050 .0064140 .0025460 .0033100 .0040990 .0773210 .7533140 .4015400 .0757430 .7380400 .0064950 TRANSFER CHEQUES RATES .2859500 .4539830 .2930150 .0762270

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. Japanese Yen Indian Rupees


.2895000 .4570000 .3910000 .2960000 .2820000 .2780000 .0075000 .0035000 .0778310 .7582820 .4180000 .0790000 .7433620 .0072000 .0580000 .2859500 .4539830 .3894290 .2930150 .2774570 .0522630 .0425290 .2768690 .0368320 .2173000 .0034290 .0064600 .0025640 .0033330 .0041280 .0778150 .7581210 .4042950 .0762270 .7427500 .0065410

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

3.303 2.542 3.976 216.920 36.765 4.088 6.484 9.375 0.296 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES Saudi Riyal 76.078 Qatari Riyal 78.389 Omani Riyal 741.210 Bahraini Dinar 757.750 UAE Dirham 77.691 ARAB COUNTRIES Egyptian Pound - Cash 52.900 Egyptian Pound - Transfer 50.032 Yemen Riyal 1.338 Tunisian Dinar 201.540 Jordanian Dinar 402.880 Lebanese Lira 191.400 Syrian Lier 6.199 Morocco Dirham 35.121 EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 285.180 Euro 389.270 Sterling Pound 453.150 Canadian dollar 276.870 Turkish lire 194.970 Swiss Franc 292.940 Australian dollar 276.200 US Dollar Buying 285.645 GOLD 20 Gram 254.000 10 Gram 128.000 5 Gram 66.000

Euro Cash Hongkong dollar Indian rupees Indonesia Iranian tuman Iraqi dinar Japanese yen Jordanian dinar Lebanese pound Malaysian ringgit Morocco dirham Nepalese Rupees New Zealand dollar Nigeria Norwegian krone Omani Riyal Pakistani rupees Philippine peso Qatari riyal Saudi riyal Singapore dollar South Africa Sri Lankan rupees Sterling pound Swedish krona Swiss franc Syrian pound Thai bhat Tunisian dollar UAE dirham U.S. dollars Yemeni Riyal 10 Tola Sterling Pound US Dollar

SELL CASH 280.900 758.170 4.290 283.000 559.900 14.100 52.600 167.800 52.400

216.820 43.440 2.715 455.700 43.300 295.900 6.300 9.650 198.263 77.790 285.500 1.370

395.500 37.270 6.405 0.033

402.980 0.192 94.760 4.000 214.000 740.380 3.320 6.520 78.420 76.120 76.120 216.820 43.440 2.545 453.700 294.400 6.300 9.480 77.690 285.100

GOLD 1,400.360 TRAVELLER’S CHEQUE 453.700 285.100

Dollarco Exchange Co. Ltd

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

392.000 37.420 6.540 0.033 0.282 0.249 3.520 404.850 0.193 94.760 47.000 4.460 215.500 1.943 49.700 740.560 3.480 6.700 78.850

SELL DRAFT 279.400 758.170 4.090 281.500

216.800 50.073

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

Selling Rate 287.500 280.729 449.241 375.734 286.606 704.798 761.106 78.268 78.962 76.649 405.769 50.446 6.214 3.359

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

2.552 4.152 6.476 3.368 9.278 6.273 3.881

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

Rate per 1000 (Tran) 285.000 3.330 6.355 2.555 4.090 6.535 77.685 76.195 757.600 50.065 457.300 0.00003280 3.950 1.550 404.800 5.750 393.000 282.800

Al Mulla Exchange Currency Transfer Rate (Per 1000) US Dollar 284.600 Euro 389.500 Pound Sterling 453.000 Canadian Dollar 281.500 Japanese Yen 3.435 Indian Rupee 6.387 Egyptian Pound 50.030 Sri Lankan Rupee 2.541 Bangladesh Taka 4.060 Philippines Peso 6.485 Pakistan Rupee 3.310 Bahraini Dinar 756.200 UAE Dirham 77.600 Saudi Riyal 76.020 *Rates are subject to change


Sunday, October 3, 2010


Lexus dares the world with new IS-F KUWAIT: Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, an ardent racing fan who has piloted a Lexus LFA in the 24-hour of Nurburgring, says he wants to add more “fun” to his cars. And where better to start than with one of the company’s highest performing sporty vehicles the Lexus IS series? This is the high-performance sedan for those who want to be distinguished. It’s decidedly different from the longtime category leader competition, though, it’s got one monstrous V-8 engine stuffed under its hood, and it’s mated to a state-of-the-art eight-speed automatic gearbox. The IS-F feels a lot more intimate, and a bit more frenetic than its competitors, IS-F falls more on the sport/performance side of things accompanied with the Lexus progressive luxury. If you never thought Lexus could make a truly hard-edged sport sedan, you ought to drive this car; it likely will surprise you. With its throaty exhaust note, the IS F is a beast, packing a 416 horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an 8-speed gearbox. Lexus F-division The Lexus F marque represents the highperformance division of cars produced by Lexus. The F marque refers to Flagship. Lexus F marque lineup, the Lexus IS F and Lexus LFA super car. All Lexus F performance vehicles are denoted by namesake badging on the front fenders... Lexus F models have been developed by the Lexus Vehicle Performance Development Division, which has also been involved with the brand’s racing activities. The “F” designation was originally used at Lexus’ launch in 1989, as an internal code for the development of its first flagship vehicle. Chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi Chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi tells us that he was happy with the car’s exterior styling and that he placed far more importance on “taking the IS F to the next level in handling and ride quality”. The powertrain and the car’s 3800-lb curb weight remain the same; the suspension settings have been totally recalibrated. The combination of spring rate revisions and dampers, fitted with new high performance valves in addition to reinforced suspension member connectors and bushes, permit more front-end suspension stroke yet firm up the rear end. This generates greater traction and stability at high speeds. An unexpected byproduct of

Speech by Mubarak Naser Al-Sayer

Lexus enters the era of sporty formula cars

CEO - Automotive, MNSS

Lexus: Another milestone am so delighted to share with you today this event marking a further milestone in Lexus ultimate luxury topped by the launch of a strategic model, Lexus Formula F. Lexus dedicated team of top engineers for this mission and shortly we will realize the achievements in all new Lexus ISF. As we recall the early stages of Lexus brand, this brand first targeted the US market exclusively as the largest world car market. However, with GCC and other world markets determination and insistence, Toyota agreed to expand the brand to these markets subject to dealer proper organization and resources for the brand including special sales force and showrooms befitting the brand and its customers. Yes, Lexus line up has deservedly become the legendary leader in the world of luxury cars for its legendary quality, performance and reliability: LS460 for ultimate luxury, SC430 , icon of personal luxury and distinction, GS 300/460 , sports luxury, ES350 , new icon of modern times luxury, IS300 for dynamic performance, ISC300 for freedom lovers, LX570 , top 4WD, and RX350 for dynamic youth. This unique line up rightfully took Lexus to the top of the competition luxury brands by far. A most recent model launched early this year is hybrid LS600hl, setting the trend for the future of the luxury car market, along with all new luxury icon GX460 dominating the medium size luxury car segment. With only 10 - model line up, Lexus deservedly became a leading luxury brand with its advanced technology where others could do nothing but desperately clone. So Lexus is confidently and comfortably continuing to pursue three key strategies for improvement and advancement:


Mubarak Naser Al-Sayer and other Lexus officials during the launch of all-new Lexus IS-F in Kuwait. — Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat this car’s more compliant ride, which Yaguchi says “was a bonus but something we aimed for”, adjustments to the steering power-assist mechanism made for more precise and accurate turnin as well as greater feedback through the wheel”. 2011 Lexus IS-F performance: The results are that the 2011 IS F can now be pushed even harder into corners; it stays more composed under heavy braking, at turn-in, and while experiencing changes of road camber and elevation. The IS F also exhibits more rear wheel grip and stability. In fact, the rear end is now so tied down that a slight enhancement of front-end downforce might generate even greater all-round traction and stability. The new model laps the 2.8-mile Speedway in 2 minutes, 3.4 seconds-nearly two seconds faster than its predecessor, thanks to Yaguchi’s subtle, yet substantial, modifications. To elevate the driving experience even further, Yaguchi completely rethought the instrumentation layout. As a result, the IS F now features a large, centrally located tachometer which spins to a 6800-rpm redline, along with a newly added gear selector and speed gauge.

The smaller analog speedometer, which Yaguchi says is “...a novelty, just there to show potential buyers that the car is capable of 300 km/h (186 mp/h).” After all, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, an ardent racing fan who has piloted a Lexus LFA in the 24-hours of Nurburgring, says he wants to add more “fun” to his cars. And where better to start than with one of the company’s highest performing vehicles? IS Family D-4S engine: The IS 250 is equipped with a 2.5-liter V6 engine and comes standard with a -six-speed automatic transmission. It is all new engine technology called D-4S, features with 4 valve per cylinder, forged steel connecting rods, onepiece cast camshafts, and a cast aluminum lower intake manifold. In short it has a combination of direct injection and multi-port fuel injection. The IS lineup encompasses a range of fast, fun, rear-wheel drive sports cars. They offer Lexus-quality workmanship, contemporary design, and a surprisingly diverse array of prices, performance options and luxury appointments, the series of IS consists of the IS 300, IS300C, and totally new sporty IS-F and IS 250.

LEXUS IS-F specifications • • • • •

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5000 cc - 417hp - VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing - Intelligent by Electric motor). Automatic transmission - 6 Speed (Sport paddle shift). 8 Airbags for driver and passenger. Sporty alloy wheels 19 inch. ABS brake system with EBD + (TRC) Traction control + (VSC) Vehicle stability control, (VDIM) Vehicle Dynamic Management. HID + AFS Light System. Front and rear sensors. Sound system: 14SP (Mark Levinson) with 6 DVD + USB + Bluetooth. Navigation system and Rear Camera. Power windows one touch with jam protection. Smart key system and start / stop button. Leather seats - Two power seats 3 Memory and Heater system. Rear Spoiler. Sun roof. Radar cruise control. Pre-Crash System.

Lexus Centre

First Strategy: Investment in hybrid engines which have been originally designed as environment friendly engines only. However, Lexus driven by genuine and genius innovative efforts and ambitions managed to turn this into a smart combination serving both environment and superb performance, reversing the equation with electrical motor prompting the mechanical operation of the vehicle, not the other way around as with the German “ Mild Hybrid”, generating highest fuel efficiency. This earned Lexus highest ratings for innovation and development among world car makers as demonstrated by various patents and innovative tech. Lexus engines will be soon copied by other luxury car makers. In line with this, Lexus is due to introduce new hybrid Luxury hatchback targeting the youth and other vari-

ous groups. Second Strategy: Continue its pursuit of advanced technology offering engines featuring most advanced high tech with best fuel efficiency based on two types of engines: A. First: Smart dual VVTI-e based electrical motor with electrical control of valves for minimum fuel consumption. B. Second: All new D-4S 4 stroke direct valve fuel injection for best ever performance. Third Strategy: A great blend of Lexus superb quality and high tech engineering in its Formula line up inspired by the best in sport cars like its masterpiece of architect LFA, the best ever in its class officially launched just recently in Kuwait. It’s a two-seat car due to roll off the assembly line by late 2010 to be the best Lexus premium formula. It’s worth mentioning that Lexus will make only as little as 500 units of this model for the whole world markets, for a price starting from KD 145,000 depending on options. Kuwait is to get 5 cars only out of the 500 units to be made for the whole world. Today we unveil premium formula Lexus ISF as a junior LFA edition with top of the notch specs in its class as an extraordinary car for those with exquisite quality and performance expectations, with its 5L, V8, 417 hp engine, and sporty 8-speed transmission just like Formula 1 models. All new Lexus IS250 marks a further addition to IS models as a one more icon of innovative technology and superior performance, with its 2.5L, dual VVTI, V6, 205hp, 6-speed engine, along with other Lexus IS line up: IS300, convertible IS300C and ISF catering for various needs and segments, making Lexus IS truly an icon of luxury sporty superior performance. We are so proud to represent the best luxury brand around the world. Very soon, before the close of 2010, we are opening the largest Lexus center in Shuwaikh on a total of 3000 sq. meters offering 7-star service as an unprecedented milestone in the luxury car industry in Kuwait, all in line with Al Sayer commitment to ultimate luxury as best demonstrated by this unique masterpiece of architect to be shown in the following video footages. On behalf of our chairman and board members we promise that we will spare no effort to best serve each and every Lexus customer to make Lexus ownerships a truly unique experience far exceeding their expectation. Thanks for your kind attention and listening.

ALCATEL mobile phones launch full range of products in Kuwait

Salman Al-Harbi

Richard Cao

Mobile phones for every occasion from one of the world’s leading mobile phone brands now available for the first time in Kuwaiti market

KUWAIT: Salman Al-Harbi, Dr Wang Jiyang and Richard Cao during the unveiling of Alcatel mobile phones.

KUWAIT: TCL Communication announced the launch of a full range of ALCATEL brand handsets in Kuwait and will be available at Nanofone Mobile’s outlets throughout Kuwait. ALCATEL mobiles phones provide a wide collection of stylish and innovatively designed products giving customers an enjoyable experience and with a competitive value. The range of handsets will include: ALCATEL’s range topping OT980 Smartphone, which features the Android 2.1 Eclair Operating System; the OT-806 offering all mobile internet applications with the comfort of a full QWERTY keyboard; the OT-710, a next generation touch screen mobile phone; the OT-802 featuring a large 2.4” screen and full QWERTY keyboard; the OT-606 for a QWERTY experience; and the OT-255, a light weight full value mobile phone. Dr. Wang Jiyang, Senior Vice President and Product Line General Manager of TCL Communication said: “Kuwait is an exciting and fast growing market, and one which ALCATEL is very keen to develop with its unique range of mobile phones. Today’s launch underlines our long-term global commitment to offering consumers high tech mobile phones which combine stylish design and easy to use functions with the very

Dr. Wang Jiyang during the launch latest in mobile phone communication technology.” Salman Al-Harbi, CEO of Nanofone Mobiles said: “We are delighted to launch ALCATEL’s latest products in the Kuwaiti market through our outlets, as we believe they will appeal to a very wide customer base. By offering this large range of mobile handsets, ALCATEL is able to help all types of consumers take advantage of the growing scope of mobile communication services now coming to market.” Richard Cao, Director of Key Account Support, responsible for Sales and Marketing support for Middle East and Africa region of TCL Communication said: “The

Middle East, particularly the GCC, is widely known for its high dependency on mobile phone usage and increasing numbers of smartphones, and by launching this wide range of products, TCL Communications is offering Kuwaiti consumers a variety that will satisfy them.” TCL Communication has introduced a full range of ALCATEL brand handsets into the Kuwait market. ALCATEL’s range topping OT980 Smartphone, which features the Android 2.1 Eclair Operating System, is the bold new choice among Android 3G/3G+ smartphones. The ALCATEL OT-980 is set to bring the hugely popular

Android 2.1 Eclair operating system to a wider range of consumers along with its full QWERTY keypad combining advanced technologies with a sleek design. The strengths of the sleekly designed ALCATEL OT980 are also demonstrated by its many features, including full compatibility with 2G/3G/Wi-Fi mobile networks The award winning OT-806 mobile phone received the IF Award 2010 for its stylish and dynamic design that features dual function technology to enable the user to use either the handset’s touch screen functionality or the full QWERTY keypad giving customers a unique experience. The phone’s features include compatibility with 2G/Wi-Fi networks as well as Dual SIM capability. ALCATEL’s OT-710 features a fashionable 2.8” intuitive touch screen for scrolling through the menus. Its 320 x 240 pixels screen makes navigation fast and easy to use. This model also features the “One Touch PLAY” function and integrates a powerful audio player. The sophisticated OT-802 features a large 2.4” screen and full QWERTY keyboard. The OT-802 offers central access to mailboxes, instant messaging and social networks. The OT-802 also stands out thanks to its Optical Navigation

Key, a central button that makes navigation smooth, fast and easy. The OT-606 is a practical and soft to the touch, it features both a traditional key pad and a full sliding QWERTY keyboard. With its sporty style and vibrant colors, the

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

KSE equities advance, Zain news supports KUWAIT: Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) ended the week in the green zone. The market price index ended last week with an increase amounted to 2.12%, while the weighted index raised by 3.03% compared to the closings of the week before. In addition, last week’s average daily turnover increased by 41.97%, compared to the preceding week, reaching KD 65.80 million, whereas trading volume average was 294.95 million shares, recording raise of 3.05%. Moreover, KSE started the week while it was under selling pressure, as the traders were affected with the absence of resolution for of the development plan mechanism, as a result, profit taking along with speculations dominated the market. Nevertheless, KSE managed to recover despite of that, thanks to selective buying deals appeared in the market starting from Tuesday. Yet, KSE received support from other factor, whereas news about possible sale for mobile telecommunications company “Zain” stocks enhanced the market, as both of the market indices

BAYAN INVESTMENT WEEKLY REPORT managed to recover from their losses on weekly bases and turn to record gains. By the end of the week, the price index managed to become very close to 2009 closing level, minimizing its annual loss to 0.29%, while the weighted index raised its annual gains to 20.81%. By the end of the week, the price index closed at 6,985.0 points, up by 2.12% from the week before closing, whereas the weighted index registered a 3.03% weekly gain after closing at 466.01 points. Sectors’ Indices All of KSE’s sectors ended last week in the green zone except for one sector. Last week’s highest gainer was the Non Kuwaiti companies sector,

achieving 4.15% growth rate as its index closed at 7,263.3 points. Whereas, in the second place, the Investment sector’s index closed at 5,081.2 points recording 2.45% increase. The Insurance sector came in third as its index achieved 2.43% growth, ending the week at 2,705.4 points. The Banks sector was the least growing as its index closed at 10,721.6 points with a 1.43% increase. On the other hand, the Real Estate sector was last week’s only loser as its index declined by 0.07% to end the week’s activity at 2,298.1 points. Sectors’ Activity The Investment sector dominated total trade volume during last week with 387.14 million shares

changing hands, representing 26.25% of the total market trading volume. The Services sector was second in terms trading volume as the sector’s traded shares were 23.26% of last week’s total trading volume, with a total of 343.03 million shares. On the other hand, the Banks sector’s stocks where the highest traded in terms of value; with a turnover of KD 107.40 million or 32.64% of last week’s total market trading value. The Services sector took the second place as the sector’s last week turnover of KD 89.96 million represented 27.34% of the total market trading value. Market Capitalization KSE total market capitalization grew by 3.11%

during last week to reach KD33.35 billion, as all of KSE’s sectors recorded an increase in their respective market capitalization except for one sector. The Food sector headed the growing sectors as its total market capitalization reached KD 808.87 million, increasing by 8.43%. The Industry sector was the second in terms of recorded growth with 4.54% increase after the total value of its listed companies reached KD 3.02 billion. The third place was for the Services sector, which total market capitalization reached KD 9.19 billion by the end of the week, recording an increase of 3.75%. The Banks sector was the least growing with 2.54% recorded growth after its market capitalization amounted to KD 13.17 billion. On the other hand, the Real Estate sector was last week’s only decliner as its total market capitalization decreased by 0.50% to reach, by the end of the week, KD 1.71 billion. For further details, please visit our web site:


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Global banking reforms make slow progress KUWAIT: It has been three years since the start of the global financial crisis. With the urgency of the crisis largely behind us, we are left with the economic aftermath: recovering from recession and dealing with larger government deficits in most advanced economies. We are also left grappling with the implementation of a financial reform program that hopes to avoid future crises, or at the very least reduce their impact on the economy and employment. Today, reforms of the global financial system and bank regulation are in full swing. Improvements to the Basel capital adequacy standards should be adopted soon. A global macroprudential coordination body is in place and expected to propose a working framework by the end of the year. Legislation in the US and the EU is reshaping the way their financial systems are regulated and supervised. Banks globally have beefed up their risk management and governance systems. The global crisis The crisis, which emerged out of the US subprime mortgage crisis in 2007, reached its height in September 2008. The bankruptcy of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers and the near collapse of the insurance company AIG marked the most urgent time in a crisis that would affect banks and financial markets globally. Financial institutions across the world found themselves holding “toxic” hard-to-value assets. Short-term funding internationally was hit and a number of institutions faced financial distress. A global economic recession followed as banks and investors became more cautious and asset prices including house values tanked, sharply crimping household wealth and finances. This further undermined the operating environment of financial institutions as corporate and household finances deteriorated. It also led to deterioration in sovereign finances and a decline in the quality of public debt. In 2010, a sovereign debt crisis emerged in Greece while debt levels of other European countries were also put in question. European banks were particularly exposed to Greece and other highly indebted European sovereigns, shaking banking sectors

Crisis uncovered many regulatory shortcomings and gaps cial markets. Regulators and other relevant authorities should strengthen cooperation on crisis prevention, management, and resolution.

once more and threatening further fallout. Lessons of the crisis The global financial crisis brought to the attention of policy makers a host of gaps and shortcomings in the existing financial regulatory regime. The most important of these was weak and inconsistent regulation of systemic risk, also known as macroprudential regulation. Systemic risk takes account of the fact that aggregate financial risk is dependent on the behavior of individual firms or banks in the system. Its regulation aims to monitor sources of systemic risk and to alleviate the excessive buildup of such risk in the system. Another shortcoming was that moral hazard resulting from the belief that some institutions were “too big to fail” was significant and was not adequately treated by regulators. Banks can be “too big to fail” when their failure is judged to threaten the stability of the financial system and the economy in general. When this happens, financial institutions receive an implicit assurance of support from the government in the event of their failure which tends to distort their appetite for risk. A third gap in the financial system was that the scope of bank regulation was too narrow and failed to capture unregulated firms and markets. This gave rise to a “shadow banking” sector. Financial and banking activities migrated to the unregulated sector where costs are lower. However, without regulation, these activities contributed to instability. Another area of concern was weak cross-border bank regulation. Large international banks, whose activities crosses borders, were not sufficiently regulated and supervised by their home-country regulator. Adding to this was the various regulatory standards and accounting rules that applied in different countries, making it difficult to properly ascertain the risk exposure of global banks. Policy response Governments and central banks initially responded by providing

5. Reforming interna tiona l fina ncia l institutions The Bretton Woods institutions should be reformed to more adequately reflect shifting economic power in the world towards emerging economies and to increase their legitimacy and effectiveness. The existing Financial Stability Forum (FSF; since replaced by the Financial Stability Board or FSB) must broaden its membership. The IMF, the FSF and others, should improve monitoring in order to better identify vulnerabilities and emerging threats to financial systems.

emergency liquidity to banks and financial institutions. This was particularly important when the market for mortgage-backed securities seized up in August 2007. However, as the crisis developed and the extent of the problem became apparent, authorities were forced to take even more drastic measures, including the outright acquisition of financial institutions, providing funding against more risky assets and shares, and purchasing mortgage-backed securities (MBSs) now deemed “toxic”. The need for more fundamental reform also became apparent. The financial crisis revealed serious problems with the existing regulation of banks and financial institutions, the most serious one being a near complete absence of a macroprudential regulatory framework. Central banks and regulators were not able to properly identify increasing risks to the financial system, much less deal with them on a global or even a national level. The immediate policy response was seen as necessary to prevent economic and financial collapse on a global scale. Longer term, however,

French unions launch new pension plan protests PARIS: France’s labor unions were trying to turn up the pressure on President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservatives with nationwide street protests yesterday against a plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 — their third day of demonstrations in a month. Unions attempted a new tactic, holding the protest on a yesterday instead of a weekday, in hopes of drawing families, students and private-sector workers who tend not to show up during the workweek. Nearly 300 demonstrations were planned throughout France yesterday, the CGT union said. Two protests in September each drew at least a million people around the country, according to the government, though unions gave much higher figures, up to 3 million. France — one of many indebted European countries trying to scale back spending — says its money-losing pension system will collapse without reform. It casts the plan as the only responsible course of action and insists that people need to work longer because they are living longer. French unions, however, see the right to retire at

60 as a firmly entrenched right, and they deny the government’s claim that support for their movement is waning. “Popular support is bigger and bigger, which shows that the government must seize its last chance to offer a real, just reform at last,” the head of the CFDT union, Francois Chereque, told i-tele television. Tens of thousands of protesters in Paris marched in a sea of union flags toward the site of the former Bastille prison, one of the world’s most famous revolutionary sites. Parade floats with huge union balloons lined the streets. The two other protests in September were accompanied by broad strikes that hobbled train and commuter traffic, unlike yesterday, when there were few disruptions to public services. Dockers have been blocking the port in the southern city of Marseille, however, and 39 ships carrying oil, chemicals and other products were out to sea, awaiting entry. France is among many European governments looking to cut costs and chip away at some cherished but costly benefits that underpin the good life on the continent. A 110 billion euro ($140 billion)

bailout for Greece has added to the sense of urgency this year. Conservative French lawmakers have already pushed the pension reform through its first legislative hurdle: The National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, has adopted the bill. The Senate takes the measure up Tuesday, and protesters are planning to gather there too as debate gets under way. The reform’s aim is make the moneydraining pension system break even by 2018. Though the minimum retirement age would be 62, people would have to wait until age 67 if they want full pension benefits, up from age 65 today. Sarkozy’s government says France’s retirement age will still be lower than in comparable countries. Germany is set to raise its retirement age over the coming years from 65 to 67 to offset a shrinking, aging population, and the United States is gradually doing the same. The government has expressed willingness to alter some parts of the final language of the bill, but union leaders say their offers aren’t enough. — AP

Ex-German FM Steinbrueck wants more regulation BERLIN: Policymakers have not gone far enough in tightening regulation of markets to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis, former German finance minister Peer Steinbrueck told Reuters in an interview. Steinbrueck, who was finance minister at the height of the financial crisis, welcomed new bank capital requirements in the Basel III reforms as well as improved supervision in Europe and the landmark US financial reform law. “What has been done so far is necessary but not suffi-

cient,” he said in the interview, conducted on Friday for publication yesterday. The principle that every financial market, product and actor be supervised and regulated-as agreed by leaders at a summit after the financial crisis struck-has not yet been implemented, he said. Steinbrueck was finance minister in Germany until October last year, when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government took office without the Social Democrats (SPD), the party to which he belongs. Derivatives trading is not

yet transparent enough, he said, adding: “We do not yet have a legal framework to significantly curtail the shadow banking sector, if not dissolve it.” Steinbrueck, who is still a backbench member of the Bundestag lower house of parliament, dismissed speculation in Germany that he was considering a return to front-line politics or even running to be the SPD’s candidate for chancellor. “The whole debate is absurd,” he said. “No, I’m not aspiring to any office.” — Reuters

authorities understood that the crisis required a deep and thorough reform program to deal with all of the system’s weaknesses. This intention was clearly stated in the G201 summit in Washington, DC in November 2008, when the leaders of the twenty largest economies agreed to an ambitious reform program. The program’s goals included the following principles for the reform of international and national regulatory regimes: 1. Strengthening tra nspa rency a nd accounta bility Financial market transparency should be strengthened by enhancing required disclosure on complex financial products and ensuring complete and accurate disclosure by firms. Incentives should be aligned to avoid excessive risk-taking. 2. Enhancing sound regulation Regulatory regimes, prudential oversight, and risk management should be strengthened. Regulation and oversight should be extended to all financial markets, products and participants. Credit rating agencies should also be subjected to oversight.

Regulatory regimes should be made more effective throughout the economic cycle. Authorities should commit to transparent assessments of their national regulatory systems. 3. Promoting integrity in fina ncial ma rkets The integrity of the world’s financial markets should be enhanced by bolstering investor and consumer protection, avoiding conflicts of interest, preventing illegal market manipulation, fraudulent activities and abuse, and protecting against illicit finance risks arising from noncooperative jurisdictions. Information sharing should be promoted, including with respect to jurisdictions that have yet to commit to international standards with respect to bank secrecy and transparency. 4. Reinforcing internationa l cooperation National and regional regulation should be consistent and coordinated across borders. Regulators should enhance their coordination and cooperation across all segments of finan-

Reforming microprudential regulation Regulators have long been involved in the regulation and supervision of banks and in some cases nonbank financial institutions. Microprudential regulation is concerned with minimizing individual bank failure and in the event of failure provides for the orderly resolution of failed institutions. Such a framework involves the setting of such rules as regulatory capital requirements, asset quality standards, and liquidity limits. Such regulation also involves the regular monitoring of institutions to ensure compliance. Regulators have typically been allowed comprehensive and powerful authority to scrutinize the activities of regulated entities including the power to force institutions to take corrective action in the event of failure to comply with the rules. In the wake of the crisis, however, it became apparent that existing microprudential regulatory authorities had failed to prevent a financial crisis. The failure of regulators to identify problems prior to the crisis was indicative of a major gap in the existing regulatory architecture. This criticism was particularly strong in the US where financial regulation is deemed quite sophisticat-

ed. Regulation also fell short in most European countries. Many countries have conducted tough stress tests on banks to evaluate their ability to withstand severe economic conditions. These tests have, in combination with the continued monitoring of financial stability by the IMF, provided an important source of systemic risk monitoring. The FSB and the Basel Committee published reports concluding that the impact on economic growth of these new capital requirements will be modest. The new standards still need to be endorsed by G20 leaders when they meet in November. Fina ncia l sector oversight A host of new regulations were introduced in the US this summer though their implementation in most cases will take some time. Some of the most prominent reforms include putting limits on the activities of banks. Particularly, the legislation bans banks from some types of trading. The new law also consolidates the regulatory regime within the Federal Reserve. Policies included taking immediate action to provide banks with liquidity. In order to avoid bank failures, several countries reintroduced bank deposit guarantees including Kuwait. Other policies were intended to ensure better risk management and capitalization of banks, including requiring an enhanced Basel II implementation and the reporting of derivatives activities. Banks were also required to submit detailed work plans and strategies to their central banks to reveal their preparedness for challenges in their operating environment. Central banks also required banks to conduct comprehensive stress tests designed to uncover any weaknesses in the event of severe economic conditions. Conclusion The NBK report concluded: The coming months will prove critical in the process to reform financial markets and financial regulation, as well as the effort to guard against another financial crisis. While much progress has been made, the outcome may leave many unconvinced that the change has been insufficient.

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KUWAIT: Officials address a press conference during the launch of 7 Loewe perfume in Kuwait. —Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

After Sept rally, stocks eye earnings, jobs NEW YORK: As September's surge fades into a fond memory, the question for the US stock market is: Now what? The market shook off the summer doldrums last month, breaking out of a stubborn trading range and giving investors the second-best September on record with a gain of 8.8 percent on the S&P 500. It also racked up its best quarter in a year. The strength of that momentum will be tested next week by a round of economic data, including the muchwatched non-farm payrolls report, as well as the start of third-quarter earnings season. The S&P has also been bumping up against a technical resistance level that could spark further gains if the index breaks through it. Trading has been in a tight range the past week as the quarter wound down and the muted action could continue in the lead up to the employment report on Friday. "People are still exhibiting a lot of fear in their investment decisions, with so much money flowing into bond funds and Treasuries, that any uptick in economic data could catch investors off guard," said Michael O'Rourke, chief market strategist at BTIG LLC in New York. "That should help fuel a nice fourthquarter rally in equities." September non-farm payrolls, due on Friday, are


forecast to remain unchanged after a loss of 54,000 jobs in August, according to a Reuters poll of economists. However, the forecast range is wide, with a gain of 106,000 jobs on the upside and a loss of 75,000 jobs on the downside. Breakout coming? As the bulls and bears keep fighting over the stock market's direction, technical indicators have become more widely scrutinized. The S&P 500 has been bouncing between the 1,140 and 1,150 levels, but has fallen back from the top end of that range in the past six sessions. While analysts have attributed some of September's move to "performance chasing," where gains beget more gains, O'Rourke thinks the real action might not happen until the fourth quarter. "I view it more as a lot of people were sitting out the volatility, waiting for a trend to emerge," O'Rourke said. "If you get that breakout above 1,150 and it looks like it's a real breakout, that will give people confidence that a real trend has emerged to the upside." History is on the market's side. A strong September usually portends a positive October and fourth quarter, according to Birinyi Associates Inc. When September rises 5 percent or

more, October is up, on average, 1 percent, according to data from Birinyi. Only in one occurrence following that type of September gain did the fourth quarter deliver a negative result, which happened in 1939. New quarter Analysts will be parsing comments from CEOs and other corporate talking heads as their companies release quarterly results to gauge how executives see the recovery unfolding. Investors have become more optimistic over the strength of recovery in the last month as worries of a return to recession have faded. "I'm looking for companies to say things are not falling off a cliff. They're not rapidly improving, but we're starting to see this moderate, sustainable growth," said Kurt Brunner, portfolio manager at Swarthmore Group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alcoa Inc marks the unofficial start to earnings season when it reports quarterly results on Thursday. Other companies releasing results next week include Yum Brands Inc, Costco Wholesale Corp, Monsanto Co, Micron Technology and PepsiCo Inc. Third-quarter earnings for the S&P 500 are forecast to grow by 23.8 percent, though the estimate has shrunk slightly from the 25.6 percent that was

predicted at the beginning of July, according to Thomson Reuters data. On the economic front, pending home sales and factory orders for August kick off the week. Pending home sales are expected to rise 3 percent compared with a rise of 5.2 percent the month before, while factory orders are expected to dip 0.4 percent from a gain of 0.1 percent the previous month. The Institute for Supply Management's September index for the non-manufacturing, or services, sector is expected to show a reading of 52, up from 51.5 the month before. The ISM services index will come out on Tuesday. Wednesday will bring the ADP report for September, a precursor to the government's larger employment report for the month. The ADP data is forecast to show the private sector added 22,000 jobs last month. In another glimpse of the labor front, initial jobless claims are expected to hold steady at 453,000 for the latest week, according to economists polled by Reuters.. That report is expected on Thursday. And finally, wholesale inventories for August are expected to rise 0.5 percent, compared with 1.3 percent the month before. That data will come out at mid-morning on Friday. — Reuters

IMF urges cooperation to prevent 'currency war' IMF program, euro plans at stake in Latvia YALTA, Ukraine: The IMF's managing director yesterday urged major economies to cooperate to prevent global currency war which would risk impeding the recovery from the economic crisis. Dominique Strauss-Kahn said at an economic conference in the Crimean Black Sea resort of Yalta that a global economic recovery was underway, even if it was a "very uneven recovery". But he said an unwillingness of major economies to repeat the coordination they showed in implementing measures to overcome the crisis when it broke in 2008 had emerged as a major risk to the recovery. Some economies, especially China, have been criticized for keeping their currencies low in order to promote their exports and Brazil's Finance Minister Guido Mantega has said the world is seeing "an international currency war." "We succeeded in avoiding a

bigger crisis thanks to economic coordination especially in monetary policy and in fiscal stimulus," Strauss-Kahn told reporters at the conference. "But today we have another threat which is that this willingness for consensus and cooperation has decreased. And we see around the world a possibility of the beginning of a currency war." He said the economic policymakers needed to get back to talking about cooperation, "discussing the value of the curren-

cies, trying to adjust what has to be adjusted, fighting against global imbalances." He said that if they didn't, there would be a new crisis "of countries trying to find domestic solutions to a global problem." In recent weeks nearly a dozen governments from Colombia to Singapore have admitted to buying up local currency in the hope of driving down the price of the currency to make exports cheaper. As well as the declining commitment to economic coopera-

tion, Strauss-Kahn said risks to the recovery also came from unemployment and private debt. Meanwhile, Latvians voted yesterday after enduring the sharpest recession in the EU, and their verdict could determine the country's commitment to its IMF-led austerity program and the goal of euro entry in 2014. Before the election for the 100-seat parliament, opinion polls suggested the centre-right coalition under Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis had a

BRUSSELS: (Front row left to right), European Central Bank President Jean Claude Trichet, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss Kahn, Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders and Luxembourg’s Finance Minister Jean Claude Juncker. (Back row left to right), Lithuanian Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte, Austrian Finance Minister Josef Proell and Finnish Finance Minister Jyrki Tapani Katainen during a group photo of eurogroup ministers at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. — AP

FX moves too fast, too speculative, says Japan TOKYO: Recent currency market moves are too rapid and too speculative and the yen is becoming too strong, too fast, causing serious damage to Japan's economy, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku said yesterday. Japanese authorities, worried that the yen's rise would derail an export-driven recovery, intervened in the currency market on Sept. 15 for the first time in over 6 years after the yen jumped to a 15-year high against the dollar. The dollar traded at about 83.25 yen in New York on Friday, edging closer to a 15year low of 82.87 yen hit last month. Traders say a fall

below that level may trigger intervention. "The appropriate level is something basically to be decided by the market. But it should not be decided by speculative moves, but reflect the real economy," Sengoku, the de facto No. 2 in Prime Minister Naoto Kan's cabinet told Reuters in an interview. "If the exchange rate is one that settles down gradually, we would not reject that. But I think that the current moves are too speculative and as a result the yen is rapidly becoming too strong," he said. Sengoku refrained from saying whether Japan would intervene again, but said authorities could take "appro-

priate action at the appropriate time." Kan needs to keep Japan's economy afloat without ballooning a public debt already twice its $5 trillion economy and wants opposition parties, who control parliament's upper house, to join in talks on an extra budget for fiscal 2010/11 to March 31. Kyodo news agency said on Friday that government and ruling party were set to compile a 5 trillion yen ($60 billion) extra budget, but Sengoku said only that it was likely to be more than 3 trillion. "The government and ruling party will craft proposals and if possible discuss with the opposition parties but in principle, this will not mean the issuance

of fresh bonds or further debt," he said. Sengoku also said that the government could stick to its self-imposed cap of around 44.3 trillion yen in fresh bond issuance for the next fiscal year from April. Analysts say the government could struggle to hold down fresh debt due to the rising social security costs of a fast-ageing population. Sengoku also said government hoped that the Bank of Japan would take sufficient steps to prevent the economy from slipping into recession. The central bank's policy board is leaning toward easing monetary policy at an Oct 4-5 meeting, but it is hardly a done deal. — Reuters

chance of returning to power, probably safeguarding the austerity plan that came with a 7.5 billion euro ($10 billion) bailout agreed at the end of 2008. But an opposition party with strong support among the large Russian minority hopes anger over the crisis will secure it the largest share of the vote and a place in government for the first time since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union. The Harmony Centre party has said it would seek revisions to the loan deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union (EU). It also raised the prospect of seeking funds and investment from countries like China and Russia. Critics say the party would bring greater Russian influence in Latvia, a European Union and NATO state since 2004. Harmony denies this. Investors believe a coalition without Dombrovskis, regarded as the main guarantor of the bailout program, would carry the greatest risk of uncertainty. Voting began at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT) and ends at 8 p.m. (1700). Economic output in Latvia, a country of 2.2 million people, plunged 18 percent in 2009, the biggest drop in the EU. "I went to vote so that things will change and pensions will not be cut," said pensioner Pavils Salna in the centre of capital city Riga. He said he backed Dombrovskis. Fellow pensioner Solveiga Zhvirble said she voted for Dombrovskis's coalition partner, the Union of Greens and Farmers. "I voted for young people and I crossed out (on the ballot slip) all the old ones who have been there too long." Despite market fears of uncertainty, analysts do not think Latvia will abandon the IMF/EU deal, even without Dombrovskis. They expect any government to realise it needs the international loans to plug holes in the budget. The coalition is a minority government but an opinion poll on Monday showed it could return as a majority, with the Unity bloc led by Dombrovskis as the biggest party. Dombrovskis wants to re-form the current government with the Union of Greens and Farmers party and the Everything for Latvia/For Fatherland and Freedom bloc. The IMF and EU program aimed to reduce the budget deficit, avoiding a devaluation and paving the way for euro adoption in 2014. Domestic critics have said the plan puts too much emphasis on austerity and not enough on development and investment. Nordic states, whose banks such as Swedbank and SEB are heavily exposed to the Baltic region, also provided funds for the bailout. — Agencies

NEW YORK: Specialists Evan Solomon (second from right) and Michael Volpe (right) work at their posts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stock futures are rising on Friday as signs of strong manufacturing growth in China is driving stocks higher worldwide. — AP

One large trader led to May 6 stock market plunge: Report WASHINGTON: A trading firm's use of a computer sell order triggered the May 6 market plunge, which sent the Dow Jones industrial average careening nearly 1,000 points in less than a half-hour, federal regulators said on Friday. A report by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission determined that the so-called "flash crash" occurred when the trading firm executed a computerized selling program in an already stressed market. The firm's trade, worth $4.1 billion, led to a chain of events that ended with market players swiftly pulling their money from the stock market, the report said. The report does not name the trading firm. But only one trade that day fit the description in the report. The firm Waddell & Reed, based in Overland Park, Kansas, has acknowledged making such a trade that day. The free-fall highlighted the complexity and perils of the fastevolving securities markets. Electronic trading platforms now compete with the tradition-

al exchanges. Stocks are traded on about 50 exchanges beyond the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market. Computers using mathematical formulas give so-called "high frequency" traders a split-second edge. Electronic errors at high speeds can ripple through markets. The stock market was already stressed even before the plunge that day. Anxiety was mounting over the debt crisis in Europe. The Dow Jones had been down about 2.5 percent at 2:30 p.m., when the trader placed an enormous sell order on a futures index of the S&P's index, called the E-Mini S&P 500. The trade was automated by a computer algorithm that was trying to hedge its risk from price declines. In that one trade, 75,000 contracts were sold within 20 minutes. It was the largest trade of that investment since the start of the year. The firm's previous transaction of that size took more than five hours, the report notes. The trade triggered aggressive selling of the futures contracts and that sent

the index sinking about 3 percent in four minutes. The report said the design of the firm's trading formula may have amplified the rush to sell. It said the formula ignored price changes and responded to the volume of trading. The automated program sped up the firm's selling as other market players began trading the first block of futures contracts that flooded the market. In a previous statement, Waddell & Reed acknowledged that it had sold the contracts to reduce its funds' risk quickly. It said traders feared that the European debt crisis could spread to US markets. The company maintained that the transaction "was not the cause of any abnormal price action." It said the move involved just 1 percent of the contracts of that type that changed hands on May 6. The sale would not have caused problems in a normal market, the company said. "Our portfolio managers and the funds acted in a manner consistent with the interests of their fund shareholders," it said. — AP

Women entrepreneurs in China get a helping hand TIANJIN, China: After losing her job in the Chinese telecommunications industry five years ago, Zhao Weimin decided to start a business selling children's gifts in the northern port city of Tianjin. Lacking money and experience, Zhao and her husband sought the help of the Tianjin Women's Business Incubator-a government-backed microfinancing program that has helped thousands of laid-off women get back on their feet. "We had to do something," Zhao told AFP in an interview, explaining the couple's decision to start a small business. "We had to eat and we also have a child. We had no other choice." The business incubator was launched in 2000, a few years after the Chinese government started a major restructuring of loss-making state-owned enterprises that resulted in massive lay-offs across the country. Millions of workers, many of them women aged in their 40s and 50s, lost their jobs during the overhaul and struggled to find new employment. The Tianjin initiative-backed by the city government, Australia and the United Nations Development Program-has helped more than 10,000 women start up businesses or keep their

companies afloat, said program official Li Jing. After being knocked back by banks and friends, Zhao and her husband Zhang Xiangjun, whose own employer had gone bankrupt, applied to the business incubator for a loan. Their idea was given the thumbs-up and the couple received training in how to run a business and, most importantly, an interest-free loan of 4,000 yuan ($600), which they used to lease a shop space in Tianjin. Later they borrowed another 20,000 yuan to buy photographic equipment so they could expand their service to include children's portraits. "Our loan was too small for banks, and friends weren't prepared to lend us money because we had just been laid off and had no ability to repay the loan," said Zhang, displaying some of their products such as a calligraphy brush specially made for a child using their own hair. Zhao and Zhang now employ 20 people and their business is profitable. The couple's struggle to get financing is not unusual, said Li. In many cases, state-owned commercial banks are not prepared to lend money to entrepreneurs because the size of the loan is too small or they have no assets to offer as collateral. — AFP


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High-tech revolution yet to hit North Korea PYONGYANG: Stressed out by email overload and non-stop mobile calls? You might consider a vacation in North Korea, where your cell phone is seized at the airport and Internet is unavailable. The communist country is one of the world’s most tightly-controlled societies and bans unauthorized

mobile phones as part of a crackdown on information from outside the country. Visitors landing at Pyongyang’s airport find there is no cellular phone signal. But it does not matter because polite and efficient customs officials confiscate foreigners’ phones and put them in a green cloth bag.

They are returned when the visitor leaves. Laptops are allowed after a customs check to ensure they do not carry a mobile communication device. While foreigners are left incommunicado at the terminal, North Koreans chat on their own mobiles. The country in December 2008 intro-

duced a 3G network in a joint venture with Cairo-based Orascom Telecom. Chosun Sinbo, a pro-North Korean newspaper published in Tokyo, reported in April that there were only 120,000 mobile subscribers in North Korea, a country of 24 million people. Tour guides and officials are among those

its wireless network to accommodate about 600,000 subscribers before the end of this year, the Chosun Sinbo paper said. Mobiles used in Pyongyang are made in neighboring China. Tour guides said the poverty-stricken country has a “local” Internet service and they thought that an out. — AFP

with mobiles although, unusually for Pyongyang, two girls were also seen intently focused on their handsets as they sat in a park. Anywhere else in Asia the scene would have been routine but it was a rare sight in the run-down capital which seems stuck in a time decades past. The regime is expanding

Choice of CEO signals new direction for HP NEW YORK: The appointment of a German software executive as HewlettPackard Co’s next CEO sends an unmistakable signal that the board of the world’s largest technology company is prepared to gamble big on an aggressive push into the software business. And analysts say it will need to do just that to avoid being left behind in its core personal computer and printer businesses that no longer offer much room for growth or big profits. In a conference call that served as his formal introduction to Wall Street on Friday, former SAP AG CEO Leo Apotheker called software the “glue” that will hold together the different parts of the company. “Software is how we can make sure that the various parts of our technology actually fit well together,” he said. Even before his comments, it was telling enough that HP didn’t choose the head of its PC or printer businesses - the company’s traditional strengths - and instead tapped an executive who has spent more than two decades in the business software industry and far from Silicon Valley. “HP is in the midst of a transformation,” says R. “Ray” Wang, a partner at Altimeter Group LLC. “If they don’t make the move into software in the next three to five years, they’re going to find themselves in a really commoditized PC business with high volume and low profit margins.” The choice of Apotheker could cut both ways. He has no experience with consumer products, which make up a sizable portion of HP’s business. He also faces the challenge of

software. Big companies and government agencies these days want to deal with technology venders that provide the whole package of computers, software and services rather than dealing with the headache of putting it all together on their own. And the software piece of that equation is shaping up to be a much faster-growing, profitable business than hardware. HP’s own financial results bear that out. Its existing software business contributed just 2.8 percent of the company’s $30.7 billion in revenue for quarter that ended July 31. But it was the company’s most profitable segment, with a 21 percent operating margin. That compares to 4.7 percent in PCs. With its own software business still small, HP will have to resort to acquisitions if it wants to build serious scale, the same way it bought Electronic Data Systems in 2008 to double its services business. Speculation is mounting that it might attempt to buy SAP. HP will face stiff competition from other tech heavyweights looking to position themselves as the leading onestop shop for information technology. One is Oracle Corp., a former ally that jumped into the hardware business against HP this year with the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The competition with Oracle is all the more bitter because the company’s CEO, Larry Ellison, decided to snap up Hurd last month to serve as Oracle’s president. HP sued to try keeping him out of the job, but has settled the case. HP, based in Palo Alto, Calif., said

CALIFORNIA: This Feb 5, 2007 file photo shows founder Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. —AP

Facebook movie underscores cultural phenomenon ‘More than just a geek phenomenon’ SAN FRANCISCO: Fa cebook now counts one of every tw o America ns a s a user, w ould ra nk behind only China a nd India in popula tion if it w ere a country a nd ha s a n estima ted va lue of more tha n $30 billion, la rger tha n tha t of Sta rbucks. W ha t could possibly be next for a w ebsite tha t w a s crea ted in a Ha rva rd dorm room six yea rs a go? Try a Hollyw ood film, “The Socia l Netw ork,” tha t opened na tiona lly on Frida y a nd is a lrea dy prompting discus-

FRANKFURT: In this Jan 27, 2010 file photo, Leo Apotheker, then CEO of German software company SAP, is seen during the annual financial statement in Frankfurt, Germany. Hewlett-Packard on Thursday named Apotheker as its new CEO. —AP holding together a group of managers at HP that has turned the company’s computers and printers into industry leaders. Some of those executives were passed over for the CEO job, which could turn them into potential defectors, analysts say. “These are tricky waters to be navigating,” IDC analyst Crawford del Prete said. “Job No. 1 has to be solidifying this team.” Wall Street isn’t convinced that Apotheker, 57, is the right pick. HP’s shares fell $1.30, or 3.1 percent, to close Friday at $40.77. The debacle over former CEO Mark Hurd, who was forced out over allegations of sexual harassment and deceptive expense reports, sent HP’s stock down more than 15 percent in the weeks after his departure on Aug. 6. Apotheker has an international background. His parents escaped the Nazis, then settled in Aachen, Germany, after World War II. The family moved to Antwerp, Belgium, after he was born in 1953. After high school, Apotheker moved to Israel, earnings a B.A. in economics and international relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He speaks five languages: English, Dutch, German, Hebrew and French. In 1988, Apotheker began his career at SAP, which provides software that helps carry out a range of business functions, from tracking inventory to logging sales. He remained at the company for more than 20 years, founding and serving as head of SAP France and SAP Belgium. He was promoted to co-CEO in April 2008, just as the recession started crimping business investment. To bolster revenue, the company announced an increase in maintenance fees. But customers protested, and SAP had to postpone the increase. He was also identified with the delay of a new software system. This led to his ouster in February of this year, but in other respects, he gets good marks from German commentators. His abrupt departure from SAP aside, it is easy to see why HP feels it needs someone with a background in

Thursday that it will also be bringing in an Oracle alumnus to help lead the company. Venture capitalist Ray Lane, who was ejected from Oracle’s No. 2 job by Ellison a decade ago, is joining HP as nonexecutive chairman. The escalating rivalry could lead to bidding wars between HP and Oracle for smaller software players as both companies bulk up, said Caris & Co. analyst Curtis Shauger. “The gloves are off,” he said. IBM is another tech powerhouse making software acquisitions. Just last week, the company agreed to pay $1.7 billion for Netezza Corp., a company that helps businesses sort through data on corporate servers. IBM says it has made more than $12 billion worth of acquisitions in just that particular niche of the software industry over the past few years. Apotheker is the third HP CEO in a row to be recruited from outside the company. Carly Fiorina came from Lucent, an AT&T spinoff. Hurd came from NCR Corp. The lack of promotions for top internal managers could encourage them to look for opportunities elsewhere. Todd Bradley, whom analysts pegged as one of the leading internal prospects, would be a heavy loss, said Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall. Bradley took over the company’s PC business when it was in tatters and has managed to boost its margins. He upgraded HP’s image with the celebrity-studded “The Computer is Personal Again” ad campaign soon after he was hired and cut costs. Within three years, HP outgunned Dell Inc. to snag the title of the world’s No. 1 PC maker. “He’s done a great job. He definitely was on the short list,” Marshall said. Apotheker struck a conciliatory tone toward his new colleagues on Friday. “The first thing I did when I joined this company was to reach out to each member of the senior executive team,” he said. “We have talked. These are great professionals. They have HP in their blood and I am sure that as a team we will be working together for many years and do a great job.” — AP

The world’s largest social network, Facebook allows people to connect with their real-world friends and acquaintances online and do everything from sharing baby photos and personal news to playing electronic versions of Scrabble. Grandmothers, politicians and rock stars are among the more than 500 million people using the service worldwide. That helped it

surpass Google Inc as the website on which Americans spend the most time every month. Facebook taps into a basic need that people have to connect with each other, said David Weinberger, a researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. “Humans are an innately social species,” said Weinberger. “We flock to social networking sites as it

sion of Aca demy Aw a rds. Ma ny of the film’s deta ils a re contested. But the very notion tha t a vera ge moviegoers w ill go to a film built a round the history of a tech compa ny underscores the extent to w hich Fa cebook ha s become a cultura l ma insta y. “Fa cebook is more tha n just a geek phenomenon. It’s very ma instrea m,” sa id Da ve McClure, a former executive a t W eb pa yment compa ny Pa yPa l a nd now a n investor in tech sta rt-ups.

if was natural, because it is natural.” Under the direction of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s 26-yearold co-founder, the company has grown from a service available only to college students into a Web powerhouse, navigating a series of sticky privacy issues along the way. It has become so big and popular, say industry analysts, that it poses a financial threat to estab-

lished Internet businesses like Google and Yahoo Inc. Still privately held the company will not sell stock to the public any sooner than 2012, Facebook board member Peter Thiel said recently. A brisk market in private shares of Facebook already exists, with the company valued at more than $30 billion, according to recent trades on Sharespost, one such secondary

market. Thiel believes the new movie-which he said “contains a lot of inaccuracies and petty lies and distortions”-will nonetheless add to Facebook’s influence. “It is actually going to encourage young Americans to move to Silicon Valley and to try to start great new companies. So I think the movie will do a lot more good than evil,” he said. — Reuters

Microsoft sues Motorola over smart phone patents WASHINGTON: Microsoft Corp. is suing Motorola Inc. for infringing on its smart-phone patents. The software maker on Friday said Motorola phones that use Google Inc.’s Android software step on Microsoft technology. The functions in question include synchronizing e-mail, calendars and contacts. Microsoft filed its lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington. It also filed a claim with the International Trade Commission. Microsoft said Motorola licensed some of its mobile technology from 2003 to 2007, but did not renew the license even as the handset maker continued to use the technology. This isn’t the first move Microsoft has made to protect its mobile patents. In April, it announced licensing agreement with another Android phone maker, Taiwan’s HTC Corp. A spokeswoman for Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola said the company has not seen the lawsuit and therefore can’t comment on its contents. “Motorola has a leading intellectual property portfolio, one of the strongest in the industry, and we will vigorously defend ourself in this matter,” spokeswoman Jennifer Erickson said. Erickson declined to comment on Microsoft’s assertion that the company licensed the technology in the past, but has since let the license lapse. —AP

NEW YORK: This image made on Thursday and released by Mattel shows Lily, a Schnauzer, wearing the Puppy Tweets device at Trixie & Peanut in New York. Puppy Tweets is an electronic dog tag with a sensor that you attach to your dog’s collar. It detects your pet’s movements and sounds and sends a variety of tweets to a Twitter page you set up for your dog on a computer or smart phone. — AP

Apple iMac may add touchscreen, but beware the gorilla arm! e’ve been hearing about Apple’s alleged plans for touchscreenequipped iMacs for months now, and the rumors continue to swirl. The latest gossip arrives courtesy Digitimes, a Taiwanese trade publication that’s a bountiful source of Apple-related scuttlebutt. So what’s new? Display manufacturer Sintek Photonics has reportedly shipped samples of capacitive touch panels to Apple, which plans to incorporate the technology into the next generation of its iMac all-in-one desktops, Digitimes reports. The story seems credible, particularly as it follows a series of recent reports that suggest a touchscreen-enabled iMac is in the


works. In August, for instance, Apple-centric blog Patently Apple did some sleuthing and uncovered a January 2010 patent that shows an iMac-like display that flips from vertical to horizontal orientation. A reclining iMac would be a clever (and essential) component of a touchscreen desktop UI, which presumably would adopt much of the functionality of Apple’s touch-based mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Without an optional horizontal orientation, touch input on an iMac could prove an ergonomic disaster, one resulting in the dreaded “gorilla arm” effect that afflicted users of early touch-input hardware in the 1980s. According to Wikipedia, designers of

these touch-menu systems “failed to notice that humans aren’t designed to hold their arms in front of their faces making small motions. After more than a very few selections, the arm begins to feel sore, cramped, and oversized-the operator looks like a gorilla while using the touch screen and feels like one afterwards.” Today’s iMacs come in 21.5- and 27-inch models, and the technology required to build 20-inch or larger capacitive touchscreens is complex. “Projected capacitive touch panels are typically produced by placing touch sensors over the panel, and then a cover glass over the sensors. The conventional method is not

only costly and complex, but (also) affects display brightness,” Digitimes reports. The touch-enabled iMac will reportedly have good vertical and horizontal viewing angles, and its “one-glass” touch panel will integrate the sensor and cover glass for a slimmer, lighter design. An unresolved question is whether the alleged touch iMac will run Apple’s desktop OS X and its mobile iOS. One scenario: OS X operates in vertical mode, while iOS takes over in horizontal. The dual-OS design sounds tricky, however, and one must wonder if Apple can implement it while maintaining the top-notch user experience it’s famous for. —PCworld



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Cancer survivors may be at risk for memory problems emory problems are common among people who have a history of cancer, new research reveals. In fact, cancer survivors are 40 percent more likely than those who haven’t had cancer to experience the kind of memory impairmentcalled “cancer-related cognitive dysfunction”-that compromises their ability to function on a daily basis, the study authors reported.


“One of the most important parts of cancer treatment is management of symptoms, such as impairments in attention, memory and fatigue, in order to improve a patient’s quality of life,” Pascal Jean-Pierre, an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, said in a news release from the American Association

for Cancer Research. “This study suggests these memory issues are more common than had been recognized before, and should be assessed in all patients with a history of cancer,” he added. Jean-Pierre stressed that the findings, drawn from a nationwide sampling of cancer patients, suggest “that memory impairment in cancer patients is a national problem that we must pay special attention to.” Jean-Pierre and his associates

were scheduled to present their observations Friday at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, in Miami. To assess a possible memory-cancer connection, the study authors analyzed data taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From the more than 9,800

Americans polled, just over 1,300 (all 40 years of age and up) said they had a history of battling cancer. Fourteen percent of the cancer survivors said they experienced difficulties with memory or periods of confusion, compared with just 8 percent of those who never had a cancer diagnosis. “The findings indicate that cancer is, therefore, a key independent predictor of memory problems

in the sample studied,” Jean-Pierre said. Jean-Pierre suggested that memory trouble is not necessarily always a lingering side effect from cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy. “These memory issues can be related to treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapies,” he said, “or to the tumor biology itself, which could change brain chemistry and neurobehavioral function.”— HealthDay

China hopes ‘eco-city’ will prove a model alternative Ambitious plan covers 30 square kilometers for now TIANJ IN: At a construction site in northern China, a billboard boasts of a “liveable city” w here residents can drink tap w ater, travel on clean energy public transport and enjoy acres of parkland. For now, the ambitious “ecocity” covering 30 square kilometers (11.6 square miles) of non-arable salt pans and former fishing villages has more cranes than w ind turbines and w ill not be finished for at least another decade. But its developers hope the

settlement near the port city of Tianjin w ill serve as an ultra-efficient alternative to ill-planned and heavily polluting mega-cities not only elsew here in the country, but around the w orld. “We hope to influence our neighbors,” sa id Goh Chye Boon, chief executive of Sino-Singa pore Tia njin Eco-City Investment & Development Co. “With the right ingredients, w ith the right eco mindset, I think together w e can change the environment.”

TIANJIN: A truck drives into the site of an “eco-city” which is now under construction near the port city of Tianjin in northeastern China on September 15, 2010. — AFP

Wildlife claws back in Singapore, with help SINGAPORE: Sharon Chan peered through a pair of binoculars and zoomed in on hundreds of birds feeding on crustaceans and invertebrates at a wildlife sanctuary on Singapore’s northern coast. “Those are plovers because their bills are very short,” explained Chan, the assistant director at the 130hectare (321-acre) Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, separated by a narrow waterway from Malaysia’s bustling city of Johor Bahru. Nearby, a White-breasted Waterhen foraged for food and further away herons and egrets could be seen scouring for a meal. A blue, red and yellow Stockbird Kingfisher flew past and a sudden splash in the water drew attention to a 2.8metre (nine-foot) crocodile swimming near a mangrove swamp. With a land area smaller than that of New York City, Singapore has made deliberate, painstaking efforts

to preserve the concrete jungle’s last few natural habitats, and the results are encouraging. On the eastern side of Singapore, cyclists on an islet called Pulau Ubin can run into wild boar-some with their young-roaming through the foliage. In nearby Pasir Ris a mangrove patch exists under the shadow of public housing towers and patient visitors can be rewarded with a sighting of massed fireflies. Sungei Buloh’s waters teem with fish, monkeys abound at the Bukit Timah nature reserve, and there is a diving spot off a small island called Pulau Hantu. A growing population-currently at five million people-and a redhot economy are driving the need for more housing developments and industries but Singapore is striving to conserve its rich biodiversity. Visitors to Orchard Road, the main shopping belt lined

with malls and skyscrapers, would be surprised to hear that the city is well-endowed with plant and animal species, says Lena Chan, deputy director at the National Biodiversity Centre of the National Parks Board. Located in the midst of the IndoMalayan rainforest, equatorial Singapore is home to more than 2,000 plant species, 57 mammal species, 98 reptile species and 25 amphibian species, she told AFP. It also hosts about 370 bird species and more than 280 species of butterfly. More than 250 species of hard coral-or one third of the global totalare found in Singapore waters despite the country being one of the world’s busiest ports, she added. By comparison, the much bigger Great Barrier Reef in Australia has over 400 species of hard coral and Brazil has only 30, Chan said. “So if you count per unit

CAPE TOWN: Africa Penguins rest during cold weather on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, South Africa yesterday. African Penguin Awareness Day is celebrated throughout the world zoos and aquariums by hosting educational and awareness activities. —AP

area, then we’re very rich in biodiversity compared to other countries,” she said. With a land area of only 710 square kilometres (284 square miles), Singapore has made sure that greenery dots its urban landscape. About 10 percent of the land is allocated to parks and legally protected nature reserves, while the greening of city streets and pathways that connect various parks is an ongoing effort, the parks board said. Even insects are looked after. “Dragonflies must have a watery environment, so they need ponds,” said Chan. “What we do is we either create a pond, or if there are ponds around we will then plant plants that are suitable for dragonflies.”Orchard Road might soon host a butterfly sanctuary if a new project succeeds. Each tree planted along roads and park connectors also has a purpose. “You have tall trees, you have shorter trees, you have trees that haveberries because birds feed on berries,” Chan said. “And then you find that some of our roadsides have tree canopies that link upthey form as a kind of shelter for birds to fly across, insects to fly across and for small mammals to cross.” Wong Tuan Wah, the parks board’s director for conservation, said nothing happens by chance in Singapore’s conservation plans, including transforming drainage canals to make them look like rivers with plants on both banks. “We want to bring the experience of nature to the city.” One heartening success story is the return of the Oriental Pied Hornbill to Singapore in 1994 after it disappeared in the mid1800s. Two hornbills reappeared on Pulau Ubin and their numbers have now grown to around 60 thanks to conservation efforts, which included building artificial nest boxes on trees carpeting the islet located just off Changi Airport, one of Asia’s busiest transport hubs. —AFP

The governments of China and Singapore have combined their expertise and finances to develop the future city, which has a planned population of 350,000 and includes schools, medical facilities and business districts. Foreign companies such as Japan’s Hitachi and Dutch electronics giant Philips will provide green technology for the development, where buildings will be insulated and have double-glazed windows to increase energy efficiency. Nearly two-thirds of household waste will be recycled and 20 percent of the city’s power will come from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar- with the rest coming from other sources such as highly polluting coal. Treated sewage will be channelled into a lake which will supplement water supplies for local communities. “Eco-cities are needed because China is facing a huge challenge of pollution,” said Hiroaki Suzuki, a top specialist in the Finance, Economic and Urban Department of the World Bank, which is assisting on the project. “China’s serious pollution problems do not mean that it cannot develop an eco-city.” Top leaders in Beijing also hope the project will serve as a model for a long-term solution to the country’s ballooning urban population, which is putting enormous pressure on already strained water and energy resources. China is undergoing an unprecedented urbanisation process as hundreds of millions of people have headed to fast-growing metropolitan areas since the nation’s economy embarked on a fast-paced growth track more than 30 years ago. To handle the massive influx of people, China may need to invest up to 3.6 trillion dollars in urban infrastructure by 2020, state media said last month, citing a report by the state think-tank China Development Research Foundation. Greenpeace supports the development of “eco-cities” as a way to handle urban overcrowding, which it says could prevent China from curbing its world-leading carbon emissions and meeting its ambitious energy targets. “It’s a really good idea because that is where change has to happen,” Yang Ailun, climate and energy campaign manager for the environmental watchdog in China, told AFP. But Yang cautioned it was very difficult for Beijing to develop truly low-carbon cities when there was no clear definition of the term and the country was still developing. China has already broken ground on a separate ecologically friendly settlement that has yet to been finished. In 2005, former British prime minister Tony Blair and Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed the two countries could collaborate on building the world’s first so-called “eco-city” Dongtan, near Shanghai. The “city of the future” was meant to be showcased at this year’s World Expo in Shanghai but the settlement remains in the planning stages. Plans for dozens of other low-carbon “ecocities” and towns are springing up around the country, as developers rush to cash in on the green movement and government authorities seek to attract foreign investors to their regions. —AFP

KAROO: This photo supplied by Halls, Gericke and Hofmeyr (HGH) Pharmaceuticals and taken Sept 18, 2009 shows the indigenous plant, sceletium tortuosum, in Karoo in South Africa. —AP

S Africa to research mood-lifting plant JOHANNESBURG: For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods. Now they have a license to study and market it, and plan to sell it over-the-counter worldwide. Researchers say the plant, called sceletium tortuosum, has great potential and could also help boost the local economy. Still, the American pharmaceutical company working on the project says it doesn’t know whether the plant has been approved by US regulators or how soon it may be available to consumers. On Friday, South Africa’s environmental minister traveled to the country’s arid southwest where the plant is found to celebrate the issuing of the first license of an indigenous plant to the South African company HGH Pharmaceuticals. HGH has not registered the product, which they will market as a dietary supplement, in any country, as the company is still compiling scientific and technical data, said Nigel Gericke, director of research at HGH. “We’re positioning (the product) for everyday people who are having a stressful time in the office, feeling a bit of social anxiety, tension or in a low mood,” Gericke said. The plant , known within South Africa as Kanna, Channa or Kougoed , has been used by the San people to reduce hunger, thirst and fatigue and is said to have sedative, hypnotic and mood-elevating effects. It is commonly chewed, but also can be made into tea or smoked. Ben-Erik Van Wyk, a professor of botany and plant biotechnology at the University of

Johannesburg, said he’s extensively researched the plant and found no ill effects or evidence of dependency. Van Wyk, who has worked with a researcher at the company that will be marketing it but is not involved in the project, said he hopes the plant may draw attention to the wisdom of the ancient San people, sometimes referred to as Bushmen. When chewed, the plant gives a slight head rush, which is similar to the effect of smoking a cigarette, Van Wyk said. “It’s a product with huge potential,” he said. “Anyone who has chewed it and has experienced the sensation of the plant definitely knows there’s something happening.” “So often traditional remedies are looked down upon as old-fashioned and outdated,” Van Wyk added. “If this product becomes a huge success, the culture will become more respected and better known.” Gericke first read about the plant in 1985 while paging through a botanical book in a public library in Australia. When he returned home to South Africa, he and a psychiatrist visited regions of the San people to research doses and side effects. HGH has an agreement with Morristown, New Jersey-based P.L. Thomas & Co, which plans to launch the product in 2011, said spokeswoman Paula Nurnberger. It may be some time before consumers get a chance to try a pill containing the plant’s extracts, which they hope to market over-the-counter as Zembrin. Nurnberger said she does not know whether the product has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. — AP

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HONG KONG: Archeologists have uncovered evidence suggesting that early humans braved cold temperatures to occupy highlands in Papua New Guinea 50,000 years ago in search of food. Working on five archeological sites about 2,000 meters above sea level, researchers from Papua New Guinea, Australiaand New Zealand found charred nut shells from the pandanus tree and stone tools which carbon dated back to 50,000 years ago.

NEW YORK: Taking multivitamins may help women without cardiovascular disease to ward off a heart attack, new research shows. But vitamin pills seemed to have less of an effect in women with heart disease, Dr. Susanne Rautiainen of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and her colleagues found.

J ust-right planet that can support life detected

New depression guidelines favor tailored treatment

WASHINGTON: It is not too hot and not too cold, and astronomers believe that a new planet detected outside our solar system may have a temperature that is just right to support life. The planet orbits a red dwarf star called Gliese581 and appears to be three times the mass of the Earth, the team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington said on Wednesday.

CHICAGO: New depression treatments favor a tailored approach and include recommendations for the use of shock therapy and other alternatives, including exercise when people fail to get relief from drugs. The guidelines, issued on Friday by the American Psychiatric Association, are the first update on depression treatment in more than a decade.

Russian firm unveils plan for space hotel

NEW YORK: Older adults with moderate kidney disease may require screening for hearing loss, according to the authors of a new study. In the study, of adults aged 50 years and older, 54 percent of people with moderate kidney disease had some extent of hearing loss, while 30 percent of those with the disease suffered severe hearing loss.

MOSCOW: The lead Russian contractor for the International Space Station (ISS) says it plans to build the first hotel in space to cash in on a growing market for private tourism, a senior executive said on Thursday. Energia, part owned by the Russian state, wants investors for a private space station that would house up to seven people and serve as a hotel, said Alexander Derechin, the company’s deputy chief designer.

NASA show dow n looms as shuttle w orkers face layoffs FLORIDA: With more than 1,500 space shuttle workers facing layoffs this week, legislators say they will take a final shot at passing a blueprint for the US human space program before adjourning ahead of the November 2 congressional elections. “We’re teetering right on the edge,” US Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said on Monday at a space policy symposium at the University of

Moderate kidney disease linked to hearing loss

Low -income men show more high-risk prostate tumors NEW YORK: Low-income men treated for prostate cancer are likelier to have a more aggressive disease at diagnosis compared with their better-off counterparts, a study at one US public hospital suggests. Researchers found that compared with prostate cancer patients seen at US academic medical centers and private practices, an elevated rate of higher risk prostate cancer was seen among men treated at San Francisco General Hospital-a publicly funded “safetynet” hospital that primarily serves the low-income and uninsured.

Sunday, October 3, 2010



Juice could provide performance boost

Try beetroot juice to exercise longer SAN DIEGO: Students and staff from San Elijo Elementary School listen to Rick Schwartz, San Diego Zoo ambassador, talk about Shaman, a female great horned owl on Friday. The students were invited to the Zoo to participate in the opening ceremony for Kids Free Days, presented by the Sempra Energy Foundation, the charitable-giving arm of San Diego-based Sempra Energy. —AFP

Malaria funding still less than half of needs: Study PARIS: Funding for malaria has risen sharply over the past three years but still has to double to meet needs, according to a study published online yesterday by The Lancet. Global financing has risen by 166 percent since 2007, from 730 million dollars to around 1.94 billion dollars, it said. But this is around 40 percent of the 4.9 billion dollars that is needed for comprehensive control of malaria in 2010, it said. The good news is that 21 countries, including 12 in Africa, have now received adequate, or nearadequate assistance. The study, headed by Bob Snow, a professor at the Centre for Geographic Medicine at Oxford University, comes ahead of a meeting in New York on Tuesday of donors to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Several hundred million cases of malaria occur each year, of which around 850,000 are fatal.

The study highlights the disparities among 93 countries where malaria is endemic. China and India, as well as two African countries, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, have economies that are strong enough to support malaria programs by themselves, it says. Whether international donors should support these countries’ needs should be debated, it says. In contrast, there are 10 African countries and five in Asia that are short of funds and low in domestic income. “Poor countries with inadequate donor assistance and large sectors of their population at risk of malaria must remain in the focus of attention if global ambitions for malaria control are to be realised,” said Snow. Under the Millennium Development Goals, reviewed in New York last week, UN members pledged to “have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.”—AFP

Kids with allergies shouldn’t skip flu shots, experts say The flu vaccine is safe for children with food allergies, experts say, as long as precautions are taken. That assessment is being offered by a team of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, who noted that up to 3 percent of American kids harbor an allergy to eggs, raising concerns among parents who worry that the egg-based flu vaccine may spell trouble. “Some parents are understandably concerned about allergic reactions to the flu vaccine and in the past may have opted against it, but the risk of catching the flu far outweighs the risk for an allergic reaction to the vaccine, and even children with egg allergies can be immunized safely,” Dr. Robert Wood, director of Allergy & Immunology at Hopkins Children’s, said in a news release from the center. The issue of allergy risk is

perhaps more front and center this year than in the past, given that this flu season US health officials for the first time have decided to call for the vaccination of all children 6 months of age and up. Previously, only children with high-risk medical conditionssuch as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or neurological disorders and/or suppressed immune systems-were advised to get a flu shot. The dilemma is further aggravated by the fact that while some vaccines do come in an allergenfree form, the flu vaccine is not among them. Nevertheless, Wood said that most children with egg allergies can be vaccinated, as long as they undergo a skin-prick allergy test first to assess the severity of their allergy and to look for signs of antibodies against either the gelatin or egg proteins that are often

found in vaccines. Anti-allergy drugs, such as antihistamines and corticosteroids, are available and can be given pre-vaccination to minimize the risk of a reaction, he added. Wood first teamed up with Hopkins pediatrician Dr Neal Halsey to outline a safe approach towards the flu shot/allergy issue two years ago. At that time, the team advocated vaccination for almost all allergic kids as long as they undergo allergy testing, as well as close post-inoculation monitoring for a few hours by a physician. The researchers noted that serious allergic reactions, which typically manifest very shortly (within minutes to a couple of hours) after vaccination, are actually extremely rare, occurring in just one or two patients per million. —HealthDay

LONDON: When Chris Carver ran an ultra-marathon in Scotland last year, which challenges athletes to run as far as possible within 24 hours, he ran 140 miles (225 kilometers). Determined to do better in this year’s race, Carver added something extra to his training regime: beetroot juice. For a week before the race, he drank the dark purple juice every day. Last month, Carver Some experts say adding beetroot juice to your diet, like other foods such as cherry juice or milk , could provide a performance boost even beyond the blood, sweat and tears of more training. In two studies conducted at Exeter University on 15 men, Stephen Bailey and colleagues found cyclists who drank a half-liter (about a half-quart) of beetroot juice several hours before setting off were able to ride up to 20 percent longer than those who drank a placebo blackcurrant juice. By examining the cyclists under a scanner that analyzes how much energy is needed for a muscle to contract, Bailey and colleagues discovered beetroot juice allows cyclists to exercise using less oxygen than normal. “The beetroot juice was effective even without any additional training,” Bailey said. “It reduces the energy requirements on your muscles so you can last longer.” While the beetroot juice was provided free by its manufacturer, Exeter University paid for the research. Bailey said the high nitrate content of beetroot juice is responsible for its athletic benefits. Scientists aren’t exactly sure how it works, but suspect having more nitric oxide in your body, a byproduct of nitrate, helps you exercise with less oxygen. Bailey said the same effects might be possible if people ate more nitrate-rich foods like beetroot, lettuce or spinach. Bailey and colleagues calculated beetroot juice could translate into a 1 to 2 percent better race time, a tiny improvement likely only to matter to elite athletes. They are still tweaking the dosage but say athletes should consume the juice a few hours before training so their body has time to digest it. Their latest study was published in

won it by running 148 miles (238 kilometers). “The only thing I did differently this year was the beetroot juice,” said Carver, 46, a professional runner based near Leeds, in northern England. He said more exercise would have improved his endurance, but to get the same result he attributes to the juice, an extra eight miles, it would likely have taken an entire year.

TWICKENHAM: British middle distance runner Colin McCourt runs on a machine for a research in a lab at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham, south-west London. —AP June in the Journal of Applied Physiology. “Drinking beetroot juice is not going to turn a recreational runner into an Olympic champion, but it might make tolerating more exercise easier so you can train more,” said Dr Andy Franklyn-Miller, a sports medicine expert at the Centre for Human Performance in London. He was not connected to the research and has not received any funding from beetroot juice makers. Franklyn-Miller said since people often reach an athletic plateau where more training doesn’t help, beetroot juice could give you an extra edge you wouldn’t get otherwise. “It’s not banned, so there’s no reason not to try it,” he said. Still, he warned drink-

ing too much of the juice could lead to side effects like abdominal cramps, diarrhea or purple urine. Previous studies in Britain and the US have found beetroot helps the heart by lowering blood pressure. Other experts warned manipulating your diet can’t replace the benefits of training. “Certain foods can help you maximize the benefits from exercise, not reduce the amount you’re doing,” said Roger Fielding, director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at Tufts University. He was not connected to any research on beetroot or any other nutritional supplements. For serious athletes, Fielding said changing your diet could

help. “If a very small improvement is valuable to you, it’s possible something like beetroot juice could do that,” he said. Other studies have shown drinking things like pickle juice or having a small carbohydrate snack during a marathon, can prevent cramps and improve performance. Scientists have also found cherry juice, which helps reduce exerciseinduced swelling, could be strong enough to reduce some athletes’ use of antiinflammatory pain medication. Fielding said the benefits of beetroot juice and other foods and drinks could have wider benefits and might one day be used to help elderly people with muscle weakness. Some

elite athletes warned beetroot juice may not be to everybody’s taste. “A few of my friends think it’s really disgusting,” said Colin McCourt, 25, a British runner competing at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi this month. In April, McCourt started drinking cherry and beetroot juice, which he credits with helping him train longer and more often. “I feel like I get a benefit from it, even if it’s minimal,” he told Associated Press Television. McCourt said he will continue to adjust his training regimen in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics, but plans to maintain his juice habit. “There will be a lot more beetroot juice if my stomach can take it.”—AP



Sunday, October 3, 2010

KTAA monthly presentation


he Kuwait Textile Arts Association (KTAA) under the auspices of Sadu House cordially invites you to the monthly presentation “Islamic Motifs in The alSabah Collection of Art from the Islamic World” given by Susan Day and Katherine Baker on Tuesday 12 October at 7pm in Sadu House, Arabian Gulf Street, on the corner of the National Museum, Kuwait City. More information available from

IPC - Islamic courses PC is offering Islamic courses in English (for ladies only). 1. Tilawa Surah Al Imran on Tuesday at 5:30-7pm on October 5, 2010 2. Forty Hadith (Part 2) Tuesday from 7-8:30pm on October 5, 2010 Instructor: Sr. Zeinab Hassan Ashry at IPC - Women Section AlRawdah - Area 3 - St. 30 - House 12. Call 22512257 - 97290270.


GM Saadudine Ghusheh in a group photo with the staff members.

Ghusheh with a couple of staff members.

Convention Center and Royal Suites Hotel event The Convention Center and Royal Suites Hotel recently awarded its directors and other staff members, in an event that was attended by several businessmen and other guests. General Manager Saadudine Ghusheh asserted during the event that the ceremony comes as part of the efforts to solidify the principles of touristic hospitality.

Gold medals distributed


A Ramesh, Country Head , Gulf Mart inaugurated the Kottayam Association Onam celebrations. Distinguished guests John Mathew, Pancily Varkey (Country Head UAE Exchange), Joy Mundakat (Chairman KUDA) Vina Sabu (Chairperson Vanitha wing of Kottayam Association) felicitated the occasion. General Secretary Raju Zacharias extended Onam greetings and welcomed the audience and Secretary M P Sen proposed the vote of thanks. The Jury Committee of Adv. John Thomas and K J John declared gold medals for the top

ranking students of Class 12 and 10 from the natives of Kottayam District. Gold Medals sponsored by Gulf Mart for Class 12 were distributed by T A Remash (Country Head , Gulf Mart) to Emil Joseph from Indian English Academy, Salmiya ( 1st Prize) and Shilpa Rajeev from Gulf Indian school Fahaheel (2nd Prize). Gold Medals sponsored by UAE Exchange for Class10 toppers were distributed by Pancily Varkey (Country Head, UAE Exchange). The toppers are Suchin Sunny Jacob, United Indian School and Neena Kurian, Indian central School who secured full grade.

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


Tulu Parba competitions


n the occasion of Decennial celebration Tulukoota Kuwait invites all Tuluvas to join us for “Tuluparba Competitions” to be held on Friday, October 8, 2010 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm at Indian Community School Auditorium (Senior Girls) Salmiya. Join us for an exciting and entertaining day with lots of fun and creativity. Competitions for various age group planned for the day include: Dance Solo and Group, Fancy Dress Solo and Group; Pick N Speak; Onion Cutting; Ladies Cloth Bag Making; Men Kenchana Kurlari; Smart Kid Contest; Puzzle and color me contest, “Hiriyerna Udala pathera” for senior citizens. For further details and registrations, please contact Sathyanarayana 66585077; Swarna Shetty: 99006934; Rekha Sachu 65044521 and for more details on the rules and regulations please visit our website Last date for accepting registrations is October 3, 2010.

Football For All

T Ghusheh and a number of directors are seen during the event.

Blood donation camp organized

Happy birthday to Zahin Zahir Shaikh best wishes from father Zaheer Hamid Shaikh, grand father Hamid Shaikh, grand mother Saira Banu Hamid Shaikh, Shoyeb Hamid Shaikh, and Asim Hamid Shaikh.


Blood Donation camp was organized in connection with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by the Malayalam Samskarika Vedi , a cultural organization of the employees of the General Trading Company (GTC), in Mubarak Al Kabir Hospital on 17/09/2010. The Contracting Manager of the company and the Patron of the Malayalam Samskarika Vedhi Joy Padayatty and the Executive Chef of the company were present on the occasion. The camp ended with a brief ceremony presided over by Rakesh, the president of the organization. Followed by the welcome speech by Mathaikutty, the general secretary, Bose Sivadas, the general convener, Biji Surendren, treasurer of the organisation, Martin Padayatil, ,Sunil Krishnan & Micheal George gave felicitation talks. The patron of the ladies wing of the Malayalam Samskarika Vedi Beena Shibu also gave her felicitation talk. The meeting came to a close with vote of thanks by Shyja Shibu.

IOC to organize “Gandhidarsan”


ndian overseas congress is organizing “Gandhidarsan 2010” - a photo exhibition related to Mahatma Gandhi’s life and teachings on October 7th and 8th at United Indian School, Abbasiya. More than 300 pictures portraying Mahatma Gandhi’s childhood to his tragic death will be exhibited at the venue. Students from the Indian schools in Kuwait will be given separate timings on Thursday morning and the rest of the two days will be for public. The exhibition will be inaugurated by His Excellency the Indian Ambassador Mr. Ajay Malhotra on Thursday 7th October 2010 at 9.00 am and the exhibition will be continued for public at United Indian School from 5.00pm on 7th Thursday till Friday evening. IOC is conducting various arts competitions which is done every year. Single dance, Group dance, Patriotic song, Elocution, Poetry recitation, Solo, Poster Poem, Tableau and drawing competitions will be held for junior, senior and super senior groups. Poster-Poem competition will be held in English for senior group and in Malayalam for super senior group will be a new item of competition. General conveners Adv. John Thomas and K. J. John and Joint conveners Geevarghese Abraham and Tom Chirayil are coordinating the program. Reji. C. Ninan, Varghese Mamparampan, Thampan Mani, Raju Karunakaran, George Joseph, Joshuvakutty, Thajudeen, Shaji Kavalam and Dr. George Varkey are the various committee conveners. Registrations can be done through telephone also. The entry forms for the competitions will be available at Hidine Restaurant, Hidine Super Market and Sakina Book shop (Abbassiya), Edee Stores(Salmiya), Al Dallah Super Market(Riggae) and Zaas Restaurant(Abu Halifa). Entry forms can also be sent through email id: For details and registration contact: 24316426,6610570,99827113,66853100,99234968

Indian writer bags literary

IMWA Quran comptitions 2010


MWA - Kuwait (Indian Muslim Welfare Association) is conducting its annual IMWA QUR’AN COMPETITIONS 2010 for the school children in Kuwait on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Indian Public School, Salmiya, in segments as follows: Inaugural Session & Registration 8:30 am Qur’an Recitation (Memorized) 9:00 am to 11:00 am Islamic Quiz 11:00 am to 11:30 am Break for Zohr prayer until 12:00 noon Elocution Competition 12:00 noon to 01:00 pm

Boys and girls from Grade 1 to Grade 12 are eligible to participate. The rules and the syllabus of the Competitions are made available online at IMWA website, All the participants and parents are requested to note the timings and cooperate with organizers. Competition results will be announced on IMWA website. For further info please call competition hotlines: 99740083/66520620/55630073. The registration is now open online. Please log on to

Art Galler Join Gallery Tilal to celebrate the first Art & Culture Season adorned by distinctive artwork and various creative artists. The gallery will feature works of artists: Abdul Rasoul Salman, Thuraya Al-Baqsami, Mahmoud Ashkanani, Laila Al-Mosallam, Ebrahim Habib, Ghazwan Allaf, Rima SalamounYasir Hamoud, Safa Al-Set, Bader Qabazard, Bader Al-Mansour, Hamad Al-Saab, Ali Sultan, Monira AlQadiri. The event will open on October 3 at 7 PM. From the 4th to the 14th, the gallery will be open from 10 am to 2 pm, and from 6 to 10 pm. Call 22256101

he Premier Goal Academy in association with Everton F.C. launches its ‘Football For All’ programme at Shaab Park in October 2010. Expert guidance from professional English F.A./UEFA coaching team. Coaching courses for 3-14 years are held Fridays 09001100 and Saturdays 1500-1700. Advanced coaching for Centre of Excellence players aged 8 to 18 years also takes place on Fridays and Saturdays plus Mondays (8-12 years), Tuesdays (12-14 years) and Wednesdays (14-18 years) 1700-1900. Regular fixtures against Kuwait Club teams and tournaments in the Gulf, USA and Europe are also available for selected players. The Premier Goal Academy also offers coaching courses in Salwa, Hawally, Mangaf, Sharq (Girls Only) and Freestyle courses (13-18 years) at Shaab Park on Mondays. For further details of any of the P.G.A. Courses contact; Mike Finn, Director of Football Tel.99981327(English), Baker al Nazer, Director of Administration Tel.66918666(Arabic) or Daniel Christensen 99128010. Email;

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 grand-finale. 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.


A Bergman



ergman Thomas, an Indian writer whose first novel ‘Puramkatal’ has bagged the prestigious OV Vijayan memorial award. Bergman who is a resident of Jleeb Al-Shuyokh has already published a collection of short stories and one act plays. His latest novel depicts the life of fishermen in a coastal village who are

ssociation of Mar Ivanios College Old Students Kuwait chapter celebrated 2010 Onam at Indian Community School, Kheitan on 1 October 2010 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Prof. Aleyamma Varghese & Prof C T Varghese (Retd from Mar Ivanios College) was the Chief Guests. The AMICOS children are presenting the “Epitome of Onam” on the occasion followed by the traditional Ona Sadhya. The visiting professor C.T. Varghese will demonstrate and explain the Pranic Healing Science on the occasion. The program is open to all MICOS and their guests. MICOS are requested to contact respective area representatives or call

99046479 for more information. Prof Aleyamma Varghese aka Jolly Varghese is a teacher by profession and had an illustrious career as a teacher of English language and literature spanning 30 years at the Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla and the Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum, both in Kerala, India and at the African Mission Secondary School, Nigeria. Her interest in writing started during her student days, and she had published short stories and poems in the leading magazines of the day. The demands of a teaching career saw an interruption in her creative work and she started writing again approximately 14 years ago.

Aleyamma Varghese is a multifaceted personality, and she has established herself as a creative writer. She writes poems in English and short stories, articles, columns and book reviews in Malayalam, which have been published in renowned journals. In addition to this, she has translated some of the works of Khalil Gibran, Elfriede Jelinek, Orhan Pamuk, Paulo Coelho and Saramago into Malayalam. She has interviewed many eminent personalities for the TV channels including Matha Amritanandamayi. In 2009 November she has attended an International Writers and Translators Workshop in Wales, UK, as invited by British Council Literature Dept. An active presence in the social, cultural

and literary spheres in Kerala, she is a much sought after speaker known for her powerful oratory and unique views on different subjects. Her literary works has been a zestful search for the secrets of the inner soul through which she hopes to find the true meaning of life. Prof C T Varghese, an academician turned Arhatic practitioner, had an academic career spanning 30 years as a professor of Zoology at reputed colleges in Kerala including Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum. During this time, his interest in conservation saw him devote time & attention to environmental issues as the Vice Chairman of Forestry Board (NGO) in Kerala.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


31 Embassy information EMBASSY OF US The United States Department of State announces the increase in various visa fees to ensure sufficient resources to cover the increasing cost of processing nonimmigrant visas (NIVs). US law requires the Department to recover the cost of processing non-immigrant visas through the collection of the application fees. The increased fees are to take effect June 4, 2010. Under the new rule, applicants for all visas that are not 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

The ambassador of Sierra Leone to Kuwait Ibrahim Baker and his spouse recently hosted a lunch banquet in light of the recent visit of the sister of Sierra Leone’s President to Kuwait. The event was attended by the ambassador of Senegal to Kuwait, as well as a number of ambassadors of African nations and their spouses.

GW Nandamuri Fans Association felicitates event


ulf Wide Nandamuri Fans Association felicitated Andhra Pradesh Hindi Academy Chairman, Former Member of Parliament Prof Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Gorati Venkanna (Gemini TV program Aala, Raala

fame) last Friday. They attend the Kalanjali Anniversory by Kalanjali Annadatha Murali Manohar at Indian School Khatain. Gulf Wide Nandamuri Fans Association President Darla Srinivasulu Achari, VicePresident Polinani Santaram Naidu, General

Secretary Vegi Venkatesh Naidu, Secretary Malaypati Venkaeswarulu (Babu), Joint Secretary S Mubarakbasha, Daruri Kishowr Chowderry, Treasurer Polavarapu Babu Naidu, Honorable Advisory committee Olati Divakar Naidu, Bathina Subba Reddy,

Madamalli Srinu, Panigalapati Anjanayulunaidu(anji), Kothapalli Mohan Babu Naidu, Ponaponeni Mani, Area incharges Venkatesh (Salmiya), Ratakonda Lakshmipathi Naidu, Marothu Naghandra (Hawally), Ashokvarma (Jahra), Maidukur

Narasimhulu (Kuwait city), Master Mahaboob Basha (khatain), Sharief (Sharaq), Rlykodur Narayanachari (Faryaniya), Haymantha Rao (Mangaf) and Rack Dance Kothuri Eswara Achari participated in this event.

Canadian Embassy announces the 5th annual Middle East Education Initiative The Embassy of Canada is pleased to announce that the fifth annual Middle East Education Initiative (MEEI), composed of 20 leading Canadian universities, colleges and language schools will be visiting Kuwait from October 2 to October 4, 2010. Representatives from the institutions will be available to meet with students, parents and other members of the education community, and provide information about study opportunities in Canada. The tour includes select school visits and a Study in Canada Fair at the Marina Hotel, Salmiya, on October 4, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Quality education is available throughout Canada, and each of our 10 provinces and 3 territories has something exciting to offer. With its safe and welcoming environment and affordable tuition fees, Canada remains a top destination for international students wishing to pursue their studies abroad. The enthusiasm shown by international students for post-secondary studies in Canada gives testimony to the superior quality of our education system. Students recognize that Canada offers them the opportunity to earn academic qualifications that are recognized and respected around the world, while being part of a tolerant and vibrant multicultural community. International students in Canada have access to the most sophisticated and up-to-date technologies and facilities, and to programs which allow them to gain valuable work experience through work placements and cooperative education. We invite you to come and meet the representatives from Canada’s colleges, universities and language schools, and discover how studying in Canada will set you on the path to achieving your dreams. The schools participating on the tour are: * Memorial University * University of Alberta * Vancouver Island University * Lethbridge College * Sheridan College * Carleton University * Columbia College * York University * University of the Fraser Valley * Okanagan College * Ryerson University * Dalhousie University * University of Waterloo * University of Victoria * Seneca College * University of Windsor * Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) * Algoma University * Alexander College. For more information please contact: EMBASSY OF INDIA

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. Oct 14 Tulukoota Kuwait announces its “Decennial Parba “on October 14th & 15th. 2010 at American International School Hawally. We invite all Tulukoota Kuwait members to join us for fun filled and exciting events planned to celebrate the milestones throughout Tulukoota Kuwait’s 10 years journey. 14th October Rasamanjari - musical show by Star performer Anuradha Bhatt, Prakash Mahadevan Naveen Koppa & others, Vismaya Jadoo by Mega Magic Star Ganesh Kudroli & troupe. Dr. Mohan Alva Cultural Performances & King of Comedy Navin D Padil presents tulu drama “ Paniyerla aath Panande Budiyerla aath” This is a fun tilled evening for entire family! Join us for a great time. For more information call :

Swarna C Shetty - 99006934; Pascal Pinto - 9953 1557; Sathya Narayan 66585077: Suresh Salian - 99161228; Chandrahasa Shetty - 55941955. OCT 21 Rendezvous 2010: The Kuwait Chapter of the St. Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA KUWAIT) have announced that “Rendezvous” their hallmark event will be conducted on 21st October at Asia Asia Restaurant, Souk Al Watiya, Kuwait City from 8 pm onwards. This year, SACAA Kuwait celebrates five years of its existence in Kuwait. SACAA-Kuwait has been synonymous with various fund raising initiatives through which they consistently supported various needs of their Alma Mater and its students back in Mangalore, India. Through 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 28 Colva feast: Colva United Centre Kuwait invites all Colvenkars and wellwishers to attend Feast Mass at Holy Family Cathedral Kuwait - on 28th Oct 2010 at 6.30 pm. OCT 29 Onathanima tug of war: Thanima is conducting its annual Onam celebrations along with its celebrated tug of war com-

petitions 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.

The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week. Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the Embassy of India: [i] 24x7 Helpline for Domestic Workers: Accessible by toll free telephone no. 25674163 from anywhere in Kuwait, it provides information and advice exclusively to Indian domestic sector workers (Visa No. 20) as regards their grievances, immigration and other matters. [ii] Help Desk: It offers guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal, and other issues (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iii) Labour Complaints Desk: It registers labor complaints and provides grievance redressal service to Indian workers (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iv) Shelters: For female and male domestic workers in distress; (v) Legal Advice Clinic: Provides free legal advice to Indian nationals (Embassy premises; Kuwaiti lawyers 3 PM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday; Indian lawyers 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday); and (vi) Attestation of Work Contracts: Private sector worker (Visa No. 18) contracts are accepted at the Embassy; 9 AM to 1 PM; Sunday to Thursday; Domestic sector worker (Visa No. 20) contracts are accepted at Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO), Hawally, Al-Othman Street, Kurd Roundabout, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. EMBASSY OF BANGLADESH The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kuwait has taken up an initiative to update the database of Bangladesh nationals residing in the State of Kuwait. For inclusion in the database all the Bangladesh nationals are requested to collect the Registration Form from the Labour Wing of the Embassy. The forms can also be collected sending request to e-mail address. The filled-in forms can also be submitted by hand, by email or by fax (number 2491-3204).



Sunday, October 3, 2010

Orbit / Showtime Listings 06:00 Cash In The Attic 08:55 Saturday Kitchen 2008/09 09:50 Living In The Sun 10:40 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 11:25 Cash In The Attic USA 11:45 The Home Show 12:30 Cash In The Attic 13:15 Fantasy Homes In The City 14:05 Cash In The Attic 17:05 Come Dine With Me 19:10 Indian Food Made Easy 19:40 Rhodes Across China 20:20 Coastal Kitchen 20:45 Saturday Kitchen 2008/09 21:15 Saturday Kitchen 2008/09 21:40 Living In The Sun 22:35 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 23:15 The Home Show

00:00 The Closer 01:00 The Invisible Man 02:00 Ghost Whisperer 03:00 GMA Live RPT 04:00 Kathy Griffin 05:00 Royal Pains 06:00 Smallville 07:00 Inside the Actors Studio 08:00 Ghost Whisperer 09:00 The Invisible Man 10:00 The Closer 11:00 Good Morning America Live 12:00 Kathy Griffin 13:00 Royal Pains 14:00 Smallville 15:00 The Ellen de Generes Show 16:00 The Bachelor 17:00 Damages 18:00 Cold Case 19:00 Sons of Anarchy 20:00 Saving Grace 21:00 The Ellen de Generes Show 22:00 GMA Live RPT 23:00 Kathy Griffin

00:15 The Express-PG 02:30 Meet Bill-PG15 04:15 The Old Curiousity Shop-PG 06:00 December Boys-PG15 08:00 The Last Mimzy-PG 10:00 Coeurs-PG 12:15 Lovely Still-PG 14:00 Familiar Strangers-PG 16:00 A Thousand Acres-PG15 18:00 Elegy-18 20:00 Rosemary’s Baby-PG15 22:15 Where’s Marlowe?-18

00:30 I’m Alive 01:25 Sharkbite Summer 02:20 Untamed And Uncut 03:10 Rspca: On The Frontline 03:35 Predator’s Prey 04:00 Animal Crackers 04:25 Meerkat Manor 04:50 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 05:40 Africa’s Super Seven 06:35 Animal Battlegrounds 07:00 Cats 101 07:55 Monkey Life 08:20 Rspca: On The Frontline 08:50 Miami Animal Police 09:45 E-Vets: The Interns 10:10 Pet Rescue 10:40 Animal Cops Miami 11:35 Wildlife SOS 12:00 Rspca: On The Frontline 12:30 Britain’s Worst Pet 13:25 Dogs 101 14:20 Cats 101 15:15 Animal Cops Houston 16:10 Venom Hunter With Donald Schultz 17:10 Planet Earth 18:05 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 19:00 Whale Wars 19:55 Your Worst Animal Nightmares 20:50 Shark Attack Survivors 21:45 Untamed And Uncut 22:40 Africa’s Super Seven 23:35 Untamed And Uncut

00:00 Holby City 01:05 Tweenies 01:25 Teletubbies 01:50 Me Too 02:10 Tikkabilla 02:40 Tweenies 03:00 Me Too 03:20 Tikkabilla 03:50 Tweenies 04:10 Teletubbies 04:35 Me Too 04:55 Tikkabilla 05:25 Tweenies 05:45 Teletubbies 06:10 Tikkabilla 06:40 Strictly Come Dancing 08:00 Casualty 08:50 Casualty 09:40 Holby City 10:40 Robin Hood 11:25 Holby City 12:20 Only Fools And Horses 13:20 Doctors 13:50 Doctors 14:20 Robin Hood 15:05 Doctors 16:35 Strictly Come Dancing 18:40 Only Fools And Horses 19:40 Holby Blue 20:30 New Tricks 21:20 Freefall 22:50 Casualty

00:25 Design Rules 00:55 Design Rules 01:20 Rhodes Across India 02:15 James Martin’s Favourite Feasts 02:35 Coastal Kitchen 03:00 Living In The Sun 04:30 Cash In The Attic 05:15 Cash In The Attic

00:00 Worst-Case Scenario 00:25 Wreckreation Nation 01:20 How Stuff’s Made 01:50 How Does It Work 02:15 Deadliest Catch 03:05 Mythbusters 04:00 Fifth Gear 04:25 Wheeler Dealers 04:50 Wheeler Dealers 05:15 Battle Machine Bros 06:10 X-Machines 07:05 How Stuff’s Made 07:35 Overhaulin’ 08:30 Deadliest Catch 09:25 Cake Boss 14:55 How Stuff’s Made 15:20 Ultimate Survival 16:15 Deadliest Catch 17:05 Time Warp 18:00 Mythbusters 18:55 Wreckreation Nation 19:50 Worst-Case Scenario 20:45 Police Women Of Broward County 21:40 Destroyed In Seconds 22:35 Battle Machine Bros 23:30 Wheeler Dealers

00:00 Universe 00:50 The Future Of... 01:45 What’s That About? 02:40 How Does That Work? 03:10 Mighty Ships 04:00 Junkyard Mega-Wars 05:00 Scrapheap Challenge 06:00 Race To Mars 06:55 Brainiac 07:50 Engineered 12:25 Savage Planet 12:55 Eco-Tech 13:50 The Gadget Show 14:45 How Stuff’s Made 15:40 2012 Apocalypse 16:30 Perfect Disaster 17:20 Engineered 18:10 Nyc: Inside Out 19:00 2012 Apocalypse 19:50 Perfect Disaster 20:40 The Colony 21:30 The Colony 22:20 Science Of The Movies 23:10 What’s That About?

00:15 25 Most Stylish 01:10 Sexiest 02:05 Battle of the Hollywood Hotties 02:30 Streets of Hollywood 03:00 25 Most Sensational Hollywood Meltdowns 04:45 Behind the Scenes 05:35 E! News 06:25 THS 08:05 Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami 09:00 E! News 09:50 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 14:10 Behind the Scenes 15:00 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 19:10 E! News 20:00 Chelsea Lately 20:25 The Soup

20:50 25 Most Stylish 21:40 Dr 90210 22:30 E! Investigates

00:00 Drop In Series 5 01:00 Winter X Games 03:00 I-Ex 05:00 Wilderness Arc 06:00 Power Bar Three Peaks Race, The 07:00 Edinburgh Rat Race, The 07:30 Drambuie Pursuit, The 08:00 China Invitational 2009 09:00 Red Bull Empire Of Dirt 10:00 Winter X Games 12:00 Drop In Series 5 13:00 Drop In TV 14:00 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 15:00 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 16:00 Winter X Games 18:00 Eds Up 18:55 Fight Girls 21:10 M1 Challange 23:00 Drop In Series 5

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

00:05 Psychic Witness 01:00 Crime Scene Psychics 01:55 Amsterdam Vice 02:20 FBI Files 03:10 Real Emergency Calls 04:00 Forensic Detectives 04:50 FBI Files 05:40 CSU 06:30 Diagnosis: Unknown 07:20 Forensic Detectives 08:10 Mystery Diagnosis 09:00 Real Emergency Calls 09:50 Final Days of an Icon 10:40 Diagnosis: Unknown 11:30 Forensic Detectives 12:20 FBI Files 13:10 CSU 14:00 Diagnosis: Unknown 14:50 Forensic Detectives 15:40 Mystery Diagnosis 16:30 Real Emergency Calls 17:20 Final Days of an Icon 18:10 Murder Shift 19:00 I Escaped Death 19:50 Serial Killers 20:40 I Almost Got Away With It 21:30 Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases 22:20 True Crime Scene 23:10 Murder Shift

03:00 Kid Vs Kat 03:25 Kid Vs Kat 03:50 American Dragon

04:15 American Dragon 04:40 Phineas And Ferb 05:05 Aaron Stone 05:30 I’m In The Band 06:00 Kick Buttowski 06:25 The Super Hero Squad Show 06:50 Phineas And Ferb 07:15 Zeke And Luther 07:40 Zeke And Luther 08:05 The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody 08:30 The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody 09:00 Up Up And Away 10:30 Phineas And Ferb 11:00 The Super Hero Squad Show 11:25 Kick Buttowski 11:50 The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody 12:15 Phineas And Ferb 12:45 I’m In The Band 13:15 Zeke And Luther 13:40 Zeke And Luther 14:05 The Super Hero Squad Show 14:30 Pokemon 14:55 Suite Life On Deck 15:20 Suite Life On Deck 15:45 Phineas And Ferb 16:10 Phineas And Ferb 16:35 Kid Vs Kat 17:00 Aaron Stone 17:30 Kick Buttowski 18:00 Zeke And Luther 18:25 Zeke And Luther 18:55 Shreducation 19:20 Pokemon 20:00 Programmes Start At 6:00am KSA

00:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 01:30 Banged Up Abroad 03:30 Destination Extreme 04:00 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 05:00 Bondi Rescue 05:30 Banged Up Abroad 06:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 07:30 Banged Up Abroad 09:30 Destination Extreme 10:00 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 11:00 Bondi Rescue 11:30 Banged Up Abroad 12:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 13:30 Bondi Rescue 14:00 Bondi Rescue 14:30 4Real 15:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 15:30 Destination Extreme 16:00 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled 17:00 Bondi Rescue 17:30 Banged Up Abroad 18:30 Cruise Ship Diaries 19:30 Bondi Rescue 20:00 Bondi Rescue 20:30 4Real 21:00 Don’t Tell My Mother 21:30 Destination Extreme 22:00 Lonely Planet: Roads Less

00:00 SNL one hour version 01:00 Life & times of Tim 01:30 Tonight Show with Jay Leno 02:30 Yes Dear 03:00 Frasier 03:30 The Drew Carey Show 04:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 05:00 Brothers 05:30 Yes Dear 06:00 Frasier 06:30 The Drew Carey Show 07:00 My Name is Earl 07:30 How I met your mother 08:00 Everybody Loves Raymond 08:30 Frasier 09:00 Tonight Show with Jay Leno 10:00 Brothers 10:30 Yes Dear 11:00 Frasier 11:30 How I met your mother 12:00 New adventures of Old Christine 12:30 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 13:00 The Colbert Report (repeat) 13:30 The Drew Carey Show 14:00 Best of Late night with Jimmy Fallon 15:00 Two and half men 15:30 Will & Grace 16:00 Better Off Ted 16:30 Community 17:00 Entourage 18:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 18:30 The Colbert Report (repeat) 19:00 Saturday Night Live 20:30 Better Off Ted 21:00 Community 21:30 Two and half men 22:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 22:30 The Colbert Report (repeat) 23:00 Entourage

04:00 Lazytown 04:25 Imagination Movers 04:50 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 05:15 Handy Manny 05:30 Special Agent Oso 05:45 Handy Manny 06:00 Jungle Junction 06:25 Special Agent Oso 06:50 Handy Manny 07:15 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 07:40 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 08:05 Imagination Movers 08:30 Jungle Junction 08:55 Special Agent Oso 09:20 Little Einsteins 09:45 My Friends Tigger and Pooh 10:10 Handy Manny 10:35 JO JO’S CIRCUS 11:00 Higglytown Heroes 11:25 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 11:45 Special Agent Oso 12:05 Imagination Movers 12:30 HAPPY MONSTER BAND 12:30 My Friends Tigger and Pooh 12:55 Higglytown Heroes 13:20 Handy Manny 13:45 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 14:10 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 14:35 Special Agent Oso 14:45 Imagination Movers 15:10 Handy Manny 15:35 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 16:00 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 16:25 Handy Manny 16:40 Special Agent Oso 16:50 Jungle Junction

Bran Nue Dae on Show Movies

03:00 New Adventures of Madeline 03:25 Rupert 03:45 Jass Time 03:50 Dennis The Menace 04:00 The Fairly OddParents 15:05 The Beach Crew 15:10 Nancy Drew 15:35 Inspector Gadget 16:00 Frankie and Hazel 17:30 Dennis The Menace

17:45 Sabrina 18:10 S Club 7 In Miami 18:35 Beverly Hills Teen Club 19:00 Frankie and Hazel 20:30 Dennis The Menace 20:45 Nancy Drew 21:10 The Hardy Boys 21:30 Inspector Gadget 22:00 Tales from the Cryptkeeper Marathon

00:00 Golf Channel - TBA 02:00 Golf Central International Live From the Ryder Cup 03:00 Golf Channel - TBA 05:00 Champions Tour Ensure Classic At Rock Barn Rd. 2 Conover, NC 07:00 World Sport 2010 07:30 NFL Game Day 08:00 Big 12 Football Georgia at Colorado 11:30 MLB on FOX: TBA at TBA 14:30 This Week in Baseball 15:00 World of Athletics 15:30 NFL Game Day 16:00 FOX NFL Sunday 17:00 NFL TBA at TBA 20:15 NFL TBA at TBA 23:30 World Sport 2010 FOX SPORTS HD 00:00 Golf Channel - TBA 02:00 Golf Central International Live From the Ryder Cup -HD 03:00 Golf Channel - TBA 05:00 Champions Tour Ensure Classic At Rock Barn Rd. 2 Conover, NC 07:00 World Sport 2010 07:30 NFL Game Day -HD 08:00 Big 12 Football Georgia at Colorado-HD 11:30 MLB on FOX: TBA at TBA-HD 14:30 This Week in Baseball 15:00 World of Athletics 15:30 NFL Game Day -HD 16:00 FOX NFL Sunday -HD

00:00 The Powerpuff Girls 00:15 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 00:40 The Secret Saturdays 01:05 Codename: Kids Next Door 01:30 Ben 10 01:55 Best ED 02:20 Samurai Jack 02:45 Cramp Twins 03:10 Eliot Kid 03:35 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 04:00 Casper’s Scare School 04:25 Chop Socky Chooks 04:50 Chowder 05:15 Ben 10: Alien Force 05:40 Bakugan: New Vestroia 06:05 Batman: The Brave And The Bold 06:30 Alien Force 60 07:30 The Secret Saturdays 07:55 Best ED 08:20 Eliot Kid 08:45 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 09:10 Megas Xlr 09:35 Samurai Jack 10:00 Ben 10 10:25 Codename: Kids Next Door 10:50 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 11:15 The Life And Times Of Juniper Lee 11:40 George Of The Jungle 12:05 Ed, Edd N Eddy 12:35 Chop Socky Chooks 13:00 Robotboy 13:25 Squirrel Boy 13:50 Chowder 14:15 The Secret Saturdays 14:40 Ben 10: Alien Force 15:05 Bakugan: New Vestroia 15:30 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 16:00 Best ED 16:25 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 16:50 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 17:05 The Powerpuff Girls 17:30 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 17:45 Ben 10: Alien Force 18:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 18:35 Robotboy 19:00 Camp Lazlo 19:25 Samurai Jack 19:50 Megas Xlr 20:15 Out Of Jimmy’s Head 20:40 Chowder 21:05 Cow And Chicken 21:30 Cramp Twins 21:55 George Of The Jungle 22:20 Adrenalini Brothers 22:45 Eliot Kid 23:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 23:35 Ben 10: Alien Force

01:00 Three Investigators-PG15 03:00 Nurse.Fighter.Boy-PG15 05:00 A Previous Engagement-PG15 07:00 One Week-PG 09:00 Rush Hour 3-PG15 11:00 Far North-PG 13:00 A Previous Engagement-PG15 15:00 Bran Nue Dae-PG15 17:00 Body Of Lies-18 19:15 Observe And Report-18 21:00 Sex And Breakfast-18 23:00 45 R.P.M.-PG15

00:00 The Snow Walker-PG15 02:00 Planet Of The Apes-PG15 04:00 Boa-PG15 06:00 The Core-PG15 08:15 Noble Things-PG15 10:00 Wushu Warrior-PG15 12:00 The Core-PG15 14:15 The Building-PG15 16:00 Deadwater-18 18:00 Goal III-18 20:00 Night Of The Living Dead 3d-PG15 22:00 Deadwater-18

01:00 Adventures Of Power-PG15 03:00 Married To It-PG15 05:00 The Clique-PG15 07:00 Kingdom Come-PG 09:00 I.Q.-PG 11:00 Santa Baby 2-PG15 13:00 Killer Bean Forever-PG15 15:00 Two Can Play That Game-PG15 17:00 Step Brothers-PG15 19:00 Mo’ Money-18 21:00 Futurama : Into The Wild Green Yonder-PG15 23:00 Two Can Play That Game-PG15

01:00 The Jungle Book I-FAM 03:00 Robin Hood: The Invincible KnightFAM 05:00 Last Of The Mohicans-PG 07:00 The Jungle Book I-FAM 09:00 The Trumpet Of The Swan-FAM 11:00 Harriet The Spy-PG

Staten Island on Super Movies 13:00 Doubting Thomas: Spies And LiesPG15 15:00 Green Lantern: First Flight-PG 17:00 Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation-FAM 19:00 The Trumpet Of The Swan-FAM 21:00 Last Of The Mohicans-PG 23:00 Green Lantern: First Flight-PG

00:00 Mercy 01:00 The View 02:00 Downsize Me 03:00 Emmerdale 03:30 Coronation Street 04:00 Mercy 05:00 “8” Simple rules 05:30 Yes Dear 06:00 Downsize Me 07:00 Mercy 08:00 The View 09:00 Emmerdale 09:30 Coronation Street 10:00 “8” Simple rules 10:30 Yes Dear 11:00 CSI 12:00 Treme 13:00 Downsize Me 14:00 The View 15:00 Emmerdale 15:30 Coronation Street 16:00 CSI: NY 17:00 Kings 18:00 Mercy 19:00 The View 20:00 Downsize Me 21:00 CSI: NY 22:00 Kings 23:00 “8” Simple rules 23:30 Yes Dear

01:30 Currie Cup 03:30 Futbol Mundial 04:00 Scottish Premier League 06:00 Futbol Mundial 06:30 ICC Cricket World 07:00 Live NRL Premiership 09:00 Super League 11:00 Futbol Mundial 11:30 Scottish Premier League 13:30 NRL Premiership 15:30 Live Aviva Premiership 17:30 NRL Premiership 19:30 Aviva Premiership 21:30 Super League 23:30 NRL Premiership

06:00 Super League 08:00 Scottish Premier League 10:00 European Tour Weekly 10:30 Live Ryder Cup 17:30 Live Ryder Cup Closing Ceremony 18:00 The Open Championship Official Film 19:00 The Ryder Cup

00:00 WWE Smackdown 02:00 UFC Unleashed 03:00 UFC Unleashed 04:00 Red Bull X-Fighters 05:30 UFC All Access 06:00 WWE NXT 07:00 WWE Smackdown 09:00 Red Bull X-Fighters 10:30 FIA GT1 World Championship 12:00 V8 Supercars Extra 12:30 UFC All Access 13:00 WWE Smackdown 15:00 UFC The Ultimate Fighter 16:00 Red Bull X-Fighters 17:30 WWE Vintage Collection 18:30 WWE Bottom Line 19:30 WWE Smackdown 21:30 Red Bull X-Fighters 23:00 UFC The Ultimate Fighter

00:00 Staten Island-PG15 02:00 Fred Claus-PG 04:00 Mama I Want To Sing-PG 06:00 Coraline-PG

08:00 A Shine Of Rainbows-PG15 10:00 Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants 2-PG15 12:00 Flirting Wth Flamenco-PG15 14:00 Coraline-PG 16:00 Suburban Girl-PG15 18:00 The Damned United-PG15 20:00 Nobel Son-18 22:00 Fired Up !-18

00:00 Inside The Body Of Henry Viii 00:55 Mummy Forensics 01:50 Rudolf Hess: The Man Who Died Twice 02:40 Cities Of The Underworld 03:30 Ax Men 04:20 Modern Marvels 05:10 Investigating History 06:00 Inside The Body Of Henry Viii 06:55 Mummy Forensics 07:50 Rudolf Hess: The Man Who Died Twice 08:40 Cities Of The Underworld 09:30 Ax Men 10:20 Modern Marvels 11:10 Investigating History 12:00 Inside The Body Of Henry Viii 12:55 Mummy Forensics 13:50 Rudolf Hess: The Man Who Died Twice 14:40 Cities Of The Underworld 15:30 Ax Men 16:20 Modern Marvels 17:10 Investigating History 18:00 How The Earth Was Made 2 18:55 Tales Of The Gun 19:50 Clash Of The Gods 20:40 Ancient Discoveries 21:30 Modern Marvels 22:20 The Universe 3 23:10 Ufo Files

00:00 Split Ends 01:00 Dr 90210 02:00 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane 03:00 How Do I Look? 04:00 Millennium Fashion: The Year In Fashion 05:00 Clean House 06:00 Fashion Police 07:00 Dallas Divas And Daughters 08:00 How Do I Look? 09:00 Jerseylicious 10:00 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane 16:30 Kimora’s Home Movies 17:00 Fashion Police 18:00 How Do I Look? 19:00 Glamour’s 25 Biggest Do’s And Don’ts 20:00 The Dish 20:30 Tacky House 21:00 Clean House: Search For The Messiest... 22:00 Fashion Police 23:00 How Do I Look?

00:15 Top Money 00:17 Playlist 04:15 Monthly Top 04:17 Playlist 05:00 Africa 10 05:45 Playlist 06:15 Top Sexy 06:17 Playlist 10:00 Urban Hit 30 12:00 Playlist 12:15 Top Mobile 12:17 Playlist 13:00 New 13:30 Playlist 14:00 Focus 15:00 Urban Hit 15:45 Playlist 17:00 French Only 17:45 Playlist 19:15 Top Fashion 19:17 Playlist 21:15 Top Gossip 21:17 Playlist 22:00 Africa 10 22:45 Playlist 23:00 Urban Hit

00:00 Exotic Lives 01:00 Top Travel 01:30 48 Hours In 02:00 Globe Trekker 03:00 Think Green 04:00 Exotic Lives 05:00 Globe Trekker Special 06:00 Swiss Railway Journeys 07:00 Raider Of The Lost Snow 07:30 Skier’s World 08:00 PhotoXplorers 08:30 Essential 09:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides 10:00 Globe Trekker 11:00 Intrepid Journeys 12:00 Essential 12:30 Hollywood and Vines 13:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 14:00 Globe Trekker Special 15:00 Journey Into Wine... 17:00 48 Hours In 17:30 Great Scenic Railways - 175 Years 18:00 The Soller Railway 19:00 Word Travels 19:30 Essential 20:00 Rajasthan - A Colourful Legacy 21:00 Globe Trekker 22:00 Julian and Camilla’s World Odyssey 23:00 The Soller Railway

01:00 The Screening Room 01:25 Castaway 03:20 The Screening Room 04:00 Viva Las Vegas 05:25 The Champ 07:30 Where Were You When The Lights Went Out? 09:00 Kelly’s Heroes 11:20 Blackboard Jungle 13:00 Butterflies Are Free 14:45 Where The Spies Are 16:35 The Dirty Dozen 19:00 Slaves Of New York 21:10 Vampira 22:35 Cimarron

HD 00:00 Ultimate Recipe Showdown 00:50 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives 01:15 Unwrapped 01:40 Unwrapped 02:05 Ten Dollar Dinners 02:30 Paula’s Best Dishes 02:50 Paula’s Party 03:35 Good Deal With Dave Lieberman 04:00 Chopped 04:50 Guy’s Big Bite 05:15 Boy Meets Grill 05:40 Good Deal With Dave Lieberman 06:05 Ten Dollar Dinners 06:30 Paula’s Best Dishes 06:55 Good Deal With Dave Lieberman 07:20 Paula’s Party 08:10 Unwrapped 08:35 Guy’s Big Bite 09:00 Unwrapped 09:25 Guy’s Big Bite 09:50 Boy Meets Grill 10:15 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 10:40 Chopped 11:30 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives 11:55 Unwrapped 12:20 Boy Meets Grill 12:45 Chopped 13:35 Good Deal With Dave Lieberman 14:00 Ten Dollar Dinners 14:25 Paula’s Best Dishes 14:50 Good Deal With Dave Lieberman 15:15 Paula’s Party 16:05 Guy’s Big Bite 16:30 Guy’s Big Bite 16:55 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 17:20 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives 17:45 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Special 18:35 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 19:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 19:25 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 21:05 Unwrapped 21:30 Guy’s Big Bite 21:55 Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Special 22:45 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 23:10 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 23:35 Throwdown With Bobby Flay

Sunday, October 3, 2010

33 ACCOMMODATION One independent room with separate bathroom available for 1 or 2 decent executive bachelors. W+E free sat + Kitchen facility C-A/C new building, from 1st October, near Shara Aman Street, Opp Appolo hospital, Salmiya - Call: 99761807. (C 2714) Sharing accommodation available for couple/small family, 2 bedroom flat in Hawally near Jabriya bridge, front side of AlBahar Center. Contact: 97672748 / 99593486. (C 2717) Two rooms two bathrooms, hall and telephone, near Pakistan International School college, Khaitan. Tel: 24747294 / 94956342. 3-10-2010 Sharing accommodation available for Indian working lady in a double bedroom flat in Salmiya. Contact: 25635450 / 99838117. (C 2709)

km, light use. Price KD 2650 (non-negotiable). Tel: 99669220. (C 2718) 3-10-2010 Chevrolet Caprice 1991 Model, Navy blue color in good condition. Registered up to May 2011. Price negotiable, interested candidates please contact mobile no. 99502389. Honda Accord 2007 automatic gear 4 doors 97,000 km, parking sensors, agency maintained, extra clean, dark gray color. Call: 97271526. (C 2712) 2006 Toyota Corolla 1.8 XLI, color white, done 66000 km, excellent condition. Cash price KD 2,400 only. Contact: 99934965. (C 2711) 1-10-2010

MATRIMONIAL Invite proposal from staff nurses (MoH), for Christian Orthodox boy 29/170 cm, working in staff nurse (MoH), Ambulance Dept., from Pathanamthittia (Dist.). Contact: E-mail: (C 2719)

Respectable Apt., C-A/C, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, one maid room, spacious lounge, shaded parking, road 1, Shara Amman, Salmiya, ready to be occupied with all its contents (households) wef 1/11/2010 - 15/11/2010. Contact: 97543176. (C 2710)

Jacobite boy, upper middle class, Masters from USA, 28/5-10, well placed in USA, prefer god fearing, professionally qualified, girl of Marthomite/C.S.I/Jacobite. Contact: 24331735 after 5 pm. (C 2720) 3-10-2010

Sharing accommodation available for couple / small family in a 2 BHK flat, near Hi Dine Supermarket, Abbassiya. Contact: 99396714 after 5 pm. (C 2713) 1-10-2010

Small family looking for alive in cook. Tel: 94934985. (C 2715) 1-10-2010

FOR SALE 2006 Model Subaru (date of purchase June 2007), excellent condition, 48000

No: 14868


English speaking housemaid wanted in Salwa. Fulltime, live-in with Friday holiday from 9am-8pm. Must like cats and dogs and be clean, honest and reliable with experience in European cooking and cleaning. Salary is negotiable. Ph: 97611015 / 99301909. (C 2708) 29-9-2010



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Sunday, October 3, 2010



Aries (March 21-April 19) Good fortune opens up

for you when things happen in a very natural way. Situations are almost magic and it is easy to see which path is the one to take. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy your surroundings and you may find yourself wanting and able to do almost everything. Your home environment, friends and surroundings in general become simplified and you receive encouragement. Your work or career is in real harmony with the rest of your life. You could gain from subordinates or young people at this time. Emotional security, a sense of belonging and nurturing are issues felt instinctively now. You want roots and you crave a sense of intimate connection that will last—a castle against the vicissitudes of the world, so to speak. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Although you shy away from

challenges, you cannot escape facing a few of them this day. Challenges are what help us grow and learn about ourselves and others. Challenges have you pumped and alert and ready to problem-solve. You have the mind of a lawyer, able to size up a problem and come up with a solution. Using your mind to negotiate obstacles and handle dilemmas is just where you want to be this day. You have an innate ability to guide and lead others through the hurdles and hassles of life. You could be very much in demand as a counselor. It is rewarding for you, as you solve problems. Any professional advice you might need is available. You could discover yourself through creativity and self-expression during this time.

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ACROSS 1. The ball-shaped capsule containing the vertebrate eye. 4. (Roman Catholic Church) A book containing all the prayers and responses needed to celebrate Mass throughout the year. 10. The act of hauling something (as a vehicle) by means of a hitch or rope. 13. Brief episode in which the brain gets insufficient blood supply. 14. Not clear. 15. Any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all. 16. Of or relating to a seizure or convulsion. 18. South American shrub or small tree having long shining evergreen leaves and panicles of green or yellow flowers. 19. The basic unit of money in Albania. 20. Green algae common in freshwater lakes of limestone districts. 21. (astronomy) The angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along the celestial equator from the zenith crossing. 22. The capital and largest city of Bangladesh. 26. (prefix) In front of or before in space. 29. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group. 30. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 34. English theoretical physicist who applied relativity theory to quantum mechanics and predicted the existence of antimatter and the positron (19021984). 36. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 39. Used of a single unit or thing. 40. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. 42. Examine by palpation for medical purposes. 44. Informal or slang terms for mentally irregular. 46. A unit of dry measure used in Egypt. 47. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 49. African tree with edible yellow fruit resembling mangos. 52. The seventh month of the Moslem calendar. 57. A trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group. 58. A genus of Platalea. 59. A flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism. 61. An important seaport on the Island of Cebu in the Philippines. 63. Preserve of crushed fruit. 64. A region of Malaysia in northeastern Borneo. 66. An Arabic speaking person who lives in Arabia or North Africa. 67. Someone who engages in arbitrage (who purchases securities in one market for immediate resale in another in the hope of profiting from the price differential). 68. Either of two large African antelopes of the genus Taurotragus having short spirally twisted horns in both sexes. 69. A small cake leavened with yeast. DOWN 1. Of or relating to near the ear. 2. Possessing material wealth. 3. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 4. Among the largest bony fish. 5. The sciences concerned with gathering and manipulating and storing and retrieving and classifying recorded information. 6. A person who lacks good judgment. 7. Short and fat. 8. Black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas. 9. A soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element. 10. A fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate. 11. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 12. Flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition having short wings each with a spur used in fighting. 17. Type genus of the Ardeidae. 23. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 24. A unit of magnetic flux equal to 100,000,000 maxwells. 25. An imaginary elephant that appears in a series of French books for children. 27. (Babylonian) A goddess of the watery deep and daughter of Ea. 28. (Judaism) Not conforming to dietary laws. 31. With no effort to conceal. 32. Take in solid food. 33. The compass point that is one point east (clockwise) of due north. 35. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light. 37. South American armadillo with three bands of bony plates. 38. A sock with a separation for the big toe. 41. Aircraft landing in bad weather in which the pilot is talked down by ground control using precision approach radar. 43. A tricycle (usually propelled by pedalling). 44. A fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate. 45. Of or relating to or characteristic of Thailand of its people. 48. Jordan's port. 50. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables. 51. A popular island resort in the Netherlands Antilles. 53. Slightly open. 54. Upright consisting of a vertical side member of a door or window frame. 55. Serving as or forming a base. 56. King of Saudi Arabia since 1982 (born in 1922). 60. A local computer network for communication between computers. 62. A period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event. 65. A silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Today and tomorrow are the best times to begin a new habit—perhaps a diet. All the energies are working in your favor to be successful with this positive endeavor. Emotional security, a sense of belonging and nurturing—are issues that are felt instinctively now. You may be sought after for your counsel today regarding very personal and emotional issues that surround young people. You will be able to be understanding to handle this sensitive material. You are able to simplify the complicated by cutting through to the truth of most matters. Close relationships take on more emotional depth and importance. This is a great time to reflect and understand your own life path. There is a sense of support and harmony this evening that brings people close.

Non Sequitur

Cancer (June 21-July 22) You may realize that there is a need for balance in your life. You may find it difficult to be spontaneous, to get away from routine and do something different. However, a little laughter, a little music and a little expression of your talent will help. You could be filling your week with too much work and not enough variety. Others see in you a creature of routine. Perhaps now is a good time to at least think about something that you have always wanted to do or to learn and motivate yourself in new directions, but only for a little time. Be brave . . . seek to taste, feel or sense a new difference. The weather may change soon . . . make your preparations for the winter. Go through your living and meal preparation areas and list items to stockpile or make repairs. Leo (July 23-August 22) You are beginning to notice some growth regarding spiritual awareness now. This is not just a childhood type of understanding but rather a comfort that comes in gaining answers to life’s tough questions. Some people will seek you out for your psychological insight and understanding. This could be because others sense the deep changes that happen when one becomes relaxed and confident of their place in the universe. Remember that no matter how much you think you know there is always something new to learn. This is a good time to have sudden insights and to get an unexpected boost in the way you think, speak or write. If you don’t have a special loved one, now is the time magic happens. An old love will deepen.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) You enjoy your life situation today. A friend may occupy much of your day with activities that are enjoyable for the two of you. There is much communication between you and your friend. This is a good day for just having a good time. You appreciate your particular situation and enjoy support from those around you. Outer circumstances and the flow of events make it easy for you to make clear decisions, see the road ahead and gain a focus for future action. Things seem to fall in place and progress is easy. Be careful not to overextend or bite off more than you can chew. This weekend may bring about a greater than usual interest in relationships, social connections and the arts. There is a place for you to feel comfortable and expressive.

Libra (September 23-October 22) Emotional security, a sense of belonging and nurturing are felt instinctively now. You want roots; you crave a sense of intimate connection that will last—a castle against the vicissitudes of the world, so to speak. An opportunity to volunteer with the police department in your city is a good opportunity for you to feel needed. You might even find a neighbor that would join you in the job. You make every effort to improve your living conditions as well as relationships now. You know you must be willing to listen in order for communication to be at its best. Making a good impression and putting your best foot forward takes on a greater importance. You may be reassessing your wardrobe as appearances become most important to you now.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 21) Your mental thinking

marks the single most active factor in your makeup. The key spot in your personality and circumstances is your mind—the world of ideas and communication. Others may not appreciate your expressed ideals and goals or may challenge them. A new planet, a UFO sighting, a new book idea are all the things you may enjoy involving your energies with at this time. You could find it easy to become carried away and be indiscriminate or forfeit your sense of values. This haphazard thinking is the perfect avenue for the fiction story you want to write. Your loved ones want to enjoy your company this evening. You could find yourself involved in some word or board games. There is much communication and laughter. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) You may find yourself alone most of this day and it may be how you planned the day. After chores are completed, a special book, a music store or a long-awaited opportunity to dive into some favorite hobby is just where your energy has settled. This is the perfect time to let your creative self be expressive. Use moderate discrimination regarding your eating habits later today. You are very gifted with great magnetism and warmth and also a keen and powerful mind that others find quite intriguing so . . . make the time alone today of short duration. It could be that your friends will pick you up this evening to go along on a camping trip. Be sure to bring a rain jacket and a pair of extra shoes. Your harmonica or guitar might be fun to bring along.

Yesterday’s Solution





Someone with a tough shell, as far as personality is concerned, has not fooled you a bit. You are hard to fool and can turn a sour person into a very trusting friend. You treat animals the same as you do friends and may find people bring you the wounded and damaged animals from around your community. Word gets around that you are a very sensitive individual but you may feel that the secret to your insight is all in the listening; you think others can do the same. Today a young person has strange ideas and if you help this person, consider helping them with the how instead of the why of their thinking. Gossip is out, but creating positive communication is good. You enjoy communicating and the day is very full. Escape with a bit of music tonight.

Yesterday’s Solution

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) This day brings with it opportunities to uncover and find the truth in a confusing issue. This could mean someone has been forgetful; this may have even been you. An active attention to the nutritional needs of your day is important. When you are under stress it is important to increase your level of certain vitamins. Pay attention to this need for the workweek ahead and purchase your grocery items keeping good nutrition in mind. If you find it necessary, learn about the supplements that could be helpful for better health, especially if you are experiencing any stress. Your home environment, friends and surroundings get a little extra attention today. You are encouraged to help train an animal for a friend or parent.

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Pisces (February 19-March 20) Some type of change is favored now as well as any improvements you want to make can be successful. Charitable endeavors can be quite successful now. Today through the sixteenth is a great time to take some vacation time. Others value your ability to make practical decisions concerning group issues. You have a natural sense of what the public wants and could be very intuitive if working for a tour group or travel company. Clear decisions affecting others could be made now—particularly if you coordinate events for others. You may not value something extraordinary or unusual today but the simple pleasures of viewing a new bird or watching a sunset will find you in love with life. Get your photography equipment in order.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

‘Tough’ judge Jennifer Lopez ennifer Lopez thinks she will be the new “tough” judge on ‘American Idol’. The singer-andactress has joined the panel along with Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler and insists she hasn’t been going easy on the pop hopefuls since the auditions began. Jennifer, 41, described her judging style as “tough, easy and fair,” adding: “I really want to put them through the wringer in the sense that I don’t want to let anybody really great go because they’re nervous or whatever and not get to see what they could’ve been. “We working with them a little more than maybe you’ve seen in the past. We give them more of a chance.” The show started filming auditions at the end of September in Los Angeles, and has recently moved to New Jersey where J.Lo warned prospective contestants she is looking for more than just vocal talent when she judges them. Their look and style are also very important to her although she won’t give out any specific tips as to what she’s looking for. She said: “It’s definitely part of a package when you’re going to be an artist, but I can’t tell you what that would be because it’s a very personal, individual thing.” Tyler has also been trying to judge the contestants “fairly”, but has advised anyone whose audition isn’t successful not to direct their frustration at the judging panel, which also includes Randy Jackson. He said: “Don’t get mad at what we say. Get better!”


Lady Gaga to marry in UK ady Gaga wants to get married in a British castle. The ‘Bad Romance’ hitmaker has reportedly told members of her stage crew that she wants to tie the knot with rumored boyfriend Luc Carl after performing her UK shows in December. A source told The Sun newspaper: “Lady Gaga has told everyone she plans to get married. She has said she wants a fairytale wedding in a castle. “We finish the European leg in London just before Christmas and the timing is perfect for the wedding.” According to the insider, the eccentric singer has a string of wishes for her big day, including arriving in a horse-

Scherzinger’s flag tribute

Cole set to conquer US heryl Cole will be “loved” in the US if she heads to the country to work on a new version of ‘The X Factor’, her friend and musical collaborator has claimed. Black Eyed Peas star - who worked with Cheryl on her debut album ‘Three Words’ - believes the ‘Promise This’ singer will become a big star if she heads to America to become a judge on the US version of ‘The X Factor’. He said: “I’ve heard she’s going to be a judge on ‘The X Factor’ in the States. Wow, she’ll do great. The public will love her. “I hung out with Cheryl recently. I was in the judges’ house. She’s cool. She’s a great artist and we’re good friends. “I think the US are gonna latch on to her in a big way. She’s awesome.” As well as working as a producer on Cheryl’s debut album, also guest starred on the album’s title track ‘Three Words’. He will also feature on her second musical endeavour ‘Messy Little Raindrops’, and has told friends her new work is her best yet. A source recently said: “He can’t contain his excitement over the new stuff. He reckons the tracks will be


Mark Ronson cries at chick flicks icole Scherzinger has her own flag. The ‘Don’t Cha’ singer - who rose to fame in Pussycat Dolls - said a group of Portuguese fans who follow her around the world have designed their own flag in tribute to her. Nicole, 32, explained: “I have these fans from Portugal and a couple of times they have travelled around the world to follow me, and one time they brought this Portuguese flag. “They make me feel so special when they are holding up a huge flag of their country with my face and name on it. It’s like I’ve got my own country! Well, I have my own flag at least.” Nicole is of mixed heritage herself, and although she grew up in the US, her biological mother was of Russian and Hawaiian descent and her father of Filipino heritage. The Scherzinger part of her name comes from her stepfather, who is German-American. She said she is most proud of her Hawaiian heritage, however, and loves to represent the country, where she lived until she was six. Nicole added: “I most associate with the Hawaiian part. That’s where I was born. My family still live there. The best part of being Hawaiian is the food. “I think it’s hard to find people who have Hawaiian in their blood. You don’t hear of many people coming from Hawaii. But I find I represent my people.”


Catherine Zeta-Jones refuse role for husband a therine Zeta -J ones has turned down the chance to have a starring role in a new Marilyn Monroe biopic because she doesn’t want to be away from her husband Michael Douglas, who is battling throat cancer. The Welsh actress had been offered the part of screen siren Vivien Leigh in upcoming biopic ‘My Week With Marilyn’, but declined the role because she doesn’t want to be away from Michael - who his currently receiving treatment for throat cancer - for more than 48 hours. A source said: “It isn’t a huge role, but filming would take a week out of her schedule and she wasn’t prepared to do that. She


had to say no.” Catherine would have starred alongside Michelle Williams - who is playing Marilyn and British star Emma Watson in the movie. Producers are now believed to be close to casting another actress as Vivien. Earlier this week, Catherine revealed Michael was responding well to his treatment, which includes eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. The 41-year-old actress - who has two children, Dylan, 10 and Carys, seven, with the ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ star - said: “Everyone couldn’t be happier with his progress. He’s holding up with great strength and dignity.”

he ‘Bike Song’ artist - who grew up splitting his time between New York and London - said he enjoys taking trans-Atlantic flights because it means he can properly relax and watch something he doesn’t have to concentrate too hard on. Explaining why he enjoys long flights, he said “It’s seven hours where no one can touch you and no one can reach you. It’s such decompression for me. I love watching those crappy Sandra Bullock movies. There was a study recently that said the altitude when you’re flying makes you more sensitive, emotionally. “It must be true because I always cry during those movies when I’m on the plane.” Mark added that he loves the solitary nature of travelling on the plane, and the fact nobody can email or call him. The ‘Stop Me’ hitmaker also revealed he recently got rid of his Blackberry mobile communication device so he didn’t have to have his life invaded by e-mail. He added: “Empires were governed where it would take five days to send a letter to the generals at war. “The world does not end if you don’t answer an e-mail in three minutes about whether you’re going to wear a plaid shirt on a TV show.”


Brand’s ‘bag lady’ disguise


drawn carriage, wearing wedding rings similar to Elvis Presley’s horseshoe ring and to have burlesque star Dita Von Teese spring from a cake and perform one of her raunchy routines. It was recently claimed the ‘Poker Face’ singer who first dated Luc in 2005 before rekindling their romance recently - plans to buy a British castle, fuelling speculation she wants to host her wedding in her own house. A source said recently: “No expense will be spared in her quest to make this dream come true. “It’s her childhood dream and she’s particularly interested in castles in the north of England or Scotland.”

ussell Brand has revealed he and Katy Perry sometimes go out in disguise as old ladies so they don’t get recognized. Russell Brand and Katy Perry dress up as “bag ladies” to get some privacy. The famous couple have been forced to take drastic measures so they don’t get recognized wherever they go - though the British funnyman claims it is much easier for his fiancee to disguise herself than for him to go incognito. He explained: “Do I ever go out in disguise? Yeah, I can’t tell you what it is, actually I can because you might think it’s someone else. “I put on some specs, then I bend over like an old man and go out with Katy holding a cane and we dodder around like a couple of bag ladies. “The thing about female pop stars, all they have to do is not wear so much make-up and no one knows who they are!” The ‘Get Him to the Greek’ star - who was recently arrested following an altercation where he allegedly tried to stop a photographer taking pictures up Katy’s skirt - admitted he gets jealous of the attention the ‘Teenage Dream’ singer receives from other men, but wouldn’t want her to be less attractive. Speaking at a show to launch his new autobiography ‘My Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal’ last night he told the audience at London’s Hackney Empire: “I want to take care of her and love her, but everything about her being sexy and desirable to other people, frankly, if she lost them I’d be on the phone to Lady Gaga.” ‘My Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal’ is on sale now. — Bang Showbiz



Sunday, October 3, 2010


By Gary Graff

ime has been good to Yoko Ono. Once derided by fans as a divisive force in the Beatles universe, Ono is now the trusted guardian and quality control overseer of John Lennon’s legacy-all while maintaining her own career as a musical and visual artist and peace activist. Ever since she completed “Milk and Honey” in 1984, Ono has presided over a continuing series of reissues and repackagings from her husband’s vaults-including the “Lennon” boxed set in 1990, the “Acoustic” compilation album in 2004, the limited-edition set of vinyl singles released in April to mark Record Store Day and a remastered edition of VH1’s “John Lennon: Behind the Music”-as well as such ongoing projects as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.


Her master stroke, however, comes with this month’s “Gimme Some Truth” campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of Lennon’s birth on Oct 9, involving multiple releases by EMI Music in North America on Tuesday (and one day earlier in the rest of the world). The campaign features eight remastered Lennon solo albums and new titles including “Power to the People: The Hits,” which will be available in two versions; “Gimme Some Truth,” a four-CD boxed set with songs divided thematically rather than chronologically; the “John Lennon Signature Box,” with the eight remastered solo discs plus three discs of home tapes and Lennon’s singles; and “Double Fantasy Stripped Down,” a more raw representation of the comeback album that was released just three weeks before Lennon was shot to death on Dec. 8, 1980, outside his home in New York. Ono was an active force in putting together all these- sitting in EMI’s Abbey Road studios to remaster all 121 of Lennon’s solo tracks, helping to group the compilations, choosing Lennon’s artwork to accompany the releases, even mending an estranged relationship with “Double Fantasy” co-producer Jack Douglas to bring him into the “Stripped Down” project. It was arduous, exacting and emotional, she says, but ultimately a satisfying endeavor that gave even Ono new insight into and respect for Lennon’s music, which she’s trying to pass on to fans through these additions to his catalog. Billboard: How do you view your role with John’s catalog and legacy? As a curator? Yoko Ono: Curator doesn’t sound right. Protector, maybe. Billboard: What was the point of transition when you assumed that role? Was it immediately after his death? Ono: I was always a protector, I think, but especially after John’s passing. Before that, I was putting all my energy into the partnership we had and protecting John. John was the one who needed protection. John was the famous one out there. I was in the shadows, so I didn’t need to have much protection. So I was doing that job, and when John left suddenly, I thought, “What am I going to do? Where am I going to put this energy?” Of course I have my son (Sean), but that’s a different story. There’s a big, big, empty space there. Then I thought, “OK, I can give my energy to John’s fans that I gave John.” So I announced that every year I’m going to give you something, and I think I was thinking one thing every year-but it turned out to be more than one thing, I think. I was doing my own thing as well, on the side, but

part of this project, actually, to the point where ... I went to Abbey Road studios and remastered all John’s songs, 121 of them.

talented, brilliant man whose work actually changed the world-or it changed the map of your brain, let me put it that way.

Billboard: What kind of experience was that? Ono: That was sort of a big job for me, and it was kind of trying in a way, both physically and emotionally. I didn’t think I was going to feel anything personally because I have been doing John’s work for the past 30 years, so I thought I can just do it how I should do it-professionally. But when I was doing that, I suddenly realized this was a new experience for me in a sense that I suddenly discovered or started to discover how good John was as a professional musician and as an artist, and that really got to me. I wish John was here so I could say, “Hey, you’re good.” (laughs)

Billboard: Was that his intent while he was making this music? Ono: Well, I don’t know. He was meant to do it. I think he was an inspired artist. He could not control himself; he just dished out all the things he was inspired to dish out. But also, he was aware it was very, very dangerous. I knew that he knew he was playing a dangerous game. “Gimme Some Truth” is what he was thinking, so he was pushing that to the point that it might have been dangerous, and he was probably too daring for his own good. He knew that. He always said, “It’s a little bit much, isn’t it?”

Billboard: How did the “Gimme Some Truth” campaign take shape? Ono: As you can imagine, this 70th birthday thing is really big. It was planned by Capitol and EMI initially, but when they told me this big plan, it’s a kind of thing they’ve never done before, or I don’t think that any record company has done, just presenting the ultimate John Lennon as a Renaissance man, in a way. It’s not just music; it’s some collages and things that have never been out there. I was really impressed that they were going to gamble with something like that, so I wanted to drop everything and join them.

Billboard: What was it you heard that gave you that enhanced perspective? Ono: Well, it started to happen when I would listen to the “Double Fantasy” stuff of John’s. You know, in the ‘70s and ‘80s, around that time, the music world had a way of remixing things so the instruments were extremely big, strong, powerful, and they kind of buried the voice. And I used to say, “Let’s just push up John’s voice a little,” and I couldn’t do that as much as I wanted do. So this time, because it’s “Stripped Down,” we kind of dropped a few instruments and suddenly you hear John’s voice and how he’s singing, and his lyrics are very clear. I didn’t know that John was so good and unique-not just unique, but the classical diction. His diction was so perfect in a way that just that alone impresses you. It’s almost like listening to a very professional actor doing Shakespeare. And of course you know the language is not Shakespeare, but I felt John was the Shakespeare of our age. ... I started to have new respect for him, and that was very hard for me to start to respect him again in that way instead of just in abstract. It was not an abstract thing at all; I was remastering and I was listening to every note. And it was hard for me. (Ono begins to choke up) It really was.

Billboard: Do you feel he was always like that, or did he reach a transition point as an artist to be more daring? Ono: He was dying to be daring when he was with the Beatles, and he was in certain ways. But also he was very caring about his position. He did not want to do something that would be hurtful for others or be hurtful for the reputation of the Beatles as a band. He did manage to do some things that were not particularly good for the band, I suppose-”bigger than Jesus” or whateverand he knew that. So it was very difficult for him. He was really trying not to do anything that would be too controversial when he was a Beatle. And when he became an individual, he was free and, from the beginning, being himself. “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” that was a pretty daring album, and you can go from that to “Imagine” and whatever else he did and see it too.

Billboard: Does what’s coming out represent the initial vision for the project or did you adjust some things in the plan? Ono: I didn’t really tweak it or anything. I just wanted to make sure the quality was tops-that’s where I came in, I suppose, down to photos and everything. I wanted to make sure that I improved it, improved the choices. I was interested in every

Billboard: Did you come away with the impression that he was a fearless artist? Ono: Definitely. He was an inspired artist, and when he was inspired to write something and record something, he didn’t have to do it twice. It just came from him. I don’t know how to describe it, but when you go through it, when you go through all of this you will have a picture of an incredibly

Billboard: Do you think John would still be making music at 70? Ono: Well, if he wanted to, he would. I find through my experience that it’s almost easier to make music now, and the experience helps. And it’s such a pleasure and it’s good for our health, so more people should make music as they get older. — Reuters

Yoko Ono, center, performs with her son Sean Lennon, left, and special guest Iggy Pop during the “Yoko Ono: We Are Plastic Ono Band” concert at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct 1, 2010. — AP with John’s thing I think I’ve done quite a lot. Billboard: You do, in fact, have your own career in music and visual art, among other things. How do you balance those with what you do with John’s catalog, or do they complement each other? Ono: It’s not that they complement each other. I would have felt guilty if I ignored John’s work or did not do as much for John’s work and concentrated on my work. So I concentrated my energy and effort more on John’s work, and mine was more like, “If it happens, it happens.” And it did happen, actually, but without my plan, in a way. Billboard: Prior to his death, did you and he ever talk about how you’d like each other to handle your individual legacies? Ono: Well, no. We didn’t think we were going to die. We thought ... Well, John said over and over again that one day we’ll be in our rocking chairs together, watching the ocean or something, and waiting for Sean’s postcard to come, that kind of thing. We were thinking of our old age.

By Cristina Silva

ctor John Stamos can’t make it to federal court in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula next week, but he still wants to be heard. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to allow them to read a statement from Stamos when two people are sentenced Friday for trying to extort $680,000 from him. In July, Allison Coss and Scott Sippola were found guilty of conspiracy and using e-mail to threaten a person’s reputation. They were accused of demanding money from Stamos in exchange for turning over embarrassing photos of him. The FBI says there were no photos. Stamos has known Coss for years after meeting her in Orlando, Florida, in 2004 when she was 17. Stamos plays a dentist on Fox’s hit TV musical “Glee.” —AP


ames Cameron’s blockbuster “Titanic,” the second-biggest earner in film history, will be released in 3D in 2012, a year that will also see a 3D re-release of “Star Wars,” The Hollywood Reporter said Friday. The Hollywood Reporter said film studios Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment were planning on re-releasing “Titanic” in April 2012, 100 years after the mammoth passenger steamship plunged into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean. That could put it out in theaters around the same time George Lucas’s “Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace” is due out in 3D, the first in a planned series to do so. The company in charge of converting Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s tragic love story into 3D has not yet been chosen, but the cost is estimated at 10 to 15 million dollars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Plans to convert 2D films to 3D have come under heavy criticism in Hollywood after the 3D release of “Clash of the Titans” was a major flop. — AFP


By Andre Paine and Aymeric Pichevin arla Bruni’s marriage to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France in 2008 has made her a steady fixture in tabloid newspapers across Europe. But capitalizing on such exposure remains a challenge for the chart-topping singer-songwriter. Bruni’s media profile has been particularly prominent in recent months, thanks to widely circulated holiday photos in August, her appearance on the cover of the Sept. 11 UK edition of the Economist for a story about her husband’s slump in popularity and a salacious new biography, “Carla et les Ambitieux” by Michael Darmon and Yves Derai, which has received heavy press coverage. Reports recently surfaced in the French media that Sarkozy’s aides had requested she delay her planned musical comeback due to fears that it could be politically damaging amid the current wave of French protests and strikes over economic reforms. Small wonder that, as Bruni continues writing songs for her fourth album, due in 2011, her team is contemplating how to balance her musical career with her status as first lady of France. That status caused problems when Bruni’s third album, “Comme Si De Rien N’etait,” was released in July 2008, five months after she married Sarkozy. “We had to cancel her international tour for security reasons but also


because (French) people might not have accepted that their first lady would be onstage,” says Bertrand De Labbey, CEO of talent agency VMA, who manages Bruni’s music career. Prepared for scrutiny While the French president’s wife has a less prominent role than the United States’ first lady, Bruni remains subject to intense scrutiny by the French media. She has tried to avoid any suggestion that she’s profiting from her position, donating her recording royalties on “Comme Si De Rien N’etait,” which hit No. 1 in France, to charity. “Comme” has sold 193,000 copies in France and a further 288,000 internationally, according to label Naive. De Labbey insists he’s happy with the album’s sales, claiming, “Everybody would have considered (that) amazing if she hadn’t been France’s first lady.” But Bruni’s unavailability for touring and promotion seemed to hamper the album’s international sales performance. Despite her fame in the United Kingdom, “Comme” reached only as high as No 58 on the UK albums chart, with total sales of 13,300, according to the Official Charts Co. Bruni’s last UK promotional campaign consisted of a single interview, with the Sunday Times newspaper, and a solitary TV appearance on BBC 2’s “Later ... With Jools

runo Mars, singer of the hit R&B song “Just the Way You Are,” faces a felony cocaine charge stemming from his arrest after a performance at a Las Vegas nightclub last month. The Clark County district attorney’s office filed a criminal complaint Friday alleging the rising singer-songwriter had 2.6 grams of cocaine when he was arrested Sept 19 after being detained by a hotel security guard. Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, is due in court Nov 18 on the possession of a controlled substance charge. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.


Holland.” UK label Dramatico incurred 12,000 ($18,800) in charges imposed by the French state for six security operatives to mingle with the studio audience, according to sources familiar with the situation. Still, Dramatico chairman Mike Batt says he and Bruni share a “relaxed” approach to releasing her music. “Her life at the moment is to be Mrs Sarkozy,” he says, “and we quite understand that.” Refocusing public perception of Bruni as a recording artist will be crucial for the promotion of her next album, says Alan Edwards, CEO of London-based PR company the Outside Organization, which represents everyone from Naomi Campbell to Amy Winehouse. (Bruni is repped by Londonbased Republic Media.) “The biggest challenge will be to separate Carla as artist and Carla as first lady,” Edwards says. “The context of all interviews should be music-related, with as low a presence of the first-lady trappings as possible.” Ultimately, the key to putting Bruni’s music career back on track may lie with her husband. If Sarkozy loses the May 2012 election, a more engaged approach to Bruni’s musical life seems assured. But, even if he remains in office for another five-year term, De Labbey is optimistic that Bruni’s musical career will soon be more of a priority. “Now time has passed,” he says. “She’s fulfilled her role as first lady. Things might change.”— Reuters

Billboard: As musical collaborators as well as a couple, how did you feed off of and push each other? Ono: I don’t know-just by being us. Just by being me and being him. We were not trying to influence each other so much; just the fact we were together. (Being) in close proximity is what did it, I think.

“Just the Way You Are” is No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Hernandez, 24, was in Las Vegas for a performance at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Wasted Space nightclub. After the show, a bathroom attendant told police Hernandez was taking a long time in a stall with a bag of a white, powdered substance, according to the arrest report. The attendant alerted a security guard, who confronted Hernandez as he left the stall. The security guard said he asked Hernandez to hand over any narcotics he had, and Hernandez removed a bag of cocaine from his left-front jeans pocket, the report said. Hernandez was taken to a holding

cell, where he was questioned by an arresting officer. When asked what was going on, Hernandez replied: “Can I speak to you honestly, sir?” He said he acted foolishly and had never used drugs before, the arrest report said. Hernandez sang the hooks on B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” — both chart-toppers-and co-wrote and produced Cee-Lo Green’s latest expletive-laden single. His label, Elektra Records, released a brief statement Friday: “We congratulate Bruno Mars on his chart-topping success, and provide him with our full love and support.” Hernandez’s debut album, “DooWops & Hooligans,” is scheduled for release Tuesday. — AP

Carla Bruni



By Jenny Barchfield ove was in the air at Paris’ spring-summer 2011 ready-to-wear shows on Friday, as Lanvin’s sumptuous confections worked the world weary crowd of fashion insiders into a covetous lather. The Parisbased fashion house has quietly built a cult following by deciphering women’s desires and churning out collection after collection that’s exactly what they want. Friday’s lineup was no exception. Designer Alber Elbaz’s parade of dresses-fluttering kaftans, sheaths in liquid silk and second-skin columns-had something for everyone. “I’m one fat designer who spends all his time thinging about the body. ... I’m trying to understand the needs of women, but different women,” the affable Elbaz told a scrum of journalists. “There are some women that are a size 34 (US size 0) and that’s OK, and there are other women who are a size 44 (US size 10) and that’s also OK.” The well-rounded show worked through lots of different ideas, churning out potential offerings for women of all shapes and sizes. The same could not be said, however, for Maison Martin Margiela, the conceptual label whose mysterious Belgian founder decamped earlier this year. The label’s design studio sent out a one-note collection that hammered its (single) point through with the subtly of a sledgehammer: It was all about two-dimensionality, with sweater dresses, trench coats and pantsuits that sprouted a flat, starched rectangle on the front side. Luxury supernova Christian Dior raised that quintessentially tacky garment, the Hawaiian shirt, to the pinnacle of chic with a featherlight collection of sundresses in eye popping palm leaf prints. Rising Brazilian talent Pedro Lourenco combined his signature material-leather-with transparent tulle to create bold, futuristic looks that appeared to defy gravity. His column dresses and slick pantsuits were a patchwork of lozenge-shaped leather appliques that seemed to be clinging directly to the models. (Closer inspection revealed they were in fact stitched to nude tulle bodysuits.) Another rising star, France’s Isabel Marant, showed why she’s earned an A-list roster of fans in the US with a collection steeped in easy, Paris chic. Japan’s Issey Miyake delivered a solid lineup of wearable summer separates that showcased the house’s expertise in technical fabrics. Paris’ nine-daylong ready-to-wear displays hit the halfway mark on Saturday with shows by homegrown talent Jean Paul Gaultier and Sonia Rykiel.


CHRISTIAN DIOR The king of kitsch, the Hawaiian shirt, got a classy upgrade, paired with featherweight chiffon in eye-popping orange, yellow and purple. The prints bubbled on the frothy layered skirts of drop-waisted minidresses or breezed lazily on the vaporous trains of see-through evening gowns. Another Hawaiian touch-the flower lei-was worked into the collection, with fuchsia petals exploding off the hemlines of kicky sundresses and worked into the dresses’ halter straps. Dior designer John Galliano, decked out as a French sailor for his final strut, worked in masculine elements borrowed from the mariner’s uniform, topping the sheer looks off with oversized parkas in white and navy. Silk halter tops were worn with buttonfront sailors’ trousers, with jaunty white sailors’ caps topping off the looks. It was hardly a groundbreaking collection, but it’s easy, flirty prettiness was appealing. You could definitely see jet setters snapping up the flower print sundresses for their holidays on the French Riviera. One such jet-setter, Kate Mosswho took the show in from a

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front-row perch-appeared to be making a mental shopping list as the looks strutted by. LANVIN Normally hard-pressed to muster a decent round of applause even after strong shows, the normally blase fashion crown broke once and again into spontaneous cheers in the middle of the Lanvin show. It was like they couldn’t help themselves. The parade of dressessecond-skin columns, fluttering kaftans, liquid silk sheathes-was simply too ravishing, too desirable. Asked to explain the effusive reaction, designer Alber Elbaz responded “love brings love.” People are responding to the “the fact that (they) see the emotion and the time and the work that I’ve been putting in this collection, in (trying to) understand women’s lifestyles and lives and dreams and fantasy,” Elbaz said after the obligatory photo-ops with A-list guests Janet Jackson and Lenny Kravitz. “I almost have no private life, I don’t go out much, you don’t see me in parties. I’m just working, doing things to make you all beautiful. That’s my mission.” The women of the world-at least those with deep enough pockets to handle the label’s hefty price tags-can only be grateful to Elbaz for his monastic work ethic. Each look the Israeli designer turned out was more gorgeous than the last. There was a vaguely tribal feel about the collection, but the beauty of the clothes-more than any particular “inspiration” — was its decisive narrative. Sandy colored goddess gowns had long skirts that blew like desert dunes, and tank dresses clung to the body like liquid silver.

British model Kate Moss arrives for the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection show.

ISABEL MARANT Never has a rugby shirt looked as sexy. Marant mixed sportswear staples with ultra-feminine pieces in layers of frothy lace for easy, breezy Paris chic. With their tousled hair and makeup-free faces, her models looked like they’d just rolled out of bed and thrown on whatever they found strewn across the floor-cuffed shorts, a mesh tanktop, a lumberjack shirt or a multitiered miniskirt. And by some miracle of nature-let’s chalk it up to French genes-their throwntogether looks just happen to work. Pieces borrowed from boyfriends, like the rugby shirts or the mesh basketball tanks, were paired with lacy skirts or morphed into dresses, with a belt knotted saucily at the hips. Sequin-covered cropped vests added a touch of seventies glamour to some of the looks. Not that they needed it. MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA When you say the Margiela collection was twodimensional, it sounds like a value judgment, but it’s not. With all the looks fitted out with a flat, starched rectangular flaps on the front, calling it two-dimensional was just to state a simple fact. The show began with menswear looks that morphed into ladies’ outfits, a button-down shirt worn as a sexy dress, with trompe l’oeil paneling that made it look as if the skeletal models had been sewn into garments that had once belonged to a corpulent man. One idea led to another, as ideas tend to at this conceptual label, and next thing we knew, the design team fixated onto the notion of men’s shirts folded up in the plastic envelopes they’re sold in: The shirt-dresses then sprouted the flat flaps, which highlighted the contrast between the garment’s cardbardlike front and its body-hugging backside. A red sweaterdress with its obligatory flap on front conjured up the Queen of Hearts in a community theater production of “Alice in Wonderland.” A minidress made of two squares of black vinyl with the model vacuum packed in between was reminiscent of fruit at a Japanese supermarket, where everything is sold in plastic. Flatness is interesting idea, perhaps, but one that was plenty clear after the first few looks, making much of the show seem redundant. — AP

Models present creations by British designer John Galliano for Christian Dior during the Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection show on October 1, 2010 in Paris. — AFP photos

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Models present creations by Moroccan-born Israeli designer Alber Elbaz for Lanvin during the Spring/Summer 2011 ready-towear collection show on October 1, 2010 in Paris.

Models present creations by Belgian designer Martin Margiela for Maison Martin Margiela.—AFP photos

By Amy Coopes ustralian marathon man Pat Farmer doesn’t know if he can jog from the North Pole to the South Pole-said to be the longest run ever attempted-but he’s prepared to give it a shot for the world’s poor. The 48-year-old former politician says he will brave crevasses, conflict and hungry bears, as well as extreme physical hardship, in a bid to raise 100 million dollars for Red Cross water projects. “I think it’s most noble when a person hurts to save another person from hurting,” explains Farmer, 48. “It’s not about just writing a cheque. It’s not about just saying, ‘Ok, here’s some money, go away’. “It’s about saying ‘I understand your plight and I’m prepared to hurt to make your life different.” The father of two knows a thing or two about endurance: he holds seven world records, including the fastest run around Australia — 15,000 kilometers (9,300 miles) in 191 days. The ultra-marathon athlete has twice crossed Australia’s desert centre on foot and also raced across the United States, finishing fourth despite 50 days of running with a fractured leg. “I’ve done ultra-marathons all my life,” he told AFP, referring to races longer than a marathon, which is 42 kilometers. “I believe I’m born with a gift, and my gift is to be able to run long distances faster and perhaps further than any other person on Earth.” But even he is uncertain about the epic journey from the world’s most northerly tip to its southernmost, which will take in 14 countries and conditions from sub-zero ice wastes to mountains and sweltering tropics. During the grueling 21,000 kilometer, 11-month journey, Farmer will confront extremes of cold and heat, dodge grizzly and polar bears, and brave areas dogged by political unrest and armed rebellion. It’s been a dream 10 years in the making, but Farmer said it took a “heartbreaking” trip through Asia to jolt him into action. “I saw children covered with needlestick injuries in a dump trying to break syringes down to sell the metal inside for bottles of water,” he said. “Without water there is no life and I’ve seen first-hand the devastation to people and communities.”


In this publicity image released by the Japan Society, “Two Blind Men on a Bridge,” an ink on paper by Zen Master Hakuin Ekaku is shown. — AP photos

he publication of JD Salinger’s “Nine Stories” introduced a new generation of Americans to a Zen Buddhist koan roughly translated as, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” This koan, which is an aid to meditation that cannot be solved by logical thinking, can be traced back to the 18th-century Zen master Hakuin Ekaku. Hakuin, who was also a brilliant and prolific painter, is virtually unknown to American audiences. Now, in the hopes of remedying that situation, the Japan Society in New York is staging the first retrospective of Hakuin’s work in the United States. The exhibition, which is comprised of 78 scroll paintings, all but nine of them by Hakuin, is a stunning collection of ink on paper drawings, most in black and white. Each painting integrates Hakuin’s fluid line drawings and delicate washes with spidery Japanese calligraphy that usually relates a Zen precept or parable. Often the text involves puns or other humor. The subjects of the drawings run the gamut from mundane scenes of daily life to delicately drawn animals and supernatural beings to great religious figures. The poster for the exhibition shows a scowling Daruma, a Zen patriarch, rendered in thick, bold, inky brushstrokes. Above his head is calligraphic writing that suggests his teachings are


“Making Dango,” an ink on paper by Zen Master Hakuin. always with us. In another religiously themed image, the goddess Otafuku kneels before a fire cooking skewers of dumplings. On the left of the painting, an inscription tells us she is waiting for a man who doesn’t come because “his throat is closed.” That closed-throat man is understood to be a narrow-minded person not yet open to the Buddhist teachings that can nourish him.

By Peter Brieger ong Kong is staging a series of auctions this month aimed at tapping mainland Chinese buyers’ growing wealth, with Sotheby’s autumn sale alone expected to rake in over 200 million US dollars. The southern Chinese city of seven million people has become the world’s third-largest auction hub after New York and London, thanks in large part to China’s growing political and economic prowess. Mainland Chinese often grab the top lots in sales of works of art, jewellery and wine, reflecting their growing wealth and increasingly sophisticated tastes. Sotheby’s autumn sale, which revs into high gear on Monday and runs until October 8, will see 3,200 items put on the auction block, including top-end wines, a 6.4 carat pink diamond, works by contemporary Chinese painters and an 18th century Chinese imperial seal. The


hat do fashion and Jimi Hendrix have in common? Yohji Yamamoto became the missing link Friday, unveiling a summer look imagined as a psychedelic tribute to the rock icon, 40 years after his death. “Ave Maria” rang out across the Place Vendome-a high temple of luxury two steps from the Paris Louvre-as the Japanese designer sent out models draped in feather-light, flowing black silk, worn over heavy lace-up black boots. Faces were powered white and hair was plastered down around the crown and pinned under funereal dark shades, its ends allowed to float free at the shoulders-unless they were poked up through a topless straw hat. “It’s my generation,” Yamamoto said of his tribute to Hendrix. “I wanted to be a spiritual designer, to open doors,” he told AFP backstage after the show. A wispy angle-cut dress with a bare-shouldered bustier, was worn over leggings and boots, while pendants of silver hanging from the end of black silk shawls helped create a solemn, ceremonial atmosphere. Then, with renditions of Hendrix classics “Voodoo Child” and “Foxy Lady” came the wilder side of the look: full-body leotards and ankle-length silk dresses in psychedelic, fluorescent colors, but still worn under black silk. Flashes of white came in a scarf, or a pair of flip-flops. A bustier was a simple ribbon of black silk, twisted between the breasts, worn under a caftan-like tunic, slashed in a V-shape down to the navel. Or a long-sleeved ivy green dress was adorned at the waist with heavy draped loops in purple and wine-red, fixed in thick swathes to its asymmetric skirt. And the finale: a wide, pleated A-line skirt fashioned from mustard yellow blow-up plastic tubes, and worn with a t-shirt reading: “This is me.” Hendrix was 27 and already a global star when he died in a hotel in London on September 18, 1970, after swallowing a cocktail of sleeping pills and drinking red wine. — AFP

In “Two Blind Men on a Bridge,” Hakuin uses tiny brushstrokes to depict two blind men gingerly crossing a dangerous log bridge, a metaphor for the Zen journey to enlightenment. One of Hakuin’s favorite subjects is a happy-golucky, wandering monk named Hotei, who is seen in one painting asking, “What is the sound of one hand?” (The actual phrase coined by Hakuin never included the word for “clapping.”)

Qing Dynasty white jade seal is estimated to sell for as much as 30 million Hong Kong dollars (3.86 million US dollars), Sotheby’s said. Wealthy mainland buyers want to own a piece of Chinese history, partly out of national pride and also to confirm their own business success, said Kevin Ching, chief executive of Sotheby’s in Asia. “There is a desire to hold a piece of imperial glory-that still means a lot to people on the mainland,” he told AFP. “They’re willing to pay much more for these items (than some buyers).” The fancy vivid pink diamond could sell for 55 million Hong Kong dollars, while contemporary Chinese painter Zhang Xiaogang’s “Chapter of a New Century Birth of the People’s Republic of China II” is estimated to fetch up to 23 million Hong Kong dollars, Sotheby’s said. On Monday, Korea-based Seoul Auction will hold a sale with works from Asian and Western artists, including Picasso, Renoir and Andy Warhol. US-based Julien’s

We see Hotei standing on his large cloth bag, his toes curled to grip the surface. His left hand holds a fan, and his right hand is held up, palm facing out, in a reference to the “one hand” koan inscribed above him. Hakuin sought to convey his Zen teachings in ways that ordinary people could understand them, which is why he emphasized folk themes and colloquial language. His paintings are remarkably spontaneous and lively, often exhibiting a playful spirit. A self-taught artist who lived most of his life in a small, rural temple, Hakuin didn’t produce his art for rich patrons or an art market. Most of his paintings were given as tokens of encouragement to his followers or as certificates of spiritual progress. They weren’t even collected by art connoisseurs until the 20th century. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Japan Society has organized a full slate of related programs including painting and writing workshops and a guided meditation. On Oct 13, the noted psychiatrist Mark Epstein, who has written extensively about Buddhism and psychoanalysis, will join poet and essayist Lewis Hyde in a discussion of mindful living. The show runs through Jan 16, 2011. After that, it will travel to the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. — AP

Auctions is hosting a pop culture auction in the nearby gambling hub of Macau on October 9, including more than 100 items that belonged to Michael Jackson. The sale will feature a pair of Jackson’s crystal-studded gloves, Marilyn Monroe’s bra, Elvis Presley’s hair and a gown that belonged to Princess Diana. And later this month, almost 2,000 bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, dating from 1869 to 2009, will be auctioned in a Hong Kong sale expected to garner as much as 2.5 million US dollars. The collection, which has never left the French vintner’s private cellar, includes a pair of bottles dated 1870 which are expected to sell for 20,000 US dollars each. “It is entirely appropriate that this landmark Lafite sale should be held in Asia, whose wine lovers have recognized its extraordinary quality, excitement, and longevity,” said Serena Sutcliffe, worldwide head of wine at Sotheby’s, which is organizing the auction.

“Seated Daruma, Seen from the Side”, another work by Hakuin

About 55 percent of Sotheby’s total global wine sales in the first half of 2010 — 37.3 million US dollars-came from Hong Kong, followed by London and New York, it said. In April, Sotheby’s put a selection of Chinese imperial artworks up for sale which smashed world records, reflecting soaring interest in objects from the country’s past. An imperial white jade seal commissioned in the 18th century by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty went to an Asian buyer for 12.29 million US dollars, breaking the world auction record for both white jade and imperial seals. Its pre-sale estimate was 6.4 million dollars. Another star lot, a ceremonial pearl necklace believed to have belonged to Qing Emperor Yongzheng in the early 18th century, smashed the world record for any imperial jewel at auction after a telephone bidder snapped it up for 8.7 million dollars. The price was more than five times its highest estimate. — AFP


Models present creations by Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto during the Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear collection show on October 1, 2010 in Paris. — AFP

Olive oil on everythingHis Pole 2 Pole run ( is dedicated to Red Cross water and sanitation projects and Farmer has set himself the ambitious target of 100 million US dollars in donations. “I call him the real deal. He’s not a phony, he’s not a pretender, he’s not overly ambitious,” said Robert Tickner, chief of the Australian Red Cross. “He’s got the track record having undertaken credible marathon runs in the past, I think he can do that. But I also think he’s a very inspirational person who will be carrying this message right around the world.” The training is punishment enough: ice baths, running two hours a day dragging a tire to simulate a sled, and ingesting liters (pints) of olive oil every day to get used to the massive calorie levels he will need at the poles. “I have olive oil on my cereal, my bread, my toast, I have olive oil on everything,” he said with a grim smile, adding that he had been training “like a man possessed”. Farmer was a member of Australia’s parliament for 10 years, and was once dubbed “Forrest Gump” by then-opposition leader Mark Latham, a reference to the the Oscar-winning Tom Hanks movie in which the lead character runs across America. He expects to go through 40 shoes and 300 pairs of socks as he makes his way from the North pole through Canada, the United States and South America to Argentina, where he will be airlifted to Antarctica for his final leg. Hungry bears worry him, as does a guerrilla ambush, but Farmer says his goal will keep him focused. He will address the United Nations at the end of his run. “There will be moments where I feel like I’m a million miles from anything or anyone and it will be hard to keep my spirits up,” he said. “To be quite honest with you I don’t know if I can run from the North Pole to the South Pole,” he added. “But I do know that I can run for 80 kilometers, 85 kilometers, 90 or 100 kilometers a day and I know that I can get up the next morning and do the same thing the next day.” “I’m a man that dedicates himself to action rather than words, and you just do it. You do what you need to do.” Farmer will travel to the United States to continue training in November before being flown to the North Pole in March 2011 for the start of the expedition, the entire 11 months of which will be streamed live on the Internet. He will run through Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Argentina, before being flown to Antarctica to head for the South Pole. — AFP

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