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Mob storms Scope TV offices Gulf, Turkey hold new round of talks

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah addresses a joint meeting between Turkey and the GCC states yesterday. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Channel puts blame on ‘well known diplomat’ By A Saleh and Agencies

KUWAIT: Foreign ministers of energy-rich Gulf monarchies and Turkey yesterday held a new round of talks aimed at boosting economic and political ties and signing a free trade agreement. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the meeting agreed to form working teams on economic and cultural sectors including transport, education and health. “The teams will jointly study cooperation plans... so the GCC and Turkey will be integrated in all economic aspects,” Davutoglu told reporters. “We believe that Turkey and the GCC have the same objectives in many fields,” he said. Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the sixnation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said the Continued on Page 14

Oil capacity raised to 3.3 million bpd KUWAIT: Kuwait has boosted its oil production capacity to around 3.3 million barrels per day as it strives to achieve its target of four million bpd by 2020, a top oil executive said yesterday. Three million bpd are produced by the state-run Kuwait Oil Company and the rest comes from the neutral zone with Saudi Arabia, said KOC chairman Sami AlRasheed, cited by the official KUNA news agency. Rasheed said that KOC has successfully tested raising its output to three million bpd for the first time in line with its strategy of reaching four million bpd. “We have come quite close to achieving our strategy of raising output capacity

to four million bpd by 2020,” Rasheed said. “KOC production capacity now tops three million bpd, besides our share of around 270,000 bpd from the divided zone” with Saudi Arabia, he added. He said KOC expects to add a new production of 120,000 bpd by the end of October, boosting total output capacity to around 3.42 million bpd. Rasheed gave no spending figures on oil projects, but Kuwait’s Oil Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Sabah said in December the state plans to spend $87 billion on oil projects until 2030. Kuwait says it sits on 10 percent of proven global oil reserves and currently pumps around 2.3 million bpd. -— AFP

KUWAIT: (Top) Damaged video equipment and furniture are seen at the ransacked offices of Scope TV yesterday. (Above) An official from the channel displays a bullet found at the scene of the attack. — Photos by Fouad Al-Shaikh and Yasser Al-Zayyat

Saudis warn Europe of terror threat PARIS: Saudi security services warned several days ago about an Al-Qaeda threat to Europe and in particular France, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said yesterday. Several days ago European intelligence agencies received “a new message from the Saudi services which indicated that Al-Qaeda’s branch on the Arabian Peninsula was possibly active or planned to be active” and was targeting “the European continent and in particular France”, Hortefeux said in a radio and television interview. “The

threat is real and we remain alert,” said the minister, adding that France’s security threat level remains at one level below the highest level of scarlet. The Saudi warning follows several warnings in the past weeks. Hortefeux said on Sept 9 there was a warning from Interpol and then a week later a second warning of a possible attack by a female suicide bomber. Western security officials have also warned that Al-Qaeda may be planning attacks in Europe similar to those that struck Mumbai in 2008. In that

assault, 10 militants from the Al-Qaedalinked group Lashkar-e-Taiba mowed down unarmed civilians at targets across the Indian city after arriving by boat from Karachi, leaving 166 dead. In particular Western intelligence agencies are worried a group of Islamist extremists is planning to return to Europe after combat training in the Afghan-Pakistani border regions. Hortefeux said Paris was “...monitoring a certain number of people who study Continued on Page 14

Oil change reignites debate over trackers US Muslim finds FBI device in car

MUHARRAQ, Bahrain: A man passes by campaign posters yesterday, east of the capital Manama. – AP

Bahrain set for polls after wave of unrest DUBAI: The tiny Gulf nation of Bahrain has been jolted in recent months by what amounts to a running family feud: Sunni rulers ordering arrests and clampdowns against Shiite protesters who claim they are denied jobs and opportunities. The tensions focused attention on parliamentary elections Saturday and the nation’s strategic pro-Western role - host of

KUWAIT: A crowd angry about a program they deemed insulting stormed a Kuwaiti private television station yesterday, ransacking its offices and damaging furniture and other equipment. Scope TV accused the attackers of being under the guidance of “a well known diplomat” before it went off air. The attackers were enraged over a program “Zain wa Shain” or “Good and Bad” broadcast by the satellite station’s director and former MP Talal Al-Saeed. The youths had earlier gathered in front of the station’s offices before barging in. “Some of them were armed with pistols and knives. They attacked the studio and damaged it and beat up the workers. About 10 were injured,” Mohammed Talal Al-Saeed, executive manager of Scope TV, told Reuters. Fajer Al-Saeed, owner of the station, said she had received threats to her life after the talk show was aired on Saturday. She said the attackers had been looking for her, the station manager or the program presenter, and added that the station had gone off the air after the attack. Windows were broken and desks overturned at the station, which police had cordoned off. A witness, lawyer Saeed Al-Yahya, said the mob had numbered at least 150 people.

America’s military powerhouse in the Gulf, the US 5th Fleet. But the country has also become a test case for some of the region’s key stress points: Iran’s rising ambitions and how much to press ahead with democratic openings. Bahrain’s leaders, to varying degrees, perceive the unrest as a possible foothold for Shiite Continued on Page 14

SAN FRANCISCO: Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old computer salesman and community college student, took his car in for an oil change earlier this month and his mechanic spotted an odd wire hanging from the undercarriage. The wire was attached to a strange magnetic device that puzzled Afifi and the mechanic. They freed it from the car and posted images of it online, asking for help in identif ying it. Two days later, FBI agents arrived at Afifi’s Santa Clara apartment and demanded the return of their property - a global positioning system tracking device now at the center of a raging legal debate over privacy rights. One federal judge wrote that the widespread use of the device was straight out of George Orwell’s novel, “1984”. “By holding that this kind of surveillance doesn’t impair an individual’s Continued on Page 14

SANTA CLARA, California: Yasir Afifi shows a GPS monitoring device he found on his car. — AP

Writer in hot water over comedy show Don’t play with fire: Khorafi By B Izzak KUWAIT: Kuwaiti writerdirector Fajer Al-Saeed has been questioned over accusations that she tried to overthrow the government through a television comedy show, her lawyer said yesterday. “She was questioned by the public prosecutor on Thursday over a complaint by the information ministry and was released without bail,” Faisal Al-Enezi said. The prosecutor accused Saeed of

attempting to overthrow the government, change the country’s economic and social systems and demolish the foundations of society using illegal means, Enezi said. “My client categorically denied the accusations and said they were politically motivated,” he said. The accusations were based on a comedy show titled “Sawtak Wasal” or “Your Voice Has Been Heard,” aired in August by the Continued on Page 14

RIYADH: Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz AlSaud (right) speaks with Syrian President Bashar Assad yesterday. — AP

Saudi, Syria leaders meet RIYADH: The Saudi and Syrian leaders met in Riyadh yesterday as tensions rise in Lebanon over the fate of the UN probe into the 2005 assassination of ex-premier Rafiq Hariri. The meeting between King Abdullah and President Bashar Al-Assad came on the heels of Iranian President

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit last week to Lebanon, where he underlined his support for the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. The AbdullahAssad talks at Riyadh airbase, the official SPA news agency reported, focused on “the latest developments in Islamic Continued on Page 14

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MPs concerned over cancelation attempts ‘Expose those who collude with the Cabinet’

Inauguration of the Kuwait-funded Al-Salam (Peace) Mosque. — KUNA

Kuwait-funded mosque supports moderate Islam throughout world ZURICH: Inauguration of the Kuwait-funded al-Salam (Peace) Mosque comes in support of moderate Islam throughout the world, Kuwaiti Undersecretary of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr. Adel Al-Falah said. Supporting the building of the mosque comes in light of the ministry’s plan and in line with instructions of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah that aim to turn Kuwait into an international moderation center, Al-Falah said in a speech on the occasion Saturday. The Islamic nation should be steered back to moderation and continue on giving, Al-Falah said, adding that justice and goodness are of Islam’s social pillars. “Muslims in the West must break free from fear on their identity and positively blend in society and present a bright image of moderate Islam, regardless of nationality,” he noted. Al-Falah, in a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), underlined significance of the Kuwait-established moderation center in Manchester, England. The center will embark, within the next few weeks, with training courses for Imams. The Kuwaiti official said the

Dr Adel Al-Falah

Dr Mutlaq Al-Qarawi

Imams training came upon both official and public requests. Meanwhile, Kuwaiti scholar Mohammad AlAwadhi underlined importance of institutional work in the West in order to preserve one’s religious identity. He told KUNA that mosques in Western countries renew religious belonging of Muslims. “Dialogue and persuasion to be practiced with moderate European groups are needed in order for Muslims in the West to politically and legally ‘manoeuver’, “ Al-Awadhi noted. On

his part, Imam of al-Salam Mosque Suleiman Abdulqader told KUNA that the mosque is seen as a beckon of moderation and a bridge that would allow the Swiss society to communicate with its Muslim community. “The mosque has set a number of social awareness programs to address violence, drug addiction and high divorce rates among other issues,” Abdulqader noted. The mosque groups two schools; one for teaching Arabic and one for teaching the Holy Quran. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Popular Action Bloc MP Khalid AlTahous revealed that the political blocs have agreed on the importance of maintaining a presence within the parliament’s committees, reported Al-Qabas. He added that the Cabinet is attempting to keep some blocs out of parliament committees with the help of some MPs. Meanwhile, the Development and Reform Bloc held a meeting to discuss how to keep the government from cancelling temporary committees. Al-Tahous confirmed that several different blocs will be coordinating their efforts on that regard and that they are all agreed on the importance of having the temporary committees remain. Meanwhile, several MPs expressed their concern about such a government tactic. MP Saleh Al-Mullah said he did not rule out an attempt by the Cabinet to cancel the youth and sports committee, reported Al-Rai. MP Dr Waleed Al-Tabtabaei hopes to gather enough support to thwart attempts to close the parliamentary committee to study the negative effects of foreign phenomena in Kuwait. Also expressing his support of the current temporary committees was MP Musallam AlBarrak. The hard-line oppositionist parliamentarian also warned against attempts to overturn the report, accusing the Minister of Interior, Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid, of releasing two Iranian drug dealer from custody. Al-Barrak’s comments most likely refer to news reports suggesting that the Cabinet is trying to push a number of pro-Cabinet MPs into leadership positions within the parliament’s interior and defense committees. It has been suggested that such a move is an attempt to overturn reports passed by current committee members. Al-Barrak vowed to “expose those who collude with the Cabinet” on that issue. Regarding the committees elections, AlBarrak urged Cabinet members to refrain from voting during the process, similar to the action carried out by the late Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah when he abstained from voting on the parliament speaker’s position during his tenure as the prime minister. The Popular Action Bloc member also criticized attempts to cancel the parliament’s temporary committees. He described the approach as shameful and asserted the importance of keeping the temporary panels on stateless residents, human rights, negative foreign practices and disabled citizens affairs. During the press statement, Al-Mullah added that the sports grilling he has prepared for the upcoming term will also focus on the country’s oil sector. He revealed that the Minister of Oil, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah AlSabah sent him four boxes worth of documents in response to a question regarding a KD 80 million difference between the canceled fourth refinery cost and the actual expenses. The MP indicated that he will seek the Audit Bureau’s help when investigating these documents. During their latest meeting, the Development and Reform Bloc discussed running for the membership of various parliament panels in addition to coming up with reasons to grill the Minister of Education Dr Moudhi AlHmoud. They indicated that such a move would probably focus on the questionable hiring of officials in top posts. Meanwhile, the bloc is expected to come up with their own suggestion to finance the development plan projects. Official sources suggest they will propose the draft law during their next parliamentary term.

Syrian PM to visit Kuwait on Wednesday DAMASCUS: Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji Al-Otari is set to pay an official visit to the State of Kuwait on Wednesday, the Syrian Premier’s Office announced yesterday. During his visit, which comes at the invitation of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser AlMohammad Al-Ahmad AlSabah,the Syrian Prime Minister will attend a Kuwaiti-Syrian high committee meeting, the Office said in a statement. He will also hold talks with Kuwaiti officials on bilateral relations and the latest regional and

international developments of mutual interest. A Syrian investment forum, with a great participation of Syrian businessmen and members of the Syrian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will coincide with the Syrian premier’s tour, the statement noted. The Syrian Prime Minister will be accompanied by Minister of Finance Muhammad Al-Hussein, Minister of Tourism Saadallah Agha AlQalaa, Minister of Economy and Trade Lamia Murei Assi and Minister of Housing and Construction Omar Ibrahim Ghalawanji. — KUNA

KUWAIT: The Ambassador of Cambodia Long Kem hosted a reception at Crowne Plaza last week to mark the Cambodian Independence day. Dignitaries, diplomats and media attended the event. — Photos by Joseph Shagra

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The moderation ‘fraud’ By Muna Al-Fuzai

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very time I hear this word, I feel that our practices do not reflect the meaning of this word. In fact, I feel that the Arab world is being plague by extremism by the day. So using a term literally is a far cry from it being implemented in reality. I think the Arab world now faces many obstacles while seeking to persuade the western world with its views and issues as well as concerns. Yet, the western world does not rely on words as much. We claim to be open-minded but when the western world passes laws in its own land in accordance with its cultural norms by banning the niqab (the full face veil) we are angered. We construe it as a verdict condemning Islam. We take situations too personally and tend to express ourselves angrily. For example, France has banned the niqab. It is their land, their country. If we really are moderate in our views, we must accept their decisions without taking this matter so personally. We have no right to ask others to accept us for what we are when we can’t do the same. In fact, the niqab is not accepted by many Muslims so I can’t understand why we feel provoked to dispute with the western world. There are many issues that we need to open a dialogue with the west about, and these should be more on subjects like tolerance and freedom of beliefs and expression. Moderation, I believe, is a term that has been widely used to defend our attitudes rather than bridge the gaps between the West and Arab world. We have many terrorism-related

issues. We need to start with ourselves - the way we think and view the world. Are we not supposed to treat others the way we want them to treat us ? muna@kuwwaittimes.net Lett er s to Muna Hello Muna; I am an American from Alaska and wanted to let you know that I read your article about the unfair way that people in general are treated when it comes time to pay them their earned salary. It certainly is refreshing to know that there are kind people like yourself who care about the way others are being treated. It sure made me think of ways to stop this unfair practice once and for all, without stress and without those people having to worry about losing their jobs in the process. I myself have had similar issues in the past so I certainly do know how a person feels that had been taken advantage of. Keep up the good work. It is about time those selfish employers meet their match! Concerned Alaskan Hi, While doing my research this morning, I came across an article you had written for the Kuwait Times about recycling. I wanted to direct your attention to a recent project that was undertaken in Mangaf. I couldn’t agree with you more, which is why we are doing what we are doing. I am truly hoping that through education we can begin to make changes that will in future impact how Kuwait handles its garbage, as well as begin to change how individuals think. If each person does a small part it will make a huge difference. Thank you, Sherry

‘KFSD strives for perfection’ KUWAIT: The Kuwait Fire Services Directorate works continually toward improving services rendered and offers the best available protection for various buildings and facilities, said Brig Amin Abdeen. He said that the sector conducts regular inspections to

guarantee that owners comply with conditions, reported Aljarida. He said that the KFSD meets even the most stringent international conditions, those set by engineers. The official added that the KFSD has succeeded in reducing the percentage of fire inci-

dents that have occurred in the country, especially through the prevention sector. The fire incidents that took place in residential areas during the first half of 2010 accounted for nearly seven percentage of those that has occurred in 2009.

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Literature crisis By Mubarak Al-Duwailah came across news coverage of a protest carried out by twenty people at the fairgrounds during the inauguration of the Kuwait Book Fair. The individuals were protesting against the banning of 20 books by the Kuwaiti government. The protestors, who seemed to be mostly simple workers, held signs that read; ‘the public campaign in defense of books,’ and were protesting what they called ‘arbitrary censorship.’ They called for an end to the practice of censoring books. What grabbed my attention the most was the names of the organizations and student blocs that signed the protest’s petition. They included names that are unfamiliar to the majority of the public, such as the ‘Democratic Work Alliance,’ the ‘National Democratic Youth Association, the ‘Cultural Center for Dialogue,’ the ‘Najla Al-Naqqi Forum,’ the ‘Awraq (papers) club’ and last but not least, the ‘Sahrourdi Philosophy Workshop.’ Many of the signatories don’t have clear regulations or goals and this seriously affects the integrity of the petition they signed, which is a protest against the banning of twenty books that encourage atheism.

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I don’t necessarily blame the assemblies that signed the petition. Instead, I blame those who launched the so called ‘public campaign for the defense of publications.’ They ignored the fact that the Ministry of Information explained that the ban would only affect a limited number of books. The ministry also explained that while they ban some author’s books, they did not ban all of an author’s books, rejecting the claim that they were rejecting the ideologies of certain writers. The ministry clearly pointed out why some books were banned from the fair. Some of those reasons included questioning the presence of God, the message of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) as well as for containing material that may hurt Kuwait’s relationship with other countries. The problem regarding literature in our country is that many protest in the name of freedom of opinion and expression without realizing the limits of those freedoms. Even France restricts freedoms when it contradicts their principles. Al-Qabas

KUWAIT: Dr Moudhi Al-Homoud receiving at her office delegation representing the National Institute of Education, Singapore (NIE). — KUNA

Kuwait coordinates with Singapore in education KUWAIT: Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr Moudhi Al-Homoud received at her office here yesterday a delegation representing the National Institute of Education, Singapore (NIE). The minister and the visiting delegation, headed by professor Lee Sing Kong, discussed educational affairs in Kuwait. In a press release, the ministry said the

Singaporean delegation came to study the Kuwaiti educational system and prepare an evaluation-study of the “educational process” in the country, as part of a collaborative project between the two countries to improve the performance of teachers and the development of quality standards in line with the development plan of the Ministr y of Education. -— KUNA

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Philippines and Kuwait may sign labor agreement soon Law might cause halt in overseas employment By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: The Philippines could finally sign a bilateral labor agreement with Kuwait, similar to the pact the country has with Qatar, if cooperation is achieved between both countries on the issue. This forecast was made yesterday in an interview with the Philippines Labor Attache to Kuwait Vivo Vidal. The remarks were made in relation to the latest reports received from Manila stressing the likeliness of banning Filipino domestic helpers from working abroad citing the newly amended Migrant Workers Act. According to amendments made, countries that have not entered into such an agreement with the Philippines will not be able to host Filipino workers. In the official gazette, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) noted that Republic Act (RA) 10022, or the Amended Migrant Workers’ Act is aimed to intensify protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) as they will be deployed in countries where the rights and welfare of migrant workers are protected. “If both (countries) are willing to cooperate, we could sign the new labor agreement soon. But as of now, we are in square one; there’s more to talk about and agreed upon, such as complete protection of workers, their welfare, etc. It’s all in the table,” he said. The Philippines through Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Esteban Conejos last week hinted that Manila could be forced to stop

KUWAIT: Philippine Labor Attache Atty Vivo Vidal, (seated center), talking with some aggrieved Filipino workers in this file photo. — Photo by Ben Garcia deploying household service workers abroad as early next year as a result of new migrant workers law. According to Vidal, Kuwait and the Philippines have already expressed readiness to discuss labor related issues, “So I am very optimistic we can also sign bilateral labor agreement with Kuwait similar to what we signed in Qatar in 2008,” said Vidal, who was the country’s labor attache to Qatar from 2005 to 2009. Although the Philippines enjoys excellent relations

with Kuwait the two countries have not signed a pact on bilateral labor issues, “What we have right now is the mutual understanding based on migration phenomenon. They (Kuwait) need workers; we have the manpower. So we provide them,” he said. Vidal added, “What we follow are the prevailing ILO’s (International Labor Organizations) standards set among nations, but bilaterally speaking, we don’t have it (bilateral agreement) right now.” Asked if a ban (on domes-

tic workers’ employment) is possible in the absence of bilateral labor agreement, “I don’t think so, it will be impossible. There’s a very remote possibility. There are many reasons and repercussions to consider for both sides. I don’t think it (the ban) will take place,” he said. The DFA has ordered their embassies abroad to conduct a survey of the countries that fall under their jurisdiction, to find out if the rights of migrant workers are well protected in those countries. Among the criteria to be con-

sidered are: if the host country has existing labor and social laws that protects the rights of migrant workers. If the host country is a signatory to and/or ratifier of multilateral conventions, declarations or resolutions relating to the protection of migrant workers. If the country has concluded a bilateral agreement or arrangement on the protection of the rights of overseas Filipino workers and; the host country is taking positive and concrete measures to implement the first three criteria.

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‘PAAAFR has failed to provide with an alternative option’

KFA demands intervention to end ‘fishing’ crisis

CBK supports Rumaithiya co-op society’s activities KUWAIT: The Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK) recently made a financial contribution to the Rumathiya Co-operative Society, with the intention of supporting the co-operative society’s social activities. A cheque bearing the amount was handed over by Kamil Mahdi, the bank’s

Regional Director at the Banking Administration to Khalid Mandani, a board member and the head of the social committee at the Rumaithiya cooperative society. It has acknowledged the bank’s role as a pioneer in supporting social activities among private firms.

8th Students Gathering launched Security officers honored

By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: The first activity of the 8th Students Gathering will be launched today under the slogan ‘think about your health without drugs.’ The activity will be held in coordination with Ministry of Education at the Abdallah Al-Otaibi Secondary School, said the Director General of the General Department for Drug Control, Major General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdallah Al-Sabah. He said the activities will cover all the educational zones and that the GDDC hopes to spread awareness among students in intermediate and secondary stage schools about the disease of drug addiction. He added that doing so has been a goal of the GDDC since they were established in 2006.

Firefighters honored Hawally Governorate Fire Director, Colonel Fahad Al-Saqar honored Mishrif Fire Center’s B shift for their tremendous efforts while extinguishing a fire. The firefighters rescued 13 persons from a house in the Adan area.

The Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security Major General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdallah Al-Khalifa honored Mubarak Al-Kabeer patrol led by Lt Colonel Abdullah Al-Ateeqi and Lt Colonel Faisal AlRaban for their efforts to combat drug smuggling. The ceremony was held in the presence of Maj Gen Mustafa Al-Zaabi, Assistant Undersecretary for Operations Affairs and the patrol’s director general.

Bodies found An official security source said that the General Department of Criminal Evidence identified the woman who was found on the roof of hall five at the Mishrif Fairgrounds. He said that the woman was Asian and that she died as a result of a blow to her head. Meanwhile, a 25-year-old citizen died of a drug overdose, reported security sources. The young man was brought to a local polyclinic by his family but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Ex-husband assaulted KUWAIT: A citizen was recently assaulted by his ex-wife’s three brothers following a domestic dispute, reported Al-Watan. The man went to his ex-wife’s family home to visit his daughter, who is under her mother’s custody, and was assaulted by his former brothers-in-law. A case was filed with authorities and the brothers were summoned for questioning.

Fugitives nabbed Hawally police arrested a citizen wanted for several criminal cases and for refusing to pay KD 25,000, reported Al-Watan. The 33-year-old fugitive was spotted by officials during a routine patrol of Salmiya. He was approached by authorities after his suspicious actions drew their attention. After a check of his identification revealed that he was a wanted criminal, authorities placed him under arrest and referred him to the proper authorities. Meanwhile, a niqab-wearing Iranian woman was arrested by authorities for being wanted by state security services for espionage, reported Al-Rai. The woman raised the suspicions of authorities after she was spotted walking alone in the area without any identification. After being brought to a local police station it was discovered that she provided officials with a fake name and that she was actually a fugitive wanted by security services. They also discovered that an absconding case was filed against her by her father.

Scammers held

Drug dealer in custody

Ahmadi investigators discovered that two Syrians and an Egyptian were responsible for scamming millions in dinars through illegal trade activities, reported Al-Anba. The suspects would buy cars, home appliances and other goods from people desperate for money at reduced prices and then sell them for more than they were worth. The suspects were caught by authorities in Farwaniya after several stolen items were found hidden in their store. Investigators also realized that one of them was wanted for a similar case. Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti suspect wanted for 15 money-related cases was apprehended in Salhiya by authorities, reported Al-Rai. The man was accused of issuing fake checks worth as much as KD 3 million. He was referred to the proper authorities.

An Asian drug dealer was arrested after authorities were able to confirm his illegal activities, reported Al-Qabas. He was apprehended by authorities near his residence in Jleeb AlShuyoukh after he unknowingly sold drugs to a police informant. Upon his arrest, 18 bags of heroin were found in his possession and 100 illegal drug pills were found in his apartment. When questioned, he admitted to working for an inmate currently serving time at the Central Jail for selling drugs.

Manhole thief Police are looking for the thieves responsible for stealing approximately 15 manhole covers in Sulaibikhat, reported Al-Watan.

Work mishap A 32-year-old Pakistani construction worker was killed when a steel lever accidentally fell on top of him at a construction site in Shuwaikh, reported Al-Qabas. The man was killed after the lever struck his head and caused him a fatal skull fracture. Paramedics responded to the emergency and pronounced him dead upon their arrival.

Drunkards caught A woman was recently arrested with her European boyfriend for drinking in public and resisting arrest, reported Al-Rai. The two were caught drinking while driving through Salwa after they crashed into another car on the street. While police were trying to arrest the suspects the 24year-old woman began resisting arrest. They were referred to the proper authorities.

Failed assault A painter was arrested after he attempted to rape a maid who works for the Kuwaiti family that hired him to paint their house in Doha, reported Al-Rai. The man attempted to assault the maid while she was serving him water but was stopped when other people in the house responded to her screams for help. Police responded to the scene of the incident and placed the attacker under arrest.

KUWAIT: The Kuwait Fishermen’s Association (KFA) has appealed to the government recently, asking it to intervene so as to overturn the decision to ban the use of fishing nets made from nylon. The decision, issued by the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) obliges fishermen to refrain from using nylon fishing tents that are commonly used in fishing for popular varities of fish like zubaidi, maid and nuwaibi. In the meantime, fishermen complained that the PAAAFR has failed to provide them with an alternative option that enables them to fish. They argue that the cotton-fabric nets used, are only suitable to fish for larger types of fish such as the kingfish and naqrour. The local fish market has been suffering from a shortage in freshly caught Kuwaiti fish, causing the prices of locally available seafood to rise. While fishermen have been blamed for staging a strike, Mohammad AlUraifan, Head of the KFA recently stated that fishermen have been ‘forced’ to stop working after the enforcement of the ban. Moreover, Al-Uraifan criticized the PAAAFR’s decision to implement the rule, which he said, has not been wellresearched. He said that nylon nets meet environmental conditions as they are of a ‘floating’ nature. This prevents them from sinking into the water, reported Al-Rai. Al-Uraifan went as far as to claim that there have been speculations to enforce the ban for several years. It has put on hold owing to pressure placed by merchants that import fish. He further explained that the fishermen at territorial waters of neighboring countries use the same type of nylon net that is banned from being used in Kuwait.

Kuwaiti, foreign archeologists search for historic treasures KUWAIT: A new national campaign for searching for relics and ancient treasures was launched yesterday in coordination with foreign archeological expeditions. The campaign was inaugurated by Badr Al-Rifai, the Secretary General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, for surveying locations on national territories and islands where ancient relics have been hidden for many years. Speaking at a news conference, Al-Rifai said Dutch and French archeologists are taking part in excavations on Failaka and Meskan Islands. He indicated that Polish and British teams are also taking part in the wide-scale operation, sifting through rocky locations in the region of AlSabbiah, north of Kuwait city, and the nearby region of Kathma. Georgian experts, taking part in such operations for the first time in Kuwait, will examine spots at Alwazem location on Failaka island for hidden treasures dating back to BC times. The work by the foreign teams is due to end by April. According to Wikipedia, in the 3rd century BC, the Ancient Greeks colonized Failaka under Alexander the Great and named it “Ikaros”. Some believe the name came from an island off the Greek coast, where it is believed that the mythical Icarus was buried, which resembled Failaka. Others however believe it was named so due to its heat and the belief that it was close to the sun. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Students and their parents flocked the USEG’s Fall 2010 at the fair’s ground. —Photos by Joseph Shagra

US universities’ fair sees unrivaled attendance KUWAIT: AMIDEAST, in conjunction with the US Embassy in Kuwait and the US Educational Group (USEG), held the “USEG University Fair” to provide high school seniors with the opportunity to observe academic openings in some 50 participating universities and colleges. The one-day affair, which took place Saturday, saw unrivaled attendance by students and their parents, who flocked the fair’s ground with minds filled with all kinds of questions. This is USEG’s Fall 2010 Fair, as it was held in synchronization with similar ones in

Beirut, Jeddah, Manama, Doha, Dubai and Amman. The group holds two fairs a year; one in fall and one in summer. Amongst the most prestigious universities that showcased their credential last night were; Carnegie Mellon UniversityQatar, DePaul University (Chicago), Foothill and De Anza College (San Francisco), Loyola University (Chicago), Mercer University (Atlanta), Ohio State University, University of Arizona, University of South Carolina, and University of West Virginia. USEG assists young men and women of the Arab world in pursuing careers in higher

education and is led and staffed by Arabicspeaking educators. It provides cross-cultural expertise for Arab students through international education. AMIDEAST is a private, non-profit organization that strengthens mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Founded in 1951, it provides English language and professional skills’ training, educational advising, and testing services to hundreds of thousands of students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa. —KUNA

in the news Land allocation in process KUWAIT: Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Dr Fadhel Safar yesterday affirmed basic role played by Kuwait Municipality in both its executive and municipal sectors within framework of the development plan. Most important decisions required to allocate lands for projects were contained in the first annual plan (2010-2011), he said in a press release yesterday. Safar said 413 projects had been allocated through cooperation between the executive and the municipal councils, and approvals were issued at various times in the last and current years. Work is underway for the allocation of the remaining sites, as well as sites for 32 projects that had not been specialized yet, pending submission of relevant reports to the municipal council. Furthermore, he

indicated that some projects were under examination and others in the execution phase. He pointed out the need for the allocation of new sites, such as tracks of public utilities. Representatives of the Kuwait Municipality held successive meetings with various bodies and studied the information and the nature of the lands to be allocated, he said.

KISR opens workshop on pollutants KUWAIT: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) opened here yesterday a workshop on waste and organic pollutants. Co-organizer of the event and Director General of the Public Authority for Industry (PAI) Dr. Ali Fahad Al-Modhaf told the opening session of the workshop that the event would highlight several environmental issues, mainly how to manage

organic pollutants and waste, adding that the workshop would provide decision-makers with key suggestions on how to handle pollutants. Kuwait, just like any other country, is keen on industrial development, said the official, stressing that such development should go toe-in-toe with a sincere dedication to keep the environment clean from pollutants. Meanwhile, Director General of KISR Naji Al-Mutairi noted that the workshop was conducted as a step to implement the Stockholm Convention, adding that the event would be aimed at exchanging experience on how to manage waste and organic pollutants. KISR would utilize all its scientific and administrative capabilities in its capacity as the West Asia regional center for the Stockholm Convention to make sure that organic pollutants are tackled properly.

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‘EnviroDrop’ boxes to be set up at all Wataniya stores

Wataniya launches mobile recycling program, raffle By Nawara Fattahova KUWAIT: Wata niya Telecom subscribers can now win prizes by recycling their old mobile phones and other electronics in the correct recycle bins. A monthly ra ffle will be held offering prizes for all those w ho pa rticipated in Wata niya’s E-Waste Recycling Program. By launching a new E-Wa ste Recycling Program, Wata niya Telecom has become a pioneer for protecting Kuwa it’s environment and the health of its community. This progra m is a

Lesotho PM visits Kuwait KUWAIT: Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili arrived here yesterday for a several-daylong visit to Kuwait at the invitation of HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad AlAhmad Al-Sabah. He was received at Kuwait International Airport by HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Miniter and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, Deputy

Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah and Head of Honorary Mission and Advisor to the Premier’s Diwan Dr Ismael Khudar Al-Shatti, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Roudhan Al-Roudhan. He was also received by a number of Sheikhs, Ministers, governors, army and police chiefs, the dean of the diplomatic corps, the ambassador of Senegal in Kuwait, as well as the two countries’ ambassadors. — KUNA

Legislative committee discusses armed robbery By A Saleh KUWAIT: The Legislative committee held a subcommittee meeting owing to a lack of quorum. The meeting was held to learn a government body’s opinion on enforcing stricter punishment to contain armed robbery. MP Waleed Al-Tabtabae said, “the committee heard the ministry’s opinion and included it in the minutes.” He said that the government justifies that armed robbery cases are on the rise, especially those that target banks and jewelry stores. The punishment’s severity has been raised from that of a 15-year life sentence to capital punishment.

Chamber of Commerce Speaker of the Parliament, Jassem Al-Khorafi rejected arguments against the proposed chamber of commerce and industry law. He said that the finance committee approved the proposed law but that the final decision is up to the full house. “I warn against playing with fire because it will burn

everything,” Al Khorafi said. “I have faith that the wise will be able to stop the strife that is being brought up every now and then. Our country cannot withstand this kind of sectarianism and Kuwait cannot be divided.” Al-Khorafi also commented on the sending of the head of Scope Satellite Channel, Fajr Al-Saeed, to the public prosecutor on charges of calling for a regime change in the country. “This is a catastrophe, I don’t believe it,” he said. “What happened is an insult to the Ministry of Information,” he continued, adding that the actions were shameful and that he was afraid it will tarnish Kuwait’s image abroad. In other news, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the acting Amir HH Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser AlMohammad Al-Sabah ordered that the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Mohammad Al-Afasi be sent abroad for medical treatment for his stroke. Official sources said that HH the Prime Minister asked that the orders be carried out as soon as possible.

‘EnviroDrop’ boxes will be set up at all Wataniya stores and, eventually, at Fono and other authorized dealer outlets, fuel stations or shopping malls where customers can drop off their used phones and accessories. In return they will be given a raffle draw ticket through which they can win valuable prizes for their contribution. Customers are required to remove their SIM cards before dropping the phones in the boxes. Also, customers do not have to worry about any personal data that may have been left on the phone because recycled phones will be completely destroyed. With their E-Waste Recycling Program, Wataniya hopes to encourage the community to play an active role in protecting Kuwait’s environment. “Caring for our planet is one of the key pillars of Wataniya’s social responsibility program,” said Wataniya Telecom’s CEO and General Manager, Scott Gegenheimer during the press conference yesterday at the Holiday Inn Downtown Hotel. “We want people to help the environment and have some fun along the way, which is why we are giving away prizes. This will not only guarantee participation but will also make our customers feel good about their contributions.” To ensure the success of this campaign and raise awareness, Wataniya will host a draw once every month and those who participate will be given a chance to win the latest smart phones. The E-Waste Recycling Program was introduced in partnership with Enviroserve, the only licensed electronics recycling operator in the Gulf. “It is under the full support of Wataniya Telecom that we are able to provide a solution to e-waste. To date, 300,000 mobiles and amazingly, 600 tons of e-waste has passed through

pa rt of Wa taniya’s contribution to corpora te social responsibility progra ms and events. Electronic wa ste (e-wa ste) is litter crea ted by discarded electronic devices and components, such a s mobiles, chargers, batteries, etc. Millions of these devices a round the w orld a re thrown aw ay each year, creating environmental hazards. Providing a solution to this rising issue, Wataniya is encouraging their customers to recycle their unwa nted mobile devices, ba tteries a nd other a ccessories through their E-Wa ste Recycling Program.

Awareness program for pilgrims

From left: Stuart Fleming, Scott Gegenheimer, Khalid Abalani. —Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat Enviroserve on its way to safe recycling. All materials will be shipped to and processed at a licensed e-waste facility and recycled according to Basel and United Nations directives,” noted Stuart Fleming, CEO of EnviroServe. E-waste is the largest growing waste stream globally. “It is growing at a rate three times faster than any other type of waste,” Flemming continued. “The worrying thing is that it’s the most dangerous form of waste within the general waste management umbrella. It contains cadmium, beryllium, mercury, lead and other health risk chemicals that are known to kill. These products, if left in a landfill, enter the water system and are consumed. One mobile can contaminate 600,000 liters of water.” Wataniya Telecom has taken the

first step toward protecting our health and environment. Their campaign further demonstrates their commitment to the health and welfare of Kuwait. Wataniya Telecom continues to lead by example, serving the community with several sustainable and innovative social programs that lead our society towards a more prosperous tomorrow. Wataniya Telecom is the second operation within the Qtel Group to embark on such an important initiative. This campaign follows a very successful campaign launched by Qtel Qatar and Enviroserve earlier this year, which collected 27 tons of ewaste in 72 days. The Qtel Group continues to make major contributions to the communities it operates in and is committed to having a positive impact on the society.

KUWAIT: All of the Interior Ministry’s sectors are ready to operate ahead of the upcoming Hajj s e a s o n . Measures have been taken to ensure the Mohammed safety of pilgrims through- Hashim Al-Sabr out the journey, until they return home safely, said Brigadier Mohammed Hashim Al-Sabr, Manager of the Security Media Department and Interior Ministry’s official spokesman. In a recently issued press release, Al-Sabr highlighted that the Security Media Department had prepared a comprehensive media program in collaboration with concerned authorities, local radio, TVs and Press to boost pilgrims’ awareness on standard safety precautions. Al-Sabr also urged pilgrims to ensure that their passports are valid, and that they have not been banned from traveling abroad prior to departure. He also urged them to fully comply with Saudi security laws and Hajj regulations. Al-Sabr urged pilgrims to ensure that the vehicles used are safe enough, have a valid registration and driver’s license, observe speed limits and safe driving tips.

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Ibrahim Dabdoub, Isam Al Sager and Shaikha Al Bahar in a group photo with the new batch of AUB trainees.

NBK launches second batch of NBK high fliers program KUWAIT: National Bank of Kuwait has launched the second batch of NBK High Fliers Program-Cohort II, in collaboration with the American University of Beirut. The program aims at developing the potential and lead-

ership skills of NBK’s young future leaders. The inauguration of this second batch of the program was attended by the Chief Executive Officer of NBK Group Ibrahim Dabdoub, Deputy Group CEO Isam Al Sager,

the deputy CEO Sheikha Al Bahar and a host of NBK senior officials, including Mazen Al Nahed, Abdullah Al Najran, Adel Hichme, Emad AlAbalani, and the Dean of AUB-Olayan School of Business Dr. George Najjar.

The prime deliverable of the program is for young participants to challenge conventional methods and thinking ensuring a transition from a purely technical frame of mind; to a techno-managerial frame, and eventually a strategy-

focused leadership frame. The program underscores specific themes namely: managerial learning, leadership core competencies, building a culture of excellence, management of change and innovation, performance measure-

ment and management, effective communication, high performance teams, and self assessment skills. Effective mentoring and coaching are also priority deliverables. By the end of the program NBK future leaders will gain a better

understanding of the context and environment in which the bank’s managers work, a deeper comprehension of mutual expectations of and from young NBK leaders, and a mechanism to contribute ideas and insights.

Giving your loved ones the perfect gift

IKEA Kuwait launches first of its kind ‘Gift Card’

British Ambassador to Kuwait Frank Baker inquiring about Gulf Bank.

KUWAIT: IKEA Kuwait one of the leading and renowned Swedish furniture store’s has launched the first of its kind prepaid Gift Card. The launch of the card replaces the traditional system of purchasing gift vouchers to give as gift coupons to loved ones. The IKEA Gift Card works like any gift voucher, with the advantage of recharging the card as an added value. Usage of the card is simple and functional just like any debit card. For instance a shopper purchases a gift card for KD 20 and gifts it to his family or friend. The gift card holder shops at the IKEA store for KD 17, he has a remaining balance of KD 3, which he can use in his next visit. The gift card holder will also have the option to recharge the gift card if he wants to. Highlighting the benefit of the new Gift Card Emile Al Shaar IKEA Store Manager Kuwait said, “We are extremely delighted at the launch of this first of its kind Gift Card in Kuwait. This is a unique card offering a complete value for money, not just for the person who is gifting this card, but also the receiver.” Explaining further Shaar said, “We at IKEA Kuwait are always keen on introduc-

ing ideas that will benefit our loyal customers. Gift vouchers are generally very binding, as they don’t offer the option of flexibility or usability. You have to either spend the entire amount in one go or you need to keep coming back to a store to find a product of your choice. The IKEA Gift

Card will offer both features-flexibility and usability. If the card holder does not wish to spend the entire amount on his/her gift card at once, he can keep the balance and come back and shop at another time.” The Gift Card can be gifted with a minimum amount of KD 5 or more.

Shell launches unique initiative for high school students in Kuwait First pre-engineering design competition Visitors to the event passing by Gulf Bank’s stand.

Gulf Bank staff informing a visitor about products and services.

Gulf Bank’s stand at the event.

Gulf Bank participates in BBF’s ‘Introduction to Kuwait’ KUWAIT: Gulf Bank has recently participated in the British Business Forum’s (BBF) event entitled ‘Introduction to Kuwait 2010’, held on 15th October 2010, at the Hilton Kuwait Resort. Under the patronage of H.E. Frank Baker, the British Ambassador to Kuwait, the event

was designed to help new arrivals acquaint themselves with the various services, businesses and social activities that are available in Kuwait including the educational, financial and various social organizations operating in Kuwait. The event also highlighted the social and cultural

life of Kuwait and attracted over 4,000 visitors. Gulf Bank strategically utilized its presence at BBF’s ‘Welcome to Kuwait 2010’ event to showcase its range of banking products and services that aim to give access to a world of better banking.

KUWAIT: Kuwait Shell in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Kuwait and the Energy Center for Engineering Consultancy have joined efforts to create the country’s first PreEngineering Design competition. The initiative echoes the importance of youth development, and their role in the development of the Kuwaiti society, while encouraging students to further pursue a career in the field of Engineering. The new competition supports scientific competitiveness and offers opportunities that will allow students to use their scientific skills. The purpose of the competition is to attract public and private high school students across Kuwait, who are interested in engineering. During the competition, participating students will implement scientific and engineering concepts through a creative engineering project. The theme of this national initiative has been chosen to engineer the catapult design, a subject which has been included in the 2010-2011 curricula of schools’ projects. The principle of the catapult design, which was introduced during war times in the Middle Ages, includes implementation of concepts and theories of speed, strength, energy as well as other engineering basics. Commenting on the launch of the Pre-Engineering competition by Kuwait Shell and its partners; the company’s chairman, Ahmed Mouti said: “As a leading company in the field of energy which relies on Engineers, we are pleased to support creative activities that help discover and develop stu-

Kuwait Shell Chairman Ahmed Mouti (left) and Head of the competition organizing committee Engr Waleed Khamees. dents’ skills, while nurturing the concept of team work in a robust atmosphere setting. It is our honor to collaborate with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Education and Energy Center for Engineering Consultancy to launch the first engineering project competition in Kuwait. We are confident that this initiative will help prepare a generation of creative students interested in pursuing a career in engineering”. Head of the competition

Organizing Committee, Engineer Waleed Khamees said: “The concept behind this competition was initiated by a group of Kuwaiti engineers whose goal is to teach high school students principals of engineering. Registration for the competition has started and we highly encourage interested students to fill application forms, which are found on www.6aqa.org, and submit their reports to the judging panel to receive an initial approval and

start working on their projects. Project evaluation and winners announcement will take place in February 2011.” The Ministry of Education has included this first PreEngineering competition in the 2010/2011 school year plan, reflecting its belief that such activities encourage students to take active interest in science education and motivate them to use creativity and innovation to achieve their goals and dreams.

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Nasrallah ‘deceived’ Iran president with gun gift Lebanon ‘rapidly becoming Iran satellite’

JERUSALEM: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah deceived Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by giving him a gun he claimed was taken from an Israeli soldier in the 2006 war, an Israeli newspaper said yesterday. The mass-selling Yediot Aharonot said the gun, which Nasrallah presented to Ahmadinejad in person on his controversial two-day visit to Lebanon, was a type of weapon not been used by the Israeli military since the early 1970s.

TEHRAN: Reza Taghavi and his wife Mahnaz speak with the Associated Press yesterday. — AP

American freed in Iran TEHRAN: An IranianAmerican businessman released after spending more than two years in a Tehran prison on suspicion of ties to a violent opposition group said yesterday he was innocent and had been jailed for giving a man in Iran $200 that an acquaintance in the United States had given him. Reza Taghavi, 71, spoke a day after Iranian authorities released him from Evin prison, where he spent the past 29 months for handing over the cash to a man linked to a militant organization. The group, known as Tondar, was implicated in a 2008 bombing of a mosque in the city of Shiraz that killed 14 people. Taghavi, who has not been charged, denies knowingly supporting the organization. He told AP Television News that he “brought the money here without knowing anything about it.” “After a month, I was arrested for that because those people were the terrorists who bombed the mosque,” he added. Taghavi, who regularly visits Iran to conduct business and see family, had received the money in California with instructions to pass the cash to an Iranian, according to his lawyer, Pierre Prosper. On Saturday, Prosper said that Taghavi “admitted to nothing and he continues to maintain his innocence.” Iranian officials are “comfortable that he was in fact used by this organization, and comfortable that he does not pose a threat to them and that he can leave and go back to the United States,” Prosper said. Iran has repeatedly accused the US and Britain of backing militants and ethnic opposition groups to destabilize the Tehran government. Both countries have denied the accusations. In 2009, Iran

Pro-US Iraq fighters switch to Al-Qaeda WASHINGTON: Possibly hundreds of members of Iraq’s Awakening Councils, a group affiliated with the US military, have switched their loyalty to Al-Qaeda, The New York Times reported yesterday. Citing unnamed Iraqi government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents, the newspaper said that although there were no firm figures, hundreds of fighters appear to have rejoined AlQaeda in Mesopotamia in recent months. Many of them would have gained extensive knowledge about the US military, it said. Officials also said that possibly thousands of Awakening fighters still on the Iraqi government payroll covertly aid the insurgency, the report said. The defections have been driven in part by frustration with the Shiite-led government, which Awakening members say is intent on destroying them, as well as by pressure from Al-Qaeda, the paper said. The defections have accelerated since Iraq’s inconclusive parliamentary elections in March, which have left Sunnis uncertain of retaining what little political influence they have in the country. The switch in loyalties by Awakening members poses a new threat to Iraq’s social and political balance as the US military prepares to withdraw next year, The Times noted. — AFP

hanged three men convicted of a role in the bombing. Taghavi said prison authorities at Evin did not mistreat him and “didn’t do anything wrong to me.” “They were kind to me, especially as I am old, and you know, they were watching carefully with me,” he said. Taghavi is to travel later Sunday to Shiraz - a trip apparently set as a condition for his release - and talk with the victims of the bombing. He is expected to return to California later in the week. Hours after his release, none of Tehran media, websites or officials carried reports about him or commented on his case. His wife, Mahnaz Taghavi, was overjoyed. “I am the happiest woman in the whole world since I got my husband back, and thank God he is healthy and I love him,” she said. While Taghavi never was charged formally or presented with paperwork indicating a charge, Prosper said there is a case within the Iranian justice system. He plans to meet with a judge during the week in hopes of getting that case dis-

missed. The best way to describe the situation, the lawyer said Saturday, is that the case is suspended and Taghavi is free to leave. “He feels aggrieved. He feels used” by his friend back home who provided the cash, said Prosper, who had five direct meetings with Iranian officials since Taghavi was jailed. Three were in Iran, one in New York and one in Europe. In Washington, State Department spokesman Noel Clay said Saturday the United States welcomes the “release of Reza Taghavi from detention in Evin Prison in Iran, and are pleased that he will soon be reunited with his family.” “We urge Iranian authorities to extend the same consideration to Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, and other detained Americans by resolving their cases without delay,” Clay said. Fattal and Bauer are two American hikers jailed in Iran since they were arrested near the Iran-Iraq border in July 2009. The Iranians released Bauer’s fiancee, Sarah Shourd, a month ago. — AP

The paper quoted a military spokesperson as saying the weapon was “most likely” a FNFAL 7.62 rifle that went out of use in 1974, meaning it could not have been taken from soldiers during Israel’s more recent invasion of Lebanon. A military spokesman contacted by AFP declined to comment on the report. The devastating 34day war in the summer of 2006 claimed the lives of some 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, and destroyed much of southern Lebanon. The war was widely seen as a victory for Nasrallah’s Shiite Lebanese movement, which continued to fire hundreds of rockets on northern Israel until the end of the fighting and prevented Israeli forces from recovering two soldiers whose capture in a deadly cross-border raid had sparked the conflict. Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon, in which he again predicted Israel’s demise from a Hezbollah stronghold near the border, was condemned as “provocative” by the United States and Israel. Israel views Iran as its main strategic threat because of Tehran’s harsh rhetoric, its controversial nuclear enrichment program and its support for both Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas movement ruling Gaza. In another development, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Lebanon was quickly becoming a “satellite” of Tehran after it hosted a controversial visit by Iran’s president. Netanyahu’s remarks came after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again predicted Israel’s destruction, speaking at a packed rally in southern

Lebanon just a few kilometers from the border with Israel. “In the last few days we have heard slurs and insults directed at Israel,” he told a weekly cabinet meeting held in northern Israel in honor of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first kibbutz, or communal farm, at Degania Alef. “Lebanon is rapidly becoming a new satellite of Iran. It’s a tragedy for Lebanon,” he said, in remarks carried by army radio. On Thursday Ahmadinejad toured the southern Lebanon border region, the heartland of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, and addressed a crowd of some 15,000 supporters waving Iranian and Hezbollah flags. “The whole world knows that the Zionists are going to disappear,” he said to thunderous applause in the village of Bint Jbeil, which was devastated during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. “The occupying Zionists today have no choice but to accept reality and go back to their countries of origin,” he added. His visit to the south brought Ahmadinejad the closest he has ever been to Israel and was seen as a joint show of defiance with Hezbollah. Some 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and some 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed in the 34-day war in 2006. The border area remains tense, with both Israel and Hezbollah having vowed a massive reprisal to any attack. Israel has long viewed Iran as its biggest threat because of Ahmadinejad’s hardline rhetoric, his country’s controversial nuclear enrichment program and its support for Hezbollah and the militant Hamas movement ruling Gaza. — Agencies

Jews, Arabs protest Israel citizenship bill Talks on Hamas-held soldier resumes TEL AVIV: Several thousand Jewish and Arab Israelis protested peacefully Saturday against a bill requiring non-Jewish new citizens to swear allegiance to the country as a Jewish state, an AFP reporter witnessed. The rally, organized by left-wing opposition parties and human rights organizations, came six days after the mainly right-wing government voted overwhelmingly in favor of the controversial legislation. The measure has been widely condemned as racist by Israel’s Arab minority but appeared designed to placate hardline ministers ahead of a decision to extend a settlement moratorium seen as key to US-backed peace efforts with the Palestinians. Demonstrators marched through central Tel Aviv to the defense ministry, brandishing banners that read “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies” and “No to hatred”, criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign

Minister Avigdor Lieberman. An original proposal by Lieberman’s ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party would have required even Arabs born in Israel to make the pledge and promise to serve in the military or perform other national service but it was toned down. The 30-member coalition cabinet endorsed the draft amendment by 22-eight and it has to be approved by parliament before becoming law. Gilad Shalit talks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that talks aimed at releasing a captured soldier held by Hamas in its Gaza enclave have resumed after nearly a year-long hiatus. “The contacts for the release of Gilad Shalit have resumed... There are many discrete efforts,” Netanyahu told army radio, without elaborating. An Israeli official confirmed on condition of anonymity that “efforts to release Gilad Shalit contin-

ue,” but also declined to provide further details. Hamas spokesmen declined to comment on Netanyahu’s remarks. The radical Islamist group and other Palestinian militants captured Shalit, now 24, in a deadly crossborder raid in June 2006 and have demanded hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, including top militants, in exchange for his release. Israel had been struggling to reach a deal through Egyptian and German mediation, but the indirect talks ground to a halt late last year when Hamas refused to formally respond to an Israeli offer. Each side has blamed the other for the failed negotiations. Shalit’s father Noam, also interviewed by army radio, said he was not aware of any new talks with Hamas. “There is no progress, and everything is blocked. There are efforts, but nothing new because, ultimately, the prime minister has to take the right decisions,” he said. — Agencies

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Sex trade thrives in Cyprus despite visa reforms

NICOSIA: Cypriot radio stations are working together to put the spotlight on the victims and crack down on customers of a thriving sex trade on the divided island despite some timid visa reforms. “I came to Cyprus to work as a waitress. That is what they told me. Now they force me to sleep with clients! I am not a prostitute. They force me to do it,” said a woman speaking on Radio Astra, owned by Cyprus’s ruling Akel party. A condemnation follows: “Human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights. The tolerance and use of victims’ services is our complicity.” The plan to enlighten Cypriots was launched two years ago when the government abolished “artiste”

visas for “dancers,” often from eastern Europe, in any of the 100 or so cabarets that the holiday island used to have. Since then, the Greek Cypriot authorities in the government-controlled south of the island, which joined the European Union in 2004, say there are only 44 of the clubs left. “The interior minister has changed the rules and now it’s better,” said Neophytos Neophytou, deputy editor-in-chief of Radio Astra. “But it’s still important to inform Cypriot society, especially the young people, to teach them the difference between (consensual) prostitution and trafficking.” Today marks the annual European Day against Human Trafficking which the 27nation bloc launched three years ago. But

experts in the field say Cyprus’s abolition of artiste visas-around 3,000 were issued in 2007 - has made barely any difference at all, instead moving the problem elsewhere, mostly to bars and massage parlors. “The truth is that two years ago they sold girls with artiste visas, and today they sell them with work visas,” said Androulla Henriques, vice president of ACESS-Suisse, an organization combating sexual exploitation. In a report on human trafficking, the US State Department warned in June against the dangers involved in granting special visas to performing artists and waitresses in Cyprus. And in a letter to Interior Minister Neoklis Sylikiotis, EU High Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas

Hammarberg urged Cypriot authorities to “ensure that no type of visa or work permit can be abused for such unlawful purposes as trafficking human beings.” Half the applications for work permits are turned down, according to the interior ministry, which says it demands proof of the artists’ qualifications and now requires that they come as part of a group. The bars are no longer allowed to employ non-European waitresses. “They changed the name of the visa, the name of the contract, but the situation hasn’t changed: the women are still here, and the risk of trafficking also,” said Susan Pavlou of the Mediterranean Institute for Gender Studies. She believes the clients, most of whom are married Greek

Cypriots according to her organization, should be prosecuted. Cyprus is also having to contend with a new phenomenon: street prostitution, with Filipinas, Chinese and Vietnamese women offering themselves, day and night, for just a few euros, non-governmental organizations say, to pay back immigration networks. In the Turkish-held north of the island, the situation is even more troubling. Since June, Turkish Cypriot station Radio Mayis has been broadcasting awareness messages in collaboration with Radio Astra. Henriques described the “appalling life” of foreign women in the north who are deprived of their freedom, singling out the garish nightclubs dotted along the west-

bound motorway out of northern Nicosia. In its June report, the State Department said nearly 1,000 “hostess” work permits were issued last year in northern Cyprus, which has 42 nightclubs, adding that the authorities had no procedures to identify trafficking victims. Sener Elcil, secretary general of the union of Turkish Cypriot teachers, said the police in northern Cyprus do nothing to prevent people trafficking, and are even colluding with the organizers. “Turkey is responsible for these (cabaret) activities. The mafia rules the northern part of the island, and police do nothing. Even worse, they’re involved, they hold the passports of the girls when they arrive.” — AFP

Czech left wingers resurface Reforms, austerity plan at stake PRAGUE: Czech gover nment reforms and aust erity measures were at stake as left-winger s appeared yester day to be on t rack to dominat e the Senate after the first round of a mid-term vote. With all votes counted aft er polls closed Sat urday, left-wing Social Democrats opposed to cuts

and reforms proposed by the centre-right government made it to the run-off in 22 of the 27 districts, t he Czech Statistical Office said. They had previously not held any of the 27 district seats up for grabs in the 81-member Senat e.

DUSHANBE: Photo shows Tajik National Guard soldiers gathered around the debris of a National Guard Mi-8 helicopter, which crashed in the mountainous Rasht valley in eastern Tajikistan. — AFP

Battle against Tajikistan militants exposes government’s weakness DUSHANBE: A massive military operation in Tajikistan aimed at routing Islamist militants has exposed weakness within the government and risks further destabilizing an already troubled region, experts said. Thousands of soldiers backed up by armored vehicles and helicopter gunships swarmed into the Rasht Valley region near the border with Afghanistan last month following a series of deadly attacks blamed on Islamist militant groups. But government forces have taken heavy losses in the rugged terrain without dealing a decisive blow to the militants and now risk getting bogged down indefinitely, said Dushanbe-based political analyst Abdugani Mamadazimov.”If the government forces lack the speed to liquidate these fighters quickly, then they will simply cross back into Afghanistan to wait out the winter. Then, in spring, they’ll return to eastern Tajikistan,” he said. “A conflict of this type can last here for a very long time because the Tajik border guards, in light of their weak technical capacity and the steep terrain are not yet able to resist illegal border crossings by militants.” Tajikistan, a majority-Muslim country and the poorest state to emerge from the collapse of the Soviet Union nearly two decades ago, has been wracked by violence blamed on Islamist militants in the last two months. It was hit by a devastating civil war between Islamists and backers of Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon that broke out after the collapse of the Soviet Union and only ended

in 1997 with the loss of tens of thousands of lives. The mountains around the Rasht Valley were known as a favored hideout for Islamist militants opposing the Dushanbe government at the start of the civil war and the region still has a reputation for strong religious conservatism. The latest spike in unrest in Tajikistan, which shares a porous 1,300-kilometre border with Afghanistan, has followed the escape of 25 militants from a prison in a brazen nighttime getaway in August. Twenty-eight soldiers were then killed in an ambush on a military convoy in the Rasht Valley in September. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an AlQaeda-linked militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack. But at least a further 40 government troops - 36 in one day-were killed during the height of the operation in October, casting doubts on the ability of poorly-funded and unmotivated government troops to stem the violence. The security threat facing Tajikistan now is the highest that it has been since the conclusion of the civil war and risks destabilizing the region, said Alexander Cooley, a regional security expert at Columbia University. “We are definitely seeing trends of regional destabilization and the unraveling of the fragile peace and political order that has characterized Tajikistan,” he said. “A fully failed Tajikistan would effectively widen the theatre of conflict in Afghanistan

to the post-Soviet Central Asian states themselves and raise difficult choices for US defense policy makers as to how to counter the deteriorating situation.” Checkpoints manned by government troops-small groups without military uniforms identifiable only by their automatic weapons-now choke off the only roads leading into Rasht in an attempt to squeeze the militants. Officers maintain that they are winning the battle and government officials said this week that a key local warlord believed to be connected to the attacks, Mirzokhudzha Akhmadov, agreed to lay down his arms and join Dushanbe in suppressing the militants. But troops just inside the entrance to the valley complained of poor living conditions and the ghost-like ability of the insurgents to melt away into the wild surroundings. “In this area, it’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Every inch needs to be combed over,” a soldier at a roadside position strewn with rubbish said under condition of anonymity. As the operation has intensified in recent weeks residents of the valley have grown increasingly fearful of a return to the type of violence that tore Rasht apart during the civil war. “We are afraid for our lives. These ‘black crows’ who came from abroad have violated our peace,” a 69year-old local man driving a battered old Soviet car said. “We are afraid that the militants have leaked into our village. I do not want a repeat of bloody events of the 1990s when so many young men died.” — AFP

Jailed Basque separatist urges permanent truce MADRID: Arnaldo Otegi, the jailed leader of the banned political wing of ETA, called on the rebel group to declare a permanent ceasefire and said an independent Basque region could only be secured through peaceful, democratic means. The comments by Otegi, in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, were among his most conciliatory and come roughly six weeks after the separatist group called a halt to armed attacks. That call has been greeted with skepticism by the government as ETA has broken ceasefires several times in the past, most recently in 2006 with a deadly bomb attack at Madrid airport. The group has killed more than 850 people in half a century of armed struggle for an independent state in northern Spain and southwest France, but has been

crippled by arrests of its members and rising support for non-violence among Basques. “The most efficient strategy for achieving our goals is seducing people democratically,” Otegi told El Pais, calling on ETA to declare a permanent truce that could be verified by the international community. He called for “unilateral gestures and actions” to win the support of society and the backing of the international community for a democratic solution to the long-running conflict over the Basque region. “Weapons, all weapons, must disappear definitively from the Basque political equation,” he said. Otegi has been arrested several times for praising terrorism and has been serving a two-year jail sentence since March, 2010. His political party Batasuna was banned in 2003 for its ties to ETA. — Reuters

Former leader of the banned Basque political party Batasuna, Arnaldo Otegi

The first round of the vote failed to produce clear winners with support topping 50 percent in any of the districts, meaning the two strongest candidates from each will go into the second round run-off on October 22-23. The Social Democrats hold 29 seats in the current Senate and need another 12 for a majority which would allow them to slow planned reforms and thwart the country’s participation in the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. The Senate is dominated by the right-wing Civic Democrats who teamed up with right-wing TOP 09 and centrist Public Affairs after a general election in May to govern with a comfortable majority of 118 votes in the 200-seat lower house of parliament. But after the weekend vote the right-wingers may lose their majority in the Senate, which must approve all bills passed by the lower house before they can be signed into law by the president. “We want the Senate to represent an alternative so that the government would have to look for compromises when implementing the reforms,” said Social Democrats acting chairman Bohuslav Sobotka. The Social Democrats have slammed all budget cuts as too harsh for low-income groups. Their strength in the Senate could mean the cabinet would have a hard time pushing its austerity steps through. The centre-right government in September approved a 2011 austerity budget with a public deficit of 4.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), a step towards cutting the gap to 3.0 percent by 2013. The austerity steps include a 10-percent cut in public sector wages, which angered the left-wingers and led 40,000 professionals to rally in Prague last month. “The second round run-off will be a kind of ‘mini-referendum’ on the reforms,” political analyst Josef Mlejnek said on the website of the DNES daily. A left-wing majority in the Senate could also thwart the cabinet’s plan to boost Czech participation in NATO’s Afghan war effort next year, which needs backing from a simple majority of all senators under the constitution-something the left-wingers are unlikely to offer. Turnout in the first round reached 44.6 percent, while local elections held at the same time attracted a record-high 48.5 percent of voters. Independent candidates topped the local vote in most places, ahead of the Civic Democrats who however lost dominance in the largest cities including Prague, where they have ruled since the party was founded in 1991. Voters, increasingly fed up with corruption scandals at Prague city hall, preferred TOP 09 and its candidate for mayor, former central bank governor Zdenek Tuma. The Social Democrats won the local votes in Brno and Ostrava, the second and third largest Czech cities. “We can see that the Civic Democrats’ local officials do not always boast good reputations,” said prime minister and Civic Democrat chairman Petr Necas. — AFP

BRUSSELS: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2nd left) gestures while meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (unseen) and Turkish Defense Minister Mehmet Vecdi Gonul (unseen) at the NATO Headquarters in this file photo. — AFP

Turkey faces tough call on NATO missile shield ANKARA: Turkey’s Islamist-rooted government faces making a difficult decision that pits maintaining good relations with its neighbors against joining a NATO missile shield directed against Iran. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought in recent years to boost Turkey’s ties in the region-raising suspicions he is moving the country out of the West’s orbit-and will now have to make a decision that will be viewed as a test of its commitment to its NATO partners. The US plan to build a network of ballistic missile interceptors in Europe has been taken up by NATO, partly in order to convince reluctant members of the alliance to join the project. The Turkish government will have to stop fence-sitting soon as NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen wants a final decision on the missile shield to be made at a summit of the alliance’s leaders on November 19 and 20 in Lisbon. The United States says the shield is meant to protect against an eventual missile strike from Iran, but has been vociferously opposed by Moscow, which fears it could undermine its nuclear deterrent. This poses a problem for Ankara, which fears joining the missile shield will damage relations with Moscow and Tehran, which have improved considerably in recent years, according to analysts. “It is a dilemma for Turkey. On one hand you have a policy of maintaining friendship with our neighbors, and on the other you are going to be deploying arms which target them,” said Sinan Ogan, director of the Turksam think tank in Ankara. When the defense and foreign ministers of Turkey and the United States met Thursday in Brussels on the sidelines of a NATO summit, the missile shield was at the centre of the talks, Turkish media reported, with Turkish officials still “reserved” about joining the project. Upon his return to Ankara, Turkish Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul rejected that term, saying Turkey wel-

comed the discussions within the alliance on the shield that could be operational by 2015. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates was also quoted by Turkish media as saying that Washington was not putting pressure on Ankara to join the project, but was continuing to hold discussions. Erdogan also said Friday there had been no pressure on his country. “No demands have been made of us on this matter, so there is no question of us being given a fait accompli” in Lisbon, he said. “Turkey has not come to a decision yet, there are technical problems to surmount,” a Turkish diplomat said on condition on anonymity, saying Ankara was trying to figure out a way to minimize the impact of a “yes” decision, particularly for its relations with Tehran. Ankara is in particular opposed to the shield being seen as targeting one country, and wants that it protects all of Turkey against a missile attack, not just areas near the Iranian border, said the diplomat. The question is even more difficult given the suspicions that Erdogan has been trying to move Turkey out of the West’s orbit. Turkey’s refusal to allow US troops to cross its territory to invade Iraq in 2003, to support UN sanctions against Iran, and the ferocity of its dispute with Israel over the raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza have all raised concerns about where Erdogan intends to take Turkey. “A ‘no’ would only serve to confirm the idea that Turkey is in effect moving away from the West,” said Ogan, who believes that the Turkish government will in the end likely decide to join the missile shield project. The decision is also delicate as Washington remains an important ally for Ankara, particularly its support for Turkey’s battle against the PKK Kurdish rebels, said Deniz Zeyrek of the Radikal newspaper. Washington has been providing intelligence to Ankara about the movements of PKK rebels in northern Iraq, which they have been using as a rear base. — AFP

Somali pirates seize S Korean fishing boat SEOUL: A South Korean fishing boat with 43 people on board has been seized by Somali pirates off the Kenyan coast, the foreign ministry said yesterday, the latest vessel to be captured by the bandits. The 241-ton crab fishing vessel, which was carrying two South Koreans, two Chinese and 39 Kenyans, was hijacked on October 9 in the Indian Ocean off the Kenyan island of Lamu, the ministry said in a statement. It is the latest of dozens of vessels to have been captured by pirates off the Horn of Africa in recent years, threatening international shipping and trade. “We are investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the incident by setting up an emergency team at our embassy in Kenya,” the ministry said, without revealing the whereabouts of the vessel or crew. YTN news channel report-

ed that the fishing boat, Keummi 305, and its crew had been taken to a pirate stronghold in northern Somalia, citing South Korean sources in Kenya. Yonhap news agency reported that the 54-year-old captain, one of the South Koreans aboard, was also the head of the shipping company that owns the vessel. The company, Keummi Fishers, has been on the verge of collapse due to financial troubles, which will further complicate ransom negotiations, it said. “The company has been sitting on piles of debt... we are clueless on how to resolve this,” said a company official quoted by Yonhap. The official said the pirates have not yet contacted the firm. Piracy has surged in recent years off Somalia, a lawless, war-torn country that sits astride one of the world’s most important shipping routes,

leading to the Suez Canal. Dozens of ships have been hijacked and held for ransom, notably the Sirius Star, a Saudi-owned supertanker that is more than 1,000 feet long. The pirates are estimated to have made 60 million dollars in ransoms last year. Foreign naval powers, including a joint European Union force and the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, have mounted patrols off the Horn of Africa in a multinational effort to try to secure the area, with some success. South Korea is one of the countries involved in the effort. But the pirates, often operating in small, fast boats from a larger “mother ship”, have been able to seize boats hundreds of miles offshore, as far east as the Maldives and as far south as Mozambique. In April a South Korean oil tanker with 24 crew on board was hijacked by pirates off Somalia and is still being held. — AFP

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China the punching bag in US election Republicans, Democrats slam Beijing WASHINGTON: Facing a tough election, the congressman’s advertisements attack his rival’s support of free trade. The camera turns to a Chinese street scene and a voice intones, “As they say in China, xie xie (‘Thank you’).” Not to be outdone, commercials for challenger Bob Gibbs flash a Chinese flag, accusing

CALIFORNIA: Supporters pick up election signs at a rally for Republicans in Anaheim, Calif. — AP

Chile to boost mine safety after accident SANTIAGO: Following the dramatic rescue of 33 miners trapped underground for nearly 70 days, Chile government and industry officials have moved to ensure there are no similar accidents in the future. “This should not happen again either in Chile or in any other country,” said Edison Pena, one of the workers at the San Jose mine who was brought to the surface amid a much publicized rescue operation on Wednesday. In the weeks after the August 5 accident that trapped the miners, the government announced safety reforms in the mining industry worth 15.5 percent of Chile’s gross domestic product and more than half of its export earning. These earnings reached more than 30 billion dollars (22 billion euros) last year. The mine safety budget will be more than doubled to reach 56 million dollars (40 million euros), while the number of mine safety inspectors will be tripled to 45. Even with the increased staff, inspections will be a daunting task in an industry that employs 174,000 miners, who work for nearly 3,500 businesses. Chile is the world’s leading producer of copper. Its mines also produce gold, silver and zinc. The reform is also likely to affect the national Service of Geology and Mines, with a committee of experts recommending that the current mine safety legislation be reviewed no later than the end of November. “We will no longer tolerate working conditions that are not very safe and humane that existed at the San Jose mine and in a lot of other places,” declared Chilean President Sebastian Pinera after the 33 men were brought to the surface. The men were trapped by a huge rock collapse inside the mine and they had been almost given up for dead before a probe sent down through a narrow bore hole struck lucky 17 days later on August 22. In that agonizing interim, when each man had to make do with a tiny spoonful of tinned tuna or salmon each day, they faced the mounting terror they would die in the mine. “It was necessary for this tragedy to hap-

pen, for workers to be put on the verge of death so that specialists took another look at security aspects of the profession,” noted Pena in his first hours after the rescue. San Jose was a test case. It was an average sized mine that employed 150 workers and had been explored for more than 110 years. It was also somewhat lax on safety. Relatives of the miners have accused San Jose’s management of overworking the deposit and ignoring warnings from workers about the mine’s “rumblings,” an indication that a collapse was about to occur. “And what did they tell the workers? Go underground, even if the hill ‘rumbles’,” complained Pena. When the 33 trapped men wanted to use vertical ventilation shafts to get out, “the ladders would reach only a certain height”, said Richard Villaroel, another rescued miner. There are however mines that are worse than San Jose. In the weeks following the accident, AFP correspondents visited Tierra Amarilla mines where temporary workers toil often without a safety net. Alongside the gigantic mining concerns such as BHP Billiton, Xstrata or Barrick whose safety features are often showcased, there are small companies where most of Chile’s 31 recorded miner deaths occur on average each year. Chilean politicians strive to separate the “good” mining companies from the “bad”, but they acknowledge it is often not easy to do. “As one cannot avoid car accidents, one cannot guarantee accident-free mining, no matter how many safety precautions we take,” noted Laurence Golborne, the Chilean minister of mines. “There exist temporary, unauthorized, one-man explorations just as there are drunk drivers who don’t pay attention to any traffic rules or speed limits.” After returning home on Friday, miner Florencio Avalos, who was the first of the 33 to be brought to the surface, called on Chile’s mining industry to invest in worker safety. But he was not excessively hopeful. “My message to the workers is that they should take care of themselves,” he said. — AFP

Yemen tightens security at embassies after terror alert

US home invasion horror jury to rule on execution

SANAA: Yemeni authorities yesterday tightened security measures around the British and US embassies in Sanaa after diplomatic missions warned of the heightened risk of attacks. Police set up roadblocks stopping traffic in the main street leading to the US embassy in Sanaa, while security forces monitored cars travelling to the British embassy headquarters, according to an AFP correspondent. On Friday, the US embassy in Sanaa warned its “citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities.” It also called on US citizens remaining in the country “despite this warning... (to) make contingency emergency plans and monitor the US embassy website.” The British embassy remained operational, but said it was “closed to the public because of the security situation,” in a statement on its website dated October 12, one week after an embassy car came under rocket attack. One member of staff was lightly wounded in the attack that occurred about three kilometers from the embassy, the second attack on a British diplomatic vehicle in the city in six months. On Friday, Australia raised its travel warning for Yemen to its highest possible level, saying there was a “very high threat of terrorist attack” in the Arabian peninsula’s poorest nation. “The overall level of the advice has increased to ‘do not travel’ because of the very high threat of terrorist attack,” Australia’s foreign ministry said in a statement. And two days earlier, France advised the partners and children of its nationals in Yemen to leave the country because of the deteriorating security situation. “This is a temporary precautionary measure taken in coordination with the main French companies present,” foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said. A French contractor working for Austrian energy group OMV was shot dead at the company’s compound in the Yemeni capital on October 6, the same day the British embassy car was hit. US President Barack Obama said last week that Al-Qaeda continued to use Yemen, along with other places, as a platform from which to pursue its “murderous agenda”. The ancestral homeland of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden faces a growing threat from the global jihadist network’s local branch. — AFP

NEW YORK: A Connecticut jury trying a man who with an alleged accomplice turned a smart suburban home into a house of horrors, murdering and incinerating a mother and two girls, will hear arguments Monday about whether he should be executed. The trial in New Haven, Connecticut, just outside New York, has horrified and gripped Americans in equal measure with a story that rivals the scripts of the most terrifying Hollywood slasher movie. Now defense attorneys are fighting for convicted murderer Steven Hayes’ life, even arguing that it would cost taxpayers less to keep him behind bars than to send him through the litigious process of death row. On Thursday, Judge Jon Blue rejected the financial savings argument as “perverse,” giving a boost to prosecutors hoping to persuade the jury that Hayes deserves nothing less than execution. According to authorities, Hayes, and a second man who has not yet been tried, entered a tidy, middleclass house on a leafy street in the town of Cheshire in 2007 with little motive other than robbery. Then depravity took over. Hayes, 47, and his alleged accomplice bludgeoned the father, a doctor, into unconsciousness. Next they forced the wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, into a car to drive to a bank and withdraw money. Hayes then raped and strangled her back at the house. The couple’s daughters, aged 11 and 17, were held captive, tied to the bedposts of what court photos showed to be their lovingly decorated rooms. Finally, after the 11-year-old was raped, the victims were smothered in gasoline and set alight to burn with the entire house. The father, William Petit, managed to escape from the cellar where he’d been locked up, blood pouring from a head wound, and fell into the street. The same jury that convicted Hayes must now decide whether or not to impose capital punishment, while the second defendant, ex-convict Joshua Komisarjevsky, 30, will be tried next year. The attempt to derail the possibility of execution by arguing the high costs was less usual than typical arguments based on defendants’ personal qualities or mental condition. An expert cited by defense lawyers for Hayes said a death penalty case in Connecticut costs three million dollars, while a life sentence costs two million dollars. The expert, James Austin, said Hayes would in any case probably die in prison if sentenced to death, because the appeals process takes so long to exhaust-and that this would simply cost the state more money. “A natural life imprisonment sentence for Mr Hayes will be considerably less expensive than seeking the death penalty. Given Mr Hayes’ age of 47 and life expectancy of 70 years, it is highly likely that he will die of natural causes within 23 years,” Austin wrote. —AFP

A key source of anger has been currency, with US politicians saying China has kept the value of its yuan artificially low to subsidize a flood of cheap exports. “Certainly there has been significant movement toward what we would consider a more realistic position on China,” said Alan Tonelson of the US Business and Industry Council, which represents manufacturers. “This trend has emerged after, quite frankly, years of surprising levels of apathy by most legislators. It’s emerged, clearly, because the country’s economic recovery has been such a crashing disappointment,” he said. While politicians of both major parties have criticized China, President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party has led the charge. Some analysts trace the China focus to May, when Democrat Mark Critz won a closely watched special House election in Pennsylvania on a platform of trade reform. On the last day of the House of Representatives’ session, lawmakers voted for a Democratic-led bill that would open the way for punitive tariffs on Chinese goods due to the currency rate. But the strident tone is at odds with that of the Obama administration, which has sought a broader relationship with China and favored diplomacy to nudge Beijing to move on currency and other concerns. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Friday delayed a

Democratic incumbent Zach Space of allowing US stimulus money to support green technology in the emerging Asian economy. The contest in economically struggling Ohio is one of many in the November 2 congressional elections in which China has become the premier bugbear, accused of killing US jobs.

report on whether Beijing is manipulating its currency value. Constance Hunter, chief economist at Aladdin Capital, said that lawmakers found China to be an easy scapegoat. “The people running the Congress are treating the China relationship like it’s some kind of tic-tac-toe match when it’s in fact a chess match. They’re oversimplifying it for the sake of campaign rhetoric,” she said. She argued that the diplomatic approach was working, saying that China-a major buyer of natural resources-had an interest in letting its currency appreciate but did not want a sudden economic shock. The cheaper yuan also benefits US consumers as they buy goods mass-produced in China, she said. “You can turn around and say to people that x-percent of the population can’t have an iPod because instead of costing 100 dollars, it’s going to cost 500 dollars,” she said. “The jobs they have are not coming back to the United States, and they’re not necessarily the jobs we want,” she said. Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland and former chief economist at the US International Trade Commission, expected the pressure to get tough on China to fade after the election. “I don’t think Democrats are going to want to challenge their president very hard. Geithner talks tough but behaves timid when it comes to

China,” said Morici, who believes it takes “mental gymnastics” not to conclude that Beijing is manipulating its currency value. Morici doubted a Republican Congress would be more assertive on China. The Republicans’ “Pledge to America” campaign platform does not address the currency issue. Unlike most Republicans, Representative John Boehner, who would likely be House speaker if the party takes over, voted against last month’s currency bill. China is not the first nation whose economy has hung over US politics. In the 1980s, Japan’s financial might and auto industry looked invincible. In a notorious case in 1982, Detroit auto workers beat to death Vincent Chin, mistaking the Chinese American for Japanese. Frank H Wu, chancellor and dean of the University of California Hastings College of Law and author of “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White,” said times have changed, noting that Obama has appointed a record number of Asian Americans to his cabinet. Wu said all the commercials he has seen on China have been within bounds, pointing out that many Asian Americans shared concerns about Beijing and the US economy. “But it isn’t so much what is said by the politicians that I worry about-it’s the consequences when people get all riled up and angry,” Wu said. “This is a time of risk and peril.” — AFP

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Seoul to go on maximum alert for G20

SEOUL: South Korea will go on maximum alert for next month’s G20 summit in Seoul against any possible terror attacks or disruption by North Korea, military officials said yesterday. Tens of thousands of police and troops will be on guard in major public areas and naval and air forces will be on patrol as the country gears up for its biggest appearance on the world stage since the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

South Korea will be hosting world leaders including US President Barack Obama for the gathering of the Group of 20 rich and emerging economies from November 11-12. “The military alert level for the G20 will be raised to the highest level later this month,” a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. Police have already drawn up strict security measures, including the creation of a spe-

cial unit to protect the G20 leaders and surrounding the venue in southern Seoul with security fences over two meters high. “The highest-level military preparation involves enhanced joint reconnaissance efforts (between South Korea and the United States) and higher alertness for military provocations and possible infiltration attempts by land, sky and

sea,” the JCS said in a statement. The military is in training for possible scenarios including North Korean “provocations” across the tense sea border or attacks carried out by ultra light aircraft, the JCS said. “Troops will be deployed to major public facilities and mountain areas near the venue of the summit in advance,” it said. Naval forces and coast guards will also

monitor sea areas near major airports, monitoring sea vessels and keeping a lookout for submarines. South Korea blames North Korea for a torpedo attack on one of its warships in March that cost the lives of 46 sailors, although Pyongyang has denied any responsibility. Air defense artilleries and air patrol will stay on alert, while the military will share intelligence information

with US forces stationed in the country, including information on potential attacks, the JCS said. About 50,000 police including 20,000 riot police are expected to be on security duty during the two-day summit, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. Airports have also been using full body scanners to screen suspicious passengers since October 1. — AFP

Pope canonizes 6 saints Australians celebrate first-ever saint VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI gave Aust ralia it s first saint yest erday, canonizing a 19th-century nun and also declaring five ot her saints in a M ass attended by t ens of thousands of people. Cha nt s of “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi” echoed t hr oughout St Pet er’s Square as a raucous crowd of flag-and-balloon-bea ring Australians cheered their native M ary MacKillop. I n Sydney, huge images of the nun were pr oj ected onto the sandstone pylons of the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge. altar during the canonization Mass. Speaking in Latin on the steps of St. Veronica Hopson, 72, was Peter’s Basilica, Benedict solemnly read MacKillop’s first miracle, cured of out the names of each of the six new leukemia in 1961. She broke half a centusaints, declaring each one worthy of venry of silence about her case, telling eration in all the Catholic Church. Also Australia’s Channel Seven’s Sunday among them was Brother Andre Night program: “How does a miracle Bessette, a Canadian brother known as a feel? I feel very fortunate that I was given “miracle worker” and revered by milthe opportunity to live my life, have a lions of Canadians and Americans for family, have grandchildren, so that’s a healing thousands of sick who came to miracle.” Hopson was 22 when she was him. “Let us be drawn by these shining diagnosed with leukemia and given only examples, let us be guided by their teachweeks to live. She said her mother conings,” Benedict said in his homily, delivtacted nuns at Saint Joseph’s convent in ered in English, French, Italian, Polish northern Sydney where Hopson was and Spanish to reflect the languages spotaught as a schoolgirl and where ken by the church’s newest saints. MacKillop once lived. The nuns brought A cheer had broken out in the crowd cloth that MacKillop had worn and prayed when MacKillop’s name was announced for Hopson. earlier in the Mass, evidence of the sigHopson, who went on to have six chilnificant turnout of Australians celebratdren and now has four grandchildren, is ing the humble nun who was briefly recovering from recent bowel cancer. excommunicated in part because her reliShe said her miracle also carried a mesgious order exposed a pedophile priest. sage for people who did not believe in Even more MacKillop admirers - an estiGod. “I guess they must have some sort mated 10,000 - converged yesterday at of hope, not just give in and just let the the Sydney chapel where she is buried illness or sad things that happen in their and at Sydney’s Catholic cathedral, life take over their life. Just keep hoping where a wooden cross made from floorthat it will get better,” she said. Quebec’s boards taken from the first school that flag was also out in force in St Peter’s MacKillop established was placed on the Square in support of Brother Andre, a steps. Thousands of others in Australia Canadian brother who legend says healed spent their yesterday evenings watching thousands of sick who prayed with him at live broadcasts of the Vatican ceremony his Montreal oratory. on television in homes and on large outBorn in 1845, Brother Andre was door screens in Sydney, in Melbourne orphaned at the age of 12. After taking where she was born, as well as in Penola his religious vows, he devoted his life to where she established her first school. helping others and gained a reputation as Born in 1842, MacKillop grew up in a healer. When he died in 1937 at the age poverty as the first of eight children of of 91, an estimated 1 million people came Scottish immigrants. She moved to the to pay homage. Benedict noted that sleepy farming town of Penola in southBrother Andre was poorly educated but ern Australia to become a teacher, invitnevertheless understood what was ing the poor and the Aborigines of the essential to his faith. “Doorman at the area to attend free classes in a six-room Notre Dame College in Montreal, he stable. She co-founded her order, the boundless charity and did everyCongregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph SYDNEY: A pilgrim touches a portrait of Mary MacKillop showed thing possible to soothe the despair of of the Sacred Heart, with the goal of those who confided in him,” Benedict serving the poor, the sick and the disad- beside her tomb at Mary Mackillop Place in Sydney yesterday. said in French. vantaged, particularly through education. MacKillop was canonized as Australia’s first saint yesterday at “I think all the people from Quebec “She supported Aboriginal people the Vatican. — AP are happy now,” said Alain Pilote, a 49because she believed in supporting peoMacKillop became eligible for saint- year-old pilgrim from Rougemont, near ple who were disadvantaged,” said deathbed, restoring MacKillop to her Melissa Brickell, a pilgrim from order and paving the way for her decades hood after the Vatican approved a second Montreal, who came to Rome for the Melbourne who was in St Peter’s Square of work educating the poor across miracle attributed to her intercession, Mass. Australia’s foreign minister, that of Kathleen Evans, who was cured of Kevin Rudd, was in Rome for the canonyesterday for the ceremony. “She is a Australia and New Zealand. In his homily, Benedict praised lung and brain cancer in 1993. In a state- ization, as was Canada’s foreign minister, friend of Aboriginal people from the early days.” As a young nun in 1871, MacKillop MacKillop for her “courageous and saint- ment yesterday, Evans said she was Lawrence Cannon. The Polish president, and 47 other nuns from her order were ly example of zeal, perseverance and humbled by MacKillop’s example, grate- Bronislaw Komorowski, joined thoubriefly dismissed from the Roman prayer.” “She dedicated herself as a ful for her healing and overjoyed that sands of Polish pilgrims to honor that Catholic Church in a clash with high cler- young woman to the education of the MacKillop’s example will now be known country’s latest saint, Stanislaw gy. In addition to bitter rivalries among poor in the difficult and demanding ter- to others. “I think she would be delight- Kazimiercyzk. Also being canonized yespriests, one of the catalysts for the move rain of rural Australia, inspiring other ed to see so many people looking at their terday were Italian nuns Giulia Salzano was that her order had exposed a women to join her in the first women’s own lives and considering how they can and Battista Camilla da Varano, and pedophile priest. Five months later, the community of religious sisters of that live better and care more,” said Evans, Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y who brought relics of MacKillop up to the Barriola of Spain. — AP bishop revoked his ruling from his country,” Benedict said in English.

are gathering frequently to protest at the detention of their leaders and an estimated 175 demonstrators, and to highlight what they say were human rights abuses and unlawful killings by the military, which broke up the mass rallies. SO ARE THE R ED SHIR TS REGROU PING? It appears they are, to a limited extent. Even with the movement’s leaders in detention, demonstrators are still gathering in Bangkok and other provinces, with at least 10,000 massing in the capital on Sept. 19 and 8,000 on Oct 10. Analysts believe anti-government sentiment could become more entrenched as a result of the crackdowns, media and internet censorship, arbitrary arrests and detention without charge. A government reconciliation plan is far from inclusive and its failure to properly investigate the deaths of protester while pushing the claim that mysterious “terrorists” were behind most of the killings could add fuel to the red shirts’ claims of injustice, with impunity for troops. A recent move to install as army chief a staunch royalist involved in the coup that toppled Thaksin is seen as a statement of zero tolerance towards the red shirts by the government and military. — Reuters

Super typhoon roars towards Philippines Thousands evacuated

MANILA: Typhoon Megi gathered strength as it barreled towards the northern Philippines yesterday, as authorities began evacuating thousands of villagers to safer ground hours before it was to hit land. State weather forecasters said Megi has developed into a super typhoon and was expected to slam into the extreme northern Philippines by Monday and then cut westwards towards the South China Sea. Megi could uproot trees, blow away houses made of light material, trigger landslides and cause storm surges in coastal areas, authorities said as they began evacuating people from vulnerable communities. It is expected to hit the northern province of Cagayan in less than 24 hours, and as of yesterday afternoon was already 450 kilometers east of the area, state weather bureau said. It packed maximum winds of 195 kilometers an hour near the centre and gusts of up to 230 kilometers an hour, making it a super typhoon, forecasters said. “Some are still gauging the situation, but those who are living in low areas have voluntarily gone to higher ground,” said Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. He said thousands of people have already temporarily

relocated from communities along the Cagayan river system, which had overflowed its banks during previous typhoons. President Benigno Aquino ordered all government agencies to be on high alert to prevent any casualties, while the coast guard was instructed to ban all fishing vessels from setting off to sea in the north. “The president is reiterating that all agencies concerned should be ready for the approaching super typhoon Juan (Megi),” said Abigail Valte, a deputy spokeswoman for Aquino. She warned the public against being complacent, amid reports that the weather in some northern provinces remained clear as of yesterday. But Norma Talosig, regional chief of the Office of Civil Defence, said government was not ruling out forced evacuation for those who refuse to leave their homes despite being told to do so. “If we have to conduct forced evacuations, we’ll do it for their (residents’) safety,” Talosig said over national radio. “Our main objective is the safety of the community, the safety of the responders.” In Manila, disaster officials said food packs, medicine and rescue equipment, including rubber boats, are ready in areas expected to be lashed by the typhoon. National police spokesman Senior

Superintendent Agrimero Cruz said additional search and rescue teams from Manila were en route to the north to bolster forces there. “We have also declared a full alert status all over the country,” Cruz said. The Philippines is battered by an estimated 20 typhoons a year, some of them deadly. Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma struck Luzon within a week of each other in September and October last year, triggering the worst flooding in recent history. The twin storms killed more than 1,000 people, affected nearly 10 million and caused damage worth 4.3 billion dollars according to the World Bank and international humanitarian agencies. China’s National Meteorological Centre said Megi was expected to enter the South China Sea on Monday and could cause wild winds and huge waves in the next three days, Xinhua said. The US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center in its latest advisory yesterday said Megi has undergone “rapid intensification” over the past 12 hours, but could weaken as it moves across mountainous terrain upon entering Luzon. Megi would then begin to steadily re-intensify as it exits the country for the South China Sea, it said. — AFP

Thai PM in court as ban threat hangs over party

Are Thailand’s ‘Red Shirts’ regrouping? BANGKOK: Thousands of anti-government “red shirts” demonstrated in the old Thai capital of Ayutthaya yesterday to demand the release of their leaders and scores of comrades detained since bloody protests in April and May. The “red shirts” remain a potent extra-parliamentary force, five months after the military cracked down to end a protracted rally that paralyzed central Bangkok for weeks. Here are some questions and answers about the red shirts and the risk they pose to stability in Thailand. WHY ARE THEY DEMONSTRATING? The movement, made up mostly of urban and rural working-class Thais, believes the current government is illegitimate and that its backers, the royalist establishment elite and military, have undermined democracy and the judiciary, ensuring the dissolution of parties loyal to former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in a coup in 2006. The focus of their 10week protest from mid-March to May was to demand an immediate election. That was not met and the protests spiraled into rioting and bloody clashes with troops, leaving 91 people dead, nearly 2,000 wounded and more than 30 commercial buildings damaged by arson. The red shirts

MANILA: Military rescuers and volunteers prepare life-saving equipments at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila yesterday as Typhoon Megi intensifies while nearing the northern island of Luzon. — AFP

AYUTTHAYA: ‘Red Shirt’ anti-government protesters shout slogans during a protest in Ayutthaya province yesterday. — AFP

Thai ‘Red Shirts’ stage mass rally AYUTTHAYA: Thousands of Thailand’s anti-government “Red Shirts” joined a mass rally yesterday in the latest large demonstration by the movement in recent weeks. Police estimated 3,000 people had joined the gathering in the football stadium in the town of Ayutthaya about one hour’s drive north of Bangkok. Over 1,000 police were deployed to provide security for the event but authorities said the mood remained calm. “The situation so far is normal, there is no sign of any trouble,” said police Colonel Sombat Choochaiya. Reds from Bangkok and

other regions in the kingdom began proceedings by tying red ribbons on to a bridge in the centre of the town. The rally is expected to go on late into the evening and include speeches by opposition Puae Thai party members and a firework display. A similar Reds gathering in Bangkok on September 19 saw an estimated 6,000 people join a rally to mark four years since a coup ousted their hero Thaksin Shinawatra as premier and commemorate those slain in a May crackdown on movement’s protests in the capital. Last Sunday another 6,000 people rallied in Bangkok to

mark six months since a night of bloody clashes with the military, which left 25 people dead. Mass demonstrations by the Red Shirts in the heart of Bangkok in April and May descended into violence that left 91 people dead-mainly civilians-in fighting between demonstrators and armed soldiers. The mainly poor and working class Reds accuse the current government of being elitist and undemocratic and want immediate elections. Bangkok and three surrounding provinces-but not Ayutthaya-remain under a state of emergency, which gives the authorities broad security powers. — AFP

BANGKOK: Thailand’s prime minister is due in court today as his party tries to fend off a possible ban that threatens to further shake the kingdom’s fractured political landscape. Abhisit Vejjajiva, alongside other executives, faces a five-year ban from politics and the ruling Democrat Party could be dissolved if it is found guilty of corruption by the Constitutional Court. The premier is set to be a witness for the defense in what could be the final hearing before judges rule on the case, which centers on claims of misuse of a 29-million-baht (900,000-dollar) state grant in 2005. “We are satisfied with the facts we have presented to the court and confident our party has done nothing wrong,” Democrat lawyer Virat Kalayasiri said. The party faces accusations that it paid 23 million baht to advertising firms, despite only having permission to spend 19 million on billboard marketing. Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) in April called for the party to be abolished over the claims as well as a separate case alleging an undeclared political donation. Abhisit yesterday rejected accusations that a member of his party had attempted to influence the court’s decision.”It is not necessary to do that. The Constitutional Court should be independent and we do not want to see any lobbying,” he said on his weekly television show. The Prime Minister added that the court is likely to reach a verdict next month. Judicial rulings have played a pivotal role in shaping the kingdom’s politics in the past. The Democrats, Thailand’s oldest party, came to power two years ago after controversial court decisions ousted allies of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was dislodged in a 2006 military coup. Two premiers were deposed from office by the judiciary in 2008 - one of whom, Samak Sundaravej, was removed for taking payments for hosting TV cooking shows. Uncertainty over the govern-

ment comes at a difficult stage for the deeply divided country. April’s EC intervention coincided with a tense standoff between troops and “Red Shirts”, which descended into violence that left over 90 people dead and almost 1,900 injured during two months of unrest. Experts question whether powers thought to support Abhisit’s ruling coalition-including the military and Yellow Shirt movement, representing the Bangkok elite in palace circles-would allow the Democrats to be toppled. Author and former Thai diplomat Pavin Chachavalpongpun said he does not believe the party will be disbanded. “What is the point of staging a military coup in the first place when they know the party they rely on will have to be dissolved?” he said. However, he said one potential motive would be as a gesture to the Red Shirts to rebuff allegations of double standards in the legal system. Pavin said “even then, they will have a plan B”, with rumors that a new party would swiftly rise from the ashes of the old. “They will still carry on the mission of maintaining the status quo but that is a deeper, more complicated game. I still don’t believe that the Democrat party will be dissolved,” he said. Michael Montesano, of the Institute of South East Asia Studies in Singapore, said: “It is possible that there will be dissolution of the Democrat Party and it could happen for one of several reasons.” He said it could be that the Yellows “decided that the Democrats and Abhisit had outlived their usefulness”, or the judge makes the decision on the basis of the law. Another reason would be as a concession to reconciliation efforts. Montesano said it appears a new party”Democrat in all but name”-would try to boost its electoral chances ahead of next year’s poll. But Montesano said those involved still had not managed to reach out to the rural poor and working class. — AFP

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Goat sacrifice fight spurs fatal stampede in India 10 killed in a crammed temple

MULTAN: Pakistani groom Azhar Haidri (right) sits with relatives during his first wedding ceremony in Multan. — AP

One man’s love vs custom 2 brides, 2 days? MULTAN: A 23-year-old Pakistani man plans to marry two women in 24 hours, gaining national attention for his novel solution to a dilemma over wedding the woman he loves or going ahead with the marriage his family arranged. Pakistani law allows polygamy based on the concept that Islam, the main religion in the country, allows up to four wives. But men who take multiple wives usually do so years apart and must get approval from their first wife prior to a second marriage. Azhar Haidri initially refused to marry 28-year-old Humaira Qasim - the woman to whom he has been engaged since childhood because he wanted to marry the woman with whom he had fallen in love, 21-year-old Rumana Aslam. But the decision threatened to split his

family apart since arranged marriages are often customary in Pakistan. “I gave this offer that I will marry both of them,” Haidri told The Associated Press ahead of his first marriage to Qasim yesterday in the central Pakistani city of Multan. “Both the girls agreed.” He is scheduled to marry Aslam today. Several Pakistani television stations plan to carry the nuptials live given the unique circumstances. For their part, both woman say they think the compromise is a good one and they plan to live as sisters and friends. “I am happy that we both love the same man,” Aslam said. Haidri - an herbal medicine practitioner - counts himself lucky. “It is also very rare that two women are happily agreeing to marry one man,” he said. — AP

Iran arrests six Afghan military officers, soldier TEHRAN: Iran has arrested six Afghan military officers and a soldier who said they were hunting for Taleban militants in the border province of Sistan-Baluchestan, ISNA news agency reported yesterday. Border police arrested the seven Afghan military personnel 50 metres (yards) inside Iranian territory, border police commander Hossein Zolfaghari said, quoted by ISNA, without giving a date. Zolfaghari said the arrested group said they were “patrolling the area and hunting for Taleban (militants), and that they had no intention to enter Iranian soil”. Sistan-Baluchestan in southeast Iran bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan is an area rife with a Sunni Muslim Baluchi insurgency against Tehran, tribal unrest and drug smuggling. “The case of the arrested people is being investigated by the judiciary,” Zolfaghari said, adding that border police had confiscated a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and six rifles from the group. The arrests were made as the “armed people driving a vehicle without a

proper number plate crossed the border into SistanBaluchestan”. “They were stopped and arrested by border police after shots were fired,” the officer said, without elaborating. Kabul has good ties with Tehran despite being heavily reliant militarily and financially on the United States, which has been at loggerheads with the Islamic republic for more than three decades. But despite their rivalry, Washington and Tehran are both sworn enemies of the Sunni militia Taleban which ruled Kabul from 1996 to 2001, before being overthrown in a US-led invasion. The news of the arrests of Afghan military personnel comes less than two weeks after Afghan police said they had seized nearly 20 tonnes of explosives stashed in boxes marked “food, toys and kitchenware” imported from Iran. The discovery was made in the western Afghan province of Nimroz on the Iranian border. Bombs made from old ammunition and explosives are the main weapon used by the Taleban and other insur-

gents fighting the Westernbacked Afghan government and US-led troops deployed in Afghanistan. Foreign military commanders and some Afghan officials have accused Iran of providing weapons to the Taleban, the chief group leading the insurgency in Afghanistan. Tehran denies the charges and senior Afghan administration officials say they have no evidence against Iran. Iran, meanwhile, often participates in conferences aimed at stabilising Afghanistan. In August, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hosted a minisummit with his Afghan and Tajik counterparts at which he denounced the deployment of foreign troops and insisted regional countries resolve issues in Afghanistan. Shiite Iran, which has close ethnic and religious ties with Afghanistan, has also long suffered from the impact of opium production in its eastern neighbour, with easily available heroin fuelling a big rise in drug use at home. Afghanistan is the source of 90 percent of the world’s heroin. — AFP

KARACHI: An injured victim of shooting incident is treated at a local hospital in Karachi. — AP

PATNA: An argument over sacrificing goats during a Hindu festival triggered a stampede that killed 10 people yesterday in a packed temple in northern India, officials said. More than 40,000 people, many inebriated, had taken their goats to the Tildiha village temple in Bihar state to offer sacrifice and prayers to the goddess Durga on the last day of the Navratri festival. As the worshippers lined up before the butcher, a scuffle broke out and some people were trampled, Banka district spokesman Gupdeshwar Kumar said. “People were vying with each other to get their goats sacrificed first, and they had a verbal duel with the butcher,” Kumar said. Four women and six men died in the stampede, and another 11 were injured, three of them critically, Banka district police director Neelmani said. The injured were being treated in hospitals. Villager Umesh Kumar, 35, said the temple was so full, “people didn’t have any place to walk around ... and there was a commotion when people tried to have their goats sacrificed.” The district spokesman said some 30,000 goats were sacrificed at the temple on Saturday. The 10day Navratri festival honors Durga, the Mother Goddess in the Hindu religion. The village in Banka district is about 120 miles southeast of Bihar’s state capital, Patna. — AP

ALLAHABAD: Hindu devotees smear Goddess Durga with vermillion as part of Vijayadashmi rituals, in Allahabad yesterday. — AP

Blasts hit Kandahar KANDAHAR: A series of blasts killed at least two civilians and wounded several others in Afghanistan’s main southern city, the scene of several recent deadly attacks on police. Helicopters patrolled above the city yesterday as NATO and Afghan troops were deployed to seal off the attack sites. Ambulances with sirens wailing ferried victims to local hospitals. In one attack, a motorized rickshaw carrying explosives detonated behind police headquarters in the center of the city, said Zelmai Ayubi, spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province. One bystander was killed and three others wounded, Ayubi said. On the eastern side of the city, insurgents attacked an oil tanker with gunfire, causing it to explode. One civilian was killed and at least two others were wounded. A rocket fired by militants slammed into a prison compound in the city’s west, police said. No casualties were immediately reported. Another explosion went off in the city’s business district, also in the west. Details were not immediately available.

Kandahar city has been a target for militants this month. Two explosions killed nine people and wounded two dozen others on Oct 6. Three blasts just minutes apart killed three Afghan police officers in the city Oct 5. International and Afghan troops have been ramping up security in Kandahar city for months in an effort to grasp control of the country’s largest southern city, where Taleban influence is high. A series of checkpoints have been set up around the city in an attempt to keep insurgents from entering and carrying out attacks. Control of Kandahar, the Taleban movement’s birthplace, is seen as key to reversing Taleban momentum in the war. The nearly 150,000 international troops and 220,000 Afghan security forces are still struggling to gain the upper hand against an estimated 30,000 insurgents. The embattled south is the scene of Operation Dragon Strike, launched last month by NATO and Afghan forces in areas around Kandahar to flush out entrenched Taleban fighters and destroy their

Police probe Gitmo detainee book deal ‘Guantanamo: My Journey’ CANBERRA: Australian police said yesterday that they are considering whether the first Guantanamo Bay detainee to plead guilty to a terrorism offense should be sued for any profits he makes from his autobiography. David Hicks, a 35-year-old ex-kangaroo skinner and Outback cowboy, was held in US custody at the military detention center in Cuba for more than five years before striking a plea deal in 2007 that returned him home to Australia to serve a nine-month prison sentence. Under Australian law, criminals can be sued for money that a federal court determines is proceeds from their crimes, including indirect profits from book and movie deals. It is unclear whether the law applies to Hicks, since be pleaded guilty before a US military commission, part of a justice system that has been widely criticized by lawyers and governments as unfair. In his book “Guantanamo: My Journey,” which was released in Australia on Saturday, Hicks wrote that he only admitted to a charge of providing material support to AlQaeda to escape Cuba. He said his only options were to plead guilty to a crime he did not commit or to kill himself. “To plead guilty was really saying that the system was unfair and I could never win, not that I ever provided

support to a terrorist organization,” he wrote. He also wrote that the US authorities offered detainees inducements including illicit drugs and prostitutes to gain their cooperation. Attorney General Robert McClelland’s spokesman, Daniel Gleeson, said the Australian Federal Police would have to investigate and provide federal prosecutors with a brief of evidence before they could decide whether to sue Hicks under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Police said in a statement yesterday that they are “considering whether there are grounds to investigate in relation to this matter.” Judy Jamieson-Green, spokeswoman for Hicks’ publisher Random House Australia, declined to say whether the author would profit from his 465-page book, which retails in Australia for 49.95 Australian dollars ($49.48). “That’s not something I’m commenting on. That’s a private matter between Random House and David Hicks,” Jamieson-Green said. “All legal ramifications are obviously matters for David and his lawyers,” she added. Hicks, who lives in Sydney, could not immediately be reached for comment yesterday. He wrote that as part of his plea bargain, he had agreed to give any profits he made from his story to the Australian government. — AP

strongholds. Separately, two NATO service members were killed Saturday - one after a homemade bomb exploded in the south and one in an insurgent attack in the north. NATO did not disclose their nationalities or details of their deaths. Fortysix US and international troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this month. The nine-year war has also inflicted a mounting toll on Afghan civilians who are caught in the crossfire. In the Afghan capital, President Hamid Karzai said he had high hopes for a new peace council to negotiate with Taleban leaders he’s been meeting, according to a statement released Saturday by his office. The president’s comments echoed a drumbeat of optimism being voiced by US and NATO military officials and the head of the peace council, who said he is convinced the insurgents are ready to negotiate. It’s unclear whether there is enough evidence to support claims that the US and international forces are reversing the Taleban’s momentum. NATO military officials said troops are engaged in fierce fighting and it’s premature to

declare that the tide of the war has turned against the insurgents. Still, with President Barack Obama’s December review just weeks away, political pressure is mounting to show progress. Obama administration officials this week threw their support behind the 70-member peace council that is charged with setting up a formal dialogue with insurgents, following informal discussions that Karzai has had with Taleban leaders. “I have had personal meetings with some Taleban leaders, and my colleagues from my government have had some meetings in and outside Afghanistan with the Taleban,” he said in an interview with Al-Jazeera’s David Frost, according to the statement released by his office. In the interview, aired Friday, Karzai said the formation of the peace council was an important step toward finding an end to the 9-year-old war, the statement said. The Taleban, which has denied that its leaders are in talks, has long said it will not come to the negotiating table until after US and NATO troops leave the country. — AP

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Unhelpful provocations By Dr James J Zogby

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n “Arab Voices” I describe Lebanon as “a tinderbox, with too many groups still playing with matches”. Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s visit to that dear but fragile country has to be seen in that context. Instead of helping Lebanon and its fractured polity come together, he worked to deepen their deep divisions. Instead of recognizing the country’s vulnerability and the dangers of renewed conflict with Israel, he egged them on. And instead of acknowledging Lebanon’s unique character, he behaved as if the country were an extension of his own. His bluster and triumphalism and his verbal flights of fancy may have created momentary euphoria in his alienated and disenfranchised audiences, but celebrations and speechifying do not reflect reality nor do they provide a pathway to needed change. As such, his visit and his behavior amounted to nothing more than a dangerous provocation. I maintain what I said back in 2006 when too many Arabs across the political spectrum were celebrating Hezbollah’s “victory” - can we be so desperate that losing 1,400 lives and incurring billions of dollars of damage and the destruction of so much of the country’s infrastructure can still be called a victory? What happened in 2006 was a tragedy and a disaster, pure and simple.It was a wasted and foolish war which no one won - and one in which Lebanon and its people paid too great a price. The behavior of the Iranian President reminds me of what Dr. Ron Walters used to say about Rev. Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam. Ron, who passed away last month, was an African American political scientist and one of the smartest analysts with whom I’ve had the honor to work. In 1984, as Jesse Jackson was running for President, seeking to empower African Americans under the banner “our time has come”, Farrakhan jumped into the mix. He used the occasion to regularly issue forth outrageous comments creating a continuous stream of disruptions and provocations. Knowing that the spotlight would always be on him (the loudest and most extreme voice always draws the most attention) and that he could always goad opponents into attacking him, Farrakhan never wasted an opportunity to take center stage and create a distraction. One day Ron sat with a group of us to analyze what was taking place. He understood the game that was afoot. Farrakhan needed to be the story and knew that creating outrage was the way to do it. Did his antics advance the African

American agenda? No. Did it further empower the community? No, in fact, more often than not, it created setbacks. But it did succeed in advancing Farrakhan’s agenda and, as he would engage in provocations that would create angry rebukes, it kept him at the center of attention. I asked Ron to explain the community’s reactions to all this. He replied that “Farrakhan is the measure of the depth of black alienation from white America”. Farrakhan understood this and so knew that his clever rhetoric would inflame passions (even among some in the so called “black establishment”, who despite their success shared in the alienation born of discrimination). And he knew that whites would respond and counter attack and that this would only serve to deepen the support he would then receive from among his already alienated supporters. It was a vicious and unending game, in which the fears of some whites were reinforced, the frustrations of some African Americans were likewise reinforced, and nothing changed for the better except that Farrakhan drew record crowds and got lots of press. This same dynamic is playing out in Lebanon and across parts of the Arab World today. Lebanon, in desperate need of reform and national reconciliation, is struggling to restore its sovereignty and its unity. Palestinians are denied freedom, with Gaza under siege, and the West Bank, despite some progress, still occupied. Millions of Palestinians remain in refugee camps, denied their fundamental rights. Iraq is in disarray and in many parts of the Arab World, having witnessed repeated tragedies in Palestine, Lebanon and, now Iraq, there is a gnawing sense of powerlessness and disarray and an uncertainty about the future. Into this world, comes Ahmadinejad with his “in your face” bravado and his blusterous taunts. His message fuels anger, which provides but a temporary salve. Other than stirring the pot of discontent and rubbing old wounds raw, he offers no solutions for change. Instead of counterattacking and playing into his game (which benefits only him and his enemies), the response should be to proceed apace with the change the region so desperately needs. Strengthening Lebanon with reforms to empower the disenfranchised and working to guaranteed freedom and long denied rights to the Palestinians, would be the perfect places to start. As long as these wounds fester, the region will be a fertile place for alienation, provocation and disruption. NOTE: Dr James J Zogby is the President of the Arab American Institute

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Little chance of success for Turkey ICC complaint By Nick Rigillo

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he Turkish bid to denounce Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over its soldiers’ deadly raid on a cargo ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip faces almost insurmountable legal challenges and very practical obstacles. But it does highlight the growing influence of the first permanent war-crimes tribunal on the world stage. On Thursday, lawyers representing Turkish activists, families of the victims and non-governmental organizations travelled to the Dutch city to file a complaint against Israel, accusing it of war crimes and crimes against humanity over its handling of the May 31 raid against a flotilla of six Gaza-bound humanitarian ships. Israeli soldiers killed nine Turkish activists and allegedly mistreated scores of others, in a move that drew international outcry and strained relations between Ankara and Jerusalem. Israel claimed its Navy commandos were met by knife

and club-wielding activists when they boarded the ship. “We believe war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed,” Ugur Sevgili, one of the lawyers, told journalists gathered outside the ICC after presenting a dossier with evidence to the office of chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Also present in The Hague was Ahmet Dogan, the father of a 19year-old who was killed in the assault. He told journalists that “the people who committed this crime must be prosecuted”. The office of the prosecutor is now expected to analyse the evidence before deciding whether to launch a full probe. Law experts use two arguments to explain why Moreno-Ocampo is unlikely to do so. The first is legal. The ICC, which came into being in 2002 to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and eventually - the crime of aggression, was intended as a court of last resort to punish only the most serious violations of human rights. To date, it

has launched investigations into five situations, all of them relating to conflicts in Africa. For the court to take the Israeli raid into consideration, it would first have to establish whether it has any jurisdiction over the case. Owing to compromises reached during discussions over its Rome Statute, the ICC can only act if the person accused is a national of a state party, if the alleged crime was committed on the territory of a state party or if the situation is referred to the ICC by the United Nations Security Council. The flotilla raid took place in international waters north of Gaza, and neither Turkey nor Israel are members of the ICC. However, the lawyers argue that the court does have jurisdiction since the ship on which the alleged crimes were committed was registered with the Comoros Islands - an ICC member - just a few days before it set sail for Gaza. That argument “is tenuous, but cannot be ignored,” says William Schabas, a professor of human rights law at the National University of Ireland in Galway. A

further point to note is that while a Sept 27 report into the incident by the UN Human Rights Council concluded that Israel broke international law and specifically referred to the Geneva Convention on the treatment of victims of war, it is debatable whether a war is actually taking place in the Middle East. The report was strongly critical of the behaviour of Israeli soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara ship. It accused them of torturing passengers by using “unnecessary” tight, rigid plastic handcuffs used to cause deliberate “pain and suffering” and cited forensic analysis demonstrating that two of the killed passengers, including Dogan’s son Furkan, “received wounds compatible with being shot at close range while lying on the ground”. However, the report has been faulted as being biased by both Israel and the United States. But more than the judicial controversies involved, the lawyers’ bid faces significant practical obstacles. Apart from the fact that any referral of the

case by the UN Security Council would likely face a veto by the United States, it is questionable whether the prosecutor would have the will or capacity to act. The flotilla incident measured “two or three degrees on the Richter scale of international crimes. It probably didn’t register in The Hague,” Schabas says. And Moreno-Ocampo already has his hands full pursuing more important cases with clear culprits, such as those involving militia leaders who instigated scores of murders and rapes in Central Africa. “The Turkish lawyer who argued that the court has to prosecute was being naive. It is much more complicated than that. There have to be priorities, and a case involving nine killings isn’t one of them,” Schabas says. Whatever the outcome, the fact that the Turkish lawyers turned to the ICC is still a positive development, Schabas argues. “It is a good reminder to people in the world that the court can reach very far now,” he says. —dpa

Would Musharraf’s return offer Pak what it needs? By Qurat ul ain Siddiqui

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akistan’s former president, Pervez Musharraf, recently announced from the UK his return to politics by formally launching a new political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). While he apologises for his past political mistakes particularly the promulgation of the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) which granted amnesty to politicians and bureaucrats accused of corruption and other crimes - and pledges to take the country out of the current morass, it remains to be seen whether, if given the opportunity, he could successfully help Pakistan to overcome the various challenges it is facing. Pakistan is currently confronted with crippling poverty, flood relief, an internal war against extremists, ineffective governance and a host of other significant problems. Given that Musharraf had the opportunity to govern Pakistan for over eight years, from Oct 1999 to Aug 2008, walking back into the minefield of Pakistani politics with a military background and a not-sospotless record as head of state, he will have to restore his credibility with the Pakistani people, and convince them that he can provide solutions to put the country back

on track. Current President Asif Ali Zardari’s approval ratings have plummeted to an all-time low of 32 per cent, reflecting the public’s disappointment with the present government. This may provide Musharraf an opening to return to Pakistani politics. However, his popularity among the masses is unclear, as are his chances of success. What voters need to know before the next election in 2013 is what Musharraf and the APML can really offer the Pakistani people. Musharraf claims that his party’s goal is putting Pakistan “on a democratic path”, one that is not “artificial” or “make-believe”, referring to the lofty promises that former presidential candidates have made in the past. But these kinds of broad pronouncements are not sufficient to capture the attention of Pakistani voters. The APML will need to offer specific solutions to the issues troubling the public. The economy is one important area that will require long-term rehabilitative measures, especially after the recent floods destroyed much of the country’s agricultural crops and rendered a considerable area of Pakistan’s farmland unusable for the coming years. As a new political contender, the APML has to develop economic policies that will not only help farmers and

landowners raise crops again, but which will also involve comprehensive reforms to improve the country’s financial system and move toward broadening Pakistan’s tax base. Currently, less than two per cent of the country’s 180 million citizens pay any tax on their income. Further reforms might include shifting budget allocation trends from defence to education, healthcare and development sectors. Not only does Musharraf have to contend with the grave issues facing Pakistan’s existence, he must also deal with questions surrounding his candidacy. Musharraf’s bid to run for prime minister in the next general election is likely to be met with staunch opposition from Pakistan’s two major political parties, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), whose leadership has frequently scorned the former general for his political ambitions. In a recent interview Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani mocked Musharraf’s political plans, saying the country’s chief

justice will greet him on his return to Pakistan, referring to the cases that have been initiated against Musharraf in Pakistani courts. Indeed, there is a possibility of legal action being taken against him, including charges in regard to the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti and relating to the disappearance of Atiq-ur Rehman, a Pakistani scientist associated with the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. Musharraf, however, has blamed “political elements” for engineering these cases to prevent him from regaining power. Despite these obstacles, the “born optimist” - as Musharraf calls himself - is apologising for mistakes he made in the past and promising Pakistanis “a new social contract” for a more hopeful future. It is clear he is determined to lead the country again. Musharraf’s return could help diversify the country’s political landscape, encourage political reconciliation, possibly revive the economy and enforce a firm anti-terror policy, not only building his own credibility, but strengthening Pakistan in the process. NOTE: Qurat ul ain Siddiqui is a journalist based in Karachi — CGNews

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Brazil’s Rousseff must fire up campaign By Raymond Colitt

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razilian ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff needs to quickly revive a presidential campaign that has seemed slow-footed and overconfident as her rival has slashed her once-commanding lead. Little more than two weeks ago, Rousseff appeared to be cruising to the presidency on a booming economy and the huge popularity of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that gave her a 20-point polling lead over opposition candidate Jose Serra. Now, having failed to win the Oct 3 first round, she remains the favorite but is struggling to stem a slide in polls as the election ground has shifted rapidly and given Serra hope ahead of the Oct 31 runoff. A poll on Thursday showed former Sao Paulo governor Serra closing Rousseff’s lead to just four points - a statistical tie. Other polls give her a lead of up to eight points. “She’s cornered, she lost her positive agenda,” said Valeriano Costa, a University of Campinas public opinion expert. Rousseff has been up against the ropes since a corruption scandal involving a former aide and her stance on abortion rights likely cost her a first-round victory. That clearly rocked her campaign and took her off her preferred narrative - that she will continue the economic and social policies that lifted millions from poverty under Lula. Instead of focusing on Lula’s strong economic track record as she did in the first round, Rousseff has had to explain past statements expressing doubt over her belief in God and favoring decriminalizing abortion. The 62-year-old former chief of staff to Lula has also adopted a more risky, aggressive tone that has occasionally revealed a petulant side. In contrast to her peace-loving “mother-of-the-nation” first round image, Rousseff went straight on the attack in a televised debate with Serra on Sunday, accusing him of dirty tricks and saying he would govern for the rich. But it is unclear to what extent that will help her win back millions of voters who migrated to former environment minister Marina Silva, an evangelical Christian who captured nearly 20 per-

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reland is betting it can borrow more cheaply in 2011 – but the threat of political upheaval in the first half and poor prospects for cross-party backing for austerity plans mean the window for tapping investors is small and closing. Faced with sky-high borrowing costs, Ireland has pulled its bond auctions for the rest of the year, hoping that a credible four-year plan for tackling its budget deficit, set to be published by the government next month, will bring yields down. With enough money to keep the wheels of state turning until mid-2011 – despite the collapse of its banks, a burst property bubble and rising borrowing costs - Ireland also aimed to show jittery debt markets it did not face a Greek-style liquidity crisis and could handle the worst budget deficit in the

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Workers Party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff and Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wave to supporters during a campaign rally in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday. —AP cent of the vote in the first round. Rousseff needs to quickly mobilize middle-class women in the country’s populous southeastern states, who pollsters say were among the first to abandon Rousseff. “They seem to have been most sensitive to corruption and religious issues, those are the swing voters she needs to target,” said Rafael Cortez, Sao Paulo-based political analyst. “The psychological momentum favors Serra. If Rousseff doesn’t react quickly, it could be too late,” Cortez added. The risk is that Rousseff’s strategy may raise more questions at a time when her positions are under scrutiny. “A deconstruction of Rousseff’s image is under way and we don’t know where it’ll end,” said Ricardo Guedes, head of polling firm Sensus. Rousseff has devot-

EU. But it may well find itself trapped in a pincer movement of its own making. Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s already slim parliamentary majority will likely be all but wiped out when by-elections for three vacant seats are held before the end of April, and analysts expect this to trigger a snap election that will kick him out of power. An election would be unlikely to produce an outright winner and could leave Ireland rudderless or embroiled in political wrangling for at least 6 to 8 weeks, the usual length of time between the calling of an election and formation of a government. “The political risk in Ireland is well understood but the question is whether there’s a tipping point, and the by-elections are clearly a source of concern for the market,” said Harvinder Sian, interest rate strategist at RBS in London. The four-year

ed much of her campaign time in recent days to wooing religious voters, reassuring them she does not want to decriminalize abortion, which is illegal in Brazil. But that has left the former Marxist rebel open to more questions over her faith. A visit to the site of the sanctuary of Brazil’s patron saint this week ended with her having to explain why she chose not to receive Holy Communion. “Nobody has the right to say what my belief is, the only one who can judge on faith and religion is God,” Rousseff said, visibly angered by the question. The next day a pamphlet signed by Roman Catholic bishops was distributed among worshipers at the sanctuary. It blasted the Lula administration’s position on abortion and called for a

‘conscientious’ vote on Oct 31. “She’s not convincing, it smacks of marketing,” said Michel Mendes, a 23-yearold waiter and evangelical Christian in Brasilia, adding he would vote for Serra after backing Silva in the first round. Eager to put an end to the controversy, Rousseff issued a statement on Friday saying she would not seek to change current legislation on abortion or religious freedom, if elected. Rousseff has also gone out of her way to show a more human side in recent days. At a children’s shelter she told the story of a 7-year-old cocaine addict who drugged himself every morning to forget the sorrow of not having a family. When the subject turned to corruption allegations involving Rousseff’s

Workers’ Party, or PT, the improvised news conference was abruptly cut short. Rousseff holds trump cards that make most analysts view her as still the favorite to win, but her problems could make it a tight race for her to become the first woman elected president of Brazil. The charismatic Lula, who has been absent from Rousseff’s campaign trail since before the Oct 3 vote, this week returned to the campaign trail to rally crowds. Rousseff can also count on strong backing from allies who won huge support in gubernatorial and legislative elections in the first round. “We know the PT’s capacity to mobilize and must be on guard,” said Sergio Guerra, head of Serra’s PSDB party. —Reuters

plan, the first year of which will be passed as the 2011 budget in December, will outline how Dublin will tackle a debt pile set to hit 155 billion euros ($216.5 billion) this year, equating to about 100,000 euros per household. All the major political parties support the need to get the deficit below an EU limit of 3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2014, but divisions lie in how to get there. Prime Minister Brian Cowen this week invited the leaders of the main opposition parties to talks on a possible deal on how to tackle the shortfall. But a crossparty agreement, which would reassure investors, looks unlikely. The leader of the leftist Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore, dismissed the idea as a “phoney consensus” and called instead for a snap parliamentary election. Analysts said doing a deal with Cowen would curb opposition parties’ own policy options and

give the embattled prime minister a boost. “While you can see the arguments on one side to have a national (unity) government, the political motivations for the opposition parties just aren’t there,” said Theresa Reidy, a political science lecturer at University College Cork. Enda Kenny, leader of the Fine Gael opposition party, last week rejected a call by Irish telecoms and media entrepreneur Denis O’Brien for a “united front”, and said he would not replicate the “Tallaght Strategy” of 1987 when his party backed Fianna Fail’s policies to reduce a high deficit. “While it was wonderful from a national perspective to support the Tallaght strategy, Fine Gael had no power or influence over it, and suffered at the polls,” Kenny said. Kenny is determined to lead a new coalition government but his own unpopularity continues to weigh on Fine Gael’s performance and

the party will have to fight to ensure it will be the senior partner in a new administration. Labour, Fine Gael’s favoured government partner and traditionally in third place, topped the most recent Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll with 33 percent support. A new government with Labour as lead partner is likely to find it unpalatable to get unpopular spending cuts through because of strong ties to trade unions and a preference for taxing the rich, introducing an uncertainty markets won’t like. Ireland currently has to pay nearly three times as much interest as Germany to borrow on financial markets, reflecting worries over a bill of up to €50 billion to clean up its banks and the impact on a budget deficit already well above EU limits. Analysts said any suggestion of broad backing for the four-year plan, and the passage of the budget in December, will be a boon

for borrowing costs - at least temporarily. “If we do get some consensus building, I think it lowers the risk,” said RBS’s Sian. “The degree to which it’s essential is related to just how quickly they can get the bond issuance done next year. If the issuance is completed rather quickly I think you could then start to see more stability in the market.” The NTMA debt agency said in August, before the latest bank bailout, that it already had borrowing of 6.5 billion euros in place for next year, leaving it to find €18.5 billion ($25.6 billion), which equates to over €4,000 per head of population. “I think the NTMA will try and get in early in 2011 before the byelections and perhaps do a syndicated bond in January,” said Alan McQuaid, chief economist with Bloxham Stockbrokers. “They will try and strike early.” —Reuters

North Korea’s new leadership to steer same path By Jeremy Laurence y anointing his son leader-inwaiting, Kim Jong-il has kept North Korea on course as a reclusive and destitute state defiantly pursuing nuclear weapons but not removed the longer-term threat of instability. The North Korean leader has rushed to surround his youngest son Kim Jong-un with family and friends to prepare for the handover and ensure dynastic rule carries into a third generation. A big concern, analysts say, is that the iron ruler could die before his heir has a chance to win the backing of the military and political elite. Few expect the young Kim to change the ideologies of military first and self-reliance that have underpinned his father’s rule. Nor is he likely to lighten the government’s grip on the destitute economy or end attempts, that so worry the outside world, to build nuclear weapons. If anything, some analysts say, he may try to burnish his hardline credentials by carrying out an act of brinkmanship. “His legitimacy will be based largely on maintaining the legacy of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il by continuing their nationalist and military-based policies,” said Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation in Washington. “Jong-un will maintain a hardline policy to reassure other members of the senior leadership who would perceive any reforms as risking regime instability.” For the short-term, at least, ‘more of the same’ brings a comforting sense of stability to a region which accounts for one-sixth of the world’s economy. Powerful neighbour China, the impoverished North’s main benefactor and vital source of fuel and food, worries that a collapse could result in massive

Religious bias in US textbooks?

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Political ructions narrow Irish debt options By Paul Hoskins and Padraic Halpin

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (right) and his third son Kim Jong Un (center) applaud before a massive military parade celebrating the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s Workers’ Party, in Pyongyang on Oct 10, 2010. —AP refugee flows, unsettling its own northern provinces. Beijing also worries a collapse would breach the buffer that keeps the US military in South Korea’s side of the peninsula. For South Korea, a collapsing North would be a huge drain on its own economy. Longer-term, though, analysts say the North must change or face collapse. The best-case scenario is a managed transition to a more flexible economic and political style, they say. Kim Jong-il, believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 and looking frailer with each

appearance, last month set in stone the transition process. If the 68-year-old leader dies soon, this could spark conflicts between new and old forces, and policy struggles between the ruling party and the powerful military, as well as between conservatives and reformers, says Yoo Ho-yeol of Korea University. The dauphin’s rise has been extraordinary for its speed. In a matter of a fortnight, Jong-un was promoted from obscurity to the post of high-ranking ruling party official, made a 4-star gen-

eral, and put on the dais beside his father to review the country’s biggest military parade in decades. That contrasts with the 16 years of training before Kim Jong-il was officially named in 1980 as successor to his father and North Korea’s founding leader. He was given his first party post in 1964. The Heritage Foundation’s Klingner says that because Jong-un has less of a power base than his father, he will have to woo senior party and military leaders who are overwhelmingly nationalist and resistant to change. Leader Kim

also elevated his sister and her husband to top positions to create a powerful triumvirate to run the family dynasty. In the past four years, the North has ratcheted up provocations, testing nuclear devices and long range-missiles to the anger of the outside world. There have also been skirmishes off the peninsula between the two Koreas, still technically at war after signing only an armistice in 1953. In March, relations sank to their lowest level in a decade with the sinking of South Korean warship the Cheonan. Despite international sanctions being imposed as a result of its perceived misbehaviour, aid continues to flow to North Korea from China. Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in Seoul says it is feasible that the North will continue with its strategy of leveraging nuclear threats to win aid to prop up its economy. “If it has worked so far, why not do it again? And it has worked perfectly,” he says. “In other words, nuclear blackmail will pay for caviar and BMWs of the tiny elite, and will also provide another few ten thousand people with a lifestyle of Western middle class families while keeping their bodyguards and camp guards and ideological indoctrinators sufficiently well fed,” Lankov said. Experts worry the young Kim may now seek to boost his standing within the military with an overt show of violence. With Seoul hosting a G20 Summit next month, security is being tightened in the South Korean capital. At the time of Kim Jong-il’s succession, the North grabbed the headlines in 1983 with a bomb attack in Myanmar that killed South Korean officials and journalists, and then in 1987 a North Korean agent bombed a Korean Air flight. —Reuters

ecently, the Texas Board of Education adopted a resolution with a 7-6 vote that “accuses textbook publishers of favoring Islam over Christianity and tells them to stop it.” Although the resolution is non-binding on future board members or textbook publishers, it attempts to set a precedent and represents acceptance of an allegation that although unproven, may be raised in other states. The resolution did not in fact concern textbooks currently in use in Texas. The allegation that textbooks favour Islam over Christianity is spurious, and the Texas Board of Education has been misled. A look at common US textbooks refutes the charge, which distorts the role of teaching about religion in US public schools. State social studies content standards require the beliefs, practices and history of major world religions be taught within constitutional guidelines for the academic study of religion. As such, textbooks are scrutinised prior to adoption in every state. The resolution is based on sections on Islam and Christianity in textbooks. What about the other faiths? As a textbook reviewer for two decades, I assert that most textbooks are similar enough to allow generalisations about the coverage of religions. A world history textbook index might contain more entries under Islam than Christianity, but adding keywords like Church, clergy, monastery, cathedral, pope, Reformation, Protestant and Bible tips the scales the other way. Textbooks cover the roots of Christianity in the history of Judaism, and Old Testament figures like Abraham and Moses. Content about early Christianity is only a fraction of overall content on this faith. Christian history is actually treated in an exemplary manner in most history textbooks. Why? Because Christianity is thoroughly intertwined with the history of European civilisation. Textbooks describe its rise in the late Roman Empire and its spread into Asia, Africa and Europe. They narrate the Roman Catholic Church’s influence in medieval Europe and its split from the Eastern Orthodox Church. Textbooks cite cultural contributions of Christianity in learning, arts and social life. They trace changes in the Christian tradition intellectual movements, interactions with political and social systems through the centuries. The books cover the role of Christianity in the Crusades, Renaissance and Reformation, Age of Exploration, Scientific Revolution and American history. By comparison with Christianity, coverage of other world faiths is static and limited. Judaism is emphasised in the context of ancient times, but fades from the story with the rise of Christianity. References to the 13th century rabbi and philosopher Maimonides or pogroms during the Crusades do not make up for the absence of Jewish intellectuals and contributions to European culture, or Jewish merchant communities from the Mediterranean to China. Textbooks describe Hinduism and Buddhism in ancient India. Buddhism’s

spread along the Silk Road extends the story, but readers find little about change over time. Textbooks show people practicing these faiths today, but the gap between ancient origins and contemporary faiths is wide. Students may conclude from this imbalance that only Christianity possessed a rich, multi-faceted tradition. The charge that Christianity is shortchanged in textbooks is based on a distorted reading of the books, meant to foster a sense of victimisation among Christians. Coverage of Islam in textbooks is similar to Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism in its focus on early origins rather than change over time. Many book’s indexes are affected by the overuse of religious terms like “Islamic Empire” instead of geographic terms. This usage stems from Western academics, not textbook publishers. Terms like jihad (struggle) and sharia (Islamic principles) present another problem. Critics want to see such complex terms defined as “good” or “bad”, while scholars recognise their complexity over time. Historical thinking skills require differentiated views. Textbooks should not project concepts broadcast by today’s extremists onto centuries of history. Content on world religions is not new to textbooks, but texts on “non-Western” faiths were often inaccurate and inadequate. Hindu Americans have recently challenged textbook coverage on these grounds, just as historians and Muslim educators have worked to improve accuracy of content on Islam. As a result, textbook coverage of Islam and other religions has improved in recent years. Textbooks today reflect attention to balance in page counts, topics, images and quotes from scripture. Editors enlist reviewers and take account of First Amendment guidelines for teaching about religion. Backlash against improvement in the coverage of religions - not only Islam - has resulted in claims that coverage is too positive. Some want to project fear of Islam onto centuries of history, reducing the Muslim world’s relations with the West to a clash of civilisations. Efforts to improve accuracy are confused with proselytising or whitewashing, which is neither the intent nor the outcome of teaching about religions in public school. The First Amendment Center - an advocacy group in the United States that works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education - has promoted understanding among Americans of diverse beliefs for decades, using a framework that offers other countries struggling with religious pluralism a model to emulate. State standards reflect national consensus that citizens should be literate about the world’s religions. Political opportunism should not prevent students from learning within this American civic framework. NOTE: Susan Douglass is an educator and author formerly affiliated with the Council on Islamic Education (currently the Institute for Religion and Civic Values). She is an Education Consultant with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, and a doctoral student at George Mason University —CGNews

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Gulf, Turkey hold new round of talks Continued from Page 1 meeting also discussed several political issues. A program to develop strategic ties between the two parties was agreed, he said. Opening the meeting earlier, Sheikh Mohammad said GCC-Turkey trade has grown rapidly. The GCC and Turkey in Sept 2008 signed a memorandum of understanding to achieve a strategic partnership in all fields between the pro-Western Arab bloc and Ankara.

Sheikh Mohammad said trade between the GCC and Turkey grew from $1.5 billion in 1999 to $17.5 billion in 2008. In 2008, GCC exports to Turkey rose five times over 2007 and imports from Ankara increased a massive 15-fold, he said. But GCC secretary general Abdulrahman AlAttiyah told the meeting that although there was some progress in certain aspects of cooperation, obstacles to a free trade agreement still existed. Attiyah said that a joint economic cooperation committee was

formed this year to activate a framework trade agreement signed in 2005 with the ultimate aim of striking a free trade accord. The two blocs were also boosting security and counter-terrorism cooperation and discussing a proposal for a rail link between them, he said. “Negotiations (on a free trade agreement) are still facing obstacles hindering its conclusion,” Attiyah said without elaborating. The GCC groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. — AFP

Oil change reignites debate over trackers Continued from Page 1

LONDON: A PCSO, or police community support officer, talks to a team member about the parking of the Bloodhound supersonic car on The Strand yesterday. The Bloodhound is a pencil-shaped car powered by a jet engine and a rocket designed to reach approximately 1,609 km/h. It is being developed and built with the intention of breaking the land speed record by the largest ever margin. — AP

Karachi violence kills 29 KARACHI: Gunmen have killed at least 29 people in Karachi in the past 24 hours, raising tensions in Pakistan’s largest city as voters cast ballots yesterday to replace a provincial lawmaker murdered in August. Police said they were still investigating the motives behind the shootings, but many socalled “target killings” in Karachi have been linked to gangs controlled by the city’s main political parties, which have been feuding for much of the last 20 years. “We cannot say whether all the killings were politically motivated or some gangs were involved because the killings took place in different parts of the city and were not confined to the area where the elections were being held,” Karachi police Chief Fayyza Leghari said. The two parties most linked to violence in Karachi - the Muttahida Quami Movement and the Awami National Party have their electoral bases in different ethnic groups that make up a large chunk of the city’s population. The MQM claims to represent the Urdu-speaking descendants of those people who came to Karachi from India soon after the birth of Pakistan in

1947. It is secular and likes to speak out against the so-called Talebanization of the city, a jab at the Awami National Party, which represents the ethnic Pashtuns from the Taleban heartland in the northwest. Raza Haider, the member of the provincial assembly who was gunned down in August, was a senior member of the MQM. In the wake of the shooting, the MQM accused the ANP of supporting Islamist militants suspected of being behind the murder - an allegation denied by the ANP. Both parties were competing for Haider’s vacant seat, but the ANP announced Saturday evening that it would boycott the election, saying the MQM would rig the vote. The shootings began around the time the ANP made its announcement. Zulfiqar Mirza, the home minister of Sindh province, where Karachi is the capital, called on party leaders to come forward to “help us turn Karachi back into the city of light and peace”. “If someone has a complaint, it should not be settled on the street,” Mirza told a news conference. “It is disappointing that we are shedding our priceless blood with our own hands.” The

dead include members of a broad range of ethnic groups in the city, he said. Haider Abbas Rizvi, a senior MQM leader and member of Parliament, accused the ANP of being behind the shootings, saying “19 of our workers and supporters have been killed so far”. Senior ANP member Amin Khattak denied the accusation, saying, “we are not involved in killings, and I think that this blame game should be stopped”. Leghari, the police chief, said at least three of the killings did not seem to be politically motivated and were carried out during “other criminal offenses”. The killings were reminiscent of the violence that followed Haider’s murder. At least 45 people died in the days following his killing. Police have arrested at least 60 people in connection with the most recent shootings, Mirza said. But few killers in such cases have ever been brought to justice, and motives for the attacks have not been revealed. The rising tension between the MQM and the ANP represents a serious danger to stability in Karachi, a city of some 16 million people and Pakistan’s commercial hub. — AP

reasonable expectation of privacy, the panel hands the government the power to track the movements of every one of us, every day of our lives,” wrote Alex Kozinski, the chief judge of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, in a blistering dissent in which a three-judge panel from his court ruled that search warrants weren’t necessary for GPS tracking. But other federal and state courts have come to the opposite conclusion. Law enforcement advocates for the devices say GPS can eliminate time-consuming stakeouts and old-fashioned “tails” with unmarked police cars. The technology had a starring role in the HBO cops-and-robbers series “The Wire” and police use it to track every type of suspect - from terrorist to thieves stealing copper from air conditioners. That investigators don’t need a warrant to use GPS tracking devices in California troubles privacy advocates, technophiles, criminal defense attorneys and others. The federal appeals court based in Washington DC said in August that investigators must obtain a warrant for GPS in tossing out the conviction and life sentence of Antoine Jones, a nightclub owner convicted of operating a cocaine distribution ring. That court concluded that the accumulation of four-weeks’ worth of data collected from a GPS on Jones’ Jeep amounted to a government “search” that required a search warrant. Judge Douglas Ginsburg said watching Jones’ Jeep for an entire month rather than trailing him on one trip made all the difference between surveilling a suspect on public property and a search needing

court approval. “First, unlike one’s movements during a single journey, the whole of one’s movements over the course of a month is not actually exposed to the public because the likelihood anyone will observe all those movements is effectively nil,” Ginsburg wrote. The state high courts of New York, Washington and Oregon have ruled similarly. The Obama administration last month asked the DC federal appeals court to change its ruling, calling the decision “vague and unworkable” and arguing that investigators will lose access to a tool they now use “with great frequency”. After the DC appeals court decision, the 9th Circuit refused to revisit its opposite ruling. The panel had concluded that agents could have gathered the same information by following Juan PinedaMoreno, who was convicted of marijuana distribution after a GPS device alerted agents he was leaving a suspected “grow site”. “The only information the agents obtained from the tracking devices was a log of the locations where PinedaMoreno’s car traveled, information the agents could have obtained by following the car,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote for the three-judge panel. Two other federal appeals court have ruled similarly. In his dissent, Chief Judge Kozinski noted that GPS technology is far different from tailing a suspect on a public road, which requires the active participation of investigators. “The devices create a permanent electronic record that can be compared, contrasted and coordinated to deduce all manner of private information about individuals,” Kozinksi wrote. Legal scholars predict the US Supreme Court will ultimately resolve

the issue since so many courts disagree. George Washington University law professor Orin Kerr said the issue boils down to public vs. private. As long as the GPS devices are attached to vehicles on public roads, Kerr believes the US Supreme Court will decide no warrant is needed. To decide otherwise, he said, would ignore a long line of previous 4th Amendment decisions allowing for warrantless searches as long as they’re conducted on public property. “The historic line is that public surveillance is not covered by the 4th Amendment,” which limits unreasonable search and seizures by the US government, Kerr said. All of which makes Afifi’s lawyer pessimistic that he has much of a chance to file a successful lawsuit challenging the FBI’s actions. Afifi is represented by Zahra Billoo of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country’s largest Islamic civil rights group. Afifi declined comment after spending last week fielding myriad media inquiries after wired.com posted the story of his routine oil change and it went viral on the Internet. Still, Billoo hopes the discovered GPS tracking device will help publicize in dramatic fashion the issue of racial profiling the lawyer says Arab-Americans routinely encounter. She said Afifi was targeted because of his extensive ties to the Middle East, which include supporting two brothers who live in Egypt and making frequent overseas trips. His father was a wellknown Islamic-American community leader who died last year in Egypt. “Yasir hasn’t done anything to warrant that kind of surveillance,” Billoo said. “This was a blatant example of profiling.” — AP

Bahrain set for polls after wave of unrest

Turkey eases headscarf ban ISTANBUL: Freshman Busra Gungor won’t have to wear a wig to cover her Islamic headscarf, as many pious relatives and friends did to avoid getting kicked off campus. In a landmark decision, Turkey’s Higher Education Board earlier this month ordered Istanbul University, one of the country’s biggest, to stop teachers from expelling from classrooms female students who do not comply with a ban on the headscarf. It was the latest twist in a long political and legal tussle in Turkey between those who see the garment as a symbol of their Muslim faith and those who view it as a challenge to the country’s secular constitution. “I was ready to wear the wig, just like my cousin did,” said Gungor, on 18year-old student wearing a pastel-coloured headscarf. “This is about my freedom. I don’t see why my headscarf should be seen as a threat to anybody.” The debate is not unique to Turkey France and Kosovo, for example, ban headscarves in public schools, and parts of Germany bar teachers from wearing them. But it goes to the heart of national identity in this country of 75 million Muslims whose modern state was founded as a radical secular republic after World War One. Disputes over the headscarf and other public symbols of Islam are part of a wider debate over how to reconcile modernity and tradition as Turkey tries to achieve its decades-old ambition to join the European Union. Together with the courts, Turkey’s army - which has a long history of intervening in politics and has ousted four elected governments - has long seen itself as a bulwark against any roll back towards Islamisation. Easing Turkey’s secular laws would have been unthinkable a few years ago. But reforms aimed at bringing Turkey

closer to the EU have clipped the generals’ power. In a sign of how influence and attitudes are shifting, the latest change on headscarves happened with more of a whimper than a bang. “This is the same fight Turkey has had for 80 years over the secular-pious issue,” writer Mehmet Ali Birand commented in an article entitled “Let them dress the way they want”. “The world has changed. Turkey has changed. Let’s close those old books and look into the future,” Birand said. A bid by the ruling AK party to lift the headscarf ban three years ago sparked a major political crisis and almost led to the party being closed by the Constitutional Court for anti-secular activities. But the rise of a new class of observant Muslims to form the backbone of the AKP, which has its roots in political Islam and has held power since 2002, is challenging old notions. Opponents of the headscarf ban - in place since a 1982 military coup - say it is a violation of individual freedoms and incompatible with a modern democracy. Supporters say the prohibition is necessary precisely to defend Turkey’s democratic values. “Turkey needs to find a new relationship between state and religion,” Ergun Ozbudun, an constitutional expert, said at a recent lunch with EU ambassadors and journalists. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who comfortably won a referendum last month on governmentsponsored constitutional reforms, has declared plans for a brand new basic law. Seen as clear favourite in 2011 elections, the AKP is widely expected to try again to remove the headscarf ban. Among reforms approved in last month’s referendum were an overhaul of the Constitutional Court, traditionally dominated by secularist judges. Until the decision by the Higher Education

Board, girls from religiously conservative families say they had to wear hats or wigs to conceal their headscarves in order to attend classes. Others decided to stay at home. As the tide turns, some secularists fear growing social conservatism and “neighbourhood pressure” will force them to change their lifestyle and adopt the headscarf. “I don’t think we will feel pressure to cover here in Istanbul, but I believe there could be a risk in most universities in Anatolian cities,” said 18-year-old Begum Yildiz, a female student smoking a cigarette outside the university’s entrance. Another student who did not give her name was less sanguine: “I don’t want the ban to be lifted. I know many girls whose families force them to wear the headscarf and they take it off at college. University has been a place for them to feel free.” Pinar Gedik, a student of Arabic who wears a pink headscarf, said the ban was still being enforced in some faculties. “I can attend classes with my headscarf now, but it’s still banned in many departments. The pressure is still there.” Although symbols of Islam are now more common in the public sphere, sensibilities are still raw. The talk of the town these days is whether generals and secularist politicians will attend a Oct 29 reception at the presidential palace on National Day. President Abdullah Gul, whose wife wears a headscarf as does Erdogan’s, traditionally hosts two separate receptions for guests with covered and uncovered wives. This year he plans to hold one ball. Muharrem Ince, a senior MP from the secularist Republican People’s Party, has said his party will boycott the ceremony. “The president is changing the tradition of double receptions. This is because the AKP want to impose the headscarf not only at universities but from top to bottom,” he said. — Reuters

Saudis warn Europe of terror threat Continued from Page 1 at extremist Quranic institutes, monitoring people likely to return” to France. The minister said France on average uncovers two terror plots per year, and that currently 61 people were jailed for terrorism. The US State Department advised American citizens living or traveling in

Europe earlier this month to take more precautions following reports that terrorists may be plotting attacks on a European city, possibly a shooting spree or other type of attack. France had already boosted security at busy tourist sites like Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, which was twice evacuated after false claims of an attack. French authorities recorded nine

bomb alerts in the capital in September, including the two at the Eiffel Tower - a threefold increase from a year earlier. No explosives were found. Speculation on the source of a potential terror threat centered on Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, another Al-Qaeda offshoot, which took five French citizens hostage in Niger in September. — Agencies

Writer in hot water over comedy show Continued from Page 1 local satellite channel Scope which is also owned by Saeed, he said. Saeed both writes and directs the show. One episode spoke about “privatising and exporting Kuwaiti democracy” in a comic way to highlight continued wranglings that have rocked politics in the state for years, Enezi said. Today, the public prosecution is scheduled to interrogate the satellite station’s director Talal Al-Saeed, a former MP and Fajer’s brother, the lawyer added. MPs have lashed out at the government over the accusations. “Referring the Scope channel to the public prosecution on state security charges over a comedy show is a catastrophe and a silly act by the information ministry,” parliament speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi told reporters. Liberal MP Aseel Al-Awadhi said the ministry was trying to

stifle freedom of speech, and former liberal MP Mohammad Al-Abduljader called on the information minister to resign. Khorafi considered the ministry’s action as an “insult to the ministry itself which indicates that the ministry officials do not take the required precaution in formulating a complaint”. “We have no objection for referring Scope or any other channel to the prosecution because the ultimate decision rests in the hands of the judiciary. But it is shameful when the referral is done on the accusation of attempting to overthrow the government, particularly with the expectation of a negative international reaction to the measure,” Khorafi said. Khorafi called on the government to revise its decision and it should note that any action must be within the framework of the law. Khorafi also issued a stern warning to

his countrymen over ongoing political bickering, cautioning against “playing with fire”. “Don’t play with fire because it could burn everything,” Khorafi said when asked about the ongoing controversy over the chamber of commerce and industry and the popular committee for donations. “What pains me is not only the suspicion being cast over the members of the donations committee but also my concern for my country and its people from the ongoing wranglings and other things that are not in our interest,” Khorafi said. He said that what is going on is discord and urged “wise” people to put an end to it as soon as possible. Khorafi’s strong warning came as the country has been rocked by a series of controversies and disputes over a variety of issues that promise very heated debates during the next parliamentary term which opens on Oct 26.

Continued from Page 1 heavyweight Iran to expand its influence - a fear that binds Gulf Sunni rulers. Bahrain, however, is the only Gulf state with a majority Shiite population. The showdowns since August also could rattle Bahrain’s commitment to its decade-old experiments in democracy that are closely watched by ruling sheikhs and royal courts across the Gulf. “The political stability in Bahrain is at the forefront for the Gulf,” said Mustafa Alani, a political and security analyst at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai. “No one wants to see a change in the order.” Bahrain’s crackdown on Shiites puts the West - and particularly Washington - in a tight spot politically. US officials have been careful not to come down too hard on Bahrain’s leaders for their heavy hand against the demonstrators. It’s seen as both an acknowledgment of deep strategic ties and a tacit nod to the idea that Bahrain is standing its ground against Iran. Bahrainis will begin selecting the 40member parliament, which has some policymaking roles. But it is still answerable to King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, who began to open Bahrain’s clan-based political system after taking power in 1999. He later introduced parliamentary elections that created one of few elected legislative bodies in the region. It’s still unclear how the Shiites will respond at the polls. Some Shiite leaders have urged for a boycott to protest the government’s recent blows. Others, however, feel it’s a chance for political payback by claiming control of the chamber, where Shiite parties now have 17 seats. This would give them a highprofile soapbox for their complaints. They are led by claims that Shiites are blackballed from prime government posts and key roles in security forces even though

they represent about 70 percent of the nation’s 725,000 native population. The Justice Ministry’s top election overseer, Abdulla Al-Buainain, said more than 290 Bahraini election observers will be used and webcams will monitor each polling station. “We can confidently assert that the elections will be free, fair and transparent,” he said. But the voting will take place with the ruling powers showing few hints of concessions. Trials are scheduled to begin Oct 28 - just five days after the voting - for 23 suspected Shiite dissidents accused of serious charges including terrorism conspiracy and trying to overthrow the state. Members of the group could face life sentences if convicted. They are among more than 250 people reportedly rounded up since August. The clashes have included Shiite youths setting barricades of burning tyres and quieter defiance such as unfurling protest banners in busy shopping malls which is still a powerful act in a region where Western-style demonstrations are rare. Bahrain’s leaders also have hit back with other pinpoint strikes on possible forums of dissent. Last month, Bahrain suspended the board of the Bahrain Human Rights Society and sharply tightened controls on Shiite mosques and religious leaders, including stripping the citizenship of a prominent cleric with deep ties to the Shiite power centers in Iraq and Iran. It all suggests a ruling system desperate to stifle internal challenges before they can gather greater momentum. And there’s no bigger motivator for Bahrain’s minority Sunnis than the suspicion that Iran could be pulling the strings. There is no clear evidence to back up claims of Iranian ties to Shiite activists in Bahrain, where Sunni-Shiite tensions have flared sporadically for decades. But the current worries about Iran’s expanding

clout has many Sunni leaders increasingly on edge. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon last week - and his hero’s welcome by the Shiite faction Hezbollah - only serves to reinforce Gulf views about Iran’s ambitions. “Many people are skeptical that Iran is really involved directly in Bahrain,” said Toby Jones, an expert on Sunni-Shiite relations at Rutgers University. “But it’s a convenient instrument for Bahrain’s leaders to wage a campaign against what they see as threats. All this regional anxiety enables a sterner domestic political line.” Some hardline Iranian groups have called Bahrain the “14th province” of the Islamic republic. Just over the causeway from Bahrain, leaders in Saudi Arabia are awaiting US approval for a mammoth military purchase of air power and other weapons that is seen as a direct response to Iran’s arms buildup. “By claiming there was a foreign-backed terrorist coup plot, (Bahrain) has managed to further distance the Sunnis from the Shiites by invoking fears of the Iranian boogeyman,” said Fahad Desmukh, a writer on Bahrain affairs based in Pakistan. Ironically, Bahrain has followed some of the tactics used in Iran’s clampdown on the opposition, including trying to silence bloggers and some social media sites. Earlier this month, Britain appealed for Bahrain to open its prisons to special UN envoys to investigate claims of abuse and arbitrary detention. In the last parliament election in 2006, Sunni groups took a majority of seats with hardline religious factions emerging as a powerful bloc. The outcome was marred by accusations of vote-rigging for pro-government candidates. Shiites leaders also have complained that electoral districts have been gerrymandered to undercut the Shiite’s population advantage. — AP

Saudi, Syria leaders meet Continued from Page 1 and Arab plans and the positions of the two countries, primarily on the Palestinian question”. It said the Syrian president left after the talks but did not elaborate on his discussions with the king. Analysts said the key issue for Assad and Abdullah was current Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s dispute with Hezbollah over the UN-backed tribunal on his father’s murder. Members of Hezbollah are reportedly implicated in the investigation, and could be indicted, according to reports. Apart from the faltering peace talks, the two leaders were also expected to have discussed the stalemate over the formation of a government in Iraq, more than seven months after an inconclusive parliamentary election. Hariri was in Saudi Arabia on a family visit yesterday, but Lebanese officials said had not been scheduled to join Abdullah and Assad in their discussions. Mustafa Alani, a regional security expert at the Gulf Research Centre in Dubai, said Lebanon had been the likely focus of the meeting. “We have a major crisis over the future of the international court on the Hariri case,” he said. Reports that the tribunal would indict Hezbollah members for Rafiq Hariri’s

murder have raised regional fears of renewed Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence and the collapse of Lebanon’s hard-won national unity government. In Beirut, meanwhile, senior US envoy Jeffrey Feltman yesterday underlined Washington’s firm support for the tribunal. “We believe that the tribunal should be allowed to complete its work on its own timeline and without outside interference until those responsible ... are brought to justice,” Feltman told reporters at Beirut airport. “I think all of us who represent (UN) Security Council countries also understand that the work of the tribunal at this point will not be stopped,” added the US assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. While Hariri has offered to play down any indictment linked to his rivals Hezbollah and focus only on the individuals involved, the militant group has demanded the international tribunal be discredited. The Saudis, strong backers of Hariri, a fellow Sunni, and Syria, which is close to Hezbollah, both have strong influence in Lebanon. The Riyadh meeting followed a landmark July 30 summit in Baabda, Lebanon between Assad, Abdullah and Hariri aimed at maintaining peace in the deeply divided eastern Mediterranean country. “I think what they (Abdullah and

Assad) have managed so far is to keep a lid on quite alarming rising tensions in the Lebanese community,” said Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Centre think-tank. “I don’t think it’s in the interest of either these two countries or others for Lebanon to erupt into conflagration,” he said, adding that they could try to limit the fallout from indictments in the Hariri murder case. Saudi newspapers gave wide coverage to Ahmadinejad’s visit to Lebanon last week. The Saudi-owned daily Asharq Al-Awsat said: “Iran decided to operate in Lebanon openly rather than from behind a smokescreen.” The Saudis might ask Assad to restrain Hezbollah, Dubai political analyst Theodore Karasik said. “Keeping a lid on Lebanon’s political factions is especially critical in the current security environment,” he said. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in July that Hariri had told him the tribunal would indict “rogue” members of the Shiite guerrilla group for his father’s killing. Some Saudi firms have put out feelers to Syria. In April, a private Saudi wastewater company was granted contracts worth around $3 million. “I don’t think that economic relations will take off much any time soon,” a Western diplomat in Riyadh said. — Agencies

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NHL results/standings NHL results and standings on Saturday. Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1; Florida 6, Tampa Bay 0; Montreal 4, Ottawa 3; Boston 4, New Jersey 1; NY Islanders 5, Colorado 2; Washington 3, Nashville 2 (OT); Columbus 3, Minnesota 2; Dallas 3, St Louis 2 (So); Chicago 4, Buffalo 3; Detroit 2, Phoenix 1 (OT); Calgary 5, Edmonton 3; Atlanta 4, San Jose 2. (OT indicates overtime victory; SO denotes shootout win) Ea stern Conference Atla ntic Division W L OTL GF GA PTS NY Islanders 2 1 2 18 16 6 Pittsburgh 3 3 0 18 14 6 Philadelphia 2 2 1 11 14 5 NY Rangers 1 1 1 13 13 3 New Jersey 1 4 1 10 21 3 Northeast Division Toronto 4 0 0 9 8 16 Montreal 3 1 1 14 13 7 Boston 2 1 0 9 6 4 Ottawa 1 3 1 10 16 3 Buffalo 1 4 1 12 18 3 Southea st Division Washington 4 1 0 11 8 17 Tampa Bay 3 1 0 12 14 6 Atlanta 3 2 0 17 16 6 Carolina 2 1 0 8 7 4 Florida 2 2 0 12 5 4 Western Conference Central Division Nashville 3 0 1 9 7 13 Detroit 3 1 1 14 12 7 Chicago 3 2 1 20 18 7 St Louis 2 1 1 12 9 5 Columbus 2 2 0 10 12 4 Northw est Division Colorado 3 2 0 18 6 16 Edmonton 2 2 0 12 11 4 Calgary 2 2 0 8 11 4 Minnesota 1 2 1 10 11 3 Vancouver 1 2 1 7 11 3 Pacific Division Dallas 4 0 0 10 8 16 Los Angeles 3 1 0 10 6 6 Phoenix 1 1 1 6 7 3 San Jose 1 1 1 7 9 3 Anaheim 1 3 1 10 21 3 Note: Overtime losses (OTL) are worth one point in the standings and are not included in the loss column (L).

GLENDALE: Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov No. 30 of the Phoenix Coyotes knocks the puck away from Todd Bertuzzi No. 44 of the Detroit Red Wings as he skates in during the NHL game. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime. —AFP

Crosby’s two goals lift Penguins over Flyers PHILADELPHIA: Sidney Crosby scored two power-play goals 90 seconds apart in the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Saturday. In 17 regular-season games in Philadelphia, Crosby has 13 goals and 28 points. Overall against the Flyers, the Penguins captain has posted 26 goals and 59 points in 33 games. Mark Letestu, Chris Kunitz and Matt Cooke also had goals for Pittsburgh, which won its second straight to improve to 3-3 this season. The Penguins beat the New York Islanders in overtime on Friday night for their first victory in their new home arena. Danny Briere gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 6:43 of the first period. Bruins 4, Devils 1 At Newark, New Jersey, rookie Jordan Caron sparked Boston’s four-goal second period with his first NHL goal, and Tim Thomas made 31 saves in a win over New Jersey. Michael Ryder, Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic also scored for the Bruins, who played their first game since opening the

season by splitting two games in the Czech Republic against the Phoenix Coyotes. Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils, who are winless at home. Islanders 5, Avalanche 2 At Uniondale, New York, Milan Jerkin scored twice and Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 shots as the New York Islanders beat Colorado. Josh Bailey, Michael Grabner and John Tavares also scored for the Islanders, who won their second straight at home. Chris Stewart and T.J. Galliardi had goals for the Avalanche. Craig Anderson, playing for the second straight night, made 20 saves. Panthers 6, Lightning 0 At Sunrise, Florida, David Booth had two goals for Florida, which jumped out to a big lead and handed Tampa Bay its first loss of the season. Cory Stillman, Booth, Steven Reinprecht, and Dennis Wideman each scored in the first period. Booth added his second, and Rostislav Olesz also scored in the third. Florida’s Tomas Vokoun had 29 saves in the Panthers’ home opener, earning

his second shutout of the season and 40th of his NHL career. Bryan McCabe had four assists. Canadiens 4, Senators 3 At Montreal, Tomas Plekanec scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:59 remaining to give Montreal a win over Ottawa. Plekanec put a rebound of Andrei Kostitsyn’s shot past Brian Elliott as Montreal rallied from a 3-1 deficit after Ottawa scored two goals 53 seconds apart midway through the second period. Kostitsyn tied it at 3-3 late in the second after Jeff Halpern got the Canadiens’ comeback started with his second goal of the season at 13:39. Brian Gionta also scored and Carey Price made 16 saves for Montreal, which won 2-1 in Buffalo on Friday. Milan Michalek had two goals, and Erik Karlsson also scored for Ottawa. Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza both had two assists. Capitals 3, Predators 2 At Nashville, Tennessee, Brooks Laich tipped in Alex Ovechkin’s slap shot at 1:44 of overtime, finishing Washington’s rally to a win against Nashville. The Capitals trailed

2-0 heading into the third period, but Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischman scored to force overtime. In the extra period, Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty on defenseman Ryan Suter. Less than a minute later, Ovechkin took a shot out near the blue line, and Laich redirected it past Anders Lindback for his third goal. JP Dumont and Jordin Tootoo scored for Nashville. Blue Jackets 3, Wild 2 At St. Paul, Minnesota, R.J. Umberger scored a short-handed goal with just over nine minutes to play and Mathieu Garon made 21 saves as Columbus beat Minnesota. Derek Dorsett and Derek MacKenzie each scored their first goals of the season for the Blue Jackets (2-2). Brent Burns and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Wild, and Martin Havlat recorded two assists. Backstrom made 22 saves. Blackhawks 4, Sabres 3 At Chicago, Patrick Sharp scored his second goal of the game with 7:08 left in the third period to power Chicago over Buffalo.

Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland also scored for the Blackhawks, who were outshot 41-21. Marty Turco made 38 stops. Drew Stafford, Paul Gaustad and Cody McCormick scored for the Sabres.

Datsyuk’s wrist shot deflected off the stick of Phoenix’s Lee Stempniak and dribbled between the legs of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov just over seven minutes into the second period.

Stars 3, Blues 2 At Dallas, Brad Richards, Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro scored in Dallas’ perfect shootout to lift Buffalo over St. Louis. Dallas (4-0), which overcame an early 2-0 deficit and was outshot 43-25, joined Toronto as the NHL’s only undefeated teams. It was the Stars’ second shootout victory this season. James Neal and Eriksson scored in regulation to rally the Stars after Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald staked St. Louis to its first-period lead. Red Wings 2, Coyotes 1 At Glendale, Arizona, Niklas Kronwall scored a power-play goal 4:44 into a wild overtime to give Detroit a win over Phoenix in the Coyotes’ home opener. Martin Hanzal scored with 10 seconds to play in the first period to put Phoenix ahead 1-0. The Red Wings tied it when Pavel

Flames 5, Oilers 3 At Edmonton, Alberta, Alex Tanguay scored two goals and Jarome Iginla added the tiebreaker in the third period to help Calgary beat Edmonton. Calgary trailed 3-2 entering the final period before tying it on Niclas Hagman’s goal at 4:29. Ales Hemsky, Dustin Penner and Magnus Paajarvi scored for Edmonton.

Rangers even playoffs with win over Yankees ARLINGTON: The Texas Rangers won a playoffs game at home for the first time in their 50-season history by beating the New York Yankees 7-2 and tying their American League Championship Series 1-1 on Saturday. The Rangers again built an early 5-0 lead but held on this time — unlike the series opener when the Yankees made their biggest postseason comeback in the seventh inning or later. Texas ended a 10-game postseason losing streak against New York, who knocked them out of the playoffs in their only three previous appearances in 1996, ‘98 and ‘99. The best-of-seven series switches to Yankee Stadium for Game 3 on Monday, when the Rangers will have hired ace lefthander Cliff Lee on the mound. Lee has won his last four starts in New York, including a complete game for Philadelphia in last year’s World Series. Colby Lewis limited New York to two runs over 5 2-3 innings and the bullpen rebounded from the eighth-inning meltdown in Game 1. David Murphy homered and had an RBI double to lift the Rangers to 5-0 after three innings. Robinson Cano homered for the second time in two games for the Yankees to make it 7-2 in the sixth. Yankees starter Phil Hughes, coming off seven scoreless innings in the division series clincher over Minnesota a week ago, conceded seven runs on 10

Thrashers 4, Sharks 2 At San Jose, California, Dustin Byfuglien scored with 6:20 left in the third period to break a tie and help Atlanta beat San Jose. Andrew Ladd, Anthony Stewart and Evander Kane also scored for the Thrashers, who won for the first time in seven trips to San Jose. Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe scored within 21 seconds of each other in the first period for the Sharks, who had their home opener spoiled. — AP

Phelps has eyes on world championships, Olympics

ARLINGTON: Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler makes a diving stop on a ground ball by New York Yankeesí Lance Berkman in the eighth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s American League Championship Series. — AP hits before he was pulled in the fifth inning. Giants 4, Phillies 3 At Philadelphia, Tim Lincecum oupitched Roy Halladay and Cody Ross hit a pair of solo homers as San Francisco beat Philadelphia in

Game 1 of the National League championship series. In a mega-hyped matchup between marquee pitchers, neither starter came close to matching his sensational postseason debut last week. Both gave up

homers to the No. 8 hitters. Halladay’s bid for a second straight no-hitter lasted until Ross connected with one out in the third. Lincecum, who tossed a twohitter, gave up three runs on homers to Jayson Werth and

Carlos Ruiz in seven innings. But the Freak got the big outs when he needed them, and the Giants earned their fourth one-run win in the playoffs. The two-time NL champion Phillies lost their first series open-

er since getting swept by Colorado in 2007. Game 2 is Sunday night. Jonathan Sanchez tries to send the Giants back to San Francisco just two wins from their first World Series appearance since 2002. Roy Oswalt goes for the Phillies. —AP

WILMINGTON: Michael Phelps says he still has goals to achieve in the pool, specifically at the 2011 world championships and the 2012 Olympics. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist was at a local high school on Saturday to conduct a clinic, and he even hit the pool as part of a relay team. He relished the opportunity to spend time in the water with the young athletes, hoping it motivates them to achieve their own goals. Phelps, who says he has pondered retirement, is looking toward the world championships in Shanghai next summer. “After this summer, not really having a great year, kind of an average year for me, being able to have the world championships next year and make the world championship team, that’s sort of where the focus is,” Phelps said. “To have as good a world championships as I can, then hopefully being able to have a good Olympic trials would set me up for the games in 2012.” Beyond that, Phelps wouldn’t divulge his future goals. “I know I still have goals I want to accomplish; goals I want to achieve,” he said. “You could have 1,000 reporters in here (rather than three) trying to ask me a thousand ways what those goals were and still won’t get the real answer.” Phelps’ longtime coach recently acknowledged that the 25-year-old currently isn’t the finest swimmer in the world. Bob Bowman said fellow American Ryan Lochte deserves that distinction. Lochte beat Phelps in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke finals at the U.S. championships this summer, then won six gold medals to Phelps’ five at the Pan Pacific Championships. Phelps expects Bowman to help him once again become the best in the world. “There’s one other person who’s going to help me accomplish my goal and that’s my coach,” Phelps said. “He knows what I need to do in the pool. I know what I need to do. Once 2012 comes around and I’m able to accomplish those goals, then you’ll know it.” Phelps was at Thomas McKean High School to conduct a clinic with about 30 youth swimmers. He also participated in a relay on behalf of Kids Health as part of the Nemours Swim4Kids program in conjunction with the Michael Phelps Foundation. The event raised $74,400. —AP

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SAN MARTIN: Rocco Mediate hits his second shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the Frys.com golf tournament. —AP

Consistent Westwood deserves number one spot — Oosthuizen LONDON: Lee Westwood’s consistency and endeavour will make him a worthy world number one even though he has never won a major, British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen said. The Englishman is in line to end Tiger Woods’s long reign at the top of the rankings on Oct. 31, barring a late dash from inform German Martin Kaymer. Westwood would become the first player since 1999, and only the third since the rankings were introduced in 1986, to reach the golfing summit without having won one of the sport’s top prizes. “Being world number one without winning a major just shows you how well you are playing,” Oosthuizen told reporters. “It is all about consistency. I always think it is better to play every week and be in contention

than to play six or seven weeks and win one. “I would rather be a player who is always up there and having a chance to win events and he is doing just that. “It is amazing the way he has played and I believe he will win one. Being number one without winning a major will give him more confidence,” added Oosthuizen, speaking at an event on Friday to announce HSBC as patrons of The Open Championship for the next five years. Of the 12 men who have held the top spot, only Fred Couples and David Duval had not won a major at the time, although both went on to win later in their careers. The millstone of never having won a major victory was lifted from Oosthuizen’s shoulders when he triumphed at St Andrews in July. With the famous Claret Jug

perched in front of him as he looked out from the bank’s headquarters across the London skyline, the South African said he was looking forward to combining his European schedule with the demands of the PGA Tour. “The PGA Tour has been a big dream of mine since I was a kid and I want to go over there and give myself a chance and see how I like it. “I feel if I play a bit more, I will get a better idea of where I will be playing in the future.” The 27-year-old will not, however, be turning his back on Europe. “The European Tour is getting stronger and stronger,” he added. “On October 31st, Lee will be number one and Kaymer might be two so the European Tour is getting so strong that it is more a matter of where you like to play.” —Reuters

SAN JOSE: Rocco Mediate held off a sizzling birdie blitz by fellow American Bo van Pelt with late fireworks of his own to maintain a three-shot lead after Saturday’s third round of the Frys.com Open in San Martin. Bidding for his first PGA Tour victory in eight years, Mediate spectacularly holed out from the fairway to eagle the par-five 15th on the way to a four-under-par 67 and a 17under total of 196. “Tomorrow will be no cake walk,” the 47-year-old told reporters after taking the 54hole lead for a seventh time in a PGA Tour event. “I’m going to have to bust my butt to get this done, but I look forward to the opportunity.” Van Pelt rattled up eight birdies and two bogeys for a 65 to lie second at CordeValle Golf Club, two strokes in front of Japan’s Ryuji Imada (69) and American Alex Prugh (66). United States Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler, seeking his maiden PGA Tour title in his rookie season, was alone in fifth at 11 under after shooting a four-birdie 68. Three ahead of the chasing pack overnight, Mediate briefly stretched his lead to five early on in the third round before the charging van Pelt closed to within a stroke. After recording his only bogey of the day at the parthree 11th, Mediate rolled in a 13-foot birdie putt at the 14th to regain a three-shot cushion. Again van Pelt responded, a two-putt birdie at the 568-yard 15th leaving him two adrift before Mediate conjured his magical eagle. From 111 yards, he struck a pinpoint wedge approach and watched as his ball bounced twice before disappearing into the cup to put him four strokes clear. Mediate, who had aced the par-three third in the opening round before holing out from the fairway to eagle the parfour fourth on Friday, tossed his club to his caddie in disbelief. With both arms outstretched, he then turned to the television cameraman monitoring the action from the fairway and said: “This is just silly.” He later told reporters: “For that to go in was ridiculous. We all hit good shots out here but very rarely do they go in, especially three days in a row.” Mediate missed birdie putts from 11 and nine feet on 16 and 17 before safely parring the last to stay in control. “A lot of guys went low today, like I went the first couple of days,” said Mediate, who won the most recent of his five titles on the US circuit at the 2002 Greater Greensboro Classic. “But even when it got close (on the leaderboard), I wasn’t doing anything really that bad. I just tried to keep driving my ball in the fairway and then the crazy stuff happened on 14 and 15 and we’re right back where we needed to be.” —Reuters

Team Kuwait participates in Mercedes Trophy World final Team Kuwait participated in the MercedesTrophy World Final in Stuttgart Germany which was held from September 23-27, 2010. The Kuwaiti team was represented by the winners of MercedesTrophy Kuwait National Final players Soren Sorensen, Lenny Petruccelli & Nadeem Shafi along with team captain Sanjay Kaul. MercedesTrophy Kuwait National Final was held at Sahara golf club on March 5, 2010. This year’s National Final was the 13th edition of this tournament that was organised by Albisher & Alkazemi Co. At the World Final over 100 golfing enthusiasts and Mercedes-Benz customers from 43 different countries put their driving, pitching and putting skills to the test when they met for the MercedesTrophy World Final, which is traditionally staged in the premium automotive brand’s home city. For three days, the 27 teams played the courses at the Bad Liebenzell Golf Club (September 25) and Schloss Nippenburg Golf Club

(September 26-27). Mercedes-Benz’s involvement in amateur golf dates back to 1989. The MercedesTrophy is the brand’s own series of amateur invitational tournaments for customers, with some 58,000 players competing in over 43 countries. “We were delighted to be able to welcome friends and customers of Mercedes-Benz from all over the world to the final of the MercedesTrophy here in Stuttgart,” says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. “We would like to congratulate all participants on their outstanding performance.” With a total of 204 points, the team from United Kingdom won the coveted Nations Cup. The second- and third-place positions, respectively, were claimed by Team China with 197 points and Team Korea with a total of 187 points. Besides a Driving Experience event, which provided the MercedesTrophy

finalists and their accompanying guests with the opportunity to try out a wide variety of current and innovative Mercedes-Benz models for themselves, the absolute highlight being though the sneak preview at the prizegiving ceremony of the new style icon from MercedesBenz: the new MercedesBenz CLS . A very special driving highlight was also on offer as well: under the professional tutelage of DTM drivers Bruno Spengler and Jamie Green the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG all guests were able to acquaint themselves with the supercar in unforgettable fashion. Professional support was also on hand on the golf course too. Professional golfer Anders Hansen played a special “nearest to the line” competition with every flight from Tee 1.With good sporting grace he was actually beaten hands down by two competitors who managed to place their golfballs on the line. All players were able to receive valuable golfing tips in a golf clinic held by Robert

Baker, AMG brand ambassador, and founder of Logical Golf. Another special competition took place on the second day of the tournament. Waiting to greet the finalists at the 10th hole at the Golf Club Schloss Nippenburg was Marcus Allen, a Laureus Academy Member and former professional American football player. Marcus Allen pitted himself against the finalists in a “nearest to the pin” challenge, whilst at the same time as collecting donations for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Soren Sorensen - member of Team Kuwait at the world final was the winner of Nearest to Star prize at Hole 10 and received his prize from Marcus Allen which included two invitations and tickets to the next year’s Laureus awards ceremony being held in Abu Dhabi. Next year, Albisher & Alkazemi Company will be holding the 14th edition of the MercedesTrophy Golf tournament in Kuwait in the spring of 2011.

Harrington clinches Iskandar Johor Open

CONCORD: Danica Patrick drives during the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. —AP

McMurray upstages Chase drivers CONCORD: Jamie McMurray has earned another victory in his comeback season, beating all the championship contenders at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McMurray, winner of the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 this year, passed Kyle Busch on a restart with 21 laps to go to cruise to the win in his Chevrolet. It came eight years after his first career victory, which came at Charlotte, in his second event with Chip Ganassi Racing. McMurray is not eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, but was better than all the title contenders to become the first non-Chase driver to win a Chase race at Charlotte since the format began in 2004. Busch led a race-high 218 laps but had to settle for second in a Toyota after McMurray easily passed him on the restart. Busch had to hang on for his spot when four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson charged hard over the closing laps. “Nobody can put it in perspective for me, it’s very, very disappointing,” said Busch, who was

apoplectic on his radio about the debris caution that wiped out his lead. He also ranted about the restart that allowed McMurray to move ahead of him, and refused to accept that second place was a decent day. Johnson, who spun early and dropped to 37th, completed an improbable comeback in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Denny Hamlin was fourth in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and lost more ground to Johnson in the Chase race. With five races remaining, Johnson holds a 41-point lead over Hamlin. They go next to Martinsville Speedway, where Johnson and Hamlin have combined to win the last eight races. Greg Biffle and Roush-Fenway Racing teammate Matt Kenseth finished fifth and sixth in Fords, Joey Logano was seventh to put all three JGR cars in the top seven. Kevin Harvick was eighth and maintained the third spot in the standings, but dropped 77 points behind Johnson. David Reutimann and David Ragan rounded out the top 10. —AP

JOHOR BAHRU: Padraig Harrington won the Iskandar Johor Open yesterday, securing his first victory in two years. The three-time major champion had a 3-under 69 in the final round for an overall 20-under 268 at the US$1.25 million Asia Tour event. “There’s no doubt that it was my week to win,” the Irishman said. “If you had followed me for the four days, I don’t think anyone would have questioned that my name was written on the trophy before the tournament started ... I hit some good shots and had a few breaks.” Harrington, part of Europe’s Ryder Cup winning team, went into the final round with a fivestroke lead. He ended three shots clear of Noh Seung-yul of Korea at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in Malaysia’s southern Johor state. Harrington last won in 2008 at the PGA Championship. It was Harrington’s third Asian Tour title after previous wins in Taipei and Hong Kong. “Two years is a long time, especially when you’re reminded every week you play,” Harrington said. “It’s nice and very important for me to win. It’s somewhat a monkey off your back.” —AP

League convert Williams achieves All Blacks dream WELLINGTON: Sonny Bill Williams took the next big step in his ambition to play at next year’s World Cup on home soil when he was named in Graham Henry’s All Blacks squad for their northern hemisphere tour yesterday. The former rugby league international had been widely expected to be included in the squad, even before he played his first game in the country after he signed an 18-month contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) in June. The 25-year-old inside centre had to recover from a nagging hamstring injury after playing his first club game in August, before making an impressive debut with the Canterbury provincial side a month later.

“A special congratulations to Sonny Bill Williams who is named in the All Blacks for the first time,” Henry told a televised news conference from Eden Park in Auckland. “He has been selected on form. He is playing very well for Canterbury... and he has deserved selection. “He will obviously learn on this tour and improve hopefully.” Openside flanker Daniel Braid, who returned from Australia where had played the last two Super rugby seasons for the Queensland Reds, has been included as a back-up for captain Richie McCaw. Waikato flyhalf Stephen Donald also forced his way back into the side after he had been injured and dropped down the national pecking order

behind Aaron Cruden and Colin Slade. Neither were selected for the tour. “Stephen Donald (was) in a very competitive fight for the number 10 position,” Henry added. “I spoke to the other two guys today and I said they couldn’t have done any more... they had all played superbly well and Stephen has won through by outstanding performances. “We think he has gone up in his ability to play the game and been a major influence in the resurgence of Waikato over the last month and has been a game breaker and game winner.” Hooker Andrew Hore was also named, despite not having played since he dislocated his shoulder in May, and Henry

said he would not play on tour until given medical clearance. Hawke’s Bay hooker Hika Elliot, who played one non-test game on the 2008 tour to Britain, was also included after Corey Flynn suffered a calf injury this month. Winger Sitiveni Sivivatu who is coming back from shoulder surgery, would play for Waikato over the next two weeks and then join the team in Britain, missing the match against Australia in Hong Kong, Henry said. Scrumhalf Piri Weepu was not considered after breaking and dislocating his ankle after he fell awkwardly in Wellington’s national provincial championship 49-15 victory over Taranaki on Saturday. Henry said he would be out for at least six months. —Reuters

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Meet the new Mike Tyson, not like the old LAS VEGAS: One little blond kid was bouncing on Mike Tyson’s left leg, while his equally blond toddler brother occupied the other. The former baddest man on the planet once threatened to eat children, but now he was playing with two. “Me and this baby stuff,” Tyson said as he waited patiently for the children’s father to take a picture with his cell phone. “You believe I’d be doing this stuff?” Ah, no. Unfortunately, there were precious few cuddly kid moments I witnessed in the years I spent covering the meteoric rise and fall of the ferocious fighter the world was always so infatuated with. I did see a lot of other moments, some riveting, others simply disgusting. Tailing along while Tyson tried to break arms, bite ears and knock guys silly wasn’t always for the faint of heart, even if you stayed well away from the ring. He was a brute of a

fighter. He was even worse as a man. “I got intoxicated with myself,” Tyson admitted. “I didn’t know how empty I was as the champ.” He hasn’t been a champ now for 14 years, and hasn’t fought for real in five. There will be no return to the ring, he assured me the other day, even if his legions of fans still believe that the Tyson of today could be the Tyson of 20 years ago. He, more than anyone, knows better. He’s known it for longer than you might think, but the money kept coming and he kept fighting even when he was just going through the motions. Even that was better than his second life as the former Mike Tyson. A freak show when he was fighting, he became even freakier as a bankrupt junkie who ballooned to 351 pounds and seemed headed either to prison or an extra large casket. But he’s given up the drugs, and lost much of the

weight. He hasn’t stepped foot in a strip club in two years. And, incredibly, he’s now in the middle of the most improbable comeback of all. Meet the new Mike Tyson. Entertainer, actor, dancer and, yes, comedian extraordinaire. Watch his latest video. Book him for your next event. “I took myself way too seriously then, but now I’m a big clown,” Tyson said. “I’m fine with that.” So are a lot of other people, who are discovering a side of Tyson that would have been unimaginable in the days he was beating up people for a living. They saw him steal a scene in the hit movie “The Hangover,” and watched him dance with Wayne Brady in a hilarious online video remake of the Bobby Brown classic “Every Little Step.” Making fun of himself comes easy these days for Tyson, and he’s good at it. But there’s more to come in his odd career path.

He’s going to be featured next year in a TV series on raising the pigeons he loves, and he’s got plans to display his tattooed face on the big screen once again. “I’m going to do some more acting. We’re doing some serious stuff,” Tyson said. “I’m talking big budget movie.” That kind of talk would have been absurd even a few years ago when Tyson narrowly escaped a prison term for cocaine possession. Tragedy followed last year when one of his daughters died at her Phoenix home after being caught up in a cord on a treadmill. He brought up his daughter when we talked, and it’s clear he’s still pained by her death. But he also spoke with excitement about the Feb. 1 due date for the boy he and his new wife are expecting. The battle with drugs, Tyson says, is a daily fight that he must wage to stay clean.

So far it’s working, as is the vegetarian diet that has him weighing in about the same as he did late in his career. “Not a vegetarian, a Vegan,” Tyson corrected me. “I eat stuff like grapes, penne pasta and mushrooms.” New food. New life. New career. Best thing yet, though, in the reinvention of Mike Tyson, though, might be his new attitude. “You reach a point in your life where you find out all you believed in life was a lie and you want to start life all over again,” Tyson said. “I want to be a good person, not just be known as a great person.” This was about the time I began wondering just how many acting lessons Tyson had been taking. If this was an act, though, he will do well in movies. Is Tyson really rehabilitated? Who knows, but he does seem at peace with himself after long tortured years of trying to fig-

ure out why everyone wanted to be around him and why nearly everyone wanted a piece of him. “From the day I was born to 18 months ago I was some crazy tough guy,” Tyson said. “I had an interesting ride, but I’m not bitter. I’m just grateful with my life and what it now is.” Our talk was about over, and it was time for Tyson to go to work. On this day it would be making an appearance with two Chinese businessmen who are paying him good money to go to China in December to promote boxing there. First there was a photo with the kids, who seemed to enjoy their time on his lap. Picture finally taken, their mother gathered them up with a few words of comfort. “See, he’s not so tough after all,” she said. Not anymore he’s not. The new Iron Mike wasn’t even tempted to nibble at her kids. — AP

Klitschko stops Briggs

HAMBURG: WBC world champion Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko (right) and challenger Shannon Briggs of the US fight during their heavyweight boxing title bout. Klitschko won the fight after 12 rounds by points. — AP

Vazquez retains WBO title KISSIMMEE: Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. stopped Mexico’s Ivan Hernandez in the 11th round Saturday night to retain his WBO superbantamweight title. In the second defense of his 122-pound (55.3kilogram) title, Vazquez gradually wore down Hernandez during the second half of their bout at the Silver Spurs Arena. Vazquez hurt a bruised Hernandez midway through the 10th with a solid right that snapped the challenger’s head and took away any possible comeback. Vazquez followed Hernandez to the ropes and scored repeatedly with combinations to the head and body. Vazquez kept it up early in the 11th and

Hernandez’s cornermen stepped to the ring apron, forcing referee Telis Asimenios to stop the fight. Vazquez, whose father and trainer was a three-division world champion in the 1980s and 1990s, improved to 20-0-1 with 17 knockouts. Hernandez (28-5-1) was the busier fighter in the first round, scoring with lead rights to the head as Vazquez seemed to pace himself for a long bout. Vazquez’s best punch of the round was a left uppercut in the closing seconds. Vazquez enjoyed his first dominant round in the fifth, when he kept Hernandez on the defensive with combinations to the head from close range. Vazquez and Hernandez both weighed 121 pounds (54.9 kilograms) for the bout. — AP

AUSTRALIA: Casey Stoner of Australia controls his MotoGP Ducati on his way to win the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island. — AP

Stoner wins Australia GP PHILLIP ISLAND: Ducati’s Casey Stoner delighted his home fans by winning a fourth consecutive Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island yesterday. Stoner, who secured pole position on his 25th birthday a day earlier, completed the 27lap race in 41 minutes 9.128 seconds, more than eight seconds ahead of newly crowned world champion Jorge Lorenzo of Spain on a gusty day at the 4.45km circuit. Seven-time premier class champion Valentino Rossi finished third after battling through from eighth on the grid, snatching the podium spot from Ducati rider and future team mate Nicky Hayden of the United States on the final lap. “We didn’t know what to expect before the race,” a buoyant Stoner told a televised interview, referring to the changeable weather at Phillip Island that left pit crews scratching their heads for most of the weekend. “Jorge gave it a

go and after I had a couple of second gap I thought I’d build on that slightly because he was running some pretty good times. “We managed to pull that gap, get us comfortable and ease into the race so we were very, very happy with this one.” The 2007 world champion Stoner roared off the grid to open a 1.5 second gap from Lorenzo’s Yamaha after the first lap and was never threatened thereafter as brilliant sunshine dried out the scenic track that had earlier been doused with showers. With Lorenzo also enjoying a luxury of space in second place, the race’s drama was relegated to a battle for third between Italian Rossi and Hayden. After snapping at Rossi’s heels for most of the race, Hayden nosed in front at the circuit’s Honda hairpin with less than three laps remaining. Rossi regained track position in an aggressive move at

the same turn on the final lap, then held on for the podium spot that left Hayden looking far from happy in the pitlane after the race. “The battle with Nicky on the last lap was great, I’m so happy, congratulations to him,” Rossi said after preserving his perfect record of podium spots in 11 premier class races at Phillip Island. “I’m so happy to be here on the podium another time in Phillip Island.” The win was Stoner’s third of the season and continues his late revival after victories at Aragon and Motegi over the past month, while Rossi and Lorenzo’s podium spots were enough to hand Yamaha the team championship with only two races rounds to go. Stoner moved past Rossi into third in the championship standings behind second-placed Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who withdrew from the race after qualifying due to discomfort with the collarbone he broke during the Japan round. — Reuters

HAMBURG: Vitali Klitschko punished Shannon Briggs for 12 brutal rounds and retained his WBC heavyweight title with a unanimous decision on Saturday. The Ukrainian champion dominated the action but couldn’t knock down the American challenger. “I am very surprised by how much he took,” Klitschko said. “He’s got a huge heart.” The judges scored it 120-107, 120-107 and 120105 for Klitschko, who improved to 41-2. Briggs dropped to 51-6, with one draw. “I’ve fought George Foreman, I’ve fought Lennox Lewis and Vitali’s the best,” Briggs said. “He hits harder than Foreman, he’s got incredibly fast hands. “This was my best fight.” Klitschko said Briggs, at 38 one year younger, deserved “a lot of respect.” “I could not believe he was still standing after taking so many punches,” Klitschko said. Klitschko used his left jab to open up Briggs’ guard, landing a big right two minutes into the opening round. Two left hooks found Briggs’ chin early in the second round and the Ukrainian landed some more rights, while Briggs sought to hurt Klitschko with blows to the body without much success. Klitschko connected with several combinations in the third but Briggs also found the target with counter-punches. The champion scored with a good right hook late in the round. He also finished the fourth strongly, landing a few good punches to Briggs’ head. Briggs connected with a couple of good rights in the fifth, his best round, but also had to absorb several hard hits from Klitschko. Klitschko hit the American repeatedly with left-right combinations in the sixth, but Briggs showed no signs of being shaken. Klitschko’s big punches began to wear down Briggs midway through the seventh and the American was taking heavy punishment before the round was over. Briggs was saved by the bell after taking two big rights that clearly staggered him. Briggs stayed upright in the eighth despite taking more heavy blows to the head, and finished the ninth even though Klitschko connected with two huge rights and a left hook late in that round. The American was little more than a punching bag for Klitschko in the 10th. Briggs hardly rose his hands in defense midway through the 10th but Klitschko still could not put him down despite hitting Briggs at will. Briggs surprised Klitschko with a clean right in the next. Klitschko replied with two big rights of his own that snapped back Briggs’ head. But the American only shook his head and stayed up. Klitschko went for the knockout in the final round but Briggs withstood everything. — AP

SAN ANTONIO: Caja Laboral’s Mirza Teletovic (right) of Bosnia, drives around San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game. — AP

Spurs trounce Caja Laboral SAN ANTONIO: Tony Parker had 22 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 108-85 victory over Euroleague powerhouse Caja Laboral of Spain on Saturday. Parker was 9 of 17 from the field and made four free throws without a miss. Parker, along with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson, were back in the starting lineup. They were not with the Spurs (3-2) on Thursday night in a loss to Cleveland in Pittsburgh.

“It was definitely good to be back on the floor after three days off,” Parker said. “I didn’t go to Cleveland, so I just wanted to make sure to get in a rhythm. I was dying the first quarter, but the second quarter felt better.” Duncan, who left early in the first quarter after being poked in the right eye, returned in the second half to score all 10 of his points and had 11 rebounds. Matt Bonner added 15 points and seven

rebounds. David Logan had 20 points for Caja Laboral. Mirza Teletovic had 18 points, and Stanko Barac added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spanish league champions. “The Spurs were much quicker, so it’s difficult to play this kind of team,” Caja Laboral coach Dusko Ivanovic said. “It was tough to play with their kind of rhythm.” Memphis beat Caja Laboral 110105 on Thursday. — AP

CSKA Moscow edge Cavaliers CLEVELAND: Ramunas Siskauskas scored 22 points and Jamont Gordon added 19 to help CSKA Moscow beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-87 in an exhibition game Saturday night. CSKA Moscow, which finished its tour of NBA teams with one win and two losses, broke away from a halftime tie and built a double-figure lead in the third quarter. The Cavaliers rallied and cut the lead to one on several occasions in the fourth quarter, but never took the lead. Ryan Hollins’ basket made it 88-87 with 9 seconds left, but Siskauskas hit two free throws with 6.8 seconds to go. Daniel Gibson, who led the Cavaliers with 21 points, missed a 3-pointer and CSKA Moscow got the rebound and dribbled out the clock. The Cavaliers played the game without forward Antawn Jamison (sprained left knee) and swingman Anthony Parker (sprained fingers on right hand). Both were injured Thursday night against San Antonio. Guard Mo Williams (groin) and forward/center Anderson Varejao (ankle, personal reasons) have yet to play in a game. CSKA Moscow, a Euroleague powerhouse, lost to Miami and New Orleans this week. Cleveland built a 38-29 lead in the second quarter, but CSKA Moscow finished the first half on an 18-9 run to level it at 47-47. CSKA Moscow began the second half on a 14-2 run, thanks to four 3-point baskets, including three by Siskauskas. The lead grew to 12 points and CSKA Moscow led 70-63 going into the fourth quarter. Trajan Langdon scored 14 points for CSKA Moscow. He was Cleveland’s first-round draft pick in 1999 played three seasons with the Cavaliers. Hollins scored 17 points for Cleveland. Ramon Sessions added 14. — AP

CLEVELAND: CSKA Moscow’s Trajan Langdon (21) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Daniel Green in the second half of an NBA basketball game. — AP

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Murray flays Federer to win Shanghai title

SHANGHAI: Andy Murray of Britain (right) poses with Roger Federer of Switzerland after the prize presentation for the men’s singles of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament. — AP

South Africa crush Zimbabwe POTCHEFSTROOM: Rusty Theron took five wickets and Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers hit centuries as South Africa crushed Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the second one-day international at Senwes Park yesterday. Theron took five for 44 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 268. Amla hit 110 and De Villiers 101 not out to propel South Africa to a series-clinching win with 11 overs to spare. With two runs needed to win, De Villiers, on 95, danced down the pitch and hit Brendan Taylor for six over long-off to raise his century. Tatenda Taibu made a polished 78 for Zimbabwe but none of his teammates was able to capitalise on reasonable starts on an easy-paced pitch. Theron, 25, used clever variations of pace and length as he claimed five for 44 to take his haul of wickets to eight in his first two one-day internationals. Theron had originally been picked only to play in two Twenty20 internationals against Zimbabwe but was added to the oneday squad following a succession of injuries to South Africa’s pace bowlers. “It’s been a dream start for me,” said Theron, “but you tend to wake up from dreams, so the next part is to try to maintain momentum.” Amla hit his fifth one-day international century and his fourth in his last seven innings with another fluent performance against a weak Zimbabwe bowling attack. In repeating the score he made in the first match in Bloemfontein on Friday, Amla faced 103 balls and hit ten fours. Amla shared stands of 84 for the first wicket with captain Graeme Smith (40) and 137 for the second wicket with De Villiers. Once regarded as a specialist Test batsman, Amla continued a run of superb form in one-day internationals this year. His last eight innings, all as an opening batsman, have yielded 609 runs at an average of 76.12 and in addition to four hundreds he has had scores of 87 and 92. De Villiers has been in even more prolific form this year, scoring 646 runs at an average of 107.66, also with four centuries. In his second match since recovering from ankle surgery, he raced to his century off 72 balls with five sixes and five fours. Taibu was on target to score his third century in five one-day internationals against South Africa until he sliced a catch to backward point off Charl Langeveldt off the first ball of the batting Powerplay, taken with seven overs remaining in the Zimbabwe innings. Surprisingly dropped down the batting order in both Twenty20 internationals and the first one-day game on Zimbabwe’s short tour, Taibu was promoted to number four on

Sunday. He made his runs off 90 balls. He hit four fours and a six and kept the score moving with deft placements and quick running between wickets. Zimbabwe openers Brendan Taylor and Chamu Chibhabha put on 59 for the first wicket before Theron took two wickets in his first over and Wayne Parnell took another in the next over as the visitors slipped to 60 for three. The third and final match of the series is in Benoni on Friday. — AFP

Scoreboard POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa: Scoreboard after South Africa beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the second one-day international yesterday. South Africa lead the three-match series 2-0 Zimbabwe innings B. Taylor c de Villiers b Theron 32 C. Chibhabha c de Villiers b Parnell 19 S. Williams c de Villiers b Theron 0 T. Taibu c Theron b Langeveldt 78 G. Flower b Duminy 22 C. Ervine c Peterson b Langeveldt 27 E. Chigumbura b Theron 13 K. Dabengwa c de Villiers b Theron 28 P. Utseya c Peterson b Parnell 22 A. Cremer b Theron 4 S. Masakadza not out 2 Extras (lb 8, w 13) 21 Total (all out, 48.2 overs) 268 Fall of wickets: 1-59 2-60 3-60 4-107 5155 6-195 7-228 8-251 9-262 Bowling: Charl Langeveldt 9-0-49-2 (w2), Lonwabo Tsotsobe 9-0-50-0 (w-5), Wayne Parnell 8-1-52-2 (w-4), Juan Theron 8.2-0-44-5, Robin Peterson 10-043-0 (w-1), J-P Duminy 4-0-22-1 (w-1) South Africa innings H. Amla c Utseya b Masakadza 110 G. Smith c Dabengwa b Chigumbura40 AB de Villiers not out 101 J-P. Duminy not out 15 Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7 Total (two wickets, 39 overs) 273 Fall of wickets: 1-84 2-223 Did not bat: Colin Ingram, David Miller, Robin Peterson, Charl Langeveldt, Wayne Parnell, Juan Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe Bowling: Prosper Utseya 9-0-64-0, Shingirai Masakadza 9-0-63-1 (w-4), Elton Chigumbura 4-0-33-1, Chamu Chibhabha 2-0-12-0, Graeme Cremer 50-37-0, Keith Dabengwa 6-0-34-0 (w-1), Grant Flower 3-0-15-0, Brendan Taylor 1-0-13-0.

POTCHEFSTROOM: South African batsman and captain AB de Villiers plays a stroke as Zimbabwean wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu watches during the second day of the One-Day International Cricket match. — AFP

SHANGHAI: Britain’s world number four Andy Murray romped to a 6-3 6-2 win over Switzerland’s Roger Federer to claim the Shanghai Masters title yesterday. The 23-year-old Scot was in impeccable form throughout the one-hour-25-minute contest, breaking the third seed’s serve four times to dismantle the 16-time grand slam champion and win his second Masters title of the season. Federer was annoyed that the umpire had over-ruled a call in his favour on a breakpoint in the second set, saying the decision possibly cost him the match. “It was a classic bad mistake by the linesperson. In the end it’s what maybe cost me the match,” the Swiss said. Murray did not lose a set all week. “I have had a great week and played some of my best tennis, which I had to, to beat Roger,” he said at the trophy presentation. The contest was the third meeting in a final between the pair this season with Murray losing at the Australian Open at the start of the year before gaining some revenge at the Toronto Masters in August. Yesterday, Murray faced down Federer from the start, breaking serve in the first game and defending six break points with fearsome returns. “Roger had a couple of chances to get back in the first set with a few big serves on some of them. He had one big chance with a forehand that he missed. Apart from that, it was obviously a great, great match for me,” Murray said. “I made few mistakes. As a tournament overall, I’m very happy.” Federer appeared to run out of steam in the second set as Murray repeatedly sent the 29-year-old scurrying from side to side with an array of pinpoint cross-court winners. The Swiss was still smarting about the overturned line call after the match. “It happens all the time. You hope it doesn’t happen in the finals against a great player like Andy on a breakpoint,” he said. Federer, though, said the better player had won, adding: “Andy didn’t give me many chances to pull off the really big shots today.” The win signalled a return to form for Murray after a roller-coaster season during which he sacked his coach. He complained of illness on his arrival in China two weeks ago and was beaten in a listless quarter-final by Ivan Ljubicic at the smog-affected China Open in Beijing. Murray also secured qualification for the World Tour Finals in London next month when he will pit his rediscovered confidence against top seed Rafa Nadal, number two Novak Djokovic, Federer and number five Robin Soderling. — Reuters

AUSTRIA: Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic, center, poses with children in typical Austrian dresses for photographers after winning the final match against Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder at the Generali Ladies tennis tournament. — AP

Ivanovic routs Schnyder to clinch Generali Ladies LINZ: Ana Ivanovic routed Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Generali Ladies yesterday to win her first WTA Tour title in two years and the ninth overall. The 22-year-old Serb won her last title at the same event in 2008 after taking the French Open title and becoming the topranked player for 12 weeks. “Winning again after two years is so wonderful, just unbelievable,” Ivanovic said. “I have been waiting so long for this and I worked hard to achieve it.” Ivanovic, now ranked No. 29, played her first final in 19 months. Initially she had not planned to appear at the $220,000 indoor event but accepted a

late wild card after Serena Williams pulled out with a foot injury. “I felt very well and hit the balls well,” said Ivanovic, who did not drop a set in the tournament. “Patty played well all week so I tried to put her under pressure from the start. That paid off.” The 47th-ranked Schnyder, who has 11 career titles, was playing her third final in Linz. Schnyder also lost the 2005 and 2007 finals. “Respect for Ana, there was nothing in it for me,” the Swiss veteran said. “She took the balls so early and placed them so well, there was just no chance to find for my game.” It was Schnyder’s second final of the season after Budapest in July, where she

lost to Agnes Szavay. “I am disappointed but it still was a great week,” said Schnyder, who defeated former champion Daniela Hantuchova and Andrea Petkovic en route to the final. “My draw wasn’t easy so I was happy to stay in the tournament until the end.” Ivanovic dominated the match from the start. She was broken once but won all three of Schnyder’s service games. Schnyder won just five points on serve. Ivanovic raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set when Schnyder broke her and then held serve for the only time in the match. Ivanovic finally closed out the win with an ace on her second match point. — AP

US women in qualifying top three ROTTERDAM: The United States qualified yesterday behind Russia and China, setting up a classic final for the women’s team gold at the world championships. With their major challengers already through on Saturday, the Americans had a 5 a.m. wake-up call for their morning session. They were fully focused from the opening on the uneven bars through to the concluding vault and finished with 233.643 points, behind Russia’s 234.521 and China’s 233.778. “The distance is not very big and we are here to fight for that,” US coach Martha Karolyi said. Wednesday’s final will also be a first face-off between Russian newcomer Aliya Mustafina and US champion Rebecca Bross, the favorites for the individual allaround title two days later. In qualifying, Mustafina scored 60.666 for a sizable margin compared to Bross’ 59.081. Alexandra Raisman of the United States was in provisional third place. Qualifying ends late yesterday. One day after 16-year-old Mustafina gave an impressive performance of power and grace, Bross came to the Ahoy Arena with a different agenda — to protect a right shin injury. Bross chose a contained program which limited her most daring moves. “You have to go for it, but you cannot go too hard,” Bross said of her approach to protecting her leg for Wednesday’s team final. Her solid performance boosted her confidence, though. “There are a few things here and there — everywhere that I can clean up — but I’m ready for the next step,” she said. Alicia Sacramone made a major step forward on Sunday, returning to world gymnastics after two years with a consistent beam routine capped with pumped fists and a happy “yoohoo” shout after her dismount. “It was nice to go out there and hit my first routine back. Beam is always a stressful event,” the 22-year-old gymnast said. Once that over, the seven-time world medalist got to her favorite apparatus, the vault. Her two attempts proved she was back at her best since the Beijing Olympics two years ago and she trailed only Mustafina by a tiny 15.283-15.266 margin, promising a great showdown for Saturday’s apparatus final. “Vault is fun for me so I don’t stress about it too much,” Sacramone said. The American women have enjoyed success over the past two years at the Beijing Olympics and last year’s London world championships. The Russians meanwhile didn’t win any in Beijing and London, an amazing decline of a former powerhouse. Now, they look like they rekindled that old touch. — AP

DHAKA: Bangladesh cricket players pose with the trophy after winning the fifth and final one-dayer against New Zealand in Dhaka. — AP

Rubel helps Bangladesh sweep N Zealand series DHAKA: Rubel Hossain grabbed four wickets as Bangladesh completed a sweep with a thrilling three-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final one-day international yesterday. The fast bowler finished with 4-25 off 9.3 sharp overs as New Zealand, chasing a 175-run target, were bowled out for 171 in the last over. He was named man of the match. Bangladesh clinched the series 4-0, their first sweep against a major team. The second match was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. “I think we played really well in this series. Our boys came hard at the New Zealand side and we had a really good series,” said Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan. “The wicket wasn’t that great today and our batsmen didn’t get big scores, but our bowlers did really well.” New Zealand needed eight runs to win in the final over with just one wicket in hand but Rubel, who had taken three wickets in his opening three overs, sparked celebrations in Bangladesh’s camp when he bowled Kyle Mills (33). He jolted New Zealand in his first over, dismissing openers Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder in the space of five deliveries. He then had Kane Williamson caught at second slip by Raqibul Hasan in his third over. Bradley-John Watling was run out, while Ross Taylor was bowled by leftarm spinner Abdur Razzak as New Zealand’s top five batsmen failed to reach double figures.

New Zealand were in danger of beating their lowest one-day total of 64 after being reduced to 20-5, but skipper Daniel Vettori (43) and all-rounder Grant Elliott (59) added 86 runs for the sixth wicket. Vettori, dropped by Junaid Siddique at first slip off spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah when on 12, hit one six and one four in his 78-ball knock. Elliott cracked seven fours in a 105ball knock for his fourth half-century in one-dayers, but Mills kept alive his team’s hopes before falling in the final over. Mills hit two sixes in his 47-ball knock. “Bangladesh and Shakib were outstanding,” said Vettori, whose side visit India next month for Test and one-day series. “India are one of the best teams in the world, so hopefully we can regroup there.” Left-arm spinner Vettori (3-32) and fast bowler Mills (3-36) earlier bowled tightly to restrict Bangladesh to a modest total. New Zealand did not allow the hosts to build a big partnership after the hosts elected to bat on a slow pitch. The highest stand was 55 for the fifth wicket between Shakib (36) and Mushfiqur Rahim (29). Vettori removed opener Imrul Kayes (34) and Raqibul (six) before accounting for Mahmudullah (19). Kayes was trapped leg-before while attempting to sweep, hitting two sixes and three fours in his 50-ball knock. Andy McKay and Elliott each finished with two wickets. — AFP

Scoreboard Scoreboard after Bangladesh beat New Zealand by three runs in the fifth and final one-day international at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday. Bangladesh win the series 4-0 Bangladesh innings I. Kayes lbw b Vettori 34 S. Nafees lbw b McKay 11 Z. Siddique c Vettori b Mills 10 R. Hassan b Vettori 6 S. Hasan c Williamson b Elliot 36 M. Rahim b Elliot 29 Mahmudullah lbw b Vettori 19 M. Sohrawordi c B. McCullum b Mills 3 A. Razzak c B. McCullum b McKay 2 S. Islam not out 5 R. Hossain c Watling b Mills 2 Extras (b-1 lb-7 w-9) 17 Total (all out; 44.2 overs) 174 Fall of wickets: 1-15 2-32 3-69 4-77 5-132 6-144 7-161 8-163 9-168 10-174 Bowling: Mills 8.2-0-36-3 (w-1), McKay 9-0-342 (w-3), Bennett 8-1-29-0 (w-2), Vettori 10-032-3 (w-2) N. McCullum 5-0-27-0 (w-1), Elliot 4-2-8-2. New Zealand innings B. McCullum c Shakib b Rubel 4 J. Ryder lbw b Rubel 4 B. Watling run out 1 R. Taylor b Razzak 3 K. Williamson c Roqibul b Rubel 0 D. Vettori c Shafiul b Shakib 43 G. Elliot c Rubel b Sohrawordi 59 N. McCullum b Shakib 4 K. Mills b Rubel 33 A. McKay lbw b Razzak 0 H. Bennett not out 0 Extras (b-6 lb-1 w-13) 20 Total (all out; 49.3 overs) 171 Fall of wickets: 1-8 2-10 3-14 4-16 5-20 6-106 7119 8-145 9-145 10-171 Bowling: Shafiul 5-0-23-0 (w-2), Rubel 9.3-1-254, Razzak 10-2-34-2 (w-3), Mahmudullah 7-018-0 (w-2), Shakib 10-1-35-2 (w-1), Sohrawordi 8-0-29-1.

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Blatter promises probe into WCup bribery claims GENEVA: FIFA president Sepp Blatter promised an “in-depth investigation” into allegations by a British newspaper that two FIFA executive committee members offered to sell their votes in World Cup bidding, calling the claims “very negative.” Blatter wrote in an open letter to his colleagues on FIFA’s executive committee that the Sunday Times’ allegation is a “very unpleasant situation” for football’s governing body. “The information in the article has created a very negative impact on FIFA and on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups,” Blatter said. Blatter said the investigation will be conducted by FIFA’s independent ethics panel working together with secretary general Jerome Valcke.

He also asked executive colleagues not to comment publicly on the subject, but made no mention if the 24-man committee’s Dec. 2 vote to choose the 2018 and ‘22 hosts could be delayed for FIFA to conduct its probe. Chuck Blazer, the American member of FIFA’s executive committee, said he did not think the Dec. 2 vote would need to be postponed. “We should deal with it within the timeframe established,” Blazer said. “We want to keep the issues separate and it’s important we conclude the World Cup decision. There is no reason why we shouldn’t. The investigation can be done right away.” The Sunday Times filmed Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Oceania Football Confederation president Reynald Temarii of Tahiti asking for money to fund projects.

The reporters were posing as lobbyists for a consortium of American companies who wanted to help bring the World Cup back to the United States by winning December’s vote. No money changed hands. “The Sunday Times report today makes it clear, but it bears emphasis and repeating, that the USA Bid Committee had zero involvement with any aspect of the reporting that resulted in this story,” US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati, chairman of the USA Bid Committee, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “This is a matter that is totally under the governance of FIFA, and therefore we will have no further comment.” Adamu and Temarii, who could not be reached for comment, are on the committee which

votes on the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Zurich in December’s secret vote. “FIFA and the FIFA ethics committee have closely monitored the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups and will continue to do so,” world football’s governing body said in a statement. “FIFA has already requested to receive all of the information and documents related to this matter, and is awaiting to receive this material. “In any case, FIFA will immediately analyze the material available and only once this analysis has concluded will FIFA be able to decide on any potential next steps.” Bidding alongside the US for 2022 are Australia, Japan, South Korea and Qatar. There are four European entrants in the 2018

race: England and Russia as well as joint bids by Belgium-Holland and Spain-Portugal. Adamu was filmed telling reporters in London that he wanted $800,000 to build four artificial football pitches in his home country of Nigeria. Adamu told the reporters he wanted the money paid to him personally, saying: “Certainly if you are to invest that, that means you also want the vote.” When the deal was sealed in Cairo last month, the US was still bidding for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but it announced on Friday that it was withdrawing from the contest for the earlier edition. Adamu had offered a “guarantee” that he would vote for the Americans in the 2018 vote, but said they would be his second pref-

erence in ‘22. “I’ve already given my word to some other bid,” he was heard saying on The Sunday Times website. The Sunday Times, which published videos on its subscriptionbased website, says Temarii wanted NZ$3 million ($2.3 million) to fund a football academy in Auckland. He also said backers of two other unnamed bidding countries had offered the FIFA vice president $10 million to $12 million to his Oceania confederation. The Oceania Football Confederation issued a brief statement from its Auckland offices on Sunday. “OFC is aware of the story that appeared in The Sunday Times in England. As such, OFC is currently looking into the matter,” it said. The confederation’s website

includes a profile of Temarii which notes he “has facilitated groundbreaking agreements with a number of key partners including the European Union and Australian Government that have seen millions of dollars injected into grassroots initiatives over the past few years.” The Sunday Times said it was advised about how much they should offer as bribes by two other FIFA officials, who formerly represented the Confederation of African Football on the executive committee. Referees’ committee member Amadou Diakite from Mali said they should offer about $1 million. Slim Aloulou, the Tunisian chairman of FIFA’s disputes resolution committee, said they should not pay “peanuts,” suggesting bribing members 1 million pounds each.—AP

Ten-man Espanyol savor first away win

GERMANY: Hoffenheim’s Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo and Moenchengladbach’s Venezuelan midfielder Juan Arango vie for the ball during the German First Division Bundesliga football match. —AFP

Hoffenheim end winless streak

BERLIN: Hoffenheim jumped to fourth in the Bundesliga yesterday with a 3-2 victory at home against nine-man Borussia Moenchengladbach to stay seven points behind new leaders Borussia Dortmund. Raul Bobadilla gave Gladbach the lead in the 12th minute but Demba Ba answered just 30 seconds after the re-start before Gladbach’s Juan Arango was given his marching orders in the 62nd minute. Gladbach’s Anderson headed into his own goal just five minutes later and then Sejad Salihovic converted a penalty in the 82nd minute to make it 3-1 just seconds after Sebastian Schachtern was also shown red for taking down Ba in the area. Mohamadou Idrissou added a consolation goal in the 90th minute for Gladbach. Hoffenheim snapped a four-game winless streak for 14 points and fourth place while Gladbach are just a point from the relegation zone with six points. Earlier yesterday, Theofanis Gekas scored twice to give Eintracht Frankfurt their third straight victory by beating Kaiserslautern 3-0 to move to eighth with 12 points.

Gekas struck in the 45th and 67th minutes and Alexander Meier made it 3-0 in the 83rd minute at Kaiserslautern, who remain on seven points in 14th after Srdjan Lakic had a penalty stopped by Frankfurt keeper Oka Nikolov in the 26th minute. League leaders after yesterday are Borussia Dortmund, who took over from Mainz Friday night with a 2-1 victory at Cologne thanks to Nuri Sahin’s winner a minute into stoppage time. The victory — which was in doubt after Lukas Podolski equalised in the 82nd minute Jakub Blaszczykowski’s score after 20 minutes - was Dortmund’s seventh straight for 21 points. “It is amazing how aggressive the guys push forward looking for goals. It’s kind of scary from the sidelines,” said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp. On Saturday, Mainz lost their first game of the season with a 1-0 defeat at home against Hamburg on Paolo Guerrero’s winner in the 89th minute. Mainz’s Marco Caligiuri and Ze Roberto of Hamburg both hit the goal framework and a

Hamburg goal by Ruud van Nistelrooy was disallowed before Guerrero’s score. After spending the national team break atop the Bundesliga, Mainz missed a chance for their eighth straight win to start the season, which would have eclipsed the mark by Bayern Munich in 1995-96 and Kaiserslautern in 200102. “We kept shooting and it just wouldn’t go in. Now we need to forget about this game and look ahead,” added Mainz midfielder Lewis Holtby. The loss leaves Mainz with 21 points in second place behind Dortmund, who have a 14 to 10 advantage on goal difference. Hamburg’s second straight win pushed the team to fifth place with 14 points. “The three points (two weekends ago) in Kaiserslautern were really important. And now the confidence is there with this win,” said Hamburg’s Ze Roberto. “And now we want to stay near the top.” Bayer Leverkusen are third with 15 points after substitute Simon Rolfes scored two of Leverkusen’s three goals within 11 minutes to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory at Wolfsburg (10 points). —AFP

Fergie’s Rooney snub fuels fresh transfer talk LONDON: Sir Alex Ferguson’s latest snub to Wayne Rooney has fuelled fresh speculation that the Manchester United superstar could be heading for the Old Trafford exit. Ferguson left Rooney on the bench for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion, where the Red Devils squandered a two-goal lead as the Baggies fought back to snatch a 2-2 draw. Ferguson did not comment about the decision to omit Rooney, a move that followed speculation of a rift after the striker last week contradicted the United boss’s claims he was injured by stating he was fully fit. It came after an earlier decision to drop Rooney for his return to Everton in September, which followed lurid tabloid revelations about the 24-year-old England international’s private life. Since then Rooney has been in and out of the United starting lineup and looking like only a pale imitation of the potent attacking force who was crowned the Footballer of the Year last season. The Sunday Mirror reported yesterday that relations between Ferguson and Rooney had broken down and that the United boss would seek to sell their prized asset in the January transfer window,

with Real Madrid seen as the frontrunner. Club insiders quoted by the newspaper said Rooney was slowly being “frozen out”, comparing the present situation to the circumstances leading up to the departure of David Beckham from United to Real Madrid in 2003. Negotiations over an extension to Rooney’s 100,000-pounds (160,000-dollars) a week contract, which has only another 18 months to run, have also stalled, the paper reported. Other commentators meanwhile said Rooney was playing with fire by contradicting Ferguson’s claims that he was nursing an ankle injury. “At best it was naive for him not to see that contradicting Ferguson would be seen as provocative,” Paul Hayward wrote in The Observer. “At worst he was asserting his independence as part of a scheme to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid.” The Sunday Mirror said Rooney’s decision to contradict Ferguson could prove fatal as the manager had been trying to shield the striker through the storm caused by allegations that he cheated on his pregnant wife with prostitutes. —AFP

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MADRID: Espanyol collected their first away win of the season with a gritty 1-0 win at Real Mallorca yesterday despite playing over half the match with ten men. Former Spain international Luis Garcia scored a 31st minute penalty for his side’s first away goal of the campaign and it won the match although Espanyol had to dig deep with Argentine striker Pablo Osvaldo sent off in the 35th minute for a stray elbow. Espanyol climb up to sixth with their maiden away win while Mallorca fall to tenth following their first home defeat of the season. “We put in an incredible amount of effort with one man less against a Mallorca team that had turned in a great peformance against Barcelona (a 1-1 draw) last time out,” said Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino. Athletic Bilbao go above Mallorca into eighth after a 2-1 home win over 10-man Real Zaragoza at San Mames yesterday. Man of the moment Fernando Llorente built on his three goals in Spain’s two Euro 2012 qualfiers with a 23rd minute strike for Bilbao. Zaragoza were reduced to ten men when Adam Pinter was sent off on 53 minutes and the club sit bottom of the table with no win to their name. Elsewhere fallen giants Deportivo La Coruna are still searching for their first win of the season after a 0-0 home draw with Osasuna at the Riazor stadium yesterday. Depor were Champions League finalists as recently as 2004 and won the Spanish league title in 2000, however, they are currently second from bottom of the table with no win from seven. In other matches, Levante won the battle of the promoted sides defeating fellow newcomers Real Sociedad 2-1 on Sunday for their second win of the season. Levante scored twice in six minutes with former Chelsea man Asier del Horno opening the scoring after 59 minutes before Ecuadorian striker Felipe Caicedo, on loan from Manchester City, struck on 65 minutes. Today Villarreal have the chance to go top of the table for the first time in their history if they can record a sixth consecutive league win at promoted Hercules. “It would be nice to be leaders but it can’t be an obsession,” said Villarreal defender Joan Capdevila. “Hercules were capable of winning at Camp Nou (against Barcelona) and that shows they are a team to watch out for.” Villarreal lie two points behind leaders Real Madrid who crushed Malaga 4-1 on Saturday to replace Valencia at the summit. Valencia lost 2-1 at champions Barcelona on Saturday and the two teams are locked in second place on 16 points, one point behind Real. Later yesterday Sevilla have the chance to continue their improvement under new coach Gregorio Manzano when they travel to Sporting Gijon. Sporting manager Manolo Preciado believes Sevilla have one of the best squads in the league pointing out that Brazilian international forward Luis Fabiano is first choice for his country but struggling to get in the Sevilla starting line-up. “They have a magnificent squad and the fact that Brazil’s centre forward (Luis Fabiano) doesn’t play regularly says a lot about their attacking potential,” said Preciado. —AFP

ITALY: Juventus’ Alessandro Del Piero (left) scores past Lecce’s Fabiano of Brazil during the Italian League soccer match. —AP

Eto’o silences racist chants ROME: Samuel Eto’o rammed the racist chants of his detractors back down their throats as he scored the only goal in Inter Milan’s 1-0 victory at Cagliari that sent them joint top of Serie A yesterday. The match in Sardinia was briefly held up after just three minutes as Eto’o suffered racist taunts from the home side’s ‘ultra’ fans. Following a stadium announcement reminding those fans that the game could be abandoned if they continued, the match resumed with Eto’o proving the hero. He even brushed off the chants by mimicking a monkey after scoring. Eto’o now has 12 goals in 11 games this season but coach Rafael Benitez insists his team is not over-reliant on the hitman ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Tottenham. “He’s in great form and that’s a good thing for us but we can score in a variety of different ways,” said the Spaniard. “Obviously the better you play, the easier it is to win but it’s important to win to give us confidence. “We made one or two mistakes and (Cagliari) could have been dangerous. Now we’ll think about Tottenham. It will be tough, they have speed and ability. We’ll have to play a great match.” Inter are now level on points and goal difference with city rivals AC Milan, who beat Chievo 3-1 on Saturday, but trail them on goals scored. However, Lazio can reclaim the summit if they win away to Bari in yesterday’s late match. Cagliari had the first clear chance when Belgium international Radja Nainggolan teed up Andrea Cossu, whose precise finish flashed wide. Inter’s Brazilian full-back Maicon tried his luck from distance but also missed the far post. Philippe Coutinho then cut in from the left and played a one-two with Eto’o before shooting too close to goalkeeper Michael Agazzi. When the Inter breakthrough came it was thanks to Eto’o’s

brilliance on 39 minutes. Alessandro Agostini failed to clear his lines properly and the ball spun into the air off Wesley Sneijder. Eto’o plucked the ball out of the air with a piece of sublime control using his right foot, then shifted onto his left, leaving Davide Astori bamboozled, and finished crisply inside the post. To celebrate, the Cameroon forward mocked those who had abused him by imitating a monkey. Cagliari had a double chance to hit back five minutes after the restart but Nene took an age to shoot and when he did Julio Cesar parried, jumping up to then push Alessandro Matri’s follow-up around the post. At the other end, Agazzi dived to his left to tip over a curling Eto’o effort. Inter had a let-off 14 minutes from time when Robert Acquafresca’s cross deflected off Cristian Chivu and came back off the bar, with Daniele Conti able only to prod the rebound into Julio Cesar’s grateful arms. Conti had another chance to snatch a share of the spoils but when teed up by Cossu, he volleyed high over the bar. Juventus and Palermo both moved to three points from the summit after knocking in four goals each. Alberto Aquilani, a Felipe Melo penalty, Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Del Piero scored in Juve’s 4-0 defeat of Lecce sending them fifth. Javier Pastore, Mauricio Pinilla and Slovenian pair Josip Ilicic and Armin Bacinovic netted for the Sicilians in their 4-1 success against Bologna to go sixth. Fourth-placed Napoli missed the chance to join the Milan neighbors at the top as they drew 1-1 at Catania while Fiorentina went bottom following their 2-1 reverse at Sampdoria. Alexandre Pato scored a brace and Robinho notched his first goal for Milan in their win on Saturday, while Roma earned only their second success of the season as Marco Borriello netted in their 2-1 win over his former club Genoa. —AFP

Rennes on top despite draw

PARIS: Rennes held onto top spot in the French first division despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Lens yesterday, while secondplaced Saint-Etienne were unable to capitalise after losing 2-1 at Nice. A hamstring injury to summer signing Victor Hugo Montano means Rennes are currently without a senior striker and they didn’t threaten until early in the second half, when Lens goalkeeper Vedran Runje saved from Jires Kembo-Ekoko. Second-bottom Lens procured the clearer chances there-

after, with Toifilou Maoulida and Razak Boukari both unable to convert presentable chances. Maoulida squandered a golden opportunity by heading wide from six yards after 20 minutes of the second period, while Rennes goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez clawed away Boukari’s closerange header with six minutes remaining. The visitors finished the game with 10 men following the late dismissal of substitute Tongo Hamed Doumbia. Saint-Etienne forward Dimitri Payet celebrated his first

France call-up last week and he put his side 1-0 up in the 11th minute at Nice, tucking home a penalty after he had been felled by Nemanja Pejcinovic. It was Payet’s eighth goal of the season and he nearly followed it up with a ninth, only for his glancing header to hit the post. Nice looked in danger of being swamped, but the momentum swung in the hosts’ favor when Gonzalo Bergessio was shown a straight red card for a clumsy challenge on Eric Mouloungui in the 22nd minute. —AFP

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SAN JOSE: Boise State running back Doug Martin (bottom) is tackled by San Jose State linebacker Tiuke Tuipulotu during the first half of an NCAA college football game. —AP

Longhorns bounce Nebraska

MADISON: John Clay ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns, and James White darted in for the clinching score as No. 18 Wisconsin took down Ohio State 31-18 Saturday. For the second week in a row, there will be a new No. 1, with Ohio State falling the way Alabama was beaten last week — on the road and in its conference. Wisconsin hadn’t defeated a No. 1 since 1981, when the Badgers knocked off Michigan. No. 2 Oregon was idle this week and has never been No. 1 before. At Lincoln, Nebraska, Garrett Gilbert ran for two touchdowns as Texas’ defense shut down Taylor Martinez to lead the Longhorns to a 20-13 upset of No. 5 Nebraska. This was the most anticipated game in Lincoln this season, fans and players trying to avenge last year’s loss in the Big 12 championship game and saying goodbye to the Longhorns before they head to the Big Ten next season.

back to form in a victory over Mississippi. The Crimson Tide (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a loss to South Carolina that halted a run at No. 1 and ended a 19-game winning streak by smothering Jeremiah Masoli and the league’s top scoring offense.

LSU 32, McNeese St. 10 At Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Stevan Ridley ran for two touchdowns and Michael Ford added the first two scoring runs of his career as LSU eventually wore down feisty McNeese State. They’ll need a much better performance next week against No. 7 Auburn, and the crowd at Tiger Stadium must have realized it. The fans booed more than once, despite the Tigers (7-0) pushing their victory margin to double digits in the second half.

Boise State 48, San Jose State 0 At San Jose, California, Titus Young ran for a score and caught a pass for another touchdown to help Boise State post a lopsided win. Kellen Moore completed 14 of 16 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns before putting on a headset to signal plays in the second half for the Broncos.

Kentucky 31, S Carolina 28 At Lexington, Kentucky, Randall Cobb caught a 24-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 remaining then added the two-point conversion to cap a furious second-half for the Wildcats. Mike Hartline threw for a careerhigh 349 yards and four touchdowns for Kentucky, which overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to stun South Carolina.

TCU 31, BYU 3 At Fort Worth, Texas, Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes, including two barely a minute apart late in the first half, as TCU narrowly missed a third consecutive shutout. The Frogs led 3-0 with two minutes left before halftime when a sack forced the Cougars to punt from their 4. Given good field position, Dalton found Josh Boyce on a 35yard score.

Utah 30, Wyoming 6 At Laramie, Wyoming, Jordan Wynn passed for 230 yards and two touchdowns, and Matt Asiata ran for 109 yards as No. 11 Utah remained unbeaten. The Utes were held below their 49-point scoring average mostly due to three interceptions thrown by Wynn, including two in the end zone. But they still had no problem with Wyoming.

Oklahoma 52, Iowa State 0 At Norman, Oklahoma, DeMarco Murray scored three times to set Oklahoma’s career record for touchdowns, and Ryan Broyles broke his own mark for receptions in a game for the Sooners. Murray ran for 112 yards and two TDs, and scored on a screen pass to surpass 1969 Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens’ record of 57 touchdowns. Owens played before freshmen were eligible.

Michigan State 26, Illinois 6 At East Lansing, Michigan, Kirk Cousins threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham in the third quarter, helping Michigan State to its best start in more than four decades. The Spartans started slowly a week after beating Michigan, but they outscored the Illini 23-0 in the second half. They are 7-0 for the first time since 1966, when they won their first nine games before famously tying Notre Dame 10-10.

Alabama 23, Mississippi 10 At Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Trent Richardson took a screen pass 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter as Alabama’s defense was

Iowa 38, Michigan 28 At Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ricky Stanzi threw his third touchdown pass to Derrell

Johnson-Koulianos early in the fourth quarter and Michael Meyer kicked a 30-yard field goal with 2:53 left, helping Iowa hold off Michigan. The Hawkeyes led the Wolverines (5-2, 12) by three TDs early in the fourth quarter. Tate Forcier came in for injured Denard Robinson and threw a 45-yard pass to Junior Hemingway and his 3-yard run made it 28-21 with 6:55 to play. Florida State 24, Boston College 19 At Tallahassee, Florida, Bert Reed’s 42yard touchdown run on a reverse lifted Florida State to its fifth straight victory. The Seminoles overcame four turnovers by quarterback Christian Ponder to win their fifth straight. Boston College had taken a 1917 lead early in the fourth on Nate Freese’s fourth field goal of the game. That followed Ponder’s fumble at the Eagles’ 44. Arizona 24, Washington State 7 At Pullman, Washington, Keola Antolin ran for two touchdowns as Arizona overcame the loss of quarterback Nick Foles by leaning on its little-used ground game. Hawaii 27, Nevada 21 At Honolulu, Bryant Moniz threw three touchdowns and Mana Silva intercepted a late pass as Hawaii held on to upset Nevada, spoiling the Wolf Pack’s perfect season. Oklahoma State 34, Texas Tech 17 At Lubbock, Texas, Justin Blackmon had a career-high 207 yards receiving with a touchdown to lead Oklahoma State to its first win in Lubbock since 1944. Missouri 30, Texas A&M 9 At College Station, Texas, Blaine Gabbert threw for a 361 yards and three touchdowns as Missouri remained undefeated. Washington 35, Oregon State 34 At Seattle, Jake Locker threw a careerhigh five touchdown passes, including two in overtime to Jermaine Kearse, and Oregon State’s 2-point conversion attempt in the second overtime fell incomplete. Mississippi State 10, Florida 7 At Gainesville, Florida, Vick Ballard ran for 98 yards, and Chris Relf added 82 and a touchdown on the ground as Mississippi State controlled the clock, dictated the tempo and kept Florida’s mostly inept offense on the sideline. —AP

BLACKPOOL: Manchester City closed the gap on leader Chelsea to two points after Carlos Tevez’s double helped to secure a 3-2 victory over Blackpool in the Premier League yesterday. Tevez chipped home David Silva’s low cross to put City ahead in the 67th minute and the Argentina striker sent a deflected drive into the net 11 minutes later — soon af ter Marlon Harewood had headed Blackpool level. Silva looked to have settled the match when he curled in his first league goal in the 90th, but Gary TaylorFletcher still found time to pull one back for Blackpool. “They put us under a lot pressure, which we knew they would,” City winger James Milner said. “We managed to ride the storm, score three good goals, and hung on at the end. “The best is to come but it’s the sign of a good team when they can win and not play the best football. Hopefully we can keep improving as a team, keep moving forward and hopefully you’ll see the best of us soon.” Second-place City took full advantage of defending champion Chelsea being held 0-0 by Aston Villa on Sunday. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are a further three points behind City. City only got going in the second half at Blackpool — and it was powered to victory by Tevez taking his tally to 28 goals in his last 31 league games. “He’s carried on from last season,” City midfielder Gareth Barry said. “He’s a world class striker.” Tevez’s first goal came when he got in front of Craig Cathcart as substitute Silva played the ball in and forced it home. Milner twice came close to extending City’s lead — a chipped effort was cleared off the line by Neal Eardley before goalkeeper Matt Gilks turned his effort over the bar. Blackpool hit back in the 78th with substitute Harewood guiding a header beyond England goalkeeper Joe Hart following a free kick by Charlie Adam. The home side’s celebrations lasted only a minute with Tevez regaining the lead for City. He took the ball off Ian Evatt and rifled in a shot that took a deflection off Cathcart. Tevez then saw his hopes of a hat trick thwarted by the cross bar before Silva pounced on Milner’s free kick and skipped through the defense before curling the ball into the corner of the net. Taylor-Fletcher pulled one back after Luke Varney flicked on Charlie Adam’s corner. Blackpool remains 10th with 10 points in its first season in the top flight since 1971. —AP

LONDON: Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor (left) vies for the ball with Blackpool’s Elliot Grandin (right) during their English Premier League soccer match. —AP

New Liverpool era begins with 2-0 loss to Everton Liverpool 0

Everton 2 LIVERPOOL: Liverpool rid itself of unpopular owners but not relegation form as local rival Everton inflicted a 2-0 loss on the side in front of new owner John Henry yesterday. Goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta either side of the break left Liverpool off the bottom of the Premier League standings only on goal difference after eight matches. Liverpool looked devoid of guile and attacking threat at Goodison Park, quickly banishing hopes that ousting Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. in favor of the owners of baseball’s Boston Red Sox would solve their troubles. “It’s unfortunate for such a good game of football that everything revolves around the fact Liverpool didn’t win it — this

was always going to be a difficult game to win,” Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson said. “This would have been the ideal opportunity to really turn things around on the back of the positive entry of the new owners. To win the game would have been utopia. “There’s no point attempting to analyze dreams. We had to play a game of football.” While Liverpool’s legal team won a week of court battles to oust the previous owners, the players couldn’t replicate their success on the pitch. And the extent of Liverpool’s worst start for more than 50 years was all too apparent to the watching Henry and New England Sports Ventures chairman Tom Werner. They saw a side contained inside its own half from the outset as Everton confidently piled on the pressure. The home side squandered the best of its early chances when Phil Jagielka shot over after Arteta’s free kick came off the wall. “We suffered at the hand of an early onslaught, which you

LONDON: Everton’s Tim Cahil (right) fights for the ball against Liverpool’s Sotirios Kyrgiakos during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium. —AP

EPL results/standings Everton 2 (Cahill 34, Arteta 50) Liverpool 0; Blackpool 2 (Harewood 78, Taylor-Fletcher 90) Man City 3 (Tevez 67, 79, Silva 90). Playing today Blackburn v Sunderland. Played Saturday: Arsenal 2 (Nasri 41-pen, Chamakh 47) Birmingham 1 (Zigic 33); Aston Villa 0

Chelsea 0; Bolton 2 (Lee 22, Klasnic 90) Stoke 1 (Delap 48); Fulham 1 (Kamara 30) Tottenham 2 (Pavlyuchenko 31, Huddlestone 63); Man Utd 2 (Hernandez 5, Nani 25) West Brom 2 (Evra 50-og, Tchoyi 55); Newcastle 2 (Ameobi 72, Coloccini 90) Wigan 2 (N’Zogbia 22, 23); Wolves 1 (Jarvis 10) West Ham 1 (Noble 53-pen).

English Premier League table after yesterday’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

PHILADELPHIA: Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) scores a touchdown in front of Atlanta Falcons defender William Moore (25) during the first half of an NFL football game. —AP

Chelsea Man City Arsenal Man Utd Tottenham West Brom Bolton Aston Villa Stoke Blackpool

8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8

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Everton Fulham Wigan Newcastle Sunderland Blackburn Birmingham Wolverhampton Liverpool West Ham

8 8 8 8 7 7 8 8 8 8

2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1

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invariably do here at Goodison,” Hodgson said. Managing his first Merseyside derby was becoming an uncomfortable experience for manager Roy Hodgson as he berated sloppy Liverpool play from the sidelines. Werner had earlier said that Hodgson’s job was safe. It took almost 25 minutes for Liverpool to get sight of goal, with struggling striker Fernando Torres flicking in a header that was turned over by United States goalkeeper Tim Howard. Henry had his head in his hands and the joy from completing the takeover on Friday was fast diminishing when in the 34th minute Cahill broke the deadlock. Pepe Reina’s low diving save had thwarted a Yakubu Ayegbeni shot, but he couldn’t stop Cahill from lashing the ball inside the near post. Seamus Coleman did all the hard work, forcing his way down the left flank to the byline and then cutting the ball back for Cahill. Liverpool was unable to penetrate Everton and the deficit was doubled after the break when Arteta picked up Leighton Baines’ corner on the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a fierce volley past Reina. “I refuse to accept we were in any way outplayed or in any way inferior,” Hodgson said. “In the second half that’s as good as I have seen a Liverpool team under my management. I thought we caused them plenty of problems.” While the second goal did rouse Liverpool into a more assertive approach, its attacks fizzled out. Torres lashed over after latching onto Maxi Rodriguez’s throughball, with the Spain striker looking a shadow of the player who netted 34 goals in 2007-08. “Fernando is going through a bad time, he needs a goal, his confidence is low,” Hodgson said. “He got battered during the World Cup and mentally he is probably a bit low.” While Everton moved up to 11th, Liverpool remains in the bottom three with just one win from eight matches, “We’re not trying to disguise the fact this is a predicament,” Hodgson said. “For any team to take six points from eight games from the start of a season, is a predicament.” Hodgson, though, still believes that a top-four finish — and lucrative Champions League qualification — should not be ruled out. “Thirty games to go, 90 points to play for, we’d have to do something a bit special I suppose,” Hodgson said. “I thought there were signs that the quality of football is there. “We think there’s a lot of things that still need sorting out in the club. When it comes to playing, we’ve got the squad of players we’ve got, we will have to keep working with them.”—AP

BMW Mideast wins Green Sustainable Energy Award

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AIA seeks up to 20 billion dollars in IPO KIA one of 6 companies to buy $1.9bn worth of shares HONG KONG: AIA Group Ltd said yesterday it could raise up to 20 billion US dollars in its global public offering this month, putting it on track to be the world’s second biggest IPO of 2010. Announcing details of the sale at a press conference in Hong Kong, the Asian unit of US insurer AIG said it said it will initially offer 5.86 billion shares at between 18.38-19.68 Hong Kong dollars each, or up to 15 billion US dollars. It said it could issue up to 8.08 billion shares if it exercised a greenshoe option, which would bring the total raised to around 20 billion US dollars and leave AIG with a stake of just 32.9 percent stake. “This IPO serves as a great catalyst for the next and exciting phase in the AIA’s history,” Mark Tucker, group executive chairman and chief executive officer, said via a live video feed from the United States. “With the global offering, AIA will become the only independent, listed life insurance group exclusively focused on the Asian growth opportunitythe first of its kind in the life insurance sector,” said Tucker. Earlier this year, Agricultural Bank of China raised a total of 22.1 billion dollars from an IPO, exceeding the previous record set by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, which raised 21.9 billion dollars in 2006. Shares in AIA will be offered from today to Thursday, with trading expected to begin on October 29. The US insurer, which is looking to repay US taxpayers after a government bailout in 2008, won approval last month for the sale of its Asian unit. AIG was forced to look again at the option of publicly floating AIA in Hong Kong after the collapse in June of Prudential’s 35.5-billion US dollar takeover bid for the company. Among the cornerstone investors are the Kuwait Investment Authority, the oil-rich Gulf emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, and a number of Hong Kong tycoons. The Kuwait fund, as well as Chow Tai Fook Nominee Ltd, NWS Financial Management Services and six other companies have agreed to buy a total of about 1.9 billion US dollars worth of shares at the final offer price, AIA said. Chow Tai Fook Group is a jewellery enterprise owned by Hong Kong billionaire Cheng Yu-tung, with a total market value of over 256 billion Hong Kong dollars (33 billion US) Chenglisted by Forbes as the 106th richest man in the world-also owns NWS Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of New World Development Company, which is involved in transport and financial services in Hong Kong. AIA traces its roots in Asia back to more than 90 years and was the largest foreign life insurer in China in 2009 based on life insurance premiums. “The life insurance market potential in Asia is unequalled. There is enormous headroom for profitable growth in all our markets and we have a very clear strategy to unleash the potential of AIA which we believe will deliver exceptional value to our shareholders,” Tucker said in a statement. AIA said that as of May 31, it had total assets of 95.7 billion US dollars and an operating profit of 1.1 million US dollars. The company believes its consolidated operating profit for the fiscal year ending November 30 will not be less than two billion US dollars. —AFP

OPEC caught in dollar crossfire

HONG KONG: Stephen Bird, Citigroup Asia Pacific Chief Executive, delivers the opening remarks at an AIA video press conference to promote the company’s public offering yesterday. —AFP

Mideast PE eyes return to SME roots DUBAI: Private equity in the Middle East may return to its roots with small and medium-sized business investments following a regional downturn, as the sector remains cautious about its 2011 growth prospects. Gathering In Abu Dhabi for the annual SuperReturn meeting this week, the Middle East’s top private equity (PE) leaders will explore ways to recover the sector’s lost luster with smaller investments. Big deals such as the almost $1.4 billion 2007 sale of Egyptian Fertilizers by Egypt’s Citadel Capital to Dubaibased Abraaj Capital look unlikely to be equaled for the time being. Those two regional heavyweights will be at the conference, joined by David Rubenstein, managing director of global PE house The Carlyle Group, to discuss the outlook of an industry whose Middle East investments plunged 80 percent to $561 million in 2009, Gulf Venture Capital Association data showed. Experts expect deal activity to pick up in 2011 on the back of stronger regional economic growth, but PE firms

will spend more time on small-to-medium sized enterprises (SME’s) and even angel funding-providing funding for start-up businesses-to ensure the sector’s long-term appeal. “The SME space is certainly that segment that needs to be reinvested in. In a certain way, we’re going back to our roots,” said Frederic Sicre, executive director at Abraaj Capital, the region’s largest PE player. That would also lead them to look at angel financing, he said. Outlook A majority of industry executives surveyed by Deloitte expect entry multiples and returns on exits to remain similar in the next 12 months, with trade sales expected to be the most common exit option after initial public offerings. Future deal activity is likely to take place in more defensive sectors, such as healthcare and education, while oil and gas, the consumer sector and infrastructure will also drive growth, according to Deloitte’s Middle East and North Africa PE survey released yesterday. Most investments are likely to

involve Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, but “frontier” markets such as Iraq also hold great potential, the Deloitte study showed. Regional industry executives surveyed cited regulation, transparency, the oversupply of capital and “the lack of acceptance of private equity” as the sector’s main challenges. “The fundraising environment in MENA remains tough, but sentiment appears to be moving in a positive direction,” said Chris Ward, chief executive of Deloitte’s corporate finance operations in the Middle East. “There will be the odd big deal, but it will be the exception rather than the norm,” he said. Ward added that global LP, or limited partners, will have an increasing appetite for the MENA region, fuelled by both market recovery and interest in new and specialist sectors. Foreign interest Though they attended in 2009, New York-based Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone Group won’t be at this year’s SuperReturn conference. “With

one or two exceptions, the big players of private equity seem to have refocused their Middle East efforts on LP (limited partners) management and investor relations,” said Yahya Jalil, head of PE at The National Investor (TNI). “We haven’t seen these firms bidding on any of the big situations that have come to market in the past 12 months,” Jali said. “One reason is the corporate governance standards of the Middle East don’t fulfil the legal and compliance checklist requirements of the big firms,” he added. For other executives, the Middle East door is already open, so they don’t need to press the flesh at conferences. “You go to conferences often when it’s the first time; for example you go to Uzbekistan because in a period of two days you get to hopefully meet the who’s who, you get to exchange cards,” said Sicre at Abraaj. “This region (the Middle East) is now open; everyone knows how to come to Adia (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority) or Abraaj. We, too, at Abraaj are tired of conferences.” —Reuters

France tense about strikes

DUBAI: Dubai’s Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Dubai’s deputy ruler, attends the opening of the 30th Gitex 2010, billed as the largest information and communication technology exhibition in the Middle East yesterday. —AFP

PARIS: France sought yesterday to calm fears of petrol shortages, with the oil industry admitting it cannot hold on forever as strikes against pension reform intensified ahead of another wave of mass protests. Officials tried to head off panic buying of petrol amid the rolling strikes and protests that saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets for the latest day of action against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s key reform on Saturday. Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau told Europe 1 radio that with 10 out of France’s 12 oil refineries shut down by strike action, panic buying had led to a 50 percent jump in petrol sales last week and hundreds of stations running dry. French Oil Industry Association (UFIP) head JeanLouis Schilansky said service stations were now being replenished after the government authorized the use of extra-large 44-tonne trucks, usually banned for environmental reasons. “We have ‘almost normal’ means to deliver to petrol stations,” Schilansky told AFP. “The situation remains tense, we have have found the means to deal with the most acute moments of the crisis (but) we cannot hold on forever.” The government has given oil companies permission to tap into their own emergency stocks, but has resisted calls to use governmentcontrolled strategic reserves ahead of tomorrow’s mass protest day, the sixth in as many weeks. But unions slammed the management’s reopening of a crucial pipeline bringing fuel to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, which officials warned could have run empty as early today, saying untested fuel was flowing to planes. “Turning the pumps on again was done secretly this morning around 7:00 am by a handful of managers who are absolutely not trained for this kind of operation, at the ministry’s behest,” said Philippe Saunier of the powerful CGT union. “The aviation fuel that was pumped was neither sampled nor analysed,” the union representative in the northwestern port of Le Havre told AFP. —AFP

MUMBAI: In this file photograph, a model displays a natural yellow 42.02 carat diamond at a public auction show. —AFP

VIENNA: OPEC nations seeking higher oil prices to boost revenues may get their wish as the sliding dollar sees investment switch from the US currency and into crude and other commodities, according to analysts. Yet higher commodity prices, which help to push up inflation, are also seen as a threat to the economic recovery. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which pumps 40 percent of world oil, chose last week to keep its official production target unchanged at a ministerial meeting in Vienna, home to the cartel’s headquarters. OPEC left its target at 24.84 million barrels a day-where it has stood since the start of 2009 — claiming the market is well supplied amid risks to the economic recovery and against a backdrop of mainly steady oil prices. Crude oil futures have traded between 70 and 80 dollars for much of the past year but shot above 85 dollars in recent days, helped by the tumbling dollar and data showing surprisingly strong global demand for energy. The spike came as OPEC members Algeria, Libya and Venezuela said they wanted to see prices at 90-100 dollars a barrel. “Because the dollar is getting eroded, the price of commodities, particularly food and wheat are high,” Libya’s OPEC official Shukri Ghanem said on the sidelines of the Vienna meeting. “Subsequently we are losing on our real income. We like to see a higher price up to 100 dollars,” added Ghanem, who is head of Libya’s National Oil Company. However, mindful that a spike in prices could harm global economic recovery, OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia said it was satisfied with current crude price levels. The dollar extended its freefall against the euro and yen last week on growing expectations that the US Federal Reserve will pump out more new money to support flagging recovery in the world’s biggest economy. “A weaker US dollar is not without consequence as it erodes OPEC revenues in real terms and ends up tending to force higher oil prices and other commodity prices to compensate,” said Neil MacKinnon, an economist at investment group VTB Capital. “So oil producers face a dilemma here as oil prices much above 90 dollars would threaten the global economic recovery at a time when the US economy is already slowing down and the Fed looks ready to add more monetary stimulus,” he told AFP. A weak greenback makes dollardenominated commodities like oil cheaper for buyers holding rival currencies, boosting demand. Gold soared to record highs close to 1,390 dollars an ounce on Thursday as speculators rushed to the precious metal, which is also seen as a safe-haven in times of economic distress. It came as OPEC Secretary-General Abdalla Salem El-Badri warned that fresh US stimulus measures could lift speculators’ interest in crude oil, risking a surge in prices, as in in 2008 when they hit record highs above 147 dollars. Meanwhile in an OPEC communique issued after its latest meeting, the cartel noted that “oil has increasingly emerged as an asset class, with excessive speculation adding appreciably to market volatility.” The 12-nation organization, whose members also include Ecuador, Iran and Nigeria, meets periodically to set output with a view to supporting its revenues and oil sector investment. But as Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch noted: “As oil prices are currently being driven by the financial market especially, OPEC’s power of influence is limited at the moment.” —AFP

India launches diamond bourse MUMBAI: India, the world leader in the export of cut and polished diamonds, is taking a major step towards becoming a global trading centre for the gemstone with a newly launched diamond exchange. The Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB), touted as the world’s largest diamond trading centre, opened yesterday in India’s financial capital Mumbai more than 20 years after the idea was first proposed. India’s bid to become a diamond hub to match Antwerp in Belgium has had a bumpy ride, overcoming contractor disputes, floods, fires and charges of misuse of funds. The three million square foot (287,700 square metre) exchange will bring export and trading firms,

banks, vaults, a customs department and investors under one roof, in an eight-tower complex in Mumbai’s main commercial district. “With this, Mumbai will be the largest diamond hub in the world,” BDB President Anoop Mehta said of the 11-billion-rupee (240-million-dollar) project. Mumbai’s diamond trade currently operates from cramped offices in three buildings in the city’s south. Traders will shift to the state-ofthe-art, high-security complex by December, Mehta told reporters at the bourse during a preview for journalists last week. The exchange has 900 trader-members and another 1,400 provisional members. Bourse officials showed off the cus-

toms depar tment and a “strong room” for storing diamonds intended for export. “All segments of the diamond business will get streamlined by coming under one roof, ensuring economy of trade and better work conditions,” said Darshan L akhani of Mahima Gems, a Mumbai-based diamond manufacturer. In earlier years, exporters had to carry diamonds across the city in order to get clearances from the customs department. India is the world’s largest cut diamond exporter, with annual exports of around 28 billion dollars, but trading volume is negligible. “We need to grow as a diamond trading centre, to match Antwerp,” said Mehta. India’s diamond industry could

grow by an average 10 to 15 percent each year in the next five years, as the new bourse attracts global traders, officials said. The United States is currently the largest diamond consumer, accounting for 40 percent of the market, compared to seven percent for India and four percent for China. China is a growing rival to India’s dominance of the cutdiamond market, sourcing stones from Zimbabwe, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A Gujarat-based firm, Surat Rough Diamond Sourcing (India), is in talks with Zimbabwe’s government to train young Zimbabwean traders to cut diamonds, in return for a regular supply of rough stones from the sanctions-hit African nation. —AFP

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Mohammad Ijaz Mohammed Niaz wins KD100,000 prize in Al-Najma draw

Banking sector sustains September’s positive trend

KUWAIT: The Commercial Bank of Kuwait announced the results of the Triple Najma draw held on October 3, 2010 in the main building of the bank and in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Trade and Commerce. It was declared that Mohammad Ijaz Mohammed Niaz has won KD100, 000 prize. Simon Clements, Acting General Manager of the Retail Banking Division, greeted Mohammad Ijaz Mohammed Niaz and congratulated him while giving him a cheque of the prize money. Mohammad Ijaz Mohammed Niaz expressed his delight with this unexpected win and expressed his thanks to the Commercial Bank which opened the doors for many of his dreams. Besides the good service he always receives from the branch staff, CBK now has a new meaning to him. This win gives hope for what upcoming days will bring for all Al-Najma account holders at the Commercial Bank, who all have an equal chance to win the prize and fulfill their biggest dreams. CBK offers 81 cash prizes every month and invites everyone to open an Al-Najma account in any of its 53 branches. The branches are scattered in various areas of Kuwait to give an opportunity to the largest number of customers possible to win the valuable prizes. It should be noted that the Al-Najma account allows customers to deposit and withdraw at any time of the day and at any of the bank’s branches.

KAMCO MONTHLY REVIEW A report prepared by KAMCO Research that analyzes the performance of the Kuwait Stock Exchange during September 2010 in addition to assessing the latest key economic and market developments and their effect on the performance of the stock market.

Lockton MENA gets license to operate from the DIFC DUBAI: Lockton MENA Limited, a subsidiary of the ninth largest insurance broker in the world by “Lockton”, has received a license from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (“DFSA”) to operate in the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) starting October 1, 2010. Lockton marks a prestigious addition to the DIFC’s growing insurance sector which currently comprises 47 insurance and reinsurance businesses. Lockton’s new regional headquarters in the DIFC will serve as the company’s gateway to its targeted markets in the Middle East & North Africa region (MENA). Marwan Lutfi, Deputy CEO and Head of Business Development, DIFC authority commented, “Lockton’s decision to operate from the DIFC alongside other international players, including four of the world’s top five insurance companies, is a further testament of the Centre’s robust business platform, and demonstrates DIFC’s position as the preferred Centre for global insurance players seeking to build their business in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region (MEASA).” Commenting on the newly formed office in the DIFC, Wael Khatib, Chief Executive Officer, Lockton MENA, said:

“Establishing a new Lockton subsidiary demonstrates the importance of the region to our group, and our commitment to further strengthen our local and regional presence. Operating with the benefit of a flexible management structure, but backed by the goodwill of the Lockton corporate identity and brand, it will allow us to grow our strong team, which has already doubled in the past 12 months. It will also help “LM” to achieve its objectives of setting up operations in other territories in the near future.” “The opening of the Dubai office represents Lockton’s first entry into the Middle East and North African region. Dubai is Lockton’s regional hub and the office is equipped to handle all classes of business backed by the support of the firm’s wholesale operations in London and other locations,” Khatib added. The Dubai International Financial Center continues to be the leading financial and business gateway between the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region and the world. Currently four of the world’s top five insurance companies, five of the world’s top 10 asset managers and 16 of the world’s top 20 banks use the DIFC as their regional business hub.

Etihad redefines regional travel with new campaign KUWAIT: Etihad Airways has launched ‘Etihad Multiflyer’, an offer that has been designed specifically for frequent travellers to the GCC, Middle East and North Africa. The new deal, which incentivises customers to book multiple trips with the airline, offers a number of attractive benefits, including: savings of up to 40 percent on fares in Coral Economy class or Pearl Business class; complimentary upgrades to Diamond First class or Pearl Business class; direct entry to Gold or Silver status on the airline’s award-winning loyalty program Etihad Guest, offering a world of immediate rewards; and full flexibility in changing destinations and travel dates at any time prior to flight. The Etihad Multiflyer campaign is now on sale for residents living in the UAE, Mus c a t , B a hr a in, D a mma m, Riy a d h, Kuwait, Beirut, Amman and Damascus. The promotion is valid for sale until December 31 for all travel to be completed by May 31, 2011. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Etihad is always looking for ways to offer our customers a range of innovative offers and valuable travel benefits throughout the year - and we are particularly focused on rewarding our frequent travellers.” “This campaign will stimulate demand amongst business travellers as well as GCC citizens and expatriates visiting their family and friends, while also offering our guests the opportunity to experience Etihad’s premium cabins and higher tier benefits of our loyalty program, Etihad Guest.” For further information on the offer, customers can call 800 2277, visit www.etihadairways.com or their local Etihad Shop or contact their preferred travel agent.

KSE performance review Positive developments surrounding Zain and its effect on boosting liquidity in the stock market coupled with Kuwait Projects Co. Holding completion of its 39.2 percent stake sale in GIC and Burgan Bank’s successful issuance of its first international subordinated bond worth $400 million, which was 3.5 times oversubscribed at close, shaped the positive performance of the market during the month. Also, National Bank of Kuwait witnessed its share price rally 8.7 percent to KD1.500 over stock accumulation preceding the start of the subscription period of its 10 percent capital increase and over speculations that the bank would record healthy profits by being the advisor for the proposed deal between Zain and Etisalat. Led by gains recorded on the heavyweight services sector which witnessed its market cap surge 10 percent, the KSE Weighted and KAMCO TRW Indices continued its previous month positive trend to gain 6.92 percent and 5.05 percent, respectively and end as the third best performing market amongst its peers in the GCC region during September. During the month, Zain witnessed its share price surge 13.3 percent to KD1.360 mainly on the back of Emirates Telecommunication Corp (Etisalat) preliminary conditional offer to buy 46 percent stake in Zain. Another market heavyweight, Agility, witnessed its share price rally 19.5 percent to KD0.520 over a positive report by a US judge that favored the logistics firm over alleged fraud charges and its announcement that the US Defense Logistics Agency has extended a warehousing and distribution contract worth $25 million by six months. The banking sector continued its previous month positive trend and witnessed its market cap gain 5.3 percent mainly over the government’s decision to finance part of its KD30 billion development plan through local banks coupled with positive ratings by international agencies and expectations of healthy Q3-10 profits. Also, mainly on the back of Etisalat’s offer, gains recorded in all of AlKharafi Group’s related listed equities too shaped the market performance during the month. Gains reported during the month pushed the KSE Weighted Index and KAMCO TRW Index year-todate gains to jump to 20.8 percent and 14.4 percent, thereby ending as the best performing market relative to its peers in the GCC region. During September, Etisalat made a “preliminary conditional offer to buy a 46 percent stake of the free float share in Zain, which would amount to a majority, given Zain holds 10 percent of its capital in treasury shares. The total cost is estimated at around KD3.35 billion ($11.7 billion) at a price per share of KD1.700, a reasonable premium of 35 percent to Zain’s last closing price on Sep 29,2010. Nasser Al-Kharafi, head of the Kharafi Group said in remarks to local media that the offer by Etisalat to buy the Kharafi Group’s stake in Zain is suitable and good for both parties. In due course of the month, mainly on the back of Etisalat’s offer, gains were witnessed in all of the Al-Kharafi Group related listed equities mainly over investors speculations that the group-related companies, due to their respective holdings in Zain would stand to make adequate profits if the deal gets finalized. National Investment Co, Al-Mal Investment Co and Coast Investment and Development Co witnessed their monthly share price surge 19.4 percent, 45.7 percent and 17 percent, respectively while National Industries Group, Kuwait Pipes Industries and Oil Services, Gulf Cable and Electrical Industries Co and Kuwait Portland Cement Co witnessed their respective share prices surge 14.5 percent, 16.7 percent, 8.8 percent and 5.4 percent. On the other hand, other group related entities such as Kuwait Food Co and Egypt Kuwait Holding Co also witnessed gains of 6.3 percent and 9.3 percent in their share price respectively. In due course of the month, Kuwait Projects Co

Holding (KIPCO) announced the sale of its 39.2 percent stake in Gulf Insurance Company (GIC) to Fairfax Financial Holdings at a price of $208.6 million (KD59.85 million) or KD0.900 ($3.14) per share. As a result of this transaction, KIPCO Group now holds 42.7 percent of GIC. During the month, KIPCO witnessed its share price rally 17.5 percent to KD0.470. In other development during September, KIPCO Group’s 59 percent held subsidiary, Burgan Bank (Burgan), in efforts to enhance its capital base and support its business growth, announced its successful issuance of a subordinated bond worth $400 million. The transaction was well supported across multiple regions and investor types with over 140 orders received and were more than 3.5 times oversubscribed at close. This is Burgan’s first bond financing in the global markets, the first LTII issuance out of Kuwait and the first LTII issuance out of the GCC in 2010. The bond maturity date will be September 29, 2020, a tenure of 10 years with a fixed coupon rate at 7.875 percent p.a. During the month, Burgan Bank witnessed its share price gain 7.95 percent to KD0.475. The Banking sector which accounts for 39 percent of the total market capitalization gained 5.3 percent in its market value to KD13.64 billion ($47.6 billion) up from KD12.95 billion ($ 45.2 billion) at the end of Aug-10. The government’s intention to finance part of its KD30 billion development plan through local banks, its readiness to back the banking system with guarantees along with investor’s expectation of healthy profits in Q3 continued to shape the positive performance of the sector. In addition, positive ratings on local banks by international agencies added to the positive sentiment. In due course of the month, Fitch Ratings affirmed Kuwait Finance House’s (KFH) Longterm Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘A+’, Shortterm IDR at ‘F1’, Support rating at ‘1’ and Support Rating Floor at ‘A+’. The outlook for the Longterm IDR is ‘Stable’. The Individual rating has been affirmed at ‘C/D’ and removed from Rating Watch Negative. KFH’s IDRs and Support Ratings reflect an extremely high probability that the bank would receive support from Kuwaiti authorities if required. The Individual rating reflects KFH’s dominant franchise, strong customer funding base and adequate capitalization, as well as its weak performance and asset quality indicators, high sector concentrations and the difficult operating environment in Kuwait. KFH witnessed its monthly share price gain 5.5 percent to KD 1.160. On the other hand, SandP affirmed Commercial Bank of Kuwait’s (CBK) ‘BBB / A - 2’ Long and Short-term counterparty credit ratings with a “Stable” outlook. The rating reflects CBK’s adequate capitalization and liquidity position and ongoing support from its main shareholders and the local authorities, especially on the funding side. Subsequently, the rating was withdrawn at the bank’s request. During the month, CBK witnessed its share price gain 4.5 percent to KD0.930. Led by gains recorded on National Investment Co (NIC) and KIPCO, the Investment sector which accounts for nearly 8.7 percent of the total market capitalization gained 8.2 percent to KD3 billion ($10.5 billion). During the month, NIC witnessed its share price surge 19.4 percent to KD0.400 mainly on the back of speculations about the significant profits of around KD98 million that the Company is expected to generate from Zain’s deal; NIC, the investment arm of Al-Kharafi Group (69 percent owned by the group through it 100 percent held subsidiary Al-Khair National for Stocks and Real Estate Co), was mandated by the group to gather the required number of shares to tender to the offer from Etisalat. Total market capitalization during the month gained 7.0 percent to KD34.6 billion ($120.7 billion) at the end of September, up from KD32.3 billion ($112.8 billion) recorded at the end of August-10. The Real Estate sector shed 0.86 percent to KD1.74 billion ($6.1 billion) while the industrial sector gained 10.6 percent to end at KD3.1 billion ($10.7 billion). The services sector recorded a gain of 10 percent to record KD9.8 billion ($34.2 billion) at the end of the month.

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

.2770000 .4470000 .3910000 .2910000 .2760000 .2760000 .0045000 .0020000 .0763110 .7434790 .4020000 .0750000 .7288490 .0045000 .0500000 CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES US Dollar/KD .2811000 GB Pound/KD .4495160 Euro .39292000 Swiss francs .2930660 Canadian dollars .2783110 Danish Kroner .0526940 Swedish Kroner .0424050 Australian dlr .2784790 Hong Kong dlr .0362350 Singapore dlr .2169330 Japanese yen .0034500 Indian Rs/KD .0063880 Sri Lanka rupee .0025270 Pakistan rupee .0032780 Bangladesh taka .0040300 UAE dirhams .0765740 Bahraini dinars .7460290 Jordanian dinar .3975670 Saudi Riyal/KD .0750110 Omani riyals .7309030 Philippine Peso .0065370 TRANSFER CHEQUES RATES US Dollar .2832000 Sterling pounds .4526940 Swiss Francs .2951440 Saudi Riyals .0754900

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. Japanese Yen Indian Rupees

ASIAN COUNTRIES 3.484 6.405

.2870000 .4570000 .3910000 .3010000 .2850000 .2830000 .0075000 .0035000 .0770780 .7509510 .4180000 .0790000 .7361740 .0072000 .0580000 .2832000 .4526940 .3956980 .2951440 .2802840 .0530680 .0427060 .2804480 .0364920 .2184710 .0034740 .0064330 .0025440 .0033010 .0040580 .0770620 .7507920 .4003860 .0754900 .7355690 .0065830

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

3.284 2.520 4.023 218.230 36.402 4.014 6.531 9.482 0.267 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES Saudi Riyal 75.305 Qatari Riyal 77.592 Omani Riyal 733.670 Bahraini Dinar 750.050 UAE Dirham 76.901 ARAB COUNTRIES Egyptian Pound - Cash 52.050 Egyptian Pound - Transfer 49.522 Yemen Riyal 1.325 Tunisian Dinar 204.550 Jordanian Dinar 398.790 Lebanese Lira 188.800 Syrian Lier 6.204 Morocco Dirham 35.596 EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 282.280 Euro 398.160 Sterling Pound 454.330 Canadian dollar 285.620 Turkish lire 199.690 Swiss Franc 297.580 Australian dollar 279.600 US Dollar Buying 281.095 GOLD 20 Gram 266.000 10 Gram 133.000 5 Gram 68.000

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 283.500 750.480 4.250 283.200 554.200 14.100 54.100 167.800 51.800

397.500 36.910 6.405 0.033

398.870 0.190 94.190 4.000 215.500 732.840 3.290 6.530 77.630 75.350 219.160 43.980 2.520 453.500 297.100 6.300 9.650 76.900 282.200

GOLD 1,451.000 TRAVELLER’S CHEQUE 453.500 282.200

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

399.000 37.060 6.550 0.033 0.263 0.247 3.570 400.750 0.191 94.190 47.400 4.420 217.000 1.923 50.200 733.020 3.430 6.690 78.060 75.350 219.160 43.980 2.688 455.500 43.900 296.600 6.300 9.790 196.263 77.000 282.600 1.360

SELL DRAFT 282.000 750.480 4.015 281.700

219.200 49.519

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

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

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

3.359 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) 282.300 3.295 6.405 2.535 4.015 6.570 76.940 75.490 750.500 49.530 456.500 0.00003280 3.990 1.550 401.000 5.750 401.500 285.300

Al Mulla Exchange Currency Transfer Rate (Per 1000) US Dollar 282.000 Euro 396.950 Pound Sterling 453.000 Canadian Dollar 281.450 Japanese Yen 3.505 Indian Rupee 6.403 Egyptian Pound 49.495 Sri Lankan Rupee 2.520 Bangladesh Taka 4.010 Philippines Peso 6.520 Pakistan Rupee 3.280 Bahraini Dinar 749.750 UAE Dirham 76.800 Saudi Riyal 75.250 *Rates are subject to change

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BUSINESS

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dollar continues to decline The dollar continued to decline against a basket of currencies last week reaching a new 15-year low against the yen, historical low against the Swiss franc, and parity against the Australian dollar. The euro reached a high of 1.4157 levels following the speech by Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve’s Chairman, where he laid out the reasons to engage in quantitative easing II. The Sterling Pound reached a high of 1.6104 before closing the week lower at 1.5990. The yen strengthened against the dollar reaching a new 15-year high of 80.87 to close at 81.40. The Swiss franc reached a historical high of 0.9461 and closed the week at 0.9585. The Aussie also reached parity at 1.0003 against the dollar and closed the week at 0.9910. Finally, spot gold reached a new all time high at $1,387.10.

BMW Mideast wins Green Sustainable Energy Award DUBAI: BMW Group Middle East, the world’s leading premium automotive manufacturer, won an industry honor at Thursday’s 2010 Middle East Motor Awards. Beating a number of renowned competitors in the region, the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 scooped the title of ‘Best Hybrid SUV’ in the special award category for green sustainable energy. Celebrating the best in the region’s automotive business, the Middle East Motor Awards (MEMA) sets out to recognize the leading players in the automotive industry and to spotlight emerging technologies in the motor trade. With votes cast by automotive experts from across the region, BMW Group Middle East was again acknowledged for its commitment to sustainable mobility, following its recent ranking as the world’s most sustainable automotive company in the respected Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the fifth year running. Phil Horton, Managing Director of BMW Group Middle East said: “Winning this award is an incredible achievement for BMW Group and reinforces the company’s position as the most sustainable automobile company worldwide. This award further validates the advances BMW has made in design and sustainable mobility.” For the BMW Group, mobility and sustainabil-

ity are inseparably linked. BMW has already enjoyed significant success on the path to zeroemissions vehicles; with over 1.4 million vehicles already fitted with Efficient Dynamics technologies that reduce emissions and improve efficiency during phase one of the Efficient Dynamics strategy. BMW activated phase two of its EfficientDynamics strategy in the region earlier this year with the launch of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and X6 models, integrating the latest electric and petrol engine technologies to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions. “The introduction of the latest EfficientDynamics technology in the Middle East marks a significant milestone on the company’s journey towards zero-emissions. In particular, the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 offers the power, safety and luxury demanded across the region with cutting edge hybrid technology that makes this model a true innovator in its class. It is with innovative vehicles like the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 that change will occur in the region and BMW are proud to be at the forefront of this change,” added Horton. BMW Group Middle East, together with its importer AGMC, is currently displaying a premium line-up of vehicles at the 2010 Sharjah Motor Show, including a range of special edition cars to delight the motor show visitors.

Viva Kuwait launches VIVA Festiva Viva Kuwait introduces 4G iPhone KUWAIT: Viva Kuwait yesterday announced the beginning of a seasonal festival titled “Viva Festiva”. The festival includes many surprising packages tailored and designed to fulfill the needs of customers providing flexible and exclusive plans to choose from. By launching the first surprise of “Viva Festiva”, Viva Kuwait offers current and new customers of post-paid packages the privilege of having the KD55 monthly or yearly offer plan, which enables them to make free unlimited local voice calls and SMS (terms and conditions apply), free unlimited local video calls and MMS, free unlimited local mobile internet usage, free unlimited local Blackberry services, in addition to a special discount on international SMS. Choosing the yearly plan of the KD55 offer pro-

vides subscribers with even more fascinating surprises such as free golden number and Blackberry devices along with all the benefits of the monthly plan. This offer is available at all Viva Kuwait branches and authorized dealers with a variety of devices to choose from. “Viva Festiva” is the time of joyful offers and packages customized to fit their needs and to stay connected with family members, and friends anytime and anywhere. Viva Kuwait will launch iPhone 4, the thinnest Smartphone in the world with the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, in Kuwait in the coming months. For further information please visit www.viva.com.kw. For more information on iPhone 4 please visit www.apple.com/iphone.

Mindshare MENA holds forum to explore changes DUBAI: Mindshare MENA hosted yesterday its inaugural Mindshare Media Summit 2010 in Dubai in the presence of prominent speakers such as Nick Emery, Chief Strategy & Client Services officer, Mindshare worldwide; Russell Buckley, AdMob Evangelist, Google; Gilles Storme, Head of Sales EMEA, RockYou Ahmed Nassef, VP Middle East, Yahoo and Mazen Hayek Group Director of PR & Commercial/Official Spokesman of MBC Group. The inaugural Mindshare Media summit was organized by C squared. This summit aimed to provide a definitive guide to the key changes within the media advertising landscape. Selected guests were exposed to a hand-picked selection of some of the advertising industry’s most pioneering media minds, who outlined the emerging opportunities for advertisers and demonstrated how to embrace new media channels. “The Mindshare Media Summit 2010 is part

of our commitment to show the market how we are moving beyond the realm of media solutions to respond to market changes” says Samir Ayoub, CEO of Mindshare MENA region. “Understanding the optimum value and interaction between brands, consumers and media channels will create competitive advantage for our clients. The summit provides us with inspiration and essential learning for the future of our partnership together.” As a global network, Mindshare defines itself by being trusted by a wide range of leading clients and the diverse cultural and national make up of its community of employees. Mindshare MENA has 260 employees operating in 16 offices across 10 countries. Mindshare’s people are acutely aware of what’s happening in their city, their country, their specialist area of expertise to deliver innovation, creativity and superior results for the business and its stakeholders.

Federal Reserve meeting minutes The FOMC minutes of September 21 meeting, revealed that members were dissatisfied with the performance of the US economy even though most did not expect either renewed recession or deflation. The committee considered a range of options, focusing on Treasury purchases but including the possibility of adopting target paths for either prices or nominal GDP. Most participants appear to have thought that the status quo would justify renewed easing relatively soon, but a few thought more weakening would be required. Producer prices rose in September Wholesale costs for goods other than food and energy rose in September for a second month at a pace that suggests limited demand is restraining inflation. The so-called Core Producer Price Index increased 0.1 percent. Including volatile food and energy costs, wholesale prices rose 0.4 percent. Consumer Price Index increases The cost of living in the US rose less than forecast in September, indicating companies are keeping a lid on price increases to stoke demand. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent. Excluding volatile food and fuel costs, the socalled core rate was unchanged for a second month. Trade gap climbs The trade deficit widened more than forecasted in August as growing US demand for foreign autos and capital equipment swamped gains in exports. The gap grew 8.8 percent to $46.3 billion. Imports rose 2.1 percent, while exports increased 0.2 percent. The gain in purchases of goods made overseas is a positive signal that American companies are continuing to invest in new equipment and rebuilding inventories. Foreign sales of US goods rose to the highest level in two years. Retail sales Retail sales climbed more than forecast in September, easing concerns that consumer spending will weaken and endanger the recovery. Purchases rose 0.6 percent following a 0.7 percent gain in August that was larger than previously estimated.

NBK WEEKLY MONEY MARKET REPORT University of Michigan consumer sentiment Consumer sentiment unexpectedly dipped in early October to its weakest level since July. The University of Michigan’s preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 67.9, down from 68.2 in September. Unemployment claims The number of Americans filing first-time applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week, indicating the US job market is still struggling to recover. Jobless claims rose by 13,000 to 462,000 in the week ending October 9. The total number of people on unemployment insurance rolls decreased to the lowest level since November 2008, while those getting extended benefits declined. Europe German inflation accelerated Inflation in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, accelerated in September led by increasing prices for heating oil and food. The inflation rate rose 1.3 percent from a year ago after increasing 1 percent in August. Economic indicators European exports increased in August, suggesting the euro-region economy is weathering a global slowdown and a stronger Euro. Exports from the economy of the 16 nations that use the single currency rose a seasonally adjusted 1 percent from July, when they slipped 0.2 percent. Inflation accelerated to 1.8 percent in September from 1.6 percent in the previous month. That is the highest since November 2008. United Kingdom Inflation topped 3 percent limit for seventh month United Kingdom inflation exceeded the government’s 3 percent limit for a seventh month in September as higher clothing and food costs kept price pressures on the economy.

Al-Mazaya set to lease at Mazaya Towers in Kuwait Business Town KUWAIT: Flags, banners, posters and billboards announcing the launch of leasing at Mazaya Commercial Towers, Al-Mazaya Holding’s flagship project situated in the heart of Kuwait Business Town and the largest office space project in Kuwait, have been erected across Kuwait Business Town. In conjunction with the launch of leasing, Al-Mazaya is completing the final touches on the 98 percent completed project and connecting electricity to the towers, af ter obtaining the necessar y approval from the municipality and Ministry of Electricity. Mazaya Towers has become a destination of choice for firms and investors due to the smart technology and modern equipment provided and Al-Mazaya is gearing up to sign a number of leasing contracts with renowned firms and large brands in the Arab business world. AlMazaya Holding will manage the property while also providing additional services such as round the clock security, cleaning and parking services, and regular maintenance, among others. Speaking on the occasion, Eng Salwa Malhas, Executive Vice President for Business development and Marketing at Al-Mazaya Holding, said: “Despite the crisis which hit the global and regional markets, our belief in the importance of income-generating projects such as Mazaya Towers has been strengthened, particularly because these types of projects may generate satisfactory revenues. In light of the demand we witnessed on our recent incomegenerating projects, which have achieved and are still achieving success despite the crisis, we can expect similar success for our project in Kuwait Business Town. Despite the increasing supply in the Kuwaiti office space market, which has reduced rents, investors still prefer high quality projects in terms of location, finishes, services and management. This is exactly what Al-Mazaya is seeking to provide in all of its projects. “We expect an increase in the demand for office space in Kuwait during the coming period, particularly with the green light given to the KD30 billion growth plan launched by the Kuwaiti government over the coming four years. This plan, which aims to reduce the country’s reliance on oil rev-

enues and enhance private sector involvement, will certainly create opportunities for local and international firms to take part in the multi-billion Kuwaiti dinar growth plan. These firms will seek offices for their operations in Kuwait and, as such, will help increase demand for office space. The new plan will attract more investment to Kuwait and will boost private sector involvement in government projects. This is a positive factor and a main driver for economic and real estate activities,” she added. AlMazaya has two office towers in Kuwait Business Town. The company received a “No Objection Cer tificate” from the Kuwait Municipality in addition to the approval from Ministr y of Electricity to connect electricity to the project, which will take place by the end of the month. Al-Mazaya’s marketing team has prepared a comprehensive marketing plan targeting radio stations, newspapers and magazines, as have placed advertisements on towers and roads. In addition, all public sector establishments and large private sector firms have been supplied with the benefits and features of operating from Mazaya Tower in Kuwait Business Town. Mazaya Towers are strategically situated in the heart of Kuwait Business Town on Omar bin AlKhattab and Khalid bin Al-Walid roads, the main business districts in Kuwait. The KD30 million project consists of various high tech, fully equipped smart offices, and facilities include state of the art conference halls equipped with modern technology, high-level security systems, modern interiors, parking for residents and visitors, high-speed elevators and a cafeteria. Mazaya Towers are also provided with state of the art communication and IT networks that suppor t all types of applications, including sound, data and video applications for the commercial compound’s tenants and visitors. Mazaya Towers’ tenants and visitors will also be provided with convergent networks and a broad range of information technology services, including wire and wireless inter net ser vices, digital advertisements, telephone calls, security and data centre services.

Gulf Bank begins countdown to Al-Danah Millionaire draw KUWAIT: As the Al-Danah Millionaire draw date is approaching, Gulf Bank is announcing that the last day to deposit or open an account is October 31, 2010. The bank is encouraging customers to make those final deposits in the next two weeks to have the opportunity to become Gulf Bank’s Al-Danah Millionaire and participate in Kuwait’s most exciting and talked about prize draw. Customers opening an account or increasing their deposits must do so before the end of the month to ensure they are eligible for the Millionaire

draw. The chances to win are significantly increased by the more money and the longer the money is kept in the Al-Danah Account. Gulf Bank urges existing Al-Danah customers to increase their deposits and new account holders to e ns ure t he y ha v e t he minimum K D 200 b a la nc e deposited to have the chance to participate in the draw. The minimum deposit needs to be kept in the account for two months in order to qualify for the draw. The Al-Danah account has rapidly become one of

the most popular in the country - giving individuals a resourceful way to save money and at the same time the incentive to automatically qualify for the single biggest prize draw in the Middle East. Opening an AlDanah account is simple; just visit one of Gulf Bank’s 52 branches or call the Bank’s Telebanking service on 1805805. You can also log on to www.e-gulfbank.com, G ulf B a nk’ s b iling ua l w e b s it e , or w w w. e gulfbank.com/aldanah to find all the answers you need regarding Al-Danah.

Consumer prices rose 3.1 percent from a year earlier. Clothing and footwear costs jumped a record 6.4 percent. Core inflation, which excludes the cost of food, tobacco, alcohol, and energy prices, was at 2.7 percent. Consumer confidence fell Consumer confidence fell in September to its lowest level in a year, in another sign that a coming round of spending cuts is souring the public mood. The Nationwide Consumer Confidence index fell nine points to 53 last month, reversing the gain seen in August and resuming a downward trend that had been in place since the run-up to the election in May. The job report Unemployment claims climbed for a second month in September with the biggest increase in eight months, a sign the economy is losing momentum. Jobless benefit claims rose by 5,300 from the previous month to 1.473 million. Overall unemployment in the quarter through August fell by 20,000 to 2.45 million. The claimant-count unemployment rate stayed at 4.5 percent in September. The unemployment rate in the quarter through August slipped to 7.7 percent, the lowest since May 2009. Japan Machinery orders gained Japanese machinery orders unexpectedly advanced in August, a sign that a recovery in earnings may encourage companies to spend on plant and equipment even as the Yen surges. Factory orders rose 10.1 percent from July, the largest increase since December. The data is an indicator of business investment in three to six months. Kuwait Dinar at 0.28165 The USDKWD opened at 0.28165 last morning.

Commodity rally continues despite risk of correction WEEKLY COMMODITIES REPORT By Ol e S Hans en

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lobal markets, including commodities, continue to focus on the implications of the long awaited second round of quantitative easing from the US Federal Reserve. So far the expected introduction of QE2 has hammered the dollar against other currencies raising fears that it could have a destabilizing effect on the global economy. The dollar has lost more than ten percent in value versus the euro in just one month with only one out of 45 global banks predicting such an aggressive weakening over such a short period of time. The effect on commodity markets has been very visible as precious metals continues to rally to new record highs as a cocktail of higher future inflation expectations combined with a weaker dollar lends the support required to break up into new territory. The Reuters Jefferies CRB index has rallied strongly this past month with only a few markets moving in the opposite direction. Several commodities from different sectors have shown double digit returns. The CRB index together with ten of the markets below has entered into overbought territory increasing the likelihood of a correction. For now though the dollar holds the key to any near term movements. It is also worth noting the discrepancies in performance within sectors with the most noticeable being corn which has outperformed wheat by nearly 19 percent in just one month, more on that later. Gold and especially silver broke higher this week with silver having rallied eight weeks in a row, the best run since 2006. Real interest rates, which are nominal interest rates minus inflation, moved lower as QE2 and a subsequent weaker dollar had the market increasing the future inflation expectations. Both metals are now technically very overbought, just like the dollar is much oversold, but until we have further news from the US Federal Reserve there has been no incentive to reduce risk in this sector with gold bulls looking for 1,400 an ounce as long the dollar stays weak. Support is located at last week’s low at 1,325 followed by 1,300. The price of Crude oil has now settled into its new range between 80 and 85 dollars. The strong rally from the 70 dollar low which was driven by the weakening dollar, strong Chinese demand and signs of a reduction in US storage levels came to a halt this week. Traders were unwilling to add to their already long positions before seeing further clarification about QE2 and the subsequent impact on the dollar. OPEC ministers met this week and decided to keep production targets unchanged but at the same time urged member nations to comply with their quotas from December 2008. Currently compliance averages around 60 percent, somewhat higher than recent readings but still well below acceptable levels with Nigeria and Angola the worst offenders. They see the world market as being well supplied and prices are at levels that are acceptable to producers as well as consumers. Money managers, such as hedge

funds, nearly doubled their long position in WTI crude last week on the back of the recent move back above 80 dollars. On that basis a move back below 80 dollars now carries the risk of long liquidation as many are unwilling to carry unprofitable positions for long. Likewise a move above 84.50 should ensure that momentum carries it towards 87.15, the April high. Turning to agricultural the USDA delivered a major shock to the market last Friday when they sharply reduced their forecast for corn and soybean output. Hot August weather was followed by heavy rains which reduced yields across the US Midwest. What followed on Monday was the biggest one day rally in corn since 1973 as it rallied to the maximum allowed limit of 8.5 percent just short of the psychological level of 6 dollars per bushel. The USDA forecast that by September 2011 the corn stockpile will shrink to less than four weeks supply at 900 million bushels, the lowest in 14 years. This week the US Environmental Protection Agency added further pressure to the supply outlook as they raised the cap on the amount of ethanol blended into gasoline from ten to fifteen percent for cars less than four years old. The outlook for wheat, despite the lost output from Russia this summer, looks somewhat better and this has led to the near 19 percent difference in performance this past month. Chinese demand, especially for soybeans remain strong. The recent dramatic rise of the price of corn could tempt US farmers to switch production away from soybeans thereby cutting supplies and boosting prices. Technically corn has found resistance towards $6 per bushel and technical traders would like to close the price gap between 528.25 and 554.5 that emerge when the market spiked higher last Friday. Talk of a global food crisis still lingers given the strong price rises among agricultural products these past few months. The three S&P GSCI sub indicies covering food related products have rallied between 18 and 28 percent year to date primarily due to adverse weather in the growing regions combined with the economic pick up among emerging economies which has led to a change in consumer habits. Meat analysts forecast higher prices for beef, and poultry as producers will be forced to pass on higher feeding cost as the supply of corn and barley tightens. The US cattle herd is the smallest since 1973. One of the reasons behind this reduction is due to the price of main feed ingredient which is 70 percent above the 10 year average.

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KSE price index ends action in green GLOBAL DAILY MARKET REPORT KUWAIT: KSE started the week with positive momentum closing at 7,034.00 points. The market was aided by Agility and Kuwait Finance House (KFH). 6 out of 8 indicies witnessed some gains, all indicies went up except for Global Food Index which ended flat and Global NonKuwaiti which lost 0.47 percent from its value.

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Mideast markets muted SABIC Q3 beats forecasts

Market indices Global General Index (GGI) closed 1.80 points UP (0.82 percent) during the day at 221.62 point as the Market capitalization increased for the day reaching KD35.85 million. On the other side, Kuwait Stock Exchange Price Index closed in the green zone adding 23.50 point to its value and closed at 7,034.00 point. Market breadth During the session, 115 companies were traded. Market breadth was skewed towards advancers as 56 equities advanced versus 21 that retreated, while 134 stocks remained unchanged during the trading session. Daily trading activity Trading activities ended on a negative note yesterday as volume of shares traded on the exchange decreased by 37.51 percent to reach 263.63 million. The value for yesterday stood at KD39.41 million.The investment sector was the volume and value leader for the day, accounting for 47.26 percent of total shares traded and for 29.46 percent of total market value. International Financial Advisors (IFA) was the volume leader yesterday, with a total traded volume of 58.56 million shares. Kuwait Finance House (KFH) was the value leader, with a total

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traded value of KD6.19 million. Top gainers and biggest decliners In terms of top gainers, Jeezan Holding Company was the biggest gainer for the day, adding 8.77 percent and closed at KD0.062. On the other hand, The International Advisor was the biggest decliner, dropping by 6.67 percent and closed at KD0.028. Sectors wise During yesterday’s session, Global indices were

positive yesterday, as six out of eight indices ended yesterday’s session with a daily gains led by Global Real Estate Sector, which gained 1.79 percent supported by Jeezan Holding Company that was the top gainer foryesterday adding 8.77 percent to close at KD0.062. Global Services Index followed adding 1.63 percent. Agility helped push the index up by increasing 5.56 percent to close at KD0.0.570. On the decliner’ side, Global Non Kuwaiti Index was theonly

decliner shedding 0.47 percent pushed by Fujairah Cement Industries Co., which close at KD0.082. Oil news OPEC’s Secretary General Abdalla Salem ElBadri extolled the cartel’s recent decision to maintain the current oil output ceiling as a “right step”, he said OPEC oil ministers will hold an extraordinary meeting in Ecuador on December 11 to reassess the global oil market.

Corporate news Bahrain’s Gulf Finance House plans to slash its capital by about 75 percent to absorb the losses from a regional property crash. The trading on the stock was halted on both Bahrain Stock Exchange and Kuwait stock exchange starting on October 17, 2010 until further notice. The Central Bank of Kuwait agreed on the request of Securities Group Company to extend the right to buy or sell no more of 10 percent of the shares issued for a period of six months ending on April 18, 2011

DUBAI: Middle East bourses were mixed in lacklustre trading yesterday ahead of quarterly earnings, but heavyweight Saudi Basic Industries Corp SABIC) beat forecasts and could lift the index in coming days. “Third quarter results so far have not been very positive. SABIC’s announcement ... could have a significant reflection on the index,” said Musa Haddad, head trader in the asset management group at National Bank of Abu Dhabi. SABIC, the world’s largest chemical firm by market value, beat estimates with a 46percent rise in third-quarter profit yesterday, buoyed by higher plastic and petrochemical sales. Shares in SABIC rallied towards the end of the session and ended 2.3 percent higher, before the results were announced. Dubai’s index extended losses after investors booked profits from a recent rally but analysts said the upwards trend remained intact. Construction heavyweight Arabtec fell 1.8 percent, having hit a near-five month high last week, and real estate bellwether Emaar Properties slipped 0.5 percent. “The market is seeing some profit-taking on the downside, and it was due for a short-term correction,” Haddad said. “The outlook is still positive; it’s the concept of buy on the dips. Investors are waiting for the market to correct and then they will buy again.” While investors await quarterly earnings before taking up new positions, the small to medium-cap companies attracted interest in Abu Dhabi, continuing the trend from last week. Islamic insurance company Methaq soared 9.3 percent, its third consecutive session of gains in which the share price has risen about 25 percent. Similarly, Arkan Building Materials Co rose 8.2 percent yesterday, taking gains from the last three sessions to about 25 percent. Both companies issued statements on the bourse website saying there was no information to affect the share price and one Dubaibased analysts said the activity on the stock was led by retail investors. National Bank of Oman posted an increase in third-quarter profit but results fell short of analysts’ estimates. NBO shares fell 3.1 per-

cent, weighing on the index. “The decline in NBO’s stock price is justified as the bank posted lower than expected third quarter 2010 earnings,” says Gunjan Gupta at Oman Arab Bank. Egypt’s index ended almost flat with Orascom Telecom (OT) continuing its dip from last week, offsetting gains by tourism-related stocks in strong volume. Heavyweight Orascom fell 2.9 percent on uncertainty over the fate of its Algerian unit, traders say. “OT is dragging the market due to its high volumes and it won’t rebound unless OT enters positive territory,” said a Cairo trader. In Qatar, real estate development firm Mazaya Qatar began trading on the bourse yesterday after holding a $137.4 million initial public offering in January. Mazaya shares fell 4.5 percent. Yesterday’s highlights Saudi Arabia The benchmark rose 0.5 percent to 6,261 points. Dubai The index retreated 0.1 percent to 1,744 points. Abu Dhabi The benchmark advanced 0.2 percent to 2,763 points. Egypt The index dipped 0.1 percent to 6,873 points. Kuwait The index climbed 0.3 percent to 7,034 points. Qatar The measure slipped 0.1 percent to 7,810 points. Oman The benchmark ended 0.1 percent lower at 6,528 points. Bahrain The measure climbed 0.1 percent to 1,461 points. —Reuters

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Cuts will haul Britain back from edge: Finance minister LONDON: Britain’s finance minister said spending cuts to be unveiled this week will restore credibility to a country that had been on the brink of bankruptcy as he vowed yesterday to see the measures through to the end. George Osborne said Wednesday’s comprehensive spending review-the biggest test yet for Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government-was complete, five months after ministers inherited a record deficit. But he faces serious questions over whether the cuts will be so tough that they tip Britain back into recession. With newspapers warning of a “bloodbath” and a “day of reckoning” ahead, the

finance spokesman for the main opposition Labor party, Alan Johnson, warned the cuts were being made “too deeply and too quickly.” Osborne, though, told the BBC: “Our plan is the plan that will restore credibility to the public finances. “We have to see this through and the course I set out in the budget (in June) is the one that we have to stick to because people in this country know we were on the brink of bankruptcy. “If we’re going to have growth and jobs in the future, we’ve got to move this country into a place where people can invest with confidence.” Britain’s public sector borrowing is forecast to hit 149 billion pounds (170

Newspapers warn of ‘bloodbath’ billion euros, 238 billion dollars) in 2010/2011. Osborne says the deficit is the biggest in the G20 group of developed and emerging countries. To tackle it, Cameron’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat government is proposing spending cuts which will average around 25 percent over four years in many departments from next April. Professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers warned last week that a million people could lose their jobs due

to the cuts. And Johnson said their scale would be bad for Britain, whose economy grew 1.2 percent in the second quarter of this year after emerging from recession at the end of 2009. “I don’t want us to be in a double-dip recession-what it looks like to me... is an L-shaped recession,” Johnson told the BBC. Defense and welfare could be among those hit hardest by the spending cuts. Cameron has reportedly intervened in a row

between the Treasury and the Ministry of Defense over the scale of defense cuts which are now expected at between seven and eight percent. Osborne insisted yesterday that reductions would not affect the some 10,000 British troops in Afghanistan. “What we have come up with is a settlement that first of all absolutely secures the funding for the troops in Afghanistan,” he said. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced concerns last week that the scale of the cuts could damage the NATO military alliance. Osborne also indicated that two new promised Royal Navy aircraft carriers would be delivered-at least in part because they

would cost more to cancel than to build-but would not comment on reports of troop reductions. Elsewhere, in an interview with the News of the World newspaper, Osborne vowed to “fight” people who cheat the benefit system, comparing them to street robbers. The crackdown will include launching a new fraud investigation service, fining those who claim for benefits to which they are not entitled and removing benefits for three years from three-time offenders. Osborne has already said he will end child benefit payments for the most wealthy people in Britain, where welfare takes up around a third of government spending. — AFP

India’s ‘King Coal’ sale set to raise $3.5 billion Retail, institutional investors can apply for shares today MUMBAI: India is set to la unch its la rgest ever share sa le in a public compa ny this w eek as the government looks to raise 3.5 billion dolla rs w ith the divestment of 10 percent of Coa l India. The group is the w orld’s largest coa l miner, producing over 80 percent of India’s coa l

TOKYO: Newly built terminal of the Tokyo International Airport is seen behind a jetliner at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. — AFP

Tokyo’s Haneda airport to ride Asia boom but not all are happy TOKYO: Seasoned travelers know that getting to Japan’s main international gateway, Narita Airport outside Tokyo, is a journey in itself. Trains to Narita take at least one hour from central Tokyo and car journeys sometimes stretch out for more than two in heavy traffic. One-way taxi fares cost hundreds of dollars. Hopes are therefore high that the opening of rival airport Haneda to a full menu of international flights will boost Tokyo’s travel hub credentials, being located a mere 20 minutes by monorail from the heart of the city. Long limited to domestic and a few foreign flights, Haneda will on Thursday inaugurate a new runway and terminal that is set to eventually handle 60,000 flights and over seven million passengers a year, according to its operator. While convenience is king, airlines will also be eyeing an opportunity to navigate out of the doldrums of the demand-sapping financial crisis and tap into a booming regional aviation market, say analysts. “Flights from Haneda to North Asian destinations have great potential for travelers and airlines,” said Geoffrey Tudor, a Tokyobased analyst at Japan Aviation Management Research. “Given the large populations in North Asia (China and Korea), potential air traffic demand is enormous,” he said. In particular, the Japan Tourism Agency aims to almost quadruple the number of Chinese tourists visiting Japan to 3.9 million in 2013 from 1.01 million last year, and in July eased visa requirements to encourage this. But while Japan’s two main carriers-All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines-and others such as Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific look to use Haneda to their advantage, not everyone is happy about the new arrangements. Airlines from Europe and the United States have been handed unwieldy daily slots between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am, putting them at a disadvantage among travelers reluctant to take flights leaving in the early hours. “Some of the long-distance foreign carriers are not happy at all with the late night and early morning scheduling,” said Tudor. “US carriers are reluctantly going along with the scheduling to compete with Japanese carriers, but the European carriers are not happy.” The current arrangement “does not satisfy customer expectations and operational requirements of flights to and from Europe”,

said Lufthansa Japan director Otto Benz. “Further development is necessary in order to make Haneda a real hub for all carriers intending to utilize this airport.” ANA won anti-trust immunity to cooperate with US carriers United and Continental, which merged this month. The ruling applied also to Japan Airlines and American Airlines. With an imminent “Open Skies” agreement liberalizing travel between Japan and the US, the Japanese carriers hope to be given another boost. JAL is undergoing a state-led restructuring after declaring bankruptcy this year. But industry players argue that while Haneda’s new international services point to an improving picture, Japan is still one of the most regulated and expensive places in the world to land. Japanese low-cost carriers such as Skymark and Air Do have been unable to offer the kind of heavily discounted fares associated with budget airlines in the United States and Europe due to high operating costs. The ubiquitous Shinkansen or “bullet-train” network also often provides a fast and cheaper alternative for domestic travel in Japan. While ANA plans to launch a low-cost carrier operating both international and domestic short-haul routes, its success will partly depend on whether Japan follows through on proposals to slash heavy fuel taxes and other costs. Surcharges are currently around 26,000 yen (320 dollars) per kilolitre of fuel, far higher than London’s Heathrow or New York’s John F Kennedy Airport. “Japanese airports are still far too expensive compared with rivals,” said Takahiko Kishi, aviation analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities. “Despite the expansion of international operations, Haneda will still be behind its rivals as a regional hub. To compete with the likes of Seoul’s Incheon, Haneda should further expand runways as well as cut landing costs.” Analysts say that Japan’s subsidies for under-used domestic airports, the result of optimistic demand scenarios and pork-barrel politics, is a problem that keeps costs high. The newest of Japan’s 98 airports, Ibaraki, opened outside Tokyo in March aiming to lure budget airlines. But it has just one daily flight, by Asiana Airlines to Seoul, and already expects an annual loss of 20 million yen. — AFP

Portugal doesn’t see capacity for any further cuts LISBON: Portugal’s finance minister said in a newspaper interview yesterday he did know what additional austerity steps could be introduced if market skepticism about the country’s ability to cut its deficit persists. The minority Socialist government included deep spending cuts and tax hikes in the 2011 budget that it presented last week, but must win the support of the opposition for the bill to pass in parliament. Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said in a separate interview with SIC television that Portugal would have to ask for a bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund if the budget did not receive a green light from parliament. He was asked by the Publico daily whether the austerity measures in the budget would be the last and replied: “I don’t see very well what else can be done.” “I hope and I am confident that these (measures) will have an immediate impact,” he said. “But we have to look at what is going on. Markets are nearly insatiable over austerity measures of this kind.” Portugal announced spending cuts in May, but then came under pressure from financial markets and Brussels to do more. The risk premiums on its bonds hit euro lifetime highs at the end of last month on concerns about its ability to cut the budget deficit. The government is aiming to trim the deficit to 4.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year from a projected 7.3 percent in 2010. Teixeira dos Santos said the biggest concern in the markets was that the measures contained in the budget may not pass. The opposition Social Democrats (PSD), who object to tax hikes, have remained silent on whether they will back the budget in parliament. They are expected to make their position known after a meeting tomorrow. Failure to pass the budget would likely lead to political paralysis and send Portugal’s bond yields spiraling higher. — Reuters

LAHORE: A Pakistani young boy watches as a charity organization volunteer distributes food in Lahore. Pakistan’s central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.5 percentage points to 13.5 percent, warning that inflation was still substantially impacting the economy. — AFP

Coal currently accounts for more than half of India’s energy use and consumption is set to increase as the country’s economic development accelerates in energy-intensive sectors such as steel and cement manufacturing. India’s demand for coal has outstripped domestic supply, resulting in a 20percent rise in imports each year since 2005. “The company enjoys a monopoly over a strategic asset. It has mining experience of three decades and it is priced well,” commented Pramod Gubbi, director with global investment bank Execution Noble. The company posted a net profit of 96 billion rupees (2.1 billion dollars) for the year to March on revenue of 525 billion rupees. Profits could rise by a quarter and revenues by 14 percent in the fiscal year to March 2011, its finance director A K Sinha told reporters ahead of the initial public offering (IPO). India’s largest IPO so far was the 2.46 billion dollars raised by billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Power in January 2008, according to the Prime Database, which tracks share offerings in India. “This is a very strong asset, something that people want to be associated with,” Kaku Nakhate, country head (India), Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, said last week. The company also has overseas expansion plans and has earmarked 1.3 billion dollars this fiscal year to acquire foreign mines in the United States, Australia and Indonesia. At least 10 proposals are under scrutiny. A total of 631.64 million shares are on sale at a price that will be set somewhere between 225 and 245 rupees (5.0 to 5.5 dollars) a share. Retail and institutional investors will be able to start applying for shares from today to Thursday, with the company set to list on the Mumbai stock exchange on November 4. The divestment is part of New Delhi’s plan to raise a record 8.5 billion dollars by March next year from selling sales in public companies, with the proceeds to be used for social programs and reducing the budget deficit. Other staterun firms like Manganese Ore, Power Grid, Hindustan Copper and Steel Authority of India have plans for share sales by the year-end. India’s central bank will also closely monitor investor interest in the IPO which is expected to attract foreign investors and lead to a surge in dollar inflows into India. This is predicted to push the Indian currency up at a time when the rupee is at a two-year high against the dollar. Exporters are already concerned that their competitiveness will be hurt as a strong rupee makes Indian exports more expensive. Despite the obvious interest in the share sale, there are potential risks for the company and investors. Coal India faces delays in winning clearance for new projects because of environmental concerns. It must also meet legislation designed to protect tribal groups and forests where many of its reserves are located. Furthermore, a strengthening left-wing rebellion by Maoist insurgents in many states in India is hurting its plans to ramp-up production. — AFP

through 471 mines across eight states. It also holds the largest extractable coal reserves in the w orld w ith over 22 billion tons, ahead of rivals state-run China Shenhua Energy and the world’s largest private miner Pea body Energy in the United Sta tes.

GODAVARIKHANIL: In this file photo, Indian workers use heavy machinery to shift a pile of coal at an open cast mine owned by The Sinagareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL). — AFP

Australia warns against currency intervention SYDNEY: Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan urged against intervention in the rallying local currency yesterday, warning that the last time the exchange rate was fixed inflation ballooned to almost 20 percent. The Australian dollar breached parity with the greenback for the first time late Friday, peaking briefly at 1.0003 US dollars as global currency sparring gave the commodities-linked Aussie a boost. Swan said it was a “milestone” which showed the relative strength of Australia’s economy, record commodity prices and “the effects of diverse and dynamic international currency markets”. But he said the strong dollar was a double-edged sword, boosting some areas and depressing others. “While the

dollar has beneficial impacts for consumers through cheaper imports and some businesses through cheaper capital equipment, it also makes it much harder for trade-exposed sectors of our economy to compete, like manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and education,” Swan said in a note. He also warned against officially devaluing the risk-driven Aussie. “Attempts to artificially depress the value of the currency would be counterproductive as they would only succeed in driving inflation and interest rates higher, with damaging consequences for all sectors of the economy,” Swan said. The last time Australia attempted to fix its currency-during a trade boom in the 1970s-Swan said “headline inflation rose

from around five percent to 17.6 percent in a little over two years”. While currency reform would be a hot topic at next weekend’s G20 finance ministers’ meeting in South Korea, Swan said it was critical to discuss much broader changes which reflected the “increasing weight of Asia in the world economy”. “We have to show that we are capable of dealing with the structural reforms that will lift growth across all countries, not just shift it between countries,” Swan said. “If the global recovery is to be balanced, and above all if it is to be sustained, developing nations need to see a faster rate of growth in domestic demand, and developed countries need to undertake reforms to increase domestic savings.” — AFP

Insurance fraudsters eye N Korean refugees SEOUL: North Korean refugees struggling to adapt to a bewildering new life in South Korea are increasingly getting sucked into insurance frauds as their first taste of capitalism. Insurance scams have for years been common in the South, and fraudsters in recent years have targeted the refugees as sometimes unwitting accomplices. “Sometimes defectors get involved because they don’t know how the insurance system works. They just have no idea what they are doing is wrong,” an official at the Hanawon resettlement centre told AFP. All North Koreans who flee their impoverished communist homeland for the South must spend their first 12 weeks at the centre, which lies about 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Seoul. It offers job education, information on South Korea and basic survival skillssuch as buying a subway ticket, opening a bank account and using a credit card. From May it has also offered a new two-hour course on insurance fraud, with investigators from the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) warning about the possible consequences. “We expect that through education, defectors will think twice before making a decision to become an accessory to

fraud,” the official, who supervises the course, told AFP on condition of anonymity. Newly arrived refugees get government financial help but often must repay big debts to the brokers who arranged their escape via China. This makes them susceptible to taking part in frauds, which focus on bogus medical insurance claims. After the refugee has bought a private policy or enrols in a state scheme, or both, insurance company workers typically conspire with hospital administrative staff to issue fake certificates of treatment. When a refugee has been reimbursed by the insurance company, and sometimes by the government, he or she hands over a portion to the accomplices. “I received about three million won (2,700 dollars) and used the money to pay debts when I came to South Korea,” one woman in her late thirties told the JoongAng Daily newspaper. Police in Gyeonggi province surrounding Seoul, a known centre for the scams, said that over the past five years ending March refugees received a total of 3.1 billion won from 31 insurance companies in bogus claims. “It’s prevalent and we are constantly investigating to catch them,” said a provincial police

investigator. The watchdog FSS says refugees typically send 30 percent of their takings from the frauds to brokers in China and the rest to family still in the North. In one case in 2008, police said they had charged 41 refugees accused of receiving a total of 420 million won through bogus medical claims. “Insurance fraud has become almost the common thing to do among defectors after they come to South Korea,” Chun Ki-Won, a priest who helps the refugees, told AFP. “The primary reason why insurance fraud is rapidly increasing is because it’s becoming harder for defectors to adapt to a new environment.” Refugees find it harder than their southern-born counterparts to find well-paid jobs and some complain of discrimination. In a survey conducted by legislator Kim Young-Woo, 66 percent of refugees described their living conditions as difficult. Some 56 percent said their monthly income is below 500,000 won (450 dollars) — officially deemed to be the lowest sum on which families can manage. About 17,000 North Korean defectors have gone through the Hanawon centre since it opened 11 years ago, and it is currently holding about 500 people. — AFP

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DETROIT: General Motors Vice Chairman Tom Stephens connects the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capabilities to the newly installed charging station on the front steps of the GM Global Headquarters. —AFP

US autoworkers’ union makes investors anxious DETROIT: With General Motors Corp inching towards an initial public offering of stock, nearly 200 workers and retirees have turned up for a demonstration outside the gates of United Auto Workers headquarters, underscoring the automaker’s tenuous relations with union members. Saturday’s demonstration was organized by workers from automaker’s big assembly plant in Orion, Michigan to protest the UAW’s decision, allowing GM to assign workers with seniority of 10 years to a second-wage tier that would require them to take a 50 percent cut in pay. “They didn’t tell us anything until the very last minute,” said Nick Waun, a member of UAW Local 5960. He noted union officials had kept quiet about the potential for steep pay cuts for more than a year. “Workers have the right to vote on pay cuts,” he said. Gary Walkowicz, a bargaining committee member at the Ford Motor Co pickup plant, who led a successful grass roots campaign against concessions at Ford last year, also spoke at the rally, saying the issue of what happens at the Orion plant is vital to all union members. “These are all the kind of issues we have to address next year at Ford, GM and Chrysler,” Walkowitz said. “We have to get rid of the two-tier wages and get back what we’ve lost,” he said. “If we can’t get rid of two tiers here, we’re all in trouble,”

said Kevin Kasper, a UAW member for Mansfield, Ohio. The UAW approved second-tier wages, starting at 14.50 dollars per hour for new workers in its 2007 contracts with GM, Ford and Chrysler. “They didn’t tell us it could apply to workers with seniority,” Waun said. The protest also drew Indianapolis, Indiana, where member of UAW Local 23 overwhelming defeated calls for concessions. Local 23 members voted against concessions, saying rather see the plant close than accept a 50-percent pay cut. The plant is now scheduled to close next year. Greg Clark, the UAW bargaining chairman at the Indianapolis plants, said workers are fed up with concessions. “I just did what the members wanted,” he said. In addition to the demonstration by the Orion workers and the vote in Indianapolis, there also was a union-management dispute over work assignment at GM’s big assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM and the UAW have a long history of conflict and the continuing signs of unrest could ultimately influence investor’s decision to buy the new GM stock, said Brad Coulter, an analyst with management consulting firm of O’Keege & Associates in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He warned that while there’s been a change in management, GM has a history of destroying shareholder value, and the UAW has been a large reason for that destruction.

“The UAW has a long history of shareholders be damned and I’m not convinced the rank and file have bought into the new reality,” Coulter said. Harley Shaiken, a University of California at Berkley labor expert, said the UAW executive board’s basic strategy through the crisis in the US car industry has been to make temporary concessions to protect jobs. In the future, the union can always bargain for pay increases for workers hired with secondtier wages. In the case of Orion, GM actually agreed to bring production of a small subcompact to Detroit rather than build it in Asia. In return, the UAW quietly agreed to a unique split while staffing the plant. Sixty percent of the 1,300 production workers would continue to get the 29-dollar-perhour wage, while 40 percent, including some with seniority, would get 14.50 dollars per hour. Kristin Dzicek, a labor expert at the Center For Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, said GM’s real objective is to get workers to transfer to other GM plants or retire. “This could be much ado about nothing,” said Dzicek, who doubts many employees with seniority will actually have to take a pay cut. Instead the goal is to staff the subcompact assembly line at Orion completely with workers making 14.50 dollars per hour when the plant begins making small Chevrolets and Buicks. —AFP

ECB warns on currency, calls for euro sanctions ROME: European Central bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet warned against excessive currency volatility and called for stricter rules on European debt in an interview with Italy’s La Stampa daily published yesterday. Asked about possible dollar devaluation, Trichet said: “On exchange rates I will say that excess volatility and disorderly movements in exchange rates always have adverse implications for economic and financial stability.” “And I consider it very important that the US authorities also recently confirmed their long-standing position that a strong dollar vis-a-vis the other major floating currencies is in the interests of the United States,” he added. Trichet also stressed the importance of debt reduction in the 16 euro countries in the wake of the economic crisis and called for stricter sanctions against countries that break eurozone rules on their

deficit and debt levels. “For us, the proposals of the European Commission move in the right direction. But more ambitious reforms are needed,” he said. “With the benefit of hindsight we know now that it is very important to engage in quasi-automatic sanctions and with an accelerated procedure. “Sanctions must be possible in the early stages of macreconomic surveillance,” he added. He also rejected recent comments by German central bank chief Axel Weber that the ECB’s program of buying governments bonds should be scrapped. “No! This is not the position of the governing council, with an overwhelming majority. This non-standard measure... was designed to help restore a more normal functioning of our monetary policy transmission mechanism,” he said. A transcript of his interview was made available in English by the ECB. —AFP

MADRID: The hand of a protester holds aloft a white banner during a march against poverty yesterday, as Spain is observing International Day for Eradication of Poverty with other countries. Placard reads ‘Let’s not devour the poor, Cain and your Brother?’ —AP

JOHANNESBURG: In the volatile global currency market, the rand has soared to a 33-month high against the dollar, complicating South Africa’s efforts to tackle crippling levels of unemployment and poverty. The rand has gained about one third on the US unit since the beginning of last year, climbing to 6.76 against the dollar on Thursday, its strongest level since January 2008. That’s causing headaches for President Jacob Zuma’s government, which is under pressure from his leftist allies to follow through on pledges to bring down a 25 percent unemployment rate. “It’s very destructive for jobs, especially in manufacturing, mining and agriculture,” said Azar Jammine, chief economist at consulting firm Econometrix. The strong rand makes South Africa’s exports more expensive in other countries, hurting manufacturing in particular, which has led the growth out of the country’s first recession since apartheid. “Over time we want to achieve a more competitive real exchange rate,” Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in a written reply to a parliamentary question. He is expected to present proposals for dealing with the strong rand in his mid-term budget speech next week, but it is not clear how much government can do. With interest rates at near-zero levels in rich countries, investors flock to emerging markets for better yields on stocks and bonds. This flood of foreign investment strengthens the currency, making it difficult for countries like South Africa to export goods at competitive prices. Economists say South Africa is suffering the fallout from fears of a global “currency war,” as nations seek to dampen their currencies to protect their exports. “There is criticism of China for not allowing its currency to strengthen fast enough, and other emerging markets are instead bearing the burden of adjustment,” said Razia Khan, an Africa expert at Standard Charter Bank. “The strength of the rand is just a feature of these currency wars, with record inflows into South Africa.” It poses particularly pressing problems for South Africa, where about 40 percent of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. That gives the country the world’s biggest gap between rich and poor, and Zuma was elected last year on pledges to close the divide. To do that, the finance ministry says South Africa needs sustained growth of around seven percent, but momentum this year is expected to hit just 3.25 percent. Cosatu, the main labor federation which backed Zuma’s rise to power, has led calls for government to curb the strengthening rand. “We think the government must take drastic action,” Cosatu spokesman Patrick Craven told AFP. “One step it could take would be to lower interest rates.” South Africa’s benchmark interest rate is at 6.0 percent, and Cosatu believes a lower rate would indirectly weaken the currency. Another proposal is to tax capital inflows, a tactic Brazil and Taiwan recently adopted. But the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is wary of such tariffs because it needs foreign capital to finance the country’s deficit. So far, the ANC has rebuffed calls for government to intervene and weaken the rand, which Jammine believes could be the right move. “Really, there’s not much that we can do,” he said. “If the dollar was to suddenly appreciate then South Africa would suddenly become terribly uncompetitive ... and that’s one of the reasons why, in a sense, South Africa is at the mercy of international events.” —AFP

WATERFORD: A craftsman poses for the photographer with a duplicate of the 37th Ryder Cup Waterford crystal bowl, which was presented to the players in Valhalla, at the Waterford Crystal plant. Ireland’s economic woes have hit especially hard in Waterford where the famous crystal factory closed last year. —AFP

Irish glass-making industry shattered by economic crisis WATERFORD: Ireland’s economic difficulties have hit especially hard in Waterford where the famous crystal factory closed last year, even if a new, smaller manufacturing plant has given residents some hope. The oldest city in Ireland, Waterford boasts the highest level of unemployment in the country at 18.1 percent, compared to the national average of 13.7 percent. The iconic Waterford Crystal factory’s heavy leaded cut glass put the city on the map, but it also dictated the fortunes of the southeastern port in the two centuries since it opened in 1783. The first factory in the city closed in 1851, but production was revived in 1947 thanks to Charles Bacik, a Czech who sought refuge in Ireland after his glass factory was destroyed in World War II. The modern factory closed its doors in January 2009 after its parent company, the Waterford Wedgwood group, went into administration, hit by competition from companies in Asia and eastern Europe making cheaper china and glassware. At the time it had 860 workers, compared with 4,000 at its peak. Some staged a sit-in after the announcement. “Waterford was particularly badly hit during the recession with the closure of Waterford Crystal,” Michael Garland, chief executive of Waterford chamber of commerce, told AFP. “In addition to that, manufacturing companies around the city, particularly some pharma companies, saw a downturn in their markets and they all had to downsize-unfortunately at the same time and all within the same year,” he said. “So for a small city that has a population of about 46,000, a disproportionate number of people were made unemployed within a 12-month period.” Waterford’s troubles reflect the wider situation in Ireland, which was plunged into a deep recession three years ago when the housing bubble burst. Half a million Irish are now out of work. But there is new hope in Waterford. A new crystal factory fired up in June in the city centre, and on a pleasant autumn day small groups of tourists, especially Americans, have come to visit. Following the purchase of Waterford Crystal

by a US private equity firm, KPS Capital Partners, most of its production was moved to central Europe and the new plant only employs 130 people. But it still produces the brand’s most prestigious pieces, such as a Celtic harp that sells for 20,000 euros (28,300 dollars) and has pride of place in the sparkling new shop attached to the facility. “We produce 40,000 high-end pieces per year, our trophies and our high end giftware,” said Sharon Murphy, tour operations manager at House of Waterford Crystal. “North America would be our main market, but we have also a good number of visitors from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and of course we have our local domestic trade,” she said. In a series of workshops set up for tourists, dozens of workers blow, cut and polish glasses with intricate designs-an intensive process that takes eight years of apprenticeship to master. T J Grant, who has been a master cutter at Waterford Crystal since 1971, can’t hide his joy at being back at work at the company. “I had no problem coming back when I was offered the job. I was driving a truck for a year and a half, a good job, but the minute that I heard that this facility was opening here, I had to come back,” Grant said. “At one stage there were thousands of us at Kilbarry (the former factory) but now as we can see this is on a much smaller scale, but it’s top-class stuff.” Waterford residents see the crystal maker’s rebirth as a unique chance for the city to transform itself into a full-blown tourist destination. The old factory, which has yet to find a buyer, was two kilometers (a mile and a half) from the city centre and the 300,000 visitors a year it attracted rarely ventured far into Waterford itself. “What we’ve done now is that we’ve brought the crystal centre to the heart of the city, within the historic quarter,” said Garland. “And by bringing it back into the heart of the city, those 300,000 visitors will now actually walk through the city. It’s a positive move and it’s something that the city will build on going forward into the future.” —AFP

Hard-hit British heartland gets set for economic cuts SHEFFIELD: Sheffield knows all about cuts - and no one knows better than Philip Wright. A scissors manufacturer, he remembers this city at the height of its steel-making glory, when Sheffield’s furnaces and factories produced ships and tools and cutlery for the dinner tables of the world. The huge steelworks are mostly gone now, like so much British industry over the past few decades, the victim of international competition, changing technology and governments with other priorities. “The city at night used to be alight,” said Wright, whose tiny factory is a link to Sheffield’s past - and, he hopes, a part of its future. That dream is under threat from deep government spending cuts to be unveiled Wednesday that many fear will once again crush cities in England’s traditional industrial belt, a generation after they were laid low by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s severe brand of capitalism. Sheffield lost 70,000 jobs between 1979 and 1987, according to the local government - a quarter of the city’s total. The decline in steel-making was compounded by the closure of nearby coal mines in the wake of Thatcher’s war with the unions. “When Maggie Thatcher was in she brought us to our knees,” said retiree Doreen Treweek, 70. “We really struggled. And now I’m really proud, because it’s risen from the ashes.” With grit and determination and dollops of public investment, Sheffield has remade itself, forging a postindustrial economy from a mix of high-tech businesses, the service sector, tourism and education. Now many in this city of 500,000 - as in other cities across Britain are worried that the spending

SHEFFIELD: Ian Chappell, a grinder at Ernest Wright & Sons, works on machine at their scissor making factory. —AP cuts could derail that recovery. Recession-battered Britain faces shrinking tax revenue and a growing welfare bill, and has spent billions bailing out indebted banks. On Wednesday, Treasury chief George Osborne will announce details of more than 80 billion pounds ($128 billion) in cuts he says are necessary to rein in Britain’s 156-billionpound deficit and reduce its huge debt. Prime Minister David Cameron’s center-right coalition government took office in May and has already announced a raft of painful measures, including welfare cuts, a hike in the goods and services tax and a rise in the retirement age.

In the next stage of cuts, government ministries will have their budgets reduced by up to 25 percent over four years - far more than any British administration since World War II has attempted, even Thatcher’s. “I wish there was another way. I wish there was an easier way. But I tell you: There is no other responsible way,” Cameron told his Conservative Party conference earlier this month. As many as 600,000 public sector jobs expected to be eliminated, on top of hundreds of thousands of private sector positions already lost in the recession. The government hopes that as the economy grows, new private sector jobs will fill the gap. —AP

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‘Fallout: New Vegas’ takes post apocalypse play to Sin City SAN FRANCISCO: As luck would have it, Las Vegas was spared from the nuclear bombs responsible for the radioactive wasteland known and loved by fans of “Fallout” videogames. While the city was not leveled or its inhabitants mutated to degrees seen in earlier titles in the blockbuster franchise, it remains treacherous ground that players will tread with the Tuesday release of “Fallout: New Vegas.” “The first part of the game you are basically shot in the head and buried,” Obsidian Entertainment co-founder and chief exec-

utive Feargus Urquhart said with a laugh. “You don’t get killed,” he added quickly. “You get dug up and wake up with some clues as to who did it... it starts a little like a whodunit.” Videogame publisher Bethesda Softworks turned to Southern California-based Obsidian to craft the fourth installment in the “Fallout” series of role-playing shooter games. Urquhart worked on the first two titles in the series while at Black Isle Studios and there were “Fallout” veterans on his team at Obsidian. The first title in the franchise was released in 1997. “New

Vegas” players start with a fresh cast of characters in a time set a few years after the end of the story in “Fallout 3,” which won game-of-the-year honors after its release in 2008. “Whenever you are tackling a sequel, taking something people have great memories of, it is a constant battle between the new and the old,” Urquhart said. “We tried to build on the experience that was there but not change how it feels intrinsically to play.” The new title embraces trademark “Fallout” elements such as an atomic-age spin on classic US

lifestyles in the 1950s and 1960s. “It’s the future, but with vacuum tubes,” Urquhart said of the comic contrasts that have become hallmarks of the game. “It’s the 1950s, but it’s not. It’s sarcastic in this weird contrast of the smiley, happy linedrawn guy ultimately showing a pretty horrible image.” Urquhart, 40, confessed to being influenced by growing up with 1950s pop culture such as “Leave It To Beaver” and “Father Knows Best” television shows. Celebrities providing voices for characters in the game include Wayne Newton,

an entertainer who is such a legend in Sin City that his website bills him as “Mr. Las Vegas.” “New Vegas” introduces factions fighting for dominance. Player choices regarding friends and enemies influence how the story and action progress, according to Urquhart. There is a New California Republic group fighting to restore the old government complete with its maddening bureaucracy and a Caesar’s Legion out to shape a realm in the spirit of the Roman empire. “Like all the ‘Fallout’ games, it is ulti-

mately about water,” Urquhart hinted, noting that Hoover Dam is near Las Vegas but not wanting to give too much away. “When the game resolves it tells you a lot about what impact your actions had on the world.” Like its predecessor developed by Bethesda Game Studios, “New Vegas” should let people so inclined spend scores of hours on quests, missions and other in-game adventures. “In real life, I can’t be the hero or the anti-hero,” Urquhart said. “And that is what ‘Fallout’ gives people.” — AFP

Maiden flight for Indian military drone: Official NEW DELHI: India said yesterday it had completed a maiden test flight of an indigenously-built unmanned drone developed as part of the country’s efforts to reduce military imports. “The aircraft was flown in a manner exactly as planned, up to a height of 3,000 feet (900 metres), remained airborne for 30 minutes and completed all mission requirements,” Defence Research and Development Organisation spokesman Ravi Kumar Gupta said of Saturday’s flight. The drone, named Rustom, has a maximum flight time of 15 hours and is a prototype that the

military intends to develop into more advanced models, officials said. Israel, which in 2005 signed a 220-million dollar deal to sell 50 unmanned spy planes to India, remains one of the country’s largest suppliers of drones. India has accelerated military procurement, including the purchase of drones, since the 2008 attacks in Mumbai by Islamist gunmen which left 166 people dead and more than 300 injured. The United States regularly uses drones based in Afghanistan to attack Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal area. — AFP

Malaysian police probe ‘puppy torture’ pictures on Twitter KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said Sunday they had launched an investigation after pictures of a puppy apparently being tortured appeared on micro-blogging website Twitter. “We are looking into the report filed by several animal lovers regarding a dog being abused in a photo on an Internet website,” a Malaysian police official, who declined to be identified, told AFP. “Investigations are being carried out but we cannot release any other details so far,” he added. Malaysian Animal Rights Society president N.Surendren said he and five other civil society groups filed a police report over the photograph, which he said appeared on the Twitter page of a popular Malaysian actress. “The photo on Twitter shows two men in the process of hanging a small black and white puppy and both men are showing an obscene gesture while posing with the puppy, which is hanging by its neck,” he told AFP. “It is quite outrageous because the fact that they allowed the photo to be taken meant they felt they could get away with it and the police wouldn’t take action,” he added. Surendran said the photograph came to the society’s attention when it was mailed to them from a person who had seen it on the actress’ Twitter account, which is blocked from public access. “We know the actress uploaded the picture in her tweet and we tried to contact her but she has refused to cooperate.” Malaysian Animal Welfare Society president Shenaaz Khan called the act “barbaric” and said the only positive thing was that the men’s faces were clearly identifiable in the picture, thereby aiding the police investigation. Animal abuse cases are common in Malaysia, with critics saying punishment of a small fine and six months in jail fails to deter culprits. Activists in May protested at a wildlife park over a clip posted on video-sharing website YouTube showing a tiger being manhandled for the amusement of visitors. — AFP

NEVADA: Locals walk across the newly opened Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which spans the Colorado River, beside the Hoover Dam on the border of Arizona and Nevada, October 14, 2010. — AFP

America’s new wonder: A record-breaking bridge The 240 million dollar bridge was built in five years

NEVADA: America’s greatest technological achievement, the Hoover Dam, now has a soaring companion piece, a massive looming bridge held up by the longest arch in the Western Hemisphere. The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which opened this month and connects the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, spans the vast chasm 890 feet above the Colorado River that is controlled by the dam. The striking 1,900-foot-long structure, which reroutes traffic off of the twolane road atop the dam, will improve traffic in the region and help protect the dam from terrorist threats, officials said. It is the seventh highest bridge in the world, behind four in China, one in Papua New Guinea and one in the US state of Colorado. “The Hoover Dam is the greatest civil

engineering achievement in America’s history,” said bypass bridge project manager Dave Zanatell with the Federal Highway Administration. “Our goal was not to outdo or outshine it. Our goal was to, in a respectful way, do something that would be great for our generation and that would stand besides Hoover Dam in a respectful and quality way that would become a part of Hoover’s legacy.” The 240 million dollar bridge was built in five years by 1,200 laborers and 300 engineers. It could not have arrived at a better moment for a nation and region whose psyche has been pummeled by a prolonged, devastating recession. Just as the Hoover Dam was built in the heart of the Great Depression and was seen as an example of the nation’s can-do spirit,

some hope this project can provide some uplift. The dam and bridge are “two engineering wonders constructed at times when our country was looking at itself and wondering what the future held,” said Colleen Dwyer of the Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the dam. “We’re looking at what can be done even at these worst of times to make these wonderful structures come to be, to create something new and different which enables America to keep moving ahead. That’s the parallel.” The bridge’s dimensions are staggering: at 1,050 feet, its support arch is the longest arch in the Western Hemisphere, holding up a roadway that leans on 300-foot-long concrete pillars, some of the tallest in the world. It contains 16 million pounds of steel, 30,000 cubic yards of con-

crete and two million feet of cable. The idea of the bridge originated in the 1960s because the top of the Hoover Dam has been a narrow twolane road that is the fastest route from Arizona to Las Vegas and then the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Access to the dam from each direction is a treacherously winding route, but massive semi-trucks and passenger vehicles shared and navigated it for decades. During the day, when thousands of tourists flock to the dam from Las Vegas, about 30 miles away, the interaction between traffic and pedestrians has been resulted in three times as many accidents as on a normal road, Zanatell said. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the federal government feared a terrorist with a truck bomb could attack the dam, potential-

ly flooding the region and disrupting water and power supplies to several states. Semi-trucks were banned from bridge, forced to take route to Las Vegas that is more than 40 miles longer. In addition to driving on it, tourists will be able to park in a designated lot on the Nevada side and climb stairs to walk the bridge, which has a sidewalk on the side facing the dam. The retaining wall is 54 inches high, so pedestrians can snap photos from a spectacular vantage point. “It makes me feel good as an American,” said Jerry Couden, a residential general contractor from Milford, Connecticut., who, like millions of Vegas tourists each year, made the 30 miles drive southeast. “Look what we did then (building the dam) and now look at what this is. It’s a tremendous feat. It is cool to see.” — AFP

Russian Arctic’s ‘nuclear dump’ gets a facelift Bayt.com introduces TargetHire MURMANSK: An electronic sign along a busy street posts the outside temperature, the wind strength-and the radioactivity level. Welcome to Russia’s Kola Peninsula, a region that still bears the scars of its dubious past as the Soviet Union’s “nuclear dump”. When the USSR imploded, the northwestern Russian peninsula was left with ageing nuclear submarines and spent nuclear fuel abandoned in not always airtight containers. The Soviet breakdown posed a significant threat to the nearby fishfilled Barents Sea, as well as flourishing opportunities for traffickers of nuclear materials. Two decades and just as many billion dollars later, the “dump” looks a bit less shabby, thanks to funds supplied mostly by the West. “What is positive, or should I say, least negative, is that the situation is under control when it comes to nuclear safety,” said Sergei Zhavoronkin of the region’s public council for the safe use of nuclear energy. “It has not always been the case.” A common practice until the mid1980s, dumping radioactive waste into the sea is a thing of the past, and the 100 or so submarines once rusting around the peninsula have now almost all been disposed of. The coastline’s lighthouses-isolated, unoccupied and therefore vulnerable to theft-have gone from using radioisotope thermoelectric generators, which run on radioactive decay and are widely considered unsafe, to solar power. “The situation has changed for the better, but from our point of view, there are still problems,” said former submarine officer Aleksander Nikitin. Nikitin was arrested by the FSB security agency-the KGB’s successor- in 1996 for blowing the whistle on the environmental hazards caused by submarines, making the

RUSSIA: Picture taken on September 9, 2010 shows rotting fishing vessels in the derelict fishing village of Teriberka on the Barents sea coast, north-west Russia. — AFP devastation public through Norwegian environmental group Bellona, for whom he works today. At the top of his list is a facility at Andreeva Bay, some 40 kilometres (24 miles) from the Norwegian border, which holds 30 tonnes of radioactive waste and spent fuel from nuclear submarines and icebreakers. Right next to the Baltic Sea, it stocks some 21,000 nuclear fuel rods- small fuel tubes-placed in tanks and dubious containers. Together the rods account for some 850,000 terabecquerel, which is nine times the amount of radioactivity released by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986. “They are the same (nuclear fuel

rod-filled) tanks as in the 1980s. They have only built a roof over them to protect them from the rain and a fence to keep undesirable visitors away,” said Igor Koudrik, another Bellona researcher. According to Valery Panteleyev, who leads public authority SevRao that is in charge of cleaning up the peninsula, a first batch of containers filled with fuel rods was shipped to the Mayak waste treatment plant in the Urals in June. “That is the easy part,” said Koudrik, adding that while authorities may be able to move the containers, they “still don’t know how to empty the tanks.” Another problem is a support ves-

sel for icebreakers that has been sitting in Murmansk for 20 years waiting for a way to be found for its load of often broken radioactive fuel tubes to be extracted and disposed of. The floating wreck, Lepse, was built in 1936 and is threatening to sink. Although Russian authorities pledged transparency about the region’s nuclear issues, foreign journalists are denied access to a number of sites. In Murmansk, meanwhile, the radio still informs listeners to the weather updates of the level of radioactivity, and at the RussianNorwegian border vehicles are scanned to detect any illegal exit of nuclear material. — AFP

DUBAI: Bayt.com introduced TargetHire, the latest innovative recruitment solution service for businesses to manage their online recruitment and back-end processes. TargetHire provides a viable, efficient service that allows businesses to have a full fledged career channel directly on their site to source, screen, select and manage their own proprietary selection of top talent in the most expedient and efficient manner possible. TargetHire can easily be scaled to integrate into any existing system. TargetHire categories are segmented by the needs of different target markets and cater to small/medium corporations as well as large enterprises, universities and community sites The scope of Bayt.com’s proprietary TargetHire technology is such that the tool can be easily and speedily integrated into the host website and the site’s unique human resource management system (HRMS) with worry-free scalability, thus making the migration of hired candidates into the client’s internal system fast, efficient and simple. Clients are further guaranteed Bayt.com’s unique mix of a multilingual interface, speed of implementation and unrivalled reliability, among other key features. “TargetHire is our latest in innovative offerings for big business on the recruitment solutions front. Its benefits are countless and it is certain to improve and simplify the recruiting process for all businesses. TargetHire is another great opportunity to showcase the many benefits that Bayt.com offers both businesses and job seekers through our state-ofthe-art and continuously evolving job search technologies. TargetHire enables businesses to attract and assess a wide variety of talent, and to distinguish between strong and average candidates quickly, easily and effectively. By choosing to use this Bayt.com technology, businesses are empowered to take full control of the recruitment process and improve the quality of their HR services across the board,” ˆAkram Assaf, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Bayt.com. TargetHire allows businesses to convert their website visitors into registered candidates, gather further requested candidate information across a broad spectrum of dimensions and communicate with candidates profes-

sionally and in a timely and optimal manner. The process enabled by the TargetHire technology is very simple. When users visit the Careers section of a business website, which will have the same look and feel as the rest of the site or any desired branding dimension, the contact and career details they complete are automatically filtered and collated through Bayt.com’s TargetHire tool and the ensuing application process is streamlined, easy and efficient. A further dimension enables full tracking of all applications to postings as well as all communications with candidates as required. Highly sophisticated screening tools also enable sending candidates questionnaires as well as tagging CVs, filing them efficiently in online cabinets and ranking the CVs as is suitable for any position. Based on the highly sophisticated proprietary recruitment technologies Bayt.com has developed over ten years, TargetHire leads the recruitment industry with innovative scalable solutions for recruitment. Bayt.com, which is currently the leading online job recruitment website in the region with an existing database of over four million users augmented by well over three thousand new users daily, is widely recognized for its pioneering recruitment technologies, including industry-leading filtration tools that allow employers to search a data pool using over 24 different specified criteria. The company was recognised as the ‘Leading ECommerce Website’ in the Pan Arab Region at the 2007 Pan Arab Web Awards, in addition to being awarded the prestigious Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Award for the ‘Best Website in the UAE’ and numerous other awards. Other state-of-the-art pioneering tools that have differentiated Bayt.com’s platform and aided its tremendous year-on-year growth include the Online Questionnaire which allows employers to screen, filter and interview candidates online; the online Workspace which allows for fluid measuring, monitoring and managing the recruitment process, the CV photos option, Workflow tools including automated emails, import/export files and Collaboration tools including notes, dynamic folders, time and user stamping which serve to expedite the process.

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Cancer activist’s approach: Real, a bit irreverent Avner’s fledgling Bright Pink organization now has 10 chapters across the country

TOKYO: A visitor reacts as she gets a kiss from a killer whale at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan, yesterday. —AP

UN meeting aims to set species-saving goals TOKYO: An international conference aimed at preserving the planet’s diversity of plants and animals in the face of pollution and habitat loss begins today in Japan, facing some of the same divisions between rich and poor nations that have stalled U.N. climate talks. Seventeen years after the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity was enacted, it has yet to achieve any major initiative to slow the alarming rate of species extinction and loss of ecosystems despite global goals set in 2002 to make major improvement by this year. Frogs and other amphibians are most at risk of disappearing, coral reefs are the species deteriorating most rapidly and nearly a quarter of all plant species are threatened, according to the convention, which is convening the twoweek meeting. A key task facing delegates will be to hammer out a set of 20 strategic goals for the next decade. Unless steps are taken to reverse the loss of Earth’s biodiversity, scientists warn that the rate of extinction will climb and natural habitats will be degraded or destroyed contributing to climate change and threatening agricultural production, fish stocks in the oceans and access to clean water. Scientists estimate that the Earth is losing species 100 to 1,000 times the historical average, upsetting the intricately interconnected natural world. Prominent insect biologist E.O. Wilson at Harvard University argues that a man-made environmental crisis is pushing the Earth toward its sixth big extinction phase, the greatest since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago. However, some battle lines have already formed between developed and developing nations over the convention’s strategic mission statement whether to take action to halt or simply slow the loss of biodiversity by 2020 - and finding a way to equitably share the benefits of genetic resources, such as plants native to poor countries that have been converted into lucrative drug products in the West. The convention, which will bring together 8,000 delegates from 193 member nations in Nagoya, 170 miles (270 kilometers) west of Tokyo, was born out of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. So far, the convention has failed to meet a series of goals set eight years ago to preserve the world’s biodiversity against overfishing, deforestation and pollution. Conservation groups attribute part of that to a lack of political will and funding. They also say that some of the goals until now have been fuzzy, and partly blame their own failure to make a convincing case that action is needed - something they hope to change in Nagoya. “We haven’t been able to successfully get across a message that our society and economies

ultimately depend on this biodiversity,” said Bill Jackson, deputy director-general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “We have to fix the problem within the next 10 years.” Host country Japan, meanwhile, will be looking to this conference as a chance to portray itself as a protector of biodiversity after helping kill off many of the measures at the CITES, or Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, meeting earlier this year that would have limited the trade in tuna, sharks and other marine species. Divisions between rich and poor nations over how to fairly share in the access and benefits of genetic resources could undermine the gathering, observers say. For example, the rosy periwinkle, a plant native to Madagascar, produces two cancer-fighting substances. Drug companies have grown the plants and profited from them, but little of the money has returned to Madagascar. Developing countries argue they should receive royalties or a share of the benefits of such natural resources. The convention aims to address this problem by setting up a legal framework by which producers and users can negotiate to reach mutually agreeable terms to ensure equitable sharing of resources and their benefits. “Developing countries are putting pressure on developed countries and saying if we don’t reach an agreement on this issue, we won’t give you what you want on the strategic plan,” said Patricia Yakabe Malentaqui, international media manager at the environmental group Conservation International. “All the parties are at risk of polarizing the debate.” Another contentious goal will be setting a percentage of the Earth’s land and oceans that should be protected by 2020. Currently, 13 percent of land and less than 1 percent of open ocean is protected - which can range from a strict nature reserve to an area managed for sustainable use of natural resources. Those percentages need to be raised to 25 percent and 15 percent respectively, Conservation International says. But even if delegates manage to agree to such targets, carrying them out in real life is another matter. Businesses will likely oppose any limits on their activities and population growth means setting aside such protected areas will become increasingly difficult. Furthermore, the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity has no mechanism for enforcing compliance. Environmental groups argue that creating protected areas reap huge economic rewards. For example, there is plenty of evidence, says IUCN’s Jackson, that providing safe havens for fisheries help their populations recover and flourish. — AP

CHICAGO: Lindsay Avner is no shrinking violet. She is a bright pink whirlwind, with a closet full of dresses cut from that very color and a cancerfighting organization she named for it. Bold yet calculating, she is the nice girl who knows how to get what she wants, and how to get away with saying things others couldn’t, or wouldn’t. “Mind your melons,” Avner, who is 28, tells any young woman who will listen. “Touch your ta-tas.” “Remember to check in with ‘the girls’ every so often.” It is an edgy approach that sometimes raises eyebrows, at least outside the young demographic she is trying to reach-not to mention the disapproval of some breast cancer researchers who do not necessarily think that self-exams are the most effective approach for detection. But those people are missing the point, Avner says. Self-exam is one tool, a way to get her peers talking about a topic they often avoid, or think no one else understands: their breast and ovarian health. It appears to be working. Her fledgling Bright Pink organization now has 10 chapters across America and the kind of fundraising success in a recession that would make most nonprofit executives envious. Sponsors include major brands, from Wrigley’s Orbit White gum and Vespa scooters to a line of pink gym equipment sold at Sports Authority. As she likes to say, “This is not your mother’s cancer organization.” Nor is this a battle that Avner necessarily chose. Rather, it chose her. ••••• The realization that cancer would forever shape her life came early on, as young Lindsay Avner looked around the dinner table at family gatherings and saw very few women, especially on her mother’s side. Her maternal greatgrandmother and grandmother died of breast cancer one week apart, when Avner’s own mother was only 18. In those days, people didn’t talk much about the “c-word”; Avner’s mother had no idea how sick her mother or grandmother were until they were gone. Through the years, two of her mom’s aunts and a cousin also died of the same disease. Then, in 1994, when Avner had just turned 12, she remembers coming home from school and seeing her father’s car in the driveway of their home in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. “Hi, honey,” her mom, Wendy Avner, said in a gentle tone, asking her daughter to sit down with them. “We’ve got something to tell you.” Her mother had breast cancer, too. Young Lindsay immediately thought the worst and wondered who would tuck her in at night, as her mother always had done. She developed odd superstitions: making sure she brushed her teeth and hair and washed her face in the same order each night so her mother would not die. “It was my way of trying to control a situation I couldn’t control,” she now says. Then, 10 months later, her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, as well. “Lots of times, I felt guilty. I felt like I

which meant that Avner got to keep hers. Hernandez knows the scene might seem a bit odd. “But it was really very comforting,” she says. She knew Avner understood.

had stripped her of her childhood,” says her mother, Wendy Avner, now 58. But Lindsay took it on almost as a challenge. By high school, she had half the students at her school walking to raise funds for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Then, they challenged other high schools in the Columbus area to do the same. By the time she was a sophomore at the University of Michigan, the High School Team Challenge, as it was known, was getting national recognition. Even as she enjoyed her college years, she made sure to get regular breast screenings. Then, in 2005, her mother underwent genetic testing and was informed that she had a mutation associated with breast and ovarian cancer. Lindsay, who had graduated from college days before, was angry that her mother had been tested. “It was my own control issues. But I felt like she’d shot off the gun and said ‘Go!’ and I was suddenly in a race I didn’t want to be in,” she says. Still, she also decided to have the test. And just as she feared, she had the same mutation in the BRCA1 gene. For her, it meant she had up to an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 54 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer. She was only 22.

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••••• Avner attempted to get on with her life. She got a job in brand management with Unilever, moved to a downtown Chicago high-rise, threw herself into work and dated, almost with a vengeance. She was certain she needed to find a husband and start a family before it was too late. She began getting debilitating migraines: “In hindsight, it was all this nervousness. It was, ‘You’re going to get cancer. You gotta hurry up.”‘ This was no way to live her life, she says. So she started looking for a surgeon who would consider a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy, a preventive procedure that would remove her breast tissue and replace it with implants. Eventually, she went to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where her mother had had breast surgery, and approached Dr. Patrick Borgen, the first surgeon “whose jaw didn’t drop when I said I wanted to do this,” Avner says. Borgen had known Avner since she was 12. She had watched her mother go through this process, knew more about breast cancer and its treatment than most people twice her age, Borgen says. “Without any question, she came to the decision as educated and as prepared as any patient I’ve ever encountered in my practice,” says Borgen, now chairman of surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in New York, where he heads the Brooklyn Breast Cancer Project. The procedure, because of her age, became big news. TV networks contacted her. Some in the medical field also criticized Borgen, who remains steadfast in his opinion that women in Avner’s position should be given all their options and allowed to choose what is right for them. But for Avner, who had her mastectomy in the summer of 2006, there are no regrets.

CHICAGO: In Sept. 16, 2010 photo, Lindsay Avner poses after a live webcast in Chicago on breast cancer detection. —AP “I can’t imagine sitting there in chemotherapy, with a drip, bald and with a husband and children, knowing I could have done this,” she says. “I know how it is. I saw it with my mom. Your life goes from normal to not normal overnight.” Her desire to have children is the only reason she is waiting to have her ovaries removed, probably at age 35. ••••• Avner emphasizes that her story is only one among many. Still, if she had not had the mastectomy, Bright Pink may have never happened. Because of the surgery, young women started writing her letters. Many of them had similar family histories, but had felt isolated, as if they were the only one among their peers who had to worry about breast and ovarian cancer. Some called her “inspiring.” The term still makes her uncomfortable, but Avner saw in the letters a need that was not being filled. While still working at Unilever, she launched a small website in early 2007, known as Bright Pink even back then. Through it, she organized yoga parties and cooking classes with a growing network of young women in Chicago who were looking for support and information about breast and ovarian health. Interest in the site grew quickly, and Avner found herself working seven days a week, a pace she could not maintain. So a little over two years ago, she made the deci-

sion to quit her job to work full-time on Bright Pink. In Chicago circles, Avner quickly made a name for herself, dubbed by local magazines as an “It Girl” and a “Woman to Watch.” Her background in brand management was one of her biggest assets. In almost every photo taken in her role as executive director, she wore one of those bright pink dresses, all the while maintaining a laser focus on her original mission: to provide education, support and community for young women who have high riskS of getting breast and ovarian cancer And meeting those young women on their terms. Bright Pink volunteer Kristina Hernandez met Avner for the first time at a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, last winter. Hernandez, now the Bright Pink San Antonio chapter “ambassador,” is a 36year-old mother of three whose own mother died from ovarian cancer two years ago. Genetic testing determined that Hernandez was at risk, too. Hernandez was planning to have her own breasts and ovaries removed, so the conversation quickly turned to Avner’s mastectomy. “Do you want to see my boobs?” Avner asked. “Kinda,” Hernandez replied. “Is that weird?” They went to the bathroom, where Avner lifted up her shirt and let Hernandez inspect her breasts and scars, knowing that Hernandez herself would soon have scars like those. They talked openly about the procedure, including a “nipple-sparing” technique,

At her Chicago office, Avner kicks off her flip-flops and walks around in her bare feet. She is as likely to greet a guest with a hug as a handshake. But there is a catch to her openness, as her staff recently informed her. “I give a lot of positive praise,” she says, “but I don’t always cushion the criticism.” At this time of year, she is particularly tightly wound. The cool autumn, or “fall,” season is “show time,” she says, critical for fundraising since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. This fall, Bright Pink expects to bring in about $400,000 from donations and sponsorships, nearly 60 percent of its budget. Wrigley, for instance, plans to donate up to $75,000 for sales of Orbit White gum that carries the Bright Pink logo. “Lindsay means business,” says Leah Drew, Bright Pink’s 29-year-old events and outreach coordinator. But she also is not afraid to hire equally strong-minded and ambitious staff members, two of them full-time right now. “There are no egos here.” Sometimes, though, her staff must remind her to let them do their jobs, and push her out the door at the end of the day. “Go to yoga,” they tell her. “Leave us alone- please!” There is, indeed, a constant sense of urgency, a feeling of responsibility, even when Avner is relaxing (or trying to relax) at home. She lives in a studio apartment in the same building as her parents. And as she sits in her parents’ apartment, downing Chinese noodles, she nods when asked about that need to do, do, do. “I always felt a lot more responsibility as a kid,” she says. “I still feel it now. A lot is resting on me.” It does not leave a lot of time for a personal life. But even though she tries not to put pressure on herself or the men she dates, she does want to find a partner in life and have a family. “My dream sounds kind of cheesy, but I want to be a really amazing mother. I want to be a great wife. I want to live a life where I give back constantly.” One day, she also envisions handing Bright Pink over to another “spunky twentysomething.” “I want it to all work out,” she says. “Isn’t it supposed to be that if you put enough good out into the world, it comes back to you?” She looks a little sad when she says it, as if she fears that won’t happen. At that moment, it is easy to imagine that 12year-old girl who learned that her mother had cancer. Her mother, though, has gotten over the guilt she felt, not only for her daughter’s missed childhood, but for passing on the cancer risk. “Would she be the person she is today if she hadn’t had this experience?” Wendy Avner asks. “Sometimes things happen for a reason.” Online: Bright Pink: http://www.bebrightpink.org — AP

TOKYO: A sea lion “smiles” during a show at Kamogawa Sea World in Kamogawa, east of Tokyo, Japan yesterday. —AP

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Celebs, big donors push Africa’s war on malaria Malaria gained popularity in the world of high-spending rich philanthropists

CARTHAGE: View dated on Ocotber 15, 2010 shows the skeleton of the Byrsa Boy during an exhibit at the museum of Carthage, north of Tunis. The Carthage Museum in Tunisia unveiled this weekend the long-awaited, 2,600 year old Byrsa Boy after undergoing a lengthy process of skeletal reconstitution in France. The skeleton of a boy in his twenties, who lived in the sixth century B.C. in Byrsa in ancient Carthage, was delivered several months ago to the laboratories of Elisabeth Daynes, a French sculptor specialized in reconstructing human structures from remaining bones. Daynes uses several the latest reconstruction technologies, on top of which is dermoplasty, also known as skin grafting. The skeleton of Byrsa Boy, known in France and Tunisia as ‘le jeune homme de Byrsa,’ was excavated in 1994 from the Byrsa Hill in Carthage outside the capital Tunis by a joint French-Tunisian archeological team. —AFP

Mandelbrot, father of fractal geometry, dies WASHINGTON: Benoit Mandelbrot, a French-American mathematician who explored a new class of mathematical shapes known as “fractals,” has died at age 85 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his family said. The cause of death was cancer, his family said in a statement. His seminal book, “The Fractal Geometry of Nature,” published in 1982, argued that irregular mathematical objects once dismissed as “pathological” were a reflection of nature. The fractal geometry he developed would be used to measure natural phenomena like clouds or coastlines that once were believed to be immeasurable. He applied the theory to physics, biology, finance and many other fields of study. “Fractals are easy to explain, it’s like a romanesco cauliflower, which is to say that each small part of it is exactly the same as the entire cauliflower itself,” Catherine Hill, a statistician at the Gustave Roussy Institute, told AFP. “It’s a curve that reproduces itself to infinity. Every time you zoom in further, you find the same curve,” she said. French President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to Mandelbrot, saying he had “a powerful, original mind that never shied away from innovation and battering preconceived ideas,” according to a statement published by his office. “His work, which was entirely developed outside the main research channels, led to a modern information theory,” Sarkozy added. Mandelbrot had been “very critical of the prevailing banking models,” adding that his “warnings were not heeded,” Sarkozy said. “France is proud to have received Benoit Mandelbrot and to have allowed him to benefit from the best education.” A professor emeritus at Yale University, Mandelbrot was born in Poland but as a child moved with his family to France where he was educated. In the United States and around the world, his

work attracted the attention of academics, but also pop culture because the fractals he uncovered could be illustrated in stunningly beautiful, multi-colored representations. “Mandelbrot spent most of his professional life working at IBM’s main research laboratory at Yorktown Heights, New York,” the family statement said. “He also taught mathematics for many years at Yale University; he was Sterling Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences.” He was awarded the Wolf Prize for Physics in 1993, and the 2003 Japan Prize for Science and Technology. David Mumford, a professor of mathematics at Brown University, told the New York Times that Mandelbrot revolutionized his field. “Applied mathematics had been concentrating for a century on phenomena which were smooth, but many things were not like that: the more you blew them up with a microscope the more complexity you found,” the Times quoted him as saying. “He was one of the primary people who realized these were legitimate objects,” Mumford added. Mathematicians and economists were among those who reacted swiftly to Mandelbrot’s death on the Internet. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the statistician and philosopher best known for the book “The Black Swan,” turned over his website to mourn Mandelbrot’s passing. The page featured only the words: “Benoit Mandelbrot, 1924-2010, A Greek among Romans.” Chris Anderson, the organizer of the TED conferences that feature addresses from prominent thinkers drawn from a variety of fields, also offered his condolences. He described Mandelbrot, who addressed the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference earlier this year, as “an icon who changed how we see the world” on the TED blog. Mandelbrot leaves behind his wife, Aliette, two sons and three grandchildren. — AFP

SESHEKE: It had been a long and difficult journey, fully deserving of the marching band and choirs that greeted the convoy when it finally rolled into this village deep in the African bush. The shipment had traveled from a factory in India by sea to Kenya, then overland across much of southern Africa to the place where the paved road ended. The cargo was mosquito nets _ weapons in a war against malaria, a disease that has long taken a back seat to AIDS in the world’s consciousness of Africa’s woes, even though it kills almost as many Africans a year as the HIV virus. In recent years, however, malaria’s profile has risen in the world of celebrities and high-spending philanthropists. Actress Sharon Stone gave the cause a spectacular boost in 2005, and the shipment of 11,900 mosquito nets to the Zambian village of Sesheke was financed and accompanied by Neville Isdell, a former Coca-Cola CEO, and Chris Flowers, a billionaire American investor. It was organized by British-based Christian Aid, which works with local churches to distribute the nets free of charge. Chaze Simbotwe, a 72-year-old villager, was astonished at the spectacle of visitors traveling so far to help. She said she lost a child to malaria, and has suffered bouts of the disease herself. “It is difficult for me to express my gratitude,” she said. “These people have good hearts. Who would have thought of buying an old woman like me a mosquito net?” The disease comes from the bite of mosquitoes which suck blood and in the process flush malaria parasites into the bloodstream. These cause bouts of high fever and can end in fatal organ failure. Malaria can be tamed with drugs, but there is no vaccine. In this corner of Zambia, close to Namibia and Angola, the Zambezi River makes a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes. Those that carry the malaria parasite usually bite at night, which is why bed nets treated with insecticide are lifesavers. Malaria kills close to a million Africans a year, mostly children, a death toll close to that of AIDS. Isdell himself suffered malaria as a boy growing up in Zambia. “I have shivered in bed with it, but luckily I got over it,” he told villagers in Sesheke when the nets arrived three weeks ago. Flowers discovered the problem while visiting projects he was funding. In Zambia he encountered a mother who had just lost her two-year-old son to malaria. He realized she did not understand what simple steps might have saved that life. “Your dollar goes a long way toward helping people in a profound way,” he told The Associated Press. “It’s such a big problem, and it’s one where people feel they can have some impact.” Indeed, one reason malaria strikes a chord in the affluent West is that it seems so easily preventable: a $5 donation buys a net, and $5 more will pay to teach a villager rudimentary medical skills. The shipment to Sesheke cost about $100,000. Actress Stone realized this at the 2005 World Economic Forum in Davos as she listened to Benjamin Mkapa, a former president of Tanzania, telling an audience of movers and shakers how cheap and lifesaving nets

ZAMBIA: In this photo taken Sept. 30, 2010, women hold mosquito nets after receiving them at a distribution point in Sesheke, Zambia. ñAP could be. It struck her that “We can get bed nets, we can ship them now, we can change things now. They can have such an impact.” She stood up, pledged $10,000 and asked, “Would anyone else like to stand up and help President Mkapa today?” “All of a sudden, 80 people stood up in unison,” Stone recalled in a telephone interview from Los Angeles with the Associated Press. “I thought I was going to have a heart attack.” A net can be as effective against mosquitoes as a condom is against AIDS, and for those already afflicted, the drug regimen is much simpler and cheaper. Still, “Malaria is, in fact, not a quick fix,” said Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Senegal’s former minister of health who is now active in the campaign against malaria. The nets have to be shipped in from afar. Then people have to be taught to use them correctly. Often they forget to use their nets, or the nets become frayed, or the insecticide wears off. Mosquito breeding grounds must be sprayed regularly with insecticide. More clinics are needed, more doctors and nurses, quicker access to the latest drugs because the disease constantly develops new immunities. Many countries lack the

money and infrastructure to distribute nets. Sesheke didn’t get its paved road until two years ago. Susan Lassen, point woman for Isdell and Flowers in Africa, says Zambia has done well overall, organizing and spending donor money wisely. But elsewhere in Africa she has seen mosquito nets piled up in parking lots for lack of distribution systems. “We’ve done a disservice by saying it’s simple,” she said. “It’s very important that people understand it’s not just ‘$10 saves a life.’ It’s not just a one-off. It has to be a continuous process.” And now there are fears the global economic downturn will slow donations. This year, donors committed $11.7 billion to The Global Fund fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria over the next three years. That was 20 percent more than was pledged for 2008-2010, but far below the $17 billion the U.N. says is needed. The U.N. has set a goal of eradicating malaria in five years, and Ray Chambers, the special U.N. envoy on malaria, believes it can be met. In a statement, he said enough nets are already in place around the world to protect 75 percent of those at risk, and 100 percent coverage is possible by the end of this year. Zambia, a nation of 12 million, is a

strong case in point. Its malaria deaths have dropped by two-thirds in the decade since it started extensive distribution of insecticidetreated nets. Sesheke and its surrounding district of the same name started getting mass net distribution in 2006. District health officials say reported infections have since fallen from 52,797 to just 4,266 last year, and this year will see a further big reduction. From Sesheke, 43 villagers trained as malaria agents will take over, distributing nets four or five at a time from the backs of motorbikes or bicycles, or on foot. The agents meet monthly with village volunteers for updates on whether the nets are being used properly and whether people are still falling sick. According to Lassen, Angolan villagers are already walking into Zambia for meetings about using malaria nets, and leaving with nets. Christian Aid wants to see Zambia’s success mirrored in the neighboring countries of Namibia and Angola. The 11,900 nets for Sesheke are the start of a cross-border campaign that over the next 18 months will see 30,000 nets distributed. “There’s an awful lot of legwork to do, systematically,” Lassen said. — AP

WHAT’S ON IN KUWAIT

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Monday, October 18, 2010 Founder’s Day

ll Algerians are invited for dinA ner to commemorate Founder’s Day on October 28, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Al-Murjan Hall) at 7:30 pm. The event will feature a fancy dress competition for children up to 1st standard and drawing competition for children from 2nd standard to 8th standard. For the fancy dress competition, children are requested to come prepared from home and those participating in the drawing competition are requested to bring crayons/coloring pencils/sketch pens with them, paper sheets will be provided at the venue. For confirming your presence and for queries, please contact: Ikram on 97611788; Tariq Sibte on 99638779; Usman on 66629904; or Sabihuddin on 97210594.

Guest celebrates 1st MBA Class & 5th Bachelors Class Graduation G

ulf University for Science and Technology hosted pioneers in the educational sector, families, friends and students at their 1st MBA and 5th Bachelors Classes Graduation Ceremony on their esteemed campus. Dr. Thomas F. George, Chancellor of the University of Missouri was present at the grand ceremony. “You are hard-working individuals,” he said as he addressed the graduates, “who will use their exceptional education to become the thread that strengthens the economic and social fabric locally and nationally. You have been prepared well and I expect great things from you.” This year in particular is a significant ceremony for the University, as it is not only celebrating its student’s achievements but also a landmark which they’ve accomplished: the graduation of their first MBA class.

The night was filled with smiling faces of the graduates and the air of pride from the audience from the University officials and the families and friends of the graduates - all of whom have waited for this day to come to celebrate. After Dr. Shuaib Shuaib, President of GUST, welcomed the gruaduates, geuests of honor and families, he spoke of the importance of this night; its importance to the students, the families and the university and its grand impact on the future. The Bachelor’s and MBA student speeches followed. The students congratulated not only their classmates, but their professors, their mothers and their fathers as well; for to them, this was not only their achievement that should be acknowledged. The night ended with the shifting of the tassels and the thousand little clicks of cameras.

Cultural nights at AWARE ou are cordially invited to the third series of our cultural awareness nights slated for Wednesday October 20, 2010 by Iman Martin at 7:00pm. Kuwaiti men and women observe a standard of modesty in their attire that they feel benefit both individuals and society. Are you curious as to why Kuwaiti men commonly wear white while women dress in black and yet children are dressed in Western clothing? Join us for an informative evening to better understand the dress code for both men and women in \Kuwait in particular and in the |Middle East in general. We also share the Islamic point of view on clothing. Cultural Kuwaiti attire will be available for trying on. Photos are encouraged.

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group of students at the Arkansas State University visited the Kuwait Times yesterday. The students Clayton Preston, Taylor Graham, Nicole Spurlock and Ashton Gilstrap were accompanied by Professor Gilbert Fowler from the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) and Joan Al-Abdulrazzak, the editor of the GUST student publication. The local desk editor Mustafa Qamhiya gave the visitors a tour around the newspaper’s different departments. — Photo by Islam Sharaa

MOTOR SPORTS Kuwait Motor Bike League / The Amateur Car & Motorbike Association Motorbike track (for trail/dirt bikes) and rally car-racing centre located behind the Science Club on the northern side of the 6th Ring Road (between roads 401 and 50). Car and bike races held on Fridays. Use of facilities and participation in competitions limited to mem-

bers only. office on 3td Ring Road, near Road 50. NETBALL Kuwait Netball Meet Monday for mixed games 6:30 -7:30 and Tuesday for Woman only check the web- site for more info. www.kuwaitnetball.com RUGBY Kuwait Nomads The rugby season in Kuwait runs from September to May. Mens, ladies and

minis rugby are played and the teams frequently travel to participate in AGRFU tournaments. Any interested child between the ages of 5-17 can participate in the Minis rugby. Training is held every Friday between 9am-llam on the grassed pitch at the Yarmouk stadium. The men’s and ladies teams have the pleasure of training and playing on the KOC sand pitch in Ahmadi, the home of the Kuwait Nomads. Training nights are Sundays and Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm. Inter-Gulf matches are played on Thursdays or Fridays. www.p8nomads.com

Badminton Tournament. The event which is held for a cause will start on November 5 and will last until December 10 at the Kuwait Disabled Club , Hawally every Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM. The tournament will be a team event of 5 players. Each team must have Level 1 & 2 (Men’s), Level 1& 2 (Ladies’) and Level 3 (Ladies’). The deadline for submission of line up will be on October 15. Special prize will be given for Best Uniform, Best Team. For more information, call 97197268. he Premier Goal Academy in Tlaunches association with Everton F.C. its ‘Football For All’ pro-

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Arkansas State University students visit the Kuwait Times

KAYAKING Kuwait Surf-Ski Kayak Club 99706742 Sea kayaking is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world today. Call if you are interested in purchasing a kayak, getting involved in the sport.

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

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he AWARE Center cordially invites you to its diwaniya after tomorrow Tuesday October 19, 2010 about, “Love in Islam,” by Teresa Lesher. “Is Islam a religion of love? Is Allah a loving God? How should Muslims express their love for God and others? Join Dr. Teresa Lesher as she presents the Qur’anic verses and prophetic traditions that discuss love - God’s love for us, our love for God, and our love for each other. Q&A and general discussion will follow a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation. All are welcome after For more information, call 25335260 ext 105 or 104 or e-mail: Htaware.hassan@gmail.com.

gram at Shaab Park in October 2010. Expert guidance from professional English F.A./UEFA coaching team. Coaching courses for 3-14 years are held on Fridays 09-11 and Saturdays 3pm to 5pm. 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) from 5pm to 7pm. 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 AlNazer, Director of Administration Tel.66918666 (Arabic) or Daniel Christensen 99128010 or email; premier_fa_kuwait@yahoo.com.

IMWA Quran competitions 2010

- Kuwait (Indian Muslim IingMWA Welfare Association) is conductits annual IMWA QURAN COMPETITIONS 2010 for the school children in Kuwait on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Indian Public School, Salmiya, in the following segments: Inaugural Session & Registration 8:30 am Quran 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, imwakuwait.org. 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 www.imwakuwait.org

Kala Kuwait’s painting competition

ala Kuwait, will hold a drawing K and painting competition on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the

Above are photographs of Under 12 and Under 14 teams from the Premier GOAL Academy in association with Everton F.C. The players are training three times a week under the expert guidance of their coaches in preparation for fixtures against the Kuwait Federation clubs and International School teams. Details of the coaching program are available from Academy Director Mike Finn, tel. 99981327.

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Indian Community School, Khaithan Branch at 2 pm. The program will be conducted in four different age groups. Group A from LKG to 1st Standard, Group B from 2nd to 4th Standard, Group C from 5th to 8th Standard and Group D from 9th to 12th Standard. The media for Group A and B will be crayons while Group C and D are water colors. Crayons and water colors to be brought by the participants. Stamped drawing papers will be supplied by the organizers. Clay Modeling Competition also will be conducted for 7th to 11th Standard Students.

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OCT 21 Rendezvous 2010: The Kuwait Chapter of the St. Aloysius College Alumni Association (SACAA KUWAIT) have announced that “Rendezvous” their hallmark event will be conducted on 21st October at Asia Asia Restaurant, Souk Al Watiya, Kuwait City from 8 pm onwards. This year, SACAA Kuwait celebrates five years of its existence in Kuwait. SACAA-Kuwait has been synonymous with various fund raising initiatives through which they consistently supported various needs of their Alma Mater and its students back in Mangalore, India. Through Rendezvous-2010, SACAA-Kuwait intends to help generate funds for the Poor Students Fund of St. Aloysius institutions where numerous needy students look forward to assistance to subsidize their costs. SACAA Kuwait calls upon all Aloysians, their families and also like minded people to join this noble cause and help make life a little better for those needy students back home. For entry passes and further information, kindly contact - 66731828, 66746425, 66181041, 94093275, 66699857, 66091962. OCT 22 ashn e Bahara’n: Indian Cultural Society (ICS) presents “Jashn e Bahara’n” with Ghazal singer Talat Aziz & famous Poets on 22nd October 2010 Friday at 7.30 pm sharp. The Chief Guest for the event will be H.E. AJAI MALHOTRA Ambassador of India and the Guest of honor will be renowned personalities from Kuwait. Young talents from Kuwait will be another attraction of the evening. So, join us for entertainment on 22nd October, 2010 Friday, at the Auditorium Al Jeel Al Jadeed School, Tunees Street, Opp- Al Bahar Center (Canary Restra.) Hawally. For more details. Please contact: 97690035, 66568147, 94450833, 99812832, 97296577, 99788692, 94068099 & 24716004 Email ics.kuwait@gmail.com Web Page: www.nazarkesamne.webs.com

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‘Madame Butterfly’ at Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait!

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ovenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a staged it’s third opera production, “Madame Butterfly” on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October, 2010 at the Al Bida’a Ballroom. The opera was produced by the European Chamber Opera, a group that has had previous experience presenting operas within the hotel over the last two years. Madame Butterfly is written by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, taking place in the unique setting of Nagasaki, Japan during the early 20th century. It is a love story between a US military officer

stationed in Japan and his growing relationship with a Geisha called Butterfly. All attendees were captivated by the whole performance and were so concentrated so they wouldn’t miss a single detail. The Artistic Director of the European Chamber Opera, Stefan Sanchez, did a narration translation for the audience after every scene in order for them to follow up the events. ‘We at the Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait have always the pleasure to organise such great events as we believe that it is so important to support the art because it enhances our

lives and gives us a sense of community and inspiration’ says Gary Moran, the General Manager of the Movenpick Al Bida’a. Amongst the honourable guests were The South African Ambassador, Argentinean Ambassador and other VIPs from different companies in Kuwait. About Movenpick Hotels & Resorts Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, an upscale hotel management company with over 12,000 employees, is represented through over 90 hotels existing or under construction in 26 countries with a concentration on its core markets

in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The international hotel group with roots in Switzerland is expanding and has a stated objective of increasing its hotel portfolio to 100 by the year 2010. With two hotel types, business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has clearly positioned itself in the upscale segment and stands for quality, reliability and care with a personal touch. The hotel group is owned by Movenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%).

OCT 28 olva 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.

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Sheraton Hotel now features state-of-the-art gyms F

itness and travel go hand-in-hand, whether you’re the German soccer team traveling to South Africa or a frequent business traveler jetting coast-to-coast. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is rolling out its new fitness program that allows guests use the strategies developed by the leading experts in pro-athlete training to become the ultimate road warrior. Core Performance, developed by Athletes’ Performance, the global leader in performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy- and Sheraton are proud to announce the global rollout of “Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance”. This alliance marks the first time that Core Performance is partnering with a hotel company to create customized training and nutrition programs for travelers. As part of Sheraton’s $6 billion USD global revitalization, 60 hotels already feature the new fitness offering with an additional 70 coming on board globally before the end of 2010. All Sheraton hotels around the world will feature Sheraton Fitness by end of 2011. The statistics are conclusive. Travelers require programs specifically designed for their health and fitness needs on the road: • 25% of business travelers experience physical stress while flying • 40% of business travelers skip breakfast • Lack of sleep has led 23% of travelers to fall asleep in a meeting and 14% to miss a meeting or a flight • Travelers who exercise are more alert and perform at a higher level With these statistics in mind, Mark Verstegen, Founder of Core Performance and Athletes’ Performance, designed a holistic program exclusively for Sheraton guests, which is derived from the same training methodology used by professional athletes. The program helps travelers train and eat healthy on the road, as well as

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gates to help them being at their best throughout the day. In 2011 this will be followed by a full Sheraton FIT Meetings program which will add techniques to keep the mind and body sharp, and customizable group workout options. “We’re excited to partner with Sheraton to unveil this unique, co-branded program that touches multiple elements of a guest’s lifestyle, both in and out of the hotel, and helps them compete in the game of life,” said Mark Verstegen, Founder and Chairman of Core Performance and Athletes’ Performance. “Travel takes its toll on all of us and we are dedicated to working with Sheraton to offer innovative solutions that will enhance the overall health of guests.”

refresh, recharge and refocus their minds and bodies. So whether you work out every day or just want to take advantage of the nutrition programs and health tips, “Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance” will help Sheraton guests feel and perform better. “Mark Verstegen’s Athletes’ Performance methodology has been used to train many of the world’s top athletes and Sheraton is proud to partner with an organization that can bring this level of world-class fitness and nutrition expertise to our guests,” said Susanne Barfoed, Vice President Brand Management, Sheraton Hotels, EAME. “Fitness and travel go hand in hand and we have heard from our guests that working out is a priority when they are on the road.” • First Class Fitness Centers featuring Life Fitness Designed for the Top Performers in Life: Core Performance has developed a state-of-theart gym experience tailored specifically to the needs of frequent travelers. Since travelers have different needs when they are on the road, the

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 bdoot@kems.net e-mail address. The filled-in forms can also be submitted by hand, by email or by fax (number 2491-3204).

civil unrest, or inform Canadians of a family emergency at home. The Embassy of Canada encourages all Canadian Citizens to register online through the Government of Canada Travel Website at www.voyage.gc.ca. The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi provides visa and immigration services to residents of Kuwait. Individuals who are interested in visiting, working or immigrating to Canada are invited to visit the website of the Canadian Embassy to the UAE at www.UAE.gc.ca. The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, Al-Mutawakel St, Block 4 in Da’aiyah. Please visit our website at www.kuwait.gc.ca.

EMBASSY OF CANADA The Embassy of Canada is open from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm from Sunday through Thursday. Consular Services for Canadian Citizens are provided from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm on Sunday through Wednesday. Canada offers a registration service for all Canadians travelling or living abroad. This service is provided so that Consular Officials can contact and assist Canadians in an emergency in a foreign country, such as a natural disaster or

EMBASSY OF INDIA The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week. Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the

new fitness centers feature time-efficient training programs - 20 to 30 minute “themed” workouts designed by Core Performance to work with busy travel schedules. • Online Training, After Check-Out: Guests can access Sheraton Fitness online at Sheratonfitness.com, which features online training programs created by Core Performance and health/nutrition tips. This allows guests to download workouts and follow the Core Performance programs both at home and on the road - eliminating any disruption to their fitness regimen. Core Performance is also offering Sheraton guests a free three-week trial to the online training at CorePerformance.com, which provides customized training regimes based on guests’ goals. • Sheraton Core Performance Meeting Breaks: Developed together with Core Performance, Sheraton Hotels will soon offer an healthy menu options for meeting breaks which aims to boost the energy level of meeting dele-

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, AlOthman Street, Kurd Roundabout, AlAbraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday.

About Mark Verstegen and Core Performance Mark Verstegen is the Founder of Core Performance and Athletes’ Performance, the global leader in performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy for elite athletes and teams. In addition to his roles at Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, Mark is the Director of Performance for the NFL Players’ Association and the author of five Core Performance books, including Core Performance Essentials and Core Performance Golf. Mark is featured regularly in Men’s Health and Outside Magazine, and speaks regularly internationally about helping executives, athletes, and consumers alike achieve their performance goals. Under Mark’s leadership, Athletes’ Performance has trained some to today’s top athletes including major champions in basketball, hockey, tennis, and golf. Core Performance has become the industry leader in proactive wellness, delivering comprehensive, measurable solutions to consumers, corporations, and executives alike. For more information please visit www.sheratonfitness.com.

EMBASSY OF NEPAL On the occasion of the Vijaya Dashami 2067, the Embassy of Nepal will remain closed today. EMBASSY OF THE NETHERLANDS The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands together with Holland Marine Equipment organize a Dutch maritime trade mission to the State of Kuwait the latest Dutch innovations in maritime products and services. The trade mission, which will take place on October 24, will bring 12 prominent Dutch companies to Kuwait. These Dutch companies are globally-experienced specialized in unique marine products and services and eager to develop strong business relations with prospective Kuwaiti firms. The mission’s agenda will feature an arrangement for business meetings to enable Dutch and Kuwaiti firms to explore areas of interest and business opportunities. This trade mission to Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf is a good and effective way for Kuwaiti companies to get acquainted with Dutch suppliers. For further information on the participating companies and to register for a business to business meeting, contact Nidaa Al-

Artist Johnarts of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh presents a painting of Gandhi to Ajay Malhothra, Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, as Somu Mathew (left) looks on, during Gandhidarshan, an exhibition of Gandhi books and drawings organized by Indian Overseas Congress, Kuwait.

Rajoudi (25312650 ext 205) or send an email to kwe-ea@minbuza.nl no later than October 17. EMBASSY OF SWAZILAND The Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland to the State of Kuwait is promoting investment, tourism and trade between the Kingdom of Swaziland and the State of Kuwait. A business expo will be held on the 13th and 14th of October in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. All businessmen and members of the diplomatic corps and the public are hereby invited to the expo which will be held at the offices of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry commencing at 12 PM until late on both days. EMBASSY OF THAILAND All foreigners who apply for Tourist Visa at the Royal Thai Embassies and the Royal Thai Consulate General worldwide, including eligible foreigners who apply for Visa on arrival at designated checkpoints, will be exempted from tourist visa fees until 31 March 2011. Such arrangement is for Tourist Visa only.

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

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Sons of Anarchy Dollhouse Ghost Whisperer GMA Live RPT Kathy Griffin Eureka Cold Case The Ellen de Generes Show Drop Dead Diva Dollhouse Sons of Anarchy Good Morning America Live Eureka Cold Case The Ellen de Generes Show Without a Trace Big Love The Philanthropist Sons of Anarchy Saving Grace The Ellen de Generes Show GMA Live RPT

00:30 Human Prey 01:25 Animal Cops Houston 02:20 Untamed And Uncut 03:10 Wildlife SOS 03:35 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 04:00 Corwin’s Quest 04:50 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 05:15 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 05:40 Groomer Has It 06:35 Planet Wild 07:00 Stranger Among Bears 07:25 Stranger Among Bears 07:55 Monkey Life 08:20 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 08:50 Miami Animal Police 09:45 E-Vets: The Interns 10:40 Animal Cops Houston 11:35 Wildlife SOS 12:00 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 12:30 Cats 101 13:25 Project Puppy 13:50 Project Puppy 14:20 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:45 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:15 The Pack 15:40 The Pack 16:10 Amba The Russian Tiger 17:10 Cats 101 18:05 Into The Pride 19:00 Maneaters 19:55 Animal Cops Houston 20:50 Amba The Russian Tiger 21:45 Untamed And Uncut 22:40 Maneaters 23:35 Into The Pride

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Big Top Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Mastermind 2006 Big Top Big Top The Weakest Link Strictly Come Dancing Doctors Mastermind 2006 New Tricks Big Top Big Top Lab Rats Strictly Come Dancing The Weakest Link Doctors Mastermind 2006 New Tricks Strictly Come Dancing The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders

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Holby City Blackjack2 Jack Dee The Weakest Link Holby City Eastenders

00:05 Cash In The Attic 00:45 Fantasy Homes In The City 01:30 Indian Food Made Easy 02:00 Rhodes Across China 02:45 Living In The Sun 04:30 Antiques Roadshow 05:20 What Not To Wear 06:10 Bargain Hunt 06:55 Hidden Potential 07:15 Cash In The Attic USA 07:35 Twiggy’s Frock Exchange 08:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:20 Cash In The Attic 10:05 Come Dine With Me 10:55 What Not To Wear 11:45 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 12:35 Twiggy’s Frock Exchange 13:25 Antiques Roadshow 14:20 MasterChef: The Professionals 14:50 Daily Cooks Challenge 15:50 Come Dine With Me 16:40 MasterChef: The Professionals 17:10 Wine 18:00 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:50 Cash In The Attic 19:35 Come Dine With Me 20:25 MasterChef: The Professionals 21:20 What Not To Wear 22:10 Wine 23:00 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 23:50 Cash In The Attic

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The Jetsons Pink Panther And Pals Tom And Jerry Popeye Classics Scooby Doo Where Are You! Tom And Jerry Kids A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Yogi’s Treasure Hunt Tex Avery Show Tom And Jerry Looney Tunes The Flintstones The Jetsons Tom And Jerry Kids The Garfield Show Duck Dodgers The Scooby Doo Show Wacky Races Dastardly And Muttley King Arthur’s Disasters Help! It’s The Hair Bear Bunch A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Popeye Scooby Doo Where Are You! Top Cat Hong Kong Phooey Duck Dodgers The Jetsons The Flintstones Looney Tunes Tom And Jerry Top Cat Wacky Races Dastardly And Muttley The Scooby Doo Show Johnny Bravo Dexter’s Laboratory Looney Tunes Duck Dodgers The Garfield Show The Flintstones The Jetsons Looney Tunes Tom And Jerry The Scooby Doo Show Hong Kong Phooey Top Cat The Garfield Show The Scooby Doo Show Wacky Races Dastardly And Muttley Help! It’s The Hair Bear Bunch Popeye The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop Scooby-Doo And Scrappy-Doo Looney Tunes The Flintstones

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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 Codename: Kids Next Door 04:25 Chowder 04:50 Best ED 05:15 Chop Socky Chooks 05:40 Ben 10: Alien Force 06:05 Bakugan Battle Brawlers 06:30 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 06:55 Eliot Kid 07:20 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 07:30 Squirrel Boy 07:55 Robotboy 08:20 Camp Lazlo 08:45 The Powerpuff Girls 09:10 Class Of 3000 09:35 Ed, Edd N Eddy 10:00 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 10:25 Codename: Kids Next Door 10:50 Ben 10 11:15 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 11:40 Squirrel Boy 12:05 Eliot Kid 12:35 Casper’s Scare School 13:00 Skunk Fu! 13:25 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 13:50 Bakugan Battle Brawlers 14:15 The Secret Saturdays 14:40 Ben 10: Alien Force 15:05 Hero 108 15:30 Chop Socky Chooks 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

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One True Thing-PG The Memsahib-PG15 Annie-FAM Little Nicholas-PG Seven Pounds-PG15 Prisoner-PG Solaris-PG15 Of Mice And Men-PG15 Survivre Avec Les Loups-18 The Border-18 Frenzy-PG15

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X-Machines How It’s Made How Stuff Works Destroyed In Seconds Destroyed In Seconds Extreme Engineering Fifth Gear Extreme Engineering Chop Shop: London Garage Mythbusters Ultimate Survival Overhaulin’ Border Security How It’s Made How Stuff Works Mythbusters Miami Ink Ultimate Survival Dirty Jobs Overhaulin’ Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security The Gadget Show How Stuff Works How It’s Made Dual Survival Deadliest Catch Swamp Loggers Deadly Women Chop Shop: London Garage Dirty Jobs Dual Survival

00:00 The Colony 00:50 The Colony 01:45 Catch It Keep It 02:40 How Stuff’s Made 03:10 The Future Of... 04:00 Thunder Races 05:00 Sci-Trek 06:00 What’s That About? 06:55 Stunt Junkies 07:20 The Gadget Show 07:50 The Future Of... 08:45 How Stuff’s Made 09:15 Scrapheap Challenge 10:10 Weird Connections 10:35 What’s That About? 11:30 Nextworld 12:25 The Gadget Show 12:55 Sci-Trek 13:50 Nyc: Inside Out 14:45 Brainiac 15:40 Mega World 16:30 Superships 17:20 How It’s Made 17:45 The Gadget Show 18:10 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 19:00 Mega World 19:50 Superships 20:40 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 21:30 The Gadget Show 21:55 Engineering Thrills 22:45 Mega World 23:35 Superships

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K9 Adventures American Dragon Kid Vs Kat Phineas And Ferb Have A Laugh Phineas And Ferb Kick Buttowski Pokemon Zeke And Luther Zeke And Luther I’m In The Band The Super Hero Squad Show Suite Life On Deck Suite Life On Deck Aaron Stone Phineas And Ferb Have A Laugh Phineas And Ferb Kid Vs Kat Kid Vs Kat The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody Zeke And Luther The Super Hero Squad Show Kick Buttowski I’m In The Band Suite Life On Deck Zeke And Luther Zeke And Luther Phineas And Ferb Phineas And Ferb Have A Laugh Kick Buttowski Pokemon American Dragon Aaron Stone Kid Vs Kat Phineas And Ferb I’m In The Band Have A Laugh The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody Shreducation Programmes Start At 6:00am KSA

00:15 25 Most Stylish 01:10 Sexiest 02:05 Battle of the Hollywood Hotties 02:30 Streets of Hollywood 03:00 E! Investigates 04:45 Behind the Scenes 05:10 Behind the Scenes 05:35 E! News 06:25 Denise Richards: It’s Complicated 06:50 Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami 07:15 20 Best & Worst Celebrity Plastic... 09:00 E! News 09:50 Behind the Scenes 10:15 Pretty Wild 10:40 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 11:05 Kendra 11:30 E!ES 12:25 E!ES 13:15 Behind the Scenes 13:40 Behind the Scenes 14:10 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 14:35 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 15:00 E! News 15:50 Keeping Up with the Kardashians 16:15 Pretty Wild 16:40 THS 17:30 Kendra 17:55 Chelsea Lately 18:20 The Spin Crowd 18:45 The Spin Crowd 19:10 E! News 20:00 The Soup 20:25 Kendra 20:50 Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami 21:15 Pretty Wild 21:40 Dr 90210 22:30 Wildest TV Show Moments 22:55 Reality Hell 23:20 E! Investigates

00:20 Eds Up 00:45 Eds Up 01:10 Winter X Games 02:00 Winter X Games 02:50 Mantracker 03:40 Mantracker 04:30 I-Ex 05:00 I-Ex 05:30 I-Ex 06:00 Fim World Motocross Championships 2009 06:50 Fim World Motocross Championships 2009 07:40 Fim World Motocross Championships 2009 08:30 Rebel Tv 17 08:55 Fim World Motorcross 09:45 Fantasy Factory 10:10 Fantasy Factory 10:35 Mantracker 11:25 Tread Bmx 11:50 Tread Bmx 12:15 Eds Up 12:40 Eds Up 13:05 Fim World Motorcross 13:55 Fantasy Factory 14:20 Fantasy Factory 14:45 Fim World Motocross Championships 2009 15:35 Fim World Motocross Championships 2009 17:15 Rebel Tv 17 17:40 Mantracker 18:30 Fantasy Factory 18:55 Fantasy Factory 19:20 Fim World Motorcross 20:10 Eds Up 20:35 Eds Up 21:00 Mantracker 21:50 Fim World Motorcross 22:40 Tread Bmx 23:05 Tread Bmx 23:30 Eds Up 23:55 Eds Up

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

03:00 Sport Central 03:30 The Golf Channel - TBA 04:30 Golf Central International 05:00 The Golf Channel - TBA 06:30 European Tour Portugal Masters Final Rd. from Vilamoura, Portugal 09:00 LPGA Tour: CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge Final Rd. Danville, CA 10:00 LPGA Tour: CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge Final Rd. Danville, CA 11:00 NFL TBA at TBA 14:00 NFL TBA at TBA 17:00 MLB: National League Championship Series Game 2, Teams TBA time/date tentative 20:00 The Golf Channel - TBA 22:00 Golf Central International 22:30 The Golf Channel - TBA 23:00 Nationwide Tour: Miccosukee Championship Rd. 3 Miami, FL

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01:00 Christopher’s Dream-FAM 03:00 Pirates Who Don’t Do AnythingPG 05:00 Scruff And The Legend Of Saint George-FAM 07:00 Christopher’s Dream-FAM 09:00 Mamma Moo And Crow-FAM 11:00 Hotel For Dogs-FAM 13:00 Aussie And Ted’s Great Adventure-PG 15:00 Rugrats In Paris: The Movie-FAM 17:00 Robin Hood: The Invincible Knight-FAM 19:00 Mamma Moo And Crow-FAM 21:00 Scruff And The Legend Of Saint George-FAM 23:00 Rugrats In Paris: The Movie-FAM

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00:30 Futbol Mundial 01:00 ICC Cricket World 01:30 Currie Cup 03:30 Futbol Mundial 04:00 European Challenge Cup 06:00 Scottish Premier League 10:00 PGA European Tour 14:30 Scottish Premier League 16:30 Futbol Mundial 17:00 ICC Cricket World 17:30 Goals On Monday 18:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 19:00 Scottish Premier League 21:00 Goals On Monday 22:00 PGA European Tour Highlights 23:00 Scottish Premier League

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00:00 Word Travels 00:30 Culture Shock 01:00 Food Tripper 02:00 Globe Trekker 03:00 Julian and Camilla’s World Odyssey 04:00 The Thrillseekers Guide 04:30 PhotoXplorers 05:00 Globe Trekker 06:00 Travel Oz 06:30 First Class Italy 07:00 Word Travels 07:30 Essential 08:00 Chef Abroad 08:30 Opening Soon 09:00 The Big Fish 09:30 Skier’s World 10:00 Globe Trekker 11:00 Planet Food 12:00 Flavours Of Mexico 12:30 Travel Today 13:00 Word Travels 13:30 Essential 14:00 Globe Trekker 15:00 Travel Oz 15:30 Chef Abroad 16:00 Flavours Of Mexico 16:30 Opening Soon 17:00 Globe Trekker 18:00 Planet Food 19:00 Hollywood and Vines 19:30 The Thirsty Traveler 20:00 Working Holiday 21:00 Globe Trekker 22:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 23:00 Planet Food

Monday, October 18, 2010

33 ACCOMMODATION An executive looking for sharing accommodation, single room with separate toilet, preferably with Christian family in and around Salmiya area. Contact: 66764062. (C 2775) Sharing accommodation available for a small family with one bachelor engineer behind Jleeb Souk Central, for main bedroom in one bedroom flat. Contact: 66877309 / 97886314. (C 2777) Sharing accommodation available for a Keralite family or working ladies to share with a working lady, well furnished two bedroom flat near German Clinic, Abbassiya. Contact: 94467326. (C 2779) Flat available for rent in Khaitan near Pakistan International School & Souk AlMahameed, 2 bedroom + big hall + 2 bath + big kitchen + balcony, good location. Call: 99322585. (C 2774) Sharing accommodation available in Sharq near Amiri Hospital in 2BHK CA/C, separate bathroom with Keralite family, for family, working ladies or executive bachelors. Contact: 97675851 / 66088405. 18-10-2010 Sharing accommodation available in C-A/C building near Salmiya Church available big room with attached bathroom for Indian families or working ladies or bachelors. Please contact: 67714275. (C 2768) Sharing accommodation available with Keralite Christian couple Edee Store for a couple or decent bachelors. Window A/C and fridge and cable connection already. All other facility common. Available from 1st October, 2010. Contact: 66418746. (C 2770) 16-10-2010 Sharing accommodation available in Abbassiya near Hi-Dine Super Market, for two decent bachelors or small family. Contact: 24312462 after 2 pm. (C 2716) Khaitan - Single furnished

room and sharing room is available for decent Indian bachelor in double bedroom C-A/C building, from October. Contact: 97523316 / 24745162. (C 2735) Two rooms for rent in Salwa block 10, C-A/C flat with separate bath room & reasonable rent, internet facility available. Please Contact: 99856676. (C 2766) Sharing accommodation available for working women or family, with a Muslim family near United Indian School, Abbassiya. Pls call: 97612248. (C 2767) 14-10-2010 Room available C-A/C, with small Goan Hindu family or for one executive Indian (Hindu). Near Al-Rashid Hospital, Amman Street, Salmiya. Contact: 99408202. (C 2761) Sharing accommodation available from today onwards for Indian executive bachelor in 2 bedroom, C-A/C flat in Salmiya, Amman Street with some facilities in room. Contact: 65718627. (C 2762)

FOR SALE 2008 Mitsubishi OUTLANDER Full options Kuwait agency - Excellent condition 27000 KM. - Sunroof - 6 CD MP3 cruise control - Regular services Original Paint - Under warranty 66603401 Sale of households, furniture, sofa, TV, fridge, oil heater, study tables etc with or without, apt of two bedrooms, two bathrooms, Salmiya. Contact Ali: 97543176 / 25657327. (C 2778) 18-10-2010 Chrysler Sebring 2007, black color, traveled

50,000kms, very elegant and powerful car in excellent condition. Price KD 3000. Call: 67065233. (C 2752) Volkswagen Passat 2009, limited and unique SPORTS edition, silver color, traveled 30,000kms, as perfect as new. Price KD 5000. Call: 67065233. (C 2753) Honda Accord 1996, color blue, registered up to April 2011, Price KD 750. Contact: 66258272. (C 2769) Pajero 2005 model, 6 CD changer; Mitsubishi pick-up 2004 model. Ph: 66052331. (C 2772) 16-10-2010 Voyager Van 1999, color white, 7 seater, automatic, leather interior, loaded W/front & rear AC. Excellent condition, lady driven. Phone: 97922128. (C 2757) GMC Safari Van 1994 Model, 7 seats black color good condition Price KD 500 (Negotiable). Interested can call: 66509289. (C 2764) 13-10-2010

SITUATION WANTED

Indian Nationality, Visa#18 transferable, having good experience in electrical, Plumping Maintenance and Generator operating, good health and hard worker seeks a suitable job. Contact: 97167085. (C 2771) 16-9-2010

LOST Egyptian Passport lost, name: Abdul Samee’ Mohammed Gebreel Abdul Samee’, Passport No. 4319233. Finders kindly call: 66879671. (C 2765) 13-10-2010

MATRIMONIAL Suitable alliances are invited for 26 yrs old girl working in Kuwait MoH nurse, intercaste marriage parents, from Emakulam Dt., from boys working in Kuwait preferred. Please contact Email: sunshine0091@gmail.com (C 2776) 18-10-2010 Proposals invited for RC boy (Syro Malabar), fair / 28 yrs, hgt 165 cm, wgt 75, B.Com / hailing from Idukki Dist., working in a private firm in Kuwait as Accountant. Seeking alliance from girls working in Kuwait. Please contact E-mail: joykutty.rs@gmail.com (C 2760)

CHANGE OF NAME I Ghazi Mohammad Din holder Pakistani Passport No. KF486771 hereby changed my name to SAIFUDDIN. (C 2773) 16-10-2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Calvin

CROSSWORD 113

Aries (March 21-April 19) After a busy week, you

may decide to take some time to relax and enjoy your environment. You may decide to check out a new book store or visit the park. An old friend may reenter your life today and you two may find yourselves lost in much conversation. This is a time of coming to grips with the past or getting in touch with the mystical and the spiritual: these things give a sense of satisfaction and completeness. Rewarding days make up for all the stress that comes with those challenging days. It is your turn to grab the attention. There are emotional beginnings, a fresh start, perhaps the establishment of new habit patterns. Relationships with all sorts of people and events are very important during this time. You are a very positive person. Taurus (April 20-May 20) This could be a somewhat

difficult time, when circumstances may block you or bring you to a standstill. It is easy now to work at cross-purposes to your own interests. This is a good time to step back and reevaluate your aims and goals. This may take some time. Although you shy away from challenges, you cannot escape facing a few of them. Challenges are what helps us grow, learn about others and ourselves, and may help us to improve our problem-solving skills—resulting in personal rewards. Being more practical and budgeting your income takes on special importance. Taking care of the necessary underpinnings of life—health, work and such— becomes a greater preoccupation. Sorting things out and getting them organized keeps you busy.

Pooch Cafe

ACROSS 1. Pretentious or silly talk or writing. 5. Jordan's port. 10. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 13. A particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography). 14. A family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in southeastern Asia. 15. A room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter. 16. Soviet physicist who worked on low temperature physics (1908-1968). 18. A highly unstable radioactive element (the heaviest of the halogen series). 20. Free from dirt or impurities. 23. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 24. A small faint zodiacal constellation in the southern hemisphere. 26. Being nine more than ninety. 27. (Scotland) A small loaf or roll of soft bread. 30. Resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects. 31. A cushion on a throne for a prince in India. 35. A Loloish language. 37. The 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 40. Grass mowed and cured for use as fodder. 41. African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread. 43. A public promotion of some product or service. 45. To come or go into. 46. Of or relating to or resembling a lobule. 48. The district occupied entirely by the city of Washington. 49. A Russian prison camp for political prisoners. 50. A light touch or stroke. 53. (astronomy) The angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along the celestial equator from the zenith crossing. 55. (Phoenician and Philistine) God of agriculture and the earth. 59. The sixth month of the civil year. 61. The state of needing something that is absent or unavailable. 65. Plant with an elongated head of broad stalked leaves resembling celery. 66. A member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who once had a culture characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy. 67. A strong wind moving 45-90 knots. 68. A notable achievement. 69. (Old Testament) In Judeo-Christian mythology. 70. An elaborate song for solo voice. 71. Type genus of the Alcidae comprising solely the razorbill. DOWN 1. A fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate. 2. Using speech rather than writing. 3. 100 sene equal 1 tala. 4. Relating to the deepest parts of the ocean (below 6000 meters). 5. A Kwa language spoken by the Yoruba people in southwestern Nigeria. 6. Unknown god. 7. A city in southern Turkey on the Seyhan River. 8. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 9. The branch of computer science that deal with writing computer programs that can solve problems creatively. 10. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 11. An amino acid that is found in the central nervous system. 12. An Arabic speaking person who lives in Arabia or North Africa. 17. A blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically. 19. Large burrowing rodent of South and Central America. 21. Type genus of the family Arcidae. 22. Used of the language of the deaf. 25. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group. 28. A Kwa language spoken in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. 29. A unit of illumination equal to 1 lumen per square centimeter. 32. Tropical woody herb with showy yellow flowers and flat pods. 33. A Chadic language spoken south of Lake Chad. 34. The eighth month of the civil year. 36. In bed. 38. River in eastern Asia. 39. A material effigy that is worshipped as a god. 42. (of persons) Highest in rank or authority or office. 44. A state of Uganda and site of a former Bantu kingdom. 45. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 47. Having undesirable or negative qualities. 51. (Babylonian) God of storms and wind. 52. Common Indian weaverbird. 53. A silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite. 54. Primitive chlorophyll-containing mainly aquatic eukaryotic organisms lacking true stems and roots and leaves. 56. A Gaelic-speaking Celt in Ireland or Scotland or the Isle of Man. 57. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for the sale of petroleum. 58. A quantity of no importance. 60. The most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on. 62. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 63. A user interface in which you type commands instead of choosing them from a menu or selecting an icon. 64. Large brownish-green New Zealand parrot.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) There is a greater than usual interest in relationships and social connections now. A cycle of romance and family is present today, emphasizing a need for security and a sense of roots. Family, home, relatives and real estate play a bigger part in your life. There is also an interest in broadening your intellectual and spiritual horizons. You are intent on seeing the big picture and getting to the point. Travel and further education brings this into reality. Being in touch with ideas on a grand scale keeps your mind busy. You may learn how to figure out resolutions to opposing views and encourage better relations between people. You may have insight into helping create world peace. Keep a log of your thoughts—send them to your state representative.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) Start to plan now for a vacation around the twenty-fourth or twenty-fifth of this month. This will be the time when energies work in your favor. Sometimes the planning is just as much fun as the vacation itself. Independence, as well as anything unusual or different, is valued at this time. The vacation you take may lead you into a new type of job market. Whatever the case, you are open to new and better opportunities. This new job may require travel and if you have no children, this would be a good time for the change. Music is likely to play a more important role for you and it is highly likely that friends or family will enjoy the music you produce. You will probably not be alone with your music as others enjoy singing or playing an instrument with you. Leo (July 23-August 22) Today is most rewarding. The attention you give your work and the follow-through steps that you exert to help your customer or client are commendable and worthy of attention. You seem to stand out in a crowd as a person that cares and a person that is intent on making a positive difference. When you attempt to perform your duties you perform them as though they were the first time. Financial speculation today can be risky, but offers big rewards; careful. Romantic relationships have a fated, charismatic element about them. Someone you love or are infatuated with, is changed in a fundamental way. You may be able to feel especially kind toward a friend or loved one this afternoon. A visitor is appreciative.

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Virgo (August 23-September 22) There are motivating energies available to help you gain more vigor and to generally improve your physical well-being. Health goals take on a greater importance. Do an inventory, seek advice and enjoy busying yourself with new ideas for better health. New changes in security issues bring about that feeling of comfort. You are a stickler on being prepared and may have discovered a few things that are in need of repair, updating and securing. You also plan on taking care of personal business, saving only a few necessary trips to business interaction during next week. You crave organization and may want to change the way you run your home. You aim to have a place for everything and everything in its place.

Libra (September 23-October 22) In-depth discussions and probing conversations find you at your mental best. Your analytical abilities are at a high point. Ideals and a sense of belonging to something bigger than the merely personal become greater focuses in your life. You attach more importance to friendships and taking part in group activities that center on idealistic goals. Meeting yourself in another person is the keynote of a new cycle that begins for you now. Relationships—romantic, business and social—are the arenas where life is enjoyed and adventures are thrilling. In coming to know the other person, you come to a better understanding of yourself. It’s easy in theory, but it’s only in practice that it comes to mean anything real—so practice, practice, practice.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 21) As this day

progresses, romance and social interaction take on a greater importance for you. Harmonious ties to others are what you yearn for; refinement and elegance are what you seek. The ideal partnership, the perfect balance, the highest standards of truth and beauty are some of the things that quicken your pulse. You will recognize the opportunities coming that will help you achieve your desires. This is a practical and materialistic kind of focus, one that emphasizes the making and spending of money. Learning what really counts is an important lesson that may be learned the hard way. A mentor would be a good thing. A friend may need your help this evening, which may be the diversion you need. Laughter is great medicine. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Take a little trip today. Enjoy getting away from your regular routine. This is a very nice day, perhaps filled with some renewed appreciation for all that is beautiful and fine. There is a sense of value and valuing that may find you lavishing affection on those near you. You might feel sensitivity toward an older person. You have a natural sense for communicating with others, especially those younger than yourself. Clear thoughts about the past may also be flowing in today as well. You may be able to enjoy and value your own life situation and communication opportunities are open between you and a friend or loved one. Your advice to a young person is timed perfectly. You usually make a positive difference in people’s lives.

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children and other people or things dear to your heart are emphasized at this time. Being appreciated and admired for your gifts and talent is a powerful need. Taking chances can bring big rewards. Friends, group projects and community concerns play a key role that influences your future goals. Today may be a good time to have a group meeting with family, neighbors or friends and decide on the wonderful decorations that are available for parties or preparations for the wonderful upcoming fall events. Instead of decorating your house all by yourself, why not work as a team on each other’s houses. Traditions are the glue that help deepen their relationships; now is a good time to start a new tradition. Aquarius (January 20- February 18) This is a low cycle day; allowing you to revise some of your plans, straighten out problems and refurbish your energies. The day could work with you if you would just take a bit of time to relax: laugh, sing and find a friend to hug. You are insightful and can use this day to your best benefit. This day is not too lazy or too stressful—a time for accomplishing tasks or setting things up to work in your favor. You attract money today. Any uncertainty concerning relationships can become clear decisions for you now. Matters of freedom are at risk. A relationship could end today but this may have been building for a long time. Positive results are possible, but you must act on your decisions. Real insight will surface now. Pisces (February 19-March 20) Your happiest times all month are the days, like this day, when you spend time with friends in group activities. Spiritual practices and some charity work may be involved in making this a rewarding time. You may find yourself being put to good use by your friends. You usually have quick answers, great wit and a surplus of insights. This is a good time to write and communicate with real originality. Inventions and breakthroughs are possible. Everything conspires to value and brings out your unique and unusual qualities. You find that someone close to you understands and is supportive of your ideas or your work; they encourage you. Tonight you show family and friends your appreciation of them—some meal or entertainment is in order.

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indy Crawford takes pole-dancing classes to keep her marriage alive. The 44-year-old supermodel - who has son Presley, 11, and daughter Kaia, nine with her husband Rande Gerber - attends sexy dance classes in the dark, where she tunes into her “sexuality and sensuality” whilst staying in shape. She said: “There are no steps to learn with poledancing and after having kids it’s great to re-tap into that sexuality and sensuality. The class is super-dark so you wouldn’t even recognize the woman next to you if she was next to you in the supermarket. “You dance to music differently because you hear it differently. And my husband does not complain.” Cindy and Rande married back in 1998 - following her divorce from her husband of four years, actor Richard Gere in 1995 - and were firm friends

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first. Despite being happily married for 12 years, Cindy admits her sex life goes through “dry spells” but they work hard to keep the spark in their relationship. She explained to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “If you just wait for the moment to strike, you’re going to have some dry spells. Sometimes you have to grease the wheels a little. You just need to make it a priority and say tonight is going to be the night. If you’re not in the mood, it’s easy enough to get in the mood.” Cindy also admits she is the “emotional” one in their relationship. She added: “We’re not people who talk 20 times a day but I need to check in more than Rande does. I’m the woman, the emotional one. He’d be happy to never talk about the relationship again. Rande’s philosophy is, ‘If everything’s good, why talk about it, and if it’s bad, why talk about it?’ “

ac Efron dodged fans by escaping down a hotel drainpipe. The ‘Charlie St. Cloud’ actor was forced to take drastic action when he was desperate for some time alone outside of his room, but had to dodge hundreds of loyal supporters waiting outside. He said: “Recently I was in a hotel surrounded by fans, so I hopped over the balcony, climbed down the drainpipe and went for a walk.” The 22-year-old star - who is in a relationship with ‘High School Musical’ co-star Vanessa Hudgens - has also used a disguise to conceal his identity from people and was amazed his basic camouflage worked. He explained: “I disguised myself once and you could see people go, ‘Wait, is that...? Oh no, he’s got a moustache.’ “ Though Zac is comfortable with his fame, he, Vanessa and their costar Ashley Tisdale were left shocked when their fans almost caused a car accident because they were so desperate to speak to their idols. He recalled: “I was in France with Vanessa and Ashley and we were in a car after a premiere. “The car couldn’t pull out because there were too many fans, and the fans started to lift it up with us in it. “We were being slid back and forth, it was just hilarious. We thought it was going to flip over.”

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indsay Lohan is to have family therapy in rehab . The troubled actress - who is currently undergoing a rehabilitation treatment program at the Betty Ford Clinic in Los Angeles - is to be visited by her mother Dina and younger siblings for a “family day” of therapy sessions. RadarOnline.com reports: “The first scheduled ‘family day’ for patient Lindsay Lohan is October 18, and it will be a jam-packed therapy session, a source close to the Lohans tells us.” The 24-yearold actress’ mother Dina is due to fly from New York to Los Angeles and is expected to bring Lindsay’s siblings Michael Jr, Ali and Cody with her. However, Lindsay’s estranged father Michael Lohan - who has had problems with alcohol and drugs - will not be in attendance, despite his claims he wants to purpose-

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fully relapse to get admitted to the clinic to spend time with his daughter. Dina said: “Listen, I haven’t spoken out until now because I don’t want this back and forth. I don’t want a war of words. He’s just hurting Lindsay. “She doesn’t want him there. Mike has lost his mind.” During Dina’s time in Los Angeles, the reality star is also believed to be hoping to meet up with Kris Jenner, the mother of TV stars Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. TMZ reports: “We’re told Dina plans on being in Los Angeles for about a week and would love to pick Kris’ brain about how the Kardashian girls managed to do so well in the media spotlight. “Our sources say Lindsay and Kim had become close before Lindsay went to jail - the two of them even met up while Lindsay was in New York visiting family back in September.”

hys Ifans loves cooking and even has a “signature dish”. The Welsh actor loves spending time in the kitchen cooking up delicious treats - including his favorite dish of cawl - but finds his busy working life often mean he has to eat out or in hotels. He said: “I really, really like cooking, but, because of my work, I spend a lot of time in hotels and it gets frustrating. A hotel for two weeks is a holiday, but a hotel for three weeks is like a sort of strange hospital. “I can’t believe these words are coming out of my f**king mouth, but my signature dish would be cawl - a Welsh broth.” One of the reasons why the 43-year-old star loves the recipe - which is a

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ark Salling wants to duet with Amy Winehouse. The singer-and-actor - best known for his role as Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in US musical drama series ‘Glee’ - is a big fan on the ‘Rehab’ hitmaker and would love to team up with her for a track. He said: “I’d love to perform with Amy Winehouse - she’s undeniably amazing. You just can’t help watch her and listen to her.” Mark has been working on his debut album, ‘Pipe Dream’, but insists his music career doesn’t mean he plans to turn his back on acting. He added: “They’re different art forms and I kind of hope I never have to choose between the two.” The 28-year-old star would also love to see his music featured in ‘Glee’ but is unsure he would ever be asked. He said: “I would be very flattered if that ever happened. I’m not sure it will, but I’d be more than willing to accommodate them if they wanted.”

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ames Blunt got tired of writing self-pitying songs. The ‘You’re Beautiful’ singer said he initially tried to write piano led songs for his third album ‘Some Kind Of Trouble’, but found he was repeating himself, so took time off and returned to writing when he had a more positive outlook. James said: “After the last tour I tried writing at the piano, but I was repeating myself, writing sad songs about Poor Old Me. I needed to get away from music for a while. My new songs are more optimistic.” James - who has

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sold some 16 million albums in his career - also said he realized when he got to a certain level of fame that his songs would be interpreted by people without thinking about his original intentions for them. He added: “One thing I did learn is that your artistic credibility goes out the window when you have a record that big. ‘You’re Beautiful’ meant something to me, but to most people, it’s a song they sing when they’re drunk.” ‘Some Kind Of Trouble’ is released on November 8. — BangShowbiz

ichael Douglas hopes his acting has improved “like an old car” over 20 years. The US actor - who returned to the iconic character of Gordon Gecko for sequel ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ this year - admits he found the prospect of doing a second movie “nerve wracking” because the character had lost many of his trademark characteristics. He said: “When director Oliver Stone, offered me the part in the first film I don’t think I was necessarily the first choice. Maybe the third. It was a crucial time in my acting career, 23 years ago, and played a very important part. Also the part was very colorful. The decision to strip Gecko of all his accoutrements and the armor, all the stuff that made him so colorful, was little nerve-wracking. “I think we were all a little insecure whether that was actually going to fly or not, whether we could take away everything from him. Hopefully I’ve improved in 20 years - just like an old car.” Despite worrying about his performance, Michael - who is currently undergoing treatment for throat cancer - has been praised by his ‘Wall Street’ co-star Shia LaBeouf, who believes he is an “American institution” after working with him. He said: “He has a face they’re going to paint on walls. They’re going to remember him forever. You can’t say that about a lot of people. He’s an American institution. It’s intimidating and incredible and exhilarating and rewarding.”

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Blonde or brunette? Celluloid rivals fight it out in Paris By Emma Charlton

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n a wall-mounted screen, Marilyn Monroe sings a chorus from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” next to a blown-up picture of Kristin Scott Thomas pulling off a peroxide wig to reveal the dark hair beneath. “Brunette/Blonde?”, which opened this month at the Paris cinematheque, uses

even in the movie world, the image of the blonde flickered back and forth between “pure and impure.” Until the 1930s, the blonde was the demure housewife, and the brunette was cast as a temptress. Then the tables turned-the blonde taking over as femme fatale, an enduring myth that culminated in the figure of Marilyn Monroe. “At each period, the viewer

US jazz singer Randy Crawford, center, performs during Beirut Jazz Festival in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday. —AP

Inarritu’s ‘Biutiful’ opens Mexican film festival People walk past pictures of French actresses Brigitte Bardot and Kristin Scott Thomas as they visit the exhibition “Brune/Blonde” (Brunette / Blond) at the French cinematheque (La Cinematheque Francaise). —AFP film and television archives, photography and art to retrace how generations of movie makers have used women’s hair to seduce and shape their times. Penelope Cruz stares out from underneath a platinum wig, her sultry Latin looks camouflaged for the camera, for the poster of the show. “Women’s hair is a constant motif for all filmmakers, in all films,” said curator Alain Bergala, whether curled and glamorous like Veronica Lake, wild and loose like Brigitte Bardot, or cropped and rebellious like Jean Seberg. Above all, he said, “the 20th century was the century of blonde imperialism”-and nowhere more so than on the film sets of Hollywood. Illustrating the point: a pre-war US archive clip of Lana Turner gives women detailed tips on how to achieve the same hairstyle, with short blonde curls wound cherub-like around her head. In another, Jane Fonda talks on camera about her early experience of the film industry-how it judged her too dark to be “commercial”, so that for 10 years she was forced to dye her hair and lashes blonde. A kaleidoscope of “Elle” magazine covers shows Catherine Deneuve through the ages, polished, thick locks at shoulder length in the 1960s to frizzy-haired blonde in the 1980s-each time a model of femininity for her generation. But

knows how to tell the good girl from the bad, even if the codes have changed,” said Bergala. Later, the show moves the viewer away from the stereotype of the eternal rivals on to the 1990s and the cinema of David Lynch and his “idea that there is a blonde and a brunette inside every woman,” said Bergala. In Lynch’s “Lost Highway”, Patricia Arquette plays both sides of a female figure-dark and blonde. In “Mulholland Drive” the twin heroines, blonde and dark, are caught in a complex play on identity. The Paris show also aims for a broader historical sweep, looking at the politics of hair throughout the decades. From the 19th century Suffragettes or 1920s flappers to Jean Seberg’s nowclassic crop in the 1960s, short hair symbolized women’s liberation, while Black Panther activists adopted the afro as a means of protest. One gem-a US propaganda film from World War IIenjoins women to ditch Veronica Lake-style locks for shorter, practical styles better suited to working on factory machines in the war effort. On a darker note, the show also highlights how the Nordic cult of blondness was adopted by Nazi Germany as a symbol of racial purity, spreading to Josef’s Stalin’s Soviet Union which celebrated the ideal of the blonde peasantand on to the film studios

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exican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, acclaimed for his movies “Babel” and “Amores Perros,” opened Morelia’s International Film Festival on Saturday with his newest work set against the plight of migrants. Inarritu said, though, that “Biutiful” is not a movie with a sweeping theme about politics or despair-rather it is the story of a dying man discovering what is most important as life runs out. The main character, Uxbal, played by Oscar-winning

Spanish actor Javier Bardem, lives and works in a Barcelona slum as a middleman for African and Chinese migrants who is dealing with a bipolar ex-wife and trying to make ends meet for his two children. Though the raw portrait of migrant life and their exploitation is a key secondary theme, the tragedies that unfold are not a commentary on immigration, Inarritu said. “I’m not trying to make them victims or saints,” he said. “I’m just trying to integrate them into a dialogue, show that they’re human beings with virtues and flaws, with their needs as par-

ents and children.” Inarritu said Barcelona is just one of many cities around the world grappling with the growing flow of migrants. He acknowledged the phenomenon is heartbreaking, too, in his own country-where 72 migrants from Central and South America were recently massacred, reportedly after refusing to work for a drug gang that kidnapped them on their way to the US. But he said political arguments over migration are for others to make, not his movie. “It’s the story of a father and his children, a man who finds love in his most difficult

moments,” the director said. “There are no accusations. It’s not a sermon ... it’s the realization that in the final moments of life, what’s most important is love, forgiveness, compassion.” The film, which Mexico has nominated to compete for best foreign film in next year’s Oscars, is Inarritu’s first departure from his well-known style of interweaving several simultaneous plot lines. He focuses entirely on Bardem’s character in “Biutiful,” saying he wanted to create a more lineal story, yet at the same time circular. The film begins and ends with the same scene. — AP

Susan Boyle overcame bullies with her singing

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he Scottish music sensation was tormented throughout her childhood by other pupils at school because she was “different”. But Susan - who suffered from learning difficulties because she was starved of oxygen during her birth found peace through her love of music. She said: “My singing silenced the bullies, but better than that it silenced the demons inside of me. When you’ve been jeered at, told to shut up, sit still, stop being silly, there’s noise constantly rolling around your head. When I was singing it was peaceful. It gave me a new identity. Instead of being ‘That Susan Boyle - do you remember she was a bit odd at school?’ I became Susan Boyle - did you know she can really sing?’ “ Susan who shot to fame on Simon Cowell’s TV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ - says the worst incident was when one of the most spiteful bullies stubbed out a lit cigarette on her, leaving her completely traumatized. In her new

book ‘The Woman I Was Born to Be’, she recalled: “One afternoon a gang of girls and boys started chasing me. I set off, trying to get a head start, running as fast as I could ... but they caught up with me. They grabbed my bag and swung me round so I toppled down a bank towards a stream, landing on my face in a patch of nettles. The ringleader stepped forward, took a cigarette from her lips and stubbed it through the back of my blazer. The perfect round hole seemed to sum it up, all I was good for was stubbing out a cigarette. I was of no use to anyone.” The 49-year-old singer still occasionally has moments of doubt about herself, which she believes is a result of her unhappy childhood, but is happy with her achievements. She said: “I still have my moments of doubt, doesn’t everybody? If my story means anything, it is that people are very of ten too quick to judge a person by the way they look or the quirks of their behavior.” — Bang Showbiz

British singer Susan Boyle, who was discovered on the television show Britain’s Got Talent, at the signing of her autobiography, ‘The Woman I Was Born to Be’, at a book store, in Piccadilly, London, yesterday. — AP

(From lef t) Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu, Argentine actress Maricel Alvarez, center, and Spanish actor Javier Bardem pose for photographers at the Morelia International Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico. —AP

‘Leave It to Beaver’ mom Barbara Billingsley dies By Steve Gorman

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Shakira performs in Las Vegas Saturday. —AP

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Kim Kardashian blows out the candles on a cake in celebration of her 30th Birthday at the 10th Anniversary of TAO restaurant in New York, early yesterday. — AP

talian short film “Big Bang Big Boom” directed by Blu was awarded late Saturday the top prize at international animation festival Anim’est in Bucharest. The jury praised the creation for its “inventive and monumental execution”. Produced in 2010, “Big Bang Big Boom” evokes evolution and its possible consequences in a non-scientific manner. French-Italian co-production

“Eleanor’s Secret” by Dominique Monfery received the prize for the best feature film, while South Korean director Yumi Jung was awarded the prize for best short film for her “Dust Kid”. Created last year to stimulate animation in the region, the Balkanimation section gave its award to a Bosnian-Canadian co-production, “Once upon a many time” by Eva Cvijanovic. The film explores relationships with

places and people when forced to leave home. The award for the best Romanian film in competition went to Cecilia Felmeri for her animated documentary “Mathias, Mathias”. This fifth edition of Anim’est, one of the main animation festivals in Eastern Europe, screened 511 films from 46 countries and featured American director Alex Budovsky as a special guest. — AFP

ctress Barbara Billingsley, best known for portraying the quintessential suburban American mom on the 1957-1963 television comedy “Leave It to Beaver,” died Saturday at age 94. A family spokeswoman said Billingsley, who also played a memorable cameo as a jivetalking elderly passenger in the 1980 hit comedy film “Airplane!,” had been in poor health in recent years and died of rheumatoid disease at her Santa Monica, California, home. In her signature role as June Cleaver in “Leave It to Beaver,” which ran for six seasons, Billingsley personified the ideal middle-class mother and housewife in an era when relatively few American women with children worked outside the home. Ever patient with the family’s rambunctious younger son, nicknamed Beaver, played by Jerry Mathers, and their teenage son, Wally (Tony Dow), June Cleaver was always impeccably stylish, often seen doing household chores in pearls and earrings. Her pipe-smoking TV husband, Ward Cleaver, was played by Hugh Beaumont, who died in 1982. The show aired first on CBS, then on ABC. Reruns are still shown widely in syndication almost half a century after the program went off the air. Billingsley reprised her June Cleaver role in several revivals and TV movie updates of the original show that aired into the 1990s. She complained at times that her association with the character left her forever typecast in Hollywood as the perfect mother. But Dow said in an interview with CNN that Billingsley “was very proud of being June Cleaver.” “She was

just happy as a lark being recognized as America’s mom,” he said. It was an image she used to comic effect in “Airplane!” as an elderly passenger who offers to have a word with two upset African-Americans speaking in heavy street slang on the plane after she politely tells the flight attendant, “Oh, stewardess, I speak jive.” The daughter of a Los Angeles senior police commander, Billingsley appeared on Broadway during World War Two as a chorus girl and also worked as a fashion model

In this Sept 27, 2007 file photo, Barbara Billingsley, of “Leave It To Beaver,” smiles as the cast members reunite in Santa Monica, Calif. — AP before getting her start in TV. According to the entertainment website IMDB.com, Billingsley was good friends with several other actresses famous for the moms they played on TV, including Florence Henderson (“The Brady Bunch”), June Lockhart (“Lassie,” “Lost in Space”) and Jane Wyatt (“Father Knows Best”). — Reuters

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Truck and cover:

Fashion is on the move ast fashion has taken on a whole new meaning lately, with designer racks rolling into driveways; truckloads of athletic shoes, fitness experts and treadmills, touching down at food festivals; and full-fledged runway shows staged on the backs of flatbed trucks. Taking a page from the gourmet food truck playbook, apparel and accessories brands are increasingly opting to barnstorm the highways and byways 21st century style, putting their products in front of people nationwide, supported by social networking tools that help get the word out and hoping to reconnect with customers where it counts-in their own backyards. “On many levels it’s the ultimate in customer service,” says fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, whose “mobile style unit”-a converted courier truck that serves as a boutique on wheels-has been on the road for the last year. “It’s more convenient, more immediate and more of an experience than buying online to actually bring the store to our customers.” The concept is hardly novel-mobile shops of one kind or another have been around for years (think of the old milk trucks and dry-cleaner delivery services of the last century) — but so many clothing brands climbed behind the wheel this summer that a sartorial traffic jam seemed imminent. In addition to Rowley’s rolling storefront, Skechers recently wrapped a 20-city, three-month, coast-to-coast “Shape-Up America Tour” in New York City’s Times Square. Fashion designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos spent August promoting their Shipley & Halmos label (and compiling a limited-edition photo book) by meeting up with customers at Barneys Co-op locations across the country. And women’s contemporary label Alice + Olivia spent the summer touring the southern United States in a revamped Airstream mobile home that served as a combination pop-up shop and makeover wagon. Fashion Los Angeles, a group that hopes to stage its first fashion week events in Los Angeles in February, plans to use the back of a flatbed semi as a catwalk to take fashion shows to high-traffic areas such as malls and college campuses around the city. “It’s an idea that’s absolutely ripe for exploitation at the moment,” says David Wolfe, creative director of the New York trend forecasting firm the Doneger Group. “Shoppers are exhausted by the traditional venues, the whole world is ‘overretailed’ to beat the band. It’s not like the merchandise is any different, but the setting is unexpected, funky, weird and young. And definitely not serious.” Rowley sees it as part performance art. “It’s an experience,” she says. “I’ve had people tell me they thought it was just cool to be able to buy a fashion piece from a truck.” But to hear Rowley tell it, her inspiration was as much serendipity as strategy, moti-

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vated by the announcement that DHL was planning to end its express domestic shipping service. “I had one of those smack-on-the-forehead moments,” Rowley said. “I’d seen the taco trucks around and thought there would be this plethora of leftover DHL trucks — so why not try to put one to good use?” The New York City-based designer quickly scored one (via EBay) and spent a couple of months tricking it out with boutique touches: cutting a storefront window in one side, laying down a dark hardwood floor, sectioning off a fitting room and adding a sound system, Lucite fixtures and a striped awning. At first, the truck was used for private parties and events. Then in October 2009, loaded with just about one of everything from the Cynthia Rowley collection (clothes, shoes, bags and accessories as well as

Sales Director Amy Dougherty, rear, and Sales Associate Paige Segal, right, help out customer Amanda Genorese in the Shop on Wheels truck as it sits parked. —MCT to go to someplace like West Hollywood.” Rowley isn’t sure how popular the fashion truck will end up being. “It has to be a good fit for your brand,” she said. “It has a little bit of that band-

on-the-run spirit that fits in with my personality more than a pop-up shop.” Doneger’s Wolfe concurs. “It’s not for everybody-I can’t see (fashion designer) Carolina Herrera driving a truck around, for example.” But Rowley, who also uses her mobile boutique as a way to test potential future retail market sites, says her experience has been so positive, she’s contemplating expanding into a full-fledged fashion fleet. “I can see doing a truck for every part of our businessthere could be one geared toward moms and kids filled with kids’ clothes and maybe our Pampers (yes, she is designing diapers in a collaboration) that would be able to go somewhere convenient for moms and dads with kids-like near playgrounds-and another one geared more toward beauty and grooming products.” After a moment’s pause, she added: “I always have to tell the girls driving the truck to make sure no one’s in the fitting room when they drive off. “So maybe we should offer some sort of transportation service.” — MCT

Shop on Wheels Sales Director Amy Dougherty sits behind the wheel of the truck, which has traveled from Texas to Los Angeles. —MCT photos

Pedestrians pass the Shop on Wheels. pieces from Rowley’s Roxy collaboration) it left New York City and has been on the road ever since. In early August, the truck rolled in to Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif, and set up shop-meaning that for the first time, going to the closest Cynthia Rowley boutique didn’t require Southern Californians to fly to Chicago. The blue floral-patterned truck has been popping up in SoCal locations ever since, most recently with appearances in Los Angeles last week. Eventually, the truck will work its way up the California coast. Somewhere along the way, it could very well pass another merchandise-laden motor home-this one headed from San Francisco to Miami-loaded with limited-edition products from Hello Kitty and friends to celebrate the 50th anniversary of parent company Sanrio. “It’s going to be stocked with 50 special items to signify the 50th anniversary,” explained Janet Hsu, president of Sanrio Inc. “And being mobile will allow us to be flexible about how we interact with fans. For example, if we hear of a music festival along the way, we can add a stop.” Hsu, who is based out of Sanrio’s Los Angeles offices, said she and her team came up with the idea based on an increasingly familiar sight in the city. “We were definitely inspired by the food truck,” Hsu said. “We saw how they

end up bringing together people with shared interests _ like a specific kind of food-in a way that is a shared experience. And we thought this would give us a way to really connect with our fans in a way that’s meaningful.” Connecting with the consumer was the big draw for others as well. “It allows for a more personal, in-depth, oneon-one experience,” said Jennifer Weiderman, vice president and general manager of Skechers Fitness Group. “It lets them see and touch, to try on the product, talk to fitness experts. We have treadmills and even a little mock track that we set up. It’s the kind of whole experience you can’t really have if you’re doing (an event) at a store.” Wolfe thinks that’s an antidote to the malaise of the current retail landscape. “In a funny way it’s like the old Tupperware parties or the Avon Lady approach. You’re communicating in a very intimate way with customers in a time when shopping has become so impersonal in most places.” Could the mobile format be the next evolution of the popup boutique-those temporary bricks-and-mortar storefronts that sprout up unexpectedlyand have a lifespan measured in weeks or months? “Absolutely,” Wolfe said. “For one thing, it’s fun. The recession has made shopping into a very serious pursuit-even for

The Shop on Wheels is a new way to think about retail, and for Cynthia Rowley, to offer her customers the ultimate in service-the store literally comes to them.

the people who have plenty of money to do it. The joy and thrill of the hunt is no longer appealing, so I think this strikes a whole different chord and elicits a whole different response from the consumer. Who could resist it?” Wolfe’s theory seemed to bear out on a recent Thursday afternoon in Silver Lake, Calif. Rowley’s truck, open for business in the parking lot of Dangerbird Records on Sunset Boulevard, had sold $1,000 worth of Cynthia Rowley goods in the first 2 { hours, according to truck manager Paige Segal (with 20 percent of that-as with all sales from that day-earmarked for the Pablove Foundation, a charity that funds pediatric cancer research). Among those who clambered into the back of the truck to search the racks was Brie Grousbeck, 34, of Los Feliz, Calif., who said she’d found out about the event through the charity it was supporting that day. “I found out about it through Pablove, and that’s my main motivation,” she said. “But this is a brilliant idea-going to people’s neighborhoods like this makes them want to shop.” To prove her point, Grousbeck pointed to a $330 nude silk sheath dress studded with nailhead embellishments that was selling for $150. “I am leaving with that,” she said. When she eventually did leave an hour and a half later, Grousbeck had the dress in hand, along with a pair of gray, paillette-covered silk shorts and a pair of sandals from the Cynthia Rowley X Roxy collection. “The sandals are for a friend of mine,” she said with a sheepish grin. “I was in (the truck) snapping away with my cellphone camera and sending them to her.” Silver Lake resident Jessica Gershen, 32, was walking down Sunset Boulevard with her daughter on one arm and an Apple laptop in the other, fresh from her bookkeeping job at a local yoga studio, when the fashion truck caught her attention. Moments later, they were up the makeshift stair steps and riffling through the rack. Even though they left empty-handed a few minutes later, Gershen said she liked the idea of rolling retail. “It’s exciting — especially since you can’t find Cynthia Rowely around here. You usually need

Portugal Fashion Week

By Adam Tschorn

Models show the Spring/Summer 2011 creations by Portuguese fashion designer Teresa Martins during the Portugal Fashion show in Porto.—AFP

A Model displays Spring/Summer 2011 creations by Portuguese fashion designer Fatima Lopes.

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he eccentric designer has teamed up with architecture firm Oppenheim and the KOR hotel group to create Isla Moda, a manmade island situated 20km off the Dubai coast. Inspired by the floating palaces of India and cruise ships, the resort will consist of three luxur y hotels, 150 residential villas and a host of chic boutiques and will be

completed by 2014. As well as his own island, it was recently revealed Karl had designed a range of Coca-Cola Light bottles. The Chanel designer created a limited edition bottle for release in France, made in aluminum and featuring his own silhouette. As well as designing the bottles, he also shot the advertising

campaign starring models Coco Rocha and Baptise Giacobini. In the campaign, Coco is seen in a Lagerfeld-inspired outfit, including his eponymous high-collared white shirt and a black neck tie. And it wasn’t the only collaboration Karl committed himself to it was announced he would be working with luxury Italian label Hogan in 2011. —Bang Showbiz

Lauren Conrad is obsessed with Christian Louboutin shoes he former ‘Hills’ star is a huge fan of the footwear designer and has many of his creations and is so fond of them, they would be the first thing she would rescue in a fire. She said: “I’ve I had to save something from a burning building, I’d grab an armful of Louboutins! I just cleaned out my closet and got rid of half my shoes. I have 60 pairs

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now and 15-20 of them are Louboutins. Christian Louboutin can do no wrong in my eyes. My favorites are my black suede platform pumps.” But Lauren admits she has to practice walking in her stilettos so she doesn’t hurt her feet, saying: “I wear them around the house. I think it’s similar to riding a bike. You have to find your balance. I

Models display creations from ready-to-wear collection by Ukrainian fashion designer Larisa Lobanova during Ukraine Fashion Week show.

Models display creations from ready-to-wear collection by German fashion designer Annete Gertz during Ukrainian Fashion Week show in Kiev. —AFP

will wear four or five-inch heels to the market.” As well as Louboutin heels, Lauren is also a fan of knee-high boots as they make her appear more ladylike. The 24-year-old beauty told Now magazine: “I did a shoot with over-the-knee boots and a miniskirt. I don’t own a pair yet, but it felt more conservative to show less leg.” —Bang Showbiz

Models display creations from ready-to-wear collection by popular Ukrainian designer Lyudmila Kislenko.

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Osbourne keeps up with style at the Scream Awards e l l y O sb o u r n e the blonde bombshell debuted a new look at the Spike TV Scream Awards in LA Saturday night. The reality TV star turned up on the red carpet with a tumbling ‘do after having hair extensions added to her bob. Wearing a chic, French-looking ensemble with a polka dot skirt and lacey black top, the former wild child turned heads at the the ceremony which celebrates sci-fi, horror and fantasy genre films.

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pire drama, Kristen Stewart won Best Fantasy Actress, as well as collecting the award for Best Fantasy Movie - as Twilight triumphed in both categories. Stewart looked surprisingly happy for once, beaming as she collected the award in a silver, futuristic style gown. The big news of the night was David Arquette’s attendance, a surprise to some considering only this week he announced his separation from Friends actress

Jorge Garcia, center, accept the award for the final farewell, for “Lost”.

Alexander Skarsgard accepts the award for best horror actor for ‘True Blood’ at the Scream Awards on Saturday, in Los Angeles. Megan Fox didn’t disappoint either. The stunning actress wore a cute peach Azzedine Alaia to present the award of Best Villain to Mickey Rourke for his role in Iron Man 2. Gossip Girl star Blake Lively also put on a glamorous show in a dramatic Lanvin gown that revealed her tanned and toned legs. She later presented actor Ryan Reynolds with the Most

Courtney Cox which he then went on to discuss in embarrassing detail live on US radio. Cox will be relieved to see he looked more reserved in the pictures from Saturday night, as the actor promoted the fourth upcoming installment of the Scream series - in which his estranged wife also costars with him. Michael J Fox also turned out to collect the 25th

(From right) Halle Berry presents Christopher Nolan with the award for Ultimate Scream.

Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd accept the 25th Anniversary award for “Back To The Future”.

Kelly Osbourne is seen on stage. Anticipated Movie award for their upcoming blockbuster Green L antern Halle Berry dazzled too in a thigh-skimming gold Roberto Cavalli confection. Meanwhile, Bill Murray accepted the award for Best Horror Movie for Zombieland - dressed in his nostalgic Ghostbusters gear - and Alexander Skarsgard won Best Horror Actor for True Blood. In a good night for vam-

Anniversary Award for Back To The Future. He posed with his Back To The Future co-star Christopher Lloyd, which proved a true blast from the past for the phenomenally successful trilogy’s hardcore fans. Other highlights were the debut of the Scream 4 trailer and a tribute to the TV series Lost, which closed the evening.-www.dailymail.co.uk

Actor Bill Murray accepts the best horror movie award for ‘Zombieland’.

(From left) Jon Landau and James Cameron accept the award for 3D Top 3, for Avatar.

Alan Ball, center, and the cast of ‘True Blood’ accept the award for best TV show from presenter Marilyn Manson.

Anna Paquin accepts the award for best horror actress.

Stephen Moyer accepts the award for the “Holy Shit!” Scene of the Year for “Twisted Sex, True Blood”.

Sigourney Weaver accepts the award for “Heroine”.

Aaron Eckhart presents Kristen Stewart with the award for best fantasy actress for ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’.

Ryan Reynolds accepts the award for most anticipated movie for “Green Lantern”.


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