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No scoop for Scope By Badrya Darwish


ren’t we lucky in Kuwait? For the past couple of years we have been under the international spotlight. We have turned into a soap opera country. Every time for a different reason. We are very well-known in the world now. Either for dissolving parliaments or government after government after government or human rights abuses etc. Then freedom of speech, freedom of the press. Now it is the latter. I am sure all of you have heard about the Scope TV ordeal. Scope, a private TV channel owned by the well-known writer Fajer Al-Saeed, has been mobbed. A gang of over 100 people stormed the premises and destroyed equipment and cameras. Definitely, during their mission, they clashed with the people present at the TV station. Luckily, there were no serious casualties. Since its establishment, Scope has been very vocal in a country like Kuwait. It has been pushing the envelope for a long time. For instance, last year, the same controversial program Sawtak Wasal (Your Voice Has Been Heard) was banned. This time, the row was for another reason. However, this time Fajer was not as lucky as she touched in her program a highly sensitive issue, which is mocking the ruling system in Kuwait. She referred to the Fourth Article in the Constitution of Kuwait, which states that the Sabah family are the rulers of Kuwait. To cream the cake, her brother came in defence of his sister in a program called Zain wa Shain (Good and Bad) and instead of defending her, he ended up intentionally or unintentionally messing up the whole matter even more. This provoked the Al-Malik family. Now this is my major issue: TV stations and media outlets should be responsible for what they publish or broadcast. They have a big responsibility which they don’t seem to understand. Neither they understand the concept of free media. It seems they cannot differentiate between harmful media and media serving the public interest. They only compete against each other trying to attract spectators. Honestly speaking, it is all about going commercial. Money, money, money. Going commercial is fine. We all need money and we all work to make money. But also, the interest of the country comes first. When we attack each other openly on TV, it’s no longer freedom of speech or press. I am not a judge or a lawyer. I am not in defence of either Fajer nor the AlMalik family in this dispute. I am with rules and regulations. Kuwait is a state which has a functioning independent judiciary system. If everyone in Kuwait goes and takes the law in his own hands, we will go back in time to the Middle Ages. At the end of the day, Kuwait pays the high price for our irresponsible and immature behavior. There is no advancement in the country as we are preoccupied competing mocking each other or running down other nations. Leave progress for the neighbors. Enjoy your soap operas.

Study predicts Muslims set to reshape West WASHINGTON: In the next 40 years, an unprecedented number of women will be in positions of power, Muslim immigration to the West will rise, and office workers will be unchained from their cubicles, a report released last week says. South America will see sustained economic growth and the Middle East will become “a tangle of religions, sects and ethnicities,” says the report by Toffler Associates, a consultancy set up by the author of the 1970s blockbuster “Future Shock”. Toffler Associates released its predictions for the next 40 years to mark the 40th Continued on Page 14 Alvin Toffler

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Kuwait rejects results of Sirte Arab summit KUWAIT: Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah said yesterday that Kuwait had no reservations on the results of the extraordinary Arab summit that was held in Sirte, Libya, last week, but rejected them. This came in response to a question at the press conference Sheikh Mohammad held with Turkish Foreign Minister Dr Ahmet Davutoglu regarding the position of Kuwait towards the results of the extraordinary Arab summit and whether there were any reservations. Sheikh Mohammed said: “There are no reservations, but a Kuwaiti rejection and we are not interested in any decision with no consensus,” adding that a memorandum in this regard has been sent to the Arab League, “not only from the Kuwaiti side, but from seven countries including all the GCC states except Qatar - being a member of the Committee of Five.” He stressed that the position of Kuwait is based on constants, assumptions and strategies, adding that the Arab League was “an extension of its (Kuwait) national security”, recalling in this context the disaster of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of the

country in 1990, where the decision of the Arab League was then the “torch, which was launched to liberate the country”. He noted that Kuwait “does not consider any proposal regarding the amendment of the Charter of the Arab League from a routine perspective, but based on a perspective on the basis of being a strategic work with risky strategic dimensions on all the Arab countries.” Sheikh Mohammad said therefore, these kinds of proposals must undergo a thorough study with high responsibility, referring to what had been agreed during the summit “was a quick decision and that the opportunity was not given to discuss the ideas contained in the Committee of Five”. Sheikh Mohammad said “the truth is that the assumptions upon which these recommendations were based ignored the issue of the obligation in the decisions and replaced it with an assumption that ‘distension’ of institutions is the solution of joint Arab action and the main dilemma is not commitment to the charter, commitments and decisions.” Continued on Page 14

KUWAIT: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) speaks during a joint press conference with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Mohammad AlSabah following a meeting yesterday. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Arabs launch $2bn development fund Fund to support small and medium-size projects By Ahmad Saeid

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti Finance Minister Mustafa Al-Shamali (right) and Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa attend a ministerial meeting aimed at launching a two-billion-dollar development fund for aiding small and medium-sized projects yesterday. — Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Arab finance ministers yesterday officially launched a two-billion-dollar development fund that will provide loans to small and medium-size projects across Arab countries. The Arab Development Fund, which was approved by the first Arab economic summit in January last year, was first proposed by Kuwait Amir HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad AlSabah. Speaking to reporters after the launch ceremony, Kuwaiti Finance Minister Mustafa Al-Shamali said the fund has so far received pledges of $1.18 billion from 11 Arab nations and more contributions are expected. Shamali said that this fund will establish a foundation for the implementation of one of the most important decisions of the Kuwait summit. “We are all optimistically looking forward to seeing the impact that this fund will have on supporting productivity and raising income in Arab countries,” Shamali said during his opening remarks. “I hope this fund will reflect positively on the level of cooperation, coordination and development of joint Arab projects.” Continued on Page 14

MP urges session on national unity MP wants 15% salary hike By B Izzak KUWAIT: Liberal MP Ali Al-Rashed said yesterday he requested Assembly speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi to revive a request filed by 10 MPs in the previous term to hold a secret session to debate national unity following latest developments. The lawmaker said that Khorafi promised to discuss the issue with other MPs and the Assembly bureau. He said the ambiguous developments taking place in Kuwait these days necessitates convening such a session as soon as possible, adding that it should be held behind closed doors for a complete transparent debate on this sensitive issue. Rashed expressed deep concern over the turn of events in the country which could lead to discord and escalate in a very grave way unless wise men intervened to put an end to such disputes. He said the session aims at striking a “code of honour” under which MPs pledge to refrain from issuing statements that could lead to disputes in the country. Continued on Page 14

Arrest warrants out over Scope attack By A Saleh and B Izzak KUWAIT: The public prosecutor yesterday ordered the arrest of several people including Kuwait’s ambassador to Jordan Sheikh Faisal Al-Hmoud Al-Malik Al-Sabah, who was accused by a TV channel of being behind an attack on its offices. The warrants also included a high-ranking police officer. Later yesterday, Sheikh Faisal’s son Sheikh Malik denied any arrest warrant had been issued against his father, dismissing the report as “rumours”. The public prosecution is investigating the attack on Scope TV’s offices and the destruction of some of its equipment after a case was filed by the channel’s director Talal AlSaeed. Sheikh Faisal has categorically denied any role in the attack, and yesterday said he had gone to the scene of the attack to calm down the mob and stop them. He also criticized the TV channel and its owners and said that they have offended him and his family, and “said things which should not be said”. He said he will himself go to the public prosecutor today. “I have nothing to hide,” he said, reiterating that he went to the TV channel to cool down the mob. “I did not attack any one as the owners claim,” he asserted.

Laden living ‘comfortably’ Hamas has anti-aircraft in Pakistan: NATO official missiles, Israel charges Qaeda reaches out with English, Internet KABUL: Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is living comfortably in a house in northwest Pakistan close to his deputy Ayman Al-Zawahiri, CNN yesterday quoted a NATO official as saying. The Saudi-born militant wanted for the Sept 11 attacks on the United States nine years ago is being protected by local people and “some members of the Pakistani intelligence services”, the television network said. It also said that the Al-Qaeda number two, the Egyptian-born Zawahiri, was living close to him. “Nobody in Al-Qaeda is living in a cave,” the unnamed senior NATO official is quoted as saying in a report datelined Kabul. Bin Laden is likely to have moved around an area ranging from the mountains of Chitral near the Chinese border to the Kurram val-

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ley near Afghanistan’s Tora Bora in recent years, CNN reported the official as saying. Pakistan’s tribal belt of Kurram and six other districts spanning 27,220 sq km lies outside government control, and has long been suspected by Western intelligence to be bin Laden’s hiding place. “The official also confirmed the US assessment that Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taleban, has moved between the cities of Quetta and Karachi in Pakistan over the last several months,” said the report on CNN’s website. Pakistani authorities deny they are providing protection for the terror mastermind bin Laden, who has a $25-million US bounty on his head. Continued on Page 14

Abbas willing to drop ‘historic demands’ JERUSALEM: Gaza’s Hamas rulers have obtained anti-aircraft missiles, Israel’s prime minister said yesterday, in a potentially game-changing development that could threaten the Israeli air force’s ability to strike at the Islamic militant group. Israeli aircraft have long dominated the skies over Gaza, striking suspected Hamas military installations and assassinating dozens of wanted militants. The Israeli air force played a key role in a fierce threeweek offensive in Gaza early last year, which began with airstrikes that killed hundreds of Hamas fighters. Continued on Page 14

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian holds on to his horse as it bucks during graduation event of a horse riding club yesterday. — AP



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Crime rate drops in Kuwait MoC to evaluate telecom services KUWAIT: An annual statistical survey conducted by the Ministry of Interior revealed that crimes decreased in Kuwait in 2009 compared to 2008, reported Al-Watan. According to the survey, the total number of citizens who committed crimes in 2009 was 9,389, a 788 increase compared to 2008. The survey also showed that Egyptians topped the list who committed crimes com-

mitted in the country for the third consecutive year in a row followed by Indians. According to the survey Iraqis committed the least number of crimes. The survey also revealed that crimes decreased in the summer and winter months but increased in the fall. It was also observed that crimes occurred most frequently in the Ahmadi and Capital Governorates.

KUWAIT: The Joint Kuwaiti-Syrian Ministerial Committee began its 10th session here yesterday with senior officials from both sides. — KUNA

Joint Kuwait-Syria Ministerial Committee begins 10th session KUWAIT: The Joint KuwaitiSyrian Ministerial Committee began its 10th session here yesterday with senior officials from both sides attending. The session mainly aims at sustaining bilateral commercial and economic ties. The Kuwaiti-Syrian relation is a model of Arab-Arab relation that ought to be followed,

Director of the Syrian Premier’s Office Taysir AlZoubi said in a speech while heading his country’s delegation. “Kuwait and Syria both have the potentials to form fruitful economic partnerships that would benefit them,” Al-Zoubi noted. He pointed out that the session comes in line with the

anticipated visit by the Syrian Premier to Kuwait. On his part, Assistant Undersecretary for Economic Affairs at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Finance Sami Al-Saqoubi said that a number of agreements and MoUs will be signed during the session, underlining the ever-growing economic relation between the two countries.

The agreements will concern cooperation in customs, industry, agriculture, livestock and social affairs, he added. The session will last until tomorrow, with Finance Minister Mustafa Al-Shimali and his Syrian counterpart Lamya Aasi holding talks prior to signing the session’s final minutes. — KUNA

PM backs govt’s KCCI law KUWAIT: The Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah recently met with a team from the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (KCCI) board, led by Chairman Thunayan Al-Ghanim. The Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, State Minister for Housing and Development Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AlSabah also attended the event. “The meeting featured discussion on the latest developments on matters related to

the private sector, especially pertinent with transforming Kuwait into a financial and commercial regional hub,” a statement released by the KCCI read. Furthermore, the statement indicates that the discussions also include the development plan, in addition to the government’s project to enforce amendments to the current KCCI law, which has been sent to the Parliament. On that regard, the PM had reportedly

expressed the Cabinet’s commitment to support this draft law, which counters some lawmakers’ efforts to propose an alternate law for the KCCI. The government believes in the historic role that the KCCI has played in the past and is ongoing, reported AlQabas. The Cabinet is expected to strongly oppose a draft law issued by the Parliament’s financial committee. It will be adopted as a new one for the KCCI.

The Parliament’s public facilities committee has agreed to a request put forward by the Ministry of Communication to delay a meeting that was scheduled to be discussed on October 21, 2010. In the meantime, the panel’s rapporteur revealed that the ministry has already assigned a local company to evaluate the services provided by local telecom companies, including the local calls tariffs and text message charges. MP Dr Faisal Al-Mislem further indicated that the company will provide the ministry with its evaluation report within a couple of weeks, asking Minister Dr Mohammad Al-Busairi to ‘commit to promises he made. ‘ After receiving the report, the ministry will refer it to the Parliament’s public facilities committee which will discuss it during its next meeting, reported Al-Qabas. It will also address the public telecommunication law, the establishment of a shareholding company to build infrastructure. Vegetable market loses laborers A number of Kuwaitis and expatriates expressed their disappointment at municipality officials for not renewing their contract to provide laborers at the Shuwaikh vegetable market, reported AlShahed. Instead, the municipality has implemented a self service system, meaning that suppliers and customer are responsible for carrying their goods themselves. One of the merchants at the market said that he has been working at the vegetable market for the past 20 years and that this is the first time he has ever seen the government delay contracting a labor supply company. Gas leaks threaten Ahmadi Official sources in the Ministry of Oil warned that Ahmadi City may be decimated by the gas leaks that have plagued the area for awhile now, reported Al-Watan. The sources added that Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) technicians have so far been unable to trace the source of the leak. Meanwhile, MP Delaihi AlHajri urged the Ministers of Housing, Municipality and Public Works and Oil to act immediately to stop the leak and avoid a disaster. “Ahmadi residents have suffered for a long time because of the leaks,” he said. Al-Hajri also noted that the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) recently announced controlling a limited gas leak without any casualties. Fake absconding cases The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor’s Labor Relations Department recently nabbed more than thirty local companies that had filed fake absconding cases against employees with the aim of preventing them from lodging complaints. Jassem AlHomoud, Head of the Department was quoted as saying that new standards need to be set in place while looking into absconding cases, such as canceling cases that are not referred to the Interior Ministry within a week after charges are pressed by MSAL officials.

KUWAIT: The visiting Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili inaugurated the country’s new embassy in Kuwait at Mishref yesterday. — Photos by Joseph Shagra

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Pervasive corruption By Mubarak Al-Hajri ow shameful it is to know that some MPs follow orders without asking questions. This is to answer the demands put forward by their ‘masters’ regardless of how destructive the outcome might be. These MPs targeted the sports sector first, only to focus on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They fail to remember that without the efforts by great national leader Abdul-Aziz Al-Saqr, these lawmakers never would have made it to their prestigious posts in the Parliament. Those pawns are moved as part of a campaign to root out the country’s icons, which aims to attack people who play the main role in enforcing the Kuwaiti Constitution in 1962 under the guidance of the late Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah. However, the actions of ‘paid’ politicians will not remain hidden for long. Eventually, people will begin to realize that those that worked to hoard money and became rich after turning into lawmakers, and that too, with


the intention of pushing through their masters’ malicious plans. In other development, a recent news report revealed that the Cabinet attempts to take control over the Parliament’s interior and defense committee by supporting proCabinet MPs, to obtain a majority membership in the panel is worrisome. This is because it gives out the impression that the government supports violations, not to mention, such actions places them under fire. With due respect to the interior minister, the government’s plans are aimed at saving him from being criticized for committing serious violations that take place under his supervision. Sadly, the number of violations committed in this ministry have touched alarming levels, according to the State Audit Bureau’s reports. Instead of working to tackle these violations, the Cabinet attempts to save its ministers from MPs who expose the corruption that has been spreading throughout several of the state’s ministries. — Al-Rai

MSAL tackles ‘automation’ glitches KUWAIT: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) has made good progress in terms of reorganizing the private sector’s work structure. It has also worked toward eliminating all problems that plague the labor market, in addition to overcoming technical errors that are detected in the automated system. Mansour Al-Mansour, Assistant Undersecretary for the Labor Sector explained in a recent statement that a ‘great leap’ was achieved following the issuance of the new labor law, among other measures. While asserting that the automation system has managed to achieve effortless labor-related transactions, Al-Mansour said that certain labor service centers suffer from a lack of understanding. Moreover, Al-Mansour pointed out that the automation system is among the first steps that will transform the local labor market. It will be followed by several other steps including the establishment of a manpower authority next year. He further noted that the automation system will be used in more service centers such as those located in Al-Sulaibikhat, Al-Jahra, and the Liberation Tower.

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in the news KPFEA warns against pilot shortage KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Pilots and Flight Engineers Association (KPFEA) has warned that the Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) may lose several captains and aeromechanic staff who choose to seek employment with the public sector when the corporation is privatized. Employees at the KAC are given the choice to either retain their position when the firm is converted into a private company, or provided with employment opportunities at other firms. The first choice, however, does not guarantee that employees will receive financial privileges that they accorded at present, reported Al-Qabas. A recent statement issued by the Association that represents pilots and flight engineers in the KAC, indicates that these employees are more likely to shift base to the public sector following the firm’s privatization. This is mostly due to the fact that the privatization law failed to ensure retirement benefits.

KPC to establish training academy KUWAIT: Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said yesterday that it is planning to establish an academy specializing in oil studies and training. Once created, the academy is considered the first of its kind in the Gulf region, Manager of KPC Planning and Development Abdullatif AlHouti said here yesterday. KPC is planning to expand its petroleum training center at Ahmadi area as part of its blueprint to turn it into an integrated academy to be active in the field of oil studies and traiing in the coming five years, he said. The KPC’s training center has now trained at least 70,000 employees in the last five years, he added.

MoH to bear physiotherapy expenses KUWAIT: In the event of citizens being unable to avail of physiotherapy services offered at public hospitals, they can now seek treatment at local private hospitals with the ministry bearing expenses, said Dr Hilal Al-Sayer, the minister of health. This decision was issued with the aim of enabling more citizens to receive medical treatment in the country, instead of being sent abroad. Separately, the ministry recently issued guidelines on diagnosising osteoporosis, reported Al-Qabas. This was done through a committee led by Dr Waleed Al-Falah, the Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Quality Control. The announcement was made by Dr Waleed Al-Dhahi, the committee’s rapporteur ahead of the World Osteoporosis Day celebrations to be held next Wednesday.

No paper supply at traffic department KUWAIT: The Farwaniya Traffic Department’s premises was recently crowded with people that wanted to renew their car registration dossiers. However, the waiting applicants were disappointed to learn that transactions could not be completed owing to a lack of paper supplies needed to print out documents. More than 2,000 people were welcomed by near-empty desks, as employees opted to leave when they could not finalize transactions. Applicants

were then told to return in the evening when paper would be supplied. However, they were shocked to learn that not even a single employee was present at the office; indicating that the supply never arrived as well, reported Al-Rai. Meanwhile, a similar problem took place at the Jahra Traffic Department owing to a different reason. Employees have been waiting for a week to obtain repaired printers bearing new vehicle registration numbers.

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When a dam collapses By Nawaf Al-Fuzai ear Lord, the informant who brought the public fund misappropriation issue to light has suddenly turned into a suspect himself. I would ask you all to take it for granted that our country is approaching an end, and that only the coming days will prove me right. Our country is doomed because justice is beyond the reach of ordinary citizens, and corruption is rampant and pervasive. Today, people are being ignored and their dissatisfaction with the current situation has absolutely no impact on political decision making. Democracy has become a property of interests and conflicts rather than people. We have grown so terrified that we might lose our rights any moment. Just fall down, and you will be trampled upon and receive no help from anyone. Passion, kindness and respect have became history. We are living in a jungle where only the ‘fittest,’ the mightiest and the ‘cunning’ can survive. There is no room for the weak, the poor, or the underprivileged. Their strong ‘dams’ cannot be stepped upon like ants, by the mighty. Kuwait was usurped by force by Iraqi invaders. However, nowadays, it is being ‘sold’ right before our own eyes. At the same time and without being noticed, people are watching us closely out there sharpening their knives and getting ready to charge at us. We are turning into a gold mine whose owners are too busy resolving inter-personal conflicts - to watch out for the wolves roaming around the mine, waiting for a chance to devour the owners’ flesh. People, learn your lessons from history. When we accused a thief of being so, we are accused back of being so envious. Our accusations were reversed to be directed to us. What was the result then? Kuwait has been through so many tough times, especially when corruption prevails and people are treated unjustly. So, will we ever learn our lesson? Just the other day, the former Iraqi prime minister was interviewed by Al-Arabiya TV while stressing that he would not beg the Iranians to restore him to office. Iraq, the land of civilizations is now following Lebanon’s steps - to be controlled by Iran. Ever since the 1950s, Lebanon had been ruled by ‘powers of attorney’ on behalf of Sunnis, Iran and Israel. The situation in Iraq is the same, and both the countries were torn apart when corruption prevailed. Therefore, let us exercise reason and rationale and know for sure that major western powers do not trust us enough. They are willingly and temporarily letting us indirectly run ‘their oil interests.’ But beware, the moment they feel our weakness and disunity, they will not hesitate to interfere. Our success is closely linked to our unity, and ability to fight corruption. We have, and are still trying to awaken everybody to avoid the same destiny as the people in Lebanon and Iraq. Mighty powers have each taken their share of the cake, leaving the poor even poorer. So, are we really protected against the same? We have not done anything to prevent the ‘dam’ from collapsing and water is seeping out everywhere! — Al-Watan




PM pays price for Kuwait’s stability PAYS’ head contradicts Cabinet’s decisions KUWAIT: A top state official recently acknowledged Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser AlMohammad Al-Sabah for remaining in his position despite the attacks that he has received from critics, reported Al-Rai. The Prime Minister is paying the price for the stability of Kuwait and the ruling family,” said the Undersecretary at the Prime Minister’s Diwan, Sheikh Thamer Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, during an interview in which he addressed several topics on local politics. Regarding the sports issue, Sheikh Thamer said that the Prime Minister was not responsible for the decision that dissolved the Public Authority for Youth and Sports’ board. He also strongly denied rumors claiming that the controversy is the catalyst for a conflict between members of the ruling family and certain tradesmen. He indicated that “some people are trying

to turn our democracy into mayhem and if that happens everyone will pay the price.” Sheikh Thamer led an investigations committee that exposed flaws in some naturalization procedures and asserted the importance of protecting the country’s identity from political and financial mismanagement. He further asserted the importance of maintaining national unity, reiterating that Kuwait was built by its Sunni, Shiite, Bedouin, and Hadar (urban) people. Sheikh Thamer added that he recognizes the challenges facing the country and stressed the importance of developing the Cabinet’s work and reconciling their differences with the parliament. Meannwhile, a recently published newspaper report claimed that the chairman of the Public Authority for Youths and Sports’ board has issued a decree that contradicts with the gov-

ernment’s. This step has placed the government in more turmoil, especially with regard to the sports issue. According to the report published in Al-Rai, Dr Fuad Al-Falah, PAYS’ Head asked his attorney to prepare a memorandum that objects to a previous decision made by the former board. The boards of ten sports clubs have been dissolved. The memorandum was then referred to the head of the Fatwa and Legislation Department, and Al-Falah asked it to be attached with the case file currently being addressed by the Cassation Court, reported AlRai. The decision to dissolve the ten sports clubs was approved by the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Dr Mohammad Al-Afasi. Meanwhile, the court passed a verdict in favor of the government.

Environment group to hold debate KUWAIT: The Green Line environmental group recently announced that it will conduct a debate as per the Environment Public Authority’s (EPA) request. It is likely to take place between the group’s Chairman Khalid Al-Hajri and head of the EPA Dr Salah Al-Madhahi, including his assistant Ali Al-Haidar. Mohammad Al-Enizi, Head of the Industrial Environment Department at the EPA invited the Green Line to a public debate that will be broadcast on Al-Rai TV. In a statement issued recently in response to this invitation, the Green Line said that it was willing to take part in the debate as long as Al-Madhahi, Al-Haidar and Al-Enizy represent the EPA, reported Al-Rai. Furthermore, Al-Hajri stated that he would prove, by producing evidence, that the EPA had failed to properly implement environmental recommendations that were recommended by the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah. The debate will focus on the methods by which the EPA runs the environment.



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Centre integrates students in society

‘Inclusive Education School’ for children with learning disabilities By Ben Ga rcia KUW AI T: The Center for Child Eva lua tion a nd Tea ching (CCET) is currently im plem enting a n a m bitious ‘I nclusion’ project for the benefit of 28 prim a ry schools a t Muba ra k Al-Ka bir Loca l Educa tiona l

KUWAIT: Dr Gad Elbeheri, CCET-Executive Director speaking with the Kuwait Times yesterday.

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KCCI not targeted alone By Abdullatif Al-Duaij t’s unrealistic to connect the recent attack against the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) as well as the Public Committee for Charity Collection with the sports crisis. The recent activities and alliances made against KCCI indicate that there are a lot of people who have personal conflicts against the institution and the historic figures who created it. Ever since there were disagreements about naming a street after the late Abdul-Aziz Al-Saqr it became clear that there are people who disagreed with the ideologies and principles promoted by this political figure. He played an important role in the country’s history and played an important role in the state’s modernization and adoption of the democratic system. Attempts to marginalize KCCI’s role or questioning the work of the public charity collection committee targets the principles of public service that was adopted and promoted by early political activists in Kuwait. It’s sad to see that personalities try to achieve political and social fame at the expense of national institutes and figures instead of working for the protection of democratic gains. These political gains would never have been achieved if it weren’t for the efforts made by the forefathers of Kuwaiti politics who asserted the importance of instilling equality and justice in society. KCCI is an example of an institution that can still contribute to the country’s development process. It would be difficult to build the country on one pillar and even more difficult to remove what is considered essential for achieving reform and development. — Al-Qabas


Authority. The project a im s to sha re CCET’s 25-yea r experience on lea rning difficulties w ith the Kuw a it Ministry of Educa tion by tra nsferring k now ledge a nd building ca pa city a t the pa rticipa ting schools. The ‘I nclusive Educa tiona l School’ Project w a s la unched in Ma rch 2010.

Speaking with the Kuwait Times yesterday, Dr Gad Elbeheri, CCET Executive Director, noted that the three-year project comprises of four stages that are essential for the knowledge transfer from CCET to the Kuwait Ministry of Education. Currently, the project is in its second stage. The first stage was a visit by Londonbased Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) representatives where they conducted series of evaluation to identify the schools’ weaknesses and strengths, especially dealing with children with learning difficulties at typical primary school environment. The IQM threemonth visit marked the first stage of the project. “Now, we are in the second stage, where we are conducting a series of awareness and lecture seminars to explain to parents and educators about the nature of learning disabilities and how to cater to students with learning disabilities properly,” he said. “The ultimate goal of our project is the inclusion of individuals in the community,” he said. Elbeheri stressed that the project is being funded by the Public Awqaf Foundation, a well known non-profit funding organization in Kuwait. The remaining stages of the project are screening and intervention. “We will be train-

ing teachers, psychologists, and principals in the participating schools to bring changes from both top down and bottom up, so that perception about learning difficulties could be corrected,” he disclosed. What is inclusion? According to Dr Elbeheri, the center adopted the more meaningful definition by a UNESCO which states that an inclusive school is the one which the needs, requirements and wellbeing of every single student matters. “We are looking at inclusion in a holistic approach”. In connection with the project, CCET is planning to establish a specialized school for learning disabled students within the Ministry of Education. Elbeheri disclosed that the school will be operational in September 2011. The school will be one of Mubarak Al Kabeer primary schools, but the expertise and training will be provided by CCET. “In any disabilities, there are mild, moderate or severe cases. In our project, the mild and moderate ones will be included in their respective mainstream schools but the severe ones will go to a specialist provision school where they can obtain specific intervention tailored to their needs,” he added. Founded in 1984, CCET aims at assisting individuals

Al-Sabr calls for teamwork to stop road fatalities KUWAIT: The Ministry of Information’s (MoI) security media department urged citizens and expatriates to drive especially carefully. Director and official MoI spokesman, Brigadier Mohammed Hashim Al-Sabr, renewed his calls upon citizens and expatriates to observe traffic laws in order to avoid accidents. His comments were in response to the tragic deaths of two 25-year-old citizens in a traffic accident along Nuwaiseeb

Highway at dawn on Monday. Their deaths occurred just 24 hours after the traffic department published a shocking statistic noting that 12 people had been killed in road accidents between October 1-15. “All MOI departments will work hard to make sure that motorists follow traffic rules, respect red lights and are more cautious while driving,” Al-Sabr said, noting that saving lives requires the cooperation of all road users.

Fatal accidents leave 2 dead KUWAIT: Two Egyptian pedestrians were run over by a speeding car along the Fifth Ring Road, leaving one dead and the other severely injured. The accident took place when the two were attempting to cross the street opposite Al-Andalus. In response to an emergency call, paramedicas soon reached the scene and admitted the injured man to the hospital. The corpse was referred for an autopsy, reported Al-Watan. In another case, an Asian man succumbed to fatal injuries after being run over by a car at a street in Al-Rai. His body was referred to the coroner after paramedicas pronounced him dead. In the meantime, police launched investigations. Failed kidnap attempt Four assailants tried to kidnap an adolescent boy who, however, escaped from their clutches. The incident took place recently in Jaber Al-Ali, where the four attackers spotted the youngster. They accosted him up and attempted to force him into their car. The youngster’s vigorous resistance foiled the kidnap attempt, and eventually, led attackers to flee before police arrived at the scene, reported AlWatan. A search for the culprits was undertaken after officials were informed about the case. Fugitive held The Jahra patrol officials recently arrested a bedoon fugitive who was wanted in connection with committing several crimes. Officials first approached a vehicle that was parked in a suspicious manner in the middle of an uninhabited area in Al-

Subbiya, reported Al-Watan. The driver was asked to produce an identification card. They immediately recognized him and was arrested soon after. Burglar caught The Jahra police arrested a young man who was wanted in connection with stealing 150 mobile phones from a local store. The arrest took place following investigations that begun after the theft was reported, reported Al-Watan. After admitting responsibility, the man said that he had already sold some of the stolen phones, while returning the others he could not sell. He was referred to concerned authorities. Cable theft A Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) official filed a case with Al-Jahra authorities stating that 1,680 meters of underground cables were stolen, in addition to other electric equipment that were located at a project’s spot near the Subbiya road, reported Al-Watan. Investigations are underway. Sexual assault cases A man filed a case with the Sulaibikhat police station against his brother-in-law, accusing him of attempting to sexually assault his domestic maid. The maid had accompanied her female sponsor who had left her marital home in Ghernata to stay at her family home for a few days. However, at the place of residence, her brother attempted to rape the maid who then escaped. Following the incident, she returned to her sponsor and informed him about the inci-

dent, reported Al-Watan. The suspect is being summoned for interrogation. Meanwhile, a Kuwaiti woman filed a complaint at Al-Riqqa police station against her brother, accusing him of attempting to commit sexual assault. The man was summoned for interrogation, reported Al-Watan. In a separate incident, an Asian man was sexually assaulted by two compatriots, in an act of revenge. The victim had reportedly failed to return the money he had borrowed from them, reported Al-Rai. Following the assault, the victim filed a complaint with Taima police station. Police launched an investigation to arrest the culprits. Drug dealer nabbed The Mubarak Al-Kabeer police recently arrested a Kuwaiti drug dealer in a well planned trap. The suspect was lured into selling the contraband to an undercover agent. He was caught with possession of 50 drug tablets, reported Al-Watan. During interrogation, the dealer admitted to having stashed away an additional 250 tablets at his place of residence. He was referred to the General Department for Drug Control (GDDC). Public drinking Two men were recently arrested while drinking alcohol inside a vehicle that was parked behind a school in Al-Sulaibikhat. During the arrest however, one of the men verbally abused security officials who restrained him along with his friend, reported Al-Watan. He was also charged in connection with insulting a police officer on duty.

with learning disabilities to be included in the mainstream, but first, by dealing with them in the most proper and appropriate way. “Our dream is to include individuals with learning disabilities in the community and see them living side by side with the typically achieving individuals. They can be doctors, engineers, businessmen, etc, just like all these famous people (men and women) who were self-proclaimed dyslexics but are very successful in their own field. He cited Tom Cruise, Richard Branson, Tomas Edison and Albert Einstein. “We are very active in awareness campaigns. We organized series of public lectures, seminars and we published our own magazines, websites and we produced documentaries to let the people know, understand and be more aware about learning disabilities,” he said. “We knew, we understand the challenges ahead, he said. CCET offers day to day services in Kuwait normally in three types; identification-assessment, intervention and training. On a final note he emphasized, “Our main goal is to finally include individuals in the community. If those children do not learn the way we teach them, we should teach them the way they learn.”

KUWAIT: A physically challenged participant receives his certificate. In the picture also seen (from right), Abdallah Al-Mullah, Martha Steffens, Ahmad Bahbahani and Faisal Al-Qinae from the KJA.

A group photo of the participants and the management of KJA, with the visiting professor. — Photos by Fouad Al-Shaikh

KJA holds workshop KUWAIT: The Kuwait Journalists Association (KJA) held a workshop titled ‘Developing Journalistic Skills’ in association with Missouri University. Over 120 trainees from the local press and other government and non-government organizations participated in the work-

shop. The three-day workshop concluded on Thursday evening, and the head of KJA, Ahmad Bahbahani, and the secretary Faisal Al-Qinae with Professor Martha Steffens from University of Missouri, handed over graduation certificates to participants.

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KUWAIT: Ambassador of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Jo Jong seen during talks with KRCS Treasurer Saad Al-Nahed. — KUNA

DPRK envoy calls on KRCS to help flood victims DPRK sustained huge human losses and material damage KUWAIT: Ambassador of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Jo Jong called on Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) here yesterday to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to his country as a result of the damage inflicted by floods. DPRK sustained huge human losses and material damage as a result of cyclone and floods that recently swept the country. Ambassador Jong said in a statement following his meeting today with KRCS Treasurer Saad Al-Nahed that offering assistance to his country will help protect souls and stabilize life in the disaster areas out of noble human values and the friendly ties between peoples of the two countries. He also made clear

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that northern border areas of his country including Sinuiju city have sustained huge losses as a result of heavy rains and floods that ravaged the region, noting that disaster areas undergo serious conditions threatening the lives of its inhabitants due to the disruption in electricity and water supplies as well as railways in what precludes the arrival of foodstuffs and medicines. He also asserted that the relationship between his country and the State of Kuwait is “very old”, expressing his pride in the distinctive ties between leaders of the two countries, “in what is embodied in the remarkable development of the bilateral ties.” Further, he hailed the

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New residential locations KUWAIT: Official housing sources said that the beginning of 2011 would witness the declaration of new locations for thousands of housing units, reported Al-Watan. Though the sources did not give details about the new location whereabouts, they predicted that it would be located in the north-west of the country. They added that the future residential projects would be built in the form of comprehensive integrated cities with all the needed facilities. The new locations will be announced around the same time construction for the Eighth Ring Road project begins in celebration of the upcoming national anniversary, the sources said. MoH fined in rape case KUWAIT: A Criminal Court has slapped a KD 5,000 fine on the Ministry of Health’s undersecretary and government hospital employee. In its verdict, the court stated that the amount should be paid to a female expatriate who was raped at one of the unused rooms in the X-ray department, reported Al-Anba. The accused, after taking an X-ray, led the victim into one of the unused rooms, locked the door and raped the woman. The accused was also sentenced to five years in jail and will be deported after serving the jail term..

Sheikha Latifa underlines promoting skills of youth KUWAIT: Sheikha Latifa AlFahad Al-Sabah, the chairwoman of the women affairs committee of the cabinet, affirmed yesterday necessity of promoting skills of the youth and enhancing their education and scientific knowledge. Supporting the youth is of paramount significance for pressing ahead with the development process, said Sheikha Latifa, also the chairperson of the women societies federation, in a press release, while she was handing over financial aid from the Martyr Asrar Al-Qabandi School to the Kuwaiti female scouts society to back up four girls, due to take part in a forum scheduled in the UAE in December. Participation of young girls at international and regional events is a national duty, she said, also asserting that they must be given the chance to be involved in debating social issues and taking part in decision making. She added that the participation in such activities is also necessary to sharpen the skills and enrich the experience of Kuwait’s representatives. — KUNA

efforts made by KRCS for relieving people afflicted all over the world, noting that all international humanitarian organizations appreciate KRCS’s good offices in meeting the humanitarian needs of most of the spots afflicted on earth. Meanwhile, Al-Nahed said that KRCS is fully poised to offer humanitarian assistance to those afflicted in KRSC and that, “it will do its best in this respect in order to respond to the humanitarian appeals and lend a hand to the afflicted people.” Finally, he said Kuwaiti assistance offered to the afflicted all over the world, “will remain a landmark added to honorable track record of the State of Kuwait.” — KUNA

KUWAIT: An oppositionist lawmaker recently reiterated his accusations against the Cabinet of failing to respond to MPs’ questions, reported Al-Qabas. He accused the Cabinet of failing to respond to questions regarding violations in various ministries and criticized them for calling for a fresh start with the parliament without first addressing these violations. In a statement made recently to the press, MP Musallam Al-Barrak noted that the Cabinet failed to answer several inquiries regarding “clear violations of public funds.” He specifically cited the Minister of Communications, Muhammad Al-Busairi’s failure to address questions regarding violations at the Kuwait Airways Corporation. He claimed that the minister is trying to avoid questions about contracts signed by KAC that may reveal proof of squandered money. “I don’t understand how the Cabinet can talk about turning a new page with the parliament when they still have yet to address violations that are ongoing and refuse to answer MPs’ questions that were submitted during the four month summer break,” Al-Barrak said.

KUWAIT: A seminar on ethical principles governing science and technology will be held under the patronage of the Minister Of Education Dr Moudhi Al-Homoud. The ethical issues that arise when scientists and researchers publish their findings in scientific jour-

nals, the internet and other media will be discussed. The event will be held between 26 and 28 October at the Palm Hotel, said Abdul Lateef AlBiaijan, Director of Kuwait National Committee for Education, Science and Culture. Maintenance program The Ministry of Electricity

and Water (MEW) will soon begin a maintenance program to replace all the batteries that operate in the main transformer stations to avoid power cuts. Officials said that the ministry has contacted specialized companies and one will be chosen during the first week of November.



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Safar blamed for price rise

Tomato prices soar, low demand for fish KUWAIT: The price of tomatoes has soared again, evidenced by the few quantities that are on display for sale at local markets. The scarcity of locally cultivated ones has been cited as one of the reasons behind burgeoning prices, reported Al-Watan. Syrian and Turkish tomatoes have been dominating local markets in the absence of Kuw aiti one. Observers added that a large Syrian tomato box (w eighing 7 to 9 kilograms ) is sold for KD 3.5 w hile the Turkish A parliament member recently heaped blame on Fadel Safar, Minister of Public Works and State Minister for Municipality Affairs for the rapid increase in vegetable prices. He was also accused of failing to address problems present in the main vegetable market at Al-Shuwaikh. Furthermore, MP Mohammad Hayef went as far as to urge the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah to

relieve Minister Dr Fadhel Safar from his duties ‘after failing to commit to his promises,’ indicating that the country is ‘living’ a crisis. “We have warned the minister previously about a potential price rise crisis due to the Municipality’s actions which have caused merchants severe losses,” MP Hayef said. He referred to the Municipality’s failure to renew contracts to supply products in the market,

variety is sold for KD 4.5. On the other hand, Egyptian onion prices have also increased in the absence of Saudi and Iranian ones. Other vegetable prices have remained the same. At the same time, fish prices w ere marked by a slight drop due to low demand at local fish markets w here Zubaidi (pomfret) is sold for KD 5.5 to 6 per kilogram. The Iranian variety is sold for KD 4.5 per kilogram.

as well as its failure to handle the space crunch issue in Shuwaikh market, reported AlRai. Meanwhile, MP Hayef also held Dr Safar accountable for the fish prices increase, which he said were caused by ‘abrupt procedures’ adopted by the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR). Meanwhile, the situation at fruit and vegetable markets in

Shuwaikh are going from bad to worse as the contracts between the municipality and one of the labor supply companies has expired, reported Al-Shahed. The municipality failed to renew the contract with the current contractor and did not make alternative plans with another company. Vegetable Suppliers Union Chairman, Khalid Al-Farhan, held the Minister of Public Works and Municipal Affairs Dr Fadhel

Safar responsible for the crisis. He pointed out that the minister failed to attend the meeting he was invited to in order to discuss the problem and find potential solutions. He said his absence from the meeting indicates that the municipality has no clear plan to solve the problem. He added that the suppliers’ union is ready to cooperate and handle the responsibilities on a temporary basis for three months.

Official receives drug fighting degree By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: The MOI’s acting Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Security and the Director of the General Department for Drug Control, Major General Ahmed AlAbdullah Al-Khalifa, recently received Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Mohsen Al-Abbasi who was recently awarded a degree from the National Center for Socio-criminal Sciences in drug fighting.

Indian commits suicide

Colonel Abdul Mohsen Al-Abbasi being awarded a degree from the National Center for Socio-criminal Sciences. — Photo by Hanan Al-Saadoun

A 40-year-old Indian killed himself yesterday in Jleeb AlShuyoukh, reported security sources. He committed suicide by hanging himself in the staircase of a building.

KUWAIT: Jaber Al-Ahmed Armed Forces Hospital holds a workshop on Prolapsed Disk. — KUNA

PAYS staff take AutoCAD course KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Youths and Sports (PAYS) organized a training course for its staff members on AutoCAD software application for architectural design. The program was conducted between October 10 to October 14. Twelve trainees participated in the event. The lectures were delivered by engineer Mazin Al-

Najjar, and supervised by Bassima Al-Obaid, PAYS’ training supervisor. The course aims to train staff members on using software that is regarded the most reliable in architectural designing. Following the event, Ayoub Al-Kandari Head of the PAYS’ administrative development office handed over certificates to trainees.

Ahli United Bank organizes umrah trip for its winners KUWAIT: Ahli United Bank strives to provide all banking services consistent with the aspirations of its valued clients that bring added value to them in accordance with the provisions of Islamic Sharia’. Under the slogan “Invest and Win

Sheikh Mishary is seen in the bus before the trip. umrah”, the Bank organized an umrah trip as a part of an offer for the owners of investment deposits, through which an opportunity is given to the investor client to win an umrah trip for two persons. The winners were accompanied by Sheikh Mishary Soleiman Al-Kharraz who pro-

vided the pilgrims with the religious guidance, and the Bank’s Marketing and Public Relations Team who travelled with the umrah performers to ensure their comfort during the trip from Kuwait Airport to Jeddah Airport. The Bank’s Marketing and Public Relations Team was also present at Jeddah Airport to receive the clients and make the necessary arrangements to facilitate their affairs at the Airport. On this occasion, Ahli United Bank has organized an Orientation Session” for the clients winning an umrah Trip as a part of an Offer launched under the slogan “Invest and Win umrah with Al-Motahid Investment Deposits.” Before the launch of the umrah trip, the session was lectured by Sheikh Mishary Al-Kharraz, where Sheikh Mishary welcomed the clients and congratulated them for bieng selected by Allah to visit Kaabah. He reminded them of the great grace of Allah we all enjoy. The Bank’s Marketing and Public Relations Team has distributed the air tickets on the winner along with umrah-related sepcial gifts. Among quotes taken out of the session, Sheikh Mishary highlighted on the following meanings: • Explanation of grace of umrah, including the chest’s

A group photo with Sheikh Mishary.

The participants of the trip pose for a group photo with Sheikh Mishary. flowering, heart’s laundering of worries, and people’s dire need for such a trip. • Faithful’s preparation before umrah through remind-

ing the pilgrims of the importance of returning the rights and trusts to their owners and bring sincerity in their intention before going to umrah.

• Focusing on the faithful objective of umrah and how we can make it an oustanding umrah. Sheikh Mishary gave a lecture to the pilgrims of the Bank’s clients in Makkah after performing umrah in which he highlighted on: • Broad graciousness and grace that Allah gives to his servants. • Phases of mercy that Allah gives to his servant. • How can we get this mercy, and chances that are closer to us. • Recommendation on how to utilize the precious moments we spend, Alhamdulillah, in the Sacred House of Allah, parciularly through supplication and circumambulation. It should be noted that this offer was given to provide people eager to visit the Holy Places with the opportunity to utilize the withdrawal on AUB Investment Deposits “Bashayer Al-Duha, Bashayer Al-Yousr and Al-Khair Deposit” twice a week. The winner will receive umrah Trip for two persons including two air tickets on Wataniya Airways with transportation from Jeddah Airport to the hotel in Makkah, and vice versa, and stay in 5 star hotel for two nights in a double room with breakfast.

Dear citizens and residents Keep an eye on traffic lines and the road signs erected outside schools. With compliments from the Interior Ministry’s Security Media Department.



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Israeli official: Moroccan king won’t meet Peres JERUSALEM: The king of Morocco has rejected a request to meet with Israel’s president because of the impasse in Mideast peacemaking, an aide to the Israeli statesman said yesterday in a new diplomatic fallout from the deadlocked peace talks. President Shimon Peres had asked to meet with King Mohammed VI on the sidelines of an upcoming international conference in Marrakech. But the monarch — citing the stalled talks — said the timing wasn’t right, the aide said. Peres, a Nobel peace laureate who was asked to speak at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa next week, has decided not to attend because of the snub, said the aide. The aide was not authorized to discuss the matter with the media and spoke on condition of anonymity. There was no immediate comment from the royal palace. Israel and Morocco don’t have diplomatic ties but their officials occasionally meet, and Israelis with Moroccan

roots often travel there. IsraeliPalestinian peace talks, launched early last month in Washington, have stalled over Israel’s refusal to extend restrictions on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. The Palestinians say they won’t negotiate if Israel resumes construction on occupied lands that the Palestinians claim for their hopedfor state. They have given the U.S. until early November, after American midterm elections, to try to resolve the dispute. President Barack Obama hopes to broker a peace agreement within one year, but the talks quickly degenerated into deadlock and finger-pointing after their resumption at the White House in early September. Speaking to Israel TV, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said negotiations with Israel remain his preferred choice, but that he will consider other options if talks break down over the settlement issue. The rare interview with an Israeli station, broadcast

JORDAN VALLEY: A portrait of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit is attached to an Israeli flag, hung on a fence outside a special cabinet meeting in kibbutz Degania Alef in the Jordan Valley, northern Israel Sunday. —AP

Roadside bomb kills local politician BAGHDAD: A roadside bomb hit a convoy carrying a member of Baghdad’s local government, killing him and wounding eight people yesterday, a spokesman for Baghdad’s Provincial Council said. Insurgents have often targeted Iraqi politicians and government officials who have been bickering for months over the makeup of a new government and who should lead the country after parliamentary election in March produced no clear winner. The Council’s spokesman, Mohammed Hashim, said the politician, Jassim Al-Saiedi, was heading to work yesterday morning when a bomb detonated in central Baghdad at 8:15 a.m. local time. Hashim said three of Al-Saiedi’s guards and five bystanders were wounded in the attack which occurred in Baghdad’s AlNahda area. Al-Saiedi was the head of the Council’s committee that supervises public services in the Iraqi capital. Police and hospital officials confirmed Al-Saiedi’s death and the number of injured in the attack. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The attack occurred as Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, who narrowly lost the March 7 vote to a Sunni-backed Iraqiya block led by rival Ayad Allawi, was on a key visit to Iran to boost ties with the Shiite powerhouse as he struggles to win a second term in office. Al-Maliki was greeted by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki after landing at the Tehran airport yesteday morning. He’s scheduled to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei later in the day. The Iraqi leader’s bid to stay in office got a boost last month when he forged an alliance with anti-American and Iran-based Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr. That all but sealed his hold on the job and set Al-Maliki on a tour of Arab capitals to present himself as Iraq’s undisputed leader despite falling short of winning the March elections. Sunni Arab states have supported AlMaliki’s rival, Allawi, because of his ties to Iraq’s Sunni minority and out of fear that AlMaliki’s Shiite-dominated government was too friendly with Iran. —AP

late Sunday, appeared to be an attempt by Abbas to reach out to the Israeli public. In a key gesture, Abbas said the Palestinians are ready to end all historic claims against Israel if a Palestinian state is established on lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war: the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded that any peace agreement be considered a final “end to the conflict.” Once the Palestinians have established their state inside the 1967 borders, “there is another important thing to end, the conflict, and we are ready for that, to end the historic demands,” Abbas said. He did not elaborate on specifically which demands he meant, but traditionally Palestinians have demanded the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homelands inside what is now Israel. Israel believes refugees should be resettled in a future Palestine, and fears the Palestinians will press for

refugee rights even after the creation of their state. Abbas heads the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, while Gaza is controlled by the rival Hamas militant group. Early Monday, Israeli troops arrested a Hamas lawmaker in the West Bank, part of an ongoing crackdown against the Islamic group. The Israeli military said Hathem Qufishe was taken in for unspecified “security questioning.” Hamas official Mushir al-Masri in Gaza accused Israel of trying to “quash the legitimate representatives” of the Palestinian people. Hamas seized control of Gaza in June 2007, creating dueling governments in Gaza and in the West Bank. Qufishe had only recently been released from an Israeli prison after serving more than three years. He was one of dozens of Hamas politicians arrested shortly after Israel soldier Sgt. Gilad Schalit was captured by Hamasaffiliated militants in Gaza in June 2006.— AP

Maliki in Tehran, urges Iran to help rebuild Iraq TEHRAN: Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki yesterday urged Iran to help rebuild his war-torn country during a visit to Tehran that came as his rival accused the Islamic republic of meddling in Iraqi affairs. Maliki’s one-day stopover in Iran is part of a regional tour aimed at drumming up support for his bid to stay in power after an inconclusive March 7 general election. He held a series of meetings in Tehran, including with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, before holding talks with Iraq’s radical Shiite leader Moqtada Al-Sadr in the holy city of Qom, reports said. In his talks with Khamenei, Maliki called Iraq’s relations with its eastern neighbour “strategic” and urged Tehran to

Iraqi PM meets Sadr in Qom help rebuild his country, which has been devastated by the 198088 war with Iran, decades of autocratic rule by Saddam Hussein and the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled the dictator. “We ask Iran and our neighbours to support our reconstruction and to boost economic and commercial cooperation which will help improve stability in our region,” Maliki said, according to a statement from his Baghdad office. “The strategic relations between Iraq and Iran must continue and the cooperation between Arab and Islamic countries will serve the stability and prosperity of the inhabitants,” the statement quoted him as saying.

Khamenei blamed Iraq’s problems on the presence of US troops in the war-torn country. “The Iraqi nation is vigilant and aggressors cannot dominate this country again. May God get rid of America in Iraq so that its people’s problems are solved,” Khamenei told Maliki, a statement from Khamenei’s office said. It said Khamenei had stressed the need for a new government in Baghdad and the restoration of stability across Iraq. “The construction and wellbeing of Iraq will materialise only when these two issues are taken care of,” Khamenei said, adding that despite the current relative stability “there was still insecurity in Iraq”. “Some of this inse-

curity comes from what has been imposed by some powers as they gain politically from such insecurity,” Iran’s spiritual guide and commander-in-chief told Maliki. Ahmadinejad told the Iraqi premier that Tehran “fully supports a united, strong and independent Iraq which serves its own people and works for regional progress and Islamic values”. “We hope that by forming the new Iraqi government the long period of hardship will end, and by different Iraqi groups cooperating, the destruction ends and the people achieve prosperity,” he was quoted as saying on state television’s website. Al-Alam TV reported on its website that Maliki later visited

Qom where he held talks with Sadr on “the situation in Iraq, the alliance of Sadr’s group with Maliki’s State of Law bloc and details of forming the government in Iraq.” Maliki was in Jordan on Sunday as part of his tour of Middle East capitals aimed at garnering support as he fights to keep his job after the March election. His Shiite-led State of Law bloc finished a narrow second behind Iyad Allawi’s mainly Sunni-backed Iraqiya alliance, but neither came close to securing a parliamentary majority in the vote. Allawi, who has looked to support from Gulf Arab states led by Saudi Arabia which he visited earlier this month, on Sunday renewed accusations Iran is meddling in Iraq’s drawnout coalition talks. —AFP

Tuesday, October 19, 2010



4 months after vote, Belgium govt talks flop again BRUSSELS: Over four months after elections, efforts to form a new government flopped again yesterday in an enduring spat between Belgium’s Dutch and French-speaking camps that touches on the fate of the country as a unitary state. Since the June 13 elections, half a dozen politicians have failed to form a government that would enact more self-rule for Dutch-speaking Flanders — Belgium’s economically dominant north — and

Francophone Wallonia in the south. Yesterday, Francophone parties rejected the latest constitutional reform proposals drafted by Bart De Wever, head of the New Flemish Alliance, Belgium’s largest party. They called the proposals “provocative” and “unbalanced.” De Wever was tasked by King Albert II to form a new government on Oct. 8. He will meet the monarch later yesterday to inform him the latest bid to form a government has

failed. “The story is over,” he said earlier yesterday, indicating the end of the government talks. De Wever’s party won 27 percent of the vote while advocating an orderly breakup of Belgium. This is a nightmare scenario for Wallonia, which depends in handouts from Flanders. Under the reforms he proposed last week, regional government’s in Flanders and Wallonia would raise half or more of their budgets through taxation, a job currently

done by the federal government. With its awkward mix of French and Dutch speakers, Belgium has come to an awkward crossroads, and it remains unclear how even a new election could end years of a tightening political gridlock. Since 1970, its constitution has been amended five times weakening the bond between Dutch and French-speakers, forced upon them by their neighbors in 1830. Power has gradually seeped

from the central government to the regions, as the call for even more self-rule in Flanders has remained loud. Gutting Belgium was long a dream of the far right in Flanders, and in recent years the idea of a breakup has become a mainstream politics among Flanders politicians. The region has 25 percent higher per capita income than Wallonia and half of its unemployment rate. — AP

15 killed as Somali troops begin offensive Govt attempting to win back control of areas held by militants NAIROBI: An offensive la unched by Soma li government troops ha s killed a t lea st 15 people a s the w ea k, UN-ba cked government a ttempts to w in ba ck control of a rea s held by milita nts, officia ls sa id yesterda y. The government sa ys the offensive, w hich bega n Sunda y, ha s recorded some ea rly successes, w ith milita nts fleeing

BUDAPEST: European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva (2nd R) of Bulgaria arrives at the press hall of the ministry building with Hungarian Minister of Interior Affairs Sandor Pinter (L, front) yesterday. — AFP

Hungarian company offers toxic sludge victims 5.5 million euros BUDAPEST: MAL, the company responsible for Hungary’s toxic flood disaster, said yesterday it would pay up to 5.5 million euros (7.6 million dollars) in compensation to victims over the next five years. MAL Hungarian Aluminium Production and Trade Company “would be prepared to pay 1.5 billion forint (5.5 million euros) over five years by way of compensation for the victims of the toxic sludge catastrophe two weeks ago,” said the company’s chief Lajos Tolnay. “Even if it is not possible to say yet who was responsible, we must deal with the human tragedies, for which there is financial compensation,” Tolnay told the online publication Boon. An investigation is under way to determine the cause of the disaster, but the directors of MAL have been detained for questioning. After managing director Zoltan Bakonyi and technical chief Jozsef

Deak were both questioned recently, a third director was detained yesterday, police said, identifying him as Jozsefne F. who is responsible for environmental protection at MAL. Nevertheless, like his colleagues, the director was not formally arrested, the police said. At least nine people were killed and more than 150 injured when the reservoir of an alumina plant operated by MAL near Ajka, 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Budapest, burst on October 4, sending a tidal wave of toxic sludge into the surrounding area. The nearby village of Kolontar was hardest hit by the disaster and its population was evacuated for fear of a second spill. But some 500 of Kolontar’s 800 residents were finally able to return home last weekend after a system of new dykes was erected to prevent another catastrophe. “One hundred and ninety one

people don’t want to return. Ninetyfour houses are still empty,” the interior ministry said in a statement. Residents of both Kolontar and another village Devecser whose homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by the sludge would be relocated, either within the village or elsewhere if they did not want to return, the statement said. The European Union’s humanitarian aid commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria, was to visit Kolontar yesterday after meeting Hungary’s Interior Minister Sandor Pinter in Budapest. “I’ve come to see for myself the impact of the disaster,” Georgieva said. Brussels has sent a team of five experts to help Hungary cope with the resulting pollution, which also caused environmental damage, and they are scheduled to submit their preliminary report later this week. — AFP

UN to send 100 troops to Sudan’s tense Abyei KHARTOUM: The United Nations is sending 100 more troops to Sudan’s oil-producing Abyei region to step up security ahead of a referendum that could pitch the area back into bloodshed. South Sudan is due to vote on whether to secede from the north on Jan. 9 next year, while Abyei, which lies between north and south, is scheduled to decide on the same day which half of the country it wishes to join. But north and south Sudan, which signed a deal in 2005 to end decades of civil war, have yet to agree even on the composition of the commission to plan the Abyei referendum or who will vote in it. “UNMIS (the UN mission) has been making adjustments to the deployment of their existing troops ... throughout the ceasefire zone to defuse tensions where they exist-Abyei is an example,” the top UN official in Sudan, Haile Menkerios, told reporters yesterday. Officials from UNMIS, the UN mission monitoring the north-south peace deal, said a company of about 100 troops would be sent. Menkerios said no decision had been made on increasing the 10,000-strong mission in order to police a buffer zone along the disputed northsouth border. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir requested the additional troops during a visit to Sudan by UN Security Council envoys this month. “Indeed the UN is assessing the needs and will continue to consult with the parties on how best it can assist them to respond to these needs,” Menkerios said. Despite an international ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on Abyei’s borders, the frontier has not been demarcated on the ground. The north says it is now impossible to hold the Abyei vote on time, but the south rejects any delay. The date for the southern referendum is also under pressure, with the final voter register due to be completed on Dec 31, just nine days before the vote. No party has dared to voice support for a delay fearing violent demonstrations by southerners anxious to express their right to self-determination after fighting Africa’s longest civil war. Most analysts believe southerners will vote to secede from the north, creating the world’s newest nation. — Reuters

KHARTOUM: United Nations special envoy to Sudan, Haile Menkerios of Eritrea, holds a press conference in Khartoum yesterday during which he said that the United Nations has not sent more peacekeepers to the disputed border between north and south Sudan, but it has redeployed troops to some sensitive sectors. — AFP

Somalia hasn’t had a fully functioning government since 1991. The US and Italy are helping pay for training for government forces to take on militants. Fighting was seen in the Bakol region, near the Ethiopian border, and the government said its forces had recaptured the Beled-Hawa district in the southwestern region of Somalia, bordering Kenya. “The government soldiers entered our town on Sunday morning, forcing al-Shabab to flee,” said Mohamed Osman, a resident. He said people in town burned al-Shabab’s black flag and hoisted the Somali national flag above government buildings. Somalia’s Minister of Information, Abdirahman Omar Osman, said the operation is off to a good start. “The victory in which our forces took over Beled-Hawo is for Somalis, the Somali flag and freedom. Forces will continue their struggle until they liberate the entire region from the brutal rule of al-Shabab,” the minister said. Al-Shabab, meanwhile, announced yesteday that residents in areas under its control can no longer use mobile money transfer services, a potentially crippling blow to businesses and residents who rely on the service to receive money from abroad. A statement from al-Shabab’s political office said the service was masterminded by Western interests and put the country’s economy at risk. Residents use mobile banking services for money transfers, purchases, payment of bills and to add air time credit to their phone. “The service was masterminded by Western companies, who want to bolster their economy by destroying ours. It also allows Western interference in the economy through mobile operators foreign partners,” the statement said. The statement gave the country’s major telecommunication companies three months to stop using the system. Residents and the traders in the Somali capital who use the service because of the security it provides are likely to be severely affected by the ban. “Instead of carrying my money in my pocket through dangerous streets and militia checkpoints I was using the service for shopping or large withdrawals when I reach my destination. It helped me a lot,” said a resident in Mogadishu, Abdulahi Jibril. — AP

from a t lea st one tow n nea r the border w ith Kenya . Soma lia ’s Ministry of Informa tion sa id 11 Al-Sha ba b milita nts a nd one government soldier ha ve been killed in the fighting. A w itness sa id a t lea st three civilia ns died. There w a s no w a y to independently verify the ca sua lty figures.

MOGADISHU: A Somali man carries an injured boy into Medina Hospital after he was injured during fighting between Somali government troops back up AU forces and ALSHABAB Islamist hard line at Hodan district, southern Mogadishu capital of Somalia on Saturday. — AFP

Nigeria Bombing suspect’s brother arrested ABUJA: Nigerian security forces have arrested the brother of a former militant group leader in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, saying they suspected him of involvement in a bombing that killed 12 people, an official said. The official told The Associated Press on Sunday that investigators had on Saturday raided a Lagos home of Charles Okah, taking him into custody over his alleged role in funding the bombings that struck independence anniversary celebrations in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Henry Okah, the man’s brother, already faces terrorism charges in South Africa for allegedly masterminding the attack. Henry Okah is a former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, the main militant group operating in the oil-rich region. Charles Okah “has been mentioned ... by suspects with us as source of funds for the blast,” the security official said. “He is with us in Abuja.” The official requested anonymity as he said he was not allowed to speak to journalists about the ongoing investigation. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, also known by the acronym MEND, issued a warning to journalists about an hour before the Oct. 1 attacks, telling people to stay away from festivities at Eagle Square in Abuja. It blamed Nigeria’s government for doing nothing to end the unceasing poverty in the delta as the nation receives billions of dollars from oil revenue. One car bomb exploded, drawing police, firefighters and curious onlookers to the street near a federal courthouse. Five minutes later, a second car bomb exploded, apparently intended to target those drawn to the scene. Dozens were

injured. The security official told the AP on Sunday that investigators believe Charles Okah sent that e-mail warning from a Yahoo! e-mail address used by MEND. The e-mails are always signed with the nom de guerre of Jomo Gbomo. Security analysts operating in Nigeria long have believed Henry Okah was one of several people who wrote statements under the name. Since the bombing, MEND has issued statements denying Henry Okah had any role in the attack. Okah, an alleged arms dealer who brought the arms needed for the insurgency, left Nigeria for Johannesburg after being released from prison in July 2009 while facing treason and gun-running charges. At a court hearing Friday in Johannesburg, a state prosecutor read a portion of Okah’s diary that suggested his brother played a role in the MEND hierarchy. “My brother Charles has faked my role and has been collecting money and negotiating a cease-fire claiming to be me,” the diary reads, according to the prosecutor. “What treachery this is?” Rudi Krause, a lawyer for Henry Okah, denied that Charles Okah wrote as Jomo Gbomo. “I don’t know the circumstances of his arrest but as far as we are concerned this is just part of the witch hunt against Mr. Okah,” Krause said Sunday. “How can they suddenly claim that his brother is involved in this bomb attack? It’s just absurd.” Nigeria, which is vying with Angola to be Africa’s top supplier of crude oil, is a major supplier to the US Violence in the delta can increase global oil prices drastically. — AP

About 150 Kurds go on trial in Turkey ANKARA: More than 150 Kurds, including a dozen elected mayors, went on trial yesterday for alleged links with a Kurdish guerrilla group at a time when the Turkish government is engaged in efforts to reconcile with the members of this ethnic minority. Kurdish politicians demand the acquittal of all suspects who face between five years to life in prison for alleged membership in a “terrorist organization” and attempts to divide the state. The trial will run through Nov 12 in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the Kurdish-dominated southeast. It comes at a time when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is trying to win the hearts of Turkey’s Kurdish population , who make up 20 percent of Turkey’s population , by granting them more cultural rights, and after Turkish officials have reportedly held secret talks with an imprisoned Kurdish rebel chief to try and end the bitter fighting with his autonomy-seeking rebels. The fighting has killed tens of thousands of people since the rebels took up arms for autonomy in Turkey’s southeast in 1984. The Kurdish rebel group has recently declared a unilateral cease-fire in hopes of opening a dialogue but Turkey has ignored all such declarations. “We want the acquittal of all our friends without any exemption,” said Selahattin Demirtas, the head of the country’s pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party. Hundreds of the group’s supporters gathered yesterday outside the court in support of the suspects, as European human rights activists and lawyers arrived in Diyarbakir to monitor the case. Snipers took up positions on roof tops as police escorted about 100 of the suspects into the court under tight security. The suspects include the popular mayor of Diyarbakir, Osman Baydemir, who had publicly called for Kurdish autonomy. About 20 of the suspects are at large but are being tried in absentia. “We see this case as a critical turning point for a lasting peace,” Ahmet Turk, a former lawmaker and head of a now banned pro-Kurdish party, said yesterday outside the court house. “This case might lay the first steps toward peace.” The suspects insisted on defending themselves in the Kurdish language as an expression of Kurdish identity. The pro-Kurdish party and the rebels demand education in state schools in Kurdish, but Turkey refuses to allow it because of fears that it could divide the country along ethnic lines. “The defense in mother tongue is a natural right, we want to use this right,” Hatip Dicle, one of the suspects, told reporters during a break. The court was considering the suspects’ request, but was likely to reject it.—AP


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Obama hits stride before 35,000 in Ohio COLUMBUS: US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have held their first election campaign rally in two years, sending a jolt of energy through battered Democratic Party supporters. Appearing before 35,000 people here Sunday, Obama showed he can still fire up a vast crowd of young supporters, despite his diminished political brand and Democratic fears of a drubbing at the hands of resurgent Republicans in congressional polls on November 2. It was a show of force and energy in a bellwether state which helped put Obama in the White House, but which has been badly hit by the recession and high unemployment, leaving Democrats fearing a high political price. “In a little more than two weeks you can set the direction of this state and this country,” Obama told the crowd at Ohio State University, seeking to close an apparent enthusiasm gap with Republicans two weeks from polling day. “Just like you did in 2008, you can defy the conventional wisdom,” he said, seeking to drive up turnout among young Democratic voters even though he is not on the ballot, in a rally reminiscent of his historic presidential campaign. “Everybody said, ‘No you can’t’ and in 2008 you showed them ‘Yes we can’,” Obama said. Obama was introduced by the First Lady, an increasingly confident political figure in her own right, who boasts approval ratings higher than those of her husband after his tough two years in Washington’s political crossfire. “If you are still as fired up and ready to go as you were two years ago... I know we can keep bringing about the change,” Michelle Obama said. President Obama admitted that his party faced a “difficult election.” “It is hard because

Top Canadian commander pleads guilty to murders Also charged with two sexual assaults, 82 breaking and entering

OHIO: US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave after speaking during a rally for the Democratic National Committee at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday. — AFP we have been through an incredibly difficult time as a nation,” he said, and slammed Republicans for not helping him lift the country on to better times. “We can’t return to a philosophy that nearly destroyed our economy,” he said, charging that his foes back policies which triggered the crisis in the first place. “This election... is a contest between our deepest hopes and our deepest fears. The other side is playing on fear. That’s what they do.” Republicans however charge that Obama’s economic policies have been a failure and that the president has failed to make good on the hope that he promised, and is guilty of a liberal, big government, takeover of the economy. Ohio State University police estimated the crowd at 35,000 — the biggest political throng Obama has drawn since his inauguration in January 2009.

Chile ponders what to do with mine rescue capsules COPIAPO: Chilean officials are trying to decide what to do with the three rescue capsules built specially to bring out the 33 miners who were trapped a halfmile underground for 69 days. For now, the Phoenix 2 capsule that was used in the operation will be placed on the Plaza of the Constitution in front of Chile’s presidential palace. One of the backup capsules will be in Copiapo, the town where many of workers at the San Jose mine live, and the other is being sent to China for display in Chile’s exhibit at the Shanghai Expo. Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter said Sunday that while officials decide what to do with the capsules, the actual rescue vehicle will be in the capital of Santiago “for all the Chileans who want to know it, see it or take a photograph.” At least two cities are vying to become the permanent home for that capsule. One is Copiapo, 50 miles


west of the mine, where Mayor Maglio Cicardini is campaigning to get it. The other is Talcahuano, 1,300 miles south, where officials feel entitled to it because the capsules were built there at a Chilean navy workshop. Hinzpeter said he favored “making a great mining museum, and not just connected to the rescue, (but) that will have to be a key component of the museum.” He said Copiapo would be a good place for the museum. That is likely to please Copiapo’s mayor, but the town leader isn’t happy about sending the Phoenix 2 capsule to Santiago. He called the idea “horrible.” “We will demand that this capsule stay here in Copiapo,” Cicardini told Bio Bio radio. The capsules were named Phoenix 1, 2 and 3, a reference to the mythological bird reborn from the ashes. They were painted in the red, white and blue of Chile’s national flag. — AP

Rescued miner Omar Reygadas, center, gestures at the end of a mass service at the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. The miners gathered for a mass at the mine after being rescued on Wednesday. — AP

8 killed as gunmen storm party in northern Mexico CIUDAD JUAREZ: Eight people were killed after gunmen burst into a private party in Ciudad Juarez and opened fire indiscriminately with assault rifles and pistols, police said yesterday. Four people died on the spot, two more died in the hospital, and the remaining two fled but were hunted down by the gunmen and shot dead near the city airport, police said of the late Sunday slaughter. Two of the victims were women, police said. Some 6,500 people have died violently over the past three years in Ciudad Juarez as the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels battle for control of the city and its lucrative smuggling routes into the United States. Ciudad Juarez is on the Rio Grande river across from El Paso, Texas. The two cities form one vast megalopolis. El Paso is also an important port of entry for Mexican exports to the United States. More than 28,000 people have died in Mexico in drug cartel-related violence since December 2006 when the government launched an offensive against the gangs with the deployment of 50,000 troops. — AFP

Analysts tip Republicans to net the 39 seats they needed to retake the House of Representatives on November 2 but predict they will fall just short of the 10 new seats needed to seize the Senate. Signs of Republican momentum were evident in quarterly fund-raising reports filed on Friday with the Federal Election Commission, The New York Times noted. In the 112 House races The Times has identified as competitive, Republican candidates raised 53 million dollars combined, compared with 48 million raised by Democrats. It was a stark reversal from

previous quarters, in which Democrats held a commanding fund-raising advantage, the paper said. Ohio Democrats find themselves in an uphill battle. An opinion poll conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati showed former Republican congressman John Kasich leading Democratic Governor Ted Strickland by eight points. The same poll found that former Republican congressman Rob Portman was leading his Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, by 22 points in the race for a US Senate seat. — AFP

BELLEVILLE: A Canadian commander who flew Queen Elizabeth II pleaded guilty yesterday to the murders of two women, the sexual assaults of two others and dozens of breaking and entering charges. Col. Russell Williams was the commander of Canada’s largest Air Force base until he was charged earlier this year. He pleaded guilty yesterday to two firstdegree murder charges, two sexual assaults and 82 breaking and entering charges in a Belleville, Ontario court. He faces an automatic sentence of life in prison with no possibility for parole for at least 25 years. The case shocked the country, hurt soldiers’ morale and prompted fears that the commander of Canada’s most high-profile military base and the man who once flew the country’s prime ministers could have been a serial killer. Williams, who was born in England and raised in Canada, was pictured with the British queen and her husband, Prince Philip, on the front page of the newspaper of Canadian Forces Base Trenton while he served as their pilot during a 2005 visit. Williams had been considered a rising star in the military. He was photographed in January with Defense Minister Peter MacKay and Canada’s top gener-

ONTARIO: Roxanne Lloyd, right, carries a picture of her daughter Jessica Lloyd, while her son Andy Lloyd, left, walks next to her as they arrive at court in Belleville, Ont yesterday. — AP al during an inspection of a Canadian aircraft on its way to support relief efforts in Haiti. He is alleged to have killed his second victim just over a week later Williams waived his right to a preliminary hearing in August and was ordered to stand trial and return to court. The 47year-old was charged with the first-degree murder of Jessica

Lloyd, 27, whose body was found in February, and Marie Comeau, a 38-year-old corporal under his command who was found dead in her home last November. Both women were asphyxiated. Williams was charged with forcible confinement, breaking and entering and sexual assault after two other women were attacked during separate home

invasions in the Tweed, Ontario area in September 2009. Williams, a 23-year military veteran, has never been in combat but has been stationed across Canada and internationally, including a stint in 2006 as the commanding officer for Camp Mirage, the secretive Canadian Forces base widely reported to be near Dubai. — AP



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

China allows rowdy anti-Japan protests Demonstrations defuse simmering anger over territorial dispute BEIJING: Chinese authorities allowed rowdy anti-Japanese demonstrations in several cities over the weekend to defuse simmering public anger over a

territorial dispute with Japan and to prevent the frustrations from being turned against the Chinese regime itself, analysts said yesterday.

HUBEI: Anti-Japan protesters march with a banner which reads “Boycott Japanese products” in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province yesterday. — AP

Worst feared for trapped Chinese miners YUZHOU: Hopes were fading yesterday for the remaining seven Chinese miners still missing after a deadly gas leak over the weekend that left 30 dead. The State Administration of Work Safety announced on its website that as of 6 am, rescuers had found another four bodies, raising the death toll to 30. More than 200 men had escaped after the Saturday morning leak at the mine owned by the Pingyu Coal & Electric Co. Ltd in Yuzhou city in central Henan province. Police tightened security around the mine, with dozens of officers blocking entry points and forcing reporters to leave the area. Grieving family members and friends, who had crowded around the mine

entrance a day earlier asking for information were nowhere to be seen. China’s mines are the deadliest in the world, with more than 2,600 people killed in coal mine accidents in 2009 alone. The country’s lax safety rules and enormous demand for coal to power its economy have contributed to high casualties. An initial investigation found that 6 million cubic feet (173,500 cubic meters) of gas rushed out, the official Xinhua News Agency reported earlier. The gas leak generated enough force to throw 2,500 tons of coal dust into the mine pit, it said. The gas wasn’t specified, but methane is a common cause of mine blasts. In this incident, there was no

China VP Xi promoted to key military commission BEIJING: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping has been promoted to vice chairman of a key Communist Party military committee, state media reported yesterday, in the clearest sign yet he is on track to be the country’s future leader. Party leaders also pledged to make “vigorous yet steady” efforts to promote political restructuring, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing a document issued at yesterday’s close of an annual meeting of the ruling party’s Central Committee. No specifics were given, although party leaders routinely call for administrative refinements to shore up one-party rule. “Work in improving the CPC ruling capacity and maintaining the Party’s advanced nature should be strengthened to promote the Party’s competence in leading the country’s economic and social development,” Xinhua said, citing the party document. Xinhua also gave few details about Xi’s appointment to the Central Military Commission that oversees the 2.3 million-member People’s Liberation Army. Xi, 57, is the party’s sixth-ranking leader and has long been viewed as the anointed successor to President Hu Jintao, who is expected to step down as party chief in 2012. Appointment to the party’s military commission, and an identical one on the government side, has been viewed as a necessary step in preparing Xi for the top office. The 11-member commission already has two vice chairmen and is chaired by Hu, who up to now, had also been its only civilian member. In addition to affirming Xi’s path to the top, his appointment bolsters the party’s absolute control over the military in a repudiation of calls for the PLA to become a national army under government, not party, leadership. It also

stands as a show of unity among party leaders amid speculation about possible divisions over the scope and pace of political reform. Premier Wen Jiabao has made a number of statements calling for unspecified changes to the one-party system, but others in the leadership have denounced any moves to adopt Western-style democratic institutions. The Central Committee meeting’s formal agenda wasn’t known, although it was expected to discuss and approve an economic blueprint for the next five years that aims to narrow the yawning gap between rich and poor and begin the delicate preparations for a new generation of leaders. China’s economy has boomed over the past three decades, but unevenly so, producing hundreds of millionaires while leaving much of the countryside mired in poverty. The government has struggled with the issue and is expected to focus again on ways to improve the lives of the poor, especially in the underdeveloped west, in the plan for the 2011-2015 period. “The period would be critical for building a moderately prosperous society,” Xinhua said in its report Friday on the start of the meeting. The new five-year plan is also expected to focus on green technology and improving China’s energy efficiency, while boosting government services and making officials more accountable to the public. Besides the wealth gap, leaders of the 78 million-member party also have to deal with a public dissatisfied with rising inflation, high housing prices, employment woes among college graduates, endemic corruption, while Tibetan and Muslim regions of western China are held in check by a smothering security presence. — AP

explosion but mine safety officials said they were afraid the missing men may have suffocated and been buried by coal dust. Another gas leak in 2008 at the same mine killed 23 people. The Saturday accident occurred after Chile’s dramatic rescue last week of 33 miners trapped for more than two months underground. Chinese media had very detailed coverage on the Chilean rescue, but information has been very limited on the Chinese mining accident. Mining deaths have decreased in recent years as China closed many illegal mines or absorbed them into state-owned companies, although deaths jumped in the first half of this year. — AP

Thai PM Abhisit testifies in political funding case BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva took the witness stand yesterday in a trial that could lead to his removal from office and the dissolution of his ruling Democrat Party for alleged funding irregularities. Abhisit is among 31 executives who could be banned from politics for five years if the Democrat Party is dissolved, one of several possible outcomes that could intensify a protracted power struggle in Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy. Thailand’s oldest party is accused of misusing an election grant and the Constitutional Court’s verdict could further complicate a political crisis studded with street protests, party dissolutions and military intervention. “It’s an attempt to malign the Democrat Party,” Abhisit told reporters after giving testimony. “The Election Commission (EC) has checked and approved the use of the fund in detail.” The court set a date of Nov. 29 for final statements but has yet to give a date for its verdict. The case comes at a difficult time for the Oxford-educated Abhisit, whose fragile government is fraught with infighting and veiled threats by a vital coalition partner to quit the alliance, which the Democrats lead with only a thin majority. Although bans and dissolution are seen as highly unlikely, the uncertainty surrounding the complex case and the numerous possible outcomes have ramped up tension within the coalition. “There are several laws and several legal scenarios to consider. That is why there is so much agitation and speculation which some coalition parties are using to gain some negotiation power,” said Sukhum Nuansakul, an independent political analyst. The case has had little impact on financial markets, which have rebounded since the end of deadly political violence in May, with the baht reaching a 13-year high and the benchmark stock market index around a 14year high. — Reuters

BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva arrives at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok yesterday. — AFP

Thousands of Chinese joined in sometimes violent protests Saturday, hoisting signs protesting Japan’s claim on what China calls the Diaoyu islands. Japan calls them the Senkaku islands. China broke off ministerial-level contacts with Japan last month over Tokyo’s detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain. Japan eventually released the captain, but Beijing shocked Tokyo by demanding an apology. Earlier this month, the tensions seemed to ease after the prime ministers of the countries held an impromptu after-dinner meeting in the corridor of an Asia-Europe summit. Tolerated by Chinese authorities, the demonstrations began peacefully but appeared to spin out of control with some marchers carrying crude, racist banners and even demanding a Chinese woman strip in public because her dress resembled a kimono. Later, the government warned the public to obey the law when expressing their nationalist feelings. Japanese retailers Ito-Yokado and Isetan said protesters in the southwestern city of Chengdu broke windows and showcases in their stores, Kyodo News agency reported. The website of the anti-Japanese China Federation for Defending Diaoyutai posted a photo that showed protesters in Chengdu holding a red and yellow canvas banner that called for Japan to be “wiped off the face of the earth.” Others used English and Chinese profanities and urged violence against Japanese. “Take a Japanese wife, then string her up and beat her everyday,” read a sign held up by a young man and pictured on, a Chinese language web forum dedicated to anti-Japanese discussions. Protests in China and online content are often quickly shut down or heavily controlled. is registered in the United States, but other sites based in China saw antiJapanese comments and protest photos quickly deleted by censors. It was not clear whether the organizers of the protests in Chengdu had permission to demonstrate. Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper said that they were organized by government-sponsored university groups. A student at the Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu who would identify himself only by his online nickname, Break, said plans for the demonstration there were spread through online instant messaging groups but he was unclear about who had organized it. Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, said the students could not have taken part in the demonstrations if the government had opposed them. “If the government very consciously opposed or didn’t want these demonstrations, if they resolutely didn’t want them, then there would be nothing,” Shi said. In Chengdu, a woman who was eating in a fast food restaurant along the demonstration route was forced to strip because marchers mistook her traditional Chinese dress for a kimono. She undressed in a bathroom and borrowed clothes from others, said the manager of the Dicos restaurant where the incident occurred. The man, who would only give his surname, Zhong, said he shut down the restaurant for a few hours until the marchers passed. While allowing the demonstrations, the government also tried to quickly distance itself from the violence and offensive language of some protesters, posting a statement late Saturday that called for “rational” patriotism. “It is understandable that some people expressed their outrage against the recent erroneous words and deeds on the Japanese side,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in an online statement. — AP

SEOUL: Cho Hyun-oh, commissioner general of the Korea National Police Agency, speaks during a press conference at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Seoul, South Korea yesterday. — AP

S Korean police ready to secure G-20 summit SEOUL: South Korean police will go on high alert and mobilize a record 50,000 officers to thwart possible threats from North Korea, international terrorists and anti-globalization demonstrators during a summit of world leaders in Seoul next month, the national police commissioner said yesterday. South Korea this year is hosting a series of meetings by the Group of 20 leading advanced and emerging economies that will culminate in a gathering on Nov 11-12 set to be attended by President Barack Obama and leaders from other G-20 members including China, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Indonesia, Turkey and Brazil. The event carries great prestige in South Korea, which will be the first non-Group of Seven country as well as the first nation in Asia to host a G20 summit. The group has become the leading forum for steering the global economy since the outbreak of the world financial crisis in 2008, supplanting the G-7. Cho Hyun-oh, commissioner general of the Korea National Police Agency, said that the Seoul summit is expected to draw 32 heads of state and leaders of international organizations as well as 10,000 total participants. “Violent riots that have become common practice at large-scale international events are expected to take place during this summit as well,” the uniformed Cho told journalists from foreign news organizations. “Recently, international terrorism is on the rise and risks related to North Korea still remain.” He said that his agency was working with South Korea’s military, Interpol and foreign intelligence services to ensure that world leaders will be protected and the summit will be successfully carried out. Separately, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday that the country’s military will also go on high alert to cope with any possible provocations by North Korea and terrorist groups. “The highest-degree of military readiness” will be

arranged to help ensure a safe and successful G20 meeting, the JCS said in a statement. Cho said that as the event approaches, nationwide police forces will gradually go “on high alert and 50,000 police officers will be mobilized, which is the largest ever.” He referred to previous antiglobalization protests that were disrupted by demonstrators, such as a World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in 1999 and an International Monetary Fund gathering in Prague the following year. Cho also mentioned a summit of Southeast Asian nations and other regional countries last year in Thailand that was canceled due to violence carried out by local anti-government protesters, and some previous G-20 summits. To help ensure law and order, Cho said that the South Korean government has plans to enact a special law to limit protests and stop foreigners who have records of “radical, violent protesting” from coming into the country. Regarding North Korea, Cho said that the country’s record of engaging in terrorism in the past means authorities must pay special attention. He cited the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March, a bomb attack on South Korean Cabinet ministers visiting Myanmar , then known as Burma, in 1983 and which narrowly missed President Chun Doo-hwan and the bombing of a Korean Air jet in 1987 ahead of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul as grounds for vigilance. “We must always be aware of the situation in North Korea and we must be on guard against it,” he said, adding that police were working with South Korea’s military and foreign intelligence. South Korea has blamed North Korea for all of the incidents Cho mentioned. Most recently, Pyongyang rejected claims by Seoul and Washington that a North Korean torpedo sank the South Korean warship Cheonan in March in which 46 sailors died. The sinking dramatically raised interKorean tensions. — AP

Battle against militants in Tajikistan exposes weak govt DUSHANBE: A massive military operation in Tajikistan aimed at routing Islamist militants has exposed weakness within the government and risks further destabilising an already troubled region, experts said. Thousands of soldiers backed up by armoured 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 Dushanbebased 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. 0It 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 favoured 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. 0The latest spike in unrest in

Tajikistan, which shares a porous 1,300-kilometre (800mile) 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 Al-Qaedalinked 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 destabilising the region, said Alexander Cooley, a regional security expert at Columbia University. — AFP

DUSHANBE: This picture taken on October 6, 2010 and obtained on October 13, 2010, 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, reportedly killing 28 soldiers. — AFP


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Ballots voided from 10 pct of Afghanistan vote centers KABUL: Ballots from about 10 percent of voting centers in last month’s parliamentary election have been disqualified by fraud, Afghan election officials said yesterday in a move likely to affect results in a number of volatile provinces. The Sept 18 poll is being watched for signs that the government of President Hamid Karzai is committed to reform after a fraud-marred presidential election last year prompted many of Karzai’s Western allies to threaten to pull troops and aid. However, the pursuit of a clean result also risks inflaming ethnic tensions in tumultuous provinces if ballots are voided that

leave certain tribes feeling that their votes didn’t count. Ballots from 571 centers have been nullified and votes from another 1,177 centers are being audited and recounted, said Noor Mohammad Noor, a spokesman for the election commission. A total of 5,510 centers were reported open on polling day. It was not clear how many ballots were affected by the commission’s decision. Voting centers ranged in size, with between 1,200 to 7,200 ballots available. About 4.3 million ballots were cast countrywide. More than 50 centers were excluded in each of three provinces , Paktika in the east, Kandahar in the south and Herat in

west, Noor said. Paktika had the most number of centers disqualified, he said. Noor did not give an exact figure, but said it was fewer than 100 centers. Paktika, which borders turbulent areas of northwest Pakistan, was difficult for observers to access because of the danger of traveling to much of the province. It was unclear how many people actually voted in the province, which was also the subject of Taliban threats on election day. The majority of the rest of the exclusions fell into 13 provinces: Wardak, Paktya, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Khost, Ghor, Ghazni, Faryab, Farah,

Baghlan, Badakhshan and Badghis, he said. Afghanistan has 34 provinces in all. Centers were disqualified because of results that showed the hallmark of fraud, such as recording more ballots cast than were sent to polling stations, or showing 95 percent of ballots cast for one candidate, Noor said. “These were issues which were not allowed through our regulations and our policies,” he explained. It’s a departure for the commission from last year’s presidential poll , when Afghan election officials abandoned exactly these safeguards to let millions of suspicious ballots enter the tally.

About a third of the ballots were later thrown out after a UN-backed fraud watchdog ordered an investigation into the suspicious results. The leadership of the election commission has changed since and international observers have said they believe there is a commitment to a fair tally by the new group, even though many candidates have been trying to pressure them to produce favorable results in their individual races. This year’s elections have about 2,500 candidates vying for 249 parliamentary seats. The tally has gone slowly, with each week bringing a few more partial results.

The election commission now plans to release full preliminary results on Wednesday, after delaying the announcement twice. But full preliminary results are likely to only be the beginning of the dispute over which votes should count. Fraud investigators will need to rule on more than 2,000 complaints considered serious enough to affect results before they can be finalized. Those decisions are not expected until the end of October at the earliest. The election commission has also told fraud investigators to look into 200 candidates may have cheated or been responsible for misconduct on election day, Noor said. — AP

Afghan gunmen kill nine protecting NATO convoy Over 150 trucks destroyed during 11-day blockade KABUL: Gunmen killed nine Afghan workers who were guarding a NATO supply convoy in the south of the country, police said yesterday. The attack in Gereshk district happened on Sunday night, said the deputy police chief for

MUMBAI: Attorney Amin Solkar, who has filed an appeal on behalf of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving gunman from the deadly 2008 attack on Mumbai, arrives at the Mumbai High Court in Mumbai, India yesterday. — AP

Mumbai attacks’ gunman appeals death sentence MUMBAI: A court began hearing an appeal yesterday of the death sentence handed to the only surviving gunman of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. A trial court convicted Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, 22, of murder, waging war against India, conspiracy and terrorism on May 3 and sentenced the Pakistani national to death. Judges Ranjana Desai and R V More of Mumbai High Court heard arguments yesterday by prosecutors seeking to uphold the death sentence. The defense will present its case once the prosecution rests. A photograph of Kasab, 22, striding through Mumbai’s main train station, an assault rifle in hand, became the iconic image of the three-day siege in November 2008 that killed 166 people.

Kasab was one of 10 young Pakistanis who attacked two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a busy train station in India’s financial capital. He was the only assailant caught alive by Mumbai police. “Kasab and his other colleagues were directly involved in the Mumbai attacks which caused the death of 166 people,” government prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the High Court. Kasab was not present in court due to security reasons, but participated in the proceedings through videoconferencing. If the high court confirms his death sentence, Kasab can appeal for clemency to the Indian government. Such motions often keep convicts on death row for years, even decades. — AP

Trying to win Pakistani trust, 1 flight at a time SWAT: The floodwaters have mostly receded from the Swat Valley, leaving a vast swath of silt littered with the remains of houses, roads, and bridges. Above it, there’s the incongruous sight of lumbering US Army Chinook helicopters, like twin-rotored flying trucks, ferrying refugees in one direction, and cement, rice and other relief supplies in the other. Aboard this flight is US Army Brigadier Michael Nagata, second in command of the US military mission to Pakistan. “I tell my people, we are ruthlessly focused on being here for the people of Pakistan,” said Nagata. He rejects any notion that US aid relief was about boosting US approval rating in Pakistan, which is somewhere in the 17 percent range. The Chinooks , together with a fleet of smaller Black Hawks , could well be a visual symbol for the almost schizophrenic military and diplomatic relationship between the US and Pakistan. Here, US pilots work closely and quietly with the Pakistani army on flood relief, in what is almost a model for cooperating with a host

country instead of putting US boots on the ground, at great cost in money and lives. Yet in recent weeks, US pilots in armed helicopters have also strayed or fired into Pakistan’s tribal territories, killing two Pakistani border guards while pursuing militants from Afghanistan. Pakistan shut its Torkham border crossing to US truck shipments to Afghanistan for almost two weeks in retaliation, before opening it again. Throughout that tense period, the flood relief mission continued. Nagata flies every other day, a quiet presence listening on a headset to the US pilots talking with their Pakistani copilot, and surveying the choreography of loading and unloading at each stop. He manages the US part of the operation from Pakistan’s top-secret Ghazi Air Base, roughly 90 minutes’ drive north of Islamabad. That daily cooperation helped keep lines of communication open during the border controversy. Despite some harsh rhetoric aimed at the US in public, Pakistani officials say they did not consider suspending military or intelligence coopera-

tion. The root causes of the conflict remain, however , the tension between what the US wants Pakistan to do and Pakistan’s reluctance to do it, because of either national pride or national goals that diverge from Washington’s desires for the region. The White House has pressed Pakistan to put more resources into fighting Pakistan-based militant groups that are attacking US and Afghan troops next door , including the violent Haqqani tribe, which straddles the Afghan-Pakistan border, the bulk located in Pakistan’s lawless, mountainous area of North Waziristan. Pakistani officials say they do have almost 30,000 troops in North Waziristan, but they insist a full campaign must wait until some 70,000 troops now devoted to flood relief can join the fight. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss strategy matters. But US officials are known to consider Pakistan’s efforts lacking. That criticism echoed a recent White House report to Congress, which gave Pakistan mediocre marks for its militant crackdown. — AP

SWAT VALLEY: In this Sept 29, 2010 photo, Pakistani volunteers unload relief supplies from a US Chinook helicopter in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. —AP

The shootings come about a week after trucks bearing NATO supplies for troops began flowing again through the important Khyber Pass crossing from Pakistan into Afghanistan. Pakistan had closed the Torkham crossing in protest at a NATO helicopter strike that killed two Pakistani border guards. During the 11-day blockade, about 150 trucks were destroyed and some drivers and police were injured in near-daily attacks in Pakistan. NATO, however, said its supplies were not interrupted as it simply sent supplies through other routes, such as crossings in the west or further south. Separately, airstrikes by international coalition forces killed up to 14 suspected insurgents. An airstrike in northern Baghlan province reportedly killed around 10 people Sunday, a NATO statement said. It had targeted a leader accused of planting bombs and supplying cash and weapons to Taleban leadership in the area. However, NATO was not able to confirm the number of casualties because neither international or Afghan soldiers could get to the area. Another airstrike in southern Nimroz province killed four fighters who were planting a bomb, said provincial police chief Abdul Jabar Pardeli. A Taleban commander was among those killed by Sunday night’s strike, he said. Violence has risen in the south of the country as NATO and Afghan forces have for months attempted to push insurgents from their strongholds in the Taleban heartland of Kandahar. Checkpoints have been set up around Kandahar city in an attempt to keep insurgents from entering and carrying out attacks. Control of Kandahar 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 nine-year war has inflicted a mounting toll on Afghan civilians who are caught in the crossfire. In western Afghanistan, a roadside bomb killed three civilians yesterday morning in Herat city, police said. Police spokesman Noor Nikzad said the bomb was hidden in a sack in an irrigation ditch. When officers went to inspect the object, it exploded. The three victims had been walking nearby. Nikzad said one police officer was wounded. Meanwhile, NATO forces say that a detainee captured in an operation in the south was found dead in his holding cell Sunday. NATO says the man was being held in Kandahar province after being detained Saturday, and the alliance is investigating the circumstances of his death. The international military coalition gave no further information. — AP

Helmand province, Kamaluddin Khan. Military supply convoys are regularly attacked in Afghanistan, where they are seen as an easier target for insurgents than NATO bases.

HEART: A man injured in a roadside bomb blast lies on a stretcher in a hospital in Herat city, west of Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday. Three civilians died in the blast, police said. — AP

Political violence kills 31 in Karachi KARACHI: Political violence during a byelection in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi killed 31 people, officials said yesterday. Interior Minister Rehman Malik went to the city for talks on how to bring an end to the violence and said more than 60 people had been arrested in connection with the killings. “We want to end political killings in Karachi. After every two or three months a new wave of killings starts. The people of Karachi have to bear the unrest again and again and this has to end,” Malik told reporters. Karachi residents on Sunday elected Saifuddin Khalid from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement as provincial lawmaker to replace the MQM’s Raza Haider, who was shot dead by gunmen in August. A wave of violence that followed Haider’s death

claimed 85 lives in the teeming city of 16 million. Police surgeon Hamid Parhiar said the latest deaths on Saturday and Sunday were being treated as politically linked targeted killings. “At least 31 deaths have been recorded in targeted killings in different hospitals of the city so far,” Parhiar told AFP. “They had bullet wounds and appeared to be ordinary people from the lower middle class.” Karachi is plagued by ethnic and sectarian killings, crime and kidnappings. Tensions are high between the MQM and the Awami National Party (ANP), which represent different communities in Karachi, straddling political fault lines. The MQM is a partner in the ruling coalition led by the Pakistan People’s Party in Sindh province. It represents the Urdu-

speaking majority in Karachi while the ANP’s powerbase is Pashtuns who migrated from the northwest. A senior Karachi police official, Fayyaz Leghari, put the death toll at 30 and said that at least 40 people were injured. Witnesses said that shops, markets and offices in the city were open yesterday but the atmosphere was tense. A founding member of the MQM, Imran Farooq, who was living in exile in Britain, was brutally murdered outside his north London home in September. The government has not released exact figures, but rights groups say more than 260 targeted killings were reported in Karachi during the first six months of this year, compared with 156 during the same period in 2009. — AFP

Indian panel advises scrapping posco clearance NEW DELHI: The majority of an Indian government panel probing the environmental impact of a 12-billion-dollar South Korean steel plant said yesterday that clearances for the project should be scrapped. Steel giant POSCO wants to build the plant in the eastern state of Orissa, in what would be India’s largest foreign investment project since the country launched market reforms in 1991. Three of the four-member panel cited “many serious lapses and illegalities” in assessing the plant’s environmental impact, including “serious violations” in the public hearing process with many communities being left out. “The committee therefore strongly recommends that the Environmental Clearances... be immediately revoked,” their report said. The head of the panel, Meena Gupta, delivered a separate report, which stressed the need for a more comprehensive impact assessment but dissented from the idea of revoking the existing clearances immediately. The panel had been tasked with reviewing the POSCO’s compliance with environmental laws and rehabilitation and resettlement provisions for local tribal people. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who will make

the final decision on the plant’s future, said the Forest Advisory Committee would meet on October 25 to examine both the panel reports and give its recommendations. “I have not taken any view on the matter and will wait for the findings of the committee,” he told reporters. Three months ago the environment ministry ordered Orissa state government to ensure

work stopped at the site after a previous study highlighted alleged irregularities in implementing environmental laws. India’s rapid industrial development often comes up against environmental concerns and local tribesmen as vast expanses of mineral wealth lie in parts of the country that are home to indigenous tribes. In August, Ramesh struck

down a bauxite mining project by British-based resource giant Vedanta, saying the company had shown “shocking” and “blatant” disregard for protected tribal groups. Gupta wrote in her report that it was “important to point out that POSCO and Vedanta are very different projects and operate in different environs and circumstances”. — AFP



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Inspired by Indonesia By Karim Raslan reparing my next book, Ceritalah: Indonesia (Tell Me a Story, Indonesia), for publication - even if it’s just a compilation of past articles and essays about various aspects of Indonesia - puts things into perspective. It forces you to pause, to think and to reassess your life’s direction. For me, a Malaysian in Indonesia, the process of selecting articles for the book is made all the more poignant because of recent events, including an incident in August in which Malaysian authorities arrested three Indonesian officers in disputed waters, heightening tensions between Indonesia and Malaysia. I have to ask myself: what am I doing here? Why bother? Will I be thrown out? All in all, it’s been good taking stock. Indeed, I’m often asked why I, a Malaysianborn, British-raised lawyerturned-writer should be so interested - obsessed, really - by Indonesia. I first visited Indonesia back in 1995. At the time, I was astounded by Jakarta - its scale and sheer improbability. As I explored the republic I naturally began to understand and enjoy the diversity I found all around me. This was especially so coming from Malaysia, where issues of culture, language and faith are suppressed by a reactionary Malay-Muslim government. Indeed, I was fascinated by the Indonesian sense of identity, the kenusantaraan. This only increased when I found that it could also embrace someone as restless and as kinetic as myself. To be Indonesian is an attitude. It is a sense of identification, favouring commitment to the nation rather than ethnic origin. It moves and it develops. It is not monolithic. It has, can and will change. The archipelago has also been a rich source of inspiration and I have been fortunate enough to meet a whole range of people from all walks of life. In Jakarta, Bali, Palembang, Pontianak and so many other places I have met singers, palm oil farmers, bakso (meatball soup) sellers, bankers and schoolteachers. All of them have opened their lives to me to varying degrees, providing a rich source of material for my columns and my books. Meeting people from across Indonesia and listening to their stories has also helped me understand my own identity better, making me more conscious of what ails Malaysia, and why its journey toward nationhood remains a stunted, unfulfilled dream compared with Indonesia. Malaysia is encumbered with a very narrow sense of national identity. We are divided by race


and religion, and the barriers - reinforced by selective interpretations of our constitution - are seemingly insurmountable. In Indonesia, however, identity is open-ended and shifting. This ability to be fiercely independent and yet simultaneously accepting has seen its people through decades of dictatorship and sectarian tensions. Of course, Indonesia has changed tremendously since then. The brutality and venality of Suharto’s New Order administration - which was dominated by the military and characterised by a weakened civil society - has given way to a chaotic, though genuine democracy and precocious civil society that thrives today. Indeed, Indonesia stands at the cusp of greatness and is poised not only to become very prosperous but also to make a unique contribution toward bridging the world’s seemingly discordant civilisations. And through it all, the rugged individualism the battling against the accepted and the convention - that a senior journalist, poet and author Goenawan Mohamad believed as essential to the Indonesian character, has prevailed. Not that everything is completely rosy in Indonesia, of course. The country has recently seen several incidents of religious discrimination. The most recent attack on two leaders of a Batak Christian Protestant Church in Bekasi, West Java, allegedly by members of a Muslim hardliner group, should make it clear that Indonesia also has a long way to go in integrating its diverse peoples. Furthermore, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s presidency is entering a critical stage. The next couple of months will prove decisive as to whether or not he can lead his nation to the developed world - a formidable challenge for the sometimes temperamental leader. It was against this backdrop, this confluence of feelings, ideas and possibilities that I decided to write Tell Me a Story, Indonesia. My fifth since returning to Southeast Asia, the book is unique as it is my first publication to focus completely on Indonesia. The book will hit shelves in Indonesia in the next week or so. But it will not mark the end of my writing here. This book will not be my last on this overwhelming and fascinating place. As life in Indonesia continues to ebb and flow, and as it rises on the global stage, I hope to tell more stories about this country that I have come to love so very much. NOTE: Karim Raslan is a columnist who divides his time between Malaysia and Indonesia — CGNews

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Fragile Romania govt limps from crisis to crisis By Sam Cage and Radu Marinas ess than a year after taking power and unlocking funds from an IMF bailout, Romania’s fragile government faces a deep crisis of confidence which could prevent it from delivering the reforms needed to keep the money flowing. Investment has begun pouring back into central Europe, but Romania is struggling to attract funds like Poland and the Czech Republic because of its rocky politics and what traders say are its moves to keep its debt and currency rates under control. Prime Minister Emil Boc’s 10month old government - a fragile grouping of centrists, ethnic Hungarians and independents - faces its second no-confidence vote this


year and most analysts expect it to survive, but only just. He has kept Romania’s vital Ä20-billion International Monetary Fund-led bailout on track but the cost cuts needed to do so have hammered the popularity of his Democratic Liberals, which has fallen as low as 10 percent in recent polls. “The government does what it can but every measure adopted encounters blistering resistance,” said Nicolaie Alexandru-Chidesciuc, chief economist at ING in Bucharest. “The perpetual risk of a government collapse triggers a sensation of high instability.” The 44-year-old Boc, a former mayor of the Transylvanian city of Cluj which is now a business hub for high-tech companies like Nokia, has cut public salaries by a quarter and

hiked value added tax (VAT) to one of the highest rates in Europe. The resulting slide in his popularity ratings means the leftist opposition Social Democrats would probably sweep any election held now. But their leader Victor Ponta, a confident speaker who is still relatively inexperienced in national politics, would then be in the firing line of opposition to austerity, increasingly evident in a series of protests across the country. The 38-year-old lawyer, a sports enthusiast and former national rally champion, only took leadership of the party after it lost presidential elections last year and may prefer to hang on until the next scheduled parliament election in 2012. Ponta told Reuters last month if he took power, he would try to cut VAT and scrap Romania’s flat profit

and income tax- measures BNP Paribas analysts called an “unrealistic economic strategy” and which would make it harder to stick to the terms of the IMF deal. Traders say uncertainty over the government is the biggest driving factor for Romania’s leu currency, which has edged lower this month as concerns mount. Investors are also wary of a government cap of 7 percent on interest paid on debt, saying it distorts the free-market tradeoff between risk and return. Suspected central bank moves to limit leu volatility are another concern. Romania’s constitution has contributed to the sense of instability because it allows the government to push through laws without a parliamentary vote, which can then only be challenged by a headline-grabbing no-

confidence motion. Boc, known as an efficient manager of resources during his time in Cluj, used this technique in June to introduce unpopular bills cutting wages and pensions. His gamble that deputies will not want to risk a political vacuum could backfire. The latest motion is due to be voted next week and even if Boc survives, he would probably struggle to implement any new reforms while remaining under pressure over those already in place. “The implementation risk is very high because of opposition to the government and this is what is making us feel cautious,” said Daniel Hewitt at Barclays Capital. “In a broad sense, I can’t see an alternative to what’s going on,” Hewitt said of the austerity measures. “It just doesn’t seem to be a very stable situation.” — Reuters

Arab world, US keep wary eye on Lebanon By Weedah Hamzah, dpa he mounting tensions in Lebanon over a United Nations probe into the 2005 assassination of former Sunni prime minister Rafik Hariri have raised concerns among Arab and Western leaders, prompting a rare Syrian-Saudi summit at the weekend. The escalating verbal attacks between rival Lebanese political camps topped the agenda during the talks between Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday, a Lebanese government source said yesterday. The source, who asked not to be named, said “King Abdullah and Al-Assad are trying to defuse the tension prevailing in the country between (Saudi-backed) Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the (Iranian- Syrian backed) Hezbollah over the UN tribunal, which may lead to a civil strife.” Lawmaker Walid Jumblatt, a leader of the Druze religious community, said that the Syrian-Saudi summit in Riyadh “would positively affect the Lebanese situation because the Saudi-Syrian axis is the guarantee for stability in Lebanon”. Shiite House Speaker Nabih Berri, a close ally of Hezbollah, agreed, saying yesterday that “as long as the Syrian-Saudi relation is fine, Lebanon is immune to this civil strife.”


Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud meets Syrian President Bashar Assad in Riyadh on Sunday. — AP However, “the solution must be produced in Lebanon,” he added in an interview with the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper. The tension between Saad

Hariri’s camp and the Hezbollah-led opposition has worsened since reports indicated that some members of the Islamist group may be implicated in the murder of

Rafik Hariri, the father of the current premier. The situation prompted Jeffrey Feltman, the United States’ assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, to

pay an unexpected visit to Lebanon on Sunday. Feltman said he delivered “a message from President Barack Obama to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Suleiman that reaf-

firmed the steadfast support of the US to the development of a sovereign, independent Lebanon, with strong and effective state institutions.” Feltman also described the UN tribunal as “a non-political, independent organization that was formed ... in order to end the era of impunity for political assassinations in Lebanon”. “We believe that the tribunal should be allowed to complete its work on its own timeline and without outside interference until those responsible for the assassinations of former prime minister Rafik Hariri and others are brought to justice,” he added. He also noted that Washington is working “on lowering tensions in Lebanon.” Meanwhile, Christian hardline leader Samir Geagea accused Hezbollah and their allies in Lebanon of trying to cripple the Lebanese government in order to end the work of the UN tribunal. “Hezbollah and Syria’s allies (in Lebanon) are the ones who reject the tribunal and they are willing to paralyze the government in order to stop the court,” he said. Geagea played down the likelihood of civil war but did not rule out the possibility of a war in the region that could affect Lebanon, particularly on the southern border “due to Hezbollah’s strategic link to Iran and the implementation of its schemes in the region”. — dpa


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The problem with phthalates By Pete Harrison magine a child sitting in his classroom, gazing through the window at the rain. He picks up his pencil and chews distractedly on the eraser at its top. Chemicals, classed in Europe as “toxic to reproduction”, dissolve in his saliva and enter his body. It’s a scenario that may not be unusual. A report published last week by a consortium of 140 environment groups shows that potentially risky chemicals are present in dozens of everyday plastic items for sale by European retailers - from shoes to erasers, from pencil cases to sex toys. The study focused on a group of chemicals known as phthalates, six of which have been virtually banned in toys in the European Union since 1999 over fears they can damage the sexual development of children. But as the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) found in its study, phthalates are present in items routinely used by children and on sale in big supermarkets such as Carrefour and Tesco. The study, based on a chemical analysis by PiCA, an independent chemical laboratory in Berlin, found one pink pencil case with levels three times those which the EU says should be the maximum in toys and “childcare articles”. A phthalate that scientists suspect may be particularly harmful to humans was found in an eraser at a level close to that which would be banned in a toy. Concerns about phthalates are not new, and retailers selling products containing them are not breaking the law, because the regulations do not cover objects such as pencil cases and erasers. But the EEB study also found that retailers appear to be ignoring a legal obligation to provide information about the presence of phthalates to shoppers. Less than a quarter of retailers in its survey provided satisfactory answers to requests for information about chemicals in their products. “All citizens ought to be given full information about properties of chemicals in the products they buy,” said Christian Schaible, EEB Chemicals Policy Officer. “A parent, for instance, should automatically be informed whether a pencil case for their child contains phthalates which can impair sexual development. “Unfortunately...suppliers are only obliged to give information under specific conditions. We have shown that not even this legal right is guaranteed in practice.” Carrefour told Reuters that it does adequately address requests for information on risky chemicals and said it deals with such requests within 45 days. Tesco said it was aware of its duties and has its own code of practice in place to keep worrying chemicals out of clothes and shoes. “We have worked closely with our suppliers to identify these substances and have replaced them with suitable alternatives,” it said in a statement.


Link to Sexual Development Phthalates are a range of chemicals regularly used to make plastics more flexible. There are about 25 of them, and in recent decades they have permeated the very fabric of our society, right down to the shoes on our feet. They are in the air we breathe and the paint on our office walls, they soften the vinyl floors of kitchens and bathrooms, they put the flex in our shower curtains and electric cables. In your car, phthalates coat the chassis against rust and soften the plastics of its doors, dashboard and the steering wheel in your hands. They are in our food, some scientists think, after leaching out of the pipes and plastics used in food processing machinery. They are in our bodies. The global chemicals industry produces nearly six million tonnes of phthalates every year. Some scientists, and an increasing number of governments, have begun to suspect that phthalates might be connected to a massive drop in male fertility globally over the past few decades - in the developed world, repeated studies have shown sperm counts have decreased by about 50 percent in the past half century - as well as to problems with the sexual development of boys in the womb. The most volatile of the chemicals disperse easily from plastics and have been shown to interfere with the sexual development of foetal rats, by interrupting the production of testosterone. Some studies have suggested similar effects in humans. As well as the toy ban, the EU controls or bans certain phthalates from things like cosmetics and paints. It has also begun to examine restricting the use of some phthalates in other products, a process that is likely to take years. The United States has limited the use of certain phthalates in toys since 2008, and says it is investigating the safety of others. Australia bans the sale of items containing more than one percent of a single phthalate. Not Fully Masculinised If there is a connection between phthalates and impaired fertility in people, they would not be the first

chemicals to have had this impact. In July 10, 1976, an explosion tore through a pesticide factory in the small Italian town of Seveso, releasing a dense vapour cloud laced with the chemical dioxin. Nobody died, and the accident went largely unnoticed, at least initially. But what followed gave scientists the first insight that tiny concentrations of chemicals could have a disproportionate effect on human fertility. A few hours after the explosion, burn-like lesions began appearing on local children. In the weeks that followed many developed chloracne, a severe skin disorder typified by acnelike blackheads, cysts and pustules. In the years after the accident, an unusually high proportion of boys were born to parents exposed to the chemical cloud. Those same boys grew up to have abnormally low sperm counts, medical studies later showed. Just as Seveso taught us a lot about dioxins, we’re now learning more and more about phthalates - not because of one single incident, but because scientists are putting them under increasing scrutiny in the quest to understand trends such as decreased male fertility. In pregnant

ers. “We found that in human male infants, as predicted by animal studies, when the mother was exposed to some phthalates, the boys had changes in their reproductive development, which was not fully masculinised,” says Shanna Swan, who led the study. Respected journal Environmental Health Perspectives named Swan’s team’s study “paper of the year” in 2009 for its massive impact on current thinking about phthalates. The study was not perfect - at just 134 infants, the sample size was very small - but Swan is working on a new, bigger and more rigorous study that could help settle the science. Getting Closer Other scientists are also trying to pin down the link between phthalates and changes in humans. In an Edinburgh laboratory, a mouse wanders through its cage to sip at some water tainted with plastic softeners. Under the skin on its back are grafted tiny pieces of tissue from the testicles of a human foetus. The objective is to directly ascertain if those softeners could be confusing our hormones and mutating the genitalia of unborn infants.

tive effect, I think it could be the end of phthalates.” The Slow Wheels of Regulation In Europe, the group tasked with evaluating and restricting potentially risky chemicals such as phthalates is the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), based in Helsinki. Its main role is to implement a 2007 law aimed at improving understanding of and control over 30,000 chemicals regularly used around Europe that currently face few regulations. Known as REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals - the law was one of the most intensively lobbied in European history. European chemical firms opposed it, as did the administration of George W Bush, which argued it would choke off transatlantic trade. The law now forces companies to register the chemicals they want to sell; the Agency is combing through data given to it by the industry to decide which should be phased out fastest. From an original broad list of around 1,500 chemicals of concern, 38 have so far been classified as “substances of very high concern” including four phthalates - DEHP, BBP,

From Sex to Food It’s not just children who are at risk. As well as testing children’s shoes, make up bags and pencil cases, the Berlin laboratory tested samples from the shaft of E09039/10, a smooth blue vibrator. It was one of five sex toys tested, four of which showed high concentrations of DEHP. The blue vibrator had 55 percent DEHP by weight, while another sold as “Prince Charming” had 63 percent. Many experts feel uncomfortable discussing the issue in public, but all agree sex toys are likely to add to the overall phthalate level present in adults, and in the case of pregnant women, might affect an unborn child. Scientists are beginning to better understand how phthalates enter our bodies. One of the main channels may be the food we eat. In one 2006 German study, three volunteers abstained from eating for 48 hours, drinking only mineral water, while the levels of phthalates were measured in their urine. Within the first 18 hours, levels of DEHP plummeted and remained low for the remaining 30 hours, suggesting that food was the main source. “I am certain that food is the main exposure route for DEHP, but spikes in phthalate levels seen in the study show there are other exposure routes too,” said Dr Holger Koch, who led the study. “We suspect phthalates are getting into food via the plastics used in the various steps of food processing.” Tarred With the Same Brush Despite the emerging evidence, some in the chemicals industry deny there is a problem. “The European Union has confirmed that DEHP poses no general risk to human health,” says industry website DEHP Information Centre, which is managed by the European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI), and represents the interests of producers including Germany’s Oxea and Arkema of France. But ECPI manager Maggie Saykali takes a more nuanced approach, stressing a shift in Europe towards the safer phthalates, such as DINP. “Scientific evidence repeatedly shows that they are safe to use,” says Saykali. “The danger is that all phthalates are being tarred with the same brush.” Some producers have begun substituting higher-risk phthalates with those scientists think may pose less of a risk. According to the Helsinkibased registration agency, DEHP today makes up around 18 percent of phthalates in western Europe, down from 42 percent in 1999. The use of DINP, which has a longer chemical chain, is growing. But even DINP manufactured by companies such as Germany’s BASF and US-based ExxonMobil Chemical - is not beyond suspicion. “Scientific information regarding DINP ... is either lacking or conflictual, but it cannot be excluded that they pose a potential risk if used in toys and childcare articles,” says the EU’s 2005 toys directive. And even if phthalates such as DEHP are phased out by European manufacturers, it can still enter Europe in imported products - nearly two-thirds of which originate in Asia, mainly China. “If a non-toy product is manufactured outside the EU and imported, there’s very little protection - a notification to the authorities and not much more,” says Schaible of the EEB. “The process to remove only a few very high-concern chemicals will take several decades at this pace... Decision-makers proposed back in October 2008 a dozen substances to be phased out, but measures will only be in place for some of these by 2016.”

rats, numerous studies have proven that exposure to some phthalates reduces testosterone levels in the male foetus, interfering with normal development of the penis and descent of their testicles. But it was not until 2005 that scientists made a link between the chemicals and changes in humans. A group of researchers at Rochester University, New York, studied the masculinity of newborn boys. As an indicator, they measured the distance between anus and the base of the penis - the anogenital distance - which is typically twice as long in males as in females, and is often used by scientists as a marker of masculinity. Low anogenital distances are associated with problems of reproductive health, such as undescended testes or deformed penises. The researchers then compared that measurement with the phthalate levels in the urine of the infants’ moth-

Professor Richard Sharpe, an expert in male reproductive health at Edinburgh University and the leader of the study, believes people will find a link between our environment and lifestyles and male reproductive health. “We have solid evidence testicular cancer has increased progressively across Europe in the past 50 to 70 years,” he says, “and it has happened in a space of time that coincides with lifestyle and environmental changes.” Sharpe believes that “understanding whether or not phthalates play any role in human male reproductive disorders is pivotal.” Animal studies, he says “point clearly towards effects, but human studies are very mixed. We’ll have a much clearer idea in the next 12 months. If we don’t find any effects of phthalates on the foetal human testis, they really drop down the list of suspects. If we find a posi-

DBP and DIBP. Many activists are unhappy with the pace of progress and feel the Agency should look beyond the 38 substances it is tackling. Environmentalists and health campaigners, including Greenpeace and the Health and Environment Alliance, have compiled a list of 356 chemicals they want curbed immediately. The European Trade Union Confederation has a list of 334 it wants banned from the workplace. But the task of evaluating the evidence is so huge, and the resources of the agency so limited, that even the initial 38 chemicals will take years to phase out or approve. Geert Dancet, ECHA’s executive director, says it may take until 2014 to decide how these first few chemicals should be dealt with. “Then there are those chemicals we don’t even know about yet, and in that case 2020 is the target date.”

Right to Know To protect European consumers in the meantime - or help people protect themselves if they are concerned about chemicals in their products the EU has instituted transparency provisions, laws to make information about the chemical composition of products available to any consumer who asks. But Vito Buonsante of activist lawyers group ClientEarth says these “right to know” laws were largely gutted of their powers from the outset, due to pressure from industry lobbyists. And as the European Environmental Bureau’s study shows, virtually nobody in the EU has even heard about that right not the shoppers who are supposed to ask the questions, nor the retailers who are supposed to give the answers. As well as sponsoring the lab testing, the EEB sent out 158 “right to know” requests to 60 European retailers between April and August this year. More than half did not answer at all, and only 22 percent gave a response that met the minimum standards laid down by the laws. “In practice it is extremely complicated, even for companies that want to comply, to find out about the presence of dangerous chemicals in the products we buy,” says Buonsante. “There are fines foreseen for not providing the information, but so far these provisions have been ignored.” — Reuters


$900,000 for a Haiti? By Jonathan M Katz t’s just 3 km from where Dominique Tombeau lives today to the house he dreams about at night, but the road runs straight uphill. Nine months after the schoolteacher’s concrete home collapsed in front of his wife and 4year-old son, the family and three in-laws are stuck under a plastic tarp that pours down water when it rains. All he wants is to move up, to a working man’s apartment in the tree-lined suburb of Petionville. But every place he can even consider costs double or triple the $43 a month he used to pay in rent, even though he and everyone he knows has less money than ever. Haiti’s brittle housing supply was shattered by the Jan 12 earthquake, which destroyed an estimated 110,000 homes and apartment buildings. Since then demand has soared, as the more than 1.5 million people who lost their homes compete for new ones at the bottom end of the market, and a rising tide of foreigners from the UN and aid groups flood in from the top. The result: There are not enough houses, and not enough money for people to rent the ones still standing. More than 1.3 million Haitians live in squatter camps, facing disgruntled landowners and violent evictions, with no international or government plan to move or house them. The prices have everyone stuck. “The type of house most people rented before was not built well. Those houses were destroyed, and the ones that are left are too expensive,” Tombeau explained with the patience of a man used to walking teenagers through French grammar. “When they find a decent camp to live in, they decide they’d rather stay.” Before the quake, visitors to Haiti who only knew of its poverty and desperation were shocked to see the homes available to those who could afford them. Glass and concrete palaces in pink, peach, yellow and white hang off the mountains above Port-auPrince like oversized candies on a green fruitcake. Some fell. The prices on those that survived defy belief. One senator put up his three-bedroom with panoramic views for $15,000 a month. (Its nine Rottweiler guard dogs are free.) Finding anything similar for less than $5,000 is a steal. Want to buy? A three-bedroom with guest apartment lists for $900,000. With his education and entrepreneurial attitude, Tombeau would be a prime candidate to enter a Haitian middle class. But as things are, he could not afford such a house in a hundred lifetimes. All his income disappeared in a crash of concrete when his school crumbled on top of him and hundreds of students. Some 35 people were killed, and he spent six hours under the rubble with his left arm smashed and pinned to his side. After days in a Doctors Without Borders clinic, the skinny 35-year-old moved his family to an empty space in front of Prime Minister JeanMax Bellerive’s office. When officials began discouraging aid from reaching that camp, Tombeau took his $90 worth of donated tarps, wood and corrugated tin to the new camp on the side-street of Delmas 56, a rocky slope above a ravine behind a fast food joint and computer store. The camp is called “Tet Ansanm” or “heads together,” a Creole phrase for unity that’s also an apt description of how much space people have to sleep. Next door, behind a wall and guarded gate, is a two-story pink house now being used by the United Nations, which lost scores of buildings in the quake. On the upstairs floor is the five-person office of UNHabitat, the primary agency tasked with the question of permanent housing. The country manager, Jean Christophe Adrian, has been in Haiti since March, often working on a balcony looking over the camp. He acknowledges officials have been slow to deal with Port-auPrince’s most visible problem. “So far there is no clarity on how to go about it,” Adrian told AP. “There are a wide range of


proposals which are being made but without really a clear direction on how to address the housing issue.” It was only last week when former US President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, the cochairs of the reconstruction commission, held a closed meeting on housing at Bellerive’s house. Meeting documents obtained by AP said that 85 percent of people displaced by the quake could be returned to neighborhoods if their homes are repaired or rebuilt. Ten percent would be placed in new homes in the same area, with the remaining 5 percent relocated. Doing just that, even at a cost of $10,000 per family, would require more than $5 billion - almost the total currently pledged for everything through next year, without paying for healthcare, food or job creation, Bellerive told reporters before the meeting. Meanwhile, of the total pledged, less than 15 percent has been delivered - and still none from the United States. Piles of rubble fill lots and block construction equipment. The US and others spent millions in humanitarian aid on homeassessment teams, but most of the properties deemed relatively safe remain empty because people cannot afford them. Little has been spent on new homes, with money going for tarps, tents and the sturdier “tshelters” - made with wood and metal to better withstand wind, rain and tremors. Hardly anyone has credit for a mortgage or construction loan. Building materials are more expensive than ever. And land title is governed by a broken system ripe for exploitation by speculators looking to cash in on reconstruction - whenever that happens. Even money does not guarantee a house. A realtor with an office on Route Delmas named Athis Dupre said he lost half his 100 house listings in the quake. Rent is at a premium, with fewer people wanting to buy out of fear that a purchase would just collapse in the next quake. Streetwalking house hunters, who take prospective renters on tours for $12 a pop, say their pickings are expensive and slim. But there is one group that can still make rent: Foreign non-governmental organizations, aid workers and journalists. Down the hill from Tombeau’s tent, on the unpaved, easily flooded crossstreet numbered Delmas 33, the lower floor of a two-story with dingy, cracked yellow walls and possibly working plumbing rents for $1,250 a month - payable in a lump-sum of $15,000 for the year. Most Haitians, who live on less than $1 a day, could never afford that. But the Haitian-born owner doesn’t want them. “The owner isn’t interested in renting to Haitians. He’s always rented to NGOs,” says his agent, Eddy Alexandre. The AP, whose house was destroyed in the quake, is now renting a three-bedroom home/office for more than three times what it paid before. And the New Yorkbased nonprofit Voices for Haiti has abandoned Port-auPrince altogether, moving to the sleepier, more remote seaside town of Cabaret to its north. “I find it more expensive to rent a place in Haiti than in Brooklyn, and it’s not just housing. The entire cost of living is very, very high now,” said the group’s head, Mario Augustaze. The group had to bail out of a project because it was going to cost too much to house the volunteers, Augustaze said. The project was with Habitat for Humanity - building homes. Tombeau is doing his best with what he has. He divided his tarp shack into a bedroom and living room, then put up a door advertising paid use of his $60-a-month wireless modem. He also spread the word that he could design T-shirts. But almost nobody wanted either. Out of cash, he canceled his Internet account, and for now has given up on trying to move. “I just want a house like I had before. I don’t want anything huge, I just want something comfortable,” he said, leaning toward a breeze coming through his stifling shack’s open door. “If I had the money, I would look for one right now.” — AP



Super typhoon hits Philippines CAUAYAN, Philippines: The strongest cyclone in years to crash into the Philippines killed at least three people yesterday, leaving a wasteland of fallen trees and power poles and sending thousands scampering to safety in near-zero visibility. A retired general said bracing for the onslaught was like preparing for war. Super Typhoon Megi, blowing across the northern Philippines, was forecast next to head toward China and Vietnam, where recent floods unrelated the storm have caused 30 deaths. Yesterday, strong currents on Vietnam’s flooded main highway swept away a bus and 20 of its passengers, including a boy pulled from his mother’s grasp. In China, authorities evacuated 140,000 people from a coastal province ahead of the typhoon. Megi packed sustained winds of 225 km per hour and gusts of 260 kph as it made landfall midday yesterday at Palanan Bay in Isabela province, felling trees and utility poles and cutting off power, phone and Internet services. Its ferocious wind slightly weakened while crossing the mountains of the Philippines’ main northern island of Luzon. With more than 4,150 Filipinos riding out the typhoon in sturdy school buildings, town halls, churches and relatives’ homes, roads in and out of coastal Isabela province, about 320 km northeast of Manila, were deserted and blocked by collapsed trees, power lines and debris. One man who had just rescued his water buffalo slipped and fell into a river and drowned in Cagayan province, near Isabela. A woman was pinned to death when a tamarind tree crushed her house and injured her child in Kalinga province, and a security guard died

after being struck by a pine tree in nearby Baguio city, officials said. At least six were injured in the region by falling trees, collapsed roof and shattered glass, officials said. As it crashed ashore, the typhoon whipped up huge waves. There was nearzero visibility and radio reports said the wind was so powerful that people could not take more than a step at a time. Ships and fishing vessels were told to stay in ports, and several domestic and international flights were canceled. The entire Isabela province lost power along with 16 of Cagayan’s 28 towns as the typhoon blew by. Cagayan Governor Alvaro Antonio said the wind was fierce but blew high from the ground, sparing many ricefields ready for harvesting. Although initial casualties were low compared to past storm disasters, retired army Maj Gen Benito Ramos, who heads the country’s disaster-preparedness agency, expressed sadness over the deaths. Bracing for the typhoon, he said, was like “preparing for war”. “This was tougher because in war, I could take a nap,” Ramos told AP. Thousands of military reserve officers and volunteers were on standby, along with helicopters, including six Chinooks that were committed by US troops holding war exercises with Filipino soldiers near Manila, Ramos said. In July, an angry President Benigno Aquino III fired the head of the weather bureau for failing to predict that a typhoon would hit Manila. That storm killed more than 100 people in Manila and outlying provinces. This time, urgent preparations included evacuations and the positioning of emergency relief and food supplies days

before the typhoon hit. The capital was expected to avoid any direct hit, though schools were closed. Megi was the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines in four years, government forecasters say. A 2006 howler with 250-kph winds set off mudslides that buried entire villages, killing about 1,000 people. In Vietnam, officials say up 800 mm of rain have pounded areas in just a few days, forcing 126,000 people to flee their homes. Earlier flooding this month left more than 80 people dead or missing. Megi could add to the misery. “People are exhausted,” Vietnamese disaster official Nguyen Ngoc Giai said by telephone from Quang Binh province. “Many people have not even returned to their flooded homes from previous flooding, while many others who returned home several days ago were forced to be evacuated again.” China’s National Meteorological Center said Megi was expected to enter the South China Sea on Tuesday, threatening southeastern coastal provinces. The center issued its second-highest alert for potential “wild winds and huge waves,” warning vessels to take shelter and urging authorities to brace for emergencies. Nearly 140,000 people fled homes in the southern island province of Hainan, where heavy rains left thousands homeless over the weekend, the official Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday. Thailand also reported flooding that killed at least four people, submerged thousands of homes and vehicles and halted train service. It also prompted the evacuation of nearly 100 elephants from a popular tourist attraction north of the capital. — AP

BlackBerry chief sees vast horizons in UAE market DUBAI: The company that makes the BlackBerry sees vast high-tech opportunities in the United Arab Emirates after a brush with regulators who sought to ban some key features of the smart phone, a top executive said Thursday. The upbeat assessments by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd, is part of a corporate charm offensive after a deal with UAE authorities who wanted to shut down email, messaging and web services because of security worries. But he offered no details of the talks that led the UAE to back off an Oct 11 deadline to sharply curb the BlackBerry’s popular functions. “This is a market we’re so excited about,” Balsillie said during a keynote speech at a Dubai consumer electronics show, praising the role technology plays in the Emirates. He spoke repeatedly of the UAE’s prospects to become a global leader in telecommunications and information technology. Balsillie took no questions from reporters. RIM has remained silent about what kind of deal it had struck with the UAE. Emirati authorities had objected

to the way BlackBerry data is encrypted and routed through overseas servers. Regulators said it could pose threats to national security by allowing terrorists or others to communicate in secret. Canada-based RIM also has faced similar questions from telecommunication regulators major markets such as Saudi Arabia and India. Mohamed Al-Ghanim, director general of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, said the Blackberry is now “in compliance” with local rules, but gave no other details. He also declined to confirm whether there was any judicial oversight on possible government access to users’ data or whether UAE regulators had gained access to the secret codes RIM uses to encrypt BlackBerry data. Balsillie has previously said RIM has no way of providing government officials with the text of encrypted corporate e-mails sent on its phones, but that it won’t object if individual companies hand over their encryption keys to authorities. Free-speech advocates and other critics opposed the crackdown, saying demands for greater access to the phones gave

authorities an excuse to more closely monitor the flow of information. Censors in the Emirates patrol the Internet for pornography and other content they deem objectionable. Although the UAE is a relatively small market for RIM, its BlackBerry devices play an outsized role in the affluent and highly wired nation that serves as one of the region’s business and transportation hubs. At least 500,000 UAE residents use a BlackBerry, as do many travelers who visit the country on business or holiday. Dubai’s airport, the region’s busiest, handles 100,000 passengers on an average day. Balsillie announced a series of initiatives with the Emirates, including efforts to set up e-government services such as online access to permits and bill payment services. He also said RIM may offer seed capital to promising Emirati entrepreneurs. In addition, Balsillie announced the regional launch of a number of BlackBerry products and services, including Arabic-language application service, the new BlackBerry 6 operating system and the BlackBerry Torch, the company’s latest phone. — AP

Hamas has anti-aircraft missiles, Israel charges Continued from Page 1 Speaking to his Likud Party, Netanyahu disclosed that Israel’s aerial freedom has been compromised by the new weaponry in Gaza, presumably smuggled into the area through tunnels connected to neighboring Egypt. He said any future peace agreement would have to include security arrangements to deal with the threat. Israel believes that despite its military offensive and Egypt’s stated goal of halting arms smuggling, Hamas has managed to restock its arsenal with longer-range missiles that can strike the heart of Israel. Netanyahu’s assessment was the first time an Israeli official has openly said Hamas also possesses anti-aircraft weaponry, though intelligence officials have privately suspected that was the case. “The security problem is not just the new rockets that will enter the area and will threaten city centers. I don’t know if you know this, but today we are struggling to fly near Gaza because they have antiaircraft missiles there,” Netanyahu said. He warned that the missiles could also threaten air traffic at Israel’s international airport. “Israel’s security needs are real, the solutions have to be real, not on paper. We need to find long-term solutions that give Israel security,” he said. Netanyahu gave no evidence to support his claim, and Hamas accused the Israeli leader of spreading propaganda to justify

future attacks in Gaza. “These remarks reflect the intention of the Zionist enemy to commit more crimes and more future aggression against our people, taking advantage of the American support and the Arab silence,” said Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza. “We emphasize that the Palestinian people have the right to defend themselves against any future aggression and this is a national and holy duty,” he added. Barhoum refused to say whether Hamas has anti-aircraft weapons. Hamas has fired thousands of rockets and missiles into Israel in recent years, though it has largely refrained from attacks since Israel’s offensive. On Sunday, an Israeli airstrike killed two Gaza militants who Israel says were preparing to fire rockets over the Gaza border. The Israeli military said more than 165 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel from Gaza so far this year, a significant drop from the numbers before the 2009 war. Hamas is a not a party to the newly restarted Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which are currently deadlocked over Israel’s refusal to extend restrictions on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. The Palestinians say they won’t negotiate if Israel resumes construction on occupied lands that the Palestinians claim for their hoped-for state. They have given the US until early November, after American midterm elec-

tions, to try to resolve the dispute. President Barack Obama hopes to broker a peace agreement within one year. In a rare interview to an Israeli television station, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appeared to make a significant gesture toward Israel. He said the Palestinians would be willing to end all historic claims against Israel if a Palestinian state is established on lands captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war: the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Once the Palestinians have established their state inside the 1967 borders, “there is another important thing to end, the conflict, and we are ready for that, to end the historic demands”, Abbas told Israel’s Channel 1. Though Abbas did not elaborate, this has typically alluded to the Palestinian demand for Palestinian refugees to have a right to return to their homelands inside what is now Israel. An “end to the conflict” has traditionally been a key Israeli demand, since Israel fears the Palestinians will press for refugee rights even after the creation of their state instead of settling in the future Palestine, thus undermining Israel’s Jewish character. Netanyahu said he heard Abbas’ words, but preferred to have the conversation face-to-face. “The interview was given seven minutes away from here. A direct conversation can promote an agreement. In order for it to promote an agreement, we have to get over an artificial obstacle,” he said. — AP

MP urges session on national unity Continue from Page 1 The lawmaker hoped the session could be held immediately after the opening session of the new term on Oct 26 in order “to deal with this negative situation being witnessed by the country and the escalation in many issues”. Rashed’s request comes on the heels of an attack on local satellite channel Scope by members of the Al-Malik branch of the Al-Sabah ruling family late on Sunday for allegedly slandering the history of the branch and their forefathers. On his talk show, Scope’s director and former MP Talal Al-Saeed appeared to have made the sensitive remarks to specifically target information ministry undersecretary Sheikh Faisal Al-Malik Al-Sabah, a member of the branch, believ-

ing that he was behind referring Scope to the public prosecution on charges of attempting to overthrow the regime. The station said that about 250 people took part in the arson attack on the station’s offices in Sharq but witnesses said the number was much lower at around 50. Khorafi and several MPs had strongly criticized the ministry’s complaint against Scope especially over the hefty charges. But Islamist MP Mohammad Hayef said yesterday the station was harvesting what it sowed. Hayef said that he had repeatedly warned against the grave material being aired by what he described “corrupt media”, which have been “systematically spreading disputes in the society”. The lawmaker blamed the government for the turn of events for failing to promptly apply the law.

Meanwhile, MP Khaled Al-Adwah yesterday called in a proposal for raising the basic salaries of government employees, those in the private sector and pensioners by 15 percent to face rising price hikes and inflation. The proposal also calls for the ministry of finance to review the inflation rate annually in order to suggest a suitable rise in salaries to offset the impact of inflation. Adwah said that the recent rise in consumer prices, especially food prices, had fuelled higher inflation and weakened the purchasing power of the Kuwaiti dinar, largely impacting people with low-income. The lawmaker said that previous salary increases had been offset by soaring inflation, which resumed its ascendance in recent months, with food prices rising 10.8 percent in August.

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Laden living ‘comfortably’ in Pakistan: NATO official Continued from Page 1 “I categorically deny the report about the presence of Osama bin Laden or Ayman Al-Zawahiri or even Mullah Omar in Pakistan,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters yesterday. “Bin Laden... and all other terrorists are antiIslam and anti-Pakistan and hired assassins. If we have any information we will take action against them,” he said. A foreign ministry official speaking to AFP rejected the CNN report as “baseless” and “put out to malign Pakistan”. A NATO spokesman in Kabul said the alliance had no immediate comment. Bin Laden is believed to have escaped to Pakistan from Tora Bora, which was a Taleban stronghold during the US-led invasion of late 2001 that unseated the Islamist regime, which had provided him with a safe haven. The invasion was launched to punish the Taleban for allowing Al-Qaeda to train and plot the Sept 11 attacks on the United States, which killed around 3,000 people. The militants soon regrouped to launch an insurgency that is being fought by more than 150,000 US and NATO troops. The United States considers Pakistan’s tribal belt the global headquarters of AlQaeda and a covert campaign of drone missile attacks targeting Taleban and Al-Qaeda operatives in the region expanded significantly last month. Relations between Pakistan and the US-led NATO alliance in Afghanistan deteriorated following the Sept 30 killing of two Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border NATO helicopter raid in Kurram. Pakistan subsequently closed the main road border crossing into Afghanistan used by NATO supply convoys for 11 days. Pakistani officials have also been angered by reports of mounting US pressure on the military to launch an offensive against Taleban and Al-Qaeda in North Waziristan, considered the tribal belt’s premier militant fortress. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, predicted this month that bin Laden and Zawahiri - who also has a $25-million price on his head - would eventually be hunted down. In August, the commander of foreign troops in Afghanistan, US General David Petraeus, said bin Laden was “far buried” in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and that capturing him remained a

key task. Bin Laden was last heard of in two purported audiotapes issued in early October in which he called for aid for flood victims in Pakistan and for action against global climate change. Zawahiri, believed to be the main strategist and key ideologue in the Al-Qaeda hierarchy, has appeared more frequently in video and audiotapes, most recently in a recording issued four days after this year’s anniversary of 9/11. Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda has combined the global reach of both the English language and the Internet as cyber-terrorism tools to win over non-Arab sympathisers. AlQaeda’s Yemen-based wing released the first edition of an online English-language magazine, Inspire, four months ago that included an article on how to build a bomb. A second, 74-page edition made it to the World Wide Web last week instructing Muslims in Western countries on how to weld deadly steel blades onto SUV vehicles and then plough into civilian crowds. With Inspire, edited by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the group hopes to recruit young Westerners to the jihadi cause and to apparently encourage random attacks. “This is by no doubt a new experiment” as it “is the first time AlQaeda issues an English-language publication,” a Paris-based expert on Middle East Islamist groups, Dominique Thomas, told AFP. “These messages target Muslim communities living” outside the Arab world, Thomas said. Philip Seib, a professor at the University of Southern California and co-author of “Global Terrorism and New Media,” believes the terror network has itself become a media organisation. “It might be time to stop thinking of Al-Qaeda as the terrorist organisation that does media and more as the media organisation that does terror,” Seib said. Since the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, video, audio and written AlQaeda statements have mushroomed on the Internet. Now, the network has a complete web-magazine in English. “This is a shift” in Al-Qaeda’s strategies, said Mustafa Alani, security expert at the Dubai-based think-tank, the Gulf Research Centre. “Previously, they never cared about non-Arabic readers. This is another dimension of a global war aiming at global recruitment,” he added. Al-Qaeda “exported” militants, now it “imports” them, it used the Internet to “inform” people, now it’s using it to “recruit” them, Alani said.

Prime contenders for the authors of the new strategy are two Al-Qaeda-linked US citizens, Anwar Al-Awlaqi and Samir Khan, both of whom are believed to be in Yemen. Awlaqi, a 39-year-old American cleric of Yemeni origin, has been linked to US army Major Nidal Hasan who shot dead 13 people in Texas and to a Nigerian student accused of trying to blow up a US airliner on Dec 25. Fluent in English, Awlaqi is bent on radicalising fellow US and Western citizens and publicly urged American Muslims to follow the example of Hasan in a video message last May. US President Barack Obama’s administration has authorised his targeted killing, in a rare move against an American citizen. The other American believed to be behind the strategy is Samir Khan, a US citizen of Pakistani origin, suspected by US intelligence to be an Internet militant who once operated out of his parents’ basement in New York. “I’m proud to be a traitor to America,” Khan writes in Inspire’s second edition. “I’m proud to be a traitor in America’s eyes just as much as I’m proud to be a Muslim. In a global campaign, Al-Qaeda has opted for a borderless means of communication to spread its message and encourage militants to join the “jihad” (holy war) from any part of the world. Inspire lists a number of Al-Qaeda emails, including a Hotmail address. But the group advises would-be recruits to download encryption software before sending messages in order to “avoid detection from the intelligence services”. European governments regularly arrest Islamist forum members. “Anyone, living in any part of the world can direct a jihadi forum from his home,” said Thomas. Last year, France and Belgium launched a wave of arrests against “webmasters and members of three major forums which diffused jihadist information on the Internet,” said the Paris-based expert. The forums have since been closed. “They want to increase their visibility and the logical way to do that is in English. I think it’s successful, as they’re getting attention at very little cost to them ... They’re expanding their audience base,” Seib said. To curb the network’s growing threat, “governments need to make an effort to use the new media in as effective a way as the terrorist organisations have been,” he said. “You just have to fight their information with your own.” — AFP

Arabs launch $2bn development fund Continued from Page 1 Shamali said that the Arab Development Fund will only finance small and medium investments in Arab countries that have pledged contributions to the fund. “Other countries can benefit from this fund if they wish to join and the membership is open to any other Arab country interested in joining later,” he said. The original proposal envisaged a twobillion-dollar fund, a figure that was repeatedly mentioned by ministers yesterday. Oil-heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have each pledged $500 million and the Kuwait-based Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) pledged $100 million. The rest came from nine Arab countries. The new fund will be run by the AFESD. The head of AFESD, Abdullatif AlHamad, announced that AFSED will approve the contribution of $100 million at their meeting tomorrow. He added that AFESD wrote the draft for the organizational procedures and regulations of the fund. “In this draft we have included all the directions from the Arab summit, taking

into account AFESD’s experience when it comes to managing private sector projects,” he said. “AFESD also prepared the general policies that will rule funding operations based on the private sector projects that AFESD funds. These policies will be viewed by the committee for approval before being adopted,” he said. The secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, said that small and medium size projects are becoming a strategic choice. “Small and medium size projects have the potential to confront the negative implications of the international financial crisis on economies by creating financial activity and ending depression,” he said. Moussa added that the implementation of this initiative is an indication that the days of the Arab League’s inability to follow through on their decrees is gradually ending. At the same time, he pointed out that the second financial, developmental and social summit will be held in Egypt in Jan 2011 and will assess the implementation of the decisions made during the summit in Kuwait. “It will be a chance for us to discuss, in a transparent way, what is prevent-

ing us from making progress on the decisions that were made during the first summit,” Moussa added said He said that even though it took a long time for the fund to be launched it is still a positive indication. “I am happy we were able to launch this fund because otherwise the next summit would not have taken place.” The aim of the fund is to improve the living standards in the Arab world which has 140 million people living below the poverty line, according to a joint report by the United Nations Development Programme and Arab League. The report, issued in Dec 2009, said overall poverty remains high, reaching up to 40 percent on average. The main challenge for Arab countries was to provide 51 million new jobs over the next 10 years which, while not actually reducing unemployment, would contribute to preventing its increase and maintaining it at current levels until 2020, said the report. The conference was attended by the ministers of finance and the governors of central banks from Kuwait, Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, Djibouti, Palestine, Algeria and Tunisia.

Study predicts Muslims set to reshape West Continued from Page 1 anniversary of “Future Shock,” in which author Alvin Toffler studied the 1970s to see what would happen in the future. His prognosis 40 years ago was that technology and science would develop at such an accelerated pace that many people would be unable to process the enormous amounts of new information available and would disconnect from life. Some of “Future Shock’s” prognoses have come true, including that news would travel around the world instantly, that same-sex couples would wed and raise families, and that violence and environmental disasters would increase and have broad consequences - like the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. So it might be worth paying heed to what Toffler Associates foresees for the next 40 years, including container ships getting larger to meet increasing demand for faster, cheaper delivery of goods, and the Suez and Panama Canals being “improved”. They envision more and more people growing their own food to reduce their dependence on large manufacturers and distributors, and the proliferation of high-speed Internet and lowcost video-conferencing freeing office

workers from their cubicles and working from anywhere in the world. Only a very small number of states will continue to behave as “rogue” nations, Toffler Associates says, naming North Korea and Iran. “A true test for political leaders will be in how they handle relationships with these nations and to what extent they allow them to control geopolitical agendas,” the consultancy says. China will position itself as a global economic power, allying with Brazil and India to influence currency use and with Venezuela and African nations to ensure its energy needs are met. The United States, meanwhile, will depend on China for 17 rare earth metals that are essential to produce everything from weapons components to radars to wind turbines and hybrid cars. The development of alternative energy forms will create “losers in a post-petroleum world” including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, several Gulf states, Russia and Venezuela, the report says. Christianity will rise rapidly in the global South, while Muslims will migrate in increasing numbers to the West, where their presence will reshape public attitudes and government policies. Climate change will fuel conflict as melting sea ice exposes mineral wealth and oil fields in

the Arctic and as rising sea levels force large populations from their homes. An ageing population will cause spending on long-term care services for the elderly to nearly quadruple by 2050, and social security and Medicare, the US health insurance for the elderly, will cease to “exist as we know them,” Toffler managing partner Deborah Westphal told AFP. “We don’t know what will replace them; we just know that we will be in a different type of society with different types of people and different needs,” she said. As for women, they will take on leadership positions around the globe at a never-before-seen rate, as countries realize “you can’t be successful with just 50 percent of the population participating in decision-making,” Westphal said. And in the next 40 years, information-gathering will speed up even more as the world enters the Petabyte Age, Toffler Associates predicts. Petabytes - which are 10-to-the-15th-power bytes, or measures of computer files, hard disk space, and memory - are used today only to measure the storage space of multiple hard drives or collections of data. Between now and 2050, measuring data in petabytes will become the norm, and so will data saturation, Toffler Associates predicts. — AFP

Kuwait rejects results of Sirte Arab summit Continued from Page 1 He said that there are countries that “do not adhere to the decisions”, recalling the decision to establish a fund to support small and medium-size projects in the Arab atates, which was passed unanimously at the Arab Economic Summit held in Kuwait following the initiative launched by HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, saying that 10 states have so far participated and “there is nothing wrong in that”.

Sheikh Mohammad said that believers in this idea have launched it “because they believe in the joint Arab action ... so all must commit to what has been agreed upon and this is a core thing in the path of changing the name of the Arab League to the Union of Arab States”. He added that HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad made an important intervention during the Sirte summit when he said that the key to development of Arab action is to link the interests of all the peoples, noting that the initiative of the Amir came to confirm the

need for summits to be dedicated to development, economy, education, health, fight against poverty, hunger and ignorance in the Arab world. Sheikh Mohammad stressed the need to have a strategy for developing joint Arab action to address the ills of poverty, famine and ignorance as well as interrelated ties to be strengthened through railways, electrical interconnection and the opening of the borders between the countries and airports, “and this makes progress rather than being stalled in one place”.— KUNA


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Boxer Briggs hospitalized HAMBURG: US heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs says he will remain in a Hamburg hospital because of a left-arm injury sustained in the heavy beating taken in his loss to Vitali Klitschko. Briggs lost a unanimous decision in the WBC title fight and stayed upright despite absorbing more than 170 direct hits from the Ukrainian in Saturday’s bout. In a statement put together by Briggs and distributed by the hospital, the US fighter said he had suffered no “severe head injuries.” Briggs said it was his decision not to throw in the towel although his corner had wanted to stop the uneven contest. “Thank you for all of your support and hopefully I showed you the heart of a lion and the perseverance of a champion,” Briggs said. In his statement, Briggs said he came to the hospital “strictly as a precautionary measure.” “After several tests the Dr.’s concluded that there were no severe head injuries. I am staying in the hospital to further examine an injury to my left bicep that I suffered in the first round,” said Briggs, who also suffers from asthma. Briggs’ manager Greg Cohen told RTL, the broadcaster of the bout, that the fighter would have surgery on his injured arm. Briggs did not mention surgery in his statement and the hospital declined to answer any questions on his condition, citing privacy laws. RTL also reported that Briggs had broken bones around both eyes. German media have criticized British referee Ian John-Lewis and Briggs’ corner for not stopping the uneven fight. Cohen said he would have thrown in the towel but that Briggs wanted to keep on fighting and had told his corner not to stop it. “Unfortunately, the injury kept me from fully executing my fight plan. Not to take anything away from a brilliant performance by Vitali Klitschko Saturday night, had I had not injured my arm early on, who knows how the fight would have concluded,” Briggs said. Referee John-Lewis had gone to Briggs’ corner between the later rounds but made no move to stop the bout. He told several German media he thought Briggs had enough left in him to keep fighting. “Despite prior reports, throughout the contest my trainer Herman Caicedo wanted to stop the fight, but I made it cleat that stopping was not an option,” Briggs said. German media said Briggs took 302 blows to the head and the body, with 171 of them counting as cleans hits. Briggs remained standing after the bout, answered questions on live television, talked with Klitschko and left the hall on his own. —AP

HAMBURG: Challenger Shannon Briggs of the US is hit by WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko of the Ukraine during their heavy weight boxing title bout in Hamburg, Germany. — AP

Tour organizers unveil route amid doping turmoil PARIS: When Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme takes the stage to announce the showcase race’s 2011 route, the two greatest champions of the last decade will be missing from the audience. Three-time Tour winner and defending champion Alberto Contador won’t attend the traditional race presentation yesterday after being provisionally suspended by the UCI for a positive doping test, while Lance Armstrong is in Aspen, Colorado, where his girlfriend gave birth to his fifth child. The Tour’s presentation couldn’t come at a worse moment for organizers, with cycling once again in turmoil in recent

weeks. A number of doping cases have emerged recently and Italy’s anti-doping prosecutor said he is convinced all cyclists are cheating. Armstrong, who won the Tour de France a record seven times, said he raced the three-week event for the last time last summer when he finished in 23rd place nearly 40 minutes behind Contador, but is not officially retired. The 39-year-old Texan still rides for the RadioShack team and said he will compete in smaller races next season as an ambassador of the fight against cancer. Cycling has been tarnished by doping scandals for

over a decade and Tour officials are accustomed to answering questions about the credibility of their sport. However, Prudhomme may well struggle to keep the attention on the race itself rather than on doping issues at the presentation. Ezequiel Mosquera, runner-up in the Spanish Vuelta last month, has tested positive for hydroxyethyl starch, a masking agent which increases blood volume. The news emerged on the same day the UCI said Contador failed a test, while a government official in Spain said earlier this month that no fewer than seven Spanish cyclists are

under investigation for doping. In the US, the Anti-Doping Agency has sanctioned at least five cyclists for doping in the past two months. Prudhomme hasn’t publicly expressed his views since Contador was suspended after a small amount of the banned drug clenbuterol was discovered in one of his samples from this year’s Tour by a laboratory in Cologne, Germany. Contador claimed that the positive test was caused by food contamination and denied speculation that he also engaged in blood transfusions during the race. If Tour officials do withdraw his title, Contador, who faces a two-year suspension, would be just

the second cyclist to be forced to relinquish it after American Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour title for doping. Contador’s spokesman Jacinto Vidarte said that the Spanish climber’s presence in Paris would have focused the attention of the media and could have harmed the Tour presentation itself. The 2011 Tour route’s climax is expected to be in the Alps, with a reported stage finish at the top of L’Alpe d’Huez two days before the finish on the Champs-Elysees. For now, Tour organizers have only announced that the race will start on July 2 with a flat stage in the Vendee region on the

western coast. The 180-kilometer (111.6-mile) first stage from Passage du Gois to Mont Des Alouettes will be followed by a 23-kilometer (14.3-mile) team time trial around Les Essarts on July 3. The race ends July 24. The following day will be a flat stage as the race leaves the Vendee region, departing from Olonne-Sur-Mer toward a destination not to be revealed until today’s presentation. A total of 28 teams will be represented by some 40 riders at the ceremony, including Tour runner-up Andy Schleck, Giro winner Ivan Basso and top sprinter Mark Cavendish. — AP

NHL results/standings NHL results and standings on Sunday. ANAHEIM 3, Phoenix 2; VANCOUVER 5, Carolina 1. Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L OTL GF NY Islanders 2 1 2 18 Pittsburgh 3 3 0 18 Philadelphia 2 2 1 11 NY Rangers 1 1 1 13 New Jersey 1 4 1 10 Northeast Division Toronto 4 0 0 16 Montreal 3 1 1 14 Boston 2 1 0 9 Ottawa 1 3 1 10 Buffalo 1 4 1 12 Southeast Division Washington 4 1 0 17 Tampa Bay 3 1 0 12 Atlanta 3 2 0 17 Florida 2 2 0 12 Carolina 2 2 0 9

GA 16 14 14 13 21

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8 7 4 3 3

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Western Conference Central Division Nashville 3 0 1 13 Detroit 3 1 1 14 Chicago 3 2 1 20 St. Louis 2 1 1 12 Columbus 2 2 0 10 Northw est Division Colorado 3 2 0 16 Vancouver 2 2 1 12 Edmonton 2 2 0 12 Calgary 2 2 0 8 Minnesota 1 2 1 10 Pacific Division Dallas 4 0 0 16 Los Angeles 3 1 0 10 Anaheim 2 3 1 13 San Jose 1 1 1 7 Phoenix 1 2 1 8

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Phillies level NLCS series

Corey Perry, No. 24, of Anaheim Ducks in action in this file photo

Ducks get past Coyotes ANAHEIM: Corey Perry deflected Ryan Getzlaf’s centering feed past Jason LaBarbera with 5:37 left,in the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-2 victory over Phoenix on Sunday. Jonas Hiller made 36 saves for Anaheim. Cam Fowler scored his first NHL goal, Toni Lydman also scored, Perry

added an assist, and Bobby Ryan had three assists. The Ducks rebounded from a 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta on Friday night in which they failed to protect a two-goal lead by surrendering a pair of power-play goals in the third period. They also had a two-goal

edge against the Coyotes, but made things interesting by giving up goals to Scottie Upshall and Eric Belanger in the third. Canucks 5, Hurricanes 1 At Vancouver, British Columbia, Mason Raymond scored twice and added an assist, and rookie backup Cory

Schneider made 32 saves as Vancouver trounced Carolina. Mikael Samuelsson had a goal and two assists, and Andrew Alberts and Ryan Kesler also scored to help the Canucks bounce back after losing games in Anaheim and Los Angeles. Patrick O’Sullivan scored,

and Cam Ward made 23 saves for the road weary Hurricanes, who opened the season in Finland 10 days earlier with two wins over Minnesota. Carolina has since lost in Ottawa and Vancouver, and has games in San Jose, Los Angeles and Phoenix before playing its first home game Oct. 27. —AP

PHILADELPHIA: Roy Oswalt pitched eight dominant innings and Jimmy Rollins drove in four runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 Sunday to level the National League championship series at one game each. A day after Tim Lincecum outdueled Roy Halladay in a marquee matchup of aces, Oswalt beat Jonathan Sanchez. The series shifts to San Francisco for Game 3 late yesterday. Matt Cain faces Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series most valuable player. Even though he didn’t finish the outing, it was a complete game for Oswalt. He allowed one run and three hits, striking out nine. He also singled and scored a run after racing through a coach’s stop sign in the seventh. Cody Ross hit his third solo homer in two games for the Giants. Rollins busted out of a 1 for 15 postseason slump, going 2 for 3 with a bases-loaded walk and a bases-clearing double. Halladay followed up his no-hitter against the Reds in the division series with

a subpar performance. He gave up four runs in seven innings. Cody Ross hit his third solo homer in two games for the Giants. Rollins busted out of a 1 for 15 postseason slump, going 2 for 3 with a bases-loaded walk and a

bases-clearing double. Sanchez gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in six-plus innings. The tough lefty had dominated the Phillies in his five previous starts against them, not allowing more than four hits in any outing. —AP

PHILADELPHIA: Home plate umpire Dan Iassogna makes the call as Philadelphia Phillies’ Roy Oswalt slides safely home past San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during the seventh inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series. — AP



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Recari wins first LPGA Tour title

DANVILLE: Beatriz Recari, of Spain, holds up her trophy on the 18th green after winning the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge golf tournament. — AP

Mediate seals dramatic win SAN JOSE: Rocco Mediate held his nerve while shrugging off five bogeys in 12 holes to win his first PGA Tour title in eight years with a thrilling one-shot victory at the Open in San Martin on Sunday. Three ahead overnight, Mediate was caught by four other players on the back nine and briefly surrendered the outright lead before sealing the wire-to-wire win with a spectacular finish. The 47-year-old American sank an 18-foot birdie putt at the 16th and then holed out from the fairway to eagle the 17th on the way to a two-over-par 73 at a wet CordeValle Golf Club. He finished on a 15-under total of 269, one ahead of compatriots Bo Van Pelt (71) and PGA Tour rookie Alex Prugh (69). United States Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler, who birdied three of the last seven holes, was fourth at 13 under after closing with a 69. Van Pelt rolled in a 38-footer to birdie the last and Prugh sank a 10-footer to put pressure on Mediate but the Tour veteran coolly knocked in a five-foot par putt to clinch his sixth PGA Tour victory. “This just means everything to me,” a beaming Mediate told reporters after winning his first

title on the U.S. circuit since the 2002 Greater Greensboro Classic. “I was having a tough time with the weather. It was busting me up today and I couldn’t hit it. And then it calmed a little bit and all of a sudden I got a little angry.” At that point, Mediate promised his caddie he would not miss any more fairways playing the last eight holes. “I somehow got some motion,” he said. “I hit it okay, even though I hit a few bad swings. But I made the putt on 16 which made 17 possible.” The final round unfolded on a rainy day at CordeValle and Mediate was briefly handed a four-stroke cushion when his playing partner van Pelt doublebogeyed the fourth. However Mediate bogeyed the sixth, after bunkering his approach, and also the par-five ninth, after three-putting from 10 feet and just two strokes clear at the turn, the American dropped another shot at the parthree 11th where he again three-putted to slip to 13 under overall. Mediate also stumbled at the 12th where he overshot the green with a wedge approach and wound up with another bogey, leaving him tied for the lead with Van Pelt and Prugh.

Chris Tidland made it a four-way tie at the top with three consecutive birdies from the 12th before Fowler also joined them by sinking a 12footer to birdie the 14th. Prugh and Tidland each fell back, with respective bogeys at 14 and 16, before Van Pelt snatched the outright lead by knocking in a four-foot birdie putt at the 15th. Mediate, who had struggled on the greens, pulled level with Van Pelt when he made an 18footer for birdie at the parthree 16th. Fowler also got to 13 under when he drove the green at the par-four 17th and two-putted from 22 feet for birdie. The brilliant shot-making continued when Prugh very nearly aced the 17th, his ball landing a foot short of the cup before bouncing forward three feet beyond. Playing partner Mediate, who had laid up short of the green off the 17th tee, asked Prugh to mark his ball before he holed out from 116 yards for his fourth eagle of the week. “I had a perfect number,” Mediate said. “And when I hit it, I went: ‘Oh, that’s got to be good, that would be nice’. And when it went in, I thought: ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’.” — Reuters

SAN MARTIN: Rocco Mediate holds the trophy after he won the Open golf tournament. Mediate had a one-stroke victory over Bo Van Pelt and rookie Alex Prugh. — AP

DANVILLE: Spain’s Beatriz Recari won the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, overcoming soggy conditions and a late bogey for a one-stroke victory over France’s Gwladys Nocera. The 23-year-old Recari, a tour rookie who made cuts in only three of her first 13 stroke-play events this season, rebounded from a bogey on the No. 17 with a par on the 18th for a 2-under 70 and a 14under 274 total on the Blackhawk Country Club course. Nocera birdied the final hole for a 70. Michele Redman (76) and Karine Icher (70) tied for third at 12 under. “I’m thrilled,” Recari said while clutching a large bouquet of flowers. “I’m very proud of how I handled myself out there. I did not allow the nerves or (look) any further than what I had to do right in front of me.” She credited a trip around Homestead Miami Speedway on Oct. 2 in an IndyCar with US racer Mario Andretti for helping her stay calm before the winning putt on 18. “That was a great experience because I had some much adrenaline, and then I just felt so calm when I was standing on the putt,” Recari said. “That was fun for me ... but this is my job and I still have to keep it fun and focused.” Cristie Kerr missed a chance to overtake Ai Miyazato for the No. 1 ranking, closing with a 70 to tie for fifth with Wendy Ward (72) at 11 under. Kerr needed to at least share third to take the top spot. “I figured if I could have another low round, I could manage to do it,” Kerr said. “But the weather conditions were a lot tougher today and I didn’t quite hit it good enough to get it done. Top five, hitting it the way I did this week, I think is a victory.” The win ended a 14-month world victory drought for Recari, who nearly tripled her career winnings with the $165,000 firstplace prize. Her last professional win came on the Ladies European Tour at the Finnair Masters in August 2009 when she blew a five-stroke lead on the final day before winning in a playoff. “She did a really great job,” said Redman, who played with Recari in the final group. “She played it smart, she got some good breaks and she hit a lot of really good putts.” Recari hadn’t had much success since leaving the LET. That changed when she calmly sank a 2-foot putt on the 18th, then immediately jumped into the arms of her caddie under a steady drizzle of rain. The weather affected the final round and made it tough to gain ground after the tournament began in 95-degree heat Thursday. The leaders found that out the hard way. The 45-yearold Redman, seeking her first win since 2000, went into the final round tied with Recari and Ilhee Lee but couldn’t hold on. After falling a stroke behind when Recardi birdied No. 6, Redman pulled even with a birdie on the ninth but fell behind again after pushing her tee shot right on the par3, 10th. The ball settled in thick, wet rough and Redman’s chip shot fell 3 feet shy of the green. She settled for bogey. Lee, a rookie from South Korea who nearly quit the tour this year after missing seven straight cuts, bogeyed three of the first four holes Sunday and fell off the pace with a 78. Lee tied for 15th at 6 under. Recari had her problems, too. She birdied the third but gave the stroke back two holes later with a bogey on the par-5 fifth. A birdie on the sixth put her in front again and she added birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. Recari’s bogey on 17 coupled with Nocera’s birdie on the 18th cut the lead to one. With Nocera standing close by, Recari avoided a playoff by two-putting from just off the front of the green. Brittany Lincicome, the first-round leader after a course-record 61, shot a 70 to tie for eighth at 9 under. — AP

BRAZIl: Ferrari’s F1 driver Felipe Massa (left) poses with Brazilian Trofeo Linea’s driver Caca Bueno after a race in Brasilia. Massa is in Brazil to support the Formula Future and Trofeo Linea. — AFP

S Korea F1 will not lure local carmakers SEOUL: South Korea is hosting its first Formula One Grand Prix this week, but the event will be missing the country’s top carmakers despite their desire to boost their brands to match their stunning emergence as a global carmakers. The premier motorsport event had been viewed as a good opportunity to transform Korean firms’ dowdy image as makers of affordable cars into the premium segment, and help expand their presence in Europe, where they have a small market share. There has been speculation that Hyundai Motor Co. <005380.KS>, one of the top global performers during the financial crisis, could signal its intent to join F1 to replace Japan’s Toyota Motor <7203.T> and Honda Motor <7267.T>. Toyota, the world’s largest carmaker, and Honda both dropped out in the last two years, hit by the global economic recession and their

lack of success on the track relative to the hundreds of millions of dollars ploughed into the sport. But Hyundai Motor Group, which includes the country’s number two carmaker Kia Motors, and which sponsored big sports events such as the soccer World Cup and the Olympics, has ruled out speculation it would create its own F1 team. “The Grand Prix could be a gateway to becoming a premium car brand, but Hyundai is simply not interested in Formula One,” an F1 industry official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “It also requires long-term investment of several years at least and it’s doubtful whether Hyundai has that patience.” Hyundai is striving to boost its image in the US and Europe, and to expand its presence into the mid- and large-sized car segments, from its stronghold in compact cars. “The utmost priority is to boost brand image in

Europe,” Chung Eui-sun, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor and son of chairman Chung Mong-koo, said at the Paris Motor Show last month. In Europe, the Hyundai and Kia brands have a market share of just 4.5 percent as of September, although that was up from 4.1 percent a year earlier, reflecting their comparative strength in slower global market conditions. Hyundai said its weakness is the lack of brand recognition rather than with its products, but a failure by its Asian rivals with F1 has likely made it cautious splashing money on motor racing. Toyota failed to win a single race after seven years in F1 and spent an estimated $300 million on its Cologne, Germany-based team in 2008, a figure only exceeded by Honda. Although Honda had early successes as a team owner and an engine supplier it posted disappointing results in 2008 before withdrawing in 2009 in the wake of the glob-

al economic downturn. The pullout of the two Japanese carmakers has shorn F1 of Asian support, leaving the sport dominated by Europe’s Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault. Renault-Samsung, a Korean unit of France’s Renault and one of the smallest players in Korea, is the sole automaker in Korea in F1. Despite the prestige of becoming the newest F1 host, Korean companies seem loath to splash cash on the sport and only LG Electronics Inc. is a committed sponsor. LG, the world’s number two maker of TVs and thirdbiggest handset vendor, dropped its sponsorship of English Premier League side Fulham this year and said it had signed with the Red Bull F1 team to “build a young and dynamic brand image.” So far at least, it seems few other companies from the Asia’s fourth largest economy, share LG’s enthusiasm. — Reuters

Chandhok: Webber faces Korea shock LONDON: Red Bull’s Formula One championship contenders, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, have been warned that a journey into the unknown in South Korea this weekend could give them a nasty surprise. The sport stages its first grand prix in Korea on Sunday, on a Yeongam track that has only recently been completed, and the one man to have driven a GP car around the circuit feels it could undermine Webber’s and Vettel’s title charge. Karun Chandhok drove the Red Bull demonstration car at Yeongam on Sept. 4, when the surface was in a comparatively rough state, but the Indian driver was still able to get a good idea of the characteristics. “It’s going to be very slippery, very low grip, I would imagine,” he told Reuters yesterday. “The Red Bull is quick everywhere. But I think here, specifically though the first sector of the lap with the three long straights, they may not be as quick as some of the others. Ferrari and McLaren will be strong ... “Even if the Red Bulls qualify onetwo, it will be interesting to see because of the long straights in sector one if they hold that advantage into turn four on the first lap. “I do think the gap will be closer...I think the gap will be close enough that if (Ferrari’s Fernando) Alonso or

(McLaren’s) Lewis (Hamilton) or Jenson (Button) dig deep they could sneak a win out of it.” With three races of the season remaining, Australia’s Webber leads the drivers’ standings on 220 points, with Alonso and Vettel in joint second place 14 points behind. Britain’s Hamilton is fourth on 192 points and Button, the defending champion and Hamilton’s McLaren team mate, fifth on 189. Chandhok revealed that Webber and Button are the only title contenders to have quizzed him for inside information on the track. “You’d expect people to be calling, really,” said the Hispania driver, who last raced for his cash-strapped team in July and will not be in Korea. “I would have done that. Even driving down at the back of the grid, if for example somebody else had gone off there to Korea...I would have been grabbing at their ankles to find out as much as I can about it.” Red Bull had their engineers present at the demonstration run last month, and Chandhok faced questions from technical people with other teams-as well as widespread concern about the local food and hotels. “To be fair, a lot of people have very good (track) simulators and they have a lot of faith in their simulators and simu-

lation software,” Chandhok said. “I think a lot of them tend to believe that more than anything else.” Chandhok, whose Hispania team mate Bruno Senna has pressed him for information, discussed the new Korea circuit with Webber when he and the Australian attended a charity karting event in Britain last month. “Obviously he was very curious to see what I thought about the place and what the circuit was like,” Chandhok said. “They all want to know who it is going to suit, don’t they?” Chandhok said he had spoken more recently with McLaren’s Button. “We were chatting about this and that and he was quite curious about Korea,” the 26year-old said. “I think he had been in a simulator a few days before that...and he was asking me about some of the camber changes in the road. Some of the corners, turn 11 and 12 especially, have quite a bit of oncamber through 11 and it then goes to off-camber through 12. “I think some of that stuff is not so apparent until you get there. So he had questions about that sort of stuff.” Circuit organisers have been in a race against time to complete the circuit, laying the final layer of asphalt little more than a week ago and passing a final inspection only days later. — Reuters

McDowell takes double aim MIAMI: US Open champion Graeme McDowell plans to have a bit of fun while adopting a hard-nosed mentality at next week’s end-of-season PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. While the Northern Irishman has set his sights on victory in the prestigious, fourman event, he also wants to enjoy the two days of competition at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton as much as he can. “It’s going to be a great experience over there next week,” McDowell said on a con-

ference call about the Oct. 1920 event. “There’s going to be an element of fun to it but I’m also looking to try and make a statement as a top major champion. “Winning a major is something we dream about as professional golfers and it’s a very elite field to be part of next week.” The 36-hole Grand Slam of Golf, billed as “the most exclusive tournament in golf”, brings together the winners of the year’s four majors. Germany’s Martin Kaymer, who won the US PGA

Championship at Whistling Straits in August, and former major winners Ernie Els of South Africa and American David Toms will join McDowell. Els and Toms were late replacements for Masters champion Phil Mickelson and British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen. American Mickelson withdrew due to arthritis and South African Oosthuizen pulled out because of an ankle injury. “It’s probably the toughest fourball to get into in the world and to be part of that as a U.S.

Open champion is going to be a great experience,” said McDowell, who clinched his first major title at Pebble Beach in June. “Obviously missing Phil and Louis is unfortunate. It would have been special to have all four major winners there this year but we have pretty worthy replacements in Ernie Els and David Toms-both great, great players.” The elite stroke-play event was held in Hawaii from 1991 to 2006 before moving to Bermuda in 2007. — Reuters



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dolphins find wins come easier on the road TAMPA: In a strangely unpredictable NFL season, the Miami Dolphins are carving a unique niche for themselves as the team that can only win on the road. Sunday’s 23-20 overtime win at the Green Bay Packers, a team many pundits believed were Super Bowl-bound this year, followed victories at Buffalo and Minnesota. At home though, the Dolphins have been beaten convincingly by their main two divisional rivals - the New York Jets and the New England Patriots - the latter by a humiliating 41-14 after a special teams meltdown. Home field advantage clearly counts for something

in the NFL, with the large and noisy crowds inevitably having some influence on players and officials. So, how is it that the Dolphins are suffering at home while looking in playoff form on the road? Head coach Tony Sparano believes the process of heading away — travelling together and staying in hotels — helps bring the best out of his club. “The make-up of your team has to be a little different to win on the road and to win at the places that we have won. The distractions can be huge when you are on the road and this team just doesn’t seem to let those distractions bother them,” he told reporters yesterday.

“They really enjoy being together so when you get them on the road, they are together for a long period of time and I think that is something they enjoy,” he said. Sparano also believes that road trips allow those of his players who are obsessed with the game to spend time talking with each other. “You have these guys constantly talking football...when they are on the road they are all together in that environment, it is all we are doing. Those things make for a good road team,” he said. On the field, says Sparano, the players must have the right frame of mind for dealing with an

unfavourable environment. “You have got to be willing to weather a storm and to get into a close game when you are out on the road. You rarely go on the road and win like the Patriots beat us in Miami, you have to be willing to go into that kind of environment and win in close situations and our team has done that,” he said. They did that on Sunday with quarterback Chad Henne, who still has to convince some Dolphins fans of his credentials, throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns, while receiver Brandon Marshall hauled in 10 catches for 127 yards. Sparano believes Marshall is “fundamentally solid” as his main receiver and that Henne is continuing to

improve in his second season as a starter, citing his touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano in the third quarter as proof. “That’s a throw a year ago that he doesn’t make,” Sparano said Sunday. “He feels the pressure, he understands the front, he sees the rusher from the back side, he doesn’t panic and he kind of waits, gets rid of the football and takes the hit for us. “It was a big play. I was pleased with what Chad did. I’m really proud of him.” On Sunday, Henne and the Dolphins are back home and up against the 4-1 Pittsburgh Steelers and they will be desperate to give their fans their first home win of the season. — Reuters

Man United cannot stop reports of Rooney’s exit

ZURICH: This April 23, 2010 file photo shows FIFA President Joseph Blatter answering journalist’s questions during a press conference on the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa in Zurich, Switzerland. — AP

Bottom line for FIFA: The good of the game PARIS: Of the catchy slogans that football’s custodians at FIFA have coined over the years, the best is “For the Good of the Game,” because that describes, exactly, the moral, ethical and sporting yardstick by which they are measured. It means that FIFA and everyone connected with it should be football’s servants. Nothing more, nothing less. It means that FIFA and everyone connected with it should be putting football’s interests, and never their own, above everything else. It means that FIFA and everyone connected with it don’t own the game but instead are merely there to care for it and to make sure that football — not them — prospers and grows. And if FIFA or anyone connected with it is breaking those most basic rules, then they must thoroughly clean house or go. No excuses. Out. Allegations in The Sunday Times of London newspaper this weekend that the votes of senior FIFA administrators can be bought for the right price are terrible for football if true, because they would damage the trust upon which the game is built. Football’s billions of fans need to know that the reason that FIFA chooses country X, Y or Z to host the World Cup, the planet’s biggest single sports event, is because doing so is good for the game, not because it was good for those who make the decision. They need to know that the winner was the country that put forward the best bid, that promised the best spectacle for fans, the best facilities for players and the best knock-on effects for football globally, not because that country’s lobbyists offered the juiciest incentives or bribes. Fans understand that football politics are part of a World Cup vote and that some FIFA members are going to back a bidder in their own region if they can. But they also expect football’s custodians to love the game as much as they do and not to abuse that trust by lining their own pockets or currying favors. In short, FIFA’s incredible powers come with incredible responsibilities, too. As long each and everyone one of them is clean, honest and is acting in football’s best interests, then it does not necessarily have to be a problem that just 24 men — and they are all men — on FIFA’s executive committee get to vote on

the World Cup host. But the process at the moment is murky, seemingly vulnerable to influence-peddling and, we now learn, perhaps worse. The Sunday Times isn’t the first to allege that corruption is a problem within FIFA. And it doesn’t help that FIFA’s own body to investigate such claims often seems to have more gums than teeth. If FIFA members are abusing their monopoly for their own gain, then it must be time for new rules and for change like that which swept the International Olympic Committee after its tradition of gift-giving, favors and bribery was exposed in the bidding scandal for the Salt Lake City Winter Games of 2002. Out went 10 IOC members. In came a regime of stricter regulation and, in 2001, new leadership under Jacques Rogge, a surgeon and Olympic sailor with a squeaky-clean reputation who runs a tight ship. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is promising “an in-depth investigation” into The Sunday Times claims that two members of the executive committee over which he presides suggested to undercover reporters that giving them money for pet projects — a football academy in New Zealand for one of them, football pitches in Nigeria for the other — could help buy their votes. The newspaper did not report that money actually changed hands, so its story was short of smoking-gun proof that FIFA members can be bought. FIFA’s code of ethics is crystal clear: its officials must refuse “any gifts or other advantages that are offered, promised or sent to them” and are forbidden from “urging or inciting” people to offer bribes “to gain an advantage for themselves or third parties.” So FIFA needs to explain why The Sunday Times was able to covertly film Nigeria’s Amos Adamu seemingly agreeing that US$800,000 for artificial pitches should be paid directly to him and why Reynald Temarii from Tahiti appeared to tell the undercover reporters that funding for a football academy could be “helpful” in securing his vote. The suggestion of votes-for-favors and that World Cup hosts might not be picked purely on their merits is not for the good of the game. And, for FIFA, that is the only true measure to judge it by. — AP

Two FIFA officials face ethics probe ZURICH: The World Cup corruption scandal widened yesterday when FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against two executive committee members and said it was also investigating other officials and bidding countries. FIFA ordered a formal ethics probe into allegations that two executive members offered to sell votes in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The governing body urged its ethics committee to “act without delay” and “take all possible steps” in the investigation of Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Reynald Temarii of Tahiti. Adamu and Temarii both told The Associated Press that the hearings will be held Wednesday. FIFA said the two officials could face “provisional measures,” or suspension. Adamu and Temarii were filmed by undercover reporters from the Sunday Times newspaper asking for money for football-related projects.

FIFA said investigations were also under way into “other FIFA officials” who may have been involved. FIFA did not name the officials, but former executive committee members Amadou Diakite and Slim Aloulou were quoted in the Sunday Times as advising how much money it would take to bribe FIFA voters. FIFA also said it was investigating member associations and bid committees for alleged collusion. It did not name the countries, but said any agreements between associations would be a “clear violation” of bid and ethics rules. FIFA said violators could also face “provisional measures.”‘ FIFA’s ruling executive will choose the two World Cup hosts in a secret ballot scheduled Dec. 2 in Zurich. The 2018 race is now between four European candidates: England, Russia and joint bids from Belgium-Netherlands and SpainPortugal. The 2022 contest is between the US, Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea. — AP

LONDON: Manchester United’s insistence that Wayne Rooney will not be sold in January has failed to quell widespread speculation by British media that the England striker is on his way out of Old Trafford following a bust up with manager Alex Ferguson. British newspapers all reported Monday that Rooney has told the club he will not sign a new contract, with United’s attempt to downplay the furor surrounding its most important player meriting barely a mention. Rooney’s status as arguably England’s one genuine world-class player ensured the story made it onto the front page of several papers. For the most part, it even pushed coverage of Liverpool’s defeat in its first match under its new American owners to the margins of the back pages. But where could Rooney go? The Sun and The Times suggest that Real Madrid would be favorite to sign the 24-yearold Rooney, just over a year after the Spanish powerhouse finally succeeded in taking Cristiano Ronaldo against United’s wishes. But several other papers point out that Rooney, who has previously declared a lack of interest in playing overseas, could be forced into a highly divisive move to Manchester City. United’s bitter local rival has spent more than 300 million pounds ($477 million) on players over the past two years and _ backed by the billions of owner Sheikh Mansour — is probably the only English club to have the financial resources to sign Rooney. City already tempted Argentina striker Carlos Tevez to switch allegiance when his short-term deal with United expired, alienating fans who had idolized him and giving them a new hate figure. Rooney is similarly lionized by United fans but his contract expires at the end of the 2011-12 season, when he would be eligible to walk out on United on a free transfer. That would also weaken United’s bargaining position when it comes to haggling over a transfer fee, almost certainly ensuring that Rooney would cost far less than the world record 80 million pounds Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo last year. But even a fee similar to the 26 million pounds United paid for the 18-year-old Rooney in 2004 is beyond most English clubs. Rooney’s other option would appear to be a move to Spain with Madrid or Barcelona, the latter of which is — like Rooney — sponsored by American sports equipment manufacturer Nike. But Rooney has shown little interest in expanding his cultural horizons and high-profile British players have struggled to adapt to life overseas in the past. England great Jimmy Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 internationals but lasted only 12 games at AC Milan before, homesick and alienated by a rigorous training regime, returning to London in 1961. Wales striker Ian Rush managed a single season at Juventus in the 1980s before his inability to adapt to Italy’s defensive football and culture led to him rejoining Liverpool. More recently, Paul Gascoigne — a player with whom Rooney is often compared for physique, power and talent — spent three injury-plagued years at Lazio. Having decided against learning Italian, he struggled with boredom in Rome and regularly clashed with authority figures. Like Gascoigne, Rooney has been photographed smoking cigarettes and frequenting nightclubs. The married Rooney’s private life made front page news this year and Ferguson’s handling of the fallout is reportedly the source of the player’s unhappiness with the club. Paul Ince, David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy are among the high-profile players Ferguson has dispensed with when his relationship with them has broken down, but Ronaldo was unusual in leaving of his own accord. With Tevez at City and Ronaldo in Madrid, Rooney’s departure in similar circumstances would leave United without three of the four forwards who terrorized defenses to lead the club to its most recent Premier League title in 2009. Saddled with debt and with few young players coming through the ranks, it is debatable whether United could cope without Rooney. But with Ferguson key in channeling Rooney’s aggression and skill, it is just as debatable whether Rooney can cope without United. — AP

LONDON: In this Saturday Oct. 16, 2010 photo Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (center) makes his way to the substitutes bench before his team’s English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford Stadium. — AP

Esperance face Mazembe in African Champions League final JOHANNESBURG: Tunisia’s Esperance beat 10-man Al Ahly 1-0 on Sunday to edge past its Egyptian rival on away goals and reach its first African Champions League final in 10 years. Esperance faces defending champion TP Mazembe of Congo in the two-legged final. Mazembe drew 0-0 at Algeria’s JS Kabylie on Saturday to progress to a second successive final 3-1 on aggregate. A controversial first-minute goal for Esperance from Nigeria international striker Michael Eneramo leveled the semifinal score at 2-2 on aggregate against Al Ahly and Esperance’s goal in the 2-1 first leg loss in Cairo saw it through. Eneramo appeared to force the ball in with his hand at the far post, but Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey allowed it to stand. Al Ahly’s frustration led to Mohamed Barakat’s red card for hitting an Esperance player halfway through the first half. Esperance qualified for its first Champions League final since losing two successive title matches in 1999

and 2000. Its only African club triumph came in 1994. Sunday’s match in Rades, near Tunis was played under close scrutiny after violence from Esperance fans in the first leg of the north African derby at the Cairo International Stadium to weeks’ ago. At least 14 Tunisians were arrested after away fans attacked policemen, ripped out stadium seats and set off fireworks in acts condemned by Esperance and Tunisia’s football federation. Esperance tried to smooth over the troubles by offering the Ahly fans free tickets for the return leg. Africa’s football body, CAF, says its disciplinary committee will investigate the incidents at the first leg match where Egyptian TV carried live footage of Tunisian fans beating up and kicking policemen. The violence began soon after Esperance captain Oussama Darragi’s 73rd minute goal to make it 2-1 _ ultimately the deciding goal over the two legs. TP Mazembe reached the final a day earlier when it held JS Kabylie to a goalless draw in Tizi Ouzou. Mazembe held onto its 3-1 aggregate

lead from the first leg in Lubumbashi, and Kabylie also finished with 10 men after Billel Naili was sent off after 60 minutes for dissent. Kabylie pressured their visitors for the first hour before Naili’s dismissal, but Mazembe held out to the growing frustration of the 20,000strong Kabylie home crowd. Midfielder Saad Tedjar had two chances in the last 15 minutes to drag Kabylie back into the contest but he volleyed straight at the Mazembe ‘keeper and then forced a late shot wide. Mazembe has experienced a rocky road to the final. Coach Diego Garzitto resigned halfway through the campaign and the Congolese team lost two of its leading players, captain Tresor Mputu and Guy Lusadisu, to long-term bans — also midway through the competition. It will aim to add to its previous African club titles in 1967, 1968 and last year. The reigning African champion will host the first leg of the final against Esperance on Oct. 31 with the return leg on Nov. 13. — AP

TUNISIA: Esperance’s striker Michael Eneramo (center) fights for the ball with Al-Ahly defender Mohamed Samir (right) and Hossem Essayed (left) during their African Champions League football match. — AP



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mourinho has Real purring for big test

SPAIN: Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo gives the thumb up after scoring against Malaga FC in this file photo. — AFP

Chelsea’s Alex in, Spartak’s Alex out MOSCOW: Chelsea return to the site of their most painful Champions League defeat when they take on Spartak Moscow at the Luzhniki stadium in the top-ofthe-table Group F clash today. It will be Chelsea’s first visit to the 80,000-seat arena since their heartbreaking loss in the 2008 final against Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out when captain John Terry slipped on wet grass and missed the decisive spot kick. The London club and their Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich will hope to avoid another slip-up this time, with the match being played on an artificial turf. For Spartak, holders of the unenviable record of 22 successive Champions League games without a win that stretched for more than five years between 2001 and 2006, today’s match will be the stiffest test yet of their European ambitions. The Russians, who like Chelsea have a 100 percent record in the group after beating French champions Olympique Marseille and Slovakia’s Zilina in their first two games, are well aware that another win would almost certainly secure them a place in the knockout round for the first time since the 1995-96 season. “We had a great start, probably better than some of our fans had expected,” Spartak coach Valery Karpin told local media. “But we all know that beating Chelsea would be a totally different proposition from what we had before. So

we’re not getting carried away by any means.” Despite stumbling slightly in their march to their second consecutive Premier League title, Chelsea still have a two-point lead at the top after eight matches following their superb start to the season when they won five games on the trot. Both teams have had a spate of injuries in recent weeks. The English champions are still without key midfielder Frank Lampard but top marksman Didier Drogba could be available after serving a two-game European ban from last season. Drogba, who has scored six times this season, is one of several faces manager Carlo Ancelotti hopes to welcome back today after the Ivory Coast striker missed Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa with a fever. Ancelotti can also count on fellow strikers Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge and defender Alex after he recovered from a thigh injury but his Brazilian compatriot and namesake in the Spartak midfield has been ruled out with the same problem. Aside from missing their playmaker, who was injured in Friday’s 3-0 league win over Alania Vladikavkaz shortly after scoring a goal, Spartak are fretting over the fitness of leading striker Welliton and Ireland winger Aiden McGeady. Chelsea’s Russian left back Yuri Zhirkov is likely to face a heated reception from Spartak fans if he plays after being with their bitter Moscow rivals CSKA for five years before joining the London club in 2009. — Reuters

MOSCOW: Spartak Moscow head coach Valeri Karpin (left) and defender Nicolas Pareja give a press conference in Moscow yesterday, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group F football match against Chelsea. — AFP

MADRID: Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid are hitting their stride just in time for the first big test of the season, when fellow former European champions AC Milan visit in the Champions League today. The Portuguese coach was brought to Spain from Inter Milan after winning the European Cup last May, with success in Europe’s elite club competition top of his list of priorities. Unbeaten so far this season, Real have two wins from two to top Champions League Group G and can all but seal a place in the last 16 with a victory over Milan. In La Liga, their 4-1 hammering of Malaga on Saturday left them top having scored more goals (16) and conceded fewer (3) than any other side. “After seven league matches and without much time to work and improve, I am happy with the evolution and with the qualities the team are showing,” Mourinho told reporters in Malaga. “We defend quite well, we are compact, we have good ball possession. We probably have percentages of ball possession that my teams have never had before and we score goals.” After a goal-shy start to the campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria, Mesut Ozil and Gonzalo Higuain finally clicked in front of goal with a 6-1 demolition of Deportivo Coruna and the convincing Malaga win. Despite all that, Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas warned that a showdown with the Italian giants was a completely different matter. “Madrid v Milan is a classic European encounter. All rivals are tough but this is perhaps our first big test of the year,” Real’s captain told reporters. Milan have a win and a draw from their first two group games but travel to Madrid after a 3-1 win at home to Chievo that left them vying for the top spot in Serie A with Inter and Lazio. They have injury doubts over centre back Thiago Silva, courted by Real in the close season, after the Brazilian suffered an ankle injury on Saturday. Goalkeeper Christian Abbiati also suffered a knock in the game but is expected to be fit while captain Massimo Ambrosini is still out. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, a former Cagliari boss largely unheard of outside Italy when he was appointed in the close season, is relishing the big game. “You prepare completely separately for a match like the one against Madrid. We will be ready for Tuesday,” he told reporters. “For Thiago we’ll see, but if he can’t make it whoever goes on the field will do well all the same.” Brazil’s Alexandre Pato, who scored twice at the Bernabeu in a 3-2 Champions League win last season, scored another brace against Chievo on Saturday. He was set up both times by strike partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic, before giving way for former Real winger Robinho to register his first Milan goal near the end. — Reuters

LONDON: Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (right) and Mexican striker Carlos Vela (left) participate in a team training session at their London Colney training ground. Arsenal are set to play Shakhtar Donetsk in a UEFA Champions League Group H football match today. — AFP

Arsenal take on Shakhtar LONDON: Arsenal will meet a familiar opponent when it hosts Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League today, with Eduardo da Silva returning to the club just three months after the Gunners sold him. Eduardo scored twice for Arsenal in last season’s Champions League but the Croatia striker was moved on to the Ukrainian champion to make way for Marouane Chamakh after three years in north London. “Even before the draw was made, I dreamed of playing against Arsenal and playing in front of the fans again at the Emirates,” Eduardo said. But the striker doesn’t expect to be the key figure in a meeting between teams that have won their two opening group matches. “Whoever wins the battle in the center of the field will win the game,” Eduardo said. “We believe that Shakhtar with our enormous home support can defeat them, while in London the task will be much harder.” And Arsenal could have the edge in that central battle. Jack Wilshere is suspended for three Premier League matches after a red card in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Birmingham but is free to play the Ukrainian side at the Emirates Stadium. He could line up alongside captain Cesc Fabregas, who trained Monday after more than a month out because of a hamstring injury. Arsenal lost two of the three Premier League matches he missed. The 18-year-old Wilshere is already being likened to the Spain international, who is a world and European champion at just 24.

“You must also say his maturity shows in the game,” Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger said. “The influence he has on the game at 18 years old is something that should not be hidden by the fact that he got a red card on Saturday. “Jack will learn. At 18, Fabregas also had impulsive reactions. He is a beautiful player and he has the science of the game to be influential in the Premier League.” Wilshere was sent off for a lunging foul on Nikola Zigic but Wenger, who has previously called for ruthless punishment for reckless challenges, said his midfielder was guilty only of mistiming a tackle. Vocal in decrying perceived injustices inflicted by opponents, Wenger’s stance could open him to accusations of double standards — but it also deflects attention from his players onto himself, allowing his youthful side to prepare in relative peace. Shakhtar warmed up for the match at Emirates Stadium with a 2-0 win at city rival Metalurh Donetsk on Friday. Dmytro Chygrynskiy scored with a ninth-minute header and Alex Teixeira scored 10 minutes later to move five points clear at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League. Shakhtar’s only injury problem is over Brazilian playmaker Fernandinho, who is out with a long-term injury. Ukraine defenders Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Yaroslav Rakytskiy returned for Friday’s game, while attacking midfielder Douglas Costa should return from injury Tuesday. Portugal’s Braga hosts Partizan Belgrade in the other Group H match, with both sides hoping for their first points. — AP

Gomez gets chance to silence critics MUNICH: Bayern Munich’s injury crisis has finally given striker Mario Gomez a chance to start repaying the huge investment the club made in him last year. Gomez, who has found himself on the substitutes’ bench with frustrating regularity since he became the Bundesliga’s most expensive signing last season, burst out of his shell on Saturday with a hat-trick against Hanover 96. He is likely to get another chance to silence his critics when the Bavarians host Romanian champions Cluj in Champions League Group E today. Gomez had not hit the target this season before Saturday and coach Louis van Gaal said his performance could provide the springboard he needed to get his Bayern career moving. “It’s very important for a striker when his self-belief comes back,” said the flamboyant Dutchman. “I think we will see a very good Mario Gomez in the next few weeks.” Gomez cost Bayern around 30 million euros ($41.94 million) when he joined from VFB Stuttgart before the start of last season but struggled to get into a side which also boasted Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Ivica Olic and

Miroslav Klose. He managed 13 goals including 10 in the Bundesliga, but they were not enough to stop him being written off as a flop. This time, he has been given more chances, especially after Klose and Olic joined Robben and Ribery on the injury list against Hanover. “When one plays for 90 minutes, one always has more chances and possibilities to excel,” said Gomez. “I’ve always known that I can do it.” The Champions League has already offered both teams a respite from their dismal league form. Bayern, stuck in midtable after eight games of the Bundesliga, top Group E with six points from their opening two games while Cluj have three points from a surprise opening win over Swiss champions FC Basel. Cluj, double winners last season, are 12th in the Romanian league after a 5-3 defeat at Vaslui on Friday. Bayern have enjoyed some relief from their injury crisis with Olic recovering from a broken nose and Daniel van Buyten having got over a back injury. — Reuters

Basel face crunch Roma clash ROME: Basel face a must-win match when they take on AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico here today or accept almost certain elimination from the Champions League. The Swiss have lost their first two Group E games against CFR Cluj and Bayern Munich and know that another defeat would render their hopes of progression to the knock-out stages almost negligible. But history is not on the side of coach Thorsten Fink’s team who have never won in four previous visits to Italy. Roma have also never failed to beat Swiss opposition at home in Europe on five occasions and defeated Basel 2-1 here in the Europa League group stages last seasonalthough the Swiss had already beaten the Romans 2-0 in Basel. And despite Roma’s lowly Serie A league position, these next two games against Basel offer them a chance to put one foot in the knock-out stages. Claudio Ranieri’s team were under pres-

sure after losing their opening group game 20 in Munich but hit back with a 2-1 home success against Cluj. Two wins or even a win and a draw against the Swiss would likely put them in a commanding position, given Cluj have two daunting clashes with Bayern to look forward to in the next couple of weeks. The European distraction will also be welcome for Roma who have been under fire at home after a poor start to the season that saw them drop into the bottom three after six matches. They beat Genoa on Saturday to move out of the drop zone but president Rosella Sensi has maintained a press boycott for Ranieri and the players. Only secondary official Gian Paolo Montali would speak to the press following the 2-1 success. “We’ve decided to continue the press boycott because we want to preserve our energies for our sporting performances,” said Montali. “We believe this can help the team.

“Today we have an important Champions League match and we expect an incredible show of strength.” It’s not the first time Roma have implemented such a silence as they have done so also in the last couple of seasons when results were going against them. “These are different things but with the same common denominator. We need to work hard to reinforce the team’s strengths and look to improve our weaknesses,” added Montali. “In the sporting world the architects of success are the players.” Roma didn’t qualify for the Champions League last season but in the previous three editions they reached the knock-out stages, only to be eliminated by English opposition on each occasion. Basel’s last foray into the group stages of Europe’s premier club competition ended in disappointment two years ago as they lost their opening three games and finished with a single point. — AFP

GERMANY: Bayern Munich’s striker Mario Gomez celebrates in this file photo. — AFP



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thrift key as new owners look to revive Liverpool LIVERPOOL: American tycoon John Henry has cautioned that his Boston Red Sox ownership group will not throw cash at reviving the fortunes of fallen English giant Liverpool. The urgency of the rebuilding task facing Henry was underlined Sunday — two days after New England Sports Ventures completed its 300-million pound ($476-million) takeover of Liverpool — when the team lost 2-0 at neighbor Everton. The result kept the Reds marooned in the Premier League’s relegation zone on just six points from eight games. But Henry has warned that NESV will be frugal owners, quipping: “I don’t have ‘Sheikh’ in front of my name.” “When we spend a dollar, it has to be wisely,” he said. “We cannot afford player contracts that do not make long-term sense. We have to be smart, bold, aggressive.” So if manager Roy Hodgson wants funds to strengthen a squad that is currently heading toward the second tier, the commercial department will have to get busy. “When we looked at Liverpool,

the first thing that struck was there are opportunities here to really build a winner,” Henry said. “The revenue potentials around the world — it is a global football club — and especially with the financial fair play rules, it is really going to be revenue that drives how good your club can be in the future. That is one thing that we think we are good at.” Red Sox fans across the Atlantic can testify to that. “When we arrived at the Red Sox (in 2002), the New York Yankees were a juggernaut and it wasn’t that much of rivalry,” Henry said. “We turned it into a rivalry where we have gone toe-totoe with the Yankees even though they have got a much higher revenue. “They keep going up but we have gone up faster. We have got to the point where if you look at our wins and losses against the Yankees over the last nine years, we are almost dead even ... If you think Boston is somehow on a par economically with New York, that’s simply not true.”

Financial fair play rules from European football’s governing body are designed to end an era of socalled “financial doping” by teams with wealthy owners, like Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea. The UEFA regulations limit the ability of owners to subsidize losses incurred by paying high transfer fees and salaries — Man City lost 121 million pounds last season — and make them only spend what they earn from football-related income if they want to play in European competitions. Owners will be allowed to cover losses of up to a maximum of €45 million ($63 million) over an initial three-year spell, starting in 2012. In the three years from 2015, just €30 million ($42 million) in losses can be covered. “There is no constraint on us going after revenues — you have to be smart about it,” Henry said. Would buying into football have been less appealing without UEFA president Michel Platini’s rules? “Yes, it would be less, but it exists,” Henry

said. Despite warming to the theme of thrift, Henry insisted that he hadn’t taken the 18-time English champions from previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr. at a bargain price. The heavily indebted duo, ousted in a bitter court battle last week, plan to pursue legal action after claiming that NESV conspired with club directors to undervalue Liverpool to force a sale. “There were big financial issues (at Liverpool),” Henry said. “I know some people are saying this was a cheap price. There is no way we look at this as a cheap price.” NESV, which has cleared most of Liverpool’s debts, is backed by 17 investors — but they shouldn’t be expecting an instant return on their Anfield outlay. “Our partners are extraordinary, some are extremely wealthy,” said NESV chairman Tom Werner. “They are not in this to make money. That’s not why they got involved in this. I’m trying to think of one partner who joined for financial reason.” So why buy Liverpool?

“I don’t think any thinking individual buys a sports franchise these days — or an English football club — to make money,” Henry said. “Maybe a few, but they should have their head examined. It’s about competing at the highest level in the world’s largest sport for us that’s why we are here.” The idea of acquiring Liverpool was first planted in Henry’s mind two years ago by Mike Dee, chief executive of the Miami Dolphins who had received a sale prospectus prepared by banks. “I thought ‘Oh, oh, we have enough headaches,”‘ Henry recalled. “This seemed like a lot of work and I just didn’t think about it again.” It was back in January at a baseball owners’ meeting in Phoenix that Henry’s wife, Linda Pizzuti, started him thinking about a Liverpool bid. “My wife was more serious than I was,” he said. “She is not really a sports fan. She is a business fan. I don’t know why she was so keen. I’ll have to ask her.”—AP

Llorente heads Bilbao to win over Zaragoza ARGENTINA: Boca Juniors’ midfielder Cristian Chavez (left) vies for the ball with midfielder Rodrigo Battaglia of Huracan, during their Argentina First Division football match. — AFP

Boca defeat Huracan BUENOS AIRES: Martin Palermo and Lucas scored either side of half time to give Boca Juniors a 2-0 win over Huracan in the Argentine league on Sunday. Boca’s rival River Plate drew 2-2 at Godoy Cruz meaning only a point separates the two teams, with River in eighth on 17 points and Boca a point further behind in 10th. Also Saturday, Racing Club beat defending champion Argentinos Juniors 21 and Olimpo had a 1-0 win over Lanus. Estudiantes leads the standings with 26 points from 11 matches, three ahead of Velez Sarsfield and Arsenal. Boca striker Palermo controlled the ball on the edge of the area and swiveled to send a left-footed volley into the far side of the net to open

the scoring against Huracan in the 44th. Replays showed Palermo had controlled the ball with the help of his hand, but the referee Luis Alvarez judged the contact to be accidental. Boca’s second came in the 67th minute when Cristian Chavez dribbled into the box on the left, committing three defenders into the tackle. The ball broke for Viatri, who fired a low shot past goalkeeper Gaston Monzon from 10 yards (meters). Palermo now has six goals in the Apertura tournament, one behind Velez strikers Santiago Silva and Juan Manuel Martinez. River Plate also looked set for victory when Francisco Pavone beat the Godoy

Cruz defense and scored for a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute. However, Godoy Cruz substitute Cesar Carranza pulled the home side level with a 79th-minute strike to keep his side above River in seventh position on goal difference. Leonardo Sigali conceded an own goal to give River the lead in the 41st minute, while David Ramirez got Godoy’s first equalizer in the 53rd. Elsewhere, Hernan Grana scored in the 48th minute to give third-bottom Olimpo a 1-0 home win over sixth-placed Lanus, and Giovanni Moreno hit two second-half goals as Racing Club beat Argentinos Juniors. Racing is ninth in the standings, with Argentinos in 15th. — AP

Lisandro shines as Lyon revive hopes PARIS: Lisandro Lopez sprung back to life as Olympique Lyon revived their Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-1 home win over Lille on Sunday. Argentine striker Lisandro, struggling for form after injury problems, netted each side of the interval to inflict Lille’s first league defeat of the season. Lyon, who won the French title seven years in a row from 2002, climbed to 14th place with 11 points from nine matches, eight behind Stade Rennes following their goalless draw at struggling RC Lens earlier on Sunday. “We showed great character, it’s a well-deserved win,” coach Claude Puel told French TV channel Canal Plus. “We’re finding our stride.” Second-placed St Etienne, trailing Rennes by two points, had Gonzalo Bergessio sent off early in the game as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Nice. At Lyon’s Gerland stadium, Lisandro put the hosts ahead after only three minutes, firing past Mickael Landreau with a powerful strike from just outside the box. France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff, who scored twice in Les Bleus’ back-toback victories in Euro 2012 qualifiers against Romania and Luxembourg, made it two four minutes before halftime. Moussa Sow pulled one back for the visitors seven minutes into the second half with an impressive bicycle kick, only for Lisandro to wrap it up from the penalty spot five minutes later. Midfielder Jeremy Pied was sent off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes from time, forcing Lyon to just sit back and wait for a victory that eased the pressure on Puel. Unbeaten Rennes extended their Ligue 1 lead despite being held goalless at Lens’s Felix Bollaert stadium. Rennes were lucky to avoid defeat when keeper Nicolas Douchez superbly parried away a Razak Boukari header from close range eight minutes from time. They finished with 10 men after Tonga Hamed Doumbia was shown a straight red card for a violent tackle four minutes after

MADRID: Spain striker Fernando Llorente scored in Athletic Bilbao’s 2-1 La Liga victory over struggling Real Zaragoza on Sunday to continue his prolific recent run. In the late game, Sevilla surprisingly lost 2-0 at Sporting Gijon to end Gregorio Manzano’s winning start at the helm of the Andalucian club. The towering Llorente, in the Spain side for the injured Fernando Torres, netted three times in their recent Euro 2012 qualifiers to take his tally to seven goals in 12 games for the world and European champions. Bilbao’s Andoni Iraola had opened the scoring at San Mames after 11 minutes and Llorente doubled the lead with a trademark header. Braulio pulled one back at the end for Zaragoza but their coach Jose Aurelio Gay remained under pressure as they slipped to the foot of the standings without a win this season. Deportivo Coruna are the only other team in La Liga without a win and they wasted a gilt-edged opportunity at home to Osasuna when they were held 0-0 despite the visitors playing almost an hour with 10 men. Sevilla missed the chance to keep pace with the leading clubs when Argentine Gaston Sangoy and Diego Castro scored to hand Sporting the points at the Molinon. Manzano replaced Antonio Alvarez three weeks ago and won his first two games in charge against Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, but Sangoy’s impressive header rocked them back after just six minutes. Sporting captain Castro made it 2-0 with a crafty backheel soon after the break to leave Sevilla, who had given unsettled Brazil striker Luis Fabiano a rare start, seventh with 11 points. Levante won the battle of the promoted sides by beating Real Sociedad 21 at home, Racing Santander beat Almeria 1-0 with a goal from Pedro Munitis, and a Luis Garcia penalty gave Espanyol a 1-0 win at Real Mallorca. Real Madrid top the standings after seven matches with 17 points from seven games, after their 4-1 victory at Malaga on Saturday. Champions Barcelona are one point behind after beating early pace-setters Valencia 2-1. Villarreal, with 15 points, can take first place if they rack up their sixth straight victory at promoted Hercules late yesterday. — Reuters

Puebla rally to hold America

FRANCE: Lyon’s forward Bafetimbi Gomis (right) vies with Lille’s defender Adil Rami during the French League football match. — AFP coming off the bench. “It’s a good draw. We were better in the first half but we relaxed too much after the break,” Rennes midfielder Yann Mvila told the French TV channel Foot Plus. “We had to stop losing, three points would have been better but in our situation, one point is fine,” Lens captain Eric Chelle said. Lens still lie second from bottom in the standings. St Etienne also played with 10 men for almost 70 minutes after striker Gonzalo Bergessio was sent off for a rough

tackle. France striker Dimitri Payet, the league’s top scorer, netted his eighth goal of the campaign from the penalty spot. Nice, however, piled on the pressure after the break and Anthony Mounier equalised with a volley. Midfielder Chaouki Ben Saada made it two in the 67th minute with a powerful shot from just inside the box. Paris St Germain are third, four points off the pace, following a 2-0 win at Toulouse on Saturday. — Reuters

MEXICO CITY: Argentine midfielder Gabriel Pereyra scored twice as Puebla rallied for a 2-2 draw against America on Sunday in the Mexican Apertura championship. Pereyra scored with headers in the 25th and 82nd as Puebla stayed in contention for the postseason. Daniel Marquez opened the scoring for America in the ninth and then added a strike in the 40th. It was the second draw in a row for America, which has 17 points from 12 rounds and is second in Group 2. Also Sunday, Pumas defeated Jaguares 1-0 thanks to a goal from Argentine striker Martin Bravo in the 32nd. Pumas are second in Group 3 with 18 points, while Jaguares fell to third with 16. After the first 12 rounds, Cruz Azul tops the league standings with 28 points, followed by unbeaten Monterrey with 26 and Santos with 19. — AP

SPAIN: Sporting Gijon’s French defender Gregory Arnolin (left) heads the ball close to Sevilla’s Argentinian midfielder Diego Perotti (right) during their Spanish League football match. — AFP

Corinthians winless streak continues SAO PAULO: Ronaldo had two goals ruled offside in his return to for Corinthians, which was held to a scoreless draw with Guarani in the Brazilian league on Sunday to extend its winless streak to seven matches. The result did little to quell the pressure from fans disappointed with the team’s recent struggles, but kept the popular club within striking distance of leader Cruzeiro, which lost 2-1 to Gremio in Porto Alegre. With eight rounds to go, Cruzeiro has 54 points, one more than second-place Fluminense and four more than Corinthians. Fluminense was held to a 0-0 draw with Botafogo. Ronaldo, playing for the first time in 10 matches, had his goals disallowed in close calls in the 5th and 20th minutes at the Brinco de Ouro da Princesa stadium in Campinas. Both times he positioned himself just in line with Guarani defenders and easily found the net, but the linesman each time said the striker was a step ahead of his opponents. TV images showed Ronaldo appeared to be onside for at least one of the goals. The 33-year-old Ronaldo was still far from his best, but posed a constant threat to Guarani. His best chance to score came from a close-range header that went just wide in the 71st. “That really was a missed chance,” Ronaldo said. “We also had the two goals disallowed, but overall it was a good return.” It was only Ronaldo’s fourth match in the Brazilian league this year. The three-time FIFA player of the year hadn’t played since Sept. 8, when he scored in a 1-1 draw with Atletico Paranaense. About 200 fans attended Corinthians’ training session on Saturday to protest against Ronaldo, demanding that he improve his physical condition and stop using Corinthians as a personal “spa.” Ronaldo’s veteran teammate Roberto Carlos also was far from his best Sunday and was substituted in the second half. Corinthians, seeking their first national league title since 2005, hasn’t won since a 3-2 victory at Santos on Sept. 22. The team is without a coach since Adilson Batista quit after a defeat last Sunday, but president Andres Sanchez said he expects to close a deal to sign veteran manager Tite on Monday. Cruzeiro missed a chance to increase its league lead despite scoring first against Gremio at Olimpico stadium. Argentine playmaker Walter Montillo scored in the 28th, but Gremio rallied with goals by Junior Vicosa in first-half injury time and by league-leading striker Jonas from a penalty kick in the 75th — his 20th goal. The result extended Gremio’s unbeaten streak to eight matches and moved the two-time national champion to seventh place. Cruzeiro hadn’t lost in four matches. Fluminense could have taken over the lead had it beaten Botafogo at Engenhao stadium, but it failed to do better than a draw in the matchup between Fluminense Argentine playmaker Dario Conca and Botafogo Uruguay striker Sebastian Abreu.

Also Sunday, right back Jean scored three minutes into second-half injury time to give Sao Paulo a 4-3 win over fourth-place Santos at Morumbi stadium. The sixtime champion got the win despite playing a man down from the 58th after midfielder Richarlyson was sent off for a hard foul. Atletico Mineiro defeated Avai 2-0 in Minas Gerais, while four-time champion Palmeiras _ without injured Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia _ was held to a 1-1 home draw with Ceara. Palmeiras midfielder Marcos Assuncao scored his fourth free-kick goal in the last six matches. In Salvador, Colombian goalkeeper Julian Viafara scored from a penalty to help Vitoria beat lastplace Prudente 2-0. On Saturday, defending champion Flamengo defeated Internacional 3-0 to move six points from the relegation zone. Former Fenerbahce striker Deivid scored two goals for Brazil’s most popular club, which has won two of the three matches under the command of Vanderlei Luxemburgo. In Curitiba, Atletico Paranaense beat Goias 2-1 with goals by midfielder Branquinho and Paraguayan midfielder Ivan Gonzalez. — AP

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ROTTERDAM: Jonathan Horton of the US performs on the horizontal bar during the men’s qualifying session for the World Gymnastics Championships. — AP

Uchimura leads Japan to early lead ROTTERDAM: Kohei Uchimura’s left shoulder held up during team qualifying yesterday as the defending all-around champion led Japan to the early lead in the standings at the Gymnastics World Championships. Heavily taped throughout the sixapparatus team event, Uchimura consistently scored well when it came to execution and limited his degree of difficulty to protect his shoulder. Japan leads the provisional standings with 361.400 points, ahead of Britain with 357.033 and South Korea with 352.042. In the individual standings, Uchimura led with 92.231 points ahead of Britain’s Daniel Purvis with 89.498 and Yoo Won-chul of South Korea with 89.423. The United States has its session yesterday while China and Russia are on Tuesday. The team final is Thursday. “In this condition, I did the best possible,” Uchimura said, through a translator. He said he has been suffering from a bone inflammation in his shoulder since July, giving him constant pain that is progressively getting worse. He said, however, he was oblivious to it during the competition itself. Uchimura won the all-around silver at the Beijing Olympics and gold at the London world championships last year, and captured the imagination with his flowing style. Uchimura came into the Ahoy Arena with huge skin-colored tapes plastered over his left shoulder. All through the run-up to the championships, there were whispers the shoulder would not stand scrutiny and his start to team qualifying was the most anticipated event of the day, since it is assumed that no one can get close to a healthy Uchimura. His execution on the opening pommel horse was near flawless, bringing an airy lightness of touch where most other athletes are made to struggle. Expressionless and sullen ahead of the exercise, he lit up when coming off the apparatus, cheerfully hitting fists and slapping high fives with teammates, knowing the first test was passed. Immediately, though, a medic put even more tape on his shoulder to withstand the pressure on the joint the rings would impose. There, too, he brought the Uchimura touch to make the very difficult look almost easy. “The rings were my biggest challenge. That gave me a lot of satisfaction,” he said. Despite the pain, “a rush of adrenaline” carried him through, he said. He followed it up by nailing his vault. Halfway through the competition, he was already solidly in the lead for allaround qualifying and the trepidation over his shoulder had dissipated. Uchimura looked close to his best

again and he fully strutted his stuff on the high bar, swinging and leaping with abandon. Waiting to close out Japan’s session on the floor, he stood dressed with a long white coat over his shoulders, almost like a boxer ahead of a bout. He then finished with a flurry — and one error when he had to rely on his hands on a landing, his worst mistake during his two-hour session. The pain in his shoulder will stay, he said. But the drive of the competition will carry him through the week. “I expect to get better for the team final and the individual all-around,” he said. The individual all-around is seen as the

crowning event of the nine-day championships. Multiple world champion Marian Dragulescu had a tougher time on his return from a right foot injury. The Romanian fell off the high bar and had a poor vault and floor exercise — the latter two events in which he is reigning champion. He only competed in three events. At the Beijing games two years ago, China won the team event, ahead of Japan and the United States. It was not held in London last year. The US team will be led by Jonathan Horton, the twotime US champion and Olympic silver medalist on the high bar. —AP

Eagles 31, Falcons 17 At Philadelphia, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson each scored two touchdowns as Philadelphia snapped Atlanta’s four-game winning streak. A head-on collision in the second quarter cost Philadelphia star receiver Jackson, and Atlanta lost cornerback Dunta Robinson, both with head injuries. Jackson dropped a pass when hit by Robinson, who led with his head and hit Jackson in the helmet. Robinson was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver. Patriots 23, Ravens 20 At Foxborough, Massachusetts, Stephen Gostkowski’s 35-yard field goal with 1:56 left in overtime gave New England a come-from-behind win. Deion Branch, acquired five days after Randy Moss was traded to Minnesota on Oct. 6, sparked the comeback from a 20-10 deficit starting with a 5yard scoring pass from Tom Brady four minutes into the fourth quarter. The Patriots then forced the Ravens to punt and marched from their 14 to a third down at the Baltimore 3 and settled for Gostkowski’s 24-yard tying field goal. Jets 24, Broncos 20 At Denver, LaDainian Tomlinson scored his second touchdown from 2 yards out with 73 seconds left after a pass interference flag and New York rallied past Denver. On fourth-and-6 from the Denver 48, Denver safety Renaldo Hill and Jets receiver Santonio Holmes jostled near the goal line and the ball fell incomplete as the crowd went crazy. But field judge Gary Cavaletto threw his yellow flag and called Hill for pass interference. Vikings 24, Cowboys 21 At Minneapolis, Percy Harvin’s 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown gave Minnesota a spark to start the second half, as the Vikings overcame another uneven game by Brett Favre in a victory over Dallas. Playing with a bad elbow and the specter of a scandal hovering over him, Favre _ who is to meet with NFL security Tuesday about the alleged racy messages he sent to a former New York Jets employee _ finished 14 for 19 for 118 yards, one TD and one turnover.

PHILADELPHIA: Philadelphia Eagles’ Jeremy Maclin (18) catches a touchdown pass in front of Atlanta Falcons defender Brent Grimes (20) during the first half of an NFL game. —AP

NFL results/standings NFL results and standings on Sunday. Seattle 23, Chicago 20; New England 23, Baltimore 20 (OT); NT Giants 28, Detroit 20; Philadelphia 31, Atlanta 17; Pittsburgh 28, Cleveland 10; Miami 23, Green Bay 20 (OT); St. Louis 20, San Diego 17; New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 6; Houston 35, Kansas City 31; San Francisco 17, Oakland 9; NY Jets 24, Denver 20; Minnesota 24, Dallas 21; Indianapolis 27, American Football Conference AFC East W L T PF PA NY Jets 5 1 0 159 101 New England 4 1 0 154 116 Miami 3 2 0 89 112 Buffalo 0 5 0 87 161 AFC North Pittsburgh 4 1 0 114 60 Baltimore 4 2 0 112 95 Cincinnati 2 3 0 100 102 Cleveland 1 5 0 88 125 AFC South Houston 4 2 0 153 167 Indianapolis 4 2 0 163 125 Jacksonville 3 2 0 107 137 Tennessee 3 2 0 132 95 AFC West Kansas City 3 2 0 108 92 Oakland 2 4 0 120 151 San Diego 2 4 0 157 126 Denver 2 4 0 124 140

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Giants 28, Lions 20 At East Rutherford, New Jersey, Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes and the Giants sent error-prone Detroit to an NFL record-tying 24th straight road loss. Safety Deon Grant preserved the third straight win for the Giants (4-2) by forcing and recovering a fumble by Lions’ receiver Nate Burleson at the Giants 42 with about five minutes to go and New York ahead by four points. Rams 20, Chargers 17 At St. Louis, James Hall, Chris Long and Larry Grant had two sacks each as St. Louis shut down the NFL’s top offense for its third straight win at home. Sam Bradford threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie Danario Alexander, making his NFL debut, to help build a 14-point cushion in the first half. Steven Jackson, who finished with 109 yards, also scored and had several key late carries for the Rams (3-3).

ROTTERDAM: Uchimura Kohei of Japan performs on the vault during the men’s qualifying session for the World Gymnastics Championships. — AP

Anastasia upset in Kremlin MOSCOW: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova made a surprise exit from the Kremlin Cup yesterday after the fourth seeded Russian lost 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-0 to Dominika Cibulkova in the first round. Pavlyuchenkova, who won her first two tournament titles earlier this season, served for the first set at 6-5, only to be broken and then defeated in the tiebreaker. Her Slovak opponent called for a trainer to have her back treated as she trailed 2-1 in the second

PITTSBURGH: Ben Roethlisberger, cheered loudly during his first game in 9 1/2 months, shook off the rust from his four-game suspension to throw three touchdown passes as the Pittsburgh Steelers shut down a depleted Cleveland Browns offense during a 28-10 victory Sunday. With the Steelers (4-1) leading 7-3 but backed up to their own 4 late into the third quarter, Roethlisberger — flashing the big-play ability his team lacked without him — completed passes of 50 yards to Mike Wallace and 36 yards to Heath Miller on successive plays. Three plays later, Hines Ward fought through two potential tacklers on an 8-yard touchdown catch that made it 14-3 and gave the Steelers’ defense all the points needed on a mostly dominating day. The Browns (1-5) never advanced inside the 20 until rookie Colt McCoy’s late 12-yard scoring pass to Ben Watson with Pittsburgh already up by 18 points.The Browns fell to 1-5. Browns wide receivers Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi were knocked out of the game in the second quarter after taking hard hits from linebacker James Harrison.

set and Pavlyuchenkova, who reached a career-high 19th in the rankings on Oct. 4, went on to level the match. However, she failed to win a single service game in the final set. “It was absolutely my fault,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “I was disappointed after the first set but it looks like I relaxed after a relatively easy second set. I have no explanations. I beat her in straight sets in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago.” Pavlyuchenkova failed to make it to

MOSCOW: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, returns the ball to Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament. — AP

the second round at her hometown event for the fourth time. Elsewehere, eighth-seeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain advanced to the second round by beating Russian wild card entrant Alla Kudryavtseva 6-1, 5-7, 6-1. The 28th-ranked doubles specialist Martinez Sanchez, who is looking for her fourth singles title, easily won the first set. Kudryavtseva, who won her first WTA Tour title in Tashkent in September, leveled the match at 1-1, but could not keep the pace and was broken twice in the decisive set to lose the match. In the other completed match, Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine defeated Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in three sets. In men’s action, seventh-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine rallied in the third set to beat Michael Russell of the United States, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Three-time champion Nikolay Davydenko tops the men’s draw of the 21st edition of the event. Jelena Jankovic, who won in 2008, leads the women’s draw. Jankovic is among the eight players who have qualified for next week’s season-ending WTA Tour championships in Doha. Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, seeded second at the Kremlin Cup, and third-seeded Li Na of China will go to Doha as substitutes. —AP

Texans 35, Chiefs 31 At Houston, Matt Schaub threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson with 28 seconds left to give Houston a stunning fourth-quarter comeback victory. The Texans (4-2) trailed 31-21 with just over 7 minutes left after Thomas Jones’ 11-yard TD run. Schaub threw two long passes to Owen Daniels before Arian Foster scored with 3:30 left to cut the Chiefs’ lead to 3. Matt Cassel threw three TD passes for Kansas City (3-2). Saints 31, Buccaneers 6 At Tampa, Florida, Drew Brees threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns as New Orleans downed Tampa Bay. The Super Bowl champions rebounded from a mistake-filled road loss, scoring on their first three possessions and getting an unexpected lift from rookie running back Chris Ivory. Dolphins 23, Packers 20 At Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dan Carpenter kicked a 44-yard field goal with 9:01 left in overtime to lift Miami past Green Bay. It was the second straight overtime loss for the injury-riddled Packers (3-3), who lost at Washington last week. Seahawks 23, Bears 20 At Chicago, Matt Hasselbeck threw for a seasonbest 242 yards and a touchdown and Seattle’s defense sacked Jay Cutler six times in a win over Chicago. Cutler was in trouble much of the game, and completed just 17 of 39 for 290 yards. He missed last week’s game with a concussion after being sacked nine times by the Giants the previous week. 49ers 17, Raiders 9 At San Francisco, Alex Smith threw second-half touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis as San Francisco finally won its first game, beating Oakland. Crabtree made a go-ahead 32-yard TD reception on the last play of the third quarter and Smith hit Davis on a 17-yard score with 7:14 remaining. Colts 27, Redskins 24 At Landover, Maryland, Peyton Manning threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns to lead Indianapolis over Washington. Manning completed 25 of 38 passes, with scoring throws of 57 yards to Pierre Garcon and 5 yards to Austin Collie. Joseph Addai ran for 128 yards and a touchdown for the Colts before leaving with a shoulder injury. — AP

TAMPA: Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens (85) is stopped by New Orleans Saints defenders Danny Clark (55), Jonathan Vilma (51) and Roman Harper (bottom) in the first half of their NFL football game. —AP

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oil workers, youths, truckers defy French govt PARIS: French oil workers defied the government’s demand yesterday to get back to work and end fuel shortages, stepping up the fight against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s retirement reforms. Youths and truckers joined in, facing off against riot police and creating chaos on the roads. Strikers have blockaded a dozen French refineries and numerous oil depots in the last week as part of widespread protests over Sarkozy’s plan to raise the retirement age to 62, a reform the French Senate is voting tomorrow. Workers are angry because they consider retiring at 60 a pillar of France’s hard-won social contract - and fear this is just the first step in eroding their often-envied quality of life. Critics say Sarkozy wants to adopt an “Americanstyle capitalist” system and claim the government could find pension savings elsewhere, such as by raising contributions from employers. Sarkozy’s conservative government points out that 62 is among the lowest retirement ages in Europe, the French are living much longer and the pension system is losing money already. The strike by oil workers has been the most disruptive tactic yet - and in response, the Interior Ministry opened a crisis coordination center yesterday just to focus on the conflict. Fearful motorists have flocked to gas stations in panic and found many empty, while aviation authorities have been forced to tell short-haul planes coming in to make sure to bring enough fuel to get back. The government ordered airlines to drastically cut back their flights into France today, when labor unions plan new nationwide protests and strikes across the public sector. Severe disruptions to air travel, public transport, schools and other facilities are expected. Striking oil workers piled up tires and set them ablaze yesterday in front of a refinery at Grandpuits, east of Paris, after authorities issued a legal order insisting that some reopen the facility. Workers said they would refuse, as curls of heavy black smoke wafted into the air. Other employees and residents formed a “human chain” to prevent people from entering the plant. Dozens of oil tankers remained stuck in the Mediterranean, anchored outside Marseille’s two oil ports, where workers have been on strike for more than three weeks to protest a planned port reform as well as the retirement changes.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon pledged Sunday to do what’s necessary to prevent fuel shortages, saying the government won’t allow such shortages to hurt the French economy. The head of France’s petroleum industry body said fuel reserves were “enough to keep us going for a few weeks.” The protests in France come as countries across Europe are cutting spending and raising taxes to bring down record deficits and debts from the worst recession in 70 years. Labor leaders, students and civil servants are fighting back. French truckers staged organized slowdowns yesterday to snarl highway traffic. Cars and trucks drove at a snail’s pace on the main highway between Paris and the northern city of Lille, with red union flags waving out the windows. Youths, meanwhile, burned tires and cars, set up blockades and clashed with riot police yesterday outside some high schools in Paris and nearby suburbs. Students from Lycee Joliot Curie in the Paris suburb of Nanterre tried to blockade their school, with about 100 facing off against police, who responded with rubber bullets. In all, 261 schools were blocked by protests yesterday. Rail unions, which have been on strike since early last week, prolonged their walkouts through today to coincide with more than 200 street protests - the sixth nationwide protest since early September. Union leaders also called for support strikes from other sectors, including energy, postal workers and private commerce, as well as from employees at Eurotunnel, which runs freight and passengers under the English Channel to London. France’s DGCA civil aviation authority ordered airlines to cancel 50 percent of their flights today out of Paris’ Orly airport, and 30 percent at other airports nationwide, including Paris’ largest airport, Charles de Gaulle. Most disruptions were expected to hit short- and medium-haul flights. Airport operator ADP said strikes by oil workers at Charles de Gaulle airport had already begun causing delays yesterday. Spokesman Jerome Landras said travelers should contact their airline to check on flights. Train traffic also continued to suffer from the nearly weeklong strike. France’s SNCF railway operator said about half its high-speed TGV trains had been canceled yesterday, but traffic on the Eurostar between Paris and London was normal. — AP

French airports face major strike disruption today

FRONTIGNAN: French gendarmes evacuate striking workers who block the entrance of a fuel depot storage yesterday, to protest against French government’s proposed pensions reforms. — AFP

IMF chief warns revival ‘in peril’ if cooperation fails

Iraqi province wants more say over energy resources Anbar desert could hold huge hydrocarbon reserves RAMADI: Iraq’s wester n Anbar province is demanding more control over its potentially huge energy reser ves ahead of this week’s auction of gas fields, including the vast desert province’s Akkas reservoir. Anbar’s gover nment last week rejected Baghdad’s plan for the auction due to the possibility surplus gas will be expor ted, a move that could deter companies from bidding for Akkas on Oct 20. Anbar’s opposition reflects deep discontent in Iraq’s Sunni heartland about the Shi’ite-led central government in a country where a volatile mix of religious and ethnic groups allowed bloodshed to erupt after the 2003 US-led invasion. Thir teen foreign fir ms including France’s Total and Italy’s Eni have registered to bid for Akkas, Mansuriyah near the Iranian border in volatile Diyala province and Siba in the relatively peaceful southern oil hub of Basra. Together the fields have estimated reserves of 11.23 trillion cubic feet of gas. Akkas alone is estimated at 5.6 tcf. “We are against the approach of the central gover nment and we will be against any contract between the central govern-

ment and any company in the world,” Anbar Governor Qasim Abid said. “We have our own vision of how to develop this (field).” Mainly Sunni Anbar province, controlled by Al-Qaeda in the years following the US-led ouster of Saddam Hussein, has been relatively quiet since tribal sheikhs joined forces with US troops to drive out Sunni Islamist militants in 2006 and 2007. Iraq needs to exploit its vast oil and gas wealth to rebuild after decades of dictatorship, war and economic sanctions. About 95 percent of the federal budget comes from oil revenues. Last year it auctioned off development contracts in 11 major oilfields, winning deals that have the potential to more than quadruple oil output capacity to near Saudi levels of 12 million barrels per day. It recently upped its crude reserve estimates to 143 billion bar rels. Oil Minister Hussain alShahristani says it may have billions more, particularly in the unexplored deserts of Anbar. Iraq’s gas sector has been largely ignored. Gas produced as a by-product of oil drilling is flared off, but the government wants to halt the waste and exploit undeveloped gas reserves. —Reuters

SHANGHAI: A general view shows the Shangri La hotel, the venue of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting held behind closed doors yesterday. —AFP

SHANGHAI: The head of the IMF yesterday warned central bankers that the global recovery would be “in peril” if the world’s major economies do not keep working together, amid mounting fears of a currency war. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn made the comments at the end of a meeting in Shanghai that brought together highlevel officials from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America. The Shanghai conference follows IMF and World Bank annual meetings earlier this month, where finance officials discussed how to strengthen the recovery from the worst recession since World War II and the global financial system. It also comes ahead of this week’s key Group of 20 meeting in South Korea, where currency reform is expected to dominate talks, amid fears that nations could adopt trade barriers in the face of competition from Asian exports. “The spirit of cooperation must be maintained. Without that, the recovery is in peril,” Strauss-Kahn said, according to a

copy of his closing remarks released by the Washington-based IMF. “Today, there is a risk that the single chorus that tamed the financial crisis will dissolve into a cacophony of discordant voices as countries increasingly go it alone. This will surely make everybody worse off.” Strauss-Kahn and PBOC chief Zhou Xiaochuan co-chaired the closed-door meeting, according to the IMF. The US Federal Reserve was represented by Kevin Warsh, a member of the central bank’s policysetting Federal Open Market Committee. The talks focused on macro-prudential policies-the big systemic picture of reducing the risk of too-big-to-fail institutions, Strauss-Kahn said. “Supervision must be intensive and intrusive-not afraid of saying no to powerful interests,” he said. He stressed the need for domestic and international mechanisms that “allow failing firms to be wound down with minimal cost to taxpayers and to end the scourge of too-big or too-important to fail.” In the run-up to the G20 finance ministers’ meet-

ing, which begins Friday, South Korea has warned that frictions over the currency upheaval are growing and could lead to trade protectionism. The United States, facing midterm elections next month, has ratcheted up the pressure on China to allow the yuan to rise more rapidly, but Beijing insists its currency must not be used as a “scapegoat” for US economic woes. People’s Bank of China Vice-governor Yi Gang reiterated the central bank’s stance at a news conference, saying China would keep the yuan at “a reasonable and balanced level”. “We will continue the reform of our exchange rate regime in a gradual manner and at the same time maintain the stability of the economy,” Yi said.With Beijing keeping a tight grip on the yuan, many other Asian economies are suffering as their currencies soar against the dollar. Despite Europe’s debt woes, the euro has also surged. Xia issued a thinly veiled warning to the United States not to print more money to stimulate growth. “The key is to restrict issuance of

currencies of major powers, which is very difficult,” Xia said. “A nation that historically has had the dominant currency will not easily give up its interests.” IMF First Deputy Managing Director John Lipsky sought to dispel talk of a currency war, saying decisions by the United States and other advanced economies should be seen in the context of low growth and very low inflation. “There is no currency war,” Lipsky told reporters. “Clearly these policies are aimed at the domestic situation not aimed at their international implications.” A year ago, the Group of 20 developed and developing nations tasked the IMF with stepping up its focus on global systemic stability. Authorities agreed a broader approach was needed to spot weakness in the increasingly interconnected financial system, to complement the traditional regulations of bank-by-bank audit and supervision. Asia-Pacific leaders will meet for a summit in Japan following a G20 gathering in Seoul next month. —AFP

Gaza ‘tunnelers’ turn former lifeline into export channel RAFAH: The workers herd cows through the dusty tunnels beneath the Gaza border, but this time they are leading them out of the isolated Palestinian enclave and into Egypt. The lifting of restrictions in recent months has seen consumer goods pour into the Hamas-run territory through Israeli crossings, transforming the tunnels that once served as a lifeline for Gaza into its sole export channel. The tunnels are still used for smuggling in construction materials that Israel only allows to enter via authorized crossings for projects carried out under international supervision. But the canvas sacks full of food, beauty products and second-hand clothes that used to be dragged through hundreds of tunnels beneath the border now flow

the other way in a lucrative trade conducted by an entrepreneurial few. “We reversed our trade since the easing of the Israeli blockade and now we export,” said a tunnel operator who goes by Abu Jamil. “The Egyptian traders demand Israeli livestock to breed with their own to improve its quality,” the 45-yearold smuggler said, calling his partners on the other side of the heavily-guarded border to tell them the cows are coming through, each with an Israel tag on its neck extolling its breeding potential. The Egyptians also order Israeli coffee, blue jeans, mobile phones, and what Abu Jamil refers to as “raw materials”scrap copper, aluminum and used car batteries that can be recycled in Egypt. Abu Ahmad, 30, anoth-

er tunnel operator, watched as his workers use a makeshift pulley to lower several cases of Israeli-made soap and hair gel into a tunnel lit by a row of electric lights. Over the last two weeks he has exported chickens, pigeons, beauty products and clothes imported from Turkey and China. He even exports fresh fruit, including figs, lychees and mangos, saying it only takes around 10 minutes to pass the goods to the other side. “A lot of the fruit we import through the Israeli crossings are not available in Egypt, or if they are the prices are high,” he said. The same tunnel owners and operators that have made fortunes importing desperately needed goods are still profiting from Israel’s closure regime, which prevents legitimate

exports from the territory. Abu Ahmad makes around 50 dollars (36 euros) for every cage of chickens he exports and 150 to 300 dollars (110-220 euros) for every ton of goods. The profits generated by the trade have always benefited a small circle of tunnel owners and smugglers, with low-paid laborers, many of them teenagers, doing much of the dangerous subterranean work. More than 130 Gazans have been killed in accidental cave-ins or the Israeli bombing of the tunnels in the last three years, according to local medics. And while the larger economy has shown some signs of recovery since the easing of the closures, unemployment remains above 30 percent and four out of five Gazans relay on international aid. —AFP

RAFAH: A Palestinian man covers his face as he prepares to smuggle sacks full of food, beauty products and second-hand clothes into Egypt through a dusty underground tunnel linking the southern Gaza Strip to Egypt. — AFP



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

BankMuscat operations in Kuwait to boost investment KUWAIT: The Kuwait operations of BankMuscat, the leading financial services provider in the Sultanate, was formally launched under the auspices of His Excellency Sheikh Ali Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Governor of the Capital of Kuwait yesterday. The inauguration of the state-of-theart branch was attended by diplomats, dignitaries, senior government and private sector officials, chairman, chief executive and top management team of BankMuscat. The new branch marks BankMuscat’s extension of footprint in the GCC region, covering all six countries

through direct and indirect network entities. The branch currently offers corporate banking, trade and treasury services. The focus is to support the growth of the Kuwait economy, particularly investment and trade flows between Kuwait and Oman. Sheikh AbdulMalik bin Abdullah Al-Khalili, Chairman of BankMuscat, said: “The Kuwait branch will add value to the local economy by promoting trade linkages between the two countries and introduce other services to its offering over a period of time. With an increase in trade and economic integration within the

Gulf region, BankMuscat is focused on a common approach to customers and business processes that will benefit the group.” AbdulRazak Ali Issa, Chief Executive, said: “Kuwait - with its robust, growing economy and critical positioning within the GCC - is a strategically important market for BankMuscat positioned to evolve into a prominent GCC bank. We believe we are in a strong position to contribute to the growing trade business between Kuwait and Oman. Given the increase in trade and economic integra-

tion within the Gulf region, we have a competitive advantage through our GCC-wide network to facilitate intra-region trade and investment flows.” The branch is licensed to offer all commercial banking services and products including retail and corporate banking. The focus initially will be on the corporate and SME segment, serving them with conventional working capital facilities, term loans, trade finance and foreign exchange products. At a suitable time, and subject to approvals, the bank may look at participating in the development of local

capital markets as well as infrastructure project financing, by leveraging on its considerable experience in these areas in the home market. Participating in the local economy either directly or through syndicated facilities-is an integral objective for the branch. Since the commencement of operations in April, BankMuscat has already participated in the financing of local projects. BankMuscat’s international operations, which deliver a wide range of cross-border finance solutions, continue to be central to the Bank’s strategy of prudent expansion to meet the financial needs of customers.

The future of IPPs in the GCC DUBAI: IPPs are a relatively new phenomenon in the GCC. Up until the mid-1990s, power plants in the region were exclusively financed and developed by governments and government-backed corporations. Today, across the GCC, more than two dozen IPPs and IWPPs are now in operation, with a combined installed capacity of 20 gigawatts. IPPs have now almost entirely displaced traditional public power plants as sources for new electricity generation in the GCC. However, rational choices made at the case-by-case project level have left the IPP model vulnerable to long-term aggregate risks, such as accumulated offtaker liabilities, a potential shortfall of plants capable of providing mid- and peak-load service, and the postponement of fully liberalized electricity markets. The IPP triumph: growing despite the crunch The reason IPPs have almost entirely displaced the traditional public power plants for new generation stems from the operating model that IPPs employ and from several distinct advantages it offers to governments. The advantages are an amortization of public expenditures, a competitive cost of power, predictable timing and often faster execution, the establishment of performance benchmarks and the promotion of a favorable business environment. These advantages are fueling a

BOOZ & COMPANY REPORT phenomenal growth in IPPs. ‘Current expansion plans will more than double the region’s IPP and IWPP capacity over the next five years, bringing the privately developed share of aggregate electricity generation to about 34 percent,” said George Sarraf, Partner, Booz & Company. The basic IPP model is consistent across the region: The amount of power to be sold is stipulated in a power purchase agreement (PPA) at a fixed price, the PPA is guaranteed by a creditworthy offtaker backed by the government, and the price of fuel is fixed by contract. The model eliminates market and fuel risk for the IPP developer, and the remaining risk consists of difficulties the developer might encounter with financing, construction, and operation. “This modest risk profile permits IPP developers to use limited-recourse, high-leverage project financing schemes, with debt ratios averaging 75 percent and reaching as high as 85 percent. Consequently, IPPs have been exposed to the global credit crunch: although there have been recent adjustments to financing terms, they have not fundamentally stopped IPP growth,” said Walid Fayad, Partner, Booz & Company.

Pitfalls of the IPP model However, all progress carries with it inherit risks. The fundamental risk of the IPP model stems not from individual projects but from the long-term aggregate effect of applying the model exclusively. Rational choices at the case-by-case project level can lead to unwanted consequences at the sector level, As IPPs become more familiar in the region, policymakers need to be conscious of the potential limitations to the advantages they provide. Three of these limitations are of particular concern. The first and most obvious limitation is inherent in the practice of amortizing present investment. GCC nations are tying up increasing shares of GOP in explicit and implicit IPP/IWPP obligations. “In the UAE 0.8 percent or me country’s UDP is tied up in explicit and implicit IPP/IWPP obligations,’ said Sarraf. However, accumulating liabilities have a way of taking public institutions by surprise. In the long run, these accumulating commitments can affect not only the cost of capital required by IPP developers and their lenders, but also the credit ratings of the off-takers themselves.

KGL Logistics holds General Assembly KUWAIT: KGL Logistics KSC (Closed) held its Ordinary General Assembly Meeting chaired by its Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Michel Saab yesterday at 10:00 am at the Kuwait and Gulf Link Holding Company to elect a new board member. During the General Assembly, Thamer Al-Saleh was elected as a new board member, alongside; KGL Car Rental (WLL) and KGL Technical Services (WLL) were elected as standby board members. KGL Logistics is considered one of the leading Logistics companies in the region due to the growth in its operations in Kuwait and its offices in Egypt, Qatar and the UAE. The revenues amounted to 10.5 Million KD in the first half of 2010, while expenses reached KD 6.5 Million for the same period, resulting in a net profit of KD 4.0 Million, reflecting a growth of 105% as compared to the same period in 2009. Living up to its ideals of excellence, KGL Logistics was awarded on June 21, 2010 as the ‘Best Logistics Company” by The Arabian Business Magazine of the ITP Publishing Group during the annual Arabian Business Achievement Awards held in Kuwait. With its continuous economic growth, KGL Logistics, an affiliate of KGL Holding, has emerged to be a key player in the logistics market in the region since its establishment in 2005, inheriting over 40 years of logistics experience from Kuwait and Gulf Link Transport Company (KGL). With its headquarters in Kuwait and with branch operations in Egypt, Qatar and the UAE provides quality, costcompetitive Supply Chain services; specializing in warehousing, freight forwarding (FF), and stevedoring. Through its highly experienced team and specialized technology, KGL Logistics efficiently provides warehousing services namely second party (2PL), third party (3PL), and since 2008, fourth party logistics (4PL), managing clients’ warehouses and inventory at the clients’ storage facilities. KGL Logistics is one of the prime movers in freight forwarding that involves air, sea, and land

KUWAIT: Michel Saab, KGL Logistics Vice-Chairman and Managing Director transport including the application of customs clearance and cargo insurance. KGL Logistics’ enduring international network of business partners has contributed immensely to the success of the FF practice, enabling the company to move goods efficiently across the globe. Moreover, KGL Logistics prides itself as one of the frontrunners in the stevedoring field for establishing strategic partnerships with port authorities and shipping lines in Kuwait and the GCC region. Throughout its areas of business practices, KGL Logistics implements the highest standards of technology by applying state-of-the-art warehouse management solutions, enabling the company to be cost effective and efficient, and most importantly, provide high quality services to its clients.

A second long-term risk concerns the fact that IPPs are biased toward providing base-load power, which could ultimately leave system planners struggling to meet daily and seasonal fluctuations in demand. The advantages of IPPs over incumbent plants are likely to be far greater in the mid-load and peak ranges of operation than in the base-load range. The start-stop operation of mid-load and peak-load plants offers greater potential gains from management efficiency than the steady-state operation of base-load plants, “Although best-practice management methods may produce efficiency gains of 2 to 3 percent for base-load plants, they can offer gains as high as 30 percent for mid- and peakload plants. By concentrating IPP awards in the base-load category, the GCC is foregoing much of the economic gain that IPPs could provide,” said Fayad. The third risk of IPP dependence is that it can inhibit the natural evolution of the power sector toward increased liberalization. If the current trajectory of IPP investment continues, using the existing model, GCC nations may find within 10 years that a major portion of their generation assets are locked down in long-term PPA contracts. Such a situation would substantially compromise the flexibility of the power system to adapt to market forces.

Safa Abdulrahman Al-Hashem to speak at GCC-German conference Safa Abdulrahman Al-Hashem, will be the key speaker at the GCC-German Investment & Business Conference which will be conducted in the Federal Republic of Germany. Safa Abdulrahman Al-Hashem, CMD, Advantage Consulting Company, will participate on the October 26, 2010 in the GCCGerman Investment & Business Conference which will be held in Stuttgart on October 26 and 27, 2010. The conference will discuss investment opportunities available in the GCC states and the marketing there-from as part of the GCC states’ plan to attract the best construction companies and investment banks to provide the best services for the GCC region. The conference will be held under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Baden-Wurttemberg’s-Stefan Mappus, German Minister of Foreign Investments-Cornelia Pieper and the President of German Chambers Federation-Ludwig Braun. This conference is the outcome of the collaboration between the Federation of GCC Chambers and the Arab German Chamber of Commerce with a distinct participation of top-class speakers on political and economical affairs and as part of a “Global Connect” initiative sponsored by the German Ministry of Economy. Al-Hashem will be the keynote speaker on the inauguration day and will be participating with a work paper entitled “Financial & Economical Framework of GCC Businesswomen’s

KUWAIT: The winner Sulaiman Mohd Baqer Abbas Al-Shawaf poses with his parents while receiving a cash gift from Tareq AlShuwired, AUB’s Area Manager.

AUB announces weekly draw winners KUWAIT: The lucky Weekly Grand Prize Winners worth KD20,000 each are: Salem Turki Saho and Zuhair Hasan Mahmood Mohammed. The lucky weekly winners who won cash prizes of KD1,000 each are: Kanakkasseri Ramanathan, Abbas Ali Mohd Hussain, Muhsin Hussein Saleh, Hassan Fatthallah Redah, Zainab Osama Abdullah Al-Qallaf, Mohammad Sharafat Jamaluddin, Sulaiman Mohd Baqer Abbas AlShawaf , Ali Hassan Ahmed, Yahya Kowalid Asem Al-Moutari, A Rahman Jassim A Rahman Hazeem. The biggest-ever Al-Hassad Islamic savings scheme features 6,000 prizes worth KD10 million in total. The scheme’s structure gives eligible customers the opportunity to win KD1 million in two quarterly prize draws, offering a single ‘Grand Salary for Life’ prize of KD4,000 a month for the next 250 months. Other ‘Salary for Life’ prizes include quarterly KD500,000 prizes (KD2,000 paid out every month) and KD250,000 prizes

(KD1,000 paid out every month). With a total of three winners announced each quarter, all prizes convert to a stable source of monthly income for the winner over the next 250 months. Apart from the quarterly prizes, one Grand Weekly prize of KD20,000 and five weekly cash prizes of KD1,000 each are given away every week. Customers with KD 1,000 and above invested in the Al-Hassad Islamic scheme are eligible to win KD500,000 in each of the four loyalty draws held over the scheme period. The concept behind the savings scheme is giving customers the opportunity to win a “salary for life”. AUB’s objective has been to create a lifetime change for the winners and allow them to invest their winnings in things that will make a lasting difference to the well being of their families. For more information on the Al-Hassad Islamic investment savings account, its prize structure and eligibility criteria, customers may call Hayakom 181 2000.

Renault promotes art and French culture in Riyadh Safa Abdulrahman Al-Hashem Role & Impact”. The participants in the conference include Sheikh Saleh KamelPresident of Saudi Chambers Federation, Ambassador Osama Shubkshi-KSA Ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al-Khalifa-Chief Executive of the Bahraini Economic Development Board, Dr Omar Al-Dabagh-Governor and Chairman of the Saudi Public Authority for Investment, in addition to a large number of businessmen and financial, banking and economical decision-makers in the GCC region and the Federal Republic of Germany.

RIYADH: Renault staged a unique art exhibition from the Renault Art Collection, showcasing paintings from the period of the 1960s-1980s, with an accompanying Chopin recital at the French Residence, Riyadh on October 23, 2010. Renault is a company that is incredibly aware of the societies around it, and it takes great care to interact with societies in other ways than simply on an automotive level. One of these ways is the art world. Renault takes pride in its history of cooperation with the art world. As a brand, it has helped to sustain and promote artists and their creations, as well as helping to position French culture in the public eye. By being proactive in the art world, Renault sees this as an ideal way of expressing its French values and origins worldwide. Renault has fostered relationships with contemporary artists over the last 20 years, leading to the organization of a unique art exhibition from the extensive Renault Art Collection, accompanied by a Chopin recital to be held at the French

Residence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The exhibition will be held on Saturday October 23, at 6 pm at the Art Pur Foundation on Takhassoussi Road in Riyadh. Attending the event will be Katsumi Nakamura, Executive Vice President of Renault, and head of the AsiaAfrica region; His Excellency the French Ambassador, Bertrand Besancenot; and Madame Ann Hindry-Royer, Art Curator of the Renault Art Collection. The exhibition will demonstrate, for the first time in Saudi Arabia, the richness of western creativity during a pivotal period in painting. Exhibiting the main abstract tendencies in western art during the 1960s 1980s period, the event will showcase a wide selection of almost 40 paintings from artists such as Victor Vasarely, Henri Michaux, Julio Le Parc, Juan Miro, Roberto Matta, Dominique Thiolat, and Pierre Alechinsky. Maxence Pilchen will perform a recital of Chopin at the French Residence in the Diplomatic Quarter as accompaniment to the exhibition.

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Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. Japanese Yen Indian Rupees


.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

3.287 2.522 4.027 217.120 36.431 4.018 6.533 9.492 0.267 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES Saudi Riyal 75.385 Qatari Riyal 77.675 Omani Riyal 734.450 Bahraini Dinar 750.840 UAE Dirham 76.983 ARAB COUNTRIES Egyptian Pound - Cash 51.750 Egyptian Pound - Transfer 49.574 Yemen Riyal 1.326 Tunisian Dinar 204.770 Jordanian Dinar 399.210 Lebanese Lira 189.000 Syrian Lier 6.210 Morocco Dirham 35.634 EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 282.580 Euro 394.200 Sterling Pound 452.130 Canadian dollar 279.510 Turkish lire 199.900 Swiss Franc 295.280 Australian dollar 279.900 US Dollar Buying 281.095 GOLD 20 Gram 265.000 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 281.800 751.280 4.250 281.700 554.800 14.100 54.200 167.800 51.850

395.100 36.950 6.395 0.033

399.300 0.190 94.140 4.020 214.900 733.620 3.300 6.530 77.710 75.430 217.890 43.660 2.522 452.200 296.000 6.300 9.650 76.980 282.500

GOLD 1,442.070 TRAVELLERʼS CHEQUE 452.200 2

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

396.600 37.100 6.550 0.033 0.264 0.247 3.570 400.180 0.191 94.140 47.500 4.430 215.400 1.926 50.200 733.800 3.430 6.700 78.140 75.430 217.890 43.660 2.691 454.200 43.900 297.500 6.300 9.800 196.263 77.080 282.900 1.360

SELL DRAFT 280.300 751.280 4.015 280.200

217.900 49.594

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

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

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

6.214 3.359 2.552 4.152 6.476 3.368 9.278 6.273

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) 282.400 3.290 6.400 2.535 4.015 6.565 76.970 75.510 750.800 49.570 455.600 0.00003280 4.025 1.550 401.200 5.750 397.900 283.200

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

Tuesday, October 19, 2010



The new CL Class: The epitome of luxury coupes

KUWAIT: The new CL Class Coupe was introduced to the media and esteemed Mercedes-Benz customers and guests at an exclusive function held at Sheikha Salwa Sabah Hall, Marina Hotel on October 17, 2010. Also present at the event were the Directors and management from Albisher & Alkazemi Co. With a design perfected through an immaculate sense of style, highly exclusive appointments and cutting-edge technology, the extensively updated Mercedes-Benz CL-Class underscores its claim to supremacy as the summit of automotive refinement. The entirely re-designed 320 kW (435 hp) V8 biturbo engine of the CL 500BlueEFFICIENCY, opens a new dimension of efficiency in the luxury coupÈ category and retains its position as the epitome of quality in its class. “The new CL shows how Mercedes is defining and interpreting contemporary luxury: fine ingredients expertly combined and perfectly engineered, the exhilarating thrill and driving at the highest level with a stylish, powerful look. This is what makes the CL Coupe a truly exceptional car: said Mr. Michael Ruehle, General Manager Albisher & Alkazemi Co while speaking at the customer event. Also present at the event was the product Manager of CL Class from Daimler factory in Germany Frank Steinacher who explained in detail various design and luxury features of this vehicle to the customers. Design: A muscular, self-assured presence The exterior appearance of the new CL-Class generation is characterised by the terse profile of the bonnet, the dynamic V-shape radiator grille and the curving headlamps - design details that discreetly but effectively emphasise the car’s elegant yet powerful lines.

The front bumper, too, presents a new design with three air intake openings and a chrome trim strip. An LED strip with chrome surround for the daytime running lights is elegantly integrated in the side openings for the brake cooling air. With their standard-fit Intelligent Light System (ILS) and Adaptive Highbeam Assist, the headlamps offer stateof-the-art illumination technology. The latest LED technology in the turn indicators and position marker lamps rounds off the car’s advanced image. The rear of the vehicle is characterised by the newly-designed tail lamps. New V8 bi-turbo engine with innovative technology The new-generation CL-Class also assumes a pioneering role in the drive system sector. Under the bonnet of the CL 500 BlueEFFICIENCY and CL 500 4MATIC BlueEFFICIENCY a new V8 biturbo engine with BlueDIRECT technology delivers its impressive power. With its 4663 cc displacement, the eight-cylinder engine produces 320 kW (435 hp) so that despite 0.8 litres less displacement, it is still around 12 percent more powerful than its predecessor, which had an output of 285 kW (388 hp). At the same time, torque was raised from 530 Nm to 700 Nm - an increase of 32 percent. The luxury coupe’s package includes the ECO start/stop function and alternator control in accordance with the handling situation and on-board voltage with kinetic energy recuperation in overrun mode. The CL 600, with its 380 kW (517 hp) 12-cylinder biturbo engine remains the top-of-the-line model: it accelerates the luxury coupe from a standstill to 100 km/h in breath-taking 4.6 seconds and now also complies with the Euro 5 emissions control standard.

A unique combination of driver-assistance systems The new-generation CL-Class consolidates its position as an automotive masterwork and a technology platform of the Stuttgart-based company with the most advanced assistance and protection systems. These highly perceptive assistants convert the Mercedes model into a “thinking” partner that can see, feel and react instantly if it detects a hazard, acting autonomously to prevent accidents or to mitigate their effects. The trailblazing driver assistance systems in the CL-Class are based on state-of-the-art radar, camera and sensor technology. Thus, in the new-generation CL-Class Active Lane Keeping Assist celebrates its premiere (at the same time as in the S-Class). If the vehicle threatens to cross a continuous lane marking line, the system actuates an electric motor in the steering wheel, causing it to vibrate briefly - giving the driver a discreet but effective warning hint to countersteer immediately. Active Lane-Keeping Assist evaluates information provided by a camera mounted on the inside of the windscreen. It identifies the contrast between the road surface and the lane marking lines.

KUWAIT: The new CL Class Coupe was introduced to the media and esteemed Mercedes-Benz customers and guests at an exclusive function held at Sheikha Salwa Sabah Hall, Marina Hotel on October 17, 2010. Also present at the event were the directors and management from Albisher & Alkazemi Co. — Photos by Joseph Shagra

Targeted brake actuation: Active Blind Spot Assist A further innovation Mercedes-Benz offers for the CLClass is active Blind Spot Assist, a system that makes use of a multi-stage warning concept. If it detects that a change of lane would be too dangerous, it warns the driver by displaying a red triangle in the glass of the exterior mirror. Close-range radar sensors monitor the area immediately to the side and to the rear of the car. If the driver disregards this warning and, for example, actuates the turn indicator, an audible warning also sounds.



KSE price index ends action in green KUWAIT: The Kuwait bourse started yesterday’s trading session with a dip, however, a late rally caused the index to end higher at the end of the day. As the day went by, the stock market started to rise receiving strong support from Agility and NBK. Seven out of Eight Global weighted indices went up yesterday.


Market breadth During the session, 120 companies were traded. Market breadth was skewed towards decliners as 47 equities retreated versus 39 that advanced.

Top gainers and biggest decliners In terms of top gainers, Abyaar Real Estate Development Company was the

Air Arabia is ‘Best Managed Company’ in the Middle East KUWAIT: As further testimony to its successful business model, Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, has been recognized as the “Best Managed Company in the Middle East Airlines and Aviation,” by participants of Euromoney’s annual survey. The “Best Managed Companies in the Middle East” survey, which is distributed among bank analysts and equity investors, asks respondents to give their opinions on which Middle Eastern companies they believe to be the best and why. As part of the 2010 survey, respondents were also asked to nominate the top three Middle Eastern companies in order of quality in a range of sectors. “We are extremely pleased to be chosen by leading analysts and investors as the best managed company in the airline and aviation sector,” said Adel Ali, Board Member and Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia. “This prestigious accolade is further evidence of the strength and success of Air Arabia’s

Market indices Global General Index (GGI) closed 0.52 points up (0.24 percent), at 221.63 point as the Market capitalization increased reaching KD35.94 million. On the other side, Kuwait Stock Exchange Price Index closed in the green zone adding 11.80 point (0.17 percent) to its value and closed at 7,045.80 point.

Daily trading activity Trading activities ended on a positive note as volume of shares traded on the exchange increased by 31.51 percent to reach 346.69 million shares, the value of shares traded increased by 28.05 percent to stand at KD50.47 million. The real estate sector was the volume leader, accounting for 39.67 percent of total shares traded, while the Services Sector was the value leader, with 31.38 percent of total traded value. Companywise, Abyaar Real Estate Development Company was the volume leader, with a total traded volume of 44.80 million shares changing hands. On the other hand, Zain was the value leader, with a total traded value of KD9.27 million.

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robust business model. We thank Euromoney for recognising our efforts, and look forward to continuing to take our airline to new heights.” The recent accolade follows a host of awards in 2009 and 2010, including being named the “Middle East’s leading low-cost airline” for the third consecutive year at the World Travel Awards, and the prestigious “Best Low-Cost Airline” award at the Business Traveler Awards Middle East. In addition, Air Arabia recently set a new world record when one of its A320 aircraft flew 30,000 flight hours in six years. The airline, which received special recognition from Airbus, was awarded for its operational efficiency, as well as setting the new world record. Air Arabia currently provides service to 65 routes across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia from its hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt. The airline aims to expand the size of its existing fleet with the upcoming delivery of its 44 aircraft on order.

NY knocks London off top spot as world’s most creative city

biggest gainer for the day, adding 8.62 percent and closed at KD0.032. On the other side, Amwal International Investment Company was the biggest decliner, dropping by 11.11 percent and closed at KD0.080. Sectors wise During the session, Global indices skewed towards the positive territory, as five out of eight indices ended the trading session with a daily gains led by Global Banking Sector, which gained 0.46 percent supported by The National Bank of Kuwait which added 1.43 percent to its

share price and to close at KD1.420. Global Services Index followed adding 0.35 percent. Agility helped push the index up by increasing 3.51 percent to close at KD0.590. National Mobile Telecommunications Company (Wataniya) was also up by 1.05 percent and closed at KD1.920. On the decliner’ side, Global Investment Index was the top decliner shedding 0.65 percent pushed by Amwal International Investment Company which lost 11.11 to close at KD0.080. Global Special Indices ended on a mixed note, with three gainers

and one losers, Global Small Cap Index, which posted a 1.24 percent gain was the top gainer, while Global Islamic Index was the Sole loser shedding 0.65 percent. Oil news Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said that it is planning to establish an academy specializing in oil studies and training. Once created, the academy is considered the first of its kind in the Gulf region. KPC is planning to expand its petroleum training center at Ahmadi area as part of its blueprint to turn it

into an integrated academy to be active in the field of oil studies and training in the coming five years. Corporate news Kuwait Energy Company announced signing a five year contract with Schlumberger that grants Kuwait Energy access to Schlumberger’s oilfield services expertise and technologies. Kuwait Oil Company announced the signing of a contract worth of KD87.58 million with Saudi’s Alkhorayef Group - Saudi for the establishment of the assembly center (16) west of the country.

CANNES: The 2010 Cannes Report, providing the official rankings of agencies by category, regions, countries and even cities based on their performance at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival has just been published. As well as the most awarded Advertisers, new to this year’s Cannes Report are rankings of creative directors, art directors, copywriters and directors based on the Lions won in 2010. The second Cannes Report reveals that on a global basis, Wieden + Kennedy Portland is the most awarded agency in North America; Jung von Matt Hamburg is the highest ranked agency in EMEA; Leo Burnett Sydney is number one in Asia Pacific and AlmapBBDO takes first place

CANNES REPORT 2010 in Latin America. USA and the United Kingdom remain in first and second place respectively as the most awarded countries, however Brazil and Germany move into joint third place this year. New York knocks London off the leaderboard to become the world’s most creative city whilst it’s European Independent agencies that continue to dominate with Jung von Matt coming out top. For the first time the Cannes Lions Report also identifies individual creative success with Brazilian Luiz Sanches, creative director at Sao Paulo’s Almapbbdo as the highest-ranked creative director of 2010; Kieran Antill of

Leo Burnett Sydney comes in first place as the most awarded Art Director; Andre Kassu, also of Almapbbdo of Paulo, tops the table in the Copywriter rankings; and both V Scott Balcerek and Kris Belman of Caviar LA take joint first place in the top list of directors. The ultimate guide to the 2010 Festival, The Cannes Report not only gives official worldwide creative rankings, but seminar analysis and jury presidents’ insights too. It’s a must have addition to any agency wishing to understand their industry and see how both they and their country have performed at the worldís most prestigious advertising festival.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Malaysia takaful poised to grow, more assets required KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Islamic insurance industry will surpass its conventional counterpart in 10 years with the entry of new players but it needs more assets to expand further, an Islamic insurer said yesterday. The Islamic insurance market has expanded due to more interest in sharia-compliant investments, and the issuance of four new family takaful licenses in September would further drive growth, HSBC Amanah Takaful Malaysia said. “The takaful industry always outpaced the conventional growth,” HSBC Amanah Takaful Malaysia chief executive Zainudin Ishak said in an interview. He added that takaful’s penetration rate, defined as insurance premiums as a ratio of gross domestic product, will overtake that of the conventional market in a

Shortage of Islamic investments hampers industry decade. “The conventional industry will have its market because their channels are everywhere. Takaful’s tentacles are still small that’s why we need the four (new players),” Zainudin added. But Zainudin said a challenge in growing the business was to ensure the continued expansion of the Islamic banking and capital markets, which would ensure a sufficient supply of instruments that insurers can invest in, The Malaysian takaful industry witnessed a growth spurt after the central bank issued licences in 2006 to four consortiums, including HSBC, Malaysia’s Hong Leong Bank and Prudential Holdings. Islamic insur-

ance has a penetration rate of less than 10 percent in Malaysia. The overall insurance industry’s penetration rate is 43 percent, according to industry estimates. Takaful assets accounted for about 8 percent of the insurance industry’s assets, below sharia banking’s 20 percent share of the Malaysian banking sector, industry data showed. Malaysia has eight takaful operators, including CIMB Aviva Takaful, Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Bhd and Prudential BSN Takaful Bhd. Last month, the central bank awarded family takaful licenses to American International Assurance Berhad and Alliance Bank

Malaysia Berhad; AMMB Holdings Berhad and Friends Provident Group (UK); ING Management Holdings (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Public Bank Berhad and Public Islamic Bank Berhad; and Great Eastern Life Assurance Company Limited and Koperasi Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Berhad. “If we grow takaful and I have funds to invest but sukuk are not available, then I can’t invest,” he said. “If you really want to have a quantum leap growth, then a broad strategy for these three industries (is needed).” Takaful companies can only invest in assets that comply with Islamic law, ruling out investments involving

excessive speculation, gambling, pork and alcohol. An illiquid sukuk market and a shortage of Islamic assets, especially long-term paper, have generated an overreliance on regional equity and real estate markets, rendering the $14 billion takaful industry vulnerable to sudden shocks in those markets. Islamic bond issues are regularly oversubscribed, as there is more demand than supply of sharia-compliant assets, and long term investors such as pension funds tend to hold them until maturity. HSBC Insurance (Asia Pacific) Holdings Limited owns 49 percent of HSBC Amanah Takaful Malaysia. Jerneh Asia Berhad holds 31 percent and Malaysia’s Employees Provident Fund has the remaining 20 percent. — Reuters

Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton axe contentious iron ore merger Deal abandoned after running into regulatory objections SYDNEY: Mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton yesterday abandoned a controversial merger of their Australian iron ore operations after anti-competition complaints from regulators and top customers including China. The Anglo-Australian companies, both among the w orld’s top three miners, said they w ere disappointed at the collapse of the 116 billion US dollar deal, w hich w as set to save 10 billion US dollars in shared costs. “The large synergies from combining our West Australian iron ore assets w ith Rio Tinto’s have caused us to persevere in seeking to obtain regulatory approvals,” said BHP chief executive Marius Kloppers.

HONG KONG: A picture shows the logo of AIA, the Asian unit of US insurer AIG, atop a skyscraper. — AFP

Fund inflows for AIA IPO to close early on strong demand CIC aims for $100-$200m stake in AIA HONG KONG: American International Group Inc is set to close the institutional book for the $15 billion AIA Group IPO two days ahead of plan, amid signs the IPO has been swamped by orders from traditional funds and high-profile Chinese investors. A surge of major IPOs have hit the Asian markets in the past month, with issuers from India to Malaysia launching record IPOs, riding a boom in equity markets driven by foreign fund inflows seeking to tap the region’s resilient economic growth. In the first three quarters of this year, Asian IPOs raised more than $90 billion, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters, more than double the combined total from the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Heavy demand for the AIA IPO is prompting underwriters to close the offer 48 hours ahead of the planned close, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The books will now close today, US time, as the underwriters and executives wrap up meetings with institutional investors in Chicago, Boston and New York. China Investment Corp, the $300 billion China state sovereign wealth fund, and Chinese corporates such as China Life Insurance Co, are among the investors queuing for the offer, they added. One source said that CIC was interested in buying up to $200 million worth of shares in AIA. CIC could not be reached for a comment. AIA declined to comment. “AIA’s IPO is getting strong demand from institutional investors thanks to a strong

market momentum and liquidity,” said William Lo, an analyst with Ample Finance. AIA is very likely to join the benchmark Hong Kong index, which will force the big funds to buy the stock, Lo added. Very strong response AIA CEO Mark Tucker said on Sunday that the IPO has generated an “incredibly enthusiastic response,” without elaborating the size of the demand. AIG is likely to price the offer at HK$19.14 per share, a Reuters poll showed last week, above the midpoint range of the marketing range. AIA is on course to be the world’s thirdbiggest IPO, if priced at the top end and if AIG exercises the over-allotment and the upsize options. News of the institutional demand came on the opening day of AIA’s retail offering, where the public is able to register for shares before the stock debuts. There did not appear to be long lines outside local bank branches in anticipation of the offering. A rush to branches can provide an early indication of strong retail demand, as has been the case with past Hong Kong mega-IPOs. Online media in Hong Kong yesterday reported that banks are offering record low interest rates for margin loans to invest in the AIA IPO. Among other Chinese institutions lining up for the AIA offer are Ping An Insurance and Taikang, another Chinese life company, one source said yesterday. The sources declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media. — Reuters

“However, it has become clear that this transaction is unlikely to obtain the necessary approvals to allow the deal to close and as a result both parties have reluctantly agreed to terminate the agreement.” Rio Tinto said the European Commission, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Germany had all refused to approve the deal, which was also fiercely opposed by industrializing China, the world’s leading iron ore consumer. “Some regulators have indicated they would require substantial remedies that would be unacceptable to both parties, including divestments, whereas others have indicated they would be likely to prohibit the transaction outright,” a Rio statement said. The attempted merger follows BHP’s 147 billion-US-dollar hostile bid for Rio which failed in November 2008 as the financial crisis took hold. Both companies said a 275.5 million US dollar break fee would not be payable as the decision to scrap the iron ore deal was taken mutually. The joint venture in Australia’s Pilbara region, a major source of iron ore for Asia’s steel mills, was announced during the crisis in June 2009, as Rio struggled with debts after taking over Canada’s aluminum group Alcan. The merger was unveiled along with a 15 billion US dollar rights issue as Rio snubbed a 19.5 billion cash injection from its main shareholder, Chinalco. BHP was slated to pay Rio 5.8 billion US dollars to make the companies equal shareholders in the deal, which was set to combine BHP’s more productive mines with Rio’s better infrastructure including railways and ports. “You get a good front end from Rio and a good back end

from BHP, and together you’ve got a supermodel,” said Glyn Lawcock, an analyst at UBS in Sydney. However, rocketing iron ore prices and China’s success in shrugging off the global crisis have helped Rio and BHP to bumper profits, making the tie-up less attractive, according to experts. Rio Tinto edged to an iron ore production record in the third quarter, while BHP’s annual profits have more than doubled on the back of hot demand for commodities. “The full value of the synergies on offer from a 50:50 joint venture was a prize well worth pursuing,” said Rio Tinto chief executive Tom Albanese. “Both companies have worked hard together over the last 16 months in a positive spirit to demonstrate its pro-competitive effects and I am disappointed that ultimately the regulators did not agree with us.” The deal’s demise had been widely expected after Rio and BHP both acknowledged problems with regulators. Last month, they asked Australia’s competition commission to delay ruling on the deal, which had a deadline of the end of this year, to give them more time to talk to other regulators. In March, China jailed three Rio Tinto staff for bribery and stealing trade secrets during fraught iron ore talks, thrusting the high-stakes industry into the spotlight. BHP is currently pursuing a hostile 40 billion US dollar bid for Canada’s fertilizer giant Potash, which has also sparked concerns from China, a major fertilizer importer. Investor reaction to the iron ore announcement was muted. Rio’s shares closed 0.26 percent lower at 82.98 Australian dollars and BHP was down 1.13 percent at 41.18 dollars in a broadly lower market. — AFP

MELBOURNE: This combination of file pictures shows an employee (above) of Australian mining giant Rio Tinto walking past a sign at the Shanghai offices of the firm and (top) the BHP Billiton logo at the company’s Melbourne headquarters. — AFP

Philips makes Q3 profit of $730m JAKARTA: A supervisor watches over an apartment construction site yesterday. Indonesia’s economy is expected to expand over 6 percent this year, up from 4.5 percent in 2009 and 6 percent in 2008, Indonesian president said last month. — AP

Boeing confident 787 program on track SINGAPORE: Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner program is on track for first delivery in early 2011, a senior company executive said yesterday. Boeing said in August the first delivery of its 787 Dreamliner will be delayed by several weeks to the middle of the first quarter of 2011 from the fourth quarter of this year due to a delay in the availability of a Rolls-Royce Plc engine. “That is on track as far as I understand... There’s no 100 percent guarantee but that’s the best plan we have and we have confidence in it,” Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told Reuters when asked if the program was on track. Tinseth’s comments came after industry speculation that the carbon-composite plane might have to be delayed again. All eyes are on the schedule of the carbon-composite plane as Boeing reports its quarterly results this week. Boeing has been struggling with a range of supply, manufacturing and design problems for the program, made worse by a two-month strike at Boeing’s Seattle-

area plants last year. Japan’s All Nippon Airways would be the first customer for 787 Dreamliner aircraft. In an interview, Tinseth said the company will not make any decision on the next generation of its 777 model until the end of next year. “We recognize that, like the 737, we are going to have to make some changes at some point with the 777. My guess is towards the end of next year we probably have one or two strong options that we gone through and thoroughly discuss with our customers.” “So I don’t think we will make any decision about where are we going to with the 777 until probably sometime towards the end of next year,” he said. Dubai carrier Emirates said it was working with Boeing on the next generation of the 777 series and “is very interested in a placement” the CEO of the airline told Reuters last week. Boeing is also working on decision on whether to re-engine or redesign its hot-selling narrow-body 737 aircraft and could come up with a conclusion in 2011. — Reuters

AMSTERDAM: Royal Philips Electronics NV, the Dutch maker of shavers, TVs and light bulbs, said yesterday net profit tripled in the third quarter due to growth at its lighting and health care arms and a onetime gain on the sale of a stake in its semiconductor unit. It warned, however, that the outlook for sales through the end of the year is uncertain. Net profit was €524 million ($730 million), up from €176 million in the third quarter a year earlier, and included a €154 million gain on the share of Philips’ stake in semiconductor maker NXP NV. Sales rose 9.6 percent to €6.16 billion, helped by a relatively weak euro. They would have been up just one percent on comparable terms, the company said. Margins were helped by lower restructuring charges, down to €40 million from €125 million, as the company has cut 2,300 jobs since this time last year. Analyst Victor Bareno of SNS Securities called it a “mixed quarter,” in which profits were better than expected but sales worse. “Despite the weaker top line in Q3 we still see drivers for solid growth in the core health care and lighting units in 2011, and potential for further margin improvement,” he said, repeating a “Buy” recommendation on shares. Shares dropped 3.3 percent in early Amsterdam trading to €23.085. Chief Executive Officer Gerard Kleisterlee described the global economy as “still fragile” and the company warned it has little visibility on sales prospects in the fourth quarter. Sales in emerging markets

rose 19 percent — or 7 percent in euro terms. “This means that we now generate more than one-third of our sales in these markets,” Kleisterlee said in a statement. But the company added a somber note on its sales outlook. “Given the uncertain economic climate and fragile consumer confidence in some of our markets, we take a cautious view on revenue development in the fourth quarter,” Philips said in a statement. “We expect it to be a seasonally strong quarter as our growth businesses and growth geographies continue to deliver,” but that could be undercut by stores keeping inventory tight and by a soft construction market. Philips’ lighting division is benefiting as consumers switch to energy-saving bulbs and it was the company’s strongest performer in the quarter with sales up 16 percent and operating earnings quadrupling from €40 million to €169 million. At the company’s consumer products division, which makes shavers and televisions, sales rose 1 percent despite a dip in television sales after the World Cup. Operating profit rose from €126 million to €137 million. Philips’ health care arm grew sales 14 percent and operating profits nearly doubled from €110 million to €212 million, as margins improved and sales grew in most areas outside the United States. However, the company said that North American orders were up 11 percent in the quarter, signaling future improvement as uncertainty over US health reform eases and purchasers resume buying. — AP

India’s ‘King Coal’ IPO opens MUMBAI: India launched its largestever share sale yesterday, with the government looking to raise 3.5 billion dollars by offering 10 percent of state-owned giant Coal India-the world’s biggest coal miner. The offering invites foreign and retail investors into the global resource behemoth, which produces 80 percent of India’s coal through 471 mines in eight states. In the first two hours, bids were received for more than five million of the total 631.6 million shares on offer, official data at the Bombay Stock Exchange showed. The price was set at between 225 and 245 rupees (5.0 to 5.5 dollars) a share. India’s stock markets opened weak yesterday, with the benchmark 30-share Sensitive index down 1.1 percent at 19,938.12, as investors took profits from share prices which have run-up 13 percent since September. Coal India holds the largest extractable coal reserves in the world with over 22 billion tonnes, ahead of rivals China Shenhua Energy and the world’s largest private miner, Peabody Energy in the United States. Demand for most large share sales is usually strongest on the last two days of subscription, with the issue closing Thursday. “This is a firm with strong visibility, an existing track record, cash reserves and a monopoly in a strategic asset,” said Sonam Udasi, head of research with IDBI Capital. Analysts also expected strong foreign interest in what is seen as a “global resource”. Coal India is set to list on November 4. Coal currently

accounts for more than half of India’s energy use and consumption is set to increase as economic development accelerates in energy-intensive sectors such as steel and cement manufacturing. Prasad Baji, analyst with Edelweiss Securities, said there was significant scope for Coal India to raise prices for the raw material, which sells domestically at rates far below the global price. The state-run giant 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 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. Indian companies have raised over 11 billion dollars so far this year through domestic issues, fast closing in on the 2007 record of 529 billion rupees, Indian brokerage firm Motilal Oswal said recently. Coal India’s divestment is part of New Delhi’s plan to raise a record 8.5 billion dollars by March next year from state sector sales, 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. — AFP



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Critical Russian Newsweek shuts down over bankruptcy BERLIN: The Russian-language edition of Newsweek, which was often openly critical of the Kremlin, hit the stands for the last time yesterday for economic reasons, the magazine’s German publisher said. “We are proud that Russian Newsweek has been prominent, awardwinning and met the highest standards of journalistic work for six years,” Axel Springer Verlag said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we failed to put the magazine on a firm commercial footing that would give it a future,” it said. Axel Springer Verlag, active in 35 countries with

over 170 newspaper and magazines titles, including Germany’s biggest daily, Bild, has been under license since 2004 from Newsweek Inc to publish the Russian version. The magazine won respect for its high-ranking sources and ability to probe social and political stories with a frankness few other Russian publications dared to match in an industry dominated by pro-government media. The editor, Mikhail Fishman, confirmed that the magazine closed for financial reasons in an interview

yesterday. “The reasons are purely economic. The magazine did not generate profit,” Fishman told the Echo of Moscow radio station. The magazine boldly ignored unspoken taboos in Russia. In a provocative ad campaign last year, a hand holding puppet strings appeared next to the slogan “Trust in the courts is growing in Russia.” Another showed hands forming the shape of a jail window. “Our business is going over to a one-stop system,” it said. “Everyone knows, we understand,” the ad concluded in a campaign that several billboard compa-

nies and the Moscow metro refused to run. The magazine reported on rehearsals for “live” phone-ins to Putin and leaked confidential government documents. It boasted that it had “no censorship” or “banned topics or untouchable figures.” The magazine’s previous editor, Leonid Parfyonov, was one of Russia’s most famous journalists, famously sacked from NTV television channel after he refused to accept censorship of his current affairs show. In March current editor Fishman was targeted in a

video, published on the website of a pro-Kremlin youth organisation, which apparently showed him snorting cocaine with a scantily clad young woman. In a smear campaign, a second video apparently showed him handing a bribe to a traffic policeman. The disappearance of Russian Newsweek further reduces an already thin field of opposition print media, with the weekly New Times, daily economic newspaper Vedomosti and tri-weekly Novaya Gazeta among the most prominent remaining. — AFP

Europe gets ‘cold feet’ over budget regulations Economy in need of more ‘stringent framework’ LUXEMBOURG: European Union determination to penalize countries w ith high budget deficits seemed to be increasingly diluted yesterday, w ith talk of “cold feet” over pow ers for Brussels to impose fines. Dutch finance minister J an Kees de J ager said that EU statesled by Italy, w ith one of the w orld’s highest public debt ratios, and France, w hich presents new budget plans to parliament yesterday-

w ere turning aw ay from imposing automatic fines on EU rule-breakers. Polish minister J acek Rostow ski, echoing concerns in a raft of former communist EU states, also w arned that the “only circumstances” under w hich fixed penalties w ould be acceptable w ould be for pension reform costs linked to bloc accession to be stripped out of EU calculations.

LUXEMBOURG: European Central Bank President Jean Claude Trichet gestures during a round table meeting of eurogroup finance ministers at the Kiem Center yesterday. — AP

Insurer Hardy rebuffs bid offer by Beazley LONDON: Lloyd’s of London insurer Beazley said it still hoped to clinch a takeover of Hardy Underwriting after its smaller peer rejected an initial 300 pence per share approach this month. Dublin-based Beazley said its proposed cash offer on Oct 6 valued Hardy at about 155 million pounds ($247.9 million). The approach, which represented a 36 percent premium to Hardy’s closing share price on Oct 5, was rejected by the Bermuda-based insurer in a letter dated Oct 8. Hardy said the offer substantially undervalued the company and its board had rejected it unanimously as an opportunistic attempt to buy the group. Hardy’s thinly traded shares were up 16.8 percent at 285 pence by 1047 GMT, trading around levels last seen in midMarch. Shares in Beazley rose 4.7 percent to 119.9 pence, making the company the second-biggest riser in the FTSE 250 share index. Analysts said the rise reflected prospects that Beazley would earn a positive return on its cash reserves-generating almost no returns now because of low interest rates-if the deal goes ahead. Catastrophe blip Consolidation among Lloyd’s insurers, which offer cover against large-scale risks such as natural disasters, has long been mooted as cyclically low insurance prices weigh on their shares, although deals can be difficult to secure. Brit Insurance agreed to a 850 million pound offer from buyout firm Cinven Capital Partners and Apollo Management last month. Beazley, which in July said its first-half profit nearly quadrupled, said yesterday it would continue talks with Hardy’s board and shareholders with the aim of agreeing a recommended deal. “Beazley believes that the two groups are highly compatible. Both have well-regarded underwriting teams, renowned track records of profitability and a shared objective to develop a diverse specialty insurance franchise,” the insurer said in a statement. But some analysts questioned the rationale behind the bid. “Beazley has made a cheeky approach to acquire Hardy ... that contains little detail on why the acquisition would make sense and what it would add to shareholders,” said Mark Williamson at KBC Peel Hunt. “I don’t believe that this is a situation of two plus two makes five; I think it may well be three. The implication has to be that the only logic is that it sees the opportunity to pick a quality asset up on the cheap and on this basis it makes no sense for shareholders to accept such an offer,” he added. Hardy suffered more heavily than its peers this year from a string of catastrophes such as the Chilean earthquake and Australian hail storms, which cut heavily into its first-half profit. Williamson said Hardy’s underwriting performance record is strong and the insurer is likely to regain its premium rating after the blip this year. — Reuters

“A lot of states are getting cold feet now,” de Jager said as finance ministers locked horns in Luxembourg for the last meeting of EU president Herman Van Rompuy’s “task force” on economic governance before recommendations are presented to national leaders next week. EU economic affairs commissioner Olli Rehn said that they faced a “litmus test” which would show “whether states are genuinely for reinforced economic governance or not.” “Now is the moment of truth,” he stressed. Europe issued a flood of rhetoric in the spring about tightening budgetary discipline, in a bid to calm markets showing signs of panic over the spread of the Greek debt crisis. But as the economy stabilized a newer threat emerged with the fall of some currencies such as the dollar and sterling, and talk of a currency “war”, largely over the exchange rate of the yuan. With this new concern, the desire to strengthen EU powers diminished. Poland, having offered to chip in to a safety net for troubled eurozone governments, carries influence as the task force wrestles with how and when to apply rule changes for the 16 euro states and the remaining 11. “Poland made it clear that the only circumstances under which we can accept semiautomatic sanctions would be on the establishment of a level playing field,” Rostowski said. “I think everybody knows what we mean by that,” he said, referring to Warsaw’s use of a different method of calculating public debt, which produces lower figures. Poland is also in direct opposition to Germany on extending the three-year life of the safety net, agreed in May as markets punished a string of states with higher borrowing

costs. Rostowski said a “permanent crisis resolution mechanism... would be a good thing,” a decision the task force wanted to leave until after the EU summit on October 28-29. Like the Dutch, Sweden’s Anders Borg sees a dangerous watering down of the EU’s position. “We need a more stringent framework not a more flexible one,” he said. “The efforts to dilute the framework must be stopped.”European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet warned at the weekend that “more ambitious reforms are needed.” Rehn wants countries that overstep a debt threshold of 60 percent of gross domestic product to adhere to strict reduction targets, or forfeit fines.Italy also wants debt calculated differently. Although Rome’s public debt is forecast to peak at 119.2 percent of GDP next year, its proportion of private debt-huge in Ireland or noneuro Britain-is relatively small. When the euro was being created, Germany became worried that the rules in the founding Maastricht treaty were not tight enough to ensure that countries, once qualifying to use the euro, would not allow their public deficits to shoot up. Germany proposed a Stability Pact, later changed in name to the Stability and Growth Pact, whereby automatic, dissuasive and severe fines would be applied to any country breaching the rules. France mounted vigorous opposition to any such automatic procedures, and the rules and penalties were then considerably watered down. At the height of the deficit and debt crisis earlier this year, some countries, notably Germany, talked in terms of new rules which sounded at least as severe as the initial proposal. — AFP

TNK-BP set to acquire BP’s Vietnam, Venezuela assets MOSCOW: Russian oil company TNK-BP said yesterday it had agreed a deal with its part-owner BP to acquire the troubled British oil giant’s assets in Vietnam and Venezuela for 1.8 billion dollars. TNK-BP, Russia’s third-biggest oil company, is owned 50 percent by BP and 50 percent by a group of Russian billionaires including banking magnate Mikhail Fridman known collectively as Alfa AccessRenova (AAR). The divestment is in line with a plan by BP to sell up to 30 billion dollars (21.2 billion euros) of assets by the end of 2011 to help meet its financial obligations from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. “Today’s agreement is further evidence of the rapid progress BP is making towards the divestment target we set out in July,” BP’s new chief executive, Robert Dudley, said in a statement Dudley, who replaced Tony Hayward after the oil spill catastrophe, said that the acquisition would give TNK-BP a solid foundation to build its business outside Russia. TNK-BP almost imploded during a venomous shareholder conflict between the co-owners in 2008 but the dispute was patched up when shareholders agreed to appoint Maxim Barsky chief executive effective from January 1, 2011, with Fridman taking the reins in the interim. Ironically, Dudley was ousted as TNK-BP chief executive at the height of the conflict. With relations now smooth, Hayward has been nominated as non-executive director at TNK-BP

after his departure from BP. TNK-BP, which operates huge oil fields in Siberia and accounts for 16 percent of Russian production, has long been considered one of BP’s crown jewels. “The acquisitions in Venezuela and Vietnam mark a milestone in TNK-BP’s strategic expansion in the global energy market,” said Fridman, who is serving as acting chief executive of the company, in a TNK-BP statement. TNK-BP said a deposit of one billion dollars will be made by October 29 with final payment upon completion. “Subject to government approvals and the fulfillment of other agreed pre-closing conditions, the companies expect the transaction to be completed in the first half of 2011.” According to the terms of the agreements, in Venezuela TNK-BP will acquire from BP a 16.7 percent equity stake in the PetroMonagas SA extra heavy oil producer, a 40 percent stake in Petroperija SA which operates the DZO field, and a 26.7 percent stake in Boqueron SA. In Vietnam, TNK-BP will acquire from BP a percent stake in an upstream offshore gas production block containing the Lan Tay and Lan Do gas condensate fields, a 32.7 percent stake in the Nam Con Son Pipeline and Terminal, and a 33.3 percent stake in the Phu My 3 power plant.The acquisitions of the assets in Venezuela and Vietnam will bring TNK-BP net proved and probable reserves of 290 million barrels of oil equivalent, it said. — AFP

TURIN: Chief Executive Officer of alternative energy company ENEL Green Power Fulvio Conti looks on during a press conference announcing the floatation of Enel group shares yesterday. — AFP

Europe’s principal IPO starts with Enel Green MILAN: Europe’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) since 2007 kicked off yesterday with Italy’s Enel floating shares in its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power. “We began this morning a process that should lead us to a success in terms of market confidence,” Enel’s Managing Director Fulvio Conti said in a presentation at Milan’s stock exchange. The public offering is set to last until October 29 ahead of an eventual listing in Milan and Madrid on November 4. Enel announced on Friday that its renewable energy arm was valued at between 9.0 billion euros and 10.5 billion euros (12.7 billion dollars and 14.8 billion dollars), with a price range of between 1.80 euros and 2.10 euros per share. Enel is initially putting up 28.3 percent of Enel Green Power’s shares, but may increase that to 32.5 percent if the offer is oversubscribed. Eighty five percent of the shares are reserved for institutional investors, with the remaining 15 percent earmarked for private buyers. Enel Green Power, founded in 2008, develops and manages energy generation from renewable sources and has more than 600 plants in operation or under construction around the world.

It is currently number two in the sector behind Iberdrola Renovables, and Enel Greeen Power’s IPO will be the biggest since the Spanish company’s shares went public in 2007. “We are presenting a leader in the renewables sector ... with perspectives for results ... that will grow and grow over the years independent of economic cycles,” said Conti. Analysts are skeptical that the sector will continue the stellar growth it has known until the economic crisis is overcome, since government subsidies have been cut. However, Conti said that Enel Green Power had a “production mix among the most efficient in the sector” and depended on government subsidies for less than 30 percent of its revenues. Enel Green Power’s installed capacity 5.7 gigawatts is composed of 44 percent hydro, 41 percent wind and 13 percent geothermic. Currently present in 16 countries, Enel Green Power plans to invest more than five billion euros to expand its capacity to 9.2 gigawatts by 2014. The IPO, which is expected to net Enel 3.4 billion euros, is part of a larger program of asset sales aimed at reducing Enel’s debt from 50.87 billion euros in 2009 to 45 billion by the end of the year. — AFP

Nanoco ramps up production LONDON: British technology firm Nanoco expects to start volume shipping the “quantum dots” it produces for use in LED backlighting in the first half of next year, and signed its first deal in the solar power sector. Manchester-based Nanoco, which yesterday announced results from its first full year as a listed company, said it had achieved key milestone payments in all its joint development agreements and was readying itself for mass production of quantum dots, buying a new plant in Runcorn, Cheshire, and employing more staff. Quantum dots are florescent nano-sized particles of semiconductor material which emit light. They are energy-efficient but their use in products such as televisions, computer and mobile displays has been hindered by price and legislation on the use of heavy metals. “You should be able to start seeing products with our technology in the shops by the back end of next calendar year,” said Chief Executive Michael Edelman in an interview with Reuters. The company has developed a method of producing quantum dots without using heavy metals, banned from products in Europe, and that improves display colors. It is hoping to piggyback on the move towards more energy efficient LCD TVs, with TV makers using their quantum dots in LED backlighting. The world’s no.8 economy California has introduced new energy standards that require TVs to halve power consumption by 2013 after discovering that plasma TVs accounted for 10 percent of power bills, with more US states and countries expected to follow suit. “It’s a big ask, but we expect our technology to be part of that solution,” Edelman said, with the company targeting a slice of a market expected to be worth about $1 billion by 2012. Nanoco currently has two LED-related development deals with big Japanese electronics corporations, is in talks with Korean companies, and also has some contracts for use in LED general lighting, where its technology will help make its harsh bluish light warmer. “Nanoco’s largest ($10 million) joint development agreement is progressing as planned ... Nanoco needs to deliver 1kg of red dots and 1kg of green to receive the final $4 million payment under the contract. We expect the company to deliver those materials during the first half of calendar 2011,” said house broker Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The company has also sealed a deal with Tokyo Electron which will see it developing a way of producing cheaper solar cells, helping solar power reach grid parity, where it is profitable without government subsidies. Nanoco, which reported revenues of 2.94 million pounds ($4.70 million) in the year to July 31, up from 1.99 million, while its pretax loss was up to 1.37 million from 0.78 million as it ramped up spending. Edelman said he expected Nanoco to be profitable by the end of its 2012 financial year. —Reuters

PALO ALTO: In this photo, Hasbro’s Trans Formers are displayed at a toy store. Toy maker Hasbro said yesterday strength in its preschool toys helped third-quarter net income rise 3 percent and beat expectations.—AP

Germany to tackle shortage of skills BERLIN: The German government wants to tackle a growing shortage of skilled workers by tapping a pool of foreigners unable to practice their professions because their credentials are not recognized, a minister said yesterday. Education Minister Annette Schavan told the Financial Times Deutschland newspaper there are some 300,000 foreign residents in Germany with skills that they cannot use because qualifications from their homelands are not recognized. She said the government would like to pass a law this year to speed up the authentication process for foreigners. Many with medical, engineering and other degrees often work in jobs requiring lesser skills because credentials are not recognized. “The new law will give all those who acquired education

abroad the chance to have their degree evaluated in Germany,” Schavan said. “We want to access a potential that has not been tapped.” The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) says Germany lacks about 400,000 skilled workers. In a separate interview with ZDF television, Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Germany should introduce a pointsbased system of immigration that would allow skilled workers into the country to alleviate the shortage. At the weekend, Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen raised the idea of lowering barriers to entry for some foreign workers. But other conservatives, led by Christian Social Union (CSU) leader Horst Seehofer, have rejected any relaxation of immigration laws. — Reuters


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US office-seekers dip into digital toolkits as vote looms Tools largely the same as those employed by Obama two years ago WASHINGTON: Facebook page? Check. Twitter feed? Check. YouTube channel? Check. Since Barack Obama rode the Web to the White House two years ago, a digital toolkit has become an essential item in the campaign arsenal of nearly every US officeseeker. With the November 2 mid-term elections just weeks away, candidates across the country are reaching out virtually to their constituents in a bid to drum up votes. “Facebook and social media in general have been adopted by all politicians who are looking to get an edge,” said Andrew Rasiej, the co-founder of, a blog that tracks the use of technology in politics. “All the associated benefits of social media, including being able to target, raise money

and get out the vote, are being looked to as the new battleground,” Rasiej said. “Social media tools have changed from being new and exotic to being a standard part of campaigns,” agreed Colin Delany, founder and chief editor of, a site that focuses on online politics and advocacy. A starting point for a 21st century online campaign is a website. “A website’s a given,” Rasiej said. “But it’s no longer about having people visit your website, although that’s important. “It’s about being present where people already are, being present in the networks where people are already congregated. “A website is sort of like a campaign office and social media is the town hall. You’re going to be heard a lot more if you go

to the town hall than if you just put posters in your storefront.” That town hall for many candidates is Facebook and its 500 million members. “Facebook is the key,” said John Culberson, a Republican from Texas who is considered one of the most tech-savvy members of the House of Representatives. “As Facebook becomes more powerful and more adroit in the future it is going to become a pivot point,” Culberson, who has nearly 4,000 friends on Facebook, told AFP. Culberson has far more followers on Twitter-over 13,500 for his @johnculberson account-but he has soured on the microblogging service. “I quit Twitter,” he said. “Too many mindless trolls and spammers.” Rasiej said key ingredients for an online campaign

are a “robust Facebook profile that’s updated regularly,” a YouTube presence to “tell stories about the rationale for your candidacy” and an “authentic Twitter account.” “That means not having a staffer tweet for you but actually tweeting yourself,” he said. “People who use social media know the difference between a real voice and a fabricated voice.” Nancy Scola, the associate editor of techPresident, said the tools being used during the current campaign are largely the same as those successfully employed by Obama two years ago. “We’re not seeing too much innovation this mid-term cycle,” Scola said. “There’s no President Obama of the mid-terms.” But Scola and the other online political observers said candidates are using

targeted Google search advertising more than ever before. “You’re starting to see the techniques of e-commerce be applied to epolitics,” Rasiej said. “Google and Facebook advertising have become standard tools since they’re particularly useful for congressional and state races because they’re easy to target,” Delany said. “This means that a campaign doesn’t waste money advertising to people outside their districts, and it also lets them hit particular demographics with targeted messages intended to resonate.” Email also remains a “crucial political application,” said Delany. “Email typically has a much higher response rate for any given message than Facebook or Twitter, and it also reaches

more people, since most Americans have an email account but fewer are on Facebook,” he said. Rasiej said the Republican Party, which was outdueled by the Democratic Party on the Web last time around, has made huge strides online over the past two years and “surprisingly, are ahead of the Democrats in most regards.” Culberson, the Republican congressman from Texas, however, expressed frustration with the current technology. “I wish somebody would come up with a piece of social software that would allow a cloud of constituents to follow me in real-time and keep up with what I’m doing,” he said. “We’ll get there,” he added. “I’m confident somebody’s going to develop an app.” — AFP

Wal-Mart, Gap to launch online stores in China BEIJING: The world’s largest retailer Wal-Mart and US clothing giant Gap are to launch online stores in China to tap the country’s fast-growing e-commerce market, the Financial Times reported yesterday. Wal-Mart will use its own Internet platform to promote sales of the handful of the Sam’s Club stores it currently has in China, the London-based newspaper said. Sam’s Club is a warehouse chain owned by Wal-Mart. Eduardo Castro-Wright, head of Wal-Mart’s global e-commerce business, told a meeting with investors earlier this month that the retailer was “excited about the size of the opportunity” for online sales in China, it said. Gap, which has said it planned to open its first four stores in

the country in Beijing and Shanghai this year, will launch a Chinese online sales site next month, the report said. Online retail sales in China, which has the world’s largest web population of at least 420 million, soared by 117 percent last year to 39 billion dollars, it said, citing findings by iResearch, a Beijing-based research firm. Wal-Mart expects the country to overtake Japan and Britain over the next five years to become the world’s second-largest e-commerce market after the United States, the newspaper said. Online sales in the Asian nation are projected to be 230 billion dollars by then, against a forecast 490 billion dollars in the United States, it added. — AFP

Stonesoft finds new threat to company computer networks PARIS: The Finnish company Stonesoft said yesterday it had found new techniques that bypass current security systems which cyber-criminals could use to gain access company productivity applications. Stonesoft said that as a result of the advanced evasion techniques (AETs) “companies may suffer a significant data breach including the loss of confidential corporate information.” In addition these AETs “could be used by organised crime and cyber-terrorists to conduct illegal and potentially damaging activities,” the company said in a statement. These AETs are a sort of “stealth plane that isn’t detectable by radar and which leaves the door open to cyber-criminals and gives them the time and leisure to test various vulnerabilities” in corporate systems, Stonesoft’s director in France and the Benelux countries Leonard Dahan told AFP. By bypassing today’s network security systems the AET’s provide cyber-criminals with a “master key” to access vulnerable systems such as customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, said the company. Stonesoft said it

had notified CERT-FI, which is charged with globally coordinating response to vulnerabilities among network security vendors and ICSA Labs which offers third-party testing and certification of security products and network-connected devices. Dahan said that “given the enormity of what has been discovered, it is important for Stonesoft that one can work together with other R and D teams to move as quickly as possible to develop solutions. When one looks at the news over the past 10 months, such as a student who managed to penetrate NASA’s network or that one can gain control of Siemens systems in Iran by bypassing all known security systems, that is because hackers use evasion techniques that are not detectable today...” said Dahan. A self-replicating piece of malware called Stuxnet was publicly identified in June lurking on Siemens industrial systems, particularly in Iran, India, Indonesia and Pakistan. Analysts say Stuxnet may have been designed to target Iran’s nuclear facilities, especially the Russian-built first atomic power plant in the southern city of Bushehr. — AFP

Facebook apps providing information to advertisers any popular applications on Facebook are violating the social network’s rules and transmitting identifying information about users to advertising and Internet tracking companies, The Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper said it conducted an investigation and found that the issue affects tens of millions of Facebook application users, including people who set their profiles to be completely private. It said the practice breaks Facebook’s rules and renews questions about its ability to keep secure identifiable information about the activities of its members. The Journal said applications were providing access to Facebook members’ names and, in some cases, their friends’ names, to companies that build detailed databases on people in order to track them online. All of the 10 most popular applications on Facebook were transmitting unique user ID numbers to outside companies, it said. They include Zynga’s FarmVille, with 59 million users, Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille. The Journal said several applications became unavailable to Facebook users after the newspaper informed the Palo Alto, California-based social network that


they were transmitting personal information. “We have taken immediate action to disable all applications that violate our terms,” a Facebook spokesman said. Facebook told the Journal it is taking steps to “dramatically limit” the exposure of users’ personal information. “Our technical systems have always been complemented by strong policy enforcement, and we will continue to rely on both to keep people in control of their information,” a Facebook official said. The Journal said the applications it reviewed were sending Facebook ID numbers to at least 25 advertising and data firms, several of which build profiles of Internet users by tracking their online activities. Facebook specifically prohibits applications makers from transferring data about users to outside advertising and data companies, even if a user agrees. Facebook is the world’s most popular social network with around 500 million users, but it has been dogged by complaints about privacy protection. Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, told reporters at a forum in Dubai on Sunday that privacy was the company’s top concern and it would continue to give people more controls. —AFP

Skype forms tie-up with Japan’s KDDI TOKYO: Japan’s number two telecom operator KDDI said yesterday it had formed a strategic tie-up with Skype to bring Internet-based communication services to its mobile smartphone users. KDDI’s mobile service, operating under the “au” brand, will launch the new applications from November for selected handsets and offer Skype-toSkype calls. Details of the planned service, including prices, are yet to be released. Skype, which was founded in 2003, bypasses the standard telephone network by channeling voice, video and text conversations over the Internet. KDDI hopes to gradually expand the service to fixed-line telephone and other services. “Skype on au is a breakthrough in giving customers in Japan unlimited, global communications options, while

expanding their calling community to hundreds of millions of Skype users worldwide,” said KDDI senior vice president Takashi Tanaka. “We look forward to working closely with Skype to extend these benefits beyond mobile to broadband, fixed line and cable, and thereby maximize the satisfaction of our customers in every area of our business,” he said. KDDI was preparing to release three kinds of new smartphones, powered by Google’s Android software. Media speculation had been rife that KDDI was looking toward Skype as a way to strengthen its smartphone services. Japan’s number-three mobile phone firm Softbank dominates the local smartphone market with the phenomenally popular iPhone series from Apple. But it is facing strong competition from Japanese mobile phone giant

NTT DoCoMo, which uses high-tech Experia handsets, leaving KDDI to lag behind the two rivals. Meanwhile, Luxembourg-based Skype has been expanding its partnership with major international communications firms. It signed a deal with US telecoms giant Verizon in February and formed a partnership with Avaya Inc. to bring the Internet communications service to US business customers. Skype interim chief executive officer Adrian Dillon expressed his high hopes for the new partnership with KDDI. “KDDI’s position as a leading network provider in Japan that offers a wide range of communications services, makes it a natural partner for Skype given our vision to make Skype available everywhere and enable users to take their Skype conversations with them wherever they go,” he said. — AFP

Facebook founder eyes China, faces death threats in Pakistan HONG KONG: The founder of global social networking giant Facebook is so determined to make his company a success in China he’s even learning the language. Facebook has over 500 million users worldwide but has been restricted in China since July 2009 after the deadly ethnic unrest in the restive Xinjiang region. In a long question and answer session with an audience at Stanford University, Mark Zuckerberg explained how Facebook is only “not winning or going to win” in four countries: China, Japan, South Korea and Russia. “We kind of carved off China and said “Okay this one is extremely complex and has its own dynamics,” he told the audience at the Y Combinator start up school on Saturday. “In China I think the values are so different from what we have in the US so, before we do anything there, I’m personally spending a lot of time studying it and figuring out what I think the right thing to do is. It’s kind of a personal challenge this year, I’m taking an hour a day and I’m learning Chinese. I’m trying to understand the language, the culture, the mind set-it’s just such an important part of the world. How can you connect the whole world if you leave out a billion-six people?” China is the most populous nation on the planet, with an official tally of 1.3 billion — 420 million are active online. On the question of China’s openness, Zuckerberg said the company respects local laws and cultural differences, explaining how Nazi content is blocked in Germany because it is ille-

gal there-but not blocked outside Germany. And when a user created an “everybody draw Mohammed day” group on the website, Facebook eventually blocked it-but only in Pakistan, as images of the prophet are against the law. This did not make everybody happy. “Someone in Pakistan right now is trying to get me sentenced to death,” he said, to ripples of laughter. “No joke, well maybe kind of a joke. I don’t think it’s that funny.” The site’s users spend a total of about 500 billion minutes on the site per month, the company reported separately at the weekend. But its founder doesn’t see the site’s role as promoting the United States. “I don’t want Facebook to be an American company-obviously, we are in America-but I don’t want it to be this company that just spreads American values all across the world,” Zuckerberg added. Facebook’s origin is now a hit Hollywood movie, “The Social Network”, which critics say could be destined for glory at the Oscars. Zuckerberg says the film got random details right, such as some of his clothes, but key details were wrong. The movie claims he set up Facebook after he was dumped by a girl, but he still has the same pre-Facebook girlfriend, he said. He concluded the the film makers “can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things.” View the full interview here: p/facebooklocator —AFP



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UN calls for immediate action to save life on Earth TOKYO: The w orld must act immediately to stop the rapid loss of animal and plant species that allow humans to exist, the United Nations w arned yesterday at the start of a major summit on biodiversity. Delegates from the 193 members of the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are gathering in the central city of Nagoya to try to w ork out strategies to reverse a man-made mass extinction. “The time to act is now and the place to act is here,” CBD executive secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf said as the meeting opened, describing the 12-day event as a “defining moment” in the history of mankind. “Business as usual is no more an option w hen it comes to life on Earth... w e need a new approach, w e need to reconnect w ith nature and live in harmony w ith nature.” Delegates were told human population pressures were wiping out ecosystems such as tropical forests and coral reefs, killing off animal and plant species that form the web of life on which humanity depends. “This meeting is part of the world’s efforts to address a very simple fact. We are destroying life on Earth,” the UN Environment Program’s executive director Achim Steiner said in a speech at the opening ceremony. “We are destroying the very foundations that sustain life on this planet.” Delegates in Nagoya plan to set a new target for 2020 for curbing species loss, and will discuss boosting medium-term financial help for poor countries to help them protect their wildlife and habitats. But similar pledges to stem biodiversity loss have not been fulfilled, and Djoghlaf said governments around the world had to acknowledge that failure. “Let’s have the courage to look into the eyes of our children and admit that we have failed individually and collectively to... to substantially reduce the rate of loss of biodiversity by 2010,” Djoghlaf said. “Let us look into the eyes of our children and admit that we continue to lose biodiversity at unprecedented rates.” At the start of the decade, UN members pledged under the Millennium Development Goals to achieve “a significant reduction” in the rate of wildlife loss by 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity. Instead, habitat destruction has continued unabated, and some experts now warn that the planet faces its sixth mass extinction phase-the latest since dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago. Nearly a quarter of mammals, one third of amphibians, more than one in eight birds, and more than a fifth of plant species now face the threat of extinction, said the

TOKYO: Japanese Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto delivers a speech at the opening of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya yesterday. —AFP

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In May, a UN report warned of looming “tipping points” that could irreversibly damage ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest, through logging and land clearance, and coral reefs through global warming and overfishing. The Earth’s 6.8 billion humans are effectively living 50 percent beyond the planet’s biocapacity in 2007, according to a new assessment by WWF that said by 2030 humans will effectively need the capacity of two Earths. Meanwhile, disputes between rich and poor nations that have plagued efforts to curb greenhouse gases threaten to similarly hamper biodiversity negotiations. The European Union is calling for a target of halting biodiversity loss by 2020, while many developing nations only support a weaker goal of “taking action” on the issue. There are also tensions over efforts to forge an accord on the “equitable sharing” of the benefits from natural resources-for example a medicine derived from a jungle plant-under a so-called Access and Benefits Sharing Protocol (ABS). Under a proposal backed by developing nations, companies would pay a “gene fee” if scientists find plants or animals that have been used by indigenous groups and have commercial use such as in the pharmaceutical industry. Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira warned this month that “for us, it is not acceptable to go to Nagoya and not have an agreement for (the) ABS Protocol... We need a deal.” Some developing countries have warned that a plan to set up an international scientific panel to assess biodiversity issues and advise policy makers could be blocked if there is no deal on the ABS protocol. — AFP

Gene find gives reason to cheer in fight against depression PARIS: Scientists in the United States said on Sunday they had found a gene that appears to play a key role in the onset of depression, a finding that could unlock new avenues for drug engineers. A gene called MKP-1 was identified by Yale University investigators af ter comparing the genetic codes of 21 deceased people who had been diagnosed with depression with those of 18 otherwise healthy individuals. MKP-1 plays the role of an off switch over a cascade of brain chemicals called MAPK that are crucial to the survival and function of neurons, according to the paper, which appears in the journal Nature Medicine.

“This could be a primary cause [of], or at least a major contributing factor to, the signalling abnormalities that lead to depression,” said the study’s lead author, Ronald Duman, a professor of psychiatry and pharmacology. The scientists created “knockout” mice whose MKP-1 had been deactivated to explore the hunch that altering MAPK levels played a role in depression. Mice without MKP-1 were happily resilient to stress. But stressed mice with the gene developed depression-like symptoms which were then eased by using anti-depression dr ugs, they found. Depression, like many other mood disorders, is

believed to have multiple causes, including genetic, for its symptoms vary widely among individuals. As many as 40 percent of depressed patients do not respond to drugs, which are mainly based on boosting uptake of a brain chemical called serotinin. Almost one in six Americans are afflicted by depression in any given year, and the disorder costs the US economy 100 billion dollars annually, according to figures quoted in the study. The finding “identifies MKP-1 as a potential target for a novel class of therapeutic agents, particularly for treatment-resistant depression,” Yale said in a press release. — AFP

SUMATRA: A combo of three photographs taken on October 16, 2010 during an aerial survey mission by Greenpeace over Sumatra island shows rainforest of the Sungai Sembilang National Park (T), a different area of Sumatra thinned by loggers activity (C) and a third area of completely logged peatland forest in South Sumatra province. According to the global environmental campaign group, massive concessions of paper and pulpwood companies are operating in the Island’s last remaining peatland forest and the habitat of the endangered Sumatran tiger. The destruction of rainforests and peatlands is the major reason Indonesia is considered the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, blamed for global warming. —AFP

Japanese, French firms ink stem-cell

Scientists move closer to early menopause test

accord: Reports TOKYO: A Japanese firm has agreed to give Cellectis SA of France access to its patents on how to create stem cells for medical treatment, news reports said yesterday. iPS Academia Japan, which manages patents about use of so-called induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, signed the accord with the French biotechnology firm, Kyodo News reported without revealing the patent fee. Under the accord Cellectis will test its drugs’ performance and develop new therapeutic drugs using the iPS cells, which have the potential to grow into any type of body tissue, Kyodo said. The iPS cells were developed by a Kyoto University team led by Professor Shinya Yamanaka. The university was granted the patents in September 2008 and then for med iPS Academia Japan to manage them. The French fir m is the third overseas company to conclude such an agreement, following Cellular Dynamics International Inc. of the United States and Axiogenesis AG of Germany, Kyodo said. —AFP

JAPAN: In a file picture taken on September 29, 2010 Japanese people smoke cigarettes at a smoking area in Tokyo. A last-minute rush ahead of a record tobacco tax hike boosted cigarette sales in Japan by 88 percent from a year earlier to 37.4 billion sticks in September, an industry association said on October 13. —AFP

LONDON: New research into the genetics of early menopause may lead to a simple test that could allow women to make decisions sooner about having children, according to a British study published yesterday. One in 20 women starts the menopause before the age of 46 — which can affect chances of conceiving as early as a decade beforehand. The study, by scientists from the University of Exeter and the Institute of Cancer Research, found that four genes working in combination appear to significantly raise the risk of early menopause. The findings could eventually help identify women at greater risk, allowing them to make earlier decisions about starting a family. Menopause usually occurs when the number of remaining eggs in the ovary falls below around 1,000. But the factors which determine how quickly the egg reserve depletes are less well understood. The research, published in Human Molecular Genetics, looked at 2,000 women who had experienced early menopause and a similar number who had entered the menopause at

the normal age. It found that the presence of each of the four genes appeared to have some influence on the timing of the menopause. When more than one of the genes was found in the woman’s DNA, the effect was even more pronounced. “It is estimated that a woman’s ability to conceive decreases on average ten years before she starts the menopause,” said Dr Anna Murray, who led the research. “Therefore, those who are destined to have an early menopause and delay childbearing until their 30s are more likely to have problems conceiving. “These findings are the first stage in developing an easy and relatively inexpensive genetic test which could help the one in 20 women who may be affected.” Susan Seenan of Britain’s Infertility Network, which supports women who are infertile as early as their twenties as a result of early menopause, welcomed the findings. “It’s early days yet, but we would welcome any research that may help women to plan ahead and make earlier decisions about having children,” she said. — AFP

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Return of the ashtrays in Greece in smoking ban revolt ATHENS: Barely two months after a new smoking ban took effect in Greece, Europe’s most nicotineaddicted nation, restaurant owners yesterday began a revolt against the measure which they say will bankrupt them. Under a campaign titled “Ashtrays Back Out”, the operators said they will flout the regulations which prohibits lighting up in enclosed public spaces. “This country has gone crazy,” the chairman of the association of restaurants and entertainment establishments Yiannis Tsakos told Flash Radio. “If tobacco is so harmful, why then is it legally cultivated and sold?” Tsakos said the move to ignore the ban and place ashtrays at indoor tables has been endorsed by the country’s 152 related operator associations. He argued that business was already down by 30-50 percent because of the recession gripping Greece, and the smoking restriction has brought a further slump of up to 80 percent in turnover. “Greeks rarely go out without smoking”, Tzeni Kontopanou, head of restaurant operators in the Athens district of Psyrri, told state television NET.

“For every person who is bothered there are a hundred who smoke,” she said. Some operators had already attempted to bypass the law in recent weeks by serving smokers in Athens’ ubiquitous covered arcades. Officials have pledged to uphold the law but business owners expect leniency as local elections will be held in three weeks. “Mayors are not going to set loose police on us just before an election,” an Athens barman told AFP. Initiated on September 1, the drive supplements a prior crackdown in July 2009 which was aggressively pursued for a few months before controls relaxed when elections were called. The legislation bans smoking in all enclosed public spaces except casinos and large music halls which have a nine-month extension to June. Those who persist in flouting the law face fines from 50 to 500 euros (70 to 700 dollars) while business operators risk tougher penalties of 500 to 10,000 euros and repeat offenders could have their licenses revoked. Over 40 percent of Greeks are smokers and go through an average of over 2,900 cigarettes every year. — AFP

Over 200 cultural heritage sites endangered NEW YORK: More than 200 of the world’s most significant cultural heritage sites could be severely damaged or lost which would cost developing nations over $100 billion in lost revenue, a new report showed. Haiti’s Palace of Sans Souci, known as the “Versailles of the Caribbean,” and Mirador, a massive preColumbian city in Guatemala, are among the 20 sites listed in the report as on the verge of irreparable loss and destruction due to mismanagement, looting, neglect, conflict and unsustainable tourism. “These are wonderful, priceless cultural sites. If we don’t do something, we could potentially lose them forever. It would be a tragic loss,” said Jeff Morgan, the executive director the Global Heritage Fund, a Californiabased nonprofit group which published the “Saving Our Vanishing Heritage” report. He believes the destruction of cultural sites does not receive enough attention from organizations such as UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization. “UNESCO only talks about a few of these sites,” he explained, adding that only 76 of the sites in the report are designated UNESCO World Heritage. “Italy has 45 sites. Peru, a country with a long history and many important sites, has only nine. Guatemala has only three,” Morgan said. “Governments must have a pretty good capacity to be able to take care of these places, and many just don’t have the

resources.” The report, which rates the 200 sites as at risk, under threat and on the verge, which is the most serious, said developing countries are missing out on billions of dollars in tourism revenue and jobs by neglecting cultural heritage sites. “It wouldn’t just mean tourism, it would diversify the entire economy and bring more foreign investment. Many global heritage sites are small, one kilometer by one kilometer, so we actually can have success within a couple years,” Morgan said. Other most endangered sites are in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Pakistan and the Philippines. Morgan said GHF is planning to launch an early warning system using satellite imagery and analysis to detect potential dangers at the sites. “The system will allow us to see every instance of major looting, encroachment and loss in real time,” Morgan said. He attributes the problem to the lack of attention given to cultural heritage sites, poor organization and public relations failure. It is comparable, he added, to the problem faced by former Vice President Al Gore when he began his campaign to publicize the dangers of global warming. “The story is not told well. We’re where Al Gore was five years ago. There are thousands of scientists and experts. The skills are there, but there is nobody organizing them to be effective.” — Reuters

LOUSIANA: In this file picture, an oil-covered crab crawls on a glove worn by Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P J Hahn in Bay Jimmy near the Louisiana coast. Six months after the rig explosion that led to the largest offshore oil spill in US history, damage to the Gulf of Mexico can be measured more in increments than extinctions, say scientists. The scientists saw a hit for the region’s wetlands, an already weakened massive natural incubator for shrimp, crabs, oysters and fish. — AP

Eight virus types cause almost all cervical cancer LONDON: Scientists have identified the eight human papillomavirus (HPV) types responsible for more than 90 percent of cervical cancer cases worldwide and say they should be the targets for the next generation of vaccines. Drugmakers GlaxoSmithKline and Merck & Co. already make vaccines against HPV strains that cause many cases of cervical cancer, which is the second most common cancer in women worldwide and is expected to kill 328,000 this year. In a large study looking at 60 years of data from 10,575 cases of invasive cervical cancer across 38 countries, an international team of scientists led by Silvia de Sanjose of the Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona examined which types of HPV contributed most to the global incidence of the disease. Their results, published in the Lancet medical journal yesterday, showed that eight HPV typestypes 16, 18, 45, 33, 31, 52, 58, and 35 in descending

order of frequency - were responsible for more than 90 percent of cases. GSK’s vaccine Cervarix and Merck’s Gardasil protect against HPV types 16 and 18, and, through cross-protection, partially also against HPV types 31 and 45. Many wealthy countries have started HPV immunization programs with these shots for girls before they become sexually active, but the vaccines are generally too expensive and inaccessible for most people living in poorer nations. De Sanjose said the study’s findings reinforced “the rationale for prevention of cervical cancer through use of existing vaccines” and would aid the development of second-generation vaccines against multiple HPV types. Around 80 percent of the world’s cervical cancer cases now occur in developing countries and the disease is caused by high-risk and sexually transmitted types of HPV. Of the more than 118 different HPV types that have

been identified, about 40 infect the genital tract and 12 are known to be cancer-causing, the scientists explained. In their study, which involved cancer cases from Europe, North America, central South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, the researchers also identified several rare HPV types-types 26, 30, 61, 67, 69, 82, and 91 — which can also cause cervical cancer but account for only one percent of cases worldwide. In a commentary about the study in the Lancet, Cosette Wheeler of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in the United States described the research as “a Herculean effort that might be the benchmark for all time.” The results “clearly support future directions for cervical screening and type-specific triage, establish the potential worldwide impact of current HPV vaccines, and set priorities for next-generation vaccines,” she wrote. —Reuters



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

any happy returns of the day to Aden Naeem who celebrates her M 8th birthday today. May the blessings of Allah Almighty be upon you. Best wishes for a bright future come from your father, mother and your near and dear ones.

Carmel school holds recycling art exhibition


n October 13, Carmel School Kuwait opened its doors to parents and guests to witness a spectacular exhibition, the culmination of hard work during the summer vacation. The kids behind these unique models and pieces of creativity ranged from the tiny tots in the LKG to Grade IV. Every little item, otherwise termed ‘rubbish’ was transformed by their creative hands into a

wealth chest. Out of Pandora’s box came tissue boxes, ice cream sticks, crab shells, egg shells name it and it was there, magically turned into flowers, photo frames, wall hangings, lampshades, chimes, jewelry boxes, etc. The Hindi corner transported you back home to ‘ Incredible India’- a mirage of colors, culture, dress and monuments unique as always in its oneness. A Carmel Craft Village

was created by recycling, waste material. Walking through this miniature, craft village was visually stimulating . This kaleidoscope of ideas materialized only through the dedication and cooperation of the students, parents and teachers. The message our Primary exhibition gave to all was ‘A small step taken by one, can make Carmel leap towards conservation of nature’.

Sahara Kuwait Resort holds its season opening tournaments shering in the wonderful Fall weather in Kuwait, the golf committee of the Sahara Kuwait Resort held its season opening tournament Friday 15 October. Over eighty members and guests participated in the individual stableford match.Newly appointed Head Professional Clifford Anderson addressed the crowd before play sending them off for a shot gun start. All eighteen holes


EMBASSY OF BANGLADESH The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kuwait has taken up an initiative to update the database of Bangladesh nationals residing in the State of Kuwait. For inclusion in the database all the Bangladesh nationals are requested to collect the Registration Form from the Labour Wing of the Embassy. The forms can also be collected sending request to e-mail address. The filled-in forms can also be submitted by hand, by email or by fax (number 24913204). 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 civil unrest, or inform Canadians of a family emergency at home. The Embassy of Canada encourages all Canadian Citizens to reg-

ister online through the Government of Canada Travel Website at 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 The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, Al-Mutawakel St, Block 4 in Da’aiyah. Please visit our website at EMBASSY OF INDIA The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week. Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the Embassy of India: [i] 24x7 Helpline for Domestic Workers: Accessible by toll free telephone no. 25674163 from anywhere in Kuwait, it provides information and advice exclusively to Indian domestic sector workers (Visa No. 20) as regards their griev-

Founder’s Day ll Algerians are invited for dinner 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.


Filipino Badminton Committee he Filipino Badminton Committee is inviting all badminton enthusiast to join its 20th 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


ances, immigration and other matters. [ii] Help Desk: It offers guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal, and other issues (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iii) Labour Complaints Desk: It registers labor complaints and provides grievance redressal service to Indian workers (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iv) Shelters: For female and male domestic workers in distress; (v) Legal Advice Clinic: Provides free legal advice to Indian nationals (Embassy premises; Kuwaiti lawyers 3 PM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday; Indian lawyers 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday); and (vi) Attestation of Work Contracts: Private sector worker (Visa No. 18) contracts are accepted at the Embassy; 9 AM to 1 PM; Sunday to Thursday; Domestic sector worker (Visa No. 20) contracts are accepted at Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO), Hawally, Al-Othman Street, Kurd Roundabout, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. EMBASSY OF 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

saw action throughout the day.Gusting winds provided a challenge to the golfers who competed on carefully groomed grass course. Winning first place with a score of 35 after a count back was Paul Larner playing off a 5 handicap. Following with a second place win was 4 handicapper H.S. Seo with C.H. Paik with a handicap of 28 taking third place.Paul Larner also won the longest drive for both men

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-Rajoudi (25312650 ext 205) or send an email to no later than October 17. 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.

contact; Mike Finn, Director of Football Tel.99981327(English), Baker Al- Nazer, Director of Administration Tel.66918666 (Arabic) or Daniel Christensen 99128010 or email;

Football For All he Premier Goal Academy in association with Everton F.C. launches its ‘Football For All’ program 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 0911 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

IMWA Quran competitions 2010 MWA - Kuwait (Indian Muslim Welfare Association) is conducting its 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, All the participants and parents are


relatives and friends.

and women. Nearest to the pin for both men and women was J.R. Kim, a 17 handicapper. Prizes were awarded after a sumptuous buffet lunch in one of the dining rooms overlooking the eighteenth green. The General Manager Hassan Bayerli welcomed the players and acknowledged the hard work by his staff and the golf committee. General Manager Mr. Hassan Bayerli with winners.

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.


appy birthday to Akhila Prabhakaran who celebrated her 9th birthday on the H 17th of October. Best wishes from family,

appy birthday to our loving son Govind Rajesh Kartha, with love from H Achan and Amma.

Aware he AWARE Management is glad to inform you that Winter 1 Arabic language courses will begin on November 21st until December 29th, 2010. AWARE Arabic language courses are designed with the expat in mind. The environment is relaxed & courses are designed for those wanting to learn Arabic for travel, cultural understanding, and conducting business or simply to become more involved in the community. We cater to teachers, travelers & those working in the private business sector.


AWARE Arabic courses highlight: • • • • •

Introductory to Level 4 Arabic language basics Better prepare you for speaking, reading and writing Arabic Combine language learning with cultural insights Taught in multi-nationality group settings Provide opportunities to interact with Western expatriates and native Kuwaitis/Arabs.

For more information, call 25335260/80 ext 105 or 104 or e-mail: or log onto:”

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 Kala Kuwait’s painting competition ala Kuwait, will hold a drawing and painting competition on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the 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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Australian Business Group holds October meeting is Excellency Glenn Miles, Australian Ambassador to Kuwait, recently hosted the October General meeting of the Australian Business Group in Kuwait (ABG-K), which was attended by some 60 Australian and Kuwaiti businesspeople. The guest speaker was Dr Naif Al Mutawa, CEO of Teshkeel Media Group and creator of ‘The 99’, the first Islamic comic-strip superheroes. At the 2010 Global Arab Business Meeting, Dr Naif was named as one of three outstanding Arab entrepreneurs, as well as being singled out for special praise by President Obama during the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April 2010. ‘The 99’, who are both male and female and


come from throughout the Moslem world, represent personifications of Islamic virtues, including generosity, mercy and wisdom. In his introductory address, Ambassador Miles spoke about the favorable business climate in Australia, noting that Australia was the fourth-largest economy in Asia and the 13-largest in the world. The Australian Business Group in Kuwait (ABG-K) was launched in November 2009 to promote and foster the growing ties in trade, commerce and investment between Australia and Kuwait. For further information on the ABG-K contact Mr Owen Mayhew at

31 Vidhyarambham in Kuwait

Pathanamthitta Association athanamthitta Association, Kuwait held “Vidyarambham” on PSunday at Hi-Di Auditorium, Abbassiya. Prof. Kadammanitta Vasudevan Pillai did the Vidhyarambham ceremonies with the help of Association Advisory Board member Mr. Geethakrishnan.

Association Executive Committee members, Kuriakose, Abraham Daniel (General Convenor), Benny George (General Secretary), Kurian Thomas, Oommen George (President) and Mr. Raghunathan Nair of Thanima were present on the occasion.

Entertainment City launches Winter schedule he Entertainment City has recently started its winter schedule, during which visitors will be welcomed during weekdays from 4:00 pm until 12:00 am, and in the weekend from 2:00 pm until 11:00 pm, while Sundays will be off and each Monday will remain as a womenís exclusive day. This announcement was made recently by the head of the operations and activities department at the Touristic Enterprises Company, Anwar Al-Nisf, who further indicated that a new, special program for activities to be hosted by the Entertainment City, will soon be announced.


ankaar Arts, a local Hindi Theater Group, this year completes 25 years since its establishment in Kuwait in 1985. On this occasion, director Arif Kazi held a meeting with all members at the residence of Convener Naeem Ahmed, to discuss their upcoming event scheduled on 4th November 2010. The group is planning to stage a play ‘Phir bhi Mumbai Meri Jaan’ along with glimpses of past plays performed over the years. Dance and singing performances will accompany to ensure variety of entertainment.


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.

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air Service Society, Kuwait (NSS Kuwait), for the Eighth consecuN tive year arranged the “Vidhyarambham “ on Sunday at Indian Community School, Amman Branch, Salmiya. Vidhyarambham rituals are traditionally held on the auspicious Vijayadashami Day, where the toddlers are initiated to the world of letters and knowledge the “Vidhya”.

This year, in NSS Kuwait’s Vidhyarambham, the role of Guru was adorned by Dr. Narayanan Nampoory, Senior Consultant Nephrologist and Transplant Physician in Kuwait. An overwhelming response graced the occasion filled with an air of devotion and prayers and as many as 28 little children were initiated to the world of letters.

Breast cancer seminar akistan’s Women’s Forum will be holding a seminar on breast cancer to mark the awareness month on 23rd of October at 4 PM in the medical association hall, oppositie Mubarak Al Kabeer hospital in Jabriya. Dr Hasna Iftekhar, wife of the ambassador of Pakistan will be presiding over the function. All ladies are cordially invited to attend the seminar. For futher information, please contact: Jameela Jafri 66560030 or Yasmin Mirza 25640795




ational Service Society, Kuwait (NSS Kuwait) arranged their 8th ‘Vidhyarambham’ on Sunday, 17 October 2010, 4:00AM at United Indian N School, Abbasiya.

ICS ghazal singing & mushaira ndian Cultural Society which is a registered organization with the Indian Embassy has many feathers in its cap. ICS has organized health camps and medical assistance, provided educational opportunities, created a help desk for jobs, regularly sends timely tips for health to its members, organizes programs in Urdu and Hindi, and supports other association for noble cause. It also campaigns for frequent airline services to India and many more activities. After hosting memorable events such as Nazar Ke Samne with Kumar Sanu, Taal se Taal with Alka Yagnik, Shaam e Ghalib with Kader Khan, Shaam e Sangeet, Shaam e Shibani, Suroon- Ki-Shaam, Shaam- eGhazal, Geet & Ghazal Nite, Shab- e-Meraj, Jhoomte Sitare & many more. Jashn e Bahara’n will witness a new concept of Ghazal singing & Mushaira on


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.


OCT 29 nathanima tug of war: Thanima is conducting its annual Onam celebrations along with its celebrated tug of war competitions on October 29 at Central School compound, Abbasiya. Cultural procession, concert and other attractive cultural items will add glitter to the evening function in which many prominent personalities are expected to be present. Those teams wishing to participate in the tug of war competition, please contact 99865499 / 97253653 / 66071276 / 99703872.


Pathanamthitta Onam

athanamthitta Association, Kuwait held its ONAM 2010 and 10th Anniversary celebrations on Friday 15th October 2010 at Abbassiya Indian Central School Auditorium presided over by President, Mr. Oommen George. The celebrations started with Arts Competitions for School children in Kuwait under the supervision of Association’s Senior Committee member, Mr. Mohan Kaimal and the performances were witnessed by competent judges.The public function began with Prayer song by Mrs. Sarada Mohan Kaimal, and National Anthems of India and Kuwait. The function’s inauguration ceremony was performed by His Excellency Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, Mr. Ajai Malhotra by lighting the traditional Lamp. The main Speaker of the day was Prof. Kadammanitta Vasudevan Pillai, Vice Chairman of Kerala Folklore Academy and winner of Kerala Sahithya Academy Award, who enthralled the audience with his oratorial skills and literary acumen. Association General Secretary, Mr. Benny George gave the Welcome Speech.


same platform by TALAT AZIZ (Actor, Composer & Singer). The stars of the Mushaira are world renowned Urdu & Hindi poets from India like; Mansoor Usmani, Jauhar Kanpuri, Sharif Bharti, Alok Shrivastav & Shabina Adeeb. They have enriched the world of Urdu poetry for many decades & have published several well known books. 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, Tunis Street, Opp- Al Bahar Center (Canary Restra.) Hawally. For more details. Please contact: 97690035, 66568147, 94450833, 99812832, 97296577, 99788692, 94068099 & 24716004 Email Web Page:


Ramzi Sha’ban appointed as Executive Assistant Manager for Movenpick amzi Sha’ban brings along a vast amount of experience in hotel management. the Jordanian national started his career 14 years ago in a renowned hotel in Jordan, and once obtained his degree in Hotel Management moved abroad to work for international brands including Intercontinental , Coral Bay Resort and Movenpick. In 2001 Ramzi joined Movenpick Hotels & Resorts in their property at Petra in the position of Front Office Manager and moved thereafter to another property of the rapidly expanding company - the Movenpick Resort & Residence Aqaba. Having gained a wide range of experience with renowned properties, Ramzi now took the position of Executive Assistant Manager at the Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait, where he is working very closely with Gary Moran, the General Manager of the property. Ramzi will be in charge of the of the operational needs of the hotel, and his strong background in Front Office allows him, to shift his focus on the F&B , as well as Sales & Marketing. Ramzi is 38 years old and is enjoying the move to Kuwait with his family.


ongratulation to Mde. Bambi of Ibn Sina Hospital on her son’s wedding reception on Oct. 15 held at JW Marriott Hotel Al Thuraya Ballroom. In this picture she C appears with Mde. Evelyn Dacoco Fortich Ruedas.



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Orbit / Showtime Listings

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Sons of Anarchy Dollhouse Drop Dead Diva GMA Live RPT Big Love The Philanthropist The Ellen de Generes Show Drop Dead Diva Dollhouse Sons of Anarchy Good Morning America Live Big Love The Philanthropist The Ellen de Generes Show Without a Trace House Supernatural Sons of Anarchy Nip/Tuck The Ellen de Generes Show GMA Live RPT

00:30 Animal Cops Houston 01:25 Amba The Russian Tiger 02:20 Untamed And Uncut 03:10 Wildlife SOS 03:35 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 04:00 Austin Stevens Adventures 04:50 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 05:15 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 05:40 Project Puppy 06:05 Project Puppy 06:35 Planet Wild 07:00 Into The Pride 07:55 Gorilla School 08:20 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 08:50 Miami Animal Police 09:45 Vet On The Loose 10:10 Pet Rescue 10:40 Animal Cops Phoenix 11:35 Wildlife SOS 12:00 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 12:30 Cats 101 13:25 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 14:20 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 14:45 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:15 Venom Hunter With Donald Schultz 16:10 Great White Appetite 17:10 Dogs 101 18:05 Venom Hunter With Donald Schultz 19:00 Escape To Chimp Eden 19:25 Escape To Chimp Eden 19:55 Animal Cops Phoenix 20:50 Great White Appetite 21:45 Untamed And Uncut 22:40 Venom Hunter With Donald Schultz 23:35 Escape To Chimp Eden

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Doctors Big Top Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Big Top Lab Rats The Weakest Link Doctor Who Doctors Eastenders Holby City Lab Rats Lab Rats Lab Rats Doctor Who The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Holby City Doctor Who The Weakest Link Doctors

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Eastenders Holby City Mutual Friends The Jonathan Ross Show The Weakest Link Holby City Eastenders The Jonathan Ross Show

00:35 Come Dine With Me 01:25 Daily Cooks Challenge 01:55 Daily Cooks Challenge 02:25 10 Years Younger 02:50 10 Years Younger 03:20 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 04:30 Antiques Roadshow 05:20 What Not To Wear 06:10 Bargain Hunt 06:55 Hidden Potential 07:20 Cash In The Attic USA 07:40 Wine 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 Wine 13:30 Antiques Roadshow 14:20 MasterChef: The Professionals 14:50 Daily Cooks Challenge 15:20 Daily Cooks Challenge 15:50 Come Dine With Me 16:40 MasterChef: The Professionals 17:10 Big Chef Takes On Little Chef 18:00 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:50 Cash In The Attic 19:35 Come Dine With Me 20:20 MasterChef: The Professionals 20:50 MasterChef: The Professionals 21:15 What Not To Wear 22:05 Big Chef Takes On Little Chef 22:55 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 23:45 Cash In The Attic

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The Jetsons Top Cat Tom And Jerry Popeye Classics Scooby Doo Where Are You! Tom And Jerry Kids A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Yogi‘s Treasure Hunt Droopy And Dripple 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

21:40 Chop Shop: London Garage 22:35 Dirty Jobs 23:30 Miami Ink 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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The International on Show Movies

Survivre Avec Les Loups-18 Of Mice And Men-PG15 Seven Pounds-PG15 Prisoner-PG Solaris-PG15 Run Papa Run-PG15 Jump Tomorrow-PG15 Not Easily Broken-PG15 Ripley’s Game-PG15 December Boys-PG15 Trainspotting-R Deux Jours A Tuer-PG15

Extreme Engineering Mythbusters How It’s Made How Stuff Works Dirty Jobs 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 Miami Ink La Ink Police Women Of Broward County Deadly Women

00:25 How Stuff’s Made 00:50 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 01:45 Robotica 02:40 Weird Connections 03:10 Nextworld 04:00 Thunder Races 05:00 Ten Ways 06:00 Mega World 06:55 Stunt Junkies 07:20 The Gadget Show 07:50 Nextworld 08:45 How Stuff’s Made 09:15 Scrapheap Challenge 10:10 Weird Connections 10:35 Mega World 11:30 Superships 12:25 The Gadget Show 12:55 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 13:50 Engineering Thrills 14:45 Brainiac 15:40 Mean Green Machines 16:05 Mean Green Machines 16:30 Ecopolis 17:20 How It’s Made 17:45 The Gadget Show 18:10 Nasa’s Greatest Missions 19:00 Mean Green Machines 19:25 Mean Green Machines 19:50 Ecopolis 20:40 Nasa’s Greatest Missions 21:30 The Gadget Show 21:55 Mega World 22:45 Mean Green Machines 23:10 Mean Green Machines 23:35 Ecopolis

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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

25 Most Stylish Sexiest Battle of the Hollywood Hotties Streets of Hollywood THS THS Behind the Scenes Behind the Scenes E! News The Daily 10 Denise Richards: It’s Complicated Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami 40 (More) Crimes of Fashion E! News The Daily 10 Behind the Scenes Pretty Wild Keeping Up with the Kardashians Kendra THS THS Behind the Scenes Behind the Scenes Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami E! News The Daily 10 Keeping Up with the Kardashians THS Kendra Chelsea Lately Holly’s World Holly’s World E! News The Daily 10 Chelsea Lately Kendra Kourtney & Khlo√© Take Miami Pretty Wild Dr 90210 Wildest TV Show Moments Reality Hell THS

Mantracker Fantasy Factory Fantasy Factory Fim World Motorcross Tread Bmx Tread Bmx Eds Up Eds Up I-Ex I-Ex I-Ex Bmx Megatour Winter X Games Winter X Games Rebel Tv 17 Extreme Sports 2010 Fantasy Factory Fantasy Factory Mantracker Tread Bmx Tread Bmx Eds Up Eds Up Extreme Sports 2010 Fantasy Factory Fantasy Factory Bmx Megatour Winter X Games Winter X Games Rebel Tv 17 Mantracker Fantasy Factory Fantasy Factory Extreme Sports 2010 Eds Up

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Eds Up Mantracker Extreme Sports 2010 Tread Bmx Tread Bmx Eds Up Eds Up

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Barefoot Contessa Unwrapped Iron Chef America Throwdown With Bobby Flay Guy’s Big Bite Chopped Paula’s Best Dishes Good Deal With Dave Lieberman Guy’s Big Bite Barefoot Contessa Everyday Italian 30 Minute Meals Tyler’s Ultimate Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Barefoot Contessa Unwrapped Paula’s Party Guy’s Big Bite Good Deal With Dave Lieberman Paula’s Best Dishes Barefoot Contessa Everyday Italian 30 Minute Meals Throwdown With Bobby Flay Iron Chef America Barefoot Contessa Unwrapped Paula’s Best Dishes Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Throwdown With Bobby Flay Good Deal With Dave Lieberman Iron Chef America Barefoot Contessa Everyday Italian Chopped Throwdown With Bobby Flay Diners, Drive-Ins And Dives Food Network Challenge 30 Minute Meals Tyler’s Ultimate Iron Chef America

01:30 Big Ten Football TBA 04:30 NHL Colorado Avalanche at New York Rangers 07:30 Big 12 Football 11:00 Major League Soccer Philadelphia Union v New York Red Bulls 14:00 PGA Tour Highlights: Open 15:00 NHL Colorado Avalanche at New York Rangers 18:00 Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour 19:00 FIM Supermoto FIM SuperMoto of Nations France 20:00 Asian Tour Indonesia President Inv. 20:30 The Golf Channel - TBA 22:00 Golf Central International 22:30 The Golf Channel - TBA 23:30 MLB: National League Championship Series Game 3, Teams TBA time/date tentative

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Forensic Justice Forensic Detectives Ghosthunters Dr G: Medical Examiner Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Forensic Detectives Impossible Heists Disappeared FBI Files Ghost Lab Undercover Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Disappeared Forensic Detectives Impossible Heists FBI Files Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Ghost Lab Undercover True Crime Scene Solved Dr G: Medical Examiner Ghost Lab A Haunting True Crime Scene

03:00 Dennis The Menace 03:25 Beverly Hills Teen Club 03:45 Pelswick 04:10 Boo and Me 04:15 Fat Dog Mendoza 04:40 The Fairly OddParents 05:05 The Beach Crew 05:10 Cyberchase 05:35 Birdz 06:00 The Beach Crew 06:05 Heathcliff 06:30 Ned’s Newt 06:55 New Adventures of Madeline 07:20 Rupert 07:45 Babar 08:10 Max and Ruby 08:30 Corduroy 08:55 Rupert 09:20 New Adventures of Madeline 09:45 Ned’s Newt 10:10 Corduroy 10:35 Max and Ruby 11:00 Babar 11:25 Rupert 11:50 Ned’s Newt 12:15 Beverly Hills Teen Club 12:40 Sabrina The Animated Series 13:05 The Beach Crew 13:10 Boo and Me 13:15 New Adventures of Ocean Girl 13:40 Dino Squad 14:05 The Future is Wild 14:30 Rescue Heroes 14:50 Even Stevens 15:15 The Beach Crew 15:20 Boo and Me 15:35 Fat Dog Mendoza 16:00 Sonic Underground 16:20 Dino Squad 16:45 The Future is Wild 17:10 Rescue Heroes 17:30 Ace Lightning 18:00 Even Stevens 18:25 Sabrina The Animated Series 18:50 Tales from the Cryptkeeper 19:10 Rescue Heroes 19:35 Ace Lightning 20:00 New Adventures of Ocean Girl 20:25 Sabrina The Animated Series 20:50 Sonic Underground 21:15 Fat Dog Mendoza 21:40 Tales from the Cryptkeeper 22:00 Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors Marathon

The Uninvited on Super Movies

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The Perez Family Masquerade Heat Maxie The World Of Henry Orient Walk Like A Man Mystery Date The Spikes Gang Shag Johnny Be Good The 60’s Meteor Man Witness To The Mob Last Embrace

Monday night Stand Up Life & times of Tim Cougar Town Cougar Town Yes Dear Frasier The Drew Carey Show Best of Late night with Jimmy Two and half men Yes Dear Frasier The Drew Carey Show Will & Grace Better off Ted Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Best of Tonight Show with Jay Two and half men Yes Dear Frasier Community Better Off Ted The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Colbert Report Global The Drew Carey Show Late night with Jimmy Fallon Two and half men Will & Grace The Office Community Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The Colbert Report Boondocks Free Radio American Dad The Office Community Two and half men The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The Colbert Report Late night with Jimmy Fallon

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Igor-PG Danielle Steel’s Safe Harbour-

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Juice-PG15 Dragonball: Evolution-PG Bionicle: The Legend Reborn-

Beneath The Blue-PG15 Barbarossa-PG15 My Sister’s Keeper-PG15 Far North-PG Beneath The Blue-PG15 The Life Before Her Eyes-PG15 The International-18 My Sister’s Keeper-PG15 All The Boys Love Mandy LaneMultiple Sarcasms-18

The Core-PG15 Messengers-PG15 Anaconda 3: The Offspring-PG15 The Core-PG15 Kiss The Girls-18 The Cottage-18 Bad Boys II-PG15 El Orfenato-18 The Cottage-18 Bad Boys II-PG15

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Orange County-PG15 Baby’s Day Out-PG Rock Slyde-PG15 Hoot-PG Calendar Girls-PG15 Kingdom Come-PG Leatherheads-PG15 Dead Man On Campus-18 Definitely Maybe-PG15 Mumford-18 Killer Bean Forever-PG15 Dead Man On Campus-18

01:00 Robin Hood: The Invincible Knight-FAM 03:00 Aussie And Ted’s Great Adventure-PG 05:00 Last Of The Mohicans-PG 07:00 Robin Hood: The Invincible Knight-FAM 09:00 The Prince Of Dinosaurs-PG 11:00 Rugrats In Paris: The Movie-FAM 13:00 Young Fisherman-PG 15:00 Robotech - The Shadow Chronicles-FAM 17:00 Doubting Thomas: Spies And Lies-PG15 19:00 The Prince Of Dinosaurs-PG 21:00 Last Of The Mohicans-PG 23:00 Robotech - The Shadow Chronicles-FAM

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Mercy The View What’s Good For you Emmerdale Coronation Street Mercy Martha Stewart What’s Good For you Mercy The View Emmerdale Coronation Street Martha Stewart CSI: Miami Lost Special What’s Good For you The View Emmerdale Coronation Street Ugly Betty Ugly Betty Mercy The View What’s Good For you Ugly Betty Ugly Betty Martha Stewart

01:00 World Hockey 01:30 FEI Equestrain World 02:00 Currie Cup 04:00 Goals On Monday 05:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights 05:30 Futbol Mundial 06:00 ICC Cricket World 06:30 Currie Cup 08:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 09:00 Goals On Monday 10:00 Currie Cup 12:00 PGA European Tour Highlights 13:00 Goals On Monday 14:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights 14:30 Scottish Premier League 16:30 Goals On Monday 17:30 Brazil League Highlights 18:00 Futbol Mundial 18:30 Masters Football 21:30 World Sport 22:00 Brazil League Highlights 22:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 23:00 Scottish Premier League

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Goals On Monday PGA European Tour Highlights ICC Cricket World World Sport World Pool Masters World Hockey

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Calvin Aries (March 21-April 19) Rewarding days make up for all the stress that comes with those challenging days. Taking care of business is a major theme where your emotional orientation is concerned. You crave organization and common sense and you want to get things accomplished. There is a natural drive to probe and penetrate and before you know it the workday has ended. A friend in need or something you believe in that will suffer from a lack of your support are issues that come to your attention later. You may be called upon to lend a hand. Frustration comes from knowing that you can make a positive difference but you fight making the decision to help. Pay attention to that frustrated feeling and make a decision; you will be glad you did. Taurus (April 20-May 20)For you, making career moves involves attending to nagging details--whatever you or someone else may have neglected. This is a great time, when plain old luck surrounds you. It is easy for you to make correct decisions, find the right path and move forward where career successes are concerned. Life's problems seem manageable and easy to solve. Your intuitive response to difficulties is positive and there are good results. Expect a sense of support and good will from those around you. You may find yourself other-oriented just now, with many thoughts and ideas for partnership, rather than doing things alone. Friends find you open and untroubled. Circumstances may augment and stimulate appreciation and enjoyment of your life situation.

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Gemini (May 21-June 20) Your workday is successful and the afternoon is filled with friendships and involvement in group activities. There is a feeling that one should accept invitations to upcoming events because the weather might not make it easy to travel at a later time. Friends are important to you and there is much satisfaction that comes with accomplishing things in cooperation with others. There is a lot of chatter this afternoon. When you settle down at home you will find yourself in a good position to write and communicate with real originality. Inventions and breakthroughs are possible if you are working with a hobby. This could be a period of great material gain; it is certainly a time when material things have an attraction. Everything that glitters is not gold.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) Challenges in the workplace are fast moving. Time is limited and you must be able to get through one job in order to handle the next job. Laughter will come as people look back over the day. Surprisingly, successful results can be seen. This is a fun time of year and a fun time to tell stories to the young ones. The energies around you now are just perfect for telling one of your wonderful stories. Creating a regular story time each week to tell a little history or some family accomplishment to the young people in your family will help them understand their roots. Perhaps they will see into some traditions from this time of year and create a scene for viewing. What fun! Take turns with other families from other backgrounds and tell about traditions. Leo (July 23-August 22) Your ideas may not agree with the direction your career is taking. The price of success could mean that the ideas and methods of communication you use now may need adjusting soon. Today, the key to career moves involves attending to nagging details-whatever you have neglected or put aside. Attention to matters and performing efficiently is important. It can be easy this afternoon to separate out what does not serve you well. This includes ideas as well as collections of things. Your love life has never looked more promising--you may want to follow through with some leads for a new play that is in town. Keep working to gain a part in a play or movie . . . you will be pleased with the outcome. Family is the glue that binds; enjoy.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) You may not be able to keep your mind on your job today. It could be hard to make good job-related decisions. It is important to see the details in your work today and not become lost in the why just now. It will be hard for you to do wrong, for all the cycles are working in your favor. Be patient with yourself; today can be a successful day for you, particularly if you just take the day as it comes. You may feel it is time to take on a new friend. The people that live around you or the people in a hobby group you enjoy may present that opportunity to you. Let it happen naturally and you will know when that person is meant to be in your life as a friend. The secret is to pay attention. A family member may be visiting soon. Relax; this will be a good experience.

Libra (September 23-October 22) This day is one of action and embarking on new projects. You will feel more and more confident and outgoing, a sense of confidence that grows stronger with each passing day. Projects that may have been suspended will now take on structure and shape. You should plan to work hard to bring out and give shape to the ideas you have pored over these last few weeks. You are beginning to move forward now and can expect rewards for your hard work. As with the first week of this month, there is an open door to the possibilities of travel. Short trips to nearby tourist sights might be fun. Perhaps there is a pumpkin or vegetable stand on the outskirts of your city that you might visit this afternoon. Pick out that perfect pumpkin for the fall season.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 21) A loan is easy to obtain today or tomorrow. Others may not appreciate your expressed ideals and goals or may challenge them. You could find it easy to become carried away and lose hold of your sense of values. You could do something that goes against your own sense of good taste. Turn this into a positive outcome by backing up your comments with known statistics or examples. When others see the longterm effect of your ideas, they may be willing to accept changes. Things are happening and your career or path depends upon your own ambition and drive, as well as your ability to be patient and bide your time. You are able to use good common sense--you can feel trends and make the right moves. This is the best time to shop sensibly.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) If professional advice is needed, this is a good time to seek help. The no-nonsense quality of your quest to achieve is good for business ventures. You are very trusting and idealistic when it comes to taking care of business and getting down to the basics. Others value you for your ability to make practical decisions concerning group issues. You also can see the best in a situation, making it hard for others to say no to you. You may be able to cut yourself the best deal in a financial situation today. You have a natural sense of what the public wants at this time and may find yourself solving customer problems. Clear decisions affecting others could be made now. Family and security are things that rattle your chain this evening. Capricorn (December 22-January 19) The nononsense feeling this Tuesday makes for wise choices when it comes to good business ventures. You are constantly stripping away the dross to reveal the truth or essence of a subject. You are in a very businesslike mind and can be caught in deep concentration many times. It is ideas that count for you now, more than narrowly personal concerns. Be patient with others that may not be on your level of thinking. You have a lot of energy for improving your skills and are very motivated to improve. You are in a good mood this evening and may even feel you have accomplished what you set out to accomplish this day. You may be able to enjoy and feel especially kind towards a friend or loved one this evening.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) Your career may

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be tied more to your appearance and how you come across to others. You may find that success comes by concentrating on your outward manner--the way others see you. You could be giving lectures, meeting the public or attending to public relation matters. Whatever the case, you may want to purchase several new suits for your working situation. You will prosper by pursuing your ideals and most deep-seated dreams of how life could be. Ideas of group cooperation and teamwork ideas could further your career. This is a real time to buckle down and concentrate on your career. Your organizational abilities and sense of responsibility will be what proves successful. Your career will probably assume a more solid form at this time.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) This afternoon good

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fortune will shine on you--things open up in a very natural way. This is one of those days when things just seem to fall into place. You make your way through ideas, concepts and your ability to communicate and express them to others. The secret to seeing an idea or concept to fruition is to make a presentation on paper with statistics that back you. Young people or a love relationship could bring you problems to solve this evening. You will have to slow your pace--give yourself time to think and present ideas about which to think. This way they will make the right decision for themselves. Challenges are great indications that a change is needed. This evening you could put your feet up and listen to your favorite type of music.


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Gibson wants

baby to pay rent

el Gibson wants his 11month-old daughter to “pay rent.” The Hollywood actor - who is engaged in a bitter custody battle with Lucia’s mother Oksana Grigorieva- is reportedly refusing to pay his court-ordered $20,000 monthly child support until the judge rules on whether he can charge rent for the Los Angeles home he owns, where his former lover and their child currently reside. A source close to Russian singer Oksana told “It’s simple Mel wants baby Lucia to pay rent. “Mel is holding out on the child support that has been ordered by a judge because he wants to charge Lucia $6,000 each month for rent, even though she is not yet 12 months old, to live in the home where she and her mother reside. What kind of a father would do that to his daughter?” Oksana’s new attorney, Lisa Bloom, called Mel - who is worth an estimated $600 million -

Madonna reportedly dating a backing dancer


a “deadbeat dad” and vowed to ensure he pays his child support. She said: “Mel Gibson, at this point, is a deadbeat dad. He is well behind on his court ordered child support, causing a lot of problems for his children and the mother of one of his children. “He has a lot of excuses as to why he is not paying, but the bottom line is that, just like any ordinary person, who has to pay their court-ordered child support, wealthy celebrities also have to pay it too. We are going to fight until Mel Gibson pays every penny of the court ordered child support.” However, sources close to the 54-year-old actor claim it is unclear whether a new child support order signed by Judge Scott Gordon in September includes Oksana’s housing payments. The star wants clarification before he begins paying the new sum. Oksana split from the ‘Edge of Darkness’ star earlier this year amid allegations he assaulted her during their relationship.

Keys has a baby boy


he 52-year-old singer - who was most recently in a relationship with 24year-old model Jesus Luz - was spotted kissing and laughing with Brahim Zaibat, who is believed to be around 20 years younger than her, in New York last Thursday. A source at nightspot SL said: “They came in together and were holding hands in a private area. Madonna got up and was dancing for an hour straight before going back to her man. They immediately started making out in front of other guests.” They later moved on to Sullivan Room, where they happily danced together and showed their affection for one another. A source told the New York Post newspaper: “After working the dance floor, they found more private seating where they hugged and kissed for the rest of the night.” Friends of Brahim - who was initially misidentified as another dancer, Brahim Rachiki - say the pair have been dating several months but have been keen to keep the romance under wraps. One pal told website X17online: “They’ve been seeing each other for a few months but really keeping it on the down low. Madonna did not want this getting out before she had time to see if things were really going to work out between her and Brahim or not. Things have been going well so she was about to go public with the relationship anyway.” It is unknown when Madonna - who has four children, Lourdes, 13, Rocco, 10, David, five, and Mercy, four split from Jesus, but the hunk has recently been spotted flirting with a number of women in his native Brazil.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fisher tests comedy on Cohen sla Fisher tries out her new comedy characters on her husband Sacha Baron Cohen. The ‘Wedding Crashers’ actress - who has two children with her funnyman spouse - admits they can’t help but discussing their work at home, and she loves testing out new ideas on him first because he is the “funniest” man she knows. When asked if they compete against each other for laughs, she replied: “No, but I definitely can’t help myself from trying out new characters on Sacha. I think in all relationships, particularly if you’re in the same field, you end up bringing work home with you. At the same time, you never want your relationship to be just about work. “Sacha’s the funniest man I know, and that’s on and off camera.” Isla loves being a comedy actress, but admits she hasn’t found parts easily. She explained to Culture magazine: “Even though I studied comedy, I didn’t know I could do it for a living. It felt like too much fun. “After I did ‘Wedding Crashers’, I felt really optimistic about my future, but there weren’t the opportunities I’d imagined to follow such a big commercial movie.


licia Keys has spoken about her “bliss” at becoming a mother. The 29-year-old singer who gave birth to Egypt, her first child with husband Swizz Beatz, on Thursday- is astonished by the depth of her feelings for the infant. She tweeted: “There is no word to properly describe LOVE, to describe BLISS, to express a FEELING like this!!! (sic)” The ‘Empire State of Mind’ hitmaker went on to thank her fans for their supportive messages. She added: “Thank U 4 your love, support and prayers! (sic)” Swizz - who also has sons Prince Nasir Dean, Kaseem Dean Jr and daughter Nicole, from previous relationships - also took to twitter to thank his fans and praise his “superwoman” wife. He wrote: “Much love for all the support everybody been showing but I want to shout out my Wife for being bigger then SUPERWOMAN!#GODSGIFT. (sic)” Shortly after Alicia gave birth, Swizz - whose real name is Kaseem Dean - made an excited post on the social networking website. He tweeted: “I’m so thankful for everything I been blessed with in my life wowwwwww! (sic)”


The roles offered were to play the girlfriend of another comedian. They would get to do the joke, and you’d roll your eyes. I was a little disillusioned and ultimately grew more and more frustrated.” Isla is currently based at home with their

daughter Olive and their second child - who was born in secret this summer - where she has been working on a new film idea. She explained: “I’ve actually been working on a movie idea my husband came up with, a character for me, which I do around the house.”— BangShowbiz

Schoolmates bullied Julianne Moore ulianne Moore used to get bullied for having red hair. The Oscarwinning actress - who is known for her fiery locks - admits she was continually “teased” by her schoolmates about her appearance, but she has grown to love being different over time. She told You magazine: “At school I did get teased about it. You want dark or blonde hair like everybody else in the room. But I got to a place where I didn’t really think about it.” The 49-year-old actress is married to Bart Freundlich and their two children Caleb, 12, and Liv, eight, take after their mother. She said: “I have a


little girl who has dark auburn hair and a little boy who has light red hair and I think it looks beautiful.” Julianne was previously married to John Gould Rubin in 1986, but their relationship ended in divorce nine years later. Although has remained quiet about the break-down of that relationship, she admits she spent most of her first marriage working on her career before finally deciding she needed to focus on herself. She said: “I spent a lot of my 20s concentrating on my profession and neglecting my personal life. And you reach a point where you say to yourself, ‘Wait a minute. I want a life.”

Johnny Depp’ s Emma Watson wants fun warm gifts T ohnny Depp spent £40,000 on coats to keep the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ crew warm. The 47-year-old actor splashed out the enormous sum on 500 waterproof hiking jackets costing £80 each for those on the set of the latest action movie, to protect them from the cold weather. One crew member told The Sun newspaper: “Johnny paid out of his own pocket for all 500 of us to have a nice warm waterproof. It’s a great morale boost and another example of why he is one of the nicest people in Hollywood.” Filming of the latest ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie is currently underway at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire in England, where the recent spell of cold weather gave the star the idea of treating his staff. This is not the first time Johnny has been praised for being kind-hearted during their work in the UK. Earlier this month, the Hollywood legend made a surprise visit to the Meridian Primary School in south London whilst dressed as his character, Captain Jack Sparrow. Johnny had received a letter from nine-year-old pupil Beatrice Delap. She said: “He gave me a hug and he said, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t mutiny today because there are police outside monitoring me.’ “


he 20-year-old ‘Harry Potter’ actress - who has been studying for an English Literature degree at Brown University in America since September 2009 - admitted she often wishes she could take time out from working and studying. She said: “I need to have more fun, like anyone my age! I’m always working, I’m addicted to work. My head needs to rest. “I don’t have an ordinary day because I’m trapped between two different lives. One day I’m filming, the next I’m off to college, the next day I’m home, then I’m designing clothes. There are no typical days for me.” The British star also admitted she regrets taking life so seriously and urged her young fans to stay true to themselves. She told Mexico’s Seventeen magazine: “I think you should be yourself because otherwise, you’ll be on the wrong path and the results are not gonna be pretty. —Bang Showbiz


Tuesday, October 19, 2010



Film festival shows contrasts of Mexicoʼs drug war

President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran Maryam Radjavi attends yesterday in Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, the funeral ceremony of Achraf Al-Sadat Mortezai, aka “Marzieh”. —AFP

Iran singer, resistance figure Marzieh buried in France ranian opposition members in exile attended the funeral yesterday of Marzieh, a renowned singer and prominent opponent of Iran’s Islamic rulers, who died in Paris last week aged 86. Marzieh, full name Ashraf Al-Sadat Mortezai, was a hugely popular singer in Iran in the 1960s and 1970s but stopped working after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. She died in hospital in Paris last Wednesday. She left Iran in 1994, joining the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, the main faction in the Iranian NCRI resistance movement. Among the hundreds of mourners yesterday was


the NCRI’s president, Maryam Radjavi, who scattered on the singers’ grave sand from Ashraf, a camp in Iraq that is home to thousands of NCRI members. “You stayed strong until the very end in the struggle against the mullahs’ regime,” said Jalal Ganjei, the cleric who led the funeral service for Marzieh in the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris. Marzieh performed for dignitaries such as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the late presidents Charles de Gaulle of France and Richard Nixon of the United States. She sang at a concert in Paris as recently as 2006. — AFP

(From left) Palestinian screenwriter Rula Jebreal, Indian actress Freida Pinto and US artist and director Julian Schnabel pose for photographs during a photo call for the film Miral, at a central London cinema, yesterday. The festival runs until Oct 28, 2010. —AP

Hathaway says ex’s arrest taught her to be wary nne Hathaway is now at a point where she can joke about her former boyfriend admitting he was a con artist. The 27-year-old actress opens up about the ordeal in the November issue of Vogue magazine. Asked to name her “deal-breakers” with men, Hathaway replied, “Uh ... fraud?” and laughs. Raffaello Follieri pleaded guilty to cheating investors out of millions of dollars by falsely claiming he had Vatican connections that enabled him to buy church property at a discount. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison in 2008. Jewelry that Follieri gave Hathaway was recently auctioned off by US marshals. All joking aside, the actress


A Sept 30, 2010 photo shows Anne Hathaway arriving for Variety’s 2nd Annual Power of Women Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. — AP

admits the relationship took its toll. The experience taught her to be “more wary,” she said. “It takes a minute for me to let my guard down, but once I do and I get to know someone, I’m very open, very trusting. Some might say too trusting.” Shooting the movie “Love and Other Drugs” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal helped Hathaway move forward, she said. Trust is a theme of the film, and it forced Hathaway to confront the issue. “I was a wreck from start to finish,” Hathaway told Vogue. “I think I cried every single day.” The Oscar-nominated actress is dating actor Adam Shulman. “Love and Other Drugs” opens Nov 24. —AP

US actress Julianne Moore talks to the audience at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi yesterday on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival. — AFP

Mexican directors, from left: Carlos Reygadas, Mariana Chenillo, Patricia Riggen, Gerardo Naranjo, Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante, Pablo Cruz and Diego Luna pose as part of the promotion of their film “Revolucion” or “Revolution”, at the Morelia Film Festival in Morelia, Mexico, Sunday. —AFP

By Katherine Corcoran rom afar it seems like Baghdad: car bombs, beheadings and corrupt politicians. Up close, Mexico remains magical and picturesque in parts, feeling oddly safe even in the hardestfought territories of the drug war. The 8th annual International Film Festival opened Saturday in the drugplagued state of Michoacan to its largest turnout ever, drawing the contrast that defines Mexico today. Only blocks from the site where a 2008 grenade attack killed eight people, hundreds lined the red carpet to squeal at one of Hollywood’s leading men, Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem. Unlike the Jonas Brothers in the drug-war-ravaged city of Monterrey, no one canceledorganizers say-for a festival that also features Hollywood blockbuster director Robert Rodriguez and Monty Python funnyman-turned-director Terry Gilliam. “I’m waiting to see the bad side of Morelia,” Gilliam told reporters Sunday. “Since I’ve been in Morelia, I’ve been blown away by the


architecture. It’s such a beautiful place.” Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, whose film “Biutiful” starring Bardem opened the festival, acknowledged to a full auditorium in cocktail attire that his homeland is seeing a difficult time. But he told The Associated Press on Sunday that while violence in Mexico appears to be out control, culture and education are key to fighting back. “These are very powerful acts of resistance because the seed and the root of what we’re living is a lack of education and culture, a lack of opportunity for millions of Mexicans,” the director of “Babel” and “Amores Perros” said. “To have this festival, to have the support of filmmakers here in Mexico is a very powerful weapon in expressing ourselves, in having the power to speak and to think.” The home state of President Felipe Calderon, Michoacan is the first place he sent troops after taking office and announcing a crackdown on organized crime. It’s a state largely controlled by the vicious yet devout La Familia

(the Family) cartel, which made its debut by tossing heads onto a disco floor in 2006 in Uruapan, a city just 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the state capital, Morelia. Politicians are under attack, on the take or both as the Calderon government arrested 35 state public officials last year on charges of ties to La Familia, only to suffer the embarrassment of seeing a judge release all but one for lack of evidence. Michoacan’s sitting congressman, under indictment for aiding La Familia, sneaked into his swearing-in to gain immunity awarded to elected officials in Mexico. Last week a radio station aired a recorded telephone call allegedly between the lawmaker and the leader of La Familia, Servando Gomez, known as “La Tuta.” Meanwhile, people linger in Morelia’s sidewalk cafes and stroll the sandstone archways and cobblestone streets doused in temperature-perfect sunshine. The festival was heavily patrolled by soldiers in 2008 and 2009 after the grenade attack, but none are

visible this year. “Our life is normal,” said resident Salvador Diaz, 32, who took a spin with his motorcycle club Saturday afternoon before escorting his wife to the festival opening. “The people of Michoacan are very hardworking. No, our political and security situation are not adequate, but we’re moving forward.” The festival has been a chance to show another face of Mexico and another family of Michoacan: Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, grandson of beloved, iron-fisted President Lazaro Cardenas, is vice president of the festival. He inaugurated the renovated Teatro Emperador Caltzontzin in nearby Patzcuaro on Friday night with a showing of the 1948 Mexican classic, “Maclovia,” starring Maria Felix in a story about the virtues of the indigenous people of Michoacan. Cardenas called it a special place because on the same date 72 years ago, his grandfather, who was president from 1936 to 1940, opened the theater for the first time. His father, former presidential candidate and Mexico City Mayor Cuauhtemoc Cardenas,

also attended the opening events. “In some small towns, daily life is ruled by organized crime,” he said. “But that’s not the case in cities like Morelia. With cultural events like this, the atmosphere is calm and comfortable.” The festival continues to climb the ladder of prestige as it seeks to sit beside Sundance, Toronto and Cannes with 270 entries this year and 500 invited guests, including about 100 foreigners-more than in the past. Starting three years ago, its prizewinning short films have been eligible to compete for Oscars. “I think with Telluride in the US, this is the best festival in the world,” said Hollywood producer Michael Fitzgerald, who has been a juror and shown films at the festival, such as “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” starring Tommy Lee Jones. He called Mexico’s drug violence “a parallel universe that none of us ever see.” “I’ve had to convince people in the US who have heard all this nonsense to come here,” Fitzgerald said, “and now they come every year.” —AP

UK director Mike Leigh cancels Israel trip over loyalty oath

A picture dated May 15, 2010 shows British director Mike Leigh during the photocall of “Another Year” presented in competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. —AFP eteran British film director Mike Leigh has cancelled a working visit to Jerusalem over plans to compel all non-Jewish new citizens to swear a controversial loyalty oath to Israel as a Jewish state. The 67year-old director, whose films include “Secrets and Lies” and “Naked,” had been due to spend a week at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School at the end of November, in a visit which would also have seen him visiting Palestinian film students and lecturers. But one month before his trip, Leigh, who is Jewish, decided to cancel, citing increasing unease with Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians-and in particular, the government’s backing of an amendment to the citizenship oath widely criticized as racist. In a letter sent to Renen Schorr, who heads the Sam Spiegel school, Leigh said he had “always had serious misgivings about coming,” particularly after Israel’s catastrophic raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May, which left nine Turkish activists dead. “Since then, your government has gone from bad to worse,” he wrote. “I have become ever-increasingly uncomfortable about what would unquestionably appear as my implicit support for Israel were I to fulfill my promise and come.” Leigh said he had considered pulling out at the end of September, when Israel started building again on occupied Palestinian land following the expiry of a 10-month construction freeze. But it was the cabinet’s backing of a law to compel all non-Jewish new citizens to swear an oath of loyalty to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state” that pushed him over the edge, he wrote in the letter, seen by AFP. “And now we have the loyalty oath. —AFP


US actress Angelina Jolie holds a plastic cup of coffee during the shooting of her movie “Untitled Bosnian War Love Story” in central Budapest on October 13, 2010. —AFP

Jolie gets green light to film in Bosnia ollywood star Angelina Jolie yesterday got the green light to film in Bosnia after the authorities revoked her license over concerns about the script, a local producer said. Approval had been withdrawn after media reports that the film would depict a love story between a Muslim girl and her Serb rapist during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war sparked a protest from the Women Victims of War association. “We just obtained the new license for the shooting. We


could finally continue with preparations and shoot within the planned deadlines at the locations that we have chosen,” Edin Sarkic of local production company Scout Film told AFP. The shooting in Bosnia should start around November 10 and last for some two weeks, he added. The culture ministry of the Muslim-Croat Federation, one of Bosnia’s two post-war entities, last week cancelled the license given to Jolie for filming scenes of her first movie as a director in Sarajevo and the

central town of Zenica. Both Jolie and the producer claimed it was a misunderstanding and urged the authorities to reconsider their decision. The ministry had demanded to be given the screenplay before delivering a new license. Jolie has said that part of the reason for making the movie was to remind people of what happened during the war in Bosnia and to give attention to the survivors of the conflict that claimed some 100,000 lives. She has already shot some scenes in Hungary. — AFP



Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Gaptoothed women are in vogue By Jessica Yadegaran uch like her shiny hair and warm eyes, the space between Geneva Aguirre’s front teeth has always been a part of her look. When she was little, Aguirre used to stick a flavored tooth pick in the gap — just because it would fit and no one else could do it. It made her unique. It wasn’t until Aguirre noticed iconic gaptoothed model Lauren Hutton in the pages of her favorite fashion magazines that she realized her smile was not only unique, but maybe even beautiful. “I guess I’ve always thought of it as a cool thing,” says Aguirre, 48, of Concord, Calif. These days, so does the beauty industry. Gaptoothed models were all over the runways at this season’s Paris Fashion Week. Instead of fixing their teeth, some of Hollywood’s freshest faces, like Anna Paquin and Elizabeth Moss, proudly sport a midline diastema, the dental term for the gap. And, last month, on “America’s Next Top Model,” host Tyra Banks sent a 22-year-old contestant from Boise, Idaho, to the dentist to widen her gap. The beauty blogosphere has been buzzing ever since. Men sport the gap, too, but culturally, there has always been a mystique about diastematic women. In Ghana, Namibia, and Nigeria, a gap in women’s teeth is a sign of beauty and fertility, says Bernice Agyekwena, a Ghanaian journalist and Gates Fellow of African Agriculture at


The gap in the front teeth is in and Geneva Aguirre, 48, shows off her smile in Concord, California, October 3, 2010. She has had the look all her life. — MCT the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. “Some women even go to the extent of creating an artificial gap in their teeth because they want to meet the traditional standards set for African beauty,” she says. In the Western world, our fascination dates back to the Middle Ages, when Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in “The Canterbury Tales” of the gaptoothed wife of Bath and her lustful ways.

Famous gaptoothed w omen Model Jessica Hart Lauren Hutton Madonna Anna Paquin Condoleezza Rice Georgia Jagger Elisabeth Moss Laura San Giacomo Natalie Cole Vanessa Paradis Jorja Fox

Calif., she was surprised when a woman with her teenage daughter in tow approached Lan to point it out. “Look,” the woman said, “She’s beautiful, and she has a gap!” Lan reassured the girl, who was self-conscious about hers. “I told her a healthy white smile is more important,” Lan says. “As long as she could not drive a Mack truck through it then she’d be fine. And that the boys love it.” Les Blank sure did. His interest in gaptoothed women began in the eighth grade, with a smiling beauty he admired from a distance. In 1987, the El Cerrito,

Calif., director made “GapToothedWomen,” a documentary homage to gaptoothed women living in the Bay Area. Hutton is also in the film. “They have an attractive, outgoing personality that’s warm and vital,” says Blank, who interviewed 100 women for the film. “The whole world is so full of artifice that I think people just want to see something natural and real.” Jeanie Schultz is all for natural beauty, but the Hayward, Calif., mother of four thinks this talk about trendy tooth gaps is “the dumbest thing since pet rocks.” As a child, she was teased about her wide gap. And, her parents always knew when Schultz had taken a bite out of the cheese or cookie. She left a mark. “This is a seriously inconvenient defect for me and the inside of my upper lip is always sore from being sucked into the gap,” says Schultz, 69. “I’ve been hoping to have it fixed for years, but because it’s cosmetic, I can’t muster up enough vanity to justify the expense.” Most assuredly, Schultz says, the gaptoothed starlets au moment have so much else going for them-fame, fortune, good looks-that this quirky little gap is thought to make them more interesting, or something. “Just like a dark spot on your face is just a mole on an ordinary person and a beauty mark on Marilyn Monroe,” she says. Still-if you’ve got it, might as well flaunt it. Right? “Well, perhaps I’ll just enjoy being in fashion for the moment,” Schultz says. “Even if I do think it’s nuts.” —MCT

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Moss had Hince romance blessed ate Moss’ relationship with Jamie Hince has been blessed, but they are not married. The British supermodel was reported to have married The Kills guitarist in a secret ceremony in Sicily, Italy, on August 7, but though they exchanged rings, the union is not legal. Instead it is thought the Italian ceremony was a blessing, like that between Rolling Stones star Sir Mick Jagger and exmodel Jerry Hall in Bali in 1990, which Mick had annulled nine years later on the grounds it wasn’t legally binding. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “When Jamie proposed, she accepted - but only after giving it a great deal of thought. She was adamant the wedding would be totally secret and very bohemian. “Her friend Mick once joked to her that blessings were the way to go because they meant no loss of independence - financial or otherwise.

But, experts believe our new interest in the diastema represents a backlash against unattainable beauty standards and an obsession with perfection. “I think for so long the look was cookiecutter beauty, and it doesn’t stand out,” says Heather Muir, beauty news editor for Allure magazine in New York. “We’re shifting to a more quirky beauty, and I think that includes women who have very fair skin, many freckles, or

frizzy, big hair.” Two gaptoothed models in particular, Jac Jagaciak and Lindsey Wixson, caught Allure magazine editors’ eyes last week on the Paris runways, Muir says. She also calls attention to recent ads by Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Miu Miu. All feature models with gaps between their teeth. “This could be a confidence booster to a lot of girls out there who are 12 or 13 and mortified because they have a gap,” she says. “Now’s the time to let whatever is interesting about your look shine through. Embrace it.” For the most part, dentists agree. “From a clinical standpoint, there’s no advantage to closing it,” says Tim Patel, a Walnut Creek, Calif., dentist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco’s School of Dentistry. If the gap is small, Patel may suggest fixing it to avoid periodontal issues down the line. Food can get stuck in there, after all. Otherwise, he’s OK with it. “Obviously, I like to see perfectly straight teeth with no diastema,” he says. “But if patients like it, I certainly don’t try to encourage them to change it. By and large, it’s an aesthetic issue.” Sylvia Lan of Santa Clara, Calif., has always embraced her diastema. So have the lovestruck men who mention it before asking her out. “They seem to think it’s sexy,” says Lan, a fortysomething who works in sales. “Go figure. Instead of looking at my chest, they’re looking at my teeth.” Recently, at a wedding in Hollister,


Actress Christina Milian

(From right) Actress Heather Locklear and her daughter Ava Sambora arrive at the WTB Spring 2011 Fashion Show at Sunset Gower Studios in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Actress Charlotte Ross

Emma Watson hates following fashion trends he ‘Harry Potter’ actress who recently beat off stiff competition from the likes of Cheryl Cole and Kate Moss to be crowned Britain’s Best Dressed Female - admitted she doesn’t follow the crowds because she likes to be original. She said: “I don’t follow trends much, because I don’t like to dress like everybody else. I think that’s why I hate trends, actually. But I do like to read fashion magazines so I don’t feel so isolated. “I think my own style is classic and simple. I try to be elegant, but at the same time laid back and relaxed. If what you’re not feeling what you’re wearing or if you’re not sure, don’t wear it.” Despite having fronted campaigns by iconic British label Burberry in the past, the 20year-old beauty claimed she has had her fair share of fashion disasters. Emma added to Mexico’s Seventeen magazine: “I’ve ripped dresses, the air has blown my skirt up, I’ve had bad spray tans. Actually one time my hands were orange because of a fake tan! I exfoliated them to remove the color, but there isn’t really much you can do in those cases! It was hilarious.” —Bang Showbiz

T Kate Moss Kate told Jamie their wedding would be as traditional and sacred as any other wedding, which is why they exchanged rings. “There just wouldn’t be as much paperwork.” The ceremony was also kept a strict secret, with even some of Kate’s close friends, such as Sadie Frost, not invited to ensure nobody found out about the ceremony. The source added: “Kate would go to any lengths to ensure it was covered up.” K ate and Jamie - who have been dating since September 2007 - were joined by just a few pals and relatives for the intimate affair in a small church. A source said recently: “It was quiet - but still very romantic. Kate’s had a fairly turbulent love life but she’s a romantic at heart. The plans were kept very quiet as Kate wanted the day to be low-key and purely a celebration of their love.” Jamie and Kate - who has an eight-year-old daughter, Lila Grace, with ex-boyfriend Jefferson Hack - were then reported to have danced around trees outside the church. — Bang Showbiz

(From right) Musician Richie Sambora and designer Nikki Lund

Model Bridget Marquardt

PETA accused of exploiting filmmakers ew organizations have created more hot viral videos on the web than People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The animal rights group has created confrontational spots that featuring celebrities, ambushed consumer brand products, and disrobing supermodels. In many of these videos, a bit of eyecandy is delivered with some hard medicine. For example, in PETAís famous spot, ìState of the Union Undress,î a woman talks about animal cruelty while taking off her clothes, before a montage of animal brutality is shown to the viewer, such as beaks removed from chickens. But where does PETA get these nasty images? One would hardly expect the group to participate in the activity it deems repellant, right? Here may be a partial answer. In 1982, Victor Schonfeld and Myriam Alaux created a controversial and critically acclaimed feature documentary, ìThe Animals Film,î narrated by the actress Julie Christie, about the exploitation of animals. The documentary is widely credited for raising awareness for animal cruelty, and since then, animal rights organizations like PETA have been using some of the filmís scenes.


In September, the rights-holder of the films, Beyond the Frame Ltd, wrote to PETA, quite angry about the groupís alleged exploitation of the ìAnimalsî film. Beyond the Frame pointed to several PETA videos that used scenes from its film and then encouraged users on

YouTube to share them. The film company was also upset that scenes were used in a documentary produced in 2007 by PETA for HBO entitled ìI am an Animal; the Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA.î The letter included a draft of a lawsuit that was to be filed in the U.K., threats of another

Lauren Conrad loves classic Chanel bags he ‘Hills’ star - who has designed her own collections for US department store Kohl’s - has a passion for high-end style, and reveals a quilted tote by the iconic French fashion house is her most treasured possession. She explained: “I love a classic Chanel bag. A green one is great because it looks young, but still maintains its timeless design.” As well as a wardrobe filled with accessories, Lauren also loves luxury shoes and thinks of Christian Louboutin as her choice of high-end designer for “go-to”


pumps. She said: “Christian Louboutin is always my go-to for perfect pumps. I just made an addition to my closet with a lovely pair of brown suede shoes.” Despite her designer love, the 24-yearold reality TV star and fashion designer admits while she loves “feminine detailing”, her own style is rather minimal. She added to “I love the minimalist look. Wearing the same shade head-to-toe feels so chic to me. I really love any feminine detailing on a dress.” —Bang Showbiz

lawsuit in the US, and demands for compensation. According to the letter, ìOur client would have been very reluctant to grant a license to your client/PETA Inc given Mr. Schonfeldís well-publicised views about PETA and its sexualised efforts to attract publicity. In the circumstances, had it been prepared to grant a license, it would have charged a substantial premium.î The letter states that the license fee charged would be on a per minute basis, similar to the top rates charged by top independent film companies. Sony Pictures Classics is cited as charging between 50,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds ($80,000 to $160,000) per minute for worldwide Internet rights. PETAís offer of 8,000 pounds ($12,800) was rejected. Schonfeld wanted 470,000 pounds ($750,000). PETA has now responded by asking a California federal judge for a declaratory judgment that it has not infringed on copyright. The group also wants a permanent injunction prohibiting Beyond the Frame from publicly charging it has infringed a copyright. Both parties abhor animal cruelty. But they will soon be fighting to the bone against each other in court. —Reuters


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Mayor of Vintage Town, USA By Brittany Levine in Tanaka thinks of himself as a hunter-gatherer. But his hunger isn’t the regular human kind; it’s that of a self-proclaimed vintage freak. Tanaka’s scavenging for vintage began in Yokohama, a Japanese port city and US naval base. When Tanaka was growing up in the 1970s, he often saw off-duty sailors wearing jeans and motorcycle jackets. As they listened to blues on the radio, vintage Levi’s jeans hugged a 10-year-old Tanaka’s hips and connected him to the American culture he idolized. Now, at 39, the San Clemente, Calif, resident has become more than a hunter-gatherer-he seems to be the mayor of Vintage Town. He has written dozens of oversize books about vintage clothing that have been likened to vintage bibles by the industry insiders he has met during his cross-country travels. On top of that, he’s popular in Japan, where his books sell out just weeks after hitting the shelves. Tanaka calls the 1920s to 1970s the golden era of American culture and feels as if lately the nation he fell in love with has “lost its hard-working feeling.” That’s why he’s not interested in most modern products. His studio is filled with 1950s gui-


Rin Tanaka of San Clemente, California, has written several books on vintage clothing including one on Harley-Davidson vintage clothes.— MCT photos

Models display a creation by Kai, as part of the Bangkok International Fashion Week 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday. — AP photos


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Models display creations by Pisit as part of the Bangkok International Fashion Week 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday. —AP

tars, 1920s furniture and 1970s posters. After studying economics at a Japanese university, Tanaka wanted to learn blues music. He gathered up his paychecks from freelance magazine gigs, got a short-term US tourist visa and flew to Dallas with an acoustic guitar. For him, studying meant playing on city streets and going to concerts. He traveled through Texas and Mississippi and watched people line dance to Johnny Cash. For quick money, he sent photos back to Japanese magazines that wanted images of American culture. During that time, he met owners of small music magazines and fellow vintage freaks (his term for vintage lovers). At the time, a strong vintage craving was creeping up in the United States. Japan’s love for Americana began after World War II and continued to spread after the 1964 Olympics there, industry experts say. When Tanaka went back to Japan, he took vintage guitars, which he sold at hefty profits. He used those profits to fund future trips to America. After finishing college, Tanaka found a job working for an ad agency. In his free time, he would travel to the United States and sell photos and stories to the same Japanese magazines he sold to when he was fresh out of college. After five years, he began freelancing full time. He got what he calls a journalist’s visa and traveled around taking photos of vintage clothes and performing rock stars for magazines. He finally settled in San Clemente because his

Rin Tanaka of San Clemente, California. favorite strip of U.S soil lies between Trestles Beach and San Diego. Though he owns a home here, he’s not a citizen. He says he renews his work visa every five years. In 1998, he started publishing his own books. The first ones were written in Japanese and focused on motorcycle jackets. Then he started a series written in English and Japanese called “My Freedamn,” with each book featuring a different chapter of vintage history. The books, which mostly contain photos of clothes, bought him a ticket into the inner workings of the vintage industry. When it came time for a title for his series, Tanaka thought, “What’s more American than freedom?” Freedom is good, he thought, but it also can lead down the “damned path,” so he came up with the term “freedamn.” The vintage business was hot until Japan’s

economy slipped in 1997 and things started to cool. That’s why vendors let an unknown guy photograph their goods-any exposure was good exposure. The first few “My Freedamn” books were pretty rough, said Bob Chatt, owner of Huntington Beach, Calif.’s Vintage Productions, which has had products featured in the books. But by book No 4, industry insiders began to realize Tanaka was onto something. “Once people got the idea of it, everyone wanted to be in Rin’s books,” Chatt said. “To be in the books means you’re who’s who in the business.” “My Freedamn, Vol 1” focused on beach T-shirts, Vol. 4 on motorcycle apparel and Vol 8 on 1960s pop fashion. Tanaka prints only 10,000 copies of each book. Each is priced at $60, and quick sellouts make him a comfortable living. He researches three segments of vintage history at a time and

organizes his gatherings by subject using black metal crates. When one fills up, it’s time to make a book. He sits at a 1920s desk and uses pencil and paper to sketch out the book. A designer in Japan creates the digital layout. Harley-Davidson liked Tanaka’s style so much that the company asked him to create a book to coincide with its Milwaukee museum opening in 2008. Harley gave him access to its archives and clothing collections. “For ‘Freedamn,’ I hunt and cook, but in this case they had so much nice stuff already, all I did was cook and make a nice dish,” Tanaka said. Now an Italian fashion company is courting him to do the same thing. Many books have been written about vintage clothing, but series are rare, said Larry McKaughan, owner of Heller’s Cafe, a Seattle vintage store focusing on collectibles. Designers, often known to scour vintage racks for inspiration, are fans of “My Freedamn,” McKaughan said. “He’s like a ringleader for the business,” said Jason Schott, coowner of Schott NYC, which has been making motorcycle jackets since 1913. “He has such an interest and passion for the industry and knows all the players.” Tanaka thinks that in 10 years there will be a vintage road show much like the antique one featured on PBS. “To me, vintage means value,” he said. “Many people put antiques in bank safety deposits. One day they’ll do that with vintage.” Look for Tanaka’s books at —MCT

Cape Town city and graffiti artists face spray-off By Justine Gerardy giant smiley face painted on a shack, a stripey tshirt on a beach, a crook of an elbow in a rural dusty goat pen, and an offbeat finger puppet on a Cape Town city wall: street art or vandalism? The work of Falko Starr, which splits


three months in jail for first time offences. “The need arose for legislation in this regard because of basically the amount of graffiti that appears right across the city,” said city official Anton Visser. The aim is to wipe out tagging-individual graffiti signatures-and in particular gangster

A giant smiley face painted on a shack, a stripey t-shirt on a beach, a crook of an elbow in a rural dusty goat pen, and an offbeat finger puppet on a Cape Town city wall: street art or vandalism. —AFP a giant mural over four different South African locations, could be classed as vandalism under a new Cape Town clamp-down that lumps graffiti with drugs, crime and gangs. The toughened attitude is backed by a new control unit and by-law that classifies all graffiti as a public nuisance with a hefty 15,000 rand (2,200 dollar, 1,600 euro) fine or

tagging and offensive graffiti. “I’d say in most areas in the city there is a high level of graffiti especially in the gang-infested areas,” said Visser. “The intention is obviously not to target the graffiti artists.” The law sets out a permit system for city-vetted works, with even private property owners banned from having graffiti on their proper-

ties without city permission. Critics say it is too broad and violates freedom of expression and criminalizes public art. A 43year-old mother of four became the first unlikely symbol of the new law after she sprayed her name-a scrawny RENE-in a barely legible protest against a police shutdown of a graffiti gathering spot in a park. Charges were not brought but she was arrested and locked up for 42 hours. “I was so fed up,” said Rene Sampson. “So I just took a can of spray and I sprayed my name.” Graffiti in Cape Town stretches from crude turf-markers to stirring works with some artists exhibiting internationally. Professional writer Starr, who painted the “Splitpiece” installations, said the city’s graffiti grew out of the sprawling Cape Flats to where the former white state forcibly relocated non-whites during apartheid. “A lot of graffiti then had a little political connotation in it,” Starr told AFP. “We kind of all just made it up. We were just doing it out of social cause, trying to make a change in our society because it was still apartheid then.” Today there are an estimated 100 to 200 graffiti writers in Cape Town. Nick Herbert, owner of Cape Town graffiti shop Shelflife, said the law will hamper well-known artists and require property owners to seek permission for anything beyond a street number. “But you’re still going to get the guys who do the tagging and the illegal stuff,” he said. —AFP

Indian tourists pose with a huge doll sculpture installed on the beach of Visakhapatnam yesterday. Visakhapatnam is popular tourist destination in southern India. — AFP

Passion dominates piano competition on Chopin’s bicentennial By Bernard Osser xhausted after performing for over an hour, the youngest contender in the XVI International Chopin Piano Competition, Russian Nikolay Khozyainov, 18, seems surprised by the wave of applause and cries of wonder. “I didn’t feel any stress, I don’t care about stress, I just played,” the young man, whose curly blond locks give him the air of a cherub, told reporters after his performance Friday in Poland’s National Philharmonic in Warsaw. At the third stage of this prestigious competition, he played the powerful and passionate Sonata in B minor, the very difficult PolonaiseFantaisie and the Scherzo in E major and ballad in F minor. Khozyainov could be one of the favorites of the competition which this year places emotion, passion and great personalities ahead of the academic spirit of previous editions. This new vibrancy is evident in the composition of the jury. “This jury is far less conservative and less committed to the strict adherence to tradition than was the case in previous editions. This year, it is much more open,” said Chinese-American pianist Mei-Ting Sun, 29, a second-time veteran of the com-


petition. “Five years ago, I failed spectacularly in the first round,” he said, laughing. “This year, the level is far higher than in 2005. There are many geniuses among the pianists, and within the jury.” Unlike in previous editions, the jury of the competition that takes place once every five years, with the first one in January 1927, is not composed mostly of teachers but of great artistic personalities such as Martha Argerich, Dang Thai Son, Fou Ts’ong and Philippe Entremont. In total, 81 young pianists from 23 countries qualified for the event which opened September 30. A victor

will be announced on October 20. Known for its difficulty, the competition demands perfection in the execution of all Chopin’s music: nocturnes and mazurkas, the Polish, sonatas and two concertos. This year the pressure on the candidates seems to be even greater than usual as the world celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of Chopin, a musician and composer regarded as the genius of romantic piano, in Zelazowa Wola, near the Polish capital. A dozen competitors are to reach the final and the winner will be awarded a gold medal with a cheque for 30,000 euros

Russian Nikolay Khozyainov performs during the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition. — AFP photos

China’s Cheung Wai-Ching performs.

Chinese-American pianist Mei-Ting Sun performs.

(42,000 dollars). The victor will also have the honor of playing at the New York Philharmonic and Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra. “This year the level of competition is very high. Out of the ordinary. Rarely has there been so much talent at one time. It will be difficult to determine the winner,” said Entremont, pianist, conductor and French board member of the competition. Performer China’s Cheung Wai-Ching, nervously clutching a white handkerchief, said: “At first I was not happy with my playing, —AFP

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