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Bahrain Shiites make slim gain MANAMA: The main Shiite opposition group made a slender gain in Bahrain’s parliamentary poll, results showed yesterday, with their majority community demanding a greater say in the Gulf monarchy. The Islamic National Accord Association won 18 seats in the 40-member Bahraini parliament in Saturday’s poll, the electoral commission announced. Continued on Page 14

Israel slams ‘attacks’ by Mideast bishops JERUSALEM: Israel yesterday slammed critical remarks made by Middle East Catholic bishops af ter a meeting chaired by Pope Benedict XVI as “political attacks” on the Jewish state. “We express our disappointment that this important synod has become a forum for political attacks on Israel in the best history of Arab propaganda,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said in a statement. “The synod was hijacked by an anti-Israel majority,” he

added. Bishops and patriarchs from across the Middle East on Saturday called on the international community to end the occupation of Arab lands in an official statement following a two-week synod held at the Vatican. “Recourse to theological and biblical positions which use the Word of God to wrongly justif y injustices is not acceptable,” the synod said. Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, head of Continued on Page 14

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MPs slam govt ‘taxation plan’ By B Izzak

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KUWAIT: Several MPs yesterday strongly criticized statements by Finance Minister Mustafa Al-Shamali about plans to impose a taxation system in Kuwait. MP Khaled Al-Adwah said the taxation ideas are “totally unwelcome”, saying he will reject any plan to impose any form of charges on citizens who are suffering from a sharp rise in prices and a deterioration in the quality of public services. Adwah said that the government is already imposing heavy charges on citizens for public services which are supposed to be free of charge because of soaring inflation and high unemployment. He said that he will coordinate with other MPs to abort any government plans for taxation. MPs Dulaihi Al-Hajeri and Askar Al-Enezi also strongly rejected the finance Continued on Page 14

Manila wants justice over Filipina’s killing By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: The Philippine Embassy yesterday said that justice will be served for the Filipina salon worker who was brutally murdered in Kuwait last week. The decomposing and mutilated body of Jenny Dechosa was found on the rooftop of an exhibition hall in Misref on Oct 16, and on Saturday, police arrested a 25-year-old Egyptian man for allegedly killing the woman. The man confessed to being in a relationship with the woman for the past two years. Philippines’ Ambassador to Kuwait Shulan Primavera said he highly respects the justice system in Kuwait and the embassy will do all it can to assist the bereaved family of Dechosa. “The embassy is closely monitoring every development. I have directed my Vice Consul (Rea Oreta) to attend to Jenny’s case and we retained the services of a Kuwaiti lawyer to help us with the case,” he added. Primavera said Dechosa’s family in the Philippines had been notified. According to him, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila has authorized the release of funds for Jenny’s case. “The Philippine government will always extend the same concern and effort to every compatriot in need,” he said.



Monday, October 25, 2010

in the news No 4th telecom provider KUWAIT: A top state official has quashed rumors about a fourth telecommunication company’s foray into the country. Responding to reporters who demanded a clarification, Dr Mohammad Al-Busairi, Minister of Communication and Parliament Affairs, denied reports that the ministry had announced that a license would be issued to a new telecommunication services provider, reported Al-Rai. He explained that the ministry had only revealed its plans to set up a telecommunications authority that would regulate the local market. Kuwait’s golden jubilee KUWAIT: Minister of Interior yesterday held a meeting to organize the military march in celebrations of Kuwait’s golden jubilee of independence, and 20 years of liberation. Assistant Undersecretary for Operations at the Ministry of Interior Major General Mustafa Al-Za’abi led the meeting of the Preparatory Committee which was formed from the sectors of the Ministry of Interior. Al-Zaabi welcomed the members of the committee and conveyed to them the greetings of the Minister of Interior Lt Gen (rtd) Sheikh Jaber Khalid AlJaber Al-Sabah and Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Lieutenant

General Ahmad Al-Rejaib, wishing them success. During the meeting, Al-Zaabi discussed all matters related to the preparations of the celebration, stressing the senior leadership’s support of the Ministry of Interior which does not hesitate in providing all the needs to the commission in order to overcome all obstacles. He underscored the importance of coordination and cooperation among all sectors to exchange information in order to assure readiness of the march. Tents removed KUWAIT: The Kuwait Municipality personnel recently removed a large number of tents that citizens had pitched across different parts of the country, before the camping season officially begins on November 1, 2010. In a statement made to the press, Rashid Al-Hashan, Head of the Public Relations Department at the Kuwait Municipality explained that only tents that were erected ahead of the official start of the camping season were targeted. This practice is illegal according to the regulations spelt out by the Municipality. He also noted that no warning letters were issued to owners, reported AlRai. Furthermore, Al-Hashan indicated that the locations that were reserved by the Municipality were selected as

per the recommendations put forward by a special committee that studied suitable options. Arab housing committee CAIRO: The 55th session of the technical, scientific and consultative committee, an offshoot of the Arab ministerial council for housing and construction, began at the Arab League headquarters yesterday. Heading the Kuwaiti delegation attending the session is the Director of the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) Ali Abdulkarim AlFawzan. The session is headed by the Deputy Director of the Egyptian National Center for Housing Research, Dr Heba Al-Bahnasawi. Al-Fawzan said that housing is a priority issue for Kuwait, especially since it was of the main issues focused on during the Arab Economic, Developmental and Social Summit that was held in Kuwait on January 2009. “Kuwait is keen to resolve housing problems, both domestically and at an Arab level, and that [will be achieved] mainly through involving the private sector in the process,” he stated. Discussions during the threeday committee meeting will chiefly focus on urbanization and slums in the Arab region, as well as Kuwait’s experience in building low-cost housing among other issues, AlFawzan explained.

Kuwait, Morocco explore tourism KUWAIT: Minister of Commerce and Industry Ahmed Al-Haroun discussed yesterday with visiting Moroccan Minister of Tourism and Traditional Industries Yasser Al-Zenaki ways of strengthen tourism cooperation between the two countries. The Moroccan minister said in a press statement that the meeting was “very fruitful” as it addressed one of the most important economic sectors, namely the tourism sector, which needs more attention and development. Al-Zenaki added that the area of cooperation in the tourism sector is one of the most important areas that bring nations and peoples closer as such cooperation enables them to familiarize themselves with the cultures and history of each other. He pointed out that he discussed with Al-Haroun how to promote inter-Arab tourism between the two countries

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in particular and the Arab countries in general. He explained that the meeting touched on ways to enhance the marketing of Moroccan and Arab tourism, and the creation of adequate tourism products, adding that the Arab states have adequate touristic facilities and attractions capable of bringing the different peoples of the world to them. Al-Haroun praised the Kuwaiti-Moroccan relations, especially in the economic field, pointing out that the tourism sector is one of the promising sectors expected to increase overall income and boost the economy in general. Al-Haroun said that the brothers in Morocco have great ambitions in the creation of a huge tourism environment through the continuous support they receive from His Majesty the King, stressing that Morocco has great potential not only in tourism but in many areas. — KUNA

‘Selfish’ smokers

By Dr Abdul Mohsen Al-Tabtabae


ublic smokers are selfish individuals who have no concern for the health of others - be them children, women or the sick. They are only interested in fulfilling their weak desires and craving for cigarettes. I experienced this situation akin to what happens at shopping malls, restaurants and cafes including those at the Kuwait University and the airport. I had attended the Kuwait International Book Fair, hoping to browse for buy some good titles, especially children’s books. Unfortunately, I could not complete my tour because of smokers. Somehow, the heavy smoke that they puffed out from the little cylindrical rolls that burned at the corner of their mouths dissuaded me from staying there any longer! — Al-Watan

kuwait digest Government must follow up on debtors By Ali Al-Sabah KUWAIT: The fence separating Dasman Palace from Arabian Gulf Street for the sake of protecting the palace’s garden does not appear suitable. We hope that the concerned authorities replace it with a more suitable fence, once that reflects the importance of the palace’s history. No one denies that an MP benefits from being in the parliament and no one can stop an MP from looking after his interests as long as his bargaining does not affect the work of the government. It is unacceptable for MPs to bargain with ministers for their own personal interests and should be stopped at all costs. We remember the words of the First Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak AlSabah, who said that the knife has reached the bone, meaning that the government has lost its patience. This announcement came late, the knife

Ageing senior ministry officials to be dismissed Cabinet to replace veterans with younger, more dynamic staff KUWAIT: The cabinet is reportedly unlikely to renew the contracts of a number of undersecretaries and assistant undersecretaries who have reached or exceeded the official retirement age. The cabinet has apparently already asked ministers to nominate those officials who meet the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) retirement conditions in order to ask these staff to apply voluntarily for retirement or to accept other posts. Recent reports cited a cabinet official as confirming that the government’s plans

include calls to replace five long-serving undersecretaries and around 18 assistant undersecretaries, some of whom have been in their positions for as long as 45 years. The cabinet aims to replace these veteran staff with younger, more dynamic officials who it believes will be more capable of handling the demanding requirements contained in the government’s development plan. The cabinet insider also indicated that moves are underway to appoint new administrative officials at Kuwait University and the Public

Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), with the new appointments expected to be announced within the next couple of weeks. Bedoons’ final report Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of Planning will discuss a final report released by a committee that examined the situation of stateless residents (bedoon) in Kuwait. Solutions to end their illegal resident status have been proposed. In a statement made to the press, Saleh Al-Fadhalah,

Head of the Committee said that a meeting between representatives from the council and Cabinet members will take place next week. He further explained that during the meeting, a comprehensive explanation of study results will be made. It will also be demonstrated before His Highness the Prime Minister, reported Al-Rai. Following Cabinet discussions, amendments can be made or additional points be presented before it is approved through a decree, or presented as a draft law to be voted by the Parliament.

Sewage project in design stage KUWAIT: A project to build a new sewage treatment plant at the southern part of the country is still in its design phase, announced a top Ministry of Public Works (MPW) official. He indicated that the Cabinet is seriously considering transferring the project through the Build-Operate-Transfer (BO-T) system. The Head of the Ministry’s Sewage Engineering Department, Mahmoud Karam said in a press statement that the project will be connected when a new water pump station in Al-Egaila is completed. A new pipeline will be established to dis-

pose treated waters to nearby destinations. The project is aimed to replace the current plant located in Al-Riqqa, which has reached its full capacity. Expansion cannot take place owing to space crunches, not to mention the fact that the ministry aims to build them as far away as possible. The project is being carried out as per the requirements of a rising population and future residential plans, Karam confirmed. Meanwhile, the MPW official also revealed that a committee formed by the Cabinet to repair the Ghazali road’s sewage problem, has already begun implementing

the solutions that have been outlined in the final report that was adopted on July 28th. The committee, comprising representatives from the Environmental Public Authority, Public Authority of Industry (PAI), Ministry of Municipality Affairs, Ministry of Communications as well as the Ministry of Public Works, is currently working toward reaching an agreement on a joint work mechanism, as well as joint procedures that will be taken against violators, Karam said. Separately, the MPW announced that among several projects for which tenders have been placed recently, is one that per-

tains to a project to construct a new building for the Ahmadi Security Directorate. The bidding for the project began in October 17, 2010, and will end on December 19, 2010, reported Al-Qabas. Among the projects that the MPW has planned are road projects that include building a street that connects the King Fahad road with the Fahaheel highway. Also, a project to establish a road to connect the Seventh Ring Road with the Camel Club in Kabad will be constructed. The project also includes maintenance work programs that connects main roads with sewage pipelines.

Kuwait activists urge full lifting of Gaza blockade

had gone through the flesh of the government for a long time and government did not feel it until it was too late. Considering what has happened lately, all are of the opinion that the government should show its power and implement law and order on everyone, regardless of their position. Better late than never. Debts owed to the government by individuals and organizations for services provided by the state amount to a total of KD1.2 billion. The responsibility to pay back that debt is both on the government and those in debt. Those in debt took advantage of the government and did not pay what they owe while the government has not been responsible about following up on those who owe money. We urge all government officials to not allow this to happen again and to use whatever powers they have to collect what they are owed. It is a matter of protecting the public’s money. — Al-Anba

KUWAIT: The Deputy Assistant Manager for Youth Affairs at the Public Authority for Youth and Sports, (PAYS) Jassem Yaqoub, recently welcomed members of a delegation who will be representing Kuwait at the 12th Scientific Forum for Youth of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Oman will be hosting the event between the 23rd and 27th of the current month. The Kuwaiti delegation consists of members from PAYS and the Kuwait Scientific Club (KSC).

GAZA: Kuwaiti activists with the Gaza-bound Lifeline 5 relief convoy have called for an end to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has now lasted for over three years. The Lifeline 5 convoy arrived in the Palestinian enclave earlier on Thursday via Egypt’s Rafah border crossing carrying Arab and foreign peace activists, including six Kuwaitis. Some 330 peace activists from 30 different countries travelling in 137 cars and buses were warmly welcomed by officials of the previous Palestinian administration in Gaza and senior leaders of various factions. The convoy is just one part of Arab and Muslim efforts to break the unjust blockade of the Gaza Strip. Speaking to KUNA, Kuwaiti activists emphasized that the Israeli siege on Gaza should be fully lifted, rejecting Israeli claims that the Jewish entity has eased its unfair blockade on the enclave. They said that while touring the territory, they had seen on the ground how Gaza’s infrastructure utilities had been destroyed in the most recent large-scale Israeli attack on Gaza. But, they voiced emphatic support for the people of Gaza, and expressed immense admiration for their valor and steadfastness. “We have seen devastated buildings, but we have seen steadfast and patient Gazans,” said Talal Al-Khidr. “We are here in Gaza to reiterated the necessity of fully lifting the blockade. We are not going to accept half-solutions.” The Kuwaiti activist called for fully ending the blockade, opening all crossing points, and allowing in all materials, especially building ones.


Monday, October 25, 2010

in the news Majority age may be lowered to 18 KUWAIT: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor’s (MSAL) labor section has carried out a study into the possibility of reducing the age of majority in Kuwait from 21 to 18 in order to enable those aged over 18 to change their visa status from dependent to employment residency. An MSAL official told Al-Anba that the study was amongst the measures being introduced by the ministry to attempt to reduce the number of expatriates travelling to the country for work. The official predicted that legislation would be issued to officially alter the age of majority prior to the creation of the public labor body which is expected to be set up next year. Teachers’ husbands The Council of Ministers has asked that a committee be formed by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor to prepare a way for expatriates teaching in Kuwait to bring their husbands to live with them while they are working. The committee’s formation was based on recommendations by the educational, cultural, and social and health ministerial committees,

reported Al-Anba. The Ministry of Education is expected to head the committee, organize its work and report any findings back to the council. MoH to amend laws The Ministry of Health is working towards updating a number of laws that regulate pre-marital testing, smoking, pharmaceutical and drugs. The relevant announcement was made by Dr Mahmoud Abdul Hadi, Director of Legal Affairs Department at the Ministry of Health. He said that some amendments will be made to all or some of the clauses of each law. Abdul Hadi told reporters that the ministry will ask for the addition of a ‘right to detention’ clause to the new smoking law. Also penalties will be increased, reported Al-Anba. With regard to the pharmacy law, he added, “We have requested to tighten the law with respect to inspection and supervision, in addition to counting violations committed in pharmacies, public and private sectors.” Hadi has suggested that amendments be referred to the health committee of the National Assembly Council. MoJ tackles women issues The Ministry of Justice is

mulling over the establishment of an institution of national importance that looks into women’s issues. This will be set up in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) as well as the women’s affairs committee in the Parliament. The project aims to tackle problems that Kuwaiti women face by finding scientific solutions. This will help reinforce the contributions that female citizens make. The coordination was achieved with the parliamentary panel to help outline the main problems that need to be tackled. According to an official, the program will focus on problems that divorced and widowed women face, in addition to finding solutions that problems faced in terms of financial, social and housing care. Moreover, a recommendation to establish a national center to tackle domestic violence cases will be implemented. These were made in a study that was referred to the Cabinet. Meanwhile, the MoJ and MSAL are also working on a different project in cooperation with Non-government organizations (NGOs), with the aim of reviewing social and economic regulations so that all forms of discrimination against women can be ended.

Kuwaiti researcher among the best 100 researchers KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti academic has been included on a list of the best 100 researchers worldwide in the field of Information Systems for the period from 1996 to 2009. Adel Mohammad Al-Adwani a professor of Information Systems at Kuwait University, was included on the list, available at, which was compiled by the US academic-researcher Viswanath Venkatesh, in recognition of his contributions in the area of academic research and studies published in the six top specialist information systems magazines worldwide. Speaking to KUNA after hearing of his inclusion on the list, Professor Al-Adwani expressed his pride at this achievement, saying that this accomplishment helped to confirm Kuwait’s eminent status and that of its distinguished institutions of scientific and academic excellence. Professor Al-Adwani said that this

Kuwaiti pilgrims enjoy deluxe Hajj KUWAIT: Kuwaiti Hajj pilgrims are reportedly increasingly taking advantage of many luxury extras that are not available to other, less affluent pilgrims performing the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. According to Al-Qabas, local agencies involved in organizing Hajj pilgrimages are introducing new luxury services every year in response to demand, including private jets, luxury transportation to and from the pilgrimage sites, accommodation at five-star hotels, VIP buffets and other exclusive extras. According to staff at some of these agencies, these services are not offered in any other Arab or Muslim countries. The agencies also offer a personal organizer service for the executive pilgrim, including specially tailored personal packages which handle all the travel and accommodation procedures, as well as providing pilgrims with whatever goods and services they express a wish for, down to buying and wrapping presents for family and friends to give on their return. The luxury Hajj packages also include comprehensive healthcare insurance and specially tailored religious programs. The owner of one local Hajj pilgrimage agency revealed that the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs (MAIA) is reportedly seriously considering introducing regulations that would limit the number of luxury extras which agencies can provide in order to maintain the spiritual integrity of the pilgrimage and ensure that the sanctity of the pilgrimage is not tainted by association with excessive consumerism.

Kuwait development plan ‘tangible reality’ KUWAIT: Kuwait’s development plan is a tangible reality and the country is on the course to regain its regional and international position, said Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of State for Development Affairs, and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber AlSabah yesterday. According to a press release by Sheikh Ahmad’s office, the minister’s statement came during his meeting with visiting Moroccan Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Technology Ahmed Chami.

achievement, the latest in a number of prestigious attainments, was the fruit of his research and studies published in the most prestigious global magazines of information systems, including the European Journal of Information Systems, and Research Information Systems, published by the American INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) organization. The website provides a list of the best information systems researches worldwide based on the best material from thousands of world-class researchers published in scientific journals and specialist bodies. Amongst the measures used to decide the top 100 amongst this group are their adherence to accurate and stringent quality standards and the originality of their scientific research, Professor AlAdwani explained.


Khorafi optimistic over govt-MPs cooperation Women MPs attend 32nd Global Action conference KUWAIT: Speaker of Kuwait’s National Assembly Jassem AlKhorafi has expressed optimism about the outlook of relationship between the country’s legislative and executive authorities. Speaking to reporters the parliament speaker said: “Once again I say I’m always optimistic. I’ve no alternative.” He made the remarks during a banquet, held at Al-Khorafi’s diwaniya, in Al-Beda’ area, in honor of cabinet members and MPs, with His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad AlJaber Al-Sabah attending. Asked about the government stance on the temporary parliamentary committees, he said the government would vote for cancelling such committees. “The tasks of the temporary committees fall under the jurisdiction of the standing ones. According to the Prime Minister the cabinet is ready to hold discussions with MPs concerning all outstanding local issues and matters of concern. Speaking at a reception hosted by parliamentary speaker Jassem AlKhorafi on Friday night, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad AlSabah said, “The central focus at this point is working to reach achievements in the country’s development process.” He emphasized the government’s determination to stand firm against those who damage national unity or cause problems for the country’s security. Despite the premier’s assurances concerning the government’s commitment to cooperation and Al-Khorafi’s own expressions of optimism during the event, however, recent developments on the local political scene indicate that the new parliamentary term, which starts tomorrow

KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received at Seif Palace yesterday the National Assembly speaker Jassem AlKhorafi. — KUNA is not set to go smoothly. One major problem is the conflict over the parliamentary committees, both the permanent ones which the cabinet is accused of attempting to dominate and the temporary ones which MPs have vowed to defend from reported government attempts at disbandment. MP Hassan Jowhar has already issued a belligerent statement criticizing Kuwait’s current parliament, which he said was “composed of unskilled amateurs,” and calling on the cabinet to show greater cooperation, especially in regard to attending special sessions. Another MP, Faisal AlMislem, urged the cabinet to maintain neutrality in voting for MPs during the selection process for membership of parliamentary committees. The Reform and Development Bloc member also asserted that the bloc would reject

any attempts to suppress the reformation of temporary parliamentary committees. Meanwhile, announcing that he would be running for membership of the parliamentary legislative committee, fellow RDB member and veteran MP Dr Walid Al-Tabtabae called on his fellow parliamentarians to work together to confront what he called “attempts by the cabinet to thwart certain MPs’ bids to be selected for membership of some committees.” Dr Al-Tabtabae also admitted that MPs might fail in their efforts to dissolve the current temporary committees concerned with human rights and negative phenomena, although he did not rule out the possibility of all temporary committees being dissolved in turn. In other parliamentary news, the rapporteur of the interior and

defense committee, MP Shuwaib Al-Muwaizri, challenged interior minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid Al-Sabah to provide evidence to support allegations that the committee’s recent report condemning the minister over the release of two convicted Iranian drug dealers had been motivated by AlMuwaizri’s anger over Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid’s rejection of his son’s application to study at the police academy. After the strongly critical report was issued, a number of rumors circulated in political circles suggesting that Al-Muwaizri had been responsible for the damning conclusion in revenge for the minister’s refusal to “broker a deal with him.” Speaking to the press on Saturday, AlMuwaizri flatly denied the allegations against him, calling on the minister to make a public

announcement concerning the rumors and saying that the minister would bear the responsibility if the rumors continued circulating should he refuse to make any such announcement. In another development, two Kuwaiti women MPs attended the 32nd Parliamentarians for Global Action conference in Turkey on Saturday, which this year focused on empowering women. One of the MPs, Dr Maasouma Al-Mubarak said that Kuwait is participating with a working paper presented by fellow MP Rola Dashti, indicating the conference’s significance to Kuwait, as it discusses the empowerment of women. This year’s session, focuses on the issues of the education of women and providing equal opportunities for decision-making vocations. She added, the conference discusses other issues related to health, as health standards in several nations are not quite up to standard. Arab attendance of the event was not what she had hoped for, and Al-Mubarak expressed hope this would increase in the time to come. For her part, Rola Dashti said that she had presented a working paper on behalf of Kuwait, on equal opportunities and distributing income. She noted that she had briefed the congregation on Kuwait’s civil laws in encouraging the participation of women through economic activities and decision-making positions. She said both she and her colleague had met several MPs attending the event, as well as a separate meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting with Erdogan, she said, discussed women’s issues, especially the Palestinian woman, who lives under the oppression of the Israeli occupation. — Agencies



Monday, October 25, 2010

Govt to focus on upgrading power and water networks

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MEW signs major contracts KUWAIT: The Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) yesterday signed a number of major contracts, including one for a new water distribution facility which will help strengthen the ministry’s distribution abilities in light of the increasing demand caused by steadily growing population levels. The new facility will also help to cope with the expected demand from the housing estates planned for locations across the country. The MEW also plans to carry out a number of modernization projects, including the importation of high-tech energy-saving regulators for street lighting in some areas. The ministry also plans to import other advanced equipment for the desalination units at the Shuwaikh desalination facility, reported Al-Qabas. The different contracts all come within the ministry’s plan to strengthen and improve Kuwait’s electricity and water networks. Meanwhile, the Deputy Premier for Economic Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AlSabah said yesterday that the

government is focusing on improving Kuwait’s electricity and water services in line with the objectives set out in the development plan. Sheikh Ahmad, who also doubles as Minister of State for Development Affairs and Minister of State for Housing Affairs, was speaking on the occasion of signing contracts for the new Mina Abdullah water reservoir project at the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW). Also attending the signing ceremony were the Minister of Electricity and Water Dr Bader Al-Shuraiaan and the Chairman of the Central Tenders Commission Ahmad Al-Kuleib. “The aim of the contracts is to increase [the facility’s] water production capacity by 50 percent,” Sheikh Ahmad noted. Stressing the private sector’s role as a “real partner” in development projects, and a realization of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s vision of involving the private sector in these projects, the Deputy Premier said, “We celebrate the

By Mubarak Al-Duwailah

signing of four [MEW] projects as part of the state’s development plan; which has achieved 56 percent of its implementation objectives in a short period of time.” Voicing hope that the next six months would see the achievement of more goals, Sheikh Ahmad urged all those involved to abide by the plan’s timeline in order to reach its objectives. Al-Shuraiaan, meanwhile, said that public sector work had witnessed a “qualitative” leap in terms of planning and executing projects following the official endorsement of the government’s development plan. The minister added that the Mina Abdullah reservoir project “encompasses the latest in management systems and network monitoring, and will supply the south of the country with its water needs.” Since the introduction of the development plan, 203 contracts, with a combined value of KD2 billion have been signed, Al-Shuraiaan added, revealing that the Mina Abdullah reservoir project will cost KD117 million. — Agencies


Political status quo ‘terrifying’ KUWAIT: MP Dr Maasouma Al-Mubarak has urged the Kuwaiti people to protect their country and its image while simultaneously fully observing and practicing humanitarian and Islamic values. In an interview published in yesterday’s Al-Watan, Dr Al-Mubarak stressed the fundamental role played by political parties within democracy, adding, however, that in its current form Kuwait’s “political status quo is terrifying” and suggesting that the country needs “a national accomplishment bloc rather than a Shiite alliance.” Dr Al-Mubarak further warned that many unresolved problems are still creating tensions between the executive and legislative authorities, including the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and the organization of the country’s sports bodies. The prominent parliamentarian also expressed dissatisfaction with the current situation, adding, “Some MPs have been over-involved in and preoccupied with sectarian conflicts.” The MP and former minister cited the example of one of her parlia-

mentary colleagues who she said has been “inquiring from the minister of education about teaching Shiite poetry...while we only teach pre-Islamic poetry!” She suggested that her fellow MPs should calm down and give the government’s development plan a chance to work before leaping in to condemn the government’s failure in not accomplishing all its objectives. On her position as a female MP, one of the first four in Kuwait’s history after last year’s historic election, the first in which female candidates were allowed to stand, Dr AlMubarak said that female MPs were still not welcomed by many male parliamentarians, some of whom she said are intent on hindering female MPs from achieving their political objectives, despite the fact that the four female parliamentarians are members of most of the permanent parliamentary committees. Dr Al-Mubarak emphasized that she had succeeded in winning her parliamentary seat solely through gaining the trust of voters rather than through government funding “as many believe.”

Team monitors coral bleaching KUWAIT: The Kuwait Diving Team continues to monitor the country’s coral reefs which have been affected with bleaching, as they have been utilizing advanced and more accurate technologies in their works. Environmental projects supervisor at the team, Mahmoud Ashkanani, explained in a press statement that divers are using a special metric and square metric measurement method in gathering periodic readings. The operations include detecting the

affected and non-affected corals, in addition to those plagued with full or partial bleaching, in addition to corals that have already deceased. Ashkanani further indicated that the team noticed an improvement in the condition of coral reefs located at the Kubbar Island in comparison to their condition when the operations started, as the percentage of non-affected corals reached 31%, while corals that have been completely affected reached 43%, whereas those

affected with partial bleaching reached 12%, and 14% of the reefs were registered dead. The Diving Team official further noted that the reduction of water temperatures will help coral reefs during the recovery process. Coral bleaching is a phenomenon that takes place at different places around the world. It mainly happens when the water temperatures rise over 34 C degrees, while pollutions cause for the problem to escalate.

he problem with some liberals in Kuwait is that they believe they can go on and on with certain lies until people eventually believe them. This explains why they continue to fabricate lies without feeling guilty about it. One of the lies they like to perpetrate is that the Ministry of Education has been abducted by the Islamist movements in Kuwait, even though everyone knows that the ministry has always been under the control and influence of liberals. The proof lies in the fact that the ministry has been run by liberal activists throughout its history, including Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber, Khalid Al-Fuhaid, Saleh Abdulmalik, Jassem Al-Marzouq, Hassan Al-Ibrahim, Anwar Alnouri, Sulaiman AlBadr, Ahmad Al-Rabei, Abdullah Al-Ghunaim, Abdulaziz AlGhanim, Musaed Al-Haroun, Saad Al-Hashel, Rasheed AlHamad, Yousuf Al-Ibrahim, Nouria Al-Subiah, and last but not least, the assistant secretary of the National Democratic Alliance, Dr Moudhi Al-Hmoud. With all due respect to all the names mentioned, it’s clear that the majority of them subscribe to a liberal ideology and don’t have any affiliation or connection to Islamic movements. Some argue that those influenced by Islamic parties are actually the undersecretaries rather than the ministers themselves. However, history also shows that not a single undersecretary at the Ministry of Education was a member of an Islamic movement. Even the late Abdurrahman Al-Khudri, whose name was often connected to Islamic activists, was a member of an Islamic movement. Why is it that liberals want to connect this ministry to Islamic parties? I believe it’s because they want to blame Islamists for their failure to run the ministry properly, especially considering that the majority of their decisions usually conflict with the reality of our conservative Kuwaiti society. Kuwaitis tend to reject alien ideologies, especially when it comes to the educational process. This failure has resulted in the general regression of education in Kuwait. If it wasn’t for conservative parliamentarians who disrupted attempts to westernize education and school curriculums, catastrophic results could’ve taken place in our schools. For example, male and female students of any educational level could attend classes together. Also, textbooks could’ve been altered to exclude the atrocious crimes committed by Jewish perpetrators against Muslims and Islamic curriculums could’ve been modified in such a way that it distorts the basic principles of the religion. While it’s true that current minister Dr Moudhi Al-Hmoud is responsible for running the ministry it’s clear she takes instruction from a consultant at Saif Palace. — Al-Qabas

‘Abu Dhabi Declaration’ KUWAIT: The executive committee of the parliamentary union of the Organization of Islamic Conference’s (OIC) member states, known as the PUIC, yesterday launched a new covenant entitled the ‘Abu Dhabi Declaration.’ In the document, the PUIC members called for stressing the need to review and rationalize the items on the OIC’s agenda, as well as the implementation of the organization’s resolutions. In a press statement issued after yesterday’s meeting, the PUIC also emphasized the need to take all the necessary steps to ensure closer cooperation between the OIC and PUIC in order to maximize the OIC’s influence and effectiveness in the Islamic world. —KUNA


Monday, October 25, 2010


115 ‘wanted fugitives’

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Details passed to Interpol KUWAIT: Kuwaiti authorities have passed the details of 115 wanted fugitives, both Kuwaiti and expatriate, to Interpol after they fled the country in the period between 2009 and the present. Speaking to the press, Mohammed Al-Duaij, the head of the Public Prosecution Service’s department of criminal rulings implementation and international cooperation, said that among the fugitives are a number of individuals wanted for state security offences amongst other charges. AlDuaij revealed that Kuwait is one of a small number of countries without any fugitives on its soil who are wanted in connec-

Action needed against the ‘phantom’ vehicles

tion with political offenses or who have applied for asylum elsewhere, reported Al-Rai. He further explained that deportation warrants are enforceable against all convicted expatriates, unless an Amiri amnesty is issued for any individuals in exceptional circumstances, such as having Kuwaiti family members, in order to avoid splitting up families. The senior PPS official added that those convicted in drugs or alcohol-related cases can also be helped through an Amiri amnesty so long as they successfully complete a rehabilitation program at the Central Prison.

By Dr Yaqoub Al-Sharrah


verybody must have experienced a certain incident, for which no plausible explanation exists. Some of these practices can be deemed illogical or, for that matter, even illegal in nature. One of these is the practice of tinting car windows so that occupants of the vehicle cannot be identified. Even though traffic laws that ban this practice exists, we find that it has not been implemented, as thousands of cars with tinted windows ply our streets. Some people justify their actions. For example, some say that tinted windows are used to guard one’s privacy, especially by female drivers who do not wish to be ogled at while driving. Others reason it out by saying this practice can encourage thieves who would want to conceal the valuable items that are hoarded inside. Some others simply say that tinted windows are used for decorative purposes. Regardless of the reasoning, the spread of this illegal practice reflects the authorities’ inefficiency in implementing laws. Tinted window panes facilitate crimes such as drug dealing, unlicensed arms trade, and prostitution. If that is not all, they would not allow a driver to be identified even if they are not involved in a traffic accident. Therefore, security personnel should act swiftly by taking action against the offenders, as well as placing a ban on the import of dark stickers that is plastered over window panes. — Al-Rai

Swindler dupes travelers KUWAIT: A case was filed against an employee at a travel agency citing theft and misappropriation. The agency, located in Farwaniya, received many complaints from customers stating that they had discovered that the tickets they booked had been already sold to others. When the agency’s manager inquired about the matter, the said employee stated that a hacker had caused the problem, reported Al-Anba. However, the employee disappeared the next day and KD 6,000 was also missing from the agency. He then approached the area’s police station and pressed fraud and theft charges against the employee. Youngsters attacked Two Kuwaiti youngsters were injured after being attacked by a celebrity in a public street. According to the victims’ testimony, they noticed the presence of a well-known actor in a car at the Salmiya traffic signal. The actor reportedly was not too enthusiastic to respond to the waving fans as he was accompanied by a female companion. The two youngsters then left the scene after the celebrity cold-shouldered them. However, they were soon forced to pull over after being intercepted by a Sports Utility Vehicle. Five men stepped out of the vehicle and assaulted them brutally. Meanwhile, the actor allegedly halted his car behind theirs’ to ensure that the young men do not escape. He joined the melee and stabbed one of the victims, while the other also sustained stab wounds, reported Al-Watan. The assailants then fled the scene, leaving the victims bleeding profusely. Paramedical staff soon reached the scene, and they admitted the 17 and 18 year olds to the Mubarak hospital. Police have launched an investigation into the matter. Abduction confusion When police received an emergency call from a female caller, they immediately began a search to locate a pickup truck based on the woman’s descriptions. The caller said that she had seen a woman being forced into the vehicle. Officers located the vehicle near the Shaab amusement park, and found a male driver who was accompanied by a woman, reported Al-Watan. The description had matched with those provided by the caller. However, the woman clarified to officials that she was not abducted and had gone on an outing with him consensually. Addict held The Mubarak Al-Kabeer

officials recently arrested a citizen who escaped from rehabilitation facility. The arrest took place in Messila, when the citizen’s vehicle was accosted. After verifying his identity, it was learnt that the man has been sentenced to spend six months at a rehab center in connection with drug addiction, reported AlWatan. He was whisked away to Al-Adan police station. Harasser arrested Security personnel recently arrested a young man who reportedly harassed a woman at a cooperative society in Mubarak Al-Kabeer governorate. The woman called police after the young man made advances, and went so far as to even plant a kiss on her cheek although she had tried to resist him. He apparently forced her to take a paper chit that contained his phone number, reported AlRai. The woman gave the number to police, which was used to identify his place of residence. A police patrol was later sent to arrest him. Thieves caught Two thieves were arrested after they being caught while attempting to steal materials from a construction site in Saad Al-Abdullah. The suspects had fled the scene after sensing police’s presence, reported Rai. However, they were nabbed following a hot chase. The thugs also face charges in connection with damaging public property, in addition to theft and other charges. Family dispute A female citizen was admitted to the Mubarak hospital after her niece stabbed her following a family dispute. The victim lodged a complaint with police stating that her sister had asked her to look after her niece as she had to fulfill other familial obligations. The dispute took place after she confronted her niece who had returned home late. The situation deteriorated to a point where the underage niece took a kitchen knife and stabbed her aunt, reported AlAnba. An investigation has been launched into the case. Bootlegger caught Police are currently investigating a case where the Asian suspect claimed that the banned beverage belongs to his sponsor. The man was arrested in Al-Da’eiya after police seized three imported liquor bottles from his possession. During the interrogation, the man claimed that the bottles belong to a Ministry of Interior official, reported AlAnba. The sponsor was summoned for interrogation.

Scientific Center’s CEO gets regional top post KUWAIT: The CEO and managing director of the Scientific Center, Mijbel AlMutawaa was recently elected president of the Association of Scientific Centers in the Middle East and North Africa. She was elected to the position at the association’s latest general assembly, hosted by Kuwait’s Scientific Center. Al-Mutawaa’s election was recommended by the association’s board, who acknowledged his contributions and support of scientific centers throughout the region. Also a member of the board of International Scientific Centers Conference, Al-Mutawaa expressed gratitude for the

great faith board members showed in him. He expressed hope that the association will help increase the presence of scientific centers across the Arab World. The association was formed in 2006 as per an initiative from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina with the Kuwait Scientific Center as one of its founding members. The Sky Dome Scientific Center at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Scientific City in Tunisia, the Amir Sultan Oasis for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia as well as the Scientific Centers Association in Turkey are also founding members of the association.

Poor living conditions may cause more strikes Apartments lack many of basic facilities KUWAIT: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) has settled a labor strike organized by cleaning workers in Jeleeb AlShuyoukh by reaching an agreement with representatives from their embassy. It was agreed that the laborers would go back to work if the government promised to force their sponsoring companies to provide them with their unpaid salaries, reported AlQabas. While news reports at the time indicated that withheld salaries and low wages were the cause of the labor strike, a recent tour of the laborers’ places of residence revealed extremely hideous living conditions. It indicated that there may be more labor strikes in the future in attempts to improve living conditions. After the issue regarding the strike was settled, ministry and

embassy officials left the scene. The workers, assured that their salaries would be paid, returned to the apartments provided to them by their employers. The apartments, however, lack many of the basic requirements many would consider necessary. The ministry was quick to act when the workers voiced their frustration but it seems that their suffering regarding terrible living conditions will continue to be ignored as long as they remain silent. Many have considered staging future protests until all of their demands are met. Salaries are not the only thing that these workers are deprived of. During a tour of their residences, many workers told reporters that their employers deliberately disconnect water and electricity supplies from their apartments when they demand that their salaries be paid. “Most

of us are forced to use the bathrooms in nearby mosques or fetch water from there regularly,” one worker said. He explained that they are usually pushed away by the imams of these mosques because the area’s crumbling infrastructure makes it hard for water tankers to provide the daily supply of water, which is barely enough to meet the demand as it is. An even more tragic reality was discovered when reporters moved into the workers’ apartments and discovered that they are divided into rooms, each which five two-level beds. The workers said that their apartments turn into furnaces when their employees disconnect the power. One of the workers explained how the miserable living conditions drive many of them to commit crimes. A worker added that low-wages force

many workers to seek additional jobs, such as working at the vegetable market or at a carwash stations, which violates the country’s labor laws. Another laborer said that many resort to stealing, especially when their salaries are delayed, so that they can send money to their families back home. Salary delays In anticipation of a possible strike that may be staged by cleaning workers in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, General Ahmad Al-Rujaib, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior has ordered several security bodies to be prepared to face any eventuality. Most workers have been complaining about the delay in receiving salaries, reported Al-Anba. Officials said that security personnel have been instructed to disband Asian labors from gathering into mobs, and ask them to remain indoors.



Monday, October 25, 2010

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Abu Dhabi CP’s Court, Gallup in partnership ABU DHABI: The Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Gallup Organization, the world’s leading statistical research firm, yesterday announced their partnership in creating an independent center for social research and analysis in Abu Dhabi. Building on Gallup’s influential work in the field of Muslim studies, the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center (ADGC) will offer unmatched research on the attitudes and aspirations of Muslims worldwide. In addition to its global scope, the ADGC will reportedly invest in the specific priorities of its regional base and present innovative analysis and insights into the most important societal challenges facing the United Arab Emirates and the other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations.

The ADGC is a product of both Abu Dhabi’s and Gallup’s commitment to rigorous research and scholarship on some of the most crucial issues facing the world, said the press release issued to announce the creation of the new body. The current executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies (GCMS) in Washington DC, Dalia Mogahed, will take charge of the new initiative as director of the ADGC. Mogahed previously coauthored the groundbreaking book, ‘Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think,’ with American author John Esposito. Several Gallup analysts are also set to relocate from the US to Abu Dhabi to oversee the creation of the new institution, which will operate under the aegis of the GCMS.

KUWAIT: The Minister of Public Works and State Minister for Municipality Affairs Dr Fadhel Safar (middle) cutting the ribbon during the launching of the exhibition yesterday. — Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

Petrochemicals ‘Gulf’s 2nd ‘Ministry of Public Works biggest export commodity’ supports local products’ EQUATE sponsors GPCA supply chain event BAHRAIN: EQUATE Petrochemical Company’s President & CEO Hamad Al-Terkait said the petrochemical industry is the Gulf’s second biggest export commodity with over 25 million tons annually. Speaking on the sidelines of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Second Supply Chain Conference in Bahrain, Al-Terkait said the total value of this industry in the Gulf fetched over $50 billion annually, which comprises nearly 11% of this sector’s global market and utilizes massive channels to export to the rest of the world. Al-Terkait expected the Gulf’s petrochemical industry share to increase to about 17% of the global market within the next five years, noting that such a sizable industry involves indeed a business review into the integrated supply chain system to develop the best model to serve this industry on long term. Al-Terkait highlighted a number of challenges facing Gulf exports, such as port congestions, inadequate infrastructure, instability of market conditions and geographical location. Al-Terkait added that despite all these challenges, exports out of Gulf to the globe are continued. On EQUATE’s performance in 2010, Al-Terkait explained that EQUATE’s total exports are exceeding 2 million tons of liquid and solid material with a total transaction value exceeding $2 billion and it utilizes services of more than 10 supply chain companies to deliver EQUATE’s products to various customers in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. Al-Terkait added that the company’s performance during 2010 has been better than the expectation, foreseeing the 2011 should be the same. He noted that despite all challenges, EQUATE’s products represent more than 80% of Kuwait’s non-oil exports. In addition to leading EQUATE, Al-Terkait is the Vice Chairman of GPCA Board and heads it Supply Chain Committee. EQUATE is one of GPCA’s main founders. Sponsored by EQUATE, the GPCA

Innovative technology on display By Nawara Fattahova

EQUATE Petrochemical Company’s President & CEO Hamad Al-Terkait Supply Second Chain Conference is taking place in Bahrain from October 24-26 with the attendance of several senior officials from supply chain and petrochemical companies discussing various relevant affairs. Established in 1995, EQUATE is an international joint venture between Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). Commencing production in 1997, EQUATE is the single operator of a fully integrated world-scale manufacturing facility producing over 5 million tons annually of high-quality petrochemical products which are marketed throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.

KUWAIT: At least 80 local and international companies that supply building materials will make their presence felt at the Building and Construction Exhibition. Innovative technology and methods are on display at this year’s vastly improved exhibition. It was launched yesterday at the Kuwait International Fair Ground in Mishref and will last till the 30th of this month. “It is a great opportunity for participants to present modern products. There are many international companies participating in this exhibition. We have the chance to exploit their experience in the field,” stated Dr Fadhel Safar, Minister of Public Works and State Minister for Municipality Affairs. He was speaking during the launch of the exhibition yesterday. Different countries, besides Kuwait, like China, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Poland, Oman, Turkey, Iran, Qatar, and Bahrain are participating. Also some foreign embassies located in Kuwait have set up their own pavilions. The visitor will find building materials, metal and aluminum works, interiors decors, carpentry, contracting services, marble, ceramics, floors, paintings, power supplies, air-conditioning and cooling systems, plastic pipes, sanitary tools, kitchens, security systems, engineering services, water containers, elevators and much more. The exhibition is open from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This year, there are more participants in this annual event, “Every year, the visitor can find an improved exhibition. This year, there are special energy conservation techniques displayed, especially with the use of pumps and solar energy. This suits Kuwait’s typically hot climate,” explained Safar.

The new techniques will prove beneficial to the consumer, “By using the modern building materials and techniques, the consumer can save his money, as good quality materials will last for a long time. They can also save energy by using these materials,” he added. Safar also highlighted that the Ministry of Public Works uses the modern building materials and techniques to construct projects to save the energy, “We also try to use solar energy in our projects. We should abandon old building methods, and use new techniques to save energy,” he said. The Ministry is now working on 140 main projects in addition to other five subsidiary projects, “The construction sector is an important part of the development plan. The Ministry will soon issue a report about the projects and works that have been executed. The Ministry always supports local products. It is a condition that it has put forward while contracts are signed with companies. Kuwait is now an attractive destination for investors in this field. All services are available in Kuwait starting from infrastructure to other materials,” concluded Safar.

PAAET slams minister A Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) official recently criticized the Minister of Education (MoE) for failing to separate the applied education and training sectors at the authority as part of the development plan for the country’s education sector. Speaking at a press release issued by the Association of Teaching Staff at the PAAET, association member Dr Mohammad Al-Kandary expressed disappointment that minister Dr Moudhi Al-Hmoud had not acted to separate the PAAET’s two sectors, a proposal that had been made in 2004. He also called on the minister to address PAAET’s teaching staff demands to be treated equally compared to those working at Kuwait University, especially when it comes to financial allowances. Al-Kandari did however acknowledge the minister’s efforts to push for the establishment of a fine arts academy. PIC cuts expenses Board Chairman and Managing Director of Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), Maha Mulla Hussain revealed yesterday that the company had cut around KD7.8 million in expenses via the Six Sigma business industrial strategies. Mullah Hussain told the press that the company began the strategy in 2006 and would continue to use it to save around KD5.6 million by 2012. PIC is keen on developing its mechanism to provide better services to clients as well as expanding the company’s operations on the regional and international levels. Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special human cadre within the organization who are experts in these methods. Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets (cost reduction or profit increase).

ISESCO regional forum The head of the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences, Dr Abdulrahman AlAwadhi, yesterday emphasized the importance of the upcoming regional forum on ethics in science and technology, which is being organized by the Organization of Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (ISESCO) in Kuwait. Speaking to the press, Al-Awadhi said that scientific research is an important pillar among the mainstays of the progress of nations and a means essential to people’s lives to ensure a peaceful and dignified life. He added that this can only be achieved through scientific research, provision of an adequate budget and exhibiting particular concern for researchers. Al-Awadhi pointed out that the forum, entitled ‘Ethical Issues in the Areas of Scientific Publishing,’ will discuss this issue in an effort to contribute towards the further development of the moral foundations of scientific publishing and to develop scientific standards to be adhered to in writing or preparing papers for scientific publishing in specialist journals in order to protect the rights of others. MoH launches program KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health (MoH) plans to spread awareness on healthy eating habits among students. A program will be implemented during the current school year (2010/2011), and several activities, covering 40 percent of the country’s public schools, will be held. This announcement was made by Nutrition Reinforcement Supervisor at the ministry Dr Muna Al-Sumaiei, who further explained that as part of activities, lectures will be included on proper nutrition, as well as exercise sessions. This is in addition to activities that are directed at parents which also aim to spread awareness on the best nutrition that can be provided to children, reported AlQabas. Moreover, Dr Al-Sumaiei indicated that workshops will be held for teachers so as to train them on educating students. Another campaign on methods to tackle junk food addiction will be launched shortly.

Building, flat engulfed by fire By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: A fire occurred in the basement of a building in Farwaniya used as a warehouse. The Farwaniya Fire Department responded to the emergency and requested backup from the South Salmiya Fire Center’s technical rescue team. A resident and a firefighter were injured during the fire and treated at the scene. In an unrelated incident, a fire occurred in a flat in Khaitan owned by an Egyptian family. The fire resulted in the death of a five-year-old boy, the injury of a 19-year-old boy due to smoke inhalation while their mother received burns on her hands and feet. The family was brought to Farwaniya Hospital. Public Relations and Information Director Lieutenant Colonel Khalil AlAmir urged citizens and expatriates to install smoke detectors and keep a fire extinguisher on hand to avoid such accidents. Seminar on drug abuse The Eighth Anti Narcotics Students Forum at the intermediate and secondary school level was held under the slogan ‘Think about your health without drugs.’ The seminar was held under the patronage of the General Department of Drug Control Major General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah Al-Khalifa Al-Sabah. The lectures were held at Farwaniya and Mutanabbi Intermediate Schools in Jahra, and Latifa AlShamali Secondary School in Qairawan. Captain Thamer AlHajri and Dr Ayed AlHumaidan spoke about dangers posed by drug abuse and the role of the family in combating the issue. Forced landing A Kuwait Airways aircraft

Accidents A 19-year-old Saudi and an 18-year-old bedoon were injured during a car accident in Jahra. Both were taken to Jahra Hospital. Meanwhile, a 62year-old Filipina sustained head injuries when a car struck her in Salwa. She was rushed to Mubarak Hospital. In an unrelated incident, a 34-year-old Indian man and a 45-year-old Indian woman were injured during a car accident in Shuwaikh. They were taken to Sabah Hospital. Fights A 39-year-old Bangladeshi was bruised in the face during a fight near the Al-Mahameed Supermarket on Mohammad bin Al-Qasim Street. He was taken to Farwaniya Hospital.

Firemen examine the gutted warehouse. was forced to make an emergency landing minutes after takeoff due to a cracked windshield.

Firefighters were on standby at the runway as a precaution. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Body found A 29-year-old citizen was found dead in Al-Muzaini Mosque near the stock exchange.

Special security precautions in Ahmadi KUWAIT: The Interior Ministry has beefed up security precautions in the governorate of Ahmadi for it hosts most of the country’s oil installations and new towns and shopping malls, a ministry official said yesterday. The security forces tasked with maintaining order in the province have been active on daily basis for enforcing order, security and “confronting negative manifestations and

conducts,” said Major General Abdul Fattah Abdul Mohsen Ali, the director general of Al-Ahmadi security authority. Deployment of patrols in various regions of the province is necessary to assure the residents, for the region hosts most of the oil sites, many modern commercial malls and new residential towns “that need intensive security precautions.”

Elaborating, he indicated that these extraordinary precautions in Ahmadi include the stationing of guards, launching mobile patrols, installing security cameras and sirens. The security forces in charge of order in Ahmadi have been targeting, in particular, vendors selling expired or stolen goods, he concluded. — KUNA



Monday, October 25, 2010

Israelis fired 308 bullets aboard Gaza ship: General JERUSALEM: Israeli commandos fired 308 live bullets aboard a Gazabound aid ship in May to repel passengers who attacked them with lethal weapons including a snatched Uzi machine pistol, Israel’s top general said yesterday. In a sometimes testy second round of testimony before a state-appointed inquest, Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi insisted the navy’s killing of nine pro-Palestinian Turks on the converted cruise ship Mavi Marmara had been unavoidable. Marine commandos were equipped with riot-dispersal gear but quickly switched to live fire to confront armed passengers because “if they had not done this, there would have been more casualties,” Ashkenazi told the six-member Turkel Commission. Ankara, which wants compensation and an apology from Israel, has dismissed the Turkel panel as too lacking in scope. But the commission has invited testimony from Mavi Marmara passengersmany of whom insist the commandos’

onslaught was unprovoked-and signalled it may probe Israel’s navy deeper. Ashkenazi said 308 live rounds were fired by the troops. A top aide to the general told Reuters 70 of these were aimed to cause injury, while the rest were warning shots. That appeared consistent with Turkish forensic findings that the nine dead activists were shot a total of 30 times, and there were gunshot wounds among another 24 passengers who were hurt. “Those who are asking questions (about tactics) should propose an alternative solution,” Ashkenazi said. The Mavi Marmara and five other ships were trying to run an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, territory controlled by Hamas Islamists. Ashkenazi said passengers grabbed three Glock handguns and an Uzi machine pistol from commandos whom they overpowered. The troops had been dropped from helicopters onto the crowded ship as it ploughed through Mediterranean high seas at night. “We have testimony of one

JERUSALEM: In this Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 file photo, Israel’s military chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi sits before testifying in front of a state-appointed inquiry commission into the Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, in Jerusalem. The Israeli commission looking into a deadly raid on a pro-Palestinian flotilla last May has summoned Ashkenazi to testify for a second time yesterday. — AP

activist running at them (marines) and firing with a mini-Uzi, and them shooting him,” he said. “They hit those who were clearly involved in the attack on them, and not those who were not.” Mavi Marmara activists have said any guns taken from the troops were disposed of, rather than used. The U.N. Human Rights Council-which Israel boycottedalleged in a report last month that several passengers may have been executed. One of the dead Turks, the report said, suffered a fatal brain injury from a so-called “beanbag” round-a heavy pad fired from a shotgun and which, at safe ranges, is designed to knock down but not kill the person targeted. Ashkenazi said commandos had fired some 350 beanbag rounds and non-lethal paintballs, all according to “prescribed method”. The navy opted against rubber bullets-a mainstay of Israel’s tactics against Palestinian demonstrations on land-because of a lethal risk within the Mavi Marmara’s confines, he added. Ashkenazi, who is scheduled

to retire early next year, made clear that he had returned to testify in order to spare scrutiny from subordinates, including the admiral in charge of the navy. Bristling at Turkish and other foreign fury over the Mavi Marmara raid yet wary of international war crimes suits, Israel set up the Turkel Commission to help prepare its submission for a separate probe under U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon. Ashkenazi, a career infantryman, said the commission had received “word for word” accounts from marines, including two who were shot and wounded upon boarding. Endorsing the commandos’ recollection, Ashkenazi said they were combat veterans who “know when they are being shot at”. But he also seemed to make allowances for the haze of melee. “I won’t take issue with a soldier who might confuse a slingshot, and the whizz its missile makes as it flies past, with a pistol, in night-time” conditions, he said. — Reuters

Iraq’s high court orders parliament back to work Four-page court order termed as ‘illegal’ BAGHDAD: Iraq’s highest court yesterday ordered parliament back to work after a seven-month political impasse that has blocked the formation of a new government. Iraq’s federal Supreme Court called the delay unconstitutional. Parliament’s acting speaker, Fouad Massoum, told The Associated Press that he expects to have a meeting date set by the end of this week. The four-page

BAGHDAD: A wounded man is assisted following a car bomb attack in Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, yesterday. Police said a car bomb yesterday morning killed and wounded several bystanders. — AP

Maliki supporters see WikiLeaks as a plot BAGHDAD: Supporters of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki are convinced the WikiLeaks release of secret US military documents is a plot to undermine his bid to stay in power following March elections. “Maliki’s office destabilised by WikiLeaks revelations,” ran a headline in yesterday’s independent Al-Mada daily. The leaked documents reportedly include allegations of state-sanctioned torture under Maliki and alleged links to “death squads.” “The documents published by WikiLeaks were carefully chosen” and “the moment chosen to expose them reflects political motivations,” said AlBayan newspaper, which is close to the premier. He has been fighting to secure a second term after narrowly losing March 7 elections in which his Shiite State of Law alliance lost by two seats to the Sunni-dominated Iraqiya bloc of ex-premier Iyad Allawi. Neither has been able to muster the majority needed to form a government, despite backdoor negotiations with Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish blocs that also won seats. The pressure on Maliki mounted yesterday when Iraq’s supreme court ordered the parliament to end the stalemate by choosing a speaker, the first step to forming a government. WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange said on Saturday that the unauthorised release of nearly 400,000 classified US military documents on the war in Iraq was “about the truth.” But Maliki supporters are convinced it is all about hurting him. “It is a media campaign against the state and the political process carried out by several groups like the Baathists, regional forces and the new political order,” said MP Hassan al-Sinaid, who is close to Maliki. Allawi was a former member of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath party, and looks to

Saudi Arabia for support. “This is all in the past,” Sinaid said of the allegations, adding that “in six months this business will be forgotten.” Ordinary Iraqis who support Maliki are convinced that the allegations against him are false. “This information is false and this site lies by publishing these documents years after the incidents,” said civil servant Raad Abdel Ghaffar, 42. “This site wants to sow discord at a time when the political parties are about to agree.” Maliki’s office said in a statement on Saturday: “There are some political interests behind the media campaign who are trying to use the documents against national leaders, especially the prime minister.” Nearly 400,000 US military documents made available by WikiLeaks on Friday chronicle claims of abuse by Iraqi security forces, while others appear to show US troops did nothing to stop statesanctioned torture, rape and murder under Maliki. The statement from Maliki’s office did not address the question of the documents’ veracity, nor did it detail who was supposedly trying to discredit him or how. But it did say that the “the timing and style of the documents... raise a big question mark,” suggesting that foreign outside hands aimed to sabotage the prime minister. Al-Jazeera television said the leaked papers included US Army reports about Maliki “and allegations of his association with death squads.”After coming to power in 2006, he created security units loyal to him that Iraqis referred to as “dirty forces,” for their heavy-handed treatment of suspects and detainees. “It is possible that these documents are being used to topple certain politicians,” the independent Al-Alam daily said. “But what about Iraqi blood?” it asked. “Justice for the victims is a necessity.” — AFP

The delay, it said, “violated the constitution.” Parliament’s 325 lawmakers have met only once, briefly in June, since March 7 elections that failed to give any party a ruling majority. Since then, dueling political leaders have resisted returning as they try to corral alliances for enough support to name new government leaders, including the prime minister, when parliament reconvenes. Without parliament in session, the government is in a holding pattern. It cannot move ahead with any major decisions, including business-friendly reforms such as streamlining bureaucracy and clarifying rules for foreign investment. After meeting for just under 20 minutes in June, lawmakers agreed to leave the parliament session open but unattended — a technicality aimed at allowing negotiations for choosing leaders continue beyond constitutional deadlines. Under pressure from foreign allies and mounting exasperation from the Iraqi public, leaders since have twice tried — and failed — to bring parliament back. The sides are sharply divided over the formation of a new government, and analysts and some lawmakers have warned that a decision could still be at least a month away. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is battling to keep his job after the rival Sunni-backed Iraqiya list led by former prime minister Ayad Allawi narrowly won the most seats in the March vote. Yesterday’s court order settles a lawsuit brought by independent watchdog groups against Massoum in his role as acting speaker. In a brief interview yesterday, Massoum said he has not yet seen the order but has no choice but to abide by the court’s demands. “I will call the leaders of the political blocs for a counselor’s meeting, and expect to announce the date of the first session by the end of this week,” Massoum said. The political jockeying was taking place amid fears that Sunnis who supported Allawi, a secular Shiite, could turn to violence if they feel disenfranchised. Much of the violence that broke out after the 2003 US-led invasion was fueled by retaliatory attacks between Sunnis embittered by the loss of the dominance they had enjoyed under Saddam Hussein and extremists from among the majority Shiites. In the Sunni-dominated northern city of Mosul, police said a car bomb yesterday morning killed two passers-by and wounded 19. The casualties were confirmed by a hospital worker who, like police, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. — AP

court order termed as “illegal” a J une decision by lawmakers to delay parliament’s return and give leaders time to broker political alliances. “The federal Supreme Court decided to cancel this decision, binding the parliament speaker to call on law makers to convene parliament and resume w ork,” read the order that w as issued yesterday.

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s new parliament convenes Monday June 14 2010 but postponed a decision on a new president as the country remained in political limbo three months after inconclusive national elections. Iraq’s highest court yesterday ordered parliament back in session after a seven-month political impasse that has blocked formation of a new government. — AP

Netanyahu warns Palestinians against unilateral acts JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the Palestinians yesterday not to take unilateral steps towards statehood, saying Israel was working closely with Washington on ways to restart peace talks. “We expect the Palestinians to fulfil their commitment to hold the direct talks. I think that any attempt to circumvent them by going to international bodies is not realistic and it will not advance the real diplomatic process,” he said. Peace talks that began in Washington on Sept. 2 are in limbo over Palestinian demands for a freeze of Israeli construction on land they want for a state and Netanyahu’s refusal to reimpose limits on building in settlements in the occupied West Bank. The impasse has raised speculation the Palestinians might abandon negotiations with Israel and launch a diplomatic campaign to seek recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations or other international organisations. Last week, Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghassan Khatib said that if peace efforts with Israel failed, Palestinian aspirations for statehood should not be “held hostage” to Israeli consent. “Peace will be achieved only through direct negotiations and I hope that we will return to this path with full force in the very near future,” Netanyahu said, addressing his

cabinet in public remarks. He said Israel was “engaged in close contacts with the United States” aimed at restarting peace talks which the Palestinians suspended when a 10-month moratorium on housing starts in settlements ended on Sept. 26. Diplomats have said Washington has offered Israel a package of incentives,

including ideas on security, to persuade Netanyahu to resume the partial freeze for two months. “Our aim is not just to restart (talks) but to restart them in a way so that we do not stop in a few weeks or two months,” Netanyahu said, calling for a year of “serious negotiations about fundamental

issues” leading to a framework peace deal. Palestinians say they fear settlements that Israel has built on land captured in the 1967 Middle East war will deny them a viable state. Netanyahu says the settlement issue should be discussed in negotiations and not serve as a condition for talks. — Reuters

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, yesterday. Netanyahu yesterday cautioned the Palestinians against taking unilateral action in their efforts to establish an independent state, telling his Cabinet that Israel expects the Palestinians “to honor their obligation to conduct direct negotiations.” — AP



Monday, October 25, 2010

Tapped phone calls put Romanian media in tight spot BUCHAREST: The publication this week of telephone conversations between a media mogul and several journalists in Romania has sparked a heated debate over media monopolies. The tapped phone calls feature Sorin Ovidiu Vantu, owner of an influential media group including Realitatea television station, allegedly telling his subordinates what he expected from them. “What I need today is an organization that carries out my orders.... You are not

free, whoever is not happy with this can leave.” “Absolutely... This is what I’m going to tell the people when I go back” in the newsroom, one of the directors, Sergiu Toader, allegedly replied. Transcripts of the conversations figure in Vantu’s indictment for aiding a man sentenced to 15 years in prison for fraud, with prosecutors claiming they reveal Vantu’s character. His trial is due to start on November 8. “These transcripts show the extent to

which a media owner can impose his personal will, to the detriment of public interest,” Ioana Avadani, head of the Centre for Independent Journalism, told AFP. “They threaten the credibility of the media as a whole,” she said, adding that prosecutors should have taken steps to “protect the privacy” of the journalists involved. Opposition leaders have condemned the publication of the conversations, saying they were being used as an “instru-

ment of blackmail aimed at discrediting President Traian Basescu’s opponents”. According to the transcripts, Vantu’s explicit goal was to drive Basescu from power as he blamed him for the charges he was facing. A first attempt failed in 2007, when Basescu was impeached by parliament but returned to office after a referendum overturned the lawmakers’ decision. “The impeachment was the result of the alliances I built in parliament,” Vantu

allegedly said. In the December 2009 presidential campaign, Vantu backed the opposition candidate Mircea Geoana, who narrowly lost to Basescu. At the time, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had published a report blasting the “biased coverage” of the campaign by TV stations such as Realitatea TV and Antena, and their “aggressiveness towards the outgoing president”. Romanian best-selling writer Mircea

Cartarescu professed in an editorial that journalists had turned into “shameful mercenaries”, working for a “manipulative media group”. In an address earlier this month, US ambassador Mark Gitenstein said Romania needed “independent media, not simply independent of the state, but independent of powerful economic interests that use the media to manipulate the discourse”. — AFP

Pope seeks religious liberty in Midle East Calls for Christian-Muslim dialogue on freedom in region

VATICAN: Pope Benedict XVI caresses a child as he leaves St.Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican after leading a procession by 180 members of the clergy from the Middle East yesterday. The Holy father urged all sides in the Middle East not to give up on peace and appealed for religious freedom to be respected as he wrapped up a two-week synod of bishops from the middle eastern region. — AFP

Sudan gets long-delayed referendum voter books KHARTOUM: Printers delivered hundreds of thousands of registration books for Sudan’s southern independence referendum yesterday, clearing a major hurdle in delayed preparations for the vote, organisers said. Voting is due to start on Jan. 9 2011 in the referendum, promised in the 2005 peace deal that ended decades of northsouth civil war, on whether southerners want to stay in Sudan or secede. Preparations are lagging badly and there are fears that delays, arguments over the sharing out of revenues from the oil produced in the south, and growing north-south tensions over the vote may re-

ignite conflict. Washington has stepped up diplomatic pressure on Khartoum to hold the vote peacefully and on time. Influential US Senator John Kerry was due to meet Sudan’s vice president and other ministers on Sunday at the end of a three-day trip to Africa’s largest state. South African printers flew 500,000 voter registration books to Khartoum on Sunday, enough for southern voters living in Sudan’s 15 northern states, said the spokesman of the referendum’s organising commission, Jamal Mohamed Ibrahim. Millions more will soon arrive in the southern capital Juba, he added.

“This is a giant step forward ... When the materials are around everyone feels confident that these things are going ahead,” commission deputy chairman Chan Reek Madut told Reuters from Juba. The commission has already started training referendum registration staff, and organisers still hope to start voting on Jan. 9, he added. “That is our hope and it is our aim,” he said. Under an earlier timetable set out in legislation governing the plebiscite, the whole registration exercise should have been completed three months before the vote. In a new, contracted timetable issued by the commission this month, voters will now

be registered between Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 and the final list of voters will be published on Jan. 4, just five days before the start of voting. The commission still has to print voting forms and Sudan has not yet appointed a commission to organise a simultaneous referendum, promised under the same peace deal, on whether the central disputed Abyei region should join north or south Sudan. Northern and southern leaders also have to resolve fundamental issues including the position of their shared border, the citizenship of southerners in the north and vice versa, and how they will share oil revenues after the vote. — Reuters

BUCHAREST: Nuns wait to touch the sacred remains the Romanian Patriarchy in Bucharest, Saturday, as Romanian Orthodox worshipers start celebrations of Saint Dimitrie Bassarabov, the patron saint of the city. Thousands wait in line for long hours to touch the remains of the saint, hoping for the healing of diseases or a change for the better in fortune. — AP

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict called on Islamic countries in the Middle East yesterday to guarantee freedom of w orship to non-Muslim s a nd sa id peace in the region w as the best remedy for a w orrying exodus of Christians. He made his a appeal at a solemn mass in St Peter’s Basilica ending a two week Vatican summit of bishops from the Middle East, whose final document criticised Israel and urged the Jewish state to end its occupation of Palestinian territories. In his sermon at the gathering’s ceremonial end, the pope said freedom of religion was “one of the fundamental human rights that each state should always respect”. He said that while some states in the Middle East allowed freedom of belief, “the space given to the freedom to practise religion is often quite limited”. At least 3.5 million Christians of all denominations live in the Gulf Arab region, the birthplace of Islam and home to some of the most conservative Arab Muslim societies in the world. The freedom to practise Christianity-or any religion other than Islam-is not always a given in the Gulf and varies from country to country. Saudi Arabia, which applies an austere form of Sunni Islam, has by far the tightest restrictions. The Pope said all citizens in Middle Eastern countries would benefit from greater freedom of religion and backed a call by the synod participants for Muslims and Christians to open an “urgent and useful” dialogue on the thorny issue. In Saudi Arabia, home to Islam’s holiest sites, any form of non-Muslim worship takes place in private. Converting Muslims is punishable by death, although such sentences are rare. Services and prayer meetings often are held in diplomats’ homes, but access to these is very limited, so Christians meet to worship in hotel conference rooms-at great risk. Trying to bring about a Middle East peace with a twostate solution was a main theme of the synod participants and the pope took up their plea in his homily. “Peace is possible. Peace is urgent. Peace is an indispensable condition for a life worthy of the human person and of society. Peace is also the best remedy to avoid immigration from the Middle East,” he said. In its concluding message, issued on Saturday after two weeks of meetings, the synod said Israel cannot use the biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people to justify new settlements in Jerusalem or territorial claims. Many Jewish settlers and right-wing Israelis claim a biblical birthright to the occupied West Bank, which they call Judea and Samaria and regard as a part of historical, ancient Israel given to the Jews by God. In a response, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said theological disputes over the interpretation of the holy scriptures disappeared with the Middle Ages, adding: “It doesn’t seem like a wise move to revive them.” — AFP

MOMBASA: In this undated photo released yesterday, by Interunity Management Corporation SA, (IMC) showing the MV York merchant vessel which was boarded by suspected Somali pirates approximately 90 nautical miles from Mombasa, Kenya, on Saturday. A distress signal from the vessel was received Saturday as the York sailed between Mombasa and Mahe, Seychelles, with 17 crew aboard, and is now believed to be headed towards Somalia under the control of pirates. — AP

Pirates seize Greek tanker off Kenya ATHENS: A Greek-owned tanker with a German skipper and a crew of 16 has been seized by pirates off the coast of Kenya, officials said yesterday. The Singapore-flagged vessel York, a 5,076tonne tanker en route for the Seychelles, is carrying 17 crew, including a German master, two Ukrainians and 14 Filipinos, European naval forces in Brussels said in a statement. It was attacked around 50 nautical miles east from the Kenyan port of Mombasa and initially drifted before moving at around 10 knots from yesterday morning, the EU mission said. The crew are believed to be in good health, a source at the ship’s operating company, Athensbased Interunity Management Corporation, told AFP. “We have not spoken to the crew but we believe they are in good health,” the company representative said. In a separate statement, the company said the ship had issued a distress signal whilst sailing between Mombasa and the Seychelles island of Mahe. “We understand that the pirates have control of the vessel and it is sailing towards the Somali coast.

No contact has yet been made with the vessel,” the company statement said. “The company is working to bring this incident to a safe resolution for the crew and vessel,” it said. The Greek coastguard said the ship carries 150 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). “The authorities of Singapore are handling the case as they are the flag state and there are no Greeks on board,” a coastguard spokeswoman said. A Turkish warship confirmed the seizure yesterday after being dispatched to investigate after an attack on the MV York by two skiffs the previous day in the Somali basin, not long after it sailed out of Mombasa, the EU mission said in a statement. The Turkish vessel TCG Gaziantep, operating under the Combined Maritime Forces, launched a helicopter to investigate. “The helicopter was able to observe pirates with weapons on board the vessel,” the statement said. The EU mission said that in “a separate but seemingly linked incident” a fishing vessel, the Golden Wave, that was attacked by pirates on October 9, was seen in the vicinity of the tanker. Including this weekend’s seizure, pirates currently are holding 19 vessels with 428 hostages, the statement said. — AFP

Hundreds rally in Kyrgyzstan in support of security boss BISHKEK: Hundreds of people rallied yesterday in this Central Asian capital in support of a top Kyrgyz politician who claims he was wounded in an attack linked to contested election results. Protesters backing Kamchibek Tashiyev, the leader of a nationalist party, demanded the resignation of Kyrgyzstan’s security chief, Keneshbek Duishebayev, whom Tashiyev blamed for an alleged attack Saturday at his home in a suburb of Bishkek, the capital. The crowd of some 700 people in Bishkek’s central square also demanded the release of official results for the Oct. 10 parliamentary elections. Preliminary results gave a surprise first place to Tashiyev’s Ata-Zhurt party amid claims of widespread fraud from two rival parties, but government officials have not officially confirmed the election results. The country’s Oct. 10 election, which will produce a new and empowered parliament that can approve a government and appoint a prime minister, came after a year of political turbulence and deadly ethnic violence. In April, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted after mass protests over stag-

nant living standards and corruption. Many top officials from his government then formed Tashiyev’s Ata-Zhurt party, which denies any affiliation with the ousted president, who is now living in exile. In June, mobs of ethnic Kyrgyz attacked minority Uzbeks in the south, leaving more than 400 people dead, mostly Uzbeks, and forcing 400,000 others to flee. Many Kyrgyz officials have since claimed that Uzbeks incited the violence, and this has become a rallying cry for nationalist Kyrgyz forces in the south, the home base of the ousted Bakiyev. Uzbeks have mostly supported the interim government that overthrew him. At the rally Sunday in Bishkek, Kyrgyz nationalists from the Ata-Zhurt party unfurled large banners showing the mutilated bodies of fellow Kyrgyz whom they claim were killed by Uzbeks in June. But the chairman of their party, Sadyr Japarov, urged the crowd to avoid further violence. “You have the right to hold peaceful protests and no one will be able to take that away from you. But we, the leaders of the Ata-Zhurt party, we call on you to obey the law,” Japarov said. —AP

NAPLES: Garbage is piled in the middle of a street in protest against uncollected trash, in central Naples, Italy, yesterday. The European Commission warned Italy on Saturday it may face sanctions if it doesn’t remove the 2,400 tons of trash that have piled up in the streets of Naples in the country’s latest garbage crisis. — AP

Monday, October 25, 2010



Omar Khadr awaits trial in Guantanamo’s Camp IV US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO BAY: Canadian Omar Khadr, who has been imprisoned since age 15 on charges of killing an American soldier in Afghanistan, is awaiting his trial in a fenced-off enclosure at Camp IV. Wearing a white T-shirt, he sports sunglasses after losing the sight in one of his eyes due to a wound sustained during his capture. But even through these protective lenses, the Canadian national, who is now 24, kept a wary watch from afar on a group of visiting reporters at the US naval at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The trial of Khadr, who will appear before the revamped military tribunal set up by US President Barack Obama, resumes yesterday after a suspension in August when military defense lawyer Jon Jackson collapsed.

The fenced-off enclosure contains about half a dozen detainees, who are allowed outside during recreation time. Camp IV is now home to 40 out 174 detainees still held at the US base in this remote corner of Cuba. Theoretically, they cannot be identified by name. “I don’t know who is this one. We use numbers,” says Lieutenant Colonel Andrew McManus, deputy commander of the camp. Rules imposed by the military on visiting journalists prohibit talking to inmates or taking pictures of their faces. Any picture taken in violation of these rules is destroyed by the so-called “operational security review panel.” Another block of Camp IV contains 70 inmates, who can watch TV in a common area also protected by a security fenceunder the watchful eye of two guards

who remain on their feet and face prisoners all the time. Further down, a visitor can spot an empty classroom. “Forty percent of the detainees take classes-English, personal finance, computer familiarization,” explains McManus. “Comfort items” which are permitted include newspapers in Arabic that come from Cairo via a branch of the US Library of Congress with a two-week’s delay, chess and some sports video games on the lone console for the camp. The tiny cells are furnished with a bed, small table, chair and a toilet. Camps with more lenient rules allow their detainees to spend up to 20 hours a day in common areas. In stricter places like Camp V, which houses “detainees who broke the rules like racial comments against guard staff

or have assaulted a guard,” inmates are allowed two hours of recreation a day. They must spend the rest of the time in their cells. Only the detainees of this camp still wear orange uniforms. The prison hospital has a dozen beds, some of them in a fenced-off area. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are some of the most frequent ailments found among the camp population. About 30 percent of detainees have accepted flu shots. This hospital is used to force feed inmates who have gone on hunger strike ten are currently continuing to refuse food. A prison doctor showed journalists a tube used to feed inmates protein-rich mix “Ensure” through the nose. “Butter pecan flavor is a favorite,” said the doctor. — AFP

GUANTANAMO: This file sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by a US Department of Defense official shows Canadian detainee Omar Khadr attending jury selection at his war crimes trial, on August 11, 2010 at the the US Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cuba. — AFP

‘Nevada Senate race is now a test of strength’

Obama rallies voters for Senate leader in key race MINNEAPOLIS: President Barack Obama told voters that the choice on Election Day w as betw een the economic policies “that got us into this mess” and the policies leading the nation out. Obama closed a four-day campaign sw ing Saturday that sought to bolster the fortunes of Democratic candidates ahead of the Nov. 2 elections w ith a spirit-

RIO DE JANEIRO: A supporter of presidential candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party Jose Serra, dances samba during a campaign rally in Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. Serra will face Dilma Rousseff of the ruling Workers Party in a presidential runoff Oct. 31. — AP

American held in Cuba expresses regret to Castro WASHINGTON: The wife of a US aid contractor jailed in Cuba has written to President Raul Castro expressing her husband’s regret for his work there and told Reuters the White House has done little to gain his release. Judy Gross said that in the letter, which Castro read but did not respond to, she pleaded with him to free her husband Alan because their daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer and he is needed at home. Alan Gross, 61, who worked for a Washington-area company contracted under a US Agency for International Development program to promote democracy in Cuba, was arrested at the Havana airport on Dec 3 and has been held on suspicion of espionage and subversion. In an interview this weekend, his wife denied he was a spy and said he went to Cuba five times last year to help Havana’s Jewish community gain Internet access to Jews worldwide. Cuban officials say Gross committed “serious crimes” by giving restricted satellite communications equipment to local dissidents, but no legal charges have been filed. His detention has stalled efforts by Washington to improve ties with the communist-led island. Judy Gross criticized the White House for not doing enough to seek release of her husband, whom she called a “pawn” caught up in a decades-old ideological feud between the United States and Cuba. She said she has heard nothing from US President Barack Obama. In an Aug 4 letter to Castro, she wrote, “I recognize today that the Cuban government may not like the type of work that Alan was doing in Cuba.” “But I want you to know that Alan loves the people of Cuba, and he only wanted to help them. He never intended them, or your government, any harm,” she said. “To the extent his work may have offended you or your government, he and I are genuinely remorseful,” she wrote. She told Castro her family needed Gross home since his 26-year-old daughter, whose name she asked not be used, was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. The only response came at a meeting this month with Jorge Alberto Bolanos, head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, who offered mother and daughter visas to visit Gross in Cuba. He said President Castro had read her letter. Cuba allowed Judy Gross to visit her husband in late

July at Havana’s Finlay Military Hospital where he shares a cell with two Cubans. They met during the day for three days in an improvised visiting room. “He looked like walking death,” she said of her first sight of her burly 6-foot (1.9 metre) husband, who in almost 11 months of detention has lost 86 pounds (39 kilos). “His pants and shirt were too big. It was a shock.” Gross was dragging his right foot due to a disk problem that will need surgery, suffers from arthritis, has gout and developed an ulcer from the stress and diet, she said. “For a long time they kept the lights on all night. The heat was unbearable,” she said. Following complaints by US diplomats, his cell now has air conditioning and a television set on which he watches lots of baseball. But she returned home to news of her daughter’s illness and when it was passed on to her husband, he was devastated. “He felt totally impotent, unable to do anything for a daughter in need. He feels like a caged lion. He cannot relax. He feels he has to get out of there,” said his wife. She has met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and praised US State Department efforts on her husband’s behalf. But Judy Gross expressed disappointment with Obama for failing to weigh in, even though her husband spent five weeks campaigning in rural Virginia for Obama’s election. “Not a call, not even an email,” she said. Alan Gross’s 88-year-old mother Evelyn wrote to Obama and got no response. While the Cuban government has not stated its conditions for releasing Gross, a source close to the case said it likely wants Washington to end its Cuba aid programs, which Cuban leaders view as attempts to subvert the communist government. “I think they want a recognition that their sovereignty was violated. They see USAID’s ‘Cuban Democratization Program’ as intended to undermine their authority, and one would expect they want that policy changed,” the source said. Meanwhile, the Cubans are holding Gross hostage as an example of a foreigner who broke their laws, his wife said. “If Alan thought something was going to happen to him in Cuba, he would not have done this. I feel he was not clearly told the risks,” she said. — Reuters

ACAPULCO: A soldier inspects a weapon allegedly found with other weapons inside a car where a man was found dead after a shootout and car chase in Acapulco, Mexico, yesterday. At least four people died in the gun battle. — AP

Obama made his comments at a Minneapolis rally for gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton. The former US senator is facing a challenge from Republican Tom Emmer. Obama is not on the ballot in these mid-term elections but much is at stake because Republican gains — including a possible a takeover of the House of Representatives — could slow progress on the remainder of Obama’s agenda. The White House naturally doesn’t want that to happen, so Obama has been campaigning in Democraticleaning states where key congressional allies, such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, are fighting hard to emerge victorious from close races that became that way, in part, because of voter angst and anger over the economy, unemployment and other issues. Republicans have made Reid their top target in the Nov 2 election. The minority party needs to gain 10 seats to wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats, and unseating the most powerful Senate Democrat would deal a major blow to Obama, who reminded supporters of Republican opposition to his agenda. Reid, of Nevada, is tied in the polls with relative unknown Republican Sharron Angle in a race that has attracted millions of dollars from across the nation. Obama’s visit Friday to the US gambling capital was meant to give a boost to Reid, who hopes to avoid the fate of former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle who lost by a narrow margin in South Dakota in 2004. Like incumbent Democrats everywhere — and more than most — it’s not only a Republican rival that Reid is combatting. It’s the troubled economy, in the state with the nation’s highest rates of unemployment (14.4 percent) and home foreclosures, where the recession has taken a big bite out of Nevada’s main tourism industry. Republican candidate Angle has urged Reid to “man up” and accept his share of blame for the state’s economic woes. Reid has responded to such attacks by saying Angle like other tea party-backed candidates is too extreme for Nevada voters. He has called her an ally of the special interests and advocate for jettisoning government agencies and privatizing programs for the elderly and veterans that millions of Nevadans rely on. The Nevada Senate race is now a test of strength for the fledgling tea party movement, which advocates smaller government and lower taxes. The 61-year-old Angle, a former state lawmaker like tea party-backed candidates in other states — defeated a favorite of the state’s Republican establishment in the primary election. Her ultraconservative policies have hurt her in the general election campaign with some moderate Republicans and leaders of the state’s gambling industry backing Reid. She has countered by casting Reid as a career politician who lives in a fashionable condominium in Washington and is out of touch with the state he has represented in Congress for decades. Polls show that the 70-year-old Reid, who is seeking a fifth Senate term, remains very unpopular among Nevada voters, but the Senate race is among the tightest in the US with both candidates polling just under 50 percent. Reid has fiercely courted the Hispanic vote in the contest against Angle, who has run TV ads with images of dark-skinned men and a map of Mexico to highlight her support of strict immigration policies. Hispanics are a growing voting bloc in Nevada, where they make up roughly 25 percent of the population. More than 80 percent of the Silver State’s Hispanics hail from Mexico. Another tea party favorite, former-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who is not running for office in this election, took aim at Obama at a Republican rally Saturday in Florida, saying he needed to apologize to the 14.8 million people unemployed in the US. “You know, the president is now telling us that we’re not thinking straight because of all the fear and frustration,” Palin said. “You know Mr. President, you have it right on one point there. We are afraid, knowing that your economic policies are driving us off a cliff.” — AP

ed rally imploring supporters to defeat the conventional w isdom that Democrats face steep losses. “All they’ve got is the same old stuff that they w ere peddling over the last decade,” he said of Republicans. “I just don’t w ant to relive the past.” He said: “The other side is betting on amnesia. It is up to you to show them that you have not forgotten.”

CALIFORNIA: In this June 10, 2010, file photo President Barack Obama addresses reporters in the White House Cabinet Room in Washington after meeting with Congressional leaders, from left, Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., the president, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. With Republicans poised to win big in the Nov. 2, 2010, election Obama is already giving clues about how he will govern in the last two years of his term. — AP



Monday, October 25, 2010

Myanmar storm victims seek aid, thousands flee homes YANGON: A cyclone that hit western Myanmar has forced thousands of people from their homes, a resident said yesterday, while the government tried to assess the damage and send relief supplies. Cyclone Giri struck Myanmar’s west coat near the town of Kyaukphyu on Friday. There has been no official announcement from the military government on damage or casualties but a senior official in the

Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement said there had been at least one death, a girl killed by a falling tree. “We are still surveying the damage and casualties while carrying out relief work,” said the official, who declined to be identified. “Relief goods are being sent by boat and air.” In neighbouring Thailand, unusually heavy rain has caused the worst flooding in decades. The state-run Narenthorn

Emergency Medical Center put the death toll at 38, up from 32 the previous day. Coastal regions of Myanmar are often hit by strong storms. More than 130,000 people were killed or went missing when Cyclone Nargis struck the Irrawaddy river delta in May 2008. Residents of the region said damage was extensive and there had been no systematic relief work. “Damage to property is huge.

Nearly all the houses made of bamboo and thatch were completely destroyed,” said businessman Ko Kyaw Khin. About 4,000 people were seeking refuge at shelters run by Buddhist monks and other citizens, he said. “Monks and private wellwishers are providing these people whatever food they can with their limited resources,” he said. There were fears for the residents of the

islands of Kyunthaya and Ngapathon, off the coast, he said. “We’ve heard a number of villagers there were completely covered with water,” he said, adding boats had gone out to investigate.On the mainland, embankments had been broken and low-lying areas inundated by a tidal surge, he said, adding villagers faced a shortage of drinking water. In Thailand, at least 29 provinces have

been affected by the heavy rain, mainly in the northeast and centre, covering about a quarter of the country. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said 1.5 million people had been affected and he promised a coordinated response to help. Bangkok is on flood alert with excess water flowing from the north down the Chao Phraya river coinciding with high tides at the river’s mouth to the south. — Reuters

China breaks up anti-Japan protests, seeks better ties Japan trade minister tells China not to limit rare earths LANZHOU: Chinese police yesterday broke up protests against Japan in the northwestern city of Lanzhou over a territorial dispute that has stoked tensions between Asia’s two biggest economies. The protest, by about 200 people who were calling for a tougher line by their government against Japan, followed similar demonstrations by thousands of Chinese and Japanese last week that centered around the status of islands claimed by both nations.

LANZHOU: A demonstrator raises a clenched fist during an anti-Japan protest yesterday in Lanzhou, northwestern China’s Gansu province. Hundreds of people staged an anti-Japan protest in southwestern China on Saturday, even as school officials there ordered students to attend classes over the weekend in hopes of preventing a repeat of rowdy demonstrations over the past weeks. — AP

Japan oppn on course for by-election win TOKYO: Japan’s main opposition party was on course to win a parliamentary by-election yesterday, reports said, in a blow to Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government. Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura, fielded by the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, looked to have triumphed in the race for the the seat left vacant after a lawmaker resigned over an election scandal, Jiji Press and other media reported. The vote was the first major test for Kan’s reshuffled government which was inaugurated in September. Kan’s government has had a rollercoaster ride in the opinion polls in recent months.

When Kan took over from former premier Yukio Hatoyama in June, support for his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) jumped to 36.1 percent from 20.5 percent in late May, according to a Kyodo News opinion poll. It fell after Kan suggested a sales tax hike to address the nation’s ballooning public debt, and the government suffered badly in elections to the upper house in July. Voters’ backing then rose again sharply to above 60 percent after the premier defeated DPJ powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa in an internal election on September 14. Three days after surviving the bruising leadership challenge, Kan reshuffled his cabinet, appointing Seiji Maehara, a known China hawk, as the foreign minister.

But opinion polls in early October showed that support for Kan’s government fell again to about 50 percent over his government’s handling of a territorial row with China. China reacted strongly to the September 8 arrest of a Chinese trawler captain near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, refusing high-level meetings and blocking commodities shipments to Japan. Japan released the captain, but the move left the centre-left Kan open to domestic attacks from political conservatives who claimed he had caved in to Chinese bullying. Japanese business leaders, however, have voiced concerns over the deteriorating ties with China, a rising neighbour and Tokyo’s top trading partner. — AFP

Japan faces ‘more severe’ security situation: PM TOKYO: Japan is facing growing security challenges due to China’s flexing of its military might and North Korea’s missile development programme and nuclear status, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said yesterday. Kan’s comments come amid heightened tensions with China over disputed islands and growing military activities by the rapidly developing Asian giant and follow a report that North Korea may be preparing for a third nuclear test. Ties between Tokyo and Beijing were badly strained after Japan arrested a Chinese trawler captain near the island chain in the East China Sea last month, sparking a barrage of protests from Beijing. “The security situation surrounding Japan is becoming more severe, seen in concerns over North Korea’s missile and nuclear arms development and in China’s increasing naval activity along with its military modernisation,” Kan said at an inspection parade of troops in suburban Tokyo. “The Self-Defence Forces need to be poised to deal with various situations effectively,” Kan said, using the official name of the Japanese troops. Kan also stressed the importance of strengthening the decades-long alliance with the United States, saying: “I’d like to deepen the alliance into an appropriate form for the

21st century.” The prime minister attended the parade for the first time as the premier of the government led by the centre-left Democratic Party of Japan, which ousted a conservative government last year. In the latest development in the bitter spat between China and Japan, Tokyo yesterday urged Beijing to normalise rare earth exports that are crucial for high-tech Japan after shipments were blocked last month. Japanese trade minister Trade Minister Akihiro Ohata said he had urged Chinese Vice

Minister of Commerce Jiang Yaoping to “make improvements so that exports of rare earths will be carried out smoothly,” amid continued interruptions caused by strict inspections by Chinese customs officials. The Chinese navy has increasingly been deployed to areas near Japanese territorial waters in a show of force by China. In an incident in April this year, a large Chinese flotilla ventured near a group of Japanese islands in the East China Sea and sent out a heli-

copter that buzzed Japanese navy ships monitoring their movement. The increased Chinese activity in its southern waters has sparked a defence rethink in which Japan plans to deploy more forces to its scattered southern islands and away from Cold War-era locations in the north near Russia. Beijing’s increased assertiveness, particularly in the South China Sea, has caused jitters among other neighbouring nations as well as the United States, which is also at odds with China over trade and currency issues. — AFP

In a sign that the two governments are to a certain extent trying to defuse tensions, their foreign ministries exchanged statements encouraging cooperation over the past two days. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu noted a statement by Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara that they should strive to improve ties. “We expect Japan to work with us in joint efforts to maintain and advance the strategic bilateral relationship of mutual benefit,” Ma said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website on Saturday. Along with a long-standing dispute over a chain of islands in the East China Sea, Japan is also worried that China has started holding back shipments of rare earth metals, vital in the manufacturing for electronic goods and auto parts. Japanese Trade Minister Akihiro Ohata on Sunday told Jiang Yaoping, a Chinese vice commerce minister in Tokyo for a forum, to stop restricting rare earth exports, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported. China has denied cutting shipments to Japan for political reasons, and says it restricts overall production and exports of rare earths to avoid depleting its reserves and causing harm to the environment. In the demonstration in Lanzhou, the crowd of mainly students gathered in the city’s central square and marched about two kms (1.2 miles), unfurling banners and demanding a boycott of Japanese products, before police in riot gear halted them. There was no violence. “We want to boycott Japan. Little Japan, return our China, return our Diaoyu islands,” a university student surnamed Li said.Sino-Japanese relations have been on edge since last month after Japan detained a Chinese trawler captain whose boat collided with Japanese patrol ships near the disputed islands — called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. A smaller group of about 100 people reassembled for a second protest in Lanzhou after the first was broken up. Students dragged the Japanese national flag through the mud and stamped on it. A young woman ripped another flag with her teeth to the cheers of onlookers. Dozens of police soon arrived and dispersed the crowd. In a separate demonstration in Baoji, Shaanxi province, anti-Japan protesters also turned their anger against the Chinese government, Kyodo reported. It said that marchers carried banners decrying corruption and high housing prices. — Reuters

BANGKOK: Shop owners move their furniture from floodwater in Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday. Bangkok braced for rising waters encroaching on the fortified city yesterday as the death toll from two weeks of nationwide flooding rose to 38, emergency officials said. — AFP

Bangkok prepares for floods as waters rise BANGKOK: Bangkok braced for rising waters encroaching on the city yesteday as the death toll from two weeks of nationwide flooding rose to 38, emergency officials said. The floods, which began on October 10, have affected millions of people across huge swathes of the country, inundating thousands of homes and leaving authorities struggling to reach people stranded in remote areas. Authorities in the capital have reinforced flood walls with 200,000 sandbags and are building temporary wooden bridges in 27 communities to help people cross waterlogged streets. More than 1,000 water pumps are on standby and authorities are preparing schools, monasteries and mosques in 13 districts for evacuation.Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that while floods in the kingdom’s east and northeast were receding, the situation in central provinces was concerning, especially with high tides due in the next few days. “I’m trying my best to mobilise all possible assistance to solve this problem,” he said in his weekly television broadcast. The Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand reported a further six deaths to add to Saturday’s toll of 32, who were swept to their deaths or killed in accidents as vehicles were carried away by the churning waters. The two worst-hit northeastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima and Buriram have each reported six deaths, while six people were also killed in Lop Buri and three died in Khon Kaen.A further 17 people have died in eight more provinces across central, northeastern and eastern areas, including one in Nonthaburi province,

just north of Bangkok. The Irrigation Department on Saturday issued warnings to people living in seven low-lying provinces, including Bangkok, as water from further north began to flow downstream. Around 4,000 cubic metres (a million gallons) of water per second was expected to flow into the capital’s Chao Phraya river, which coupled with high sea levels surging from the other direction could cause floods in parts of the city. But water levels were unlikely to be exacerbated by rainfall in Bangkok and central provinces in coming days, according to the meteorological department.The commerce ministry warned businesses not to take advantage of the floods by hoarding goods or raising the prices of construction materials, the Bangkok Post reported. “If traders use this opportunity to lift the prices higher they could face a maximum of seven years in prison and a maximum fine of 100,000 baht (3,500 US dollars),” Commerce Minister Porntiva Nakasai was quoted as saying on the newspaper’s website. More than 2.5 million people, or 800,000 households, have been affected by the two weeks of flooding, which has hit 30 out of Thailand’s 76 provinces, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said. Bad weather has battered countries in the region in recent weeks, with dozens killed in Vietnamese floods and nearly 50 people left dead in the Philippines and Taiwan by Typhoon Megi, which has roared into southern China. In western Myanmar, Cyclone Giri killed at least one person on Friday and left tens of thousands in need of help. — AFP

MINDANAO: An election officer (R) carries a ballot box escorted by military personnel as they depart for island villages in Zamboanga City, in the Philippines southern island of Mindanao yesterday, for the October 25 village-level nationwide elections. At least 25 people have been killed in violence related to upcoming village-level elections in the Philippines, the national police said yesterday. — AFP

Five arrested for deadly bus bombing in Philippines

TOKYO: Female troops of the Maritime Self-Defense Force march during an inspection parade at the Asaka base in suburban Tokyo yesterday. Around 3,800 personnel, 240 armored vehicles and 60 aircraft participated in the inspection parade. — AFP

MANILA: The Philippine authorities have arrested five suspects in connection with a bomb attack on a passenger bus that killed nine people, an army spokesman said yesterday. Four of the suspects were captured on Saturday in a raid on southern Cotabato city, regional army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Hao said. The fifth suspect was arrested earlier and provided information that led to the arrest of his alleged accomplices, he said. The five were being questioned, and it was unclear whether they were affili-

ated with any of several Muslim armed groups that were initially blamed for Thursday’s attack in the southern town of Matalam. Officials earlier said the bus company had previously received extortion demands from armed groups in the area, which is a known stronghold of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other gangs. Matalam is on the troubled southern island of Mindanao, where the MILF has been waging a rebellion for decades that has left over 150,000 dead. The MILF rebellion has also led to a proliferation of unlicensed firearms in

the south, and the rise of criminal gangs taking advantage of the volatile security situation. The MILF has denied involvement in the bus attack, although police and military officials say many of its former members were known to be working alongside armed extortionists targeting businessmen in the south. The Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militant organisation, blamed for the worst terrorist attacks in the country, also operate in the south and officials have not ruled out their participation in Thursday’s attack. — AFP



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Indian PM in Japan for nuclear, trade talks ‘India would like Tokyo to be its partner in nuclear energy’

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addresses a press conference as he launches a signature campaign on a petition to President Barack Obama in Srinagar, India, yesterday. The petition sought intervention by Obama on the long standing Kashmir dispute ahead of his upcoming visit to India. — AP

in the news NATO member killed KABUL: NATO says in a statement that one of its service members has been killed by a bomb in southern Afghanistan. The statement did not provide any more details. NATO and Afghan forces have been aggressively expanding their presence in southern Afghanistan in recent months in an attempt to wrest control of the region from insurgents. Residents say pockets of control have been established but gun battles and bomb attacks are still a daily occurrence. Many believe the success of the operation will not depend only on securing the area but also on whether the government is able to set up administrations and bring development to the region.

Missing climber KATHMANDU: A veteran Sherpa guide who has scaled Mount Everest 19 times and another Nepalese guide are missing after an avalanche hit them while they were climbing a smaller Himalayan peak, his agent said yesterday. Chhewang Nima, 43, was hired by a British expedition to scale the 23,380-foot (7,130-meter) Mount Baruntse and was fixing ropes near the summit when an avalanche hit him and the other guide on Saturday, said Jeevan Ghimire of the Sherpa Shangrila Trek and Expedition agency. The accident occurred at an altitude of 23,100 feet (7,045 meters), he said. The other members of the

team dug in the snow but were unable to fifind the missing climbers. Ghimire said the rest of the team was reported to be safe. A rescue helicopter was sent to the area yesterday and will begin searching on Monday, Ghimire said. Nima has climbed Everest 19 times and was just one climb short of the record set by fellow Nepalese Sherpa Apa, who has scaled the world’s highest peak 20 times.

Sex convict arrested PHNOM PENH: Cambodian police have arrested a Frenchman convicted of raping a minor in France, who fled his home country six years ago to escape arrest, officials said yesterday. Francis Leroun, 54, was detained in custody after his arrest on Saturday in a rented house in southern Cambodia at the request of a French court, according to provincial prosecutor Bou Bun Hang. “We are awaiting further action from the appeal court,” he told AFP yesterday. Leroun escaped in 2004 but was tried in absentia and sentenced to 12 years in jail, a French embassy official said on condition of anonymity. He said the embassy would ask the Cambodian court to extradite Leroun to France within two months. Cambodia launched an antipaedophilia push in 2003 to try to shake off its reputation as a sex predators’ haven. Dozens of foreigners have since been jailed for child sex crimes or deported to face trial in their home countries.

Karzai seeks list of aid projects needing security KABUL: The Afghan president yesterday asked for a list of national aid projects that need protection by private security guards, potentially signaling his wish to reach a compromise over the status of security companies in Afghanistan and safeguarding foreign aid projects worth billions of dollars. President Hamid Karzai spent the day meeting with his ministers and top-level foreign diplomats as they tried to compromise between his aim of disbanding private security companies by the end of the year and protecting foreign-funded aid projects threatened by insurgent attacks. “The list of the big projects and their security needs should be given to the Afghan government and the Afghan government will assess and make a decision,” Karzai was quoted as saying in a government press release. “These talks will continue.” Many contractors and aid groups said they would have to shut down or suspend projects if they could not be exempted from the ban. The move also alarmed diplomats, who say winning hearts and minds requires that reconstruction and aid projects follow military successes against the Taleban. An official from the US Agency for International Development said his organization had spent nearly $10 billion on development in Afghanistan by the end of 2009 and had budgeted $4.2 billion to spend this year. But if no solution was available to provide security for their contractors, he said, that target might not be met. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing. Karzai has repeatedly said that reliance on private contractors has set up parallel security

forces and weakened the authority of the state. He wants to replace private security contractors with state security forces and, despite raising the possibility of exemptions, the press release reaffirmed that his overall aim was to close the security companies down. “I raised this problem five years ago to our international friends,” he was quoted as saying. “Once again, I raised this problem three years ago ... Now the Afghan government is committed to disbanding private security companies.” But aid groups say the notoriously corrupt and poorly trained police cannot protect them from kidnappings or attacks and they will not be able to insure their workers. The government has said that its priority is to disband any illegal private companies and those used to guard military supply convoys. However, many of the companies working on internationally funded development and infrastructure projects will now need to start pulling international staff out of dangerous areas if they’re going to close down operations in time for the deadline, according to a Western official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give out the information. Diplomatic staff and their compounds, as well as military supply depots have been granted an exemption from the ban. NATO and Afghan forces have been aggressively expanding their presence in southern Afghanistan in recent months in an attempt to wrest control of the region from insurgents. Residents say pockets of control have been established but gun battles and bomb attacks are still a daily occurrence. — AP

Gunmen torch NATO trucks in Pakistan QUETTA: Gunmen in southwest Pakistan torched two vehicles carrying supplies for NATO troops fighting the Taleban in neighbouring Afghanistan, police said yesterday. Two men riding on a motorbike opened fire, wounding the driver of a truck in Baghbana town of Khuzdar district in Baluchistan province yesterday, local police official Mohammad Azam said. When the driver got down they sprinkled petrol and set the truck ablaze, he said, adding that the attackers fled. In another incident late Saturday gunmen torched a supply truck in the nearby town of Wadh in Khuzdar, 360 kilometres (225 miles) south of the provincial capital Quetta, he said.

Baluchistan province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is suffering from a regional insurgency as well as violence by the Taleban. Pakistan reopened the main land border crossing to Afghanistan used by NATO supply convoys on October 10 following an 11-day closure imposed after a cross-border NATO helicopter strike killed two Pakistani soldiers. There was no claim of responsibility for the latest incidents but the Taleban mounted a series of similar attacks this month, exploiting the build-up of convoys caused by the border closure and saying they were avenging US drone strikes. A second border crossing at Chaman in southwest Pakistan remained open during the period. — AFP

TOKYO: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Japan yesterday for a visit aimed at progressing towards a civilian nuclear deal and boosting trade ties between the two nations. Japan and India launched talks in June on signing an atomic civilian cooperation agreement that will allow Tokyo to export nuclear power generation technology to energy-hungry India. But Japan, which was hit by World War II US atomic bombings, has warned India that any new nuclear tests would force a halt to any civilian nuclear cooperation with the South Asian giant. “I am confident that we will be able to conclude an agreement (on a civilian nuclear deal), which will be a win-win proposition for both of us,” Singh told Japanese media before heading for Tokyo. Singh said India would like Tokyo to be its partner in nuclear energy, noting that Japan has “one of the highest and most advanced nuclear technologies.” “With regards to tests, we have unilaterally declared a moratorium on explosive testing and we have no intention” of revising that commitment, Singh said in an interview broadcast by NHK. Singh and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan were today expected to declare the completion of talks on an economic partnership agreement (EPA), which Singh said would open up the fast-growing Indian market to Japanese firms. “I attach great importance to the potential of the economic cooperation,” Singh said. The EPA “will boost our trade and economic ties many-fold.” Japan’s expertise in technology and India’s “fast-extending market”, if combined, can bring about “mutually beneficial growth opportunities” for

both countries, Singh said, as quoted by Jiji Press. Japan has long tried to enhance ties with emerging economies but its relations with China hit rock bottom in a row following Japan’s arrest of a Chinese trawlerman last month in disputed waters. Beijing reacted angrily to the arrest, cancelling all high level talks and civilian programs as well as suspending exports of rare earth minerals crucial for Japan’s high-tech industries. India has seized on this blocking of exports as a chance to step into a gap, with Singh saying New Delhi and Tokyo can cooperate on the production of rare earth minerals in India. “This should be an added incentive for many countries which have a potential to produce rare earths to take advantage of that opportunity,” Singh said. But he added that “it’s our sincere hope” that any Japan-China disputes involving maritime activities or maritime boundaries will be “resolved peacefully through diplomatic channels.” Despite frequent diplomatic rows, China has replaced the United States as Japan’s top trading partner in recent years, while India only ranks as Japan’s 28th biggest trade partner. India holds three percent of global reserves of rare earth minerals, accounting for two percent of global production, while China accounts for 36 percent of global reserves and 97 percent of global production. State monopoly Indian Rare Earths Ltd. (IREL) hopes to “attract Japanese businesses to the refining and proTOKYO: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) arrives at cessing fields to help boost our price Tokyo International Airport yesterday. Singh is on a three-day vis- competitiveness,” the business daily Nikkei reported, quoting an unnamed it to Tokyo to exchange views with Japanese leaders. — AFP senior IREL official. — AFP

For India’s rail minister, all tracks lead to West Bengal KOLKATA, India: Here in the world’s largest democracy, monsoons and Bollywood blockbusters may come and go, but one thing has proven proved remarkably consistent: government in West Bengal. The populous eastern state boasts the world’s longest-serving popularly elected Communist gover nment, with 33 years under its (bright red) belt. That record is now threatened, however, by Mamata Banerjee, known as the scrappy “Bengal tigress”, who is redefining politics here from her perch atop India’s bloated Ministry of Railways. Banerjee, the national railways minister, has routed millions of dollars’ worth of projects to her state and renamed numerous metro stations after heroes, including Mother Teresa and Bengali freedom fighter “Masterda” Surya Sen, presumably in the hope that some of their glory will rub off. From a single seat in 2004 hers - Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress Party has expanded its reach and now controls nearly half the state’s 42 seats in the national Parliament as well as most local and municipal assemblies. Her goal is to become West Bengal’s chief minister, a post akin to governor. Trinamool’s widely predicted defeat of the Communists in state elections expected early next year could alter national politics as well, given the Communist Party of India’s long-standing opposition to economic restructuring, foreign investment and the US-India nuclear deal, which paved the way for India to acquire nuclear fuel and technology for civilian energy after its 1998 nuclear test. India’s top rail job, to which Banerjee was nominated by the prime minister after joining the Congress Party-led national coalition, is a coveted post for politicians. With 1.5 million employees, Indian Railways is the second-largest employer in the world after the Chinese military, giving the minister jobs galore to award, factories to relocate, train lines to redirect. Banerjee, 55, has proved adept at delivering pork to West Bengal voters. She has commissioned two new rail museums, named a special train after a Bengali poet and unveiled plans for a new rail carriage factory, research and development center, rail axle factory, pilot training center and advanced training facility. “While this happens everywhere, she’s extreme,”

said B G Deshmukh, chairman of Public Concern for Governance, a civic group. Banerjee’s focus on West Bengal has fueled criticism that she’s an “absentee minister”, having missed 63 percent of the Cabinet meetings and rarely leaving her state, even when a strike by motormen crippled Mumbai or a New Delhi railway stampede left two dead and 15 injured. During her 15-month tenure as minister, 269 people have died in 16 rail accidents. Critics say she has given little attention to safety concerns, but coalition politics in India mean that political clout can trump ability in determining Cabinet selections, analysts said. “As a common Yankee saying goes, this is ‘No way to run a railroad’,” an Indian Express editorial said. But if all politics are local, the “instigator in chief” knows the score. She’s tough, unpredictable and the-

atrical: threatening suicide when a political ally disappointed her, scuffling (literally) with political opponents in Parliament, throwing papers, shedding tears, shouting, threatening to resign. “She’s very populist, without much thought to long-term programs,” said Sanjeeb Mukherjee, a political science professor at Kolkata University. “She works on the anger of the people.” Among her few outlined programs in her quest to become chief minister are turning the decrepit state capital, Kolkata, into a London, north Bengal into a Switzerland and the state’s beaches into a Goa. But local voters see her as a fighter for the little guy and a politician who isn’t corrupt, considered a rarity, and who still lives modestly in a down-market Kolkata neighborhood. Banerjee was unavailable for an interview, but Trinamool party general secretary Partha Chatterjee said the minister didn’t favor West Bengal with her rail budget

but as an underdeveloped state deserving more projects. “Her enemies who fear her are spreading these rumors,” he said. Banerjee’s freight-train momentum has heads hanging at Communist Party of India (Marxist) offices, a world where Stalin’s portrait still graces the walls, “politburos” and “central committees” map out strategy and capitalists are considered “class enemies”. “Sometimes we eat sweets, but for a change, we’re tasting bitter fruit,” said Haripada Biswas, a local representative of the Left Front, the alliance lead by CPI-M. “The outsiders are jealous. No one else could have held power for 33 years.” That staying power was built on land reform and a strong grassroots organization, but in recent years, allegations of corruption have dented its popularity even as grudging overtures to big business alienated its base. “The first five or 10 years, the Left was good,” said Arnab Nandi, 52, a salesman. “But it’s slowly become tyrannical. Keeping someone in power for too long is bad. People now want a change.” Recently, Nandi said, his family had a property dispute. “They made me run around, they wanted bribes everywhere,” he said. “Politicians have gotten richer despite their ‘fixed’ salaries and being ‘Marxist”. Most people I meet don’t like them.” Still, Banerjee’s largesse goes only so far. Ask for Kolkata’s Mahanayak Uttam Kumar station, which she recently renamed after a deceased Bengali movie star, and you get a blank stare. Use the name the neighborhood has enjoyed since 1777, Tollygunge, and there’s immediate understanding. “Kumar is a legend, but slapping his name on a train station is foolishness,” said Nizamuddin Ahmad, 49, a commuter at the station. “Banerjee is just doing this for cheap popularity. These politicians are like mafia. If you rise in the film industry, you need experience and talent, but if you’re a minister, you don’t need anything.” As Kolkata residents grapple with their new station names, several said it would be years before these caught on, if ever. “For politicians, it’s a way to get attention,” said Gourav Ghosh, 24, a hotel manager, at the recently renamed Mother Teresa Station. “They can rename it, but everyone still knows Park Street as Park Street.” — MCT



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Aid squeeze set to swell Africa debts By Ed Cropley udget crunches in rich countries are bringing cuts in aid spending and may mean a switch from grants to cheaper loans, sowing the seeds of future debt crises in Africa and other poor corners of the globe. Most African states’ budget deficits ballooned as growth sputtered in 2009, even though they entered the financial crisis in relatively robust fiscal health due to a major round of debt forgiveness in 2005 and gradually improving economic policies. Growth has picked up well this year - the IMF is forecasting 5 percent for sub-Saharan Africa - leading many governments to unveil double digit increases in spending at the same time as assuring donors and investors that deficits will fall to more manageable levels in a couple of years. The as-yet-unquantified aid squeeze likely to hit this year is not going to help this cause, but in their budget sums, major recipients such as Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania have factored in cuts in the overseas assistance that has sometimes accounted for as much as half of state revenue. Tanzania’s budget reflects a reduction in foreign aid from $840 million in 2009/10 to $534 million this year, a figure that still represents 25 percent of the east African country’s projected takings. Similarly, donors are underwriting a quarter of Uganda’s current budget, although a group of them said in August that next year’s contribution would be down by at least 10 percent, ostensibly due to concerns about corruption. And in Zambia, Africa’s largest copper producer, the proportion of overseas support for the 2011 budget is 7.7 percent, half the previous year, because of donor worries about graft. But experts say an overall reduction in bilateral aid of major donors, only Britain has pledged to ringfence development spending, at 0.7 percent of GDP by 2013 - is only one worrying aspect of Africa’s financing equation. Just as alarming is the potential for donors to inflate their aid figures by switching assistance from grants, which are in effect a gift, to concessionary loans, which have to be repaid albeit at cheap rates. “You’ve got the doublewhammy of African countries struggling because of the crisis, and then donors potentially switching more to loans than to grants,” said Daniel Coppard, an aid analyst at Development Initiatives, a UK-based con-


sultancy. In 2005, donors at the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland promised to double aid by up to $50 billion in five years - an ambitious promise that has not been matched by reality. Furthermore, a trend since then towards more aid delivered via grants risks going into reverse as cash-strapped rich-country finance ministers seek out cunning ways to make their development budgets go further. For instance, by most definitions a bilateral loan qualifies as “aid” if a quarter of it is a grant, meaning donors can cut today’s cost of their aid bill by 75 percent, and then swallow the cost of a low lending rate over the duration of the loan. “In 2009, France’s proportions of aid going in loans just rocketed,” Coppard said. “This theoretically will need to be paid back.” The implications of such a switch by other donors would be dire, burying many African states under the same mountain of obligations that triggered the 2005 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) debt forgiveness initiative. For example, if all its overseas grants became loans tomorrow, Tanzania would be running a budget deficit of a staggering 25 percent of GDP - a ratio that would leave its plans for a $500 million Eurobond dead in the water. Similarly, 23 percent of the budget in Zambia, which also has ambitions to tap overseas capital markets, would be financed by debt rather than the 15.5 percent of domestic and external borrowing now in the finance ministry’s spreadsheets. Overall, aid to subSaharan Africa was $38 billion or 5 percent of output in 2008, according to the World Bank, although this ratio jumps to 7.5 percent if South Africa, its biggest economy, is excluded. The signs that donors’ austere response to their own financial problems may end up exacerbating Africa’s are already there. According to an IMF study, total public debt for low-income countries rose to 35 percent of GDP in 2010 from 30 percent in 2008. “There is a feeling in the development world that somehow debt has been dealt with. But it really, really hasn’t,” said Jonathan Glennie, a researcher at Britain’s Overseas Development Institute. “During the crisis, there was a lot of talk of getting the money out there to poor countries quickly, which is understandable. But it’s always relatively easy to get money out, and much harder to cancel debts.” — Reuters

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Arab Voices: Listening and moving beyond myths By Dr James J Zogby

fter decades spent trying to better explain the Arab World to other Americans, all too often I have found myself running up against the same mythologies and half-truths that, year after year, stubbornly maintain an alarming ability to shape thinking about the region. One of the reasons I wrote “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters” was to challenge these myths head on. Unlike so many other books or articles that have been written about this region, “Arab Voices” is neither a retelling (or an interpretation) of history, nor is it a collection of personal anecdotes. These approaches can be useful, and there are excellent examples that have made real contributions to our understanding. But they are also susceptible to bias or to what I call “bad science” - as in the case of writers with a penchant for elevating an observation or a conversation into a generalized conclusion (the musings of Tom Friedman comes to mind). My starting point is hard data, derived from more than a decade of polling Zogby International has conducted across the Middle East. Where I use personal anecdotes, it is to “put flesh on the bones” of the numbers in order to help tell the stories of those Arabs whose realities we must understand. I love polling (and not merely because my brother John is the business). Polling opens a window and lets in voices we seldom hear. When we ask 4,000 Arabs from Morocco to the United Arab Emirates to tell us their attitudes toward the United States, to identify their most important political concerns, their attitudes toward women in the workplace, or what programs they watch on television - and when we organize their responses by country, and then by age or gender or class, and then listen to what they are saying - we are able pierce through the fog of myth and learn.


And learning is important, because for too long our understanding of this region and its peoples have been clouded by distorted stereotypes and myths. They have dominated our thinking and, in some cases, have shaped our policies. I look at each of these myths in “Arab Voices” and then contrast the assumptions and misperceptions behind them with polling data that reveal what Arabs really think. The five myths I examine are: 1) Are Arabs all the same and can they, therefore, be reduced to a “type” (as in “all Arabs are this or that”)? Reading the broad generalizations and crude caricatures of Arabs found in Raphael Patai’s “Arab Mind” (used as a training manual by the US military in Iraq) or Tom Friedman’s “Mid East Rules to Live By” might lead one to think so. But our polling reveals a very different view. What we find when we survey public opinion is a rich and varied landscape across the Arab World that defies stereotype. Not only are there diverse sub-cultures and unique histories that give texture to life, making Egyptians different than Saudis or Lebanese, there are also generational differences. For example, younger Arabs (who are 60 percent of the population of this region) are caught up with globalization and change. They share different concerns and aspire to different goals than their parents. They are more open to gender equality and are less tied to tradition. 2) Are Arabs so diverse that they do not constitute a world at all? That’s what “The Economist” would have us believe. In a special 2009 issue of this magazine, the editors described the region as “a big amorphous thing and arguably not a thing at all”. Once again, our polling reveals quite the opposite.



Across the region, Arabs do identify as “Arabs” and they describe themselves as tied to one another by a common language (and the common history that implies) and shared political concerns, with majorities of all generations and in all countries demonstrating a strong attachment to Palestine and the fate of the Iraqi people. Are Arabs all angry, hating us, “our values” and “our way of life”? In a recent poll, we found this view to be shared by a plurality of Americans. But our work in the Arab World finds quite the opposite to be true. Arabs like the American people, and they not only respect our education and our advances in science and technology, they also like our values of “freedom and democracy”. What they don’t like are our policies toward them, which lead them to believe that we don’t like them. As one Arab businessman said to me, “we feel like jilted lovers”. Are Arabs driven by religious fanaticism? Arabs are, like many in the West, “people of faith”, with their values shaped by their religious traditions. But mosque attendance rates across the Middle East are about the same as church attendance rates here in the US. And when we ask Arabs what programs they prefer to watch on TV, the list is as varied as those favored by American viewers. In Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia (the largest countries covered in our polls) the top rated programs are movies and soap operas. Religious programs are near the bottom of the list. And when we ask Arabs to list their most important concerns, not surprisingly, the top two are the quality of their work and their families. So in contrast to the mythic notion that “Arabs go to bed at night hating America, wake up hating Israel, and spend their days either watching

news or listening to preachers who fuel that anger”, the reality is that “Arabs go to bed each night thinking about their jobs, wake up each morning thinking about their kids, and spend each day thinking about how to improve the quality of their lives”. 5)

Lastly there is the myth that Arabs reject reform and will not change, unless the West pushes them. This has been a fundamental tenet of the neo-conservatives. Derived from the writings of Bernard Lewis, this myth provided one of the rationales for the Iraq war - the idea being that we would destroy the “old regime” giving birth to “the new Middle East”.What our polling shows, however, is that Arabs do want reform, but the reform they want is theirs, not ours. Their top domestic priorities are: better jobs, improved health care and expanded educational opportunities (sound familiar?). Our findings further demonstrate that most Arabs do not want us meddling in their internal affairs, but they would welcome our assistance in helping their societies build capacity to provide services and improve the quality of their lives.When we look at the Arab World more closely and listen to Arabs more carefully, we learn that this region and its people are not as they have been imagined by Hollywood or projected by political ideologues with an axe to grind. They can not be reduced to the mythic stereotypes that have so warped our understanding and contributed to distorting our policies. With this realization will come the ability to engage productively with the people of this region which has become so critical to our national interests.

NOTE: Dr James J. Zogby is the President of the Arab American Institute

US renews bonds with Pakistan army By Shaun Tandon hen it crafted a giant civilian aid plan for Pakistan last year, the United States proclaimed a turning point in a troubled relationship, with US money henceforth to serve the cause of democracy. On Friday, in the wake of the latest tensions between the war partners, President Barack Obama’s administration announced it would seek another two billion dollars in aid for Pakistan - the time, destined for the military. The Obama administration has repeatedly pledged support for civilian rule in Pakistan, which was restored in 2008, and said Friday it would bar assistance from several military units accused of human rights abuses. But the latest aid package shows that the United States is also keen to meet the wish-lists of the army, which has long been a major player in Pakistan and provides vital logistical support for forces in Afghanistan. Teresita Schaffer, a former US diplomat who has served in Islamabad, said the United States faced a balancing act between working with the military and supporting civilian institutions. “The US routinely has trouble figuring out exactly where that line belongs and how to stay on the right side of things,” said Schaffer, director of the South Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Partly that’s because the military in Pakistan is a can-do institution, much more so than the civilians,” she said. “This is partly theatrics, but we as a people are magnetically drawn to an institution and a leader who says, ‘Yeah, I can help you with what you really


Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answer reporters’ questions after a day of strategic dialogue talks at the State Department Oct 22, 2010 in Washington. — AFP want to get done,’” she said. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the military package during the two nations’ latest Strategic Dialogue, where Pakistan’s public face was Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. But as in previous talks, Pakistan’s army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, also turned up in Washington and held meetings behind closed doors. Kayani was unusually public last year in his criticism of Washington’s five-year, $7.5 billion civilian aid package, calling it undue foreign interference.

The bill’s authors - Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar and Representative Howard Berman - described the aid as a way to improve US relations with ordinary Pakistanis and dent the allure of Islamic extremists in the nuclear power. More recently, Kayani was said to have criticized civilian leaders over their response to major floods. President Asif Ali Zardari stayed in Europe when the disaster struck, saying he was more needed on the diplomatic stage than at home. Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center

at the Atlantic Council, said he did not see a shift so much in Washington’s relations with the Pakistani military as with its perceptions of the civilians. “I think the civilian government has missed a number of opportunities to show it is in charge and can take decisions rapidly and firmly, and the floods were a very good example of that,” Nawaz said. The US Congress needs to approve the two billion-dollar military package, which would be spread over five years. While the Kerry-LugarBerman Act won wide backing last year, some US lawmakers have since voiced impatience at what they perceive as ingratitude from Pakistan. Other lawmakers have accused Pakistan of being too cozy with Afghanistan’s Taleban, some of whom roam freely in lawless border areas, and faulted Islamabad’s strategic focus on rival India. Still, some analysts predicted that Congress would ultimately approve the military aid, which replaces an earlier five-year package that expired. Lisa Curtis, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former US policymaker on South Asia, said that a more critical test for military assistance to Pakistan may come next year. Under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act, the administration must certify in 2011 that Pakistan is taking action against Islamic extremists on its soil for aid to continue, although the president has the power to waive any cut-off. “We are entering a somewhat new phase in US military assistance to Pakistan when for the first time we’re actually seeing the aid conditioned on Pakistan meeting benchmarks,” Curtis said. — AFP

Monday, October 25, 2010


Sarkozy aims to turn page from pension battle By Catherine Bremer is ratings are in tatters and most of France loathes his pension reform, but President Nicolas Sarkozy hopes to turn the page swiftly with a cabinet reshuffle and some image-boosting initiatives as G20 president. Facing a tough 2012 election battle to win a second term, Sarkozy will score points internationally, with financial markets and in his centreright UMP party for standing up to unions to push through a reform of the generous pensions system. The bill to make people work two extra years for their pensions to stem a growing funding shortfall should be signed into law this week after Senate approval on Friday, ending a historic Socialist symbol of retirement at 60. Unions vow to continue the fight and have called for strikes and demonstrations in the next two weeks. A single spark such as an incident of police brutality could still reignite a national conflagration. To overcome dismal opinion polls and lingering protests, the president aims to start afresh with a new cabinet and a tax overhaul aimed at wooing mainstream centre-right voters and bolstering his chances against a more popular left. “Social cohesion is a priority. The new government’s mission must be a social revival and trying to rebuild that perspective with the trade unions,” former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a conservative close to Sarkozy, told RTL radio. He called for progress in areas such as equal pay for men and women, improving working conditions and helping people in arduous work. The energetic president is expected to switch several key ministers in November when he returns from a Seoul summit of the Group of 20 economic leadership forum, including possibly the prime minister and those in charge of labour, transport, foreign affairs and budget. Raffarin, tipped for a possible comeback in a smaller, more focused cabinet, cited Environment Minister Jean Louis Borloo as a potential prime minister with good ties to the trade unions. Commentators say another former prime minister, Alain Juppe, may also get a senior role to add weight to the government. Mid-November also marks France’s takeover of the G20 presidency. Sarkozy hopes that will give him influence on hot global issues such as exchange rates and commodities speculation that will enhance his image, just as activist diplomacy during France’s European Union presidency boosted his ratings in 2008. The biggest coup he could achieve would be coaxing a hitherto reluctant China into multilateral cooperation on currency stability, an objective he hopes to advance when Chinese President Hu Jintao visits France in early


major review of British defence strategy has shrunk military capacity and left the armed forces vulnerable to further cuts, with much hinging on how long British troops remain in Afghanistan. At eight percent, the defence budget cuts are far below an average of 19 percent forced on other departments to reduce a record budget deficit, allaying US and NATO fears and keeping Britain as one of the strongest military powers in Europe. Tuesday’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, the first since 1998, highlighted cyber attacks and terrorism as the greatest threats to British security, justifying cuts to hardware used in conventional warfare. But a crisis could leave Britain exposed if some of the capabilities it has scaled back are needed again, not least the ability to fly jets from aircraft carriers, a decisive factor in Britain’s 1982 war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Contractual obligations meant the government had to retain two previously ordered carriers, but Britain will not have combat jets to fly from them


Mayor row shows democratic decline he Kremlin’s installation of a close ally of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the new mayor of Moscow highlights how democracy in Russia has declined in the last 10 years, analysts said. Sobyanin, Putin’s former chief of staff, was named mayor Thursday after a vote in Moscow’s local parliament that was a mere formality with only the marginalised former Communists voting against. Speaker after speaker lavished praise on Sobyanin and deputies burst into applause at key moments, in a debate which bore all the hallmarks of a highly choreographed setpiece. With Sobyanin in place, Russia puts itself on the same level as China in not electing the mayor of its capital, unlike all the big Western powers against which Russia likes to measure itself. Former mayor Yury Luzhkov, in power for 18 years, was one of the last heavyweights in Russia’s political scene who had the ability to stand up to the Kremlin, but was fired in September by President Dmitry Medvedev. His firing and replacement without an election became possible in 2004, when then-president Putin introduced reforms removing direct elections for the mayor and regional governors, instead making them Kremlin appointments. In a country where control had already been re-established over the media and the opposition marginalised, the move removed a potential counter-weight to the Kremlin’s power. Now Moscow and its over 10 million residents have for the first time fallen under the new system. Russian authorities had until now been satisfied with simply prolonging the mandate of Luzhkov, who despite accusations of corruption maintained some legitimacy from having won previous elections. “One can sense when things don’t feel right, and people are beginning to feel that” in Moscow, said political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin. “It must be clear


French President Nicolas Sarkozy gestures as he takes part in a round table with rural mayors from Eure-et-Loir on Oct 21, 2010 in Bonneval, central France. — AFP November. Sarkozy has also told members of parliament he wants to look at a fiscal reform in the spring that is expected to focus on ending widely criticised tax benefits for the wealthy which he enacted to reward core supporters as soon as he took office. The so-called “tax shield” which ensures that no one pays more than 50 percent of their income to the treasury helped earn Sarkozy the damaging label of “president of the rich” in a deeply egalitarian country which abhors the flaunting of wealth. Ministers have hinted at a possible package deal in which the tax shield goes in return for changes to a wealth tax, which has driven many millionaires into exile but also hit a growing number of middle-class households as house prices rise. A burst of diplomacy, outreach to the unions and tax reform may help Sarkozy draw a line under a long series of protests and oil refinery and transport strikes that have disrupted travel and dried up a quarter of petrol pumps across the country. “He’s so low in the

polls that he can’t go much lower. In a sense it’s an advantage,” remarked political analyst Stephen Ekovich at the American University of Paris. Hurt by a funding scandal involving his centre-right UMP party and stung by European criticism of his mass expulsion of illegal Roma migrants, Sarkozy’s ratings dipped below 30 percent in one recent poll. Two-thirds of voters oppose his move to lift the minimum retirement age by two years to 62 and the often vitriolic street protests of recent weeks suggest Sarkozy will have a hard time reconquering public support. Yet the mercurial president is known for bouncing back from adversity. Analysts expect him to focus on crowd-pleasing initiatives aimed at both far-right and centrist voters for the last 18 months of his term. Nationalist gestures might include fighting for EU farm funds or more immigrant-targetted legislation like his law banning burqas. Sarkozy may also glean more support on the right for having taken a firm stance against

strikers blocking fuel depots and youths who went on the rampage in sporadic riots. “I think he’s actually doing okay in all this conflict,” said Jean-Thomas Lesueur, head of the economically liberal Institut Thomas More think-tank which follows Sarkozy closely. “It’s worked in his interest to take on the unions and let the situation deteriorate to the point where discontent mounts and he can say: look, I am fighting this nuisance.” Sarkozy has stuck fast to his line that his reform is the only way to safeguard France’s pay-as-you-go pension system and protect a coveted AAA credit rating which enables France to finance its large debt at lowest market rates. Many observers think this week’s half-term school holidays could suck the momentum out of two more nationwide protests planned for Oct 28 and Nov 6. “As soon as (the law) is approved, the end-ofmatch whistle is blown. The demonstrations will fade away,” said Jerome Fourquet, deputy director at pollster IFOP. — Reuters

for some 10 years. “It’s clear that the government is prepared to take significant risk in some areas ... It’s whether in the risks they take, they get caught,” said Andrew Dorman, a senior lecturer at King’s College London’s defence department. Britain is also hoping it will not have to project significant military power abroad again in the near future, given that it has scaled back its fleet of warships and planes and will commit fewer troops to foreign military interventions. Britain’s role in Afghanistan, where it has 9,500 troops and from which it plans to withdraw by 2015, weighed heavily on the review, and limited cuts to the army and some equipment. “In important respects, this is a holding review while we’re in Afghanistan,” said Malcolm Chalmers, a professor at the Royal United Services Institute thinktank. “If the UK was able to make a massive drawdown of its forces by 2013, there would be pressure to have a significant review of commitments before 2015,” he added. The review envisaged a reduction of about eight percent in real terms to a defence budget of 36.9 billion pound ($58 billion), but it lacked

detail on where the axe would fall. “I think you’re going to see a whole series of announcements over the next 18 months which will involve some big decisions. If some of the efficiency savings aren’t made, or they need further ones, I see big potential cuts to follow,” Dorman said. The question of whether to renew Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent was postponed, and the prospect of scaling it back left dangling. A decision on how many Joint Strike Fighter and Eurofighter combat jets to buy was also put off, as was the number of armoured vehicles to be bought in a new program. More may become clear when the government consults with industry to decide a new military industrial strategy by the end of the year. The strategy will give a clearer picture of what the defence ministry will buy in future, and what it will scrap. Contrary to earlier fears, the review has not seen Britain slip significantly from its place as one of the most capable military powers in Europe, roughly on a par with France. “Based on what we have seen the UK will still be highly capable across the spectrum and remains committed to an

active international engagement,” said NATO spokesman James Appathurai. Politically, the right-leaning Conservative Party, which flaunts its pro-military credentials, has emerged looking like a champion of the armed forces, going softer on the defence budget than that of other government departments. The dovish Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives’ junior partner in government, will be pleased at the decision to delay the renewal of Trident, because it wants an alternative system. But the party’s failure to keep its promise to prevent a rise in university tuition fees contrasts with the Conservatives’ success in protecting its military backers. “The Conservatives are making the big calls in the coalition, pushing their agenda, minimising defence cuts while fundamentally changing the system of university finance,” said Jonathan Tonge, head of politics at Liverpool University. “What looked at least initially as a decent (coalition) deal for the Liberal Democrats is already beginning to unravel as the policy agenda of the Conservatives is played out.” — Reuters

G20 sows seeds of future forex skirmishes By Jitendra Joshi he Group of 20 may have declared a currency truce, but its ceasefire agreed in weekend talks appears to contain seeds of hostility that could germinate in future. Analysts welcomed the pact by G20 finance ministers meeting in South Korea to “refrain from competitive devaluation of currencies” and to bring their current account imbalances into line. The International Monetary Fund was empowered to police the agreement, which however lacks teeth in the absence of numerical targets for countries such as China to lower their swollen trade surpluses. And at the same time, the G20 agreed a historic shift in power at the IMF to give China and other emerging powers a greater say, potentially creating new sources of friction within the world’s financial watchdog. Domenico Lombardi, a former executive board member of the IMF and World Bank, said US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had scored a victory for his argument that huge imbalances in trade are a new menace to the world economy. “The G20 consensus is gradually shifting towards the US position but without numerical targets it is unlikely that this broad commitment will bite,” Lombardi, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, told AFP. He suggested that China had bought itself some breathing space after months of tension over its policy of deliberately cheapening the yuan, which critics argue gives Chinese exporters an unfair edge in global markets. “The Chinese pledged greater flexibility in their currency ahead of the Toronto summit but they did little afterwards,” Lombardi said, referring to a G20 leaders’ meeting in June. By targeting China’s hefty current account surplus, Washington is groping for a new way to cajole Beijing into relaxing its tight


By Luc Perrot

UK military review a gamble, more cuts possible By Mohammed Abbas and Rhys Jones



US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks at a press conference during the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting at a hotel in Gyeongju, South Korea on Saturday. — AP shackles on the yuan. However, many emerging markets including China suspect that the United States is deliberately allowing the dollar to flounder on currency markets so that it can export its way back to prosperity. Caught between the US and Chinese pincers are major economies such as Japan and emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, which are seeing their own currencies rise to alarming levels to the detriment of their export-

ing firms. The G20’s credibility in resolving the tension was not helped by the decision of Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega - who gave voice to fears of an “international currency war” last month - to stay away from South Korea. Other G20 finance ministers admitted that the unwieldy grouping of advanced and developing economies had faced valid criticisms this weekend, in the run-up to a November 11-12 summit in Seoul. “We arrived in Gyeongju full of appre-

hension and we leave full of expectation,” France’s Christine Lagarde said. Britain’s George Osborne said “no one really anticipated on arrival” the breakthroughs on tackling the currency question and IMF reform. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak had jokingly threatened on Friday to shut down all transport to the meeting venue, a 90-minute drive from the nearest big airport at Busan, until a deal was struck. Ahn Soon-Kwon, a research fellow at the Korea Economic Research Institute, said the G20 had made a “good start” towards defusing any currency war and labelled the agreement “quite an achievement for the US”. “But if you look into it, China will gain more, because striking a deal like this will hardly stop US consumers from buying cheap made-in-China goods,” he said. “This deal will actually help China earn some respite from Washington’s criticism on currency issues.” Marco Annunziata, chief economist with Unicredit Group in London, noted the inherent tension in tasking the IMF with a beefed-up surveillance role just as China is set to wield more votes on its board. “The IMF will need to be extremely candid and outspoken, and the experience so far does not bode well: the IMF was already charged with monitoring global imbalances, but its surveillance has no teeth,” he said. Geithner himself launched a thinly veiled attack on China’s past reluctance to allow the public release of IMF criticism of its currency policy. Overall, Annunziata said, the G20 agreement would go “some way towards calming market fears of currency wars”.“Whether the positive impact is durable, however, will depend on whether national policies are in fact changed to be in line with the agreement,” he said. “Otherwise this will be seen as an empty statement of principle.” — AFP

who the mayor answers to for his decisions: the bosses who named him or the people who elected him,” said Oreshkin, a liberal analyst and columnist. Analysts said Sobyanin - an apparatchik from Siberia whose main qualification seems to be his association with Putin - would have been hard-pressed to get elected to the post. “Sergei Sobyanin is a pure bureaucrat, a civil servant from Putin’s inner circle, and not a politician,” said Lev Gudkov, a sociologist with the Levada Centre. According to polls of their readers conducted by liberal newspaper Kommersant and website, Sobyanin would have only received 2.8 percent of the vote if an election had taken place. The readers would have instead elected, with 45 percent of the vote, a 35-year-old lawyer and former member of the Yabloko opposition party, Andrei Navalny. With the liberal opposition not represented in the Moscow parliament, ironically it was left to the Communists - the remnant of the party that once ruled the entire Soviet Union - to gripe about the methods used. “In reality, Muscovites don’t have a choice, everything has been decided behind closed doors,” said Andrei Klychkov, who leads a group of just three Communist deputies in the regional parliament. Gudkov said Sobyanin’s nomination was aimed at securing the current leadership’s power over the Russian capital ahead of parliamentary elections due next year and a presidential election in 2012. “He was named with just one goal: to make Moscow more controllable and ensure future elections,” he said. Sobyanin’s nomination - to what opposition newspaper New Times called “the third most important post in the country” -was also another signal that Putin, who has hinted at making another run for the presidency, remains Russia’s most powerful figure. “Sobyanin - is a 100 percent Putin man and it is to Putin that he owes his federal career,” the daily Vedomosti wrote. — AFP

Turkey hesitates on missile defense By Desmond Butler urkey finds itself once again in an awkward position between fellow NATO members and Iran as it mulls a proposal to place a major component of a US missile defense system on its soil. Depending on how it is resolved, the issue could exasperate or quell worries in Washington that Turkey is drifting away from the West. The United States would like Turkey to host a radar for its European missile shield and to support a proposal to make missile defense a core mission for NATO. After initial enthusiasm about the radar, Turkey has hesitated. Its main consideration is that it does not want the missile defense system to explicitly target Iran. Turkey also does not want NATO to go on record at its Nov. 19-21 summit in Lisbon, Portugal, identifying Iran publicly as a ballistic missile threat. U.S. and NATO officials have clearly identified Iran as the most immediate threat, even pegging the timing of building missile defense to projected advances in Iran’s missile capabilities. Turkey offers an advantage over other US allies for the placement of the system’s radar: it is next door to Iran. Turkey has an interest in not alienating Tehran. It is increasingly dependent on Iranian energy resources and eager to expand trade. Its relatively close relationship with Iran, however, has been an irritant in relations with Washington. A last minute nuclear-fuel swap deal with Tehran brokered by Turkey and Brazil ahead of a United Nations Security Council vote on sanctions in June was swiftly


rejected, and US officials reacted with anger when Turkey voted against the sanctions. The disagreement has bolstered doubt about Turkey’s commitment to Western institutions at a time that its bid for membership in the European Union has stalled. With a booming economy and growing regional clout, Turkey has been cultivating its ties to neighboring countries and powers outside the West. Turkey says the concerns reflect a misunderstanding. It says its relations with Europe and the United States will not suffer as it expands its influence in other directions, and it has sought to position itself as a broker between the West and the Middle East. Turkish officials argue that its ties with Tehran provide unique influence that the West should make use of. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said this week at a conference on US-Turkish relations that the United States is not pressuring Turkey on the missile defense issues, but a Turkish refusal of the radar or problems negotiating the NATO statement could spike tensions. Both sides say they are looking for a solution. “We do want to reach a deal,” Selim Yenel, Deputy Undersecretary in the Turkish Foreign Ministry, said in an interview. “We don’t want any problems at the NATO summit. It should be finalized by then.” A solution could involve downplaying mention of Iran as the motivation for building missile defense. But with anger at Iran running high in the United States, the Obama administration may find that an uncomfortable compromise. — AP



Monday, October 25, 2010

YANGON, Myanmar: In this photo taken Saturday, Myanmar’s landmark Shwedagon Pagoda is illuminated during the full moon day of Thadingyut lighting festival to mark the end of Buddhist Lent at Kandawgyi National Garden. — AP

US under pressure on WikiLeaks allegations LONDON: Washington yesterday came under increasing pressure to investigate allegations in the leaked Iraq war documents published by WikiLeaks, which Britain’s deputy premier called “shocking”. Governments and human rights organisations alike put the focus on answers to the allegations made against US, allied and Iraqi troops as the whistleblowing website released 400,000 classified US military documents. The flood of material from 2004 to 2009 offers a grim snapshot of the conflict, especially of the abuse of Iraqi civilians by Iraqi security forces. The heavily redacted logs appear to show that the US military turned a blind eye to evidence of torture and abuse of civilians by the Iraqi authorities. WikiLeaks claim the documents reveal around 15,000 more civilian deaths than were previously known about. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called the allegations “extremely serious” and said people would be wanting to hear “what the answer is”. “We can bemoan how these leaks occurred but I think the nature of the allegations made are extraordinarily serious. They are distressing to read about,” he told BBC television. “I’m assuming the US administration will want to provide its own answer. Anything that suggests that basic rules of war and conflict and of engagement have been broken or that torture has in any way

BAGHDAD: Iraqi soldiers sit alongside blindfolded detainees in the back of a pick-up truck as they drive along a road in the Iraqi capital yesterday. — AFP been condoned are extremely serious and need to be looked at. People will want to hear what the answer is to what are very, very serious allegations of a nature which I think everybody will find quite shocking.” Australia joined Iraq war allies Britain and the United States in saying that the leaks could put troops’ lives at risk. Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith vowed a “painstaking” review of the documents. Denmark’s military also said it would study the documents amid reports that the classified files reveal wrongdoings by Danish soldiers. “We want to see the documents for ourselves and compare them to our own information,” Danish Defence Command spokesman Torben Kjedsen told AFP. According to Danish media, the documents reveal how

Danish troops had handed over 62 prisoners to Iraqi authorities, despite warnings they would likely face abusive treatment. The files published Friday contain graphic accounts of torture, civilian killings and Iran’s hand in the Iraq war, documenting years of bloodshed and suffering following the 2003 US-led invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein. Other reports describe Iraqis beating prisoners and women being killed at US military checkpoints. The files also show Iran waging a shadow war with US troops in Iraq, allegedly using militias to kill and kidnap US soldiers. Human Rights Watch said Iraq should investigate reports that its forces systematically tortured and abused detainees. “The US government should also investigate whether its forces breached international law by transfer-

ring thousands of Iraqi detainees from US to Iraqi custody despite the clear risk of torture,” it said. Amnesty International called on Washington to investigate how much US officials knew about the alleged abuse. Spokesman Malcolm Smart said the leaks fuelled concerns that US authorities “committed a serious breach of international law when they summarily handed over thousands of detainees to Iraqi security forces who, they knew, were continuing to torture and abuse detainees on a truly shocking scale.” The rights ministry in Baghdad said the logs “did not contain any surprises”. Supporters of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said the release was a plot to undermine his bid to stay in power following March elections. “It is a media campaign against the state and the political process carried out by several groups like the Baathists, regional forces and the new political order,” said lawmaker Hassan Al-Sinaid, who is close to Maliki. WikiLeaks held a news conference in London on Saturday, at which the website’s founder Julian Assange defended the unauthorised release, saying it was intended to reveal the “truth” about the conflict. “Most wars that are started by democracies involve lying,” he said. “If there’s enough truth early on enough then perhaps we won’t see these kind of wars.” — AFP

MPs slam govt ‘taxation plan’ Continued from Page 1 minister’s statement, saying the government is not in need of money because of its huge surpluses. Meanwhile, with just one day to go before the start of the new National Assembly term, the government as well as various parliamentary groups and blocs are fine-tuning their arrangements for the battle over who controls the 10 permanent committees amid signs of key confrontations. The government is reportedly working to wrest control of at least two key committees that are likely to handle important issues in the coming term that continue until the end of June next year. The first is the financial and economic affairs committee which is expected to restudy the sensitive issue of the draft law for the chamber of commerce and industry after the outgoing panel hurriedly approved the bill that many groups and the government oppose. The prochamber National Action Bloc will be fighting to have a representative or two while the opposition Popular Action Bloc and Reform and Development Bloc are

also vying for a seat each in the sevenmember committee. With controversy over funding the four-year development plan, the financial committee is expected to play an increasingly important role in the new term. The other committee that the government is trying to control is the interior and defense panel which has held the interior minister responsible for releasing two Iranian drug traffickers. The opposition held three seats in the fivemember committee in the previous term and that helped convict the minister. The Reform Bloc had MPs Jamaan AlHarbash and Falah Al-Sawwagh in the panel. It was also revealed that Harbash yesterday informed Speaker Jassem AlKhorafi that the report on the interior minister’s probe has been altered by head of the panel MP Al-Enezi. Harbash told Khorafi that the original report consisted of 22 pages while the one submitted consisted of just eight pages. Harbash said yesterday that the Reform Bloc will not contest for any member in the committee because the government controls the whole Assembly and it is dif-

ficult to achieve any reforms through the panel. The educational committee is also expected to witness a tough battle between liberals and Islamists and the success of either depends on government support. According to Kuwaiti law, the 16 members of the Cabinet are exofficio members of the Assembly although 15 of them are not elected, and have the right to vote like elected members on almost all issues except on noconfidence motions against ministers. The election of committees takes place immediately after the opening session in which the Amir, the speaker and prime minister will all deliver speeches. Government spokesman and Communications Minister Mohammad Al-Busairi meanwhile said the government will oppose forming temporary panels in the next term because their number is too large and they form a huge burden on the government. There are temporary panels for housing, sports, handicapped, women, bedoons and others. The government believes that their work can be handled by the permanent committees.

Israel slams ‘attacks’ by Mideast bishops Continued from Page 1 the commission which drew up the statement, went one step further, saying: “The theme of the Promised Land cannot be used as a basis to justify the return of the Jews to Israel and the expatriation of the Palestinians.” “For Christians, one can no longer talk of the land promised to the Jewish people,” the Lebanese-born head of the Greek Melkite Church in the United States said, because the “promise” was “abolished by the presence of Christ.” Ayalon said he was “especially appalled” at those remarks. “We call on the Vatican to (distance) themselves from Archbishop Bustros’ comments, which are a libel against the Jewish people and the state of Israel and should not be construed as the Vatican’s official position.” Most religious Jews believe the land of Israel was given to them by God, and Jewish settlers often cite biblical justifications for holding onto the West Bank and

east Jerusalem, territories seized in the 1967 Six-Day War. But foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said scripture had never been used by any Israeli government to justify the occupation or settlement of territory. He also pointed out that Israel’s Christian population had grown since the establishment of the Jewish state, while in much of the rest of the Middle East Christians have fled in large numbers because of war, instability and economic hardship. The meeting was convened by Pope Benedict to discuss the future of embattled Christians in the largely Muslim region. It formally ended with a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica yesterday during which the pontiff called for greater religious freedom and peace in the Middle East. But the bishops attending the gathering issued their conclusions on Saturday. They said they had “reflected” on the suffering and insecurity in which Israelis live and on the status of Jerusalem, a city holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims. While

the bishops condemned terrorism and anti-Semitism, they laid much of the blame for the conflict squarely on Israel. They listed the occupation of Palestinian lands, Israel’s separation barrier with the West Bank, its military checkpoints, political prisoners, demolition of homes and disturbance of Palestinians’ socio-economic lives as factors that have made life increasingly difficult for Palestinians. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat, meanwhile, welcomed the synod’s call for a two-state solution and blamed Israel for the emigration of Christians from the occupied territories. “The international community must uphold its moral and legal responsibility to put a speedy end to the illegal Israeli occupation,” he said. The United States convinced Israel and the Palestinians to renew direct peace negotiations in early September but the talks ground to a halt later that month when a 10-month partial Israeli moratorium on settlements expired. — Agencies

Bahrain Shiites make slim gain Continued from Page 1 The 18 candidates of INAA, which clinched 17 seats at the last poll in 2006, were all elected from a first round, with more than the required 50 percent of votes, commission chairman Abdullah Al-Buainain told AFP. Top Shiite cleric and MP Sheikh Ali Salman hailed the results and called for a “more positive” stance from the government. “The most important message for the government is that Al-Wefaq (INAA) is the largest political association in Bahrain,” said Salman, who is also the head of INAA. “The people’s will must be respected and dealt with positively.” Before the close of campaigning, Salman openly challenged the pro-Western Al-Khalifa family, a dynasty which has ruled Bahrain since 1783, saying that authority should be shared. Bahrain’s current government has several Shiite ministers but none of them are INAA members. Reforms passed in a 2001 referendum restored a parliament dissolved in 1975 and turned the emirate into a constitutional monarchy, but Hamad’s uncle, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, has served as prime minister ever since independence from Britain in 1971. On Saturday, Prince Khalifa pledged to cooperate with the legislative authority but at the same time dismissed the presence of an opposition political party in the country. Nine seats remain up for grabs in a second round of voting on Oct 30. Two candidates from the National Democratic Action Association, an alliance of pan-Arab nationalists and leftists which failed to win seats in 2006, including a woman, Munira Fakhru, are to run in the second round. Eight women figured among the 127 candidates running in the first round. Candidates of two allied Sunni Islamist groups, the National Islamic Forum and Al-Assalah, will also contest next Saturday’s vote. The Forum, the local arm of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, had seven seats in the outgoing parliament, and three of its eight candidates lost this time round, with the other five to run again on Saturday. AlAssalah which had five seats won two from the first round and is to contest another three on Saturday. Some people complained that their names had been missing from voters’ lists on Saturday, but senior officials dismissed the claims. Justice Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ali Al-Khalifa, head of the electoral commission, estimated turnout of “at least 67 percent,” compared with 72 percent in 2006 and 53.4 percent in 2002.

“Most striking to me is that turnout was quite high,” said Jane Kinninmont, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Maybe the crackdown that had some sectarian elements has prompted people to show solidarity with Wefaq, to show that the Shiite population is still there,” she said. “It was in line with expectation that this parliament would have fewer Islamists. Their supporters were not that impressed with their performance,” Kinninmont said. Observers also said that in the run-up to the polls there had been less cooperation between Al-Assalah and Al-Menbar than during the last election in 2006, when they agreed not to compete against each other in some districts. A Bahraini commentator who did not wish to be named said the government had considerable influence on the two groups and may have forced them to drop some of their most outspoken candidates. Members had demanded a ban on the sale of alcohol in Bahrain, which would threaten the country’s tourism industry. They also had been vocal about corruption in the public sector. “The government forced some of those who created the headache to them out of the process,” the commentator said. With yesterday’s results, INAA strengthens its presence in the lower house of parliament which has the authority to examine and pass legislation proposed by the king or cabinet and also has monitoring powers. A 40-member upper chamber, or consultative council, appointed by the king has the power to block legislation coming out of the lower house. Ahead of the polls, a wave of arrests of Shiite political activists drew warnings from international human rights watchdogs of a drift back to full-blown authoritarianism. According to analysts, the press campaign that accompanied the arrest of 23 Shiite activists on terror charges in September has come in favour of INAA. “The Shiites who were hesitant or intended to boycott the elections voted overwhelmingly in favour of Al-Wefaq, the representative of their community,” analyst Obaidaly Al-Obaidaly told AFP. Bahraini authorities detained 250 Shiite opposition activists, London-based watchdog Amnesty International said earlier this month. “The way the media handled the security situation which prevailed prior to the elections unexpectedly raised Al-Wefaq’s shares” in the votes, said Baqer Al-Najar, a sociology professor at the University of Bahrain. “Shiites felt that they were targeted so they voted intensely for Al-Wefaq despite their restlessness with its performance throughout the past four years,” Najar said.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa insisted on Saturday that the arrests were “not linked to elections”. The archipelago state was plagued in the 1990s by a wave of Shiite-led unrest which has abated since the 2001 reforms. Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet, has a Shiite majority population but is governed by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty, which allies Saudi Arabia and the United States see as a bulwark against the regional influence of Shiite power Iran. Many Bahraini Shiites say they face discrimination in government housing and jobs, a charge the government denies. Al-Wefaq’s Salman told AP they will not seek to challenge the entire election results. But he described it as part of their overall complaints about a lopsided system, which they claim includes gerrymandered voting districts to dilute Shiite strength and a government-backed program to give citizenship to Sunnis from across the Middle East to boost their ranks. “We really aren’t satisfied with the outcome,” he said. “We are the majority of the country and a majority of the voters, but we don’t get a majority of the (parliament) seats. Why is that? It is clear that the government is doing this to keep us from gaining a bigger voice. We won’t be satisfied until the election rules have changed.” He also listed as priorities: holding officials accountable for political detentions and alleged torture behind bars. “We have no intention of remaining quiet over this,” said Salman. Washington has taken a cautious line on Bahrain. A flurry of diplomatic talks sought to express US concern about the arrests and the violent backlash, including running street battles last summer. But Washington cannot afford to alienate Bahrain’s solidly pro-Western Sunni rulers, who have tribal and marriage ties across the Gulf. There is also the hot-button issue of Iran in the background. Bahrain’s Sunni rulers see themselves as frontline defenders against suspected efforts by Iran to expand its influence in the region - although there is no clear evidence that Tehran has links to Shiite political groups in Bahrain. Washington wants to stay on the best possible terms with all Arab Gulf regimes, which all share deep worries about Iran’s ambitions. “Does Iran wield influence in Bahrain? Most people would say no. But do some inside Bahrain’s ruling system believe it? Probably, and it’s a good way to open up a front against what they see are threats to the system,” said Toby Jones, an expert on Sunni-Shiite affairs at Rutgers University. — Agencies


Monday, October 25, 2010


After changes, Rangers head to first World Series ARLINGTON: Cliff Lee gets to pitch in an even bigger game for the American League champion Texas Rangers with the New York Yankees out of the way. The ace left-hander didn’t have to beat the defending champions again to put Texas in its first World Series, so the Rangers’ prized midseason acquisition is set to start Game 1 on Major League Baseball’s biggest stage on Wednesday. Lee is no stranger to the World Series. He won Games 1 and 5 for Philadelphia over New York last autumn before the Phillies traded him to Seattle on the same day they acquired Roy Halladay. But the Rangers are newcomers, making the World Series in their 50th season despite plenty of unexpected pitching changes along the way. “We all started having a certain feeling at some point in time. They just kept fighting back and fighting back, and we started believing in them,” said Rangers icon Nolan Ryan, the team president and partowner. “They were determined to get it done.” While Lee was pitching for the Seattle Mariners at the start of the season, Scott Feldman and Rich Harden, the big addition last winter, topped the Texas rotation. Frank Francisco was expected to be the closer. While none of that trio is pitching this autumn, the team that used to never have enough pitching is going to the World Series. The Rangers clinched their first AL pennant with a 6-1 victory over the Yankees in Game 6 of the AL Championship Series on Friday before a frenzied crowd of 51,404 at Rangers Ballpark _ in the shadow of Cowboys Stadium, where the attention is usually focused in the autumn. Colby Lewis dominated over eight innings, winning for the second time in the series, before Neftali Feliz closed it out. “This group of guys, I can’t say enough. It’s a great feeling,” said Lee, who was ready to pitch Game 7 if needed, after a 13-strikeout performance against the Yankees in Game 3. “With this group of guys, if we keep playing the way we have, things are going to work out.” The Rangers had never won a postseason series or even a home playoff game before this season. They took longer than any other club to get to the World Series for the first time. Montreal/Washington (42 seasons) and Seattle (34) haven’t yet made it. The Rangers led the AL West division for good from June 8, a day after a loss to Lee and the Seattle Mariners. They acquired Lee on July 9. But the top starters were supposed to be Feldman, who after winning 17 games in 2009 got a new three-year contract worth nearly $14 million, and Harden, the free agent addition expected to be the No. 1 starter. Feldman started opening day, but was 5-10 as a starter and moved back to the bullpen before being left off the postseason roster. Harden had no impract, as he was bothered by injuries and control problems. He went 5-5 with a 5.58 ERA and was designated for assignment right after the season to give him his unconditional release. Francisco lost the closer’s role in the first week of this season after blowing his first two save chances. That cleared the way for Feliz, who went on to become an All-Star and set a MLB rookie record with 40 saves. Francisco became a reliable setup man until straining a muscle in August that ended his season. Lewis was added last winter, returning to his original team after pitching the last two seasons in Japan. C.J. Wilson made the transition from the bullpen to the rotation and won 15 games. Through all the changes, the Rangers kept winning. “I keep saying the same thing over: It’s not the best team that wins, it’s the team that plays the best on that day,” fourth-year manager Ron Washington said. “Well, that was quite a few days that we played better than the teams we played and that’s why we are headed to the World Series.”—AP

PHILADELPHIA: San Francisco Giants’ Andres Torres (56) collides with Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz as he tries to score on a hit by Aubrey Huff during the third inning of Game 6 of baseball’s National League Championship Series. — AP

Giants eliminate Phillies to reach World Series PHILADELPHIA: Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking homer off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Saturday to reach the World Series for the first time since 2002. Unlikely most valubale player Cody Ross and the pitching-rich Giants will host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday night. The Giants have never won the championship since moving to San Francisco in 1958. “I’m speechless, just breathless,” Giants general manager Brian Sabean said. “It’s a great opportunity to see what we can do on a bigger stage.” Slumping Phillies slugger Ryan Howard looked at a called third strike with runners on first and second to end it and give the Giants the decisive win in Game 6 of the National League

championship series. San Francisco closer Brian Wilson got the final five outs, finishing off the Phillies’ bid to become the first NL team in 66 years to win three straight pennants. “Right now it’s heaven, but it was torture for that final strike,” Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff said. Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum struggled in the eighth inning, pitching in relief on one day of rest after losing Game 5. But Wilson took over and got Carlos Ruiz to lineout to Huff for an inning-ending double play in the eighth. Benches cleared in the third inning after Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez hit Chase Utley with a pitch and then yelled at the All-Star second baseman for tossing the ball back toward the mound on his way to first base. No punches were thrown and

nobody was ejected, though Sanchez was pulled. San Francisco used six pitchers, including four lefties. “We fought, we scratched and clawed,” said Giants left fielder Pat Burrell, who won a championship ring with the Phillies in 2008. “I don’t know how we did it but we did it.” The Giants are seeking their first World Series title since 1954 when they were still in New York. Led by Barry Bonds, they came within six outs of winning it in Game 6 against the wild-card Angels in 2002 only to lose in the deciding seventh game. It’s been quite a wait for a franchise that moved West in 1958. Even with Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry, the Giants couldn’t bring a title to the Bay Area. “We had such a diversity of con-

tributions from everybody,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “Not bad for a bunch of castoffs and misfits.” The Giants overcame a 2-0 first-inning deficit, tied it in the third and went ahead when Uribe hit an opposite-field drive that barely cleared the right-field wall. Uribe hit a game-ending sacrifice fly off Roy Oswalt to give the Giants a 3-1 series lead in Game 4. Roy Halladay outdueled Lincecum in Game 5 to send the series back to Philadelphia, where a frenetic, towelwaving crowd — the 136th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park — wasn’t ready for “Red October III” to end. But the Phillies are going home early after leading the majors in wins for the first time in franchise history. “We’ve got a bright future,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “They’ve got a better offense than people think and

win in Game 2. Sanchez lasted just two-plus innings, allowing two runs and three hits. Sanchez, the Game 2 loser, had dominated the Phillies before this series, not allowing more than four hits in his five previous starts against them. Rookie Madison Bumgarner, a 21year-old lefty who started Game 4 and pitched the NLDS clincher Oct. 11 at Atlanta, pitched two scoreless innings in relief on two days’ rest. Bumgarner pitched out of a basesloaded jam in the fifth, retiring Shane Victorino on a bouncer to the mound to end the inning. He escaped trouble in the sixth after Raul Ibanez doubled and was sacrificed to third. Bumgarner struck out pinch-hitter Ben Francisco looking and retired Jimmy Rollins on a fly to center. — AP

Sizzling Laird in prime position to defend title

Jimin wins Sime Darby KUALA LUMPUR: Jimin Kang won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia for her second LPGA Tour title, beating Juli Inkster by a stroke yesterday when the 50-year-old Hall of Famer bogeyed the final hole. Kang, the 30-year-old South Korean player, birdied the par-4 18th for a 6-under 65 and a 9-under total at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Inkster finished with her second straight 67. She birdied Nos. 15-17 to take the lead, but couldn’t hold on in her bid to break the LPGA Tour age record of 46 years, 8 months set by Beth Daniel in the 2003 Canadian Women’s Open. Sweden’s Maria Hjorth (71) and Japan’s Mika Miyazato (69) tied for third at 6 under, and South Korea’s Meena Lee (69) was 5 under. Michelle Wie shot a 74 to tie for 34th at 3 over. Kang, also the 2005 LPGA Corning Classic winner, birdied three of the last four holes. She earned $270,000 in the inaugural event. “Oh my God, I can’t believe I won the tournament,” Kang said. “I made a lot of putts ... I noticed I was playing pretty darn good toward the end.” The tour will remain in Asia the next two weeks for events in South Korea and Japan. — AP

they’re scrappy.” Wilson came in after Lincecum allowed consecutive, one-out singles. He got Ruiz on a liner to escape the inning. Wilson had to bat in the ninth after Brad Lidge intentionally walked Buster Posey to load the bases. He took three pitches before bouncing out to first base. “You can’t say enough about Wilson coming in, doing what he’s been doing all year,” Burrell said. Oswalt pitched six effective innings, masterfully working out of trouble throughout the game because he allowed nine hits and hit a batter. Oswalt gave up two runs — one earned — three days after losing Game 4 in relief. The three-time AllStar right-handery — the 2005 NLCS most valuable player with Houston — threw eight superb innings to earn the

KUALA LUMPUR: Jimin Kang (right) of the US receives the trophy from Sultan Azlan Shah, Sultan of Perak state after winning the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2010 golf tournament. — AP

LAS VEGAS: Defending champion Martin Laird carded a bogey-free eight-under-par 63 at the TPC Summerlin to move into a one-shot lead after the third round of the Las Vegas Open on Saturday. The Briton’s round was highlighted by six birdies and an eagle on the 341-yard par-four 15th, where he drove the green to within six feet of the hole. “I really left myself the easiest putt on the green; it was right-edge, up-the-hill putt,” Laird told reporters. “That’s the one most of us would want if we had six feet for eagle.” It is the second consecutive stellar round for Laird, who shot a nine-under 62 on Friday, to stand on 19-under par through three rounds. “It’s been a good three days and even after only shooting two-under the first day, I was pretty confident that I could post three low ones in a row to get back in contention,” Laird added. “I maybe didn’t think I’d post 17-under the next two rounds, but I’m pleased obviously where I am and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. “Any time you shoot 62 you’ve got to feel pretty good after it. I was just pleased to finally make some putts, because as I said, I hit it just as good on Thursday as I did on Friday, just made nothing, so it was nice to see the ball go in the hole. “I’ve started to get a little more comfortable with the speed of the greens as the week has gone on and putted nicely again today, so hopefully keep that up tomorrow.” Second round leader Jonathan Byrd had a round of five-under par (66) and is one stroke back after the American recorded six birdies and a bogey in his round on Saturday. Australian Cameron Percy had the low score of the day, a career best nine-under (62) with five birdies through the first nine holes, and eight in total as well as an eagle and a bogey, for a tournament total of 17-under 196. He is joint-third with American Webb Simpson, who shot a 64.

“I told myself to stay patient and I knew birdies would come, and I knew I was playing well enough to make a lot of birdies, and they came,” said Simpson, who was one over through five holes. “I birdied six through nine and then 11 through 13, and then 15 and 16. I don’t know if I’ve ever had ten birdies in a round out here on tour, but it felt good. Hopefully, tomorrow I can kind of eliminate those bogeys.” Japan’s Ryudi Imada, who started the day one stroke off the lead, followed up his sizzling 62 of Friday with a disappointing 70 and is now tied for 11th, six strokes off the lead (200). Meanwhile, US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to maintain a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Administaff Small Business Classic. Pavin had a 10-under 134 total on The Woodlands Country Club course. Mark Wiebe (68) was second, and Fred Couples (65) was 8 under. Couples had eight birdies and one bogey in his tournament-best round. Pavin had a three-stroke lead over Wiebe with two holes left, but Wiebe cut it to one on No. 17 when he made a birdie and Pavin missed a short putt for his only bogey of the day. On the final hole, Wiebe left a 30-foot birdie putt just short. Pavin then avoided his second straight bogey by holing a 12-footer for par. “I liked the way I played,” Pavin said. “I actually hit the ball better today. It was nice to make the putt at the last hole. It’s better to have a oneshot lead than none.” Tom Lehman (68) was 5 under, and Byrum (67), Larry Mize (69) and Jay Don Blake (70) followed at 4 under. Couples, trying to overtake Bernhard Langer in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, made three straight long birdie putts — a 12-footer on No. 9, a 10-footer on No. 10 and a 15-footer on No. 11 — and made another from 25 feet on No. 15, but bogeyed the par-3 16th and closed with two pars. —Agencies



Monday, October 25, 2010

NHL results/standings NHL results and standings on Saturday: NY Rangers 3, Boston 2; Montreal 3, Ottawa 0; Buffalo 6, New Jersey 1; Philadelphia 5, Toronto 2; Washington 4, Atlanta 3 (OT); Florida 4, NY Islanders 3; Detroit 5, Anaheim 4; St Louis 1, Pittsburgh 0 (OT); Nashville 1, Dallas 0; Columbus 3, Chicago 2; Los Angeles 6, Colorado 4; Carolina 4, Phoenix 3 (OT); San Jose 6, Edmonton 1. Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L OTL GF GA PTS Pittsburgh 5 3 1 27 20 11 NY Islanders 4 2 2 26 23 10 NY Rangers 3 2 1 19 19 7 Philadelphia 3 3 1 18 19 7 New Jersey 2 5 1 14 27 5 Northeast Division Toronto 4 2 1 20 18 9 Montreal 4 2 1 17 16 9 Boston 4 2 0 18 11 8 Buffalo 3 5 1 24 24 7 Ottawa 2 5 1 16 26 5 Southeast Division Tampa Bay 5 1 1 24 23 11 Washington 5 3 0 23 21 10 Carolina 4 3 0 21 21 8 Atlanta 3 4 1 23 29 7 Florida 3 3 0 17 12 6 Western Conference Central Division Detroit 5 1 1 23 18 11 Nashville 4 0 3 17 14 11 Chicago 5 4 1 29 28 11 St Louis 4 1 2 19 14 10 Columbus 4 3 0 18 21 8 Northw est Division Calgary 4 3 0 17 17 8 Colorado 4 4 0 25 29 8 Vancouver 3 3 2 20 21 8 Minnesota 3 3 1 21 20 7 Edmonton 2 4 0 15 21 4 Pacific Division Dallas 5 2 0 24 17 10 Los Angeles 5 2 0 22 17 10 San Jose 3 2 1 19 17 7 Anaheim 3 5 1 21 33 7 Phoenix 2 2 2 15 16 6 Note: Overtime losses (OTL) are worth one point in the standings and are not included in the loss column (L).

ST. LOUIS: Blues’ goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Slovakia, blocks a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) as Blues’ Brad Boyes (22) defends in the third period of an NHL hockey game. — AP

Vanek scores twice as Sabres crush Devils NEWARK: Thomas Vanek scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres wrecked goalie Johan Hedberg’s Devils’ debut in a 6-1 victory over New Jersey on Saturday. Ryan Miller had 26 saves, while Drew Stafford, Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis and Patrick Kaleta also scored in Buffalo’s best offensive game of the season. The Zach Parise scored for the struggling Devils, who benched high-priced left wing Ilya Kovalchuk on the same night they tried to give Martin Brodeur his first night off this season. Brodeur came on 8:17 into the second period after Hedberg allowed four goals on 13 shots. New Jersey is winless at home (0-4-1) under new coach John MacLean and 2-5-1 overall. Rangers 3, Bruins 2 At Boston, Artem Anisimov and Alex Frolov scored off bouncing pucks 25 seconds apart in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots as the New York Rangers held off Boston. Marc Staal also scored for the Rangers, who posted their second straight road win. Zdeno Chara and Nathan Horton had goals for the Bruins, whose four-game winning streak was snapped. Red Wings 5, Ducks 4 At Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk scored with 12 seconds left in the game to give Detroit a win over Anaheim.

The Red Wings rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit and trailed 4-3 in the third after Teemu Selanne scored with 11:28 remaining. Selanne’s goal was the 610th of his career, tying Bobby Hull for 15th on the NHL’s career list. Henrik Zetterberg scored twice for Detroit, including the tying goal with 8:43 left. Canadiens 3, Senators 0 At Ottawa, Carey Price made 19 saves for his first shutout in nearly two years and Andrei Kostitsyn scored twice as Montreal downed Ottawa. Price, who has started each of Montreal’s seven games, has five career shutouts. It was his first in 90 games since Nov. 11, 2008. Kostitsyn opened the scoring in the first and added his second goal of the game late in the second to put Montreal up by three. Benoit Pouliot also scored in the second for the Canadiens. Capitals 4, Thrashers 3 At Washington, Alexander Semin scored three goals and Tomas Fleischmann got the game-winner 1:37 into overtime, giving Washington a win over Atlanta. It was the fourth career hat trick for Semin, who came in with two goals in Washington’s first seven games. Evander Kane scored two goals, Andrew Ladd had one, and Chris Mason finished with 40 saves. But it wasn’t

enough to prevent the Thrashers from absorbing their third straight defeat. Flyers 5, Maple Leafs 2 At Philadelphia, Mike Richards scored his first goal of the season and had two assists to help Philadelphia snap a three-game losing streak. Ville Leino, Blair Betts, Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere also scored for Philadelphia, which outshot Toronto 40-15. Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Clarke MacArthur each scored their sixth goals of the season. Of the Leafs’ 20 goals, 12 have been scored by that tandem. MacArthur’s goal brought the Leafs within one with 1:14 left in the second period. Panthers 4, Islanders 3 At Sunrise, Florida, Radek Dvorak’s goal with 6:32 left in the third period lifted Florida over the Islanders, despite a hat trick by New York’s John Tavares. It was the first three-goal game in the NHL for Tavares, the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft. Mike Weaver, Steve Bernier, and David Booth also scored goals for the Panthers. Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves. Rick DiPietro stopped 26 shots for the Islanders, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Predators 1, Stars 0 At Dallas, Pekka Rinne made 30 saves for his 15th NHL shutout, Cal O’Reilly scored in the game’s first

minute, and Nashville held on to beat Dallas. Nashville came out aggressively and built early momentum when O’Reilly tucked a rebound past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen 42 seconds after the opening faceoff. Shea Weber and Steve Sullivan assisted. Rinne did the rest for the Predators, especially in the second period when Dallas held a 13-5 shots advantage. Blues 1, Penguins 0 At St. Louis, Erik Johnson scored 50 seconds into overtime and Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves as St. Louis beat Pittsburgh for its 10th straight home victory. Johnson’s first goal of the season came after TJ Oshie stripped Penguins defenseman Paul Martin of the puck in the corner. Martin fed Johnson in the slot for a goal past goalie Brent Johnson. Blue Jackets 3, Blackhawks 2 At Chicago, Antoine Vermette scored on a deflection at 6:29 of the third period to snap a tie as Columbus rebounded from an early two-goal deficit to beat Chicago. Vermette assisted on RJ Umberger’s power-play goal earlier in the third that tied it at 2. Derick Brassard scored late in the second period for the Blue Jackets, who dominated the third and outshot Chicago 20-8 in the period. Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and assist for Chicago.

Takahashi wins NHK Trophy

NAGOYA: Daisuke Takahashi of Japan performs during the exhibition stage of the NHK Trophy, the first event of the six-stage ISU figure skating Grand Prix series. — AFP

NAGOYA: World figure skating champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the seasonopening NHK Trophy yesterday, relying on a quadruple toeloop early in his routine to finish comfortably ahead of American Jeremy Abbott after the free skate. Takahashi, who led after the short program, successfully landed the quad toeloop on his opening element and survived a late fall on his triple lutz, double toeloop to finish with 234.79 points. “For the first competition of the Grand Prix series I did well,” Takahashi said. “Things were going well in the first part of the program but I made some mistakes later on.” Abbott skated a clean program to La Vita e Bella but didn’t attempt a quad. He singled a triple axel midway through his routine and singled the second half of a triple lutz, double toeloop combination to finish with 218.19 points. “I feel great,” said two-time US national champion Abbott. “I had about a month of boot issues where I couldn’t train at 100 percent and have only had two weeks where I felt comfortable.” France’s Florent Amodio was third with 213.77 points. Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, the world junior champion, also hit a quad toeloop on his opening element and finished fourth with 207.72 points. Takahashi started to tire late in his routine and singled a triple salchow before the fall on his triple lutz. But the lead he had built up from his quad was more than enough to carry him through. A day after world champion Mao Asada of Japan finished a disappointing eighth in the women’s event, it was an impressive day for Japanese men as all three taking part hit quadruple jumps. Takahito Mura also landed a quadruple toeloop in his routine to finish sixth with 191.85 points behind Canadian Shawn Sawyer, who was fifth with 193.80 points. — AP

Hurricanes 4, Coyotes 3 At Phoenix, Anton Babchuk scored 2:52 into overtime as Carolina beat Phoenix after squandering a three-goal lead. Phoenix trailed 3-0 at the start of the third period, but Kyle Turris led the Coyotes’ comeback with a pair of goals and an assist. Patrick Dwyer, Jussi Jokinen and Sergei Samsonov scored for the Hurricanes. Kings 6, Avalanche 4 At Denver, Brad Richardson had three goals, including a tiebreaking short-handed tally late in the third period, and Los Angeles beat Colorado in a matchup of the NHL’s two youngest teams. Alexei Ponikarovsky, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown also scored for the Kings. Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk each scored twice for the Avalanche. Sharks 6, Oilers 1 At Edmonton, Alberta, Joe Pavelski had a goal and two assists in San Jose’s victory over Edmonton. Dany Heatley, Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe, John McCarthy and Dan Boyle also scored and Joe Thornton had three assists for the Sharks. Jordan Eberle had the lone goal for the Oilers, who have lost four straight after two wins to open the season. — AP

Armstrong to ride his last race Down Under

SPAIN: Sebastien Loeb of France (centre right) and co-driver Daniel Elena of Monaco (left) stand atop their car after winning the 46th Rally of Catalunya. — AP

Loeb grabs Rally of Catalunya SALOU: Sebastien Loeb of France, driving a Citroen C4, won the Rally of Catalunya yesterday ahead of Norway’s Petter Solberg and Spain’s Dani Sordo. Loeb was already assured of wrapping up his seventh straight drivers’ title before starting the season’s 12th and penultimate rally. It was the Frenchman’s seventh rally win this year, his sixth in a row in Spain and the 61st victory in his career. Solberg, driving a privately-funded Citroen C4, managed to hold onto second place by

recording the fastest time in the 16th and last special stage of the race. Sordo briefly threatened the Norwegian by setting the fastest times in yesterday’s first three stages, but he was unable to get closer than five seconds of his rival. After the Citroen sweep of the first three places, Ford Focus vehicles were fourth and fifth through Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen. Citroen were already assured of winning the constructors’ world title. — AFP

PARIS: Seven-times Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will make his final professional appearance on foreign soil at the Tour Down Under next year, organisers said. “Lance Armstrong will compete in his last professional race on international soil at the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide,” organisers said on their website ( Armstrong, 39, said during this year’s Tour de France that he would not compete at the professional level away from the United States anymore. The Texan finished 23rd overall in his final Tour, a race he won from 1999-2005. “This is an amazing opportunity for cycling fans across the globe to head to Adelaide and be part of history as Lance competes in his farewell ride as a professional on international soil,” Australian Prime minister Mike Rann said on the organisers’ website. “Lance is a true hero of the sport and we are delighted he has chosen to compete again in South Australia and make his international farewell here.” Armstrong said: “I’m excited to be competing in my last professional ride outside the US at the Santos Tour Down Under. “It will be my third time to the event, and I’m sure I will enjoy it as much as I have the first two times.” The Tour Down Under runs from Jan 16-23. — Reuters



Monday, October 25, 2010

Queen Caroline seeks to extend rule to Doha DOHA: Caroline Wozniacki can crown a breakthrough season under clear desert skies at the WTA Championships in Doha this week, although the absence of Serena Williams still clouds the Dane’s early days as world number one. The 20-year-old became the first Danish player to take the top ranking earlier this month and the fresh-faced blonde is enjoying a purple patch of form that could net her a seventh title of the season and $1.5 million in prize money. Wozniacki, the third player in two years to reach the pinnacle of women’s

tennis without winning a grand slam, endured a torrid time in Doha last year, battling leg and stomach cramps that left her a twitching, writhing wreck on the hard court. The Dane has worked hard on her fitness over the past year, however, and is fighting fit despite strength-sapping schedule stops in China and Japan recently. “After I got back from Asia, I took five days off from tennis. I think I really needed a break so I just did some fitness work, mostly boxing with my trainer,” she said

on her website, adding that she was now fully focused on Doha. “Last year I had a great showing there, but had to retire in the semi-final due to a lingering injury. I’m 100 percent healthy now, so I’m looking forward to improving my result from last year.” The season-ending Tour finale, reserved for the world’s top eight players, is making its last appearance in the gasrich Gulf Emirate of Qatar before moving on to Istanbul for the next three years. While both Serena (ranked 2nd) and Venus Williams (4th) miss out due to

injury, grand slam winners Kim Clijsters and Francesca Schiavone will battle for the title along with Vera Zvonareva, Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur, Elena Dementieva and Victoria Azarenka. A rich vein of form and unshakable consistency have vaulted Wozniacki to the top, but few would argue she must put Serena Williams to the sword on court before she can truly be considered the world’s best. Williams, the former world number one and last year’s champion in Doha, has not played since winning her 13th grand

slam at Wimbledon and will not play again this year after re-injuring her right foot from over-training. Big sister Venus is out due to a nagging knee injury. Despite their absence, the WTA insists its efforts to keep top players healthy through a demanding season are paying off. “Two years ago, the calendar for women’s tennis was substantially changed in response to concerns from players that the season was too long and gruelling,” the WTA said in their Roadmap Report. A shortened, streamlined season, more

breaks for top players and fewer top player tournament commitments had lessened the strain on athletes and boosted participation in key events, the WTA added. The Tour’s tough schedule may yet claim another victim before the WTA Championships begin on Tuesday with Serbia’s former world number one Jankovic struggling to overcome a virus. Belarussian Azarenka arrives in Doha late yesterday having captured her second title of the year at the Kremilin Cup earlier in the day. — Reuters

Federer level with Sampras on titles with Swedish win

SWEDEN: Roger Federer of Switzerland displays his trophy after defeating Florian Mayer of Germany in their ATP Stockholm Open tennis tournament. — AP

Mustafina clinches 5th medal ROTTERDAM: All-around champion Aliya Mustafina won her fifth medal yesterday, taking silver on the floor to become the most successful gymnast at the world gymnastics championships. Lauren Mitchell of Australia swept past co-leaders Mustafina and Romania’s Diana Chelaru on the last performance, leaving the Russian with two gold and three silver medals in six events. Mustafina’s only blemish came when she fell off the beam yesterday, leaving the title to Romania’s Ana Porgras ahead of American Rebecca Bross and defending champion Deng Linlin, who shared silver. “On the beam, I didn’t have enough strength. I just

lost balance,” Mustafina said of her spill, which seemed avoidable. Mustafina leaves with the same medal total Russian great Svetlana Khorkina won at the 2001 world championships. The 16-year-old, though, said she isn’t trying to emulate anyone. “I don’t have any heroes. I just try to be myself,” she said through a translator. US allrounder Nastia Liukin also won five medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and might come back for the 2012 London Games. In Rotterdam, Mustafina and men’s all-around champion Kohei Uchimura, 21, made clear who will be the favorites to beat.

Uchimura won his fourth medal Sunday, finishing behind China’s Feng Zhe and Teng Haibin on the parallel bars. Uchimura also won gold in the all-around, and silver medals in the team event and the floor. China again proved its strength in depth by topping the medal table with four gold and nine medals overall, with Zhang Chenglong winning the concluding high bar event ahead of local favorite Epke Zonderland. Russia was second with Mustafina winning five of its six medals. The United States came in third, also with six medals, but only had Alicia Sacramone’s gold against Mustafina’s double. At 16, Mustafina stood

head and shoulders above opposition for most of the week and should reach full maturity by the time London comes around. She said her frame of 1.60 meter (5 feet 2 inches) and 48 kilos (106 pounds) found it hard going for nine days of competition. “It was very hard. I was no longer 100 percent on the beam. I just wanted to try. Fatigue also showed in the concluding floor event, where she took an uncharacteristic sidestep. Yet, her jumps and leaps with unmatched elegance were enough for one last medal before going home to study. “I was well prepared but I was tired,” she said. — AP

ROTTERDAM: Gold medallist Lauren Mitchell of Australia performs during the floor final at the World Championships Gymnastics. — AP

STOCKHOLM: Roger Federer won the 64th trophy of his glittering career yesterday, levelling with Pete Sampras in the title Pantheon after a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Florian Mayer at the Stockholm Open. The victory in 63 minutes was particularly pleasing for the Swiss world number two, who now has a few days off before tackling the outside duties which come with his position as top seed from November 1 at his home Swiss Indoors in Basel. “It feels great winning any event, but it’s especially nice to do it where I’ve never had a chance before,” said Federer, whose only other Stockholm visit was a decade ago. “There is such a great tennis heritage here with all the greats. “I knew I’d have a chance here, this was a good week for me. I’m happy to have played well.” There is little time for reflection for Federer, 52-12 this season, who bounced back with style from his Shanghai finals loss seven days previously against Andy Murray. The 16-time grand slam champion faces yet more uphill climb as he takes aim at the next step on the title ladder, the 77 trophies of John McEnroe. American Jimmy Connors with 109 heads the all-time list, with Ivan Lendl (94) standing second and McEnroe third. “You want to savour every victory - you never know which one will be the last,” said the Swiss. “Things move really fast. This was only a 250 event but the victory is very special. This is maybe one tournament to remember more than some others.” Federer’s trophy was his third of 2010 after the Australian Open and Cincinnati prior to the US Open. He stand 3-4 in 2010 finals from 15 events played. But the Stockholm success a decade after he last played the event will stand the 29-year-old in good stead for the last three tournaments of his season after he vowed to try and add to his victory total in the run-up to the eight-man World Tour Finals in London from November 21. “I came up with some good tennis. I was down a break had to scramble and battle back but I found a way,” said Federer. Once I get the lead it’s difficult for my opponents. “When my game is on I can really play well. This was a really good week. I”m happy how I pulled up after back-to-back weeks. And I’m happy with how I’m playing.” Mayer played nothing-tolose, and hence offensive, tennis. But playing good opponents makes you play better also. I felt I gained the intensity and was able to keep it up.” Federer’s dominating win in front of Swedish royalty marked his 36th consecutive victory against Germans since losing to Nicolas Kiefer in 2002. The Swiss wrapped up the opening set in 34 minutes, then went to work to secure the victory. A break in the sixth game of the second for 42 was enough, with the top seed putting a forehand long on the first of three match points but completing the win on his second opportunity with a service winner. “Roger really deserved to win,” said the 47th-ranked Mayer, without a title from three career finals. “I hope you get back to number one as soon as possible.” Meanwhile, retired former Austrian ironman Thomas Muster will attempt to defy his 43 years when he plays as a long-odds wild card at next week’s Austria Tennis Trophy. — Agencies

MOSCOW: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, holds the trophy after victory in the final match over Maria Kirilenko of Russia at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament. — AP

Troicki, Victoria win Kremlin Cup titles MOSCOW: Victor Troicki of Serbia claimed his maiden title, and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus won her fifth women’s crown with victories in the Kremlin Cup finals yesterday. The 43rd-ranked Troicki rallied to beat fourth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, while Azarenka downed her Russian doubles partner Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4. The 19th-ranked Baghdatis, who was making his debut at the event, took a 1-0 lead in his third appearance in a final this season with a break in the sixth game. Both players held in the second set before the 43rd-ranked Troicki leveled the match at 1-1 with a break in the 10th game and went 4-1 up in the third set. Baghdatis saved a match point in the eighth game, but Troicki, serving for the match at 5-2, clinched the win with a forehand volley. “Marcos (Baghdatis) was playing very good in the first set,” said Troicki. “But then I started playing better and better and in the end I won my first title. It feels unbelievable.” Baghdatis said that two bad calls from a linesman in the end of the second set had “a big impact” on the result of the match. A TV replay showed that Troicki’s shot in the 10th game was out. “It’s very, very frustrating,” said Baghdatis. “I don’t mind losing but we are professionals and we need professionals to be on the lines. Everyone can make a mistake but it wasn’t a mistake. The guy was sleeping.” After an exchange of breaks early in the match, Azarenka broke her opponent twice to take the first set. Azarenka had a disastrous start to the second set when the 24th-ranked

Kirilenko, who reached the final of her hometown event on her sixth attempt, moved to a 4-0 lead. The 10th-ranked Azarenka saved three break points in the seventh game — and three more in the ninth — to win six straight games. She wrapped up the victory with a forehand net volley after Kirilenko saved two match points. “It was really tough to win the second set as Maria started pretty good, dominating the play completely,” Azarenka

said. “I tried hard to stay in the match fighting for every point and it paid off ... I’m really happy to win here on my third attempt.” By reaching the quarterfinals in Moscow, Azarenka secured a spot in the season-ending WTA Tour championships in Doha, Qatar. “It’s a big boost to win ahead of Doha,” said Azarenka. “The win gave me confidence and perfect fitness. I feel my rhythm and I’m ready to go and play there.” — AP

MOSCOW: Vicktor Troicki of Serbia, holds the trophy after his victory in the final match over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament. — AP

Opening World Cup GS canceled SOELDEN: The opening giant slalom race of the men’s World Cup season was canceled after the first run yesterday when thick fog caused poor visibility on the Rettenbach glacier. Organizers repeatedly postponed the second leg, which was due to start at 1 p.m. local time (1100 GMT), and finally called it off as conditions failed to improve for the latest possible starting time of 2.45 p.m. The results of the first run will not stand and international ski federation FIS will likely reschedule the entire race for another World Cup resort later this season. Cyprien Richard of France posted the fastest time in the opening run, leading World Cup GS champion Ted Ligety by 0.02 seconds. “It’s a bummer ... I thought I was in a good position to go for the win or at least the podium,” Ligety said. “You can barely see anything, so it’s definitely on the safer side that we didn’t go.” Defending overall champion Carlo Janka welcomed the organizers’ decision and said it is “useless under these conditions” to stage a second run. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who placed fifth, said he understood the cancellation but was “a bit annoyed” by it. “I had a good first run and definitely wanted a second,” Hirscher said. “But it was just not

possible, especially on a glacier you need good visibility.” Richard, who is yet to win a World Cup race, timed 1 minute, 10.56 seconds as the first low clouds already hung over the course. The Frenchman beat Ligety, who started with bib No. 1, by a fraction. “The snow is pretty choppy,” said Ligety, who was not clean in the first section but had a strong finish. “The time I had was pretty good as it didn’t feel too well on the course.” Austria’s Philipp Schoerghofer and Italy’s Davide Simoncelli shared third, 0.03 behind. Marcel Hirscher of Austria and Kjetil Jansrud of Norway also finished within 0.15 of the leading time, while former overall champion Aksel Lund Svindal was 0.39 behind. Last year’s winner, Didier Cuche, was 1.14 back in ninth, while fellow Swiss Janka lost control of a ski early in his run and finished 1.36 behind. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was the fastest starter but slowed down in the steep middle part and settled for 10th. Benjamin Raich, one of the prerace favorites, almost went out after a mistake halfway down the course and was 1.55 back. Bode Miller was just 0.01 behind at the first intermediate time but then lost almost two seconds and finished 1.94 back in 23rd. —AP



Monday, October 25, 2010

Pakistan hoping for good news from S Africa series DUBAI: Pakistan is hoping a strong per for mance in its upcoming series against South Africa will help the team put the match fixing scandal behind it and start gaining back the confidence of its beleaguered fans. The team, which arrived in the United Arab Emirates early Sunday, will be without former captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who have been provisionally suspended by the ICC following allegations that they accepted money to bowl deliberate noballs during a test against England in order to fix spotbetting markets. South Africa’s team was due to arrive later Sunday. Before depar ting for the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis

admitted the England tour had taken a toll on his players and the biggest scandal in a decade to hit cricket had done serious damage to the sport. But he said he was confident they would bounce back against South Africa. “Our team is pretty balanced and I am hopeful that we will win Twenty20s,” Younis said. “When it comes to limited-overs cricket, they are very fine side. It will be tough competition, I hope the boys are focused and will continue to focus.” Pakistan will play two Twenty20 internationals, five one-day internationals and two test matches against South Africa starting Tuesday in Abu Dhabi. Despite Pakistan’s troubles off the pitch, the series is attracting plenty of attention in the

United Arab Emirates. The Emirates Cricket Board said no sponsors have pulled out and that ticket sales were brisk. There are hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis working in the country and the series will be broadcast as planned in South Africa and Pakistan. South Africa’s cricket body has avoided the fixing scandal since it broke in August. And despite initial reports of players grumbling about playing Pakistan, Cricket South Africa said the series would go ahead as planned. Since then, CSA has portrayed the matches against Pakistan as vital buildup for the home series against India, starting in December, and next year’s World Cup. Graeme Smith, South

Africa’s ODI and test captain, said before departing for the United Arab Emirates that the team’s job is “to go there and play competitive crick-

et.” But Smith acknowledged it would be difficult to avoid the fact that they are playing a team which is still coping with the scandal.

India win ODI series MARGAO: The third and final one-dayer between India and Australia yesterday was called off after steady rain over the past two days waterlogged the outfield, handing the hosts a 1-0 series win. Australia, the number one ranked ODI side in the world, ended their disappointing tour of India losing both the test and one-day series. India swept the test series 20. The series had lost some sheen with top cricketers from both teams, including Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, giving it a miss. The first match in Kochi last Sunday was also called off due to rain. India’s five-wicket win on Wednesday decided the outcome of the series. India next host New Zealand for a three test and five match ODI series, starting next month. — Reuters

“You can’t hide from what happened and we are not trying to hide from it. We have got to focus on ourselves and make sure that we play the kind of cricket that we want to,” he said. “We are trying to not get involved in the other stuff. As I say, we have got to trust the Inter national Cricket Council and the people in the investigation that that is going to be handled properly and we have got to trust the anti-corruption unit that they are doing their jobs properly.” The team’s manager, Mohammed Moosajee, said they have been in touch with the ICC and were taking their own precautions in light of the scandal. “From Cricket South Africa’s perspective, what we

are doing is taking along our own close protection officer who is already there and his role will be to liaise with the anti-corruption unit just to make sure everything has been put into place,” Moosajee said. Since 1995, South Africa has won five of the seven test series played against Pakistan with one draw. South Africa has been in fine for m recently, winning a Twenty20 series over Zimbabwe 2-0 and sweeping the three-match, one-day series against Zimbabwe. Those matches were played without some of its top players, including fast bowler Dale Steyn and batsman Jacques Kallis who are recovering from injuries. Despite their recent dominance, Smith said Pakistan

cannot be taken lightly even as it battles the off-pitch distractions. “Pakistan cricket has always had something going on. They have always been dealing with the odd controversy here and there,” Smith said. “I think their players are quite used to dealing with that sort of stuff and I think it makes them dangerous,” he continued. “They are the type of team that can beat you on any given day and they are a dangerous team to play. You can’t afford to take them for granted. They have got talented players, they have got some really good fast bowlers, they have got some spin, so they cover a lot of bases. We are going to have to be at our best to be competitive on this tour.”—AP

Michigan State stay unbeaten EVANSTON: Kirk Cousins threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns as No. 8 Michigan State rallied to beat Northwestern 35-27 and remain unbeaten in college football on Saturday. BJ Cunningham made an acrobatic grab for the go-ahead touchdown with two minutes left. Edwin Baker added a 25yard scoring run and Eric Gordon intercepted Dan Persa to seal a wild win. The Spartans face another big hurdle next week when they visit Iowa in a game that could go a long way toward determining the Big Ten champion. Missouri 36, Oklahoma 27 At Columbia, Missouri, Jerrell Jackson spun free from a knot of tacklers on a 38-yard reception for the go-ahead score, sparking a 16-point fourth quarter that helped Missouri upend the top team in the BCS standings. The third-ranked Sooners committed three costly turnovers, out of character considering they had only five giveaways the first six games. Two of the turnovers led to 10 points and the other squelched a drive deep in Missouri territory, and the Sooners also missed a chipshot field goal. TCU 38, Air Force 7 At Fort Worth, Texas, Ed Wesley had a career-high 209 yards and two touchdowns, and the TCU defense stiffened after giving up its first October touchdown, leading the Horned Frogs to a victory over Air Force. Wesley had more yards by himself than the nation’s No. 1 rushing offense as the Frogs piled up 377 yards on the ground, 30 more than the Falcons averaged coming in. Auburn 24, LSU 17 At Auburn, Alabama, Cam Newton ran for 217 yards and Onterio McCalebb sprinted 70 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:05 left to lift Auburn to a victory over LSU. The host Tigers moved on as the powerful league’s last unbeaten team. LSU finally had a Les Miles gamble back-

fire in an adventurous season. Alabama 41, Tennessee 10 At Knoxville, Tennessee, Trent Richardson’s 65-yard touchdown run and 5-yard touchdown reception were part of 28 unanswered secondhalf points as Alabama beat Tennessee. Greg McElroy completed 21 of 32 for 264 yards, mostly to Julio Jones, who set an Alabama singlegame record with 221 yards on 12 catches. Utah 59, Colorado State 6 At Salt Lake City, Jordan Wynn threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns in drizzly weather and Utah thrashed Colorado State to stay unbeaten. The sophomore quarterback went 23 of 29 and reached the 300-yard mark for the third time in his career. Wisconsin 31, Iowa 30 At Iowa City, Iowa, Montee Ball ran 8 yards for a touchdown with 1:06 left and Wisconsin rallied to beat Iowa. Scott Tolzien threw for 205 yards and a touchdown, John Clay added a pair of touchdowns for the Badgers, who kept their final drive alive by converting a fake punt deep in their own territory. Ohio State 49, Purdue 0 At Columbus, Ohio, Terrelle Pryor threw for three scores, Dan Herron ran for two and No. 11 Ohio State showed it was over its loss to Wisconsin that cost it the No. 1 ranking with a victory over Purdue, which didn’t exceed 100 yards in total offense until its final possession. Stanford 38, Washington State 28 At Stanford, California, Andrew Luck threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns to help Stanford beat Washington State to post its best record after seven games in 40 years. Stepfan Taylor ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinal, who hadn’t won six of seven to open a season since Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett helped them do it in 1970 on the way to the Rose Bowl.

TUCSON: Runningback Nic Grigsby No. 5 of the Arizona Wildcats scores a 4 yard rushing touchdown against Victor Aiyewa No. 41 of the Washington Huskies during the third quarter of the college football game. — AFP Nebraska 51,Oklahoma State 41 At Stillwater, Oklahoma, Taylor Martinez set a Nebraska freshman record with 323 yards passing and threw a career-high five touchdown passes as the Cornhuskers knocked Oklahoma State from the ranks of the unbeaten. Syracuse 19, W Virginia 14 At Morgantown, West Virginia, Ryan Nassib threw a touchdown pass, Ross Krautman kicked four field goals and Syracuse scored nine points off turnovers in ending an eight-game losing streak to West Virginia. West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith threw three first-half interceptions and was sacked five times. Neither team scored after halftime. Arizona 44, Washington 14 At Tucson, Arizona, Nic

Grigsby and Keola Antolin ran for two touchdowns apiece and Matt Scott had no trouble replacing Nick Foles as Arizona easily handled up-anddown Washington. South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 7 At Nashville, Tennessee, Brian Maddox rushed for a career-high 146 yards and the game-clinching touchdown to lead South Carolina to a difficult win over Vanderbilt, giving Steve Spurrier his 40th victory with the Gamecocks. Arkansas 38, Mississippi 24 At Fayetteville, Arkansas, Knile Davis ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 21 Arkansas waited out two weather delays to beat former coach Houston Nutt and Mississippi. Iowa State 28, Texas 21 At Austin, Texas, Austen Arnaud passed for two touchdowns, Alexander Robinson ran for 120 yards and two scores as Iowa State beat Texas for the first time, and handed the Longhorns a second straight home loss for the first time since 1997. Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7 At Blacksburg, Virginia, Tyrod Taylor threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns and Virginia Tech rolled to a victory over Duke. Mississippi State 29, UAB 24 At Starkville, Mississippi, freshman LaDarius Perkins rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown as Mississippi State survived an upset scare to beat Alabama-Birmingham.

SALT LAKE CITY: Utah runningback Eddie Wide (36) eludes a tackle by Colorado State cornerback Ivory Herd (35) during the second half of an NCAA college football game. —AP

Miami 33, North Carolina 10 At Miami, Jacory Harris threw three touchdown passes to move into second place on Miami’s career list and Damien Berry ran for his fourth straight game of 100plus yards and the Hurricanes scored 30 straight points to easily get past North Carolina. —AP

Alonso wins Korea Grand Prix YEONGAM: Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso overcame treacherous conditions to win yesterday’s inaugural Formula One Korean Grand Prix, surging to the top of the drivers’ championship standings with just two races left, and within sight of his third title. It may have been wet and dark when the race finally ended but that did not dampen the delight in the Ferrari garage which served as a stark contrast to the misery at Red Bull. Sitting first and second in the standings entering the race, and qualifying first and second, everything looked set for the Red Bull drivers to stake their claim to the championship, but neither Mark Webber nor Sebastian Vettel finished the race. Webber spun out early, while Vettel led from pole position until 10 laps from the finish when his Renault engine gave way. Red Bull principal Christain Horner described it as a “cruel day” with “appalling luck.” The race began behind a safety car but was red flagged after only two laps due to persistent rain and standing water on the track. As drivers and teams milled around, and stewards deliberated about the conditions for 49 minutes, it appeared the Korean GP — which almost didn’t proceed because of late surfacing of the track — might not go ahead after all. Eventually it resumed, approaching 5 p.m. local time (0800 GMT), but the safety car remained out until lap 18 while water was cleared from the track. The race went the full distance but in doing so it finished in near darkness, with many drivers saying the driving conditions were the worst they had encountered in F1. From the first lap until the last, the race lasted two hours and 48 minutes, making it among the longest in modern F1 history. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton finished second to keep his slim title chances alive and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was third. With two races remaining, Alonso moved to 231 points, ahead of Webber on 220 and Hamilton on 210. Vettel

remained on 206 points and his championship chances were rendered remote. “This is the best race of the year for the team (Ferrari),” Alonso said. “Two cars on the podium and being competitive all weekend. That’s the first wet race I’ve won, so I’m even more happy. “Nothing changes (in the championship). It was bad luck for Mark and Sebastian but anything can happen in the next two races.” The start was delayed for 10 minutes in the hope that the rain, which was light but persistent, would clear. The race got under

way behind the safety car, but it quickly became apparent that conditions were undriveable, with pools of water on the straights. Alonso said over his radio that “these are the worst conditions I have ever driven in; it’s completely impossible.” His words were echoed by McLaren’s Jenson Button, who said it’s like a lake on the straights. You can’t even see the front tires.” The red flag emerged and two laps after the belated re-start, Webber ran wide at a corner, putting his tires on the slippery curb, and slid across the track into a wall. The Red Bull

YEONGAM: Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates on the podium af ter winning the Korean Grand Prix. — AP

drifted back across the track, and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg could not avoid hitting it, ending the race for both drivers. “It was a very slow-motion moment off the back of that curb _ it was my mistake and it wasn’t my day,” Webber said. “Today didn’t help me with the championship but I can absoloutely still win it; this was only my second non-finish of the year.” Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher finished fourth to match his best result of the season. Renault’s Robert Kubica was fifth, while Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi came sixth in his season-best performance. Williams’ Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg were seventh and tenth respectively, sandwiching the Sauber pair of Kamui Kobayashi and Nick Heidfeld in eighth and ninth. Hamilton moved up from fourth to third in the drivers’ standings, with renewed hope of snatching the title should Alonso and Webber falter in Brazil or Abu Dhabi. “Its not impossible,” Hamilton said. “We will keep pushing and keep the pressure on and as you saw today, things can happen. “Ferrari and Fernando are very quick but it’s not out of reach.” Button was the first driver to gamble on switching from wetweather to intermediate tires, but the timing of his pit stop was poor and he emerged behind a train of slower cars and ended up near the tail of the field for the rest of the race, ending his hopes of defending his title. Alonso had a bad pit stop of his own soon after when he came into the stop at an angle, and his team struggled to remove a wheelnut. That enabled Hamilton to move up to second, but the McLaren driver soon gave the position back by running wide at a corner. All the while, Vettel looked untouchable in front of the field until he dramatically slowed on lap 46 of 55, and Alonso went past on the start-finish straight. Smoke began to billow from the back of the Red Bull, and the German’s race, and likely his championship hopes, were over. —AP


Monday, October 25, 2010


Drug cheat Ben Johnson: A reincarnated pharaoh? PARIS: The mystery man is back. You must remember him: it was he who spiked Ben Johnson’s beer with steroids in the drug testing room after the 100 meters final at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, robbing Johnson of the gold medal which he hopes he might now get back. Or so Johnson believes. The ‘truth’ is all in the disgraced sprinter’s forthcoming book. Along with the even more curious tale of how the most infamous drug cheat in Olympic history was an Egyptian pharaoh in a previous incarnation. Yes, you read that right. That surprising info comes from Johnson’s “spiritual adviser” Bryan Farnum. He and Johnson are friends and they wrote the book together. Farnum says he can read people’s souls “and communicate with their spirits. I can go within the matrix. I see how many other incarnations that they have had.” And for me to interview Johnson, I had to have my aura checked out by Farnum first. Apparently, it had problems, discernible

even on a trans-Atlantic call. Something about my parents dying in a previous incarnation and me not forgiving them for it. Oh, the things we journalists do for the story. Over the phone, Farnum had me recite a prayer to put my past to rights. “OK, it’s gone,” he said when we were done. “Did you feel any lighter in your head?” “Umm, no. I can’t say that I did. Maybe it will be a delayed effect?” I ventured. “You need to think about it,” he said. OK. So, back to the book. Trouble is, the story of the supposed steroid saboteur that Johnson is selling isn’t at all new. Johnson’s entourage trotted out that excuse back in Seoul in 1988, when Johnson’s positive test for the banned steroid stanozolol stunned the world and forever tainted our view of sports people and the lengths some of them stoop to for victory. His agent at the time, Larry Heidebrecht, spoke of a mysterious stranger who gave Johnson a mysterious

drink with a bad-smelling “yellow gooey substance” at the bottom. And Johnson’s coach, Charlie Francis, told a Canadian judicial inquiry about a tall and dark-skinned American who sat next to Johnson in the doping control room at Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium. “The drink was on the floor and this guy was beside the drink,” Francis testified back in 1989. “Ben said: ‘I knew there was something wrong with that guy ... He had no purpose to be there.”‘ Ah, yes, says Johnson, but the difference now is that he has a “confession.” From who? “The person that done it,” Johnson tells me in a subsequent phone interview with him and Farnum together. “I can’t say too much right now,” he says. Pressed for details, he suggests that the saboteur was paid off by “sponsors” whom Johnson won’t name, at least not yet. “He (the mystery man) says that he has to put food on his table and the money was right, so he had to do whatever he do to

make a living.” “All detailed in the book,” Johnson adds. Curious indeed. In a follow-up call, I leaned on Johnson again for a name. Eventually, reluctantly, he confirmed one: Andre Jackson. Into Google it went. The Internet search engine coughed up a certain Dr. Andre Action Diakite Jackson, a diamond industry executive and businessman seemingly based in Africa. Could this be the guy? I sent Jackson e-mails. This was the reply: “In the face of what really took place inside the drug testing room in Seoul, the most up to date reality is that after 22 years, I’ve genuinely lost interest in responding to or countering such claims, particularly since the actuality has no direct benefit to anyone ... In conclusion, this conversation has reached its peak and I have obviously moved on with my life, so at this time, I would encourage Ben to continue working on controlling his destiny (or someone else surely will).” Curiouser still. Anyway, Johnson has his version of

events and he’s sticking with it. He even believes that his “new revelation” might force the International Olympic Committee and track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, to re-examine his case, perhaps even return the gold medal. “If I get it back, it’s good, if I don’t, it’s OK, because I can never lose something that I didn’t have. I only have it in my possession for only 24 hours and it was gone ... But I worked for that medal,” he says. Despite having lived in Canada since the age of 14, Johnson still speaks with the accent of Jamaica where he was born. “I think that I am going to have a lot of supporters out there who would writing to the IOC and IAAF saying, ‘This is what it is. This is it. The news is there. We knew that something was wrong from day one and here it is, what are you going to do about it?”‘ he says. “Put the mystery man on the stand, too.” I ran that past the IAAF and IOC. “There is no chance whatsoever that the IAAF will investigate his claims,

because they are not new. He made them already in 1988!!” said its spokesman, Nick Davies. For the IOC, spokesman Mark Adams added: “If and when we receive credible new evidence we would of course consider it; as yet we have received none.” So that seems to be that. But what about Johnson’s reincarnations? Using his “very strong spiritual gift,” Farnum says he discerned that Johnson has had “many” previous lives and that “in other incarnations, I was his father.” In this life, they’ve been friends for a few years. And Johnson, who was he previously? Farnum at first laughed, then said: “Well, you know what? I’m going to tell you who he was, OK? That’s OK. We can break this news, it doesn’t matter. It’s just going to help the book. He was Khufu, going back to Egypt ... He was a pharaoh.” “Look him up,” he added. “There was a story about Khufu, about his drink, his beer, being poisoned.” Curiouser and curiouser. But it’s all in the book. —AP

Iran internationals lead Osasuna to easy victory

GERMANY: Leverkusen’s Manuel Friedrich (left) and Mainz’s Adam Szalai of Hungary challenge during the German First Division Bundesliga soccer match.—AP

Mainz regain Bundesliga lead FRANKFURT: Substitute Andreas Ivanschitz scored two minutes after coming off the bench to give Mainz a 1-0 victory at Bayer Leverkusen and return his team to the top of the Bundesliga yesterday. Mainz, which has won eight of nine games, opened a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, which drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim at home. Substitute Antonio da Silva scored a contentious free kick two minutes into injury time to earn Borussia’s point. In the third match yesterday, Stuttgart beat St. Pauli 20 to jump four places above the bottom. Mainz survived some heavy pressure from Leverkusen in the first half and then produced a strong second half to stun Leverkusen. Andre Schuerrle, who had come on together with Ivanschitz in the 68th minute, picked up a high ball after running behind Leverkusen’s defense two minutes later and sent a perfect pass for Ivanschitz to slot home from close range. Mainz, the surprise team of the season, now has 24 points and Dortmund 22. Mainz hosts Dortmund next week and could open a

significant lead if it wins. Hannover is third, eight points behind Mainz. In Dortmund, da Silva curled the free kick from the edge of the penalty area to cancel out a goal from Demba Ba after nine minutes. Dortmund missed a penalty in the first half and failed to set a club record by winning eight straight games. “I kissed the ball before shooting, it was our last chance,” da Silva said. But coach Ralf Rangnick and Hoffenheim players protested loudly against the referee’s decision to award the free kick. “I went to the referee and I told him it was a foul on (Chinedu) Obasi and not by Obasi,” Rangnick said. With Hoffenheim players surrounding referee Wolfgang Stark after the final whistle, Sejad Salihovic was given a red card. Hoffenheim outplayed Dortmund early in the match and took the lead when Demba Ba slotted home from close range off a good pass from Luiz Gustavo. Dortmund had a chance to pull even in the 15th when Hoffenheim’s defender Isaac Vorsah cleared the ball with his hand in front of Shinji Kagawa. Nuri Sahin took the

penalty and hit the target but had to repeat the shot as Lucas Barrios had stepped into Hoffenheim’s area too quickly. Sahin took the second shot as well and this time chose to aim for Tim Starke’s right side but the keeper read his shot and stopped the ball. “It was ridiculous,” Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said of the referee’s decision to repeat the penalty. Starke made an outstanding save from Barrios in the 62nd, knocking away the point-blank shot with his knee. Boris Vukcevic then had his shot punched away by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. Dortmund had several free kicks late in the match and da Silva used the last one to salvage the draw. “The way we rallied in the second half was incredible,” Klopp said. Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick had to rush onto the field to try to calm down his players and keep them away from the referee after the end of the match. Earlier, Cologne fired coach Zvonimir Soldo, one day after the club slipped to its sixth defeat of the season with a 2-1 a loss at Hannover and fell to the bottom of the standings. — AP

MADRID: Iran internationals Javad Nekounam and Masoud Soleimani each scored to lead Osasuna out of the Spanish League relegation places with a 3-0 victory over Malaga yesterday. Nekounam converted a third-minute penalty before Soleimani capped a good buildup with a thunderous volley in the 37th. Carlos Aranda scored the in the 53rd for Osasuna to move up the standings. Espanyol stayed perfect at home and continued its good start to the season with a 2-1 win over Levante while Getafe beat Sporting Gijon 3-0. Jose Alloa scored with six minutes to play as Almeria rallied for a 1-1 draw against Hercules. Sevilla played Athletic Bilbao later yesterday before Villarreal faced Atletico Madrid. Real Madrid leads with 20 points after Saturday’s 6-1 rout of Racing Santander, with Barcelona one point behind after a 2-0 win at Zaragoza. Valencia, which lost 2-1 to Mallorca, and Villarreal have 16 points, and Espanyol has 15. At Cornella El-Prat stadium, Espanyol’s Jesus Alberto Datolo latched on to Joan Verdu’s pass in the 13th to unleash an unstoppable left-foot shot. Verdu nearly doubled the lead just after the restart, and Levante was reduced to 10 men in the 56th when Xisco Nadal was shown a red card. Jose Callejon scored from a low shot in the 81st before Levante made for a tight finish through substitute Christian Stuani’s 83rdminute header. At Getafe, Derek Boateng scored from Daniel Parejo’s corner kick in the ninth minute for the Ghana midfielder’s first goal since 2008. Adrian Colunga added the second from the spot in the 52nd after Juan Angel Albin was tripped, while Ivan Marcano got the third from a left-foot shot eight minutes later. Almeria’s goalscoring

SPAIN: Atletico de Madrid’s Czech player Thomas Ujfalusi (left) duels for the ball with Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi during their Spain League soccer match at the Madrigal stadium. — AP woes continued as it remained near the bottom. The hosts dominated from the ninth when defender David Cortes cleared Kalu Uche’s volley off the goal line and Hercules goalkeeper Juan Calatayud moved quickly to save Uche’s header in

the 22nd. Hercules, which was without forwards David Trezeguet (suspension) and Royston Drenthe (sickness), struck in the 38th after Francisco Rufete’s centering pass was cleared back to him. Rufete tried again and reached Nelson Valdez

inside the box for the Paraguay striker to tap in. Almeria’s pressure finally paid off after Calatayud made two stops in the 84th but the rebound fell to Alluoa to slot home. Today, Real Sociedad plays Deportivo La Coruna. —AP

PSG lose to Auxerre, Lyon held PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain missed a chance to move into second place in the French league when it lost 32 at home to struggling Auxerre yesterday. Brazilian playmaker Nene scored twice for PSG, but Auxerre grabbed only its second league win of the season with goals from defender Jean-Pascal Mignot and forwards Roy Contout and Julien Quercia. Lyon’s four-match winning run came to an end when it was held to a 1-1 draw away to last-place Arles, which picked up only its second point after 10 matches with a second straight draw. Franck Dja Djedje put Arles ahead in the 36th minute and Jimmy Briand equalized in the 47th with his fourth goal in three games. Marseille can move into second spot if it wins at Lille later Sunday. Rennes leads with 19 points from 10 games, one more than SaintEtienne and Brest. PSG has 15 points, Lyon has 12 and Auxerre moved out of the relegation zone with 11 points. PSG had kept seven straight clean sheets prior to Thursday’s 1-

1 draw away to Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League. But coach Antoine Kombouare’s team conceded three goals inside the first 25 minutes at Parc des Princes, despite getting off to the perfect start when Brazilian playmaker Nene scored within a minute. Mignot equalized in the fourth minute before Contout and Quercia put coach Jean Fernandez’s team in control. Nene scored the fastest goal so far this season after just 50 seconds when he collected a pass from winger Ludovic Giuly and curled a superb shot past goalkeeper Olivier Sorin into the top corner. But then PSG failed to clear Benoit Pedretti’s corner shortly after, and Mignot was allowed space to turn and shoot past goalkeeper Apoula Edel. Although Auxerre was missing main strikers Irineusz Jelen and Anthony Le Tallec, PSG’s defense still struggled. Right back Cedric Hengbart launched a counter attack and his pass found forward Dennis Oliech sprinting down the right. Edel came

out of his goal and Oliech pulled the ball back to give Contout a simple tap-in after 11 minutes. Quercia made it 3-1 in the 24th minute when Pedretti clipped a pass behind the PSG defense, Quercia’s pace took him past Edel and he finished confidently. Nene replied from the penalty spot in the 68th after midfielder Clement Chantome was fouled by Stephane Grichting. He almost completed his hattrick late on but Sorin made a great save to keep out his stunning strike from 30 yards. Arles, meanwhile, went ahead after a calamitous error in the Lyon defense. Cris headed the ball to his fellow center-half Pape Diakhate, who totally missed the ball and allowed Dja Djedje through on goal to beat goalie Hugo Lloris. Lyon equalized when Briand headed in from Miralem Pjanic’s corner. In Saturday’s games, it was: Bordeaux 0, Brest 2; Lens 1, Nice 0; Monaco 0, Valenciennes 2; Nancy 1, Lorient 0; Rennes 0, Montpellier 1; Saint-Etienne 1, Caen 1, and Sochaux 1, Toulouse 3. —AP

FRANCE: Marseille’s midfielder Mathieu Valbuena (bottom) and Lille’s defender Adil Rami (right) challenge for the ball during their French Division One soccer match. —AP

Hernandez thrives in Rooney’s absence Stoke 1

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LONDON: Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez (right) fights for the ball against Arsenal’s Gael Clichy during their English Premier League soccer match. —AP

Arsenal rout 10-man City Man City 0

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MANCHESTER: Arsenal took advantage of an early sending off to beat Manchester City 3-0 yesterday and climb to second place in the Premier League. Dedryck Boyata was given a red card for pulling down Marouane Chamakh in the fifth minute. Samir Nasri gave Arsenal the lead 15 minutes later after playing a 1-2 with Andrey Arshavin in the area. Joe Hart saved a penalty from Cesc Fabregas in the 41st, but Alex Song and substitute Nicklas Bendtner added goals in the second half to secure the win.

Arsenal leapfrogged City in the standings. Both teams have 17 points from nine games, but Arsenal is ahead on goal difference. City fell to fourth behind Manchester United, which also has 17 points. Chelsea leads with 22 points. Carlos Tevez was back to lead the City line while Emmanuel Adebayor, despite a midweek hat trick, was left on the bench against his former club. And the hosts appeared in a rush to score as Boyata, starting instead of Joleon Lescott, released Tevez down the right in the first minute. Tevez raced beyond the defense and into the area but David Silva failed to make firm contact with his ball into the middle and Lukasz Fabianski saved his scuffed shot. Tevez then set Micah Richards free down the right

but this time Bacary Sagna slid in to deal with the cross. City looked dominant but Boyata, as the last man, was sent off for bringing down Marouane Chamakh as he raced onto Fabregas’s pass. The tackles started to fly. Denilson was booked for a late challenge on Tevez, Nigel de Jong felled Fabregas, Gareth Barry was shown a yellow card for fouling the Spaniard and Song escaped punishment for a bad tackle on Silva. The opening goal came af ter 20 minutes as Nasri played a one-two with Andrey Arshavin on the edge of the box and clipped the ball over Joe Hart. Fabregas was booked after tangling with De Jong. Song and Djourou were also booked before Vincent Kompany was yellow-carded for lunging in on Fabregas just inside the

area. Hart kept City in the game with a brilliant save from Fabregas’ resulting penalty. Song finished City off in the 66th when he grabbed an opportunistic second for the visitors. Wayne Bridge had blocked a Fabregas pass intended for Chamakh but the ball ran loose and Song smashed it into the top corner. Substitute Adebayor raised City fans’ spirits when he forced a fine save from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski with a firm header but a flag had already been raised for offside. There was a stoppage 15 minutes from time when an object appeared to be thrown from the crowd as Arsenal prepared to take a corner. Substitute Bendtner put the result beyond any doubt five minutes before the end when he raced clear and finished from a tight angle.-AP

LONDON: Liverpool’s Joe Cole (right) vies for the ball against Blackburn’s Michel Salgado during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield. — AP

STOKE: Javier Hernandez made up for the absence of the still injured Wayne Rooney by scoring two goals to give Manchester United a 2-1 win at Stoke in the Premier League yesterday to end a turbulent week for the 18-time champions. United spent most of the week scrambling to keep Rooney at the club, after the striker announced his intention not to sign a new contract. Rooney changed his mind and signed a five-year deal Friday, but is still nursing an ankle injury that kept him sidelined yesterday. Her nandez took advantage by scoring in the 27th and 86th minutes, tapping in the winner from close range af ter Stoke had leveled in the 81st through a spectacular curling strike from substitute Tuncay Sanli. Her nandez scored his first from a backward header after Nemanja Vidic headed a Nani cross from the right across the Stoke goal. The 22-year-old Mexican striker signed for United in July and has now scored four goals in his last five appearances for the club. “He has good instinct, he knows where the goal lies,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “The goalkeeper is on the other side and all he needed to do was glance it and he has great spring for a little lad. It was a great header.” Ferguson did not address Rooney’s decision to stay at the club. Manchester United defender Gary Neville was fortunate not to be ejected after two fouls on Matthew Etherington in the first half, but was only shown a yellow card for the first. He was replaced at halftime by Wes Brown. “If that was a Stoke City player at Old Trafford, what do you think would have happened?” an angry Stoke manager Tony Pulis said. “If the shoe was on the other foot it might have been different.” Turkey for ward Tuncay appeared to have ear ned Stoke a draw when he received the ball on the right wing, cut inside United defender Patrice Evra and curled the ball into the far top corner. But Hernandez made sure United avoided giving up a lead for the second straight week by converting a scramble in the Stoke goalmouth. “When you lose a goal with 10 minutes left you are concerned,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “You are thinking to yourself, ‘not again.’ I thought in that period in the minutes leading up to the goal we were playing well and stretching them a bit with nice football. We are just thankful Chico (Hernandez) got on the end of the ball across the box.”—AP

LONDON: Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City. — AP

EPL results/standings Liverpool 2 (Kyrgiakos 48, Torres 53) Blackburn 1 (Carragher 50-og); Man City 0 Arsenal 3 (Nasri 20, Song 66, Bendtner 88); Stoke 1 (Sanli 81) Man Utd 2 (Hernandez 27, 86). English Premier League table after yesterday’s matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Chelsea Arsenal Man Utd Man City Tottenham West Brom Sunderland Bolton Newcastle Aston Villa

9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

7 5 4 5 4 4 2 2 3 3

1 2 5 2 3 3 6 6 2 2

1 2 0 2 2 2 1 1 4 4

25 21 20 12 11 13 8 13 14 9

2 10 12 8 8 15 7 13 13 13

22 17 17 17 15 15 12 12 11 11

Everton Birmingham Stoke Blackpool Wigan Fulham Blackburn Liverpool W’hampton West Ham

9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9

2 2 3 3 2 1 2 2 1 1

4 4 1 1 4 6 3 3 3 3

3 3 5 5 3 2 4 4 5 5

9 10 10 13 7 10 8 9 8 7

8 12 13 20 16 11 10 14 15 17

10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 6 6

Lazio surge as stuttering Roma stand by Ranieri ROME: Lazio opened up a five-point lead at the top of Serie A ahead of yesterday’s late game following a 2-1 home success against Cagliari. Inter Milan, AC Milan and Napoli could all cut that lead when they play. Earlier, Roma bosses insisted they would keep faith with coach Claudio Ranieri despite the club missing the chance to climb up the table as they were held to a goalless draw in a drab match in Parma. But at the top Lazio’s dream start to the season continued as they downed Cagliari, now worryingly sitting second from bottom after a single victory in their eight games-a 51 thrashing of Roma. Sergio Floccari got Lazio off to a positive start, lashing home on 21 minutes after the ball fell to him when two Hernanes efforts were blocked. Stefano Mauri doubled the lead on 53 minutes in fortunate fashion as he stumbled and fell over, only for a cross from the left to hit him in the stomach and go in. Alessandro Matri’s diving header from Andrea Cossu’s cross six minutes later left L azio hanging on at the end. Following Roma’s turbulent start to the season and their humiliating midweek Champions League loss at home to Basel, they needed a win to kickstart their campaign. But instead they looked lacking in ideas and conviction but sports director Daniele Prade insisted they won’t be changing coaches. “It is a communal decision to continue our media boycott and the rumors about a change of coach are certainly not coming from us,” said Prade, as both Ranieri and the players

refuse to speak to the press. “I will repeat, Ranieri is not going to be replaced, he has our confidence and we’ve never looked at anyone else.” The draw leaves Roma seven points off their city rivals Lazio, who lead the league, having played a game more. Fernando Marques almost gave the hosts a dream start but Roma goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont tipped his rising effort from 20 yards over the bar after just three minutes. Marco Borriello was next to threaten for the visitors as he turned in the area but his right-foot finish was weak and wide. Roma captain Francesco Totti then sent a free-kick over the bar before the hosts came closest yet to taking the lead, again through Marques. Alessandro Lucarelli bundled past Cicinho and teed up Massimo Gobbi who chipped to the back post to the unmarked Marques but on the slide the Spaniard finished wastefully high. The best chance of the second-half came four minutes from time on a Roma counterattack but Julio Baptista, having hesitated when left with only one defender to beat, then missed the chance to play Stefano Okaka in on goal and the chance went begging. Juventus failed to go second as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Bologna. The visitors had a chance to go in front on 34 minutes after a questionable penalty decision when it appeared that Milos Krasic had dived in the box. Justice was done, though, as Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano saved Vincenzo Iaquinta’s spot-kick. — AFP

Torres gives Reds win over Blackburn Liverpool 2

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LIVERPOOL: Liverpool striker Fernando Torres ended a run of six matches without a goal yesterday with the

winner in the Reds’ crucial 21 Premier League victory over Blackburn. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson had kept the Reds at bay at Anfield until Sotirios Kyrgiakos’ 48th-minute header. Although Jamie Carragher’s own-goal quickly leveled the scores, Torres struck his second goal of the season in the 53rd. The goal ended Liverpool’s run of seven matches without

a victory in all competitions, but was not enough to lift the team that once dominated English football out of the relegation zone. Torres has looked out of form this season since disappointing at the World Cup with Spain, his only goal coming in a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the end of August. But Torres has now scored five times in Liverpool’s last four meetings

with Blackburn. Robinson’s best save came in the eighth minute when Torres’ ball to Maxi Rodriguez set up the Argentina international for a low cross to Joe Cole, whose first-time shot was blocked by the goalkeeper. A stretching Raul Meireles drove the rebound wide. Kyrgiakos’ header from a corner was also kept out by Robinson, who then dived to his lef t to stop Steven

Gerrard. Kyrgiakos was a regular threat in the air and he headed Gerrard’s corner past Robinson for the opening goal. Rovers equalized just two minutes later when Paul Konchesky’s goal-line clearance from El-Hadji Diouf ’s shot hit Carragher and bounced into the net, but Torres drifted to the far post to side-foot Cole’s cross into the net for the winner. —AP

ITALY: Lazio Argentine striker Mauro Zarate (left) and Cagliari’s Andrea Cossu go for the ball during a Serie A soccer match at Rome’s Olympic stadium. —AP

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Mideast growth up, but more jobs needed: IMF DUBAI: Mideast economies are likely to grow roughly twice as fast over the next two years as they did in 2009, but the region must do more to diversify its economies and create jobs, the International Monetary Fund said yesterday. The Washington-based body forecasts the economy will grow by 4.2 percent this year and 4.8 percent next year in the 22-nation region stretching from North Africa through Pakistan. That compares with growth of 2.3 percent last year as the region struggled with lower oil revenues and other effects stemming from the global economic crisis. Overall, the IMF said in its latest regional economic outlook that the Middle East is enjoying “a generally robust recovery” thanks to higher oil prices and government policies designed to mitigate the effects of the worldwide downturn. But it said more must be done to boost private-sector job creation, particularly in countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Syria with large youth populations and chronic unemployment. “There is now a recovery happening in the emerging markets in the region,” Masood Ahmed, the IMF’s Mideast and Central Asia director, said at a forum in Dubai. “But they are not growing fast enough to create the jobs they need.” The region’s generally poorer oilimporting countries - many of which depend on tourism, trade and worker remittances from their richer neighbors are expected to see their economies grow 5 percent this year, up from 4.6 percent in 2009, the IMF said. On a per capita basis, though, their growth significantly lags behind that of other parts of the developing world, the IMF said. That presents major challenges in creating jobs for their young and fast-growing societies, where unemployment averages about 11 percent. Providing enough jobs for the region’s oil-importing countries’ unemployed and up-and-coming workers over the next decade would require growth of at least 6.5 percent, the IMF estimates. That, according to the IMF, means creating more than 18 million jobs just in the oilpoor parts of the Arab world alone. Nasser Saidi, chief economist of the Dubai International Financial Center, a banking hub, said government policies that encourage the growth of small businesses and familyrun firms would help create jobs while reducing dependence on bloated state bureaucracies. “The jobs are not going to be generated in the public sector,” he said. Because of increased oil prices, the IMF estimates the Gulf states and other oilexporting countries in the region will see their combined current-account surplus rise to $150 billion next year, up from just $70 billion last year, giving them more leeway to spend. However, economic growth outside the energy sector remains sluggish. The IMF called on oil-exporting nations to reduce their dependence on crude by diversifying their economies and to tackle lingering problems uncovered by the financial crisis, such as the immense debt load carried by Dubai state-linked firms. Ahmed and other bankers said improving financial transparency remains a priority in the Gulf. The IMF report includes oil exporters Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, and oil importers Afghanistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Syria and Tunisia. — AP

IMF wants oil-exporting nations to diversify economies

China’s avid appetite for commodities moves markets LONDON: China, the world’s second largest economy and its number one energy consumer, is shaking up global commodities markets where its potent growth momentum is also powering a rise in metals prices. “China is now the largest energy consumer by our definition,” Nobuo Tanaka, head of the International Energy Agency, said recently. “Probably half of the oil demand increase comes from China. China’s consumption is growing, growing, but we don’t know how long China will continue to grow.” China, which relies on coal to meet 70 percent of its energy needs, is nonetheless the world’s second largest oil consumer behind the United States. “The center of gravity

(in the energy market) is shifting from the Middle East to Asia,” Mikkal Herberg of the National Bureau of Asian Research told a conference here earlier this month. China has stepped up an investment drive to assure itself of a steady supply of oil from Iraq to Latin America where the leading Chinese refiner Sinopec in early October acquired a 40 percent stake in the Brazilian branch of Spanish energy company Repsol. “There is in China a big supply concern of ensuring what they needenergy and food but also metals,” noted Philippa Malmgren of the Canonbury Group. Given the depth of its demand, China is fuelling a rise in base metals prices that according

to some analysts could be maintained for the next several years. Copper prices recently rose to the levels that prevailed before the 2008 financial crisis while prices for tin hit record highs. Analysts have said small increases in the supply of metals would likely prove to be insufficient to meet rising demand from emerging markets. Malmgren said China was now engaged in the construction of new airports, railways and new cities, activities that are “very metal intensive.” “We have structural demand there which is not going to decrease.” Daniel Brebner of Deutsche Bank predicted that China’s copper requirements “could double over the next decade.” But

other economists urge caution, citing China’s dependence on western economies and the determination of Chinese authorities to avert economic overheating. “Although China is now the single most important consumer of industrial metals, ... the next three places are typically filled by the United States, Japan and Germany,” said John Higgins of Capital Economics. “These developed economies face a long period of sluggish growth. Nor is China immune to what happens in the West, especially if the United States lurches toward protectionism. And there are plenty of downside risks to China itself. “At the very least, economic growth is likely to be slower and less

commodity intensive over the next several years.” China on Thursday said its economy grew at a slower but still robust pace in the third quarter, which according to analysts showed that efforts to steer the country toward more sustainable growth were working. Gross domestic product expanded 9.6 percent year-on-year in the third quarter, beating forecasts for 9.5 percent growth, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data. The figure marked a decline from 10.3 percent growth in the second quarter and 11.9 percent in the first three months as Beijing started to withdraw stimulus measures introduced to combat the global crisis. — AFP

TIANJIN: This handout image shows an artist’s impression of a planned yacht club and marina to be situated in the northern port city, which the company claims will have 750 berths and will be China’s largest. They already drive flashy cars, wear expensive watches and eat at top-end restaurants. Now rich Chinese businessmen have found a new way to flaunt their wealth luxury boats. — AFP

Majid Futtaim embarks on mega Syrian project Mall at centre of 1 million sq-meter project DAMASCUS: Gulf conglomerate Majid AlFuttaim Group expects to tender $1 billion worth of construction contracts for a real estate project in Syria by February next year, the head of its property division said. Stable inflation at 4-5 percent a year, rising tourism and demand for consumer goods will help attract demand for the project on a 1 million square metre (10,763,910 sq foot) plot, Peter Walichnowski told Reuters. Syria has lifted several restrictions on property development as part of cautious economic liberalisation started by President Bashar Al-Assad since he succeeded his father 10 years ago. The new policy is aimed at lifting the economic malaise that has gripped Syria since the Baath Party took power in 1963, imposing Soviet style policies and still extant emergency laws. Assad has left the authoritarian political system intact. “There is big demand for all kinds of real estate in Damascus,” said Walichnowski, referring to the project in Yaafour, on the Western entrance to the Syrian capital. He said the centre of the project, a large shopping centre, would take three years to complete. The site will also include two hotels, office buildings and serviced apartments under a preliminary plan agreed with the state. “We are going to provide the biggest mall in Syria in terms of its size and attraction. It is going to be the anchor for the whole corridor,” said Walichnowski, chief executive officer of Majid Al-Futtaim Properties. “There will be a limited number of contractors for such a big project. Typically you would be breaking down the project into the different buildings, the shopping mall, hotels and office buildings,” Walichnowski said in an interview. Clearing and other preliminary work on the site began last month, he added. Risk Pointing to Syria’s economic indicators-the

World Bank forecasts 4 percent growth this year, up from 3 percent in 2009 — Walichnowski said project risk “is the same as in any real estate project”, despite the lack of mega property projects in the country. “If you are building a shopping mall, you have to lease the shops. We have to attract tenants to come to Syria. The risks are typical,” Walichnowski said. He said the government could allow Al-Futtaim to sell freehold apartments after the main sections of the project and its infrastructure were complete. Syrian cities have huge shortages of good quality apartments, with more than half of the properties built illegally as a result of corruption and the difficulty of obtaining permits. But re-zoning and Gulf buying have contributed to a spike of prices in the last five years. Emaar Properties of the United Arab Emirates is near completion on the first part of a $500 million project next door to AlFuttaim. Qatar’s state owned Diar is building a resort on a 240,000 sq meter beach-front property, though it is in dispute with the state over the scope of the project, market sources said. Independent economists have criticized the government for offering land at cheap prices to investors-Futtaim paid an estimated $70 per sq meter-instead of auctioning the prime properties, but Walichnowski said AlFuttaim was also committing $1 billion in investment. A survey by the Syria Report economic newsletter indicates that real estate prices have started to cool, with high-end residential property in the capital falling 10 percent in the second quarter of this year to $5,000 per sq meter compared with the first quarter. Office space, which is rare in Damascus because of severe restrictions, has fallen less, the Syria Report said, pointing to difficulty in obtaining data because of the scarcity of purpose-built office buildings. — Reuters

India’s big earners propel demand for luxury realty MUMBAI: The heart of Mumbai city, once a cotton mill hub, is seeing a rapid change in its skyline as more than 30 skyscrapers are mushrooming out of slumland in the city’s most congested district. The transformation reflects the breakneck pace of growth in Asia’s third largest economy, as India’s property and capital markets boom and developers build dream homes for a rapidly-growing list of Indian millionaires. Most of these high-rises, all over 40-storeys, are under construction while some are ready for owners to move in. Aashish, a successful Mumbai corporate director in his mid-40s, is eager to live in the lap of luxury with commanding views of the Arabian Sea. But he won’t have to leave the chaos, noise and congestion of India’s financial capital to find his dream home and the peace and quiet he craves. Instead of new builds in the far-flung suburbs, the construction of upscale homes is now rapidly taking place in the city, as tracts of now-defunct cotton mill land are being freed up for development by the state government. “Peace and quiet, something which enhances life for my family,” is what Aashish says led him to buy a luxury flat measuring more than 4,000 square feet (370 square meters) in the 80storey Orchid Heights in downtown Jacob Circle. The twin towers, sprouting up near a mass of railway tracks, low-rise tenements and choking traffic, are under construction. Those behind the project say that people like Aashish, a director with

MUMBAI: This photograph shows the 27storey Antilia, the newly-built residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani. The 400,000 square foot residence, named af ter a mythical island in the Atlantic, is expected to be occupied by Ambani, his wife and three children later in the year. The building has three helicopter pads, underground parking for 160 cars, and requires some 600 staff to run. — AFP

one of India’s leading telecom companies who asked for his real name not be used, are their prime targets alongside chief executives and entrepreneurs. “Mumbai has no option but to grow vertical,” said senior architect Deepak Hiremath of Mumbai-based Disha Direct, which designs and sells second homes. “Mumbai’s architecture will be influenced by that seen in Dubai,” he told AFP. DB Realty, one of India’s leading property developers, calls people like Aashish a “retreat seeker”-a successful businessman who wants to enjoy his wealth in privacy. He and others like him will pay nearly two million dollars for a designer apartment, built in a complex that boasts private cinemas, swimming pools, floodlit tennis courts, banqueting rooms and high-level security. One of the most prestigious upcoming projects is Lodha Developers’ “World One”, a 117-storey colossus which will soar 1,450 feet (442 meters) — with green spaces, cafes and an open-to-air observatory-by 2014. It will be one of the world’s tallest residential buildings, containing apartments costing as much as 14 million dollars. Another luxury venture, the exclusive Lodha “Bellisimo” has started to receive residents who have been hand-picked for their suitability, said a company official. The phenomenon-a stark sign of the gap between rich and poor in Mumbai, where 55 percent of the estimated 18 million population live in slum areas-is being replicated across India’s crowded cities. —AFP



Monday, October 25, 2010

Al-Homaizi Group donates $250,000 to kids’ hospice KUWAIT: Al-Homa izi Group, a lea ding Kuw a iti conglomera te w ith a diversified line of businesses, donated equivalent to $250,000 cheque to Kuw ait’s renow ned c h ild ren’s h osp ic e, B a y t A b d u lla h . Th e c h eq u e w a s h a n d ed ov er t o Ku w a it Associa tion for the Ca re of Children in Hospita l (KACCH) Founder & Director Ma rga ret Al-Sa yer by the Co-Vice-Cha irpersons of Al-Homa izi Group - Sa leh Al-

Homa izi a nd Fa dw a Al-Homa izi. Present a t the ceremony w ere key representa tives from the Al-Homa izi Group, w ho ha d pa rticipa ted in the month long ca mpaign. Representing IKEA w as Adel Al-Shamali, w hile Multitrend w as represented by Peter La rkin, Kout Food Group w a s represented by Wa ssim Afifi a nd Kha lid Hajjar w ho represented Al-Rifai. During the holy month of Ramadan, this year Al-Homaizi Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Department organized a fund raising campaign, under the name of “I Donated to Bayt Abdullah”, whereby a part of the proceeds from any of the purchases made at any of their brand outlets were directly debited to Bayt Abdullah’s donation fund. Commenting on the success of the campaign, Saleh Al-Homaizi said, “It is highly fulfilling for us to be a part of such a humanitarian project like Bayt Abdullah Children’s Hospice. From all of us to our valued customers, we would like to thank you for your big heart and participation”. For the past five decades, The AlHomaizi Group has supported, contributed, and sponsored numerous activities, events, and institutions for non-profit organizations.

KUWAIT: Al-Homaizi Group officials are seen handing over a cheque of $250,000 to Health Minister Hilal AlSayer for the Kuwait Association for the Care of Children in Hospital (KACCH).

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GapCorp receives Saudi certification GapCorp KSA, a subsidiary of GapCorp - A leading and one of the largest inter national Automotive extended warranty Third Party Administrator - yesterday announced that it has received the registration from the Ministr y of Industr y and Trade in Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Chamber of Commerce & Industr y to operate in the Kingdom and offer its worldclass expertise in the country. (Final SAMA license pending). The company also announced that it has been authorized as a Third Party Administrator by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority [SAGIA]. The registration is a major step in the company’s growth and expansion plans in the region, aimed at building on its international reputation and expertise in extended warranty, especially in the automobile sector. GapCorp KSA is the first company to receive such License in Saudi Arabia as a Third Par ty Administrator for extended warranty products. In his comments on the prestigious event, Nasser Watar, Chair man at GapCorp, said: “The certification from Ministry

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and Saudi Chamber of Commerce exemplifies our capabilities as a world-class organization and reinforces our ability to deliver to the market demands within the Kingdom. It is a testimony to our world-class quality delivery standards, our operational efficiency in offering claims handling for extended warranty to the sector and our adherence to the rigorous legal requirements associated with the same.” He added: “To be the first company in the Kingdom to receive such a license as Third Party Administrator is in itself a great responsibility bestowed on us. We remain committed to fully abide by the requirements and to deliver largest standards of claims handling”. GapCorp, a global leader in extended warranty products, provides a basket of products and services in each of the GCC markets, Europe, South East Asia and the Americas. The company offers the F&I platfor m scheme - a mechanism that provides auto dealers with a platform to manage the needs of their customers by creating a one-stop-shop for the consumer at the time of purchasing a vehicle.


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Ali Alghanim offers BMW customers peace of mind KUWAIT: Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive is once again offering its customers peace-of-mind with a new maintenance promotion on all BMW vehicles. For customers who bring in their BMW for a service between October and December 2010, the exclusive BMW Group importer in Kuwait is offering a 30 percent discount on brake discs and brake pads fitted out in the Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive workshops. Highly qualified after sales personnel will service and release the car on the same day, providing real value by helping BMW customers to reduce ownership costs. Yousef Al-Qatami, General Manager of Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive, said, “this offer further exemplifies Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive’s focus on customer care and satisfaction, a key factor in our successful growth of market

share in Kuwait. Ensuring the safety of our customers is of upmost importance and we have invested heavily to ensure that our staff, facilities and BMW parts are of the highest standards. We will continue to offer the very best services and promotions to our customers.” He also added: “Since becoming BMW Group’s exclusive importer in Kuwait 24 years ago, Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive’s mission has been to lead the way in quality servicing and customer relations. We have done so successfully and will continue to offer better quality and value on genuine and authentic BMW parts fitted by certified BMW professionals”. Following on from a highly successful 4+4 Ramadan campaign, this promotion runs from now until the end of this year for work carried out on all BMW cars in the Ali Alghanim & Sons Automotive workshops.

Godrej inaugurates mega project in India AHMEDABAD: Godrej Properties Limited (GPL), ranked for 5 consecutive years as one of “India’s Top 10 Builders” by Construction World magazine, recently inaugurated their mega-project, Godrej Garden City, in Ahmedabad, India, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi. The high profile event was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of the Indian State of Gjujarat Narendra Modi in the presence of several dignitaries, including Nitin Patel, Minister of Urban Development, Govt of Gujarat, Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej Properties’, Parmeshwar Godrej, Director (GPL), Milind Korde, Managing Director (GPL), Pirojsha Godrej Executive Director (GPL), Mark Igou (Managing Director, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) and many senior government officials. Godrej Garden City, spread over 250 acres and located within the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation limits, will house over 13,000 apartments and villas as well as 40 acres of scenic landscaping and open areas in addition to significant commercial spaces. Godrej Properties plans to create facilities for education, health-care, recreation, hospitality, retail and banking within the development. There will also be civic facilities and public utilities. The master plan for the project was created by world-renowned architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and the

project’s construction will be carried out by multinational conglomerate Larsen & Toubro. Godrej Garden City will be sustainably developed and has been selected as one of sixteen projects from around the world to partner with the Clinton Climate Initiative with the goal of creating a Climate Positive development. Godrej Properties’ is developing this project under a joint venture development model with venture partner Shree Siddhi Group. Speaking on the project, Adi Godrej said, “Godrej Garden City will be a world class, sustainably designed city within a city that gives its residents a well located, efficiently planned and designed development in which to live, work, and play. We are very pleased to be announcing the launch of this township within Ahmedabad, which is today one of India’s fastest growing and most exciting cities.” Established in 1990, Godrej Properties Limited (GPL) brings the Godrej Group philosophy of innovation and excellence to the real estate industry. GPL aspires to be among India’s top three real estate companies while continuing to be the most trusted name in the industry. GPL has completed several landmark projects and is currently developing significant projects in 11 cities across India. Throughout its operations, GPL aims to deliver superior value to all stakeholders through extraordinary and imaginative spaces created out of deep customer focus and insight.

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

.2765000 .4380000 .3895000 .2850000 .2710000 .2740000 .0045000 .0020000 .0762440 .7428190 .4020000 .0750000 .7282020 .0045000 .0480000 CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES US Dollar/KD .2808500 GB Pound/KD .4404950 Euro .3918130 Swiss francs .2874710 Canadian dollars .2737270 Danish Kroner .0525180 Swedish Kroner .0424030 Australian dlr .2759850 Hong Kong dlr .0361880 Singapore dlr .2165400 Japanese yen .0034510 Indian Rs/KD .0063460 Sri Lanka rupee .0025240 Pakistan rupee .0032750 Bangladesh taka .0040260 UAE dirhams .0765060 Bahraini dinars .7453660 Jordanian dinar .3972140 Saudi Riyal/KD .0749440 Omani riyals .7302540 Philippine Peso .0065310 TRANSFER CHEQUES RATES US Dollar .2829500 Sterling pounds .4436100 Swiss Francs .2895090 Saudi Riyals .0754230

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. Japanese Yen Indian Rupees


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

3.279 2.521 3.968 217.980 36.375 4.006 6.538 9.431 0.267 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES Saudi Riyal 75.278 Qatari Riyal 77.565 Omani Riyal 733.410 Bahraini Dinar 749.780 UAE Dirham 76.874 ARAB COUNTRIES Egyptian Pound - Cash 51.750 Egyptian Pound - Transfer 48.987 Yemen Riyal 1.324 Tunisian Dinar 203.890 Jordanian Dinar 398.640 Lebanese Lira 188.700 Syrian Lier 6.147 Morocco Dirham 35.494 EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 282.180 Euro 397.590 Sterling Pound 446.830 Canadian dollar 278.830 Turkish lire 198.020 Swiss Franc 292.720 Australian dollar 275.690 US Dollar Buying 281.095 GOLD 20 Gram 260.000 10 Gram 130.000 5 Gram 67.000

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 281.000 750.220 4.250 278.300 554.000 14.100 53.700 167.800 51.430

396.500 36.880 6.335 0.033

398.730 0.190 93.120 3.980 213.500 732.580 3.295 6.525 77.600 75.320 218.240 43.130 2.520 445.500 291.500 6.200 9.630 76.870 282.100

GOLD 1,423.150 TRAVELLERʼS CHEQUE 445.500 282.100

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

398.000 37.030 6.500 0.033 0.265 0.247 3.570 400.610 0.191 93.120 47.300 4.420 215.000 1.896 49.500 732.760 3.410 6.700 78.030 75.320 218.240 43.130 2.687 447.500 43.400 293.000 6.200 9.750 198.263 76.970 282.500 1.360

SELL DRAFT 279.500 750.220 4.010 276.800

218.200 49.071

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

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

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

3.359 2.552 4.152 6.476 3.368 9.278 6.273 3.881

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

Rate per 1000 (Tran) 282.050 3.290 6.355 2.530 4.010 6.550 76.885 75.410 749.700 48.985 450.400 0.00003280 4.025 1.550 400.600 5.750 400.600 282.200

Al Mulla Exchange Currency Transfer Rate (Per 1000) US Dollar 281.750 Euro 395.400 Pound Sterling 444.350 Canadian Dollar 276.250 Japanese Yen 3.485 Indian Rupee 6.340 Egyptian Pound 48.980 Sri Lankan Rupee 2.519 Bangladesh Taka 3.995 Philippines Peso 6.506 Pakistan Rupee 3.277 Bahraini Dinar 749.550 UAE Dirham 76.900 Saudi Riyal 75.250 *Rates are subject to change



Monday, October 25, 2010

Flat weekly performance for the greenback United States The dollar was slightly stronger last week, as risk aversion mounted ahead of the G20 meeting and its potential decisions to avoid a currency war. The dollar index was up by 0.5 percent during the week, supported by a weaker pound. The euro reached a week low of 1.3698 before paring back its losses and closing the week at 1.3953. The sterling was pressured during the week as weak sales figures and heightened concerns of budget cuts effects on the recovery weighed; the British currency started the week at 1.5990 and slumped progressively to a low of 1.5650, before closing on Friday at 1.5682, down 1.9 percent on the week. The yen was able to hold down its strengthening trend, where it range-traded in the 80.80-81.90 band and closed the week at 81.38.

Midas Furniture opens showroom in Riyadh RIYADH: Marking its third new KSA branch in a year, Midas Furniture is continuing the implementation of its regional expansion strategy by opening the doors to the Kingdom’s largest and most comprehensive Office Furniture branch in Riyadh this month. The state-of-the-art showroom, offering modern and purpose-designed office solutions, signifies Midas’ first entrance into the Office Solutions market in the KSA, and adds to the furniture giant’s extended presence in the Kingdom. “We are extremely pleased to be taking this significant step in the Kingdom as we continue to introduce exciting and innovative furnishing solutions to new markets in the region,” stated Hassan Bibi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Midas. With a total value of new office-related projects reaching approximately $4.8 billion, the Kingdom has been the primary focus of Midas’ expansion strategy. “The KSA requires a provider that can meet the maturing demands of its booming infrastructure. There is currently more than eight million square meters of office space in the KSA, and research forecasts predict this figure to grow by 20 percent in the coming two to three years. Furthermore, the Saudi market has been exceptionally resilient during the global economic recession. The government is pumping billions into the country’s infrastructure and banks are reopening their credit lines,” added Hassan. Midas Office is set to provide the Saudi business sector with a comprehensive range of office solutions that aim to create the ideal modern working environment. The offering includes a massive collection of top-brand office furniture and accessories, architectural/interior design, partitions, flooring, space and light management, decoration, bespoke manufacturing and execution. Midas maintains long exclusive partnerships with over 50 of the world’s top manufacturers of office furniture. Brands such as Hon (USA), LAS Mobili (Italy) and Kohl (Germany) produce high-quality and modern equipment that is built to accommodate

all the needs of the 21st century office. Features such as technological integration, environmentally-friendly materials and ergonomic concepts make the difference. Moving past furniture, Midas office boasts several specialized departments such as Design Center and Trends that enable comprehensive turnkey office solutions, including consulting, planning, budget management and execution. The process begins with consultation and conceptual development by a diverse team of interior designers. They advise the client on important areas, such as space utilization, use of color, lighting, electrical work and environmental responsibility. Kamal Jamil, General Manager of Midas Office Furniture, explained that the furniture aspect is only the final phase of the office development process in which Midas Office fully manages. “We dedicate tremendous resources and expertise to empowering the client with the ability to accomplish anything for his office, school, university, public facility or auditorium. We host seminars with the world’s leading pioneers in this area to ensure that the latest trends in furniture and office space development are brought to the Arab region.” In terms of implementation, Midas Office promotes its vast human resources as a selling point. A large, coordinated network of professionals pledge to guarantee timely and precise execution of every individual project, regardless of its size. The monetary value of projects undertaken by Midas Office range from small, medium to large, reaching multi-million dollar levels. The opening of Midas Office Furniture’s first Riyadh branch is important because it symbolizes the positive market reaction of the company’s broader expansion to the Kingdom thus far. With its first KSA showroom debuting in Q3 2009, Midas did not hesitate to move deeper to service Al-Khobar and now plans to enter the Jeddah market. As of 2010, Midas also operates in Dubai, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, in addition to its home market in Kuwait.

ABK names winners of F1 trip to Abu Dhabi KUWAIT: In partnership with Emirates and Visa International, Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait announced the winners of an all expenses paid VIP package to attend the Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi, bringing to a successful conclusion the summertime campaign between Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait, Emirates’ Skywards Program and Visa International. The eight lucky winners are Ahmad Naji Mabrouk Abdulkarem from the Shuwaikh branch, Mohamed Abd Alhady from Hadiya, Shelin Raju from Ministry Complex, Mushtaq Hussain Y Hussain belonging to Sharq, Mohammed Abdulghani Albatouti from Salmiya, Shelah Christiana Kabigting from Jahra 2, Maher Tharwat Dehom Ganawi from Shuwaikh, Amal Abdulla Abdulaziz Salamah from Al-Bahar branch. Stewart Lockie, Acting General Manager, Retail at ABK stated that “We are delighted to congratulate the winners of this promotion. The creation and launch of this offer was planned for the summer months when people love to travel and can also benefit from up to triple Skywards Miles offer when using any of their ABK Visa cards outside of Kuwait, including ABK Prestige and Al-Raed Electron Debit cards.” Lockie continued “It also gives us great pleasure to continue such campaigns thereby strengthening our partnership with Emirates Airlines and ensuring our customers continue to benefit from this unique and exclusive reward program.” The entry into this promotion’s draw

Stewart Lockie was automatic for customers, upon transfer of their salary to ABK. All entrants were offered the chance to win a full expenses paid, round trip to Dubai, including hotel accommodation at the luxurious Atlantis Hotel from the November 12-14, transportation to and from the F1 event at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, ticket costs to the event, as well as VIP invites to Yas Island Rotana for a splendid luncheon and other unique activities. ABK also ran a staff competition where Essa Hafez, from our Shuwaikh Branch was the winner, and will join all the other winners on their exciting trip to the Formula 1 racing. With ABK, you are always a winner.

Production cools down Production in the US unexpectedly dropped in September by 0.2 percent, the first negative figure in more than a year, signaling that the industry that led the economy out of recession is cooling down. The drop in factory output was impacted by a 0.4 percent decrease in consumer goods, which included a 0.9 percent fall in the production of durable products. Utility production fell 1.9 percent while mining, which includes oil drilling, climbed 0.7 percent. Carmakers were among those contributing positively to the total production as the pickup came at 0.5 percent. Housing starts rise unexpectedly Housing starts in September rose to a 610,000 annual rate, the most since April and up 0.3 percent from a revised 608,000 rate in the earlier

NBK WEEKLY MONEY MARKET REPORT month. This hike to the 5-month high comes above the market forecasts, a sign that real estate market might be stabilizing from the depressed levels. Europe Services and manufacturing growth weakens Eurozone’s services and manufacturing industries expanded in October at the weakest pace in a year, suggesting a global slowdown and a stronger Euro are undermining the region’s economy. The PMI composite based on a survey of purchasing managers in both industries fell to 53.4, from 54.1 in September. Consumer confidence remains unchanged In line with signs of a European economy losing momentum, consumer confidence in the Eurozone remained unchanged in October. The index came at -11, the same as in September and in line with the market consensus. European households may be growing more pessimistic as governments from Portugal to Greece step up efforts to push down budget deficits just as the region’s recovery fades. United Kingdom Lower retail sales Retail Sales unexpectedly dropped in September for a second month as consumer pre-

pared for the upcoming deep budget squeeze. Sales fell 0.2 percent from August, when they declined by 0.7 percent. On the year, sales rose 0.5 percent, the least since January. The decline on the month was led by gasoline, clothing, and Internet and mail-order companies. Bank of Englandʼs MPC minutes The minutes of this month’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) stated that “some of the members felt the likelihood that further monetary stimulus would become necessary in order to meet the inflation target in the medium term”. The Bank of England (BOE) policy makers are starting to lean towards further emergency bond purchases to shore up the country’s recovery as the government unveils its budget cuts. Additionally, seven out of the nine officials voted for no policy change, as expected. Higher asking prices for London houses London home sellers raised their asking prices by the most in 6 months in October as owners across the UK ignored the challenges posed by the largest fiscal squeeze since World War II. Rightmove Plc, the operator of Britain’s biggest property website, published that the average asking prices in the capital increased 3.1 percent from September to £418,778, the most since February. The report contrasts with earlier data from Halifax showing a plunge in house prices. Earlier during

the week, Bank of England policymaker Andrew Sentence said that price declines were a sign of “volatility” rather than a renewed property slump. Japan Government turns pessimistic on recovery Japan’s government downgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in 20 months as a rising yen and slower global demand put increasing pressure on an already slowing export-led expansion. The rebound is “pausing”, the cabinet Office said in a monthly report, removing last month’s reference to the economy “picking up”. Separately, a former central bank official signaled that the Bank of Japan (BOJ) is in an “extreme sense of crisis”; BOJ had recently cut its target rate to as low as zero, pledged to keep policy easy until the end of deflation and announced a 5 trillion Yen to buy securities. Global Chinaʼs growth: 9.6 percent China’s economy grew by 9.6 percent in the third quarter of 2010 while inflation accelerated to 3.6 percent, the fastest pace in almost 2 years. China’s expansion, running at more than 3 times the pace of growth in the US, may add fuel to arguments that the second-largest economy can withstand a stronger Yuan, a topic largely discussed in the G20. Kuwait Dinar at 0.28140 The USDKWD opened at 0.28140 last morning.

Bridging funding gap critical for SMEs, says Abraaj Capital ‘Celebration of Entrepreneurship’ to spotlight SME concerns KUWAIT: The vast majority of businesses across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region are being held back from achieving their true potential because they cannot access the capital they require to grow. That is the message from Abraaj Capital, the region’s biggest private equity firm, which is calling on public and private-sector decision-makers from across the region to identify innovative solutions to the funding challenges facing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which account for 90 percent of all businesses in the Middle East. To that end, Abraaj welcomed the Arab Development Fund’s announcement on Monday, October 18 of a $2 billion fund specifically aimed at SMEs across the Arab world. “Pan-regional initiatives like this are especially welcome, given that SMEs should be aiming for the entire Arabicspeaking region as their market and not just their own local economies,” says Frederic Sicre, Executive Director, Abraaj Capital. According to research carried out by Abraaj Capital, the region’s SME sector shows significant growth potential. In the Middle East, SMEs account for more than

70 percent of the region’s employment but generate less than 30 percent of its GDP. By comparison, in developed economies such as the United States, SMEs employ roughly 50 percent of the total domestic workforce, and account for approximately half of their GDP. “Small companies are the lifeblood of the region,” says Tom Speechley, Abraaj Capital Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Riyada Enterprise Development (RED), Abraaj’s SME investment platform. “But they are being held back because they simply cannot access the capital they require to take their businesses to the next level.” A report released earlier this month by the Union of Arab Banks and the World Bank revealed that Middle East-based SMEs currently receive just eight per cent of regional bank lending. In the oil-rich Arab Gulf, the funding gap is even greater: GCCbased SMEs currently receive just two per cent of all bank lending. “We must accept that more SME lending by banks is not the silver bullet,” says Speechley. “High growth companies are very often much better suited to long-term growth equity than a bank loan. That is why

we believe that it is timely for us, through our new fund RED, to be committing $500 million of equity towards the SME segment.” The needs of the SME sector will be one of the central planks of the “Celebration of Entrepreneurship,” which will be held in Dubai next month. The twoday event, hosted and organized by Abraaj Capital, will gather together more than 1,200 entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, finance providers and creative professionals from across the MENASA region and beyond. A number of announcements are expected to be made at the Celebration, including the formal launch of RED, which is Abraaj Capital’s $500 million investment platform exclusively dedicated to supporting SMEs across the region. The firm will also unveil Wamda, a comprehensive interactive online portal, where entrepreneurs, innovators, mentors and other stakeholders come together to facilitate entrepreneurship in the MENASA region. The Celebration of Entrepreneurship will take place on November 8 and 9, 2010, at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre in Dubai, UAE.

MEED ready to host Kuwait Projects Conference 2010 KUWAIT: MEED, a primary source of business intelligence for the Middle East, yesterday announced that it will host the 6th Annual Kuwait Projects Conference 2010 from Monday, November 29 to Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at JW Marriott Hotel. The conference will highlight the major opportunities in Kuwait’s developing project market, which s currently worth an estimated $25 billion, and is being driven by the $100 billion national 5-Year Plan. Keynote speakers addressing the 6th Annual Kuwait Projects Conference 2010 include Abdulaziz Al-Kulaib, Undersecretary, Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait, who will be presenting the mega-projects being planned and executed by the Ministry of Public Works; Shaikha Al-Bahar, Chief Executive Officer, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), who will speak about successfully delivering mega-projects in Kuwait in line with the 2035 vision; and Farouk Al-Zanki, Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation who will address KPC ’s achievements, current developments and future plans. Meed Projects data reveals that 29 percent of current planned projects are in the construction sector, 25 percent in infrastructure, 25 percent in oil and gas production, 19 percent in power projects, and the remaining 4 percent made in waste and water projects. Major projects under discussion at the conference include clean fuels projects, Failakka Island Development, Umm Al-Hayman Wastewater Treatment Plant, and rail and metro projects. Eight new hospital and airport projects will also be discussed. Edmund O’Sullivan, Chairman, MEED Events, said: “The Kuwait Projects Conference 2010 gathers senior multi-level stakeholders to assess the economic climate,

Abdulaziz Al-Kulaib, Undersecretary, Ministry of Public Works and the huge potential for the projects sector. At this event, we are bringing together all major project teams and government authorities so that an effective future strategy can be shaped for the mega projects market. Some of the largest developments in oil and gas, power and water, civil infrastructure and real estate will be defined and discussed in full. “This event is the perfect platform to meet key decision makers who can significantly influence future profitability, to explore the opportunities in Kuwait and also to expand and fast track commercial suc-

cess,” added O’Sullivan. Other confirmed speakers addressing vital sector issues include: Sami Al-Rushaid, Chairman and Managing Director, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) Mohammad Boshehri, Director of Planning and Follow-up for Power Station Projects, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait Dr Hashem Al-Tabtabaei, Technical Team Leader, Partnership Technical Bureau (PTB), Ministry of Finance, Kuwait Tarek Sultan, Chairman and Managing Director, Agility Anas A Kassem, General Manager (Kuwait) and Director of Transportation (Middle East), Parsons Brinckerhoff Nezar Al-Sayegh, Assistant Manager for Transport Master Plan Department, Kuwait Municipality Dr Rana Al-Fares, Director Kuwait University Construction Program, Kuwait University Dr Dalal Alwadaani, Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Hospital, Ministry of Health, Kuwait Mahdy Al-Dhakheel, Director of Projects Department - Kuwait International Airport, Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) - the leading banking institution in Kuwait is a strategic partners of the event. Kuwait Petroleum Company and Agility are the supporting partner and silver partner respectively. The event’s primary focus is on sectors identifies as presenting the most potential commercial opportunities. Kuwait Projects Conference 2010 is part of MEED’s comprehensive portfolio of largescale summit and conferences that offer businesses unique one-to-one networking opportunities and facilitate showcasing of solutions to key target groups and niche professionals. Book online and register at

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Zain launches mobile TV on iPhones KUWAIT: Zain, the leading mobile telecommunications services provider in Kuwait, revealed that its iPhone customers may now enjoy watching live TV channels, which was a service already available for other 3G mobile phones. The company revealed in a press release that iPhone users can now enjoy a variety of TV channels, including Al-Watan, Al-Watan Plus, AlRai, Kuwait Sports Channel, Gulf, and Rotana Channel collection. The company explained that it provides this service through the link available on WAP.Zain “Mobile TV service “for customers who did not activate live TV service. The service activation charge is only KD3 per month enabling live TV broadcasting of the said group of channels. The Executive Director of Zain Added Services Nadia Al-Saif said in this regard: “Zain is always distinguished with livelihood and dynamic change, and such trait reflects upon the level of its services. Recently, the IT services department revealed that Zain is preparing for entering a new turn with its customers” She added: “Zain managed to create a new and unique stance in the type of data service transferring. Addition of this service to the iPhone devices integrates with such uniqueness”, noting that Zain always seeks to introduce applications that fulfill the anticipations and desires of its customers. Al-Saif affirmed “Zain is abided by providing the best services that match the trends and desires of its clients in using mobile phones, and is therefore keen to introduce the latest technological applications that cope with the accelerating changes in this industry”. She also noted that Zain realizes that digital entertainment occupies a great part of the usage of mobile phones, particularly with the hastened rhythm of life, explaining at the same time that the mobile phone is no longer just a tool for communication, but reflects the great interest in the growing change in the field of telecommunications’ technology. Al-Saif stated that Zain has always reinforced its leading position in the field of telecommunications through several initiatives, aiming at maintaining the trust and satisfaction of its customers, noting that the execution of such initiatives relied on insightful planning and vast experience in identifying market needs.

Protiviti offers solution to anti-money laundering issues KUWAIT: Protiviti (, a global business consulting and internal audit firm, is making available a new version of its resource guide for organizations faced with the complex task of creating and implementing anti-money laundering strategies that address evolving regulatory and business concerns. The fourth edition of Protiviti’s Guide to US Anti-Money Laundering Requirements: Frequently Asked Questions ( covers virtually all facets of anti-money laundering requirements, from basic background information to the convergence of anti-money laundering and anti-fraud pro-

grams. This guide provides valuable information for organizations in Kuwait that need to keep up to date with international Anti-Money Laundering concerns. Updated with input from clients, attorneys, regulators and other anti-money laundering experts, the Guide to US Anti-Money L aundering Requirements is one of the most comprehensive documents of its kind. Featuring pragmatic answers to nearly 1,500 questions, the guide offers insight into a wide range of anti-money laundering issues; as well as perspectives on international requirements; numerous links to other helpful

resources; a glossary and more. In addition to new and updated content, the guide’s easy-to-navigate format simplifies searching and cross-referencing. “Maintaining Anti-Money Laundering controls is essential in the continually evolving regulatory environment,” said Andrew North, Managing Director of Protiviti Member Firm (Middle East) Ltd. “This guide provides readers in Kuwait with a practical, yet strategic look at the issues; an understanding of how topics are interrelated; and quick access to credible third-party resources.” The fourth edition of the Guide to US Anti-Money Laundering Requirements features many new and

updated sections, including: Beneficial Ownership - Addresses obligations to identify beneficial ownership as well as the due diligence procedures involved in identifying beneficial owners and guidance on related risks. Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act (CISADA) - Addresses additional sanctions the United States imposed on Iran and the impact they have on US financial institutions and correspondent banking. Risk Assessments - Expanded to include more detailed information on business line and customer risk assessments, and guidance related to risk

assessments. High-Risk Customers, Products, Services and Transactions - Looks at strategies to mitigate risk as well as guidance related to heightened money laundering and terrorist financing risks posed by these customers, products, services and transactions. Convergence of Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Fraud Programs - Explores a growing financial services industry trend toward integrating anti-money laundering and anti-fraud programs and the key issues and challenges companies face in doing so successfully.



KSE index starts week trading in red KUWAIT: Kuwaiti equities ended yesterday’s session on a higher note. Investors overcame early selling pressure, helping major indices nudge out of the negative territory. Zain & Securities Group hogged the lime light yesterday as Securities Group Co, said it received a request from investors to purchase more than 5 percent of Mobile Telecommunications Co (Zain) at 1.650 dinars a share, the company said in an advertisement in newspapers yesterday.

By Ole S Hansen ast week China raised its key interest rate and speculation about US quantitative easing and the wider implication left the front page, at least for a little while. The move initially stopped the dollar from weakening further with some commodities suffering setbacks as a consequence. Gold is on course for its first proper weekly loss in almost three months while the energy sector continues to trade sideways to slightly lower. The Reuters Jefferies CRB index which tracks 19 leading commodities was flat on the week with big discrepancies between markets. The whole agricultural space is still caught up in the weather related storm that has swept around the globe these past few months. This has caused widespread disruption to production which in turn has seen agricultural commodities perform very strongly. How strong can be seen on the below sector split from the Dow Jones UBS commodity index. The overall performance of the DJ-UBS index is showing a year to date increase of four percent which is primarily due to the weak performance of the index heavy energy sector which count for more than 30 percent of the total index. We have seen the correlation between strong gold and weak dollar increase recently. With the dollar finding some strength ahead of the G20 meeting in South Korea this weekend gold has come under some pressure resulting in the first weekly loss in three months. It is during a correction phase that the underlying strength of a market will be tested and this is the situation we now have. The next couple of weeks could almost decide whether the 2010 high have been seen already or whether this correction will attract new buyers who have been holding back waiting for such an opportunity. As usual silver has underperforming during the correction just like it has been outperforming during the recent rally. Support can be found down towards 22.18 and 21.34 which are Fibonacci retracement levels of the recent rally. The equivalent retracement levels for gold can be found at 1300 and 1272 with trend line support at 1,311 also worth watching. A move back above 1,350 could signal a resumption of the uptrend with the next major target being 1,400. WTI crude oil continues to find itself entrenched in a relatively tight range between 80 and 85 dollars. The Chinese rate hike during the week scuppered another attempt at breaking higher as dollar strength sent it looking for support. The speculative long position held by money managers such as hedge funds rose to near record levels last week and this would be a cause for concern. A break below 80 dollars could trigger some long liquidation resulting in a deeper correction. A failure however to reach a deal to quell the global currency unrest at the G20 meeting in South Korea could be seen as being supportive for oil and other commodities as the dollar risk resuming its recent decline. Natural gas slumped another four percent this week as the weekly storage data from the US showed inventories continuing to rise at a faster pace than expected. With the pickup in winter demand not expecting to outweigh supply for another few week’s inventories could reach the record levels seen last


Market breadth During the session, 111 companies were traded. Market breadth was skewed towards advancers as 42 equities advanced versus 38 that retreated.

Top gainers and biggest decliners In terms of top gainers, Hits

Correction hits gold and silver WEEKLY COMMODITIES UPDATE

Market indices Global General Index (GGI) closed 0.35 points down (0.16 percent), at 217.13 point as the market capitalization increased reaching KD35.13 million. On the other side, Kuwait Stock Exchange Price Index closed in the green zone adding 18.60 points (0.27 percent) from its value and closed at 6,963.10 point.

Daily trading activity Trading activities ended on a negative note. Volume of shares traded on the exchange decreased by 10.11 percent to reach 230.32 million shares, the value of shares traded decreased also by 10.19 percent to stand at KD47.33 million. The investment sector was the volume leader, accounting for 38.32 percent of total shares traded, while the Banking Sector was the value leader, with 45.52 percent of total traded value. Company-wise, Burgan Bank was the volume leader, with a total traded volume of 31.65 million shares changing hands. Burgan Bank was also the value leader, with a total traded value of KD15.22 million.

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GLOBAL DAILY MARKET REPORT Telecom Holding was the biggest gainer for the day, adding 7.46 percent and closed at KD0.072. On the other side, Kuwait Financing & Investment Co came in as the biggest decliner, dropping by 11.76 percent and closed at KD0.038. Sectors wise Sector-wise, five out of eight indices went up yesterday led by Global Insurance index which gained 2.06 percent. Gulf Insurance Company was the only gainer in the sector adding 6.67 percent to close at KD0.640. Global Food sector followed, up by 1.99 percent to reach 394.63 points. Kuwait Foodstuff Company (Americana)

was the only gainer in the sector adding 2.53 percent to close at KD1.620. On the decliners’ side, Global Banking Index was the biggest decliner shedding 0.59 percent driven by National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) which lost 2.90 percent to close at KD1.340. Oil news The price of OPEC basket of twelve crudes stood at $79.26 a barrel on Thursday, compared with $78.71 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations. Corporate news The Kuwaiti dinar was traded 0.281 against the dollar yesterday

while its rate against the euro was up to KD0.392. The Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) said on its website that the rate of the national currency stood at KD0.441 against the sterling, KD0.003 against the yen, and was KD0.288 against the Swiss franc. Kuwait’s development plan is a tangible reality and the country is on the course to regain its regional and international position, said Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of State for Development Affairs, and Minister of State for Housing Affairs Sheikh Ahmad Fahad AlAhmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah here yesterday.

year adding. This is adding to the oversupply worries that have kept prices under pressure for months and have led to the forty percent price drop year to date. The long crude short natural gas ratio spread (WTI crude oil divided by natural gas) is a favoured value trade by many hedge funds and only a significant change in direction of this spread, which has seen crude outperform natural gas by 70 percent since June, could bring some support back to the beleaguered market. Turning to the agricultural sector we saw strong performances from coffee with the price of Arabica coffee beans rising above 2 dollars per pound for the first time in 13 years. This comes amid fears that adverse weather across key growing regions in South America will lead to further supply downgrades. Columbia, the second largest producer of Arabica, have already said that a fungus is damaging plants and may reduce the output for 2011. Columbia had been expected to produce 10.5 million bags during the 2010/11 season but recent revisions have seen that reduced by ten percent. Combined with reduced output from Brazil, the world’s largest grower, demand could outstrip demand over the next twelve months by 1.3 million bags according to analysts. Having rallied strongly since June the two dollar level reached this week could provide some near term resistance but demand from roasters will probably keep it supported on a potential setback. The price of rice has also continued to rally increasing the focus on this grain which is the stable diet for more than three billion people across Asia. The main harvest in Thailand may drop by 20 percent after the worst floods in four years hit the growing regions. This has resulted in the Thai export price, which is the benchmark for the Asian market, having rallied ten percent from the July low and could rally another ten percent before year end as rice importing nations steps in to meet their needs. A food crisis like the one in 2008 is luckily still very unlikely with the Thai benchmark trading at half the level seen back then. Continued weather developments have to be watched carefully as actual supply worries more than speculative interest have been driven these markets recently. The January rough rice futures contract traded in Chicago reached 14.59 dollars per hundredweight this week and with seasonal demand picking up some analysts forecasting additional price rises towards the sixteen dollar level seen last year in December.


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Spanish media magnate to get Anglo-American accent MADRID: Spanish media giant Prisa, bestknown for its flagship newspaper El Pais, is about to fall under Anglo-Saxon influence with the entry into its capital and board of directors of American and British investors. Even if Prisa iteself denies it, the arrival of Nicolas Berggruen and Martin Franklin will represent a small cultural revolution for the heavily indebted group, which has been firmly on the political left since El Pais was founded in the 1970s following the end of the Franco dictatorship. The appearance of these two “atypical” investors, familiar to Wall Street and who have made known their preference for companies in difficulty, has intrigued both

markets and the media. This interest in no small part due to their offbeat personalities. Franklin, 45, a Briton, is an ultrasporty businessman whose “obsession” is “running 10 triathlons a year.” His business partner, the US-German Berggruen, 49, son of an art collector, has been called the “homeless billionaire” by The Wall Street Journal due in part to his life spent between jets and palaces. The complex financial operation, which should be concluded by the end of the year, will see an injection of 870 million dollars (about 620 million euros) into the group, a Prisa spokesman said. But he emphasized it will not mean any loss of independence. Berggruen and Franklin “have repeatedly

said they do not get involved in management and that their investment was financial,” he said. Last week, Franklin himself told the French newspaper Le Monde, which is itself owned 15 percent by Prisa, that the deal was “a financial investment, not at all a political one.” Markets are excited by the operation, which was announced in March and then modified in August to reflect a fall in Prisa stock, viewing it as a financial rescue. “Prisa was in financial trouble, with very few alternatives, they needed capital to face a very high level of debt,” a Spanish analyst said on condition of anonymity. Prisa, the leading Spanish and Portugueselanguage media group, has interests in the

press, television, radio and digital platforms in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. But it is burdened with nearly 5.0 billion euros in debt. Faced with the arrival of the Anglo-American duo, who are leading a group of investors including the Goldman Sachs bank, many wonder about the future role of the current controlling shareholder, the family of Prisa founder Jesus de Polanco. Polanco’s son Ignacio took over as chairman after his father died in 2007. “This deal is good news but it is accompanied by a massive dilution” on the part of the Polanco family, whose stake will drop from 70 percent to 35 percent, or even 18.4 percent eventually and under certain

circumstances, said Adrian Zunzunegui, analyst for the brokerage firm Iberian Equities. “The control by the (Polanco) family could eventually be called into question,” said Zunzunegui. Prisa itself has no such fears. “The Polanco family specifically said it wanted to maintain control,” said the Prisa spokesman, adding that a special financial mechanism exists to ensure it stays above 30 percent. But an analyst said the exact contribution of this “financial duo” remains an “unknown” for Prisa. One thing is certain though-CEO Juan Luis Cebrian, who has been at the helm of the group for 20 years, announced he would stay in office another three years. — AFP

BERLIN: This photo shows US-German investor Nicolas Berggruen attending a news conference in a Karstadt store. — AFP

US’s Geithner, and China’s Wang discuss economic ties China views a higher yuan rate versus the dollar BEIJ ING: US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner held hastily arranged talks yesterday w ith a top Chinese finance official amid currency tensions after a w eekend pledge by finance leaders to rebalance the global economy. The governments said Geithner and Vice Premier Wang Qishan exchanged

MIAMI: Barbara Simmons, CEO of Plantation General Hospital is trying to make hospitals more customer friendly and better place for workers. — MCT

Companies eyeing better culture have uphill task Tell me you want to change the culture of my workplace, to turn it into a great place to work, and I can tell you what my response will be: I will sigh. Been there, done that. Most workplaces today are overflowing with people like me. Any attempts at changing the culture likely will be met with skepticism. Frankly, we’re distrustful. We’ve seen previous attempts at culture change fizzle and die. It’s easy to wish for better customer service, stronger employee engagement or a reputation as one of the best places to work. But how does a company successfully overcome resistance and achieve culture change? CEOs need to drive the change, says Doug Arms, senior vice president of Ajilon Professional Staffing. “Unless you have that, it comes off as an initiative, and it will eventually lose steam.” His advice to leaders: Rather than making a declaration about how you want to change your culture, just start to do it. “If you want to be viewed as a flexible workplace, provide flexibility. If you want to grow careers, get behind a mentor program.” Barbara Simmons is knee-deep in this journey. Two years ago, Simmons, chief executive officer of Plantation General Hospital, decided it was time for change. After four years at the top, she wanted the hospital to give even better customer service to patients and their families and to the physicians that partner with the hospital. She wanted the hospital to be viewed as a place of healing, where departments work together and employees offer solutions. “I knew it had to start and end with me,” Simmons said. Over the years, the 265-bed hospital just west of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, had tried all kinds of “flavor of the month” motivation programs that never really took hold. To make it stick, she decided, she wouldn’t limit the initiatives to managers; she would get companywide buy-in and show that she personally was committed. “The bottom line for us is that our community is changing. A large percentage of our patients are uninsured and rely on us to take care of them.” Simmons called together her top leaders to create a new mission statement and core values. In March, those leaders began training 800 hospital employees on what behavior they were expected to demonstrate. Evaluations were created around those stepped-up per-

formance requirements. Simmons put herself out there as a catalyst for change, huddling with nursing managers every morning to hear their feedback from patients’ families. She encourages managers to bring nurses who give extraordinary service into the huddle for recognition. Of course, hospital-wide, selling mangers on change hasn’t been easy. Simmons has pushed up against the “been there, done that” attitude of complacent middle managers. “We had done a good job of director and staff training, but we realized we had not done a good job with middle management, who are the unspoken leaders.” She discovered that each manager had different standards on issues such as tardiness or dress code. Simmons now is launching a new middle-manager training program to ensure consistency and accountability. Simmons recognizes it takes three to five years for organizational cultural changes to take hold. But she finds early results promising: Employee satisfaction is up, turnover has dropped, and surveys suggest that the community has taken notice of improved patient service and happy employees. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (California) also has embarked on a major culture change - and faces resistance. CHOC is known for treating the sickest of sick kids in the region and wants to propel itself into the top echelon of children’s hospitals. To make that happen, the hospital launched its Journey of Excellence program, coinciding with a merger with University of California-Irvine and a multimillion-dollar expansion. The trouble is that the pediatric hospital has tried upgrading its quality of service several times before, with lackluster results. This time, CEO Kim Cripe committed herself to change, using a combination of traditional and unusual tactics: mandatory training workshops for leaders that include a primer on customer service; performancebased pay for managers, tied to each department’s milestones; and monthly performance discussions with employees, a reminder to keep their focus on improved customer service. A consulting firm is guiding Cripe through the process, encouraging managers to recognize behaviors they want repeated. — MCT

Russian tycoon launches fourth British newspaper LONDON: Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev, who owns three British newspapers, will launch the country’s first quality daily in 25 years this week in a risky bid to grab more of the ailing British press market. The concise new paper, called “i”, will be available from tomorrow for just 20 pence (31 US cents, 23 euro cents) — a fifth of the price of British broadsheets such as The Times. It is “specifically targeted at readers and lapsed readers of quality newspapers,” according to Lebedev’s main national daily, The Independent, which will share editorial staff with the new publication. “Time-poor newspaper readers, and especially commuters, have been telling us for years that they are inundated with information and just don’t have the time to read a quality newspaper on a regular basis,” said Independent executive Andrew Mullins. The Independent and The Independent yesterday were bought by Lebedev in March, a year after he purchased London’s Evening Standard. The launch of a new paid-for title is risky in a market that is both saturated and in decline. Britain has 11 major national dailies, whose circulation has shrunk an average 5.75 percent in the last year to 10.3 million copies a day, according to the industry’s performance monitor, the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The industry’s more expensive “quality” newspapers, priced at around one pound (1.57 dollars, 1.13 euros), have suffered more than tabloid titles priced at between 20 and 50 pence. The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Guardian have each suffered a drop in circulation of more than 10 percent over the last year. The Independent now sells only 186,332 copies a day, compared to 251,470 in September 2007. “By pricing the newspaper at 20 pence, ‘i’ will

be the most competitively priced paper on the UK news stand,” said MEC media agency analyst Rob Lynam. “The Independent will be hoping to cannibalise the sales of other quality newspapers, whilst enticing readers of Metro to part with 20p and upgrade to a higher quality product.” The average reader of Metro, a morning freesheet available in major British cities, is 33 years old — 20 years younger than the average reader of a quality newspaper, according to Lynam. “‘i’ will hope to attract the younger urban reader who would like to read a quality newspaper, but does not have the time to read a whole quality newspaper on their daily commute, and is not prepared to pay a pound,” Lynam said. This is not the first time Lebedev has taken a risk with one of his newspapers-he transformed the 60-page Evening Standard into a freesheet after buying it in 2009. “The Evening Standard has been reinvigorated, and is the newspaper success story of 2010,” said Lynam. The newspaper has boosted its circulation from 140,000 to 700,000, which has allowed it to attract 30 percent more advertising at higher rates than before. Lynam said they were ahead of their business plan, which aims to be profitable by 2012. In his latest gamble with the launch of “i”, Lebedev must convince readers to part with 20 pence at a time when Britain is feeling the pain of huge cuts to public spending. Evgeny Lebedev, the son of Alexander Lebedev and the chairman of Independent Print Ltd which publishes the British titles, said he was confident the gamble would pay off. “We have shown by our investment in the London Evening Standard that, even in these highly competitive times, it is possible to revive a brand,” he said. —AFP

Beijing faces mounting pressure from US lawmakers to ease controls they say hold down its yuan currency, boosting China’s trade surplus and costing American jobs. Legislation passed Sept 30 by the US House of Representatives would allow Washington to sanction governments that manipulate their currency for trade advantage. The Senate is due to take up the measure after November elections. Plans for the Geithner-Wang meeting were announced Saturday as G-20 finance officials and central bankers wrapped up their meeting in Gyeongju, South Korea. It suggested the two sides decided higher-level contact was required after Geithner was in Gyeongju with China’s finance minister, Xie Xuren, and other officials. The G-20 officials pledged Saturday to avoid currency manipulation. “Countries with significantly undervalued exchange rates committed to move towards more market-determined exchangerate systems that reflect economic fundamentals, as China is now doing,” Geithner told reporters Saturday. Yesterday’s meeting was the second impromptu meeting between Geithner and Wang after the two held talks at the Beijing airport in April as the Treasury secretary flew home from India amid a similar spike in tensions over the yuan. Beijing promised a more flexible exchange rate in June but the yuan rose by only about 2 percent against the dollar in the following three months. Its appreciation has speeded up since House passage of the currency bill, suggesting Beijing is trying to defuse pressure on the Senate to approve it. On Oct 15, Geithner’s department delayed issuing a report required by Congress about which countries are manipulating their currencies. Instead, officials praised the recent appreciation of the yuan but said it needed to continue. They said the currency report would not be issued until after the G-20 talks. The G-20 finance ministers and central bankers promised to avoid debilitating currency devaluations and reduce trade and financial imbalances and to give China and other major developing countries a bigger role in managing the global economy. “If we’re going to be able to continue to expand opportunities for trade and preserve an open trading system, then we need to work to achieve more balance in the pattern of global growth,” Geithner said Saturday. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said China will continue to move toward exchange rate flexibility and is now actively engaged on global foreign exchange issues. Geithner, in an interview with Bloomberg Television after Group of 20 finance leader meetings concluded here on Saturday, said China views a higher yuan rate versus the dollar as in Beijing’s interest because it does not want the US Federal Reserve to control its monetary policy. “They’re an independent country, a large economy. They need the flexibility to run their policies in a way that makes sense for China,” Geithner said. “And that requires that their exchange rate move up over time as they’re now doing and we want to see that continue. They’ve got a ways to go but I think they’re committed to do that,” he said. “I think you’re going to see them continue to move.” Geithner’s

comments in the interview came hours before he travelled to Qingdao, China, to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan to discuss unspecified bilateral economic matters. The US Treasury chief has delayed a decision on whether to declare that China manipulates its currency for export advantage. Global economists and US lawmakers contend that China’s yuan is at least 20 percent undervalued. The semi-annual Treasury currency report was due on Oct 15, but Geithner opted to delay it in order to press his case at multilateral meetings, including Gyeongju and a Nov 5-6 G20 leaders summit in Seoul. At the Gyeongju meeting in southeastern Korea, the G20 members pledged to shun competitive currency devaluations and reduce current account imbalances, though they stopped short of numerical goals based on percentages of gross domestic product. Geithner said it was significant that the G20 directly addressed currencies with cooperation from China and other key emerging markets. “We’ve had a long period where the major economies, principally Japan, Europe and the United States, bore all the burden of cooperation on exchange rate questions. They dominated all those discussions,” Geithner said. “But the world’s changed dramatically and it’s very important that we’re discussing these things with China, with India, with Brazil, with the emerging market economies all around the world that are growing so rapidly.” In the past, Beijing had resisted specific mentions of currency rates in G20 statements. Geithner added that a numerical goal for current account surpluses and deficits may eventually settle to around 4 percent of GDP. “You’ve heard people talk about that and my own personal view is that will become the benchmark for the future,” Geithner told Bloomberg TV. “That’s because if you look at what major economies project going forward-what they expect to happen if they pursue the policy they have been pursuing, most countries see the balances either staying below 4 percent, or falling to 4 percent over the medium term.” China projects a current account deficit of 4 percent or less over the next three to five years as its economy grows. Turning to complaints about easy US monetary policy, Geithner said most G20 countries understand the need for the US to maintain policies to boost growth. “The countries around the room understand that imperative. They of course recognize that the future growth depends a lot on how successful we digging out of this hole more rapidly,” he said. But German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle criticized the Federal Reserve’s liquidity policies, saying they indirectly manipulated exchange rates. Geithner at a news conference defended the US approach, saying he backed a strong dollar and did not expect continued criticism of US monetary policy. “I will take this opportunity to reaffirm once again that the policy of the United States is to support a strong dollar. We in the United States recognize the special responsibility that we have to contribute to global financial stability in common with development goals as a reserve currency.” — Agencies

view s on US-Chinese economic relations at an airport in the eastern city of Qingdao but no details w ere released. They said the tw o also discussed preparations for a Nov 11-12 meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 major economies.

GYEONGJU: US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner speaks during a press conference following the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting. — AFP

Rio eyes Australia iron ore after BHP bid lapse SYDNEY: Mining giant Rio Tinto said it was focused on a massive ramp-up of its Australian iron ore operations yesterday, following the “disappointing” collapse of a lucrative tie-up with rival BHP Billiton Rio chief Tom Albanese said both companies had done “everything we could” to get the regulatory approval necessary to merge their iron ore projects in the mineral-rich Pilbara region-a deal they ultimately abandoned on Monday. “Once we heard from the regulators we both recognized this is just getting too hard so we unfortunatelybecause I’m disappointed-terminated that agreement this week,” Albanese told ABC television. “And we’re moving on-we’re moving on by expanding our operations in the Pilbara.” Rio announced a 3.1 billion US dollar ramp-up of its Pilbara projects Wednesday, targeting production capacity of 283 million tonnes a year in 2013 and 333 million tonnes by 2015 from 220 million tonnes currently. “I think the single best thing that we could be doing for Rio Tinto shareholders is to get as many tonnes developed in the Pilbara (as possible) and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Albanese said. Rio was on track to expand its Pilbara business by more than 50 percent in the next five years, he added, a “massive change, massive project.” The iron ore joint venture, estimated to deliver 10 billion US dollars in savings, was the second failed deal with BHP, which made a hostile 147 billion-US-dollar play for Rio that lapsed in 2008 due to the financial crisis. It also follows the AngloAustralian giant’s expensive and hugely unpopular takeover of Canada’s Alcan and snubbing of a 19.5 billion US dollar cash injection from Chinalco in June 2009. Albanese insisted that the company was on track, dismissing suggestions it had been “three strikes” for Rio. “We have a very strong business-let’s just remember that we had record profits in the first half,” he said. “Let’s also remember that we had cash generation from our operations of nearly 10 billion dollars in the first half. All of our

businesses are running very well.”A compromise with the Australian government on its proposed “super tax” on mining profits which resulted in a narrowing of its scope and a reduction in the headline rate had paved the way for Rio to grow, he added. “That has allowed us to make more than six billion (dollars) in investments just in iron ore in Australia since July,” Albanese said. Rampant demand for raw materials by China has buoyed Rio’s business and Albanese said Beijing was grappling with a vshaped recovery which had overheated certain aspects of its economy, with recent signs of

inflation. “I do think that what China’s trying to do is to find almost that ‘Goldilocks’ point where the economy’s not too hot or not too cold,” he said. “Keeping the GDP above what they’ve targeted at eight percent... would be probably the best situation for continued growth.” Albanese was circumspect on calls from the US and others for China to adjust the value of its currency. “I think currency discussions are certainly going to be a matter of the G20,” he said. “From my own perspective, I think it’s something that should get worked out, and I would hope to see that that gets worked out.” — AFP

BUSAN: This is a bird’s-eye view of the main escalator of Shinsegae’s newest retail space, rated the world’s largest department store by the Guinness Book of World Records. The space, the world’s biggest department store, is the firm’s latest chess move in its battle for retail supremacy with rival Lotte Group. — MCT



Monday, October 25, 2010

No new cuts in debt-locked Greece ‘whatever happens’ ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou promised yesterday that the revival of the country’s ailing economy would require no new pay cuts and tax hikes after bringing in deeply unpopular austerity measures. “Whatever happens, there will be no additional burdens on salary earners and pensioners, and no rise in tax rates beyond what we have pledged,” Papandreou wrote in an article in To Vima daily, two weeks before his Socialist party faces the electorate in local polls. “Everybody, both inside and outside Greece, must understand that the sacrifices made by the Greek people are unprecedented,” the premier wrote.

Papandreou’s Socialists are trying to shore up support ahead of the November 7 municipal ballot, the first test of how their popularity has eroded due to the tough austerity measures they enacted this year to beat bankruptcy. The outcome of the vote is also uncertain in many areas because of a controversial administrative overhaul that merged municipalities and prefectures to cut costs. According to the latest polls, the Socialists are unlikely to win the two main cities, Athens and Thessaloniki. And in the greater Athens region, their candidate is threatened by a veteran Socialist who voted against

the loan agreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund that rescued Greece in return for the cuts. The agreement, or memorandum, has been vilified by opposition parties who have dubbed Papandreou ‘the memorandum PM’. “The importance of the November 7 vote has acquired a deeper political content: the citizens will give a clear signal on where they want the country to go,” Papandreou wrote yesterday. “The effort is not over, the alert is not over.” “2011 is the second crucial half-the last year of recession,” he said. Greece has so far won plaudits

from the EU and the IMF on its application of the draconian program of pay and pension cuts and tax hikes to bring down its budget deficit which was nearly 14 percent in 2009. But the EU’s economic affairs commissioner this week said that Athens may be required to make additional austerity cuts to meet 2011 budget deficit targets as revised calculations will now include indebted public companies. The revision is expected to increase the budget deficit for 2009, the year on which the government’s reform calculations are based. But the Greek finance minister insisted on Saturday that

the deficit goals for next year will not change. “Our target for 2011 is a deficit of 7.6 percent of output or 17 billion euros-and that stands regardless of where we begin in 2009 and 2010,” Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou told Imerisia daily. “The measures sustaining this goal have already been announced. We will not add other painful measures...from 2011 the structural measures we adopted this year will begin to pay off.” The cuts have sparked six general strikes this year and another nationwide strike by the country’s largest union is scheduled for December. — AFP

New week marks turning point in French protest One petrol station in four around the country runs dry PARIS: The tita nic ba ttle over French President Nicola s Sa rkozy’s bid to ra ise the retirement a ge rea ched a turning point yesterda y a t the sta rt of a new w eek of strikes, ra llies a nd fuel blocka des. W ith thousa nds of fa milies hea ding off for school ha lf-term holida ys, a nd la w ma kers prepa ring to give the pensions bill their forma l fina l

a pprova l, Sa rkozy hopes tha t the ma ss protest movement w ill sta rt to die a w a y. But, w ith opinion polls show ing the emba ttled president more unpopula r tha n ever, tra de unions a nd student bodies ha ve decla red a t lea st tw o more da ys of a ction, a nd strikes continue in the key fuel sector.

PARIS: Drivers queue at a petrol station yesterday. One petrol station in four around the country has run dry, amid strikes at refineries and blockades of fuel depots by strikers demonstrating against French President’s bid to raise the retirement age. — AFP

Nobel economist says UK has put economy at risk PM says cuts applied fairly, will promote growth LONDON: Britain’s finance minister George Osborne is unnecessarily risking the economic recovery with his deep spending cuts, the country’s new Nobel Prize winning economist was quoted as saying on Saturday. British-Cypriot Christopher Pissarides said Osborne had exaggerated the risk of a Greek-style debt crisis ahead of introducing the most severe cuts in a generation in Wednesday’s comprehensive spending review. “Unemployment is high and job vacancies few,” he told the Sunday Mirror. “By taking the action that the chancellor outlined in his statement, this situation might well become worse.” He argued Osborne could have outlined a clear deficit-reduction plan over the next five years, postponing more of the cuts, until the recovery became less fragile. “The ‘sovereign risk’ would have been minimal,” he added. “Overall, the chancellor is putting the economy through some unnecessary risks because of his fear of sovereign risk, which does not appear justified.” Osborne argued that the 81 billion pounds of savings were needed to avoid a Greek-style crisis where investor confidence col-

lapsed and the cost of government borrowing soared. On Saturday, Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his party’s argument in a podcast on the Number 10 website that the country faced economic ruin unless it tackled a record peacetime budget approaching 11 percent of GDP. But the main opposition Labour party has said the cuts go too deep. The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition has attempted to stave off criticism by saying it is applying the cuts fairly, with the richest bearing the biggest load. Cameron said: “We didn’t just do the right thing; I really believe we are doing it in the right way. We’ve gone about these spending cuts in a way that is fair and in a way that will help promote economic growth and new jobs.” An ICM poll for yesterday’s News of the World showed 45 percent of those questioned thought the measures were unfair compared with 42 percent who considered them fair. The number was even higher in a ComRes opinion poll in the Independent, where 59 percent thought the cuts were unfair. — Reuters

A poll by the IFOP institute for the weekly JDD newspaper showed Sarkozy’s approval rating had dropped below 30 percent for the first time, clouding his hopes that passing the pensions law could kick start a political comeback. French university students are planning to march tomorrow to defend the right to retire at 60, and trade unions have called their campaign’s seventh one-day nationwide strike and day of rallies on Thursday. Meanwhile, one petrol station in four around the country has run dry, amid strikes at refineries and blockades of fuel depots by strikers playing a cat and mouse game with riot police sent to disperse them. Government supporters were putting a brave face on things, however, betting that on Wednesday-when the National Assembly rubber stamps a pensions law already approved by both houses-the movement will fizzle. “In France we have a sort of ritual from another century,” complained Jean-Francois Cope, leader of Sarkozy’s right-wing UMP in parliament, in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper. “Strikes, protests, yes, but taking the economy hostage is intolerable,” he said. “Most of the country paralysed by the actions of a handful of extremists. Everyone should understand that we have no other choice.”The pensions reform bill was approved by the Senate on Friday, and today the text will be reconciled with the draft passed earlier by the lower house. Government expects the merged text will then receive final approval by the National Assembly on Wednesday, raising the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018 and increasing the period of salary contributions to 41 years. Sarkozy defends the measure as “inevitable” in the face of France’s rapidly growing population and burgeoning budget deficit, but opponents accuse him of making workers pay while protecting the rich and the world of finance. The president is due to face re-election in 2012, and the Socialist party has vowed that if its candidate wins, he or she will restore retirement at 60. While most voters polled say they support the strikes, and each protest day has so far drawn more than a million marchers, Sarkozy is gambling that if he forces the law through he will be hailed as a strong leader by the right. To this end, on Friday the government sent in riot police to clear access to a blocked fuel depot and served legal orders on some striking oil workers ordering them to return to work. Strikes have continued across the industry, however, and around 70 ships are waiting at anchor off the southern port of Marseille unable to dock and unload. Nevertheless, officials predict a slow return to normal. “In the Paris region we have 35 percent of filling stations that have run dry or are out of at least one fuel product, and in the west of the country a third are in real difficulty,” said a spokeswoman for the transport ministry. Elsewhere, between 10 and 15 percent of stations are out, she added. Meanwhile, in the southern city of Marseillewhere garbage has been piling up in the streets for two weeksauthorities issued a legal order aimed at compelling striking rubbish collectors to re-open two dumps. — AFP

FLORIDA: Lisa Epstein and Michael Redman, seen outside the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach, are two of the nation’s most influential citizen agitators helping to uncover and fight foreclosure fraud and abuse. — MCT

Civilians handle tense foreclosure industry PALM BEACH: More than a year before lenders, law firms and document companies began owning up to widespread paperwork problems with their foreclosure filings, Lisa Epstein and Michael Redman already knew that something was wrong - very wrong. Redman, a former online automobile consultant, got his first taste of the problem in early 2008, when he tried to help a relative who was facing foreclosure. As he tried to determine which of three or four supposed lenders held the note, Redman, 35, realized that not only did he not know the answer, neither did any of the companies that were asking for payment. Epstein, a nurse who cares for cancer patients, also is going through foreclosure. She got her baptism in the world of shoddy foreclosure paperwork in the summer of 2009, however, when she tried to help a brain tumor patient keep her home. Epstein helped draft a letter challenging the foreclosure because, as in Redman’s case, it was unclear from court papers who owned the home’s mortgage. After arriving at the summary judgment hearing in her nurse’s uniform, an emotional Epstein, 45, watched as the ill woman read their letter aloud in court. When the opposing attorneys never showed, the judge refused to finalize the foreclosure. The woman remains in her home as the legal wrangling continues. For Epstein, who often helped her patients navigate disputes with their health insurance companies, the role of advocate wasn’t new - but the thrill of a courtroom victory was. “It was like something struck inside me, like this is what I’m compelled to do. I can be a nurse for people caught in this foreclosure crisis,” Epstein said. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m not an attorney, and there are definite obstacles, but maybe there’s a role for me.’ And I ran back to the hospital like I had wings. I felt like this is my purpose.” Within a year, she and Redman - who didn’t know each other at the time - would leave their respective jobs to pursue their passion for helping others and exposing injustice in the foreclosure industry. After meeting late last year at a foreclosure fraud seminar, they teamed up to become two of the nation’s most influential civilian beat cops for the beleaguered foreclosure industry. Equal parts agitators, activists and advocates, Redman and Epstein have made their presence felt in Florida and nationally through their respective websites, and Under a sun-drenched sky recently, Redman proudly perused his Web log to see recent visits from the Internal Revenue Service, the Homeland Security Department, the Justice Department, Fannie Mae, the Housing and Urban Development Department and the CIA, among others. Someone from the executive office of the president took a recent look, too, he said. Major banks also are peeping at Redman’s frequent postings and snarky analysis of embarrassing documents that appear to show foreclosure industry fraud. Two weeks ago, he posted a deposition from a clerk at one of four Florida law firms that the state attorney general is investigating on suspicions that they’re using fabricated documents to evict thousands of homeowners. She told investigators that the firm’s employees regularly signed affidavits without reading them and put incorrect dates on documents. “This kind of stuff goes on all the time, and it’s everywhere,” Redman said. Problem foreclosure documents are the latest chapter in the housing crisis that triggered the Great Recession. After a record 347,420 foreclosure filings and 102,134 bank repossessions in September, the U.S. is on pace to top 1.2 million foreclosures this year, up from

about 1 million last year, according to new data from RealtyTrac, which collects and analyzes real estate records from across the country. In foreclosure cases nationwide, bank officials have signed sworn affidavits, supposedly verifying their knowledge of the matters in question. However, after several bank officials told investigators they’d signed thousands of affidavits without reading them, the nation’s foreclosure process has ground nearly to a halt as officials investigate the practice known as “robo-signing.” Major lenders JPMorgan Chase and Ally, formerly GMAC, have stopped evictions to check for bad paperwork in Florida and 22 other states that require court orders to seize property. Bank of America earlier this month halted foreclosures while it reviews paperwork in all 50 states. On Wednesday, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said he’d lead the new Mortgage Foreclosure Multistate Group’s investigation of the problem and propose possible remedies. The bipartisan group includes state attorneys and state banking and mortgage regulators from all 50 states. In Florida, where one of every 56 homes was in foreclosure proceedings in the third quarter of this year, Redman and Epstein have shone a light on efforts to ram cases through courts without much fact-checking. Foreclosure defense attorney Chris Immel of Palm Beach County said the ongoing scandal was changing that practice nationally and in Florida. “A lot of that has to do with the activism of people like Mike and Lisa. They get a lot of attention, and a lot of people look to them because they’re very active with their blogs and their activism,” Immel said. Whether they’re being courted by prominent print news outlets or interviewed on cable television news shows, doing conference calls with state officials or protesting on courthouse steps, Redman and Epstein are consumed by their new roles. They’ve filed briefs with the Florida Supreme Court and sent questionable documents to state investigators, the FBI, the Justice Department and numerous banking regulators. Earlier this year, they led two busloads of people to the state capital in Tallahassee to protest a proposed change in Florida law that would have allowed foreclosures without court orders. The measure was defeated. When it appeared several weeks ago that President Barack Obama might sign legislation that could weaken fraud protections in foreclosure cases, Redman and Epstein posted an action alert, urging people to call the White House and voice their opposition. “At one point, so many people were calling (the comment line) that you couldn’t even get through. I absolutely think our silent army is not being silent anymore,” said Karen Pooley of Seattle, a 48-year-old building material saleswoman who credits Epstein’s website with teaching her how to find evidence of fabricated paperwork. She ended up finding suspicious documents that helped a friend get his foreclosure sale canceled. “Not postponed, but canceled,” said Pooley, who’s also fighting her own foreclosure and organizing local volunteers to look for more bad documents. “Lisa was very helpful in teaching me how to search and get this army started.” Andrew Delaney, who’s fighting the foreclosure of his home in Ashburnham, Mass., drove all the way to Florida in the spring to meet with Redman. He said Redman’s advice on checking court documents for flawed paperwork has allowed him to avoid foreclosure for more than two years as banks try to prove who holds his note. “The information they provided gave me the inspiration to do more research on my own and to help other people. I just took the position where I have to help others. I just have to.”— MCT


Monday, October 25, 2010


With billions on the line, GM strives to teach US about Volt DETROIT: The 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car has taken the first lap of its public introduction, as General Motors launches an intensive campaign to explain the unique car, set to go on sale in November, to buyers. The Volt is a multibilliondollar bet. From the day work on it began in mid2006, GM saw the Volt as its best hope to reshape the company’s image. The car would combine the pollutionfree operation of earlier electric vehicles with the freedom and cruising range of conventional gasoline cars. Success with the Volt would shatter the image of GM as a low-tech laggard and convince people the company and its vehicles were winners. That mission is more important than ever today. The Volt is vital as GM tries to regain the public’s trust, convince skeptics it deserved government assistance and attract investors to its first post-bankruptcy stock offering later this year. “This is a project that must overachieve,” Joe Phillippi, principal of AutoTrends Consulting in Short Hills, N.J., said after driving a Volt about 50 miles around suburban Detroit last weekend. “The car feels really good. It’s solid, smooth, quiet and amazingly

advanced. Lots of people who own one will never have to stop at a gas station.” Driving on a variety of surface roads, the Volt I tested exceeded GM’s target of 40 miles on a full battery charge. Driving normally and using the air conditioning on the warm fall day, I covered 46.2 miles and had enough charge left for another mileplus. Light-footed testers among the journalists and analysts testing the car beat that by as much as 10 miles. In further driving, the Volt I tested switched to its gasoline-powered onboard generator. I noticed no difference in its performance. At the end of the day, I had covered about 60 miles and probably used just a quart or two of gasoline. GM estimates Volt owners who get most of their power by plugging into the electric grid will pay around $1.50 a day to use the car. The Volt drew attention wherever it went. Drivers of neighboring cars flashed thumbs-up signs and whipped out camera phones as we passed. “People want to be part of the solution,” said Cristi Landy, Volt product marketing manager. The opportunity to reduce America’s dependence on oil — particularly oil from unfriendly and unstable countries — is one of the car’s key appeals.

The vast majority of American drivers will almost never need the gasolinepowered generator, said Jim Federico, GM group executive for small cars and electric vehicles. Federico believes the Volt’s technology and innovation will make it a third icon for Chevrolet, alongside the Corvette sports car and Silverado pickup. Chevy has some explaining to do, though. The Volt’s combination of plug-in charging and onboard electricity generation confuses some people. Many expect electric vehicles to need hours of stationary recharging. Others think the Volt’s generator makes it a gas-guzzler by another name. Chevy seems most worried that people will not realize the generator gives the Volt a range comparable to gasoline cars. To overcome that, Chevrolet will promote the Volt as providing freedom from gasoline and tailpipe emissions while giving its owners the freedom to go where and when they want, a combination no other electric vehicle can match. GM has said that, between the battery and the generator, the Volt has a cruising range of about 350 miles. “Those two things have never coexisted before,” product marketing director Tony DiSalle said. — MCT

DETROIT: The display on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt shows an icon indicating battery strength and that it is charging. — MCT

ORLANDO: Lynn McGrath, 25, UCF medical student, uses a medical app he downloaded to his iPod Touch, October 11, 2010. The app teaches heart sounds. — MCT

Medical students get iPods to bolster training ORLANDO: Second-year medical student Lynn McGrath knows the iPod touch he carries will help him become a better doctor. McGrath, 25, can quickly research a patient’s symptoms on the device and learn how to treat them in minutes. “The first year as medical students, it helps us figure out what’s going on, but as you become more familiar, it’s more of a confirmation,” he said. Starting this semester, the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine, which in its second year, is giving every medical student an iPod touch to help in their training. The Central Florida college has joined other medical schools across the country that provide mobile devices to medical students. Florida State University

Searching for etiquette BERLIN: Do we need a new etiquette guide for the digital age? Many users are uncertain just what belongs on the recent generation of web 2.0 services like Facebook and Twitter. Ask users whether a “Miss Manners 2.0,” like the syndicated newspaper column on etiquette, would be perceived as helpful or not and you’ll get an answer that perhaps reflects generational fault lines as much as anything else. Never make a phone call in a public toilet. Don’t put anything on Facebook that might be embarrassing to you in two years. And don’t post binge-drinking pictures that will give your boss reason to reconsider your responsibilities. Rules like these are all the rage right now. Etiquette experts and politicians are calling for new standards of behaviour for the digital age and if they’re not it’s because they’re busy putting together their own Miss Manners 2.0. Yet there’s room for debate over the value of such guides. Are they really helpful? Or are they just statements of the extremely obvious? The search for orientation isn’t coming out of thin air. On the one hand, there’s definitely a very rough-andtumble undercurrent on the internet, particularly when users can post their thoughts anonymously, such as in blogs or on the comments section of news sites. On the other hand, sites like Facebook and Twitter represent a difficult new terrain, with user populations that have exploded in the last couple of years. The German “Knigge Council,” named for that country’s godfather of manners, Adolph Freiherr Knigge, has taken action. Its codex contains twelve points to assist with “the stylish culti-

vation of contacts through social media.” And internet service provider Deutsche Telekom is even offering “101 guidelines for the digital world” on its “e-Etiquette” website. The target audience for these updated manners guidelines is actually not young people, explains manner expert Rainer Waelde. “Those who are already masters of the social networks don’t need style guidelines. But people born before 1980 are often unsure with Facebook and Twitter,” Waelde says. Older users in particular evince a certain “technology naivete,” says the chairman of the German Knigge council. “The younger generation is significantly more restrictive with their data.”Yet in today’s age it’s not so simple to formulate generally applicable rules. One place where this becomes clear is in interactions between colleagues and the boss, for example. The primers on style recommend against mixing business and pleasure. “Users should only reveal private matters in doses and should establish private zones,” Waelde says. Knigge urges internet users to “consider in advance which contacts you want to cultivate with which network. Your customers should not necessarily be your ‘Friends’ and may perceive that description as inappropriate or overly intimate.” To prevent the line between business and pleasure from getting blurry, it’s permissible to quietly ignore the “friend” requests that arise on social networks, says the e-Etiquette guide from Telekom. And naturally one should only put those photos on the network that won’t shock your mother. Not all web users share this opinion. “This contradicts rather drastically with the real-life experiences of all cre-

ative types who need to get their own persona out there to establish their brand,” writes blogger Jakob Jochmann, who studied intercultural communication. The “Knigge 2.0” is a cookie-cutter approach to behaviour that could lead unseasoned users astray if applied in the wrong context. “The societal trappings for a web designer are going to be quite different on the internet from those of an antiquities restoration expert,” Jochmann says. US magazine Wired, long an opinion leader in the area of digital culture, somewhat cheekily suggests a relaxed attitude to privacy issues. Publish odd photos or comments on your own and you limit the impact. “Show that you don’t take yourself too seriously and you automatically disarm some of the ridicule,” the editors note. Others see this kind of codex as a decent base for discussion. Blogger Stefan Pfeiffer is one of them. The criticism is too short-sighted, because “every serious attempt at elucidation is 100 per cent welcome,” regardless of who’s proposing it. “It then is (hopefully) not an existing work, but rather a Knigge-style book that can be updated continuously in a Wikipedia style,” writes the blogger, who works for IBM. This certainly isn’t the first time that internet users have sought orientation. “Netiquette” guidelines were formulated as far back as 1995 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which was pursuing technological improvement of the internet. While social networks like Facebook didn’t exist back then, many of the rules still seem current. A sample: “Take into consideration that a large group will see your posts. That could include your current or future boss.” — DPA

also gives iPod touches to medical students, and Stanford University in California is distributing much-larger Apple iPads to its future doctors. The UCF iPod, which costs around $600 with medical applications, gives students instant access to look up diseases, medications and symptoms. It also allows them to listen to lectures and view diagrams. The Ohio State University College of Medicine was the first to hand out iPod touches to each student, in 2007. “Like many things, the students are the ones who brought forth the idea,” said Dr. Catherine Lucey, the Ohio college’s interim dean. “It can be used to really help explain things to students.” Nadine Dexter, who is the health sciences library director,

said the iPods help students to learn on their own and to know how to find the most recent information. “We want to teach them that good up-to-date knowledge is what all good physicians need to make good point-of-care decisions,” she said. “We don’t want them to make a decision based on a 10-year-old text sitting on a shelf.” Some doctors on the UCF staff have also embraced the iPod. “It used to be that you would read every journal that came to your mailbox,” said Dr. Bethany Ballinger, director of clinical informatics and an emergency room doctor. “Now, there is no way. ... You are not looking at how much you can cram into your memory. You are looking selectively at what you need to learn

to stay up to date and to manage this patient.” Before making its decision to distribute the iPods, UCF surveyed more than 150 medical schools in United States and Canada, Dexter said. Of those, two dozen schools incorporate a hand-held device into the curriculum and most either used or suggested iPods. To ensure that UCF students use them correctly, the school incorporates the devices and software into its courses. Firstyear students learn the basics about the various software programs. As they progress, they use their iPods to research more complicated cases, Ballinger said. For example, as part of the program, students every few weeks visit patients with Ballinger at Florida Hospital East. If a patient complains of

chest pain, Ballinger can ask the students why specific drugs are being prescribed or could there be another diagnosis. “They can go on (the iPod) and look up information and find the answers here,” Ballinger said. “If they look it up themselves and work the answer out themselves they are much more likely to retain this as opposed to blah, blah, blah, learn these three causes of chest pains.” For second-year student Bryant Lambe, 22, the iPod touch helped him when he volunteered in Haiti where he served as a pharmacist for a neo-natal and pediatric intensive care unit. He would mix powder-form medication so it could be injected as liquid. “They had giant books that listed how to reconstitute the drugs,” he said. — MCT



Monday, October 25, 2010

Some Africans, no longer poor, hit by new diseases Middle class defies the image of poor, underfed Africa JOHANNESBURG: The medical experts gathered from around Africa were here to talk about a continentwide epidemic, but it was not AIDS or malaria. It was diabetes, and the bad habits that often bring it on. A growing urban middle class is defying the image of Africa as poor, underfed and undermedicated. And with the comforts of middle class life, afflictions familiar in the West are making inroads here, too — obesity, diabetes, lung cancer, strokes, heart disease. A continent that traditionally traveled on foot or by bicycle now increasingly rides cars and buses. More time is spent at desks. Elevators are replacing stairs. White-collar Africans are discovering the gym. “In the past, we used to exercise without knowing it,” South Africa’s health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, reminded the recent conference.”You would walk a long distance to school. You would walk a long distance to work. You would walk a long distance to the shops,” Motsoaledi, 52, recalled of his childhood. “But now I’m an African whose child is dropped at the gate of the school in a car, then picked up at the end of the day and put in front of the TV...” In West Africa, Cameroonians who once ate rice only as a holiday treat are loading their plates with it, crowding out the vegetables their parents ate. Down south, Malawians say fast foods are a status symbol. In Nairobi, Kenya, a sobering chat with his doctor got 27-year-old Robel Demissi to the gym. “My blood pressure had gone up, a bit more than last year, and my weight was eight kilograms (17 pounds) more. That’s a lot,” he says. Demissi, a pilot for a Kenyan airline, blames his weight gain on junk food and a workload that leaves little time for exercise. But lest he flunk his physical and lose his flying license, he has taken up a Thai

JOHANNESBURG: In this file photo, 66-year-old Orah Bessit tends to vegetables in a garden at her home —AP martial art and has lost six kilograms (15 pounds) in two months. “I never used to have the time to train,” he said, “but now I have two motivating factors to make the time: my job and my life.” All over the world, these lifestyle diseases tend to go hand in hand with urbanization and industrialization, and the results are felt in rising obesity rates and related illnesses. But they are all the more unwelcome in Africa, which already struggles with AIDS and malaria. “These countries are really faced with a double burden,” said Dr. Timothy Armstrong, an expert on chronic diseases with the UN World Health Organization. How, he wonders, is a doctor treating AIDS or malaria to find time to lecture patients about

watching their weight? Armstrong wants African governments to follow the West’s lead with tobacco taxes and pressure on the food industry to cut salt and sugar content. But awareness often is lacking. Fatima Macuacua, 31, owns a grocery store in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, and refuses to believe her favorite fast foods could be bad for her. “Cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diseases are not a big problem for Africans,” she insists. “Maybe for Europeans.” Besides, the middle class on the world’s poorest continent is still tiny, and for many, issues of food are much more basic than gluten and trans fatty acids. A sharp rise in bread prices triggered

riots in Maputo this year. But freemarket reforms have given Mozambique growth rates as high as 10 percent a year, meaning a boom for some, and gyms have sprouted in the capital. The rise of lifestyle diseases is too recent for solid statistics to exist. Kenyan health authorities say only this year did they start counting cases of obesity and fatal heart attacks and strokes. But at least the problem is getting attention. Kenyan cardiologist Elijah Ogola says his own observations convince him there is a problem, and he is especially worried about the patterns being set for children, who are less active than their parents were at their age. “Generally our lives are so crowded that if you

can afford to exercise you do not have the time to,” Ogola said in an interview. “You get into a matatu (bus), into the lift (elevator), and sit at your desk.” Dr. Jean Claude Mbanya, president of the International Diabetes Foundation, said urban planners could help, for example, by designing car-free zones where Africans can rediscover walking. Mbanya said that 15 years ago in his homeland, Cameroon, 5 percent of adults had conditions pointing to developing diabetes later in life and 1.2 percent already had the disease. Ten years later, he said, the figures were 9 percent and 7 percent. Mbanya’s foundation estimates 12 million sub-Saharan Africans have diabetes. It estimates the number will double by 2030 to become the world’s hardest-hit region. Researchers writing recently in the New England Journal of Medicine said chronic diseases such as diabetes account for 60 percent of all deaths worldwide, and 80 percent of those are in poorer countries, where younger people in their prime working years are most vulnerable. Mbanya, 52, recalled that as a child, he ate rice only on Christmas, and a trip into town meant walking, sometimes for days. Now, he said, rice is eaten every day. City dwellers no longer grow their vegetables, and they rarely exercise. Jimmy Sagawa, a chef for a hotel chain in Malawi, said people are starting to see eating out as trendy, dismissing traditional foods like nsima, or corn porridge. “Our women have forgotten the art of cooking that their mothers taught them,” Sagawa said. “They think taking the family to eat out is a symbol of the high life.” Or, as Johannesburg veterinarian Ida Mulenga puts it, “if you’re eating McDonald’s in your house, it means you’ve got money in your house.” South Africa, with the con-

JOHANNESBURG: In this file photo, 66-year-old Orah Bessit, foreground left, participates in a road race in Johannesburg. —AP tinent’s most developed economy, has stood out in addressing the threat of lifestyle diseases. An increase in cigarette taxes has been linked to a decline in smoking and smoking-related diseases since the 1990s. Smoking is banned in public places, a novelty in Africa, and legislation is being drafted to limit artery-clogging trans fats in food. Still, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa estimates a third of the men and more than half the women here are overweight or obese. From Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital, where the world’s first heart transplant was performed, comes research that shows South African deaths from diabetes were up 38 percent

Japanese joins the ranks of sequenced genomes

Experts warn dementia patients of growing fraud KUALA LUMPUR: A growing number of dementia patients in Asia are being swindled of their money and assets by relatives and friends, and legal experts on Saturday urged people at risk to protect their wealth when they are still able to. Early diagnosis of the disease, which is expected to afflict more people in fast-ageing Asia in coming decades, is especially important and those who know they are at risk need to draw up wills, enduring powers of attorney while they are still mentally sound, the legal experts told a regional Alzheimer’s disease conference in Kuala Lumpur. Dementia is a fatal brain-wasting disease which affects memory, thinking, behavior and ability to handle daily activities. Patients in Asia are forecast to reach 64.6 million by 2050, more than half the global estimate of 115 million that same year. Fraud targeting old, vulnerable people is a taboo topic in Asia, a region that puts emphasis on values such as filial piety and respect for the elderly, but crimes have become widespread. Hong Kong’s Guardianship Board tribunal, for example, handles about 300 new fraud cases against senior citizens a year. Of these, 10 percent involve assets and money that are valued over HK$500,000 (US$64,100). “If they don’t manage their property beforehand, there will be family conflict and children will compete to control finances of the elder person and some abuses will happen,” Guardianship Board chairman Charles Chiu told Reuters on the sidelines of the conference. “People around the demented person become abusive, like maids, distant relatives, they will come and misappropriate the money. Sometimes they are children, grandchildren, adopted children, they are very sad cases.” “But they are demented and they can’t complain. So we have to put them in a very safe system so they won’t have to face such a situation,” said Chiu. RICH AND DEMENTED An enduring power of attorney is the legal authorization to act on someone else’s behalf in a legal or business matter when the person is mentally incapable of managing his or her own affairs. Advanced directives are instructions to refuse life sustaining treatment when the person is terminally ill, in an irreversible coma or a persistent vegetative state. But unlike elderly people of the past, seniors now and in the future are likely to be wealthier and own far more assets. Some countries such as Singapore recognize the importance of laws to protect the elderly: it enacted the Mental Capacity Act in March 2010 and one provision allows a person to have a nominee to manage their assets when they are no longer of sound mind. “When a person loses mental capacity, he is easily manipulated ... when you take advantage of one who is vulnerable, society takes it really seriously,” Daniel Koh, Singapore’s public guardian, told the conference. “The advice is, don’t cut it too thin. If you wait till twilight, when a person is between mental capacity and incapacity, it will be up for (contest),” Koh said. — Reuters

between 1999 and 2006, and heart disease up 20 percent. Mulenga, the Johannesburg vet, is 35 and works out regularly at a gym. In 2008 she ran her first 10-kilometer (6 mile) road race. She says she got inspiration from a friend, Orah Bessit, a retired saleswoman who grows her own vegetables, walks and runs and is now a youthfullooking 66. Bessit recognizes that staying healthy requires sacrifices, so she has given up hamburgers and switched from white bread to whole-grain. “When I started eating whole-grain bread, it was like sawdust,” she said. “But I had to get used to it, for my health. Because if you eat healthy, you live long, without all of these diseases.” —AP

ROSTOCK: Young cheetahs inspect their new enclosure at the zoo in Rostock, Germany. Four cheetah babies were born at the zoo on July 23, 2010 and bottle-fed by their keeper. As from now, the animals are presented to the pub-

PARIS: A Japanese has joined the elite club of humans whose genetic code has been fully sequenced, according to research unveiled yesterday. The unnamed male gave a sample of DNA which has been unraveled to show all three billion base pairs, or “letters” in the double-helix code for life. Six other genomes are reported to have been fully sequenced since 2001. They comprise the genomes of James Watson, who codiscovered the structure of DNA; Craig Venter, a US biotech tycoon; a male of the Yorubaethnicity of western Africa; two Korean males; and a male of Han Chinese ethnicity. The study, published online in the specialist journal Nature Genetics, is headed by Tatsuhiko Tsunoda of the Centre for Genomic Medicine in Yokohama. An international research consortium has launched the so-called “Thousand Genomes Project” aimed at fully sequencing the genomes of 1,000 anonymous individuals and placing the data in the public domain. The project aims at shedding light on genetic variations that can explain inherited vulnerability to disease, tailor drugs to individual needs and help explain the odyssey of human migration. In email exchange with AFP, Tsunoda said he was cautious about making any early comparison between the Japanese and the other known genomes, as the seven sequencing projects used different methods to unravel the DNA and analyze it. “More samples-dozens-would be necessary, which is our future plan,” he said. Tsunoda said his team were working on new ways to spot patterns of multiple variations in the gene code. “In the future, we would be able to find (a) huge number of variations in individual genomes that should be related to many diseases,” he said. —AFP

Haiti fault capable of another big quake PARIS: The January 12 earthquake in Haiti failed to release all the tension in a notorious seismic fault, leaving its capital exposed to the risk of another seismic disaster, US scientists reported yesterday. The magnitude 7.0 event, which killed a quarter of a million Haitians, occurred to the west of the capital Port-au-Prince. The culprit was initially thought to be a well-known but poorly understood fault called the EnriquilloPlantain Garden Zone (EPGZ), where 7.0 quakes occurred in 1751 and 1770. The complex

270-kilometre (168-mile) -long fault runs along one of the narrow western prongs of the island of Hispaniola, which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic. A team of geologists led by Carole Prentice, of the US Geological Survey (USGS) at Menlo Park, California, say assumptions that the EPGZ was to blame may be wrong. They carried out satellite imaging, aerial photography and boots-on-the-ground investigation to look for surface evidence of earthquakes along the fault. They found plenty of evi-

dence of ground rupture, uplifted land and diverted streams that must have occurred in the 18th-century shakes-but nothing similar that could be pinned to the 2010 event. While not unprecedented in seismology, this is highly unusual, for the January quake was very big and ocurred close to the surface. Prentice’s team did some computer modeling to try to explain what could have happened. One suggestion is that the EPGZ did indeed slip, but at depth, while another is that the quake occurred on a “blind” sub-paral-

lel structure. Either way, the visual observations and the computer models all indicate that the January quake did not ease the nearly two and a half centuries of accumulated strain at the EPGZ’s surface. “The EPGZ remains a serious seismic hazard for Haiti, particularly for the Port-au-Prince area,” warns the study, which is published online by the journal Nature Geoscience. It raised special concern over a 110-km (65mile) stretch that runs from Lake Miragoane in the west to

Dumay in the east, tracking just south of the Haitan capital. “These sections of the fault remain capable of generating an earthquake of up to 7.0 magnitude and, in the case of the Momance and Dumay sections, which are closer to Port-auPrince, potentially causing stronger ground shaking in the urban area than the January 12 event.” On October 10, a separate team of geologists, also publishing in Nature Geoscience, found that the January gave only “limited” release to the EPGZ.

Calculating the pent-up strain since the 18th century, they said “an earthquake larger than the 2010 is certainly possible” if the fault ruptured adjacent to Port-au-Prince. Neither study gave any indication of when this feared earthquake could occur. Seismologists say they are gaining more and knowledge about how earthquakes happen and are better at predicting the magnitude of some kinds of quakes. But pinpointing, even roughly, when these events will happen remains elusive —AFP

Monday, October 25, 2010



Rescued turtles returned to Gulf waters GULF OF MEXICO: “Let’s go free some turtles, people!” With that cry, a flotilla of six boats motored slowly from the Louisiana state marine lab in Grand Isle, bound 50 miles due south with a precious cargo: 32 endangered sea turtles that had been plucked from the Gulf of Mexico’s oily waters this summer. Their successful release this week — the first rescued turtles returned to Gulf waters off Louisiana — signaled a milestone in the ecosystem’s recovery from the 205 million gallons of oil that spewed from a blown-out deepwater well, and a benchmark in the effort to rehabilitate the region’s wildlife. Six months since the worst offshore oil spill in US history began with the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, scientists working on the front lines say environmental healing has begun, but the process is going to take nature’s own time. This week’s sea turtle release was one example. The unprecedented rescue this summer of hundreds of rare turtles from foul water and the excavation of thousands of eggs from soiled beaches mobilized scientists and volunteers into a remarkable alliance. In Alabama, locals turned out with flashlights for nocturnal vigils, waiting for sea turtles to scuttle ashore to deposit eggs. Some 278 turtle nests were trucked in climate-controlled FedEx vans to the Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Atlantic coast, where the eggs hatched. So far, more than 14,000 hatchlings have been released in waters off Florida. In Louisiana, hundreds of young turtles found swimming in oil slicks were cared for at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, where people clamored to volunteer for the job of sitting quietly by each of the recovering creatures. The scope of the turtle rescue is believed to be the most extensive of its kind. It has not come cheaply. Audubon has spent more than $750,000 to house, feed and nurse

LOUISIANA: Dr Brian Stacy, NOAA Fisheries lead Sea Turtle pathologist for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, releases a green turtle into federal waters off of Louisiana. —MCT some 200 young turtles. One NOAA veterinarian estimated that the federal labor cost alone amounted to about $50,000 per turtle. No one here regrets the cost. The sight of the ancient species in open water for the first time in months was its own reward for the scientist and volunteers who gathered before dawn on a cool and humid morning for the turtles’ trek home. The microchip-implanted sea turtles — Kemp’s ridley, hawksbill, loggerhead and green — were restive during the two-hour ride Thursday to the sargassum beds that provide food and habitat. Transported in plastic tubs sitting on boat decks thrumming with engine vibration, many turtles pressed their wrinkled heads out air

holes. Scientists trained against anthropomorphizing nonetheless speculated that the animals were excited about being back on the sea. Biologists had scouted the release site, a 25-mile-long line of sargassum beds, known as a weed line. The golden-colored mats of vegetation are a magnet for birds, shrimp and jellyfish, but also snare the ocean’s ubiquitous plastic trash. Nearby, towering oil and gas production platforms sprouted from the azure water. The first turtle, a Kemp’s, pinwheeled its flippers as it was removed from a crate and lowered to the water. Its ID number — a barely legible 64 painted on its carapace with White-Out — disappeared beneath the surface. To the relief of scientists, the turtle swam away

vigorously. “That’s a happy turtle,” cried Michele Kelley, beaming. It had fallen to Audubon’s Kelley and her staff to look after more than 200 turtles, thrust upon them in numbers no one had imagined. “There was no book written telling us what to do,” Kelley said. “This had never happened in regards to sea turtles before.” Audubon bought up all the plastic livestock troughs to be had in New Orleans to construct makeshift housing for the turtles. “I don’t think there is a single horse or cattle person that will ever speak to Audubon again,” Kelley said. “We wiped out the supply.” The first order of business was to restore the turtles to health. Workers hid vitamins in the animals’ food and fed them a concoction

of mayonnaise and cod-liver oil to help bind oil they had ingested and help them pass it. By all accounts, the rehabilitated turtles thrived. Less than 1 percent of the 300 recovered turtles died, a survival rate that astounded experts. Audubon still has about 30 turtles deemed not ready for release. They will be returned to the Gulf in the spring. Of all the arresting images of wildlife trapped in the amber of slicks of crude oil and chemical dispersants — pelicans unable to raise their heads or wings, dolphins surfacing in lakes of oil — it was turtles whose plight was most heartbreaking. Already classified as either threatened or endangered, turtles were hammered from twin fronts: swimming through oil or dispersants when they were at sea, and faced with possible oil contamination of their eggs as they made their annual trek to nest on the Gulf beaches where they were born. More than 600 turtles were found dead onshore or languishing in water. According to Brian Stacy, the lead turtle pathologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, only 22 turtles he examined showed evidence of oil. Most, he said, appeared to have been caught in fish nets and drowned. What may have wiped out an unknown but significant part of the turtle population were efforts by BP to clean the oil slick by burning it. These “burn boxes” were roped-off swaths of hundreds of square miles of ocean where leaking oil was collected and then set afire, burning for hours at a time. Marine biologists began to recognize, to their horror, that miles of sargassum beds were burning, likely trapping turtles in the burn zones. “We can’t know how many we lost that way, but it could be significant,” Stacy said. The turtles released this week should do well, Stacy said. “It’s a beautiful sight,” he said, watching another freed turtle dive deep. “This is home sweet home for them.” — MCT



or the first time in Kuwait, Xcite by Alghanim Electronics is delighted to present exclusive performances by the world famous Cirque du Soleil and Moscow Circus. A long-time enthusiast of innovative entertainment, X-cite saw that introducing both renowned acts would be the ultimate tribute to its customers. Xcite had previously organized the biggest concert ever in Kuwait and that had two of the world’s most famous Arab music artists, Nancy Ajram and Fadel Shaker. When it comes to providing its customers with excellent entertainment, Xcite has proven that bigger really is better. Cirque du Soleil has given the world an entirely original form of live entertainment that combines acrobatic acts with thrilling performances in a dynamic ambiance of colors and sounds. Its international cast of lavish artists, musicians and stunning acrobats had made it one of the most spectacular performances in the world. Combined with Russian folk musicians, acrobats, and ornate costumes, the Moscow Circus will perform a mix of drama, cultural history, and awesome acrobatic acts that will even add more excitement to the event. Mr. Hilal Farhat, the Marketing Manager of X-cite, stated, “We wanted people in Kuwait to experience and enjoy yet another memorable event this year, and X-cite achieved that by introducing the most dazzling, acrobatic, colorful and exciting performances known to the world.” Mr. Farhat continued ‘X-cite by Alghanim Electronics has a long standing relationship with its customers where we provide the platform for technology to meet excitement. This event is one more step we have taken to bring excitement to our loyal customers!’ Tickets to Cirque du Soleil and the Moscow Circus are now available at all X-cite stores. Get your tickets on any purchase above KD 200 from X-cite .You can also upgrade your tickets to VIP if you purchase above KD600.The performances will take place in Kuwait Entertainment City-Doha on November 25th and 26th, 2010. For more details, you can visit any X-cite store.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Kuwait, 21 October 2010: This year’s Dar aIAthar al-Islamiyyah (DAI) Children’s Art Workshop programme, held at the al-Americani Cultural Centre, is designed to give students between the ages of 6 and 18 the opportunity to engage directly with a diverse range of original art objects from The al-Sabah Collection of art from the Islamic world; develop a greater understanding and enjoyment of art; cultivate a greater understanding of and appreciation for Islamic culture; formulate and articulate their own ideas and critical points of view; experiment with and manipulate art materials and processes in their own art making; and value the diverse range of ideas and points of view contributed by the multicultural nature of the workshop. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 will have two opportunities to participate - after school on Thursday and on Saturday mornings. Over the course of the programme the children will focus on nine different art media/forms including glass,

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-

woodwork, architecture, poetry, ceramics and music. A new project-based programme for secondary school students (13 - 18) is offered after school on Wednesday. Featuring three eight-week sessions, The Project, will help older children develop ideas and projects related to photography, poetry and calligraphy. At the end of the year, all participants will have the chance to present their work in a special exhibition. For the 1st time, primary schools are invited to send classes to the al-Americani Cultural Centre for special children’s sessions that introduce art from the Islamic world , with a hands-on project related to motifs commonly found in that art. Designed to be both educational and entertaining, the programme will enhance the participant’s understanding of art and culture in the Islamic world. For more information on the DAI Children’s Art Workshop programme, email:

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 (AlMurjan 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.


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

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 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.


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.


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.


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appy Birthday to our dearest little princess Andrea Shirely D’cruz who celebrated her first birthday. May God Bless her with many more wonderful years to come. Wishes come from Antony (daddy), Anila (Mummy), Ann (sister), Albert (papa), Charlotte (mumma), Sheeba(aunt), Johnson (uncle) and Binu (aunt).


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.

Expert guidance from professional English F.A./UEFA coaching team. Coaching courses for 3-14 years are held on Fridays 09-11 and Saturdays 3pm to 5pm. Advanced coaching for Centre of Excellence players aged 8 to 18 years also takes place on Fridays and Saturdays plus Mondays (8-12 years), Tuesdays (12-14 years) and Wednesdays (14-18 years) from 5pm to 7pm. Regular fixtures against Kuwait Club teams and tournaments in the Gulf, USA and Europe are also available for selected players. The Premier Goal Academy also offers coaching courses in Salwa, Hawally, Mangaf, Sharq (Girls Only) and Freestyle courses (13-18 years) at Shaab Park on Mondays. For further details of any of the P.G.A. Courses contact; Mike Finn, Director of Football Tel.99981327(English), Baker Al- Nazer, Director of Administration Tel.66918666 (Arabic) or Daniel Christensen 99128010 or email;

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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.

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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.


Nov 17 rend setter Udupi Restaurant, Kuwait proudly presents “ Gandharva Ganam” a live carnatic classical concert by living legend & maestro Padmabooshan Dr. K.J.Yesudas with his troupe on 17th Nov. 2010 at American International School, Kuwait. Sri. Nagai Murali on violin, Sri. Bakthavalsalam on Mridangam and Sri. Thripunithura Radhakrishnan on Ghatam. For more details, please contact 66752462 or 66784867.


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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Monday, October 25, 2010


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CBK open day at Aquapark he Commercial Bank of Kuwait held an open day recently for staff members and their families at the Aquapark, which included several activities and competitions. The event was supervised by marketing general manager Abdullatif AlShemmary.


Al-Shaya’a cosmetics pavilion.

Relax, unwind and rejuvenate every weekend at Safir Marina Hotel Kuwait xperience an outstanding weekend getaway at Safir Marina Hotel Kuwait, which offers an attractive and indulgent package to ensure guests will have an enjoyable visit. Now one can be contented with the package that includes a double room stay for two nights with complimentary breakfast in addition to free access to the hotel’s various facilities, gym, beach and pool area. Guests will be welcomed to a cocktail upon arrival and can avail a 35% discount on any SPA treatment and can check out late. The weekend package on offer is perfect for a family escape. With its magnificent seaside location and private beach, Safir Marina Hotel lies in the vibrant and up-market district of the city. It overlooks many unique features of Kuwait including Kuwait Towers; The Scientific Center and has direct access to the Marina Mall and Marina Crescent. A number of restaurants and playgrounds are also part of the Marina development making it an ideal family leisure. After an exhaustive week individuals are invited to spend a nice weekend with their family at the hotel. The hotel’s rooms are specially designed and have all the requisite facilities that one could utilize. They can also experience scrumptious meals and beverages available at the hotel’s two famous restaurants, the ‘Six Palms’ which serves the best Eastern and Western dishes, and ‘The Atlantis’ which


specializes in International and other Mediterranean dishes. Every Friday the Alantis Restaurant lays out a delectable lunch buffet and also caters to the requirements of children by offering kids their very own “Kids” buffet and making special provisions to have a frolic time with the Marina Kids Club program. Head towards Safir Marina Hotel Kuwait this weekend and benefit from all the enticing offers. All Safir properties are dedicated to focus on the individual guest experience, satisfaction and offer high standard of service quality. Safir Marina Hotel an award winning, leading five star property is owned by United Real Estate Company and managed by Safir International Hotel Management Company. Having a strategic and ideal location with direct access to The Marina Mall and Marina Crescent, it lies in the vibrant and up-market district of Kuwait. It offers a unique experience through its 91 guest rooms, state of art meeting room facilities, fully equipped health club amenities and 2 renowned restaurants. With its magnificent seaside location and private beach, this prestigious multi -facility complex offers luxurious and functional amenities to the business traveler and tourist alike. Safir Marina Hotel offers information and online reservation at

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Temporary tattoo shop.

Gulf University of Science and Technology hosts BSK Awards Evening T he annual Awards Ceremony of the Middle and Upper Department students at The British School of Kuwait took place amidst great pomp and circumstance at the magnificent auditorium at Gulf University of Science and technology (GUST) in Mishref under the patronage of Dr Fahad Al Zumai Vice President for Administrative and Financial Affairs as parents and staff celebrated the magnificent achievements of the school year 2009/10. Head Teacher, Andrew Moulden, welcomed everyone to what he described as a very special evening when the students in Year 6 to 10 had their own unique ceremony and presented the Head Teacher Awards to Farah Odeh (academic) and Amgad Louka (service). Guest Speaker was Dr Robert Cook, Vice President of Academic Affairs at GUST, who congratulated the students on their achievements and advised parents to encourage their children to select rounded university courses which prepare them for the modern workforce and not only to stay within the boundaries of the traditional career paths. Brigadier Iain Cholerton, Director of the British Military Mission, presented the certificates for the Special Awards which went to a wide range of subject areas including Mathematics( Yousef AbuSedu and Jamil Summaq), Zeyad Al-Tamimi, Aws Al Omari for Quran memorising and recitation; Ankita Handa, Ishita Handa, Fenna Hasche, Simon Jensen and Dario Geveleski for winning the British Council Global Citizen competition and 36 students who completed ABRSM music examinations, the highest entry from a school in Kuwait. The prestigious Subject Awards went to the top student in each subject in each year group, many of whom achieved near to 100% in their final examination. The Awards Evening was also a showcase for achievement in the arts with a delightful flute solo from Sinem Ergen and an emotive vocal solo from Janaki Butterworth of Castle on a Cloud from the forthcoming BAIA production of Les Miserables. A new strings group Avalon comprising Halyna Zhmur, Sumati Butterworth and Dana Moukhaiber on violin and Joseph Thevakumar on ‘cello was showcased as they performed Pachabel’s Canon in D. The ubiquitous Charles Fernandes winner of the Kuwait Chopin Competition accompanied all of the performers. BSK Principal, Paul Shropshire, proposed a vote of thanks to all the participants; he congratulated the students on their great success and proclaimed that the evening was a validation of the philosophy of The British School of Kuwait to provide the best of British education.

VOICE Kuwait Vanitha Vedi celebrates Onothsavam 2010 iswakarma Organization for Ideal Career and Education (VOICE KUWAIT) Vanitha Vedi celebrated its 1st Anniversary and “Onothsavam-2010”at Paravasi Auditorium Abbassiya. The function was inaugurated by Mr.N Haridasan (Managing Director, Mookambika Jewelry). This was followed by welcome address by Leelamma Lakshman (Gen. Convener). Vanitha vedi President Girija Vijayan made Presidential Speech, General Secretary Mini Krishna read the report for 20092010.Voice President Mr.P.G.Binu, Mr. A.G.Anandaraj((Gen Secretary),Patron Mr.P.C.Sukumaran,Vice President Mr.A.R Sathyan,N.Padmaraj, and Youth Wing President Mr.Baiju Vijayan made felicitation speech on the occation. Members of vanitha vedi and children presented veraity of entertainment which include mahabali ezhunnallathu,thiruvathira,vallam kali,thillana,kolkaly,onapayyu,film song etc. and there was different games like musical chair,chakkilottam,midayi perukkal etc Area based athapookkalam combitation was conducted on the occasion,and Abbassya Area Comate won the price.Arts Convener Saritha Rajan propoised vote of thanks.




Monday, October 25, 2010

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Flapjack 11:15 The Life And Times Of Juniper Lee 11:40 George Of The Jungle 12:05 Ed, Edd N Eddy 12:35 Chop Socky Chooks 13:00 Bakugan: New Vestroia 15:30 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 16:00 Best ED 16:25 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 16:50 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 17:05 The Powerpuff Girls 17:30 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 17:45 Ben 10: Alien Force 18:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 18:35 Robotboy 19:00 Camp Lazlo 19:25 Samurai Jack 19:50 Megas Xlr 20:15 Out Of Jimmy’s Head 20:40 Chowder 21:05 Cow And Chicken 21:30 Cramp Twins 21:55 George Of The Jungle 22:20 Adrenalini Brothers 22:45 Eliot Kid 23:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 23:35 Ben 10: Alien Force

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ACCOMMODATION Independent room available in a 2 B/R flat, for a single Pakistani executive in Khaitan, near National Bank. Rent KD 75 from 1st Nov. Call: 97982517. (C 2790) Farwaniya room for rent in a flat, with A/C, satellite, kitchen and other facilities for a couple or two working spinsters, buses convenient, super market, nearby contact: 97449272 / 66021273. (C 2791) Sharing accommodation for executive bachelor in C-A/C flat in Salmiya, Amman Street, with Mumbai Indian family. Contact: 99591311 / 65718627. (C 2792) C-A/C room available for executive bachelor (Hindu) with small Goan Hindu family on Amman Street, Salmiya. Contact: 99408202. (C 2793) 24-10-2010 Accommodation available only for Indian Muslim couple, room with toilet, in Hawally, Quteiba Street behind New Beirut hair cutting saloon. Contact: 55753797/65598169 after 5 pm. (C 2788) 23-10-2010 Sharing accommodation available for a decent bachelor, beside Hawally, Sultan Centre. Close to Road no.30. Please call 97804854 after 5 pm. (C 2784)

One room for rent at Farwaniya opp. Big Jamayya for working ladies or small family with small Indian family from 1st Nov. Contact: 97823565. (C 2781)

CHANGE OF NAME I, Rajendran, (Hindu) holder Indian Passport No. E5239852, son of Sami Pillai has converted to Islam with the name of Abdur Rasheed on May 4th, 2009. (C 2794) 25-10-2010

MATRIMONIAL 27 yrs Christian (Orthodox) B Tech boy, working in Kuwait seeking alliance from girls working in Kuwait. Please contact E-mail: (C 2795) Marthomite parents from Central Travancore invite suitable marriage proposals for their son 28/182 / wheatish B.E., M.B.A working in INFOSYS, India, from equally qualified working girls below 26 years Marthoma/C.S.I/Orthodox. Please contact with profile to the Email: (C 2796) 25-10-2010

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FOR SALE Toyota Corolla model 2009, green color, 1.8 engine, fog lamp, C.D, wooden interior, auto mirror, alloy rim, rear bumper, camera sensor, cash price KD 3850 (Negotiable). Installment possible without guaranter. Tel: 55291820. (C 2789) 24-10-2010 For immediate sale - gas cooker table top w/gas connections, kitchen shelf, cot/mattress, fridge, sofa cum bed near Salmiya Gar-

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Monday, October 25, 2010



Aries (March 21-April 19) Your best path to fame,

if that is what you seek, is through your social contacts. An unexpected invitation is a treat and you mind is busy pulling everything together so that you can accept this invitation. Some people would be thrilled to sit in on the making of a movie but you are particularly happy to be invited to direct the band or speak about your book or sing your new song. Good things are happening. Science, philosophy or religion are likely to seem as if they hold the ultimate answers at this time. True wisdom lies in discovering that there are no ultimate answers, only good questions. Ideological crusades can set your head spinning; distant journeys can stir your soul. Avoid legal entanglements at this time. Taurus (April 20-May 20) A garden or project in the

yard is something that will finally produce the results you want. You may be surprised by a visitor. You will reap the rewards of your hard work, even though it may only be the good feelings that come when you do your best. This is a rewarding day. Taking responsibility for your actions is the uppermost concern at this time. Make sure that you can follow through on something before you volunteer for work in an organization or charity. Give yourself time to think before you act. You may find yourself looking for a little romance this afternoon. You can appreciate feelings and movement and dance is one of the ways you enjoy getting rid of stress. Fast walking, dancing with a loved one or taking a dance class is a big plus.

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ACROSS 1. Top part of an apron. 4. A member of the Circassian people living east of the Black Sea. 10. A digital display that uses liquid crystal cells that change reflectivity in an applied electric field. 13. Fermented alcoholic beverage similar to but heavier than beer. 14. Waste matter carried away in sewers or drains. 15. A plant hormone promoting elongation of stems and roots. 16. An independent agency of the United States government responsible for collecting and coordinating intelligence and counterintelligence activities abroad in the national interest. 17. Tropical American tree grown in southern United States having a whitish pink-tinged fruit. 19. A family of North American Indian languages spoken widely in the midwest by Caddo peoples. 21. Toward the mouth or oral region. 22. A public promotion of some product or service. 23. A type of submachine gun that is designed and manufactured in Israel. 26. A white soft metallic element that tarnishes readily. 28. A river that rises in northern Colombia and flows generally eastward to the Orinoco in central Venezuela. 31. A state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico. 35. A city in northern India. 38. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 39. A rare silvery (usually trivalent) metallic element. 40. Pertaining to or near the sun. 41. Diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and characterized by polyuria. 42. Any of a number of fishes of the family Carangidae. 44. Of or relating to or characteristic of the Republic of Chad or its people or language. 46. A lyric poem with complex stanza forms. 47. The residue that remains when something is burned. 48. A logarithmic unit of sound intensity. 49. (Babylonian) God of storms and wind. 57. Of or relating to or derived from or containing boron. 60. King of Saudi Arabia since 1982 (born in 1922). 61. A federal agency established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing pollution and protecting the environment. 62. A genus of orb-weaving spiders including common garden spiders and barn spiders. 65. The cry made by sheep. 66. A light touch or stroke. 67. African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread. 68. A human limb. DOWN 1. An indehiscent fruit derived from a single ovary having one or many seeds within a fleshy wall or pericarp. 2. A Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy. 3. A small ball with a hole through the middle. 4. A genus of European owls. 5. A chain of more than 200 islands about 400 miles long in the western central Pacific Ocean. 6. A festival featuring African-American culture. 7. Thigh of a hog (usually smoked). 8. Any culture medium that uses agar as the gelling agent. 9. A toxic nonmetallic element related to sulfur and tellurium. 10. A person who has lied or who lies repeatedly. 11. A clique that seeks power usually through intrigue. 12. (Irish) Chief god of the Tuatha De Danann. 18. Of or relating to or near the coccyx. 20. Slow to learn or understand. 24. A heavy brittle metallic element of the platinum group. 25. A soft yellow malleable ductile (trivalent and univalent) metallic element. 27. God of death. 29. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey). 30. A fee charged for exchanging currencies. 32. Resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects. 33. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal. 34. Informal terms for a mother. 36. A unit of absorbed ionizing radiation equal to 100 ergs per gram of irradiated material. 37. (informal) Of the highest quality. 41. Tropical starchy tuberous root. 43. An informal term for a father. 45. Of or pertaining to a number system having 16 as its base. 50. Amino acid that is formed in the liver and converted into dopamine in the brain. 51. An Arabic speaking person who lives in Arabia or North Africa. 52. The United Nations agency concerned with civil aviation. 53. The content of cognition. 54. An amino acid that is found in the central nervous system. 55. A human female who does housework. 56. (Old Testament) In Judeo-Christian mythology. 58. A compartment in front of a motor vehicle where driver sits. 59. A self-funded retirement plan that allows you to contribute a limited yearly sum toward your retirement. 63. A soft gray ductile metallic element used in alloys. 64. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) A natural transformation of your values and the way you appreciate and love yourself and others is taking place. You may cease to waste time and money acquiring that which is worthless and may develop an eye for that which is lasting and worthwhile. There is much energy and drive for starting something or taking care of business; very physical too. Exercise or romance is in order. Fighting for friends and ideals, maybe even struggling with them, comes into the picture now. You have little patience for people who do not live up to their principles. This could be a challenging day. Pay attention to how you direct your energies—wasted or scattered energy can cause physical problems as well as an inability to focus.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) You will be pleased at the progress you have made today—just look! This is a rewarding day. Pay close attention to how you direct your energies just now. Slowly, but surely, the stress is letting up and with each day, you will feel less inclined to wish you could yell and stomp your feet. Stress has been rough, but it is getting better. Material things and the whole concept of value take on more importance for you at this time. Financial security and enjoying the finer things in life, appreciating and creating things others long to have: these experiences assume a high priority. Big ideas and grand visions may play a leading role in your life. Mysterious or mystical information fires your imagination. Keep an open mind—do not believe everything. Leo (July 23-August 22) Situations and people you thought you could rely on might not be so solid after all. Talk things over—find out what is really happening— you should be able to enhance your security. A feeling that things will work out right if left alone can be very misleading now—you have got to do your homework! Other people may make many demands on you, however, soon you will enjoy the reverse— others may be waiting on you. You discover new and different reasons or ways to enjoy and appreciate life. A kind of mini-revolution may find you altering your value system, allowing you to like new things. You may find a new approach to love and compassion. There are good breakthroughs regarding relationships now.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) There is plenty of good luck to go around today. Perhaps as you shop or work around the house—chores just seem to fall into place. Pushing off for a short trip or a vacation may be enjoyed today and tomorrow. If you are not traveling, this whole day gives you the opportunity to work on more leisure subjects. You may not take too many chances or risks for now. You are satisfied with the ordinary and usual. Being more involved with neighbors or siblings in some sort of group contribution provides a great deal of fun and satisfaction. There is plenty of sharing and friendship to go around today. Your relationships have the opportunity of becoming revitalized; if that is what is needed. You are positive in responding to a young person’s needs.

Libra (September 23-October 22) This last week of October is a perfect time to begin a vacation. This is the time of year in which you might think about a change in the type of vehicle you drive. If you are not vacationing yet, you will find this a very good day for family related events. You could be attending an October festival in or around your town and you may even be taking a part in the activities. You can demonstrate great sensitivity to the needs of others and you seem to know just what to do when another person needs a listening ear or help that will take them in a productive direction. You may find yourself looking for a space in time to satisfy the need to just hear your own voice. Perhaps you would enjoy singing to the dog or the cat or just chatting on the phone.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 21) Professional advice works in your best interest. Some hint of a guide to help you with your business or your large purchase will happen before the noon hour. This is a good time to make some changes and reach new levels of accomplishment. You can handle whatever is presented for your advice or attention. You may look back on this time as very transforming. This is a perfect time for new ideas and forward thinking. You may learn things now that alter your viewpoint. While such an experience can be unsettling, it may be ultimately beneficial. You may find it very easy to overdo or work at cross purposes to yourself just now. If you take information flowing to you now, one at a time, you can eliminate a lot of stress.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) You probably do not have to worry about your weight, but still—you might be interested in new trends and what people are doing to stay healthy. Stress is much easier to wade through if your body is up to the climb. Check out the large health food stores that have fresh food and watch what those healthy looking customers are ordering. Check out the heart healthy diet. This is a nice day that should just flow along. In particular, you will do well in activities that include children, young people and your home and surroundings. There is support all around you for whatever you want to involve yourself with today. You can demonstrate great understanding into the needs of others just now and are in a good position to be helpful.

Yesterdayʼs Solution

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) An important relationship, perhaps a young person or someone in your near environment, may come into focus today. There could be an emotional overtone to all of this that may require understanding and flexibility on your part. You have a lot of energy to pour into practical decisions today, but take care that you do not come across too strong—others may not be so willing to accommodate your needs. High-level differences of opinion or outlook represent an important area of change in your life at this time. This extends to fundamental religious or philosophical beliefs, which cry out for re-examination in the light of new information and influences. Fresh insight comes to you through mass media, giving you a new perspective.

Yesterdayʼs Solution

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) This is a day of good fortune when things open up in a very natural way for you. Situations are almost tailor-made and it is easy to see which path is the one to take. There are opportunities to be with people you have not seen in a while—perhaps a neighbor that moved out of town or a family member that was away on a trip. There are long conversations and visits with plenty of laughter and a renewed appreciation for just about everything. You may find yourself becoming intensely passionate in the way you come across to others. Some of your friends may have noticed that you have developed a more direct method of communication and you get to the very heart of things. In-depth discussions and probing conversations find you at your mental best.

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Pisces (February 19-March 20) You have plenty of faith, optimism and there is a yearning to explore all kinds of new horizons. Travel, education and other ways to stretch your horizons open new doors of opportunity. Religious, philosophical and cultural matters are likely to have special appeal for you; transmitting ideas on a broader scale brings gain. An outgoing and very expressive cycle of experience has begun for you. Now, more than ever, you want to be admired and appreciated by others, to do and create things that stir their hearts. This is child’s play; this is romance; this is taking a chance. Take time to enjoy where you are right now. Fun, personal pleasure and sensual delights are at your fingertips. Communications are encouraged.


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Monday, October 25, 2010

obert Pattinson and Kristen Stew art want to achieve a “Johnny Depp level of fame”. The couple are planning to take some time off after shooting the last film in the series, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’, to travel and friends say in the future they want to choose their work so they only act when they want to. A source said: “After ‘Twilight’ they are aiming for a Johnny Depp level of fame - to work when they want but to get peace and quiet when they don’t. “Right now, neither has accepted a role after ‘Twilight’ so they may even take a whole year off.” Robert and Kristen - who star as heartthrob vampire Edward Cullen and his love interest Bella Swann respectively


in the series - think it will “do them good to disappear for a while” and the time off will give them perspective on their careers. The source added to more! magazine: “They think it’ll do them good to disappear for a while as they’re both in danger of being overexposed. “Kristen knows Keira Knightley, who went on a Himalayan trek a few years ago to get some perspective on the madness of Hollywood. She’s convinced she and Rob should do the same. She wants them to just be a boy and a girl hanging out together.” The couple are also reportedly planning on holding a romantic ceremony to show their commitment to each other in the city of New Orleans over the summer.

Mel Bʼs kids wonʼt follow in her showbiz footsteps he 35-year-old star - who has 11-year-old Phoenix Chi from her relationship with Jimmy Gulzar, three-year-old Angel with actor Eddie Murphy and a six-year-old stepdaughter Giselle with her husband Stephen Belafonte thinks her children will more likely go into sports than showbusiness because of their outdoor lifestyle in Los Angeles. When asked about what they may go on to do when they are older, Mel exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “I don’t know, I mean we’ll see. My kids are young, I have a three year old, a beautiful six year old stepdaughter and my 11 year old son, we’ll see. It’s a bit early to guess right now. “They are more into sports. Living in Los Angeles it’s very much an outdoor lifestyle so sports kind of work.” The former Spice Girl also admits she is unlikely to move back to the UK on a permanent basis as she has settled her life on the US west coast. She said: “Well I’ve been in Los Angeles for seven years now and my kids are settled in school there. But I come back so much, it’s all good.”


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‘wolfs’ down her food T ir Elton J ohn says he is “too old” to change his music. The 63-year-old pop star is a huge fan of dance records and is always on the look-out for new artists but he would never record an electronic LP because it wouldn’t suit his style. Elton - who is famous for his piano-inspired sound - said: “I’m always listening to new music. I really love electronic and dance stuff, like Royksopp and Robyn. But I could never do stuff like that because I’m 63 and too old. If I ever tried I wouldn’t be true to myself.” Although he is a huge fan of modern music the flamboyant songwriter still enjoys listening to older artists and admits The Rolling Stones are one of his favorite rock bands of all-time. Elton - whose new LP ‘The Union is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Leon Russell explained: “The Rolling Stones album ‘Exile On Main St’ is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll records ever made. It was done live, so it’s very loose, a little rough around the edges and isn’t always in perfect time. But that’s the beauty of it, the qualities that make it special.”

Homely guy Bruce Willis ea Michele is reportedly upset she is being given fewer solos on ‘Glee’. The 24-year-old actress - who plays uptight singer Rachel Berry in the musical TV show - is angry the second series has focused less on her and more on other characters. A source said: “In the beginning, she was the biggest star. But some of the biggest episodes have taken attention away from her, like the Britney Spears show, which was all about Heather Morris (Brittany). “She thinks that because she has a Broadway background, this show was made for her.” Lea has allegedly been critical about some of the efforts of her co-stars - which include Amber Riley, Chris Colfer and Dianna Agron -leading to friction on set. The source added to Britain’s Star magazine: “It’s not easy being around Lea on set. She has put several people’s backs up and it’s showing no sign of improving.” Lea has previously admitted working on ‘Glee’ helped boost her self-confidence about her looks. She said: “‘Glee’ has made me feel beautiful. It has shown me that I am beautiful, that I can be beautiful no matter what I look like, what my weight is.”


ruce Willis is a stay-at-home guy. The Hollywood actor insists he prefers to spend a night at home with his model-and-actress wife Emma Heming rather than go out to A-list parties. Bruce - who has three daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, with his ex-wife Demi Moore said: “I like to have a drink now and then, but I don’t go out. I just kind of back away from society, as it exists in the States.” The 55-year-old actor who stars alongside Dame Helen Mirren and John Malkovich in new action movie ‘RED’ - also revealed he isn’t bothered about awards and wouldn’t mind if he never won an Oscar during his career. He added: “I never think about getting awards. I’ve gotten some but it’s not something that I ever think about. It doesn’t affect me one way or the other. If I get one, I’ll be very nice, very polite but I’m doing just fine. It’s a matter of commerce more than anything else. But I don’t really think about it unless someone asks me.”


Harding wants girls together

Lea Michele wants Elton John too old to change music S more Glee solos

he 45-year-old actress has realized she has got into a “terrible” habit of eating too quickly, and is now consciously trying to chew her food for longer. She said: “I realized I’d got into a terrible habit of wolfing my food hardly chewing at all. I really try to chew everything now and it’s made a massive difference to my digestion and I think it makes you eat less. “I’m also trying not to eat so late at night, which again helps your digestion.” The brunette beauty - who has an eight-year-old son Damian - puts

pressure on herself to maintain her trim figure, and has managed to lose 8lbs in the last few months. Elizabeth - who is married to Indian businessman Arun Nayar -added: “I put myself under pressure to remain slim because I still model my own bikinis and I’ve lost about 8lbs in the last few months. “The first thing most people ask me when they meet me is, ‘How do you stay slim?’ My organic snack bars are one of my secrets. They’re under 100 calories and help me resist crisps and chocolate.”

arah Harding says Girls Aloud will only make another album if all the members are on board. The blonde singer admits it’s been great for each member to have some time away from the band to focus on solo projects, but is adamant the dynamic wouldn’t be right if one girl wanted out. She said: “If we’re going to do it (get back together), we should all do it together - that’s what the fans would want. I don’t think it would be the same if one of us wasn’t there!” During Girls Aloud’s selfimposed hiatus Sarah has been focusing on her acting career with a role in ‘St. Trinian’s II: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold’, while Cheryl Cole has released a solo LP and been a judge on Simon Cowell’s pop star search show ‘The X Factor’. Nadine Coyle has just brought out a solo album, Nicola Roberts has her


own range of make-up and Kimberley Walsh has landed a TV presenting job. Sarah is keen to reform with her bandmates but thinks it will only happen when each member feels satisfied with their efforts away from the group. She added: “I think when everyone’s happy that they’ve done well with their solo projects, it will be great to reform.” Earlier this week, Cheryl was adamant Girls Aloud will get back together. The ‘Promise This’ singer said: “We have a three album deal with the record label we signed it before we took a break. I actually think this break is really important for us as people. We’ve been together since I was 19, I remember Nicola’s 17th birthday when we’d just got together. We’re all young women now and we were living and breathing each other. We needed this space to grow.”


Monday, October 25, 2010


Music & Movies

ou missed the music, you dreamt of the drama but on Saturday, November 6th at 20:00 KSA on America Plus the wait is over. The sophomore season of GLEE, the biting musical comedy that has quickly become a pop-culture phenomenon, returns for a new school year. Gleeks everywhere can rejoice, the McKinley High School misfits are back and there’s enough drama in store for New Directions to fill an entire season. New romances, new characters and old enemies became frenemies when they take on a new beast! Season two will pick up at the beginning of a new school year at McKinley High, where the members of New Directions are bigger losers than ever before following their disappointing third-place finish at Regional’s. When the school is faced with even more budget cuts, Mr Schuester pushes the kids to help recruit new members for the club, they desperately need more people if they are to beat those Vocal Adrenaline pseudo-professionals at Nationals this year in New York. Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) disagree on new recruits, including Sam Evans (newcomer Chord Overstreet) and Sunshine Corazon (international pop star Charice), and aren’t sure they will be able to come together in perfect harmony....Meanwhile, Sue meets her match when she goes head-to-head with Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones), the new head of the football team. This season of GLEE has got more killer competition, awesome guest stars including Pop Princess Britney Spears and promises to be bigger and better than the first season, if fans can even think that is possible! GLEE returns to America Plus screens Saturday, 6th November at 20:00 KSA exclusively on OSN.


Brand, Perry host gala reception at Indian palace

Williams returns to the spotlight with induction By Chris Talbott on Williams isn’t doing interviews now that he’s come out of retirement, but that’s no problem. His return has his fans in the business doing plenty of talking about the laid-back icon who has launched a tour and is being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame yesterday. Williams’ influence can still be heard on the radio today in singers like Joe Nichols and Josh Turner. And Keith Urban recently name-checked Williams, saying the voice of “The Gentle Giant” reached across the globe to him in Australia and drew him


to country music. “He’s the epitome of what we want to be,” said Rory Feek, of Joey and Rory, who have been opening up for Williams on his tour. “He walks out with a cup of coffee and sits on a barstool and sings songs and just visits with the audience. And we love that for 30 years he can just be himself and not have to change anything, and it endears people so much.” Williams announced his retirement in 2006 and completely disappeared from public life. The 71year-old’s induction brought the spotlight back to a man who had 17 No 1 hits, but wasn’t often on the shortlist when today’s fans tick off their

favorites. The genre turned in a different direction in the 1990s and early 2000s. First came honky-tonks, then rock riffs echoing off arena walls, shouldering aside his deep voice and gentle delivery. Randy Houser says Williams’ return comes with an important reminder. “He’s one of those people, when you listen to those old records, reminds you that you don’t have to scream at people to get your point across,” the singer said. “We went through this style of music in Nashville where it was the Jeffrey Steele school of songs, where it was, ‘Rah rah rah rah rah rah.’ It was a great thing for Nashville and we

had a good time doing it. But at the same time, let’s dial it back again and let it be more about the song and hearing somebody sing. I had to dial myself back and go remember what a melody is.” Williams grew up in Texas and spent the early part of his career in rock, country and folk groups. He started a solo career in 1971 and scored his first hit in 1974. His first No 1 was “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me” and 42 of his 46 singles landed in the top 10 from 1974 to 1991. He won the Country Music Association’s awards for best male vocalist and best single for “Tulsa

Time” in 1978. He’ll be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with the late Jimmy Dean. Williams, who still wears his trademark short-brimmed cowboy hat and beard, won fans with his rich voice and unique storytelling style. Among those admirers was the Feek family. Rory Feek’s father loved Williams and his songs hold a special meaning for the family. The chance to tour with Williams came with many emotions. “I grew up with songs like, ‘She Never Knew Me,’ — he just played them a 100 million times,” Feek said. “So anything having to do with Don is special.” —AP

ʻThe Social Networkʼ a true story, twins say ameron and Tyler Winklevoss-two of the central characters portrayed in “The Social Network”-say the film accurately portrays Facebook’s birth, the focus of a legal dispute in which they are involved. The 29-year-old identical twins, who are suing the Internet site on claims they came up with the idea for Facebook while students at Harvard University, said on Saturday they were pleased with the way they were portrayed in the Hollywood film. “It does a great job of capturing the factual events of the 18 months of the founding of Facebook. It is a true story,” Cameron said in an interview. Yet they never met with film writer Aaron Sorkin or Ben Mezrich, who wrote the book on which it was based. “We were basically bystanders. We were hoping for the best. And we were relieved when we saw the movie,” Cameron said. The movie intersperses scenes of depositions taken for lawsuits by the Winklevoss twins as well as Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s former best friend and network co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Those lawsuits resulted in undisclosed settlements. But the twins have taken up legal action again, saying they were given


In this Jan 30, 2010 file photo, Katy Perry and Russell Brand arrive at the annual Pre-GRAMMY Gala presented by The Recording Academy and Clive Davis at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly, Hills, Calif. — AP ritish comic Russell Brand and US pop star Katy Perry moved their India wedding extravaganza to Jaipur for a gala reception yesterday, a day after tying the knot amid tigers and tight security. Brand and Perry were married Saturday in what the couple described in a statement as a “very private and spiritual ceremony” attended by close family and friends. Privacy was maintained by heavy security at the venue-a luxury resort adjoining the Ranthambore tiger sanctuary in northern India-which was screened off to keep out the prying eyes and lenses of the paparazzi. The ceremony had a distinctly Indian flavor with Brand leading the marriage procession on a horse, flanked by dozens of elephants and camels. Perry’s wedding dress had an Indian theme and she had traditional Indian henna tattoos on her palms as part of the wedding preparations, media reports said. Indian snake charmers and folk musicians were employed to entertain the celebrity guests, who were said to include pop


princess Rihanna and talk show host Jonathan Ross. Sunday’s gala reception was being held at the Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel, the former home of the Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur which was converted into a five-star hotel in 1957. The party is expected to have an “East meets West” theme and feature performances by rap mogul P Diddy and Indian classical dancers. Brand, 35, reportedly proposed to Perry, 25, at the Rambagh Palace during a New Year holiday after a whirlwind romance. At an engagement ceremony Friday night, Perry wore a maroon sari while Brand wore a kurta pyjama and a turban as Bollywood tunes belted out, the Times of India reported. The same day, bodyguards clashed with photographers trailing Brand and guests in the Ranthambore wildlife park, punching two of the photographers and their driver. The British star’s minders grabbed the car keys and left the photographers stranded in the parkone of the most popular tiger reserves in India. —AFP

Actor Jesse Eisenberg, right, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin react on the green carpet upon their arrival for the opening screening of their film “The Social Network” at the opening of the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival in Tokyo Saturday, Oct 23, 2010. —AP

misinformation about Facebook’s value and that relevant documents were withheld. The 6’5” twins were in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday to prepare for a Sunday race in the Head of the Charles rowing festival along the Charles River, which divides Boston and Cambridge. Each year several hundred thousand spectators gather along the river, making it one of the world’s mostwatched competitions. The two men have made their mark rowing a two-man boat, finishing sixth place in the the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. That didn’t make them celebrities, but the release of “The Social Network,” did. It portrays Facebook boss Zuckerberg as a socially awkward computer genius whom the Winklevoss twins hire to complete construction of a social networking website. In the movie, Zuckerberg takes the job, but turns around and creates his own site, which he originally dubs “The Facebook.” Zuckerberg has said the film is inaccurate. The twins did not get Facebook accounts until 2008. They said they signed up after they were in the Olympics so they could stay in touch with friends they had met in Beijing. —Reuters

Richards says Jagger enraged him eith Richards says the Rolling Stones almost imploded because Mick Jagger thought he was “bigger than the Stones.” The pair’s stormy relationship is described in Richards’ memoir “Life,” published next week. Richards told the BBC yesterday that during the 1980s, Jagger took control of the band and would not relinquish it. He said Jagger’s behavior “started at first to annoy me and then slowly enraged me.” But he said the pair are still friends, half a century after they bonded over a love of American blues music. He said that “nobody has the perfect marriage” but they had healed the wounds of the past. The 66-year-old guitarist also said heroin and other drugs had helped him cope with fame. He said that “fame is probably a bigger killer than drugs in my game.”—AP


(From left) In this May 11, 2010 file photo, musicians Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones attend a special screening of their new documentary “Stones In Exile” at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. —AP

In this Feb 16, 2010 file photo, Celine Dion, left, poses with her husband Rene Angelil, pose as they arrive for the premiere of the film “Celine: Through the Eyes of the World” in Miami Beach, Fla. —AP

Celine Dion, Matt Damon welcome new babies inger Celine Dion and actor Matt Damon both welcomed new additions to their families, representatives for the two entertainers said Saturday. Grammy-winner Dion, 42, gave birth to twin boys Saturday by Caesarean section shortly after 11 am at a Florida hospital, while in New York, “Hereafter” star Damon welcomed a baby girl with his wife, Luciana, earlier last week, his spokeswoman told Reuters. Dion, the Canadian-born singer and husband Rene Angelil also have a 9-year-old son. “Celine, Rene and their son Rene-Charles are thrilled,” Dion’s representative told People magazine. The twins were born healthy but premature and will spend a few days in an incubator. The singer was “resting,” the magazine said. Dion, best known for hits such as “My Heart Will Go


On,” was hospitalized earlier this month on the recommendation of her doctors to prevent the early delivery of her babies. One of the top-earning singers in the world, she is due to return to Las Vegas in March 2011 for a three-year concert residency at Caesar’s Palace. Damon, 40, and Luciana, 35, added daughter Stella Zavala Damon to their family Wednesday. “Everyone is great,” his spokeswoman said. The couple have two other daughters togetherIsabella, 4, and Gia, 2 — and are raising Luciana’s daughter Alexa from a previous marriage. Damon won an Oscar for writing “Good Will Hunting” and was nominated for his acting in that 1997 movie, as well as in 2009’s “Invictus.” He is also the star of the “Bourne” franchise of action thrillers.— Reuters



Monday, October 25, 2010


The Wills Lifestyle

India Fashion Week

Models display creations by Indian designer Ritu Beri.

US designer at odds with over-stimulated Armani By Romain Raynaldy designer and architect Peter Marino relishes the visual stimulation of art all around him-and admits he is at odds with fashion guru Giorgio Armani on when enough is enough. The 61-year-old, who has a collection of bronzes currently on show in California, has for the last four decades been designing hotels, homes and luxury stores around the world. He is currently working on a hotel-spa in Beirut, new Louis Vuitton boutiques in Singapore and Shanghai and a new Christian Dior outlet in Hong Kong. But his real pleasure comes from being surrounded by art which he had collected over the years. “It’s a total visual stimulation. I have a literal endorphin release if I look at something beautiful,” he says, laughing. “My profession or life is just aesthetic exercises with my eyes. In my home, I have a collection of four De Koonings and older bronze sculptures very baroque that I put underneath.” De Kooning “is totally baroque. His lines never stop moving, your eye can’t really rest for one minute, just as they can’t in baroque sculpture.” His remarkable collection of bronzes, which began when he acquired “Hercule et Antee” by Italian sculptor Stefano Maderno, is now on show at the Huntingon Museum in San Marino, north of Los Angeles. “Bronze is a very heavy, solid metal, it lasts thousands of years, the idea that you can artistically cast something that has so much movement, so much expression,” he says.


Models display creations of Indian designer Samant Chauhan during The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week- Spring Summer 2011 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi yesterday.

“For me it’s like the ultimate combination of unbelievably high technical engineering skills, with art. And that’s also, I think, what architecture is,” he adds. Born in New York’s Queens district, Marino counted Yves Saint-Laurent and Andy Warhol among his first customers. He re-vamped the latter’s famous Factory, and it was through Warhol that he first began to collect art. Over the years he has worked with some of the biggest names in the art and designer world-including Armani, whose home he was working on in 1988 when the pair realized they had a fundamental difference. “When the home was finished-I understood because he is a minimalist- he put no art in it. It’s the only house I’ve ever worked on in my entire career with not a single painting, nor a single sculpture,” he said. “And he said to me ‘Peter, my eyes are so tired at the end of the day that I want to go home and just want to be in a cell and I don’t want to see nothing.’” “I said to Giorgio: “I could never do that”. A house like that, it doesn’t make me feel rested and good. I need constant stimulation, I love constant stimulation. “If you were in my office, you would see that every room is full of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glasswork, everything. But it doesn’t make me exhausted, it stimulates me, it gives me life.” Marino’s collection of bronze statues, many of which have not been seen in public before, are on display at the Huntingdon Museum in San Marino until January 24, 2011. — AFP

Monday, October 25, 2010



Fashion Forget the control tops ...

These clothes will make you look thinner By Anne Bratskeir

Models display creations of Indian designer Kavita Bhartia during The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week - Spring Summer 2011 at Pragati Maidan.

K, women, admit it. There are very few of us who have not wrestled with a pair of control top pantyhose in the name of creating a leaner silhouette. The good news is that some designers feel our pain and have introduced a category of clothing-not undergarments-that does the trick. Companies known for their figure-control undies have branched out into clothes meant to be seen. Spanx has swimwear and a great basic black dress with an inner panel that controls tummy, thighs and rear. Yummie Tummie has lots of tummy-trimming tanks and camisoles, including a lovely tiered chiffon tank you’d never guess is a control garment. But recently, there have been some new entries in the market. Here are three that look promising.


Fila’s body toning Fila’s new Body Toning apparel, which hit stores Friday, not only sculpts, it supposedly makes your muscles work harder by way of multilayered panels. Freya Tamayo, Fila USA’s director of apparel design, says the garments combine the principles of shapewear and medical compression wear. Kiya Knight, a fitness instructor who has tried the Fila pants, says they made her feel like “I could jump higher, run faster, and stretch deeper.” As for the body beautif ying aspect? Knight likens the garments to a Wonder Bra-Spanx combo that

Fila’s new Body Toning apparel supposedly makes your muscles work harder by way of multilayered panels. —MCT

A model displays a creation by designers Gaurav and Ritika during the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct 23, 2010. —AP

conceals “every lump, bump and imperfection.” Road test “Pants for every woman who has ever stopped to look at her butt in a mirror” is the line’s slogan, and truth told, well, they do create the illusion of a beautiful booty. The line runs from $35 for shorts to $75 for long pants at sporting-goods stores; and Skinny jeans Hello! Skinny Jeans, by designer Catherine Hart, claim to make you look thinner. Classic denim with a high-power “memory” stretch (to prevent that annoying bagging at the end of the day), plus a series of features such as stitched pocket linings to help suck in the gut, clever slenderizing optical illusions-inseams drawn forward, strategically placed fading and pocket placements-all aid the slenderizing cause. These babies are pricey, but, if you believe testimonials, well worth it. “OMG,” one fan wrote to the company’s website. “I just got my first pair and if there were a Nobel Prize for jeans ... these would win.” Need we say more? Road test Smart-looking, and the denim is turbo stretch. Not even a whiff of the mom-jean stigma, yet suck you in like nobody’s businesswait till you see your legs! Prices go from $145 to $190 at

Models display creations of Indian designers Alpana and Neeraj during The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week- Spring Summer 2011 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi yesterday. The fashion week will end on October 27. —AFP

Lisse About nine months ago, the legging brand Lisse was born. Beth Gold-Cohen, 56, of Roslyn, NY, a former buyer for Macy’s, designed them to camouflage her weight gain after battling breast cancer. In her search for something that flattered, she slashed off the upper portion of a pair of control-top pantyhose and sewed it onto a pair of leggings. “It was a perfect fit and looked smooth,” she says (hence the name Lisse, which means “smooth” in French). The product is made of four-way stretch fabric and comes in eight styles and four colors. Road test Lisse turns you into a lean machine, and the tight-ankle legging and right-on-trend cargos are both great with boots. Prices range from $52 for capri pants to $68 for velvet at some boutiques; and —MCT

Snoring Ecuadorean wins Spanish siesta contest By Ciaran Giles 62-year-old Ecuadorean man managed to ignore the uproar of a teeming Madrid shopping center and snore loudly enough to win what was billed as Spain’s first siesta championship. Organizers on Saturday proclaimed unemployed security worker Pedro Soria Lopez the champion for sleeping 17 minutes. They said he not only slept soundly but his snoring on Tuesday also registered 70 decibelsroughly the equivalent of the noise of someone talking loudly. That earned him extra points and enough to defeat the runner-up who had slept for 18 minutes. “Oh I am so happy to be the first champion,” said a laughing Quito-born Soria Lopez, who sported a handsome paunch and a drop-bar black mustache. He said he was a regular siesta taker, and it looked as if was telling the truth. “My wife made me do this, but then they couldn’t wake me up. Naturally, the lunch I had before with the $10 they had given me helped,” he said before collecting the $1,400 winning check. The somewhat tongue-in-cheek 9-day contest that ended Saturday was organized by the recently formed National Association of Friends of the Siesta and was sponsored by a shopping mall in Madrid’s working class Carabanchel district. Its aim? To promote a revival of this timeless custom so identified with Spain but which some believe is in danger of vanishing because of the pressures of modern times. “People are so stressed out they can’t take siestas any more,” said spokesman Andres Lemes.


Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete of Mexico poses during a photo call in front of the Mexico Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo site yesterday in Shanghai. —AP

’ Ask people who get paid to take you there By John Bordsen et’s face it: Eerie apparitions don’t make house calls. If you’re looking for ghastly encounters this Halloween season, you’re the one who has to seek them out. We’ve gotten ahold of people who operate “ghost tours” in towns around the Southeast-and asked each to name the top haunt in that area.


* Asheville, NC

People sleep a siesta on couches during the first Siesta Championship in Madrid in this Oct 14, 2010 file photo. —AP “Studies show it’s a healthy practice that recharges your batteries.” Each of the 360 sleepers that took part in the contest got just one shot. There also were individual prizes for snoring, odd sleeping positions and wearing striking pajamas. Contestants in groups of five were given 20 minutes to lie down on garish blue couches and timed by a doctor with a pulse-measuring device to determine how long they spent snoozing. A judge perched on an umpire’s seat awarded points for position, snoring ability and apparel. “It’s not a scientific study, obviously,” said Peruvian Dr Lila Chuecas, who monitored the contestants. “The idea is to encourage people to practice a healthy habit.” She said that less than 30 percent of contestants managed to nod off, given the surrounding noise of giggling youths and parents screaming at their kids. Loud, thumping pop music pounded continuously from the numerous stores all around. The sofas were lined up in parallel numbered lanes like those of a track meet, and eight rounds were held per day. On Saturday, one young girl showed up in pink, heart-striped pajamas and snuggled up to a brown furry bunny. An older man wore a Santa hat and had a cushion stuffed under his T-shirt. Two Americans studying in Madrid read about the contest on the Internet and won 2nd and 3rd place in their individual round. “I think I fell asleep, but someone kept kicking my couch,” said Asya Kislyuk, 21, of Indianapolis. “We will now go forth to be the ambassadors for the siesta,” she joked. Walter Foxworth, 23, from Dallas, said: “This is a great idea, but it’s tragic if globalization and a busier world lead to the end of the siesta.” Organizers said they plan a bigger championship next year and may even take it abroad. —AP

Ken Traylor, president of Ghost & Haunt Tour of Asheville: “Probably the most famous story is about Helen at the bridge-an actual bridge on Beaucatcher Mountain-near the center of downtown Asheville, behind the county courthouse and city hall building. “The legend is famous in the area; there have been sightings reported over the years. The story is that a woman with that name hung herself from the bridge back in the 1930s. She was distraught because her 5-year-old daughter burned to death that evening.”

* Beaufort, NC Kate Lambert, owner of Beaufort Ghost Walk: “The Old Burying Ground, the 300-year-old cemetery in downtown Beaufort. There have been repeated sightings of a young girl in a white dress-one of the most common apparitions seen by local people. She went to England with her father, a ship captain, in the late 1700s; before they departed, he promised his wife he would bring the girl back. She died on the return trip and he had to put her body in a rum keg for shipment home. The alcohol preserved it. She was buried inside the keg: The mother didn’t want to see the body after being at sea in rum for several months. “There are various toys atop her gravesite. Kids and visitors place them there.”

* Chapel Hill, NC Ernest Dollar, director of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society: “One of the top places is where I’m sitting right now-the Horace Williams House, where the society is headquartered. Williams was a cantankerous philosophy professor who died here in 1940 and willed it to the university. Starting in the 1950s, the house was rented out to various people... and in their memoirs they note how they’d see the apparition of an older man, and hear fireplace tools rattling at night. “The house was built in 1854. “My first November here, there were two different ghost-hunting groups that collected information about the house through voice recording and “orb” pictures-classic haunting signs. The next year, other groups were here and they heard people whispering close to their microphone, and a little girl singing. There are strange things that go on here.”

* Charlotte, NC Dan Riedel and his wife, Bridgette, own Carolina History & Haunts: “Uptown, I’d say Ri-Ra’s, on North Tryon Street. The manager of

this bar and restaurant has a ring binder full of information that paranormal groups assembled when they came there to investigate, and there have been incidents on the main floor, the upstairs and in the basement. “People have felt like others are standing next to them, or sensed the presence of a little girl upstairs. After a couple years, the letters A, B and C started appearing on one upstairs wall. Is it a child writing?” “One paranormal’s notes indicate the building, erected around the year 1900, may be on the site of some graves from an earlier time.”

outmoded and closed. “A flagpole used to be atop the building’s dome, and its flag had to be raised and lowered each day. The men who used to raise and lower the flags would write on the dome’s rafters. They’d chronicle events-and their falls: It could get slippery on a rainy night. Most were careful, but one new guy fell and died. “The current owner says not a week goes by when someone calls the police on a rainy night - and the police call the owner - about seeing someone atop the dome. But no one is there. “It is said the spirit of the man who fell is still up there - looking down, casting his gaze across Aiken.”

* Greensboro, NC Dan Riedel and his wife, Bridgette, own Carolina History & Haunts: “The Biltmore Hotel, downtown on Washington Street. People over the years have had issues with two separate entities. One haunts female guests; the other is more interesting. “The Biltmore was once a luxury hotel, but it went downhill after the stock market crashed in 1929. Rooms were rented by the night to ladies of the night. “People have seen the ghost of one lady of the night so much that they started doing things for her in the hope she wouldn’t haunt guests. They put a purse for her in her room. Staffers say ‘Good night’ to her when they leave that room. They recently had her room off the market, renovated it, and painted it pink-it’s the only room in the hotel that’s pink. “Whenever they do something for her, she normally doesn’t show up for a while.”

* Beaufort, SC

Neilye Menning waits for the next tour group to stop by during the Exchange Club’s annual Ghost Tours in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina.—MCT photos Mother Vineyard Road-indicating the presence of paranormal activity-and the orbs are almost the size of full moons. ... It’s that intense.”

* Raleigh, NC Brad Kennedy, owner of Tobacco Road Tours: “Mordecai Home, or the Mordecai Historic Park. The show ‘Ghost Hunters’ and others have investigated the site for paranormal effects-and the results came up positive. “Built in 1785, this is the oldest

Katie Grindle, chairman of the Exchange Club’s annual Ghost Tours: “The Castle is a historical house, built in the 1700s, that has the oldest documented ghost in the United States. It is of a French dwarf named Guenache, reportedly a court jester who came with French Huguenots

home on its original foundation in Raleigh. “A female ghost is said to live there, and people believe it to be Margaret Mordecai. She appears in various orbs or mist to visitors and to people who work there. Some have heard her singing, or playing the harpsichord in the parlor. The family lived there for four generations.”

* Wilmington, NC John Hirchak and his wife, Kim, own Ghost Walks of Old Wilmington:

* New Bern, NC Joe O’Callahan and his wife, Joyce, operate Ghosts of New Bern: “The Harvey Mansion, built in 1797, has the richest history in terms of sightings. It has been a hotel and restaurant for a number of years, and the theory goes that its ghosts are more active and more likely to manifest themselves because the building has been physically transformed so many times. “I’ve heard reports of sightings from guests and employees. I even had a professor from NC State tell me a story about seeing the spirit of an older woman who haunts the second and third floors. She wore an 18thcentury costume. “He was dining in the restaurant there, looked up, saw her slide by his table, stare at his colleagues, then move out through another doorway.”

A composite image of multiple 30 second exposures of the Modecai House illuminated with LED lights. “The most actively haunted place is probably Gallows Hill, where people were hanged from the late 1700s through the late 1800s. Hangings were a public spectacle back then, so they were held in big, open areas for their ‘entertainment’ value. This hill was on the upper bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River, on Market at Fifth Street. As Wilmington grew, the gallows was moved up to Eighth Street. “We’ve had people get physically ill there from strange odors that persist-odors, it is said, from the last requests of those about to be executed: tobacco, fresh bread; the scent of candied yams, which were a delicacy back them. “People hanged there were often from ships; they were hanged for crimes committed on board. A ship would move on; nobody would come to claim the body. The spirit remains.”

* Outer Banks Peggy Schmidt, an owner of Ghost Tours of OBX: “Mother Vineyard Road, in Manteo. I’ve experienced a temperature change there, almost like going into another world. There are numerous stories from the area, of Civil War soldiers parading and the presence of a ghostly sea captain. It’s also where hoo-doos have been spotted-they’re 3-foot-tall creatures that wear black hoods. The houses along the road are beautiful. In one of them, a hoo-doo ran across the room and disappeared into the fireplace. “There’s tremendous orb activity on

* Aiken, SC

The Circular Church graveyard, on Meeting Street near Cumberland, sits in the middle of the historic district. It’s the oldest one in the city (1681) and has a lot of old gravestones.

Kent Cubbage, owner of Aiken Ghost Tours: “The old post office, one of the cornerstones of downtown Aiken. It was built in 1910-1912 and is beautifully designed in the style of Monticello. In 1973, it was deemed

when they explored the New World in the 1500s. They landed in presentday Port Royal. Guenache stayed behind. There are various accounts of his death: One says he starved to death when exiled to an island nearby-an island near The Castle. “He’s a friend to children and appears to them, especially when they are sick. He awakens their parents with a disturbance.”

* Charleston, SC Kevin Kelly, operations director of Ghosts of the South: “The Circular Church graveyard, on Meeting Street near Cumberland, in the middle of the historic district. It’s the oldest one in the city —1681 —and has a lot of old gravestones. “Many have seen what they believe to be apparitions of people buried there... people who were not buried under nice circumstances. Remember that life and death were hard for many early residents: There was the Revolution, the Civil War, bouts of plague and yellow fever. And how people died usually indicates whether they have a ghost presence at the gravesite.” —MCT

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