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KIA blasted for incompetence By Hussain Al-Qatari KUWAIT: An investigation is underway into the emergency landing of a Kuwait Airways (KAC) aircraft on Thursday evening, and a final report Continued on Page 14

Saudi Supreme Court refuses to ratify verdict

Myanmar frees democracy icon World leaders hail Suu Kyi’s release COLOMBO: Sri Lankan housemaid V R Lechchami, 38, lies on her hospital bed in the northwestern town of Kurunegala yesterday. (Inset) An X-ray image shows some of the 14 steel nails driven into the hands of the maid. — AFP

Sponsor ‘hammers’ 14 nails into maid’s body Sri Lankan alleges nail torture in Kuwait COLOMBO: A Sri L ankan housemaid has accused her Kuwaiti employer of hammering 14 nails into her body, in the second such incident in the past few months, a local doctor said yesterday. The woman, identified only as Lechchami, 38, underwent

surgery to have the nails removed after returning home to Sri Lanka, the director of the hospital in the northwestern town of Kurunegala said. “We have removed nine out of the 14 wire nails that showed up in X-rays,” hospital director Soma Rajamanthri said.

The doctor said the woman had told surgeons that her Kuwaiti employers drove the nails into her hands and left leg — some as long as 3.5 centimeters — when she asked for her salary af ter working for six months. Continued on Page 14

Saudi King Abdullah suffers herniated disc RIYADH: Elderly Saudi King Abdullah is suffering from a herniated disc, the royal court announced on Friday, four days after he failed to preside over the weekly cabinet meeting. “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques ... is suffering from back problems which doctors diagnosed as a herniated disc,” said a brief statement carried by the official SPA news agency. “Doctors have advised him to rest as part of his therapy,” it said, adding that the announce-

ment followed the monarch’s “principle of transparency.” The 86-year-old king has curtailed his activities since June with no clear explanation, although diplomats have said they understood he was fatigued. On Monday his half brother, second deputy prime minister and interior minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, chaired the cabinet meeting with no explanation why the king was absent. Continued on Page 14

Airport scanners ‘unsafe’

YANGON: Myanmar democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi gained her freedom yesterday for the first time in 7 1/2 years, as jubilant supporters stormed the lakeside compound that was her home and prison minutes after the country’s military rulers authorized her release. After the national police chief read Suu Kyi the official order, several thousand supporters at her residence began singing the national anthem when the Nobel Peace Prize laureate poked her head over the gate. A smiling Suu Kyi, wearing a traditional jacket and a flower in her hair, spent almost 10 minutes asking the cheering crowd to quiet down before speaking briefly. She asked listeners to spread her words to those standing in the back who couldn’t hear. “If we work in unity, we will achieve our goal. We have a lot of things to do,” Suu Kyi told well-wishers, who quickly swelled to as many as 5,000. She said she would see them again today at the headquarters of her political party. While her release elated many, from ordinary Myanmar

YANGON: Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi waves to supporters after her release in Yangon yesterday. — AFP

citizens to world leaders, some warned her struggle was far from over. Londonbased rights group Amnesty International estimates more than 2,200 political prisoners remain jailed by the junta. “While Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release is certainly welcome, it only marks the end of an unfair sentence that was illegally extended, and is by no means a concession on the part of the authorities,” said Amnesty’s Secretary-General Salil Shetty. “The fact remains that authorities should never have arrested her or the many other prisoners of conscience in Burma in the first place, locking them out of the political process.” The release of one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners came a week after an election that was swept by the military’s proxy political party and decried by Western nations as a sham designed to perpetuate authoritarian control. The 65-year-old, whose latest period of detention started in May 2003, has come to symbolize the struggle for Continued on Page 14

Kuwaiti ship seized? Official denies Indian reports KUWAIT: Kuwait has officially and emphatically denied Indian press reports that a Kuwaiti ship had been seized by the Indian authorities for its crew promoted books calling for Islam. An official source of the Foreign Ministry said in a statement released yesterday, “Reacting to reports published by the Indian press that the

authorities in India seized a Kuwaiti ship at a port in Mumbai for distribution of booklets promoting Islam, the Ministry immediately contacted the relevant authorities through the embassy in New Delhi and the Consulate in Mumbai, where they affirmed that the sea vessel was not Kuwaiti and boarded no Kuwaiti crew.” The Kuwaiti Embassy

in New Delhi reacted to the Indian newspaper that published the report, affirming that it was unfounded. Moreover, the diplomatic mission asked the concerned newspaper to be keen on accuracy while publishing such reports and demanded that a reply be published in the same page where the false report was included. — KUNA

Scientists raise alarm; Sexual organs exposed to X-rays

BALTIMORE: An unidentified woman in her bare feet stepping into a full body scanner employing Millimeter Wave technology at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. — AFP

WASHINGTON: Some US scientists have warned that the full-body, graphic-image Xray scanners now being used to screen passengers and airline crews at airports around the country may be unsafe. “They say the risk is minimal, but statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays,” Dr Michael Love, who runs an X-ray lab at the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry at Johns Hopkins University school of medicine, said. “No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know X-rays are hazardous but we have a situation at the airports where people are so eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner,” he said. The possible health dangers posed by the scanners add to passengers’ and airline crews’ concerns about the devices, which have been dubbed “naked” scanners because of the graphic image they give of a person’s body, genitalia and all. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began rolling out fullbody scanners at US airports in 2007, but stepped up deployment of the devices this year when stimulus funding made it possible to buy another 450 of the advanced imaging technology scanners. Continued on Page 14

KUWAIT: Photo shows a trader at the sheep market. As Eid Al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice approaches, Muslims flock the market to buy sheep. — Photo by Joseph Shagra (See Page 2)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has refused to ratify the death sentence of a Lebanese psychic convicted of practicing witchcraft in a case that has outraged international human rights groups. A three-judge panel said in its r uling Thursday that there was not enough evidence that Ali Sibat’s actions harmed others. The judges ordered the case to be retried in a Medina cour t and recommadina that the sentence be commuted and that Sibat be deported. The charges in Sibat’s case seem to center on a call-in talk show he hosted on a Lebanese satellite TV station where he would tell fortunes and give advice. His supporters point out that the show was aired from Lebanon, not Saudi Arabia. He was ar rested in May 2008 by the Saudi religious police during a pilgrimage to the holy city of Madina and sentenced to death in November 2009. In Lebanon, Sibat’s wife, Samira R ahmoon, welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision but said she won’t rest until Sibat is back home with her and their five children. “Of course I was ver y happy. A house without a man is worth nothing; we are borrowing money every month just to get bread to eat,” she said. “But I am still scared. Unless I see him at Beirut airport with my own eyes I will always be scared for him.” The Saudi justice system, which is based on Islamic law, does not clearly define the charge of witchcraft. Sibat is one of scores of people reported arrested every year in the kingdom for practicing sorcery, witchcraft, black magic and fortunetelling. The deeply religious authorities in Saudi Arabia consider these practices polytheism. According to Amnesty International, the last known execution on a witchcraf t conviction was the 2007 beheading of an Egyptian phar macist, Mustafa Ibrahim, who was found guilty of casting spells in an attempt to separate a married couple. The charges are often vague - covering anything from fortunetelling to astrology to making charms and talismans believed to bring love, health or pregnancy. Saudi judges cite Quranic verses forbidding witchcraft, but such practices remain popular as a folk tradition. In Januar y, an appeals cour t in Mecca agreed to review Sibat’s death sentence, but in March another set of judges in Madina upheld the sentence, saying he practiced sorcery publicly on a TV show and that made him an infidel. Sibat’s Lebanese lawyer, May Al-Khansa, said she believed the Saudi Supreme Court’s decision meant he will soon be released. “There is no reason for a retrial; either he’s guilty and they have evidence, or they don’t,” she said. “The fact that the court rejected the death sentence means that he’s innocent and the next step is closing the case and deporting him to Lebanon.” Amnesty International says a Sudanese man, Abdul-Hamid Al-Fakki, has also been convicted of sorcery and is still believed to be at risk of execution. — AP



Sunday, November 14, 2010

'Prices of sheep have not fluctuated much' With Eid approaching, sheep market turns busy By Nawara Fattahova KUWAIT: Eid Al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice is soon approaching. Many Muslims buy sheep, sacrifice it and divide the meat among the poor and relatives. While some have already begun buying sheep, and some prefer to wait till the end of Eid or Waqfa day, when the faithful gather on Arafat Mountain. According to some salesmen at the sheep market, where sacrificial sheep are sold and bought, no price rises are expected until Eid day. Varied opinions exist on sheep prices. Some believe it is higher than the previous year, while others swear by this year's cheaper prices. While most residents who were quizzed felt that prices have not fluctuated much.

KUWAIT: A general view of the sheep market.

Sulaibiya market drops fees for local suppliers KUWAIT: Local fruit and vegetable suppliers will no longer be required to pay fees to deliver their produce to the newlyopened Fardha Market in Sulaibiya. The move was announced after the Public Authority of Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) issued a directive instructing that the fees intro-

duced by the firm which operates the market should be cancelled. "The PAAAFR asked the operating company to cancel the unloading fees for local produce," explained the authority's deputy manager, Faisal AlSadiqi, adding that the move was introduced to support Kuwaiti farmers, as well as

ensuring that produce reaches the market "safe and fresh without suppliers being subjected to commercial fraud." Local farmers have welcomed the move, saying that it will encourage them to sell their produce to vendors at the new market, which is intended to replace the ageing Shuwaikh Market as the country's fore-

most fruit and vegetable market for both local and imported produce, reported Al-Qabas. Kuwait Municipality director Ahmad Al-Subaih recently announced that the Shuwaikh Market will be officially shut down on December 1, after which all local suppliers will need to take their produce to the Sulaibiya venue.

MoH reassures public over swine flu worries KUWAIT: Although last year's swine flu pandemic officially ended some time ago, this does not mean that the H1N1 (swine flu) virus has been wholly eradicated, said a health ministry official on Friday. The Ministry of Health (MoH) has maintained a reactive program to treat any individual cases of the disease appearing in the country, the official stressed. The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that the virus's activities have diminished, even in the tropical climates in the southern hemisphere, reported Al-Rai. Despite these facts, however, the approach of winter has seen increasing local concern over a possible resurgence of the disease, which were further exacerbated by the news a few days ago

that the virus had been detected in an individual living in Kuwait. Health minister Dr. Helal Al-Sayer stressed that individual cases of infection with the virus are perfectly normal, emphasizing that the pandemic period has ended and reiterating the importance of having flu vaccinations provided free of charge by the ministry as a further precaution against all forms of flu and winter colds. The MoH assured citizens and expatriate residents that it has made exhaustive preparations for any outbreak of the virus, as well as stockpiling a full supply of vaccine packs, including medications for all age groups. Medical experts have also pointed out that the swine flu virus is less serious than the seasonal flu, which usually spreads at this time of year.

The difference in pricing is based on the kind of sheep and its country of origin, "The Kuwaiti variety is the most expensive, while the Australian is the cheapest. It depends on the kind of sheep. The 'Arabi' is the most expensive, it costs between KD 115 and 120. The 'Naeimi' variety costs between KD 90 and 100. While the hybrid variety is priced at KD 70. The Australian is the cheapest, and it about KD 35," Jaber, a salesman at the sheep market told the Kuwait Times. The price also varies depending on the sacrificial animal's size, "Large sheep are more expensive than the small ones. A large-bodied sheep usually weighs above 40 kilograms, while a smaller one weighs between 25 and 30 kilograms. The prices mentioned above apply to the large-bodies ones. For the small Arabi sheep for instance, prices will drop to KD 80 or 90. The Naeimi will cost about KD 75," explained Jaber. Jaber observed that this year, prices increased by about KD 10 to 15, "One reason behind the

KUWAIT: A customer with the sheep he bought yesterday. — Photos by Joseph Shagra price hike is the increase in fodder price. We used to buy it for KD 2, but this year it costs KD 3.500," he added. Some patient customers did not fall for salesmen's ploy, "I walked a long distance to reach this market. The sheep here are cheaper than the first shop located near the entrance. They sell sheep here at a difference of KD 30. Only, smaller sheep are sold here though. So, basically it is the

same. One can either buy large sheep and pay more or pay less for a smaller sheep," said Abdullah, a Syrian customer. Market sales peak on Waqfa day, "Most people buy sacrificial sheep on Waqfa, which will fall on Monday this year. They also buy them during the first two days of Eid or now. After Eid, prices will definitely drop. In fact, the prices have not changed much when compared to the previous year. I

feel that the prices are the same," said Mohammed another salesman. Some customers find the process of buying sheep and sacrificing too tedious, "I buy the sheep from the market here, take it to the slaughterhouse, where the meat is cut into four chunks. Then I have to take it to another butcher, who cuts it to small pieces. I then divide the meat into three parts; one for my family, the second for my relatives, and finally the third for the poor," stressed Zahid Al-Hasan, another customer. Few customers choose to sacrifice goats, "There are only a few shops that sell goats as it is not much in demand. One goat will cost between KD 80 and 100, and it weighs between 20 to 40 kilogram," noted Husni, another salesman. Some butchers now offer their services in the market. One man offered to slaughter the sheep, divide its meat and place them in bags at rates between KD 1.500 and 3, depending on the animal's size.

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Kuwait's holiday ethics By Muna Al-Fuzai o you think we enjoy more holidays than we really need in Kuwait? I believe so. Although many people are thrilled at that prospect, I think such provisions only encourage more laziness that lead to the adoption of a lifestyle that revolves around days off. Should Kuwaitis spend their time planning exotic vacations instead of focusing on bettering their country? We are again approaching another holiday season. Although Eid AlAdha officially lasts only three days, starting Tuesday and ending on Thursday, the two-day weekend is included as part of the extended holiday. The Day of Arafat, a religious holiday also falls on Monday. A stray Sunday was also made a holiday to keep everyone happy. So the total number of days off total to eight


or nine days. Most of Kuwait will be busy taking more time off to utilize paid rest days by indulging in a getaway. There is nothing wrong with taking vacations, enjoy it or travelling to a neighboring country. However, when it becomes a habit, to leave the country more than twice a year, considering all the costs involved in these short holidays, there is something wrong with people's mentalities. The government and all its sectors will be officially on leave this Sunday, but the private sector including the Central Bank of Kuwait will be working on that day, in what will be the last working day. This decision had created a furor among banking sector employees because many are accustomed to the practice of leaving town during every holiday. Such mini vacations weigh heavily on wallets. Anywhere between three to four days spent in countries like UK or a nearby place like Dubai could cost you a fortune, if you were to stay at fancy hotels.

The banks could remain open and provide customer service, however, the government sector does not care about customers' needs during the holiday. Schools will also remain closed and I think these days off can affect children's studying patterns. In what other manner can time be utilized austerely? They can save money and fix the garden which is usually tended to by Asian maids or drivers. Why don't they spend more quality time with children? The banks had objected to this decision because many employees were planning to travel during these long holidays. The weather is pleasant and I see no good reason why many should leave the country during this time of the year. Many people have taken these days off for granted and it is very apparent where we stand in terms of job performance on an international level. I think we may receive another day off soon for the new year. Hopefully, it won't last nine days!

in the news Housing units KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) is planning to contact all those citizens who applied for homes in December 2003 and January 2004 to allocate housing units in Sabah Al Salem area to them. A PAHW official said that the authority had previously instructed those in this group to contact its offices in order to receive the details of the housing units available, but only a few had done so, with a large number of units still available in the area. The official also revealed that demand for homes in the Saad AlAbdullah area has increased significantly, and the large numbers who had chosen to move there had greatly reduced waiting list numbers. The housing authority insider said that at present the main pressure from those still waiting for homes is for units in the Jaber Al-Ahmad area. Catering contract KUWAIT: The Central Tenders Committee (CTC) has reportedly approved an application to extend the contract of the catering firm which supplies food to American forces facilities in Kuwait to December 31 this year. The contract extension is valued at an additional KD 1.452 million. US embassy event KUWAIT: The United States' embassy recently canceled a special ceremony that was planned for US Marine Corps at its premises owing to security constraints.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Dr Fahad Al-Mekrad


Fadwa Darwish

'Leadership in Action' focuses on opportunities, challenges

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Business leaders gather for CNBC event KUWAIT: A combined workshop and networking event was co-hosted by Star Communication, the media partner of CNBC Business, the Kuwait Times newspaper and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The event, entitled 'Leadership in Action: Creating Synergies for Further Development - Vision 2035,' was held last week at the Crowne Plaza hotel. Discussions at the event focused on four major issues: innovative business models; public-private partnerships; the environment and energy, and education, looking particularly at the prospects facing Kuwait in line with the strategic Development Plan: Kuwait Vision 2035. The event which aimed to engage opinion leaders in creating dialogue and lucrative synergies, witnessed participation from business leaders, finance and business consultants, entrepreneurs and leading business figures. Although there was a general consensus that Kuwait offers extremely competitive assets, the participants voiced concern at the political strife that often halts business development in

the country. Stressing that "the citizen is the key factor in [the development plan's] success," Tariq Mufti, a former consultant on major projects with the Council of Ministers, asserted that bringing in the necessary expertise and beginning the development process with the country's infrastructure are pivotal in any nation's economic growth. Some of the participants stated their belief that businesses in Kuwait have

experienced some difficulties at times of political turmoil. Dr Fahad Mekrad, a Human Resources Development (HRD) consultant, argued that developing Kuwait's Human Resources and unleashing the country's human capital potential are key to its successful growth. Fadwa Darwish, the Director of the Union of Investment Companies' Technical Support Department, expressed a similar viewpoint, arguing that

Tariq Marafie, Adel Assem and Kafafi.

Discussions on Ahmadi gas blast KUWAIT: Officials from various government bodies met recently to look into the reason behind the gas leaks in the Ahmadi area, which caused an explosion in a home there last week. Thankfully there were no casualties in the blast, the latest incident to hit the area where many residents have complained for some time of gas leaks from the ageing underground mains pipelines. Early investigations suggest that last week's blast was caused by a leak of underground methane gas that mixed explosively with the natural gas used for cooking which is piped to local homes. Although Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials initially stated that the blast had been caused by a faulty gas cylinder, the homeowner insisted that they had no such items in the house since they did not use bottled gas. After local residents supported by a number of MPs demanded action over the longstanding problem, representatives of the MoI, the Environmental Public Authority (EPA), the Kuwait Fire Services Directorate (KFSD) and the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) met to discuss how best to resolve the crisis and ensure no recurrence of such incidents. Residents of Ahmadi told AlQabas that since last week's incident, they have noticed numerous security officials and KFSD personnel in the area, with equipment being brought in to measure airborne gas levels. Meanwhile, KFSD director Major General Jassem AlMansouri announced that the occupants of the home where the blast took place, who were out at the time, and residents of sixty other houses in the vicinity which were affected by the explosion have been moved to alternative accommodation until the problem is resolved.

young Kuwaitis need to be motivated to join the ranks of the private sector. Meanwhile, among the prominent dignitaries attending the event were Ambassador Zaid Al-Sherida, along with Ameer and Tariq Marafi. The day's discussions ended on a positive note with those attending agreeing that the government's development plan has created a host of promising business opportunities.

Hani Kafafi, GM Crowne Plaza


(From left) Zaid Al-Sherida, Ameer Marafie and Fahed Al-Majel.



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rotten meat find 'only the tip of the iceberg'

Municipality inspectors seize 3.5 tons of expired foodstuffs KUWAIT: Teams of inspectors from Kuwait Municipality's Capital section recently raided a number of warehouses in Shuwaikh belonging to four major wholesale grocery stores, confiscating a large quantity of expired foodstuffs, with some of the items seized having passed their use-by date five months ago. The inspectors confiscated around 3.5 tons of expired foodstuffs at the warehouses, including sweets, canned foods, cooking oil and various dairy products, announced the head of the Capital inspectors team, Tariq Al-Qattan. The raids come as consumers continue to express concern over news that rotten meat had been put on sale at some local outlets, with speculation mounting that the problem may not be limited to the single supplier found responsible for distributing the meat, whose business was shut down as a result. "The issue is larger than just a supplying company and a bunch of corrupt merchants," said one retail insider. "What we're dealing with is more like a mafia specializing in commercial fraud." With this worrying statement, the

Sheikh talks about attack, family unity

KUWAIT: An international heritage exposition was recently organized by Naheel Soufan, and Executive Manager Mohammad Hamdi, CEO of 'Khutuwat' (Steps) for exhibition and conferences. It was held under the patronage of MP Maasouma Al-Mubarak and former Managing Director of the Arab Cities Organization Mohammad Al-Saqr. The event was held recently at the Safir Hotel in Al-Fintas, and featured participation from various economic and social figures, in addition to representatives from the local media. The expo contained handicrafts and other craftwork that were presented by several companies and institutions from Kuwait and other Arab countries. During the event, Egyptian actor Hassan Husni made a special appearance.

KUWAIT: Sheikh Fahad Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah denied reports that the assault carried out against him in Paris was a coincidence and intended robbery. He explained that the attack was carried out by masked men who had spotted him in a crowd. During a recent televised interview, Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah said that the attack took place four hours after he had held a press conference in Paris, France to announce a comprehensive media system project that aimed at fighting extremism. It was organized through an international body whose members were not politically affiliated in any manner. Sheikh Al-Sabah also spoke about the local political scene during the interview, criticizing the Cabinet's inefficiency in comparison to the promises made to citizens. He further warned that a failure to implement the development plan will be 'the final nail in its coffin.' Also, Sheikh Fahad asserted that the integrity of the ruling family was evident in their support to him following his attack, reported Al-Rai. He indicated that the solidarity of the ruling family reflects positively on the government's performance.

insider urged the ministries of commerce and municipality affairs to "open their eyes more and see what actually takes place on the country's food supplying scene." The claims come as Kuwaitis and expatriate residents prepare to spend at least some of their upcoming Eid AlAdha holiday enjoying eating out at local cafÈs, restaurants and hotels. "The supply of rotten meat that's been discovered so far is only the tip of the iceberg," warned that retail official, adding that hundreds and possibly thousands

more tons of rotten meat and expired foodstuffs are still available on the market and will be bought and consumed by unsuspecting consumers. The retail insider noted that the customs department recently seized several shipments of products unfit for human consumption, with the State Security Department pressing charges against those responsible. He also controversially claimed that certain MPs should be regarded with suspicion since a number of the companies charged with importing rotten and out-of-date foodstuffs were

owned by them. The issue of corruption and fraud in food retail is certainly not limited to rotten meat, also expanding to the fruit and vegetables sold locally, with some corrupt suppliers accused of causing the steep price rises seen recently in these commodities. Some MPs are accused of involvement in this issue too, with certain firms owned by parliamentarians accused of exporting large quantities of local fruit and vegetable produce which hurts the country's ability to supply itself. — Agencies

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Chaotic inauguration of Jaber Stadium By Amer Al-Faleh he Jaber Stadium: a jewel in Kuwait's crown and a masterpiece of architecture, named after His Highness the late Sheikh Jaber AlAhmad Al-Sabah in commemoration for his beloved memory. The structure's inaugural match - the Qadsiya Club's loss to Syria's Ittihad in the AFC Cup final - was a great disappointment of unexpected surprises. Fans were completely let down after waiting ten years for the structure to be finally finished. Chaos is the best word to describe the situation outside of the stadium. Given the fact that the stadium has a capacity of 60,000 it's normal to expect that at least 30,000 cars will need a place to park during the match. One of the problem is that the stadium's parking lot can only accommodate 5,000 cars. The bigger problem is that traffic jams completely blocked all the roads leading to the stadium for more than five hours. The Sixth and Fifth Ring Roads were completely paralyzed for their whole ten kilometer span, which


seriously affected the country's security services. The parking lot problem reminded me about the time when former minister Badr Al-Humaidi was asked by reporters about the limited capacity. He responded by saying that all similar stadiums in European countries have parking lots with similar capacities. While that information is true, it's important to note that automobiles are regarded as the third most common use of transportation in these countries behind trains and buses, something we don't use effectively in Kuwait. The problem could've been easily solved by installing multistory parking lots or by building remote parking spaces from which fans could be transported by special buses to the stadium. Meanwhile, the interior of the stadium housed even more unpleasant surprises. First of all it was obvious that the stadium was not cleaned regularly as there was a fine layer of dust on all the chairs and floors. Secondly, the fact that the chairs were not numbered caused a lot of confusion among fans who were looking for vacant seats by themselves (imagine running around a

huge place for more than an hour to look for a chair to sit on). Also, the lack of concession stands resulted in the lack of comfort for several people who went for hours without a snack or a drink. One million Kuwaiti Dinars were spent on this structure but a local company to clean up the floors and carry out periodic maintenance or provide the facility with catering could not be hired? The unpleasant surprises did not even stop after the end of the match. The real chaos began as people were leaving the stadium. Nearby areas, including Ardiya, Sabah Al-Nasser and Ashbiliya turned into places crowded with cars as spectators tried to return home. The inauguration of Jaber Stadium exposed the inability of the country's administrators and infrastructure to host such an event without being a security or logistics failure. The authorities are unable to handle the situation responsibly and just allowed chaos to occur unchecked. I hope the MPs address the subject, even if the stadium needs to be closed again so that these flaws can be taken care of. — Al-Rai

Eid rewards to Wataniya enrollers KUWAIT: Wataniya Telecom continues to reward its loyal customers and keeps pampering them as part of the Wataniya Rewards Program. The Wataniya Rewards Program brings to its customers a wide range of exciting promotions. All they have to do is sign up, collect points and then redeem them for rewards from Wataniya and its partners. As partners in the Rewards Program, Crowne Plaza & Holiday Inn Salmiya have the pleasure in offering Wataniya's customers restaurant vouchers for new enrollers, who sign up for Wataniya Rewards within the premises. Designated enrollment booths have been set up within Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn - Salmiya and this offer is valid from 13th Nov till

27th Nov 2010 from 12 PM until 10 PM every day. Commenting on this, Wataniya's PR manager Abdolaziz Al-Balool said "This is a chance for us to show our customers that we deeply appreciate and value their loyalty to Wataniya, and to always remind them that their favorite telecom provider is always exploring new and creative opportunities to reward them. We would like to extend our gratitude for Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Salmiya for their kind partnership. " The Wataniya Rewards Program offers over 100's of exciting rewards & benefits to choose from. Joining is simple & free. All you need to do is start collecting points by using Wataniya services and enjoy

rewards from Wataniya and its partners. There are 3 different member status levels: Red, Silver & Gold available on the Wataniya Rewards program, the more you use Wataniya's services the higher your status level will be. Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned operator in Kuwait. In March 2007, Qatar Telecom (Qtel) acquired 51% of Wataniya Telecom shares. Wataniya is a customer driven company that aims to provide product and service excellence that is leading to a real customer value... The company has been a driving force in increasing the mobile market penetration in Kuwait (over 80%) Wataniya Telecom has

grown rapidly through acquisitions and enjoys a remarkable expansion in MENA & ASIA. Driving operations in Kuwait, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and in Palestine. Based in Qatar, The Qtel Group is a diversified telecommunications group with three business lines including consumer telephony, consumer broadband and corporate managed services, and is committed to expansion in line with the company's strategic vision of becoming a global top 20 telecommunications provider by the year 2020. Over the past three years, Qtel has expanded its geographic footprint from 2 to 17 countries within the Middle East and Asia, with more than 52 million customers.

Kuwait to cement relations with Kazakhstan ISLAMABAD: Kuwait's ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Al-Enezi presented Saturday his credentials to Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs and current President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Kanat Saudabayev (OSCE) as a non-resident ambassador in Kazakhstan. Al-Enezi said in a statement to the embassy of the State of Kuwait in Pakistan that he conveyed to Saudabayev the greetings of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Mohammad Sabah Al-Salem AlSabah and the latter's wishes for the bilateral relationships between the two countries to achieve further progress. He added that he exchanged views with Saudabayev on the ways of developing bilateral ties between the two countries, noting that Kazakh Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs haild during the meeting the level that relations between the two countries reached in various fields. Further, Al-Enezi expressed his hopes that Kuwaiti-Kazakh relationships will see further development and growth at all levels, saying that Kuwaiti leadership is keen on strengthening ties with Kazakhstan in all political and economic fields. — KUNA


Sunday, November 14, 2010

One killed, several injured in accidents By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: A 31-year-old Indian expatriate died in a car accident that took place in Jahra. He sustained fatal head injuries. The body was moved for an autopsy. Separately, a 56-year-old citizen was run over by a vehicle and was administered first aid treatment on site at Khairan. In another incident, a 23-year-old bedoon sustained a broken neck in a car accident that took place along Fahaheel industrial area bridge. He was admitted to Adan hospital. Similarly, two 13-year-old Kuwaiti girls sustained serious injuries in a motor accident that took place near Julaiah clinic. One girl sustained a fracture in her thigh and leg, and the other suffered internal bleeding and compound fracture to her right leg. The girls were admitted to Adan hospital. Boat mishap In a boat mishap that took place recently, a 64-year-old Iranian sustained a fractured pelvis. The Coast Guards handed the injured over to paramedical staff who admitted him to Mubarak hospital.

KUWAIT: The Capital Municipality recently held a raid in Al-Rai. At least 314 illegal automobile billboards were removed and 25 citations were issued within two hours.

Motorcycle accident A 44-year-old Sri Lankan grazed his arms and left knee in a motor cycle accident that took place along Bidaa. He was admitted to Mubarak hospital.

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Expired meat equals to murder! By Mohammed Gharib Hatem


long with thousands of Kuwaitis, I wonder how dare some MPs who have been claiming to be reformist and committed, question the minister of state for municipal affairs in Parliament for referring someone accused of importing and distributing expired meat to the Public Prosecution Department, and firing him from his job! These measures should have been

lauded for their role in regaining the state’s prestige and sovereignty after years of lenience within the Municipality. I also wonder how some Municipal Council members have been defending those involved in this ‘first degree murder.’ Consumption of expired meat cause fatal diseases like cancer and kidney damage, especially with children. Have fear of Allah, you who have been elected by the people to represent them

in parliament or in the Municipal Council, have respect for them! Way to go minister Safar! You did well by punishing those responsible for issuing fake licenses. I also urge everybody to support the municipality minister. He is responsible for revising municipality laws and emphasized that tampering with people’s health and public funds would never go unaccounted for. We’ve had enough public fund wasting and jeopardy of future generations. — A l - W a t a n

‘VIVA Festiva’ celebrations at Avenues KUWAIT: VIVA Kuwait celebrated the upcoming Eid in a “VIVA Festiva” style; gathering friends, family members, and loved ones in an environment full of entertainment and interactive activities at Avenues mall till yesterday. In a warm and festive atmosphere, VIVA Kuwait spreaded joy with live musical performances and interactive games. In addition, there were fun activities like face painting, balloonist show, caricaturist and magic show. All these and more available during this festive week at Avenues mall, where customers chose from the variety of surprises introduced during “VIVA Festiva” since its launch mid of October

2010. Choose to make free calls with the offer of “5 to 5 from VIVA”, where you make free voice calls to any VIVA number, or enjoy unlimited local mobile usage with the 55KD postpaid package, or subscribe to BlackBerry services and get a free or discounted BlackBerry device. VIVA is the newest, most advanced mobile telecommunications service provider in Kuwait. Launched in December 2008, VIVA makes things possible for our customers by transforming communication, information and entertainment experiences. The company has rapidly established an unrivalled position in the

market through our customer and employee centric approach. VIVA’s quest is to be the mobile brand of choice for Kuwait by being transparent, engaging, energetic and fulfilling. VIVA continues to take a considerable share of the market by offering an innovative range of best value products, services and content propositions; a state-of-the-art, nationwide network and world-class service. VIVA offers Internet speed up to 21.6Mbps due to the implementation of the most advanced third generation (3G and HSDPA) network in Kuwait resulting in superior coverage, performance and reliability.

5 Govt priority list unveiled

Al-Shamali asks cabinet to add a number of new items KUWAIT: The recently announced list of governmental priorities which has been submitted to the parliament for consideration sees the government attempting to expedite action on ten of the issues included and to see legislation passed on The priorities on the action list include: • Combating human trafficking • Harmonizing Kuwait’s various domestic sporting regulations with the Olympic charter and the basic rules of international federations • Adopting new legislation governing commercial firms • Modifying the tendering and contractual bidding process for businesses • Amending the laws governing Cooperative Societies • Introducing firmer legislation governing the importing and sale of goods • Introducing judicial arbitration legislation • Expediting the implementation of amendments to the publishing and printing laws as part of larger changes to the audiovisual media law Meanwhile, a government insider revealed that finance minister Mustafa AlShamali has asked the cabinet to add a number of new items to the priorities list, including proposed amendments to the legislation governing state property issues and a proposal to introduce tax legislation that would see those selling state property compelled to pay a certain amount in tax on the sale. The insider also revealed that Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs Mohammad Al-Busairi is set to meet shortly with the parliamentary committee tasked with following up the government’s priorities list. During the meeting, AlBusairi, who is also communications minister, and the committee members are expected to discuss all the priority issues listed in some detail in order to reach a compromise that is acceptable to both government and parliament. A number of MPs have asked the government to prioritize other issues, such as health, education and development, in addi-

them as quickly as possible. The government, which submitted the list last Thursday of the 22 subjects which it wishes to see prioritized for action, is currently pushing for the prompt introduction of legislation related to these issues.

tion to those included on its list, insisting that these issues are the fundamental basis of the country’s development. MP Naji Abdulhadi told Al-Watan that although the government is supposedly attempting to expedite the adoption of its list of priorities, no members of the cabinet attended the meetings of the relevant parliamentary committees where the priorities list was discussed, leading to frustrating delays and further inaction over their implementation. He accused the government of announcing the priorities list as a cosmetic action intended to give the appearance that it is working hard and to ensure that the blame for any delays will be attributed to the parliament. Abdulhadi emphasized that the great majority of MPs are intent on adopting important articles of legislation as rapidly as possible, citing the last parliamentary term before summer when the MPs voted in a number of important new legislative bills as an example of the parliament’s determination to move forward. He firmly placed the blame for all delays in the matter on the government’s shoulders. Another MP, Saad Al-Khanfour, said however, that the government is “progressing well along the right path” regarding its actions on a number of issues, such as improving the status and living conditions of the country’s bedoon (stateless) residents, raising military personnel’s salaries and increasing retired Kuwaitis’ monthly pensions to KD 1,500 each. Al-Khanfour urged the government to expedite the resolution of the problems for the country’s bedoon population and to ensure that these members of society have their full rights as soon as possible. Meanwhile, another parliamentary insider has revealed that the parliamentary committee studying the government’s priorities list will examine all the points in

detail to assess whether the priorities in question are relevant to achieving the development plan’s objectives. A number of independent MPs are reportedly set to hold a meeting after the Eid Al-Adha parliamentary recess to discuss the possibility of hastening the introduction of the increases in military personnel’s salaries and resolving the issue of housing for Kuwaiti women. On a separate issue, it’s also been reported that the State Audit Bureau has requested parliamentary approval for a two-month extension to the period it was originally given to issue reports on a number of subjects, including the performance of maintenance work on power stations in Zour, Subbiya and Doha. Meanwhile, a former lawmaker recently asserted the importance of “protecting the constitution” while warning against the day when amending the constitution becomes too casual, reported Al-Qabas. Former MP Mubarak Al-Duwailah made his comments at the final seminar of Constitution Day celebrations hosted by the 11/11 political group. He said that there are attempts to distort the constitution and give younger generations the impression that the constitution needs to be adjusted. “I’ve always tried to protect the constitution from my position in the parliament,” Al-Duwailah said. “However, the time has come that none of the constitution’s defenders are able to do their duty because of the dark state of our country’s democracy due to some of the actions of our MPs.” The activist added that political power can only be achieved if a political party system is allowed in the country. He indicatedthat the majority of errors taking place in politics is the result of the mismanagement of political blocs due to the government’s refusal to allow a political party system.

61 medical error cases investigated in 2010 KUWAIT: The number of medical error allegations investigated by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health (MoH) in 2010 had reached 61 by September 30. This compared to 68 such cases in the whole of 2009 and 49 the previous year. The figures were revealed in a response issued by health minister Dr. Helal Al-Sayer to parliamentary questions from MP Salem Al-Namlan concerning allegations of medical negligence at public and private health facilities. In his response the minister first stated that there is always a risk of medical errors being made, for instance with complications arising from surgical procedures. He also noted that the MoH had rejected several of the claims put forward after investigations found no grounds for a ruling of medical negligence. The minister added that those medical personnel who had been found guilty of medical negligence were all subjected to extensive investigations, which are still ongoing. On a separate issue, MP Marzouq Al-Ghanim has submitted a number of parliamentary questions to Minister of Oil and of Information Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah enquiring about the lack of action on a number of previous assurances given by the minister. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah had reportedly promised previously that the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) would carry out a comprehensive study into staff salary levels, said the MP, and in his question to the minister he asked how seriously such promises were taken. Al-Ghanim also asked for copies of the official lists detailing the allowance rates given to KPC staff members as part of the promised salary increases. Meanwhile, MP Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi has submitted a parliamentary question to the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr. Mohammad Al-Afasi, enquiring about recent reports indicating that a number of the private sector firms recently found to have exceeded official recruitment capacity levels are owned by Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) labor department officials. In another topic, MP Dr. Aseel Al-Awadhi made a question to the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, inquiring about information which indicate that certain companies that are owned by employees at one of the ministry’s labor divisions, have exceeded their limit in hiring manpower. She further asked about any regulations by which employees at labor divisions would be banned from issuing labor related transactions for their own benefit.

Younger, capable leaders KUWAIT: Official sources said that various ministries have submitted reports on the necessity of preparing a new generation of young leaders, reported Al-Watan. The report added that the country needs leaders that are capable of handling the demands and requirements of the government’s development plan. The sources pointed out that this confirms the government’s intention to dismantle parts of various ministries in order to

remove political burdens and provide additional political stability. The sources said that the reports set conditions for selecting new leaders that included requirements such as a maximum age of 40 and being completely computer and email literate. They said that the goal is to replace old leaders with ones that are more capable of keeping up with the rapid technological changes necessary for the development plan.

Waleed Al-Khashti

Meshary Al-Sanousi

Anwar Al-Nisf

Jassim Al-Shumais

Zain sponsors TEC’s Eid celebrations KUWAIT: The Touristic Enterprises Company (TEC) has been making preparations to celebrate the upcoming Eid Al-Adha holidays at its facilities, which will be sponsored by Zain Telecommunications Company. This announcement was made by TEC recently in a press release. Waleed AlKhashti, Public Relations Manager at Zain - Kuwait, asserted that its sponsorship comes as part of the company’s commitment towards customers to support social events. Several facilities include the Ice Skating Rink, Al-Shaab Sea Club, Ras AlArdh Sea Club, the Messila beach, Egaila beach, Fountain Park, the Touristic Park, the Swimming Pool Complex, and the Green Island, will remain open till the evening during Eid

holidays, hosting several events and activities that have been prepared for this occasion. Meanwhile, Anwar Al-Nisf, Operations Manager at the Entertainment City announced that the city will remain open from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm starting November 16 until November 18. Several activities will be featured. Jassim AlShumais, Head of the Parks and Ice Rink Department indicated that a special festival will be staged throughout the holiday period at the Fountain Park. Meshary Al-Sanousi, Deputy Managing Director for Touristic Affairs, asserted that the Kuwait Towers is ready to welcome visitors throughout the holidays as usual, as the restaurants have been fully prepared to welcome the special event.

Al-Mislem calls on Cabinet to resign KUWAIT: MP Dr Faisal Al-Mislem renewed the Development and Reform Bloc’s call to the government to resign, reported Al-Watan. He stressed that they should resign for failing to accomplish anything worthwhile in various fields, especially regarding national unity. He added that ministers are not doing their jobs and that some have expressed dissatisfaction with their posts

and no longer want to be MPs. “The problem with the government is that it wants to use democracy to delay work as opposed to accelerating its pace,” the lawmaker said, pointing out that most world governments try to form a special lobby to help it pass laws and decisions. He added that some parties are indirectly attacking the constitution by

depriving lawmakers of their rights stated in articles 108 and 110 of the constitution which keeps the government from limiting what MPs can say or discuss in parliament. He said that if these rights are limited then MPs will be prosecuted as they were during the Burgan Bank issue. Commenting on his intention to grill His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh

Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah regarding the cheques he wrote to some MPs, Al-Mislem stressed that if he could go back in time he would have gone through with the motion. He noted that if HH the Prime Minister writes additional cheques to MPs he will not hesitate to follow through on an interpellation. Al-Mislem added that the Development and Reform Bloc is deter-

mined to grill the Minister of Education, Moudhi Al-Hmoud, regarding her appointment of some leading ministry officers. He said that a special meeting will be held after Eid to discuss the motion. Speaking on the two Iranian nationals who were released by direct order of the interior minister, Al-Mislem said that the minister was guilty and deserved to be grilled.



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cell phones, drugs found in jail

Kuwaiti in custody for assaulting officer KUWAIT: A Kuw aiti man w as arrested in Fahaheel after he physically assaulted a police officer w ho ordered him to move his car because it w as obstructing traffic, reported Al-Watan. The incident occurred w hen the suspect stopped his car in front of a take-aw ay restaurant and blocked traffic w hile he w aited for his order to finish. A police officer instructed the

‘Green Caravan’ festival screens films KUWAIT: The second, week-long environmental film festival to take place in Kuwait ended on Thursday, after a range of environmentallythemed movies were screened at venues across the country. The unique event, sponsored by the Equilibrium Environmental Services Company, showcased eight internationally acclaimed environmental films dealing with crucially important issues, such as marine degradation, pollution and health. “The first season of the festival [in 2009] was such a positive experience thanks to our partners and sponsors and the wonderful responses we received from the audience that we were happy to bring it back with new films that we hope will continue to inspire change” said Sandra Al-Saleh, a Managing Partner of Equilibrium. Another participant, engineer Ibrahim Abdullah, HSE Manager with the Combined Group Contracting Company, said, “We, at the Combined Group Contracting Company (K.S.C.C), always strive to do what’s best for our people, our clients, neighbors, community and our environment. We care about the safety of the people, the sanctity of the environment and the quality of our products. We strongly believe that being a concerned corporate citizen is an honorable as well as a profitable business practice.” Dr. Tariq A. Al-Sheikh, the head of the UNHabitat office in Kuwait and acting UN resident representative, also expressed satisfaction at the event, saying, ‘Everyone knows the environment needs to be respected and protected. [Environmental] destruction has had serious

Sandra Al-Saleh speaking at Green Caravan effects on human health and security, and the refusal to radically change the way we affect the planet is bringing about catastrophic and irreversible consequences.” Equilibrium has expressed optimism that with the ongoing support of its sponsors and partners, it can bring back the Green Caravan Film Festival next year due to the popularity of the event in its first two years. This year the Green Caravan Film Festival had the support of the following sponsors: “Emerald” sponsorship of Combined Group Contracting Company, ‘Turquoise’ sponsorship from the Gulf Bank and Gulf Glass

Manufacturing Co. and KCPC, as well as the invaluable partnership of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Habitat, the Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and their Habitat (K’S PATH),, the Kuwait Environmental Research and Awareness group (KERA), and Planet in Focus. Support was also provided by ‘Friends of the Festival’ which include Agility and Musaed Nuri Al-Saleh Management Advisory Co. LLC. The closing night featured a special screening of ‘Tides of War,’ introduced by the film’s director, Michael McKinnon. The film depicts the ecological devastation wrought on Kuwait by the 1990-1991 invasion and war. The film was preceded by a press conference conducted by the co-director of the Green Caravan Film Festival, Sandra Al-Saleh and Dr. Al-Sheikh. “Though the catalogue of films [shown at the festival], there are endless examples of environmental destruction that we must be aware of; there are also stories of perseverance, dignity, courage and ingenuity. It is these attributes that we hope this festival cultivates so that we may as a community work for a better world,” said Al-Saleh. In his closing comments, Dr. Al-Sheikh emphasized, “We cannot afford to continue doing what we have been doing; we have to protect our environment, we have to reduce our consumption patterns, we have to care for our cities, we have to care for our resources more and I believe that initiatives like Green Caravan put us on the right track - together we can build a better future.”

Fatal accidents A citizen was killed and his daughter was seriously injured in a car accident on Wafra Road, reported Al-Watan. The accident occurred when the man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into another car. Paramedics responded to the emergency and pronounced the man dead upon their arrival. His daughter was admitted to Adan Hospital with serious injuries. In a separate accident on the same road, two citizens were killed when their vehicle collided with a truck and became trapped underneath it, reported Al-Watan. One of the citizens was pronounced dead immediately by paramedics while the other died on his way to a nearby hospital. Another citizen was injured in the car accident and was brought to the hospital with multiple injuries. Unusual dispute A dispute between two neighbors in Salmiya turned ugly when one ordered a group of prostitutes to harass the other, reported Al-Watan. The incident began when the female citizen noticed a car parked in her parking spot. When she realized that the car belonged to her neighbor who lives in the same building, she confronted him and asked him to move his car. When he refused the woman called police. The neighbor then sent four prostitutes, who apparently were with him at the time, to verbally harass the woman. The woman pressed charges at a nearby police station. Citizen scammed A female citizen informed Hawally

driver to move his car and w hen he refused, the officer asked for the driver’s license and registration. The driver responded by punching the officer in the face and tearing his suit. Passersby pulled the assailant off of the officer and additional police responded to the assault. The assailant w as referred to the proper authorities.

police that she was scammed into giving an Arab woman KD 5,000, reported AlQabas. She reported that she handed over the money believing that she was entering into a business venture. She explained that soon after giving the woman the money she disappeared. A case was opened and police are searching for the con artist. Citizen arrested Rumaithiya police arrested a citizen caught huffing gasoline fumes, reported Al-Watan. The arrest occurred on Abdullah Port Road after authorities noticed a man inhaling a suspicious substance. Authorities learned the man was inhaling gasoline, the exact same kind that can be obtained at gas stations. An inspection into the suspect’s identity revealed a history of substance and alcohol abuse. He was referred to the proper authorities. Sheep thieves Two Asian janitors at an animal farm were injured while they were being robbed of their sheep, reported Al-Rai. The two agreed to sell ten sheep to a couple of customers for the Eid Al-Adha tradition. As they finished loading the livestock onto the buyers’ pickup truck the culprits drove away suddenly, tossing one of the janitors from the bed of the truck and dragging the other who tried to keep hold of the car. The janitors reported to a Farwaniya police station afterwards and filed a complaint. They were treated for

their injuries at Farwaniya Hospital. J ail crackdow n A number of recently released cell phones, as well as substances suspected to be drugs, were found inside the Central Jail during a recent search, reported Al-Anba. The operation was conducted as part of a campaign carried out by authorities to confiscate contraband. During the campaign ten new cell phones, and three envelopes of what is believed to be heroin and hashish, were apprehended by authorities in a bathroom used by inmates. An investigation was launched to determine who the contraband belonged to. Unexpected death An infant was pronounced dead at the Sulabiya clinic soon after the parents brought her there because they were concerned about her breathing, reported Al-Seyassah. A preliminary medical examination revealed that the one-yearold baby died of natural causes. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the baby’s exact cause of death. Fugitives held Two Egyptian fugitives were arrested in Farwaniya after being stopped by authorities for acting suspiciously, reported Al-Seyassah. An investigation of their IDs revealed that one of them was wanted for several previous offenses while the other was sentenced to be deported six years ago.

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Parliament of achievements By Nassir Al-Abdaly ’m not sure if anyone would support my opinion on this matter but I believe the current parliament has made enough accomplishments during its tenure that it can be considered a ‘parliament of achievements.’ Regardless of the calls made by MPs Musallam Al-Barrak and Dr Waleed AlTabtabaei for the parliament’s dissolution, a review of the projects that the current parliament has passed shows the quality of parliament’s performance. It’s true that the current parliament is very flawed, either because of lack of experience or as a result of political con-


flicts. At the same time however, they have been able to form a body that is aware of the importance of passing projects that are of vital significance to citizens. One of the current parliament’s greatest accomplishments has been its approval of the development plan; an initiative that hardly takes place in the history of parliamentary work in Kuwait. This plan further provides a clear and precise scale by which the government’s performance can be further assessed and by which lawmakers can be held accountable. Meanwhile, the passing of the privatization law has allowed the current parlia-

ment to pass projects that can measure the process of privatizing public sector firms. Even the controversial law to solve the problems created by cumulative loans via a fund that helps insolvent citizens has helped indebted citizens commit to their dues. The current parliament has also been successful at monitoring the government, especially regarding the release of two Iranian drug dealers. The conviction of the interior minister is a turning point in the performance of the interior and defense committee, which has long given their full support to the Ministers of Defense and Interior. — Al-Qabas

Zain reopens airport branch KUWAIT: Zain’ s branch at the arrival terminal of the Kuwait International Airport was inaugurated by Shafeeq Al-Omar, Director of Sales, Zain Kuwait. The branch has been revamped, with a new look and fee. In a press release, Zain stated that its Airport branch now serves customers with customers’ needs covered and high quality services provided. It is worth mentioning that Zain has spread out to all over Kuwait by reopening another branch at the departures terminal at the airport, increasing the total number of its branches to 22, in addition to authorized Zain distributors and dealers. Shafeeq Alsayed Omar said, “The renovation of Zain’s Airport branch comes within the framework of Zain’s serious endeavors to provide further comfort for

its customers in this vital energetic spot.” He added, “We understand the great demand at the Airport branch, and therefore, Zain was keen to reintroduce it in a new form that allows them to finalize their transactions with further ease.” On the other hand, Omar revealed that “Zain’s enhancement of its branches and authorized distributors provides an inspiring example for others in this developed industry, and an ambition toward providing an integrated communication environment for its valuable customers”. “Through the vast network of branches, our valuable customers can enjoy our numerous services. The local geographical map covers all residential and commercial areas with a network of branches that positions Zain with the closest point to the customer, particularly the airport

branch, which serves our customers arriving in the Kuwait,” Al-Omar continued. Omar denoted that Zain continues its diffusion to be always near to its valuable customers, expressing the company’s pride to have the largest network of branches in the country serving its vast base of customers. Omar further assured that the number of the company’s customers is on a continuous increase as it managed to maintain its leading position in the market, and to enhance it with introducing a great number of new and innovative services and products, stating that the enhancement of Zain’s branches network in addition to the expansion of the base of its authorized distributors serves this trend, and grants the company better opportunity to receive them.



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Iraqi politicians save power sharing pact after walk-out Iraqiya members say bloc will stay in govt BAGHDAD: Iraqi law makers appeared yesterday to have salvaged a pow er-sharing deal that gives Nuri Al-Maliki a second term as premier, days after a dramatic w alkout from parliament by his former rivals. The pact, w hich has looked fragile since being signed on Wednesday, has been lauded by w orld leaders, including US President

RAFAH: A Palestinian man carries a sheep in the Rafah refugee camp yesterday. Muslims worldwide are preparing for the Eid-Al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, with the sacrificial killing of sheep, goats, cows or camels. — AP

Iran arms-smuggling case displeases Nigeria ABUJA: Nigeria will take actions against Iran if an investigation shows it violated international law and UN sanctions in an arms smuggling case, Nigeria’s foreign minister said Friday. The artillery rockets and other weapons, loaded in 13 shipping containers that were labeled as building supplies, were seized on Oct 26 at a port in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigeria’s security service believes the arms were imported by some local politicians to destabilize the country if they lose in upcoming elections that are expected to be hotly contested. An international cargo shipper based in France has said one of its ships picked up the containers from Bandar Abbas, a port in southern Iran. “The consignment did originate from Iran,” Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia told a news conference Friday “That has been confirmed from our own shipping documents and the Iranian authorities have also confirmed that the consignment did originate from Iran.” Underscoring the sensitivity of the matter, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met with his Nigerian counterpart here late Thursday. Late Friday, Ajumogobia told private television network Channels Television that Mottaki and the Iranian government agreed to having one of the men, Azimi Agajany, be interviewed yesterday by Nigerian security agents. Ajumogobia said Iranian diplomats initially balked at conducting the interview outside of their embassy, but later agreed to let Agajany leave. “We insisted on respect for our processes and our laws,” Ajumogobia said. Nigerian authorities believe both men are hiding in the Iranian Embassy, located down a quiet street in Abuja, the capital, and which is being watched by Nigerian security officials. On Friday, for the second consecutive day, two unmarked patrol vans with long radio antennae waited outside the Iranian Embassy. The vans looked similar to others used by Nigeria’s State Security Service. Like other official vehicles used for security purposes, they did not have license plates. “If Nigeria finds at the conclusion of the investigation that there has been a breach of international law, a breach of UN sanctions, Nigeria is a member of the UN Security Council (and) we will do what is necessary,” Ajumogobia told reporters.

In a 2007 resolution stepping up sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, the UN Security Council banned Iranian arms exports, forbidding the sale or supply of weapons by Iran, whether directly or indirectly. It requires nations to prevent any such transfers and prevent their citizens from obtaining any weapons from Iran. Mottaki’s visit came after Nigerian authorities had concluded that Iran’s government was behind the arms shipment, according to internal Nigerian government documents seen Thursday by The Associated Press. The Nigerian foreign minister said Mottaki cleared the way for Nigerian security officials to interview Agajany, one of the men who Nigeria says organized the secret arms shipment through a Tehran-based company called International Trading and General Construction. Ajumogobia said Agajany may be questions as early as Friday. The internal government reports seen by AP say Agajany received a visa to travel to Nigeria after getting an endorsement from Sheikh Ali Abbas Othman, also known as Abbas Jega, a Nigerian who worked for Radio Tehran’s Hausa language service and studied in Iran. Jega is in the custody of Nigeria’s State Security Service, a Nigerian government official told the AP. The other Iranian implicated in the case, Sayed Akbar Tahmaesebi, entered Nigeria after Nigerian authorities received a letter of recommendation from Iran’s foreign ministry saying he would “provide administrative support” at its Abuja embassy, according to the internal Nigerian reports. Tahmaesebi has diplomatic immunity and cannot be questioned without Iran’s consent, Ajumogobia said. “If the Iranians are willing to waive immunity then we will pursue that, but in the meantime we are taking one step at a time,” the Nigerian foreign minister told journalists at the Friday morning news conference. Inside the cargo containers at Nigeria’s main port in Lagos, inspectors found 107mm artillery rockets, rifle rounds and arms. The rockets can accurately hit targets more than 5 miles (8.5 kilometers) away with a 40-foot (12-meter) killing radius. Insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq have used similar rockets against US troops. China, the United States, and Russia manufacture versions of the rocket, as does Iran. —AP

MPs passed the deal by consensus, a parliamentary official told AFP, and an Iraqiya member read a statement to the Council of Representatives explaining why around 60 lawmakers from his bloc had walked out. “We left because of a misunderstanding over the implementation of the agreement,” Haidar Al-Mullah, an Iraqiya MP said in a statement to the chamber. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added that “around 250 MPs (of 325 members) who were present approved by consensus the power-sharing initiative.” It was not immediately clear why 75 MPs stayed away from the session, or whom they represent. Mullah said later that three senior Iraqiya members who were barred from standing in the March elections over their alleged ties to ex-dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath party would be reinstated within 10 days. Parliament’s failure to do so on Thursday prompted the walk-out. The next session of the Council of Representatives is scheduled for November 21, with the prolonged break due to this week’s Eid Al-Adha holiday. The power-sharing deal called for Maliki, a Shiite, and President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, to keep their jobs and for a Sunni Arab to be selected speaker of parliament. It also established a new statutory body to oversee security as a sop to Allawi, who had held out for months to regain the post of premier. The support of Allawi’s Iraqiya bloc, which narrowly won the March 7 poll and garnered most of its seats in Sunni areas, is widely seen as vital to preventing a resurgence of inter-confessional violence. The Sunni Arab minority that dominated Saddam Hussein’s regime was the bedrock of the anti-US insurgency after the 2003 invasion. Thursday’s parliamentary session, only the second since the election, had got off to a good start, with Maliki and Allawi sitting side-by-side in the chamber. But shortly after Sunni Arab and Iraqiya member Osama Al-Nujaifi was chosen as speaker, verbal clashes erupted, with Iraqiya complaining that the deal was not being honored. Iraqiya had wanted the three barred members to be reinstated before the vote to elect the president. When their demands were not met, around 60 lawmakers left the chamber. After some confusion, the remaining MPs began voting to reelect Talabani. Iraqiya has said its participation rests on four conditions: a bill forming the security body, a committee examining cases against political detainees, codifying the power-sharing deal and annulling the bans on the three Iraqiya members. Allawi has repeatedly accused Maliki of monopolizing security decisions during his first term. As far back as six months ago, US officials floated the idea of a new counterweight to the premier’s office in order to break the deadlock over the top job. US President Barack Obama hailed the agreement as a “milestone” in Iraq’s history. The government would be “representative, inclusive and reflect the will of the Iraqi people,” he said, adding that Washington had long lobbied for such a “broad-based government.” The US military, which currently has fewer than 50,000 soldiers in Iraq, is due to withdraw all of its forces by the end of 2011. Britain, a partner in the US-led invasion, called the deal a “significant step forward,” a sentiment echoed by France and Iraq’s northern neighbor Turkey. UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed the deal but urged Iraq’s leaders to “continue demonstrating the same spirit of partnership in moving swiftly to conclude the formation of a new government.” The Security Council said it “encourages Iraq’s leaders to rededicate themselves to the pursuit of national reconciliation,” and emphasized the importance of Iraq’s stability for the region. — AFP

Iran hangs serial killer TEHRAN: Iran hanged yesterday a serial killer convicted of murdering 16 women and girls over a four-year period, Fars news agency reported. Farid Baghlani was executed in a prison of the southwestern city of Ahvaz, the report said, adding families of the victims celebrated by handing out sweets to people in the detention facility. The report said

Baghlani began the killing spree at the port city of Abadan in 2004, and that he said during his trial that he carried out the murders out of hatred for women. The latest hanging brings the number of executions in Iran to at least 144 so far this year, according to an AFP count based on media reports. At least 270 people were executed in 2009. Iran is one of

the leading countries that carry out the death penalty each year, along with China, Saudi Arabia and the United States. The Islamic republic says the death penalty is essential to maintain public security and is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings. Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are all punishable by death in Iran. — AFP

Barack Obama, as a step forw ard in a country w ithout a new government since elections in March. Leaders from the three main parties to the pact met before a session of parliament yesterday and agreed to reconcile their differences and address the protests of the Sunni-backed bloc led by former premier Iyad Allaw i.

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Kurdish MPs Khaled Shwani (right) and Ala Talabani hold a press conference on the sidelines of a parliament session to discuss a power-sharing pact yesterday. — AFP



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nigeria army warns of action in oil delta Warning follows kidnappings, attacks A B UJ A : N iger ia ’s m ilit a r y t h r ea t en ed y est er d a y t o c a r r y ou t r a id s a ga in st c a m p s of c r im in a l ga n gs in t h e c r eek s of t h e oil-p r od u c in g N iger D elt a , a n d t old c iv ilia n s in t h e v ic in it y t o lea v e. A n y m a j or of f en siv e b y t h e a r m ed f or c es w ou ld b e t h e f ir st in t h e N iger D elt a , t h e h ea r t la n d of t h e O P E C m em b er ’s en er gy in d u st r y , sin c e

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PHOENIX: In this file photo, Ajak Dau Akech, a Sudanese war orphan and part of the group known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, pauses as he holds a hard-copy of his actual refugee identification document (with an internet page copy at right), thought lost for many years, at the Arizona Lost Boys Center. For many of the Lost Boys, the recovered 13,000 documents are the only record of their childhood and families, and the only photographs taken of them as children. This access became newly possible after a team of anthropologists and others scanned more than 100,000 pages of documents and photographs over four months before giving them to the center. — AP

EU in Kosovo probes organ trafficking PRISTINA: At least nine people, including a former senior Health Ministry official, are suspected of involvement in an international network that falsely promised poor people payment for their kidneys, then sold the organs for as much as §100,000 ($137,000), according to an indictment obtained by The Associated Press. The indictment is the starkest revelation of the extent of organized crime in the country since Kosovo declared independence in 2008. The organized criminal group trafficked people into Kosovo for the purpose of removing human organs for transplant, EU prosecutor Jonathan Ratel said in the indictment, which he filed in midOctober. Some 20 foreign nationals “were recruited with false promises of payments” in 2008, he wrote. Victims were promised up to $20,000 (§14,500), while recipients were required to pay between §80,000 and §100,000 euros ($110,000-$137,000). According to the indictment obtained by the AP on Thursday, the victims came from Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey, and lived in “extreme poverty or acute financial distress.” The EU prosecution has made requests to secure evidence from authorities in Canada, Germany, Kazakhstan and Turkey, including access to e-mails of two suspects on servers in the United States. Ratel is part of the EU’s 2,000-member police and justice mission, which is in charge of serious crime in Kosovo. Seven Kosovo nationals, including Ilir Rrecaj, a former senior Health Ministry official, have been charged with five counts, ranging from trafficking in persons to unlawful exercise of medical activity and abuse of power. None of the suspects are in custody. Kristiina Herodes, a spokesperson for the EU rule of law mission, confirmed the charges. “Five persons have been charged with offenses of trafficking in human organs, organized crime and abusing official authority and two are charged with unlawful exercise of medical activities,” Herodes said Friday. Two others - Turkish Dr Yusuf Sonmez and Moshe Harel, an Israeli citizen - are listed as wanted by Interpol. Sonmez is the subject of several criminal proceedings in other

countries, including Turkey, for human trafficking and removal of organs, according to the indictment. “Both Sonmez and Harel are fugitives from justice,” the indictment said. The prosecution alleges that one of those indicted, Kosovo surgeon Lutfi Dervishi, was the ringleader of the criminal group. It said Dervishi attended a medical conference in Istanbul in 2006 and asked for someone who could perform organ transplants. He was contacted by Sonmez six months later. Dervishi and Sonmez then carried out the operations in the private medical clinic Medicus,

managed by Dervishi’s son, Arban Dervishi, who is also indicted. Harel was involved in “identifying, recruiting and transporting victims” and “ensuring the delivery of cash payments by electronic bank transfer” prior to surgery, the indictment said. Two other doctors, Sokol Hajdini and Driton Jilta, are also indicted. Another two doctors, Israeli national Zaki Shapira and Turkish national Kenan Demirkol, are identified in the 46-page document as “unindicted co-conspirators.” Kosovo law forbids the removal and transplant of organs. In 2008, investigators closed the

private health clinic where the doctors worked as part of the initial investigation. Kosovo police launched a raid triggered by suspicions that a Turkish man had sold his kidney to an Israeli recipient after he appeared fatigued at Pristina airport while trying to board a flight to Turkey. The man, identified in the indictment as Yilman Altun, told Kosovo police at the airport he came to the Balkan country to donate his kidney on the invitation of the private clinics. A doctor found Altun was not in good medical condition, and sent him to the Pristina hospital for treatment. —AP

Thousands protest attacks against Iraqi Christians BRUSSELS: Several thousand people from across Europe gathered in Brussels yesterday to protest a recent escalation of violence against Christians in Iraq. “We want our voice to be heard by the European community,” said Suleyman Gultekin of the European Syriac Union, which organized the march. “We are attacked systematically” in Iraq. Syriac Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries and now make up a small minority in countries like Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. The demonstration follows a string of violent attacks against the Christian community in Iraq, which has already dwindled from 1.5 million to about 400,000 over the past decade. Gunmen stormed a Sunday Mass service in Baghdad on Oct 31, killing 68 people - including two priests - and injuring many others. Last Wednesday, five people were killed and 20 wounded in more than a dozen bombings and mortar attacks targeting Christian families in the Iraqi capital. “Since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, the Iraqi govern-

ment was not able to protect us,” Gultekin told The Associated Press. “So, our conclusion is that we need an autonomy in the north of Iraq to protect our people and to be in a safe and secure place.” Police estimated that about 4,000 people marched in the demonstration in pouring rain, although organizers said there were many more. They carried pictures of the two priests killed in the attack on the church and chanted slogans condemning violence against Christians in French, English and Arabic. Kamil Aho, a 30-year old Syrian, traveled to Brussels by bus from Paderborn, in northwestern Germany. “We are shouting so that everyone in the world can hear” what has been happening, he said. The march, led by a group of Syriac priests, culminated in a rally in front of the headquarters of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive. “Right now everybody is afraid,” said Father Noel Al Castoma, a Syriac priest who fled Iraq in 2004 and now lives in the Netherlands. — AP

BRUSSELS: A man holds a picture of a murdered priest in Baghdad, during a demonstration in support of Iraq’s Christian minority yesterday. — AP

“We have observed with concern some criminal acts within the past few days by some people claiming to be militants ... Many of these criminals are known to be hiding in camps within the creeks of the Niger Delta,” Chief of Defence Staff Oluseyi Petinrin said in a statement. “These camps will no longer be tolerated. To avoid any collateral damage, we are seizing this opportunity to instruct all law-abiding citizens who live around the vicinity of these camps to leave immediately,” the statement said. The region had been hit by years of militant attacks on oil infrastructure prior to the amnesty. At its peak, the unrest prevented Nigeria from pumping much above two thirds of its 3 million barrels per day (bpd) oil production capacity and cost it an estimated $1 billion a month in lost revenues. A resurgence in violence in the region would be an embarrassment for Jonathan, who is the first Nigerian head of state to come from the region and who faces a tough battle in presidential elections expected next April. The amnesty-considered one of the main achievements of the current administrationbrought more than a year without significant attacks on Africa’s biggest oil and gas industry. Thousands of gunmen laid down weapons, but the militants were always highly factionalised and new field commanders have started to emerge, security experts say. Foreign hostages The main militant group, the Movement of the Emancipation for the Niger Delta (MEND), kidnapped seven foreign crew members from an Afren oil rig on Sunday, including two Americans, two Frenchmen, two Indonesians and one Canadian. The group said on Friday the seven men were in good health but would be in its custody “for a while”. It said the two Americans and one of the Frenchmen were employees of Swiss-based Transocean, the second Frenchman worked for France’s Sodexo, the Indonesians worked for Century Energy Ltd and the Canadian worked for local firm Petroleum Projects International (PPI). MEND also claimed responsibility for twin car bombs near an independence day parade in Abuja on Oct 1 which killed at least 10 people, the group’s first attack in the capital. The government has insisted the amnesty is still on track. But there have been other attacks in the Niger Delta by criminal gangs in recent days, including the attack in Bayelsa state on the home of Timi Alaibe, Jonathan’s special adviser on the region who was responsible for implementing the amnesty. Aides said Alaibe was not at home at the time. Police in Bayelsa also said last Wednesday they had arrested two men who were trying to rig a car with explosives at a bus station in the state capital Yenagoa. They said the man had admitted carrying out previous attacks for MEND. —Reuters

MADRID: A man holds a fake machine gun yesterday during a demonstration to condemn a deadly Moroccan raid on a camp in the disputed Western Sahara. — AFP

60 face action following Morocco raid in Sahara RABAT: A total of 60 people face prosecution, six of them in a military court, following a Moroccan raid on a camp settlement in Western Sahara that left at least 12 dead, prosecutors said yesterday. A statement from the prosecution services in the territory’s main town of Laayoune said 67 people accused of crimes against the security forces and destruction of public and private property had been arrested, seven of whom had been cleared. Of the others 54 had been sent for questioning by an examining magistrate, while six would appear before a military judge, the statement said. These six include Annaama Asfari, 40, a supporter of the Polisario Front fighting for independence of the former Spanish possession which was annexed by Rabat in 1975. The dawn raid on Monday using water cannon and helicopters on a camp outside Laayoune housing 12,000 people caused international concern, especially in Spain. “Spain believes the circumstances of these events should be clarified urgently, and this is what we relayed to the Moroccan government,” Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez told a news conference Friday. Spain also wanted to

know what happened to a Spanish victim, Baby Hamadi Buyema, she said. Speaking in Alicante, his brother Lehmad Hamday Buyema said Moroccan police “brutally murdered” him in a car collision. Moroccan officials say the toll was 12 dead, including 10 from their security forces. But the Polisario Front said Moroccan forces killed dozens of people and wounded more than 4,500 while clearing the camp set up four weeks ago, apparently because of deteriorating living conditions locally. Spain’s foreign minister said Madrid regretted the loss of human life and expressed the solidarity of the Spanish people with the victims and their relatives. The Polisario, which fought a guerrilla war against the Moroccan presence until the United Nations brokered a ceasefire in 1991, wants a UNorganised referendum on self-determination, with independence as one of the options. Morocco has so far rejected any proposal that goes beyond greater autonomy. A third round of informal talks between the two sides on Western Sahara’s future held near New York ended Tuesday with both sides only agreeing to meet again in December. — AFP

Swiss feud over jailed hunger striker’s fate GENEVA: A jailed and ailing Swiss procannabis campaigner who has been on hunger strike for more than 75 days is at the centre of a row in Switzerland over whether or not he should be force-fed. The fate of Bernard Rappaz has pit the doctors refusing to force-feed him against a legal establishment intent on upholding his sentence and the regional authorities that sought Rappaz’s prosecution after a long feud. On Friday, Geneva’s university hospital, where the severely weakened 57 year-old is being held in a secure ward, formally rejected a court injunction ordering his force-feeding. The hospital cited both ethical and medical grounds because of his weakened condition. Rappaz, a hemp farmer, was sentenced to five years and eight months on drugs offences and money laundering in 2008 after years of conflict with the authorities in the southern canton of Valais. Convicted several times in the past for dealing in cannabis, he describes himself as a political prisoner. He was remanded to serve his sentence in March and interrupted an intermittent hunger strike for the last time in September. “He now weighs 60 kilograms (132 pounds) against 90 when he was imprisoned in March,” his lawyer, Aba Neeman, told AFP. As the rugged southern Swiss farmer’s life grew dangerously ill days before a request for a pardon is examined, commentators were pressing the country’s embarrassed political establishment to find a way out of the impasse. The Tages-Anzeiger newspaper on Friday raised the prospect of a tragic outcome.”If no one gives way, the case will be dramatic,” it warned. Rappaz has explicitly rejected medical assistance if he falls into a coma. Once the media seizes on the issue, “public opinion becomes the arbitor,” said Pascal Viot, a sociologist at the Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL). Viot said the standoff was entering a phase where humanitarian concerns usually took the upper hand,

creating the possibility for a behind-the-scenes deal. Switzerland’s supreme court confirmed last month that the authorities in Valais could order force feeding. However, Geneva hospital argued that such a step was “inapplicable” because of the “constraint that would be necessary,” after their patient “reiterated his absolute refusal to submit to it.” It invoked local, federal and international laws and underlined in a statement that Rappaz was capable of making a lucid choice, regardless of whether he was jailed or not. “Political and judicial authorities are taking the medical profession hostage by ordering force-feeding of an imprisoned hunger striker,” the director of the institute of biomedical ethics at the University of Geneva, Alexandre Mauron told AFP. Doctors should not be treated as “servants” for “the prestige and credibility of Swiss justice system,” he said. But one legal specialist who declined to be named told Le Temps newspaper that if doctors refused the court order to force-feed, they would be breaking the law. Ursula Cassany, a professor of criminal law, said they could be liable for “intentional homicide by omission” if they violated a legal obligation to prolong the life of a patient. Nevertheless, previous supreme court rulings indicated that the issue was not so clear cut, she added, notably in accepting passive euthanasia. The regional government in mountainous Valais, where Rappaz cultivated hemp and produced cannabis, will examine his request for a pardon on November 18. For some observers however, it is far from that it will be granted, given what they say is the uncompromising attitude of many of the political forces there. “The key message that authorities in the Rappaz affair must bring to bear is that blackmail will not pay,” the local branch of the hard right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) said. “One should not give in, never.” — AFP

Sudan bombing a mistake: Official MALAKAL: North Sudan’s military has bombed a disputed north-south border area, a UN official said yesterday, but a Southern Sudan army spokesman said the bombing was not a provocation. Col Philip Aguer, spokesman for the Sudan People’s Liberation Army which protects Southern Sudan, said the air attack, which occurred on Friday, hit the south region by mistake. Aguer said north Sudan military officers consulted with their southern counterparts through a joint military panel after the bombing and determined the bombs were launched in the north, but landed in Southern Sudan territory close by. The panel, called the Joint Defense Board, is part of the 2005 peace deal and is meant to help avoid misunderstandings between the armies of the north and the south. “The bomb fell in our territory by mistake and the SAF (Sudan Armed Forces) admitted it was not intentional,” said Aguer. He said the bombing took place in Northern

Bahr Gazal State, located in the southwest of the country and part of Southern Sudan, but would not give a precise location. Chiefs of staff from both armies spoke by telephone early yesterday, after the incident, Aguer said. He said there were casualties but declined to give details. Aguer said that north Sudan’s airforce possibly could have been targeting members of the Justice and Equality Movement rebel group, which has bases in Southern Darfur state bordering Northern Bahr Gazal. JEM is the most powerful of the Darfur rebel groups and has been fighting a rebellion in western Sudan’s since 2003. Several other rebel groups in the region have signed peace deals with the Sudanese government, but JEM remains one of the holdout groups. The top UN official in Southern Sudan, David Gressly, said Friday’s bombing took place in the “Kiir River valley” in southwestern Sudan. Gressly said the casualties are in the single

digits and a UN team is going to the area to assess the situation. The borders of Northern Bahr Gazal and Southern Darfur are in dispute. Under a 2005 peace deal the border between Southern Sudan and the north is supposed to be demarcated. That exercise, however, has been fraught with delays. The same peace deal also requires Southern Sudan holds an independence referendum in January to determine if they will remain a part of Sudan. There has been a lot of back and forth over whether that vote will be delayed, raising tensions and concerns there could be renewed conflict. Southerners fought a twodecade civil war against the Muslim, northern-dominated central government in which 2 million people died and more than a million headed north to escape the fighting. The independence referendum will be the culmination of the six-year transitional period that was part of the 2005 peace deal that ended that 20-year north-south conflict. —AP


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HICKORY: This file photo shows Zahra Clare Baker, 10, waiting to get a hearing aid at an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. —AP

Mystery deepens over disabled girl’s death HICKORY: Police were confident a freckle-faced disabled 10-year-old Australian-born girl was killed, but the mystery of how she died deepened when police said a set of remains was uncovered five miles (eight kilometers) away from where one of her bones was found. The bone, discovered in some brush alongside Zahra Baker’s prosthetic leg, was discovered in an area near where the family lived until mid-September. Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, is currently in jail, charged with trying to throw off investigators with a bogus ransom note. Her father, Adam Baker, has been arrested on charges unrelated to Zahra’s disappearance and is free on bail. Recently, Elisa Baker began cooperating with police and led them to the areas where the remains and the bone were found, though she has not been charged in Zahra’s death. “I’ve been dreading this moment from early on in the investigation,” said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins, who explained that investigators matched the bone with the child’s DNA. “We have recovered enough physical evidence to think we have found Zahra.” Soon after Zahra was reported missing, investigators cast doubt on accounts given by her father and stepmother. Police had trouble finding anyone other than Zahra’s parents who had seen her alive in the weeks before her disappearance, and a suspicious early morning fire occurred at the family’s home several hours before she was reported missing. It was then that police discovered a ransom note addressed to Adam Baker’s boss on the windshield of Baker’s car. Police went to that man’s house, and found him and his daughter to be fine. Elisa Baker, 42, admitted writing the note and has been charged with obstruction of justice, police said. Adam Baker, 33, is facing one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property, two counts of communicating threats and five counts of writing worthless checks, authorities said. Zahra, whose cancer forced her to use a prosthetic leg and hearing aids, was reported missing by her parents Oct. 9. They said she was last seen in her bed at their home in Hickory, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Charlotte. Zahra was born in Australia and moved to North Carolina about two years ago after her

father met his soon-to-be wife online. Zahra’s friends and relatives in Giru, Australia, described her as an outgoing, happy girl despite the cancer, and said she didn’t want to come to the US. “Investigators, agents, officers and staff who worked on this case are devastated that we were not able to find Zahra alive and bring her home safely,” said Adkins, who wouldn’t answer any questions at a news conference. District Attorney James Gaither Jr refused to say if the girl was dismembered or if any more charges were imminent. “I’m not going to discuss that right now,” Gaither said. Neighbors and relatives have said that Elisa Baker had a short temper and was abusive toward her stepdaughter. Caldwell County Department of Social Services investigated the family because Zahra went to school with bruises and a teacher alerted school officials, who have said they are prohibited by law from discussing the case. Zahra’s friends and family in Australia were less than thrilled when she moved away, especially since her medical treatments were free there. Kim Wright, who became something of a surrogate mother to Zahra in Australia, told The Associated Press they became friends four years ago at a cancer fundraising event. She was sitting in a chair waiting for her head to be shaved to raise money when Zahra approached, took her hand and told her not to be scared. Zahra was diagnosed with bone cancer about five years ago. She had her leg amputated and a few months later, doctors discovered tumors in her lungs. She had chemotherapy, but the treatment led to a partial hearing loss. Still, she remained upbeat, attending a camp for children with cancer and inspiring her fellow campers by taking part in all the physical activities. Zahra’s biological mother, Emily Dietrich, who lives in Australia, said she suffered postnatal depression after Zahra’s birth and handed over custody to Adam Baker. Later, though, she decided she wanted to be in the girl’s life and spent years trying to track the pair. But every time she found Baker, she said, he would disappear. Using the Internet, she discovered he was living in the US Just three days later, she said, Zahra was reported missing. —AP

Mexico pharma scandal results in suspensions MEXICO CITY: An audio recording of pharmaceutical company executives purportedly negotiating how much to offer as a kickback for a government contract has sparked investigations and the suspension of several businesspeople and a Mexican official, authorities said Friday. The tone and content of the recording suggest government corruption remains rife in Mexico despite years of reforms, as does collusion between big companies - a common problem in the highly monopolized economy. The government announced it was referring the matter to the antimonopoly commission as well as other agencies. On the tape, two men representing two big pharmaceutical firms discuss how much should be paid to an unidentified person to obtain an 80 million peso ($6.5 million) contract. After discussing dinner plans, one voice says: “You and I will reach an agreement on the issue of, I don’t know, how much.” “We have to talk about 3, between 3 and 4 percent, no?” he continues. “At least that much,” the other man responds. “I would say 5 ... if not, it won’t work out.” Ultimately they settle on “at least 5 percent” and later mention the name of a government health official - though nothing in the recording explicitly links that official to a possible bribe. The recording was made public earlier this week by the Televisa television network. Mexico’s Stendhal Laboratories said Thursday that

one of the voices was its president, Carlos Abelleyra, and that he and another employee had been “temporarily separated from the company.” “Our company stresses that the business activities mentioned and carried out by telephone by Mr Abelleyra were done in his own name. We categorically state that they had no commercial or business relation to our laboratory,” Stendhal said in a statement. Abelleyra told local media the discussion was not about kickbacks, but rather transportation costs. The other company reported to be involved, the local division of Swiss-based pharmaceuticals giant Novartis, would not confirm whether the second voice on the recording belonged to one of its executives. But Novartis expressed “surprise and concern” about the allegations and said in a statement that the company is investigating. Earlier, the Federal Public Administration Department, the oversight agency in charge of public servants, announced a probe. Meanwhile the Mexican Social Security Institute purchasing coordinator whose name was mentioned on the recording was also suspended. No charges have been filed against anyone. Many in Mexico hoped the country’s long tradition of rampant corruption would fade after historic 2000 presidential election that ended 71 years of single-party rule. A decade later, a number of reforms have been implemented

- for example, the current president does not control an official discretionary fund containing millions of dollars, as his predecessors did. But most Mexicans believe large sectors of the economy and especially public contracts are often still decided by influence, personal ties or bribery. Last month, Transparency International released a Global Corruption Perceptions Index that draws on surveys of experts and businesses. —AP

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is offering to add billions of dol- Jon Kyl who is seen as the key to winning enough support to ratify the New lars in funding for the US nuclear stockpile in a deal that it hopes will win START treaty, according to a congressional aide briefed on the proposal enough Republican support for approval of a nuclear arms control treaty Friday. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authowith Russia. White House officials outlined the proposal to Republican Sen rized to comment. The offer was for a boost of $4.1 billion in funding between 2012-2016 for the nuclear weapons complex that will go to maintaining and modernizing the arsenal and the laboratories that oversee that effort. An additional $1 billion would cover a deficit in the pension fund for the agency in charge of the stockpile and laboratories. The additional money comes on top of a boost of $10 million that the administration had already agreed to over 10 years. “This is a huge increase,” said Daryl Kimball, head of the private Arms Control Association. He noted that it is not certain that Congress will approve the funding, which will in any case have to be appropriated over time for each of the years in the proposal. The administration is scrambling to get enough Republican support in the Senate to ratify the New START treaty before the Democrats’ majority shrinks by six in January. In a sign of the urgency of the administration’s MIAMI: A group of former Pedro Pan children pose for a picture at Camp Matecumbe, where they spent time pitch, White House aides travtogether after arriving from Cuba in the early sixties, Friday, Nov 12, 2010. —AP eled to Kyl’s home state of Arizona to brief him on the proposal, the aide said. Officials also briefed Republican Sen. Bob Corker. The aide said that the administration has also conveyed to Republican lawmakers that its offer is contingent on passing the treaty before the end of the year and that Democratic support for the MIAMI: The last thing 13-yeararrival, Spanish children’s tunes friends and God, she says. A south Miami suburb of Kendall, boost in funding would likely old Mercedes Argiz’s father told exhorting communists to leave teacher warned her to replace the former Pedro Pan children evaporate, if the treaty stalls. her before she boarded the plane Cuba while promising God with the name of revolution- walked the grounds of what were Details of the proposal were from Cuba to the US was: “I will “Americans” they would be ary leader Fidel Castro. Precht- once dorms for the newly arrived made available to Senate staff, see you for Christmas.” That friends. Cuban officials and Matuschek didn’t, and the local teenage boys. Julio A Martinez, including aides on the was nearly half a century ago, some researchers have long dignitaries in attendance were now a Miami-Dade County civil Appropriations Committee just days before the Cuban engineer, recalled sleeping in maintained the effort was a CIA- not pleased. Friday. Missile Crisis. She never saw A short time later, her family tents as the number of children backed plot to create a brainIt was not clear whether the him again. Argiz was one of drain from the island. The US was informed she was selected arriving outpaced dormitory offer had swayed Kyl and his more than 14,000 Cuban chilgovernment denies those accu- to go to Russia to continue her space, unable to fall asleep office declined to comment. dren spirited out of the country studies. Precht-Matuschek’s because he was terrified of the sations. The White House had no immebetween late 1960 and 1962 on Argiz, who now goes by her family was able to get her a tem- rattle snakes that haunted the diate comment on the offer. the so-called Operation Pedro married name Precht- porary visa, promising she would nearby pine and palmetto tree The treaty would reduce the Pan flights organized by the Matuschek, says it was her own soon return. After a brief stay in woods. Housing developments limit on strategic warheads to Roman Catholic Church followexperience that prompted her the camps, she ended up with a and shopping malls have dis1,550 for each country from the ing the Cuban revolution. On departure. After the govern- wealthy family in Cincinnati until placed most of the tangled forest. current ceiling of 2,200. It also Friday, she flew from northern ment shut down her Catholic she was reunited with her The camp is now an activity cenwould set up new procedures to Virginia to join more than 100 school, she was transferred to a younger brother and mother five ter for children with disabilities. allow both countries to inspect other Cuban-Americans in communist-run public school years later. She says her father, But for Martinez and his friend each other’s arsenals to verify Miami to mark the 50th anniverwhere she excelled. Asked to who had owned a canning com- Andres Garcia Fernandez of San compliance. Kyl has mainsary of their exodus and tour the recite a poem at the school pany before the revolution, was Francisco, returning for the first tained that boosting funding for South Florida refugee camps time in 50 years, it was as if time year’s closing ceremonies, she not allowed to leave. the stockpile would ease they first stayed in. The Pedro At Camp Matecumbe in the had stood still. —AP planned to thank her family, Republican concerns about the Pan effort - the term is Spanish for the fictional character Peter treaty by demonstrating that Pan - was organized at the the administration is serious behest of Cuban parents, fearful about maintaining a robust US of the new communist governnuclear deterrent. A number of ment’s efforts to take control of his Republican colleagues have their children. Most of the said they will follow Kyl’s lead refugees spent time in one of on the treaty, so his approval several Florida refugee camps could push support beyond the before they moved into foster 67 votes the administration homes or orphanages around the needs for ratification, although country. many Republicans still are likeThe children thought they ly to oppose it. would be reunited with their Some Republicans have parents within a few weeks. But argued that the treaty would heightened tension between the limit US missile defense two countries following the misoptions and does not provide sile crisis - the nuclear standoff adequate procedures to verify over missile sites on the island that Russia is living up to its meant many had to wait years to terms. Advocates dispute both see their parents again. Some charges. The administration is never did. On Friday, dozens of worried that ratification could Pedro Pan veterans cheered and slip out of reach if a vote were shouted as they hugged friends to be delayed. Failure to win they had not seen since childpassage could trip up one of hood. They waved American and the administration’s top forCuban flags and sang the camp eign policy goals: improving songs they learned upon their relations with Russia. —AP

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Japan, Russia leaders meet after islands row chills ties Russia calls on Japan to abandon emotional statements YOKOHAMA: The J apanese and Russian foreign ministers agreed to improve ties after tensions flared over disputed northern islands but Russia urged J apan to abandon its emotional stance on the issue and talk business instead. J apanese Prime Minister “Our president said that it is better to abandon emotional statements and diplomatic gestures because they do not help at all, but he proposed to change the approach and prioritise the economy,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a briefing in Tokyo. The diplomatic chill followed this month’s visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to one of the islands, Kunashir, or Kunashiri in Japanese, the first by a Kremlin leader. The visit ignited long-simmering tensions over the island chain north of Japan. Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama told reporters that Kan told Medvedev his visit to Kunashir island was unacceptable. Lavrov said Russia reiterated its position on the issue. “The President decides himself which Russian region to visit. This is our territory and things will stay this way and I hope that our Japanese colleagues will take a more adequate approach to this,” Lavrov said.

Naoto Kan brought up the territorial dispute in a meeting w ith Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Community (APEC) leaders yesterday, officials on both sides said.

Political noise The Soviet Union occupied the four islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan and the Southern Kuriles in Russia, at the end of World War Two and the row has weighed on relations ever since, precluding a formal peace treaty. The dispute has added to domestic problems for Kan, who is grappling with a divided parliament and is under fire for what critics say was his mishandling of a separate territorial row with China. The quarrels have helped to push Kan’s support rating to its lowest since he took office five months ago. Lavrov said Medvedev invited Kan to visit Russia and Kan accepted the invitation. Russia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, wants to diversify trade away from Europe where demand is likely to stagnate, and turns its attention to the booming Asian region. Medvedev recently visited a number of Asian

countries. While in South Korea for the Group of 20 summit earlier this week, Medvedev said the region had serious potential for conflicts. Japan’s share in Russia’s trade fell to 3 percent in 2009 from 4 percent in 2008, amounting to $15 billion, while China’s share grew to 8.4 percent from 7.6 percent. China has become Russia’s largest trading partner in 2010. A number of Japanese companies, including Toyota Motor and Komatsu Ltd, opened plants in Russia. Oleg Deripaska, CEO of the world’s top aluminium maker UC RUSAL, said the spat had so far had no impact on the Russian-Japanese economic relationship, adding that Japanese companies were looking for contracts in Russia. “In today’s world Japan needs Russia and Russia needs Japan as a source for technology and a source of demand for our goods. This (dispute) is political noise made for domestic consumption,” Deripaska told reporters. — Reuters

North Korea builds light-water reactor

SLEMAN: Internally displaced children play on piles of donated clothes. Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano has killed 240 people since it began erupting late last month, with more than 4,00,000 people in makeshift camps, an official said yesterday. — AFP

Indonesia volcano toll rises to 240 KEPUHARJO: Indonesia’s most active volcano has claimed the lives of 240 people since it began erupting last month, sending almost 400,000 fleeing into makeshift camps, an official said yesterday. The authorities have warned people living in the temporary shelters not to return to their homes as Mount Merapi, which lies at the centre of Java island, remained highly active and unpredictable. “We don’t know and cannot predict the next big eruptions, so refugees still have to stay in makeshift camps until further evaluations,” government volcanologist Subandrio said. “Merapi activity is still high and it still has an alert status.” A disaster management official said the death toll had now reached 240 after rescuers recovered more bodies from the disaster zone, while about 390,000 people have fled their homes. Many of the dead were buried under fast-flowing torrents of boiling hot gas and rock that incinerated villages when the volcano exploded on November 5 in its biggest eruption in over a century. Mount Merapi, a sacred landmark in Javanese tradition whose name translates as “Mountain of Fire”, emitted more heat clouds late Friday for about an hour, reaching as far as 10 kilometers (six miles) away from the crater.

“It recently belched ash upward as high as 1,200 metres. Then the ash blew to the south and southwest of the volcano,” Subandrio said. The government has declared a danger zone that stretches as far as 20 kilometers from the volcano, which first started erupting in late October. Subandrio said several Japanese volcanologists were in the area to assist in monitoring the volcano’s activity and would be installing several “infrasonic sensors” that could monitor air pressure caused by the eruptions. “The sensors will be placed around 20 kilometers away from the crater. These devices will improve our ability to observe Merapi’s activity” Subandrio said. The airport serving the nearest city of Yogyakarta, which lies around 25 kilometers south of the volcano-has been closed until Monday because of ash clouds. Although there has been no report of volcanic ash clouding the area around Jakarta, 430 kilometers to the west, dozens of international flights were cancelled this week for safety reasons. The ash also forced US President Barack Obama to cut short his trip to the sprawling archipelago on Wednesday. Merapi killed around 1,300 people in 1930 but experts say the current eruptions are its biggest convulsions since 1872. — AFP

SEOUL: North Korea has begun building an experimental light-water reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a news report said yesterday. The reactor will be able to generate about 25 to 30 megawatts of electricity, Siegfried Hecker, former director of the US Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory, told reporters in Beijing after a trip to North Korea, according to Japan’s Kyodo News agency. Hecker said construction of the reactor has just begun and it is likely to take several years to complete, according to Kyodo. In March, North Korea said it would build a light-water power plant using its own nuclear fuel in the near future. Building a light-water reactor would give the country a reason to enrich uranium, which at low levels can be used in power reactors, and at higher levels in nuclear bombs. Recent satellite images of the Yongbyon complex have shown new activity there, the Institute for Science and International Security said in September. South Korea is aware of some movements at the nuclear complex and needs to further analyze North Korea’s intentions, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said on condition of anonymity. Lee Byung-ryung, a South Korean nuclear expert who was involved in a now-canceled USled project to build two light-water reactors in North Korea, said a reactor of that size “doesn’t appear to be a meaningful source of electricity because it is small.” Under a 1994 deal to freeze North Korea’s atomic program, the US and other nations promised the energy-starved North two light-water reactors that would have be less likely to lead to nuclear proliferation. The deal collapsed in 2002 when the US accused North Korea of running a secret uranium enrichment program. After nearly seven years of adamant denials, North Korea announced last year that it was in the final stages of uranium enrichment - a process that would give it a second way to build atomic bombs in addition to its earlier plutonium program. There has been no recent sign of progress in restarting stalled talks on ending North Korea’s nuclear programs. North Korea carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and in 2009, drawing international sanctions each time. Just before the second test, North Korea quit the nuclear talks, but it has recently expressed a willingness to rejoin the negotiations, which involve the two Koreas, the United States, China, Russia and Japan. However, South Korea and the US have said North Korea must first take specific moves to demonstrate its sincerity. — AP

Macau moves against Nobel winner protest

TAIPEI: Taiwanese protester makes up like Na’vi clan and shouts slogan to voice their opposition to Taiwan government policy for petrochemical industry yesterday. — AP

MACAU: Authorities in the Chinese territory of Macau moved to thwart protests calling for the release of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo during a visit by Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday. Immigration officials in the former Portuguese colony, now part of China, refused entry to a prominent opposition lawmaker from nearby Hong Kong, Albert Ho, who planned to join in the protests. Ho, chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, said he and four activists were stopped and briefly detained before being sent back to Hong Kong. “They said we would be causing a threat to internal security,” Ho told AFP. “I’m not surprised, but this shows the Macanese government is not respecting freedom of expression and opinion.” Another Hong Kong legislator, Lee Cheukyan, was also turned away by Macau immigration, local Hong Kong radio RTHK reported. Macau police stepped up security ahead of Wen’s arrival for a two-day economic forum, his first visit to the city as premier. About 200 protesters marched yesterday to the office of Macau’s chief executive Fernando Chui, calling for the release of the Nobel winner-who is serving an 11 year sentence on subversion charges-and for more affordable housing in the gambling hub where real estate prices have skyrocketed. “One of our protest organizers has been arrested by the police this morning and charged with endangering public safety,” one activist told reporters. “Is this not white terror on the police’s part?” The Chinese premier is meeting representatives from seven Portuguese-speaking countries, including Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates and officials from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and East Timor. Liu was jailed in December after co-authoring Charter 08, a petition calling for sweeping political reform that has been circulated online and signed by thousands. China has said Liu’s Nobel honour was tantamount to “encouraging crime” and warned European and other governments not to support the veteran activist. — AFP

NEW DELHI: Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters celebrate her release yesterday. — AP

Suu Kyi supporters ecstatic over idol’s release finally YANGON: It was the moment they had been hoping and praying for-the barricades came down, the crowd surged forward and then, finally, a small smiling figure appeared to a roar of cheers and applause. Thousands of supporters erupted in cries of joy yesterday as their heroine Aung San Suu Kyi finally greeted them after seven years of house arrest at the hands of the Myanmar military regime. People hugged each other, jumped around and chanted “May Suu Kyi be in good health!” as they packed the street leading up to the 65-year-old’s Yangon house, which had been sealed until moments before. Suu Kyi, who wore a flower in her hair given her by well wishers, looked happy and healthy. Onlookers jostled to take photographs of her with their mobile telephones. She appeared twice in front of the ecstatic crowds and gamely attempted to address them without a microphone while thousands of people roared with delight. “We are so glad. It is not only the release of Suu Kyi, but also the release of the people,” said one member of the democracy icon’s National League for Democracy (NLD) movement. After her appearance, many people stayed close to the house holding pictures of their heroine and clapping. Out on the streets, groups of strangers greeted each other with hugs and handshakes. Many people were wearing T-shirts

bearing the face of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, accompanied with the words “We stand with Aung San Suu Kyi”. Passengers on a passing bus, informed through the window of Suu Kyi’s release, cheered with joy. “She looks healthy and had her usual radiant smile,” said an Indian national who gave his name as Simon. “It’s a historic day, I am sure she will continue her struggle for democracy, I hope there will be peace in Myanmar.” British Ambassador Andrew Heyn, who was in the crowd, said the release was “long overdue”. “The people are very excited it shows how much hope Aung San Suu Kyi represents,” he said. “Suu Kyi can now speak to the Burmese people freely.” The scenes of open support were rare sights in a country where the military has ruled with an iron fist for nearly half a century and political dissent has often been met with brutal army crackdowns and long prison spells. Earlier, people had gathered with hope and fear at the barriers that blocked off Suu Kyi’s compound as undercover security personnel moved through the crowd with video cameras and police trucks patrolled the city. But when the police took down the barriers and news of her release spread, the crowd surged down her street. Their long wait was finally over. — AFP

YOKOHAMA: Protestors march holding Japanese national flags during a demonstration denouncing China during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) yesterday. — AFP

Japan, China leaders meet amidst protests YOKOHAMA: The leaders of Japan and China met on the sidelines of a Pacific Rim summit yesterday for their first formal talks since a territorial dispute erupted two months ago that badly strained ties between the Asian neighbors. The meeting between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is in Japan for the annual summit of 21 Pacific Rim countries and territories, was announced at the last minute and lasted less than a half hour. Thousands of flag-waving Japanese angry over the island dispute held a protest march just before the talks began. Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama said Kan and Hu both expressed their positions on the island issue, and agreed developing strategic relations between the two countries would benefit not only the two sides but also the region and the world. Fukuyama did not elaborate on whether the two made any progress toward reconciling those positions, but said the two leaders did agree on other broad issues, including private-sector cooperation and exchanges. He said the fact the talks were held at all showed progress. “The formal bilateral talks mark a major step forward in improving Japan-China relations,” Fukuyama said. “This is a very important time for both of our countries.” Relations between Tokyo and Beijing have been fraught after Japan arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain whose boat collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near disputed islands in the East China Sea on Sept 7. Japan released the captain, but Beijing demanded an apology and compensation, prompting Tokyo to demand that Beijing pay for damage to the patrol boats. The dispute sparked nationalism in both countries, with numerous demonstrations in Chinese cities in recent weeks. Just before Hu met Kan, thousands of Japanese protesters gathered for an anti-China rally near

the summit venue, waving Japanese flags and shouting “defend our territory” and “defeat Chinese imperialism.” Though the group that organized the protest is right-ofcenter, emotions have been high among a broad swath of Japanese who feel their country - which invaded and colonized parts of China during World War II - is being bullied by a China newly emboldened by its economic rise and swelling international clout. Japan is also dealing with a dispute with Russia, which claims islands to its north. In a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev right after the Hu summit, Kan protested a visit Medvedev made to one of the islands earlier this month. Some shoppers applauded as the march passed by Yokohama’s biggest train station. In the wake of the incident, Beijing cut off ministerial-level contacts with Japan, repeatedly summoned Tokyo’s ambassador to complain, and postponed talks on the joint development of undersea natural gas fields. China also quietly halted exports to Japan of rare earth metals, which are essential for making high-tech products. Kan and Hu had brief encounters on the sidelines of meetings in Brussels, Belgium, and Hanoi, Vietnam, but had not held a formal meeting before yesterday. Last week, a video showing the Sept 7 collisions was leaked on YouTube, prompting concerns about a fresh flare-up of tensions. A coast guard officer who admitted posting the video is being questioned by police. The video had been kept secret, other than an edited version shown to some legislators, angering some in Japan who thought it may be evidence of Chinese wrongdoing. The video shows the fishing boat ramming into a Japanese patrol vessel amid screams and wailing sirens. Fukuyama said the video did not come up in the talks. — AP

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Taleban mount series of attacks in Afghanistan NATO base, airport hit by suicide bombers in east J ALALABAD: Taleban fighters attacked a foreign military base at the main airport in Afghanistan’s east yesterday, one of four incidents in 24 hours that marked a sudden upsw ing in violence. In an apparent demonstration that the

DHAKA: Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists scuffle with the police yesterday. — AP

Violence in Bangladesh as Ex-PM ordered from home DHAKA: Police in Bangladesh fired tear gas and rubber bullets yesterday to clear demonstrators trying to prevent authorities from evicting the leader of the opposition from a home she has occupied since 1982. At least 50 people were injured and more than 20 demonstrators were detained. Police and witnesses said up to 4,000 protesters, armed with sticks and stones, set fire to vehicles and attacked officers near the headquarters of former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party. A similar number skirmished with officers outside the house in the Dhaka garrison which she has long leased from the government. “Sporadic violence is continuing. We are trying to disperse the activists,” an officer told Reuters outside the garrison. Clashes intensified as security forces cordoned off Khaleda’s residence in the garrison as a deadline set by the High court on Friday

neared for her to vacate the house. It was not immediately clear whether the former prime minister had vacated the house. A defence ministry spokesman said authorities hoped Khaleda would leave to show compliance with the law and move into the house reserved for the leader of the opposition. Khaleda’s residence on a sprawling compound was leased to her by the government in 1982, after her husband, former president General Ziaur Rahman, was killed in an abortive coup. The government of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cancelled the lease last year to put up multi-storey buildings to accommodate families of army officers killed in a mutiny in a paramilitary unit headquarters in Dhaka. Hasina was elected for the first time in 1996 and again in 2008 in an election held under an army-backed interim government. — Reuters

Delhi cops go easy on female victims NEW DELHI: Police in Delhi hope to make it easier for women to report abuse by putting female officers at front desks in police stations across the Indian capital, officials said yesterday. Among Indian cities, Delhi logs a high number of crimes against women, including murder, rape and sexual harassment - or “eveteasing” as it’s called in India. National statistics show the capital accounted for 17.5 percent of 2007 abuse reports, more than twice as many as Hyderabad, which reported 7.8 percent of such crimes that year. But most cases still go unreported because victims fear having to face male police officers who dismiss or deride their complaints. The problem is “the mindset of the police they come from the socialization that women are to blame,” said Ranjana Kumari, director of Delhi’s Center for Social Research. “The victim is further victimized by this behavior.” Starting this week, police will begin placing female officers at front desks in each of Delhi’s 185 police stations, police spokesman Rajan Bhajat said. “We have women police officers who can interact with the victims,” said Sudhir Yadav, joint police commissioner overseeing the division on crimes against women. “This will organize and

formalize the situation ... so that the woman is feeling more comfortable.” The change is part of an overall drive to improve protection for women, as the number of abuse cases rises with India’s economic boom bringing social turbulence, sexy marketing images and more women into the work place. Delhi has improved its police response over the past decade, training officers in sensitivity and adding a special department to address such cases. Delhi’s metro has designated one “women only” car in every train. And women’s organizations such as Kumari’s are sending counselors to work with victims and police teams. “Women are out and about more” in society, Kumari said. “But society is still very restrictive in terms of allowing boys and girls to meet and date before marriage.” So there is more temptation, more tension - and ultimately more cases of rape. India recorded 21,467 rape cases in 2008, up 18 percent from the 18,233 cases in 2004, according to the latest figures from the National Crime Records Bureau. Other crimes are also rising, including sexual harassment, abuse and killings over dowry disputes, despite stringent laws that mandate life in prison as punishment. — AP

Afghan marines learn lessons from tragedy PATROL BASE FULOD: The first time US Marines went on patrol from this base in southern Afghanistan, the Taleban were ready. The militants shot and killed a 21-year-old lance corporal just 150 feet from the perimeter. Irvin Ceniceros, from Clarksville, Arkansas, was one of nine Americans who died in the four days after Marines assumed command of Afghanistan’s most dangerous district - a sign that no amount of training can fully prepare a unit for the battlefield. The Marines patrolling through the green fields and tall mud compounds of Helmand province’s Sangin district say they are literally in a race for their lives. They are trying to adjust their tactics to outwit Taleban fighters, who have killed more coalition troops here than in any other Afghan district this year. “As a new unit coming in, you are at a distinct disadvantage because the Taleban have been fighting here for years, have established fighting positions and have laid the ground with a ton of IEDs,” said Lt Col Jason Morris, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. “You have to evolve quickly because you have no other choice.” Many of the younger Marines also have had to cope for the first time with seeing their best friends die or suffer grievous wounds. Fifteen Marines have been killed and about 50 wounded since the battalion arrived in October - many by improvised explosive devices or IEDs. “You really can’t prepare a Marine to lose his good buddy or see another one of his buddies with both his legs blown off,” said Capt. Chris Esrey, commander of the battalion’s India Company. “The best way to overcome that is to get right back out on a patrol the next day because it doesn’t happen every time you go out.” Ceniceros, who was killed on Oct 14, was a member of India Company’s 3rd Platoon stationed at Patrol Base Fulod - a dusty outpost just up the road from the district center that Marines inherited from British forces. The British withdrew in September after four years of fighting that killed more than 100 British soldiers. Despite the previous occupants, the Marines who pushed out with Ceniceros that fateful afternoon said they didn’t realize how dangerous the mud compounds to the south of the base were until the Taleban unleashed a stream of machine-gun fire, pinning down two Marines. “We kind of snuck our nose in the south to see what the south was about and we found out real quick that you don’t go south unless you have a lot of dudes,” said Sgt Adam Keliipaakaua, who was leading

the patrol. Ceniceros managed to save the two Marines who were pinned down by covering their escape with a hail of bullets. He later took a fatal round to the chest just above his body armor as the Marines were trying to make their way back to base. “He died like he lived, a freaking hero caring about other people,” said Lt Joe Patterson, 31, of Owasso, Oklahoma. Patterson is the 3rd Platoon’s commander. Keliipaakaua, 26, of Newport News, Virginia, said Ceniceros’ tragic death offered critical lessons that can be learned only on the battlefield and might help save others. “You learn from it, you adapt to it and you give it back to the enemy,” he said. The Marines now have a better idea of where they will be ambushed around their base and have doubled the size of their patrols to increase the amount of firepower they can direct toward the Taleban. On Thursday, the Marines killed 15 militants in an hourlong firefight, according to NATO. Those who patrol through the main bazaar in the district center now know to look to the skies. They said the Taleban often fly white kites over the local mosque to signal the presence of the Marines. The Taleban like to attack using so-called “murder holes” - small holes carved into strong mud walls that allow the insurgents to shoot without exposing themselves. The militants also scout the routes the Marines will likely use to evacuate their casualties so they can attack them. As four Marines carried Ceniceros up an alleyway toward the base, they had to dodge a stream of bullets, said Keliipaakaua. To avoid walking into a firefight, the Marines look to see whether kids are around. Their absence could mean an impending attack, but the Taleban also use children as spotters, so the tactic isn’t foolproof. “A little kid will run around the corner and run back, and a minute later you are being shot at,” said Keliipaakaua. But the threat of an ambush pales in comparison to the biggest danger lurking in Sangin and much of Afghanistan: the scores of IEDs buried in roads, trails, compounds and even canals. Many are largely constructed out of wood or plastic, making them very difficult to detect. Three days after Ceniceros was killed, another member of 3rd Platoon, Cpl. David Noblit, stepped on an IED in a compound located in dense vegetation across the street from Patrol Base Fulod. Noblit survived the explosion but lost both his legs.—AP

The attacks will likely send a clear message to NATO leaders who will gather for a summit in Lisbon next week that the security question in Afghanistan is still far from resolved, and that the Taleban remain a formidable enemy. The spike in violence could not come at a worse time for European NATO leaders, who are feeling increasing pressure at home amid sagging support for the drawn-out war. Yesterday’s attacks in Jalalabad, Kunduz and Kunar also came on the day that marked the ninth anniversary of the Taleban being overthrown in Kabul by US-backed Afghan forces for harboring AlQaeda before the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. The spike in violence also comes as US President Barack Obama is due to review his Afghanistan war strategy next month. His commanders have been talking up recent successes and he remains committed to starting a gradual troop drawdown from July 2011, but increased violence would send a terrible message after Obama’s Democrats were mauled in mid-term elections last week. It also comes as acceptance of the need for a negotiated settlement grows, with peace talks being approached gingerly. Analysts say that the Taleban have proved in the past that they can time attacks to coincide with important events elsewhere in the world and that a sudden jump in such attacks would not be surprising given the high stakes. They could at the same time be looking to position themselves as a legitimate ruling force again after holding off the West’s military strategy for the past nine years. “From one side, the Taleban would like to show that the United States could not defeat them militarily in the past nine years and from other side want to introduce themselves as an acceptable political force, too,” said Ghulam Jelani Zwak, director of the Afghan Analytical and Advisory Centre. Explosions, gunfire Violence is at its worst across Afghanistan since the Taleban were overthrown in 2001, with civilian and military casualties at record levels despite the presence of 150,000 foreign troops. In Jalalabad, at least eight insurgents, including two suicide bombers, attacked a forward operating base run by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) which shares the main airport in the key eastern city near Pakistan. Smoke was seen rising from the area and explosions and gunfire were heard, a Reuters witness said. Helicopters flew overhead during the attack and the bodies of at least one suicide bomber and one other attacker were seen near the airport. “We killed six insurgents, two with suicide vests,” a spokesman for ISAF said. Afghan and ISAF troops responded after coming under small-arms fire, the coalition said. It said no Afghan or ISAF troops were killed during the attack. A Reuters witness said the bodies of three fighters, dressed in Afghan army uniforms and carrying rocket-propelled grenades, small arms and a heavy machinegun, were lying near the base. Taleban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said by telephone from an undisclosed location that 14 suicide bombers were involved in the attacks and that as many as 30 foreign soldiers had been killed. The Taleban often exaggerate the details of attacks and play down the numbers of their own casualties. On Oct 30, the Taleban staged a massed assault on a small outpost in nearby Paktika province. ISAF said at least 40 insurgents were killed in that raid, although Afghan officials put the toll as high as 80. Just north of Nangarhar province, of which Jalalabad is the capital, fighting between Taleban insurgents and Afghan and ISAF troops in Kunar province went on for several hours. Three Taleban fighters were killed, ISAF said. In Kunduz, which has become a jumping-off point for attacks in the north over the past year, a bomb hidden on a motorcycle killed at least 10 civilians, including three children, and wounded 18, a district official and the Interior Ministry said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Kunduz attack, although Haqyar said it had likely been carried by “enemies of Afghanistan”, a term commonly used to describe the Taleban. On Friday, a suicide car bomber hit a convoy of Afghan and ISAF troops on Kabul’s outskirts, the first attack in the capital in three months. Two soldiers were wounded. — Reuters

insurgency has not been w eakened despite NATO-led forces saying they have made gains, militants mounted attacks in J alalabad and Kunar in the east and northern tow n Kunduz, as w ell as in the capital Kabul on Friday.

JALALABAD: An Afghan National Army soldier (left) gestures as the body of a suspected Taleban fighter, disguised as an Afghan National Army soldier, lies on a road following an attack on the Jalalabad military air base yesterday. — AP

Elected govt failed Pakistan: Musharraf WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf said Friday that all elected governments have failed the country, as he tries to mount a political comeback. On a speaking tour of the United States, Musharraf said he wanted to return to power through popular will but did not agree that “we want a democratically elected government and that is all, period.” “The important thing for an elected government is to deliver to the people and to the state. If that is not happening, that is the problem in Pakistan,” Musharraf told National Public Radio. “Unfortunately, the civil governments have never performed. And I repeat: Never

performed in its history. They have never,” Musharraf said. During other appearances before US audiences, Musharraf has criticized the response of President Asif Ali Zardari and the civilian government to floods that affected 21 million people. Pakistan, then the army chief, seized power in 1999 when he was flying back from a trip and then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tried to fire him. Musharraf stood by his actions, saying Sharif “deposed himself” through his “unconstitutional” actions. But Musharraf acknowledged that the army-now under different leadership was unlikely to welcome

him back and said he wanted to return “through the mandate of the people.” Musharraf became a close partner of the United States following the September 11, 2001 attacks, when he dropped Pakistan’s support of Afghanistan’s Taleban and assisted the war. He stepped down in 2008 after his efforts to control the judiciary triggered an uproar. Many observers give Musharraf slim chances of returning to power due to his lack of a political base. US President Barack Obama’s administration, while maintaining cooperation with the military, has focused on building democratic institutions in Pakistan. — AFP



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The two lives of Angela Merkel By Andreas Rinke and Stephen Brown erman conservative party headquarters is rocking. To the heavy thud of AC/DC, hundreds of young party members throng the foyer of Konrad Adenauer House in Berlin waving posters and talking over the music. Music over, they listen with rapt attention and regular applause to Germany's most popular politician-approval rating a record 74 percentspeak about passion and leadership. With Germany taking on a more assured and outspoken role in Europe, its economy moving into what the economy minister has called an "XL recovery", and no national elections to worry about for three years, there's every reason for Angela Merkel's government to bask in the glow of success. Unfortunately for the German chancellor, neither she nor her Christian Democratic Party (CDU) is the object of the chants and adulation at this rally of young conservatives on a Saturday afternoon in October. Instead, the calls-"KT! KT! KT!"- refer to Merkel's debonair 38-yearold defence minister from the CDU's smaller, more conservative Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU). "KT" is Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg -- or to give him his full dues, Karl Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester, Baron von und zu Guttenberg. Pictures of Guttenberg and his wife Stephanie, the great-greatgranddaughter of the "Iron Chancellor" Otto von Bismarck-architect of German unification in the 19th century -- frequently decorate the covers of newspapers and magazines. It may surprise many, especially those outside Germany, that the young noble is even considered a serious rival to the woman widely known as the new Iron Chancellor. But with the ruling coalition struggling in the polls, and some party insiders accusing her of weak leadership and a lack of enthusiasm, Merkel is beginning to look like a politician fighting for survival. In a Forsa survey in mid-October, 23 percent of respondents said Guttenberg would make a better chancellor than Merkel, with just 14 percent preferring the incumbent. More strikingly, nearly half the Germans polled saw no difference between the two leaders' abilities-something of an insult to the 56-year-old chancellor, re-elected just a year ago and in the front line of German politics for almost two decades. Guttenberg, who entered parliament just eight years ago, may turn out to be a flash in the pan. But his rise does highlight a contradiction about Angela Merkel: after five years as the most powerful person in Germany, her star seems to be waning at home even as it rises abroad. "There seem to be two Merkels-one abroad, one at home," says


Eberhard Sandschneider, research chief for the DGAP foreign policy think-tank. "It is a pattern in German politics and is similar to what her predecessors Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl experienced." IRON CHANCELLOR OF EUROPE In person, Merkel comes across as a supremely confident politician of growing global stature. Unemployment is at an 18-year low and Germany, unlike historic rivals France and Britain, has avoided the drastic austerity measures that have filled French streets with protesters and will chop almost half a million public-sector jobs in Britain. The economy, motoring along at 2.2 percent growth, looks likely to expand steadily from now until her second term ends in 2013. Germany's growing assertiveness on the international stage has just been cemented by a new two-year turn on the United Nations Security Council. Merkel can also draw confidence from the fact that almost all her former internal rivals for leadership of the CDU have left politics. Younger ministers call her "Mutti" (Mum) with a mixture of respect and fondness. Guttenberg might impress with his easy style, but Merkel exudes experience, learnt from surviving in two different ideological systems and through crucial posts like environment minister in the 1990s and, since the 1998 defeat of her mentor Helmut Kohl, at the helm of the CDU. If Kohl taught Merkel anything, it was to focus on the end result. Visitors to Merkel's office on the 7th floor of the "Washing Machine", as the startling modern chancellery with its huge round windows is nicknamed, are immediately struck by her ambition. One clue, standing on a shelf behind her desk, is a small portrait of Catherine the Great, the German-born Russian empress with whom she seems to share a vision of transforming her country. "I want to ensure that in 2050 Germany and Europe are still taken seriously by the world, not just considered sanctuaries to the arts and beautiful old things," Merkel told Reuters when asked to define her ambitions. As the leader of Europe's biggest economy, Merkel is convinced Europe must integrate further if the old continent wants to retain influence. She denies the idea-popular in some parts of Europe over the past couple of years-that Germany's new willingness to push its opinion means it is moving away from the continent. Under her leadership, Germany helped push through the Lisbon Treaty which now underpins the Union, lobbied for a common foreign service and is now even happy to talk about closer coordination of economic and fiscal policy. Not surprisingly, Merkel often plays the role of "European chancellor" at summits of the bloc's 27 member states. — Reuters

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Myanmar Suu Kyi freed, but future uncertain By Martin Petty he figurehead of Myanmar's fight against dictatorship, Aung San Suu Kyi, was freed from house arrest yesterday, a move seen an attempt by the military junta to gain some credit for its muchcriticized political process. The release of the Nobel Peace Prize winner will be welcomed by the international community and could be the first step towards a relaxing of Western sanctions on the regime because of its atrocious human rights record. But the 65-year-old pro-democracy leader faces an uncertain future in a changing political landscape in which loyal comrades have defied her by courting public support and participating in last Sunday's election, which Suu Kyi's allies have long rejected. Below are key issues relating to her release. Although Suu Kyi's freedom has long been a demand of the international community, it is unlikely to lead to any near-term easing of sanctions, especially while an estimated 2,100 other political prisoners remain in detention. Western governments have welcomed her release but will probably wait for the new military-dominated political system to take shape before reviewing embargoes. They know Suu Kyi has been released and re-arrested before and there's nothing to suggest this won't happen again. Immediately after her release, several governments urged Myanmar to free more political prisoners. Her release is almost certain to sharpen the sanctions debate behind the scenes. Some US and European investors are keen to tap into Myanmar's vast resources, including rich natural gas


reserves. Myanmar's neighbors, Thailand, China and India, are already snapping up contracts. Some senators in Washington also warn that Myanmar will fortify its political and economic ties with China if the United States continues to ostracize the regime. It might decide a rethink of its policy is in order. It is not known if Suu Kyi

will continue her role as de facto leader of Myanmar's pro-democracy campaign. Few doubt she will fade from the scene, but by staying involved she will remain on a collision course with the powerful generals. Her first comment when emerging from her home yesterday was a call for unity, adding: "only then can we achieve our goal". The pro-

democracy camp is now divided between an old clique who are rebelling against the new system and progressives who believe a tiny role in a flawed process is better than decades longer on the sidelines. If Suu Kyi retains her political role, she might have more than the military to contend with. Freeing her is a double-

edged sword for the generals: while it could earn them some credibility after an election tainted by widespread fraud allegations, it could easily steal domestic attention away from a political transition the junta has struggled to sell to its skeptical people. In the eyes of the power-hungry generals, Suu Kyi is still a threat. Suu Kyi

NEW DELHI: Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's supporters celebrate her release, in New Delhi yesterday. — AP

rarely cooperates with the regime and has gained notoriety for her provocative and rousing speeches that won her the hearts of the public but have contributed to her long periods of incarceration. It is possible she will agitate them again, and there is a chance the junta will cook up another dubious reason to confine her to her home. While she remains free, the military is likely to follow her every move and wait for her to slip up. Myanmar's people tolerated an election in which they did not really believe, but some robust rhetoric from the charismatic Suu Kyi and her party might be enough to spark some kind of mass protest against a political process that will entrench military rule and continue to deny the people freedoms and economic development. The regime has spent years carefully plotting a water-tight transfer of power that bears some resemblance to democracy and is supported by its allies. It will use all means possible to uphold this and in Myanmar, that could mean brutal suppression of dissent. It has happened several times before and each time, the military prevailed. Although unlikely, there is an outside chance of a power grab by another faction inside Myanmar's massive military. Resentment could be simmering, especially since many generals were overlooked for promotion in a recent reshuffle and forcibly retired by junta strongman Than Shwe. Former soldiers among the National Unity Party may also have an axe to grind. Many have attributed their thrashing in Sunday's election to cheating by their opponents in the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. — Reuters

G20's currency jaw-jaw better than war-war By Jitendra Joshi he G20 - touted in the depths of the financial crisis as the world's best hope for averting economic disaster-is finding it far harder today to surmount deep-seated challenges facing the global economy. The world's two biggest economies, the United States and China, are at loggerheads over currencies and trade, in a spat that lays bare more profound tensions between the long-dominant superpower and the coming giant. Given the Sino-US bickering, the Group of 20 club of advanced and emerging economies was always going to find it tough to negotiate a decisive pact to rectify outof-kilter patterns of trade that are hobbling the world economy. But, analysts said, it remained preferable for the leading players to argue out their differences in a multilateral forum such as the G20 rather


than sinking into 1930s-style isolation and trade wars."In Seoul, there was too much jostling over currencies, deficits and exports for the G20 leaders to make any significant breakthroughs," observed David Shorr, an expert on diplomacy at the US-based Stanley Foundation. "But there was also enough concern to avert a disastrous breakdown," he said after the G20 concluded its fifth summit Friday in the South Korean capital. The assembled leaders vowed to refrain from "competitive devaluation of currencies" and launched a process to craft "indicative guidelines" to reorient unbalanced trade between surplus and deficit nations. The immediate reaction from financial markets was unimpressed. Adam Cole, global head of currency strategy at RBC Capital Markets in London, said the G20 statement "could hardly have been more watered-down". The lan-

guage on trade imbalances was hardly the breakthrough sought by US President Barack Obama, who after receiving a bloody nose from US voters last week has been promoting a projobs agenda during an Asian tour this week. For Chinese President Hu Jintao and others including the leaders of Germany and Brazil, the peril for the world economy lies not in the hefty trade surpluses of exporting titans, but in super-loose US economic policies. Their criticism has reached fever pitch since the Federal Reserve announced a 600-billion-dollar shot of monetary stimulus, printing new money that critics say will devalue the dollar and heap pressure on exportreliant nations. It is all a far cry from November 2008, when the G20 elevated its meetings to summit level to respond to the clear and present danger of an imminent financial collapse. "We were on the edge of the precipice,"

International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in Seoul. "Now, it is more difficult to organize cooperation when people think the crisis is over," he said. "But I am fairly optimistic. The process will need more than one or two summits to adjust." The G20 accounts for around 90 percent of global economic output, and is far more representative of the world than the more exclusive G8, which it has supplanted as the pre-eminent forum for economic debate. In the view of former UN deputy secretary-general Mark Malloch-Brown, the G20 "helped to save the world" from economic catastrophe but is undergoing growing pains as the immediate crisis passes. "Forging agreement was never going to be easy, but the alternative is that these conflicts get taken out of the conference room and played out in more dangerous places," he wrote in the Financial Times. The South Korean

hosts of the G20's first summit in Asia battled hard to forge a compromise that allowed all sides to claim some credit for preventing talk of a "currency war" from getting out of hand. Kim Sang-Jo, a professor of economics at Hansung University, said the hosts had at least bought time for the G20 to pursue its debate under the mellower spotlight of meetings among finance ministers in the coming months. But he cautioned: "The kind of loose international coordination system that the G20 represents can hardly make binding rules." The baton passed Friday to the G20's new chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who wants nothing less than root-andbranch reform of the international financial architecture. But the Stanley Foundation's Shorr said: "There are constraints on how far you can take such an ambitious agenda in a relatively short space of time." — AFP


Sunday, November 14, 2010


Murder, mayhem roil Latin America's miserable prisons By Gael Favennec atin America is hearing fervent calls for massive reform of its deplorable prisons, after a week which saw scores of dead and injured inmates at penal facilities across region. Officials across the continent were grappling with how to respond to what has been an abominable week of deaths and injuries in the region's overcrowded and gang-infested detention centers. Three of the deaths occurred in northern Brazil, after prison inmates went on a murderous rampage-the second uprising in the region in as many weeks. The government of Brazil's Amazonas state said the riot there this week broke out in the Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa Prison. The inmates are housed in a facility in the city of Manaus, built for 200 inmates, but which shelters more than 800. Meanwhile, a riot last week in Brazil's northern Maranhao state was even deadlier, claiming the lives of 18 inmates, four of whom were decapitated by fellow prisoners. In both cases, inmates had revolted to demand better conditions in their badly overcrowded facilities. The week also saw a juvenile detention center in El Salvador consumed in flames, in a raging inferno that claimed 19 lives. Observers said the tragedies point to the spiraling disorder and ruin within Latin America's penal systems, after years, even decades, without infrastructural investments and in a time of declining government funds to overhaul the aging facilities. Overcrowding, created in part by rising homicide rates and increasingly stiff prison sentences, can create tinderbox conditions which can set off a rebellion without warning. "In the impoverished states in the north, where the prisons are huge, overcrowded and extremely dangerous, a riot can erupt at any time," said Armando Tambelli, member of a Brazil prison watchdog group in Sao Paulo, who said the problem is most acute in his country's poorest areas. Riots are also caused by intense prison rivalries, as gangs vie for power within the cramped facilities. Meanwhile, a fire on Wednesday in El Salvador tore through a detention center housing young gang members, killing fueling complaints that prison conditions are deplorable there as well. The blaze broke out at around dawn in the rehabilitation center which houses several members of Salvadoran gangs some 75 kilometers northeast of the capital San Salvador. Most of the inmates throughout the facility belonged to the violent Mara-18, a violent gang operating in El Salvador. The Catholic Church in El Salvador and international human rights groups have recently criticized the severe overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and mistreatment of detainees in the country's prisons and detention facilities. Latin America's prisons are not just fearsome but increasingly lawless, with inmates continuing their criminal activities, seemingly with impunity, within the walls of the facilities. In September, Paraguayan authori-

African spending ignores election cycles-for now


By Ed Cropley

srael's announcement, last week, of a radical expansion of Har Homa (an already massive settlement community between Jerusalem and Bethlehem) makes a mockery of the so-called "peace process". The episode has further served to reinforce the belief that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no interest in reaching a just peace with the Palestinians. This leopard has not changed his spots. Netanyahu remains a wily (and not always honest) manipulator, who at his core is a hard-line ideologue. At the same time, the Har Homa announcement serves as an uncomfortable reminder of US impotence and the role this weakness has historically played in enabling Israel's bad behavior. I remember all too well a decade and a half ago when Jabal Abul Ghnaim was a lovely green hill on the northern outskirts of Bethlehem. It was Arab land, seized by Israel in 1967 and then annexed to what the Israelis refer to as Greater Jerusalem. After becoming Prime Minister in 1996, as part of a series of


ith up to 17 African countries facing national elections next year, politics will loom large in the minds of investors but the risk of prepoll fiscal blow-outs may not be the big threat many imagine. Ahead of the busiest African political calendar since the end of the Cold War, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has dusted off the history books to analyze electoral cycles and government spending across the continent to see how they relate. After crunching the numbers from 150 elections in 44 African countries from 1988 to 2009, the surprising results are that, unlike many democracies elsewhere, African governments are not inclined to spend their way to re-election. "Averaged across all countries and all elections, both government spending growth and fiscal balances tended to be fairly similar in all years of a typical election cycle," the IMF concluded. At one level, this points to the impotence of governments and central banks in guiding economies that are still highly geared to the vagaries of rain-fed farming or external demand for the hydrocarbons and other minerals they produce. But it also sheds light on the "quality" of African democracies, a thorny issue given that five decades after independence, many are run by a single party whose authority is rubber-stamped every five years by a cowed electorate. In most countries, budgets were actually more balanced in election years than in preceding years-although Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Seychelles and Togo were notable exceptions, the IMF added. Similarly, it found no link between economic and political cycles, even though most states have fixed term limits that increase the logic for elected governments to try to engineer a boom to coincide with a ballot. Ironically, the IMF found the less "democratic" a state, the more likely it is to have an election-related spending cycle- backing the view that "strong men" can get stuff done and more pluralistic regimes can be inept and messy. "While democratic governments may have greater incentive to manipulate the


LOBASCO: Relatives of a gang member cries outside a prison for minors after a fire, in Ilobasco, El Salvador on November 10, 2010. According to the prison authorities, 16 gang members died and 22 were injured during a blaze early morning. — AFP ties broke up a child pornography ring that operated within prison walls, for example, while drug traffickers in Mexico have been able to continue their illicit operations without missing a beat. In Mexico, "the inmates who are in the drug cartels are kings, they are the lords of the prisons," said attorney Jose Antonio Ortega. "The gangs operate from the inside and traffic in

extortion and racketeering," he said. Mexico's prison population has been swollen by the raging anti-drug wars, and it prisons have become more violent as some of the turf battles have been taken within prison walls. In August, at least 14 inmates in a clash between rival groups in a prison in Matamoros, in northeast Mexico near the US bordertown of Brownsville

Texas, before troops were sent in to restore order. In July in Durango state, according to prosecutors, a gang of inmates was allowed to leave their prison in Gomez Palacios in order to commit contract killings, and in three separate massacres they left 35 people dead. The lack of funds in the region's jails and prisons have made it impossible to

maintain even basic security. Armed robbers in July escaped from a prison in southeastern Argentina that was so understaffed it used mannequins to man its watchtowers. Officials confessed that just two of the prison's 15 watchtowers have real guards and that broken cameras and burned-out television monitors went unrepaired at the prison for lack of funds. — AFP

Netanyahu's defiance and US timidity makes mockery of peace Dr James J Zogby


provocative acts designed to, in his words, "make a clean break" ending the Oslo peace process, thereby showing the Americans and Palestinians who was in charge, Netanyahu announced plans to construct "Har Homa" on that Arab hill. The intent of this new settlement was to continue the process of building an Israeli housing ring around Jerusalem that would assert their control while denying Palestinians access to the Holy City. The Clinton Administration opposed the Israeli plan, expressing concern that this new settlement was "unhelpful" and "counterproductive", etc. But words alone would not stop Netanyahu. Bulldozers came and raped and scarred Jabal Abul Ghnaim, leaving it barren with deep gouges where roads and houses would soon be built. The Palestinians went to the United Nation's Security Council only to see a resolution of condemnation vetoed by the US. A General Assembly resolution of condemnation passed by a 134 to 3 (with Micronesia joining the US and Israel in opposition). But such resolutions

have no authority. The Clinton Administration continued to object and Israelis continued to plan and then to build. That was then. Today, Har Homa is home to 17,000 Israeli settlers. The recently announced Israeli plan to build 1,000 new units will not only add thousands more settlers, it will also greatly expand the settlement's footprint by 50 percent, extending it to the south and east. On one level, what was especially disturbing about this Israeli announcement was its timing and apparent intent. Coming as it did while Netanyahu was in the US, having just shared a podium with Vice-President Joseph Biden, it could only be seen as yet another direct challenge both to the Obama Administration, itself, as well as to US efforts to restart peace talks. The announcement was also aimed at the Palestinians telling them, in effect, what they, the Israelis, thought of the Palestinian insistence on a settlement freeze. In addition, the Israelis appear to be making it clear to the Palestinians, that it was Israel who would define and control the terms of any final

peace arrangement - as they stake claim to more and more of the occupied territories. Given Netanyahu's history in this regard, both in the '90's and his more recent behavior, the Obama Administration's response has been more than disappointing. Echoing the timid and failed rebukes of the past, President Obama termed the Israeli plan "unhelpful" and Secretary of state Clinton to call it "counterproductive". More disturbing still were Clinton's words upon ending a seven hour discussion with the Israeli Prime Minister in which she reiterated the US's "unshakable" commitment to Israel's security, and went on to describe the peace agreement the US seeks as one that "reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements". In that last statement the Secretary ratified the infamous 2004 Bush letter of assurances to then

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. This has placed the US in the role of negotiating away fundamental Palestinian rights, and, on the issue of settlements, of "giving away the store" to the Israelis. The only conclusion that one can make from all of this is that those settlements that Israel built over the last 43 years, in defiance of international law - which have been described by successive American administrations as "illegal", "an obstacle to peace", "unhelpful", "counterproductive" and more recently as "illegitimate"- have now become "subsequent developments" that will be accommodated by "agreed land swaps". So Jabal Abul Ghnaim is no more, and will be no more, despite international condemnation and US "regrets". The once green Arab hill has been replaced by "subsequent developments". Given the timidity of the US response to the extension of Har Homa, in all likelihood, that too will be built, and someday soon be a reality that Palestinians will be told they must accept.

fiscal or economic cycle for electoral gain, autocracies may in practice have both more potential to deliver the desired economic boost and more confidence that they can mop up its after-effects," the IMF said. ORDER OUT OF CHAOS The ideal, of course, is to evolve into a full democracy, which should in theory be clean and transparent, backed by a strong and neutral civil service that is efficient in raising taxes and disbursing budgets. Instead, many states appear to be caught in the dead water between this and autocracy, to the detriment of their prospects. "In between being a successful and functioning democracy and being autocratic, you have a soft-growth period," said Jeremy Stevens, an economist covering frontier Africa with Standard Bank in Johannesburg. "You either want to be autocratic or you want to be very democratic because in between you run into trouble." As such, the emergence of a discernible electoral-fiscal cycle may be a useful measure of the evolution of functional African democracy-albeit with the cynical, self-serving traits common to established democracies of the West. However, the likes of Zambia and Uganda, which both have elections next year, would do well to heed the case of Ghana, whose close-fought 2008 election included a spending splurge that left the winner to tackle a budget deficit at nearly 25 percent of GDP and 20 percent inflation. Similarly, Nigeria, which is likely to choose a new president in April, received a rap over the knuckles from ratings agency Fitch last month for frittering away in the last two years $20 billion stashed in a windfall crude oil account. There is also the risk that imminent elections will not mean greater spending so much as a delay in tightening the super-loose fiscal policies introduced since late 2008 to off-set the effects of the global economic crisis. The IMF last month urged fast-growing sub-Saharan economies not to the delay "necessary fiscal adjustment", although its concern is likely to fall on deaf ears, especially where politically sensitive spending cuts are concerned. "The election timetable may complicate such decisions," the IMF said. — Reuters

Haiti suffers neglect cruel trifecta of human suffering has devastated Haiti, beginning with the Jan 12 earthquake that claimed more than 200,000 lives. In recent weeks refugee camps have been pummeled by Hurricane Tomas and cholera. In the midst of all this turmoil and heartache, it is upsetting to learn the United States is on a long list of nations that have been slow to deliver on promised aid. With an estimated 1.3 million homeless living in squalid camps through cycles of tropical storms, the US is sitting on $1.15 billion committed to rebuilding. The Associated Press reports less than 38 percent of the overseas money promised to help the island nation has been


delivered. For all of the financial woes of the US government, finding this money is not a credible problem. The scarier concern is the questions raised about administrative capacity to help get something done. Academic reports say Haiti can expect more severe quakes in the near future and will not get a century or two reprieve as it has in the past. That might give pause to long-term building plans. That is no excuse whatsoever for failure to provide substantial relief to people living in open, unsanitary conditions that trigger lethal intestinal diseases. The US is essentially watching a neighbor die and is failing to lead, rally and organize basic help. — MCT

Storms damage budgets in C America and Mexico By Patrick Rucker and Mica Rosenberg eavy rains and storms this year have left Mexico and Central America with hundreds of millions of dollars in repair bills, a trend officials expect to be a perennial strain on budgets as climate change sets in. The unusually fierce hurricane season, which brought 19 major storms through the region, left local governments scrambling to find the money to rebuild roads, bridges and homes, forcing them to rethink tax cuts or seek outside aid. Climate change models show the situation will only get worse as temperatures rise, taking a real toll on budgets across


Latin America. Development banks and ratings agencies alike have urged the region to brace itself for severe weather and the resulting heavy repair costs. "This is our new life with climate change," said Gabino Cue, the incoming governor of Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca, which bore the brunt of heavy rains this season. Oaxaca, one of Mexico's poorest states, could face a $163-million (2-billion-peso) tab to repair roads, bridges and other public works damaged by extreme weather this year. "The government has to redraw the risk map with this phenomenon," Cue said. The budget impact of climate change will be on the agenda this month when officials gather in Cancun to try and craft a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol, the

global treaty on curbing greenhouse gases that expires at the end of 2012. Global leaders are not expected to sign a comprehensive deal and in any case, there is no short-term outlook for a turnaround in the extreme effects of climate change. As a result, local policymakers are left contemplating the budget impact of more storm seasons like this one, the most active in five years. TORRENTIAL RAIN Weeks of heavy rains triggered landslides in Central America, killing hundreds and knocking out roads and bridges vital for the coffee and sugar trade. In Mexico, swollen rivers washed away fields and coastal towns were submerged when trop-

ical storms surged ashore. The wet weather followed a year of severe drought during which Mexico saw the lowest rainfall in 68 years kill cattle and crops in some of the driest parts of the country. The narrow isthmus of southern Mexico and Central America, wedged between two oceans, has long faced severe weather but local officials and outside experts agree that climate change will exact a heavy, long-term toll on government finances. In Mexico, opposition lawmakers recently ended their push to cut the consumption tax after it became clear that states like Oaxaca would need extra revenue for weather repairs. The InterAmerican Development Bank has urged Mexico to expand infrastructure insurance

because it faces a high fiscal risk from natural disasters. The regional lender recently provided Guatemala a $250 million loan to help it cope with damaging affects of climate change, noting that 2010 has seen the wettest rainy season in 60 years. MORE DISASTERS? Without serious steps to mitigate the effects of climate change, the cost for Latin America and the Caribbean could equal 137 percent of the region's current economic output by 2100, according to a United Nations report from last year. Their calculations include infrastructure and agricultural damage as well as the costs of losing valuable biodiversity. There have been three times more

weather disasters in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean in the last five years than in the past 29 years, according to the London-based think tank the Royal United Services Institute. Alvaro Colom, president of Guatemala, told the UN General Assembly last month storms this year had caused $1 billion in economic losses, mostly in the form of damaged bridges, roads and other infrastructure. More money will be needed to fortify infrastructure ahead of storms and costly repairs in their aftermath, Standard & Poor's sovereign credit analyst Joydeep Mukherji said. "It is going to be a part of fiscal planning," he said. "Are you going to start preparing now or wait for disaster to happen?" — Reuters



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bittersweet Remembrance Sunday for Palestinian veterans AIN AL-HELWEH: Mussa Al-Hussein may have a hard time recalling dates and places, but the 86-year-old Palestinian does not miss a beat when asked for his ID number when he was in the British army in Palestine in World War II. “5472,” he fired off assuredly, sitting in his rundown home in the densely populated Ain Al-Helweh refugee camp in the Lebanese coastal city of Sidon. Hussein is among some 30 Palestinians in Lebanon who fought under the Union Jack during the second World War but who were forced to flee their land in 1948 after the creation of Israel. The majority have since been living in squalid refugees camps with little hope of ever returning home. Today, when Remembrance Day is celebrated in Britain, Hussein will stand alongside his fellow veterans at an annual ceremony in their honor in Beirut organized by the British Embassy, which has been trying to secure the men some regular assistance in recognition of their service. “They will come on Remembrance Sunday from Tripoli, Sidon and Tyre, aged 80 or 90... they will travel three or fours hours to get here and they will stand in the sun with their medals on... proud ex-soldiers,” Frances Guy, Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon said. Guy said given that the veterans had served less than 20 years in the British army, which withdrew the last of its troops from Palestine in May 1948, they were not entitled to a pension. “The Palestinians are in a particular case because they were chased out of their homes immediately after they served

with the British army, and if there is a way that we could help make the end of their lives more comfortable, then perhaps we should be doing that,” she said. The veterans, whose numbers have dwindled over the years, receive the equivalent 150 dollars annually from the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, a charity that provides assistance worldwide to needy ex-servicemen or women. Several non-governmental organizations also provide medical and other assistance on a case by case basis. But for Manhal Freih, 84, a twicedecorated veteran who joined the British army at the age of 16 and who now lives in the Burj Al-Shemali refugee camp in the southern city of Tyre, the aid is all but negligible. “We witnessed so much and suffered so much and in return we have received very little,” said the blue-eyed Freih whose only keepsake from his military service is a cane. At the time it was a prop to learn correct rifle positions, but now it is used as a walking stick. “When I fought for the British, I was fighting against the Nazis, there was no Israel at the time,” added the father of 13 who sports a white handlebar moustache and still has the energy to do daily push-ups and exercises. “You should have seen me as a soldier,” he said wistfully, dressed in a traditional white headdress. “I really looked sharp. “Our superiors were all British, and I recall one who was called Mr Ridley and who was feared by everyone,” he added. Freih said that while he does not regret joining the British army he felt rejected because there

was little recognition for his years of service. “We live in dire conditions in a land that will never be ours,” he said of the camps in Lebanon. “And you know when you live a free man, even if it’s in a cave, you are king.” Ibrahim Adawi, 84, who was part of the British army’s cavalry for two years and who lives in the Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, said he holds no grudge against Britain, though he would welcome a little more aid for himself and his family of nine. “My ID was 8250,” he said softly in English before quickly switching to Arabic. Adawi, who uses a walker because of a recent fall, has preserved his soldier’s service book which bears his picture as a young man and states that he enlisted on November 6, 1946. Like his fellow veterans, he has trouble recalling specific incidents or places of deployment during his years of service. “I don’t regret one bit having served with the British army,” he said, sitting next to his wife in a sparsely furnished single room that is his home. “I salute them. “You know, once a soldier always a soldier-and if I could serve with them again I would proudly do so.” For Hussein, a frail man with a deeply lined face, Sunday will mark an opportunity to stand proud and forget, even for a brief moment, his life of suffering in the refugee camps. “I haven’t missed one invitation over the years,” he said, taking a long draw on his cigarette and showing off a fading black and white picture of himself as a young man in uniform. “I feel I am somebody on Remembrance Sunday.” — AFP

Saudi King Abdullah suffers herniated disc Continued from Page 1 The slipping or rupturing of one of the discs in the spine, a herniated disc, is not life-threatening and is usually treated by rest, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs. Nevertheless, the report of the king’s ailment underscored the growing attention by analysts and foreign governments to eventual political changes looming for Saudi Arabia, the leading supplier of petroleum to the globe and a key political player in the Middle East. The royals who have dominated the government for 30

years or more are all aged and have taken treatment for various health problems, usually never defined, during the past year. The first deputy prime minister, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, his age estimated at 84 or 85, has been in Morocco since the end of August “on holiday,” according to official statements. Sultan, also defense minister since 1962, was treated for cancer in the United States in 2008-2009 and spent more than a year in the US and Morocco convalescing. Prince Nayef, 76, Sultan’s full brother and considered second in line for the throne, has also undergone

unspecified treatment in the past year. Nayef has been interior minister for 35 years. Prince Saud Al-Faisal, 70, the foreign minister for 35 years, has serious back problems and was absent for treatment in the United States during the past year, according to diplomats. Other key royals, including veteran Riyadh governor Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz and national security council head Prince Bandar bin Sultan-the former ambassador in Washington-have also spent long stretches abroad for unspecified treatment in the past two years. — AFP

Airport scanners ‘unsafe’ Continued from Page 1 Some 315 “naked” scanners are currently in use at 65 US airports, according to the TSA. Passengers and airline crew members, including pilots, are randomly selected to pass through the scanners. They have the option of refusing, but will then be subjected to what the TSA calls an “enhanced” manual search by an agent. “People are not reacting well to these pat-downs,” said a travel industry official, who asked not to be named. Government officials have said that the scanners have been tested and meet safety standards. But Captain David Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents pilots at American Airlines, urged members to avoid the full-body scanner.

“No pilot at American Airlines should subject themselves to the needless privacy invasion and potential health risks caused by the body scanner,” he said in a letter this month, which was obtained by AFP. “Politely decline exposure and request alternative screening,” even if “the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience,” he said. A group of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) raised concerns about the “potential serious health risks” from the scanners in a letter sent to the White House Office of Science and Technology in April. Biochemist John Sedat and his colleagues said in the letter that most of the energy from the scanners is delivered to the skin and underlying tissue. “While the dose

would be safe if it were distributed throughout the volume of the entire body, the dose to the skin may be dangerously high,” they wrote. The scientists say the X-rays could pose a risk to everyone from travelers over the age of 65 to pregnant women and their unborn babies, to HIV-positive travelers, cancer patients and men. “Men’s sexual organs are exposed to the X-rays. The skin is very thin there,” Love explained. The Office of Science and Technology responded this week to the scientists’ letter, saying the scanners have been “tested extensively” by US government agencies and were found to meet safety standards. But Sedat said: “We still don’t know the beam intensity or other details of their classified system.” — AFP

Sponsor ‘hammers’ 14 nails into maid’s body Continued from Page 1 “We can’t verify her story, but she said the husband-and-wife couple who employed her did this to her,” Rajamanthri said. A police spokesman said the case was under investigation. In August, another housemaid complained her Saudi employ-

er drove 24 nails into her arms, legs and forehead as punishment. Most of them were removed by surgeons at Sri Lanka’s Kamburupitiya hospital. The Saudi government and private sector officials in Riyadh have questioned the credibility of the woman’s allegations. Some 1.8 million Sri L ankans are

employed abroad, of whom 70 percent are women. Most work as housemaids in the Middle East while smaller numbers work in Singapore and Hong Kong, seeking higher salaries than they would get at home. Non-governmental organizations report frequent cases of employer abuse of maids who work abroad. — AFP

KIA blasted for incompetence Continued from Page 1 will be issued within the next few weeks, said the director of operations at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Essam Al-Zamel yesterday. In a phone interview with the Kuwait Times, Al-Zamel explained that one of the main problems that officials are having to deal with at present is the confusion surrounding the issue. “We still cannot get clear answers from anyone, so an investigation is necessary to find who is responsible,” he stated. AlZamel explained that the aircraft, an Airbus 360 that was carrying 220 travelers to Dhaka, Bangladesh, is now in need of major maintenance work to repair the damage caused by the unexpected emergency landing. He refused to speculate any further, saying that he preferred to speak after the investigation report has been issued in the next few weeks. Concerning those hurt during the landing, Al-Zamel confirmed that nine passengers had been injured; while eight of these sustained minor injuries and were quickly discharged from Farwaniya Hospital after treatment, one Bangladeshi man in his thirties was pronounced clinically dead by doctors at the hospital, where staff are awaiting the arrival of his wife in order to decide whether or not to keep him on life support. According to a news report issued by the medical team on Thursday evening, the Bangladeshi national suffered from bleeding from his nose and mouth, as well as convulsions. Meanwhile, a number of articles in yesterday’s local press claimed that the incident had exposed the incompetence at Kuwait International Airport (KIA) concerning safety precautions. Speaking to reporters, DGCA manager Fawaz AlFarah said that the airport only has two main runways and that one of these is

Essam Al-Zamel currently undergoing maintenance work, which he added is against all aviation safety regulations and endangers passengers’ lives. Al-Farah added that inbound flights regularly have to be diverted to Dammam, Bahrain, Riyadh or Doha airports until KIA’s runways can be cleared before reopening the country’s airspace. He also noted that other Kuwaiti military airports could not help in such cases as they were not designed and are not equipped to receive civilian commercial planes Meanwhile, KAC chairman Hamad AlFalah stressed that investigations into the incident are still in progress, with the pilot and his co-pilot both being questioned over it. Al-Falah added that the investigation, which he said would continue throughout the Eid Al-Adha vacation, is expected to take a few days and that the data recorded on the plane’s ‘black box’ will be retrieved and analyzed as part of the inquiry. Meanwhile, KAC’s operations manager, pilot Jassem Al-Anjari denied a false report that the Dhaka flight co-pilot had attempted to flee the scene when he was

injured during the emergency landing, stressing that the pilot and all the crew members had ensured that all the passengers were safely off the plane before disembarking themselves. “The co-pilot broke his ankle while running to get help in rescuing a passenger who was injured during the evacuation process as he stumbled and fell,” Al-Kandari explained. Meanwhile, a KAC insider said that initial reports indicate that the incident was the result of a faulty smoke alarm on board, which prompted the pilot to return to the airport, stressing that there was no mechanical defect or fire on board, as some media reports claimed. The source said that fifteen minutes into the flight, the pilot noticed that equipment in the cabin was registering the presence of smoke on board without determining the source. Due to this, he followed the standard procedure in such cases, returning to KIA and informing control tower staff there about the unidentified malfunction before obtaining permission to perform an emergency landing as a precautionary measure. The KAC official stressed that the measures taken by the pilot were 100 percent correct and aimed solely to protecting passengers’ safety. The official said that while the head pilot may have exaggerated the scale of the problem by evacuating the plane by use of the rubber emergency slides, this had been entirely the head pilot’s decision and he was entitled to take whatever measures he felt were necessary at the time, given the knowledge he had, to ensure passenger wellbeing. The official said that one cannot second-guess this decision retrospectively and the pilots should not be condemned for the decision taken, despite the fact that less injuries may have resulted had the plane landed and the passengers disembarked in the usual way.

AIN EL-HELWEH: A Palestinian refugee, who served in the British army, smokes a cigarette at his house in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh near the coastal Lebanese city of Sidon. — AFP

Republicans take tough stand on Bush tax cuts WASHINGTON: Fresh off big victories on Election Day, Republicans in Congress feel empowered in their fight to extend tax cuts that expire in January, including those for the wealthy. President Barack Obama has said he wants to compromise with Republicans to ensure that tax cuts for middle-income families continue, suggesting he’s open to extending all the tax breaks enacted under the Bush administration for a year or two. Republican leaders say it’s a nice gesture by the president, but some key lawmakers want more. “It should be permanent,” said Sen Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. “We’ve got to get this economy to pick up and if you raise taxes you’re going to stifle the economy significantly. I’m sure that somebody’s explained that to the president.” Rep John Boehner of Ohio, who’s in line to be the next House speaker in January, also played down talk of a compromise. “I think that extending all of the current tax rates and making them permanent will reduce the uncertainty in America and help small businesses to create jobs again,” Boehner said. “You can’t invest when you don’t know what the rules are.” Democrats will have majorities in both the House and Senate when Congress returns this week for a lame-duck session that is expected to stretch into December. They will need Republican support to get the 60 votes necessary to pass a tax bill in the Senate. Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress want to make the tax cuts permanent for lowerand middle-income families, while letting them expire for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and married couples making more than $250,000. Republicans want to make the tax cuts permanent for everyone. Many congressional aides, both Republican and

Democrat, think lawmakers will settle on a temporary extension of all the tax rates, perhaps for a year or two. While some Democrats have supported the idea, interviews with lawmakers and aides from both parties suggest that compromise won’t be easy. Republicans are itching for a tax fight. They believe voters punished Democrats for increasing the size of government, and are looking forward to next year when their party will control the House of Representatives and have more seats in the Senate. Democrats must balance the interests of liberals who are dead set against extending tax cuts for the wealthy even for a short time - with the more conservative in their ranks who don’t want to raise taxes on anyone in a bad economy. Clouding the issue is whether Democrats who lost at the polls will have the stomach for one last knockdown debate before they leave office. An impasse would mean all the cuts could expire in January, at least temporarily, resulting in significant tax increases for families at every income level. The tax cuts enacted under the Bush administration in 2001 and 2003 reduced marginal income tax rates at every level. They also provided a wide range of income tax breaks for education, families with children and married couples. Taxes on capital gains and dividends were reduced, while the federal estate tax was gradually repealed, though only for 2010. Obama’s plan to make the lower- and middle-income tax cuts permanent would add a little more than $3 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, according to congressional estimates. Extending tax cuts for the wealthy would add $700 billion more. The sticker shock of adding nearly $4 trillion to the national debt has some Democrats wary

of making any of the tax cuts permanent, especially after Obama’s deficit commission issued a report last week outlining painful spending and tax proposals to rein in the government’s finances. Republicans are less concerned about adding to the debt through tax cuts, despite criticizing deficit spending. This week, lawmakers will try to start laying the groundwork for a deal in private party caucuses and at a White House meeting Obama is hosting for leaders. Action in the House and Senate probably won’t happen until after the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov 25. Obama said Friday in South Korea that his goal remains extending the middle-class tax cuts and that the nation cannot afford the cuts for the wealthy. “My hope is, is that somewhere in between there we can find some sort of solution,” he said. Democratic Sen Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is pushing a plan that would make the middle-income tax cuts permanent while extending those for the wealthy for just a few years. The idea, however, is falling flat among Republicans who don’t want to lose their leverage on extending all the tax cuts. “That’s a tax increase plain and simple that would be used to fund more Washington spending and would discourage private-sector job growth,” said Sen Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican. Hatch and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have said they are open to a temporary extension of all the tax cuts. Hatch would like to extend them beyond the next presidential election in 2012. “We would welcome the president’s help to extend all the current tax rates so that no one sees a tax hike.” McConnell said. “There is no reason we can’t work together to prevent equally a tax hike on families and small businesses.” — AP

Myanmar frees democracy icon Continued from Page 1 democracy in the Southeast Asian nation ruled by the military since 1962. Suu Kyi has been jailed or under house arrest for more than 15 of the last 21 years. Supporters had been waiting most of the day near her residence and the headquarters of her party. As her release was under way, riot police stationed in the area left the scene and a barbed-wire barricade near her residence was removed, allowing the waiting supporters to surge forward. Mya Kyi, a 65-year-old housewife with tears rolling down her face, said she had waited anxiously since the morning after traveling 25 miles from her home north of Yangon. “Now that I have seen her face, I’m ready to die,” she said. Suu Kyi’s release was immediately welcomed by world leaders. President Barack Obama called Suu Kyi “a hero of mine” and said the United States “welcomes her long overdue release.” “Whether Aung San Suu Kyi is living in the prison of her house, or the prison of her country, does not change the fact that she, and the political opposition she represents, has been systematically silenced, incarcerated, and deprived of any opportunity to engage in political processes,” Obama said in a statement. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Suu Kyi upon her release. “Her dignity and courage in the face of injustice have been an inspiration to many people around the world,” Ban said in a statement. British Prime Minister David Cameron said her freedom was long overdue. “Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration for all of us who believe in freedom of speech, democracy and human rights,” he said in a statement. In a rare mention of the opposition leader, state television announced yesterday night that national police chief Maj Gen Khin Yee visited Suu Kyi at 5 pm to read the official release order. Khin Yee said he was happy to see Suu Kyi in good health, and that the authorities were ready to provide any assistance she needs, the report said. The police chief told her authorities want to main-

tain the rule of law, peace, stability and tranquility, and Suu Kyi replied “she feels the same way, too,” it said. Critics say the Nov 7 elections were manipulated to give the pro-military party a sweeping victory. Results have been released piecemeal and already have given the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party a majority in both houses of Parliament. The last elections in 1990 were won overwhelmingly by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, but the military refused to hand over power and instead clamped down on opponents. Suu Kyi’s release gives the junta some ammunition against critics of the election and the government’s human rights record, which includes the continued detention of some 2,200 political prisoners and brutal military campaigns against ethnic minorities. It is unlikely the ruling generals will allow Suu Kyi, who drew huge crowds of supporters during her few periods of freedom, to actively and publicly pursue her goal of bringing democracy to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. But some see hope in her release. “There is no formal opposition (in Myanmar) so her release is going to represent an opportunity to re-energize and reorganize this opposition. So in that sense, of revitalizing the opposition in some concrete way, Suu Kyi’s release is going to be very pivotal,” said Maung Zarni, an exiled dissident and Myanmar research fellow at the London School of Economics. Suu Kyi was convicted last year of violating the terms of her previous detention by briefly sheltering an American man who swam uninvited to her lakeside home, extending a period of continuous detention that began in 2003 after her motorcade was ambushed in northern Myanmar by a governmentbacked mob. Suu Kyi has shown her mettle time and again since taking up the democracy struggle in 1988. Having spent much of her life abroad, she returned home to take care of her ailing mother just as mass demonstrations were breaking out against 25 years of

military rule. She was quickly thrust into a leadership role, mainly because she was the daughter of Aung San, who led Myanmar to independence from Britain before his assassination by political rivals. She rode out the military’s bloody suppression of street demonstrations to help found the NLD. Her defiance gained her fame and honor, most notably the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. Charismatic, tireless and outspoken, her popularity threatened the country’s new military rulers. In 1989, she was detained on trumped-up national security charges and put under house arrest. She was not released until 1995 and has spent various periods in detention since then. Suu Kyi’s freedom had been a key demand of Western nations and groups critical of the military regime’s poor human rights record. The military government, seeking to burnish its international image, had responded previously by offering to talk with her, only to later shy away from serious negotiations. Suu Kyi - who was barred from running in this month’s elections - plans to help probe allegations of voting fraud, according to Nyan Win, who is a spokesman for her party, which was officially disbanded for refusing to reregister for this year’s polls. Such action, which could embarrass the junta, poses the sort of challenge the military has reacted to in the past by detaining Suu Kyi. Awaiting her release in neighboring Thailand was the younger of her two sons, Kim Aris, who is seeking the chance to see his mother for the first time in 10 years. Aris lives in Britain and has been repeatedly denied visas. Her late husband, British scholar Michael Aris, raised their sons in England. Their eldest son, Alexander Aris, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on his mother’s behalf in 1991 and reportedly lives in the United States. Michael Aris died of cancer in 1999 at age 53 after having been denied visas to see his wife for the three years before his death. Suu Kyi could have left Myanmar to see her family but decided not to, fearing the junta would not allow her back in. — AP

Sunday, November 14, 2010



Ducks extend winning streak ANAHEIM: The resurgent Anaheim Ducks extended their winning streak to six by beating the Dallas Stars 4-2 in the NHL on Friday. Ryan Getzlaf got the goahead goal early in the third period and Saku Koivu scored his fifth in five games. Bobby Ryan scored twice for the Ducks, the second into an empty net. The Ducks have won six straight for the first time since a six-game stretch in 2007-08. The franchise record for consecutive wins is seven, set in 1998-99. The only current Anaheim player who was a member of the club that season was Teemu Selanne. Brandon Segal and Brad Richards scored for the Stars.

Penguins 5, Lightning 1

FINLAND: Austria’s Marlies Schild speeds down the course on her way to win an alpine ski, Women’s World Cup Slalom.—AP

Schild beats Riesch to win opening World Cup slalom LEVI: Marlies Schild of Austria used a blazing second run to win the first women’s World Cup slalom race of the season yesterday, beating Olympic champion Maria Riesch by 0.03 seconds. Schild was fifth after the first run and trailed Riesch by 0.81 seconds but had the fastest time down the Levi Black course in the second leg. Local favorite Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was third, while Riesch’s younger sister Susanne was fourth after setting the second fastest time in the afternoon. “I think I like Levi,” a smiling Schild said after the race. The Austrian, who returned to the World Cup circuit in 2009 from a year out with a broken leg, also won here in 2006. “I wasn’t so good in the first run, I was really nervous,” she said. “In the second I tried to make some things different and to ski really fast in the steep part, not to be

afraid. ... It worked out really well.” Schild won the slalom World Cup in 2007 and 2008 and took silver at the Vancouver Olympics, but said it was too early to tell whether she was back in top form. “I had a very good preparation period, we had very good possibilities to train and also my physical condition was very good,” she said. Riesch, who won last year in Levi, said she wasn’t aggressive enough in the last part of the race. “My first run was really good on the top and then I had some problems when coming into the steep, but fortunately I could rescue it,” the German said. “The second run was also good on the top and then I was a little bit too careful at the beginning of the steep.” Still, Riesch said she is satisfied with the start of the season. After two races, she tops the overall standings with 125 points, before Poutiainen with 110 and Schild with 100. Poutiainen said it was great to be on the

podium in Levi. “This is a really special race for me, we have this chance once a year to race in a home race and I feel this excitement before the race and I’m nervous because I want to do good here,” she said. Lindsey Vonn of the United States looked likely to challenge for the podium after a fast start to her second leg, but nearly lost her balance halfway down the course and ended up sixth. “I was skiing really well in the second run, I was really attacking and I had a really, really fast intermediate time,” she said. “I just made a really, really big mistake unfortunately.” “I was going a little bit too straight and I was trying a little bit too hard and sometimes you make mistakes when you are risking,” she added. Levi, some 80 miles north of the arctic circle, is the world’s northernmost World Cup venue. The small ski resort is hosting cup slaloms for the fifth time since 2006.—AP

Argentina defeat Italy VERONA: Italy’s miserable home run against Argentina continued yesterday as the Pumas won for the fifth successive time 22-16 at the Bentegodi stadium here. Pumas captain Felipe Contepomi kicked five penalties to Mirco Bergamasco’s three with Pumas fullback Martin Rodriguez scoring a try and Italy replying with a penalty try.

Argentina move on to play France next while Italy will host Australia in a week’s time. In what was a largely dour affair, it was settled by Argentina’s greater success with the boot as try-scoring chances were few and far between. Italy started like a team determined to end their losing home run to the Pumas. Fly-half Craig Gower off-loaded to

ITALY: Italy’s Gonzalo Canale (top right) pulls the jersey of Argentina’s Gonzalo Tiesi, as Italy’s Mirco Bergamasco (center) holds him during the international rugby union match between Italy and Argentina.—AP

Robert Barbieri in midfield and he played in Sergio Parisse but with only Rodriguez to beat, the Azzurri captain chipped ahead with the ball going dead. Parisse had another half chance as he broke free down the right wing but Contepomi had him in his sights and despite the Stade Francais number eight’s attempt at a hitch-kick, the Pumas captain tackled him into touch 10 yards out. Italy took the lead on 10 minutes with Bergamasco’s second penalty attempt from just inside the Argentina half but Contepomi banged over a penalty of his own on 17 minutes. The closest Argentina came to scoring was when Italy full-back Luke McLean took an age to clear from inside the 22, his kick being tipped and giving Gonzalo Camacho the ball in a promising position but McLean got back to stop the Harlequins winger before a Contepomi pass went astray to end the move. Bergamasco kicked over for a 6-3 lead on 29 minutes but after missing one from out wide, Contepomi landed a much easier kick two minutes before the break for a 6-6 half-time score. At the start of the second period Contepomi and Bergamasco both missed easier penalties than they had already scored. The Pumas went ahead with a lightning break on 49 minutes from their own 22 as left-winger Lucas GonzalezAmorosino chipped down the line, collected the ball and offloaded to Rodriguez to run in unopposed. Contepomi kicked the extra points for a 13-6 lead. Italy had a chance to get back into the game with a line-out five yards out but they tried to barge over the line through the powerful Pumas forwards instead of spreading the ball wide and eventually turned over possession. Bergamasco’s penalty on 68 minutes briefly reduced the deficit but within five minutes of that, Contepomi had knocked over two penalties of his own to stretch the gap to 10 points. Argentina’s Mariano Galarza was sinbinned late on with Italy awarded a penalty try after the Pumas wheeled a five-yard scrum as it approach their line. Bergamasco kicked the conversion but Contepomi scored a penalty with the last kick of the match.—AFP

In Pittsburgh, embattled Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 saves in his best performance of the season to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 in the NHL on Friday. Fleury earned his 150th career win, but only the second in nine starts this season. He had started and finished only one of the previous five games, temporarily losing his starting job to backup Brent Johnson. Pascal Dupuis, Alex Goligoski, Max Talbot, Sidney Crosby and Deryk Engelland scored for Pittsburgh. Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-high 15th goal for Tampa Bay. The Lightning have lost five of six.

Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 1 In Columbus, Ohio, David Jones had two goals and an assist in his return from a hand injury to power Colorado past Columbus. Two former Columbus prospects Greg Mauldin and Philippe Dupuis scored 6 minutes apart in the second period for Colorado. Mauldin scored his first career goal. Paul Stastny also scored for Colorado. Antoine Vermette scored for Columbus.

Panthers 2, Wild 1 In Sunrise, Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli scored in a 53-second span in the first period and Florida held on to defeat Minnesota. Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves for the Panthers. Cal Clutterbuck scored for Minnesota.

Coyotes 5, Flames 4 In Glendale, Arizona, Vernon Fiddler had his first career hat trick as Phoenix held off Calgary after giving up two goals in the final 49 seconds. Fiddler had scored two goals three times in his career before breaking through against the Flames. Lee Stempniak and Scottie Upshall also scored to help the Coyotes win consecutive games for the first time this season. Rene Bourque, Ian White, Alex Tanguay and Tim Jackson scored for Calgary.

Devils 4, Oilers 3 In Newark, Ilya Kovalchuk scored on a power play at 3:27 of overtime — New Jersey’s slumping $100 million man’s first goal in seven games — to give New Jersey victory over Edmonton. Kovalchuk rebounded after botching the final penalty attempt in a shootout against Buffalo the previous game. Mattias Tedenby and Alexander Vasyunov scored their first NHL goals for the Devils and Brian Rolston also connected in regulation. Colin Fraser scored twice for the Oilers and Sam Gagner added a goal.—AP

NEWARK:Ales Hemsky No. 83 of the Edmonton Oilers is tripped up by goalie Martin Brodeur No. 30 of the New Jersey Devils during the third period of ahockey game at the Prudential Center.—AFP

NHL results/standings NHL results and standings on Friday. New Jersey 4, Edmonton 3 (OT); Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 1; Colorado 5, Columbus 1; Florida 2, Minnesota 1; Phoenix 5, Calgary 4; Anaheim 4, Dallas 2. (OT denotes overtime win) Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L OTL GF GA PTS Philadelphia 10 4 2 53 35 22 NY Rangers 8 7 1 44 45 17 Pittsburgh 8 8 1 52 47 17 New Jersey 5 10 2 33 56 12 NY Islanders 4 9 3 36 53 11 Northeast 10 5 8 4 8 7 5 7 5 9

Division 1 39 1 41 1 43 3 32 3 44

34 27 48 42 55

21 17 17 13 13

Southeast Washington 12 4 Tampa Bay 8 6 Atlanta 7 6 Carolina 8 8 Florida 7 7

Division 0 58 2 47 3 51 0 49 0 42

40 50 57 53 34

24 18 17 16 14

Montreal Boston Ottawa Toronto Buffalo

Western Conference Central Division Detroit 10 3 1 48 36 St Louis 9 2 3 35 29 Columbus 9 6 0 41 38 Chicago 8 9 1 51 53 Nashville 6 5 3 34 40 Vancouver Colorado Minnesota Calgary Edmonton

Northwest 9 4 8 6 7 6 7 8 4 8

Division 2 46 1 52 2 34 0 43 3 40

36 47 37 45 58

21 21 18 17 15 20 17 16 14 11

Pacific Division Los Angeles 11 3 0 42 27 22 Anaheim 10 7 1 48 54 21 Phoenix 6 5 5 42 50 17 San Jose 7 5 2 38 34 16 Dallas 8 7 0 46 44 16 Note: Overtime losses (OTL) are worth one point in the standings and are not included in the loss column (L)

Haye happy to be small guy targeting Harrison MANCHESTER: World champion David Haye said he was used to being the small guy amongst giants after weighing in three stone lighter than fellow Briton Audley Harrison on the eve of their WBA heavyweight showdown. Haye, making his second defence of the title he won by out-pointing giant Russian Nikolai Valuev a year ago, tipped the scales at just over 15 stone while former Olympic champion Harrison was 18 stone. Londoner Haye is nearly a stone lighter than when he beat John Ruiz in April and will also have a significant height disadvantage but he is still the overwhelming favourite to win only the third all-British heavyweight world title fight. “I’m stronger than I was from the last fight, I’m pushing more weights. I’ve not been cutting corners in the gym, I’ve done everything right,” said Haye, who sported a baggy white T-shirt with the slogan “No You Can’t” aimed at Harrison. “Before we started training I was told if I hit all my targets in the gym, if I have a perfect training camp, then I’d come in around 15 stone. “I’ve had more energy in the gym than I’ve ever had before. I’ve beaten the biggest champion, I’m used to being the smallest guy in a fight.” Former cruiserweight world champion Haye is light for a modern-day heavyweight and Harrison, who has been subjected to a verbal bashing by his opponent in the build-up to the fight, said that could play into his hands. “If you look at my past career, that’s a good weight for me,” the 39-year-old Harrison said. “I feel strong, I feel fast, I feel that’s an advantage for me.” “It’s a good thing for me that he’s come in

light. In a long, hard fight that’s going to be to my advantage and his disadvantage.” The last time two British heavyweights fought for the world title was in 1997 when Lennox Lewis, who watched Friday’s weigh-in, beat Henry Akinwande to retain his WBC title. Meanwhile, British world champion Amir Khan has predicted Manny Pacquiao will knock out Antonio Margarito in late yesterday’s super welterweight bout, even though he is nearly six pounds lighter than his Mexican opponent. Khan, who retained his own WBA super lightweight title in May, is a regular sparring partner for Filipino Pacquiao and they are both trained by Los Angeles-based Freddie Roach. “I was quite surprised to see his weight at 144.6 pounds,” Khan told Reuters after seventime world champion Pacquiao officially weighed in on Friday well below Margarito’s 150 pounds. “But the power he hits with, it’s easy for him to hurt anyone.” Khan, who will defend his title against Argentina’s Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on Dec. 11, believes Pacquiao’s less-thanexpected weight is part of a plan hatched by Roach to counter Margarito’s size advantage with blinding speed. “Manny’s going to use his footwork and speed, move in and out, and he’s going to plaster him with so many shots that the referee’s going to jump in and say no more,” Khan said. “Pacquiao’s going to be that much faster and Margarito is going to be hit with combinations that are going to rip his face. Margarito won’t catch him. He’s slower than Manny and he won’t be able to hit him flush.” —Reuters

ARLINGTON: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Antonio Margarito of Mexico pose during the weigh-in ceremony for their upcoming boxing match. The fighters square off late yesterday for the vacant WBC light middleweight title.—AP



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Leader Scott eyes third Singapore Open victory

SINGAPORE: Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the seventh hole during round 3 of the Singapore Barclays Open Golf tournament. —AP

Woods’ Down Under title chances all but disappear MELBOURNE: Tiger Woods’ chances of retaining his Australian Masters title all but evaporated in the gloomy rain at Victoria Golf Club after a third round of even par 71 yesterday left him 10 shots behind leader Adam Bland. Woods, who has not won a title since claiming the gold jacket at nearby Kingston Heath on Melbourne’s sandbelt a year ago, mixed three birdies and three bogeys to leave him on one-under par 212 but missed several putts that could have put him back into contention. “I hit so many putts that looked like they were going to go in but they finished... about a foot short or hanging on the lip,” Woods told reporters. “I knew they (the greens) were slower than they were yesterday but I’m having a hard time making that adjustment.” Australian Bland, who has held at least a share of the lead

since the first round, was involved in a tense battle with playing partner Andre Stolz (72) through the constant rain, and shot a one under 70 for an 11under 202 to take a three-shot lead over Daniel Gaunt (68). Stolz was third on seven-under 206. Short of a miraculous recovery combined with a spectacular collapse by those above him on Sunday, Woods will end the year without a title for the first time since he turned professional in 1996. “I’m so far back that I have to play a great round and I need help, the only thing I can control is going out there and putting a low one on the board,” the 34year-old American added. “I really haven’t putted well this week, if I putted normally and made a couple more shots I’d be right in there.” Spain’s Sergio Garcia, who vaulted up the leaderboard in humid, windy conditions on

Friday with a six-under 65, found the constant rain and cold yesterday less conducive and shot a six-over 77 to be tied for 26th on two-over 215. The large galleries who turned up to follow Woods had little to initially cheer as he made bogeys on the par-four second and par-four sixth holes until his tee shot on the parthree seventh landed within 12 feet of the pin. The world number two duly sank the birdie putt to an almighty roar, which reverberated around the course southeast of central Melbourne, from the several hundred fans huddled under umbrellas around the green. The 14-time major winner bogeyed the par-four eighth, then birdied the par-five ninth but gave the gallery little else to cheer until he almost chipped in from the fairway with his third shot to set up a birdie finish on the par-five 18th. —Reuters

Creamer leads Lorena at Ochoa Invitational GUADALAJARA: US Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Norway’s Suzann Pettersen in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Creamer birdied two of the final three holes to reach 10 under on the Guadalajara Country Club course. “I’m pleased with the way I’m hitting the ball, and I’m putting very well,” Creamer said. Creamer finished second last year, two strokes behind Michelle Wie. “I really like coming here,” Creamer said. “I enjoy the golf course. It sets up very well for my game. It’s not the longest golf course that we play all year, but you have to hit a lot of fairways and you have to be very precise with your irons and that kind of suits my game. But coming in second last year, I definitely wanted to come back and give myself a good chance to win.” Wie withdrew Thursday because of a back injury after an opening 78. Ochoa followed her firstround 74 with a 71 on her home course, leaving her 26th at 1 over in her first LPGA Tour event since retiring in April. “I’m not going to say that I don’t have chances anymore,” Ochoa said. “But I guess right now, it’s out of my hands what the other players do. I’m going to try to get here tomorrow, probably going to play early again and shoot a low round.” First-round leader Cristie Kerr was tied for 14th at 4 under. After opening with a tournament-record 64, the third-ranked American shot a 76 in the second round. She had two back-nine double bogeys. Pettersen had a 65, matching Meena Lee for the best round of the day in the 35-player field. Pettersen played the back nine in 6-under 30, birdieing Nos. 10, 11, 13, 14, 15 and 18. “I gave myself some really good chances and made some

MEXICO: US’ Paula Creamer watches her tee shot on the 4th hole during the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational LPGA golf tournament. —AP good putts,” Pettersen said. “Finally I’m getting the ball in the hole.” She has 10 top-five finishes this, but is winless. “I would like to have some top finishes, but at the same time, being there week in, week out, it shows you that your game is really good,” Pettersen said. “It’s just a matter of time before I can eventually get it all together and wrap it up.” Stacy Lewis (69) was third at 8 under. She bogeyed the 18th hole to end her bogey-free streak at 78 holes - the longest run on the

tour this year. “Playing with Cristie today, I kind of saw how this golf course can jump up and bite you a little bit,” Lewis said. “So you have to play a little bit conservative, but also when you get opportunities, go make some birdies.” Lewis was to play in a group with Creamer and Pettersen on Saturday. Lee was 7 under along with Ai Miyazato (69), Azahara Munoz (67), Karine Icher (70), In-Kyung Kim (68) and Katherine Hull (69). —AP

SINGAPORE: Adam Scott is in prime position to become the Singapore Open’s first three-times winner after the Australian finished the third round with a one-shot lead yesterday. Defending champion Ian Poulter and South Korean Kang Kyung-nam are tied for second on 13-under-par at the Sentosa Golf Club, with US Open winner Graeme McDowell a shot further back. Briton McDowell looks poised to eat into Martin Kaymer’s lead in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai with the German well off the pace on sevenunder. The co-sanctioned tournament offers a first prize of $1 million. Scott, who won back-toback Singapore titles in 2005 and 2006, was steady rather than spectacular on a hot, sunny Saturday at the Serapong course but could have been two ahead if he had made a six-foot putt for birdie on the last. “One more would have been nice but two shots is nothing. I had a two-shot lead and it was gone on the fourth and I was oneunder,” said Scott. “We have seen all year anyone with a lead is under pressure on a Sunday because guys from behind have nothing to lose.” Poulter, dressed conservatively in cream trousers and white golf shirt to match his unusual all-white driver, had leapfrogged Scott at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie on 10, but that was as good as it would get for the Briton after the turn. The 34-year-old Ryder Cup player carded seven pars and bogeyed 14 to come home in second place but he was still happy with his round. “I think I missed one green and that was about five feet out so I actually hit about 18 greens in regulation,” said Poulter. “I played real solid ... had one blemish but Adam played well as well so I think tomorrow is going to be a great day.” Korean Kang had a long wait before his score was made official as Swedish playing partner Fredrik Andersson Hed accused him of improving his putting line by illegally tapping down a spike-mark on the 16th green. After allegations, lengthy debate and stonewall denials the Korean’s fourunder 67 was allowed to stand. “We investigated the situation with the player and Graeme McDowell,” said European Tour chief referee John Paramor, referring to the third member of the group. “Graeme was focusing on his game and did not see anything and Kang did not recall touching the surface. We have had a full and frank discussion and the result is there is no penalty,” Paramor said in a statement. US Masters champion Phil Mickelson looked out of sorts and was treading water at five-under when he came to the par-five 18th. The American left-hander, who finished the hole in pitch darkness on Friday, put two balls in the water and posted an ugly eight to leave him 12 strokes adrift of the leader. The presence of major winners Mickelson, Kaymer (US PGA) and McDowell has boosted the number of ranking points available at the $6 million Singapore Open. The winner will receive 48 points, compared to 30 at the Australian Masters and 24 at the Disney Classic. —Reuters

PORTLAND: Nobunari Oda from Japan performs during the Men Short Program of the 2010 Skate America in Portland. —AFP

Oda leads men at Skate America PORTLAND: Japan’s Nobunari Oda skated cleanly to edge spirited countryman Daisuke Takahashi in the men’s short program at Skate America on Friday. Oda’s routine — which featured a triple flip-triple toe loop combination — was to the composition “Storm.” “I was nervous, but I didn’t make any major mistakes on the jumps,” he said afterward, adding that he did feel he erred slightly going into a spin. Takahashi, skating to a selection of Latin music, made a few sloppy mistakes, but won the crowd over. The reigning world champion and bronze medalist in the Vancouver Olympics scored a season’s-best 78.12, but it wasn’t enough to hold up against Oda’s 79.28. Fans at the Rose Garden, usually home to the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, waved Japanese flags for both skaters. Skating to music from the Romeo and Juliet Overture, American Adam Rippon fell on a

triple axel to open his program but was solid the rest of the way. He was third with a score of 73.94. “You know, mistakes happen,” Rippon said. “I can take this performance, learn from it, and move forward.” Two-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy led the field after the pairs short program earlier Friday. The Germans, bronze medalists at the Vancouver Olympics, were a bit rough on sideby-side jumps and spins. Still, the favorites in the Grand Prix event finished in front of Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch. Skating to “Korobushko” by the string quartet Bond, Savchenko doubled a triple toe loop. “We are glad we survived our first program in competition this year,” said Szolkowy,. The crowd favorites were Americans Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett, who per-

formed to the Love Theme from Cousins. Savchenko and Szolkowy finished with a 63.99, followed by Moore-Towers and Moscovitch with a season-best 61.64, and Denney and Barrett at 58.49. “We still have some work to do on it, and by nationals it will be looking pretty good,” Barrett said about the couple’s new routine. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch won the silver at Skate Canada last month. China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong skated to a country-inspired routine. Known for their energy, they didn’t disappoint with an enthusiastic throw triple flip. The routine, which lacked some polish, earned the world junior champions a 57.53. Skate America is the fourth of six international Grand Prix events. The event continues Saturday with the free skate for the men and pair, ice dancing and the women’s short program. —AP

Brazil, Russia reach final TOKYO: Top-ranked Brazil rallied from two sets down to defeat host Japan yesterday and advance to the final of the women’s world volleyball championship. Olympic champion Brazil recovered from a slow start to defeat Japan 22-25, 33-35, 2522, 25-22, 15-11 and will meet defending champion Russia in today’s final. “It was a very difficult match,” Brazil coach Jose

Guimaraes said. “Japan played a very good match, they really raised the level of their game. They attacked our second line of defense at the back.” Sheila Castro and Natalia Pereira powered the Brazilian attack with 25 and 23 points respectively. Yukiko Ebata led Japan with 29 points. Japan was making its first semifinal appearance in 28 years. Russia defeated the

United States 25-16, 13-25, 25-19, 25-21. “Today’s game was more about mental toughness than technical skill,” Russia coach Vladimir Kuzyutkin said. “We didn’t really change our overall strategy, and that’s why we won.” Ekaterina Gamova scored 22 points for Russia while Destinee Hooker finished with a team-high 23 points for the United States. —AP

‘SPG millionaire golf challenge’ confirmed for Saadiyat Beach KUWAIT: Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), the award-winning loyalty programme from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, yesterday announced the launch of its exclusive ‘Millionaire’ Amateur Golf Challenge being held at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi on Thursday December 9th, 2010. The lucky tournament winner will walk away with one million Starpoints - equivalent to up to 100 free nights’ stay at many of the 1,000 Starwood hotels and resorts around the world. This means that the winning SPG member could choose to take a break every year for the next decade in hotels and resorts as enticing as The W Maldives or The Grosvenor House, Dubai; use SPG Flights to purchase air travel with no black out dates; or bid for once in a lifetime, money can’t buy experiences with SPG Moments.

Any SPG member who knows their woods from their irons and fancies their chances at coming in at or below par at the Saadiyat Beach course, designed by golf legend Gary Player, can use 15,000 of their Starpoints for one of the100 coveted spots in the tournament. For non-SPG members, Starwood is also offering a chance to participate by giving away tournament ‘golden tickets’. “SPG has really strong ties to the golfing community. Not only does SPG have an ongoing partnership with the PGA tour that allows us to provide unique memorable experiences for SPG members, but we also host golf tournaments across the globe,” says Andreas Plum, Director of Marketing and Distribution, Middle East, Starwood Hotels and Resorts. “This will be our very first golf tournament in the Middle East and we have real

reason to be excited about it. There are so many keen and talented amateur golfers in the Gulf who I know will make sure this is a really close and competitive tournament, plus the chance of winning one million SPG points is a prize worth fighting for.” During the tournament, SPG members will be treated to the finest hospitality, a variety of food and refreshments and personlised t-shirts. Along with a main prize of one million SPG points, other prizes including vacation packages will be handed out at the tournament. The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s most uniquely captivating golfing projects and is the Arabian Gulf’s first and only ocean course and features several beach-front holes with spectacular views of the Gulf’s glittering blue waters.


Sunday, November 14, 2010


Vettel clinches pole at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Members of Etihad Airways cabin crew proudly wear their special ‘grid girl’ uniform at the airline’s head quarters in Abu Dhabi, ahead of Sunday’s Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Etihad cabin crew set for Formula 1 grid duty Members of Etihad Airways cabin crew have been gearing up for today's Formula 1(tm) Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when they will walk out in front of packed crowds at the Yas Marina Circuit as the drivers' "grid girls". The 50 cabin crew

members will have a day off from their usual duties serving on board Etihad aircraft and will have the eyes of the world on them as they proudly wear the specially designed uniforms on the grid at the start of the race. Excitement continues to grow ahead of

the second Formula 1(tm) Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with the news that minutes before the race starts an Etihad A340-600 aircraft, in special F1 livery, will perform a "fly-past" over the Yas Marina Circuit.

Sehwag flays NZ bowling HYDERABAD: Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave India a flying start after the bowlers triggered a New Zealand batting collapse on the second day of the second Test yesterday. The hosts were 178 for two at the close, trailing by 172 runs, with Rahul Dravid (7) and Sachin Tendulkar (11) at the crease. Resuming on 258 for four after Tim McIntosh's opening day ton, New Zealand added just 92 runs for the loss of six wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Sehwag (96) then tore into the Kiwi bowling, and put on 160 for the first wicket with Gambhir (54), before being bowled by captain Daniel Vettori while attempting a slog sweep. The swashbuckling Sehwag shifted gears after completing his half-century and hit 15 boundaries and a huge six during his 120ball stay. Gambhir, desperate for a big score after a recent poor run of form, compiled a gritty half-century. He fell soon after his opening partner, caught down the legside off paceman Tim Southee. Earlier, in a fiery spell, left-armer Zaheer Khan (4-69) trapped Gareth Hopkins (4) and Kane Williamson (4) leg before as he swung the ball back from around the wicket. Spinner Harbhajan Singh chipped in by removing Vettori (11), Jesse Ryder (70), Southee (10) and Chris Martin (3) to foil New Zealand's chances of a formidable firstinnings score. Ryder took the attack to India with 10 boundaries. He was particularly punishing on an erratic Shanthakumaran Sreesanth before edging Harbhajan to Vangipurappu Laxman in the slips. The three-match series is tied at 0-0 after the opening test was drawn in Ahmedabad. — Reuters

HYDERABAD: India's Virender Sehwag hits a shot during the second day of the second cricket Test match against New Zealand. — AP

SCOREBOARD Scoreboard at the close of the second day of the second test between India and New Zealand at Hyderabad yesterday. New Zealand first innings (overnight 258-4)

India first innings

T. McIntosh b Khan 102 B. McCullum c Dhoni b Sreesanth 4 M. Guptill lbw b Ojha 85 R. Taylor c Dhoni b Khan 24 J. Ryder c Laxman b Harbhajan 70 G. Hopkins lbw b Khan 4 K. Williamson lbw b Khan 4 D. Vettori lbw b Harbhajan 11 T. Southee st Dhoni b Harbhajan 10 B. Arnel not out 6 C. Martin c Sehwag b Harbhajan 3 Extras (b-2, lb-20, w-1, nb-4) 27 Total (all out; 117.3 overs) 350 Fall of wickets: 1-4 2-151 3-206 4-253 5269 6-287 7-312 8-331 9-338 Bowling: Khan 27-8-69-4, Sreesanth 211-88-1 (4nb, 1w), Harbhajan 35.3-10-764, Ojha 27-4-80-1, Raina 7-2-15-0.

G. Gambhir c Hopkins b Southee 54 V. Sehwag b Vettori 96 R. Dravid not out 7 S. Tendulkar not out 11 Extras (b-1, lb-8, nb-1 10 Total (two wickets; 49 overs) 178 To bat: VVS Laxman, S. Raina, MS Dhoni (captain), H. Singh, Z. Khan, S. Sreesanth, P. Ojha. Fall of wickets: 1-160 2-160 Bowling (to date): Martin 12-4-37-0 (1nb), Southee 12-2-45-1, Arnel 11-225-0, Vettori 12-0-45-1, Williamson 2-017-0 The three-match series is tied at 0-0 after the opening test was drawn in Ahmedabad.

Hafeez and Umar give Pakistan a flying start DUBAI: Mohammed Hafeez's half-century guided Pakistan to 144 for two in reply to South Africa's first innings 380 on the second day of the first Test yesterday. Opener Hafeez slammed a rapid 60 off 89 balls as Pakistan ended the day 236 runs behind. Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar (42) put on 105 for the first wicket after taking advantage of some wayward new-ball bowling from Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. The duo brought up the 50 at a run-aball but were more circumspect after that. Hafeez was the first to depart when he was caught at mid-on off left-arm spinner Paul Harris. Umar fell six runs later when he was trapped leg before by Morkel. Earlier, South Africa's first innings ended 26 minutes after lunch when offspinner Saeed Ajmal trapped Morkel leg before for 10. Swing bowler Umar Gul picked up three for 100 while left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman claimed three for 101. The morning session belonged to Pakistan as South Africa lost six wickets for 54 runs before lunch. Gul was at the heart of the collapse, snatching three for 19 in 8.3 overs as he kept an excellent line just outside off stump and extracted just enough seam movement to trouble the batsmen. Pakistan's performance in the field was all the better for the fact left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz was unable to bowl after straining his side on the opening day. The team said the injury was severe enough to rule him out of the rest of the series. South Africa, resuming on 311 for three, lost nightwatchman Harris early when he was caught at second slip off Gul for a duck. Gul then produced a superb delivery which nipped back off the seam to bowl AB de Villiers for five through the gate before the 26-year-old trapped Ashwell Prince leg before for one. Rehman then had Mark Boucher lbw for nine before Ajmal picked up the important wicket of Jacques Kallis. Kallis, who had added 20 to his overnight 53, edged to keeper Adnan Akmal before Rehman bowled Johan Botha (10) with a turning delivery that clipped the top of the off stump. — Reuters

DUBAI: South Africa's Jacques Kallis plays it safe during the second day of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and South Africa. — AP

SCOREBOARD Scoreboard the close of the second day of the first test between Pakistan and South Africa in Dubai yesterday. 61-2 (1nb, 1w), Rehman 32-2-101-3, Ajmal 35-6-95-2, Hafeez 1-0-1-0, Younis Khan 7South Africa first innings (overnight 311-3) 2-11-0 (1nb). G. Smith c Umar b Riaz 100 A. Petersen c Younis b Rehman 67 Pakistan first innings H. Amla c A. Akmal b Riaz 80 M. Hafeez c Smith b Harris 60 J. Kallis c A. Akmal Saeed Ajmal 73 T. Umar lbw b Morkel 42 P. Harris c Younis Khan b Gul 0 A. Ali not out 12 AB de Villiers b Gul 5 Younis Khan not out 21 A. Prince lbw Gul 1 Extras (lb 9) 9 M. Boucher lbw Rehman 9 Total (two wickets; 55 overs) 144 J. Botha b Rehman 10 Fall of wickets: 1-105 2-111 D. Steyn not out 10 To bat: Misbah-ul-Haq, U. Akmal, A. M. Morkel lbw Ajmal 10 Akmal, A. Rehman, W. Riaz, S. Ajmal, U. Extras (b 9, lb 2, w 1, nb 3) 15 Gul. Total (all out; 123 overs) 380 Bowling (to date): Steyn 11-3-38-0, Fall of wickets: 1-153 2-190 3-307 4-318 Morkel 10-3-38-1, Harris 20-6-34-1, Kallis 5-327 6-329 7-345 8-347 9-363 10-380 Bowling: Gul 30-4-100-3 (1nb), Riaz 18-3- 4-1-7-0, Botha 10-3-18-0.

ABU DHABI: Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull put pressure on championship leader Fernando Alonso by taking pole position yesterday for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With an unprecedented four drivers still in contention for the title ahead of the last race Sunday, Alonso still put himself in good position to clinch the championship by finishing third in qualifying. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton -a longshot for the title -- was second, while Alonso's closest challenger Mark Webber of Red Bull was a disappointing fifth. Vettel clocked 1 minute, 39.394 seconds at the Yas Marina circuit, making him 0.31 seconds quicker than Hamilton. Alonso was 0.398 seconds back in his Ferrari, with last year's champion and Hamilton's teammate Jenson Button in fourth, 0.429 seconds back. Webber was 0.531 seconds back of his teammate. Alonso has an eight-point lead over Webber in the championship standings, while Vettel is 15 points behind and Hamilton 24 points back. The 23-year-old Vettel held up one finger and stuck out his tongue after taking his 10th pole of the year. He now has a chance to repeat last year's performance, when he led a one-two Red Bull finish in the Gulf. "Obviously, we start from pole. It couldn't be better," Vettel said. "At the practice, we didn't look too good but we went out last and we did it. It was a very good job by everyone, the whole team." Hamilton struggled earlier in the qualifying session, slipping off the track and then being clipped by Ferrari's Felipe Massa, but he got in a good lap when it mattered. He just barely managed to remain in the top 10 after the second qualifying session and then had a stunning lap in the third. "Today is a much better start of the weekend for us," Hamilton said. "The team did some great things improving the car. A good feeling. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain." A victory is worth 25 points, while second place is good for 18. Alonso can guarantee himself the title by finishing in the top two. Alonso can finish as low as third or fourth if Webber doesn't win the race, and he can also win by finishing out of the points as long as Webber doesn't finish in the top five, Vettel is third or lower and Hamilton fails to win. Alonso, whose fast time came with minutes left in qualifying, said "a lot can happen" during Sunday's race but that he was happy to finish ahead of Webber. "For tomorrow, I feel confident," Alonso said. "I feel the team supporting a lot, a very good atmosphere. I feel happy with the car, 2010 has been a great, great year for me." Webber can win his first F1 title by leading a Red Bull 1-2, but with teams banned from giving "team orders" -- telling drivers to let their teammates pass -- it may come down to Vettel voluntarily letting Webber through if the team is to add a drivers' championship to the constructors' title it has already won. But the 34-year-old's fifthplace position dents his dream of becoming the first Australian world champion since Alan Jones in 1980. — AP

ABU DHABI: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the Qualifying for the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack. — AP

Wolves maul Knicks MINNEAPOLIS: Kevin Love grabbed a franchise-record 31 rebounds and scored 31 points _ the first 30-30 game in the NBA for 28 years _ as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from a 21point, third-quarter deficit to stun the New York Knicks 112-103 on Friday. Love grabbed 15 boards in the third quarter alone to will the Timberwolves to victory. Moses Malone was the last player to do it with 38 points and 32 rebounds for Houston against Seattle in 1982. Michael Beasley had 35 points and six rebounds for the Wolves. Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points, but only seven in the second half for the Knicks, who lost their fourth consecutive game. Jazz 90, Hawks 86 In Atlanta, Utah recovered from a double-digit for the fourth consecutive game, this time leaving Atlanta stunned. Atlanta led 74-63 with 36 seconds gone in the fourth period before the Jazz put together a 15-4 run to tie it and Paul Millsap hit a corner jumper with 1:20 to play to put Utah in front. The Hawks have lost four straight, including three at home, after winning their first six. Deron Williams led the Jazz with 24 points and 10 assists. Joe Johnson had 23 points for Atlanta. Raptors 110, Magic 106 In Orlando, Toronto snapped a six-game losing skid by edging Orlando. Sonny Weems made a 3-

pointer with 7.1 seconds left and Toronto hit four free throws from there to seal it. Andrea Bargnani led the Raptors with 27 points, but it was Weems and DeMar DeRozan who made the key plays that ended Toronto's skid. DeRozan finished with 26 points, 11 in the fourth quarter. Dwight Howard had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Magic. Bobcats 93, Wizards 85 In Washington, Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead Charlotte over Washington. Boris Diaw added 19 points for the Bobcats. Andray Blatche scored 22 points for the Wizards. Suns 103, Kings 89 In Phoenix, Steve Nash had 28 points, 14 assists and even seven rebounds on the day of the birth of his son, as Phoenix won at home against Sacramento for the 10th straight time. The 36-year-old two-time league MVP made 11 of his first 12 shots and finished 13 for 18. Hakim Warrick added 18 points for the Suns, most of them on feeds from Nash. Tyreke Evans had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Kings, who lost their fourth in a row. Rockets 102, Pacers 99 In Indianapolis, Brad Miller had 23 points and eight rebounds to help Houston overcome the loss of Yao Ming to injury and beat Indiana. Luis Scola added 16 points for the Rockets, who shot 50 percent from the field and improved to 2-6. James Posey led

Indiana with 19 points. Mavericks 99, 76ers 90 In Dallas, the hosts made it three straight wins by overcoming Philadelphia. Reserve JJ Barea scored a season-high 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 16 despite a sprained ankle for the Mavericks. Thaddeus Young scored 17 points for the Sixers. Thunder 110, T Blazers 108 In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to lead Oklahoma City to its second win over Portland this week. Kevin Durant scored the final eight points in a 10-0 run that turned the Thunder's five-point deficit into a 105-100 lead with 1:29 to play. Brandon Roy scored 24 points and got the Blazers within one point three times in the final minute, but Rudy Fernandez missed a 3-pointer from the corner with 2.9 seconds left that would've put Portland ahead. Pistons 113, Clippers 107 In Los Angeles, Detroit used a 9-0 run in overtime to beat Los Angeles. Reserve Charlie Villanueva scored 30 points while Austin Daye and Richard Hamilton added 12 points apiece for Detroit, which picked up its first road win in five tries this season. The Pistons hit 11 of 18 from 3-point range, lead by Villanueva's five. Eric Gordon scored 28 points for undermanned Los Angeles, which dropped to 1-9 for the second time in three seasons. — AP

NBA results/standings NBA results and standings on Friday. Utah 90, Atlanta 86; Houston 102, Indiana 99; Toronto 110, Orlando 106; Charlotte 93, Washington 85; Minnesota 112, NY Knicks 1 03; Dallas 99, Philadelphia 90; Phoenix 103, Sacramento 89; Oklahoma City 110, Portland 108; Detroit 113, La Clippers 107 (OT). (OT denotes overtime victory)

Boston New Jersey NY Knicks Philadelphia Toronto Chicago Cleveland Milwaukee Indiana Detroit Orlando Atlanta Miami Charlotte Washington

Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L PCT 7 2 .778 3 5 .375 3 6 .333 2 7 .222 2 7 .222 Central Division 4 3 .571 4 4 .500 4 5 .444 3 4 .429 3 6 .333 Southeast Division 5 3 .625 6 4 .600 5 4 .556 3 6 .333 2 5 .286

GB 3.5 4 5 5 .5 1 1 2 .5 2.5 2.5

Western Conference Northwest Division Utah 6 3 .667 Oklahoma City 5 3 .625 Portland 6 4 .600 Denver 5 4 .556 Minnesota 3 7 .300 Pacific Division LA Lakers 8 1 .889 Golden State 6 3 .667 Phoenix 4 4 .500 Sacramento 3 5 .375 LA Clippers 1 9 .100 Southwest Division New Orleans 7 0 1.000 San Antonio 6 1 .857 Dallas 6 2 .750 Memphis 4 5 .444 Houston 2 6 .250

.5 .5 1 3.5 2 3.5 4.5 7.5 1 1.5 4 5.5

KGA soccer tourney KUWAIT: Kuwait Goan Association's 2nd Edition of Eslinda Alemao Memorial 7a-side Football Tournament will be held on Eid Al-Adha (16th Nov.) at the Al-Sabah Hospital (MOH) Grounds, Shuwaikh, under the auspices of KIFF, which commences at 7:00 am on the occasion of KGA's fifth anniversary. 15 Teams, representing 14 KIFF affiliated football clubs are participating in the tournament. All football lovers are cordially invited to witness the grand event which is sponsored by Gulf Cable & Electrical Industries Co., Churchill Bros., Mughal Mahal, Bhasin Co. and Al Zahem & Malhotra. Chief guest: Sharon Alemao D'Costa and Guest of Honor: Dr. Wanda Alemao Dangle.

DALLAS: Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes (rear) wraps up Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (front) of Germany, in the second half of an NBA basketball game. — AP



Sunday, November 14, 2010

China wins first Asian Games gold

CHINA: Japan’s Megumi Morita (left) and Minato Kojima perform during the final of Tango category of the Dance Sports at the Asian Games. —AP

Medals table Nation China Japan South Korea Hong Kong India Iran Uzbekistan

G 19 4 4 1 0 0 0

S 7 10 3 0 2 1 1

B 2 9 8 1 0 2 2

Total 28 23 15 2 2 3 3

Indonesia North Korea Singapore Thailand Kazakhstan Malaysia Taiwan

0 0 0 0 0 0 0

1 1 1 1 0 0 0

1 0 0 0 3 2 2

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Chinese fans learn to cheer cricket on its Games debut GUANGZHOU: After Chinese spectators sat through a short video explaining the basics of the game, cricket made its Asian Games debut yesterday. The crowd swiftly caught on and cheered every run on a slightly parched pitch as China’s women beat Malaysia on a sunny afternoon. “They were the best. In terms of their fielding they were very well drilled,” said Roger Golding, an English spectator in the crowd. “They didn’t miss a trick.” China has underscored the state’s vast commitment to sports as a symbol of national pride by hiring top coaches and pumping money into less popular sports-and getting very good at them. “It was very strange at first but we’re slowly getting the hang of it,” said 19-year-old Chinese fan Li Zibo of cricket, hugely popular in Commonwealth nations but little-known in China. “It’s very fresh and we’ve never seen it before,” added Deng Xiaozhu, another young spectator who said he had been given a free ticket for the match. A rapid-fire North American-style commentator was employed to liven up proceedings for the Chinese fans but stands were half-empty even though organisers had said that tickets for all weekend cricket had sold out.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has identified China as a promising frontier and made the game’s development a priority in the world’s most populous nation. The Olympic Council of Asia, however, is divided over cricket’s future at the Asian Games, with delegates demanding it be dropped from the programme at a more streamlined 2014 Games in Incheon, South Korea. The tournament’s credibility also suffered a blow when world power India declined to bring even a second-string team. “I hope with our performance at this Asian Games cricket can be kept in the Games,” said team manager Liu Rongyao, who has big aspirations for his young side. “(We want to be) world champions, of course. As an old saying in China goes, a soldier who does not want to be a general is not a good soldier.” On the pitch, China’s women made an edgy start with their two openers getting out with just seven runs between them before captain Sun Huan stepped to the crease and calmed Chinese nerves with a solid 47. Displaying powerful batting at times, China went on to score 116 runs in 20 overs for the loss of six wickets. Malaysia could only respond with 61 in the face of a pace onslaught from players such as Mei Chunhua, who took three wickets for eight runs on a fast wicket. — Reuters

CHINA: Chinese women Huang Zhuo reaches for the ball during their women’s cricket match against Malaysia at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou. — AP

GUANGZHOU: No prizes for guessing who won the first gold medal of the Guangzhou Asian Games: the script was well choreographed for Yuan Xiaochao and China. And that was just Act 1. Wushu, the Chinese martial arts, provided the first of yesterday’s 28 gold medals and twotime world champion Yuan Xiaochao obliged by winning the changquan discipline in confident style before 10 a.m. on the first day of competition. The Chinese won 18 of the next 27 finals, including all five in dance sport’s Asian Games debut, five of six in shooting, four of six in the pool, two each at both weightlifting and wushu and the men’s team event at gymnastics. China has 28 medals overall, with 18 gold. Japan and South Korea picked up four gold medals apiece, with Hong Kong’s Lee Waisze winning the first cycling medal, setting an Asian record time of 33.945 seconds to take gold in the women’s 500-meter time trial in an upset result over defending champion Guo Shuang of China. There are 35 finals scheduled for Sunday, day two of competition. The scene for the opening day was set early with the 22year-old Yuan, an avid Bruce Lee and Jet Li fan who harbors ambitions of working in a kung-fu movie. But just not for the time being. “I feel very lucky to be able to compete for China’s first gold medal ... very happy to get that first gold medal,” he said. “The win has a significant meaning for me. It is also a good way to make the world know China and Chinese Wushu.” China topped the medal count at the last Asian Games in Doha with 166 gold medals, well clear of second-place South Korea’s 58. The host nation’s only medal target in Guangzhou, where 476 gold medals are at stake, is to surpass the 2006 totals. Japan, third in the medal count at Doha, picked up gold and silver in the women’s triathlon _ the first gold medal contested outdoors at Guangzhou _ with Mariko Adachi leading teammate Akane Tsuchihashi across the finish line in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 45 seconds. “Now I feel very proud to get Japan’s first gold medal,” Adachi said. Hong Kong’s cycling gold was unexpected. “I expected her to get the silver,” Lee’s coach Shen Jinkang Shen said, “but Guo is Lee’s idol and she always wants to beat her.” “My dream has come true. I’ve been longing for this medal,” Lee said. Japan and China shared the honors in the pool at Doha. So far this time, China leads 4-2. Takeshi Matsuda won the 200meter butterfly and Yuya Morihata the 400 individual medley for Japan. Japan was expected to dominate judo, but South Koreans won three golds on the mats on the first of four days of competition, including Hwang Hee-tae in the under-100 kilogram division and Kim Soo-whan in the over100 category. South Korea had earlier collected its first gold of the games at shooting, winning the 50meter pistol men’s team even with 1,679 points to open the program. That was a standout at the range, where Chinese shooter Yi Siling became the first multiple gold medalist of the games by winning the women’s 10meter air rifle and the 10-meter air rifle team title. In the football competition, both Koreas, China and Japan all had 3-0 wins on Saturday and advanced to the second round, where the highlighted matches include China against South Korea on and defending champion Qatar against Uzbekistan tomorrow. The United Arab Emirates is against Kuwait on Tuesday. Competition got under way in cricket, which was making its debut at the Asian Games and was pushing for inclusion in the condensed 2014 sports program. But most of the local attention was on wushu. Yuan’s coaches had shielded him from the domestic media, which has closely followed his chances of claiming the first gold. Handlers had to hustle Yuan out of a news conference after he was mobbed by breathless reporters shouting questions. He even missed the spectacular opening ceremony on Friday night, when athletes from all 45 competing countries were ferried down the Pearl River to an island venue for an extravagant show of fireworks and light. “To have the best competition I have to get rest,” he said. “It’s mostly to help me relax.” —AP

CHINA: Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda swims on his way to win the men’s 200m Butterfly final, at the Asian Games in Guangzhou. — AP

Asian Game medalists GUANGZHOU, China: Medalists yesterday on the opening day of competition at the 16th Asian Games: CYCLING TRACK Women 500-Meter Time Trial Gold - Lee Waisze, Hong Kong. Silver - Guo Shuang, China. Bronze - Hsiao Mei-yu, Taiwan. DANCE SPORT Standard Quickstep Gold - China (Yang Chao, Tan Yiling). Silver - Japan (Masayuki Ishihara, Ayami Kubo) Bronze - South Korea (Lee Sang-min, Kim Hye-in). Standard Waltz Gold - China (Shen Hong, Liang Yujie). Silver - Japan (Masayuki Ishihara, Ayami Kubo). Bronze - South Korea (Jo Sang-hyo, Lee Se-hee). Standard Tango Gold _ China (Shen Hong, Liang Yujie). Silver _ South Korea (Nam Sang-wung, Song Yi-na). Bronze _ Japan (Minato Kojima, Megumi Morita). Standard Slow Foxtrot Gold - China (Wu Zhian, Lei Ying). Silver - South Korea (Nam Sang-wung, Song Yi-na). Bronze - Japan (Tsuyoshi Nukina, Mariko Shibahara). Latin Five-Dance Gold - China (Shi Lei, Zhang Baiyu). Silver - Japan (Yumiya Kubota, Rara Kubota). Bronze - South Korea (Kim Dae-dong, Yoo Hae-sook). GYMNASTICS ARTISTIC Men’s Team Gold - China (Yan Mingyong, Feng Zhe, Lu Bo, Chen Yibing, Teng Halbin, Zhang Chenglong). Silver - Japan (Ryosuke Baba, Ryotaka Deguchi, Shun Kuwahara, Hisashi Mizutori, Takuya Nakase, Kyoichi Watanabe). Bronze - South Korea (Kim Ji-hoon, Sin Seob, Yoo Won-chui, Kim Hee-hoon, Kim Soo-myun, Yang Hak-seon). JUDO Men +100 kilogram Gold - Kim Soo-whan, South Korea. Silver - Abdullo Tangriev, Uzbekistan.

Bronze - Mohammad Rodaki, Iran, and Daiki Kamikawa, Japan. 100 kilogram Gold - Hwang Hee-tae, South Korea. Silver - Takamasa Anai, Japan. Bronze - Ramziddin Sayidov, Uzbekistan, and Maxim Rakov, Kazakhstan. Women +78 kilogram Gold - Mika Sugimoto, Japan. Silver - Qin Qian, China. Bronze - Kim Na-young, South Korea, and Gulzhan Issanova, Kazakhstan. -78 kilogram Gold - Jeong Gyeong-mi, South Korea. Silver - Akari Ogata, Japan. Bronze - Gallya Ulmentayeva, Kazakhstan, and Yang Xiuli, China. SWIMMING Men 200 Butterfly Gold - Takeshi Matsuda, Japan. Silver - Ryusuke Sakata, Japan. Bronze - Chen Yin, China.

50-meter Pistol Team Gold = South Korea (Jin Jong-oh, Lee Sang-do, Lee Dae-myung). Silver - China (Pu Qifeng, Pang Wei, Wu Jing). Bronze - Japan (Kojiro Horimizu, Tomoyuki Matsuda, Susumu Kobayashi). 10-meter Air Rifle Gold - Zhu Qinan, China. Silver - Gagan Narang, India. Bronze - Kim Ki-won, South Korea. 10-meter Air Rifle Team Gold - China (Zhu Qinan, Yu Jikang, Cao Yifei). Silver - India (Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput, Abhinav Bindra). Bronze - South Korea (Kim Ki-won, Kim Jong-hyun, Choi Sung-soon). Women 10-meter Air Rifle Gold - Yi Siling, China. Silver - Wu Liuxi, China. Bronze - Nur Suryani Taibi, Malaysia.

400 Individual Medley Gold - Yuya Horihata, Japan. Silver - Huang Chaosheng, China. Bronze - Ken Takakuwa, Japan.

10-m Air Rifle Team Gold - China (Yi Siling, Wu Liuxi, Yu Dan). Silver - Iran (Mahlagha Jambozorg, Elaheh Ahmadi, Andvari Emamgholinejad). Bronze - Uzbekistan (Yana Fatkhi, Sakina Mamedova, Elena Kuznetsova).

Women 50 Breaststroke Gold - Wang Randi, China. Silver - Zhao Jin, China. Bronze - Satomi Suzuki, Japan.

TRIATHLON Women Gold - Mariko Adachi, Japan. Silver - Akane Tsuchihashi, Japan. Bronze - Jang Jun-jung, South Korea.

100 Butterfly Gold - Jiao Liuyang, China. Silver - Tao Li, Singapore. Bronze - Yuka Kato, Japan.

WEIGHTLIFTING Men 56 kilogram Gold - Wu Jingbiao, China. Silver - Han Kum-chol, South Korea. Bronze - Jadi Setiadi, Indonesia.

200 Freestyle Gold - Zhu Qianwei, China. Silver - Tang Yi, China. Bronze - Hanae Ito, Japan. 400 Freestyle Relay Gold - China (Zhao Jing, Chen Huijia, Jiao Liuyang, Tang Yi). Silver - Japan (Aya Terakawa, Satomi Suzuki, Yuka Kato, Haruka Ueda). Bronze - Hong Kong (Lau Yin Yan, Ma Hei Tung, Zae Han Yu, Hannah Wilson). SHOOTING Men 50-Meter Pistol Gold - Pu Qifeng, China. Silver - Jin Jon-goh, South Korea. Bronze - Tomoyuki Matsuda, Japan.

48 kilogram Gold - Wang Mingjuan, China. Silver - Pensiri Laosirikul, Thailand. Bronze - Chen Weiling, China. WUSHU Men Changquan Gold - Yuan Xiaochao, China. Silver -Daisuke Ichikizaki, Japan. Bronze - Ehsan Peyghambari, Iran. Women Nanquan/Nandao All-Round Gold -Lin Fan, China. Silver -Ivana Irmanto, Indonesia. Bronze -Tai Cheau Xuen, Malaysia.

Japan defeats Kazakhstan

CHINA: China’s Jiao Liuyang (center) winner of the women’s 100m Butterfly final, poses on the podium with second placed Tao Li, of Singapore (left) and third placed Yuka Kato, of Japan, at the Asian Games. — AP

CHINA: Indonesia’s Jadi Setiadi celebrates after a lift in the men’s 56 kg division at the Weightlifting during the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou. Setiadi won the bronze medal. —AP

GUANGZHOU: Ai Murakami scored twice off short corners in the first half as Japan defeated Kazakhstan 4-1 on the opening day of the Asian Games women’s field hockey tournament. Murakami was on target with 10th minute and 29th minute penalty corners and also deflected a 25-metre pass to Mie Nakashima to score in the first half. In between those goals, Aki Mitsuhashi scored a field goal in the 17th minute. “I had a good coordination with my team mates that helped me to score off penalty corners,” Murakami said. However, Japan wasted seven short corners after half time before Kazakhstan pulled one back in the 65th minute through Vera Domashneva. “We made mistakes in the first half, but adjusted ourselves well in the second (half) and scored once,” Kazakhstan team manager Gani Tazhiyev said. Cheon Seul-ki and Park Min-yun scored two goals each in the second half in South Korea’s convincing 5-0 win over Thailand in the other preliminary women’s game. Kim Eun-sil’s 13th minute penalty corner had given South Korea 1-0 lead at half time, with Thailand’s defense denying a number of scoring opportunities. However, South Korea got it together in the second half with braces from Cheon and Park. — AP


Sunday, November 14, 2010


Nine man Bilbao beat Almeria

Soccer results/standings Aston Villa 2 (Young 72-pen, Albrighton 76) Man Utd 2 (Macheda 81, Vidic 85); Man City 0 Birmingham 0; Newcastle 0 Fulham 0; Tottenham 4 (Bale 16, 75, Pavlyuchenko 42, Crouch 69) Blackburn 2 (Nelsen 80, Givet 90); West Ham 0 Blackpool 0; Wigan 1 (Moses 70) West Brom 0; Wolves 2 (Foley 69, Fletcher 77) Bolton 3 (Stearman 1-og, Elmander 57, Holden 67); Stoke 2 (Fuller 56, Jones 90) Liverpool 0. Playing later Stoke v Liverpool Playing today Chelsea v Sunderland; Everton v Arsenal English Football League results Championship Burnley 3 Watford 2; Crystal Palace 2 Coventry 0; Ipswich 1 Barnsley 3; Leeds 3 Bristol City 1; Leicester 2 Derby 0; Millwall 0 Sheffield Utd 1; Nottingham Forest 0 QPR 0; Portsmouth 2 Doncaster 3; Scunthorpe 2 Cardiff 4. Playing late Reading v Norwich Playing today Swansea v Middlesbrough Played Friday Preston 0 Hull 2 Division One Bournemouth 3 Walsall 0; Brentford 0 Milton Keynes Dons 2; Bristol Rovers 0 Leyton Orient 3; Carlisle 3 Southampton 2; Exeter 3 Notts County 1; Hartlepool 3 Brighton 1; Oldham 1 Huddersfield 0; Peterborough 1 Charlton 5; Sheffield Wednesday 2 Rochdale 0; Swindon 2 Colchester 1; Tranmere 1 Plymouth 0; Yeovil 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3. Division Two Bury 0 Stockport 1; Chesterfield 1 Burton 2; Gillingham 1 Crewe 3; Hereford 1 Cheltenham 1; Macclesfield 2 Aldershot 0; Morecambe 1 Lincoln 2; Northampton 0 Port Vale 0; Rotherham 2 Oxford 1; Southend 1 Accrington 1; Stevenage 1 Shrewsbury 1; Torquay 1 Barnet 1; Wycombe 1 Bradford 0. Scottish Premier League results Dundee Utd 1 (Russell 23) Kilmarnock 1 (Sammon 22); Hamilton 1 (Imrie 29) Inverness CT 3 (Rooney 49, 59, Hayes 52); Hibernian 2 (Riordan 14, 27) Motherwell 1 (Blackman 10-pen); Rangers 2 (Miller

21, Weiss 32) Aberdeen 0; St Johnstone 0 Hearts 2 (Kyle 64-pen, Stevenson 90). Playing today St Mirren v Celtic Scottish Football League results First Division Dunfermline 2 Raith 2; Partick 0 Morton 0; Queen of the South 3 Cowdenbeath 0; Ross County 0 Dundee 3; Stirling 0 Falkirk 5. Second Division Airdrie 0 Livingston 1; Alloa 1 Stenhousemuir 0; Brechin 0 Forfar 0; Dumbarton 3 Ayr 2; Peterhead 2 East Fife 2. Third Division Arbroath 4 Montrose 0; Berwick 2 Clyde 1; East Stirling 0 Elgin City 2; Queen’s Park 0 Albion 1; Stranraer 2 Annan Athletic 2. Italian Serie A results Fiorentina 1 (Gilardino 59) Cesena 0 Playing later: Juventus v Roma Playing today: Lazio v Napoli, Bari v Parma, Bologna v Brescia, Cagliari v Genoa, Palermo v Catania, Sampdoria v Chievo, Udinese v Lecce, Inter Milan v AC Milan. German league results Werder Bremen 0 Eintracht Frankfurt 0; VfL Wolfsburg 2 (Grafite 11, Dzeko 33) Schalke 04 2 (Edu 39, Huntelaar 76); Cologne 0 Borussia M’gladbach 4 (Bobadilla 51, 90, Bradley 70, de Camargo 82); Kaiserslautern 3 (Micanski 58, Ilicevic 76, Abel 78) VfB Stuttgart 3 (Boka 19, Cacau 32, Gentner 50-pen); St. Pauli 0 Bayer Leverkusen 1 (Renato Augusto 81). Playing later: Mainz 05 v Hanover 96 Playing today Hoffenheim v Freiburg; Bayern Munich v Nuremberg Played Friday Borussia Dortmund 2 (Kagawa 49, Barrios 70) Hamburg 0

LONDON: Stoke City’s Jamaican striker Ricardo Fuller (second left) celebrates scoring during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium.—AFP

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Liverpool 0 STOKE: Ricardo Fuller and Kenwyne Jones scored to earn Stoke a deserved 2-0 win over Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium yesterday. Tony Pulis’s team controlled the entire match and only stout Liverpool defending prevented the Potters from going ahead earlier before Fuller opened the scoring just after half time. The Reds rarely looked like pulling level and a late effort from Jones ensured they slipped to a fifth English Premier League defeat of the season. To make matters worse for Liverpool, they lost Lucas to a red card for a second caution in the closing stages. Stoke attacked from the very start and looked dangerous from a couple of early trademark long throws from Rory Delap. The first effort saw Maxi

Rodriguez bundle Jamaica striker Fuller to the ground before Martin Skrtel had to drag Robert Huth out of the way to head clear. Fuller drove over the bar from 25 yards as the hosts, who ended a five-match losing run with a 3-2 victory over Birmingham on Tuesday, piled forward at every opportunity. From another long throw, Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina complained he was being held before the Spaniard pulled off a fine save from Dean Whitehead’s drive. From the Matthew Etherington corner that followed, Jones glanced a header wide from six yards after his marker Sotirios Kyrgiakos had slipped. Whitehead then narrowly missed the target with a thumping drive after Kyrgiakos had only half-cleared a Ryan Shawcross free kick. The visitors finally had an effort of their own when England midfielder Steven Gerrard’s corner found Kyrgiakos but the Greece

defender’s header deflected away off Andy Wilkinson. But soon they were having to defend again when Huth flicked on a Delap throw and former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant came close to turning the ball in at the far post. Gerrard was finally causing Stoke some problems and a long-range strike was scrambled wide by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. From the Gerrard corner that followed, Raul Meireles had one shot blocked and then forced a save from Begovic with a stinging shot from distance. After Lucas gave away possession in midfield, Fuller fed Jones and the striker’s drilled cross was turned away by Jamie Carragher ahead of Etherington. Liverpool were struggling to maintain possession in the Stoke half and when they did, they could not thread the ball through to Fernando Torres and Gerrard missed with another hopeful long-range effort. After the restart, Carragher produced a desperate clearance to a Shawcross free kick and a

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header from Jones from the resulting Pennant corner skidded across the Liverpool area. Liverpool continued to struggle to assert themselves in attack and a free kick from Gerrard bounced harmlessly wide to sum up their frustration. But in the 56th minute, finally a Delap throw set up Stoke’s breakthrough. Liverpool failed to clear and Huth laid off to Etherington, who crossed, and after Fuller had one effort blocked by Paul Konchesky, he prodded in from six yards to give the hosts a deserved lead. Liverpool threatened to pull level when Gerrard fed Dirk Kuyt and the Dutchman’s cross picked out Rodriguez, whose low drive was held by Begovic. Then a Gerrard free kick was headed down by Kyrgiakos and Skrtel’s stab at goal was deflected wide. Substitute Ryan Babel hit a hopeful shot well wide as Liverpool’s desperation increased but Lucas was sent off for a second yellow card late on after Jones sealed victory in the 90th minute.—AFP

GERMANY: Mainz’s Elkin Solo (up) and Hanover’s Jan Schlaudraff challenge for the ball during the German First Division Bundesliga soccer match. —AP

Mainz shocked by ten-man Hanover BERLIN: Mainz 05’s title aspirations suffered a serious set-back yesterday when they were beaten 1-0 at home by ten-man Hanover as Dortmund opened a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Mainz dropped to third in the table after suffering only their fourth defeat of the season, while Hanover are up to fifth after the win despite captain Steven Cherundolo being dismissed in the second half. The defender was shown a second yellow card, and the subsequent red, on 68 minutes, but his side held on for the win and Mainz suffered their third straight home defeat. Hanover went ahead on 44 minutes thanks to a wondergoal from midfielder Sergio Pinto when the 30-year-old slammed his shot in from outside the penalty area to give Mainz goalkeeper Christian Wetklo no chance. Leverkusen move up to second thanks to their 10 win at St Pauli as Brazilian midfielder Renato Augusto scored the winner. After a frustrating afternoon in Hamburg, Leverkusen got the break they needed when

Germany midfielder Simon Rolfes beat the defence and squared for Renato Augusto to net in the 81st minute. “We could have been 3-0 up at half-time and we knew things would be hard for us,” said Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes. “St Pauli had rolled up their sleeves and caught us cold. “But my side showed they have bulletproof spirit and earned the win.” Moenchengladbach got themselves off the bottom of the Bundesliga with an impressive 4-0 win over Cologne. After last Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Bayern Munich, ‘Gladbach picked up only their second win of the season to put Cologne bottom of the table. Schalke claimed a point as they fought back from 2-0 down to draw at Wolfsburg after strikers Edin Dzeko and Grafite both scored for the hosts. With the Wolves cruising at 2-0 with half an hour played, Schalke hit back with goals by Brazil striker Edu on 39 minutes and Dutch striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored his seventh goal of the season to equalise in the second-half. The result leaves Schalke 16th and Wolfsburg in 12th.—AFP

LONDON: Bolton rose to fifth in the Premier League after keeping Wolves at bay to secure a 3-2 win at Molineux yesterday. Owen Coyle’s side sit just three points outside the Champions League places following the latest fine result in their surprisingly good start to the season. In contrast, Wolves remain in the relegation zone and only goal difference is keeping them off the bottom of the table. Bolton took the lead within a minute thanks to Richard Stearman’s own goal and secondhalf strikes from Johan Elmander and Stuart Holden gave them a 3-0 lead. Kevin Foley and Steven Fletcher swiftly reduced the deficit, but Mick McCarthy’s side were unable to find the equaliser. The opening goal arrived after 45 seconds when South Korea’s Lee Chung-yong headed into the penalty area, where Stearman, under pressure from Matt Taylor, nodded it past Marcus Hahnemann and into his own net. It was a disastrous start, but the hosts tried to rally quickly and their skipper Karl Henry forced a save out of Jussi Jaaskelainen with a lofted delivery. Moments later Sylvan EbanksBlake brought down Stephen Hunt’s cross and protested that Gary Cahill pulled him back as he shaped to shoot, but referee Peter Walton ruled that the Wolves striker controlled the ball with an arm. Wolves’ hunt for a leveller showed no signs of letting up as the second half got under way, with Nenad Milijas unlucky once more after his chip from the edge of the box clipped the bar. The hosts looked to be in the ascendancy, but they were undone by a moment of magic in the 62nd minute. Holden, who had brought a save out of Hahnemann moments earlier, played the ball in to Swedish striker Elmander, who had his back to goal but twisted and turned around a crowd of defenders before calmly finishing in the bottom corner.—AFP

BARCELONA: Fernando Llorente scored his eighth goal of the season yesterday as nineman Athletic Bilbao held on to beat Almeria 1-0 in the Spanish league. Llorente fended off his defender and smashed a rightfooted volley from a cross by Igor Martinez into the net in the 10th minute. The Spain striker is now level with Lionel Messi with eight league goals and only three behind leader Cristiano Ronaldo. Bilbao went a man down after Koikili Lertxundi del Campo was shown his second yellow card at the end of the first period and was reduced to nine over the last 20 minutes when Xavier Castillo drew a red card. Later yesterday, secondplace Barcelona hosted thirdplace Villarreal and Atletico Madrid received Osasuna. With the win, Bilbao moved provisionally into seventh place with 16 points, while Almeria stayed on nine points near the relegation zone. Bilbao had a chance to go ahead four minutes before Llorente’s opener when Almeria midfielder Juanma Ortiz brought down Carlos Gurpegi in the area. But Diego Alves anticipated Mikel San Jose’s penalty kick perfectly and smothered it with a dive to his right. Joaquin Caparros’s team kept pressing after taking the lead. Llorente sent a shot wide after a counterattack and Markel Susaeta and Koikili fired over the crossbar before the 30-minute mark. Llorente rose above his defender to turn Koikili’s cross barely wide of the left post in the 41st. Koikili was given his second yellow for obstructing Almeria forward Jose Ulloa in first-half injury time. Gurpegi will also miss next week’s match at Real Madrid after receiving his fifth yellow card before halftime. Despite playing with 10 men, Bilbao’s Iker Muniain tested Diego Alves with a sharp angled strike from the left in the 52nd. Two minutes later, the Brazilian goalie had to block Andoni Iroala’s rising volley. After rarely threatening in the first half, Goitom drew a block from Gorka Iraizoz with a chance from the right in the 57th and Carlos Garcia had a headed goal waved off for offside in the 63rd. Castillo, who had come on in the second half to reinforce the Bilbao defense, was sent off in the 69th when he tripped Goitom with only the keeper to beat. Leader Real Madrid travels to Sporting Gijon on Sunday. Also today, it’s: Zaragoza vs. Sevilla; Mallorca vs. Deportivo; Malaga vs. Levante; Racing vs. Espanyol; Hercules vs. Real Sociedad; and Valencia vs. Getafe. —AP

Rangers pile more misery on Aberdeen GLASGOW: Rangers extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League as two first-half goals were enough to inflict Aberdeen’s fourth successive defeat. After their record 9-0 defeat by Celtic last weekend and another defeat in midweek the signs looked ominous for the Dons when a Kenny Miller header and Vladimir Weiss’ cannonball put Rangers 2-0 up with just over 30 minutes played. However Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield saved a Miller penalty minutes before the break and despite dominating the second period Rangers couldn’t add to their lead. The win puts Rangers four points clear of Celtic, who are away to St Mirren today. “Aberdeen set their stall out in a defensive manner which meant there was pressure on us to push people forward and get the win,” said Rangers manager Walter Smith. “It sometimes takes a little bit to break that down but I was pleased about how we went about the game and just happy we managed to win.” After watching his side lose yet again Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee said his team can play a lot better. —AFP

Vidic equaliser caps gutsy Utd fightback Aston Villa 2

Man United 2

LONDON: Wigan Athletic’s Victor Moses celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League soccer match against West Brom. — AP

Moses delivers Wigan vital win Wigan 1

West Brom 0 WIGAN: A second-half goal by highly-rated Victor Moses saw Wigan to a 1-0 home win over West Brom in their Premier League clash here yesterday and give them only their second win in 10 league matches.

Moses struck 20 minutes from time to give his side what could prove to be an invaluable three points at season’s end and start repaying the sizeable fee that Wigan paid Crystal Palace for the 19-year-old Nigerian-born player’s services last season. Defeat for West Brom leaves them just two points above Wigan and with just one win in their last seven league games after making a bright start on their return to the top flight. It also gave Wigan coach

Roberto Martinez bragging rights in the match that pitched the two youngest Premier League managers against each other — Martinez is 37 and West Brom’s Roberto di Matteo 40. Both sides had made an entertaining spectacle of a match that was hardly on the top of everybody’s lists for potential entertainment but both goalkeepers, Wigan’s Ali Al Habsi and West Brom’s former England international Scott Carson, were in outstanding form.

The end to end nature of the fiercely-contested clash was illustrated no better than on the hour mark as first Al Habsi saved from James Morrison and then straight from that Carson was forced to save from Tom Cleverley. However, the hosts broke the deadlock 10 minutes later as the ever impressive Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia set up second-half substitute Moses, who wasted no time in despatching the ball past Carson from the edge of the area. — AFP

Schwarzer saves steal a point from Magpies Newcastle 0

Fulham 0

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur’s Peter Crouch (right) and Blackburn Rovers’ Christopher Samba (center) vie for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match. — AP

Bale’s brace help Spurs return to winning ways Tottenham 4

Blackburn 2 LONDON: Tottenham overwhelmed Blackburn 4-2 at White Hart Lane yesterday to secure their first league win in five games and climb to sixth in the Premier League standings. Goals from Gareth Bale and Roman Pavlyuchenko gave Spurs a 2-0 half-time lead that was scant reward for their dominance, before second-half effor ts from Peter Crouch and Bale put the game well beyond their opponents. Defenders Ryan Nelsen and Gael Givet claimed late consolations for Blackburn, who remain 13th after their first defeat in three league outings. Spurs broke the deadlock in the 16th minute when

Rafael van der Vaart swung in a corner from the right and Bale rose unmarked to plant a header high into the net past Paul Robinson. Brett Emerton responded for Blackburn by curling in a lef t-footed shot that Heurelho Gomes had to touch behind, with Christopher Samba heading wide from the resulting corner, but from then until the break it was all Spurs. The hosts had two penalty appeals rejected, after first Pavlyuchenko and then Luka Modric went down in the area, with the latter unfortunate to be booked for diving following an apparent foul by Michel Salgado. Pavlyuchenko then poked the ball wide after seizing onto a loose Phil Jones backpass, and worse was to come for the Russian striker moments later when he slammed a penalty kick wide after Robinson had brought down Crouch. Blackbur n threatened

again, with Nikola Kalinic testing Gomes after a lovely turn, before Pavlyuchenko atoned for his penalty miss by ghosting in at the back post to dispatch Bale’s cross with a bullet header. Crouch had an effort from the edge of the box parried by Robinson early in the second half, while Blackburn came desperately close to pulling a goal back when Morten Gamst Pedersen’s strike was blocked on the line by William Gallas. It was to prove a costly near-miss for Blackburn. Crouch conver ted a rebound after Pavlyuchenko’s shot was saved by Robinson to extend Spurs’ lead in the 69th minute, before Bale claimed his second of the match despite a hand-ball by van der Vaart. Nelsen replied for Rovers with 10 minutes to go, drilling home after a spot of penalty box pinball, before Givet slammed home in the 90th minute to give the travelling fans a late cheer. — AFP

NEWCASTLE: Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer kept Newcastle United at bay as his saves help Fulham claim a much-needed point in a goalless draw at St James’ Park yesterday. Evergreen at 38, Schwarzer pulled off a superb save to deny a fierce volley from Magpies hotshot Andy Carroll as the hosts met their match in a determined Cottagers side. Championship winners Newcastle, who have had a superb start back in the English Premier League, were frustrated as Schwarzer showed why he is still considered one of the best goalkeepers in the top flight. The draw left Newcastle seventh in the table, while last season’s Europa League finalists Fulham are 15th, a point above the relegation zone. The Cottagers have won just once in their last 10 games. Newcastle were without volatile midfielder Joey Barton suspended for punching an opponent midweek - and injured striker Shola Ameobi, meaning manager Chris Hughton handing starts to Danny Guthrie and Peter Lovenkrands. Cottagers boss Mark Hughes also made two changes, with striker Andy Johnson making his first start since January and midfielder Zoltan Gera coming in as Dickson Etuhu and Matthew Briggs dropped to the bench. Fulham winger Damien Duff was booed every time he touched the ball on his return to St James’ Park. In the early exchanges, neither side was able to create dangerous chances, with shots flying wide or presenting little challenge to the goalkeepers. Fulham were able to handle the Magpies’ attacks, as Cottagers defender Brede Hangeland kept hitman Carroll quiet. Schwarzer was forced into action in the 36th minute to deny Lovenkrands at close range with a reaction save after Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan inadvertently blocked a shot from housemate Carroll.—AFP

BIRMINGHAM: A dramatic late equaliser from Nemanja Vidic earned Manchester United a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa yesterday that extended their unbeaten run to 26 games in all competitions. Vidic capped a remarkable fightback from Sir Alex Ferguson’s team with a header five minutes from time to paper over the cracks of a below average performance from United. Ashley Young’s penalty and a close-range finish from Marc Albrighton had given Villa hope of securing their first victory over United on their own turf since 1995. But United substitute Federico Macheda reduced the deficit with an emphatic strike nine minutes from time before Vidic stooped to head in a leveller and earn a barely deserved point. Villa had produced their best performance under Gerard Houllier so far despite a severe injury crisis with Jonathan Hogg-who was given his first Premier League start-and the relatively inexperienced Barry Bannan and Albrighton all impressing. Yet United proved why they have gone unbeaten since April last season to produce a stunning rescue job and move three points behind league leaders Chelsea, who play Sunderland today. However, it is their failure to turn draws into wins away from Old Trafford that is preventing United from convincing the doubters they can wrestle the Premier League title from Chelsea. Houllier added: “It’s Manchester United and even at 2-0 you are not safe. “We’ve created a lot of chances but we didn’t manage to put it in the back of the net and I was disappointed for the lads.” The absence of Wayne Rooney has only placed more pressure on Dimitar Berbatov, but the Bulgarian has not scored since his excellent hattrick against Liverpool in September. Nani had the first effort on goal after 13 minutes but his 20 yard effort flew over Brad Friedel’s crossbar. Berbatov had an ideal chance to end his drought after 17 minutes when he was released by strike partner Javier Hernandez but he sliced his shot wide. Wes Brown slashed Nani’s free kick into the side netting soon after as Villa’s defence went missing. Edwin van der Sar was called upon to make his first meaningful save after half an hour. Gabriel Agbonlahor flicked on a long free-kick from James Collins to Young, who turned sharply and forced van der Sar to save low to his right. Nani was yellow carded after 52 minutes after appearing to catch Stephen Warnock with his elbow in an aerial challenge. Villa were improved in the second period but must have feared more frustration when Collins and Agbonlahor both struck the post. They should have taken the lead when Stewart Downing exchanged passes with Young before delivering a dangerous far-post cross. Albrighton was unmarked six yards out but sent his header back across goal and narrowly wide of the far post. But Young’s 72nd-minute penalty, after Brown had upended the England winger, put them in front before Albrighton converted the excellent Downing’s cross four minutes later. Macheda gave United hope with a powerful finish minutes after his introduction and then Vidic headed Nani’s cross past Brad Friedel in the 85th minute to prompt Ferguson into his famous touchline jig of celebration. — AFP

LONDON: Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor (left) competes for the ball with Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic during their English Premier League soccer at Villa Park stadium. — AP

Mancini under fire as City held Man City 0

Birmingham 0

MANCHESTER: Manchester City reached four hours and 45 minutes without a home league goal in a dour 0-0 draw against Birmingham yesterday which is certain to fuel further speculation about the future of manager Roberto Mancini. City supporters are certainly growing increasingly disenchanted with Mancini and booed furiously at his decision to replace the popular Carlos Tevez late in the game, an indication of a growing groundswell in the wake of recent results. The Italian had been widely criticised for what was perceived as a safety-first approach to the goalless, midweek Manchester derby and opted for a rare start for his exciting England winger Adam Johnson against a Birmingham team yet to win away from St Andrew’s this season. Yet, as City stuttered to the interval and a 0-0 halftime scoreline, they had reached four hours of league football at Eastlands without a goal, a depressing sequence dating back to Johnson’s win-

ning goal against Newcastle at the start of last month. City supporters vented their frustration at the halftime whistle, pockets of them booing off their team and manager, although some of that ire was probably also aimed at referee Mike Jones. Tevez had actually turned the ball into the Birmingham goal af ter 39 minutes but clearly used his hand in steering David Silva’s intelligent header past Ben Foster. To add insult to injury, the Argentinian was cautioned for the deliberate handball. The early exchanges saw the game bogged down in midfield and it was not until the 17th minute that Tevez came up with the game’s first shot, a low skidding effort, which he drilled wide left of the Birmingham net. Eight minutes later James Milner intelligently found Aleksandar Kolarov and the full-back tested Ben Foster with a low shot which skidded over the wet surface but presented the former Manchester United keeper with few problems as he smothered comfortably. Birmingham responded with a shot of their own, an ambitious and wayward Keith Fahey shot that passed harmlessly wide, before manager Alex McLeish finally had something to shout about, leaping from his bench to join his players’ appeals for a penalty after Liam Ridgewell went down under an apparent

trip from Adam Johnson, although replays suggested referee Jones had made the correct call. City took just 14 seconds of the second half to come closest yet to ending their futile scoring streak, Milner winning a tussle in the area with Foster and shooting goalwards only for defender Stephen Carr to appear and make a magnificently-timed goal-line clearance. Johnson was becoming more influential and showed great footwork as he surged into the area just after the hour but his promising strike hit team mate Milner and deflected wide. As they came under increasing pressure, Birmingham’s Barry Ferguson misjudged a back pass which fell straight to Tevez and allowed him to sprint into their area before shooting inches wide of the diving Foster. The pressure was lifted, momentarily, by a Fahey snapshot which Joe Hart was required to save with a swift dive low to his right. Sebastian Larsson, with a low shot, and Scott Dann, from a set-piece header, also saw glimpses of the City goal without truly testing Hart while the home side’s final flurry came from Nigel de Jong’s 84th minute chip which Foster leaped to catch and an even later Gareth Barry shot which the goalkeeper kept out at full stretch. — AFP

LONDON: Manchester City’s James Milner (right) fights for the ball against Birmingham’s Liam Ridgewell during their English Premier League soccer match. — AP

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

US-China row rumbles on at APEC summit YOKOHAMA: US President Barack Obama yesterday used a Pacific Rim summit to press China on its flood of exports aided by a cheap yuan, but President Hu Jintao said Beijing would make reforms at its own pace. The competing visions of the two economic giants were laid out a day after the Group of 20 knocked back US proposals for binding targets to address global trade imbalances and curbs on currency manipulation-proposals effectively aimed at China. Obama also made an appeal to tear down trade barriers as the 21 members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum kicked off a summit in Japan, clouded by tensions between its biggest economies. Voicing support for an emerging treaty that would group countries on both sides of the Pacific, Obama said that “the security and prosperity of the American people is inextricably linked to the security and prosperity of Asia”. But in comments directed at the world’s top exporter China, he also said that “countries with large surpluses must shift away from an unhealthy dependence on exports and take steps to boost domestic demand”. “No nation should assume that their path to prosperity is simply paved with exports to America,” said Obama, who just suffered heavy losses in mid-term elections dominated by claims that Chinese imports destroy American jobs. Washington has urged Beijing to allow its yuan to rise, claiming it is undervalued to create an unfair trade advantage-although the United States has been accused of doing the same by diluting the value of the greenback with a 600-billion-dollar cash injection announced this month. China’s Hu, speaking at the same APEC business forum as Obama, insisted he would pursue gradual currency reform and efforts to promote free and balanced trade, and that other countries should not ask for too much too fast. “We will continue to steadily move forward the reform of the renminbi exchange rate regime in a selfinitiated, controllable and gradual manner,” Hu said. “To ask (emerging markets) to take on responsibilities and obligations beyond their capabilities and development stage will do no good to international cooperation and world economic development.” On the tit-for-tat currency allegations between the United States and China, IMF chief Dominique StraussKahn noted dryly that “everyone thinks that others should make more effort than oneself”. China’s efforts to switch its economy towards domestic demand “will not happen in five minutes but it must be done as soon as possible,” he told AFP. “On the other hand, it is also necessary for the developed countries to make efforts to modify their own deficits. Everyone has their job to do at home.” Hu also reiterated China’s commitment to “peaceful development” at a time when Beijing and Tokyo have been engaged in a bitter territorial dispute sparked by Japan’s arrest of a Chinese fishing captain in September. In a diplomatic breakthrough yesterday, Hu and Kan held formal talks, their first since the row started, and emerged with warm comments that represented a major thaw. Hu said the two countries should “follow a road of peace, friendship and cooperation,” China’s foreign ministry said on its website. He noted that the two nations are each other’s main trading partner, and that they should deepen cooperation “to jointly contribute to Asia’s revitalization and address global challenges”. Kan spoke of Japan’s “firm stance” on the disputed islands, a Japanese official said, but both leaders “agreed that a long-term stable, mutually beneficial relationship should benefit the two countries and is important for the peaceful development of the region”. Japan’s premier also met President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss a separate row that started when the Russian leader on November 1 visited an island chain disputed between Moscow and Tokyo since World War II. Kan made a protest when the two leaders met in Japan for their first talks since Medvedev’s visit, a Japanese official said. But Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said both leaders agreed to focus on economic ties. Kan also met Obama and thanked him for US backing in the twin disputes. “I told him that the Japanese people as well as our neighbors recognized that the US military presence is all the more important for the peace and security of this region,” the Japanese premier said. Many Asian nations have viewed with alarm China’s newly assertive posture on territorial issues this year, and welcomed Washington’s efforts to reengage with a region where it is seen as an important counterbalance. — AFP

Iran to raise Abadan gasoline output in Feb TEHRAN: Iran will increase gasoline production capacity of the Abadan refinery to 16 million litres per day from February, an Oil Ministry official said yesterday, state television reported. “By inaugurating the gasoline producing scheme, the gasoline production capacity of the refinery will be increased by 6.5 million barrel per day and reach 16 million litres,” said Alireza Mehraban, managing director of the Abadan refinery. Mehraban said the production capacity of the refinery was currently 10 million litres per day. Iran is the world’s fourth-largest oil exporter, but lacks refining capacity because foreign sanctions hinder the Islamic state to have access to foreign know-how and investment. Iran in September announced it had become self-sufficient in gasoline production. However, analysts argue it is technically impossible to raise output of one petroleum product in a short period of time by tweaking existing units at refiners. Iran says it has started exporting gasoline it produces. The West suspects Iran’s atomic activities are aimed at making nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the charge, saying it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity to meet its booming domestic demand. Sanctions have reduced the number of countries willing to sell gasoline to the OPEC member. Iranian officials have repeatedly said the country faces no problems in securing its needed gasoline. — Reuters

Pacific Rim looks to open markets to fuel growth

YOKOHAMA: APEC leaders take part in a group photo at the APEC summit in Yokohama yesterday. — AP

Abu Dhabi Ports to allow 100% foreign ownership ABU DHABI: State-backed Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) will invest $7.2 billion in the first phase of an industrial zone and will offer 100 percent foreign ownership to companies that contribute to the emirate’s GDP, government officials said yesterday. The Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, also includes a sea port that would be operational by fourth quarter 2012, ending the first phase development. Currently foreign companies must have a local partner to start an industry in the United Arab Emirates. “There will be a dual operating mode, a mix of 100 per-

Industrial zone’s port to be operational by Q4 2012 cent foreign ownership and joint ventures. It will be based on the strategic importance to Abu Dhabi’s GDP,” Khaled Salmeen, executive vice president of Industrial Zones at ADPC told reporters. The entire financing for the industrial zone and port is by the Abu Dhabi government, ADPC’s chief executive said. ADPC is the master developer and regulator of the ports and industrial zones. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab

Emirates, is investing billions of dollars in industry, tourism, infrastructure and real estate to diversify its economy away from oil. KIZAD is expected to contribute some 15 percent of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP by 2030, said Salmeen, adding that about 60 to 80 percent of goods manufactured in the zone will be exported. Strategic industries that are likely to be part of the zone are those in sectors such as aluminum, steel, petrochemicals, food, pharmaceuticals and others, said

Obama defends US economic policy YOKOHAMA: President Barack Obama defended his economic recovery policies yesterday after top powers rebuffed US plans for binding trade targets and curbs on currency manipulation at the G20 summit. Top administration officials pushed back against the notion that the G20 meeting, which ended in Seoul Friday, had turned into a global display of opposition to US policy, saying important core principles had been agreed. Ahead of a Pacific Rim summit in Japan, Obama said he had never been more confident in what the United States had to offer, despite criticism that its slow rebound is a sign of waning US might as regional giants rise. “Yes, the challenges that remain are great. There will be setbacks and disagreements and we won’t solve every issue in one meeting or one trip or even in one term,” Obama said at a business conference in Yokohama, Japan. He was speaking a day after G20 nations agreed to avoid currency manipulation and protectionism, but failed to fulfill US hopes for binding restrictions on issues at the core of deep global economic disputes. International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strass-Kahn told AFP that Washington had tried to be too ambitious at the summit. “In my opinion, the United States tried to push an idea too fast, at a time when the foundation for cooperation is not as strong as it was during the crisis,” he said. “We must learn to work together. So there was a reaction, not so much against what the United States was proposing, but it’s more the case that things will now be more complicated, until two, three, four G20s have been held, and that will allow a cooperative atmosphere to reemerge.” Obama’s top aides however, insisted that important progress had been made in Seoul, and argued that the issues in play were so complex and fundamental to each nation’s economy, that it was not surprising they were so contentious. “What is remarkable about the outcome — the extraordinary thing is the degree of consensus that has been established that was on display in Seoul, where you had an agreement on the balanced growth framework,” said National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

YOKOHAMA: President Barack Obama walks for an event after being welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his wife Nobuko at the APEC forum in Yokohama yesterday. — AP “It has been a very important organization and I think quite successful,” he said pointing out that the grouping was established by the United States and was often driven by a US agenda. The president argued in his speech that G20 developed and developing nations had shown an underlying determination to keep focused on global economic expansion despite disagreements on other issues. “As the largest economy in the world, an engine for global growth, that’s particularly important for the United States,” Obama said in a speech ahead of the 21member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) talks.

“That is why we passed an economic plan that has led to five consecutive quarters of economic growth and 10 consecutive months of private sector job growth. “That’s why we passed and are implementing the toughest set of financial reforms since the Great Depressionsomething our G20 partners need to do with the same sense of urgency. “And that’s why we’re cutting back on nonessentials in the face of serious fiscal challenges.” Obama maintained that American human and financial resources had paved the way for the region’s emergence and dynamic economies. His speech was partly a summing up of his eight-day stay in Asia, which he billed as

a mission to pry open export markets and create American jobs. He argued, despite a sheaf of negative headlines about his diminished political clout following a “shellacking” by Republicans in mid-term elections, that his trip had successfully reinvigorated US engagement in a vital region. “Yokohama is my last stop on a journey that has taken me from Mumbai and New Delhi to Jakarta and Seoul,” Obama said. “The security and prosperity of the American people is inextricably linked to the security and prosperity of Asia. That is why this was not my first trip here, and why it will not be my last. “America is leading again in Asia.” — AFP

Tony Douglas, CEO of ADPC. The second phase of the industrial zone will start in 2013, he said, without elaborating. When the Khalifa Port’s first phase becomes operational in 2012, it will have capacity of 2 million containers and 9 million tons of cargo a year, four times higher than existing capacity at Abu Dhabi’s main Mina Zayed port. “There have already been significant expressions of interest from all over. We will be flexible and dynamic to adapt to investors coming into the zone,” said vice president Salmeen. Some 150,000 jobs will be created by 2030 there, he added. — Reuters

Japan strives to set example on AsiaPacific free trade YOKOHAMA: As Japan hosts a summit touting the benefits of Asia-Pacific free trade, Prime Minister Naoto Kan faces acrimonious debate on whether to tear down barriers around Japan’s own faltering economy. Charged with helping the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group-including the United States, China and Russia-carve a trade consensus, Kan is struggling to convince his own government to do the same. Japan has faced criticism for tightly protecting its inefficient farm sector and especially its cherished rice farmers, but now says it is intent on making reforms. “Japan will be opening up,” Kan pledged yesterday. His government is edging towards a USled plan for a regional free trade treaty known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but has deferred until June a decision on whether to join talks on membership. Heated debate has broken out within the Japanese government on joining the pact, with the trade ministry in favor but the agriculture ministry opposed, fearing the impact of cheap imports on farmers. More than 3,000 demonstrators rallied against the proposal in Tokyo on Wednesday. As he took up his role as host of the APEC summit on Saturday, Kan defiantly embraced the liberal trade concept in the wake of a G20 pledge to “resist protectionism in all its forms” made a day earlier in South Korea. “Many countries in the world, especially in this APEC region, are proactively opening up their countries to establish freetrade areas by sealing economic partnership agreements,” Kan said ahead of yesterday’s summit. “To be honest with you, our country was a little lagging behind in terms of riding the wave towards that movement.” Kan also stressed the importance of making Japan’s highly protected farm sector more competitive in the global marketreferring to domestic opposition to the TPP. The symbolism of the new approach being aired in Yokohama, where 151 years ago Japan made the monumental decision to open itself to commerce with the outside world after two centuries of self-imposed isolation, is clear. —AFP



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Total assets reached KD3.6 billion

CBK net profit KD20.5m for nine months to 30/9/2010 expenses down 5% on 2009 and staff expenses down for the period. Chairman Bader Sulaiman Al-Ahmed said that Commercial Bank noted that as the bank implements its well defined strategy to be a leading retail bank in Kuwait and one of the best banks for commercial business, profitable growth is expected. Commercial Bank of Kuwait takes this opportunity to thank the bank’s valued customers for their trust and confidence, the Executive Management team and staff for their hard work and loyalty and shareholders for their continued support and faith. With 53 branches Commercial Bank of Kuwait operates the second largest full service network in Kuwait. For information on Commercial Bank of Kuwait’s products or services please contact 1-888-CBK or visit

KUWAIT: Commercial Bank of Kuwait announced a net profit attributable to shareholders of the parent bank for the nine months to 30th September 2010 of KD20.5 million (9M2009: Loss KD1.7 million). Earnings per share attributable to shareholders of the parent bank for the nine month are 16.1 fils (9M2009: loss 1.3 fils). Commercial Bank’s total assets at the end of September 2010 reached KD3.6 billion (31/12/2009: KD3 .6 billion) with shareholders equity of KD464.2 million (31/12/2009: KD439.9 million). Capital adequacy ratio at 30th September 2010 is 19.88% (31/12/2009: 18.22%) which exceeds the minimum 12% required by the Central Bank of Kuwait. The bank continues to have a strong capital base with more than twice the international ratio required by Basel II. The bank continues to demonstrate its cost leadership with operating

Chairman Bader Sulaiman Al-Ahmed

Sultan Bin Saeed Al-Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy and co-chair of the summit.

Summit on global agenda points to future direction: Al-Mansoori UAE has strong presence at summit: Al-Qamzi

Air Arabia reports Q3 net profit of AED136m • •

Turnover reaches AED 568 million, up 4% Passenger traffic increases 14% to 1.1m

KUWAIT: Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced its financial results for the three months ending September 30, 2010, demonstrating sustainable profitability during the third quarter of this year. Air Arabia’s net profit for the three months ending September 30, 2010 was in line with last year’s performance and stood at AED 136 million, a 5.6 per cent decline compared to AED 144 million in the corresponding period in 2009. In the third quarter of this year, Air Arabia posted a turnover of AED 568 million, an increase of 4 per cent compared to AED 548 million in the same period of 2009. The airline served 1,147,066 passengers in the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 14 per cent compared to 1,007,680 passengers in the same period last year. In the three months ending September 30, 2010, Air Arabia’s average seat load factor - or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats stood at an impressive 84 per cent, an increase of 8.5 per cent compared to same period of 2009. “Air Arabia is pleased to announce such positive financial performance despite continued challenging market conditions,” said Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al-Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia. “Air Arabia continues to post sustained quarterly profits with a high seat load factor and rising passenger traffic, demonstrating the strength of Air Arabia’s business model and long-term expansion strategy.” “The delivery of the first of our 44 aircraft is a milestone in the history of the region’s largest lowcost carrier, allowing us to further strengthen our operations,” Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani continued. “As we mark our seventh anniversary, we will continue to provide value-for-money offerings and innovative products that have benefitted over 15 million passengers that we have served.” In the third quarter of 2010, Air Arabia took delivery of the first of 44 A320 aircraft ordered in 2007 and 2008 (34 placed in 2007 and 10 placed in 2008), also

marking the airline’s seventh anniversary. Operations of Air Arabia (Egypt) and Air Arabia (Maroc) have also grown with introducing new destinations and increasing frequencies to existing ones. Air Arabia also expanded service to the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, from the carrier’s primary hub in Sharjah, UAE, offering twice-daily flights to the Himalayan city. As further testimony to its successful business model, Air Arabia has been recognized as the “Best Managed Company in the Middle East Airlines and Aviation,” by participants of Euromoney’s annual survey.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al-Thani

BNRI-KIS-LGI to jointly manage Korean official institution commodities fund KUWAIT: Barclays Natural Resource Investments (BNRI), a division of Barclays Capital, LG International Corp (LGI) and Korea Investment and Securities Co, Ltd (KIS) yesterday announced that their consortium has been appointed to jointly manage a private equity natural resources focused fund (Global Dynasty Natural Resources Fund - the Fund) on behalf of Korea’s official institutions, Korea National Oil Corporation and Korea Resource Corporation. The Global Dynasty Natural Resources Fund will aim to achieve attractive returns through investments in upstream mining and oil & gas assets around the world. First close of the Fund was KRW 154bn (approx. $139m) with a selected group of Korean investors including major Korean government entities. Meb Somani, who is leading BNRI’s initiative and a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee, said: “We are delighted to be working with strong partners KIS and LGI who bring local financial and operational expertise to complement our sector investment experience and global deal sourcing network.” Jang Hee (James) Cho, Vice President of LGI and responsible for LGI’s investment in the Fund as a member of the Working Group Committee, said: Based on the past successes, LGI has been able to become one of the leading companies in Korea in natural resource investments and Barclays and KIS have an outstanding reputation in global deal sourcing and fund operations, respectively. Therefore, by providing a strategic resource-based portfolio and proposing a blueprint, the consortium is confident in satisfying its investors and leading to a successful Fund. Charles CH. Kwon, General Manager of Korea Investment and Securities and responsible for KIS investment in the Fund as a member of the Fund’s Investment Committee, said: “We are confident this Fund, based on the competitive edges of the three partners, can create attractive returns to the Korean government and private investors.” Richard K Kang, Investment Manager of Korea Investment and Securities and responsible for KIS investment in the Fund as a member of the Fund’s Working Group Committee, said: “Our Fund has a strong deal pipeline targeting high-quality assets across the global natural resources and energy market.”

KUWAIT: The Summit on the Global Agenda, to be held for the third time in the UAE from November 28 to December 1, 2010, in cooperation with World Economic Forum (WEF), will be marked by the distinguished participation and noticeable presence of UAE and Arab thought leaders. The participants will present their views and suggestions on various concerns faced by humanity through their participation in the various Council sessions at the Summit. The insights and ideas shared at the Councils will form the basis for action plans to be formulated at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters next year. Through The Summit on the Global Agenda, the UAE seeks to play a key role in the formulation of outcomes of sessions involving its representatives, and address topics of great relevance to the region. “The presence of prominent UAE thinkers at this strategic event highlights the ability of the UAE to develop suggestions and opinions, along with the world’s leading thinkers, to address key global issues. The UAE delegates will enrich the debate with constructive dialogue and thus contribute to the proposals and solutions for various issues faced by the world,” said Sultan Bin Saeed Al-Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy and co-chair of the Summit. “The UAE aims to activate the role of its thinkers and specialists along with a group of Arab intellectuals to effectively contribute to addressing crucial regional and global issues. For the UAE, the event is a significant platform to shed light on relevant topics and place them on the agenda of the global debate,” added Al-Mansoori. Al-Mansoori and Sami Dhaen Al-Qamzi, Director General of the Dubai Economic Department, will co-chair the Summit. More than 50 Arab and UAE thought leaders, achievers and experts in the fields of renewable energy, climate change, competitiveness, emerging multinationals, energy security, institutional governance systems, social innovation, media, entertainment and infrastructure, intellectual property systems, and Internet security, will participate in the Summit. Al-Qamzi said: “The UAE’s sustainable growth model focuses on developing the small and medium enterprises sector, which is a key contributor to GDP. Traditional growth sectors like retail, tourism, hospitality, aviation and logistics continue to record robust growth. The participation of UAE representatives from

the key sectors at the Summit will contribute to enriching the regional and international experience and expertise, and set the platform for evolving new criteria to address economic changes following the global financial slowdown.” At the Summit, more than 700 global leaders from academia, business, government and society will engage in interactive workshops to set priorities to improve the state of the world and identify the latest trends, risks and innovative solutions to address the world’s challenges. The outcomes of the Summit will be integrated into the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos-Klosters for further discussion and action.

Sami Dhaen Al-Qamzi, Director General of the Dubai Economic Department.

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

.2785300 .4456480 .3847340 .2868040 .2776690 .2803830 .0062940 .0025040 .07583530 .7390040 .3939610 .0743040 .7240190 .0064770 .0488650 CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES .2800000 .4480000 .3867640 .2883180 .2791350 .0518850 .0415340 .2818620 .0361210 .2175600 .0034290 .0063280 .0025170 .0032940 .0040000 .0762530 .7429030 .3960400 .0746970 .7278400 .0065120

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. Japanese Yen Indian Rupees Pakistani Rupees Srilankan Rupees Nepali Rupees

ASIAN COUNTRIES 3.501 6.334 3.270 2.508 3.968

.2839000 .4542400 .3921510 .2923330 .2830220 .2857880 .0064160 .0025520 .0773150 .7532500 .4015560 .0757370 .7379770 .0066020 .0498070 .2821000 .4513600 .3896650 .2904800 .2812280 .0522750 .0418450 .2839760 .0363920 .2191920 .0034550 .0063750 .0025360 .0033190 .0040300 .0768250 .7484740 .3990100 .0752570 .7332990 .0065600

Singapore Dollar Hongkong Dollar Bangladesh Taka Philippine Peso Thai Baht Irani Riyal - Transfer Irani Riyal - Cash

218.810 36.220 3.975 6.622 9.458 0.267 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES Saudi Riyal 74.865 Qatari Riyal 77.139 Omani Riyal 729.380 Bahraini Dinar 745.660 UAE Dirham 76.451 ARAB COUNTRIES Egyptian Pound - Cash 51.550 Egyptian Pound - Transfer 48.948 Yemen Riyal 1.317 Tunisian Dinar 204.170 Jordanian Dinar 396.450 Lebanese Lira 187.700 Syrian Lier 6.140 Morocco Dirham 35.749 EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 280.630 Euro 401.020 Sterling Pound 455.460 Canadian dollar 280.350 Turkish lire 200.450 Swiss Franc 292.020 Australian dollar 282.170 US Dollar Buying 279.895 GOLD 20 Gram 259.000 10 Gram 131.000 5 Gram 67.500

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 281.200 747.430 4.250 282.300 552.000 14.100 52.400 167.800 51.800

388.000 36.790 6.290 0.032

397.250 0.189 93.520 3.970 220.400 729.860 3.305 6.420 77.310 75.040 218.270 42.980 2.515 456.500 289.500 6.300 9.640 76.590 281.000

GOLD 1,440.980 TRAVELLER’S CHEQUE 458.500 281.000

Dollarco Exchange Co. Ltd

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

389.500 36.940 6.590 0.033 0.263 0.251 3.510 399.130 0.190 93.520 46.600 4.400 221.900 1.911 48.300 730.040 3.400 6.680 77.740 75.040 218.270 42.980 2.677 458.500 41.900 291.000 6.300 9.840 198.263 76.690 281.400 1.360

SELL DRAFT 279.700 747.430 3.990 280.800

218.300 48.952

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 281.150 283.848 451.638 389.324 289.732 689.086 744.139 76.524 77.204 74.942 396.724 49.149 6.345

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

3.296 2.518 3.988 6.477 3.433 9.497 6.133 3.958

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) 280.900 3.305 6.340 2.525 3.990 6.530 76.565 75.115 746.800 49.145 458.500 0.00003280 4.025 1.550 399.000 5.750 395.000 285.400

Al Mulla Exchange Currency Transfer Rate (Per 1000) US Dollar 280.750 Euro 386.900 Pound Sterling 455.250 Canadian Dollar 280.000 Japanese Yen 3.430 Indian Rupee 6.299 Egyptian Pound 48.925 Sri Lankan Rupee 2.512 Bangladesh Taka 3.980 Philippines Peso 6.385 Pakistan Rupee 3.293 Bahraini Dinar 745.610 UAE Dirham 76.520 Saudi Riyal 74.980 *Rates are subject to change


Sunday, November 14, 2010


Agility reports KD13.89m net profits for Q3

Neven Kamil Yousef wins NBK’s top Al-Jawhara prize KD125,000 KUWAIT: National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), the leading bank in Kuwait and the highest rated bank in the Middle East, recently announced the names of the Al-Jawhara Draw prize winners for the month of November 2010 which was conducted at NBK’s Head Office. The first prize of KD 125,000 went to NEVEN ABDULLA KAMIL YOUSEF, while the second place winner SUHAILA DARWESH ZENKANAH LAMARDI received KD 7,500. The third winner JOZAH GAZI NAWAAR MARZOUQ was awarded KD 3,000 and the remaining 97 winners were awarded KD 400 each. First Al-Jawhara prize winner (KD 125,000) Neven Yousef, an employee at the Ministry of Health said that she intends to pay off her debts as well as donate part of the amount to charity. She also expressed her sin-

cere gratitude to NBK. Al-Jawhara account offers numerous benefits to NBK customers. It is not only an interestfree account with regular deposit and withdrawal privileges, but also automatically entitles account holders to enter the monthly AlJawhara draw. Each KD 50 in an Al-Jawhara account entitles the customer to one chance at winning any one of the 100 prizes allocated for each draw. All prizes are automatically credited to the winners’ accounts the day after the draw. The more money held in your Al-Jawhara account, the greater your chances of winning! Al-Jawhara accounts are available for both Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis and can be opened at any one of NBK’s branches around Kuwait. For further information kindly visit, or call Hala Watani at 1801801.

KUWAIT: Agility (AGLTY) yesterday announced financial results for the third quarter of 2010. The company reported a net profit of KD 13.89 million for the third quarter of 2010 and an EPS of 13.79 fils per share, a decrease of 23.20% and 23.22% respectively from the second quarter of 2010. Revenues stand at KD 405.87 million, a 5.19% decrease over the second quarter of 2010. This expected decrease in profitability and revenue is attributable to the challenges facing Agility’s Defense and Government Services (DGS) business as major US government contracts wind down and the company is unable to replace them with new government business due to the legal case with the US government. However, the impact to Agility DGS has been offset by positive growth in our commercial business, Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL). “2010 has been a year of transition for Agility. We have reoriented our business to focus on commercial customers over the course of the year, and we have taken steps to right-size the business to reduce cost and improve efficiency, while building on the company’s strong and unique foundation,” said Tarek Sultan, Agility’s Chairman and Managing Director. “Although we anticipate continued chal-

Cert. No. Name of Customer Neven Abdulla Kamil Yousef Suhaila Darwesh Zenkanah Lamardi Jozah Gazi Nawaar Marzouq Bader Mahmoud Abdullah Alshumais Sughra Ali Baqer Ashkanani Taher Habeb Ibrahem Almezedi Majed Alsayed Darwesh Mustafa Abbas Jaber Al Hilali Min Dana Musaed Essa Almaraqi Ghulam Safdar Mohamed Sharef Marcel Salim Abdulla Elhawi Nahar Matar Khalaf Aldhafiri Hasan Mansour Sulaiman Alsulaiman Mohammed Faleh Rashed Bader Amal Hayef Metrib Alenizi Essa Hadi Hadi Alajmi Zanki Gholoum Hussin Ohoud Mohd Jasem Alhamdan Mohammad Ghloum Hussain Abdalla Mohammed Jasem Mohammed Akbar Ali Khudher Hassan Alghanem Mohammad Abdulreda Mohammad Dawood Ghidaa Mobarak Mohammed Alselati Adel Othman Abdulla Alhuwadi Ehab Fekri Aziz Baselious Ibrahim Ahmad Yousef Ibrahim Khaleel Gautam Chand Parakh Meshry Mal Gaidaa Mohamed Saadi Badran Bader Abdulrazaq Alsjari Hazim Azmi Suleman Alashi Ibrahim Atwan Ali Makki Luciana Absordo Banzon Chinku Mamkuttam Thankappan Maale Eid Muhammed Eid Ruqaya Khaled Alradaan Alreja Nedhal Abdulaziz Abdulrahman Alolayan Min/ Aisha Feras Duaij Aloan Naser Tawdhrous Abdulsayed Alrayes Bassam Rashed Ahmad Alhajeri Fawzi Ibrahim Abdullah Alabdullah Hasan Ghloum Hussain Hasan Raed Jawad Ali Abdulrahman Jomana Hussain Ismaeel Almahmeed Obaida Haidar Abdulla Bin Nekhi Dalal Saleh Abdulaziz Albudaiwi Obaid Afat Gadaan Alshamari Saleh Mohammad Hasan Bani Khaldi Smiran Rakesh Mirchandani Balqees Abdelhameed Eissa Alattar Tahani Abdulmohsen Ebrahim Alkhamis Mshary Mahmoud Abdulla Alabdulla Nawal Abdulqader Ahmad Mohd Aziz Hageg Alwakaa Nasser Majed Sayed Noor Alshamaa Sarfaraz Hussain Firfire Sami Abdulla Ahmed Jawhar Abdulrazzaq Khaled Abdullah Alwazzan Saja Abdullah Syed Albehbehnani Nadiya Mohamed A.Rahman Al Kandri Naser Hamad Naser Alajmi Mohammad Aklah Al Khalaf Noura Mohammed Rashed Alharbi Nouf Fahed Ali Alrashidi Yousef Abdulwahab Hasan Alqattan Nawaf Dhaidan Dehaisan Abushaiba Waleed Qasem Husain Anni Hamedah Mahdey Mohammed Alqattan Nadeem Nasir Ahmed Shirshikar Sh Faisal Sabah Salem Alsabah Suliman Abdulaziz Suliman Alfahad Bader Naser Zayed Mutaea Alazmi Khaled Salheen Mohamed Salheen Douaa Mohammed Mosalem Abdulmajeed Qassem Mohammed Jouny Khaled Ahmed Saleh Alsaleh Sabah Abdulmohsen Abd Allatif Al Asfour Sabeeh Ahmad Amin Fatema Mohammad Hajeyya Shamsah Min / Mohammed Waleed Mohd Alessa Mohd Jalal Yousef Ahmad Alnajar Musaad Yousef Abdullah Alali Mansour Ahmad Abdulaali Alramzi Abdulaziz Yaqoub Yousef Alseffy May Yousef Ben Essa Min Redha Bader Alhamar Ahmed Nemer Asaad Saleh Khaled Khalil Sabti Jumah Adnan Mohammad Alsayed Hassan Abdualmenem Omar Khalil Alfara Abdul Husein Ali S Almejadi Ahmad Saleh Zuwaied Alenezi Ziad Nestas Antoun Ali Mohammed Ali Abdulrahman Hussain Abdulla Ali Hadi Ali Shaban Haji Zaman Aloush Said Eid Alrashidi Muneera Nabeel Khamees Alsadouni Salwa Khalid Othman Al Sheqeh Mohd Ali Abdulla Hussain Abdulmajeed Haidar Gholoum Altaleb

Prize 125000 7500 3000 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400 400

Update on the business Agility’s core business is now focused on commercial customers. Agility Global Integrated Logistics revenues increased by 26% in Q3 of 2010 relative to Q3 of 2009. Growth figures were driven by global recovery in demand for logistics services, as well as continued progress in GIL’s strategy of growing through global accounts and tradelane development, increasing productivity through technological transformation, and aggressive cost and cash management. Agility GIL is differentiated by its global network and leadership in emerging markets, its specialist capabilities in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemical and fuel logistics, and commitment to personal service and going above and beyond for customers. As reported throughout the year, Agility Defense and Government services has been set back by the legal case with the US government and the ongoing troop drawdown in Iraq. Today, Agility DGS is focused on fulfilling its obligations under existing US government contracts, which largely expire at the end of this

year. Agility Infrastructure companies’ revenue is almost flat when compared to Q2 of 2010, but shows a 7% increase over the same quarter of last year. Agility Infrastructure has consistently shown healthy growth in the base business over the course of the last several years. Recapping financial performance • Agility’s revenue in the third quarter of 2010 stands at KD 405.87 million, a 5.19% decrease over Q2 of 2010 • Agility Global Integrated Logistics revenue in Q3 of 2010 stands at KD 310.7 million, a 26% increase over the same quarter in 2009. Agility will continue to report year-on year comparisons for the commercial business due to the seasonality of the business. • Agility Defense and Government Services revenues for the third quarter of 2010 stand at KD 92.40 million, a 26.4% decrease compared to Q2 of 2010. • Agility Infrastructure companies contributed KD 20 million to total revenue, almost flat when compared to Q2 of 2010. Real estate the largest business within infrastructure reported revenues of KD 8.16 million for the third quarter of 2010, an increase of 26% compared to the second quarter 2010. • Operating profits are KD 15 million in the third quarter of 2010, a 27.33%

decrease since Q2 of 2010. • Net profit is KD 13.89 million in the third quarter of 2010, as compared to KD 18.09 million for Q2 2010. This results in Earnings Per Share of 13.79 fils for this quarter, compared to an EPS of 17.96 fils in Q2 2010. Forward view “Although Agility has faced challenges this year, we have been proactive about adjusting our structure, financial goals, and processes to adapt to the changes in our business,” said Sultan. “Internally, we are continuing to focus on being leaner and more efficient. We are committed to a strategy to grow revenue organically, improve return on investment, manage costs and working capital prudently, and maximize yields on core operating assets.” “Our commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics, will continue to drive the company’s growth into 2011 and beyond,” added Sultan. “Emerging market leadership continues to differentiate the company - emerging markets are where we have grown our business and emerging markets are where we have an edge over the competition. Many of our customers see their best opportunities here too, so Agility is uniquely positioned to meet their needs.”

Wataniya launches the SmartRoamer package Affordable, reliable Internet service for GCC

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lenges through the middle of 2011, we believe that with a renewed commitment to discipline, we will emerge as a stronger and more flexible company.”

KUWAIT: It’s not always easy to find a trustworthy WiFi connection or staying updated with emails while traveling. Sky high roaming rates across the region make it even harder to surf on the move. Wataniya Telecom now introduces an affordable and convenient internet package, SmartRoamer that gives customers the freedom to stay connected in the GCC while roaming for just KD 4 per day. Wataniya customers can now use their BlackBerry

Messenger, access emails, browse MMS, surf WAP for a daily flat rate of KD 4 for 10 MB usage. The SmartRoamer package works for all postpaid B2C customers with BlackBerry or Smartphones and it is accessible on selected networks in the following countries: Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iraq. Commenting on the launch of the SmartRoamer Internet package, Abdol Aziz Al-Balool the PR Manager of Wataniya Telecom said, “Offering cus-

Abdol Aziz Al-Balool

tomer tailored packages at affordable rates aims to enhance our customer’s telecom experience and assures them that we are there with them even when they are away from home. The SmartRoamer is an innovative package that enables our customers to stay in touch online while roaming at incredibly affordable rates.” In order to subscribe to the service customers have to dial *121# and select following options: Services, others, international roaming, smart

Roamer Internet and subscribe. Customers will automatically receive the internet roaming package that can be accessed with one of Wataniya’s SmartRoamer partners. The daily subscription starts from 12:00am to 11:59pm (Kuwait Time). To learn more about the SmartRoamer package or any of Wataniya’s services and products please visit or call customer service on 121.

Russia, New Zealand begin free trade talks YOKOHAMA: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key yesterday kicked off negotiations on a free trade agreement as the world’s top dairy exporter seeks new markets. “For both countries this is a very good opportunity,” Key told Medvedev on the sidelines of a summit of 21 nations in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping in the Japanese port city of Yokohama. Medvedev said that “this initiative will create a new trade regime between our countries.” Russian and New Zealand trade ministers met in Wellington earlier this year to kickstart the talks as New Zealand, the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, seeks access to a new market for its products. A deal could also see New Zealand secure access to the markets of two post-Soviet Russian neighbors, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Russia is building a joint customs bloc with the two countries and any deal with New Zealand will foresee a free trade zone between Wellington and the customs bloc. Russia is among the world’s largest importers of meat and dairy products. APEC economies account for more than half of world gross domestic product and around 44 percent of world trade, according to the organization. —AFP

Behbehani Motors Company - Volkswagen receives the Superbrands Award for 2010 Behbehani Motors Company Volkswagen received the Superbrands award at the Superbrands Annual Tribute event held at the Movenpick Hotel - free trade zone on Saturday, November 7, 2010. The award was received personally by Abdulmohsen Ali Behbehani who expressed his appreciation to the Super

Brands council for this prestigious award. Volkswagen Behbehani was voted a Superbrand for 2010 based on the dynamic relationship it enforces between its brand & its customers. It was also valued based on its excellent products, innovative marketing and its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. In

Kuwait Volkswagen achieved significant sales increase throughout the last two years and in 2009 ranked first in sales amongst Volkswagen dealers in the Middle East with a record sales increase of 15% compared to the previous year; the highest growth rate of any car brand in that year!

Egypt voices dissatisfaction at G20 summit results CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abul-Gheit yesterday described results of the G-20 Summit, hosted by Seoul on November 11-12, as the “minimum outcome” that could be reached at present for restoring global economic stability. Abul-Gheit, in a statement, said nations had pinned hopes upon the summit for “making good results for enhancing global economic recovery and accomplish tasks in the realms of structural reforms for sake of achieving sustainable and balanced development.”

Disputes that surfaced upon start of the summit with regard of assessing rates of currencies, means of tackling the defects in the balances of payments posed an obstacle in the face of efforts for setting specific measures to handle the situation, he added. Diverse economic challenges, contradictory political interests, thorny international circumstances and certain political considerations all nudged the summiteers to seek some “cohabitation formula that constituted the minimum level that could be agreed upon and this was expressed in the state-

ment of the summit,” the foreign minister added. Now and after the holding of five such summits, the global economic conditions remained fragile and the recovery process continued to be slow, said Abul-Gheit in his bleak assessment of the international economy. Moreover, Abul-Gheit criticized the conferees for opting to seek consensus political rhetoric rather than devote ample efforts for reaching specific solutions for the issues affecting in particular the developing nations.

He indicated that the Egyptian delegation proposed plans and ideas for development in Africa, that were pondered during a meeting of the development action group, headed by South Africa, in the second day of the summit. He also called for new and specific global financial and monetary policies and develop the relations between advanced nations and developing nations, asserted that it was high time that more nations take part in such forums, noting that the G20 was formed in 1997 in shadow of an Asian economic crisis.— KUNA



Sunday, November 14, 2010

KSE equities drop amid bearish trend KUWAIT: Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) ended the week in the red zone, as both market indices recorded losses. The market price index ended last week with a decrease amounted to 2.45%, the weighted index retreated with 2.04%, compared to the closings of the week before. Furthermore, last week’s average daily turnover dropped by 18.11%, compared to the preceding week, reaching KD 51.71 million, whereas trading volume average was 249 million shares, recording decrease of 47.15%. Moreover, a selling trend dominated the market during last week, including most of market sectors. Many of KSE traders acted with caution due to several factors. As the determination of development plan financing mechanism was delayed till after Eid. In addition, the new about Mobile Telecommunications Company “Zain” deal played important role, whereas many contradiction news about the deal appeared during last week.

BAYAN INVESTMENT WEEKLY REPORT On the other hand, more listed companies announced its 9 months results, as 152 disclosed its results until mid of last Thursday, representing 72% of the total number of listed companies. The results were positive for most of the market sectors, whereas all of them recorded increase for their respective companies except for Real Estate sector and Non Kuwaiti sector. The sum of listed company profits was 1.67 billion KD comparing with 732.72 million KD with increase amounted to 127.97%. By the end of the week, the price index closed at 6,950.0 points, down by 2.45% from the week before closing, whereas the weighted index registered a 2.04% weekly loss after closing at 471.34 points.

Sectors’ Indices All of KSE’s sectors ended last week in the red zone except for one sector. The Industry sector headed the losers list as its index declined by 5.19% to end the week’s activity at 5,442.0 points. The Insurance sector was second on the losers’ list, which index declined by 5.02%, closing at 2,607.9 points, followed by the Investment sector, as its index closed at 5,017.8 points at a loss of 4%. The Real Estate sector was the least declining as its index closed at 2,409.8 points with a 0.80% decrease. On the other hand, the Banks sector was last week only gainer, which index grew by 1.20%, closing at 11,711.8 points.

Sectors’ Activity The Investment sector dominated total trade volume during last week with 425.56 million shares changing hands, representing 34.18% of the total market trading volume. The Services sector was second in terms trading volume as the sector’s traded shares were 31.15% of last week’s total trading volume, with a total of 387.85 million shares. On the other hand, the Services sector’s stocks where the highest traded in terms of value; with a turnover of KD 99.60 million or 38.75% of last week’s total market trading value. The Banks sector took the second place as the sector’s last week turnover of KD 58.17 million represented 22.63% of the total market trading value.

Market Capitalization KSE total market capitalization declined by 2.15% during last week to reach KD 33.93 billion, as all of KSE’s sectors recorded a decrease in their respective market capitalization. The Insurance sector was the most declining as its total market capitalization reached KD 312.88 million, decreasing by 6.28%. The Industry sector was the second in terms of recorded decline with 5.89% decrease after the total value of its listed companies reached KD 2.87 billion. The third place was for the Investment sector, which total market capitalization reached KD 2.90 billion by the end of the week, recording a decline of 5.78%. The Banks sector was the least declining with 0.07% recorded decrease after its market capitalization amounted to KD 13.73 billion. For further details, please visit our web site:


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Negative factors keep stocks in check KUWAIT: Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) was hit by so many factors that affected its performance this week. The increasing flow of corporate result as the deadline due by the end of this week, out of which several companies revealed un-cheerful numbers was a major part in investors decisions. The 9 days coming holiday, for Eid Al-Adha was also a cause for liquidation among investors as they choose to stay out of the market during the long holiday. Global’s weighted General Index ended the week with negative performance as it lost 2.13 percent of its value at 217.54 point, reducing its year-to-date gains to 16.81 percent. On the other hand, Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) price index was also down, shedding 174.70 point (2.45 percent) from its value and closed at 6,950 point. Total market capitalization also dropped to KD35.23bn. Market breadth skewed towards decliners with 106 stocks retreating against 36 advancing out of 162 shares traded this week. Trading activity was much lower, as investors cooled down before the holiday. Weekly trading volume dropped by 47.15 percent to 1.24bn shares changing hands, at a total traded value of KD257.04mn (18.11 percent drop compared to the week before). Trading volume was high on the Investment Sector, which accounted for 34.18 percent (425.56mn shares) of the market volume. Al-Mal Investment Company accounted for 6.62 percent of the market traded volume with 82.40mn shares traded. On the other side, the Services sector saw the most value traded this week, accounting for 38.75 percent (KD99.60mn) of the overall market vol-

ume. Alone, Zain accounted for 21.40 percent of the markets’ traded value with KD55.01mn traded on its share. None of the market sectors achieved gains this week, as all were seen down. However, the biggest sector, Banking Sector, saw a marginal drop of 0.02 percent. By the end of this week all the Kuwaiti banks announced their results for the 9M2010 which was up by 29.75 percent compared to 9M2009, amounting to KD428.49mn. The Services sector was also down by 2.18 percent after being hit by the drop seen on the biggest listed company’s share price, Zain, which lost 2.78 percent of its value to close at KD1.400. This drop came a day after the same recorded its highest closing since 14 months. Global Insurance Sector Index, was the biggest loser, shedding 6.26 percent of its value with no gainers seen in the sector. Global Industrial Sector Index followed, ending the week down by 5.78 percent. While Global Investment Sector Index came third, dropping by 5.77 percent. National Investment Company, who is collecting the shares for Zain-Etisalat deal was the biggest loser this week, shedding 20.37 percent of its share value. Global’s special indices were also down. Global Islamic Sharia Index marginally dropped by 0.05 percent. Global Large Cap (Top 10) index lost 0.71 percent of its value while Global Small Cap (Low 10) Index went down by 1.49 percent. Macroeconomic News Kuwait is likely to increase spending in its budget for the next 2011/2012 fiscal year, Kuwait’s finance minister Moustafa AlShamali said. “There is some increase in the


budget but we are discussing it,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of Gulf finance ministers and central bank governors in Kuwait. The six Gulf Corporation Council states have moved closer to fully implement their much-delayed customs union and only “administrative” hurdles remain, Gulf officials said. There is consensus over the cus-

toms union and even there is a unified GCC law on customs,” GCC assistant secretary general for economic affairs Mahammed AlMazroui said at the end of a GCC finance ministers’ meeting. There are some hurdles, though, which the ministers have studied. These are only administrative difficulties relating to movement of goods between the GCC member states, he added. He

noted that as long as there is integration and joint work, there will be some hurdles and efforts will be exerted to sort them out. The GCC official said in the opening session that achieving economic integration requires all concerned committees to accelerate performance and remove the remaining obstacles to the customs union and common market. Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund, will consider taking part in General Motors’ initial public offering if it is feasible, its managing director Bader Al-Saad said. He said that now, the price range has been set. Last week, they announced the price range, which is the valuation range. He aside that KIA needs to review if the investment is feasible. “If it is feasible for KIA it will look into it,” he said on the sidelines of a meeting of Gulf policymakers in Kuwait. “If it is something cheap, we are interested of course.” Earlier this week, General Motors finalized terms for a stock offering of about $13bn, which follows restructuring of the former blue-chip company that went bankrupt in 2009. The automaker plans to sell 365mn common shares at $26 to $29 each, raising about $10bn at the midpoint. The IPO would value GM at just over $41bn at the midpoint of the price range in what is expected to be one of the largestever IPOs. GM, the top US automaker by sales, said earlier this week that it expected third-quarter earnings of $2.1bn and that it would turn a “solid” profit for the full 2010 year. Kuwait Finance House (KFH), the country’s biggest Islamic lender, stated that it is looking for real estate investments in southern China and Europe as it seeks to

KSE holiday The Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) will be closed starting from November 14 till November18 for the Eid Al-Adha holiday. Trading will resume on Sunday, November 21. more than double its portfolio, a senior official said. KFH wants to increase global assets under management (AUM) to about $4bn in coming years from $1.5bn with a focus on planned energy investments in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are set to reach $272bn by 2015, the chairman of the GCC Energy Working Group told a conference on Monday, November 8, 2010. Of the total, $111bn of those investments are planned in the upstream and downstream oil sectors and $108bn for the gas value chain, Majid Abdullah Al-Moneef said. The remaining $53bn will be invested in water and power in the region, said Al-Moneef, who is also a member of the economic and energy committee of the consultative assembly of Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter. He noted that These investments are to meet the world demand, domestic consumption and (energy) diversification drive. “The current oil production of GCC countries is going to rise to 1.6mn barrels per day by 2015, and the excess capacity of the region, estimated at 5mn barrels per day, is to remain at that level until then, he added. “But thereafter by 2030, it would decline to 2-2.5mn barrels per day,” AlMoneef said.

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DUBAI: The Dubai International Advertising Festival is the leading creative advertising competition and the premier learning and meeting place for the communications industry in the Middle East and North Africa providing an annual platform for inspiration, networking and celebration. Now in its fourth year, the 2011 festival will take place over two and a half days from 27 to 29 March; the Dubai Lynx Awards, honoring the region’s best work in advertising and creative communications, will be held on 30 March. Both events will take place for the first time at the Arabian coast resort, the Madinat Jumeirah, in Dubai. Starting on the afternoon of Sunday 27 March, the Dubai Lynx festival will begin with the opening of registration and a welcome session. The intense two-day program of 18 seminars and 4 workshops will commence on Monday 28 March, during which attendees can benefit from an insightful and inspirational world-class learning agenda presented by a highcalibre of international and local experts addressing current and topical industry issues under this year’s theme ‘fuel for creative minds’. Information on the 2011 speakers and jury presidents will be announced soon. The evening networking events will provide delegates with an informal and fun opportunity to meet peers and exchange ideas. The festival will culminate on Wednesday 30 March in the Madinat Jumeirah Arena with the now famous Lynx Awards, where the 2011 winners will be revealed during a celebratory dinner, the largest event of its kind in Dubai. A new Design category will launch in 2011, to honour creative excellence and the innovative use of design as a lever to influence consumers and its use as an aid to the communication of brand and product messages. This new competition will complement the existing categories of Film, Outdoor, Print, Radio, Interactive, Direct, Promo & Activation, Media, Integrated and Craft. “We are looking forward to putting on another Dubai Lynx festival. Building on our reputation of neutrality and meticulous judging procedures, which together with a new festival venue, the launch of the Design category and a world-class learning program, 2011 should be an exciting year for the MENA region,” says Steve Lane, Dubai Lynx Festival Director. For further information about the 2011 Dubai International Festival, please go to

KSE stocks face selloff MARKAZ Weekly Update KUWAIT: The KSE Price index showed a loss this week and KSE index ended the week at 6,950 level, which is a decline of 175 points or 2.5%. Whereas the KSE weighted index ended down about 10 points or 2% at 471 level. All the sector’s indices closed in negative territory except the Banking index

which gained 1.2%, while the Investment index decreased 4%, the Industrial index fell over 5.2%, the Non-Kuwaiti index lost 2.2%, the Services index was down 1.7% and the Food index ended lower by 1.3%. The market sentiment was negative as 99 stocks showed a loss, 33 stocks showed a gain. 26 stocks were unchanged and closed at

same price as the previous week. Among the prominent decliners, National Investment stock fell 20% followed by PIPE -12.9%, AGLTY -7.1%, FOOD -7%, BPCC -5.4%, NIND -5.3%, KPROJ -5.2%, GBK -3.8%, ZAIN -2.8%, KFH -1.6% and the gainers were NMTC +3.2%, KIB +1.6%, whereas the stocks of NBK, BURGAN

and BOUBYAN remained unchanged on weekly basis. As per chart, the KSE market price index has upside resistances at 7,000 to 7,040 levels and downside support remains at 6,900 to 6,850 levels. The KSE Weighted index has downside support at 467 to 461 levels and upside it has resistances at 477 to 487 levels.

China to speed up Japan rare earth exports: Trade minister YOKOHAMA: China will speed up exports of rare earth minerals to Japan, the Japanese trade minister said yesterday, following complaints from Tokyo that shipments were stalled amid a territorial row. Trade minister Akihiro Ohata said that Zhang Ping, chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, told him that he had “instructed (officials) to speed up inspections at customs to be more efficient”. Ohata was briefing reporters on the sidelines of the summit of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation nations in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. Zhang had told Ohata that China’s “tightening of control over the rare earth industry is aimed at the orderly development and sustainable use of rare earth resources,” the Japanese trade minister said. “But he understands that

Japan has interest in the freight stuck at customs, and that the NDRC has already contacted relevant organizations,” said Ohata, adding that the issue of restricted shipments will be resolved soon. China has a near-global monopoly in rare earths-last year, it produced 97 percent of world supply. It has denied any embargo on shipments, including to Japan, amid a diplomatic row between the Asian neighbors. The elements are used in everything from guided missiles to iPods and cars. Japan’s high-tech industry is the world’s largest consumer of rare earths. Tokyo’s row with Beijing stems from the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain whose vessel collided with Japanese patrol boats in waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea in September. Prosecutors released the captain after Beijing cut political, economic and

cultural exchanges, but the dispute continues to simmer and nationalists in both countries have staged protests. Tokyo officials said that China had restricted rare earth shipments in the wake of the row, a claim Beijing repeatedly denied. Since 2006, China has cut export quotas on rare earths by five to 10 percent a year. Production has also been slashed amid concerns that Chinese supplies could run out in 15 years. China’s moves to restrict exports have spurred other countries such as the United States and Australia-which have 15 and five percent of reserves respectively-to resume production. On Friday China said it had toughened rare earth export rules to allow only producers that meet environmental protection laws and international standards to ship the precious elements out of the country. — AFP



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After Fed boost, global woes hit Wall Street NEW YORK: Wall Street’s confidence has taken a hit after losses over the past week with investors fretting over the European and Chinese economies in the aftermath of the Federal Reserve’s new stimulus package. Traders turned to some profit taking following a spectacular rally on the back of the Federal Reserve’s decision to pump $600 billion into the markets in a bid to boost the US economic recovery. Next week will see a slew of economic indicators that will once again offer investors a glimpse of the health of the US economy, including retail sales, consumer prices index, housing data and jobless claims. “The economy appears to have regained momentum early this quarter, but as the calendar heats up this week, the outlook for growth and inflation should become clearer,” analysts of Moody’s said in a note. In the week to Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.12 percent to 11,192.58, after the previous week’s rally that say markets touch levels last seen in the days preceding the September 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers.

US STOCKS WEEKLY OUTLOOK The broader S&P 500 index gave back 1.79 percent to 1,199.21 points, while the technology-rich Nasdaq composite index declined 2.29 percent to 2,518.21 points. Trade was little affected by a Wednesday report showing new claims for US unemployment aid dropped sharply last week to close to the lowest level of the year, raising some hopes that the distressed labor market was on the mend. “It has been a week where international news seems to have moved the US stock market,” said Gina Martin of Wells Fargo Securities. The US stock market was pulled down by intensifying concerns over the euro-zone economy as laggards Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Greece struggle to deal with a growing sovereign debt. “There are lot of rumors in the market about a package for Ireland coming out of the ECB (European Central Bank) during the weekend, so when we get

to Monday we may face a very different climate that we had this week,” Martin said. Confidence in the global economy was further shaken after data out of China showed a roaring inflation beyond central bank targets, which raised speculation of an interest rate hike as early as this weekend. A rise in Chinese rates could slow down its economy, which has been the bulwark of the global economic recovery. “We had a rally due to quantitative easing... which continued until the announcement. Since then, we had some profit taking,” said Gregori Volokhine of Meeschaert New York. “The market turned its attention to other economic aspects that are less encouraging,” he told AFP. The coming week will also see quarterly earnings results from companies including the world’s biggest retailer Wal-Mart, home construction chain store Home Depot as well as computer maker Dell. — AFP

G20 leaders going home empty-handed

Trade barriers, tensions could rise after summit WASHINGTON: The w orld’s most important economies are going home to look after themselves-leaving their summit w ithout any meaningful agreement, finding it ever harder to cooperate and more likely to erect trade barriers to protect their ow n interests. The Group of 20 meeting of leading rich and developing economies ended Friday in South Korea w ithout any solutions to longstanding tensions over trade and cur-

rency and w ith the cooperation of the 2008 financial crisis now a distant memory. The US couldn’t persuade other countries to pressure China to stop manipulating its currency or limit their ow n trade surpluses and deficits, and the Americans faced charges of doing some currency manipulation of their ow n by pumping $600 billion into their economy.

MACAU: Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao attends a bi-lateral meeting with the Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates at the Third Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries in Macau yesterday. — AFP

China worries lead to commodity sell-off NEW YORK: Commodity prices tumbled on Friday as investors were spooked that China might have to raise interest rates to combat inflation. That could slow down China’s strong economy, which would reduce demand for many basic materials including copper, crude oil and soybeans. Many countries have relied on strong growth in China to offset weak demand in countries like the US, where the economy remains sluggish. Copper for March delivery fell 12.45 cents, or 3.1 percent, to settle at $3.904 a pound. Benchmark crude for January delivery fell $2.93, or 3.3 percent, to $84.88 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. January soybeans plummeted 70 cents, or 5.2 percent, to $12.69 a bushel, while March sugar dropped 3.45 cents, or 11.6 percent, to 26.21 cents per pound. John Sanow, an analyst with Telvent DTN, said the sharp decline in grain prices was led by speculative investors, like investments funds, that never plan to take actual delivery of the crops pulling out of the market. “They’re just trying to get out of risky investments at this point,” Sanow said. The Chinese government said Thursday that the pace of inflation hit a more than two-year high in October. That sent Chinese markets sharply lower in overnight trading before the sell-off hit stocks and commodities in the US Friday. Analysts were mixed over whether this pullback could continue into next week. George Gero, vice president at RBC Global Futures in New York, said such a big drop could take “a few days to clear out.” He said bargain hunters looking to get back into the market might wait a little longer than usual because Friday’s losses were so big. Spencer Patton, founder and chief investment officer for hedge fund Steel Vine Investments LLC, said that similar retreats have been seen when questions about the pace of demand from China cropped up earlier this year. He added that many of those retreats were short lived. A nearly unbroken climb higher in commodity prices over the past month also could be contributing to Friday’s losses. Profit taking could be accelerating the steep decline. “This has been a long overdue correction for commodities,” Patton said. Despite Friday’s declines, oil, gold and soybean prices are all still above where they were trading at the beginning of the month. —AP

Cuts, not taxes hikes, more likely in Greece: Minister ATHENS: Any new austerity measures in Greece will come from spending cuts and not new taxes, the Greek finance minister said on Friday. “If a further adjustment is needed, it will be made in state spending cuts, where there really is waste that can be reduced,” Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou told the private Mega channel. Greece has already slashed its runaway deficit by over 14 billion euros ($19 billion) this year under a draconian program of tax hikes and pay cuts mandated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund in return for a massive loan that saved the country from looming bankruptcy. But a revised calculation of the Greek state deficit by EU data agency Eurostat that will now include the bulging losses of public companies is expected to still leave the government short of its targets. The revised deficit figures are expected to be released on Monday as a mission from the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF arrives in Athens for a scheduled audit of Greek finances. The new deficit figures are expected to show an upward revision for 2009 to more than 15.0 percent of GDP from 13.6 percent. The EU-IMF inspection will determine if Greece will be given a third installment, worth nine billion euros (12 billion euros), from the 110-billion-euro loan package.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, who faces a local election test on Sunday, conceded Thursday that the public deficit will exceed the target. “The figure for 2009 will be substantially higher,” Papandreou told reporters. The finance minister said on Friday that the cuts would likely be made in public companies where state inspectors have lately found exorbitant salaries and overstaffing. “We have spoken of the need to limit the deficits of public companies,” Papaconstantinou said. “At the end of a restructuring process, obviously public companies will have fewer staff than today. This can be done with transfers to other state services, retirement, or through the non-renewal of contracts that expire. “It does not mean mass layoffs of contract workers,” he said. Papaconstantinou added that the government hoped to persuade its three creditors-known as the ‘troika’ in Greece-that no new sacrifices would be necessary. He added that the three-year loan agreement, or memorandum, “is a living text that changes in time.” The austerity measures adopted so far have already plunged the Greek economy into a growing recession. Earlier on Friday, official data showed the economy shrank by 4.5 percent in the last 12 months. Gross domestic product contracted by 1.1 percent in the third quarter from output in the second quarter, data from the Greek statistics agency said. — AFP

The stalemate in Seoul means that trade disputes could intensify, warns Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy at Cornell University. He’s worried that there “may be more open conflicts on currency matters. This has the potential to feed into more explicit forms of protectionism, which could set back the global recovery.” The summit was a diplomatic setback for the United States. China was supposed to be the villain of the G-20 meeting. The US and other countries have accused Beijing of keeping its currency, the yuan, artificially low to give its exporters an unfair advantage. The currency manipulation helps Chinese exporters by making their goods less expensive around the world, leading to charges that cheap Chinese products cost America jobs at a time when US unemployment is stuck at 9.6 percent. The US wanted to rally other G20 delegates to strong-arm China over the yuan. A stronger yuan would reduce the US trade deficit with China, which is on track to match the 2008 record of $268 billion. But the US argument was undercut by accusations that the Federal Reserve was rigging the currency market itself. Last week, the Fed said it would essentially print $600 billion to jolt the US economy back to life. The Fed says its plan to buy Treasury bonds was designed to lower long-term interest rates, spur economic growth and create jobs. Since the Fed hinted at the policy in late August, the Dow Jones industrials have risen 13 percent , and interest rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages have hit a record low of 4.17 percent. But foreigners saw a more sinister intent: to flood world markets with dollars, driving down the value of the US currency and giving US exporters a price edge. “Basically, what happened was a diplomatic coup for China,” says William Cline, senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics. A few months ago, countries from Brazil to Germany were criticizing Chinese trade policies. “Fast-forward, and now China and Germany and Brazil are blaming the United States for causing currency problems.” Emerging economies also complained that the Fed’s bond purchases would push Treasury yields so low that investors seeking higher returns will overwhelm their fragile markets. The fear: Investors would sink money into emerging market assets-currencies, stocks and other investments. That would push up their currencies, hurt their exporters, trigger inflation, create bubbles in stocks and other assets and leave them vulnerable to a crash when investors withdraw their money. The final G20 statement on Friday endorsed the idea that emerging markets can protect themselves from the threat of such “hot money” by imposing controls on the flow of capital-a measure that used to be considered “a big no-no” and a violation of free-trade principles, says Homi Kharas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The trend is already starting. China and Taiwan this week announced new capital controls. The fear is that countries will take even stronger steps to give themselves an advantage, creating the risk of a currency or trade war. The US House has already passed legislation that would let the US government impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports in retaliation for the weak yuan, though the Senate has not followed. Cornell’s Prasad expects to see China and other countries impose tariffs and duties, subsidize their exporters with cheap bank financing or tax credits, bring cases against each in the World Trade Organization and use bogus health concerns to block some imports. In a sign of the United States’ diminished clout at the summit, the US could not even close a long-awaited free-trade agreement with close ally and summit host South Korea. The trade pact would slash tariffs and other trade barriers between the two countries. At the height of the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, the G-20 nations tried to present a united front, agreeing to take steps to boost their economies, to reform their financial systems and to reject protectionist policies. But now that the world economy is growing again-and China and other emerging markets are booming — “that unity has begun to dissolve,” Prasad says. “The group is now splintering with competitive policies taking the place of coordinated policy actions.” The result: “a situation ripe for conflict.” The G20 itself acknowledged the problem in its final statement: “Uneven growth and widening imbalances are fueling the temptation to diverge from global solutions into uncoordinated actions.” But the go-italone approach, the statement concluded, “will only lead to worse outcomes for all.” — AP

TOKYO: A member of Japanese radical leftist group Zengakuren, wearing a ‘Smash APEC’ bib, shouts slogans with others during a demonstration against the APEC in Yokohama, near Tokyo yesterday. — AP

Euro recovers following Ireland reassurances NEW YORK: The dollar resumed its decline against the euro in choppy trading Friday as European officials sought to calm worries about the prospect of Ireland defaulting on its debts. After gaining for a week against the euro, the dollar went back on the downswing. The euro rose after a joint statement from five European finance ministers reassuring investors that a bailout from the European Union would not cause them heavy losses. In late afternoon trading in New York, the euro traded at $1.3693, up from $1.3658 late Thursday, but below its peak of $1.3777 in early New York trading. This week, the euro has still dropped about 3 US cents, the first significant weekly decline since early September. The European currency peaked at $1.4281, its highest point since January, last Thursday, just a day after the Federal Reserve embarked on a program to support the US economy through lower interest rates. Lower rates tend to weigh on a currency, and the dollar had dropped sharply since late August, when the Fed first hinted at the move. President Barack Obama on Friday defended the Fed’s move against criticism from German and Chinese officials, who allege the Fed is trying to bolster US exports by weakening the currency, a tactic the US has accused China of pursuing.

Obama was speaking at a news conference following the meetings of the Group of 20 nations, which ended Friday without an endorsement of a US push to get China to let its currency rise. As the dollar has plunged against major currencies and emerging-market currencies, officials in several of those countries — Japan and Brazil, for example — have moved to try to contain the rise in their currencies. A stronger currency makes their exports harder to sell. The US currency rose over the past week after a long decline. Investors had sold off the euro because of renewed worries about the potential need for the European Union to provide emergency aid for Ireland, as well as sluggish economic growth in the region. New bailout rules formed after the EU and the International Monetary Fund created a rescue fund for Greece in May had investors worried that they would need to take on heavier losses if Ireland also required help. But finance ministers from five leading EU nations on Friday issued a joint statement stressing that the possible new mechanism would take effect only after mid-2013 and “does not apply to any outstanding debt.” In other trading Friday, the pound rose to $1.6146 from $1.6114, while the dollar inched up to 82.45 Japanese yen from 82.43 yen. —AP

Argentina, China shore up trade relations BUENOS AIRES: Argentina and China vowed on Friday to boost agricultural cooperation, establishing a joint committee to consider expanding Argentine exports to the Asian giant, officials said. “The Chinese minister welcomed the importance of this committee’s first meeting as a great event for bilateral cooperation that will bring great contributions to world agriculture,” Argentina’s Agriculture Ministry said in a statement after a meeting of delegations from both nations. The talks came as Chinese Agriculture Minister Han Changfu visited the country. He is due to meet President Cristina Kirchner at the presidential palace on Monday. Agriculture Secretary Lorenzo Basso said talks would address direct seeding and certified agriculture, genetics and embryo transfer for cattle, as well as cattle used for milk and meat consumption. Changfu was scheduled to visit the Rosario Stock Exchange, an agribusiness hub. Argentina is the third largest supplier of agricultural products to China after the

United States and Brazil, according to official statistics. In 2009, Argentine agricultural exports to China reached four billion dollars, exceeding the country’s shipments to other Asian countries, the European Union and the other three Mercosur countries-Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Sales of soybean, poultry, cattle hides, peanut oil and other products to China have since grown, reaching $5.1 billion by September. The South American country is the world’s largest exporter of sunflower oil, a leading exporter of soybean oil and among the top five exporters of soybean and corn. More than a third of its exports are in agricultural products, which analysts say could fetch some $25 billion during the 2010-2011 season. Earlier this year, trade relations soured when China suspended soybean oil imports from the South American nation for six months ending in October. Argentina is the world’s largest exporter of soybean oil, and China is one of its biggest customers. — AFP

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Solid-state drives may be set for wider PC use NAND makers bringing more capacity on line LOS ANGELES: Solid-state drives have struggled to become standard in PCs, but manufacturers could soon follow Apple’s lead and start using more of them as consumers w arm to the benefits of flash storage. Increasingly used in smartphones, NAND flash storage is expensive but market leaders Samsung Electronics, Toshiba Corp,

SAN FRANCISCO: This Sept 22, 2010 photo shows the Intel Corp. booth at a conference in San Francisco. — AP

Intel hikes dividend again despite tech worries SAN FRANCISCO: Intel Corp is confident enough in the stability of its moneymaking skills to raise its dividend by 15 percent, even as Wall Street braces for a bumpy ride for the technology industry. The chip-maker’s announcement Friday comes on the heels of a downcast description of the technology market by Cisco Systems Inc. Cisco dragged down stocks this week with a warning that government spending-especially at the state and local level-has suddenly turned sluggish. Many investors are worried that other technology companies are in line for a beating over the next several quarters and that the problems will spread to other industries. Intel’s dividend hike, the fourth since the Great Recession started in late 2007, is less a reflection of the company’s optimism about the market than a reminder of its unique advantages in the computing industry. It also underscores the fact that many large companies have been sitting on piles of cash for the past three years and have been pouring some of the money back into their dividends to appease skittish shareholders. According to Capital IQ Quantitative Research, nearly half of the companies in the S& P 500 have raised their dividend since the end of 2007, while only a fifth cut theirs. Intel itself has warned recently about tough times in its business of selling microprocessors, the “brains” of personal computers and servers. But at the same time, it commands 80 percent of the market for those chips and is in the desirable position of owning its own factories, which means it can make better chips cheaper than its competitors. Although the factories are expensive, requiring frequent multibillion-dollar upgrades, Intel has been able to put in technological advances-such as new techniques for shrinking the size of the circuitry on its chips-to help the company wring out more profit from its chips. “I wouldn’t necessarily say that Intel’s bullish,” said Patrick Wang, a semiconductor analyst with Wedbush Securities. Wang added that Intel will make investors feel better in returning cash to them, even though it isn’t a reflection of Intel feeling exuberant about the market. Intel shares rose 32 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $21.53. But the company’s upbeat comments couldn’t lift the broader market. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 90.52, or 0.8 percent, to 11,192.58 on news that China might try to slow its surging economy to combat inflation. As a barometer for the tech sector, Intel has flashed some mixed signals over the past few months. Back in August, the company cut its quarterly sales forecast, citing “weaker than expected demand for consumer PCs in mature markets,” including the US and Europe. Then last month it offered a more encouraging fourth-quarter forecast that met expectations. The move to raise its dividend Friday provided a coun-

terpoint to Cisco’s weak projections. On Wednesday, Cisco said that new orders during the most recent quarter fell short of the company’s expectations. It forecast revenue growth for the quarter ending in January at just 3 percent to 5 percent over last year, less than half the growth rate analysts expected. Some analysts have noted that while Cisco’s problems are an omen for much of the tech world, its networking equipment can be very expensive. Analysts say companies selling cheaper products might not experience as severe a slowdown in sales. Cisco, which provides big companies, government agencies and service providers with the equipment that routes data over the Internet, has announced plans for a dividend, though the exact size isn’t yet known and will depend on tax laws and market conditions. Cisco is sitting on $38.9 billion in cash and cash equivalents, much of it stuck abroad and not being used for investments in the US as companies such as Cisco pressure the government to lower taxes on money made outside the US and brought back stateside. Oracle Corp, one of the world’s biggest business software makers, began paying a dividend last year. Since the recession started, Intel’s quarterly dividend has grown to 15.75 cents per share, from 11.25 cents per share. On Friday, the company announced it was extending that further to 18 cents per share, a total increase of 60 percent over the past three years. CEO Paul Otellini said the company “remains on track to have our best year ever and we continue to generate strong cash flows.” Intel, whose stock is a component of the Dow Jones industrial average, has one of that group’s highest-yielding dividends. Intel’s annual yield currently stands at 3 percent of its stock price. Intel said the new dividend will take effect in the first quarter of next year. The company ended the latest quarter with nearly $15 billion in cash and short-term investments, nearly $3 billion more than it had the quarter before. Intel is taking in far more than it’s giving back through the dividend. At the new, higher rate, Intel will be paying about $1 billion a quarter in dividends, based on the latest share count. That’s up from about $900 million per quarter at the lower rate. Doug Freedman, an analyst with Gleacher & Co, said Intel’s boost was higher than he expected. He noted that as the semiconductor and other tech industries have matured, and the supercharged growth of the dot-com days and earlier eras has slipped away, dividends have become more important as a way to reward investment.”If you’re investing in tech, you really need to start paying more attention to dividend yields as much as you want to pay attention to growth,” Freedman said. “What Intel’s doing with their dividend is more about their business model than optimism about the market or top-line numbers. With no growth, Intel can support that dividend yield.”—AP

Scientists study feline fluid dynamics to figure out how cats lap liquid LOS ANGELES: One night, Roman Stocker sat at home and watched his cat, Cutta Cutta, lap milk from a bowl. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering professor, who studies the locomotion of microorganisms, began to wonder: How, exactly, did the milk travel from Cutta Cutta’s bowl to his mouth? The answer, based on extensive research published Thursday in the journal Science, came as a surprise. Unlike dogs - who use their tongues like ladles, scooping water into their mouths in a characteristically straightforward manner - cats apply an instinctive understanding of fluid mechanics to take the biggest sips. “Cats know just when to close their jaw to get the most water,” said Pedro Reis, a fluid mechanics expert at MIT who collaborated with Stocker. In fact, he said it’s as if “they’re doing the equations in their heads.” The unusual experiments involved four MIT scientists, 10 domestic cats, one “robotic cat” forged from a prototype originally built for the International Space Station, four zoo animals and six videos uploaded to YouTube by people who filmed large cats in zoos, on safaris and elsewhere. The research took 3 years to complete. Stanford marine biologist Mark Denny praised the work, although he recognized that it lacks much immediate practical relevance. “There’s still a part of science that is just plain fun.” said Denny, who wasn’t involved in the research. “Everyone gives lip service to the scientific method,” he added, but “this is a great example of it.” To figure out the feline fluid dynamics, the MIT team first made “detailed observations in real cats,” Reis said. They filmed Cutta Cutta with a highspeed video camera, spending “many failed evenings” at Stocker’s house in Cambridge waiting for the cat to drink. They also filmed nine cats at a nearby shelter run by the

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Watching the videos, the team saw that the drinking cats’ tongues extended downward toward their bowls in a J-shape. At first, the scientists thought the animals might use their tongues the way dogs do, Reis said. In fact, only the very tips of the cats’ tongues touched the water. Their tongues then moved upward at the blazing-fast speed of more than 3 feet per second, generating a column of liquid. The cats quickly closed their mouths to drink a portion of those columns, the study reported. The team theorized that the cats maximized the amount of water they consumed in each sip by lapping at a precise speed that balanced two forces: the inertia pulling water upward and the gravity pulling it back down. They tested their hypothesis with their robotic cat, which dipped a glass disk - a proxy for the cats’ tongues - in and out of water at rapid speeds. They also tested the theory at local zoos. The fluid dynamics equations suggested that a larger cat with a larger tongue would lap less frequently to achieve the needed balance between inertia and gravity. Sure enough, the animals they filmed at the zoos a lion, a tiger, a jaguar and an ocelot - drank at the slower rates the researchers had predicted. So did the large felines in the YouTube videos, including a cheetah, a bobcat, two lions, a tiger and a leopard. The research marked the first time YouTube videos were mined for data in a paper published in Science, Reis said. He suggested that the results could help scientists design “soft robots” or figure out new ways to manipulate liquids in the laboratory. But mostly, he said, the results were valuable because they were interesting. “Not all studies need to have a clear application,” Reis said. — MCT

Still far from replacing traditional hard drives used to store data on computers, game fans and other tech-savvy consumers are increasingly buying off-the-shelf solid-state drives, or SSDs, because they are quicker, more rugged and less prone to fail. Intel lowered the prices of some of its solid-state drives on Friday ahead of the Christmas shopping season. Its suggested retail price for an 80 gigabyte drive is now $199, down from around $225. Part of creating a bigger market for SSDs is convincing consumers that a highperformance but low-capacity SSD-enough to store a few dozen movie videos-may be more useful than a traditional hard drive with space for hundreds of movies. Some of the first netbooks shipped in 2008 included small SSDs but they were mostly discontinued after consumers balked at paying higher prices for less storage than they would have had in traditional hard drives. But that could change after Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs unveiled a new MacBook Air last month that comes with solid-state storage, a major vote of confidence in the technology. “If the big issue is changing the consumer mind-set, then Steve Jobs has the clout to have initiated that process,” said Jim Handy, a semiconductor expert at market research firm Objective Analysis. Apple is expected to buy a third of all NAND manufactured next year.

SanDisk and Intel are investing billions of dollars in cutting-edge facilities to boost production. That w ill help meet grow ing demand and make solid-state drives, w hich are made of NAND flash memory chips instead of mechanical parts, more mainstream by 2012 as prices decline, analysts say.

STILL PRICEY Less than 1 percent of laptops ship with SSDs, but by 2014 that is expected to rise to 10 percent, said Jeffrey Janukowicz, a flash storage analyst with IDC. The main drawback to SSDs is cost, which has fallen but is still equivalent to $2 per gigabyte, according to IDC. Storage on a hard drive, which uses metal disks and a needle to store data, costs the equivalent of under 12 cents per gigabyte. “The SSD doesn’t necessarily have to match the hard drive, it just has to be within the ball park,” said Richard Shim, a PC analyst at research firm IDC. “That may be a couple years before it happens, but it’s getting there.” Shim said that in the wake of Apple’s plans for the MacBook Air, other PC manufacturers will probably soon incorporate SSDs as standard features in some of their computer lines. Market research firm Gartner believes SSDs could start to become mainstream in 2012. “You’ll see good growth next year but it’s not going to be wildly pervasive,” said Gartner analyst Joseph Unsworth. SanDisk is an obvious play for investors looking to benefit from the rise of SSDs because it is focused on NAND flash technology, but it is always at risk of price swings. Companies making controllers that go into SSDs, such as LSI Corp and Marvell Technology Group, also stand to gain. “I would characterize the NAND controller space as very good because it benefits from the unit growth

of SSDs and is not likely to see the same type of volatility to pricing and margins that the raw memory guys will see,” said Gleacher & Co analyst Doug Freedman. Inexpensive, high-capacity hard drives are expected to store most of the world’s digital data for several years to come, but market leaders Seagate and Western Digital are also investing in solid-state technology. Seagate expects to see meaningful revenue from SSDs in 2012. Anticipating wider adoption, Toshiba this week unveiled a thin solid-state storage product for PC manufacturers called Blade X-gale, which some media have speculated could already be in the MacBook Air. Toshiba declined to comment. Apple has a policy of not revealing what parts are in its devices. The SSD unit in the MacBook Air appears to be provided by Toshiba, according to iFixit, a company that does teardowns of consumer electronics. Consumer electronics heavyweight Best Buy this year began selling SSDs made by Intel, but even with Friday’s price cut they cost more than harddisk drives with 10 times their storage capacity, a very tough sell to consumers unconvinced of their benefits. “Is my mom buying one to put in her notebook or PC? Not yet, but the fact that we’re selling at Best Buy, which caters to more of the mainstream here in the US, that’s a positive sign,” Intel Marketing Director Troy Winslow said. — Reuters

APEC host Japan shows high- tech face amid rare earths fears YOKOHAMA: As it hosts an Asia-Pacific summit, Japan is showing off robots, green cars and space probes to prove its high-tech credentials despite slow growth and threats to crucial rare earth supplies. Visitors to the “Japan Experience-Ideas Into Reality”, an exhibit on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, are greeted by a robot modeled on a young woman, the Cybernetic Human HRP-4C Miim. “Welcome to the Japan Experience,” says the 158centimetre (five foot two) humanoid. “This exhibition shows Japan’s strengths,” she adds in a halting voicemoving as if to flex her muscles for emphasis-”and attractions”.”Please see, touch and feel advanced technologies and innovations of Japan.”The show put on for leaders, ministers and officials, also features a robot that can ride a unicycle, the wearable power-enhancing Cyberdyne robo-suit, and a fluffy robotic baby seal that comforts elderly hospital patients. Other tech marvels include a plug-in hybrid car to help save the planet, a robo-submarine to explore its ocean depths, and a replica of the asteroid explorer Hayabusa that just returned from a seven-year deep space voyage. Other innovations include an indoor vegetable farm for city use that employs solar powered LED lights, Japan’s next-generation supercomputer, a landmine clearance robot, 3D televisions, and images of Shinkansen and maglev trains. Japan is eager to show that-despite two decades of stagnant growth, a fast-greying population and stiff competition from industrial rivals China and South Korea-it still has what it takes to be a global high-tech leader. But many worry that the export giant peaked in the early 1990s and is losing its innovative edge and economic heft, a perception reinforced this week as South Korea spares no expense to host a lavish Group of 20 summit. A more immediate fear is that Japan is being starved of key mineral ingredients used in many of the products on show-rare earth metals that are essential for goods like electric car batteries, flat-screen TVs and missiles. China, which produces more than 95 percent of rare earths, has choked off exports to Japan since September, traders say, amid the worst diplomatic spat between the Asian giants in years, sparked by a territorial dispute. “I hope everyone will share rare earth minerals in a friendly manner,” said Toyota Motor official Makoto Morita as he showed off the automaker’s i-Real personal mobility device, which he said couldn’t be made without the commodities.”Rare earth minerals are used in lithium batteries and in the motors,” he said, pointing at the quietly humming electric three-wheeler that allows people to zip around in a standing position, without carbon emissions. Morita said rare earth supplies need to be shared, to make environmental technology that will be of global benefit.”If a majority of people, including the Chinese, don’t use these energy efficient devices, the environment won’t improve very much,” he said. Meanwhile, Dowa Eco-Systems showed off another innovation that it started years ago, but which has drawn more attention in recent weeks, as Japan’s tech sector has stared at the threat of running out of rare earths. The firm has found a way to extract 19 metal elements as “e-scraps” from the millions of cellphones, PCs, handheld gizmos and electronic devices that Japanese throw away every year. It calls the recycling system “urban mining”. — AFP

This product image provided by Fujitsu shows the Fujitsu ScanSnap s1500. The ScanSnap is designed from the ground up to turn stacks of pulp to bytes. It doesn’t have the large glass bed of the conventional scanner or copy machine. Instead, it looks like a small inkjet printer, takin up only a bit more desk space than a lunch box. — AP

Facebook may be poised to launch email service WASHINGTON: Facebook, rumored for some time to be planning its own email service, may finally be on the verge of doing so in a move that would send a shot across the bow of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft. TechCrunch, a leading Silicon Valley technology blog, reported Friday that the social network plans to announce a Web-based email service complete with addresses at an event in San Francisco tomorrow. Agence France-Presse and other media outlets have been invited to Facebook’s event but have not been told what it will be about. Facebook boasts more than 500 million members around the world and offering a personal email service would lay down a powerful challenge to the established email giantsMicrosoft’s Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and Google’s Gmail. Hotmail currently has the most users, 361.7 million as of September, according to online tracking firm comScore, followed by Yahoo! with 273.1 million and Gmail with 193.3 million. TechCrunch said Facebook’s planned Web-based email service is part of a secret project known as “Project Titan” that is “unofficially referred to internally as its ‘Gmail killer.’”“And while it may only be in early stages come its launch Monday, there’s a huge amount of potential here,” TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid noted. The report comes amid a recent bout of sparring between Facebook and Google over data sharing and Silicon Valley engineering talent. Google last week blocked Facebook from importing Gmail con-

tact information over the Palo Alto, Californiabased social network’s refusal to reciprocate and share data about its users. And The Wall Street Journal reported that Internet search king Google, in a bid to stem defections to rival technology firms such as Facebook, has given all of its 23,000 employees a 10 percent pay hike. According to the Journal, roughly 10 percent of Facebook’s employees are Google veterans. TechCrunch’s Kincaid and others noted the advantages Facebook could bring to an email battle. “Facebook has the world’s most popular photos product, the most popular events product, and soon will have a very popular local deals product as well,” Kincaid said. “It can tweak the design of its webmail client to display content from each of these in a seamless fashion.”And there’s also the social element: Facebook knows who your friends are and how closely you’re connected to them; it can probably do a pretty good job figuring out which personal emails you want to read most and prioritize them accordingly,” he said. Gadget blog Gizmodo said the prospect of an email service from Facebook should make Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft “very nervous.”“Facebook Mail could be a killer not only because of its potential instant size, but because of its natural advantage at making mail more useful,” Gizmodo blogger Jesus Diaz said. “Actually, it may become the only 100 percent useful mail service out there, only showing you the email you are actually interested in,” Diaz said. —AFP

Android now second biggest smartphone platform: Gartner WASHINGTON: Google’s Android mobile operating system surged past Apple’s iPhone and Canada’s Blackberry in the third quarter to become the second biggest smartphone platform after Nokia’s Symbian, research firm Gartner .. Gartner said Finland’s Nokia sold 29.5 million smartphones during the third quarter of the year for a 36.6 percent share of the worldwide market, down from 44.6 percent a year ago. Sales of Android-powered smartphones soared to 20.5 million units, giving the Android platform a 25.5 percent market share, up from just 3.5 percent a year ago, Gartner said. Apple’s iPhone was next on sales of 13.5 million units for a 16.7 percent market share, down from 17.1 percent a year ago. Canada’s Research In Motion, maker of the Blackberry, was in fourth position with sales of 11.9 million units. Its market share dropped to 14.8 percent from 20.7 percent a year ago. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile saw sales of 2.2 million units giving it a 2.8 percent market share, down from 7.9 percent a year ago,

Gartner said.”Smartphone (operating system) providers have entered a period of accelerated platform evolution, stimulated by more regular product releases, new platform entrants and new device types,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Any platform that fails to innovate quickly-either through a vibrant multi-player ecosystem or clear vision of a single controlling entity-will lose developers, manufacturers, potential partners and ultimately users.”Gartner said worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 417 million units in the third quarter, up 35 percent from a year ago. Smartphone sales grew 96 percent to 81 million units and accounted for 19.3 percent of overall mobile phone sales in the quarter. Nokia remained the world’s top handset manufacturer with sales of 117.5 million units in the third quarter but saw its worldwide market share slip to 28.2 percent from 36.7 percent a year ago. South Korea’s Samsung was next on sales of 71.7 million units but its market

share also fell-to 17.2 percent from 19.6 percent a year ago. South Korea’s LG sold 27.5 million handsets. Its market share dipped to 6.6 percent from 10.3 percent a year ago. Apple leapfrogged RIM during the quarter with sales of 13.5 million units, giving it a 3.2 percent market share, up from 2.3 percent a year ago.RIM sold 11.9 million units. Its market share edged up to 2.9 percent from 2.8 percent a year ago. Sony Ericsson sold 10.3 million units for a 2.5 percent market share, down from 4.5 percent, while US handset maker Motorola sold 9.0 million units for a 2.1 percent market share, down from 4.5 percent a year ago. Gartner said Samsung was the top Android seller in the quarter with sales of 6.6 million Android phones. The technology research company said it expects overall mobile device sales to grow 30 percent year-on-year in 2010 and for sales of tablet computers such as Apple’s iPad to reach 54.8 million units in 2011. — AFP



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Volcano buries Indonesian farmers' savings DUKUN: Indonesian farmer Ari Sutikno was a month away from harvesting his rice crop when Mount Merapi volcano buried it—and his family's income— under a layer of hot ash. Like thousands of other poor farmers across central Java, the 65-year-old father of three has lost everything to the destructive power of nature. His paddy field in Sanggrahan village, about 22 kilometers northwest of the fuming crater, is now dead and he does not know when he will be able to plant again. In the meantime his family will have to depend on the charity of friends and relatives, and the meagre support of the state. "My paddy was our only source of income but it's all gone," he said as the volcano continued to spew ash and hot gas a week after its last deadly eruption.

"I'm waiting now for rain to soften the mud so I can salvage the paddy, otherwise it's the end." Indonesia is the world's third biggest producer of rice after China and India, thanks in no small part to its rich volcanic soils and plentiful rainfall. Farmers around Merapi would normally expect three harvests a year. But that natural richness sometimes extracts a high price. Vast tracts of countryside that usually glow a verdant green now wear a grey mask of ash and volcanic mud known as lahar. In Banyudono village, rice farmer Pertimah was desperately trying to save what she could from her ruined crop. Relatives were helping to carefully separate the paddy from the heavy mud. "I've tried to save as much as I can, but that's all I can do. I put everything in God's hands. It's part of his

scheme," she said. She had been five days away from harvest when the ash rained down last Friday, in the volcano's biggest eruption since the 1870s. Mount Merapi—the name means Mountain of Fire—has killed 206 people since it began erupting late last month, and forced more than 380,000 people into emergency shelters. The most active volcano in an archipelago studded with them, Merapi is also a sacred landmark in ancient Javanese tradition. People like Sutikno and Pertimah think of it as a living thing, one which wakes and sleeps and, at times, bursts with intemperate anger. "It's like someone who has a serious illness and there's no sign of a recovery," Sutikno said. "It's almost impossible to predict. I've often thought that it would go back to sleep but

it has come back to life again and again. It's never-ending misery for us, I'm so frustrated." Pertimah said the failed harvest had cost her about 2,500 dollars, a fortune for poor farmers like her. "All the money I invested here has gone. I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. I don't have any idea where can I find money to start over again." The government has said it will replace all the livestock killed on the slopes of Merapi since October 26, but for arable farmers like Pertimah there have been no such guarantees. "I hope Merapi stops erupting soon. Otherwise it's a pity for all the villagers here," she said. Officials said that despite the devastation around Merapi, the eruptions would have almost no effect on Indonesia's total rice output. — AFP

More behavioral, stress problems for offspring of deployed soldiers Years of war is taking a toll on US children WASHINGTON: Children of active-duty military personnel make 18 percent more trips to the doctor for behavioral problems and 19 percent more visits for stress disorders when a military parent is deployed compared with when the parent is home, according to a study of children ages 3 to 8 in the current issue of Pediatrics. Those increases are even more striking given that the overall number of doctors' visits declined 11 percent during deployment, perhaps because the lone parent at home was so busy, says study author Gregory Gorman, who analyzed the medical records of nearly 643,000 children and 443,000 parents from 2006 to 2007.

KATHMANDU: Bird trainer Scott Mason shows Kevin, an Egyptian vulture being trained for parahawking in Pokhara. — AFP

Nepal's endangered vultures take flight for the new sport POKHARA: At a lakeside resort in the mountains of western Nepal, the paragliding season is in full swing, and local champion Kevin is training to get back to full fitness. His unerring ability to find the thermals that allow paragliders to defy gravity, soaring through the air with vertigoinducing speed, have made Kevin a minor celebrity in the world of this exhilarating sport. Kevin, a four-year-old bird who was rescued as a chick after falling out of the nest, is the world's first paragliding vulture. His owner is Scott Mason, a 38-year-old Londoner with a lifelong passion for bird conservation who travelled to Nepal nine years ago and-almost by accidentinvented the new extreme sport of parahawking. The birds fly with the paraglider, guiding the pilot to the thermals that they have a natural instinct for finding. They are then rewarded with meat, and are trained to land on a passenger's gloved hand when called. Mason, a former professional falconer, was at the start of a round-the-world trip when he took his first tandem flight on a paraglider in the Nepalese resort town of Pokhara where he now lives. Impressed by the wealth of birdlife in the skies above Pokhara, he decided to stay on for a while, and was soon running a small rescue centre for birds of prey. Nepal has long been an international centre for paragliding, thanks to its

stunning mountain scenery and clear, dry winters, and it wasn't long before Mason came up with the idea of training birds to help locate the thermals. He hooked up with a fellow Briton who ran a local paragliding centre, and their early attempts to fly with birds proved successful. "No one had ever done it before, so we were writing the rule book. I'd trained birds for hunting, but I was very much out of my comfort zone. I was learning as much as the birds were," Mason said. In 2003 the pair made a short film on parahawking, winning international awards and generating a buzz in the adventure sports community. "It was becoming more and more obvious that we'd hit on something that was very unique, that could generate a lot of international attention," said Mason. "At the time there was a real need to put a focus on a problem that was becoming apparent with vultures. I had always wanted to do something powerful within conservation and this was the perfect chance to do it." South Asia's vultures have been driven to the brink of extinction, and conservationists had just discovered the main cause-the birds were being poisoned by Diclofenac, a drug found in the carrion they eat. It was widely used as a painkiller for livestock, and as cows are considered sacred and cannot be killed for meat there were large numbers of

carcasses to be disposed of by vultures. The catastrophic decline in vulture numbers across Nepal, India and Pakistan has dramatic ecological and social consequences, not least because the birds once played a vital role in preventing disease by cleaning up carrion. "These declines are right across South Asia and are completely unprecedented," Chris Bowden, vulture program manager for Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said. "We went from tens of millions to just a few thousand in 15 years or so. "The oriental whitebacked vulture used to be considered one of the most populous species in the world. To find it on the critically endangered list is quite extraordinary." Diclofenac has since been banned and a safe alternative, Meloxicam, introduced. But experts believe a human version of the banned drug is being used on animals, and overall bird numbers are still thought to be declining. Mason's initial attempts at parahawking were with two black kites brought in to the centre he set up, Himalayan Raptor Rescue. It was not until Kevin, an Egyptian vulture, was brought to the rescue centre in 2006, that he decided to start offering tandem flights commercially, realizing they could be used to highlight the plight of the often misunderstood birds. "Kevin was a vulture, which

meant we could focus our conservation efforts and use him as an ambassador," he said. "Because he was brought in as a chick, he couldn't go back into the wild anyway, he didn't have the necessary survival skills. It also meant he didn't have the same fear of humans the other birds had. "So we trained him to fly with the paragliders and suddenly parahawking as a concept became viable." Since then, the business has taken off. In the first year, Mason piloted just seven commercial flights but by 2009, the number had swelled to 370. Kevin has now been joined by fellow Egyptian vulture Bob, as well as black kites Goggles, Brad and Sapana, the first bird of prey to be taught to fly with paragliders. Some of the cost of each flight goes to vulture conservation projects in Nepal and some goes to fund Himalayan Raptor Rescue, which aims to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned birds and return them to the wild. Those that cannot be sent back into the wild become permanent residents, are exercised daily andif they show an aptitudetrained to fly with the paragliders. "Flying with birds is a bit like swimming with dolphinsit's something people never imagine they could actually do," Mason said. "My last flight of the season last year was with an 80-year-old man who said it was the best experience of his life." — AFP

Gorman, a pediatrician with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md., says military doctors are usually aware of the burden on such children, but he hopes more civilian doctors, who care for two-thirds of kids in military families, will find out if a parent is deployed and ask how families are coping. Research shows that kids of enlisted Army soldiers are more likely to suffer maltreatment when a parent is in combat, and that Army wives are more likely to be diagnosed with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders or other mental health conditions when their husbands are deployed. The new study may actually underestimate the psychological stress on military families because it included all branches of the service, instead of concentrating on the Army and Marines, who have done most of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, says Deborah Gibbs of RTI International in Research Triangle Park, NC, author of the maltreatment study. The new study also excludes the Reserves and National Guard, some of whose members have completed multiple tours of duty. "Most military families cope astonishingly well," Gibbs says. But "the National Guard and Reserve families have all the same stresses but none of the support that active-duty families have." — MCT

Neanderthal, human brains similar at birth LOS ANGELES: The newborn brains of Neanderthals looked remarkably similar to human brains at birth and then start to diverge drastically over the first year of life, European scientists reported this week. The findings, reported online in the journal Current Biology, could help paleoanthropologists figure out the cognitive differences between modern humans and their extinct relatives and when, exactly, those differences developed. A team led by paleoanthropologist Philipp Gunz of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, scanned the skulls of several Neanderthals, including a newborn, and mapped out the shape of the brain cavity. Gunz said he decided to look at the differences between skulls of humans and Neanderthals after finding in an earlier study that chimp and human brains had the same elongated shape at birth, but the human baby's brain quickly became more rounded. Gunz wondered if they would find a similar difference in shape between young humans and Neanderthals, who became extinct around 25,000 years ago, even though the size of the two species' brains was roughly the same. Human and Neanderthal brains were remarkably similar in shape right after birth, the scientists found - perhaps because of the common need to squeeze a baby's head through its mother's birth canal. But differences set in during the first year. — MCT

DUKUN: An Indonesian farmer Ari Sutikno shows his rice crop destroyed by ash from the Mount Merapi eruption in Dukun near Magelang. — AFP

New mission of hope to ease burden of diabetes Diabetes Associations, Sanofi-aventis launch awareness campaign Sanofi-aventis, global leader in diabetes care, yesterday launched a regional campaign that takes a heartening approach to tackle the disease that affects 26 million people in the Middle East and millions more worldwide. 'My Diabetes Story' works to illustrate the seriousness of diabetes by bringing to light the emotional reality of the millions of people living with the disease. Through patient stories, 'My Diabetes Story' aims to show that people living with diabetes can still lead successful lives and promotes effective disease management and highlights the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. The program also serves as a communication platform for media through the "My Diabetes Story" Media Award, which celebrates journalists whose news stories present an educational and hopeful view of the disease. Diabetes associations, including the Pan Arab Society for Endocrinology and Diabetes, the Emirates Diabetes Society, the Saudi Scientific Diabetes Society, Qatar Diabetes Association, and the Lebanese Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Lipids endorsed the campaign and were in attendance to launch 'My Diabetes Story', a campaign aimed at raising awareness of diabetes through real-life, uplifting patient stories. Dr Abdullah Bin Nakhi, Consultant Diabetologist Deputy director General, Dasman Institute and Dr Munira Alarooj, Consultant Diabetologist Assistant Director General, Dasman Institute in Kuwait said: "we consider this program, My Diabetes Story (MDS), a major public initiative oriented to patient education and well being, as it gives a great value to the importance of living better life to our diabetic patients and respect their daily activities. On the other hand this program gives the media the opportunity to understand the burden of diabetes also to act as a window for patients to understand their disease well and improve their well being and social life. Results from the recent International Diabetes Management Study were also presented at the event. The results describe the current practices in the management of people with diabetes in the region and shows that 50 percent of diabetics do not comply with their prescribed treatments. Also, 40 percent of diabetics said

that they didn't receive appropriate education about their disease, which is what "My Diabetes Story" aims to address by showing how proper diabetes management can help diabetics live healthy, positive lives. "Education is vital to combat any disease, whether on a region-wide scale or individually. It is our duty to make sure that the public, patients, doctors and media are receiving the support they need. "My Diabetes Story" campaign gatherers real life stories, knowledge and experience from different perspectives, and conveys a message of hope while highlighting the importance of managing diabetes, so as to lead a healthier life. Our ambition is to be the first company to offer patients best-in-class solutions integrating drugs, devices and services," said Jean-Marc Voissier, sanofi-aventis General Manager for Gulf countries. Diabetes treatment normally includes a combination of oral medication and insulin, which was recently approved for use in the early stages of treatment for better disease management. Diabetics are also encouraged to make certain lifestyle changes such as controlling their diet and doing regular exercise. If not treated well, diabetes can lead to severe complications including blindness, kidney and heart diseases, stroke, loss of limbs and reduce life expectancy. Recent estimates suggest that the MENA region contains six of the ten countries with the highest prevalence figures worldwide and with a diabetes population that is set to double by 2025. Over 3 million individuals across the Gulf region have diabetes and millions more are at risk. Statistics show that 1 out of every 5 adults in the Middle East have diabetes. Sanofi-aventis has long been a champion in the fight against diabetes, supporting and involving the public, healthcare practitioners, governments and the media. "My Diabetes Story" is a natural evolution of the work that the company is already doing by keeping the community informed and updated on the real affects of diabetes in our society. One of the most successful media seminars organized by sanofi-aventis, DEVOTED has aimed to raise awareness of diabetes within the MiddleEast and support the significant efforts that are currently being made to tackle this epidemic in the region.

Spain's anti-abortion groups reject new law MADRID: Four months after a new more liberal abortion law took effect in Spain, 'pro-life' groups are fighting back, demanding aid for women who feel they have no choice other than to end their pregnancies. Abortion clinics and so-called 'prochoice' advocates say they are also under fire. Last month, hundreds of people shouting "murderers" demonstrated at the site of an international conference of abortion rights proponents in the southern Spanish city of Seville. Pope Benedict XVI also launched an implicit attack on the reforms brought in by the Socialist government when he visited Spain this month. The new legislation, which came into effect in July, allows abortion on demand up to the 14th week of pregnancy and up to the 22nd week if there is a risk to the mother's health or if the foe-

tus has serious problems. It replaced a 1985 law which only allowed abortion in cases of rape, foetal malformation and when a woman's mental or physical health was deemed to be at risk if the pregnancy went to term. Spain's conservative opposition Popular Party and the Roman Catholic Church have vigorously opposed the reforms. And activism against them has not weakened in the overwhelmingly Catholic country since a series of mass demonstrations last year as the new legislation was being prepared. The pope, in consecrating Barcelona's Holy Family church on November 7, urged that "the life of children may be defended as sacred and inviolable from the moment of their conception, that the reality of birth be given due respect and receive juridical, social and legislative support." — AFP

Sunday, November 14, 2010



Australia’s marathon effort to boost Aboriginal health Group hunts for first Aboriginal distance running star SYDNEY: A group of poor young men from Outback Australia is spearheading a push to find the country’s first Aboriginal distance running star-and boost the community’s third-world health standards in the process. The four men, plucked from Australia’s hard-scrabble desert communities, are the first graduates of a scheme by the country’s most successful marathon runner, Robert de Castella, who hopes to uncover a competitor for the 2016 Olympics. Last weekend the runners, only one of whom is fully employed, all completed the New York marathon in their debut race over the distance, delighting de Castella. “Each young man overcame enormous odds and personal challenges ... to not just make it to the start line, but to finish the marathon,” he said. De Castella or “Deeks”, a marathon world champion and world record-holder in the 1980s, received 300 applications for the project’s first year, eventually whittled down to the final four. For next year’s edition, he is expecting as many as 10 times that

number as news of the scheme spreads. He said distance running had minimal exposure in Aboriginal communities, where the main sport is Australian Rules football. “This is the first time they’ve even been made aware there’s a sport called distance running and there’s an event called the marathon,” de Castella said. “A year ago they had probably heard of the marathon but had no idea what it was. So they’ve gone from not even knowing what it was to running internationally.” The four are the product of a number of training camps, including two at Alice Springs-the nearest town to Uluru, or Ayers Rock-and one at the government-funded Australian Institute of Sport. They also attended workshops on nutrition, first aid, kidney dialysis and the dangers of alcohol abuse and smoking, and will pass on the knowledge during school visits in a bid to boost notoriously poor Aboriginal health. “They’re getting skills so they can have a better understanding and also they can go back into their communities and make a health contribu-

tion to a lot of people,” said de Castella, who runs a school health program. “We’ve got a big problem in Australia with the health of indigenous Australians and a whole host of different problems. It’s an issue the indigenous people appreciate and want to change and take a lead role in.” The traditionally nomadic Aboriginal population has plummeted from an estimated one million when white settlers arrived 222 years ago to about 470,000, mainly existing on the margins of modern Australian society. High unemployment, imprisonment and disease, and endemic drink problems, contribute to life expectancy about a decade shorter than white Australians, in an ongoing tragedy which successive governments have failed to ease. While many indigenous Australians have been successful through sport-including 2000 Olympics 400m champion Cathy Freeman, and a number of Australian Rules and rugby playersdistance running has never been an outlet.

AUSTRALIA: An undated and unlocated handout photo obtained shows Aboriginal runners Caleb Hart (right) and Charlie Maher in training. A group of poor young men from Outback Australia is spearheading a push to find the country’s first Aboriginal distance running star - and boost the community’s third-world health standards in the process. —AFP Castella protege Juan Darwin, 21, typifies the struggle. Darwin lives in a crowded family at home in Maningrida in Arnhem Land, a remote and inhospitable corner of northeastern Australia. The would-be runner is unable to find work to provide for his four-year-old son in the town of about 3,000, which is deeply divided along tribal lines with 13 dif-

ferent languages spoken. “It’s a difficult place to live and grow up in: a lot of poverty, a lot of alcohol, a lot of disadvantage,” de Castella said. “All of these guys have done really well just getting to the starting line.” Part-time waiter Joseph Davies, 18, lives with his parents in isolated Kununurra and enjoys hunting kangaroos, while Caleb Hart, also 18, lives in Alice

Springs and is unemployed. Of the four only Charlie Maher, 27, a high-school Australian Rules coach in Alice Springs, is in full-time work. De Castella said the four had already registered a major achievement by completing the program, and had sent out an important message to their communities. “This program is about showing these young men they can do

something they never thought about doing with their lives in running a marathon, and that’s just a metaphor for a lot of other things they can (get) done,” he said. “To some extent I don’t care if these guys don’t run another step. The message they’ve sent out already to the Aboriginal community is that what they’re doing is possible.” —AFP



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Movenpick Al-Bida’a offers Eid packages ovenpick Al-Bida’a is M well-known for its outstanding service and lavish residential ambiance, making it the perfect place to spend time this Eid. Our Eid offer is valid from November 15 until November 20. The Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al-Bida’a, with a range of five-star facilities and four eclectic dining options to choose from, is your perfect choice for that well earned weekend retreat in the heart of Kuwait. F&B specials Tantalize your taste buds

with our diverse sumptuous buffets ranging from the colorful freshly caught seafood buffet, the delicious cuts prepared at our live cooking station and the rich assortment of international buffets with gourmet choices followed by mouthwatering selection of Arabic sweets, the tempting crepe corner and our specialty, the Movenpick ice cream. Your children also can enjoy the spirit and joy of Eid with our selection of exciting activities such as face painting, thrilling magic shows, to mention just few of the various surprises

awaiting them. Indulge your body and senses with a visit to our first class spa at the Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al-Bida’a Kuwait. Our fullytrained professional therapists are on hand every day from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm to pamper your mind, body and soul and provide a personal and private experience guaranteed to leave refreshed and invigorated. The spa team has created a tailor - made packages for this id. We look forward to welcoming you at the Movenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait.

GUST hosts an evening of laughter with ‘Just like Us’ ulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) hosted a comG edy show, unlike any other on November 10, 2010, in its grand auditorium organized by Element Eight Event Marketing. The show was called “Just like Us.” After a welcoming speech by Anwar Al-Sabah, Head of the Student Life Office at GUST, where she welcomed the stars of the show and noted that it was “customary for GUST to host such celebrated events to enrich the lives and experiences of our students outside the classroom.” The show was presented by world renowned comedian Ahmed Ahmed as part of a Middle Eastern

tour to promote his movie “Just Like us,” which premiered at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar. The comedians of the show Ahmed Ahmed, Angelo Tsarouchas and Eric Griffin, were joined by a couple of chosen young talents from Egypt Sherif Azzam - and Qatar Mohammed Kamal - both of whom gave outstanding performances, entertaining an entire audience of different nationalities, who enjoyed the show immensely. The show also featured an exclusive video by Shitsawii, a rising Kuwaiti talent who posts videos on Youtube depicting his views of the Kuwaiti society - in a funny

way, naturally. Canadian comedian Angelo Tsarouchas, who’s originally Greek, promoted his DVD “It’s All Greek to Me”, a one man show that attracted a lot of attention and success. The spectacular show generated a lot of laughs from the audience, as the comedians poked fun at their own life experiences, families and even themselves. “The Kuwaiti audience are very clever and get my American and Canadian inside jokes,” said Angelo Tsarouchas. As a side note he added, “The food in Kuwait is awesome!” Ahmed Ahmed, who performed in Kuwait a couple of times before, said

“Kuwaitis are not only hospitable and wonderful, but they are also open minded towards American standup comedy.” The audience included many of GUST’s eager students and professors along with many visitors from outside the university, who all got to meet and mingle with the comedians after the show for a small photo-opp. Element 8 has worked on all comedy shows brought to Kuwait and are eager to bring in more. They take pride in being pioneers in the event marketing industry of Kuwait. Element 8 conceptualized events include sport, social and charity events.

Annual ESF Winter Fayre

Birthday greetings any many happy returns of the day Senalda mol with Sijo & Salviya family, celebrating second birthday. May God fulfill all your wishes and may all your dreams come true. With love from Antony Uncle and Deepa Aunty

English School Fahaheel will bring in the season this year with their successTfulhefestive Annual Winter Fayre on Saturday 4


‘A Dance with the Sun’ ntroduced for the very first time IClub in Kuwait, the Filipino Cultural in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy along with Filipino organizations in Kuwait will be holding a Physical Fitness Program dubbed as “A Dance with the Sun by the Sea” and a Beach Clean-up at the Mc Donald’s seaside which will run for three months. Part of the activities will be a on -the- spot painting and photography contests. Let us therefore make this day a special event to remember. Come, join us and tag along your family and friends. Also please bring along with you, Western Union receipts for a raffle draw. For details, please contact Claire (67037497), Mildred (66915361), Marie (99079341) & Bong (99530665).

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). The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kuwait will remain closed November to Saturday, 20 November on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha. The embassy will reopen on Sunday, 21 November. EMBASSY OF CANADA The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, AlMutawakel St., Block 4 in Da’aiyah. Please visit our website at The Embassy of Canada is open from 07:30 to 15:30 Sunday through Thursday. Consular Services for Canadian Citizens are provided from 09:00 until 12:00 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 register online through the Government of Canada Travel Website at 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 EMBASSY OF INDIA The Embassy of India has further revamped and improved its Legal Advice Clinic at the Indian Workers Welfare Center, and made the free service available to Indian nationals on all five working days, i.e. from Sunday to Thursday every week. Kuwaiti lawyers would be available at the Legal Advice Clinic daily from Monday to Thursday, while Indian lawyers would be available on Sundays. Following are the free welfare services provided at the Indian Workers Welfare Center located at the Embassy of India: [i] 24x7 Helpline for Domestic Workers: Accessible by toll free telephone no. 25674163 from anywhere in Kuwait, it provides information and advice exclusively to Indian domestic sector workers (Visa No. 20) as regards their grievances, immigration and other matters. [ii] Help Desk: It offers guidance to Indian nationals on routine immigration, employment, legal, and other issues (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iii) Labour Complaints Desk: It registers labor complaints and provides grievance redressal service to Indian workers (Embassy premises; 9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 4.30 PM, Sunday to Thursday); (iv) Shelters: For female and male domestic workers in distress; (v) Legal Advice Clinic:

Provides free legal advice to Indian nationals (Embassy premises; Kuwaiti lawyers 3 PM to 5 PM, Monday to Thursday; Indian lawyers 2 PM to 4 PM on Sunday); and (vi) Attestation of Work Contracts: Private sector worker (Visa No. 18) contracts are accepted at the Embassy; 9 AM to 1 PM; Sunday to Thursday; Domestic sector worker (Visa No. 20) contracts are accepted at Kuwait Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO), Hawally, Al-Othman Street, Kurd Roundabout, AlAbraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. EMBASSY OF SLOVAK REPUBLIC The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Kuwait would like to announce to the public that on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha Al Mubarak the Consular Section of the Embassy will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday, November 17, 2010 respectively. The Embassy of the Slovak Republic’s business hours of the Consular Section is on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 till 12:30.

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. EMBASSY OF FRANCE


The Embassy of France in Kuwait will be closed on November 11th because of French holidays. The Embassy of France will be closed also On the 1st day of Eid Al Adha.

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

EMBASSY OF CZECH REPUBLIC The Embassy of the Czech Republic in the State of Kuwait would like to inform the general public that the Embassy will be closed from tomorrow to Thursday, 18th November 2010 on the occasion of Eid AlAdha holiday. The Embassy will resume its normal working hours on Sunday, 21st November 2010.”

December from 11am to 2 pm at the school’s spacious premises which also offer ample parking. ESF is located just off Highway 30 in Mangaf. The Fayre is the perfect place for a family day out with stalls offering a variety of Christmas gifts and treats, carols sung by the ESF Choir and great raffle prizes including air tickets, electronics and more!. Don’t miss bargains on furniture, books, Exercise equipment, electronics and toys! To book a stall call 23711070/23717263 today!

German Board of Oral Implantology: n cooperation with Kuwait Dental Association in its third year, and after graduIating 33 dentists in the past two years from Kuwait and abroad. With Kuwait becoming the regional center for the German Board of Oral Implantology (GBOI) in the Gulf. We like to announce to all dentists in Kuwait and abroad that registration for the third batch 2010 - 2011 is being held at Kuwait Dental Association to begin study on December 3, 2010. There will be an orientation lecture on the German Board of Oral Implantology, which will be held at the Kuwait Dental Association (Official Assembly) Oct 27, at 8:30 pm.

Angamaly Pravasi Association formed he newly formed Angamaly Pravasi Association, Kuwait - an association for all Texpats in Kuwait belonging to Angamaly Constituency is conducting its first public meeting on 19th November, 2010, 4pm at HiDine Auditorium, Abbasiya. We heartly welcome those who belong to this constituency. For further details please contact : Saju Thachil - 66543281, Jacob Pynadath 65007754, Babu Thomas - 99240368, Poulose Thekkedath - 97278916.

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BSK takes part in Remembrance Day ceremony emembrance Day - also known as Poppy Day, R Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day - is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, but specifically since the First World War, 1914 - 1918. It is observed on November 11, to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. It is traditional to

abeeb MP, Vice President and Chairman of Finance Committee, H Muzhappilangad Panchayath,

eeping in step with the people of K Kuwait, the Crowne Plaza Kuwait is all ready and set to welcome the guests

Kannur, Kerala, was elected in the recent local body elections in Kerala. A former student of United Indian School, Abbasiya, and now a Master of Commerce student, Habeeb spent his elementary, secondary and higher secondary educational years in Kuwait. He is the son of K Hassankoya, a founder member of Kala, Kuwait.

Soorya Fest 2010 November 18, 2010, at the American International School Auditorium, Maidan Hawalli, at 7:00 pm, according to officials. The Indian Ambassador Ajay Malhotra will inaugurate the festival aiming to promote international integration through Culture. The concert “Sarod Duo”, the title itself tells about the combination of 2 the renowned Sarod players Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, the two sons and disciples of the Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan, along with Ustad Rashid Mustfa on Tabla, will be the first of its kind to be staged in Kuwait, officials added. Initiated into the fine art of Sarod playing at a very tender age, Amaan Ali Khan began his public performances as early as eight. He is now considered as one the finest young Sarod players and has attained very special place for himself to all music enthusiasts. Ayaan Ali Khan, stepped into the world of music at the age of eight, has been performing concerts worldwide

playing of the Last Post and Reveille by Philip Smith. The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that blossomed across some of the worst battlefields of the Flanders and Picardy regions of Belgium and Northern France during and after World War I. Their red colour is an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare. The money collected is used to provide help and welfare for people in the Military Services and civilians, past and present and their families who have suffered as a result of military conflict. Students from Year

11 at The British School of Kuwait have been selling the poppies within the school during break times and at other school events over the last two weeks. It is suggested that the poppy is worn on the left lapel, or as near to the heart as possible. Whilst the donations are so important, it is the wearing of the poppy that is most significant, representing the support and empathy that is felt for all those who have made any sacrifice in past or present conflicts in order that future generations might not need to experience the same horrors of war.

Eid Al-Adha is special at Crowne Plaza

Former expat student in political limelight

oorya Kuwait Chapter, in association with UAE Exchange Centre is all set S to stage Soorya Fest 2010, on Thursday,

sell red poppies in the two weeks approaching November 11, the first official British Legion Poppy Day being held in Britain on November 11, 1921. The poppy’s significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields. The British School of Kuwait held a Remembrance Service with Guest of Honor Colonel John Ensor, Defense Attache at the British Embassy. The service included readings from Year 10 Drama students, a poppy display from Year 6 Design and Technology students and the

ever since. Ayaan has won the hearts of music lovers both India and around the Globe. Recipients of the MTV’s Lycra Award for the most stylish person in Music in 2006, both were honored recently by the Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Acknowledged for his solo performances and accompaniment to vocalists, instrumentalist and dances Rashid Mustafa is a top grade artiste of the All India Radio and Doordarshan. Frequently featured at prestigious concerts in India and abroad Rashid Mustafa has been awarded the Thirakwa Award by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1984. Playing Sarod, the most popular instrument in Hindustani (northern Indian)Classical music along with Tabla creating a wide variety of different sounds will be a special feast to all arts lovers of Kuwait Soorya India, led by versatile mastermind Soorya Krishnamurthy, is present in 18 countries. It has been propagating the art of India outside the country for the last 11 years.

Nautilus Fitness Centre and stay connected to everyone through our free internet access provided to you at every corner. With eight restaurants within the hotel, Crowne Plaza Kuwait is a gastronome’s delight for indulgence. Exotic flavors from around the world are available at the Al-Ahmadi International Buffet, the steaks of the West are done just the way you like it at the Rib Eye Steakhouse, the food of the Persian royals is yours at the Shabestan Iranian restaurant, while elegant teas and pastries complete your day at the Fauchon Salon de The. Elite meals are to be had at the Viaggio Italian restaurant, authentic Japanese is yours at the Sakura, delights of the seas come alive at the AlNoukhaza and traditional Lebanese is the order of the day at the Ayam Zaman restaurant. Complete in all its options, Crowne Plaza Kuwait offers you everything that you need this Eid to create new memories that will remain with you for a long time to come. Enjoy this Eid with the best of everything that is yours - only at Crowne Plaza Kuwait.

for Eid Al-Adha this year to take advantage of all the facilities that the hotel has to offer. Welcoming citizens and expatriates alike, the hotel has gone to great lengths to ensure that there is nothing left to chance for guests coming in to enjoy the festivities. An exclusive offer is in place for all people arriving into Kuwait from our neighbor countries, in addition to the residents and expatriates in Kuwait. Enjoy joyous and festive moments at the Crowne Plaza with your family in an atmosphere of fun and cheer. Come early to make use of all that we offer with the advantage of the early check - in and feel privileged to check - out later than our usual time.. The finest of our cuisines are available to you from our restaurants. Your children have a space all to themselves, with the Kids’ club, where they can just be themselves and enjoy the fun of face painting, cotton candy and popcorn station. Stay in shape with the best facilities that we have for you at the

Dr K J Yesudas to present Carnatic classical concert uch to the delight of Carnatic music connoisseurs in Kuwait, Padmabhushan Dr K J Yesudas will present a live classical concert titled ‘Gandharva Ganam’ on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the American International School, Maidan Hawally. Dr Yesudas is presenting a musical program in Kuwait after a gap of eight years. Venkataraman Potti of Udupi, the organizer of the mega event, told a press conference that the concert will be a memorable event for hundreds of ‘Dasettan’ fans in Kuwait who were eagerly waiting for a live concert by the ‘King of Carnatic Music’ as he is better known worldwide. Winner of scores of accolades including the prestigious Padmabhushan and Padmashree awards, Kattassery Joseph Yesudas is better known as ‘Gana Gandharvan’. After recording over 40,000 songs and scoring seven national awards for the best playback singer, he is still enchanting music lovers the world over. Dr Yesudas sings Indian classical music, devotional and popular songs. He has recorded thousands of songs in many Indian languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tulu, Malay, Russian, Arabic, Latin and English through his


long career. Over the last few decades, Dr Yesudas has assumed the role of a cultural ambassador of India during his numerous performances abroad, promoting both Carnatic and film music. He has played a major role in popularizing Indian music and spreading Indian culture abroad. Suresh Krishna, who was also present at the press conference said that the concert of Dr Yesudas is organized by Udupi with a view to promoting Carnatic classical music in Kuwait. “There are a large number of ardent Carnatic music lovers in Kuwait. And this will be the right opportunity for them to listen to one of the greatest classical vocalists,” he added. Dr Yesudas will be supported by veteran artist Thiruvaroor Bakthavalsalam on Mridangam, Nagai Murali on Violin and Thripunithura Radhakrishnan on Ghatam. 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 sub-


mission of line up will be on October 15. Special prize will be given for Best Uniform, Best Team. For more information, call 97197268. Global Goans Convention 2010 to be held in Kuwait nnouncing at the press briefing in Goa yesterday, Hon. Commissioner of NRI Affairs (Cabinet Ranking) and former Minister of External Affairs, Government of India, Eduardo Faleiro stated ‘the next annual Global Goans Convention would be held in Kuwait on November 16 and 17, 2010 was being organised by the Goan Cultural Centre, Kuwait during which the Vishwa Konkani Sammelan too would be held along with a cultural programme with the involvement of Konkani speaking expatriate communities of Goa and elsewhere in India”. The annual Global Goans Convention 2010 will be held in the State of Kuwait in coordination with the Department of NRI Affairs, Government of Goa and the Embassy of India, Kuwait on November 16 & 17 and will be hosted by the Goan Cultural Centre at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kuwait. The Global Goans Convention 2010, whose theme this year is ‘The NRI Goan’, will, in its annual debates, present the NRI Goan community with an opportunity to discuss various issues pertaining to them in their countries of domicile as well as back home in Goa, and will mainly


deal with issues related to their social, financial, investment and cultural aspirations and development. It is expected that delegates and eminent speakers from over 10 countries will be participating in the convention this year. “We are happy and proud to be associated with this prestigious event”, in a statement confirming the news on its website “We are overwhelmed by the response to the press statement, GCC chairman, Carmo Santos remarked. Last year, Goan Cultural Centre had the largest delegation attending the Global Goans Convention held in Muscat, Oman, added Suresh Naik, GCC President and Advisor . It may be recalled that Carmo Santos was bestowed with the NRI Leadership Award at the hands of former Minister of NRI Affairs Valayar Ravi at a glittering ceremony in the presence of Goa’s Chief Minister, Digamber Kamat, in recognition of his efforts and dedication towards the Indian expatriate community. He was among a galaxy of Goan personalities chosen by Goa’s Department of NRI Affairs from Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Delhi. The Convention will be held in coordination with the Embassy of India at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Farwania. A special Brochure will be launched during the Convention.

Arpan Kuwait to present ‘Tune & Taste-2010’ Kuwait will present ‘Tune & Taste- 2010’-a festival of Afood,rpan music and heritage-to mark the 11th anniversary of the association at the Indian Community School (Senior Girls), Salmiya on December 3. The celebration presenting a potpourri of cultural programs will start at 9.30 am and conclude at 6.30pm. Rajkalesh, the versatile television anchor and the producer of popular TV show, “Taste of Kerala” and “Taste of Dubai” will supervise cookery shows and competitions as part of the celebration. Rajkalesh, who presented stage and television shows in and outside India, will adjudge the winners of the cooking competitions that will be held in major centers in Kuwait prior to the final on December 3. Also a magician, trained under world famous magician Gopinath Muthukad, Rajkalesh will mesmerize the audience with his spellbinding ‘Magic and illusions’ show. The added attraction of the day-long celebration will be a musical extravaganza to be presented by well-known Idea Star singers Roshan, William Issac and Neelima along with upcoming playback singer Uma. Classical and folk dance performances, folk song presentations etc will add spices to the unique program ‘Tune & Taste -2010’. For details and participation in cooking competitions, email to:



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Orbit / Showtime Listings

00:00 Ellen de Generes 01:00 Kathy Griffin 02:00 GMA Live repeat 03:00 Burn Notice 04:00 Warehouse 13 05:00 Ghost Whisperer 06:00 GMA Live repeat 07:00 Kathy Griffin 08:00 Glee 09:00 Smallville 10:00 Ellen de Generes 11:00 Ghost Whisperer 12:00 Warehouse 13 13:00 Burn Notice 14:00 Glee 15:00 Kathy Griffin 16:00 GMA Live 17:00 Smallville 18:00 Ellen de Generes 19:00 The Bachelor 20:00 Eureka 21:00 Cold Case 22:00 Dollhouse 23:00 Janice Dickinson

00:50 Shark Attack File 01:45 Untamed And Uncut 02:40 The Most Extreme 03:35 Untamed And Uncut 04:30 I Was Bitten 05:25 Animal Cops Houston 06:20 Untamed And Uncut 07:10 Wildlife SOS 07:35 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 08:00 The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 08:50 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 09:40 Project Puppy 10:05 Project Puppy 10:35 Planet Wild 11:00 Cats 101 11:55 Monkey Life 12:20 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 12:50 Animal Precinct 13:45 E-Vets: The Interns 14:10 Pet Rescue 14:40 Animal Cops Houston 15:35 Wildlife SOS 16:00 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 16:30 Into The Lion’s Den 17:25 Dogs 101 18:20 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 19:15 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 19:40 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 20:10 Venom Hunter With Donald Schultz 21:10 Wildest Africa 22:05 World Wild Vet 23:00 Whale Wars 23:55 Maneaters

00:00 Carrie And Barry 00:30 Taking The Flak 01:00 Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show 01:30 Eastenders 03:30 Holby City 04:35 The Roly Mo Show 04:50 Fimbles 05:10 Penelope K, By The Way 05:20 Tellytales 05:30 Me Too 05:50 Balamory 06:10 The Roly Mo Show 06:25 Tellytales 06:35 Penelope K, By The Way 06:50 Fimbles 07:10 Me Too 07:30 Balamory 07:50 Tellytales 08:00 Penelope K, By The Way 08:10 Fimbles 08:30 Me Too 08:55 Balamory 09:15 Penelope K, By The Way 09:25 Tellytales 09:35 Fimbles 09:55 Me Too 10:15 Balamory 10:40 Strictly Come Dancing 11:40 Casualty 13:20 Holby City 14:20 Robin Hood 15:05 Holby City 16:05 Last Of The Summer Wine 17:05 Doctors 18:10 Robin Hood 18:55 Doctors 20:55 Strictly Come Dancing 22:40 Mutual Friends 23:35 Holby Blue

00:00 Masterchef 02:30 Saturday Kitchen 2008/09 03:00 Living In The Sun 03:50 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 04:40 The Home Show 05:30 The Home Show 06:15 Cash In The Attic 07:00 Fantasy Homes In The City 07:45 Saturday Kitchen 2008/09 08:10 Cash In The Attic 13:25 Saturday Kitchen 2008/09 14:15 Living In The Sun 15:10 Fantasy Homes By The Sea 15:55 The Home Show 16:45 Cash In The Attic 17:30 Fantasy Homes In The City 18:10 Cash In The Attic 21:05 Come Dine With Me 23:10 Masterchef 23:40 Masterchef

00:00 The Garfield Show 00:25 The Scooby Doo Show 00:50 Wacky Races 01:15 Dastardly And Muttley 01:40 Top Cat 02:05 Popeye 02:30 King Arthur’s Disasters 02:55 Droopy: Master Detective 03:20 Looney Tunes 03:45 The Flintstones 04:10 The Jetsons 04:35 Pink Panther And Pals 05:00 Tom And Jerry 05:25 Popeye Classics 05:50 Scooby Doo Where Are You! 06:15 Tom And Jerry Kids 06:40 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo 07:05 Yogi’s Treasure Hunt 07:30 Tex Avery Show 08:00 The Flintstones 08:25 The Jetsons 08:55 Tom And Jerry 09:20 Looney Tunes 09:45 Paddington Bear 10:10 Pink Panther And Pals 10:35 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo 11:00 The Garfield Show 12:25 New Yogi Bear Show 12:50 The Scooby Doo Show 13:15 The Jetsons 13:40 The Flintstones 14:05 Wacky Races 14:30 Dastardly And Muttley 14:55 Hong Kong Phooey 15:20 Popeye 15:45 Scooby Doo Where Are You! 16:10 Duck Dodgers 16:35 Looney Tunes 17:00 Johnny Bravo 17:20 Dexter’s Laboratory 17:45 Tom And Jerry 18:00 Top Cat 18:30 Wacky Races 19:00 Dastardly And Muttley 19:30 The Scooby Doo Show 20:00 Looney Tunes 20:20 Duck Dodgers 20:45 The Garfield Show 21:10 The Flintstones 21:35 The Jetsons 22:00 Yogi’s Treasure Hunt 22:25 Tom And Jerry 22:50 The Scooby Doo Show 23:15 Droopy: Master Detective 23:40 Top Cat

00:15 Out Of Jimmy’s Head 00:40 Chowder 01:05 Cow And Chicken 01:30 Cramp Twins 01:55 George Of The Jungle 02:20 Adrenalini Brothers 02:45 Eliot Kid 03:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 03:35 Ben 10: Alien Force 04:00 The Powerpuff Girls 04:15 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 04:40 The Secret Saturdays 05:05 Codename: Kids Next Door 05:30 Ben 10 05:55 Best ED 06:20 Samurai Jack 06:45 Cramp Twins 07:10 Eliot Kid 07:35 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 08:00 Casper’s Scare School 08:25 Chop Socky Chooks 08:50 Chowder 09:15 Ben 10: Alien Force 09:40 Bakugan: New Vestroia 10:05 Batman: The Brave And The Bold

10:30 Cartoon Toon Toon! 11:30 The Secret Saturdays 11:55 Best ED 12:20 Eliot Kid 12:45 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 13:10 Megas Xlr 13:35 Samurai Jack 14:00 Ben 10 14:25 Codename: Kids Next Door 14:50 Flapjack Sundays 17:00 Robotboy 17:25 Squirrel Boy 17:50 Chowder 18:15 The Secret Saturdays 18:40 Ben 10: Alien Force 19:05 Bakugan: New Vestroia 19:30 Chop Socky Chooks 20:00 Best ED 20:25 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 20:50 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 21:05 The Powerpuff Girls 21:30 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 21:45 Ben 10: Alien Force 22:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 22:35 Robotboy 23:00 Batman: The Brave And The Bold 23:25 Samurai Jack 23:50 Megas Xlr

01:00 Pavilion Of Women-18 03:00 Gracie-PG15 05:00 Kit Kittredge: An American GirlPG 07:00 Four Extraordinary Women-PG15 09:00 Centre Stage 2: Turn It Up-PG15 11:00 Not Easily Broken-PG15 13:00 Nights In Rodanthe-PG15 15:00 The Dust Factory-PG15 17:00 Barton Fink-PG15 19:00 Meet Bill-PG15 21:00 Hamlet-PG15 23:00 Casualties Of War-18

00:00 Open Court 00:30 Cnngo 00:45 The Screening Room 01:00 The Best Of Backstory 01:30 World Sport 02:00 World Report 02:30 Inside Africa 03:00 World Report 03:30 Business Traveller 04:00 Your $$$$$ 05:00 Larry King Live 06:00 The Best Of The Situation Room 07:00 World Sport 07:30 Open Court 08:00 World Report 08:30 The Best Of Backstory 09:00 World Report 09:30 Business Traveller 10:00 World Report 10:15 CNN Marketplace Africa 10:30 Cnngo 10:45 The Screening Room 11:00 World Report 11:15 CNN Marketplace Middle East 11:30 Open Court 12:00 Political Mann 12:30 Talk Asia 13:00 Larry King Live 14:00 World Report 14:30 World Sport 15:00 World’s Untold Stories 15:30 Inside Africa 16:00 Fareed Zakaria Gps 17:00 State Of The Union With Candy Crowley 18:00 World Report 18:30 Cnngo 18:45 The Screening Room 19:00 Open Court 19:30 World Sport 20:00 Prism 20:45 CNN Marketplace Middle East 21:00 African Voices 21:30 Business Traveller 22:00 World Report 22:30 Talk Asia 23:00 World Report 23:30 World’s Untold Stories

00:40 Behind Bars 01:35 True CSI 02:30 Ultimate Weapons 03:25 Motor City Motors 04:20 How Stuff’s Made 04:50 How Do They Do It? 05:15 Deadliest Catch 06:05 Mythbusters 07:00 Fifth Gear 07:25 Wheeler Dealers

08:15 Motor City Motors 09:10 X-Machines 10:05 How Stuff’s Made 10:30 Dual Survival 11:25 Deadliest Catch 12:20 Ultimate Survival 17:50 How Stuff’s Made 18:15 Science Of The Movies 19:10 Space Pioneer 20:05 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 21:00 Mythbusters 21:55 Wreckreation Nation 22:50 Worst-Case Scenario 23:20 Eyewitness 23:45 Police Women Of Broward County

00:40 The Future Of... 01:30 Nextworld 02:20 Tank On The Moon 03:10 How The Universe Works 04:00 Space Pioneer 04:50 The Future Of... 05:45 What’s That About? 06:40 How Does That Work? 07:10 Superships 08:00 Junkyard Wars 09:00 Scrappy Races 10:00 The World’s Strangest Ufo Stories 10:55 Brainiac 11:50 Human Body: Ultimate Machine 15:30 The Future Of... 16:25 Sci-Fi Science 16:55 Sci-Fi Saved My Life 17:50 The Gadget Show 18:15 The Gadget Show 18:45 How The Universe Works 19:40 2012 Apocalypse 20:30 Perfect Disaster 21:20 Engineered 22:10 Stephen Hawking’s Universe 23:50 2012 Apocalypse

06:00 Kid Vs Kat 06:25 Kid Vs Kat 06:50 American Dragon 07:15 American Dragon 07:35 Have A Laugh 07:40 Phineas & Ferb 08:05 Aaron Stone 08:25 Have A Laugh 08:30 I’m In The Band 09:00 Suite Life On Deck 09:25 The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes 09:50 New Spiderman 10:15 Suite Life On Deck 10:40 Suite Life On Deck 11:30 The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody 12:00 Wendy Wu 13:30 Phineas & Ferb 14:00 The Super Hero Squad Show 14:25 Kick Buttowski 14:45 Have A Laugh 14:50 The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody 15:15 Phineas & Ferb 15:45 I’m In The Band 16:15 Zeke & Luther 16:35 Have A Laugh 16:40 Zeke And Luther 17:05 The Super Hero Squad Show 17:30 Pokemon 17:55 Suite Life On Deck 18:20 Phineas & Ferb 18:45 Phineas & Ferb 19:10 The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes 21:55 Shreducation 22:20 Pokemon

00:40 Dr 90210 01:30 Too Young To Kill 03:15 Extreme Hollywood 04:10 Sexiest 05:05 Battle Of The Hollywood Hotties 05:30 Streets Of Hollywood 06:00 15 Most Shocking Political Sex Scandals 07:45 Behind The Scenes 08:10 Behind The Scenes 08:35 E! News 09:25 30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds 11:05 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane 11:30 Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane 12:00 E! News 12:50 Fashion Police 13:15 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 13:40 101 Favorite Stars Way Back When 14:30 Giuliana And Bill 14:55 Giuliana And Bill 15:25 THS 17:10 E! News 17:35 Behind The Scenes 18:00 E! News 18:50 Holly’s World 19:15 Holly’s World 19:40 THS 20:30 The Spin Crowd 20:55 The Spin Crowd 21:20 Keeping Up With The Kardashians 21:45 Fashion Police 22:10 E! News 23:00 Chelsea Lately 23:25 The Soup 23:50 25 Most Stylish

00:00 M1 Challange 02:30 The endless Summer 04:10 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 05:50 Winter X Games 13 07:30 I-Ex 08:00 I-Ex 08:30 I-Ex 09:00 Tread Bmx 12:20 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 14:00 Winter X Games 13 15:40 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 17:20 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 18:10 Lucas Oil Ama Motocross Championships 20 19:00 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 19:50 Winter Dew Tour 09/10 20:40 Winter X Games 13 22:20 Endless Summer Revisited, The 23:35 Go Fast Speed Day 1

The Bank Job on Show Movies

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

13:30 Guys Big Bite 14:00 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 14:30 Paula’s Best Dishes 15:00 Barefoot Contessa 15:30 Everyday Italian 16:00 30 Minute Meals 16:30 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 17:00 Iron Chef America 18:00 Barefoot Contessa 18:30 Unwrapped 19:00 Paula’s Best Dishes 19:30 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives 20:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay 20:30 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman 21:00 Iron Chef America 22:00 Barefoot Contessa 22:30 Everyday Italian 23:00 Iron Chef America

00:00 Golf Channel - TBA 02:30 Golf Central International 06:30 European Tour Barclay’s Singapore Open Final Rd. from Sentosa, Singapore 11:00 LPGA Tour: Lorena Ochoa Invitational Rd. 3 Guadalajara, Mexico 13:30 ACC: TBA at TBA 16:30 Big Ten Football 19:30 NFL Game Day 20:00 FOX NFL Sunday 21:00 NFL TBA at TBA FOX SPORTS HD 00:00 Golf Channel - TBA 02:30 Golf Central International 06:30 European Tour Barclay’s Singapore Open Final Rd. from Sentosa, Singapore 11:00 LPGA Tour: Lorena Ochoa Invitational Rd. 3 Guadalajara, Mexico 13:30 ACC: TBA at TBA 16:30 Big Ten Football 19:30 NFL Game Day 20:00 FOX NFL Sunday 21:00 NFL TBA at TBA

00:40 A Haunting 01:30 Psychic Witness 02:20 The Haunted 03:10 A Haunting 05:00 Psychic Witness 05:55 Ghosthunters 06:20 Ghost Lab 07:10 Real Emergency Calls 08:00 Mystery ER 08:50 Real Emergency Calls 09:40 Forensic Detectives 10:30 Solved 11:20 Accident Investigator 12:10 FBI Files 13:00 On The Case With Paula Zahn 13:50 Murder Shift 14:40 Mystery ER 15:30 Real Emergency Calls 16:20 On The Case With Paula Zahn 17:10 Forensic Detectives 18:00 FBI Files 18:50 Solved 19:40 Mystery ER 20:30 Real Emergency Calls 21:20 Ghost Lab 22:10 Murder Shift 23:00 Ripped From The Headlines 23:50 On The Case With Paula Zahn

00:20 Sonic Underground 00:45 Nancy Drew 01:10 The Hardy Boys 01:30 Inspector Gadget 02:00 Dennis The Menace Marathon 07:00 New Adventures Of Madeline 07:25 Rupert 07:45 Jass Time 07:50 Dennis The Menace 18:40 The Beach Crew 18:45 Boo And Me 18:50 The Hardy Boys 19:10 Nancy Drew 19:35 Inspector Gadget 20:00 The Archies In Jugman 21:20 Fat Dog Mendoza 21:45 Sabrina The Animated Series 22:10 S Club 7 In Miami 22:35 Beverly Hills Teen Club 23:00 The Archies In Jugman

01:10 Ulee’s Gold 03:00 January Man 04:35 Straight Out Of Brooklyn 05:55 Heat 07:35 Movers & Shakers 08:55 Haunted Honeymoon 10:15 Ski Patrol 11:45 Pink Panther Strikes Again 13:25 The Boyfriend School 15:05 Shag 16:45 Salt And Pepper 18:25 Garbo Talks 20:10 Where Angels Fear To Tread 22:00 Bojangles 23:40 Convicts

00:00 New adventures of Old Christine 00:30 Brothers 01:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 01:30 The Colbert Report (repeat) 02:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 03:00 SNL one hour version 04:00 Family Guy 04:30 Tonight Show with Jay Leno 05:30 Everybody loves Raymond 06:00 Frasier 06:30 The Drew Carey Show 07:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon 08:00 Brothers 08:30 Everybody loves Raymond 09:00 Frasier 09:30 The Drew Carey Show 10:00 Parks and Recreation 10:30 How I met your mother 11:00 Everybody loves Raymond 11:30 Frasier 12:00 Tonight Show with Jay Leno 13:00 Brothers 13:30 Everybody Loves Raymond 14:00 Hope & Faith 14:30 How I met your mother 15:00 New adventures of Old Christine 15:30 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 16:00 The Colbert Report (repeat) 16:30 The Drew Carey Show 17:00 Best of Late night with Jimmy Fallon 18:00 The Simpsons 18:30 Will & Grace 19:00 Better Off Ted 19:30 Kath & Kim 20:00 Entourage 20:30 Curb your Enthusiasm 21:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (repeat) 21:30 The Colbert Report (repeat) 22:00 Saturday Night Live 23:30 Better Off Ted

00:00 Live!-18 02:00 Max And Co.-PG 04:00 Return To Rajapur-PG15 06:00 Far North-PG 08:00 My Sassy Girl-PG15 10:00 Stevie-PG15

Sunshine Cleaning on Super Movies 12:00 He’s Just Not That Into You-PG15 14:15 The Princess And The Frog-FAM 16:00 My Sassy Girl-PG15 18:00 Appaloosa-PG15 20:00 Orphan-18 22:00 The Bank Job-PG15

01:00 Alien Raiders-18 03:00 Body Of Lies-18 05:15 Twins Effect 2-PG15 07:15 Hide-PG15 09:00 Broken Arrow-18 11:00 The Truth About Charlie-PG15 13:00 Rock Monster-PG15 15:00 Broken Arrow-18 17:00 The Purifiers-PG15 19:00 Bad Boys II-PG15 21:30 28 Days Later-18 23:20 Penny Dreadful-18

00:15 Kingpin-PG15 02:15 Prelude To A Kiss-PG15 04:00 Legally Blondes-PG 06:00 Corky Romano-PG15 08:00 The Clique-PG15 10:00 Baby Mama-PG 12:00 Sweet Liberty-PG15 14:00 Home For The Holidays-PG 16:00 Kingpin-PG15 18:00 All Night Long-PG15 20:00 The Elder Son-PG15 22:00 Black Dynamite-18

00:00 Ramses Of Egypt-PG 02:00 Superman/Batman: Public EnemiesPG 04:00 Alexander The Great-FAM 06:00 Genghis Khan-PG 08:00 Ghatothkach - Master Of MagicFAM 10:00 Alexander The Great-FAM 12:00 Scruff And The Legend Of Saint George-FAM 14:00 Superman/Batman: Public EnemiesPG 16:00 Winx : Secret Of The Lost Kingdom-PG15 18:00 Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths-PG 20:00 Felix 1-FAM 22:00 Scruff And The Legend Of Saint George-FAM

00:00 CSI 01:00 Treme 02:00 Martha Stewart 03:00 House 04:00 The View 05:00 Downsize Me 06:00 Emmerdale 06:30 Coronation Stree 07:00 House 08:00 Martha Stewart 09:00 Downsize Me 10:00 House 11:00 The View 12:00 Emmerdale 12:30 Coronation Stree 13:00 Martha Stewart 14:00 CSI 15:00 Treme 16:00 Downsize Me 17:00 The View 18:00 Emmerdale 18:30 Coronation Street 19:00 CSI: NY 20:00 Kings 21:00 House 22:00 The View 23:00 Downsize Me

00:00 International Rugby Union 02:00 Rugby League Four Nations 04:00 Scottish Premier League 06:00 Spirit of a Champion 06:30 Spirit of Yachting 07:00 International Rugby Union 09:00 Rugby League Four Nations 11:00 International Rugby Union 17:00 Live Scottish Premier League 19:00 International Rugby Union 23:00 Scottish Premier League

00:15 International Rugby Union 06:00 Live European PGA Tour 11:00 Scottish Premier League 13:00 Rugby League Four Nations 15:00 Brazil League Highlights 15:30 Futbol Mundial 16:00 Spirit of a Champion 16:30 European PGA Tour 22:00 Rugby League Four Nations

02:00 UFC The Ultimate Fighter 03:00 WWE Smackdown 05:00 UFC Unleashed 05:45 V8 Supercars Championship 07:00 Live V8 Supercars Championship 09:00 WWE NXT 10:00 WWE Smackdown 12:00 Red Bull X-Fighters Highlights 13:30 FIA GT1 World Championship 15:00 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge 16:00 V8 Supercars Championship 18:00 WWE Vintage Collection 19:00 UFC The Ultimate Fighter 20:00 UFC 112 23:00 V8 Supercars Championship

01:45 Mirrors-18 03:45 Five Minutes Of Heaven-PG15 05:15 Monsters Vs. Aliens-PG 07:00 Ye Olde Times-PG 09:00 Sunshine Cleaning-PG15 11:00 Old Dogs-PG 13:00 Shadows In The Sun-PG15 15:00 Sins Of The Mother-PG15 17:00 Sunshine Cleaning-PG15 19:00 A Dog Year-PG 21:00 Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants 2-PG15 23:00 Moon-PG15

01:00 The Screening Room 01:25 Ryan’s Daughter 04:35 The Screening Room 05:00 Ice Station Zebra 07:25 The Screening Room 08:00 The Champ 10:05 The Last Time I Saw Paris 12:00 The Screening Room 12:25 3 Godfathers 14:15 Ice Station Zebra 16:40 Mrs. Soffel 18:35 The Screening Room 19:00 North By Northwest 21:15 The Wings Of Eagles 23:00 Bite The Bullet

07:00 Lazytown 07:25 Imagination Movers 07:50 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 08:15 Handy Manny 08:30 Special Agent Oso 08:45 Handy Manny 09:00 Jungle Junction 09:25 Special Agent Oso 09:50 Handy Manny 10:40 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 11:30 Jungle Junction 12:15 Handy Manny 13:00 Imagination Movers 13:50 Special Agent Oso 14:05 Special Agent Oso 14:20 Handy Manny 15:10 My Friends Tigger and Pooh 16:00 Lazytown 16:25 Lazytown 16:50 Handy Manny 17:40 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 18:30 Handy Manny 19:00 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 19:25 Handy Manny 19:40 Special Agent Oso 19:50 Jungle Junction

00:00 Tacky House 01:00 Homes With Style

02:00 My Celebrity Home 03:00 How Do I Look? 04:00 Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? 05:00 Married Away 06:00 Style Her Famous 06:30 Area 07:00 How Do I Look? 08:00 Millennium Fashion: The Year In Fashion 09:00 Clean House 10:00 My Celebrity Home 11:00 Homes With Style 11:30 Homes With Style 12:00 Tacky House 21:00 Fashion Police 21:30 Fashion Police 22:00 How Do I Look? 23:00 Style Her Famous

00:40 Cities of the Underworld 01:30 Ax Men 02:20 Battlefield Detectives 03:10 Investigating History 04:00 The Universe 04:55 Journey to 10,000 B.C. 06:40 Cities of the Underworld 07:30 Ax Men 08:20 Battlefield Detectives 09:10 Investigating History 10:00 The Universe 10:55 Journey to 10,000 B.C. 12:40 Cities of the Underworld 13:30 Ax Men 14:20 Battlefield Detectives 15:10 Investigating History 16:00 The Universe 16:55 Journey to 10,000 B.C. 18:40 Cities of the Underworld 19:30 Ax Men 20:20 Battlefield Detectives 21:10 Investigating History 22:00 America: The Story of the US 22:55 Life After People 23:50 Clash of the Gods

00:00 Working Holiday 01:00 Sophie Grigson In The Souk 01:30 Chef Abroad 02:00 Culinary Asia 03:00 Essential 03:30 Skier’s World 04:00 Globe Trekker 05:00 Working Holiday 06:00 Hollywood And Vines 06:30 Sophie Grigson In The Souk 07:00 Globe Trekker 08:00 Swiss Railway Journeys 09:00 Travel Today 09:30 Skier’s World 10:00 Surfari 10:30 Essential 11:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides 12:00 Globe Trekker 13:00 Great Scenic Railways-Australia 14:00 Essential 14:30 Hollywood And Vines 15:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 16:00 Globe Trekker 17:00 Chef Abroad 17:30 Sophie Grigson In The Souk 18:00 Culinary Asia 19:00 Planet Food 20:00 Down The Line 21:00 Word Travels 21:30 Culture Shock 22:00 Travel 360 23:00 Globe Trekker

00:00 Saturday Night Fever 02:00 VH1 Music 06:00 Chill Out 08:00 Smooth Wake Up 10:00 Aerobic 11:00 VH1 Hits 12:00 Music For The Masses 13:00 Top 10 14:00 Cover Power 15:00 Do You Remember The Time? 18:00 VH1 Loves 19:00 The Album Chart Show 20:00 Guess The Year 21:00 Do You Remember The Time? 23:00 Storytellers Foo Fighters

Sunday, November 14 , 2010

33 ACCOMMODATION Sharing accommodation available for bachelors or family opposite Al Rashid hospital, Amman street Salmiya. Contact: 65515717. (C 2865) Room for rent, big room only for family in Farwaniya block 1, near Canary, Style Saloon. Contact: 99035093, 66015996. (C 2864) 14-11-2010 Sharing accommodation available for Keralite couples in a two bedroom, two bathroom flat in Abbassiya near United Indian School from December 1 onwards. Contact: 66846299, 66027037. (C 2863) Room available in C-A/C flat from 25th Nov 2010, for Asian couple/working lady, airport road, old Khaitan near Atlas insurance co., rent KD 70. Contact: 97468551. (C 2861) 13-11-2010 Room available for rent in Kheitan for family or working ladies near Pakistani International School, behind Souk AlMahameed. Call 99322585. (C 2857) Flat available in old Kheitan near Pakistan International School, good location, 2 bedroom + big hall, 2 baths, kitchen and big balcony, rent KD 170. Call 99337034. (C 2858) Sharing accommodation available in Abbassiya for a small family or a bachelor with a Keralite family in Sree Ragam furniture building, from 1st of December. Contact: 24348730, 99750711. (C 2856) 11-11-2010 Room for rent in Jleeb near Al Baik hotel, family or working ladies, AC, fridge, landline phone, satellite, all facilities available, please contact: 97267254. (C 2852) 10-11-2020

Farwaniya, room for rent in a flat for a couple or two working ladies, with kitchen and other facilities. Contact: 97449272, 66021273. (C 2848) 9-11-2010 Room for rent only for family in Farwaniya, block 1, near Canary, Fire Station. Contact: 99035093, 66015996. (C 2846) Sharing room available, attach bath for couple, Muslim family Indian or Pakistani in Farwaniya, near Yadgar Hotel. Contact: 66988845. (C 2847) 8-11-2010 Sharing accommodation available in Abbassiya, from 1st December. Contact 24331438 / 99162583. (C 2842) 7-11-2010

LOST Digital Sony camera left behind in taxi while traveling from Maliya to Salmiya. Finder please contact 97871445 and will be rewarded. (C 2859) 11-11-2010 SITUATION VACANT

Live-in, full-time housemaid, Salwa, own residency, must be happy to work for a good salary. Must be experienced in cooking, cleaning, ironing, dog walking, only apply if you work, immediate start. Tel: 99301909. (C 2863) 13-11-2010

remote key, LCD with navigation system, sunroof, alloy wheel, price KD 4350. Contact: 60951195. (C 2850) 9-11-2010 SITUATION WANTED

Sri Lankan house maid looking for a job, for European family, have experience. Contact: 97413349. (C 2843) Indian male, Accountant having six years experience in Kuwait looking for suitable opening. Can handle accounts up to finalization and good working experience in Accounting Modules. Interested please contact: 65067919. (C 2839) 7-11-2010

(C 2860) 13-11-2010

Sameena Begum. (C 2866) 14-11-2010

Proposal invited for a 39 y.o. (177CM) Pakistani professional man working as logistic supervisor in Kuwait, from Pakistani working ladies or any other nationalities. Email: (C 2844) 9-11-2010

I, Ms Sozia d/o Tariq Mahmood and w/o Shakil Rehman Abdul Rehman Gondal holding Pakistani Passport No (KE 770505) hereby change my name to Aisha for all purposes. All official records may be changed accordingly. (C 2855) 11-11-2010

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Aries (March 21-April 19) A peaceful atmosphere

is deeply satisfying and a simply cozy house is where you want to place your attention. There may need to be repairs or chores but you will be able to handle whatever you have planned and may even get some help with some of your activities. Two or three people can make the work move along much faster. You will find that others are willing to help if they want to attend a performance, such as a circus, play, or see a new exhibit at the museum with you. During the hot days, it is too exhausting to be outside, but today you will find outdoor activity is rejuvenating and when enjoyed with other people, the day may become one of those life-long memories. There are always hiking, bicycling, bird watching, canoeing, fishing, etc. Taurus (April 20-May 20) You may be able to bring the

family or perhaps a group of your friends together to enjoy a play, a musical or an art exhibit. Achievement in your own poetry or art may be possible now. Creative endeavors and accomplishments are catching and you may find that in a family or in a group of friends, there will be several to express the same sort of talent. Take some time today to teach your art, skill or attitude to those who want to learn. There are no arguments other than which restaurant or which road to take on the highway and you are very pleased that your friends or family; or both, get along as well as they do. You may decide to make plans to have everyone together at the end of this month. There are lots of things for which to be thankful.

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Gemini (May 21-June 20) There is a tendency towards isolation today but it is not a negative activity. This is actually a good time to use all the positive energy around you and regain your energy—relaxation—good smells. Naps are not bad, just a fun way to replenish your energies, especially if this last week was a stressful one. Later this afternoon you are tuned in and turned on to most any activity, as long as it is not too busy. An afternoon drive to the country or the outskirts of town will give you the opportunity to stop at a truck farm and gather your own berries or purchase a few vegetables, etc. This may not be a time for mental stimulation but it is a great time to just enjoy and reflect upon the world. You may enjoy checking out a new health food store and enjoy the good smells.

Non Sequitur

Cancer (June 21-July 22) This is a good time for problem solving. This is a vital day in which much energy and action is utilized. You could find yourself in the limelight or able to really communicate and get your ideas across to others. Young people are in need of your guidance. You are in a serious frame of mind and may find yourself dealing with matters of much concern and responsibility. This is the time to state your opinion and give examples. There is a need for a more positive attitude in the whole family setting and you can set the example. Responsibilities for the upcoming holidays can be voted on and rewards can be set as well. You and your mate may disagree occasionally, but trading opinions only strengthens the relationship—compromise. Leo (July 23-August 22) The home and family are likely to be in a state of change—this may mean moving in an addition to the family, etc. High-tech equipment impinges on the domestic environment somehow. An eccentric relative attracts some notice. Harmony and beauty are deeply satisfying—and the lack of them can be emotionally unsettling. You will do your best to close the gap between any misunderstandings among family members or between friends just now. Close personal ties to other people are a focal point for your feelings—marriage and other partnerships could be a key arena for this. A yearning for adventure stirs in you now. To roam, to wander and wonder, to seek freedom and go where no one has gone before are deep and powerful longings.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) At heart, you have a deep sense of responsibility and purpose and this seriousness is genuine and felt by others. Your inner resources and emotions are accented. A group discussion may find you stepping in to lend a focus. Expect a sense of support and good will from those around you. You may be able to enjoy and value your own life situation or feel especially kind toward a friend or loved one. A visitor to your home may compliment you on your tastes or belongings. Your unique and unusual qualities make you the center of conversation today and it is all positive. You could come up with new ideas or solutions. You may find that others are supportive of your ideas. The good life and all that comes with it is what you aim for now.

Libra (September 23-October 22) You may be caught between powerful conflicting desires today. It might be a good idea to let go of one so you can satisfy the other. Choosing between them will soon become easier. You get together with family members later today to review plans for a trip that will be coming up soon. Catching up on communications is necessary and you may decide to do more correspondence to make sure you have not left out anyone. New creative endeavors, including writing ideas down for a novel will be well worth your time and effort. While you are doing this note keeping, you could go ahead and make your outline for this book. You could become published before very much time goes by. It is easy for you to find the proper motivation at this time.

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Scorpio (October 23-November 21) This day may bring

opportunities to examine your lifeís path. If change is needed, now is the time to begin those changes. You could call this time of your life, a time of getting down to basics and creating a plan. It is time to dispense with the things that slow you from your goals. Intense and sometimes driven, you are able to cut through to the heart of things. You are seldom interested in impressing others. You are interested in making a difference in this world and may look for challenging as well as educational experiences. Although your mind is busy planning your future path, you can be very captivating with others at this time. Friends from long ago drop by to visit you this evening— stimulating conversations lend more depth to your musings. Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) You are at your mental best with clear thoughts. This is an excellent time to make decisions and take care of mental work. You may decide that this is a good morning to balance the checkbook, work out a budget or just generally, catch up on your reading. You could be feeling inward and more like sharing some time with your lover or with close friends later this afternoon. Some kind of healing process is at work in your life: you isolate what doesn’t work, eliminate it and go forward. You teach neatness and courteous behavior to others through example and everyone seems to be your friend. Tonight, you may find yourself helping someone move or even caring for some young ones so that friends can be entertained. You are entertained wherever you are.

Yesterday’s Solution

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Family

and security are things that rattle your chain more than ever. These are areas where you make new beginnings and bold moves. A new idea for a book, the beginning of a new job, a new hobby and perhaps there are plans to join a new religious denomination. Whatever the case, you enjoy your surroundings and express yourself with beauty and the desire to learn and grow; no matter what age you have become. If you are living with someone, you will find yourself reaching a compromise or sharing the time. Perhaps you can plan separate activities and meet in the evening to share the experiences. Too much time spent with your own project may play havoc with someone else’s plans. You aim for harmony and beauty in your family setting.

Yesterday’s Solution

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) Your love of truth makes philosophy and religious ideas a life-long habit. You appreciate things of a global or universal level and travel or studies of foreign lands could be a part of this interest. You may enjoy the company of friends this afternoon. Appearances mean little to you and you value honesty and sincerity in friends and partners. This is a time when you may feel very passionate or your feelings, emotions and basic life urges undergo change. You feel more personal and direct and find that you waste less time with hurt feelings than before. Your home environment, friends and surroundings in general get attention and receive encouragement. Your life seems to be harmonious and others enjoy your presence. Enjoy!

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Pisces (February 19-March 20) An outgoing and very expressive cycle of experience has begun for you this weekend. Now more than ever, you want to be admired and appreciated by others. You may find yourself looking forward to trying your wings at some sort of entertainment or performing some activity in front of those you love. This could mean sports, cooking, acting, comedy or a multitude of other things that fit into what makes up your persona. Much mental busywork goes on today and practice for this or some other event may continue, if not acted out physically, mentally. It is good to be prepared, but it is also good to have fun. Remember, whatever you want to say, do or relate to others, it must be something you enjoy; so act like it; smile! Friends and family will cheer you.


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ngelina J olie’s daughter Shiloh wanted a “dead pet”. The 35-year-old actress has revealed the four year old found a deceased bird and asked if she could keep it. Angelina couldn’t let Shiloh keep the animal because of the hygiene issues but she did come up with an unusual solution. In the December issue of US Vogue, she said: “She (Shiloh) came in and said, ‘Can I have a dead pet?’ And I’m, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t think it’s healthy, honey. I think they have to put him in a box,’ and I had to run out to find, like, a taxidermy bird. I just worked it out for her. “I figured that I couldn’t keep the actual dead bird from the yard, so I swayed her toward one that had been cleaned, at least.” Although Shiloh spends her time finding dead birds, her six-year-old brother Pax is more interested in cooking. Angelina said: “Sometimes. I’m not the best cook. Pax is a better cook than me. Pax likes to cook. But I try to when I can. Any house that we’re in, we all chip in. But the kids are


very sweet, they’re very enthusiastic anytime I cook.” The ‘Salt’ star raises six children - Shiloh, Pax, Maddox, nine, Zahara, five, and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - with her partner Brad Pitt, but admits she never imagined she would have such a large family. She added: “I only planned for two! To each his own. It’s one of those things. How you build your family - you have to know what you’re capable of handling and how your children will relate to each other. Maybe if you have one child and that child has a lot of needs, you realize you cannot give more attention to another. Sometimes you just know as a parent. We felt we could handle more children, and we have a very happy, very full home.”

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Arquette’s daughter struggling with split


ourteney Cox Arquette’s daughter Coco is having a “hard time” dealing with her split from David Arquette. The ‘Scream’ actress - who announced a trial separation from her husband after 14 years of marriage last month - is putting the needs of their six-year-old daughter first and trying to keep the rest of her life as normal as possible.


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just basic stuff. “My goal is for her to be trilingual. Because we’re enrolling her in a French school and then she gets Spanish every day at the house.” Although Jessica is keeping busy teaching her daughter Spanish and English, she thinks she now has more time to be “wild” with her friends because she can bond

nne Hathaw ay won’t have Botox because she doesn’t want to “erase” who she is. The ‘Love and Other Drugs’ star was offered the wrinkle-smoothing injections when she was just 23, but won’t have the treatment because her face’s imperfections tell the story of her life. She told the UK edition of Elle magazine: “I had someone offer me Botox at 23. From the age of 25 to 27 - and this is a little embarrassing to admit - I looked under my eyes every single day, because I thought, ‘It’s going, it’s going, it’s going!’ And then I realized the other day there not wrinkles; they’re smile lines. If you look at pictures of me from a young age, I’ve been smiling the same way since I was little. And I had that wonderful moment when you realize, ‘That’s who I am.’ Botox would erase that.” The 28-year-old actress - who shot to fame in ‘The Princess Diaries’ - insists she has stopped defining herself by her looks and is comfortable in her own skin. She added: “My identity used to be shaped on my appearance so much. I don’t think I was shallow - I just think I was young. I focus on other things a lot more now. Just as she won’t have Botox, Anne refuses to stick a strict diet because trying to be skinny isn’t fun. She said: “I’ve hit the point in my life where I understand that being skinny is not sustainable, and nor is it advisable, and nor is it enjoyable.”


with her pals after the youngster has gone to bed. She said: “I think I’m actually a little more wild and free since I’ve had her because, once she’s in bed, all my mom friends, we get together and have dance parties at the house. It sounds really dorky but its true. “It’s certainly something I wouldn’t have done before.”

Gomez has a crush on Cullen

Crow may reduce touring schedule heryl Crow may reduce her touring schedule to be with her children. The 48-year-old singer - who has two adopted sons, Wyatt, three, and fivemonth-old Levi - loves performing but is considering cutting back on her live shows because she finds travelling with children exhausting. She explained: “In Nashville, singers with kids only play live on Saturdays and Sundays. They call themselves the weekend warriors. I think I might do the same thing myself soon enough.” As well as wanting to cut down on the amount of performances she does because of her children, Sheryl also admitted becoming a mother has made touring much less wild than it used to be. She said: “Touring is a very different thing for me now. I’m much calmer, much less... debauched would be the wrong word. I was never debauched, but I did like a smoke and a drink. “These days, I’m lucky if I end the evening with a glass of wine. But then I travel with my children now. My priorities have changed.” Now the singer spends her days off while on the road visiting child-friendly local amenities. She said: “It’s parks, aquariums, museums in the morning. Then lunch, a nap for them, sound check for me, dinner all together and then I tuck them into their bunks before going on stage. As soon as the show is over, I’m back on the bus and to sleep hopefully.”


Discussing her future plans, Courteney thinks the future will be “quieter” without her husband around. She explained: “I think it’s going to get quieter. David and I were always very sociable - for the last 10 or 11 years we’ve had people over to our house every single Sunday. It’s a tradition I picked up from my grandmother.”

Hathaway won’t have Botox

trilingual daughter

essica Alba wants her daughter to be “trilingual”. The 29-year-old beauty who has two-year-old daughter Honor with husband Cash Warren - wants her child to be able to speak three languages and is trying to speak to her in multiple dialogues. She said: “At home I speak a little bit of Spanish to my daughter but it’s

She said: “Coco is the most important person in all of this. She’s having a little bit of a hard time, but she’s dealing with it very well. “Luckily her day-to-day schedule isn’t changing because we’ve always had two houses and we’ve always been back-and-forth. And we’re making a point of spending a lot of time together, having family dinners and such.”

Parker unhappy with Halston S

arah J essica Parker is reportedly upset that Halston CEO Bonnie Takhar has been forced to step down. The ‘Sex and the City’ actress - who is often regarded as one of the most stylish women of her generation joined the label as company’s chief creative officer in January but is devastated her close friend Bonnie has been ousted from her current role to the position of strategic advisor. A source told New York magazine: “Sarah and Bonnie had a meeting on Friday in Halston’s offices to discuss problems with the latest collection. Sarah has been a strong supporter of Bonnie for a very long time, and has been the sole voice supporting her against the board and shareholders. “She has been fighting this for a very long

time. She believed in Bonnie. She was emotional and upset because this finally came to a head.” Board member Harvey Weinstein admitted Sarah Jessica was overruled by the rest of the board. He said: “Sarah Jessica is a huge supporter of Bonnie’s, but it was time to change direction. It was the rest of the board that made the decision.” Although Sarah Jessica is upset her friend is stepping down as CEO, Bonnie - who joined the label in 2007 said she thinks it is time to move on. She said: “The business is in a great place and the board and I have decided to transition the business to another CEO over the foreseeable future. I have been in the business for nearly four years and it’s time for me to pursue other interests.”

Felton the young Casanova T

om Felton is a “young Casanova” and writes love songs for his girlfriend. The 23-year-old actor - who shot to fame after starring as bad boy Draco Malfoy in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise - has revealed he likes to surprise his partner Jade with romantic gestures. He said: “I’m incredibly romantic. Young Casanova here!

elena Gomez has a crush on ‘Twilight’ vampire Edward Cullen. The 18-yearold star was attracted to the blood-sucker when she watched the first film in the hugely popular series, but insists her feelings don’t extend to actor Robert Pattinson who plays the character. She said: “When I watched the first ‘Twilight’ film, I definitely liked Edward. Do I think Robert Pattinson is hot? I think Edward, his character, is.” The singer-and-actress admits her Edward crush makes it awkward when she sees her friend Taylor Lautner - who plays werewolf Jacob Black. Selena added to Top of the Pops magazine: “I can’t help being in team Edward! But Taylor is great in the movies, too, though. He’s super-talented.” Selena is also friends with Justin Bieber and she admits the teen pop sensation is like “a brother” to her. She recently said: “Justin’s like my little brother. He’s a great friend.” — Bang Showbiz


Once every couple of months, I do things properly. I get roses, teddy bears and balloons. It sounds corny, but I also write songs about Jade and play ballads on the guitar.” However, while he likes to make an effort to make things romantic with his girlfriend, the British star finds it “unsexy” when women put too much thought into the way they look. Tom added: “To me, attractive is a girl in her pyjamas with no make-up. I’d choose pyjamas over a ball gown any day. Effort is so unsexy.”


Sunday, November 14, 2010


Music & Movies

Kanye West cancels upcoming ‘Today’ performance anye West has backed out of a scheduled performance on NBC ’s “Today” show after getting upset with how his interview with host Matt Lauer this week was handled. West’s record company confirmed the cancellation to “Today” on Friday after the rapper said on his Twitter account that he wouldn’t perform on the morning TV talk show. He was scheduled to appear Nov 26, part of a promotion drive for his new disc, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” which is being released Nov 22. During the interview, which was taped Tuesday and aired Thursday, West appeared thrown when “Today” aired a video clip of an embarrassing momentwhen he grabbed a microphone from Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV


Video Music Awards and said Beyonce should have won the award for best female video instead of Swift. West tweeted this week that he felt “set up” by the interview and that L auer tried to force his answers. His cancellation notice was accompanied by mixed messages. “Much love to Matt and the whole Today show,” he said in a Twitter message. “I accept ya’ll future apology in advance LOL!” In the interview, West talked about former President George W. Bush’s angry response to West saying on a fund-raising telethon after Hurricane Katrina that Bush “doesn’t care about black people.” “Today” played a clip of Bush speaking about it in his recent interview with Lauer. In seeking a

American musician Kanye West performs in Yas Island on the first night of the F1 motor race meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Friday. — AP

reaction, Lauer noted that it was the most emotional Bush had become during three and a half hours of talking with him. “Don’t even listen,” Lauer said. “I want you to look at his face.” That appeared to upset West, who looked away. “I don’t need you guys to show me the tape in order to prompt my emotion about what I’m going to say,” he said. Later in the interview, punctuated by pauses where West appeared to be searching for words and L auer looked perplexed, West became angry when the Swift video was shown. Lauer explained that it was common to show video of an event when it is referenced in an interview, but West complained that he could hear it and wondered how he was supposed to talk over it. Lauer

ordered the sound of the tape be turned off. “Please don’t let that happen again,” West said. “It’s like ridiculous.” Lauer said later that “there was nothing improper about it, nothing unusual about it.” West’s decision could be a lose-lose situation. It deprives “Today” of an appearance from one of music’s most popular performers on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, when many people are off from work and school. From West’s standpoint, he was due to perform on the Friday after Thanksgiving on the nation’s most-watched morning TV show, when New York streets around the “Today” studio will likely be clogged with holiday shoppers who might be persuaded to add his disc to their lists. — AP

Godard Oscar reignites charges of anti-Semitism By Romain Raynaldy egendary French director JeanLuc Godard prepared to be honored yesterday with a special Oscar for his lifetime cinematic achievements, even as his critics revived old charges of anti-Semitism. The French New Wave filmmaker, who made his feature directorial debut 50 years ago with his groundbreaking “Breathless” will be honored in absentia at a dinner banquet hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which celebrates Hollywood’s best at the Oscar ceremonies held each year. The 79-year-old master of modern cinema is receiving the honorary Oscar for his “extraordinary contributions to the art of the motion picture,” and in recognition of a career that has spanned some 70 films. But the award has also reignited long-simmering allegations that Godard, an avowed anti-Zionist and longtime defender of Palestinian rights, is an anti-Semite. One well-known Godard film, the 1976 documentary “Here and There,” depicts the parallel


DiCaprio attacker to get two years in prison woman accused of slashing Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s face with a wine glass pleaded no contest Friday to the 2005 attack and is expected to serve two years in prison. Former model Aretha Wilson, who was extradited to the United States from Canada, entered the plea just before the case was expected to go to trial and DiCaprio was due to take the witness stand against her, officials said. Sentencing is scheduled for November 22 in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The 40-

Leonardo DiCaprio


year-old was expected to see 330 days credited for time already served behind bars in Los Angeles, but Judge Patricia Schnegg did not indicate whether her prison time in Canada, where she had fled after the incident, would count. DiCaprio was rushed to hospital and received stitches to his face and ear after the June 17, 2005 attack. During a hearing earlier this year, witness Eustace Hicks said he and DiCaprio were leaving a party in Hollywood Hills with another friend when Wilson appeared and cursed at the friend before attacking DiCaprio.”She hit him with a wine glass... It appeared to be in his face... his neck and ear area,” Hicks said.After viewing photographs of the wounds, Judge Edmund Willcox Clarke said Wilson should be tried.”This would not be an injury that would be called trivial or moderate in my view,” he said. — AFP

lives of a French family and a Palestinian one, and contains a controversial film sequence juxtaposing images of Adolf Hitler and Golda Meir, Israel’s first female prime minister and known as its “Iron Lady.” Over the years, Godard has also given numerous interviews critical of the Israeli government and the influence of Jews in Hollywood. The controversy has raged throughout Jewish media in recent weeks, with the popular “Jewish Journal” asking in a headline: “Is JeanLuc Godard an Anti-Semite?” The debate was picked up by the mainstream press, with The New York Times publishing an article titled “An Honorary Oscar Revives a Controversy,” while the Los Angeles Times asked: “Jean-Luc Godard and his honorary Oscar: does it matter if he’s an anti-Semite?”The academy addressed the issue in a statement, saying it was “aware” of allegations Godard had made anti-Semitic statements. “We are also aware of detailed rebuttals to that charge. Anti-Semitism is of course deplorable, but the academy has not found the accusations

against Mr Godard persuasive,” it added. Godard will not be present to collect the award in person. After months of uncertainty over whether or not he would attend, the director gave word last month that he would be a no-show, without elaborating. The reclusive filmmaker, whose impact on cinema can be seen in the work of a Who’s Who of Hollywood directors from Woody Allen to Quentin Tarantino, lives in Switzerland and has rarely been seen in public in recent years. In May, he also failed to appear at the Cannes Film Festival when it showed his most recent work, “Film Socialism.” The academy also plans to present an honorary award to Francis Ford Coppola, director of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather, Part II.” Also to be honored are British film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow and veteran actor Eli Wallach, whose credits include “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Filmgoers seemed oblivious to the raging anti-Semitism debate this week at the American Film Institute, where

Godard’s “Film Socialism” was being screened, and said they thought the honor was well-deserved. “My first viewing of ‘Breathless’ was mesmerizing,” said Julio Perez, editor and filmmaker.”I try to watch it as almost a cinematic pilgrimage, once every year.”He called Godard “daring and radical.” “His ideas are liberating and exciting to filmmakers or film lovers who are interested in feeling and experiencing and thinking new things. It’s a great inspiration, a great freedom when you see a Godard film,” Perez added. Equally effusive was Kirk Stricker, a Los Angeles yoga teacher and longtime Godard fan. “Godard is a brilliant filmmaker and he has always something interesting to say and interesting to put on screen,” he said.” His aesthetic, his political point of view are appealing to me, as is his use of technology, the beautiful images that he captures, his blending of words and images, images and music-and in fact, the way that he sometimes blends images and silence.”. —AFP

Film on climate change bad boy says ‘Cool It’ over panic By Nina Larson umanity has what it takes to adapt to global warming and there’s no need to panic: so goes the message in a new documentary on the bad boy of the climate change debate, Bjoern Lomborg.The towering Dane, who catapulted onto the global stage in 2001 with his book “The Skeptical Environmentalist”, was emphatic in a telephone interview with AFP ahead of the release of the aptly entitled “Cool It”.”Panic is not a good state of mind if you want to make sound decisions,” said the 45-year-old whose book challenged the mainstream global climate debate, which he says is exaggerating the dangers. “Cool It”, released in the US on Friday, is seen as a response to the Academy Award-winning documentary by former US vice president Al Gore, “An Inconvenient Truth”. Lomborg, with his mop of blond hair and boyish grin, has often been labeled a climate change denier, a notion he rejects, insisting that “global warming is real, but we are tackling it stupidly.”In the film, which he co-wrote with US documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner and others, he offers a litany of ideas he feels the world should invest in to counter climate change: paint cities white to better reflect sunlight back into the atmosphere and thereby cool ground temperatures, capture the energy of waves, and even create artificial clouds to keep the planet cooler. The one thing we should not be spending so much time and money on, the film says, is the narrow focus on curbing carbon emissions that dominates today’s debate-the focus of the Kyoto Protocol that Lomborg has fought. His stance has caught attention, putting him on the Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, while in 2008 he was named by the British paper the Guardian as “one of the 50 people who could save the planet.”He says


he admires Gore’s documentary since “his movie made us all aware of climate change”. However, “it did so by creating panic, and we need to move on from that,” he told AFP.”Cool It” opens with British school children recounting, in drawings and tales, what they expect to happen “quite soon”: most countries will flood, others turn into deserts-a prospect one girl says keeps her awake at nights.”I’m scared because it’s going to get very, very hot,” another child says.”The animals will die, the trees will all die and fall down. Everyone is just going to die,” a third warns.”The whole climate debate has been marred by the fact that just two positions

have been viewed as acceptable: either you are a climate change denier or you are Al Gore and the world is coming to an end,” Lomborg told AFP. “The problem is neither position is true.”There is no middle ground, and that is what we need, very, very much,” he said, urging alternatives to the current focus on cutting carbon emissions.”The current approach has failed for 18 years and there is no reason to believe that it will suddenly begin to work,” added Lomborg, a professor at the Copenhagen School of Business and founder and head of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre think-tank. He feels it is both costly and inadequate, “sort of like buying a fire insur-

In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Diana Ross performs in Las Vegas Friday. — AP

ance policy for your house-a very expensive one-that only covers the door frame and nothing else.” Lomborg estimates that the total cost of implementing the Kyoto Protocol-which requires wealthy nations to cut carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming until the end of 2012 — amounts to 180 million dollars a year. He says a separate plan by the European Union to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent from 1990-levels by 2020 will cost 250 billion dollars a year-more than five times the amount calculated by the bloc itself. Yet the two projects will each only lead to a temperature drop of between 0.08 and 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit (about 0.05 degrees Celsius) by 2100, the film insists. The world would be better served, he feels, by investing say 100 billion dollars a year in research and development of new scientific solutions to curb warming in the long-haul, as well as geo-engineering solutions like building resilient levies for a quick fix to imminent dangers. ”If we are going to spend money to fix this problem, we should not spend money on stupid solutions, but instead on smart ones,” he said. This alternative approach, he insists, would leave money left over to tackle other major world problems as well, such as AIDS, malaria and providing clean drinking water. Lomborg also insists that the worst-case climate change scenarios were unlikely to happen, and that it was not helpful trying to scare people into action.”There are many wellmeaning people who think you need to ‘sex up’ the message a little to get your point across.” That didn’t work with the Iraq war, and it won’t work if what you’re looking for is longterm solutions,” he insisted. In a bid for balance, “Cool it” interviews numerous renowned scientists on both sides of the debate. It has been shown at several festivals, including in Toronto and Copenhagen, and is scheduled to open in Europe after the US launch. — AFP

US actress Angelina Jolie is seen on the set of her first film as director in Esztergom, 50 kms north-west of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Nov 12, 2010. The 35-year-old actress is making her directorial debut in the still untitled film, which tells the wartime love story of a Bosnian woman and a Serbian man. — AP

Zsa Zsa Gabor rushed to hospital for blood clot A

iling 93-year-old Hollywood socialite and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was rushed to hospital Friday in Los Angeles to treat a large blood clot, her publicist said. “She was complaining this morning of pain in her leg and swelling,” John Blanchette said. Doctors examined Gabor at her Bel Air home and determined that she had developed a massive blood clot. She was rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center around 1:30 pm (2130 GMT) after they feared it could move to her heart, according to Blanchette. It was only the latest in a series of health complications and hospital visits by Gabor in recent months.The actress was hospitalized in July after falling and breaking her hip. She underwent hip replacement surgery but suffered more complications, including a blood clot for which she had more surgery. During another hospital stay in August, she called in a priest to administer last rites, then left the hospital a day later insisting that she wanted to be back at home in her posh Bel Air neighborhood with her colorful German husband, Frederic von Anhalt. The Hungarian-born actress’s lengthy film career includes spots in a dozen films and television series, including John Huston’s 1952 “Moulin Rouge” and the 1958 film noir “Touch of Evil” by Orson Welles. She also lent her voice to several animated films and TV series. But the platinum blonde is especially known for her flamboyant lifestyle, legal troubles, nine marriages and a propensity to call just about everyone “darling” with her distinctive accent. — AFP

This Aug 15, 1986 file photo shows actress Zsa Zsa Gabor on her wedding day in Los Angeles. —AP



Sunday, November 14, 2010


Mayflower II,

Indian Village are worthwhile views By John Bordsen dmission to Plimoth Plantation includes two related but somewhat time-fudging attractions: the Mayflower II downtown, and the Indian Village, on the Plantation grounds. Mayflower II is a ship built in the 1950s to emulate as closely as possible the ship the Pilgrims took to the New World in 1620, returned to Europe and eventually vanished from history. Subtract seven years from the Plantation time frame and go aboard. The captain, Christopher Jones, is no big fan of what he did this on voyage: He’s used to conveying cargo, not religious refugees, and the character portraying him makes that abundantly clear. There were several settler re-enactors aboard. Touring the ship on your own, you’ll go below to the small and dark deck where the 100 passengers stayed as the Mayflower crept at 2 mph for 66 days. Like the original, the ship is made of English


Hester Cooke leads a cow to pasture at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Plimoth Plantation is a scaled-down replica of Plymouth Colony, circa 1627 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. oak with iron fittings. (Free-tosee Plymouth Rock is nearby. The idea of a large volcanic boulder being the Pilgrims’ stepping stone to the shore is enshrined but absurd: No stone is mentioned in any original narratives; the Mayflower moored in the harbor and landings would be made in skiffs rowed to the beach.) Its mystique is such, though, that the third that is left of the state-owned grandodiorite original is in a monument that resembles a circus cage topped by a dinky

Acropolis. From the seawall walkway, you look down through thick bars at something vaguely the size of a bison.) The Indian village at Plimoth Plantation stretches time and space in additional ways. Staffers are from various tribes, speak modern English and don’t pretend to be in 1620 or 1627, but they have been trained to explain what happened from the vantage of the Pilgrims’ neighbors. The Pokanoket and other area tribes had encountered Europeans before who has kidnapped their people; they were wary of the newcomers. Moreover, in 1616, half the natives in the vicinity had been killed by disease. Their scaled-down village-the original on the Eel River, oddly enough, is the path-away site of the replica English settlementholds several oblong winter houses of bent cedar saplings covered with chestnut bark. The gardens

Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World, is anchored in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Plimoth Plantation also has an Indian village, with Native Americans as re-enactors.

A re-enactor portraying Will Wright-an actual Pilgrim-totes water into the stockade.

in the Indian compound are interesting: Corn wasn’t planted in rows; each stalk had enough space around its mound for melon and pumpkin seeds planter later in the season. Vines from these later plantings would be curled around the tall stalks of harvested corn. The staffers defined their portrayed characters as Wampanoag (WOMP-a-nong), a collection of tribes in southeastern Massachusetts frequently at war with each other as well as Indian nations nearby. The woman in one dwelling said she used to work in a VA hospital and now prefers traditional medicine to modern (“Yours makes you feel better; ours cures”). She said she is a former smoker diagnosed with cancer who now treats her illness with melon tea. A visitor asked her about the rituals of death back in the day. “When a person was ready to ‘cross,’ they would have their faces painted black, so the spirits would begin to rec-

ognize them,” she said. Bodies were wrapped in a blanket and buried with water, corn and a walking stick. The reason? “Their spirits migrated west.” — MCT

William Brewster, the colony’s religious leader, puts on his “Sunday best” when leading a religious service at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


Sunday, November 14, 2010



Have a merry Southern Christmas at

Georgia’s Lake Lanier island resort

By Mary Ann Anderson o, ho, ho! Merry Christmas from Georgia’s “Hamptons” with a Southern accent: Lake Lanier Islands. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there’s no other place quite like Lake Lanier for a special Christmas made in the South. Less than an hour’s drive north of Atlanta, the all-season playground-hence the nickname of the Hamptons-is wrapped around the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier that is named for Georgia’s great poet, who wrote the “Song of the Chattahoochee” that alludes to aquatic imagery such as the “willful waterweeds,” “laving laurel,” and the “little reeds (that) sighed Abide, abide.” The lake, with almost 700 miles of shoreline, 38,000 acres of surface area, and hundreds of islands, drains from the Chattahoochee River through Buford Dam. Since it was created in the 1950s it has become Georgia’s favorite getaway. “The water is so clean and pristine because silt from the Chattahoochee is settled by the time it gets here,” says Stacey Dickson, president of the Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau. “On a clear sunny day, the water is as blue as sapphires.” But the water isn’t why Lake Lanier is special during the holidays. From Nov 20 through Dec 30, its skies are aglow with the “Magical Nights of Lights,” a seven-mile driving tour that meanders past hundreds of illuminated characters like Santa Claus, angels, reindeer, elves, and everything else Christmas. The characters are created from millions of twinkling lights that bedazzle the senses in an extravaganza of color and sound. The Magical Nights is one of Georgia’s most beloved seasonal institutions. So much labor goes into the project that work begins in September. By Oct 1 and going through Oct 31, the lights first form a ghoulish display for Halloween called the Haunted Nights of Lights. Then crews work daily until midNovember to transform the haunted landscape to a heavenly scene.


Legacy Lodge offers luxury accommodations with the warmth of a lakeside retreat.

Sunset Cove celebrates with fireworks at their Full Moon parties which include fire breathers, stilt walkers, live music and specialty drinks. While most guests drive cars or a pickup truck loaded with family and friends-this is Georgia, after all, where pickups rule the roads-you can also rent golf carts or walk the display of lights. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, you end the tour at Holiday Village, where you can warm up with a hot cup of cocoa and holiday treats, visit Santa’s workshop, or even take a pony ride in the crisp winter air. “Santa is a really big deal at the resort and across the area,” says Dickson, ticking off a number of additional activities at the lake and in nearby Gainesville. In addition to Magical Nights of Lights, a holiday boat parade hosted by local boat dealer Marine Max illuminates the lake. There are concerts by the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra, a “Pancakes with Santa” event, and a holiday scavenger hunt in Chicopee Woods at the Elachee Nature Science Center. Workshops focusing on ornament making, pottery and other crafts

are run-of-the-house at Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK), as well as a “Mingle with Kringle” event on the downtown square in Gainesville. Loads of Christmas shopping opportunities and quirky thrift, consignment, salvage and resale shops are popping up all around Gainesville and Lake Lanier: * Everything Pretty specializes in resale of high-end decor, furniture, and art from designer show homes * Bits of Treasure: a two-story antique mall with collectibles and vintage items including clothing * Park Avenue Thrift: Dig for treasures for designer handbags and shoes-a friend found a couture evening gown for practically pennies on the dollar * Dave’s Goody Barn: Salvage items from “big box” stories like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart.

Misty, the traditional lead boat for the parade, employs Rudolph to lead the way. — MCT photos * Goodwill, Gateway House and Union Mission all have locations in the Lake Lanier area. * Jaemor Farm Market: Pottery, jams, jellies, baskets, ceramics and fresh seasonal produce are available at this colorful stand in Alto. * Rahab’s Rope: On the square in down-

town Gainesville, the store showcases jewelry, gifts, and clothing made at a shelter-center in India, with proceeds going toward giving hope, opportunity, shelter, education, and protection to Indian women and girls forced into commercial sex trade. * Take a side trip to nearby Bethlehem, Ga, to get your Christmas cards postmarked

in holiday style. Lake Lanier Islands Resort isn’t all holiday lights and revelry. The resort has almost 300 guest rooms, suites, and villas and caters to couples, families, friends and groups. The lake is all about water, and the very cool thing is that you can rent boats of every sort, whether you need a pontoon boat (my husband refers to them as “party barges”), a houseboat for overnights on the lake, or sailboats for summer soirees. Bring your own fishing boat or rent one in search of bass of every variety and crappie, or simply go birding and watch for ospreys, bald eagles, and songbirds like the brown thrasher, Georgia’s state bird. Championship golf is offered with 12 scenic holes on the water. Greens fees are all-inclusive and encompass complimentary food, nonalcoholic beverages and carts. Other activities are Tranquility the Spa, with wellness and spa treatments including their signature-and very Southern-Sweet Tea Sugar Scrub, an equestrian center, nearby zip-lining for those braver-than-I-am, and Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & Water Park with Georgia’s largest wave pool and a warm stretch of sandy white beach. On a recent getaway with hubby, we ate, drank and were merry at these highly recommended dining spots: * Grapes & Hops, Flowery Branch: Oh, my, oh, my. Give yourself a Christmas gift and have the fried brie and fried green beans. Just keep the statins on hand. * Tropical Breeze Restaurant, Flowery Branch: Cuban fare so authentic that it’s like Havana in Georgia. * Napoli Pizza, Flowery Branch: Ditto above on authenticity, except Italian-style. * Bullfrogs, Lake Lanier Resort: Hubby declared the ribs “the best” he’s ever had. * Windows Restaurant, L ake L anier Resort: primarily specializes in Southernstyle-yet-gourmet buffets * Sunset Cove Beach Cafe, Lake Lanier Resort: completely open air and caters to everyone, especially the thousands of boaters who come to the lake every year. — MCT

Stars are buried in tourist-friendly Hollywood cemetery By Gary A Warner hen friends come from out of town and want to see Los Angeles, I show them a good time by taking them to a graveyard. Hollywood Forever is still a working cemetery and crematorium (George Harrison was turned to ashes here) filled with famous movie stars and moguls, early Los Angeles civic leaders and other ex-odds and ends. There’s something for every generation. My 9-year-old daughter goes to see the memorials for Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, two members of her second favorite band (after Green Day), the Ramones. My daughter’s hours in the car on errands with my


Both Douglas Fairbansk Sr and Jr are buried in a marble tomb in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

wife had exposed her to the New York punk pioneers, and she knows all the words to “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” “Rockaway Beach” and her favorite, “KKK Took My Baby Away.” We saw Johnny’s marker, called a cenotaph, with a bust of him playing guitar (he was cremated after his death from prostate cancer in 2004). It’s right next to a memorial to Academy Award winner Hattie McDaniel (Mammy in “Gone With the Wind”) and across a narrow road from the reflecting pool of the crypt for Douglas Fairbanks (Sr and Jr). Dee Dee’s headstone, black and inscribed “OK ... I gotta go now,” was across a lake from Johnny, past Tyrone Power and Cecil B. DeMille. Dee Dee was

buried after dying of a heroin overdose in 2002. My wife and daughter performed the traditional kiss of Dee Dee’s gravestone (it’s covered with lipstick-slathered smacks). My 17-year-old son’s favorite spot is the oddest grave in Southern California, housing a graphic artist and missile enthusiast named Carl Morgan Bigsby, who had his headstone carved into a 20-foot replica of an Atlas rocket. Hollywood Forever fully embraces its tourist attraction role. In the summer, it shows movies on the grounds. The cemetery is the final resting spot of silent-era heartthrob Rudolph Valentino, studio head Harry Cohn, gangster Bugsy Siegel and dozens of other famous folks. —MCT

A monument of Johnny Ramone, founder of the band The Ramones, stands at the Garden of Legends in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. — MCT

‘The Simpsons’ is renewed for 23rd season aise a can of Duff’s beer! Fox network says “The Simpsons” will be back next fall for its 23rd season. Fox says that will bring the animated series to a total of 515 episodes. “The Simpsons” is the longestrunning comedy in TV history. The network announced the renewal Thursday. Since premiering in December 1989, “The Simpsons” was won 27 Emmy awards. In the meantime, family patriarch Homer Simpson has consumed an uncountable number of doughnuts and Duff’s. ‘The Simpsons’ will celebrate its 500th episode next series. The animated series - which focuses on the exploits of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie - has been commissioned for a 23rd season which will start in autumn 2011. The landmark episode will be broadcast in 2012 and the next run of episodes will extend ‘The


Samsung announces its New Face for Dubai Fashion Week amsung Electronics, an award winning innovator and sponsor of Dubai Fashion Week (DFW) Fall/Winter 2010, announced Maria A Petit as the winner of the Face of Samsung competition, the most talked about fashion competition during DFW. Samsung held a fashion competition for the guests of Dubai Fashion Week to find the trendiest, most fashionable visitor who reflected the smart sense of style for Samsung’s theme ‘Smart is the New Black.’ The most influential style mavens and trendsetters in the region judged the competition based on the participants’ style and smart look and confidence, with Maria A Petit becoming the new Face of Samsung for Dubai. She proved that she embodies the smart choice of style, which flawlessly matches the whole concept of Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs and C9000 TVs. Maria A Petit, the new Face of Samsung for Dubai Fashion Week 2010, commented, “I am thrilled to be chosen out of hundreds of stylish women as the new Face of Samsung for Dubai Fashion Week 2010. I’ve always dressed to stand out in a crowd where I aim to have a modern style with unique designs which happen to lie within the vision of Samsung’s products.” As the official product partner for Smartphones and 3D LED televisions this year, the Samsung stand at Dubai Fashion Week welcomed over 400 entries over five days, with fashionistas from all over Dubai posing with Samsung’s high-end Galaxy Tab and sleek C9000 3D LED TVs to compete for the title of the Face of Samsung for Dubai Fashion Week. For those who were not able to attend and were eager to get the latest news


from Dubai Fashion Week, Samsung’s DFW online diary was updated live and included notes on signature looks, up-and-coming designers, fashionable gadgets and a Samsung TV section. The website was managed by Bebhinn Kelly, a popular fashion blogger, which attracted over 3’000 people. In addition to, Samsung teamed up with Mona Fares, clothing label Neon Edge’s new up and coming designer. As a big supporter of local talent, Samsung identified the talented designer who designed dresses inspired by the look, feel and style to reflect the hip and chic design of the GALAXY Tab and elegance of the C9000 3D LED TV. The new Neon Edge collection was an image of shockingly bright and over the top patterns for young and edgy contemporary women and like the GALAXY Tab and C9000 3D LED TV, reflects a vision of the future. The collections of dresses were beautifully worn by models at the Samsung stand during Dubai Fashion Week. Samsung’s second seasonal sponsorship of Dubai’s hottest fashion event proved that when it comes to impeccable design and innovation, Samsung truly stands out from the crowd. Under a ‘Smart is the new black’ theme, Samsung showcased two amazing innovations in lifestyle products at Dubai Fashion Week, and in doing so forged a link between smart technology and designer fashion. Samsung Electronics will continue its commitment to delivering fashionable design and style, innovation and smart technology for chic female users, with the aim of becoming the ultimate brand for the fashion industry in this region.

In this undated publicity photo released by Fox, characters from the a nimated series, ‘The Simpsons,’ from left, Maggie, Marge, Lisa, Homer and Bart, are shown. —AP

The 1856 sculpture “Nydia the Blind Girl of Pompeii,” by Randolph Rogers, is seen in a gallery in the new The Art of the Americas Wing.—AP

Simpsons’ record as the longest running American primetime entertainment series. Executive producer Al Jean: “That you get to keep doing it is the greatest thing. That we got to do 50 of these, much less 500, is a thrill.” Jean insists one of the biggest challenges facing the team now is trying to keep the storylines fresh and original after 500 shows. He added: “Part of my job is being the grumpy guy who says, ‘No, we did that, we did that.’ Once you hit on something you haven’t done, we’ve got these great characters and voices and this terrific production that turns it into something really special.” ‘The Simpsons’ is one of the best-loved TV shows in the world and has featured numerous celebrity cameo appearances over the years, creating animated versions of Sir Paul McCartney, Sting and Simon Cowell. — AP

A woman in a red hat walks past the 1865 sculpture ‘Sleeping Faun,’ by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer.

Boston arts museum unveils new America’s wing By Russell Contreras or years, the Thomas Sully painting of George Washington on the banks of the Delaware River hung in a modern art section in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The masterpiece, depicting Washington’s 1776 crossing during the American Revolution, often got dirty, did not sit in its original frame and typically received curious glances from visitors wondering what the piece was doing there. On Friday, the Museum of Fine Arts gave a sneak peak of the 1819 painting’s new home during a preview for museum members and the media of a new wing of art from the Americas. Museum officials say the new “Art of the Americas Wing” previewed Friday will house more than 5,000 pieces, ranging from pre-Colombian gold to abstract expressionist paintings. It also will allow the MFA to more than double its display of American work from its collection, officials said. That allowed for Sully’s “The Passage of the Delaware” to be housed in a new section dedicated for art around the theme of the American Revolution, said conservator Rhona MacBeth.


A detail of the 1778 painting ‘Watson and the Shark,’ by John Singleton Copley. “Before, this painting was viewed but not really seen since it wasn’t in context,” MacBeth said. “But now it is in a place that has better lighting and grabs your attention as it was intended to do.” In addition, it will be the first time in more than 100 years that the painting and its original

frame have been reunited, MacBeth said. A fundraising campaign raised $504 million for new construction and renovations, including $345 million for the 21,000square-foot (1,950-square-meter) Americas wing. Construction began on the wing five years ago.

The Art of the Americas Wing will have 53 galleries with nine period rooms and four “Behind the Scenes” galleries. Most of the museum’s artwork from preColombian America sat in storage and rarely was seen, Dorie Reents-Budet, curator of the MFA’s Ar t of the Ancient

Americas, said before the wing opened. For example, the museum’s collection of Mayan burial urns from Guatemala rested quietly in crates after the museum received them as a gift in the 1970s, she said. “They just sat there for years because we had no space for them,” Reents-Budet said. “But now we can enjoy them. It’s one of the best collections of preColombian burial ur ns in the countr y.” Until recently, the museum only was able to showcase about 80 pieces of preColombian ar t at one time, Reents-Budet said. With the new wing, the museum now has two galleries, which include Mayan cocoa cups, Peruvian statues and clothing from Native Americans of the Great Plains. She said American Indian textiles will rotate out of exhibits every six to nine months. Elsewhere, the new Americas wing will include modern paintings from Georgia O’Keeffe and photographs by Ansel Adams. It also will house works from Latin American artists, such as Chilean hyper realist painter Claudio Bravo. The museum will hold exclusive events all next week around the opening of the new wing, which is scheduled to open to the public Nov 20. — AP

Asian-Americans garner greater attention in hip-hop By Cary Darling ar East Movement reaching the No 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 this fall with “Like a G6,” a musical high-five to better living through beautiful women and bottle service, probably didn’t strike most pop-music listeners as pioneering. It’s just the latest in a long line of hits celebrating playboy partying and living stretch-limo large. But for Eric Nakamura, publisher/editor of Giant Robot, a magazine devoted to Asian pop culture, who also launched Giant Robot retail outlets in Los Angeles and San Francisco, it’s so much more. Far East Movement, who came together in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood and are of Chinese, Japanese Korean, and Filipino ancestry, is the first AsianAmerican hip-hop act to break through to a wide audience. Nakamura compares it to Jeremy Lin signing with the Golden State Warriors in July to become the first Asian-American in the NBA since 1947, back when it was known as the Basketball Association of America. “I didn’t know when it was going to happen but I knew it was going


to happen and they made it happen this year,” he enthuses. “These are amazing times. There’ve been amazing changes.” The track has also soared on the rap, pop, dance/club play, ringtones, and digitaldownload charts and helped their latest album, “Free Wired,” get into the Top 25. Their success has even inspired other Asian-American performers who’ve been around much longer. “For a long time, I felt like I was out there on a desert island,” says Japanese-American rapper/singer Lyrics Born (Tsutomu Shimura), who has been active in the music business since the early ‘90s and has just released a new disc, “As U Were.” “Across the board, in pop culture and in the arts in general, I hope to see more of this ... When I’m doing a “Jimmy Kimmel,” I might be the only guy who looks like me all year on that stage.” But it remains to be seen if “Like a G6” acts like a wedge - propping open the doors of pop success to let other AsianAmerican hip-hop acts through or is a fluke, an answer in some future version of Trivial Pursuit. “I would consider it a fluke but, then again, I’m a rap purist,” says Andrew Ryan, a visiting professor at

the University of District of Columbia who teaches a course on hip-hop and is the author of the upcoming book, “The Responsible Use of Hip- Hop in the Classroom.” He feels it’s similar to what happened in 2003 with the British Indian Panjabi MC, whose collaboration with Jay-Z, Beware of the Boys, became a global hit. “Some folks felt that the artist would break through. It never happened,” he says. “Someone who has done well is (British Sri Lankan) MIA but she doesn’t really rap nor is she mainstream.” “I’m not sure I can say it’s a movement,” says Nakamura. “Are there 10 groups behind them who are ready? They could be underground and coming up. I just don’t know.” Oliver Wang, an assistant professor of sociology at Cal State Long Beach and former music critic for such hip-hop publications as URB, The Source and XXL, is more forgiving. “Even if Far East Movement’s current success proves to be a fluke, they’d still represent a breakthrough for Asian-Americans in pop music,” he says in an email. “While the Billboard charts don’t mean as much

today as they used to, there’s never been an all Asian-American group who’ve enjoyed a hit single as big as ‘Like a G6’ in well over a generation.” While Far East Movement may be the first time many have been exposed to Asian-Americans in hip-hop, they are hardly the first. Going back to the early ‘90s, such acts as the Mountain Brothers, Asiatic Apostles, Yellow Peril, the Seoul Brothers, Chops (formerly of the Mountain Brothers) and Jin (who earned a fearsome reputation with rap battles on BET’s “106 & Park” show) built followings on the hip-hop underground. Andrew Ryan notes, while there may not have been a flood of Asian-American rappers over the years, that doesn’t mean AsianAmerican kids haven’t partaken in hiphop culture. “I think they were just into different elements of it. The breakdancing scene in DC and Virginia is 90 percent Asian-American. There’ve been lots of DJs too.” However, unlike some of those acts that preceded them and despite their name, Far East Movement - whose biggest lyrical concerns revolve around which club to go to next - stay away from

topics dealing with racial consciousness or politics. “We never really made race our basis,” says Far East Movement’s Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura). “We just grew up as LA kids ... 95 percent of the kids just want to party rock and they don’t care about race. They just want to wild out. That’s refreshing to us.” While the band has been involved in the AsianAmerican community - whether it’s organizing a benefit show in LA’s Koreatown or staging International Secret Agents concerts featuring other up-and-coming Asian artists - Nish says that’s not what they want to sing about. “We keep it separate,” he says. He’s also the first to admit that, musically, Far East Movement is anything but hardcore hip-hop, that its pop-electro sound pulls from a variety of styles. “What we do we call ‘free wired,’ an alternative style with dance-style beats,” he says. “We’d go to hardcore electro clubs and later a rock bar, we would take all that in, hit the studio after we’ve had a good night and put it all together.”This is why Wang thinks Far East Movement is the one that broke through. “Earlier Asian-American rap artists were aiming

for a different audience,” he says. “Those older rappers wanted to resonate with conventional hip-hop listeners ... FM took a page from the Will I Am playbook and instead went after a slightly younger, more pop-friendly audience.” In fact, Wang thinks to consider Far East Movement hip-hop at all is mistaken. “It could absolutely be the case that FM’s success inspires other AsianAmerican artists,” he says. “But they won’t be creating a new space in hip-hop for Asian-Americans; they’ll be carving out a space in the dance/electro scene instead and that follows a different historical path, one where acts like Jin or Lyrics Born are less the forebears and it’s more like 80s freestyle singers like Jocelyn Enriquez or Buffy, both of whom were Filipino-American.” But, however the music’s defined and whatever happens now, it seems that Far East Movement have made an indelible impression. “I am so proud of those guys personally,” says Lyrics Born. “We don’t necessarily do the same style but, from my perspective, I’ve always said I was rounding the bases for everyone else. But those guys hit it out of the park.” — MCT

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