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A journey through

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A journey through

the Holy Land

Palestinian people on the streets share their grief of losing a beloved son, brother or father. By Abd Al-Rahman Alyan Kuwait Times Editor-in-Chief

T Abd Al-Rahman Alyan Editor-inChief of Kuwait Times (right) with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The peace and unity that Muslims and Christians share in Bethlehem is a beautiful example of co-existence of religions and mutual respect in each other’s belief.

he Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been dominating headlines for more than five decades and the ongoing saga continues to unfold new facts and twists every day. The Oslo agreement was a milestone in the peace talks between the two sides where it was agreed to give Palestinians the right of self-rule over the agreed territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It was also agreed that a future permanent agreement would be negotiated five years later, an agreement that never saw the light. When you follow the news on the conflict, you believe that there is a two-state solution that just needs to be finalized. To get a true feel of the situation, you need to really visit the place and arrive at your own opinion. Adnan Al-Rashid from the Kuwaiti Journalist Association organized a media delegation to visit the Palestinian-ruled territories. The delegation consisted of Al-Rashid himself as the head of the delegation, Yousef Al-Marzouk, Editor-inChief of Al-Anbaa Arabic newspaper, renowned Kuwaiti journalist Fatima Hussien, former Editorin-Chief of KUNA and current writer of Al-Qabas Arabic newspaper Iqbal Al-Ahmed, Al-Watan TV reporter Mubarak Al-Qenai, KUNA photographer Khaled Al-Marafi, Bader Al-Hammad of Al-Anbaa newspaper and administrator of the delegation, and myself. The delegation was also accompanied by Abdul Hakeem Alzirqi from the Palestinian Embassy in Jordan and Jihad AlRantisi from the Kuwaiti Embassy in Jordan. The delegation traveled to Jordan in preparation to drive into Palestine via the Allenby Bridge. The Jordanian government in coordination with the Palestinian authority did their best to ease the delegation’s travel through their borders. However, the Israeli government has ultimate control over who is allowed in and out of those borders as they have a border post between the Jordanian and the Palestinian posts. Travelers have to wait in long queues on the Israeli post and that could take hours. Luckily for us, we were fast tracked and that took us 1 hour and 30 minutes; that as we were informed by many was a record time. On an average, it would normally take three to six hours and

sometimes even more. When we got to the Palestinian side of the border we started our journey to Bethlehem. The Palestinian police escorted us through Jericho but eventually had to leave the convoy as the highways between the two cities had yet another Israeli military post where they were forbidden to drive through. BETHLEHEM The delegation arrived at Bethlehem on Christmas eve. The place was flooded with visitors from around the world who wanted to experience Christmas at the Church of the Nativity - the birthplace of Jesus Christ (PBUH). The political conflict seemed to have vanished in Bethlehem as Christmas brought peace and a sense of joy to the town. It was a very spiritual feeling to see thousands of Christians gathered in the town’s square between the famous Church and the Omar Ibn Al-Khatab Mosque. They had gathered there since the morning of the 24th December, singing and praying the whole day. The delegation was invited by President Mahmoud Abbas to attend his Christmas dinner with the priests of the Church. Despite being a Muslim delegation, we were invited by the Bishop to attend the Christmas mass that was going to take place later that night. The peace and unity that Muslims and Christians share in Bethlehem is a beautiful example of co-existence of religions and mutual respect in each other’s belief. Perhaps it was the wisdom of Omar Ibn Al-Khatab that has influenced this beautiful example. Omar Ibn AlKhatab visited the Church of the Nativity when Bethlehem was under Islamic rule but he refused to pray the Islamic prayer inside the church fearing that after him, Muslims would turn it into an iconic Muslim mosque. So out of respect, he built a mosque on the other side of the square and that respect exists till this day. The Church proved this in their invitation and in their public welcome to us as brothers for one of the most important prayers in the Christian calendar. Unfortunately, after Christmas, we were reminded of the truth of the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. A group of


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A group photo of the delegation. Christian Palestinian families gathered outside our hotel to bring to our attention their suffering. They were separated from their sons in the infamous incidents of 2001. Israeli soldiers surrounded the Church and arrested several young men, some were detained and deported from their homeland and are barred from returning. The delegation took their message to the President of Palestine and the press. HEBRON The next day, the delegation was taken to the City of Hebron. The situation there was a lot different than Bethlehem. The settlers interact more with Palestinians, and every now and then, the settlements get bigger and bigger gradually taking over Palestinians’ properties. Israeli settlers are constantly provoking trouble there and the Israeli army is always there to protect them. We actually witnessed that as we toured the city. The old town of the city has over a thousand shops that were set in very narrow roads between buildings. These shops belong to Palestinians. The Israelis have closed down 75 percent of these shops. They have taken over the residential parts of these buildings by military force. Every day, settlers throw their garbage from the windows on the Palestinian shoppers downstairs. Shopkeepers were forced to place a net to serve as a roof to hold the garbage that is thrown by Jewish settlers. As the delegation was speaking to one shop keeper who was trying to explain the history of the city, a group of settlers stood a few meters away giving us a look of disgust and talking about us in a very patronizing manner. We were asked to ignore them as the Israeli military stood right behind that group of settlers, keeping an eye on the situation. A few minutes later, the Israeli soldiers decided to cut our visit short by waving at camera men, asking them to stop and move away from the area. They almost got violent and caused a commotion, but we decided to be wise and walk away from a very dangerous situation. During our tour there, we visited the Ibrahimi Mosque, which has been divided by the Israelis, two thirds of the temple for them, one third for everyone else. They have placed checkpoints at the entrances of the mosque that are policed by soldiers. They frisk anyone who is not Jewish as if checking passengers at an airport. On the way out of the mosque, for no reason whatsoever, one of the Israeli soldiers policing the place started making fun of some women and insulting them right there in front of my eyes. It was a sickening and helpless feeling, a situation that reminded many in the delegation of the 1990 invasion. Thirty minutes after the delegation left, Israeli soldiers violently punished people protesting against the building of settlements that consisted of hundreds of Europeans trying to help ease Palestinian suffer-

Abd Al-Rahman Alyan with the Governor of Hebron Kamal Hameed.

ing. However, as photos showed the next day, even they were not spared of Israeli military’s aggression. RAMALLAH The delegation then moved to Ramallah for the remainder of the trip to Palestine. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with the delegation again and had an open discussion about the situation. His efforts have been very open to peace and Palestinian unity. His negotiations with Hamas were lenient, in an attempt to achieve Palestinian unity. Unfortunately, Hamas are always coming up with an excuse to delay any deals. As for the Israeli front, he has been working hard to try and find a final and a real two-independent-state solution that obviously the Israelis are not interested in achieving since they are defying the world by continuing to build settlements. However, President Abbas continues to be upbeat about the situation and continues to push for peace. He has even invited Israeli students and groups from different Israeli political backgrounds and had open discussions with them in order to make them understand and hear the other side of the story and that has helped find some Israeli sympathy and support away from the ruling party. AN INTERNATIONAL FAILURE Having visited Palestine and witnessed the situation first hand it surprises me to see at this age that the world would allow such a situation to continue for so long. The Israeli side does not respect the drawn agreements. They still continue to occupy and control Palestine. The powers that the Palestinian government have over their agreed territories are similar to that of a town council rather than a government. Ultimately, the Israelis control everything even who is allowed in or out. I call this an international failure because the world is allowing this to happen and go unpunished. As a matter of fact, the world also awards Israel for being the most democratic state in the Middle East. Yes, they have an amazing democratic system that protects the rights of Israelis and the Israelis only. The double standards that they rule the land with is a shame to their democratic system, and it is the reason why atrocities against Palestinians continue.

A member of the Kuwaiti delegation prays under the rock from which Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) ascended to heaven.

JERUSALEM: Kuwait Times Editor-in-Chief Abd Al-Rahman Alyan and Adnan AlRashid, Head of the delegation, are seen outside the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem.


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Conspiracy Theories

Our short 2011 resolution list

Soumya said, “I want to find my significant other. I want more hapBy Badrya Darwish piness at home.” That was candid. I loved it. Our photographer Yasser said, “The liberation of Palestine.” Here is a Che Guevara. I salute him badrya_d@kuwaittimes.net though it is a wishful thinking. Sahar, our Weekender editor, said with determination, “Power!” s it is the first Friday of the New Year I She then called me back to say: “Plus, health.” thought of changing flavor and writI don’t know what the hell she means. No ing about what my colleagues in the wonder. She is from Southern Lebanon. You editorial hall wish instead of giving you my can imagine. opinion, as usual. What inspired me to write Our tea boy Faisal said, “To see my family this was a competition I watched amongst and my baby. I haven’t seen him since he was kids in Japan who were asked to draw their born.” dreams for the future. As my colleagues are Sawsan was very brief. She said, “To stay not painters I took their opinions in words. happy.” Here is how my survey looks like: Our Marketing Director Adnan Saad Our bachelor Editor-in-Chief wished: ‘More peace for the world and good Abd Al-Rahman Alyan said, “I wish to get health!” That is humble. Then he spoilt it hypmarried and to lose weight and be more ocritically saying: “Prosperity for the Kuwait enthusiastic about life.” Don’t despair, AB! Times and Friday Times.” There are many single women around. Shakir, our mullah, said, “I want to be a Our Kuwaiti reporter Hussain Qatari said, better person and a better father to my sons “The political scene is worsening by the day especially as we are expecting a third child.” and I hope the people in Kuwait get in touch Islam, our Production in Charge, said, “To with humanity.” live in peace!” Our Barbie reporter Nawara said, “I wish Sharif, our designer, said, ‘I want my son to buy a Dodge Viper even if it is 10 years old. to become a famous musician and Kuwait However, my general wish is to erase Times to launch another three magazines Parliament from Kuwait forever.” that I can design.” Hassan, our Egyptian translator, said, “I Velina, our Bulgarian editor, said, “I want wish my son passes with good grades to get to spend more time with my family and treat him into a government university in Egypt.” the people I love with more care!” That is very Ruth was blunt and impulsive: “A pay sympathetic. rise!” she yelled, adding quietly, “I want to Sunil, our proofreader said, “I want to be a shed some weight.”

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better husband.” I wondered, does he have a guilty conscience? Sameh, our page maker, said, “May the holy God forgive and bless my mother. I want happiness for me and my wife. I wish to have a son and call him Malik to be a brother for Mahmoud and Asma.” Saby, our proofreader said, “I want to lose weight”. What is wrong with people? He is not that fat! Mohammad Safeer, our typesetter, said: “I want to be a dad!” Lenin, our pagemaker said, “I want to be a journalist. I want to start writing again.” What a silly boy! Mansouri, another pagemaker, said, “I wish I could bring my family to Kuwait.” I hope that the Minister of Interior reads your remark. Barrak, our Human Resources manager, said “I want the children of the whole world to be in good health.” That is very passionate. And look at our Finance Manager! I thought he would pray to win the Danna draw or the Euro lottery but this is what he said. “A good afterlife. And to perform hajj again with my wife Um Tayeb.” The man looks like he is fed up with his current life and is planning for the future. He later called me to add another wish which I’d say is slightly hypocritical, but nevertheless as an objective writer I have to mention it: “More income for Kuwait Times in 2011.” I think I have to sign off, guys as we have whooshing deadlines today. I wish you all a better 2011.

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Home alone

Where has our immunity gone?

By Shakir Reshamwala By Sawsan Kazak shakir@kuwaittimes.net sawsan@kuwaittimes.net

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niffles, sneezes and coughs are all you hear these days. Wherever you go, people are wiping their noses, clearing their throats, looking and feeling an absolute mess. It seems as though everyone in Kuwait has come down with the seasonal cold simultaneously. A slight change in the weather a few weeks back has us all running to the pharmacy for cold and flu medication. It seems as though a little Kuwaiti virus has spread like wildfire. With all this sudden illness surrounding us, this begs the question: where has our immunity gone? Have our immune systems become so weak that the smallest change in our temperature or brief encounters with other infected people are enough to make us ill? If we are unable to resist a small cold, what will our systems do when confronted with serious diseases? Maybe it’s the fact that we run to the hospital every time we have any little illness and have the doctor prescribe us the strongest kind of antibiotic on the market to deal with our scratchy throat. As soon as we start experiencing any discomfort we want

to numb it with painkillers, quickly treat the symptoms and put it all behind us ASAP, as if treating the symptoms were the same as treating the cause of the illness. When you have reduced your headache you haven’t prevented it from coming back, you have simply provided yourself with temporary relief. I believe our impatience with any discomfort we experience is the root cause of our weak immune systems and inability to cope with the slightest change in our environment. Our bodies usually have their own way of dealing with intruders. The immune system soldiers take their time to wage a war, which might seem long due to the temporary pain, but in the long run prevent future infections of the same kind. Perhaps if we allowed our systems to slowly cure our ailments we wouldn’t keep getting sick with every change we come across. I say, let’s have less medication and more patience with our bodies, which have evolved enough to be able to fight the common cold - so let’s let them do their jobs. A little temporary discomfort now could mean immunity in the long run.

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here’s a certain air of romanticism about living on your own. No nagging wife, no shrieking kids, just you by yourself enjoying the peace and quiet. Finding myself in such a situation for a couple of weeks, I decided I’d just spend the days lolling around the house. Maybe attend to those DIY jobs that I’d been avoiding. And catch up with some serious reading. Alas, things are not so rosy as they seem, since one very easily forgets there’s housework to be done. After a few days of takeout meals, I missed homecooked food. The laundry basket was bursting at the seams, and the house looked as if a hurricane had passed through it. Being a closet chef, I set about tackling the first problem and threw together some delectable entrees, but was soon confronted by a mountain of dirty dishes in the sink. I also realized that one should not leave the laundry undone till the last minute during wintertime - the clothes need time to dry. For many people in Kuwait living without their families, these are everyday issues, but for someone who’s used to coming home to a child’s embrace and a hot meal, even a few days of a ‘bachelor’ existence can be tough. It certainly makes one really appreciate the effort the wife puts in! Also, the days are all the same - a cycle of sleeping, going to work, then coming home and facing the soapsuds. And forget about those unread books and unfixed jobs. After you’ve done with the chores, you just want to hit the sack. Gosh, look who’s nagging now!

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Kuwait needs to go green

By Muna Al-Fuzai

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reen is certainly wanted in Kuwait and the environment generally. I believe that a call for an environmental movement is a fabulous idea and a public movement we should all support, even the government. This is why we should have an official department concerned solely with environmental issues, concerns and projects, which can monitor the country’s environmental welfare and best interests with local and international experts in this field. Such a call is realistic, especially in a country like Kuwait. Why Kuwait and why now? The answer is more simply...why not? The country’s environment is rich, not just financially but in the sense that there are many issues which desperately need to be addressed, with raising public awareness at the top of the list. Also, we have expatriates from many countries and backgrounds, some of whom are extremely well-educated in matters surrounding environmental conservation. These individuals could help both Kuwaiti and other residents to better understand and respect the environment. Young people too need to know that their efforts to safeguard the environment are not wasted and to be guided on how to positively tackle global phenomena like climate change and to conserve and protect their environment generally. Another issue here is our failure to sort and categorize our garbage, instead dumping it all in one place where the cleaners and municipality workers simply take whatever suits them to sell and get rid of the rest. What we should do is to separate the plastic items since we know that plastic is the most environmentally harmful waste matter and we use and dispose of massive numbers of plastic bags every day. We need to learn how to use far more eco-friendly paper sacks and there should be a public campaign to educate people in putting the environment first, just as we do for ourselves in other ways. We need to learn to automatically use paper bags as routinely as we currently do plastic ones. We breathe and we need a clean environment in order to be able to breathe fresh air; how difficult is this to understand? The environment needs our help, our effort and our support, so let’s get behind it.


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Frugal dining out in Kuwait I can tell you all about how sharing is caring and similar clichés. The portions served in some restaurants are humungous. So please share! By Hussain Al-Qatari

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believe it is safe to say that the number of restaurants in Kuwait is the only thing that is consistently growing. We have a huge rich list of restaurants serving a variety of flavors and cuisines from across the globe. While eating out and trying new restaurants is fun and exciting, it can dent your wallet. The following guide is something compiled from my experiences and those that of several wise friends. You will need to tape stick this article on your fridge. Share What is nicer than a nice dinner? A nice dinner with company! Schedule your dinner with a friend or two. You can make this a weekly habit. Not only will you be sharing fun memories and priceless moments, but - and here is what matters - you will share the appetizers, main course, and most importantly the cheque. I can tell you all about how sharing is caring and similar clichés. The portions served in some restaurants are humungous. So please share!

tizers. Usually this will cost you less than one main course. You’ll be trying more than one flavor and paying less. Have soup Not only are soups filling and delicious, but they are also usually among the cheapest items on the menu. A combination of a soup and one appetizer make a perfect light meal. Soups, especially non-creamy ones are light, high in nutrients and delicious. Salads are also another filling and not-soexpensive dish you can order. Coupled with an appetizer or soup, they make a perfect filling, healthy meal. So next time don’t skip the soups and salads section! Avoid soft drinks This is not only because they are bad for your health, but soft drinks are very overpriced in most restaurants. Juices are similarly expensive. Share a large bot-

Skip the main course This is especially effective if you’re sharing, and is fantastic at Lebanese restaurants. Instead of ordering a pricey main course, get two or even three appe-

tle of water if you must drink something. Let me remind you, though, that if you are trying to eat healthy, the sugar content in juices and soft drinks is fatally high. Unless there is an actual juice bar in the restaurant, do not order juice. It is most likely flavored, colored sweetened water. I would personally opt for water.

Learn to say no The nagging waiter or waitress who continuously suggest you order certain drinks,

accumulate into the price of a nice gadget at the end of the year! Also, do not entirely ignore restaurant promotion advertisements. Your favorite restaurant or pizza place may have a special offer on the weekend. Take advantage. Check out www.gonabit.com for local discount deals. Put limits Set a limit on how much you plan to pay for your meal. This varies from the type of restaurant you are going to. Remember to always set a limit and do not break it. Paying KD5 per person to eat at a franchise casual diner might sound like it is okay, but you can pay less eating at a better authentic restaurant that uses fresh ingredients — as opposed to the franchise’s defrosted thawed meals.

appetizers and main courses is not really your best friend. No matter how nice they are, they are just trying to do their job and sell more. If they recommend something, take the time to actually think and check the price. It will most likely be one of the priciest items on the menu. Say no. Do not be nice about this; you are paying money after all. And as I said, they are not your best friend. Use discounts Most restaurants give discounts to ATM card holders from certain banks, credit cards and other membership cards. Check your wallet and see if you are eligible for a discount at any restaurant. I am not suggesting that you only eat there, but take advantage. This 10 percent off your bill can

Take your food home You will be saving the costs of drinks and will most likely not order dessert. At home, you can indulge in unhealthy habits like eating in front of the television, or not worrying about slurping your spaghetti in public. Kid’s menus This might strike you as really weird, but order from the kid’s menu. The portions in many cases are normal as opposed to large, and the prices are very reasonable. If you are ordering junk food, you can get a collectable toy. It’s a win! Take advantage of refills Refills do not only apply to soft drinks and water, but in many Indian and Chinese restaurants you can get a free refill of rice. This is especially good if you are sharing a main course. It also applies in some restaurants for soups and salad bars.


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A jobseeker’s

guide

Tricks on how to get your dream job in Kuwait

By Abdullah Al-Qattan

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friend of mine once told me this proverb: You are welcomed by your appearance and bade farewell by your capabilities. This means roughly that whenever you go the first impression is made by your clothing, while the second is based on your personality. I couldn’t help but recall that proverb on the night before my first job interview. I was puzzled as to how to handle it. One thing the education system fails to do is to prepare you for your entry into real life by teaching you about the job interview dress code. The easy option in Kuwait is to choose a public sector job for which, uniquely in this country, no interview is required. For those wanting to join the private sector, however, the right CV and an appropriate choice of attire for the interview are crucial. Showing up for an interview in a sweatshirt or wearing trainers is a big no-no, according to recruitment experts. Rajesh, a long-term HR employee in a major international recruitment firm’s local office, said that he’s witnessed numerous faux pas from job applicants attending interviews. Some candidates show up in a sweater or come straight from the gym, while others use someone else’s CV, replacing the actual CV-owner’s name with their own but retaining the rest of the information. “We’ve seen it all - [applicants] chewing gum, wearing funky hairstyles and not showing up at all while providing no reason,” he told the Kuwait Times. Hamad Al-Awadhi, who attended a private high school before going on to study business in the US, said that most of the studies he looked at were based on practical considerations rather than theory: “Presenting yourself is actually more important than presenting your work in some cases because the first

impression is the most important in business,” he said. Jassem Al-Faras, who studied science after graduating from a public school, said that he found it extremely hard to apply at some private sector oil firms since most of them use an American system of writing and presentation and require a list of the applicant’s extracurricular activities such as organizing seminars and events. “One unexpected obstacle that I faced was preparing a professional CV and giving a proper interview without messing things up,” he explained. Another interviewee, Mona Al-Najjar, who majored in Business Studies at a private university, said that during her studies she acquired some training in how to prepare and present a comprehensive CV which could give her the edge in getting a job. “In my early years of study, which were at state schools, all the focus was directed at memorizing and comprehending the material without a shred of interest in how to present one’s findings,” she explained. “This made it hard for me to come up with reasons why the company should ultimately hire me.” Kuwait University graduate Mubarak Al-Randi said that he recently discovered that he had been turned down for a number of jobs because of his casual appearance at interviews: “Now I work in the government sector because of that problem, but I’m still aiming to apply once again when I get the hang of it and when I compile a proper CV,” he told the Kuwait Times. Noura Al-Eisa, an employee with a major local insurance firm, said that throughout her years of conducting staff interviews, she was able to tell whether or not applicants would get the job simply by looking at their credentials and how they introduce themselves. Noura’s final advice for jobseekers was this: “When you’re going for a private sector job, always go prepared for a job higher than the one you’re aiming for.”


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Hotel occupancy surges to 60% rate in 10 months: Report

KUWAIT: Some establishments in the Free Trade Zone that have been closed by the Municipality. —Photos by Ben Garcia

Free Trade Zone businesses shut down over lack of licenses By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: Two newspapers, a satellite TV channel and several restaurants in the Shuwaikh Free Trade Zone, most of the latter being international fast food chain establishments, have been closed down by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) for failing to acquire the proper commercial licenses. Speaking with the Kuwait Times yesterday on condition of anonymity, one Ministry of Interior (MoI) official confirmed that the affected restaurants were unlicensed, adding that they will need to comply fully with MCI regulations before being allowed to reopen. “We’re just accompanying officers from the commerce ministry to serve closure orders on these establishments,” the official explained. “We began [closing the businesses] on Wednesday and we’ll continue until all illegal establishments are closed down.” The officer revealed that the ministries’ joint operation was not targeted solely at restaurants, but also at closing down all establishments whose operations deviate from their licensing conditions. The officer may have been referring indirectly to the Future or Al-Dar newspapers or the Mubasher satellite TV channel, all also closed down on Wednesday, which are based in the Free Trade Zone. One insider at Al-Dar, which is owned by Kuwaiti entrepreneur Mahmoud Haider, said that the newspaper would remain temporarily closed until it transfers its operations to a new building.

Staff at some of the restaurants in the area, meanwhile, pointed out that the establishments had been operating for some years, asking why they were being closed down at this point in time. “As far as our restaurant’s concerned, we’ve been operating for one-and-a-half years” said the Filipino manager of one of the affected restaurants. “I don’t know why they only served us with the closure order today.” A female staff member at another local restaurant which had just been given notice to close told the Friday Times, “Some establishments were closed down [on Wednesday] and they [the inspectors] said they’d found some irregularities other than the license, so maybe in order to make sure everything’s alright they inspected all the establishments, including our restaurant. We’ve been told to close in ten minutes.” This restaurant was one of the few in the Shuwaikh Free Trade Zone area still open and operating during the Kuwait Times’ visit. The owner of another of the affected restaurants said that while she was unhappy at having to close down her establishment without receiving any prior notice, she would do her utmost to reopen it as soon as possible. “My restaurant was closed down this [Thursday] morning,” she told the Friday Times. “I’m heading to the Ministry of Commerce to secure my license now. I hope I can get it by noon today so that I can reopen maybe by Sunday or Monday.” The restaurant area in the Free Trade Zone is always popular, with customers thronging these establishments in the after-

noon and evening, many of them Kuwait University students. Meanwhile, the MCI announced yesterday that it had closed down 24 commercial establishments in the Free Trade Zone on the first day of its campaign to streamline business activities in the area. MCI Assistant Undersecretary for Commercial Monitoring Affairs, and Acting Undersecretary for Foreign Trade Affairs Abdulaziz Al-Khalidi said that the ministry had previously warned some establishments on several occasions over violations that would lead to closure if not remedied, adding that the establishments did not act on these warnings, leading to their closure. Al-Khalidi added that the ministry has registered 115 violations against other establishments responsible for commercial and licensing-related irregularities, emphasizing that the campaign will continue in order to better regulate business activities in the free trade zone, and put an end to all violations there. He also stressed the ministry’s eagerness to apply the law transparently and equally to all in order to help maintain the vital role played by the free trade zone, KUNA reported. Finally, Al-Khalidi called on the owners of all violating establishments to immediately act to resolve any irregularities before reopening in order to ensure that they are practicing in a fully legal manner. He stressed that all the businesses in the Free Trade Zone should comply with the law and not stray outside the regulatory rules and policies.

Medics trained in latest obstetrics techniques By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: The Al-Sabah Medical Zone’s medical emergencies department recently concluded two training courses on the principles of obstetrics. The courses took place at the department’s training center from Monday and Wednesday of this week, with the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) technical affairs department manager, Dr. Majida Al-Qattan, supervising their presentation. Dr. Al-Qattan explained yesterday that the courses, which were held in accordance with an earlier agreement between the MoH and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz Medical City, are accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The senior MoH official revealed that 66 paramedics, nurses and doctors participated in the courses, learning the latest in midwifery and obstetric techniques.

KUWAIT: The occupancy rate for Kuwait’s hotels stood at an average of 60.6 percent in the period between January and October 2010, according to a specialist economic report issued yesterday. This was a meteoric rise on the same period the previous year when the hotels’ occupancy rate stood at 6.1 percent, said the report issued by Tameer Real Estate Invest Company. The average room price per day reached KD 63 in October 2010, 3.8 percent up on the average price in the same period in 2009, it noted. The report added that average room income also rose in the same period by 15.3 percent, up to KD 38. Hotel occupancy across the Middle East and North Africa during the first 10 months of 2010 reached an average of 67 percent, 50 points more than the rate in the same period in 2009, the report noted KUNA reported.

EPA to launch e-gate The Environment Public Authority (EPA) will launch an environmental electronic gateway (e-gate) next February to mark this year’s national days. The director of the EPA’s censorship, inspection, and emergencies department, Mohammad AlAhmad, said yesterday that the e-gate would provide environmental information to the public, as well as enabling users to inform the EPA of any environmental problems. The e-gate will also list locations for swimming, fishing, and diving, he added, explaining that the EPA is set to establish a specialist website in cooperation with several government bodies, including the Ministry of Electricity and Water and the Public Authority for Civil Information.

Education sector to celebrate launch of first regular school The state’s education sector is preparing for the celebration of the launch of the educational system and the centenary of the opening of Al-Mubarakiya School. With only 245 students, the Mubarakiya School, named after the seventh ruler of Kuwait, Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah, was opened on December 22, 1911, explained the Assistant Secretary General for Relics, Museums and Engineering Affairs at the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Ali Al-Youha, yesterday. The idea of opening Kuwait’s first regular school was initially mooted in March 1910 during a celebration marking the birth of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) at the house of Yousif bin Eissa Al-Qinae, a prominent Kuwaiti scholar. Addressing the meeting, Yassin Al-Tabtabae, a leading educationist and religious scholar, underlined the significance of building a school to eradicate illiteracy, KUNA reported.

Kuwait to host Asian ministerial energy meeting Kuwait’s Ministry of Oil is to host the Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable Meeting in mid-April, with the participation of 28 countries and a number of international organizations concerned with oil, gas, and power. The ministry announced in a press release issued yesterday that Kuwait has already begun preparing for the event. The meeting will be attended by representatives of Asian oil-producing and consuming countries, it explained, adding that the major event will also be attended by representatives from the international Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), reported KUNA reported. The statement added that the ministers will discuss ideas for ensuring a better future for the oil industry.

Two new charities founded The Minister of Public Works, Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, and Acting Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr. Fadhil Safar Ali Safar, yesterday approved two decrees authorizing the establishment of two new charities. The first decision authorized the foundation of a charity named after Kuwait philanthropist Abdulrazzaq Abdulhamid Al-Sane’e Charity, which would grant university scholarships to excellent students from Kuwait and elsewhere in the Arab and Islamic world, according to a statement issued by the ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. The statement added that the charity organization will also support researchers and those who are enrolled in higher education studies in granting support and incentives in various scientific, literary, social, and artistic fields, reported KUNA.


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PESHAWAR: A Supporter of the Pakistan People’s party reacts during a protest to condemn the killing of Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab, in Peshawar, Pakistan yesterday. —AP


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Call for pardon for convicted Israeli ex-prez Beilin: Humiliation enough of a punishment

GOLAN HEIGHTS: Israeli soldiers stand guard as Syrian Druze bride Samar Khayal and Israeli Druze groom Nabil Farhat, center left, and their relatives cross from the United Nations buffer zone at the Kuneitra Crossing, in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed, Wednesday. The Syrian Druze Samar Khayal crossed from Syria to Israel Wednesday to marry Israeli Druze Nabil Farhat, resident of the village of Buqata in the Israeli Golan Heights. —AP

Lebanon’s Christians mull uncertain future QADISHA VALLEY: Deadly attacks on Christians in Iraq and Egypt have left Lebanon’s dwindling Christian community anxiously mulling its own uncertain future in a predominantly Muslim region. “We are a minority in the turbulent waters of the Middle East,” said Teddy Awad, 42, a Maronite Catholic from the northern village of Hasroun on the edge of the Qadisha Valley, considered the Christian heartland of Lebanon. “Our problems go back centuries,” he told AFP, as he played cards with other locals at the village cafe. “Lebanon’s Christians may be better off than Egypt’s Copts ... but any political upheaval could see us suffer the same fate. “We too have long suffered persecution and it’s not for nothing that our ancestors had to hide in this valley.” Deep in Lebanon’s north, Wadi Qadisha, or “Holy Valley,” has provided sanctuary to monastic communities since the beginnings of the Christian Maronite faith, which is loyal to the Vatican. The rugged mountains and sloping cliffs are dotted with monasteries, hermitages and caves that sheltered Christians fleeing persecution as far back as the 5th century. “Our history is one of martyrdom,” said Father Sharbel Trad, a monk who has dedicated his life to preserving the Maronite faith in Lebanon. “Our vocation, as Christians, is to stay right here, and to spread Christianity in the East. And we are not afraid.” After the Copts of Egypt, Lebanon’s Christian community is the largest of any country of the Middle East. The majority of them are Maronites, but there are also Eastern Orthodox, Latin Catholics, Armenian Orthodox and Protestants. The New Year’s Day attack on a church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead, provoked widespread condemnation among Lebanon’s Christians. “The Copts ... are the true children of Egypt and an integral part of their country,” Orthodox Archbishop Theophilus George Saliba said earlier this week. While the attacks in Egypt and Iraq have sparked anxiety among Lebanese Christians, few believe the same could happen in Lebanon, given the country’s unique confessional-based political system. Samir Geagea, a former warlord and head of the Christian Lebanese Forces, downplayed the likelihood of AlQaeda-style attacks on his community, saying it would not serve the interest of any of the country’s religious-based parties. “Targeting Christians in Lebanon is more difficult in light of our political structure, but also due to the fact that there are few Al-Qaeda-linked cells and they are closely monitored by security and military forces,” Geagea told AFP. “I do not at all agree that the Christians of the East are headed for extinction,” he added, while acknowledging that their numbers were dwindling. “Lebanon’s political system guarantees that, regardless of numbers, the representation of each community in government will remain the same.” Odon Vallet, a French historian and expert on religion, for his part is less optimistic. “All Christians across the Near East are in a difficult situation,” Vallet said. “There is no easy answer as to whether Lebanon’s Christian community will eventually disappear,” he told AFP. “But it is certainly a risk.” The only country in the region with a Christian president, Lebanon has long prided itself as an example of pluralism and coexistence. —AFP

JERUSALEM: A former Israeli justice minister has proposed pardoning an ex-president convicted of rape, rankling women’s rights advocates but raising new questions over what kind of punishment is appropriate for a onetime head of state. The former minister, Yossi Beilin, says Moshe Katsav’s public humiliation is enough of a punishment and would serve as a powerful deterrent to other officials. He reasons that it is not in the public interest to see a former symbol of the state behind bars. Katsav’s conviction last week has brought nearly unanimous scorn for the disgraced politician and wallto-wall praise for a legal system that proved itself egalitarian by bringing him to justice. But Beilin and others have begun questioning the wisdom of prison time. “He obviously deserves a heavy punishment, but the question is whether we also deserve that punishment when the country is being portrayed all over the world as a country whose president is like this,” Beilin, the former leader of the dovish Meretz Party, told Israel’s Army Radio on Wednesday. “I think the real punishment for Moshe Katsav is not to be separated from society but rather to remain on his street, to look into the eyes of those close to him, to look into the eyes of his grandchildren and to know that everyone knows the truth.” Women’s rights advocates quickly criticized the proposal. “A rapist’s place is in prison,” said former lawmaker Zahava Gal-On. A pardon would have to come from Katsav’s successor as president, Shimon Peres, whose office has refused to discuss the possibility. Last week, a Tel Aviv court ruled that Katsav twice raped a woman who worked for him when he served as tourism minister in the 1990s, and assaulted and harassed two other women who worked for him when he was president, from 2000 to 2007. The scathing ruling called him “manipulative” and said his testimony was riddled with lies. He faces between four to 16 years in prison. Katsav attorney Zion Amir said he would announce whether he intends to appeal the verdict after sentencing, which is expected within two months. Amir said Katsav and his team would not make any other comments before the sentencing. —AP

AMMAN: A Jordanian man lights a candle prior of a prayer ceremony for the victims who died after New Year’s Day church bombing that killed 21 people, at the Coptic Orthodox Church in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday. — AP

Prejudices against Copts stoke tensions CAIRO: Ahmed Ibrahim says his closest friends are Christians, but fellow Muslim friends here warn him he’s looking for trouble. “They cite Quranic verses that say Christians are enemies of Muslims but never mention many other verses that speak positively of Christians,” lamented the 29-year-old physician. “My wife tells me that my Christian friends are good to me only because they want to improve their image or gain popularity.” “Well, so what? They are still good to me.” The government has appealed for national unity following a shocking New Year’s suicide bombing of an Egyptian church, which killed 21. And in a sign some Muslims are seeking to bridge the divide, Egyptian activists have called on Muslims to form human shields in front of Coptic churches during Orthodox Christmas Eve services yesterday. But on the ground, personal prejudices between members of Egypt’s two faiths have always run deep and wide, fueled inadvertently or not by government policies. Christians, thought to make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s estimated 80 million people, say the attitudes allow violence against their community to be overlooked, tolerated or explained away. Saturday’s bombing, which killed 21 and wounded nearly 100 at a midnight Mass, was the deadliest attack on them in years. But low-level violence is common, and authorities often attribute it to personal disputes or mentally ill individuals, not religious hatreds. Many in the Coptic community, the vast majority of Egypt’s Christians , fear new attacks when the faithful gather at churches at Masses ahead of Orthodox Christmas today. Egyptian authorities have deployed extra security forces, backed by explosives experts, around many churches. And the government has hauled the spiritual leaders of the Coptic and Muslim communities before the media for handshakes and symbolic calls for unity.

But that traditional response rings hollow for many Copts, who say the state only reinforces a second-class status for their community by restricting the construction of churches and informally banning Christians from assuming certain senior government jobs. Even the Coptic Church’s leader, Pope Shenouda III, a stalwart government supporter, seemed to express impatience with the claims of “national unity,” saying in a TV interview after the attack that “it should mean unity in action, thought and feelings. Only then can it be truly national unity.” The bloody scenes of bodies in the street from Saturday’s attack, which stunned Muslims and Christians alike, did touch off soulsearching in some quarters. Mustafa Fathy of Cairo recounted in a Facebook posting the antiChristian stereotypes he was taught as a child: Christians don’t smell good, they engage in sexual acts in churches, where they also hide weapons to use against Muslims when their numbers grow. “I apologize to every Christian I grew up with in a society that taught me in my young years a great deal of wrong things about Christians, their faith and lifestyle,” wrote Fathy, who grew up in the capital’s poor Boulaq elDakrour neighborhood. “I apologize to the Christians who lived on my street but I never played with because my family told me not to.” Common stereotypes among Egypt’s Muslims about their Christian countrymen range from the innocuous, ridiculous and superstitious to the malicious and harmful. Rumors run how Christians secretly meeting in churches plot to lure Muslims with cash to convert or to push Muslim rivals out of business. Some Muslims view Christian women as morally loose, bent on corrupting Muslim men. Hard-line clerics have accused Christians of hoarding weapons for a violent overthrow of Muslims. One of the most damaging ideas propagated is that Christians conspire with the West against their own country. —AP


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Iran : American woman detained on spy charges Woman had spying equipment hidden on body TEHRAN: Iranian authorities have detained a 55-year-old American woman on spying charges, local media reported yesterday. The state-owned newspaper IRAN said the woman had spying equipment hidden on her body when customs authorities detained her in the border town of Nordouz, 370 miles (600 kilometers) northwest of the capital Tehran. The report said she arrived in Iran from neighboring Armenia without a visa. The paper identified the woman in Farsi as Hal Talaian and said she was found to have “a microphone” between her teeth. It did not say when she was detained. But Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency quoted an unnamed official as saying the woman was taken into custody “about one week ago.” Armenian authorities had no immediate comment on the reported arrest. The US Embassy in Armenia’s capital Yerevan was closed for the Orthodox Christmas and officials could not be reached. If the woman’s arrest is confirmed, she would be the fourth

BOSTON: Reza Pahlavi, the eldest son of the former shah of Iran, pauses as he addresses the media during a news conference in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. Pahlavi’s brother, Alireza Pahlavi, the youngest son of the late shah of Iran, was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide at his home in Boston, after he had “struggled for years to overcome his sorrow,” his brother said. —AP

Son of ex-Iranian shah says brother had depression BOSTON: The oldest son of the former shah of Iran spoke of the “tragic consequences” of depression Wednesday as he reacted to the suicide of his younger brother, who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Boston home. Reza Pahlavi fought back tears as he remembered his brother, Alireza Pahlavi, 44, and spoke about how depression has taken a toll on his family. His sister, Leila, 31, was found dead in a London hotel room in 2001 after overdosing on barbiturates. “My family has had its share of dealing with this debilitating illness, but we also realize it is not a tragedy isolated to us; we share this with the millions around the world, particularly those in our homeland, Iran, suffering from the same,” Reza Pahlavi told reporters in Boston. “We mourn today, the succumbing of our beloved Alireza to the weight, pain and daily burdens of this grave illness, and because of its robbing the promise of yet another life, unfulfilled,” he said, then paused and put his hand over his mouth to hold back tears. Reza Pahlavi said his brother, who died Tuesday, had struggled with depression for years. He said Alireza had lived in Boston for the past several years, where he was completing studies and research on the history of the Persian civilization. He had done postgraduate work at Harvard University in ancient Iranian studies and philology. Their late father, former Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic revolution. Reza Pahlavi said his brother was 12 and his sister 10 when the family had to leave Iran after the revolution, a “trauma” he said that “maybe never leaves them.” He was in regular contact with his brother, most recently, about a week before his death, and said he had no indication of why he decided to end his life now. Reza said his brother “left behind his final wishes,” including his request for his cremated remains to be released into the Caspian Sea. The family is finalizing plans for a memorial service, which will likely be held in the Washington, D.C., area. The shah died of cancer in Egypt a year after fleeing Iran, and his family sought haven in exile with many members settling in the United States. Reza Pahlavi divides his time between raising a family outside Washington and trying to burnish the Pahlavi dynasty image for a dreamed of return to Iran. He has spoken out in opposition to Iran’s clerical regime. — AP

American Iran has detained and accused of spying in less than two years. In July 2009, Tehran detained three Americans who it initially accused of crossing the border illegally from northern Iraq and later accused of spying. The US has dismissed the spying charges. It says the three are innocent hikers and has repeatedly called for their release. The Americans’ families have said if they crossed the border at all, it was inadvertent. One of the three, Sarah Shourd, was released in September on compassionate grounds on $500,000 bail. Her fiance, Shane Bauer, and friend Josh Fattal remain in prison and could go on trial next month. Iran has suggested in the past that the Americans in its custody could be traded for Iranians held in the US, raising concerns that the Americans are to be used as bargaining chips as the two countries face off over issues like Iran’s disputed nuclear program. The US and its allies fear Iran aims to develop atomic weapons. Tehran denies the allegations, and says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. —AP

Iraqi cleric implores followers to show discipline NAJAF: Hundreds of raucous supporters celebrated the return of firebrand Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr yesterday after his emergence from four years of exile in Iran, drawing a plea from him to show more discipline and restraint. The populist whose militiamen once battled American and Iraqi forces left Iraq in 2007. Then, he was seen as a powerful but unpredictable leader of a street-fighting organization. Upon his return Wednesday, he was a legitimate political figure heading an organized movement that is a key partner in Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s new government. The first public statement from him since his return, issued by his office yesterday, seemed designed to reinforce that image. “I have seen only love and loyalty from you and this is exactly what you have seen from me, but the lack of discipline displayed by some of you, while I was performing my religious rituals and public matters, has bothered and harmed me. I demand you to exercise discipline,” he said. He was referring to the rapturous reception by hundreds of followers a day earlier, while he visited a holy shrine. Crowds chanted, “Muqtada is our only leader.” Officials from his office said the cleric felt other politicians might view those cries as provocative. Al-Sadr made no public appearances. According to his office in Najaf, Al-Sadr will give a speech tomorrow although there was no information on where the speech would be delivered.

A swarm of al-Sadr’s bodyguards - dressed in black clothes and flak jackets and armed with automatic rifles deployed around his house in the al-Hanana neighborhood in central Najaf where followers were waiting to meet him. One of the youngest among those gathered outside alSadr’s house was 9-year-old Mohammed Sadiq, who was accompanied by his uncle. “I’d like to kiss his hands and tell him: ‘I miss you and don’t leave us again,”‘ said Sadiq. Supporters hung banners on nearby buildings. One of them read: “Yes, yes to our leader. Here we are at your service our master Muqtada.” Another banner said: “We renew our allegiance to our leader Muqtada Al-Sadr.” The cleric was believed to be meeting with Iraq’s most revered Shiite figure, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, yesterday but the meeting could not be confirmed. Many Iraqi politicians could not be reached for comment yesterday, indicating the sensitivity that is felt in Iraq about the return of one of the country’s most powerful and unpredictable politicians. Al-Sadr has legions of followers among Iraq’s downtrodden Shiite masses who see him as a champion of their rights against both the Sunnis who dominated Iraq under Saddam Hussein and other Shiite political parties such as al-Maliki’s Dawa party, which represents more of the Shiite middle class. AlSadr had not been seen publicly in Iraq since 2007. He left to study Islam in Qom, Iran,

NAJAF: A supporter holds a portrait of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq yesterday. —AP the seat of Shiite education. The sojourn was a way for the 37-year-old cleric to burnish his theological credentials at a time when he was sometimes criticized within Shiite religious circles for his relative religious inexperience. But he also faced an arrest warrant for his alleged role in assassinating a rival Shiite cleric.The

arrest warrant appeared to be in effect as recently as last March but the chances it would be enforced seem almost nonexistent considering the alliance between AlMaliki and Al-Sadr. The public nature of al-Sadr’s return - his first appearance in Iraq since leaving for Iran - suggested he had little to fear. — AP


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Brazil struggles with deadly floods 22 people killed SAO PAULO: Weeks of flooding in southeastern Brazil have killed at least 22 people and prompted officials to declare a state of emergency for 55 towns, officials and media said yesterday. Rescue services in the worst-affected state of Minas Gerais said 16 people have died there since the onset of the wet season in November. A 38year-old man died Wednesday

when his house collapsed in the town of Santa Rita do Supacai, injuring his wife and their four children, the state civil defense service said. Municipalities in Minas Gerais declared the state of emergency to win government help to cope with the flooding. In neighboring Sao Paulo state, six people died Wednesday, according to news-

US House leader optimistic on Obama cooperation WASHINGTON: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor yesterday said he is optimistic that Republicans in Congress can work with President Barack Obama to cut federal spending and reform the US tax code. In US television interviews, the Virginia Republican said he spoke to Obama by telephone on Wednesday to discuss spending cuts and urged the president to see last year’s compromise on Bush-era tax cuts as a blueprint for tax reform going forward. Republicans, who officially took control of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, are waiting for Obama to lay out his policies in the State of the Union address to Congress, which could come as early as Jan 25. “I spoke to him specifically about the kinds of spending cuts that I hope he proposes in that address. I told him also that we’ll be looking to see what type of ideas he’s got for tax reform,” Cantor said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “The president acknowledged to me, there’s a lot of competition in this world and our economy is faltering right now and we’ve got to get back in our game so America can start winning again.” Republicans promised angry voters they would curb the $1.3 trillion deficit by reining in federal spending while reducing taxes. The party pledged to return discretionary, non-defense related spending to 2008 levels but have since said an initial $100 billion target for cuts may not be reached. —Reuters

Sinaloa drug cartel to dominate Mexican crime MEXICO CITY: The Sinaloa cartel will dominate Mexico’s drug trafficking organizations in 2011, according to a report from US intelligence analysts Stratfor. The powerful drug gang is headed by Mexico’s most-wanted fugitive, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and based in the northwestern Pacific coastal state of Sinaloa. The Texas-based Stratfor said in a report released in late December that Mexico’s high level of violence in 2010 was the result of a war between the expanding Zetas drug cartel and the New Federation, an alliance of cartels headed by the Sinaloa group. The New Federation was formed in early 2010 following growing battles between the Zetas and their former partners in the Gulf cartel, provoking a bloody turf war in northeastern Mexico. The Gulf cartel joined forces with its rivals the Sinaloa cartel and La Familia, based in western Mexico, to form the New Federation and take on the Zetas, a group formed in the 1990s by elite soldiers who deserted the Mexican army. New Federation members however continue to operate their respective smuggling routes, according to Stratfor. Foreign assistance could help President Felipe Calderon crack down on the drug cartels, but would be unlikely due to “social sensitivities to foreign forces operating on Mexican soil,” Stratfor said. “The Sinaloa Federation (cartel) ... is the most likely to lead an alliance that could consolidate power in the volatile regions and keep them stable,” the report said. —AFP

paper reports. Four members of the same family-a couple and their two children aged four and nine-perished when a mudslide swallowed their home in the town of Jundiai, the Diario do Grande ABC reported. In Maua, on the other side of Sao Paulo city, a mother and her 11-year-old son died when another mudslide hit their house, the

Folha de Sao Paulo and Estado de Sao Paulo newspapers said. The city of Sao Paulo suffered flooding in several areas, including a major road that was cut for several hours. Sao Paulo’s Emergency Management Center said the city received as much rain in the first six days of 2011 as it usually does in two weeks at this time of year. “As the ground is extremely

saturated and the level of rivers fairly high, the risk has increased for new landslides and flood areas,” it said on its website. It added that the heavy rains looked likely to continue in coming days. According to Estado de Sao Paulo, a total of 473 people died across Brazil in rains and flooding in all of 2010, and 7.8 million people were affected.— AFP

New Venezuela congress has larger opposition CARACAS: Opposition lawmakers gained a bigger presence and a platform to challenge Hugo Chavez as a new National Assembly took office Wednesday, though the congress’ powers are limited by a measure letting the president enact laws by decree. After having almost no representation at all in the outgoing congress due to a decision to boycott 2005 elections, the opposition now controls 67 of the National Assembly’s 165 seats. That means Chavez’s allies no longer have a twothirds super majority, the threshold needed to approve some types of major laws and appoint Supreme Court justices. Lawmakers stood and sang the national anthem at the start of a raucous inaugural session, which saw opening speeches that drew applause and shouts from the two camps. Pro-Chavez lawmakers chanted their slogan “They will not return!” , to which some opposition lawmakers replied that they had, in fact, returned. Supporters and opponents of Chavez both demonstrated near the National Assembly, while hundreds of National Guard troops and police in riot gear blocked streets. The president made an outdoor speech to supporters, saying it’s positive to have an opposition in the Assembly and that it will undoubtedly mean more confrontation. “2011 will be a year of great battles. They already announced and began their efforts to try to sabotage the work of the government,” Chavez said. “They will never again have a majority.” The outgoing congress, overwhelmingly controlled by Chavez loyalists, approved a law last month granting him special decree powers for the

CARACAS: Opposition congressman Andres Velasquez, right second row, and fellow legislators hold up signs reading “52%”, in reference to the percentage of votes the opposition had in the Sept 2010 congressional elections, when vote was almost evenly split between the two political camps in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday. — AP next year and a half , meaning he will be able to bypass congress to enact laws in areas ranging from the financial sector to the country’s “socio-economic system.” The lawmakers also appointed nine new Supreme Court justices, reinforcing the dominance of judges widely seen as friendly to the government. Legislators in the previous

congress rewrote parliamentary rules to limit the time allowed for debate and give more power to the assembly president and Chavez’s party. Another new law allows the suspension of any lawmaker who leaves a party in the middle of a term , a response to the defections of about a dozen politicians from the pro-Chavez bloc in the last legislature. Opponents have

denounced the decree measure as an anti-democratic power grab and vow to press ahead with their own agenda. Some top priorities will be to push for a gun control law and measures to promote job-creation amid a troubled economy, said Julio Borges, one of the new opposition leaders in the unicameral legislature. Borges said the opposition will also aim to impose checks to try to fight corruption, and added that he will call for a prohibition on Chavez giving away the nation’s money to allies abroad. Opponents accuse Chavez of squandering the country’s oil wealth trying to cement international alliances. Chavez has urged lawmakers in his socialist party to defeat opponents he calls “pitiyanquis,” or “little Yankees,” whom he accuses of being in cahoots with the United States. Fernando Soto Rojos, who was a leftist guerrilla in the 1960s, was confirmed as the new National Assembly president. He pledged in an inaugural speech to encourage participation by the public in the lawmaking process. The opposition took roughly half the popular vote in September. They argue they would have won many more seats if not for a controversial election law that redrew some districts and gave greater weight to rural areas where Chavez’s support is stronger. “I come here to speak today in the name of the immense majority of the popular vote ... a majority that isn’t reflected in this chamber, that isn’t reflected due to a law that defrauds the popular will,” opposition lawmaker Alfonso Marquina said in a speech. —AP


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ABIDJAN: Alassane Ouattara, foreground in red tie, walks with advisors and staff in the garden of the Golf Hotel in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. —AP

Ivory Coast rival urges raid to snatch Gbagbo ABIDJAN: Ivory Coast’s internationally recognised president called yesterday for a bloodless raid by west African special forces to snatch defiant strongman Laurent Gbagbo and “take him elsewhere” amid fears of civil war. Alassane Ouattara’s call came after regional bloc ECOWAS said it was prepared to use military force as a last resort to oust Gbagbo who retains control of the army and continues to defy international calls to step down. “If he persists, it’s up to ECOWAS to take the necessary measures and those measures can include legitimate force,” Ouattara told journalists at the Abidjan hotel where he has for weeks been besieged by Gbagbo forces. “Legitimate force doesn’t mean a force against Ivorians,” he said, with the crisis threatening to plunge the west African nation back into civil war. “It’s a force to remove Laurent Gbagbo and that’s been done elsewhere, in Africa and in Latin America, there are non-violent special operations which allow simply to take the unwanted person and take him elsewhere.” “Laurent Gbagbo will leave before the end of January,” Ouattara said. “I have a series of measures underway that will make him fall like a fruit, not a ripe one, but like a rotten fruit,” he said. The latest bid by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union to mediate an end to the crisis that has seen at least 200 people killed since the disputed November 28 election floundered on Tuesday. West African military chiefs have set in motion plans to oust Gbagbo if negotiations fail, with another crisis mediation mission to be decided soon. Ouattara has accused Gbagbo of masterminding a

campaign of rape and murder against his supporters, while the United Nations mission in the country said yesterday that the death toll from the crisis continues to rise. ICC chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, has vowed to prosecute any political crimes carried out in the wake of the disputed poll. UN rights experts said last week they feared reports of widespread post-election violence in the Ivory Coast amounted to crimes against humanity, but that it had been prevented from fully investigating alleged atrocities. Ouattara is the internationally acknowledged victor of the November 28 presidential election which was supposed to end a decade of unrest which has split the country between north and south. Ivory Coast’s Independent Electoral Commission as well as the United Nations declared Ouattara the winner of the November 28 run-off poll, while the Constitutional Council said that Gbagbo won. Both men have been sworn in as president and Gbagbo claims there is an international plot to oust him after more than a decade in power. Gbagbo’s refusal to bow to international pressure has sent over 22,000 Ivorians fleeing the country amid fears of the return of civil war. Ouattara’s hotel has been protected by around 800 UN peacekeepers as well as the ex-rebel New Forces allied with his camp since troops shot dead several of his supporters as they marched on state television on December 16. Gbagbo has demanded the former rebels go back to their northern powerbase before he will lift the siege, which his foreign minister says is there to protect Gbagbo himself and foreign diplomatic missions in the area. —AFP

VATICAN CITY: God’s mind was behind complex scientific theories such as the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident, Pope Benedict said yesterday. “The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe,” Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star. “Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something profound into it: the wisdom of the creator, the inexhaustible creativity of God,” he said in a sermon to some 10,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica on the feast day. While the pope has spoken before about evolution, he has rarely delved back in time to discuss specific concepts such as the Big Bang, which scientists believe led to the formation of the universe some 13.7 billion years ago. Researchers at CERN, the nuclear research centre in Geneva, have been smashing protons together at near the speed of light to simulate conditions that they believe brought into existence the primordial universe from which stars, planets and life on earth-and perhaps elsewhere-eventually emerged. Some atheists say science can prove that God does not exist, but Benedict said that some scientific theories were “mind limiting” because “they only arrive at a certain point ... and do not manage to explain the ultimate sense of reality ...” He said scientific theories on the origin and development of the universe and humans, while not in conflict with faith, left many questions unanswered. “In the beauty of the world, in its mystery, in its greatness and in its rationality ... we can only let ourselves be guided towards God, creator of heaven and earth,” he said. Benedict and his predecessor John Paul have been trying to shed the Church’s image of being antiscience, a label that stuck when it condemned Galileo for teaching that the

VATICAN: Pope Benedict XVI holds the Holy Gospel as he celebrates an Epiphany Mass inside St Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican yesterday. —AP earth revolves around the sun, challenging the words of the Bible. Galileo was rehabilitated and the Church now also accepts evolution as a scientific theory and sees no reason why God could not have used a natural evolutionary process in the forming of the human species. The Catholic Church no longer teaches creationism-the belief

that God created the world in six days as described in the Bible-and says that the account in the book of Genesis is an allegory for the way God created the world. But it objects to using evolution to back an atheist philosophy that denies God’s existence or any divine role in creation. It also objects to using Genesis as a scientific text. —Reuters

UK moves to extend freedom of info laws LONDON: Britain’s government should release its secrets sooner, the country’s deputy prime minister said yesterday, proposing reforms to strengthen the UK’s relatively new freedom of information law. Nick Clegg said he wanted to cut the time officials can keep records from the public down to 20 years from the current 30 years. He also said he hoped to expand the scope of law, which now covers UK government departments and local councils. Clegg said he wants it to cover more para-governmental bodies, such as Britain’s Association of Chief Police Officers and its Financial Services Ombudsman. He said the moves were intended to “resettle the relationship between people and government.” “We still live in a society where information is hoarded by the few. And, as we know, information is knowledge, and knowledge is power,” Clegg said in excerpts released to the media ahead of a speech due to be delivered today. Britain’s Freedom of Information Act has been on the books for about a decade, far less time than its US counterpart, which was signed into law in 1966.

US rules on declassification vary depending on the nature of the official information. Presidential records can be obtained through freedom of information requests as soon as six years after the end of the president’s administration, although some exemptions apply. Classified information is presumed declassified when it reaches 25 years of age. Openness advocates have criticized UK laws for exempting some semiofficial bodies and for three-decadelong wait before government documents, such as briefings, policy documents, and e-mails sent between ministers, are made public. A review commissioned by the previous British government said that restrictions should be reduced to 15 years. Clegg has settled on 20. It wasn’t immediately clear when or how the proposed changes would become law. The previous government had also proposed paring back restrictions on government documents, but the reform was never enacted. Clegg said he hoped his changes could be made before the end of the year. —AP


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Japan politician’s ‘peeping’ guard arrested TOKYO: The police bodyguard of a senior Japanese politician has been arrested after trying to peep on a woman washing in her bathroom, police said yesterday. Masahiro Kato, 47, assigned to protect the Liberal Democrats’ Secretary General Nobuteru Ishihara, was arrested on trespass charges by another police officer Wednesday night outside a house in Chiba near Tokyo, local police said. Kato, an assistant police inspector with the Tokyo metropolitan police, had been loitering outside the bathroom window but was scared off when a male resident heard a noise and came outside, police said. Having left his bicycle behind, Kato later returned to the house to pick it up but was confronted by the resident, leading to his arrest. “He has admitted that he went there with the intention of peeping into the bathroom,” a deputy chief at the Funabashi East police station told AFP. “He admitted everything and apologised.” Kato has long served as a bodyguard to senior lawmakers, including past secretary generals of the main conservative opposition Liberal Democrat party, which governed Japan for more than 50 years until it lost power in 2009. — AFP

Google collects personal info: South Korean police Photographs taken for Street View mapping service SEOUL: Google Inc. collected e-mails and other personal information from unsecured wireless networks in South Korea while taking photographs for its Street View mapping service, police said yesterday. In May, the American search giant announced it had inadvertently collected fragments of people’s online activities from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries, prompting investigations around the globe. Street View provides street-level images on Google Earth and Google Maps. Google said entire e-mails, URLs and passwords were among items its researchers collected. Google accessed private data as its cars took photos of neighborhoods in Seoul and three other major cities in South Korea between October 2009 and May 2010, said Jung Suk-hwa, a police officer in charge of the investigation. Jung said the police reached the preliminary conclusion after

analyzing hard disks obtained from Google, noting that police plan to wrap up the investigation as early as this month. South Korea’s mass-circulation Donga Ilbo newspaper first reported the case yesterday. Police suspect Google’s activities break South Korean laws protecting privacy of telecommunications. It was not immediately clear whether Google and its officials might be prosecuted or penalized here. Google apologized for intruding and vowed to continue to cooperate with South Korean authorities. “As soon as we realized what had happened, we stopped collecting all Wi-Fi data from our Street View cars and immediately informed the authorities,” Google Korea spokeswoman Kate Park said in a statement. “Our ultimate objective remains to delete the data consistent with our legal obligations and in consultation

New storms soak flood-weary Australian communities BRISBANE: Cleanup crews toiled under more pounding rains yesterday to clear mountains of debris in flood-ravaged communities across northeastern Australia, as one mayor warned it could take his city up to a year to recover from the worst flooding in decades. Officials were only beginning to see the scope of the damage as river levels across Queensland state started dropping despite new thunderstorms. Floodwaters were expected to stay high in many areas for at least another week, and officials warned evacuated residents to stay far away from their waterlogged homes. “It’s important for the community to remember that this event is not over yet,” said Brad Carter, mayor of the inundated city of Rockhampton, which has evacuated 500 people. “Those residents who were required to evacuate their homes will not be able to return to their homes until the flood waters recede.” Four thousand people across Queensland have been evacuated from their homes since driving rains that began just before Christmas left much of the region under a sea of murky water. Around 1,200 homes have been inundated, with another 10,700 suffering some damage in the flood zone, an area greater than France and Germany combined. The flooding has already had a major economic impact on the region, shutting down three-quarters of the state’s lucrative coal mines and devastating crops. The total cost is not yet known, but Queensland Premier

ROCKHAMPTON: Australian Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor surveys the flooded Fitzroy River in Rockhampton, Australia yesterday. Despite the fresh rains, the overflowing river in the inundated city of Rockhampton is slowly receding. —AP Anna Bligh said the price of rebuilding homes, businesses and infrastructure coupled with economic losses could be as high as $5 billion. The flooded city of Bundaberg, a major producer of sweet potatoes and peanuts, launched a task force to determine how much damage the deluge has done. “This region supplies about a third of Australia’s small crops, and we need to know what the impact is going to be on farming in the area, and what impact it’s going to have on the rest of the country,” Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said. “We’re responsible for feeding the

country, so that’s something we need to look at closely.” The good news for the nearly 200,000 flood victims is that the crisis finally appeared to be easing. Despite the fresh rains, the overflowing Fitzroy River in Rockhampton began slowly receding yesterday. It has spilled onto 3,000 properties throughout the city, leaving 200 homes with water above the floorboards. The mayor warned the city of 75,000 was in for a long cleanup and recovery period. “I think that this could drag on for 12 months,” Carter said. In the state’s southwest, the 150 residents of the tiny commu-

nity of Condamine had hoped to return home yesteday, a week after they were airlifted to safety when the Condamine River inundated 42 of the 60 homes. But a storm that rolled in Wednesday afternoon shut down highways and more rain forecast through the weekend could delay their return. The town has no electricity or running water, and schools and churches are also under water. “The damage is extremely significant,” Western Downs Regional Mayor Ray Brown said. “On the scale of devastation, on a percentage, it’s a massive impact.” — AP

with the appropriate authorities.” In addition to international investigations, about 40 U.S. states are seeking to review the information to see if Google improperly accessed e-mails, passwords and other private data. Google’s disclosure has generated a variety of responses. Greek officials asked for more safeguards before its streets were photographed, and some English villagers protested by forming a human chain to stop a camera van. In November, Google bowed to pressure from German residents and made that country the only one in the world where people can ask in advance to have images of their homes excluded from the Street View feature. Last month, Google acknowledged that it trespassed when it took a photo of a Pittsburgharea house for Street View, but consented to pay only $1 in damages to the couple who sued. — AP

Battery factory poisons 24 children in China BEIJING: Twenty-four children have been hospitalized with lead poisoning caused by an illegal battery factory in their east China village, state media said yesterday, in the latest in a string of battery-related poisonings in recent years. The official Xinhua News Agency said local authorities shut down the Borui Battery Co. Ltd. and another battery factory it did not name in Anhui province’s Huaining county after tests found that at least 200 local children had elevated lead levels, with 24 between the ages of nine months and 16 years requiring hospitalization. Borui had failed to pass necessary environmental checks and was operating illegally, Xinhua said. It said both factories were just across the street from a residential area despite regulations that battery plants must be at least 1,600 feet (500 meters) away. It did not say when the factories started operating, or what kind of batteries they produced. The report did not explain how the children were exposed, but battery factories can pollute the air and soil with their emissions. China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of lead, a key component in lead-acid batteries needed for the growing number of vehicles in the country. New cases of lead poisoning regularly occur, underscoring the toll pollution is taking on the health of rural Chinese. “My son is now very cranky and restless. He yells a lot,” Xinhua quoted Huang Dazhai, the father of an affected 5-year-old boy, as saying. The boy was found to have 330.9 micrograms of lead per liter of blood. Just 100 micrograms per liter is enough to impair brain development in children. — AP


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Ex-boss feared gov killer’s extremism Police deemed slow to react to killing

DEHRADUN: A view of a sightseeing bus that landed upside down after it plunged into a gorge late Wednesday near Mussoorie about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Dehradun, India yesterday. —AP

Sightseeing bus crashes in northern India, 22 dead LUCKNOW: A sightseeing bus overturned and plunged into a gorge, killing 22 Indian tourists and injuring 12 others who were visiting a town at the foot of the Himalayas, officials said yesterday. Among the 22 killed were 13 children, said Mahendra Singh Tamta, spokesman for Uttarakhand state in northern India. Four of 12 people hospitalized were in serious condition. The private bus was one of eight hired to take Haridwar city traders on a picnic in Mussoorie, a popular tourist town surrounded by green hills and snowy mountains about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from the state capital, Dehradun. The bus was carrying 52 people back to Haridwar late Wednesday when it flipped over at a curve in the road and rolled down the gorge, landing upside down, Tamta said. Using ropes and a ladder, local villagers and government rescue officials climbed down into the gorge, where they worked for hours to bring up the injured and dead. The driver fled the scene but was arrested yesterday, Tamta said. A witness said passengers had asked the driver to slow down before the crash, he said. Shops in Haridwar were closed yesterday as the city mourned the dead. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokheriyal visited the injured at Dehradun’s hospital and pledged to give each 50,000 rupees ($1,000). He said the families of those killed would receive twice that amount. Mussoorie, also known as Queen of the Hills, sits at an altitude of 6,170 feet (1,880 meters). India, the second most populous nation, has the world’s highest annual road death toll, according to the World Health Organization. More than 110,000 people die each year across the country in crashes caused by speeding, bad roads, overcrowding and poor vehicle maintenance, according to police. — AP

ISLAMABAD: The supervising police officer of the bodyguard accused of killing a Pakistani politician had asked for his removal from all sensitive security duties because of his extreme religious views, an investigator said yesterday . The accused killer, identified as Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, said he was angered by outspoken Punjab governor Salman Taseer’s opposition to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law. A senior police official investigating the case said Qadri had been declared a “security hazard” and his supervising officer had written to the Punjab Home Department and said he should be removed from VIP detail. “He had views like an extremist and that was the reason (for his removal),” the official told Reuters. Qadri’s supervisor, Nasir Durrani, is now heading the Punjab government’s investigation into the murder. Taseer’s killing is likely to intimidate further those pushing for a more liberal and secular vision of Pakistan, a strategic US ally fighting a Taleban insurgency. He was shot 14 times at close range at a shopping centre frequented by foreigners in the capital Islamabad. Taseer, a liberal politician close to President Asif Ali Zardari, had championed the cause of a Christian woman sentenced to death under the blasphemy laws which critics say are used to target religious minorities, often to settle personal scores. Investigations are under way to determine if other police officers at the scene of the killing were involved because they had not acted quickly enough, said the investigator. Qadri, part of an elite Punjab province com-

PESHAWAR: A Supporter of the Pakistan People’s party reacts during a protest to condemn the killing of Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab, in Peshawar, Pakistan yesterday. —AP mando police force that provides VIP security and fights terrorism, opened fire with an automatic assault rifle before surrendering, witnesses said. Taseer’s assassination occurred during a new political storm. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani’s government is trying to survive a defection of one of its main coalition partners. Gilani announced in parliament yesterday that all of the political leadership had agreed to roll back an unpopular fuel price rise of nine percent, meeting the demands of the opposition. His administration was already under immense pressure. Securing the next payment of an $11 billion International Monetary Fund loan propping up the economy will require implementing politically sensitive reforms. Millions of Pakistanis are growing frustrated at widespread corruption, power

cuts, poverty and rising inflation-all problems that can push young men to join militants groups. Raising the spectre of turmoil, senior officials are suggesting that Taseer’s killing was politically motivated, rather than the work of a lone religious fanatic. “We believe that this political murder is being given another spin and investigations are being sidetracked,” state minister for communications Imtiaz Safdar Waraich told reporters after visiting Taseer’s grave in his hometown of Lahore. Waheed Anjum, who said he was one of Qadri’s defence lawyers, said: “With his permission, I am telling the media that he has said that no one else was involved in this (killing).” Qadri will remain in custody for five more days to allow the police more time to investigate, lawyers said. The blasphemy laws have wide

support in a country that is more than 95 percent Muslim, and most politicians are loath to be seen as soft on the defense of Islam. Taseer, however, was an outspoken critic. His killing highlighted the divide between secularism and rising religious conservatism in nuclear-armed Pakistan. Some are treating Qadri as a hero. As soon as a armored police vehicle transporting him arrived at an anti-terrorism court, about 400 lawyers and members of an Islamist political party chanted. “Look. See who has come. The lion has come.” He was showered with rose petals. To others he symbolizes growing religious intolerance. “Is anyone safe? This country is day by day becoming less and less tolerant and that’s the frightening part,” said Amina Ansari, an employee at a power sector company. — Reuters

US sending 1,400 more Marines to Afghanistan WASHINGTON: The United States is sending an additional 1,400 Marines to southern Afghanistan to help counter a Taliban offensive ahead of mandated US troop reductions, a Pentagon official said yesterday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates had “approved additional Marine forces to southern Afghanistan to exploit and consolidate gains already achieved

and apply pressure on the enemy during the winter campaign,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan said. The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that combat forces could start arriving in Afghanistan as early as mid-January and that commanders were considering an even larger boost of up to an additional 3,000 troops. President Barack Obama last month

said the US war plan in Afghanistan was “on track,” but warned that gains won by his surge strategy at a heavy human cost were fragile and reversible. That assessment came one year after Obama announced both a surge of 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan and the conditions-based troop drawdown beginning in July 2011. — AFP


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For Rio slum residents, police a mixed blessing Govt program has transformed favelas

YOKOHAMA: An X-ray picture taken on Jan 3, 2005 and released by the Kobayashi family shows the operated scull of Yasuhiko Kobayashi’s son, with a removed part of the skull bone seen dark on the side, after he suffered a severe brain injury during intense judo lessens at school. —AFP

Judo deaths alarm Japanese parents TOKYO: Research showing that an average of four children die each year during judo lessons in Japan has alarmed some parents as the country prepares to introduce martial arts as a compulsory school sport. Yoshihiro Murakawa is one of those concerned about the government’s plan, because he is convinced his 12-year-old nephew died in a reckless judo practice. The Japan Judo Accident Victims Association, which Murakawa helped create with other families last March, has urged the government to set safety guidelines for judo at school. “Many factors are involved here,” Murakawa said of his nephew Koji’s death during judo club training. “First of all, many judo instructors at Japanese schools are too ignorant about what to do when a serious incident occurs,” he told AFP. Murakawa also criticised some judo club instructors at Japanese schools for neglecting safety measures, such as letting children rest properly. Koji’s mother had asked for special attention to be paid to him when he joined the judo club at a middle school in central Shiga prefecture, because he had an asthma problem. But one afternoon in July 2009, Koji was still tackling older students and the instructor in the freestyle “randori” training despite being exhausted, Murakawa quoted students as saying. After a final

throw, Koji lost consciousness and fell into a coma before dying a month later, Murakawa said. At least 110 children were killed in school judo practice over 27 years from 1983, according to research by Ryo Uchida, an assistant professor at Aichi University of Education. “In judo, the number of cases in which trainees die due to techniques unique to the sport such as throwing is significantly high,” said Uchida. In 2009 and 2010 alone, 13 children have died and the latest case, involving a six-year-old boy, occurred in November, a local newspaper reported. Parents have been alarmed by the statistics because Japan plans to introduce traditional martial arts, including judo, as a required subject not only for boys but also girls at middle schools from 2012. Middle school pupils are aged between 12 and 15. Yasuhiko and Keiko Kobayashi, whose youngest son suffered a grave brain injury when he was 15, also questioned whether the government was fully prepared, saying there had been a lack of thorough investigation into the causes of serious judo incidents. “With so many children dying, there was no single case taken to a court for a criminal charge,” the father said. “No one has taken responsibility.” —AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO: At his barbershop carved into the steep flank of a Rio hillside slum, Jose do Carmo dos Santos used to cut the hair of the neighborhood’s drug dealers and of the addicts who walked up the narrow alleyways for a fix and stuck around for the $5 trims. His only request of the drug trade’s foot soldiers was that they not flash their assault rifles around the shop and scare away customers. Above all, Ze do Carmo, as he’s known in the Santa Marta shantytown, is a businessman. But then in 2008 police stormed Santa Marta to evict the dealers as the community became the pilot in a program to root out gangs and bring government services to slums long abandoned by the state. The program has since been replicated in a dozen slums, all in a bid to make one of the world’s more dangerous cities safer before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Police took control of three more shantytowns yesterday in what they described as a peaceful operation. The program has transformed the slums, bringing improved security, utilities and investment, and incorporating local businesses into the formal economy. But the changes also have driven up rents and increased bureaucracy, pushing many of the poorest residents further to the margins. For Ze do Carmo, the new, moneyed clients who are arriving in Santa Marta offer a chance to sell beer at a higher price from his barbershop at night, and to jack up rent in the six houses he owns from $180 to $300. “Things are very good and improving,” said Ze do Carmo. “We’re integrating with the city in a way I’ve never seen. My clientele used to include a lot of addicts. Now I even get tourists who come up here to see the community and take advantage of our prices for a haircut.” Garbage collectors come by more frequently, although they still avoid the sheerest heights, where precariously perched shacks are accessible only after a strenuous hike. The utility company has started to install power cables to replace the thick, tangled mess of wires that brought pirated electricity to the community in unreliable spurts. Internet and cable companies are offering packages tailored to residents of the favelas, as the slums are known. The massive “bailes funk” - parties fueled by a bass-heavy beat and, police say, by drugs provided by traffickers - have been banned. In their place, Santa Marta’s main square is hosting more sedate samba shows led by a band from the city’s affluent south side, where favela residents, paying $6, mix with middle-class youngsters who pay $18 for the music and the thrill of going into an area they wouldn’t have dared enter before. Antonia Carlos Gomes, who is raising twin 4-year-old girls alone on a hospital janitor’s salary, is considering moving to Santa Marta, which is within walking distance of a beach and public transportation. For $240 a month, she could move from her cramped apartment in a public housing building to a small house on the hillside shantytown and cut her rent in

half. “It’s cleaner here now, and it’s safer,” she said, sipping a beer after talking to a landlord. Some, however, are less enamored with the changes. A survey by the state government showed real estate prices in some slums skyrocketed up to 400 percent after police took control and outsiders started eyeing the still-affordable living space. For lifelong resident Leidemar Barreto, who ekes out a living reselling clothes from her home to raise six children, government attention has meant higher rent and bills she can’t afford. The moisture trickling down the granite hillside on which the slum is built permeates the hot, windowless room she rents and rots the wooden walls. The beams supporting the floor buckle in places, leaving her sick with worry for her 6-year-old, who barrels

pigs would root through trash piled as high as the shacks of exposed brick and wood. Sullen young men would sit at rickety tables sipping beer and watching the entrances to the favelas, leaving most residents too intimidated to talk openly with visitors. In Santa Marta, two years of police presence have eased the tension. Conversation and beer flows easily as locals elbow outsiders in packed bars. On a hot summer day, women sitting on their stoops chat with passers-by, with children running up and down the long stairways leading into the slum. Residents lead visitors around the once off-limits Santa Marta as they earn certification through a state program to be official city guides. Since August, when the program was launched, about 200 people a day visit the slum. More

RIO DE JANEIRO: Police patrol during an operation to take control of the Morro Sao Joao slum yesterday. —AP in and out of the house heedless of the danger. Sewage runs in open troughs, and the smell hangs thick in the air - a reminder of how much the community still lacks. For this home, she pays $180 half her monthly earnings and double the original rent. “All these changes, the cable car to the top, safer streets, are good, but it’s been nothing but struggle for me,” she said. “I want to leave, but where can I go from here?” Integrating into the favela’s new economy and the city’s job market also is much harder for young people without much formal education. Some made good money supporting the drug traffic. Others simply had no chance to go to school in an area long abandoned by the state and now are being forced to compete. Peace in the slums can only be sustainable if these young people have access to training and jobs, said Wilson Risolia, head of the state’s education department. “The state has a debt toward these young people,” said Risolia, attending the first graduation of an adult education program giving junior high and high school diplomas to 59 students from Santa Marta. Still, the change in the slums since the programs were launched is visible. When police first entered Vila Cruzeiro, a slum taken over in November,

than 1,000 businesspeople have registered with the government in four shantytowns over the last two years. Pointing to a small convenience store in the slum’s main square, Andreia Roberto, head of the Santa Marta business association, discussed the practice of trading an existence at the margins of legality. Registering as a business, she said, would give the store’s owner access to bank credit, to a wholesaler where he could get products for less, and to a complaint line when the beverage company refuses to deliver crates of beer to the store. “When you’re informal, you have no rights. Formalized, you can do anything, you can complain,” she said. Andreia Roberto’s own husband, Paulo, is unconvinced. Since going completely by the books, he said, he’s seen a lot of bureaucracy and bills, without enough new customers to make up for it. He’s turned off one of the two refrigerators running in his makeshift bar now that he has to pay for the electricity, and misses the “bailes funk” that used to send him thirsty customers. “Yes, some things are better, and you can call to complain when the electricity is down and all your food is going bad, but they charge you for that _ and they don’t always deliver,” he said. —AP


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World scrambles to contain food prices Riots erupt across Algeria

ALGIERS: Youth chase a police officer during clashes in the El Harrache district of Algiers yesterday. The violence came after price hikes for milk, sugar and flour in recent days. — AP

SINGAPORE/LONDON/ALGIERS: Record high food prices are moving to the top of policymaker agendas, driven by fears it could stoke inflation, protectionism and unrest and dent consumer demand in key emerging economies. The United Nations’ food agency (FAO) said on Wednesday that food prices hit a record high last month, moving beyond levels of 2008 when riots broke out in countries as far afield as Egypt, Cameroon and Haiti. In Asia, official data and analyst estimates both pointed to inflationary pressures. Chilli prices have increased fivefold in Thailand in the last year and Indonesia’s president called for households to plant food in their own gardens. Meanwhile, riots erupted in Algeria over food prices, housing and lack of work, with youths in the capital stoning a police station, torching tyres and destroying cars, witnesses and media said yesterday. Violence flared in Algiers late Wednesday after

weeks of protests across the oil-rich country that come as similar unrest linked to unemployment and living costs has shaken neighbouring Tunisia since mid-December. Clashes erupted after dark in the capital’s Bab El Oued district when dozens of youths stoned a police station and torched a car dealership, destroying about a dozen vehicles, an AFP photographer said. Protesters also barricaded a road with flaming tyres to prevent security forces from arriving, in a similar pattern to another demonstration in the western suburb of Cheraga. Dozens of youths also set alight tyres, barricaded roads with tree trunks and hurled objects at drivers in a protest Wednesday in Oran, 430 km west of the capital. Youths forced open a warehouse to steal sacks of flour, the Oran Daily reported yesterday. Continued on Page 18


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US scientists sound alarm over animal research WASHINGTON: Scientists who use monkeys, mice and dogs for research on human diseases fear that the US government is restructuring the massive National Institutes of Health in a way that could slash their funding. As the NIH forges ahead with a plan to speed up the way scientific discoveries are transformed into treatments and cures, animal researchers say they are being overlooked in the rush to create a new institute devoted to

something they already do. And some are concerned that the changes could incur large startup costs at a time when Congress is aiming to pare back science budgets. The NIH, which funnels $31 billion per year into medical research, is considering an advisory panel recommendation to create a new center for turning lab advances into practical health solutions for the public, also known as translational medicine. The proposed

National Center for Advancing Translational Research (NCATS) would include a new initiative from President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan, the Cures Acceleration Network, as well as other programs devoted to rare diseases and special award grants. But it leaves out about half of a $1.3-billion program that funds the nation’s eight primate centers and a series of other research programs, known as the National Center for

Research Resources (NCRR). According to NIH guidelines, the creation of a new center means an existing one will have to be cut. Some scientists are worried the changes could affect as many as 30,000 researchers who rely on about $500 million in funding for things like salaries, building research facilities, veterinarian training and key resources like fruit flies, worms, mutant mice and rats that are pooled among many. — AFP

World scrambles to contain food prices Continued from Page 17 The price of bread and flour has been rising amid a shortage of wheat, while oil and sugar coasts have also soared. Demonstrators also blocked roads on Monday in Tipaza, 70 km west of the capital, in protest against rising food prices and difficult living conditions. There have been similar protests, some turning violent and resulting in injuries, across the country for months, focussed on lack of social housing and allegations of corruption, according to media reports. In an attempt to calm the rising anger, Commerce Minister Mustapha Benbada said Wednesday the food price rises were not unique to Algeria but part of a worldwide trend. “The state will continue to subsidise essential items,” he said. Indonesian President Susilo Yudhoyono Bambang told a cabinet meeting people should be “creative” in planting, with Trade Minister Mari Pangestu leading the way in planting at home. “I have 200 chilli plants in flowerpots,” Pangestu told a briefing yesterday. “The agriculture ministry is informing farmers how to take care of the plant and also encouraging consumers to plant chilli in their own yards.” Surging food prices have often provoked unrest in urban areas of poor countries, where imported food often makes up a high proportion of household purchases. Analysts say African and Caribbean economies dependent on food exports could be particularly hard hit, helping stoke unrest and potentially pushing governments towards imposing export bans and expropriating foreign-owned farmland. If Asian and other emerging consumers have to spend more of their income on food, other purchases will fall - and that could be bad news for a global economy that has placed much of its hopes for recovery on consumption in developing economies. World Bank President Robert Zoellick urged governments in a newspaper opinion column to avoid protectionist measures as food prices rose and called upon the Group of 20 leading economies to take steps to make sure the poor get adequate food supply. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has asked the World Bank to conduct urgent research on the impact of food prices ahead of G20 meetings later this year, a source familiar with the matter said.Food price protests were seen a factor in the ousting of Indonesia’s long-term autocrat Suharto in 1998, and

anger over a farmland purchased by South Korean firm Daewoo at a time of rising prices was in part blamed for a 2009 coup in Madagascar. India’s food price inflation rose to a one-year high of more than 18 percent in the year to the end of December, data on Thursday showed. That, along with rising fuel prices, is the main reason analysts expect the central bank to raise rates this month. The Indian government has used a range of measures for years to ensure stable food prices, but since last year has boosted the release of national stocks of grains and has pledged to continue with duty-free imports of crude vegetable oils. In China, several cities have implemented direct controls to limit food price increases and the central government has vowed to eliminate speculation in the country’s commodities markets. The cost of food rose 11.7 percent in the year to November, while nonfood items were up just 1.9 percent. But, reflecting concerns that inflation is creeping beyond food to the wider economy, consumer goods prices and housing costs showed clear jumps. Fu Bingtao, an economist with the Agricultural Bank of China in Beijing, said in a report the price of grains, the country’s most important food, would rise in 2011 by 10 percent, adding to an 11.7 percent rise in 2010. “Speculative trading and hoarding of specific agricultural products may continue,” he said. The FAO said sugar and meat were at their highest since its records began in 1990. Prices were at their highest since 2008 crisis levels for wheat, rice, corn and other cereals. Benchmark prices solely in Asia for rice suggested a different picture. The region’s staple food now stands at $535 per tonne - less than half its 2008 levels of more than $1,000 a tonne that prompted several governments at the time to impose curbs on exports to protect their domestic markets. But most experts expect upwards price pressure to continue, particularly if countries slap on export bans and further squeeze supply and short-term investors again begin buying into agricultural commodities as they did in 2008. Last year, wheat futures prices rose 47 percent, buoyed by a series of weather events including drought in Russia and its Black Sea neighbours. US corn rose more than 50 percent and US soybeans jumped 34 percent. Alongside bad weather in Australia, Europe, North America and Argentina, rising Asian demand is at the heart of the spike. — Agencies

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan shop worker poses with an egg imported from India that displays the date of manufacture and expiry at a store yesterday. Sri Lanka imported some 400,000 eggs, out of an order of 50 million eggs, from India this week to meet the shortfall of eggs in the island. The government also imported chicken from India to meet the shortfall during the Christmas season in 2010. — AFP

Bahrain plans hefty budget outlays Deficit to be covered by loans, Islamic bonds MANAMA: Bahrain plans to spend 5.3 billion dinars ($14.1 billion) over the next two years and oil prices need to rise to $97-$100 per barrel to balance its budget, the finance ministry said yesterday. Such a spending level would be greater than analysts’ expectations and proportionately exceed the 2.19 billion dinar outlays initially foreseen for the 2010 budget. Facing a rising subsidies bill and dragged down by its struggling banking sector, the small non-OPEC energy producer has the weakest fiscal position among Gulf Arab nations. The island kingdom’s finance ministry expects revenues of 4.4 billion dinars based on an oil price estimate of $80 per barrel for its two-year draft budget for 2011 and 2012, it said in a statement. Finance Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed AlKhalifa was cited in the Gulf Daily News yesterday as saying that the government will cover the expected deficit through loans and Islamic bonds, or sukuk. The 2011 budget deficit is set at 372.7

million dinars, well below an original plan of 1.3 billion for 2010, which analysts now believe will be sharply undershot due to the conservative oil price estimates it was based on. The shortfall is set to rise to 440.4 million in 2012. This year’s deficit is roughly in line with the actual outcome of 2009, although rollover costs from the previous year boosted it to around 10 percent of gross domestic product, the first budget shortfall since at least 2005. “It seems to be expansionary, it surprises to some degree. I would have expected it to be a bit more conservative,” said Giyas Gokkent, chief economist at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Benchmark US crude prices moved just below $90 a barrel yesterday. The ministry said that about half of spending will be on subsidies, including for gas and electricity. Bahrain plans to expand spending on social services such as housing and health but also faces a soaring subsidies bill due to a growing population and an

influx of foreign workers. But Gokkent said that expansion of government spending is also driven by higher project expenditures. Bahrain plans to triple its oil output of about 32,000 barrels per day in the long term. The government’s draft budget still needs to be approved by Bahrain’s parliament, which has limited powers. The country issued some $3.3 billion worth of bonds and treasury bills last year, according to Reuters data. As a result, Bahrain’s debt-toGDP ratio has risen to about 27.3 percent at the end of June 2010, from 8.5 percent in 2008, which is still low by international standards. Ratings agencies have recently taken mixed actions on Bahrain. Moody’s downgraded Bahrain’s government debt ratings by one notch to A3 in August, partly because it viewed the government’s ability to broaden its revenue base as limited. But rating agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s both affirmed their ratings of Bahrain in December. — Reuters


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Cocoa keeps flowing despite Ivory Coast crisis SAN PEDRO, Ivory Coast: On the docks of the port of San Pedro, where workers spend long days in the sun loading bag after bag of cocoa onto outgoing ships, it seems hard to believe Ivory Coast is in crisis at all. While in the economic capital Abidjan the stand-off between incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and challenger Alassane Ouattara raises fears of civil war, here in the world’s leading export hub for the much-prized cocoa bean, life goes on much as normal. “Work has never stopped” despite the crisis and unrest, Guy Manouan, the San Pedro port’s commercial and marketing director, told AFP. In fact, the current harvest is on track to surpass the previous one, according to Ivory Coast’s cocoa regulator, the Coffee and Cocoa Bourse (BCC). Ivory Coast is the world’s top cocoa producer and the bean - the basis for chocolate accounts along with coffee for 20 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 40 percent of its export revenues. From the start of the current harvest in October

to mid-December, about 600,000 tonnes of cocoa had been gathered, up from 400,000 in the same period last year, according to the BCC. By that point harvesters had already brought in half of the total previous crop of 1.2 million tonnes, with months to go before the end of the harvest in March. “If there had been no crisis, we would be living through one of Ivory Coast’s record harvests” thanks to exceptional rains, said one exporter in the commercial capital Abidjan, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Cocoa prices on global markets have meanwhile relaxed after hitting peak levels at the start of the crisis. On Tuesday, a tonne of cocoa for delivery in March was worth £1,929 ($2,986) against 2,081 pounds a month earlier in London and $2,867 against $3,140 a month earlier in New York. There are however some signs that the crisis is starting to have an effect, especially on local growers. A manager with one export company in San Pedro said that his business, like many others in the region, had “come to a

stop” in recent weeks for lack of financing. “Investors are afraid of violence in the country,” he said. Some producers are also grumbling about exporters trying to use the crisis to take advantage of growers. Sylvestre Kouame, who runs an agricultural cooperative in Menegbe about 40 km north of San Pedro, is sitting on 32 tonnes of cocoa in his warehouse that he has not been able to sell. He said he was refusing to sell to local exporters who were using the crisis to try to squeeze lower prices out of growers than the official price of 1,100 CFA francs ($2.20) per kilo. Others, anxious to feed their families, said they would be willing to sell their crops at less than official prices, but cannot find any buyers. Sitting on the side of the road north of San Pedro, 56-year-old harvester Boukary Ouedraogo said cocoa was already on offer in the area for 800 CFA francs per kilo but few were willing to buy. “The buyers aren’t coming to us, they say they have no cash,” he said. — AFP

Greek PM sees rising support for euro bonds French PM says euro zone needs more fiscal convergence

PARIS: Picture taken on Jan 9, 2009 shows French automaker Renault’s logo. — AFP

France fears ‘economic war’ PARIS: France said is the target of “economic war” yesterday after revelations of industrial espionage at auto giant Renault, focused on groundbreaking technology for electric cars. Renault and its Japanese partner Nissan have staked their future on electric cars and plan to launch several models by 2014 to meet the rapidly rising demand for more environmentally friendly methods of transport. “The expression ‘economic war’, while sometimes outrageous, for once is appropriate,” said Industry Minister Eric Besson. “It (the Renault case) appears to concern the electric car, but I do not want to go further.” Renault, which has suspended three managers for leaking company secrets, was also giving little away about what happened but said yesterday that its “strategic, intellectual and technological assets” had been targeted. Other top car makers across the world are also in on the act and their electric vehicles will be on display at this month’s Detroit Motor Show. Renault’s French competitor Citroen is making the C-Zero and Peugeot the iON. Tata of India is preparing to launch the Vista EV, while Mercedes-Benz of Germany has an electric smart car, the Fortwo ED, and in Japan Mitsubishi has the iMiEV and Toyota the Prius Plug-in. Renault senior vice president Christian Husson said that the suspected espionage “was a very serious incident concerning persons in a particularly strategic position in the company”. A months-long probe had established a “body of evidence which shows that the actions of these three colleagues were contrary to the ethics of Renault and knowingly and deliberately placed at risk the company’s assets,” Husson said. Renault has not said who the alleged spying might benefit. The suspensions were the latest in a series of industrial espionage shocks to hit France’s huge and strategically important auto industry. French tyre maker Michelin and auto parts maker Valeo have also been the targets of spying. The industry minister said yesterday that he wanted firms which receive state aid for research and development to boost efforts to protect themselves against espionage. The car industry, along with aerospace, defence and pharmaceutics are the sectors most affected by espionage, experts say. — AFP

PARIS: Support is rising for the creation of common euro zone bonds to enable troubled member states such as Greece to borrow more cheaply, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said yesterday. Addressing a French Economy Ministry conference on reviving the global economy, Papandreou said jointly issued euro bonds could help overcome the single currency area’s sovereign debt crisis. Germany and France, the two biggest economies in the 17nation euro zone, have so far firmly opposed the idea. “There is growing support for the issuance of euro bonds as a financial instrument that can help Europe achieve its objectives,” Papandreou said in a speech, referring to proposals by Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker and Italian Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti. “Euro bonds will help reduce growing tensions in the sovereign markets,” he said, adding: “Euro bonds are not a substitute for this necessary adjustment we are making in countries, including my own.” Berlin and Paris argue that issuing euro bonds at a single interest rate would raise their own borrowing costs and remove a key market incentive for fiscal discipline in countries with high debts and deficits. The yield on France’s top-rated 10-year bonds rose almost 50 basis points from the last sale when Paris sold almost euro 9 billion in bonds in its first auction of the year on Thursday, highlighting rising borrowing costs in the euro zone. The focus of Europe’s debt crisis has moved on to Spain and Portugal after bailouts last year that rescued Greece and Ireland in the short-term but left them facing years of budget cutbacks and a struggle to reboot economic growth. Highly-indebted Italy and Belgium are also creeping onto the radar and investors are concerned that Greece and some other euro zone weaklings may have to restructure their debts despite the bailouts. Papandreou said there was no room to stimulate the economy at national level, “but room does exist at the level of the European

PARIS: Greece’s Prime minister Georges Papandreou speaks during the opening session of the third symposium “New World, New Capitalism” yesterday. — AFP Union. “The European Union has great possibilities if we compare to the United States, which has huge federal debt. there is no such debt at the EU level.” Markets would only calm down if they were convinced the EU was capable of returning to sustainable growth, he said. European paymaster Germany opposes borrowing at an EU level and says countries must work their way back to competitiveness by reducing deficits and through structural economic reforms. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, addressing the same conference, said the crisis was not one of the euro, which remained a strong currency and the second global reserve unit. “Europe sometimes gives the impression of lagging the markets, of reacting with efficiency to immediate threats but without having a long-term plan,” Fillon said. Budget discipline was important but the EU also needed “a minimum convergence in fiscal matters, and perhaps even social matters”, he said. France has announced its own plans to pursue convergence in taxation policy with Germany. British finance minister George Osborne, whose country has not joined

the euro, told the conference: “In the next few months, the euro zone needs to demonstrate ... to the world that the countries of the euro stand behind their currency.” Spain received a boost this week when a visiting Chinese vice premier said Beijing was prepared to buy Spanish government bonds, as it has pledged to do with Greek and Portuguese debt. El Pais daily reported yesterday that Vice Premier Li Keqiang had indicated to Spanish leaders that his country was willing to buy about 6 billion euros of Spain’s public debt. Spain plans to issue 47.2 billion euros in net medium and long-term debt in 2011. The Spanish and Chinese governments declined comment on the figure, but vice commerce minister Gao Hucheng reaffirmed in a statement that Beijing supported financial stabilisation measures being taken by Spain and other EU nations. “Since the outbreak of the European sovereign debt crisis, China has been increasing (its holdings of) government debt issued by EU nations, including Spain, to help them fight the crisis with concrete actions,” Gao said. — Reuters


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LAS VEGAS: Shiro Kitajima, president of the Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, holds up a Viera Tablet during a press preview for the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday. —AP

RIM announces 4G tablet, touts corporate interest LAS VEGAS: Corporate interest in Research in Motion’s new tablet was “massive,” the company said, as it announced plans to launch a 4G version of the device this summer with Sprint Nextel. RIM for the first time on Wednesday provided a hands-on demonstration of the PlayBook, a seven-inch touchscreen tablet that will go head-to-head with Apple’s iPad when the Wi-Fi-only version ships, likely in March. “In large companies, they’re talking deployment in the tens of thousands, right off the bat,” said Jeff McDowell, senior vice president of enterprise and platform marketing for RIM. He said corporations are viewing the PlayBook as a tool as essential to employees as a phone or a PC. “It’s not something that they want to trickle in.” RIM’s tablet is perhaps the most anticipated iPad rival in a sea of new competitors bent on challenging Apple and stealing a piece of a fast-growing market expected to top 50 million units next year. McDowell said RIM decided to go with Sprint for its first high-speed wireless compatible tablet because it has most “ubiquitous 4G network at this point”. The choice of No. 3 US mobile service Sprint as RIM’s first carrier was an interesting one given that Sprint uses a highspeed wireless technology that is incompatible with networks being built by the top two US mobile operators. The PlayBook - which sports a fast dual-core processor - performed smoothly as it went through its paces, loading websites and applications quickly and playing Flash-based videos on the Internet with ease. —Reuters

LAS VEGAS: Samsung president Tim Baxter reveals the Samsung Sliding Q10 camera designed for ambidextrous use during a press preview for the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday. —AP

LAS VEGAS: Mooly Eden, Intel vice president for communications show Intel’s new chip at the Intel press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday. Intel unveiled its second generation of its Core processors - codenamed “Sandy Bridge” at the CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology tradeshow. —AFP

The lighter glasses, called passive, are not much different from polarized sunglasses. They don’t cause video to flicker, and glasses from any manufacturer will work with sets from another manufacturer, or in movie theaters. They don’t block as much light as the active shutters, either. However, they only work with LCD TVs that have an extra layer to the screen, and in LG’s implementation, the passive glasses LAS VEGAS: TV makers are blaming disappointing sales of 3-D cut the resolution of the image in half. Not all major manufacTVs last year in part on the bulky glasses they came with. turers are on board with the new screen technology. Panasonic They’re trying to tackle that this year by introducing sets that Corp., which along with Samsung pioneered 3-D TVs last year, work with lighter, cheaper glasses of the kind used in movie is sticking to active glasses. theaters. Manufacturers don’t plan to completely supplant the Paul Gray, an analyst from the research group 3-D TVs that require the heavier, battery-powered glasses, DisplaySearch, said the dearth of 3-D movies and TV channels, which went on sale last year for the first time. But Samsung rather than the glasses, was the main factor holding back the Electronics Co estimates 1 million 3-D sets were sold in the US market. “TV manufacturers really got ahead of themselves in in 2010, far short of its initial estimate of 3 million to 4 million, 2010, and they forgot that a TV is a tool to watch content,” Gray and the introduction of a comsaid. DisplaySearch estimates peting technology a year later is 3.2 million 3-D sets were sold another sign that the first 3-D TVs worldwide last year. Going fordidn’t live up to expectations. ward, the research group LG Electronics Inc was the first seems confident that the conmajor TV to announce new 3-D tent will come, and predicts sets Wednesday, a day ahead of the number of 3-D TVs sold will the opening of the International grow to 18 million this year. Consumer Electronics Show in Samsung announced Las Vegas. LG, a South Korean Tuesday that it’s developing 3company, said it will start selling D sets for passive glasses with two models, a 47-inch and a 65RealD Inc., which controls inch one, later this year that use patents on 3-D technology. the lighter, cheaper glasses. Each Unlike LG’s new TV sets, these will include four pairs. Current 3would provide a 3-D picture at D sets usually include one or two full resolution through the pairs of the bulkier glasses; some LAS VEGAS: Sharp 3D glasses are set up at inclusion of some added elecdon’t include any, requiring con- the Consumer Electronics Show tronics in the set. Samsung sumers to pay about $100 per Wednesday. —AFP didn’t announce specific modpair. “We’re meeting consumers’ els or a launch date. Further needs by eliminating some of the out, there’s the prospect of 3-D pain points” by addressing the 3-D glasses issue, said Tim TVs that don’t require glasses, as demonstrated by Toshiba Alessi, director of new product development at LG Electronics Corp. Tuesday. However, the image quality on these early USA. “It’s going to be the most comfortable viewing experi- models is poorer than with TVs that use glasses. The TVs also ence, just like going to the movies.” limit where viewers can sit or stand; outside those areas, the 3Vizio Inc, one of the largest sellers of TVs in the US but not a D effect doesn’t work and the picture looks fuzzy. Toshiba leader in the high end of the market, which includes 3-D sets, aims to have sets on the market late this year or early next announced in December that it would sell a 65-inch 3-D set year. with the lighter glasses. The two types of glasses are called Toshiba is also demonstrating a laptop at the show with a “active” and “passive”, and each has its benefits and drawbacks. no-glasses 3-D screen. It’s not a first - Sharp sold such laptops Last year’s TVs relied on active glasses, which have battery- in 2003. Toshiba’s version improves on Sharp’s by tracking powered shutters that alternately black out each of the eyes to the viewer’s eyes to help make the 3-D effect more consiscreate the 3-D effect. They worked with some high-end flat- tent. Toshiba said the laptop is a prototype, and has no firm panel TVs with little modification required, but they require marketing plans. Laptops and standalone computer monitors periodic charging. They also darken the image and may make it compatible with 3-D glasses have been available for years, flicker. but haven’t caught on. —AP

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Motorola unveils tablet computer, the Xoom LAS VEGAS: US telecom maker Motorola Mobility jumped into the bustling tablet computer market Wednesday with a touchscreen device powered by “Honeycomb”, the latest version of Google’s Android software. Sanjay Jha, the chief executive of Motorola Mobility, also presented three new Android-powered touchscreen smartphones to reporters here on the eve of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Motorola Mobility’s hotly awaited tablet computer, the “Xoom,” will be available in the first quarter of the year, Jha said. With a 10.1-inch screen, the Xoom is about the same size as Apple’s iPad, which hit stores in April and has other leading technology companies around the world scrambling to catch up. More than 100 firms are expected to unveil tablet computers at CES, which officially opened yesterday and features more than 2,600 exhibitors of the latest gadgets. Jha said the Xoom will be the first tablet computer to hit stores featuring Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, an operating system developed with tablets in mind instead of smartphones. “It’s been designed ground up for the tablet, the user interface, the whole interaction,” Jha said. “It has multi-tasking capability. All of these things, I think, deliver an experience which make Android 3.0 on our tablet probably in my opinion the most competitive product in the marketplace,” he said. Jha pointed out several features on the Xoom that the iPad does not have including front- and rear-facing cameras and the ability to play Adobe Flash video software, which is banned from the Apple device. He said the first Xooms to hit the market will feature 3G connectivity to the Internet through US carrier Verizon Wireless. A 4G Xoom will come out later in the year and 3G versions can be upgraded to 4G. Jha also unveiled three new smartphones, the Atrix 4G, available through US telecom giant AT&T in the first quarter of the year, the Cliq 2 and the Droid Bionic. A laptop dock for the Atrix 4G allows a user to connect the phone to a computer monitor and surf the Web using a full Firefox destop browser. The Cliq 2, available through Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile in the United States from January 19, features a slide-out keyboard and was described as a device offering “businessready features and robust entertainment options”. The Bionic Droid, which will be available in the second quarter of the year, is designed specifically for Verizon’s 4G network, which was launched in December and currently covers about one-third of the US population. It offers mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G and will, for example, allow high-quality streaming of television shows. Chief executive Jha rolled out the new products here a day after the Illinoisbased Motorola split into two companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. —AFP

LAS VEGAS: Motorola’s Sanjay Jha introduces the tablet computer Xoom during a press preview for the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday. —AP

LAS VEGAS: Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer gives his keynote speech for the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday. —AP

Microsoft CEO takes CES stage amid tablet crush LAS VEGAS: One year ago, Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the tech industry’s premier gadget show to showcase a Windows tablet computer to an audience that had yet to meet the iPad. This year, with tablets marking the hottest items at the show and Windows lagging far behind Apple Inc’s popular iPad, the stakes were higher. Microsoft’s status as a technology oracle, which guaranteed its spot delivering the trade show’s night-before keynote each year, is slipping. On Wednesday evening, Ballmer spent more time talking about such existing products the Xbox video game system and Windows Phone 7 smart phone software than he did tablets. Even Surface, Microsoft’s giant coffeetable-sized touch-screen computing system, got more attention. Beyond tablets, there are other major themes emerging at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas - areas where Microsoft has also failed to take the lead despite spending years developing products. Among them: smart phones and Internet television, two areas where Google Inc and Apple, which aren’t even attending the trade show, are getting most of the buzz. Gadget makers including AsusTek Computer Inc and Vizio Inc, the TV company, have already unveiled new tablet computers this week, and more were expected from the likes of Motorola Inc, Dell Inc and Toshiba Corp. Many of the new tablets will use Android, Google Inc’s operating software that was initially designed for smart phones. So far, none of the tablets running Microsoft’s Windows 7 have made waves with mainstream consumers. That may be true for a while longer - tablets seemed to be almost an afterthought for Ballmer on Wednesday. The CEO left it to an employee to demonstrate a Windows 7 tablet from Taiwan’s Asus that responds to touch and a special pen, and that comes with a wireless keyboard. While Windows 7 remains a question mark for its prospects as a tablet system, Microsoft began talking Wednesday about the next version, which is expected to be called Windows 8 and to launch in 2012. Microsoft showed a very early build of the next Windows, including a version that runs on cell phone chips, providing an alternative for the first time in many years to the chips based on Intel Corp technology. At the moment, most tablet computers including the iPad use that type of chip, which consumes less energy and allows for longer battery life. “Whatever device you use, now or in the future, Windows will be there,” Ballmer said. This

year’s trade show, which runs Thursday to Sunday, will also see TV makers adjusting strategies for selling 3-D televisions after a year of tepid sales. LG Electronics Inc said Wednesday it will be among the TV makers switching from sets that require expensive battery-powered glasses to ones that work with cheaper glasses like those used in movie theaters. For Microsoft, a software maker, Internet-connected televisions or set-top boxes from competitors such as Google and Apple are more of a concern. Microsoft has had an Internet TV system for many years, but its customers have been telecommunications companies that repackaged the service to their own subscribers - not consumers directly. Google and Apple, however, have gone straight to consumers with Internet TV offerings under their own brands, while Microsoft has stuck with the Xbox as its main entertainment play. Ballmer said Microsoft sold 8 million of its new Kinect sensor, an add-on for Xbox 360 that lets people control games and other features by moving around and speaking. That’s 3 million more than expected in Kinect’s first two months on the market. The CEO himself demonstrated new Kinect avatar software that will more closely mimic game players’ behaviors and facial expressions after an update this spring. Microsoft also said that this spring, people who have Xbox and Kinect will be able to wave their hands or speak aloud to browse and play video from NetFlix and Hulu. This was Ballmer’s third year leading the gadget show address. He took the mantle from Microsoft co-founder and chairman, Bill Gates, who had used the stage for the preceding 10 years to talk about his vision for the future of technology. Gates used the opportunity to predict the rise of PCs in US homes, the arrival of portable touch screens that would display Internet content and music streamed from a home PC and the advent of even simple gadgets such as pens that can connect to the Internet. He was not always right about the timing, or the specific device or software that would bring about the revolution. A most memorable case in point: the tablet computer. Gates talked about it a decade ago, but it is only in the last year that the tablet - a slim touch-screen computer with no keyboard - has caught consumers’ imaginations in a big way. Ballmer took over Gates’ role as CEO but not as company visionary; as such, his pronouncements have not seemed as grand or oracle-like. But people will be paying particularly close attention this year, seeking signs that Microsoft has made progress since Ballmer took the stage one year ago. —AP


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Separating terror from terrorism By Scott Stewart

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n Dec 15, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent a joint bulletin to state and local law enforcement agencies expressing their concern that terrorists may attack a large public gathering in a major US metropolitan area during the 2010 holiday season. That concern was echoed by contacts at the FBI and elsewhere who told Stratfor they were almost certain there was going to be a terrorist attack launched against the United States over Christmas. Certainly, attacks during the December holiday season are not unusual. There is a history of such attacks, from the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec 21, 1988, and the thwarted millennium attacks in Dec 1999 and Jan 2000 to the post9/11 airliner attacks by shoe bomber Richard Reid on Dec 22, 2001, and by underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on Dec 25, 2009. Some of these plots have even stemmed from the grassroots. In Dec 2006, Derrick Shareef was arrested while planning an attack he hoped to launch against an Illinois shopping mall on Dec 22. Mass gatherings in large metropolitan areas have also been repeatedly targeted by jihadist groups and lone wolves. In addition to past attacks and plots directed against the subway systems in major cities such as Madrid, London, New York and Washington, 2010 saw failed attacks against the crowds in New York’s Times Square on May 1 and in Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on Nov 26. With this history, it is understandable that the FBI and the DHS would be concerned about such an attack this year and issue a warning to local and state law enforcement agencies in the United States. This American warning also comes on the heels of similar alerts in Europe, warnings punctuated by the Dec 11 suicide attack in Stockholm. So far, the 2010 holiday season has been free from terrorist attacks, but as evidenced by all the warnings and concern, this season has not been free from the fear of such attacks, the psychological impact known as “terror.” In light of these recent developments, it seems appropriate discuss the closely related phenomena of terrorism and terror. Propaganda of the Deed Nineteenth-century anarchists promoted what they called the “propaganda of the deed”, that is, the use of violence as a symbolic action to make a larger point, such as inspiring the masses to undertake revolutionary action. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, modern terrorist organizations began to conduct operations designed to serve as terrorist theater, an undertaking greatly aided by the advent and spread of broadcast media. Examples of attacks designed to grab international media attention are the Sept 1972 kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics and the Dec 1975 raid on OPEC headquarters in Vienna. Aircraft hijackings followed suit, changing from relatively brief endeavors to long, drawn-out and dramatic media events often spanning multiple continents. Today, the proliferation of 24-hour television news networks and the Internet have allowed

the media to broadcast such attacks live and in their entirety. This development allowed vast numbers of people to watch live as the World Trade Center towers collapsed on Sept 11, 2001, and as teams of gunmen ran amok in Mumbai in November 2008. This exposure not only allows people to be informed about unfolding events, it also permits them to become secondary victims of the violence they have watched unfold before them. As the word indicates, the intent of “terrorism” is to create terror in a targeted audience, and the media allow that audience to become far larger than just those in the immediate vicinity of a terrorist attack. I am not a psychologist, but even I can understand that on 9/11, watch-

ing the second aircraft strike the South Tower, seeing people leap to their deaths from the windows of the World Trade Center Towers in order to escape the ensuing fire and then watching the towers collapse live on television had a profound impact on many people. A large portion of the United State was, in effect, victimized, as were a large number of people living abroad, judging from the statements of foreign citizens and leaders in the wake of 9/11 that “We are all Americans”. During that time, people across the globe became fearful, and almost everyone was certain that spectacular attacks beyond those involving the four aircraft hijacked that morning were inevitable - clearly, many people were shaken to

their core by the attacks. A similar, though smaller, impact was seen in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. People across India were fearful of being attacked by teams of Lashkar-e-Taiba gunmen, and concern spread around the world about Mumbai-style terrorism. Indeed, this concern was so great that we felt compelled to write an analysis emphasizing that the tactics employed in Mumbai were not new and that, while such operations could kill people, the approach would be less successful in the United States and Europe than it was in Mumbai. Terror Magnifiers These theatrical attacks have a strange hold over the human imagination and can create a unique sense of terror that dwarfs the normal reaction to natural disasters that are many times greater in magnitude. For example, in the 2004 Asian tsunami, more than 227,000 people died, while fewer than 3,000 people died on 9/11. Yet the 9/11 attacks produced not only a sense of terror but also a geopolitical reaction that has exerted a profound and unparalleled impact upon world events over the past decade. Terrorism clearly can have a powerful impact on the human psyche - so much so that even the threat of a potential attack can cause fear and apprehension, as seen by the reaction to the recent spate of warnings about attacks occurring over the holidays. As noted above, the media serve as a magnifier of this anxiety and terror. Television news, whether broadcast on the airwaves or over the Internet, allows people to remotely and vicariously experience a terrorist event, and this is reinforced by the print media. While part of this magnification is due merely to the nature of television as a medium and the 24-hour news cycle, bad reporting and misunderstanding can also help build hype and terror. For example, when Mexican drug cartels began placing small explosive devices in vehicles in Ciudad Juarez and Ciudad Victoria this past year, the media hysterically reported that the cartels were using car bombs. Clearly, the journalists failed to appreciate the significant tactical and operational di���erences between a small bomb placed in a car and the far larger and more deadly vehicle-borne explosive device. The traditional news media are not alone in the role of terror magnifier. The Internet has also become an increasingly effective conduit for panic and alarm. From breathless (and false) claims in 2005 that Al-Qaeda had pre-positioned nuclear weapons in the United States and was preparing to attack nine US cities and kill 4 million Americans in an operation called “American Hiroshima” to claims in 2010 that Mexican drug cartels were still smuggling nuclear weapons for Osama bin Laden, a great deal of fearmongering can spread over the Internet. Website operators who earn advertising revenue based on the number of unique visitors who read the stories featured on their sites have an obvious financial incentive for publishing outlandish and startling terrorism claims. The Internet also has produced a wide array of other startling revelations, including the oft-recycled email chain stating that an Israeli counterterrorism expert has predicted Al-Qaeda will attack six, seven or eight US cities simultaneously “within


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the next 90 days”. This email was first circulated in 2005 and has been periodically re-circulated over the past five years. Although it is an old, false prediction, it still creates fear every time it is circulated. Sometimes a government can act as a terror magnifier. Whether it is the American DHS raising the threat level to red or the head of the French internal intelligence service stating that the threat of terrorism in that country has never been higher, such warnings can produce widespread public concern. As we’ve noted elsewhere, there are a number of reasons for such warnings, from trying to pre-empt a terrorist attack when there is incomplete intelligence to a genuine concern for the safety of citizens in the face of a known threat to less altruistic motives such as political gain or bureaucratic maneuvering (when an agency wants to protect itself from blame in case there is an attack). As seen by the public reaction to the many warnings in the wake of 9/11, including recommendations that citizens purchase plastic sheeting and duct tape to protect themselves from chemical and biological attack, such warnings can produce immediate panic, although, over time, as threats and warnings prove to be unfounded, this panic can turn into threat fatigue. Produce terror Those seeking to terrorize can and do use these magnifiers to produce terror without having to go to the trouble of conducting attacks. The empty threats made by bin Laden and his inner circle that they were preparing an attack larger than 9/11 - threats propagated by the Internet, picked up by the media and then reacted to by governments - are prime historical examples of this. In recent weeks, we saw a case where panic was caused by a similar confluence of events. In October, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issued the second edition of Inspire, its English-language magazine. As we discussed in our analysis of the magazine, its Open Source Jihad section pointed out a number of ways that attacks could be conducted by grassroots jihadists living in the West. In addition to the suggestion that an attacker could weld butcher knives onto the bumper of a pickup truck and drive it through a crowd, or use a gun as attackers did in Little Rock and at Fort Hood, another method briefly mentioned was that grassroots operatives could use ricin or cyanide in attacks. In response, the DHS decided to investigate further and even went to the trouble of briefing corporate security officers from the hotel and restaurant industries on the potential threat. CBS news picked up the story and ran an exclusive report compete with a scary poison logo superimposed over photos of a hotel, a dinner buffet and an American flag. The report made no mention of the fact that the AQAP article paid far less attention to the ricin and cyanide suggestion than it did to what it called the “ultimate mowing machine,” the pickup with butcher knives, or even the more practical - and far more likely armed assault. This was a prime example of terror

Analysis magnifiers working with AQAP to produce fear. Separation Groups such as al Qaeda clearly recognize the difference between terrorist attacks and terror. This is seen not only in the use of empty threats to sow terror but also in the way terrorist groups claim success for failed attacks. For example, AQAP declared the failed Christmas Day 2009 “underwear” bombing to be a success due to the effect it had on the air-transportation system. In a special edition of Inspire magazine published in November following the failed attack against cargo aircraft, AQAP trumpeted the operation as a success, citing the fear, disruption and expense that resulted. AQAP claimed the cargo bomb plot and the Christmas Day plot were part of what it called “Operation Hemorrhage,” an effort to cause economic damage and fear and not necessarily kill large numbers of people. As we’ve noted before, practitioners of terrorism lose a great deal of their ability to create terror if the people they are trying to terrorize adopt the proper mindset. A critical part of this mindset is placing terrorism in perspective. Terrorist attacks are going to continue to happen because there are a wide variety of militant groups and individuals who seek to use violence as a means of influencing a government - either their own or someone else’s. There have been several waves of terrorism over the past century, but it has been a fairly constant phenomenon, especially over the past few decades. While the flavors of terror may vary from Marxist and nationalist strains to Shiite Islamist to jihadist, it is certain that even if Al-Qaeda and its jihadist spawn were somehow magically eradicated tomorrow, the problem of terrorism would persist. Terrorist attacks are also relatively easy to conduct, especially if the assailant is not concerned about escaping after the attack. As AQAP has noted in its Inspire magazine, a determined person can conduct attacks using a variety of simple weapons, from a pickup to a knife, axe or gun. And while the authorities in the United States and elsewhere have been quite successful in foiling attacks over the past couple of years, there are a large number of vulnerable targets in the open societies of the West, and Western governments simply do not have the resources to protect everything - not even authoritarian police states can protect everything. This all means that some terrorist attacks will invariably succeed. How the media, governments and populations respond to those successful strikes will shape the way that the attackers gauge their success. Obviously, the 9/11 attacks, which caused the United States to invade Afghanistan (and arguably Iraq) were far more successful than bin Laden and company could ever have hoped. The London bombings on July 7, 2005, where the British went back to work as usual the next day, were seen as less successful. In the final analysis, the world is a dangerous place. Everyone is going to die, and some people are certain to die in a manner that is brutal or painful. In 2001, more than 42,000 people died from car crashes in the United States and hundreds of thousands of Americans died from heart disease and cancer. The 9/11 attacks were the bloodiest terrorist attacks in world history, and yet even those historic attacks resulted in the deaths of fewer than 3,000 people, a number that pales in comparison to deaths by other causes. This is in no way meant to trivialize those who died on 9/11, or the loss their families suffered, but merely to point out that lots of people die every day and that their families are affected, too. If the public will take a cue from groups like AQAP, it too can separate terrorism from terror. Recognizing that terrorist attacks, like car crashes and cancer and natural disasters, are a part of the human condition permits individuals and families to practice situational awareness and take prudent measures to prepare for such contingencies without becoming vicarious victims. This separation will help deny the practitioners of terrorism and terror the ability to magnify — Stratfor


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Ten career resolutions for 2011

ike the old saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” it’s never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions to help.

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Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more productive. It doesn’t have to relate to your skills set. It may be as simple as understanding how to work with specific peers or emotional intelligence. Take mental notes. Don’t sleepwalk through the day. Look for the Next Rung You need to excel at your job. This is how you gain credibility. But understanding your next step is key to career happiness. Career pathing is critical to remaining engaged on the job. Schedule discussions with your manager to get clarity on the next challenge. If you don’t get it on your team or in your company, it may be time to look elsewhere. Understand Company Goals Make sure you understand how your job contributes to your company’s business objectives. Are you in a revenue-generating role? A brand-awareness role? Is your mission to delight the customer? Knowing how your job fits into the big picture will give you inspiration and a sense of accomplishment — and will help you understand your job’s impact. Be Ethical Bring integrity to your job. Whether you’re running the company or cleaning its bathrooms, be honest in all you do. Don’t call in sick just to get a day off — that’s stealing. Put in an honest day’s work. Be accountable. If you’re working remotely, be sure you are. Do what you say you’re going to do. Honesty and reliability mean a lot to your manager. Stay Fit OK, this was probably on your last New Year’s resolutions list, but that’s because it’s so important. Try to break a sweat for 20 minutes, three days a week. Go for a walk at lunch. Join a gym. Lift weights. A healthy body makes a healthy mind. Exercising increases blood flow to the brain and gives you ideas. You’ll be more productive at work, and best of all, you’ll feel better.

Stretch Your Role Occasionally think how you can go above and beyond. Are there projects outside your defined role you could help with? Be proactive; ask to join. Come up with your own ideas, and work with your manager to implement them. If you’re a hamster, step off the wheel and poke your head out of the cage. Stretch a little. This won’t go unnoticed. Manage Up Make sure you and your manager are in firm agreement on what you’re doing. Be proactive and get on his calendar to ensure you’re meeting or exceeding expectations. Don’t assume he’s paying close attention. There are bad managers. If there’s a disconnect between what you’re doing and what your manager wants, you’re partly to blame. Don’t wait until review time. Manage Across Even if you work primarily alone, be sure to make time to understand your peers’ roles and how they go about their jobs. Show an interest. Don’t just choose a few friends and become part of a clique. High school is over. You never know when you may need people — or be reporting to them. Communicate Don’t leave people waiting for answers. If you’re in an email environment, return emails promptly. Let people know what you’re doing. If you’re working on a project, always ask yourself who needs to know about it, then tell them. Talk to people; give them a heads up. And when someone helps you out, be sure to thank him. It’s amazing this even needs to be on a list, but bad communicators abound. Don’t be one of them. Make Time for Play Have fun. Work hard, but smile while you’re doing it. No one likes a grump. Approach each day with a positive spirit and stay loose. Enjoy your family and friends as well. Make time for them — and you. It’s called work-life balance. All work and no play makes life a chore. (www.career-advice.monster.com)

Knowing how your job fits into the big picture will give you inspiration and a sense of accomplishment — and will help you understand your job’s impact


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• Repair your hair with olive oil Three white lion cubs are presented to the public for the first time at the city zoo in Buenos Aires yesterday. The cubs were born on Nov 16, 2010. According to zoo officials these are the first white lions to be born in South America. — AP

• Microchips now found in most mundane of places • Everyday cooking - beans


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Vitamin B-12: What you need to know What is vitamin B-12? Vitamin B-12 is an important vitamin that you usually get from your food. It is mainly found in fish, shellfish, meat and dairy products. Vitamin B-12 helps make red blood cells and DNA, and it keeps your nervous system working properly. Most people with low vitamin B-12 levels either do not consume meat and dairy products or they have trouble absorbing vitamin B-12 from their stomach or small intestines. Vegetarians, vegans (strict vegetarians who do not eat any animal products) and the elderly are at higher risk for not getting enough vitamin B-12. What can cause problems with absorbing vitamin B-12? The following are some things that can cause problems with absorbing vitamin B-12: * Having a disease called pernicious anemia that destroys the cells in your stomach that help you absorb vitamin B-12. * Having an intestinal condition that interferes with the way your body absorbs food, such as Crohn’s disease or celiac disease. * Having abnormal bacterial growth in your stomach. * Taking certain medicines that are used to treat heartburn and ulcers for a long time. * Having had surgery on your stomach or your intestines, such as gastric bypass surgery. Your doctor will find out why you have a low vitamin B-12 level by asking questions about your health, giving you a physical exam and checking your blood. He or she may need

to do other tests to check for a low level of vitamin B-12. What happens if my vitamin B-12 level is low? You might not have any symptoms if your vitamin B-12 level is just a little bit low. However, a very low vitamin B-12 level can cause symptoms of anemia, such as paleness, weakness and fatigue (severe tiredness). It can also cause depression, dementia and other serious problems with your nervous system. Damage to your nervous system that is caused by a low vitamin B-12 level can become permanent if you don’t get treatment promptly. Some people who have low vitamin B-12 levels also have high levels of homocysteine (say: “hoe-moe-sis-teen”), an amino acid (a building block of protein) in the blood. If you have low vitamin B-12 and high homocysteine, you may have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Can I just take one multivitamin pill every day to raise a low vitamin B-12 level? No Over-the-counter multivitamins do not contain enough vitamin B-12 to raise a low level. To get enough vitamin B-12, you will need to take special vitamin B-12 pills. You can also get shots of vitamin B-12. Usually, these shots are given every 1 to 2 days for about 2 weeks. After this, a shot is given once every month. Vitamin B-12 is also available as a prescription nose spray that is used either daily or weekly. This may be an option for you.

Low levels of B12 can cause depression, dementia and other serious problems with your nervous system. Damage to your nervous system that is caused by a low vitamin B-12 level can become permanent if you don’t get treatment promptly.

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Calcium and your body Why is calcium so important to my health? Calcium is a mineral found in your body. Most of the calcium is found in your bones and your teeth. You need plenty of calcium to keep them healthy and strong throughout your life.

There is also calcium in your blood, in your muscles and in the fluid between your cells. Your body uses calcium to help blood vessels and muscles expand and contract, and to regulate the pH level of your blood. It also helps produce hormones and enzymes as well

as move impulses through your nervous system. How much calcium do I need? Your body can’t make calcium, so it’s important to make sure that you provide it

with all the calcium it needs. If you are younger than 50 years of age, you need about 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium per day. If you are older than 50, you need 1,200 mg of calcium per day. It is best to get your calcium throughout the day rather than all at once. You can do this by eating a calcium-rich food with every meal or taking a

supplement twice a day rather than all at once. You should also be sure to get enough vitamin D each day to help your body absorb the calcium. Return to top What happens if I don’t get enough calcium? If your body doesn’t have enough calcium and vitamin D to support important body functions, it takes calcium from your bones. Over time, this calcium loss can put you at risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis occurs when the inside of the bones become porous from a loss of calcium. This is called losing bone mass. The following people are at higher risk for low calcium levels: • Postmenopausal women • Women who have eating disorders, such as anorexia or the female athlete triad disorder • People who do not eat animal, fish or dairy products (vegans) • Women with premenstrual syndrome •People who take medicine for osteoporosis • People who have parathyroid dis-

orders, inflammatory bowel disease, liver or kidney disease Return to top What foods are good sources of calcium? It’s best to try to get your calcium from food. Nonfat and low-fat dairy products, such as yogurt, cheese and milk, are good sources of calcium. Other sources of calcium include dried beans, tofu, pink salmon, spinach and broccoli. Some foods, such as orange juice, breads, dry breakfast cereals and dairy substitutes, may be fortified with calcium. The following are examples of foods that are good sources of calcium: •Nonfat or low-fat yogurt (8 ounces = 345-452 mg) • Nonfat or low-fat cheese (2 ounces = 400 mg) • Fortified oatmeal (1 packet = 350 mg) • Low-fat milk (1 cup = 290 mg) or skim milk (1 cup = 306 mg) • Enriched soy, almond or rice milk (1 cup = 200-300 mg) • Fish and seafood such as sardines (3 ounces = 325 mg), pink salmon (3 ounces = 181 mg) and ocean perch (3 ounces = 116 mg) • Beans such as soybeans (1/2 cup = 130 mg) and white beans (1/2 cup = 96 mg) • Almonds (1/4 cup = 94 mg), figs (5 figs = 137 mg) and whole ground sesame seeds (3 tablespoons = 300 mg)

• Spinach (1 cup cooked = 245 mg) and collard greens (1 cup cooked = 266 mg) What about supplements? Your doctor may suggest taking a calcium supplement. Most women who have gone through menopause should take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Your doctor may also suggest taking a magnesium supplement with a calcium supplement, because these minerals work together in the body. For most people, a 2-to-1 ratio of calcium to magnesium is appropriate. So, if you take 1,000 mg of calcium each day, you should also take 500 mg of magnesium. There are two main types of calcium supplements: calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. Both types of supplement will give your body enough calcium. An over-thecounter (OTC) antacid that contains calcium carbonate is inexpensive and easy to take, and it can give you the calcium you need. To avoid possible side effects, take calcium carbonate with meals. If you choose calcium citrate, you can take it on an empty stomach. If you take thyroid medicine or iron supplements, be sure to take these medicines separate from your calcium supplement. Talk to your family doctor if you have any questions about calcium or magnesium supplements. (www.familydoctor.org)


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ertain fats should be part of your healthy diet. They can lower your risk of disease. But you should make sure that you’re eating “good” fats instead of “bad” fats.

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Consuming too much fat can contribute to obesity. Fat calories turn into body fat more easily than carbohydrates or proteins.

Omega-3 fatty acids are especially beneficial-studies have shown that they can also decrease your risk of inflammation or heart attack if you are at risk for heart disease.

Why do I need fat in my diet? Your body uses fat for energy. It also uses fat to build nerve tissue and hormones and to control inflammation. Fat also helps your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K from the foods you eat. But consuming too much fat can contribute to obesity. Fat calories turn into body fat more easily than carbohydrates or proteins. Fat in your diet can confuse your appetite, so you can’t tell when you are full. Some fats also raise your total cholesterol and blood pressure, and may increase your risk of some cancers, heart disease and diabetes. How much is too much? Fat contains 9 calories per gram - more than twice the calories of carbohydrates and protein, which have 4 calories per gram. Everyone has different calorie needs. Your doctor can help you figure out how many calories you need and how many of these can come from fat. If you are overweight, the American Heart Association recommends that you get less than 30% of your total calories from fat. So, if your body needs 2,000 calories a day, you can have up to 65 grams of fat each day. What are the “bad” fats? Limit or avoid these fats: - Saturated fat is usually found in animal products, such as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products such as cheese, cream and whole or 2% milk. Palm, coconut and other tropical oils, as well as cocoa butter, also contain saturated fat. Many snack foods, such as desserts, chips and French fries, are high in saturated fat. A diet high in saturated fats can increase your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and can put you at risk for heart disease. - Trans fats are a type of hydrogenated man-made fat usually found in processed foods, such as cookies, cakes, doughnuts, crackers, snacks and frozen foods, and in fried food, such as French fries and onion rings. Trans fat is especially bad for you. It lowers your HDL (“good”) cholesterol while raising your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. All food manufacturers are now required to list trans fat on nutrition labels. However, foods can have up to .5 grams of trans fat per serving and still be labeled trans-fat free. To avoid

them completely, check the ingredients list and avoid partially hydrogenated oils. The American Heart Association recommends that you get less than 7% of your total calories from saturated fats and less than 1% from trans fats. So, if your body needs 2,000 calories a day, you should eat less than 15 grams of saturated fat and less than 2 grams of trans fat. The good fats - Monounsaturated fats are found in canola, olive, avocado, and peanut and other nut oils, as well as in legumes (dried beans and peas), olives, seeds, nuts, nut butters and fresh avocados. - Polyunsaturated fats are found in vegetable oils like corn, sunflower and safflower oil, as well as sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, corn, soybeans, and many other kinds of grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. - Omega-3 fatty acids are usually found in seafood, such as salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel. They can also be found in flaxseeds, flaxseed oil and walnuts. Studies have shown that these fats, if used in place of saturated fat, can help you lower your total cholesterol level. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially beneficial-studies have shown that they can also decrease your risk of inflammation or heart attack if you are at risk for heart disease. Tips for a healthy diet You don’t have to cut all fat out of your diet, but you should limit the amount of fat you eat. Try to eat foods made with unsaturated fat and avoid foods that are high in saturated and trans fats. Other things you can do include: - Avoid fast food. It almost always contains trans fat. - Limit the amount of red meat you eat. Instead, try to eat baked or broiled fish, poultry and vegetable proteins. - Use canola oil when you are baking. - Use olive oil when you are cooking, for salad dressings and as a spread on bread. - Make healthier snack choices. For example, snack on a small handful of unsalted peanuts or edamame (soy beans) instead of potato chips. - Try a slice of avocado on your sandwich or in your salad, or add nuts or garbanzo beans to a salad. - Use liquid or soft tub margarine instead of butter. Look for margarine that has low saturated fat and no trans fat. (www.familydoctor.org)


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Microchips now found in most mundane of places FROM TOILETS TO TOMBSTONES

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o help make football a little safer, Intel officials last month proposed having players’ helmets outfitted with microprocessors that would wirelessly alert doctors if the athletes suffered a hit hard enough to cause head injuries. And why not? Besides being installed in everything from ATMs and airport check-in kiosks to pacemakers and ocean monitoring sensors, microchips also are going into a staggering array of items that were once decidedly low-tech - from gravestones and running shoes to fish lures and writing pens. The potential market is huge. Chip sales of all types generate about $300 billion a year in sales worldwide, with personal computers and smart phones accounting for a third to half of that, according to some experts. That means $150 billion to $200 billion in sales come from so-called embedded semiconductors, which go into pretty much anything a person can think of. And that segment is growing fast. In the future, “where won’t we find chips?” asked Jordan Selburn, principal analyst for consumer electronics at research firm iSuppli. “The answer is: Pretty close to nowhere.” Moreover, due to the sophistication of the chips being used, the difference between PCs and many formerly mundane products is quickly narrowing. “The term ‘embedded’ used to refer to a low-level, limited-function semiconductor and nobody needed to pay attention to it,” said Shane Rau, a chip expert at the market research firm IDC. “Now these devices are taking on more intelligence. They’re becoming more programmable, they’re getting faster and they’re getting communications functions built into them.” •

Consider these examples: Intelligent pens: Livescribe of Oakland, Calif, sells a chip-powered ink pen equipped with a camera and audio recorder that’s designed to help people remember precisely what was said when they review their handwritten notes. It synchronizes its voice recording with the pictures it takes of the words as they are jotted down. Then, if the pen is later tapped on one of the scribbled words, it replays what was said when that note was taken. Computerized commodes: AquaOne Technologies of Westminster, Calif, has introduced a toilet containing chips that automatically shut off the water when it springs a leak or starts to overflow. And the Japanese company Toto reportedly has developed an intelligent potty that gathers health-related data from the user’s urine and automatically sends the information to their doctor’s office. Fish beware: A number of fishing reels, including those made by Shimano of Japan, now have chips in them to help control how fast the spool of line spins. Some enthusiasts of the sport say that results in longer, smoother casts. Pro-Troll of Concord, Calif., also puts chips in its lures. The result, the company claims, “duplicates the electrical nerve discharge of a wounded bait fish,” prompting other fish to bite it. Smart shoes: Adidas was widely hailed five years ago as the first company to outfit a running shoe with a chip, which automati-

lready a key component in personal computers and smart phones, microchips are making their way into an ever-expanding array of other items, from fishing lures and running shoes to toilets and grave markers. The market for these so-called embedded chips is estimated at $150 billion or more. But that’s expected to grow as companies increasingly explore ways to make common household appliances and other products access the Internet, communicate with one another and perform new functions for consumers. • Adidas 1: An embedded chip adjusts shoe’s cushioning to the person’s weight and running style. • Echo dictation pen: Livescribe of Oakland sells a chip-powered ink pen equipped with a camera and audio recorder that’s designed to help people remember precisely what was said when they review handwritten notes. • Pro-troll lures: A chip in fishing lures sets off an electrical pulse which “duplicates the electric nerve discharge of a wounded bait fish,” prompting other fish to bite it.

autonomously trims lawns. It’s equipped with a sonar system so that when it approaches an obstacle, it slows to a point where it makes “very slight initial contact,” and then turns away. The mower’s blades can’t inflict serious wounds, the company insists, and pets get so used to it they “consider the robot almost as a companion.”

The Echo “Smartpen” device can record voice on a recording chip as a person takes notes during an interview or listening to a lecture. – MCT

cally adjusts the shoe’s cushioning to the person’s weight and running style. Nike then followed with its own running shoe featuring a chip that fed data on the person’s pace, distance traveled and calories burned to an Apple iPod or iPhone. Tombstone tech: A Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, company sells a coin-size, stainless steel-encased microchip for grave stone markets. Called the Memory Medallion, it tells the dead person’s story in text, photos, video or audio histories, which visitors can access by pointing their Internet-enabled cell phones at it. The company says it has sold thousands of the medallions, which recently were installed at a New York cemetery’s memorial to the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Digitized pets: Million of cats and dogs

have been equipped with chips the size of a grain of rice, which contain their owners’ contact information in case the animals get lost. Taking that concept a step further, a British company sells a SureFlap cat door that opens for pets whose microchip it recognizes, but stays locked for other animals. Precocious dolls: Sunnyvale, Calif, chipmaker Sensory says its microcircuits have enabled Furby dolls to communicate in seven international languages, and to use “facial expressions and synchronized body motions to display his emotions”. Its chips also have been used in the Amazing Amanda doll, touted as being able to recognize its owner’s voice, pout when told “no” and remind a child of upcoming holidays. Unmanned mowers: Belrobotics of Belgium offers a computerized mower that

The trend is easing life for everyone by enabling consumer gadgets to make decisions that once had to be made by people, said Lori Dolnick, a spokeswoman for the German company Miele, whose household appliances are outfitted with semiconductors as well as wireless features. As an example, she described what happens when a Miele washing machine detects a problem. “It could be a misuse of detergent, a door left open or - on the very rare side - a part failure,” she said. “These faults are sent to the wireless communication module called RemoteVision and that will alert Miele. Miele then calls or emails or texts the customer to offer a solution or a repair to their problem often before they even know it’s a problem.” For a machine to do all that requires sophisticated chips, which is why Intel - which is known for its brainy microprocessors - believes it has a chance to grab a big share of the surging embedded market, said Ton Steenman, general manager of the Santa Clara, Calif., company’s embedded and communication’s group. Intel isn’t wasting time looking for ways to take advantage of its technology. Among other ideas it has in works, it’s conferring with farm-equipment manufacturers on the possibility of using its chips to make remotely controlled tractors that would let farmers till their fields, plant seeds, dispense fertilizer and harvest crops from their office desks. “The possibilities,” noted Steenman, “are pretty much endless”. — MCT


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ussell and Erin Miller met while deployed in Iraq in 2005 and discovered a shared passion for Dungeons and Dragons. Their interest in the popular role-playing game led to their marriage and settling down in Rice, 45 miles southeast of Dallas. The husband and wife, both in the Texas Army National Guard, now have new roles: Erin, 28, as a soldier deployed to Afghanistan; Russell, 30, as a stay-at-home dad with 2-year-

Staff Sgt Erin Miller, center, stands in formation with the Texas Army National Guard 176th Engineer Brigade before participating in a deployment ceremony at the Daniel-Meyers Auditorium at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, July 11, 2010. —MCT old daughter Abby. How their marriage fares during Erin’s 12month deployment is a question of keen personal interest to the Millers , as well as a matter of urgent national security. Two wars and multiple deployments have caused enormous strains within the ranks, contributing to a rising military divorce rate that is outpacing the civilian divorce rate, as well as a sharp increase in mental health prob-

lems. While e-mail and video chats have made it easier for couples to stay in touch, the dangers of war can wear down the feelings of intimacy and togetherness that keep marital bonds strong. “It’s all on you,” said Russell. “You have to make so many decisions, and you don’t get to bounce ideas off each other. And even when you do talk, you lose a lot of personal connection in the conversation.” In response to the strain on families, the Pentagon has increased spending to a record $9 billion on family support programs, including more for child-care services and family counseling. “Military families are stressed, really, really, really stressed,” said Dr Benjamin Karney, a professor of social psychology at UCLA who has studied military marriages for the RAND Corp., a California think tank that often does studies for the military. For citizen soldiers like the Millers, the needs are greater than ever. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 787,000 Guard members and reservists have been called to active duty, the most since World War II. A half-million have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan , and 200,000 have served multiple tours. Nearly 100,000 Guard members and reservists are currently serving on active duty. Members of the nation’s reserve component leave behind careers and families. Their spouses and children do not have a built-in support structure, as full-time active duty service members who live on military installations do. But outside the military community,

few Americans realize the sacrifices made by these families. More than 50 percent of military personnel are married, and 70 percent have children. The divorce rate for active-duty military personnel has risen from 2.6 percent in 2001 to 3.6 percent in 2009, when there were an estimated 50,000 military divorces, the Pentagon reported. That’s slightly higher than the civilian divorce rate of 3.4 percent. The Pentagon’s divorce

tion, a civilian spouse who divorces a service member loses his or her military health coverage. Meanwhile, combat veterans are at an increased risk of marital problems, according to studies. The rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has increased almost sixfold from 2003 to 2008, according to the Defense Department’s Medical Surveillance report issued in November. Couples dealing with post-

Two wars and multiple deployments have caused enormous strains within the ranks, contributing to a rising military divorce rate that is outpacing the civilian divorce rate, as well as a sharp increase in mental health problems. records don’t tell the whole story because they leave out the National Guard and reservists. The overall percentage of Guard members and reservists who are married has decreased from 53 percent in 2001 to 48 percent in 2008, according to other military records. The Pentagon also doesn’t account for soldiers who get divorced a year or two after leaving the military, Karney said. And divorce rates aren’t the only indicator that marriages are in trouble. It’s not unusual for estranged couples in the military to remain married to continue receiving higher housing payments. In addi-

combat stress go through a period of trying to make their relationships work. “And this will serve to depress divorce in the short term. The problem is that families might not be able to sustain this (work on their relationship) over the long term,” Karney said. His research found that military women have the harder time staying married. Divorce rates are two to three times higher for female service members than for men. The highest divorce rate occurs with military women married to civilian men. One possible reason is that there are fewer role models for stay-at-home dads. “There are

very few movies about the loyal, stay-at-home husband of a female soldier,” Karney said. “The support available in the military to the stay-at-home spouse is geared toward women.” Russell Miller, a sergeant with 10 years in the Guard, is used to playing the role of the loyal, stay-at-home husband. After Abby was born, Erin went back to work full time as a paralegal for the Guard. Russell quit his telecom job installing fiber optic cables to stay home with Abby. He also took online courses to complete a bachelor’s degree in history. “It’s been the greatest time of my life ... watching Abby grow up and bonding with her,” Russell said. At times, he’s felt like the odd man out. During one of the Guard’s Yellow Ribbon events for spouses of deploying soldiers this summer, Russell met only one other stay-at-home dad. That man’s wife also was headed to Afghanistan, but not with Erin’s group. Erin, a staff sergeant and an eight-year veteran of the Guard, is assigned to the headquarters company of the 176th Engineer Brigade. The brigade held its farewell ceremony at TCU before deploying in July. Before the ceremony, Erin and Russell watched as their petite, sandy-haired Abby scampered around the tiled walkway encircling the arena. Erin wore her camouflage combat uniform. Russell leaned against a wall in his brown cowboy boots, faded jeans and a red T-shirt inscribed with the words “Proud Army Family,” issued by the 176th’s family readiness group. —MCT


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he great thing about beans is that they can be used in an endless array of recipes. They can be mashed into a dip, boiled into a soup and in some cultures they even use them in deserts. Their benefits are many, their calories are few and their flavors are delicious. Beans are also the kind of ingredients that can be found year-round as they come fresh, frozen and canned. The following recipes use different beans to accentuate the recipes. Enjoy! Send your suggestions to: sawsank@kuwaittimes.net

Ingredients: • 1 28 ounce can vegetarian baked beans, drained • 1 4 ounce can green chilies, diced • 3 tbsp vinegar • 2 tsp chili powder • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce • 1 tsp onion powder • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp garlic powder • 2 green onions, sliced • tortilla chips

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Five-bean salad 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained 1 can yellow wax beans, drained 1 package frozen cut green beans, thawed 2 small onions, chopped 1 cup white vinegar 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper

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Lamb and bean stew 125g dried haricot beans 4 tbsp seasoned flour 1kg stewing lamb 4 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped 4 garlic cloves, crushed 2 cup beef stock few sprigs of thyme leaves 1 bay leaf

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ut the beans in a large bowl and cover with plenty of water. Leave to soak for 8-12 hours, or overnight, then rinse the beans thoroughly and drain. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4. Dust the lamb in the seasoned flour. Heat half the oil in a pan and fry the onions and garlic until softened. Remove them from the pan and set aside. Add the rest of the oil to the pan, heat it and then fry the lamb until browned on all sides. Add the onions and garlic to the lamb, as well as the beans, red wine, beef stock, thyme and bay leaves. Bring the stew to a simmer and place in the preheated oven. After 1 hour lower the heat to 150ºC/300ºF/gas mark 2 and braise for a further 2 hours. For best results, remove the pot from the oven, let it cool down and leave in fridge to marinate further overnight. After it has been reheated, donít forget to remove the bay leaf and thyme leaves.

Pasta with white beans and pesto 2 tb Olive oil 1 Garlic clove; chopped 1/2 c Chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes 1/2 c Dry white wine 1/3 c Purchased pesto sauce 1 cn Cannellini; (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained (15-ounce) 8 oz pasta 1/4 c Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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eat olive oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; saute 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, wine and pesto; simmer over medium heat until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Add cannellini and stir until heated through. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Add pasta and cheese to sauce; toss to coat. Mix in enough reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, to moisten. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tuscan bean soup 1lb 5oz dried cannellini beans 101/2oz dried borlotti beans 3 1/2 oz fat cut from a ham, or a ham or prosciutto bone salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 litre/1æ pints vegetable or beef stock extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling For the soffritto 8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 celery sticks, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely chopped 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 sprig rosemary 4 bay leaves salt and freshly ground black pepper

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boil them in separate pans; the borlotti beans for about an hour, the cannellini beans for 45 minutes. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, cook the soffritto. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and gently fry the celery, carrot, onion, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves until golden, about 15 minutes.Remove the rosemary sprig and bay leaves and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the ham fat or bone and the cannellini beans to the soffritto. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the stock and bring to the boil, then simmer for 25 minutes or until the beans are tender. Remove the pieces of ham fat or bone. Stir in the whole borlotti beans. Season with more salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.


THEY ARE THE 99! 99 Mystical Noor Stones carry all that is left of the wisdom and knowledge of the lost civilization of Baghdad. But the Noor Stones lie scattered across the globe - now little more than a legend. One man has made it his life’s mission to seek out what was lost. His name is Dr. Ramzi Razem and he has searched fruitlessly for the Noor Stones all his life. Now, his luck is about to change - the first of the stones have been rediscovered and with them a special type of human who can unlock the gem’s mystical power. Ramzi brings these gem - bearers together to form a new force for good in the world. A force known as ... the 99!

THE STORY SO FAR : On an outdoor education trip, Hadya learns the value of studying without

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2011 The rise of volunteerism, the opening up of the Middle East and the death of the staycation ... Here are the 10 big travel trends for the coming year

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010 was a distinctly tricky year for UK holidaymakers. Airline staff queued up to go on strike, collapsed travel companies left clients stranded around the world, and holiday bookings wobbled as consumer confidence dipped. Mother Nature intervened in April as Iceland’s Eyjafjallajukull volcano spewed its innards across a considerable chunk of the northern hemisphere, costing the airline industry $1.7bn in lost revenue. Then, predictably, Britain’s transport system froze to a standstill as the snow arrived in December. But there are reasons to be cheerful in 2011. Trip Advisor’s annual Travel Trends survey - which sampled 6,000 users - has revealed that Brits are hesitantly positive about their travelling prospects, with one in 10 planning to holiday more often this year. The Great British “staycation” also looks to be on the wane, with just 38% of those surveyed planning to stay at home for their holiday compared with 45% last year. Voluntourism and adventure travel are set to rise in popularity, our appetite for the Middle East is expected to grow apace with new flights to the region, and long-haul travel is fighting its way back against the dominance of European city breaks and mid-haul sun-seeking. 1. EasyJet enters Jordan Spearheaded by the emergence of Dubai as one of the world’s busiest flight hubs (the airport’s capacity surpassed JFK last September), and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s prediction that the region’s tourist growth will outstrip any other in 2011, British holidaymakers are expected to pour into the Middle East. Having entered the region with its first flights to Tel Aviv in 2009, easyJet is adding Jordan to its portfolio, with flights into Amman scheduled to begin in March, from a lead-in price of £105.98 return. With midsummer temperatures regularly tipping over 40C, aim for a visit during spring or autumn. 2. Trailblazing in Nepal A recent TUI study reported British travelers are more likely to book an adventure travel trip over the next three years. For those looking to sate their inner explorer this year, a groundbreaking new trail in Nepal should do the job. Australian Robin Boustead has spent 152 days traversing a series of routes winding beneath the world’s highest peaks over the past few years, meticulously mapping the Great Himalayan Trail (thegreathimalayatrail.org) - the first continuous trail across the Nepalese Himalayan arc from Kanchenjunga on the eastern border, through the foothills of Everest, concluding on the Tibetan border in the west. The inaugural public expedition, led by Boustead himself, begins in February and will cost an eye-watering £20,500 for the entire trip. But World Expeditions has broken the trail down into a handful of sections that can be “hopped” on to from £2,350 for 18 days.

3. Airbnb in Asia Photograph: Alamy Airbnb.com, the peer-to-peer B&B network that invites tourists into locals’ spare bedrooms and apartments, grew phenomenally last year and has set its sights on Asia in 2011. While the network - and similar networks such as iStopOver and Crashpadder has developed huge bases in Europe and North America (the site boasts more than 4,000 listings in New York), a promotional drive has seen the company’s portfolio in Asia increase significantly. Beijing, Bangkok and Seoul have seen notable additions, but Shanghai (pictured)- helped by its large expat community - is leading the pack with a tenfold increase in the second half of last year, including sleek modern apartments in the French Concession, where the majority of the new additions are clustered. 4. Hi-tech adventures in Portland Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters Near Field Communications (NFC) is something many Londoners use every day - it’s the technology that lets you enter the tube system via an Oyster card - and industry insiders expect it to have a significant impact on air travel, with mobile phones being used as boarding cards. But a Google experiment in Portland, Oregon, is seeing the technology rolled out to hundreds of cafÈs and restaurants in the city in the form of stickers. Visitors will soon be able to hold their phone up to a sticker in the window of an establishment and have all of its reviews transmitted on to their display.

under its 2008-12 tourism program. 7. Turin city break Photograph: Alamy With the continuous growth of city-break tourism expected to be one of the key drivers in the recovery of European tourism as a whole, Brits are expected to venture beyond the usual suspects for a value-for-money urban weekend in 2011. Turin will be a good bet, with the city acting as the focal point for a line-up of events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Italian unification (Turin was the newly united Italy’s first capital from 1861-64). The recently derelict Officine Grandi Riparazioni - a vast 19th-century locomotive factory in the heart of the city - will house large temporary interactive “laboratory exhibitions”, and more than 300 Italian masterpieces (including works by Caravaggio, Giotto, Botticelli and Da Vinci) will be on show at the newly restored Venaria Reale, a 17th-century hunting palace on the fringes of the city. 8. Rugby (and food) in New Zealand With 66% of Brits planning to travel long haul next year, according to TripAdvisor, 25,000 are expected to head to New Zealand for this autumn’s Rugby World Cup. As part of the biggest tournament in the country’s history, hundreds of events are being staged, including performances by Kiri Te Kanawa in Auckland and the transformation of Cathedral Square in Christchurch into a mini rugby pitch. There will be farmers’ markets, new wild-food menus at hundreds of restaurants on the South Island, oyster festivals, and a wine festival bringing together more than 50 wineries in the Marlborough region.

5. Overland from Ecuador to Colombia Tourism has continued to grow year on year in Colombia, with the high-end crowd setting its sights on new boutique hotels in Bogot? and Medell?n - luxury specialists Cox & Kings has earmarked the country as one of its most in-demand destinations of 2011. Provincial travel in the country, however, has stuttered due to heightened tensions with neighbouring Venezuela and Ecuador. But after a two-year hiatus due to Foreign Office advice, Dragoman Overland is returning to Colombia with an epic trip across the country. The 19-day Andean and Caribbean Trails begins in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito before heading into the market town of Otavalo and then across the border into Colombia. The route takes in the old town of Popayan and the PuracÈ National Park in the south before rising up through Andean coffee plantations and the cloud forests of the Sierra Nevada foothills, then down on to the unspoilt beaches of the Tayrona National Park before finishing in the walled city of Cartagena (pictured).

9. Making an eco village in Sierra Leone Voluntourism is expected to continue to be one of the fastestgrowing markets in global tourism, and a brand-new venture on a remote Sierra Leone beach is one of the most intriguing projects. As the country gears up for its 50th anniversary of political freedom in April, the John Obey beach community is the newest undertaking by Tribewanted - the social experiment that saw hundreds of volunteers build a sustainable eco resort from scratch in Fiji over the past three years. The first-footers arrived in October, and work is already under way, with locals and “tribe members” working together to build the first mud houses in the new eco village. The perks? Downtime is spent exploring the forests, fishing with locals, and lounging on some of Africa’s most untouched beaches.

6. Mid-haul Libya Photograph: Alamy In 2011 short-to-medium-haul winter-sun destinations outside the eurozone, such as Turkey (where easyJet is launching two flights a week into Izmir from May) and Egypt, are predicted to remain strong, with a fringe of more adventurous travellers trying out more unusual - but equally accessible - destinations. Libya is the last north African country to open up to European tourism and has seen steady rises in visitor numbers since the recent relaxation of visa requirements, making it possible for visitors to obtain visas at the point of entry. According to the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree travel forum, Libya is targeting 1.5 million visitors a year

10. Tallinn for culture, Kopaonik for budget skiing Photograph: Alamy Long famed - and unfairly so - as a cheap destination for lager-swilling Brits on tour, the Estonian capital is taking its responsibilities as European Capital of Culture very seriously. Hundreds of events are planned for 2011, with a different festival each month, including the Old Town festival in June, an opera festival in August and a film festival in November. July will see the opening of the new Estonian Maritime Museum, in vast, renovated sea-plane hangars on the city’s western coast. Elsewhere in eastern Europe, Skyscanner reports a 130% rise in winter searches for Serbia as value-seeking skiiers opt for the increasingly popular resort of Kopaonik.—Guardian


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here’s one word you’ll become familiar with if you spend time in Malaysia: makan. For makan is to eat; and eat (and eat) you will, about seven times a day if you follow local customs. Chances are, though, you’ll still leave with that niggling feeling that you’ve missed some great eating experiences, such is the range and quality of food on offer. The unsung culinary hero of Asia, Malaysia is surely the most gastronomically diverse country in the region. Its position on the spice run meant it attracted Chinese traders and labourers and Indians who came to work the land - today the population includes around two-thirds Malays, just under a third Chinese, and an Indian community of around 15%. A time under Portugese rule in the 1500s (before the Dutch came, and subsequently, the British, who invaded in the 18th Century), brought cooking techniques and ingredients such as tamarind and chilli, and the Arabic recipes that accompanied traders joined numerous Chinese and Indian regional cuisines - and the original Malay cooking style - to create a gloriously heady mix. Throw in influences from nearby Thailand and Indonesia and it’s easy to see why there’s a huge variety of cuisines across the country, with many states boasting their own specialities and classic dishes. Terengganu Some 400km from Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu is perched on the east coast state of Peninsular Malaysia facing nearby Thailand, and the latter’s culinary presence is keenly felt here in dishes such as nasi dagang with its mix of Thai jasmine rice and glutinous rice, and in the numerous Thai stalls and restaurants dotted around. The regional speciality is keropok lekor, a ubiquitous dense sausage made from sago flour dough and pounded fish. Though it can be served boiled, I’d recommend you try it fried and smothered in spicy sauce. Skip your hotel’s offerings in the morning and head straight to Central Market. You’ll find a dizzying array of sweet breakfast treats, such as a gorgeous custard-like akok (eggs, palm sugar, and coconut), delicious tarts pimped with pandam leaf, a speciality of the east coast, that tastes a lot nicer than the lurid green appearance suggests. Other traditional breakfast offerings are Pulut lepa, banana leaf containing boiled fish, onion, chillies and coconut, barbecued and rolled in rice. My favourite was paung goreng: glutinous rice balls with fish cooked in creamy coconut milk and reduced down - sticky balls of savoury sweet deliciousness. If the sweet rice dishes are a bit much, try some interesting fruits - salak (snakeskin), reminiscient of lychee and pineapple; dokong, like a mini sweet grapefruit; khadeh, an unusually furry berry that melts on the tongue; or the lovely sweet/sharp manggis, which opens to expose garlic-like segments. It’s also worth trying jering rebus, a boiled fruit with the look and texture - though unfortunately not the taste - of chestnuts. I would best describe them as challenging, though they were as nothing compared to the infamous durian fruit, spiky on the outside, creamy within, loved by thousands, hated - and banned - by most Malaysian hotels, for its pungent smell. In fact it doesn’t taste bad, though I preferred it cooked. Melaka Resting where the Indian and Pacific oceans meet, and strategically sat between the capitals of

Malaysia is the unsung culinary hero of Asia. Susan Smillie eats her way around the most gastronomically diverse country in the region Malaysia and Singapore, the city was always a significant port and a magnet for Arab and Chinese traders and there’s a large Chinese population here today. A marriage between princess Hang Li Po and the Sultan of Malacca formed the first permanent Chinese settlement, and gave rise to Nyonya cooking - a distinctive marriage of Chinese and Malaysian styles. Melaka Nyonyas, with their proximity to Indonesia, have a liking for sweet flavours and classic, crowd pleasing dishes such as lemak nenas - prawns and pineapple cooked in coconut milk, reflect this. Ayam pong the, a braised chicken dish made with fermented soy bean paste, and palm sugar, is

another staple. The version we tried was fairly mild, but that’s not to say Melakans don’t like heat - we enjoyed a fabulously spicy okra salad and cincalok omelette, with prawn and chilli paste at Kenny Chan’s Peranakan cookery school, (well worth attending for Kenny’s enthusiasm and knowledge of Nyonya history as well as the cooking). Down river, at a little restaurant called Tarragon (42A & 44A Lorong Hang Jebat), came a dish I still occasionally dream about - ikan chuan chuan, deep fried red snapper in preserved bean curd with ginger and lime: here was moist white flesh encased in perfect crispy skin atop a sticky

sweet sour sauce with a suggestion of chilli heat. I’d go back for that dish alone. Afterwards, you can always head for street market Jonker Walk, for a heart stopping fix of deep fried ice cream from one of the stalls - not, I should add, a Malaysian speciality. Kota Kinabalu/Sabah Fish and seafood hauled from the South China sea are the stars in hot and steamy Malaysian Borneo, supported by freshwater fish and prawns from

inland rivers. Try kam heong la la (stir-fried fragrant clams), or perhaps some soft shell crab in Kampung Nelayan, a floating restaurant where you choose your dinner from the tank in which it forlornly stares back out at you. I was unconvinced by the entertainment on stage, but that’s probably because it distracted from the excellent food. Another Sabah must-try is sayur manis (‘Sabah vegetable’): ferns that only grow locally, often cooked with shrimp paste, they’re terrifically crunchy and slightly sweet. In Kota Kinabalu, stop at a kedai kopi (coffee shop) and ask for the chefs’ speciality (most don’t offer menus, specialising in few dishes) before heading for the local market, Tamu Donggongon.

It’s vibrant and busy, loud with music and chatter between stallholders who camp until they’ve sold their wares. And with its piles of glistening fresh and dried fish and colourful spice mountains, it’s a great spot for those who love pointing a camera at ingredients. The caged squirrels and bagged live frogs and turtles might distress some; the latter are apparently sold for release, bringing good karma to the buyer; the squirrels’ fate is presumably less rosy. Penang Georgetown, Penang Island. Photograph: Bob Krist/Corbis When I asked Eating Asia bloggers Dave Hagerman and Robyn Eckhardt where in Penang Chinatown was, I was gently corrected. “Penang is Chinatown”, they smiled patiently. Like Melaka, there’s a large Chinese population Nyonya cooking is common here, too, though more influenced by Thailand’s sour notes and hot chilies than in Melaka - and days are easily whiled away slurping delicious wan tan mee, with its glorious combination of noodles, submerged dumplings and slivers of scarlet edged pork, or enjoying a little laksa on Love Lane, where the rich men’s mistresses were kept. As everyone will tell you, the thing to do is to lose yourself among the bustling hawker stands in Gurney Drive or New Lane for some blistering sambals or char kway teow, served sizzling from woks, but try to squeeze in a visit to Teik Seng on Lebuh Carnarvon, for a fix of double cooked pork and long beans, especially joyful if you’ve eschewed the glorious pig while travelling in much of Malaysia. As is the case elsewhere in Malaysia, there’s a sizeable Indian population in Penang and we feasted happily on sidewalks from morning to night on wonderful steaming idli, cashew rawa tosia, masala uthapam. Penang really is a city for food lovers - I joined dozens of obsessives queuing for nasi kandar, a local speciality of rice with fried chicken, curried spleen, cubed beef and fish roe, flooded with a mix of curry sauces. It was at 1am and there were whole families there. Langkawi Ais Kacang. Photograph: Susan Smillie for the Guardian If you’re indecisive of a morning, you may be torn between two classic Malaysian breakfast staples - roti canai, the delicious flaky pancakes (spun to great effect here), or nasi lemak, rice steamed in coconut water, typically served with anchovies, eggs and sauce and wrapped in banana leaves (or in newspaper parcels as I had it in Langkawi). Pair one of these dishes with the sweet frothiness of a teh tarik (pulled tea), especially if you’ve overindulged the night before and need an energy shot. Also good for this purpose is ais kacang, a slightly baffling mix of beans, shaved ice, perhaps some sweetcorn, and flavoured syrup and jelly, (to be frank, this was an experience I only really wanted once). For dinner, pass the many tourist restaurants on Patai Cenang and head for the small diners. I found a great little place called Okay Boss! behind the market in Pantai Cenang, run by the incredibly genial Mr Bakaruddin from Melaka, who’s very proud of his native fiery fish dish, asam pedas, as well he should be. On the slightly higher end, the Bon Ton resort’s restaurant, The Nam, comes recommended by Rick Stein, no less, for its excellent offerings of Malay and Western dishes, as does Siti Fatimah’s Malay-style buffet. But rest assured, you don’t really need to go armed with tips from top chefs, for wherever you are in Malaysia, you won’t struggle to find good food, you may just struggle to eat it all. —Guardian


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ith over a million copies in print, the #1 New York Times bestseller Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) has grown from a guide and training tool for America’s top corporations and organizations to a cultural phenomenon that is changing people’s lives. While a few analytical or skeptical people find the story too simple on the surface, the vast majority of readers’ responses reveal it is the clear simplicity that makes it so easy to understand and apply to changing situations at work or in life. This amazing bestseller, written by Spencer Johnson, M.D., the co-author of The One Minute Manager(r), the world’s most popular management method, is reaching beyond the business community, where it has been the #1 Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller for more than 30 consecutive weeks. It is now being embraced by hundreds of thousands of readers-from community leaders and college coaches to parents and children-helping

them to adapt to change. Whether it’s the challenge of a changing relationship, or moving to a new neighborhood, or the downsizing and merging of corporations, people are finding that the simple story of Who Moved My Cheese? is an unthreatening and invaluable source of comfort and advice. It is no wonder that this diminutive tome has become a runaway bestseller!

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rom the bestselling author of Get With the Program! and Bob Greene’s Total Body Makeover comes The Best Life Diet, a lifetime plan for losing weight and keeping it off. Bob Greene helped Oprah achieve her dramatic weight loss, and he can help you too. You’ll eat the same delicious food that Oprah enjoys, and, just like Oprah, you’ll have Bob to encourage you at every step. Unlike a celebrity, however, you don’t need to hire a staff of experts to aid and advise you, because Bob’s plan, easily tailored to an array of tastes, lifestyles, and activity levels, acts as your personal trainer and private nutritionist. Just open the book and let Bob help you get started down the path toward your best possible life. What sets Bob apart from all the other experts who claim to have plans that work is that he admits that weight loss is difficult: seventeen years of watching people struggle to lose weight on a seemingly endless string of trendy crash diets, only to backslide and regain the pounds they’ve shed, have taught him that dropping pounds is not simply a numbers game. By acknowledging that it is not simple laziness but a complicated web of social rituals, cultural expectations, and habits that drives people to gain weight, Greene is able to attack the problem of weight loss realistically and offer not a short-lived, quick-fix formula, but a long-term program that accounts for the challenges and constraints of the real world. Divided into three phases, The Best Life Diet gives you the tools you need to change your life. In each phase, you’ll be asked to reexamine the decisions you make on a daily basis and gradually alter your habits to achieve lastingresults. The book also includes easy-to-follow meal plans that make it simple to meet your daily energy and nutrient requirements, whether you are on the run and breakfast means a quick smoothie or you have time to shop for fresh produce and make something special. You’ll watch the weight disappear as you learn to prepare festive and flavorful dishes like Fire-Roasted TomatoShrimp Veracruz, Chicken Sausage Jambalaya, or Flank Steak with Chimichurri Topping and indulge in desserts like Roasted Peaches with Ricotta and Almonds or Apple Rhubarb Walnut Crisp. And for each delicious recipe, there is a detailed nutritional analysis, so you know exactly what you are eating and how it fits into your personal eating plan. Most important, Bob’s plan doesn’t end once you’ve lost the weight. Instead, it gives you the tools you need to make living your best life second nature, because for Greene, a diet is not something you go “on” or “off” but a set of guidelines that will help you claim the life you deserve.

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early every time you see him, he’s laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He’s the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely soughtafter speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can’t help feeling happier. If you ask him if he’s happy, even though he’s suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What’s more, he’ll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that “the very motion of our life is toward happiness.” How to get there has always been the question. He’s tried to answer it before, but he’s never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand.

The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat dayto-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for ten years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.

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ith the grace of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea and the wisdom of M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled, Simple Abundance is a book of 366 evocative essays - one for every day of your year - written for women who wish to live by their own lights. In the past a woman’s spirituality has been separated from her lifestyle. Simple Abundance shows you how your daily life can be an expression of your authentic self...as you chose the tastiest vegetables from your garden, search for treasures at flea markets, establish a sacred space in your home for meditation, and follow the rhythm of the seasons and the year. Here, for the first time, the mystical alchemy of style and Spirit is celebrated. Every day, your own true path leads you to a happier, more fulfilling and contented way of life - the state of grace know as...Simple Abundance.


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ragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it. In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life — money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the

world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers — men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

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uilding on the astonishing success of The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle presents readers with an honest look at the current state of humanity: He implores us to see and accept that this state, which is based on an erroneous identification with the egoic mind, is one of dangerous insanity. Tolle tells us there is good news, however. There is an alternative to this potentially dire situation. Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are—which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are— and learn to live and breathe freely.

ommon sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight. Too many of us are in a cycle of shame and guilt. We spend countless hours worrying about what we ate or if we exercised enough, blaming ourselves for actions that we can’t undo. We are stuck in the past and unable to live in the present that moment in which we do have the power to make changes in our lives. With Savor, world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung show us how to end our struggles with weight once and for all. Offering practical tools, including personalized goal setting, a detailed nutrition guide, and a mindful living plan, the authors help us to uncover the roots of our habits and then guide us as we transform our actions. Savor teaches us how to easily adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into eating, exercise, and all facets of our daily life, so that being conscious and present becomes a core part of our being. It is the awareness of the present moment, the realization of why we do what we do, that enables us to stop feeling bad and start changing our behavior. Savor not only helps us achieve the healthy weight and well-being we seek, but it also brings to the surface the rich abundance of life available to us in every moment.

Pavel G. Somov

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o you use food to comfort yourself when you’re feeling depressed or stressed? Do you sometimes eat simply because you’re bored? There are so many opportunities to snack and overeat mindlessly, it’s no wonder that most diets fail. But mindless eating can lead to health problems, obesity, and a feeling that you’ve lost control. Eating the Moment offers 141 mindfulness activities to help you listen to your body, understand why you’re eating, and control your cravings if you’re eating out of habit or because of your emotions. You won’t find any start dates, dieting tips, or meal plans in this book, just practical and meaningful exercises to help you end mindless eating and

begin nourishing yourself in healthy and fulfilling ways. Mindfulness itself has been studied in recent years and found to effectively reduce symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety and panic, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, and depression, as well as a range of other health and psychological problems. Recent research has shown mindfulness to be effective in helping binge eaters control their binging and to feel more in control of their eating. In this book, psychologist Pavel Somov introduces techniques, exercises, and tools to help overeaters to slow down and become more aware of their food and food-related issues such as triggers for overeating. Readers can then use these techniques to get control over their overeating.


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Repeat every two to four weeks. hen it comes to repairing your damaged hair, forget “Your hair will be noticeably shinier and softer,” Gallagher pricey salon treatments and mass-market products. The secret to healthy, shiny hair worthy of a shampoo com- says. In addition to the method described above, she also recommercial may be as close as your kitchen cabinet: olive oil. Turns mends the following olive oil hair treatments: out it’s not just good for your heart - it’s good for your hair too. Apennine Olive Oil Treatment When incorporated into your hair care routine, olive oil can help Some of the finest olive oil in the world comes from the hilly fight everything from frizz to dandruff to (eek!) head lice. regions of central Italy, Gallagher says. “Women all over the world use “This oil has a deep, rich green color and hot oil treatments for their hair,” nutty fragrance.” says Dawn Gallagher, coauthor of Cold-pressed extra virgin olive a characteristic 1 Tbsp. olive oil (more if hair is long) Naturally Beautiful: Earth’s Secrets from Tuscany or Umbria, if possible and Recipes for Skin, Body and oil - organic, if possible - is 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar Spirit. “Oils are great for treating Warm the olive oil and gently masdry, overworked, or lifeless hair.” great for repairing dry, over sage into your scalp and hair, covering Cold-pressed extra virgin olive the whole head. Wrap your head with oil - organic, if possible - is great for processed hair, but other oils, two plastic shower caps or a hot, wet repairing dry, over processed hair, such as jojoba, sweet almond, towel. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then wash but other oils, such as jojoba, sweet hair with an herbal shampoo. Apply the almond, and avocado, work well and avocado, work well too. shampoo without adding water to cut too. down on the oil. Rinse with apple cider vinegar. The procedure is simple: Warm one to two tablespoons of oil until it’s lukewarm. Lavender and Rosemary Treatment Massage into dry hair and scalp thoroughly using your finger1 to 2 Tbsp. olive oil tips, working out from the roots to the ends. 1 drop of lavender essential oil Cover your hair in plastic wrap, then with a plastic shower cap 2 drops of rosemary essential oil or two or warm, moist towels, to deep condition your hair. Heat is an important part of the process because it helps the oils to Combine ingredients and rub the mixture into hair’s dry ends, better penetrate into the hair shaft to repair damage. Leave on at least 30 minutes, or overnight if your hair is par- or massage into your scalp. Wrap your hair in a hot towel or covticularly dry or damaged. Rinse the oil out of your hair and sham- er with a plastic shower cap. Let the oil soak into your hair for poo - more than once, if necessary - and use conditioner. (Be about an hour, then rinse with a natural shampoo. —(www.dailyglow.com) careful if you’re doing this in the shower - the oil can make the tub slippery!)

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Body types are typically described with reference to different fruits and we will first take a look at the most common known body types. shaped like an hourglass where the chest and the waist area are proportionally shaped. This category is considered to be the most attractive and desired body type among women.

Other types are the inverted pear and the column shape body shapes. Each of the above defined body shapes require different type of dressing and clothing which would not only make your body look good but also hide any negative aspects related to your body type. Starting off with the Apple shape body type where the person can easily develop a tummy, finding suitable clothing can be difficult. You need to avoid tight fitted clothes as this would reveal any fat around the waist line. Also, never wear baggy clothing as this would make you look even bigger. Choose clothing that would make your body look slimmer such as wearing black colors and certain patters that would take the attention away from your waistline. You can also try to wear custom made tailored clothing that is made according to your waistline. Pear shaped people have a different problem as they are slightly bigger below the waist-

line and have heavy thighs which can create serious problems in buying clothing. People with pear shaped bodies can opt for flowing clothing which has lines and layers from the waist down as that can draw the eyes away from the negative areas. Hour glass shaped body is perhaps the most desired shape among women and this shape can carry a lot of clothing. Care must be taken to not take things for granted. You must flaunt your smaller stomach and stay away from full tops and jackets as that would make you much bigger that what you actually are. Wear an attractive belt around the waist line, as that can help you flaunt your stomach and make a fashion statement at the same time. You can wear fitted tops and jackets, as that would go best with your figure. Inverted pear shaped women, face a small problem of having more weight around the chest area. You do need to experiment and keep it simple here with some plain tops that would not exaggerate your upper body weight. With the plain top, you can wear jeans that would go well with the overall look. Finally, women with column type figures are taller and leaner than others. You can wear straight clothing that can go with your height. But, if you are column shaped but have a little bit fat around your waist, then you should choose clothing that could avoid any boxed styles. — www.whatsuitsyou.co.uk


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A light even dusting of loose powder sets foundation, giving your face a velvety, more natural finish. It also provides smooth blending for any eye makeup or blush to follow.

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o prepare a smooth canvas for your makeup, always start off with clean, moisturized skin. You’ll find that your makeup glides on and blends more easily.

1. Keep your skin free of buildup by using a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night. When cleansing your face, do so gently in upward motion stokes - do not tug, pull or scrub too hard to prevent irritation. 2. Freshen up your skin with a toner containing ingredients that suit your skin type. 3. Indulge your skin and keep it hydrated with a moisturizer that is compatable with your skin type. Make sure your daytime moisturizer contains SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. 4. Treat yourself to an at-home-facial 2 to 3 times a week. Use a mild cleanser, then exfoliate with a gentle scrub that contains exfoliants that are round and non-abrasive. 5. Apply a facial mask after exfoliating. Rinse off thoroughly and get a good night’s sleep! Hide imperfections Concealer is more dense than foundation, allowing fuller coverage of trouble spots and hyperpigmentation (red areas). It can be used over foundation or on it own, and has greater staying power. Remember, a little goes a long way! 1. Since the skin under your eyes is more transparent, it tends to look dark, especially at the inner corner near the bridge of the nose. To even out the tone, concealer is a must. Using liquid concealer, gently pat over dark under-eye circles (don’t sweep it across the entire area), then blend with your ring finger. 2. To cover trouble spots and imperfections, apply a thicker cream concealer onto the blemish or flaw. Then lightly press with a makeup sponge.

Secret to a natural, flawless look 1. Apply foundation to your cheeks, forehead, and chin using a foundation brush, sponge, or clean fingertips. Blend the foundation all the way to your natural hairline with long, light strokes. 2. Continue blending over the jawline and onto your neck to achieve a natural, seamless look. Check your face and neck in natural light to make sure the foundation is completely blended in all areas. 3. If under-eye circles or red spots remain, do not add more foundation; it can look heavy and cakey. Instead, try a concealer. Getting an all-day flawless finish A light even dusting of loose powder sets foundation and concealer, giving your face a velvety, more natural finish. It also provides smooth blending for any eye makeup or blush to follow.

1. Dip a puff or powder brush in loose powder. Shake off excess to avoid uneven distribution, then apply powder over entire face and neck. 2. To maintain a flawless finish throughout the day, apply pressed powder using a sponge or clean powder brush. Tip: Face powder can be used alone, over foundation or over your moisturizer for a natural, sheer, no-shine look. Tip: For the closest color match, choose a powder shade that is 3 shades lighter than your foundation. Tip: If you are over the age of 30, avoid powdering under the eyes as it can make fine lines and wrinkles appear more obvious. Tip: Facial oil-blotting sheets help to remove excess oil and shine without disturbing your makeup. Carry them with you everywhere you go!


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hen Will Hackner came to Hollywood in 2002 with dreams of becoming a movie producer, it immediately became clear what he had to do. “Through osmosis you quickly learn that you get an internship, become an assistant, then a junior executive and you keep working your way up,” the 30year-old graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts said. It’s a career path that has become the stuff of legend: Start off in the mailroom at a talent agency or doing menial tasks for a producer, director or studio executive, and one day you could be one of the empowered few who decide what movies end up on the big screen. Such well-known names as DreamWorks Studios Chairman Stacey Snider and mega-producer Brian Grazer trod that road to the top. But as radical changes in the entertainment business force studios to cut staff, make fewer movies and generally reduce the amount of money flowing through the town, these thousands of young people have found the Hollywood career ladder a steeper and more treacherous climb. Hackner has seen the change firsthand. Eight years ago he began his career as an intern at Nickelodeon and assistant at Warner Bros. before becoming a junior development executive for Warner’s DC Comics unit. But in September, when he lost his job in a restructuring at DC, Hackner found himself among a growing number of 20- and 30-somethings working in show business who have been laid off or voluntarily left after concluding that there was little chance that they would ever become a studio president or film producer. Jobs are so scarce that when Universal Pictures had an opening this year for a creative executive, or “CE” in Hollywood parlance _ the job right above assistant in which young people get hands-on experience developing movie ideas _ more than 200 people applied. “What’s amazing is that nearly all of them were deeply qualified,” said Debbie Liebling, the studio’s president of production, who started her career as a junior “coordinator” at MTV. “That brought home that it’s genuinely harder now than when I was coming up and the industry was in a growth phase.” The traditional economic model underpinning the movie industry is in the midst of a radical shift. With the lucrative DVD market shrinking, digital alternatives stealing consumers’ attention from traditional entertainment and media conglomerates demanding fatter

Matthew Cohen, a former director’s assistant who wanted to be a movie producer, left his job as a creative executive at Temple Hill Entertainment this year to work for a video game development studio. —MCT

Start off in the mailroom at a talent agency or doing menial tasks for a producer, director or studio executive, and one day you could be one of the empowered few who decide what movies end up on the big screen. profit margins, every major studio is finding ways to rein in spending and reduce overhead. Consumers can see the results at the multiplex, where 18 percent fewer movies will have been released this year than in 2007. But perhaps nobody has felt it more than the eager college graduates who answer phones, fetch coffee, set meetings and read scripts for demanding bosses to keep the world capital of pop culture humming. “When I started, it was understood that most of us would be able to work our way up just like the executives around us at the time had,” said Heather Jack, a 30-year-old graduate student at New York University who began her career as an assistant at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and later worked as a development executive for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “But of the ones who started working at the same time as me, only a handful are still in the industry.” Along with the reduced head count at the studios, there has been consolidation in the agency world, where many young people get their start delivering packages and placing calls. Two of the biggest talent houses _ William Morris Agency and Endeavor _ merged last year to better weather the revenue downturn affecting their clients. Also notable: The number of producers whose overhead is covered by studios _ so-called “on the lot” deals

that allow them to hire a cadre of young helpers _ plummeted 34 percent from 2006 to 2009, according to the industry trade paper Variety. In many ways it’s tougher at the bottom because it’s more cutthroat at the top. The uncertain state of the industry has left many senior executives frozen in position because there are fewer available jobs and it has become increasingly difficult for them to step into producer roles. Meanwhile, producers who used to invite junior staffers to handle some projects are frequently keeping control over the fewer movies they make. “The people who have jobs hold on to them for dear life, so there aren’t many openings for other people to take,” said Nina Jacobson, a producer and former production president for Walt Disney Pictures who got one of her first breaks as a junior executive for producer Joel Silver. The result, said Jacobson, is a system in which fresh talent is no longer steadily flowing up the ranks. “In the long run, an absence of fresh blood is something to be worried about for the health of the industry.” Young people with pricey college or even law school degrees have historically accepted the comparativaely low pay (assistants typically make less than $35,000 a year) and long hours of an entry-level job in Hollywood because it presents a unique opportunity to learn how the sausage is made in a glamorous industry. Assistants are on the phone while their bosses negotiate multimil-

lion-dollar deals and on sets alongside decision makers. “It’s like an old-fashioned apprenticeship where you learn a craft by watching someone else do it,” said Matthew Cohen, a former assistant to “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke who now works in the video game industry. “You put up with all the things you don’t want to do because you’re in the nerve center of how movies get made.” But now many people are deciding that the long hours and tedious work aren’t taking them where they want to go. After four years at Temple Hill Entertainment, where he was a creative executive, Cohen left early this year after concluding that it was much more difficult to make the leap to movie producer than when he started working in 2004. He took a job running business development for a video game development studio. “I don’t feel like I’ve abandoned Hollywood, but I’m doing what I was doing in a different way,” he said of working in the younger and more dynamic game industry. Even those still hoping for another job in the movie business are having to pursue other opportunities as they apply for the few job openings that pop up. Hackner now runs a sports league for gay men and lesbians and does fundraising for nonprofit groups. Ryan Gray, a former assistant at New Line Cinema who left early this year after seeing no promotion in sight, has worked as a baseball scout and writes a

sports blog. Applying for low- or midlevel positions, he said, continues to get more and more competitive. “At the same time, there has been a stunting of job growth,” he said. “We have the same influx of interns every year. That creates a huge backup of people looking for jobs.” The situation has changed so much that experienced people say they can no longer offer the same advice that young people who trek to Hollywood have received for decades. “In the past you could become a vice president if you just stuck around and worked hard,” said producer Beau Flynn, who started as an assistant to producer Scott Rudin. “Now, when I hear people say they’re going to start off as an assistant and go on to become a producer or executive, I have to tell them I just don’t see it happening much anymore.” The most reliable path, Flynn and others say, may be not to follow one. Websites, mobile devices and video game consoles provide more platforms than ever to produce content for those willing to think out of the long-prescribed Hollywood box. And the future of the industry, they note, will quite likely be defined by those who understand much more than the traditional way movies are made. “You have to be an entrepreneur from Day One,” Cohen said of the lessons he has learned. “You can’t rely on the system coming through the way it was promised to you.” —MCT


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uma Bhabha’s sooty statues built from cork or Styrofoam look like lost treasures from an ancient civilisation. Then again, her lumpy skins of clay built over half-exposed chicken-wire frames like shattered, melting bodies might just as easily be left over from a nuclear blast. Sometimes these sculptures are simply outsize heads with giant eyes and gaping mouths; other times they resemble tribal deities or comic-book space creatures. Monster faces stare out from Bhabha’s drawings too, while her ink drawings over photographs conjure dark phantoms. Born in Pakistan in 1962, Bhabha emigrated to the US in the 1980s, where she studied print-making, discovering sculpture after graduating from art school. In recent years she’s become one of a new generation of artists exploring figurative sculpture, with a couple of knockout solo shows in New York and inclusion in the Whitney Biennial. The references feeding into her alien forms span the globe and stretch over centuries: from the sci-fi novels of Philip K Dick to the gnarled flesh of Giacometti’s existential nomads, the masks of Picasso or African art and ancient works like the Greek Kouros whose parted, advancing feet heralded a giant step for sculpture. Yet Bhabha’s hybrids, limping along or with legs missing, also speak to concerns that are very much our own. Though the artist rarely makes specific political references, she described one of her very first works with clay, Untitled (2002), as a kind of memorial to the victims of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: a lump of clay shrouded with a black plastic sack, perhaps a burka covering a praying figure, perhaps a body bag. Bumps In the Road, the centerpiece of her current London show, sets two figures on a stage-like plinth - a square of charred landscaped. One is a head of clay and wire whose melted lip hangs pathetically over giant teeth, while eyes extend from dark sockets. Though static, it seems to hobble. The other is but a pair of legs built from wooden planks with railings for feet. Although this couple stand side-by-side, they seem lost to each other, intent on a singular, inscrutable journey. Why we like her: Bhabha’s 2009 sculpture, Do Not Expect Too Much of the End of the World, gave wood and Styrofoam a post-apocalyptic makeover, transforming them into a kind of blackened, blasted Pharaoh. Foot fetish: There are plentiful feet in Bhaba’s work, bursting out of shoes in drawings or as clumpy sculptures. She puts it down to three influences: the feet of the Kouros, Van Gogh’s paintings of his shoes and a violent film she saw as a child, in which a man was blown up, leaving just his trainers. Where can I see her? At the Stephen Friedman Gallery, London until 15 January. —Guardian

Huma Bhabha at the Stephen Friedman Gallery, to 15 January 2011. —Guardian

Bhutan’s endangered temple art treasures

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ritish art experts have been given unique access to the hidden heritage of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, including spectacular 16th- to 19th- century wall paintings from its 2,000 temples and monasteries. Specialists from the Courtauld Institute have been amazed by the exquisite quality and technical sophistication of paintings that were largely unknown and unrecorded in the west. Professor David Park, from the Courtauld, said: “The wall paintings are absolutely stunning. Some of the earlier examples, especially, are extraordinary.” His colleague, Stephen Rickerby, said: “We were astonished by the rich, jewellike quality of some of the paintings in such remote settings. It was quite unexpected.” He described their technique as unrivalled in the west and spoke of being overawed by the miniaturist detail, achieved through a unique layering of colours and coatings. The subtlety and sophistication of facial expressions and flowers were “staggering”. Despite their intricacy, some of the paintings are huge, extending across hundreds of square metres. Bhutan, a kingdom of 700,000 people with a Tibetan Buddhist heritage, is one of the world’s most insular countries. Its temples and monasteries are in rugged mountain terrain where, in some areas, horses, mules and yaks are the most common modes of transport. One her-

Reclusive kingdom located between India and China has asked for advice on preserving masterworks from the 16th-19th centuries

A 17th-century paintings of the Lama Lhakhang in Trongsa dzong. —Guaridan mitage is perched 3,400m up a mountain and is so inaccessible that even mules cannot reach it. Rickerby climbed for two hours to reach it. Once in the hermitage, he was taken aback by the early 18th-century paintings on its inner walls. Access to the sites was granted as part of a three-year research collaboration between the Courtauld and the Bhutan

department of culture, through funding from an anonymous US benefactor. The last stage of fieldwork and scientific analysis has just ended. The project marks a further stage in opening up Bhutan, which was almost completely cut off from the rest of the world for centuries. The kingdom, landlocked between India and China and which calls itself the Land of the

Thunder Dragon, started to allow tourism only in the 1970s. Even today few westerners know the country. Trekking is not allowed in the sacred mountains, where the country’s former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, decreed that “gross national happiness” was more important than the economic advancement of its inhabitants. The spectacular paintings seen by the British experts decorate the walls of 17thcentury temples in dzongs, or Tibetanstyle fortresses, the most important of which includes the Tamshing Monastery. Its wall paintings are among the earliest in Bhutan, and are intimately associated with one of the most revered figures in Bhutanese Buddhism, the saint Pema Lingpa. The paintings can be dated precisely to his time at Tamshing, between 1501 and 1506, and they include his portrait. “The paintings are immensely important,” said Rickerby. Another site boasting a rich selection of paintings is the Tango Monastery, dedicated to Tenzin Rabgye, a 17th-century spiritual ruler and poet whose personal chamber was painted with rich pigments and gold by the finest artists, probably of Tibetan, Newari (people from the Kathmandu valley) and Bhutanese origin. A long-held oral tradition records that the figures in the paint-

ings cried when Tenzin Rabgye died. Although the paintings are largely sacred in subject and are restricted to religious worship, the Bhutanese have looked to the Courtauld’s expertise to ensure the paintings’ preservation for posterity. Some of the buildings in which they have survived have been damaged over the centuries by fires and floods. In a harsh natural environment, gradual deterioration takes its toll on the susceptible materials that constitute the paintings. The Courtauld study will lead to an understanding of how the art deteriorates and how it can be preserved. “An alarming number of Buddhist wall paintings in India and Tibet have been irreversibly damaged by well-meaning but disastrous cleaning,” said Rickerby. “Bhutan’s isolationist past protected its cultural heritage from such dangers, but the opening up of the country means that such risks cannot now be ignored.” He and a colleague will publish a report next year as a benchmark for the future study and conservation. Until now, no one had a clear idea of how many paintings existed, let alone their condition, date or significance. Rickerby said: “Their significance and quality deserve far wider recognition.” —Guardian


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Can you find the hidden words? Each word ends with the letter B. The words may be horizontal or vertical. ABSORB, BULB, CLIMB, CLUB, COBWEB, COMB, CRAB, CRIB, GRAB, GRUB, HERB, LAMB, LIMB, NUMB, PROVERB, SHRUB, SUBURB, SUPERB, THUMB, TOMB.

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CROSS-WISE There are no clue numbers in the grid. Use your powers of deduction to put the right words in the correct positions in the grid. All the I’s have already been filled in. 1. One of the two horizontal 7-letter words is a large flightless bird and the other is parts of a minute.

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2. One of the two vertical 7-letter words is an ocean and the other is a lamp. 3. One of the 5-letter words is a large marine mammal and the other is a part of something. 4. The 4-letter words are highway; part of a dollar; nil; heavy metal. 5. The two 3-letter words on the left are cutting tool and something baked with pastry. 6. The two 3-letter words on the right are finish and rod used in pool or billiards.

Can you find the hidden numbers? They may be horizontal or vertical. 02937, 16982, 19832, 22139, 23442, 33987, 42734, 47382, 47732, 56893, 63847, 78916, 78923, 84842, 92928, 93252.


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nce upon a time down on an old farm, lived a duck family, and Mother Duck had been sitting on a clutch of new eggs. One nice morning, the eggs hatched and out popped six chirpy ducklings. But one egg was bigger than the rest, and it didn’t hatch. Mother Duck couldn’t recall laying that seventh egg. How did it get there? TOCK! TOCK! The little prisoner was pecking inside his shell. “Did I count the eggs wrongly?” Mother Duck wondered. But before she had time to think about it, the last egg finally hatched. A strange looking duckling with gray feathers that should have been yellow gazed at a worried mother. The ducklings grew quickly, but Mother Duck had a secret worry. “I can’t understand how this ugly duckling can be one of mine!” she said to herself, shaking her head as she looked at her last born. Well, the gray duckling certainly wasn’t pretty, and since he ate far more than his brothers, he was outgrowing

them. As the days went by, the poor ugly duckling became more and more unhappy. His brothers didn’t want to play with him, he was so clumsy, and all the farmyard folks simply laughed at him. He felt sad and lonely, while Mother Duck did her best to console him. “Poor little ugly duckling!” she would say. “Why are you so different from the others?” And the ugly duckling felt worse than ever. He secretly wept at night. He felt nobody wanted him. “Nobody loves me, they all tease me! Why am I different from my brothers?” Then one day, at sunrise, he ran away from the farmyard. He stopped at a pond and began to question all the other birds. “Do you know of any ducklings with gray feathers like mine?” But everyone shook their heads in scorn. “We don’t know anyone as ugly as you.” The ugly duckling did not lose heart, however, and kept on making inquiries. He went to another pond, where a pair of large geese

gave him the same answer to his question. What’s more, they warned him: “Don’t stay here! Go away! It’s dangerous. There are men with guns around here!” The duckling was sorry he had ever left the farmyard. Then one day, his travels took him near an old countrywoman’s cottage. Thinking he was a stray goose, she caught him. “I’ll put this in a hutch. I hope it’s a female and lays plenty of eggs!” said the old woman, whose eyesight was poor. But the ugly duckling laid not a single egg. The hen kept frightening him. “Just wait! If you don’t lay eggs, the old woman will wring your neck and pop you into the pot!” And the cat chipped in: “Hee! Hee! I hope the woman cooks you, then I can gnaw at your bones!” The poor ugly duckling was so scared that he lost his appetite, though the old woman kept stuffing him with food and grumbling: “If you won’t lay eggs, at least hurry up and get plump!” “Oh, dear me!” moaned the now

terrified duckling. “I’ll die of fright first! And I did so hope someone would love me!” Then one night, finding the hutch door ajar, he escaped. Once again he was all alone. He fled as far away as he could, and at dawn, he found himself in a thick bed of reeds. “If nobody wants me, I’ll hid here forever.” There was plenty a food, and the duckling began to feel a little happier, though he was lonely. One day at sunrise, he saw a flight of beautiful birds wing overhead. White, with long slender necks, yellow beaks and large wings, they were migrating south. “If only I could look like them, just for a day!” said the duckling, admiringly. Winter came and the water in the reed bed froze. The poor duckling left home to seek food in the snow. He dropped exhausted to the ground, but a farmer found him and put him in his big jacket pocket. “I’ll take him home to my children. They’ll look after him. Poor

thing, he’s frozen!” The duckling was showered with kindly care at the farmer’s house. In this way, the ugly duckling was able to survive the bitterly cold winter. However, by springtime, he had grown so big that the farmer decided: “I’ll set him free by the pond!” That was when the duckling saw himself mirrored in the water. “Goodness! How I’ve changed! I hardly recognize myself!” The flight of swans winged north again and glided on to the pond. When the duckling saw them, he realized he was one of their kind, and soon made friends. “We’re swans like you!” they said, warmly. “Where have you been hiding?” “It’s a long story,” replied the young swan, still astounded. Now, he swam majestically with his fellow swans. One day, he heard children on the river bank exclaim: “Look at that young swan! He’s the finest of them all!” And he almost burst with happiness.


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ACROSS 1. A caustic detergent useful for removing grease. 4. A Chadic language spoken in Chad. 10. The sense organ for hearing and equilibrium. 13. Being two more than fifty. 14. A port city in southwestern Turkey on the Gulf of Antalya. 15. The 21st letter of the Greek alphabet. 16. A communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea. 18. Massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws. 19. An ugly evil-looking old woman. 20. (of the feet of some animals) Having the digits connected by a thin fold of skin. 22. A small pellet fired from an air rifle or BB gun. 24. A silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite. 25. Any of numerous ornamental shrubs grown for their showy flowers of various colors. 27. Of or relating to or characteristic of Hades or Tartarus. 30. Antiarrhythmic drug (trade name Enkaid) used to treat life-threatening arrhythmias but increases the risk of sudden death in heart attack patients. 34. (Akkadian) God of wisdom. 35. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light. 37. An Arab country on the peninsula of Qatar. 38. A colorless and odorless inert gas. 40. A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear. 41. A tricycle (usually propelled by pedalling). 45. An arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line. 46. An Arabic speaking person who lives in Arabia or North Africa. 50. A chock or bar wedged under a wheel or between the spokes to prevent a vehicle from rolling down an incline. 52. A Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria. 56. Someone who is morally reprehensible. 57. Relating to or accompanying birth. 60. Offering fun and gaiety. 61. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth. 62. A republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula. 63. A slender double-reed instrument. 64. A decree that prohibits something. 65. West Indian evergreen with medium to long leaves. 66. Ctenophores lacking tentacles. DOWN 1. Basically shredded cabbage. 2. A formation of people or things one beside another. 3. In the Arabian Nights a hero who tells of the fantastic adventures he had in his voyages. 4. Informal terms for a (young) woman. 5. A public promotion of some product or service. 6. Tag the base runner to get him out. 7. Fleshy spore-bearing inner mass of e.g. a puffball or stinkhorn. 8. At risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant.

9. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 10. An ancient Hebrew unit of dry measure equal to about a bushel. 11. According to the Old Testament he was a pagan king of Israel and husband of Jezebel (9th century BC). 12. Port city that is the capital and largest city of Latvia. 17. (usually followed by `to') Having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something. 21. (Irish) Mother of the Tuatha De Danann. 23. The capital and chief port and largest city of Senegal. 26. An instance of questioning. 28. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine. 29. A radioactive element of the actinide series. 31. Essential oil or perfume obtained from flowers. 32. The villain in William Shakespeare's tragedy who tricked Othello into murdering his wife. 33. United States actor (born in Ireland). 36. Being ten more than one hundred ninety. 39. A genus of Mustelidae. 42. A native of ancient Troy. 43. United States film actor known for his portrayals of tough characters (1899-1986). 44. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens. 47. (Old Testament) The second patriarch. 48. Strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floats. 49. (Phoenician and Philistine) God of agriculture and the earth. 50. (astronomy) The angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along the celestial equator from the zenith crossing.

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on’t tell Sgt Snorkel, but perennially putupon private Beetle Bailey’s Army green fatigues are influencing a new collection of limited-edition designer duds. Arguably the longest-serving private never to have been promoted, Beetle Bailey will get the red carpet treatment next week when a line of clothing and accessories bearing his imprint is unveiled at apparel trade show PROJECT New York. Working in conjunction with King Features Syndicate, designers Darren Romanelli and Hitoshi Tsujimoto have banded together to develop an Americana-inspired and military-infused collection of jackets, sweaters, T-shirts, hats, shoes, pants and bags. “It’s an Americana type of clothing line. It’s real authentic clothes that people wore-jackets, blue jeans and stuff like that,” Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker told The Associated Press Tuesday. “All sweaters, all the stuff that the ordinary guys wear, not the fancy guys.” Those kinds of garments are not uncommon sights on fashion runways, with heritage-inspired and utilitarian looks increasingly en vogue.

cence. “I dig deep in the archives of myself of my brain. ... It’s always about resurrecting these chapters of past experiences,” Romanelli told AP. “I grew up on Beetle. As a kid I remember looking at it in the newspaper.” Given the breadth and reach of But it won’t be all fashion for Beetle and Walker, whose tale of a college student turned Army private has been running in newspapers since 1950. Besides the debut of Romanelli and Tsujimoto’s designs, a retrospective of Walker’s career drawing and writing about Beetle Bailey and the denizens of Camp Swampy will also be on display. Romanelli, of the streetwear brand DRx, said the idea of infusing Beetle Bailey into fashion blended both professional curiosity and personal reminis-

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Covers of some of the 42 foreign editions of the French fashion magazine “Elle”, owned by French media conglomerate Lagardere, are displayed on January 4, 2011 in Paris.—AFP

rench media group Lagardere said it had entered into exclusive negotiations with privately held Hearst Corp to sell its international magazines and press business for cash. Lagardere, which publishes Elle and Paris Match magazines, said that the two sides had agreed for the negotiations to run until January 30. The company, France’s biggest magazine publisher, said in early December it wanted to sell its international division, to cut costs and refocus on its domestic titles, which are its most profitable. “Lagardere SCA and Hearst Corporation announced today that they have entered into an agreement providing for exclusive negotiations until January 30, 2011 for the acquisition by Hearst Corporation of Lagardere’s international press and magazine business in an all cash transaction,” the French company said in a statement. French business newspaper Les Echos reported last week that Lagardere was close to selling the international business to Hearst, which the company promptly denied. Lagardere, whose main businesses are book and magazine publishing, sports-rights management and airport retail, is under pressure to boost its valuation by divesting minority stakes in non-core businesses and restructuring its magazines. —Reuters

Americana-inspired looks, Romanelli said it made sense to incorporate Beetle Bailey into his new collection. “We started talking about the significant Americana trend that is really massive and global right now,” he said. “Americana bleeds over into the military so we looked at Beetle as the perfect whimsical approach to celebrate Americana and the military.” Some of the items include authentic G1 leather jackets, with Beetle Bailey stitched on the right breast side and, on the back, an image of Gen. Halftrack’s secretary, Sheila Buxley, sitting atop a bomb beneath the legend “Blonde Bombshell.” Another is a button-down shirt in olive green with a picture of Sgt. Snorkel and Beetle Bailey in the midst of a brawl, the words “Rumble In The Jungle” surrounding it. Beetle Bailey made his debut as a college student on Sept 4, 1950, and was originally called Spider. In 1951 he was recruited by the Army just as the Korean Conflict was picking up. He’s been on post ever since. Walker said when he met with Romanelli, his decision to lend his creation’s image was immediate. —AP

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liven up any drab ensemble or barren room. In particular, Pantone experts imagine the color to work well on women’s apparel and accessories, as well as on men’s ties, shirts and sportswear. Honeysuckle was not only selected as Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year, but was also chosen as the defining hue for spring 2011. Indeed, everyone from the upscale American label Cynthia Steffe to the Swedish “fast fashion” giant H&M has incorporated the Honeysuckle hue into their spring 2011 ready-to-wear lines. For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year declarations have influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries including fashion, home and industrial design. Here are the trending colors from the past decade: 2000: Cerulean 2001: Fuchsia Rose 2002: True Red 2003: Aqua Sky 2004: Tigerlily 2005: Blue Turquoise 2006: Sand Dollar 2007: Chili Pepper 2008: Blue Iris 2009: Mimosa 2010: Turquoise. — AFP


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amilnadu Engineers Forum , TEF Kuwait celebrated its 10th year Valedictory Function in a highly grand manner on 31st December 2010, Friday till the dawn of new year 2011 at American International School.... There was a time when the New Year to most of TEFians meant ‘the English change of Calendar on January 1’ was a mere formality. No more now ... The entire TEFians and their family parties with the world on New Year’s Eve and the entire crowd morphed in to celebrative mood throughout the entire day The beats which emerged from the Thavil, Nadsawaram , Parai and Urumi in the starting of the morning session, seeped in to everybody’s blood leaving all in ecstasy and it was totally an aural treat. It was with remarkable prowess on the Folk Arts & Music that Velmurugan & troupe made their impact on the morning session of the Valedictory day celebrations. The artists Gomathy Jaishankar and Rani Saravanan transported the audience to a zone of tranquility and enthrall when they performed the Karagattam. Gomathy kept the tempo with her startling performance . Velmurugan’s Folk Music containing the deep rooted love and affection of mother, daughter was so sentimental as most of the audience couldn’t control their emotions... It was a vivacious display representing the ethos, aesthetic values and melody of our home land Tamilnadu. It was a wonderful compeering by the two of the most talented Lady Tamil speakers Ponni Raman and Radhika Selvam.. It was so cute to see all the Engineers with Pattu Veshti and Pattu Chattai..... a typical significance of Tamil Mann and Isai.. As TEF initiated the sumptuous Thala Vazhai lunch for the 2010 Inaugural session, the Valedictory 2010 also had the similar tradition.. The Evening programme mesmerized everyone by the ever - appealing tunes by world famous Flautist Naveen Kumar . When he started the Bombay Theme with his flute , it was so soothing like a gentle breeze and the landing were akin to the clouds coming to rest on peaks. His other performances from his album CafÈ Fluid , films Jodha Akbar and Slumdog Millionaire were fantastic.. Truly remarkable and he his legendary abilities.. Compeerer Aishwarya Jeyakumar quoted a verse ‘Moongillukku Therium, Atharkku Thevai Neeralla...Naveenin Swasam Endru...Athanal Pirakirathu Venu Ghanam ‘. It was really true .. When Lavanya Jeyakumar introduced India’s famous Ventriloquist Shanthakumar to the audience, no one imagined that it is going to one of the most entertaining show of the day . The entire Children to adults were fascinated by the amazing tricks of his interactive talking friends.. Everyone enjoyed with laughter by the jokes he made.. so were the Kadi Jokes too. But it was totally an

extremely hilarious show. The Chief Guest Susi Ganeshan was introduced to the audience by Mythili Kannan. Ganeshan who is also a Tamil Engineer and the leading Indian film director released the 10th year Souvenir which had a detailed retrospective look in to TEF’s 10th year events and he also distributed prizes to the performing artists. As usual ,TEF Children who excel in academics with high scores in the X & XII Board exams were honored with trophies & certificates, but this time it was a highly proudy moment for the recipients as they received the trophies from one of India’s top most sought after professional Susi Ganeshan . During his address, Ganeshan motivated the Children and the audience by his wonderful speech and briefed the path he opted & the way he achieved success in his profession. He thanked TEF for providing a valuable opportunity for him to interact with Engineers of his home land at an abroad country... Seems this was the first time he has attended an Engineer’s function although he has attended innumerable functions worldwide. TEF was honored to have the credit of it. TEF General Secretary Jeyakumar highlighted the activities & achievements of TEF during its historical 10th year and Senthamilarasu , President requested the member’s continued support to encourage the committee for their voluntary honorary service . Elamaran, Treasurer presented the annual financial statements of the 10th year. The new committee team for year 2011 were introduced and Bascarane took over the General Secretary for 2011 and Arasu continued as the President for 2011. The highlight of the Valedictory celebrations was the musical extragavanza by leading South Indian Film singers Vijay Yesudas, Rahul Nambiar, Velmurugan, Srimadhumitha, Charulatha Mani & UK Murali’s Udaya Ragham Musical Orchestra Tropue.. It was a beautiful repertoire of classic melody to the lively latest hits making all the audience from kids to adults to dance .. Everybody got recharged in a mind boggling perfect new year bash and the new year 2011 began with a good happy musical note ... It brought the nostalgic memories once again blossomed with Fragrance. It was a dazzling day suffused in traditional & latest music..


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Embassy Information EMBASSY OF BANGLADESH he Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kuwait has taken up an initiative to update the database of Bangladesh nationals residing in the State of Kuwait. For inclusion in the database all the Bangladesh nationals are requested to collect the Registration Form from the Labour Wing of the Embassy. The forms can also be collected sending request to bdoot@kems.net e-mail address. The filled-in forms can also be submitted by hand, by email or by fax (number 2491-3204).

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EMBASSY OF CANADA 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. The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, Al-Mutawakel St., Block 4 in Daíaiyah. Please visit our website at www.Kuwait.gc.ca. 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 www.voyage.gc.ca. The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi provides visa and immigration services to residents of Kuwait. Individuals who are interested in visiting, working or immigrating to Canada are invited to visit the website of the Canadian Embassy to the UAE at www.uae.gc.ca.

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he draw of matches for the 17th Annual Goan Overseas Association Rolling Trophy was held at the Village Inn restaurant on 29 December 2010. This tournament is being sponsored by Bassem International Trading Company for the eighth consecutive year. GOA President, Raymond D’Sa, welcomed Charles D’Sa, General Manager of Bassem Int’l Trading co., Fidelis Fernandes, President of Kuwait India Football Federation and all the team representatives. He thanked Charles for his continued patronage and urged all participating teams to uphold the spirit

of sportsmanship and friendship. Last year’s winners and runner-up, GOA Maroons and CRC Chinchinim respectively, were seeded directly into the quarterfinals. The remaining 12 teams were left to battle it out for the remaining six slots divided into two groups. The draw of lots led to the following two groups: Group A: YRC Rising Stars, DHL FC, Kuwait Goan Association, United Friends Club, Navelim Youth Centre, Rangers FC and CRC Chinchinim. Group B: United Goans Centre, Curtorcares United, Santos FC, Indian Strikers, Rawda Challengers, Skynet

Raiders and GOA Maroons. The tournament, held under the auspices of Kuwait India Football Federation will be held at the M.O.H Grounds. The tournament will kick off on 07 January 2011 at 06:45 with Rising Stars taking on DHL FC. This match will be followed by three other matches as: KGA take on United Friends Club at 08:00 Rangers FC face Navelim Youth at 09:15 United Goans will take on Curtorcares United at 10:30 Prepared by Clifford Fortes (99816065)

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, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. Embassy of India would like to inform that application forms for passport/visa services and labor contracts that are on its website, www.indembkwt.org, have been upgraded to include the facility for online data entry. Affidavit forms on the embassy website have had this facility since May 6, 2009.


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in the United States, returns to the Fox television network on January 19. In a bid to reverse sliding audiences and slumping record sales for “Idol” champions, producers have shaken up the format, adding an “Idol” house where the top 12 contestants will live during the competition, lowering the singers’ minimum age to 15, and bringing in top record producers to act as mentors to the would-be pop stars. But according to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, plans for an “all-star” showdown, featuring champions like Kelly Clarkson or

ichael Jackson’s doctor instructed an aide to remove medical equipment near the singer’s body before paramedics arrived, a court probing the medic’s role in Jackson’s death was told Wednesday. Conrad Murray, accused of involuntary manslaughter over the pop icon’s shock death on June 25, 2009, also gathered up a number of bottles before anyone called 911 for emergency help, the aide testified. Alberto Alvarez, described as a logistics director for Jackson, said that when he entered the star’s bedroom, he found Murray giving the apparently dead singer cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with one hand. The doctor then gathered a number of bottles or vials and asked Alvarez to put them in a plastic bag. He then put the plastic bag inside a larger brown bag, Alvarez said. “When I did that, he then instructed me to remove an IV bag from the IV stand,” Alvarez said, referring to intravenous drip

David Cook competing against popular “losers” like Adam Lambert or Jennifer Hudson, were ditched when few of the former “Idols” gave their consent. Lopez and Tyler were brought in to replace departed British judge Simon Cowell, and judges Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres also exited. Only record producer Randy Jackson remains from the original 2001 line-up. There was some good news in the poll for “Idol” producers and Fox. Of those people responding, six in 10 said they believed the shake-up was a positive change. Some 48 per-

equipment used to give medication to Jackson, who died from drug-induced respiratory arrest. The IV material-including a “milklike substance” in the IV bag, was placed in a separate bag, the aide said, adding that all of this was done before anyone called 911. He was speaking on the sec-

cent said the addition of “Wedding Planner” actress and singer Lopez makes them more interested in watching, and 43 percent felt the same about Tyler. “The new ‘Idol’ is cooler and less predictable,” according to those surveyed, said pollster Jon Penn. The Hollywood Reporter poll, which was conducted with Penn Schoen Berland, questioned 750 current and previous “Idol” viewers. It was released on Wednesday and can be found in the new edition of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, now on newsstands. —Reuters

deputy district attorney David Walgren said Murray gave Jackson the powerful sedative propofol every night for nearly two months to help him sleep, as he prepared for a string of comeback concerts in London. He listed a string of alleged failings by the doctor on the day

the bed, his eyes and mouth open. “He was standing over him and he was giving him chest compressions with one hand,” he added. At one point Jackson’s children Paris and Prince came into the room. “Paris screamed, ‘Daddy,’ and started crying,” said Alvarez, adding that Murray asked

Jackson doctor ‘ordered aide to remove evidence’ ond day of pre-trial hearings expected to last two weeks to determine whether Murray should face a full trial. Jackson’s mother and father Katherine and Joe, sisters Janet, LaToya and Rebbie, and brother Randy attended Wednesday’s hearings. His mother, LaToya and other brother Jackie attended the first day Tuesday. On Tuesday, LA

Jackson died, including delaying calling 911, not telling paramedics about the drugs he had given the singer and not knowing how to properly administer CPR. On Wednesday Alvarez recounted how, when he entered the star’s bedroom, Murray was on “the right side of the bed and he was giving chest compressions to Mr Jackson,” who was on his back on

for the children to leave, saying “Don’t let them see their father like this.” Walgren asked Alvarez if Jackson appeared to be alive or dead. “Dead, sir,” he replied. Alvarez eventually called 911, and was told by the operator to put Jackson on the floor to administer CPR, which should be carried out on a hard surface rather than a soft bed. —AFP


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ichael Caine, already a British knight, is now a French commander too. France’s culture minister made the 77-year-old actor a commander of Arts and Letters, the highest rank in the French cultural order, in a ceremony yesterday. Caine told The Associated Press in a mix of French and English that he fell in love with France in his youth and getting this award was like being recognized by his “fiancee.” Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand called Caine “a giant” of the acting profession. Caine has been one of Britain’s most popular and accomplished actors for decades. He won best supporting actor Oscars in 2000 for “The Cider House Rules” and in 1987 for “Hannah and Her Sisters.” He received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. — AP

British actor and producer Michael Caine poses with his medal after being made Commander of Arts and Letters. — AP

(From left) Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and Andy Garcia, pose for a photo at a ceremony honoring Duvall at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Wednesday. — AP

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obert Duvall has sunk his feet and hands in concrete outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The ceremony Wednesday honored a nearly half-century in films as well as the 80th birthday of the actor, who won an Oscar for “Tender

Mercies.” A crowd of spectators and photographers watched Duvall add his prints in the theater forecourt, where Hollywood stars have been honored in similar ceremonies since the 1920s. Duvall’s distinguished career

‘Muslim Batman’ angers rightwing US bloggers

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atman has battled many enemies but now has to face the anger of rightwing US bloggers furious that the comic book caped crusader has recruited a Muslim to run his crime-fighting franchise in Paris. “The character’s name is Bilal Asselah and he is an Algerian Sunni Muslim and an immigrant that is physically fit and adept at the gymnastic sport parkour,” wrote Warner Todd Huston on his site Publius Forum. “Apparently Batman couldn’t find any actual Frenchman to be the ‘French saviour’,” wrote the rightwinger, apparently discounting the millions of French citizens of North African descent from his definition of “actual” French. In the December issues of DC Comics Detective Comics Annual and Batman Annual, the caped crusader has set up Batman Incorporated and wants to install a superhero in cities around the world to fight crime. The hero he picks in France is called Nightrunner, the alter ego of a 22-year-old from Clichy-sousBois, a tough Paris suburb where

urban unrest sparked riots in immigrant districts across France in 2005. Bilal Asselah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, was caught up in that unrest and at one point he and his

where practitioners jump from buildings and leap over walls and street furniture, as spectacularly seen at the start of the 2006 James Bond film “Casino Royale.”

“Apparently Batman couldn’t find any actual Frenchman to be the ‘French saviour’,” wrote the rightwinger, apparently discounting the millions of French citizens of North African descent from his definition of “actual” French.

friend got beaten up by police who mistook them for rioters. Bilal’s friend reacted by later burning down a police station and ended up being killed by police. But Bilal, thanks largely to the influence of his pious Muslim mother, rejects hate and fear. He concentrates on learning parkour, the form of acrobatics

When riots again threaten to engulf his neighborhood, Bilal puts on a mask and, using his parkour skills, becomes Nightrunner and sets out to set things right again. Nightrunner’s integrity, athletic prowess, and triumph over personal adversity made him Bruce Wayne’s obvious choice to represent Batman in Paris. But rightwing bloggers

in the United States, who are also upset over plans for a black actor to play the Norse God Thor in an upcoming blockbuster movie, are incensed that DC Comics chose to make their new superhero a Muslim. They see it as pandering to political correctness. “Unfortunately, readers of Batman will not be helped to understand what troubles are really besetting France,” wrote Huston on Publius Forum.“In this age when Muslim youths are terrorizing the entire country, heck in this age of international Muslim terrorism assaulting the whole world, Batman’s readers will be confused by what is really going on in the world. “Through it all DC makes a Muslim in France a hero when French Muslims are at the center of some of the worst violence in the country’s recent memory,” he wrote. Bloggers were against him. DC comics did not respond to an AFP request for an interview with David Hine, the writer of the album featuring Nightrunner, and declined to comment on the controversy. —AFP

includes Academy Award nominations for “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The Great Santini,” “A Civil Action” and “The Apostle.” He was nominated last month for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as a backwoods hermit in “Get Low.”—AP

File photo shows American actor Robert De Niro poses at the photo call for the film “What Just Happened?” during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France. —AP

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Russian clown Oleg Popov performs with his assistant Volodimir Fisenko at the circus in The Hague. — AFP man with a shock of straw-colored hair under a black-andwhite chequered cap shuffles into the ring-just as he has done for six decades. Alone in the spotlight, Popov-who in 1981 won the Golden Clown award, the “Oscar” of the circus worldchants softly in Russian, clutch-

ing an old umbrella handle sprouting a bunch of multi-colored balloons. His black jacket is too short, his red, blue and black-striped pants stop at his calves. His bow tie, like his nose, is red and his face lightly made up. Between performances of hoop-

jumping poodles, flying acrobats and a trained elephant, Popov entertains with a trick that sends soup ladles flying into ice buckets. To the crowd’s delight, he then uses a bicycle pump to “inflate” a fellow clown who rises inch-by-inch from a collapsed pose on the floor. Accompanied by a circus orchestra, Popov and his 49year-old German wife Gabriela also juggle and do magic tricksno vocabulary required as they communicate with their audience in the universal language of laughter. “The work of a clown is interesting because it is art, and art is like an endless ocean,” the octogenarian told AFP between shows, taking a break in his circus trailer filled with costumes, balloons and old-fashioned suitcases. Language of the heart “What Charlie Chaplin was for the movies, Oleg Popov is for

Russian clown performer Oleg Popov applies make-up behind-the-scenes in his caravan at the circus before the first show starts at midday in the ‘Big Christmas circus The Hague’. —AFP the circus,” states a tribute to Popov on the Great Russian State Circus website, referring to one of the clown’s own idols. It likens his reprises to “poetry”, saying he “bathes the circus ring in sunshine”, hence the nickname. —AFP

Beirut’s iconic ‘Glass Cafe’ takes its last bow

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eirut’s iconic Glass Cafe, which dates back to Ottoman times, shuts its doors this week, taking with it a slice of the Lebanese capital’s cultural and political heritage. “The history of this cafe is closely intertwined with the history of Beirut,” said Angele Abi Haidar, 50, whose family has operated the Glass Cafe which first opened its doors in 1920 — since 1951. “Every inch of this cafe carries a story,” she said. “It has witnessed the country’s major political events and survived through the 1975-1990 civil war.” Abi Haidar recently lost a long-running legal battle with the building’s owner over the rental price which was set to jump threefold, from 50,000 dollars a year to 150,000 dollars-a price she cannot afford. “I spent a lot of money in legal fees and I can’t go on anymore,” she said, sadly looking over the cafe which shuts down January 10. The glass-enclosed bistro-style eatery is popular among tourists and old-timers. It is located in the traditional but trendy neighborhood of Gemmayzeh in a building on a corner of Gouraud Street, named after French General Henri Gouraud who signed a decree proclaiming the creation of the state

of Lebanon in 1920. Ottoman-style buildings vie for space with modern high rises on the street, which is crowded with pubs, nightclubs and restaurants. But the “Glass Cafe” is one of its few establishments that still serves Lebanese dishes and offers traditional music. With its painted tiles, imported from Italy at the start of the 20th century, 1950s chandeliers and classic bistro style tables, the cafe has borne witness to Lebanon’s turbulent history over the years as it hosted presidents, prime ministers, poets.

‘Thirst for fast cash’ “The likes of President Camille Chamoun, Prime Minister Saeb Salam and (Maronite Christian leader) Pierre Gemayel were among our customers,” Abi Haidar said. “The cafe was also popular among intellectuals who could sit for hours debating about culture and poetry.” As a young girl, Abi Haidar remembers watching her grandfather greet customers, with the click of backgammon dice, the gurgle of water pipes and the songs of Lebanese diva Fairuz always in the background.

“The demarcation line that split Beirut in half (between Christians and Muslims) during the civil war wasn’t very far from here,” she recalled.

A waiter adjusts a painting of late Lebanese musical satirist Omar Zenni.

Beirut’s Glass Cafe is well known for its painted tiles, imported from Italy at the start of the 20th century, 1950s chandeliers and classic bistro style tables. —AFP

“Most of the residents in the neighborhood fled but my father would open the cafe every day.” “When the bombs would fall, the few customers would rush to the kitchen in the back to hide and then, when things would calm

down, they would sit back at their tables,” she added. “It was all very surreal.” The building’s owner, Massoud Renno, said he does not plan to tear down the cafe but wants to refurbish it before deciding its fate. But for Giorgio Guy Tarraf, of the “Save Beirut Heritage” organization which organized a goodbye concert at the cafe Wednesday evening, heritage is not only about preserving property. “Heritage doesn’t only mean beautiful old stones,” he told AFP. “When one speaks of heritage it also means memories, people and places.” Khalil Asmar, 50, owner of a bookstore in the neighborhood, said part of Beirut’s history will be buried when the Glass Cafe shuts its doors on Monday. “Ever since I was a child, the cafe has been there,” he said wistfully. “It’s like home. “I used to watch customers play cards and backgammon, and I recall the poet Michel Akl sitting there for hours writing his poems.” Abi Haidar, who has opened another cafe north of Beirut, said nothing can replace the memories of the Glass Cafe. “It’s ironic, successive wars failed to shut it down,” she said bitterly. “And now, a thirst for fast cash is forcing us to close.”—AFP


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Aries (March 21-April 19)

"A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve," mused 19th-century author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Advice that wild could just as well have been dispensed by a feral saint living in a cave in the woods. And now I'm passing it on to you, Aries, just in time for the beginning of what may be your wildest year in a decade. In my astrological opinion, you are ready to be a connoisseur of mysteries that purify the mind and nurture the soul . . . a daredevil of the spirit in quest of seemingly impossible dreams . . . a fierce adept of the wisdom of uncertainty who's in love with unpredictable teachings.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

What confusing commotion would you like to walk away from and never come back to? What lessons have you learned so well that you're overdue to graduate from them? What long-term healing process would you like to finish up so you can finally get started on the building phase that your healing will give you the power to carry out? These are excellent questions to ask yourself as you plan your life in the next six months.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

The Strait of Gibraltar is the narrow passage between Europe and Africa where the Mediterranean Sea joins the Atlantic Ocean. According to legend, in ancient times the Latin phrase "ne plus ultra" was inscribed in the rock overlooking this gateway. It meant "not further beyond," and served as a warning to sailors not to venture out to the wild waters past the strait. Eventually, that cautionary advice became irrelevant, of course. With a sturdy vessel, skilled crew, good preparation, and expert knowledge based on the experience of others, venturing out past the "ne plus ultra" point wasn't dangerous. I hope you'll take that as your cue in 2011, Gemini.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

There were problems with the soccer balls used in the World Cup last year. Many players felt they were difficult to control. Their trajectory was unpredictable. Brazilian forward Luis Fabiano went so far as to say that the ball "doesn't want to be kicked." Other players said the balls were poorly made, like those "you buy in a supermarket." I bring this to your attention as a cautionary metaphor, Cancerian. In 2011 you will be taking part in your equivalent of the World Cup. It will be crucial to have the very best tools and accessories. You can't afford to play with balls that don't respond accurately to your skillful means.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Iological diversity refers to the variety of life forms in any particular area, while cultural diversity measures the richness of social forms of expression. Then there's biocultural diversity, which measures both together. Can you guess the places on the planet where biocultural diversity is highest? They're Indonesia, Malaysia, Melanesia, the Amazon Basin, and Central Africa. I would love it if you had a chance to immerse yourself in environments like those in 2011, Leo. If you can't manage that, find the next best thing. You will thrive by exposing yourself to a kaleidoscopic mix of human types and natural influences.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

When I started my rock band World Entertainment War, I was guided by a vision of us having two lead singers, me and another person. Ultimately I chose a woman named Darby Gould as my collaborator. While I have decent skills as a vocalist, her talent is genius-level. I knew that our work together would push me to be at the top of my game and allow me to write ambitious songs that I didn't have the chops to sing by myself. I've always been pleased with how that strategy worked. Would you consider giving yourself a similar challenge in 2011, Virgo? It'll be the Year of Collaboration for you. Why not put yourself in a position to transcend the limitations you have when operating solely under your own power?

COUNTRY CODES Libra (September 23-October 22)

Africa is cracking open in preparation for the birth of a new ocean. The whole process will take 10 million years, but the first sign occurred in 2005, when a 37mile-long fissure appeared in Ethiopia. Eventually, say geologists, the rift will grow enormous and fill up with seawater. I expect a metaphorically comparable development for you in 2011, Libra: the subtle yet monumental beginning of a new "ocean" you'll be enjoying and learning from and dealing with for many years to come.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

In 1967, the U.S. had 31,225 nuclear warheads. But by 2010 it had a mere 5,113. The world's most militarized nation hopes to scale down to an even more modest 3,000 or so by 2021. In the coming year, Scorpio, I'd love to see you be inspired by that example to begin reducing your own levels of anger and combativeness. You don't have to do away entirely with your ability to fight everyone who doesn't agree with you and everything you don't like; just cut back some. I'm sure that'll still leave you with plenty of firepower.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

"The heart is forever inexperienced," said Thoreau. He believed our feeling nature is eternally innocent; that no matter how much we learn about the game of life, sadness or lust or rage or joy hits us as hard the thousandth time as it did in the beginning. But is that really true? Are you as likely to plunge into mind-exploding infatuation with your fourth lover as you were with your first? Are you as susceptible now to having your world turned upside-down by flash floods of emotion as you were at age 15? Over the years, haven't you acquired wisdom about your reactive tendencies, and hasn't that transformed them? I disagree with Thoreau. I say that for the person who wants to cultivate emotional intelligence, the heart sure as hell better be capable of gaining experience. What do you think, Sagittarius? If you're aligned with my view, 2011 will educate and ripen your heart as never before.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

"We have to stumble though so much dirt and humbug before we reach home," wrote novelist Herman Hesse. "And we have no one to guide us. Our only guide is homesickness." That's the bad news, Capricorn. The good news, according to my analysis, is that 2011 could very well be the year that your homesickness drives you all the way home. For best results, keep this tip in mind: To get the full benefit of the homesickness, you shouldn't suppress it. Only by feeling it deeply, as a burning, grinding ache, will you be able to ride it all the way home.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)

In the past, few dog shows allowed mutts to compete. Pure breeds were prized above all others. That's changing, though, now that the American Kennel Club has opened up a new category just for mongrels. They won't be judged by guidelines specific to a particular breed, but rather according to their natural talents. This shift in standards mirrors a comparable development in your world, Aquarius. In 2011, it'll be easier to find success simply by being your mottled, speckled, variegated self. There'll be less pressure for you to live up to standards of perfection meant for the pure breeds.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

"All your longings know where to go," writes poet Nick Piombino, "but you have to tell them to open their eyes." That's one of your big assignments in 2011, Pisces: to make sure your longings keep their eyes open. It's not as easy as it might sound. Sometimes your longings get so entranced by obsessive fantasies -- so distracted by the stories that are swirling around in your imagination -- that they're blind to what's right in front of them. You must speak to your longings tenderly and patiently, as you would a beloved animal, coaxing them to trust that life will bring more interesting and useful blessings than anything fantasy could provide.

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Kuwait 00965 Kyrgyzstan 00996 Laos 00856 Latvia 00371 Lebanon 00961 Liberia 00231 Libya 00218 Lithuania 00370 Luxembourg 00352 Macau 00853 Macedonia 00389 Madagascar 00261 Majorca 0034 Malawi 00265 Malaysia 0060 Maldives 00960 Mali 00223 Malta 00356 Marshall Islands 00692 Martinique 00596 Mauritania 00222 Mauritius 00230 Mayotte 00269 Mexico 0052 Micronesia 00691 Moldova 00373 Monaco 00377 Mongolia 00976 Montserrat 001664 Morocco 00212 Mozambique 00258 Myanmar (Burma) 0095 Namibia 00264 Nepal 00977 Netherlands (Holland)0031 Netherlands Antilles 00599 New Caledonia 00687 New Zealand 0064 Nicaragua 00505 Nigar 00227 Nigeria 00234 Niue 00683 Norfolk Island 00672 Northern Ireland (UK)0044 North Korea 00850 Norway 0047 Oman 00968 Pakistan 0092 Palau 00680 Panama 00507 Papua New Guinea 00675 Paraguay 00595 Peru 0051 Philippines 0063 Poland 0048 Portugal 00351 Puerto Rico 001787 Qatar 00974 Romania 0040 Russian Federation 007 Rwanda 00250 Saint Helena 00290 Saint Kitts 001869 Saint Lucia 001758 Saint Pierre 00508 Saint Vincent 001784 Samoa US 00684 Samoa West 00685 San Marino 00378 Sao Tone 00239 Saudi Arabia 00966 Scotland (UK) 0044 Senegal 00221 Seychelles 00284 Sierra Leone 00232 Singapore 0065 Slovakia 00421 Slovenia 00386 Solomon Islands 00677 Somalia 00252 South Africa 0027 South Korea 0082 Spain 0034 Sri Lanka 0094 Sudan 00249 Suriname 00597 Swaziland 00268 Sweden 0046 Switzerland 0041 Syria 00963 Taiwan 00886 Tanzania 00255 Thailand 0066 Toga 00228 Tonga 00676 Tokelau 00690 Trinidad 001868 Tunisia 00216 Turkey 0090 Tuvalu 00688 Uganda 00256 Ukraine 00380 United Arab Emirates00976


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TEF Celebrates its 10th Year completion in a grand manner

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amilnadu Engineers Forum , TEF Kuwait celebrated its 10th year Valedictory Function in a highly grand manner on 31st December 2010, Friday till the dawn of new year 2011 at American International School. There was a time when the New Year to most of TEFians meant ‘the English change of Calendar on January 1’ was a mere formality. No more now . The entire TEFians and their family parties with the world on New Year’s Eve and the entire crowd morphed in to celebrative mood throughout the entire day. The beats which emerged from the Thavil, Nadsawaram , Parai and Urumi in the starting of the morning session, seeped in to everybody’s blood leaving all in ecstasy and it was totally an aural treat. It was with remarkable prowess on the Folk Arts & Music that Velmurugan & troupe made their impact on the morning session of the Valedictory day celebrations. The artists Gomathy Jaishankar and Rani Saravanan transported the audience to a zone of tranquility and enthrall when they performed the Karagattam. Gomathy kept the tempo with her startling performance. Velmurugan’s Folk Music containing the deep rooted love and affection of mother, daughter was so sentimental as most of the audience couldn’t control their emotions. It was a vivacious display representing the ethos, aesthetic values and melody of our home land Tamilnadu. It was a wonderful compeering by the two of the most talented Lady Tamil speakers Ponni Raman and Radhika Selvam. It was so cute to see all the Engineers with Pattu Veshti and Pattu Chattai... a typical significance of Tamil Mann and Isai. As TEF initiated the sumptuous Thala Vazhai lunch for the 2010 Inaugural session, the Valedictory 2010 also had the similar tradition. The Evening programme mesmerized everyone by the ever - appealing tunes by world famous Flautist Naveen Kumar . When he started the Bombay Theme with his flute , it was so soothing like a gentle breeze and the landing were akin to the clouds coming to rest on peaks. His other performances from his album Café Fluid , films Jodha Akbar and Slumdog Millionaire were fantastic. Truly remarkable and he his legendary abilities. Compeerer Aishwarya Jeyakumar quoted a verse ‘Moongillukku Therium, Atharkku Thevai Neeralla. Naveenin Swasam Endru.Athanal Pirakirathu Venu Ghanam.‘ It was really true. When Lavanya Jeyakumar introduced India’s famous Ventriloquist Shanthakumar to the audience, no one imagined that it is going to one of the most entertaining show of the day . The entire Children to adults were fascinated by the amazing tricks of his interactive talking friends. Everyone enjoyed with laughter by the jokes he made. so were the Kadi Jokes too. But it was totally an

extremely hilarious show. The Chief Guest Susi Ganeshan was introduced to the audience by Mythili Kannan. Ganeshan who is also a Tamil Engineer and the leading Indian film director released the 10th year Souvenir which had a detailed retrospective look in to TEF’s 10th year events and he also distributed prizes to the performing artists. As usual ,TEF Children who excel in academics with high scores in the X & XII Board exams were honored with trophies & certificates, but this time it was a highly proudy moment for the recipients as they received the trophies from one of India’s top most sought after professional Susi Ganeshan . During his address, Ganeshan motivated the Children and the audience by his wonderful speech and briefed the path he opted & the way he achieved success in his profession. He thanked TEF for providing a valuable opportunity for him to interact with Engineers of his home land at an abroad country. Seems this was the first time he has attended an Engineer’s function although he has attended innumerable functions worldwide. TEF was honored to have the credit of it. TEF General Secretary Jeyakumar highlighted the activities & achievements of TEF during its historical 10th year and Senthamilarasu , President requested the member’s continued support to encourage the committee for their voluntary honorary service . Elamaran, Treasurer presented the annual financial statements of the 10th year. The new committee team for year 2011 were introduced and Bascarane took over the General Secretary for 2011 and Arasu continued as the President for 2011. The highlight of the Valedictory celebrations was the musical extragavanza by leading South Indian Film singers Vijay Yesudas, Rahul Nambiar, Velmurugan, Srimadhumitha, Charulatha Mani & UK Murali’s Udaya Ragham Musical Orchestra Tropue. It was a beautiful repertoire of classic melody to the lively latest hits making all the audience from kids to adults to dance. Everybody got recharged in a mind boggling perfect new year bash and the new year 2011 began with a good happy musical note . It brought the nostalgic memories once again blossomed with Fragrance. It was a dazzling day suffused in traditional & latest music.


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Embassy Information EMBASSY OF BANGLADESH he Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kuwait has taken up an initiative to update the database of Bangladesh nationals residing in the State of Kuwait. For inclusion in the database all the Bangladesh nationals are requested to collect the Registration Form from the Labour Wing of the Embassy. The forms can also be collected sending request to bdoot@kems.net e-mail address. The filled-in forms can also be submitted by hand, by email or by fax (number 2491-3204).

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EMBASSY OF CANADA 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. The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, Al-Mutawakel St., Block 4 in Daíaiyah. Please visit our website at www.Kuwait.gc.ca. 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 www.voyage.gc.ca. The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi provides visa and immigration services to residents of Kuwait. Individuals who are interested in visiting, working or immigrating to Canada are invited to visit the website of the Canadian Embassy to the UAE at www.uae.gc.ca.

Christmas at JIS

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hristmas a celebrate t Jabriya Indian S chool wa d in a spe s t io n cial w C o lo u r a m in g li n g w it h ay; with tradind song t h e modern c o m p le te m in g s o . f mistletoe re d a n d g re e n h w it h th e tr im ! And of c u e s , h o ll ourse San all the w y and a ta began w y from the North making a trip it . carols, th h beautiful strain The assembly e e ri n g w it school choir sere s of Christmas nad h c a ro ls Tagalog in E n g li s ing the gathre tures co-e presenting the m h , A ra b ic a n d u x dances w isting in the scho ltinational culo e tive musi re then presente l. Foot tapping d c a ro u n d of ‘Christmas polk set to the festh e C h ri a’ and ‘R s tm o Christma s was en a s T re e .’ T h e s cking to ry o f acted co manger m , angels. T t h e t h r e e k in g s plete with the he messa and a h g and the ost of visit of S e of Peace, Love a anta ma indeed a de the a nd Joy wonderfu ssembly l experien ce.

GOA Tournament Draw held

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he draw of matches for the 17th Annual Goan Overseas Association Rolling Trophy was held at the Village Inn restaurant on 29 December 2010. This tournament is being sponsored by Bassem International Trading Company for the eighth consecutive year. GOA President, Raymond D’Sa, welcomed Charles D’Sa, General Manager of Bassem Int’l Trading co., Fidelis Fernandes, President of Kuwait India Football Federation and all the team representatives. He thanked Charles for his continued patronage and urged all participating teams to uphold the spirit

of sportsmanship and friendship. Last year’s winners and runner-up, GOA Maroons and CRC Chinchinim respectively, were seeded directly into the quarterfinals. The remaining 12 teams were left to battle it out for the remaining six slots divided into two groups. The draw of lots led to the following two groups: Group A: YRC Rising Stars, DHL FC, Kuwait Goan Association, United Friends Club, Navelim Youth Centre, Rangers FC and CRC Chinchinim. Group B: United Goans Centre, Curtorcares United, Santos FC, Indian Strikers, Rawda Challengers, Skynet

Raiders and GOA Maroons. The tournament, held under the auspices of Kuwait India Football Federation will be held at the M.O.H Grounds. The tournament will kick off on 07 January 2011 at 06:45 with Rising Stars taking on DHL FC. This match will be followed by three other matches as: KGA take on United Friends Club at 08:00 Rangers FC face Navelim Youth at 09:15 United Goans will take on Curtorcares United at 10:30 Prepared by Clifford Fortes (99816065)

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, Al-Abraj Complex, Office No 9, Mezzanine Floor; 9 AM to 9 PM, Saturday to Thursday; 5 PM to 9 PM on Friday. Embassy of India would like to inform that application forms for passport/visa services and labor contracts that are on its website, www.indembkwt.org, have been upgraded to include the facility for online data entry. Affidavit forms on the embassy website have had this facility since May 6, 2009.


TV Listings

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011

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The Ellen Degeneres Show Good Morning America Supernatural Treme The Closer Good Morning America One Tree Hill Burn Notice The Ellen Degeneres Show Law And Order: Criminal Intent Burn Notice The Closer One Tree Hill Live Good Morning America Law And Order: Criminal Intent The Ellen Degeneres Show Commander In Chief Lost Special The Bachelor Supernatural Kings

00:50 Untamed & Uncut 01:45 Surviving the Drought 02:40 Dogs 101 03:35 Venom Hunter with Donald Schultz 04:30 Pit Bulls and Parolees 05:25 Killer Crocs of Costa Rica 06:20 Untamed & Uncut 07:10 Britain’s Worst Pet 07:35 Britain’s Worst Pet 08:00 Meerkat Manor 08:25 Planet Wild 08:50 Growing Up... 09:40 Breed All About It 10:10 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101 11:05 The Animals’ Guide to Survival 12:00 Animal Precinct 12:55 Wildlife SOS 13:20 Wildlife SOS 13:50 Animal Cops Houston 14:45 RSPCA: Have You Got What it Takes? 15:10 E-Vets: The Interns 15:40 The Animals’ Guide to Survival 16:30 Breed All About It 17:00 Planet Wild 17:30 The Crocodile Hunter Diaries 18:25 Cats of Claw Hill 18:50 Cats of Claw Hill 19:20 Venom Hunter with Donald Schultz 20:15 Escape to Chimp Eden 20:40 Snake Crusader with Bruce George 21:10 Dogs 101 22:05 Austin Stevens Adventures 23:00 Whale Wars 23:55 Buggin’ with Ruud

00:30 01:00 01:30 02:15 03:05 03:35 04:05 04:40 05:00 05:20 05:40 05:50 05:55 06:10 06:30 06:50 07:10 07:20 07:25 07:40 08:00 08:20 08:40 08:50 08:55 09:10 09:30 09:50 10:10 10:20 10:25 10:40 11:10 11:40 12:25 13:15 13:45 14:15

08:55 How The Universe Works 09:50 Weird Or What? 10:45 Stunt Junkies 11:10 The Gadget Show 11:40 Human Body: Ultimate Machine 12:30 How Does That Work? 12:55 Da Vinci’s Machines 13:45 Weird Connections 14:15 Weird Or What? 15:05 Science Of The Movies 15:55 Savage Planet 16:20 2012 Apocalypse 17:10 Mega World 18:00 The Gadget Show 18:25 How Does That Work? 18:50 Brainiac 19:40 Sci-Fi Science 20:05 Sci-Fi Science 20:30 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman 21:20 How It’s Made 21:45 The Gadget Show 22:10 Futurecar 23:00 Sci-Fi Science 23:25 Sci-Fi Science 23:50 Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman

My Family Keeping Up Appearances The Weakest Link Casualty Eastenders Doctors Keeping Up Appearances Balamory Tweenies Fimbles The Large Family The Adventures Of Spot Gigglebiz Balamory Tweenies Fimbles The Large Family The Adventures Of Spot Gigglebiz Balamory Tweenies Fimbles The Large Family The Adventures Of Spot Gigglebiz Balamory Tweenies Fimbles The Large Family The Adventures Of Spot Gigglebiz Keeping Up Appearances Keeping Up Appearances The Weakest Link Sahara Doctors Eastenders Casualty

Public Enemies on Show Movies 15:10 15:40 16:10 16:40 17:30 18:15 18:45 19:15 20:10 21:00 21:45 22:15 23:00 23:15 23:45

Keeping Up Appearances Keeping Up Appearances Keeping Up Appearances Sahara The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Casualty Sahara The Weakest Link Doctors Doctor Who Doctor Who Confidential After You’ve Gone New Tricks

00:05 00:30 01:20 02:10 03:00 03:25 04:10 04:55 05:40 06:05 06:30 07:25 08:00 08:30 09:00 09:45 10:10 10:35 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:25 13:50 14:35

Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Celebrity Masterchef Come Dine With Me Come Dine With Me Design Rules Cash In The Attic Cash In The Attic Bargain Hunt Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Celebrity Masterchef Daily Cooks Challenge Daily Cooks Challenge Daily Cooks Challenge Cash In The Attic 10 Years Younger 10 Years Younger Cash In The Attic Antiques Roadshow Celebrity Masterchef Design Rules Design Rules Cash In The Attic Bargain Hunt

15:20 15:45 16:10 17:00 17:25 18:10 18:55 19:20 19:45 20:35 21:25 21:45 22:10 22:55 23:40

Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Celebrity Masterchef Design Rules Cash In The Attic Bargain Hunt Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Mitch And Matt’s Big Fish Come Dine With Me Come Dine With Me Design Rules Design Rules Cash In The Attic Bargain Hunt What To Eat Now - Autumn

01:00 03:00 05:00 07:00 09:00 11:00 13:00 15:00 17:00 19:00 21:00 23:00

People I Know-18 Amreeka-PG15 Sexy Beast-18 The Golden Compass-PG Race To Witch Mountain-PG15 The Old Curiousity Shop-PG Coraline-PG Drumline-PG15 Brassed Off-PG15 Joe’s Palace-18 Genova-PG15 Rocknrolla-18

00:40 01:35 02:30 03:25 04:20 05:15

Overhaulin’ Dirty Jobs Get Out Alive Discovery Project Earth Mythbusters How Do They Do It?

05:40 06:05 07:00 07:50 08:45 09:10 09:40 10:30 10:55 11:25 12:20 13:15 14:10 15:05 16:00 16:55 17:50 18:45 19:10 19:40 20:05 20:35 21:00 21:55 22:25 22:50 23:45

How Machines Work Dirty Jobs Discovery Project Earth American Chopper How Do They Do It? How Machines Work Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security Overhaulin’ Ultimate Survival Mythbusters Miami Ink Dirty Jobs Overhaulin’ Ultimate Survival Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security The Gadget Show How Do They Do It? How Machines Work Aircrash Confidential I Could Do That I Could Do That Motor City Motors La Ink

00:40 01:30 01:55 02:45 03:35 04:25 04:50 05:45 06:40 07:10 08:00

Mega World The Gadget Show 2012 Apocalypse Weird Or What? Science Of The Movies How Does That Work? Scrapheap Challenge Robotica Weird Connections Human Body: Ultimate Machine Da Vinci’s Machines

00:15 00:40 01:05 01:30 03:15 04:10 05:05 05:30 06:00 07:45 08:10 08:35 09:25 09:50 10:15 11:05 12:00 12:50 13:15 13:40 14:05 14:30 16:15 16:40 17:10 17:35 18:00 18:50 19:15 19:40 20:30 20:55 21:20 21:45 22:10 23:00 23:25 23:50

00:00 00:30 01:00 02:00 02:30 03:00 04:00 04:30 05:00 06:00 06:30 07:00 08:00 08:25 08:50 09:15 09:40 10:05 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 18:00 18:30 19:00 19:30

Kendra Then And Now Then And Now Ths Extreme Hollywood Sexiest Battle Of The Hollywood Hotties Streets Of Hollywood 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up Behind The Scenes Behind The Scenes E! News Then And Now Then And Now Ths Ths E! News Extreme Close-Up Style Star Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami Kendra Ths Behind The Scenes Behind The Scenes Keeping Up With The Kardashians Keeping Up With The Kardashians E! News Style Star Style Star Ths Behind The Scenes Chelsea Lately Extreme Close-Up Extreme Close-Up E! News Chelsea Lately Kendra Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami

Throwdown with Bobby Flay Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Chopped 30 Minute Meals Tyler’s Ultimate Food Network Challenge Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics Unwrapped Iron Chef America Good Eats - Special Guy’s Big Bite Chopped Paula’s Best Dishes Good Deal with Dave Lieberman Guy’s Big Bite Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics Everyday Italian 30 Minute Meals Tyler’s Ultimate Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Barefoot Contessa 30 Minute Meals 30 Minute Meals Unwrapped Unwrapped Guy’s Big Bite Guy’s Big Bite Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics Everyday Italian 30 Minute Meals Guy’s Big Bite Chopped Barefoot Contessa Unwrapped Paula’s Best Dishes Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives

20:00 20:30 21:00 22:00 22:30 23:00 23:30

Good Eats - Special Good Deal with Dave Lieberman Iron Chef America 30 Minute Meals 30 Minute Meals Unwrapped Unwrapped

00:40 01:30 02:20 03:10 04:00 04:50 05:45 06:15 07:10 08:00 08:50 09:40 10:30 10:55 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30 15:55 16:20 17:10 18:00 18:50 19:40 20:30 20:55 21:20 22:10 23:00 23:50

Dr G: Medical Examiner Ghost Lab A Haunting Dr G: Medical Examiner Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases Dr G: Medical Examiner Ghosthunters Ghost Lab Mystery Diagnosis Forensic Detectives On The Run Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Royal Inquest FBI Files On The Case With Paula Zahn Accident Investigator Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls Royal Inquest Forensic Detectives On The Run FBI Files Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Real Emergency Calls On The Case With Paula Zahn Accident Investigator Couples Who Kill Deadly Women

00:00 01:30 03:10 04:55 06:35 08:15 09:35 11:15 12:50 14:15 16:00 17:55 20:15 22:00 23:40

Convicts Cold Heaven A Prayer For The Dying Final Approach Dream Lover Movers And Shakers Trip With Anita Spellbinder Johnny Be Good Paper Lion The 60’s Avanti Garbo Talks Lawman The Betsy

00:00 Surf’s Up 00:30 Bondi Rescue 01:00 Bondi Rescue 01:30 Nomads 02:30 Banged Up Abroad 03:30 Passport To Wine 04:00 Surf’s Up 04:30 Surf’s Up 05:00 Bondi Rescue 05:30 Bondi Rescue 06:00 Nomads 06:30 Banged Up Abroad 07:00 Treks In A Wild World 07:30 Bondi Rescue 08:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 09:30 Passport To Wine 10:00 By Any Means 10:30 Market Values 11:00 Treks In A Wild World 11:30 Word Travels 12:30 Lonely Planet- Roads Less Travelled 13:00 Banged Up Abroad 13:30 Treks In A Wild World 14:30 Bondi Rescue 15:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 16:00 Passport To Wine 16:30 By Any Means 17:00 Bondi Rescue 17:30 Market Values 18:30 Word Travels 19:00 Lonely Planet- Roads Less Travelled 19:30 Banged Up Abroad 20:30 Treks In A Wild World 21:30 Bondi Rescue 22:00 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 22:30 Passport To Wine 23:00 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 23:30 By Any Means


TV Listings

FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011

00:00 Two And A Half Men 00:30 Til Death 01:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 01:30 The Colbert Report 02:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 03:00 Eastbound And Down 03:30 Party Down 04:00 South Park 04:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 05:30 Malcolm In The Middle 06:00 Hope And Faith 06:30 The Drew Carey Show 07:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 08:00 Til Death 08:30 Malcolm In The Middle 09:00 Hope And Faith 09:30 The Drew Carey Show 10:00 Rita Rocks 10:30 30 Rock 11:00 Malcolm In The Middle 11:30 Hope And Faith 12:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 13:00 Til Death 13:30 Malcolm In The Middle 14:00 Hope And Faith 14:30 Two And A Half Men 15:00 30 Rock 15:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 16:00 The Colbert Report 16:30 The Drew Carey Show 17:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 18:00 Family Biz 18:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine 19:00 Sons Of Tucson 19:30 The Office 20:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 21:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 21:30 The Colbert Report 22:00 Bored To Death 22:30 Weeds 23:00 South Park 23:30 Sons Of Tucson

10:00 Who’s Your Caddy?-PG15 12:00 My Sister’s Keeper-PG15 14:00 My Son, My Son, What Have You Done?-PG15 16:00 Skellig-PG15 18:00 In The Electric Mist-PG15 20:00 Public Enemies-18 22:30 Watchmen-18

01:00 Corrado-18 03:00 Blood: The Last Vampire-18 05:00 Borderland-18 07:00 Connected-PG15 09:00 The Rock-PG15 11:00 Hollywood Homicide-PG15 13:00 Panic Room-PG15 15:00 The Rock-PG15 17:00 Final Encounter-PG15 19:00 Underworld: The Rise Of The Lycans-18 21:00 Solstice-18 23:00 Mindhunters-18

00:00 Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder-PG15 02:00 Rock Slyde-PG15 04:00 Santa Baby 2-PG15 06:00 Bring It On 5: Fight To The FinishPG15 08:00 Married To It-PG15 10:00 Imagine That-PG 12:00 Wag The Dog-PG 14:00 Mr. Magoo-PG 16:00 Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder-PG15 18:00 Dead Man On Campus-PG15

20:00 Lesbian Vampire Killers-18 22:00 Nick And Norah’s Infinite PlaylistPG15

00:00 Young Fisherman-PG 02:00 Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie-FAM 04:00 Zeus And Roxanne-PG 06:00 Scooby-Doo Meets The Boo Brothers-FAM 08:00 Columbus III: The New World-PG 10:00 Zeus And Roxanne-PG 12:00 Flintstones: I Yabba Dabba Do!FAM 14:00 Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie-FAM 16:00 Tom And Jerry: Blast Off To MarsFAM 18:00 Stuart Little 2-FAM 20:00 Ulysses-PG 22:00 Flintstones: I Yabba Dabba Do!

00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 05:30 06:00 06:30 07:00 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:00 11:00

Bones Drop Dead Diva The Martha Stewart Show Heroes The View Look-A-Like Look-A-Like Emmerdale Eat Yourself Sexy Heroes The Martha Stewart Show Look-A-Like Look-A-Like Heroes The View

12:00 12:30 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:30 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 21:00 22:00 23:00 23:30

Emmerdale Eat Yourself Sexy The Martha Stewart Show Bones Drop Dead Diva Look-A-Like Look-A-Like The View Downton Abbey No Ordinary Family Friday Night Lights Hawthorne The View Look-A-Like Look-A-Like

02:30 09:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 16:30 17:00 18:00

Live Ashes Test Cricket ICC Cricket World Total Rugby Futbol Mundial Brazil League Highlights Scottish Premier League Highlights European Tour Weekly PDC Darts World Championship ICC Cricket World Live The All Sport Show Ashes Test Cricket

01:00 01:30 02:00 06:30 07:00 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00

Futbol Mundial Total Rugby PGA European Tour European Tour Weekly Live The Royal Trophy Golf ICC Cricket World Total Rugby Brazil League Highlights Futbol Mundial European Tour Weekly

02:00 Face Off-PG15 04:15 Down To You-PG15 05:45 December Boys-PG15 07:30 Legally Blondes-PG 09:00 Alice In Wonderland-PG 11:00 S.W.A.T.-PG15 13:00 Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel-PG15 14:30 Marley And Me-PG15 16:30 Alice In Wonderland-PG 18:30 You Don’t Know Jack-PG15 21:00 Public Enemies-18 23:30 The Final Destination-18

00:30 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 05:30 06:30 07:30 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 11:30 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 16:30 17:00 18:00 18:30 19:00 20:00 21:30 22:30 23:30

My Boys Lost Bones Lie To Me Lost The Office White Collar The Ellen Degeneres Show My Boys Bones Law And Order: Criminal Intent The Ellen Degeneres Show The Office My Boys White Collar Law And Order: Criminal Intent Bones Lie To Me 30 Rock My Boys The Ellen Degeneres Show How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother No Ordinary Family Treme Breaking Bad Nip/Tuck The Ellen Degeneres Show

00:00 Life Through A Lense-18 02:00 Sugar-PG15 04:00 The Two Mr. Kissles-PG15 06:00 My Son, My Son, What Have You Done?-PG15 08:00 Skellig-PG15

Mindhunters on Show Movies Action

14:30 18:30 19:00 21:00 21:30 22:30

21:00 21:55 22:50 23:40

Decoding the Past Egypt: Land of the Gods Ancient Monster Hunters The Universe

00:00 00:30 01:00 02:00 02:30 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 06:30 07:00 08:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 11:00 12:00 12:30 13:00 13:30 14:00 15:00 15:30 16:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:30 21:00 22:00 23:00 23:30

Mel B: It’s A Scary World Mel B: It’s A Scary World Jerseylicious Fashion Avenue Fashion Avenue How Do I Look? Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? Homes With Style Area Clean House Big Boutique Big Boutique Homes With Style Homes With Style Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? How Do I Look? Fashion Avenue Fashion Avenue Big Boutique Big Boutique Clean House Clean House Comes Clean Fashion Avenue Jerseylicious Ruby Married Away Mel B: It’s A Scary World Mel B: It’s A Scary World Fashion Avenue Fashion Avenue Ruby: The First 100 Pounds Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? Fashion Avenue Fashion Avenue

00:45 Slither-PG15 02:20 Screening Room, The - Director’s Special-PG 02:45 Victor/Victoria-PG15 05:00 Screening Room, The - British Cinema...-PG 05:30 The Wheeler Dealers-FAM 07:15 Screening Room, The - Cannes At 60-PG 08:00 Casablanca-FAM 09:40 All The Fine Young Cannibals-PG 11:35 Angels With Dirty Faces-PG 13:10 Where Eagles Dare-PG 15:40 Flipper-FAM 17:10 The Honeymoon Machine-FAM 18:35 Screening Room, The - Director’s Special-PG 19:00 Lust For Life-FAM 21:00 Screening Room, The - Auditions21:25 Support Your Local Sheriff!-PG 23:00 Kelly’s Heroes-PG

00:15 00:17 01:00 01:50 02:00 02:45 03:15 03:17 07:15 07:17 08:00 08:45 09:15 09:17 13:00 13:45 15:15 15:17 16:00 16:45 17:15 17:17 18:00 18:45 19:00 20:00 20:30 22:15 22:17 23:00 23:40

Top Mobile Playlist Hit Us Playlist Urban Hit Playlist Top Fashion Playlist Top Gossip Playlist French Only Playlist Top Money Playlist Urban Hit Playlist Monthly Top Playlist Africa 10 Playlist Top Sexy Playlist Urban Hit Playlist Trace Video Mix New Playlist Top Mobile Playlist Club 10 Playlist

00:30 01:20 02:10 03:00 03:55 04:50 05:40 06:30 07:20 08:10 09:00 09:55 10:50 11:40 12:30 13:20 14:10 15:00 15:55 16:50 17:40 18:30 19:20 20:10

00:00 01:00 02:00 03:00 04:00 05:00 06:00 07:00 07:30 08:00 09:00 10:00 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:00 14:00 15:00 15:30 16:30 17:00 18:00 18:30 19:00

Globe Trekker Intrepid Journeys Rivers of the World Nomad’s Land Down the Line Globe Trekker Intrepid Journeys The Thrillseekers Guide The Big Fish Globe Trekker Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma The Blue Continent Sophie Grigson In The Orient Hollywood and Vines Word Travels Word Travels Globe Trekker Planet Food Feast India Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma Great Scenic Railways - 175 Years Globe Trekker Rudy Maxa’s World Sophie Grigson In The Orient Hollywood and Vines

01:00 02:00 03:00 04:30 05:00 06:00 07:00 08:00 09:00 09:30 10:30 12:00 13:00 13:30 14:30 15:00 16:00 17:30 19:00 20:00 22:00 23:00

Live PGA European Tour Total Rugby Scottish Premier League Scottish Premier League Highlights The All Sports Show The Royal Trophy Golf

WWE NXT The Ultimate Fighter FIA GT1 World Championship UFC All Access UFC Unleashed UFC Unleashed WWE NXT Red Bull X-Fighters Full Throttle UAE National Race Day FIA GT1 World Championship WWE NXT FIM World Cup Red Bull X-Fighters Full Throttle Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge FIA GT1 World Championship Air Sports World WWE NXT WWE SmackDown WWE Bottom Line The Ultimate Fighter

01:00 Synecdoche, New York-18 03:00 The Proposal-PG15 05:00 Flirting Wth Flamenco-PG15 07:00 Enid-PG15 09:00 Phoebe In Wonderland-PG 11:00 Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian-PG15 13:00 The Dust Factory-PG15 15:00 Witness: The Kidnapping Of Patty Hearst-PG15 17:00 Order Of Chaos-PG15 19:00 Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian-PG15 21:00 I Love You Beth Cooper-PG15 23:00 Fireflies In The Garden-PG15

Modern Marvels Ancient Discoveries Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Warriors Battles B.C. Ice Road Truckers 3 Modern Marvels Ancient Discoveries Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Warriors Battles B.C. Ice Road Truckers 3 Modern Marvels Ancient Discoveries Deep Sea Detectives MysteryQuest Warriors Battles B.C. Ice Road Truckers 3 Modern Marvels Ancient Discoveries Deep Sea Detectives


Flight Schedule FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011

FOR AIRPORT INFORMATION 161

FLIGHT SCHEDULE

IN CASE YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING, YOUR PROPER CANCELLATION OF BOOKINGS WILL HELP OTHER PASSENGERS TO USE SEATS. Arrival Flights on Friday 7/1/2011

JZR

239

AMMAN

17:40

ABY

124

SHARJAH

9:45

Airlines

Flt

Route

Time

ABY

127

SHARJAH

17:45

QTR

133

DOHA

10:00

WAN

612

ISTANBUL

0:45

ALK

227

COLOMBO / DUBAI

18:10

KAC

117

NEW YORK

10:00

JZR

267

BEIRUT

0:45

KAC

542

CAIRO

18:50

ETD

302

ABU DHABI

10:20

TAR

327

TUNIS / DUBAI

0:50

KAC

674

DUBAI

19:25

GFA

214

BAHRAIN

10:20

BBC

43

DHAKA

1:00

KAC

166

PARIS / ROME

19:30

KAC

177

FRANKFURT / GENEVA

10:30

GFA

211

BAHRAIN

1:40

IAC

575

CHENNAI / GOA

19:30

JZR

200

DAMASCUS

10:55

ETH

620

ADDIS ABABA

1:45

KAC

102

NEW YORK / LONDON

19:35

JZR

212

DEIREZZOR

11:45

WAN

306

CAIRO

1:50

KAC

774

RIYADH

19:40

IRA

618

LAR

11:50

WAN

408

BEIRUT

2:10

KAC

562

AMMAN

19:50

KAC

541

CAIRO

12:00

THY

772

ISTANBUL

2:15

FDB

61

DUBAI

20:05

JZR

124

BAHRAIN

12:00

UAE

853

DUBAI

2:35

OMA

647

MUSCAT

20:10

JZR

238

AMMAN

12:10

QTR

138

DOHA

2:45

JAI

572

MUMBAI

20:15

KAC

103

LONDON

12:30

DHX

370

BAHRAIN

2:45

JZR

179

DUBAI

20:15

MEA

405

BEIRUT

12:55

FDB

67

DUBAI

3:05

SVA

506

JEDDAH

20:35

IYE

825

DOHA / SANAA

ETD

305

ABU DHABI

3:10

JZR

787

RIYADH

20:50

IRC

6808 SHIRAZ

13:15

RBG

3557 ALEXANDRIA

3:15

KAC

614

BAHRAIN / DOHA

20:55

MSR

624

SOHAG

13:30

KAC

544

CAIRO

4:40

DHX

372

BAHRAIN

21:00

MSR

611

CAIRO

13:55

JZR

503

LUXOR

5:20

KAC

786

JEDDAH

21:10

FDB

58

DUBAI

14:35

JZR

223

ALEPPO

5:40

WAN

104

DUBAI

21:15

KAC

561

AMMAN

14:45

KAC

416

JAKARTA / KUALA LUMPUR

6:25

VOS

81

BAGHDAD

21:15

KAC

673

DUBAI

15:10

BAW

157

LONDON

6:40

GFA

217

BAHRAIN

21:15

OMA

646

MUSCAT

15:15

JZR

555

ALEXANDRIA

7:00

MEA

402

BEIRUT

21:20

UAL

982

BAHRAIN

15:25

KAC

352

COCHIN

7:35

QTR

136

DOHA

21:35

KAC

785

JEDDAH

15:45

KAC

206

ISLAMABAD

7:40

SAI

441

LAHORE / KARACHI

21:50

JZR

178

DUBAI

15:50

FDB

53

DUBAI

7:45

UAE

859

DUBAI

22:00

JZR

552

ALEXANDRIA

16:00

KAC

302

MUMBAI

7:55

KAC

502

BEIRUT

22:00

KAC

501

BEIRUT

16:15

KAC

678

MUSCAT / DUBAI

8:10

JZR

157

DOHA

22:10

KAC

613

BAHRAIN / DOHA

16:20

KAC

362

COLOMBO

8:20

MSR

612

CAIRO

22:45

KAC

773

RIYADH

16:25

UAE

855

DUBAI

8:30

UAL

981

BAHRAIN

23:00

QTR

135

DOHA

16:30

KAC

286

CHITTAGONG

8:35

JZR

553

ALEXANDRIA

23:15

WAN

103

DUBAI

17:05

QTR

132

DOHA

9:05

DLH

636

FRANKFURT

23:35

JZR

786

RIYADH

17:35

ABY

123

SHARJAH

9:05

MLR

404

DUBAI / COLOMBO

17:40

ETD

301

ABU DHABI

9:30 9:35

Time

17:40

BAHRAIN

Route

ABU DHABI

213

Flt

304

GFA

Airlines

ETD GFA

216

BAHRAIN

18:05

IRA

619

LAR

10:50

UAL

981

WASHINGTON DC DULLES

0:45

UAE

858

DUBAI

18:10

JZR

151

DOHA

10:55

AXB

390

MANGALORE / KOZHIKODE

0:45

JZR

165

DUBAI

11:20

IAC

982

HYDERABAD / AHMEDABAD / CHENNAI 1:05

MEA

404

BEIRUT

11:55

PIA

206

LAHORE

1:10

IYE

825

SANAA

12:05

DLH

637

FRANKFURT

1:30

IRC

6807 SHIRAZ

12:15

TAR

328

TUNIS

1:40

MSR

623

SOHAG

12:30

ETH

620

BAHRAIN / ADDIS ABABA

2:30

MSR

610

CAIRO

12:55

BBC

44

DHAKA

2:35

KAC

672

DUBAI

13:25

THY

773

ISTANBUL

3:15

FDB

57

DUBAI

13:50

DHX

371

BAHRAIN

3:45

UAL

982

WASHINGTON DC DULLES

14:10

FDB

68

DUBAI

3:45

OMA

645

MUSCAT

14:15

UAE

854

DUBAI

3:50

KAC

546

ALEXANDRIA

14:30

RBG

3558 ALEXANDRIA

3:55

KAC

552

DAMASCUS

14:35

ETD

306

ABU DHABI

4:00

JZR

125

BAHRAIN

14:55

QTR

139

DOHA

4:55

KAC

284

DHAKA

14:55

JZR

164

DUBAI

6:55

RJA

803

AMMAN

7:00

JZR

257

BEIRUT

15:00

Depurtue Flights on Friday 7/1/2011

QTR

134

DOHA

15:00

JZR

150

DOHA

7:10

KAC

746

ABU DHABI / DAMMAM

15:05

GFA

212

BAHRAIN

7:15

WAN MLR

304 403

CAIRO

16:20

COLOMBO / DUBAI

16:40

KAC VOS

545 94

ALEXANDRIA DUBAI / KANDAHAR

7:50 8:00

JZR

201

DAMASCUS

16:40

FDB

54

DUBAI

8:25

ETD

303

ABU DHABI

16:50

BAW

156

LONDON

8:55

UAE GFA

857 215

DUBAI BAHRAIN

16:55 17:05

JZR KAC

256 671

BEIRUT DUBAI

9:00 9:00

13:05

RJA

801

AMMAN

18:15

ABY

128

SHARJAH

18:25

JZR

156

DOHA

18:30

SVA

511

RIYADH

18:35

ALK

228

DUBAI / COLOMBO

19:10

WAN

305

CAIRO

19:15

KAC

361

COLOMBO

20:20

FDB

62

DUBAI

20:50

KAC

331

TRIVANDRUM

21:00

KAC

343

CHENNAI

21:05

OMA

648

MUSCAT

21:10

JAI

571

MUMBAI

21:15

JZR

528

ASSIUT

21:40

SVA

507

JEDDAH

21:55

DHX

373

BAHRAIN

22:00

KAC

675

DUBAI

22:10

GFA

218

BAHRAIN

22:15

MEA

403

BEIRUT

22:20

QTR

137

DOHA

22:35

KAC

301

MUMBAI

22:45

JZR

554

ALEXANDRIA

22:45

SAI

442

LAHORE

22:50

JZR

502

LUXOR

23:00

860

DUBAI

23:10

SVA

510

RIYADH

17:20

KAC

745

DAMMAM / ABU DHABI

9:05

UAE

JZR

213

DEIREZZOR

17:25

KAC

551

DAMASCUS

9:10

MSR

613

CAIRO

23:45

9:40

KAC

411

BANGKOK / MANILA

23:55

RJA

800

AMMAN

17:30

UAE

856

DUBAI

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British lifter gets drugs ban LONDON: A British medal prospect for the 2012 London Olympics was ruled out of the Games after being banned for two years yesterday for testing positive for steroids. Weightlifter Denis Catana, originally from Moldova, tested positive for the banned substance Metenolone before October’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He was provisionally suspended from all competition after failing a control in August, meaning he was unable to compete at the Commonwealth Games for England. The ban, imposed by UK Anti-Doping, rules Catana out of the 2012 Olympics even without the British Olympic Association’s standard lifetime ban for drugs cheats. Catana had been England’s leading weightlifter in the snatch and clean and jerk events in 2010. UK Anti-Doping director of operations Nicole Sapstead said: “Catana was tested as part of UK AntiDoping’s preCommonwealth Games testing programme. This case shows the importance of our major event programme, and our commitment to stopping athletes who dope competing on the world stage. “Here in the UK, our anti-doping programme places great emphasis on targeting athletes out-ofcompetition. “We run an intelligence-led anti-doping programme aimed at catching doping athletes before they are able to compete and we will continue to work tirelessly to protect the rights of clean athletes in the run up to London 2012 and beyond.” Weightlifting has been repeatedely tainted by doping controversies, leading to questioning of its place in multi-sport events such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. —AFP

ANAHEIM: Goaltender Pekka Rinne No. 35 of the Nashville Predators makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period at the Honda Center. —AP

Penguins stop Lightning PITTSBURGH: A Chris Kunitz hat trick heped the Pittsburgh Penguins thrash the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 on Wednesday, turning an eagerly anticipated clash of NHL divisional leaders into a mismatch. Evgeni Malkin got Pittsburgh going with a goal just seven seconds into the game and the Penguins, playing for the first time since the Winter Classic, never looked back. Alex Goligoski added a goal and set up three others as Pittsburgh scored four times on its first eight shots while opening a 5-0 lead in the first period. Chris Conner, Tyler Kennedy and Mark Letestu also scored for the Penguins. Stars 4, Blackhawks 2 In Chicago, Mike Ribeiro broke a tie midway through the second period with his second powerplay goal and Dallas went on to beat Chicago. Brenden Morrow also scored with the man advantage for Dallas. The Stars were 3 for 3 on the power play, and Steve Ott added a short-handed, empty-net goal. Fernando Pisani and Tomas Kopecky scored for Chicago. The Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks dropped to 12-11-0 at the United Center, where they were 29-8-4 last season. Canucks 3, Flames 1 In Vancouver, the hosts beat Calgary to extend their winning streak to seven games and break a tie for the top spot in the overall NHL standings. Roberto Luongo made 43 saves, only conceding when Tim Jackman netted with 11 seconds left. Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and Daniel Sedin, with the 10,000th goal in the franchise’s 40-year history, scored for the streaking Canucks. Fresh off a road sweep through Dallas, Colorado and San Jose, Vancouver hasn’t lost in regulation in a month. Predators 4, Ducks 1 In Anaheim, Patric Hornqvist scored and Nashville won, both for the third straight game, as the Predators beat Anaheim. Pekka Rinne made 40 saves as the Predators weathered Anaheim’s 41-24 shot advantage before Sergei Kostitsyn and Shea Weber scored empty-net goals in the final minute.

Jerred Smithson also scored for Nashville. Saku Koivu scored for Anaheim. Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1 In New York, Mats Zuccarello scored his first NHL goal in timely fashion, netting the overtime winner as New York edged Carolina.Zuccarello, the 1.68meter (5-foot-7) forward from Norway, scored in his sixth NHL game. He also assisted on Matt Gilroy’s goal that snapped a scoreless tie in the third period.

Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for the Rangers. His shutout bid was ruined by Eric Staal with six minutes left in regulation. Thrashers 3, Panthers 2 In Sunrise, Florida, Rich Peverley scored twice to help Atlanta defeat Florida. Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves and Niclas Bergfors also scored for the Thrashers. Chris Higgins had a goal and an assist and Stephen Weiss added a goal for Florida. —AP

NHL results/standings NHL results and standings on Wednesday. NY Rangers 2, Carolina 1 (OT); Pittsburgh 8, Tampa Bay 1; Atlanta 3, Florida 2; Dallas 4, Chicago 2; Vancouver 3, Calgary 1; Nashville 4, Anaheim 1.

Pittsburgh Philadelphia NY Rangers NY Islanders New Jersey

Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L OTL GF 26 12 3 135 24 10 5 131 23 15 3 121 12 19 6 89 10 27 2 69

GA 95 104 104 120 124

PTS 55 53 49 30 22

Boston Montreal Buffalo Ottawa Toronto

Northeast Division 21 11 6 110 21 16 3 100 16 18 5 108 16 19 5 90 14 20 4 90

85 96 118 121 113

48 45 37 37 32

Tampa Bay Washington Atlanta Carolina Florida

Southeast Division 24 12 5 123 23 12 6 120 22 15 6 134 18 15 6 112 18 18 2 104

130 107 127 117 98

53 52 50 42 38

Detroit Nashville St. Louis Chicago Columbus

Western Conference Central Division 25 10 5 138 20 13 6 99 20 13 5 101 21 18 3 130 20 17 3 103

113 94 104 122 118

55 46 45 45 43

Vancouver Colorado Minnesota Calgary Edmonton

Northwest Division 26 8 5 134 21 14 5 136 19 15 5 100 18 20 3 108 12 19 7 98

96 128 113 118 131

57 47 43 39 31

Dallas San Jose Anaheim Los Angeles Phoenix

Pacific Division 24 13 4 118 21 14 5 118 21 18 4 110 22 16 1 116 18 13 8 110

113 112 123 96 115

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Celtics hold on to beat Spurs LOS ANGELES: Clippers forward Al-Farouq Aminu (center) goes after a rebound along with Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington (left) and center Chris Andersen during the first half of an NBA basketball game. —AP

NBA results/standings NBA results and standings on Wednesday. Toronto 120, Cleveland 105; New Jersey 96, Chicago 94; Orlando 97, Milwaukee 87; Philadelphia 109, Washington 97; Boston 105, San Antonio 103; Golden State 110, New Orleans 103; Charlotte 108, Minnesota 105 (OT); Portland 103, Houston 100; Atlanta 110, Utah 87; LA Clippers 106, Denver 93; LA Lakers 99, Phoenix 95. Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Boston 27 7 .794 NY Knicks 20 14 .588 7 Philadelphia 14 21 .400 13.5 Toronto 12 23 .343 15.5 New Jersey 10 25 .286 17.5 Chicago Indiana Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland

Central Division 23 11 14 18 13 20 11 24 8 27

.676 .438 .394 .314 .229

8 9.5 12.5 15.5

Miami Orlando Atlanta Charlotte Washington

Southeast Division 28 9 23 12 24 14 12 21 8 25

.757 .657 .632 .364 .242

4 4.5 14 18

Western Conference Northwest Division Utah 24 12 Oklahoma City 23 13 Denver 20 14 Portland 19 17 Minnesota 9 27

.667 .639 .588 .528 .250

1 3 5 15

LA Lakers Phoenix Golden State LA Clippers Sacramento

Pacific Division 25 11 14 19 14 21 11 24 7 25

.694 .424 .400 .314 .219

9.5 10.5 13.5 16

San Antonio Dallas New Orleans Houston Memphis

Southwest Division 29 6 26 8 21 15 16 19 16 19

.829 .765 .583 .457 .457

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BOSTON: Manu Ginobli’s attempted game-tying shot was blocked and the Boston Celtics hung on for a 105-103 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Wednesday’s clash of the NBA’s top two teams. Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double and added six steals. His final rebound came at the death. After a timeout, San Antonio had a chance to tie the game. Ginobli worked down the clock and put up a shot that was blocked by Paul Pierce and Rondo pulled down the rebound. It’s the first time this season that the Spurs (296), who still have the best record in the NBA, have lost back-to-back games. Ray Allen scored 31 for Eastern Conference-leading Boston (27-7), but missed a pair of free throws with 8.1 seconds left that gave the Spurs one last shot. Ginobili had 24 points and eight rebounds for San Antonio. Hawks 110, Jazz 87 In Salt Lake City, Joe Johnson scored 28 points, making five of seven 3-pointers, to lift Atlanta to victory over Utah. Jamal Crawford added 26 off the bench for the Hawks, who have won three straight road games. Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko each had 19 points to lead the Jazz, who were without secondleading scorer Paul Millsap because of a bruised hip. The Hawks hurt the Jazz with 3-pointers, hitting 14 of 25 on the night, including a halfcourt buzzerbeater from Crawford for a 55-41 halftime lead. Atlanta led 30-17 after one, with the Jazz shooting just 35.3 percent to 52.4 percent for the Hawks. Lakers 99, Suns 95 In Phoenix, five Los Angeles players reached double figures as the Lakers edged Phoenix. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum had 14 for LA. Ron Artest sank a 3-pointer with 90 seconds left after the Suns had got within a point. Jared Dudley led Phoenix with 21 points, including three of their 11 3-pointers, but the much bigger Lakers dominated the boards 47-31, including 14-5 on the offensive end. Magic 97, Bucks 87 In Orlando, the hosts held off injury-depleted Milwaukee for a seventh straight victory. Milwaukee

was without three of its five top scorers in guard Brandon Jennings, Carlos Delfino and Drew Gooden. Dwight Howard had 28 points and 13 rebounds as Orlando avenged an 11-point loss at Milwaukee on Dec. 4 in which it played without Howard, Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick. The Magic led by as many as 19 before their lead was cut to five with 4:06 remaining. A basket by Howard and 3-pointer by Hedo Turkoglu got the lead back to 10 and helped the Magic secure the win despite shooting just 5 of 22 from beyond the arc. Corey Maggette led Milwaukee with 21 points. T Blazers 103, Rockets 100 In Houston, Portland overcame Kevin Martin’s season-high 45 points to beat Houston. Rudy Fernandez gave the Trail Blazers the lead with less than a minute remaining. Martin missed a shot on the other end and LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed the rebound and extended the lead with his bucket a few seconds later. Luis Scola missed a shot for Houston and Aldridge was fouled on the rebound. Aldridge hit two free throws with 5 seconds remaining to take his game tally to 27 points. before Kyle Lowry made a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left to cut the lead to 102-100. Andre Miller made a free throw before Courtney Lee’s shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim. Warriors 110, Hornets 103 In New Orleans, Monta Ellis scored 29 points as Golden State rallied past New Orleans. Trailing by 10 after three quarters, the Warriors went on a 27-7 run in the first 7 minutes of the fourth to go ahead 9989, then hit their free throws late to seal the victory after the Hornets got within two. Stephen Curry had 21 points for Golden State. Chris Paul led New Orleans with 24 points, one off his season high, but was scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter. Nets 96, Bulls 94 In Newark, New Jersey, Sasha Vujacic made the tiebreaking basket with 5.3 seconds left and New Jersey snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Chicago. With the game tied, the ball was knocked to Vujacic, who put it in for his 13th point. Derrick Rose then missed a long jumper and Chicago’s fivegame winning streak was over.

Kris Humphries responded to a demotion with a season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets. Rose had 21 points but just one assist for the Bulls. Clippers 106, Nuggets 93 In Los Angeles, the home team snapped Denver’s four-game winning streak. Eric Gordon scored 28 points, including four 3-pointers, while Blake Griffin had 22 points and 18 rebounds to tie a Clippers franchise record with his 22nd consecutive double-double. Los Angeles outrebounded the Nuggets 57-43 to halt a four-game losing streak against Denver. Carmelo Anthony had 31 points for the Nuggets, who took their only lead early in the first quarter. 76ers 109, Wizards 97 In Philadelphia, the hosts returned from their longest road trip of the season to beat Washington. Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams each scored 26 points for the Sixers, who earlier in the season lost twice at Washington in overtime by a combined three points. Nick Young scored 21 points for the Wizards, who are 0-17 on the road this season. Bobcats 108, T’wolves 105 In Minneapolis, Charlotte rallied from eight points down in the final 3 minutes to pull out an overtime victory against Minnesota. DJ Augustin scored eight points in the final 2:08 of regulation to tie the game and the Bobcats snapped a nine-game road losing streak without injured leading scorers Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace. Tyrus Thomas had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Charlotte. Kevin Love had 35 points and 15 rebounds for the Wolves, who turned the ball over five times in overtime to let another fourth-quarter lead slip away. Raptors 120, Cavaliers 105 In Cleveland, Toronto ended a succession of 11 straight losses in Cleveland. Andrea Bargnani scored 25 points and Leandro Barbosa added 22 for Toronto, which snapped a three-game skid. The Raptors trailed by 15 after a quarter, but had little trouble coming back against the getting-worse-by-the-day Cavaliers, who have lost eight straight. Antawn Jamison scored 32 for Cleveland. —AP


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SCOREBOARD SYDNEY: Scoreboard at the close of play on the fourth day of the fifth and final Ashes test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on yesterday: Australia won the toss and chose to bat. Australia first innings 280 (M. Johnson 53) England first innings (overnight 488-7) A. Strauss b Hilfenhaus 60 A. Cook c Hussey b Watson 189 J. Trott b Johnson 0 K. Pietersen c Beer b Johnson 36 J. Anderson b Siddle 7 P. Collingwood c Hilfenhaus b Beer 13 I. Bell c Clarke b Johnson 115 M. Prior c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 118 T. Bresnan c Clarke b Johnson 35 G. Swann not out 36 C. Tremlett c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 12 Extras (lb-11, w-5, nb-4, b-3) 23 Total (all out, 177.5 overs) 644 Fall of wickets: 1-98 2-99 3-165 4-181 5-226 6-380 7-487 8-589 9-609 10-644 Bowling: Hilfenhaus 38.5-7-121-3 (w-1), Johnson 36-5-168-4 (w-2), Siddle 31-5-111-1 (nb-1, w-1), Watson 20-7-49-1 (nb-2, w-1), Beer 38-3-112-1 (nb1), S. Smith 13-0-67-0, M. Hussey 1-0-2-0. Australia second innings: S. Watson run out 38 P. Hughes c Prior b Bresnan 13 U. Khawaja c Prior b Anderson 21 M. Clarke c Prior b Anderson 41 M. Hussey c Pietersen b Bresnan 12 B. Haddin c Prior b Tremlett 30 S. Smith not out 24 M. Johnson b Tremlett 0 P. Siddle not out 17 Extras: (lb-4, w-1, nb-1, b-11) 17 Total (for seven wickets, 67 overs) 213 Fall of wickets: 1-46 2-52 3-117 4-124 5-161 6-171 7-171 To bat: M. Beer, B. Hilfenhaus. Bowling (to date): Anderson 13-4-50-2, Tremlett 15-4-53-2, Swann 25-7-63-0, Bresnan 14-6-32-2.

SYDNEY: England has all but secured its first test series victory in Australia in 24 years after posting a record total and moving within three wickets of another innings victory in the final test to cap its Ashes domination. Matt Prior scored the third hundred of the England innings before the visitors were dismissed for 644 — their highest total ever in Australia — shortly after lunch yesterday. Then pacemen Jimmy Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Chris Tremlett took two wickets apiece to have Australia reeling on 213-7 at stumps on the penultimate day, needing another 151 runs

just to make England bat again. Allrounder Steven Smith (24) and tailender Peter Siddle (17) navigated the last 41 minutes of an extended evening session for Australia to ensure the match will go into the fifth and final day. “That’s pretty hard to beat. At the SCG in an Ashes test, a 100 and then a few catches and we’ve got them seven down and we’re in a pretty good position to win tomorrow,” Prior said. England, which had already retained the Ashes by taking a 2-1 lead with an innings victory at Melbourne last week, looks certain to claim a test series Down Under for the first time since

1987. “It feels very disappointing. No doubt,” Australia opener Shane Watson said. “As a group we were trying to rebuild after Melbourne. We still had so much to play for in this game. Unfortunately, we’ve been totally outplayed again.” The England seamers started to get reverse swing in the afternoon session and worked as a unit to frustrate Australia’s batsmen with disciplined line and length. Watson was first out, inexcusably run out for 38 after a mix-up with Phil Hughes that resulted in both batsmen at the same end. Hughes (13) was caught behind off Bresnan as

Australia slipped to 52-2 before tea. Anderson had rookie No. 3 Usman Khawaja (21) and stand-in captain Michael Clarke (41) both caught behind by Prior before Bresnan chimed in again to have Mike Hussey (12) caught in the gully. Tremlett took wickets with consecutive balls to remove Brad Haddin (30) and Mitchell Johnson for a first-ball duck before Siddle, who took a hat-trick in the seriesopening test at the Gabba, blocked the hat-trick ball from the lanky England paceman. Haddin tried to play a bouncer but pulled out of the shot and lobbed an easy catch to Matthew Prior. —AP

Gambhir ensures India share series

CAPE TOWN: India’s Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during the third Test against South Africa played in Cape Town. — AP

CAPE TOWN: India validated their ranking as the number one team in Test cricket when they drew the third and final Test and earned a share of the series against second-ranked South Africa at Newlands here yesterday. Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir guided India to safety with a cautious innings of 64. Set to make an improbable 340 to win, India were 166 for three when play was called off with eight overs remaining. It was the first time in five tours of South Africa that India managed a share of the honors, an achievement which seemed unlikely when they were beaten by an innings and 25 runs in the first Test in Centurion. But India bounced back by winning the second Test in Durban by 87 runs. A draw was a fair result at Newlands after a match of fluctuating fortunes and some highquality performances by players of both teams. Man of the match and man of the series Jacques Kallis took his career total of Test centuries to 40 with innings of 161 and 109 not out, while Sachin Tendulkar, the only man ahead of him on the all-time list, made a battling 146 for India. Dale Steyn, the world’s leading fast

bowler, took five for 75 in the first innings but had to wait until an hour and a half before the scheduled close yesterday to add to his tally, having Gambhir caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. Kallis and Gambhir played crucial second innings after suffering injuries during the first innings which will keep them out

of a forthcoming one-day series. Gambhir suffered a left elbow injury while making 93 in the first innings and looked in distress when he was struck by Morkel just below the injured elbow in the second over of the second innings. He received treatment on the field before carrying on batting with no further obvious signs of discomfort. —AFP

SCOREBOARD CAPE TOWN: Final scores on fifth day of third and final Test between South Africa and India at Newlands here on yesterday: South Africa, first innings, 362 India, first innings, 364 South Africa, second innings, 341 India, second innings (target 340) G. Gambhir c Boucher b Steyn 64 V. Sehwag c Smith b Morkel 11 R. Dravid c Prince b Tsotsobe 31 S. Tendulkar not out 14 V. Laxman not out 32 Extras (b7, nb2, w5) 14 Total (3 wkts, 82 overs) 166 Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Sehwag), 2-106

(Dravid), 3-120 (Gambhir) Bowling: Steyn 18-6-43-1 (w1), Morkel 15-6-26-1 (nb2), Tsotsobe 134-29-1, Harris 30-19-29-0, Smith 4-0-27-0, Petersen 2-0-5-0 Did not bat: C. Pujara, M. Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Z. Khan, I. Sharma, S. Sreesanth. Result: Match drawn Series: Drawn 1-1 Man of match: Jacques Kallis (RSA) Man of series: Kallis


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Bravo Beckham for wanting more than MLS PARIS: Ambition shouldn’t be faulted, even with David Beckham. At 35, with the best years of his illustrious career behind him, Beckham could be savoring well-earned retirement by now, attending fashion bashes with wife Victoria and doing the rounds of TV talkshows. With Major League Soccer closed down for the American winter, he could be putting his valuable feet up like his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates and sitting courtside more often at the Staples Center, watching the LA Lakers do the hard work. Bravo to him for wanting more than that. The perpetual flame of drive and desire in this old English lion puts players far younger than him to shame. For trying to squeeze the final drops out of the few years left to him as a player, Beckham should be applauded. While MLS slumbers, Beckham hopes to get a few games for an English Premier League club, possibly Tottenham, or at least join one of them for training. Nothing permanent, just a short-term loan until the L.A. Galaxy comes off its break in March. To keep that famous body of his in shape, as he’s always done. More importantly, to prove England manager Fabio Capello wrong again. Play me, coach. Capello undiplomatically called time on Beckham’s England career last August. Too old, the Italian said. “He has no future with the international team,” he declared of the midfielder who has played 115 times for his country and doesn’t want to stop there. Beckham isn’t ready for the last rites. He refuses to simply quit, to shuffle off when told. The word now from Beckham’s camp is that Capello has had something of a change of heart and has indicated to Beckham that as long as he is fit, sharp and playing competitive football, he will still be considered

for England. Considered. Not picked, necessarily. Still, that offers a glimmer of hope. And that’s enough for Beckham. Although an England recall would seem unlikely, Beckham has forced a U-turn from Capello before. That was at Real Madrid, where Capello was coach and Beckham was one of the Spanish side’s “galacticos” of stars along with Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldo. Capello packed Beckham off to the doghouse after the player announced in January 2007 that he would be moving to Los Angeles, with the ambition, he claimed, of wanting to grow football in the land of the NFL, the NBA, baseball and NASCAR. Capello swore that Beckham would never again play for Madrid. Beckham’s response — as he wants to do again now — was to work doubly hard in training. Capello ate his humble pie with grace. “The truth is with him we were all wrong,” he said. Back came Beckham and back came Madrid’s victorious ways. For the first and only time in Beckham’s four years with the team, it won the Spanish league title. That Beckham is seeking part-time work elsewhere angers some Galaxy fans. Venting on Internet forums, they call him disloyal and selfish and worry that he could injure himself, as he did last March while playing in the offseason for AC Milan. The Galaxy pays Beckham handsomely. But it got just 466 minutes of football and two goals out of him last season, so, yes, perhaps it can argue that he should be saving his energies for the 2011 MLS season, the last of his five-year contract. But it is also true that if MLS was a stronger league then Beckham wouldn’t need to scamper off to Europe whenever he can to catch Capello’s eye. —AP

Soccer player David Beckham watches an NBA basketball game.

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Liverpool’s manager Roy Hodgson

LONDON: The FA Cup regularly gives underpressure managers an opportunity to forget about Premier League problems for a few days with the prospect of a comfortable win against a lowly opponent. But while Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham take on second- or third-tier sides in this weekend’s third round, underperforming Liverpool heads to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Premier League leader and record 11-time FA Cup winner Manchester United. It’s hardly an ideal fixture for Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, who is under huge pressure after Wednesday’s ninth league defeat of the season left his team four points above the relegation zone. Hodgson can only hope the occasion rouses his players. “It’ll be the next performance which could change things,” Hodgson said. Hodgson has some grounds for optimism — after all, Liverpool held United 2-2 before conceding an 84th-minute winner at Old Trafford in September — but Liverpool’s recent performances have been poor. Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat to Blackburn led to renewed chants by fans against Hodgson, who has struggled to meet expectations of supporters used to regular cup success and top-four finishes. United did lose to another traditional rival at the same stage last season, but that 1-0 win for Leeds has simply made manager Alex Ferguson

even more determined to avoid a repeat of that shock. “It was a bad result last season against Leeds, especially considering the rivalry between the two clubs,” Ferguson said. “In hindsight, I could have picked a stronger team. I won’t be making that mistake this time.” Ferguson rested several players for Tuesday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Stoke, so the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Anderson and Edwin van der Sar could all return to face Liverpool. With Wayne Rooney carrying an ankle injury, the England striker may again sit out a match in favor of Mexico international Javier Hernandez, who took his season tally to nine goals with the opener against Stoke. Also Sunday, Chelsea hosts Ipswich, Manchester City is at Leicester, and Tottenham hosts Charlton. Chelsea desperately needs a morale-boosting win against a team managed by former Manchester United captain Roy Keane after slipping out of the Premier League’s top four with a run of 10 points from 11 matches. “We have to prepare well for our next game and maintain confidence because it is very easy to lose confidence,” Ancelotti said. “It is not good our season so far but we can fight for a lot of things and nothing is lost at the moment. “It is difficult to come back in the Premier League but we have the FA Cup and we have the Champions League.”—AP


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Past and future on show PERTH: Fans got a glimpse of the past and the future of men’s tennis yesterday as seasoned campaigner Lleyton Hewitt showed no signs of slowing down while Novak Djokovic proved he is in prime form ahead of the Australian Open. World number three Djokovic made it three wins out of three after demolishing young Belgian Ruben Bemelmans 6-3 6-2, a win that sent Serbia into Saturday’s final. Djokovic will be hoping to

win his second Australian Open title later this month and despite having just two weeks off after winning the Davis Cup in December, he said he could not be happier with his preparations. “I honestly didn’t expect to be playing this well at the start of the year,” Djokovic said. “This week I have been playing my matches and then doing two hours of training. “At this moment, I feel really good physically and mentally and I believe

that I can beat anyone.” Serbia lost the mixed doubles to lose the tie 2-1, with Ana Ivanovic losing 6-4 6-3 to former world number one Justine Henin, but that failed to impact their progress to the final. Former world number one Hewitt, winner at the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002, turns 30 in February but the Australian’s efforts at the mixed team event have given him hope that he can make a strong run in Melbourne.

In just his third match back after three months away because of a hand ligament injury, he won his second battle of the week by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3 6-3. Only Djokovic has got the better of him this week and although he has dropped down to 54th in the rankings, Hewitt was encouraged by his outing in Perth. “I always feel like my ball striking is pretty good,” Hewitt said. “I’ve come off a layoff and to be able to strike the ball like I

did with Novak, I was pretty happy with that. “I think Tony Roche (his coach) and I took a lot of positive signs from that and I’ve been able to continue it on. “I’ll play three tough matches at (the exhibition event in Kooyong) next week and hopefully that’s going to be the perfect preparation for me.” Australia beat Kazakhstan 3-0 but the result had no bearing since Serbia clinched the final spot. —Reuters

Venus falls in Hong Kong HONG KONG: Venus Williams lost to second-ranked Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-2 yesterday at the Hong Kong Classic exhibition tournament in her first match since the US Open. Williams was sidelined with a left knee injury for the last part of the 2010 season and is using the tournament as her only warmup for the Australian Open, which starts on Jan. 17. The two players traded breaks in the second and third games of the first set before the Russian broke to love in the fourth. Zvonareva broke again in the first game of the second set and extended her lead to 5-2 with another break. She closed out the match when Williams’ forehand return landed wide. The American, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, said she wasn’t surprised by her rustiness and that she expects her form to improve with more play. In Hong Kong, she will play another singles match and is playing mixed doubles with retired men’s great John McEnroe. “I haven’t played that many matches in the last six months, so I think it showed a little bit today, but it’s not too unexpected,” Williams said. “I just need to get out there and play points. I don’t feel any pressure right now to play my best tennis. I know my best tennis will come with each and every match.” With both Williams and younger sister Serena reaching veteran age — Venus is now 30 and her sibling is 29 — injuries are most frequent and persistent. Serena also saw her 2010 season cut short, although by a noncompetitive injury. She hurt her right foot at a restaurant and that put her out of action after she won at Wimbledon in July for her 13th Grand Slam title. She is still recovering will miss the Australian Open. —AP

AUCKLAND: Maria Sharapova hit the first speed bump in her injury comeback yesterday when she was beaten 6-2, 75 by Hungarian veteran Greta Arn in the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic tennis tournament. The formerly top-ranked Russian, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has struggled to find her A game in her first tournament since last Octoberís China Open and finally met a player in Arn, 31 years old and unseeded, who could fully exploit her hesitance. Sharapovaís serve has been shaky in three matches this week — she particularly struggled with her ball toss in windy conditions — and she has shown a lack of patience and accuracy in rallies. Her coach counseled her during her first and second round matches to play through the middle of the court and to take her time to work her way into points but through the week Sharapova looked for the quick winner. She tried to hit the lines with her powerful forehand but, lacking matchplay, missed her usual accuracy and fell into errors. She made 14 unforced errors in her first set against Arn on Thursday, dropping serve in the first and fifth games to lose the set in 30 minutes. By the end of the match she had made 30 unforced errors, had three double faults and had hit only won clean winner. Still, she detained Arn for 61 minutes in the second set and showed grit, breaking back after losing serve in the first game. She broke Arn in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead but immediately dropped her own serve and did so again, crucially, in the 11th game when, at breakpoint, she put a routine volley into the net. ´I would have loved to play a few more here and be the winner,ª Sharapova said. ´But thatís the way it goes. You look forward to the next one. Thatís the good thing about tennis.ª Arn, winner of one WTA title in 2007, said Thursdayís match was a dream. ´Iím like a little girl whose dream has come true,ª Arn said. ´If you ask a little girl what is your dream she would say to play Maria Sharapova.ª The contrast could not have been great between the form of Sharapova and No. 2 seed and defending champion Yanina Wickmayer who breezed through her quarterfinal against Simona Halep of Romania 6-0, 6-2 in 63 minutes. Wickmayer won the first nine games and Halep allowed herself an ironic fist pump when she held serve for the first time in the fourth game of the second set. She delayed Wickmayerís victory momentarily by breaking serve in the seventh game of the set then gave up the set and match with a double fault at matchpoint. Wickmayerís semifinal opponent will be Peng Shuai of China who won her quarterfinal 6-4, 7-5 over British qualifier Heather Watson. —AP

AUCKLAND: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during her singles quarterfinals tennis match against Greta Arn of Hungary at the ASB Classic. —AP


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Milan top Serie A table ROME: Sierra Leone international Rodney Strasser pounced five minutes from time to score the only goal of the game and send AC Milan five points clear at the top of Serie A with a 1-0 win at Cagliari yesterday. Milan increased their lead at the top as Lazio were held to a 0-0 draw at Genoa while 10-man Juventus were stunned 4-1 at home by lowly Parma. Napoli could reduce the gap to three points if they win at Inter Milan in the day’s late game. But 20-year-old Strasser proved the unlikely hero in Sardinia, netting his first ever goal in Serie A in an otherwise tight game. Milan had the first chance as Robinho drew a fine save out of Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi down low to his left on 11 minutes. The hosts came even closer than that just past the half hour mark as Michele Canini headed Andrea Cossu’s corner against the post. Agazzi was forced into another brilliant one-handed save on 51 minutes from a fierce Pato drive. But Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati almost handed the hosts the lead with a horror clearance straight to Brazilian forward Nene, only to make amends by diverting his shot behind. Robinho had an even better chance midway through the second half when played in one-onone with Agazzi by Brazilian strike-partner Pato but his first touch was woeful and ran straight through to the goalkeeper. Agazzi was finally beaten five minutes from time when controversial and high-profile new Milan signing Antonio Cassano on his debut as a substitute slipped in fellow sub Strasser to slot home. Milan extended their lead thanks to Lazio being held to a goalless draw in a dull match in Genoa. Roma leapfrogged Juventus into fourth as they came back from 2-1 down to beat Catania 4-2 in Rome thanks to doubles by Marco Borriello and Mirko Vucinic both the latter’s coming in the final five minutes. On-loan forward Sebastian Giovinco sent out a message to his regular employers Juventus as he scored a brace for Parma. Having struggled for the last couple of years to establish himself at Juve, Giovinco went on loan to Parma this season in a bid to find first team football. But he came back to haunt his permanent employers with a well taken double that badly hits Juve’s title chances as they dropped to eight points behind Milan. Following Giovinco’s brace Juve centre-back Nicola Legrottaglie pulled a goal back but Hernan Crespo’s penalty sealed the three points before substitute Raffaele Palladino’s injury-time finish added insult to injury. Juve were eventually overrun largely due to playing most of the game with 10 men following Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo’s sending off for violent conduct after only 17 minutes. Crespo couldn’t hide his delight at the victory. “This is a huge win against a team in fine form that’s fighting for the title,” he told SkySport. “We played very well against Inter Milan and Palermo but got little out of those games. “We were fed up with playing great and getting little but today was complete.” Melo lost his head, kicking his studs into Massimo Paci’s face as the pair tangled on the ground, and was rightly shown a straight red. Thereafter the 10-men struggled to keep their visitors at bay and Giovinco shone in a vital victory for Parma. At the bottom of the table basement sitters Bari boosted their slim hopes of survival by winnning 10 at second bottom Lecce while Cesena climbed out of the drop zone with a 2-1 win at Brescia, who replaced them. Inter dropped to eighth ahead of their game as Udinese beat Chievo 2-0 to go seventh. — AFP

ITALY: Udinese’s German Denis, of Argentina (left) is challenged by Chievo’s Bostjan Cesar, of Slovenia, during a Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Chievo. —AP

Jordan’s Prince Ali wins FIFA vice-presidency DOHA: Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein stunned powerful South Korean Chung Mong-Joon by unseating him as a FIFA vice-president yesterday while Mohamad bin Hammam won another term as AFC chief. Chung, the controlling shareholder in industrial giant Hyundai Heavy Industries, a major FIFA sponsor, had been in the job since 1994 and was widely expected to retain the role. But in a vote of the Asian Football Confederation’s 45 eligible members at their Congress in Doha, the prince won 25-20. It was a big upset with rumours flying that Chung, 59, was to launch a campaign

to unseat Sepp Blatter as FIFA president later in the year, someone he has previously feuded with. Chung supported an unsuccessful attempt to unseat Blatter 10 years ago amid allegations of financial impropriety from the collapse of a marketing company that worked for FIFA. He reopened the wounds just months ago when he insisted change at the top was in the interests of football’s world governing body. Now that he is no longer among the FIFA hierachy, he cannot run for the presidency and he left the Congress early without making any comment. Blatter was in the audience for the vote

and will have been pleased that Prince Ali, an ally, won. The prince becomes the youngest member of the FIFA executive committee at the age of 35 after rallying Arab support behind him. The son of the late King Hussein and late Queen Alia, he has been president of his domestic football federation for a decade and holds the same role at the head of the increasinglyinfluential West Asian Football Federation. “There has been a lot of division within Asian football and I want to bring a unity,” he said. “It’s a very big continent and too much of the time too many people in the game have been left to themselves. I want to change this - and I think people understand my vision. —AFP


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PERTH: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after defeating Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in their men’s singles match in session 6, day four of the Hopman Cup Tennis Tournament.—AFP

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