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BENGHAZI, Libya: Picture combo shows a Libyan jet bomber crashing after being shot down yesterday as Libya’s rebel stronghold came under attack. — AFP

Kuwait sends medics to Bahrain MANAMA: A convoy of Kuwaiti doctors and medical equipment was en route yesterday to Bahrain as Gulf neighbors pour more troops and aid into the violencetorn island kingdom that has become an arena for regional tensions. Kuwait’s ambassador, Sheikh Azzam Mubarak Al-Sabah, said the team is expected to arrive today and includes 53 doctors, 21 ambulances and other vehicles, according to Kuwait’s state-run KUNA news agency. Kuwait is not contributing troops to the Saudiled force that entered Bahrain earlier this week to support the nation’s Sunni monarchy, which was reeling after more than a month of protests by majority Shiites seeking to break the dynasty’s grip on power. Qatar, however, was the latest Gulf nation to announce its soldiers joined the military action in Bahrain. The Gulf force underscores the deep worries about Bahrain’s stability among the region’s Sunni kings and sheikhs. They fear any stumble by Bahrain’s leaders could embolden more challenges to their own regimes and possibly open room for Shiite heavyweight Iran to make political inroads. But Iranian authorities and their Shiite allies around the Middle East have expressed outrage at the Gulf military support - raising the risks that any serious clash could spark regional unrest along the Sunni-Shiite fault lines. Meanwhile, Bahrain cut curfew hours yesterday and urged Bahrainis to return to work. Mourners at the funeral of one of the protesters killed in this week’s crackdown were defiant. Shaking their fists and shouting “down with King Hamad”, thousands gathered at the burial of computer technician Ahmed Abdullah Ahsan in the Shiite suburb of Diah yesterday. “I’m not angry. I’m proud of my son. He is a martyr,” his mother said. “He wanted the end of this regime.” Continued on Page 14

Etisalat scraps $12bn Zain deal Board member ‘sabotage’ cited DUBAI: UAE telecom firm Etisalat scrapped yesterday its $12 billion offer to buy a controlling stake in Kuwaiti rival Zain, citing Zain’s divided board, extended due diligence and regional unrest. But sources told Kuwait Times that one of the board members did his best to stymie the deal, which will deprive Kuwait of much-needed capital inflow. The sources affirmed that the political situation in the region as well as a recently introduced bylaw were also to blame. Etisalat, the Gulf’s largest telecom firm offered last year to buy a 46-percent stake in Zain, worth about $12 billion, for KD 1.7 a share from a consortium led by major Zain shareholder Kharafi Group. The Zain deal would have made Etisalat the regional heavyweight, but it had been plagued by delays and disputes. “Etisalat has to announce unfortunately that negotiations ... towards acquiring a controlling

Egyptians savor first taste of democracy ElBaradei attacked CAIRO: Egyptians flocked to the polls yesterday for the first time since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled to vote in a constitutional reform referendum marred by an attack on presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei. Youths

CAIRO: An Egyptian man shows his stained fingers after casting his vote at a polling center in Cairo’s commercial district of Atabah yesterday. — AP

pushed and shoved and hurled missiles at the former head of the UN nuclear watchdog as he sought to vote in the referendum which will determine how quickly Egypt can hold elections. “We don’t want you, we don’t want you,” chanted the crowd of about 60, many of them teenagers. “I went to vote with my family and I was attacked by organised thugs,” ElBaradei wrote on Twitter. “Top figures of Mubarak’s regime still at large and undermining the revolution,” he said. Rocks thrown at ElBaradei’s car smashed its rear window as he fled the crowd, a Reuters witness said. He was unable to vote and went to cast his ballot elsewhere. “They came out of nowhere. They were not in line to vote. They started chanting in unison ‘We don’t want you’ all of a sudden. It looks like it was coordinated,” said Sameh Fathi, 25, who had been waiting in line to vote. Observers said there appeared to have been an unprecedented turnout for the first Egyptian ballot in living memory whose outcome was not known in advance. “I’m 53 and I have never voted before because they were all rigged,” said Ahmed Al-Hami, one of close to 100 Continued on Page 14

stake in Zain have ended,” the Abu Dhabi-based firm said in a statement. “In light of the broad due diligence carried out by Etisalat ... and following the political unrest in the region and due to a lack of consensus in the board (shareholders) of Zain, ... the conditional offer is not valid anymore.” Etisalat also thanked the Chairman of Al-Khair Group Nasser Al-Kharafi for his efforts in reaching an agreement. Meanwhile, the complicated deal structure was another hurdle to the deal which Etisalat, facing stiff competition at home from rival du, badly wanted to expand its footprint in the Middle East. As recently as March 2, Etisalat had said it was still interested in taking control of Zain after it had missed a second deadline to complete due diligence. Yesterday, Etisalat also cited new Kuwaiti capital markets laws related to takeovers which require Continued on Page 14

Syria mourners call for revolt DERAA, Syria: Thousands of mourners called yesterday for “revolution” at the funeral of protesters killed by Syrian security forces, in the boldest challenge to Syria’s rulers since uprisings began sweeping the Arab world. Security forces responded by firing tear gas to disperse crowds in Deraa, a region south of the capital where at least 10,000 people demonstrated yesterday at the funeral of two protesters, among at least four who were killed on Friday. “Revolution, revolution. Rise up Hauran,” chanted the mourners in Deraa, administrative capital of the Hauran plateau, as they marched behind the simple wooden coffins of Wissam Ayyash and Mahmoud Al-Jawabra. “God, Syria, Freedom. Whoever kills his own people is a traitor,” they said. Some of the mourners left a mosque and headed for the centre to protest. The two were killed when security forces opened fire on Friday on civilians taking part in a peaceful protest demanding political freedoms and an end to corruption in Syria, which has been ruled under emergency laws by President Bashar Al-Assad’s Baath Party for nearly half a century. A third man killed on Friday, Ayhem Al-Hariri, was buried in a village near Deraa earlier yesterday. A fourth protester, Adnan Akrad, died yesterday from his wounds. But accounts from activists and social media say at least five people died in the gravest unrest in years in Syria. A Syrian official acknowledged only two deaths and told AP that authorities would bring those responsible to trial. The official said that even if an investigation shows security officers were guilty, they will be put on trial “no matter how high their rank is.” Continued on Page 14

BENGHAZI, Libya: Allied warplanes have gone into action to stop Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s forces attacking the rebel-held city of Benghazi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday. Gaddafi’s troops yesterday morning pushed into the outskirts of Benghazi, a city of 670,000 people, in an apparent attempt to pre-empt military intervention expected after a meeting of Western and Arab leaders in Paris. But as the meeting ended, Sarkozy announced that allied air forces had already gone into action. “Those taking part agreed to put in place all necessary means, especially military, to enforce the decisions of the United Nations Security Council,” he said. Al Jazeera television later reported French war planes destroyed four Libyan tanks in air strikes to the south west of Benghazi yesterday, quoting sources. Sarkozy said an operation supported by France, Britain, the United States and Canada, and backed by Arab nations,

was halting air attacks by Gaddafi’s forces and would continue unless the Libyan leader ceased fire. A French military source said France had five warplanes operating over Libya, including an AWACS reconnaissance plane and four attack aircraft, two Rafales and two Mirages. Military action could be halted at any time if Gaddafi stopped his forces attacking, Sarkozy said. “Colonel Gaddafi has made this happen,” British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters after the meeting. “He has lied to the international community, he has promised a ceasefire, he has broken that ceasefire ... We cannot allow the slaughter of civilians to continue.” France and Britain have taken a lead role in pushing for international intervention in Libya; and the United States after embarking on wars in Afghanistan and Libya - has been at pains to stress it is supporting, not leading the operation. Clinton said the United States would Continued on Page 14



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Local Spotlight

Regional banks in Kuwait

Muna Al-Fuzai


KUWAIT: British Ambassador Frank Baker held a celebratory event recently on the occasion of the Queen’s Birthday, which was attended by senior Kuwaiti officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr Mohammad Al-Sabah. — Photos by Joseph Shagra

‘Grillers’ coordinate to avoid simultaneous NA debates PAB tries to cut a deal with NAB KUWAIT: A number of parliamentary blocs plan to meet next week in order to coordinate with one another so that they can prevent a ‘grilling rush’ amid discussion of conflicts between the National Action Bloc (NAB) and Popular Action Bloc (PAB) over presenting separate motions. PAB spokesman MP Musallam AlBarrak said on Friday that the bloc will coordinate with other blocs on the grilling motion they intend to file against His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, adding that he believes this coordination will achieve a situation in which “[other blocs] will be supportive of the grilling.” PAB leader MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun’s announcement last week that the bloc would be filing an interpellation motion against the premier was reportedly not appreciated at the time by the NAB, whose members’ plans to file a separate grilling motion against Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Sheikh Ahmad AlFahad were no secret. NAB member Adel Al-Saraawi even issued a statement following Al-Saadoun’s press conference, questioning the timing of the PAB grilling motion. The PAB later issued another statement, explaining that the bloc would coordinate with others to ensure that there is no conflict in presenting grilling motions.

During the previous parliamentary term, the cabinet was able to defeat four grilling motions, which were debated in the National Assembly (parliament) on the same day. It was widely believed at the time that the results would have been different if there had been more coordination between MPs resulting in the motions being presented sequentially instead of simultaneously. Meanwhile, sources close to the NAB have reported that the bloc members aren’t ruling out the possibility of addressing the sports issue in their grilling against Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad, who is also Minister of State for Housing and for Development. The sources said that the grilling motion will focus predominantly on housingrelated issues. A recent news report claimed that Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad has already assigned a work team to study the issues that his grilling will address, in order to prepare a memorandum for his use during the parliamentary debate session. The cabinet insider quoted in the report also claimed that the Deputy PM has assigned a separate work team to assemble a report detailing the achievements to date in development-related projects, as well as the obstacles facing certain bodies in carrying out the projects assigned to

them. This report will be discussed during the cabinet meeting this afternoon (Sunday), the insider added. In the meantime, another news report claimed to reveal information about a conversation between MP Saifi Al-Saifi and NAB member and fellow MP Adel Al-Saraawi, during which the former reportedly told the latter that the grilling motion against health minister Dr. Helal Al-Sayer would only be presented after the debate on Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad’s grilling has concluded. In a statement issued on Friday, Al-Saifi, who is the principal backer of the fellow MP Dr. Yousef Al-Zalzalah, who filed the grilling motion against the Deputy Premier, expressed hope that Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad would face the grilling rather than opting to step down or withdraw from the debate session, “because there are a lot of questions about several issues that need to be answered”. An article in another local daily indicated that documents in Al-Zalzalah’s possession include evidence of “serious violations” under the minister’s supervision, along with evidence that proves the involvement of the minister and other ministry senior officials in violations concerning medical treatment overseas and medical equipment deals.

Wataniya encourages customers to take part in E-Waste Recycling Program KUWAIT: Wataniya Telecom’s initiatives in pro- within the Qtel Group to embark on this tecting the nature and environment in Kuwait important initiative following a very successand raising awareness on healthy lifestyle ful campaign launched by Qtel Qatar and habits has been portrayed through its latest E- Enviroserve earlier this year which managed Waste Recycling Program launched in October to collect a total of 27 tons of e-waste in 72 2010. Today, Wataniya invites its customers to days. The Qtel Group continues to make major stop by the closest Wataniya store and drop off contributions to the communities it operates their unwanted mobile devices and accessories in and is committed to having a positive for recycling. In return they will get a raffle impact on the society. Do not hesitate in making your contribudraw ticket and be eligible to win smart tion, visit the nearest Wataniya phones for their contributions. store and drop off your eWataniya announced the waste. You do not even have campaign in a press conferto worry about any personal ence back in Oct 17, 2010. The data you might have left on E-Waste Recycling Program the phone, since the phones was introduced in partnership will be destroyed when recywith Enviroserve, the only cled. licensed electronics recycling For further information operator in the Gulf. Electronic about the E-Recycling waste is litter created by disProgram please call our cuscarded electronic devices and tomer care on 121 or visit our components, e.g. mobiles, website on chargers, batteries, etc. Millions of these devices are thrown Wataniya Telecom was away each year globally creatcommercially launched in ing environmental hazards. 1999 as the first privately Providing a solution to this risAbdolaziz Al-Balool owned operator in Kuwait. ing issue, Wataniya is encourNational Mobile aging its customers to recycle their unwanted mobile devices, batteries and Telecommunications Company (NMTC) trading other accessories through the E-Waste under the brand name Wataniya Telecom is listed in the Kuwait Stock Exchange and has operRecycling Program. Commenting on the Wataniya’s E-Waste ations in 6 countries including Maldives, Saudi Recycling Program in Kuwait, Abdolaziz Al- Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and Palestine. Qatar Balool PR Manager at Wataniya said: “We are Telecom (Qtel) owns 52.5% of Wataniya proud to say that Wataniya Telecom has devot- Telecom. Wataniya is a customer-driven company ed its efforts to serve the community through several sustainable and innovative social pro- that aims to provide product and service excelgrams that lead our society towards a more lence. Over the past 10 years Wataniya has prosperous tomorrow. We hope such programs risen to be the second largest operator in one will raise awareness mindset among our soci- of the most competitive markets, and continety’s members and drive the community to be ues offering a wide range of prepaid and postpaid mobile voice and internet services to both involved in further similar causes.” Wataniya Telecom is the second operation individual and corporate customers.

he Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) consists of six regional states: Kuwait , Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. In the last ten years, a number of banks from these nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar, have attempted to penetrate the wider regional market and the local market in Kuwait. Yet, I don’t think that, even to date, these banks have been given or allowed to have the opportunity of a larger role in the Kuwaiti market or the country’s economy, or that they ’ve been seen as competitive partners to Kuwait’s local banks. In fact, as far as I can see, few of these regional banks have become known amongst Kuwaitis and the expatriate community in Kuwait, aside from the senior decision makers. What could have gone wrong and are these regional banks making any profits during their silenced existence? Last year, Kuwait’s finance minister issued a statement concerning the six-member GCC, suggesting that the member nations’ lenders should merge their interests in a bid to establish larger fiscal institutions with more solid financial foundations, saying, “Kuwait has the same view as the GCC, that lenders in the region should merge to become stronger and larger financial institutions.” This is really the dream of a lifetime, and I believe that this wish, if it came to fruition, would benefit all the GCC, but saying something and doing something are two very different things. Some senior Kuwaiti officials have voiced a lack of concern about inflation in the region, but obviously the development plan and the billions upon billions of dinars being used to fund the related projects require sound financial planning. Now, wondering about the latest news on the plan and how they will benefit from it, which is a very pertinent enquiry for all of them, especially since the plan has been presented as central to attracting investment and ensuring business opportunities for everyone; by everyone, I mean every nation and every company globally, not just the usual established Kuwaiti firms, and this is the risk here - in this plan or any future development initiative. I believe that there are several reasons why regional banks need to be strengthened, with the primary one being high oil revenues, which need to be wisely invested in order for the GCC to be perceived as a body with genuine power and influence. If only the heads of all the regional banks in Kuwait would sit around a discussion table and share their vision, as seen by their nations’ leaders and not only the national directors, who are ultimately employees who need to act according to bank policy; I believe that if the bank chairmen were to do so, as decisionmakers in their homelands they could visualize a next step for their own institutions concerning Kuwait’s development plan. I am truly saddened to hear that some Kuwaitis still apparently don’t know that key regional banks exist. On this point, I think that the national directors of these banks should be held accountable for their tardiness, more especially in a highly competitive financial market and in a small nation like Kuwait. If these senior officials don’t bother leaving their offices for clients, at least for those clients with sizeable accounts, then I don’t believe they should be in their posts. If they can’t manage in a year to drum up sizeable amounts of business or spread awareness of what the banks offer, then what’s the use of keeping them?! I could never figure that one out, and I’ve seen some of these officials who I think would be better employed as clerks than as managers of banking operations, leading me to wonder if they got these jobs through wasta! No wonder, then, that Kuwaiti customers still prefer local banks, even if they’re not offering the best services, simply through being more familiar with them for longer. Knowing who’s there to manage your account is a key factor in such decisions, along with the vital importance of social relations in Kuwait. I think this issue needs to be seriously addressed and if it’s not, then those banks should close their dead branches and save the expenditure of salaries for staff with no customers to serve. Perhaps they could use TV advertising, which is cheaper and would give them major exposure.

Workshop for budding Kuwaiti artists KUWAIT: Kuwaiti Artists Association concluded successfully a workshop for young hopeful artists, who seek to broaden and sharpen their skills in painting and sculpture, the workshop supervisor Ahmad Joehar said yesterday. Through such workshops, young amateur artists could hone their skills and acquire expert direction on how to proceed with them to a future that might lead to specialization in artistic expression, he said. These budding artists will eventually be adopted by the Association as new members who will be in a propitious position to attend-if not participate in local and regional art festivals and exhibitions, he noted. These young artists displayed a high level of motivation to improving their talents and to display new techniques and trends in artistic expressions.—KUNA



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LOCAL Kuwait Digest

Not sectarian, but national demands By Waleed Al-Rujaib


is Highness the Amir did not disappoint people in Kuwait, the Gulf or the rest of the Arab World when he decided not to send Kuwaiti troops to join the Gulf forces that entered Bahrain. He was certainly aware of the repercussions of such an act. The peaceful demands for reform have seen the participation of all members of the Bahraini people, whether Sunnis or Shiites. Those demands are legitimate and responding to those demands with extreme violence will only make matters worse. Furthermore, I believe that Bahraini demands must not be considered from a sectarian standpoint or influenced by foreign intervention. In all the cases of revolutions that took place in Arab countries the governments accused foreign influences of instigating democratic outbursts. On the other hand, we should stay alert of the fact that each revolution is taken advantage of by troublemakers who do not represent the entire people. In Bahrain for example, there is a small portion of protestors with extreme demands, but that shouldn’t be used as an excuse to suppress the revolution of an entire nation or their peaceful and legitimate demands. It’s sad to see GCC troops being used to restore order in Bahrain, which could be used as an excuse for additional foreign intervention. Such a move could hurt the relationship between Gulf states and their confidence with the Gulf Cooperation Council. The Leadership of Gulf states cannot get out of this dark tunnel unless dialogue is combined with true political reforms and social freedoms and justice are reinforced. The Bahraini government expressed its willingness to dialogue with the opposition. On the other hand, authorities there have used all kinds of violence against the nation’s protestors, which have been posted all over the internet. Kuwait’s decision to send an official delegation to Bahrain is a positive one as long as it doesn’t take any sectarian stance and instead focuses on achieving comprehensive national reconciliation between the Bahraini people and their leadership. For that reason, I believe that the Kuwaiti delegation should consist of members that represent all social categories as well as national and political powers in Kuwait. —Al-Rai

Kuwait holds workshop on ‘Integrity for Education’ Call to emphasize positive values By Nisreen Zahreddine KUWAIT: The Minister of Education, Moudhi Al-Hmoud stressed the important role educational institutions play in promoting integrity and fighting against corruption. She pointed out that it could be potentially dangerous if these institutions did not perform their roles properly. Al-Hmoud gave her speech at a workshop organized by the Kuwait Transparency Association (KTA) in collaboration with TIRI Making Integrity Work entitled “Integrity for Education’ at Sheraton Kuwait. The minister said that when educational institutions deviate away from teaching methods and fairness and equality and when fake educational certificates are used, educational institutions are no longer constructive but destructive. “The educational system should emphasize positive values such as good governance and integrity since it is concerned with promoting a positive society,” she said. She pointed out that successful

nations and people are measured by how much they invest in education. She added that the Ministry of Education is concerned with raising children well and implementing the positive ethics of Islam such as honesty and loyalty. She continued, saying that it is the ministry’s goal to promote the implementation of such values in every educational and school activity. Chairman of the Kuwait Transparency Association, Salah AlGhazali said that corruption is still on the rise in the Arab world. AlGhazali said that the UN international agreement to fight against corruption was signed by the Kuwait Government but still has yet to be implemented. He pointed out that Kuwait has the highest rate of corruption of all Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) states. He added that the National Assembly is a partner of corruption and not reform and called for a real step towards reform and democracy. Al-Ghazali announced a campaign to help facilitate the trend of

democracy in Kuwait that was started in the beginning of 2011. He said that the campaign stresses the importance of good governance and features a new vision for the role of education that emphasizes integrity. Al-Ghazali’s speech was followed by two presentations held by representatives from TIRI. The first speech was titled “teaching integrity to university students” by teaching manager at the TIRI foundation Thai Kyoung Than. He said that one of the biggest problems facing Kuwait is the fact that law, business and management students do not know how to enhance the level of integrity in an environment that lacks good governance. The second presentation was performed by Malek El-Amayrah, who has some international experiences in teaching transparency methods. He pointed out that the Arab world does not pay as much attention to fighting against corruption and human rights abuses as other regions in the world.

Kuwait visit signals new chapter in ties: Al-Nujeifi KUWAIT: Visiting Iraq Parliament Speaker Osama AlNujeifi said yesterday that his visit to Kuwait signals the start of a new era of close and steadily growing bilateral relations. In press statements, upon his arrival and his accompanying delegation here, Al-Nujeifi said “this high-ranking and diverse Iraqi delegation’s visit to Kuwait is meant to show the depth of Iraqi-Kuwait relations and the respect and love to the State of Kuwait and its people.” He went on to say, “this day represents the start of a new era of developed relations that aim to establish a sustained and strong partnership between the two countries.” For his part, Kuwait National Assembly Speaker Jassem Al-Khorafi welcomed the Iraq delegation. “I Welcome Mr Nujeifi and all Iraqi delegation members. This visit reflects the historic relations between Kuwait and Iraq,” Al-Kharafi said. “Despite the difficult periods which these relations underwent, the wisdom of Kuwaiti and Iraqi leaderships has lead to the formation of a committee, including the foreign ministers of the two countries, to mull all the pending issues”. — KUNA

‘Govt report on investment inadequate’ KUWAIT: The parliamentary committee for the protection of public funds has condemned the government’s latest report on the investment of state revenues, saying that the new report fails to address a number of crucial issues, whilst only covering those three which it does address in a superficial manner. In a statement issued on Friday, committee chairman MP Musallam Al-Barrak also criticized the Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs, Chancellor Rashid Al-Hamad, who is also the Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, strongly condemning the minister’s failure to attend the committee’s latest meeting. The MP said that as a result of the deputy premier’s absence, the sole government representative at the meeting was an official from the Kuwait Investment Authority.

KUWAIT: “Thil’a Al-Qurain” natural reserve was inaugurated on Thursday. The ceremony was held under the auspices of Minister of Oil and Information Minister Sheikh Ahmad Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and in coordination with the Kuwait Oil Company. The reserve is the third Kuwaiti reserve which is located south of Kuwait on the road to Mina Abdullah - Wafra. President of the Voluntary Work Center Sheikha Amthal Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said that the reserve, located about 60 km from the capital, and sits on an area of 6,250 km was named Thil’a Al-Qurain because of the presence of a single hill located in the middle of the reserve. — Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KFSD all ready for upcoming fire conference By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: A senior Kuwait Fire Services Directorate (KFSD) official said yesterday that the department has concluded all the necessary arrangements for the upcoming Second International Fire Conference, set to take place in Kuwait from March 29-31. The conference is being held during an auspicious period for the nation, said the Deputy Director of the KFSD’s Financial and Administrative Affairs Department, Brigadier Khalid Al-Tarkait, referring to the country’s recent major celebrations, which saw it marking the fiftieth and twentieth anniversaries of independence and liberation respectively and the fifth anniversary of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah’s inauguration. Brig. Al-Tarkait revealed that a number of distinguished international experts will be taking part in the conference, as well as organizing workshops during the event, which is to be patronized by HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah,

with this year’s conference being held under the theme, ‘Civil Protection A Future Challenge.” The senior KFSD official added that his department had taken all the necessary steps to ensure the conference’s success and to provide all the required facilities to delegates attending the event. He added that the directorate had formed a number of preparatory committees to ensure that everything would run smoothly during the event and all the necessary facilities for delegates. The KFSD is eager to ensure the event’s success and to further improve all its staff members’ performance and enhance their abilities, said Brig. Al-Tarkait, explaining that this year’s conference will focus on raising levels of fire safety awareness among the public and protecting people from fire-associated dangers. He revealed that this year’s conference is being held in cooperation with the UK Fire Services College, with specialists from several countries, both in the GCC and further afield, hosting workshops on various aspects of fire-

Brig Khalid Al-Tarkait fighting, whilst several specialist firms will be exhibiting their goods at the event. Other participants in the conference include representatives from Kuwait’s Environmental Public Authority (EPA), he added. Brig. Al-Tarkait said that due to the KFSD’s efforts, fire safety awareness amongst Kuwaitis and expatriate residents of Kuwait is higher nowadays than it was previously, resulting in a reduction in the number of fires in recent years.

in my view

Let’s not rob people of their revolution By Hussain Al-Qatari


eople in this part of the world have an amazing obsession with conspiracy theories. Every time something goes wrong the immediate explanation is a conspiracy. It is always either Iran, the Zionists, the atheists, the devil or a combination of those. I find it entertaining that people spend so much time reading and sending conspirac y theor y emails with maps and quotes from obscure books suggesting that we’re all the target of a big conspiracy. I don’t mean to undermine the importance of our region’s resources in the world power structure, what I’m suggesting is that we are spending quite a lot of time fantasizing about taking part in a battle between good and evil. Time has showed that this battle will not be between us the people of the Arab World and the devil. Time has shown that the good versus evil equation is actually the people against oppressive regimes. People have been living under lots of oppression for many years, to the extent that the idea of advancement has become a fantasy or a thing of the past. We saw revolutions take place in Egypt and Tunisia and the liberty fever was soon transmitted across the region. It has been especially acute in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain. Given Bahrain’s geographical closeness to Kuwait I’ve seen people’s reactions toward the demonstrations in Bahrain turn very ugly. The revolution in Bahrain is not immune to our obsession with fantasizing about conspiracy theories. Many people seem to be completely convinced that the revolution is being led by an outside force, namely Iran. I don’t mean to defend Iran and suggest that it is innocent: the Iranian regime has made many idiotic statements about the Bahraini revolution but we should remember that the Iranian regime also attempted to usurp the Egyptian revolution. The people of Egypt were smart enough to ignore what the regime said and move on with their revolution. By suggesting that Bahrainis are being controlled by Iran we are insulting them. We are suggesting that they have no loyalty to their country and that they did not learn from Iran’s experience. The people of Iran rose in the 1970’s to protest against an oppressive regime and by allowing extremism to have the upper hand they allowed for the formation of one of the region’s most problematic and extreme regimes. How the Iranian regime has the time to keep up with the news is completely beyond me; one would assume that it is too busy oppressing its own nation to preach about the freedom of others. I believe that we should not rob the Bahraini people of their revolution. If we truly believe that nations should stand against oppression, this belief should be superior to sectarianism and tribalism. This is not a battle between Arabia and Persia; this is a battle between an oppressed nation against an oppressive regime. I truly believe that the Bahraini people know what they want; their demands are clear and are in no way related to Iran, the Zionists, the atheists or the devil. Let us be clear on that and move forward!

MP proposes illegal profit disclosure body KUWAIT: A lawmaker announced that he is prepared to present a draft law to establish a central body whose job would be to uncover illegal profit activities, reported Al-Qabas. MP Shuwaib Al-Muwaizri added that he hopes such a move would help stop corruption and protect public funds. The lawmaker urged fellow MPs to support his proposal, “in order to stop corrupt individuals from illegally taking Kuwaiti people’s money.” Meanwhile, the parliament member also called on the Cabinet to resign should they be “incapable” or “unwilling” to solve the problems that citizens are facing. He criticized the government for failing to solve the persistent problems of administrative and financial corruption in various state departments. Meanwhile, MP Dulaihi Al-Hajri said that rescheduling citizens’ debts after writing off their cumulative interests has become an “unavoidable demand.” He reiterated the “importance to achieve social equality and solve the errors omitted by the Central Bank when they gave priority to the interest of local banks instead of citizens.” The lawmaker further warned that the Kuwaiti economy could collapse is the purchasing ability of citizens is weakened because of loans.




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in brief

Heavy security succeeds in quashing bedoon protests

Four die in Masilah crash KUWAIT: Four Filipino expatriates died in a car crash on Cooperative Street in Masilah at around midnight on Thursday after their car overturned a number of times following a collision with a vehicle driven by a Kuwaiti man. Although emergenc y personnel rushed to the scene, the four expatriates were pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Their bodies were removed for autopsy.

New field hospital KUWAIT: The Ministry of Health is prepared to send a field hospital to the Kingdom of Bahrain to provide immediate medical attention to civilians wounded in the ongoing unstable conditions there, reported Al-Qabas. According to a senior ministry source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, several international medical supply companies have been contacted to provide a 60 bed capacity field hospital as soon as possible. The source added that they ministry plans on sending medical staff consisting of Kuwaiti doctors and nurses.

Marine pollution agreements KUWAIT: Kuwait signed an environmental agreement by which it is subject to certain conditions that require drastic measures to prevent international sanctions, reported Al-Rai. According to official sources, the treaty regards marine pollution and ship waste and has not been signed by many industrial countries -possibly because they understand risk of not committing to the agreement. The source further explained that if Kuwait violates any conditions of the treaty they could face procedures that include banning Kuwaiti steamships from entering Europe.

Medical aid to Bahrain MANAMA: A Kuwaiti humanitarian aid convoy is due to arrive in Bahrain today (Sunday), said the Kuwaiti ambassador to the troubled fellow Gulf state yesterday. Ambassador Sheikh Azzam Mubarak Al-Sabah told KUNA that the convoy will include 53 doctors, as well as 21 ambulances and other vehicles to be used in the aid effort. The humanitarian aid is being dispatched to Bahrain on the instructions of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad AlSabah to provide support to the kingdom and its people, the ambassador explained, adding that the provision of medical aid is consistent with the state’s policy of assisting the Bahraini people.

Kuwait, Royal College of Surgeons agree to boost number of Kuwaiti students DUBLIN: The Kuwaiti cultural office in Ireland said yesterday it had inked a memo of understanding with the Royal College of Surgeons to raise the number of Kuwaiti students studying here. Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting with Kuwaiti students in Ireland, Dr Walid Shuaib, chief of the office, said the number of Kuwaiti students would be increased to 45 for medicine, six for pharmacology and three for physiotherapy. He added that the office was in the process of hammering out similar agreements with other colleges in Ireland. Shuaib said his office had updated its website and recruited new staff as guides and academic secretaries to provide higher-quality services to Kuwaiti students in Ireland. He thanked the National Union of Kuwait Students in the UK and Ireland for cooperating with the cultural office to offer better services to students. —KUNA

Kuwait team leaves for AIPS conference KUWAIT: A delegation of Kuwaiti journalists left the country recently to participate in the 74th International Sports Press Association Conference, which is taking place in Seoul, South Korea from March 21-26. The Kuwaiti delegation attending the event consists of AIPS Vice-President Faisal Al-Qinae, who is also the Faisal Al-Qinae Secretar y General of the Kuwait Journalists Association (KJA), along with an executive committee member of the Asian Sports Press Union (ASPU) Adnan Al-Saied and ASPU honorary chairman Abdulmohsen Al-Hussaini.

Pilgrims stranded on Umrah trip KUWAIT: A number of Umrah hopefuls found themselves vic tims of what could be the newest episode of scams carried out by pilgrimage agencies in Kuwait, reported Al-Qabas. Following their arrival to the holy sites of Saudi Arabia, many pilgrims found that that their reservations, which were supposed to have been booked before they got there, were never made. It was reported that a group of Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis participating in Umrah found themselves with no other option but to sleep outside when they found that their hotels, which they were told had been reserved for them, were full. Furthermore, stranded pilgrims trying to contact the owner of the pilgrimage agency in Kuwait found that his phone was switched off. There has been a demand for some time now for the government to step up its monitoring of pilgrimage campaigning agencies in Kuwait. Several pilgrims, especially those who have fallen vic tim to similar scams, are frustrated because they feel the government is not taking enough steps to prevent these problems.

Suspended 2007 naturalization cases given go-ahead KUWAIT: A heavy police presence in Taima helped to prevent any bedoon (stateless) demonstrators from gathering to protest for their rights on Friday, according to a security official. Speaking to Al-Qabas on condition of anonymity, the security official said that riot police sealed off several entrances to the area and maintained a large-scale presence after receiving reports that activists had called for a demonstration by bedoon people. The security operation helped to ensure that no protesters turned up, the official said. According to the tip-off received by police, activists had called for a demonstration following Friday prayers, similar to the harshly quashed protests there and in Sulaibiya in recent weeks at which bedoons called for basic human rights. As on previous occasions, police quickly swung into action, imposing a cordon around the area and massing in large numbers to ensure that any protest was similarly quashed. Although a number of bedoon people gathered outside the main local mosque following prayers, the massive security presence was sufficient to ensure that any planned demonstration was quickly reconsidered. Similar heavy security measures were adopted in Sulaibiya, where worshippers emerging from the area’s main mosque were startled by the sight of a large-scale security presence monitoring them.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior is studying around 1,100 files of people whose fathers were granted Kuwaiti citizenship in 2007 with a view to completing the naturalization process for them after it was suspended. Speaking to the press on Friday, Maj Gen Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf AlSabah, the director of the General Depar tment of Citizenship and Passport Affairs, said that senior officials recently met with the Kuwaiti cabinet for discussions focusing on this issue, with the meeting resulting in a recommendation to resolve the matter by granting citizenship to these individuals, in addition to their spouses and children. According to local daily Al-Anba, the senior MoI official also noted that all the applicants will still need to meet the criteria, including security-related conditions, required for all naturalization applicants grant-

ed citizenship. In another development, Finance Minister Mustafa Al Shamali has announced that the government intends to present a draft law to help resolve the country’s unemployment problem. Speaking to local daily Al-Anba on Friday, Al-Shamali explained that the proposed legislation will be discussed during this week’s cabinet meeting, and will be submitted to the National Assembly (parliament) council thereafter. The minister further explained that the draft legislation is primarily concerned with providing assistance for Kuwaitis who lose their jobs or are dismissed for any reason, and sets out to furnish them and their families with financial support and with help in finding other jobs suitable for their education level. Full details of the new legislation will be publicly revealed shortly, the minister added.

KUWAIT: A site owned by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training in Taima was completely destroyed in a fire that required the efforts of firefighters from five stations for an hour and a half. A preliminary investigation indicated that the fire was started either by an electrical short circuit or a cigarette butt. No injuries were reported in the blaze but much damage was caused to the nearly 3,000 square meter construction site. —Photos by Hanan Al-Saadoun

Soldiers find time to stay connected CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT: Albert St Aubin of Merrimack, New Hampshire has been reading the first Harry Potter book to his son, Jonah. Jonah is only 14 months old, but that doesn’t matter to St Aubin. “I just love reading to him,” he said. Second Lieutenant St Aubin, 24, is a member of the New Hampshire Army National Guard’s 197th Fires Brigade, deployed here in support of the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Guardsmen often work 12-hour days and are lucky to get one day off a week. But they find time and ways to send little pieces of themselves home to the ones they miss. At this base’s ‘Resiliency Center,’ run by the chaplain’s office, the USO sponsors a program called United Through Reading that allows service members to record themselves reading books and then sends the DVDs and books free to their families. That’s where St Aubin, the assistant supply and logistics officer for brigade headquarters, records himself reading to his little son. Before he left on deployment, he said, “I used to read to him every night before bed.” He was a little afraid his boy would forget him over the year-long deployment. Being able to send the DVDs helps, he said, “instead of getting up at 4 in the morning trying to read to him over Skype.” Sergeant Brian Gordon of Chester, New Hampshire also stopped by the Resiliency Center Tuesday to record a couple of books for his 5-year-old nephew, Aiden, and two-year-old niece Rylee. The soldiers get 30 minutes on each DVD and can add their personal comments. On his recording, Gordon, a public affairs specialist for the 197th, told the

kids he’ll see them when he comes home on leave at the end of May. “Maybe we can read the books together,” he said. “I’ll see you soon.” In the PX here at Camp Arifjan, you can buy a stuffed camel wearing an Army hat and embroidered with a heart and the words “I Miss You” — or a moose sporting a T-shirt that says, “Love you, Miss you, From Kuwait.” And many soldiers have sent home American flags that have flown over their base, to honor a departed loved one, to mark a special occasion or just to say thanks for the support. Since the 197th arrived here in November, the Camp Command Cell has flown 189 flags, according to Sgt Dawn Cookson of Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Each flag is sent home with this citation: “In appreciation for your support of the United States Armed Forces deployed in support of Operation New Dawn.” Often, a flag will be filled with sand from the storms that blow through the camp. “We send it that way,” Cookson said. “It’s a piece of here.” On Tuesday, the flags here were at halfstaff in honor of Army Corporal Frank Buckles, the last World War I veteran, whose funeral was being held a world away that day at Arlington National Cemetery. First Sgt Kandy Fredette of Webster, New Hampshire was giving Cookson some pointers on how to tightly fold a flag with the requisite 13 folds. Fredette is a member of the New Hampshire Honor Guard back home; her husband Richard is its coordinator. Fredette has presented flags at more than 200 funerals. Her first, she said, was

the toughest. The soldier’s widow was an elderly woman. “You’re standing there presenting this flag, and there’s this tiny lady and you see the little tear coming down...” Here in Kuwait, Fredette has become a penpal to students in Mrs Damon’s class at Inter-Lakes Elementary School in Meredith, New Hampshire after they sent a letter to “any soldier” and she wrote back. For Valentine’s Day the class sent her a big red heart signed by all the students. Fredette decided the kids deserved a flag. “I just sent it out this morning,” she said Tuesday. “So they can fly it at the school if they want.” Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of Rye ordered some hand puppets on-line and films skits for her daughter, Casey Elena, who turns 4 in May. She enlists her fellow soldiers to play different characters. “It’s silly and we crack up doing it,” she said. Then she e-mails the video clips to Casey Elena back home. The contact is important to both mother and daughter, Morgan said. “I know I’m going to miss a year of her life, but what I’m able to do is watch her grow up. And she gets to see me. She feels safe knowing I’m OK.” In a way, the folks back home are what this mission is really all about, according to Major David Fink of Manchester, New Hampshire the executive officer for the Camp Command Cell that runs base operations here. “You’d rather not have the conflict on our own home soil,” Fink said. “National security and our way of life demand a price. There are people willing to serve ... essentially, to take the fight to the enemy and keep it off our own soil.” The attacks of 9/11 proved what’s at

stake, he said. “It’s important to see first, understand first and act first so we don’t get caught short on our own home soil,” he said. Like many of those deployed here, Fink has been to the region before. He served in Iraq in 2004-05 with the 1st/172nd Field Artillery at what is now called Camp Adder. This deployment is very different, but just as critical, Fink said. “What we’re doing here is providing stability for the region,” he said. “Without us being here, the folks in Iraq and Afghanistan would have a much harder time.” After 30 days here, the New Hampshire soldiers received their combat patches, featuring the five arrows of the 197th Fires Brigade, to be worn below the flag on the right arm. If a soldier has been deployed before, he or she can choose which combat patch to wear. Fredette wears the combat patch of the 2nd Marines. She was one of 12 Guardsmen who volunteered to go with a Pennsylvania Guard unit to Iraq in 2005, and that unit was attached to the Marines. One of her fellow Guardsmen was Staff Sgt Jose Pequeno of Lisbon, the Sugar Hill police chief who suffered a devastating brain injury when his patrol came under attack on March 1, 2006. She’s been to visit Pequeno in Florida where his mother and sister care for him so he can be near a VA polytrauma center. His wife and children live in New Hampshire. Fredette said she’ll never wear a different patch. “That’s the one Jose had when we went over there,” she said. “We said we’d all come back.” —New Hampshire Sunday News

Kuwaitis fired for union affiliation, alleges KTUF head KUWAIT: Kuwaiti employees of private sector oil firms in the country working with the state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) or its subsidiaries have been subjected to abrupt employmentrelated procedures, up to and including termination, due to their membership of labor unions, said a senior union official yesterday. In a press release issued on Friday, Fayez Al-Mutairi, the head of the Kuwait Trade Union Federation (KTUF), condemned the alleged punitive penalties against Kuwaiti union members, which he said “take place for insubstantial reasons.”

Al-Mutairi also asserted that the head of the private sector oil sector workforce’s union, Abdullah Al-Ajmi, had been subjected to heavy pressure from his superiors and had received a number of threats of dismissal due to his union activities, reported Al-Qabas. “These activities violate the principles that protect the rights and freedoms of labor unions as stated in international agreements,” said Al-Mutairi, specifically mentioning the UN-based International Labor Organization’s (ILO) resolution number 98, which protects workers from discrimination based on their union affiliation.

Minister checks on electricity preparations for summer KUWAIT: Senior officials with the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW ) were instructed to make extra efforts to ensure that all projects are currently under construction and on time, reported Al-Rai. They were asked to guarantee that all projects are finished before the beginning of summer so that potential shortages can be avoided as much as possible. The announcement was made by Minister Dr Badr Al-Shuraian during a recent meeting with the ministry’s assistant undersecretaries. He addressed the ministry’s projects included in the development plan and spoke on the importance of finishing them ahead of the

busiest time of the year in terms of consumption rates. Dr Al-Shuraian was briefed with the preparations of the technical division in regards to the maintenance work being carried out on transformers and power cables around the country. Reinforcing the country’s electrical grid is the ministry’s main plan to counter problems caused by an overload. Meanwhile, sources within the ministry are quoted as revealing that the Central Tenders Committee (CTC) has agreed to award a bidding company with a tender to set up street lights in the Abdaly and Wafra farming zones.

KUWAIT: The National Guards officers who attended the firing range training course.

Firing range training for National Guards officers KUWAIT: The M ilitar y Education Headquarters at the Kuwaiti National Guards celebrated yesterday officers’ graduation of its 10th firing range training course, held in Al-Somoud Camp with presence of M ilitar y Education Commander Brig Gen Hashim Abdulrazzaq Al-Rafae. A number of officers from the National Guards and the Ministry of Defense participated in the training course, as an embodiment of cooperation and exchange of expertise and training between the country’s military institutes. Field Captain and the training course supervisor Soud Al-Jenfawai said, in the graduation speech, that the

training course included programs and activities that would help in the development of officers’ capabilities and the refining of their shooting skills as well as training them on how to use guns efficiently. The Military Education commander handed out graduation certificates and prizes, lauding the level of professional training that has been reached in this course. He wished all graduates to exert more efforts and keep up this high level of combat readiness, which comes in line of the National Guards’ strategic goals that aim at increasing cooperation and coordination between the country’ military and security bodies. —KUNA



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Woman sexually assaulted in Salmiya apartment Man dies of complications after taking Viagra KUWAIT: Police are looking for a male suspect accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman after luring her to an apartment in Salmiya where she was held against her will for 24 hours, reported Al-Rai. The victim informed police that she reported to the man’s apartment after calling a phone number on a piece of paper she found in a mall four months ago. She said the man gave her directions to an apartment and convinced her to visit him. She agreed and soon realized she was in danger when she entered the apartment and the man switched off both his and her cell phones. She said that the man refused to let her go when she asked him to and said he would only release her after she submitted to his demands. She informed authorities that she was held in the apartment for an entire day and raped 10 times before being released by her assailant. Police went to the location provided to them by the woman and discovered that the man who rents the apartment is Kuwaiti but does not match the description given to them by the victim. However, they did determine that the phone number used to contact the victim and the apartment were registered to the same person. An investigation was launched in search of the suspect.

Divers replace coral reef buoys KUWAIT: A team of divers from Kuwait’s Environmental Voluntary Foundation has finished replacing five buoys around the coral reefs located around 5.5 kilometers southeast of Khairan Resort. Operation supervisor Faisal Al-Habran explained in a press release issued yesterday that the mission was part of the team’s annual maintenance operations, further explaining that the buoys sited

around coral reefs and Kuwaiti islands help to keep ships away from coral reefs, which are highly susceptible to damage from ship anchors. Over the past few years, the foundation’s diving team has been able to install seventy buoys around the southern Kuwaiti islands (Kubbar Qarouh and Um Al-Maradem), as well as in several other coral reef locations.

Cardiac arrest An Asian woman was arrested after she was spotted dragging an unconscious man out of her apartment in Salmiya. The man was later pronounced dead and a preliminary medical test revealed that he suffered a cardiac arrest caused by complications after taking Viagra, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. When questioned by authorities, the woman confessed that she started dating the man few months ago. She explained that the man passed out while they were having an intimate moment and that she decided to drag his body out of her apartment when she realized that he was dead. The building’s janitor spotted the woman’s suspicious activity and called the police immediately. Fatal accidents An Egyptian expatriate was killed in an accident on Sixth Ring Road, reported Al-Watan. The accident occurred opposite Sabah AlSalem towards Maseelah when she lost control of her vehicle and it overturned. Paramedics responded to the emergency but pronounced the woman dead upon their arrival. Special equipment was needed to free her body from the wreckage and the victim

was identified as the young actress Rasha Farouq. Farouq was known for receiving awards in various theater festivals in Kuwait, including a most promising career award at the 7th Muhammad Abdulmuhsin Al-Khurafi Theatrical Creativity Festival. In an unrelated incident, a 13-year-old Kuwaiti was killed after he was struck by a car while trying to cross a street in the area, reported Al-Watan. The boy was brought to Adan Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival. The Arab driver who hit him was held by authorities. Meanwhile, a middle aged Egyptian driver was killed and his companion was seriously injured after their car crashed into a truck stopped in the middle of the road because of an earlier accident on Fourth Ring Road. The driver’s body was brought to the coroner and the injured passenger was admitted to a nearby hospital, reported Al-Watan. Deaths A 58-year-old Filipina resident was pronounced dead as a result of natural causes as soon as she arrived unconscious to Mubarak Hospital, reported Al-Watan. The woman was brought to the hospital by her husband as soon as she collapsed in their Salmiya apart-

14.2% of Kuwaitis marry foreigners KUWAIT: Recently released government statistics reveal that 14.2 percent of the Kuwaiti men who applied for marriage licenses in the past five years married non-Kuwaiti women, mostly of non-Arab origin. The figures for female citizens showed the same trend, with 14.2 percent marrying non-Kuwaiti men. The latest report issued by the Central Statistics Department indicates that a total of 50,753 marriage licenses were issued to Kuwaiti men between 2004 and 2008 inclusive, with 43,571 of these licenses issued to male citizens marrying female compatriots. An additional 5,816 Kuwaiti men married women of other Arab nationalities, while a further 1,004 married Asian women, 66 married African women, 153 married American women, 113 married European women, six married women of other nationalities and 24 of the brides’ nationalities were reportedly unknown. No similar statistics were reported by Al-Watan about the breakdown of the nationality statistics for female Kuwaitis’ husbands.

Drug possession An Egyptian man was arrested

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NBK registration tent

Over 13,000 enrolled for NBK Walkathon KUWAIT: The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) announced that the 17th Annual Walkathon, scheduled to kick off on March 26, is heading for yet another record year with more than 13,000 participants enrolled up to date. The participants, joined by several public figures and NBK senior officials headed by the Minister of Health, Dr Hilal Al-Sayer, US Ambassador Deborah Jones, NBK Group CEO Ibrahim Dabdoub, NBK Deputy Group CEO Isam Al-Sager, will take to the smooth course of the race along the scenic coastline areas on the Gulf Street, monitored and assisted by tens of NBK volunteers and amidst the cheers of fans, relatives and friends. NBK Public Relations Officer Talal AlTurki said: “the Walkathon is growing year after year. We are extremely thrilled to take our involvement with this exciting event to a new level as more than 13,000 participants had already been registered until now”. Registration is open until March 24 at NBK Registration Tent next to the Scientific Centre from 9 am until 9 pm. NBK will be awarding top 10 winners in each category and will conduct a draw for a grand prize - a brand new KIA Cerato Koup 2011- for all participants.

Talal Al-Turki

The Walkathon for the male participants will start from the Scientific Center located in Ras Salmiya, while the walk for female participants will begin from the Marina Crescent and the walkathon for kids and Zaina Friends club members will be conducted at the Green Island.

Kuwait monitoring Japan situation closely KUWAIT: Kuwait is monitoring the ongoing catastrophic events in Japan very closely, including a potential massive radiation leak from damaged nuclear reactors there which experts fear could lead to lethal airborne radiation spreading to other nations. Kuwaiti public health officials told Al-Watan that the issue is extremely critical as the security and safety measures taken by six ageing nuclear reactors have collapsed. The medical experts

Driver loses leg A 52-year-old Kuwaiti man had his leg amputated following an accident on Wafra Road, reported Al-Rai. The victim put a sheep in his pickup truck and flipped over his vehicle while driving away from the farm. Paramedics brought the victim to Adan Hospital where he underwent an urgent surgical procedure to amputate his severely injured leg. Meanwhile, it appears as though the sheep survived the crash as it was nowhere to be found at the scene of the accident. A case was opened at the Abdullah Port police station.

for being in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia on a coastal road in the Ahmadi Governorate, reported Al-Watan. Police officers pulled the suspect over as soon as they spotted him try to hide something when he noticed their vehicle approaching. When the drugs were found inside the car the suspect was detained and referred to the General Department for Drug Control. Suspicious injury An expatriate was held for questioning shortly after he was discharged from Amiri Hospital where he received treatment for a cut to his foot, reported Al-Rai. He was questioned after it was noticed that his two statements on the cause of his injury conflicted. In his emergency call he claimed that he was injured when an explosive he found exploded accidentally while he was examining it. Investigators questioned the man when they searched the area and found no evidence of an explosion at the scene as he claimed. The man then said that his injury was the result of an explosion after he accidentally stepped on a foreign object. He was held for further questioning.

MSAL appoints temporary board members at local co-operatives

MSAL may prosecute unyielding ex-PAYS chief KUWAIT: The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) has warned that it will take legal action against the former director of the Public Authority for Youth and Sports (PAYS) if he fails to abide by the court order rejecting his appeal against the compulsory retirement legal order issued against him. Dr. Fouad Al-Falah has been coming to work at his office in the PAYS building in Al-Reggae as normal despite a senior MSAL official, Assistant Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Jamal Al-Dousary, formally issuing him with a photocopy of his endof-service directive, as well as the court order that overruled his appeal. Social affairs minister Dr. Mohammad Al-Afasi told local daily Al-Rai that legal actions will be taken if Al-Falah continues to disregard the legal decisions made against him, warning that Al-Falah could face charges brought via the Public Prosecution Service of impersonation and illegally practicing executive powers, for which he could be tried in court.

ment. An investigation was launched in search of evidence for foul play but was stopped as soon as official medical reports confirmed that the woman died as a result of natural causes. In a separate case, a 61-year-old inmate serving a 15-year jail sentence at the Central Jail was found dead inside his cell, reported Al-Rai. The victim’s cellmate found him unconscious and informed authorities immediately. A case was opened at the Sulaibiya police station.

expressed fear that any explosion taking place in one of the reactors could cause a fuel meltdown, mak ing the situation even more dangerous and creating radiation levels similar to those generated in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which saw plumes of lethal radioactive fallout drift across much of Europe. The Kuwaiti health officials stressed, however, that Kuwait’s 17 radiation monitoring stations have not registered any rise in

environmental radiation levels to date. The health specialists also revealed that Saudi Arabia has an early warning system to monitor any environmental radioactivity and would inform all the region’s countries of any increase in these rates immediately. The experts explained that Kuwaiti authorities are already taking precautions to minimize any possibility of exposure to

radioactivity, both checking out rigorous checks for radiation using Geiger counters on all foodstuffs imported from Japan, and subjecting all aircraft coming from the devastated nation to similarly stringent inspections. They also indicated that in the improbable event of any radiation leak from Japan reaching the area, potassium tablets are already in reserve for citizens and expatriate residents to help offer some protection.

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) has intervened to appoint temporary board members to a number of local Cooperative Societies, after the previous members were forced to step aside over administrative and financial violations. Elections to appoint permanent members will be held within the next month before the term of the suspended board members expires, said a ministry insider. The ministry’s appointments include new directors for the Firdous and Rehab & Ishbeliya Co-ops, named as Ibrahim AlObaid and Hamad Al-Khaldi respectively. Meanwhile, the whole management board of the Abu Hlaifa Co-op has been entirely replaced. Meanwhile, a Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW ) insider has warned that the ministry’s extensive prepara-

tions for summer do not preclude the possibility of power cuts since, despite all its efforts, the power plants’ production levels are still insufficient to meet the expected increased demand. The MEW insider said that a number of scheduled maintenance programs had still not been carried out due to a number of reasons, including high costs and tardiness on the part of the supervisory authorities. In other news, customs officials at Kuwait’s air, sea and land borders have been issued with strict instructions to prevent any smuggling of ‘electronic cigarettes’ into Kuwait, as recommended by the GCC Health Ministers’ Council, due to their potentially harmful effect on human health. The customs authorities have been instructed to immediately confiscate any shipments of the items and to question all importers and take the necessary measures against them.



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Kuwait Digest

Following Amir’s wise approach By Abdullatif Al-Duaij

F KUWAIT: HH the Prime Minister visits the Zain stand during the inauguration ceremony.

Zain presents exclusive offers at ‘Proud to be Kuwaiti’ Encouragement to young entrepreneurs KUWAIT: Zain Kuwait, the country’s leading network operator, announced it is the main sponsor of the third “Proud to be Kuwaiti” meeting, held from March 16 to today. On the Opening Ceremony, Zain welcomed His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, under whose auspices the event was held, to its stand and gave a brief presentation of the company’s services and its work in encouraging young entrepreneurs. “Zain is fully convinced that by providing the current generation of youth with the right creative tools it can shape the nation’s future,” said Omar Al-Omar, Zain Kuwait’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Zain is an integral part of Kuwaiti society and wants to further cement the relationship.” Al-Omar encouraged the public to take full advantage of

the event and visit all the stands, in particular the Zain booth, where he said the public could learn about how Zain is helping businesses develop and control costs. As a case in point, he mentioned ‘Zain Business’, a service that allows free calls between all the numbers of a project or business with Zain now offering a free smart phone to all those who sign up for the service. Zain Business also comes with a promotional SMS package through which customers can obtain a package of 5,000 free SMS, as well as free SMS software. The service also allows for direct contact with other customers via promotional and data messages. For Zain’s regular customers, there is the “Wayana Unlimited” package that allows unlimited voice, video calls,

and SMS as well as Internet for smart phones or BlackBerry depending on the customer’s choice. Every new customer joining this service gets a free platinum number as well as a Galaxy Tab or Blackberry 9780 or 9800 smart phone. Zain will also offer “Wiyana Connect”, a unique offer for data transfer within the same package, starting from KD 7 to 21 with speeds ranging from 7.2 to 21.6 MBPS. One-year subscribers can choose to receive either a free e-GO device, or a MiFi valued at a reduced price or a one-month free subscription. Al-Omar concluded by reaffirming Zain’s commitment to helping young aspiring entrepreneurs, a policy that is in line with the company’s core values of Radiance, Heart and Belonging.

Kuwait embraces pioneering artists KUWAIT: Kuwait embraces a number of pioneering artists whose works have finely-tuned the quality of the Kuwaiti art, stirring it away from any trivial depiction of the surroundings and launching it towards an artistic contemporary movement. Ibrahim Al-Buloushi, 73 years old, is one of those pioneering artists who has spent most of his life expressing his passion for art through drawings. On the occasion of holding his own art gallery at the Kuwaiti Society for Fine Arts, he said “my drawings capture the spirit of abstraction. They are expressed in bold

and pure colors with expressionistic touches of forms.” He further noted that drawing on wall houses since he was a child made way for him and opened new horizons for him, in this field, that helped him to enrich his talent by the use of the latest art techniques and the application of various artistic approaches. For those who look at Al-Buloushi’s artwork, they can clearly notice the vital dynamism of his drawings through the application of lights and shadows in rhythmical lines. His art also provides a reflection of a pure aes-

thetic experience and a translation of the artist’s own philosophy. Al-Buloushi is considered one of the founders of the” silkscreen” art, applying paint of silk canvases, after he got his art diploma, in this field, from London in 1968. He held two art galleries in 2008 and 2010 after he participated in an Arab exhibition in 1958 at Shwaikh High school. He also participated in many art shows in Kuwait, GCC countries, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Tunisia, France, Cuba, Germany, Japan, China, India and Italy.— KUNA

irst, I’d like to acknowledge Kuwait’s responsible and humanitarian approach in regards to the current situation at the Kingdom of Bahrain, which most likely stems from the wise and diplomatic approach of His Highness the Amir who is known for his efforts in supervising reconciliation between conflicting parties. As Kuwaitis, we are required to echo the efforts of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAhmad Al-Sabah and the Kuwaiti leadership. We must commit ourselves to Kuwait’s official stance, which is aimed at containing the Bahraini struggle in order to protect the rights of Bahraini residents and the stability of their country, as well as the stability of the entire Gulf region. A more calm approach is needed instead of unnecessary gatherings, which may be required later if the government fails to commit to its duty to support the Bahraini people and their leadership. Kuwait’s government has taken the right path by giving top priority to the safety and security of the people of Bahrain. We must support our government’s approach by remaining calm instead of giving in to sectarianism, which the government has worked hard to avoid. Some people look to contain the ‘sectarian spread,’ or the Iranian influence, but at the same time we know that the best way to achieve that goal is to spread the principles of brotherhood between people and support human rights for all, not by further oppressing the unfortunate or subjecting others to injustice. It’s not the Bahraini people’s fault that they have a Shiite majority, nor it is their fault that there is a lack of confidence between Islamic doctrines. Furthermore, it’s not the Bahraini people’s fault that some of them, or those around them, give priority to their religious identity instead of their national belonging. It’s also not their fault that religious fundamentalism has been fed into the region for the past quarter of a century. It definitely is not the Bahrainis’ fault as well that their country is located so close to Iran. The best way to contain the Bahraini crisis is by the democratic approach shown by the Kuwaiti government. It’s the only way by which not only Bahrainis, but perhaps all other countries of the region, can avoid falling victims to violence as well. — Al-Qabas

Bosnia grateful for Kuwait’s support SARAJEVO: Bosnia has expressed deep appreciation for Kuwait’s support for the European nation’s quest to win membership in the European Union. Chief advisor at Presidential Council, Nerkez Arifhodzic, expressed appreciation for the Gulf state’s backing for his nation in its bid to become a member of the EU, noting that such support reflected awareness of the wise leadership of Kuwait of the significance of security and stability for his country, once it has been placed under the EU umbrella. Moreover, Bosnia-Herzegovina appreciates Kuwait’s

keenness on maintaining the country’s unity, free from divisions, said the chief advisor after he took part in a banquet held by the Kuwaiti ambassador, Mohammad Fadhel Khalaf, honoring him, along with foreign diplomats, in Sarajevo, late on Friday. Arifhodzic quoted the Kuwaiti diplomat as affirming Kuwait’s concern regarding local developments and affairs, as well as the unity of this nation. He expressed satisfaction at the recent formation of a federal government that would pave for legislative reforms. — KUNA

TEC welcomes Ecuador’s foreign minister KUWAIT: The Touristic Enterprises Company’s (TEC) Deputy Chairman of the Board and Managing Director, Khalid Al-Ghanim welcomed Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and his accompanying delegation to the company’s headquarters. During the meeting Al-Ghanim briefed the Ecuadorian official on TEC’s services to citizens and residents as well as the company’s strategy for future projects. Following the visit, Al-Ghanim invited minister Patino and his delegation to a dinner banquet at the Kuwait Towers; the country’s most popular touristic location. At the end of the meeting the senior TEC officer presented a memorial plaque as KUWAIT: Al-Ghanim honors minister Patino in his office well as other gifts to the visiting delegation. at the TEC headquarters.

Minister Patino receives a gift from Al-Ghanim.

Minister Patino is briefed on the TEC’s future projects.

Al-Ghanim and other TEC staff members in a group photo with minister Patino and the Ecuadorian delegation.

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Obama kicks off Latin America tour President’s attention divided by Libya, Japan woes BRASILIA: President Barack Obama arrived in Brazil yesterday for the start of a three-country, five-day tour of Latin America to promote greater economic ties and improved regional security. The trip comes against the backdrop of urgent issues elsewhere in the world, including the possibility of US military action against the regime of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. Obama had his whole family in tow as he emerged from Air Force One into a mix of sunshine and raindrops in the highland capital of Brasilia yesterday. First lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and the girls’ grandmother and godmother accompanied the president on the nearly 9hour flight from Washington, and through a receiving line of Brazilian and US officials. Later in the morning the president and first lady were to participate in an official arrival ceremony at the presidential palace. In his yesterday radio and Internet address Obama singled out the economic benefits of the trip, noting the rapid growth of Brazil and Chile, the second country on his itinerary. Obama said that the United States exports more than three times as much to Latin America than to China. “What is clear is that in an increasingly global economy, our partnership with these nations is only going to become more vital,” the president said. Brazil stands out for its strategic and economic importance to the United States. As the world’s seventh-largest economy, it is a member of an exclusive club of influential developing nations along with Russia, India and China, collectively known in economic circles as the BRIC nations. Obama is looking to reset the US relationship with Brazil, an emerging economic power that even without being hostile has annoyed Washington with its independent ways. After Brazil, Obama travels to Chile, which has established itself as one of the wealthier nations in South America. His third and final stop is in El Salvador. The trip risks being overshadowed by

ominous developments in earthquakeravaged Japan, where officials struggled to prevent a meltdown at a damaged nuclear power plant, and in Libya, where a defiant Gaddafi warned international troops yesterday that they would regret intervening. Obama departed Washington just hours after endorsing military action against the strongman’s regime, leaving an array of military might at the ready and raising the prospect that he would have to authorize military action from a foreign land. Leaders from the Arab world, the United States and other Western powers were holding urgent talks in Paris yesterday over possible military action. Obama opted to depart for Brazil on schedule despite those international crises. For the president, the visit represents a chance to engage with newly elected President Dilma Rousseff and get a firsthand assessment of what administration officials believe is her practical approach to governance and foreign relations after eight years of the flamboyant Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Lula, as he was commonly known, infuriated US officials in the last two years of his presidency by attempting his own personal diplomacy with Iran and refusing to condemn Iran’s human rights abuses. Rousseff, though handpicked by Lula as his successor, has signaled that she will ease back from that approach. Still, Rousseff showed no qualms about distancing Brazil from the United States over Libya. As a nonpermanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Brazil was one of five countries that abstained from the vote Thursday that authorized a nofly zone over Libyan air space. And she has not entirely abandoned the idea of maintaining a dialogue with Iran. Nevertheless, the White House is expressing high hopes. White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said, “She has been very positive about the type of relationship that she wants to pursue with the United

States.” The trip comes as China has surpassed the United States as Brazil’s top trading partner and in the wake of recent discoveries of vast oil reserves off the Brazilian coast. The reserves estimated at between 30 billion and 80 billion barrels - place Brazil in the top 10 countries in the world in reserves. Since Brazil is energy self-sufficient, that oil would all be available for export. Brazil is also a giant agricultural exporter, competing head-to-head with the United States. Obama arrives bearing no major policy gifts. And he’s not likely to deliver on two of Brazil’s top wishes - an endorsement for Brazil to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a relaxation of tariffs on Brazilian ethanol. The United States and Brazil are the world’s largest ethanol producers. Obama’s yesterday stay in the Brazilian capital is all business. He will meet with Rousseff and deliver an address to a meeting of executives from Brazil and the United States. The chief executive session is designed to illustrate the commercial opportunities for the United States in Brazil. American officials and business leaders point to the opportunities presented by the infrastructure challenges Brazil faces in its role as host of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The CEO session will include a number of executives from American corporations, including International Paper, Cargill, Citigroup and Coca-Cola. Business leaders and trade experts said Obama and Rousseff could make strides toward a trade and economic cooperation agreement, typically a first step toward forging a free trade agreement. Republican Sen Richard Lugar on Friday suggested Obama propose a tax treaty with Brazil that, among other things, would reduce double taxation for companies that do business in both nations. Brazil is the largest economy with which the United States does not have a bilateral tax treaty. — AP

Ethiopia warns Eritrea A rare threat of direct action ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia warned yesterday it would take “all measures necessary” against Eritrea, in a rare threat of direct action against a neighbor it routinely accuses of supporting rebel groups. Ethiopia and Eritrea have often traded tough rhetoric since a 1998-2000 border war killed some 80,000 people, but Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has up to now ruled out confrontation. “What we are saying is that we will not sit idle and watch Eritrea challenge our sovereignty and our development efforts,” foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told Reuters. Ethiopia claims Eritrea is trying to destabilize the

Horn of African nation by backing rebels, while also supporting Islamist militants in Somalia. The Ethiopian government usually says it is content to keep security tight at home to deter attacks. Eritrea fiercely denies the charges and accuses Western nations of siding with Ethiopia over the unresolved border row. Dina accused Eritrea of attempting to carry out attacks inside Ethiopia during an African Union summit in February and said Addis Ababa was asking the international community to pressure Asmara into “refraining” from such moves. “If they (international community) don’t heed, then we will take all measures necessary to defend ourselves,” he said. Prime Minister Meles told local media earlier this week that his administration should “either work towards changing Eritrea’s policies or its government”. “This could be done diplomatically, politically or through other means,” he said. Eritrean authorities were not immediately available for comment on the apparent hardening of Ethiopia’s stance. The Red Sea state was part of Ethiopia until 1991 when rebel forces led by President Isaias Afewerki fought their way to secession following a 30-year liberation war. Meles and Isaias were allies when they led separate rebel groups fighting former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam, but they have been foes ever since the border war. Eritrea is one of the world’s most secretive nations. Analysts and rights groups accuse Isaias of subjecting his opponents to arbitrary detentions and torture. Eritrea was also hit with UN sanctions in 2009 over charges it provided funds and weapons to Islamist insurgents in Somalia-an accusation it denies.— Reuters

BRASILIA: US President Barack Obama (far left) with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, and Sasha (center) during their arrival at Brasilia Air Base in Brasilia yesterday. — AP



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African leaders snuff out flames of discontent HARARE: Mass demonstrations forced out rulers in Egypt and Tunisia after decades in office, but in Zimbabwe - whose leader has been in power for 32 years - even watching video footage of those uprisings can lead to treason charges punishable by death. With intimidation and arrests, longtime African rulers like Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe are trying to prevent people’s revolts like the ones that have roiled North Africa from igniting in their own countries. So far, they have kept the revolts at bay with tear gas, intimidation, arrests, censorship and handouts. State-controlled TV stations in Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda and Zimbabwe are not allowed to show video footage from North Africa favorable to the protesters. In Cameroon, where 77-year-old President Paul Biya has ruled since 1982, the government ordered cell phone companies to suspend mobile services for Twitter. This came after people used the social networking site to report the mass deployment of troops to prevent a “Drive Out Biya” march. Sub-Saharan Africa shares many of the root causes that have prompted the uprisings in the north: rising food prices, youth unemployment and repressive regimes that subvert democracy by rigging elections. Before the Tunisian uprising, 18 African rulers or their families had held power for more than 20 years. Analysts point to the cohesion of people in Egypt and Tunisia, and contrast it to sub-Saharan Africa’s tribally based politics that leaders use to win allegiance, divide and rule. It’s a tribalism that helps sustain Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and Zimbabwe’s Mugabe. Still, Na’eem Jeenah, director of the AfroMiddle East Center, said the revolts in Arab nations have sparked Africans’ belief and hope in the power of mass action. People in Swaziland, a tiny moun-

tain kingdom in South Africa’s northeast, staged a mass protest Friday over freezing civil service wages while King Mswati III, who has 14 wives, awarded himself a 24 percent increase in his budget allocation. “There is no doubt that the Swazi people ... have been inspired by the democracy campaigns in

Angola’s ruler of more than 30 years, President Eduardo dos Santos, has used mass troop deployments and arrests to quash a planned pro-democracy protest. Opposition politicians and human rights lawyers in Angola, a virtual one-party state, have been receiving anonymous death threats and the cars of two lawyers were set ablaze. In Djibouti,

BENGHAZI: Libyan rebels drive through the deserted city of Benghazi after a plane of Gaddafi’s forces was shot down yesterday. — AP Egypt and elsewhere, and have understood the importance of mass democratic action to change things for the better,” said the Congress of South African Trade Unions. Jeenah, whose center is in Johannesburg, said even if the revolts in North Africa have not yet caught fire south of the Sahara, governments are concerned. Those concerns have often translated into crackdowns aimed at snuffing out opposition protests before they flicker into life.

riot police moved against an estimated 6,000 people at an opposition political rally on Feb. 18, and opposition politicians said five people were killed and dozens wounded. A second rally planned for March 4 didn’t happen after security forces filled the streets. Opposition leaders have been jailed. “There is no way anybody can win against him,” opposition leader Abdourahman Boreh said from exile in London, referring to President Ismail Omar

Guelleh . “He uses all the power, all the police, all the government instruments and resources, and he uses brutality.” Uganda’s Conservative Party leader John Ken Lukyamuzi said “it is very possible” the protests will spread to sub-Saharan Africa. In his own country, police fired tear gas against people protesting alleged rigging in last month’s presidential vote that saw incumbent Yoweri Museveni, 66, who has been in power since 1986, win again. He threatened his opponents. “I will deal with them decisively and they will never rise again,” Museveni said, promising at one point to “bang them into jails and that would be the end of the story.” Some have used the carrot to quell unrest. Ethiopia’s 22-year government announced a cap on basic food prices within days of President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali’s flight from Tunisia. In Zimbabwe, Jeenah said, people are held back from taking to the streets by fears of the beatings and torture meted out to dissenters, while Mugabe is sustained by the lack of criticism and even support demonstrated by other African leaders. Ivory Coast threatens to slide back toward civil war since Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept that he lost November elections. As Gbagbo’s intransigence turns the commercial capital, Abidjan, into a war zone, African leaders have been hesitant to intervene militarily. Some who side with Gbagbo are themselves anti-democratic. If Gbagbo prevails, he would be the third African leader to refuse to accept election results, following the lead of Mugabe and Kenya’s Mwai Kibaki. It’s a dangerous precedent. More than a dozen presidential elections are scheduled across Africa this year. If winners of free and fair elections are prevented from taking office, the people’s discontent can only build.— AP

Senegal thwarts coup bid Justice minister says lethal attacks planned

DAKAR: People gather during an anti-government demonstration in the city of Dakar yesterday. — AP

DAKAR: The Senegalese government said yesterday it had thwarted a coup attempt by arresting suspected opposition-linked “commando” groups it said were planning lethal attacks around the capital. The announcement on state television came hours before hundreds of critics of President Abdoulaye Wade’s government held a rally in the capital to protest over issues ranging from rising living costs to almost daily power cuts. “The state prosecutor has decided to nip in the bud a plot aimed at a coup d’etat by arresting a number of individuals identified as members of the plot,” Justice Minister Cheikh Tidiane Sy said in a statement read on state television. Tidiane Sy said authorities had learned that “commandos” linked to opposition groups were planning actions around the capital “to create panic and cause fatalities”. He said the suspects had targeted areas including the sprawling Sandaga market in downtown Dakar, a stretch of the corniche road running around the city centre and the working class Parcelles-Assainie district further north. He gave no further details. A few hundred people had gathered in central Dakar by late morning and the atmosphere, a few hundred meters from the presidential palace, was tense but peaceful, a Reuters witness said.

“The government is afraid. They cannot resolve the country’s problems so they invent plots that exist only in their heads,” said Mamadou Lamine Diallo, head of the opposition Tekki party. There was a heavy security presence and riot police with water cannons stood by. The protest marks the 11th anniversary of Wade’s presidency and is being held in Dakar’s central Independence Square, which organizers are dubbing “Tahrir Place”, echoing the Tahrir Square epicenter of Egypt’s uprising in Cairo last month. Opponents feared the government would prevent the protest but Tidiane Sy confirmed it would be allowed to go ahead. Few expect the protest to gain the momentum being seen across the Middle East. However it is being closely watched for how big a turnout the country’s fragmented opposition can muster less than a year before Wade faces re-election in February 2012. Opposition leaders accuse the octogenarian leader of bending constitutional rules to allow himself to stand for a third term, and suspect him of nurturing plans to engineer the succession of his son Karim Wade, charges he denies. The mostly Muslim country is a rarity in the region in that it has a tradition of peaceful transition of power through the ballot box.— Reuters

Thousands protest in Iraq against Saudis in Bahrain BASRA: Thousands of Iraqis protested in the southern oil hub of Basra yesterday against the presence of Saudi troops in Bahrain, which has highlighted Iraq’s own sectarian divide after years of war. Anger has been mounting among Shiites in Iraq, Lebanon and Iran over the movement of troops from Sunni Arab states to help Bahrain’s Sunni royal family stifle prodemocracy demonstrations by majority Shiites. Bahrain said on Friday more troops were coming from other Gulf states to help restore security. It has swept protesters from a central square and arrested opposition leaders. Yesterday’s protests saw around 7,000 people, including local government officials and clerics, demonstrate in central Basra, Iraq’s second largest city. “The clock of change is ticking. After Bahrain, the Saudi king is next,” protesters shouted. “Woe to those hostile to Shiites.” Similar large demonstrations were held in Baghdad and Najaf on Friday. A small demonstration took place in Baghdad yesterday. Like

Bahrain, Iraq has a Shiite majority that complained for decades of oppression under a Sunni ruling class which is dominant throughout the Arab world. Since the 2003 US-led invasion which toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein and allowed Iraq’s Shi’ite majority to take power, Baghdad has had uneasy relations with its Sunni Arab neighbors. Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki and his ruling Shiite bloc have criticized the intervention by Gulf states in Bahrain. Iraqi Shi’ite clerics, including the country’s most revered, Grand Ayatollah Ali AlSistani, and anti-US cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr have spoken out against the crackdown in Bahrain. “The Saudi government practices a double standard. On the one hand it is with the Libyan people, and on the other hand it is (flexing) a strong arm against Bahrain’s people and suppressing them,” said Muhanad Sahib, a 41-year-old professor demonstrating in Basra. “Support for the Bahraini people is a religious and moral duty. Let the Marjaiya (Shiite clergy) declare Jihad.” — Reuters

BASRA: Iraqis chant slogans during a demonstration in solidarity with protesters in Bahrain in the southern city of Basra yesterday. — AP

KIBBUTZ KISSUFIM: An Israeli soldier holds a bowl full of mortar shells fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Kibbutz Kissufim, southern Israel yesterday. — AP

Hamas fires dozens of rockets at Israel JERUSALEM: Palestinian militants in Gaza fired more than 50 rockets into Israel yesterday, the heaviest barrage in two years, Israeli officials said. A Hamas official was killed and four civilians were wounded when Israel hit back with tank fire and air strikes, said Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Adham Abu Salmia. The violence comes amid increasing calls for reconciliation between Westernbacked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his bitter rivals in Hamas. Abbas is seeking UN recognition for a Palestinian state by the fall and is currently lobbying for votes worldwide. But the internal rift makes their vision of statehood harder to achieve and hinders their ability to reach a peace agreement with Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he will file a complaint at the UN after yesterday’s unusually large barrage of rockets. Israeli Police spokesman Tamir Avtabi said Gaza militants fired 54 mortar shells at Israeli border communities within 15 minutes. He said two Israeli civilians were lightly injured by shrapnel and residents

were advised to stay at home or in bomb shelters. Hayim Yellin, head of the Eshkol region where the mortars exploded, said the mortars are of the same type as those intercepted on cargo ship last week loaded with weapons Israel said were sent by Iran to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Hamas acknowledged it launched some of the mortars - an unusual move as the Islamic militant group does not usually take responsibility for such attacks. Hamas fears triggering another Israeli invasion similar to a three-week operation aimed at stopping daily Palestinian shelling two years ago that killed about 1,400 Palestinians. Israeli police said the mortar barrage yesterday was the heaviest since that round of fighting. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all violence originating in Gaza, though Hamas usually blames smaller groups for rocket fire. Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan said the shelling was in response to recent Israeli airstrikes that killed militants. He warned Israel “not to test Hamas’ response.” —AP

Saudi role in Bahrain brings regional stakes DUBAI: The battle for Bahrain is no longer just on its shores. It’s now in Tehran, where the leader of Friday prayers cursed the “enemy” force that includes Saudi-led military reinforcements for Bahrain’s embattled Sunni monarchy. It’s in Iraq, with Shiites marching under banners pledging to join the fight in the Gulf kingdom. When Saudi troops and other Gulf forces moved into Bahrain this week, the conflict was suddenly pushed onto a larger stage with larger stakes and, in the process, becoming perhaps the most complex showdown of the Arab world’s season of upheaval. Tiny Bahrain - just a speck off the Saudi coast on world maps - is now an arena for some of the Middle East’s most pivotal tensions: the heavyweight rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the regional fallout from Shiite anger, and Washington’s efforts to influence its strategic Gulf allies to counter Iran’s growing Mideast ambitions. “Bahrain is several crises wrapped into one package,” said Theodore Karasik, a regional affairs expert at the Dubaibased Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. The rebellions in Yemen and Libya also have highly important issues in the balance, including the fate of Muammar Gaddafi’s eccentric regime and the US-led fight against an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Yemen’s hinterlands. But Bahrain’s unrest resonates even wider. It is both a bitter domestic duel - between Sunni rulers and the majority Shiites and a crossroads for Gulf’s big three: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States. The fast-moving events of the past week in Bahrain pushed each in different directions. Saudi Arabia roared into action, leading a 1,500-strong Gulf force to aid Bahrain’s reeling Sunni dynasty after more than a month of protests by Shiites seeking to break the royal family’s 200-year-old grip on power. It was the Gulf version of a rescue mission: believing that any more advances by protesters could embolden threats to Sunni leaders around the region and allow Shiite power Iran to carve out a foothold on Saudi Arabia’s doorstep. Iran strongly denounced the military intervention and pulled back its ambassador to Bahrain. Iran’s ally Hezbollah in Lebanon also lobbed insults at Saudi Arabia, and Shiites in Iraq have staged a series of protest marches. US officials, meanwhile, are caught in a policy bind. Washington has opposed the introduction of the Gulf military force in Bahrain, which hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet. But the US also is standing behind Bahrain’s leaders, who say they invited the troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “Whatever the US says, the bottom line is that Washington still supports the Bahrain regime and cannot go too far in criticizing its key ally Saudi Arabia,” said Shadi Hamid, director of research at The Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. “Bahrain is a bigger issue now than just Bahrain.” Nicholas Burns, a former top State Department diplomat with long experience in the region, said the military deployment “opened up a clear division between the Saudi royal family and the US government on how to respond most effectively to the demonstrations for greater openness and freedom in the Arab world.” “This is a risk for the Saudis as their troop deployments could end up toughening the resolve of the protesters in Bahrain,” he said. It’s unclear how much the Saudi-led forces have been actively engaged in enforcing Bahrain’s martial lawstyle rule, which was imposed by Bahrain’s king on Tuesday. Security forces flew Bahrain’s red-and-white flag in the landmark Pearl Square in Manama after overrunning a protest camp. Military vehicles with Saudi markings have not been seen at main checkpoints, where forces wear black ski masks. But Shiite protesters claim to have heard the distinctive Saudi accent among security forces during clashes this week - although Bahrain’s police and military include many Sunni Arabs from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere given citizenship to try to offset the Shiite population advantage. Shortly after Saudi forces entered Bahrain, a crowd of Shiite Muslims gathered outside the main state hospital in a ragtag resistance force. They carried what they could find: scraps of wood, pipes, a butter knife. “Who will decide your future?” cried one protester. Now, the presence of the Saudi-led forces makes any incident in Bahrain a potential regional flashpoint that could drag in the US. Around the Middle East, Shiites and others are portraying Bahrain as under occupation by one of Washington’s main Arab allies. In Tehran, a senior Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, used his nationally broadcast Friday sermon to urge Bahrain’s Shiites to “resist against the enemy until you die or win.” Outside the prayers, protesters called Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa “a killer” and drew analogies to Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. —AP



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Nigeria’s north risks growing sense of alienation KANO: Standing on the dancefloor among shards of glass and splintered wood, Tony Baisie rues the day he agreed to help set up a nightclub in one of West Africa’s oldest Islamic cities. For more than 15 years this converted office on an industrial back street in Kano, northern Nigeria, was a thriving business. Customers-Christian and Muslim-would dance among its mirrored walls or shoot pool in the courtyard outside. But three weeks ago, members of Hisbah-a uniformed Islamic squad set up by Kano’s state governor in 2003 to enforce sharia (Islamic law) raided the club, smashing tables and chairs, and seizing its drinks stocks and sound systems. “They took me away and detained me overnight,” Baisie said. “Before they released me they made me sign an undertaking I would not sell alcohol or play music ever again in Kano.” Africa’s most populous nation-roughly divided into a Muslim north and Christian south, but with sizeable minorities living in both regions-is full of paradox. It is home to more Muslims than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa but is also the world’s second biggest consumer of Guinness beer.

A secular government sits in Abuja in the centre of a fervently religious nation. Mega churches in Lagos to the south attract weekly congregations numbering tens of thousands, while the north traces its Islamic heritage back centuries to the trans-Saharan trading routes linking it to north Africa. Around a dozen northern states have introduced sharia over the past decade, but it is practiced to varying degrees and only four of them have enforcement squads like Kano’s Hisbah, a force of around 9,000 men in green and black uniforms. Sa’idu Ahmad Dukawa, their director-general, makes no apologies for what he says is a mission to purify the city. “We are aware many non-Muslims in Kano are complaining bitterly that we are applying sharia on them because we are saying stop bringing alcohol to Kano, stop opening brothels. They feel it is an infringement of the rights of Christians,” he said in his office, speaking in soft, measured tones. “But I always argue that the fact we do not close churches, the fact we do not stop them from praying, the fact we do not force any one of them to Islam, I do not think there is any infringement. This is strictly social

control.” Kano is generally accepted to be Nigeria’s second most populous city after Lagos, although many of its residents insist on the accuracy of a 2006 census which put the state’s population higher than its southern rival at 9.4 million people. Its low-rise streets, lined by acacia and tamarind trees coated in a permanent layer of dust from the Sahara, are a far cry from the lagoon-side sprawl of Lagos, which spills chaotically across what were once mangrove swamps. Kano’s legions of motorcycle taxis, weaving their way around child beggars, are a familiar sight from other parts of Nigeria. But in recent years they have started to carry predominantly male passengers, an outward sign of the city’s growing Islamic conservatism. Women, their heads veiled, travel in yellow three-wheeled tricycles, a black curtain around the passenger compartment shielding them from sight. At night much of the city is dead, apart from one street in the Christian neighborhood of Sabon Gari. Plastic tables and chairs spill into the road around dimly-lit shacks. The Hisbah have agreed a pact with a

few bar owners here and turn a blind eye, but the beer is kept behind curtains. Some diplomats fear growing religious conservatism, hostility to Western values and pervasive poverty could allow radicals to gain a hold, particularly as they set the north at odds with the rest of Nigeria, which is increasingly liberalizing as it opens up to ever greater foreign investment. Southern Nigeria is home to the mainstay oil industry and the flourishing banking sector, while the textile industry and agriculture of the north are in decline. The upper echelons of the military and civil service have increasingly been staffed by southerners since the end of military rule 12 years ago. “The impoverished North, with its rivalry between Muslims and Christians and its new, indigenous forms of radical Islam, has become increasingly alienated from the government in Abuja,” wrote former US ambassador John Campbell in a book published last year called “Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink”. “Without Abuja moves to counter this alienation, the North has the potential to provide a major impetus towards state failure,” said Campbell, ambassador to Nigeria from 2004-2007. —Reuters

Nigerian election chiefs stand firm on poll dates 50 killed in election violence

PARIS: French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a crisis summit at the Elysee palace in Paris yesterday.— AP

Germany to seek common EU nuke safety standards BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel called yesterday for the European Union to set common safety standards for nuclear power stations following Japan’s crisis. Merkel, who ordered the closure this week of seven old nuclear plants in Germany, said she would raise the issue at an EU summit on March 24-25. In a podcast on her website, Merkel noted that the EU had set common standards for many things right down to the size of apples and shape of bananas. “We could also talk about uniform safety standards for all European nuclear power stations because everyone in Europe would be affected to the same extent by an accident at a nuclear power station in Europe,” she said. Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen is considering drastic safety measures to be implemented at German nuclear plants which could make them commercially unviable, sources in Merkel’s coalition said on Friday. Roettgen discussed with coalition partners a ministry paper offering “preliminary thoughts” on possible standards that few of Germany’s 17 nuclear plants currently fulfill, they said. Merkel praised European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger for summoning nuclear power plant operators and regulators to discuss safety after last week’s earthquake and tsunami which caused the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima complex. “We have to decide what we can learn from this catastrophe,” said Merkel, who suspended this week her nuclear policy which the coalition agreed only last autumn. All seven plants, which began operating before 1980, will undergo safety checks during the three month moratorium. The opposition has accused Merkel of staging the policy U-turn to avoid defeat in a series of regional elections this month. — Reuters

US man, 70, stoned to death by friend MEDIA: A 70-year-old man was stoned to death with a rock stuffed in a sock by a younger friend who alleged the victim made unwanted sexual advances, authorities said. According to the criminal complaint, John Thomas, 28, of a Philadelphia suburb, told police he killed Murray Seidman of nearby Lansdowne because the Bible refers to stoning homosexuals. “I stoned Murray with a rock in a sock,” Thomas told police, according to the criminal complaint. Thomas was arrested and charged with murder Friday. According to the complaint, “John Thomas stated that he read in the Old Testament that homosexuals should be stoned in certain situations. The answer John Thomas received from his prayers was to put an end to the victim’s life. John Thomas stated that he struck the victim approximately 10 times in the head. After the final blow, John Thomas made sure the victim was dead.” “He is a deeply religious man. Or so he says,” said Lansdowne Police Chief Dan Kortan. Delaware County Medical Examiner Fredric Hellman ruled that Seidman had been dead for five to 10 days before Thomas started banging on doors in the hallway of Seidman’s apartment building on Jan. 12. Police said Thomas, who is the executor and sole beneficiary of Seidman’s will, returned to the apartment and pretended that he had just discovered Seidman’s body. Thomas had no comment as he was led out of the Delaware County Courthouse on Friday. Seidman was a longtime worker in the laundry department at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, where he was “very popular,” Kortan said. “As far as we are concerned, he was a model citizen,” Kortan said.— AP

ABUJA: Nigeria’s electoral commission has rejected opposition calls to alter the date for presidential elections because the timetable favors the ruling party, saying time was too short for any such change. Africa’s most populous nation is due to hold parliamentary elections on April 2, followed by the presidential vote on April 9, with voters electing governors in the country’s 36 states to round off the process on April 16. Opposition parties went to court requesting the presidential poll be held last, saying any other order put pressure on voters to support the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan. The PDP has won every election since the end of military rule in 1999 and Jonathan is the front runner. With local elections after the presidential vote, opponents are concerned that if Jonathan wins, voters will be more inclined to support the winning team and back PDP state governors, who currently run the majority of the states. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Friday there would be no change in the timetable and it was confident the constitution would support its decision. “The order of elections remains as announced. The time is too short to alter the sequence of elections,” said Kayode Idowu, INEC spokesman. “It is like a moving train, it cannot suddenly be brought to a stop because you see something by the rail. The Nigeria constitution ... empowers the independent national electoral commission to determine the date of the various elections.” ELECTION VIOLENCE Nigeria has a history of flawed elections marred by legal wrangling and localized violence. Three people were killed and 21 injured by an explosive device thrown from a car

at a ruling party election rally in the town of Suleja near the capital Abuja last month. There have also been fire bomb attacks on opposition party offices and campaign rallies in Jonathan’s home state of Bayelsa in the southern oil-producing Niger Delta. Human Rights Watch said this week parliament should establish a special commission to investigate election-related violence and corruption. The group said at least 300 people were killed in violence during the last general election in 2007 but no one was brought to account.

on top of some 200 killed in sectarian violence in the central “Middle Belt” region and scores killed by a radical Islamist sect in the remote northeast. STAFF ASK FOR LIFE INSURANCE While Nigeria’s election chief wanted to discuss ethics with his staffers ahead of pivotal April polls, poll workers asked about more practical concerns in the oil-rich and restive country. Among them: How does one bribe police officers enough to pull guard duty on elec-

ty chancellor picked to manage the nation’s election. Those problems illuminate the tough task Jega faces, as his popular appeal alone won’t be enough to manage polls in a nation where elections have been marred by rigging, intimidation and violence since it became a democracy more than a decade ago. Lawmakers confirmed Jega, 54, as head of the electoral commission in June, giving him a year to confront a challenge gnawing at Nigeria since its independence from Britain in 1960.

ABUJA: Ibrahim Shekarau (left) Nuhu Ribadu (center) Gen Muhammadu Buhari (right) and an empty podium at far left for President Goodluck Jonathan, attend a presidential debate in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday, March 18, 2011. These top contenders in Nigeria’s upcoming presidential election faced each other in a spirited televised debate weeks before voters choose who is going to lead Africa’s most populous nation. — AP “Normally crimes should be investigated by the police,” said Corinne Dufka, senior West Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “But the police in Nigeria have shown themselves incapable of effectively investigating electionrelated crimes, with not one conviction in 50 years.” Amnesty International said 50 people had been killed in violence directly related to elections since July last year,

tion day? “If we inform the police, most of the time ... they come to the area and ask you for money and for other assistance to do their job,” said Michael Osayande, an election official in Niger state during Thursday’s meeting. Staff from the Independent National Electoral Commission asked for life insurance and worried aloud about ethnic and religious violence during the meeting with Jega, the assistant universi-

Corruption and troubled elections mark the nation’s history in between long bouts of military rule. Politicians strive for power and the purse strings of a nation funded billions of dollars in oil revenues with little financial oversight. Jega won praise for deciding to scrap Nigeria’s infamous voter registry, which included entries such as Mike Tyson, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali. Officials used that

registry in the country’s 2007 election, which represented the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in the nation’s history. However, international observers roundly rejected the poll as being rigged and marred by thuggery. “A credible voter’s register is the foundation of a credible election process,” Jega said Thursday. “We believe, now, we have a credible register, not a perfect register, but certainly a register which is substantially much, much better.” The election commission spent more than $230 million to purchase laptop computers, digital cameras and fingerprint scanners to register voters across the country in roughly 120,000 locations. But the process saw long lines and anger as the machines failed to properly take fingerprints. A follow-up period for voters to check their registration saw many unable to find the lists that were supposed to be on display. Officials later announced 73.5 million people registered to vote, up from 61 million in the previous election. However, some critics and opposition candidates have questioned the high registration numbers, considering the problems election officials had during the process. Taken at face value, the registration numbers also imply election officials had at least an 80 percent success rate at registering eligible voters in a country with large rural regions. But registration remains only part of the “very difficult exercise,” Jega acknowledged. On the days of the elections, officials will be largely on their own in areas where bribery and threats are rife. President Goodluck Jonathan’s ruling People’s Democratic Party has been the only force in the nation able to manipulate the unruly polls to hold the presidency. He is running to extend his mandate in Africa’s most populous nation. —Agencies

Papers show Thatcher, Carter ‘close rapport’ ‘Hello there, Jimmy. Margaret here’ CAMBRIDGE: Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were political soul mates, right-wing Cold Warriors who helped define the 1980s. But politics makes strange bedfellows. Newly released papers from the former British prime minister’s personal archive reveal a surprising rapport between the “Iron Lady” and Reagan’s political antithesis - Democratic President Jimmy Carter. He and Thatcher were not natural political allies or obvious friends, but documents from 1980, released yesterday by the Thatcher archive at Cambridge University, contain many cordial letters to and from Carter. There are few signs of tension as they confront crises including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the taking of 52 American hostages at the US embassy in Tehran. “Carter is somebody she worked hard to get along with,” said historian Chris Collins of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation. “She had considerable success at it. Had Carter lasted two terms we might be writing about the surprising amount of common ground between the two.” Thatcher had met Carter twice before she was elected, and the US president came away displeased, though according to previously released papers he mellowed by the time Thatcher became prime minister in 1979. Perhaps their affinity is not so surprising. They came from opposite ends of the political spectrum, but in 1980, the final year of Carter’s term, both leaders were under pressure, facing economic crisis at home and turmoil in Afghanistan, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The arch-capitalist Thatcher even praised liberal Carter on the economy, sending a letter endorsing his “painful but necessary meas-

ures” to get inflation down and cut gasoline consumption. On Afghanistan, the two leaders shared alarm at the Soviet invasion, and worried other European nations were being soft on the Russians. Carter wrote warmly “Dear Margaret” - to “express to you my deep personal appreciation for your words in the Commons” condemning the invasion. He was keen to solicit her opinion, and expressed hope she could sway other European countries to condemn the incursion. Thatcher was supportive of Carter’s attempt to have the 1980 Olympic Games moved from Moscow, saying “I had been thinking very much along the same lines as yourself ” and offering to hold some Olympic events in London. In the end, British athletes defied Thatcher’s wishes and attended the games. The US and several dozen other countries boycotted them. The pair also exchanged many letters about the hostage-taking in Iran. Carter’s increasing frustration at failure to negotiate an end to the crisis, which dragged on for 444 days, is palpable. “I need your help in impressing on Iranian authorities the gravity of their continuing disregard of international law and human rights,” he told Thatcher in March, imploring her to talk to Iran, “if channels are available to you.” In another, he said he attached “great importance to our personal correspondence; the breadth and candor of this exchange is very helpful to me.” Thatcher, for her part, showed sympathy for the US leader. In a phone call that April “Hello there, Jimmy. Margaret here” - Thatcher sounded concerned. “You are all right, are you?” she asked him. “You do sound a little bit

WASHINGTON: File photo of British Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher meeting with President Jimmy Carter in Washington at the White House. — AP - well, it is not surprising that you sound a little bit worried.” The papers contain no references to the US presidential election of November 1980 that brought Reagan to office. Collins said Thatcher was careful not to express a preference for one candidate over the other. “I have no doubt she wanted Reagan to win but she didn’t say so, not even privately,” Collins said. “She is very, very cautious.” On the home front, the papers show the “Iron Lady” looking a bit shaky. They reveal a leader at war with “wets” in her own party, antagonistic to Europe and faced with bad news about the recession-hit economy. Aides rallied around with a campaign to cheer up the prime minister, passing on positive press articles and letters of support from business leaders. One, a clipping

from the tabloid News of the World was sent complete with a topless “page 3 girl” still attached. Even an innocuous interview with Woman’s Own magazine contained unexpected pitfalls. Thatcher’s offhand comment that she disliked the flock wallpaper in her Downing St study brought a letter from IR MacLeod of Fabrelle Wallcoverings and Textiles Ltd., criticizing the “potentially damaging reference to our type of product” and demanding a meeting with the prime minister. The irate wallpaper-maker said that while once such wallpaper had been “associated with foreign restaurants,” such styles “have almost totally been superseded by domestic and more sophisticated designs, suitable for a wide cross-section of the higher price market.—AP



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Argentines teaching rugby in the Falklands ‘Rugby diplomacy’ in disputed Island BUENOS AIRES: Bautista Segonds is no Nelson Mandela, or any other kind of political figure for that matter. But like the former South African president, Segonds is hoping rugby can help mend relationships made frail by decades of divisions. Segonds is leading a rugby tour of the Falkland Islands trying to use the sport to help erase bitter memories of a war 29 years ago between Britain and Argentina that left more than 900 dead. Britain has ruled the South Atlantic islands - known in Spanish as Las Malvinas - for almost 180 years, but Argentina still claims them. But all that is beside the point to Segonds. “We are not the Argentine government, and we are not interest-

ed in the English government,” Segonds said by telephone from the capital of the Falkland Islands, Stanley. “What happened can’t be changed. There was a war, but our children do not have to live with our errors. Our kids need to look forward and play rugby together.” Segonds is president of an Argentine body called Rugby sin Fronteras (Rugby without Borders), which has had a delegation in the Falklands for a week holding clinics and trying to break down barriers. It’s the second such diplomatic mission by Rugby sin Fronteras, following one two years ago. Segonds said his 14-member delegation received a “somewhat frigid” reception for the islanders, who speak

with a strong British accent and are loyal to Britain. And getting there wasn’t easy. There are no direct flights from Argentina to the Falklands, which are located just 460 kilometers off the South American coast. “Our arrival is always done cautiously,” he said. “The people who live here are always wary.” Things have warmed up since. In fact, Thursday heated up with a full-blown match with young islanders, Argentine war veterans and at least one British veteran mixing it up on two integrated teams. “It was beautiful and we all enjoyed it,” Segonds said. So much so that Friday, which was to be a day off - was turned into a work day when kids attending the clinics demanded more training

time. The clinic ends Sunday. “The kids don’t want us to leave,” Segonds said. “They even want to play on our day off.” Segonds said the Argentines, who are accustomed to eating dinner at 10 pm or later, have adjusted to a meal at 6. There’s been no asado - the traditional Argentine barbecue - but just enough meat to make the South Americans feel at home. While Mandela’s attempts to rally both blacks and whites behind the national rugby team during the 1995 World Cup became a turning point in his efforts to unite a country that had been separated by apartheid, the Argentine group’s goals are much more modest. Luis Etchenique, an Argentine who

is executive director of Rugby sin Fronteras, said the organization is apolitical and simply aims to teach values like teamwork, respect, humility, camaraderie and collaboration. “The idea is to bring people together,” Etchenique said. “There is no intent to conquer. We are showing that the political interests are not always the same as the interests of people.” Segonds and Etchenique both appreciate the irony of Argentines - who originally learned rugby from the English - going to a British territory to teach locals the game. “It’s like the Americans coming to teach us football in Argentina,” Etchenique said. “ This is the paradox of the situation.”— AP

Aristide makes triumphant return to Haiti before vote Charismatic ex-president ignores US objections

ACAPULCO: Bodies lie on the floor in a home where gunmen killed an elderly woman and two of her grandchildren in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.—AP

Kids increasingly among Mexico drug war victims MEXICO CITY: The crime report describes the body of the shooting victim in the plain, unadorned language of the police: Thin. Black hair, light brown skin, purple blouse. Bullet wound in chest. Then comes the age: About 4 years old. Children, from toddlers to early teens, are increasingly falling victim to the brutal violence of Mexico’s drug war, a conflict that has killed more than 34,000 lives in the last four years. “It is infuriating that they gunned down a little girl,” said Rosa Cruz Muller, the coordinator of the Guerrero state child welfare agency. “What could she have done to them? How could she defend herself?” Once, Mexican cartel gunmen took out their targets with accurate fire, often leaving their children sitting unharmed in the same car. Now the killers increasingly seem to be willing to kill even the youngest of children. The problem has become particularly acute in Acapulco, the Pacific coast resort that has become the scene of bloody cartel turf battles. On Tuesday - two days before the 4year-old girl was shot to death in a car along with her mother on an Acapulco street - the bullet-riddled bodies of two boys aged just 2 and 6 were found in their home, surrounded by at least 200 shell casings. The body of their 60-year-old grandmother was found with her arms wrapped around them as if trying to protect them. Witness said a convoy of gunmen had been chasing a man who took refuge in the family’s house. It was unclear what happened to that man. “We were indignant when we saw the killings ... of the two boys, and their grandmother trying to protect them,” Cruz Miller said Friday. On the same day the boys were slain, police reported that two 15-year-old boys were shot to death in separate attacks in Acapulco. “It is very sad that we have to say this trend is increasing,” said Juan Martin Perez, director of the nonprofit group Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico. The group estimates 994 children and youths under 18 were between late 2006 and late 2010, and says the number has risen since then. “At least 1,000 boys

and girls have been killed,” said Perez, whose groups has studied press reports from across the nation to estimate the number of underage victims because the government does not release figures breaking down killings by age. At times, children have been caught in the crossfire of increasingly indiscriminate gunbattles between gangs. In some cases, youngsters have been killed when gunmen attacked their parents. It was unclear Friday whether that was the case of the 4-year-old girl who was slain along with her mother in the Thursday attack. The victims’ names have not been released, and a report by police in Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, said the motive for the attack “remains unknown.” Some local media reported the girl’s age as 6, rather than 4. Police said their age estimate was based on her appearance, since no identification was found on her. The head of the Guerrero state detective bureau, Fernando Monreal Leyva, said the type of bullet casings found at the scene indicated the attack was probably the work of a drug gang. He did not say which one. Monreal Leyva said that, like most victims of the drug war, the woman and child were from a poor family. He said their relatives refused to give police much information about the victims. The problem isn’t just Acapulco’s. In February, gunmen in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez chased down a man riding in an SUV with his 11-year-old son. The attackers shot both to death, and then burned their bodies. The fate of children caught up in drug violence is grim even when they are spared in killings of their parents. The problem of drug war orphans has gotten so bad in Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located, that the state government established a trust fund this month to help take care of such children. It will benefit both the children of victims as well as those of gang gunmen killed in the conflict. A recently released study by the College of Chihuahua estimates drug violence has created 17,000 orphans in the state over the last three years. The fund is expected to benefit about 2,500 of those children. —AP

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide made a triumphant homecoming to Haiti on Friday after seven years of exile, returning despite US objections two days before a crucial presidential vote. Thousands of enthusiastic followers turned out to greet the former leader, who is still widely revered in impoverished Haiti as a champion of the poor, although viewed by the United States as divisive figure who could disrupt Sunday’s election. Supporters whooped and cheered at Port-au-Prince airport as a smiling Aristide, accompanied by his family and US actor and black rights activist Danny Glover, emerged from the charter plane that brought him home from South Africa. “If you could lean against my heart you could hear how fast it is beating, how it is singing a melody to Haiti,” Aristide, wearing a blue suit, told reporters at the airport. He said he had come back to make “a small contribution” to his country, which is struggling to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and set back development in one of the world’s poorest states. Screaming supporters of “Titide”, as he is affectionately known, waved Haitian flags and welcome banners and mobbed the black SUV that took him from the airportwith a police officer sitting on the front of the car. At his spacious home in the capital’s Tabarre district, which had been refurbished for his arrival and draped with national flags, followers climbed walls and trees to pack the yard to greet him when he arrived. One woman rolled on the ground in delight, screaming “Long Live Aristide.” Aristide, 57, a charismatic former Roman Catholic priest, was ousted from power in 2004 through an armed rebellion. He became Haiti’s first freely elected president in 1991, but was overthrown by the military after seven months. His fiery brand of left-wing populism won him enemies among business elites and the army, which he eventually abol-

ished. Re-elected in 2000, his second term saw economic instability and violence, with critics accusing him of intolerance and persecution of opponents. Aristide, who had accused Washington of helping to engineer his 2004 exile, ignored a direct plea from the United States to delay his return to the Caribbean nation until after today.

between popular musician Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly and former first lady Mirlande Manigat. Donors hope the election will appoint a stable leadership to administer post-quake reconstruction funds. In his first comments, Aristide mostly avoided overtly political issues but stressed the importance of including all Haitians in national life. He

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti’s former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (center) gestures as he is surrounded by security, supporters and journalists upon arrival to his home in Port-au-Prince. — AP Washington and other western donors, who have pledged billions of dollars to help rebuild Haiti after the earthquake, had expressed fears that the homecoming of the former president could be destabilizing for the run-off election. In the initial second-round runoff in the history of Haiti’s presidential elections, voters will choose

did mention the “exclusion” of his Fanmi Lavalas party, Haiti’s biggest, which says it was barred from having its own candidate for the elections. “We condemn all kinds of violence so that the education of young people can bring peace in the head and the belly,” Aristide said, recalling one of his old campaigning slogans. “This is a great

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Student in anti-Asian rant to leave UCLA LOS ANGELES: A student who posted an Internet video of her tirade against the Asian population at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Friday night that she is leaving the school, despite the university’s decision not to discipline her. In a statement to the Daily Bruin campus newspaper, Alexandra Wallace said she has chosen to no longer attend classes at UCLA because of what she called “the harassment of my family, the publishing of my personal information, death threats and being ostracized from an entire community” in the wake of the three-minute video. “In an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video, I have offended the UCLA community and the entire Asian culture,” Wallace said in the statement, her second apology of the week. “Especially in the wake of the ongoing disaster in Japan, I would do anything to take back my insensitive words. I could write apology letters all day and night, but I know they wouldn’t erase the video from your memory, nor would they act to reverse my inappropriate action.” Earlier Friday, university officials

said they would not discipline Wallace because her video was an exercise of free speech, not hate speech, and it didn’t violate the student code of conduct. UCLA’s vice chancellor for student affairs, Janina Montero, said in a statement that campus officials were “appalled and offended by the sentiments expressed in the video,” but it did not seek to harm or threaten a specific person or group. In the video, Wallace said her complaints aren’t directed at any individual and people shouldn’t take offense, but “the problem is these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every single year.” She says the numbers would be fine if Asian students would “use American manners” and goes on to complain about Asians frequently talking on their mobile phones while she tries to study. At one point she mocks them with gibberish. Wallace suggests in the video that people calling to check on the fate of Japan’s tsunami victims go outside so they won’t freak people out if they get bad news.— AP

day for the Haitian people,” said Ansyto Felix, an activist for the Fanmi Lavalas party, UN peacekeepers, who are providing security for the polls, reinforced Haitian police in the streets. But the top UN official in the country, Edmond Mulet said he was relieved Aristide had avoided talking about politics and that there had been no violence on his arrival. “So far, so good,” Mulet said. “Right now we are focused on the elections on Sunday”. In his comments, Aristide remembered the victims of the 2010 earthquake and hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors still living in tent camps across the wrecked capital. “Your suffering is running through my blood like a river,” he said. Before Aristide’s arrival, US President Barack Obama had called his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, to stress the importance of Aristide not returning before the poll. South Africa said it could not stop Aristide from going back home. Despite a generally calm second-round campaign, there are fears that although Aristide is not a candidate his presence and large numbers of his followers in the streets could stir up a volatile electoral atmosphere. “A lot can still go wrong ... Whoever wins, Martelly or Manigat, will have to face a monumental challenge, and the Aristide wild card thrown into the mix will not make things any easier,” said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington. Aides to Aristide say he intends to stay out of politics and use his expertise in education to assist Haiti’s recovery. Both presidential candidates have said Aristide has the right to return to his country, although they would have preferred him to come back after Sunday ’s vote. American movie star Glover, who had flown with Aristide from South Africa, called it a “great day for Haiti.” “He is the country’s first democratically elected president back home with his people, back home in order to help rebuild his country,” Glover said.— Reuters

HAVANA: Military staff stand guard as government’s supporters demonstrate outside Laura Pollan’s home, leader of dissident group Ladies in White, in Havana on Friday March 18, 2011. —AP

Pro-government protesters taunt dissidents in Havana HAVANA: Pro-government demonstrators surrounded the home of a leading Cuban dissident Friday, yelling insults at her and other opposition figures gathered inside to mark the anniversary of a notorious crackdown on dissent. About 200 government supporters crowded outside the house of Laura Pollan, one of the leaders of the opposition group Damas de Blanco, or Ladies in White. They called the dissidents “worms” and shouted slogans in support of brothers Fidel and Raul Castro. The protesters refrained from shouting some of the more sexually offensive remarks sometimes directed at the group, which is made up of the wives and mothers of former and current political prisoners. The Damas have been marching peacefully each Sunday since their loved ones were arrested in a government crackdown

in March 2003 that put 75 activists, intellectuals and social commentators behind bars, most with long sentences on charges including treason. The government made a landmark deal with the Roman Catholic Church in July to free all the political prisoners it still held from the sweep, a number that had dropped to 52 due to previous releases. Just two prisoners remain - Felix Navarro and Jose Daniel Ferrer and both are expected to be freed in the coming days or weeks. The government has also released dozens of other prisoners, most of whom were jailed for violent but politically motivated crimes. Most accepted a government offer to go into exile in Spain along with their families, but about a dozen prisoners from the 2003 sweep refused to go and have been allowed to return to their homes in Cuba.— AP

NEW YORK: Can you feel the love? Some roosters in the state of New Jersey may not feel it too often as a township plans to limit their conjugal visits with hens. “It’s a noise issue,” said John Hart, a farmer who helped draft the chicken ordinance in Hopewell Township, which border on Princeton. The measure would limit mating between roosters and hens in backyard farms to 10 days a year and no more than five consecutive nights. Crowing is strictly prohibited in the relatively rural town but Hart said it could that could pose a problem. “That’s basically their mating call. In the morning, they wake up the hens and say, ‘It’s time for me to take care of business,’” Hart said. The chicken ordinance has been under discussion for three years, ever since a family wanted to erect a backyard coop but was told by the town health depar tment it would be illegal. Meanwhile, Hart said, hundreds of chickens and roosters have been living in town under the legal radar as the proposed ordinance nears a final vote on March 28. Some people mistakenly think a rooster is needed for a hen to lay eggs, when the rooster is only necessary to fertilize eggs to hatch live chickens, Har t added. — Reuters



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Afghan security forces on high alert KABUL: Police and military forces were on high alert yesterday to prevent attacks targeting next week’s celebration of the Afghan new year, when President Hamid Karzai is to announce a plan for the gradual handover of security duties from NATO to local forces, the Interior Ministry said. Authorities fear insurgents will strike March 21 to disrupt the holiday Nowruz, which marks the beginning of spring and the traditional New Year in Afghanistan, Iran and other countries of central Asia. The Taliban discouraged Afghans from celebrating Nowruz when they ruled the country in the 1990s because they deemed it un-Islamic. There have been unconfirmed reports that suicide bombers from areas near the Pakistani border have been trying to infiltrate Kabul and other major cities for weeks. Many insurgent groups are based in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas along Afghanistan’s eastern borders. “There is no doubt that the enemies of the Afghan people are trying to disrupt these happy days,” Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said yesterday. But he said USled forces were ready to help out as all

Afghan forces - including police, army and the intelligence service - work to prevent attacks. Also yesterday, NATO said three of its service members were killed. Two died in a shooting involving a security guard in southern Afghanistan and another died in a roadside bombing in the east. They did not release the nationalities of the dead or any other details, according to standard practice. The deaths brought the number of coalition troops killed this month to 19 and 84 since the start of the year. Bashary said that all police and army leaves had been canceled ahead of the holiday and that more than 13,000 security forces would be deployed in Kabul. Kabul hospitals and the city’s ambulance service had also been placed on alert, he added. Other major cities, such as Mazar-i-Sharif in the north, were also increasing security. Mazar-i-Sharif, site of a major Shiite shrine and focal point for the celebrations, was expecting thousands of visitors this year, including many from outside Afghanistan. During last year’s Nowruz celebrations, a series of bombings, including

one suicide attack, killed 11 people in eastern Afghanistan. One day before, five coalition soldiers were killed in three attacks in the south. There are worries the Taleban will try to stage spectacular attacks in the spring, in an effort to undermine people’s faith in Karzai’s often ineffectual administration as it slowly tries to assert control over the country. The US and its international partners are preparing to start a gradual handover of administrative and security responsibilities to the Afghan government, a transition process that will be completed by the end of 2014. Karzai is to announce during a Nowruz address the first six areas that will be handed over, and the US is expected to start pulling out some of its forces in July. Coalition forces are also preparing for what many officials have described as a bloody spring and summer as the Taleban try to retake some of the lands they lost since last summermostly in the south. The Afghan fighting season traditionally starts in the spring, when insurgents finish harvesting their fields and many pour back into the country from safe havens in Pakistan. — AP

JALALABAD: Afghan border police men unload a truck carrying seized hashish at a police station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan yesterday. Afghan border police seized 2,000 kilograms of hashish during on operation in Pacheer district of Jalalabad. — AP

Troops blanket Sanaa after Yemen declares emergency Opposition vows to resist; Ruling party member defects

DHARMSALA: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures as he delivers a religious talk at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala, India yesterday. — AP

Dalai Lama firm on resignation DHARMSALA: The Dalai Lama said he is firm in his decision to resign as political leader despite a plea from the Tibetan parliament-in-exile that he reconsider. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader said during a religious speech in Dharmsala that handing political power to an elected official is the correct thing to do, and he will devote the rest of his life to spiritual pursuits. “He has conveyed his decision to give up his political responsibilities firmly,” parliament Speaker Penpa Tsering said. “After listening to His Holiness speak this morning so firmly and forcefully, I believe that members of our parliament will have a different opinion on his request.” The Dalai Lama’s decision - announced on the March 10 anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in his Himalayan homeland that sent him into exile - brought objections from the Tibetan community and a parliamentary resolution Friday asking him to stay. One of the 37 parliamentarians, a monk, resigned from the assembly, saying it was not good karma for him to be part of a decision ending the Dalai Lama’s 300-year-long leadership - over 14 reincarnations. “The members of the parliament felt it was beyond their mandate to decide on this issue,” government-in-exile spokesman Thupten Samphel said. “But the Dalai Lama made it clear ... it was within his powers to decide if he wanted to keep his political powers or not.” The parliament is to decide Sunday on the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s request, which requires amending the constitution so the elected prime minister becomes the head of government. Tibetans in exile will also begin casting ballots in a previously scheduled monthlong election for a new prime minister, choosing among three candidates. The result will likely be announced April 27. The 85,000 or so registered Tibetans in exile can vote, regardless of where they live, spokesman Lobsang Choedak said. About 11,000 Tibetans live in Dharmsala. The 76-yearold Dalai Lama, who is believed to be in fairly good health, would maintain his position as spiritual leader until his death, when a new Dalai Lama would be found. He has indicated his successor would come from the exile community. China’s continued heavy-handed rule over Tibet has made the succession question all important within the Tibetan community. Beijing, which vilifies the Dalai Lama as a political schemer, insists the reincarnation must be found in China’s Tibetan areas, and has made clear that it intends to have the final say - giving Communist authorities immense power over who is chosen. Many observers believe there eventually will be rival Dalai Lamas, one appointed by Beijing and one by senior monks loyal to the current Dalai Lama. —AP

SANAA: Troops and security forces blanketed Yemen’s capital yesterday, enforcing a state of emergency imposed after rooftop snipers shot dead up to 42 antigovernment protesters a day earlier. Hundreds of soldiers moved into the streets to set up checkpoints and enforce a ban on carrying firearms in public, going so far as to check for hidden guns inside the ornamental scabbards of traditional Yemeni jambiya daggers. “I was late arriving at my office today because of the long inspection queue,” said Hussein Taha, a government employee in Hadda, on the southern edge of Sanaa. Tanks were also deployed for the first time in weeks of civil disturbance in which over 70 people have been killed. With mass protests convulsing the Arab world, Yemen became the second country in the region to announce emergency rule this week. Bahrain declared martial law on Tuesday. Two out of every five Yemenis live on less than $2 per day. The US -allied government faces separatists in the south, maintains a shaky truce with rebels in the north and is fighting an aggressive local wing of al Qaeda. Friday ’s bloodshed prompted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, struggling to keep his grip on power after 32 years of rule, to declare a state of emergency for 30 days that restricts freedom of movement and the right to gather. It also grants police greater leeway in carrying out inspections and arrests. ‘STATE OF PANIC’ Snipers opened fire from rooftops on crowds that flocked to a protest encampment at Sanaa University after Friday prayers. Protesters said they had caught at least seven snipers carrying govern-

SANAA: Yemeni riot police stand guard close to a demonstration by anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday. Witnesses and a security official say police have stormed a protest camp in southern Yemen where thousands are calling for the ouster of the country’s longtime president. — AP

ment identity cards, but Saleh denied this, blaming gunmen among the protesters for the violence. Yemen’s opposition said there was no way it could negotiate with Saleh’s government after Friday’s bloodshed. “Sending tanks to the streets is a sign that the regime is in a state of panic. But Yemenis are determined to move forward with their peaceful revolution until the fall of the regime,” said opposition spokesman Mohammed Al-Sabri. Mohamed Saleh Qara’a, a prominent member of the ruling party, became the latest to defect from Saleh’s government,

following the resignation on Friday of Tourism Minister Nabil Hasan Al-Faqih along with the head of the party’s foreign affairs committee. Qara’a told Reuters he quit because of the “completely unacceptable” violence against protesters. Saleh has rejected demands to step down immediately, promising instead to leave office when his term expires in 2013 and offering a new constitution giving more powers to parliament. In the southern por t city of Aden, police shot and wounded six protesters as they tried to disperse demonstrators

Japan tragedy seared into the world’s imagination TOKYO: There are events in history that sear themselves into the world’s collective imagination, and enter the realm where myth meets heartbreaking reality. Japan’s tragedy is one of those events. Already, it seems reasonable to surmise it could prove one of the most significant calamities of our time - one that shapes policies, economies, even philosophies for decades to come in an increasingly interconnected world. There is the sheer, surreal force of the images emerging from afflicted zones: cars perched on rooftops, ships sitting in rice paddies, helicopters in a David-andGoliath battle against radiation-spewing nuclear reactors. And the way it haunts us with some of our most basic fears: Death by water. Or rubble. Or nuclear fallout. Add to that, it’s a crisis with an impact that will be felt around the planet: Japan is one of the most advanced countries in the world, its third-largest economy, its most successful car-seller and its secondmost generous giver of foreign aid. “This event has the potential to be the most globally disruptive natural hazard in modern times,” said Rob Verchick, a disaster expert at Loyola University in New Orleans. “And it may just be, in the context of globalization, of all time.” The Asian tsunami of 2004 killed more people. The fall of the Twin Towers launched two wars. The collapse of the Berlin Wall spelled the end of an empire. But in this event, psychological, even philosophical, shock over the confluence of human tragedy and nuclear catastrophe yields

some fundamental questions. If a technological power like Japan can be so vulnerable, who’s safe? Is even minimal risk, as with nuclear power, too much risk? Do we need to rethink the role of government in protecting the public? Shaking us from modern-day hubris, we’re forced to think about whether even the most advanced societies, with almost obsessively meticulous safety backstops, are still pitifully at the mercy of the elements. But amid tragedy, Francis Fukuyama, the eminent Stanford philosopher and author of “The End of History and the Last Man,” sees the possibility for the crisis to become a galvanizing force for political change in the world. “It does seem to me a natural disaster like this, because it reminds everybody of how commonly vulnerable they are, could be used as an opportunity to reshape the whole tone and character of politics,” Fukuyama said. The unbelievable sight of rich Japan - famous for trains running like clockwork, state-of-the-art gadgets, concern for safety and order laid low by a freak force of nature beyond human control has been a terrifying wake-up call. On Friday, Japan’s government acknowledged that the triple blow of quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster completely overwhelmed even its elaborately laid out, and fastidiously practiced, emergency response systems. “The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that hap-

pened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. There’s another great earthquake that changed the world: Lisbon, 1755. The tsunami-churning temblor flattened the Portuguese city, killed tens of thousands of people, and caused Enlightenment thinkers to re-imagine the role of government and community. Experts say this crisis could become another historical turning point that may alter mankind’s perception of its relationship to the world, and societies’ relationship with one another in an age of globalization. “What the Lisbon earthquake experience contributed to Western history (was) this move of government being responsible to its people and protecting them in a community-driven way,” said Verchick. “Is there anything like that that might happen as a result of the Japan tsunami and earthquake and nuclear disaster? I think that the answer is yes. It’s related to the idea of global community.” Already the crisis is triggering an urgent rethink of nuclear power around the world, from China to Germany, where pressure is building to sharply accelerate a plan to phase out nuclear energy. “Fukushima, March 12: 15:36: The End of the Nuclear Age,” read the cover of the Germany’s prestigious Der Spiegel magazine - referring to the exact time an explosion rocked the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant where workers are racing to prevent a meltdown.—AP

holding a sit-in in a main street, residents said. “ Tanks don’t scare us. They have killed dozens of us and hundreds were wounded. And we are not leaving until Ali Abdullah Saleh leaves,” said Abdullah Saif, one of the protesters. As Saleh’s government hardened its stance towards increasingly entrenched opposition, the United States and France both condemned the violence on Friday. US President Barack Obama urged authorities to protect peaceful protesters and said those responsible must be held accountable. — Reuters

Fire kills 21 in India GAUHATI: Officials say a fire raged through a refugee camp in northeastern India, killing 21 people and injuring about 100. Police Superintendent Darlong says winds whipped the fire into a massive blaze that swept across the Nifingpara camp in Tripura state for three hours yesterday before firefighters brought it under control. Tripura’s governing CPM party says 21 people were killed and about 100 were hospitalized. Most of the thatched huts were destroyed in the remote camp, about 100 miles northeast of Tripura’s capital, Agartala. —AP



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Tourists desert town after Japan earthquake Bicycles replace cars due to fuel shortages TONO: More than a week after an earthquake and tsunami smashed much of Japan’s northeast coast to pulp, a small tourist town tucked safely between mountains has ground nearly to a halt. Tono, a city of 30,000 about 30 km from the Pacific, usually enjoys a steady flow of visitors attracted to the birthplace of much Japanese folklore, including ghoulish tales of mountain spirits and mythical creatures. “Since the earthquake on March 11, we haven’t had a single visitor,” laments local tourism board official Shinichi Tachibana at the city’s main rail station. It closed for ser vice after the tremor damaged train tracks. Instead of renting its 120 bicycles to visitors, the city-run tourist office now lends them for free to locals forced to keep cars parked due to the sudden shortage of fuel. Petrol stations

on the main street are roped off. Not even emergency vehicles can obtain fuel without a special permit by the regional government, and even then sometimes only five liters at a time, says an attendant. Across much of the northeast, which is reeling from the double impact of an earthquake and tsunami, two-hour waits are common at the few fuel stations open to individuals. While Tono’s population is relatively small, the city covers an area bigger than all Tokyo’s 23 wards combined, so getting around without a car is difficult. ECONOMIC IMPACT Without tourism, this sleepy town-like many others in the northeast-could be in for a long and heavy blow to an economy that had already declining due to the shrinking population. “It’s probably going to get worse

now,” says Eiko Niisato, 69, who runs a small tofu food business with her husband and son. She is under no illusions that the government will step in to help, knowing the devastated coast and crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant demand more attention. “The government itself has no money, and the whole country is in crisis. We’ll do what we can to survive, because what else is there to do?” Niisato is, however, among the lucky ones right now in Tono. Her family business is at least enjoying a temporary boom since out-of-town wholesalers are unable to deliver to the big supermarkets. Elsewhere, though, small businesses on side streets are mostly shuttered, and the streets are empty of pedestrians and cars. A handwritten sign at a dimly lit butcher shop advertises it is

open for business, but only two blocks of meat remain. Major supermarkets are open, but shelves have been emptied of frozen foods, milk and many other products. “ Three days ago I bought a bicycle and I’m using it for commuting,” says Katsuhiro Tada, a 32-year-old builder who cycled to the supermarket from his workplace. The home depot centre where he purchased his bicycle is now out of stock, he says. A nearby barber shop is also open but proprietor Fujiko Segawa is watching television with a friend rather than cutting hair. “I guess it must be the earthquake,” she says. The tourism board’s Tachibana says he has no idea when Tono might return to normal. “I guess we’re stuck until the trains start running. Who knows when that’ll be?” — Reuters

TOKYO: A local man rests near Sensoji Temple yesterday in Tokyo. Tokyo’s usually busy streets have been quiet since a nuclear crisis triggered by the disaster prompted the US and other governments to recommend against travel to Japan due to the risk that radioactive contamination might spread. — AP

Japan cites radiation in milk and spinach Tokyo sees some stabilization in nuclear crisis

YALA: The body of a suspected militant lies on the ground after he was killed in a clash with Thai security forces in Thailand’s restive southern province of Yala yesterday. Shadowy Islamic militants have waged an uprising in Thailand’s southernmost region bordering Malaysia since early 2004, leaving more than 4,400 people dead, including both Muslims and Buddhists. — AFP

Thailand PM survives no-confidence vote BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva narrowly survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote yesterday, ensuring his government remains in office in the run-up to what is likely to be a close election. Abhisit was backed by 249 lawmakers, or 52 percent of the eligible house voters, in a censure motion after four days of debate marked by allegations of corruption, mismanagement and conflicts of interest leveled at him and nine of his ministers. The number of votes against the Oxford-educated premier could reflect some dissatisfaction within his fractious six-party coalition, which his Democrat Party heads with a slim majority. It is not, however, seen as an indication of his public support ahead of a parliamentary election expected by July. Analysts say the poll is expected to be a close race between Abhisit’s Democrats and the opposition Puea Thai Party and he would probably need to form another coalition to govern again. All nine ministers passed no-confidence votes, but by narrow margins, several ministers receiv-

ing less support than the premier. The censure was conducted on a free-vote basis, meaning lawmakers may not all have voted along party lines. The election comes at a critical time for Thailand, which is embroiled in a five-year-old political crisis characterized by violent demonstrations, lengthy blockades, disputed judicial rulings and military intervention. ELECTION DIFFICULTIES Investors are hoping the poll will lead to greater stability. But analysts warn the elections may not go smoothly, with scope for foul play or challenges to the outcome from either side, leading to renewed street protests or even a coup. The election will be the first real test of Abhisit’s public support as he came to power in late 2008 in a parliamentary vote his critics say was influenced heavily by the army top brass. Abhisit believes his party has the edge over Puea Thai, which is backed by ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who still retains considerable influence over Thai politics. —Reuters

Malaysia state polls to determine fate of PM KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Sarawak state legislature will be dissolved tomorrow, paving the way for possible polls in April that could trigger an early general election. The vote in the sprawling, resource-rich state of Sarawak on Borneo island is seen as a barometer of the strength of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government, and is expected to influence the timing and outcome of a general election which could be held this year. A strong win for Najib’s coalition could trigger an early general election and give the prime minister a mandate to push through key economic changes while a poor performance would throw in doubt the coalition’s future and the fate of promised market-friendly reforms. Sarawak has to hold state polls within 60 days of the legislature’s dissolution and many expect the vote to be in April. “I have met the governor of Sarawak on the dissolution of the state council, and the order to dissolve the state council will be done on March 21, with a copy to be given to the Election Commission,” chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud told reporters in Sarawak on Saturday. Sarawak is a stronghold of the ruling coalition, but its popularity has been eroded by grumbling about poverty and its long-serving chief minister Taib. It has reserves of timber, palm oil and liquefied natural gas but

ranks among Malaysia’s poorest states. In a recent interview with Reuters, Najib said a good showing in Sarawak would help assess the public mood and perhaps provide a pointer to calling an early general election. A general election is not due until 2013 but many expect it to be held late this year after economic growth accelerated to a 10-year high of 7.2 percent in 2010 on the back of strong commodity prices. “The ruling coalition still looks strong heading into the next general election but the biggest question is Sarawak and how they will fare,” political analyst Ong Kian Ming said before the legislature’s dissolution was announced. Najib took office in 2009 pledging economic reforms that were initially hailed by investors but his record of delivery has been mixed. Wary of upsetting voters, Najib softened his stance on some reforms including the overhaul of a controversial affirmative action policy favoring the country’s majority ethnic Malays and twice postponed the implementation of a Goods and Services Tax. Analysts say that Najib may be willing to initiate these changes if he can secure a strong mandate at the next general election, and the Sarawak poll result will provide an indication of whether he is able to do so. The ruling coalition has 62 of the 71 seats in the state legislature. —Reuters

TOKYO: One of six tsunami-crippled nuclear reactors appeared to stabilize yesterday as Japan raced to restore power to the stricken power plant to cool it and prevent a catastrophic release of radiation. Engineers reported some rare success after fire trucks sprayed water for several hours on reactor No.3, widely considered the most dangerous at the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex because of its use of highly toxic plutonium. “The situation there is stabilizing somewhat,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference. Japan also reported its first contamination of food since the powerful March 11 earthquake and tsunami that has left nearly 18,000 people dead or missing, turned entire towns into debris-strewn wastelands and triggered a nuclear emergency. Japan ordered a halt to all food product sales from Fukushima prefecture, said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which warned that radioactive iodine found in food can pose a short-term risk to human health. Radiation levels in milk from a Fukushima farm about 30 km from the plant, and spinach grown in Ibaraki, a neighboring prefecture, exceeded government limits, Edano said. Faint radiation was also found in tap water in Maebashi, 100 km north of Tokyo, Kyodo News reported. Edano told reporters before the IAEA warning that higher radiation levels posed no risk to human health, but the findings are sure to heighten scrutiny of Japanese food exports, especially in Asia, their biggest market. Restaurants in Singapore are already considering importing sushi, sashimi and other Japanese ingredients from elsewhere. Prime Minister Naoto Kan, facing Japan’s biggest disaster since World War Two, sounded out the opposition about forming a government of national unity to deal with the crisis. But the leader of the largest opposition party rejected the idea out of hand. Despite signs of progress yesterday, the crisis looked far from tamed. A 1.5 km power cable was connected to the outside of the mangled plant in a desperate attempt to re-start water pumps that would cool overheating nuclear fuel rods and prevent a deadly radiation leak. Four of the worst-hit reactors in the complex should have electricity by Sunday, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said, a potentially crucial milestone in the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years. Restoring the plant’s cooling system might help to allay anxiety in Tokyo, about 240 km to south where tens of thousands of tourists, expatriates and residents have either left or stayed indoors, despite radiation readings well within the

MOSCOW: A man sells fish in a market as the sign reads 1 kg - 35 rubles ($ 1.20) in Yuzhno yesterday. Widespread fear that Japan’s nuclear crisis could send radioactive fallout Russia’s way is proving a nightmare to public officials in the Pacific regions. — AP average and winds blowing from the plant off to sea. Engineers fixed the power cable to the No 2 reactor but have yet to turn on its coolers, and they plan to test power in reactors No 1, 2, 3 and 4 today, Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director general at the Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, told a news conference. “This is an absolutely necessary step,” he said. “To return the situation to normal we need power to bring the temperature down with normal methods.” Restarting the coolers would be “a significant step forward in establishing stability,” added Eric Moore, a nuclear power expert at US-based FocalPoint Consulting Group. Working inside a 20-km evacuation zone at Fukushima, nearly 300 engineers restarted a second diesel generator for reactor No 6, the nuclear safety agency added. They used the power to restart cooling pumps on No 5. PUBLIC APOLOGY Thousands living outside that danger zone but within a 30 km radius face dwindling supplies of heating fuel, food and water, heeding a government request to stay indoors and close all windows, doors and vents. The UN nuclear watchdog says radiation levels outside the plant are safe. It said Japanese authorities have urged people in the area to ingest iodine, which can be used to help protect against thyroid cancer in the event of radioactive exposure. The operator of the 40year-old plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co , is facing mounting criticism in Japan, including

questions over whether it hesitated too long before dousing the reactors with seawater, which permanently damages them. Yesterday, its president issued a public apology for “causing such great concern and nuisance”. Plant officials say a last resort, if all else fails, would be to bury the sprawling old plant in sand and concrete to prevent a catastrophic radiation release. The method was used at the Chernobyl reactor in 1986, scene of the world’s worst nuclear reactor disaster. Underlining their desperation, fire trucks sprayed water through much of Saturday, a day after Japan raised the severity rating of the nuclear crisis to level 5 from 4 on the seven-level INES international scale, putting it on a par with the Three Mile Island accident in Pennsylvania in 1979. Some experts say it is more serious. Chernobyl, in Ukraine, was a 7 on that scale. HUMANITARIAN EFFORT The operation to avert large-scale radiation has largely overshadowed the humanitarian crisis caused by the 9.0-magnitude quake and 10-metre tsunami. Some 390,000 people, many elderly, are homeless, living in shelters in near-freezing temperatures in northeastern coastal areas. Food, water, medicine and heating fuel are in short supply and a Worm Moon, when the full moon is closest to Earth, could bring floods to devastated areas. “Everything is gone, including money,” said Tsukasa Sato, a 74-year-old barber with a heart condition, as he warmed his hands in front of a stove at a shelter for the homeless. —Reuters

Why poll in Malaysia’s Sarawak state matters KUALA LUMPUR: The chief of Malaysia’s key Sarawak state said the local assembly would be dissolved tomorrow, paving the way for polls that could trigger an early general election. The vote in the sprawling, resource-rich state on Borneo island is seen as a barometer of the strength of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government, and is expected to influence the timing and outcome of a general election which could be held this year. The Sarawak election must be within 60 days of the legislature’s dissolution. WHY DOES SARAWAK MATTER? Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state, is a bastion of Najib’s National Front. The state provides the ruling coalition with one-fifth of its 137 members in parliament and the outcome in local assembly elections will provide a reading on where the Front now stands. The coalition suffered record losses to the opposition in the last general election in 2008. But analysts say record commodity prices and strong economic growth have boosted the Front’s chances at national polls that must be held by 2013. In a recent interview with Reuters, Najib said

a good showing in Sarawak would help assess the public mood and perhaps provide a pointer to bringing forward the date of the general election. The ruling coalition is unlikely to lose control of the state but voters could show their displeasure with long-serving Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and deprive the Front of its twothirds majority in the state assembly. Many of Malaysia’s mainly ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities abandoned the government in the 2008 elections due to increasing concerns of marginalization, hollowing out the ruling coalition’s smaller parties. Many remain weak and unable to regain momentum. Sarawak will show whether Najib has succeeded in winning them back. WHAT IF THE RULING COALITION FAILS TO RETAIN ITS MAJORITY? This could force Najib to hold off on calling a snap election and pressure him to further delay promised economic reforms that would affect the government’s plans to trim its budget deficit, which hit a 20-year year high in 2009. Since taking office in 2009, Najib has pledged

political and economic changes that were initially cheered by investors. But he has since shied away from significant subsidy cuts and tax reforms, and softened his stance on a pledge to reform controversial preferential equity ownership rules for the majority ethnic Malays. A poor showing by the government in Sarawak would signal that Najib still has an uphill battle to reverse the ruling coalition’s 2008 general election losses. A unconvincing win by the ruling coalition could also increase pressure on the state’s 74-year-old chief minister Taib to retire, leaving a power vacuum which could unnerve investors. HOW WILL INVESTORS REACT? Foreign ownership of Malaysian stocks stood at only 21.9 percent as of December last year and the stock market reaction to previous Sarawak elections has generally been limited. The last Sarawak election in 2006, which saw the opposition increase its tally in the 71-seat state legislature to eight from two, was followed by a two percent drop in the benchmark stock index . —Reuters


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Economic roots of Bahrain crisis, GCC response By Dr James J Zogby ll too frequently these days, I am asked whether our past polling at Zogby International gave us any advance clues to the uprisings that have occurred in several Arab countries. The answer, of course, is no. We were surprised, as, I believe, were the demonstrators themselves by the outpouring of support and the rapid growth of their movements in Tunisia, Egypt and beyond. But while our polling couldn’t predict the uprisings, it nevertheless has been helpful in contributing to our understanding of the issues and concerns that define the political landscape in countries across the region. In preparing for a talk on Bahrain earlier this week, I took a look at a survey of the “middle class” in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain we conducted a few years ago for McKinsey and Company. It was most instructive. What I found, back then, in that in-depth look into the economic status and outlook of Gulf Arabs were yellow flags flying all over our Bahrain data, warning that the country’s citizens were distressed. We found that not only are Bahrain’s neighbors in Saudi Arabia and the UAE wealthier, in terms of macro-economic indicators, their citizens are also more satisfied with their current status and more optimistic about their prospects for the future. Ask the questions “are you better off than your parents were when they were your age” and between twothirds to three-quarters of Saudis and Emiratis say “yes”. On the other hand, only one-third of Bahrainis would agree that they are better off than their parent’s generation. And when asked whether their children would be better off in the future, more than a half of Saudis and Emiratis agreed that they would be better off, while only 17 percent of Bahrainis are optimistic about the future of their offspring. Hard data establishes that Bahrain’s unemployment is significantly more than double that of its neighbors, but this is only part of the story. Most unemployed Saudis and Emiratis report having incomes (with some being fairly substantial coming from family support; others report income from rental properties or investments, etc). And most of those reporting themselves to be “unemployed” in those two countries come from households in which two or more individuals are employed. In Bahrain, on the other hand, most of the unemployed report having no sources of other income, most have no savings, and most come from households where only one person or no one at all is a wageearner. One doesn’t have to make the leap to a crude type of economic determinism to conclude that this economic stress in Bahrain would have consequences. Bahrainis report being less satisfied with their jobs and the salaries they receive, and give lower grades to government services than their neighbors in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. While this obvious economic distress in Bahrain is only one factor among others to which one can point in an effort to account for the turmoil in the country - it is a revealing and important factor nonetheless. The issues of political reform, concerns with discrimination, and government accountability have now been brought to the forefront in Bahrain and are the key agenda items for a much needed national dialogue. But as this broader political discussion advances (and one can only hope that it does), the economic needs of Bahrain’s people should not be ignored. Meeting economic concerns will not substitute for political reform, but not addressing these economic matters will only make advancing on the political front all the harder. In this area, Bahrain’s neighbors have a key role to play. Earlier this year, Gulf Cooperation Council members made a commitment of long-term financial assistance to Bahrain. And now they have sent troops into the country deepening their commitment to their neighbor and fellow member. More must be done. Bahrain needs help. Just as other GCC countries realized that the long-term standoff that shut down a vital part of the country was not sustainable or constructive, so too they must realize that the government’s crack-down that ended the standoff will also not solve the country’s problems or even contribute to a resolution. An honest, open, and good faith dialogue on all key issues is the only way forward. As that occurs, the GCC can design a more comprehensive economic package for Bahrain - as an incentive to move the reform process forward, as a sign of GCC solidarity with the Bahraini people and government, and as a way of demonstrating that Arab problems can be solved by Arabs.


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Finally outgunned, Gaddafi plays for time By William Maclean inally confronted by a far stronger adversary, Muammar Gaddafi’s pragmatic instincts will be to stall, secure a truce and negotiate continued control of a rump regime based in Libya’s west. His life as well as his rule at stake, the veteran autocrat will also tighten security control over his entourage to avert any repetition of the numerous coup attempts that have marked his 41 years in power, analysts say. But his options have shrunk dramatically since the UN Security Council on Thursday evening endorsed a no-fly zone and “all necessary measures” to shield civilians from his forces.Analysts who know Gaddafi, an old hand at surviving prolonged international isolation, say the goal of UN-backed action must be regime change. Any endgame short of that will offer openings he can exploit. For example, some expect Gaddafi, adept at brinkmanship, to call for talks mediated by African statesmen to gain time and carve rifts in the coalition ranged against him. “He’s a manipulator and a survivor,” said Saad Djebbar, a UKbased Libya expert. “He shouldn’t be allowed to negotiate to stay on in Tripoli. He wants to engineer the division of Libya, like Korea was split into a North and a South in the 1950s. His only option should be to leave.” That endgame received explicit backing on Friday when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the international effort against Gaddafi was aimed at ousting him, although it would move “one step at a time” and first halt violence against civilians. “The overwhelming vote by the Security Council I think reflects a broad understanding that, Number One: stop the violence, and Number Two: we do believe that a final result of any negotiations would have to be the decision by Colonel Gaddafi to leave,” she said. Djebbar said what he called Gaddafi’s untrustworthiness was on display as late as Friday afternoon, when he said Libya’s third city of Misrata in the west continued to be pummelled by government fire after Gaddafi’s government declared a ceasefire. Analysts say that beyond end-


ing the killing of civilians and Gaddafi’s departure from power in some way, much remains unclear about the aims of the rapidly assembled coalition on Libya. First, it is not clear that Gaddafi’s departure is the prin-

cipal objective of all major powers. For their part, many Western strategists would like to see a rapid transfer of Gaddafi and his associates to the world court at The

Hague, an outcome implicit in the UN resolution. How big the constituency would be for that outcome is unknown. Then there are uncertainties about how a post-Gaddafi government would be assembled in a society taught for four decades that democracy is wrong and pluralism is a fraud. And there are the practical challenges of confronting a pragmatic leader adept at international machinations. After all, Gaddafi skillfully negotiated Libya’s rapprochement with the international community in 2003-05 by agreeing to give up weapons of mass destruction programs. He later publicly admitted that he was motivated by his prudent desire to avert to fate of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, toppled by the US-led invasion of 2003 and later hanged. Gaddafi and his sons are expected to cling on, based in the capital Tripoli in Libya’s west, and perhaps pull their forces back from the eastern city of Benghazi to undermine accusations that they are preparing to level the opposition bastion there. But such gambits may be of little use. There is little doubt that the overwhelming momentum now is for military force to be brought to bear until Gaddafi’s government is brought to an end. Any endgame allowing their political survival would lead to Libya’s de facto partition between the west and a rebel-run east, and years of strife between the two regions, analysts say. Jytte Klausen, Professor of International Cooperation at Brandeis Unversity, said that if Gaddafi clung on, a divided Libya was a real possibility “consisting of two dysfunctional city states separated by peace-keepers”. Meaningful negotiations will only be about the manner of his departure, many experts say. Faysal Itani, deputy head of Middle East and North Africa forecasting at Exclusive Analysis, said Gaddafi’s use of heavy weaponry against civilian fighters erased any possibility the opposition would contemplate a continued role for his family. “The doors are really shut for negotiation,” he said, adding a minimum level of trust required for serious negotiations did not exist. “We think Gaddafi will be killed, or commit suicide, or simply run away. It’s over.” — Reuters

War to stifle Gaddafi not risk-free By David Brunnstrom Western and Arab military campaign against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi could be launched within hours and cripple his forces - perhaps drive him from power within weeks. But it is not without risks. Thursday’s UN Security Council vote backing military action in Libya offers intervening powers a very broad mandate, by authorising “all necessary measures” to protect civilians. It is unclear how far the allies want to go, notably in view of Gaddafi’s initial response of offering a ceasefire. But it is clear their firepower gives them many possibilities. Military analysts said the resolution could mean a campaign extending beyond simply preventing government plans operating in a no-fly zone around Benghazi and other rebel-held areas and might be expected to include strikes against air bases, missile sites, command centres, heavy artillery units and tanks. They said a coalition led by Britain and France and backed by the United States and Arab countries would be able to deploy formidable air capabilities - including French Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighters, British Typhoon and Tornado strike aircraft and US F-22s - against Gaddafi’s fairly ragged resources. “The terms of the resolution are very wide-ranging,” said Shashank Joshi at London’s Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), suggesting it could lead to overthrowing Gaddafi. “Over time we may not just see bombing of


units close to Benghazi; we may see powers saying we are authorised to remove this threat.” The air armada would be backed by airborne early-warning and tanker aircraft and British Nimrod spy planes, against a Libyan air force that may be able to field as few as 40 of its notional combat strength of 200-plus aircraft, said Douglas Barrie of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Analysts said the attackers could use a broad range of bases across southern Europe, including in Italy, British bases in Cyprus and Gibraltar and French bases in Corsica and southern France - as well as, potentially, bases in Gulf states. A French official said the operation could also involve missiles fired from warships in the Mediterranean. Barak Seener, a Middle East expert at RUSI said the Libyan armed forces would be able to put up little contest: “I would give it a month,” he said. “It will be striking targets of the regime and it will be rapidly eroding the regime’s command and control. I don’t see this as a timeconsuming exercise.” Seener said Western forces, sticking to UN instructions not to invade, would seek to turn the war decisively against Gaddafi by aiding the nearly defeated rebels. They would supply them with communication equipment, anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems and also send special forces to train their troops. “And they will use the no-fly zone to offer the opposition intelligence on the regime’s movements and force concentrations,” he said, painting a picture of a decisive intervention on the hitherto

losing side in Libya’s civil war. Seener said that as well as the Rafale, a multi-purpose strike aircraft, France could use the Super Etendard, a carrier-borne strike fighter supported by VC-10 and C-135 FR refueling tankers and AWACS reconnaissance aircraft. He said France would have about 30 carrier-based aircraft available, while the United State had indicated it would only use land-based aircraft. These may come from Italy. French aircraft could also fly out of land bases in mainland France and Corsica and from Italy, 5001,400 km from Tripoli. Britain, meanwhile would employ Tornado GR4s, Typhoons and air-to-air refueling and surveillance aircraft, while Canada is sending six CF-18 Hornets. Saudi Arabia, which has Tornados, F-15s and Typhoons, and other Arabs states - the UAE and Qatar would probably provide a token number of aircraft, he said. “The first ground strikes will be carried out by Rafales, Mirage 2000Ds and Tornado GR4s, firing precision weapons - laser-guided bombs, GPS guided (A2SM) and Scalp or Storm Shadow shadow missiles,“ he said. “The bombers will be escorted by fighters to protect them and go after any Libyan planes sent to intercept.” Joshi said that because the rebels lacked the power to topple Gaddafi militarily the allies’ strategy would have to be based on first removing his ability to threaten Benghazi, then a combination of political and military pressure. “The hope will be that there will either be a coup or disintegration of the regime from the top,” he said.

While analysts forecast that first strikes against Gaddafi could be launched in the next day or two - possibly as early as Saturday, when Arab and Western leaders are scheduled to meet in Paris - some analysts cautioned it could be too late to avoid a messy partition of the country. “It looks like Gaddafi will stay in power in Tripoli for some time to come and a form of stalemate will emerge, bringing a partition between the east and west,” said Henry Wilkinson of the Janusian Security Consultants. Joshi said it was hard to predict how long the campaign would last, but noted that the NATO operation in Kosovo in 1999, which was forecast to take weeks, had dragged on for months. “ There’s no guarantee,” he said. “Gaddafi could pull back to Sirte and make clear he’s no longer threatening Benghazi and put the coalition in a position of having to decide whether to bomb him there, which could look like a provocative act. “So it could result in stalemate that could go on for months. And the longer it goes on the more Arab public opinion will go against it, because you will see creeping civilian casualties, and the more you will see this coalition, which is a very artificial thing, slowly fracture.” Analysts also pointed to the potential costs of a long drawn out campaign, at a time of economic crisis and austerity. While an initial air campaign could be launched with “tens of aircraft”, Joshi said, it was eventually likely to have to involve hundreds and cost in excess of $100 million a week. — Reuters



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BERLIN: In this March 23, 2007 file photo, Knut, the polar bear cub, has its first public appearance in the Berlin zoo. — AP

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MANAMA: Trucks and bulldozers remove the debris of the Pearl Square monument yesterday, a day after Bahrain demolished what had come to symbolise the kingdom’s pro-democracy movement, after security forces smashed a protest sit-in there. — AFP

Kuwait sends medics to Bahrain Continued from Page 1 Ahsan was buried in a plot near the first man killed in the uprising that began last month and whose grave was covered in flowers and photographs. As men lowered the body into the grave, the women, clad in black chadors broke off to hold a small protest at the side of the road. “Down with the regime,” they shouted. Ahsan was the second protester to be buried this week, and police and troops have not intervened to disperse mourners despite a blanket ban on all public gatherings. In an effort to bring life gradually back to normal, Bahrain’s military rulers cut back by four hours yesterday a 12 hour curfew that had been imposed on large areas of the capital Manama. The curfew now runs from 8 pm to 4 am from the Seef Mall area in Manama, through the Pearl roundabout and the financial district to the diplomatic area. Bahrain also urged employees working in the public sector and both public and private sector schools and universities to return to work after days of closures and shortened hours. Some of the larger malls began to reopen yesterday, after days of closures and there were fewer checkpoints in the streets, though helicopters still buzz over Shiite areas. The unrest had brought Bahrain’s economy to a virtual standstill and schools and universities had been closed to prevent sectarian clashes that had begun to erupt daily. Most are campaigning for a constitutional monarchy, but calls by hardliners for the overthrow of the monarchy have alarmed Sunnis, who fear the unrest serves Iran, separated from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain by only a short stretch of Gulf waters. Shiite

power Iran, which supports Shiite groups in Iraq and Lebanon, complained to the United Nations and asked other neighbours to join it in urging Saudi Arabia to withdraw. Yesterday, Shiites in Iraq protested in solidarity with their Bahraini co-religionists. A protest also took place on Friday in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, home to the country’s Shiite majority and oil fields. Doctors said two colleagues who had spoken out about the casualties received during weeks of unrest had been detained and human rights groups have called for their release. “The government is depriving them of their liberty in a completely arbitrary manner, apparently for their leading roles in peaceful protests demanding democracy,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner urged Friday for “maximum restraint” by Bahrain’s security forces and more than 1,500 troops from the Gulf Cooperation Council, a sixnation bloc that include Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The US - which counts Bahrain as a centerpiece of its Gulf military framework - has sent top envoys to meet with the embattled monarchy and has been criticized by Shiite opposition groups for not coming to their support. Bahrain hosts the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is the Pentagon’s main regional counterweight to Iran’s growing military powers. No serious clashes were reported yesterday in Bahrain, which is under martial law-style rules and nighttime curfews in some areas. Bahraini authorities expanded the no-go zones offshore, banned all professional and sport fisher-

men from leaving port at night in a possible attempt to clear waters for antismuggling patrols. On Friday, officials wiped away a main symbol of the uprising. Cranes pulled down the 90-m monument at the heart of a landmark square that has been occupied by protesters and the scene of deadly confrontations. The monument - six white curved beams topped with a huge cement pearl - was built in Pearl Square as a tribute to the kingdom’s history as a pearldiving center. It became the backdrop to uprising after protesters set up camp at Pearl Square in the capital, Manama. Security forces overran the camp on Wednesday, setting off clashes that killed at least five people, including two policemen. At least 12 people have been killed in the month-long revolt. Bahrain’s foreign minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, told reporters in Manama that the army brought down the monument Friday because “it was a bad memory”. “We are not waging war, we are restoring law and order,” Khalid said at a press conference in Manama. Shiites account for 70 percent of the tiny island’s half-million people but they are widely excluded from high-level posts and positions in the police and militar y. “Brothers and sisters” in Bahrain should “resist against the enemy until you die or win,” Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told worshippers at Friday prayers at Tehran University, a nationally televised forum seen as expressing the views of Iran’s ruling Shiite clergy. Worshippers chanted angry slogans against Saudi Arabia’s royal family, which has sent troops to back Bahrain’s king. Iran has recalled its ambassador from Bahrain to protest the crackdown. — Agencies

BERLIN: Berlin’s beloved polar bear Knut, who rose to international stardom as a cuddly cub hand-raised by zookeepers, died suddenly yesterday, a zoo official said. The world-famous bear died alone in his compound without warning, bear keeper Heiner Kloes told AP. “It was a completely normal day: He was with the female bears before, who had just been shut away,” Kloes said. “Then, Knut strolled around the enclosure, went into the water, had a short spasm and died.” A post mortem will be conducted tomorrow to try to pinpoint the cause of death, he said. Between 600 and 700 people were at Knut’s compound and saw the four-year-old bear die, German news agency DAPD reported. One visitor said she watched Knut lying on the surface of the water motionless with only his back showing for ten minutes until zookeepers came and fenced off the compound. “Everybody was asking, ‘What’s going on, why is Knut not moving?’” said Camilla Verde, a 30-yearold Italian who lives in Berlin. “All the zoo keepers who put up the fences were so very sad. One of them said, ‘He was our baby’,” she said. As the news of Knut’s death spread through the city, more Knut fans showed up at the zoo, assembling in front of the bear compound to mourn his loss. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit called Knut’s death “awful”. “We all held him so dear,” Wowereit told daily newspaper BZ. “He was the star of the Berlin zoos.” The polar bear rose to global fame after he was rejected by his mother when he was born in captivity on December 5, 2006. The fluffy cub was shown to the public 15 weeks later, and attendance at the zoo has roughly doubled since, officials said. “Knutmania” led to a 2007 Vanity Fair cover with actor Leonardo DiCaprio shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, a film and plush likenesses. Though the zoo has never released exact numbers, Knut merchandise including postcards, key chains, candy and stuffed Knuts have brought in hundreds of thousands of euros. — AP

Egyptians savor first taste of democracy Continued from Page 1 people waiting in line to vote at a polling station in a suburb south of Cairo. “Now I am voting for freedom,” he said. Voters were being asked to approve or reject proposed reforms drafted by a judicial committee appointed by the country’s military rulers, who have pledged to hold early elections. They took power from Mubarak when he was forced from office on Feb 11 by an uprising that continues to reverberate across the Arab world. The referendum has divided Egyptians between those who say the constitution needs to be completely rewritten and others who argue amendments will suffice for now. “It is too early to tell what the voter turnout is, but it is clear that this is unprecedented,” Ahmed Samih Farag, a human rights activist and monitor with the Egyptian Coalition for Election Monitoring, told Reuters, surveying queues of voters. The Muslim Brotherhood, a well organised Islamist group, has backed the amendments, setting it at odds with secular groups and reform advocates including ElBaradei and Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who is also a presidential candidate. Remnants of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) have also said they support the amendments, a move reformists see as a threat to the deep changes they are seeking. “ This is a historic day for Egypt,” Deputy Prime Minister Yahya Al-Gamal said after casting his vote. “I had never

seen such large numbers of voters in Egypt. Finally, the people of Egypt have come to realize that their vote counts.” Egypt’s Christians also were overwhelmingly against the amendments. Comprising 10 percent of the population, Christians complain of discrimination and fear their quest for equal rights would suffer a serious setback if the Brotherhood gains influence in postMubarak Egypt. “If the Brotherhood comes to power, they will not benefit anyone, Muslims or Christians,” said Fawziya Lamie, a 39-year-old Christian nanny after casting a “no” vote in the Cairo district of Manial. In the southern province of Assiut, home to one of Egypt’s largest Christian communities, priests organized buses to ferry worshippers from churches to polling centers to cast their “no” vote. Islamists using loudspeakers in pickup trucks roaming Assiut’s streets were calling on voters to cast “yes” ballots, calling it their religious duty. “The voice of freedom, truth and power is the voice of The Muslim Brotherhood,” said one bearded Islamist. “No voice is louder than the voice of Islam.” Farther south in the province of Luxor, churches handed out fliers to worshippers calling on them to vote “no.” More than half of Egypt’s 80 million people are eligible voters. the military, in a bid to get the vote out, has decreed that they would be allowed to cast ballots at any polling center in the country with their national ID cards - issued to those 18 and older - as the only required proof of identity. They were required to

dip their index finger in ink after voting to prevent multiple balloting. “My vote today will make a difference. It’s as simple as that,” first-time voter Hossam Bishay, 48, said as he waited in line with about 300 others outside a heavily guarded polling center in Cairo’s upscale Zamalek district. Constitutional reform is a milestone on the path sketched by the military towards legislative and presidential elections that will allow it to hand power to a civilian, elected government. The military, eager to relinquish power as soon as possible, has indicated that parliamentary elections could happen as soon as September, to be followed by a presidential election. Rejection of the amendments would upset their plans. A security source said that under such a scenario, the parliamentary election could be pushed back to December. One of the reforms limits the time a president can stay in office to two fouryear terms - a dramatic departure from the system that allowed Mubarak to stay in office for 30 years. “I voted yes - yes for stability and for things to go back to normal,” said Mustafa Fouad, 24, an engineer voting in Cairo at a polling station. “I voted no. This is not enough,” said Atef Farouk, who arrived at the same polling station with his wife and three daughters. They waved an Egyptian flag as their parents voted. “We want a new constitution,” added Farouk, 41. The result is expected to be announced today evening or tomorrow morning, a member of a judicial committee involved in overseeing the election told Reuters. — Agencies

Etisalat scraps $12bn Zain deal Continued from Page 1 anyone who buys more than 30 percent of a listed Kuwaiti firm to bid for the remaining outstanding shares within 30 days effective in March. The bylaw does not apply to deals agreed previously and would not affect the Etisalat deal, a Kuwaiti Capital Markets Authority official said at the time. The end of the Etisalat/Zain deal

throws into doubt a side arrangement which saw Bahrain Telecommunications and Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding bid $950 million for Zain’s Saudi assets last week. As part of its Etisalat offer, Zain was required to sell its stake in Zain Saudi because Etisalat also operates in the kingdom through its affiliate Mobily. But Batelco’s chief executive said the offer

would proceed despite the end of the Etisalat/Zain plan. “We were not buying Zain, we were buying a stake in Zain KSA and we are still interested in that,” Batelco CEO Peter Kaliaropoulos told Reuters from Riyadh. “Now the question is will Zain still sell it. But we will proceed.” A Zain spokesman said the Kuwaiti firm’s board of directors would need to decide whether the sale goes ahead or not.— Agencies

Syria mourners call for revolt Continued from Page 1 Deraa was less tense by late afternoon, with security forces using less force after a meeting at the main Omari mosque between the authorities and prominent figures in the city. An activist who was at the meeting said officials were presented with a list of demands, most importantly for the release of political prisoners. Among them were 15 schoolchildren arrested in Deraa this month after writing slogans on walls, inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia that swept their autocratic leaders from power. The list demands the dismantling of secret police headquarters in Deraa, dismissal of the governor, a public trial for

those responsible for the killings, and scrapping of regulations requiring permission from the secret police to sell and buy property. “If they do not respond the protests will only escalate,” the activist told Reuters. An official statement said the interior ministry had formed a committee to investigate the “regrettable events” in Deraa. The city is home to thousands of displaced people from eastern Syria, where up to a million people have left their homes because of a water crisis over the past six years. Experts say state mismanagement of resources has worsened the crisis. The Hauran region, once a bread basket, has also been affected by diminishing water levels, with yields falling by a quarter in Deraa last

year. Protests against Syria’s ruling elite, inspired by revolts in the Arab world, have gathered momentum this week after a silent protest in Damascus by 150 people demanding the release of thousands of political prisoners. At least one activist from Deraa, Diana Al-Jawabra, took part in the protest. She was arrested on charges of weakening national morale, along with 32 other protesters, a lawyer said. Jawabra, who is from a prominent tribe, was campaigning for the release of the 15 schoolchildren from her home city. Residents say the children’s arrests deepened feelings of repression and helped fuel the protests in Deraa. — Agencies

Allied jets in action as Gaddafi hits Benghazi Continued from Page 1 bring its “unique capabilities” to bear to help its European and Canadian allies in enforcing a UN resolution passed on Thursday to end violence in Libya. Gaddafi has said Western powers had no right to intervene. “This is injustice, this is clear aggression,” government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim quoted Gaddafi as saying in a letter to France, Britain and the United Nations. “You will regret it if you take a step towards interfering in our internal affairs.” The Libyan government blamed the rebels, who it says are members of AlQaeda, for breaking a ceasefire around Benghazi. A large crowd of Gaddafi supporters waving green Libyan flags and portraits of the leader gathered outside his house in Tripoli, in an apparent move to discourage foreign airstrikes. Defiant gunfire rang out in Tripoli after the French announcement, and Gaddafi supporters sped through its streets shouting slogans from car windows. A large plume of black smoke rose from the edge of Benghazi mid-afternoon, live television pictures showed, but it was not clear what was causing the fire. The fighting galvanized the people of Benghazi, with young men collecting bottles to make gasoline bombs. Residents set up make-

shift barricades with furniture, benches, road signs and even a barbecue in one case at intervals along main streets. Each barricade was manned by half a dozen rebels, but only about half of those were armed. Hundreds of cars full of refugees fled Benghazi towards the Egyptian border after the city came under a bombardment overnight. One family of 13 women from a grandmother to small children, rested at a roadside hotel. “I’m here because when the bombing started last night my children were vomiting from fear,” said one of them, a doctor. “All I want to do is get my family to a safe place and then get back to Benghazi to help. My husband is still there.” In the besieged western city of Misrata, residents said government forces shelled the rebel town again on Saturday and they were facing a humanitarian crisis as water supplies had been cut off for a third day. “I am telling you, we are scared and we are alone”, a Misrata resident, called Saadoun, told Reuters by telephone. As explosions shook Benghazi yesterday morning, rebels said they were forced to retreat from the outskirts of the city, but later claimed victory after holding back the advance. “We revolutionaries have taken control of four tanks inside Benghazi. Rebel forces have pushed Gaddafi’s forces out of

Benghazi,” said Nasr Al-Kikili, a lawyer who works for the rebel media centre in Benghazi, as crowds celebrated by firing guns in the air and parading on top of a tank. An unidentified warplane was shot down over Benghazi. “I saw the plane circle around, come out of the clouds, head towards an apparent target, and then it was hit and went straight down in flames and a huge billow of black smoke went up,” Reuters correspondent Angus MacSwan said. “It seems it was attacking the Benghazi military barracks.” Al Jazeera said there were 26 dead and more than 40 wounded in Jala hospital in Benghazi, without giving further details. There are more dead than injured,” said Dr Ahmed Radwan, an Egyptian who had been there helping for three weeks. US President Barack Obama has made clear any military action would aim to change conditions across Libya, rather than just in the rebel-held east, by calling on Gaddafi’s forces to pull back from the western cities of Zawiyah and Misrata as well as from the east. “Gaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from Ajdabiya, Misrata and Zawiyah, and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all areas. Humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of Libya,” Obama said on Friday. — Agencies



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‘Gandhi’ of Kenyan cricket KOLKATA: Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande on Sunday compared veteran teammate Steve Tikolo to Gandhi. “We call him Gandhi,” the Kenyan skipper said Saturday, comparing Tikolo’s contribution to Kenyan cricket with that of Mahatma Gandhi, who was instrumental in India gaining independence from the British rule in 1947. “He (Tikolo) is a legend. He is the man actually who made me play one-day international cricket and he is the one who made us qualify for the first time in the 1996 World Cup. “I remember watching him play in the qualifiers in 1995 and we owe a lot to the guy. Hopefully, we will send him off with a win.” All-rounder Tikolo, 39, has so far scored 3,411 runs with three hundreds and 24 half-centuries and taken 94 wickets with his off-spin in 133 one-day internationals. He has figured in five World Cups but today’s match against Zimbabwe will be his last. Tikolo was part of the Kenyan team which pulled off an upset win over the West Indies in a 1996 World Cup match at Pune in India and the 2003 side which qualified for the semi-finals at the 2003 edition in South Africa. —AFP

TOKYO: European clubs have freed up eight Japanese players for a charity match aimed at raising funds and morale in the earthquake-devastated nation, football officials said yesterday. The Japan Football Association said it also expected four others, including World Cup star and CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda, to be released for the March 29 event in Osaka between the Blue Samurai and a J-League select squad. Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni in an earlier message said he hoped that the all-star match will “help the whole of Japan take the first step toward its reconstruction.” “This match may be held in an unusual setting but we will fight all-out as always by keeping our

motivation high,” said the former AC Milan boss who guided Japan to a record fourth Asian Cup in January. Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo, and VfL Wolfsburg midfielder and Japan captain Makoto Hasebe are among the eight confirmed to play for Japan. Honda, Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida, Stuttgart striker Shinji Okazaki and Augsburg midfielder Hajime Hosogai are awaiting approval from their clubs to go home. European clubs-who have signed up an increasing number of Japanese players since the Blue Samurai reached the last 16 at the World Cup last year have shown sympathy for the victims of the March 11 quake.—AFP

Stoner fastest in Qatar LOSAIL: Honda’s Australian rider Casey Stoner set the fastest time in the final practice session for today’s Qatar MotoGP at the Losail circuit here on Friday. The 2007 champion registered the best time of 1min 55.035s over the three sessions ahead of Saturday qualifying. “Casey is often untouchable here,” said Yamaha boss Lin Jarvis, who noted that the atmosphere for this season-opener was strange “because of the desert circuit, the absence of fans and the mourning of all the Japanese” following last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Sunday’s race will be preceded by one minute’s silence for the victims of the tragedy in Japan. Honda filled the first three spots with Stoner followed home by Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who was only 0.158 adrift, and Andrea Dovizioso (at 0.705). Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo got the better of his Yamaha teammate Ben Spies for the first time here to offer the Spaniard encouragement as he sets out on his title defence under the floodlights of Losail. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) suffered a nasty crash in the closing ten minutes of the practice and was carried off on a stretcher with what appeared to be a thigh injury. —AFP

Willis, Couch tied in Palm Harbor PALM HARBOR: Sergio Garcia is not thinking about winning, which is becoming tougher to do with each bogey-free round at the Transitions Championship. Garrett Willis and Chris Couch were tied for the lead after Friday ’s second round at Innisbrook ended. Willis had a 4-under 67 in the still of the morning to put his name atop the leader board for the second straight year — this time on a Friday, not a Thursday. Couch had a 64 in the afternoon as the breeze began to stir, making a par from the trees on the 18th to tie for the lead. Even so, it was tough to ignore the name one stroke behind them. Garcia is among the most talented players in golf, although his enthusiasm waned so much last year that he decided to take a 10-week break from competition. This is his first time playing in America in seven months. The 31-year-old Spaniard looked disgusted when birdie putts turned away. He produced a fist pump normally saved for a Sunday when he holed a chip for birdie from behind the 13th green. About the only thing that went wrong in his round of 66 was when he felt something on the back of his cap as he walked off the 14th tee early in his round. Turns out it was a bee, which stung him on his middle finger, although he got the stinger out and all was well. A par save on the final hole felt even better. “Just keep trying to do the right things and see what we finish,” he said. “I’m not worried about winning. I just want to keep building confidence into my head, and these rounds obviously help. If we go out there tomorrow and shoot another round,

beautiful. If not, that’s fine. I’ve just got to make sure that I keep building up.” Willis and Couch were at 9-under 133, one shot clear of Garcia and Webb Simpson, who had a 67 in the afternoon. Paul Casey, who led after the first round, had to settle for a 71 and was two shots behind along with Justin Rose (65) and Gary Woodland (68). Innisbrook is one of the toughest courses in Florida, although it was vulnerable in such ideal weather. It’s not so much the number of players who produced low scores, rather the high scores that were absent. As a result, the cut of 1under 141 was the lowest in tournament history. Going into the weekend, only eight shots separate first from worst, a rarity on the PGA Tour. Brandt Snedeker, in his first tournament since becoming a father, had a 64 to lead a group at 6-under 136 that included 17-year-old Matteo Manassero, two-time PGA Tour winner Mark Wilson and Peter Hanson, who had a peculiar day with the putter. Another shot back was a group that included a trio of US Open champions — Geoff Ogilvy, Lucas Glover and defending champion Jim Furyk — while US Amateur champion Peter Uihlein made 14 pars in his round of 69 and was at 3-under 139. Uihlein holed out a 40-yard bunker shot on No. 5 for eagle, then holed out from the fairway for eagle on No. 7. He had two bogeys coming in, but easily made the cut in his second PGA Tour start. Among those missing the cut were three -time major champion Padraig Harrington and John Daly, who failed to make it to the weekend for the fifth time in six tournaments this year.—AP

Angela leads Founders Cup PHOENIX: Angela Stanford holed out from a fairway bunker for eagle on the par-4 ninth hole and shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Founders Cup, the tour’s play-for-free US opener. Instead of paying the players, the tournament honoring the 13 tour founders is donating $1 million to charity — half to The LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and half to the top-10 finishers’ designated charities. “It’s hard to get over that hurdle in your head,” said Stanford, playing for her foundation. “However, you got to get over that and you’ve got to get over it quickly. “Having a foundation of my own, I know how hard it is to raise money. ... I know how hard it is to get people to rally around you. ... I grew up in an area where people help people, so for me not to be here would be very wrong.” Brittany Lincicome matched Aree Song at 67, and 50-year-old Juli Inkster, Sophie Gustafson, Beatriz Recari, Amelia Lewis, Mina Harigae and Nannette Hill followed at 68. “We had a lot of fans out there and that always gets me kind of juiced,” Stanford said. “The fans here are amazing.” Lincicome birdied four of the first six holes on the back nine. “I don’t even know what happened. It was just one after another and it wasn’t like I was making 50-footers,” said Lincicome, playing for The First Tee of St. Petersburg, Florida. “I drove it well. You don’t want to get in the rocks in the desert.” Stanford made a double bogey on the par-4 eighth, then rebounded on No. 9 when she holed out from 142 yards for the unlikely eagle. Her 8-iron shot bounced twice on the green, rolled a few feet, struck the flagstick and dropped into the cup. “After our first two events, I found that I was struggling mentally, and I just get down on myself really fast,” Stanford said. “So after the double, I thought, ‘OK, I have a choice here. I can either stay down ... or go to the next hole and try to make it better.’ Usually, you don’t get results that quick in golf.” Winless since the 2009 opener, she also birdied Nos. 10 and 13 and took the lead with a short birdie putt on the par-5 15th. Inkster is trying to become the oldest winner in tour history. The Hall of Famer won the 2006 Phoenixarea event at Superstition Mountain for the last of her 31 titles “It’s not like I’m 80,” Inskter said. “I k now I’m completing against 20-, 25-year-olds, but I’m sure I could beat half of them on a treadmill.” She has mixed feelings about the tournament created by Commissioner Michael Whan and sponsored by communications

NEWARK: Matt Bradley No. 10 of the Washington Capitals skates against Ilya Kovalchuk No. 17 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. —AFP

Coyotes late flurry sinks Canucks VANCOUVER: Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan scored 1:18 apart on the same power play late in the third period to lift the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-1 win over the NHL-leading Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Phoenix backup goalie Jason LaBarbera made 46 saves, only conceding late when Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff spoiled the shutout bid. Lee Stempniak scored into an empty net with 1:05 left to restore the Coyotes’ two-goal advantage. The Canucks had their winning streak snapped at seven games by their former backup goalie. Rangers 6, Canadiens 3 In New York, the hosts hammered home five goals in the opening period to set up a key win over Montreal. Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle scored 1:07 apart in the Rangers’ highest-scoring first period in more than 11 years. The Rangers and Canadiens, fighting for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference with about three weeks left in the season, staged a postseason-like show at Madison Square Garden. New York, in seventh place, moved within five points of sixthplace Montreal with 10 games left for both teams. More importantly, the Rangers went four points ahead of Buffalo and Carolina. PK Subban, Brian Gionta and James Wisniewski scored for Montreal. Capitals 3, Devils 0 In Newark, New Jersey,

Washington put another dagger in New Jersey’s playoff hopes. Rookie Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 shots for his fourth shutout, defenseman Jeff Schultz broke an 81-game goal drought and Alex Ovechkin made a pair of fantastic passes to set up goals by goals by Mike Knuble as the Capitals won comfor tably despite having only 12 shots on goal. The win gave the Capitals 94 points, tying them for first place in the Eastern Conference with

idle Philadelphia. The Flyers have three games in hand and one more win. The Devils remained six points behind idle Buffalo in the race for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East with 11 games to play. Hurricanes 3, Islanders 2 In Raleigh, North Carolina, Joni Pitkanen scored at 3:58 of overtime to give Carolina a win over New York. Carolina’s Erik Cole forced overtime with a tying goal at 15:23 of the third.

Jeff Skinner scored his 25th goal and had an assist on Pitkanen’s winner for the Hurricanes, giving him an NHL rookie-leading 52 points. The win gave Carolina a share of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, although Buffalo with the same number of points has two games in hand. Michael Grabner and Frans Nielsen each had a goal and an assist for the Islanders. Grabner’s goal was his NHL rookie-leading 29th.—AP

NHL results/standings NHL results and standings on Friday. Washington 3, New Jersey 0; Carolina 3, NY Islanders 2 (OT); NY Rangers 6, Montreal 3; Phoenix 3, Vancouver 1. (OT denotes overtime victory) Western Conference Eastern Conference Central Division Atlantic Division Detroit 43 20 8 232 201 94 W L OTL GF GA PTS Chicago 38 25 8 232 201 84 Philadelphia 43 19 8 225 188 94 Nashville 36 25 10 183 168 82 Pittsburgh 41 22 8 206 172 90 Columbus 32 28 10 190 211 74 NY Rangers 38 30 4 210 177 80 St. Louis 32 30 9 198 209 73 New Jersey 33 34 4 151 182 70 NY Islanders 27 33 12 199 230 66 Northwest Division Vancouver 47 17 9 238 172 103 Northeast Division Calgary 37 27 9 222 209 83 Boston 39 21 10 211 170 88 Minnesota 35 29 7 180 191 77 Colorado 26 36 8 195 248 60 Montreal 39 26 7 192 184 85 Edmonton 23 39 9 173 234 55 Buffalo 34 28 8 203 202 76 Toronto 31 31 10 187 223 72 Pacific Division Ottawa 26 36 9 161 221 61 San Jose 41 23 8 206 188 90 Phoenix 39 23 11 212 205 89 Southeast Division Los Angeles 40 26 5 196 174 85 Washington 42 21 10 198 176 94 Dallas 38 25 8 201 199 84 Tampa Bay 39 22 10 212 214 88 Anaheim 38 27 5 197 203 81 Carolina 33 29 10 201 214 76 Note: Overtime losses (OTL) are worth one point in Atlanta 30 29 12 200 230 72 the standings and are not included in the loss colFlorida 29 33 9 179 194 67 umn (L)

Kenya bid to continue world cross domination

PHOENIX: Paula Creamer watches her chip shot onto the green on the 17th hole during the first round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club.—AFP company RR Donnelley. “It’s hard for us as professional golfers to play for free,” Inkster said. “We only have a certain amount of tournaments and this is what we do for a living. ... “The people who lose out the most on this are the caddies. They only work a certain amount of weeks, too, and if your boss is getting zero, you’re pretty much getting zero, too.” She’s playing for a food bank and a homeless shelter in San Jose, California. —AP

PUNTA UMBRIA: Kenya will seek an unprecedented second sweep of all six gold on offer at today’s World Cross-Country Championships to further wrest power away from traditional rivals Ethiopia. The Kenyans dominated proceedings in Bydgoszcz, Poland, last year, Joseph Ebuyer and Emily Chebet claiming the individual senior titles, while the junior races and both team events also all went the way of the east African nation. Neither Ebuyer nor Chebet will be back to defend their crowns having failed to even finish their national trials, but such is the depth in running talent in Kenya that their replacements are installed among the firm favorites. Further Kenyan success would be a hammer blow to Ethiopia, whose athletes won 20 of the 30 individual titles between 2004 and 2009, but are now slightly rudderless in the absence of Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba.

On offer to the athletes is a total prize fund of $280,000 in the senior races at the coastal Spanish holiday resort 100km southwest of the southern city of Seville. It is also the final time the world championships will be held before it becomes biennial. In the senior men’s 12km race, Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai and Ethiopian Hunegaw Mesfin come in as the bookmakers’ favourites, having both won their respective domestic trials. Mutai is better known as a top-rated marathon runner, the 29-year-old policeman having clocked the sixth fastest time ever (2:04:55) in Rotterdam last April. And the pressure will be on him in the shorter race over a largely flat track with some manmade climbs, as the last time a championship debutant triumphed in the event was Mutai’s fellow Kenyan John Ngugi back in 1986. The 22-year-old Mesfin could only manage 19th in Bydgoszcz last year but could be bound for a podi-

um finish if he keeps his form up. “I hope we will change the World Cross-Country result which was dominated by the Kenyans last year,” Mesfin was quoted by athletics’ world governing body, the IAAF, as saying. Also in the running for a medal will likely be last year’s silver and bronze medallists, Teklemariam Medhin of Eritrea and Ugandan Moses Kipsiro respectively. “I want to win the World Championship in Spain,” said Medhin. “It would be fantastic as I spend some time here based in Madrid. This is a fast circuit with perfect grass. It’s a good course to run fast.” Kipsiro, who won the 5000-10,000m double at October’s Commonwealth Games, has since suffered problems with his knee, but should be there at the finish of the 12km course raced over six 2km-laps. In the senior women’s 8km event, reigning world 10,000m champion Linet Masai will be seeking to improve on two successive

silver medals, both times having finished behind a team-mate. “I believe I was denied my gold medals in Amman (2008) and Poland (2009) and I’m still bitter about it. It is my hope the disappointment will be erased in Spain,” Masai said. Team-mates Florence Kiplagat (Amman) and Chebet (Bydgoszcz) denied Masai, and this time around she will up against world 5000m champion Vivian Cheriuyot, who also competed at Punta Umbria in January in a race won by Masai. Ethiopia will be led by Meselech Melkamu, a five -time bronze medallist (four in the long-course race), with two-time junior champion Genzebe Dibaba, the younger sister of Ejegayehu and Tirunesh, making her senior debut. Other rivals will include American Shalane Flanagan, who was 12th last year, and Bahrain’s Ethiopian-born Maryam Jamal, who finished ninth in Amman.—AFP



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Spurs down Mavs, heat scorch hawks DALLAS: The San Antonio Spurs increased their lead over Dallas in the NBA’s Southwest Division to 7-1/2 games by beating the Mavericks 97-91 on Friday. Tony Parker scored 33 points and Manu Ginobili had 25 for the Spurs, who were playing for the first time since being thrashed by Miami on Monday. They looked hungry and rested from the start, jumping ahead by 18 early in the second quarter. Then the Mavericks cranked up the defense and made things interesting. Dallas tied it at 60 and was within a basket of tying it again midway through the fourth quarter when San Antonio’s stars got rolling again. They sparked a 13-2 run that ended any drama and gave the Spurs a 3-1 win in the season series between the Texas rivals. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 23 points.

Pacers 115, Bulls 108 In Indianapolis, Indiana beat Chicago in overtime, snapping the Bulls’ eightgame winning streak. Tyler Hansbrough had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Danny Granger scored 19 points for the Pacers. Derrick Rose tied a career high with 42 points for the Bulls. He scored 19 points in the fourth quarter and made three free throws with

Thunder hit 52.8 percent of their shots and went on a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game. Lakers 106, T’wolves 98 In Los Angeles, Los Angeles overcame Andrew Bynum’s fourth-quarter ejection to beat Minnesota for the 15th straight time. Bynum was tossed with 6:16 to play

Rockets 93, Celtics 77 In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 25 points to help Houston rout Boston. Rookie Patrick Patterson had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who’ve won three in a row and moved within 11/2 games of Memphis in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Jeff Green scored 17 points for the Celtics, who slipped half a game behind Chicago for the best record in the East. Boston’s point total was a season low for a Rockets’ opponent.

Pistons 99, Knicks 95 In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Chris Wilcox threw down a one-handed dunk off a missed shot with 53 seconds left to help Detroit rally from an 11-point, fourthquarter deficit to beat New York. After Wilcox’s dunk gave Detroit a two-point lead, he forced Carmelo Anthony to miss a shot. After Will Bynum missed on the Pistons’ next possession, Wilcox helped keep the ball alive and dunked the key points. Bynum made two free throws with 11 seconds left for the final margin. 76ers 102, Kings 80 In Sacramento, Philadelphia built an early double-digit lead and coasted past Sacramento. Jrue Holiday had 15 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers, who led by 26 after three quarters and moved ahead of the New York Knicks into sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is a half-game in front of the Knicks and three behind Atlanta, which is fifth. DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who committed 22 turnovers. Sacramento has lost eight of nine and has the worst record in the Western Conference.

Heat 106, Hawks 85 In Atlanta, LeBron James scored 43 points, including 23 in a dominant third quarter, as Miami downed Atlanta. Chris Bosh had 17 points and 10 rebounds as Miami rolled to a runaway win in its first visit of the season to Atlanta. James made 16 of 21 shots, including five 3-pointers. The Heat took the lead for good midway through the opening period and put the game away in such convincing fashion that James and the other starters sat out the final period. Magic 85, Nuggets 82 In Orlando, Jameer Nelson swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to give Orlando a dramatic win over Denver. The Magic led most of the final period, but struggled at the line and let the Nuggets tie the game with 5.7 seconds to play. Dwight Howard led five Magic players in double figures with 16 points and 18 rebounds. Hedo Turkoglu had 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Wilson Chandler scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who lost for the 17th time in their last 18 trips to Orlando.

was strong at the end, hitting a 3-pointers and getting a follow dunk that kept the cushion in the Suns’ lead. Though 11th in the Western Conference, Phoenix pulled within two games of Memphis for the eighth and final playoff spot. Steve Nash and Grant Hill each scored 17 points.

MILWAUKEE: Bucks’ Andrew Bogut (6) fouls New Jersey Nets’ Brook Lopez as Bogut goes up for a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game. The Bucks won 110-95. — AP

1.2 seconds left to force overtime. Chicago forward Carlos Boozer missed his fifth straight game with an injured left ankle. Thunder 99, Bobcats 82 In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 25 points as Oklahoma City downed Charlotte. Serge Ibaka added 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Thunder, who extended their winning streak to a season-best six games, all against Eastern Conference foes. The Thunder are 22-6 this season against the East with two games left, including against lwly Toronto today. The

for a flagrant foul against Michael Beasley, who crashed to the floor after Bynum clobbered him on a drive. Pau Gasol scored 25 points and Kobe Bryant added 18 on his sprained left ankle for the Lakers, who have won 11 of 12 since All-Star weekend. Wes Johnson scored a career-high 29 points for the Timberwolves. Suns 108, Warriors 97 In Phoenix, the hosts arrested a fourgame losing streak by defeating Golden State. Channing Frye scored 17 points in his return from a dislocated right shoulder. He missed his first four shots, but

Bucks 110, Nets 95 In Milwaukee, the hosts beat New Jersey to halt a three-game losing streak. Carlos Delfino scored 26 points, making a career-high eight 3-pointers, and John Salmons added 25 points to help the Bucks, who still cling to hopes they can reach the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Milwaukee is 21/2 games behind eighth-place Indiana and a game behind Charlotte in the Eastern Conference with 14 to play. New Jersey’s Brook Lopez scored 25 points for his ninth straight game with at least 20. Raptors 116, Wizards 107 In Toronto, the hosts handed hapless Washington its 13th loss in 14 games. Andrea Bargnani scored 33 points and DeMar DeRozan had 30 for the Raptors. Washington rookie Trevor Booker fouled out after scoring a career-high 26 points and matching his career best with 13 rebounds. Washington is 1-31 on the road, where it must play nine of its final 15 games. — AP

NBA results/standings NBA results and standings on Friday. Indiana 115, Chicago 108 (OT); Orlando 85, Denver 82; Toronto 116, Washington 107; Miami 106, Atlanta 85; Detroit 99, NY Knicks 95; Oklahoma City 99, Charlotte 82; San Antonio 97, Dallas 91; Houston 93, Boston 77; Milwaukee 110, New Jersey 95; Phoenix 108, Golden State 97; Philadelphia 102, Sacramento 80; La Lakers 106, Minnesota 98. (OT indicates overtime victory)

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

Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W L PCT 48 19 .716 36 33 .522 35 33 .515 22 45 .328 19 49 .279 Central Division 49 19 .721 30 39 .435 27 41 .397 25 44 .362 13 54 .194 Southeast Division 47 22 .681 44 26 .629 39 30 .565 28 40 .412 16 51 .239

Western Conference Northwest Division Oklahoma City 45 23 .662 41 28 .594 Denver Portland 39 29 .574 Utah 36 33 .522 Minnesota 17 53 .243 Pacific Division LA Lakers 49 20 .710 34 33 .507 Phoenix Golden State 30 39 .435 LA Clippers 26 43 .377 Sacramento 16 51 .239 Southwest Division San Antonio 55 13 .809 48 21 .696 Dallas New Orleans 40 30 .571 Memphis 37 32 .536 Houston 36 34 .514

GB 13 13.5 26 29.5 19.5 22 24.5 35.5 3.5 8 18.5 30

4.5 6 9.5 29 14 19 23 32 7.5 16 18.5 20

Federer, Djokovic advance

Abdol Aziz Al Balool, PR Director, Wataniya Telecom

Kuwait Tennis Federation honors Wataniya Telecom Kuwait 2nd Open Championship KUWAIT: As part of its social corporate responsibility’s strategy, and its continuous support to youth and sports of all categories, Wataniya Telecom sponsored Kuwait 2nd Open Championship which took place from 23 February until March 9 and organized by Kuwait Tennis Federation as part of its celebrations on the Kuwait’s independence’s golden jubilee and the twentieth anniversary of Liberation. Wataniya contributed in awarding winning players with a range of valuable prizes. The tournament included 10 competitions, a single under 10 years, individual juniors under 13 years old, individual youngsters under 17 years old, men’s singles, individual pioneers over 40 years, women’s singles, individual diplomats; three doubles competitions, as well as a competition for the national team players to tennis. 250 players from various age groups participated in this championship, the total number of matches 396 games. Director of Public Relations in Wataniya Telecom Abdolaziz Al-Balool expressed his deep appreciation and gratefulness and stressed: “Wataniya is always proud and honored to take part in this championship, and will continue its support for sports of all types. We have a deep belief in investing in the tomorrow’s athletes across different sports and we always seek social investment in communities in which we work and live. “ Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, head of the Championship’s Higher Organizing Committee and Sheikha Naima AlAhmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, President of the Women and Sports’ Committee in Kuwaiti Olympic Committee honored Wataniya Telecom during the closing ceremony which was held March 9 at Yarmouk Sports Club in recognition of their efforts and sponsorship. Number of other sponsors who contributed mainly to the success of the tournament were also awarded.

INDIAN WELLS: Roger Federer defeated Swiss compatriot and doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semfinals, setting up a showdown with Novak Djokovic for the world’s No. 2 ranking. Federer is currently second behind Rafael Nadal in the ATP rankings, and Djokovic is third. Djokovic beat Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4 to improve to 16-0 this year and put himself in position to surpass Federer in the rankings. “I didn’t know it was the case coming into the tournament, and I feel like if you are playing a fellow topfive guy, it doesn’t matter what’s on the line,” Federer said. “You just want to beat him, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the finals, semis, rankings involved.” Federer is 18-2 this year, with one tournament win in Doha. Djokovic won titles at the Australia Open and Dubai, where he beat Federer in the final. His last loss came against Federer in the semifinals of the ATP World Tour finals in London in November. “I have a great record against fellow top-10 players, and that’s what kind of gets you going,” Federer said. Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro will play in late yesterday’s other semifinal. Between them, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have won six of the past seven finals at Indian Wells. Federer is a three-time champion, Nadal has won twice and Djokovic once. Federer met little resistance against Wawrinka in their all-Swiss quarterfinal. He improved to 8-1 in his career against Wawrinka, with whom he teamed to beat Nadal and Marc Lopez 7-5, 6-3 in a doubles semifinal. “I was down break points first game, and you don’t know how it goes from there if he breaks. I know the danger,” Federer said. “There are no secrets out there with Stan. It makes it really difficult playing a good friend like him.” Djokovic has also been on a roll during the two-week tournament, losing 12 games in eight sets. “Confidence plays a very important role in the life of a tennis player. So if you can roll on that run and try to use that confidence you can have a lot of success and you can really play well,” he said. “I do feel really comfortable on the court and am trying to use that confidence because I know that it can easily change. It’s a very mental game.” On the women’s side, 15th-seed Marion Bartoli became the first Frenchwoman to reach the singles final at Indian Wells, defeating No. 23 seed Yanina Wickmayer 6-1, 6-3. She’ll play top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, who routed error-prone Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2. Wozniacki lost last year’s final to Jelena Jankovic, and is in a final for her third straight tournament. “Definitely didn’t expect such a score, but I’m very pleased about the way I played and the way I got my tactics to work,” Wozniacki said. “It was very important for me to play good defense because Maria is hitting the ball hard. It was important to keep depth to my shots and make her move.” There were eight service breaks in the match, with Sharapova blowing a 40-love lead on her serve to trail 5-1 in the first set. Tied 2-all in the second set,

Sharapova fought back to deuce, then double-faulted away the game as Wozniacki won the final four games to close out the win. Playing her first semifinal of the year, Sharapova also double-faulted to lose her serve at 5-2. “She played solid and I was really flat. I just rushed my shots a lot,” said Sharapova, playing her first tournament in five weeks because of illness. “I just didn’t have a spark. I stayed at the baseline, didn’t move from there; stayed glued.” Djokovic trailed 2-0 in the first before winning five straight games to take the set. Gasquet challenged the call on the final point, but the replay showed his backhand landed just wide.

Djokovic fell behind 3-0 in the second set, then won six of the next seven games to close out the match against the 18th seed from France. The Frenchman defeated top-10 players Jurgen Melzer and Andy Roddick to reach the quarterfinals. Against Wickmayer, Bartoli was still feeling the effects of a stomach bug that bothered her earlier in the week. “My level dropped after the first set because still not able to fully eat normally before the match, so I didn’t have many fuel into my body to hang on,” she said. “But I stayed mentally very focused and I stayed positive toward the end.”—AP

INDIAN WELLS: Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during their semifinal match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. — AP



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Vonn ‘devastated’ to lose World Cup title

SWITZERLAND: Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic (left) and Germany’s Maria Riesch smile as they hold their trophies of the alpine ski, men’s and women’s World Cup overall titles, at the World Cup finals. —AP

Riesch crowned champion Alpine meltdown LENZERHEIDE: Croatian Ivica Kostelic and Maria Riesch of Germany were crowned men’s and women’s World Cup overall champions yesterday as controversy shrouded the final event of the alpine ski season. Kostelic, the brother of retired four-time Olympic champion Janica, finished on 1356 points with Swiss speed event specialist Didier Cuche down in second place and compatriot Carlo Janka in third overall. The Croatian all-rounder, whose triumph was built largely upon a stunning seven-victory streak in January, also added the slalom title to his haul yesterday after finishing 18th in the final race, won by Italy ’s Giuliano Razzoli. It means he is the first slalom specialist since Austria’s Benjamin Raich in 2006 to win the overall title. “This is enormous,” said Kostelic, a three-time Olympic silver medallist. “I am very proud of myself. Obviously I am not happy with my race today but thankfully I had had a superb season before that.” While Kostelic’s victory was virtually assured with five races to go, Riesch’s duel with three-time and defending champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States went right to the wire. Riesch let slip a 200-point lead in recent weeks, and Vonn moved back into the lead on Wednesday when she defied poor visibility to claim fourth in the women’s downhill here,

with Riesch finishing 17th. However a fourth place in the final slalom of the season on Friday moved double Olympic champion Riesch back into the driving seat, by a meager three points. Organisers had expressed doubts over whether the final women’s race of the season on Saturday, a giant slalom, would be held due to the poor condition of the slope. After an early morning inspection, it was decided the run was not up to scratch, especially given the bad weather conditions. Riesch was crowned champion by three points, the smallest winning margin since Anja Paerson beat Janica Kostelic to the overall in 2005. A statement by the International Ski Federation (FIS) explained: “Cancelled races at World Cup finals will not be rescheduled. “This is because in a case such as that in Lenzerheide, in which weather conditions force the cancellation of more than one race, there are no reserve days to ensure all cancelled races will be rescheduled. “Officials point out it would be unfair to reschedule one race and not another.” Vonn was gracious in defeat, and in spite of being robbed of the chance to challenge Riesch one last time this season. “Whether I was going to win or lose, I wanted to have the chance to race. I’m really upset. The cancellation of the giant slalom

didn’t bother me too much, but I don’t think it’s been good for the supporters or the image of the sport,” said the American. She added: “I’m really proud to have been in contention right up to the end of what was one of the most thrilling duels in years and in the history of the World Cup. “A few weeks ago I was still 200 points in arrears and I managed to fight my way back with two races to go. “Maria has had an extraordinary season and proved once again that she is my biggest rival. She worked hard to win this title. I’m happy for her.” Riesch admitted she had cried a tear of relief when she heard the giant slalom had been cancelled, but admitted: “It’s not like me not to rise to the challenge. “Lindsey has every right to feel disgusted with the cancellation, but she can feel happy with the fact she has already won it three times!” Riesch, who becomes only the third German woman-after Rosi Mittermaier in 1976 and Katia Seizinger in 1996 and 1998 — added: “For me the crystal globe is the biggest prize in skiing, even though the wider public seem to place more importance on Olympic golds and world titles. “It’s a dream come true. Only two German women have won the World Cup before me, so I’m very proud of my achievement.”—AFP

Crusaders cruise to victory

EDINBURGH: Scotland’s Nikki Walker (right) is tackled by Italy’s Micro Bergamasco during their Six Nations rugby union international match at Murrayfield. —AP

Scotland maul Italy in Six Nations EDINBURGH: Scotland beat Italy 21-8 here yesterday at Murrayfield in their Six Nations match leaving the Italians with the wooden spoon. Tries in quick succession in the second half by substitute Nick De Luca and late call-up Nikki Walker gave the hosts their first tries at Murrayfield since November 2009 as Italy were unable to keep up their momentum from the historic victory over France last weekend. Scotland’s first win of the campaign sees them edge Italy on points difference. The Scots got off to a rousing start, pinning the Italians back in their 22 with a well controlled passage of play which lasted 15 phases. A quick try did not materialise, however Scotland snatched the lead with a simple Chris Paterson penalty after the Italy defence held on too long to John Barclay in the tackle in the shadow of their posts. Andrea Masi, though, then made a surging run to score his second try in as many matches, staving off a weak challenge by Walker and running it in - Mirco Bergamasco failed with his conversion. Scotland responded positively and fine work by Sean Lamont and Joe Ansbro should have laid the platform for a Simon Danielli try. However, the Ulster winger was blocked just half a pace short of the line and again they had to make do with three points from the boot of Paterson — but at a price. Ansbro was carried off with a serious-looking knee injury and replaced by De Luca. Italy continued to look lethal on the

counter attack and home alarm bells rang again when Paul Derbyshire pounced on a loose ball before galloping into the danger zone. Bergamasco looked set to carry on the momentum, but somehow the Scots turned the ball over at a critical moment but he added a penalty to restore the Italians lead. Scotland should have snapped up a try a second after the restart — but for a moment of fatal hesitation from Lamont. He hacked a loose ball towards the line and appeared to be winning the head-to-head race with hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini. But at the last split second Lamont opted to hold back slightly, waiting to see how the ball would bounce. The delay allowed the Italian to dive in front of him and steal possession. Scotland’s fortunes turned just two minutes later, however, when De Luca ended the Murrayfield drought. Nathan Hines peeled off a ruck, drew in the fringe defence — created the time and space for De Luca to slither over in the corner for his first try in 24 tests. Even better was to come from the revived Scots in the 55th minute. Again the build up was patient and calmly-executed to lay the platform for Walker to weave his way past three defenders on his way to crossing the line. Paterson added the conversion to make the gap 10 points - then gave his side another massive confidence boost by slotting his next penalty attempt. —AFP

DUNEDIN: Fullback Israel Dagg scored two of six second-half tries as the Canterbury Crusaders overran the Otago Highlanders 44-13 in Super 15 rugby yesterday. After a first half marked by poor goalkicking, Canterbury led only 13-6, but a brilliant try to captain Kieran Read in the second minute of the second half unleashed an avalanche of tries by Canterbury, who dominated possession and fed the dangerous backline. Leading 25-6 after Read’s try, the Crusaders then crossed three times in five minutes to blow out the margin. Canterbury was indisciplined in the first half, conceding a steady stream of penalties and losing lock Sam Whitelock to the sin-bin in the 32nd minute. Otago failed to capitalize as Tony Brown succeeded with only two of six shots at goal. A try to blockbusting center Robbie Fruean, converted by Daniel Carter who also kicked two penalties, was enough to give the Crusaders their narrow halftime lead. Read’s break from 45 meters to score the first try of the second spell was effectively a game-breaker, enlarging the Crusaders’ lead to 18-6 and giving them an injection of self-confidence. “We got the message at halftime and the boys showed a lot of character,” Read said. “We probably let the referee do a lot of our thinking (in the first half) and guys weren’t quite switched on so as soon as we put that out of our mind and tried to play some footy it turned out well for us.” Read’s try, after Whitelock had returned from the sin-bin to put him into a gap near halfway, was followed by Dagg’s first in the 57th minute. The Crusaders then led 25-6 and the 20,000 home crowd which had eagerly cheered on the Highlanders fell silent. Most of the tries were the result of pressure and the depth and support play which is the hallmark of Canterbury sides. The Crusaders wrecked a Highlanders scrum five meters from the goalline in the 67th minute and scrumhalf Kahn Fotuali’i swept on the untended ball and dived over. Dagg scored his second try when Fotuali’i, moving to first receiver, drew the last of the defense and passed to him in a gap. Giant center Sonny Bill Williams then made the last try for prop Wyatt Crockett to also cross, pushing the score to 44-6. —AP

LENZERHEIDE: Lindsey Vonn feels “devastated” at losing her World Cup overall title yesterday without being able to fight for it in the final race. The three-time defending champion was denied the chance to overhaul friend and rival Maria Riesch when the season-finale giant slalom was called off because of poor snow conditions. “Win or lose I just wanted the chance. I feel devastated,” Vonn said in a statement published by the US ski team. The United States racer surrendered her crown by just three points, giving Riesch her first title after two straight seasons as runner-up. Vonn said the sport also lost out in missing what shaped to be an epic showdown race. “The cancellation of this race doesn’t just hurt me, it hurts the fans and the sport of ski racing as a whole,” she said. Thick fog later descended on the Lenzerheide course, making it unlikely that the two-run race could have been completed, even if race organizers had been able to prepare a true racing surface. Vonn acknowledged some regrets about how the season ended after five months and 33 races. “There may never be a day where I don’t look back and say, ‘What if?”‘ she said. “But right now all I’m thinking about is how much harder I need to work this summer to continue winning races.” Vonn defied predictions with a bold comeback in recent weeks, and

after Wednesday’s downhill retook the lead that Riesch had held since December. The Minnesota native had a 27-point edge ahead of Friday’s slalom but scored too few points finishing 13th as Riesch placed fourth. Vonn said her friend — whose wedding she will attend in the offseason — deserved her success. “Maria had an outstanding season and again proved to be my biggest competitor,” Vonn said. “She’s worked really hard for this. I’m happy for her.” Vonn said their duel had provided “one of the most exciting seasons in ski racing history.” “I’m extremely proud to have been in the fight,” Vonn said. “A few weeks ago I was over 200 points behind, and I was able to battle back into the overall lead with just two races remaining.” Vonn thanked her husband and adviser, Thomas, and US team coaches, and praised her teammates, including Julia Mancuso, whose victor y in Wednesday’s downhill was one of the season’s many “what if ” moments. Mancuso’s impressive first victory since 2007 pushed Vonn into fourth position, which scored 10 points fewer than third. “Ted (Ligety) continues to take GS to a new level, Julia (Mancuso) was right back on the podium and the US women won the downhill and super G standings,” Vonn said. “I cannot thank my husband, coaches and our entire team enough for their support. This was a great season.” —AP

SWITZERLAND: Germany’s Maria Riesch (left) hugs Lindsey Vonn, of the United States, after winning the alpine ski, women’s World Cup overall title. Lindsey Vonn feels “devastated” at losing her World Cup overall title without being able to fight for it in the final race.—AP

Cheetahs defeat Waratahs SYDNEY: Wingers Philip Snyman and Sarel Pretorius scored tries as South Africa’s previously winless Cheetahs caused the upset of the season, beating the New South Wales Waratahs 23-3 in Super 15 rugby yesterday. The Bloemforntein-based Cheetahs, losers in four earlier matches this season, took the lead in the 14th minute and were never headed, posting their first Super rugby win outside South Africa. The Waratahs were expected to improve their two-win, one-loss record but poor set-pieces, weakness at breakdowns and constant handling errors gave the Cheetahs a stunning upset. Flyhalf Sian Ebersohn kicked three penalties from as many attempts to keep the Cheetahs ahead until tries by Snyman and Pretorius clinched victory. “This is our first win overseas. The guys stuck to their guns right to the end,” Cheetahs captain Wilhelm Steenkamp said. “The guys knew it was going to take a special effort to win overseas. We got together before the game and I told them it was the little things that make the difference. “We spent a lot of time analyzing their game and the defensive coach deserves a lot of credit for the performance of the team.” Eberhsohn kicked the Cheetahs into the lead against the run of play with a penalty in the 14th minute. The Waratahs had made most of the play in the opening stages but were prevented from turning advantages of territory and possession into points by constant handling errors. New South Wales seemed confident that the Cheetahs’ defense would eventually crack under constant pressure. But when attack after attack

failed, the hosts were forced to resort to a penalty from Kurtley Beale to tie the scores after 28 minutes. They could not have anticipated that Beale’s penalty would be their only points of the match. The Waratahs were clearly gripped by the belief they were the superior team and that that superiority would eventually tell. As the match wore on and New South Wales failed to gain the upper hand, the team’s frustration and self-doubt became manifest. Ebersohn kicked his second penalty in the 31st minute and the Cheetahs took a slim 6-3 lead to halftime. A further penalty to Ebersohn in the third minute of the second half made the lead 9-3, which still seemed frail until the 61st minute when Snyman’s try made the lead emphatic. New South Wales then seemed to grasp the realization that the match was slipping away. The team attacked with desperation in the last quarter but the Cheetahs defended superbly and were able to force turnovers from the Waratahs’ continuous errors. The Cheetahs even began to dominate, pressed the Waratahs in defense and made the home team’s efforts to save the match more desperate and more futile. Finally, they capitalized on another New South Wales error to create the try to replacement winger Snyman that sealed the match. Waratahs fans booed their team as they left the field Saturday but captain Dean Mumm denied his team had been complacent. “We just didn’t perform, basically. It’s disappointing, that’s all I can say,” he said. “Full credit to their defense, they didn’t let us play the way we wanted to and the Cheetahs fronted up.”—AP

SYDNEY: Tewis de Bruyn (right) and Sarel Pretotius of the Cheetahs of South Africa pressure Dave Dennis of the Waratahs to unload the ball during their Super Rugby match. —AP

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011


Dhoni: India must learn from mistakes CHENNAI: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants his side to learn the harsh lessons from defeat by South Africa and a tie with England as their thoughts turn to the World Cup quarterfinals. South Africa’s crushing 206-run victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday secured India’s place in the last eight, regardless of the result of the co-hosts’ Group B finale against the West

Indies in Chennai on Sunday. India went into the tournament as favorites but a failure to defeat either of the other two leading Test nations in their group has raised questions about their ability to finish sides off. Dhoni’s men had chances to win both matches, notably against South Africa, where from the commanding position of 267 for one they slumped to 296 all out.

However, Dhoni said the results could prove blessings in disguise for India. “It was a good learning (experience) for all of us,” he said yesterday. “It’s not only about how well you started in the game or how long you dominated. Unless you finish off well, you cannot say you have won a game.” Dhoni said it was good that India’s mistakes had come in the league phase rather than the knockout phase. —AFP

Group A: Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, South Africa, West Indies, Ireland, Netherlands

Pakistan end Australia’s magical run Scoreboard COLOMBO: Scoreboard of the World Cup Group A match between Australia and Pakistan at R. Premadasa stadium yesterday: Australia S. Watson b Gul 9 B. Haddin c Kamran b Riaz 42 R. Ponting c Kamran b Hafeez 19 M. Clarke b Razzaq 34 C. White run out 8 M. Hussey c Misbah b Rehman 12 S. Smith b Afridi 25 M. Johnson c Kamran b Razzaq 0 J. Krejza b Gul 7 B. Lee c Misbah b Gul 5 S. Tait not out 0 Extras: (lb5, w10) 15 Total: (all out; 46.4 overs) 176 Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Watson), 2-75 (Ponting), 3-90 (Haddin), 4-117 (White), 5-134 (Clarke), 6-144 (Hussey), 7-147 (Johnson), 8-169 (Krejza), 9-176 (Smith), 10-176 (Lee) Bowling: Gul 7.4-1-30-3 (w5), Rehman 10-0-34-1 (w1), Afridi 9-0-34-1 (w1), Riaz 6-0-39-1 (w3), afeez 10-0-26-1, Razzaq 4-0-8-2 Pakistan Kamran Akmal lbw b Lee 23 Mohammad Hafeez c and b Lee 5 Asad Shafiq c Watson b Johnson 46 Younis Khan c Haddin b Lee 31 Misbah-ul-Haq c Haddin b Lee 0 Umar Akmal not out 44 Shahid Afridi c Lee b Krejza 2 Abdul Razzaq not out 20 Extras: (b2, lb1, w4) 7 Total: (for six wkts; 41 overs) 178 Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Hafeez), 2-45 (Kamran), 3-98 (Younis), 4-98 (Misbah), 5-139 (Shafiq), 6-142 (Afridi) Bowling: Lee 8-1-28-4, Tait 8-1-37-0 (w3), Johnson 9-1-40-1 (w1), Watson 6-0-26-0, Krejza 10-0-44-1 Result: Pakistan won by four wickets

COLOMBO: Paceman Umar Gul claimed three victims as Pakistan beat Australia by four wickets yesterday, ending the defending champions’ unbeaten 34-match World Cup run and capturing top spot in Group A. Gul took 3-30 to help Pakistan dismiss Australia for 176 — their lowest World Cup total since 1992 — before Umar Akmal hit an unbeaten 44 to steer Pakistan to victory in 41 overs, finishing top of the pool with 10 points. Pakistan, champions in 1992, will play the fourth placed team in Group B, while Australia (nine points) finished third behind Sri Lanka (nine points) on run-rate and will play the second placed team from Group B. Yesterday’s loss was Australia’s first in the World Cup since losing to Pakistan by 10 runs in Leeds in 1999. But the champions, led by spearhead Brett Lee (4-28), fought hard and twice raised hopes of an unlikely win. Pakistan were cruising along on 98-2 before Lee derailed the chase in his first over of his second spell, dismissing Younis Khan (31) and Misbah-ul-Haq for a firstball duck-both caught by keeper Brad Haddin. Mitchell Johnson removed Asad Shafiq (46) while Jason Krejza tempted skipper Shahid Afridi (two) to hole out in the deep, but Umar and Abdul Razzaq (20 not out) saw their team home with a cautious 36-run stand for the seventh wicket. Razzaq hit two boundaries off spinner Jason Krejza to complete the victory. Lee had taken two wickets in his first spell, taking a smart catch off his own bowling to dismiss opener Mohammad Hafeez (five) before trapping Kamran Akmal lbw for 23. Shafiq, who hit five boundaries during his 81-ball knock, added 53 with Younis and 41 with Umar to keep Pakistan on track. Earlier, Gul and Razzaq (2-8) exposed the untested Australian batting after Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat on a seemingly flat R. Premadasa stadium pitch. Haddin (42), Michael Clarke (34) and Steve Smith (25) offered some resistance as Pakistan applied relentless pressure to take the last seven Australian wickets for a mere 59 runs after they were 117-3. Pakistan, who opened the attack with left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman from one end, forced an early breakthrough when Gul bowled opener Shane Watson with a


Tendulkar eyes ton of tons in group finale India’s Sachin Tendulkar laughs during a training session

CHENNAI: Sachin Tendulkar can complete another landmark today by hitting his 100th international hundred as India tackle West Indies in the World Cup’s final group match. India, as well as England, are already through to the quarter-finals along with South Africa after the Proteas’ crushing 206 run-win over Bangladesh in Dhaka yesterday. It will now take a colossal India win for the West Indies to be denied a place in the last eight although Sunday’s result will still have a bearing on the group standings and the teams’ quarter-final opponents. Meanwhile many fans in a 38,000 capacity Chidambaram Stadium crowd will be eager to see Tendulkar score his 100th international hundred. The India star moved to 99 centuries (51 in Tests and 48 in one-day internationals) with a majestic innings of 111 in his side’s previous group match against South Africa. “He keeps it really simple,” said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “He doesn’t look at the milestones that are coming up for him. “Playing for 20, 21 years, the kind of form he has been in throughout his career, he knows every game there is some kind of milestone around the corner. He keeps it really simple, practises well. “He still works on his technique and where he feels an extra bit of effort, he does that. What really helps him is how he analyses the wicket and accordingly plans his innings. “It has been really good to have him in the side, the amount of experience he has got. He always assists you as a senior player. If you are short of ideas,

you can always walk up to him and he’ll give you two or three.” West Indies captain Darren Sammy added: “Sachin, nobody can question what he’s done in the game. “He’s a great player and we respect him. But we will have our plans against him and hopefully we execute them properly.” However, even a ‘Sachin special’ last week was not enough to prevent a three-wicket defeat by South Africa where India, on a belting batting pitch in Nagpur, contrived to lose their last nine wickets for just 29 runs as they slumped from 267 for one to 296 all out. Runs are set to be harder to come by in Chennai, where no batsman managed a fifty on a typically bowlerfriendly pitch during England’s nailbiting 18-run win over the West Indies on Thursday. India will do well not to under-estimate a youthful Windies attack that troubled England. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo took three wickets on his one-day international debut while lively seamer Andre Russell almost produced a match-winning all-round performance with four wickets and a dashing 49. Had the West Indies, who lost their last four wickets for just three runs on Thursday, they would now be in the quarter-finals. It is nearly two years since the West Indies beat a major nation in a one-day international with an eight-wicket win against India in Kingston in June 2009 and they would love to end that sequence on Sunday. “We are coming closer,” Sammy said. “In order to win, you must create an opportunity to win and we are doing that so the chances are that soon we will grab an opportunity.” —AFP

COLOMBO: Pakistan’s batsman Umar Akmal (left) and Australia’s wicket keeper Brad Haddin (right) watch Akmal’s shot during their Cricket World Cup match. — AP sharp incoming delivery for nine. Haddin added 63 for the second wicket with Ponting (19) before Pakistan struck twice, with Hafeez removing the Australian skipper off a miscued cut, caught by wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal. Umpire Marais Erasmus of South Africa turned down a vociferous appeal before Pakistan successfully overturned the verdict on review to leave Australia 75-2.

Left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz then had Haddin caught behind by Kamran in the 24th over. Haddin hit three boundaries and a six during his 80-ball knock. Pakistan then took four crucial wickets in the space of just 30 runs to reduce the Australians to 147-7, including wickets of Clarke and Michael Hussey for 12. Gul removed Krejza and Lee cheaply to wrap the Australian innings for their sixth lowest World Cup total. — AFP

Hapless, hopeless B’desh crash out of World Cup NEW DELHI: Hapless Bangladesh were sent crashing out of the World Cup yesterday by merciless South Africa, with their humiliating 206-run defeat sending India, England and West Indies into the quarter-finals. Bangladesh, chasing 285 to win in Dhaka, were bowled out for a paltry 78 in the 28th over, the third lowest World Cup total of all time, with only skipper Shakib Al Hasan (30) getting to double figures. The Tigers, who had high hopes of making the last eight after playing all their Group B matches in favourable home conditions, finished on six points, the same as West Indies, who have a vastly superior run-rate. South Africa, with 10 points, finished top of the pool, with India and England on seven points. Only a mathematical miracle in the India-West Indies match today would throw Bangladesh an unlikely lifeline. “Sorry,” was Shakib’s message to the millions of fans in the country who had expected better from a team who had even been bowled out for just 58 by the West Indies earlier in the tournament. “We missed a big opportunity because we have been performing for the last 12 months and we thought we would have a very good opportunity to qualify for the second round.” Lonwabo Tsotsobe grabbed 3-14 on his World Cup debut and spinner Robin Peterson claimed 4-12 to star with the ball after Jacques Kallis had made 69 and Faf du Plessis hit a run-a-ball 52 to lift South Africa to 284-8. Hashim Amla (51) and skipper Graeme Smith (45) were also in the runs. Tsotsobe, who was given a chance only because pace spearheads Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel were rested ahead of the bigger matches, seized the opportunity in style. The 27-year-old left-arm seamer silenced a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium when he had Bangladesh’s main batting hope, Tamim Iqbal, caught behind for five in his second over and the home side never recovered. “We gave a few guys an extra couple of days to rest but it was fantastic to see other guys that came in, the motivation they had and the way they performed. That’s always exciting to see,” said Smith. Defending champions Australia tackle Pakistan in Colombo in Saturday’s late match where the winner will be assured top spot in Group A. Both sides, as well as Sri Lanka and New Zealand, have already made it to the last eight. But Australia are defending a 34-match unbeaten run in World Cups, a streak stretching back to 1999 when they lost by 10 runs to Pakistan in Leeds. On Friday, Sri Lanka saw off New Zealand by 112 runs in Mumbai with skipper Kumar Sangakkara hailing veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan as a legend for his four-wicket contribution. —AFP

Standings (played, won, lost, tied, no result, points, net run rate)

DHAKA: South Africa’s bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe celebrates after dismissing Bangladesh’s Shariar Nafees (unseen) during the ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match. —AP

Group A Pakistan


5 1 0

Sri Lanka


4 1 0



4 1 0

N Zealand 6

4 2 0

Zimbabwe 5 Canada 6 Kenya 5

1 4 0 1 5 0 0 5 0

Group B S Africa


5 1 0



3 1 1



3 2 1

W Indies 5 Bangladesh6 Ireland 6 Netherlands6

3 3 2 0

2 3 4 6

0 0 0 0

0 10 +0.758 - qualified 1 9 +2.582 - qualified 1 9 +1.123 - qualified 0 8 +1.135 - qualified 0 2 -0.669 0 2 -1.987 0 0 -3.005

0 10 +2.026 - qualified 0 7 +0.768 - qualified 0 7 +0.072 - qualified 0 6 +1.650 0 6 -1.361 0 4 -0.696 0 0 -2.045

Scoreboard DHAKA: Full scoreboard of the World Cup Group B match between Bangladesh and South Africa at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium yesterday: South Africa: 10-0-46-2. H. Amla b Razzak 51 Bangladesh: G. Smith st Rahim b Mahmudullah 45 Tamim Iqbal c van Wyk b Tsotsobe 5 J. Kallis c and b Shakib 69 4 Imrul Kayes b Tsotsobe JP Duminy c Rahim b Rubel 17 Junaid Siddique lbw b Botha 2 F. du Plessis c Tamim b Rubel 52 Shahriar Nafees b Tsotsobe 5 M. van Wyk b Shakib 5 Mushfiqur Rahim c Smith b Peterson 3 J. Botha run out 12 Shakib Al Hasan c van Wyk b Peterson 30 R. Peterson not out 22 Mohammad Mahmudullah run out 5 W. Parnell b Rubel 0 Naeem Islam b Peterson 8 L. Tsotsobe not out 4 Shafiul Islam b Peterson 0 Extras: (lb3, w4) 7 Abdur Razzak c Peterson b Tahir 0 Total (for eight wickets, 50 overs) 284 Rubel Hossain not out 8 Did not bat: Imran Tahir. Extras: (lb5, w3) 8 Fall of wickets: 1-98 (Smith), 2-107 (Amla), 3- Total (all out, 28 overs) 78 141 (Duminy), 4-223 (Kallis), 5-245 (van Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Tamim), 2-15 (Kayes), 3-21 Wyk), 6-249 (du Plessis), 7-273 (Botha), 8-280 (Siddique), 4-21 (Nafees), 5-36 (Rahim), 6-58 (Parnell). (Mahmudullah), 7-61 (Shakib), 8-61 (Shafiul), 9Bowling: Shafiul 5-0-44-0 (w1), Rubel 8-0-56- 62 (Razzak), 10-78 (Naeem) 3, Razzak 10-1-47-1 (w1), Naeem 7-0-42-0 Bowling: Botha 7-1-23-1, Tsotsobe 5-2-14-3 (w1), Mahmudullah 10-0-46-1 (w1), Shakib (w1), Parnell 4-1-4-0, Peterson




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Soccer results/standings English Premier League results Aston Villa 0 Wolverhampton 1 (Jarvis 38); Blackburn 2 (Samba 49, Hoilett 90) Blackpool 2 (Adam 25-pen, 29); Manchester United 1 (Berbatov 88) Bolton 0; Stoke 4 (Walters 28, Pennant 46, Higginbotham 49, Fuller 90) Newcastle 0; Tottenham 0 West Ham 0; West Bromwich 2 (Reid 3, Odemwingie 58) Arsenal 2 (Arshavin 70, Van Persie 78); Wigan 2 (Cleverley 25, Figueroa 90) Birmingham 1 (Ridgewell 6); Everton 2 (Coleman 36, Saha 49) Fulham 1 (Dempsey 62). Playing today Chelsea v Manchester City; Sunderland v Liverpool. English Football League results Championship Barnsley 0 Reading 1; Bristol City 2 Burnley 0; Crystal Palace 2 Derby 2; Doncaster 0 Queens Park Rangers 1; Hull 1 Norwich 1; Ipswich 2 Scunthorpe 0; Leicester 0 Portsmouth 1; Middlesbrough 2 Watford 1; Millwall 3 Cardiff 3; Preston 2 Coventry 1; Sheffield United 2 Leeds 0; Swansea 3 Nottingham Forest 2. Division One Brentford 2 Leyton Orient 1; Carlisle 1 Bournemouth 0; Dagenham and Redbridge 2 Charlton 1; Exeter 2 Yeovil 3; Huddersfield 0 Swindon 0; Notts County 0 Bristol Rovers 1; Oldham 0 Brighton 1; Plymouth 0 Rochdale 1; Tranmere 1 Colchester 0; Walsall 5 Hartlepool 2. Playing later Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday

English Premier League tables English Premier League table after yesterday’s late match (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Man Utd 30 18 9 3 64 30 63 Arsenal 29 17 7 5 59 29 58 Man City 29 15 8 6 45 25 53 Chelsea 28 15 6 7 51 24 51 Tottenham 29 13 10 6 41 34 49 Liverpool 29 12 6 11 39 36 42 Bolton 30 10 10 10 42 41 40 Everton 30 9 13 8 40 39 40 Sunderland 29 9 11 9 33 35 38 Stoke 30 11 4 15 36 38 37 Newcastle 30 9 9 12 44 45 36 Fulham 30 7 14 9 33 33 35 Blackburn 30 9 6 15 39 51 33 Aston Villa 30 8 9 13 37 51 33 Blackpool 30 9 6 15 45 60 33 W Bromwich 30 8 9 13 41 56 33 West Ham 30 7 11 12 36 49 32 W’hampton 30 9 5 16 35 49 32 Birmingham 29 6 13 10 28 41 31 Wigan 30 6 12 12 29 51 30 English Football League tables Championship QPR 38 21 13 38 18 13 Norwich Swansea 38 20 6 Cardiff 38 18 9 Leeds 38 16 13 Nottingham 38 15 15 Reading 37 14 15 Burnley 37 15 12 Watford 38 15 11 Hull 38 14 14 Leicester 38 16 7 Millwall 38 14 12 Portsmouth 38 15 9 Bristol City 38 14 8 Ipswich 38 14 7 Barnsley 38 12 11 Derby 38 12 8 Middlesbrough 37 12 8 Doncaster 38 11 11 Coventry 38 11 9 Crystal 38 10 9 Sheffield Utd 38 9 8 Scunthorpe 38 10 4 Preston 37 7 10

4 7 12 11 9 8 8 10 12 10 15 12 14 16 17 15 18 17 16 18 19 21 24 20

60 62 53 60 69 48 60 53 68 42 56 51 50 50 48 44 48 46 49 41 37 34 33 42

23 47 36 46 60 35 42 46 54 38 56 40 48 54 49 55 53 54 67 50 59 59 68 65

76 67 66 63 61 60 57 57 56 56 55 54 54 50 49 47 44 44 44 42 39 35 34 31

Division One Brighton Huddersfield Peterborough Southampton Bournemouth Milton Leyton Orient Carlisle Rochdale Hartlepool Brentford Exeter Charlton Colchester Oldham Sheffield Notts County Tranmere Yeovil Redbridge Walsall Bristol Swindon Plymouth

5 9 11 9 10 12 9 13 10 16 16 14 13 13 13 16 16 16 17 15 19 19 17 19

65 58 86 62 60 54 58 50 46 40 41 53 51 42 46 51 37 41 36 39 46 39 43 44

26 39 61 30 39 48 44 47 41 54 47 61 52 49 53 53 40 49 53 48 62 70 60 62

74 67 65 61 61 61 56 52 51 50 49 49 48 48 46 43 42 42 41 39 39 36 34 33

35 38 36 34 37 37 35 37 35 38 37 37 35 37 37 35 34 36 36 34 38 37 37 38

22 19 20 18 17 18 15 14 13 14 14 13 13 12 11 12 12 11 11 10 10 9 7 12

8 10 5 7 10 7 11 10 12 8 7 10 9 12 13 7 6 9 8 9 9 9 13 7

Division Two Accrington 3 Port Vale 0 Aldershot 1 Stockport 0 Barnet 1 Morecambe 2 Bradford 1 Northampton 1 Burton 1 Gillingham 1 Bury 2 Cheltenham 3 Chesterfield 5 Rotherham 0 Macclesfield 3 Torquay 3 Oxford 2 Crewe 1 Shrewsbury 1 Wycombe 1 Southend 4 Hereford 0 Stevenage 2 Lincoln 1

West Brom 2

Arsenal 2

Scottish Premier League results Dundee United 1 (Swanson 43) Inverness 0; Hamilton 0 St Johnstone 0; Hearts 3 (Skacel 55, 90, Stevenson 82) St Mirren 2 (Higdon 15, 69); Kilmarnock 3 (Pascali 24, Hamill, 44-pen, Kelly 51) Motherwell 1 (Sutton 15).

Scottish Football League results First Division Dunfermline 4 Stirling 1; Falkirk 2 Dundee 2; Morton 0 Raith 0; Partick 0 Cowdenbeath 1; Ross County 1 Queen Of The South 2. Second Division Airdrie 2 Stenhousemuir 2; Alloa 2 Brechin 2; Dumbarton 4 East Fife 2; Forfar 0 Livingston 4; Peterhead 1 Ayr 2. Third Division Albion Rovers 1 Clyde 1; Annan 2 Montrose 1; Berwick 3 Queen’s Park 1; East Stirling 2 Arbroath 5; Stranraer 1 Elgin 2.

Playing tomorrow Milton Keynes Dons v Peterborough

Note: Plymouth deducted 10 points for going into administration

Division Two Chesterfield Bury Wycombe Shrewsbury Gillingham Rotherham Torquay Port Vale Stevenage Oxford Utd Accrington Crewe Southend Aldershot Cheltenham Lincoln Bradford Macclesfield Morecambe Northampton Hereford Burton Albion Barnet Stockport

38 37 37 37 38 37 37 36 37 38 35 37 37 37 37 37 36 35 37 37 35 33 37 38

21 17 17 15 14 15 14 15 14 15 13 14 14 11 12 13 13 11 11 9 10 9 8 7

11 10 10 12 15 11 13 10 12 8 13 9 9 15 11 7 5 10 10 14 10 10 10 11

6 10 10 10 9 11 10 11 11 15 9 14 14 11 14 17 18 14 16 14 15 14 19 20

74 64 52 55 54 60 61 42 46 49 53 68 52 40 49 42 35 45 44 47 42 40 42 39

41 40 44 43 44 49 44 38 34 49 48 56 46 45 59 58 46 53 54 54 56 48 63 83

74 61 61 57 57 56 55 55 54 53 52 51 51 48 47 46 44 43 43 41 40 37 34 32

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Scottish Football League tables First Division Raith 28 15 7 Dunfermline 28 14 8 Falkirk 25 11 5 Q of South 26 10 5 Morton 27 8 9 Dundee 28 16 9 Partick 26 8 8 Cowdenbeath 26 7 4 Ross County 26 4 12 Stirling 26 3 7 Note: Dundee deducted 25 points

BIRMINGHAM: Arsenal lost ground in the Premier League title race despite battling back to earn a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns yesterday. Arsene Wenger’s side looked dead and buried with 20 minutes to play after Steven Reid and Peter Odemwingie, who punished a howler from goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, put Albion firmly in control. But Andrey Arshavin gave Arsenal a lifeline in the 70th minute before Robin van Persie equalised eight minutes later. Even that comeback was little consolation to Arsenal as Manchester United moved five points clear at the top with a 1-0 win over Bolton. The Gunners have a game in hand but they still look too fragile at the back to end their six-year trophy drought. The inevitable question marks over the mental toughness of Wenger’s side have surfaced during a miserable two weeks in which they have lost the League Cup final and crashed out of the Champions League and FA Cup. Roy Hodgson’s side must have thought they had recorded their first double over the North London side for 50 years when they established a 2-0 lead before the hour - thanks to a dreadful defensive per formance from Wenger’s side, but Arshavin sprang to life to inspire two goals

LONDON: West Bromwich Albion’s Yossuf Mulumbu (left) competes for the ball with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere during their English Premier League soccer match. —AP in an eight-minute spell that prevented Albion causing greater damage to their title challenge. Arshavin emerged from his shell and rifled home a wonderful diagonal shot from just inside the area to give his side hope. Soon after the diminutive Russian stood up a cross to the far post for substitute Nicklas Bendtner to head back across the six-yard box and Abdoulaye Meite got himself into a dreadful tangle under his own crossbar, allowing Robin van Persie to force the ball over the goal line to snatch a point. It was a cruel ending for Albion

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Second Division Livingston Ayr Brechin Forfar East Fife Dumbarton Airdrie Utd Alloa Stenhousemuir Peterhead

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Birmingham 1 WIGAN: Maynor Figueroa boosted Wigan’s bid for Premier League survival as his late goal clinched a dramatic 2-1 win over relegation rivals Birmingham at the DW Stadium yesterday. Honduras defender Figueroa has scored just three times in his three-year Latics career, but his latest strike could be hugely valuable to Roberto Martinez’s side. Wigan recovered from Liam Ridgewell’s controversial opener to equalise through Tom Cleverley but they looked to have been denied a winner until Figueroa lashed past Ben Foster in stoppage time. The league’s bottom side are now within two points of safety with eight matches remaining after winning for just the second time in 12 league games. League Cup winners Birmingham slipped further into the dogfight and are now second bottom, just a point above Martinez’s men. Wigan had cause for complaint when Birmingham took the lead after just six minutes. Martin Jiranek’s flick-on appeared to catch three Birmingham players in an offside position on the edge of the Wigan penalty area but with no flag raised Ridgewell reacted quickest to shoot past Ali Al Habsi. It was Jiranek’s last significant involvement as

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LIVERPOOL: French striker Louis Saha scored the decisive goal as Everton beat Fulham 2-1 at Goodison Park yesterday. S a h a’s 1 0 t h g o a l o f t h e s e a s o n came early in the second half after Seamus Coleman had given Everton a first-half lead. David Moyes’s side had to endure a nervous finish after American midfielder Clint Dempsey reduced the deficit with 28 minutes to play, but the Toffees held on to move up to eighth place in the Premier League. Moyes restored captain Phil Neville and Australia midfielder Tim Cahill to his starting line-up, while Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta was sidelined due to injury. Everton had the better of the first half, with Leon Osman curling an effort over and Leighton Baines dragging a shot across goal. Former Fulham striker Saha also threatened for the hosts with a run up the middle but Brede Hangeland denied him with a fine tackle. Saha had another opportunity when he rose to meet a Baines corner but his

header was calmly nodded off the line by Carlos Salcido. Everton made the breakthrough 10 minutes before the break after Cahill had a shot blocked and the ball rolled out to Baines on the left. Baines cut it back inside for Osman and the midfielder lifted a cross to the the back post for Coleman to place a firm header back across goal and beyond Mark Schwarzer. Everton took a firm grip on the game four minutes into the second half after Jack Rodwell was brought down just outside the area by Dickson Etuhu. Baines rolled the free-kick to Saha and the Frenchman blasted a low freekick through the wall and past Schwarzer. Fulham boss Mark Hughes decided to make a change and was instantly rewarded after sending on Bobby Zamora just before the hour. Zamora, with his back to goal, laid off a cross from Damien Duff and Dempsey struck a powerful low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Phil Jagielka almost made the game safe for Everton with a well-directed header but Salcido did brilliantly to head away from just inside the post. Zamora failed to make the most of a headed chance at the other end after being picked out by Gael Kakuta. Saha’s afternoon ended in agony in the closing minutes, as he was stretchered off after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge.—AFP

who had been inspired from the moment Reid exposed the frailties of Arsenal’s defending with a power ful header from Chris Brunt’s corner as Aaron Ramsey lost his man in the penalty area. Worse was to follow when Almunia, who will be haunted by the spectre of Jens Lehmann on the substitutes’ bench, went into his own personal mental meltdown just before the hour mark. He made the suicidal decision to go racing out of his penalty area to intercept a long ball, when Sebastien Squillaci could easily have dealt with the danger and the pair succeeded in presenting

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he was replaced by Curtis Davies because of injury soon after. The substitute’s first touch almost created a second goal when he headed Sebastian Larsson’s corner back across the six-yard area where Cameron Jerome’s shot on the turn was well blocked by Al Habsi. Apart from Cleverley’s early shot the hosts had not threatened but out of the blue the on-loan Manchester United midfielder equalised in the 25th minute. Ben Watson’s brilliant through-ball inside left-back Ridgewell picked out over-lapping right-back Emmerson Boyce and Foster could only push his cross into the path of Cleverley who gratefully accepted the gift inside the six-yard box. Late in the half Charles N’Zogbia deflected over Boyce’s cross from close range while Larsson hit the crossbar with a free-kick. With time - and matches - running out Martinez made a double attacking change by sending on Hugo Rodallega and Conor Sammon for Franco Di Santo and Victor Moses. Sammon’s flicked header from Cleverley’s cross was claimed comfortably by Foster and Wigan kept pressing. With 10 minutes remaining Rodallega had the ball in the net after looping a shot over Foster, but referee Lee Probert ruled the Colombia international had pushed Roger Johnson as they challenged on the edge of the area. Foster had to scramble to turn aside a late deflected N’Zogbia strike but the England international was stunned when a late shot from Figueroa whistled past him in the 92nd minute. —AFP

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Wolves 1 BIRMINGHAM: Wolverhampton piled the misery on local rivals Aston Villa after a goal from midfielder Matthew Jarvis secured a 1-0 win in yesterday’s derby at Villa Park. The result caps off a terrible week for under-pressure Villa manager Gerard Houllier, and the home fans let the Frenchman know their feelings when they unfurled a “Houllier out” banner before kick-off. Earlier in the week, Houllier fined defenders Richard Dunne and James Collins two weeks wages after a drunken altercation with the club’s training staff during a visit to a health spa. The priceless victory moves Wanderers to within a point of a place outside the relegation zone and gives their fans local bragging rights after a 17-match winless streak against their illustrious neighbours. The game set off at a lively pace but for all the endeavor there was little in the way of clear-cut chances with a series of set-pieces for the home team the sum total of the early exchanges. Wolves thought they had broken the deadlock in the 20th minute, but a linesman’s flag denied defender Christophe Berra after he headed Jarvis’s free-kick into the net. Lightning struck twice when the same linesman again denied Wolves five minutes later, this time ruling that the ball had gone out of play before striker Kevin Doyle headed past Brad Friedel in the home goal. —AFP

Odemwingie with a simple tap-in from the edge of the area. On the evidence of this 41year-old German Lehmann, signed as a free agent this week after retiring last season, must be a better bet for the remainder of the season as Arsenal look to overturn the gap between themselves and United. At that point Arsenal’s title challenge looked over and Wenger a broken man. As it is, a point just about keeps them in the hunt, but there will be no m o re ro o m fo r e r ro r i f t h e y want to win their first title since 2004. —AFP

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Blackpool 2 BLACKBURN: Blackburn fought back from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw against local rivals Blackpool at Ewood Park yesterday. The visitors were in total control at halftime after captain Charlie Adam, back from a two-game ban, scored a penalty and then curled in a sublime free-kick four minutes later. But Christopher Samba pulled a goal back for Blackburn four minutes into the second half and Junior Hoilett’s injury-time header kept Rovers away from the relegation zone. Both sides are one point above the bottom three, but Blackpool will know they missed a great chance to take a giant step towards safety. Blackpool thought they had taken the lead in the 20th minute when Adam’s freekick was turned in by Luke Varney, but he was correctly flagged offside. But in the 25th minute Blackpool did take the lead from the penalty spot. Jason Puncheon broke through from midfield before playing in Gary TaylorFletcher, who appeared to get his shot away before he was caught by Ryan Nelsen. Blackburn were furious with referee Howard Webb but it was to no avail as Adam coolly rolled his shot into the bottom corner. Blackpool’s fans were celebrating again four minutes later when Adam doubled the lead. There was no luck involved this time as the midfielder curled a precise shot into the top corner after being fouled 25 yards out. In the closing moments of the half Varney had the ball in the net again after following up a shot from Puncheon that was parried by Paul Robinson, but this time the midfielder knew the offside flag was coming. Blackburn got one back in the 49th minute with captain Christopher Samba sending a low shot into the bottom corner after goalkeeper Richard Kingson failed to hold a cross. A foray forward from Blackpool ended with Jason Puncheon forcing a decent save from Paul Robinson but the visitors’ defending was becoming increasingly desperate and Martin Olsson slammed a shot against the post. Blackburn defender Phil Jones, out since December with a knee injury, was thrown into the action for Brett Emerton in the 59th minute. Blackpool were wobbling and Samba came agonisingly close to levelling matters in the 76th minute with a header that was cleared off the line by Stephen Crainey. The hosts continued to pour forward, with Samba and Hoilett both sending efforts wide, and in the third minute of injury time they finally got the equaliser they craved. Kingson could not get hands to a long free -k ick from Robinson and Hoilett headed over keeper to secure a priceless point. —AFP

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LONDON: Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney celebrates a goal from teammate Dimitar Berbatov during their English Premier League soccer match against Bolton Wanderers. —AP

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MANCHESTER: Dimitar Berbatov gave 10-man Manchester United a vital 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Old Trafford yesterday. With United boss Sir Alex Ferguson serving the first of his fivematch touchline ban, the Premier League leaders looked bereft of inspiration for long periods. Their hopes of taking advantage of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion seemed to have suffered a further blow 15 minutes from time when defender Jonny Evans was shown a straight red card for an horrendous, studs-up challenge on Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden. But Ferguson, watching in the directors’ box, was on his feet two minutes from time when Bolton keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen fumbled a long-range shot from Nani and substitute Berbatov was able to walk the rebound into an open goal. United are now five points clear of second-place Arsenal, who have a game in hand on the leaders. United’s troubles might have started earlier, after just three minutes to be precise, when a slip by Michael Carrick allowed Gretar Steinsson to find Johan Elmander who, in turn, made the perfect lay-off for midfielder Fabrice Muamba. Fortunately, for the home side, the Bolton man showed terrible footwork and miscontrolled from just 12 yards out. It was the start of an entertaining half, even if United were well below their best. Wayne Rooney unleashed a terrific early 20-yard shot that flew wide before Paul Robinson was required to block Javier Hernandez’s shot after a clever pull-back from Wes Brown. Rooney, in a rich vein of goalscoring form, was looking more like his old self and unleashed a volley from an Antonio Valencia cross that Jaaskelainen held well at the second attempt. Martin Petrov’s deflected cross almost

played in Daniel Sturridge just six yards out, then the Bulgarian’s free-kick from near the right-hand corner flag caused panic in the home defence before being headed behind by Rooney. By the inter val, Ferguson clearly recognised the need for change and defender Fabio and leading scorer Berbatov came on, for Brown and Hernandez respectively. It was Nani who looked United’s most likely source of a breakthrough early after the restart, however, as he tormented Steinsson down Bolton’s right flank. But the Portuguese international could not find the breakthrough, failing with his final pass or long-range shot all too often. Instead, it was Bolton who almost drew first blood as the game passed the hour mark and David Wheater almost connected with a Petrov corner before the Bulgarian drilled in a fierce cross-shot that just cleared the bar from another set-piece. United responded again with Rooney powering into the area from the left and seeing his cross beat Jaaskelainen only to be cleared away from danger by Wheater. The Bolton goalkeeper failed to deal properly with a Nani corner a few moments later, only for Carrick to respond with a feeble strike that flew harmlessly off target. Berbatov finally threatened the goal 18 minutes from time when Rooney played a short pass to him just outside the penalty area but the 20-goal United for ward curled his shot well wide. Rooney might have put the ten men of United into the lead seven minutes from time as he cut in from the left only to be denied by Jaaskelainen’s smart dive low at his near post. In response, within a minute, Petrov floated in a cross for substitute Matt Taylor, who could only direct a free header straight at United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. That miss proved doubly costly with Nani soon bringing a fine save out of Jaaskelainen before the Finnish goalkeeper’s error, from the same player’s shot, allowed Berbatov to snatch the points.—AFP

LONDON: Manchester United players stand for a minute silence for the people of Japan before their team’s English Premier League soccer match against Bolton Wanderers.—AP

Stoke sweep past Newcastle

LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur’s Luka Modric (front) and West Ham United’s Scott Parker battle for the ball during the English Premier League match at White Hart Lane. —AP

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West Ham 0 LONDON: West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green made a series of fine saves to help West Ham earn a 0-0 draw against London rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane yesterday. Green was in unbeatable form and saved his best moment until the final minutes when he tipped Gareth Bale’s free-kick onto the crossbar. The England international’s man-of-thematch display ensured Avram Grant’s side overcame waves of Tottenham pressure and moved out of the relegation zone ahead of late yesterday’s matches. Spurs were handed a tough task when they were pitted against Real Madrid in Friday’s draw for the Champions League quarter-finals. But their focus was on this London derby as they tried to close the three-point gap on Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish. Make no mistake, there is no love lost between these two sides. There is a deep-rooted rivalry that has only intensified following the battle for the Olympic Stadium. Tottenham and West Ham both launched bids for the stadium in Stratford and the latter were successful. West Ham arrived at White Hart Lane in their best form of the season. Wins over Liverpool and Stoke in the Premier League have improved their chances of beating relegation. However, they were missing injured striker Frederic Piquionne while Robbie Keane could not play as part of his loan agreement from Tottenham.

Spurs’ first shot at goal came from an unlikely source as defender Michael Dawson struck the bar with a shot from the edge of the box. Jermain Defoe then had his first chance when he connected with Bale’s cross in the seventh minute but he was unable to direct his effort on target. Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart both had chances as Tottenham looked likeliest to break the deadlock. But West Ham had chances to score themselves. The best fell to Carlton Cole, which the England striker wasted when he shot straight at Heurelho Gomes with just the Spurs goalkeeper to beat. Defoe should have given Spurs the lead in the 40th minute. Aaron Lennon’s effort struck the post and the ball rebounded into Defoe’s path. However, the England international was caught off-guard and the ball bounced off his shin and wide. After the restart Cole had another chance for West Ham while Defoe was denied again, this time by Green, who saved with his legs. As Tottenham continued to squander their chances, West Ham started growing in confidence and the impressive Mark Noble came close to giving them a 56th minute lead with an overhead kick that was only just wide. Demba Ba was next to try his luck with a shot from the edge of the box that Gomes did well to parry. Both sides continued to press for an opening and made a flurry of substitutions to break the stalemate. Tottenham substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko looked the most threatening and had two shots inside a minute that forced Green to make two saves. Green then denied Bale again, as West Ham clung on for a point to help their relegation battle.—AFP

STOKE: Stoke celebrated their first FA Cup semi-final Stoke 4 appearance in three decades with a 4-0 Premier Newcastle 0 League win over Newcastle here yesterday. The Potters, fizzing after securing their ticket to Wembley, welcomed back goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, the only change from the side that saw off West Ham in last weekend’s 2-1 quarter-final win. For Newcastle, Sol Campbell was on for Steven Taylor in defence, while Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, and Shola Ameobi, replacing the injured Leon Best, also made their return to Alan Pardew’s starting XI. Stoke, unbeaten at the Britannia Stadium this year, took the lead just before the half hour mark when Jon Walters got the better of Campbell to head home a cross from Jermaine Pennant. The manner of the goal, from open play, will have put a smile on the face of Stoke chairman Peter Coates, who before the match took a swipe at those who criticised his side’s tactics for being boring and over reliant on set pieces. The hosts’ had Danny Higginbotham to thank for maintaining their supremacy by the break. The defender, who scored in last week’s FA Cup win, first stopping Ameobi’s goalbound strike when the ball struck him in the face, and then blocking a cross from Kevin Nolan from being converted in the six yard box. Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote went into the interval having picked up his tenth yellow card of the season resulting in a two match ban. The second half was only seconds old when Stoke doubled up, with more than a little help from some sloppy Newcastle defending. The visitors’ were put in danger by Steve Harper’s poor clearance, with Campbell, not having one of his best days, inadvertently flicking Matthew Etherington’s cross into the path of Pennant to shoot into the bottom right hand corner. On the rack, Newcastle fell further behind three minutes later when Higginbotham blasted a 20 yard freekick through the Magpie’s wall and into the roof of Harper’s net. Campbell was then taken off and replaced by Jonas Gutierrez. Newcastle, who had fought back from 4-0 down to earn a draw against Arsenal earlier this season, went close to reducing the deficit after a fine bit of play from Shane Ferguson. The teenage substitute took on the Stoke defence singlehanded down the left with Begovic doing well to hold on to his shot. Stoke however wrapped up a memorable afternoon with a fourth goal in injur y time from R icardo Fuller, the Jamaican striker who had entered the frey as a replacement for Kenwyne Jones minutes earlier. This was Stoke’s first clean sheet in their last eight league run outs and the win lifted Tony Pulis’s side above Newcastle and into tenth. —AFP



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TOKYO: People walk among the stalls in the Tsukiji Fish Market yesterday. One of the world’s largest fish markets, the Tsukiji Fish Market has seen a slowdown in its normally bustling pace as distribution system was shattered following the March 11, 2011 tsunami triggered by earthquake. — AP

Automakers reel from Japan crisis Shutdowns cause auto plants $150 million loss a day DETROIT: A week after the disaster in Japan erupted, its impact on automakers around the world is worsening. Most of Japan’s auto industry is shut down. Factories from Louisiana to Thailand are low on Japanese-made parts. Idled plants are costing companies hundreds of millions of dollars. And US car dealers may not get the cars they order this spring. If parts factories in Japan stay closed for several more weeks, dealers and manufacturers will feel deepening effects: fewer cars, diminished revenue and frustrated customers. Analysts say it’s too early to calculate the cost to the overall industry. But Goldman Sachs estimates the shutdowns are costing Japanese automakers more than $150 million a day.

Even if Japanese auto plants manage to restart in the next few weeks and make up lost production, threats will remain. Hundreds of car parts suppliers were near the epicenter of the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. How fast they can feed parts to car plants is unclear. Even after plants restart, the threat of rolling electricity blackouts — caused by Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors — could hamper production for months. Potentially, the damage could reshuffle the entire industry. Rivals like Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co could snap up new customers if the Japanese companies can’t serve them. US companies are hardly immune to the threats. General Motors Co will halt production at its pickup plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, next week. It’s the first time a USbased automaker will have stopped production in North America over parts shortages caused by the Japan crisis. The Shreveport plant relies on Japanese-made transmissions for the two small pickups it produces there. So the lack of parts from Japan is forcing the operation to close down. GM didn’t say when production would resume at the site, which employs 900 workers. “They haven’t given us any indication,” says Doug Ebey, head of the United Auto Workers local in Shreveport. GM will pay the workers most of their normal take-home pay even though the plant isn’t operating. While most global plants

have two to six weeks’ worth of supplies now, those will eventually dwindle and could lead to more plant shutdowns, said Michael Robinet, director of global forecasting at IHS Automotive. Before the earthquake, Japan was making 37,000 cars and trucks each day. It exported more than half of them. Fourteen percent of the 72 million vehicles produced worldwide last year were made in Japan. But Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co and others have shut down most of their facilities in Japan through at least the middle of next week. And they’ve warned that the shutdowns could be extended. Goldman Sachs estimates the shutdown is costing Toyota more than $73 million a day. And it thinks the cost is about $25 million a day each for Honda, Nissan and Suzuki Motor Corp. That means a 30-day shutdown would cost Toyota $2 billion. The automaker could absorb that hit without a major impact on earnings. Last year’s safety recalls also cost Toyota an estimated $2 billion, and it still made a $2.3 billion annual profit. But the latest crisis comes as the rising cost of the yen is already squeezing Japanese automakers’ profits. Japan is home to hundreds of auto parts suppliers, from big multinationals like Denso Corp, which sells parts to every major automaker and had $32 billion in sales last year, to tiny machine shops in northeastern Japan that make parts for suppliers.

It’s been difficult for auto companies to assess the condition of their supplier network or the roads, railways and ports needed to deliver parts. Honda said it took nearly a week just to make contact with its top 100 parts suppliers. Car companies are scrambling to find other suppliers from their networks, including overseas ones, to replace those disabled by the quake, said Koji Endo, analyst with Advanced Research Japan. But for more complex parts like navigation display screens and computer chips, it won’t be possible to find replacements. Toshiba Corp, which makes liquid crystal screens for autos, has closed one of its Japanese plants for at least a month. Once suppliers are able to produce parts again, Japan could face rolling blackouts for at least six months because of the damage to nuclear power plants. Auto plants can’t be easily restarted if the power goes out. And electricity needs are enormous. It takes at least four hours to heat the ovens that dry automotive paint, for example. Without paint, the cars can’t be finished. And the molten steel used for doors and other parts has to be dumped if it starts to cool. “The lost efficiency is nauseating,” Robinet said. For now, at least, the effect on sales of Japanese cars is minimal. It would take two months for Japanese automakers to sell all the current stock of vehicles in the US. And more than two-

thirds of the vehicles Japanese automakers sell here are made in North America. So those plants should be able to keep supplying cars unless they run out of parts. But there are wild cards. Senior Analyst Bill Visnic said there could be a run on the Toyota Prius, a car exclusively made in Japan, because buyers are worried that dealers will sell out. That might help Toyota fetch higher prices. But on the other hand, buyers might shun Japanese cars because they’re worried that dealers are inflating prices, or they’re concerned about Japan’s manufacturing capability. “Those are all things that would have to stack up to where you would get a significant move in the market share,” Visnic said. So far, Nissan and Toyota have reopened a few plants in Japan for limited production, but most are scheduled to reopen next week. Automakers have pushed back their timetables once already, though, and it’s possible the openings could be delayed if electric power is short or suppliers aren’t ready. There are some lucky companies. Chinese automaker Guangzhou Automobile Group, which runs joint ventures with Toyota and Honda, had three months’ worth of parts when the earthquake hit, according to an analyst report from CLSA, a Hong Kong-based investment group. That was partly because the company started stockpiling parts after a work stoppage by Honda workers last year. — AP

Japan to lend up to $122bn for quake TOKYO: Japan’s government is creating a lending plan worth up to 10 trillion yen ($122 billion) to help companies recover from this month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, a business newspaper reported yesterday. Japan has launched a flurry of initiatives this week to shore up the economy and calm roiled markets following the magnitude -9.0 quake and tsunami on March 11 that killed thousands of people, wrecked factories and triggered an unfolding nuclear crisis. Under the latest plan, companies will receive low-interest loans or interest subsidies for daily expenses or to repair quake and tsunami damage, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, or Nikkei, reported. It cited no sources. The quake damaged factories belonging to major automakers including Nissan Motor Co. and hundreds of smaller manufacturers. Power cuts due to the shutdown of 11 of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants also have disrupted production.

The government has yet to give an estimate of recovery costs. Goldman Sachs said earlier this week it estimated quake damage at $200 billion. Japanese leaders also are considering raising the upper limit on how much large companies can borrow in an emergency, the Nikkei said. It said authorities also might create a fund for longer-term lending to companies for quake recovery. On Friday, the Group of Seven major industrialized nations agreed to support Japan with a joint intervention in currency markets after the yen surged against the dollar, threatening Japanese exports. Following the announcement, the Japanese currency backed away from Thursday’s all-time high against the dollar. Also this week, the Japanese central bank tried to calm money markets by injecting 38 trillion yen ($470 billion) in emergency cash on top of its regular funding activities.— AP

Aramco, Sabic give bonus after handouts

HONG KONG: A reflection (left) mirrors a scene of offices and shopping centers in Hong Kong yesterday. Hong Kong became the world’s most expensive place to rent office space last year, a study has found, despite government efforts to cool the surging property market and avoid a bubble. — AFP

RIYADH: State oil giant Saudi Aramco and Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) said yesterday they would grant employees a two-month salary bonus in line with benefits announced by King Abdullah. Khalid Al-Falih, Aramco’s CEO, was quoted as saying in a statement that the bonus would include employees and trainees. King Abdullah offered $93 billion in handouts on Friday and boosted his security and religious police forces, opting for a mixture of carrot and stick to stave off unrest rocking the Arab world. “In response to this generous approach and based on its social responsibilities, SABIC decided to grant its employees inside the kingdom a basic salary bonus of two months,” SABIC said in an emailed statement. SABIC, the world’s largest petrochemicals company by market value, is 70-percent by the Saudi government and Aramco is the major contributor to the Saudi wealth.— Reuters


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Boubyan Bank witnesses radical changes KUWAIT: The year 2010 witnessed radical changes for Boubyan Bank, especially considering that it was the first year in its Five-Year Strategy (2010-2014) which aims at more expansion in the Kuwaiti market and reaching different categories through distinguished products and services fulfilling different needs and aspirations. The Bank’s winning the award of the Best Islamic Bank in Kuwait from Arabian Business Magazine, and the Best Islamic Bank in Kuwait for Customer Service from Service Hero, was a proof of the Bank’s going on the right track, whether with respect to product and service development or distinction in customer service. Islamic values have played a major role in establishing the standards and principles of the bank and its operations. These values have been adopted throughout all sectors, departments and branches to reflect our genuine identity and ideals that are based on integrity, transparency, and honesty. In addition, the Bank is committed to the society it operates in, and this is reflected through various social responsibility initiatives and programs. This has aided in the recruitment of talented Kuwaiti youth to join a promising and leading banking environment. The Bank has succeeded in moving forward and has witnessed numerous operational growths, which includes the progress of private banking services and the expansion of its network, which will include 17 branches throughout Kuwait by the end of the year. In addition to this expansion, Boubyan Bank ATM machines will soon be located in more commercial and residential areas. The Bank has also dedicated private branches for women as a gesture of it commitment to its Sharia vision. Additionally, Points of Sale (POS) locations have witnessed a noticeable expansion in various commercial sectors and car showrooms. The bank’s newly opened locations are managed by qualified teams that are able to provide the best Sharia-compliant financing solutions to all clients. The marketing team has also demonstrated its aptitude by widening its communication programs through different sectors of society by introducing bank products, services and flexible solutions to several government sectors and private institutions. These products and services are aimed at meeting the financial and banking needs of all. Additionally, the Bank’s IT team has worked in cooperation with all departments to take e-banking services to a higher level. The Bank’s new website was recently launched to meet the increasing demands and expectations of clients and visitors. The main focus of the Information Technology Group was to ensure the Bank’s systems’ matching the business variables and regulatory requirements, and to reach this end the Group implemented the key improvements of banking systems in supporting main banking services: IBAN, SWIFT, trade finance, cards, customer support center, information technology management and regulatory reports. By receiving the ISO 27001 Certificate for compliance with the security policies and procedures of the ISO standards, which cover the Information Technology Security Division, the Bank realized one of its achievements for 2010, in addition to its new projects beginning this year and undergoing different implementation phases including AntiMoney Laundering, corporate e-banking services and the corporate trade finance on-line system. The bank has also developed its Platinum banking services to meet the needs of special clients such as company owners and executives. This service provides them with an exclusive package of privileges and services offered by our personal banking officers who respond to our elite customer queries and communicate with them on

2010 performance highlights

a regular basis to keep them updated on the latest services while providing them with trustworthy financial and banking advice to meet their expectations. Boubyan private banking services has proven to communicate with customers effectively and efficiently by providing them with a number of leading services, including setting wealth management plans, reviewing the financial statuses of clients, and supporting their investments. We are committed to providing our customers with all the banking support they need while protecting their investments and assets by offering credit and Sharia consultation at all times. The Bank continued its policy aiming at becoming the first choice for companies desiring to deal with Islamic banks, as the new management adopted a clear strategy set by a leading international specialized entity. The management structure was reorganized in accordance with the new strategy based on diversifying the banking relationships to encompass all economic sectors while focusing on productive sectors and targeting medium and large size enterprises to realize best banking service. In addition, providing all banking needs through highly qualified specialized account managers for provision of best service, whereas their role is not confined to studying and granting credit to companies but also attending to the comprehensive banking relationship. Despite the tough economic conditions, Boubyan Bank managed to realized remarkable growth rates in the credit portfolio reaching 30% by the end of the year, which is considered one of the highest growth rates in the local market, by soliciting many well-known productive high financial and economic worthiness companies, whilst strictly abiding by the highest credit worthiness standards, studying and diversifying risks. Structured Finance and Syndicated Finance Division plays a key role in provision of new finance instruments whilst focusing on growth in syndicated finance for productive companies and development plans’ projects, as seen in arranging a syndicated finance transaction for Zain Sudan where the Division successfully gathered a number of local and international banks to participate in this transaction, thus increasing finance value to Ä270 million. The Division also undertook the restructuring of some syndicated finances for some local companies, thus helping these companies overcome the tough conditions of the Global Financial Turmoil. The year also witnessed assignment of a division for following up investment companies, which is entrusted with following up clients and adopts a policy based on negotiation with the

defaulting client, the fact that resulted in rescheduling many files, improving collaterals’ ratio and correction of the conditions and composition of the Bank’s credit portfolio. Treasury Division (dealing room) continued to play its key role of managing the cost of funds, as well as maintaining the liquidity of the Bank and aiding the phenomenal growth in assets by the Corporate and the Retail groups in addition to its role in managing the FX exposures arising from customers, in an efficient manner to derive the maximum profit for the Bank. The Treasury, with a professional guidance from the senior management, achieved the lowest cost of funds and the highest average LDR amongst all the banks in Kuwait by prudently using the customer deposits. In line with the restructuring process throughout 2010, the focus of the financial group was broadened from providing timely, adequate and effective information to also accommodate deploying a comprehensive framework for strategic performance management. This has enabled to benchmark the bank’s operating model against best practices that support senior management and effectively contribute into decision making. During the year 2010, the Bank’s march of human resources development continued, as the accredited trainees’ base expanded both on the local and international levels, in addition to retraining and qualification of all the staff of Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking and Treasury Services Groups through an integrated training system. To the end of creating a professional organizational environment, the preparation of career path plans for each position in the Bank’s organi-

zational structure was completed, and as part of the national labor support policy as a pivotal strategy, the Human Resources Group managed to realize a ration of 63% for Kuwaiti nationals of the total Bank’s staff. In order to identify, measure and manage the risks to which the Bank is exposed, Risk Management Division laid the required bases for measurement and developing a system for periodic reports and regulatory tools that more effectively help Risk Management undertake its roles and duties. For example, and in compliance with the CBK’s instructions, the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP) was successfully applied more than once, which showed availability of adequate capital against the risk to which the Bank may be exposed. In addition, the Stress Testing was successfully made, which showed solidity of the Bank’s capital base under Severe Scenario. Meanwhile, the Division continued to undertake its duties related to credit and market risks as well as operating risks, as it applied more effective regulatory standards in the Bank’s operating business environment by examining and updating work policies and procedures, in addition to implementing the Business Continuity Plan and completion of many policies and procedures effectively helping in managing operational risks. The same year witnessed the Bank’s providing additional support with respect to compliance, Know Your Client Policy (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Finance of Terrorism (AML/CFT) by development of policies and procedures and providing training programs for all the Bank’s employees of different

administrative levels. These initiatives were applied taking into consideration the CBK’s instructions and the international best practices to realize the highest standards in this field. Internal Audit Division continued to provide assurance and consultation activities in an independent and objective manner for adding value, improving the Bank’s processes, helping the Bank in realizing its objectives through assessing and improving the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance systems, in addition to regular monitoring of the corrective actions taken. Moreover, the Internal Audit Division conducted assurance of compliance with the CBK’s instructions; policies and procedures, and reviewing the effectiveness of the Bank’s Internal Control Systems. During the year 2010, General & Engineering Services Group undertook the preparation of four new branches that were officially inaugurated (AlAqilya, Al-Adiliya, Al-Andalus & Abdullah AlMubarak) as well as other three branches (AlAhmadi, Al-Qaser & Ministry of Defense) that are about to be finished and delivered in 2011. In addition, the Bank acquired a site to be the headquarter for Boubyan Bank, and work is in process to complete the required procedures from governmental authorities for starting its construction. Emergency Plans and a Business Continuity Center were prepared for any emergency cases, and a Training Center for the Bank’s staff was designed and implemented to upgrade their qualifications, which is considered the most advanced among all local banks. There is no doubt that the role of the Legal Division has grown larger due to the expansion of the Bank’s market capitalization and increase of client base. Therefore, the Bank’s Management cared to reinforce the Legal Division with academically and practically qualified cadres and provide all material and moral requirements to upgrade the Division’s performance so as to be able to undertake its assigned role. Over the previous period, the Legal Division realized such a role as represented in suing the Bank’s defaulting clients, whether inside or outside Kuwait, through initiating the legal actions or following up with debtors and suing them till reaching settlements to safeguard the Bank’s funds and shareholders’ interests. In addition, the Division followed up with the defaulting consumer finance clients and undertook a role in developing the Bank’s contracts and transactions to match the Bank’s policy and directions targeting facilitation of dealings to attract the widest array of clients. In the year 2010, Shari’a Supervisory Division at Boubyan Bank undertook during the period of this Report the study and review of all contracts and forms used in the Bank as well as conducting a quarterly internal audit on the Bank’s contracts and transactions, reviewing and examining the contracts signed with between the Bank and the internal and external companies and institutions. Moreover, the Division assumes the duties of training and edifying staff on the Shari’a level and spreading Shari’a awareness in society with respect to modern Islamic transactions. As for subsidiaries, the year witnessed the full operation of Boubyan Capital Investment Company specialized in investment services with a focus on principal investments, real estates, asset management and financial brokerage. During the year 2011, Boubyan Capital will try to launch a group of new investment funds for Boubyan Bank’s clients in addition to the electronic financial brokerage services for the entire GCC region. Boubyan Takaful Insurance continues its activities in providing all Sharia-compliant insurance services, whereas it recently works to incorporate a company specialized in the real estate field.

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

.2730000 .4430000 .3850000 .3000000 .2790000 .2720000 .0045000 .0020000 .0752010 .7326580 .3900000 .0720000 .7182390 .0045000 .0450000

CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES US Dollar/KD .2770000 GB Pound/KD .4450840 Euro .3869000 Swiss francs .3020720 Canadian dollars .2812180 Danish Kroner .0518720 Swedish Kroner .0431280 Australian dlr .2744930 Hong Kong dlr .0355310 Singapore dlr .2165920 Japanese yen .0034260 Indian Rs/KD .0000000 Sri Lanka rupee .0000000 Pakistan rupee .0000000 Bangladesh taka .0000000 UAE dirhams .0754360 Bahraini dinars .7349430 Jordanian dinar .0000000 Saudi Riyal/KD .0738860 Omani riyals .7196670 Philippine Peso .0000000

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co.

Japanese Yen Indian Rupees Pakistani Rupees Srilankan Rupees Nepali Rupees Singapore Dollar Hongkong Dollar Bangladesh Taka

ASIAN COUNTRIES 3.476 6.160 3.254 2.515 3.853 218.830 35.667 3.864

.2830000 .4520000 .3920000 .3080000 .2880000 .2840000 .0075000 .0035000 .0759560 .7400210 .4080000 .0790000 .7254570 .0072000 .0555000 .2791000 .4484580 .3898330 .3043620 .2833500 .0522650 .0434550 .2765740 .0358000 .2182340 .0034520 .0062020 .0025440 .0032840 .0039590 .0760080 .7405150 .3947670 .0744470 .7251230 .0064530

Philippine Peso Thai Baht Irani Riyal - Transfer Irani Riyal - Cash

6.356 9.175 0.271 0.273

Indonesia Iranian tuman Iraqi dinar Japanese yen Jordanian dinar Lebanese pound Malaysian ringgit Morocco dirham Nepalese Rupees New Zealand dollar Nigeria Norwegian krone Omani Riyal Pakistani rupees Philippine peso Qatari riyal Saudi riyal 74.240 Singapore dollar South Africa Sri Lankan rupees Sterling pound Swedish krona Swiss franc Syrian pound Thai bhat Tunisian dollar UAE dirham U.S. dollars Yemeni Riyal

GCC COUNTRIES 74.192 76.451 722.700 738.820 75.749

Saudi Riyal Qatari Riyal Omani Riyal Bahraini Dinar UAE Dirham

ARAB COUNTRIES Egyptian Pound - Cash 50.750 Egyptian Pound - Transfer 46.844 Yemen Riyal 1.275 Tunisian Dinar 203.160 Jordanian Dinar 392.920 Lebanese Lira 184.600 Syrian Lier 6.033 Morocco Dirham 35.476 EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 278.130 Euro 397.730 Sterling Pound 455.300 Canadian dollar 284.680 Turkish lire 175.630 Swiss Franc 312.510 Australian dollar 275.960 US Dollar Buying 276.930 GOLD 20 Gram 270.000 10 Gram 137.000 5 Gram 70.000

393.000 0.187 94.190 3.870 206.000

SELL DRAFT 279.500 739.480 3.827 284.700

220.000 47.054 397.000 36.220 6.165

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

Pakistani Rupees Bangladesh Taka Philippines Pesso Cyprus pound Japanese Yen Thai Bhat Syrian Pound Nepalese Rupees Malaysian Ringgit

220.000 42.260 2.517 454.000 311.000 6.100 9.390 75.770 278.000

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

TRAVELLER’S CHEQUE 454.000 278.000

Selling Rate 278.150 286.270 447.825 391.295 303.748 736.186 75.707 76.378 74.143 392.917 46.920 2.519 6.160

3.266 3.835 6.331 682.289 3.534 9.224 6.067 3.930 91.477

Kuwait Bahrain Intl Exchange Co. 722.060 3.270 6.380 76.490 74.240

Dollarco Exchange Co. Ltd

Bahrain Exchange Company SELL CASH 281.000 739.480 4.170 286.200 546.100 14.100 53.500 167.800 50.150 398.500 36.370 6.380

220.000 42.260 2.698 456.000 44.600 312.500 6.100 9.460 198.263 75.870 278.400 1.340


GOLD 1,470.320

10 Tola Sterling Pound US Dollar

COUNTRY Australian dollar Bahraini dinar Bangladeshi taka Canadian dollar Cyprus pound Czek koruna Danish krone Deutsche Mark Egyptian pound Euro Cash Hongkong dollar Indian rupees

0.033 0.254 0.247 3.550 394.610 0.188 94.190 46.900 4.360 207.500 1.885 50.600 722.240 3.360 6.610 76.920

Rate per 1000 (Tran) 277.900 3.260 6.165 2.530 3.840 6.390 75.790 74.340 739.100 46.855 456.800 0.00003280 3.910 1.550 394.900 5.750 400.000 288.200

Al Mulla Exchange Currency US Dollar Euro Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar Indian Rupee Egyptian Pound Sri Lankan Rupee Bangladesh Taka Philippines Peso Pakistan Rupee Bahraini Dinar UAE Dirham Saudi Riyal *Rates are subject to change

Transfer Rate (Per 1000) 277.650 394.000 452.800 284.700 6.160 46.860 2.516 3.821 6.350 3.258 739.400 75.695 74.180




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Capital Intelligence affirms NBK ratings with a ‘Stable’ outlook NBK is by far largest bank in Kuwait and one of the largest in GCC

New Ford Edge GCC sales shoot up 87% DUBAI: Since its debut in the fourth quarter last year, the new 2011 Ford Edge has received outstanding feedback from GCC consumers, driving sales up 87 per cent in the first two months of 2011 when compared to the previous model sales in January and February last year. The sharpest uptick in sales was seen in the United Arab Emirates, with sales almost trebling with a whopping 198 per cent rise, followed by Kuwait with an increase of 164 per cent and KSA by 21 per cent over the same period last year. “Edge competes in one of the fastest-growing and fiercely competitive segments in our industry,” said Hussein Murad, Sales director at Ford Middle East. “Consumers who have driven the 2011 Edge have given great feedback - and word of mouth is clearly boosting sales, as drivers realise it is, without a doubt, the segment leader, thanks to its looks, performance and class-exclusive technologies.” The 2011 Ford Edge made its mark during last year’s 2010 GITEX Technology Week, the region’s biggest consumer technology festival held in Dubai, UAE. Unveiled on the first day of the show, Ford’s crossover attracted crowds of admirers with its hot new looks, creating major buzz thanks to its revolutionary MyFord Touch driver connect technology. Style and technology - the hallmarks of Ford Edge since it took the midsize crossover segment by storm in 2006 - come together in an all-new way, offering customers even more of what they desire for the 2011 model year. “Edge defined the crossover segment when it was launched in 2006. Ford has taken a great vehicle and made it even better,” Murad said. “The new Edge has attractive looks, complemented with 9 class-exclusive technologies and features, packaged with interior quality like never before, driving dynamics, a choice of two new powertrains, great fuel economy and all at a competitive price.” The 2011 Ford Edge SEL and Limited, have EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway (front-wheel drive), which is unsurpassed in each category among V6 competitors. The new Edge is now 1 mpg better city and 2 mpg better highway - with even greater power. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 285 net horsepower, best-inclass among V6 competitors and 20 more horsepower than the outgoing Edge. As for the 3.7-liter V6 engine that comes only on the Edge Sport, customers will love its class leading 305 net horsepower. MyFord Touch, standard on the 2011 Edge Limited and 2011 Edge Sport, and available on the 2011 Edge SEL, defines an all-new in-car experience. It takes vehicle interior design into the realm of popular personal electronics devices such as laptop computers, mobile phones and MP3 players.

KUWAIT: Capital Intelligence (CI), the international credit rating agency, yesterday announced that it has assigned unchanged “aa-” and “a1+” Foreign Currency Long Term and Short Term ratings to National Bank of Kuwait. The Bank’s Financial Strength rating is also affirmed at “a+”. The Outlook for all ratings remains ‘Stable’. Capital intelligence said that NBK is

by far the largest bank in Kuwait and one of the largest banks in the GCC. NBK has been able to maintain excellent asset quality during a period that has tested other banks. It also has a sound capital position and consistent profitability, especially at the net profit level. Capital intelligence noted that NBK is one of the most internationally repre-

sented of all GCC banks. The overseas network has become much larger in recent years following the investments in the Qatari and Turkish associates and the acquisition of Al-Watany Bank of Egypt. The agency added that these investments provide NBK with stronger growth prospects. More recently, NBK also received the necessary approvals to open a new majority-owned bank in

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SFS homes on tour in Kuwait with 7-star crisil-rated homes KUWAIT: SFS Homes is touring Kuwait at a very exciting period in the company’s history. The year 2010 marked the 25th anniversary of the company’s journey in crafting new lifestyles for families in Kerala. This year, the company has launched exciting new housing products and widened its portfolio of business by venturing into the hospitality and green energy sectors by constructing service apartments in Trivandrum, Cochin, Guruvayoor and through commissioning windmills. SFS Cyber Palms, near Technopark, Trivandrum, and the company’s flagship project, is rapidly moving towards being crowned the premier lifestyle housing development in this part of the world. It is a matter of great pride that CRISIL, the premier credit and quality rating agency in India, has awarded the highest 7-star rating for SFS Cyber Palms. On this tour we are offering luxury apartments in the recently launched fifth block - Silver, and in the Cherry and Ivory blocks, with delivery starting in 2011 itself. Another important feature of this project is that all the infrastructure, such as the international style club house, indoor games arena, swimming pool, movie lounge, fitness centre and others are now ready for use. On this tour, we are happy to announce the launch of our signature luxury pool villa project - SFS Gardenia at Vazhakkala in Cochin City. These pool villas are being offered for the first time in Cochin and come in sizes ranging from 2800 to 3600 sq. ft. This year, the company is offering close to 750 apartments that will be ready for handing over. This is where Kerala’s leading real estate developer - SFS has an edge over the competition. Over the last 26 years, the company has an unmatched record of delivering homes of the highest

quality on-time in Kerala. SFS homes are acknowledged across the state for providing investors with the greatest value appreciation and highest rentals. The company also has a large number of proud SFS home owners in Kuwait who are happy to vouch for the company’s track record. Among the other projects on offer, SFS Grande at Vellayambalam in Trivandrum is the first Green Building to be constructed in the capital city. SFS Cyber Gold, near Technopark in Trivandrum and SFS Airport Royale at Nedumbasserry, near the Cochin International Airport are exciting projects offering apartments in a wide variety of sizes like Studio, 1, 2 & 3 BHK. SFS Branton Park at Vazhakkala in Cochin City is the best option for a city home in Cochin today. It offers 2 and 3 bed apartment options. SFS Silicon Gate, apartments at the heart of the IT city at Kakkanad is another attractive project, ideal for those wishing to invest in a home at Cochin’s IT corridor. For a waterfront lifestyle, one can choose from SFS Waterscapes, luxury apartments on the Akkulam Waterfront in Trivandrum and SFS Aqua Greens on the Periyar waterfront at Alwaye - the closest waterfront apartments to the Cochin International Airport. SFS Kingdom - offers premium apartments at Tripunithura, just 200 meters from the airport-seaport road and near the Choice School. SFS Temple Terrace, at Guruvayoor, close to the world famous Sri Krishna Temple offers 1 BHK apartments and the delivery of apartments have started here. The SFS marketing team led by K. Srikant, Chairman is in Kuwait and would be available at the Hotel Sheraton, Kuwait during the tour and can be reached on mobile Nos. 55738497 & 55738713.

Citi wins Emirates global cash management mandate Partnership to cover Africa, Asia and N America DUBAI: Citi announced yesterday that it has been selected by Emirates, the world’s fastest growing airline, to handle its global cash management operations in Africa, Asia and North America. Executed by Citi’s Global Transac tions S er vices, the solution aims at optimizing global cash management by providing a combination payments technology geared to fully leverage the airline’s deployment of Oracle ERP across the globe, as well as receivables and liquidity tools tailored to Emirates’ operational process flows and systems. Citi’s state-of-the-art technology platform as well as global footprint, expertise and proven track record were decisive factors in winning this key mandate. The mandate also complements Citi’s long-term strategic partnership with Emirates which has been built over two decades. Throughout this period, the partnership has covered strategic financing of Emirates’ expanding fleet,

Syria, a growing banking market. At home NBK has a strong position in all segments of the non-Islamic banking market. With the growing stake in Islamic lender Boubyan Bank and the widening produc t offering at the investment banking arm, NBK Capital, NBK has been able to compensate for the limited growth opportunities for its traditional domestic banking products.

and we’re proud to provide global cash management services that meet the exact needs of the company. This is demonstrative of our ability to offer clients worldwide local and regional solutions with global service standards.” Citi has been in the Arab World for nearly 50 years and views the region as critical to its global franchise. It currently offers full scale corporate banking ser vices across ten Arab countries including Egypt, UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, M orocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait as well as Pakistan. Its consumer banking services cover UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Pakistan, while it maintains close relationships with high net worth clients in the region through the Citi Private Bank.

including A380 Aircraft, as well as developing value -added consumer products, such as the co -branded Emirates Citibank credit cards and debit

cards, which reward cardholders with Skywards Miles on their card spend. Steve Donovan, Head of Citi ’s Global Transac tion

S er vices, M iddle East & Pakistan, said: “At Citi, we value our strategic alliance with Emirates which is one of the leading brands in the world,

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The Investment Dar restructuring update KUWAIT: The Management of The Investment Dar Co KSCC (TID) met with members of the Coordinating Committee (‘the Committee’) of its banks and investors (‘Banks and Investors’) and their advisors on Wednesday 16th March. During the course of the meeting the final details of the long form termsheet, which sets out the mechanics of the proposed restructuring plan, were agreed. The restructuring plan is currently under review by the Special Circuit Court of Appeal of Kuwait under the Financial Stability Law. The Court is due to reconvene on 7th April. Commenting for the company, Abdullah AlHumeidhi, Deputy CEO, said “The Management and the Board of TID are committed to deliver the restructuring plan negotiated with the Banks and Investors. The plan is for all stakeholders who are interested in achieving the best economic outcome.” A spokesman for the Committee said “We have now contacted the majority of TID’s Banks and Investors. We have explained the key elements of the restruc turing plan, and are encouraged by the positive responses so far. The members of the Committee are in the same position as all TID’s Banks and Investors, and we are strongly recommending the plan to our own credit and investment committees. In our opinion, alternatives to the proposed restructuring are extremely unattractive and likely to be value destructive.”


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Regional unrest keeps KSE subdued

KUWAIT: Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) ended last week in the red zone as both its main indices recorded losses. The price index ended last week with a decrease amounted to 0.36%, while the weighted index retreated 1.76% compared to the closings of the week before. Furthermore, last week’s average daily turnover increased by 18.30%, compared to the preceding week, reaching KD34.75 million, whereas trading volume average was 187.13 million shares, recording a rise of 16.84%. Moreover, the general performance of the market marked with hesitation, as KSE witnessed wide buying trend, concentrated on the medium and low price stocks, and as a result, the market managed to close in the green zone in some sessions. On the other hand, the negative effects prevailed on the market, and worsened by the political events in several Arab countries, which turned into a critical path, along with the local political situation, as the news about new conflict between the government and the parliament took its place in the newspapers. As a result, selling trend appeared causing the market indices to retreat, to lose all the gains the market accomplished early in the week. The selling trend included many of the leading stocks, especially from Banks sector. In addition, the listed company results were contained as main player in the market during last week, where the majority of the listed companies still didn’t announce its 9

Sectors’ Activity The Investment sector dominated total trade volume during last week with 287.05 million shares changing hands, representing 30.68% of the total market trading volume. The Services sector was second in terms trading volume as the sector’s traded shares were 28.49% of last week’s total trading volume, with a total of 266.59 million shares. On the other hand, the Banks sector’s stocks where the highest traded in terms of value; with a turnover of KD 56.54 million or 32.55% of last week ’s total market trading value. The Services sector took the second place as the sector’s last week turnover of KD 52.07 million represented 29.97% of the total market trading value.

1.81% during last week to reach KD 31.45 billion, as five of KSE’s sectors recorded a decrease in their respective market capitalization, whereas the other three recorded increases. The Investment sector headed the decliners list as its total market capitalization reached KD 2.44 billion, decreasing by 3.21%. The Banks sector was the second in terms of recorded decline with 3.19% decrease after the total value of its listed companies reached KD 13.12 billion. The third place was for the Non Kuwaiti Companies sector, which total market capitalization reached KD 1.88 billion by the end of the week, recording a decline of 1.96%. The Industry sector was the least declining with 0.19% recorded decrease after its market capitalization amounted to KD 2.42 billion. On the other hand, the Food sector headed the growing sectors as its total market capitalization reached KD 736.44 million, increasing by 3.22%. The Insurance sector was the second in terms of recorded growth with 2.29% increase after the total value of its listed companies reached KD 304.23 million. The third place was for the Real Estate sector, which total market capitalization reached KD 1.69 billion by the end of the week, recording an increase of 0.24%. For further details, please visit our web site:

Market Capitalization KSE total market capitalization declined by

—Prepared by the Studies & Research Department Bayan Investment Co.

BAYAN WEEKLY MARKET REPORT months results. By the end of the week, the price index closed at 6,263.8 points, down by 0.36% from the week before closing, whereas the weighted index registered a 1.76% weekly loss after closing at 437.89 points. Sectors’ Indices Five of KSE’s sectors ended last week in the green zone, while the other three record-

ed declines. Last week’s highest gainer was the Insurance sec tor, achieving 1.90% growth rate as its index closed at 2,558.4 points. Whereas, in the second place, the Food sector’s index closed at 4,305.5 points recording 1.60% increase. The Real Estate sector came in third as its index achieved 0.69% growth, ending the week at 2,125.2 points. The Services sector was the least growing as its index closed at 14,012.8

points with a 0.60% increase. On the other hand, the Investment sector headed the losers list as its index declined by 2.99% to end the week’s activity at 4,262.9 points. The Banks sector was second on the losers’ list, which index declined by 2.78%, closing at 11,544.1 points, followed by the Industry sector, as its index closed at 4,584.7 points at a weekly loss of 0.10%.




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Limited Edition Panamera model by Porsche Exclusive leaves Kuwait An exciting 66-hour visit to Behbehani Motors KUWAIT: The first of only 66 Panamera 4S Exclusive Middle East Editions visited Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, from 14th March 2011 till 16th March 2011 for an exclusive viewing experience over a period of 66 hours only. The start of the special activities marked an exclusive evening event held at Porsche Centre Kuwait for a selected number of guests, followed by a dedicated day where the car was openly displayed in the showroom. Both events were highly anticipated by Porsche friends who were eager to view model number “1” with its unique designation inlaid in the illuminated door entry guards. With its exterior colour Carrara White Metallic and the

unique Carrera Red natural leather interior, the Panamera 4S Exclusive Middle East Edition is the first ever Porsche model built to meet the customer demand of a specific region. Behind this special project is a team of 100 specialists of the Porsche Exclusive department at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart. It offers handcrafted alterations to provide a highly individual touch in terms of design and performance. Even though the Panamera 4S Exclusive Middle East Edition is going to be sold out soon, any Porsche customer, who is in the process of ordering his vehicle, has a chance to customize his or her own car with a vir tually unlimited range of individualization options. By applying finest

craftsmanship and using selected materials, the Exclusive specialists create components and complete vehicles in which personal care and dedication can be seen and felt right to the very last detail. Bespoke, manual work also with needle and thread wherever appropriate - is the most important principle of Porsche Exclusive; as no machine handles material with as much finesse as human hands. The latest example of individual craftsmanship, the first model of the Panamera 4S Exclusive Middle East Edition, has now again embarked on its exciting journey travelling 66 days through six cities in the GCC with the next stop being in Dubai from 25th March 2011 till 27th March 2011.

Kuwait budget could see KD4-5bn surplus Oil prices surge on Mideast tensions, Libyan shut-ins

Jazeera Airways adds more flights to summer schedule KUWAIT: Award-winning airline Jazeera Airways yesterday announced it added more flights to the summer schedule to include flights to Istanbul and additional flights to Dubai, Jeddah, and Damascus, giving travelers more options, flexibility, and frequency. ● Dubai: Perfect weekend schedule with four flights/day on Thursdays and Saturdays ● Istanbul: 2 flights a week for the perfect getaway ● Jeddah: Now daily except Fridays ● Damascus: Two additional flights, now 12 flights a week Effective March 27, the new schedule is ideal for business, same-day shopping, or short visits to friends and family in Dubai, Damascus, Jeddah, Istanbul or any of the airline’s 17 destinations. The schedule will include seasonal flights to Istanbul two times a week between April and October, giving trav-

elers more options for their summer holidays and getaways. In addition to more frequencies and convenient flight timings, Jazeera Airways offers the best value for money fares, a free baggage allowance of 40Kg for all passengers, and free on-board meals for all guests in Economy Class and an a la carte menu for Business Class guests. Jazeera Airways has a leading On Time Performance amongst airlines in the Middle East with a year round of 95%. Jazeera Airways is the winner of the Arabian Business Magazine’s ‘Best in Aviation 2010’ award and is a Gold Winner of Magnum Opus 2010 awards. The airline operates to 17 destinations across the Middle East and North Africa during the winter season of 2010/2011, including high demand business cities like Dubai and Bahrain, and tourist destinations like Beirut.

From left: Mr. Abdullah Siddiqi-Export Manager, Mr. Ahmad Ramadan Gulf Vice President of Gulf Express and Mr. Narasinga Rao-Technical & OEM Manager

Total Lubricants, Gulf Express Co hold industrial customer seminar Total Lubricants meets the specifications KUWAIT: An annual industrial customer meet was conducted by Gulf Express Co (an Al- from all major OE like Mercedes Benz, Porche, Babtain Group of Co.) and Total Middle East BMW, Volvo, Caterpillar, MAN, Scania, DAF FZE jointly on 16th of March, 2011 at Hotel Trucks, and Komatsu and Cummins. Total Lubricants has a wide range of prodCrowne Plaza. The meeting involved 150 guests from various industries all over the ucts in Automotive Lubricants like... For 15000 Km - Fully synthetic Quartz Kuwait. Ahmad Ramadan, Vice President of Gulf 9000 [0W 40—5W 20—5W 30—5W 40.] For 10000 Km - Semi Synthetic Quartz 4X4 Express Co has welcomed and thanked the guests for their confidence and assured them - [15W 50 & 10W 40.] For 5000 Km for continuous supMineral -Quartz 5000 port. He specified Total —20W 50-Diesel Lubricants are quality Rubia 15W 40, SAE products that offer 50 / 40 and Gear oils, long-term benefits and break fluids etc. great value for money For all FORD & and Al-Babtain is the American cars exclusive distributor recently TOTAL have for Total Lubricants in launched Quar tz Kuwait. 5000 10W 30 which He also informed runs up to 5000 Km. that within 2 years of For I ndustries their inception Gulf Express Co has From left: Mr. Narasinga Rao-Technical TOTAL Lubricant has achieved tremendous & OEM Manager, Mr. Ahmad Ramadan EP Hydraulic oil, fire resistance hydraulic growth for Total Lubricants and is Gulf Vice President of Gulf Express, Mr. oil,I ndustrail gear oils,Thermic Fluids, enjoying 10% market Abdullah Siddiqi-Export Manager Compressor oils, share in Kuwait market, Gulf express co. has been awarded the Cutting oils, Coolant, Turbine oil, Marine “Highest growth Award consecutively 2009 Lubricants, Aviation oil & high temp fire and 2010” and “Best product Marketing” in resistance grease and water resistance wire retail lubricants segment by receiving the 1st rope greases. Kleenmold swabbing complace in Middle East by TOTAL Lubricants pound is the flagship and an exclusive prodDubai. Gulf Express Co has very aggressive uct for glass industries. The guests very actively participated in question and answer target to become No.1 in retail business. A presentation has been made to guests round during the presentation and won by Total Middle East FZE Managers Abdullah prizes. The meeting proved to be an excellent Siddiqi-Export Manager and Narasinga RaoTechnical & OEM Manager, highlighting Total platform for all the industrial customers to Lubricants manufacturing facilities, its global share experience and interact with all attendees. The seminar was followed by dinner. presence and technical product knowledge.

NBK OIL MARKET BRIEF KUWAIT: Oil prices surged in February on signs that the political turmoil in par ts of Nor th Africa was intensifying and potentially spreading to the oilrich Gulf. The price of Brent crude - the main European benchmark blend - leapt from around $100 per barrel (pb) in the middle of February to $117 on March 2, with some analysts predicting fur ther increases should the regional security situation deteriorate further. The world’s other premier benchmark crude, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) - previously beset by oversupply issues at its US delivery point - rose by a dramatic $22 to $105pb in the three weeks to early March, while the price of Kuwait Export Crude (KEC) rose by around $15 to $110. Fighting between pro and anti-government forces in Libya has reportedly shut-in around 1 million barrels per day (mbpd) of Libyan crude production, representing around two-thirds of the country’s total output and much, if not all, of the country’s exports. In response, other OPEC members - led by Saudi Arabia - are said to have increased their own output to compensate. Although the net loss to global production may therefore be minimal, the disruption could still have a major bearing on global oil markets. The loss of relatively highquality Libyan crude has led to a shake-up in the geographical pattern of oil deliveries and perhaps added a convenience premium to the price of sweeter oil. More importantly, the shut-in has eroded some of OPEC’s spare production capacity, reducing OPEC’s ability to respond to future shocks and accommodate rising global demand. The growth in global oil demand is set to slow this year after last year’s dramatic rise of around 2.8 mbpd (3.3%), which some analysts have characterized as a ‘demand shock.’ The Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), for example, see oil demand growth of 1.3 mbpd and 1.5 mbpd (1.5%-1.7%), respectively, in 2011. The slowdown reflects a moderation in economic growth, partly the result of tighter fiscal and monetary policies. However, increasingly, high oil prices may themselves begin to ration global oil demand as consumers either reduce energy consumption or switch to alternative fuels. Oil demand growth is likely to be strongest outside the OECD, where economic growth is faster and where strong revenue growth allows businesses to absorb rising energy costs more easily. Some analysts (including the IEA) expect oil demand in OECD countries to fall this year. The crisis in Libya is not yet visible in the latest figures for oil output quoted by OPEC. January

Budget Forecasts for Fiscal Years 2010/11 and 2011/12 Million KD, unless otherwise noted

in fact saw crude oil production of the OPEC-11 (i.e. excluding Iraq) stage its second consecutive big monthly increase, rising by 137,000 bpd to 27.01 mbpd. This follows on from a 198,000 bpd rise in December. Libyan output stood at 1.57 mbpd. The higher OPEC output increasingly looks like a concerted effort to supply more oil to the market, despite the absence of an official change in quotas and the organization’s publicly aired view that oil markets had been well supplied. It should also be noted that crude output in Iraq - which is

OPEC oil production is projected to rise by the same amount, which incorporates a 0.5 mbpd increase in OPEC Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs), originating largely from Qatar. This arithmetic implies that the balance in the oil market will remain unchanged from last year. However, some analysts believe that OPEC will move to avoid a continued drawdown in global stock levels, generating a need for the cartel to increase its own output by as much as 1 mbpd. If achieved, this output may be enough to stabilize crude prices through the mid-year. The price of KEC would

not subject to OPEC quotas surged by 258,000 bpd in January to 2.71 mbpd on new production from the southern Rumaila and Zubair fields. This is Iraq’s highest level of output for more than 20 years and fuels ambitious hopes of a ‘great Iraqi oil rush’ over the next few years, with production rising as high as 10 mbpd. More sober analysts, however, predict that Iraqi output could rise to a more modest 3.5 mbpd by end-2014, and highlight significant downside risks. Our latest central projection for oil prices over the coming quarters incorporates an increase in oil demand of 1.3 mbpd this year, in line with the CGES forecast. On the supply side, non-

remain at just under the $100 pb mark in 2Q11 and 3Q11, before easing back to $93 by 1Q12 as the additional OPEC output is felt more fully. In addition to market jitters over unrest in the Middle East, one upside risk for oil prices stems from OPEC proving unwilling or unable to supply this extra crude. This might be because of some members’ enthusiasm for higher prices, or because of problems with sustaining higher output in security-threatened countries. If OPEC supplies increase by just 0.6 mbpd this year, the price of KEC will continue to climb, heading toward $120 pb by early 2012. If, on the other hand, tighter

economic policy or a loss of momentum causes global economic growth to slow more than expected, world oil demand could rise by just 1.1 mbpd this year. In this event, the price of KEC could drop to $74 by endyear. Even if OPEC moved to restrict supplies in 4Q11, this would probably be too late to deliver any major near-term lift to prices. These scenarios have little bearing on oil prices for the current fiscal year, which seem set to average close to $81pb. This should generate budget oil revenues of some KD19-20 billion, or 17-19% higher than in the closing accounts of last year. If, as we expect, actual government spending comes in 5-10% below budget, this year’s budget surplus could end-up between KD 3.9 and 5.1 billion before allocations to the Reserve Fund for Future Generations (RFFG). This incorporates unplanned spending of KD 1.1 billion arising from the recent cash grant paid to citizens, which coincided with this year’s national and independence days. The NBK report concluded: Although a great deal of uncertainty still surrounds the budget outcome for FY2011/12, the three price scenarios described above - which generate oil prices of between $80 and $112 pb would seem likely to yield another big budget surplus. Based upon preliminary government statements, total budget spending could be set at KD17.9 billion next year. Based upon our assumptions, this would yield a surplus of anywhere between KD 2.6 billion and KD 12.2 billion, before allocations to the RFFG. This compares with the government’s projection of a KD 4.5 billion deficit.




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MP4-12C goes on sale in Mideast this summer Class-leading performance figures revealed for McLaren MP4-12C WOKING, UK: McLaren Automotive has revealed the all-important performance figures for the brand new MP4-12C, and the debut model from the world’s newest sports car company will raise the bar to new heights in the sports car sector when it goes on sale in the Middle East this summer. The unique new M838T engine powering the MP4-12C is a 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 unit, mated to a seven speed transmission. This McLaren Automotive-developed engine delivers a massive 592 bhp, which is 22 bhp more than the Ferrari 458 Italia and some 40 bhp more than the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4. Maximum torque of 600 Nm is returned at 7,000 rpm. All of which means that the MP412C can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds on hot-weather Corsa tyres, making it even quicker than the legendary McLaren F1 road car, acknowledged by many experts as the best car ever built. The 0-200 km/h figure is an equally breathtaking 8.9 seconds. The MP4-12C continues to redefine high-performance sports car bench-

marks with a maximum speed of 330 km/h. More importantly when it comes to occupant safety, the new McLaren is equally adept at coming to a halt - it can brake from 100 km/h to standstill in just 30.5 metres, equivalent to less than seven body lengths. While it sets new standards for performance across the class, the designers of the MP4-12C were determined that efficiency wouldn’t be over-

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looked. So while the 12C is the most powerful car in its class, with a CO2 figure of just 279 g/km, each horsepower is produced more efficiently than virtually any car on sale today featuring a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine. “One fundamental result of this passion to produce a pure McLaren is that the 12C is what I call the AND car. Compared to main rivals, it has better

performance AND is more fuel efficient; it is lighter AND stronger, safer AND fully equipped. It is smaller in its exterior dimensions AND spacious inside, and it has better handling AND is more comfortable,” said Antony Sheriff, McLaren Automotive’s Managing Director. The McLaren MP4-12C combines Formula 1 technologies, a revolutionary carbon MonoCell and McLaren’s

winning design and development approach that has proved so successful during the company’s decades in motorsport. It also follows in the footsteps of its famous predecessors, the McLaren F1 and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The full performance and specification details can be viewed on the McLaren Automotive website,

Obama understates deficits by $2.3tn $9.5tn deficits seen over 10 years

Watch out for wild intraday swings WALL STREET WEEKLY OUTLOOK NEW YORK: Watch out for intraday swings because it’s going to be wild. Cataclysmic events, including a nuclear disaster in Japan, uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa and the possibility of more currency market intervention will keep investors reacting to headlines. “This is an extremely news-driven market. Investors are on the edge, and they are reacting to every headline they see,” said Randy Frederick, director of trading and derivatives at the Schwab Center for Financial Research in Texas, Austin. Many investors said the sudden increase in uncertainty had caused a corresponding rise in trading based on emotion rather than facts or fundamentals. “Considering how the market’s been moving recently, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the S&P moving 1 to 1 1/2 percent both up and down in less than couple hours next week. That’s how much volatility there is,” said Ryan Detrick, senior technical analyst at Schaeffer’s Investment Research in Cincinnati, Ohio. The volatility on Wednesday caused the S&P 500 to erase its gains for the year and then rebound more than 1 percent on Thursday. Besides global developments next week, markets will get to respond to economic data on US housing, gross domestic product and durable goods orders, but these may be relegated to second place behind traders’ reaction to

the latest headlines. The CBOE Volatility Index VIX, Wall Street’s so-called fear gauge, shot up nearly 30 percent on Wednesday when equities swooned after confusing statements from officials on the situation in Japan. The gauge rose nearly 60 percent above its 50-day moving average, which has happened only a handful of times in the past 20 years. Despite the 21 percent rise in the VIX for the week, traders bet the fear gauge would move higher. Call buying outpaced put buying on Friday, with about 232,000 calls and 111,000 puts, although both were below their average daily volume, according to options analytics firm Trade Alert. The VIX, which often moves inversely to the S&P 500, measures the cost of hedges or protection investors are willing to pay against a fall in the S&P 500. The heavy call volume suggests expectations for more anxiety in the future. “What makes this so difficult is that these issues are beyond the expertise of the market,” said Russ Koesterich, investment strategist at BlackRock Inc, which oversees $3.56 trillion. “It’s hard to say how severe the situation in Japan will get or how stable things will become in the Middle East, and that increases the downside risk.” Some market participants said the uncertainty was even more dramatic than the “flash crash” in May or the 2008 financial crisis. —Reuters

WASHINGTON: A new assessment of President Barack Obama’s budget released on Friday says the White House underestimates future budget deficits by more than $2 trillion over the upcoming decade. The estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that if Obama’s February budget submission is enacted into law it would produce deficits totaling $9.5 trillion over 10 years — an average of almost $1 trillion a year. Obama’s budget saw deficits totaling $7.2 trillion over the same period. The difference is chiefly because CBO has a less optimistic estimate of how much the government will collect in tax revenues, partly because the administration has rosier economic projections. But the agency also rejects the administration’s claims of more than $300 billion of that savings — to pay for preventing a cut in Medicare payments to doctors — because it

doesn’t specify where it would come from. Likewise, CBO fails to credit the White House with an additional $328 billion that would come from unspecified “bipartisan financing” to pay for transportation infrastructure projects such as high speed rail lines and road and bridge construction. Friday’s report actually predicts the deficit for the current budget year, which ends Sept. 30, won’t be as bad as the $1.6 trillion predicted by the administration and will instead register $200 billion less. But 10 years from now, CBO sees a $1.2 trillion deficit that’s almost $400 billion above White House projections. The White House’s goal is to reach a point where the budget is balanced except for interest payments on the $14 trillion national debt. Such “primary balance” occurs when the deficit is about 3 percent of the size of the economy, and economists say deficits of that magnitude are generally sustainable.

Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways to carry Wataniya Airways’ stranded guests at no charge KUWAIT: Wataniya Airways announced that guests stranded in Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, with return tickets to Kuwait can use their tickets to fly on Jazeera Airways and Kuwait Airways, who have offered to help Wataniya Airways after it ceased operations yesterday. Passengers would have to show a printed copy of their itinerary or ticket and be able to travel on the alternate flights upon seat availability without any extra charges. Jazeera Airways will also carry Wataniya Airways passengers stranded in Istanbul starting from March 27, which is when Jazeera Airways starts its seasonal Istanbul schedule. Jazeera Airways operates its flights from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport “We would like to convey our gratitude to our friends and colleagues at Jazeera Airways and Kuwait Airways for their swift efforts to offer help to Wataniya Airways guests abroad,” said Abdulsalam Al-Bahar, Chairman and Managing Director of Wataniya Airways, “I have already spoken to Marwan Boodai, Chairman of Jazeera Airways and Hamad Al-Falah, Chairman of Kuwait Airways, who have offered their assistance right away and for that we are grateful

especially at such a crucial time for our company. “We are working closely with other carriers to secure return of our guests in Vienna where possible and will announce any new developments as soon as they’re confirmed. I ask our guests to continue monitoring our website for the latest updates on the company’s situation.” Wataniya Airways ticket holders who are currently out of Kuwait wishing to return should visit any Kuwait Airways or Jazeera Airways ticketing counter at the airport and present a printed copy of their ticket to get on the next available flight. Rebooking will be free but subject to availability of seats on the flights. Guests outside Kuwait who cannot book an alternative flight or those in Kuwait with existing Wataniya Airways ticket or holiday package and wish to make a claim for a refund, should register the claim through the web by contacting claims@wataniyaair, or write to: Wataniya Airways Claims, P.O.Box 3355 - Safat 13036, State of Kuwait. Wataniya Airways offices are closed and guests can get all their updates from Wataniya Airways’ website

But CBO predicts that the deficit never gets below 4 percent of gross domestic product. That means that by the time 2021 arrives, the portion of the debt held by investors and foreign countries will reach a dangerously high 87 percent. And, as a result, interest costs for the government would explode from $214 billion this year to almost $1 trillion by decade’s end. “The President’s budget never reaches ‘primary balance,’ meaning that it fails to clear even the low bar the administration set for itself in justifying its claims of sustainability,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis. White House budget director Jacob Lew said in a blog post that “CBO confirms what we already know: current deficits are unacceptably high and if we stay on our current course and do nothing, the fiscal situation will hurt our recovery and hamstring future growth.” — AP

Starbucks raising bagged coffee prices NEW ORLEANS: Starbucks Coffee Co said it would raise the price of its packaged coffee by an average of 12 percent after its Chief Executive Howard Schultz once again blamed speculators for pushing coffee prices higher. “I think it’s artificial. I think financial speculation has really stepped into the market,” Schultz said, adding that coffee drinkers would not “respond positively” to higher prices. “I think it’s a very hard dialogue with the consumer, face to face, as we have to as a retailer, when in fact there probably isn’t a substantive answer,” Schultz said. Shares of Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee shop chain, closed down 13 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $34.96. The price increase will affect Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee brands, It is the company’s first price increase on grocery packaged coffee since March 2008. Starbucks raised prices last year on some drinks in its cafes. May arabica coffee futures increased 5.30 cents on Friday to finish at $2.762 per pound. The arabica market was up 0.65 percent on the week. Analysts said tight supplies of high-quality washed arabica beans had bolstered the market. Short-covering boosted arabicas because investors were nervous ahead of the weekend with fighting in Libya and the crisis in Japan. “Every supplier that I talk to, every producer, first thing I ask is, ‘Is there any problem with supply and demand?’” Schultz said at the National Coffee Association meeting on Friday. He said they answer no. Global stocks are at the lowest level since the International Coffee Organization began keeping records in 1965. The ICO has said stocks could fall lower.Many roasters have passed along higher costs to consumers. —Reuters

LatAm can weather Japan, Mideast crises

NEW YORK: A trader scurries across the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell on Friday. —AP

MEXICO CITY/SANTIAGO: Latin America’s economy is performing strongly enough that Japan’s earthquake disaster and turmoil in the Arab world pose only limited risk and might even help policymakers control inflation. Like the rest of the world, Latin America is worried about the nuclear power plant crisis in tsunami-devastated Japan, a civil war in Libya, and general unrest across the Middle East. The resulting global market jitters have helped shave almost 2.0 percent off the Brazilian real in the last two weeks. Chile’s peso is down 1.5 percent and Mexico’s curren-

cy is off 0.5 percent. But economic data on Friday, together with comments by central bankers and senior officials, suggest strong growth will continue in Latin America’s larger economies even if disruption to global supply chains affect some manufacturers. That means the region is likely to keep raising borrowing costs, highlighted by Colombia’s move on Friday to raise its benchmark interest rate to a one-year high. Weaker exchange rates in Latin America, where policymakers have fretted for months about heavy inflows of foreign capital, could allow

more room to raise interest rates to fight inflation and potential asset bubbles. “A less benign global backdrop is probably a helpful thing, perhaps to head off over-exuberance and to clear up the threat of bubbles,” said Neil Shearing, an emerging market economist at Capital Economics in London. Arab unrest has fueled a surge in oil prices, raising fears about a possible impact on the US economy. Latin America, however, is seen as less vulnerable to higher energy prices because of its substantial production of oil and natural gas. —Reuters



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Internet overseer approves .xxx domain

Switching to a new PC: Making the data migration easier BERLIN: Every computer eventually reaches the point where it has to be replaced. When that happens, there’s one primary question that needs to be answered: How do you get your data and programs onto the new computer? Mac users can stop right here: Moving from one Apple computer to another is no harder than having the migration assistant “slurp out” the old machine and feed it into the new one. PC users, by contrast, have more work ahead of them, although the exact amount depends on whether they are using the new Windows 7 or a previous version of Windows. Microsoft does in fact offer utilities to make the move easier. Easy Transfer, for example, available in both Windows and Vista, is a tool that promises to “automatically transfer files, photos, music, email, settings and other elements” to the new PC. Several experts expressed scepticism about those claims. There are also alternatives to the nocost Easy Transfer, although they can cost between 40 to 50 dollars. Examples include Parallels Desktop Upgrade and PCmover. Yet even here some manual work is needed as well. The biggest problem with the third party utilities is that they provide little overview about which data and settings have been transferred and which haven’t, says Gerald Himmelein of German computer magazine c’t. “Then you’re stuck somewhere between halfway and fully finished and you have to do a bunch of tedious work each time of seeing what’s already there and what isn’t,” Himmelein says. He therefore recommends taking the bitter medicine of making a complete fresh start, including new installation of all programs and manual copying of data. That requires time and organization and an external hard drive. “The key thing is to make full backup copies of both the old and new system prior to the move,” Himmelein says. That allows you to restore the data if something goes wrong. One of the steps to take before the big move: compile a list of the serial numbers for all programmes, sparing the time of searching out that software activation data in the middle of the move. And don’t hurry. “Another no-no is the ‘By hook or

crook, I’m going to get through this today’ attitude: It’s easy to make errors at two in the morning,” Himmelein says. Given how unpopular Windows Vista is among users, the most common scenario right now is a jump from XP to Windows 7. Users need to prepare themselves for a variety of changes, too. For example, the default directories have been renamed. What was formerly “c:\documents and settings\” is now “c:\users\.” Another factor requiring a bit of adjustment for XP users is the User Account Control/UAC, although Vista users will already know what lies ahead. XP, by default, leaves the user with Administrator rights, but the UAC system asks for confirmation any time security-relevant operations are performed on the operating systems. The good news: The Windows 7 UAC system is much less intrusive than on Vista and it’s simple to deactivate. It is nevertheless perceived as annoying by some users. There’s another important decision that you have to make when moving to a newer Windows operating system: 32 or 64-bit versions of Windows. The 64-bit flavour promises greater speed for a variety of different applications. It’s also got a brighter future, since the upcoming version of Windows is expected to be 64-bit only. But before making the jump to 64 bits, you need to check whether the programmes you use are available in a compatible version, says Dominik Hoferer from Germany’s Chip magazine. Many older programmes have major problems working in a 64-bit environment. That can include the copyright protection on games, Himmelein adds. There’s another, more radical solution for users who can’t stand the thought of moving around all that data: Packing the old computer up into a digital file and running it as a virtual computer when needed. This is not hard to do with the current generation of virtualisation software, although the “ghost computer” can sometimes run slower than desired when faced with processor-intensive tasks. — dpa

It will be easier for Web filtering software to block sites SAN FRANCISCO: You’ve heard of “.com” and “.org.” Joining them soon will be their bawdy cousin: “.xxx.” On Friday, the board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet’s naming system, approved the creation of a red-light district online for pornographic websites. It follows a decade-long battle over such a name. The uproar over the idea has brought together unlikely bedfellows. Religious groups argue that giving adult websites their own corner of the Internet legitimizes the content. Pornographers worry it will ghettoize their sites. Although it’s meant to be voluntary, they fear governments could tr y to mandate the domain’s use, so that pornographic content is more easily blocked. Diane Duke, executive director of the adult enter tainment industr y ’s Free Speech Coalition, said in a statement that ICANN has “disregarded overwhelming outpouring of opposition from the adult entertainment industry — the supposed sponsorship community” and dismissed the “interests of free speech on the Internet.” Supporters have maintained that approving the domain is in keeping with the principle of openness that has fueled the Internet’s growth. While the idea of “.xxx” has provoked a philosophical debate, for the US company that submitted the application for the domain, the issue is little more than a matter of dollars and cents. ICM Registry and its CEO, Stuart Lawley, who has led the fight for ICANN’s approval of “.xxx,” stand to profit handsomely from the rollout of “.xxx” websites — because he will be in charge of collecting fees for the use of the new domains. Lawley plans to charge registrars $60 per

In this screen shot of Capcom Entertainment Inc.’s ‘The Smurfs’ Village’ app, the Smurfberry Shop is displayed. After customers complained that their kids were racking up hundreds of dollars worth of purchases inside iPhone and iPad games, Apple has changed how these purchases are authorized. — AP

SAN FRANCISCO: Picketers supporting the adult entertainment industry protest the annual meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers outside of the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco, Thursday, March 17, 2011. Members of the adult entertainment industry are in San Francisco to oppose a plan to create a separate Internet address for porn websites. — AP

year for the domain names. He estimates that he could sell as many as 500,000 by the time he rolls them out this summer. “ This was always going to be a very lucrative arrangement,” he said in an interview Friday. Lawley’s prices have been a critical issue for opponents to his plan, since domain names typically sell for a fraction of what Lawley plans to charge. They often sell for $10 or less. ICANN had repeatedly rejected Lawley’s application since 2000, under pressure from

Christian groups and governments unhappy with the spread of online porn. Lawley has pitched the suffix as a way for parents to more easily block access to the content. He argues it will be easier for Web filtering software to block “.xxx” sites since they are clearly labeled as porn. — AP

Harmonizing digital calendars takes a fine touch BERLIN: Daily life is going digital, making the calendar a central planning tools. But what’s the best way to keep appointments uniform and updated on your PC, mobile phone, and perhaps the hard copy on the kitchen door as well? A smart setup for the digital calendar and a bit of forethought about a few technical issues is required. Not every mobile phone can handle every type of calendar software. “If you want to be certain that the calendar can sync even with simple mobile phones, there’s no way to get around iCalendar,” says Joachim Voegele, business director of software firm “Any device can handle appointments in that standard.” iCalendar, which replaced the vCalendar standard and can be recognized by the. ics file extension, works with Microsoft Outlook, Apple’s iCal software, Google Calendar, and Mozilla Lightning, the calendar extension for the email programme Mozilla Thunderbird. The Google and Mozilla applications are free. If you want to use a private calendar alongside professional and business appointments in one single view, then Microsoft Exchange is typically the product of choice. While this groupware is itself highly flexible, it should be noted that only higher-end smartphones are capable of handling Outlook synchronization, Voegele explains. It’s also possible to integrate a Google cal-

endar into Outlook as well, using the File tab, followed by Import/Export and Import iCalendar (ICS) or vCalendar (VCS). A program called Google Calendar Sync is used to go in the opposite direction. “These synchronization solutions for both worlds have so many tricky aspects that I recommend against them,” says time management expert Holger Woeltje from Bonn. He recommends using a dedicated Google Calendar app on smartphones and synchronizing the main calendar on the mobile device with Outlook. That “functions fine and effectively,” he says. In principle one can always synchronize calendars between a PC and mobile phone using a cable. That’s inconvenient, however, since you have to remember to hook up all the cables. There can also be problems when you want to keep a calendar updated on more than two devices - such as when you delete an appointment on one device and add in an appointment on another one. “All sync procedures are susceptible to errors,” says Holger Frank, business director of the Munich software company Entwicklungsschmiede. Synchronization software can struggle to determine which information is current when trying to reconcile more than two devices. That can lead to doubled appointments or incorrect deletions. “It takes a bit of a fine touch to set up all the services,” Frank says.

Synchronization works much better when a server is available and all devices can access it. This technique, known as “direct push,” then updates everything automatically at fixed intervals. “You can rent space on an Exchange server for as little as 10 dollars a month,” Woeltje explains. “One alternative is MobileMe from Apple.” This fee-based service can also synchronize calendars in Exchange, iCal and others. In some cases it can actually be better not to take up every feature that these calendars can handle. A simplified version of the calendar is sometimes more effective, Woeltje recommends. It can also be confusing for spouses if every single telephone conference from the working day also ends up on the shared calendar. One workaround is a separate calendar, or a web application like “” It’s a server solution that reconciles calendar data with Outlook. The big benefit is the ability to see which blocks of time are still available. Don’t underestimate the value of a good old paper weekly calender too, says Woeltje. “Once my appointments are set, I can print out the calendar and hang it on the kitchen door,” he says. — dpa

Get productive with Windows 7’s shortcuts WASHINGTON: A mouse comes with every Windows-based PC. But that doesn’t mean you have to use it. In fact, Microsoft has been slowly sending that message with each new version of Windows that it produces. In Windows 7, in fact, keyboard shortcuts are everywhere. You just have to know them. Of course, few people memorise keyboard shortcuts for everything. But concentrate a while on the shortcuts for areas of Windows 7 that you use the most, and you’re likely to find a few that are so useful that you’ll remember them quickly. First, though, a word about the formatting of the shortcuts discussed below. The plus sign (+) is used to signify two or more keys that should be pressed in quick succession. For Ctrl+B, for example, you would hold down the Ctrl key and tap the letter B on your keyboard. The abbreviation “Win,” too stands for the Windows key found on most keyboards today. It’s the key that opens the Start menu, but it’s now frequently used in conjunction with other keys to activate features or functions. Let’s get started. — Windows Explorer When you’re working with files and folders and consequently with the Windows Explorer file manager - you just want to get your work done, and fast. So it’s great to know a few keystrokes to speed you on your way. And there’s good news in Windows 7 for Explorer lovers. For starters, you can now create a new folder simply by pressing Ctrl+Shift+N. When you do, a new folder appears in the current directory that you’re in, and the words New

Folder are automatically highlighted, ready for you to supply a more descriptive name. Moving from one folder to another in Windows Explorer with keyboard shortcuts is faster than using the mouse, too. Press Alt in conjunction with the arrow keys to move left, right, and up a level. The same keyboard shortcuts (left and right) work in Internet Explorer to take you backward and forward one page at a time. While you’re inside a folder, looking at a bunch of files, press Alt+P to toggle the file preview window on and off. File preview displays a thumbnail of the file’s contents in the right-hand pane. Pressing Shift while right-clicking on a file in Windows Explorer uncovers some hidden gems on the resulting pop-up menu. For example, the “copy as path” command, normally hidden, becomes part of the context-sensitive menu. Click that, and both the pathname and the file name are copied to the clipboard. “Pin to Start menu” also appears, allowing you to pin a file directly to the Start menu. Similarly, pressing Shift while clicking on a folder unveils some otherwise hidden features relevant to folders, including “Open command prompt here.” Previously available only with the PowerToys add-in, this command opens a command prompt at the location of the selected folder. — Windows desktop The Windows key (Win) takes on new life under Windows 7. You can use it both to launch

applications and to perform myriad desktop tricks. You probably noticed that, by default, Windows 7 pins a few applications to the taskbar. You can pin more there just by dragging an application and dropping it on the taskbar. The order in which those applications appears is important, however, primarily because tapping the Win key in conjunction with the numbers on

either your number pad or atop your alphabet keys will launch those pinned applications automatically, in the order in which they appear from the Start menu. For instance, Win+1 will launch the first program pinned to the taskbar. Win+2 launches the second, and so one. Using Shift+Win+number or Ctrl+Win+number, and Alt+Win+number performs other tricks. Shift+Win+number launches an additional

instance of the corresponding application that’s pinned to the taskbar, while Ctrl+Win+number cycles through the open instances of the corresponding application on the taskbar. Alt+Win+number opens the jump list for the corresponding taskbar application. Jump lists display application options or lists of recently used documents. Other Win combinations perform similarly interesting tricks. Win+T, for instance, scrolls through all applications minimised on your taskbar, one at a time, while Win+B shifts the focus to the system tray, where those tiny application or utility icons reside. Once the focus is on system tray icons, just use the arrow keys to move from one to the next. — System shortcuts There are some handy system-wide keyboard shortcuts built into Windows 7, too. Press Win+(+/-) - meaning the plus and minus keys on your numeric keypad - to zoom the entire display in or out. Those who frequently hook their notebook computers up to a projector or who use multiple displays will want to memorise Win+P (for “presentation”), which puts monitor configuration options at your fingertips. And finally, if you’re a notebook user, don’t forget Win+X, which is a shortcut to the Windows Mobile Centre, providing quick access to tools and settings that notebook users need the most. — dpa




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Self-defence can help senior citizens reduce fear COLOGNE: Whether it’s a mugging in the park or bad behaviour on a bus, elderly people are often very afraid of being attacked or experiencing violence. Many don’t go outside their house at night because they may become a target. Self-defence and self-assertiveness courses can help senior citizens reduce that fear. Studies have shown that anyone who is confident rarely ends up being a victim. “We’ve discovered that it’s getting increasingly difficult for women to go out in the evening,” says Gabriele Pechel, an advisor to Cologne’s archbishop on matters affecting elderly people. Because the issue has steadily worsened in Cologne it was decided to offer senior citizens a course on how to feel confident and secure. The aim is to “give women courage so their fears do not overcome them.” Pechel says that more security and confidence lead to a better quality of life. In contrast to self-defence courses offered to young people, elderly people are not taught techniques such as ju-jitsu or kick boxing. “You

don’t need to be really fit to take part,” explains Pechel. “The exercises have been designed so that any woman can do them.” Self-perception, concentration and simple self-defence techniques are taught. Other techniques that participants learn is how to release yourself if someone is holding you or how to twist someone’s arm. What for some people might be considered “unfair” forms of defence, such as kicking or hitting someone on the throat or below the belt, are also practised. A good self-defence course for the over 60s will teach pupils techniques that could be used by anyone. They should be easy to master and not require great strength. The goal is to be able to put your opponent out of action as quickly as possible because a senior citizen does not have the stamina for a long struggle. Many towns and cities have courses on offer that don’t cost much or are even free. Charity organisations, adult education centres or churches may offer them. In some areas police

forces may also offer training in self-defence techniques. Self-defence is not just about being able to repulse an attack. “Ninety-five per cent of it is about avoiding a dangerous situation,” says Susanne Domnick, a pastor from the town of Friedberg where classes in self-defence are staged several times a year. “An elderly person cannot put up a defence against a brutal attack. They can, however, learn how to keep out of harm’s way.” For example, if you encounter a group of rowdy teenagers you should try not to look them in the eyes and do not react to any insults they may throw at you. Try to avoid the group completely. But if a situation escalates, even over 70-yearolds should muster their courage. “No matter how old you are, you can always put up a defence,” says Pechel. You should come away from a self-defence course with an awareness of your own strengths. “A person who stands tall and walks confi-

dently is less often a target of attack.” It takes courage to hit back but sometimes you have no other choice. Defending yourself does not depend on physical strength. “It’s about skill and accuracy.” Some courses even teach techniques where you use a walking stick or umbrella. Role games often form part of a course whereby one person plays the attacker and another the victim. Police officer Peter Rettinger from Wurzburg advises not to be over enthusiastic and to exercise caution. After all, most attackers are physically much stronger than their elderly targets. “We recommend trying to de-escalate the situation in most instances.” You should not try to fend off a thief but simply give them your handbag instead. If you try to defend your property you might get injured. “If you use force, the attacker might use force against you even though he may not have intended doing so,” says Rettinger. In some cases it can help to be loud. A cry for help will not necessarily be met by deaf ears. — dpa

Super sense of smell not innate PARIS: World-class “noses” in the perfume and wine business are not born with an outsized sense of smell but acquire it through years of professional sniffing, according to new research. In experiments with novice and veteran perfume makers, French scientists found that the ability to detect and identify hundreds, even thousands, of different odours depends almost entirely on rigorous training. “To be a ‘nose’ you have to practise, just as a pianist plays his scales,” said JeanPierre Royet, a neuroscientist at the Universite Claude Bernard in Lyon, France, and the main architect of a study published this week in the journal Human Brain Mapping. Over time, the study also showed, activity in the brain shifts from the area that governs conscious effort to a region in which actions are performed automatically, like breathing or swallowing. This makes it possible to graduate from technical competence to artistry, the researchers argue. In the same way that musicians can be more creative once they no longer need to concentrate on technical virtuosity, great perfumers can conjure new scents just by imagining-and mentally mixing-the smell of individual ingredients. Previous research had shown that constant training changes the brain activity of musicians and athletes, but no one had investigated whether the same would hold for olfaction, the ability to detect odours. To find out, Royet and colleagues enlisted 28 volunteers, half of them student perfumers, and the other half scent makers with five to 35 years in the business. The researchers scanned the brains of both groups during two kinds of tests. In one, the subjects were asked to identify dozens of odours selected from a standard palate of 300 chemicals. In the other, they had to imagine the smells after looking at their chemical names. Both groups scored well in the two tests though, not surprisingly, the old pros were more accurate and faster, especially when it came to retrieving the smells by memory. What surprised the researchers is that

different parts of the brain lit up. For novices, activity was more concentrated in a region, called the frontal cortex, responsible for conscious perception. For the veteran sniffers, neurons fired more vigorously in the parahippocampal gyrus, an area involved in memory recall and mental imagery. “Our findings demonstrate the extraordinary ability of the brain to adapt to environmental demands and reorganise with experience,” Royet said by phone. They also show that “mental imaging of odours develops from daily practice and is not an innate skill,” he added. Not all experts agree that odour detection is purely a matter of learning. Patrick Mac Leod, former head of the Laboratory for Sensorial Neurobiology, near Versailles, says that olfactory thresholds vary dramatically. “No two people will ever smell the same thing in the same way,” he noted. “When we perceive an odour the exact nature of the sensation that is produced depends as much on the observer as the object.” In experiments, he has shown that a small quantity of a given molecule may be imperceptible for one person and easily detected by another. For a different chemical, it may be the reverse. These thresholds can easily vary from one person to the next by a factor of a thousand. Mac Leod also points out that the human genome contains nearly 350 olfactory genes-far more than for vision or hearing-resulting in highly individualised odour detection. “You are never going to transform someone who is insensitive to a certain molecule into someone who smells it well,” he said. But even these variations in perception and genes, he acknowledged, do not change the core finding that practice makes perfect when it comes, say, to sniffing out the difference between a tanky or toasty wine. “It’s a little like a policeman who combs through dozens of clues to find the truth. With training, the nose becomes a keen investigator of anything related to odours.” —AFP

DAYTON BEACH: A great blue heron sits atop the nest as the moon rises in the eastern sky over Daytona Beach, Fl. Friday. — AP

Super full moon bigger, brighter LOS ANGELES: There’s a full moon Saturday, but it won’t be just any old full moon. It’ll be bigger and brighter. It will appear larger as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 18 years. Scientists estimate the “supermoon” rising in the east at sunset will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter at its peak. Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of its orbit, with one end closer to Earth. On Saturday, the moon will be 221,565 miles away — the closest to Earth since March 1993. This celestial phenomenon should give people an excuse to take time out

for the moon. Usually, “most people are completely oblivious to its presence,” said Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. While yesterday’s full moon will shine brighter than normal, it won’t be as luminous as the near-supermoon of 2008 when it was higher in the sky, Chester said. This type of full moon tends to bring a range of high and low tides, but exper ts say that ’s nothing to worr y about. Nor is there any truth to the superstition that supermoons cause natural disasters. “Nothing exciting is going to happen,” Chester said. — AP

PLANO: Pharmacist Donna Barsky measures potassium iodide for a prescription at the Texas Star Pharmacy on March 15, in Plano, Texas. The pharmacy has been receiving an unusually high number of calls about potassium iodide from people who are afraid radiation from the Japan nuclear crisis will reach the US Health agencies in California and western Canada warned that there’s no reason for people an ocean away to suddenly stock up on potassium iodide. — AP

Drug resistance hampers fight against tuberculosis Two reports voice concern over failure to control TB LONDON: Rising rates of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (TB) are hampering world health programmes aimed at tackling TB and threaten to wipe out progress made against the disease, scientists said. Experts from the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said they were concerned about spreading multidrug-resistant TB, known as MDR TB, in Europe, and the persistence of TB among children. A second report, in The Lancet medical journal, said subSaharan Africa was disproportionately affected and accounted for four of every five cases of tuberculosis linked to HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS. “Increasing rates of drug-resistant TB in eastern Europe, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa now

threaten to undermine the gains made by worldwide tuberculosis control programmes,” said researchers in The Lancet. TB kills an estimated 1.7 million people each year and the worldwide number of new casesmore than 9 million-is higher than at any other time in history, they said. According to data from the WHO’s European office, reported rates of TB have been falling in Europe since 2005 with a regional average of 36.8 notifications per 100,000 population in 2009. But notification rates of newly detected and relapsed TB cases in 18 high-priority countries remain almost eight times higher than in the rest of the region, the WHO data show. “ Vulnerable populations, including children, still do not have ready access to quality and timely diagnosis and treatment,”

the WHO-ECDC report said. “This remains a matter of urgency given the high prevalence of multiand extensively drug-resistant TB in the region. Up to a third of people worldwide are infected with the bacterium that causes TB, but only a small percentage ever develop the disease. Studies show that people with substance abuse problems, those who are poor and those who live in hard-toreach communities are more prone to the disease. The AIDS epidemic drove up the number of TB cases across the world in the late 1980s and 1990s because the immune suppression caused by HIV can make a person far more susceptible to TB. People can get drug-resistant forms of TB either as a result of catching such a strain from another person or because of

inappropriate or incomplete treatment. In The Lancet repor t, Alimuddin Zumla of University College London Medical School and Stephen Lawn of the University of Cape Town said rising global rates of diabetes and high rates of smoking in low and middle-income countries were now increasingly important drivers of the TB epidemic. Diabetes raises the risk of developing TB three-fold and smoking increases it two-fold, they said. The experts concluded that progress towards controlling TB worldwide was being hampered by an absence of a quick and cheap diagnostic test, the long duration of treatment, the lack of an effective vaccine, rising rates of drug-resistant TB and weak health systems in developing countries. — Reuters

First spacecraft ever goes into orbit around Mercury WASHINGTON: For the first time in history, an Earth-built spacecraft late Friday dropped into orbit around the closest planet to the sun, Mercury. NASA’s space probe Messenger went into an elliptical orbit, where it will stay to study the planet for 12 months. It travelled 7.9 billion kilometres to get to the goal of its 446-million-dollar mission. The successful insertion into orbit was greeted by cheers at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab near Laurel, Maryland, which managed the project, the Baltimore Sun reported. “You only go into orbit for

the first time at Mercury once in human histor y,” Edward Weiler, NASA’s associate adminsitrator for science, was quoted as saying. “We’re going to learn more at Mercury than we ever dreamed of, and the most exciting stuff will be the stuff we weren’t expecting.” M ercur y is now the fif th planet around which NASA has successfully put spacecraft into orbit. The orbit is expected to take the Messenger to within as little as 200 k ilometres from Mercury’s surface, although at other points the probe will be as far as 15,000 k ilometres from that planet’s surface.

Using seven different instruments, M essenger is to research the composition of the atmosphere aroound Mercury and the planet’s surface, and to draft a sort of map. Scientists hope to obtain among other things useful information on Mercury’s magnetic field, on its core and on whether there is ice in the craters on that planet’s poles, which are constantly in the shade. The Messenger probe travelled for six-and-a-half years. On its way, it circled the Sun 15 times, and it passed the Earth once, Venus twice and Mercury three times. These manoeuvres

were intended to slow down the probe, in order to eventually bring it into orbit around Mercury. Already when it passed M ercur y the first time, the M essenger mapped a large part of the planet’s surface and sent to Earth many breathtaking photographs. This was the first detailed information obtained about Mercury since the NASA probe Mariner 10 passed the planet in 1974 and 1975. However, NASA researchers note that that was barely a “rehearsal” compared to the Messenger’s mission, which has now been launched. — dpa



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H e a lt h & S c i e n c e

Among children, insult often follows injury BERLIN: Children can be cruel. Melanie, a mother from Munich who asked that her full name not be used, has seen this with her daughter, Laura, who was born eight years ago with a bilateral cleft of the lip, upper jaw, and hard and soft palates. Laura had surgery to repair the defect, but scars remain and she stood out in nursery school. “The older children made stupid remarks and called her names that the smaller children repeated,” Melanie said. Laura’s time in nursery school was very stressful. “In retrospect, I should have taken her out,” Melanie remarked. Many children with a physical defect or visible illness have experiences similar to Laura’s as they have to contend with ridicule from their social environment. “This is the so-called psychosocial side of a medical condition. It’s a serious problem,” noted Harald Tegtmeyer-Metzdorf, a paediatrician, psychologist and psychotherapist in the southern German city of Lindau who has seen many cases like Laura’s. “Every visible medical condition elicits a reaction in others,” Tegtmeyer-Metzdorf said, pointing out that to a certain extent it was perfectly natural when something deviating visually from the norm provokes curiosity and insecurity. Since Laura’s birth, Melanie has got used to looks from passersby. “I see nothing wrong with that,” she said. “I’d look, too.” But she said that looking was different from staring and that it was bad when aggression or prej-

When small children with physical problems are targets of ridicule, teachers should come to their defence. They must have the expertise and the determination to see to it that children like Laura are treated with decency. udice arose. “For instance, there was a nursery school teacher bent on sending Laura to a special needs school,” Melanie recalled. Prejudice is generally the product of ignorance or vague fears. Marlen, a 23-year-old woman from Berlin, has had psoriasis, a common, non-contagious skin disease marked by thick silvery scales and itchy red patches, since she was 12. Her biggest problem was not with other children but with their parents. “They told their children to be careful when playing with me,” she said. “Only education helps in such cases,” Tegtmeyer-Metzdorf said. “Someone able to explain his or her medical condition to others allays their insecurity.” Because small children are unable to do this, parents have the responsibility to raise awareness, for example by addressing the matter during a parent-teacher confer-

Exeperince & excellence

ence. As for Marlen, she started to explain her condition to others at same point and noticed it also helped her. “I asked my doctor every question that came to mind,” gaining self-assurance in the process, she said. “Then I didn’t really hear any more stupid remarks.” She did not hear any at age 16 either, when her psoriasis got so bad that long sweaters would no longer hide it. “When I hid my disease I always had the feeling I was hiding myself as well. I feel better now that I’m not doing that any more,” she said. Self-image often plays a greater role in emotional stress associated with visible medical conditions than the behaviour of other people. Especially stress-prone are adolescents at the time of puberty, when many become dissatisfied with their bodies anyway. Parental support is particularly important during this peri-

od, Tegtmeyer-Metzdorf said. “Only if parents stick by their child can the child stick by his- or herself,” he remarked, saying it was disastrous when parents of a child with a visible medical condition were blind to everything about the child but the problem. Melanie agrees. “The parents and child have to find an ideal path together,” she said, acknowledging that sure formulas did not exist. “I can’t very well tell my child to remain calm at all times when the stupid remarks even make me angry.” When small children with physical problems are targets of ridicule, teachers should come to their defence. They must have the expertise and the determination to see to it that children like Laura are treated with decency. Melanie has seen the rewards of such support. Laura now goes to elementary school and has an understanding teacher who does not allow her classmates to make fun of her. The change in Laura has been enormous. “Since then, my child is much more self-assured,” Melanie said. “She’s like a new person.” But if the burden of a stigmatized condition becomes unbearable, professional help should be sought, Tegtmeyer-Metzdorf advised. “A pediatrician could provide a certain amount of psychological care,” he said. If this is not enough, other options include a pediatrician with psychological training or an adolescent psychologist. Many cities have social-paediatric centres, and local children’s and adolescents’ consultation centres can help with problems that are mainly social in nature. — dpa

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National, Liberation Day and HH the Amir’s assumption of Power Events

Kuwait English School’s sixth annual Construction Challenge


his year teams of Senior High School students were asked to construct a bridge using cardboard, straws, barbecue sticks, glue string and a variety of other materials. The bridge had to span at least 60 cm and allow a trolley of 20 cm width to be pulled across it laden with weights. The bridges were tested to destruction to determine the maximum weight that they could support. Twenty three teams entered the competition and over one hundred students were involved. The students were drawn from Years 8, 9 and 10 as well as the Sixth Form and the

schools Green Unit. Competition was fierce and a number of original and ingenious designs were submitted and a wide variety of bridges constructed. The winning machine was made by THE THREE MIDGETEERS + 2, a team of Year 10 students comprising Muhannad Al Shihabi, Fahad Abdul Razzaq, Charlie Moran, Laura Al Ateeqi and Arman Kavelkar, who were awarded a trophy and a cash prize of KD 50. Their design was judged to be the most efficient by the judges and managed to support over 13 kg. without collapsing.. Second place went to

Brainiacs Apprentice and third place to Accelerated Retards. The day was a great success enjoyed by participating students, staff and judges alike. The school would like to express their appreciation to the companies who sponsored the event: Exxon Mobil, Gulf Consult, Hempel Paints, Baker Hughes and Pastamania as their support was instrumental in guaranteeing the success of the competition. In addition the School wishes to thank the visiting judges: Paul Hamlet, Jeff De Lange and John Gurnett for taking the time out of their busy schedules to help on the day.

Blood donation drive at Crowne Plaza Kuwait


n correlation with its Corporate Social Responsibility, Crowne Plaza Kuwait recently held a blood donation drive at the hotel in coordination with the Central Blood Bank. The campaign garnered a huge response from the employees, each of them feeling the weight of the responsibility that is involved with saving lives through blood donation. Ahmed Serafi, the Hotel Manager, stressed on the important role that Crowne Plaza Kuwait plays in its contribution towards the people and society of Kuwait. He also mentioned that the hotel would continue in its service towards mankind, in every way possible.

McDonald’s Kuwait announces Big Mac competition winners


cDonald’s held an awards ceremony for the winners of the online Big Mac competition tonight at their Corniche store. The two exciting competitions, hosted on the McDonald’s Arabia website, invited people from the GCC region to submit their favourite Big Mac Stories and Chants for a chance to win big prizes from Apple. The competition was open to their public as well as their own crew members who could sign on to the website and submit their stories and songs. All the winning entries have been put on display on the site for the enjoyment of all. “This was a exciting campaign that allowed both our customers as well as our crew members to write and sing their Big Mac stories to us,” commented George Khawam, Marketing Director at McDonald’s Kuwait. “It allows us to engage with our customers and crew online in a fun and interactive way and give away 8 Mac Book Air laptops, 8 iPod Touch and 16 iPod Shuffles.” concluded Khawam. All the winners were excited to go home with their new high-tech latestmodel prizes. The contests, open to residents of Saudi Arabia, the United

Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, boasted an impressive turnout of over hundreds participants from Kuwait. The final winners were selected on the highest number of votes registered in each country. Customer winners for Big Mac Story - Kuwait: 1. Ahmed Dief 2. Mohamed Abdalla 3. Anitha abraham 4. Sarah jk 5. Abdullrahman Al-Jaser 6. Areej Saleh 7. Fatime Salemi 8. Souheil Arabi 9. Muhammed Al-Ayed 10. Mona AL-Otaibi 11. Sondos Mahdi 12. Fatma albannay 13. Mai Mal-Allah Customer winners for Big Mac Chant - Kuwait: 1. Anitha Abraham 2. Jacob Punamottil 3. Genesis Cruz 4. Sarah Jacob 5. Mohamed Al-Hussain 6. Ace Militar 7. Joen Carreon Crew winners for Big Mac Story - Kuwait: 1. Lavella Lagumbay 2. Francis Angela M. Torres

3. Lito cordero Crew winners for Big Mac Chant - Kuwait: 1. Lenen Geron 2. Joen Alegre Carreon 3. June sison 4. Daniel Javier 5. Agus widiyono 6. Lowie Garcia 7. Adrian Rodriguez 8. Norman Layug Balagtas 9. Jordan Jerusalem Launched in 1968, the Big Mac’s most distinctive feature is the middle slice of bread used to stabilize contents and prevent spillage. It’s renowned and enjoyed by all for its 100% pure and halal beef cuts, the origin of which can always be traced back to a trusted farm. Its fresh lettuce is cleaned to guarantee a safe and crispy crunchy taste and its famous slice of cheese consists of an appetizing blend of pasteurized dairy, monitored for safety and quality from production to the moment it’s melted and served with perfection. Flavor is also added through a fresh selection of onions and zesty dill pickle slices from McDonald’s most trusted suppliers and last but not least, through the iconic secret recipe that has tingled the taste buds of Big Mac fans for over 40 years; the Big Mac sauce.

Announcements St Peter’s CSI Congregation Vacation Bible School of St Peter’s CSI Congregation is scheduled to be held from March 18 to April 1, 2011 at the National Evangelical Church of Kuwait (NECK ). Our Vicar, The Rev Binju Varghese Kuruvilla will be the Superintendent. Abraham Varghese, (children’s ministry, Kerala ), will be the Director. All children from 3 to 17 years old are invited to attend the VBS. This is a time for making new friends, singing , learning and fellowship. Please come and join and be blessed! For registrations and more details please visit the website . For further enquiries and details, please email us at or contact the VBS Secretary: 94416421. Hurry! Only limited seats available! Dr. B. Iqbal to launch Kala language website The leading Indian association in Kuwait, Kerala Art Lovers Association, KALA is launching the first phase of the interactive web portal which is ultimately a big leap, by the Malayalam Education Mission, which currently KALA is undertaking in Kuwait, with a much higher and Global Perspective. Under the directives and broad vision of Mr. John Mathew, renowned Social activist and Industrialist of Kuwait, a dedicated team has paved way for the Children from other areas of the globe to get the benefit of learning Malayalam and thereby our culture too. Utilizing the multimedia and IT resources, the first phase of the web portal is all set for the global take off. Former Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University and well known personality from Kerala Dr.B. Iqbal will formally launch the web portal at United Indian School on 25 March 2011 at 5 PM. The programme will commence with the commemoration of the legends EMS, AKG & Bishop Dr.Poulose Mar Poulose, who left us in the month of March. Further, the essay collection “Athijeevanathinte Kazhchappadukal”, written and compiled KALA President Mr. Sam Pynummodu will be formally released in the same function. All are welcome and the entrance is free. For more details kindly contact 66656642, 97817100, 99539492, 24317875 Music festival The Kuwait Chamber Philharmonia is organizing the First Kuwait International Music Festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Kuwait. Pathanamthitta association - membership campaign The executive committee of Pathanamthitta District decided to end this year’s (2010 April - 2011 March) membership drive by 31st of March 2011 as the General Body of the Association will be held in April to elect the new Office Bearers and Executive Committee. Residents of Pathanamthitta District and persons of Pathanamthitta origin residing in other

areas of Kerala, who are interested in joining Pathanamthitta District Association and who have not completed and submitted the Membership Form are requested to do so before 31st of March 2011. Our Areawise Committee members to be contacted for the Membership Form and submitting the completed Forms are as follows:Fahaheel/Mangaf/Abu Halifa/Ahmadi : Sunil Joy, email id:, Mobile no. 99420146, Harish Kumar, email id:, Mobile no. 66991572. Salmiya/Hawali/Kuwait City: Abraham Daniel, Email id:,Mobile no. 97863052, Geetha Krishnan, Email id:, Mobile no. 66361777, Sony Idiculla, email id:, Mobile no. 97211683. Abbassisya/Hasawi/Farwaniiya: Abu Peter Sam, Email id:, Mobile no. 97219734, Kuriakose (Alexander K.V.),, Mobile no. 97932815. Kurian Benny, email id., Mobile no. 66462726. Sabu Oilckal, email id:, Mobile no. 97695664. The following Office bearers can always be contacted for any information or if there is difficulty in reaching the Committee members listed above:Jose Mannil (Oommen George), President, Mobile no. 99722437 Benny Pathanamthitta (General Secretary), Mobile no. 66501482 Email id: KEA friendship cup The third and final round of league matches of the Gulf Bank sponsored 2nd Annual KEA Friendship Cup Football organized by the Keralite Engineers Association (KEA) will be held on Friday, 18 March, at the Al Sahel Sports Club, Abu Halifa. The matches will be AECK vs TKMCE and KEA vs NSSCE in Group A; TEC vs NIT and MACE vs CETA in Group B. The tournament has been rescheduled as no play was possible due to bad weather on March 11. The semifinals will now be held on 25th March and the finals on 8th April. Website:

Pathanamthitta picnic Pathanamthitta District Association will be holding a family picnic on Friday 25th March 2011 at FINTAS GARDEN from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. Members of Pathanamthitta Association and those who are interested to become members of Pathanamthitta District Association are invited to attend this Picnic. For more details and registration contact mobile nos. 99363448, 99722437 or 66501482 or email id:

The Little Gym at the White Expo


he Little Gym, Kuwait’s first and #1 children’s gym recently participated in the White Expo held at the 360 Mall. The Little Gym, located in Jabriya features gymnastics classes for children 3 yrs 12 yrs old, sports, karate, judo, dance, swimming and classes for children under 3 yrs old too. The White Expo was an exhibition held from March 10th - 13th that brought together small businesses in the country with the aim of providing an opportunity

to introduce them to the community; most of the businesses exhibiting at the White Expo centered on children. The Little Gym started off the exhibition in grand style when they held a gymnastic demonstration featuring their advanced gymnasts. These children, who were guided by the lead instructor and Program Director Miss Solange, ranged between 5 and 10 yrs old and performed a variety of high-flying skills that had the crowd on their feet, cheering and clapping. Miss

Solange who has been with The Little Gym since they opened over 8 yrs ago did a masterful job with these students, challenging and encouraging them as she varied the skills depending on their individual ability. This demonstration was prefaced by a beautiful performance by one of their instructors, Miss Qiong from China, who amazed the crowd with a combination dance and gymnastic routine. Information about their program can be found by going to their website at

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GUST opens ‘borders between classical and Arabic pianos’


he Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) held an open music recital entitled: The Open Borders of Piano - Arabic and Classical which consisted of a medley between both Arabic and Western music. GUST Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences & Humanities Depar tment Dr. David Miller, the organizer of this event, welcomed the three pianists Dr Sahar Mulhem, Dr Bar tyk Rybak and and Dr Ilgez Royanov expressing his delight at welcoming to the university. Dr Sahar Mulhem was the first pianist to perform after her speech thanking GUST for their hospitality and Dr Miller for inviting them to perform at this auspicious venue.Dr.

Mulhem beautifully performed pieces by Lebanese composer Abdalla Elmasri, Kuwaiti composers Amer Jaafar and Rashida Ibrahim and Syrian composer DiaSuccari. Following her solo performance, her colleagues Dr Bar tyk Rybak from Poland and Dr IlgezRoyanov from Uzbek joined her onstage where they performed two delightful four-hand piano pieces. All the performers and composers of the pieces played throughout the night are professors in the Music Education Department in the College of Basic Education in Kuwait. It was truly a magical evening where the music was flowing through the auditorium giving off great vibes all around.

British School of Kuwait continues music dominance


n February 7, 2011 four students from The British School of Kuwait departed to attend the YMOG competition held at St Christopher’s School, Bahrain. The competition is an annual event and it is now in its fourteenth year. It has become one of the major music competitions in the Middle East and a grand total of 140 students from schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Sharjah and Kuwait took part all hoping for a place in the Grand Final at the Gulf Hotel in Bahrain on Thursday 10 February 2011. BSK has for the last 5 years taken part in YMOG and indeed won some major prizes in the competition. In 2009 Pianist Feixue Li became the Young Musician of the Gulf and Camerata the BSK Chamber group was awarded best ensemble. This Year 3 vocalists Sanjana Roy, Balqis CantorWanli, Khalid Al Wagfi and pianist Charles Fernandes were all eager to share their enthusiasm, gifts and talents in music with others in Bahrain. This year as always, international Adjudicators listened to all of the students perform on their chosen instruments or voice, 40 students are then selected to perform in the second

round the standard of singing this year was impressive and the BSK students gave their best in rounds 1 and 2. The news that Balquis Cator-Wanlii and Charles Fernandes were to perform in the semi- finals with sixteen other contestants was very exciting. Balquis’ performance of I Dreamed a Dream allowed her rich and powerful voice to fill the very large concert hall with ease was deserving of a place in the final. However, it was the pianist Charles Fernandes who was to be chosen to play on the final evening along with the 5 other musicians. All of the performers at the Grand Final are expected to perform at least 3 pieces of music at recital level. Charles Fernandes certainly was able to rise to the challenge by performing the Sonatine by the French composer Ravel. Charles played the piece with delicacy which allowed the phrases to be shaped with a maturity far beyond his sixteen years and the wide variety of timbre and overall colour he created in this Impressionistic sounding piece was truly remarkable. His final piece Chopin’s Revolutionary Study was to set a gold standard for the evening. The virtuosic scalic passages in the left hand, the rhythmic melodic

motive in the right hand were played with panache and total confidence and all from memory. The performance secured the Piano prize for Charles

Fernandes and the title Best Pianist in The Gulf. Another memorable milestone in the development of music@bsk.

NBK organizes banking familiarization tour for Om Al Hareth Al Ansareyya students


he National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) hosted a group of students from Om Al Hareth Al Ansareyya High School at the bank’s head office in a banking familiarization tour. NBK Public Relations officers Yaqoub Al Baqer and Fahad Al Mane’e received the visiting group of students in a familiarization tour of the bank’s various departments, including the main banking hall. Al Baqer said that the students showed great interest with the broadspectrum of NBK financial and banking products and services and were particularly inquisitive about the multi-benefit Al -Azraq and Al-Shabab Al-Watani accounts, exclusively designed for high schools, colleagues and university students. NBK’s team representative comprised also of Badria Al Reshaid from NBK Public Relations, and Laila Al Mukhtar from Marketing, were present to inform the students about the PR, media relations and CSR work in addition to the importance of saving behaviors, and to brief the teaching staff on NBK the benefits of NBK accounts. Commenting on the conclusion of the visit, the students expressed their sincere thanks for NBK and the opportunity they have been given to gain a better understanding of the banking job and get a personal insight about NBK and the career field in general.

Information EMBASSY OF AUSTRALIA The Embassy encourages all Australians to register their presence in Kuwait through Smartraveller Online (see link below). Australians who are registered are asked to update their details. The information provided will assist us in contacting you in an emergency. Kuwait citizens can apply for and receive visit visas to Australia online at This usually takes two working days. All others visa applications are handled by the Australian Visa Application Centre Tel. 22971110. Witnessing and certifying documents are by appointment only, please contact the Embassy on 2232 2422. The Australian Embassy is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm, Sunday to Thursday. 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,, 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. ●●●

The Chief Electoral Officers of the states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry, where elections have been declared, have issued notification under Rule 8A of Registration of Electors Rules, 1960, allowing overseas electors to submit registration forms to exercise their franchise in their respective constituencies. Relevant application forms, guidelines for filling them, as well as postal addresses of the Electoral Registration Officers of all constituencies in India are on the website of the Election Commission of India ( and Indian nationals in Kuwait desirous of exercising their franchise are advised to access the website. It is clarified that the attestation of Form 6-A and other documents relating to the election process are to be done by the applicant himself/herself (i.e., self attestation) and not by the Embassy of India, Kuwait.

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Badria Al Reshaid taught the students about PR, CSR & media relations in NBK.

Yaqoub Al Baqer received the students & treated them to a familiarization tour of the various departments of the Bank.

Soul & Spice Indian Restaurant opens in Courtyard by Marriott


he Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Kuwait is set to launch Soul & Spice, a modern Indian restaurant that offers diners a unique and exclusive dining journey with Indian food that is presented in a new modern twist. The restaurant which is set to open on the 3rd of April will be managed by renowned chef Raj, who has been working for the last nine years in London. During the last eight years, Raj continued to travel around the world and gained valuable culinary experience. Raj, Chef De Cuisine at the Courtyard by Marriot said: “Indian food is no stranger to the Kuwaiti society, and is known for its diverse offerings. To further enhance the fine dining experience in Kuwait, Courtyard By Marriott will offer a first of its kind contemporary concept that offers the best of Indian food along with a unique ambience.” “Renowned for the spice mixes, I always try to adhere to the origins of each recipe. The presentation of my food here in Kuwait is served with a modern

European twist, but at the heart of every dish, is an element that can be traced back to the deep origins of the Indian culinary spirit. I use only the finest ingredients sourced both locally and from across the world to unleash my creativity in bringing out the right flavor and food design. Soul and Spice, which is my most ambitious venture to date, reflects the passion I have for food from all areas across India, and is amongst the most elegant restaurants here in Kuwait,” added Ganguly. Raj was born in Rourkela, India. His culinary career began at the Oberoi Centre of Learning & Development (O.C.L.D.), one of the worlds most recognized institutes for training professionals. He further began working as a senior chef across top 5-star hotel chains that include Taj, Hyatt, Radisson, PARK and many more.

Should you come into contact with British nationals in or transiting Kuwait requiring consular assistance please have them contact us at the following new consular inquiry numbers: 972 71877 or 972 71922. Our new temporary switchboard number is 999693651 For the latest FCO travel advice please visit: The Embassy is open Sunday to Thursday 7:30am to 14:3Opm. EMBASSY OF PAKISTAN On the occasion of Pakistan National Day, a flag hoisting ceremony will be held at the Chancery premises in Jabriya, on Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 at 08:00 am. All Pakistanis resident in Kuwait are cordially invited to attend the ceremony. Pakistan Embassy has also organized a National Day program with participation of Pakistani schools and Pakistani community. The program would open late afternoon on Wednesday 30th March, 2011 at Green Island, Al-daiyah, Gulf Road, Kuwait. The program would include a mini fair including traditional Pakistani food stalls and a stage performance by school children. The stage performance would start at 6:15 pm (entry is free for Pakistani community). The Embassy will remain closed for consular work on 23 March 2011. For details please contact: Mohammad Akbar 25327647 (from 08 am to 4 pm).



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Uses spine for self-defense

Poisonous lion of the sea The venomous lionfish has spread into Western Hemisphere seas and is threatening to disrupt native fish populations.


Red lionfish (Pterois volitans) â&#x20AC;˘ Lives in water 85-260 ft. (25-80 m) deep â&#x20AC;˘ Grows as long as 18 in. (42 cm) â&#x20AC;˘ Eats small fish, shrimp; stands its ground when threatened

How it hunts

(Front view)


Outer sheath is pushed down when spine enters victim

Venom is pushed upward from glands that lie in grooves along spine

Accident released it

Pectoral fins

Native to Indian and Pacific oceans, lionfish escaped into Atlantic from a broken Florida aquarium during a 1992 hurricane

Fish ambushes prey, spreads pectoral fins to corner prey, then swallows it whole

Two pelvic venom spines

Graphic: Lindsay Dubois, Sun-Sentinel

Š 2008 MCT

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Three anal venom spines


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13 dorsal venom spines

Source: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The anatomy of the venom apparatus of the zebrafish, pterois volitansâ&#x20AC;? by D. Mebs and D. Knop, U.S. Geological Survey




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Aries (March 21-April 19) You might decide that now is the right time for taking a trip and if you had planned on it earlier in the year, it probably is. However, if you are just now deciding on a trip, it might be better to enter the planning phase. There is a yearning to broaden horizons and reach for the ultimate; perhaps some survival training before setting out across an unknown country or place would be a good thing. Survival shows have had a good run in the entertainment field and soon there will be some other immediate way to grab the audience attention; for now, you may want to create a script around the vacation plan and the interaction of the family or tour group. You enjoy a quiet evening at home but not without some special cooking from one of your special recipes.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Company or the opportunity to move into a new home or apartment will bring on a great reason to clear away and get rid of those things you have never really liked much—an old couch, perhaps. This is a good time for a garage sale—whatever the reason. Getting rid of the things that no longer serve a purpose for you could be an important step to creating a space for new things. Who knows; one-man’s-trash-is-another-man’s-treasure. Some of your items may bring monetary surprises. This is a time when the new and unexpected may figure in your living situations. You may become bewildered by the action of another this afternoon—patience. When a young person has problems this evening, you will know just how to be helpful.


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Yesterday’s Solution

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Everyone is ready for the day’s activities. This could include a painting party or perhaps, a baby shower. You will find yourself looking forward to some group project or some fun activity at this time. There is an opportunity to encourage others or to teach young people. This may open all sorts of opportunities to be the teacher to some future successful writer or artist. There will be a healing between friends, if that is needed. This is the time to relax and enjoy the friends or loved ones that are near you now. The responsibilities that you have had in the past will begin to ease. The loved one that you felt was discontented will become relaxed and receptive. If weather permits, take a long walk this evening and enjoy the stars with your loved one.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)


It may be a good time to catch up on the personal paper work you want to complete—letters, budget, etc. This last week may have been just too hectic to keep up with the little things you like to do. There is a major change of attitude from everyone around you. Emotional issues are easy to understand. You will now, however, be able to merge the emotional information you receive and process it from a step away—not so close. What a stress relief! You may find yourself looking for a little romance today or at least enjoying some emotional release. New clothes for the spring may need a few adjustments and you proceed to fix them, or prepare them for the tailor. This evening a loved one may enjoy a good movie with you. Laugh!

Leo (July 23-August 22) The friendships you have will become more important to you now—a closeness renewed. There is a feeling of knowing things without knowing how you know them. The mystical, the universal and the eternal are the things that stir your curiosity. Call it psychic, call it deja vu, it can be there when you call. This may involve reading a book or talking to a friend that seems particularly insightful. Consider ordering a personal horoscope reading. Tend to personal business this afternoon and the evening can be yours. This evening presents great opportunities for enjoyment of your friends and young people and for having a good time. You appreciate your particular situation and enjoy support from those around you.


Virgo (August 23-September 22) This is an excellent day to engage in discussions about philosophy, religion or the arts. You might enjoy attending a psychic fair or having a massage. There is much conversation about a new or a newly revived healing method, relaxation method, meditation, etc. Visiting with friends and family members can be enjoyed this afternoon—they seem to enjoy your company as well. Your timing should be perfect and those around you should find you most spontaneous. Sympathy and understanding are emotional qualities that take on greater importance. It’s wisdom, not knowledge that counts most. Coming to grips with the past or getting in touch with the mystical and the spiritual are the things that give you a sense of satisfaction and completeness.

Libra (September 23-October 22)


You could be seen by others as just the person to be put in charge of some project requiring a conservative mind. There is a healing now in all avenues of your life. Delayed issues will begin to get back on the road to a more positive movement. You may enjoy good relations with relatives today and there are opportunities to have a special time with someone you love. This could mean a celebration of some sort is in order because there is much dancing and music. Your taste in art and appreciation in general are heightened. Perhaps this is a good time to select furnishings, colors and the finer things of life. Your sense of value is present. Romance and other things that tug at the heartstrings come your way as a new cycle begins.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) You may be expecting out-of-town company today and remember the days when you were really young, waiting for favorite relatives or friends to come and visit you and your family. Even if you are not expecting visitors, this is the type of feeling that comes with the many goals you have set for yourself. It may be a difficult time to relax. Write everything down that you want to accomplish and find one chore that is the most urgent. Attack only one thing at a time. Before you know it, you will accomplish quite a lot. You will find others will pitch in and help if you really need them. This may cover anything from washing dishes to planting trees. Your inner resources are accented. Expect a sense of support and good will from those around you.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) This can be a lucrative time for you financially, but there are risks as well as rewards—particularly with regard to taxes and debts. Some kind of healing process is at work in your life: you isolate what doesn’t work, eliminate it and go on from there. Real insight into your own inner workings or psychology could surface today and in a manageable form. You may be in the mood for deep and penetrating conversations or thoughts. Engaging in social activities is not the best of ideas at this time. Rather, look to close family and friends for entertainment and communication. You may find that a love relationship deepens. Additionally, this is a time when your powers of creativity are strong. Arranging the living area a little differently will help encourage relaxation.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)


It is easy for you to delegate responsibility and today you lend a helping hand to a friend that needs some sort of organizing. This could mean you help with plans for a spur-of-the-moment wedding or a similar type of last minute celebration. You will attract more people to you than you believe possible at this time, so put them to work performing useful chores. Nurturing the people you love helps you feel secure. It is in people needing you that you feel useful and secure yourself. This evening you may find yourself serving the people that are the closest to you. You are entering into a cycle of mental development that emphasizes the nurturing of loved ones, and they of you. You will find yourself feeling more secure and at ease with your life.

Yesterday’s Solution Yester

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) This afternoon may be too cold, too hot or too windy for whatever you usually experience at this time of year. A change of plans is not so bad and the adventure may have you looking forward to the next change of routine. Today is also good for planning and sometime this afternoon, you and a friend may decide to build something extraordinary, perhaps a boat or you order a hang-glider. Of course a scooter may be the next choice and quite practical at that. You and a friend may decide to enjoy the afternoon at a junk sale or some other type of sale. You may want to add to a special collection or hobby of yours—perhaps an antique. You have a great appreciation for things of value—and the idea of value itself. Your love life gains momentum.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Word Sleuth Solution

The test of faith, the inquisition, the purging of the superficial: these issues take hold at the very roots of your existence. Making peace with the past and coming to terms with karmic debts are some of the issues that confront you as a new phase begins in your life. Failure to face these things can cause setbacks and put obstacles in your path. Learn to look beyond the personal or you will get in over your head. You will probably want to relax with friends this afternoon and you may find yourself involved in a group game or sports activity. Make a strong effort to complete your food intake by at least seven o’clock in the evening. This will help to improve your rest as well as your physical appearance. A boost to the ego is within viewing distance.



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Bradley Cooper, Renee Zellwegerbreak up

Beth Ditto doesn?t

care about people he Gossip frontwoman has become as famous for her celebrity friends as for her music in recent years, but Beth has a bullish attitude to those who think she is losing her musical identity. She said: “I was always afraid of losing part of myself, of people trying to control me. That was frightening. But I was never afraid of what people might think. But then, you can’t join the punk scene if you’re scared of what people think.” Beth - who has shown off her plussized figure in numerous magazine shoots - believes she is making a difference to people’s lives with her music and art. She told The Guardian newspaper: “I feel like I’ve made a difference for certain people and that’s what matters. Growing up with riot grrrl (feminist punk movement), I feel like I owe it to the me of tomorrow without sounding too ridiculous - to do this. The people who listened to Gossip when they were 14, they’re 20 now and it’s no longer cool but when they’re 30 they can look back and think, ‘I listened to The Gossip and it was really helpful,’ and that will be how Bikini Kill or Nirvana were for me.”


he actor and actress have parted ways after less than two years together, according to After being photographed dining together in New York in July 2009, the duo were spotted kissing in Spain in early August but have been secretive about their relationship ever since. However, earlier last week Bradley put the spotlight on his rumoured partner during his appearance on US show ‘Inside the Actors Studio’, pointing her out in the crowd before she stood up to a round of applause. Now multiple sources have said that the ‘Limitless’ star and the 41-year-old actress are no longer a couple but neither of their representatives would comment. Both stars have been married in the past, with Renee’s union to singer Kenny Chesney and Bradley’s to actress Jennifer Esposito both ending in less than six months. Bradley, 36, recently admitted he realised his marriage “wasn’t right” soon after tying the knot. He said: “It was just something that happened. The good thing is, we both realised it . Sometimes you just realise it. “It just wasn’t right. It’s interesting... things happen!” However, the hunk wouldn’t say that the experience put him off matrimony for good. He said: “Making any declarative statement like that is a joke.”


Mel Bwants

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he former Spice Girl raises three children with her husband Stephen Belafonte - her daughters, Phoenix, 12, and Angel, three, from previous relationships and his six-year-old daughter Giselle - but the couple are keen to have a child together. Mel said: “I’m always broody. Hopefully, I’m going to be pregnant by the end of this year, or, if not, next year. I love kids.” Mel and Stephen had been friends for several years before embarking on a romantic relationship, and the 35-year-old star believes their ear-


lier bond is the key to why they have such a strong marriage. She told Reveal magazine: “What’s the key to a happy marriage? I married my best friend. We’ve been mates for 10 years. “It was never awkward because we knew each other so well. I can see how it could be awkward, but for us it was just funny.” The reality TV star was previously wed to backing dancer Jimmy Gulzar - who is Phoenix’s father - and has had relationships with British actor Max Beesley, singer Peter Andre and Hollywood star Eddie Murphy, who is Angel’s dad.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Airline worker sues

he Irish actor - who has gone to rehab on three occasions to receive treatment for alcohol abuse is accused of behaving “outrageously and shockingly” by United Airlines customer service director Kathryn Williams. The case was filed at New York’s Supreme Court, with the worker seeking damages of more than $15,000 as she claims she has been unable to attend to her normal duties at the airline since the incident last year. The lawsuit states: “On May 7, 2010, at approximately 6:0 0am the defendant committed tortuous acts consisting of verbally and physically abusing plaintiff causing her to sustain physical


injuries and severe emotional distress. “Defendant Jonathan Rhys Meyers willfully, maliciously, wantonly and without any just cause or provocation assaulted and battered plaintiff Kathryn Williams.” The incident happened after the ‘Match Point’ star was stopped from getting on a flight at JFK Airport for being too drunk. He has already been banned for life from travelling on United Airlines planes. It is not the first time Jonathan has had trouble relating to alcohol consumption in airports - in 2007 he was arrested for being drunk at Dublin Airport, although no charges were brought against him.

Jaime Winstone?s latest Jodie Foster is surprised Kristen Stewart is an actress he 48-year-old actress, who worked with the ‘Twilight’ star when she was 12 in ‘Panic Room’ has confessed she never thought Kristen would stay in the film industry because she didn’t seem to enjoy it. She said: “I just love Kristen Stewart, but I didn’t think she’d choose to be an actress. “I said to her mum, ‘She doesn’t want that, right?’ And she’s like, ‘Well, yes, she kind of does.’” The ‘Beaver’ star went on to say she saw similarities between herself and the 20 year old because neither actresses like showing their emotions in real life. Talking to the Hollywood Reporter she continued: “Because she’s very much like me: She’s not comfortable in life being a big externally, emotional person, beating her chest, crying every five minutes.” “I felt she was such an intelligent technician, so interested in camera - I thought that would translate to other things.” Kristen - who is rumoured to be dating her ‘Twilight’ co-star Robert Pattinson has been open about her dislike of fame and has admitted she hates not being able to go out without being recognised. Earlier this year she said: “There’s no way to eloquently put this. I just can’t go to the mall. It bothers me that I can’t be outside very often. And also to not ever be ‘some girl’ again. Just being some chick at some place, that’s gone.”


was a


dream come true?

he British actress takes on the title role in ‘Elfie Hopkins’ - which also stars her actor father Ray Winstone - and she found it “nice” playing the teen detective on the quest of uncovering the truth about a family of cannibals because the character is so much like her real self. She said: “Elfie’s been an alter ego of mine for a while now and it’s a dream come true to play her. “She is feral and there is a real vulnerability to her. I haven’t played someone like this before - but this is probably the nearest person to my real self, which is nice.” Ray who stars in the film as the village butcher enjoyed working with his daughter on the movie, but admits it took him a while to get used to the idea of not worrying about her performance. He said: “Usually I turn up on set and I just worry about what I am going to do. “But with your own children, you worry more about them and want them to be the best. I had to get over that quickly and let Jaime get on with it.” — BangShowbiz




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Al-Awazem’s lineage goes back in time A

l-Awazem tribe participated in building Kuwait since its establishment in all aspects of political, social and economic life, and played its full role just like other tribes and families. AlAwazem is a tribe that belongs to a wellknown larger tribe that goes to the Arab Hawazen from bani Qais Ailan bin Mudhar bin Nizar bin Maad bin Adnan. It is known that the Hawazen origins are divided into three parts in the Arab Peninsula:

History of Al-Awazem tribe in the Arabian Peninsula

1. Hawazens of Hijaz, they are: Bani Jasham represented by the Utub tribe. 2. Hawazens of Yamama, they are: Bani Amer bin Aouf, represented by Subaie tribe. 3. Hawazens of Ihsa, they are: Bani Kelab represented by Awaem tribe. Arab history, both old and contemporary is full of information about tens of tribes and families that had major roles in Arab history before and after Islam. One of the most notable of those tribes is AlAwazem that exist in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, while there are some of them in other countries. In this research, we will mention Al-Awazem’s descent, their history, and what they became famous of as bedouins, as they were knights who loved their horses and rode them towards glory.

the Tenth Hijra century. The Pre-Islam Grandfather “Hawazin” was still being mentioned by the region’s historians, and it was historically proven that branches from AlAwazem used to live in and move around Al-Hijra, Alia and Najd between the Hijra 11th and 12th centuries as mentioned in Al-Awazem’s poetry. Al-Awazem’s bedounism Bedounism was the life of Al-Awazem who traveled to look for grass and water. The majority of Awazem traveled all over Kuwait, but in Saudi Arabia, they used to travel in the area surrounding the water rally in the east and north, and there are those who went further south and lived in Qateef and Ihsa. Al-Awazem are widespread in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. They

An original Arab tribe Al-Awazem is a tribe with Arab roots and origins. There are many books that documented the history of this tribe. Most authors are almost unanimous that the tribe’s root is Hawazin, which is one of the

largest Arab tribes before and after Islam. According to Adbelrahman Abdelkareem Al-Obeid in his specialized book “AlAwazem Tribe”, the original home of the tribe is North-East of the Arabian Peninsula, and their descendents reach the Awazem of Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain. Sheikh Abdelaziz Al-Rushaid spoke in a research about Al-Awazem in Kuwait magazine that was published in 1928 about the original Arabism and bedounism of Al-Awazem. The late Sheikh Abdelaziz Al-Rushaid is a renowned historian, referred to as Kuwait’s premier historian. Al-Rushaid confirmed the Al-Awazem are Hawazen. Dr Jamal Zakariya Qasem said the origin of Awazem is His, Najd, Kuwait and Qatar, adding that the Awazems from other areas belong to the first root in the Arabian Peninsula. Awazem and non-Awazem historians agree that Al-Awazem are from the Aal-Attaa in Hawazin, and that Attaa and Azem are from one origin and descents from Kilab bin Rabeeah bin Amer from Hawazin. Those who confirm this historic sequence are: Sheikh Hamad Al-Jasser in Al-Arabi magazine 1416 A H, Dr Jamal Zakariya Qassem in his book Arabian Gulf, Dr Hamad Rasheed Al-Feel in his book Kuwait’s inhabitants, Abdallah Nasser AlSane in the prelude of poet Salem Al-Dawi book, Dr Ahmad Al-Muzaini in his book Lineage of Kuwait’s families and tribes, Fayez bin Mousa Al-Badrani Al-Harby in his book “From the news of tribes in Najd”, Mohammad Suekiman Al-Tayeb in the Arab tribes Encyclopedia and Orientalist George Valin in his book an “Image from the North of Arabian Peninsula”. Their homes and lands Since the early days of Islam, Awazems were using the area that expand from Ihsa in the South to Kazima (Kuwait) in the North for their existence and living. When Al-Qaramitah ruled the area, Al-Awazem became stronger through the branches of Bani Amer, during the third and fifth Hijra centuries, the Al-Qaramitah faded away as bani Amer controlled the region, until the arrival of the Ottomans in the middle of

form the largest tribal gathering in Kuwait. In Saudi Arabia, they are found in west Madina, in Al-Sudair area, in Najd and near Hael. There are some of them in Qatar, Jordan, Yemen and Egypt, though the majority of them in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Al-Awazem’s migration and their fights Al-Awazem are known for traveling and migrating within the Arabian peninsula and surrounding areas, as the nature of the bedoun life had a great influence on that. Yet this nomadic life created the tribe’s history and contributed to its spread and contacts with others. In fact it preserved the tribe’s existence and lineage, as the tribe’s poets had a decisive role in documenting the history of those migrations and detail their events. Several books mentioned through poetry, the strength and large number of Awazem and their control of the region as well as their ability to run events in it, particularly defeating all their enemies or those who attack them. The poems of poet Lafi Al-Jeeha confirms the extensive travels and migrations of Al-Awazem with the Arabian peninsula, most important of which in the 11th century, until the Awazem were able to spread their control over an area that spreads from Kuwait to the north to Qateef in the south, neighboring other tribes. There used to be differences and confrontations with those tribes, as there are seven most famous battles, they are: Dasma in 1854, Subaiha 1878, Al-Tareeqa 1895, Muraikh 1915, Nuqaira 1924, Redha 1929 and Nuqair 1929. The battles of Redha and Nuqair in 1929 were the most famous, and spoken about extensively as history or in poetry. The battles have special significance as if the Awazem were defeated, many of them would have been killed, and those battles changed the political events in the history of the Arabian peninsula, and they mark the last of Al-Awazem’s battles. Based on verbal statements of eyewitnesses of both battles, there were some people who decided to occupy Ihsa and its surrounding and headed that way. Meanwhile, there were some Awazems

near a water spring called Redha, and the invaders wanted to take the spring and people around them, so the Awazems their defended their families and properties and defeated the attackers. Two months after this battle, the attackers reorganized and attempted to invade Al-Awazem again, but they were ready for them near a spring called “Naqeer” and attacked the invaders and killed many of them, and finally asked to reconcile with Al-Awazem. Historic sources state that those two battles were behind what preserved the history and memory of Al-Awazem, and should the invaders were victorious, we would not know anything about the histor y of Awazem’s. Al-Awazem, the heritage makers Along those daily details of the bedoun life of Awazems and other Arab tribes who lived with them in peace or war, the social life and contact with others had a great significance in their influence on the Arab heritage and preserving it. The Arab reader can see that their poems are self expressive, as well as about the equipment that was available at the time such as the sword, horses, coffee, camels and all the other details common between bedouns in Arab countries, as horses and camels gained a high status with Al-Awazem in

their lives, wars, and travel. Al-Awazem became famous for raising Arabian horses, and were great horsemen as they fought their enemies or during sports. Some of the horse breads are available in the Arabian Gulf, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt, as the Awazem poets mentioned many of the horses characteristics and names. As the horses were important and received good care from people, camels also had special care as documented in history and by poets. Several historians who spoke about AlAwazem said, they had many camels, as AlAlousi said in the 37th issue of Al-Arabi in 1961. “Al-Awazem are a large population and have a large wealth of camels.” The Kuwait encyclopedia said “Al-Awazem is a Kuwaiti tribe, and they are the oldest inhabitants of Kuwait, and practiced trade especially in camels and sheep. In the Arab tribes encyclopedia, it was mentioned that some of the camel types with Al-Awazem are the “Arabs” and they give them various names. Presence of current Awazem Al-Awazem are currently found in AlSham region, Egypt, Yemen, and Bahrain and they are connected to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with kinship and similarities of customs, values, and history.



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An Indian reveler gets daubed with colored powder on her face during Vasantotsav “the festival of Spring” in the west Bengal city of Siliguri, yesterday. Vasantotsav is known in the rest of India as “Holi”, the festival of colors when people smeared colored pigments on each other. — AFP

Lead singer Jay Kay of the British band Jamiroquai performs at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. — AP

Abu Dhabi Festival extends spirit of

‘Bilad Al-Khayr’ T

he Abu Dhabi Festival from March 19April 4, 2011, celebrate the spirit of ‘Bilad Al-Khayr ’- the ‘Land of Blessings’ through a diverse range of communityfocused activities across the United Arab Emirates. The program is packed with musical performances, drama activities, lectures and hands-on workshops that span the seven Emirates including the Western Region and involves the UAE community, special needs centers, orphanages and women shelters that will bring people together from across the country in celebration of the unique sense of ‘Harmony for Humanity’ created through the arts and culture. Held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed AlNahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Festival community program builds on the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation’s (ADMAF) year round schedule of activities. It is supported and delivered by successful partnerships with a range of esteemed local organizations. Highlights of the program include three performances from the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the 7th Emirates International Peace Music Festival, The Hakawati Theatrical Production, and a range of storytelling and art and music workshops. Founder and Artistic Director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, Hoda Ibrahim Al-Khamis Kanoo, said: “The Abu Dhabi Festival is the Festival of the people of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is a country of tolerance and respect. It is a place where people from diverse backgrounds and cultures have made their home. Our exciting community program will provide more ways than ever before for people from across the country to engage with the wonderful unifying spirit of the arts. The program will explore the arts in all its facets - music, drama, spoken word and traditional arts of the Emirates. Bringing alive our cultural assets is imperative to their long term survival and we hope that our exciting program will engage a new generation of arts lovers.” The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland will get the community program off to a rousing start with a performance from some of the world’s brightest young musical talent. Abu Dhabi Festival will host Artnetwork at Abu Dhabi’s Beach Rotana Hotel. Three of Abu Dhabi’s most talented a capella community singing groups The Abu Dhabi Choral Group, Blue Fever and Voices of Harmony will demonstrate their talents and passion for music for members of the public. Partnering with local organizations has always

been central to ADMAF’s mission to bring the arts to the community. The Abu Dhabi Festival will offer Dubai Foundation for Women and Children the Kidz Art canvas painting workshop. Offering an opportunity to children of all ages to learn the craft of canvas and mural painting and painting with acrylics, this funfilled workshop aims to open young minds to the unique freedom of painting. This important session aims to bring the arts and crafts to the women and children who have been the victims of physical and verbal abuse. Extending Abu Dhabi Festival’s mission to demonstrate its commitment to children with

special needs in the UAE, Dubai Drums, the popular local drumming group, will visit special needs centres in Ras Al-Khamiah, Ajman and will travel as far as Delma Island in the Western Region to serve the centre there. The Festival will also bring Dubai Drums to two elementary schools in Delma. Bringing its unique brand of energy and spirit, Dubai Drums uses rhythm as a tool for team building skills and aims to build self-confidence and communication skills and above all be fun and inclusive for children of all abilities. Dubai Drums aspire for ‘unity through rhythm where group drumming becomes a unifier and energizer. Abu Dhabi’s Ewa’a Shelter, one of the Festival’s nominated charities, will host The Picasso Project giving participants the opportunity to experiment with paints, charcoals, clays, oils, pastels and sand. The Picasso Project will also visit the Dar Zayed Orphanage in Al-Ain introducing a combined drama workshop which

aims at engaging children with a range of fun interactive exercises aimed at building the children’s confidence and creative skills. Storytelling has been an Emirati tradition for generations. Keeping this important tradition alive is the Hakawati Theatrical Production of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. This touring production will travel to community centres in AlAin and the Western Region, including Ghayathi, Madinat Zayed and Mirfa. This reflects the Abu Dhabi Festival and ADMAF’s deep rooted commitment in providing access to the arts for all, even those located in remote areas. The theme of storytelling continues with a performance of by acclaimed storytelling Margaret Wolfson who, alongside conductor Michael Ching will present a series of stories dramatized and accompanied by music and scenery. The performance, at Abu Dhabi Theatre, will draw on storytelling heritage from across the globe. The program will include stories from Japanese culture and Greek mythology. Storytelling workshops led by Wolfson will take place in schools and community groups across the Emirates and will collaborate with Abu Dhabi’s Cross Culture Group in a storytelling forum. Locations include Umm Al-Quwain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Bringing together some of the brightest UAEbased young talent from the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra with some of the brightest members of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Premiere Music College, Prague, this series of concerts will celebrate the unique capability of the arts to bring people from diverse background together in harmo-

ny. Along the way they will perform in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah. Exploring the healing power of arts, the Abu Dhabi Festival, will visit Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi and Tawam Hospital in Al-Ain. Research has shown that incorporating the power of music in medicine can encourage a faster and more therapeutic recovery. This tour brings together a group of talented amateur and professional musicians to play for patients. Meanwhile in a fascinating panel discussion ‘Music & Special Needs: Bringing out the Brilliance’ will explore the transformative effect of music on children with special needs. The Festival brings a truly authentic local experience celebrating the cultural and heritage of the UAE at the Ghantoot Coastal Marine Reserve led by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group. The day will include a discussion with an Emirati sea captain, hamour feeding, mangrove relay and many other authentic local activities. On Saturday, March26, between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm more than 200 cities around the world will unite for Earth Hour 2011. Abu Dhabi Festival in collaboration with EWS-WWF is extremely pleased to support this global initiative in 2011, utilizing the power of the arts as a call to action to raise awareness about energy saving. Abu Dhabi Corniche will host Dubai Drums, unifying the community with drumming circles to celebrate this fantastic event. For further information about the Abu Dhabi Festival Community Program and to find out how you can get involved, please visit or call the hotline on 050 907 6158.

Stevie Wonder thrills thousands in Abu Dhabi S

tevie Wonder brought the Yas Island Show Weekends 2011, which was sponsored by du, as part of ‘du Live!’, to a rapturous close last night when the Motown legend wowed the roaring crowd of up-for-it fans at Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Delivering some of his most famous songs, including ‘Do I Do’, ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ and ‘For Once In My Life’, Stevie proved that his famous voice and incredible skills as a musician are just as fresh as ever. The thousands-strong crowd, who sang and danced along to an incredible selection of the singer’s six decades worth of hits, included fans from around the world. They enjoyed an amazing two-hour-long performance from the singer/songwriter who has won 22 Grammys and a Best Song Oscar during his career. Holly Radcliffe, living in Abu Dhabi for the past 11 months, said: “Seeing Stevie is absolutely awesome. He is huge. We’ve been to all the concerts and this is what I love about Abu Dhabi.” Luzelle Boado, from Abu Dhabi, added: “He is a true musical genius

and he really knows how to work the crowd. He was amazing.” Taking to the keyboards and harmonica, as well as various other instruments he’s mastered, Stevie showcased some of his newer tracks alongside plenty of much-loved tunes, with the audience singing along to every word in an unforgettable gig brought to Abu Dhabi by FLASH Entertainment. Stevie Wonder’s concert at Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi as part of the Yas Island Show Weekends 2011, was a fitting finale to a series of gigs that has seen British guitar legend Eric Clapton perform to a sell out crowd, and the ‘Greatest DJ of All Time’ Tiesto and US rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars appear at the FLASH Forum. And with all four shows accompanied by a full range of events that have allowed fans to enjoy packed-out weekends of fun, the thousands who flocked to the concerts were also able to take advantage of amazing hotel and ticket deals and discounts on a variety of Yas Island entertainment options. The two-night hotel stay plus two concert

ticket deals have proved hugely successful with a large number of hotel rooms sold out throughout this quarter of Yas Island Show Weekends 2011. And with the affordable iMan Transport option from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and taxis serving Yas Island across the four shows, thousands of people journeyed to the

region’s hottest entertainment venue to enjoy the memorable line up of concerts and events. This event was staged in association with du, the main sponsor of Flash events. It is part of the du Live! initiative which brings the best of live music to the UAE, including the first-ever du World Music Festival held recently.



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Ozzy Osbourne box set due May 31


ote to the legions of folks who only know Ozzy Osbourne as the doddering, semi-coherent reality TV patriarch: The guy made some pretty good records. Epic/Legacy has set a release date for “definitive versions” of Osbourne’s first two solo albums, “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman,” coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the former’s US release. On May 31, the remastered sets will be available individually on CD and LP or as a box set. The box compiles the vinyl and CD versions of both albums; a CD called “Ozzy Live” culled from unreleased concert material recorded during the Blizzard tour; a 100-page coffee table book; a wall poster; a full-size replica of Osbourne’s signature gold cross; and a DVD titled “ Thirty Years After the Blizzard” that features interviews, archival film and a half-hour of neverbootlegged live footage shot at the Palladium in New York in May 1981. The albums, the singer’s first after his decade fronting Black Sabbath, made a star of guitarist Randy Rhoads. Having joined Osbourne’s band after leaving Quiet Riot, which he co-founded, Rhoads’ bracing riffs and freewheeling, classical-tinged solos became a blueprint for ‘80s metal, helping set the stage for the genre’s explosion in popularity. “Blizzard” and “Diary” would be his only studio output with Osbourne; Rhoads was killed in March 1982, when the plane in which he was a passenger crashed after the pilot attempted to buzz the band’s tour bus. “Blizzard of Ozz” was released stateside March 27, 1981, six months after its UK bow. The album sold well but never cracked the Billboard Top 20. It was an instant hit on rock radio, spawning such eventual classic rock staples as “Crazy Train” and “I Don’t Know.” The set has sold more than 4 million units in the US. The rhythm section on the original album, bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake, sued in 1986 over unpaid royalties. Their tracks were deleted from the 2002 reissue of “Blizzard” and replaced by new work by bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined Metallica the following year, and drummer Mike Bordin. The “30th Anniversary Expanded Edition” features Daisley and Kerslake’s original playing and three previously unreleased bonus tracks. “Diary of a Madman” debuted just seven months after “Blizzard’s” US bow. It reached No 16 on the Billboard and is certified triple-platinum. The album produced the FM favorites “Flying High Again” and “Over the Mountain.” The new “Legacy Edition” of the disc will include the Ozzy Live CD. — Reuters

No script, all riff, Sheen tour details trickle out


harlie Sheen plans to “riff like an artist” from memory rather than use a script on his 21-date “Torpedo of Truth” tour next month, delivering a mostly spoken word performance of about 80 minutes, according to one of the show’s producers. Joey Scoleri told E! News in an interview on Friday that audiences would also get to ask questions of the fired “Two and a Half Men” actor, and he promised a “wild ride of highs and lows and dark and light and laughter and being surprised.” Few details have so far been released of the tour, which sold out quickly in several US cities after the massive publicity enjoyed by Sheen’s bizarre rants and his exit from the most-watched comedy on television. The description on the Ticketmaster website for “Charlie Sheen’s Violent Torpedo of Truth Defeat Is Not an Option” show reads merely; “”Will there be surprises? Will there be guests? Will there be mayhem? Will you laugh? Will you scream? Will you know the truth? WILL THERE BE MORE?!?! This IS where you will hear the REAL story from the Warlock. Bring it. I dare you to keep up with me.” Scoleri told E! News that Sheen was not using any writers. “It’s all Charlie. I don’t think it’s a script, as much as he is going to riff like an artist...He will probably do most of it from memory, he’s that talented.” “ There will be some multimedia, but largely just him and a microphone and he’s going to talk, and having heard some of the stuff he is going to say, people are going to be pleasantly surprised. There will be some things that are shocking and provoking, but you’re going to laugh,” he added. —Reuters

Stevie Wonder thrills thousands in Abu Dhabi

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Fashion Week


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For a dress that will pack a punch, try the EDress Me private-collection metallic holiday dress. — MCT

lake Lively ’s whirlwind appearance at Paris Fashion Week had the “it” girl simply glowing with joie de vivre. Ever since Vogue editor Anna Wintour swept Lively under her prevailing wings, the “Gossip Girl” star has been one of fashion’s favorites. It’s not enough that Christian Louboutin vowed to name a shoe after her or that the two friends went on a shopping trip and a stroll down the cobbled streets of Paris. No, her fashion prowess doesn’t stop there. Lively was hand-picked by Karl Lagerfeld to become the official ambassador of Chanel’s new Mademoiselle handbag line. And it just so happens that Lagerfeld shot the ad campaign. I once proclaimed that princess-to-be Kate Middleton would be the envy of every girl everywhere. I gladly take it back. For a fashion lover who would kill to have Lagerfeld and Louboutin fawn over her, it’s Lively without a doubt. It was only fitting that Chanel throw Lively an elegant dinner party to celebrate her new ambassador role. Stylish attendees at the Paris soiree included Wintour, her daughter Bee and red-haired songstress Florence Welch. Lively wore a metallic white and silver Chanel tiered dress a bit reminiscent of “Swan Lake” and a lot like the modern version of a certain mermaid named Ariel. She accessorized the dress with her favorite designer’s shoes (Christian Louboutin strappy heels), Schwartz diamonds and a Mademoiselle purse. To get Lively’s look, you’ll need a metallic mini with some attitude. For a dress that will pack a punch, try the EDress Me private-collection metallic holiday dress from for $70, ruched metallic dress from Forever 21 for $19.80 or the Tinley Road silver one-shoulder dress from for $27.97. Lively chose a decadent pair of white Louboutins with gold tassels, but any pair of white strappy sandals will complete the look. I’m in love with the Miss Me Diva-17 platform sandal from for $32.09. DSW also has some great pairs of strappy white sandals like the Max Studio Eirny sandal for $69.95, or the Chinese Laundry Illene patent sandal for $49.95. — MCT

Models display outfits by Ukrainian designer Elena Przhonskaya during Fashion Week in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, March 18, 2011. — AP

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