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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010

THULQIDA 13, 1431 AH

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PM opens Kuwait-Syria investment forum

Telcos scramble for piece of booming Saudi market

Thieves wanted Cartier’s costliest ring and got it

Messi gives Barca 2-0 win over Copenhagen

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Bless your soul By Badr ya Dar wish

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hanem Al-Saleh. I am sure that you all know and recognize the name. The great Kuwaiti actor passed away in London two days ago. The minute you mention the name Ghanem Al-Saleh, I shuttle back to my youth on a nostalgia trip when he did the masterpiece “Bye Bye London”. I will never forget it. He and Abdulhussain Abdurredha, another great actor, were the two leading characters in the play. Till this day, some 30 years later, people are still using some of the funny dialogues he used in the play. Unfortunately, all of the dialogues are in Arabic and I cannot translate them for you. If they are translated, they lose their meaning. Even my sons who were children in those days still remember the dialogues and repeat them sometimes. In the play Bye Bye London, Al-Ghanem played the role of Nahash, a nouveau riche young bedouin, who lands in London for the first time in his life. Imagine those days and calculate the difference. It is like a trip fastforward from the deserts of the Arabian peninsula to the heart of Mayfair in London. The boy seemed to be struck by lightning. He was so vulnerable to the attractions of London - ranging from bars and casinos to beautiful girls in miniskirts. He fell prey to con artists who made him lose all his money over fake deals and buying fake real estate. In the play, he discovered that he was no longer able to pay his rent. He sang the song: “Tomorrow, tomorrow... I am going back to my country tomorrow.” What a coincidence. He sang that song in Bye Bye London and he died in London. Continued on Page 14

Iraq auctions off 3 major gas fields

KUWAIT: Former MP and director of Scope TV Talal Al-Saeed shows his off-air channel yesterday. — Photo by Fouad Al-Shaikh

Kuwait-led consortium wins Siba field on border

KUWAIT: HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah AlAhmad Al-Sabah (left) is welcomed by HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad AlSabah (right) and other officials after the Amir returned home yesterday after official visits to various North African states. — KUNA

BAGHDAD: A South Korean-led consortium walked away with the biggest prize yesterday in Iraq’s third energy auction since Saddam Hussein’s ouster, while a Kuwaiti company nabbed a gas field along its border with its larger neighbor in a win as politically symbolic as it was a business coup. Iraq had offered up three gas fields holding about 10 percent of its proven gas reserves. The auction was seen as key to helping the OPEC member revamp its dilapidated energy sector and boost gas supplies sorely needed to fuel its reconstruction. Korea Gas Corp, or KOGAS, and Kazakhstan’s KazMunaiGas EP JSC beat out a consortium grouping France’s Total SA and the Turkish Petroleum International Co, or TPAO, for the 5.6 trillion foot Akkas gas field in western Iraq, the largest of the three fields Continued on Page 14

Saeed family meets, Kuwait falls in says loyal to regime press freedom

KUWAIT: Kuwait, known for its relatively free press, and most other energy-rich Arab states in the Gulf have dropped in the world press rankings of 2010, Reporters Without Borders said yesterday. Kuwait, which in 2009 topped the Arab world at 60th place, fell 27 positions to tie for second place with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), mainly because of its harsh treatment of writer Abdulqader Al-Jassem. Lebanon, though dropping 17 places compared to last year, topped the list in the Arab world at 78th place. The media watchdog said Jassem, 54, who is a lawyer, journalist and blogger, has been jailed twice following accusations lodged by “prominent figures with close ties to the regime”. “This contradicts the authorities’ stated desire to project an image of being the leading democracy of the Gulf,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said after releasing the 2010 world press freedom index. Continued on Page 14

By Ahmad Al-Saeid KUWAIT: The Al-Saeed family held a closed-door meeting in Jahra yesterday to discuss the fallout of the Scope TV

controversy and the attack on its offices. “We, as Al-Saeed family, are very saddened by the criminal act against Scope channel that is owned by Continued on Page 14

Kuwait drama stirs debate on Iran ties DUBAI: When Karim arrives in Kuwait to pay his condolences over a brother-in-law’s death, his sister leans towards him and tells him tearfully in Farsi: “Here it’s not allowed to enter the quarters of grieving women.” Unfamiliar with the customs of Kuwait, the grieving Karim departs to find the diwaniya, or Gulf Arab salon where the men of the family

are holding their own wake. This opening scene from “Karimo” sets out the dramatic tension over national identity that runs throughout the TV serial. But it speaks to a reality that has complicated Gulf Arab policy over Iran’s nuclear ambitions: the region’s sizeable community of Iranians or Arabs with Iranian origins. Continued on Page 14


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Annual conference kickstarts in Dubai

Kuwait participates in ‘The Learning Disabilities and Inclusion’ seminar DUBAI: The fourth annual conference of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states kicked off here yesterday under the theme “The Learning Disabilities and Inclusion: The Way Ahead.” The conference tackles several topics that are

relevant to the question of inclusion as it highlights all kinds of learning disabilities including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia or dyspraxia and its relation to the principle of inclusion.

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Islamization...post Amr Khalid By Meshary Alruwaih

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he title of this article can easily be considered a controversial one. Indeed, reducing the complexity of Islamization during the last decade to the efforts of one individual or even a group of individuals can easily be viewed as shallow, immature, and biased. This does not have to be the case, though, once it is understood as an expression of a personal experience. Yet, one that resembles the experience of a whole generation in the Muslim world; an experience of identity-reconstruction based on Islamic creed, ethics, and thought. I was influenced, at least initially by Amr Khalid the Egyptian preacher, hence the title of the article. The point, however, is that no matter who inspired you, today we are more dedicated, committed, and moral Muslims than we used to be a decade ago. Moreover, I dare to claim that this short and intense wave of Islamization has the potential to bring about the best Islamic generation, since the generation of Al-Afghani and Mohammad Abdu. I understand that this is a strong claim to make given the ‘unhealthy’ moral and cultural realities of many contemporary Muslim societies. Allowing ourselves to be so optimistic, however, requires the realization of this wave as only a start or an initial phase that is already reaching its limits, which leads to the need for an understanding of the next phase of contemporary Islamization of our societies. At this juncture we seem to be left in a dilemma, the dilemma of having so many moral individual Muslims but not so moral Muslim societies,

so many successful Muslim individuals, but not so productive Muslims societies, in short, we seem to have a problem of aggregation. With their basic, friendly, and inviting message of Islamic values, Amr Khalid and his ‘friends’ have not only succeeded in attracting many Muslims to follow an Islamic way of life, but also in suggesting ways to energize their individual talents and skills in ways that serve their societies. As important as their contribution was, and continues to be, I don’t believe it can form the basis of reconstructing a collective identity of a Muslim society. Society is more than the sum of individuals; the presence of moral individuals does not automatically translate into a moral society, especially when we think of large scale open societies where individual intentions and actions are necessarily facilitated, or constrained, by complex patterns of relationships that transcends the local and national levels. At the end of the day, our good-hearted preachers, are preachers, they are not scholars. They do not have the necessary training to capture these patterns and recommend how Islamic collective values can govern them in a way that sustains a collective Islamic identity that can survive the complexity and the multilayered interactions with today’s globalized world. I dare to claim that such training does not even exist; with the exception of economics and finance, Islamic collective values have been rarely theorized and institutionalized beyond the family and neighborhood levels. Subsequently, large-scale arrangements like politics and international relations have traditionally been the realms of individual initiatives and ad-hoc practices. The absence of Islamic scholarly and theoretical contribution in these areas means that Islamic values and thought do not live long enough to sustain a collective Islamic identity that transcends time and space. The next phase of Islamization, therefore, does not need friendly preachers or brilliant poli-

cy makers, rather, it requires dedicated and committed Islamic social scientists and scholars who can take Islamization from the individual to the collective level through understanding of the complexities of the social world. To be sure, there is no shortage of Muslim social scientists, yet there is clear scarcity of Islamic social scientists, those who take their belief systems as the starting point of formulating and solving their research problems, who make use of western social scientific techniques to offer Islamic normative solutions. Such breed of thinkers are rare in the Islamic world. Instead, what we have now is a mix of the following: First, friendly Islamic preachers in suits, and some in jeans, second, policy makers with purely strategic and problem-solving style of thought who are paranoid of normative and critical examinations of possibilities of change especially when Islamic-based. Third, Islamist politicians caught up in politics and forgetting that at the end of the day their project is a moral one and that in Islam ends never justify means. Fourth, western-oriented activists and NGOs chasing dreams of cosmopolitanism and looking down on Islamic values. Fifth, western-made social scientists usually working with statistics without a second consideration to the history and philosophy of social sciences, or in other words, to what it is that they are doing! Finally, traditional Islamic scholars welltrained in fiqh but lack conceptual and theoretical tools to capture the increasing complexity of the social world. Even worse, these examples of thinkers and practitioners rarely coordinate their efforts; they simply don’t talk to each other. The presence of Islamic social scientists that can communicate from all sides will surely bring up fruitful ideas about taking Islamization from the individual to the collective level. meshary@kuwaittimes.net

The conference will also review the role of information technology, the holistic look at child including diagnosis, training and remedy as well as some inclusion experiments and its applications on the ground. It also highlights the issue of public and special education for those who suffer from learning disabilities as well as the role of technology and the role of training teachers and the relationship of all this to inclusion, its philosophy, mechanism and practices. Head of the Kuwaiti delegation and executive director of the Center for Child Evaluation and Teaching (CCET) Gad Al-Beheri said in a statement to KUNA that he will deliver the key address of the conference in which he will highlight the experience of the Kuwaiti center on the learning disabilities treatment and inclusion. Al-Beheri added that the conference aims at devising an action plan for helping GCC educational institutions design curricula and find out practical methods for developing the ways of training as well as getting efficient human resources for dealing with the problems of learning disabilities in general and those related to children in particular. There will be six workshops alongside the conference and the topics include “Screening and Assessment of Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia,” to be conducted by Dr Gavin Reid, “Motivating Students to learn: Tips for teachers,” by Dr Gad Elbeheri, “Screening and Assessment of Dyscalculia,” by Dr Steve Chinn, “Tips for including parents of individuals with learning disabilities” by Dr Gavin Reid and “Inclusion Quality Mark: The Evaluation and Assessment Process,” by Joe McCann. On his part, Maalainaine Salama, Managing Director of Ishara Consultants, the conference’s organizing body, said the event is expected to trigger a paradigm shift in the perception about the critical social and educational issue of learning disability. “There will be keynote addresses and presentations by psychologists, educationists and thought leaders, whose initiatives, analyses and assessments of the situation would lead to serious soul-searching on vital social issues,” he said. Among the international speakers who will join the event are: Dr Gavin Reid, Educational Psychologist and Member, Health Professionals Council, UK, Dr Gad Elbeheri, Executive Director of the Centre for Child Evaluation & Teaching, Kuwait, Dr. Steve Chinn, UK, Joe McCann, Managing Director, Inclusion Quality Mark Ltd, UK, and Dr. Onita Nakra, Counselor at the American School of Dubai. — KUNA

KUWAIT: The Deputy Head of Mission of Embassy of Ireland Robert O’Driscoll visited Kuwait Times and discussed issues of common interest, regional and international developments with Editor-in-Chief Abd Al-Rahman Alyan. — Photo by Islam Al-Sharaa

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University funds misappropriated By Saad Al-Meatesh

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very person or living species has a role to play, regardless of its significance. No one can deny the role played by physicians and teachers in our lives. Even mysterious marine creatures may not understand what effect they may have on us human beings. They can at least make us respect our Creator’s magnificence. That being said, we should realize that there are some aspects in our daily lives that are dependent on the main goal for which they were created. This course of nature has been altered, and now play a different, unacceptable role . It is no secret that universi-

ties’ role is to provide higher education. However, it seems that the Arab Open University (AOU) in Kuwait has begun playing a new role other than educating students, which is to waste public funds. I have documents that were sent from the university’s administration to the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) which contradicts with another document. It contains a reply from the university about a student that was asked to return funds that were obtained illegally. If the AOU does not want to acknowledge the fact that is squandering away Kuwaiti public money, I can expose several stories that prove otherwise. — Al-R ai

Kuwait’s labor law questioned KUWAIT: The new Kuwaiti labor law and its negative impact on expatriate laborers employed in Kuwait has been receiving heavy international press coverage. Most doubts were placed on Kuwait’s sponsorship (kafeel) system, which has been on the rise. In its Tuesday issue, the British newspaper Financial Times said that the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor (MSAL) and his undersecretary make contradictory statements on the country’s sponsorship system, reported Al-Watan. “Minister Afasi had promised that the system will be cancelled by next February as a gift for expatriates in commemoration of National and Liberation Day anniversaries,” stressed the Financial Times. He noted that, on the contrary, his undersecretary denied that the system would be canceled. He stressed that it would only be amended to facilitate visa transfer from one sponsor to another.

KUWAIT: An accident took place yesterday where three vehicles collided into each other in West-Jleeb, said security sources. Injured persons were treated on the scene. — Photos by Fouad Al-Shaikh

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Importance of conscription By Jaber Al-Hajri

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he reckless actions carried out by a part of the country’s young generation indicates that an alarming percentage of these young people have no sense of responsibility. Conscription is needed to instill discipline in the groups of irresponsible youths seen wandering the streets and local malls. With all due respect to the opinions that are opposed to the return of conscription, I believe that it’s important to teach people to respect each other and

the law. If reintroduced properly, after addressing the negative aspects of the old conscription law, a nine month military training period would help produce disciplined and responsible young men and have them accustomed to the latest military technology. I urge the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, to reintroduce a new and improved conscription law. He is one of the most active leaders of our country and he will make sure that Kuwait’s youths can be counted on for a better future. — Al-Qabas


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Kuwait and Syria sign protocol of cooperation Kuwait-Syrian investment forum begins

KUWAIT: Kuwait and Syrian officials signing protocol of cooperation on sidelines of the forum inauguration ceremony, held at headquarters of the national chamber, in the background are HH Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his Syrian counterpart Mohammad Al-Otri. — KUNA

KUWAIT: The scheduled Kuwait-Syrian Investment Forum got underway here yesterday, with sponsorship and attendance of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser AlMohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and his Syrian counterpart Mohammad Al-Otri. Officials of Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and counterparts of the Syrian Federation of Chambers (SFC) signed a protocol of cooperation on sidelines of the forum inauguration ceremony, held at headquarters of the national chamber. Addressing the forum, Al-Otri said the gathering constituted an opportunity to strengthen economic cooperation and establish a tangible partnership between companies from the two countries. It was also a chance to inform “the Kuwaiti brethern about the process of modernization and development witnessed in Syria recently,” he added. Syrian authorities succeeded, in the implementation of the 2005 five-year development strategy, in drawing 1,000 billion pounds worth of investments and contributions from the private sector, he said. Positive indexes of that plan implementation prompted the government to press ahead with working out the 11th five-year strategy, effective next year, Otri said, noting that the forecast strategy was projected at 4,000 billion pounds (approximately USD 85 billion). Up to 200 investment opportunities in Syria are being promoted at the forum. The Syrian premier praised the launch, early this week, of the Arab fund for small and medium enterprises, affirming particularly social and economic significance of the initiative by HH the Amir for setting up the fund. For his part, the Second Deputy Chairman of the chamber, Abdul Wahab Al-Wazzan, said Kuwait now ranked the second in terms of the volume of external investments in Syria, after Saudi Arabia and Turkey,

GCC Interior Undersecretaries conclude 29th preparatory meet KUWAIT: Undersecretaries of the Ministries of Interior at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states concluded here yesterday the preparatory meeting for the 29th GCC Interior Ministers Meeting due in the State of Kuwait Nov 2. The closing session of the undersecretaries’ meeting was presided over by the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry Undersecretary Lt. Gen. Ahmad Abdullatif Al-Rujeib who asserted that such meetings with its subsequent accredited recommendations need serios follow-up for putting them into effect in order to come out with fruitful results. He added that, “this will not happen except through concerted efforts and serious cooperation and we are always accustomed to this cooperation on the part of GGC states.” Further, Al-Rujeib expressed his utmost

thanks for the heads of the delegations of GCC states and for the GCC Assistant Secretary General for Security Affairs Brig. Hassan Essa AlSameem as well as all GCC security officials sector for what they made of efforts that made the meeting a success. He also expressed his hope that the meeting’s desired goals will be achieved, asking the Almighty to “help us achieve security and stability for our peoples.” Meanwhile, the Saudi Interior Ministry Undersecretary and head of the Saudi delegation Dr. Ahmad bin Mohammad AlSalem delivered an address in which he expressed his appreciation for the Kuwaiti Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. Sheikh Jaber Khalid Jaber Al-Sabah for his instructions “that had a profound effect on the meeting’s achievement of its desired goals.” He also extended thanks to Lt. Gen. Al-

Rujeib for his “open-mindedness and good management,” of the meeting’s sessions and for Brig. Al-Sameem for “his activity and vigorness,” hailing the delegation of GCC general secretariat, “who perfectly performed their roles.” He added that the meeting reached some significant and constructive recommendations for further consolidating security and stability in the GCC Arab states, “that will be submitted to the GCC Interior Ministers during their upcoming 29th meeting.” On his part, GCC Assistant Secretary General for Security Affairs and head of the GCC general secretariat delegation Brig. Hassan Essa Al-Sameem expressed his utmost satisfaction for the spirit of cooperation prevailing the meeting and the level of coordination among GCC delegations. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Undersecretaries of the Ministries of Interior of GCC states concluded yesterday the preparatory meeting for the 29th GCC Interior Ministers meeting which will take place in Kuwait on Nov 2. — KUNA

Commerce ministry monitors prices KUWAIT: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been monitoring the prices of commodities at local markets. This move will help maintain control and nab dealers that hike prices deliberately, said Minister Ahmad Al-Haroun. However, the minister reiterated that sometimes the prices of certain items increase in their countries of origin, which leads to higher local prices, a phenomenon that the ministry cannot control. Al-Haroun further revealed that the Cabinet has provided the Parliament with ‘substantial amendments’

to the competition protection law. The list of regulations was issued during 2009, reported Al-Qabas. Meanwhile, the minister recently met with undersecretaries and other ministry officials to discuss an offer that was presented by a local company to introduce a price indicator system, especially for food items. The system will use a connection between international stock markets to enlighten the public about the prices of commodities in other international markets, while providing predictions for future fluctuations in local prices.

The meeting discussed the ability of connecting the system with public and non-governmental firms such as the Customs Department, the Kuwait Municipality, the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR), the Commerce Ministry as well as local markets. This system will allow prices to be compared between other Gulf and Arab countries, as well as between local prices in countries of origin, reported Al-Rai. The Commerce Ministry hopes that the new system will allow citizens to become aware of bidding prices.

indicating that the volume of commercial exchanges between the two countries grew seven times between 2002 and 2008. He praised the approach of HH the Prime Minister for making the just and balance development as a government priority and seeking to concentrate external investments in the Arab world. Elaborating, he affirmed that Kuwait enjoyed the potentials and expertise to be transformed into a financial-commercial hub. On the Syrian economy, Al-Wazzan praised the Damascus government policy of reforms, indicating the income per capita exceeded USD 4,500 pounds per year and taxes were tremendously slashed. For his part, Dr Ahmad Abdul Aziz, the Director of the Syrian Investment Authority, noted that there were very lucrative investment opportunities in his country, backed with sound legislations. Moreover, due to the policy of liberalization, the number of banks rose to 13, including three Islamic ones. The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) was expected to be part of the Syrian banking sector soon, he added further. Meanwhile, Mahmoud Al-Nouri, the Chairman of the Kuwaiti-Syrian Holding, declared establishment of a council for Kuwaiti investors in Syria to facilitate the businesses. Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance affirmed yesterday “all potential entrepreneurs” could invest in the state development ventures according to relevant standing law and regulations. Al-Shimali, in a statement he made after conclusion of the 10th Kuwaiti-Syrian Ministerial Commission meeting, indicated anew that Kuwait and Syria have potentials to develop their economic cooperation to the level of partnership. The joint committee, tasked with enhancing the commercial and economic cooperation between Kuwait and Syria, started the meeting on Monday. Tayseer Al-Zu’ibi, the head of the Syrian premier-

ship, who chaired the Syrian side during the talks, called for greater efforts to bolster the mutual cooperation and bilateral ties. “Kuwait and Syria have the economic capacities to set up a fruitful partnership,” he affirmed. For his part, Sami Al-Sag’abi, the assistant undersecretary of economic affairs of the Kuwaiti Finance Ministry, indicated that the two sides would sign several agreements and memoranda of understanding related to cooperation in customs, industries, agriculture, livestock, social and labor affairs. — KUNA

Most MPs concerned about sectarianism KUWAIT: Several MPs have divided opinions on the ability to garner achievements in the near future. They were speaking at a public seminar that was organized by the assembly of authors at the ‘Dewan Al-Barjas’. MPs Yousuf Al-Zalzalah, Hassan Jowhar, Mohammad Al-Huwailah said that the country has a bright future despite the deteriorating situation that has contributed positively to the general concern over the country’s future. On the other hand, MP Ali Al-Rashid felt that recent sectarian conflicts have generated a pessimistic feel about the future, which he believes is likely to cause more tension than achievement Al-Rashid further reiterated during the seminar, his demand to hold a special confidential session to discuss national unity. Meanwhile, participants agreed that the Parliament’s performance during the previous term was good on a legislative and monetary level, even if the public waited for more achievements in the upcoming term, reported Al-Rai.


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

CUPN hosts annual symposium on childhood Parents should be educated on the difference between medicines and candies Monday at the Sheikh Salem Al-Ali Hall in Qortuba. The symposium was attended by nursery owners, parents, and teachers. The union holds a culturKUWAIT: Experts in the field of childhood education noticed that young chil- al symposiums annually at the beginning of the school year to discuss some of dren are facing many problems and possibly even harm. The Child Union for the problems that children face in their early childhood, from birth to the ages Private Nurseries (CUPN) held a symposium titled ‘Children’s Screams’ on of five or six. The issue discussed by Dr Laila Al-Fezai - from the Health Promotion Department - this year concerned accidents that some children suffer before entering nursery school. “Most accidents that children suffer from at this age are the result of violence, whether intentional or accidental. In many cases children also suffer from negligence. Some parents, when they get frustrated with their children, shake them. This could cause very serious harm to their child,” she explained. According to statistics from Jahra Hospital, 58 percent of children that enter the hospital’s emergency room are between the ages of one to three-years-old years and that 75 percent of them are male. “Most of these cases are the result of parent’s negligence,” Dr Al-Fezai added. “Some children are poisoned because their parents did not keep dangerous materials out of the reach of their children. Other children are shocked by electricity because their parents were not supervising them properly.” She also spoke about the medication and first aid that should be available in each household and highlighted the role and responsibility of schools. She said that parFrom left: Dr Bader Al-Barrak, Dr Mohammed Al-Rifai, and Dr Laila Al-Fezai during the symposium. ents should be educated on the —Photo by Fouad Al-Shaikh difference between medicines and candies. Dr Bader Al-Barrak, Editor-inChief of Child World Magazine spoke about children suffering from learning difficulties. “In my KUWAIT: Political blocs are currently ence at the women’s affairs committee. officials who claimed that MP Askar Alopinion, children with learning difpreparing for the highly-anticipated parMoreover, the three blocs appear to Enizi, Head of the panel might decide ficulties need special education. liamentary committee elections. have reached an agreement to reject the toward reformulating the report to find They should not be put in the Members of the Popular Action Bloc Cabinet’s plans to scrap temporary com- loopholes through which Minister same classes as disabled children. If a child with a learning difficulty (PAB), Development and Reform Bloc mittees that aim at reformation. It has Sheikh Jaber Al-Khalid could escape conreceives a disability certificate (DRB) and the National Action Bloc been speculated that the Cabinet seeks to viction, or even suppress the report, this will harm him in the future, (NAB) met recently to coordinate with dissolve such committees like the youth without being referred to the Parliament. especially if he wants to get mareach other and reach agreements on cer- and sports committee as well as the alien The three blocs also discussed durried. Most people would not agree tain panels. practices committees that faced troubles, ing their meeting, the potential interto give him their daughter. Still, MP Musallam Al-Barrak, spokesman reported Al-Qabas. pellation motions that will be presented their parents should be given of the PAB, reportedly announced that he These efforts are ongoing as the when the Parliament resumes its sesfinancial support for the difficulwould be running for office, aiming at the Parliament prepares to resume its ses- sion. The NAB is preparing to file a ties they face raising their childefense and interior committee. Fellow sions at the opening of its upcoming term grilling motion against the Prime dren,” he pointed out. bloc members Ahmad Al-Sadoun and on 26th October. The PAB members Minister over the sports issue, while Dr Mohammed Al-Rifai Khalid Al-Tahous will vie for the financial have assured that the interior and the DRB seeks to grill the education Chairman of CUPN issued a warnand health committees respectively. defense panel is not controlled by a dom- minister over several issues, including ing during the symposium. Meanwhile, reports indicate that MP inant pro-Cabinet MPs majority. A report the suspicious appointments made to “Behavior comes from the past. Dr Faisal Al-Mislem seeks to represent that the panel had already released had official posts, reported Al-Rai. Therefore, a stubborn child will the DRB at the financial committee, pronounced the interior minister guilty Meanwhile, the PAB seeks to reintrobecome a quarrelsome youngster, while fellow bloc members Dr Jamaan of releasing two convicted Iranian drug duce another grilling motion against the careless employee and a bossy Al-Harbash and Dr Waleed Al-Tabtabae dealers. Other reports suggest that the interior minister after a similar one was leader. Likewise, a happy childare more focused towards joining the Cabinet works towards pushing pro- filed during a previous term. It failed to hood leads to a sober-minded educational and legislative panels. The Cabinet MPs to subdue the report. On gain enough support to pass a no-confiteenager and a productive DRB also hopes to have a strong pres- that regard, a recent news report quoted dence motion against the minister. employer,” he noted.

By Nawara Fattahova

Egyptian PM Dr Ahmed Nazif

Chairman of Board Ahmed Ismael Behbehani

‘Kuwait in Egypt’ seventh week to be held in Cairo KUWAIT: The Seventh Kuwaiti Week in Egypt titled ‘Kuwait in Egypt’ will be held between April 19 to 21, 2011. The function will be held in Cairo under the patronage of Egyptian Premier Dr Ahmed Nazif at the Cleopatra Ballroom, Semiramis Hotel, Cairo. “The function is organized by Kuwait’s Embassy to Cairo and is administered by AlJabriya Exhibitions Group (JEG) with the participation of over fifty Egyptian and Kuwaiti public and private sector companies,” said JEG’s board director, Ahmed Ismael Behbehani. He pointed out that the exhibition had generated great interest among visitors, “This week indicates the strong relation shared between brotherly countries - both at government and peoples levels,” he added. Behbehani also stressed that the exhibition’s motto reflected the Kuwaiti economical, cultural, media and art related activities that will be displayed in Cairo during the exhibition to reflect the strong bilateral bonds shared between both brotherly countries and peoples. He also highlighted that Kuwaiti investments in Egypt are second in terms of the volume of Kuwaiti investments made

in Arab states. He also noted that the summit held between both countries’ leaders - HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and president Hosni Mubarak had stressed enhancing economic, commercial and investment cooperation between both countries. Finally, Behbehani also stressed that thanks to the great facilities offered by the Egyptian government to foreign investors, considerable Arab capitals were flown into Egypt to enjoy its stable tourism, shopping and investment environment. The JEG’s media advisor, Hadi Sallam stressed that Kuwait’s economic and security stability and growth in various lines of business has enabled the country to retain its position as a leading financial and economic center in the GCC region. He added that the seventh Kuwaiti week in Egypt will help enforce both countries’ commercial cooperation, and that it was arranged in collaboration with the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait. This is thanks to the efforts made by Tahr Farahat, Egyptian Ambassador to Kuwait and his Kuwaiti counterpart in Cairo, Dr Rasheed AlHamad.

Blocs ‘coordinate’ for panel membership

MILAN: Sheikha Hessa Sabah Al-Salem speaking at the inauguration ceremony.

Rapist on the loose KUWAIT: Police have launched a search for a fugitive who has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child residing in the same building. An Egyptian family residing in Jleeb AlShuyoukh was concerned about their 12-year-old daughter after noticing that her mental health had considerably deteriorated. Eventually, they discovered that the girl was sexually assaulted by their neighbor, also an Egyptian, seventeen times, reported Al-Watan. Officials rushed to the scene only to discover that the criminal had already disappeared.

police arrested a Bedoon man wanted in connection with several drug related cases. The man who was strolling along in AlRumaithiya, raised suspicion when he attempted to evade a security check. Upon performing a background check, police identified the man and arrested him. Meanwhile, Jabriya investigators recently held another fugitive who has been charged in connection with three fraud cases. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, reported Al-Watan. The man was arrested in Jabriya after he unsuccessfully attempted to escape from police custody.

Fugitives in custody The Jahra police recently arrested a former Ministry of Defense serviceman who had carried out multiple theft and sexual assault crimes. He had used his former military uniform and identification cards to dupe victims. The man was nabbed following a series of investigations that were held. While interrogating an Asian victim who he had allegedly sexually assaulted, she provided them with descriptions of the criminal. She identified him from the database that contained information about former servicemen. The victim told them that he had worn a military suit and had produced an identification card. After that, a special team headed to the residence of the main suspect. He was sacked from the job, after being involved in a drug-related case. Upon his arrest, they found the military attire and expired security IDs at his residence, in addition to several items which were reportedly stolen. During interrogation, he admitted of committing 25 different crimes across the country, reported Al-Qabas. Meanwhile, the Hawally

Addict caught A citizen was arrested in Salwa in connection with charges related to drug possession, drug abuse and drunken driving. The arrest took place shortly after the citizen was found inside a car that was parked in a suspicious manner. Soon after, police discovered that he was under the influence of drugs, reported Al-Watan. After conducting a search in his car, an amount of hashish was recovered. He was referred to higher authorities.

Pedestrian killed An Asian pedestrian was killed after being run over by a speeding vehicle along the King Fahad road. An Arab driver was driving opposite to the Abdullah Port bridge, when the victim tried to cross the street, reported Al-Qabas. He tried to swerve, but accidentally hit the victim who incurred fatal injuries. After the victim was pronounced dead by paramedical staff, crime scene investigators removed the body for an autopsy.

MILAN: Some of the eminent figures attending the Islamic Civilisation exhibition. —KUNA

Representative of Amir opens Islamic exhibit portraying ‘peaceful Islam’ MILAN: The Representative of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait has inaugurated the scheduled exhibition, “Art in Islamic Civilization,” with attendance of eminent figures who expressed deep admiration at the displayed priceless treasures. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the Minister of Information and Oil, opened the event at the Royal Palace, along with Letizia Moratti, the city mayor, General Supervisor of Dar AlAthar Al-Islamiya, Sheikha Hessa Sabah Al-Salem AlSabah, some 200 figures and diplomats. The Representative of HH the Amir, the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Italy Sheikh Jaber Duaij Al-Ibrahim AlSabah, the General Consul in Milan Sami Al-Hamad, the Italian Ambassador to Kuwait

Enrico Granara, the advisor of the Italian prime minister for Italian-Kuwaiti ties, Antonion Ka Puana, the Kuwaiti Ambassador to Spain Adel AlAyyar toured sections of the grand exhibition. The eminent team was briefed by the archeologist, Giovanni Curatola. In remarks to KUNA, Moratti said the exhibition would portray a bright image of the Islamic civilization and the spiritual talents of the Muslim artist. Up to 354 relics are on display. They include transcripts, jewels, statutes and artifacts. The exhibition will close on January 30. Earlier, the Representative of HH the Amir addressed a ceremony marking the opening of the exhibition, saying that peaceful Islam could be promoted through arts. He indicated that he had represented HH the Amir at the opening of an exhi-

bition depicting the Mogul civilization, held in several Asian cities, namely Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Saint Petersburgh, Russia. Sheikh Ahmad added that this exhibition would be also held in Vienna, Seoul and Edmonton, noting that Milan was chosen to host it because it bore memories of top artists who left very precious works throughout the history. This dazzling collection of historic treasures is the fruit of relentless efforts and high taste of Sheikh Nasser Sabah AlAhmad Al-Sabah and his spouse, Sheikha Hessa AlSabah, as well as Kuwait National Museum, Sheikh Ahmad said. Main target of this event is to shed light on antiquities dating back to 1,400 years ago and the arts of the Islamic civilization. —KUNA

319 ‘Jaber Al-Ahmad’ units to be distributed KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) recently distributed 319 residential units to the Jaber Al-Ahmad City. Citizens that had applied to receive housing in June 1994 will be given preference. “The distribution process went on smoothly without any complications or objections from citizens,” said Ibrahim Al-Qanaei, Director of the Distribution and Documenting Department. He noted that citizens would receive permission to start building as soon as they receive

allocated plots, reported Al-Rai. Distribution was facilitated with the help of a draft law, which was attended by several top officials from PAHW. Al-Qanaei further indicated that the PAHW will continue to distribute units to applicants as per the current schedule which ends on April 25, 2011. Following this period, another schedule will be drawn up depending on the availability of units at the Saad Al-Abdullah, Sabah Al-Ahmad and Jaber Al-Ahmad.


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Cabinet approves increase of funds for needy students by KD 1 mln KUWAIT: The cabinet had approved the increase of financial support to the charitable fund for needy students, increasing the budget to KD one million, said Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Moudhi Al-Humoud here. The Minister told KUNA that such step was taken due to a request from His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who called on the Ministry of

Education to prepare a report on the budgetary increase for the fund. The recent increase puts the budget at KD six million. Minister Al-Humoud thanked His Highness for his concerns over the issue of needy students, affirming that decision would be beneficial for education in the country especially for those students who are eager to develop themselves academically. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education (MoE) is currently considering

financially assisting students of Arab nationalities who study at local private institutions, reported Al-Qabas. They are considering creating a charity fund to help students who are unable to meet their financial obligations. The idea was proposed after the ministry’s financial aid fund - which was originally designed by the government to financially assist bedoon students - recently had its budget raised from KD 2 million to KD

6 million. The announcement was made by the ministry’s Undersecretary Assistant for Private Education, Fahad Al-Ghais, who also announced that all bedoon students who applied for the fund were accepted. On a separate note, the Minister of Education recently ordered that a special channel broadcasting school lessons during examination periods go back on the air. She said such a move would help eliminate

students’ dependence on personal assistants. In a statement made recently to the press, the ministry’s Undersecretary Assistant for Educational Development, Badr Al-Furaih said that the Ithraa channel will air a varied selection of educational material for tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students. Meanwhile, a top ministry official recently revealed that 251 officials at public elementary schools participated

in extensive training courses. The official explained that the courses were on the method used for starting the lunch meal projects that will begin later this month. Head of the ministry’s public service department, Waleed Al-Ghaith said that the school officials who will be supervising the schools’ catering programs received training from experts in nutrition in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

MPs in dispute over report on interior minister

Reform bloc blames govt for allowing corrupt media to grow By B Izzak KUW AIT: The Isla mist Reform a nd Development Bloc yesterda y squa rely bla med the government for pa tronising a nd a llow ing w ha t it ca lled “corrupt media ” to grow in the country by fa iling to a pply the la w despite

Amir wraps up visit to Morocco RABAT: His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, along with an accompanying official delegation, concluded yesterday a visit to the Kingdom of Morocco. His Highness and his delegation were seen off upon departure by the First Minister Abbas Al-Fasi and the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Kingdom Shamlan Al-Roumi. — KUNA

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Take him to court! By Rashid Al-Rad’an he idea of prosecuting journalists, members of the media or writers is nothing new. If we start listing the names of writers who have been prosecuted we’d have a very long list of Arab journalists who have been prosecuted by the authorities. In Kuwait, the easiest thing an official would say is, “take him to court and spare yourselves the headache. Let the public prosecution handle the matter!” This has been the stance of our dear government. They have sent so many writers, media personalities, journalists, editors and anchors to court that if someone went to court now they would certainly meet one of these

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celebrities. The Ministry of Information has taken a very dangerous route lately, referring people to the public prosecutor and filing complaints against them whether they are old or young, rude or well-behaved. Whenever you open your mouth they send you to court to teach you a lesson and to make an example out of you for others. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have seen over five verdicts in which courts believed that the plaintiff (the information ministry) had abused its rights by filing complaints against various individuals. In one court case it was said that “having a mind is not a crime” and it was proved that a famous writer was framed so that a case could be filed against him. — Al-Watan

KISR to invest in renewable energy KUWAIT: The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) plans to invest around KD 70 million in renewable energy projects within the next four years. This announcement was made by Dr Naji Al-Mutairi, General Manager of the institute. A press conference was held to announce the inauguration of the 10th international conference to boost power production. “The KISR currently exe-

cutes several projects that are related to the use of renewable energy,” Al-Mutairi said. It explained that a building is currently being built in cooperation with the Saleh Al-Qallaf engineering office. It will be eco-friendly as it utilizes the latest recycling technologies. The conference, scheduled to take place between October 24 and October 28, will feature participation from more than 100 experts representing 26 countries from around the

world. This is in addition to 150 specialists from Kuwait. The event is usually held annually in cooperation with the Texas A&M University. Kuwait is the first Middle Eastern country to host the event, reported AlQabas. This year’s conference aims to focus toward utilizing renewable energy in future constructional plans, mainly those related to developmental projects such as residential, commercial and industrial areas in Kuwait.

in the news Health draft law complete KUWAIT: A draft copy of the Public Health Authority Law has been finalized, said Hilal Al-Sayer the Minister of Health (MoH) recently. He noted that it will be presented to the Parliament’s health committee next week, reported Al-Jarida. Meanwhile, Minister Dr Hilal Al-Sayer indicated that the panels’ priorities will determine whether the law is enforced before the end of this year. He also revealed that the ministry will be adopting a system to construct facilities swiftly, which will begin with the Amiri hospital. KCCI law dependent on NA KUWAIT: The decision to

resend draft copy of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Law, which the government has been trying to for a while is wholly dependent on the National Assembly Council, said MP Saleh Ashour. It will be approved by the financial committee, reported Alshahed. He said, “We are not the government’s employees, who can benefit from privileges mentioned under the law. It is not acceptable to ‘have a state within the state.’” On the halt of Al-Anwar TV channel’s transmission for half an hour, he explained that the decision was caused by technical malfunctions.

Development plan funding KUWAIT: The Council of Ministers have failed to arrive at a decision on the methods to generate funds for the development plan. Meetings and consultations are still ongoing among concerned authorities. When an agreement is reached, a draft law will be chalked out and referred to the National Assembly. An approval will also be given based on the necessary support provided, reported Al-Anba. Officials said that a meeting will be held today between the Council of Ministers and the Supreme Council for Planning to discuss the development plan projects and the bi-annual report on achievements.

The statement said that the latest incident involving a local satellite channel which insulted a group of the ruling family would not have happened had the government penalised this station when it insulted any Kuwaiti family or individual. The owners of the channel would not have committed the insult without the feeling that they are protected and that the law will not be implemented against them, said the bloc. The statement was referring to the incident involving SCOPE satellite channel which was attacked by a suspected number of a branch of the ruling family, Al-Malek Al-Sabah, who were insulted by SCOPE owners earlier this week. The bloc said that it had repeatedly warned the government against failure to apply the press and publications laws since they were issued in 2006 and 2007 and that its warnings had been ignored by the government. On Tuesday, the opposition Popular Action Bloc also blamed the government for the incident because it had failed to apply the law on local media. Regarding the investigation, the public prosecution did not make any investigation yesterday after interrogating three members of the Al-Malek family on Tuesday and then releasing them on a KD. 2,000 bail each after more than eight hours of investigations. The public prosecution charged the men of arson, carrying illegal weapons, ammunition and using them and threatening the lives of others, but the three men categorically denied the charges, according to legal sources. In another development, head and member of the national assembly interior and defense committee Askar Al-Enezi and Falah Al-Sawwagh, respectively, yesterday exchanged accusations over a report on the interior minister. The report held the interior minister responsible for releasing two Iranian drug traffickers and was reached following months of investigation by the committee and after a three to two voting. Now, since the committee term expires when the new term opens on October 26 because a new committee will be elected, MPs who voted against the minister including Sawwagh, are concerned that the head of the committee, MP Enezi who voted with the minister, may not submit the report to the National Assembly thus allowing the new committee to repeat the voting. But Enezi insisted that he will submit the report before the new term starts next Tuesday and that he will not introduce any changes to it. Sawwagh however said he and the two other members, Jamaan Al-Harbash and Shuaib Al-Muwaizri, have demanded that a last meeting be held on Monday to sign the printed report. Enezi said that there is no need for a meeting since the committee had already voted on it and promised that no changes will be introduced.

repea ted w a rnings. The bloc cha rged in a sta tement tha t by fa iling to a pply the la w s on loca l television cha nnels a nd new spa pers, pa rticula rly w ith rega rds to their funding sources, the government provided protection to those cha nnels w hich encoura ged them to undermine the va lues of the Kuw a iti society.

No diplomatic passports for investigators

KUWAIT: Assistant Undersecretary for Planning and Quality Affairs at the Ministry of Health Dr Waleed Al-Falah speaking at the opening of Kuwait Pediatric Dermatology Symposium 2010 forum yesterday.

KUWAIT: The Appeals Court recently overruled a lower court’s verdict to accord detectives from the Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Investigation, with the right to obtain diplomatic passports. This privilege is at present restricted to ministries’ undersecretaries and legal consultants. Furthermore, the Court has approved another part of the preliminary order, which rejected attempts to equalize the rights and privileges of investigators and public prosecutors with those of judges and employees of the General Prosecution Department, reported Al-Jarida. The investigators may appeal against the order with the Cassation Court, claiming that their right to be treated at par with the judicial authority is protected by the Constitution. This notion, however, is rejected by the supreme judiciary council. It argues that the Constitution does not indicate that members of the judicial authority and those employed with a body affiliated with the Interior Ministry enjoy equal privileges.


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‘Govt challenges citizens’ PAI cites violating industries By A Saleh KUWAIT: The government has been persistently challenging citizens instead of protecting them, said MP Jumaan Al-Harbash. This is being done to please some sections of the society at the expense of others. He cited the example of price rise case and the random decisions that have impacted the market negatively, including foodstuff outlets. Al-Harbash asked that the Municipality Minister and the Minister of Commerce be held accountable for this failing. MEW postpones deadline The Ministry of Electricity and Water has postponed the deadline to close the tender on cleaning boilers at the power stations. The previous date was September 28. The extension was made due to a lack of participation, mostly owing to vague

conditions stated about the quality of equipments needed for supply and use in work. A meeting was held between specialized companies and the MEW. The ministry explained that the companies had accepted to participate in the bid. The contract will be awarded in November and work will commence in December. Al-Khorafi tours assembly hall Speaker of the National Assembly, Jassem Al-Khorafi, inspected Abdullah Al-Salem hall in order to better get acquainted with the hall’s latest preparations. He was accompanied by his deputy, Abdullah Al-Roomi, Secretary General Allan Al-Kandari, the Assistant Undersecretary General and the media. Fatima Al-Jasser briefed Al-Khorafi on the recent changes made to the speaker’s platform and pointed out the removal of

the second row of member seats. Al-Khorafi praised the work and expressed his thanks to those working on the hall. PAI cites violating industries The Public Authority of Industry (PAI) imposed restrictions against industries and establishments in a number of industrial areas. The restrictions were made after clear instructions were given from the Council of Ministers to implement laws against violators and strengthen environment requirements. Official sources said that the authority cited many organizations in a number of areas for violations such as working without a license and storing raw materials and equipment outside of their facilities. The sources said that the penalties varied and that some received warnings not to repeat the violation again while others were financially fined

and suspended from their locations. Contested parliamentary committees Official ministerial sources expressed astonishment at media reports regarding the conflicts over parliamentary committee selections. The sources added that the ministers are expected to vote as they see fit and not according to any premeditated instructions. The sources said that most of the committees will not be disputed and that many will remain as they are. They said that it is expected that the financial, interior and Ministry of Defense committees will be the most contested positions. They also added that the government prefers to place specific people on the financial committee because they are more capable than other of understanding the needs of the development plan’s growth requirements.

Hundreds of prizes for Wataniya customers! KUWAIT: Wataniya Telecom contin- draws have all resulted in great sucues to give out prizes to the winners cess and attracted positive responses for its recent monthly draw conducted from most of our customers. This at the beginning of this month. For the encourages us to provide them with past six months Wataniya has been more offers and promotional camentertaining its customers by giving paigns with valuable prizes. We will away hundreds of fantastic prizes. All continue to create innovative experiences that will Wataniya customers enhance our cuscan enter the draw tomer’s journey with and win gifts ranging Wataniya.” from Mini Coopers to She further added: B l a c k B e r r y “We will host monthly Smartphones. draws for the next few In the presence of months and would like Abdul Aziz to wish all our cusAshkanani, a repretomers best of luck. sentative from the We hope everyone Ministry of gets a chance to win Commerce and prizes with us.” Hamad Al Mattar, the Wataniya is always representative of looking for ways to Wataniya Telecom, create memorable the company conductexperiences for its cused its sixth Red Draw Riham Al Ayyar tomers. Wataniya live on Al Rai TV on Rewards is another Raykom Shabab show. The Mini Cooper was awarded to exclusive program created to reward Abdallah Meslet Homoud while 99 all customers with exclusive prizes. other customers were rewarded with To learn more about Wataniya Rewards and register visit valuable gifts as well. Riham Al Ayyar, Wataniya’s Senior wataniya.com/rewards. Wataniya conCommunication Manager expressed tinues to engage and entertain its cusher gratitude to all Wataniya sub- tomers and provide them with unique scribers and congratulated all win- opportunities to connect with the ners. Al Ayyar stated: “Our monthly brand.

Fuad Al-Falah, head of PAYS, signing the contract for the new project.

Al-Falah listens to Rasha Al-Sayegh, the project manager explaining the features of the stadium’s complex.

PAYS seals contract for new indoor Olympic stadium By Ahmad Saeid KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Youth and Sports (PAYS) signed a contract to build an indoor Olympic stadium complex for basketball and volleyball in Sabah Al-Salem. The head of PAYS inked the deal that is valued over KD 15 million, in a special ceremony that was held at the premises of PAYS in Riggae yesterday. In his speech, Fuad Al-Falah, the

head of PAYS said that the project was an important one, “The importance of this project is derived from its name and its benefits. The name refers to a very important person in the history of Kuwait, the late Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Sabah, whose contributions to the development of our country were immense, in all the positions that he held throughout his life,” he said. Al-Falah explained that the bene-

fits of this project will have a great impact on Kuwaiti sport, “This is the first of its kind project that we have introduced in Kuwait, and I consider it to be the beginning of the real rising in sports that we are looking for. This is because we know that sport cannot advance if we do not provide the necessary infrastructure to our young sportsmen. It also gives us the opportunity to host regional and international sports events here in Kuwait,” he

added. Al-Falah was confident that this project would be successful, “My very personal relationship with the owner of contracting company gives me great confidence that this project will be implemented in the way that we wish to see it,” he pointed out. Rasha Al-Sayegh, the Project Manager said that the two-floor complex covers an area of 19,000 square meters, in addition to 9,000 square meters of parking space. It

Cleaners and porters on strike By Hanan Al-Saadoun KUWAIT: Several cleaners and porters working at the Ministry of Education, in schools, the parliament, the Kuwait International Airport and the Ministry of Health went on strike yesterday. It was reported that the laborers went on strike in protest of not receiving several months worth of salaries, reported security sources. It was noted that the majority of laborers were Bangladeshi. The sources added that the Ministry of Interior responded to the strikes by dispatching security forces to deal with the strikes.

Drug dealer caught The acting Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior and the Director of the General Department for Drug Control, Major General Ahmed Al-Khalifa recently referred an Asian to prosecution for drug trafficking, reported security sources. Al-Khalifa was informed that the suspect was selling heroin. After an investigation of the suspect revealed his illegal activities, he was arrested and a search of his home in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh revealed an amount of heroin. When questioned, he confessed to hiding an additional 250 grams in an area near his home.

Sexual assault

KUWAIT: Frozen chicken unsafe for human consumption being confiscated and destroyed.

An Asian expatriate accused two compatriots of sexually assaulting him with a bar of soap, reported security sources. The man explained that he was sexually assaulted by the two after arguing with them over a financial dispute.

in the news Bedoons naturalization KUWAIT: The Cabinet will not adopt bedoons issue as a top priority during the upcoming parliamentary term, as the Supreme Council of Planning has not finalized its report. This was published in a news report that quotes officials from within the Cabinet, who further indicated that the Cabinet will continue to address humanitarian and social issues related to bedoons. This means that the Cabinet will look into the fields of education, health and labor. They will not address the naturalization issue until the final report is released, reported Al-Rai. Furthermore, officials hinted that the Cabinet had already informed MPs about its intention to not accord top priority to this issue. They have not charted out a clear agenda to solve the problem, since the planning council’s final report has not been released.

Best garden contest

Foul chicken Mubarak Al-Kabeer inspectors found a coop selling frozen chicken unsafe for human consumption, reported security forces. A quantity of about 20-24 cartons of salmonella infected frozen chickens were found for sale at the co-op. Lab tests revealed that the chicken was infected with salmonella. The chicken was confiscated and destroyed.

will include one primary stadium that has a seating capacity of 5,000, and two secondary halls with 1,840 seats each, “The facility will be located along the Sixth Ring Road, and its net cost is KD 15,766,000, and the duration of the project will be for a period of 30 months,” she said. The project will be executed by the Kuwait Building House company, and the consultant is Bukhamseen House of Engineering Consultation.

The arrested drug dealer

The Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources said yesterday it will organize a contest for the best home garden on the occasion of the greening week. PAAAFR director of agricultural guidance Ghanim Al-Sanad said in a press statement that registration in the contest is open until the end of December at the agricultural guidance department in the authority’s headquarters in Al-Rabia area. The contest encourages participants to take care of their gardens, he pointed out. He said that the evaluation and judgment would be during the national holidays in February. Kuwait celebrates the greening week on October 15 each year to encourage people to garden.

90,000 sheep to arrive Alcohol possession A citizen was arrested after he was found to be in possession of 70 imported bottles of whiskey, reported security sources. He was referred to the proper authorities.

Thieves caught Passersby caught a bedoon trying to escape after robbing an Asian of KD 200 in Salhiya in broad daylight. It was reported that his Syrian accomplice was able to flee the scene. A case was filed and authorities are searching for the accomplice.

KUWAIT: Livestock Transport and Trading Company said yesterday that a shipment of about 90,000 Australian sheep will arrive in Kuwait next Saturday. The company’s assistant managing director Faisal Al-Bader told KUNA that the aim of the shipment was to fulfill the state’s need for meat and Australian sheep. Two other shipments of sheep will arrive in Kuwait before Eid Al-Adha, he pointed out. The company is committed to provide the important commodity, he stressed.

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UAE judicial official condemns domestic violence DUBAI: A senior Emirati judicial official stressed yesterday that the UAE does not condone domestic abuse even though the country’s highest court ruled that a man can physically “discipline” his wife and young children provided he leaves no marks. The official’s statement was strong without contradicting the court, highlighting tensions in this Gulf state between interpretations of traditional Islamic law and the country’s desire to forge a modern society that is home to far more foreigners than locals. “Our courts adhere to (a) strict policy not to tolerate any degree of family violence, whether verbal or physical,” Humaid al-Muhairi, director of the Justice Ministry’s judicial inspection department, said in a statement carried by state news agency

WAM. Muhairi’s comments follow a report this week that the Federal Supreme Court found a man guilty of beating his wife and daughter while noting that Islamic codes allow for “discipline” if it leaves no marks. The ruling found that the man had exceeded the “right to discipline” his family members because his wife suffered lip and teeth injuries, the state-owned daily The National reported this week. The court also ruled that his 23-year-old daughter, who suffered bruises on her hand and knee, was too old to be disciplined by her father. Under some interpretations of Shariah, hitting or beating is an acceptable form of domestic discipline. The decision upheld a lower court ruling that found the man guilty

of abuse and fined him 500 dirhams ($136), the paper said. “If the husband abuses this right to discipline, he cannot be exempted from punishment,” Chief Justice Falah Al-Hajeri wrote in his ruling. In yesterday’s statement, Al-Muhairi defended the ruling, saying the man “was convicted of an excessive degree of chastisement of his wife” and that he had no right under Islamic Shariah law to beat his adult daughter. He said the ruling was in line with previous judgments and that there is no evidence of widespread domestic violence in the Emirates. “The issue remains one of concern to (the) government and the full force of the law will continue to be brought against those who may exercise chastise-

ment of any kind, verbal or otherwise, beyond acceptable bounds,” he said. The UAE legal system, like that in other Gulf states, combines aspects of traditional Shariah law with secular civil codes. The influence of Shariah tends to be strongest in family law relating to marriage, divorce and sexual relations. A leading human rights watchdog condemned the high court’s decision, saying it upholds a discriminatory law that violates women’s and children’s rights to liberty, security and equality. “This ruling ... is evidence that the authorities consider violence against women and children to be completely acceptable,” Nadya Khalife of the New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement yesterday.

“Domestic violence should never be tolerated under any circumstances. These provisions are blatantly demeaning to women and pose serious risks to their well-being,” she said. Emirati society has undergone dramatic changes in recent years as hundreds of thousands of foreign residents have poured in, challenging long-held values while raising the country’s international profile. The UAE is playing an increasing role in business and international relations. Its rulers are eager to safeguard the country’s Islamic traditions as the country rapidly modernizes and builds cutting-edge skyscrapers and lavish, cosmopolitan hotels. Roughly four out of every five people living in the country are temporary foreign residents. — AP

Explosion appears to be accidental

Blast in Gaza Hamas compound injures kids GAZA CITY: A huge blast yesterday at a Hamas military base in southern Gaza lightly injured more than a dozen people, including children, Hamas officials said. It appeared the explosion w as accidental. Hamas did not say w hat

CAIRO: Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki talks during a press conference following his meeting with Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, not pictured, at the League’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt yesterday. — AP

Iraq’s Maliki seeks support from Egypt CAIRO: Iraq’s prime minister said yesterday he will ask regional states to play a role in a widescale effort to rebuild his country if he secures a second term in office. Nouri Al-Maliki told reporters after meeting with Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that he invited Egyptian companies to work in Iraq and mentioned several possible joint endeavors. Al-Maliki’s trip to the Sunni Arab heavyweight and his remarks reflect his attempts to gain regional support for his bid to stay in power by offering lucrative business opportunities in Iraq. Since Iraq’s inconclusive parliamentary elections on March 7, Al-Maliki’s mostly Shiite political alliance has been seeking enough allies to give it the right to control the 325-seat parliament and pick Iraq’s new leaders. Egypt and other Sunni states have supported Al-Maliki’s rival, a Sunnibacked group headed by secular Shiite Ayad Allawi. Both Al-Maliki and Allawi have spent time making their cases to regional powers. Al-Maliki’s current tour also took him to Syria, Jordan and Iran. Al-Maliki said after his talks with Mubarak that the two discussed the future of Iraq’s government but gave no details. He also emphasized the role he hopes other Mideast countries will play in

Iraq if he keeps his post. “Our motto for the coming period is reconstruction and security,” he said. “In order to achieve this, we need to cement our ties and sign agreements with brotherly and friendly countries.” Al-Maliki said he had invited Egyptian companies to do housing, hospital, oil and electricity projects in Iraq. He also proposed a joint Iraqi-Egyptian free trade zone and new pipeline that would allow Iraqi gas exports through Egypt. The proposals appear designed to win Arab governments to Al-Maliki’s side in his competition with Allawi. The Iraqi rivals are increasingly turning to regional powers for support in efforts to resolve the country’s seven month gridlock, although they publicly say they don’t want neighbors to get involved in Iraq’s internal disputes. Arab Sunni nations such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia are deeply suspicious of Iraqi Shiites, accusing them of sidelining Iraq’s Sunni minority and acting as a proxy for extending Iran’s power in the Middle East. Egyptian officials did not comment on Al-Maliki’s remarks, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said before the visit that efforts to form a new government are an internal Iraqi issue. Al-Maliki also met with Arab League head Amr Moussa. — AP

Iran reports higher amount of uranium TEHRAN: Iran said yesterday it has almost doubled its stockpile of uranium that the country began enriching to higher levels earlier this year in defiance of UN demands to halt the program. Nuclear chief Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran now has 30 kilograms, or about 66 pounds, of uranium enriched to 20 percent , almost twice the amount reported in June. The 20 percent level is enough to produce fuel for a medical research reactor but far below the more than 90 percent enriched uranium required to build fissile material for nuclear warheads. However, US officials have expressed concern Iran may be moving closer to the ability to reach weapons-grade level. Iran’s refusal to stop enriching uranium lies at the heart of its dispute with the West over Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran insists on its right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel, and has vowed never to give up the program. The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. Tehran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is geared toward generating elec-

tricity and producing nuclear medical radioisotopes, not nuclear bombs. Iran started producing the 20 percent enriched material in February and in June reported having stockpiled 17 kilograms , or about 37 pounds. Iranian nuclear officials at the time said the production rate was about three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of the material each month. “So far, nearly 30 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium has been produced,” Salehi was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency. This summer, the UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt the enrichment technology. Iran is producing the 20 percent level from its own stocks of low enriched uranium, which has a 3.5 percent purity and is needed to fuel an electricitygenerating reactor. Iran says it needs the higher level of 20 percent enriched uranium to produce fuel rods to power a research reactor that produces isotopes used in cancer treatment and other medical material. Iran also claims it has the technology , which few countries have , needed to produce the fuel rods and that the first rod should be ready within a year. — AP

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights has repeatedly called on Hamas not to store explosive materials in civilian areas. It said a similar explosion in August wounded 58 people and destroyed seven houses. Explosives stored by Palestinian militants often explode prematurely or detonate while bomb makers are working with them. Hamas said five children, three women and five other people were all slightly injured by flying glass from the explosion. Hamas, an Iranian-backed militant group, has controlled Gaza since expelling forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a violent takeover in June 2007. Abbas now controls the West Bank, leaving the Palestinians with rival governments in the two territories they claim for a future state. In the West Bank yesterday, Palestinians said Jewish settlers set fire to a girls school near the northern city of Nablus. The school was found vandalized with Hebrew graffiti on the wall reading “regards from the hills.” Jewish settlers live on hilly outposts nearby. The Israeli military said a complaint had been received from Palestinians and Israeli police were investigating. The fire caused minor damage. The incident appears to be the latest action in a campaign extremist Jewish settlers call the “price tag.” They say it is their response to moves by the Israeli government to remove unauthorized settlements or restrict settlement construction. Two weeks ago, arsonists torched a West Bank mosque, scrawling “revenge” on a wall in Hebrew and charring copies of the Muslim holy book. The West Bank government is conducting talks with Israel in hopes of reaching a peace agreement establishing an independent Palestinian state. To advance that goal, Abbas’ prime minister, Salam Fayyad, has launched an ambitious economic development plan to prepare the way for independence. The Palestinian transportation minister said yesterday that his ministry has finished designing an airport in the West Bank. Sadi Kruns said construction on the $340 million project , a centerpiece of the Palestinian development plan, should get under way by the middle of next year. “We rely on the international community, particularly the US and European Union ... to provide the required funds and to remove the obstacles that might emerge,” he said. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor was dismissive. He said the Palestinians were apparently not interested in talking to Israel. “It sounds absurd to built an airport unilaterally if you don’t have proper agreements on airspace control, which they don’t have,” he said. — AP

caused the blast in a crow ded neighborhood in the tow n of Rafah and the Israeli military said it w asn’t involved. Israeli w arplanes often target Hamas w eapons facilities, but Israel usually confirms those attacks.

RAFAH: A injured Palestinian schoolboy receives treatment at “Al Najar” hospital in the southern Gaza strip town of Rafah yesterday. — AP

Hezbollah slams UN ‘interference’ BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement yesterday accused the United Nations of interfering in Lebanese affairs, days after the world body warned tension in the country could affect the entire region. The UN on Monday released a report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559, which calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all militias on Lebanese soil and the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon. In the report, released after a controversial visit to Lebanon by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that Lebanon had been hit by a new climate of “uncertainty” that could cause instability across the Middle East. “The report released

by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Resolution 1559 ... marks interference in internal Lebanese affairs as well as political interference in the affairs of the international tribunal,” Hezbollah said in a statement. Tension has been rising in Lebanon over the UN-backed tribunal, which is probing the 2005 assassination of Lebanese ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, amid unconfirmed reports the court will indict members of Hezbollah. The Iranianbacked group has warned such an eventuality will have repercussions in Lebanon and called for a local investigation into the murder instead. “It would seem that Ban Ki-moon... failed to notice that Hezbollah, and for quite some time, has been at the heart of Lebanese politics

through its representation in parliament and cabinet,” Hezbollah’s statement said. “It would also seem that he did not find the time to read Lebanon’s government statement.” Saad Hariri’s hard-won government in November adopted a policy statement that acknowledged Hezbollah’s right to use its weapons against Israel, despite disagreement by mainly Christian members of the ruling majority. Hezbollah, which fought a bloody 2006 war with Israel, is the only group that refused to turn in its arms after the 1975-1990 Lebanese civil war. It argues its arsenal is necessary to protect the country against the Jewish state, which withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000 after a 22year occupation. — AFP


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Guinea police clash with election security forces CONAKRY: Two political demonstrators were killed by police in Guinea’s capital, a political party official said Tuesday, in one of several violent street clashes ahead of a planned presidential poll. Meanwhile, junta leader Gen. Sekouba Konate named a Malian citizen to head the national independent electoral commission after consultations with international diplomats , a move that overcomes a key obstacle to holding Sunday’s longdelayed presidential runoff. In a decree issued late Tuesday, Sekouba

named Siaka Toumani Sangare of the Organisation International de la Francophonie , the global French-speaking community, to the post. The exceptional move was welcomed by political rivals in the West African nation. Disagreements over the makeup of Guinea’s electoral commission have divided country and threatened to cause yet another delay of the presidential runoff due Sunday that could choose the country’s first democratically elected leader. Maka Balde, spokesman for the Union for the

Democratic Forces of Guinea, said two men who supported his party were killed during a clash between police, security forces and party supporters. Earlier Tuesday, a witness said police forces in Guinea’s capital clashed with security forces and UFDG supporters. Tamba Millimono, a resident of the Cosa neighborhood in Conakry, said earlier Tuesday that police forces also shot live ammunition in various neighborhoods that support presidential candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo. Millimono

said police were also hitting Diallo’s supporters with belts and fighting those who are throwing stones at them. Diallo is the main candidate for UFDG. Diallo said Monday that some of his supporters were also wounded during a march on Monday. An election board official also said Tuesday that 17 computers had disappeared from the board’s offices. Thierno Ceydou Bayo said the computers, which were to be used to calculate poll results, were hidden and there was no sign that anyone

forced entry to the room in which they were stored. He said he was not sure how the computers’ disappearance might affect the upcoming poll. But he described the event as having “the air of an act of sabotage” aimed at disrupting the vote. Growing discord over the Oct. 24 presidential runoff is dividing the West African country and threatening to cause yet another delay of the poll, which could be the country’s first free and fair vote since winning independence from France 52 years ago. — AP

No one in this country is above the law: Bean

UK court sentences prince to 20 years MADRID: Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero speaks during a press conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid yesterday. — AP

Spain’s Zapatero makes major cabinet reshuffle MADRID: Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero named a new deputy premier and foreign minister yesterday as part of a major cabinet reshuffle at a time when his ruling Socialists have been trailing in polls. The changes comes at a time when the country is grappling with a 20 percent unemployment rate and attempts to emerge from nearly two years of recession. Zapatero said the new government would be tasked with “completing the economic and social reforms ... so as to accelerate a recovery of the economy and employment.” This is the biggest government reshuffle since Zapatero became a prime minister in 2004, and it follows Parliament’s decision to debate the Socialist draft budget for 2011, which cuts spending by nearly 8 percent to 122 billion pounds. The government has secured passage of the budget following deals with two regional parties. Failure to pass the budget could have forced Zapatero to call an early election. Zapatero named five new ministers in all, saying, it would be “a renovated and politically strengthened government.” While announcing the changes, Zapatero said

Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba would replace Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, while keeping his old portfolio. Rubalcaba has led the fight against the armed Basque separatist group ETA in Spain since 2006. Trinidad Jimenez, who until now was the health minister, will take over from Miguel Angel Moratinos as foreign minister. Moratinos is credited with revamping relations with Latin America, especially Cuba and helping with the Middle East peace talks. Zapatero has ruled out calling an early election ahead of those scheduled for 2012 but has not made known whether he himself will run again. The prime minister also said Valeriano Gomez will replace Celestino Corbacho as Labor Minister. The move comes just months after the government introduced major labor market reforms and austerity measures that triggered a general strike on Sept 29. Zapatero said the ministries for housing and equality would be folded into the health and development ministries, respectively, reducing the total number of ministries from 17 to 15. — AP

Turkey fails to resolve head scarves dispute ANKARA: Turkey’s governing party failed to win key opposition support yesterday for plans to lift a ban on the wearing of Islamic head scarves at universities, a deeply divisive issue in a country with secular laws and a Muslim population. The conflict over the head scarf reflects a struggle over Turkey’s direction between the Islamic-oriented government, which argues for more religious freedom, and critics who believe the country’s secular principles are in peril. In Turkey, women are free to wear Islamic head scarves, but students, teachers and state-employed officials are not. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a big victory last month when Turks approved a package of constitutional amendments in a referendum, and he now seeks a show of unity on the politically explosive issue of the head scarf. Yesterday, top governing party officials tried to persuade opposition lawmakers to form a joint parliamentary committee to study ways to lift the ban on Islamic-style head coverings for university students, but the secularist main opposition party said it got no guarantees that the ban would remain in effect in primary and secondary schools and government offices. The government last tried to lift the ban in 2008 by backing a proposed constitutional amendment, but a court struck down the bill. There are signs, however, that enforcement and respect for the university head scarf ban are slipping. Earlier this month, Yusuf Ziya Ozcan, the governmentappointed leader of Turkey’s Higher Education Board , an outspoken critic of the ban , ordered professors at Istanbul University to allow students wearing Islamic head scarves to remain in class. Yesterday, he said female students would be allowed to take exams while veiled. But his actions have raised questions about whether they are legal. Most of Turkey’s 75 million people are Muslim, but staunch secularists see the head scarf as a symbol of political Islam and consider any attempt to allow it in schools as an attack on

ANKARA : Bettina Wulff, wife of German President Christian Wulff, right, and Hayrunnisa Gul, the wife of Turkish President Abdullah Gul, left, follow their husbands during a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey Tuesday. —AP Turkey’s secular laws. There also are fears that lifting the ban would create pressure on all female students to cover themselves. Erdogan has called for the abolition of restrictions on the head scarf since taking office in 2003, insisting that the prohibition violates religious and personal freedoms. The opposition Republican People’s Party, under a new leader since May, has sounded more sympathetic to students’ demands to wear head scarves on campus. The party has said it could work toward lifting the ban, if the decision does not include high school pupils, teachers and state officials. Kemal Anadol, a senior opposition lawmaker, told reporters after a 45minute meeting yesterday that officials from Erdogan’s party would not guarantee that their effort to lift the head scarf ban would be limited to universities. “They couldn’t provide certain words that the lifting of the ban would not be expanded. They gave furtive answers,” Anadol said. “We cannot allow or be part of an operation to take Turkey toward darkness.” Erdogan accused the opposition party of “insincerity,” the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. It was not clear what his next move would

be, but he could try to set up the joint parliamentary committee with small opposition parties. Yesterday, the chief prosecutor’s office for Turkey’s High Appeals Court, issued a reminder that allowing head scarves in schools violated the country’s secular principles. That prompted Erdogan’s party to accuse the court of interfering in the proceedings of Turkey’s “democratic parliamentary regime.” Ozcan ordered teachers at Istanbul University not to dismiss students, regardless of their attire, after a female student there filed a complaint to a government human rights board that she was kicked out for wearing a hat. The order was seen as a relaxation of the head scarf ban. Some students already wear wigs or hats over head scarves to defy the ban, but many others take off their head scarves just before entering campus. Hayrunnisa Gul, President Abdullah Gul’s wife, who wears a head scarf, appeared to step into the debate on Tuesday. She usually keeps a low profile. But that day, she accompanied Germany’s visiting president on an inspection of guards of honor in a ceremony shown on Turkish TV. — AP

LONDON: A British court sentenced a Saudi prince to at least 20 years in prison yesterday for beating and strangling one of his servants at a sw ank British hotel in a case that featured days of lurid testimony about their abusive relationship. The sensational case featured CCTV images of the shaven-headed prince throwing a punch at his aide in a hotel elevator , the set piece in a prosecution case that alleged the suave playboy prince battered his lover in a rage following years of abuse. “No one in this country is above the law,” Bean said. “It would be wrong for me to sentence you either more severely or more leniently because of your membership of the Saudi royal family.” The jury had deliberated just 95 minutes before returning its verdict. The prince was convicted of both murder and a second count of grievous bodily harm with intent relating to the attack in the elevator. Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw described a flamboyant lifestyle with a dashing prince who lived the luxury life, dining in fine restaurants and receiving erotic massages from a masseur who compared him to Hollywood actor Omar Sharif. The prince’s lawyers attempted before the trial to stop evidence of his homosexuality from being made public. “Beneath the surface this was a deeply abusive relationship which the defendant exploited for sadistic reasons, for his own personal gratification,” Laidlaw said. He described the assault leading to the aide’s death as being “a really terrible, a really brutal attack.” Saud originally told police that he and Bandar Abdulaziz had been swigging champagne into the early hours of the morning, and that when he awoke at 3 pm he could not rouse Abdulaziz. Jurors rejected a claim by his defense lawyer, John Kelsey-Fry, that the prince was guilty only of manslaughter. Defense lawyers had attempted to shield the prince’s sexuality during the bail application process, but failed. Since the prince’s arrest, Saudi officials have said nothing about the case, and Saudi newspapers and television have not even mentioned it, a sign of how embarrassing the trial and sentencing are for the royal family. Media in the kingdom strictly avoid any discussion of the private lives of members of the royal family, particularly of anything that casts them in a negative light. The prince’s grandfather is the half brother of the current king. Britain has no prison transfer agreement with Saudi Arabia, so there is no possibility the prince could serve his sentence there. — AP

Ex-UK prime minister Thatcher ill in hospital LONDON: Britain’s iconic former leader Margaret Thatcher is in the hospital for tests, but well enough to be discussing the current prime minister’s spending cuts, her son said yesterday. Mark Thatcher told reporters that his 85-year-old mother was “good, chirpy” and talking about the Conservative-led government’s economic plans. Thatcher, Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990, skipped a reception at 10 Downing Street in honor of her 85th birthday last week because she had the flu. Reports say she has not recovered. She was taken to London’s private Cromwell Hospital on Tuesday for tests. “She’s a little bit drowsy but she had a good night and is slightly sedated at the moment,” her son said. Mark Thatcher said his mother was likely to remain hospitalized for several days. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said he wished the former leader a “speedy recovery.” Thatcher has suffered a series of health problems in recent years. In 2008 she became ill during a dinner at Westminster and spent the night in the hospital as a precaution. She was later given a clean bill of health. A few years earlier, her doctor had advised her not to make any more public speeches following a number of minor strokes. — AP

J ustice David Bean sentenced Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud to a life sentence w ithout the possibility of parole for 20 years for the brutal assault at the Landmark Hotel in London on Feb 15.

LONDON: In this CCTV handout image issued by the Metropolitan Police, Saudi Arabian Prince Saud, in white jacket, attacks his servant, Bandar Abdulaziz, in a lift. — AP

Kidnapped British aid worker freed NAIROBI: A Somali group that kidnapped a British aid worker released the man yesterday after clan elders intervened, a spokeswoman for Save the Children said. Save the Children is “cautiously optimistic” that Frans Barnard will soon be out of Somalia, spokeswoman Anna Ford said. The group has spoken to Barnard twice and Ford said he is “well” and in good spirits. “It was down to the clan elders. They negotiated and organized his release,” Ford said. “It’s just a testament to Somali society that they were able to do this following traditional methods and we are obviously extremely grateful to them. “The clan elders invited Save the Children into the community to do the work that we do and they saw Frans as a guest,” she said. Barnard, who is in his late 40s, was carrying out an assessment for Save the Children on the feasibility of setting up a program to feed malnourished children in the Adado area, near the Ethiopia border. Masked gunmen abducted the Briton and a Somali co-worker on Oct 14 from a compound. The Somali was released earlier. The head of the local Himin and Heeb administration, Max’ed Adan Ti’ey, said no ransom was paid for Barnard, whom he said was not harmed

during his captivity. “After a lot of efforts we have finally succeeded in freeing the aid worker from the hostages. He is now at our guest house and will soon go to wherever he wants,” he said. A statement from Save the Children said the group believes Barnard was abducted by an independent group of criminals with no political affiliation or support from other groups in the region. It also said no ransom was paid. Save the Children said it has worked in Somalia for 40 years and will continue to work there. Several forces have gunmen in the Adado area, including pirate gangs and factions of militias allied to the government. The area was considered to be a safer part of Somalia and some aid agencies, which have mostly pulled out of the chaotic country, were considering returning. Kidnapping for ransom is common in Somalia, which has not had an effective government for 19 years. Hostages are rarely hurt and people are usually freed after a ransom is paid. Barnard’s abduction took place in the same region that pirates hold a retired British couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, who have been in pirate custody ever since their yacht was hijacked off the Seychelles last October. — AP


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Mexico’s largest bust likely hit Sinaloa gang MEXICO CITY : Mexico’s largest-ever seizure of marijuana packaged for sale is even bigger than the original estimate of 105 tons and probably belonged to the country’s most powerful drug-trafficking cartel, authorities said Tuesday. The Sinaloa cartel run by Mexico’s most wanted fugitive, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, now is moving drugs through the Tijuana corridor “unimpeded,” said a US law enforcement official in Mexico, a possible reason why violence has dropped in the city across the border from San Diego, California, since a bloody peak in 2008. President Felipe Calderon recently praised the city’s new calm as a success story in Mexico’s drug war. Many have speculated the drop in violence just means the Sinaloa

cartel has cut a deal with remnants of the Arrellano Felix gang, which became one of the country’s dominant cartels in the 1990s through control of Tijuana’s lucrative land and sea routes leading into California, but has suffered from the arrests and deaths of its top leaders since 2002. Calderon dismissed the idea of an arrangement in a recent interview with The Associated Press, saying the new calm came in part from government cooperation and the arrests of key cartel leaders. “The truth is that in the last two years, the government has made important hits on the criminal structures,” he told the AP. But the US official said it was a possibility. “There could be a pact. We

don’t know for certain if there is one, what that pact would be. But Sinaloa has been able to operate there unimpeded by other cartels,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons. Mexican soldiers and police grabbed the US-bound marijuana in pre-dawn raids Monday in three neighborhoods when 11 people arrested after a shootout led authorities to the drugs. Army officials first said the drugs weighed 105 tons and had an estimated street value of 4.2 billion pesos, about $340 million. But authorities said the haul was even bigger Tuesday, counting 15,300 packages , 5,000 more than first announced. It weighed 134.2 tons, said Ramon Gomez, a spokesman for the fed-

eral Attorney General’s office. By comparison, US authorities seized a total of 123 tons of marijuana during 2009 at all San Diego-area border crossings. Calderon’s security spokesman, Alejandro Poire, agreed the drugs likely belonged to Sinaloa and called it a historic seizure. “This is an important milestone that demonstrates the ability of the Mexican state when security forces in three levels of government coordinate and take responsibility around a common goal,” he said. But the bust indicates what US Department of Justice figures already show , that marijuana cultivation is up in Mexico since 2005, more than doubling to 21.5 million metric tons in 2008. Marijuana seizures on the US side of

the border also have increased from about 1,000 to 1,500 metric tons between 2005 and 2009. A US State Department report said the decline comes as Mexican security forces focus more harder drugs such as methamphetamines , but also on fighting and arresting the traffickers. “With the Mexican military changing its role and more actively going after organized crime groups, it could have affected that, stopped crop eradication,” the US official said. Poire denied the Calderon government has backed off of seizures and eradication, saying they are up over the first four years of the previous administration by 100 tons. “This administration has maintained an important effort

in the eradication and confiscation of illicit substances,” he said. The drugs were found stored in tractor trailers and houses wrapped in different colors and labeled with apparently coded phrases and pictures that included the cartoon character Homer Simpson. They appeared to make up a major distribution center traced directly to Guzman, who has expanded the reach of his cartel along the US-Mexico border since escaping from prison in 2001. The Sinaloa cartel controls distribution in neighboring Sonora state and the city of Mexicali, only 120 miles east of Tijuana. It also controls areas to the east and is warring for control of the border city of Cuidad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. — AP

UAE-Canada relations hit recent rocky patches Countries at odds over landing rights for UAE-based carriers DUBAI: When Dubai’s police chief criticized this w eek Canada’s handling of a Dubai murder suspect’s arrest, it w as the latest in a recent string of disa greem ents betw een the United Ara b Em ira tes a nd Ca na da . Da hi

Khalfan accused Canada of trying to cover up the arrest of a suspect in the 2010 assassination in the Gulf emirate of the founder of Hamas’ military w ing, though he did not say w hat he thought the motives w ere.

CALDERA: Rescued miners Juan Illanes, left, next to rescued miner Edison Pena, gesture during a ceremony honoring the rescued miners in Caldera, Chile on Tuesday. — AP

Wedding bells for 5 of Chile’s rescued miners COPIAPO: Five of Chile’s 33 rescued miners are to have church weddings, in some cases more than 20 years after they first tied the knot, inspired by their survival after two-months trapped underground after a cave-in. On bended knee, the miners proposed to their wives and girlfriends at a party in the seaside town of Caldera in far northern Chile late on Tuesday. It was the group’s first public reunion since their dramatic rescue last week after 69 days below ground.

“After these 10 years we’ve spent together, now it’s time for us to get married,” miner Claudio Yanez told his girlfriend, Cristina Nunez, during the gathering, which was held in a converted railway station. During his ordeal underground, miner Esteban Rojas had vowed to marry his wife in church 25 years after their civil ceremony. He sent the proposal to the surface in a letter tucked into a plastic tube used to shuttle provisions to keep the men alive until they were rescued.

“I told my wife that if I got out of there alive, I’d get married in a church,” Rojas said. “I accept. I’ve still got the letter to hold you to it,” joked his wife, Jessica Yanez. The miners’ rescue one-by-one in an escape capsule hoisted through a narrow shaft 2,050 feet (625 metres) long and just wider than a man’s shoulders, captured the world’s imagination and has turned the men into celebrities, though some are still grappling with the psychological trauma of their ordeal. — Reuters

Victims pleaded for lives before being murdered BELLEVILLE: The commander of Canada’s largest air force base stalked, repeatedly raped and killed two women as they pleaded for their lives, prosecutors said Tuesday at the colonel’s sentencing hearing. Col. Russell Williams, who once flew prime ministers and served as a pilot to Queen Elizabeth II during a 2005 visit, pleaded guilty Monday to two first-degree murder charges, two sexual assaults and 82 breaking-and-entering charges during which he stole lingerie belonging to teen girls and young women. The 47-year-old faces an automatic sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole for at least 25 years. Lawyers have used the sentencing hearing to reveal details of the crimes. Prosecutors warned the court that details of the killings were horrific before explaining how Williams bound, beat, raped, photographed, videotaped and asphyxiated Marie Comeau, a 37-year-old corporal, and Jessica Lloyd, 27. Comeau made one final plea for her life before Williams suffocated her, said prosecutor David Thompson. “Have a heart,

please,” Thompson said Comeau begged. “I’ve been really good. I want to live.” Thompson told the court that Williams met Comeau while she was working as a flight attendant on a military

flight and discovered she lived alone. As a colonel, Williams had access to her work schedule and broke into her home Nov. 16 while she was away to confirm she lived alone. He repeated the same pattern the

court learned he undertook during dozens of other breakins, stealing her lingerie and photographing the bedroom and images of himself modeling the undergarments with his erect genitalia protruding. — AP

ONTARIO: Col Russell Williams, right, leaves court in Belleville, Ont., on Tuesday. Williams pleaded guilty to two first-degree murder charges, two sexual assaults and 82 breaking and entering charges. — AP

The two countries have already been at odds over landing rights in Canada for UAE-based carriers, the closure of a UAE military base to Canadian use and a UAE threat to ban key services for Canada-based Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry smartphones. Additionally, some Organisation of the Islamic Conference countries and allied states voted against Canada’s recent unsuccessful bid for a UN Security Council seat. Local UAE press reports said the Gulf state played a role in this, which was a humiliation for Canada and for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government. On Tuesday, Khalfan aired his grievances against Canada’s handling of the arrest. Khalfan told AlArabiya television that Canada actually informed Emirati officials of the arrest in June, but requested that they not announce it. “I am astonished. Why this attempt to cover up on this issue? We must act transparently, reliably and quickly in such cases,” he said. The suspect arrested “was among the preparatory group which arrived in the country and left it before the crime” was committed, Khalfan was quoted as saying in Al-Ittihad daily. Khalfan did not disclose why it was that Canada had requested a news blackout on the arrest. Ibrahim Khayat, a UAEbased strategic affairs expert, said “there is a feeling on the Emirati side that it deals positively with Western countries in the framework of judiciary agreements signed with them.” “But when it requests something from Western states in this framework of agreements, their relationship with Israel takes priority,” Khayat said. The UAE and Canada also had a recent disagreement over the breakdown of negotiations on expanding landing rights in Canada for UAE carriers, and the subsequent closure of a UAE military base to Canadian use. Houchang Hassan-Yari, a politics professor at the Canadian Military College in Kingston, Ontario, said both nations had overreacted by allowing a commercial feud over landing rights to become a full-blown diplomatic row. “It’s due to cultural differences,” Hassan-Yari told AFP. “In Canada we believe that we can have differences on commercial and still continue on other matters as though nothing had happened.” “For the Emirates, either we’re friends, or we’re not,” he explained. Canada “should have tried to negotiate a deal,” he said. UAE ambassador to Canada Mohammed Abdullah al-Ghafli announced the breakdown of talks in mid-October. “The UAE is disappointed that despite intensive negotiations over the last five years, the UAE and Canada have been unable to arrive at an agreement on expanding the number of flights between the two countries,” he said. — AFP

WASHINGTON: In this Nov 15, 2007 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left, sits with his wife Virginia Thomas, as he is introduced at the Federalist Society in Washington, where he spoke about his new book and took questions from the audience. — AP

Justice’s wife wants accuser to apologize WASHINGTON: Explosive sexual harassment allegations that nearly derailed a Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation 19 years ago returned to the headlines yesterday with the justice’s wife calling his accuser to ask her for an apology. Anita Hill’s allegations against then-nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991 sparked a national debate about sexual harassment in the workplace. Thomas, who denied the allegations, was narrowly confirmed by the Senate. Hill was alternatively hailed for her bravery for stepping forward or vilified as a politically motivated liar. Thomas’ wife, Virginia, had left a voicemail message on Hill’s phone on Oct 9 asking her to say she was sorry for the allegations that surfaced at Thomas’ confirmation hearings for a seat on the top court bench. “I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony,” Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, said in a statement released Tuesday night. In her statement, Hill said, “I certainly thought the call was inappropriate.” She had worked for Clarence Thomas in two federal government jobs prior to the time he was selected for the court by President George H W Bush for the Supreme Court. During his Senate confirmation hearings, Clarence Thomas adamantly denied

Hill’s accusations that he made inappropriate sexual remarks, including references to pornographic movies. Thomas said he did talk about X-rated movies while at Yale L aw School, adding that so did many other young people in the 1970s. Thomas, the court’s only black justice and just the second African-American to serve on the court, called the nationally televised hearings a “high-tech lynching.” Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, said in a statement that she was “extending an olive branch” to Hill. In a transcript of the message provided by ABC News, which said it listened to the recording, Thomas identified herself and then said, “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. OK, have a good day,” Thomas said. When Hill heard the voicemail, she contacted Brandeis’ public safety office, which in turn informed the FBI. In her statement, Virginia Thomas said she did not intend to offend Hill. “I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed (sic) what happened so long

ago. That offer still stands, I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same,” Thomas said. Hill declined comment to reporters who stopped her on her way to work yesterday, asking them politely to move. “I don’t have any comment right now,” Hill said. “Please, let me go teach my class.” Andrew Gully, a spokesman for Brandeis, said the school “completely supports” Hill’s decision to alert campus security about the call. He said yesterday was “a routine day” on campus. FBI Special Agent Jason Pack, a spokesman at bureau headquarters in Washington, declined to comment on the voicemail. Mrs Thomas is a founder of a new nonprofit group, Liberty Central, which opposes what she has characterized as the leftist “tyranny” of the Obama administration and congressional Democrats. She was a keynote speaker earlier this month in Richmond, Virginia, at a state convention billed as the largest tea party event ever. Hill had worked for Thomas at the Education Department and the Equal Employment Oppor tunity Commission. She first made her allegations after Thomas had been nominated to the top court, 10 years after she began working for him and only after she was contacted by congressional investigators. — AP

5.9 quake strikes Mexico WASHINGTON: Four earthquakes rattled Mexico late Tuesday, including one of magnitude 5.9 near Sinaloa, the US Geological Survey said. In preliminary reports, the USGS said the larger quake struck 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Los Mochis, Sinaloa and 730 miles (1,170 kilometers) west-northwest of the capital Mexico City at 10:10 pm (0410 GMT). It had a depth of eight miles (13 kilometers). It was followed by a magnitude 5.5 quake at 10:16 pm (0416 GMT), which struck 85 miles (140 kilometers) south of Los Mochis

at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). A third, magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck at 9:39 pm (0339 GMT). It had a depth of five miles (8.1 kilometers) and hit 65 miles (105 km) southwest of Guamuchil, Sinaloa and 720 miles (1,155 kilometers) from the capital Mexico City, according to the USGS. Another magnitude 4.7 quake hit an hour later at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers), with its epicenter located 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of Los Mochis. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. — AFP


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Malaysian ruling party may lose power: Leader KUALA LUMPUR: The ruling ethnic Malay party risks losing power in Malaysia’s next general elections unless it courts support from minorities by moderating its views and reforming a pro-Malay affirmative action program, the party’s youth leader warned yesterday. Khairy Jamaluddin, leader of the youth wing of the United Malays National Organization party, called a decades-old program which gives preference to majority Malays in the workplace and schools an “elitist policy” that doesn’t even benefit most Malays. Critics say it mostly enriches a handful of businessmen with strong political

ties. “If there is no concerted effort to practice an inclusive and moderate leadership, UMNO’s Malay leadership will disappear come the next election,” Khairy warned. UMNO has been in power continuously since independence in 1957. Leaders of its youth wing are groomed for advancement. His comments , in a hard-hitting speech at the start of the party’s annual assembly , are the boldest and most frank acknowledgment yet of the reasons the party’s popularity has plummeted in the multiethnic country. Part of UMNO’s problem is increas-

ingly racist rhetoric among Malays, who are in the majority, against the ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities. Another major irritant is a system of quotas that were originally meant to ensure that historically disadvantaged Malays receive their piece of the economic pie. Instead, they have begun to breed resentment and many argue they have no place in a modern country. But Khairy’s remarks may not be received kindly by party hard-liners who are still pushing for Malay supremacy. Most of his comments received no applause, with the audience only clapping when he paid token tributes to Malay

rights. It is also not clear how much power Prime Minister Najib Razak, a moderate, has to make the hard-liners become more tolerant of minorities and agree to reforms before the next elections, which are not due until 2013 but could be held earlier. Recent years have seen the UMNO’s grip on power slipping. The National Front ruling coalition, centered around the Malay party, retained power in the 2008 general elections but lost its twothirds parliamentary majority for the first time in five decades as many Chinese and Indians backed the opposition. Many cited unhappiness over per-

ceived economic and religious discrimination. Khairy urged Malays to stop making racist remarks toward ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities, who together comprise about one-third of the country’s 28 million people. Malays make up nearly two-thirds. Recently a Malay school principal sparked an uproar after she told Chinese students to leave the country and called the prayer beads used by Indian Hindus dog leashes. Another Malay school principal and a top Malay government officer allegedly made similar slurs. The National Front coalition currently holds 137 seats in the 222-member

Parliament. But Khairy warned it can be relatively confident of retaining only 73 constituencies where Malays have a 70 percent majority in the next elections. “We must learn from the results of the last general elections, where we almost relinquished power due to the loss of support from non-Malays. If we still subscribe to the illusion that we can win without their support, then 50 seats currently held by (the coalition) are in grave danger,” he warned. The National Front coalition has lost most of the by-elections held so far and will face a new test of popularity in two by-elections on Nov 4. — AP

Almost quarter of votes in Afghan election invalid: IEC UN says ‘considerable fraud’ committed KABUL: Almost a quarter of the 5.6 million votes cast in Afghanistan’s parliamentary election last month w ere invalid, election officials said yesterday, but they hailed the poll a success despite low turnout and complaints. The top UN envoy in Afghanistan applauded the country’s election body for its handling of the counting process, but said “considerable fraud” had been carried out on polling day and called for those responsible to be held accountable.

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks during a conference on rural development yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan. — AP

Karzai hopes for peace in 2 years KABUL: President Hamid Karzai said yesterday he hopes within the next two years to significantly improve security in Afghanistan, which has been mired in conflict with the Taleban for almost a decade. Afghanistan’s neighbors support a peace process with the Taleban, and hopes were high for an improvement in the security, he said. “We are in good contact with our neighbors. They support this peace process,” Karzai told a development conference in Kabul. “We are hopeful that we will all see improvement in the security situation of our country in one year or two, the security situation will, inshallah (God willing), be far better than what we have had today and yesterday,” he said. US President Barack Obama was to be updated yesterday on talks between Taleban leaders and Karzai’s government, for which NATO has been guaranteeing safe passage for some members of the rebel group. The White House said Obama would sit down with military and civilian advisers for the monthly update on US operations in the war, before leaving on a mid-term election campaign swing. Karzai this month set up a High Council for Peace to head up his plans for dialogue with the Taleban and other insurgent groups. Members of the council say the Taleban have signaled a “willingness” for a political solution and NATO’s commander in Afghanistan said his troops had helped at least

one Taleban leader get to Kabul to meet Afghan officials. Karzai said hopes for peace rose after a conference of national community, political and religious leaders in June gave him the go ahead to open dialogue with the Taleban. “Hope for peace in Afghanistan has increased, the international community and our neighbors and our people are all trying hard towards peace,” he said. The war has entered its 10th year since the Taleban’s Islamist regime was overthrown in a US-led invasion, after which they regrouped. NATO and the United States have more than 150,000 troops fighting the Taleban-led insurgency, which is concentrated in the south but has spread to most areas outside the capital. Taleban leaders are believed to be based over Afghanistan’s porous border in northwest Pakistan, where they are thought to enjoy at least some degree of protection by Pakistani authorities and have plotted attacks. Pakistani authorities deny providing the Taleban with any support. The New York Times yesterday said Karzai’s government seemed to be trying to exclude Pakistan from any deal with the Taleban in an attempt to minimise Islamabad’s influence in Afghanistan after the departure of foreign troops. Obama has said he wants to start drawing down combat forces from mid2011 and a deal with the Taleban is seen as a major step towards enabling combat forces to leave. — AFP

JAKARTA: Student protesters throw rocks at police officers during an anti-government protest in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday. — AP

Hundreds of Indonesians rally against government JAKARTA: Hundreds of people joined protests outside Indonesia’s presidential palace yesterday, throwing rocks and setting fires to demand that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono step down. Police clashed with the protesters before firing tear gas and warning shots to disperse the crowd. Smaller demonstrations were held elsewhere across the sprawling archipelago to mark the start of the second year of Yudhoyono’s

second five-year term. Public support ratings have plunged for Yudhoyono, who promised when he took office six years ago to fight corruption, improve human rights and revive the economy. Many Indonesians say he did little of significance during the past year. In the protests in the capital, one young man was hospitalized with injuries to his leg. An Associated Press photographer saw police beating several other demon-

strators with batons. National police deputy spokesman Col Marwoto Suto said police used riot shields to protect themselves from rocks thrown at them from outside a security cordon. Some protesters also set tires on fire, sending a cloud of black smoke high into the air. A recent poll showed Yudhoyono’s popular support rating has plummeted from 63 percent in July to 38 percent now. — AP

While announcing preliminary results, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) said 5.6 million votes had been castmore than a million above earlier estimates- but that it had thrown out 1.3 million of them for various reasons. The IEC also said it had disqualified ballots collected from 2,543 of the 17,744 polling stations that opened for the Sept 18 election. “We can very proudly say that the turnout in this election process was higher than our expectations. In the current situation in Afghanistan, this is a success,” IEC chairman Fazl Ahmad Manawi told a news conference. The election for Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament, or wolesi jirga, went ahead despite a Taleban threat to disrupt it, but Western nations have been wary of dubbing it a success after the fiasco of last year’s fraud-marred presidential ballot. Donors are less concerned about individual results for the 249 seats as they are about the level of fraud committed. The credibility of the vote will weigh heavily when US President Barack Obama reviews Washington’s Afghan war strategy in December amid mounting violence, rising troop casualties and sagging public support. Staffan de Mistura, the top UN diplomat in Afghanistan, commended the IEC for “significant improvements” introduced since last year’s presidential poll but said perpetrators of fraud had to be brought to justice. “The number of votes invalidated and identified by the IEC point to considerable fraud and electoral irregularities on election day,” de Mistura said in a statement. “We are now looking attentively at this next stage of the process, which should also ensure that those who are proven to have committed fraudulent acts are held accountable.” Preliminary results were due on Oct. 8 but were pushed back twice by the IEC to allow for more verifications and recounts. Final results are not likely to be released until well into next month, after the UNbacked Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) sif ts through thousands of complaints. The ECC also has the authority to invalidate more votes. Despite the level of complaints and disqualified votes, there have been few calls to invalidate the entire election or for another vote to be held. Earlier this month, the ECC, which tossed out more than a third of President Hamid Karzai’s votes last year, said it had received more than 4,000 formal complaints. More than half of those, it said, could affect the final outcome. Around 40 percent of complaints received relate to polling irregularities, the ECC says, and some 17 percent to violence and intimidation. Other gripes included problems accessing polling sites and counting irregularities, the watchdog said. The IEC said soon after polling day that about 4 million Afghans had cast ballots. Yesterday, an IEC spokesman said that lower figure had only been based on estimates. — Reuters

KABUL: Afghan fireman hoses a burning oil tanker after an explosive device planted underneath it exploded, on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway, east of Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday. —AP

Four-day death toll rises to 51 in Karachi KARACHI: Parts of Pakistan’s largest city shut down yesterday af ter an attack on a scrapyard pushed to 51 the number of people killed in four days , a spasm of politically motivated violence in a country already wracked by Islamist militancy. Some shops were set on fire in an outlying neighborhood of Karachi, where police tried to calm gathering crowds, footage broadcast on Pakistani TV stations showed. The violence in Karachi comes as Pakistan is engaged in talks with the US on the future of their shaky alliance

against the Taleban and AlQaeda. US officials in Washington are expected to discuss yesterday a long-term military and security assistance pact with a visiting Pakistani delegation. Karachi, a port city of some 16 million, has a long history of political, ethnic and religious strife, but this year has been exceptionally bloody. As of June, around 300 “targeted killings” had occurred in the city, roughly twice that of 2009. Many of the slaying in Karachi have been linked to gangs allegedly controlled by

political parties. The wave of violence in the city has coincided with Sunday’s election to replace a provincial lawmaker killed in August. Because of its status as the country’s main economic hub, keeping Karachi calm is of prime importance to Pakistani leaders. A major chunk of supplies for US and NATO troops is shipped to the city before traveling overland in Pakistan and into neighboring Afghanistan. And Al-Qaeda and Taleban fighters are believed to frequent Karachi to rest and raise funds. In the latest attack, gun-

men opened fire in the scrapyard, which was in a commercial market area, killing 11 people late Tuesday. The dead included eight Pakistanis of Baluch descent, said Sharmila Farooqi, a provincial government spokeswoman. Farooqi said most of the killings in recent days were politically motivated, and some of the 55 suspects detained by police in connection with the violence were linked to political parties. Security forces were patrolling the city to prevent fresh violence yesterday, said Farooqi. — AP

China braces for deadly typhoon HONG KONG: Residents scrambled to stockpile food and authorities ordered ships to remain docked as southern China geared up yesterday for a typhoon that killed 20 people and wiped out crops in the northern Philippines. Typhoon Megi packed winds of 140 miles per hour (225 kilometers per hour) when it struck the Philippines on Monday. Philippine officials reported 20 deaths, including several people who drowned after being pinned by fallen trees. The storm damaged thousands of homes and flooded vast areas of rice and corn fields. Late yesterday, Megi was about 350 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of the southern financial hub of Hong Kong and expected to eventually hit the southern Chinese coast, the Hong Kong Observatory said on its website. The storm’s winds have weakened to 110 mph (175 kph), but are expected to build strength over the next two days before losing steam again Saturday, when the typhoon is projected to make landfall in China’s Guangdong province, the observatory said. In Guangdong, officials have ordered all fishing boats back to shore, put the provincial flood control headquarters on alert and warned that reservoirs should be watched, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. In the southern island province of Hainan, residents rushed to supermarkets to stock up on food, vegetables and bottled water, Xinhua said.

In Hong Kong, the mood was calmer in the densely populated city of 7 million whose infrastructure has traditionally held up well against the annual summer barrage of typhoons. Still, the Hong

Kong Observatory urged residents to make sure their windows could be properly bolted, avoid the coastline and refrain from water sports. It also ordered small vessels to return to shore. — AP

ISABELA: Lorendo Gines, surveys the damage to his house yesterday at Ilagan township, after the concrete wall of a business establishment collapsed when typhoon Megi (local name “Juan”) barreled Isabela province and nearby provinces in northeastern Philippines two days ago. — AP


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Teen victim in Manila bus tragedy wakes from coma HONG KONG: The sole surviving child of a Hong Kong woman with Canadian citizenship who lost her husband and two daughters in a Philippine bus hijacking has woken from a coma and identified his mother nearly two months after the tragedy, his doctor said yesterday. A disgruntled former police officer commandeered a bus carrying Hong Kong tourists, including the Leung family, in the Philippine capital, Manila, on Aug 23. Millions around the world watched on

live TV as police commandos exchanged fire with hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza after daylong negotiations broke down. Eight Hong Kongers died before Mendoza was killed by a sniper. Hong Kong was particularly moved by the plight of the Leungs, natives of the wealthy southern Chinese financial hub with Canadian passports. The father, Ken, died trying to subdue the gunman, who then killed his two daughters, 21-year-old Doris and 14-

year-old Jessie. The only survivors were the mother, Amy, and 18-year-old son Jason, who fell into a coma after suffering a head wound that still hasn’t been explained. About two months after being flown back to Hong Kong for treatment, Jason regained consciousness last week and spoke his first words, his doctor announced at a news conference yesterday. The reason for the delay in announcing the news wasn’t immediately clear,

but officials have been highly protective of Jason and his mother’s privacy amid intense media interest. “When Mrs Leung was next to Jason, one of our colleagues asked him who this is. He said, ‘That’s mommy.’ When asked ‘what is your mother’s name?’ He answered, ‘Amy.’ Our colleague still wasn’t satisfied and asked him what his name is. He responded, ‘Jason,”‘ Dr Dawson Fong said. Fong added that Jason was able to read Chinese and

English words doctors showed him, shake hands with guests and wave goodbye when they left, as well as gesture OK. The neurosurgeon, however, cautioned that Jason’s motor functions are still restricted and full recovery is still far off. “His legs have regained some strength, but he has still a very long way to go before standing up. Our next challenge is the movement of his four limbs. It is not a small challenge,” Fong said.

Still, the fact that Jason is awake made his mother and supporters ecstatic. “The feeling of relief I experienced cannot be described with words. I can only be grateful,” Jason’s mother said in a letter to the public read at the news conference. Well-wishers flooded a Facebook page set up for Jason, a graduate of Bronte College secondary school in the Canadian city of Mississauga, Ontario, with enthusiastic postings. — AP

S Korea calls on North to honor nuclear deal N Korea expresses willingness to rejoin talks SEOUL: South Korea called on North Korea yesterday to honor its part of a 2005 nuclear disarmament deal for w hich it had received energy aid and said it w as up to Pyongyang to show it w as serious about the troubled process. North Korea has expressed renew ed w illingness to rejoin the six-party nuclear talks after a tw o-year boycott, w hich analysts said w as an indication it w as hurting badly under harsh UN sanctions imposed last year in response to its nuclear test.

QINGHAI: In this Oct 19, 2010 photo released by Free Tibet yesterday Tibetan students march in protest on the streets of Tongren in western China’s Qinghai province. — AP

Tibetan students protest use of Chinese in classes BEIJING: Tibetan students in western China marched to protest unconfirmed plans to use the Chinese language exclusively in classes, teachers said yesterday, an unusually bold challenge to authorities that reflects a deep unease over the marginalization of Tibetan culture. Students went from school to school in the town of Tongren in Qinghai province on Tuesday, chanting slogans against unconfirmed plans to supplant the use of Tibetan, the teachers said. A fuzzy video of the march posted on the Internet showed students, many of them in school uniforms, walking alongside Tibetan monks. Still photos distributed by the London-based group Free Tibet showed similar scenes, including students and monks protesting outside the town’s main Buddhist monastery. The march ended by midday, and classes at the No 1 Minorities High School in Tongren resumed in the afternoon, said a teacher there. The teacher, who refused to give his name out of fear of retaliation by authorities, said about 300 students from the school had participated in the march. Free Tibet and US-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia said students from six

different schools joined the march, estimating the total number of participants at anywhere from 1,000 to 7,000. A teacher at the Huangnan Prefecture No. 2 Minorities High School, meanwhile, said classes there resumed yesterday. The teacher, who identified himself only by his surname, Xu, said about 90 students took part. The teachers said police did not intervene in the march and school administrators did not plan to punish participants. “The students marched peacefully. Their only demand was for continued use of their mother tongue,” said the No. 1 High School teacher. Language has been an emotional and complicated issue in Tibetan and other ethnic minority areas under Chinese rule. While many Tibetans fear the development of their areas and the migration of majority Han Chinese to them could destroy their traditional culture, many upwardly mobile minorities want their children to go to Chinese-language schools because mastering the language is key to better career prospects. That’s especially true in Tongren, known in Tibetan as Rebkong, a regional economic and administrative center as

well as a traditional center of Tibetan Buddhist art and culture. The town’s schools use Mandarin and Tibetan alongside each other, and both teachers said they had seen no official orders to switch entirely to Chinese. However, they said rumors and unconfirmed reports of a planned change in policy had been spreading among students and faculty and no clarification had been offered by education authorities. Calls to the prefectural government, its education bureau, and the government spokesman’s office all rang unanswered yesterday. Traditionally Tibetan areas such as Tongren that lie outside the official Tibetan Autonomous Region were sealed off following widespread anti-government rioting in the spring of 2008. Scores were arrested and a crackdown waged against Buddhist monasteries and other repositories of Tibetan tradition. They remain among China’s most restive regions and a notice posted on the No. 1 High School’s website contained an unusually detailed reminder to faculty of their responsibility to maintain stability on campus, including discouraging the spread of rumors and boosting “identification with the motherland.” — AP

South Korea and the United States have rejected the idea of resuming the negotiations for now, saying the North must first admit responsibility for sinking a South Korean navy ship in March that killed 46 sailors. The North denies it was involved in the incident and has threatened to attack the South if it is punished for it. “North Korea must show sincerity that it would implement nuclear disarmament steps equivalent to the 750,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil it received from the international community and ... allow the return of International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors or declare a moratorium on its nuclear facilities,” a senior South Korean foreign ministry official said. The ministry denied a Yonhap news agency report that said those were the preconditions for the South’s return to the stalled six-way nuclear negotiations, saying the North must still accept responsibility for the sinking of the navy ship Cheonan. North Korea had been given the fuel oil as initial compensation for steps it had taken through 2008 to freeze its nuclear activities, which it has since called irrelevant. Under a landmark 2005 deal with the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, Russia and China, the North agreed to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs and return to the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). In a subsequent accord on implementing that deal, the North agreed to shut down and seal its nuclear facilities and invite international inspectors to oversee disarmament steps. The North was offered economic aid in return for those steps, including an initial shipment of 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil. The shipment stopped at 750,000 tons when Pyongyang refused to agree to intrusive inspections. The North then walked away from the six-way process which had begun in 2003, saying it would not deal with the United States because Washington was intent on undermining its leadership. But in an about-turn, the North said in July that it was willing to return to dialogue, and China, which hosted the forum, has been working behind the scenes for a resumption. Analysts said the North was squeezed hard under sanctions imposed after its defiant nuclear and missile tests last year that deepened its economic woes, and may be trying to return to talks to secure more aid. — Reuters

China prepares for first census in 10 years BEIJING: Counting millions of migrant workers and citizens’ privacy concerns are among the biggest difficulties facing China as it prepares for the world’s largest census next month, an official said yesterday. Six million census takers will be deployed across the country Nov. 1-10 to account for more than 1.3 billion people, the first such tally since 2000. It will be the sixth time China has conducted a national census but the first time it has counted people where they live, not where they are legally registered, said Feng Nailin, vice director of the group coordinating the 2010 census. The change will allow China to formally track its rapid urbanization. But

accounting for its highly mobile and growing migrant population, which has fueled the country’s astonishing economic rise, will be a “major difficulty,” said Feng, who is with the National Bureau of Statistics. Under China’s strict household registration system, known as hukou, citizens are designated as either urban or rural. Migrant workers from the countryside are registered in their hometowns, not in the cities where many have lived for years. The system essentially restricts their access to government services including health and education. Feng said citizens have also become less cooperative in sharing personal details as they become increasingly

aware of their rights to privacy. Although census takers are sworn to confidentiality, citizens are suspicious that the information they give can be used against them, he said. He promised the census-takers would keep all information secret and protect the privacy of interviewees. “The information will not be used to evaluate the performance of any entities or organizations. This information will not be used to impose penalties on any individuals,” he said. Families with unregistered children may also be reluctant to provide information. China has a one-child policy and parents with children born in violation of the rule are required to pay a hefty fine. To encourage people

to come forward, families will be charged a reduced penalty if they register their extra children in the census, Feng said. Volunteers have been going door-to-door in China for months, taking initial polls of how many people live in each home and recording contact numbers to help census takers ahead of time. The last official census in 2000 recorded 1.26 billion people, though the country takes annual surveys that showed population numbers rising to 1.3 billion in 2009. The official data, which is not expected to be released until next year, will give China’s leaders a clear foundation to plan the country’s future economic and social policies, Feng said. — AP

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers, center top, and other buildings stand in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday. —AP

Plan for 100-story tower in Malaysia under siege KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government faced mounting opposition yesterday to a $1.6 billion, 100-story skyscraper plan, with critics slamming the project as an unnecessary extravagance at a time of belt-tightening and rising prices. Prime Minister Najib Razak insists the privately financed building will boost business in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s largest city, but the plan could hamper his ruling coalition’s efforts to regain support from many who believe that public funds are regularly abused to help the government’s allies grow wealthy. More than 46,000 people had joined a Facebook group opposing the initiative as of late yesterday, only five days after Najib first mentioned it while announcing the government’s latest budget. It is widely perceived to be a government project using taxpayers’ contributions, but Najib said the tower will be part of a 5 billion ringgit ($1.6 billion) urban development initiative spearheaded by Permodalan Nasional Berhad, a government-backed fund management firm. “This project is not a waste” of funds, Najib told a news conference late Tuesday. “We want a building that will become a symbol of a modern, developed country.” Najib noted that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also faced resistance in the 1990s when he pushed for the 88-story Petronas Twin Towers, which were the world’s

tallest buildings for several years and are now a source of pride for many Malaysians. Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman, chief executive of Permodalan Nasional, said yesterday the company was well positioned to finance the construction from its own internally generated funds, the national news agency Bernama reported. Opponents of the planned tower’s construction , scheduled to start next year and be completed in 2015, say there is already a glut of office space and that it would aggravate traffic jams. Criticism has been particularly sharp amid other revelations about high government spending. Parliament was told this week that the cost of a new palace being constructed for Malaysia’s king was rising to nearly 800 million ringgit ($250 million), while the official travel expenses of Najib and his deputy surged about 60 percent in the past year. Opposition leaders say such an expenditure is reckless when the government is cutting back on gasoline and sugar price subsidies for the public to rein in its budget deficit. Complaints about alleged government corruption and financial mismanagement caused many voters to turn against the National Front ruling coalition in 2008 elections. Najib took office last year and pledged wide-ranging reforms to help the ruling coalition regain a twothirds parliamentary majority, which it enjoyed for most of its 53 years of uninterrupted rule, in the next elections due in 2013. — AP

Japan’s empress, 76, says she’s slowing down TOKYO: Japan’s Empress Michiko, marking her 76th birthday yesterday, said she is starting to feel the effects of her age, sometimes forgetting where she puts things, but she hopes to keep up her official duties as long as she can. Michiko, the wife of Emperor Akihito, said in a prebirthday statement that she is well taken care of by her palace doctors and, when necessary, outside specialists. She has in the past suffered from ailments believed to be related to stress, and has recently shown signs of a form of asthma. “I myself have been blessed with relatively good health, but in the last few years I feel I have become a lot slower at doing things,” she said. “I also often experience symptoms that seem to be caused by aging, such as not being able to find what I am looking for. I find these incidents amusing at times, but I also feel a bit helpless.” The royal couple assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne 21 years ago, after the death of Akihito’s father, the late Emperor Hirohito. — AP

TOKYO: In this photo taken on Oct 1, 2010 and released by Japan’s Imperial Household Agency yesterday, Japanese Emperor Akihito, left, and Empress Michiko smile while posing at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. — AP


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It’s Wayne’s world - but where? By Rob Woollard

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anchester United may finally have confirmed that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Old Trafford but the biggest question surrounding the player’s future remains unanswered: where next? The availability on the open market of a player of Rooney’s calibre could normally be expected to trigger a frenzied bidding war. Yet the astronomical salary demands Rooney is likely to seek from anyone wishing to sign him mean that only a handful of super-rich clubs are likely to possess the financial muscle to secure his services. If cold, hard cash ends up being the defining criteria of Rooney’s transfer, the 24-year-old could well end up at United’s cross-town rivals, Manchester City, who are bankrolled by the billionaire Sheikh Mansour. City already pay midfielder Yaya Toure an estimated £220,000 a week, and would have little difficulty in meeting Rooney’s salary demands, or the £50-million price tag likely to be demanded by United. A move to City

may also appeal to Rooney and his family on geographical grounds. His wife Coleen is believed to be reluctant to move abroad because her 12year-old sister suffers from the rare genetic disorder Rett syndrome. But whether United would be able to stomach the sight of Rooney plying his trade at Eastlands, barely one year after seeing Carlos Tevez jump ship in an acrimonious move, remains another matter. The Guardian newspaper commented that any move by Rooney to City would represent the “most rancorous and staggering transfer of modern times”. Yet the alternative for United - seeing Rooney leave for a dramatically reduced fee as his contract winds down - is equally unpalatable. If, somehow, City are ruled out of the running, the only realistic option for Rooney in England are reigning champions Chelsea. While the club has reined in spending in recent sea-

sons, taking a more selective approach in the transfer market and keeping a firm grip on salaries, billionaire owner Roman Abramovich does have the cash to make a deal happen. Manager Carlo Ancelotti indicated earlier this week that Chelsea would be interested in Rooney if he became available but later backtracked. “I don’t like it when some coaches speak about my players and I don’t want to do the same for players of other teams,” Ancelotti said. “I have respect for United and I have respect for Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s their problem.” Daily Mail sports writer Martin Samuel argued that Chelsea would be the most “sensible” option if Rooney wished to stay in England. “They pay big money, they win titles, they would suit his style and in London he may find the anonymity he must crave after a traumatic year in the spotlight,” Samuel wrote. If Chelsea and Manchester City represent the only realistic English suitors for

Rooney, the pool of possible overseas clubs is just as shallow, with only Real Madrid and, less likely, Barcelona in the frame. Of the two Spanish clubs, Real look the more logical fit, having the edge over Barcelona who have recently announced steep losses. Jose Mourinho is a long-time admirer while a move to the Bernabeu would also see Rooney reunited with former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, with whom he formed a lethal attacking partnership. The problem is that Real Madrid already have an embarrassment of attacking riches, with the likes of Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil all in the team. “Who do we take out if Rooney comes?” Real’s technical director Jorge Valdano said on Monday. Before news of Rooney’s disenchantment at United broke however, Mourinho had said Rooney was the player he would most like to coach. It’s an impossible dream - Wayne Rooney. As much for his brilliant mentality as for his football talent.” —AFP

Chavez baits foes with nuclear deal By Andrew Cawthorne

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enezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s plans for a Russian-built nuclear power plant are unsettling his foes, but look more like geopolitical grandstanding than anything concrete at this stage. On an international tour encompassing several of the world’s leading critics of U.S. power, Chavez inked a deal in Moscow last week for Russia to help build the South American nation’s first nuclear energy generator. Chavez insists that Venezuela, like Iran, only has peaceful aims for nuclear power in the OPEC member South American nation which, despite its vast oil and natural gas reserves, has been suffering severe electricity shortages of late. But his nuclear program is a red rag to strident critics, particularly among the American right, who cast Venezuela with nations like Iran and North Korea as a menace to stability. Hawkish Bush-era US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, has warned of “a dangerous clandestine nuclear weapons effort” by Venezuela, which has uranium deposits in its south and has become a close ally of

Tehran. While the precise nature of Chavez’s nuclear plans are hard to know, he loves nothing more than to stir up his enemies, knowing it can shore up his image at home as a nationalist and statist forging ties with big powers such as Russia. Chavez and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev acknowledged the provocative politics at play at the Kremlin last week. “I already know that it will make someone shudder,” Medvedev said of the Venezuela deal. His nation recently finished Iran’s first nuclear power plant and is pushing to expand its presence on the global atomic energy market. The State Department said it has been aware for a while of Venezuela’s nuclear power intentions and would watch it “very closely” to ensure compliance with international agreements. Venezuela is a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Experts say it would take at least a decade for Caracas to get any program off the ground, while the huge financing needed is unsure, and Venezuela has better ways to meet its growing energy needs. Eileen Gavin, an analyst with UK-based

Latin American Newsletters which recently did a special report on Iran’s links with Latin

America, said there was much conjecture but no hard evidence that Venezuela was

planning atomic arms or abetting Iran’s nuclear program as critics allege. “This is a big distraction, a political sideshow after the election,” she said of Chavez’s nuclear deal. Chavez’s tour, on which he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Tuesday, came close after a September parliamentary vote where opposition parties made gains. “It will obviously get a reaction, that was what he was looking for,” Gavin added. “People forget a lot of these deals end up as plaques on the wall in Caracas and nothing else. In power since 1999, Chavez’s anti-American stance has made him one of the world’s best-known politicians and plays well to many in his support base among Venezuela’s poor, whom he needs in the run-up to a 2012 presidential election. Major Latin American nations Brazil, Argentina and Mexico have been using nuclear power for decades and there may be an element of national prestige in Chavez’s nuclear ambitions. But Venezuela’s energy needs could and should be met by simpler methods in the resource-rich nation, many locals say. Possibilities include wind,

solar, natural gas and an expansion of the existing hydro-electric system. “It does not make practical sense to spend so much money on a complicated nuclear power program,” said Venezuelan analyst Diego Moya-Ocampos with IHS Global Insight. “The agreement in Moscow definitely takes the nuclear plan a step forward, but I still think it has more to do with international politics,” added Moya-Ocampos. Fueling suspicious over links to Iran, Caracas has acknowledged Tehran officials are helping it map uranium deposits. The nations have bank connections and Iran funds various manufacturing projects in Venezuela. But Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research, said the fact neighboring Colombia was not hopping about Chavez’s nuclear ambitions - their despite tense relations - was telling. “There is no reason to believe this is a threat to anyone,” he said. “The right wing here says only countries the US approves of can have nuclear technology but that is just not how the world works. Because we have demonized Venezuela, this becomes an issue it shouldn’t be.” —Reuters

peculation of a grand bargain by the Group of 20 to rebalance the global economy is swirling ever faster thanks to China’s surprise decision to raise interest rates for the first time since 2007. Higher rates ought to push up the yuan, one element of the mooted deal. Whispers that the Federal Reserve will go easy with an expected second round of quantitative easing - printing money to buy government bonds - point to the quid pro quo for China, which is alarmed at the prospect of the dollar’s debasement. Maybe there is something cooking. But if the G20 were to go beyond broad brush strokes and devise a formula for reducing the current account imbalances disfiguring the world economy, it would be rewriting the history books. “I think they’re working on something,” said Andrew Busch, a foreign exchange strategist with BMO Capital Markets in Chicago. “I’m just not sure if it’s going to produce the results that everyone wants. The G20 is a large group. I’m not sure everyone has the same interests,” he said. There’s the rub. The five signatories to the Sept 1985 Plaza Accord, widely viewed as the pinnacle of global economic cooperation, had different interests: the United States, just like today, was under intense domestic pressure to reduce its current account deficit and boost manufacturing jobs by bringing the high-flying dollar down to earth. Japan and West Germany, both with big surpluses, might have wanted to keep the competitive edge that weak currencies gave them. But, as fellow capitalist democracies, they at least recognised the political forces at work in the United States and signed the accord, which sent their exchange rates soaring. The G20, by contrast, is a much bigger, disparate group of rich and emerging economies. To be sure, it made an auspicious debut when it supplanted the Group of Seven as the premier forum for international economic policymaking. Coordination of stimulus packages during the global financial crisis won high marks. And China, the group’s de facto No. 2, is alert to US political sensitivities. But, as its leaders repeatedly stress, it is also still a developing country with a compulsion to keep creating jobs to ensure stability. It also has an authoritarian, risk-averse government that puts its own interests before global ones. The failure of climate talks in Copenhagen springs to mind. On currency policy, it is a stance that translates into caution and gradualism. Moreover, the lesson China has taken away from the Plaza Accord is that the yen’s ensuing spike - complemented by deficit spending and loose monetary policy - inflated a property and stock market bubble in Japan that, when it burst, ushered in two decades of economic stagnation and virtual deflation. China’s leaders might not face re-election, but they would face virulent dissent if they struck a similar grand bargain with US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. “Clearly the ‘bubble’ and its bursting in Japan have a more complex explanation than simply the monetary and fiscal mix of 1985-1987, but the fact that this is the most dra-

matic instance of international engagement to tackle persistent current account surpluses overshadows current debates about what the appropriate response to Chinese surpluses should be,” said Harold James of Princeton University. Indeed, James, a professor of history and international affairs, said experience down the decades shows that it is very difficult to devise institutional mechanisms to change policies to correct current account imbalances. For instance, pressure on West Germany and Japan at the 1978 Bonn G7 summit to act as global locomotives by expanding fiscal policy led only to inflation and, indirectly, to the fall of German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, James wrote in a recent e-book for voxEU.org. “The lesson of the past clearly indicates that a more sophisticated approach is required rather than exerting massive pressure for exchange rate adjustment and looser monetary and fiscal policy,” he said. A process of mutual policy assessment being steered by the International Monetary Fund is one such avenue. But what leverage in practice can the Fund exert over the United States or China? Getting China to switch its model of growth entails overturning deep-rooted political arrangements that have bestowed favours on export-orientated coastal manufacturers and put investment ahead of consumption for decades. “In China and the other surplus countries, as in the deficit countries, rebalancing implies a fundamental change in the centre of gravity of the economic, and therefore political, life of the societies in question,” Jeffry Frieden, a professor of government at Harvard University, wrote in the voxEU.org book. In Frieden’s view, the festering row over the yuan is emblematic of the domestic and international conflicts that the global financial crisis have sparked and will deepen. Governments are likely to turn inward as their constituents show more concern for domestic matters than for global economic cooperation, he argued. Heading off the temptation to circle the wagons is, fundamentally, what is at stake at forthcoming G20 meetings in South Korea - a gathering of finance ministers in Gyeongju this Friday followed by a summit in Seoul on Nov. 11-12. The World Bank estimates that increased protectionism accounted for only 2 percent of the drop in trade during the global financial crisis, compared with roughly half during the Great Depression in the 1930s. But that does not mean globalisation is irreversible, no matter how extensive worldwide production chains are. Bank of England Governor Mervyn King warned on Tuesday that major surplus and deficit countries were pursuing directly conflicting economic strategies. “The need to act in the collective interest has yet to be recognised, and, unless it is, it will be only a matter of time before one or more countries resort to trade protectionism as the only domestic instrument to support a necessary rebalancing,” King said. “That could, as it did in the 1930s, lead to a disastrous collapse in activity around the world. Every country would suffer ruinous consequences including our own.” —Reuters

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Thieves wanted Cartier’s costliest ring - and got it ROME: Police are trying to track down two men who stole Cartier’s most expensive ring, but one thing is clear: the bilingual, elegantly attired thieves were savvy. Without pulling a weapon, the two men walked off with a €500,000 ($693,000) diamond-encrusted ring Tuesday evening from Cartier’s store on Via Condotti, a toney shopping street near Rome’s Spanish Steps, police said. Police official Paolo Guiso, who is leading the investigation, told AP yesterday that the thieves, speaking Arabic and French, talked their way into seeing several rings after telling the saleswoman they needed a special gift for a wedding. Italian news reports

said the thieves were North Africans, but Guiso said that investigators were still trying to determine their nationality. Cartier’s press office in Milan declined to describe the stolen ring or confirm Italian press reports that a 5-carat diamond formed the centerpiece, and that the rest of the piece was encrusted with much smaller diamonds. On Tuesday night, Rome’s police headquarters said the thieves were shown the store’s most expensive ring at their request. After an inspection at the store yesterday, Guiso said the two men worked deftly and quickly. “One man distracted the saleswoman” and while she was taking out

still another ring to show the customers, “the other quickly took the ring,” Guiso said. He said one of the men then left, claiming he needed to find someone who spoke Italian but never came back. The other man also quickly and calmly exited the store. Both apparently blended into a crowd of shoppers outside. Witnesses said Tuesday the pair was seen getting into a waiting sedan with a driver and quickly left the scene. But Guiso said it hasn’t been confirmed the thieves had a getaway car waiting. Police said images from a video surveillance camera are being examined. — AP

Filipino man found dead in plane toilet Mumbai university ban

MUMBAI: An employee displays a copy of the book “Such A Long Journey” at the Strand Book Stall yesterday. — AFP

MANILA: A Filipino passenger was found dead yesterday in the toilet of a plane in which he was flying home from the Middle East and police are investigating whether it was a suicide, officials said. Gulf Air flight attendants found the man, a cord tied around his neck, as they made last-minute checks before landing in Manila from Bahrain. Crew members and a nurse were unable to revive him, Manila airport officials said. The 36-year-old man, who died on board Gulf Air flight 154, appeared restless during the flight, police said, citing witnesses. It was the same Gulf Air flight on which a returning Filipino maid delivered a baby in September. The baby was

later found abandoned in the plane’s toilet trash bin and saved by airport doctors. The man had worked for three months as an electrician in Abu Dhabi, and his wife and relatives had traveled to the airport yesterday to welcome him back, Manila airport manager Octavio Lina said. “It was difficult to break the news to his family,” Lina said, adding that police were investigating the man’s background. Gulf Air said the man was found unconscious in one of the bathrooms about 15 minutes before landing. “CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was administered immediately by the cabin crew and continued until the aircraft landed at Manila International

Airport where he was pronounced dead by medical authorities,” it said in a statement. The baby abandoned in September was turned over to social workers. Police later found the mother, who told authorities she abandoned him because she feared how her husband and family would react. She said she had been raped by her Middle Eastern employer, and his wife had forced her to return home, officials said. Her story focused public attention on the plight of many overseas Filipinos laborers. About one in 10 Filipinos works abroad, many as maids and laborers in the Middle East, to escape crushing poverty and unemployment at home. — AP

MULTAN, Pakistan: Pakistani groom Azhar Haidri sits with his brides Humaira Qasim, 28, (right) and Rumana Aslam, 21, yesterday. Haidri, 23, married the two women in 24 hours, gaining national attention for his novel solution to a dilemma over wedding the woman he loves or going ahead with the marriage his family arranged. — AP

offered during the licensing round. Meanwhile, Kuwait Energy and TPAO teamed up to win the 1.1 trillion cubic foot Siba field near the Kuwait border, marking Kuwait’s first foray into Iraq’s energy sector since Saddam’s invasion of the state in 1990. Kuwait Energy beat out Kazakhstan’s KazMunaiGas EP JSC with an offer of $7.50 per barrel of oil equivalent and a targeted plateau production of 100 million cubic feet per day. “This moment represents a turning point in relations between the two countries, and their improvement in the future,” said Sara Akbar, Kuwait Energy’s chief executive. Iraq, which sits atop the world’s third largest proven reserves of crude, has already opened up its coveted oil fields to international firms in two licensing rounds last year that attracted a strong turnout. The country relies on oil for over 90 percent of its foreign revenues and desperately needs cash to rebuild after the 2003 US-led invasion and the earlier decades of sanctions, war and neglect. In stark contrast to the oil auctions, interest by foreign companies in the gas fields had appeared muted. Ahead of yesterday’s licensing round, only 13 of the 45 firms that pre-qualified for the event paid a participation fee. Only five companies submitted bids for the fields, a showing that will likely disappoint Iraqi oil officials. Opening the auction, Oil Minister Hussain Al-Shahristani sought to assure the companies they would have the government’s full backing in developing the projects. He noted the technical and logistical challenges in boosting Iraq’s oil

Continued from Page 1 members of our family. We condemn this illegal and untraditional act, and declare our complete solidarity with the owners of the channel, and we stress that courts are the only haven in a country ruled by law,” said a statement released on behalf of the family by Abdullah Uthman Al-Saeed after the

and gas production, but said, “we are committed (to providing) all the support and help to the winning companies today, and we assure them that they will enjoy all the kinds of cooperation we are providing the oil companies that won contracts in the previous two bidding rounds.” Reflecting the companies’ unease, only one bid was submitted for the second largest field on offer. Turkey’s TPAO teamed up with Kuwait Energy and KOGAS to offer $10 per barrel of oil equivalent for the 4.5 trillion foot Mansouriya field in the restive province of Diyala. Iraq, however, rejected that offer and the companies requested a brief delay to evaluate the country’s counteroffer of $7 per barrel of oil equivalent before accepting. Akkas was the main prize of the auction. The field is located in the deserts near the Syrian border in Anbar, an overwhelmingly Sunni province and former insurgent stronghold. It was offered in one of the earlier oil auctions, but not awarded, since most foreign firms were reluctant to stake claims to fields in the more volatile parts of the country. The KOGAS-led consortium offered $5.50 per barrel of oil equivalent produced, with plateau output projected at 400 million cubic feet per day. France’s Total and TPAO had wanted $19 per barrel of oil equivalent, with peak production targeted at 375 million cubic feet per day. But in a window into the challenges they face, hundreds of people demonstrated in Ramadi, Anbar’s capital, against the Oil Ministry’s plan for developing Akkas. The demonstrators argued that the local government was not consulted and demanded that the winning bidders hire workers solely from the province.

Sunnis, a minority in Iraq, have been at the heart of the fight against the USbacked central government in Baghdad, arguing that they are being marginalized by the country’s Shiite leadership. Security in Iraq, or the lack thereof, has been a major factor restricting the country’s efforts to rebuild and attract investment since Saddam’s fall. The withdrawal of US forces in August has hiked concerns whether Iraq’s security forces are up to the task amid persisting sectarian tensions. The political process remains fragmented, with no government yet in place after the March elections. As in earlier bidding rounds, the companies were vying for 20-year service contracts that offer them a fixed fee for their services. The contracts, which can be extended for five years, are a stark contrast to the more lucrative productionsharing contracts most companies prefer. The latest auction was pushed back from its intended Sept 1 start as Iraq sought to sweeten the terms. The main changes included dropping a condition that the winning companies should find an export client for 50 percent of the output. Other changes including dropping signature bonuses and reducing the annual training commitment to $1 million from $5 million. Iraq plans to channel much of the new production from the fields to its strained domestic power sector where shortfalls mean that most Iraqis find the lights on for just five to seven hours of power per day. The country currently produces 950 million standard cubic feet per day, of which about 40 percent is burned off or flared - at the well because of inadequate gas capture and sequestration facilities. — AP

He could convince you as a vicious character without overacting. He was a natural in his acting. It all looked so real. You could be stunned by his performance. In his real life, Al-Saleh was a great guy. He was loved by all his friends and family. A genuine family man who cared for his family and who was a good friend to his friends. Most of the actors praise him for guiding them, especially the new-

comers. They all say that he was down to earth and keen on them learning the trade. Most of them say it was a pleasure to work with him. I ran into him by accident at airports when travelling. I greeted him as a celebrity. He was so gentle and humble. You wouldn’t take him for a celebrity. May God bless your soul, Ghanem AlSaleh.

Bless your soul Continued from Page 1 Al-Saleh played roles in hundreds of other well-known TV series and soap operas besides “Bye Bye London”. Besides being a hilarious comedian, he could turn 180 degrees and act the role of a vicious father, a company owner or an employer - such as his role in his last serial Umm Al Benat (Mother of Girls).

MUMBAI: Writers, filmmakers and social commentators have expressed fears about freedom of speech in India after hardline Hindu activists forced an award-winning book to be taken off a university syllabus. The University of Mumbai withdrew Rohinton Mistry’s novel “Such A Long Journey” from its undergraduate arts degree course because of complaints that it contained “foul and derogatory references” to the Shiv Sena party. Members of the party’s youth wing, led by Aditya Thackeray, the 20-year-old grandson of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray burned copies of the Mumbai-born author’s novel, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1991. The tactics are nothing new for the Shiv Sena, which pushed through the change in name of the city of Bombay to Mumbai in 1995, but the strength of the condemnation of those involved is unusual. “The Shiv Sena has followed its depressingly familiar, tediously predictable script of threats and intimidation that Mumbai has endured since the organisation’s founding in 1966,” said Mistry, who is based in Canada. He also criticised the university for coming “perilously close to institutionalising the ugly

notion of self-censorship”, accusing them of bowing to political pressure. Bloggers and those involved in the arts scene in Mumbai and beyond have voiced their concerns. “We are headed towards a fascist ethos where someone decides what others think,” influential filmmaker Anand Patwardhan was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Mirror on Tuesday. The Shiv Sena pushes a regionalist, often anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan agenda, championing the rights of people from Maharashtra state over “outsiders” and often backing up threats with violence. In February, some Mumbai cinemas scaled back the release of top Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s film “My Name Is Khan” after party activists threatened to disrupt screenings because of allegedly “unpatriotic” remarks by the actor. In July, party members protested against the lifting of a ban on a book by a USbased academic about the revered Maratha king Shivaji, also because of its alleged defamatory comments. Earlier this month, police in Maharashtra detained 25 activists who were protesting against the appearance of two Pakistani nationals on the Indian version of the reality television show “Big

Brother”. Previous incidents have included attacks on migrant workers and shops for selling “un-Indian” Valentine’s Day cards and gifts. A judicial inquiry also pointed the finger at Bal Thackeray for directly inciting anti-Muslim violence that left more than 1,000 people dead in communal riots in the early 1990s. Political commentator Kumar Ketkar said the Shiv Sena’s long-standing approach was a “kind of terrorism” threatening multi-cultural, multi-faith tolerance in the world’s largest democracy. The younger Thackeray was last weekend unveiled as the head of the party’s youth wing. Ketkar, chief editor of the Lok Satta newspaper, said his actions showed he was likely to adopt the same approach. “If they (the Shiv Sena) can implement a ban on a book without reading it on just one diktat it only emboldens other organisations to take to the streets and terrorise the authorities,” he told AFP. “The institutional framework in which we work and we operate - the government, judiciary, the media and academia - are supposed to protect liberty. My fear is that these institutions have surrendered. Individuals are standing up. But individuals can’t do much without the support of the institutions.” — AFP

Saeed family meets, says loyal to regime

Iraq auctions off 3 major gas fields Continued from Page 1

sparks free speech fears

meeting. “We, as a family, stress that we respect for law, and our love and complete loyalty for Al-Sabah family, and we value and respect all members of Kuwaiti society, with all of their families, tribes and sects. Here in particular, we stress that we respect and value the Al-Malik Al-Sabah family. At the same time, we want to tell everyone

that we will not allow or accept any form of insult to the Al-Saeed family under any justification, and here we remember the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that “the strong is not that who wins a fight, but that who can withhold himself at the moment of anger”. Lastly, we say “You might hate something that is good for you” (Quran),” the statement added.

Kuwait drama stirs debate on Iran ties Continued from Page 1 For some, the show’s brazen plunge into these questions - defying the official narrative in Kuwait that glorifies bedouin tribes has served an Iranian agenda at a time when smaller Gulf states traditionally aligned towards the United States ponder what a resurgent Iran could mean for the future. Karim listens to Persian music; he struggles to pronounce Arabic words; Farsi dialogue comes with subtitles. Kuwait’s private AlRai TV even advertised the show in Farsi and Arabic. “This is a cultural invasion and imposition of Farsi on an Arab society,” wrote one user on the site of Kuwaiti daily Al-Anbaa, reflecting the strong reactions of many. “I don’t think our society is so desperate that it has to resort to Farsi.” Yet the fact is around 30 percent of Kuwaitis are thought to be Shiites - the sect of Islam in Iran that sets it apart from the Sunni Islam dominating in most Arab countries - and over half of them may have Iranian blood. Kuwait has many merchant families whose names betray their Persian past. It is a similar story all the way down the Gulf coast, from Kuwait to Oman. Shiites are even a majority in Bahrain, viewed by Saudi Arabia’s strict Wahhabi school of Islam - which views Shiism as heresy - as a virtual fifth column for Iran. Also many Sunni Arabs who moved to Iran generations ago but returned in recent decades continue to mix Farsi words in their speech or speak with an accent. Some can still speak Farsi. In other words, says Daifallah Zaid, who wrote the series, a large viewer base is ready for dramas that discuss different, or

suppressed, facets of Gulf life today. “It was the first Gulf work that bravely tried to turn the spotlight on this, when most drama is just the same,” said Zaid. “In Kuwait we have a lot of people who speak with this accent. The Iranian element is present in all the Gulf. It’s not just Iranian, it could be Iraqi or Indian too.” He said it was part of a trend in Gulf drama, pointing to a serial on Abu Dhabi TV in 2007 called “Rihlat Shaga” (“A Journey of Hardship”) that focussed on the bedoon, or “the without” Arabs refused nationality by Gulf governments who slipped through the cracks of history when it came to state formation. In “Karimo”, the protagonist struggles to find acceptance among his sister’s children, who are embarrassed over their Iranian relative. Played by well-known actor Dawoud Hussein, Karim wins them over. But with sibling rivalry running riot, the script makes his the voice that begs the brothers to make up. “I wanted to do something different but that reflected the reality. People said it was political but it was a humanitarian drama,” Zaid said. Sunni Arab governments in the Gulf are worried that Iran’s nuclear energy program could transform the Shiite country of over 70 million into a nuclear weapons state. How much Gulf populations share this fear is hard to gauge. For many, from a Sunni, Shiite or secular perspective, Israel - with its assumed nuclear arsenal - is more of a concern. Governments, some of whom host US military forces, have nevertheless been increasingly outspoken over their position. In July Youssef Al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Washington, predicted protests and riots in the Gulf if the

United States or Israel staged any military action against Tehran. But he preferred that to a nuclear Iran. Hussein Al-Qatari, a Kuwaiti viewer of mixed Arab-Iranian origin, said only some Kuwaitis, of Sunni tribal background, think of Iran as a major threat - the same ones outraged at a Kuwaiti soap in Farsi and Arabic beamed into their living rooms. But he said there were no conflicted loyalties just a more complex pattern of origins than many Kuwaitis allow for. “Often we are accused of being affiliated to Iran, that we love Iran more than we love Kuwait, and it’s rubbish,” said the 24-year-old English literature graduate, a fan of the show. “In my circle people don’t think of Iran as a threat - but a lot of people who are originally Persian do think Iran is backward in its policies and in the way they treat their own people,” he added. The nuclear dispute has paralleled a rise in Iran’s regional influence since the 2003 war on Iraq brought the Shiite majority there to power and nationalist leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became Iran’s president in 2004. Sunni-Shiite tension in Arab countries has followed. An outspoken Shiite preacher was stripped of his Kuwaiti nationality in September for comments insulting Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) wife Aisha, a revered figure, intensifying the reaction among anti-Iran Kuwaitis over “Karimo”. But Muhammad Al-Zekri, a Bahraini anthropologist, said the controversy over the series illustrated how far official versions of national identity - set by and centred on ruling dynasties of tribal origin no longer reflect the modern Gulf. — Reuters

Kuwait falls in press freedom Continued from Page 1 Jassem faces several court cases and in one of them he is charged with attempting to overthrow the government. He was detained for 49 days in May and for 11 days in November. Most of the cases against him were filed by Prime Minister HH Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah over slander charges.

Qatar also dropped 27 places to 121 position on a list of 178 countries, RSF said, without elaborating. Bahrain slipped from 119th to 144th place as a result of the “growing number of imprisonments and trials, notably against bloggers and netizens,” RSF said in a statement. Oman ranked 124th, down 17 places from last year, while the UAE dropped just one place to 87. Bucking the trend, conserva-

tive Saudi Arabia went up the list six places to 157, but remained in last place among the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) alliance, RSF said. RSF compiles its annual table by scoring each country in the light of 43 criteria measuring violence and persecution against journalists, censorship and self-censorship, and the financial and legal independence of media. — AFP


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NHL result/standings NHL results and standings on Tuesday. Boston 3, Washington 1; Calgary 1, Nashville 0 (OT); Minnesota 6, Vancouver 2; Carolina 5, San Jose 2. (OT indicates overtime win)

NY Islanders Pittsburgh Philadelphia NY Rangers New Jersey

W 3 4 2 1 1

Eastern Conference Atlantic Division L OTL GF 1 2 20 3 0 23 2 1 11 2 1 14 4 1 10

Toronto Montreal Boston Buffalo Ottawa

4 3 3 1 1

Northeast 0 1 1 4 4

Division 1 1 0 1 1

17 14 12 12 12

11 13 7 18 21

9 7 6 3 3

Tampa Bay Washington Atlanta Carolina Florida

4 4 3 3 2

Southeast 1 2 2 2 2

Division 0 0 0 0 0

17 18 17 14 12

18 14 16 14 5

8 8 6 6 4

20 10 12 12 12

9 8 7 6 4

19 11 13 18 11

8 6 5 5 4

Chicago Nashville Detroit St. Louis Columbus

4 3 3 2 2

Western Conference Central Division 2 1 23 0 2 13 1 1 14 1 2 14 2 0 10

Colorado Calgary Minnesota Vancouver Edmonton

4 3 2 2 2

Northw est 2 2 2 3 2

Division 0 19 0 9 1 16 1 14 0 12

Pacific Division Dallas 4 1 0 20 Los Angeles 3 1 0 10 Anaheim 2 3 1 13 Phoenix 1 2 1 8 San Jose 1 2 1 9 Note: Overtime losses (OTL) are worth one point in and are not included in the loss column (L).

GA 17 16 14 16 21

PTS 8 8 5 3 3

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SAN JOSE: Jeff Skinner No. 53 of the Carolina Hurricanes is checked hard to the ice by Dan Boyle No. 22 of the San Jose Sharks during an NHL hockey game at the HP Pavilion. — AFP

Bruins down Capitals, Flames edge Predators WASHINGTON: David Krejci and Milan Lucic each had a goal and an assist in the first period as the Boston Bruins ended the Washington Capitals’ four-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night. Matt Hunwick added a goal, and Tim Thomas made 35 saves to improve to 3-0 for the Bruins, who held Alex Ovechkin without a point for the first time in the young season. Rookie Marcus Johansson scored the lone goal for the Capitals, whose high-powered offense has yet to catch stride — even as their penalty kill remains perfect. Washington held Boston scoreless on four

power plays, leaving opponents 0 for 25 through six games. The Bruins scored twice on Michal Neuvirth before the Capitals goaltender left the game in the first period because of illness. Semyon Varlamov came on in relief and stopped 13 of 14 shots. Flames 1, Predators 0 At Nashville, Rene Bourque scored at 2:10 of overtime to give Calgary an away victory. After winning their first three games of the season, the Predators have lost back-to-back games, both in overtime. Calgary has won two straight.

Parked in the low slot, Bourque corralled the rebound of a tough angle shot by Brendan Morrison and beat Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne on the stick side. After missing Calgary’s past two games with a concussion, Bourque got his first goal of the season. Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 34 shots for his first shutout of the season and 35th of his career. Wild 6, Canucks 2 At St. Paul, Marek Zidlicky had a goal and two assists as Minnesota scored three times on the power play. Guillaume

Giants ahead in NLCS SAN FRANCISCO: Cody Ross came through with another key hit this postseason while Matt Cain outdueled Cole Hamels as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the National League championship series. Ross hit an RBI single in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie and fellow playoff firsttimer Aubrey Huff followed with a run-scoring single. The Giants grabbed the edge in their best-of-seven series against the two-time defending NL champions - with two more games in their home ballpark. Among those in the 43,320 crowd was home run king Barry Bonds in a front-row seat near San Francisco’s dugout. Giants manager Bruce Bochy tweaked his lineup, and it worked. Aaron Rowand earned a start in center field, then doubled and scored on Freddy Sanchez’s fifth-inning single. This marked the third impressive pitcher’s duel in as many games of this NLCS. First, it was Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum, then Roy Oswalt and Jonathan Sanchez. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was considering going back to Halladay on short rest for Game 4 late yesterday night if his team trailed, though Joe Blanton was penciled in for the start. Rookie Madison Bumgarner, who pitched the division series clincher at Atlanta, goes for the Giants. Cain allowed two hits over seven innings, struck out five and walked three in a strong 119-pitch effort. Javier Lopez pitched the eighth and Brian Wilson finished it for his fourth postseason save and second in as many tries this series. Cain and 2008 World Series MVP Hamels each began with three scoreless innings. The left-handed Hamels didn’t allow a hit until Edgar Renteria’s single to start the fourth, while Carlos Ruiz’s one-out single in the third was the first off Cain. After Renteria’s hit, Sanchez sacrificed him to second. Buster Posey struck out swinging and former Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell walked. Ross followed with his single. — AP

minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct, was pulled by linesman Don Henderson toward the Vancouver bench, he appeared to push the official. On his way down the tunnel to the dressing room, Rypien pushed a Wild fan who was applauding at the railing. Rypien was quickly pulled away by teammate Manny Malhotra. The fan was removed from the area. Rypien was in the penalty box to start the third period, but did not get any ice time. Hurricanes 5, Sharks 2 At San Jose, Eric Staal scored a shorthanded goal and Cam Ward made 41 saves

to help Carolina get its first win on American soil. Erik Cole, Patrick Dwyer, Chad LaRose and Joni Pitkanen also scored for the Hurricanes, who ended a two-game slide and won for the first time since sweeping the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland. Patrick Marleau scored twice for the Sharks, who have yet to win a home game. Antti Niemi made 26 stops, but has allowed nine goals over his past two games. Staal scored Carolina’s first short-handed goal of the season 6 minutes into the game. The Sharks allowed a short-handed goal for the second consecutive game. —AP

Rangers lead Yankees in ALCS

SAN FRANCISCO: Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson throws during the ninth inning of Game 3 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. — AP

Despite cuts London 2010 Olympic budget maintained LONDON: The British government has decided to keep the London 2012 Olympics budget unchanged despite wide-ranging budget cuts to reduce the country’s deficit. The government announced yesterday that it is cutting its departments’ budgets by an average 19 percent in an effort to wipe out a spending deficit that reached 156 billion pounds last year. But the Olympic budget is protected at 9.3 billion pounds ($14.7 billion) despite a 28 per-

Latendresse, Cal Clutterbuck, John Madden, Andrew Brunette and Matt Cullen also scored for the Wild, who entered the game with the league’s best power play at 38.1 percent, and was 3 for 3 with the man advantage. Daniel Sedin scored twice for Vancouver, which could see center Rick Rypien facing disciplinary action after pushing a fan. Rypien and Minnesota’s Brad Staubitz, who fought in the opening period, were about to square off in the second period before being separated by the linesmen in front of the Wild bench. As Rypien, who was assessed a double

cent cut in funding to UK Sport, the country’s primary sports agency. UK Sport said it can maintain its funding of Olympic athletes until after the London Games, after which it will be reduced by 15 percent. An increase of 50 million pounds ($79 million) a year in funding from Britain’s national lottery will then compensate for some of the cuts. “This settlement represents a positive outcome in difficult times,” UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl said.

“While tough, it recognizes that the funding and support we give to Olympic and Paralympic sport is a crucial element of the nation’s London 2012 ambition. “Ministers have been clear throughout the process that they see the continued support of sports and athletes through to London 2012 as a priority, and this reduction will not have any significant impact on our goals.” The budget of the government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport will be

reduced to 1.1 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) over four years. “To deal with an unprecedented financial deficit, we have been forced to make some incredibly difficult decisions,” Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport secretary Jeremy Hunt said. “But, in the current economic climate, this is a good settlement for DCMS’s sectors. “We will deliver a safe and successful Olympics in 2012 when the eyes of the whole world will be upon us.”—AP

NEW YORK: The AL championship series has turned into the one-sided affair many expected — except that it’s the Texas Rangers who are one win from the World Series, not the New York Yankees. Bengie Molina hit a goahead, three-run homer off A.J. Burnett in the sixth inning and Josh Hamilton added a pair of solo drives as the Rangers battered the Yankees 10-3 Tuesday night for a 3-1 ALCS lead. On a night of contested home runs, a hamstring injury that finished Mark Teixeira for the postseason and another rash of late walks by Rangers relievers, the AL West champions brought a little bit of the Wild West with them. A win late yesterday in Game 5 puts them into baseball’s showcase for the first time — in the 50th season of a club that originally started play as the Washington Senators in 1961. “They all talk about homefield advantage,” said Derek Holland, who got the win with 3 2-3 innings of scoreless one-hit relief. “We want to be able to show that there’s no such thing.” Texas is 5-0 on the road in the playoffs, and the Yankees are on the verge of losing three straight postseason home games in a single series for the first time since 1942. “It’s been a little unusual,” Texas third baseman Michael Young said. “I think we look at Yankee Stadium as just a fun place to play. This is the ultimate in baseball.” Game 5 will have a rematch of starters from the opener, with the Yankees’ CC Sabathia pitching against CJ Wilson. Since the LCS went to a best-of-seven format, 24 of the 30 previous teams to take 3-1 series leads have won pennants. “Tomorrow’s game is the most important game in the history of this franchise,” Wilson said. Instead of trying to avoid Cliff Lee, the Yankees can only hope to force a Game 7 and face him again. “We have bounced back many times in this year,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Win, and then you go from

NEW YORk: Yankees first baseman Nick Swisher, left, hangs on to the throw to get Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler out in the ninth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s American League Championship Series. — AP there.” Nelson Cruz hit the last of Texas’ four homers, a tworun drive in the ninth that gave the Rangers seven homers in the series and 15 in the postseason. Hamilton’s homers in the seventh against Boone Logan and the ninth off Sergio Mitre made him 5 for 15 in the series and gave him seven RBIs. Angry Yankees fans booed over and over. It was a costly loss for the defending World Series champion Yankees. Teixeira limped off in the fifth inning with a strained right hamstring and said he was done for the year. Girardi said the team likely will replace the AllStar first baseman on the roster with infielder Eduardo Nunez. “You battle all year to get a chance to help your team out in the World Series, hopefully,” Teixeira said. “It’s not going to happen this year.” Aiming for a Series matchup against San Francisco or Philadelphia, Texas has outscored the Yankees 30-11, outhit them 43-

26 and would have swept if not for wasting a five-run lead in the opener, when the Yankees turned late walks into runs. Alex Rodriguez has been a bust against his former team, going 2 for 15 (.133) with two RBIs. Molina’s two-out homer came after an intentional walk to David Murphy and put Texas ahead 5-3. Robinson Cano hit a secondinning home run off the top of the right-field wall — his third of the series — that left Cruz screaming and pointing after a fan touched his glove as he tried to make a leaping catch. “From the angle I had, I was very confident that the ball was in the stands,” right field umpire Jim Reynolds said. Two batters later, Lance Berkman hit a high drive down the right-field line that was clearly foul but initially was ruled fair by Reynolds. After a video review — just the third in postseason play since the process began two years ago —

umpires reversed the call and ruled it foul. The Yankees didn’t even argue. “In that situation, I wasn’t confident of what I had, and we got together and we went to the replay,” Reynolds said. Holland entered when starter Tommy Hunter was knocked out in the fourth inning. “I was definitely a little nervous coming into Yankee Stadium, especially in the playoffs, but at the same time you have to have fun with it,” Holland said. Holland, Darren O’Day and Clay Rapada walked the bases loaded in the eighth with Texas leading 7-3. After Darren Oliver’s 0-1 pitch appeared to glance off Nick Swisher’s back foot — there wasn’t a call — Swisher flied to short center on the next pitch, dropping to 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position in the playoffs. Berkman followed with an inning-ending forceout, and Oliver finished for a save. — AP


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Berthold seeks revival of ‘Austrian Wunderteam’ VIENNA: Newly appointed men’s head coach Mathias Berthold doesn’t think it’s important for him to know when an Austrian skier last won a World Cup downhill race. “No, and I don’t care,” Berthold responded to a question in a recent interview. “I dealt with the past, spoke with all who were involved and closed that chapter.” The answer was March 2009, when Klaus Kroell triumphed in Kvitfjell, Norway. What followed was a disappointing season in which the Austrian men did not win a single downhill race or Olympic medal and Benjamin Raich was beaten for the overall World Cup title by Carlo Janka of Switzerland. For Berthold, that’s the past. As a new season gets under way this

weekend in Soelden, Austria, his focus is on improving the future for a squad was dubbed the “Austrian Wunderteam.” The 45-year-old Berthold, a World Cup slalom skier in the 1980s and 90s, helped the German women win two world titles in 2009 and three golds at the Vancouver Olympics before replacing Toni Giger as Austria’s men’s head coach in the offseason. Austria’s men won six Olympic golds, 12 world titles and 219 World Cup races during Giger’s 11-year term. Berthold is taking a long-term view on his chances of emulating the times when Austria regularly scored 1-2-3 sweeps of World Cup podiums. “It’s difficult. Realistically, it won’t

happen soon. We’ll be glad when we can compete for victory at every single race,” Berthold said. “Other nations are just too strong.” Broad changes to the men’s team staff were widely expected after last season, but ultimately only Giger left. Andreas Evers stayed on as downhill coach and Christian Hoeflehner remained responsible for the slalom team. In preseason training, the emphasis has shifted from developing all-round skiers. In Berthold’s vision, it’s better to encourage specialists. “You can make an allrounder out of every skier _ but just to a certain degree,” he explained. “Specializing sounds extreme, but we want to challenge our athletes in their strengths. We don’t want to waste time with

things which are less important for development and success.” Another change under the new coach is an increased urgency to bring young talent to World Cup level. According to Berthold, there is “a relatively huge gap” between Austria’s top skiers and the country’s juniors. Raich, as Austria’s major allrounder, acknowledged that a “new trainer brings new ideas” which could help the team go forward again. “But you have to be wary not to throw away everything you’ve done before,” Raich said. “As an athlete, you try to stick to a certain consistency as well.” Raich said that, apart from the world championships, he’ll aim for the overall World Cup title again and might focus on his stronger disci-

plines more than in the recent years. “You don’t make many points if you’re fourth of fifth all the time,” Raich said. “Maybe it’s better to have fewer starts and concentrate on races you can actually win.” Speed specialist Michael Walchhofer, who won 12 World Cup downhill races and 2 super-Gs, has welcomed the new coach’s attitude. “He’s got a very practical approach thanks to his own past as a top-level skier,” said the 35-year-old Walchhofer, who is aiming to add a second downhill world title to his 2003 triumph in what will be his last season on the circuit. “Giger had a more theoretical approach. That’s nothing negative regarding all his successes,”

Walchhofer said. “But after last season, this was an important change for us. It brought a fresh air to the team.” Marcel Hirscher, who won two giant slaloms and had four more podium finishes in technical races last season, said he appreciates the “ease of handling” by Berthold. “It’s all more laid-back now. The strict rules of Toni (Giger) were very successful ... but Mathias was a racer himself and he is more like one of us,” Hirscher said. The difference already within the Austrian team has even been noticed by others, such as US men’s head coach Sasha Rearick. “Their attitude is definitely friendlier. I would say that’s the biggest change,” Rearick said. “Mathias Berthold has been communicating

very well and we’re actually going to train together some in Colorado.” Rearick said it’s not a formal partnership but “it’s back to how we should all function — help each other and work together when we can and enjoy the competition on the hill.” Berthold won’t give a prediction for the upcoming season, which gets underway with the traditional giant slalom races on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden this weekend and includes February’s world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. “I don’t talk about numbers or placings,” he said. “I want us to ski well and to transfer our training performances into the races. If we manage to do that, we’ll see some supercool races.”—AP

Yellow jersey men look onwards and upwards

FRANCE: Luxemburg’s rider Frank Schleck (left), Norvegian rider Thor Hushovdt (center) and British rider Mark Cavendish listen to a speech during the presentation of the route of the 2011 race on October 19. —AFP

Arbitrators: Merritt may be eligible for Olympics DENVER: LaShawn Merritt’s eligibility for the 2012 London Olympics is still uncertain. On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee said the defending Olympic champion in the 400 meters would be ineligible for the games because of an IOC rule that automatically disqualifies any athlete banned for more than six months. But the American arbitrators who banned him for 21 months refute that. In their decision Monday, they said that because the IOC agrees to follow the World Anti-Doping Code, it must adhere to their decision, which says barring Merritt from London would essentially extend his ban to three years and is not an “appropriate consequence of his anti-doping violation.” Merritt is banned for using a prohibited substance found in an over-the-counter male enhancement product. He was given 21 months instead of the usual two-year suspension because he cooperated with authorities and was found to not have taken the drug to enhance athletic performance. The suspension ends in July 2011, which would make him eligible to defend his world championship next year. But the IOC rule could prevent him from going for back-to-back Olympic gold in 2012.

In a statement Tuesday, the IOC said each case is different and subject to the relevant legal procedure. “But the IOC’s rules are clear, coming into force just before Beijing in July 2008. The Osaka rule states very clearly that any athlete sanctioned for more than six months will be banned from participation in the next edition of the games,” the statement said. “This rule is still valid and applies to all athletes.” In its decision this week, the arbitration panel went so far as to say the IOC, not Merritt, has to appeal the case _ and urged it to do so before the next Olympics get much closer. Among the possible scenarios from here: Merritt could qualify at Olympic trials, then subsequently be told he’s not allowed to compete at the Olympics, which could deprive another athlete the chance to compete for his spot. Or, the US Olympic Committee or USA Track and Field could use the IOC rule as a reason to block Merritt from competing in trials altogether. “Mr. Merritt should know where he stands in all aspects of his competitive career after the conclusion of this case, which would include appeals,” the panel’s decision said. “His competitors in the United States should know.

LaShawn Merritt of the United States

USATF and USOC should know. Delaying the final determination ... cheats athletes and sports organizations around the world.” Merritt’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, said the arbitration decision “is pretty clear and we will deal with any issues as they come up.” “It seems to me the IOC is saying they have this rule but they recognize there are legal procedures that might come into play on a case-by-case basis,” Jacobs said. “I don’t really want to start speculating on what they might be in LaShawn’s specific case.” USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said the federation does not intend to contest the validity of the IOC rule. When asked about the rule last week, David Howman, general director of the World Anti-Doping Agency, said it was outside the WADA code’s jurisdiction. “Some say it could be double jeopardy. It hasn’t been worked through at any hearing yet,” Howman said. “Our position is pretty plain. It’s not a sanction under the code. But it is an issue that needs to be resolved.” U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart did not immediately respond to messages left by The Associated Press. USADA asked the IOC to make itself party to the Merritt case but the IOC refused, saying the American Arbitration Association panel, whose services are provided for anti-doping cases involving US athletes and USADA, did not have jurisdiction to make a decision about an IOC rule. The arbitrators disagreed, and said the world anti-doping code gives the IOC the right to appeal their decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Merritt faces a similar scenario as American swimmer Jessica Hardy, who was forced out of the 2008 Olympics after testing positive for clenbuterol. She was found to have unknowingly taken the banned agent in a contaminated food supplement and her two-year suspension was reduced to one. The IOC rule would bar her from the London Games, as well, and her status also remains in limbo. —AP

PARIS: The potential heirs to defending yellow jersey champion Alberto Contador were given sufficient warning on Tuesday: the 2011 Tour de France will be won almost exclusively in the high mountains. In an hour-long presentation detailing the 21 stages of the 98th edition, Contador, currently provisionally suspended after a sample taken during the 2010 Tour tested positive for trace amounts of the banned substance clenbuterol, was conspicuous by his absence. But his rivals won’t be basing their preparations for the July epic on whether he takes part or not. If Contador is absent in 2011, Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, a two-time runner-up who was second by only 39secs in 2010, will start as the main favourite, with Italian Ivan Basso close behind in the betting stakes. Basso returned from a twoyear ban last year and, claiming he is racing 100 percent clean, went on to win this year’s Giro d’Italia crown for a second time. Like Schleck, Basso was delighted by the profusion of climbs-six stages including four summit finishes-and just a smattering of time trials. The 2011 edition will have no prologue, a team time trial of only 23km on stage two and a relatively short time trial of 41km on the penultimate stage. “It’s a very very nice course for me, especially with so many climbs and not so many time trials. I’m really happy,” Basso told AFP. “It’s a great course,” added Andy Schleck, who will have older brother Frank on hand and extra-motivated after a crash on the cobbles of northern France ended his campaign early this July. After a first week in which an eclectic mix of sprint and breakaway stages will bring the race to life, the peloton heads directly south towards the volcano-rich region of the Massif Central. The undulating terrain is perfect for bike racing, and a potential hazard for anyone looking not to lose too much time to key rivals. “Obviously the organisers want to shake the race up a bit. These first 10 days will be cagey, and I think it’s the right approach to take,” said Francaise des Jeux manager Marc Madiot. “The yellow jersey will be swapping owners several times.” The Pyrenees are up next, and the scenic mountain range bordering France and Spain has, despite coming before the Alps this year, been given a starring role on stages 12-14. Stage 12 heads over the Hourquette d’Anzican climb, then the Col du Tourmalet before finishing on the summit of Luz-Ardiden, the scene of a famous Lance Armstrong victory in 2003 after the American crashed and brought down Spaniard Iban Mayo following a tangle with a spectator’s bag. The next day the peloton rides over the Col d’Aubisque, then the Col du Soulor, before a welcome descent towards sanctuary at Lourdes. A total of five climbs feature on stage 14, where potential winners will be looking for a strong finish: it has been the finish line four times in the race, and each time the stage winner has gone on to triumph. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, in 1861, the Italian town of Pinerolo will host the finish of stage 17 from Gap, with the climb over Sestrieres the day’s main difficulty. —AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: Michelle Wie (left) of the US waves as she is introduced while Na Yeon Choi of South Korea applauds during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia will host the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2010 from Oct. 22-24. —AP

Poulter back to defend Singapore Open title SINGAPORE: Briton Ian Poulter will defend his Singapore Open title next month, organisers of the $6 million event said yesterday. The co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour event at the Sentosa Golf Club offers $1 million to the winner and is the joint richest event on the European Tour outside of the majors and the World Golf Championships. “It is terrific news that Ian Poulter, a big crowd favourite, will be returning to Sentosa Golf Club to defend his ... Singapore Open title,” Robert Morrice, chairman & CEO Asia Pacific of the title sponsors Barclays, said in a media release. “His win last year is still fresh in the memory and given his form in the Ryder Cup I am sure he will be challenging for the trophy again this time.” Also taking part in the Nov. 11-14 event are the year’s four major winners-Masters champion Phil Mickelson, US Open holder Graeme McDowell, US PGA winner Martin Kaymer of Germany and British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa. —Reuters

Olazabal could reject Ryder Cup captaincy CASTELLON: Twice US Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal said worries over his health could force him to turn down Europe’s Ryder Cup captaincy in 2012 should it be offered. The Spaniard, a seven-times Ryder Cup player, is favourite to take over from Colin Montgomerie for the next biennial team event against the United States in Medinah, near Chicago. Olazabal, 44, has been dogged by injuries and ill-health, including losing two years to rheumatoid arthritis in his feet in the mid 1990s. He has suffered with rheumatic pain in his back and shoulders for the past two years and has played just won competitive event in 2010. “If the committee decides it’s going to be me as the next captain, I need to talk with them beforehand to see how we can solve the possible inconvenience that I may not be on the Tour playing that much,” Olazabal told reporters on the eve of the Castello Masters on Wednesday where he will make his latest comeback. “It would hurt me to say ‘no’ but if that is the right decision my conscience will be clear.

“I have been thinking about it for a long while and that’s why I put the issue on the table. So I can see the situation where I will have to say ‘no’ and that will be only because of my health. “But if they appoint me I somehow have to be close to the players, somehow be able to compete alongside them, talk to them, to see how they think, and just be close to the tour through the qualifying process.” Olazabal said he was making “slow progress” in his battle to regain fitness but was “heading in the right direction”. “I’m feeling better, though not 100 percent well. I’m still in pain and need to go on improving in order to perform at full level,” he said. Olazabal’s only 2010 tournament was the French Open in July and it did not give him too much encouragement as he missed the cut in Versailles with rounds of 82 and 70. Having taken an enforced break since, Olazabal said he felt ready to make a comeback. “I cannot practice as I would like to - my limit is 130 balls and a bit of short-game work. “But I actually played four practice rounds in a row last week without problem, that’s why I’m here. “I feel definitely better than in the French Open.” —Reuters

Boxer Briggs to return after surgery

US boxer Shannon Briggs

HAMBURG: American heavyweight fighter Shannon Briggs pledged yesterday to return to the ring after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left arm. Briggs said that apart from the arm injury, he felt fine despite absorbing heavy punishment in his loss to Vitali Klitschko on Saturday. He has been hospitalized since the fight and is scheduled to have surgery on his arm on Friday. “I’m fine, I am looking forward to coming back, I feel great,” Briggs told reporters yesterday at the Hamburg hospital. The 38-year-old fighter did not give a date for his comeback and said he would consult with his management and his wife before setting a schedule. Briggs will have to rest for six weeks after Friday’s surgery. Briggs walked into the room wearing dark sunglasses but later took them off and said his face was fine despite earlier reports that he had broken bones around both eyes. A little swelling, especially around the left eye, could be seen. He also undressed to his undershirt to show a heavily swollen bicep on his left arm. Briggs said he was injured in first round. “I didn’t know what it was but I knew that something was wrong,” Briggs said. Briggs went the distance despite taking 171 cleans hits by the heavy-punching Klitschko. “It was one of the toughest fights of my life, it was a brutal fight,” Briggs said. “It was a tough experience.” German media have criticized ring officials and Briggs’ corner for not stopping the contest but Briggs said qutting “wasn’t an option” and had instructed his corner not to throw in the towel. “You can’t quit in front of your wife,” Briggs said. Klitschko and his younger brother Wladimir, also a heavyweight champion, visited Briggs in the hospital. “They are great fighters and great champions who are good for boxing,” Briggs said. Briggs will spend one more week in the Hamburg hospital after Friday’s surgery. —Reuters


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Titans’ Johnson gets running game back on stride RALEIGH: The yards are finally beginning to come for Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson. For the first time this season, 2009’s surprise NFL rushing leader has put together back-to-back 100-yard games. The clincher came in an 111-yard performance on Monday that had Johnson toiling late into the Titans’ 30-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. “When you combine the yards between Javon (Ringer, who had 42) and I, I think it was a pretty good day,” Johnson, who gained an impressive 2,006 yards last season, told reporters. “This team is a team that will eventually make plays if we don’t get away from the run.” Running for big gains has not been an easy chore this season for Johnson, whom twice Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms calls the fastest player in the NFL.

Breakout games like Johnson’s 142 yards against the Oakland Raiders and 131 yards versus the Dallas Cowboys have shared space with a paltry 34-yard effort on Sept. 19 that prompted the defensive-minded Pittsburgh Steelers to say the third-year player had given up. Johnson denied that was true, but Nashville Tennessean writer John Glennon recently wondered if all the pounding Johnson has taken-he easily tops league leaders in carries- might be wearing out the running back. “I’m running the same,” Johnson said in response. Statically, he is, having gained 596 yards for his first six games of both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. However, his upand-down start has left the impression that he is doing less this year, especially after his bold preseason predictions. Johnson, in the heat of summer, had talked of

sprinting to the league’s first consecutive 2,000yard seasons, maybe even threatening Eric Dickerson’s all-time NFL single-season rushing mark of 2,105 yards. The 34 yards against the Steelers and a 53yard total against Denver two weeks later probably shattered those dreams. Johnson is on pace for a 1,600-yard season and trails Houston’s Arian Foster by 39 yards for the league rushing lead. Double-teaming by opponents and efforts to get Ringer the ball more often have cut into Johnson’s carries and average. “It happens pretty much every play,” Johnson said of the doubleteaming. “(It is) just a thing we got to get used to, game plan for it and execute.” Before the Steelers shut him down, though, Johnson had rattled off 12 consecutive games of at least 100 yards, including a whopping 228 against

Jacksonville last season. Six consecutive games in the streak netted him 125 or more yards-an NFL record that eclipsed Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s best of five in a row. “He’s a guy where you can’t just hit him and think he’s going to go down,” Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said recently. “He breaks a lot of tackles and makes people look stupid all the time.” He would need more help from the Titans’ offensive line for those plays to happen frequently this season, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said earlier in the season. “It’s hard to give CJ an opportunity to bounce outside,” Fisher said. Three times last season Johnson ripped off runs of 85 or more yards. This year he has topped 75 yards only once, and his longest run on Monday came on his last

play, 35 yards up the middle for a late-game touchdown. Fast but overlooked by major US universities as a high school running back, Johnson found his niche as a senior runner, kick returner and receiver at East Carolina. The Titans made him a firstround pick in the 2008 draft, and Johnson immediately had an impact, gaining 1,228 yards in his rookie year. “It’s hard to get a big hit on him,” Simms once said. “And he’s so light a lot of times he gets hit and it just pushes him a little to the side and he keeps going.” Few expected the stunning 2009 season, and for good reason. Only Dickerson (2,105), Jamal Lewis (2,066), Barry Sanders (2,053), and Terrell Davis (2,008) have ever gained more yards in a season. — Reuters

India clinch thriller as Kohli upstages Clarke VISAKHAPATNAM: Young Virat Kohli overcame a bout of cramp to make a careerbest 118 as India posted a thrilling five-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day international yesterday.

Final one-dayer on Sunday

Victoria Azarenka plays a shot in this file photo

Victoria scrapes past Andrea MOSCOW: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus qualified for the WTA Tour Championships for the second straight year after struggling past Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in a second-round match that featured 16 breaks of serve at the Kremlin Cup yesterday. Azarenka committed 11 double faults but won the last five games of a match that lasted 2 hours, 38 minutes and featured a total of 44 break points. Azarenka saved 18 of 25. Petkovic, who called for a doctor to have blisters on her right hand treated early in the third set, saved 10 of 19. “Oh, it’s really too much,” Azarenka said. “The courts here are extremely slow and it’s hard to serve a winner.” The 10th-ranked Azarenka will replace Serena Williams in the eight-player season-ending tour championships, which start on Tuesday in Doha, Qatar. Williams withdrew on Tuesday because of a re-torn tendon in her right foot, which she originally injured when she stepped on broken glass at a restaurant shortly after winning Wimbledon in July. Azarenka and Li Na of China were the two substitutes for the tournament, but Li, who was five points ahead of Azarenka in the championships race, lost in the first round in Moscow and will remain top substitute. “My nerves were right on the edge,” Azarenka said. “Every player wants to play in Doha and I’m happy I turned the match my way in the third set.” Earlier, eighth-

seeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 win over Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine. “I’m really happy with the way I played and fought,” said Sanchez. “The second set I lost 6-1 but all the games were really close. Sometimes you shouldn’t think about the score, but just focus on the game and the way you are playing, and that’s what I was able to do.” Sanchez, a doubles specialist, won her third career singles title in Rome in May. In her fourth quarterfinal this season, she will play Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, who ousted Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-1. In the men’s first round, eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia was upset by Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Tipsarevic, runner-up to Mikhail Youzhny last season, said he struggled with pain in his lower back in the last two sets. “It was OK today when I had to rush ahead, but it was painful to move back or to the sides,” Tipsarevic said. “I tried to win and kept on playing but failed. I didn’t want to retire or withdraw in Moscow.” Fifth-seeded Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2. Three-time champion Nikolay Davydenko tops the men’s draw of the 21st edition of the event. Jelena Jankovic, who won in 2008, is the top-seeded woman. — AP

Tight race for F1 in Korea SEOUL: The compelling five-way fight for the Formula One drivers’ championship moves to unfamiliar territory this weekend on a barely finished circuit in South Korea. Australia’s Mark Webber goes into the third-last race of the season with a 14point lead in the standings from his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. McLaren pair Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton remain in title contention but badly need strong results this weekend to increase pressure on the leaders. Before they can start thinking about Sunday’s race, all the drivers will be preoccupied with quickly learning the intricacies of the Yeongam circuit. The circuit, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Seoul, only passed an FIA inspection 10 days before the F1 cars will take to the track for practice on Friday. That inspection concentrated mostly on the track surface, and pit facilities. However, other aspects such as fan facilities and associated infrastructure will be short of completion for the inaugural event. Of most potential concern is the lateness of the final layering of track, which only took place in late September. It remains to be seen if the asphalt has baked together firmly enough to avoid problems or whether rain could cause the oil leech to the surface. “From a driver’s perspective the most important thing is that the tarmac lasts,” Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld said. “If the final layer is laid a short time before, it is generally understood it can be oily which, of course, would be extremely problematic.” The course layout does not appear on paper to suit any of the leading teams in particular. The early part of the lap has the long straights and heavy braking that would tend to suit McLaren, followed by

YEONGAM: Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil sits in his pit lane garage as he is interviewed by a television crew as he prepares for the Korean Grand Prix.—AP some medium speed corners of the sort that the Red Bulls relish, then a twisty section similar to Singapore, where Alonso thrived. “It’ll reward commitment,” Hamilton said. “As long as the track surface is nice and grippy, we’re set for an enjoyable first race in Korea. “We can have a positive race. While recent results haven’t necessarily shown it, we’ve had a strong car. Now I’m hoping to get the chance to prove it on track.” McLaren’s relatively poor results in the past two races in Singapore and Japan prompted many to write off the team’s championship chances, but team principal Martin Whitmarsh said the team “won’t give up without a fight.” “Both drivers have won world championships before,” Whitmarsh said. “They understand the difficulties of such a unique situation, and both have learned how to deliver their best under high pressure.

“They will be ready for this battle. And it’s a battle that will doubtless be won by consistency.” Webber learned the value of consistency in Japan, where he never threatened Vettel, yet by finishing ahead of Alonso, he managed to eke out his championship lead by three more points. The Red Bull driver said he must chase victories in the remaining races, even if a more prudent approach might be instead to concentrate on accumulating points finishes rather than taking risks. “I can’t think like that, it won’t be enough,” Webber was quoted as saying by the BBC. “I need to keep racing hard and going for victories. I need to win again, and I am very confident I can do that. “If my rivals have a rough weekend it makes it a bit harder for them and it gives me a bit more scope, but I’m not looking to abuse that because it can all go pear shaped very fast.”—AP

The 21-year-old hit one six and 11 fours in his third hundred to help India achieve a stiff 290-run target with seven balls to spare in the day-night game for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The opening match was washed out due to rain. The third and final international will be played in Goa on Sunday. Kohli upstaged Australia captain Michael Clarke, who scored an unbeaten 111 for his fifth one-day hundred, helping his side set a big target. Australian paceman Clint McKay jolted India with two quick wickets before Kohli and Yuvraj Singh (58) steadied the innings with a 137run stand for the third wicket. Batting with a runner because of leg cramps in the later part of his innings, Kohli was also involved in an 84-run stand for the fourth wicket with Suresh Raina, who smashed one six and nine fours in his 47-ball 71 not out. McKay took three wickets and debutant paceman John Hastings two. Clarke earlier played a key role in boosting Australia as he added 144 for the third wicket with Mike Hussey (69) and 129 for the unfinished fourth with Cameron White (89 not out). White hammered six sixes and as many fours in his 49-ball knock as the tourists plundered 84 runs in the last five overs. Australia were struggling at 16-2 after being put in to bat before Clarke and Hussey steadied the innings. Clarke completed his century in the 46th over, hitting paceman Vinay Kumar for two successive fours and then turning the next ball to mid-wicket for a single. He cracked one six and seven fours in his 138-ball knock. Hussey was trapped legbefore by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin after hitting seven fours, but not before setting the stage for a closing-overs onslaught. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra did the early damage when he dismissed openers Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine in his opening four overs. India had to work hard for their next success as Clarke and Hussey paced their innings remarkably well, taking no risks and relying more on singles and twos to keep the scoreboard moving. India and Australia have rested top players for the series, to test their bench strength ahead of next year’s World Cup. — AFP

VISAKHAPATNAM: India’s Virat Kohli in action during the second one day international cricket match against Australia. — AP

Scoreboard VISAKHAPATNAM, India: Complete scoreboard of the second one-day international between India and Australia yesterday: Australia S. Marsh b Nehra 0 T. Paine c V. Kumar b Nehra 9 M. Clarke not out 111 M. Hussey lbw b Ashwin 69 C. White not out 89 Extras (lb10, w1) 11 Total (for three wickets; 50 overs) 289 Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Marsh), 2-16 (Paine), 3-160 (Hussey) Bowling: P. Kumar 9-1-51-0, Nehra 10-1-57-2, V. Kumar 9-1-71-0, Ashwin 9-0-34-1, Yuvraj 10-0-48-0 (w1), Raina 3-0-18-0

India S. Dhawan b McKay 0 M. Vijay c Paine b McKay 15 V. Kohli c Hopes b Hastings 118 Y. Singh b McKay 58 S. Raina not out 71 MS Dhoni b Hastings 0 S. Tiwary not out 12 Extras (b8, lb1, w9) 18 Total (for five wickets; 48.5 overs) 292 Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Dhawan), 2-35 (Vijay), 3-172 (Singh), 4-256 (Kohli), 5-257 (Dhoni) Bowling: McKay 9-0-54-3 (w1), Starc 9.5-0-52-0 (w4), Hastings 10-1-46-2 (w3), Hopes 7-0-56-0, Hauritz 10-052-0 (w1), Smith 3-0-23-0 Result: India win by five wickets

Pakistan call up Younis for South Africa series KARACHI: Pakistan’s former captain and senior batsman Younis Khan has been called up for the series against South Africa in the UAE which starts later this month. Chief selector Mohsin Khan told a news conference yesterday that Younis had been included in place of Mohammad Yousuf who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. “Younis will join the national training camp from today and will be part of the one-day and test squads,” Mohsin said. Younis’s comeback was made possible after he met Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt yesterday in Lahore. The talks broke the ice after Butt was not considered for selection for the Asia Cup and England tour and was initially left out of the squad for the South Africa series. The PCB chairman had not given

clearance for Younis to be considered for national selection since he last played in the ODI series in Australia in February. Younis was among seven players either banned or fined by the board in March for indiscipline on the tour to Australia. An appeals tribunal later lifted the bans, including that placed on Younis, but the PCB said he still needed to resolve some issues with the board because they were unhappy with some of the statements given by him and his lawyer in the media. “The PCB chairman met with Younis today and gave clearance to the selectors to consider him for selection,” Mohsin said. “The return of Younis is a good sign for the team as he is a very experienced player and is now free to focus on his cricket.” Younis told

reporters he was pleased his issues with the board had been sorted out. “I am very happy and relieved to be back in the team and it will be my earnest effort to live up to the confidence imposed in me by the selectors,” Younis added. Younis, 32, has played 63 tests and 202 ODIs and last year led Pakistan to the T20 World Cup title in England. Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam said Yousuf had suffered a grade A hamstring injury in their conditioning camp. “Yousuf has been advised to rest for two to three weeks and that is why he is not available for the oneday and T20 matches against South Africa,” Alam said. Yousuf was named in the ODI and test squads last week before suffering the injury during the training camp in Lahore. — Reuters


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Sir Alex, can we have the full Rooney story now? Rooney: For me itʼs all about winning trophies PARIS: Do they sell paper handkerchiefs at the Manchester United store, sufficiently absorbent to soak up even the biggest crocodile tears? Given Alex Ferguson’s newfound dramatic talents, we’d be wise to order a box. For a moment, with his hangdog look, United’s normally steely manager almost — almost — had us believing the script that portrays him and his club as the spurned victims in what can now justifiably be called the Wayne Rooney Saga, Part I. “We’re as (sigh, shake of head) ... We’re as bemused as anyone can be because we can’t quite understand why he’d

want to leave,” Ferguson said in his 6 1/2-minute command performance Tuesday that can’t be called a news conference because he took no questions. Like all good actors, Ferguson is hoping that his audience will forget about what is going on behind the scenes. His claim that he can’t understand why Rooney would want out of the club that turned him into a megastar can only mean two things: Either Ferguson is being sparing with the truth or he hasn’t been asking his striker the right questions. Ferguson is a persuasive man. So it’s hard to swallow that he couldn’t, with a flash of his famous temper or a quiet chat over a bottle of those vintage wines he’s so fond of, get Rooney to open up about his motives. If Ferguson is to be believed, then Rooney’s salary demands aren’t what are driving him away. Ferguson isn’t giving the full financial details. Nor is there any reason why he

should. But he says United was prepared to offer Rooney “the best terms possible for any player in the country.” If true, that suggests United would match or better any offer from the likes of Manchester City or Chelsea, clubs whose billionaire owners shoulder some blame for the upward spiral of wages in the Premier League. Although Ferguson is among those who have griped about the inflation and said he isn’t prepared to spend with such abandon, he seemed to be saying that United would make an exception for Rooney, because “we realize and recognize the quality of the player.” But if this is solely about money and if United’s pockets aren’t deep enough, would Ferguson admit that? Likely not. The club insists that Ferguson has cash for players if he needs it. Ferguson has toed that party line and been loyal to the American owners who have saddled United with 750 million pounds (US$1.2 billion) of debt. If interest payments are eroding his player budget, then Ferguson, at least not yet, isn’t prepared to become the club’s first whistle-blower to say that United’s means no longer match its always huge on-field ambitions. Likewise, if Rooney is disappointed that Ferguson still hasn’t replaced his former strike partner Cristiano Ronaldo with other stellar players of his quality and feels that United cannot compete for trophies as a result, then we should not expect the manager to tell us that story, either. Doing so would inevitably circle back to the question of United’s finances, handing ammunition to agitated fan groups who charge that the owners are weakening the club. If Rooney’s ambitions to win trophies are driving his threat to leave, then perhaps Part II of this saga could be a promise to him from United that it will recruit top players in the next transfer windows. If it cannot do that, Rooney should not solely be blamed for wanting out.

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Mediocre United performances this season aren’t simply because Rooney has been poor but because the whole team no longer looks as strong as it once was. On Wednesday evening, more than 24 hours after Ferguson gave his version of events, Rooney finally broke his silence. He blamed United’s penny-pinching on its squad. “My agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world,” Rooney said in a statement. “For me it’s all about winning trophies — as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.” As to Ferguson’s insistence that he and Rooney haven’t fallen out — “I’ve not had an argument with Wayne Rooney at all, at any time,” the manager said — well, again, he would say that, wouldn’t he? If his famous man-management skills have deserted him, as they also did with David Beckham before he was sold to Real Madrid, then admitting that would invite questions about whether it is time for Ferguson to make way after 24 years in charge at United. And questions are one thing Ferguson doesn’t want. “I can’t answer your question or any question about why he is doing it,” Ferguson said of Rooney. “You can speculate, we could have opinions, it won’t matter a dickie-bird, simply because the player says he’s adamant he wants to leave.” Better, then, to paint “the player” as the villain in this pantomime. By stressing how much he and United have done for Rooney, which included shielding him earlier this season when British tabloids reported that he paid prostitutes for sex, Ferguson suggested that the 24year-old is biting the hand that feeds him and

Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

which transformed him from talented teenager with a volcano’s temper into one of world football’s biggest names. “We’ve done everything we can for Wayne Rooney, since the minute he’s come to the club. We’ve always been there as a harbor for him. Any time he’s been in trouble, the advice we’ve given him. I’ve even been prepared to give him financial advice, many times,” said Ferguson, playing the bruised father figure. Is Ferguson as “shocked,” “dumbfounded” and “very disappointed” as he says? Perhaps. It wasn’t all an act. And with good reason — because United would be a poorer side without its marquee player. If it comes to that. It may not. But one thing we can be sure of is that there is more to this saga than Ferguson is letting on. — AP

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City deny Rooney contact as clubs weigh up offers MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini denied yesterday his club made an approach for Wayne Rooney and echoed Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho’s belief that the unsettled striker will stay put at Manchester United. As speculation mounted as to who among Europe’s heavyweight sides would launch a bid for the England international, Mancini insisted City had not been in contact with Rooney and appeared to rule out any attempt to sign the player in the January transfer window. “We must think about our season and our players — that’s what’s important at this moment. In the summer, if there is a good player that could change something for us, we can talk about this,” Mancini said. “Rooney is a great player but I think he’ll stay at United. He’s an important player for United.” Mourinho said he also feels Rooney, who has stunned United man-

ager Alex Ferguson by saying he does not want to extend his contract beyond 2012, would end up remaining at Old Trafford. “I believe he belongs to Man United, he belongs to Man United fans, he belongs to Old Trafford. I believe he is going to stay,” the Madrid coach said on Tuesday after his side’s Champions League victory over AC Milan. City and Madrid are two of the teams heavily linked to speculation about Rooney, with Chelsea and Barcelona widely viewed as the other clubs who could match Rooney’s reportedly exorbitant wage demands. City is owned by Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Mansour, who has spent more than 300 million pounds ($475 million) on players since taking over the club in 2008. The long list of expensive signings includes Carlos Tevez, who left United in 2009 after his contract ran out to join City.

Tevez had a season earlier teamed up with Rooney to win the Champions League with United in 2008. Mancini was uneasy about commenting on a potential bid for Rooney, whose transfer value is set to plummet if he is not sold by United in January. “He is a United player. It’s not correct to speak about that situation. I have respect for him, for Ferguson, for United. I want to speak only about my players,” Mancini said. “It’s not my problem. I’m City manager and I have a lot of problems with my own players.” If Rooney was to favor a move to Madrid, he would link up again with Cristiano Ronaldo, who struck up a superb partnership with the England striker at Old Trafford before leaving for the Spanish giants for 80 million pounds in June 2009. Mourinho was more forthcoming than Mancini, saying: “If at the end of the day Man United decide that he is to

leave, then give me a call.” Chelsea was the first European power to remark on Rooney, its manager Carlo Ancelotti saying on Monday that his club would be keen to move for Rooney if the striker was on the market. Spanish champion and three-time European Cup winner Barcelona was also widely reported as a potential bidder for Rooney. “He is one of the greatest players in the world as there are very few players with his qualities,” Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was quoted as telling The Sun newspaper. “He’s a player I very much admire.” Sections of the British press said on Wednesday that money was the key factor behind Rooney’s decision to walk away from United, despite Ferguson’s claim that the club was willing to offer “the best terms possible for any player in the country.” But his form this season has fallen woefully short of the standards he set himself last term, when he scored 34

FIFA suspends officials in vote-selling scandal ZURICH: FIFA provisionally suspended two executive committee members and four lowerranked officials yesterday in a World Cup voteselling scandal, and will continue investigating the pair. Executive committee members Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Reynald Temarii from Tahiti are barred from all football-related duty until the probe ends, said Claudio Sulser, chairman of FIFA’s ethics committee. Four other lower-ranked officials — Slim Aloulou, Amadou Diakite, Ahongalu Fusimalohi and Ismael Bhamjee — have also been suspended while FIFA investigates whether they breached bidding rules. FIFA’s ethics committee will also investigate whether two countries bidding for either the 2018 and 2022 World Cups engaged in collusion. “Today is a sad day for football and for FIFA,” Sulser said. FIFA’s ruling executive will select the two World Cup hosts in a Dec. 2 secret ballot in Zurich. FIFA launched investigations after British newspaper The Sunday Times alleged Adamu and Temarii offered to sell their votes for funding toward football projects. Amadu was filmed requesting $800,000 to build four artificial football pitches in Nigeria, and for the money to be paid to him directly.

“The decision to provisionally suspend these officials is fully justified and should not be put in question,” Sulser said. “The evidence that has been presented to us today has led us to take this provisional measure, as we considered that the conditions were definitely met to take this decision and we deem that it is crucial to protect the integrity of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process. “We are determined to have zero tolerance for any breach of the code of ethics.” The 2018 tournament will be held in Europe with four candidates: England, Russia and the joint bids by Belgium-Holland and Spain-Portugal. The 2022 hosting rights race was between the United States and four Asian confederation countries, Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea. FIFA barred bidders from making agreements with other candidates, and insisted they must act with “integrity, responsibility, trustworthiness and fairness.” FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke issued a reminder of the rules last month after rumors of vote-swapping deals being struck. The Sunday Times allegations kicked off a dramatic week as FIFA seeks to maintain the integrity of the bid process. Temarii, the Oceania Football Confederation president, met FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Sunday and asked to clear

his name before the ethics committee. The 43-year-old former professional player was filmed asking for NZ$3 million ($2.3 million) to fund a football academy in Auckland, New Zealand. “I’m confident about my integrity but I made a mistake by talking in that way,” Temarii told The Associated Press on Sunday. The newspaper also quoted Temarii saying backers of two other unidentified bidders offered $10 million to $12 million to Oceania. FIFA does not have power to fire members of the 24-strong executive because they are elected by their continental bodies. However, its code of ethics for officials says those who “severely fail to fulfill, or inadequately exercise, their duties and responsibilities, particularly in financial matters, are no longer eligible and shall be removed from office.” Adamu’s fouryear term ends at the Confederation of African Football’s congress being held on Feb. 23 in Khartoum, Sudan. The 57-year-old former physical education teacher joined FIFA’s executive in 2006, succeeding Ismail Bhamjee from Botswana, who resigned after a ticket scalping scandal at the World Cup in Germany. Temarii, who has led 11-nation Oceania since 2004, is scheduled for re-election at a Jan. 21-23 congress on his home island. — AP

Relief for Liverpool in welcome European getaway BERNE: Liverpool will get their regular break from the domestic troubles when they visit Napoli in the Europa League today while holders Atletico Madrid look for a first group stage win when they host Rosenborg. Liverpool, who are in the Premier League relegation zone and have been stuck in the middle of an ownership battle, have found some relief in the Europa League where they have

won five and drawn one of their six games, including qualifying ties. They top Group K with four points, although Thursday’s match will be by far their toughest test so far with Napoli fourth in Serie A and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani in prolific form. Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, who led Fulham to the final last season, has seemed far

more comfortable in Europe and is hoping Thursday’s game can provide the springboard for out-of-sorts Spain striker Fernando Torres. “He was vilified by all and sundry both in this country and Spain during the World Cup,” said Hodgson. “I think mentally he’s a little bit low about that, I understand that, and the only thing that can pick him up is playing well and scoring some goals.” —Reuters

goals in all competitions to establish himself as one of the world’s top players. He has scored only once for United this season — a penalty against West Ham — and faces a spell on the sidelines after injuring his ankle in training on Tuesday. A move to City would not sit well with United fans, who have already seen Tevez flourish at a club Ferguson dismissed last year as “noisy neighbors who you have to live with.” City has recently moved above United in the Premier League table and has put together a squad that could realistically challenge for the title this season. But if United, which has debts of around 750 million pounds, wants to maximize the value of Rooney by selling him long before his contract expires, City could be the team that makes the biggest offer. In that situation, Ferguson would be left in the most unenviable of positions. — AP

Russians clinch women’s team event

ZURICH: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke listens to questions during a press conference in Zurich yesterday. FIFA provisionally suspended two executive committee members and four lower-ranked officials in a World Cup vote-selling scandal. — AP

ROTTERDAM: Aliya Mustafina led Russia to the team title at the world championships yesterday ahead of the United States and Olympic champion China. Despite three Russian falls on the uneven bars, 16-yearold Mustafina kept a cool head throughout the evening, leading the Russians to an overall score of 175.397. The United States finished with 175.196 and China had 174.781. It all came down to the last routine of the day when Mustafina had to respond to a great vault by Alicia Sacramone, which put the U.S. team momentarily in the lead. As the last woman out, Mustafina thrilled the 8,000-capacity crowd at the Ahoy Arena, and even though she stepped out of bounds on her last tumble, her only error of a superb evening, it was good enough for team gold. The tension hung long in the air, with the Russians huddling and looking away from the result board, while some Americans stared at it anxiously. The final margin came down to one error over 12 performances but it was enough for Russia’s first major gold medal in the women’s team event in almost 20 years, since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The teams for the final were limited to three performers, with all scores counting, so one miss by one athlete could have made the difference between gold and silver. In the end, Mustafina’s near flawless performance made the difference. The system also increased the importance of the top gymnasts in the competition and the head-to-head between Mustafina and American Rebecca Bross provided a sneak preview of Friday’s individual all-around, in which the pair are expected to top the podi-

ROTTERDAM: Russia’s Anna Dementyeva performs her routine on the balance beam in the Women’s Team Final at the 42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.—AFP um. Mustafina set the tone on the vault in the first rotation with an even better performance than in qualifying. Russia immediately built a lead of over a point, but vault usually gives higher marks. The second rotation had all the drama with Russia’s Anna Dementyeva, Tatiana Nabieva, twice, and China’s Jiang Yuyan falling off the uneven bars while Aly Raisman needed a wild recovery to stay on the beam. Sacramone also briefly slipped before recovering. —AP


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Edu scores for both sides GLASGOW: Rangers continued their unbeaten start to their Champions League Group C campaign with a 1-1 draw with Valencia as a second-half Maurice Edu own goal cancelled out his 35th minute opener. Rangers missed chances through Steven Naismith and Kenny Miller before American international Edu headed the home side into a well deserved lead ten minutes before the break. However the midfielder watched in horror as his header from 15 yards out flew past his own keeper just 45 seconds after the break to send Valencia level. Both sides enjoyed opportunities to claim all three points with Rangers defender Richard Foster missing an empty net as Walter Smith’s side had to settle for a point that leaves them in second place behind Manchester United, who beat Bursaspor 1-0. Kirk Broadfoot and Lee McCulloch failed to recover from injury meaning Foster and Vladimir Weiss were handed their Champions League debuts. Valencia dominated early possession but didn’t take their chances as Spanish international Pablo Hernandez twice failed to test Allan McGregor in goal and Jeremy Mathieu volleyed wide. Rangers were hemmed into their own half for the opening 15 minutes but were presented with a superb chance to take the lead in the 18th minute. Miller’s lofted pass was met by Naismith in the box but the forward didn’t get enough on it and his shot was stopped by Cesar Sanchez. The keeper came to the rescue a minute later when Naismith picked out Miller but the Scotland striker sent his header straight at Cesar from a tight angle. The Spaniard then tipped over a fierce Sasa Papac strike before Miller beat the offside trap to race in on goal but Cesar rushed out to block his low shot as the keeper single-handedly kept Valencia in the game. Confusion in the Rangers defence then allowed David Navarro a free header at the back post but he sent Juan Mata’s cross wide. After his earlier heroics it was Cesar who was at fault as Rangers took a well-deserved lead in the 34th minute when American midfielder Edu rose above him to head a Weiss corner into the net from five yards. Rangers were presented with a golden chance to double their lead in the 42nd minute. Edu fired a superb low drive from 25 yards which cracked off the base of the post but Miller sent the rebound sailing over the bar from 12 yards under no pressure. Hero Edu turned villain 45 seconds after the break when the American somehow managed to head Tino Costa’s free-kick past his own keeper from 15 yards. An Aritz Aduriz volley was well-saved before Juan Mata side-footed over the bar as the Spanish side pressed for a winner. As the half progressed Rangers began to venture forward again and Steven Davis came close with a chip from 25 yards out which Cesar had to watch before tipping over. Papac was inches away with a fiercely struck free-kick before Naismith missed a great chance to put Rangers ahead with only the keeper to beat. Worse was to come for the home fans when Naismith’s shot fell to the foot of Foster in the box and with an empty net looming large he sent a lob high over the bar. Madjid Bougherra had a late effort saved before McGregor came to the rescue to save a vicious Roberto Soldado strike in the final moments as both sides had to settle for a point. —AFP

Twente hold Bremen ENSCHEDE: FC Twente and Werder Bremen traded late goals to draw 1-1 in the Champions League yesterday to leave both sides still looking for a first win of the campaign. Midfielder Theo Janssen scored in the 74th to give Twente the lead, blasting a close-range shot after a pass from Marc Janko. But former Twente forward Marko Arnautovic snatched an equalizer three minutes later, shaking off Wout Brama to volley past goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov. “I think we did very well,” Arnautovic said. “We had to stay focused for 90 minutes. I didn’t want to celebrate the goal because of my respect for Twente fans.” Both sides have two points each from three games. “We had a lot of chances to win. It’s a pity we didn’t make use of them,” Brama said. “They have a strong team. You could see that.” —AP

GLASGOW: Rangers’ Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra (left) vies with Valencia’s David Navarro (right) during a UEFA Champions League Group C football match. —AFP

Lyon maul Benfica LYON: France striker Jimmy Briand scored his first goal in the Champions League and Lisandro Lopez added another to help Lyon maintain its perfect start in the competition with a 2-0 win over Benfica yesterday. Lyon has nine points from three games and is all but guaranteed a place in the knockout round. Claude Puel’s team leads the Group B standings ahead of Schalke, which has six points. Briand opened Lyon’s account in the 21st minute with a precise header and Lopez doubled his team’s lead from close range in the 51st. Benfica was reduced to 10 men in the 43rd minute when Nicolas Gaitan was sent off. After a difficult start to the season, Lyon has won its last four games in all competitions and showed great signs of improvement against Benfica, playing an attacking and entertaining football that delighted the home fans at stade Gerland. “The team is gaining power, both physically and in terms of quality of play,” Puel said. “We need to continue on this path.” Lyon dominated possession in the early stages but could not find the cutting edge to break down the Benfica defense. France playmaker Yoann Gourcuff set up Lopez in the third minute only for the Argentine striker to be caught in an offside position. Lopez then fired a low shot between two defenders that Benfica goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez easily saved in the ninth. Benfica created its first chance in the next minute when forward Javier Saviola went clear on goal but was flagged offside by the linesman before Alan Kardec headed wide from Saviola’s pass in the 14th. Benfica was dangerous on the break and Pablo Haimar found space on the edge of the box but blasted wide in the 17th. Lyon was logically rewarded for its efforts in the 21st minute when Briand headed home from Michel Bastos’ perfect cross from the left, just seconds after Bastos had hit the post. “This is the perfect evening because we won without conceding,” Briand said. “This is a good omen for the rest of the competition.” Benfica took a severe blow just two minutes before halftime when Argentine midfielder Gaitan was sent off, with the referee’s decision completely

Champions League standings FIRST ROUND Top two teams in each group advance Third-place teams advance to Europa League GROUP A Inter Milan Tottenham FC Twente Bremen GROUP B Lyon Schalke Benfica Hapoel GROUP C Man United Rangers Valencia Buraspor GROUP D Barcelona Copenhagen Rubin Kazan Panathinaikos

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Raul scores twice for Schalke

FRANCE: Lyon’s French defender Anthony Reveillere (right) vies with Benfica Brazilian forward Alan Kardec during the UEFA Champions League football match. —AFP disorganizing the Portuguese team. Benfica then struggled to keep the ball in the Lyon half. Lopez should have scored twice early in the second half but fired straight at Jimenez from Briand’s back pass in the box in the 46th before dragging his shot wide from another fine cross two minutes later. But it didn’t take too long for the

seven-time French champions to take advantage of their numerical advantage after Briand hit the post in the 50th before serving Lopez who tapped in at his second attempt following some scrappy play in the box. Lyon was well on top for the rest of the game and created plenty of chances as Benfica was spared more embarrassment by Jimenez’s stunning saves. —AP

GERMANY: The Champions League experience of Raul Gonzalez paid off for Schalke yesterday, with the Spaniard scoring twice in a 3-1 victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-1. Raul scored in the third minute and doubled Schalke’s lead in the 58th, at the same time extending his Champions League scoring record to 68. The previous 66 goals came for Real Madrid before his arrival in Schalke in the offseason. Jose Manuel Jurado made it 3-0 in the 68th. Etey Shechter scored for Hapoel in injury time. “We are very pleased with the result,” Jurado said. “I hope we can start a run now.” Schalke has six points from three games in Group B, while Hapoel still has to take a point. Lyon, which beat Benfica 2-0, has nine points. Benfica has three. “We are beginning to play better with every game,” said Schalke coach Felix Magath, whose team is only one point from the bottom of the Bundesliga. “I think we now have a good chance of playing in Europe in the new year as well.” Jurado set up Schalke’s first with a perfect through ball, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar let it pass and Raul emerged alone in front of Hapoel’s goal and

slotted past goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Schalke easily dominated the game but Enyeama kept Hapoel in it with some good saves. Huntelaar was denied three times by Enyeama. On the other side, Hapoel’s only attempt came shortly before halftime but Manuel Neuer caught Omri Kende’s shot. Schalke kept up the pressure after the break and Huntelaar struck the crossbar with two consecutive attempts after a rare mistake by Enyeama. But Raul doubled the score shortly afterward when he collected a good pass from Ivan Rakitic, who had been sent through by Huntelaar, and scored from close range. Enyeama made up for his earlier mistake by making a good save from Rakitic, then foiled Jurado. But Jurado found the target minutes later, placing a right-foot shot into the far corner over Enyeama’s outstretched arms. Hapoel hardly threatened Schalke’s goal but scored with the last kick of the match. A long range free kick took Schalke’s defense by surprise and Shechter took advantage of the confusion to roll the ball past Manuel Neuer into the net. —AP


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LONDON: Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Nani celebrates scoring against Bursaspor during their UEFA Champions League football match at Old Trafford. —AFP

Nani lifts United’s gloom MANCHESTER: Manchester United shrugged off the disappointment of Wayne Rooney’s imminent departure to defeat Turkish side Bursaspor 1-0 in the Champions League here yesterday. A sublime first-half goal from Portuguese international Nani clinched victory for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men on a day when events off the pitch dominated the headlines at Old Trafford. The victor y lef t the English giants comfortably on course to qualif y from Group C, with seven points from three games. Yet if Ferguson had been looking for a stir ring response from his players after Rooney accused United of lacking ambition in a statement released shortly before kick-off in which he confirmed his intention to quit, the veteran Scottish manager would have been disappointed. While United dominated

possession for long periods, a starting midfield featuring Michael Car rick, Dar ren Fletcher and Anderson was rarely able to conjure up the guile to break down the Turkish champions. Federico Macheda struggled to impose himself in attack and it was left to Nani to provide much of the attacking threat before a crowd of 72,610. United were barely threatened by the visitors in the opening exchanges, stroking the ball around comfortably against opponents who appeared to be suffering a bad case of stage-fright. The opener came af ter Fletcher found Nani just outside the area. The elusive winger turned his man brilliantly and ghosted towards goal before curling a superb shot beyond Dimitar Ivankov. Ivankov had been forewarned of the United threat af ter only three minutes, Anderson sending Macheda

bearing down on goal with a deft pass only for the Italian to see his shot well saved. Yet United’s early promise fizzled out after Nani scored, and for all their slick approach play Ferguson’s men were unable to created many goalscoring opportunities. All too often the final ball went astray and United attacks broke down. With Bursaspor defending deep, the visitors looked for opportunities on the counterattack and had United on the back foot on 30 minutes when a slip by Nemanja Vidic allowed Ozan Ipek to break. Fullback R afael-one of United’s best performers on the night-was alive to the danger however, covering well to snuff out the threat. The introduction of Gabriel Obertan and Mexican inter national Javier Hernandez gave United more thrust later in the second half but the home fans had to settle for victory by a solitary goal. —AFP

MILAN: Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti became the oldest ever Champions League scorer as the reigning champions edged out 10-man Tottenham 4-3 in a thriller at the San Siro yesterday. This really was a tale of two halves as Inter romped to a 4-0 lead before the break while Gareth Bale scored a stunning second half hat-trick. Samuel Eto’o notched a brace and Dejan Stankovic added the fourth, all before half-time, before Bale’s brilliant solo cameo while Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was dismissed after just eight minutes. Inter now lead Group A by three points from Harry Redknapp’s team ahead of the pair’s meeting at White Hart Lane in two weeks’ time. Bale expressed his disappointment at Spurs’ first half showing but said they would learn from their mistakes. “We were sloppy in the first half, we’re not really sure what happened,” he said. “There wasn’t too much to think about with the goals, we just wanted to get back into the game. “There are a lot of positives to take from the second half, we kept the ball well. But we’re massively disappointed to have lost the game.” This was the day, though, when Spurs’ Champions League education truly began as they paid for every mistake they made in a disastrous first 45 minutes. The game was over within a quarter of an hour as Spurs trailed 3-0 and were down to 10men. The English team had a nightmare start in only the second minute as Alan Hutton was dragged inside by Coutinho who passed to Eto’o to slide Zanetti into the space vacated by Hutton, the Inter captain curling home with aplomb. And eight minutes in, Spurs’s task became nearimpossible as Benoit AssouEkotto was caught napping, allowing Jonathan Biabiany to run behind him onto Wesley Sneijder’s pass. Gomes came out to close down the Frenchman but clattered into him as he chipped the Brazilian. Assou-Ekotto had by now got back into a defensive position and while the award of a penalty was unquestionable, the red card for Gomes seemed an unnecessarily harsh double-blow. Redknapp brought off his playmaker Luca Modric to bring on reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini and the Italian’s first task was to pick Eto’o’s successful spot-kick out of his net on 11 minutes. Spurs were in complete disarray and they conceded again on 14 minutes as their defence fell apart with Dejan Stankovic shooting home from the edge of the area following good work from Maicon and Eto’o. The visitors managed to regroup and even mounted an attack but Peter Crouch should have done better with Aaron Lennon’s dink to the back post instead of getting underneath it. —AFP

SPAIN: Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (right) fights for the ball with FC Copenhagen’s Danish midfielder William Kvist (left) during their UEFA Champions League football match. —AFP

Messi sends nervy Barca on top MADRID: Lionel Messi scored his third and fourth Champions League goals of the season with a brace as Spanish champions Barcelona defeated FC Copenhagen 2-0 at Camp Nou yesterday to leapfrog the Danes into top spot in Champions League Group D. Argentine Messi scored a fine long range opener on 19 minutes and a stoppage time tap-in as Barcelona inflicted a first group defeat on surprise package Copenhagen and Barca go top a point above the Danish side who had won their first two group games. It was from comfortable for the 2009 champions who had some hairy moments at 1-0 as they failed to kill off the match. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola had praised his side following their 2-1 home win over Valencia on Saturday but was forced into changes with first choice goalkeeper Victor Valdes ruled out with fever. The 34-year-old Jose Manuel Pinto, normally only used in the Kings Cup matches to give Valdes a break, was drafted in for a rare appearance against the Danes. Midfielder Xavi Hernandez continues to struggle with tendonitis and began on the substitutes bench after complaining of pain following the Valencia win. In Xavi’s absence Argentine international Javier Mascherano, a summer signing from Liverpool, was given a chance to

stake a claim for a first team spot after being a bit-part player at the club. With four minutes gone David Villa, who had scored in Barcelona’s two other group matches, rattled the crossbar with a chip to send a warning to the visitors. Messi then had a shot saved by goalkeeper Johan Wiland but there was nothing the Swede could do about the opening goal on 19 minutes. A neat passing move ended with Andres Iniesta feeding Messi who produced a thumping left-footed finish into the top corner for his third Champions League goal of the campaign. It was the first Copenhagen had conceded in this season’s competition and ruined their game plan to defend deep and wait for a chance on the counter attack. Messi had the ball in the net again on 37 minutes af ter great work from marauding centre-back Gerard Pique but the goal was ruled out for offside. After the break Barcelona pushed for he second goal with Copenhagen hoping to conjure up a goal with a set-piece or counter attack. As so often this season Barcelona failed to score a second goal to kill off the match and manager Guardiola was pacing up and down the touchline in frustration. On 67 minutes Senegalese forward Dame N’Doye, who has scored in both of

his side’s group matches, showed terrific control to deceive Carles Puyol and his spectacular volley crashed against the crossbar. Brazilian striker Cesar Santin looked certain to score from the rebound but somehow headed wide to let Barca off the hook. Guardiola responded by introducing Xavi and Spanish international team-mate Pedro Rodriguez off the substitutes six minutes later. Barca had blitzed Panathinaikos 5-1 at Camp Nou in their first Champions League home match but found the going much tougher against a well-drilled Copenhagen outfit. With three minutes remaining midfielder William Kvist had a 35-yard drive tipped over by Pinto while Dani Alves rattled the post in a frantic ending. Messi scored his second in the dying seconds of the match after a mis-hit cross from Eric Abidal landed at his feet. Barcelona’s next match is a trip to Copenhagen on November 2 and then away at Panathinaikos before concluding with a home match against Russians Rubin Kazan. Despite the loss Copenhagen have a great chance of qualifying for the knockout phase for the first time in their history lying four points ahead of Rubin Kazan and five points ahead of Panathinaikos. —AFP

Panathinaikos, Kazan in drab stalemate ATHENS: Russia’s Rubin Kazan and Panathinaikos missed a chance to creep up on the shoulders of Champions League Group D rivals FC Copenhagen yesterday after they fought out a goalless stalemate in Greece. With Copenhagen — who started out by posting two straight wins — going down to a Leo Messi double at

group favorites Barcelona — the race was on to close the gap and keep alive a slender chance of making it through to the knockout phase. But the draw left both the Russians and the Greeks without a win between then as Kazan moved onto two points from three games — four behind the Danes — while Panathinaikos had to be

satisfied with a first point. Sergei Kornilenko set off on a run that saw him bear down on goal in the tenth minute but he was pulled up after straying offside. Earlier, Stergos Marinos had forced Sergei Ryzhikov into a smart save as the Greeks went in search of an early goal. Giorgos Karagounis then called the

visiting keeper into action once more with a freekick on 16 minutes. At the other end, Aleksandr Ryazantsev drew a fine stop from Alexandros Tzorvas before trhe opening period petered out. Luis Garcia tried to spark a Panathinaikos triumph thereafter but was unable to unlock a stout defence. —AFP


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Telcos scramble for piece of booming Saudi market Saudi to spend $400bn by 2013 on development plan RIYADH: Khalid Al-Khulaif has several phones and six computers at home but he’s still in the market for more. It’s the Saudi way, and it’s the reason companies are scrambling for a piece of the Gulf Arab region’s biggest market. With a population of 29 million and a per capita income of $16,000, the world’s largest oil-exporter dwarfs the small states on its periphery, and its rigid social system makes the allure of phone or internet connectivity all the more powerful. “I have six computers, laptops and one desk computer,” Khulaif said, standing behind a row of computers in a busy shop in a district of Riyadh full of electronics shops. Dozens of small shops advertising the latest BlackBerry and iPhone models line the streets the Saudi capital, where business starts in earnest after the last evening prayers in the conservative birthplace of Islam. Some say getting connected, albeit through the filter of phone or internet, fills a void in a purist Islamic society with a strict system of public morality-alcohol and cinemas are forbidden and unrelated men and women cannot mix. “Entertainment in Saudi Arabia is scarce, we can say, and definitely there is... the opportunity to provide them with as many services as possible to provide them with the extra social requirements that they are looking for,” Hisham Zaki El Jamal, Director of Strategic Financial Planning and Investments at Saudi telecoms operator Mobily, told Reuters. Saudi Arabia has 47 million mobile phone usersthat’s one and half phones for each of its people-and could have 60 million by 2013, said Josep Que at IT consultancy Delta Partners, which recently carried out a study on the Saudi telecom market. “Saudi Arabia will grow, in absolute terms, more than the rest of the (Gulf Arab) telecoms markets together,” he said.

hit the market,” Raad Al-Aziz, a Syrian salesman at a telecoms showroom, said. “They don’t care about the price, they just buy it. Compared to other countries and Gulf states, Saudis are the largest buyers of such devices.”

Room for growth Saudi Arabia plans to spend $400 billion by 2013 on an infrastructure development program, the world’s biggest stimulus relative to gross domestic product. It is not clear how much of that will go on telecoms, though Que estimates that Saudi Arabia’s existing three operators will make $6 billion in capital expenditures over the next three years alone. With two thirds of Saudis under the age of 30 and penetration levels for services such as broadband internet still lagging behind some other Gulf countries, foreign operators and manufacturers are racing to lock in the customers of tomorrow. Bahrain’s Batelco recently said it was considering buying a stake in mobile operator Zain Saudi which paid $6 billion for Saudi Arabia’s third mobile license. The Manama-based firm has already bought into Atheeb Telecom, the first private Saudi fixed-line phone operator. Dominant state operator Saudi Telecom is in a battle with Mobily, an affiliate of Abu Dhabi-listed Etisalat, which says it has gained market share. “The mobile phone is the most important thing for Saudis. If a new model came out today people would buy it as soon as it

Internet penetration There is also plenty of room for Internet expansion in Saudi Arabia. Que said broadband internet penetration was just 4 percent, compared to 26 percent in nearby Bahrain. The number of users could rise 82 percent to to 5.9 million by 2014. The number of internet users has risen to 10 million in Saudi Arabia but total internet penetration is only 38 percent, compared to 52 percent in tiny Qatar, 75 percent in the UAE and 88 percent in Bahrain, John Sfakianakis, chief economist at Banque Saudi Fransi, said. “There is tremendous room for growth,” he said, adding that customer services need to improve. Saudi blogs often include complaints from people who keep getting wrong bills and poor technical support. Even in the capital the internet can be slow during peak evening hours, too slow to play Internet videos or open large attachments. In the rural and remote areas, internet is even slower. Access is also exacerbated by an elaborate system of censorship overseen by the authorities, blocking anything with a hint of pornography or sites critical of the government. — Reuters

NANTERRE: Firefighters put out a fire of a burning car during clashes between police and youth, yesterday. Hooded youths rampaged through the Paris suburb last morning, hurling stones and bottles and breaking windows in stores and city hall. The government threatened to send in elite paramilitary officers to quell the violence. — AP

Wataniya announces code sharing with Austrian Air By Nisreen Zahreddine KUWAIT: Wataniya Airways announced code share and interline agreements with Austrian Airlines, Austria’s national carrier during a press conference held at Marina Hotel yesterday. These agreements will now provide Wataniya Airways’ guests with numerous travel options adding 19 new European connecting destinations via Vienna. Starting October 31, 2010 guests will be able travel from Kuwait to Vienna International Airport and automatically transfer to onward Austrian Airways flights to European destinations using one single ticket. An additional major benefit to Wataniya Airways guests from the new partnership agreements is their baggage when checked in at Wataniya’s exclusive Sheikh Saad Terminal in Kuwait will be automatically routed through to their final European airport arrival destination, allowing for a seamless travel experience for the guest. The agreements also allow Austrian Airlines guests to travel to Kuwait onboard Wataniya Airways. Abdulsalam Al-Bahar, Wataniya Airways Chairman and Managing Director, said, “Our singleminded focus is to provide the very best services

KUWAIT: Abdulsalam Al-Bahar, Wataniya Airways Chairman and Managing Director speaks during the press conference. — Photo by Joseph Shagra

possible to our guests and we couldn’t have found a better partner than Austrian Airlines”. He added that this is another important and significant step forward for Wataniya Airways and for its loyal guests. Al-Bahar considered that Vienna is at the very heart of Europe and, with less than two hours transit time at Vienna International Airport to other European destinations, so it is an ideal gateway for Wataniya valued guests. He also mentioned that north and South America are included in Wataniya future plans as well as the Far East destinations. He welcomed any possible expansion through increasing the company’s capital which is currently amounting to $500 million. At the same time, he discarded that new shareholders would participate in the company being the effects of the economic crisis are still not demolished especially that the Aircraft sector is facing lots of challenges internationally. “we are taking our time in that” he commented. Regarding the possibility of employing ex-Kuwait Airways employees, Al-Bahar commented that Wataniya airways only recruit per need regardless of the origins. Ayy Shayef, Wataniya operations manager explained the new code share in details through a presentation assuring that Wataniya will have the similar level of services all through the journey which starts from Kuwait to Vienna as a connecting airport to 19 destinations in Europe. He explained that the three flights to Vienna are on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Andreas Bierwirth, member of the Executive Board of Austrian Airlines said: ���We believe that this partnership allows both companies to provide a broader choice of services and destinations to our valued clientele in Europe and the Middle East.” Wataniya Airways operates three weekly flights between Vienna International Airport and their exclusive Sheikh Saad Terminal in Kuwait. The nineteen new destinations the agreement adds to Wataniya Airways’ route list features such cities as London, Paris, Milan, Zurich, Geneva, Brussels, Sofia, Prague and many more with lead-in fares starting from KD99 return. In addition, on October 31, Wataniya Airways will be also launching further direct codeshare flights between Beirut and Vienna with Austrian Airlines, allowing Wataniya Airways’ guests in Beirut to travel to seven new destinations from Beirut to Vienna and beyond.

China raises its key rate for 1st time since crisis BEIJING: China raised its key interest rate Tuesday for the first time since the global crisis. The move is intended to control inflation and rapid growth even as other Asian economies move to keep their recoveries on track. The rate hike, China’s first since 2007, reflected Beijing’s focus on guiding growth to a more sustainable level rather than revving up the economy. China’s economy grew 10.3 percent in the second quarter. The People’s Bank of China, the central bank, might have felt forced to act after bank lending surged in September despite government orders to control credit, said economist Mark Williams of Capital Economics in London. “I suspect the People’s Bank feels it needs to give a strong signal to banks that this has to stop,” said Williams. China’s surprise move to raise interest rates rattled Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 165 points to close below 11,000 for the first time in a little more than a week. The rate on a oneyear loan was raised by 0.25 percentage points to 5.56 percent effective yesterday, said the central bank. The one-year rate paid on deposits was raised, also by 0.25 percentage points, to 2.5 percent. China’s rapid growth has powered the global economy’s recovery from a deep recession, even as the United States and Europe have struggled to return to firmer economic footing. By contrast, the US is trying to speed up its weak expansion. The Federal Reserve is widely expected on Nov 3 to launch a program to buy more Treasury bonds. The goal would be to drive down interest rates on mortgages, corporate loans and other debts. If cheaper loans prod Americans to boost spending, then the US economy - the world’s largest - would strengthen. During the global reces-

sion, most central banks acted in concert to try to stimulate growth. But countries have emerged from the recession at different speeds, underscoring the unevenness of the global recovery. That’s why individual central banks have taken varying steps to serve their economies. Australia’s central bank raised interest rates six times beginning in October. More recently, it’s held rates steady, citing Europe’s debt crisis. South Korea also was expected to consider a hike but has kept its key rate steady. Canada has left its key rate alone after three rate increases. India, however, has raised rates five times to control inflation and is expected to boost them yet again. Earlier this month, the European Central Bank left its key rate alone. But Japan cut its rate to near zero to inject life into its stagnant economy and battle deflation. The quarter-point bump-up in China’s loan rates is unlikely to slow China’s economic growth very much. That would be good news for the US and other countries that sell goods there. “It’s like a mosquito biting an elephant,” Jay Bryson, global economist at Wells Fargo, said of China’s small rate increase. The value of the dollar surged Tuesday on China’s rate news. But analysts don’t think that spike will last. More important, they say, is if Beijing is trying to use its rate decision to signal that it will let its currency rise in value. Many in the US complain that China keeps its currency artificially low, driving sales of its imports to the United States but hurting U.S. exports sold in China. If China lets the value of its currency rise further, US exports would become cheaper and thus more attractive to foreign buyers. The United States has been prodding Beijing to act. —AP


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Imbalance in global growth rate intensifies Interest rates During September 2010, the CBK has issued one tranche of 1year and 2-year Treasury Bonds for a total value of KD75 million and 15 million, respectively, holding coupons of 1.25 per cent and 1.38 per cent p.a. Since the beginning of the year, CBK has continued its policy of helping banks, who have excess liquidity, to find short-term investment opportunities that could contribute in compensating for the slowdown in credit growth. Kuwait Inter-bank Offered Rates (KIBOR) across different maturities sustained the same level for the seventh month in a row. The downward trend seen in 2009 and first 2 month of 2010 is mainly affected by the CBK’s monetary tools to spur the local economy, solve for the liquidity squeeze problems, and enhance the tight credit market through discount and repo rate cuts as well as the issuance of T-bonds. During the month, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) released their last meeting minutes with the same decision to hold rates at a historic low between 0.0 per cent and 0.25 per cent admitting that the economic recovery has lost some momentum in the previous couple of months, saying that the economic recovery will occur at small and moderate paces; as well, the statement also included that corporate spending increased remarkably in the recent period. The Federal Reserve also stated that they would act if needed to provide more support for the economy and bolster the sluggish recovery. The Fed is ready to pump hundreds of billions of newly printed dollars into the economy but remain concerned about inflation as core inflation slipped to levels below the comfort zone standing at an annualized rate of 1.4 per cent at the end of July-10 compared to comfort levels ranging between 1.7 per cent and 2.0 per cent. London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) that banks charge each other for 3-month loans saw a drop of 7 bps during Sep-10 and recorded a monthly average of 0.29 per cent; Similarly, the longer-term rates, 6month and 12-month LIBOR saw a drop of around 10 bps and 14 bps to average around 0.48 per cent and 0.80 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile, the spread between the 3M KIBOR and 3M LIBOR widened for the third consecutive month to 58 bps up from 51 bps during the previous month. Interest rates on KWD continued their general downward movement since the beginning of the year across different maturities; the 1-month KWD deposit rate dropped for the third consecutive month by a marginal 2 bps to end the month of August at 1.03 per cent. Since the beginning of the year, the rate saw a drop of 33 bps compared to the plunge of 87 bps during 2009. On the other hand, the 1-month USD

rate stood at 0.26 per cent at the end of August, dropping by 1 bps. The rate saw around 78 bps slashed during 2009 from 1.03 per cent in December-08, yet increased by a mere 1 bps during 2010 to reach 0.26 per cent at the end of August10. On the other hand, interest rate on the 6-month and 12-month KWD deposits shed around 33 and 24 bps since December 2009 to end the month of August at 1.43 per cent and 1.71 per cent, respectively. The 12-month USD deposit rate, which shared a similar plunge since the beginning of the crisis, dropped from last month by 6 bps to stand at 0.80 per cent; while 6-month USD deposit rate was stable compared to last month at around 0.56 per cent. Oil market The oil market showed some recovery during September as displayed by the consistent daily upward closing prices. OPEC Reference Basket showed lower fluctuation during September compared to the previous month, as the Basket moved to a low of $72.49/b at the beginning of Sep-10, then

moved to a high of $77.48/b at month closing, driven by macroeconomic sentiment reflected in equities and exchange rate fluctuations as well as speculative activity. On a monthly basis, OPEC oil prices averaged $74.63/b during September, up by around 0.7 per cent from last month’s average of $74.15/b and closed the month at $77.48/b. However, the average price since the beginning of the year reached $75.20/b, while the average price for 2009 was at $61/b compared to an average of $94.45/b for 2008. On the other hand, the Kuwait Blend Spot Price FOB averaged USD 73.47/b and closed the month at $76.81/b, up from $69.67/b recorded at the end of August. World economic growth in 2010 remains unchanged from the previous estimate by OPEC at 3.9 per cent, while 2011 has been revised down slightly to 3.6 per cent. The imbalance in global growth has intensified with a deceleration becoming apparent in most of the OECD, while developing countries continue to expand. Growth in the

US and Japan have been revised down due to the diminishing impact of stimulus packages. US growth stands at 2.6 per cent in 2010 and 2.3 per cent in 2011, while Japan is expected to grow by 2.5 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively. The euro-zone gained surprising momentum in 2Q10 and is forecast to grow at 1.2 per cent in 2010 and 1.0 per cent in 2011. Supported by domestic demand, India is expected to expand at 8.2 per cent in 2010 and 7.7 per cent in 2011; China seems to be successfully cooling down the economy with the forecast for 2010 unchanged at 9.5 per cent, while 2011 has been lowered slightly to 8.6 per cent. World oil demand growth in 2010 remains broadly unchanged at 1.0 mb/d. Global oil demand was higher than expected in the first half of the year, supported by stimulus packages in key consuming countries. With these winding down, demand in the second half is expected to move lower. In 2011, world oil demand growth is expected to continue at the current level

of 1.0 mb/d, unchanged from the last assessment. Non-OECD countries will remain the key contributors to demand growth, led by China, India, the Middle East and Latin America. Non-OPEC oil production is expected to increase by 0.92 mb/d over the previous year to average 52.06 mb/d in 2010. Non-OPEC oil supply in 2011 is forecast to increase by 0.36 mb/d to average 52.42 mb/d. Although growth remained relatively unchanged, the total level was revised up by 0.15 mb/d over the previous month. Total OPEC crude oil production averaged 29.15 mb/d in August, down by 0.04 mb/d from the previous month. OPEC production, excluding Iraq, stood at 26.80 mb/d, down by 0.04 mb/d from the previous month. Preliminary figures indicate that global oil supply averaged 86.08 mb/d in August-10, relatively steady from the previous month. The share of OPEC crude in global production is estimated at 33.9 per cent, unchanged from last month.

AUB reports net profit of KD19.6m KUWAIT: Ahli United Bank reported good profitability rates in the third quarter of 2010 with net profit margin of KD19.6 million and an increase of 29.4 percent from the corresponding period of the previous year. These results are attributed to the core operating profit of the bank of KD59 million wherein the bank was able to increase its net financing income by 4.6 percent. In addition, the bank has allocated additional voluntary precautionary reserves of KD20.5 million and earnings per share amounted to 20.2 fils per share, which reflects the extensity of the bank’s financial strength and its ability to achieve continuity in the operating profit stemming from its banking activity. Commenting on the positive results achieved by the bank, the Chairman and Managing Director Hamad Abdulmohsen Al-Marzouq stated that: “by the grace of Allah Almighty” and due to the stability of the bank demonstrated by its performance and implementation of strategic, conscious and deliberate growth and robust risk management strategy, the first nine months results were positive and encouraging, wherein the bank was able to achieve those profits which reflected its ability to comply with the desired objectives under the auspices of a prudent and vigilant policy. Al-Marzouq emphasized that the bank “by the Grace of Allah Almighty” shall witness greater achievements with substantial growth and remarkable improvement by contributing to the development of the Islamic banking sector, wherein Ahli United Bank has proven to be one of the potential Islamic banks demonstrated by capturing a penetrative share in the local market, deriving its strength, and solvency from the Bank’s profound history and heritage that dates back to 1941, under the patronage of an integrated banking group that has distinct regional perch with international banking standards that supersedes most of its counterparties.

Hamad Abdulmohsen Al-Marzouq Al-Marzouq pointed that the bank was able to sustain the confidence of international institutions in its first year as an Islamic bank, at the time was conceivably expected to witness an unstable performance, like any other institution that experiences such a strategic shift. This has been featured through reaffirming AUB credit rating as A3, these ratings tribute to bank’s solidity and future stability, which testament to its asset quality and profitability despite the impact of the global financial crises and its repercussions on the trading sector in Kuwait, and reflect - on the other hand - the confidence of International Rating Agencies in Bank’s well defined strategies after converting its operation to become Sharia’a compliant and reinforces the trust of both its customers. Al-Marzouq has also pointed that Fitch has classified bank’s credit rating at A- (stable) for long-term commitments, which also commends the bank’s financial stability both present & future and reflects the quality of the bank’s assets and stable levels of profitability, and proves once again that the bank had ably exceeded the repercussions of the previous interval, while maintaining the development of its assets, within a conservative risk management, which reflects the strength of the financial position of the bank, even under unfavorable economic conditions. The agency has commended the quality control and

expense management, as well as improved asset quality in the first half of the year 2010 which is an additional testament to AUB’s strong and effective strategy that enforces the trust and confidence of its customers and depositors in the Bank’s banking operations. The Rating Agency has also indicated that capital adequacy ratios have increased reaching to 14.8 percent for the first tranche and 16.6 percent for the overall capital as at the end of September 2010, which exceed the minimum required rate by the regulatory authorities, and reflects Fitch comfort to the conversion process of the Bank in accordance with the provisions of Islamic Sharia’a in the month of April 2010, which would make the Bank of perfect choice for the dealers. Al-Marzouq paid tribute to the uniqueness of the bank, since the outbreak of the financial crisis in September of 2008 until the present time, in preserving the confidence of its customers. In this regard AlMarzouq said: “ahli united bank finds in 2010 an opportunity to allocate additional provisions and reserves allocations to meet any future hindrances”. AlMarzouq pointed that the returns earned on deposits still exceed returns for similar deposits in the market, where the rate of return on investment deposits for the six and three months in Kuwaiti Dinars rate of 2.83 percent and the rate of 2.36 percent, respectively, as well as investment saving accounts quarterly Kuwaiti dinar rate of 2.12 percent, which confirms the confidence of customers in the bank, which will remain a safe haven for them. Al-Marzouq stated that the bank has complied with all Basel Committee standards to implement Basel 3 noting that the capital adequacy standard of the bank stood at 16.6 percent as of 30/09/2010 reflecting a solid capital base with high liquidity and added that our present positions enables us to meet the immediate requirements without the need for the grace period contained in the new standards, which allows banks till the year 2019 to meet the required standards. AlMarzouq concluded his statement saying: “the bank will continue its commitment to its conservative strategy to guard against any possible future risk”, and expressed his thanks to both customers and shareholders for their inveterate confidence promising them to take all precautions to ensure the safety of their banking operations with access to products and services in an outstanding and simple style that meets all expectations, since customers are the core of our attention and care.

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

.2770000 .4400000 .3855000 .2890000 .2710000 .2720000 .0045000 .0020000 .0764060 .7444030 .4020000 .0750000 .7297540 .0045000 .0500000 CUSTOMER TRANSFER RATES .2814500 .4426590 .3877800 .2910640 .2733120 .0519920 .0415070 .2746880 .0362620 .2151270 .0034580 .0063960 .0025300 .0032820 .0040350 .0766690 .7469560 .3980610 .0751040 .7318110 .0065450 TRANSFER CHEQUES RATES .2835500 .4457880 .2931270 .0755840

Al-Muzaini Exchange Co. Japanese Yen Indian Rupees

ASIAN COUNTRIES 3.491 6.378

.2870000 .4500000 .3930000 .2990000 .2810000 .2790000 .0075000 .0035000 .0771740 .7518840 .4180000 .0790000 .7370890 .0072000 .0580000 .2835500 .4457880 .3905220 .2931270 .2752500 .0523610 .0418010 .2766300 .0365190 .2166520 .0034830 .0064410 .0025480 .0033050 .0040630 .0771580 .7517240 .4008830 .0755840 .7364830 .0065910

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

3.286 2.524 4.001 216.440 36.455 4.018 6.503 9.483 0.267 0.310 GCC COUNTRIES Saudi Riyal 75.438 Qatari Riyal 77.730 Omani Riyal 734.970 Bahraini Dinar 751.380 UAE Dirham 77.037 ARAB COUNTRIES Egyptian Pound - Cash 51.750 Egyptian Pound - Transfer 49.414 Yemen Riyal 1.327 Tunisian Dinar 203.440 Jordanian Dinar 399.490 Lebanese Lira 189.200 Syrian Lier 6.214 Morocco Dirham 35.215 EUROPEAN & AMERICAN COUNTRIES US Dollar Transfer 282.780 Euro 391.080 Sterling Pound 446.230 Canadian dollar 276.150 Turkish lire 199.140 Swiss Franc 294.100 Australian dollar 279.390 US Dollar Buying 281.095 GOLD 20 Gram 260.000 10 Gram 132.000 5 Gram 67.000

Hongkong dollar Indian rupees Indonesia Iranian tuman Iraqi dinar Japanese yen Jordanian dinar Lebanese pound Malaysian ringgit Morocco dirham Nepalese Rupees New Zealand dollar Nigeria Norwegian krone Omani Riyal Pakistani rupees Philippine peso Qatari riyal Saudi riyal Singapore dollar South Africa Sri Lankan rupees Sterling pound Swedish krona Swiss franc Syrian pound Thai bhat Tunisian dollar UAE dirham U.S. dollars Yemeni Riyal 10 Tola Sterling Pound US Dollar

SELL CASH 280.000 751.810 4.260 279.300 555.200 14.100 54.200 167.800 51.540 394.000

36.970 6.375 0.033

399.580 0.190 93.610 4.010 213.900

SELL DRAFT 278.500 751.810 4.019 277.800

217.500 49.477 392.500

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

287.500 280.729 449.241 375.734 286.606 704.798 761.106 78.268 78.962 76.649 405.769 50.446 6.214 3.359

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

2.552 4.152 6.476 3.368 9.278 6.273 3.881

Kuwait Bahrain Intl Exchange Co. Currency

734.140 3.300 6.515 77.680 75.480 217.540 43.160 2.524 447.500 295.000 6.300 9.820 77.040 282.700

Dollarco Exchange Co. Ltd

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

37.120 6.560 0.033 0.254 0.247 3.570 401.460 0.191 93.610 47.500 4.430 215.400 1.927 50.300 734.320 3.440 6.700 78.190 75.480 217.540 43.160 2.693 449.500 43.900 295.500 6.300 9.810 196.263 77.140 283.100 1.360 GOLD 1,420.890 TRAVELLER’S CHEQUE 447.500 282.700

Rate per 1000 (Tran)

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

282.600 3.300 6.385 2.535 4.020 6.540 77.030 75.570 751.300 49.410 450.100 0.00003280 4.025 1.550 401.400 5.750 395.100 280.100

Al Mulla Exchange Currency US Dollar Euro Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar Japanese Yen 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 282.000 395.000 447.500 278.500 3.475 6.375 49.325 2.523 4.008 6.484 3.289 750.000 76.895 75.300


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NBK acquires land worth KD 52 million at Sharq DUBAI: Helal Saeed Almarri, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai World Trade Centre and Seiji Koyanagi, Managing Director, Panasonic Marketing Middle East, at the launch of the ‘Eco Ideas Declaration’ by Panasonic at Gitex Technology Week on Tuesday.

Gitex Technology Week hosts Panasonic’s model KUWAIT: The 30th anniversary edition of Gitex Technology Week, the world’s third largest ICT event, on Tuesday, hosted Panasonic Marketing Middle East’s landmark ‘Eco Ideas Declaration’ for the Middle East and North Africa region. Helal Saeed Almarri, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai World Trade Centre, the organisers of the event, said: “We are proud to host this landmark initiative by Panasonic Marketing Middle

East, which will have a farreaching beneficial impact on the region’s goals for sustainable development. The Eco Ideas Declaration can serve as a model for organisations in promoting energy savings and effective utilisation of resources, and GITEX is honoured to have showcased this initiative.” With the Eco Ideas Declaration, Panasonic aims to become the No.1 Green Innovation Company in the

electronics industry in the Middle East. To achieve this goal, the company is pursuing its Eco Ideas for Lifestyles by promoting sustainable and comfortable green lifestyles as well as Eco Ideas for Business-styles with aims to reduce the environmental impact of its operations to a maximum extent. Panasonic will also spread technologies and ideas that are brought forth through such reduction efforts.

Elliott Wave Principles applies to gold By Kamel Mansour Gold has always been an investment commodity to protect against uncertain economic future. The analysis will bring forth a different perspective to keen investors using Elliott Wave Principles where the market moves in wave combinations of 5s and 3s with a special focus on Fibonacci. Why 5-3 Wave Structure? Fibonacci, an Italian Mathematician, disclosed in the 13th Century a Summation Series that started with these numbers: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 etc... whereby the sum of the previous two digits equaled the next upper digit, ad infinitum. You may notice that the 5-3 wave structure is from this series and, for those who are into esoteric reasoning, the human body reveals these recurring 5-3 patterns. The human body has 5 extremities: 2 arms, 2 legs and a head. Each arm and leg has three divisions. Each finger has three parts except for the index. A special characteristic of this Series is that any digit divided by the previous one gives a ratio of 1 and a leftover of 0.618. Similarly, any digit divided by the one before the previous would give a ratio of 2 and a leftover of 0.618. Last but not least, a digit divided by the third digit before it would give a ratio of 4 and a left over 0.236. The inverse of 4.236 is 0.236. Where does Gold fit into Fibonacci and Elliott Wave Principles? To recap, the Primary Wave (P series) is a bigger cycle than the Intermediate Wave (I Series) and the former is one lesser degree than the Cycle Wave (C Series). Gold Cycle time span is summarized hereunder where you may notice the close proximity of Gold with Fibonacci series in terms of time element. C1=15 years from 1932 to 1947, a non Fibonacci Series. C2=20-21 years from 1947 to 1967. C3 = 13 years from 1967 to 1980. C4 = 21 years from 03/1980 to 12/2001. P1 of C5 from 12/2001 to 03/2008 is 88 months, close to Fibonacci digit 89. As regards to the price movements, interesting facts about Gold

using Fibonacci Digits are revealed in this analysis. P3 of C3 = 2.237 of C1. (This means that the Third Primary of the Third Cycle equals 2.237 of the First Cycle). C3 = 4.315 of C1, approximately near 4.236. C4 = 0.376 of C3, approximately near 0.382. P4 of C3 = 0.376 of Distance from beginning of P1 of C3 to end of P3 of C3, approximately near 0.382. A of P2 of C5 was around 0.291 of P1 of C5, less than 0.382. Had it gone down by 0.382, it would have ended very close to I4 of P1 of C5, the range of the Fourth sub wave of the Previous Wave. I5 of P1 of C5 = 0.381 of distance from beginning C1 to end of C3. Historical strength signs in gold These subnormal retracements indicated strength in the ensuing market. As can be visualized in the Quarterly Chart, all major Retracements consolidated to the area of the 4th wave of the previous degree; i.e. the market went right down to the fourth sub-wave of the previous wave. Another important factor that added to the subnormal structure was that the Second and Fourth Cycle consolidated in time for 21 years, a very long period which acted as a spring to the consequent waves. The strength of the moves after the Second Cycle was clearly delineated in the hikes of prices. Similarly, this Fifth Cycle is expected to follow suit. Short term analysis With such strengths in the market throughout time, Irregular Tops form. These are higher tops that are part of the Consolidation Move after an Impulse wave. Currently, the market underway is Wave ( C ) of Wave B of P2 of C5. This B wave is an Irregular Top. On the Weekly chart, the trend line joining Wave (A) to Wave 3 captured the whole move. With its parallel from April 2009 Low at Wave (B) has become a strong support for all the weekly retracements since then. If this upper trend line is extended in time, it will cap the five waves of this Irregular Wave at around 1,600 marks on Gold in Q4-2010. With the strength embedded in Gold, I would not be

surprised to see prices at 1,700 early 2011. This price target also satisfies Fibonacci digit: (High from March 2008 to the Low in Dec 2008) Multiplied by 2.236 then added to the Lows from Dec 2008 would equal expectation at 1,700 levels on Gold. Just as a reminder, these figures are based on my newly plotted data and cannot be applied to the actual cash price plotting of data. Thereafter, the market is then expected to retrace to the Fourth Intermediate (I4) of the First Primary (P1) of the Fifth Cycle (C5) that is around the levels of 650 range. If we Multiplied 1,700 by 0.618 and then deducted from 1,700 level would give us 650 levels on the Gold. Long term analysis - Gold 6,000 The history of the Gold since 1932 was embedded with subnormal retracements and elongated Major Corrections of Cycle Degrees. The move from Dec 2001 to March 2008 did not significantly cross above the Third Cycle High in terms of our plotting techniques (Refer to the Quarterly Chart). With the elongated Fourth Cycle in time, this wave from Dec 2001 to March 2008, instead of being the last High we will see on Gold, would mark the First Primary P1 of Five which will definitely take us to highs never seen in Gold.If Fibonacci had applied throughout the Super Cycle from 1932, the estimated next Fibonacci time target is 21 years from Dec 2001. We are already 8 years in this phase and hence, will take us to the 2022 for a major high on Gold. If we add 89 years (Fibonacci Digit) to the beginning of this move since 1932, we will end up at 2021 which roughly coincides with our target from Dec 2001. If we also assume that the Fifth Cycle C5 under way will take us as much as the Third Cycle C3, the target is 6,000 on Gold by early 2020s. To correlate this conclusion with the Stock Market during the upcoming Decade, if the stock market is heading to the doldrums, then Gold, would definitely become an alternative and better investment as we are, in Elliott Count, at the beginning of a long Cycle to take us into the third decade of the 21st Century.

KUWAIT: National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) has signed a contract with the National Al-Shaab Real estate Company by means of which the bank will acquire the company with all its physical and legal assets, including a plot of land at Sharq area which will be used to set up NBK’s new headquarters. The KD52 million worth contract was signed at NBK head Office by Issam AlSager, NBK Deputy Group CEO, representing NBK and the National Al-Shaab Real estate Company’s Chairman and Managing Director Bader Naser Al-Humaidi, representing the company, in the presence of NBK Capital CEO Salah Al-Fulaij and AGM Administration at NBK Mohammad AlKhunaini. The contract stipulates NBK’s acquisition of the shares of the National AlShaab Real estate Company with all its physical and legal assets, including a land plot owned by the company at Sharq area, against the company’s acquisition of a land owned by NBK at Dasman area with an additional cash amount of KD22 million. NBK will use the 6,000 square meters acquired plot to set up its new headquarters in addition to an adjacent plot of land to be used as a parking area. Commenting on the sidelines of the signing ceremony, NBK’s DGCEO Issam Al-Sager said “The consistent expansion of NBK presence and operations calls for the need to build a new headquarters that accommodate the various groups and departments of the bank. This plot of land with its strategic location at the heart of the business district in Kuwait provides a premiere location to set up NBK’s new headquarters that will stand as one of most prominent architectural monuments in Kuwait and an iconic tower designed and built according to state-ofthe-art technologies to represent and project NBK’s status as a world class bank” On his part, Al-Humaidi said: “The land plot acquired by NBK featuring both spaciousness and strategic location at Sharq area is quite fit to accommodate a headquarters as grand and prestigious as NBK. We are happy to witness an iconic architectural monument for a renowned bank such as NBK being built on this land plot”. Al-Sager added: “Since its establishment, almost six decades ago, NBK has played a pivotal role in the financial and economic evolutionary process of Kuwait’s independence as it has positioned itself as the first indigenous bank and the region’s first joint stock company. The sealing of this contractual agreement heralds the commencement of a new phase in the evolutionary process of NBK which started from a small branch at the old district downtown Kuwait and transformed into one of the largest banks in the region with a well-established franchise operating in 17 countries”.

KUWAIT: Issam Al-Sager, NBK Deputy Group CEO is pictured with National Al-Shaab Real estate Company’s Chairman and Managing Director Bader Naser Al-Humaidi.

Renault foundation, ParisTech launch new learning program KUWAIT: The launch ceremony for the ParisTech-Renault Foundation Masters in “Mobility and Electric Vehicles”, a new program 100 percent dedicated to electric vehicles developed by the Renault Corporate Foundation in association with ParisTech, was held on October 12, 2010. The course, taught at four ParisTech engineering schools, Arts et Metiers ParisTech, ENSTA ParisTech, Mines ParisTech and Ponts ParisTech, brought together engineers specialist training in the technologies required for the design and production of future electric vehicles. A unique program in France The official launch was held on October 12, 2010 in the presence of Patrick Pelata, Chief Operating Officer of Renault and a Director on the Renault Foundation board, and Cyrille Van Effenterre, Chairman of ParisTech. The

Ali Al-Rashaid Al-Bader

electro-mechanical conversions, static conversions and storage Electric vehicle architecture and design: engineering for the mechanical and electric systems used in electric vehicles This specialist training is followed by a three-month internship at a research laboratory and a six-month professional mission at a company 26 students in first class Half of the 26 students in the first class, all with at least an M1 Masters diploma, come from international partner universities of the Renault Foundation1, and thus receive a monthly grant from the Foundation. After 16 months they obtain a Master 2, readying them for a career at transport equipment or passenger transport management firms, automotive manufacturers or engineering offices specialized in town and country planning and transport infrastructure.

GEMS Education expands into China KUWAIT: Sunny Varkey, Chairman and Founder of GEMS Education, yesterday announced the company’s expansion into China, the world’s fastest growing major economy. The Middle East based education provider is codeveloping its first flagship greenfield international school - the GEMS World Academy (GWA) - in Tianjin, China through a joint venture with Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co Ltd (SSTEC). Tainjin, in Northeast China, is one of five National Central Cities, which have been chosen to lead the country’s political, economic, and cultural growth. With an estimated investment of US$18 million, the GWA is being developed as a world-class learning facility, on par with the best international schools globally. The Academy will deliver the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme to 2,000 foreign students from pre-school through to high school levels on opening in 2011. Sunny Varkey said: “China is the world’s most exciting and dynamic economy, and as the coun-

Gulf Bank’s operating profit up to KD106m KUWAIT: Gulf Bank announced posting KD8.4 million of net profit for the third quarter of the current year, bringing the net profit for the first nine months up to KD10.4 million, compared to a loss of KD7 million for the same period of the previous year. The bank’s operating profit for the third quarter alone amounted to KD19.1 million, bringing the profit for the past nine months to KD106.2 million, compared to KD93.9 million for the same period of the previous year, an increase of 13 percent. These results are supportive of the upward trend of the bank’s profitability, following the gradual recovery and restoration of confidence in the bank’s position and its profitability. These results were made possible thanks to a set of positive factors, mainly, improved loan and investment portfolios, proactive response to the relatively improving conditions of the local market, enhanced customer service and bank products quality, as well as upgrading the bank’s performance in various activities and operations. In this regard, Ali Al-Rashaid Al-Bader, Chairman of Gulf Bank, said: “These results,

event was also attended by personalities from academia and research, together with public authorities, industrialists and students. The proceedings kicked off at 6:30 pm at Arts et Métiers in Paris. A sixteen-month course dedicated to new forms of mobility Mindful of the new skills required for the technological revolution of zeroemission vehicles, the Renault Foundation and ParisTech have, in partnership with the Sustainable Mobility Institute, developed an ambitious program 100 percent dedicated to new forms of mobility and electric vehicles in particular. The Masters course, lasting sixteen months includes four phases. After a three-month period covering the main issues in sustainable mobility, students choose one of the following options: Mastering electric vehicle energy:

although still below the Bank’s ambitions, reflect a constant improvement in the Bank’s performance and operations, as well as the increasing economic impetus accompanying the implementation of the new five-year development plan. They also mirror the Bank’s conservative policy of taking the general provisions to a higher level to secure a strong financial position for the Bank and enhance its expansion and growth potential.” It is worth noting that during 2010, Gulf Bank won numerous prestigious awards, including: Best Retail Bank by Arabian Business magazine, Best Public Relations Campaign within the framework of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Best Loyalty Program, and Best Contact Center, from Banker Middle East, the Citi Performance Excellence Award for International Payments, and a JP Morgan Quality Recognition Award for Operational Excellence. Gulf Bank also won the GCC Localization Award from the GCC Ministry of Social Affairs for the fifth consecutive year, and the GCC Employer of the Year at the 2nd GCC Human Resource Excellence Awards ceremony.

try becomes more open and attracts and businesses and professionals from across the world, there is a growing need for quality international education. GEMS as a global leader in international education provision has been asked to bring its strengths and expertise to bear, setting up an international school with teaching and facilities that meet the very highest global standards. “As a Middle East company, we are proud to be leading the charge into China’s fast-changing

economy, and look forward to furthering business links and opportunities.” CEO of SSTEC, Goh Chye Boon, said: “We are very excited to have GEMS as our partner. With global expertise and valuable experience in teaching the international community worldwide, they are already a provider of choice among the expatriate community in many countries. We are confident that they will deliver their world-class education for our international talents in Tianjin Eco-City.”

The GWA campus is projected to be one of the most sustainable schools in the world, built to meet the Tianjin Eco-City’s target of 100 per cent green buildings. It will achieve at least a silver award based on the Eco-City’s unique Green Building Evaluation Standard (GBES). The GWA curriculum will also feature a fully integrated education on sustainable development, with students learning first hand through the eco-features of their own school premises.


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BUSINESS

KSE price index ends action in red KUWAIT: KSE equities went down for the day as investors continued selling ahead of the 3rd quarter results. All indicies went down excluding Global Insurance Index.

GLOBAL DAILY MARKET REPORT

Market indices Global General Index (GGI) closed 1.65 points down (0.75 percent), at 218.53 point as the Market capitalization decreased reaching KD35.35 million. On the other side, Kuwait Stock Exchange Price Index closed in the red zone losing 21.10 points (0.30 percent) from its value and closed at 6,997.70 point. Market breadth During the session, 124 companies were traded. Market breadth was skewed towards decliners as 65 equities retreated versus 26 that advanced. Daily trading activity Trading activities ended on a mixed note as traders were aiming the larger sized stocks. Volume of shares traded on the exchange decreased by 3.72 percent to reach 242.40 million shares, on the other hand the value of shares traded increased by 21.28 percent to stand at KD43.66 million. The real estate sector was the volume leader, accounting for 30.76 percent of total shares traded, while the banking sector was the value leader, with 42.49 percent of total traded value. Company-wise, Abyaar Real Estate Development Company was the volume leader, with a total traded volume of 28.80 million shares changing hands. On the other hand, Burgan Bank was the value leader, with a total traded value of KD11.53 million. Top gainers and biggest decliners In terms of top gainers, First Dubai for Real Estate

Development was the biggest gainer for the day, adding 9.80 percent and closed at KD0.028. On the other side, Al-Ahlia Holding Company came in as the biggest decliner, dropping by 8.62 percent and closed at KD0.027. Sectors wise During the session, all Global Indices except for Global Insurance Index ended in the negitave territory. Global Services Index led the losers, as it decreased by 1.04 percent pulled down by heavyweight companies Zain, Agility and NMTC (Wataniya Telecom).

Global Real Estate Index followed shedding 1.01 percent. Jeezan Holding Company and Ajial Real Estate & Entertainment Company both lost 5.80 percent each, dragging the Indice down with them. On the advancers side, Global Insurance Index was the only gainer increasing by 0.92 percent. The index was pushed up by Gulf Insurance Company, which added 3.32 percent to its share value. Oil news OPEC announced that its basket of 12 crude rose by 27 cents to reach $79.30 per barrel

on Tuesday, October 19th, compared to the $79.03 pb recorded a week earlier. The economic bulletin stated that the annual average price of the basket last year reached US $76.11 pb. Corporate news The chairman of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) said Kuwait expects to add a significant amount to its oil reserves by March 2011, some of it from the world’s second largest oilfield, Burgan. KOC plans to spend up to KD9 billion ($31.90 billion), out of the country’s KD30bn four-year development plan which started this

year, while up to 50 percent of the expenditure will go to drilling. Kuwait Energy Company and Turkish partner TPAO won a deal to develop the southern Siba gas field in Iraq. Both companies expect to invest $1bn in this field. At the same time, Kuwait Energy Company won with other two firms, Turkey’s TPAO and South Korea’s Kogas, an auction to develop Iraq’s Mansuriyah gas field near the Iranian border in Diyala province. The consortium is expected to invest $2.5bn to develop the deposit.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

MIDEAST STOCK MARKET

Egypt drops for fifth session; Qatar down DUBAI: Egypt’s bourse dropped for a fifth session yesterday, dragged by heavyweight Orascom Telecom (OT) and Qatar’s index fell to a two-week low as investors booked profits. On a day of mixed markets in the region, all but three stocks fell on Egypt’s 30-company index, which shed 1.3 percent. The market was pessimistic over Orascom as Algerian tax claims overshadowed a deal to sell more than half of the firm to Russia’s Vimpelcom. “There is a lot of noise around the stock. That’s why it’s triggering a lot of sellers. I think it was very much oversold today,” said Mohamed Radwan of Pharos Securities. Orascom, facing over $800 million in back-tax claims on its Algerian unit, fell 4.1 percent in heavy trading. Brokers said OT’s Algerian difficulties were complicating at the Vimpelcom deal. Naguib Sawiris, OT’s chairman, is to lose control of Greek telecom business Wind Hellas after creditors emerged as the preferred bidders on Monday. In Qatar, banking stocks declined as the index dropped to a two-week low as investors booked profits. Commercial Bank of Qatar (CBQ) fell 2.6 percent, a day after reporting a 28.9 percent jump in third-quarter net profit. Doha Bank also slipped 1.8 percent. It posted a 37 percent rise in quarterly net profit. “The earnings reports have been quite good and Qatar is the best performing market in the region, rising 12 percent this year.” said Shakeel Sarwar, head of asset management at Securities and Investment Company Investment Co (SICO). “The fundamental reason for a decline today is ... profit-taking seen across the region. This is strongest in Qatar.” The index slipped 1.3 percent to its lowest since Oct 5. In Dubai, bluechips reversed early losses to help the emirate’s index <.DFMGI> reach its highest level this week. Dubai Islamic Bank <DISB.DU> (DIB) led a late rally, gaining 5.1 percent to reach a six-month high. “Investors are probably expecting DIB’s earnings to be positive,” says Vyas Jayabhanu, head of investments

at Al-Dhafra Financial Broker. “It is seen as a company that does not have much exposure to bad debt.” Emaar Properties gained 0.3 percent after falling in the previous four sessions. “MENA markets this week will move sideways to down on profit-taking and global factors but it will pick up by the end of the year,” said Jayabhanu. Emirates Telecommunication Corp. (Etisalat) suffered its biggest daily percentage drop in three months, weighing on the broader Abu Dhabi index. The telecom firm declined 2.1 percent a day after it reported a 23 percent fall in third-quarter net profit. The benchmark fell 0.8 percent easing from Tuesday’s six-month high. YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS Egypt The index dipped 1.3 percent to 6,733 points. Qatar The measure falls 1.3 percent to 7,722 points. Abu Dhabi The benchmark fell 0.8 percent to 2,786 points. Dubai The index gained 0.6 percent to 1,755 points. Saudi Arabia The benchmark loses 0.5 percent to 6,230 points. Kuwait The index retreated 0.3 percent to 6,998 points. Oman The benchmark ended 0.3 percent lower at 6,534 points. Bahrain The measure gained 0.04 percent to 1,466 points. —Reuters


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Currency war threat looms over G20 ministers’ summit Seoul to set up a global financial safety net

GAUHATI: An Indian woman laborer works at a coal warehouse yesterday. Staterun Coal India’s initial public offering, the largest in India’s corporate history, has received bids for more than five billion shares, news reports said. —AP

mideast briefs Gulf Bank expects turnaround in Q3

Egypt bourse sees fund trading in weeks

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Gulf Bank expects the third quarter of this year to be a turnaround quarter as it executes a two-year plan to rebuild itself, its chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday. “What everybody expects, is that this (third quarter) will be the turnaround quarter... and going forward every quarter should be slightly better than the previous one,” Michel Accad said at the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit in Kuwait. Gulf Bank was rescued by the Kuwaiti central bank in 2008, after about 260 million dinars ($921.6 million) of derivatives losses. Its troubles prompted the government to guarantee all deposits in local banks to restore confidence. The lender made a net profit of 1.48 million dinars in the second quarter this year, from a 9.1 million dinars loss a year earlier. Accad told Reuters the bank’s 2010-2011 rebuilding plan aims at consolidating its position locally, strengthening its infrastructure and building a “fortress” balance sheet. He added that the lender was on track and it was possible that it might meet the plan’s objectives by the third quarter of 2011. “If the plan succeeds, we’ll be extremely powerful, with a lot of excess cash and even excess capital,” he said at the Reuters Summit.

CAIRO: Trading of funds will begin on the Egyptian stock exchange within weeks, a move that will boost investment in muchneeded transport and power infrastructure, the head of the exchange told Reuters on Monday. Egypt’s transport network and utilities have failed to keep pace with the fast growth in the population and the government is eyeing up to 50 billion pounds ($8.75 billion) of infrastructure projects in the next 18 months. “We will have in the coming three years huge projects in infrastructure that will need financing and the banking sector will not be able to provide all the finance needed,” Egyptian Exchange’s chairman, Khaled Serry Sayam, said at the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit in Cairo. He said the capital market will be the only other option for financing major public-private partnership (PPP) projects. “I already have some information on the creation of new funds specializing in PPP projects and these funds could be listed on the bourse,” he said. “In the coming few weeks, the first ETFs (exchangetraded funds) in Egypt will be listed.”

Saudi economy slowly improving but lending weak RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s economy is slowly improving but growth comes mainly from government spending and growth in lending to the private sector will only reach healthier levels next year, bankers told Reuters. Speakers at the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit in Riyadh said the top Arab economy is gradually shaking off any impact of global turmoil but banks would remain cautious to lend following the central bank’s request that they raise provisions. Major Saudi banks saw profits dropping in the third quarter after central bank governor Muhammad Al-Jasser said banks should make provisions cover more than 100 percent of the non-performing loans. The construction and telecoms industries are most likely to gain as the world’s largest oil exporter hands out more government contracts as part of a $400 billion five-year spending plan until 2013. “Consumer demand has improved quite a lot ... This has been a trend throughout this year and will get stronger throughout next year,” said Paul Gamble, head of research at Jadwa Investment, a Saudi private investment bank.

Saudi’s Mobily may expand abroad RIYADH: Saudi telecoms firm Mobily 7020.SE still sees promising potential in the world’s top oil exporter but might also look abroad for acquisitions at some point, a senior executive told Reuters on Tuesday. “There is still a huge upside in the Saudi market ... The market is big and is growing,” Hisham Zaki El-Jamal, Director strategic finance planning and investment, said at the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit in Riyadh. “If there is an opportunity that maximizes value for our shareholders we will consider it,” ElJamal told Reuters when asked if Mobily would consider foreign expansion, but did not elaborate further.

Lending slow for UAE real estate projects DUBAI: Large-scale lending to real estate projects in the United Arab Emirates-Dubai in particular-is some way off, as banks remain selective in their financing, executives told the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit. Dubai’s once-booming property sector has been hardest hit in the Gulf Arab region, with billions of dollars worth of projects put on hold or canceled while financing for real estate projects all but dried up. “Banks are still reluctant to lend to real estate,” Sameer Al-Ansari, chief executive at investment bank Shuaa Capital told the Summit in Dubai on Tuesday. “We see a slow return to very selective mortgage lending and where we see it, it is lending where there is very limited risk (but) major real estate lending by the banks ... I don’t see that coming.” Investors may be cheered by conglomerate Dubai World’s debt deal reached last month and the restructuring of Dubai’s flagship property developer Nakheel, expected by year-end, but executives at the summit were reluctant to give a timeframe for a Dubai property recovery. “Clearly the issues on the real estate front are not behind us. I think we’ve got some way to go to plough through that,” Abdul Kadir Hussain, chief executive at Mashreq Capital, told the Reuters Summit this week.

Arabtec may mull funding for expansion DUBAI: Builder Arabtec, which is bidding for $8.17 billion of work outside its local markets, may look at new funding sources for its expansion plans, its chief financial officer told Reuters on Monday, as investor appetite for debt issuance draws more players to the market. Arabtec’s Ziad Makhzoumi told Reuters the firm had no immediate needs and could fund some of its projects-including a push into Central Asian states like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan-from internal resources. But the builder was watching capital raising activities with interest. Earlier in October, developer Emaar Properties outlined plans for a $500 million convertible bond issue, a move that came on the heels of a raft of bond issuance by Gulf Arab names including the Dubai government and Qatar Telecoms. “At the moment, probably a convertible to any company that is listed is the most attractive because they are going to get a premium not a discount “ Ziad Makhzoumi said at the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit in Dubai. “That gives you confidence. I see possibly more coming to the market,” he said, adding Arabtec had not reached any decision on an issue.

Jordan on track for 3.4% growth this year DUBAI: Jordan’s finance minister told Reuters on Monday that the country was on track to meet its 3.4 percent growth target this year as corporate tax cuts had boosted capital inflows and helped the country recover from the economic downturn. Mohammad Abu Hammour also told Reuters’ Middle East Investment Summit that an austerity plan introduced earlier this year to get the country’s ballooning budget deficit under control had restored fiscal restraint after years of free-wheeling spending. The government would meet an IMF-approved target to cut the 2010 budget deficit by a third to 1 billion dinars, or 6 percent of GDP, and lower still in coming years, he said. “We have made a lot of progress with our adherence to a strict consolidation plan that has won the approval of our donors and the IMF and is showing tangible results,” Abu Hammour told Reuters.

Lack of transparency, governance still dogs Gulf DUBAI: Poor corporate governance and transparency still dogs the Gulf Arab region with some entities only providing key information to investors when they need to tap credit markets, the head of asset management firm Mashreq Capital told Reuters on Monday. Abdul Kadir Hussain said a risk appetite among investors, particularly toward emerging markets, meant the lack of clarity would not deter investors in pursuit of high yields. “Right now, people are chasing yield, they’re happy to take on risk and in that environment it’s much easier to get by,” Hussain told the Reuters Middle East Investment summit. Mashreq Capital is the asset management and investment banking arm of Dubai-based Mashreq Bank. “If risk appetite declines and we found ourselves in a situation akin to 2008 or in the first half of 2009, where international investors were much more careful as to how they were spending their investment dollars, then it could be a much bigger issue,” Hussain told Reuters. “Corporate governance and transparency continues to be an issue. The sooner that is handled and tackled ... the better it is for all concerned.” —Reuters

SEOUL: G20 finance ministers will meet in South Korea this week to try isters and central bank chiefs in the southeastern city of Gyeongju. to chart a new direction for the world’s economy after a devastating down- Ministers will set the agenda for the November 11-12 Group of 20 summit turn, but fears of a “currency war” could blow them off course. The host in Seoul, South Korea’s biggest international event for two decades. Seoul nation dislikes the phrase-Finance Minister Yoon Jeung-Hyun has said the wants to leave its mark on history with a “Korea Initiative” to set up a exchange rate issue is not “like a duel in a Western film”. But South Korea global financial safety net aimed at protecting emerging markets from disadmits the disputes will loom large over the October 22-23 meeting of min- ruptions caused by sudden changes in capital flows. The nation, which built its economic “Miracle on the Han River” on the ashes of the Korean War, also intends to put development prominently on the G20 summit agenda for the first time. And it wants to push ahead with reforms to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to give emerging countries greater voting power, while encouraging the adoption of post-crisis rules to bolster the world’s banks. “South Korea... will stress that a currency war is tantamount to mutual economic destruction and push for a compromise,” an organizer told Yonhap news agency on condition of anonymity. The United States and European Union, trying to export their way to economic health amid lackluster domestic demand, accuse China of significantly undervaluing the yuan to boost its own exports. China says it is being made a scapegoat for US domestic problems. And it points out that expectations of US “quantitative easing”, a move to pump This file photo shows an Australian 100 dollar note (center) amidst a raft of foreign currencies. G20 finance more dollars into the market, are swamping emerging marministers will meet in South Korea on October 22-23 to chart a new direction for the world’s economy after a kets with destabilizing capital devastating downturn, but fears of a “currency war” could blow them off course. —AFP inflows as investors chase higher yields. The United States last Friday signaled a temporary truce, delaying publication until after the Seoul summit of a report that could have labeled China a currency “manipulator”. There is a chance that “some sort of From 31 October 2010, Singapore understanding” may be Airlines’ Suites, First and reached in Gyeongju, the Business Class customers travelSeoul official said, after weekling between Singapore and end talks overseen by the Japan, as well as between Tokyo United Nations raised the and Los Angeles, can look forneed for deeper global goverward to an even more authentic nance to tackle common probJapanese fine dining experience. lems. Yoon Deok-Ryong, of Masterfully created by renowned Kaiseki chef, Yoshihiro Murata, a the Korea Institute for member of Singapore Airlines’ International Economic International Culinary Panel and Policy, said it would be hard to the owner of threereach a firm agreement on Michelinstarred Kikunoi forex issues at the South Restaurant in Kyoto, the new Korea meetings. Japanese meals are designed to “However, an understandcater to the increasingly sophisti- an elaborate spread of appetizers, resents a culinary expression of sesame, yam with sea urchin and ing may be reached by councated palates of the Airline’s cus- entrÈes and dessert elegantly nature’s changing beauty through marinated shrimp and salmon tries to abstain from measures presented course-by-course, in the seasons. roe) and Takiawase (baby turnip tomers. that can worsen the situation Hanakoireki will be presented stuffed with prawn and yam in Japanese cuisine is an art that traditional style. To enhance the dining experi- in two bento boxes. The first will chrysanthemum sauce). These until the next G20 summit has been perfected through the planned for 2011 in France,” centuries. To capture the authen- ence, the Kyo-Kaiseki will be include a selection of cold appe- will be accompanied by steamed Yoon said. The stakes are ticity and finesse of a Japanese served on unique service-ware tizers designed to awaken the rice with grilled Pacific saury, fine dining experience, we pro- designed to represent the four palate and whet the appetite miso soup and a seasonal dessert. high, according to IMF chief Singapore Airlines will begin duce and present them with a elements of nature - stone, water, while the second will include Dominique Strausswood and sky. The exclusive ser- entrÈes that showcase each sea- twice-daily flights to Tokyo touch of modernity. I am certain Kahn.”The spirit of cooperadistinctive character Haneda Airport on 31 October that our new Japanese meals will vice-ware has been designed by son’s tion must be maintained. Chef Murata, in collaboration through the use of fresh seasonal 2010, complementing the existing provide customers an exciting Without that, the recovery is and delicious sensory experience with well-known Japanese fine ingredients. Hanakoireki delights twice-daily flights to Tokyo in peril,” he told a meeting in in the sky,” said Yap Kim Wah, bone china manufacturer Narumi. in the month of November will Narita Airport and bringing the Shanghai Monday. South Singapore Airlines’ Senior Vice Singapore Airlines’ Business include Sakizuke (spinach and total number of weekly flights to Korea says the G20 pulled the President Product & Services. Class customers will also experi- crabmeat with tosazu jelly the Japanese capital to 28. The world back from a 1930s-style Suites and First Class customers ence a brand new meal service - sesame curd with bonito flakes, Airline also flies daily to both Great Depression but must can take delight in the new Kyo- Hanakoireki also conceptualized flavoured jelly and wasabi), Ha Osaka and Nagoya, and five times now show it can cooperate in a Kaiseki service which comprises by Chef Murata. Hanakoireki rep- Sun (tofu with miso and white weekly to Fukuoka. post-crisis era. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in comments to yesterday’s Financial Times, expressed fears about the group’s fraying CAIRO: The International Air Transport Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and the IATA expected to launch in 2011. The only hurdle is for cohesion-a concern echoed by Association (IATA) called for coordinated efforts Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO)-as governments to adapt their local regulations to Bank of England governor to deal with the challenges of growth in the part of national requirements. Egypt was the first facilitate modern business practices. E-freight is Middle East and North Africa (MENA). “Over government in the world to mandate IOSA, a great competitive advantage with the capability Mervyn King. the last decade, the carriers of the Middle East joined later by Lebanon, Syria and Bahrain, and to save the industry $4.9 billion,” said Bisignani. King called Tuesday for a and North African region have grown from 5 per- soon Jordan. Today, 35 MENA carriers are on Government Involvement: Bisignani “grand bargain” among the cent of global traffic to 11 percent. Planned air- the IOSA registry, including all 26 IATA mem- urged governments in the region to keep costs in world’s major economies, saycraft purchases of $200 billion over the next bers. MENA has also taken a leadership role on check and create the regulatory framework to ing forex tensions could spark decade will support this growth into the foresee- ISAGO. Lebanon will make it mandatory for balance burgeoning long-haul opportunities with trade protectionism. “That able future. This expanding global presence ground handlers from June 2011 and 13 ground short-haul regional liberalization. Bisignani could, as it did in the 1930s, brings with it the challenge of playing a larger handlers in the region are already on the registry. praised Tunisia’s decision, following an IATA lead to a disastrous collapse in role in the global aviation community,” said Infrastructure: The MENA region is plan- intervention, to eliminate its 10 percent import activity around the world,” he Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and ning airport construction totaling $100 billion, tax on jet fuel which conflicted with the Chicago said in a speech. Ministers CEO. which includes at least eight new runways in the Convention. Bisignani urged the region to set will discuss the state of the The financial situation of the MENA carriers Gulf region. “The industry and governments are correct precedents with privatized infrastrucworld economy, IMF reform is improving. For 2010, IATA is forecasting a bot- investing in infrastructure to support the eco- ture. “We are now working with Jordan to curb tom line improvement of $1 billion on the $600 nomic benefits of aviation’s growth. But what is unilateral increases in taxes and charges that foland establishment of a finanmillion that the region’s carriers lost in 2009. being built and planned on the ground is not lowed privatization of its airports. To keep comcial safety net, the G20 frame“We are expecting the region to make $400 mil- being matched in the air. Military airspace covers petitive, governments much ensure meaningful work for “strong, sustainable lion profits this year. A more cautious approach 60 percent of the region, limiting capacity and consultation and agreed investments plans,” said and balanced growth”, and to capacity is helping to drive this improvement. forcing inefficient routings. We must cooperate Bisignani, who also encouraged the region to regulatory reform among While demand is in line for a 21 percent increase to open more of the region’s skies,” said take a more proactive approach to liberalization. other issues. over last year, the capacity increase has been Bisignani. IATA is also working on projects to “I see cutting-edge examples of liberalization as The Basel Committee on limited to 15.9 percent,” said Bisignani in a redesign airspace in the Gulf area, facilitate more key markets such as Morocco, Jordan and Banking Supervision met keynote address to the Arab Air Carriers traffic for East-West traffic across North Africa, Tunisia build open-sky agreements with Europe. Tuesday in Seoul to finalize Organization (AACO) Annual General Meeting support ultra-long haul operations with more effi- The Damascus Convention of 2004 provides a reforms requiring global in Cairo, Egypt. For 2011, IATA expects a fall in cient routings, and complete the implementation framework for regional liberalization, but the banks to bolster their global profitability to $5.3 billion from the $8.9 of reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) number of countries ratifying it is disappointing.” reserves. “The capital billion that airlines are expected to make in 2010. across MENA by bringing Iraq on board. Environment: Bisignani noted the important IATA expects MENA carriers to follow the trend requirement, combined with a Technology for simplifying the business: outcomes of the 37th Assembly of the with a reduced 2011 regional profit of $300 mil- MENA is on target to meet the December dead- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) global liquidity framework, lion. The small profit will be partially driven by an line for 100 percent implementation of bar coded that placed aviation ahead of all other industries will substantially reduce the expected capacity expansion of 10.6 percent out- boarding passes which promises global savings of in dealing with climate change. “Governments possibility of a banking crisis stripping demand growth of 10.4 percent. $1.5 billion. Airlines are 92 percent complete confirmed ICAO’s leadership role in managing in the future,” said its chairBisignani highlighted four challenges of growth while airports are at 90 percent. The region is aviation’s emissions and agreed on a collective man Nout Willink. The for the region: home to seven airports that are already operating aspirational goal to improve fuel efficiency by 2 Financial Stability Board creSafety: The region’s hull loss rate for 100 percent: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, Muscat, percent to 2050, while capping emissions from ated by the G20 was meeting Western built aircraft slipped from zero accidents Doha, Kuwait and Sharjah. Two countries in 2020 with carbon-neutral growth. They also in Seoul yesterday. It was in 2006 to 3.32 accidents per million flights in MENA are participating in IATA e-freight-the agreed to develop a framework for economic expected to agree a broad plan 2009. “At 4.6 times the global average of 0.71, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt. The measures that minimize market distortions, to strengthen regulation and that is a concern. The region’s rapid growth must UAE is a global top performer as the originating treat air transport in line with other sectors, supervision of banks and other be accompanied with a strong safety record,” said country for 21 percent of all e-freight shipments. ensure that emissions are accounted for only Bisignani who challenged MENA’s governments “Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have all once and recognize past and future efforts,” said financial companies seen as to adopt IATA’s two safety audits-the IATA passed the high-level assessment and are Bisignani. —IATA.org “too big to fail”. —AFP

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The MENA challenge: Coping with growth


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US banks battle back in ‘foreclosure-gate’ Foreclosures bungle to cost banks massive sums in losses, lawsuits

NEW YORK: Peter Giacchi of Fleet Specialist Inc works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010. A stronger dollar and a surprise interest rate hike in China that may slow that country’s economy helped push stocks sharply lower. —AP

Portugal opposition sets conditions to back budget PSD insists on smaller tax hikes, more spending cuts LISBON: Portugal’s main opposition party set lower tax increases yesterday as the price for supporting an austerity budget, seeking to shift the onus onto the minority Socialist government to cut public spending further. Financial markets see Portugal as one of the weak links in the euro zone and view a tight budget as critical to restoring confidence in the country’s finances. Analysts expect a deal to be reached for the budget to pass. Terms outlined by the centre-right Social Democrats (PSD) also represent concessions on behalf of the party, which initially opposed any tax increase. It now agrees to raise valueadded tax to 22 percent from 21 percent, short of the 23 percent rate which the government has proposed. Other conditions include a suspension of big infrastructure projects and independent monitoring of public finances. Portugal’s euro zone partners have been pressing the country to pass the budget, concerned that failure would force up bond yields and increase the likelihood of a Greek-style bailout. “The conditions have been set, it is up to the government to meet the conditions to approve the budget,” PSD secretary general Miguel Relvas told reporters in the early hours yesterday after a five-hour meeting of the party’s council.

There was no immediate reaction from the government but Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos has said he will consider all proposals that may lead to a budget deal. Cabinet Minister Pedro Silva Pereira said the government will wait for PSD leader Pedro Passos Coelho to clarify his position after meeting his parliamentary group. “The PSD is showing it does not want to give unconditional support, but the basis for negotiations is there now. I believe that voting down the budget bill on Oct 29 is out of the question,” said Viriato Soromenho-Marques, political scientist with the University of Lisbon. Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates has threatened to resign if the budget is not approved. “The PSD did show that there is a will to have a budget. The finance minister’s stance was also positive. The cold war continues, with both sides seeking a tactical victory, but there is no alternative to having a budget,” Soromenho-Marques said. War of nerves In an editorial, Portugal’s leading daily Publico said: “The war of nerves is here to stay.” It predicted difficult negotiations, but added that “at the end of the day, however, the Socialists and the PSD will come to terms”. Giada Giani, a Citi economist in London said

she viewed the PSD’s decision as positive overall. “It’s a bit of a constructive move, a kind of compromise, especially on the valueadded tax. The other requests are not out of line either. I think the government will have to negotiate and they will be pressured by the Europeans to have a deal on the budget,” she said. Quoted by Lusa news agency, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that “it is crucial for Portugal, for the lives of the Portuguese people, that there is an agreement on the budget and I expect parliament to reach such a pact”. The risk premium on Portuguese bonds widened slightly early yesterday, but tightened later to Tuesday’s settlement levels — near the tightest mark in two months. The premiums hit a euro lifetime high at the end of last month. The cost of borrowing also fell in a T-bill auction yesterday from the previous sale before last week’s budget presentation, with traders pointing to solid demand and receding tensions about Portugal and most of the euro zone periphery. “Even though the opposition has set some conditions these are not likely to form hurdle to passage, and this will allay fears of an extended crisis,” said Orlando Green, a debt strategist at Credit Agricole in London. —Reuters

Wealthfront lets regular folks invest like the rich SAN FRANCISCO: Startup Wealthfront has revamped its online service to give middleand lower-income people in the United States investment tools typically reserved for the rich to make profit on their money. The startup marked its oneyear anniversary Tuesday by changing its name from kaChing; sounding the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, and giving small investors access to big-time fund managers with winning records. “We can take the expertise that is available to the wealthy and make it available to the mass affluent,” Wealthfront chief executive Andrew Rachleff told AFP. “The average investor deserves better than people selling them products that don’t maximize their net worth.” Some 33 million US households fall into a “mass affluent” category of having net worth between 100,000 dollars and 1.5 million dollars. While wealthy people with millions of dollars to invest have access to sophisticated products, the mass affluent are typically left to park money in mediocre mutual funds, according to Wealthfront. “There are 33 million of us but we have really crappy selections,” Rachleff said. “So the major way is mutual funds that, net of fees, have horrible returns.” A Harris poll commissioned by the Palo Alto, Californiabased startup found that only

six percent of people said investment advisers can consistently outperform the market. Only three percent of people with investment managers said it could be done. In contrast, endowment funds at elite Ivy League universities have out performed the market for the past decade, noted Rachleff, who is on the board at the University of Pennsylvania. “It is possible to consistently out-perform the market and we think it is possible to identify who the managers are that do it,” he said. Wealthfront screens investment managers with techniques used by Ivy League endowments, with about a tenth of the professionals qualifying to be included in the startup’s recommendation engine that launched online Tuesday. Aspiring investors are asked 10 questions to determine how risky or safe they want to play it, and then Wealthfront suggests proven financial advisers adapted to the answers. Wealthfront then pools resources of similar investors at the website to meet the halfmillion-dollar or more minimums required by top portfolio managers. “Our goal is to make it really easy to invest well,” Wealthfront co-founder Dan Carroll said as he demonstrated the recommendation engine. Wealthfront allows money managers to tap into a giant pool of investment money without having to deal with myriad small accounts. —AFP

CONNECTICUT: In this file photo, a GP-7000 turbofan engine is seen during a media day tour at Pratt & Whitney company headquarters in East Hartford. United Technologies Corp said yesterday, third quarter profit rose 13 percent on strong aerospace orders and benefits from restructuring. —AP

German industry sees firms in hiring mood BERLIN: German companies are increasingly happy with their business situation and more are looking to hire workers as the economy recovers strongly, an industry group said yesterday. Companies’ view of their current business environment in particular has improved steadily over recent months, the Chambers of Industry and Commerce said. Its latest survey of some 28,000 firms found that 38 percent now describe their situation as good, 50 as satisfactory and only 12 as bad, the group said. In the early summer, 28 percent described their situation as good, 54 as satisfactory and 18 as bad. Germany’s economy, Europe’s biggest, should grow by

3.4 percent this year and 2.4 percent next year, the group said. That is roughly in line with a forecast last week by a group of economic think-tanks, who also predicted that unemployment will fall in 2011 to a 19-year low = averaging less than 3 million for the first time since 1992. The Chambers of Industry and Commerce underlined that view. “Companies want to hire,” said the group’s leader, Martin Wansleben. “For 2011, we expect 300,000 extra employees and an average of 2.9 million unemployed.” In September, some 3.03 million people were registered as unemployed and the jobless rate stood at 7.2 percent. —AP

NEW YORK: Two top US banks are moving on the offensive as they struggle to put the foreclosures quagmire behind them, but the scandal continues to menace the financial sector. Bank of America, the country’s largest bank by assets, said late Monday it was lifting freezes on more than 100,000 foreclosure cases in 23 states, insisting it had not found any flaws in their processing. Bank of America, which had announced a nationwide moratorium on foreclosures to review its paperwork on October 8, nevertheless said the freeze will stay in place for now in the remaining 27 states. The bank also said that it anticipates no more than 30,000 foreclosure sales will be delayed as a result of the review. “It’s going to take us three to five weeks to get through and actually get all of this taken care of. The teams reviewing the data have not found information which was inaccurate which would affect the plain facts of the foreclosure,” Bank of America boss Brian Moynihan said in a teleconference on Tuesday. Another major lender, Ally Financial, formerly known as GMAC, also said it will gradually resume mortgage-default processes as it clears them case by case. “In the review to date, we have not found any evidence of inappropriate foreclosures,” said Ally spokeswoman Gina Proia. But it still remains to be seen if the courts in the states where the processes will be restarted will approve the cases as attorneys general in all 50 states announced last week they will probe mortgage-loan practices. And with the November mid-term elections two weeks away, politicians are unlikely to make life any easier for the banks in what is being called “foreclosure-gate”. President Barack Obama’s administration on Tuesday vowed to hold banks accountable if malpractice is revealed. “As institutions are determining their next steps in addressing these issues, we remain committed to holding accountable any bank that has violated the law,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The scandal spiraled into a major crisis in recent weeks after Bank of America, Ally’s GMAC Mortgage unit, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs halted foreclosures to review paperwork after evidence surfaced that some documents were signed without a proper vetting, a practice called “robo-signing.” Foreclosures have evolved into a massive industry since the start of the economic crunch as Americans facing massive debts were forced to evacuate their homes, unable to pay their mortgages. The number of mortgage defaults has soared from an annual average of one percent before 2008 to 10 percent today, according to RealtyTrac, a leading foreclosure-tracking firm. William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, warned on Tuesday that the impact of the foreclosures scandal on the housing market is “still uncertain,” but threatens the sector in the “foreseeable future.” Other than dealing a fresh blow to financial institutions’ already damaged reputations from the Wall Street crisis, the foreclosures bungle could cost banks massive sums in losses and lawsuits. Richard Bove, a leading financial analyst at Rochdale Securities, estimated that under the best-case scenario, banks’ losses will top 80 billion dollars, mostly from lawsuits, over the next three to five years. “The real problem is the threat of lawsuits related to mortgage-backed securities. They may prove to be far more costly,” Bove wrote in a client note. The foreclosures crisis could also deal a stinging blow to the struggling US housing market, which was at the roots of the 2008 sub-prime mortgage crisis that sparked the country’s worst recession since the Great Depression. —AFP

LONDON: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne leaves the HM Treasury in his car yesterday. —AP

Britain unveils ‘harshest’ cuts to tackle big deficit LONDON: Britain’s government unveiled the harshest cuts for decades yesterday, slashing billions of pounds in public spending and axing half a million jobs in a bid to tackle a record deficit. The comprehensive spending review is the biggest challenge for Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition since it took power in May and is a major gamble for the future of the world’s sixth biggest economy. The government aims to cut spending by 83 billion pounds (130 billion dollars, 95 billion euros) by 2014-15, with the review expected to detail big welfare cuts plus reductions of 25 percent in many other departments. George Osborne, the finance minister, will officially announce his plans to parliament at 1130 GMT and is expected to say that the austerity measures will map out “a hard road to a better Britain,” according to reports. The coalition says that to avoid a Greek-style financial crisis it needs to eliminate Britain’s record 154.7billion-pound deficit-a legacy of the previous Labor government and the recession-over the next five years. The Labor opposition, unions and some economists say the cuts are too steep and risk plunging the fragile economy back into recession, which it emerged from at the end of last year. Osborne is set to brace the public sector for nearly 500,000 jobs to be culled over the next four years-a fact accidentally revealed by a Cabinet minister who was photographed reading confidential briefing papers. Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury, was snapped Tuesday with the documents on his lap as he was driven away from his office.

The government has promised that healthcare and international development aid will be protected from the cuts. But Britain’s welfare and justice systems are expected to be hard hit, with Osborne already having angered some supporters by dropping the cherished principle of child benefits for all families, which dates back to 1946. The BBC is also braced for a 16 percent cut to its budget in real terms over the next six years, while it will also take responsibility for funding the World Service, its website reported. Labor leader Ed Miliband, who backs a mix of cuts and tax rises, said yesterday that the government was taking an “irresponsible gamble” with jobs and the economy. “People will be very fearful about what is being announced today-fearful for their jobs and fearful for many of the services that they rely on up and down the country,” he said. The coalition started the cuts process Tuesday, announcing that it would shrink the country’s armed forces, scrap key assets like its flagship aircraft carrier and reduce the defense budget by eight percent. Cameron said 17,000 service personnel would go from the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy by 2015 — but vowed there would be “no cut whatsoever” to the level of support for forces in Afghanistan. The International Monetary Fund has endorsed Osborne’s plans, and European governments facing major protests at their own austerity plans are watching closely to see if Britain’s work. British trade unions have reacted with anger and thousands of union members and protesters rallied in London Tuesday, waving placards that said “Don’t Break Britain” and “No more cuts”. —AFP

WASHINGTON: The Yahoo homepage is seen on a computer screen. —AFP

Yahoo’s revenue forecast disappoints SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo Inc’s uninspiring quarterly sales forecast disappointed Wall Street and underscored how the one-time Internet leader is struggling to keep up with Google Inc and Facebook. Investors have pressured Yahoo, the leader in display advertising, and Chief Executive Carol Bartz to deliver growth and revive its stock price, amid talk that private equity firms are exploring a buyout of the $20 billion company. “She was already on the hotseat. I don’t think she’s off the hotseat. The results have not shown any kind of real improvements,” analyst Yun Kim of Gleacher & Co said of Bartz. During a conference call with analysts on Tuesday, Bartz defended the company’s progress on her watch, citing improvements to Yahoo’s technology that have made it nimbler, as well as a doubling in operating margins to about 12 percent in the third quarter. “We’re working to reverse years of decelerating growth,” said Bartz, who joined in 2009 and has since laid off staff and shed various Web businesses. Bartz did not comment on the private equity talk. Yahoo shares have gained more than 6 percent since reports last week that a variety of private equity firms, including Silver Lake Partners, were exploring a potential buyout of the company- possibly in partnership with the likes of AOL Inc or News Corp. “It would make sense if they did something with AOL because the business is at the point where it’s a game of scale,” said UBS analyst Brian Pitz. “Having the largest amount of display advertising ... and ability to

take out a large amount of costs, could be pretty compelling, but it’s easier said than done. There’s a lot of politics involved and reasons why it wouldn’t happen.” Sources have said any buyout deal would be contingent upon Yahoo selling its 40 percent stake in China’s Alibaba Group. This would drastically reduce Yahoo’s market value of almost $20 billion now, making a deal more feasible. But Yahoo has indicated that it is not in any hurry to rid itself of its prized assets. “To this day no other Internet company outside of China has done as well with their investment in country as we have,” Bartz said. Shares of Yahoo edged 16 cents higher to $15.65 in extended trading despite the lackluster quarterly financial results. Kim of Gleacher & Co said Yahoo’s stock may have held steady because many investors didn’t have high expectations for the company. Moreover, the ongoing speculation about a Yahoo buyout or a sale of Yahoo’s Asian assets has buoyed the stock in recent days, she added. Uninspiring Yahoo is one of the world’s most popular online destinations, and the No. 2 US search engine behind Google. But the Web portal is facing increasing competition from social networks like Facebook as well as from Google. Last week, Google reported that its third-quarter gross revenue rose 23 percent year-over-year to $7.29 billion, and said the company’s display advertising business was generating an annualized revenue run rate of more than $2.5 billion. Analysts noted that

Google’s display revenue figures were not directly comparable to Yahoo’s results. But Benchmark Co analyst Clay Moran said the 17 percent revenue growth from online display ads on Yahoo’s owned and operated websites during the third quarter was weaker than expected. Yahoo said revenue from search ads fell 7 percent yearover-year, though executives said the 1 percent increase in revenueper-search marked the first increase in two years. And the company said it expected the transition to Microsoft Corp’s search advertising system in the United States and Canada to be completed by the end of the month. Yahoo projected fourth-quarter revenue, excluding traffic acquisition costs, of $1.125 billion to $1.225 billion. Analysts were looking for revenue of $1.26 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. “We feel pressure to execute on our plan, as we should. We need to deliver on our plan to deliver shareholder value. And when we do that the share price will take care of itself,” Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse told Reuters. “We’re doing a terrific job in some areas. In others, we’re clearly in transition, and I think it’s fair to want to see more from us in the future before people believe fully in the (growth) targets.” Net income in the three months ended Sept. 30 was $396.1 million, or 29 cents a share, compared with $186 million, or 13 cents a share, in the year-ago period. But Yahoo said its earnings included a 13 cent benefit from the sale of its “HotJobs” Web service. —Reuters


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Japan’s Rakuten e-retailer complains about Yahoo-Google deal TOKYO: Japan’s top e-retailer Rakuten said yesterday it had complained with the country’s fair trade watchdog that an Internet search alliance between Yahoo! Japan and Google would monopolise the market. Under the deal announced in July, market leader Yahoo! Japan will start using

Google’s search technology this year, also deploying its advertising and distribution system, while maintaining its current user interface. “The tie-up by the two firms will lead to an information monopoly for Google Inc,” Rakuten said in a statement released yesterday. “The deal threatens to hinder

not only the search engine sector but also many Internet services in the country from developing. “We believe the alliance needs to again be discussed and examined substantially by authorities such as the Fair Trade Commission.” Yahoo! Japan said in July it had about a

57 percent share of Japan’s search market, the third-largest in the world, while Google had about 37 percent, and Microsoft had around three percent. Following the announcement of the tieup, the Japan Fair Trade Commission said it saw no monopoly problem with the search alliance.

But Microsoft reacted quickly to denounce the deal, saying it would give Google near-total control over the Japanese market. Rakuten is a top Internet retailer rapidly expanding its global operations, having launched a new online shopping mall in China this week.

It acquired French e-commerce dealer PriceMinister earlier this year. Rakuten has also bought Buy.com, one of largest e-commerce sites in the United States, while it has entered the Indonesian e-commerce marketplace through a joint venture with Global Mediacom. — AFP

Ovi application wizard upgrade improves app creation process and consumer reach Nokia offers Arabic support for Ovi App Wizard KUWAIT: Nokia show cased its new Arabic support for Ovi App Wizard at GITEX Mobile Apps and Content World, giving publishers an easy and fast w ay to mobilize content, and enabling app creation in literally just a few minutes. With its unparalleled integration into Ovi Store, the app w izard lets publishers quickly enter new markets or tap deeper into existing ones. Whether publishing content globally or extending a valuable brand to a new region, Ovi app w izard makes distributing important content to over 190 countries possible w ith just a few clicks.

Nick Avill, MEA Regional Manager, Tait

New Zealand Company Tait Radio Communications broadens Mideast reach Plans to double market share in next five years KUWAIT: With almost 18 years experience in this market, New Zealand company Tait Radio Communications, world leader in advanced voice and data radio communication solutions, is looking to expand its reach in this region with an expanded sector focus and the introduction of new product upgrades. The company outlined their business approach for this region in a series of seminars held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi with the company’s end users and clients this week. Supported by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the seminars discussed Tait’s current products, their business strategy for growth in this market, introduced a range of state-ofthe-art future products, as well as hosted presentations from supporting companies, Mott MacDonald, and Olive Group. Speaking at the seminar, Nick Avill MEA Regional Manager for Tait, said: “Tait currently operates in over 150 countries globally, and we have identified a number of markets around the world with significant growth potential. The Middle East is one of these markets. We currently have 5 percent market share in the Middle East, and within the next five years we intend to double this an ambitious growth target in a market which is growing at a steady pace.” “Tait has been operating in the Middle East for almost two decades, and in this time we have seen the industry change and modernize considerably. We still see great potential here and aim to expand our business substantially in the next five

years by introducing a range of new technologies in order to assist in the region’s development.” Tait’s existing clients in the region include Dubai Ports, Emirates Aluminium, Dubai Aluminium, Dubai Police, and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to name a few. During the recent seminars, the company outlined their plans to expand further into the security and transport sectors within this market. “Transport solutions in the majority of the Middle East are still in their infancy. However, as countries begin to invest more heavily in integrated transport systems, the demand for reliable voice and data communication for things such as buses and rail is increasing rapidly. We believe this is the right time to start talking to transport providers about the potential for using Tait’s technologies, for things such as the Dubai Metro and the proposed Mecca Metro, and improved regional bus systems,” continued Avill. With the recent push for improved public transport, the demand for high-tech radio systems is on the rise, and with experience providing the radio systems for the London and Dublin bus networks, Tait is well placed to deliver the required solutions. The company also recognizes the potential in the security sector: “We aim to develop stronger relationships with the military and the Police throughout the region, in order to advise them on a range of deployable and covert radio systems that could benefit their patrol, undercover and surveil-

lance teams,” said Avill. During the seminars the company also introduced their clients to the company’s product launches for 2011. These new products include an upgraded Digital Mobile Radio system, designed to expand the network reach of the conventional radio technology for Transport and Utility customers. In addition to an overhaul of the APCO P25 Phase 2 technology - which will offer 6.25Mhz channel spacing as well as being smaller and lighter than the current P25 radios on the market. Wayne Mikkelsen, New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Middle East, commented on the company’s ongoing success in the region: “New Zealand communications companies are carving a real niche in the Middle East for their innovative and practical technologies, and Tait is no exception. The company is known for its flexibility and its equipment is renowned for its build-quality and industrial design. But technical and manufacturing excellence is only part of the picture. The company’s services also allow customers to maximize the value from their radio investment, by providing project management, installation, ongoing support of turn-key systems, and world class training all in one.” Based in Christchurch New Zealand, Tait Radio Communications services a variety of industries worldwide, including Public Safety (Police, Fire, Ambulance and Military), Utilities (Electricity and Water, Oil, Gas and Chemical production) and Transport (Rail and Bus).

“Ovi app wizard takes you through the process step-by-step, and makes app creation easy. No programming skills are needed, and no registration fees are required. It lets you publish web content from RSS and Atom feeds into a mobile application for distribution to millions of consumers,” said Hatem Nawar, Forum Nokia Developer Relations Manager, Nokia Middle East and Africa. “We are extremely excited to now have this capability also in Arabic.” Since its public debut in May, publishers have embraced Ovi app wizard as an important tool to reach millions of consumers by easily transforming web content into a mobile application with no programming required. A recent upgrade to Ovi app wizard (http://www.ovi.com/appwizard) lets publishers choose between an English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian or Chinese version of the tool to create mobile apps in minutes. The upgrade delivers apps with a new design, extends their reach to more devices, and gives publishers the option to increase the discoverability of their app with a free banner creation tool. The upgrade introduces a new level of ease to the app creation process with improved color selection, a logo cropping feature, and support for over 20 new app UI languages. It also adds Twitter and Facebook sharing options. Apps created with the updated tool have a faster loading time and support an automatic recognition of partial RSS feeds. The upgrade extends the reach of Ovi app wizard apps to over 100 Nokia handsets, including the new family of Symbian^3 devices. This extended reach helps solidify publishers��� return on investment when choosing the free Ovi app wizard to extend a brand to new mar-

Since its public debut in May, publishers have embraced Ovi app wizard as an important tool to reach millions of consumers by easily transforming web content into a mobile application with no programming required. kets, build market share, and even monetize content. Monetization options and free co-marketing tools further enhance the value proposition. Publishers seeking an additional revenue stream may choose to charge for downloads, or enable optional advertising with an ad network partner. To drive traffic to their app publishers can click ‘promote’ in the tool dashboard to create free digital banners to use on any website, which raise consumers’ awareness of a publisher’s mobile offering and enable quick downloads by linking directly to the content item in Ovi Store. Top-tier brands and companies in the media, music, sports and leisure verticals have all responded to the new gateway into Ovi Store. Examples include National Geographic, 24.com, Yahoo, The Economist, Greenpeace, EMI Music, IDG, Aftonbladet, Berlingske, Hubert Burda Media, Axel Springer, WWF, Travel Channel, Food Network, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health and ZDNet. Publishers from over 90 countries have already used the new online tool to create locally relevant apps which deliver a valuable service such as best local gas prices in Canada and Germany, or unite micro-communities, celebrity fan bases or university students and alumni.

Hatem Nawar from Nokia MEA

ABYAT Academy kicks-off 2010 final season of free workshops for the public In collaboration with Kuwait Society of Engineers KUWAIT: ABYAT, home of the largest collections of trendy furniture, building and finishing materials, kicked-off this week the new season for ‘ABYAT Academy’ with 21 free workshops planned till the end of 2010. Hosted at ABYAT’s store in Shuwaikh, and delivered by expert engineers from the Kuwait Engineering Society (KSE), the workshops are open to anyone looking to acquire valuable information to aide them in the building or renovating of their homes. Featuring accomplished instructors who are both KSE members and full-time engineers, the workshops focus on managing costs, contractors, and suppliers, in addition to getting homeowners acquainted with best practices in the applications of building and finishing materials. Specifically, the workshops fall under the following seven themes: home construction stages, contracts, common mistakes in construction, air conditioning installation and maintenance, electrical works, lighting and power conservation, and plumbing

works. Since 2008, ABYAT Academy has held over 140 instore workshops, all free to the public, with a mission to help homeowners and home renovators to avoid the pitfalls associated with construction, saving them time, money, and effort. ABYAT Operations and CRM Director, Mr. Abdullah Hussein Ghadanfar, said: “Our

workshops are a great opportunity for both first-time homeowners and renovators as well as experienced renovators, and anyone who would like to always be a step ahead of their projects or contractors”. ‘ABYAT Academy’ sessions are delivered by: • Eng. Hussein Mirza, an engineer at the Kuwait

Municipality and a member of the Arbitration Chamber at Regional Center of the Federation of Engineering Institution of Islamic Countries, • Eng. Khaled Al Kanderi, an engineer at the Kuwait Customs and manager of the Kuwait Customs B.O.T based revenues project,

• Eng. Younes Rajab, president of the Civil Engineers Society at the Kuwait Society of Engineers, and • Eng. Rashed Al Anzi, deputy president at the Public Authority for Housing Welfare, general secretary of the Kuwait Society of Engineers and president of the Civil Service Council president. Established in 2006, ABYAT is the largest building and finishing materials as well as furniture with a 22,000 square meters retail showroom in the Middle East, entirely conceptualized and developed in Kuwait. ABYAT offers a wide range of quality and competitive building materials and furniture and provides installation, decoration and advisory services to its customers ranging from home owners, contractors, or companies in categories comprising tiles, lighting, wallpaper, kitchens, bathrooms, doors and windows, electrical and high quality plumbing systems, special materials, building products, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, carpets, children’s rooms and accessories.

Facebook looks to grow Starbucks hopes free songs, e-books lure customers Vietnam presence HANOI: Facebook says it wants to grow its presence in communist Vietnam, despite concerns that foreign diplomats and others have raised about access to the site. In a job posting on its website, the world’s most popular social networking site said it is seeking a manager for policy and growth in the country. Observers said Vietnam began a more aggressive campaign to control cyberspace when it allegedly began blocking Facebook almost a year ago. Users still have difficulty logging on through the site’s homepage, but many have found other ways to access it. These restrictions, as well as on news media, led Western donors late last year to say Vietnam’s actions threatened its rapid economic progress. Facebook’s job posting says it is seeking someone fluent in English and Vietnamese, and who is comfortable “in ambiguous situations”. The

12-month contract position, based in Hanoi, calls for someone with “experience in government relations work”. None of this is unusual, according to US-based Facebook. “We often hire temporary contractors in different countries, including India, Russia and Brazil, to help Facebook and Facebook Platform grow in new regions, even if we don’t have offices there,” a Facebook spokeswoman told AFP late Tuesday. Vietnam’s Internet growth is among the world’s fastest, and users number almost 24 million or about 28 percent of the population, according to a government spokeswoman who has called concerns over free expression groundless. In May the government launched a pilot version of its own social networking site, go.vn (www.goonline.vn), calling it the country’s biggest-ever IT project. — AFP

NEW YORK: Starbucks added a ventisized dollop of free books, news and entertainment to its Internet offerings starting yesterday. The coffee chain’s new digital network promises customers free e-books, movies and other exclusives, including free access to some paid Web sites such as The Wall Street Journal, is meant to get customers spending more on drinks and content they buy through the site. The move comes as Starbucks faces steep competition from McDonald’s Corp. and other fast-food chains pushing increasingly fancy coffee drinks. But it also offers Starbucks a chance to make money by selling songs, e-books and other material to customers who linger over its free Wi-Fi, which saw 30 million log-ins last month. Starbucks

Corp. started offering free wireless Internet access in July. The new network, a partnership with Yahoo, is the next step in its strategy. Customers will see the network as soon as they connect to Starbucks’ Internet on their smart phones, computer or tablets, such as the iPad. A welcome page allows customers to scroll through various sections including entertainment, wellness, business and careers, and “my neighborhood,” where they can find community news, restaurant reviews and more. Other partners also include Apple Inc.’s iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA Today and Zagat. The offerings include advance copies of books, through deals with publishers such as HarperCollins and Penguin Group books,

and iTunes downloads. Most of the free content - from movies to books and news - can be read or viewed only in Starbucks. The content was designed so it could be consumed in small doses, anywhere from five minutes to 20. That way, people either want to buy the content outright to take with them, or return to Starbucks again. The sites were designed to remember where people leave off in a book or a movie, so picking it back up is seamless. When customers buy the content, say a newspaper subscription or an e-book, Starbucks makes money by taking a cut of the sale. The company declined to specify its share. The companies designed the site and its content to be consumed in smaller bits after observing customers, said

Burke Culligan, vice president of product management at Yahoo. “Users across the Internet are moving more into this ‘snackable behavior’ to begin with,” he said. The company, based in Seattle, worked to get content its customers wouldn’t find anywhere else so people have a reason to go to Starbucks beyond the coffee, said Adam Brotman, vice president of Starbucks Digital Ventures. Through iTunes, Starbucks will offer free music downloads, including a new digital way to download the coffee chain’s free song of the week. Previously, people had to pick up cards with codes in stores. Now, they log on, click a few buttons and get the song, which can be played outside of stores. — AP


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Disabilities no longer a death sentence for pets RALEIGH: When Beverly Tucker’s dog Tobi ruptured a disc in his back, the veterinarian gave her a stark choice: expensive surgery with little chance of success, or euthanasia. Like a growing number of pet owners, Tucker opted for a third choice thanks to medical advances and shifting attitudes about animal care. She bought a wheeled cart specially fitted for Tobi’s hind legs, restoring mobility to her paralyzed pooch. “I would never have my dog put down,” Tucker said. “Our option was the wheels, and we’re going strong ever since.” Pets with disabilities ranging from spinal injuries to deafness still struggle more than healthy counterparts, but their futures are no longer as grim as before. An industry catering to owners of disabled pets has sprung up, offering

remedies from carts to chiropractors who specialize in canine spines. Even in an economic slump, people are willing to pamper their pets. Total spending on pets has grown each year since the recession began, rising from $41.2 billion in 2007 to an estimated $47.7 billion this year, according to the American Pet Products Association. “The pet business has evolved greatly, especially over the last five years,” said Leslie May, founder of industry consultant Pawsible Marketing. “When people think of pets as family members, they look for resources to meet their pets’ needs.” Animal health specialists, rescue volunteers and medical supply makers all say they have seen a growing willingness in the American public to adopt or care for

pets with ailments that once would have met with certain euthanization. Dianne Dunning, director of the Animal Welfare, Ethics and Public Policy Program at North Carolina State University, said that shift has shadowed breakthroughs in veterinary medicine. “You’re seeing in many cases now that pets are equivalent in status to children within a family,” she said. It was much different 21 years ago, when Buddha, a Doberman owned by Ed and Leslie Grinnell, awoke one morning unable to use her hind legs. There were no online support groups, no doggy physical therapists. The only options offered by the vet were $5,000 back surgery with a 50-50 shot at recovery _ or immediate euthanasia. Instead, Ed Grinnell put his skills to work as a mechanical engineer

and designed a wheeled cart for Buddha, who lived three more years. Ten years later, vets were referring so many people to the Grinnells that they went into canine cart manufacturing full-time. Since 1999, Eddie’s Wheels has expanded to 14 workers at their facility in Massachusetts, and now ships its carts worldwide for dogs, cats, bunnies, goats, sheep, even alpacas. “I don’t think people felt any differently about their animals 20 or 30 years ago,” Leslie Grinnell said. “It’s just the culture didn’t support the view that this is an important member of the family.” That isolation the Grinnells felt was similar to what Joyce Darrell and her husband, Mike Dickerson, experienced when their dog Duke severed his spinal cord in an acci-

dent in 1999. Instead of euthanizing Duke, the Grinnells got him a wheeled cart. They have since adopted another dog with paralyzed legs. Those adoptions have grown into a full-time rescue operation called Pets With Disabilities, which Darrell runs from her home in Maryland. The program rescues between 50 and 70 dogs a year and finds permanent homes for most. He said disabled dogs often bond tighter with people than with ablebodied dogs “because they need humans for more things.” Still, there are more hardships involved in caring for disabled animals, including higher medical costs. “Folks typically shy away from animals that are going to require medical care, and cost is usually the No. 1 issue,” said Gail

Buchwald at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Adoptions Center in New York. Mary Dow, a volunteer with Independent Animal Rescue in Durham, North Carolina, rescued a cat named Daisy and paid $2,300 for surgery on its broken leg. She raised more than $1,800 to offset the tab. “It’s not necessarily a foregone conclusion that all people shy away from disabled animals,” she said. “We’ve found homes for quite a few who would have been euthanized” previously. That second chance is not just for the animals, Leslie Grinnell said, but for humans who stand to learn a lot from their disabled pets. “These animals don’t feel sorry for themselves one little bit,” she said. “They really have a lot to teach us.” — AP

Spain expected to say ‘Adios’ to smoking The National Committee for the Prevention of Smoking says up to 1,000 Spanish bar waiters die yearly from lung cancer MADRID: Spain, famed for its smoke-filled bars, corner cafes and restaurants, was expected Wednesday to set the stage for a tough new anti-smoking law that will get rid of the country’s dubious status as one of Western Europe’s easiest places to light up. The bill expected to be passed by a parliamentary commission will turn all bars and restaurants into no-smoking zones, bringing Spain in line with the European Union’s strictest anti-smoking nations and many U.S. states that bar smoking in enclosed public places. The law will also makes Spain a tougher place to smoke than many other European countries where bars and restaurants are still allowed to have smoking sections, and will prohibit smoking in outdoor places such as playgrounds and the grounds of schools and hospitals. The current law put in place in 2006 prohibits smoking in the workplace, and workers puffing away just outside their office buildings are a common sight. But that law aimed at cracking down on smoking permitted owners of most bars and cafes to decide on their own whether to allow smoking - and almost all ended up doing so, leading critics to label the earlier law as a total failure. Those bar and cafe owners will now lose the privilege, and larger restaurants that still have smoking sections will have to get rid of them. Officials predict thousands of lives now lost to secondhand smoke will be saved. “I think the new law is good, especially if it helps us keep healthy,” said Puri De Arcos, 33, as she puffed away in a park square. “But I think it is too radical, banning smoking in discos, for example.” Bar owners had been hoping to get an exception in the law to allow them to construct hermetically sealed smoking sections, but officials scratched that option. Hotels will be allowed to set aside 30 percent of the rooms for smokers. The commission is widely expected to approve the measure on Wednesday, then it goes for debate in the Senate where it is likely to be approved quickly or sent back with minor changes for approval in the lower house. About the only concession that owners of smoke-filled establishments got was a pledge by the government for the law to take effect on Jan. 2 - instead of a day earlier, the peak of Spain’s weeklong spell of Christmas and New Year’s festivities that draws huge crowds of Spaniards to bars and restaurants.

Salvador Chacon, who owns a small bar and smokes himself, expects to lose business because so many of his regulars come every day for beers and ‘tapa’ snacks and then automatically light up, often passing away hours drinking and smoking with their friends. Chacon said any many others also fear Spain could lose crucial tourism revenue because it’s the last European nation where travelers can feel free to smoke in eateries after sampling Spain’s renowned food and tapas, almost always washed down with Spanish wine or half sized draft beers called ‘canas.’ “The rest of Europe doesn’t have the charming tradition of canas and tapas. It’s our way of life and it’s also what tourists look for,” said Chacon. Spain’s main restaurant and bar federation predicted the law will lead to 145,000 lost jobs and a 10 percent decline in revenue for the sector, but the Health Ministry said similar laws put in place in recent years in nations ranging from Britain to France and Italy didn’t not hurt business badly. Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez noted that smokers will still be allowed to smoke on the open-air terraces of bars, and many Spanish bars have them, often setting up tables and chairs on the sidewalk. Other exceptions were provided for jails, psychiatric institutions and retirement homes. Nonsmoker Miguel Gonzalez welcomed the law, saying he’ll finally be able to breathe cleanly when he goes out for a coffee or a beer. And the bars themselves will be cleaner, because most Spanish bars let patrons stub their butts out on the floor. “Given the time I have spent in this bar, I think I’m more of a smoker than a real smoker,” Gonzalez said. Spain’s National Committee for the Prevention of Smoking says up to 1,000 Spanish bar waiters die yearly from lung cancer, mainly from breathing in so much second hand smoke. Many more lives would be saved eventually in Spain by making it more difficult for smokers to puff away almost anywhere, said Dr. Jose Carreras who heads the antismoking unit at Madrid’s Hospital Carlos III. “When these measures are implemented, there is a much more noticeable decrease in people quitting smoking than at this moment,” he said. “This means that in 20 years time there will be a decrease in deaths due to smoking related diseases.” —AP

MADRID: View of an ashtray outside an office building in Madrid yesterday. — AP

6 months after US oil spill, much remains unknown Researchers are discovering significant amounts of crude below the sea’s surface NEW ORLEANS: The crude has stopped gushing and coastlines are largely clear of the thick goo that washed ashore for months, but the impact of the worst offshore oil spill in US history will no doubt linger for years. Six months after the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion, the environment and economy of the entire northern Gulf of Mexico region remain in a state of uncertainty, with overturned livelihoods, out-of-work fishermen, reluctant tourists, widespread emotional anguish and untold damage to the sea and its shores. It could be years before the spill’s true effects are understood. The science is largely scattered about what the roughly 206 million gallons (780 million liters) of oil that spewed from BP PLC’s blown-out well — some 170 million gallons (643 million liters) of which actually spilled into the Gulf — will ultimately mean for the animals and plant life that inhabit one of the world’s most diverse bodies of water. “There are some things that are starting to reveal themselves already,” said Steve Murawski, chief fisheries scientist for the National Oceanic

and Atmospheric Administration. “But it’s going to take a while for us to gain some perspective.” Murawski predicted scientists will be studying the region for years, as they have been doing since 1989’s much smaller Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska. “This will be with us for decades for sure,” he said. The doomsday scenarios feared during the worst period of the gushing well did not play themselves out, as much of the oil is believed to have evaporated or been dispersed, marshes have sprung back to life and fewer dead animals than feared have been found. But that good news does not mask concerns that the country might be turning its attention away prematurely, considering the very real damage that has been done. “I can honestly say, I guess, I’m very pessimistic about it,” said Byron Encalade, president of the Louisiana Oystermen Association, whose oyster beds are all dead or dying. “We don’t know where we’re at. We don’t even have a complete assessment of the damage or how long it’s going to take to correct it. This is

our life, though. We have nowhere else to go.” The government has reopened about 90 percent of Gulf federal waters to fishing, and says all seafood caught in the newly opened areas is safe to eat. Yet the commercial fishing industry remains in turmoil, suffering from an acute image problem. Loads of shrimp and fish are hauled in, but processors are finding little demand from a wary public. The federal government maintains much of the oil is now gone from the Gulf of Mexico. But independent researchers say they are discovering significant amounts of crude below the sea’s surface, including on the ocean floor. They fear the oil that remains could harm species lower down the food chain and affect reproduction rates of fish such as bluefin tuna, which were spawning in the area at the time of the spill. Oil is still buried in the sand on beaches across the coast, and crude continues to plague some of Louisiana’s shores. Some marshes of Barataria Bay — home to productive shrimp nurseries and oyster beds, and thousands of sea birds and migra-

tory species — are still being soiled. A $20 billion (§14.4 billion) BP compensation fund has so far paid out nearly $1.5 billion to business owners and fishermen along the coast suffering from a summer of lost revenues. But many are still waiting for checks and struggling to pay bills. BP will be facing billions of dollars in fines once a damage assessment is complete. Meanwhile, the six months since the spill began have brought many changes to the offshore drilling industry. The federal government swiftly imposed new regulations on the business following the spill. It recently lifted a moratorium on deep water drilling in the Gulf, but it could be weeks before rigs that are able to meet the tougher standards can get back to work. The danger of a future catastrophe persists as oil companies continue to drill in deep water even though many measures that could help head off future spills — better cap-and-siphon containment systems to choke off leaks, for instance, or more thorough testing and analysis to prevent blowouts — are not yet in place. — AP

Drug companies influence prescribing, study finds

Tiger baby “Daseep” plays with the hand of its keeper at the zoo in Frankfurt/Main yesterday. The young Sumatran tiger was shown to the public for the last time before being moved to the zoo in Wuppertal, western Germany within the next weeks. — AFP

SINGAPORE: Doctors tend to prescribe drugs that pharmaceutical companies promote to them and patients end up paying more but not always getting the most suitable medicines, researchers reported yesterday. An analysis of 58 studies in several countries found that information from drug companies influenced the decisions doctors made, and not necessarily in a positive way. “You couldn’t say that information from pharmaceutical companies benefited doctor’s prescribing, which is what pharmaceutical companies claim,” said Geoffrey Spurling of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, who led the study. “Many doctors claim they are not influenced and having done the review, that is not supported. You have to say that at least some of the time, doctors are influenced,” he said in a telephone interview. Several of the researchers in the study are members of Healthy Skepticism, an international nonprofit research, education, and advocacy association set up to “reduce harm from misleading health information.” The report found that doctors who accepted briefings or other information from drug companies were more likely to prescribe those products. Thirty-eight studies showed that exposure to drug company information resulted in more frequent prescriptions,

while 13 did not have such an association, Spurling and his colleagues wrote in their report published in the US-based Public Librar y of Science jour nal PL oS Medicine. None of the studies found that doctors prescribed a dr ug less of ten because of promotional or informational materials. More than half the studies were conducted in the United States. Other countries included the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, France, Estonia, Turkey and Australia. SPENDING PAYS OFF “The companies don’t spend this money with drug detail people if it doesn’t work,” said Dr. Sid Wolfe of the US advocacy group Public Citizen, which has campaigned against such drug company activity. “Most doctors get most of their information about drugs from the drug industry.” Such detailers often bring lunch to a doctor’s office, or invite physicians to sporting events or other entertainment while they deliver their briefings. Spurling singled out a study in Britain of more than 1,000 general practitioners that found that those who met drug salespeople more often tended to prescribe more costly drugs. But that did not guarantee that patients got the most suitable drugs. Spurling cited studies that found that doctors’ prescriptions were of a lower quality

when compared against standard guidelines and those recommended by expert panels. For example, official US guidelines in the United States advise doctors to use the oldest, cheapest generic drugs to treat high blood pressure and diabetes before turning to newer, patented and often more dangerous prescription dr ugs. The researchers called for regulation on the amounts of money that pharmaceutical companies may spend on promoting their products. In 2004 alone, drug companies spent $57.5 billion on promotion in the United States, they said. “We need more regulation on promotional information. We couldn’t find any benefit,” Spurling said. Doctors also need more information from a variety of sources such as universities or accrediting organizations, he said. “A good doctor keeps up with practicing medicine by reading the literature, peerreviewed journals,” Wolfe agreed. “If they don’t have time to do that, and rely on drug company detailers, they are not practicing good medicine.” On Tuesday, the investigative jour nalism group ProPublica, along with several news organizations, reported that seven big dr ug companies had paid more than 17,000 US doctors many thousands of dollars to talk to other doctors about the companies’ products. — Reuters


Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Alarms over radiation from thyroid cancer patients

INDONESIA: Snake owner Franky plays with his albino python Moly, Phyton molurus albina in Tanggerang on October 17, 2010. — AFP

WASHINGTON: Cancer patients sent home after treatment with radioactive iodine have contaminated hotel rooms and set off alarms on public transportation, a congressional investigation has found. They’ve come into close contact with vulnerable people, including pregnant women and children, and the household trash from their homes has triggered radiation detectors at landfills. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., says the problem stems from a decision years ago by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ease requirements that thyroid cancer patients remain in the hospital a few days after swallowing doses of radioactive iodine to shrink their tumors. “There is a strong likelihood that members of the public have been unwittingly exposed to radiation from patients,” Markey wrote yesterday in a letter to the NRC that details findings by his staff. “This has occurred because of weak NRC regulations, ineffective oversight of those who administer these medical treatments, and the absence of clear guidance to patients and to physicians.” The letter coincides with an NRC meeting yesterday to examine the issue. It’s unclear whether the radiation exposure occurs at levels high enough to cause harm. About 40,000 people a year develop thyroid cancer, which generally responds well to treatment. Certain types are treated by swallowing radioactive iodine, or iodine-131. It concentrates in the thyroid, but small amounts are excreted through urine, saliva and sweat. People given high doses may be kept in the hospital, but many patients are sent home with instructions on how to minimize exposure to others over the next few days. Most of the radiation is gone in about a week, says the National Cancer Institute’s website for patients. Traditionally such patients were kept in the hospital, but treatment has now shifted to less costly outpatient facilities. Patients sent home are supposed to follow specific precautions, such as sleeping alone in their beds and not giving hugs and kisses to young children. Markey’s investigation indicates that’s where the breakdown is occurring. Staffers on the House Energy and Environment subcommittee that Markey chairs sent detailed questionnaires to states that enforce the NRC rules and conducted an online survey of more than 1,000 thyroid cancer

patients. The investigation found that: • A patient who had received a dose of radioactive iodine boarded a bus in New York the same day, triggering radiation detectors as the bus passed through the Lincoln Tunnel heading for Atlantic City, N.J., a casino Mecca. After New Jersey state police found the bus and pulled it over, officers determined that the patient had received medical instructions to avoid public transportation for two days, and ignored them. The 2003 case highlighted that NRC rules don’t require patients to stay off public transportation. • About 7 percent of outpatients said in the survey they had gone directly to a hotel after their treatment, most of them with their doctors’ knowledge. Hotel stays are a particular concern, since the patient can expose other guests and service workers. In 2007, an Illinois hotel was contaminated after linens from a patient’s room were washed together with other bedding. The incident would probably have gone unreported but for nuclear plant workers who later stayed in the same hotel and set off radiation alarms when they reported to work. • About one-fourth of outpatients said in the survey they never discussed with their doctors how to avoid exposing pregnant women and children to radiation. The survey found 56 cases in which a patient shared a bathroom or bedroom with a pregnant woman or a child, or had other close contact, which is strongly discouraged in medical guidelines. • At least two states - Maryland and Massachusetts - said they had encountered problems with household trash from the homes of patients treated with radioactive iodine. Garbage trucks set off radiation alarms at landfills, requiring loads to be unpacked and examined, exposing sanitation workers to a range of hazards. Markey scolded the NRC for its previous assurances that current regulations are adequate to protect the public. “It is difficult to conclude based on the survey results that this belief is justified,” he wrote. The congressman urged the agency to revise its rules so that more patients are kept in the hospital. Patient advocates say insurance companies routinely refuse to pay for a hospital room because it’s not required. Markey also urged a ban on releasing patients to hotels and letting them take public transportation. And he called for tighter government oversight of medical facilities that provide treatment with radioactive iodine. — AP

29 Change global economic model to save biodiversity: UN report MANILA: The global economy must be radically altered to put a value on forests, reefs and other elements of nature but the financial benefits of doing so will be enormous, a UNbacked report said yesterday. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report warned that allowing nature to remain unaccounted for within the economy would lead to the continuing rapid extinction of species, and ensuing massive financial costs. “TEEB’s approach can reset the economic compass and herald a new era in which the value of nature’s services is made visible and becomes an explicit part of policy and business decision making,” said banker Pavan Sukhdev, who chaired a study that led to the report. After nearly three years of research, the report aims to raise global awareness about the economic costs of inaction on biodiversity in a similar way to British economist Nicholas Stern’s famous 2006 report on climate change. The TEEB report was released in Nagoya, Japan, where delegates from 193 countries are meeting at a UN summit in an effort to map out a strategy to stop humans from driving species to extinction. “We hope the next phase after Nagoya... is going to be a change in policy, a change in the matrix, a change in consumer behavior, a change in business behavior,” Sukhdev told AFP ahead of the report’s release. The report highlighted the broad scope of so-called “ecosystem services” that are generally not valued in the economy. These included regulation of the environment-such as through water filtration by wetlands, pollination and disaster protection-and as a source of medicines and wild foods. Spiritual and recreational values, as well as the environment’s role in nutrient recycling and photosynthesis, also needed to be taken into account, the report urged. TEEB recommended that businesses and governments reveal in annual reports or national accounts how they depleted or damaged the environment. This depletion or damage would have an economic value, and busi-

nesses would need to compensate for their adverse environmental impacts. The TEEB reported cited a study by Britain-based consultancy TruCost that found the negative environmental impacts of the world’s top 3,000 listed companies were worth 2.2 trillion dollars annually. But it insisted there were already many examples of how placing a value on natural services would bring economic windfalls. It highlighted a decision by New York City to pay landowners in the nearby Catskill mountains between 1-1.5 billion dollars to improve farm management techniques and stop run-off of pollutants. This saved the city from having to build a new water filtration plant, which would have cost 6-8 billion dollars. It also said fishermen around the world could reap an extra 50 billion dollars a year annually if the current over-exploitation of fish stocks, caused partly by billions of dollars in government subsidies, ended. The TEEB report said the impacts of not giving economic values to ecosystems was most widely felt in the developing world. This could be commonly seen when forests were logged, with the economic value placed only on the trees and not the other immense benefits that the ecosystem provided. Among the benefits are that forests act as water catchments, provide habitats for valuable plants and animals, and store carbon so that it is not released into the atmosphere. Continuing to log forests at current rates until 2050 would lead to natural capital losses of 2-4.5 trillion dollars annually, according to TEEB. Sukhdev told AFP that India, Brazil and some other developing countries had already committed to placing values on their natural capital. “I’m delighted to see the leadership is coming from the developing world, and now it’s up to the developed world to walk the talk,” he said. But Sukhdev warned governments and corporations would not make the enormous changes needed unless pressured to do so by people around the world. “People have to get agitated enough to force their governments to act,” he said. — AFP


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ndian Cultural Society Presents ‘JASHN e BAHARA’N as new concept of Ghazal singing & Mushaira together. Indian Cultural Society (ICS) presents “Jashn e Bahara’n” with Ghazal singer Talat Aziz & famous Poets on 22nd October 2010 Friday at 7.30 pm sharp. The Chief Guest for the event will be Ajai Malhotra Ambassador of India and the guest of honor will be renowned personalities from Kuwait. Jashn e Bahara’n will witness a new concept of Ghazal singing & Mushaira on same platform by Talat Aziz (actor, composer & singer). The stars of the Mushaira are world renowned Urdu & Hindi poets from India like; Mansoor Usmani, Jauhar Kanpuri, Sharif Bharti, Alok Shrivastav & Shabina Adeeb. They have enriched the world of Urdu poetry for many decades & have published several well known books. Young talents from Kuwait will be another attraction of the evening. So, join us for entertainment on 22nd October, 2010 Friday, at the Auditorium Al Jeel Al Jadeed School, Tunis Street, Opp- Al Bahar Center (Canary Restra.) Hawally. For more details contact: 97690035, 66568147, 94450833, 99812832, 97296577, 99788692, 94068099 & 24716004. Email ics.kuwait@gmail.com Web Page: www.nazarkesamne.webs.com

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MACEAA bids farewell to Paul Kattady ACE Alumuni Association Kuwait Chapter arranged a send off party for Paul Kattady, ex-chairman and founder member, who is leaving Kuwait for good, after completing his long service with the Ministry of Communication as Consultant Marine Surveyor. His wife Mrs. Valsa Paul

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was the first President of the Ladies Forum. MACEAA Chairman P.C.George, General Secretary Shaji Hussan, Ladies Forum President Mrs. Valsala Rajagopal, K.S.Govidan, Salu John,Jacob G Thomas, Abdul Sageer, Shobha George, Saji Jose, Jyothidas, Sasi Kodanad and Jojan Jacob spoke in the meeting highlight-

ing his contribution to the chapter and his dedicated long service from 1981 to 2010 and wished him all the very best in his future life. As token of gratitude a memento was presented to him by the Chairman. Paul Kattady thanked everyone for the good words and advised the mebers to continue the good work.

new Seafood Fiesta has been launched at the Crowne Plaza Kuwait and it is at the Al Noukhaza Seafood restaurant of the hotel. Celebrating the treasures of the deep blue seas, the restaurant has readied itself to welcome back all of its customers, into its revamped interiors and underwater ambience, giving you the feel of dining under the seas! Chef Jean Alain Patrick is busy in the kitchen, unleashing his expertise into the menu, adding twists and flavors to an already extensive menu. With his years of proficiency, he is ensuring that every guest leaving the restaurants carries with them the unforgettable flavor of the seas. The innovative Seafood platter is the highlight of the Fiesta, created to enrich the buffet for all seafood lovers, with the Jumbo Shrimps adorning the platter and a juicy lobster stretched out for you to savor and relish! Make your selection from the unlimited catch of the day and enjoy a delightful variety of fish, cooked jus t the way you like it and enjoy your buffet, just like you would want it to be! Al Noukhaza Seafood

ICAI Kuwait CPE event uwait Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of India is organizing a CPE seminar on October 24 on fraud risk. Speakers are Michael Adlem and Robert Chandler of Ernst & Young Middle East. Venue: Holiday Inn Downtown. Registration begins at 6 pm, and the event starts at 6:30.

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rnakulam District Association celebrated Onam as “Ponnonam 2010” at Carmel Indian School Auditorium, Khaitan. The Indian Ambassador His Excellency Ajai Malhothra inaugurated the celebration. Dr. Namboori (Patron) inaugurated the Official website www.edakuwait.com and Mr. E. D. Titus (Patron) released “Ponnonam 2010” souvenir giving to Mr. Sunil (Corel Group Chairman).Vanidavedi (Ladies Wing) made traditional Onapookkalam. Maveli Visit and Onasadhya were the main attractions of the event. Musical show (Ganelmela) lead by Idea Star Singer Winner Mr. Joby John, ISS fame Gayathri and Anu SMC. Various Traditional art forms of Kerala like Thiruvathirakali,

restaurant is the place to be for every seafood lover, with the excellent array of tempting varieties on the menu. Boasting of local fresh fish and the imported fresh seafood, every dish is served with plenty of side dishes to choose from. The signature dish of the restaurant, the Al Noukhaza Cold Platter is every guest’s delight, with a treat for the taste buds. Arabic, Far Eastern and other regional specialties

are all there, awaiting your command to serve you with the finest cuisines, and excellent service. Having opened its first branch at Crowne Plaza Kuwait, popular demand led to more openings of the restaurant at Abu Halifa and Multaqa Al Shaab. Don’t miss out on the Seafood Fiesta at the Al Noukhaza, grabbing this chance to try out the best seafood cuisine at your favorite restaurant.

Birthday Greetings Happy birthday wishes to the lovely Areana Afshan Shujath. Best wishes coming from Shujath, relatives and friends.

Kaikottikali, Nadanpaattu, dances and skits were also performed by the members of the association. The art programs were lead by the arts convener Mr. Joseph. Geo (Secretary), Capt. Johnson (Treasurer), Thajudeen, Baburaj Palluruthi, Bijin, Babu Chulli, Anil, Sunil, Francis, Litty Babu, Luxy Raju, Jogy, Reji, Biju M, Lisa, Theresa Antony and Krishnan Unni were behind the success of the function. Mr. Abdul Rahim, the president of the association presided over the meeting. Mr. Roy Yoyakki(General Secretary) welcomed the gathering, Gigi Mathen (General Convener) and Litty Babu (Ladies wing) extended their Onam Greetings and Capt. Johnson expressed vote of thanks.

Breast cancer seminar EMBASSY OF BANGLADESH The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Kuwait has taken up an initiative to update the database of Bangladesh nationals residing in the State of Kuwait. For inclusion in the database all the Bangladesh nationals are requested to collect the Registration Form from the Labour Wing of the Embassy. The forms can also be collected sending request to bdoot@kems.net e-mail address. The filled-in forms can also be submitted by hand, by email or by fax (number 24913204). EMBASSY OF CANADA The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24, AlMutawakel St., Block 4 in Da’aiyah. Please visit our website at www.Kuwait.gc.ca. The Embassy of Canada is open from 07:30 to 15:30 Sunday through Thursday. Consular Services for Canadian Citizens are provided from 09:00 until 12:00 on Sunday through Wednesday. Canada offers a registration service for all Canadians travelling or living abroad. This service is provided so that Consular Officials can contact and assist Canadians in an emergency in a foreign country, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform Canadians of a family emergency at home. The Embassy of Canada encourages all Canadian Citizens to register online through the Government of

Canada Travel Website at www.voyage.gc.ca. The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi provides visa and immigration services to residents of Kuwait. Individuals who are interested in visiting, working or immigrating to Canada are invited to visit the website of the Canadian Embassy to the UAE at www.UAE.gc.ca. 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 KENYA The Embassy of the Republic of Kenya wishes to inform the general public that it will remain closed on Wednesday, October 20 on the occasin of Mashujaa Day (formally Kenyatta Day). Office operations will resume on Thursday, October 21. EMBASSY OF THE NETHERLANDS The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands together with Holland Marine Equipment organize a Dutch maritime trade mission to the State of Kuwait the latest Dutch innovations in maritime products and services. The trade mission, which will take place

on October 24, will bring 12 prominent Dutch companies to Kuwait. These Dutch companies are globally-experienced specialized in unique marine products and services and eager to develop strong business relations with prospective Kuwaiti firms. The mission’s agenda will feature an arrangement for business meetings to enable Dutch and Kuwaiti firms to explore areas of interest and business opportunities. This trade mission to Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf is a good and effective way for Kuwaiti companies to get acquainted with Dutch suppliers. For further information on the participating companies and to register for a business to business meeting, contact Nidaa Al-Rajoudi (25312650 ext 205) or send an email to kwe-ea@minbuza.nl no later than October 17. EMBASSY OF SLOVAK REPUBLIC The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Kuwait would like to announce to the public that due to technical reasons, the business hours will be only on Sundays and Tuesdays from 9 to 12. This will be effective starting October 24, 2010 until May 1, 2011. EMBASSY OF THAILAND All foreigners who apply for Tourist Visa at the Royal Thai Embassies and the Royal Thai Consulate General worldwide, including eligible foreigners

who apply for Visa on arrival at designated checkpoints, will be exempted from tourist visa fees until 31 March 2011. Such arrangement is for Tourist Visa only. EMBASSY OF THE US The United States Department of State announces the increase in various visa fees to ensure sufficient resources to cover the increasing cost of processing nonimmigrant visas (NIVs). US law requires the Department to recover the cost of processing non-immigrant visas through the collection of the application fees. The increased fees are to take effect June 4, 2010. Under the new rule, applicants for all visas that are not petitionbased, including B1/B2 tourist and business visitor visas and all student and exchange-visitor visas, will pay a fee of $140. Applicants for petition-based visas will pay an application fee of $150, as each of the below categories requires a review of extensive documentation and a more in-depth interview of the applicant than other categories, such as tourists. These categories include: H visa for temporary workers and trainees L visa for intra-company transferees O visa for aliens with extraordinary ability P visa for athletes, artists and entertainers Q visa for international cultural exchange visitors R visa for religious occupations The application fee for K visas for fiance(e)s of US citizens will be $350. The fee for E visas for treaty-traders and treaty-investors will be $390.

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

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A group picture of ACK graduates on the podium

Home-grown, academically qualified workforce important to Kuwait’s market By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: Private colleges and universities in Kuwait continue to produce a home-grown and academically qualified workforce, said a Kuwaiti minister. Speaking at the Australian College of Kuwait’s (ACK) 8th Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday on ACK’s campus, Sheikh Ahmad AlFahad Al-Sabah, the Deputy Prime Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of State for Development Affairs and Minister of Housing Affairs, said their numbers are growing every year and that the trend is important for Kuwait. Al-Fahad thanked the private uni-

versities and colleges in Kuwait for helping the country produce an academically competent labor force. He described how important the role of private universities are and how they are contributing to the well being of higher education in the country. “Congratulations to the graduates and to ACK, who honed these young peoples’ skills and talents so that we can benefit from them as they join the local job market,” Sheikh AlFahad said. He advised graduates to further their studies and affirmed the interest of employers to hire academically qualified hard workers. Sheikh Al-Fahad was warmly welcomed by ACK’s Chairman of the

Board of Trustees, Abdullah Abdulmohsen Al-Sharhan, ACK’s President, Professor Vishy Karri as well as members of the faculty, parents, visitors, well-wishers and the graduating class. During his speech Al-Sharhan reaffirmed ACK’s commitment and educational strategy. He said that ACK was founded on principles and standards that ensure that a highly qualified group of students will be effective and productive in the job market after the first day of their graduation. “This strategy is implemented under the constant supervision and review of excellent academic and administrative staff. Using all

their teaching and training experience, they prepare a new generation that is capable of leading the world with superior skills and knowledge,” he said. After formally reading his message to the distinguished guests, ACK’s President, Karri, turned his head to the graduates and delivered words of wisdom that will be treasured by graduates as they continue their personal, academic and professional journey. He said that graduating from a college opens up several doors for a person’s life. He added that during today’s economic crisis, having a formal education is critical. “Your diplo-

mas and degrees have equipped you with skills on how to apply engineering skills or do business better,” he added. “Understanding the industry’s needs, technological demands and the importance of sustainable socioeconomic standards are just a few of the foundations we need to build a bridge to a better world.” Karri also pointed out that ACK graduates are precisely equipped with the skills that a global market needs. “I earnestly believe that you were trained with the skills that will allow you to become the backbone of our business and technological system.” Karri’s speech ended with a small

but very inspiring tribute about the importance of believing in one’s self, listening and learning. “If you dream of something, start immediately to work towards achieving it. Every milestone in life comes with several obstacles and hindrances. Each failure or mistake is a wonderful teacher to help you progress that much closer towards your goals. Listen and learn from your mentors, elders and scholars. We are only finite and limited in our intellectual capabilities,” he said. Abdulmohsen Al-Fahad, one of this year’s graduates, expressed happiness after receiving his diploma in marketing. “Well, it’s a mixture of

excitement and nervousness. Finally after two years of hard work I got my diploma. This is just the beginning. I am preparing myself for another two years for my bachelor’s degree. I’m happy to receive this acknowledgment of my first two years of hard work,” he said. Abdullatif Mustafa Abdullatif Khan, another graduate, promised to continue on for his bachelor’s degree in the same school. “I’m used to the environment. I know everybody on the campus so there’s no reason for me to move to another school. I like being here and I like the way our professors deal with us. I look forward to another two years,” he said.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah receives a plaque from the ACK president Dr Abdullah Abdulmohsen Al-Sharhan.

Dhari Ahmad Al-Munawer delivering the student speech at the graduation ceremony.

School officials and Australian Embassy diplomats at the graduation ceremony.


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Without a Trace Dollhouse Drop Dead Diva GMA Live RPT Justified Law & Order The Ellen de Generes Show Desperate Housewives Defying Gravity Without a Trace Good Morning America Live Justified Law & Order The Ellen de Generes Show Without a Trace One Tree Hill Survivor The Tudors Nip/Tuck The Ellen de Generes Show GMA Live RPT

00:30 Animal Cops Philadelphia 01:25 The Great Polar Bear Adventure 02:20 Untamed And Uncut 03:10 Wildlife SOS 03:35 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 04:00 Max’s Big Tracks 04:50 All New Planet’s Funniest Animals 05:15 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 05:40 Beverly Hills Groomer 06:05 Beverly Hills Groomer 06:35 Planet Wild 07:00 Gorillas Revisited With David... 07:55 Gorilla School 08:20 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 08:50 Miami Animal Police 09:45 Vet On The Loose 10:10 Pet Rescue 10:40 Animal Cops South Africa 11:35 Wildlife SOS 12:00 Rspca: Have You Got What It Takes? 12:30 Dogs 101 13:25 Breed All About It 13:50 Breed All About It 14:20 The Planet’s Funniest Animals 15:15 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 15:40 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 16:10 Fur Seals: The Dark Side 17:10 Dogs 101 18:05 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 18:30 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 19:00 Cell Dogs 19:55 Animal Cops South Africa 20:50 Fur Seals: The Dark Side 21:45 Untamed And Uncut 22:40 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 23:05 Snake Crusader With Bruce George 23:35 Cell Dogs

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Lab Rats Lab Rats Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Tweenies Teletubbies Me Too Balamory Lab Rats Lab Rats The Weakest Link Heart & Soul Doctors Eastenders Casualty Lab Rats Lab Rats Green Green Grass Heart & Soul The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Casualty

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Heart & Soul The Weakest Link Doctors Eastenders Casualty Sunshine Manchild The Weakest Link Casualty Eastenders Doctors Manchild

00:30 Come Dine With Me 01:20 Daily Cooks Challenge 01:50 Daily Cooks Challenge 02:20 10 Years Younger 02:45 10 Years Younger 03:15 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 04:30 Antiques Roadshow 05:20 What Not To Wear 06:10 Bargain Hunt 06:55 Hidden Potential 07:15 Cash In The Attic USA 07:40 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes 08:30 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 09:20 Cash In The Attic 10:05 Come Dine With Me 10:55 What Not To Wear 11:45 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 12:40 Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes 13:30 Antiques Roadshow 14:20 MasterChef: The Professionals 14:50 Daily Cooks Challenge 15:20 Daily Cooks Challenge 15:50 Come Dine With Me 16:40 MasterChef: The Professionals 17:10 Indian Food Made Easy 17:35 Ching’s Kitchen 18:00 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 18:50 Cash In The Attic 19:35 Come Dine With Me 20:25 MasterChef: The Professionals 20:50 MasterChef: The Professionals 21:15 What Not To Wear 22:05 Indian Food Made Easy 22:30 Ching’s Kitchen 22:55 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 23:45 Cash In The Attic

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The Jetsons Top Cat Tom And Jerry Popeye Classics Scooby Doo Where Are You! Tom And Jerry Kids A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Yogi’s Treasure Hunt Droopy And Dripple Tom And Jerry Looney Tunes The Flintstones The Jetsons Tom And Jerry Kids The Garfield Show Duck Dodgers The Scooby Doo Show Wacky Races Dastardly And Muttley King Arthur’s Disasters Help! It’s The Hair Bear Bunch A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Popeye Scooby Doo Where Are You! Top Cat Hong Kong Phooey Duck Dodgers The Jetsons The Flintstones Looney Tunes Tom And Jerry Top Cat Wacky Races Dastardly And Muttley The Scooby Doo Show Johnny Bravo Dexter’s Laboratory Looney Tunes Duck Dodgers The Garfield Show The Flintstones The Jetsons Looney Tunes Tom And Jerry The Scooby Doo Show Hong Kong Phooey Top Cat The Garfield Show The Scooby Doo Show Wacky Races Dastardly And Muttley

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Help! It’s The Hair Bear Bunch Popeye The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop Scooby-Doo And Scrappy-Doo Looney Tunes The Flintstones

00:00 The Powerpuff Girls 00:15 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 00:40 The Secret Saturdays 01:05 Codename: Kids Next Door 01:30 Ben 10 01:55 Best ED 02:20 Samurai Jack 02:45 Cramp Twins 03:10 Eliot Kid 03:35 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 04:00 Codename: Kids Next Door 04:25 Chowder 04:50 Best ED 05:15 Chop Socky Chooks 05:40 Ben 10: Alien Force 06:05 Bakugan Battle Brawlers 06:30 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 06:55 Eliot Kid 07:20 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 07:30 Squirrel Boy 07:55 Robotboy 08:20 Camp Lazlo 08:45 The Powerpuff Girls 09:10 Class Of 3000 09:35 Ed, Edd N Eddy 10:00 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 10:25 Codename: Kids Next Door 10:50 Ben 10 11:15 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 11:40 Squirrel Boy 12:05 Eliot Kid 12:35 Casper’s Scare School 13:00 Skunk Fu! 13:25 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 13:50 Bakugan Battle Brawlers 14:15 The Secret Saturdays 14:40 Ben 10: Alien Force 15:05 Hero 108 15:30 Total Drama World Tour 16:00 Best ED 16:25 Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends 16:50 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey 17:05 The Powerpuff Girls 17:30 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack 17:45 Ben 10: Alien Force 18:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 18:35 Robotboy 19:00 Camp Lazlo 19:25 Samurai Jack 19:50 Megas Xlr 20:15 Out Of Jimmy’s Head 20:40 Chowder 21:05 Cow And Chicken 21:30 Cramp Twins 21:55 George Of The Jungle 22:20 Adrenalini Brothers 22:45 Eliot Kid 23:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy 23:35 Ben 10: Alien Force

00:00 Land Of Plenty-PG15 02:00 The Children Of Huang Shi-PG15 04:00 Morning Light-PG 06:00 Escape To Victory-PG15 08:00 Not One Less-PG 10:00 Frozen River-PG15 12:00 The Babe-PG15 14:00 Save The Last Dance-PG 16:00 Tribute-PG15 18:00 Talk To Me-PG15 20:00 Wild At Heart-18 22:00 No One Knows About Persian Cats-PG15

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Extreme Engineering Mythbusters How It’s Made How Stuff Works Dirty Jobs Fifth Gear Extreme Engineering Chop Shop Mythbusters Ultimate Survival Overhaulin’ Border Security How It’s Made How Stuff Works Mythbusters Miami Ink Ultimate Survival

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Dirty Jobs Overhaulin’ Mythbusters Cake Boss Border Security The Gadget Show How Do They Do It? How It’s Made Ultimate Weapons Miami Swat Behind Bars True CSI Chop Shop Dirty Jobs Ultimate Weapons

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How Stuff’s Made Nasa’s Greatest Missions Robotica Weird Connections Superships Thunder Races Nasa’s Greatest Missions Superships Stunt Junkies The Gadget Show What’s That About? How Stuff’s Made Scrapheap Challenge Weird Connections Science Of The Movies What’s That About? The Gadget Show Nasa’s Greatest Missions Mega World Brainiac How Stuff’s Made How Stuff’s Made Engineered How It’s Made The Gadget Show Space Pioneer How Stuff’s Made How Stuff’s Made Engineered Space Pioneer The Gadget Show Mega World How Stuff’s Made How Stuff’s Made Engineered

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K9 Adventures American Dragon Kid Vs Kat Phineas And Ferb Have A Laugh Phineas And Ferb Kick Buttowski Pokemon Zeke And Luther Zeke And Luther I’m In The Band The Super Hero Squad Show Suite Life On Deck Suite Life On Deck Aaron Stone Phineas And Ferb Have A Laugh Phineas And Ferb Kid Vs Kat Kid Vs Kat The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody Zeke And Luther The Super Hero Squad Show Kick Buttowski I’m In The Band Suite Life On Deck Zeke And Luther Zeke And Luther Phineas And Ferb Phineas And Ferb Have A Laugh Kick Buttowski Pokemon American Dragon Aaron Stone Kid Vs Kat Phineas And Ferb I’m In The Band Have A Laugh The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody Shreducation Programmes Start At 6:00am KSA

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

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Mantracker Fantasy Factory Ride Guide Mountain Bike 2008 Tread Bmx Eds Up I-Ex Ride Guide Mountain Bike 2008 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge Rebel Tv 17 Jump The Brazilian Gap Fantasy Factory Mantracker Dr Danger Eds Up Jump The Brazilian Gap Fantasy Factory Ride Guide Mountain Bike 2008 Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge Rebel Tv 17 Mantracker Fantasy Factory Jump The Brazilian Gap Eds Up Mantracker

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

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Murder Shift Forensic Detectives Ghosthunters Dr G: Medical Examiner Real Emergency Calls Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Forensic Detectives Impossible Heists Extreme Forensics FBI Files Ghost Lab On the Case with Paula Zahn Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Extreme Forensics Forensic Detectives Impossible Heists FBI Files Mystery Diagnosis Real Emergency Calls Ghost Lab On the Case with Paula Zahn Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases Dr G: Medical Examiner Ghost Lab A Haunting Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases

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Dennis The Menace Beverly Hills Teen Club Pelswick Boo and Me Fat Dog Mendoza The Fairly OddParents The Beach Crew Cyberchase Birdz The Beach Crew Heathcliff Ned’s Newt New Adventures of Madeline Rupert Babar Max and Ruby Corduroy Rupert New Adventures of Madeline Ned’s Newt Corduroy Max and Ruby Babar Rupert Ned’s Newt Beverly Hills Teen Club Sabrina The Animated Series The Beach Crew Boo and Me New Adventures of Ocean Girl Dino Squad The Future is Wild Rescue Heroes Even Stevens The Beach Crew Boo and Me Fat Dog Mendoza Sonic Underground Dino Squad The Future is Wild Rescue Heroes Ace Lightning Even Stevens Sabrina The Animated Series Tales from the Cryptkeeper Rescue Heroes Ace Lightning New Adventures of Ocean Girl Sabrina The Animated Series Sonic Underground Fat Dog Mendoza Tales from the Cryptkeeper The Hardy Boys Marathon

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Network Dream Lover Jackson County Jail The Woman In Red Jiminy Glick In Lala Wood A Home Of Our Own

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Far North Yours, Mine And Ours Movers & Shakers Once Bitten Untamed Heart Wuthering Heights Sleepover The Favor Watch It

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State of the Union Free Radio Life & times of Tim Tonight Show with Jay Leno Yes Dear Frasier The Drew Carey Show Late night with Jimmy Fallon Two and half men Yes Dear Frasier The Drew Carey Show Will & Grace Modern family Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Tonight Show with Jay Leno Two and half men Yes Dear Frasier Modern family The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The Colbert Report The Drew Carey Show Late night with Jimmy Fallon Two and half men Will & Grace Parks & Recreation Til Death Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Daily Show with Jon Stewart The Colbert Report Hung Holly wood residential American Dad Parks & Recreation Til Death

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One Week-PG Motherhood-PG15 My Life In Ruins-PG15 Under The Mountain-PG Rush Hour 3-PG15 Smart People-PG15 My Life In Ruins-PG15 The Princess And The Frog-FAM The Soloist-PG15 Friday The 13th-18 Death Race-18 45 R.P.M.-PG15

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Green Lantern: First Flight-PG Madagascar 2-PG Ramses Of Egypt-PG Green Lantern: First Flight-PG

Lie To Me The View Look alike Look alike Emmerdale Coronation Street Lie To Me Martha Stewart Look alike Look alike Lie To Me The View Heroes The View Emmerdale Turn Back Your Body Clock My Own Worst Enemy Happy Town Lie To Me The View Look alike Look alike Heroes

01:00 Futbol Mundial 01:30 European Tour Weekly 02:00 PGA European Tour Highlights 03:00 Triatholn 04:00 Currie Cup 06:00 Scottish Premier League 08:00 European Tour Weekly 08:30 World Pool Masters 09:30 ICC Cricket World 10:00 Scottish Premier League 12:00 Brazil League Highlights 12:30 Triatholn 13:30 European Challenge Cup 15:30 World Hockey 16:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights 16:30 Brazil League Highlights 17:00 European Tour Weekly 17:30 World Sport 18:00 Futbol Mundial 18:30 Live Premier League Snooker 22:00 World Sport 22:30 Total Rugby 23:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights 23:30 Futbol Mundial

01:00 European Tour Weekly 01:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights 02:00 Currie Cup 04:00 World Pool Masters 05:00 Futbol Mundial 05:30 Brazil League Highlights 06:00 Sea Master 06:30 World Hockey 07:00 PGA European Tour Highlights 08:00 Currie Cup 10:00 Sea Master 10:30 World Pool Masters 11:30 Masters Football 14:30 European Tour Weekly 15:00 Live PGA European Tour 18:00 Total Rugby 18:30 Brazil League Highlights 19:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights 19:30 PGA European Tour 23:00 European Challenge Cup

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UFC 120 UFC Unleashed WWE Smackdown WWE Bottom Line Red Bull X-Fighters UFC All Access WWE Vintage Collection

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WWE Bottom Line UFC All Access V8 Supercars Championship Red Bull X-Fighters UFC F120 WWE NXT UFC The Ultimate Fighter UFC Countdown UFC Unleashed UFC The Ultimate Fighter

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Clash Of The Gods Battles B.C. Russia: Land Of The Tsars Declassified Joe The Rat Valachi Vinnie The Chin Gigante Cities Of The Underworld: Belize Clash Of The Gods Battles B.C. Russia: Land Of The Tsars Declassified Joe The Rat Valachi Vinnie The Chin Gigante Cities Of The Underworld: Belize Clash Of The Gods Battles B.C. Russia: Land Of The Tsars Declassified Joe The Rat Valachi Vinnie The Chin Gigante Cities Of The Underworld: Belize Ancient Discoveries Mummy Forensics Monster Quest Ice Road Truckers, 3 Modern Marvels Mega Disasters Life After People

00:00 Temples In The Clouds 01:00 Planet Food 02:00 Globe Trekker 03:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 04:00 Chef Abroad 04:30 Flavours Of Peru 05:00 Globe Trekker 06:00 Travel Oz 06:30 Top Travel 07:00 Hollywood and Vines 07:30 The Thirsty Traveler 08:00 Chef Abroad 08:30 Floyd Uncorked 09:00 The Big Fish 09:30 Skier’s World 10:00 Globe Trekker 11:00 Planet Food 12:00 Flavours Of Peru 12:30 First Class Italy 13:00 Hollywood and Vines 13:30 The Thirsty Traveler 14:00 Globe Trekker 15:00 Travel Oz 15:30 Chef Abroad 16:00 Flavours Of Peru 16:30 Floyd Uncorked 17:00 Globe Trekker 18:00 Culinary Asia 19:00 World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides 20:00 Planet Sports 21:00 Globe Trekker 22:00 Inside Luxury Travel-Varun Sharma 23:00 Culinary Asia


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Babies learning to sign while learning to crawl By Melissa Nelson

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eacher Robyn Gates places three chubby babies in their highchairs at Malena’s Mini School and begins sign language lessons.”Can you say ‘Thank you?”‘ she asks. Her students drool, laugh and squirm, then baby Haley reaches a tiny hand to her mouth and touches it to her outstretched palm, making the proper sign. Sign language has long been a technique for psychologists working with very young children, but parents during the past decade or so have embraced the practice with special classes, books, DVDs and online programs. Interest is so intense, in fact, that infant and toddler psychologist Rahil D. Briggs wonders whether some parents now see it as a must-do milestone. “I worry it is being seized upon as panacea in child-rearing by marketers wanting to capitalize on very innocent parental desires for their children to do well,” said Briggs, from Montefiore Medical Center in the New York City borough of the Bronx. Parents do not need to spend hundreds of dollars and hours each day on baby sign language, she said. Instead, she suggested starting with a few signs. Patty cake is a sort of sign language, she said. “When you say ‘yeah’ and they clap because they are happy, that is a sign,” she said. Briggs and other experts, however, believe that basic signing reduces frustration for babies and toddlers by helping them express some of their needs and wants before than can say the words. “It

does work,” said Mary Benson McMullen, an early childhood education professor at Indiana University with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Within weeks after they are born, babies begin to understand a bit of what is being said around them, she said. “At 6 months, they are learning more and more words and within a year they are learning hundreds and hundreds of words,” McMullen said. But most children cannot speak clearly until around age 2. By showing infants the simple signs for words such as hungry, milk and more, most infants will eventually start to use those signs to tell the parents what they need. “Babies are able to use their hands far sooner than they can verbally address their needs,” McMullen said. She said she was in a preschool classroom recently and watched an 8-month-old boy who become upset when a teacher he liked, named Mona, left the room. The baby used his tiny hands and signed “More Mona hug please.” San Diego, California, mom Monta Z. Briant began studying baby sign language in 2000 when pregnant with her first child. The signing worked so well that Briant began teaching classes to other mothers. “For the first couple of years I was actually paying to teach the classes. I’d rent the room and only a couple of people would come,” she said. But in 2003, a publisher asked her to write a book about signing for babies. The book has since been translated into six languages. At one point, the megastore Target was ordering 700 copies of the book each day, she said. Briant has since creat-

ed other books and educational materials. Her neighborhood classes are hugely popular. She has up to 70 parents and babies in each of her sixweek sessions. The idea of teaching babies to sign became more popular after the 2004 comedy “Meet the Fockers” in which Robert De Niro played an uptight grandfather determined to make his grandson into a prodigy by teaching him to sign, Briant said. “It was a movie that everyone saw, and it brought it into the mainstream. A lot of people thought it was trick for the baby to do that. Of course, they don’t learn with all the drilling and flash cards like they did in the movie,” she said. Indeed, babies don’t necessarily learn the American Sign Language way of making every sign. “It has to be a natural experience between a caregiver and a baby. If a baby starts to do something with their hands and you realize that is the baby’s sign for “more,” encourage that and recognize that and that is fine between you and your baby,” she said. McMullen said parents and teachers should make learning signs fun and warned parents about the many, many products offering to teach babies to sign. Parents do not need to buy everything and should not feel pressured that their baby has to learn sign language to be on track with other children their age, she said. The cost of classes varies widely. For example, one San Diego teacher charges $125 for six, 45-minute group lessons, while a Portland, Oregon, teacher charges $89 for the same.

Chloey Lisk, 2, began learning to sign at 10 months. She has been communicating with her parents through sign language for more than a year. “From a selfish point of view, it has cut down on my own level of frustration,” said her father, Bill Lisk. When Chloey cries, she often uses sign language to express things like “hurt” or “hungry or “milk.” Bill Lisk jokes that his daughter avoids the signs for “tired” and “sleep” because she doesn’t like to take naps. Her parents figured that out through the process of elimination, he said. Briant recalled that her daughter used sign language at 14 months when she pointed to the leaf on a eucalyptus tree in a park and signed “moon.” She thought the leaf looked like the moon. Around that time, Briant took her daughter to see a friend who was very pregnant and told her that the woman had a baby in her stomach. When the baby came, her daughter made the signs for “bird” and “out.” “We had recently been to the San Diego Zoo and seen hatchlings in the incubator,” she said. In other cases, signing can be vital. One of the babies in Briant’s classes spilled scalding coffee on his foot and had to be taken to the hospital. He used sign language while in the back of the ambulance to say that his father was in the car behind the ambulance. He used it again when he pointed to the gauges on the equipment in the emergency room and used the sign for “clocks.” “Sometimes (toddlers) have so much more to say than just their basic needs and sign language can provide nice sharing and bonding experiences for that,” Briant said. — AP

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or more than a decade viewers could turn on their TVs and find Howard Cunningham in his armchair, reading the newspaper and providing a fatherly voice of reason to young Richie Cunningham and his friends on “Happy Days.” Tom Bosley made the role famous during the long-running sitcom, earning a place as one of the most memorable fathers in TV history. Bosley died Tuesday at the age of 83 after suffering heart failure at a hospital near his Palm Springs home. Bosley’s agent, Sheryl Abrams, said he was also battling lung cancer. His death brought fond remembrances of the nostalgic ABC show, which ran from 1974 to 1984. On Saturday, TV viewers lost another surrogate parent, Barbara Billingsley, who portrayed June Cleaver in “Leave It To Beaver.” Both shows showcased life in the 1950s-before Vietnam, Watergate and other tumultuous events of the ‘60s and ‘70s-when life was simpler. “Kids were watching their parents grow up, and parents were watching themselves grow up. And that was the key to success of that show,” Bosley said in a 2000 interview. Bosley initially turned down the offer for a costarring role in “Happy Days.” “After rereading the pilot script,” he recalled in a 1986 interview, “I changed my mind because of a scene between Howard Cunningham and Richie. The father/son situation was written so movingly, I fell in love with the project.” Viewers did too. “Happy Days,” which debuted in 1974, slowly built to hit status, becoming television’s top-rated series by its third season. TV Guide ranked Bosley’s Howard Cunningham character at No 9 on its list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time” in 2004. The distinction puts “Mr C,” as his character was affectionately known on the show, right alongside Ward Cleaver, Andy Taylor, Dr Huxtable

and Mike Brady as some of the best-ever TV dads. “Tom’s insight, talent, strength of character and comic timing made him a vital central figure in the ‘Happy Days’ experience. A great father and husband, and a wonderful artist, Tom led by example, and made us all laugh while he was doing it,” said a statement from Ron Howard, who played Richie Cunningham. “My last conversations with Tom reflected the love of life and peace of mind that he always maintained throughout his full and rewarding life. I miss him already,” Howard said. “He was my husband for 11 years and the father of the company in many ways,” said Marion Ross, who played Marion Cunningham on the show. “He was so smart he could fix the end of a joke or a scene on the spot. We made a perfect couple. I played piccolo to his tuba.” Angela Lansbury played Bosley’s unfaithful wife in the 1964 Peter Sellers film “The World of Henry Orient.” Then, from 1984 to 1988, Bosley played a recurring role in Lansbury’s long-running TV series, “Murder, She Wrote,” as folksy Sheriff Amos Tupper. “He was a wonderfully interesting actor, and very much a part of the early success of ‘Murder, She Wrote.’ Working with him in the early days of the show gave me tremendous confidence,” Lansbury said. Bosley also played the crime-solving priest in television’s “The Father Dowling Mysteries,” which ran from 1989 to 1991. “Happy Days” led to other television spinoffs such as “Laverne and Shirley” and “Joni Loves Chachi.” The show also made a star of Henry Winkler, who played hip-talking, motorcycle-riding Arthur “Fonzi” Fonzarelli. “Tom was a family member, both on and off the sound stage. We acted together, traveled together and played charades together,” Winkler said in a statement. “He was a loving husband, a doting father and a fantastic grandfather. He will be so missed but never forgotten by the Winkler Fam-

ily or the world.” Although “Happy Days” brought him his widest fame, Bosley had made his mark on Broadway 15 years before when he turned in a Tony Award-winning performance in the title role in “Fiorello!” His Broadway triumph depicted the life of New York’s colorful reformist mayor of the 1930s and ‘40s, Fiorello La Guardia. For two years, Bosley stopped the show every night when he sang in several languages, depicting La Guardia during the years the future mayor worked at New York’s Ellis Island, aiding arriving immigrants. The play won a Pulitzer Prize and Bosley received the Tony for best actor in a musical. After failing to duplicate his success in “Fiorello!,” Bosley moved to Hollywood in 1968. He would not return to Broadway until 1994 when he originated the role of Belle’s father in Disney’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” In Hollywood, the rotund character actor found steady work appearing in the occasional movie and as a regular on weekly TV shows starring Debbie Reynolds, Dean Martin, Sandy Duncan and others. During the 1990s, Bosley toured in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Show Boat,” playing Captain Andy in the latter. Bosley made only a handful of theatrical movies. Among them: “Love With the Proper Stranger,” “Divorce American Style,” “The Secret War of Henry Frigg,” “Yours, Mine and Ours.” Bosley capitalized on his fame from “Happy Days” to serve as a pitchman for GLAD trash bags along with other products. Born in Chicago in 1927, Bosley served in the Navy before returning to his hometown to study at DePaul University. Intrigued with acting, he enrolled at the Radio Institute of Chicago and began appearing in radio dramas. Bosley married dancer Jean Eliot in 1962 and the couple had one child, Amy. Two years after his wife’s death in 1978, Bosley married actress-producer Patricia Carr, who had three daughters from a previous marriage. —AP

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Calvin Aries (March 21-April 19) You are at your mental best with sharp ideas and clear thoughts. You get all the important work out of the way as quickly as possible. This is an excellent time to make decisions and take care of any mental work. You have a clearminded insight into your own plans and methods and can express a “take-charge” manner whenever needed. There are plenty of opportunities to communicate your goals and put them into words—a good time for decisions. Appointments, meetings or social events can be inserted throughout the day. Your emotions are clear and it is easy for you to understand and work with those around you. Music plays a big part in your life this evening—perhaps you are scheduled to perform soon or attend a performance. A nice time. Taurus (April 20-May 20) There are many more rewarding days ahead of you. You will be reaping the rewards of your hard work, even though it may only be the good feeling that comes when you do your best. This is a rewarding day. There is an opportunity to advance your career now—look before you leap. This is also the best time to join that club, group or activity. If you have become involved in a community effort, now is a good time to plot your activity or involvement. Leave yourself time for some personal freedom, however. You do not have to say yes to everything surrounding this activity—that is what a task force or committee involves. You could be most persuasive with others today. The energies available at this time lean in your direction; be constructive.

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Yesterday’s Solution

Gemini (May 21-June 20) This could be a challenging day. There is, however, an open door to success. You will find yourself constructing problem-solving bridges to successful results over and over this day. Perhaps with the challenges you muster up the energy and the knowledge to rise above any difficulty. You may find plenty of support flowing to you— perhaps even too much at times. Keep notes of your ideas and visions—they may be appropriate for use again. A little question of whether to make a loan to a friend may come up this afternoon—you might think about the history of the relationship before you decide. An animal gains your attention this evening, perhaps it is your animal. Now is the time for training and the exercise is good for the both of you—enjoy.

Non Sequitur

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Increased confidence and a more outgoing manner may be the key that opens many a new door in your career. This is a rewarding day. There are opportunities to discover your talents through creativity and self-expression. You will be pleased at the recent progress you have made in many areas of your life—just take a look! In a simple disagreement about philosophical, religious or legal possibilities, it would be wise to agree to disagree. Avoid such situations as much as possible and if you need to become more involved in heavy discussions, find facts to support your ideas. Settle up front rather than dragging things through to the bitter end—you will be glad you did. There may be an opportunity to gain important information this evening. Leo (July 23-August 22) If needed, a loan can be obtained today. Joint finances may need reworking. You are enthusiastic about the projects ahead of you today and you put a high amount of concentration into getting things accomplished. If you think you might appear a bit too assertive, find some light-hearted way to converse so that people will know even though you are industrious and productive you can be light-hearted as well. There is optimism, faith and a tendency to take chances at the deepest emotional levels. This afternoon is a time of exploring your feelings—a new understanding. There are opportunities for productive discussions about security and permanence this evening. Real estate and/or home and family planning take center stage.

Zits

Virgo (August 23-September 22) Intense emotional drama is available—if that is what you need. Your emotions are not in tune with the more sensitive and private areas of your life. Push on now and you risk some very turbulent emotional scenes. Obtaining professional advice is a move in the right direction at this time. The impressions you make on the outside world may bring attention to your professional life as well—keep your activities positive. This is a great time to consider involving yourself and perhaps a loved one in a class of some sort— something fun! This can be something that will bring you both toward a closer relationship. If you are dating and find yourself in several relationships, it may be time to begin to focus your attention one particular person.

Libra (September 23-October 22) Communicating with others is at a high this Thursday. You manifest your ideals and dreams in an organized and clear-headed manner. You would be great at giving the public a sense of the ideal via films, advertising, spiritual work. There is a tendency to be too strict with yourself and to insist that whatever does not contribute to security and other long-term goals is trivial. Your ambition is intensified. Your practical skills are linked to your almost mystical inner vision. Have fun shopping for a few diet meals this evening. Choices that include pretty colors, fruits, lots of different sorts of greenery will have the whole family wanting to join you in this venture. You may all be very pleased at the outcome toward year’s end.

Mother Goose and Grimm

Scorpio (October 23-November 21) You could have difficulty getting outer recognition for your efforts or accomplishments. This does not mean they are worthless, it does mean you should throw your efforts into work or venture you really love doing; not for others. You will prosper by pursuing your ideals and most deep-seated dreams of how life could be. Don’t be afraid to show off your talents—someone will support or encourage your growth with this respect. Group cooperation could further your career at this time. Opportunities appear all around you but always seem to challenge your status quo. You must decide whether the risk is worth the change it will bring about in your situation. A new romantic relationship is practically within your grasp! Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) Everything may be pouring in at once, and it’s all good news. Your career direction gets some encouragement and life’s problems should find easy solutions. You may benefit from an older person or one in authority. Life could assume a dreamlike stance. You are a solid supporter, always gravitating to the heart of things. You may have trouble getting moving, but once rolling, others had better step aside. You have a stick-to-itiveness that always finds you toughing it out, in the thick of things. Good fortune is near and things open up in a very natural way for you. Driving home this evening, some view or activity or animal stirs your attention for a short while. This may be the instigator that pushes you in the direction of some fun decisions. Capricorn (December 22-January 19) It may be best to begin to dig in and strengthen your current position rather than expand outward in your work position just now. You will find yourself concentrating more on your work. From time to time you study on how to maintain and strengthen your position. If you are working to push an important issue in front of the public, now is the time for success. A relative or friend hooks up with you this afternoon in an attempt to catch up on the news and the types of things your family enjoys. This person may even treat you to a meal. Any attempt on this person’s part to get information is to help and support, not to gossip and tell. At home this evening it might be fun to plan on some future trip or adventure, even if it is only for a weekend.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18) Today you will be

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able to tackle tasks that require real discipline or organization. You find yourself in a very practical mood and working with instead of against yourself. You may have some serious or contemplative moments. There is a yearning for the stimulation of new ideas at this time. New friends and an involvement in idealistic groups take on greater importance for you; the old is suspect; the new seems to hold all the answers. In-depth discussions and probing conversations find you at your mental best. Your analytical abilities are at a high. Convincing others to see things your way is a real plus at this time. Your timing should be perfect and people should find you ready and willing to take on responsibilities.

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Pisces (February 19-March 20) You are favored today. Good luck and positive results are in the forecast. This is one of your best overall days. Much can be accomplished in the workplace and if you need any help, just ask. There is a feeling that anything is possible if you set your sights high enough. There is optimism, faith and a tendency to take chances at the deepest emotional levels. There is a sort of exploring your feelings, a kind of restlessness for new emotional experience. You may find yourself looking for a little romance this evening or at least enjoying some emotional release. You can appreciate feelings and movement. Perhaps dancing is your specialty.


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he former ‘Friends’ star became concerned when her beloved pooch Norman disappeared overnight and then began acting strangely when he returned, so took him to see a special canine therapist, who diagnosed a mood disorder. A source said: “Jen became seriously worried about Norman’s mental health after his disappearance. He came back dazed and lacklustre and often didn’t seem to recognize her. “She’s concerned this could be it for

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him and she’s devastated. “The dog therapist said Norman was depressed and that’s what was causing him to act oddly.” The therapist prescribed medication for the dog, but Jennifer is hoping to nurse her pet back to health herself. The source added to Now magazine: “She’s hoping to coax him out of it herself. People may laugh at her, but Norman really is her best friend. She can’t bear to see him like this, but he’s very old and she’s starting to accept he might be on his last legs.” Jennifer has previous-

ly been revealed to pay for 15-year-old Norman to receive a number of specialist treatments to deal with various ailments, including spending $250 a week on massage and acupuncture therapy. A source said: “Norman has been Jennifer’s constant companion during all her emotional upheavals, but he suffers from aching joints and stiffness. Jennifer doesn’t want to put him on medication just yet, so she has opted for doggy spa treatments from a licensed vet technician.”

he ‘Love Story’ singer - who has previously dated Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner - says getting married isn’t always for everyone and would rather have a healthy and committed relationship. She said: “I’ve seen marriages be really great, and I’ve seen them be not so great. I’ve seen that people have to really work through love and fight for it, and I’ve been in relationships where you have to fight for it. And is it worth it? “I don’t think that love can possibly be easy all the time, in fact, most of the time it’s going to be hard. I think it’s important to try to find someone who’s going to tell you, ‘This is worth it,’ when you’re scared, and tell you, ‘I’m never leaving you,’ when you’re doubting it. I think that’s the most important thing.” As well as having a good relationship with a man, the 20year-old beauty is also keen to remain close to her fans. She told Parade magazine: “I love hugging people. I still hug everybody in my meet-and-greet lines. We did a 14-hour meet and greet, and I gave out so many hugs and got kind words from people. You hear so many stories of what your music has done for people and that’s just wonderful.”

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oldie Hawn was told daughter Kate Hudson was a boy when she was first born. The actress was always convinced she would have a little girl while pregnant, but doctors initially disagreed with her when Kate arrived into the world on April 19 1979. Goldie recalled: “I was lying there and they were slicing and dicing or whatever, I had a C-section, I had my nails done ... and all of sudden, out she comes and they said, ‘It’s a boy!’ And I said, ‘No it’s a girl!’ And, by the way, I didn’t know what it was. I just felt that it was a girl. And then they said, ‘Oh, no it’s a girl!’ And I said, ‘What part of her anatomy were you looking at?!’ “ Goldie also had to change the name she was originally going to give Kate as she wasn’t “gentle” enough to carry it off. Speaking ELLE’s 17th Annual Women In Hollywood Tribute, Goldie said: “I was on the 405, and she was inside me, and I was fooling around, and I felt really good, about eight months pregnant, and I was going to name her Rebecca because it was biblical and romantic and gentle. All of sudden, she punched me so hard in my you-know-where. I screamed and I said, ‘Oh my God. This is a Kate, not a Rebecca!’ She is a Kate!”

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adie Frost was rushed to hospital after nearly chopping off her finger while making a Sunday lunch. The actressturned-designer was cutting up vegetables when she sliced through her left index finger, leaving it dangling by a piece of skin. Mother-of-four Sadie dashed to Accident and Emergency where doctors managed to sew the digit back on. The 45-year-old star is now recuperating at her Primrose Hill home, in north London, after being told not to go back to work. Sadie was due to start filming her part in a low-budget movie this week, but her spokesperson said: “Sadie

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usan Boyle feels “like a princess” since fulfilling her singing dream. The Scottish music sensation - who suffered physical and emotional torment at the hands of childhood bullies - has revealed she never felt able to stand up to her tormentors because she was too afraid but she finally feels loved now. She said: “I feel like a princess and I feel loved for the first time in my life.” Of her schooldays, she said: “Bullies were burning my clothes with a cigarette and stuff like that and trying to trip me up. It wasn’t really human. I was being hit around the head, stuff like that. “There was really repeated name calling. It made me feel as if nobody loved me. I really didn’t matter. I was just a target. Once you give bullies that power, they’ve really got a hold on you. “I couldn’t do the fisticuffs because, to be honest, I was an absolute coward.” Despite calling herself a “coward”, Susan - who suffered from learning difficulties because she was starved of oxygen during her birth -revealed she had some other methods of dealing with her persecutors. She explained to talk show host Oprah Winfrey: “I was hyperactive at school. I used the chase after them!” She added: “What you do is you do well in something and you try and gain their respect in some way, and that’s what I was trying to do with my singing.” Although the 49year-old singer - who shot to fame on Simon Cowell’s TV show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ - is in a happier place now, she claims that “some of the bullies are still around”. But Oprah suggested a new way to deal with her tormentors, saying: “Send them a signed autographed CD saying, ‘How ya like me now?’ “

has been told to rest and put all working commitments on hold.” Sadie recently revealed she has been seeing a therapist since she was 16. The brunette beauty who has a son, Finlay, 19, with Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp and Rafferty, 13, Iris, nine, and seven-year-old Rudy with ex-husband Jude Law - said: “Becoming a mum has made me feel more complete but I’ve also needed therapy to get there - I’ve been seeing a therapist since I was 16. “Therapy isn’t something you can do overnight. I have wanted to push boundaries and overcome certain insecurities.”

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ihanna is going to wear a Stella McCartney dress to Katy Perry’s wedding. The ‘Rude Boy’ singer who is close friends with the ‘Teenage Dream’ hitmaker and organized her recent bachelorette party in Las Vegas - has revealed she is very well prepared for Katy and her fiance Russell Brand’s nuptials, which are set to take place in India in the coming weeks. She said: “I’m going to wear Stella McCartney and Topshop, of course!” Rihanna also revealed Katy has been talking so much about her big day she has put her off getting wed anytime soon. The 22-year-old pop star - who is dating Los Angeles Dodgers baseball star Matt Kemp - added: “I’ve heard the word marriage 400 times in the past few days. I’m not ready for

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that yet myself.” Rihanna has had an eventful career and personal life since she rose to fame as a teenager. She has released five albums and was the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown who beat her up in his car in February 2009. But the singer is adamant she

didn’t miss out on enjoying her youth. She said in an interview with Britain’s OK! magazine: “I was always mature for my age. I enjoy knowledge, so I hang out with a lot of older people - I always have.” Rihanna also believes that good can come from bad situations. She explained: “In life, every negative that happens leads to something great - you just can’t see it at the time. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without the bad things that have happened to me. My skin wouldn’t be this thick and you need that in this industry.” —Bang Showbiz


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By Nawara Fattahova KUWAIT: After more than 40 years of practicing his craft, veteran Kuwaiti actor Ghanim AlSaleh passed away on Tuesday at a hospital in London while receiving treatment for lung cancer. Thousands of fans mourned the loss of such a great star and wonderful person. No one noticed AlSaleh was sick. The actor showed no signs of health problems and had just been featured on television last month. During Ramadan he participated in TV soap operas such as; ‘Lailat Eid,’ ‘Ayam Al-Faraj,’ ‘Ikhwan Mariam,’ and ‘Almingisi.’ Ghanim Al-Saleh Al-Ghuwainik was born in Kuwait City in 1943 and had two brothers and two sisters. he was married in 1960 and had five children. His father worked in the sea as a pearl diver and later became a merchant. In 1949 Al-Saleh studied at the Mirgab School, the Mubarakiya School and then the Hawally Intermediate School. It was at school that he first involved himself in radio and theater. In 1959 he finished school and went on to work as a secretary at an appeals court where he received a salary of just 900 rupees. In 1961 the Arab Theatre and Work association was founded and he participated in his first professional performance. The play was called ‘Saqer Quraish’ (the Falcon of Quraish) and was held in a theater in the old Shuwaikh High School. In 1964 he performed in another production, ‘Isht Wu Shift,’ with other famous actors such as Khalid Al-Nifisi, Aisha Ibraheem, Yousif AlSharah and others. His first salary as an actor was only KD 7 and was for the soap opera ‘Istarathouni Wana Hai.’ Originally Al-Saleh dreamed of becoming a pediatric doctor. Instead he became a great comedian and actor whose work was witnessed throughout the Arab countries. Al-Saleh participated in many popular theater plays such as ‘Ala Janah Al Tabrizi;’ ‘Bye Bye London;’ ‘Kura Mdawara;’ ‘Kuwait sinat 2000;’ ‘Alqadi Radhi;’ ‘Lawlaki;’ ‘Alozubiya;’ ‘Fursan Al-Manakh;’ ‘Ighnam Zimanik;’ ‘Matloob Zawj Halan;’ ‘Kheiran Rayih Jai;’ ‘Albeit Almaskoun;’ ‘Qaser Alruab;’ ‘Hallo Dolly;’ ‘Ailat Bu Sarura;’ ‘Haram Saadat Alwazeer;’ ‘Madarib Bani Naft;’ and others. He produced one play; ‘Beit Busalih,’ and participated in several TV soap operas. The most popular of his soap operas were ‘Khalti Qmaasha;’ ‘Al Nas Ajnas;’ ‘Alteer Wal Asifa;’ ‘Wajhan Liwajh;’ ‘Qasid Kheir;’ ‘Safinat Alahlam;’ ‘Zaman Aliskafi;’ Sabia Jaar;’ ‘Kamil Alawsaaf;’ ‘Alghuraba;’ Mahkamat Alfereej;’ ‘Kharaja Walam Yaod;’ ‘Ruqaya Wasbeecha;’ ‘Ghadan Tabdaul Hayat;’ “Habbaba;’ “Alaqdaar;’ ‘Lahoub’ and ‘Alkharaaz.’ Al-Saleh also participated in a few radio programs such as ‘Nafitha Ala Altareekh,’ ‘Nujoom Alquma,’ ‘Almawsooa Alfiqhiya’ and others. He was also featured in a movie in 1983, ‘Al-Fakh’ (the trap).

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By Samantha Critchell is new book title is “Manolo’s New Shoes,” but top footwear designer Manolo Blahnik has old-school styles on his mind.He would like to see more women in elegant heels, adorable flats or even classic American saddle shoes instead of the “clunky” platforms (his word) that have been so popular in recent seasons. “I’m suspicious of platforms. They’re the wrong shape for the leg,” he says. Blahnik, the man at the heart of the pop-culture shoe craze thanks largely to regular mentions in “Sex and the City,” also waxes nostalgic on soda fountains, malted milkshakes and old movies. It is an appreciation of simple, well-made things, he explains. He travels all the time and laments that so few hotels have the classic-movie cable channel TCM, which he uses as an endless source of inspiration. Do not mistake Blahnik’s affinity for things from yesteryear, however, as a sign that a new era is passing him by. He is plugged into new materials, new runway fashion and red-carpet stars. He also is an avid fan of new films, with “The Social Network” at the top of his must-see list. “When I see a movie, it’s like I’m there. I’m the sort of spectator of movies or viewer of TV that lives inside whatever it is I’m watching,” he says. The lesson to be learned from icons such as Audrey Hepburn in “Sabrina” and Natalie Wood in “Sex and the Single Girl” is the confidence a woman gains when she knows she looks good. A flattering shoe is simply an easy tool for her to accomplish that goal, he says. “There are those moments, even if it’s only seconds, when you walk differently in a great new pair of shoes, you feel differently. Heels do that for you. Flats can do it for

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This Oct 13, 2010 photo released by David E. Steele for The Martha Stewart Show shows Martha Stewart and top footwear designer Manolo Blahnik on the set of ‘The Martha Stewart Show’ in New York. —AP

By Melissa Magsaysay ou’ve seen them at the mall, on the red carpet and maybe even in your own closet: booties and boots that hug the foot, are snug against the ankle, maybe encase the leg to the knee or abovebut leave the toes peeking out from a small opening, exposed to the elements. What was once a demure peek-a-boo detail on pumps worn by boundary-pushing 1940s pinup girls has evolved into what often looks like the foot and ankle have been mummified, with the toes forgotten. What gives? It’s partly sex, partly status and partly runway style pushing into the mass market. Like the bust area, toes are generally seen as an erotic zone (toe cleavage anyone?), and the peep toe on a shoe is like a low-cut blouse that exposes cleavage. “There seems to be a lot of circumstantial evidence that people think of feet as a smaller version of the body,” says Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. “The term ‘toe cleavage’ is related to breasts, and peep toe, as its name indicates, is like a type of peep show-a way of exposing part of yourself.” But the exposed toe had less risque beginnings in modern Western civilization, according to Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. The first time modern European women dared to show their toes was after the French Revolution, when the Neoclassical style influenced women to wear sandals to look like Grecian goddesses, she says. Open-toe shoes made their way back into style after the Depression with a rise in the influence of beach culture. Sandals evolved into peep-toe evening shoes, a style that stayed strong through the 1940s. They resurfaced in fashion during the 1970s and more recently as tough, Frankenstein-goes-on-holiday, platform booties on the Alexander Wang spring 2009 runway. Since then, the style has been ubiquitous on runways and in shoe aisles alike. Now it’s fall and the footwear sitting in stores should be more suede and shearling than stiletto and open toe. But peep-toe boots still dominate sales floors, and toes will still be out in full force regardless of wind, rain or cooler weather. The Kardashians could be partly to blame for perpetuating this peep-toe boot trend in a season when it doesn’t seem to make sense. The reality-star sisters are seen in paparazzi pictures and on magazine covers wearing chunky peep-toe booties with second-skin skirts and ruffled blouses or strong-shouldered blazers. Sure, the juxtaposition of a shoe-boot against a thin ankle elongates and slims the whole leg, but such extravagant and impractical footwear also indicates that the wearer doesn’t walk much farther than from her chauffeured car to dinner. “We’re seeing a lot of winter boots with an open toe and towering high heels,” Steele says. “This has status implications, implying the message that you get out of the car and get onto the red carpet. You’re not trudging through mud and snow. There is a definite combination of sex and status. These boots have a look of power.” For some, there is a simpler explanation for the peep toe’s appeal. “It’s a sandal and pump wrapped into one. That’s what makes it so popular,” says Steve Madden, whose footwear company is quick to jump on and reinterpret the shoe style du jour. The “twofer” shoe gives a customer a little more bang for her buck in addition to the sex appeal of exposed toes. A peep toe can be hard to wear. Sometimes the foot slides down and the toes stick out of the shoe, creating an unsightly “eagle talon” effect. A foot pad insert under the ball of the foot or a foam insert installed by a cobbler can help. Of course, attractive, pedicured toes are a must too. Whether or not their feet were made for a peep toe, women are continuing to buy and wear these shoes even as they become an almost cartoonish form of footwear with over-the-knee lengths, Timberland-style uppers and combat boot details. Online retailer Endless.com has seen a large bump in sales of peep-toe boots over the last four years. This season a big seller for them is an olive green suede, military-inspired lace-up boot by Giuseppe Zanotti that can go “Jenny From the Block” as easily as it can be sleek and sophisticated. “Boots are the part of clothing that we seem to be playing with the most,” Steele says. “Most clothes now are quite bourgeois, but shoes can be quite out there. Just think of all those photographers at fashion week scrambling on the ground for shoe shots!” The toes

you, too, but they’re much harder,” Blahnik says. Lately, there has been an increased demand for kicky, flirty kitten heels, he says, which are lower than his signature stilettos. These are a nice option for women because the foot is not at such a high angle, although they usually are a very thin heel. Blahnik, 67, raised in the Canary Islands and now based in London, was in New York on Wednesday for an on-air appearance on “The Martha Stewart Show.” The episode is to air Friday on the Hallmark Channel. He and Stewart whip up coconut-chocolate and almond-vanilla milkshakes. Stewart wore pointy-toe, ankle-tie high heels in a black-and-white pattern by Blahnik that she says could take her from her daytime outfit of black capris with white button-down shirt to a fancier evening look. “I love all his shoes. They really work,” Stewart told The Associated Press after the taping. She says she likes that Blahnik’s designs are stylish and hit the trends but have a timelessness thanks to the artful materials and shapes. (Each style starts with a hand-painted sketch.) A shoe’s construction is quite precise and has technical as well as aesthetic aspects to be considered, Blahnik says in an interview in his private, backstage green room. In Stewart’s world, a finely crafted shoe is more similar to a food recipe than a floral arrangement, he adds. He is fighting tendinitis at the moment, but it is a general rule that he wears shoe samples, including the high heels, around the office to make sure they are right. His own personal shoe wardrobe is full of matador slippers like the turquoise ones he is wearing on this day, more formal Beau Brummel-inspired lace-ups and, yes, saddle shoes. Says Blahnik: “Those shoes defined a generation.”— AP

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This book cover released by The Monacelli Press shows the cover of ‘Manolo’s New Shoes,’by top footwear designer Manolo Blahnik.—AP

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This style is from Kelsi Dagger.

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he look of motorcycling is largely defined by leather-most of it in cringe-worthy designs that are long on protection and short on style, especially for women. Indeed, “motorcycle fashion” is something of an oxymoron. There are motorcycles, and there is fashion, but rarely do the twain meet. Scooters? That’s another story. Rooted in European design, the small number of designers devoted to scooter wear do a far better job of equalizing form and function, merging crashworthy materials into styles that allow riders to step off their rides and into a restaurant without looking like they’ve been in a race. “If you’re on a scooter, how ridiculous is it to be wearing a racing-style leather jacket? If your bike only goes 35 miles per hour, you feel kind of like a fraud,” said April Whitney, editor of Scoot magazine in San Jose, Calif. “Scooters are a personality statement, but they also have to fit into riders’ lives.” Those lives are typically urban and professional-lived by individuals who value the fun, fuel efficiency and style of two wheels minus the macho posture of a motorcycle. It’s no wonder scooters are especially popular with women, who are drawn to the bikes’ no-muss, no-fuss automatic transmissions and step-through, rather than swing-a-leg-over, designs that let them dress like sophisticates rather than gear heads. Whereas 12 percent of motorcyclists are female, 41 percent of scooterists are women, according to the Irvine-based Motorcycle Industry Council. And women demand more from their gear. “I wouldn’t be caught dead in anything on the market,” said Arlene Battishill, a scooterist who spent years riding without protective gear rather than wearing what was available on her commute to a corporate job in real estate. Now the 50-year-old Angeleno has her own line, GoGo Gear, a collection of six jackets that includes all the abrasion-resistant fabrics and armor of traditional riding gear but still looks feminine. It was launched this spring and is sold online and at scooter and motorcycles shops. Battishill says she was inspired by the classic lines of Coco Chanel. Sized like women’s clothing, in even numbers, GoGo Gear’s designs follow the silhouettes of trench coats and military jackets. They also place the brand name where it belongs-inside the coat, rather than emblazoned all over the exterior, which is the unfortunate norm for most two-wheeler gear. This fall, Battishill expanded her line with pants, using an unlikely come-hither moniker for Kevlar-reinforced apparel: “ultimate date night” jeans. Battishill anticipates sales of $250,000 this year (part of the $1.81-billion annual US apparel market for scooters and motorcycles). But she just opened her doors and expects her business to grow-eventually. Sales are sluggish this year, as they are for both scooter makers and most mom-and-pop scooter apparel manufacturers. “The market’s tough, but what we’ve been able to accomplish in terms of where our products are sold and market share is pretty good,” said Bradford Duval, founder of Portland’s Corazzo line of scooter apparel, which includes Tshirts, sweaters and jackets and is priced at $22 to $359. It’s sold at more than 250 stores on four continents as well as on the Corazzo website (www.corazzo.net). Annual business is in the low seven figures globally. Duval is a former Vespa boutique owner who never received a single phone call from anyone making riding gear

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By Samantha Critchell e’s rocked and he’s rolled-and Tommy Hilfiger has done it for more than 25 years. Hilfiger is marking 25 years of his namesake brand this fall, celebrating with a splashy show during Fashion Week, tailgate parties and anniversary products, but his career is, in fact, longer than that: He’s had a fashion gig since high school when he decided Elmira, New York, needed a denim store to keep up with the 1960s rock-star trends. He opened People’s Place catering to the local college crowd and everyone headed to Woodstock, and took out ads in the local newspaper boasting the best bell-bottoms and red fox jackets for “foxy” ladies. He’d promote sales as “savings for swingers.” “I wanted to build a business around all this pop culture,” says Hilfiger, who ticks off music, movies, celebrity and art as the long-term common threads in his signature look that has evolved through phases of hippie, preppy, Americana and glitzy influences. Moving with the times doesn’t make him or his brand inconsistent, says Hilfiger. On the contrary, he explains, it gives his collection and its customers an interesting, vibrant lifestyle that adopts more than just one aesthetic. The style icons he admires-for their personal looks as well as their ability to tap the zeitgeist-range from Norman Rockwell to the Beatles, from Marilyn Monroe to Beyonce. He shows off just what a fan he is of the big picture around him in a new ultra-luxe $550 book published by Assouline that is, essentially, Hilfiger’s scrapbook. (It’s not the sort of thing that would fit on most coffee tables but you could imagine a copy on Hilfiger’s table in his apartment at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan or his estate in Greenwich, Connecticut.) Scribbles in Hilfiger’s handwriting explain his affinity for Steve McQueen, tartan plaid and tongue-incheek advertising. He’s created collages that pay tribute to people, places and things that move the needle and generate buzz, but there also are personal moments-a family portrait of Hilfiger and his eight siblings, and a very Grace Kelly-esque photo of his wife Dee, for example-that do give the sense of a man with the full plate that he likes to describe. “One of the most important things to me is to make things real, not have models who are perfectly groomed or clothes that are too perfect. It all has to have a twist because that’s how people live.” Despite the success and fame he enjoys now, Hilfiger comes across as a very normal guy-and that’s a compliment. He is approachable, affable and, on the early Saturday morning of this interview, punctual, even though he did a quick turnaround from a late-night store appearance. Hilfiger, 59, certainly hasn’t been immune to ups and downs. The brand has been bought and sold by investors with Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. as its current owner while Hilfiger has creative control. He has been criticized-alternately-for dabbling in too-fancy, high-price pieces and for going too casual with logo-covered looks. But that seems to have tempered since Hilfiger recommitted himself to clean, modern classics a few years ago. With a booming business overseas-one that never really stopped even when the brand waned in the US in the mid-2000sHilfiger is now exclusive in the US to Hilfiger standalone stores, including a huge flagship on Fifth Avenue, and Macy’s. “There have been a few incarnations of Tommy himself and his brand, but what’s interesting now is he’s firing on all cylinders,” says Durand Guion, Macy’s men’s fashion director. “He’s come into his own. The brand has its own appeal, particularly that it’s an American brand with an American sensibility. It’s not a ‘me-too’ brand or a copycat of another brand.” There’s a market out there for rugby shirts, navy blazers, chinos and cotton sundresses, and Hilfiger embraces his leading place in it. To describe the spring 2011 collection that pre-

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This Sunday, Sept 12, 2010 file photo shows designer Tommy Hilfiger and actress Rumer Willis during the presentation of the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2011 collection during Fashion Week in New York.

This Thursday, Feb 3, 2000 file photo shows designer Tommy Hilfiger as he walks with singer Mary J Blige on the runway during the grand finale of the Tommy Jeans fall 2000 fashion show in New York.

viewed last month on the runway, Hilfiger used the shorthand “rockabilly meets the country club set.” The idea, he says, was to catch up to the larger Hilfiger family — “who is quirky, modern and slightly dysfunctional” — since 1985. Among those in the front row were Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Hendricks, and they all attended a big, lavish party afterward at the Metropolitan Opera House-complete with seemingly endless chandeliers and champagne. It’s not news that celebrities have become key ambassadors in the fashion world, but Hilfiger courts them a little differently than most of his peers. Because the emphasis in his company is on more relatable clothes, there isn’t the opportunity for as many red-carpet moments. But stars, like his customers, have all those other things to dress for: weekends, vacations, sports. It’s really all the good stuff, Hilfiger says. “I’ve learned not to take things so seriously around here. I’m using the ‘f-word’ a lot lately: fun-and that’s what fashion is. Clothes are meant to be fun.”—AP

This image courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger Archives shows sketches by designer Tommy Hilfiger for his fall 2007 collection. — AP photos This Sept 12, 2010 file photo shows the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2011 collection modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

This undated photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger Archives shows designer Tommy Hilfiger in London.

This Sept 9, 2005 file photo shows Paris Hilton, left, as she sits in the front row at the Tommy Hilfiger runway show during Fashion Week in New York.

This Friday, Sept 9, 2005 file photo shows the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2006 collection modeled during Fashion Week in New York.

This Sept 9, 2004 file photo shows the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2005 collection modeled in New York.

Models present creations by Colombian designer Maria Elena Villamil during the first day of the Cali Exposhow fashion show on October 19, 2010, in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia.—AFP


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Boys from the Amwasi family play with their pet snakes in the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 13, 2010. — AFP

By Hossam Ezzedine lot of fathers would prefer their two-year-old daughters not to ride a giant Burmese python down the street like a pony-but not Jamal Amwasi of Ramallah. The 35-year-old Palestinian civil servant is the proud owner of more than a dozen snakes, including several large pythons, all of which live in a shed a few meters (yards) from his home in the occupied West Bank. “These snakes have become part of the family. Every morning and every night I check up on them and feed them,” he says. Amwasi stands out in the West Bank, where pets of any kind are rare and snakes are mostly viewed as farm pests. His experience has made him the leading local authority on the reptiles. As a boy, Amwasi would hunt birds and gazelles in the surrounding hills, a pastime that eventually led him to snakes. In addition to collecting local

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snakes, he has imported the Burmese pythons from a trader in Israel. He knows all the different species by their Hebrew names. Some 40 species of snake inhabit Israel and the West Bank and around 10 of them are venomous, including the Sahara horned viper, the Palestinian viper, the sawscaled viper and the long, black burrowing asp. Amwasi used to own around 20 venomous snakes but got rid of them for fear that they might bite one of his children or a neighbor. He says he turned them loose in a remote area far from the city. He has taught himself how to treat various bites, however, and once helped doctors administer an antivenom to a 10-year-old boy who had been bitten by a snake in a village near Ramallah. “I got a call from a friend who was visiting a patient at the hospital, and he said there was a critical case, a child the doctors said had been bitten by a snake.” He raced to the hospital and asked the boy where

he was from. “I know where the snakes are in this area, so I knew the kind of poisonous snake that was in that village, as well as the antivenom,” he says. Within three days, the child recovered fully. ʻIt thought my hand was a chickenʼ Now he regularly gets calls from people asking him to remove troublesome snakes. If they are venomous he kills them. If not, he keeps them. Back at home, his children enjoy the pet pythons. Ibrahim, 13, is responsible for feeding the threemeter snakes when his father is away. “I’m not afraid of them at all,” he says proudly. Two-year-old Natalie used to be afraid, but now she kisses them and rides on their backs as they slither down the road in front of her house. “I’m thinking about making her a saddle,’ Amwasi says, as neighbors and passers-by stop and stare. He raises chickens,

By Sandy cohen t took Florence Henderson 11 seasons to join “Dancing With the Stars,” and now the TV icon has done her last tango. The 76-year-old actress, a fan of the hit ABC celebrity dance competition show since it premiered, was dismissed from the ballroom Tuesday. “I have been in TV for over 50 years, and I have to say in all honesty that this is one of the best-produced shows I’ve ever been on,” she said after learning her fate. “I’ve loved this show since it began. I think it’s just a tremendous show. I hope I’ve inspired people to get up off their behind and move and dance and live and enjoy life.” Henderson shocked many of her “Brady Bunch” fans with her sassy antics during her five weeks on “Dancing.” She flashed her bra and abs during the season’s premiere episode and performed a few

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ducks and rabbits in order to ensure a constant food supply for his pets, and says he fed a lamb to one of the pythons two weeks ago. The lamb, he admits, was hardly bigger than Natalie, but he brushes aside concerns about her safety. “Before they eat any animal they inspect it and sniff it and taste it,” he says. “Anyway, they don’t eat people.” Other snake handlers disagree. Yonatan Vronski, a longtime snake collector who works with Israel’s Nahariya Zoo, says Burmese pythons, though usually docile, can be deadly. “This is not a snake that one person can handle safely,” he says. “If you leave your kid alone with a snake to go in and make coffee, by the time the water boils the kid can be dead.” Amwasi has had his own brushes with the snakes, but insists the python bite scar on his left hand was simply a misunderstanding. “It thought my hand was a chicken.”— AFP

Two-year-old Nathalie Amwasi rides a three-meter pet python.

sexy numbers with her professional partner, Corky Ballas. The two earned their highest score of the season on Monday’s episode, when they performed a tango to “The Brady Bunch” theme. But viewers failed to keep them afloat. Viewer votes are combined with judges’ scores to determine which celebrity is ousted each week. David Hasselhoff, Michael Bolton, Margaret Cho and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino were eliminated on previous episodes. Tuesday’s show also featured musical performances by Shakira, who sang her new song “Loca,” and Jason Derulo, who performed his single, “In My Head,” and “Georgia On My Mind.” Returning to dance Monday are actors Kyle Massey and Jennifer Grey, singer-actress Brandy, athletes Rick Fox and Kurt Warner, reality star Audrina Patridge, and Bristol Palin. — AP

File photo shows Florence Henderson and her partner Corky Ballas perform during the celebrity dance competition series “Dancing with the Stars.”— AP

This undated frame from the Fox series “The Simpsons,” shows the popular cartoon family posing in front of their home, from left, Lisa, Marge, Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson.—AP ritish comedian-turned-Hollywood star Russell Brand and his American fiancee singer Katy Perry arrived in India yesterday, amid reports of their imminent wedding. The couple touched down at Mumbai International Airport before catching an internal flight to the northern state of Rajasthan, where they will reportedly get married this weekend. Brand, who was arrested last month for allegedly attacking a photographer at Los Angeles airport, and Perry were met by waiting media in India’s financial and entertainment capital. Perry, famous for hits including “I Kissed a Girl” and more recently “California Gurls”, tried to hide her face with her jacket while bodyguards attempted to shield the couple from the cameras. They are reported to be getting married in a Hindu ceremony at the luxury Taj Rambagh Palace hotel in Jaipur on Saturday in front of family and friends. The celebrations are also said to include a three-day safari in a tiger reserve and an outdoor desert festival. Brand, 35, found fame as a comedian and later as a television and radio presenter. But he and fellow celebrity Jonathan Ross were sanctioned after making a lurid on-air prank call to the veteran actor Andrew Sachs. Ross was suspended and Brand resigned but he has since made a name for himself in Hollywood in films including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him To The Greek.” He was also in the 3-D animation film “Despicable Me” that was released in the United States earlier this year. Brand, a recovering drug and alcohol addict with a reputation as a womanizer, proposed to 25-year-old singer-songwriter Perry while on holiday in India at the start of the year. — AFP

B he Simpsons” just got a blessing from the Vatican. The official Vatican newspaper has declared that beer-swilling, doughnutloving Homer Simpson and son Bart are Catholics — and what’s more, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch “the adventures of the little guys in yellow.” “Few people know it, and he does everything to hide it. But it’s true: Homer J Simpson is Catholic”, the Osservatore Romano newspaper said in an article on Sunday headlined “Homer and Bart are Catholics.” The newspaper cited a study by a Jesuit priest of a 2005 episode of the show called “The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star”. That study concludes that “The Simpsons” is “among the few TV programs for kids in which Christian faith, religion and questions about God are recurrent themes.” The Simpsons pray before meals, and “in its own way, believes in the beyond,” the newspaper quoted the Jesuit study as saying.

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It’s the second time the animated US TV series, which is broadcast in 90 countries, has been praised by the Vatican. But executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly on Monday he was in “shock and awe” at the latest assertion, adding that the Simpsons attend the “Presbylutheran” First Church of Springfield. “We’ve pretty clearly shown that Homer is not Catholic,” Jean said. “I really don’t think he could go without eating meat on Fridays-for even an hour.” In December 2009, the Osservatore Romano described the show as “tender and irreverent, scandalous and ironic, boisterous and profound, philosophical and sometimes even theological, nutty synthesis of pop culture and of the lukewarm and nihilistic American middle class.” “The Simpsons”, which introduced the catchphrase “D’oh”, is the longest-running primetime TV series in the United States and is now in its 22nd season. — Reuters

(From Left) British singer Cheryl Cole stands alongside her waxwork at Madame Tussauds in London, yesterday. The $326.537 wax figure joins a host of international celebrities in the ‘party area’. — AP

British actor-comedian Russell Brand, center, walks with his fiancee Katy Perry, her facecovered with coat, after their arrival at the airport in Mumbai, India, yesterday. — AP

By Ursula Hyzy world away from Tokyo, sumo is alive, well and winning popularity. In a large gymnasium at a sports centre in the Polish capital Warsaw, workers create a dohyo, or Sumo arena, using 26 tons of clay. Meanwhile in an adjoining room, young boys with blond and chestnut hair practice the sumo moves of their hefty heroes, dragging their feet towards their coach, legs apart, knees bent and hands clasped in front. Hundreds of young Poles are now learning sumo, as the ancient Japanese form of wrestling wins popularity in eastern Europe. Warsaw even recently hosted the world amateur sumo championships. “My brother encouraged me and I’m glad he did,” says Aleksander, a round-faced, blue-eyed, nine-year-old towhead weighing in at 29 kilograms (63 pounds). “Certainly, one can just break loose and push the other competitor, but I thought it was a good idea for me because I can reflect, use my head, imagine a strategy,” he says with a serious gaze. In essence, sumo is a simple struggle between two rikishi (wrestlers)

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(From right) Sylwia Krzemien of Poland fights Francoise Harteveld of the Netherlands during the Sumo World Championships in Falenica near Warsaw on October 17, 2010. Krzemien won the gold medal. — AFP

dressed only in mawashi, or a special type of cloth belt. The winning contender is the one able to push their rival out of a ring that is 4.55 meters (15 feet) in diameter. The battles often last only a few seconds. The six professional tournaments held each year in the Japanese archipelago are wildly popular here. “But now sumo is not only for the Japanese,” said Japanese ambassador to Poland Yuichi Kusumoto at the recent amateur competition. In Europe, sumo is most popular in Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, says Ukrainian Sergii Korobko, president of the European Sumo Federation. Ukraine itself has 5,000 amateur sumo competitors. The sport also has a strong following in Bulgaria and countries farther afield like Azerbaijan. “This sport is magic because it’s fast and requires a dynamic and exceptional ability to think,” says Polish sumo coach Arkadiusz Adamczyk, 45.“You can lose a match in a split second.” “In Poland, sumo is growing rapidly,” says Bartlomiej Struss, who at 18, 2.02 meters (6.6 feet) and 154 kilograms (339 pounds) is one of Poland’s great sumo hopes. —AFP


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