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Agreement to launch WH Smith bookshops
Al Meera Holding has entered into a franchise agreement with the UK-based WH Smith Travel to foray into bookstores. According to the agreement signed between the two parties, Al Meera Holding has been granted the exclusive rights to establish and operate in Qatar bookstores under the WH Smith brand, using the know-how developed by WH Smith Travel, an Al Meera spokesman said in a statement to the Qatar Exchange.
HMC set to review emergency patient tracking system
HMC says it has conducted an investigation into the circumstances surrounding last Friday’s accident at Zubara
BUSINESS | Real estate
Ezdan, Tadawol in property deal
Qatar’s Ezdan Real Estate Company has begun selling property worth QR1.53bn ($420mn) to Tadawol Holding Group, according to a statement posted on the Qatar Exchange yesterday. The sale will take place in two stages with legal measures related to the transaction to be resolved by the end of this month, the developer said in the statement. Ezdan, which develops malls, residential complexes and schools in Qatar, has a market capitalisation of around QR61bn.
BUSINESS | Investment
QFIB acquires 15% stake in snack maker
Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB) said yesterday it acquired a 15% stake in Al Rifai International Holding, a manufacturer of nuts and snacks in the Middle East and Europe. The deal is QFIB’s first investment in the food and beverage manufacturing industry, the company said in a statement.
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani with Vietnamese President Truong Tan in Hanoi yesterday. The Emir arrived in Hanoi for a two-day state visit to Vietnam after concluding a trip to Sri Lanka. A red -carpet welcome was accorded to the Emir at the Presidential Palace.
SUDAN | Politics
Minister chairs Darfur committee meeting
HE the Deputy Premier and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud returned to Doha yesterday evening from El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, Sudan, after he had presided over the second meeting of the Committee assigned to follow up the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). Page 14
QPI to invest in Vietnam plant
he Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) yesterday pledged to review “thoroughly” the technologies used in locating patients during emergencies following complaints that the delayed arrival of a medical team at an accident site had resulted in the loss of lives. Responding to complaints that the ﬁrst ambulance to reach the accident spot was “poorly equipped” and the others arrived too late, the HMC clariﬁed that the delay had occurred because of “confusion over the exact location” . An official said the corporation, in collaboration with the relevant national agencies, would conduct a thorough review of the technologies used in locating patients during emergencies to ensure that patients received timely care wherever they are in Qatar. According to reports in the Arabic media, three Qatari women died in the road accident at Zubara off the Shamal expressway on Friday (January 13). HMC said it had conducted an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic accident and found that despite the operator being a permanent resident, who is born in Qatar and familiar with the geography of the country, there was still confusion over the exact location of the accident. The emergency and medical response was delayed as a result of this confusion, according to the HMC. The Hamad Medical Corporation
apologised “unreservedly” for the delay and the distress it had caused to the families affected. “Once the location was identiﬁed, six ambulances, a supervisor, two critical care paramedics and two senior managers attended the incident and responded in line with the highest international standards of emergency medicine. The Lifeﬂight helicopter was dispatched once it had delivered a patient from another incident to hospital,” a spokesperson of the corporation said.
“The Lifeflight helicopter was dispatched once it had delivered a patient from another incident to hospital”
The relatives of the Qatari women who died in the accident pointed out that in spite of informing the emergency room of the Hamad hospital soon after the incident, the ﬁrst ambulance had reached the spot only after one and a half hour and it had only one ﬁrst-aid attendant. “He could not handle the situation all alone since there were ﬁve injured persons on the ground,” they said. Later on four ambulances arrived and helped the injured but they could not save the life of a woman and her children who were struggling for life. “Precious lives could have been saved had the ﬁrst-aid attendant, who was also the diver of the ﬁrst ambulance, known the procedures to be followed in such a situation,” said the male relative of the deceased who was following her car. He also admitted that he himself and several other passersby were not aware of the basic ﬁrst aid measures to be administered in such incidents.
Apart from those dead, two other Qatari women have sustained serious injuries and are undergoing treatment at the Hamad hospital. One woman suffers from a displacement of her pelvis and internal bleeding in the stomach while the other has had a fracture in her thigh and her jaws. The relatives deplored the fact that in spite of their immediate request for the air ambulance it did not arrive on time. Commenting on the incident, HMC’s chief officer for emergency services, Robert Owen, said that the air ambulance was at the very same moment transporting a person seriously injured in Sealine to the Hamad hospital. “It was not possible to attend this incident also at the same time. Moreover the air ambulance can transport only one patient at a time” . Meanwhile, the editor of a local Arabic daily has called for introduction of more measures to bring down the number of fatal accidents in Qatar. In an open editorial, he mentioned the case of a 30-year-old Qatari youth who died in a fatal crash recently. “He was to be married in a few days time. The venue had been ﬁxed in a ﬁve-star hotel. Wedding cards had been sent out. He had also decided on which European country to go for the honeymoon and had booked two air tickets to that destination. Everything was set to the last detail. But lo! He was found dead in a pool of blood on an expressway in Doha a few days before the wedding. ” Referring to this incident, the chief editor of the local Arabic daily, AlArab, said that such tragic accidents occurred regularly here. “As many as 15 people have died during the past few days in road accidents in Qatar,” he said.
PAKISTAN | Crisis
Court challenges PM on corruption cases
Pakistan’s Supreme Court yesterday ordered Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani to appear before it for failing to pursue corruption cases against the president and other officials, a sharp escalation in the government’s battle for survival. The court threatened the premier with contempt, the latest blow for the civilian administration.
atar Petroleum International (QPI) will pick up a 25% stake in the $4bn Long Son petrochemical project in Vietnam, a senior executive of the southeast Asian country’s state oil and gas group Petrovietnam said yesterday. “We will establish a joint venture to build the complex, Do Van Hau, Petro” vietnam chief executive officer said after signing an investment agreement with QPI officials. Detailed work on the joint venture will start next month, the Hanoi-based group’s sources said. The complex will be Vietnam’s ﬁrst fully integrated petrochemical project, consisting of upstream, intermediate and downstream plants, QPI said in a separate statement. The venture is made up of Petrovietnam, Vietnam’s Vinachem, SCG chem-
icals and Thai Plastics and Chemicals, it said. The announcement came during a visit to Vietnam of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Long Son reﬁnery, part of project, 120km southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, would use Middle Eastern crude oil, Petrovietnam has said. HH the Emir and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang reviewed joint co-operation and ways to cement them in several ﬁelds during official talks at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi yesterday afternoon. The Emir and President Sang later witnessed the signing of a set of agreements and memorandums of understanding between the two countries. Last night, HH the Emir attended a dinner banquet hosted by President Sang. At the banquet’s beginning, the president said the timing of the Emir’s visit would help boost the level of relationship between Vietnam and Qatar. Page 3
PSG, Juventus clash in Al Kass Cup final today
Juventus under-17 captain Michele Somma and his Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) counterpart Hervin Ongenda posing with the Al Kass Cup on the eve of their title clash in Doha yesterday. The two teams will clash in the final of the prestigious event at the Aspire Zone today. The match begins at 5.30pm.
Al Wakrah Hospital’s official opening ‘by middle of this year’
By Noimot Olayiwola Staff Reporter
he $1bn Al Wakrah Hospital, which was originally scheduled for commissioning in the second quarter of 2011, is expected to be officially open by the middle of this year, the project’s assistant executive director, Hanan Sebaie, has told Gulf Times. She said the hospital, which has its buildings spread over 128,000sqm within the 304,000sqm premises, would have over 300 beds in all its six different departments: surgical, medicine, paediatric, neurology, obstetric/ gynaecology and diabetic.
“The plan is to see the hospital fully operational by the middle of this year. But some sections, including the outpatient clinics, obstetrics/gynaecology, which runs two clinics, paediatric emergency, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and ophthalmology have already started receiving patients, she said. ” The laboratories, pharmacy and radiology department are also fully functional. The other sections, she said, would gradually begin offering their services until the official opening with the start of the dental and the dialysis units slated for February and March end respectively. “We will be launching the ﬁrst stage of the dialysis unit, which contains some
nine stations, at the end of March while an additional nine stations will be added to the unit during its second stage opening, scheduled to take place during the grand opening, Sebaie explained. ” According to her, the paediatric emergency, which is now functional with its in-patient section having about 15 beds spaces, will be upgraded to 25 when the hospital begins full operations. “Pending the official opening, other sections such as the neo-natal intensive care unit will be assisting the only facility at the Women’s Hospital by receiving “stable patients” only for admission by end of next month. We have provided around 10 beds for that purpose and this
will increase to 28 beds later on. ” She said the Medical unit in-patients, which has 10 beds, would start attending to patients by February while the physiotherapy department would open during the main launch of the hospital. The official, who was conﬁdent that it would help reduce pressure on the Hamad General Hospital, said: “Our plan is to work with the HMC in order to reduce the overload of patients and I’ll like to implore residents in Airport, Wakrah and Wukair as well as Mesaieed areas to avail of the new hospital’s services.” A feature of the hospital includes the “pneumatic tube technology” which is ,
used to speed up sending and receiving of documents and specimens through cylindrical containers, via a computercontrolled system, to and from laboratories and nurses’ stations. The hospital will have 54 pneumatic tubes and its advanced laboratory with eight main sections will be networked through the system. The hospital has separate buildings for women’s healthcare and emergency, operation theatres and intensive care units. Each of the three main hospital buildings has six ﬂoors with some 321 beds for inpatients and a parking lot for 1,000 cars. There are eight gates for
entry into the hospital premises. The emergency rooms in the trauma section have seven vertical pendants with all the facilities patients will require and the section also has speciallydesigned ceilings with scenery of a blue sky and palm trees to create a pleasant atmosphere and give a psychological boost to the patients. All bed head units of the hospital are equipped with advanced facilities, data systems, a nurse-call system and a power system. These systems have been provided in all 32 patient rooms on each ﬂoor of the north and south wings of the hospital. The three hospital buildings have a total of 26 lifts.
Gulf Times Tuesday, January 17, 2012
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, accompanied by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, meeting ministers and senior officials at the welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.
HH the Emir holding talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Qatar, Vietnam seek to expand ties
H the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang held a round of official talks at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi yesterday afternoon. They reviewed joint cooperation and ways to cement them in several ﬁelds, the latest regional and international developments and other issues of common concern. The talks were attended by members of the official
delegation accompanying HH the Emir. The Emir and President Sang later witnessed the signing of a set of agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between the two countries. MoUs were signed by the two countries’ central banks, by Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and M & C Company, by Qatar Holding and Vietnam State Capital Investment Corporation and on co-operation in education, higher education and scientiﬁc research. The two sides also signed an agreement for investment on the Long Son project for Petrochemical
Emir concludes Lanka visit
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani left Colombo yesterday morning, wrapping up a two-day state visit to Sri Lanka. HH the Emir and his accompanying delegation were seen off upon departure at Bandaranaike International Airport by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Disanayaka Mudiyanselage Jayaratne, several high-ranking officials, Qatar’s ambassador Saeed Abdullah al-Mansouri and Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Qatar Manjusri Jayantha Palipane. The Emir sent a cable to President Mahinda Rajapakse in which he expressed thanks and appreciation for the hospitality accorded to him and his accompanying delegation during the visit.
in Vietnam with each of the Petrovietnam company and SCG Chemicals Company of Thailand. Earlier, HH the Emir held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. They discussed bilateral relations and ways to develop them in addition to other issues of mutual interest. Members of the delegation accompanying the Emir attended the meeting. HH the Emir also met Vietnamese National Assembly chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. Relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them in various ﬁelds were taken up. The Emir arrived in Hanoi for a two-day state visit to Vietnam after concluding a trip to Sri Lanka. The Emir and the accompanying delegation were welcomed upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport by Vietnamese Presidency Affairs chief Ngowin Ven Geyan along with a number of senior ofﬁcials, Qatar’s ambassador to Vietnam, Mohamad Jaber Abdullah as-Sulaiti, and Vietnamese ambassador to Qatar, Li Hong Van. Upon his arrival, the Emir headed to the Presi-
dential Palace where President Sang and a number of ministers and top officials welcomed him. A red -carpet reception ceremony was accorded to the Emir. Upon his arrival, the Emir gave a statement in which he voiced pleasure and expressed “in his name and on behalf of the people and Qatar government, sincere greetings and best wishes of progress, welfare and prosperity to the government and people of the friendly Socialist Republic of Vietnam” . The statement said: “It gives me pleasure to visit Vietnam in reply to the kind invitation of President Truong Tan Sang, and meet with him and senior Vietnamese officials to discuss ties of joint co-operation and hold consultations on regional and international issues of common interest. “I’m conﬁdent that these meetings would give us a great opportunity to promote bonds of friendship and develop co-operation between the two countries in all ﬁelds to the welfare and interest of our people. ” HH the Emir last night attended a dinner banquet hosted by President Sang.
HH the Emir with Vietnamese National Assembly chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
HH the Emir and President Sang witnessing the signing of an agreement between Qatar and Vietnam.
HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and President Sang, accompanied by senior officials and ministers, holding official talks at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.
Council reviews draft law
The Advisory Council yesterday held its weekly regular session under the chairmanship of its speaker HE Mohamed bin Mubarak al-Kholaifi. Council secretary general HE Faded bin Mubarak al-Khayareen read out the agenda which was approved. The council also approved the minutes of the previous meeting. It reviewed a draft law organising the consultancy business services and decided to forward it to the Committee of Financial and Economic Affairs for studying and report back to the council.
HH the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani met at his Emiri Diwan office with Unesco representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen and director of the Unesco Office in Doha Dr Hamad bin Saif alHammami on the occasion of the end of his tenure in Qatar. HH the Deputy Emir hailed the efforts made by al-Hammami in enhancing co-operation between Qatar and the Unesco, wishing him all success in his future assignments.
Moussa praises Qatar’s effective role
Former Arab League secretary general and Egyptian presidential candidate Amr Moussa has said that Qatar has a “very active” and effective role in supporting Arab issues. When asked about contesting presidential elections and whether he had fears about ending his political life on a low if he didn’t win the elections, Moussa said in an exclusive interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA) that he “didn’t leave Arab League to run for the presidency” and that he “had already determined to stay in his Arab League post for 10 years and decided to leave two or three years before January 25 Revolution,” calling the two events “unrelated”.
the women constituted 19% and signiﬁcantly Qataris constitute 10. more than 3% (41. there are 340 women (58. 2012 QATAR India call offer for Hala customers Hala customers can now call India for Dh33 a minute until February 4 as part of a new Qtel offer. director of Admissions at VCUQatar on 4402 0522 or email: vcuqadmissions@qatar. . with a wide range of offers designed to enable people to talk for longer. Among them are 1. Among the whole group of postgraduates. Similarly. However. For more information contact Rodney Hall.234 females and 37.edu or visit www. Two sessions start on January 23 and will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5 and 7pm. This is in addition to a 30% extra credit. help identify areas that need improvement and also give valu- T able advice about the types of items that should be included in a strong portfolio.300 doctorate holders: QSA n the country’s economically active population of 1.637 people) are classiﬁed as illiterate. Qatar has over 3. Of the Qatari illiterates. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim hosted a luncheon banquet in honour of the Omani minister and the delegation accompanying him. of which 2.” Hala customers can also take advantage of the Hala number validity offer. Another interesting ﬁnding is the presence of 3. It effectively means more than 99% (41. Interior Design or Painting and Printmaking. The number of secondary graduates in the country is given as 241. All sessions are open to both women and men and are taught in English at the VCUQatar campus located within Education City.752 (13. of which 39. The QSA survey said there are 331.20% or almost two-third of the whole group. 44. Prospective students are required to present a portfolio of their best work that demonstrates their strengths. Another interesting revelation is that only 384 Qatari nationals are illiterate. The number of the country’s university graduates is 177. both men and women are more or less evenly balanced. During the admissions portfolio review sessions. The portfolio is an important aspect of the VCUQatar application process.edu/ events/2012-portfolio-critsessions/ VCUQatar admissions personnel will be available to provide details about scholarship opportunities and the interest-free loans available from the Qatar Foundation ﬁnancial aid office. The number of Qatari postgraduates is 1.680 members of the economically active population are Qataris.88% of the grand total.237. available until February 4. when it comes to the numbers of the total university graduates.881 (almost 14%). In this group. The QSA studies reported that the country’s above-15 age-group has 255.630 (20%) people. Of them 26. who have studied only up to the primary level. the university said. All sessions will be held by VCUQatar faculty and the proceeds are donated to the VCU- Qatar scholarship fund.4%) are Qataris.853 are Qatari nationals.qatar. Among the nationals.253) of the illiterates are non-Qataris.404 males among the country’s illiterates. which means they can keep talking through 2012 with peace of mind that their line will remain valid for a whole year. interests and individual growth.” Qtel said. “Customers who top up with QR200 or more will receive an extension on credit validity for their number. VCUQatar is also offering the two best applicants full fouryear HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Scholarships for Creativity to attend the university. of which 578 (17.edu. PM confers with Omani minister I HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani yesterday met with Omani Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah.070 are women.vcu. with a share of over 66.qatar. Qtel said it “is making it easier for customers to say in touch with family and friends this January.4 Gulf Times Tuesday. This comes to nearly 5.660 (19%). the report said. feedback and advice for high school students wishing to applying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion. The studies found that the country has 11.317 doctorate holders in the country.8%). Each Portfolio Crit session will entail four classes with sessions concluding on January 31 and February 1 respectively. Admissions portfolio review at VCUQatar he Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar has announced four sessions of admissions portfolio review. January 17.020 people in the country’s economically active population who could just read and write but did not complete even the primary level education. the QSA study has found that 74.27mn (15 years or more). 48 are women. according to the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA).7%.vcu. it said. Details are available on http://www. Graphic. the faculty will look at the students’ portfolios. give them feedback on the quality and range of their work.524 postgraduates. The deadline for VCUQatar’s Bachelor of Fine Arts applications is March 1. who have taken doctorates in different disciplines.5%) are women.vcu.807 Qataris. Two Portfolio Crit sessions start on January 22 and will be held on Sundays and Tuesdays between 5 and 7pm. Among the nationals in the economically active group.196 are women. The Indian call offer is the latest in a series of special promotions designed to reach out to people throughout the community. Seats are approximately QR400 per session and can only be reserved with full payment. males are ahead of their women counterparts. They discussed cooperation between the two countries and regional and international issues. The QSA said there are 4.
Khamis Ahmed al-Mohannadi Mike al-Mefleh: showcasing the BlackBerry range. Sheikha Shaikha bint Jassim al-Thani is named Kahramaa’s new HR manager. • FM radio . New features of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2. URLs. al-Meﬂeh said.users can now turn their BlackBerry smartphone into a mobile hotspot that can be shared by up to ﬁve Wi-Fi -enabled devices. They can instantly invite a friend to BBM. according to a statement issued by Kahramaa president Essa Hilal al-Kuwari. A number of departments are attached to the corporate services directorate. al-Meﬂeh said yester” day. BlackBerry 7. and general services among others. more than double the length supported in previous versions.1. 2012 QATAR New Kahramaa appointments Khamis Ahmed al-Mohannadi has been appointed corporate services director at the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa). According to RIM Middle East director (product management. These include human resources. Highlighting the popularity of BlackBerry services in Qatar. “With BlackBerry 7. the new BBM app allows users to add customised personal messages of up to 160 characters in their online proﬁle. designed to enable customers to stay even more connected and productive in their personal and professional lives. photos and other multimedia content. the statement said. BBM 6. “The new BlackBerry 7.6 Gulf Times Tuesday. January 17. the new BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 OS.1. • Wi-Fi hotspot .1 capabilities demonstrated by al-Meﬂeh are. “This rate is one of the highest in the world.1 OS will further enhance the mobile experience and make life easier. a dozen new and fun emoticons to spice up conversations. . including laptops and tablets. a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. In addition.customers with a BlackBerry Curve 9360 or 9380 smartphone will be able to tune in and enjoy local FM radio stations. Competitive Qatar tariff seen fuelling BlackBerry growth By Pratap John Chief Business Reporter lackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) is optimistic of further growth in Qatar with competitive tariffs being offered for the smartphone service by its partners – Qtel and Vodafone. BBM 6. alMeﬂeh said the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is “immensely popular” in the country with 98% penetration among BlackBerry users. BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is a proprietary Internet-based instant messenger application included on BlackBerry devices. the BlackBerry tariff in Qatar is “one of the lowest in the region” . His appointment is in line with the Emiri Decree 45/2009/ Kahramaa. exchange contact information. Al-Meﬂeh said sharing information and content among BlackBerry users would become easier with near ﬁeld communication-enabled (NFC) BlackBerry smartphones that were now available in Qatar. services and platforms) Mike al-Meﬂeh. from managing daily tasks to planning big adventures with capabilities such as BlackBerry Tag. B BlackBerry Messenger also tops the 10 popular “Apps downloading” in Qatar. Other BlackBerry 7.1 and connected apps. Additional features will allow users to personalise their experience even more with support for animated avatars. documents. which allows messaging between BlackBerry users. and the ability to customise chat bubbles with different colours. He also showcased the recently announced BlackBerry 7. IT.0 and updates to BlackBerry Messenger. users will now be able to share information and content by simply tapping their NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone against another NFC-enabled BlackBerry smartphone.0 were also demonstrated.1 also supports the latest version of the BBM instant messaging service.
said it took him three years to compile the book. I used to go to the desert to observe nature and especially to see the types of animals and birds we have here. and birds of desert and arid plains.Gulf Times Tuesday. parks and farmland. birds of coastal areas and freshwater lagoons. The English edition was sponsored by the Department of Cultural Research and Studies at the Ministry of Culture. Arts and Heritage. some of which were being threatened by extinction including birds of gardens. HE al-Kuwari. Al-Kuwari said: “I am honoured to join Barwa Group and look forward to further supporting the company on its continual path to achieve high professional performance and success in the coming years. Barwa Chief Executive Officer said: “We are delighted with the appointment of al-Kuwari. and whose scientiﬁc editor is Frances Gillespie. Barwa appoints new communications chief Barwa Real Estate has appointed Hamad Rashid Sadoun al-Kuwari as the new communications director. About some three years ago. He also thanked HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. birds and reptiles as the book contains very accurate scientiﬁc details. which reflects our strategy of bringing executives of the highest calibre to drive Barwa’s business plans forward. He continues to hold the role of vice chairman of the Gulf Water Conference. . “Long before my illness. January 17. Abdulla Abdulaziz al-Subaie. HE al-Kuwari said it was one of the many efforts aimed at preserving the Qatari identity while at the same time trying to open and welcome other cultures. 2012 7 QATAR Book on Qatar’s wildlife launched By Noimot Olayiwola Staff Reporter Al-Attiyah meets envoys A book authored by a Qatari about Qatar’s wildlife. birds and reptiles found on the mainland and the seas surrounding the country.” al-Abduljabbar. who got married recently. This appointment comes at an important time following the recent launch of our new corporate strategy and five-year plan and will work to further strengthen the Barwa Group and ensure our continued success. has been launched by the Minister of Culture. Water Science and Technology Association. He had also served as Director of PR at Ashghal and Head of Public Relations at Kahramaa. Arts and Heritage HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz alKuwari at the Friends of the Environment Centre. The 167-page Introduction to Qatar Fauna book written by Mohamed Jasim al-Abduljabbar. who wish to know more about Qatar’s animals. The author. HE al-Kuwari and al-Abduljabbar display the book during the launch as Dr al-Hajri and a guest look on. al-Abduljabbar. which is why we always support any attempt aimed in that regard and I believe this book will be a reference for environmental library and a useful resource for all English speakers in the country. was translated into English from an earlier Arabic version. Speaking at the book launch held at the FEC’s Green Tent. “We cherish our culture.” the minister said. I really thank God for the success launch of this book. among others. who is wheel-chair bound because of multiple sclerosis. Al-Kuwari has also held the role of Vice-Chairman of the Committee of Rationalising the Consumption of Water and Electricity and PR consultant for the former Ministry of Water and Electricity. I began collating my ﬁndings into a book. The book contains photos and illustrations of different types of birds. covering mammals. the ministry’s secretary general as well as the FEC’s chairman Dr Saif al-Hajri and Cultural Research and Studies department director Dr Bashir Marzooq bin Marzook for their support and encourage while putting the book together.” Al-Kuwari was previously employed as a consultant at the office of the president of Public Works Authority (Ashghal). It also features in detail mammals and reptiles in the marine and terrestrial worlds.” Almost 50% of employees at Barwa Real Estate are Qataris and the company said it continues to demonstrate its dedication towards developing its national staff base. told Gulf Times. mammals and reptiles in Qatar. HE the Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah yesterday conferred separately with Lebanese ambassador Hassan Saad and Singaporean charge d’affaires Sayyed Noureddin.
Birla Public School. Morocco and Egypt. Leen Walid. he warned. organised by QatarDebate and hosted at the Tareq Bin Ziyad Independent Secondary School for boys. Al Sailiyyah ISSG. he also referred to the success of Turkish soap operas in Arab countries. with 59% of viewers supporting the motion that “This House believes Turkey is a bad model for the new Arab states. Fellow student Nada Nabil said: “The debates give students a space to be creative. practical and personal lives. Anton Paulson. which was won by Qatar Academy last weekend. .8 Gulf Times Tuesday. Pakistan Education Centre. He said: “The most important characteristic of the third league is signiﬁcant participation by schools’ students. com. and grow their minds in order to be updated with the education revolution through the development of the art of debate culture and dialogue.’ ‘This House would punish parents who smoke in the home. Al Wakra ISSB.” they said. followed by DPS Modern Indian School and the Amna Bint Wahab Independent Secondary School for Girls in second and third respectively. Omar Bin Abdul Aziz ISSB. Rauda Bint Jassim ISSG and Tareq Bin Ziyad ISSB. Paul Illori.’ and ‘This House would ban the trade and sale of animal fur. Omar Bin Khattab ISSB. 2012 QATAR Qatar Academy tops in schools debating league Panelists at the recent Doha Debates held at Bosphorus University. Abdullah al-Shackarchi. who highlighted the impact of debate on students’ educational. North Africa and the Islamic World at the German Marshall Fund. January 17. Member of Team Qatar 2011. ” Ulgen said that for reasons associated to geographic proximity. Aboubakr Jamai. and to accept others’ opinions and to listen to others. she said. Khalifa ISSB. who was recently dismissed from her newspaper for a series M E of campaign reports. Mariam al-Manaai and Leen Walid expressed their happiness at the strong performance of their Amna Bint Wahab team in the competition. “Arabs should talk to Arabs about which model is best for them. More lightheartedly. expressing their commitment to support future activities organised by QatarDebate. Ece Temelkuran. and explained that most of their students have been learning about debating. and provided them with advice and a number of debating tips. Award winning journalist and author. Qatar Academy’s team ﬁnished ﬁrst in the competition. with Jonathan Coutinho. culture.’ ‘THB that developing nations should place limits on migration from the countryside into cities. Arwa Bint Abdul Muttalib ISSG.” The debate was held at Bosphorus University. Cambridge International School for Girls. Shima Abdulla. Amna Bint Wahab ISSG. drew huge support from the audience as she referred to an example of the government’s crackdown on critics. ” Senior Transatlantic Fellow for Middle East. Hassan Mneimneh said Arabs should learn from other models of good governance around the world.” The schools which participated in the competition included the Al Arqam Academy. P Vainatheya. Both opponents suggested that while there are problems associated with the Turkish model. particularly in Tunisia. Head of the English programme at QatarDebate. DPS-Modern Indian School. The tournament centred around four motions: ‘This House Believes (THB) that newly democratised Arab nations should not allow religious parties to participate in elections. Wessam Kanes and Vane Swetah comprising the top ten individuals of the day. arguing ” “they should hear their own voices. highlighting the positive impact that it has had on their schoolwork. pointing out that the level of the participants is in continuous progress and improving the great efforts of QatarDebate Centre. Park House. said Jamai. Bieringer expressed her pleasure at the success of the league and the introduction of a number of new schools to debating. including Khalid al-Khulaiﬁ.” Students. the Turkish model should work for the Arab world. MES Indian School . Some 63 judges took part in the tournament. “The school is very concerned about the art of debate and believes in its great importance for the educational process. Raba’a Al Adawiya ISSG. noting that participating in debating has helped improve their studies. DPS Modern Indian School and the Amna Bint Wahab Independent Secondary School for girls finished second and third respectively ore than 120 students from 22 schools recently participated in the third Qatar Schools Debating League. Al Resala ISSG. ” A participant in the third Qatar Schools Debating League. Qatar Academy.’ The award for best speaker was presented to Doha College’s Mustafa el-Mumin. “This is a workable model for us because I do believe that Islamism can evolve in our countries and because our population relate to this model. and produced a sustained attack on Ankara’s record on human rights and media freedom. Doha College. Ali Bin Jassim ISSB. where an audience voted that the Turkish political model should not be followed by young Arab democracies. Yousif Fakhroo welcomed the students to the event. ” Speaking against the motion were former Turkish diplomat Sinan Ulgen and award-winning Moroccan journalist and co-editor of the news website. Turkey cannot be a model because Arabs already have enough problems. stating that comprehensive preparation is the most important aspect of a debate. saying “that tells us something about Turkey in the Arab world. religion and tradition. it is a work in progress and offers an example to Arab countries in political turmoil. Mosab Bin Omair ISSB. Kelley ‘Turkey a bad model for new Arab states’ merging Arab democracies were warned not to follow the example set by the Turkish political system by the audience at the latest Doha Debates. Tareq Bin Ziyad Independent Secondary School for boys said they were pleased to host the event. “Beware of the use of the Turkish model as a cover for the insertion of Islamism into positions of power where the Islamists would be really entrenched in the Arab world. lakome. Officials from host school.
The cheque was handed over to Turkish Ambassador H Emre Yunt by a three-member delegation of Pakistan Welfare Forum (PWF) led by its president M Israr Malazai. The summit offers a venue for leaders from the public and private sectors as well as international and regional ﬁnancing and development agencies to network face-to-face and forge new partnerships. 2012 9 QATAR Pak forum donation for Turkey victims Pakistan Welfare Forum (PWF). an initiative aimed at connecting the unconnected by the year 2015 The summit is part of ITU’s Connect the World Series. The summit relies on a summit preparatory process.Qatar has donated QR25. The summit is part of ITU’s Connect the World Series. The Turkish ambassador thanked the PWF for the timely help. with a view to enhance the deployment of ICT networks. applications and services within the region. founder executive members Mohammed Idrees Anwar and Mohammed Khan.000 in support of earthquake victims in Southern Turkey. The objective of the summit is to mobilise the hu- D man. as well as partners and donors willing to contribute to the implementation of the selected projects.Gulf Times Tuesday. . To be hosted by ictQATAR. The summit features discussion panels and roundtables focusing on the challenges posed to emerging and transition economies in harnessing the full potential of ICTs. It is preceded by a preparatory process during which ICT development projects and project holders are identiﬁed. Being held under the theme “Connecting the unconnected by 2015” the summit is organised by the International Telecommunication Union in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS). Doha to host Connect Arab Summit in March oha will play host to “Connect Arab Summit 2012” from March 5 to 7. the event is expected to be attended by dignitaries from around the region. January 17. a news item on the ITU website said. an initiative aimed at connecting the uncon- nected by the year 2015. run hand in hand by LAS and ITU. Bold decisions and commitments will be announced on multi-stakeholder partnerships to meet these challenges. ﬁnancial and technical resources required to close information and communication technology gaps in the region.
” said Mohamed Harris. which ran from November to early January. And the Arab Initiative adopted and sponsored by Qatar is a good example of this Arab co-operation. and Dawali vouchers for international calling and most recently added Kahrama bill payments for customer convenience. Mohammed Saif. “Partnering with the Red Crescent was our simple way of reaching out and doing our part for those in need. Red Carpet Management contacted DHL Express and the logistics company accepted their role in transport. The national SSM network also supports the company’s environmental initiative. Each Missoni Hotel is unique in its design. which provided a special incentive for customers to use its nationwide network of self-service machines (SSM). Shahry customers can pay their Shahry account. jointly organised by QFCHT. With more than 30 years experience in the property development and leasing industry. disseminate its Q comprehensive strategy with shared and solid legal foundations between the Arab countries should be implemented to combat human trafficking. key factor in the decision to bring Hotel Missoni to Doha. awarded by Qtel’s customer services team. stated: “Carrying out these activities in schools for the beneﬁt of the campaign launched by QC to relieve Sham and Yemen is a continuation of the humanitarian and relief efforts made by QC to alleviate the suffering and pain of Sham and Yemen children enduring difficult humanitarian conditions which call for urgent intervention. said: “We are very happy to take part in a humanitarian effort such as this and will continue to make positive contributions to the society and environment we live in. The St. ” “In addition. toys and baby items. ” he said. the campaign aims to enhance community voluntary work. Regis brand in Qatar. which aims to support a greener. more vulnerable to trafficking. and to garner support for their campaign by sending letters to parents. Al Jassim group identiﬁed the hospitality sector as one capable of leveraging its existing real estate expertise to enhance economic growth in line with the potential of Qatar. identify required scientiﬁc and practical actions. especially after a fall in possibilities for legal immigration to Western countries. a Remède Spa.human trafficking law and has enacted legislation making it a crime punishable with severe penalties. Qcard for landline and payphones. that began following the announcement of the “Arab Initiative for building national capacities for combating human trafficking in the Arab states” through the Doha Con. Organised crime gangs have expanded their range to hunt new victims and to explore new markets for their activities which reached some Arab areas. and is set to become the premier business and leisure hotel in the country. prepaid mobile broadband. ” The UNODC representative and head of office for GCC countries stressed that common and shared legal foundations should be adopted to maintain severe penalties for the traffickers and protect the vulnerable. The luxury lifestyle hotel will be exclusively designed by Rosita Missoni and feature approximately 200 rooms and site and 70 serviced apartments. a worldwide express company. Qtel SSMs are helping to reduce the amount of litter and wasted resources. chairman of Qatar Foundation for Combating Human Trafficking (QFCHT). Jassim Bin Salem. The competition. Al-Marri addressing the forum yesterday. The growing poverty caused by the global ﬁnancial crisis. Yemeni children atar Charity has recently organised a number of lectures and presentations at independent schools throughout the country to highlight the suffering of people caught up in the violence in Yemen and Syria. “However. this crime is not a phenomenon in Qatar and it rarely existed so far. Al-Mal added that Qatar is keen to actively participate in the international and regional efforts that aim at combating human trafficking so as to enforce the humanitarian principles and values that have been stated upon in the Qatar Constitution. has been subject to illegal activities such as human trafficking. displaced from their homes and land and living in miserable conditions. A co-operation agreement has already been signed with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UN- A Qatar Charity volunteers participating in the ‘Sham and Yemen Relief’ campaign. The hotel features 10 restaurants and lounges – from international ﬁne dining venues to Jazz The St Regis Doha at Lincoln Centre Doha. 2012 QATAR Forum urges Arab strategy to ﬁght human trafficking By Ayman Adly Staff Reporter Charity seeks support for Syrian. he said. Attorney-General of Qatar. Regis Doha will offer some 336 luxurious guest rooms including 70 suites – all offering sea views.000 square metres of meeting space. Right: A luxury room at The St Regis Doha. cleaner Qatar. “We look forward to welcoming our ﬁrst guests and to start building the reputation of the hotel as the ﬁnest address in Doha. given its strategic location. director of QC’s media department. and addressed the school. said: “The Arab region. style and authenticity combined with all luxury services and standards of a contemporary international hotel. Bin Salem met over 200 students during his visit. believing in the seriousness of the crimes of human trafficking and their repercussions. St Regis Doha. Gail Pantig. HR manager. Missoni. With the largest network of SSMs in Qatar – more than 200 and growing– Qtel “made it easy” for customers to ac- Q Business group to open luxury boutique hotel atar-based Al Jassim Group. St Regis Doha accepts ﬁrst bookings S cheduled to debut on February 28. “The Philippines was hit by typhoon “Sendong” in December. executive director for international development at QC. DHL Express has been in the region’s logistics industry for over the last 31 years.10 Gulf Times Tuesday. DHL Express Qatar. medicine and shelter. By reducing the number of paper-based transactions. experts said at the second Doha Forum for Combating Human Trafficking which opened yesterday.” he added. legal adviser to the Secretary General and head of the Legal Department at the League of Arab States. It is scheduled to welcome ﬁrst guests in late 2015. January 17. DHL Express stepped in to assist in the relief efforts organised by the Qatar based Red Carpet Events Management Company to ship used and new clothing. The SSMs are available round-the-clock. two or three bedrooms.” a release said. the ﬁrst jazz club in Doha to offer daily live jazz music. People in Qatar and luxury enthusiasts from across the region can now reserve the ﬁrst taste of The St. cess and pay bills for instant credit into their accounts. ” Mohamed Radwan bin Khadra. a business meeting or a stylish wedding” . The St Regis Doha is now accepting reservations for a “relaxing weekend. and on-the-ground monitoring. have made their citizens. just before Christmas and many families lost everything. a leading diversiﬁed business group in the country. He said that Qatar was ﬁrst in the region to adopt the anti. The project aims to teach students about the humanitarian issues in the region. as well as the unstable economic and security conditions in some Arab countries currently. stitutive Forum held in March 2010. which alongside the Arab League shall be active partners in the implementation of the initiative’s project. execute its plans. The hotel is geared to set new standards in service and luxury in Qatar with the legendary St. Other QC officials visited various schools to discuss the difficult humanitarian situations arising in both countries. and also participated in many international forums on combating human trafficking. “The letter to parents seeks their consent to contribute to the fundraising campaign to help alleviate the suffering of thousands of Syrians and Yemeni children and their families. culture and instill the values of voluntary work in students. Dr Ali bin Fetais al-Marri. Ebhar internal vouchers. ODC). reﬂecting the local style and culture. shoes. This will remain one of our priorities and we will continue to work closely with a number local and global charitable organistions. “This Forum shall be dedicated for the launch of the initiative. customers from across Qatar gathered at the Qtel headquarters to receive a selection of exciting prizes. suppress and punish trafﬁcking in persons. “The League of Arab States. residential ﬁxed line or Mozaic TV bills instantly. said Tareq Derbas. . explaining that students in both countries are in dire need of food. Hotel Missoni has been borne out of a co-operation between the Italian fashion house Missoni and Rezidor. In the worst case scenario. Hotel Missoni Doha’s serviced apartments will have one.” said a spokesperson. The extensive food and beverage outlets will comprise Hotel Missoni’s signature restaurant The hotel will be built along the C Ring Road. an Olympic swimming pool and seafront cabanas with private Jacuzzis. “The forum has gained its great importance as it integrates and enhances a series of efforts and procedures. has partnered with the Rezidor Hotel Group to launch international luxury boutique hotel. “Hotel Missoni is a fashionable destination for travellers seeking Italian chic. Regis Doha marks the debut of the St. Khadra said: “We must always bear in mind that combating human trafficking in the Arab region cannot succeed in the absence of a comprehensive Arab system based on co-operation and active partnership among all actors in this area. Qatar may be a spot for transit of human trafﬁcking and the authorities deal with such cases strictly. the Arab League and UNODC concludes today.” said Dr Abdullah al-Mal. a Q Winners of “SSM and Win” competition with Qtel executives at the Qtel Tower. ” The St. Qtel contest winners receive prizes tel has awarded the prizes in its “SSM and Win” competition.” he said. and encourages them to support the charity’s ‘Sham and Yemen Relief’ campaign.” he said. headed a delegation who visited the Doha Independent Secondary School to launch the campaign. DHL steps in to help in relief effort for Philippine victims DHL Express. chief executive officer of Red Carpet Qatar. The Forum. stressed that human trafficking is a heinous crime that requires co-operation from multiple entities to combat it. Regis butler service provided to all guests. saw every customer who used a Qtel SSM being entered into a special prize draw to win one of 20 monthly prizes.” Qtel said. This includes preparing generations to believe in the importance of voluntary work in serving and developing the community. bags. ” general manager. has ensured that donations made by people in Qatar for the displaced Philippine communities of Cagayan de Oro City and Illigan City will arrive safely and quickly to the region.” he added. especially women and children. “We have been building up to this moment for three years and it is with a lot of excitement that we received our ﬁrst booking this morning. Qtel said. Regis Doha lifestyle. especially children and women. The hotel also offers 4. Doha.” Al-Marri pointed out that the experiences of others in the ﬁeld should be incorporated to achieve better law enforcement. has intensiﬁed its efforts at all levels and participated actively in all stages of the preparation of the United Nations Protocol to prevent. “Self-service machines are an easy option for topping up Hala accounts. mobile broadband. In the ﬁnal prize-giving ceremony.
produces 400hp and accelerates from zero to 100kph (0 to 60mph) in 4. lightweight body is an aluminium-steel construction. which aids agility and further reinforces the new Gran Turismo’s sporty personality. while increasing efficiency and reducing general fuel consumption.9 litres per 100km – only 10. T he new Porsche 911 Carrera. Five millimetre thick wheel spacers between the wheel and the wheel carriers increase the rear axle track width. “No fewer than 90% of all components are either new or have been fundamentally revised. electro-mechanical power steering and a new ‘coasting function’ in vehicles .Gulf Times Tuesday. “It is also the ﬁrst sports car equipped with an auto start/ stop function. VIPs and trade professionals.949 cars in 2011. 100mm extension of wheel base and a lower roof line gives the car a much more sporty appearance.” Fleck added. Aerodynamic optimisation measures. With a New European Driving Cycle fuel consumption of 10. Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) – the marque’s unique dual clutch system – transmits engine output to the all-wheel drive through the Sport Chrono package featured as standard. is set to start on February 11 for left-hand drive markets and March 10 for right-hand drive markets. The Panamera GTS leaps to 100kph in under 4.8-litre boxer engine. This is a beautiful. the new 911 Carrera is the ﬁrst passenger car in the world to feature seven-speed manual transmission. and greater rigidity. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control is now available in the Carrera S and Porsche Torque Vectoring makes its debut in the 911 Carrera S as standard. The damping is designed to be more taut than previous Pan- amera models.8-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers even better precision and response. The model mix comprised 61% Cayenne and 24% Panamera. P Porsche Panamera GTS “The GTS badge is a promise that the vehicle is extra special and a link to Porsche’s extraordinary historical performance. as well as electrically regulating the damping system. equipped with the Porsche Dop- Panamera GTS making an entrance at Qatar show orsche is all set to cause a stir at the Qatar Motor Show next week with the regional launch of the Panamera Gran Tourismo Sport (GTS).7 litres per 100km with low-friction tyres – the Panamera GTS is also fuel efficient. Powered by a modiﬁed 4. January 23 and 24 are for press. results in further reducing the lift of the new 911 Carrera. “We have more than 600 preorders for the new 911 Carrera. a 16. ” said Porsche Middle East and Africa managing director George Wills. it is the ﬁrst Porsche sports car to make it below the 200 g/km mark. 2012 11 QATAR New Porsche Carrera makes regional debut By Bonnie James Deputy News Editor Fleck.2 litres of fuel per 100km. Pressing the “Sport Plus” button on the optional Sport Chrono package cuts that to 4.1 seconds. featuring a 3.” Fleck said. The sportiest Panamera ever built delivers race track performance and practicality. fast. the sportiest Panamera thus far. Porsche’s head of design Michael Mauer said that it is the core product of the automaker. make the Panamera GTS more distinctive. including a wider. The Qatar Motor Show is open to the public from January 25 to 28 at the Doha Exhibition Centre. with a striking engine sound that turns heads. providing an overall weight reduction of up to 45kg. he said. The Carrera S. constantly adapting to the driving challenges by regulating levelling settings. “We have created a completely new interior based on cues from the Porsche Carrera GT with the new upward inclined centre console. sports car which offers great stability. Mauer and Wills with the new Porsche 911 Carrera. has made its Middle East and Africa media debut. Porsche will also be showcasing its recently-revealed 911 Carrera S Coupe and Cabriolet at the Qatar Motor Show. 3. with the rest taken up by sports cars. this vehicle is available to buy from March. Pointing out that the 911 has been a design icon since its debut in 1963. he said. Porsche Middle East and Africa sold 7. More power and upgraded brakes. The aim of building “the best 911 ever” has been fulﬁlled. adjusting height and spring rate. pelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). “A combination of increased wheel size.” Mauer said.700rpm and maximum torque is increased from 500 Nm to 520 Nm. ” The ﬁrst deliveries of the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupé. explained Porsche Middle ” East and Africa volume and sales planning manager Steffen Fleck. Wills adds: “The new Panamera GTS ticks all the boxes of what we at Porsche want to achieve.2% increase over 2010. a body lowered by 10mm and a highly-tuned sports chassis. January 17. The all-new. while referring to the new lap time of just seven minutes 40 seconds on the famous Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit – 14 seconds faster than the previous model. “The 911 Carrera is the redeﬁnition of what a sports car should be. with air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). an incredibly smooth drive and all the efficiency our discerning clientele has come to expect from Porsche. which is 16% less over its predecessor. ” The new 911 sits lower to the ground and offers even better handling dynamics. Boasting of a top speed of 289kph for the standard version.4-litre boxer engine on the 911 Carrera consumes 8. . variably extending rear spoiler. With pre-orders already on the books. described by the German luxury carmaker as the “best ever version of the iconic sports car” with a history spanning almost ﬁve decades.5 seconds. “With an emission level of 194 g/km CO2. The 350hp. the Panamera delivers 430hp at 6. with a top speed of 288kph. which had their international debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.3 seconds. giving the Panamera an even more stable ride.” Porsche Middle East and Africa managing director George Wills told a select group of journalists at the event held in Abu Dhabi.” Adaptive air suspension and PASM – featured as standard – connect the chassis and body.
a male. following an apology from Farhadi that permitted A Separation to be completed.. “But let us wait and see. mainly because the Golden Globes took place well after newspaper deadlines. the doll has until recently been openly on sale in Tehran shops.000 people overnight on Saturday. Most of the observers will be Arabs from the Arab Network for Election Democracy but contacts are under way with some non-Arab organisations to send monitors. since the disputed 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.. The militants have since captured at least two other smaller towns in the area. emir of Radda. Mehrdad. The capture of the town triggered an exchange of charges of collusion with the militants between Saleh supporters and his opponents in a coalition of parties that have led demands for his departure after 33 years in office. Salah al-Ghazali told a press conference. and which the US and Saudi Arabia view as a potential foothold for Al Qaeda. un-Islamic in 1996. where director Asghar Farhadi picked up the award for best foreign-language movie from pop star Madonna late Sunday. The foreign and local monitors will be allowed free access to polling stations and report any violations to the authorities. A Separation is Iran’s official entry for the Oscars next month. International observers to monitor Kuwait elections AFP Kuwait bout 30 international observers will for the ﬁrst time be allowed to monitor Kuwait’s parliamentary election on February 2. Tehran has come to embrace the movie. shopkeepers said yesterday. a brother-in-law of a US-born Muslim cleric killed in an air strike last year. Prime Minister Mohamed Basindwa said yesterday. Yemen’s political chaos has deepened a pre-existing humanitarian crisis. The tale builds smartly to become an engrossing look at the societal pressures ensnaring all the protagonists as they navigate a mineﬁeld of lies. merchants said. the head of a nongovernmental organisation said yesterday. have registered to contest the election for the 50-seat parliament. some 170km southeast of Sanaa.” said a shopkeeper in a toy shop in northern Tehran. 2012 REGION Iranians hail ﬁlm’s triumph at Golden Globes AFP Tehran Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (left) and actor Peyman Moaadi pose with the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation in Beverly Hills. The dolls named Sara. January 17.” He said Yemen has received assurances of ﬁnancial help from the GCC countries led by Saudi Arabia. for a moment. seized the local prison and ﬁve police vehicles and were besieging government buildings. But no government officials were immediately available to comment on the report. The decision came after the government felt the guild was politicising certain events. The move is likely to raise concern in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and the US about Al Qaeda’s spreading presence in Yemen. A range of officially approved dolls launched in 2002 to counter demand for Barbie have not proven successful. lit up Iranians’ messages on online social networks.” one resident said by telephone. Few Iranian media carried reports on the win yesterday. Iran’s religious rulers first declared Barbie.” Any successor to Saleh will face multiple. Ghazali said. A police source and witnesses said the gunmen. adding that she could not ﬁnd Barbie cartoon DVDs as she was told they were also banned from public sale. We don’t want cash money from that fund going to our Treasury. Basindwa said aid from Yemen’s neighbours was crucial to rebuilding the country.. on Sunday. strengthening support for it as it picked up award after award in international festivals. which has become increasingly restricted in the past three years. “Yemen needs a ” lot of money to rebuild to achieve prosperity. tens of billions of dollars.. We will have nothing to do with choosing the consultants. Premier says Sanaa needs billions of dollars in aid Reuters Abu Dhabi emen needs billions of dollars in aid and has received assurances of ﬁnancial help from Gulf Arab neighbours after a year of violent political turmoil over the fate of its president. yesterday. also for the ﬁrst time in an official capacity. forced shopkeepers to hide the leggy. A Separation is seen to be a frontrunner for the best foreignlanguage Oscar at the US Academy Awards on February 26. The new order. had killed two policemen. The official reason given was that the House of Cinema had changed its founding statutes without consulting authorities. such as allowing ﬁlmmakers to express critical views of the regime at its annual festival. Authorities in Iran this month dissolved the country’s main ﬁlm industry guild. arrived in shops wearing a variety of traditional dress. met little resistance from a small police contingent based in the town. asking us to remove all the Barbies. Washington and Riyadh are pushing for implementation of a deal signed in November under which Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh formally handed power to his deputy to calm unrest and restore order in the impoverished country. This award “is the cause of I pride for all Iranians all over the world. led by an Al Qaeda militant recently handed over by Syria to Yemen. to eliminate poverty. “Al Qaeda has raised its ﬂag over the citadel. and Dara. is also bringing into focus the trials of the overall Iranian ﬁlm industry.” said Farnaz . 29. one leg of a regional tour aimed at drumming up aid.12 Gulf Times Tuesday. Radda residents said the militants. The Kuwaiti ruler dissolved parliament in December after accepting the government’s resignation and appointing a new prime minister following a bitter dispute between the previous government and MPs. A Separation. “My daughter prefers Barbies. ranians reacted with pride yesterday after an Iranian ﬁlm. he said. 33. including about 20 women. citing its “destructive cul- tural and social consequences” . . I inside the country the Barbie ban is part of what the government calls a “soft war” against decadent cultural inﬂuences. with about half a million displaced and one-third of children suffering from moderate or acute malnutrition. Basindwa. won a major US prize—a triumph on the international stage that. ” Iman. where Islamist ﬁghters have also seized chunks of territory and control large parts of the province of Abyan. Qaeda militants tighten grip on town in Yemen State television reports that Radda residents are appealing to the government to send in troops to free the town Reuters Sanaa slamist militants raised their ﬂag over the citadel at Radda and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri after seizing the Yemeni town southeast of the capital Sanaa. Los Angeles. who stormed the town of 60. though. “Its members have spread out across the town’s neighbourhoods after pledging allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahri during evening prayers (on Sunday). where another trophy—already tipped by many of the world’s leading ﬁlm critics—would be a cultural coup for this country at a time it is facing an intense Western campaign to isolate it politically. It needs billions of dollars. with critics raving about its humanity and its sharp portrayal of the Iran that exists beyond the grim news headlines. one of the poorest in the Arab world. “OMG. curvaceous blonde behind other toys as a way of meeting popular demand for the dolls while avoiding being closed down by the police. made by US company Mattel Inc. but no set ﬁgures or a timeline for disbursing the funds. who become embroiled in a nasty dispute with a domestic worker. eclipsed geopolitical tensions. said one Facebook user. independent groups and organisations sent monitors to polling stations on their own without co- A ordination with the government. Ghazali said 300 people have volunteered to become monitors and undergone training. on the sidelines of a conference in the United Arab Emirates. a 38-year-old mother.” he added. “Our role will be just to submit a list of projects Yemen needs in all its governorates. “They’ll after (that) hold tenders and choose the right companies to implement. The foreign monitors will assist 300 local volunteers who have been allowed to monitor the election.” he told Reuters in the interview. Tehran in crackdown on peddlers of Barbie dolls Reuters Tehran ran’s morality police are cracking down on the sale of Barbie dolls to protect the public from what they see as pernicious Western culture eroding Islamic values.” Yemeni state television re- ported that Radda residents were appealing to the government to send in troops to free the town. and declared Tareq al-Dahab. As the West imposes the toughest ever sanctions on Iran and tensions rise over its nuclear programme. Congratulations to everyone!” said another. the House of Cinema. capital of the southern province of Abyan. The attention it is earning. in the Al Baydah province. Despite the ban. Any aid would bypass his government and be spent directly on approved development projects. “In late March or early April they will establish a fund for Yemen.! I still can’t believe that Farhadi got the Globe from Madonna! Now I really envy him.” Basindwa said. In previous elections. More than 300 candidates. “About three weeks ago they (the morality police) came to our shop. a female. unemployment and thereby also Y terrorism. despite an outcry from several renowned Iranian directors. companies that will carry out such projects. Al Qaeda-linked fighters man a checkpoint at a road in the town of Radda. The Kuwaiti government last month asked the Kuwaiti Transparency Society and two other NGOs to monitor the parliamentary election before and during the casting of votes. which lies next to important oil and cargo shipping lanes in the Red Sea. he said. appeared to mirror an attack last year when the militants seized the city of Zinjibar. I residents said yesterday. The raid on Radda. She says Sara and Dara are ugly and fat. “I’m hopeful he will leave (before February 21). But. overlapping regional conﬂicts including resurgent separatist sentiment in the south. Its victory at Hollywood’s Golden Globes. according to a recent government and UN survey. who leads a government tasked with preparing for a February election to pick a successor to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The ﬁlm recounts the story of a couple estranged because of differences over whether to leave Iran. issued around three weeks ago. said the head of the Kuwaiti Transparency Society. also said he wanted Saleh to leave Yemen before the vote. Iran’s government initially slapped a ban on the movie as it was being made because Farhadi voiced support for fellow ﬁlmmakers labelled by authorities as “anti-regime” .
alluding to the conﬂict with Palestinians. and warned that time was running out for the peace process in the Middle East. welcomed the attacks as a blow against the Jewish state.” he told reporters. deputy manager of the exchange’s marketing and communications unit. ” Israel opened an agency to tackle cyber attacks earlier this month. “It’s another episode in the war our enemies are conducting as a campaign of delegitimisation to hit our pockets and lifestyle. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu ” Zuhri said in Gaza. The two men were convicted of killing Ehud and Ruthy Fogel and their three young children. was sentenced to a similar prison term in October. in reference to the three-month deadline set by the diplomatic Quartet of peacemakers from the US. that they pose no immediate security threat. referring to the date of the ﬁrst faceto-face encounter between the two sides. done right. “This is a new ﬁeld of resistance against the Occupation and we urge Arab youth to develop their methods in electronic warfare in the face of (Israel’s) crimes..” he said. Abbas. in reported com” ments conﬁrmed by his spokesman. Cameron ” said. 2012 13 ARAB WORLD Britain: Israel settlements are vandalism British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg accuses Israel of “deliberate vandalism” with its continued construction of settlements Reuters London Rivals at odds on Quartet deadline AFP Jerusalem B ritain condemned Israeli settlements yesterday as “deliberate vandalism” of efforts to establish a Palestinian state. ” The First International Bank of Israel (FIBI) and two subsidiary banks. and on the peace process by Prime Minister David Cameron. we will be able to wipe out all these hackers’ threats. In February last year. With the deadline looming. there must be speed . where Palestinians want to found a state. “We think that time. Officials insist. in a year or two. then it is now at a time when so much change and transformation has taken place throughout the region. the fate of Palestinian refugees and other issues. posted the details of thousands of Israeli credit card holders and other personal information on the Internet in a mass theft. Abbas suspended talks 15 months ago over Israel’s expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West bank. they will not silence us on the Internet. which governs Gaza. Settlements have to stop in order for us to be able to continue our negotiations. which saw the family stabbed to death as they were sleeping in Itamar settlement in March 2011. The Tel Aviv bourse website could only be accessed intermittently. one of whom a three-month-old baby.Gulf Times Tuesday. Massad and Otzar Hahayal. ” Ben-Israel said on Israel Radio. to come to some sort of solution. Most world countries deem the settlements illegal. On October 26. but that Palestinian negotiators were still scheduled to meet their Israeli counterparts two or three more times.the US. According to the charge sheet. His cousin. in some ways. which is why the settlement issue remains so important. Amjad Awwad also received an additional seven years’ imprisonment for the murders. ” Speaking after meeting Cameron. and tomorrow it could be theft of security information and harm to infrastructure. While apparently conﬁned to areas causing only limited inconvenience. Abbas is on a tour of Europe while negotiators from both sides undertake initial discussions on resuming full talks. the European Union and the UN . ” Palestinian policemen loyal to Hamas participate in a graduation ceremony in Gaza City yesterday. El Al Reuters Jerusalem H ackers disrupted online access to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Quartet envoys said they were giving the parties three months to “come forward with comprehensive proposals on territory and security” . but screen-based trading was not hit. or in any forum. All parties to the talks have accepted the ultimate goal of a “two-state solution” which . proclaiming Palestinian sympathies. But Netanyahu made clear Israel was working on a different schedule. The attacks came just days after an unidentiﬁed hacker.” Clegg said. but Clegg said the Arab Spring had ushered in a period of change that could make negotiations more fruitful. the attacks have caused particular alarm in a country that depends on high-tech systems for much of its defence. “It’s an act of deliberate vandalism to the basic premise upon which negotiations have taken place for years and that is why we have expressed our concerns as a government in increasingly forceful terms. The sides remain divided over its borders. “If there was any time for real progress. Palestinians say Israel must ﬁrst halt settlement building. The resolution was vetoed by the US. The exploratory discussions began on January 3 and followed a long break in negotiations after Palestinian jailed for killing settlers An Israeli military court yesterday sentenced a 19-year-old Palestinian to five consecutive life sentences for killing a family of five in a northern West Bank settlement. he said.. There was no claim of responsibility for yesterday’s incidents. Palestinian officials have made clear they will not continue any form of talks after January 26 unless Israel freezes settlement construction and agrees to base any future talks on the lines which existed before the 1967 Six-Day War.” he said. banks. any hacker anywhere in the world can break into them and do damage. which says it wants Israel to stop settlement construction but believes international condemnation is unhelpful. El Al Airlines and three banks yesterday in what the government described as a cyber-offensive against Israel. “Israel must use all measures at its disposal to prevent these virtual dangers from turning into real threats and to prevent with all its force attacks against it and its institutions. “Erakat wants to abandon talks on January 26. however. is running out for the twostate solution unless we can push forward now. who is also due to visit I British Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the steps of 10 Downing Street in London yesterday. Israel rattled as hackers hit bourse. welcomed the comments by Britain’s deputy prime minister. but that incidents like the ones seen recently would only increase. “I believe that. Stock trading and El Al ﬂights operated normally despite the disruption. Russia. “I am using this platform to send a clear message that . because otherwise the facts on the ground will make it more and more difficult. 18. Deputy ” Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said on his Facebook page. Abbas said he had received no new proposals from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Isaac Ben-Israel. The comments on Jewish settlements by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. said it had been spared attack. said their marketing sites had been hacked but that sites providing online services to clients were unaffected. bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as negotiators attempt to revive moribund peace talks. A founding member of the unit.” Netanyahu was quoted as saying by a spokesman. “This is exactly what we had wanted to hear officially from the government of the United Kingdom. Abbas did not say why he was considering returning to the negotiating table now despite continued settlement building. which they believe moves the goalposts while talks are under way and gives Israel incentive to stall. Britain and almost all other members of the UN Security Council backed a resolution condemning settlement building as illegal and a major obstacle to peace. would see a Palestinian state established alongside Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday. Clegg’s comments were some of Britain’s strongest yet on the Middle East’s most intractable conﬂict. Discount. Russia and UN.wants the two sides to state their positions on the borders and security arrangements of a future two-state solution by January 26. said the country’s most vital systems were already protected.” Clegg said during a visit to London by Abbas. “They have demanded an apology for Israel’s defensive measures. European Union. Hakim Awwad.. Israel’s third-largest bank. referring to settlements impeding efforts to create a Palestinian state alongside Israel. He prefaced his comments by saying there was no stronger supporter of Israel than himself. he said. which occurred as Israeli media reported that pro-Palestinian hackers had threatened at the weekend to shut down the TASE stock exchange and airline websites. from the nearby village of Awarta. However. Hamas. the army said. Today it’s credit card theft and toppling websites. Israeli Information Minister Yuli Edelstein told a conference in Tel Aviv that the cyber attacks were part of a wider move to smear the country’s reputation and “threaten Israel’s economic stability and security” . . “Of course. “Once you place physical facts on the ground which make it impossible to deliver what everyone has for years agreed is the ultimate destination. January 17. The Quartet of international peace mediators . “As long as the systems are not guarded.. His remarks to MPs came two days after Israel’s chief negotiator Yitzhak Molho held a third exploratory meeting in Amman with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat in a bid to restart direct talks which have been on ice since September 2010. the cousins. in a murder that sparked international condemnation. ” El Al said it had taken precautions to protect the company site and warned of possible disruptions to its online activity. Berlin and Moscow. “The stock exchange’s trading activities are operating normally. time is of the essence.. srael and the Palestinians are at odds over the Quartet’s deadline for proposals on borders and security. acted of their own free will although both are members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Israel disputes this. “We are only counting talks from January 3 which means we have until April 3. Israel says such issues can be resolved only at talks with no preconditions. ” said Orna Goren. but that it was temporarily shutting down foreign access to its website as a precaution. Abbas reiterated his call for a settlement freeze. “There has been an attack by hackers on the access routes to the website. then you do immense damage.
” he said. said last week that a special council is being set up to oversee all military operations. and separately for the killings of hundreds of protesters who took part in demonstrations against his regime. 2012 ARAB WORLD Assad’s political. an associate of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal who also sat on the poli- E cies committee of the former ruling National Democratic Party. “Leaders should always be connected with the people. was sentenced to death. Iran has repeatedly violated a UN arms embargo with exports to protest-hit Syria. It said security forces ﬁred off mortars at Baliun village in Jabal Al Zawiya where hundreds of deserters had gathered. when a colleague was silenced for suggesting members discuss the opposition. The council will “help organise defections within the army and will be in contact with officers in the regular army to encourage large-scale rather than individual defections.” . aided by bulldozers. People staying home and children are scared. Sudan. .” he said. “It is important that the UN speaks and acts in a coherent manner.” Ban also commended the Arab League for sending monitors to Syria despite criticism of the mission that has failed to end the violence. Dozens of people have died in FSA attacks on the regular army. One resident who escaped with her mother said the building was extremely run-down and the owner had warned tenants not to remain there shortly before it disintegrated. A media adviser to a top Syrian army defector. “We condemn these violations and call on Iran and Syria to comply with Security Council resolutions. the UN Security Council. “I lived all this time in Homs. water. Prime Minister Najib Mikati set up a team to investigate why the building had collapsed and to ensure the safety of other buildings in the city that could be prone to collapse. said in a statement the decision was taken in talks on Saturday night with the Syrian Free Army (SFA).” Ban told reporters on the sidelines of an energy summit in Abu Dhabi. Darfur commission meets A handout photograph made available by the UN and Afrcan Union Mission in Darfur shows UNAMID Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari (second left) and Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud at the second meeting of the Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) on the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur at the UNAMID headquarters in El Fasher. Egyptian and Filipino nationals. Hosni Mubarak is now himself on trial for corruption with his two sons. Damascus announced a general amnesty which the opposition dismissed as a sham on Sunday. It said the amnesty. “I sincerely hope that the Security Council will handle this in a sense of seriousness and gravity and in a coherent manner. “The UN panel of experts on Iran has identiﬁed and informed the Security Council of several violations of the embargo on arms to or from Iran set up by. Ghalioun. “They all attacked him saying there is no such thing as opposition. “Where are all the political leaders?” shouted one woman... General Mostafa Ahmed al-Sheikh. formed of deserters from the military. A government crackdown on dissent has since cost more than 5. She told local television that she and her mother managed to escape as the building came tumbling down but her father and three brothers remained trapped.” the ofﬁcial Sana news agency reported. security forces arrested nine students in a raid on the university of Syria’s second largest city. The commercial life is almost nonexistent. Moustafa was sentenced to 15 years in jail. Twelve other people were being treated in hospital. ﬁve people including a woman were killed and nine others wounded as armed members of the shabiha pro-regime militia shot up a bakery in Homs and burnt it down. Moustafa.. army foes step up pressure The Syrian National Council and the Syrian Free Army set up a liaison office and a hotline AFP Damascus Lawmaker from Homs defects. At the ﬁrst trial. will be retried next month as sought by prosecutors who complained his 15-year sentence was too lenient. the group said. I do not think there will be any reforms because the young people have taken their decision. then this situation is inevitable. Qasem Soleimani. there is no electricity. an MP from the restive city of Homs. In May 2009. Gamal and Alaa. this is a revolution and there is no going back. who was jailed in 2010 for the murder of a Lebanese pop singer. Masked gunmen prowl the rain-swept streets of the once-relaxed Syrian hill resort.” he said.” he said. where he said the situation has become “unacceptable. In fresh violence yesterday. The regime will use the security solution till the end. The Syrian National Council. “These arms deliveries are illegal and deeply shocking because they beneﬁt a regime that has chosen a kind of repression that the UN rights council has repeatedly said constitutes ‘crimes against humanity’” he said. “Blood is in the streets. but the number of casualties has reached to such an unacceptable stage. “I’ve been urging and appealing to President (Bashar) al-Assad to stop killing. also told Reuters his expectations that reforms will be implemented were crushed during a parliament meeting a few months ago.” T he political and military opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced yesterday they have set up a hotline to co-ordinate their action. we all want this to happen. Also to be retried in the case is Mohsen al-Sukkari. Iran is forbidden to import or export weapons or ammunition under the terms of UN Security Council resolutions dating from 2007 and 2010 slapped on the country because of its controversial nuclear programme. who had been expected to succeed his father before the regime was toppled in an uprising last year. citing a UN group of experts. UN chief urges Security Council to act with ‘seriousness’ on Syria UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appealed to the Security Council to act with “seriousness” on Syria. “I sincerely hope they will be able to carry on.” he said. der its command since an anti-regime revolt broke out in Syria in mid-March. The Syrian Observatory said 11 civilians were killed by security forces on Sunday and that 19 soldiers were abducted by deserters who ambushed their convoy in the southern province of Daraa. meanwhile. “I cannot see blood in the streets and the human rights violations and say I just want to watch. yesterday. a court said yesterday. the whole country is bleeding. who was killed in July 2008 at her Dubai apartment. “I highly appreciate and commend the efforts by the league of Arab states. the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Rescuers worked in heavy rain to try to ﬁnd survivors from the ruins of the ﬁve-storey residential building in Beirut’s Ashraﬁyeh district. particularly since it targeted a prominent businessman who was close to Gamal Mubarak.. said he could not remain silent in the face of the bloodshed in the country. January 17. gas or diesel for heating. We cannot let this situation continue like this.” he added. 24 killed as building collapses in Beirut Agencies Beirut T he death toll from the collapse of a Beirut building rose to 24 yesterday and Lebanese officials said more than 10 people could still be under the rubble nearly a full night and day after the disaster. $2mn to cut Tamim’s throat. 2012. The FSA claims to have gathered some 40.” “The situation has reached an unacceptable point..000 ﬁghters un- A member of the Free Syria Army with an assault rifle stands guard during a patrol in the western border town of Zabadani in this undated still image taken from amateur video obtained by Reuters yesterday. an umbrella group. The sick can not even go to hospitals. and to listen to his own people. who left Syria with his family for Cairo two weeks ago. by dispatching monitors and engaging in discussions with President Assad. as foreign and internal pressure mounts on his regime. according to a UN estimate. to allow for rapid deployment” and cope with the daily inﬂow of deserting officers and soldiers. Tycoon to be retried over singer’s killing AFP Cairo gyptian tycoon Hisham Talaat Moustafa. ” Releasing prisoners is one of the key conditions of an Arab League road map approved by Syria in November to end the country’s crisis. “President Assad issued a decree stipulating a general amnesty for crimes committed during the events between March 15.” Ghalioun said his hometown of Homs was a stricken city. It was not clear what had caused the disaster. A liaison office was set up and “a hotline to follow internal political developments on the ground” it said.” he said. including Sudanese. “They only show up when they want our vote. Imad Ghalioun. The statement said further meetings would be held involving military experts “to strengthen the capacity of the SFA against regime forces and to protect civilian regions which the regime wants to raid or pillage” . the French foreign ministry said yesterday. .14 Gulf Times Tuesday. “The regime is trying to make its unrealistic plans for reconciliation and national dialogue credible. “Garbage is everywhere. says reform promises hollow A member of Syria’s parliament said yesterday he has left the country to join the opposition after losing hope that President Bashar al-Assad will implement reforms and end a crackdown on protesters demanding his removal.” Ghalioun said he rejects foreign intervention and military operations in Syria saying that protests can eventually topple Assad. Many of those killed were foreign workers. But in November that year the prosecution complained the sentence was “too lenient” and demanded Moustafa be tried again. When a leader is disconnected from the reality and from the people.” Nadal said in response to a question about a US accusation that Tehran was sending arms to Damascus. an associate of Moustafa who was sentenced to 25 years for the murder of Tamim. Many wept and others said prayers as rescuers painstakingly sifted through the rubble. The Supreme Egyptian Criminal Court decided that it would begin the new trial of Moustafa for the murder of singer and former lover Suzanne Tamim from February 6. covered infringements of the law on peaceful demonstrations. A rights group. the third of its kind. which occurred after days of heavy rain in the Lebanese capital. for propaganda purposes. the possession of unlawful weapons and army desertion.. health ministry officials said earlier yesterday. Moustafa was ac- cused of having paid Sukkari. and it is in this context that it is making such announcements. Several anxious relatives of the victims remained at the site yesterday hoping for news of their loved ones.000 lives. how can they accept reforms?” he added.” he added of 10 months of deadly protests against Assad’s regime. The talks on Saturday also focused on efforts to “restructure SFA units and create a modern and ﬂexible structure . A year later an appeals court overturned the conviction on procedural grounds and ordered a retrial. The veteran leader’s trial. which started in August.” said spokesman Romain Nadal. In Aleppo. But the opposition Muslim Brotherhood dismissed the amnesty as “neither serious nor credible” . resumes today when the defence team is due to make its case. which they have transformed into a hub of revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. 2011 and January 15. If they cannot acknowledge the existence of an opposition. Senior US officials told AFP on Friday that Iran was supplying munitions to aid Syria’s bloody protest crackdown in an initiative spearheaded by the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ elite Quds force. a former policeman. said security forces killed at least ﬁve civilians in the ﬂashpoint central region of Homs and carried out night-time arrests of students at Aleppo University in the north of the country. Ofﬁcials said the building was old. Ethio- pian. said the Britainbased Observatory in statements received in Nicosia. during that time all I saw was a disaster stricken city. The death sentence shocked Egypt. In September 2010. “There is no chance for Bashar to stay anymore. “I know there are some differences of opinions among member states of the Security Council.
one more than family drama The Descendants which won two including best drama picture and best actor for George Clooney. Romney was not present at Huntsman’s announcement. saying “I’m sorry. the ministry argued. Romney and Gingrich in particular. Japan. “What it tells us is that they really want a personal experience. a senior adviser to President Obama’s re-election team. Although Huntsman decried such tactics yesterday.. Some conservative Republicans questioned his having worked for Obama. while best director went to Martin Scorsese for his 3D adventure Hugo. Former Massachusetts governor Romney heads opinion polls in the state. a film for critics. It took yet another prize just three days before the Globes with the Critics’ Choice best ﬁlm award in Los Angeles on Thursday. ” While consumers around the world still have reservations about sharing ﬁnancial details such as how much they earn. That is good news for retailers as they look for ways to target the right demographic of shoppers with new products. Personally. Puleri said. “All of this paints a picture. The Artist’s ﬁrst prize of the night was for best original score. the private equity ﬁrm Romney cofounded. Shoppers open to giving personal info Reuters New York elcome to the era of the candid consumer. “These are things that I think are pretty important to a retailer. But Clooney won big with The Descendants. “but our campaign to build a better and more trustworthy America continues. to putting a dog on the back of the car for 9 hours. they are less worried about divulging other private information. about threequarters of the people surveyed were willing to dish out details about their media usage such as the TV shows they watch. who won best original song a short time later. Huntsman lagged in public opinion polls and had ﬁnished third in last week’s New Hampshire primary despite focusing much of his energy there after skipping the ﬁrst nominating contest in Iowa. Gingrich and Perry have cast Romney as a “job killer” and a “vulture capitalist” for Romney’s time with Bain Capital. but not this. and Showtime’s show-biz comedy Episodes. a Spanish language broadcaster. ” David Axelrod. But that’s just my personal bias. More than half of the people surveyed were even willing to disclose their exact location and related information. “Like the use of words ‘I like firing people’ . adding ” that the change in shopper behaviour was phenomenal.. Other winners on Sunday night included Michelle Williams as best actress in a musical or comedy for her Monroe turn in My Week with Marilyn. and said Romney is that candidate. some of which involved cutting costs by laying off workers. was beaten for best director by Scorsese for Hugo. Voters in Iowa. Puleri said. “I’d rather not have been in a kennel all the way to Canada. about the “Iranian threat. His departure from the race and endorsement could provide a modest boost for fellow Mormon Romney.. “It doesn’t have to be monetary beneﬁt. Even so.Gulf Times Tuesday. never gained traction in the Republican campaign. a fact that didn’t sit well with many conservatives. and Angelina Jolie’s directoral debut. The movie missed out in the screenplay category to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. worrying and immoral move that shows off the submission of Washington’s agenda to that of extremist and violent political sectors that have their home in the state of Florida. he too had joined in the attacks on Romney at various times during the campaign. after a pause: “I’m not French. Texas congressman Ron Paul. global retail leader of IBM’s global business services. that doesn’t strike me as a very good thing to have done. Venezuela’s consul in Miami. informed the Venezuelan embassy of their decision on January 6. or had moved into a new home. others doubted his conservative credentials.” he said in South Carolina. Earlier this month. politics have a way of quickly turning enemies into friends of convenience. Livia Acosta Noguera. was expelled from the US. saying that its personnel were at risk. Huntsman said the fact that Romney “enjoys ﬁring people” showed that he was “so detached from the problems people face today” and was “unelectable. and best director where Scorsese won for Hugo. ” Huntsman said. Best foreign language movie went to A Separation from Iran. shoppers around the world are becoming increasingly willing to share more personal information with their favourite merchants. January 17.” said director Michel Hazanavicius. Mexico. Uggie. reminding voters of an incident from the 1980s when Mitt Romney tied his dog in a kennel to the roof of his car and drove to Canada. Without referencing the context of Romney’s comments. Meryl Streep won best actress for her mesmerising portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. which each had four nods but went home empty-handed. which had garnered the most Globes nominations with nods in six categories. “Our quarterback was George Clooney. and the US State Department declared her “persona non grata. and that appeared to be the case yesterday. eyes Oscars AFP Los Angeles The Winners for Best Motion Picture . Gingrich and Perry became the rare Republicans to attack free enterprise capitalism. Madonna. “I think that there are many characteristics that come out during the course of a presidential campaign. I’m French. ” The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement yesterday that Acosta Noguera had been expelled “based on unjustiﬁed allegations that were irresponsi- bly spread by a television channel better known for its telenovelas than for serious journalism. 3. Huntsman and Romney are longtime rivals for the hearts of moderate Republican voters. New Hampshire and now South Carolina have been inundated with negative radio and TV ads about the candidates.” South Carolina is the next state to vote in a primary to see which Republican will be nominated to run against Democratic President Barack Obama in November. as they look for a more personalised and efficient shopping experience. In the Land of Blood and Honey. Although political analysts and commentators speculated that Huntsman might make another run for president in 2016. an IBM survey of more than 28. former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santo- J rum. which were made in a documentary aired on Univision. Venezuela closes Miami consulate DPA Caracas on Huntsman suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination yesterday.” Gingrich told reporters.” said Gingrich. adding three gongs to its growing haul of prizes in the run-up to the all-important Oscars next month. while about 59% of those surveyed said they were OK with disclosing lifestyle-related information such as whether they owned more than one car. and more recently the Directors Guild of America (DGA) best picture seen as a key indicator for the Oscars. where was I?” he opened the show with. or had a child recently. while 73% of the W group were ﬁne with disclosing demographic information such as their ethnicity. before taking an early stab at the Globes themselves. “They ” don’t want to ﬁnd advertising in their mailbox or in their email about things they are never going to buy. accepting the award at the climax of the three-hour Globes show at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. a Hawaii-based family drama which took the top prize at Hollywood’s main preOscars awards show. The French-directed movie won best musical/comedy. “They are willing to share information if there is perceived beneﬁt. The FBI had investigated the allegations.in some cases. There was disappointment for civil rights movie The Help. said conservative voters should not let concerns about the shaky US economy or defeating Democratic President Barack Obama interfere with their beliefs.” Huntsman said.Comedy or Musical The Artist pose with the trophy at the 69th annual Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday. “Today our campaign for the presidency ends. appeared to forget her words initially. “We thought it would be a movie for the festivals. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum took aim at Romney on Sunday as he sought to build on a late endorsement from evangelical leaders and narrow the crucial South Carolina contest to a two-man race. who is ahead in South Carolina after winning in Iowa and New Hampshire. for Ludovic Bource. ” “It constitutes an unfair. calling on his party to end “an onslaught of negative and personal attacks” in the campaign and then endorsing rival Mitt Romney. “So. who apologised. which beat ﬁlms from China and Belgium as well Spanish Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In. was beaten for supporting actress by S Uggie the dog poses with the trophy for the Best Movie The Artist at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards. noted on Twitter yesterday morning that Huntsman had once called Romney a “welllubricated weather vane” who changes his positions based on the political winds. Chile. when taken out of context. Instead. South Africa and China were more willing to share private information versus their counterparts in mature markets such as Europe. These included HBO’s comedy Enlightened.” Some of the biggest winners at Sunday’s Golden Globes were critically acclaimed cable shows that draw relatively small audiences . Seamus. a ﬁlm for critics.. Romney has been criticised by animal rights groups for taking the dog.” he said. Bain was involved in several corporate takeovers. the ﬁlm tells the story of silent star George Valentin (played by Dujardin) whose career is torpedoed by the arrival of the “talkies. and trims the ﬁeld to ﬁve candidates: f o r m e r Massachusetts governor Romney. adding: “The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton” to groans from the starstudded audience. “It’s just like the Oscars without the esteem. 2012 15 AMERICAS Silent ﬁlm The Artist wins Globes. ” US authorities. hoping for a more targeted and smarter shopping experience. British comic Ricky Gervais. ” T he Venezuelan government announced yesterday the closure of its consulate in Miami. Gingrich also brought up a recent remark by Romney that. Florida-based “criminal and terrorist” organisations have threatened its personnel since Acosta Noguera’s expulsion became public. Octavia Spencer in The Help.. saying: “This is a surprise. who is in a bitter feud with Romney over attack ads in the campaign. Santorum. In criticising Romney’s business record. best musical/comedy actor and best musical score on Sunday. Huntsman quits race. Billed as a tribute to the silent movie era. . nominated for ﬁve awards but winning only one. hosting for the third straight year despite ruffling feathers at last year’s show. after being joined onstage by the movie’s trickperforming dog star..000 people in 15 countries showed. ” Shoppers in emerging markets such as Argentina.” before pulling out a piece of paper and reading his acceptance speech. “This race has degenerated into an onslaught of negative and personal attacks not worthy of the American people and not worthy of this critical time in our nation’s history. for best supporting actress by Spencer and best screenplay by Allen’s box office hit. Best animated feature went to Spielberg’s big screen version of the Belgian cartoon book hero. as well as best actor. ilent movie The Artist topped the winners at the Golden Globes awards. former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Governor Rick Perry. said Jill Pul” eri. About 61% of people were comfortable sharing their names and addresses with retailers. Taking up the theme. Huntsman urged the Republican Party to unite behind the candidate “best equipped” to beat Obama. BBC America’s crime thriller Luther. but not this. his campaign would not comment and he took no questions after his announcement. From their food allergies to home addresses. which declined to give details of the reasons for the expulsion. The former Utah governor. We didn’t expect this. Last week in New Hampshire. The Artist. I have no excuse. on a family vacation from Boston. as well as Brad Pitt’s baseball-themed Moneyball and Clooney’s political thriller The Ides of March. he enjoyed ﬁring people who didn’t provide good service. and Huntsman barely mentioned Romney’s name in endorsing him. Starz’s political drama Boss. endorses Romney Huntsman’s departure from the race and endorsement could provide a modest boost for fellow Mormon Romney Reuters Myrtle Beach. the Oscars nominees will be announced on January 24.” before adding.” “We thought it would be a movie for the festivals. South Carolina Gingrich nips at Romney for dog-on-roof incident in 80s Newt Gingrich gave the Republican presidential front-runner a little nip in the leg on Sunday. Australia. The governor has to figure out whether or not that picture is electable. made it sound like the former enjoyed firing people. the state” ment said. far fewer than 1mn viewers per week. Huntsman harshly criticised the negative tone that the Republican race has taken on since Gingrich and other candidates put Romney in their sights after the Iowa caucuses on Jan. We didn’t expect this” It won best ﬁlm and best director at the New York Film Critics Circle awards in November. was again in provocative form although perhaps not quite as near-the-bone as 12 months ago.” said The Descendants producer Jim Burke. and best supporting actor for Christopher Plummer in Beginners. The Adventures of Tintin. After its Globes success. The Miami Herald reported allegations that she had discussed possible cyberattacks on US soil. For instance. Huntsman’s announcement came just hours before a debate for Republican presidential candidates here. she said. Canada and the US. Many of the negative ads in the campaign have been the work of “super” political action committees that support candidates but operate independently from the campaigns and can receive unlimited donations. who also served as US ambassador to China under Democratic President Barack Obama. Huntsman seized upon remarks Romney made in a healthcare discussion in which Romney said that when it came to healthcare. Brazil. due on February 26. a former Pennsylvania senator. Colombia.
that this probably would not be the top of their list of priorities for the use of scarce public resources. given that there is very little money around. Tennis coach paralysed in crash gets £4mn payout A tennis coach left paralysed by a hit-and-run driver has been awarded £4mn compensation. He also pointed out that while the UK has refused extradition requests from the US.” Britannia. Around a third of Unilever’s 7. and broke his nose on a night out in the Alpine resort of Val d’Isere. but much of that comes from blockbusters like the Harry Potter franchise that are often bankrolled by Hollywood studios. Broadcasters such as ITV and BSkyB were also urged to do more to promote British ﬁlms. Dalai Lama to visit Britain this summer Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader will visit Britain this summer in a tour that may upset China at a time of protests over its control of the region and efforts by London to persuade Beijing to invest more in the UK’s ailing economy. The BBC. Prime Minister David Cameron sparked controversy last week when he suggested that the British movie industry should focus on box office success rather than critical acclaim. now 55. Michael Elliott.” said an LSE spokeswoman. suffered a near-fatal brain injury when thrown from his bike as it was struck by a Land Rover on the Great North Road between Barnet and Potters Bar in 2009. and given a suspended ﬁne of £5. Quinn had originally said he intended to challenge the issuing of a bankruptcy summons. His wife. is ﬁghting extradition to the US over charges that he hacked Pentagon computers in 2002. whose party joined criticism of the legislation before the election. Sean Quinn declared bankrupt in Dublin Sean Quinn.000. “The key question. “Both the SU (Students’ Union) and LSE are investigating these events and are prepared to take disciplinary action if the al- A legations are shown to be true. the mayor remains a “passionate supporter of HS2 in principle”. his idea was im- mediately scuppered by Prime Minister David Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy Nick Clegg. making the role of broadcasters all the more important. Despite his criticism of the current plan. Sir Scott also concluded that even if a “forum” test had been applied in British courts to decide whether suspects should be tried in the US. the spokeswoman said. invests £12mn per year to British ﬁlms and while the panel welcomed the support. and job uncertainty as the economy struggles out of recession. Transport Secretary Justine Greening gave the go-ahead to the scheme last week. Drinkers reportedly hurled anti-Semitic abuse at the victim. but added that despite “and perhaps because of the austere times” the jubilee cel. January 17. that they cannot predict how successful a ﬁlm will be until it has hit the screens and that they do not wish to merely recreate Hollywood-style movies in a hunt for ﬁnancial success. an Asperger’s syndrome sufferer. Government torpedoes yacht gift plan for Queen Reuters London T he coalition government poured cold water on suggestions from a minister that taxpayers should fund a new royal yacht for Queen Elizabeth to mark her 60th year on the throne despite Britons dealing with severe austerity measures themselves. around 90kms from Val d’Isere. 2012 BRITAIN/IRELAND DISPUTE PEOPLE LEGAL CRITICISM RULING Unilever strike action set for this week British workers at Unilever plan to escalate strike action this week with 11 days of rolling stoppages starting tomorrow in a dispute over plans to axe the consumer goods group’s final-salary pension scheme. Gougam was in a coma for three weeks. ebrations should be greater than any that had gone before. yesterday pleaded with drivers in London to take more care to avoid injuring cyclists. unless required for a ﬁlm. it said. The Land Rover driver. Independent British ﬁlms had a share at the box office of just 5. The ﬁght broke out after the student took offence at other members of his group playing a game called Nazi Ring of Fire. The judgment was made at the high court in Dublin shortly before midday and represents a victory for the state-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation which sought to have Quinn bankrupted in Ireland. was being treated for glaucoma and cataracts at the time. May ‘not to rewrite’ US extradition treaty London Evening Standard London Top university probes ‘Nazi game assault’ AFP London heresa May is preparing to abandon efforts to rewrite the government’s extradition treaty with the US despite claims that it is unfair to British citizens. including that of London computer hacker Gary McKinnon. though. Jim Ferrie casts a line on the opening day of the salmon fishing season on the river Tay. GMB and Usdaw trade unions have called for further action. Media reported the Queen cried when she bade it farewell. It found that the “widespread perception” that arrangements with the US were unfair was “not justiﬁed” by the facts. none of the extraditions that have so far taken place would have been halted. The Queen bade a sad farewell to the royal family’s much-loved yacht Britannia in 1997 and Education Secretary Michael Gove recommended replacing it as a signiﬁcant gesture to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. have continued to prompt calls for reform. has concluded. as supporters of reform want. for ﬁnancial support for a wide range of movies ranging from the small arthouse movies to blockbusters and the reinvestment of proﬁts into the industry to generate further success. “British ﬁlm is going through something of a golden period. However. British-made and British-based movies has been taking not just British cinema audiences but many others around the world by storm. the hurdle that prosecutors must clear to secure extradition is equally high in both countries. a former secretary of state who produced the report. His legal team argues that his mental condition could lead to his suicide if he were sent to the US. “A run of really good. The government-appointed panel appeared to agree yesterday. British fashion designer John Galliano was convicted of antiSemitism last year for ranting at drinkers in Paris’s Jewish quarter. The mayor expressed his concerns about the impact the £32bn HS2 line will have on west London. May: U-turn over decision prestigious British university was yesterday investigating claims that a Jewish student was assaulted during a Nazi-themed drinking game while on a ski holiday in France. May’s decision follows the publication last year of a governmentcommissioned report on extradition law by the former Court of Appeal judge Sir Scott Baker. said television accounted for 80% of the total ﬁlm audience. British cinema has enjoyed a string of hits in recent years. Under French law it is a crime to make anti-Semitic statements or exhibit Nazi uniforms or emblems in public. The Dalai Lama is due to visit Britain from June 16 to June 23. saying it would look to support as many ﬁlms as possible. Scotland. successful. rising taxes. it said it would like to see this increase further. at which a British lawmaker was present. but that they feel bound to accept the former judge’s verdict because of the detailed way in which he conducted his analysis of the law. The LSE was forced to admit it officials had made a “chapter of failures” after it accepted a £1. ” the report said. who was also a cycling enthusiast.” the paper quoted his letter as saying. “My suggestion would be a gift from the nation to her majesty. Govt seeks ways to create own golden age of cinema Reuters London Open season T he government has urged its national broadcasters and audiences to get behind the country’s ﬁlm industry to promote a cultural brand on a par with Hollywood and French cinema and maintain its current golden run of box office success. Buckingham Palace said it had no comment on the story. “I don’t think this would be an appropriate use of public money given the state of the nation’s finances” Commentators said a taxpayer-funded new yacht for the royals would not have gone down well with the public who are facing spending cuts. The movie industry is worth an estimated £4. the publicly funded broadcaster which dominates much of the media industry in Britain. the son of late leader Muammar Gaddaﬁ. Sources say that ministers acknowledge that they will have to “take a few hits” politically because of the decision. has been declared bankrupt in the republic and could now be barred from trading for the next 12 years. McKinnon. and a government-appointed panel set out yesterday how it intended to maintain that form during the tough economic environment. was decommissioned shortly after Tony Blair’s Labour party came to power in 1997. from Slumdog Millionaire to The King’s Speech.16 Gulf Times Tuesday. This followed last week’s judgment in the high court in Belfast which overturned the former billionaire businessman’s attempt to declare himself bankrupt in Northern Ireland where he would only have been banned from trading for a year. Chris Smith. Filmmakers argue. “These are disturbing allegations relating to events which took place on a foreign trip organised by the Students’ Union.000 British workforce are union members and took part in the first strike in Britain in the group’s 82-year history in December. A source close to Johnson denied he wanted to see the project scrapped. just weeks before London hosts the Olympic Games. in Dunkeld. a 21-year-old student at the London School of Economics.at an estimated cost of some £60mn . high inflation. and something tangible to commemorate this momentous occasion. play or other cultural production. The assault follows the launch of a probe by French prosecutors into a Nazi-themed British stag party at another Alpine ski resort last month. His spokesman said the Dalai Lama will give a series of public lectures on peace to young audiences across the country. a series of high-proﬁle cases. Insiders say that she also accepts that the treaty. Clegg joked the issue would be about “the haves. Funding for a ﬁlm from a body such as the National Lottery used to be considered a loan that was expected to be paid back from the ﬁlm’s income. thinking about (Universities Minister) David Willetts’ excellent suggestion of a royal yacht. several reports said.5mn gift from a foundation run by Saif al-Islam Gaddaﬁ. Mayor slams govt over high-speed rail project Boris Johnson has attacked the government over the high-speed rail project. successful. pay freezes. “Most people in the country would think the diamond jubilee is a wonderful occasion for us to celebrate together as a community and as a nation.” Clegg told reporters.2bn to the economy each year. a 6. The home secretary has concluded that Sir Scott’s findings have shown that the law does not need significant changes The home secretary. the Guardian newspaper reported. At the time the Conservative Party had called for a replacement yacht . 45. that Sir Scott’s ﬁndings have shown that the law does not need signiﬁcant changes. is not unbalanced and that critics’ accusations about ﬂaws in the legislation are largely misplaced. Patrice Gougam. all British requests have been approved by the American authorities and that the overall numbers being extradited from this country were not disproportionately high. The letter did make reference to Britain’s current economic woes. and the have yachts” . involving cards arranged in the shape of a swastika. ” Officials will examine a video of the incident. .” Cameron’s spokesman told reporters. He will continue to press for concessions in the coming months and will do “everything he can” to make the case for unhappy west London residents. the only time she has shed tears in public. The Tibetan Buddhist leader has angered the Chinese government by refusing to condemn a spate of protests by ethnic Tibetans in the last year. the source added. yesterday. which was introduced in 2003. now 66. British-made and British-based movies has been taking not just British cinema audiences but many others around the world by storm” The review calls for British broadcasters to help fund and show British ﬁlms. Aidan Burley lost his post as a parliamentary aide for attending the party in Val Thorens. and should not have been at the wheel. is how do we make this something that lasts for more than just an alltoo-brief year? How do we secure greater consistency in the quality and success of British ﬁlm?” One of the suggestions includes returning the proﬁts from a movie to the development and production teams. The Unite. once Ireland’s richest man. Virginia. Manchester and Scotland. however.5% between 2001 and 2010.000-tonne ship with a crew of 230. A British Film Week around the country showing old and new ﬁlms was cited as a way to promote British movies while lessons in school could teach children about British ﬁlm heritage. T Despite the conclusions. Concern over pensions changes has been growing in Britain with Unilever closing its final salary scheme to newcomers in 2008 and now for existing members. however. while oil giant Shell is set to close its British final salary scheme to new workers in 2013. “I don’t think this would be an appropriate use of public money given the state of the nation’s ﬁnances. to encourage further investment in future ﬁlms. “A run of really good.but a poll showed 72% of Britons disapproved of using public money for it. The home secretary is understood to have concluded that altering the way that the law is written would have little practical effect. “But I suspect that most people in the country would think. The most crucial ﬁnding in Sir Scott’s report was that although different language is used in the legal tests applied by British and American courts. giving speeches in London. either through help in funding or through showing the ﬁlms once they are released for television. saying the plan as it stands is “not right” for London.
north-west England. some delays and some congestion. “Following discussions with retailers. who is seen as the candidate most likely to scrap the charges. businesslike and much more sensible than the others. according to a Which? investigation. a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the P John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford and a member of the group. The two main professional organisations of plastic surgeons in the UK. Several of the therapists also used tests with no evidence base to diagnose a range of symptoms. 2012 17 BRITAIN LAW AND ORDER CRIME HEALTH DECISION MOTORING Police work on new anti-gang plan Scotland Yard is developing a new strategy to tackle gang-related crime and serious youth violence in the capital. Critics of the parking policy expressed delight at Barrow’s abrupt departure and said the charges should be immediately consigned to the political dustbin. TfL’s David McNeill said: “The road system around Hammersmith is very.” Doctors who have worked for years as cosmetic surgeons without specialist registration are not breaking the rules and may be more than competent. The “patients” included a 46-year-old woman and another aged 40 recently diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). which regulates both the NHS and private sector. such as Transform and the Hospital Group. “I’m very concerned indeed that they are not on the register. based at the Royal College of Surgeons. 36. Both have some surgeons who are not on the GMC specialist register.” Clegg wants Budget to target the rich The Independent London Walk through the park N ick Clegg is demanding a “tax the rich” Budget in March to head off growing fears that the coalition will lose public support because its deﬁcitreduction programme is seen as unfair on ordinary families. One local Tory activist said: “We would favour Argar. yesterday. Osborne is likely to act on stamp duty. Children’s Minister Sarah Teather said: “Healthy eating is at the heart of helping every child get the best start in life. rivate cosmetic clinics are employing surgeons . near Leeds. The capital’s largest local authority faces weeks of uncertainty — at the start of a crucial year for London — as a power struggle starts. six were rated as “dangerous fails” by a Which? expert panel. than that of an NHS surgeon who does private cosmetic operations in his spare time. The race for the succession began immediately with four leading candidates emerging. ” The charges were scheduled to come into force on January 9 but have been delayed until after the Olympics by a legal challenge. I would be very surprised if Colin’s successor runs along with this. nose jobs and tummy tucks who are not qualiﬁed to work as consultants in the NHS. The force confirmed senior Metropolitan Police officials are in the process of finalising details of the fresh approach. portion sizes. The ﬁnal patient.” Political leaders said it was almost inconceivable that whoever was elected the new head of London’s most powerful local authority could continue with the scheme. ﬁnance chief Philippa Roe. who is responsible for housing. They also want a new crackdown on “non-domiciles” . filled with industrial grade silicone. BMI and Spire. Garforth.” the government said.” Murder suspect held after row with paramedics A man suspected of murdering his partner and her young daughter was arrested after a row with paramedics trying to treat him.foreign residents living in Britain who do not pay tax on their overseas earnings. Scotland proposes to make it an offence to display tobacco products in shops so as to dissuade young people from taking up smoking. That should be a bare minimum for independent practice in this country” Plastic surgeons working for the major private healthcare groups. they argue. including those with cancer. saying they could rid the body of cancer through diet. although both say this is unnecessary for their work and maintain that their standard of work is as high. All the nutritionists charged between £50 and £80 per visit. Sarah Laycock. the government has decided to defer the ban’s implementation date for large stores. those who do private practice have got to the top of the tree. In another consultation. says it is possible for doctors who were not good enough to progress up the ladder in the NHS to move into the private sector as cosmetic surgeons. the Cabinet member for enterprise Brian Connell and Jonathan Glanz. From the 15 visits. the need to notify the European Union of the revised regulations and an ongoing legal challenge by Imperial Tobacco. Police were called after Miller’s row with the paramedics and he was arrested. On Saturday. ” ‘Unqualiﬁed’ surgeons at private clinics raise concern Guardian News and Media London Pedestrians walk through St James’s Park in central London yesterday. are also concerned about the arrival in the UK of a ﬂood of cosmetic surgeons who qualiﬁed in Europe and whose diplomas and certiﬁcates. are not necessarily an indication of reaching the same exacting standards as in the UK even though the GMC accepts them on to the specialist register. It’s a very strange thing to do. The health select committee of MPs is the latest to announce an inquiry into standards in the industry. how to deal with fussy eaters and advice on involving children in food and cooking activities. A further eight were rated as “fails” and only one was deemed a “borderline pass” . which would be harder to avoid. London’s biggest businesses and ordinary residents. in the NHS. It is believed Trident. a surgeon is still in training and will normally work under supervision. the investigation found. According to the School Food Trust charity. Insiders say the parking charge plan is almost certain to be abandoned for good as the leadership battle pits a “young turk” said to be opposed to the charges against the authority’s ﬁnance chief. however. At a meeting with residents. radical action on this. businesses and residents” . the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer. W One senior council ﬁgure told the Standard they were mystiﬁed and “in shock” He said: “We . It would however increase the area of cigarette storage units that may be displayed after retailers raised concerns. expert panel concluded this was “highly irresponsible” and incorrect advice. This can result in them eating too much salt and sugar. the woman trying for a baby was subjected to an examination of the iris of her eye and was told she had “a bit of bowel toxicity” and a “leathery bowel” The . “We have this other cadre who have come in because they have not succeeded. “That should be a bare minimum for independent practice in this country. saying “cancer feeds off sugar” By cutting out . comes after a sustained campaign against the “tax on nightlife” that left him isolated against senior politicians. very saturated. the Guardian revealed. A source close to Clegg said: “Nick is pushing his government colleagues for real. to quit. The proposals would have seen motorists charges up to £4. will be at the forefront of the new strategy. The deputy prime minister called for millions of workers to own shares in their companies in a new “John Lewis economy” . Childcare providers will for the first time have a nationallyrecognised source of information about menus. The Liberal Democrats are urging George Osborne to include a mansion tax on homes worth £2mn and measures to stop the rich avoiding stamp duty when they sell their properties by transferring ownership to a shell company. some young children are given food which is more appropriate for older children and adults. “I’m very concerned indeed that they are not on the specialist register. which compiled the voluntary guidelines. if not higher. improve co-ordination and tasking. because their surgeons have years of experience in the procedures they do. early. On Sunday Lansley said private ﬁrms currently refusing to replace PIP breast implants free of charge were “not stepping up to their responsibilities” . “In most other specialities. The annual cleaning of Blackpool Tower’s iconic ballroom takes two weeks and has to be done with utmost care to ensure the whole ballroom looks just as good as it did when it opened back in 1899. There’s a lot of traffic and there’s not a lot of spare capacity.5% by placing their property in a company. struggling to walk and alerted the emergency services. The therapist advised her to follow a no-sugar diet for three to six months. said the resignation was “a real victory for West End jobs. but the absence of required qualiﬁcations means that patients cannot know for sure how skilful they are.” he said.80 an hour to leave their cars on the streets of the West End in the evenings and on Sunday afternoons. he is bright. amid evidence that rich people reduce the 5% stamp duty on the sale of homes worth £1mn to only 0. Many who trained in the UK reached only a basic level and are not on the General Medical Council’s specialist register. Westminster parking row council chief quits London Evening Standard London Annual clean-up Therapists ‘giving dangerous advice’ Agencies London estminster council was yesterday in turmoil following the shock resignation of the leader responsible for its West End parking charges plan. One lane has reopened in each direction but the rest of the fly-over will be closed for months. Sources said John Miller was arrested at Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve near Castleford several miles away from where the bodies of his partner.” Scotland delays tobacco display ban Scotland has delayed implementation of a tobacco display ban in supermarkets because of a change to regulations and a legal challenge. Local Conservative MP Mark Field said: “Given the furore. he may set up a review to look at raising the tax burden on the rich by targeting property assets rather than income. such as Nuffield. The unexpected departure of Colin Barrow. following the breast implant scandal. sugar we have a better chance of the cancer going away” The .” There are growing demands for further regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry. Yesterday Clegg joined the debate about “responsible capitalism” before a speech on “moral markets” by David Cameron later this week. and increase proactive operations. are all NHS consultants who do some private work as well. A Met Police spokesman said: “The new approach will enhance our anti-gang activities. Any displaced traffic is likely to cause some disruption. leader of Westminster city council’s La- bour group.to carry out breast implants. Qualiﬁcations and the training of cosmetic surgeons will be an issue for the expert group. It sent undercover investigators posing as patients to 15 consultations with nutritional therapists. the Met’s specialist unit to investigate gun-related murders within the black community. Pressure was growing on Barrow’s close ally Lee Rowley. utritional therapists are giving “dangerous” advice to patients. They are Cabinet members for street cleaning and City management Ed Argar. Paramedics were called after a member of the public saw Miller. which makes them just as good as any NHS surgeon. But the revelation has shocked members of the expert group set up by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to look into the scandal of substandard breast implants and which has been asked to investigate standards in the cosmetic surgery industry more generally. ” N Maintenance engineer Darren Unsworth dusts a chandelier during the annual cleaning of the ballroom in Blackpool Tower in Blackpool. Hammersmith flyover ‘could be shut for months’ Repairs to the Hammersmith flyover are likely to cost tens of millions of pounds and take up to four months. New food guidelines for children being launched New guidelines on suitable food and drink for young children are being launched. . Goodacre. ” There is no chance of a successor being chosen for at least six weeks until a group meeting on February 29. the government said. The majority of those working for the cosmetic chains. Residents and drivers have suffered severe jams since the flyover shut on December 23 for emergency repairs to steel cables holding the structure together. the Cabinet member responsible for parking.Gulf Times Tuesday. which has always operated very much as a free market. which will put an enhanced focus on cracking down on London’s gang culture. The consumer group said therapists are providing “expensive dietary advice that could seriously harm patients’ health” . And a 56-year-old male and a 52-yearold woman complained of suffering serious fatigue for the last three months. which includes a GP. marched in Harley Street. expert panel said these are both meaningless terms. do not hold NHS posts. One of the breast cancer sufferers was told by the nutritional therapist to delay the radiotherapy treatment recommended by her oncologist. a female aged 31. Officers later discovered the bodies of the 31-year-old woman and her eight-year-old daughter. Employee ownership is part of a long liberal tradition. told nutritionists she had been trying to conceive for more than a year. are leaderless while (Barrow) is a leader without power. The private clinics also point out that all meet the standards of the Care Quality Commission. Clegg and other Liberal Democrat cabinet ministers will make their demands in behindthe-scenes talks with Osborne before his Budget on March 21. Experts are concerned about the level of training and qualiﬁcation required of surgeons working solely in the private cosmetic industry. which means they are barred from becoming consultants in the NHS. Up to that point. “For the past six months Westminster Conservatives have refused to listen to common sense and now Colin Barrow has paid the ultimate price for his poor judgment and failure to recognise the damage that his ‘nightlife tax’ parking charges would do to West End jobs and businesses. Transport for London revealed.” said Tim Goodacre. 60 women who had received faulty breast implants made by PIP (Poly Implant Prostheses) in France. Entry on to the specialist register indicates that a surgeon has ﬁnished their training and can apply for a consultant post in the NHS. however. Paul Dimoldenberg. and her daughter Abigail were found in the family’s home in Kirkby Avenue. Although it is thought the chancellor is unlikely to introduce a high-value property tax immediately. January 17. The clinics say it does not matter. demanding that private clinics agree to replace them for free. Other Liberal Democrat proposals include a tax on land values and scrapping the 40% tax relief on pension contributions for higher-rate taxpayers.
seeking up to 16 missing people out of the 4. chief executive with specialists Marine Risk Management. Cari of the ﬁre brigade said the rescuers could hear no noises from possible survivors inside the half-submerged ship. “The environmental risk for the island of Giglio is very. Human blunders seen at heart of ship disaster Reuters London ver-reliance on electronic navigation systems and a failure of judgment by the captain are seen as possible reasons for one of the worst cruise liner disasters of all time. Dutch maritime services company Smit has been asked by the ship’s owner Costa Cruises. “All these gizmos are aids to navigation and it does not absolve you. Francesco Schettino. ” Environment Minister Corrado Clini told reporters: “The environmental risk for the island of Giglio is very. told Reuters that all the areas of the part-submerged liner that are above water had now been searched. Others said the disaster could encourage more rigorous training of crews. passengers can and should feel safe cruising on modern cruise ships. adding that the agency should not take the accident lightly. Forecasters said worse was coming. faster than a GPS can refresh or be referred to. The ship’s fuel tanks were full.” he said. The giant. Right: The Costa Concordia lies near the harbour of Giglio Island. and that the captain had contravened company safety procedures. or bunker fuel. “The disaster of the Costa Concordia unfortunately proves the unsustainability of the type of tourism that exploits and tramples on Italy’s beauty and cultural heritage and does not produce any growth or wellbeing. For others it was too close a brush with death. none of which should have caused the accident but when they all came up together that is where the problems occurred. if I don’t die from the swimming part. A salvage expert on Giglio. “I’m just very. around 150m from the coast. The ship is carrying heavy fuel.” The operator of 114. “It is important to recognise that the last century has seen an astonishing growth in legislation on the safety of shipping. But on arriving in the early hours of Saturday on the island of Giglio. yesterday blamed human error by Schettino for the disaster. Because of its density. “Different ships are built for different markets. which falls away sharply into much deeper water. for a week-long Mediterranean cruise. several things went wrong. 2012 EUROPE Passengers reveal fears of dying like on the Titanic AFP London T he capsize of an Italian liner turned a holiday into the cruise from hell. and his 82-year-old father Giuseppe live. said he “looked death in the eyes” . The chief executive of the ship’s owners. survivors said in reports yesterday that revealed how they had feared for their lives or felt they were the cast of Titanic. Ivonne Adriaensens. Schettino said the ship hit rocks that were not marked on maps and were not detected by navigation systems. but the responsibility is always the captain’s. which had dramatic and tragic consequences.” said Robert Ashdown. However. Adriaensens recalled: “Among the thousands of passengers who had been rescued. told Reuters that the ship was clearly moving after being held in place by sharp points of rock that had pierced the hull (see accompanying report). He said the accident occurred some 300m from shore.” Adriaensens added: “It is a moment that we will never forget. She and her husband John had taken the cruise to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. He said efforts to prevent an environmental disaster would have to wait until the rescue was over.200 who were aboard. 63. He is accused of manslaughter and abandoning his ship before all those on board were evacuated. “Everyone was running around . “To actually turn a ship . from taking responsibility for exercising good seamanship which is constant O monitoring of your position accurately and making reference to all available material including printed charts and the local knowledge of the area. tearing a large hole in the hull. seas and cities where they stop with the refuse that they produce. though some uncertainty about the numbers means it is unclear just how many are unaccounted for. Carnival Corp. while the crew were still insisting to them that there was only an electrical fault. was arrested on Saturday. said that Schettino was “overcome and wants to express his greatest condolences to the victims” . speaking to himself. lessening the danger of an oil spill in the pristine waters. Times as he and his wife Carol arrived at Dublin airport. The vessel’s captain. which sits on the island of the same name in a maritime nature reserve off the Tuscan coast. the human dimension is still vital. That “meant that the boat was lost. who asked not to be named. maritime specialists say. ” The disaster occurred as passengers were sitting down to dinner on Friday night. Luciano Roncalli. loomed over the little port of Giglio. Some maritime specialists say the growing size of cruise liners has posed risks in the event of a sinking. ” Passengers say there were long delays in sending an SOS and organising the evacuation of those on board and this had resulted in chaos.” Molfino told Reuters. Earlier search teams recovered a sixth body from the 114. where both the waiter. are equipped with state-of-theart global positioning systems and collision avoidance radar tracking facilities.200 passengers and crew on board. some survivors said the horrendous experience made them think of the stars of the Hollywood blockbuster. “In my estimation there was a serious human error. Its share price was down around 16% on the London market. “People were white. he said.” he added. We are working to avoid this. “Obviously the more time passes. told reporters the number of those unaccounted for stood at 16 but that could change slightly as passenger lists were rechecked.. people were crying. it is harder to pump out unless it is heated or diluted. I was just trying to keep people calm. environment and operations director for the European Cruise Council. Fireﬁghters’ spokesman Luca Cari said there were still small movements but they were not considered dangerous. Cruise company chairman Foschi said Schettino’s actions had caused the accident and were contrary to company rules.. Salvage companies are already in place to try to remove the fuel after surrounding the vessel with a floating barrier. Dalby said there were also questions about whether there were enough qualiﬁed crew with maritime experience on board. Italy Environmental disaster risk if ship fuel leaks As the Costa Concordia shifted dangerously yesterday. screaming. off the island of Giglio. “The only thing I can repeat is that was not the ordinary route that the ship was taking at the time. as master. triggering panic with thousands jostling to get on lifeboats and some leaping into the icy sea. Capraia and Gorgona. different routes but every cruise ship is built to operate or is certiﬁed to operate around the globe. ‘She’s going down’” . but hopes were fading of ﬁnding more survivors. I had already worked on several ships and I quickly understood that we were going to sink. the national government prefect for the province of Grosseto. “It is urgent and time is running out. one of the biggest ever of a passenger ship. made up of the islands of Giglio.” he added. R which was holed by a rock late on Friday and rolled onto its side just off the coast of the picturesque port. was recovered just before dawn yesterday. “I ” don’t know if Antonello asked Above: The ‘Le Scole’ three rocks off Giglio Island. “It is true that some crew members were the ﬁrst to leave the ship. Three people. ” Pier Luigi Foschi. took a turn for the worse with rougher seas and a light drizzle falling. a 63-year-old Portuguese passenger. It is an exceptional event.” The 290m-long ship is resting on an undersea ledge in 15-20m of water but salvage workers fear it could slip down the slope. The ship is resting in about 20m of water but could go down by up to 130m if it becomes detached from the rocks (see accompanying report). multi-storey liner had about 4. which was unforeseeable. and insurer to pump out oil and clean it up if it started leaking. “These monstrous floating cities pollute the scenery with their very presence and the rivers. when it ran aground on Friday. Bosnian passenger Sea Alibegovic. very lucky to be here. where it is believed the Costa Concordia ship sailed into. “Marine accidents are now rare events when the thousands of voyages undertaken annually in often appalling weather are taken into account.” his wife Nasima told the Bosnian newspaper Dnevni Avaz. very quickly. who is also chairman of maritime training company Videotel. Roger Pols. but with the rougher sea there was a risk it could break free. leaving them scarred with memories of panic and hysteria.18 Gulf Times Tuesday. Hearing that made us afraid. I’m going to die from the shock of having to get in it. a ” passenger from Croatia. hospitalised with injuries. Elba.. is a natural maritime park noted for its pristine waters. said that the ship was “definitely moving”. “But we need to acknowledge the facts and we cannot deny human error. the elder Tievoli said. These ships are stable in those conditions and they are safe. lying on its side. 63.” Artur Silva. is much more quickly done than in the past. very high. A salvage expert on Giglio. “At all times the master is responsible for the safe navigation of a ship. . told the daily Correio da Manha. Italy’s defence minister. the less possibility there is of ﬁnding anyone alive. “And she (Carol) said ‘well at least Kate lived’” . were rescued on Sunday and police divers also found the bodies of two elderly men. varied marine life and coral. ” arriving at London’s Heathrow airport. very high. things can happen very. said ” John Dalby. “The ship obviously came too close. if necessary. who asked not to be named.300 tonnes of fuel on the half-submerged cruise ship leaks. “These ships routinely face the worst that nature can throw at them.” he told RAI state television. ofﬁcials said. said it estimated the impact on its 2012 earnings for loss of use alone to be $90mn. escuers resumed a search of the hulk of a giant cruise liner off the west coast of Italy yesterday after bad weather forced them to halt operations. he ” said. It is known worldwide as an excellent diving site. Rose Metcalf. he said referring to a car ” ferry disaster in Britain in which 193 people were killed. with the industry Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). “These ships are ultra-safe. Bruno Leporatti. Industry officials say size was not an issue. and each of us only thought about saving our own skins. As the Costa Concordia cruise ship took on more and more water. “In a situation where you are in conﬁned waters.” he said yesterday. Giampaolo Di Paola. He said that it appeared to be held firm by points of rock which had pierced the hull. Foschi said the ship had deviated from the correct route when it hit rocks near the coast. I thought. The captain denies being too close to the coast and says the rock he hit was not marked on charts. Nevertheless.” he said. “There was absolute panic. “I am really shocked by that attitude. Rougher seas could break it free. Worsening weather and heavy seas earlier made the wreck slip on the rocky underwater slope where it is lodged off the island of Giglio and rescue teams were evacuated. indicating faint hopes of ﬁnding more survivors. Prosecutors have accused Schettino of refusing to return to the vessel when asked by the coastguard. A large gash could be seen in its hull but salvage experts said its fuel tanks did not appear to have been damaged. “The worsening of the weather could create a critical situation. chairman and chief executive of Costa Crociere. Italy’s environment minister raised the prospect of an environmental disaster if the 2. Montecristo. The lot!” joked Rod- ford as their stateroom was on the submerged side of the ship. Giuseppe Linardi. The calm weather which since Friday has aided the rescue and search of the wreck. But they returned to work after several hours. More than 60 people were hurt. But he said Schettino’s actions in anchoring the ship at one end to swing it closer to the shore after the collision.” said Ted Thompson. which operates the Costa Concordia said yesterday that the crew responded adequately “given the circumstances in line with the training and instruction they have received” . which occurred in calm seas and clear weather. January 17. “In the immediate future af- termath if there is a higher emphasis on the inspection of cruise ships. Cruise ship safety measures are regulated by IMO conventions. Another senior ﬁreﬁghter.” a senior ship industry source said. north of Rome.” Environment Minister Corrado Clini told reporters in Rome. Leporatti added. “We should seriously consider the lessons to be learnt and. Following are quotes from survivors as some returned to their homelands: “When we were sitting on the side of the ship I said to her ‘now we know what Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet felt like’” Seamus Moore told the Irish . national president of Italy’s national conservation group. Antonello Tievoli. said Mandy Rodford. re-examine the regulations on the safety of large passenger ships in the light of the ﬁndings of the casualty investigation. A sixth body. The bodies of two French tourists and a Peruvian crewman were found on Saturday. the ship’s parent company. that ran aground off Italy’s west coast at the weekend. who is also an admiral. ” ”I thought we were going to die. ﬁghting back tears.” Pols also told the Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws that in the confusion he got separated from his partner. criticising the “inability and incapacity” of the crew. 45.. UN shipping agency the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) said if necessary it would re-examine safety regulations for large cruise liners pending the outcome of investigations. Italia Nostra (Our Italy). CLIA’s Thompson said new cruise liners were ﬁtted with propeller systems that enabled more manoeuvrability. When the massive ship went aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio late on Friday. Pier Luigi Foschi told a news conference the company would provide its captain with any assistance he required. the captain to come near. Pianosa.500-tonne Costa Concordia. rather than staff whose role was in passenger hospitality. former master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners industry association. The father of the ship’s head waiter told Reuters that his son had telephoned him before the accident to say the crew would salute him by blowing the ship’s whistle as they passed close by Giglio. A handout photo provided by divers of the Italian Financial Police (Guardia di Finanza) shows an underwater image taken of the Costa Concordia. “An error chain is where several things have gone wrong. the umbrella group for cruise companies. whether it’s the Bay of Biscay in December or whether it’s a Caribbean tropical storm or the high seas of the Antarctic ocean.” said Alessandra Motola Molfino. still wearing life vests. Six bodies have been found so far. a South Korean honeymoon couple and a crewman. The vast hulk of the 290m vessel. that maybe focused towards the training and qualiﬁcations of the navigating crew and the crew that is assisting with emergency responses in terms of helping passengers.” Hope fades in search for survivors Reuters Giglio Island. The 52-year-old Moore added that it was “my ﬁrst cruise and my last!” “I just thought my life was over.” said Holder. night-time searches would be suspended from now on. “The little mermaid’s got my belongings. having just left the port of Civitavecchia. Costa Cruises. ” Other maritime experts said a combination of human and technical errors were likely to have contributed. Italian passengers told newspapers they used their mobile phones to call the Carabinieri police in the city of Grosseto on the mainland to raise the alarm. a 23-year-old crew member. Investigators say the vessel was much too close to the shore and residents say its course was much nearer land than usual. said the disaster did not appear to have been caused by natural or technical factors. Industry experts say modern passenger ships such as the Costa Concordia. we found each other again. told the Croatian daily Jutarnji List.” IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu said the outcome of the investigations should not be prejudged. technical.” she told BBC television upon her return to England. he said. of Belgium said that he heard “one of the crew members say. Danijel Miklauzic. “Looking at the Herald of Free Enterprise.500-tonne Costa Concordia said the captain’s actions had caused the tragedy in which at least six people died. wiped away tears as she told how she wrote a note to her mother in case she didn’t survive. “saved the lives of thousands of people” .” Workers from Dutch salvage company Smit said equipment to pump fuel off the stricken liner was being sent by barge but the operation would depend on it remaining stable. “This is such a one-off event. “The aim is to prevent the fuel leaking out of the ship. Investigators were working through evidence from the equivalent of the “black boxes” carried on aircraft to establish the sequence of events behind the disaster. which he said would be “a big problem”. Certainly no more regulation is required but a focus on application and compliance may be something that the IMO will consider. “The problem with the big ones tends to be getting people off safely if there is an incident. getting in that water.” . he said. Environmental groups have for years been asking that huge ships be banned from coming too close to the Tuscan archipelago. It was just terrifying. His lawyer. and he ultimately bears the risk responsibility here. “It could have been an enormous tragedy. said ” Len Holder. that of an adult male passenger. The area were the ship capsized. which would be a “big problem” he said.
stability is an asset which can only be earned by hard work. Putin did not mention Medvedev’s initiative in what his opponents said was one of several glaring omissions.30pm. Roscosmos said in a brief statement that the probe “had ceased its existence” in a section covering “the southern part of the Paciﬁc Ocean. Tall Dark Stranger 9. capital outﬂows. in March. Lange & Soehne. Putin wrote. “We will lose out if we encourage the passive position of the people. the bill said. ROYAL PLAZA Cinema Palace (2): Elephant White 3. looks set to win the March election but is facing a growing wave of public discontent after a contested parliamentary vote last month. “I will be happy if the new year results in a net growth of about 5%. director of Richemont and chairman of the show’s organiser.30 & 11.5-tonne PhobosGrunt probe re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere late on Sunday and was thought to have mostly burned up in an ignominious end to an ill-fated bid to relaunch Russia’s interplanetary programme.30pm.30 & 8. 5 & 11. Nanban (Tamil) 4. Sherlock Holmes (A Game Of Shadows) 11pm. Trespass 4. The Richemont Group said sales for the third quarter that ended in December ticked up 24% to 2. but the theme this year is pendulum clocks. ruling party.4bn) for the ﬁrst time last year despite the negative effects of a high currency that weighed on sales.” she told AFP. CINEMA LANDMARK (3): Alvin & The Chipmunks 3 2. Turkish Cypriots gathered early in the morning outside the hospital where the former leader died on Friday night at the age of 87. Oil and gas still provide nearly half of all Russia’s budget revenues and attempts to diversify the economy have been hampered by red-tape and corruption which scare potential entrepreneurs from non-energy sectors.30. which owns the copyrights to the Nazi vision of Aryan racial supremacy. But the state of Bavaria.30 & 7. Denktash’s coffin.30pm. “He does not talk about a growing wealth gap. ROYAL PLAZA Cinema Palace (1): The Darkest Hour (3D) 2. The SIHH is a private trade fair. Reprinting the Nazi dictator’s autobiography. ” Nazarbayev told his supporters after the results were announced. represented by a selection dating from the Renaissance period to the early 20th century.30 & 8pm. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol 11. The Darkest Hour (3D) 5. calculated reforms. But Nazarbayev said on Sunday that the polls were “unprec- edented in their transparency. he said. The Vatican reacted at the time by accusing Belgian authorities of behaving “worse than the Communists”.15pm. A big ‘Lange and Soehne’ watch is on display yesterday on the first day of the 22th ‘Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie’ (SIHH). Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol 7pm. “If Kazakhstan is serious about their stated goals of increasing the number of parties in parliament. Girard-Perregaux and Parmigiani also count among exhibitors. GULF CINEMA: Venicile Vyapari (Malayalam) 2 & 11.59% – said that it would change its tactics to street protests from today.30pm. adding that he knew which of his policies were wrong and needed adjustment without going into details. Almaty. ROYAL PLAZA Cinema Palace (3): The Double 2.” The real owner of the money later reported his loss to police and got his cash back – but is yet to thank Schleichert. “This is our shared victory. “This means that the people of Kazakhstan will continue supporting our course of stability and unity. SIHH 2012 will also host a special exhibition. although it now expects a return to normalcy in 2012 as it builds on the growing markets in emerging countries. A previous raid in June 2010 had caused a furore. was later transferred from the hospital in northern Nicosia to the presidential palace where it will lie in state. DOHA CINEMA: Nanban (Tamil) 2 & 11pm. Kazakh ruling party wins landslide. However the opposition has argued that the measure made regional appointees unaccountable and worsened corruption. Putin promises change and warns of new crisis Reuters/AFP Moscow AUSTRIA Honest homeless returns €7. Space forces spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin told Russian news agencies that the impact site was some 1. 7 & 9. seen as the driver for the protests. who has dominated politics in both positions and has no serious rivals in the forthcoming vote. with his successor Mehmet Ali Talat and Turkish Cypriot premier among the crowd at the ceremony. 7 & 9. Now the challenge was to ﬁnd ways to boost Russia’s growth. then the country should have allowed more genuine opposition parties to participate in this election. EUC (Arabic) 4. He is offering a dialogue about something else.15pm. Hugo (3D) 4. Panerai. Independent brands such as Audemars-Piguet.” said opposition Yabloko party leader Sergei Mitrokhin. an annual event for the watch. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol 7pm. International observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said the elections “did not meet fundamental principles of democratic elections” and had been marked by a lack of transparency in counting. Despite the global economic crisis. re- V ferring to an economic crisis and separatist conﬂicts in Chechnya after the Soviet Union’s collapse and saying the current situation would have seemed then like “superoptimistic science ﬁction” . jewellery and luxury market is open to the public. While the SIHH is open only to those invited. 9. an increase in corruption and the enrichment of his friends. considered to be among his core supporters. “What is interesting in this article is not what he talks about but what he does not talk about. Putin also appealed to Russia’s emerging middle class. who ruled Russia since 2000 as both president and prime minister. Kurier added. President Dmitry Medvedev submitted a bill on the direct election of governors to parliament yesterday in a bid to respond to the protests by reversing a 2004 decision by Putin seen by critics as his most serious attack on democracy. Sherlock Holmes (A Game Of Shadows) 5pm.” Russia’s former ambassador to Nato and recently appointed Deputy Prime Min- R ister Dmitry Rogozin wrote on his Twitter account. Independent candidates will not consult with the Kremlin but will have to gather signatures in their support. Passion Play 9 & 11. with the organiser of the event forecasting modest growth for 2012 after a record 2011. But instead of seeing the cash as a late Christmas present. The OSDP – the only force among the parties taking part to be openly critical of Nazarbayev and which polled only 1. CINEMA LANDMARK (1): Attack The Block 3 & 7pm. 5 & 9. the rules of which will be determined by the president. Tall Dark Stranger 7 & 9. he said.30pm. All 500-euro notes!” he said. CINEMA LANDMARK (2): Hugo (3D) 2. Jaeger-LeCoultre. observers troubled AFP Astana T he ruling party of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has won a landslide victory with over 80% of the vote in parliamentary polls which observers said failed to meet democratic standards. dodging the question. Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH). head of London-based publishing firm Albertas Ltd told Reuters. ahead of the yearly Baselworld. Russia’s military space forces said fragments of the probe were believed to have crashed on Sunday into the Paciﬁc Ocean. not just vote ‘with their hearts’” Pu. January 17. The anti-government opposition has already alleged that the elections were marred by ﬂagrant violations. openness and honesty” . is outlawed in Germany except for academic study. it will hardly have any effect on the disgruntled protesters. entrepreneurship and charitable activities.30pm.30. their level of education lets them consciously pick candidates. while saying the group. “The society he wants to have a dialogue with is asking precisely this question. That would have been theft. accompanied by a critical commentary. Vacheron Constantin.30pm. But its booster rockets never triggered and the probe lost contact with ground control and spiralled into an uncontrolled descent. None of the other parties contesting the election in the resource-rich nation broke through the 7% threshold and will remain shut out of parliament. Peter McGee. should incorporate people like teachers and medical staff. “I picked up the envelope and saw there was a bundle of cash inside. South America and the Atlantic Ocean” . Sherlock Holmes (A Game Of Shadows) 11.30 & 11pm. weak institutions and nepotism. Another Swiss watchmaker. Addressing a major criticism of his rule.” TURKISH CYPRUS Thousands mourn Denktash Thousands attended an official ceremony yesterday for Turkish Cypriot veteran nationalist leader Rauf Denktash who died after a long illness.Gulf Times Tuesday. “The middle class are the people who can choose policies.000 euros on the pavement. which he estimated at 20 to 30% of the population. Western monitors have never before recognised a Kazakh ballot as free or fair – an issue that has irritated Nazarbayev’s advisers as they position the region’s largest economy toward future growth. in Geneva. After remaining silent on the probe’s fate until yesterday afternoon.2%. the head ” of the Election Observation Mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.3bn). The first of three 16-page extracts from the book.30pm.” Putin wrote. “Not even for a second did I think about keeping the money. Putin said “the initiative of the people” should be the main driver for growth rather than oil. This year the industry is expecting an increase of at least ﬁve percent in exports. Dunhill. who was staying in a Vienna homeless shelter and hostel for recovering alcoholics. Players (Hindi) 5. that Russia’s economy remains far too dependent on oil revenues.6bn euros ($3. ” Putin said that Russia would soon be hit by a new global economic crisis and touted his achievements as a crisis manager who steered the country through a time of low oil prices in 2008-09. The bill proposes instead that registered parties consult with the president on their candidates before their formal nomination – something that the opposition has criticised for allowing the Kremlin to ﬁlter out unwelcome candidates. The polls have forced us to change our tactics and these will not be the only protests. But he said society’s readiness to apply “the highest standards of life and democracy to Russia” was itself proof of the success of his policies. said. Cautious optimism at Swiss watch exhibition AFP Geneva BELGIUM Police raid church in abuse probe New police raids rocked the Belgian Catholic church yesterday. as prosecutors continued an investigation into child abuse allegations. Russia abolished direct gubernatorial elections in 2004 during Putin’s presidency. in a move that was strongly criticised by the opposition. a collection from the Museum of Art and History in Geneva is on show.” said the statement. Montblanc.30pm. . the central election commission announced. while opinion polls have indicated that most Russian people want to elect their governors. said the OSCE ” mission’s special co-ordinator Joao Soares. large investors and state corporations. calling on Russians to step up self-governance. “In the modern world. “These were the dirtiest elections from a moral point of view that I have experienced.250km west of the island of Wellington off the coast of Chile. Passion Play 9. In the current system.” said opposition politician Vladimir Ryzhkov. Two nominally opposition groups won seats for the ﬁrst time in the Kazakh parliament after Sunday’s elections which veteran leader Nazarbayev hoped would breathe fresh life into politics while maintaining stability. one of the industry’s biggest exhibitions in Switzerland. Russia was threatened by bankruptcy and disintegration when he took over. Russian probe meets its end in the Paciﬁc AFP Moscow ussia vowed yesterday to expose the officials responsible for the failure of a Mars probe that the military said crashed into the Paciﬁc Ocean after orbiting the Earth for more than two months. in an ironic reference to the 1996 campaign slogan of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin. Maria Lipman of Carnegie Centre said while reforming one of the most unpopular laws of the past decade is a step in the right direction. by showing openness to change and readiness for thought-out. saying that it was “unclear how the country’s leadership will respond to the unexpected wave of protests” which increased un.15pm.30. tin wrote. His critics liken the 59-yearold prime minister. “Let’s ﬁrst talk about the election fraud. Alvin & The Chipmunks 3 5pm. according to Cologni Franco. Roger Dubuis and Van Cleef & Arpels. “The world is entering a period of turbulence. will be published later this month with a print run of 100. 2012 19 EUROPE GERMANY Mein Kampf returning to shops Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan party won 80. banned from German bookstores. ” The week-long event called the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie brings together 18 watchmakers including the Richemont Group with brands such as IWC. Tens of thousands of people rallied in Moscow on December 24 and the opposition plans new rally on February 4. After presenting pieces from the Watch Museum Beyer in Zurich in 2011.000 each.” Nur Otan will be joined in parliament by the pro-business Ak Zhol (Bright Path) party which garnered 7. the Swatch Group. calling for a “broad dialogue about the future” .46% of the vote and the Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan – a largely pro-government group that won 7. There should be no illusions about it. The unmanned $165mn vessel is one of the largest objects to re-enter the atmosphere since Russia brought down the Soviet-era Mir space station in 2001. Putin said the global economic centres generated problems and risks instead of serving as “locomotives of development” .30pm.000 Homeless Austrian man Hermann Schleichert had 80¢ and an empty packet of cigarettes in his pocket on a cold Boxing Day evening when he found 7.” Putin wrote in the pro-government daily Izvestia yesterday. It started at the weekend. ” The polls were overshadowed by concerns about Kazakhstan’s stability after December clashes between striking oil workers and security forces killed 16 people in the Central Asian state’s worst bloodshed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. he told the Kurier daily on Sunday. This period will be lengthy and painful.30pm. ladimir Putin has said that he would not plunge Russia into stagnation in a third presidential term but offered stability for what he warned would be a long and painful period of global turbulence.74% of the vote in the polls. “We will lose out if we only rely on decisions of bureaucrats.” the OSDP’s general secretary Amirzhan Kosanov told reporters in Kazakhstan’s biggest city. But the only clearly anti-government party – the All-National Social Democratic Party (OSDP) which failed to make parliament – denounced the elections as among the dirtiest ever in Kaza- khstan and vowed street protests. the Kremlin chooses new governors from a shortlist presented by the Putin: supports neither ‘subversives’ or ‘self-satisfied gentlemen’. He made no direct mention of the biggest political protests of his rule by demonstrators who say his rule has been characterised by corruption. Police seized material from the offices of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels – the head of the Catholic church in Belgium – and from those of bishops in Antwerp and Hasselt. he said. In a clear reference to the popular uprisings that swept through the Middle East. It remained unclear how much of the probe burned up in the atmosphere and whether any fragments landed on Earth. will soon be available from newspaper kiosks after a British publisher said he would print excerpts from the text in Germany. said it was considering legal steps to block publication. certainty in the country. In an article which opponents said was short on speciﬁcs. Fitch Ratings agency downgraded Russia’s outlook to “Stable” from “Positive” yesterday. the Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE).30pm. exceeded annual turnover of 7bn Swiss francs ($7. “Irritation and disapproval of Putin as a future president is increasing ahead of the presidential polls. wrapped in Turkish and Turkish Cypriot flags. Switzerland. “I’m taking personal control of the investigation into the reasons for the Phobos-Grunt accident. Putin said “destructive forces” were acting in different parts of the world with the help of countries which were “trying to export democracy” . Switzerland’s ﬂagship A watch industry posted a record year in 2011. The Double 11. JeanRichard. The Darkest Hour (3D) 7.30pm. he said that he supported neither “subversives” who want rapid change nor “self-satisﬁed gentlemen” who favour the status quo. 7 & 9pm. “Genuine pluralism does not need the orchestration we have seen. although there were no reports that its impact had been observed. n international luxury watch show opened yesterday in Geneva to cautious optimism despite the economic crisis. reserved exclusively for professionals in fine watchmaking who are invited by the exhibiting brands. MALL CINEMA (1): Attack The Block 3. Both Putin and Medvedev have defended the abolition of the elections in the past as a necessary measure to ensure stability against separatism and crime. to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev who presided over a period of stagnation in 1970s. Miklos Haraszti. which outlines his ambitions to seize vast areas of land in eastern Europe to provide living space for the socalled master race. adding that stability “has nothing in common with stagnation” . Previous exhibitions emphasised pocket and wristwatches. as well as cases of electoral fraud. Observers had also condemned the conduct of the April 2011 presidential election that saw Nazarbayev win more than 95% of the vote in a poll where even one of his rivals voted for the Kazakh strongman.” Putin said he regretted that the pre-election debate focused on political “renewal” but did not touch on the post-election course. The appointment is then rubber-stamped by the local parliament. ” Alluding to the US and the EU. “The parties will be able to nominate their candidates after consultations with the Russian president. The 13. the 48-year-old.15pm.15pm. MALL CINEMA (2): EUC (Arabic) 2. “Tomorrow we will have a protest on Republic Square against these shameful elections. It had blasted off November 9 on an ambitious mission to collect soil samples from Mars’ largest moon Phobos. he said.15pm. took his find to the police. and returning the gubernatorial polls cannot break this trend. Alvin & The Chipmunks 3 5pm. MALL CINEMA (3): Hugo (3D) 2. Baume & Mercier. The posts have been ﬁlled by presidential appointment ever since.30 & 11.15pm. Putin.
the economic progress that isn’t being made. of Lagos. “Ratings agencies appear to be looking at the longer term weak growth trajectory in South Africa. few were visible . a former regional maritime official. having a made a large concession. They don’t want to push it too far. When a price cap of 65 naira ended on January 1. a senior ANC official said yesterday. Jonathan said ﬁxing the litre price at 97 naira ($0. with analysts saying it will likely uphold a ﬁve-year suspension from the ruling party that would send the youth leader into the political wilderness. His move partially reinstated a fuel subsidy. where he had spent 27 years for his struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa. head of Africa research at Standard Chartered. meaning most of the country’s 160mn people live without electricity. and historically linked to mixed-race people and dialogue between cultures. So why now?” said Akindele said of the oil minister. managed to appease her opponents on the eve of her inauguration.20 Gulf Times Tuesday. The decision is a homage to Mandela. noting that much of that spending was on civil service wages. and that’s a big ﬁght for the unions. said Kayode ” Akindele. “The president might have to sacriﬁce somebody. The appeal will begin on January 23. debates and street protests. to 150 naira. Nigerians demonstrated clearly that they cannot be taken for granted and that sovereignty belongs to them. traders and analysts say. Several inaugural balls and receptions will take place in different districts. “The truth is. a director of the Lagos investment ﬁrm 46 Parallels. Antarctica. The new cap of 97 naira still represents a 50% price increase since January 1. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended as part of a whirlwind trip in Africa. according to the Red Cross.60) was a short-term response to ease hardships. but were blocked by armed riot police and soldiers. one of the world’s deadliest spots for attacks. on the outskirts N The commander of troops monitoring the protest. was to be followed by a military parade and ﬂoats representing Liberia’s 15 counties.” Khan said. COPE has since become a minor party struggling to survive. according to Mwangura. the elections showed the nation remained deeply divided. Malema would be stripped of his position as president of the ANC Youth League and ostracised by the party dominates politics in Africa’s largest economy. pulling Africa’s top oil producer back from a major confrontation after President Goodluck Jonathan announced a cut in petrol prices by a third.. said the crew . who rose to prominence with calls to nationalise mines and seize white-owned farm land. said John Costello.. with singing and traditional dances. That’s not listening to the voice of the Nigerian people. While the government said some 30 heads of state would attend the ceremony. Sirleaf eventually won 90. Andrew Mwangura. A can of energy drink may contain up to 300mg of caffeine . mass rallies.compared to an average 65-120mg for a cup of drip coffee. “The KPMG report has been on your desk for over a year. Global oil prices were boosted by fears of reduced supplies from Nigeria late last week. it has been a costly venture to go and retrieve these three men. president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). Fitch. whose path to re-election as leader of the ANC at the end of this year could be blocked if the party rebel.7% of votes in the run-off.among them Guinea’s Alpha Conde. Analysts see little chance of Malema trying to form his own political party after the failure of the opposition COPE party formed amid much fanfare about four years ago by defecting highproﬁle ANC members. saying Zuma’s government has not done enough to tackle structural problems including chronic unemployment. although some analysts question the ministry’s good faith in doing so. cision is expected in the next few weeks. published in the Medical Journal of Australia. “Giving Nelson Mandela’s name to the capital’s airport is a gesture to underline the calling of a Cape Verdean nation which is open to the world. but turnout was low and the opposition then refused to accept her victory. If Zuma wins re-election as head of the ANC.” Abdulwahed Omar. was bathing in waist-deep water among a crowd of swimmers when the attack took place. and after due consideration and consultations .000 people. said the average person affected was 17 years old and that they often mixed energy drinks with alcohol. If the panel made up of senior ANC officials upholds the previous sentence. Several people were killed in clashes between strikers and police last week and 600 were treated for wounds. “In the past eight days through strikes. Cape Verde names airport after Nelson Mandela Cape Verde has decided to re-name its Praia International Airport after South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela. T Sirleaf takes oath at lavish ceremony AFP Monrovia On top at the bottom of the world! iberia’s Nobel peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was sworn in yesterday in a lavish $1. the MV Olib G. growing state debt and a broken education system. an icon for freedom in Africa. After weeks of negotiations which stalled several times.three Turks and 15 Georgians sailed to the Kenyan port of Mombassa in a tugboat after their release last week. While billed an opportunity to cement a fragile democracy eight years after the end of a 14year conﬂict that killed 250. ” He added that the president had salvaged credibility by restoring only part of the old subsidy. unions suspend strike after government deploys military to prevent further protests Reuters Abuja SA’s Malema likely to lose ANC appeal Reuters Johannesburg igerian trade unions yesterday called off strikes and protests. including in a report compiled by international accounting ﬁrm KPMG. is ﬁghting for his political life after an African National Congress (ANC) disciplinary committee in November found him guilty of bringing the party into disrepute and expelled him for ﬁve years. an ANC power-broker. His plans to take over mines in the world’s largest platinum producer have also worried economists who said they would bankrupt the state. The state oil company NNPC and fuel regulators have come under ﬁre for lacking transparency and for mismanagement. and it might have to be the petroleum minister. while the tanker. and assuming on that basis perhaps more political risk than might be currently justiﬁed. an authoritative source on piracy. given the hardships being suffered by Nigerians. Many economists argue that the subsidy should be dropped because it was wasteful and open to corruption.” said Costello. Protesters have countered that position by asking the government to work harder to tackle graft and waste before rescinding public beneﬁts. Malema has become one of the most prominent critics of Zuma. Lieutenant Colonel A A Alabi.2mn ceremony after her disputed re-election in the nation’s second post-war polls. Nigerian security forces fired tear gas and shot into the air earlier in the day to disperse around 300 protesters in Lagos as authorities moved to prevent demonstrations in various parts of the country. would be unlikely to back down further. costing Nigeria billions of dollars in lost investment. last Friday. He has been able to stay in the party pending the appeal. with the operation to retrieve them costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. mass rallies and protests across the country. a government statement said yesterday. Jonathan pledged such cuts in his speech. the maritime editor of the Somalia Report said yesterday. The ANC disciplinary panel said in its decision Malema had fostered divisions in the party that has ruled since the end of apartheid in 1994. Analysts note the protests were only in some parts of the country. He sustained “multiple traumatic lacerations to his torso. the scrapping of which was a key policy of Jonathan and his economic team. arms and legs” where the shark bit him repeatedly. The Greek-owned and -operated chemical tanker was seized in the Gulf of Aden while on its last trip before the scrap yard. A few hundred protesters chanting “solidarity forever” tried to continue protesting in Ketu. local station commander for the National Sea Rescue Institute. Gillard slams ‘irresponsible’ anti-whaling activists Three activists who sparked a diplomatic incident by boarding a Japanese whaling ship arrived back in Australia yesterday as Prime Minister Julia Gillard blasted their “irresponsible” behaviour. The island-nation said the decision also marked an important step in bilateral relations with South Africa. said during a press conference. Alison-Madueke pledged to review such reports. The ceremony. he is almost certain to be its nominee for the 2014 presidential election. “Political risk featured heavily in the decisions. as most Nigerians away from the main urban centres have never had fuel at the official subsidised price anyway. Health professionals from the University of Sydney’s Medical School and the New South Wales Poisons Information Centre said reports of adverse reactions to drinks like Red Bull and V jumped from just 12 in 2004 to 65 in 2010. Nigerian president cuts petrol price in standoff Oil production so far unaffected. Congress for Democratic Change candidate Winston Tub- man boycotted the run-off and called a protest march on the eve of the November 8 poll which turned violent and saw police open ﬁre on his supporters. But it slashes the cost of the beneﬁt to the government and leaves open negotiations to phase it out again later.” The strikes paralysed Africa’s second-largest economy last week and the oil workers union had threatened to shut down its 2mn barrel a day production. said IT con” sultant Mavila Sadiq. Somali pirates free crew of Maltese-flagged ship Somali pirates have freed the 18-man crew of a Maltese-flagged chemical tanker after the payment of a $4mn ransom. tries to calm protesters in the Ojota district of Lagos. Given the ANC’s stranglehold on politics.” said the government statement. “Labour and its allies formally announce the suspension of strikes. The study. and Moody’s a few months ago downgraded the outlook for South Africa. Jonathan gave approval on Sunday night for an investigation and Oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke said she had written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission inviting the regulator to examine the subsidy procedure. from the Transkei region. voicing the concerns of factions in the party frustrated with what they see as ineffectual leadership. The 73-year-old grandmother took the oath administered by the country’s Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis as thousands looked on from the grounds of the capitol building in Monrovia. Tubman called off a protest march planned for the inauguration and announced on Sunday: “We recognise that Madam Sirleaf is the president of Liberia. Oil output by Nigeria. Senegal’s Abdoulaye Wade and Sierra Leone’s Ernest Koroma. is still in the movement.” Alison-Madueke said she would meet legislators in the next week to seek progress towards passing a wide-ranging Petroleum Industry Bill that has been stuck in parliament for years. officials said yesterday. Unions said they wanted the government to bring the petrol price immediately back down to 65 naira.” said Razia Khan. has not been affected so far by the labour unrest. was abandoned off the Somali coast. Costello said. Africa’s ﬁrst democratically-elected female president. who on February 11 marks 22 years since he was released from prison. It remains unclear whether the government will be able to keep the lid on the wider public anger unleashed by the subsidy protests. Nobody has said anything in support of her. ” Adelie penguins move about over an ice bank on Blue Lake near Mawson’s Hut in Commonwealth Bay. especially with job creation. But Gillard said they should not be treated as heroes despite Canberra’s firm opposition to Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean. Australian experts call for energy drink warnings Researchers in Australia yesterday called for health warnings on caffeine-loaded energy drinks following a spike in the number of people reporting medical problems after drinking them. and other nations sent representatives. which is rooted in years of frustration at corrupt and incompetent governance. “He can’t just set the price unilaterally at 97 naira per litre. Major ratings agencies are also worried about the way things have been going. Africa’s most populous nation holds the world’s seventh largest gas reserves but its infrastructure only provides enough power to run one medium-sized European city. . its candidate is virtually guaranteed to win the race. We’re not stupid and he shouldn’t treat us as if we don’t know what’s going on. Malema. Africa’s biggest crude exporter. pump prices more than doubled. leaving up to four dead. the government has approved the reduction of the pump price of petrol. 2012 WORLD DEADLY WATERS COSTLY INTERVENTION RANSOM PAID CAFFEINE ISSUES PAYING TRIBUTE South African swimmer is mauled and killed by shark A South African man was killed by a shark over the weekend while swimming at Second Beach in the rural Eastern Cape. at which point they would cancel strikes and protests and talks could continue. Analysts expect the appeal panel to uphold the previous decision and Malema has said he sees himself as “ﬁnished politically” The panel’s de. “The government will continue to pursue full deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector. Sirleaf. “At the clinic medical staff declared the man dead after all efforts to save him had been exhausted. shutdown. he appeal that will decide the future of South African ﬁrebrand Julius Malema starts next week. Malema’s calls for radical economic transformation have won him support from millions of poor who feel they have been left behind in the country’s economic and social advancements. The opposition Congress for Democratic Change recognised L her win on Sunday after a rocky election and weeks of negotiations. “There was an implicit threat to the unions in that promise to cut recurrent expenditure. However. The panel also said he brought the party into disrepute for calling for the overthrow of the elected government of neighbouring Botswana. A serious production outage would push them sharply higher. Lungisani Msungubana. though trade unions are likely to fear that that cost-saving could mean public sector job cuts.” he said in a national broadcast. The West Australian newspaper said the men from the Forest Rescue Australia environmental group were escorted back by Australian Federal Police officers to cries of support from a small band of supporters. Malema is also facing a criminal probe that is looking into his ﬁnances.” Gillard said in Hobart. Critics of the subsidy cut have urged the government to lower its own spending ﬁrst. Jonathan met union leaders late on Sunday in search of a compromise to end the strikes but he said later the talks had “yielded no tangible result” and he would pursue a policy of removing subsidies which he says breeds waste and corruption. Analysts said the unions reckoned that Jonathan. Residents of Nigeria’s biggest city Lagos reported soldiers in the streets in an apparent security move to contain any further protests. Malema’s fate has been increasingly tied to President Jacob Zuma. “It will lead to job losses. January 17.
Vapour leak ‘likely’ cause of Korean ship explosion AFP Seoul outh Korea’s coastguard said yesterday a failure to remove fuel vapour from a tank was the “likeliest” cause an explosion which split a tanker S in two on Sunday and killed at least ﬁve crewmen. Corona. was named the new party head of the Wukan village. which Nisa will later assess based on suggestions from the panel. state news agency Xinhua said. northeast China yesterday. He later said initial changes could be discussed at the EU level in April. adding forensic experts were examining the ship. offering his explanation for the more than four decades of rule by Xue Chang. Last year was a watershed year for Weibo with major events such as the Wenzhou high-speed train crash in July fuelling intense discussion on the platform. 84. For a long time. but coveted. French FM meets Myanmar regime to gauge reforms France’s foreign minister held talks with Myanmar’s rulers yesterday during a visit to assess the regime’s reformist credentials as Western powers weigh a possible relaxation of sanctions. The government ordered the stress tests—computer simulations of how reactors would withstand severe shocks such as the magnitude 9. for Corona to become the ﬁrst Philippine chief justice ever to be sacked. nuclear power covered about a third of Japan’s electricity demand. the village’s former Communist Party secretary. However his critics and even some supporters say Aquino has been employing questionable tactics in going after Corona and Arroyo. 2012 21 PHILIPPINES/EAST ASIA PROTEST JUSTICE PEOPLE POLITICS INTERNET Police charge Lebanese as Bangkok ups security Thai police charged a Lebanese man suspected of planning an attack in Bangkok after they raided a property yesterday and discovered chemicals that could be used to make a bomb. including an end to visa bans for regime figures and the granting of lower duties on certain exports to the European Union not subject to sanctions. 63. Because they didn’t know. In an earlier television interview. . Some estimates put the number much higher. Nisa has said it could ask a utility to run stress tests again if ﬁndings of new seismic or other risks to reactors emerged. “The main reason is that the A villagers did not understand the meaning of democracy. An official at the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (Nisa) said it is preparing a report on its findings based on tests run by Kansai Electric Power Co on its Ohi No 3 and No 4 reactors. Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told a news conference. Microblogging. Villagers also accused Xue of colluding with businessmen and selling their land without compensation. “Renato Corona by his misdeeds is unﬁt to remain chief justice. I have not stolen anything from anyone. aside from a few public appearances including a public speech in early December on his birthday. Among them are Marcos’ son. Ammonium nitrate is commonly used in agriculture. The Japanese government has been naming remote islets as it tries to “verify” the extent of the nation’s exclusive economic zone. and how he protected (her) interest in exchange for the position of prestige and power. and in a political culture where expediency often trumps values. Now. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and relevant cabinet ministers. 64.” a Nisa official said. prompting utilities to import and burn more fossil fuels to ﬁll the gap at a higher cost to customers and the economy. Ten days of protests over confiscated farmland and the death of a protest organiser in Wukan drew global media attention as a dramatic rebuff to the stability-obsessed government. “We’re organising data and ﬁndings from the past discussions of stress test reports. but mixed with other substances can make a bomb.191-tonne South Korean tanker carrying 11 South Koreans and ﬁve Myanmar citizens partially sank about 30 kilometres off the western port of Incheon after discharging its cargo there.” a coastguard spokesman said. allows users to send short messages of 140 characters or less. I have not wronged the public. aiming to discuss mainly the No 3 and No 4 Ohi reactors on Jan 18. or “Weibo” as it is known in China. which could last months and seen Aquino accused of overstepping constitutional boundaries. concern Hokkaido Electric Power’s Tomari No 1 and No 2 units and Shikoku Electric Power’s Ikata No 3 unit. a condition that is relatively common among the elderly and can cause stomach pain. Public opinion polls show Aquino enjoys overwhelming backing for his anti-graft efforts and the bachelor president is widely regarded as not being corrupt. The Nikkei newspaper said over the weekend that the watchdog would accept the results of the tests for Kansai’s two Ohi reactors. which have demanded more assurances about nuclear power plants’ safety. The Chinese government has not issued official estimates of protests and other “mass incidents” since the mid-2000s.” The crewmen told investigators that the explosion occurred while they were cleaning up fuel residue in the tank. historic impeachment trial of the Philippines’ top judge began yesterday in one of President Benigno Aquino’s boldest yet most divisive moves to tackle pervasive corruption. an ex-police chief once accused of murder. given statements from surviving crewmen and the com- pany that owns the ship. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. But in the case of Wukan. So far. the villagers of Wukan did not understand their rights. Twitter. Japan and China have repeatedly clashed over who owns the uninhabited. Microblogging use in China ‘quadruples in 2011’ Use of microblogging in China quadrupled in 2011 compared with the previous year. “It’s a certainty. the dictator’s former defence minister now aged 87.” Lin had said.” he told the rally at the Supreme Court compound. Chinese Communist Party member who led violent protests against land conﬁscation in Wukan has been rewarded by an appointment as village head. Lin said in a December interview. “We will conduct further investigation into whether he violated any other laws. was arrested in November on charges of rigging the 2007 senatorial vote and is now awaiting trial in a military hospital where she is being treated for what she says is a rare spinal illness. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said after his talks with President Thein Sein that he was confident the leader is a reformer. a unique move by Beijing as it grapples with thousands of such protests nationwide. But in late December he successfully brokered a deal with his accusers that led village representatives of Wukan to end the protests on the same day. “Investigations are still underway to reach a ﬁnal conclusion. His blood pressure. according to state media. then to the top judicial post shortly before she stepped down as president.” he said. The coastguard has rescued ﬁve crew- men and recovered the bodies of ﬁve more. the most popular microblogging platform in the world. made a deﬁant speech on Monday morning to hundreds of court employees who remain loyal to him. deputy national police chief Pansiri Prapawat said. islands known as Diaoyu in Chinese. Some also say that he has dangerously weakened the independence of the judiciary. Splendid spectacle China’s communist party rewards rebel leader Reuters Beijing Local residents shop for red and gold lanterns to bring good fortune as they prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Shenyang. Corona is accused of violating the constitution in his efforts to protect graft-tainted former president Gloria Arroyo from prosecution. the military has so far stood behind Aquino. or 16. last month. prompting extra security. revolutions and military coup attempts. the party has recognised that Xue was corrupt. ” Aquino won a landslide election victory in 2010 on a platform to end corruption which A Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona (left) talks to his defence lawyers following the adjournment of his impeachment trial at the Senate in Manila yesterday. only about eight have showed signs they will vote against Corona. Arroyo appointed Corona. while also for allegedly amassing a personal fortune above the limits of his salary. The Lebanese man is accused of breaking weapons control law. Those tests. The government is now debating a new energy strategy that will probably entail a gradual shift away from nuclear power and a greater role for renewable. clean energy sources. 65. But even after reactors win a clean bill of health from safety watchdogs and the government—a process Industry Minister Yukio Edano has said could take several months—the utilities will still need to win over sceptical local communities. no one in the Philippines can predict with certainty the ﬁnal outcome. “We believe that the fuel vapour that remained in the tank is the likeliest cause of the blast.” he said. The constitution requires a two-thirds endorsement of the senators. the spokesman said.Gulf Times Tuesday. Chinese will mark the Year of the Dragon on January 23 with the longest holiday period of the year. a government Internet think tank said yesterday. released from house arrest in late 2010. describing the president as a “wise man. lead prosecutor Niel ” Tupas said in his opening address to the hearing.000 a year in recent years up to 2010. temperature and breathing were normal. has been treated with antibiotics for a digestive ailment. Members of the 23-person Senate gathered as judges to determine whether Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona should be removed from his post and become the highest-proﬁle scalp yet in Aquino’s anti-graft crusade. It’s enough to look at what he has done in the past few months. “We aim to name the remaining 39 by the end of March. January 17. including dialogue with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. A nominally civilian government which took power last year has surprised even critics with a series of reformist moves. Sina Corp and Tencent Holdings both run popular Weibo platforms in China. The Philippines has a turbulent recent history of dictatorship. The US has warned of a “serious” threat of a terrorist strike on tourist areas in Bangkok and a manhunt is under way for a second suspect who could be hiding in the Thai capital. the son of democracy heroes who were pivotal in overthrowing 1980s dictator Ferdinand Marcos. the world’s longest reigning monarch. But a number of state-sponsored studies have estimated there were about 90. including one South Korean. Democratic elections for Wukan’s village committee could follow. “I have not wronged the president.” Fujimura said. which lie between Japan and Taiwan in the East China Sea. Xue fled after large-scale protests by Wukan villagers in September. to the Supreme Court bench in 2002. The panel’s approval would pave the way for further review by Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission. South Korean cattle breeders protest shouting slogans during a rally against the government’s cattle prices policy near the National Assembly in Seoul yesterday. the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement released late Sunday. Lin Zuluan. who has repeatedly accused Aquino of trying to move the Philippines towards a dictatorship. with nearly half of all Chinese Internet users now taking to the nearinstant service to gather news and spread views. is blocked by China’s censors.0 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan’s northeast on March 11 -to overcome public opposition to restarting of reactors taken offline for regular checks. would not conﬁrm the report. Govt to name islands to bolster territory claim Japan said yesterday it would give names to 39 uninhabited islands. He said the panel could request more information before approving the watchdog’s recommendations. Before the meltdowns at the Tokyo Electric Power’s crippled Fukushima plant that triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years... was diagnosed with diverticulitis. A search is still underway for the six missing. Many times the police and local officials crack down hard on protesters. the palace said. Tupas said. her former chief of staff. two Myanmar citizens and two unidentiﬁed victims. Arroyo. including some near those at the centre of a dispute with China. who declined to be named because he is not authorised to talk to the press. two former failed coup plotters. The 4. But it is also keen to bring existing reactors back in operation to avert a power crunch and ease the immediate economic impact. Juppe is the highest level French diplomat to ever visit the country also known as Burma. in a bid to bolster its territorial claim to the region. The maintenance schedule means that all reactors will be offline by late April if stress tests. long criticised by the West for its human rights record and ruled outright by the military for almost five decades until last year. Lin had been accused by the government of being an “illegal organiser” in the subsequent protests. “The prosecution will show how chief justice Corona became the crowning glory of the cast of accomplices of the former president. However. completely determined. only ﬁve reactors out of a total of 54 remain online. Japan’s ﬁrst reactor stress tests reach key stage Reuters Tokyo Philippines chief justice faces impeachment trial AFP Manila apan’s panel of experts is due to review the nuclear watchdog’s ﬁrst report on reactor stress tests tomorrow in an important step in efforts to rebuild public trust shattered by the Fukushima crisis and restart idled reactors. Aquino then marshalled his allies in Congress to impeach Corona. who is widely revered. a planned reorganisation of the nuclear watchdogs and utilities’ additional safety steps fail to convince the public. three former action movie stars and a comedian. and Corona’s strong words reinforced concerns that the impeachment trial may raise political tensions to a dangerous level. it was impossible to bring it up. On Sunday. The varied backgrounds of some of the senator-judges also reﬂect the colourful side of Philippine politics.” A day earlier Juppe said France and the European Union would respond “positively and in concrete terms” to what he described as “significant gestures” by the regime. The king was admitted to hospital in September 2009 for treatment of a respiratory condition and has rarely left since then. He said the panel was also expected to look into other test results tomorrow. A go-ahead for the two reactors in Japan’s western industrial heartland would mark a symbolic breakthrough in the government’s and utilities’ efforts to avert a total nuclear power shut- J down before the next peak summer demand season. Thailand king treated for digestive ailment Thailand’s frail king. has plagued the Philippines for decades and which he said worsened dramatically during the decade that Arroyo led the country before him. but the official. which include ones near the Senkaku. Corona said “only death” could remove him from his post. labelling him a “rogue magistrate” loyal to Arroyo.
Priyanka returns to campaign in Amethi After a long break from grassroots politics.22 Gulf Times Tuesday. As they came to know of the incident. challenging the lower court’s ruling asking them to take down some content. but only to a certain extent. dealing with postings and promotions. labourers and hawkers – died after drinking spurious liquor at shanties near Sangrampur railway station of South 24-Parganas district on December 13-14 last year. By snatching this freedom. As per that appointment order. nternet giants Google and Facebook told a New Delhi court yesterday that it is not possible to block offensive content that appears on their websites. her presence has generated excitement.” said Joseph. said. he will have to retire on May 31 this year. Civil rights groups have opposed the new laws. Internet users in India are seen nearly tripling to 300mn over the next three years. said Sheikh gave himself up at the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Diamond Harbour. Kerala ederal Science and Technology Minister Ashwani Kumar’s statement that the 115-yearold Mullaperiyar Dam is safe has not gone down well in Kerala with the ruling front ally Kerala Congress (Mani) yesterday announcing its support to a strike called by an anti-dam panel. There was no question of the election body working in proDalit or anti-Dalit manner. Priyanka. a journalism student at Delhi University. Despite the new rules to block offensive content. “It is sad that such a statement has come from a federal minister. which will take up the petition. the parliamentary constituencies of her brother and mother respectively. “It is unfortunate.the world’s second largest . and the decision was not politically motivated. Two Ramdev supporters were arrested. Present Arunachal Pradesh Governor J J Singh was then the army chief. challenged the rejection of his statutory complaint by the defence ministry and has sought relief from the court on the matter. “If you use blocks. army chief Gen V K Singh yesterday took the government to court over the issue of his age. The issue had ﬁrst cropped up in 2006 when Gen Singh was being considered to command an army corps. According to eyewitnesses.mostly masons. a lawyer for Google’s Indian unit. Anirudh Salve. holds that his year of birth is 1951. The court. police said. the official records keeper. no matter what rubbish it is. requiring them to take it down within 36 hours in case of a complaint. India’s Internet access is still largely free unlike the tight controls in neighbouring China. “This censorship is totally useless. you will inadvertently block other things as well. Akbar Road around 5pm. requesting change of his year of birth in official records to 1951 from 1950. with Congress leaders confident the three-day visit will give a boost to their mission. “The search engine only takes you till the website. which appointed him the army chief on April 1. government document like a voter ID list or a passport has the word ‘sex’” . which is very easy for people to say. January 17. after a private petitioner took the websites to court over images deemed offensive to Hindus. 2010. At the heart of the dispute is a law passed last year in the country that makes companies responsible for user content posted on their websites. in a case that has stoked fears about censorship in the world’s largest democracy. At least 171 people . the days to come will witness a bitter legal battle. The adjutant general branch of the army headquarters. the military secretary branch. a model. in full view of the TV cameras and reporters. He tried to fool the police by claiming his name was Nepolean and that he was from Nepal. challenging a lower court’s ruling asking them to take down some content Agencies New Delhi A villager is pinned down by a bull during a bull-taming festival on the outskirts of Madurai town. the Madhya Pradesh police asked their Delhi counterparts for his finger prints to identify him. he added. The high court will resume hearing the case on Thursday. a social media consultant and blogger. issue notices to the respondents and may also decide on an interim relief to the army chief if it ﬁnds merit in his petition. The general moved the Supreme Court after the defence ministry in December rejected his statutory complaint. Congress workers clash Supporters of Baba Ramdev and Congress Party workers clashed yesterday after the yoga guru’s activists held protests outside the party headquarters. who ﬁrst raked up the dam issue when he said late last year that he can’t sleep apprehending that the dam in Idukki district might give way anytime. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID). the prime suspect in the Sangrampur hooch tragedy in which 171 people were killed. For example: the word ‘sex’ Even a . According to sources. Justice Suresh Kait said. Muslims and Christians. Bunty was part of Big Boss season-4. However. the most wanted thief in India. The high-profile thief who has participated in reality TV show Big Boss was arrested on Saturday from a hotel.” Election Commissioner H S Brahma told CNN-IBN news channel in response to Mayawati’s angry reaction to the decision. the baton of the chief may pass on to present Northern Army Commander Lt Gen K T Parnaik in April 2013.2bn population have access to Internet although its 100-odd million users make it the third biggest Internet market after China and the US. Army chief takes govt to court over age row IANS New Delhi n a ﬁrst such instance in India’s history. saying the decision was a reflection of the government’s “casteist” mindset.. Minister’s Mullaperiyar remark irks Kerala IANS Kottayam. State Water Resources Minister P J Joseph termed as “sad” Ashwani Kumar’s remark on Sunday that the dam was safe and there was no need to worry. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Vadra was back in Amethi yesterday to supplement brother Rahul’s efforts in mobilising votes for the Congress ahead of elections in politically crucial Uttar Pradesh. The case was originally ﬁled in a lower court.” said George. . This committee has been on a sit-in protest near the dam site for the past 1.800 days demanding a new dam. Google and Facebook are among 21 companies that have been asked to develop a mechanism to block objectionable material. about 500km from the southern city of Chennai yesterday. The judge was last week quoted by local media warning the websites of China-style controls if they did not create a means to curb material seen as offensive. He said the poll panel would issue a formal denial to Mayawati’s charges. in his petition. then present Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Bikram Singh may be the next chief. With the writ petition ﬁled. which is everyone’s right. If he retires according to the existing schedule on May 31 this year. Super thief ‘Bunty’ arrested in Bhopal Devendra Singh alias Bunty. almost all parties have extended their support to the call given by the Action Committee. But politicians say that posting offensive images in the socially conservative country with a history of violence between religious groups presents a danger to the public as Internet use grows. has been caught in Madhya Pradesh. will have to decide if it will admit the plea. Social networks are portals to discuss and communicate. the army chief has. maintains that it is 1950. We feel that our own ministers like Defence Minister A K Antony should speak up for our cause.13mn-strong army . surrendered before a court in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas district yesterday. Vedika Nandan. as he would be the most senior lieutenant general in service at that time. What happens after I that is beyond a search engine’s control. But these days people put anything on the Internet.has taken the government that appointed him to court while still in service. but the companies have appealed to the Delhi High Court. If the change is not carried out Singh would retire this year. A Congress leader said that the protesters were planning to disrupt the party press briefing scheduled at 5pm. “It is not only us. Indian style Not possible to block content: Internet giants Leading Internet companies appeal to the Delhi High Court. Lucky Oye was based on his life.” Kartik Dayanand. who has campaigned several times in the Congress borough will visit Amethi and Rae Bareli. On the contrary. “Delhi police today matched his finger prints and confirmed that the arrested person is Bunty himself. How different would we be from China or Afghanistan then?” Others felt there should be some control over the Internet. police said. told a packed high court hearing yesterday. police said yesterday. which is not acceptable. was not politically motivated. The matter was again up for a debate in 2008 and 2010 when he was being considered for promotion as an army commander and army chief respectively. Congress workers came out of the office and clashed with the Ramdev supporters. the elephant. said: “Social media provides ultimate freedom space for people who want to express themselves.” Neeraj Kishan Kaul.” “Censorship should be implemented to a certain limit.” said Tullika Batra.” the police said.” Freelance writer Pooja Kapur said: “Censoring content on social media sites is totally unjustiﬁed. Bullfight. Ramdev supporters. If his plea to hold his year of birth as 1951 is acceded to. Mayawati on Sunday lashed out at the poll panel. Key suspect in liquor deaths surrenders Noor Islam Sheikh alias Khora Badshah. but to a certain extent. The Bollywood film Oye Lucky. said: “I think censoring of the Internet is good. a group of around 15 Ramdev supporters shouted slogans and blackened the portrait of Congress president Sonia Gandhi on a board outside the party office at 24. Though she has no plans to take a direct plunge into campaigning for the assembly elections beginning on February 8. The Jallikattu bullfight is annual event and is part of south India’s harvest festival of Pongal. This is the ﬁrst time that the chief of the 1. Siddharth Luthra. Less than a tenth of India’s 1. a content writer. police said. 1950. the government is trying to spoil the basic tenets of democracy. The government. 2012 INDIA CONTROVERSY PROTEST CRIME POLITICS TRAGEDY No politics behind UP statue order: poll panel The Election Commission (EC) yesterday said its decision to order covering the statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) poll symbol.. If Gen Singh’s plea is accepted and he get another 10 months in service it would alter the succession line. I The writ petition by Gen Singh comes just a day after the 64th Army Day on Sunday and four days after the combative army chief maintained that the age issue was a matter of “integrity and honour” for him and indicated that all his options were open. had stuck to its decision maintaining his birth date as May 10. which is probing the liquor tragedy. the government is trying to curb freedom of speech and expression. He was sent to 14 days in police custody. Government chief whip and senior F KC (Mani) party member P C George said that the decision to extend moral support to the strike call by the Mullaperiyar Action Committee tomorrow has been taken by his party’s political affairs committee. a lawyer for Facebook told the court it was not possible for the social network to “single out” any individual on the basis of religion or views and said the users should be held responsible for content they post.
” Regarding the free trade agreement. special representatives for boundary talks. began the two-day negotiations that are aimed at ﬁrming up a framework for delineating the border on the map. The RBI is expected to continue its current practice of buying government bonds in the open market to add cash to the banking system and ease the liquidity crunch. the Reserve Bank of India is not expected to begin cutting interest rates at its review on January 24. was wanted for murder. “While working hard to develop itself. Pandian had sent his round-the-clock bodyguards on errands and his family had been out of station. good friend and good partner. The chief minister also announced 500 extra buses for the holiday season. The yield on 10-year bonds rose 6 basis points to 8. but since the RBI has used CRR as a monetary measure. They found incriminating documents and unaccounted cash that indicated that Sellamuthu and his colleagues had accepted bribes to recruit their favourite candidates to the commission. The central bank has bought Rs695bn ($13. The decision to set up the border mechanism was taken at a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabai in April 2011. December inﬂation was the lowest since December 2009. Jayalalitha also announced a Rs3. officials said. roughly in line with the 7.000 acres in Tamil Nadu and is now at the centre of a dispute with Kerala state. Memorial to honour Mullaperiyar man Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha has announced a memorial to be constructed for Col John Pennycuick.5% from the same month a year earlier.” said Anubhuti Sahay. the probability of CRR cut has also reduced after this data. happiness. about 600km from Chennai. In a rare gesture. he said. with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo rejecting rivalry and predicting “a golden period” for India-China relations in the days ahead. The market has been split on whether or not the RBI will cut the cash reserve ratio at its review next week. after threats to his life.” said A Prasanna.” said Sonal Varma. While RBI officials have conceded that they are concerned about growth. slowing from a 9. The border mechanism will facilitate real-time contact between the foreign office of the two countries in case of intrusions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). India. the leader of a Dalit political party. Menon described the boundary question as a “difficult issue” and clariﬁed that the two sides were “in the second stage of the threestage process of agreeing to principles. rose for a second month in December.7% in the previous month. science and technology and counter-terrorism.5% a year earlier. A cold wave further tightened its grip on Jammu and Kashmir with most places in the state recording sub-zero temperatures. pre. the British engineer who built the Mullaperiyar dam in Theni district between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We always need to be each other’s good neighbour. The Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme replaces the former Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government’s Kalaignar Kappittu Thittam. core inﬂation is still elevated. while fuel inﬂation was 14. The case dates back to two months.000-150. Manufacturing inﬂation was at 7.” The inﬂuential Chinese politician and diplomat also rejected rivalry with India. Industrial output recovered in November.41% compared with a reading of 7. January 17. former chief minister and DMK party president M Karunanidhi has welcomed the new scheme while expressing regret over Jayalalitha’s decision to convert newly-constructed government buildings into hospitals. three men surrendered. The new scheme offers increased benefits like Rs100. energy. Food inﬂation tumbled to 0. the main inﬂation gauge. The memorial will be built on two acres of land near a government office in Theni. but have stalled over tariff barriers and the EU’s attempts to include links to the environment and child labour. EU chief diplomat Catherine Ashton and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna chaired talks in the southern city of Bangalore to prepare for the 12th India-EU summit on February 10 in New Delhi. the Supreme Court has ordered the reopening of 26 major textile shops sealed by the Chennai Corporation for violation of building norms at Ranganathan Street. the central bank tends to view CRR primarily as a monetary policy tool. an economist with Standard Chartered in Mumbai. economist with Nomura in Mumbai. Underlining the need for closer co-operation between India and China. last week. Some analysts expect the economy to struggle to achieve 7% growth for the ﬁscal year ending in March after it grew 8. but the central bank is expected to leave interest rates on hold next week as manufactured products inﬂation edged up from November. when based on complaints of TNPSC secretary T Udayachandran.48%. as well as sluggish investment and weak global conditions. we have been able to take stock of what has been achieved in the last one year and prepared on a substantive basis to take our co-operation forward during the upcoming India-EU Summit meeting. Manufacturing activity surged to a six-month high in December. the All India Radio reported. With little ﬁscal space for government stimulus. India’s economic growth is slowing after a prolonged bout of monetary policy tightening that has seen 13 interest rate increases since March 2010. was murdered as he was relaxing in the compound of his house in Dindigul.000 are eligible for the scheme available at 900 hospitals in the state. ndian and Chinese officials yesterday held talks to formulate a border mechanism and to resolve their decades-old boundary dispute. a native of Tuticorin district. He had survived an attempt on his life in 2006. who is said to be close to Chinese President Hu Jintao. while services grew at their fastest pace in ﬁve months. Menon and Dai are also expected to work out the details of an accord on the border mechanism that is likely to be signed today. a busy shopping hub of Chennai. Traders said the still-high manufacturing inﬂation had reduced the chance of a CRR cut next week. Still. struck an upbeat note on the trajectory of the burgeoning India-China relations and rejected rivalry with New Delhi amid recent differences over a host of issues. remain committed to the path of peaceful development. The meeting covered issues including counterterrorism. He had shifted to Dindigul in 1997. not rivals. At the time of the attack. but was up on a sequential basis from November. EU hold talks on trade and security DPA Bangalore Shops sealed for 72 days reopen Bringing relief to customers and shop owners. The discussions scheduled for last year were cancelled over a speech in India by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The ” second and the third stages are proving to be most difficult as it may involve a swap of territories. “There does not exist such a thing as China’s attempt to ‘attack India’ or ‘suppress India’s development’ China will . Dai ” wrote. in order to ease tight market liquidity.21% and the benchmark ﬁve-year and one-year swap rates climbed 6 bps and 9 bps. climbing 8. He submitted his resignation to Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah. “I would still think there is a case for CRR cut because of tight liquidity and the scale of liquidity infusion required. The EU is India’s largest trading partner with bilateral volume worth $86bn in 2010.54% in November. The icy temperatures have frozen many bodies of water as well as drinking water taps while an avalanche warning has been issued in some snow-bound hilly areas.5bn) of government debt since late November. Car sales. “Through our discussions today.47% from a year earlier. That amount is expected to double by 2015 if the pact is ﬁnalised. Pennycuick (1841-1911) served as a member of the Madras Legislative Council overseeing major irrigation projects in India. Dai. A day after his murder. Indian diplomats said. and so we are not expecting any I rate move from the central bank on January 24. pressure is growing on the central bank to begin easing monetary policy. It is aimed at preventing ﬂare-ups or mis- I understandings arising out of incursions in other’s territory that in turns may stem from misperceptions of the un-demarcated LAC. Reports said Pandian died instantly of multiple stab wounds. ndia and the European Union yesterday held talks on trade and security issues ahead of their summit next month.50% increase forecast in a poll. While liquidity remains tight. climate change and differences over a proposed free trade pact. 2012 23 INDIA Tamil Nadu Roundup By Umaima Shafiq CM launches new insurance scheme for poor Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha last week launched a new health insurance scheme for the impoverished in Tamil Nadu. a framework and ﬁnally a boundary line.and post-operative costs.91% compared with 15.Gulf Times Tuesday. though some traders and economists expect it to cut the cash reserve ratio (CRR). economist at ICICI Primary Securities Dealership. It is our genuine hope that India will enjoy prosperity and its people. the proportion of deposits that banks must keep as cash with it. No rivalry with India. the chief of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) resigned over corruption charges in Chennai last week. white carpet adorns Kashmir TNPSC chief resigns over graft charges R Sellamuthu. respectively after the data. after falling for four months. the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption raided the office and residences of Sellamuthu and 13 members of TNPSC. ” A boat is seen covered in snow during a snowfall in Srinagar yesterday. rose 7. Dai said: “We speak with one voice and enjoy increasingly closer coordination and collaboration in multilateral mechanisms and in tackling global challenges. Ahead of the talks. Inﬂation slides to two-year low The RBI is unlikely to begin cutting interest rates at its review on January 24 Reuters New Delhi/ Mumbai Leader of Dalit party murdered C Pasupathi Pandian. “We need to view each other’s development in a positive light and regard each other as major partners and friends. Other recent data also give the RBI reason to refrain from easing rates just yet. says top Chinese official IANS New Delhi Wet. Dai wrote in an ” article in The Hindu published yesterday. These shops had been closed down for the past 72 days.11% rise in November. The RBI left interest rates unchanged last month after raising them 375 basis points since March 2010 to ﬁght inﬂation. aggravating fuel inﬂation in a country that imports nearly 80% of its crude requirements. the data yesterday showed. This is the 15th round of boundary talks between special representatives of the two countries that was set up in 2003 to resolve the festering dispute. as worries about growth in Asia’s third-largest economy moved to centre stage. The seals were formally broken and the shops were allowed to do business for the next six weeks. extortion and other crimes.5bn scheme to distribute free clothes to the poor from January 13 through ration shops. analysts say. “From the RBI’s perspective. It will be ready by January next year. Chinese official Dal Bingguo walks with Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon in New Delhi prior to their talks yesterday. posting its fastest growth in ﬁve months. Ashton said the pact would take some more time to materialise and the discussions on it would continue. “The upward exertion by weaker rupee on manufactured products prices is apparent. Dai and India’s National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon. China is fully committed to developing long-term friendship and cooperation with India.000 health cover per annum for four years that covers diagnosis. Pandian. The rupee fell about 16% in 2011. Recently. Families with an annual income below Rs72.74% in December from 8. I . The dam irrigates 2300. their public comments suggest that the bank isn’t ready to take its foot off the pedal until clear signs emerge that inﬂation is under control. ndia’s headline inﬂation slowed in December to a two-year low as food price pressure eased dramatically. The two sides have been negotiating a trade pact for nearly ﬁve years. Krishna said the two sides held “useful discussions” and committed to intensifying co-operation in diverse ﬁelds including trade and investment. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI).
“It is a futile exercise. At the age of 82. I learnt to conduct research and how to reference. head of Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations at Quaid-i-Azam University. Zardari and his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leadership have refused to do so. Artist and author Fouzia Minallah said that haphazard construction has ruined the beauty of Islamabad. he is probably one of the country’s oldest scholars to get his PhD degree. Zardari’s close aide. could be broken. Fighters were particularly in- censed when Pakistani security forces stormed the Red Mosque complex run by hard-line clerics in the capital. The Supreme Court summoned Gilani to appear on Thursday. A museum is a good idea. The death of Hakimullah’s predecessor. senior cabinet minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q). he added. He said that he was suffering with arthritis and that was his biggest challenge in perusal. The Pakistani Taliban issued a denial. Munir Orakzai and Khurshid Shah. With Lok Virsa Open Theatre. Ahmadi said the helicopter was doing contract work as a supply aircraft for Nato troops. “There is no truth in reports about his death.BlackBerry message data sent between Haqqani and businessman Mansoor Ijaz. Although the prime minister has little choice but appear on Thursday. said another intelligence ” official. said one of the intel” ligence officials. instead preferring to force early elections behind the scenes in concert with pressure from the courts. “The Supreme Court has issued a contempt of court notice to the prime minister for not complying with its orders. Akram Sheikh. Wali-ur-Rehman. Zardari is also under pressure over a memo soliciting American help to prevent a coup apparently feared in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan on May 2 and to clip the power of the army. Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan have been trying to sort out differences between Pakistani Taliban commanders so they can aid their ﬁght against US-led Nato forces across the border in Afghanistan. National Heritage and Integration Minister Samina Khalid Gurki told the National Assembly on the other day that the project is ‘under consideration again’ . he is a human being and can die any time. Dr Farooq Sattar. it could ease pressure on security forces. Chaudhry Pervez Elahi. He is a holy warrior and we will wish him martyrdom. said a fellow student.24 Gulf Times Tuesday. It marks only the second time that contempt of court procedures have been initiated against a sitting prime minister in Pakistan. minister ” for law and parliamentary affairs Maula Bakhsh Chandio told reporters after the court order. “Six to seven TTP members were talking to each other through wireless radio in the conversations we heard. “Three people on board died as a civilian helicopter crashed in ﬂames in Nad Ali district near Shora. white beard and turban on his head. The attorney general said yesterday he had been unable to obtain crucial evidence . who claims to have acted as a go-between on the memo. However.” The TTP launched an insurgency in 2007 after the military began a major crackdown on militants. Sporting along. “Based on our intercepts. In video footage released after the attack. Minister of Commerce and Industries. who have struggled to weaken the group. but the project was deferred due to ﬁnancial constraints in the Public Sector Development Programme. too.Phil and PhD took him six years to complete. If he gives the court a commitment on implementation the court can discharge the contempt notice. prime minister Nawaz Sharif was also found in contempt in a case which ultimately led to the resignation of president Farooq Leghari. There are so many lions in this jungle and one lion will replace another one to continue this noble mission. National Monument and Pak-China Friendship Centre already present. which is seen as critical for US efforts to ﬁght global militancy. Other stakeholders do not share Gurki’s enthusiasm for the project. Mutﬁ added.” Judge Nasir-ulMulk told the court which met to debate how to proceed on graft charges against the president. but considers the fact that there is not a single archaeological site being preserved in Islamabad. escalating pressure on a weakened government at a time of crippling tensions with the army which some analysts believe could cost Gilani his job. said Daud Ahmadi. He successfully defended his PhD thesis on Mullah Ali Al Qari’s famous ‘Tafsir Anwarul Qur’an wa Israrul Furqan’ on July 28 last year at the department of Islamic Studies at University of Peshawar (UoP). as the children gathered around tended to look him with a hushed awe of reverence. Islamabad. “Efforts are also underway to preserve archaeological sites in the capital city. exacerbating a crisis likely to force early elections. the Taliban has vowed to expand its violent campaign overseas to hit Western targets.” Dr Ashraf. disqualifying the prime minister and president. Ijaz. even at this age. President Asif Zardari.” said a senior official of the Planning Commission.” he said. “Studying and research are my hobbies and I never feel tired of them. said Ijaz feared for his life but would apply for a visa in Switzerland. speaking on condition of anonymity. he relocated to Pakistan. which is mandatory to get admission in PhD. most crucially in neighbouring Afghanistan. is believed to have been killed by a US drone strike. “Another possibility is that the prime minister will appear before the court. and holding early elections. no other similar institute should be established in the vicinity. However. it might have been relaxed by the department. Oldest scholar here gets his doctorate Internews Peshawar 3 dead in Afghan helicopter crash AFP Kabul Taking charge of security hree people died yesterday when a civilian helicopter contracted to Nato forces crashed in ﬂames in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province. Pakistan PM is found in contempt of court AFP Islamabad akistan’s top court yesterday deemed beleaguered Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for failing to re-open corruption cases.“1 served till the Communists came and quit my job when Babrak Karmal came into power. he joined the office of judge in Kabul. “We will continue jihad if Hakimullah is alive or dead. Later. The Pakistani Taliban said Hakimullah was still alive. “We will consult legal experts and take steps which they consider necessary under law. Kakar refused to comment on the issue. In the past. Mehsud was heading to a meeting in Nawa Adda. as head of the Federal Archaeology Department. Hakimullah was not only in danger of being killed by the drone campaign that President Barack Obama has escalated. but analysts believe it has no appetite for an- other direct takeover. indicating that he could testify by January 25. He is also ambitious. leader of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party. January 17. while another teaches at a government university in their hometown in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Environmentalists. “But I am not denying the importance of museums.” Qazi said.1mn was submitted to the Planning Commission for approval on October 14. He is currently based in Peshawar with one of his sons. PPP stalwarts have accused the judiciary of overstepping its reach and colluding with the army to bring down the administration before its ﬁveyear mandate ends in 2013.” said a security official on condition of anonymity. could not conﬁrm his death. Hakimullah. pushed out to protect Zardari or show ﬂexibility in order to avert a wider crisis. he archaeology department of Pakistan is adamant on pushing through with the establishment of a national museum in the Shakarparian area of capital Islamabad. some senior Taliban commanders said the umbrella group had started exploratory peace talks with the government. ” The prime minister is likely to seek solace in a conﬁdence vote in the civilian leadership in the lower house of parliament on Monday.” he said.” he said. But not Qazi Haﬁzullah.” and the planning commission will not support it. “He has been directed to appear personally on January 19. head of Awami National Party (ANP). Shortly afterwards. Taliban sources say. or TTP. An M. His lawyer. in a drone strike in 2009 raised false hopes that the Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan. making it tougher to recruit young ﬁghters and disrupting safe havens in Pakistan that Washington says are used by the Afghan militants. He said that Fazal Dad Kakar. which is close to Al Qaeda and has been blamed for many of the suicide bombings across one of the world’s most unstable countries. If Hakimullah did die.” C Pakistan Taliban leader believed killed in drone strike Reuters Peshawar T he leader of the Pakistani Taliban. despite heavy resistance. however. “During my PhD. ” Officials refused to disclose Mehsud’s codename. The security of 12 of 15 districts of Herat has been handed over by Nato to Afghan forces in a second wave of transition. She said a proposal amounting to $15. ” said senior lawyer Quosen Mufti. analysts are divided on whether he could be convicted. The TTP delivered on threats to carry out revenge attacks in Pakistan after US special forces killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a secret raid in a Pakistani town in May last year.” she said. or by Pakistani military operations. “I was unable to move due to the excruciating pain in my legs. saying that development is already prohibited in the green area of the National Park as per CDA bylaws and the project will only serve to ruin the beauty of the city. Any division within the TTP could hinder the Afghan Taliban and Al Qaeda’s struggle in Afghanistan against the US and its allies. The aircraft had “gone down due to mechanical problems. Qazi received his earlier education in religious seminaries and after obtaining his Bachelors in Shariah from Kabul University. he said. A suicide bombing at a US base in Afghanistan’s Khost province in 2009 killed seven CIA employees. who has a sharp face framed by shaggy hair and a disarming grin. his doctorate degree is not a means to an end. during a meeting in Islamabad to discuss the Supreme Court’s contempt notice against Gilani. The commission probing “memogate” is expected to determine this month whether Islamabad endorsed the note submitted to a then top US military officer. and Taliban insurgents claimed they had shot it down. talking about Hakimullah Mehsud being hit by a drone when he was heading to a meeting at a spot near Miranshah. who has American nationality. said ” TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan.” he said with a chuckle. After being shelved for three years by the Planning Commission. He and his powerful deputy. four Pakistan intelligence officials have said. and an updated proposal will be submitted to the Planning Commission soon. measuring 8. She said that the proposed site for the museum. T Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (centre). has not visited Pakistan since revealing the existence of the memo in the Financial Times in October. He said Blackberry’s makers refused to release such records without the customer’s permission. A senior military official said there was no official conﬁrma- tion that the Pakistani state’s deadliest enemy had been killed. The CDA spokesperson also opposed the idea. which is based in the US.. but one of my teachers at the department [helped me by giving me lifts in his car. a Swiss prosecutor said that it would be “impossible” to reopen a case against Zardari since he beneﬁts from immunity as a head of state. 2012 PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN Fresh push to set up national museum in capital Islamabad Internews Islamabad T Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani sits with members of parliamentary party and heads of coalition parties (from left) Mir Israrullah Zehri. which is in the interest of Pakistan.” The Supreme Court wants the government to write to Swiss au- P thorities demanding that they re-open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari after a previous amnesty expired in 2009. “There is possibility now that the prime minister will be made a scapegoat and he may resign. Mulk said he had been left with “no option” but issue a show cause notice to Gilani after the government ignored the court’s demands. But a spokesman for Nato’s International Security Assistance Force said the aircraft belonged to a civilian company. Supreme Court judges have outlined six options on how to proceed on graft charges against Zardari . ome term-end and students all over the world anxiously wait to do away with course books. which he named as AAR Airlift. are unhappy with the proposal. is working on the assignment. Another challenge for him was taking the GRE. has been forced to resign as ambassador to Washington and the Supreme Court on December 30 ordered a judicial inquiry into a memo following a demand from the chief spymaster. Makhdoom Amin Fahim. however. The army has carried out three coups in Pakistan. but the denial was far less assertive than one issued in 2010 after media reports said he had been killed in a drone strike. In November 1997. “It was a difficult thing to do at my age. the US added the TTP to its list of foreign terrorist organisations and set rewards of up to $5mn for information leading to Hakimullah Mehsud or Wali-ur-Rehman.. were at each other’s throats and hostilities were close to open warfare. If not then he may be convicted. listening to each word he spoke during the interview. “There are already four cultural institutions in the vicinity and the archaeology department could use any one of for the national museum. He said there is no other building suitable to preserve the hundreds of thousands of antiques that needed preservation. 2008. Baitullah Mehsud. as he does not understand English.33 acres. had been acquired from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) three years ago. the bomber was shown sitting with Hakimullah Mehsud. . Minister of Religious Affairs. Asfandyar Wali Khan. head of the Transition Commission. The officials said they intercepted wireless radio chatter between Taliban ﬁghters detailing how Hakimullah Mehsud was killed while travelling in a convoy to a meeting in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border. Husain Haqqani. Under his leadership. More recently. while adding that the preservation of archaeological sites is a more imminent need than opening museums. “I shall continue my quest for knowledge even after getting PhD degree. Nawa Adda is a village in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan. Last year. “There is no planning of sustainable development in the city. kisses the Afghanistan flag during a ceremony yesterday to hand over security control in Herat.which include ﬁnding Gilani in contempt. But it is not clear if all factions were on board. Afghan police had earlier reported that a “foreign troops’ helicopter” had crashed. The government said 102 people were killed in ﬁghting in the incident.” Dr Ashraf said. “They referred to him by his codename. is considered to be one of the most ruthless Taliban commanders. officials said. a spokesman for the provin” cial government. But it may not ease violence in the long term in Pakistan. said that a national museum is needed in the capital city. saying the president is immune from prosecution as head of state. the militant movement that poses the gravest security threat to the country. US officials. Qazi appears less a scholar and more a conventional grand parent ﬁgure.
and the Comptroller and Auditor General. Officials and reports said the National Board of Revenue (NBR) issued a statutory regulatory order (SRO) saying only “legally earned” yet “untaxed money” could be invested in the stock market on payment of 10% tax. Dawadi says. Diaspora group says Sri Lankan Tamils want self-determination IANS Colombo angladesh has revised an amnesty order that it issued last year to allow black money in stock market. according to a communication of the President’s Secretariat to the cabinet division in Dhaka. Kathmandu is the mostpopulated area of the country and home to an estimated 3mn people. wrote in the Republica daily yesterday. a letter signed by president’s secretary M Shafiul Alam has been sent to the cabinet division secretary for necessary measures to form the search committee. Only two domestic ﬂights were able to take off yesterday. The government last year revived an old amnesty allowing investment of black money in the bourse in a desperate effort to boost the stock B market that suffered a massive setback sparking widespread street protests in 2011. even though the bowl has stopped moving. Some international ﬂights were compelled to circle for more than an hour before being diverted to India. said the charge-sheet ﬁled by D Zia accused of abusing power to raise funds for a trust named after her husband. reported Xinhua. Officials said “undisclosed money” includes funds borrowed from relatives or collected from other sources to buy stocks. The president began the talks on December 22 last to take the opinions of the political parties to form the new election commission. the contents of which will continue to shake after you hit the bowl. The Sri Lankan government.. Dense fog kept planes from landing or taking off at Tribhuvan International Airport. In recent years. says lawyer Aminul Gani Titu. The city has one airport and only three highways that connect it to the rest of the country. a geologist working for the government’s mining department. but is unprepared for a high-magnitude tremor.com reported citing a media statement from the British High Commission in Dhaka. which destroyed half of the capital’s buildings. will take forward a host of bilateral issues and also review the continuing reconciliation efforts between the Sri Lankan government and the ethnic Tamil-speaking mi- nority in the northern region. Reports said 150 tourists were stranded in Ghorepani in the western part of country. a key political party in Sri Lanka. take part in a Thaipongal festival in Colombo yesterday. According to the chargesheet. After the current Awami League government took charge. the contents of which will continue to shake after you hit the bowl. said that the ethnic conﬂict in Sri Lanka has not ended despite the end of the war nearly three years ago.000 people would die. at the airport on a bright sunny evening. Others accused include Haris Chowdhury and his private secretary Ziaul Islam Munna and Monirul Islam Khan. According to geologists. a 6. putting the lives of millions of people at risk. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF). leaving little room for rescue operations in the old part of Kathmandu. In 2011. Krishna ” told IANS soon after landing at the Sri Bandaranayake Interna- tional Airport. The GTF has been having discussions with representatives of foreign governments including US and Britain. the GTF ” said in the statement sent to the media. The official said the government would allow only individuals and private limited companies to declare the undisclosed income in the share market but public limited companies could not avail the opportunity. he says.” Flights grounded DPA Kathmandu ad weather grounded ﬂights at Nepal’s only international airport yesterday. “The visit is signiﬁcant as it is taking place in the context of the reconciliation process between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil-speaking minority in the aftermath of the over two-decade old strife. will be the convener of such a committee. the Criminal Investigation Department. “I feel delighted to be in Colombo again . “You could compare Kathmandu to a bowl of yogurt. said that Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka are entitled to the right to self-determination. They purchased land at Kakrail at 65. recruit and train 35. by abusing power.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. which means rescue work could be hampered if these were not functioning after an earthquake. Nepal is at the meeting point of two tectonic plates. Visiting British Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell announced this on Sunday. “You could compare Kathmandu to a bowl of yogurt. 15km from the main city. January 17. but is unprepared for a high-magnitude tremor DPA Kathmandu Zia indicted over trust funds graft By Mizan Rahman Dhaka A s Nepal marked National Earthquake Safety Day yesterday. As directed by the president. Earlier. the president held talks with a total of 24 political parties including main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) up to January 12. 200. A Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora group said yesterday that it will support discussions for a political settlement on the island if the solution alters the structure of governance in the country. ” says Archan Dawadi. a pleasant climate and it’s breezy. Other members of the search committee will include the chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission. which is seen by the Sri Lankan government as an organisation which promotes the ideologies of the Tamil Tiger rebels. urging for a political solution in Sri Lanka. 2011. NSET and government studies say two-thirds of the capital’s structures are not ﬁt to withstand a quake of more than 8-magnitude. if a 7-magnitude quake hit Kathmandu. third right. “The governance structure of the country should recognise that the Tamil speaking peoples are entitled to the right to self-determination and granting to them irreversible autonomy in the areas of historic habitation. chairman of Public Service Commission. does not recognise any statement from the GTF and even boycotted an invitation to attend the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress in South Africa as the GTF was among the invitees. access to the capital valley is limited. he added. the discussions which have failed to see the light of a ﬁnal political solution despite pressure from India. . “The governance structure of the country should recognise that the Tamil speaking peoples are entitled to the right to self-determination and granting to them irreversible autonomy in the areas of historic habitation” However. but little is being ” done to prepare for it.4 quake in 1934. A defence lawyer said the BNP chairperson may appear in the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court on Tuesday to submit a bail order given by the high court. narrow roads could be blocked.” Moreover. President sets ball rolling for poll panel President Zillur Rahman has called for the government to form a ‘search committee’ to constitute the new election commission in Bangladesh.6-magnitude earthquake killed more than 700 people.” one ﬁnance ministry official said. Nepal has been receiving heavy snowfall for the past two weeks. this is for the ﬁrst time the ACC has submitted a charge-sheet against the opposition leader. have no legal cover and that Zia abused her office to collect the money from various sources. news agency bdnews24. and is not solid enough for heavy settlements. Up to 60% of homes are likely to be destroyed and 1. “But the black money indicates money earned through illegal or criminal acts. In 1988. adding that the order would not be valid for the income earned through any “criminal activities” punishable under other laws. Bangladesh lifts amnesty on black money in stocks Agencies Dhaka UK to give $350mn IANS Dhaka ritain will provide £230mn ($350mn) to Bangladesh for improving quality of primary education and health sector over a period of next ﬁve years. Xinhua reported. Krishna in Lanka on 4-day visit IANS Colombo ndia’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna arrived in Colombo yesterday on a four-day official visit to Sri Lanka.000 new teachers.700 houses in the eastern part of the country. during his second visit to the island nation.7mn taka through cheque to the land owner. the GTF which has offices in several countries but not in Sri Lanka.4mn taka.500 people died in a magnitude-8. Finance ministry officials said the APG also warned that it would issue a worldwide public statement and ask banks in other countries not to open letters of credit for Bangladesh Bank unless the provision of allowing the investment of black money was lifted. “For Kathmandu. other than BNP party funds. Zia had established the trust after the name of her late husband president Ziaur Rahman in 2001 through her two sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko. Krishna is on an official visit to Sri Lanka. The new order follows stern objections from ﬁnancial and security watchdogs. The mobilisation of funds from unknown sources. and Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse. Krishna.” Dawadi says the shockwaves passing through Kathmandu could be ampliﬁed because the valley is soft and vulnerable. which contain essential supplies for a short period. In a statement emailed to the Sri Lankan and international media.” the order said. 2012 25 SRI LANKA/BANGLADESH/NEPAL Nepal capital warned of major earthquake Studies show Kathmandu is one of the world’s high-risk cities. the city has grown rapidly and the uncontrolled construction of high-rise buildings that are not earthquakeresistant is a major concern.5mn children. a high court judge nominated by the chief justice. experts warned of a major earthquake for which the capital Kathmandu remains unprepared. More than 8. however. The Sri Lankan government defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009 after 30 years of war but since then has initiated talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). and about the same number would be injured. The United Nations and the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery rank Nepal 11th among earthquake-prone countries in the world. Studies have shown that Kathmandu is one of the world’s high-risk cities. arriving from Bangalore. The actual value of the land was more than 212. before the next ‘big one’ that might be much closer to Kathmandu and much more severe. centre. the head of the ” United Nations in Nepal.Gulf Times Tuesday. Robert Piper.5mn taka.000 new classrooms.5mn would be left without shelter. The money they embezzled may also be seized. private secretary of Dhaka mayor Sadeq Hossain Khoka. “If a major earthquake happens. B India’s Foreign Minister S M Krishna. There seems to be a tacit acknowledgement of the impending “big one. The case was ﬁled by the Anti-Corruption Commission on August 8. and urge the international community to encourage the Sri Lankan government to come up with such an acceptable political solution and ensure its genuine implementation. land purchase and transaction of payment were all illegal and punishable under the law. who are also trustees. “The existing opportunity on declaring undisclosed income to bring it under formal channel is offered to only legally earned money from known sources. ” “Things would only be worse if it happened during monsoon when the houses are likely to collapse more easily. We for our part will support the full implementation of such an arrangement if agreed upon. This makes it a hotspot for quakes. Sri Lankan External Affairs I Minister G L Peiris received Krishna and the accompanying delegation. a 6.. The fund will aid the government’s Third Primary Education Development Programme to improve the quality of education of 16. even though the bowl has stopped moving” Kathmandu hasn’t experienced a major quake since the 1930s. the accused in such case can be sentenced up to seven years in jail. “Kathmandu stands on soft sediment as it used to be a lake. which consists of run-down mud and brick houses. There are no earthquake drills at schools and homes do not have GObags. The trustees mobilised funds worth 78mn taka during the period from 2001 to 2006 from unknown sources. “It is critical that Nepal gets better prepared. In the event of a guilty verdict.” an Indian external affairs ministry spokesman said. This shows illegal transaction of about 12. But the ﬁnancial and graft watchdogs severely criticised the decision and the Asia Paciﬁc Group (APG) on money laundering expressed its serious concern over acceptance of the illegally earned money without any question. it’s not the earthquake but the postearthquake scenario like ﬁre or electric-shock that’s more threatening since the city is illmanaged. According to the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET). Of those families. 700 still live in tents and some in caves as the government hasn’t been able to provide them with more permanent shelter. The ACC alleges that money sources. which were responsible for creating the Himalayan mountain range when they converged.2mn taka but paid 77. It also pointed out that the income tax law would not question investment of such undisclosed earning but other laws could be applied for such investment. B haka police yesterday ﬁled a charge-sheet against opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others in Ziaur Rahman Charitable Trust corruption case. a California-based non-governmental organisation. nominated by the chief justice. killing eight people and destroying 1. ” Kathmandu is a dense settlement with only alleyways separating houses in most parts of the old city. and construct 30. in 2001 placed Kathmandu among the world’s 20 high-risk cities and most vulnerable to damage by a major earthquake. A judge of the highest appellate division of Bangladesh Supreme Court. which are not illegal though such earnings might not reﬂected in ones tax ﬁles. A study conducted by GeoHazards International. Dawadi says. The sediment is made up of clay. The UN’s Piper wrote: “We don’t know how many days we have until the next earthquake.
Such funding schemes’ great innovation is that the richest people would pay. But the most important of all financial flows are the illicit funds that pour out of so many developing countries. Power has also shifted in the global political arena. judging by the massive support he has received in rallies across the country. one based on low-carbon strategies and green principles. The so-called developing world contains something that we want: huge untouched rainforests that are vital to our future existence. saying an army takeover would be disastrous for the democratic process. It is also about exploitation and oppression. Ten months later. and climate adaptation and mitigation will be enormous. If not then he may be convicted. and ﬁnally protesters were crushed to death by armoured personnel carriers that the army astonishingly claimed through state media were stolen by revolutionaries. deep down they will know that it is blood that got them there. Over the last year. A milestone in democracy and “progress” had turned the future Islamic green. But. But presuming they can’t. Only a month ago the army was hurling everything from rocks and old crockery. often within multinational companies. as always. then prime minister Nawaz Sharif was also found in contempt in a case which ultimately led to the resignation of president Farooq Leghari. Only time can.Project Syndicate Erik Solheim is Norway’s Minister for Development and Environment. they found themselves covering major street battles yet again. people said it could never happen. or send children to school. while Tahrir turned into the biggest ﬁeld hospital on earth. As people take their seats in parliament on January 23. Within days it had become the ﬂame to Tunisia’s spark. As Norway’s minister for both the environment and development since 2007. innovative ﬁnancing has become the new buzzword. or wounded. the military and the judiciary’s esteem rises considerably in the eyes of the people. continue to do so. Rich countries’ engagement in the ﬁght against global poverty has always been based on justice and a moral imperative. The country’s representative body is ideologically skewed. Nevertheless elections came. Much of this money comes from cross-border financial transactions linked to illegal activities. the world’s media poured back into Egypt to cover the spectacle of elections. The Islamists were upon us. So beware anyone who wants to read Egypt’s parliament as a touchstone of the future. No single event is powerful enough to obliterate the inﬂuence of any one of them. and human beings accounting for a substantial proportion. but maybe also healthy for our common future. but also that more wood will be chopped down for ﬁrewood. to satellite dishes and office cabinets on protesters from the roof of the parliament building. and an international movement that re-appropriated the word “occupy” . to seek Washington’s help in thwarting a coup. There has been a major shift in geopolitical power. it is common knowledge that nobody comes to power in Pakistan without the generals’ backing. and the need to devise political solutions to its underlying causes. following massive social upheaval.” senior lawyer Quosen Mufti said. terrorist attacks. quite wilfully. 44466404 (sport). Meanwhile. with the global ﬁnancial crisis catalysing the emergence of the G-20. the climate consequences will be devastating.Guardian News and Media S To Advertise adverts@gulf-times. with profits from organised crime and the trafficking of drugs. unemployment. resulting in deforestation and desertiﬁcation. when the international community adopted the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). but it has no appetite for another direct takeover. peacekeeping. with countries previously regarded as poor enough to receive aid transformed into emerging-market drivers of the world economy. prime ministers and a president. regardless of their own country’s economic position. Torture and thousands of military trials followed. and Egypt’s parliament is not a touchstone of the future By Khalid Abdalla Cairo battle cry and not a description. following days of predictions that they would be postponed. The euphoria brought with it successive uprisings in the region. Gilani has very few options but resign and allow the people of the nation to elect a new government. even if the richer parts of the world were to get rid of all emissions today.Box 2888 Doha. Although Gilani has little choice but appear in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The wider politics of poverty must be placed at the top of the international agenda. neither group’s goals will be achieved. the streets have had the power to inspire generations. Hussain Haqqani. So until the country feels those words can rest in balance. weapons. the Islamists and the revolution. Qatar editor@gulf-times. Rampant corruption. to topple cabinets. poverty is about politics. pushed out to protect Zardari or show ﬂexibility in order to avert a wider crisis. to move political roadmaps. as the street ﬁnds ways to organise itself and build its vision. Not providing proper access to energy would mean not only denying a billion people their basic needs and rights. barely settled into their hotel rooms. “Another possibility is that the prime minister will appear before the court. with levies on air travel and taxes on ﬁnancial transactions perhaps the best known. and overwhelmingly gendered. The thousands of protesters had reappeared. “There is possibility now that the prime minister will be made a scapegoat and he may resign. conﬂict. The dice were heavily loaded even before the ﬁrst person looked around them and thought: “Is this really happening?” But what began on January 25 last year was not a political campaign. I meet with other countries’ ministers with both portfolios. As part of the climate negotiations. and we have been debating for years the appropriate level of aid. and not just for development. it will be civil society that writes the future. and although he has denied reports that he enjoys any support from the army top brass.. Although the PPP made a big show of its showdown with the military. The amounts needed for development. Freedom. unless they talk and act together. deservedly. The real question is: whose ideology is most resilient? In interpreting the last year. expect Egypt to remain turbulent. Tax havens make economic crime more proﬁtable. It will be challenging. January 17. corruption. the poorer countries would be the hardest hit. the Egyptian revolution has been misread. and literally its own language. smuggling. P. . dramatically reduced food production. then yes. Over the last decade. We must be careful not to fool ourselves into believing that the MDGs can be achieved through development aid alone. or go to prison. And they don’t seem to care how it comes. An article in the Guardian talked of the revolution’s “secular liberal fantasy” . The world has changed greatly since 2000. You can be sure that every person who has died will have chanted the words: “Bread. but one that also means greater negotiating power for poorer countries than we have ever seen. is what they need at the moment. . If ever there was a sign ripe for misreading it would be this one. But only two weeks after Hosni Mubarak’s fall. It called not for elections. If the Islamists can bring that future in one choppy parliament. protest was criminalised in law. and about armed conﬂicts and wars that make it impossible to run a business. which was already under ﬁre from the nation’s powerful military over the “Memogate” scandal in which Zardari allegedly used the country’s ambassador in the US. and it has come as a shock to see how the two groups lead such separate lives. which the Tax Justice Network estimates to be around 10 times the development aid that they receive. But our experience during this ﬁrst decade of the 21st century has made it clear that ﬁghting poverty is also necessary for a secure future. Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan.” Those who have lost their eyes. 44466636 (home delivery) Fax 44350474 GULF TIMES Supreme Court notice may spell doom for Gilani The chances of early general elections in Pakistan have increased dramatically after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was ordered to appear before the Supreme Court for not “complying with its orders” to re-open cases of corruption against President Asif Ali Zardari.com ince the very beginning. Yesterday’s contempt of court notice has come as a hammer blow to the Pakistan People’s Party government. and all observers could talk about was how the Salaﬁs had blindsided everyone. All of this would obviously lead to a dramatic increase in poverty around the world. ﬁghting to the death against live ammunition and fatal levels of teargas. for the purpose of tax evasion. In short. bribery. Ravindran Log out of ‘distractions’: Time Out Page 4 The politics of poverty The world has changed greatly since 2000. the revolution has failed. But.O.com Telephone 44350478 (news). If that’s how you read social change. The 1% will be women. has emerged as a strong contender for the prime minister’s post over the past few months. it has virtually no chance in a confrontation with the Supreme Court. Moreover. These countries are able to choose a different technological path to growth. These ﬂows are made possible mainly by tax havens. Trapped from both sides. instead preferring to force early elections behind the scenes in concert with pressure from the courts. According to some experts even the military wants Khan to be the prime minister. Indeed. analysts are divided on whether he could be convicted. even if we were to fulﬁl all our pledges. marching as a bloc. At its dawn. On January 23 parliament will hold its ﬁrst session. There are three main poles of power in Egypt: the army. While each recognises the importance of the other’s agenda. and money laundering. power shortages etc have left the population totally disillusioned and demoralised. They talk as if the most important question facing Egypt is who will be clever enough to make the right moves to replace Mubarak and take control of parliament.com Display Telephone 44466621 Fax 44418811 Classified Telephone 44466609 Fax 44418811 Subscription circulation@gulf-times. therefore. Time and again battles have been fought by citizens of conscience willing to die for their principles. The result would be floods. although aid is important. If the fight against poverty is to be based on our traditional carbon- P.. when the international community adopted the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals By Erik Solheim Oslo overty is not only about not having enough money. A change. public funding from the developed countries can never be enough. its own strategic plans. who leads the Tehrik-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice) Party. ” Mutﬁ added. It is no secret that whenever the politicians fail to deliver on their promises. This is only the second time that contempt of court procedures have been initiated against a sitting prime minister in Pakistan. everything turns into an Americanstyle political campaign. It is a path that we desperately need them to choose. too many people have read events as if. and capital. it choked in experts’ throats.26 Gulf Times Tuesday. Social justice. but for the military to step down. For the ﬁrst time since 1919 thousands of women have appeared on Egypt’s streets. The 99% who enter its doors will be men. If Gilani and Zardari don’t quit they also face the prospect of being disqualified by the Supreme Court. The revolution seemed once again to have found its voice. and a great loss of our precious biodiversity. global climate negotia- tions – now the most important forum where development and environment experts and decision makers meet – have proven that the era of Western global hegemony has passed. the largest share of illicit financial flows is related to commercial transactions. while large sums disappear through fraud. drought. expect the future to be theirs. Going against Gilani and Zardari is also the fact that their reign has hardly come as a boon for the people after Pervez Musharraf left the scene. visit the doctor. The army has carried out three coups in Pakistan. new mechanisms for mobilising funds are being suggested. incoherent at best. Each has its own important agenda. and the only way to ﬁght them is to adopt global agreements on transparency in ﬁnancial transfers. been tortured. 2012 COMMENT Chairman: Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Attiyah Production Editor: C. P heavy growth path. which involves more than providing money. but. Egypt’s army feted for helping to oust him was violently clearing the square. Early elections likely as PPP finds itself sandwiched between the military and judiciary Egypt’s revolution has been misread Tahrir was not about ushering in a US-style political campaign. Tahrir emptied almost as quickly as it had ﬁlled up. In November 1997. it never had a chance. it was a country awakening. If he gives the court a commitment on implementation the court can discharge the contempt notice. Yet not to ﬁght poverty is perhaps a worse option still. The word “revolution” became a . along with the three factors most critical to development: climate. so the ﬁght against global poverty should also be a ﬁght against them. to force a cultural shift in the police state and deeply threaten the army. its own analysis of the challenges ahead. which should also cover companies on a country-tocountry basis.
Nonetheless. This should not come as a surprise. most of the new cash will be lent locally to safe households and large established ﬁrms. However.: Time Out Page 11 COMMENT Behind the ECB’s wall of money The ECB is the only institution in the EU that is able to provide unlimited funding to governments By Benedicta Marzinotto Brussels hroughout the crisis period. This means that. The eurozone countries criticise S&P.Gulf Times Tuesday. “It’s too easy to forget to hydrate in the cold. and this is what the Americans as well as the Europeans fail to see. instead parking it at the ECB. one of the big three credit ratings agencies. The question is how. So we measure the capital bases of ﬁnancial institutions. they will ensure that loans go to creditworthy customers. Most people bought ﬁnancial products from companies and governments of their own countries in their own currencies. the eurozone countries need to realise that its Friday-the-13th misfortune was in no small part their own doing. including things you can do in your own home. whose losses are distributed to all eurozone central banks – a soft form of debt socialisation that may well prepare the ground for Eurobondtype solutions. it has provided loans to the banking sector. The wall of money unleashed by the ECB just before Christmas should be seen as a measure matching that commitment. the weak sun. that wall of money would have a large impact on eurozone countries’ ﬁnancial inter-linkages. Italian and Spanish banks. More importantly. this has dramatically increased the chance of disorderly Greekdefault. if banks use the money now parked at the ECB to continue buying short-maturity government bonds. But that does not mean that they won’t buy any of them. Heat loss from the head alone is about 50% at the freezing mark. composite ones created through ﬁnancial engineering. “The second can be a little heavier. learn to dress for workout success. Deborah Plitt is a trainer with the Illinois-based equipment company Life Fitness. That behaviour reﬂects banks’ uncertainty. France has some grounds to be aggrieved. she said. is slowly strangling itself. making the budget deﬁcit problem more intractable. even if they did not know them individually. The resulting ﬁnancial turmoil drags even the healthier economies down. While the negotiation may resume. ” And don’t leave home without hat and gloves. This means that. which then diminishes the growth of tax revenue. Sometimes it’s just too cold outside. our dependence on them will persist if somewhat reduced even if we make ﬁnancial regulation less dependent on credit ratings. but still avoid heavy cotton. Banks have bought only short-term assets. by weighting the assets they own by their respective credit ratings. Even the breakdown in the Greek debt negotiation is partly due to past eurozone policy action. First of all. The so-called “Sarkozy carry trade” is no solution to the systemic consequences of a sovereign-debt meltdown. Having thus delegitimised the very idea of compulsory debt restructuring. consider a scarf or face mask. Draghi left it up to national banks to decide whether to use the liquidity to buy high-yield government bonds. With Germany left as the only AAA-rated large economy backing the eurozone rescue fund (the Dutch economy. Moreover. the ECB is de facto the lender of last resort. even if that means just taking the dog for a walk (125 calories). downgraded nine of the 17 eurozone economies. As a result. Portugal pulled off the hat-trick of getting a “junk” rating by all of the big three. austerity reduces economic growth. This means that there is no appetite for supporting governments beyond what the ECB itself is willing to do. . which recently broke down the calorie burn of 30 minutes of winter activities.. ice skating (230 calories). can proﬁt greatly from the high yields that their governments’ bonds now offer. said Matthews. such as sledding (250 calories). Guardian News and Media Weather report Three-day forecast TODAY Ar Ruways Al Khuwayr Fuwayrit Gulf of Bahrain The Gulf High: 23C Low: 13C Moderate temperature by the day with slight dust and cold by night. We also demand that certain ﬁnancial institutions (eg pension funds. WEDNESDAY Al Khawr Al Jamayliyah High:23C Low: 15C Clear Dukhan E QATAR Ar Rayyan THURSDAY Doha High:23C Low: 15C Clear Umm Bab Al Wakrah Fishermen’s forecast Al Kiranah Umm Said OFFSHORE DOHA Wind: NW 15-22 KT Waves: 4-6/7 feet INSHORE DOHA Wind: NW 05-15 KT Waves: 1-2 feet Around the region Abu Dhabi Baghdad Dubai Kuwait City Manama Muscat Riyadh Tehran Weather today M Sunny Clear Clear M Sunny M Sunny Clear Clear M Sunny Max/min 23/13 17/04 23/18 17/06 20/16 24/17 21/06 09/-1 Weather tomorrow M Sunny M Sunny Clear P Sunny M Sunny Clear Clear M Sunny Max/min 25/13 17/05 25/17 19/09 20/16 25/16 19/07 11/00 Tehran SYRIA Damascus Baghdad IRAQ KUWAIT ARABIAN GULF IRAN Amman Live issues JORDAN BAHRAIN Riyadh Manama Doha QATAR Abu Dhabi UAE Conquering the chilly workouts of winter By Dorene Internicola New York he short days. France is particularly upset that it was downgraded while Britain has kept its AAA status. Have a ﬂexible approach to your ﬁtness routine as the weather changes.. “And believe it or not you burn more calories when you’re shivering. it is difficult to imagine that banks will use all of the money to buy the same assets that some of them have been trying to sell over the past few months. a default would land mostly on the ECB’s balance sheet. Banks’ immediate interest is to adjust to the new capital requirements and restore their balance sheets to ﬁnancial health. have imposed upon the periphery economies. And given the incompetence and cynicism of the big three exposed by the 1997 Asian ﬁnancial crisis and more dramatically by the 2008 global ﬁnancial crisis. mainly with maturities of about three years (to match their liabilities with the ECB). indirectly softening the pressure on government debt reﬁnancing. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and France’s central bank (a member of the ECB) were less timid. which received funds from the ECB at a very low rate. Greece taught France a lesson. so too can the will to brave the elements for outdoor exercise. “They’re mixing things up. As the ratings agencies themselves have often albeit inconsistently pointed out. “Those are the beginning stages. the downgrading owes a lot to the austerity-driven downward adjustments that the core eurozone countries. the ratings agencies to tell us how risky our ﬁnancial actions are.” said Plitt. In fact. Keeping hands and feet warm is crucial because in cold the body shunts blood away from the extremities to warm internal organs at the centre. ” Matthews said. though. These investments can stabilise ﬁnancing for governments while strengthening banks’ balance sheets. some of the €489bn already has been used for that purpose. Sooner or later. However.” . the second biggest AAA economy left.” she said. It is no good complaining that ratings agencies are too powerful while keeping in place all those regulations that make them so.” advises Jessica Matthews. Most fundamentally. If the banks proceed with purchases of their own government bonds.Reuters Around the world Weather today Clear P Sunny C Rain C Rain M Sunny Clear M Sunny M Sunny M Sunny Clear C Rain Clear Cloudy M Sunny Fog Fog Rain M Sunny C Storms P Sunny C Storms M Sunny M Sunny Max/min 07/-1 33/25 14/09 05/-2 17/05 31/21 31/21 25/14 19/17 03/-1 31/24 23/10 05/00 31/24 -6/-14 17/07 09/03 05/00 26/19 07/-2 32/25 25/20 05/01 Weather tomorrow Clear M Sunny M Sunny M Sunny Fog Clear M Sunny M Sunny P Sunny M Sunny T Storms Clear C Rain M Sunny Fog M Sunny M Sunny Fog C Storms M Sunny Fog C Rain Clear Max/min 08/03 32/24 13/08 05/03 18/06 30/20 31/18 24/16 21/19 04/-1 33/24 24/08 09/04 31/24 -7/-12 16/09 05/-6 13/08 25/19 07/-1 31/25 25/18 08/03 Athens Bangkok Beirut Berlin Cairo Cape Town Colombo Dhaka Hong Kong Istanbul Jakarta Karachi London Manila Moscow New Delhi New York Paris Sao Paulo Seoul Singapore Sydney Tokyo . but its governing statute prohibits government bailouts. according to ACE’s safety tips for cold weather. For 18 months. the eurozone countries need to understand why the ratings agencies keep returning to haunt them.” Matthews suggests a ﬁrst layer of lightweight synthetic. the banks will use the cash. agreed last summer. the evidence so far is that banks have not used the cash. “Motivation tends to wane a bit. which undercapitalised banks have recently been providing only locally. there are good grounds for doubting their judgments. while foreign banking systems are sharply reducing their exposure to risks abroad. while France was deprived of its coveted AAA rating. says Matthews.59 litres) of water two or three hours before working out. ” “You are going to sweat. ” Hypothermia is a potentially fatal condition. ” She suggests drinking up to 20 ounces (0. Heavy cotton soaks up sweat. Don’t blame ratings agencies for turmoil Europe and the eurozone are strangling themselves with a toxic mixture of austerity and a structurally ﬂawed ﬁnancial system By Ha-Joon Chang London ven the most rational Europeans must now feel that on Friday the 13th is an unlucky day after all. but it is no big surprise that such regulatory structure makes the ratings agencies highly inﬂuential. Worryingly. On top of that. Warning signs include light-headedness. As the outside temperature plummets. Experts say as long as you layer up. Most people are not likely to forget to layer up in the cold. In the euro crisis talks last autumn. By contrast. which implies that they will use the ECB money in a way that enables them to meet this objective most cost effectively. Standard &Poor’s. to warm the air a little bit before it gets into your body. the Greek debt restructuring negotiation broke down. But this does not wash. January 17. the increasingly long-distance and complex nature of our ﬁnancial system has increased our dependence on ratings agencies. the European Central Bank’s behaviour has been conditioned by the tension between what it can do and what it is allowed to do. “Come with a different game plan for the winter. insurance companies) cannot own assets with below a certain minimum credit rating. like credit provided by Italian and Spanish banks over the last several months. as it is doing better on many economic indicators. those products are often complex. hinting at an Anglo-American conspiracy against France. To make it worse. The Americans have actually cottoned on this problem and made the regulatory system less dependent on credit ratings in the Dodd-Frank Act. “Wear layers. In his early December address to the European Parliament. Instead of falling on foreign banks in just a few exposed countries. than Britain. France took the lead in shooting down the German proposal that the holders of sovereign debts be forced to accept haircuts in a crisis. Nevertheless. is much smaller than the French economy) the eurozone crisis looks that much more difficult to handle. and more broadly Europe.” Plitt said the point is to stay physically active. Matthews said. if they use the cash to continue ﬁnancing the private sector. the ECB has provided large amounts of liquidity to the ﬁnancial system. First. the eurozone countries should not be surprised that many holders of Greek government papers are refusing to join a voluntary one. along with loans to the private sector. but the European regulators have failed to do the same. and the warm beds of winter can wreak havoc on your ﬁtness routine. with many bondholders refusing to join the voluntary 50% “haircut” that is. few bothered to engage a credit ratings agency because they dealt with what they knew. but it is unlikely to inject the type of stimulus that European economies now require. but they will more easily neglect to hydrate. Last autumn’s EU proposal to strengthen regulation on the ratings industry shows that the eurozone policymakers think the main problem with the ratings industry is lack of competition and transparency. drink up and tune into how cold is just too cold it shouldn’t impact your ﬁtness. “Check the air temperature and wind chill factor before exercising in the cold. over this period they have installed a ﬁnancial regulatory structure that is highly dependent on the credit ratings agencies. The political logic behind such a plea is straightforward. However. That’s really important when it’s cold outside and make sure you’re not becoming wet. dizziness and lethargy. they urged Italian and Spanish banks to buy their T governments’ debt. for unjustly downgrading their economies. is 80% owned by a French company. with greater deregulation of ﬁnance. It’s based on an average woman of 145 lb (65 kilos). In the old days. Later in the day. so you might want to stick with wool or polyester: something water repellent. recently launching a three-year reﬁnancing operation that generated demand from eurozone banks for €489bn. people are increasingly buying and selling ﬁnancial products issued by companies and countries that they do not really understand. As a result. So. as one of the big three. the undue inﬂuence of the agencies owes a lot more to the very nature of the ﬁnancial system that the European (and other) policymakers have let evolve in the last couple of decades. they’re enjoying what they’re doing. an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). On that day last week. “Data from ” the National Safety Council suggest that when the wind chill factor falls below -20F (-29C). whose behaviours they could easily understand. The ECB is the only institution in the European Union that is able to provide unlimited funding to governments. kept loosely over mouth. all public debt will be progressively renationalised. we have become increasingly dependent on someone else that is. 2012 27 A life less ordinary. Fitch. All well intentioned. including budget deﬁcit. and it’s so important to stay hydrated in winter. it has been buying government bonds – worth more than €200bn ($254bn) – on secondary markets under its Securities Market Programme. but it would resolve a politically delicate situation. debt write-off scheme.” If you’re keen to exercise outside in Muscat EGYPT SAUDI ARABIA OMAN A D RE SE T all seasons. unless we simplify the system and structurally reduce the need for the ratings agencies. The ECB’s wall of money is likely to support the real economy only mildly. but leavi4ng the money with the ECB is a loss-making operation that cannot be sustained indeﬁnitely. The eurozone. which is what we have just seen. That will allow bank markets to continue functioning. especially Germany. “Of course there’s a lot of wiggle room (in the calculations). a danger zone exists. in which vulnerable eurozone governments hold foreign banks in just few countries to ransom. shoveling snow (230 calories). Of course. “And sledding and snow shoveling depends on whether the snow is wet or fluffy. and other ratings agencies. The alternative is the one urged by Sarkozy and the Banque de France: purchases by Europe’s banks of their countries’ government bonds. for example. There is a caveat. ECB President Mario Draghi stressed his commitment to unlimited support of banks to avert the risk of a credit crunch. so explore different activities. “In temperatures below zero. Mat” thews said. which determine their abilities to lend.Project Syndicate Benedicta Marzinotto is a research fellow at Bruegel and Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Udine. The bank’s overnight deposit facility rose from €250bn to €400bn just after the extraordinary reﬁnancing operation – and to €480bn in recent days. Banks lent to companies that they knew or to local households. regardless of the weather.
Bruckner. The concerts will be directed by Gerald Wirth and feature works by Johann Strauss. Emad Sultan said: “We are proud to host the Vienna Boys Choir and look forward to the result of the collaboration with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.5 knots and maximum speed of 14 knots. Facilities also include an environment-friendly sewage treatment unit. Mediterranean Sea. the world-famous manufacturer of scientiﬁc research vessels in co-operation with Qatari experts and in compliance with Qatar’s environmental conditions. Schumann. Japanese. Haydn. Marathi.” allowing it to work near oil and gas platforms. as the Opera House at Katara brings together the two ensembles for a series special New Year’s concerts from January 21-23. The show at Katara will also feature Johann Strauss’ ‘Tritach Tratsch’ (Chit Chat) and Josef Strauss’ ‘Feuerfest’ (Fireproof). and accommodate a total of 30 technical and scientiﬁc staff. Chinese. A second film about the choir. but I am glad he will be able to work his magic with our students and faculty in Qatar. The vessel is for use by QU’s ESC to advance marine environmental studies and research in Qatar and the Gulf region. normal cruising speed of 12.” The choir has been involved in projects from all over the world. Maori. Mediterranean Sea. and electrical generators. Red Sea.” Stehlik expressed his excitement about his new role: “I am proud of the way that we have been able to connect undergrads to each other and to the school.’ featuring music from Uzbekistan. he will be responsible for the delivery of all of the undergraduate programmes offered on the Qatar campus. has guided more than 2. In his new role. al bridges. 2012 QATAR Vienna Boys Choir. Red Sea and the Arabian Sea atar University’s (QU) new marine research vessel ‘Janan’ has arrived at Doha port at the end of a month-long journey crossing the Atlantic Ocean. vice president for research Dr Hassan al-Derham. Katara continues to bring world renowned artistes and musicians. maximum draught of 3. Bizet. January 17. The vessel can sail for 21 days. Mascagni and Mozart.500 students through the school’s undergraduate computer science programme. Joseph Strauss.7m which will allow it to reach the shallowest areas of the Arabian Gulf. . Verdi. Q Members of the Vienna Boys Choir are set to perform in Doha for the first time this weekend. We will surely miss him here in Pittsburgh. QPO to perform at Katara T he Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra will play alongside the Vienna Boys Choir this weekend. 2008 and last year. The event was also attended by the Director of Coasts and Border Security Department Brigadier Ali Ahmad Saif al-Bedaid al-Mannai. Dean of the school of computer science. Farsi. vice president for institutional planning and development Saif Alsowaidi. and contains an advanced de-positioning system to stabilise the vessel using satellites. Recently appointed dean. having taught during semesters in 2006. gross registered tonnage of more than 600 tonnes.we are pleased to have someone with Mark’s knowledge and enthusiasm join our leadership team. Suppe. and many other languages. It has ﬁve sophisticated research laboratories. with the choir separated into four touring groups named after the composers. French. Latin. The vessel has an overall length of 42. Randal Bryant said: “Mark has been the heart and soul of our undergraduate programme in computer science for the past two decades. featuring a soundtrack of the boys singing in Arabic. breadth of 10m.28 Gulf Times Tuesday. It is a donation presented to QU by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. has the ability to function on generators without relying on the major engines. Suez Cannel.’ ‘Janan’ was built in the Vigo shipyard of reire. Environmental Studies Centre (ESC) director Dr Mohsin al-Ansi were among them. 2007. Pakistan. Arabian Sea and through the Arabian Gulf. and a diving room. I am confident that the students in Qatar will flourish and benefit from his experience and guidance . with tickets available from Virgin Megastores. Director of cultural affairs. to replace the outgoing vessel ‘Mukhtabar Al-Bihar. an emergency room. contributing to our overall vision to educate and entertain while building cultur- QU’s research vessel gets rousing welcome The new marine research vessel ‘Janan’ has arrived at Doha port at the end of a month-long journey crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The project inspired director Curt Faudon to film a documentary about the choir’s life in Vienna as well as their experiences of touring. Ilker Baybars said: “Mark brings a strong balance of academic and leadership experience to Qatar. Mozart and Schubert. It is equipped with two main engines. The vessel was escorted into port by a small ﬂeet of boats from Qatar’s Coast Guard. currently assistant dean for undergraduate education for the school of computer science at the school’s Pittsburgh campus. A group of QU leaders attended the reception ceremony. including ‘Silk Road. explained a spokesperson. who is also the chairperson of QU Board of Regents. I’m eager to see that continue at the Pittsburgh campus and to increase those connections in Doha. Janan is named after the island located in the western part of Qatar. Stehlik.’ Below: Senior officials from QU taking a tour of the vessel. New associate dean at CMUQ Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMUQ) has announced the appointment of Mark Stehlik (pictured) as the university’s new associate dean for education from July 1. Urdu. China. QU president Prof Sheikha Abdulla al-Misnad. Suez Cannel. water desalination plant. The marine research vessel ‘Janan.” He has experience of teaching in Doha. Iran and Tajikistan. Bridging the Gap is scheduled to be released this year. and several officers from the Ministry of Interior. The choir is well known as one of the best in the world and has been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century.8m.
In the second half of 2011.000bpd and reach full capacity of 12.000 bpd in 2012 and would drop further if the eurozone crisis deteriorates. But top oil exporter Saudi Arabia said yesterday it can pump more oil at a moment’s notice.4. Opec. While that is above forecast demand for Opec crude in 2012 of 30. the US Energy Information Administration made a larger reduction of 120.” he said. supported by supply concerns. Opec said yesterday. According to secondary sources cited by the report.. all we need is to turn valves.000bpd to 1. whose 12 members pump more than a third of the world’s oil. The third of this month’s trio of reports is due tomorrow from the International Energy Agency.” Iran said on Sunday that any such action by the Gulf countries “will not be perceived as friendly.5mn barrels daily. but who wants more.8 (million barrels a day) almost immediately. Iran warned Gulf Arab neighbours of consequences if they raised output to replace Iranian barrels facing international sanctions. following the virtual shutdown of its oil industry last year due to civil war.” “Saudi Arabia pledging a replacement of Iran crude oil to other nations is a risk. in a few days. 1433 AH BUSINESS The organisation expects OECD Europe oil demand to fall 160.000 bpd in 2012.” said oil consultant Olivier Jakob of Petroconsultants. Naimi’s remarks were aired after Iran said on Sunday its Gulf Arab should not lift output to make up for any shortfall from Iran in the event of oil sanctions on Tehran. trimming its estimate by 10. 11. Says Opec oil output above new 30mn bpd target Reuters London Saudi sees biggest fall in four weeks as Gulf mostly down Saudi says can pump even faster Saudi Arabia. analysts said.82mn bpd. Opec’s report provided further evidence of Libya’s output recovery. Brent oil was trading above $111 a barrel yesterday. the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries also said its oil output rose to a three-year high in December as Libyan supplies recovered and was far above the group’s new target of 30mn barrels per day (bpd). Downside risk to demand from Euro crisis: Opec A worsening of the eurozone debt crisis would reduce Europe’s already slowing oil demand and could impact consumption in emerging economies.000 bpd to its 2012 demand growth estimate. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab Opec allies had raised production unilaterally after failing to convince Iran. said yesterday it can pump more oil at a moment’s notice.90mn bpd Opec expects the world will need this year. the effect on the oil market could be seen not only through a further decline in oil demand in Europe but also with spillover effects on oil demand in the emerging economies. is fully implemented in July. Venezuela and African members to agree to a coordinated increase to meet a shortfall in supplies from Libya. Opec said oil use in European members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) would fall by 160. in an interview with CNN. and that is really the focus. to respond to our customer demand. made only a minor downward revision to its forecast for global oil demand growth in 2012.FRANCE BOOST | Page 30 URGENT HELP | Page 31 IMF warns of downward Euro ‘spiral’ Egypt asks IMF for $3bn in support REGIONAL TRADING | Page 32 GULF TIMES Tuesday. Page 31 . the day after Iran warned Gulf oil producers not to compensate for any disruption to Iranian output. The group is the second of the three closely watched oil forecasts from government agencies to be issued this month. said Riyadh could increase production by about 2mn bpd “almost immediately”. amid an adequately supplied market. In its monthly report. ” Europe accounts for about 15mn bpd of the 88. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi. Last week.15mn bpd – a ﬁgure Opec raised by 60. “We can easily get up to 11. the highest since October 2008. the world’s top oil exporter. Our focus is not on who drops out from production. the report said. January 17. largely in line with a Reuters survey published on January 4.” The Saudi oil chief said it would take about 90 days to add a further 700..000 bpd due to slightly lower supply estimates from countries outside the group – it appears the market can absorb the extra oil. Saudi Arabia is walking a thin line as it needs to re-assure the West without appearing as supporting Israel against Iran. Opec’s production rose in December to 30. which are driving the increase in global fuel use. “. and little sign yet that the Gulf producers were curbing output drastically to make way. Opec said the eurozone crisis had so far had little effect on oil demand outside the region.” Naimi told CNN – up from just under 10mn bpd now. He identified $100 a barrel as an ideal oil price for Riyadh. At a meeting in December. due to be agreed next week. 2012 Safar 23. Opec settled a six-month-old argument between its Gulf Arab members and price hawks led by Iran over production policy by adopting a target to produce 30mn bpd. A new US sanction on Iran’s central bank means some of Iran’s biggest customers in Asia may seek supplies from elsewhere. “If the situation were to worsen. Iranian oil supplies to Europe are set to fall this year when an European Union embargo.06mn bpd. “This spare capacity is to respond to emergencies worldwide.
European stock markets stabilised after opening slightly down but the true test of the effect of France’s humiliating downgrade will come on Thursday. “Europe could be swept into a downward spiral of collapsing conﬁdence. such as Netherlands. and fewer jobs. Meanwhile.3bn ($623.2677 in New York late Friday.” French President Nicolas Sarkozy said at a joint news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after a bilateral meeting. as Madrid looks to protect its place at the core of eurozone policymaking despite its waning economic clout.2624 . he said. by slapping nine eurozone members with downgrades and putting all the others bar Germany on notice that they are under scrutiny. But in exchange.7bn) on 24-hours deposit with the European Central Bank overnight Sunday. S&P’s rival Moody’s gave Sarkozy some welcome relief yesterday when it said it would not follow suit but it also warned that it was still reviewing whether to maintain its “stable” outlook on France. Rajoy. The EFSF is supposed to act as a bail-out fund to back-stop weak economies but it owes its own credit-worthiness to its triple-A backers and now faces a downgrade of its own.. Sarkozy said France could overcome its debt crisis as long as it was prepared to pull together to adopt economic reforms. Eurozone banks put €493. said the downgrade should spur reform. Greece is back at the centre of the eurozone crisis as fears of a default and a subsequent eurozone exit overshadow a mass credit downgrade of eurozone countries. Sarkozy (left) and Rajoy shake hands after their news conference at Madrid’s Moncloa Palace. the European Union’s ” internal market commissioner Michel Barnier told the Asian Financial Forum yesterday in Hong Kong. The euro remained under pressure but edged up to $1. But Friday’s S&P downgrade of nine European economies and the impasse in talks between private lenders and debt-wracked Greece have raised fears that the markets will not be content to wait until governments provide answers. who saw France stripped of its top AAA credit rating. ” British Finance Minister George Osborne.4mn jobless – now has one of the eurozone’s weakest credit ratings.2680 in early London trading from $1. In the last 10 years the euro has proven itself as a true world currency . January 17. topping a record set on Friday of €489bn and highlighting fears of a credit crunch. Our political unity and our determination and our ability to rectify what is wrong .5bn in bonds – with maturities of between two and 28 years – and markets will be keen to see how much interest Paris will have to pay to ﬁnd buyers. France backs Spain on ECB Reuters Madrid F rance pledged support yesterday in Spain’s battle to maintain its executive board seat at the European Central Bank. France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy received a boost when Moody’s declined to follow rival ratings agency Standard and Poor’s in stripping Paris of its triple-A status but headed for crisis talks in Spain with clouds gathering. And despite the difficulties.30 Gulf Times Tuesday. piling pressure on governments and the euro in the run-up to the EU summit. Athens needs a deal with the private sector within days to avoid going bankrupt when €14. “The euro is here to stay.” European leaders are due to meet on January 30 to agree a new ﬁscal pact to co-ordinate deﬁcit reduction programmes and attempt to reassure the bond markets that they are on top of the sovereign debt crisis. stagnant growth. Britain is outside the eurozone but is keen to see its neighbours pull through the crisis and restore growth to Europe. “The real crisis the eurozone faces right now is a crisis of conﬁdence.5bn of bond redemptions fall due in late March. when it conducts its ﬁrst large-scale bond auction as an S&P AA+ economy.. he said. a lifeline for Spain’s strapped ﬁnancial sector. Spain and Italy were both hit by double downgrades in the S&P report card. But talks with its creditor banks broke down without an agreement on Friday. E uropean banks stowed record sums in the ECB for safe keeping yesterday as a top IMF official warned the eurozone faced a “downward spiral” in the wake of a batch of stinging credit downgrades. Spain’s government has been pleased with ECB measures such as buying Spanish sovereign bonds on the secondary market and providing a three-year lending facility to banks. Several smaller and economically ﬁtter northern countries. .5bn and €9.a level last seen in August 2010. If Sarkozy’s government ﬁnds itself saddled with high yields in the wake of its downgrade it will call into question the credibility of his deﬁcit reduction plan and plunge the eurozone into further turmoil. ” Spain – where on Saturday Rajoy announced an “astronomical” ﬁgure of 5. Luxembourg and Finland. 2012 BUSINESS IMF warns of Euro ‘downward spiral’ European leaders are due to meet on January 30 to agree a new fiscal pact to co-ordinate deficit reduction programmes AFP Washington Greece dispatches officials to US Greece sent senior officials to Washington yesterday for meetings with the International Monetary Fund as it raced against the clock to break a deadlock in debt swap talks that has prompted new fears of an unruly default. with S&P bumping it from AA minus to A. no country and no region would be immune from that catastrophe. are seen as vying to take Spain’s only seat on the six-member board when Jose Manuel Gonzalez-Paramo steps down in May. received an award from King Juan Carlos in Madrid before holding a working meeting with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. adding he would aim to meet this year’s tough deﬁcit-reduction target without raising taxes further.. he has said the ECB must continue to do all it can to support countries doing their job to control spending and push through reforms to make their economies more competitive. “No one likes to see credit ratings downgraded but what matters much more are the actions Western countries take to restore their own ﬁscal sustainability. Already. Sarkozy. when it plunged to a 17-month low at $1.. who was also in Hong Kong. IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton warned Asian ﬁnance and banking chiefs meeting in Hong Kong of trouble ahead.” he said. “In today’s interconnected global economy. are being tested. France will try to sell between 7. yesterday. who took office in De- cember. it remains strong. Many European leaders are furious over S&P’s decision and are scrambling to restore their credibility ahead of the January 30 summit – the latest in what is now a long line of emergency “save the euro” meetings. “Let there be no mistake: this is not a crisis of the euro as a currency. S&P has undermined the European Financial Stability Facility. “France supports with all its force the presence of a Spanish representative on the executive board of the ECB. Barely a month after an injection of bailout funds helped avert bankruptcy. has pledged to drastically cut Spain’s ﬁscal gap even though it will harm an economy on the brink of recession and impede job creation. Rajoy said Spain deserved to maintain the seat because of its status as the euro currency zone’s fourth biggest economy.
2bn in support. thus limiting the issuance volume of local-currency denominated government bonds and keeping yields low. The transaction will carry a profit rate of 2. Moody’s said “we expect that the attractiveness of bank deposits will remain low in the near term” and added that the expectations of moderation in inﬂation levels would also reduce the pressure on banks to offer competitive deposit rates. This could include money for the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). The EU has agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian oil.” Moody’s said in a new special comment published yesterday. the report said consequently. “Both sides have agreed to closely co-operate to continue stable energy supply.83mn mainly supported by its investments in properties and rental earnings. Although it earned QR0.5%.4bn in 2012. On the European Union’s planned embargo on Iranian oil imports. leading to a reduction in real estate and equity exposures and an overall increase in lower-risk assets. up slightly from last year. Al Rifai’s wide presence in European markets offers QFIB an opportunity to venture into new geographical regions. Abu el-Naga said the projected budget deﬁcit was now 144bn Egyptian pounds ($23. it is unlikely that Egypt will be able to tap an international pool of aid agreed by donors in France last year for countries in the Middle East and North Africa. QFIB’s team would work closely with Al Rifai management at a “strategic” level to streamline business and drive future growth of the group.80mn from dividend income. Mansour (left) and al-Rifai shake hands after signing the share purchase agreement. which supports many of the sovereigns’ credit proﬁt. Saudi civil aviation body readies $4bn sukuk Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) is set to print a 15bn riyals ($4bn) ten-year sukuk. chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). In addition. He said most Chinese oil deals to Iran were paid for in euros. despite the fact that these insurers typically hold very strong levels of capitalisation relative to their underwriting risk. Egypt’s streets have been gridlocked for the past two days as lines from petrol stations have spilled out into city streets. said a spokesman for the bank. Saudi. its debut Islamic bond offering. SPA did not provide further details on the nuclear co-operation agreement which was signed on Sunday by Hashim Yamani. kernels. told Sharq daily that Iran had renewed some contracts with foreign reﬁners and would do so with others as deadlines approached. a source said. IMF regional director Masood Ahmed said many technical details of an agreement must still be resolved and this week’s visit was to “hear and understand the Egyptian situation” . which is expected to reach $85. a well-established manufacturer of nuts. Qamsari said: “It is not true. Rumours that the IMF deal would force the Egyptian government to scrap energy subsidies leading to a rise in prices for gasoline have caused a run on petrol stations. Rumours that the IMF deal would force the Egyptian government to scrap energy subsidies leading to a rise in prices for gasoline have caused a run on petrol stations. India has been struggling to pay Iran after the new US sanctions which penalise any ﬁnancial institutions dealing with Iran’s central bank. combined with a future rebound in bank-deposit interest rates. Iran has warned Gulf Arab neighbours not to raise oil output to replace Iranian crude facing an international ban. “Our analysis highlights that investment risk typically remains the pre-eminent credit risk for insurers in the Middle East region. the sovereign wealth fund of the Abu Dhabi government. access to multiple sources of funding and risk management solutions. partly due to the market expectation within the region that equity/real estate valuation have largely bottomed out and the relative lack of other traditional asset classes (ﬁxed income securities) in the Gulf region. The sukuk is fully guaranteed by the Saudi Ministry of Finance and will be the first in a series of Islamic bonds from the authority to help fund the 27. Foreign ﬁnancial investors have given Egypt a wide berth since street protests erupted a year ago. buys 10% of its oil from Iran and 2% from Oman. Trade Minister Anand Sharma said. government officials have said. She said an IMF delegation would return to Egypt in late January. we are confident that Al Rifai will achieve its future expansion and growth plans. chairman and CEO of Al Rifai International Holding. Planning and International ” Cooperation Minister Faiza Abu el-Naga told reporters at the start of talks with fund officials visiting Cairo. says Iran Mideast insurance ratings Reuters Tehran ran said yesterday it was business as usual with Asia’s leading oil buying countries.94mn on sale of investment properties. S Korea. traders and officials told Reuters early in January. The IMF money would be disbursed over 18 months. said. By Santhosh V Perumal Business Reporter nvestment risk will continue to “constrain” insurance ratings in the Middle East in the next 12-18 months as the risk cover providers’ risk appetite for real-estate exposure and equities will remain strong in view of low attraction for bank deposits. QFIB buys 15% stake in snack maker Al Rifai Qatar First Investment Bank (QFIB) has acquired a 15% stake in Al Rifai International Holding. a mechanism that may be cut off by the latest round of sanctions. deal might speed release of funds from other donors Reuters/Dow Jones Cairo E gypt has asked the International Monetary Fund for $3. while European buyers may rely more heavily on Arab oil producers should an EU ban come into effect. ” Iran has warned it could shut the Strait of Hormuz. a trend which is likely to accelerate if and when deposit interest rates increase to more normalised levels. the cost of domestic borrowing has skyrocketed. “Al Rifai’s wide presence in European markets offers QFIB an opportunity to venture into new geographical regions” “Through QFIB’s strategic counsel.85mn.” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. construction projects and property) constituted around 50% of the average investment portfolio or around 60% of shareholders’ equity as on end-2010 compared to 7% and 12% respectively in Europe and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) region. forcing the government to rely on local banks for funds. the ministry said in a statement. saying the matter was for Iran’s central bank to decide. it said. Asian leaders are touring the Middle East to secure supplies. as it indicates that insurers’ management teams have the intention and a growing ability to manage a group’s risks (including investment risk) and capitalisation on a risk-adjusted and analytical basis. Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik visited Oman over the weekend before heading to the UAE for oil supply talks. The agency noted that real-estate holding (including land. “We have asked the IMF for $3. . “From the outset. it said only about $200bn of corporate debt instruments is currently outstanding in the GCC region. the company’s profits from deposits with Islamic banks and financial institutions plunged 71% to QR6. president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy and Zhang Ping. In a sign of the impending economic strain. That compares to an official estimate for the previous year of 9. might moderate these pressures over the medium term. The development of risk-management systems would represent a clear credit positive. the need to issue government debt is modest. It would take around one year at least. he said.” said David Masters. ADIA may invest in India’s infrastructure sector. Egyptians queue with their cars at a petrol station in Cairo yesterday. The new negotiations take place as the ruling military council tries to fend off criticism of its temporary rule from pro-democracy groups and grapple with social tension caused by poverty and rising prices. the world’s fifthlargest importer of crude. “A more risk-related regulatory framework for insurers. which marks its debut investment venture in the food and beverage manufacturing industry. as it seeks a waiver from toughened US sanctions. ‘ADIA keen to invest in India’ Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.1bn riyals development of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. Mohsen Qamsari. January 17. Yet there is no certainty that an agreement can be reached. Finding that local corporate ﬁxed-income market – which is often a key element of insurers’ asset mix in other regions – remains relatively undeveloped compared with European/US markets. South Korea will buy around 10% of its crude from Iran in 2012. Without a ﬁnancial lifeline from the IMF. South Korea.” Qamsari also denied any problems doing business with India. but we would not announce them in order to avoid alerting our enemies. The IMF has insisted that any deal with Egypt needs to have broad political support. Oman reach oil deal South Korea and Oman have agreed to cooperate to ensure stable oil and gas supply to Seoul while the country seeks a waiver of toughened US sanctions on Iran and weighs up options. our strategy was to focus on sectors that benefit from key drivers of economic change. including reducing crude imports from Tehran. Asia oil customers Investment risk weighs on stay loyal. Foreign-currency reserves have decreased by half to about $18. he said. “The one-year contract with Korean companies to buy our oil has been renewed since the last two months. with seven-year bond yields rising to above 16%. The realty firm reported QR43.5%. it said. “We are prepared for oil sanctions and have different scenarios. The new cabinet nominated in November needs to cut spending but risks further angering a population that depends on state subsidies and whose hopes for an improvement in living standards were raised by the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Egypt asks IMF for $3. a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency said at the time.2bn in support. meaning it would be transferred easily into the hands of a successor government. insurance regulators in the region were increasingly embedding prudential insurance regulatory supervision philosophies into their monitoring of local insurance companies. while the US has pressured Asian buyers to reduce imports to starve Tehran of revenue for its disputed nuclear programme. China sign nuclear co-operation agreement Saudi Arabia has agreed to co-operate with China on the civilian use of nuclear energy as part of a package of deals the world’s most populous country signed over the weekend to strengthen ties with the top oil exporter. Finding that so far. Rentals jumped more than 23-fold to QR12. The dire state of Egypt’s economy has made a loan a necessity even with IMF demands of economic reforms.” QFIB chief executive Emad Mansour said.88mn revenue from change in fair value of investment properties and a gain of QR10. Meanwhile.” Mohamed al-Rifai. As more sophisticated regulatory supervision and enterprise risk-management techniques become embedded in the sector. if sanctions are imposed . Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Investor meetings ahead of the sukuk sale began on January 10.a threat that temporarily pushed up global oil prices. “The ratings of insurers in the Middle East will continue to remain constrained over the next 12-18 months.2bn in support Country needs urgent help to fill budget gap.1bn in December.000 barrels from us per day. groups tend to set capitalisation targets more in relation to regulatory minimum requirements and with only very limited reference to the investment risks on the insurer’s balance sheet.7% of estimated gross domestic product. 2012 31 BUSINESS INVESTMENTS BOOST STRENGTHENING TIES WORKING GROUP STABLE SUPPLIES DEBUT OFFERING Mazaya Qatar 2011 profit jumps 3-fold Mazaya Qatar has reported more than a threefold jump in its 2011 net profit to QR48. despite growing pressure on its customers in the East from a tightening mesh of sanctions hampering its crude exports. ” EU countries have proposed grace periods on existing contracts of one to 12 months to allow companies to ﬁnd alternative suppliers before implementing an embargo. a Moody’s assistant vice president and author of the report. minister says money to be paid out over 18 months. has expressed “keen interest” in investing in India. QFIB did not disclose the size of the deal. as the country’s interim cabinet seeks to ﬁll a budget gap pushed wider by almost a year of political and economic turmoil. according to Moody’s. she said. which is authorised by the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority. adding that it is well positioned to take advantage of the rapidly growing global savory snack market. which will see a total of $1tn of investment in the next five years. a situation that has forced up yields on treasury bills and bonds to levels that some economists say are unsustainable. according to Moody’s. the source added. light snacks and delicacy in the Middle East and Europe. The previous army-backed government turned down an offer of $3bn in ﬁnancial assistance from the IMF last June but since then the country’s funding problems have worsened and its currency has come under heavy pressure. Qamsari declined to comment about using the Indian rupee for oil sales. Through representation on the board of directors. leaving the country with only enough to cover two to three months of imports. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani told state-run Arabic language Al Alam TV that Tehran was ready to deal with further sanctions.” Qamsari said. However. according to a statement to the Qatar Exchange. only a handful of the very largest groups in the region have implemented robust risk-management techniques. When asked whether Japan had reduced its oil imports from Iran. Given the GCC’s (Gulf Cooperation I Council) hydrocarbon wealth. Observing that interest rates in the region is low. It currently pays through Turkey’s Halkbank. and its reﬁn- I ers were also looking for alternatives. Moody’s said insurers are likely to maintain their exposure to equities. head of international affairs at the National Iranian Oil Co. a government minister said yesterday.46mn in 2011. a shipping chokepoint. India’s Trade Ministry said yesterday. Moody’s expects these pressures to moderate with a shift towards ﬁxed-income securities and bank deposits.Gulf Times Tuesday. due to the signiﬁcantly concentrated and highly correlated investments in the local real-estate and equity markets. The time for renewal of contracts with the Japanese is around March and they are buying 240. or 8. Qamsari said: “In my opinion it cannot be implemented fast. such as Egypt and Tunisia.” it added. as tension over Iran’s nuclear work builds. The two sides have agreed to speed up the creation of a joint working group to facilitate the fund’s investment into Asia’s third-largest economy.85bn).
and has sent requests for proposals to banks to manage the deal. The agency affirmed its BBB rating on Russia’s long-term debt but lowered the outlook to ‘stable’ from ‘positive’ as it noted “the risks associated with Russia’s political model. Small and mid caps rose 0.2%. That made trade choppy and exaggerated movements.9.012. The kingdom’s index fell 1. plunged to an all-time low yesterday. reversing earlier losses.” Riyad Capital said in a research note. was the biggest gainer on Germany’s DAX.6tn won ($2. Yanbu National Petrochemical Company (Yansab) slipped 0. a Saudibased independent ﬁnancial analyst. so a fall in global gas prices reduces Saudi producers’ competitive advantage. due to strong export demand. Sensex. to close at 8. chief market analyst at CMC Markets.22 points.025.. at an increase of 20% from the year earlier period.6%.7% in intraday trading amid concern a decline in the nation’s inflation rate to a twoyear low may not be enough for the central bank to cut borrowing costs. “They don’t have enough cash or make enough money to pay the bond . Dana fell 8.7 riyals after reporting a fourth-quarter net proﬁt of 664. bankers close to the borrower said. says Haissam Arabi. we are encouraged by S T A visitor watches financial data on screens inside the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai.28mn and deals by 8% to 3.10% or QR47mn to QR451. A higher 30.16%. Infosys Ltd.01%. or 16.38mn shares).2% to 16. or 34. Manila lost 0. is considering selling the 5-year bond to secure operational funds for its chip operations in Austin. he Qatar Exchange almost treaded a ﬂat path yesterday despite the buying support from domestic institutions. while 16 declined. German carmaker Daimler. The expected downgrades by credit rating agency S&P were ignored by the market.49% of them purchased equities compared to 47.55mn and deals by 11% to 1. The pan-European FTSEuroﬁrst 300 index of top shares closed up 0. “There is no limitation for Total to invest more in Australia.07. including export finance. On the money market. with Exane BNP Paribas raising it to “outperform” from “neutral” as momentum improves for its trucks and Mercedes divisions.77% of them bought equities against 27. at 1. in volume that reached 65.” the company’s senior vicepresident for exploration and production in Asia. reversing an earlier decline. while value fell less than 1% to QR66. The rupee rose. according to Thomson Reuters StarMine data.4%.05% to 5.” said Mohamed Omran.98mn equities. The DFM. The indices of services and insurance rose 0.8% stake while Total will hold 24%. National Leasing and Nakilat bucked the trend. France’s Total scours Australia for acquisitions French energy giant Total is scouring Australia for acquisition opportunities as part of an aggressive expansion of its gas strategy. to 4.640. Mazaya Qatar (585.27.859. the only listed Gulf Arab bourse. which would wipe off €100bn ($127bn) from Greece’s massive debt burden and help unlock further international bailout aid.832 points. or 192. Rosneft is seeking a loan worth up to $2bn for general corporate purposes.3950 per dollar in Mumbai. Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate fell 2. It dragged down the index.624). Of the 42 stocks. Egypt’s measure slipped 0. value by 33% to QR252. Samsung.32% the previous day. It also downgraded under-pressure Italy and Spain.583) and Nakilat (535. at 2.30mn). Hong Kong closed down 1. its first major overseas debt sale in more than a decade. falling 10%. Banks’ trading volume gained 7% to 2.6bn this month to a record $28. citing European leaders’ inability to come up with a solid plan to tackle the two-year-old crisis. The services sector’s trading volume was up 4% to 2. “On an annual basis.36%. Volume was less than two-thirds of the 90day daily average. Prime Minister Lucas Papademos said his country faced “acute economic dangers” without the writedown deal.22 while Chinese shares ﬁnished 1.45% and 0. “However. and we believe it is well placed to beneﬁt from global economic realignment and could beneﬁt from signiﬁcant foreign exchange tailwinds” . Oman’s benchmark slipped 0.442. after Goldman Sachs added the ﬁrm to the Conviction Buy list. helping it also outperform the FTSE 100 and France’s CAC. A lower 45. the shipbuilder said. said in a note. was the standout performer.6%. would need to increase ﬁnancial backing to the fund for its rating to be maintained. said. Sydney lost 1.000-tonne plant will begin in 2013. Qatari individual investors continued to be bullish but with lesser vigour as their net buying shrank to 8.4% of its 90-day daily average.” S Korea shipbuilder wins $2. AFP Tokyo sian markets fell and the euro remained under pressure yesterday after Standard & Poor’s cut the credit rating of nine European nations.92.83% and the banking sector was unchanged.most of it is being held back as cash receivables. the second-largest software services provider that gets 22% of its sales from Europe.145.” he added. Commercialbank. talks at the weekend stalled.and its 23. including France and Austria’s triple-A status.49% on Sunday whereas a lower 18.9% respectively. “Political uncertainty in Russia has risen and the global economic outlook has worsened since Fitch last affirmed the rating in September 2011”.71% lower. while Seoul ended 0.103. Other brokers also echoed the positive view on Daimler. The BSE India Sensitive Index.8% to its lowest close since March 2009.88% lower.” Russia’s largest protests in nearly two decades followed allegations of fraud in the December 4 election. It follows an announcement on Friday that Total will join with Japanese oil and gas producer Inpex to invest in the $34bn Ichthys LNG gas project off northern Australia. Yet analysts said the eurozone’s EFSF bailout fund could be next in line for a downgrade and that top-rated countries. to 7. Barwa (788. after bullish broker comments buoyed the sector as investors shrugged aside Standard & Poor’s (S&P) downgrade of nine euro countries and fresh worries about an unruly default in Greece. it causes a spillover in Dubai.50% on Sunday and a higher 34. “Lower petrochemical prices in the fourth quarter of 2011 impacted top to bottom proﬁtability. “The downgrades were widely anticipated and already priced (in).03% and 0.55 and as low as 1.91 points. Carnival dropped 16. Jean-Marie Guillermou. which means the market is pricing in a rise of that magnitude every year over the ﬁve-year period on a compounded basis. The Sensex plunged 25% in 2011 amid concern record interest-rate increases by the Reserve Bank of India will erode company earnings threatened by Europe crisis.15% of them were into buying against 15.79bn with large and micro cap equities losing 0. adding a full agreement with Inpex will be signed next month.. with a US shale gas boom and the prospect of similar developments in China helping to bring it down sharply. a result that came as a relief to the US and China. seven were unchanged and four not traded.92% sold against 35. “The drop in the gas price is continuing mainly because of shale gas.” Ric Spooner.54mn shares. Inpex is seeking to explore the Ichthys gas field 200km off Australia coast in a joint venture with Total.7% to 42. say bankers Russia’s top crude producer Rosneft is looking to tap the international lending market for a sizeable syndicated loan only six weeks after agreeing an increased $2bn loan. Masraf Al Rayan and Qatar Electricity and Water rose while Industries Qatar (IQ). rose 0. plunged to an all-time low. up 7%.05% respectively.224). Texas. as Europe’s central bank bought bonds to ease concern about the region’s debt crisis.47% from 19.012. according to data compiled by Bloomberg.66 points. up 3. Gulf down Reuters Dubai Qatar shares end ﬂat amid sell pressure By Santhosh V Perumal Business Reporter audi Arabia’s benchmark index made its largest oneday decline in four weeks yesterday as falling natural gas prices weighed on petrochemical stocks. Pechlaner added she had BMW in her portfolio. It has fallen 39% in the past two months. Fiat trades on an implied ﬁve-year earningsper -hare compound annual growth rate of 6. Foreign funds boosted holdings of Indian debt by $2. Major (international) producers will have a big advantage and they will reduce gaps with the petrochemical producers in the region . Saudi petrochemical producers are supplied with subsidised gas at ﬁxed prices. “Once Abu Dhabi starts falling and people punish companies that have fundamental weakness. one of the bankers added. ” Abu Dhabi-listed Dana Gas dropped to an all-time low as investors cut positions on worries the energy ﬁrm will face problems repaying an upcoming bond. to ﬁnish at 4. January 17. advanced 2.9 points. which reiterated its “attractive” outlook on the sector.7bn as on January 12.47% from 19.62. which closed 1% lower at a new seven-and-a-half year low.142 points. rupee advance Indian stocks rose. the 20-stock benchmark rose a marginal 0. Actively traded stocks (in terms of volume) were Masraf Al Rayan (1.57% from 12.51% year-to-date. after earlier declining as much as 0. which is considered vital to avoid a messy default. raising fears it could default.17%. adding that it would take the outcome of the talks into mind.03% or two points. while that of industry fell 0. said Amer Khan.65mn shares and value more than doubled to QR69. or 49. The US benchmark gas price fell to $2. Elsewhere in Asia. The South Korean firm had around 22tn won ($19. the only listed Gulf Arab bourse. raising the prospect that Greece could plunge out of the eurozone with dire results for the region and the global economy.189. to be 110m both in height and width when delivered by the end of 2015. “Australia is a core asset and is part of our future.67% the previous day.206. The news brought the eurozone debt crisis back to the forefront with traders looking ahead to a crucial week in the region as Greece struggles to come to an agreement with creditors over its repayments. IQ (1. the biggest truckmaker and owner of Jaguar Land Rover. or 38. a report said yesterday.” Saudi stocks make largest fall in 4-weeks. will be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest offshore plant. which supplies semiconductors to Apple’s iPhone and iPad tablet. Rosneft’s financing need is anywhere from $15bn upwards. The market is however down 1. There’s just uncertainty on the funding gap and investors don’t like it.92 points.356. at 19.this is negative for the industry.276.1%. ” fund manager at Shuaa Asset Management.2bn) in cash as of endSeptember and mainly uses its internal cash to fund investments.68 points.79mn shares. domestic institutions were increasingly bullish as their net buying surged to 12.5%.09%.62 despite Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou being handed a second term in weekend elections.39%. The index was trading between a major resistance level at 1. Tokyo fell 1.30mn and transactions by 23% to 1. Autos were the best performers. also a big riser on the DAX. such as Germany.15mn on a 24% jump in deals to 792. Dubai Financial Market.67% the previous day The insurance sector’s trading volume more than doubled to 0.3% to 51.0%. Analysts polled by Reuters expected an average net proﬁt of 751mn riyals. accord- ing to Dow Jones Newswires.1% in its biggest drop since December 13. Non-Qatari retail investors turned proﬁt-takers as they were net sellers to the tune of 0.06% of them into selling against 29.3mn).22% the previous day.59% of them were into buying compared to 9. 2012 BUSINESS POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY LIQUIDITY OPTIONS GUINNESS TARGET 5-YEAR BOND GAS STRATEGY Fitch cuts Russia outlook on anti-Putin protests Fitch yesterday cut the outlook on Russia’s debt rating due to uncertainty over protests against Vladimir Putin’s planned return as president and the growing risk of capital flight. Kuwait’s measure eased 0.41 points.378. to 8. “They still have the ability to borrow new debt against the old debt.38% respectively. Work on the 100. Elsewhere. Greece was excluded.8mn riyals ($177. falling 10%.8% at 1. its lowest level since September 2009. while most other regional markets also ended lower.36 points. which have already seen the interest on their bonds hit dangerously high levels.54% offloaded compared to 21.60. they set a nervous early tone for this week’s markets as we approach more signiﬁcant hurdles in the evolution of the eurozone crisis. .23% from 6.028 several times this month without breaking through.31% on Sunday although a marginally higher 36. recommending a ‘buy’ rating with a target price of 52.10% and 0. paced gains among its peers. Barwa.2% to 3.1% after positive broker comment by Goldman Sachs. The index has tested 1.5%. Inpex will take a 72. Tata Motors Ltd. on speculation foreign funds will increase purchases of the nation’s assets after inflation slowed to a two-year low. Taipei lost 1.6 and 2. Although foreign institutions’ selling pressure was intact. The industrial sector’s trading volume surged 81% to 1.578. or 121. Carmakers drive up Asian markets decline after European bourses Europe rating downgrades Reuters London E uropean shares rose yesterday in thin trade. Total trading volumes rose 17% to 6.5% in volume nine times its 90-day daily average after the owner of the cruise ship that capsized off Italy’s west coast on Friday said it would take a $90mn hit from the accident. only 15 advanced.26bn) deal to build a gas processing plant in Australia for Japanese oil and gas producer Inpex. “Earnings are below expectations so far in banks and petrochemical companies and there are concerns about the future.48% were into offloading compared to 14. In the UAE. Goldman Sachs said in a note the sector was “in better ﬁnancial and operational shape than in 2007.28mn on more than doubled transactions to 18. Eyes will now be on Greece this week as it holds talks with private banks over writing down part of its debt.028 points—its October 2011 high from a rally started in September 2011 .32 Gulf Times Tuesday. or 77.36. there have been no trades in the 10 treasury bills. value by 29% to QR116. A lower 10. Market capitalisation lost 0. erasing earlier losses.09%.026.26bn gas project deal South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries said yesterday it had won a 2.6% Fibonacci Retracement level of the same rally at 987. led by carmakers. The rupee advanced 0. However. expected quarter-on-quarter margin improvement given pricing pressure. the bankers added. which is on Goldman Sachs’ “Conviction Buy” list for 2012.36 yesterday. “Volumes in Dubai are not going to pick up for the next 12 to 24 months and anything that has fundamental weakness could get pummeled. whereas rival producers in other regions typically pay the market rate. It said the structure. with the STOXX Europe 600 Automobiles & Parts index up 3. in volume 112. London-based investment ﬁrm Exotix has issued a sell recommendation on Dana Gas saying it had “little conﬁdence” in the ﬁrm’s ability to repay a $920mn debt that matures in October. or Sensex.75%. The gauge lost 0. Foreign institutions were increasingly bearish as their net selling rose to 20. S&P on Friday cut France’s and Austria’s top AAA rating by one notch to AA+ with a negative outlook. Rosneft is considering its options to prevent a liquidity squeeze if Europe’s unpredictable economic outlook worsens. Italy’s Fiat.39 points. depending on what’s going on. down for a fourth straight session.8% of its 90-day daily average.05mn shares and value jumped 65% to QR0. On the other hand. after being as high as 1. A Overall nine countries had their ratings cut while seven had theirs affirmed.33% compared with net buyers of 1.763 points and Bahrain’s measure climbed 0. The agency warned last month before a European summit aimed at hammering out a solution that it was putting the eurozone on review for downgrade. with the gains were not enough to see the FTSEuroﬁrst 300 index break beyond a technical resistance level. to fund its chip plant operations. Rosneft considers higher loan.” Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic) dipped 0.19. chief ” executive and fund manager at Gulfmena Investments.43%.” Abu Dhabi’s benchmark dropped 0.13% the previous day. A higher 13.50 riyals. It has been facing payment delays from its operations in Kurdistan and Egypt.7% to 1.71% on Sunday and a lower 10. Foreign institutions were increasingly bearish as their net selling rose to 20. Samsung plans $1bn debt sale to fund US chip plant Samsung Electronics said yesterday its US operation plans to sell around $1bn in bonds.
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2009 and 2010.. “It’s (strike) such a dangerous word to use. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers responded with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver with 4:46 to play. ” Nicks said... world number two Nadal took advantage of cooler conditions in the early evening and romped into the second round with a 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory over Alex Kuznetsov..... Wagner earned 500 FedExCup points and is now the FedExCup leader after the ﬁrst two weeks of the season..” . fans. At Baltimore.... tournaments. ” The Packers. let alone a ﬁnal.... “I am coming back here so I can buy that plane ticket now and I am in Augusta. So it feels good to do it.. the ﬁrst time Green Bay trailed at half-time at home this season... “We have to be ready for them. Lewis made a team-high seven tackles and the Ravens forced four turnovers. who completed 21 of 33 passes.... But Mirza. TENNIS Millsap stars in Jazz’s win over Nuggets Reuters New York Strike talk recedes as favourites advance Nadal... she is fantastic to work with and she’s in very good shape. There was nothing in preparation that led me to believe this was going to occur. Mirza did not play in 2011 following the US Open after sustaining a knee injury. and one day be in the position to get to the ﬁnals of majors..91 op players moved to dampen down talk of a potential revolt and rift in the men’s ranks as the Australian Open got underway in stiﬂing conditions yesterday with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer both winning.... 96 SAN ANTONIO102 Phoenix .. German Stober. Earlier.. however. tossed a 37-yard touchdown pass to a high-leaping Nicks on the last play of the second quarter to give New York a 20-10 lead. and hence that’s what’s happened. including a chronic wrist problem that saw her miss large parts of 2008. Wagner stepped up his play on the back nine all week long.. during their men’s singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne yesterday.. blue skies welcomed the players to the tournament’s opening day with temperatures rising quickly in the morning and ﬂirting with 30 degrees Celsius before midday...” Millsap told reporters.. Pacioretty opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game and after New York’s John Mitchell made it 1-1 10 minutes later. ” Baltimore’s Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to lead the Ravens. three years easily at this level of tennis. and then it was tough to ﬁght behind the score. “She would never question whatever you are telling her to do. “I started with a bogey today but was surprisingly clam until the 16th or 17th hole and then I got a little nervous coming in. Third-round co-leaders Matt Every and Jeff Maggert struggled Sunday with Every shooting a two-over A 72 to ﬁnish at 10 under while Maggert shot a four-over 74. He followed that with another birdie on the par-ﬁve ninth hole. the ﬁrst full-ﬁeld event of the 2012 season... ” Wagner was one of half dozen players who had a share of the lead in the ﬁnal round..3 Los Angeles1 (OT) merican Johnson Wagner recorded his third victory on the USPGA Tour Sunday by shooting a ﬁnal round three-under 67 for a two-stroke win at the $5... “A medal’s a medal at the Olympics and it doesn’t matter whether you get it in singles. ” Wagner made a bogey on the par-four sixth hole but rebounded with a birdie on the par-three eighth in which he rolled in an eightfoot putt.40 Gulf Times Tuesday. but New York answered with a 14-yard touchdown run by Brandon Jacobs with 2:36 remaining for the ﬁnal points.......... “We did not do a very good job handling the football.... guys just start looking for you. “We did not play to our identity...... ” While temperatures rose behind the scenes. Wagner said.2 DETROIT . The gangly Tomic has now assumed the mantle from Lleyton Hewitt as the host country’s main hope for a ﬁrst men’s title since Mark Edmondson in 1976.” said Nicks. “Our team is very unselﬁsh and they ﬁnd the guy with the mismatch. Clijsters and Wozniacki all win. The world number six cruised into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday with a routine 6-3 6-1 win over Uzbekistan’s Ksenia Pervak in stifling heat at Melbourne Park.. and I’m on that again and it’s never easy. “We’ve got a bunch of guys who believe..” Australian women’s wildcard Casey Dellacqua came back from a period of two years off following shoulder and foot surgeries to set up a secondround clash against third seed Victoria Azarenka after a 6-3 6-2 win over Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski... I am really excited. He also did not make a bogey in his ﬁnal 12 holes on Sunday. while world number one Caroline Wozniacki smashed Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova 6-2 6-1 in 76 minutes.. Tomic is taking local expectations in his giant stride.. “There are always things for us to improve upon but I like where we are..... who ousted visiting Houston 20-13... “We’re peaking right when we need to. “I’m only going to learn and get conﬁdence. He began the new season with a tie for ninth at Kapalua and now a win at the Waialae Country Club course....” Coughlin said.... “I’m in a great position to choose from three people are in the top 12 in the world (in doubles) and obviously the best team will be put forward..” The Giants.. Everything was closed..” Manning...... local fans had plenty to cheer with teenager Ber- nard Tomic coming back from a two-set deficit to beat 22nd seed and 2009 Melbourne Park semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco 4-6 6-7 6-4 6-2 7-5 in four hours... We just want it.. Having managed only three goals in three consecutive losses. “It’s not good for anyone really.. her fitness trainer Alex Stober has never had any problems getting through to the French Open champion.. There was a mismatch and we tried to expose it. “They had success and success breeds conﬁdence. no problem. It marked the fourth-straight day he birdied the hole. “That’s why I always say. the Canadiens picked the perfect time to catch ﬁre.. January 17. She is playing her best right now. (Reuters) sports happening in the States. who ousted New Orleans 36-32 on Saturday.. Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro looked like he needed a caffeine jolt in his match against French lefthander Adrian Mannarino before eventually running out a 2-6 6-1 7-5 6-4 winner in just under three hours. started slow but are one win shy of their ﬁrst Super Bowl since beating New England in 2008... I worked really hard this off season and I told everybody that I was going to win early this year. We’ve seen it in other Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Alex Kuznetsov of the U. Giants coach Tom ” Coughlin said....... ” NHL GOLF SPOTLIGHT Habs surprise red-hot Rangers Reuters New York Wagner comes from behind to win Sony Open AFP Hawaii Beaten Mirza eyes Olympic gold AFP Melbourne China’s Li all ears for fitness coach Stober While China’s Li Na famously says she only has to listen to her husband and coach Jiang Shan one hour a day. ” Denver was coming off a big victory over the Miami Heat on Friday.. “The biggest thing was self-inﬂicted wounds.... will visit New England in the American Conference ﬁnal while the Giants will visit the San Francisco 49ers.......4 CHICAGO . “I just jumped up and got it....” the 22-year-old said to laughter...” Del Potro said.91 TAMPA BAY . No excuses. “I think we’re a dangerous team. M ontreal’s Max Pacioretty scored twice as the Canadiens rose to the occasion with a 4-1 victory over the NHL-leading New York Rangers on Sunday. “The fact that even though a lot of people say maybe it’s not a top priority.. New York avenged a regular-season home loss to the Packers and joined the Baltimore Ravens in advancing to next Sunday’s playoff showdowns that will decide berths in Super Bowl 46 at Indianapolis on February 5. “My team mates did a great job of ﬁnding me..” Wagner ﬁnished at 13-under 267.4 EDMONTON . became the winningest team ever to drop its playoff opener.. “What they did to the Broncos. After a week of drizzle and heavy cloud cover...” As a result.. Azarenka... Sean O’Hair... so I was really pissed off. was the least of their concerns as some of the men began to openly discuss the possibility of a strike later in the season unless they and the ATP could come to an agreement on a more equitable split of prize money and a revamped playing schedule... Nadal. “I can tell you Li is incredibly easy to work with.. Results Golden State.. P T Results Golden State.. After some youthful and illreceived bravado earlier in his career. “He started much better than me in the ﬁrst set..99 DETROIT . my game and I took all the opportunities to beat him.. people are still going to play and they’re going to play to win a medal. of going to me... (AFP) back from a surgery process. Charles Howell and Harrison Frazar tied for second at 11 under. dropped balls....but they don’t realise it’s one of the hardest things in the world...” A Chase Blackburn fumble recovery set up a 4-yard touchdown toss from Manning to Mario Manningham for a 30-13 lead.” she said. We’re stronger than we have been all season.106 DENVER.” world number three Federer said after his ﬁrstround victory over Russian qualiﬁer Alexander Kudryavtsev.. with Carl Pettersson. and we can do anything if we believe. who whipped Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi into shape during their careers.... to set up 17 points and spoil the ﬁrst playoff trip in the Texans’ 10-year history... “It was just me and the ball in my mind. “I said.. he had little trouble in advancing to the second round.. doubles or mixed... “So tomorrow I’m deﬁnitely getting it. “The crowd always want an Australian in the ﬁnal. Women’s champion Kim Clijsters also got her title defence off to a strong start with a 7-5 6-1 win over Portugal’s Maria Joao Koehler.. 6-2 to Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova. “It was my second singles match in the last ﬁve months— obviously I’m always coming Sania Mirza of India reacts during her loss toTsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in their first round women’s singles match at the Australian Open in Melbourne yesterday.... The world number 106 lost in qualifying in Auckland and failed again in the ﬁrst round of the Australian Open on Monday... she’s a hard worker.” Li’s fitness was put to the test on Monday in the Melbourne heat and she admitted to battling fatigue on a day when many matches became survival of the fittest. Azarenka had missed her morning coffee and was in no mood to hang around in the Melbourne heat....” Tomic said. “Of course I’m disappointed but I will try to take as many positives as I can. the 10-times grand slam winner managed to receive treatment on Sunday and while his knee was heavily strapped on Monday. who had been suffering from a niggling shoulder injury. However. She can keep going for another two... the Canadiens’ winger put the home team back in front at 3:54 of the second period. We left some yards on the ﬁeld. “To have so many world class players you have to beat on the way to get to the quarters. getting her campaign off to a ﬂying start with a 6-1 6-0 victory over Britain’s Heather Watson. it’s the hardest thing. in the National Conference ﬁnal. Finishing with 26 points and 12 rebounds.” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. Federer. 11 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. going down 6-4.....1 NY Rangers . “That’s why I’m always very careful about it..... who had a ﬁrst- round bye. The heat. and were involved with a close battle all game but were unable to keep pace down the stretch.. Heat rises on court as temperatures soar Reuters Melbourne aul Millsap scored 14 straight points for Utah in the critical fourth quarter to carry the Jazz to a 106-96 triumph over the Northwest Division rival Denver Nuggets on Sunday.. going bogey free on the backside. I didn’t get my coffee in the morning today.... “It shows our hard work and determination..91 Utah ..5mn Sony Open..2 MONTREAL ... “It feels incredible. “But I did my things.1 San Jose . “He’s a lefty and he makes different shots. needed just 67 minutes to beat Watson though she paid a high price for an early morning practice session on the main Rod Laver Arena... her dedication to her tennis career is without question... 6 WASHINGTON . you get hot and start feeling it. “Coming ” down stretch here and having a cushion was nice. It was just the latest in a string of injuries to have plagued the 25-year-old. Leander Paes or Rohan Bopanna. ” The Ravens. The Jazz led 81-79 early in the fourth when their big power forward netted his own 6-0 run to stretch the lead and ﬁnished with 16 in the quarter to keep the Nuggets at bay.. I ndia’s Sania Mirza yesterday said a gold medal at the London Olympics is her primary focus for 2012 as she makes a comeback from yet another serious injury.. “We can go as far as we want to go.S.. “I’ve had two knee surgeries and a wrist surgery— it’s not easy.. who fought off two defenders.99 Pittsburgh.. who needed a regular season-ending victory over Dallas to take the last vacant playoff berth.. she’s incredibly disciplined. they sent a message to whoever was coming up there. “It was so early and I wanted to come play a little bit longer on centre court. “We started to believe and trust in each other and our de- fensive people got together and decided they were better than they’d been playing.. Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns and Giants defenders forced four turnovers as the host Packers. said that while Li can get a little fiesty with her husband.. because of which I’m more prone to getting injured in my joints. who went an NFL-best 15-1 this season and E NBA averaged 35 points a game.. “Actually... You get in a zone like that. two of them interceptions by Ladarius Webb.... players. I need my coffee’” . was anything but downcast and said her main goal was the mixed doubles in London in July. ‘Oh my God.” “Not a lot of people know but I have extra-lax joints and I am double-jointed...” Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. best for all of us: you guys.3 Carolina .... ‘let’s try to avoid it as much as we can’ I think that would be the .. who was once ranked 27th in the world.. he said. Ravens advance AFP New York li Manning threw for a career playoff high 330 yards and three touchdowns to power the New York Giants to a 37-20 upset of reigning Super Bowl champion Green Bay in an NFL playoff shocker on Sunday.” she said..... 2012 SPORT NFL Giants end Green Bay’s reign.. said his perpetually troubled knees had caused him some concern on Sunday when he suffered “unbelievable pain” in his right knee when he straightened it..” she added. who only arrived in Melbourne on Saturday after she won the Sydney International title.. were ousted in sub-freezing cold. His victory qualiﬁes him for the Masters tournament in April... who know the challenge they face after seeing the Patriots rout Denver 45-10 on Saturday..” Mirza said she would be focusing on mixed doubles at the Olympics and would be paired with either Mahesh Bhupathi.” he told Reuters.” Nicks said. We practiced well.. Millsap’s devastating personal run in the ﬁnal quarter gave Utah (8-4) their seventh win in eight contests.. only returning to the court in Auckland two weeks ago.
a spinner could have exercised some control here.” India are not due to play an overseas Test series until the tour of South Africa in late 2013 and the next home series against New Zealand in September is still eight months away.” Akhtar told the PTV sports channel.” Meanwhile. While the entire blame cannot be placed at his feet. That’s what happened. axing off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to accommodate debutant pace bowler Vinay Kumar. where a 4-0 whitewash completed in August robbed the team of the top Test status last year. DEFENCE ASSURANCE India chief eyes revenge at home AFP Mumbai Pietersen vows no spot-fixing jibes AFP Dubai ndia’s cricket chief gave a robust defence of the national team yesterday after the humiliating Test losses in Australia.” Ganguly told Aaj Tak channel. The three-Test series is the ﬁrst between the two nations since the 2010 spotﬁxing scandal. His unﬂappable leadership. he told the Press Trust ” of India news agency. he led teams to Twenty20 (2007) and 50-over (2011) World Cup victories and oversaw their rise as the number one Test team in the world. cited the example of India’s 5-0 rout of England in a one-day series last October. 2012 41 CRICKET SPOTLIGHT Away Test failures dent Dhoni’s leadership aura Reuters New Delhi M ahendra Singh Dhoni’s one-match ban means the India captain will have time for an introspective look as to where and when his Midas touch deserted him as his team mates battle to avoid a series whitewash against Australia in Adelaide. returned from outﬁeld. former Australia cap” tain Ian Chappell. praised both Misbah and his England counterpart Andrew Strauss at the weekend but said there would still be tension between the sides. Pakistan’s response under 37-year-old captain Misbahul-Haq has been admirable. “They (BCCI) are doing extremely well when it comes to making money and controlling world cricket. The annual award is presented to the side that finishes at the head of the ICC Test championship table on the 1 April. also 34. He also said that the national selectors made a huge blunder when they failed to pick in-form batsman Thilan Samaraweera for the Test series in South Africa. as much as his tactical brilliance and uncomplicated approach. “Samaraweera was not picked in the original squad but was later included as a replacement for an injured player. Australia beat India by an innings and 37 runs inside three days to lead the four-match series 3-0. Throughout the series. impressed most. reaching a nadir in 2010 when the sides were not on speaking terms in the one-day series after the Lord’s test. after winning in Melbourne by 122 runs and Sydney by an innings and 68 runs. after the Pakistan series. but they came here within a month and lost 5-0. “England won in England. a nightmare that returned to haunt him in Australia. Dhoni has not enhanced his reputation with the bat either on this tour and has been average behind the stumps.” former captain Ravi Shastri rued on air as the Indian pacers strayed their line and got hammered by Australian opener David Warner on the first day. says Ranatunga Sri Lanka’s cricket selection panel should be axed following the team’s shabby showing in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). the International Cricket Council announced yesterday. But there will be no hangover from the past. England rose to the top of the top of the world rankings with a three-pronged pace attack supplemented by off-spinner Graeme Swann. Dhoni. who succeeded India as the world’s top team during a 4-0 whitewash at home last year. jumped 35 places to 34th position. their lowest total in limited overs cricket. He went on to score two centuries and was the most consistent batsman in the series. In what seemed like a storyline straight out of a Bol- lywood script. suffering a Test and One-Day International series loss in the UAE against Pakistan and later losing the Test series in South Africa. captain of the Twenty20 side who won the 2009 World Cup in England. Ajmal told Reuters he was conﬁdent of winning a high percentage of his lbw appeals with his doosra which either spins into the left-handers or straightens. in a dismal run that has taken the shine off their limited-overs World Cup victory at home last April. would lengthen the tail especially as the team’s best lateorder batsman Tim Bresnan has returned home early with an elbow injury and England are likely to stick to their tried and tested formula. Australian opener David Warner has made a big move in the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen. I had said we will beat them when they visit India. including a management institute in his home town Ranchi which wanted to do a brain-mapping of the Indian captain. has enjoyed a fairytale rise from the cricketing backwaters of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Australia smashed India by an innings and 37 runs inside three days in the third Perth Test on Sunday to clinch the four-match series. This revolving door of ﬁrst slip is rubbish. They have not won a series in Asia for more than a decade and. “But what is the use if your team fails to win matches abroad?” ngland batsman Kevin Pietersen promised there will not be any spot-ﬁxing jibes aimed at Pakistan players when the two teams meet in the ﬁrst Test in Dubai today. it will be different when they come to India.” Pietersen told reporters. “And if he is really serious. Ranatunga led Sri Lanka to their only World Cup win in 1996. Dhoni’s brand of leadership. won 13 out of 14 oneday internationals and all ﬁve of their Twenty20 matches. Pakistan have been forced to play all their home matches abroad for the foreseeable future after an armed attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore three years ago. Much of Ishant Sharma’s reputation is built around his excellent spell against former Australia captain Ricky Ponting in the 2008 Perth Test but this time around Dhoni held him back. In Australia. Narayanaswamy Srini” vasan. Misbahul-Haq has also matured into a good captain for Pakistan and is a good man. He could not get the best out of his pacers either. “England will have a chance to the win the $175. the former Pakistan fast bowler who retired during last year’s World Cup after a colourful international career. man of the match after hitting the jointfourth fastest century in Test cricket history. “There will not be an undercurrent about what happened in 2010. Sri Lanka selectors must go.000 jackpot for topping the ICC Test championship table when it goes head-to-head with Pakistan in a three-Test series. (AFP) . “Strauss is a heck of a gentleman but the rest of the players will be at the Pakistani players throughout the series. were found guilty for their roles in a plan to deliberately bowl noballs as part of a scam during the Lord’s Test against England. Dhoni brieﬂy had Virat Kohli in ﬁrst slip where the ﬁelder dropped Warner before Sachin Tendulkar. with world number two side South Africa poised to benefit. “Of course there will still be on-field chat because we play our cricket very hard. he and his slip colleagues stood way behind where edges dropped and he aimlessly shuffled slip ﬁelders on occasions. is pushing for a place alongside Swann after taking eight wickets against the Pakistan Cricket Board XI. In England. Each series between Eng- Pakistan’s captain Misbah ul-Haq (left) and England’s captain Andrew Strauss pose for photographers with the trophy during a press conference in Dubai International Cricket Stadium at Dubai Sports City yesterday.” he said.000.” the ICC explained. president of the underﬁre Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). hungry for runs and a wonderful slip ﬁelder at the age of 34. said the scandal will be banished from players’ minds when the cricket starts and dispelled any suggestions that England could use the issue to sledge their opponents. following two innings defeats that have left them trailing 3-0. Now left-arm spinner Monty Panesar. a specialist slip ﬁelder himself in his playing days. they face demanding tests against Sri Lanka away followed by West Indies and South Africa at home and then a tour of India. Dhoni met his comeuppance and incurred a onematch ban after India were found two overs short of target. “He does not believe in mind games but playing fair. He said a major overhaul of the Sri Lanka cricket board was needed to get the team back on track and to prepare them for the next World Cup. In a way. Chasing Proteas’ 302 runs for victory in the second ODI.” .with no real passion or anger. They cannot beat us here and we will feel very I happy. face Pakistan in a three match series in Dubai from Tuesday. Srinivasan. by a cricket expert who likened him to a clerk in an Indian bank Indian captain MS Dhoni looks on after Australia won the third Test match at the WACA ground in Perth on Sunday. Ranatunga told Xinhua yesterday that he suspected the current selection process for the national team was based on political considerations. They will rely on two players well into their thirties to bolster the batting and lead the attack respectively. He attributed that success to the fact that the players did not face pressure from politicians or the board then. then it is not sensible of him at all to make such a comment 24 hours before the start of an important Test match. ﬁnished 2011 with 50 test wickets and bowls a high percentage of doosras at a brisk pace which he believes will be a plus against an England batting lineup including four left-handers. A rivalry riddled with acrimony resumes on neutral territory in Dubai today with England seeking to consolidate their world number one ranking against a Pakistan side rebuilding after the 2010 corruption scandal. now a politician. January 17. resulting in some senior players making political comments instead of focusing on the game. Dhoni could at least blame it on injuries to key players. It may not have been the case had one of his frontline bowlers been a spinner.” Pakistan have always shown a remarkable ability to regenerate their international team despite a ﬂimsy domestic structure exacerbated now by the handicap of playing all their matches abroad. fumed. The trio. Subsequently three leading players. said. a notoriously combative player. They will only lose the jackpot if Pakistan beat them either 2-0 or 3-0. preferring Vinay Kumar’s military medium pace instead. Panesar’s inclusion. England. England will finish on 120 ratings points. Not with our players— we’ve spoken about it and it will not happen at all with us. The selectors should admit they made a blunder in the selection or they should either resign or be sacked. Pakistan have won six tests and lost only once. The most humiliating loss was recorded in the ongoing OneDay International (ODI) series against South Africa. he added. The 25-year-old. one ahead of South Africa (assuming it wins 3-0 against New Zealand). who rose to world number one in ICC Test rankings by beating India 4-0 in August last year. won’t be grumpy. which were updated after the Perth Test. who has not represented his country since the ﬁrst test in the 2009 Ashes series. “The side that finishes second in the Reliance ICC Test Championship table on the 1 April cut-off date will receive $75. thus convincing many he was India’s best captain ever. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was disappointed by Dhoni’s announcement on the eve of the Perth Test that he was focussing on 2015 World Cup and might quit Test cricket next year. The sheer rarity of the move to ﬁeld an all-pace attack.000 jackpot for topping the world Test rankings if they win the series against Pakistan or lose by a single match. Shoaib Akhtar. following their 4-0 rout in England last year. who is a grumpy bowler. But Pietersen. original occupant of the position.” Dev said. though.” he said. at the perceived distraction from the cricket. Sri Lanka have had a poor run in recent months. South Africa visit New Zealand for a three-Test series between March 7 to 27 and can still snatch the jackpot from England should their rivals lose by more than one Test and they win on their tour. along with their agent Mazhar Majeed. England. remains technically adroit. led by captain Misbahul Haq. “I’m surprised. For quite a while. It was India’s seventh successive Test loss abroad. he has no such luxury. Dhoni knows he deserves the lion’s share and had the candour to admit it. saying its obsession with proﬁts was ruining the game in India. “After our loss in England. “Australia played better in their home conditions. who will miss next week’s fourth Test after the ICC banned him because of India’s slow over rate in the third Test defeat in Perth on Sunday.” the ICC said. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. stirring anger in the Pakistan camp.Gulf Times Tuesday. “Strauss is a top captain and England are lucky to have him leading them. “It’s a permanent position. We will beat these three teams on our own soil. now aim to show they are a team for all seasons. including captain Salman Butt. Since Misbah took over. “The advantage we have is we know the conditions and pitches well now and we know what to do to take wickets. former captain Arjuna Ranatunga says. ” Barring the half-century in the Sydney Test. In Perth. were jailed after conspiring to bowl deliberate no-balls in the Lord’s test two years ago. (AFP) land and Pakistan has involved a controversy of some sort. which earned him the nickname of ‘Captain Cool’ was ridiculed . the Sri Lankans were bowled out for just 43 runs. “I wish he’s joking. The lead-up to the current E series has been dominated by discussion about the scandal. It was a fairytale too good to last long and Dhoni met his Waterloo in England last year. not performance. Younus Khan. saying players would soon set the record straight on home soil. who owns the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the Indian Premier League.” said Ranatunga. which ended in lengthy bans and jail terms for then Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer. “New Zealand is coming to India next and that will be followed by England and Australia. “In case of a 1-0 or 2-1 series loss. Ranatunga also accused the government of interfering with national cricket. There’s no way Jimmy Anderson. PREVIEW Bitter rivalry resumes at neutral venue ‘Strauss is a top captain and England are lucky to have him leading them’ Reuters Dubai England eye rankings jackpot England will win a $175. bafﬂed most. Dhoni has not looked quite in command and the Perth Test was a good case in study. Former captain Kapil Dev had on Sunday slammed the cash-rich BCCI for its shortsighted policies.
lequipe. Real Madrid had came from behind on Saturday to win 2-1 at Mallorca with late goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon. when Barca gained a numerical advantage on 71 minutes it was all the encouragement they needed to surge forward in search of the win.7m). it is a club that looks to win trophies season in. player auctions. It’s a soccer-crazy state where 100. ” Betis started the better team B Maradona fine Dubai: Diego Maradona said he was in good health yesterday after he was released from hospital and was received by cheering fans in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. www. so that modernising reforms and other ideas are implemented and not blocked. is exactly the same 108 years later. ” “The first thing for us was that it was important to get into the Europa League zone and we’ve done that. Our philosophy is always the same. and I will be back to training on Wednesday.42 Gulf Times Tuesday. 2012 SPORT SPOTLIGHT It’s time for a new FIFA. First-half goals from Fernando Amorebieta and Fernando Llorente. we’ve got the right energy back.is poised for a similar makeover.” LUCRATIVE LA LIGA Cannavaro and Pires set for IPL style league Reuters New Delhi I taly’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro. With ﬂuid passing in tight angles Betis were playing the champions at their own game and looked as likely a winner as the Catalans. “They key issue here is for the president to have an executive committee who back him. chelseafc. and stadiums have improved. “I could not believe it when they told me my patient is Maradona. “I am speaking as a citizen of world football and it has given me no joy to see the troubles that FIFA has faced over the last year or so. he says.” Bhaswar Goswami. “I think we made the right start by launching it in West Bengal. in the Camp Nou and tested Victor Valdes twice in the opening minutes. It’s a brilliant concept. roughly the same as Britain’s entire population. “All that’s happened is we lost the derby and now Inter are back in the title race. Maradona was admitted to hospital on Sunday after he complained of abdominal pains. Napoli and Udinese which served as lessons.” Jassim told DPA. women and players. the London club confirmed. Inter’s win. However.000 people throng to watch the local derby between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. executive director of Celebrity Management Group (CMG). However.” said Ranieri.” A cricket-dominated India ranks a dismal 162 in FIFA’s soccer rankings despite its huge population but some 60mn Indians tuned in to the English Premier League’s 2009/10 season. Cahill has performed well alongside Chelsea captain John Terry at international level. We expect owners to make proﬁt much earlier than the IPL franchises. ” Goswami was bullish about the league’s future and said it would change the face of Indian football. Nearly 120. former Spain striker Fernando Morientes and Argentine Hernan Crespo. the doctor who performed the surgery. The player told his new club’s official website. CMG has signed a 30-year deal with the Indian Football Association for the league and has ﬂoated tenders for franchises. Udinese are two points behind that and another pair of points ahead of Lazio. following a fortnight of wrangling over the player’s personal terms. It’s great to win the derby.” Cricket’s IPL dazzled fans with its exciting Twenty20 format. missing it and leaving the Argentine poacher to run on and slip the ball home. gave them the lead on 10 minutes. who coaches the Dubai-based Al Wasl club. we were careful tactically.” As is to be expected from a former diplomat. Athletic Bilbao beat Levante 3-0 to move within four points of their fourth-placed opponents and edge closer to a Champions League berth. He left hospital on Monday to a group of cheering fans. Some 30 players and six coaches from abroad will be auctioned off in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata for the Feb 25-April 8 league. “We didn’t create a lot but it wasn’t easy because Inter were playing with 10 men behind the ball and they’re physical.” he said.000-word report to each of FIFA’s 208 member associations on Monday. former Nigeria international Jay-Jay Okocha. ” Champagne said the red danger lights were ﬂashing in many areas and stressed there has been a loss of trust in soccer. The parties reportedly settled on wages of £80. But we’ll keep going slowly because we’re doing well but we still need to improve. said Xavi.fr). his seventh of the season. I’m delighted. “I am proud to be the ﬁrst Frenchman to go and play there. deﬁned when it was formed in 1904. It examines how many of soccer’s current ills developed.000-perweek on Friday. Two goals from Lionel Messi and a goal apiece from Xavi and Alexis Sanchez ﬁred them to the victory after Ruben Castro and Roque Santa Cruz had levelled.” . Champagne circulated a detailed 20. coupled with Juventus’s 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari.something which could beneﬁt the new president who will succeed Blatter in 2015. “We saw the hype and buzz around players’ auction in IPL and feel it can be an equal success. We were eight points behind Madrid and Betis made it difficult for us because they wanted the ball. and a last minute header by Mikel San Jose were enough for Bilbao to see off Levante’s challenge in a game that Bilbao dominated from start to ﬁnish.” Diego Milito scored the winner when Ignazio Abate overcommitted himelf in trying to cut out a cross from Javier Zanetti. while recognising that no one has all the answers. exLiverpool striker Robbie Fowler. they lost all their previous clashes with title rivals. “We have started with six teams this year. arcelona squandered a two-goal lead before seeing off 10-man Real Betis 4-2 to cut Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga back to ﬁve points yesterday. 2-0 winners over Atalanta. “He was very humble and simple while dealing with everyone at the hospital. We’re playing well. And eight weeks is nothing. What we do know is we will go all out to get through the tie. Barcelona battle to cut Real lead ‘We have no doubts about our play’ AFP Barcelona Cahill completes protracted Chelsea move London: Bolton defender Gary Cahill yesterday completed his protracted transfer to Chelsea. for a president and executive to share the same vision. Champagne ” told Reuters in a telephone interview. AC Milan’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) fights for the ball with Inter Milan’s Brazilian defender Lucio (R) and Inter Milan’s defender Cristian Chivu during their Italian Serie A match in Milan on Sunday. Widely respected and inﬂuential in elite soccer circles. Now the focus is turned to the Spanish Cup on Wednesday when the two giants face each other in the ﬁrst leg of a quarter-ﬁnal tie. Malaga missed the opportunity to go ﬁfth when they lost 2-1 away at Sporting Gijon.000 salary cap. and highlights many positives in his report. They will have a maximum of four foreigners and a compulsory six under-21 Indian players in their squad.all at the end of their careers . including changes at the top. He suggests a radical overhaul of the voting procedure with more power vested in the president’s position . “Since I had nothing in Europe. Pires ” told L’Equipe’s website (www. the Europa League and Spanish Cup. “Over the last 20 years there has been a globalisation of football which has been only loosely regulated and which has dramatically increased the inequalities in the game and stimulated a decrease in the uncertainty of the game’s results.” He said there was little in the match to separate the teams. “It was a great game against quality opposition. Inter won 1-0 “We played well. it’s a day in which the top three picked up just one point so nothing’s changed. following up after a Cesc Fabregas shot had hit the post.” Despite being part of a Bolton defence among the worst in the Premier League this season. it was important to beat Milan as it was the ﬁrst match we’ve won against a direct (title) rival. Their reward arrived on 32 minutes when Castro was at hand to ﬁnish a pass from Salva Sevilla at close range after good work from Jorge Molina had drawn Valdes out of position.com: “Chelsea is a massive club. Although he said the defeat hadn’t hurt his side too much. says Champagne Reuters London IFA’s former director of international relations Jerome Champagne has suggested changes in the world governing body to help end a perception it is run by self-interested men who do not care enough about the game. “The cup is a different competition so we have to change our mentality.” With Juve drawing and third placed Udinese losing 3-2 at Genoa.” Inter are the form team in the league and as well as ending Milan’s 12-match unbeaten run. Athletic have now only lost one game in the last eleven in all competitions since the beginning of December and can look forward to an exciting 2012 with all to play for in La Liga. £20. However Betis continued to attack Barcelona with crisp passing and good movement off the ball. “It doesn’t turn things on their head. “His health is completely stable and he can play sports and travel without any medical problems. he said. why not try something completely unknown? I’ve never been over there. We have it in our blood and in our DNA to fight for the top positions.which has failed to produce top-class Indian players . ” Pires said he would at least be paid 395. “Every team will have $2. “It was an important test both for the standings and our morale. “I’ve said it since day one.include Portuguese midﬁelder Maniche. has now broken his silence since his unexpected departure from his role as F one of president Sepp Blatter’s chief advisors.” the match-winner said. playing his 400th league game for the club. which they did well. It was the ﬁrst league goal conceded by Barcelona at home all season. Champagne retains a balanced view of the world game. The game. Two minutes later and Barca were two goals ahead when Messi steered the ball home after good work on the left from Sanchez. I won’t talk about (the title) due to modesty and superstition. “It will be a massive boost for local players to share the dressing room and ﬁeld with some of the players they grew up idolising.” said Allegri. Milan are now a point behind the Old Lady of Turin. is still expanding. Goswami said. season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Champagne has made 11 recommendations to improve the game. Messi ﬁnished off Betis from the penalty spot with four minutes remaining after Jose Dorado had handled in the area. you can’t turn down. in which they won only two of their first nine games. all in the state of West Bengal but have already been approached to expand the league to other parts of the country. former Argentina skipper Juan Pablo Sorin and Frenchman Robert Pires are set to feature in an Indian soccer competition that hopes to replicate the success of cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL). ” Barca coach Pep Guardiola added of Wednesday’s game: “It’s always good to go into a game on the back of a win. means the top ﬁve are now separated by just six points. “We had three before against Juventus.” said Yasser Jassim. Other signed-up players . The Argentine star. although we know we can play better or worse than tonight. It remains the guardian of world soccer.” Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (L) scores his second goal against Real Betis goalkeeper Castro (R) during their Spanish first division soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona on Sunday. said by telephone. how FIFA spiralled into recent crises and how it can evolve into a more effective body.5mn to spend in the ﬁrst year. one of the organisers told Reuters. Buoyed by this success. The result lifted them above Sevilla and Espanyol into ﬁfth position. with Inter exploiting one chance on the counter. “Next up is the Champions League zone. FIFA’s role.000 fans gave a rousing farewell to Oliver Kahn in the German goalkeeper’s 2008 Bayern Munich swansong in Kolkata and Argentina great Diego Maradona virtually brought the city to a standstill during his visit the same year. but we know who we are up against and we’ll try to play the best game we can. ” “We have no doubts about our play.” Maradona told DPA after he was cleared from hospital following surgery to remove kidney stones. we go out to attack.000 amateur matches are played each week in Germany for example. The 26-year-old centre-back becomes manager Andre Villas-Boas’ first January recruit in a deal worth £7mn ($10. SERIE A Inter down Milan to reignite Italian title race AFP Milan I nter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri refused to discuss the Serie A title after his side earnt a crucial 1-0 win away to champions AC Milan to squeeze the top of the table. postgame parties and heavy advertising and now soccer .” said Allegri. “The world has changed and FIFA must adjust to reﬂect these changes better. who left FIFA suddenly two years ago. 80.” Goswami added. “Opportunities like this. we’ve rediscovered our pride and compactness. But he identiﬁes many wrongs. “We forced the play while they waited for our mistakes to hit us on the counter. Betis had Mario Vazquez sent off with the score at 2-2 with 20 minutes remaining and Barca never looked back. during their disastrous start. “In essence. said he wanted to reassure his fans on his health. The erudite 53-year-old Frenchman.000 euros for seven weeks. No wonder World Cup winner Pires is keen to give the new league a shot. it was no surprise when Santa Cruz got the equaliser on 52 minutes. “We are also in the process of ﬁnalising television rights for live broadcast across south-east Asia. Ranieri freely admitted that his side were back in the mix but refused to discuss the title. waved to them while wearing the Al Wasl uniform.000 less than Cahill was said to be demanding. January 17. “But after my 11 years with FIFA I think I have something to contribute to the debate and to stimulate it. This only served to wake up the home team when Xavi. they won for the eighth time in nine matches. “We’re taking giant steps and that’s important. He also proposes increasing ” the executive committee from 24 seats to 31 with future seats open for direct representation for the clubs. starting at the top where he said one of the key problems that should be addressed is that the FIFA president and his executive committee are elected by different voting procedures which leads to conﬂict at the heart of the decision-making process. Alexis got the third ﬁve minutes later with a low shot from the edge of the area after a pass from Xavi. Inter are a point behind the Romans and Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said that means they’re right back in it. “I’m in good health. “The league is modelled on Major League Soccer and of course IPL. “We have signed seven ‘icon’ players for the auction and each of the six teams will have one such player with a $600.
“Proof of that was at the Nedbank . ” he said after winning two out of his ﬁnal three events of the year to take his 2011 tally to four. the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy will give Westwood another opportunity to maintain the ongoing progress with the one area of the game he believes needs attention. “As well as four days of world class golf on the course. who already won a berth for the Olympics. ” With 37 worldwide wins – including 21 European Tour titles . Korea’s Mi Jang Kim claimed gold in the 10m women’s Air Pistol event ahead of China’s Ying Chen and India’s Annu Raj Singh with a score of 482. ” said the 41-yr-old. alAttiyah just made it to the competition two days back and shot 75 out of 75 in the men’s skeet qualifying round here at the Lusail Shooting Complex yesterday. it seems like I finish 10th to 20th. However. Dhoni’s leadership aura Barcelona battle to cut Real Madrid lead TENNIS GULF TIMES Tuesday. If I have a week where I just putt okay. January 17. I’ve dropped from one to two in the space of the year in the world rankings. helped a great deal. went on to claim yesterday’s second gold for India with a total score of 594 in the 50m Riﬂe Prone event.S. who was simply ﬂawless battling troublesome wind and stayed on course of clinching a Games berth. While most shooters must have put in months of practice for the Asian Shooting Championships.” Tickets are now on sale at Doha Golf Club and at the Marriott Hotel priced QR50 for daily access and QR175 for a season pass. “I’m not 100 per cent but couldn’t have asked for more. Still one more day to go and another good show is needed. who is aiming to make his ﬁfth Olympic appearance in London. more often really. “My putting has not been as good as I would have liked. “It’s nice when you click into that kind of gear where your mind is in the right place. Al-Attiyah’s teammate Rashid Hamad. you’re calm. “That really shows the level where my game is at. India were still looking for the elusive Olympic quota at the end of the fourth day of the tournament and this. “It’s always a pleasure to welcome back the World Number Two and we look forward to announcing more players from the top ten in the official golf world ranking as we countdown to the event itself. said an exhausted but ” visibly pleased al-Attiyah after ﬁnishing at the top of the table at the end of round one. Raj Kumari. Graeme McDowell and Alvaro Quiros in the growing line-up. The 38-year-old Englishman will be making his seventh con- play both The European Tour and the US PGA Tour schedules in 2012. whose best performance at the Games was a fourth place at the 2004 Athens Olympics. most of the Asian giants have ﬁelded their best shooters here but none could match the accuracy of al-Attiyah. Until now. The ﬁrst gold of the day came in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol team event with Annu Raj Singh. Qatar has only managed to bag one quota through Oleg Engachev. Later. who ﬁnished fourth in the 50m Pistol men. And despite committing himself to not only with my form but with the way I’m playing. following a series of breakdowns. That’s what I’m working on at the moment and it seems to be improving. By N D Prashant Doha India’s Annu Raj Singh. I can come out tomorrow and shoot the same way I did today.” he added. . was currently sharing the third spot with three others. his sensational performances at the end of 2011 with victories in both South Africa and Thailand had even Westwood himself impressed with his own level of play. are chasing al-Attiyah with another round of 50 to go ahead of the ﬁnals today. More information on the 2012 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy is available at the official website www.” said Commercialbank Group CEO Andrew Stevens. the former World Number One believes he is in a good place with his game. The third place went to South Korea’s Mi Jang Kim. while Hamad Masoud is joint fourth with eight other shooters. Qi Sun and Luna Tao by a mere one point. Shweta Chaudhry and Heena Sidhu getting the better of the formidable Chinese team of Ying Chen. It ﬁlls me full of conﬁdence going into the New Year. there are a wealth of attractions in the Public Village as well as a wide range of hospitality options. 2012 Safar 23.a week where I putt and hole my fair share and I’m leading by seven going into the final round. And if I have a week where I don’t putt very well at all. This being the last event to win quotas for the 2012 London Olympics. UAE’s Saeed al-Maktoum and China’s Jin Di with scores of 73 each. Al-Attiyah shot a perfect score of 75. “I shot really well today and I’m very pleased with it. ﬂew back to Doha once he realised that his title hopes were over.qatar-masters.” Organised by the Qatar Golf Association (QGA). China’s Peijing Li won silver. The Qatar Shooting and Archery Federation were battling against time to get al-Attiyah ﬁt ahead of the crucial event as the ace rally driver just managed to make it on time after bowing out of the gruelling Dakar Rally where he was defending his title. I have a chance of winning. I’d say I’m a better player so any time you improve you can’t be disappointed. really. Q atar’s sporting icon Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah has the knack of doing the unthinkable. with 72 shots on target.3. Shweta Chaudhry and Heena Sidhu pose with their 10m Air Pistol team gold medal.to his name. “I’m very excited about 2012 secutive appearance in a tournament he has yet to win despite getting close on a couple of occasions. there are few more proliﬁc players in the world than Westwood and his appearance in Lee Westwood: looking for an elusive Commercialbank Qatar Masters title Doha once again underlines the strength of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters in attracting the biggest names in world golf with Westwood joining other stars such as KJ Choi. The two days of rest and workout with my physio has GOLF Westwood leads Doha star parade Our Correspondent Doha W orld Number Two Lee Westwood will headline a starstudded ﬁeld when the 2012 Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy is played in Doha from February 2-5 at Doha Golf Club. Al-Attiyah. and your swing feels good and you’re on auto pilot. Hopefully. com. 1433 AH SPORT SHOOTING Strike talk recedes as favourites advance in Australia Page 40 Perfect al-Attiyah on target for gold and Olympics spot Indian women also excel with two gold medals at Asian Championships Qatar’s ace shooter Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah in action during the qualifying round of the men’s Skeet event at the 12th Asian Shooting Championship at the Lusail Shooting Complex yesterday. Hye Jung Kwak and Hee Yun Lee with a score of 1144. I just want to putt better. while Ra Mi Jeong of South Korea went on to claim bronze. ﬁnishing ﬁfth in 2008 and two years later claiming third place. but if I was evaluating the way I’m playing now and a year ago. the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and title sponsor The Commercialbank of Qatar. despite the women shooters bagging two golds.NFL | Page 40 CRICKET | Page 41 FOOTBALL| Page 42 Giants end Green Bay’s domination Failures dent M. Abdullah al-Rashidi of Kuwait.