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                                                SAKHIR, Bahrain: Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al-
                                                Khalifa (left) and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed
                                                bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (right) watch an air display
                                                performance during the Bahrain International
                                                Airshow yesterday in Sakhir, Bahrain. —AP

       Bahrain takes to the skies
            Three-day International Air Show opens

                   Teachers’ e-help

                                                                      Online forums play platforms for jobs and joy

      The private education sector in Kuwait is evolving so much so that the schools have openings for teachers from any man’s land.
         But how do the torchbearers of education see the path to and about Kuwait remains a question. Can web forums help?
By Sunil Cherian

        r Gloria Malagon, a Spaniard working now as the head of
        the Science department at Kuwait Bilingual School, Jahra
        had zero idea about how teaching life in Kuwait would
look like. After she was recruited she searched the net for ‘infor-
mation that can really give a taste of a teacher’s life in Kuwait’.
What came to her help was the web forums at various sites that
discussed opinions and counter opinions from people of different
tastes, toes and temperaments. Dr Malagon, now six months in
Kuwait, says she has made it a habit to browse through web
forums to get feedback from various voices and to check if the
opinions hold true with her Jahra experience. She also consults
forums back home for environmental problems, animal health
and interactive science experiments. “The problem may be local
but the solution is global”.
    Web forums, more than ever, are playing the role of brochure,
guideline and a platform for give and take opinions. The private
education sector in Kuwait is evolving so much so that the
schools have openings for teachers from any man’s land. But how
do the torchbearers of education see the path to and about
Kuwait remains a question. Can web forums help?
    “More teachers from Canada, South Africa and the Philippines
are expected in Kuwait in the coming years” is a recent comment
posted on an online forum. To a question posted on a forum like
‘I’m moving to Kuwait to work as a teacher, how’s life there?’ the
answers appear within minutes with multiple choices. Comments,
wise or otherwise, like ‘Age no bar, many foreign schools in
Kuwait offer good package’; ‘Kuwait is the best place for teachers
to make money’ and ‘Life in Kuwait is great with an array of food,
frolic and fun’ pop up from nowhere, but in most probability from
teachers’ clan who are frequenters of these web-offered forums.
    Discouraging observations like ‘think twice before you land in
Kuwait, discipline can pose a problem’; ‘Nothing ever gets done
by the management’ and ‘the demanding parents can frustrate
you more than the naughtiest kid’ also have their place on the
forum that grows its pages by counter and anti-counter argu-
ments from personal to peripheral notes. From finding a friend to
tutoring possibilities, these forums, operated mostly by individu-
als, can be second home for expat teachers.
    True, online forums can be opinionated and too personalized.
But they are quickest, easiest and simplest information-desk for
the aspirers who seek advice, or just want to get the ABCs of the
place where they are in. For those wannabe teachers who want to
work in Kuwait or who want a change of place within Kuwait, no
agony aunts can be helpful as the online forums. ExpatExchange,
an online forum for example, discusses topics as varied as apart-
ments in Kuwait, desert camps and cheap furniture ads. ‘More
than 50 pages to its credit’, the reviews of ‘the International
Schools in Kuwait Page’ says about a famous American school in
Hawalli: ‘There’s no creativity from the teachers’ side. They say
you’re on your own, it’s a college prep school’. The comment
beneath says, ‘That’s a little bit unfair’., another site has an open forum that discusses
advises on teaching in Kuwait (
To a 49-year old British woman’s question on age restriction in
teaching in Kuwait, answers were soothing and seething. Age is
not a problem. Some foreign schools like (name mentioned) con-
stantly need teachers. Nationality, more than the degree, is an
    What happens when a student asks you to pass him by bribing
you or threatening with his wasta. Would you be frustrated or
you just get used to it, asks a teacher (name withheld) working at
a bilingual school. These forums, she said, diminish problems
teachers face when they come to know that someone else also is
going through similar experience. Problems shared, problems
    School managements’ greed, deterioration in the quality of
education and schools as show business centers as well as career
development courses, new openings and counseling facilities are
discussed on these forums. has a comment posted on its forum to a post that wor-
ried about a first teaching assignment in Kuwait. The response
read: ‘Tourism is what’s uniting cultures and people in our mod-
ern world. Learning and understanding other cultures brings
people together.’

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Off the record

                                                                A bolt from Mars!
                                                                                bodies, discarded satellites and thousands of spacecraft frag-           sponsible actors,’ some diplomats claim.
                                                 By Sajeev K Peter              ments.                                                                       The rising number of debris in the orbit and the rocks from
                                                                                    Curiously enough, many of the countries on this planet Earth         Mars have prompted many to consider a curiously alarming sce-
                                                                                have shifted their ‘destruction activities’ to outer space following a   nario. If these debris, whizzing around the planet at thousands of
                                                                                realization that Earth is no more good for such ‘peaceful purpos-        miles per hour, stray into the Earth’s magnetic field, men on the
                                                es.’ Even when countries are seeking to hammer out a code of             streets will be mere sitting ducks. The situation will be even more
                                                                                conduct for space activities, many nations are jostling with each        startling if the Martians decide to step up their stone attacks on
                                                                                other to fill the outer space with more and more space debris.            humans. People say a Martian rock-proof jacket and a helmet
                                                                                There is a phenomenal rise in space junk following the clandes-          could very well become a part of our attire of the future. So, watch

      tar-gazers are looking to replace the old idiom ‘a bolt from the blue’    tine development of satellite-destroying weapons by certain ‘irre-       out for ‘a bolt from Mars’ when you step out!
      with a more apt ‘a bolt from Mars,’ in view of the fast-changing space
      strategies and equations. They cite the example of recent rock attacks
on Morocco from certain ‘nefarious elements’ from Mars. Though scientists
have confirmed that 15 pounds of rock collected recently in Morocco fell to
Earth from Mars, they claim that this ‘phenomenon’ occurred when the
Martian meteors took their occasional celestial showers.
    They don’t however accept the argument by some naysayers who
claimed that the Martians actually started throwing stones at humans in
the latest escalation of rivalry between the inhabitants of the two planets.
Remember, this is only the fifth time in history that scientists chemically
confirmed the incident of Martian rocks falling on targets on the Planet
Earth. Space observers do not anticipate any immediate breaking out of
hostilities between the two planets, though the recent incident highlights
the escalating tensions between the friendly planets.
    Incidentally, this unusual celestial phenomenon has sent shock waves
across the international gold markets on planet Earth as scientists and curio
dealers scrambled to collect these Martian rock pieces that could fetch
them fast bucks. According to reports, meteorite dealer Darryl Pitt charged
$11,000 to $22,500 an ounce and managed to sell most of his fortune. At
that price, the Martian rock costs about 10 times as much as gold. Gold
merchants fear that if the Martian attacks continue, these curios as rarest
things on Earth will eventually end the supremacy of the yellow metal on
this planet.
    Meanwhile, a few space scientists opine that some of the space junk
orbiting the Earth might have strayed into the Martian territory and the
recent attack would have been a possible Martian response to the violation
of their space. According to recent estimates, there are believed to be as
many as 500,000 pieces of debris orbiting the Earth including spent rocket

                                                      Local Spotlight

      Rude neighbor
                                                 By Muna Al-Fuzai


            hat could be worse than a rude neighbor in a rented building?
            How can you share a place with someone who has no sense of
            respect, dignity or consideration to others’ needs and rights?
 Bearing in mind you all pay the same amount of money and nobody else
 should get more privileges than others.
     Forcing to deal with a rude neighbor is really a headache and if you
 happened to have a flat in a rented place then you could always move
 out before making hundreds of complains to the janitor and the owner.
 In fact it would be good news for the owners to hear the news that you
 left because of the rude neighbor who will never complain and would
 seem as a victim and stay in that cursed building for years and years.
 Landlords don’t care usually. All they care about is the rent they get and
 to hear no complaints even if that means you have to move out because
 there will be always someone to take your place.
     I hate landlords who act this way. There are many who are careless,
 greedy and inconsiderate. Right now a friend of mine is stuck with a very
 rude European family with kids. They always take others’ parking areas
 and the noise of their kids is endless and when my friend politely spoke
 with them about the matter, they ignored him. The chaos became
 worse. Worse than before. They think of themselves as being perfect.
 Well they are not.
     I believe if they were real model of the Europeans, they would respect
 the laws. Isn’t it what they do back home? Isn’t it what all the Europeans
 get to say and act to make the Arabs feel upset that we don’t respect the
 laws. Why some of them think when they come to a country like Kuwait
 that it is okay to break the laws and when someone asks them not to,
 they become rude? I believe that when you are a guest of a country then
 you are reflecting the image of your country and its people. I won’t go to
 their country even if they offer me a free ticket.

 When Mr Right turns out to be Mr                                                                                                                                   Wrong
By Velina Nacheva                                       It all started when Lynn, a 46-year-old expatri-   very warm individual who was searching for his           entrapment. Since that call Allan has had his UK-
                                                    ate from Eastern Europe with a grown-up son            soul mate after losing his spouse,” Lynn recalls.        based phone switched off and his Malaysian line

      ynn, Anna and Isabel, three divorced          opened an online profile on Netlog, a social-net-       Initially she thought he could have put an upbeat        on voice mail. A series of attempts to get through
      women hailing from different corners of the    working site in August. She was showered with          spin on his financial status claiming his father’s        to him failed. “It was too good to be true,” she
      globe who now call Kuwait home, have one      messages by five men seeking companionship in           lawsuit abroad would rake 800,000 British                says. She admits that not only her heart was bro-
thing in common: they built a dream for living      life. One admirer, Allan Straus, seemed like the       pounds. Overall, he sounded too good to be true,         ken but so was her faith that one day she will find
happily ever after meeting their soul mates in      best thing that ever happened to her - an engi-        she says.                                                Mr Right.
cyberspace. In an odd twist their dreams for fam-   neer with a good job on an oil rig in the UK, finan-        In the start, Lynn says, their emails were more
ily ended with a broken heart and for Isabel with   cial independence and a five-year old daughter          mundane and focused on the day-to-day cares
financial loss.                                      whom he was raising alone. “He sounded like a          but in the nick of time the friendship and her
                                                                                                                                         pent-up loneliness
                                                                                                                                         were replaced by
                                                                                                                                         infatuation. Soon
                                                                                                                                         enough he professed
                                                                                                                                         his love for her and
                                                                                                                                         deleted his profile off
                                                                                                                                         Netlog claiming to
                                                                                                                                         have found the
                                                                                                                                         woman he wanted to
                                                                                                                                         grow old with.
                                                                                                                                              Playing the part of
                                                                                                                                         a decent family man        A picture of someone who Alan Straus, an
                                                                                                                                         Allan had a very busy      online romance scammer, impersonates to
                                                                                                                                         lifestyle: night shifts
                                                                                                                                                                    swindle money from women. If you happen to
                                                                                                                                         working on the oil rig
                                                                                                                                                                    know the man in the photo alert him that his
                                                                                                                                         somewhere offshore.
                                                                                                                                                                    photo is being circulated online as a widower
                                                                                                                                         Weekends were his
                                                                                                                                                                    looking for a lifetime mate.
                                                                                                                                         daughter time. Lynn
                                                                                                                                         was hooked.
                                                                                                                                              This is what made               Casanova conman on the prowl
                                                                                                                                         her ignore the red             As she was trying to get over her emotional
                                                                                                                                         flags. He never asked       bruises she found out that a friend of hers, Anna
                                                                                                                                         for a camera chat and      has fallen prey to a bamboozler whose modus
                                                                                                                                         did his best to pepper     operandi was analogous to Allan’s. He, apparently
                                                                                                                                         her with questions         had a similarly devastating emotional impact on
                                                                                                                                         but never reveal too       Anna. As revealed by her friends, Anna could not
                                                                                                                                         much about his days.       sleep, eat or function properly for months after dis-
                                                                                                                                         This was a new             covering the bitter truth. Before giving her heart
                                                                                                                                         sparkle in her solitary    away she thought to herself: what could go wrong
                                                                                                                                         life in Kuwait which       if she ventured into finding the man of her life in a
                                                                                                                                         made her plan a holi-      social networking site quoting statistics that every
                                                                                                                                         day getaway. She           fifth relationship starts online. So she responded to
                                                                                                                                         completed her paper-       the request for friendship on a pen pal site. What
                                                                                                                                         work, got a visa for       she thought was a widower in his mid 40s with
                                                                                                                                         Dubai and prepared         one child turned out to be a swindler or maybe a
                                                                                                                                         her suitcase. Worst of     group of con artists operating the business of
                                                                                                                                         all, she says, I told my   online romance. His plan, hatched for six months
                                                                                                                                         family and my close        was to ask for money to come and meet her in per-
                                                                                                                                         friends about the          son. Thanks to friends’ advice Anna was left with a
                                                                                                                                         future which I am          broken heart but no financial loss.
                                                                                                                                         going to build with            This was not the case for the self-proclaimed
                                                                                                                                         this man. Allan was        loner Isabel from North America. “I was hooked
                                                                                                                                         also busy travelling to    from the beginning and now feel embarrassed to
                                                                                                                                         complete his father’s      even talk to my friends about what went wrong
                                                                                                                                         business transaction       with this online fiance I had,” she says. “I cannot
                                                                                                                                         in Malaysia and come       believe that I was scammed for KD300 that was
                                                                                                                                         back to settle with        supposed to cover the airfare for him to come and
                                                                                                                                         Lynn.                      see me,” she says.
                                                                                                                                              Her dreams were           How did she get scammed? It happened in a
                                                                                                                                         shattered         in   a   social networking site on a Friday afternoon three
                                                                                                                                         nanosecond when she        or four-months ago. “I was not working and had
                                                                                                                                         got Allan’s urgent call    plenty of time on my hands. The clock on Friday
                                                                                                                                         from Malaysia. He          freezes so I was browsing various sites and did a
                                                                                                                                         needed 7,000 British       profile on one of them, she recalled. The rest, as
                                                                                                                                         pounds to complete         they say, is history. “I was lonely and divorced. I
                                                                                                                                         the transactions of his    needed a little bit of understanding, warmth and
                                                                                                                                         late father before he      dreams fuelled by plans for a bright future togeth-
                                                                                                                                         can start his happy        er,” she says.
                                                                                                                                         family life with Lynn          Claiming his love in a heartbeat never seemed
                                                                                                                                         back in the UK. “It        strange to Isabel. “Roland looked handsome in the
                                                                                                                                         suddenly hit me as he      pictures he sent. He had a daughter and he was
                                                                                                                                         was giving out the         very warm... but I guess it was all a lie,” she says
                                                                                                                                         ridiculous details of      referring to herself as a victim of an online sweet-
                                                                                                                                         the almost-failed deal     heart deception. “He gained my trust sweet talking
                                                                                                                                         that the accent, the       me before committing the crime,” she says. These
                                                                                                                                         business and he him-       Kuwait residents are not the sole victims of online
                                                                                                                                         self were all a fake,”     Casanovas. According to there
                                                                                                                                         Lynn says. “It’s been      were 5,545 online conman who hunted vulnerable
                                                                                                                                         devastating to realize     individuals last year alone. Such frightening statis-
                                                                                                                                         that you have been         tics has made Kuwait’s victims come out and speak:
                                                                                                                                         lied to,” she said.        “I had no wedding ring for Christmas and no fairy-
                                                                                                                                              Although Lynn         tale ending but I want to warn other women to be
                                                                                                                                         never sent any money       more savvy in spotting fraudsters if they want to
                                                                                                                                         to Allan she wants to      avoid emotional or monetary loss,” Lynn said.
                                                                                                                                         alert others who
                                                                                                                                         might face a similar                              —

                     Bark                                                                in the                      Park
                                                                                      K’S PATH to hold
                                                                                 unique dog show tomorrow
                                                                By Ben Garcia                                                  Obedient, Musical Sit, Best Dressed, Temptation Alley,
                                                                                                                               Best Look A Like, Best Veteran, Terrific Pet Tricks, Most

                                                                         re you a dog owner? Would you like to display         Mysterious Heritage, Egg Race, Most Adorable and Sack
                                                                         your dog in a show? K’S PATH (Kuwait Society for      Race. Fifteen minutes prior to the commencement of
                                                                         the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat) - a      each contest, visitors can register their dogs for competi-
                                                                nonprofit organization committed to animal welfare and         tion. The event will be a first in Kuwait [for such a compe-
                                                                habitat protection - will hold its first-ever dog expo ‘Bark   tition under their sponsorship] and Al-Humaidhi noted
                                                                in the Park’ tomorrow, 21st January 2012.                      this could be the start of annual dog show event.
                                                                    ‘Bark in the Park’ will start from 11am to 5pm at the          Asked whether Kuwaiti public will be ready for such a
                                                                Mishref Fair Grounds. All breeds of dogs are welcome.          dog event, she said: “I am sure that many of us here in
                                                                “This is a rare opportunity for all the dog owners to come     Kuwait know the very role of dogs as man’s best friend.
                                                                together and be part of the one-day event, to share their      There has been a growing awareness about it and as an
                                                                experiences and learn something from each other. It will       animal welfare protection group, we are not limited to
                                                                also boost our desire to educate the public with fellow        caring dogs, cats, but all other animals around us. We are
                                                                pet owners,” said Ayeshah Al-Humaidhi, K’S PATH                basically concerned on their rights being protected and
                                                                Chairman talking with the Kuwait Times over the tele-          cared for,” she opined.
                                                                phone.                                                             Al-Humaidhi warned that owners will be responsible
                                                                    The event is considered a fundraiser fun-filled event for   for their dogs’ action inside the hall. Dog food booth, dog
                                                                both dogs and its masters. “There will be competitions,        toys, personal dog care, and dog related products will be
                                                                games for children and some entertaining programs to           on display at the venue. KS PATH would like to thank
                                                                add color and excite the visitors,” she noted. Proceeds        ‘Bark in the Park’ sponsors: Blue Buffalo Co, Pawsh
                                                                from the fundraiser will support K’S PATH’s programs in        Boutique and Move One. Dogs and their masters can
                                                                animal welfare, environment and habitat protection.            enjoy display of vendors such as The November Bakery,
                                                                    “It’s a great opportunity for people who love dogs to      Popcornopolis, Blue Pitt Bull Kennel, Q8 Bullies Kennel,
                                                                treat their beloved pets to novel competitions and social-     Kerry A Sellers Photography, Epetome, Kuwait
                                                                ize with other dogs while supporting a worthy cause. We        Petography, Organica Fish and Chips, Basic Organic Pet
                                                                have a range of renowned pet care and F&B vendors par-         and Feed, Petzone, Royal Animal Hospital, Gloria Jeans
                                                                ticipating and we invite Kuwait’s dog-loving community         Coffee and Animal Care.
                                                                to come out and be part of Bark in the Park.”                      Visitors can also bag special door and raffle prizes from
                                                                    Al-Humaidhi expects over a hundred dogs to partici-        Easa Al-Yousifi and Sons, Ethan Allen, Johnny Rocket,
                                                                pate.”We are not accepting registration ahead of time but      Movenpick, Hard Rock Cafe, Baskets made perfect and
 Astrix                                                         we know at least over a hundred dogs will be registered        Alghanim. For a complete list of competitions and their
                                                                on that day. Dogs and their masters can visit the expo on      timings, please visit or email

       strix is a one-year-old German Shepherd-Saluki mix
       pup. He is gentle, friendly and likes to observe the     the day of the event and enjoy the fun,” she added.   You may also call this number:
       world with his charming caramel eyes.                    Competition categories include: Best Child Handler, Most       99084712
Astrix will be a great companion and loves a good belly
rub. To adopt Asterix, meet him at K’S PATH’s Bark in the
Park on 21st January 2012 at Mishref Fair Grounds.


        exter is an active and friendly two-year-old
        Labrador. He is curious, loves sniffing around and
        fetching his favourite toy. Dexter is gentle and will
 be a great companion to a family with older children. To
 adopt Dexter, meet him at K’S PATH’s Bark in the Park on
 21st January 2012 at Mishref Fair Grounds.

   The hobby that goes skin deep
                     A soapy affair: Mother-son duo get
                   their hands clean with family company

By Sawsan Kazak                                    were then introduced to the family and then
                                                   to friends and now to the public.

       here is nothing more exciting or inter-
       esting than listening to a person speak                     What is soap
       about something they are absolutely            “Soap is a salt. It is created when you mix
passionate about. Their fascination and            something that is very alkaline with a fat. If
enthusiasm can be felt through their knowl-        you mix them together in the right quantities
edge and understanding on the matter. That         and the right temperature, you get a chemical
is exactly what you get when you ask Astrid        reaction. This reaction is irreversible and is
Al-Hadeedi about soap. A topic most of us          called ‘saponification’; and that’s where the
don’t give that much attention to, soap and        French word for soap ‘Savon’ comes from,”
soap making is a hobby that has taken over         says Al-Hadeedi.
her life.                                             She adds: “Saponification produces soap
    Recently, speaking at the Aware Center, Al-    and glycerin, and glycerin is the magic prod-
Hadeedi gave a talk on the history of soap         uct in all handmade soaps. It is the thing that
making, the process of handmade soap, how          gives the soap its very special and unique
mass produced soap is made and the essen-          quality. It makes this soap look a little like a
tials of a good skin care regimen.                 candle.” The enthusiastie soap maker explains
    “I make soap as a hobby, a hobby that got-     that glycerin is what draws moisture to the
ten a little out of control,” says Al-Hadeedi of   skin, that is why dermatologist often recom-
her newly formed company The Soap Box.             mend it for people with shaped lips or hands
Being a self-proclaimed terrible salesperson,      in cold weather. “But too much glycerin is a
her son, Yousef Al-Hadeedi, takes care of the      bad thing as it will have the opposite effect. In
marketing and sales aspect of The Soap Box.        the industrial process of mass produced soap,
Homemade soap has been a pastime for five           the glycerin is extracted and sold separately
years, but they began officially selling in          for more profit than the actual bar of soap;
December, 2011.                                    that is how valuable it is to the cosmetic
    Originally a nurse by trade and a married      industry,” she explains.
doctor, Al-Hadeedi has always had an interest         A good soap maker needs to get the exact        Newly-made bars of soap on display at the Aware Center
in healthiness. “I have always had a passion       balance of the alkaline and the fats just right
for health and wellbeing. I recently used to       as an imbalance in either direction would not      integral part in the culture ending with soap         are the only way to get The Soap Box prod-
teach health and wellness at AUK for six           be beneficial to the skin. Al-Hadeedi explains      in Europe. “By the 15th and 16th century,             ucts, but they wish to expand in the future if
years,” she explains.                              that soaps with a little extra fat can provide     soap making had spread to Europe and until            all goes well.
    The idea came out of the fact that Al-         extra moisture and nourishment but will not        today, you can see that ‘Savon de Marseille’                  
Hadeedi’s husband had to use harsh deter-          last for a long time, and thus need to be used     (Soap from Marseille) in the market. “I think
gents while scrubbing up before surgical pro-      within a few months of purchase as they will       The Soap Box represents the best of both cul-
cedures. He had sensitive skin and this            eventually go bad without all the stabilizers.     tures,” says Al-Hadeedi of her handmade
process would completely strip his skin and           “This is what I do, I make a conscience         soaps.
dry his hands up. She then began to experi-        effort to always make small tiny batches made           Al-Hadeedi briefly covered the process of
ment with handmade soaps which ended up            frequently, because we are living in the driest,   homemade soap compared to the process
helping her husband’s dry hands. The soaps         most dehydrating climate anybody can imag-         being used by the multinational companies
                                                                  ine. The air in Kuwait is drying,   and the many reasons mass-produced bar
                                                                  air-conditioning makes it worst     soaps can be harmful to your skin. She
                                                                  and the dust strips oils out of     explained that most of the products found in
                                                                  the skin,” Al-Hadeedi says.         the market are a very low cost because the
                                                                                                      ingredients are not of the best quality and
                                                                         Soapy history                that they have many preservatives and chemi-
                                                                     In her talk, Al-Hadeedi          cals in them to help them have a long shelf-
                                                                 touched briefly on the history of     life. These same stabilizers are what can be
                                                                 soap making in the Middle East       harmful to the skin.
                                                                 region and Europe and its inte-
                                                                 gral     part     of   culture.                         Rare find
                                                                 “Archeologists have discovered          “True handmade soap made with real
                                                                 that soap making has been            quality ingredients is a rarity these days. It is a
                                                                 around for more than BC 2800         real treat for your skin. The reason we don’t
                                                                 during excavations in Babylon.       have that many successful handmade soap
                                                                 When they dug in that region,        companies is because it is very labor intensive
                                                                 they actually found the vats         and not very profitable,” Al-Hadeedi says of
                                                                 where the soap was made and          the state of soap. All the Soap Box products
                                                                 the direction on how they made       are made with vegetable oils and high quality
                                                                                                      ingredients; thus safe for vegans to use.             Yousef Al-Hadeedi and his mother Astrid
                                                                 it engraved onto the lid of the                                                            Al-Hadeedi. —Photos by Joseph Shagra
                                                                 vats,” she said.                     Essential oils are used to scent and add nour-
                                                                     Whizzing through the history     ishment to the products and not mineral oils.
                                                                 of soap, Al-Hadeedi spoke of the     “We do not use mineral oils or their deriva-
                                                                 soap found in Aleppo, Syria,         tives as these occlude the skin, creating a thin
                                                                 which is believed to be made         film on the surface. The Soap Box line also
                                                                 over 1000 years ago. She also        includes body and face oils as well as creams
                                                                 spoke of the Palestinian soap,       and bars of soap. Al-Hadeedi is currently try-
                                                                 known as the Nablusi Soap,           ing to make the very popular liquid soap and
                                                                 which is made primarily with         hopes to crack the code soon.
                                                                 olive oil. She also made refer-         The mother and son duo have been using
                                                                 ence of the Turkish baths and        Bazaars in Kuwait to debut and sell their prod-
                                                                 the soaps they use and their         ucts. For now, bazaars and orders by phone
Full line of products offered by The Soap Box

               For investors, Arab Spring dangers remain
                     Political risk consultant sees more upheaval as causes of instability remain

                        aplecroft’s 2012 Political Risk   “This is a long-term challenge for auto-   security status of Egypt and Tunisia        the parties that have won elections,
                        Atlas, which measures some        crats throughout the region. It’s not a    can be found in the remarkably suc-         including Ennahda in Tunisia and the
                        500 factors relating to expo-     dynamic that will be confined to single     cessful elections.”                         Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and
              sures and opportunities for businesses      year. It will persist into 2012 and           Maplecroft said it identified a partic-   Justice Party in Egypt, have so far
              and investors, found that nine out of       beyond.” The turmoil of the past year      ularly combustible relationship             shown themselves to be pragmatic
              the 10 countries globally showing the       has seen three regimes fall and two        between countries that score poorly         and conscious of the need to revive
              fastest rising short-term risk trends are   more - in Syria and Yemen - edging         for corruption and human rights viola-      their countries’ stalled economies.
              in the Arab world.                          toward collapse. Analysts are divided      tions but get relatively high marks for        “If we look at Tunisia and the
                  They include Algeria, Bahrain Egypt,    about the long-term political and eco-     “digital inclusion,” meaning access to      strength of Ennahda, they portray
              Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria         nomic ramifications of the upheavals,       social media. It said that in countries     themselves as similar to Turkey’s AKP,
              and Tunisia. The only non-Arab coun-        but for now they have taken a heavy        such as Bahrain and Egypt with a high       which has been very pro-business,”
              try is the Ivory Coast. The list includes   toll in slower economic growth for         correlation between the two, will con-      Skinner said. “The Muslim Brotherhood
              countries that have undergone a rela-       most MENA countries and declining          tinue to “drive unrest - of varying         has been very pragmatic. It, too, is con-
              tively smooth political transition dur-     foreign investment and tourism.            intensity - in these countries” as peo-     cerned with economic development,
              ing the first year of the Arab Spring,          The World Bank said in its Global       ple can easily communicate grievances       growth and growth that trickles down
              like Tunisia, as well as others that suc-   Economic Prospects report released on      and organize protests, the report said.     to the masses .... Many of its members
              cessfully quelled protests, like Bahrain    Wednesday that gross domestic prod-           Maplecroft said that although Iran       are successful businessmen.”
              and Oman. But Anthony Skinner,              uct for MENA would expand 2.3 per-         has largely escaped the upheavals of           For radical Islamists like Al-Qaeda,
              Maplecroft director responsible for         cent this year, an increase from 2011      the past year, it shares many of the fac-   the Arab Spring has marked a setback
              MENA, said the region’s political gyra-     but slower than the global rate of 2.6     tors that led to regime change in the       because the mass protests that erupt-
              tions are far from over and may             percent and half the pace for the          Arab world and is susceptible to politi-    ed were led by liberals while at the
              emerge in unexpected places.                world’s developing economies. The          cal instability.                            same time the targets of Islamist
                  “The MENA region is particularly        2012 estimate for MENA, the bank not-         “If we see multiply effects of [the       wrath, the region’s autocrats, are being
              dynamic and if we see a slowing down        ed, assumes that “domestic drag on         opposition] Green Movement, on the          removed from power, Skinner said.
              of protests - though certainly not in       growth from political uncertainty          one hand, and social frustration for the       Another threat to business and
              Syria and Yemen - it does not mean          begins to ease.”                           rest of Iranian population, we could        investors that Skinner largely discounts
              that demands for reform have been              Not everyone is convinced that the      see the regime facing very significant       vis a vis the MENA region is so-called
              quelled,” Skinner said. V                   Arab Spring is leading the region into     pressure ahead,” Skinner said.              resource nationalism, where govern-
                  The political turmoil represents a      anarchy. In a commentary appearing            He said Tehran’s aggressive rhetoric     ments take over energy and other nat-
              fundamental change in the attitudes         on Al-Arabiya television news website      toward the West and the Gulf Arab           ural resources or demand a greater
              and aspirations of the region’s people      on Wednesday, Hamad Al-Majid, a            states, including a veiled threat to        share of profits. Maplecroft said its
              that will not be easy for the region’s      journalist and former member of the        close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, is    resource nationalism hotspots include
              veteran rulers to resist with piecemeal     Saudi National Organization for            an effort to deflect attention away           the oil-rich MENA countries Iran, Iraq
              reforms, he said. Indeed, Skinner said      Human Rights, contends that Egypt          from domestic problems, especially          and Libya. But in the case if Libya, at
              he prefers to call the phenomenon of        and Tunisia are rapidly stabilizing.       ahead of parliamentary elections slat-      least, the only Arab Spring country on
              the last year the “Arab Awakening”             “The security scene there [in the       ed for March. “The problems of the          the list, Skinner said he remains san-
              because it better describes the             two countries] can be characterized as     domestic front are being reflected in        guine. “If we look at the overall trajec-
              changes occurring in the region.            cohesive - the lowest degree of stabili-   the saber rattling,” he said.               tory and statements by the NTC [the
                  “An awakening means that people         ty - but certainly this is much higher        Skinner said he is less concerned        National Transitional Council], its ori-
              have been able to open their eyes and       than the degree of chaos,” Al-Majid        about the rise of Islamist movements        entation is largely pragmatic,” he
              see what is possible,” Skinner said.        wrote. “Evidence of the ‘coherent’         in Arab Spring countries, noting that       said. — The Media Line

      Elections will lead to better                                                                       Comoros Speaker hails
        dialogue, says Al-Moemen
                                                                                                            Kuwait’s support
Candidate seeks new recruitment policy                                                               KUWAIT: Comoros Islands Parliament
KUWAIT: Hopefully the next elections would         campaign focused on elevating the status of       Speaker Bourhane Hamidou said here yes-
create a healthy dialogue within the country       education in the country. Education is the        terday that Kuwait has contributed largely
in order to fulfill the expectations of Kuwaitis,   backbone of society, said the candidate, not-     in the development of his country in recent
said first constituency candidate for the next      ing that she would work very hard to fight for     years and was always proactive in extend-
month’s National Assembly elections Sabah          educational causes and family values. She         ing a helping hand, especially to the
Al-Moemen here yesterday.                          also indicated that she would work for            Comoros.
   Al-Moemen said in a press statement that        women rights to achieve social and legal              Kuwait has contributed in developing
achieving development on all levels required       equality with male peers. The elections will be   the Comoros since its independence, and
strong will and determination, noting that her     held in Kuwait on February 2, in five con-         presented substantial aid to the Islands, in
                                                   stituencies.                                      reflection of deep brotherly sentiments and
                                                       Meanwhile, the fifth constituency candi-       solidarity, Bourhane told KUNA. The speak-
                                                   date for Kuwaiti parliamentary elections 2012     er had the remarks after meeting with
                                                   Abdullatif Al-Kheder called for a new policy to   Barjas Al-Barjas, the Chairman of Kuwait
                                                   speed up the recruitment of new graduates         Red Crescent Society (KRCS).
                                                   into the workforce.                                   He noted that Kuwait has established
                                                       In media remarks, yesterday, he argued        various projects in the Islands in the fields
                                                   that the delay by the Civil Services              of tourism and banking, expressing his
                                                   Commission in employment of young                 hope of seeing more of these projects in
                                                   Kuwaitis result in delay of their marriage,       the future.
                                                   which in turn leads to delay in getting their         He affirmed that Kuwaiti-Comoros rela-
                                                   turn for state housing. The government            tions have strengthened under the wise
                                                   should offer further care to graduates of uni-     leadership on both ends. He added that his
                                                   versities and institutes of applied education,    country is eager for more cooperation. The
                                                   and set plans and conduct accurate studies to     speaker said that in his meeting with the
                                                   link this flow of graduates to the actual needs    KRCS chairman, he was given a glimpse of
                                                   of the jobs market, both in the governmental      the nature of the functions of the society in
                                                   and private sectors, the candidate said.          relief and humanitarian initiatives, both
                                                       He also called on the government to put       regionally and across the world.
                                                   an end to price increase which pops out               Al-Barjas for his part announced a dona-       KUWAIT: Comoros Islands Parliament
                                                   whenever the government increases salaries,       tion of three fully equipped ambulances            Speaker Bourhane Hamidou with Barjas
                                                   especially the prices of basic commodities        for the brotherly Muslim nation by the             Al-Barjas, the Chairman of Kuwait Red
               Sabah Al-Moemen                     that every family needs. — KUNA                   society. —KUNA                                     Crescent Society (KRCS). —KUNA

    Widow caught
   in car at school
      parking lot
  By Hanan Al-Saadoun

  KUWAIT: A citizen accused an Asian of swindling KD
  5000. The citizen reported that the suspect made him
  believe that he is a car spare parts trader, and asked
  him to be his partner, and that the profits are over
  100%. After the Asian seemed convincing, the citizen
  was lured into giving him KD 5000 as an investment.
  The citizen resorted to the police after the promising
  business partner disappeared with the investment
  money. The police are investigating.

                       Minor attack
     A citizen who went to police station with his under-         KUWAIT: Former MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun being greeted by a supporter on Wednesday night. — Photo by Yasser Al-
  age daughter, told officers his daughter was taken by             Zayyat
  a man to a Salmiya flat and attacked. Police are investi-

                                                                     Saadoun says assembly

                   School parking lust

                                                                    elections most crucial
     Mubarak police sent a widow in her fifties along
  with two young men to detectives after being caught
  in a compromising position at a Qurain School parking

                     False impersonators
     An Egyptian expat told Hawally police that three
                                                                    Corrupt forces fighting last battle: Al-Mislem
  unknown people robbed him after posing as Ministry              By B Izzak                                     position regarding the ruling family is          ual basis, which has been the cause
  of Commerce inspectors. The man who already closed                                                             very clear”.                                     behind ongoing crises in the country. The
  his coffee shop, was ordered to reopen because they              KUWAIT: Prominent opposition figure                 Speaking at the same rally, former           administrative court meanwhile reinstat-
  wanted to check the ‘Moasel’ (fruit flavored tobacco).           and former MP Ahmad Al-Saadoun has             Islamist MPs Faisal Al-Mislem said that          ed four candidates who had been dis-
  The man obliged and as soon as he opened the shop,              described the forthcoming National             forces of corruption are fighting their last      qualified by the interior ministry less than
  they attacked him and took the money. In another                Assembly elections as the “most crucial        battle against the opposition, and called        two weeks ago. They include leading
  case, a citizen reported thieves breaking into his house        and most dangerous” in Kuwait’s history.       on the former prime minister Sheikh              Shiite businessman Abdulhameed Al-
  and stealing cash and belongings worth KD 6000.                 “We are heading for the most crucial and       Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah                Dashti and sarcastic candidate
  Police are investigating.                                       dangerous elections because it comes           not to interfere in the election campaign.       Mohammad Al-Hufaiti.
                                                                  after youth protests that led to the fall of   Mislem claimed that voters in the third             The court postponed until next
                    Business partner wanted                       both the government and the National           constituency are fearing from candidates         Sunday a petition filed by voters chal-
     Asima Capital governorate detectives are investi-            Assembly”, Saadoun said at the opening         who work for the former premier, some            lenging the candidacy of long-serving ex-
  gating of a case in which an Asian, who works in a              of his election campaign late Wednesday.       of whom are calling for legalizing the sale      MP Khalaf Dumaitheer in order to allow
  finance company, stole KD 50,000. The company alert-                 Saadoun described the youth as the         of liquor in Kuwait. The former lawmaker,        the defense lawyer to prepare.
  ed the police when an Arab colleague went into a                most powerful force which is capable of        who is contesting from the same con-                Dumaitheer was convicted by the
  store to collect the money, then was surprised by the           bringing the downfall of any authority         stituency, said he will nominate Saadoun         Court of Cassation on forgery charges
  car’s disappearance when he returned. When he tried             that deviates from its path.                   for the post of the assembly speaker.            and refrained from issuing any sentence
  to call his colleague, his phone was switched off. After             The veteran lawmaker however said              In another development, former               against him. The voters said since
  a brief search, the police found the car but without the        that he does not expect the Arab Spring        deputy speaker Abdullah Al-Roumi, who            Dumaitheer was convicted of a crime, he
  man nor money.                                                  protests to hit Kuwait because revolting       is seeking re-election from the first con-        should be barred from running in the
                                                                  Arabs are seeking what Kuwait intro-           stituency, said that legalizing political        elections. Two more candidates mean-
                                                                  duced in 1962, democracy and the con-          parties will achieve the elusive political       while pulled out of the race yesterday
                                                                  stitution. Saadoun rebuked claims by for-      stability in Kuwait. He said that if political   bringing the number down to 334
  Development top                                                 mer pro-government lawmakers and
                                                                  their allies that the Kuwaiti opposition
                                                                                                                 parties are allowed to operate and con-
                                                                                                                 test elections, candidates will run for pro-
                                                                                                                                                                  including 24 women. The number is likely
                                                                                                                                                                  to shrink further before the closing date
 priority: Al-Roumi                                               aim to take power, insisting that “our         grams rather than contesting on individ-         on January 25.

KUWAIT: Development on all fronts and in all domains, espe-
cially in the health, education, and social welfare sectors, is     Prices of vegetables,                                                   Arab poll observers
“my priority for a better Kuwait”, said second constituency
candidate for the 2012 parliamentary elections Dr Samar Al-          fruits seen rising                                                      visit media center
Roumi, yesterday.
    Al-Roumi said, in a press release, she would be focusing on     KUWAIT: Deputy Chairman of the Board of Bayan                         KUWAIT: A delegation from the Arab Network for Democratic
further development in education and social welfare as part of      Cooperative Society Emad Al-Barjas cautioned people                   Elections visited, yesterday, along with Kuwait Transparency
her campaign to reach the National Assembly, and once a             about a possible price hike of essential commodities.                 Society the media center of the 2012 National Assembly’s
member.                                                             The prices of basic commodities are expected to go up                 elections.
    She pointed out some of                                         20 percent this year as against the 15 percent hike in                    The purpose of the visit was to get familiarized with the
                                                                    2011. “The prices of vegetables and fruits will go up,                center’s function in facilitating all possible means for journal-
the options include new sys-
                                                                    but we find it strange that the government did not                     ists to cover the national elections.
tems for early education and
                                                                    make any serious effort to find a solution to this critical                 The delegation met with the Ministry of Information
programs that focus on
                                                                    issue.                                                                Undersecretary Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Homoud Al-
social as well as purely edu-
                                                                       He said prices of citrus products such as oranges and              Sabah who emphasized that the ministry is committed to
cational aspects of caring for
                                                                    lemons as well as apricots, berries and vegetable, being              insure ‘transparency’ in its media coverage for the elections.
                                                                    imported through the Syrian borders, are on the rise                      He noted that this International and regional media focus
    She also touched on the                                         especially that the borders are expected to close due to
issue of retirees, stressing                                                                                                              on covering the national elections reflects real interest in get-
                                                                    the worsening political situation in Syria.                           ting a closer look in the country’s practices of democracy. On
that they deserve better                                               He said prices will go up due to the border closure
treatment, adding that she                                                                                                                her part, Head of the visiting delegation Etidal Al-Ayaar said
                                                                    and the fear that the Jordanian products may not be                   that its team includes international observers who are keen in
would fight for increasing                                           able to meet the demands of Kuwait’s local market or
their salaries and improving                                                                                                              seeing how democracy is being carried out in the state of
                                                                    to take advantage of the price situation.
services that are most in                                                                                                                 Kuwait.
                                                                       He said the price hike phenomenal has become a
need of. The elections will                                                                                                                   She lauded the ‘new and neutral’ approach adopted by the
                                                                    bitter fact for the citizens and expatriates and there
be held in Kuwait on                                                should be a clear mechanism to control prices and                     Ministry of information in covering election campaigns and
February second, in five con-                                        monitor them.                                                         allowing equal opportunities for each candidate to present
stituencies. —KUNA                     Dr Samar Al-Roumi                                                                                  their election agendas. — KUNA

   Obama rejects                                                        Explosion in                                                               Pakistani govt
   Canada                                                               Somali refugee                                                             bows to top


                                                                        camp after
                                                                        media visit
                                                                                                                                                   court’s demand

DEIR AL-ZOUR: This image from amateur video made available by Shaam News Network on Tuesday purports to show a tank in Deir Al-Zour, Syria. —AP

Arab League considers extension of Syria mission
                                         Month-long fact-finding mission expires
BEIRUT: Syrian government tanks and armored         the Qatari foreign minister will discuss a report      regime. “The killings are less, the protests              “There is a cautious calm, but fear of another
vehicles have pulled back from an embattled         by the head of the mission Gen. Mohammed               increase,” he said, speaking on condition of          major assault being prepared against Zabadani,”
mountain town near Damascus, activists and          Ahmed al-Dabi who is arriving in Cairo from            anonymity because no decision has been made.          he told The Associated Press by telephone from
witnesses said yesterday, but at least nine peo-    Syria yesterday.                                       “The mission’s presence offers assurance to the        the resort town, located alongside the Lebanese
ple were killed by security forces elsewhere as a       The monitors will remain in 17 different            people because the observers can spot any vio-        border 17 miles (27 kilometers) west of
month-long Arab League fact-finding mission          places around Syria until the Arab League makes        lations. There is a conviction even among Syria       Damascus. The Syrian opposition has on several
expired. The pullback from Zabadani left the        a final decision, he says. “If there is a decision to   opponents that the extension is better than           occasions throughout the uprising gained con-
town under the control of the opposition,           extend the mission of the observers, we are            withdrawal.”                                          trol of a town or city, but ultimately forces loyal
activists said. The besieged town of Zabadani       ready to send more monitors after training                 More than 5,400 people have been killed           to Assad retook them. It is unusual however for
has witnessed heavy exchanges of fire between        them in three days,” he said, adding that the          since the uprising erupted last March. Activists      the army to take so long to recapture a town so
army troops and anti-government military            total number of monitors might reach 300. The          reported continued violence yesterday. In             close to the capital. Mohammed said the siege
defectors over the past six days.                   mission has been mired in controversy, with the        Damascus, a Syrian security agent was wound-          had eased, although heating oil has not been
   The 10-month uprising against Syrian             opposition claiming it served as a cover for the       ed when a small explosive device tore through         allowed into the town, where it snowed earlier
President Bashar Assad has turned increasingly      regime to continue its brutal crackdown against        his car in the Tadamon neighborhood, a Syrian         this week. Military checkpoints surrounding the
militarized and chaotic as more frustrated          protesters.                                            official said. No other damages were reported           Zabadani were still in place, he said, while about
regime opponents and army defectors arm                 US State Department spokeswoman Victoria           from the morning explosion, according to the          100 armed defectors were “protecting” it.
themselves and fight back against government         Nuland suggested that the observers’ mission           official, who spoke on condition of anonymity               Residents said government mortars had
forces. The capital has seen three suicide bomb-    might not last indefinitely under the current cir-      because he was not authorized to give state-          shelled the town on Wednesday, but that too
ings since late December which the government       cumstances. “Despite the best efforts of the            ments.                                                had stopped. The British-based Syrian
blamed on terrorist extremists. Arab League for-    Arab League, despite the considerable risks that           A military security brigadier, Adel Mustafa,      Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the
eign ministers will consider extending the          they’ve put their monitors to, it has not succeed-     also was killed by soldiers who had defected and      pullout from Zabadani, saying only two armored
League’s observer mission in Syria in a meeting     ed in getting the Assad regime to meet its com-        refused his orders to shoot at civilians in the Bab   personnel carriers were left behind at one of the
Sunday in Cairo, officials said yesterday.            mitments,” she told reporters in Washington            Qibli area of Homs, according to the Local            checkpoints near the town.
   Although the mission expired yesterday,          Wednesday.                                             Coordination Committees, an umbrella group of             Syrian officials issued no comment about the
Adnan al-Khudeir, head of Cairo operations              An Arab League official said the mission             activists. The officer had previously overseen          fighting in Zabadani. Activists said at least nine
room that handles reports by the monitors, told     could be extended for another month. Rejecting         many killing and arrest operations, according to      people were killed by security forces across Syria
The Associated Press that observers will remain     charges that the observers have been ineffective        the LCC. In Zabadani, activist Fares Mohammad         yesterday, including four activists who were
in Syria until a decision is made on Sunday.        in reducing violence, he said extending the mis-       said Syrian forces withdrew Wednesday night to        ambushed in the northern Jabal al-Zawiya
According to al-Khudeir, the meeting chaired by     sion would help the opposition more than the           two military barracks on the outskirts.               region.—AP

  Iran warns region against
‘dangerous’ stance on Hormuz
  Message addressed to US-backed Gulf Arab oil exporters
ANKARA: Iran’s foreign minister warned Arab                weapons,” he was quoted as saying in comments
neighbors yesterday not to put themselves in a             published in the Financial Times Deutschland yes-
“dangerous position” by aligning themselves too            terday. “We want to check over everything that
closely with the United States in the escalating dis-      could have a military dimension.” An IAEA delega-
pute over Tehran’s nuclear activity. Iran has threat-      tion, to be headed by Deputy Director General
ened to close the Strait of Hormuz, used for a third       Herman Nackaerts, is expected to seek explana-
of the world’s seaborne oil trade, if pending              tions for intelligence information indicating Iran
Western moves to ban Iranian crude exports crip-           has engaged in research and development applica-
ple its lifeblood energy sector, fanning fears of a        ble to nuclear weapons.
slide into wider Middle East war.                              Tehran denies wanting bombs, saying it is refin-
    European Union foreign ministers are expected          ing uranium only for electricity generation and
at a meeting on Monday to agree an oil embargo             medical applications. Salehi said on Wednesday
against Iran and a freeze on the assets of its central     that Iran, the world’s fifth biggest oil exporter, was
bank, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said,            in touch with world powers to reopen talks that he
confirming diplomatic leaks. Saudi Arabia, the             expected to be held soon. Washington and the EU
world’s No. 1 oil exporter, riled Iran earlier this        quickly denied this, saying they are still waiting for
week when it said it could swiftly raise oil output        Iran to show it wanted serious negotiations
for key customers if needed, a scenario that could         addressing fears that it trying to master ways to
transpire if Iranian exports were embargoed. “We           build atom bombs behind the facade of a civilian
want peace and tranquility in the region. But some         nuclear energy programme.
of the countries in our region, they want to direct            Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said
other countries 12,000 miles away from this                after meeting Salehi that all sides were willing to
region,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi         resume talks but the time and place need to be set-
said in English during a visit to Turkey. The remark       tled. “I will tell Ms. Ashton about the talks today,”
was an apparent reference to the alliance of Iran’s        he told reporters, referring to the EU foreign policy
Arab neighbors with Washington, which maintains            chief who represents the powers on Iran. “We have
a big naval force in the Gulf and says it will keep        always said we are ready for dialogue,” France’s
the waterway open.                                         Juppe told reporters in Paris. “Ashton has made
    “I am calling to all countries in the region, please   concrete offers, but sadly until today Iran has not
don’t let yourselves be dragged into a dangerous           committed transparently or cooperatively to this
position,” Salehi told Turkey’s NTV broadcaster. He        discussion process.” He added: “It’s for this reason       SANAA: Yemeni protesters hold the national flags during an anti-regime
                                                                                                                      demonstration against the law of immunity pertaining outgoing President Ali
added the United States should make clear that it          that to avoid an irreparable military option we have
                                                                                                                      Abdullah Saleh, demanding the trial for him in Sanaa yesterday.—AP
was open for negotiations with Tehran without              to strengthen sanctions.” Iran has wanted to dis-
conditions. He referred to a letter Iran says it           cuss only broader international security issues, not
received from US President Barack Obama about              its nuclear program, in meetings with the powers            Yemen amends immunity
the situation in the Straight of Hormuz, the con-          held sporadically over the past five years.
tents of which have not been made public.”Mr                   Iranian politicians said Obama had expressed           law, Saleh still protected
Obama sent a letter to Iranian officials, but America      readiness to negotiate in a letter to Iran’s clerical      SANAA: A Yemeni draft law granting             his intentions after he reversed a pledge
has to make clear that it has good intentions and          supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “In this let-      immunity to the outgoing president, Ali        to leave Yemen before presidential elec-
should express that it’s ready for talks without con-      ter it was said that closing the Strait of Hormuz is our   Abdullah Saleh, from prosecution over          tions in February. Washington and
ditions,” he said.                                         (US ) ‘red line’ and also asked for direct negotia-        the killing of protesters was amended          neighbouring oil giant Saudi Arabia are
    “Out in the open they show their muscles but           tions,” the semi-official Fars news agency quoted          yesterday to limit the protection his          keen for the plan to work, fearing pro-
behind the curtains they plead to us to sit down           lawmaker Ali Mottahari as saying. Washington               aides would enjoy, a minister said. The        tracted political upheaval will let al
and talk. America has to pursue a safe and honest          declined to comment on whether Obama had writ-             draft law, which has been heavily criti-       Qaeda’s regional Yemen-based wing
strategy so we can get the notion that America this        ten to Khamenei. The stage was set for international       cized by rights groups, the United             establish a foothold along oil shipping
                                                                                                                      Nations and Yemeni protesters, will now        routes through the Red Sea.
time is serious and ready.” The United States, like        oil sanctions against Iran when Obama signed legis-        shield the aides only in “political cases”,        Islamist militants this week seized
other Western countries, says it is prepared to talk       lation on Dec 31 that would freeze out any institu-        Legal Affairs Minister Mohammad                the town of Radda, about 170 km (100
to Iran but only if Tehran agrees to discuss halting       tion dealing with Iran’s central bank, making it           Makhlafi told Reuters.                         miles) southeast of the capital Sanaa,
its enrichment of uranium. Western officials say           impossible for most countries to buy Iranian crude.            It had previously offered blanket          underscoring those concerns. A
Iran has been asking for talks “without conditions”            Diplomats said the EU’s 27 member states were          immunity to associates of Saleh, who           tribesman negotiating with the mili-
as a stalling tactic while refusing to put its nuclear     still mulling details such as when an embargo              will still get full protection himself,        tants on behalf of the government said
program on the table.                                      would start. They were looking into a grace period         Makhlafi said, without elaborating on          their leader, Tareq al-Dahab, had
    The International Atomic Energy Agency chief           that would end in July to help some debt-ridden            what kinds of cases could be tried.            refused to withdraw unless a council
said it was his duty to alert the world about possi-       EU states that rely on Iranian oil to adjust to a ban.     Under a power transfer plan hammered           was set up to run the town according to
ble military aspects to Iran’s nuclear campaign,           “On the central bank, things have been moving in           out by Yemen’s wealthier Gulf neigh-           Islamic law and 15 prisoners suspected
                                                                                                                      bors and signed by Saleh in November,          of links to al Qaeda were released,
keeping the heat on Tehran ahead of a rare visit by        the right direction...,” an EU diplomat said. “There is    the veteran leader was promised legal          including his brother Nabil. Dahab is
senior IAEA officials for talks on Jan 29-31. “What        now wide agreement on the principle. Discussions           immunity to help ease him out of office        related to Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen
we know suggests the development of nuclear                continue on the details.”— Reuters                         and end months of protests against his         whom Washington accused of a leader-
                                                                                                                      33-year rule.                                  ship role in the Yemeni branch of al
                                                                                                                          Rights groups say hundreds of pro-         Qaeda, and assassinated in a drone
                                                                                                                      testers were killed by security forces in      strike last year.
              Bahrain protests greet air                                                                              the uprising, which was punctuated by
                                                                                                                      bursts of street fighting between Saleh
                                                                                                                                                                         The tribesman, Sheikh Saleh al-
                                                                                                                                                                     Jawfi, said Islamism fighters from
                                                                                                                      loyalists and their foes. Yemenis angry        Abyan and Shabwa provinces had
               show with black smoke                                                                                  at the draft law are still taking to the
                                                                                                                      streets calling for Saleh to be put on trial
                                                                                                                                                                     made their way to Radda to join mili-
                                                                                                                                                                     tant ranks, adding that armed tribes-
  M A N A M A : Anti-government protesters in              more than 11 months of protests by the king-               and U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay        men were taking up positions in
  Bahrain have set off pillars of black smoke from         dom’s Shiite majority, which complains it faces            earlier this month warned the immunity         another part of the town. Saleh’s
  burning tires in apparent attempts to embarrass          widespread discrimination. The many smoky tire             offer could violate international law.         opponents have accused him of delib-
  officials on the opening day of the country’s air        blazes yesterday was a show of resolve by                  Discussion of the law in parliament has        erately ceding territory to Islamists to
  show. The plumes were visible by people attend-          demonstrators in the strategic nation, home to             repeatedly been put off, but Makhlafi          prove his argument that only he
  ing the aviation event, which includes American          the US Navy’s 5th Fleet. The three-day air show            said it would now take place tomorrow.         stands in the way of an al Qaeda
  warplanes. Bahrain’s Sunni leaders have wel-             includes aircraft such as the US F/A-18 Super                  The United States has defended the         takeover in Yemen, from where the
  comed the air show as a sign of stability after          Hornet warplane.— AP                                       draft law as the only way to coax Saleh        global militant network has previously
                                                                                                                      from power, but question remain over           launched abortive attacks. — Reuters

               Ex-Israeli intelligence chief: Iran can build bomb
              JERUSALEM : A former Israeli military       and components to do so,” Yadlin told        because that could draw harsher inter-       1981 airstrike, has said it prefers to
              intelligence chief says Iran has all the    Maariv. Israel considers Iran to be the      national sanctions and other actions         pressure Iran through sanctions. But
              components to build a nuclear bomb,         most fearsome of its foes, citing its        against it. International anxieties over     Yadlin, in his interview with Maariv,
              an Israeli newspaper reported yester-       nuclear program, arsenal of long-            Iran’s intentions have intensified in         reiterated Israel’s longstanding posi-
              day. It was not clear whether Amos          range missiles and repeated references       recent weeks over US and European            tion that “the military option must be
              Yadlin, who retired in November 2010,       to Israel’s destruction. It has been lob-    moves to step up sanctions against           on the table” as a deterrent.
              was referring to the mechanical ele-        bying the international community for        Tehran, Iranian threats to shut down a           President Barack Obama seemed to
              ments of a bomb or implying the             years to block Tehran from becoming          key channel for the world’s oil supply if    be making the same point when he
              Iranians have sufficient weapons-             a nuclear power. Tehran claims its           Iranian oil exports are blocked, and the     told Time magazine in an interview
              grade uranium, a critical ingredient for    nuclear program is designed solely to        assassination of the deputy director of      extract released on Wednesday, “We
              bombmaking. Still, his remarks reflect       produce energy and medical isotopes,         an Iranian uranium enrichment site.          don’t take any options off the table in
              the prevalent view in Israel that Iran is   not weapons. But a report late last year         In this jittery climate, the US mili-    preventing (Iran) from getting a
              on the cusp of producing a bomb - a         by the UN atomic energy agency bol-          tary chief, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey,        nuclear weapon.”
              view at odds with the American assess-      stered the Israeli and US contention         is due to arrive later yesterday in Israel       Israeli Defense Minister Barak said
              ment that Iran won’t have bombmak-          that Iran wants to manufacture               on his first official visit. Israeli media      Israel was “very far off” from deciding
              ing capabilities for years.                 weapons.                                     analysts have speculated he will warn        whether to launch a military strike on
                 “If the Iranians get together tonight       On Wednesday, Israeli Defense             Israel not to launch a military assault      the Iranian nuclear program, though
              and decide to secretly develop a            Minister Ehud Barak said Iran has not        against Iran. Israel, which targeted an      he didn’t give a timeline for a deci-
              bomb, then they have all the resources      started to actually make bombs               unfinished Iraqi nuclear reactor in a         sion. —AP

                                                                            Egypt Brothers mix
                                                                           pragmatism, ideology
                                                                    CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood is trying        force me” to sit with Israelis, a top          nize Israel, it must act with “political real-
                                                                    to maneuver its way between its fierce          Brotherhood figure, Mahmoud Ezzat, told         ism” on Israel once in government.
                                                                    anti-Israel ideology and the realities of      The Associated Press in an interview.              Last month, officials from the
                                                                    governing as it ascends to leadership in           He said the Brotherhood would follow       Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party
                                                                    Egypt for the first time in its history and     the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas in its     met with several top U.S. officials, includ-
                                                                    faces the key question of how to deal          attitude on the peace process - no direct      ing Sen. John Kerry. The group’s website
                                                                    with the country’s peace treaty with the       participation. “Just like Hamas’ way in        showed rare pictures of the meeting,
                                                                    Jewish state. The fundamentalist group’s       dealing with Israel, it is elected by the      with party member Saad el-Katatni - now
                                                                    stance on the accord - opposition but not      people, it negotiates through mediators.”      tapped to be the new parliament speaker
                                                                    renunciation - is a telling sign of its        “I have the right to act in a way that is      - shaking hands with Kerry, who patted
RABAT: In this photo provided by a Moroccan media                   broader style of politics. It can play down    consistent with my position without            his shoulder warmly.
group called “the Unemployed Graduates” and dated                   its hardline doctrine in favor of short-       harming the other party,” he said.                 Party leader Mohammed Morsi told
Wednesday, a Moroccan protester lies on ground covered              term pragmatism as it looks to the long            Analysts believe that for the short        Kerry that Egypt “respects the conven-
with a blanket after setting himself on fire in a demonstra-        term, leaves its options open and              term, the Brotherhood would stay away          tions and treaties that were signed,”
tion over unemployment in Rabat, Morocco. —AP                       engages in a degree of double-talk to          from ministerial portfolios that involve       according to a statement by the group. In
                                                                    pave the way.                                  direct contact with Israel, such as the        Washington, the State Department said

  Five Moroccans                                                        The stance could also reflect the
                                                                    group’s own evolution as its new political
                                                                                                                   Foreign Ministry, and rely on an elected
                                                                                                                   president to deal with Israel in the
                                                                                                                                                                  the administration has received assur-
                                                                                                                                                                  ances from the Brotherhood respects the

 set selves on fire
                                                                    party, whose members will be the ones          Mideast         peace     process.      The    accords. The central leadership of the
                                                                    actually involved in governing, gradually      Brotherhood’s top priority is believed to      Brotherhood mother organization quick-
                                                                    has to distinguish itself from the hard line   be to solidify its political domination        ly distanced itself. The group’s deputy
RABAT: Five unemployed Moroccan men set themselves on               of the Brotherhood itself, an 83-year-old      within Egypt. A confrontation with Israel      leader Rashad Bayoumi denied any assur-
fire in the capital Rabat as part of widespread demonstrations       organization whose leadership worked           and the United States over the peace           ances were given and vowed
in the country over the lack of jobs, especially for university     for decades in a hive-like secrecy because     deal could endanger that. The                  Brotherhood members would not sit
graduates, a rights activist said yesterday. Three were burned      of state repression. “The Brotherhood is       Brotherhood, banned for decades, will be       down with Israel.
badly enough to be hospitalized. Once rare, self-immolation         in a real challenge and real crisis. For the   the strongest party in the first parliament         “We don’t recognize Israel at all. This is
became a tactic of protest in the Middle East and North Africa      first time, they are in power, which forces     since the Feb 11 fall of Hosni Mubarak,        an enemy, an occupier, a rapist and a
ever since a vegetable seller in Tunisia set himself on fire in      them to be rational when it comes to for-      after winning nearly 50 percent of the         criminal,” he said. Two weeks later, the
December 2010 to protest police harassment, setting off an           eign policy because any miscalculations        vote in recent elections.                      group gave a warmer welcome to Hamas
uprising that toppled the government and sparked similar            might blow their gains,” said Khalil al-           But the group is deeply entrenched in      Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in his first
movements elsewhere in the region.                                  Anani, an Egyptian expert on Islamic           its anti-Israeli ideology and can’t be seen    visit outside the Gaza Strip since the mili-
   The Moroccans were part of the “unemployed graduates”            movements.                                     by its supporters to be throwing that          tant group overran the territory in 2007.
movement, a loose collections of associations across the                Brotherhood officials have assured the       away. Like the general Egyptian public,        He was received at the Brotherhood’s
                                                                    United States that they will abide by the      Brotherhood cadres were taught since           main headquarters by a line of young
country filled with millions of university graduates demanding
                                                                    32-year-old Camp David accords, a major        childhood in the group’s “educational          men and veiled women waving green
jobs. The demonstrations are often violently dispersed by
                                                                    concern for the Americans, who consider        curriculum” that its elders carried arms       Hamas flags. The visit suggested the
police and in some towns and cities have resulted in sustained
                                                                    the deal a cornerstone of stability in the     and fought Israel in 1948 to liberate the      Brotherhood will seek to stronger ties
clashes. While the official unemployment rate is only 9.1 per-
                                                                    region. Revoking the treaty, Israel’s top      land of Palestine. The Brotherhood             with Hamas, which the Mubarak govern-
cent nationally, it rises to around 16 percent for graduates.       concern, seems firmly off the table, since       opposed the peace deal with Israel in          ment generally shunned, even helping
   Around 160 members of the movement have been occu-               it would put the Brotherhood into what         1979 and then-President Anwar Sadat            Israel in the post-2007 blockade of Gaza.
pying an administrative building of the Ministry of Higher          it sees as an unnecessary conflict with the     jailed some of its members in retaliation.     Haniyeh emphasized the historic link
Education for the past two weeks in Rabat as part of their          West. Instead, Brotherhood leaders say             “If party leaders were spotted making      between the groups. Hamas is an off-
protest. Supporters would bring them food until two days ago        they want to renegotiate some provi-           contacts with Israel, it will cause upheaval   shoot of the Brotherhood, though the
when security forces stopped them. “The authorities prevent-        sions, particularly restrictions on the        inside the group,” said Tharwat Kherbawi,      Brotherhood disavowed violence in the
ed them from receiving food and water, so five people went           troops Egypt can station in the Sinai          a former Brother. “The Brotherhood fears       1970s. “The Islamic resistance group of
outside to get food and threatened to set themselves on fire if      Peninsula. At the same time, they              its base, raised and fed on hatred of          Hamas is the Jihad arm of the
they were stopped,” said Youssef Al-Rissouni of the Moroccan        denounce the accord as “unfair” to Egypt       Israel. They have been told for decades        Brotherhood, it is the Palestinian face,”
Association for Human Rights.                                       and have floated the idea of putting it to      that any deal with Israel is corrupt.” In      Haniyeh said. The Brotherhood’s talk of
   Of the three who were hospitalized, two were in serious          a referendum. That may be an attempt to        2007, Essam el-Arian, now deputy head          treaty amendments and a referendum
condition, while the other two just had their clothing singed,      play to the group’s anti-Israeli base, but a   of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and               appears aimed at showing its anti-Israel
he added. Online videos of the incident show at least one per-      referendum would open up the explosive         Justice political party, raised an uproar      credentials - though at the same time,
son writhing while covered in flames. Photos afterwards              possibility of the Egyptian public reject-     within the group when he told a newspa-        the group is not formally committed to
showed men with large sections of their skin burned. The            ing the deal. They also say that the           per the Brotherhood, if it came to power,      following through. Kherbawi said talk of a
online newspaper Goud reported that two of the men had              Brotherhood itself will not recognize          was ready to recognize Israel and respect      referendum is mainly to save face as the
second degree burns and were going to be sent to the                Israel and that its members will not meet      peace deals. In the face of the furor, he      Brotherhood works out how to deal with
Casablanca burn unit. — AP                                          with Israeli counterparts. “Nobody can         said that while the group doesn’t recog-       Israel. — AP

                                                                      Obama rejects
                                                                     Canada pipeline
                                                                   Prez chooses environment over industry
                                                                WASHINGTON: US President Barack             hope for the future of the project “given   State Department said TransCanada’s
                                                                Obama on Wednesday rejected the pro-        the significant contribution it would        stated plans would result in 5,000 to
                                                                posed Keystone XL pipeline from             make to jobs and economic growth” in        6,000 US construction jobs for two years
                                                                Canada, saying he could not vouch for       both countries. Mitt Romney, the fron-      but not lead to significant longer-term
 SOUTH CAROLINA: Republican presidential candi-                 its safety by a deadline despite intense    trunner for the Republican nomination       employment. The pipeline would carry
 date, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks at            election-year pressure.                     to challenge Obama in November,             crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands, which
 the Personhood USA forum in Greenville, SC,                        Obama’s political rivals had given      meanwhile called the Democratic presi-      emit an unusually high amount of car-
 Wednesday. —AP                                                 him 60 days to make a decision on           dent’s decision “as shocking as it is       bon-blamed by scientists for the plan-
                                                                whether to approve the $7 billion,          revealing.” “The president demon-           et’s rising temperatures and chaotic
 Gingrich rising in SC, but                                     1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) pipeline       strates a lack of seriousness about         weather.
                                                                route through the Great Plains to Texas,    bringing down unemployment, restor-             Representative Ed Markey, a
  in time to edge Romney?                                       forcing him to choose between envi-         ing economic growth and achieving           Democrat and leading US advocate of
 SOUTH CAROLINA: Republican presidential candidate              ronmentalists and industry. The Obama       energy independence,” Romney said in        fighting climate change, said
 Newt Gingrich is drawing big, enthusiastic crowds and          administration said TransCanada             a statement as he campaigned in South       TransCanada could not guarantee the
 fending off new attacks from GOP front-runner Mitt              Corporation could resubmit the              Carolina.                                   oil would stay in the United States. “This
 Romney while reveling in a strong debate performance           Keystone XL project but that officials           House Speaker John Boehner, the          pipeline would have taken the dirtiest
 and a nod from tea party favorite Sarah Palin. But it’s        were not able to assess its plan by a       top Republican in Congress, accused         oil on the planet, sent it snaking across
 unclear whether the former House speaker’s latest burst of     February 21 deadline put into law by        Obama of failing to stand up to his         the Midwest in an already-leaky
 momentum, reflected in both internal and public polling,        the Republican majority in Congress.        political base “even in the interest of     pipeline, only to be exported to foreign
 will be enough for him to overtake Romney in tomorrow’s        “This announcement is not a judgment        creating jobs.” “President Obama is         markets once it reached the Gulf Coast,”
 South Carolina primary. Complicating his effort are two         on the merits of the pipeline, but the      destroying tens of thousands of             he said. Anti-Keystone protest leader
 other conservatives - Rick Santorum and Rick Perry - who       arbitrary nature of a deadline that pre-    American jobs and shipping American         Bill McKibben, founder of the activist
 threaten to siphon his support. Perry was expected to          vented the State Department from
 announce yesterday that he is dropping out of the race         gathering the information necessary to
 and endorsing Gingrich.                                        approve the project and protect the
     And now, just two days before South Carolina votes,        American people,” Obama said in a
 Gingrich is facing a fresh challenge that could undercut his   statement.
 efforts to cast himself as the strongest conservative chal-         “I’m disappointed that Republicans
 lenger to Romney. ABC News said it will air an interview       in Congress forced this decision but it
 with Gingrich’s second wife on its late-night news program     does not change my administration’s
 “Nightline.” The network has not indicated what the ex-        commitment to American-made energy
 wife, Marianne Gingrich, said in the interview, but ABC        that creates jobs and reduces our
 planned to release excerpts ahead of the GOP debate and        dependence on oil,” said Obama, who
 “Nightline” itself. In an interview yesterday with NBC’s       initially hoped to make a decision in
 “Today” show, Gingrich declined to talk in detail about any    2013. TransCanada quickly said it
 damage to his campaign that might come from the inter-         planned to reapply for a permit. Senior
 view. “I’m not going to say anything bad about Marianne,”      State Department official Kerri-Ann
 Gingrich said, adding that he thought it was wrong for the     Jones said that the administration
 network to be “intruding into family things that are more      would undertake a “completely new           ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE: President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air
 than a decade old.” The mere existence of the interview        review process” for any resubmitted         Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md yesterday. —AP
 shines a spotlight on a part of Gingrich’s past that could     plan.The oil pipeline has turned into a
 turn off Republican voters in a state filled with religious      major issue in US politics, with environ-   energy security to the Chinese,”            group, said Obama’s decision
 and cultural conservatives who may cringe at his two           mentalists waging months of street          Boehner said. But environmentalists         took bravery. “The knock on Barack
 divorces and acknowledged marital infidelities.                 protests against it and the oil industry    have raised fears of an accident along      Obama from many quarters has been
     Marianne Gingrich has said Gingrich proposed to her        funding an advertising blitz saying the     the proposed route, which would run         that he’s too conciliatory. But here, in
 before the divorce from his first wife was final in 1981; they   project would immediately create shov-      through sensitive terrain like the Sand     the face of a naked political threat from
 were married six months later. Her marriage to Gingrich        el-ready jobs amid a weak economy.          Hills of Nebraska, where residents are      Big Oil to exact ‘huge political conse-
 ended in divorce in 2000, and Gingrich has admitted he’d       Canadian Prime Minister Stephen             widely opposed to the pipeline.             quences,’ he’s stood up strong,”
 already taken up with Callista Bisek, a former congressional   Harper expressed “profound disap-               “His decision represents a triumph of   McKibben said. Damon Moglen, climate
 aide who would become his third wife. The speaker who          pointment” in a telephone call to           truth over Big Oil’s bullying tactics and   and energy director at Friends of the
 pilloried President Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica     Obama and repeated warnings that he         its disinformation campaign with wildly     Earth, called the decision “an iconic vic-
 Lewinsky was himself having an affair at the time.              would look to other markets such as         exaggerated jobs claims,” said Frances      tory” in the fight against climate
 Underscoring the potential threat to his rise, Gingrich’s      China to sell oil.                          Beinecke, president of the Natural          change. “The Keystone XL fight was
 campaign released a statement from his two daughters               Harper, a conservative and critic of    Resources Defense Council. In an            David versus Goliath-no one thought
 from his first marriage - Kathy Lubbers and Jackie Cushman      efforts to curb climate change, voiced       assessment submitted to Congress, the       we could win,” Moglen said. —AFP
 - suggesting that Marianne Gingrich’s comments may be
 suspect given the emotional toll divorce takes on everyone
 involved. “Anyone who has had that experience under-
 stands it is a personal tragedy filled with regrets and some-
 times differing memories of events,” their statement said. A
                                                                             After finding head, hands,
 CNN/Time South Carolina poll released Wednesday
 showed Gingrich in second place with support from 23                          feet, LA police on hunt
 percent of likely primary voters, having gained 5 percent-      LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles police were hunting for clues to        shook the plastic bag, a human head fell out onto the
 age points in the past two weeks. Romney led in the poll        determine the identity of a man whose body was found in          ground, according to police Cmdr. Andrew Smith.
 with 33 percent, but he had slipped some since the last         parts over the past two days - first a head on Tuesday, then         The first hand was found as dozens of officers and homi-
 survey. Santorum was in third place, narrowly ahead of          two hands and two feet on Wednesday - just miles from the        cide investigators combed the area. The second hand and
 Texas Rep. Ron Paul and well ahead of Perry.                    towering Hollywood sign. Investigators yesterday searched        both feet were found nearby Wednesday afternoon. No
     Regardless of the South Carolina outcome, Gingrich was      a hiking trail in the Hollywood Hills for more body parts.       details were immediately available on their condition. The
 making plans to continue to Florida, which holds its pri-          Authorities said the head came from a middle-aged man.        man may have been killed elsewhere in recent days and his
 mary Jan 31. “There is one candidate who can give you a         Police believe all the body parts are from the same man but      body dumped in the park, Smith said.
 conservative nominee and only one candidate who can             are trying to confirm that. Dog walkers found a severed              Wild animals in the park may have other body parts, he
 stop Mitt Romney,” Gingrich told an overflow crowd of            human head inside a plastic bag Tuesday after two dogs           said. Smith noted that the area is well-traveled by both cars
 about 400 at Mutt’s BBQ in Easley on Wednesday. — AP            they were walking began playing with an object. When they        and hikers. —AP

                  Qaeda magazine found in Guantanamo jail
             US NAVAL BASE AT GUANTANAMO              “That was the genesis for the base-      ordered that the Saudi man’s letters      up for trial since President Barack
             BAY: An Al-Qaeda magazine was dis-       line review... that it wasn’t working.   and email correspondence be sys-          Obama reversed course and ordered
             covered after being smuggled into        And there was material that was get-     tematically reviewed, which his attor-    military trials to resume at the US
             Guantanamo prison, a senior US offi-       ting in, like Inspire magazine that      neys have challenged. It is a “viola-     naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba.
             cial said Wednesday amid a debate        should not have been getting in,” she    tion of the attorney-client privilege,”       The 47-year-old Nashiri, wearing
             on new rules on mail inspections.        said. The new rules have been hotly      said Stephen Reyes, one of Nashiri’s      his white prison uniform but without
             Prison staff found an English-lan-        contested by lawyers as a violation of   military defense lawyers, adding that     handcuffs, listened attentively to a
             guage copy of “Inspire” magazine         their clients rights. Among the 171      “at the end of the day it’s got to        translation of the discussions. Nashiri
             which used to include such articles as   men still held in Guantanamo, some       stop.” Lockhart shot back that there      is accused in the plot to bomb USS
             how to make bombs, deputy military       have languished there since the jail     was a need to “balance the needs of       Cole, killing 17 sailors and wounding
             prosecutor Andrea Lockhart told a        was opened 10 years ago this month       defense and the needs to protect the      40 more in Yemen. He is also accused
             military tribunal hearing.               to house “enemy combatants”              legitimate government interests.”         of involvement in an attempted
                She did not specify how the mag-      detained in the US “war on terror”          Judge James Pohl, responding to        attack against another American war-
             azine, which is published by the Al-     launched after the 9/11 attacks.         the concerns, gave the defense and        ship in Aden, the USS The Sullivans,
             Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was         The discussion on the new mail        prosecution seven days to offer writ-      in January 2000.
             smuggled into the remote US base in      rules took up four hours of debate       ten arguments. “There’s got to be a           US military prosecutors also
             southern Cuba nor whether it was         over two days of a preliminary hear-     new order in a couple of weeks,” he       accuse Nashiri of planning an attack
             discovered during a search of the        ing to fix a trial date for Saudi-born    said, calling both sides to a new         on a French civilian oil tanker MV
             cells. But Lockhart said new rules on    Abd Al-Rahim al-Nashiri accused of       hearing in April. The trial itself is     Limburg in the Gulf of Aden in 2002
             inspecting the mail between lawyers      masterminding the USS Cole bomb-         unlikely to take place for several        that left one Bulgarian crew member
             and detainees were brought in on         ing in 2000 in the Yemeni port of        months.                                   dead and caused a 90,000 barrel oil
             December 27 after its discovery.         Aden. US military officials have               Nashiri is the first defendant to be   spill. —AFP

Mexico smuggling probe:
4 kids show sexual abuse
  Children examined by doctors
GUADALAJARA: Four of the 10 children           lawyers apparently advertised in a local
seized in western Mexico as part of a          newspaper for expectant mothers who
child-trafficking investigation involving        wanted to give their children up for adop-
Irish couples show signs of sexual abuse,      tion.
a Mexican official said Wednesday. Jalisco          Prosecutors have said two attorneys
state Attorney General Tomas Coronado          who owned the law firm Lopez y Lopez
said the children were examined by doc-        Asociados are being sought in the case.
tors but offered no other details.              Coronado wouldn’t identify the lawyers
    “There are four children who show          but said they have ignored prosecutors’
                                                                                                 WASHINGTON: A pedestrian walks on a snow-covered street, Wednesday in
signs of having been abused (sexually),        requests to talk to investigators. The            Seattle. As snow started falling on Seattle Wednesday morning, the National
perhaps not in a violent way but there are     apparent child-smuggling ring came to             Weather Service scaled back the amount expected in western Washington but
signs (of abuse),” Coronado told               light last week when a woman told police          said it would still be a significant event. —AP
reporters. He said he couldn’t elaborate       that her sister-in-law was trying to sell
because of the ongoing investigation and       one of her babies and “renting” the other
didn’t say when the alleged abuse would        one. Investigators then detained the 21-          Ice storm blankets Washington
have taken place.                              year-old woman, who led authorities to            SEATTLE: A monster Pacific Northwest            officials said airlines would likely cancel
    He said at least 11 Irish couples are      three other women. Another three                  storm coated Washington with freezing          flights because taxiways remain a prob-
involved in the case. Fifteen Irish citizens   women who worked as nannies, the son              rain yesterday and brought much of the         lem even as runways are deiced.
have already talked to authorities, said       of one of them and a taxi driver have also        state to a standstill as the Seattle airport   Forecasters expect up to 0.4 inch of ice
Lino Gonzalez, a spokesman for Jalisco         been detained, Coronado said.                     shut down and hundreds of cars slid off         before temperatures rise above freezing
state prosecutors. The foreign couples            Authorities seized the 21-year-old             roads a day after the region was hit with a    by afternoon. The state Transportation
were giving 1,200 pesos, or $188, per          woman’s two children, seven children              major snowfall. The storm claimed at           Department closed one highway because
week to the mothers since pregnancy,           from the Irish couples, and one from the          least one life - a child whose body was        of falling trees that also took out power
and paying for their medical attention.        nannies. The children are between two             pulled from an Oregon creek where a car        lines. Puget Sound Energy reported
Then later the Mexican mothers would           months and two years of age. Agents               was swept away from a grocery store            70,000 outages at 7 am yesterday, after
also be paid for allowing the children to      found that the group was taking the               parking lot. Rescuers also searched yes-       crews had already brought 46,000 cus-
stay with the couples while the purported      woman’s two children and others to a              terday for an adult missing in the creek in    tomers back on line since Wednesday.
adoption process proceeded, Coronado           hotel in Guadalajara where they met with          the Willamette Valley community of                “It’s like a storm in slow motion that
said.                                          the Irish couples who believed they were          Albany, about 70 miles south of Portland,      keeps happening again and again,” said
    “The great majority of the people from     going to adopt them. The couples then             said fire department spokeswoman                PSE spokesman Roger Thompson. The ice
Ireland who have given their testimony         took the children to the nearby lakeside          Wanda Omdahl.                                  follows a huge snowfall on Wednesday.
have said they thought it was part of the      resort of Ajijic, where they were staying            The National Weather Service used the       Nearly a foot of new snow fell in Olympia,
adoption protocol in the state to be pay-      until the adoptions were finished, prose-          Emergency Alert System to break into           Wash., where 11 inches was measured at
ing and that obviously means (someone          cutors said.                                      yesterday morning broadcasts with an           the airport. The record is 14.2 inches on
was making) a profit throughout the                Roy Lahti, president of the condomini-         ice storm warning until noon for the           Jan. 24, 1972. Oregon didn’t receive the
adoption process,” Coronado said.              um association of El Bosque gated com-            Seattle area and southwest Washington.         snowfall that Washington did - but got
Investigators are trying to determine if       munity in Ajijic, said some of the couples        Among the concerns were widespread             plenty of rain. Rising water from heavy
                                                                                                 power outages and the threat that struc-       rains swept a car carrying at least three
the Irish couples “acted in bad faith,”        had been staying there but that they had
                                                                                                 tures could collapse under the weight of       people into an overflowing creek in
Coronado said, or were being tricked. The      left. Irish couples in the process of adopt-
                                                                                                 ice. Authorities are also worried about        Albany. Two people escaped but at least
Irish Embassy in Mexico said in a state-       ing Mexican children had been coming to           flooding in the coming days as tempera-         one child was missing and feared drowned
ment it’s providing consular advice to the     the community of California-style homes           tures warm up. “It’s a very dangerous situ-    Wednesday night. “The water just got high
couples involved.                              and cobblestone streets for at least three        ation,” with a major impact on roads, said     so fast,” Omdahl said. “It’s a big tragedy.”
    About a dozen state police officers on       years. They would stay between six and            Brad Colman, the meteorologist in charge       Washington State University in Pullman
Wednesday raided a two-story home in a         eight months and often the children lived         of the Weather Service office in Seattle.        was closed. The University of Washington
middle class Guadalajara neighborhood          with them, he said. “They were really nice        “We’re expecting a significant impact on        also cancelled yesterday classes at three
that local media said belongs to the           couples, always cordial,” Lahti said. “The        power.” Ice closed Sea-Tac Airport and         campuses, including Seattle. — AP
lawyers processing the adoptions. The          community here is shocked.” — AP

 Murdoch to pay                                                          Croats split over EU
 Jude Law, others
 hacking damages                                                         ahead of referendum
LONDON: Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company yes-                I’m against Croatia entering the European Union: Sabljak
terday agreed to pay damages to 36 high-profile victims of
                                                                     RIJEKA: Vedran Sabljak, a shipyard worker        should bring. “I would rather be with              shots. And they feel that the war for seces-
tabloid phone-hacking, including actor Jude Law, soccer
                                                                     in this northern Adriatic port, knows what       Germany and France than with Serbia and            sion from the former Serb-dominated fed-
player Ashley Cole and former British Deputy Prime Minister
                                                                     he thinks about Croatia joining the              Bosnia,” said Jadranka Blazic, a lawyer from       eration will become meaningless. “Twenty
John Prescott. In the 15 settlements whose financial terms            European Union: A resolute “No.” To gauge        Zagreb, referring to Croatia’s former com-         years after we split from Yugoslavia, why
were made public, amounts generally ran into the tens of             just how much the once-elite European            patriots in the Yugoslav federation that           would we enter an organization that is
thousands of pounds (dollars) - although Law received                club of nations has lost its luster with its     broke up in a bloody civil war in the 1990s.       breaking apart?” Dean Golubic, an anti-EU
130,000 pounds (about $200,000) to settle claims against the         debt-burdened economies and bickering                “Maybe the EU is no longer as attractive,      activist, asked several hundred right-wing
now-shuttered News of the World tabloid and its sister paper,        leaders, one has to look no further than         and we may be late in joining, but better          protesters waving checkered red and white
The Sun.                                                             Croatia, which is holding a EU membership        the European Union than back to some               Croatian flags reading “I Love Croatia, No to
     News Group Newspapers admitted that 16 articles about           referendum Sunday. “I’m against Croatia          kind of a Balkan union,” the 42-year-old said      EU” at a recent rally in the capital. “We
Law published in the News of the World between 2003 and              entering the European Union,” Sabljak said,      as she sipped coffee in an elegant cafe in          didn’t wage the war for our national identi-
2006 had been obtained by phone hacking, and that the                as huge cranes in the 3rd of May shipyard        the capital, Zagreb. Many in Croatia - and         ty, have 15,000 innocent victims, only to
actor had also been placed under “repeated and sustained             helped to assemble a cargo ship on a dry         the rest of the EU - also wonder what is the       give it away to the capitalists,” war veteran
physical surveillance.” The company also admitted that arti-         dock.                                            bloc going to gain from the country that is        Zeljko Sacic said.
cles in The Sun tabloid misused Law’s private information -              He said he does not see any advantages       ripe with corruption and has economic                  Josipovic, the president, tried to allevi-
although it didn’t go so far as to admit hacking. In a state-        to joining a bloc that faces the possible        woes that are among the deepest in the             ate those fears. “Like the other 27 countries,
ment, Law said Murdoch’s tabloids had been “prepared to do           bankruptcy of some members and whose             Balkans. Even the Croatian leaders, who            Croatia will not give up its sovereignty by
anything to sell their newspapers and to make money, irre-           common euro currency is threatened by            have launched a campaign for a “Yes” vote,         becoming an EU member,” he said.
spective of the impact it had on people’s lives.”                    the European debt crisis. Croatia signed an      show little enthusiasm when they speak             “Croatia will smartly invest a part of its sov-
     “I changed my phones, I had my house swept for bugs but         EU accession treaty last year and is on track    about joining, since it will be just in time to    ereignty in the most prosperous political
still the information kept being published,” Law said. “I start-     to become a member in July 2013, if Croat        pay for bailouts to for indebted EU coun-          and economic community in the world.”
ed to become distrustful of people close to me.” “For me this        voters say “Yes” in the referendum and all       tries such as Greece.                              For the shipyard workers in Rijeka, not only
case was never about money. It was about standing up for             of the bloc’s 27 states later ratify the deal.       “The European Union is neither haven           their national identity is at stake. The EU has
myself and finding out what had happened. I owed it to my             The Balkan nation started negotiating its EU     nor hell,” Croatian President Ivo Josipovic        demanded that the Croatian government
friends and family as well as myself to do this.” Law was one        entry six years ago with the strong backing      said. “We expect to live better, but we can        stop subsidizing and privatize all of its five
of 60 people who have sued News Group Newspapers, claim-             of Germany, but since then the popularity        do that only if we use the mechanisms that         loss-making ship builders - putting some
ing their mobile phone voicemails were hacked. Other cases           of the bloc has gradually faded, as Croats       the EU has to offer.” With its spectacular          12,000 jobs at risk - before it becomes a
whose settlement was announced at London’s High Court                realized that EU membership would not            Adriatic coastline and over a 1,000 islands,       member. “I think we are rushing to join,”
yesterday include claims by former government ministers              automatically lead to prosperity. Still,         the tourism-oriented Croatia has long seen         said shipyard worker Niksa Moreti. “Croatia
Chris Bryant and Tessa Jowell, rugby player Gavin Henson             recent polls indicate that a majority - some     itself as more Western-looking than the            and its shipbuilding industry need time. I
and Sara Payne, the mother of a murdered girl.                       56 percent of those who will take part in        other former Yugoslav republics. It is likely      am in favor of the EU membership, but at
     Law’s ex-wife and actress Sadie Frost received 50,000           the referendum - will vote in favor of join-     to become only the second of the six ex-           some later point.” Although Croatian offi-
pounds (about $77,000) in damages plus legal costs for               ing. They hope their country’s troubled          Yugoslav nations to join the EU, after             cials are likely to repeat the referendum
phone hacking and deceit by the News of the World. Bryant            economy - burdened by recession, a ?48-          Slovenia, which enlisted in 2004.                  until they get a “Yes” majority, they por-
received 30,000 pounds (about $46,000) in damages plus               billion ($61-billion) foreign debt and a 13          The anti-EU campaigners say their coun-        trayed Sunday’s vote as decisive, and say
costs, while Prescott - a prominent member of the Labour             percent unemployment rate - will revive          try of just 4.5 million people will lose its       the country could lose hundreds of millions
Party - accepted 40,000 pounds (about $62,000). After each           due to access to wider European markets          identity and have little to say in a union         of euros (dollars) in accession funds if the
statement, News Group lawyer Michael Silverleaf stood to             and job opportunities that EU membership         where Germany and France are calling the           Croats say “No.”—AP
express the news company’s “sincere apologies” for the dam-
age and distress its illegal activity had caused.
     The claimants described feeling mistrust, fear and para-
noia as phone messages went missing, journalists knew their
movements in advance or private information appeared in
                                                                        Turkey: Tens of thousands
the media. Frost said the paper’s activity caused her and Law
to suspect one another. Henson said he accused the family of
his then-wife, singer Charlotte Church, of leaking stories to
                                                                         mark journalist’s death
the press. Other claimants included Guy Pelly, a friend of           ANKARA: Tens of thousands of protesters
Prince William, who was awarded 40,000 pounds (about                 marked the fifth anniversary of a Turkish-
$62,000), and Tom Rowland, a journalist who wrote for one of         Armenian journalist’s murder yesterday as
Murdoch’s own newspapers, the Sunday Times. He received              outrage continues to grow over a trial that
25,000 pounds ($39,000) after News Group admitted hacking            failed to shed light on alleged official neg-
his phone.                                                           ligence or even collusion. Human rights
     In some cases the company admitted hacking into emails,         activists placed red carnations on the spot
as well as telephone voice mails. Christopher Shipman, son           in Istanbul where Hrant Dink was gunned
of serial killer Harold Shipman, had emails containing sensi-        down in broad daylight outside of his
tive legal and medical information intercepted by the News           minority Agos newspaper office by a
of the Word. He was awarded “substantial” undisclosed dam-           nationalist teenage gunman.
ages. The slew of settlements is one consequence of the reve-            The case highlights Turkey’s uneasy
lations of phone-hacking and other illegal tactics at the News       relationship with its ethnic and religious
of the World, where journalists routinely intercepted voice-         minorities, including at least 60,000
mails of those in the public eye in a relentless search for          Armenian Christians. Many people carried
scoops. The wide-ranging scandal prompted Murdoch to                 black banners that read: “We are all Hrant,
close the 168-year-old paper in July, and several of his senior      we are all Armenian,” and some chanted
lieutenants have since lost their jobs.                              “Turkey will be a grave for fascism.” Tens       ISTANBUL: Thousands of people hold placards and a portrait of the slain jour-
     British politicians and police have also been ensnared in       of thousands marched for justice, a call         nalist Hrant Dink during a commemoration ceremony in front of the offices of
the scandal, which exposed the cozy relationship between             shared by Turkish leaders and leading            the Armenian newspaper “Agos” in Istanbul yesterday.—AFP
senior officers, top lawmakers, and newspaper executives at            businessmen who expressed unease over            sion in an interview. The gunman, Ogun             ough investigation into Dink’s killing - sig-
Murdoch’s media empire. A government-commissioned                    this week’s sentencing of one man, Yasin         Samast, was sentenced to nearly 23 years           naling dissatisfaction with Tuesday’s court
inquiry set up in the wake of the scandal is currently investi-      Hayal, to life in prison for masterminding       in prison in July by a separate juvenile           ruling by a panel of judges. Dink’s lawyers
gating the ethics of Britain’s media - and the nature of its links   the killing, while another 17 were acquit-       court. Umit Boyner, the head of Turkey’s           have said they will appeal the verdict, say-
to police and politicians. The settlements announced yester-         ted of charges of acting under a terrorist       influential industrialists’ association TUSI-       ing the investigation was flawed because
day amount to more than half of the phone-hacking lawsuits           organization’s orders. The court neglected       AD, said the court’s decision had                  the judiciary had not followed up on evi-
facing Murdoch’s company, but the number of victims is esti-         to issue a verdict about a 19th suspect.         “shocked” the public. “What we solidly see         dence alleging officials may have been
mated in the hundreds. Mark Lewis, a lawyer for many of the              “The verdict is tragic and is weighing       in this trial process is that the belief in jus-   aware of the plot. Protesters marching
phone hacking victims, said in an email that the fight against        heavily on the conscience of everyone in         tice has been shaken and weaknesses in             past the site of the Jan. 19, 2007 killing car-
Murdoch wasn’t over. —AP                                             Turkey,” Rober Koptas, Dink’s son-in-law         our justice system have been revealed,” he         ried banners that read: “This case cannot
                                                                     and editor-in-chief of Agos, told AP televi-     said. Turkey’s leaders have vowed a thor-          finish like this.”—AP

       Amid ‘peace’                                                   Explosion in Somali refugee
 residents cite gunfire,
     rape in Darfur                                                      camp after media visit
ABUSHOUK IDP CAMP: Almost a decade after govern-
ment-backed Janjaweed militias began a “genocide” in
                                                                                               Two people die from attack
Sudan’s Darfur, shootings, rapes, looting and arson contin-         MOGADISHU: A bomb exploded in a
ue, residents say. But officials are touting a deal signed last       crowded refugee camp in Somalia’s cap-
year between the government and an alliance of rebel                ital yesterday, only minutes after a
splinter factions as the best hope for peace, and say securi-       group of UN officials and international
ty is showing signs of improvement.                                 journalists left the site. The blast killed
    “Darfur is at a crossroads,” Ibrahim Gambari, who leads         two Somalis. Yasmin Ali, the camp
UNAMID, the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in           organizer, said one refugee and one
Darfur, said in a statement on Wednesday. “One direction is         Somali soldier died. At least three peo-
toward more peace, more progress, more movement                     ple were wounded. Journalists from
toward early recovery and development; and one side is              international agencies like The
leaning towards the enemies of peace, the spoilers.” Darfur         Associated Press, AFP, BBC and the
plunged into uncertainty in December when government                Spanish newspaper El Pais were on a
forces announced they had killed Khalil Ibrahim, who led            one-day trip to Mogadishu yesterday,
the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), once Darfur’s              one day before the six month mark of
most heavily armed group.                                           the UN ‘s famine declaration in this Horn
    JEM said this week that it is “still active and still able to   of Africa country. The blast happened
do what we want”, despite the loss of Ibrahim. The group            about 20 minutes after the journalists
has not signed the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur,               left the camp. There were no senior UN
which Khartoum inked in Qatar. “I think they still feel bitter      personnel on the trip.
about the death of their leader,” said Khalil Adam, of a                African Union and Somali forces for
UNAMID-backed citizens’ liaison group. “The death of                the most part have forced militants from
Khalil will affect the process of peace in Darfur”, but if the       the Al-Shabab militant group out of
current signatories honor the deal others will join, Adam           Mogadishu, but pockets of resistance
told reporters during a UN-organised visit to the North             remain and the militants continue to
Darfur capital El Fasher, and a nearby camp for people dis-         carry out strikes like suicide attacks and    MOGADISHU: An unidentified man wounded during an explosion inside an IDP
placed by the conflict.                                              roadside bombs. “I never thought              camp in Mogadishu, Somalia, rests yesterday.—AP
    Factions of Darfur’s Sudan Liberation Army headed by            refugee camps would be targeted,” said
Minni Minnawi and Abdelwahid Nur also rejected the Doha             Abdi Warsame, a blast victim, as he lay       estimates that between 50,000 and              to back when there is still a war,” said
deal. Instead, in November they formed with the SPLM-N              in a Mogadishu hospital.                      100,000 Somalis died, and a report             Omar, whose husband has returned to
rebels, based elsewhere in Sudan, a “Revolutionary Front”               “It was an intentional attack. Not        released Wednesday blamed aid groups           plant crops. “They beat us, they con-
to overthrow the Khartoum government. JEM said key                  much can be done against those men,”          and world governments for not                  scripted our children.” Underscoring the
issues including power and wealth sharing, human rights             he said, referring to al-Shabab, “because     responding to the crisis fast enough.          danger of violence in Somalia, the aid
violations, and the almost two million displaced had not            they penetrated the camp, so no one               Many of the refugees who spoke to          group Doctors Without Borders said yes-
been resolved with the Doha pact. Among its provisions              can stop them. May Allah bring a power        the AP yesterday said that the men from        terday it is closing its two largest med-
the document, which covers about 100 pages, calls for a             that can stop them.” Somalia, which has-      refugee families have returned home to         ical centers in Mogadishu after the
truth and reconciliation committee, a national human                n’t had a central government in more          plant crops after seasonal rains fell in       shooting deaths of two staffers. The
rights commission, $2 billion in government support for             than two decades, has long been a dan-        south-central Somalia in recent weeks.         group, which is also known by its French
reconstruction and development, compensation for                    gerous environment for aid groups, the        One refugee, 25-year-old Deqo Hassan           acronym of MSF, said the two 120-bed
refugees, and affirmative action for Darfuris in government           UN and journalists. Foreign journalists       Mohammed, said she would return                medical facilities treat malnutrition,
and military service.                                               typically do not move around                  home with her husband if she can find           measles and cholera.
    “It is a good document” which can create a momentum             Mogadishu unless inside an armored            the $10 fare it would cost to travel there.        The closure of the two facilities cuts
towards peace, Fouad Hikmat, of the International Crisis            vehicle manned with African Union                 “Things are still hard but better than     in half the assistance that the aid group
Group think-tank, said from Kenya. But he said the agree-           troops or with a private security team.       before,” said the mother of five. Another       is providing in Mogadishu. MSF will con-
ment faces key challenges including how to bring non-sig-               The UN declared a famine in Somalia       woman, Halima Haji Mohammed Omar,              tinue to provide medical care in other
natories into the process. “That might be a bit complicat-          on July 20. Since then, hundreds of           though, said she does not want to go           areas of the capital, as well as in 10 other
ed,” he said, adding that Darfuris also want evidence of            thousands of Somalis fled the hardest-         back, because of the presence of al-           locations in Somalia. Two MSF staffers
progress on issues including justice and rehabilitation.            hit areas of the country for refugee          Shabab fighters. Omar said al-Shabab            were killed Dec. 29 by a disgruntled,
                                                                    camps in Kenya, Ethiopia and the capi-        tried to conscript her 20-year-old son.        gun-wielding Somali employee suspect-
“First they have to provide the security. They have to pro-
                                                                    tal, Mogadishu. The UK government             “How can I go back? There is no reason         ed of theft and receiving kickbacks.—AP
vide some kind of confidence building,” to encourage
those displaced by the war to return home, said Ahmed
Atim, the bearded chief of Abushouk camp which is home
to almost 55,000 people. After eight years, Abushouk
resembles not a camp but a village, where people live                                 Seafarers outraged that
behind mud-brick walls and donkey carts are the main
mode of transport over garbage-strewn sand.
    Atim said there have been “some reported cases of
                                                                                      captain could jump ship
burned schools”, while others spoke of gunfire.”During the           STOCKHOLM: Seafaring tradition holds          board. The last charge carries a potential     than 4,200 passengers and crew, slammed
night there is heavy shooting,” said a tea vendor in the            that the captain should be last to leave a    sentence of 12 years in prison.                into a reef on Friday, after Schettino made
market. She quickly back-tracked when a plainclothes gov-           sinking ship. But is it realistic to expect      Jim Staples, a captain for 20 years, who    an unauthorized maneuver. A recording of
ernment security agent popped up behind her.                        skippers - only human after all - to sup-     spoke Wednesday from a 1,000-foot (300-        his conversation with the Italian Coast
“Everything’s fine,” she said. The camp’s youth leader said          press their survival instinct amid the hor-   meter) cargo vessel he was captaining          Guard suggests he fled before all passen-
security has improved somewhat since the Doha agree-                ror of a maritime disaster? To ask them to    near New Orleans, said captains are duty-      gers were off, and resisted repeated orders
ment. “The problem is only the shooting” and thefts, he             stare down death from the bridge, as the      bound to stay with the ship until the situa-   to go back, saying the ship was tipping
said, blaming authorities for the gunfire. “Because the gov-         lights go out and the water rises, until      tion is hopeless. When they bail early,        and it was dark. Schettino reportedly said
ernment doesn’t want the IDPs (internally displaced per-            everyone else has made it to safety? From     everything falls apart. “I’m totally embar-    he ended up in a life raft after he tripped
sons) in the camp. They want the IDPs to go back,” he said.         mariners on ships plying the world’s          rassed by what he did,” he said of             and fell into the water.
Asked about the gunplay, Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister              oceans, the answer is loud and clear: Aye.    Schettino. “He’s given the industry a bad          He is being held in house arrest as
Ahmad bin Addullah Al-Mahmud, who chairs a panel                    “It’s a matter of honor that the master is    name, he’s made us all look bad. It’s          prosecutors prepare criminal charges.
monitoring the peace pact’s implementation, said there              the last to leave. Nothing less will do in    shameful.” Schettino should have               Even if he’s not convicted, it is highly
had been “a quarrel between two persons.” There are also            this profession,” said Jorgen Loren, cap-     remained on board “until the last passen-      unlikely that he’ll ever command a cruise
reports of rape, looting and threats toward residents of            tain of a passenger ferry operating           ger is accounted for,” said Abelardo           or cargo ship again because of the dam-
Abushouk and a neighbouring camp, most of whom are                  between Sweden and Denmark and chair-         Pacheco, a Filipino captain who was held       age to his reputation, said Prof. Craig Allen
anti-government, said a source familiar with conditions             man of the Swedish Maritime Officer’s           hostage for five months in Somalia and          of the US Coast Guard Academy in New
there. “It’s very complicated,” said the source. Darfur’s           Association. Seamen have expressed            now heads a seafarers’ training center in      London, Connecticut. “Some people panic,
African rebel groups that rose up against the Arab-domi-            almost universal outrage at Capt.             Manila. “That is the responsibility of the     but a short time later they collect their
nated Khartoum government in 2003 were confronted by                Francesco Schettino, accused of               captain, that’s why all privileges are given   senses and do the right thing,” Allen said.
state-backed Janjaweed militia in a conflict that shocked            manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and of      to him but he has together with that an        “In this case there was more than enough
the world and led to allegations of geno cide.—AFP                  abandoning his crippled cruise ship off        equal burden of responsibility,” Pacheco       time for the moment of panic to pass. It
                                                                    Tuscany while passengers were still on        said. The Costa Concordia, carrying more       was abject cowardice.”—AP

             China to again close Tibet during sensitive period
          BEIJING: For a fifth straight year, China      Tibetan new year festival of Losar as well      government protests or other conflicts.          regarding sensitive political issues only
          plans to close Tibet to foreign travelers     as the anniversary of a deadly anti-gov-        “We haven’t seen a written notice, but          verbally to allow deniability and main-
          during a sensitive period starting in mid-    ernment riot among Tibetans on March            it’s the same as previous bans. We were         tain the impression of control.
          February, travel agents said yesterday.       14, 2008. Tensions are especially high          not told about the reasons, but it’s prob-          Although Chinese citizens are gener-
          Agent Yu Zhi of the Lhasa Youth Tourist       this year following the self-immolations        ably because of the Tibetan new year,”          ally exempt from such closure orders,
          Agency said yesterday the government’s        of at least 16 Buddhist monks, nuns and         said Yu, the Lhasa agent.                       they have dented China’s hopes to
          tourist administration in Tibet’s capital     other Tibetans. Most have chanted for               In addition to the coming closure of        develop tourism into a major economic
          had informed agents that foreign travel-      Tibetan freedom and the return of their         Tibet proper, traditionally Tibetan areas       driver in one of the country’s poorest
          ers would be banned from Feb. 20 to           spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who           of Sichuan province and other parts of          regions. Many Tibetans resent Beijing’s
          March 30.                                     fled to India amid an abortive uprising          western China where most of the self-           heavy-handed rule and large-scale
             Another agent with the China               against Chinese rule in 1959. While             immolations have taken place have been          migration of China’s ethnic Han majority
          International Travel Agency in Lhasa,         authorities have never explained the            closed to outsiders for months amid a           to the Himalayan region. While China
          who wouldn’t give her name, said she’d        rational behind the annual closure, it’s        massive security presence. A clerk with         claims Tibet has been under its rule for
          been told the ban would end March 20.         seen as a standard measure based on             the Lhasa Tourist Bureau denied there           centuries, many Tibetans say the region
          The periodic closure of the Himalayan         the assumption that outsiders could             was a ban, but declined give her name.          was functionally independent for most
          region encompasses the Feb 22-24              either inspire or witness renewed anti-         Chinese officials often issue orders              of that time.—AP

                                                                       Pakistani govt bows
                                                                      to top court’s demand
                                                                           Gilani’s attorney gets 2 weeks to prepare
                                                                   ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government yes-
                                                                   terday bowed to a long-standing Supreme
                                                                   Court demand to debate whether the
                                                                   president enjoys immunity from a past
                                                                   corruption case, a concession that could
                                                                   help defuse a crisis threatening the US -
                                                                   backed administration. The government
DHAKA: Bangladesh Army spokesman brigadier general                 agreed to the demand after the court
Muhammad Masud Razzaq briefs the press about a failed              threatened Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
attempt to topple the Awami League-led government at               Gilani with contempt charges for failing to
the Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.—AFP                                reopen a decade-old case against his boss,
                                                                   President Asif Ali Zardari, and forced the
    Bangladesh                                                     premier to make a rare appearance before
                                                                   the judges.
                                                                       The court gave Gilani’s attorney two
   military says it                                                weeks to prepare his argument. The peri-
                                                                   od could further reduce heightened ten-
  foiled coup plot                                                 sion between the Supreme Court and the
                                                                   beleaguered government, which is also
DHAKA: The Bangladesh military said yesterday it foiled a plot     battling the judges and the powerful army
by a group of hardline officers, their retired colleagues and        over a secret memo sent to Washington
Bangladeshi conspirators living abroad to overthrow Prime          last year seeking help in stopping a sup-
Minister Sheikh Hasina. The coup attempt underscored ten-          posed military coup. Speculation has been
sion between Hasina’s government and elements of the mili-         rampant that the combined assault could           ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani waves upon his
tary that has lingered since a 2009 mutiny.                        cause the government’s downfall by forc-          arrival at the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Pakistan yesterday.—AP
    Brig Gen Muhammad Masud Razzaq told a news confer-             ing it to accept calls for early elections. But
ence the military has specific evidence that up to 16 current       the government may be heartened by the            sion and agreed to formally argue for the      when they were in government. They
and former Bangladeshi military officers “with extreme reli-         Supreme Court’s decision not to make any          president’s immunity before the judges         appealed, and Swiss authorities aban-
gious views” were involved in the “heinous conspiracy.” The        immediate moves to hold Gilani in con-            when the hearing resumes on Feb 1.             doned the case in 2008 at the request of
plot was instigated by Bangladeshi conspirators living abroad,     tempt, a charge that could land him in               “I will bow to the court order and will     the Pakistani government. The case was
he added.                                                          prison for up to six months and disqualify        also speak on immunity to satisfy the          among thousands dropped as a result of
    Two retired officers - Lt Col Ehsan Yusuf and Maj Zakir -        him from holding office.                            court that the president has complete          an amnesty that allowed Bhutto to return
have been arrested, Razzaq said, but he did not say when.              The government has long defied a               immunity,” Ahsan told reporters. Political     from exile and run for election in 2008.
Authorities are also looking for another fugitive serving offi-      2009 Supreme Court order to write a letter        analyst Hasan-Askari Rizvi said the govern-    She was assassinated in 2007 during the
cer, Maj Ziaul Haq, he said. He said Haq fled his post after the    to Swiss authorities asking them to reopen        ment’s stance “will definitely contribute to    campaign.
arrest of Yusuf and Zakir. In 2009, just two months after Hasina   a corruption case against Zardari that            reduce the tension” with the court. But he         The Supreme Court declared the
took office after sweeping a general election, Bangladesh            dates back to the 1990s, claiming he              warned that the judges may still seek to       amnesty unconstitutional in 2009, leaving
border guards mutinied over complaints over pay, perks and         enjoys immunity from prosecution while            make life difficult for the president.           those covered by it vulnerable to prosecu-
promotion prospects. At least 74 military commanders were          in office. It has also ignored a demand to          Security was especially tight during the       tion. Zardari said recently that the govern-
killed, many of them the commanders of the mutineers.              go before the court to argue the immunity         court session, which was also attended by      ment would never send the letter to the
    Military officials were furious with Hasina for not ordering     claim, probably because members of the            several of Gilani’s ministers and coalition    Swiss reopening the case because it would
an assault on the compound, but instead ending the standoff         ruling party viewed the court’s actions as a      partners. Police lined the roads in front of   dishonor Bhutto. Many legal experts agree
by offering an amnesty to the mutineers that was later              partisan campaign to take down Zardari,           the Supreme Court and two helicopters          that Zardari does enjoy immunity from the
rescinded. Since then, the military has been pressing for an       who has clashed with Supreme Court                hovered over the building during the           Swiss corruption case while in office, but
early trial of the mutineers. Hasina’s government is trying        Chief Justice Mohammad Iftikhar                   hearing.                                       the judges gave no indication yesterday of
more than 800 border guards on charges of killing, arson and       Chaudhry.                                            Supporters and opponents of the gov-        where they stood. The government is also
looting in Dhaka. Hundreds who mutinied at locations out-              Gilani delivered a nearly 10-minute           ernment competed for attention outside         at locked in bitter conflict with the army
side the capital have been tried already and sentenced to          speech yesterday to the seven-judge               the court. A group of roughly a dozen          over the secret memo scandal. The army
prison.                                                            bench, which did not include Chaudhry.            women chanted, “Long live Zardari!” while      was outraged by the memo, which was
    It’s not clear why the alleged coup participants are being     The prime minister expressed respect for          several dozen lawyers shouted slogans in       allegedly sent by the government, and
described as religious fanatics. Hasina banned Islamic militant    the court and said he never intended to           favor of the court chief justice and against   pushed the Supreme Court to set up a
groups after taking office in 2009 and has warned in recent          “ridicule” the judges. He said it was his         the president. Zardari and his late wife,      commission to investigate. The govern-
speeches that such groups are “conspiring against her elected      belief that Zardari “has complete immuni-         former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto,          ment has denied any connection to the
government.” Bangladesh, a parliamentary democracy since           ty inside and outside the country.” Gilani’s      were found guilty in absentia in a Swiss       memo and opposed the commission, say-
1990, has witnessed two presidents slain in military coups and     lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan, did most of the talk-       court in 2003 of laundering millions of dol-   ing the matter was already being probed
19 other failed coup attempts.—AP                                  ing for the prime minister during the ses-        lars in kickbacks from Swiss companies         by the parliament. —AP

                                                                              Myanmar holds new
                                                                          cease-fire talks with Kachin
                                                                         YANGON: Myanmar’s government and
                                                                         ethnic Kachin rebels met yesterday for
                                                                         cease-fire talks to end several months of
                                                                         armed clashes near the northern border
                                                                         with China, but their preliminary meet-
                                                                         ing did not make any major break-
                                                                         throughs. After two days of negotia-
                                                                         tions, a high-level government team
                                                                         and members of the Kachin
                                                                         Independence Organization agreed to
                                                                         continue talks later and in the meantime
TOKYO: East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta, left,                    to inform the other side before deploy-
shakes hands with Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda                  ing troops, according to an official at the
prior to their meeting at his official residence in Tokyo                talks who declined to be named. The
yesterday.—AP                                                            talks were the latest efforts by
                                                                         Myanmar’s new, nominally civilian gov-
                                                                         ernment to end the country’s long-run-

US, Filipino forces                                                      ning ethnic conflicts, one of many
                                                                         reforms under way after years of military

 plan drills near
                                                                             Stopping ethnic clashes is a key
                                                                         demand of Western governments that
  disputed area                                                          are weighing lifting sanctions imposed
                                                                         during the junta’s rule. Last week, the
                                                                                                                         KACHIN: In this photo taken Sunday, Jan. 8, 2011, soldiers from Kachin
MANILA: US and Philippine marines plan to hold combat drills             government signed a cease-fire pact
                                                                                                                         Independence Army (KIA) provide security during the annual Manaw tradition-
at an oil rig in the South China Sea to bolster the defense of such      with Karen rebels in eastern Myanmar,
                                                                                                                         al new year celebrations in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar. Myanmar’s gov-
sensitive facilities in a bold move that may provoke protests from       in a major step toward ending one of
                                                                                                                         ernment and ethnic Kachin rebels met yesterday.—AP
China, which claims waters in or near the location. Lt Gen               the world’s longest-running insurgen-
Juancho Sabban, commander of the Philippine military’s Western           cies. Other talks are reportedly taking         talks.                                         ity, and last month said she would be
Command, said yesterday the exercises will be held in March or           place with the Shan, Karenni and Chin. A            The     Kachin       Independence          willing to help with peace negotiations.
April off western Palawan province and should not alarm China             prominent Kachin mediator, Rev. Saboi           Organization reached a peace deal with         The Nobel laureate and former political
because these will be done within Philippine territorial waters.         Jum, told The Associated Press that talks       the country’s former ruling junta in           prisoner sent a letter to the Kachin peo-
    The drills involve US Marines training their Philippine coun-        were held across the border in Ruili in         1994, but the truce broke down in 2010         ple expressing compassion, particularly
terparts in defending and retaking oil and gas rigs captured by          China’s Yunnan province.                        after the group rejected a call by the         for the women and children who have
security threats like terrorists, Sabban said, adding military organ-        “Too much damage has been done              junta to transform its troops into border      been uprooted by the fighting, said
izers from both sides did not contemplate on China as an imagi-          since fighting erupted in June last year.        guards under the government’s leader-          Saboi Jum. She “expressed her hope
nary target when they planned the drills. “We need this special          It is most important to build confidence         ship. The Kachin have been fighting the         that one day the effected population
training so we can defend our oil and gas platforms,” Sabban told        and trust between each other, and a lot         government since June, when the army           would be able to come home and live in
The Associated Press. “We’re doing it in an actual oil rig. We have      of tension will be reduced if govern-           tried to break up some of their militia        peace,” he said, saying that Suu Kyi’s
many of these oil rigs we need to protect.”                              ment troops withdraw from the KIO               strongholds. Thousands of ethnic               message “lifted our spirits and we are
    The drills are part of an annual joint military exercises by the     areas,” he said. The next round of nego-        Kachin have fled their homes to avoid           very happy.” Suu Kyi’s enormous popu-
longtime defense allies called Balikatan, which aims to improve          tiations would be held in Myanmar,              the fighting.                                   larity with the poor and disenfranchised
the capability of the two countries’ forces to respond militarily to     according to the official who spoke                   Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu          majority is expected to propel her to her
threats that include terrorists, pirates and smugglers or deal with      anonymously because he was not                  Kyi has described an end to the fighting        first seat in parliament during April by-
natural disasters. The Balikatan or “shoulder-to-shoulder” exercis-      authorized to disclose details of the           with ethnic guerrillas as a national prior-    elections.—AP
es have mostly been done around the main northern Luzon
island in past years but will be held in Palawan for nearly a month
starting in mid-March. More than 500 US soldiers and marines,
along with their warships and aircraft, will take part in the exercis-
es with about 1,000 Filipino military personnel, Sabban said.
                                                                                  Radiation, rusty metal
    Aside from the combat drills, the military participants will
undertake school repairs and medical missions. “It’s an annual
exercise and should not cause any concern to China,” Sabban
                                                                               seen in tsunami-hit reactor
said. Still, the Balikatan exercises may likely invite Chinese            TOKYO: Radiation-blurred images taken          hoping the first look inside since the crisis   knocked out the plant’s cooling systems
protests. Palawan province lies near the Spratlys, a potentially oil-     inside one of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear      would help them better assess reactor          and set off the world’s worst nuclear acci-
and gas-rich chain of islands, shoals, coral outcrops and sand bars       reactors yesterday showed steam,               conditions and make repairs.                   dent since Chernobyl. TEPCO and nuclear
being disputed by China and the Philippines, along with Taiwan,           unidentified parts and rusty metal sur-             High temperatures and radiation leaks      officials have said that melted fuel proba-
Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. The Spratlys have long been                 faces scarred by 10 months’ exposure to        had prevented the close-up view until          bly fell to the bottom of the core in each
feared as Asia’s next potential flashpoint for conflict.                    heat and humidity. The photos that were        now. Results of the 70-minute operation        unit, most likely breaching the bottom of
    China, which claims virtually all of the South China Sea on his-      the first inside look since the disaster        were mixed. “Given the harsh environ-          the core and falling into the primary con-
torical grounds, has routinely protested military exercises near          found none of the reactor’s melted fuel        ment that we had to operate, we did            tainment vessel, some dropping to its con-
the disputed territories. The Chinese Embassy in Manila did not           but confirmed stable temperatures and           quite well. It’s a first step,” Matsumoto       crete floor. Experts have said those are sim-
immediately respond to an AP request for a comment. Sabban                showed no major damage or ruptures             said. “But we could not spot any signs of      ulation results and that exact location and
said the upcoming oil rig drills will be held in Philippine waters        caused by the earthquake last March, said      fuel, unfortunately.” He said it would take    condition of the fuel could not be known
northwest of Palawan near an area called Malampaya, site of the           Junichi Matsumoto, spokesman for the           more time and a better technology to get       until they have a first-hand observation
country’s largest natural gas field.                                       plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.       to the melted fuel, most of which has fall-    inside. The probe yesterday successfully
    The AP has learned that China last year claimed new territory             Radiation appeared on the images as        en straight down into the area that the        recorded the temperature inside the con-
in or near the venue of the planned drills. China protested in July       static, or electronic interference with the    endoscope could not reach. TEPCO hopes         tainment vessel at 44.7 degrees Celsius
a publicly-announced plan by the Philippine government to                 equipment being used. Some parts that          to use the endoscope to look inside the        (112 degrees F), confirming it stayed below
explore for oil and gas in waters called “areas 3 and 4,” the near-       were photographed inside the reactor’s         two other reactors that had meltdowns          the boiling point and qualifying a “cold
est point of which lies less than 50 miles (80 kilometers) from           containment vessel are not yet identifi-        but that also would require customization      shutdown state,” the stable condition that
Palawan. The Philippines has dismissed China’s claims, arguing            able, and experts are trying to identify       of the equipment and further reduction         the government had declared in December
the areas were well within the country’s territorial waters and too       them. The photos also showed inner wall        of radiation levels. Better assessment will    despite skepticism from experts. The probe
far off mainland China, Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug Jr has            of the container heavily deteriorated after    help workers know how best to plug             failed to find the water surface, which indi-
said.                                                                     10 months of exposure to high tempera-         holes and cracks in the containment ves-       cate the water sits at lower-than-expected
    The new areas being claimed by China are not part of the              ture and humidity, Matsumoto said.             sel - a protective chamber outside the         levels inside the primary containment ves-
Spratlys. The Philippines has appropriated more funds to protect              TEPCO workers inserted the endo-           core - to contain radiation leaks and grad-    sel and questions the accuracy of the cur-
Malampaya and outlying waters and secure foreign companies                scope - an industrial version of the kind of   ually work toward dismantling the reac-        rent water monitors, Matsumoto said. The
exploring for oil and gas, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said           endoscope doctors use - through a hole         tors. Three of six reactors at the             government has said that it would take 40
yesterday. “What creates uncertainty is this looming threat com-          in the beaker-shaped container at the          Fukushima plant melted down after the          years until the Fukushima plant is fully
ing from China,” Abad said.— AP                                           Fukushima Dai-ichi plant’s No. 2 reactor,      March 11 earthquake and tsunami                decommissioned.—AP
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SEOUL: South Korean models pose with a CINEMA 3D Smart TV during a press conference to introduce LG Electronics’ television and the company’s marketing strategy for 2012 yes-
terday. — AP

 Shell, Qatar push for $12.6bn refinery
BEIJING: China’s top energy group and its      several joint-ventures that China, the           giants Sinopec and PetroChina and the             different-the project would mean CNPC is
partners Qatar Petroleum and Royal Dutch       world’s second biggest energy consumer,          government still sets fuel prices at the          giving its partners chance to grab market
Shell agreed to push ahead with plans for a    hopes will provide the fuel for its expand-      pump. Without full access to wholesale            share in competitor’s turf.”
$12.6 billion refinery and petrochemical        ing economy.                                     operations and what happens at fuel sta-             CNPC has also partnered Venezuela’s
complex in east China which is likely to           The other projects include ventures          tions, refiners often bear the brunt of thin       state-run PDVSA for a refinery and petro-
start before similar rival facilities. China   between Chinese energy firms and                  or negative margins.                              chemical complex in Guangdong province,
National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) said yes-       Venezuela’s PDVSA, Kuwait Petroleum                  The only success so far is the refinery-       under which PDVSA will supply the crude
terday it and its joint venture partners       International and Russia’s Rosneft. China’s      petrochemical joint venture between top           and provide oilfield concessions to CNPC in
signed an agreement to cooperate further       total refining capacity stood at around 10        Chinese refiner Sinopec Corp, US major             Venezuela in return for a footfold in China’s
on the project while Chinese Premier Wen       million barrels per day at the end of 2010. It   Exxon Mobil and Saudi Aramco in the               vast fuel market. But industry experts say
Jiabao was visiting Doha on Wednesday.         is likely to add another 3.7 million bpd         southern province of Fujian which took            the deal could be caught in the web of
   “The three parties will cooperate further   between 2011 and 2015, industry officials          more than a decade to materialize. But            sometimes tense diplomatic relations
to push for the implementation of the proj-    said. The CNPC project, to be located in the     experts said CNPC may prove an easier             between the United States, China and
ect. The investment is a major develop-        east coastal city Taizhou, won initial gov-      partner than Sinopec and the negotiations         Venezuela. Sinopec has partnered with
ment that will deepen CNPC’s cooperations      ernment approval in June.                        are not likely to take decades as CNPC is         Kuwait’s national oil company to set up a
with a major Middle East resource nation           Industry experts said Qatar Petroleum        keen to boost its refining capacity in south-      similar venture in Zhanjiang city. Industry
and an international oil company,” CNPC,       and Shell would have to work hard at nego-       ern China. “The broad trend won’t change-         experts expect negotiations for the final
parent of PetroChina, said in a statement.     tiating a final deal that allows them to take     to limit investors’ access to fuel marketing      commercial contract to be lengthy as
The project, which includes a 400,000-bar-     part in the more lucrative fuel retailing.       in favor of state majors,” said Yan Kefeng of     Sinopec could prove to be a tough negotia-
rel-per-day (bpd) refinery and a 1.2-million-   China is hungry for fuel, but the refining        Cambridge Energy Research Associates              tor and Kuwait Petroleum needs to find a
tonne-per-year ethylene complex, is one of     business has long been dominated by state        (CERA). “But to CNPC, this might be slightly      global oil firm to partner with. — Reuters

                      Japan oil industry likely to cut Iran imports
                TOKYO: Japan’s oil industry is likely to cut its purchas-     the sanctions designed to hamper Iran’s ability to sell    in deep discussions with the government about
                es of Iranian crude oil in about three months as Tokyo        oil overseas. Treasury and State Department officials        Iranian issues.
                grapples with a new US sanctions law, Akihiko                 are in Tokyo this week to negotiate how it can con-            Japan’s refining industry has had no problems with
                Tembo, president of the Petroleum Association of              tribute to international sanctions on Iran. The two        banks over settling Iranian crude payments, Tembo
                Japan (PAJ), said yesterday. Tembo, also chairman of          sides held a second day of meetings yesterday.             said. Iranian crude imports make up nearly 10 percent
                the nation’s No 3 refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co, said his              Sources says Idemitsu buys 10,000 barrels per day      of Japan’s total imports. Japan imported 312,000 bpd
                company was not in talks with oil producers to buy            (bpd) of crude oil from Iran. Tembo declined to con-       of Iranian crude in the first 11 months of 2011, down
                alternative crude supplies.                                   firm the figures but said the company did not foresee        12.3 percent from the same period a year earlier, trade
                   Japan is under pressure to cut its oil imports from        any major impact on its business if Iranian oil imports    ministry data shows. The figure is down by more than
                Iran as a way to secure a waiver from Washington on           are disrupted. He said the PAJ and Idemitsu were not       half from 683,000 bpd in 2003. — Reuters

      Saudi seen subdued
       after Q4 earnings
  Short-term technical outlook worsens
DUBAI: A two-month-old uptrend in Saudi Arabian shares                   prospect has not stopped a buying trend in the market in recent
appeared to end this week as fourth-quarter corporate earnings           weeks that has helped to push the index up almost 6 percent
disappointed some investors, so the market may move sideways             since the start of 2012. “With many stocks down 60 to 80 per-
next week as buying momentum eases. A sharp sell-off on                   cent from where they were last January, there is really nowhere      LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron gestures
Monday, when the index posted its largest one-day decline in             lower to go,” said Hashem Ghoneim, vice chairman of Pyramids         as he makes a speech on responsible capitalism and the
four weeks, followed a set of corporate earnings announcements.          Capital.                                                             economy at New Zealand House yesterday. — AFP
Technically the index now looks weaker; it broke below an                    “I think we have seen the bottom. There could be some turbu-
uptrend line dating back to mid-November while there was a 14-
day negative momentum divergence at this week’s peak. Very
                                                                         lence in the coming week but I think we will get through it okay.”
                                                                         He said there had been positive signs in the past week that the
                                                                                                                                               British PM pledges to
heavy turnover during Monday’s drop was another negative tech-
nical signal. Saudi Basic Industries Corp’s fourth-quarter earnings,
                                                                         government was trying to improve the investment climate in
                                                                         Egypt, negotiating to return operating licences to Ezz Steel and
                                                                                                                                               build ‘fairer’ economy
announced on Tuesday, were one blow to the market. The                   some disputed land to real estate firms. “We’re still not sure what
                                                                                                                                              LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged yester-
world’s biggest petrochemical firm by market value reported a 10          the final decisions will be, but they’re going in the right direc-
                                                                                                                                              day to build a “fairer” economy which hands power to individuals
percent drop in quarterly profits as it felt the impact of lower          tion,” said Ghoneim. Some foreign investors have taken a fresh
                                                                                                                                              and prevents excesses that contributed towards the global finan-
prices globally; analysts had expected a rise of near 30 percent.        look at the Egyptian market in January, traders say, although they
                                                                                                                                              cial crisis.Cameron, addressing a press conference in central
“Some results have been a little disappointing, like SABIC, but I        have not returned in anything like the numbers seen before the
                                                                                                                                              London, said the current global debt storm provided a crucial
think there’s an element of investors being too optimistic in their      uprising that unseated President Hosni Mubarak last February. A
                                                                                                                                              platform for reform to create a “socially responsible and genuine-
expectations,” said Paul Gamble, head of research at Jadwa               parliamentary election has passed off this month with little dis-
                                                                                                                                              ly popular capitalism.” The premier added that his Conservative-
Investments. “In general the results so far have been reasonable.”       ruption. Investors are now waiting to see how well the new
                                                                                                                                              Liberal Democrat coalition government would cap bonuses for
    The petrochemical index slumped to a near eight-week low on          assembly works with the army rulers who have pledged to hand
                                                                                                                                              the majority of workers at state-owned banks at £2,000 ($3,100,
Wednesday; most companies which have reported fourth-quarter             over power to civilians by mid-2012. “People want to see the new
                                                                                                                                              2,400 euros) for a second year running. “While our economic
earnings in that sector said lower product prices had hit their bot-     parliament in effect.
                                                                                                                                              challenge starts with dealing with our debts and achieving
tom lines. The banking index also fell sharply this week. Al Rajhi           The further forward we go, the more foreign investors will
                                                                                                                                              growth, it mustn’t end there,” Cameron told reporters.”We must
Bank, Saudi Arabia’s biggest Islamic lender, posted a 13.9 percent       return,” said Ghoneim, while cautioning that Egypt’s strained
                                                                                                                                              aim higher than just coping with the storms that are affecting the
rise in its fourth-quarter net profit on Tuesday but missed ana-          state finances were still overshadowing the market. Much indus-
                                                                                                                                              international economy.
lysts’ estimates marginally.                                             trial investment in Egypt has been on hold since the government
                                                                                                                                                  “I believe that out of this current adversity we must aim to
    “People were getting overexcited about results and maybe the         rejected an International Monetary Fund offer last June of $3 bil-
                                                                                                                                              build a better economy, one that is truly fair and worthwhile,”
coming weeks will be disappointing, but there is support from            lion in aid. Talks with the IMF resumed this week, and an agree-
                                                                                                                                              Cameron said. The Conservative leader gave little policy detail
dividends,” said Farouk Miah, acting head of research at NCB             ment on aid would probably reduce the risk of a disorderly cur-
                                                                                                                                              but said he would introduce simplified legislation for the creation
Capital. “Petchems, as expected, have been weak-however banks            rency devaluation. Ghoneim said he had been adding to his equi-
                                                                                                                                              of cooperatives, in an attempt to boost employee and customer
have also been weaker. Provisioning for them has been higher             ty portfolio in the past week, targeting stocks such as Ezz Steel,
                                                                                                                                              involvement in businesses.The coalition will also introduce new
and operating business has not been as strong as expected.”              Maridive and Oil Services, and property developers Talaat
                                                                                                                                              anti-abuse rules to make it harder for big businesses to avoid
    Turnover on the Saudi bourse has spiked in recent weeks, tak-        Moustafa and Palm Hills. — Reuters
                                                                                                                                              paying their fair share of tax.—AFP
ing daily turnover to almost double that of the first few weeks of
2011. The market has traded about 90 billion riyals so far this
month, up from 50 billion in the year-earlier period. Analysts say
factors such as uncertainty in global markets and political risk in
Egypt’s stock market, where Saudis have been heavy investors,
may have brought funds back to the kingdom’s bourse.
    In the longer term, expectations that the Saudi bourse will be
opened to direct foreign ownership could also boost the market;
Saudi officials have been exploring the possibility. But some ana-
lysts say major bets on a market opening are not yet being taken
since the process could take several months once an official deci-
sion is made. One cloud hanging over Gulf markets and especially
Saudi Arabia is rising tensions between Iran and Western powers
over its nuclear projects. This may keep upward pressure on oil
prices, which is positive for the Gulf, but is also increasing per-
ceived investment risk in the region. “Unless the rest of the results
are very good, I think the market will stay flat for a little while. In
addition, Iran and the euro zone will impact sentiment,” said

   Investors says Egypt’s stock market risks turbulence in the
coming week as the Jan. 25 anniversary of Egypt’s popular
uprising approaches; pro-democracy groups have called for a              PHILADELPHIA: In this file photo, a Southwest Airlines aircraft taxies at Philadelphia International Airport, in
fresh protest on that date against the country’s interim army
                                                                         Philadelphia. Southwest Airlines is making money, even with higher fuel prices, thanks to full planes and rising
rulers, and some investors fear violence on the streets. But that
                                                                         fares. — AP

                IMF seeks $600bn in new funds
           WASHINGTON: The IMF is seeking to         meet in Mexico City on Thursday and        He said that amount included a               resources to its stability fund,” said a
           more than double its war chest by         Friday to discuss boosting IMF             European commitment to inject $200           senior Brazilian government source
           raising $600 billion in new resources     resources. Any outcome would need          billion into IMF resources. “At this pre-    attending the G20 officials’ meeting in
           to help countries deal with the fallout   leaders’ signoff. G20 finance ministers      liminary stage, we are exploring             Mexico. China’s Foreign Ministry said
           of the euro zone debt crisis, but the     meet in late February.                     options on funding and will have no          Beijing stood by G20 commitments to
           plan faces roadblocks from the United         The IMF plan to boost its lending      further comment until the necessary          ensure the IMF has ample funds to
           States and other countries. The United    capacity eased worries on financial         consultations,” he said. The United          cope with the financial crisis, but it
           States and Canada said on                 markets about Europe’s funding diffi-        States repeated that it would not con-       stopped short of saying the country
           Wednesday Europe must put up more         culties, boosting the value of the euro.   tribute more resources to the IMF.           was ready to put up more cash.
           of its own money to resolve its sover-    IMF sources said the world faces a $1          With a strained budget at home,             Indeed, China is likely to resist
           eign debt crisis, raising doubts G20      trillion financing gap over the next        some US congressional Republicans            moves to increase IMF resources
           talks in Mexico this week can lay the     two years if global economic condi-        have threatened to yank $100 billion         unless a number of conditions are
           ground for a deal on bolstering IMF       tions worsened considerably. The           in US money to the IMF if the funds          met, said Xiang Songzuo, vice director
           resources. Japan and South Korea also     IMF’s current lending capacity is          are used to bail out euro zone coun-         of the International Monetary Institute
           want Europe to do more and China          about $380 billion. The sources, pres-     tries. The White House is unlikely to        in Beijing, a high-level policy think
           might insist a number of conditions       ent at an IMF board meeting on the         want to take the issue on as President       tank.
           are met before it supports a boost in     issue on Tuesday, said the Fund was        Barack Obama seeks re-election this             He said these would include more
           IMF resources.                            seeking to raise up to $600 billion to     year. “We have told our international        voting power for China and other
              “We continue to believe that the       meet those potential financing needs.       partners that we have no intention to        emerging nations, changing the
           IMF can play an important role in         Of that, $500 billion would be for         seek additional resources for the IMF,”      stance of IMF policy more to meet the
           Europe, but only as a supplement to       lending and $100 billion would be a        a Treasury spokeswoman said.                 concerns of emerging countries-such
           Europe’s own efforts,” a US Treasury       “protection buffer.”                            “Many countries want the                 as on stabilising capital flows and
           spokesperson said. “The IMF cannot            An IMF spokesman confirmed the          Europeans to move ahead with                 exchange rates-and making the
           substitute for a robust euro area fire-    Fund was seeking to raise up to $500       tougher and clearer measures, which          mechanism for crisis rescue much
           wall.” Group of 20 deputy officials         billion in additional lending resources.   at this moment translates to more            more transparent. — Reuters

                                                                                                Markets subdued as Greek
                                                                                                debt talks remain in focus
                                                                                                Deal aims to reduce Greece’s debt by 100bn euros
                                                                                                LONDON: Financial markets were subdued             tries recently agreed to hand the IMF.
                                                                                                yesterday as investors awaited develop-            “There was a time when the idea that a
                                                                                                ments in Greece’s debt-reduction talks with        body like the IMF would need such a huge
                                                                                                private creditors, a day after the                 amount of money to cover such a short
                                                                                                International Monetary Fund revealed it            period of time would have been taken as
                                                                                                was looking to get its hands on another            bad news,” said Gary Jenkins, an analyst at
                                                                                                half a trillion dollars to help it shore up a      Swordfish Research. “This is not the first
                                                                                                fragile global economy. Another successful         time in this crisis that a big figure has been
                                                                                                bond auction from Spain and relief that            thrown out there so it will be interesting to
                                                                                                Germany’s         second-largest         bank,     see if this time there is any reality behind
                                                                                                Commerzbank AG, won’t need to help from            the number.” As investors awaited more
KUWAIT: A local investor gazes at the screen at Kuwait Stock Exchange yesterday. — AP           shareholders or the government to boost            details on the Greek deal and the IMF’s
                                                                                                its capital base helped ease concerns over         fundraising, market movements were sub-

   KSE witnesses loss                                                                           Europe’s debt crisis in the run-up to a raft
                                                                                                of US corporate earnings.
                                                                                                    However, the main focus of attention in
                                                                                                                                                   dued. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of
                                                                                                                                                   leading British shares was flat at 5,701 but
                                                                                                                                                   France’s CAC-40 rose 0.5 percent to 3,281.
KUWAIT: Main indices at Kuwait Stock           Sector indices were meanwhile six red and        markets remains the negotiations between           Germany’s DAX fell 0.2 percent to 6,344
Exchange ended in a red zone after yester-     two green, with biggest loss of 27 points        Greece and the Institute of International          even though shares in Commerzbank AG
day’s session, with the price index reading    suffered by the insurance index and               Finance, which represents private sector           rallied around 10 percent after it revealed it
5,798.5 points shedding 1.9 points, and the    biggest gain of 14.4 points seen in the real     bondholders. Talks are set to continue lat-        could raise ?5.3 billion ($6.8 billion) to
weighted index reading 402.88 points, los-     estate index. Top gainer share was that of       er, having restarted Wednesday. Greece             shore up its capital base, as demanded by
ing 1.24 points. The trading session saw       Gulf Franchising Holding Company, while          needs to clinch the agreement quickly to           European regulators, without resorting to
3,986 transactions worth KD 27,738,470         top loser was the Kuwait Insurance               qualify for more bailout loans before it           the state or shareholders. A recent easing
with 355,702, 500 shares changing hands.       Company. —KUNA                                   faces a major bond repayment on March              in concerns over Europe’s debt crisis has
                                                                                                20. Without the money, the country would           helped the euro clamber off Monday’s 17-
                                                                                                find it difficult to service its debts and be         month low against the dollar below $1.27.
          Brent rises above $111 on                                                             forced to default, potentially triggering
                                                                                                more turmoil in global markets. Last
                                                                                                                                                   It’s now trading around two cents higher at
                                                                                                                                                   $1.2881, up 0.2 percent on the day. — AP
         growth hopes, stock draw                                                               October, Greece’s partners in the eurozone
                                                                                                sanctioned a deal whereby Greece’s credi-
  LONDON: Brent crude oil rose above           the start of the year, bolstered by good         tors agree to take a cut in the value of their
  $111 yesterday as risk appetite improved     economic numbers from the United                 Greek bond holdings to help lighten the
  on hopes the euro zone debt crisis was       States and liquidity sloshing around giv-        country’s debt burden. The deal with pri-
  slowly being resolved and on signs of        en central banks around the world have           vate investors aims to reduce Greece’s debt
  steadier global economic growth.             been pumping in funds. News the                  by 100 billion ($127.9 billion) by swapping
  European shares rose for a fourth            International Monetary Fund was seek-            private creditors’ bonds for new ones with
  straight session to trade near 5-1/2-        ing to more than double its war chest by
                                                                                                a lower value. It is a key part of a 130 billion
  month highs on signs Greece would            raising $600 billion in new funds was also
  reach an agreement with its private cred-    seen as positive with analysts saying the        international bailout, the second one for
  itors on a crucial bond swap deal and        move would help the IMF tackle the euro          Greece.
  that more US banks could post forecast-      zone crisis. Brent futures for March rose            Hopes that a deal is being thrashed out
  beating results.                             $1.01 to a high of $111.67 before easing         has helped shore up sentiment in markets
     Global stocks as measured by the          back slightly to trade around $111.50 by         in recent days as has the IMF’s revelation
  MSCI index were up 0.35 percent at           0940 GMT. US crude oil futures for               that it aims to raise up to $500 billion to        BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela
  312.04, the highest since Oct. 31. Stock     February was up $1.15 at $101.74 per             meet its $1 trillion financing needs in com-        Merkel attends a meeting of the German
  markets have been performing well since      barrel. — Reuters                                ing years. The new money to be raised              Federal Parliament Bundestag yester-
                                                                                                includes $200 billion that European coun-          day. — AP

                                                                      Kodak files for bankruptcy
                                                                                        Kodak seeks Chapter 11 protection
                                                                     NEW YORK: US camera pioneer
                                                                     Eastman Kodak, which brought photog-
                                                                     raphy to the masses over a century ago,
                                                                     filed for bankruptcy early yesterday after
                                                                     years of failing to keep pace with the
                                                                     digital age. “The Board of Directors and
                                                                     the entire senior management team
                                                                     unanimously believe that this is a neces-
                                                                     sary step and the right thing to do for
                                                                     the future of Kodak,” CEO Antonio Perez
                                                                     said in a statement.
                                                                         “Our goal is to maximize value for
JOHANNESBURG: Shoppers look at clothing displayed at
                                                                     stakeholders, including our employees,
the newly opened store of Spanish clothing retailer Zara
                                                                     retirees, creditors, and pension trustees.
yesterday.— AFP
                                                                     We are also committed to working with
                                                                     our valued customers,” he added. The
  S Africa’s middle class, a                                         company said it had sufficient liquidity
  new target for retailers                                           to continue operating normally and pay-
                                                                     ing employees during Chapter 11 bank-
JOHANNESBURG: A rainbow nation of shoppers poured                    ruptcy process, and said its foreign sub-
through the racks of fashion giant Zara’s brand new store, its       sidiaries were not subject to the pro-
first in South Africa, where the Spanish chain hopes to tap an        ceedings.
increasingly diverse middle class. With deliveries from Spain            The Rochester, New York-based com-
twice a week, the low-price retailer opened the store in             pany, which dates back to 1880s, was a
November in a posh shopping mall in South Africa’s commer-           pioneer in popularizing the cameras,
cial hub, Johannesburg, where officials are already smiling            slide projectors and home videos that
over the response. “This is a country with a very significant                                                       NEW YORK: In this undated file photo, an unidentified Kodak technician dis-
                                                                     preserved the memories of generations
potential for us,” said Victor Herrero, a representative of the                                                    plays image sensors embedded on a silicon wafer at Eastman Kodak Inc. — AP
                                                                     of Americans. But it has struggled in the
parent company Inditex, the world’s biggest fashion retailer.        age of digital cameras, and years of poor     $80 in 1996 — just at the outset of the     images of the moon’s surface on Kodak
“There are 50 million people, and a middle class that’s grow-        performance had already forced it to lay      digital photo revolution that eventually    film, and the first astronauts to walk on
ing.” “There are many South Africans who travel, and who             off 47,000 employees and close 13 man-         freed consumers from the need to buy        the moon documented their historic
already know the brand.                                              ufacturing plants since 2003.                 Kodak film, once a virtual monopoly in       expedition with a shoe box-sized Kodak
    They have been to our stores in Europe or the United                 “Now we must complete the transfor-       the US market. Kodak’s books have been      camera. Kodak also furnished the film
States,” he told AFP. Zara’s entry to the South African market       mation by further addressing our cost         awash with red ink for years. The last      for countless Hollywood movies, includ-
follows the huge US chain Walmart’s 16.5 billion rand ($2 bil-       structure and effectively monetizing           time it reported a net profit was a small    ing 80 Oscar-winning “Best Pictures,”
lion, 1.5 billion euro) takeover of Massmart, a South African        non-core IP assets,” Perez said. “We look     gain in 2007. Officially established by       according to the firm’s website, which
retailer with nine wholesale and retail chains with 288 stores       forward to working with our stakehold-        inventor George Eastman in 1892,            said it had won nine Academy Awards of
in 14 African countries. Both are counting on the growing            ers to emerge a lean, world-class, digital    Kodak developed handheld “Brownie”          its own for scientific and technical excel-
middle class, as more and more black South Africans over-            imaging and materials science compa-          cameras that were sold at popular prices    lence. The company pioneered research
come apartheid-era economic barriers and join the consumer           ny.”The bankruptcy filing places the jobs      and furnished the film that would keep       into digital photography beginning in
culture. On the continent overall, a third of the population         of Kodak’s 19,000 remaining employees         consumers pumping profits into the           the mid-1970s. But it was Asian manu-
can now be considered middle class due in part to firm eco-           in question. At its height in the 1980s, it   company for decades. Three genera-          facturers that stole a march in that mar-
nomic growth, more jobs and a developing private sector              had 145,000 workers. Earlier this month       tions of Americans and many in other        ket in the 1990s as Kodak failed to see
over the last two decades, according to the African                  the New York Stock Exchange told              countries learned to snap their own pic-    the need to break from its old business
Development Bank.                                                    Kodak-once one of the fabled 30 Dow           tures with Brownies, at a time when the     lines. In September Kodak hired the law
    These 313 million Africans, living above the poverty line        Jones blue chips-that it faced delisting      company was lauded as one of the top        firm Jones Day as advisors for restructur-
but not among the wealthy, are considered a key factor in            from the exchange if it could not get its     US innovators-the Apple or Google of its    ing, though many analysts noted at the
helping countries boost base growth more on domestic                 stock price back above $1.00 per share.       time. And “Kodak Moment”-the compa-         time that the firm also advises bankrupt-
demand and less on exports, an AfDB report said. The more            It was dropped from the prestigious           ny’s advertising catchphrase for its film-   cies. Kodak had sought to shore up its
stable African middle class-which spends four to 20 dollars a        Dow Jones Industrial Average of 30 top        has been embedded deep in the US ver-       finances by selling off some of its huge
day-now “is more or less the size of the middle class in India or    US companies in 2004.                         nacular. NASA lunar orbiters in the         portfolio of patents, including in digital
China”, counting some 120 million people, the report added.              In its heyday Kodak shares topped         1960s brought back some of the earliest     imaging. — AFP
In South Africa, Zara’s store illustrates the trend, with a clien-
tele that is much more diverse than would have been the case
a decade ago. “I came here because I know Zara by reputa-
tion,” said Sibongile Mazibuko, an accountant who travelled
the 35 kilometres (20 miles) from Soweto to check out the
                                                                                             Australian jobless
new racks. “I am proud they chose to come to South Africa, it
shows that our country is finally becoming a country like the
others,” she said. Mazibuko’s life is a South African success
                                                                                             rate steady at 5.2%
story, 17 years after the end of white-minority rule and the           SYDNEY: Australia’s unemployment rate remained steady             government has said it expects unemployment in mid-2012
barriers that prevented blacks from participating in the formal        at 5.2 percent in December, data showed yestrday, but             to be 5.5 percent, compared with a peak of 5.8 percent at
economy.                                                               economists said the jobs market was weakening and raised          the height of the global financial crisis.
    About 39 percent of South Africans live below the poverty          the likelihood of an interest rate cut. It came in the same as       Though it hovered near the five percent mark for more
line, fixed at 419 rands ($53, 38 euros) a month. Overall unem-         the revised November figure and compared to a consensus            than a year the jobless rate has inched up in recent
ployment is mired at around 25 percent, but for the white              forecast of 5.3 percent.The Australian Bureau of Statistics       months, stoking fears that the economy is losing momen-
population, it is closer to six percent. But over the last decade,     said the number of people employed fell by 29,300 to 11.4         tum, particularly outside the key resources sector. Bill
the government’s Black Economic Empowerment program                    million last month, although much of the losses were in the       Shorten, the minister for employment and workplace rela-
has helped foster a growing middle class. About three to four          part-time sector while full-time jobs rose 24,500 to 8.051        tions, said the jobless figures showed Australia was doing
million people-or 10 percent of the black population-are now           million. The participation rate, or people actively seeking       better than most nations. But Shorten, standing in as treas-
considered middle class.                                               work, was 65.2 percent, compared with 65.5 percent in             urer while Wayne Swan is on holiday, added that it high-
    While the exact estimates vary, experts agree the number           November.                                                         lighted the need to support struggling industries in the
is growing and nearing the size of the total white population              HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham said: “The data             country’s two-speed economy. “We see the impact of a
of 4.5 million, meaning South Africa has doubled the size of its       shows that unemployment has been on a slow grind for              two-speed economy in some sectors that have traditionally
consumer class. That makes a big new market of people who              some time now. “I think this is still consistent with the         been large employers, such as retail and manufacturing,
shop in malls, read magazines... and rack up debts. Parts of           Reserve Bank of Australia cutting interest rates next month,      that there is pressure on jobs numbers,” he said. “We do
Soweto are now at the forefront of South African fashion.              which is what we expect to happen.” Australia’s cash rate is      see growth in the mining sector and in the health sector,
“Soweto shows the future of what all townships will look like,”        4.25 percent, having been slashed by 25 basis points in both      but it’s certainly a two-speed economy. “Job growth is
said Njabulo Ngcobo of the marketing department at the                 November and December.”With the participation rate                slowing in Australia. The mining boom is certainly helping
University of Cape Town, pointing to the new shopping cen-             falling and employment also falling, it does look as though       in the short term but it is leading in part to a two-speed
ters and the satellite dishes that dot the roofs. —AFP                 the labour market is still softening,” Bloxham added. The         economy,” he added. — AFP

                Trouble spots of 2011 to woo back tourists
           MADRID: Tunisia, Egypt and Japan are           Turkey, she said. Tourism in Egypt took a      earthquake and alarm over damage to            fell eight percent compared to 2010,
           working hard to lure back visitors who         battering as protests on Cairo’s Tahrir        the Fukushima nuclear plant. It saw visi-      while worldwide the number of interna-
           steered clear of their countries last year     Square and clashes between protestors          tor numbers fall by 29 percent up to           tional tourist arrivals grew by 4.4 percent
           due to civil unrest and an earthquake,         and security forces were beamed around         November, according to provisional fig-         to 980 million in 2011. Libya, where dic-
           officials said at a world tourism fair.          the world during an uprising against for-      ures. “I imagined it would be like this,       tator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and
           Popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt oust-     mer president Hosni Mubarak. “We have          about 30 percent less, just after the earth-   killed in October, and Syria, scene of a
           ed long-term rulers but also scared off         lost 90 percent of our work and let go 40      quake,” said Koichi Miyazawa, head of the      bloody crackdown against dissent in
           tourists from the popular north African        percent of our staff,” said Gihan Hamed,        Japan tourism bureau in Paris, adding          recent months, did not have stands at
           sunspots, while Japan’s earthquake and         director of specialist Egypt travel agency     that tourism accounts for about five to         FITUR, which runs until Sunday with
           tsunami in March and a subsequent              Galaxia Tours. Egypt’s tourism ministry        seven percent of Japan’s gross domestic        200,000 visitors expected. Signs of hope
           nuclear alert had the same effect. Their        said tourism to the land of the Pyramids       product.                                       are appearing in Tunisia, its tourism rep-
           representatives at the FITUR fair in           was down by a third last year.                    “We are doing a campaign on the best        resentative Tekaia said, however. A year
           Madrid that opened Wednesday said                  “On July 1 we will have a new presi-       season in Japan-spring,” he added. “We         on from the coup that toppled leader
           they were holding out for better times in      dent and we would like to think this will      hope we can make a recovery to the             Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, she is seeing
           2012. “We are starting from nothing, so        mean a return to normal. That is the theo-     point of 2010, but the reality is very         group bookings pick up again.
           anything more will already be a success        ry. We will see,” said Hamed. “We tell         severe.” The number of visitors to Europe          “We are in an ideal condition now.
           for us,” said Leila Tekaia, a representative   people that our daily lives are not affect-     surged in 2011 as civil conflicts drove         We now belong to the club of demo-
           of Tunisia’s tourism authority in Spain.       ed, that Tahrir Square is very small and       many tourists away from sunspots in the        cratic countries. We share the same val-
              “We have lost 30 to 40 percent of           Cairo is very big,” she added. “I live there   Middle East and North Africa, the Madrid-      ues of justice, human rights and free-
           tourists. The Spanish market is the one        with my two sons of nine and 11. If they       based United Nations World Tourism             dom of expression,” she said. “Now our
           that has caused us the most difficulties. It     are safe there, that means that tourists       Organization said on Monday. The num-          job is to work on our image. We have to
           has fallen 60 percent” as Spaniards have       can come back.” Japan meanwhile suf-           ber of visits to North Africa declined by      win back people’s confidence and reas-
           turned instead to the Canary Islands or        fered as tourists were scared off by the        12 percent and those to the Middle East        sure them.” — AFP

                                                                      Spain passes key bond test
                                                                              France sells 7.9bn euros of mid-term bonds
                                                                     MADRID: Spain passed its biggest test          buying Spanish and Italian debt regu-          bonds at the top of a target range of
                                                                     of market sentiment so far this year           larly on the market.                           6.5-8.0 billion. It received bids for 18.9
                                                                     yesterday, selling far more longer-                But while banks were willing to            billion euros.
                                                                     term debt than expected as the gov-            reinvest the three-year loans over a               S&P’s downgrade on Friday was
                                                                     ernment pressed ahead with efforts to           similar or shorter timescale, finding           largely anticipated by the market
                                                                     tackle its problems with the help of a         buyers for 10-year paper was consid-           and has had little impact on French
                                                                     European Central Bank backstop. In             ered a sterner test. In Paris, the nation-     yields in the secondary market and
                                                                     Paris, France also drew strong demand          al debt management agency sold                 in a short-term bill auction on
                                                                     at its first bond auction since Standard        7.965 billion euros of medium-term             Monday. — Reuters
NEW YORK: In this file photo, a Morgan Stanley billboard             and Poor’s stripped the country of its
is displayed in Times Square. Morgan Stanley lost $275               AAA credit rating. Spain’s first 10-year
million in the fourth quarter yesterday, a sharp contrast to         bond offering since mid-December
its gain of $600 million a year ago. — AP                            raised 3 billion euros at a yield of 5.403
                                                                     percent, broadly in line with analysts’
    British court okays                                                  The yield was down more than 150
                                                                     basis points from a previous sale of
    eviction of Occupy                                               the bonds in November, offering
                                                                     some measure of the progress Madrid
    London protesters                                                and euro zone policymakers have
LONDON: The High Court in London on Wednesday                        made in easing the pressure on its
approved a bid by authorities to evict anti-capitalist protesters    finances. In all, the Treasury sold 6.6
from outside St Paul’s Cathedral in the British capital’s finan-      billion euros ($8.46 billion) of bonds
cial district. The activists-who have been camped outside the        maturing in 2016, 2019, and 2022, far
landmark since October 15 after taking their lead from pro-          more than the 4.5 billion targeted. Bid
testers in New York’s Wall Street-said they would appeal             to cover rates on the issues ranged
against the decision later yesterday.                                from 2.0 to 3.2.
    The City of London Corporation, the local authority for the          “Neither the (2016) nor the 10-year
financial district, started legal action against the protest camp     benchmark offered any concession
in November.It argued there was an “overwhelming” argu-              ahead of today’s tap and the solid
ment for the court to force the protesters to leave, saying the      demand is a clear sign that market
camp had attracted crime, dented local trade and inconve-            interest for EMU (euro zone) periphery
nienced worshippers. The protesters, around 40 of whom               has clearly picked up,” said Annalisa
gathered outside the High Court for the ruling, had argued           Piazza, market economist at Newedge
that freedom of expression was a liberty which must be pro-          Strategy in London. Other euro zone
tected by the courts. Dozens of the activists stood on the           sovereign debtors have leapfrogged
steps of the famed cathedral, chanting: “We are the 99 per-          Spain to become more prominent tar-
cent.”                                                               gets for investors, but it remains in the
    “We are Occupy London and we are not defeated,” one              market’s sights.
protester shouted through a loudhailer. Around 100 tents                 Spanish sovereign yields rose after
remain pitched around St Paul’s, which in October was forced         the auction, with 10-year paper up 9
to close for the first time since World War II after officials said     bps higher at 5.28 percent and the 10-
the camp was blocking access for visitors. After considering         year Spanish/German yield spread
arguments presented during a five-day hearing in December,            also widening 9 basis points to 347
High Court Judge Keith Lindblom on Wednesday granted                 basis points. Credit Agricole rate
orders for possession and injunctions against the protesters.        strategist Peter Chatwell said he
    Their lawyer, John Cooper, said they would appeal later          expected that trend to reverse during
yesterday. “They will be appealing tomorrow against this             the day “as the fact is this is another
judgment,” he told reporters outside court, surrounded by            auction which exceeds the target
protesters. “This is an important judgment that marks the start      amount.” Spain has easily sold shorter-
of an analysis of the extent of public protest in this county.”      dated debt in recent weeks, aided by           PONT-EVEQUE: France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy (right) holds an iron as he
Tilly George, 19, who has been staying at the camp, said she         the European Central Bank flooding              visits a factory of the Groupe SEB, a leading worldwide manufacturer of small
was disappointed but not surprised at the decision. — AFP            banks with cheap three-year loans and          domestic appliances and cookware yesterday. — AP

                          Zimbabwe workers ignore strike call
                  HARARE: Workers in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare largely             government schools while at the magistrate’s court in            of classes in the whole year. Zimbabwe’s economy
                  ignored a call for a one-day strike over pay and condi-          the capital, an inquest into the death of former army            has begun recovering after a decade-long downturn,
                  tions, as business continued as usual at government              chief and liberation forces commander Solomon                    following a power-sharing agreement by long-time
                  offices yesterday. The main union for government                   Mujuru went into its fourth day. Union spokeswoman               rivals President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister
                  employees had urged workers to stay at home as part              Tendai Chikowore said the workers want across-the-               Morgan Tsvangirai in the wake of failed 2008 polls.
                  of their call for a $538-dollar (420-euro) monthly mini-         board pay rises including a raise from $200 to $538              But ghost workers are a problem throughout the civil
                  mum wage, medical insurance and an allowance for                 (155 euros to 420 euros) a month for the lowest-paid             service: about a third of government’s 230,000
                  workers based in rural areas.But one education min-              government workers.                                              employees are thought not actually to exist, accord-
                  istry worker, who asked not to be named, told AFP: “We              The union would decide on its next course of                  ing to Finance Minister Tendai Biti. So much of the
                  are working as usual. Everyone in my department is at            action depending on the government’s response, she               current salary payments are being claimed fraudu-
                  work.” People queued as usual and were being served              added. Civil servants, particularly teachers, nurses and         lently by people using fictional aliases. Biti, a
                  at the passport office complex, where gates opened                 doctors, have been striking on and off for better                Tsvangirai ally, has insisted the cash-strapped govern-
                  early. Officers were receiving applications for passports          salaries since 2007.The situation came to a head in              ment cannot afford to pay higher salaries. Mugabe
                  or issuing processed ones.                                       2008, when staff shortages forced state hospitals to             has accused the minister of deliberately sabotaging
                      An AFP correspondent saw classes in progress at              close some units and teacher strikes left only 50 days           the government by refusing the increases. — AFP

              Economy dominates
              as GOP race heats up
   ‘Our economy has fallen flat, who’s to blame?’
MIAMI: Property manager Nancy Leon                  and Democrats in presidential contests.            bought Romney’s argument that he is the
knows all too well the effects of Florida’s dis-     Obama carried Florida in 2008 against              strongest Republican to take on Obama in
mal economy. People can’t pay their condo-          Republican John McCain, 51 percent to 48           the fall on voters’ No 1 issue: the economy.
minium association fees and fall behind on          percent.                                           Romney’s rivals - former House Speaker Newt
mortgages or rent. The condo property suf-              And, for now at least, Florida voters don’t    Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick
fers. Then it has to cut costs, which makes the     seem to be abandoning Obama in droves. A           Santorum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas
place less attractive for new residents. A          recent Quinnipiac University poll showed the       Rep. Ron Paul - trailed on those measures
vicious cycle.                                      president and Romney, the GOP front-run-           and are fighting to keep their bids alive
    “People are really struggling. We see it        ner, in a near-statistical tie in the state in a   through the Florida primary. Obama, for his
every day,” says Leon, a 42-year-old                hypothetical head-to-head matchup.                 part, planned a trip Thursday to Walt Disney
Republican who voted for President Barack           Reflecting the stakes for the fall even though      World outside Orlando to outline a new strat-
Obama in 2008 as a symbol of hope and               the GOP hasn’t settled on a nominee,               egy to boost travel and tourism.
change but now isn’t sure the Democrat              Republicans and Democrats alike have been              “He’s pursuing every avenue possible           CYPRUS: Passengers wait for their flights at Larnaca interna-
should get another term. Yet, she’s not sold        busy testing lines of argument on the econo-       here to tackle what he thinks is our most          tional airport. Air traffic controllers in Cyprus will walk off the
on Republican front-runner Mitt Romney or           my. In a recent appearance in West Palm            important challenge which is growing the           job for four hours to protest a two-year government worker
his rivals. Like many other Florida residents,      Beach, Romney mentioned almost nothing             economy, creating jobs, positioning the            wage freeze and other deficit-reduction measures. — AP
she can’t help but fret: “We are so knee-deep       about Florida-specific issues such as offshore       American economy to compete and domi-
in the economic problems, so far down in the        oil drilling and US-Cuba relations, focusing       nate in the 21st century and this is another
hole, who is going to get us out?” With the
Florida Republican presidential primary
                                                    instead on criticizing Obama and promoting
                                                    his own economic plans. Campaign mailers
                                                                                                       indication of that effort,” said White House
                                                                                                       press secretary Jay Carney. For Obama, the
                                                                                                                                                             Economists pan
looming on Jan 31 and Obama coming to               sent to Florida Republicans echoed the strat-      economic numbers are daunting in Florida, a
the state Thursday to announce a new eco-
nomic initiative, this is the grim situation in a
                                                        “Our economy has fallen flat. Who’s to
                                                                                                       state critical to his re-election chances:
                                                                                                           The November unemployment rate of 10
                                                                                                                                                              idea of new US
key campaign battleground: Ten percent              blame?” asks one mailer. Another proclaims         percent was good news because it was the
unemployment. Rampant home foreclo-
sures. Nearly half the state’s homeowners
                                                    that Romney is the strongest to lead the
                                                    country out of economic turmoil, arguing
                                                                                                       state’s lowest since May 2009. But it’s much
                                                                                                       higher than the national 8.5 percent jobless
                                                                                                                                                             gold standard
owing more on their mortgages than their            this: “With conservative leadership, America       figure. About 926,000 Floridians were out of        WASHINGTON: As Republican presidential hopefuls entertain
properties are worth. Ten months before the         can be first in the world in job creation           work in November. More than 2 percent of all       calls to fix the value of the dollar to the price of gold, a panel
election, Florida’s environment presents a          again.” Romney is in a strong position head-       Florida housing units were involved in fore-       of leading economists on Wednesday roundly panned the
stark challenge for Obama and an opportuni-         ing into Saturday’s primary in South Carolina      closure last year, according to the RealtyTrac     idea of a return to the gold standard. A poll of nearly 40 bipar-
ty for the eventual Republican nominee in           after back-to-back victories in Iowa and New       foreclosure listing service. That translated in    tisan economists showed no support for the idea that peg-
the nation’s largest state with a history of        Hampshire. Entrance and exit polls from both       December to one in every 360 units, placing        ging the currency to the price of gold would lead to a more
vacillating between choosing Republicans            states showed that voters overwhelmingly           Florida at No 7 among states with the highest      stable US jobs market or keep prices in check.
                                                                                                       2011 foreclosure rates. And 2012 is forecast           Asked by University of Chicago whether a return to the
                                                                                                       to be even busier.                                 gold standard would lead to price-stability and employment
                                                                                                           Florida is third in the number of homes        outcomes that “would be better for the average American,”
                                                                                                       with “upside down” mortgages, at 44 percent        100 percent of respondents said no. Republican candidate
                                                                                                       of all mortgaged properties, according to the      Ron Paul has long advocated a return to the gold standard-
                                                                                                       CoreLogic real estate data firm. That works         which was abandoned by the United States in 1971 and
                                                                                                       out to slightly less than 2 million Florida        decades before by the rest of the world-but his competitors
                                                                                                       homes where the owners owe more than the           have also warmed to the idea. Campaigning in South Carolina
                                                                                                       properties are worth. For many people              on Tuesday Newt Gingrich called for a “gold commission” to
                                                                                                       whose home is by far their biggest invest-         look at how to get back to “hard money,” according to CNN.
                                                                                                       ment, the housing problem is believed to be        Even that less than full-throated support was not shared by
                                                                                                       dragging down confidence and the state’s            poll respondents.
                                                                                                       recovery as a whole. Said Mark Fleming, chief          “A gold standard regime would be a disaster for any large
                                                                                                       economist at CoreLogic: “This overhang is          advanced economy. Love of the (gold standard) implies
                                                                                                       holding back the recovery of the housing           macroeconomic illiteracy,” said Chicago Booth’s Anil Kashyap.
                                                                                                       market and the broader economy.”It’s all           “Eesh. Has it come to this?” responded Austan Goolsbee, for-
                                                                                                       causing indecision - if not confusion - among      mer top economist to Barack Obama and now a Chicago pro-
                                                                                                       Florida’s pivotal swing voters. Hollywood resi-    fessor, expressing his strong disagreement. Other objections
                                                                                                       dent Phillip James, 48, is a libertarian-leaning   were more specific. “Since gold has supply and demand
                                                                                                       independent who says he cannot support             dynamics of its own, for reasons unrelated to its use as a store
NEW YORK: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday,                          Obama. “I think he has just broken too many        of value, Americans would exposed to risk,” said Caroline
Jan 18, 2012. Wall Street is opening slightly higher. — AP                                             promises,” James said. —AP                         Hoxby of Stanford University. — AFP

TOKYO: Finance Minister Jun Azumi and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner attend a press conference in Tokyo. Japanese central government officials pledged to buy less Iranian oil in a
nod to Washington’s campaign to sanction Iran over its nuclear program. — MCT

    China holds the key as tension flares
             Iran vow to close Hormuz keeps Mideast on tenterhooks

          ost days, the announcement of an           veteran energy analyst with Again Capital in         began giving conflicting accounts of what it         of International Studies, a Foreign Ministry
          $8.5 billion joint venture oil deal        New York, said in a recent interview.                had agreed to do.                                   research center.
          between Saudi Arabia and China                But it’s not just a question of Saudi supply          China’s public actions were the opposite of         In a telephone interview Monday with
wouldn’t raise eyebrows. Riyadh, after all, is       to China. Europe, South Korea and Japan              the EU’s and Japan’s. Chinese officials were          McClatchy Newspapers, Li was cautious
China’s largest supplier of oil. But with the        need to replace Iranian oil, too. “It’s pretty       widely seen to have rebuffed efforts by               about drawing any connection between
United States pushing for an oil embargo             clear that the big buyers ... are relatively         Geithner to get them to sign on during his          Wen’s presence in the Persian Gulf and the
against Iran, China’s third-largest oil provider,    dependent on Iranian oil,” Kilduff said.              trip to Beijing last week. China often has criti-   standoff between Iran and the West.
the calculus has changed.                               Earlier this month, the European Union            cized American pressure on Iran as unproduc-        “Premier Wen’s visit is within the interests of
    China is emerging as a key test of whether       and Japan, Iran’s second- and third-largest oil      tive. State-run media slammed US sanctions          China,” Li said.
the West and its allies will be able to squeeze      customers, signaled willingness to reduce            — announced last Thursday — against a                   Wen’s six-day trip, which began over the
Tehran into slowing its nuclear program. The         their Iranian oil orders. When and how they          Chinese firm that exports gasoline to Iran.          weekend, marks the first visit to Saudi Arabia
role China will play in the US-led effort is still    do that, however, remains unclear. The EU                But Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s presence        by a Chinese premier since 1991, and the first
far from clear, but the United States and oth-       and Japan combined bought more than 30               in Saudi Arabia — a bitter rival of Iran —          ever by a premier to the United Arab Emirates
ers are watching Beijing’s moves closely for         percent of Iran’s exports in the first half of last   spoke otherwise. It raised at least the possibil-   and Qatar. All three Arab nations sit across the
clues about its intentions.                          year.                                                ity that Beijing was pondering whether it           Persian Gulf from Iran.
    As the biggest importer of Iranian oil —            The EU announcement was expected to be            could offset Iranian oil with supplies from              Tensions have flared in the Gulf, with Iran
some 20 percent of Iran’s output — China has         formalized Jan 23 at a meeting of ministers,         Arab countries should Tehran become a com-          threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz,
great sway over American plans. Its decision         but news reports suggest that the embargo            plete financial pariah.                              through which much of the region’s oil
to accept, partially agree to or spurn the push      could be delayed by six months to allow                  There’s been no official word along those         exports pass. Iran is angry about new US sanc-
for new economic curbs on Tehran will be             nations more time to find replacement oil             lines from the Chinese government or state          tions that bar any financial firm that does
crucial to Washington’s efforts to starve Iran’s      sources. During a visit last week by Treasury        media. “We should note that Premier Wen’s           business with Iran’s central bank from access-
economy as punishment for the country’s              Secretary Tim Geithner, Japan committed to           visit was arranged a long time before this cri-     ing the US financial system.
alleged attempts to develop a nuclear                begin reducing its oil imports from Iran. Soon       sis,” said Li Guofu, the director of the Center         Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has warned
weapon.                                              after Geithner departed, however, Japan              for Middle East Studies at the China Institute      Iran that he intends to ensure safe passage of
    For years, and in private, US diplomats                                                                                                                   oil. Oil prices have risen sharply in January on
have been working quietly to achieve just                                                                                                                     fears of supply disruptions. During Wen’s trip,
that outcome. McClatchy Newspapers report-                                                                                                                    China’s state Sinopec oil company reportedly
ed last May that secret diplomatic cables                China is emerging as a key test of whether the West                                                  inked a joint venture agreement with Saudi
obtained by WikiLeaks document how the                                                                                                                        Arabia’s Aramco worth at least $8.5 billion
State Department pressed Saudi Arabia to                    and its allies will be able to squeeze Tehran into                                                that gave the Chinese company a 37.5 per-
step up its oil exports to China in a bid to
weaken rival Iran’s foreign oil sales and
                                                         slowing its nuclear program. The role China will play                                                cent stake in an oil refinery in the Red Sea
                                                                                                                                                              port of Yanbu. The operation, slated to begin
Tehran’s sway over Beijing. It worked, because              in the US-led effort is still far from clear, but the                                             by 2014, is to process some 400,000 barrels of
by 2010 Saudi Arabia had become the top oil                                                                                                                   crude a day.
supplier to China.                                          United States and others are watching Beijing’s                                                       The Dow Jones financial news wire, how-
    It was possible partly because Saudi crude                                                                                                                ever, quoted the chairman of Sinopec at the
is similar in composition to Iranian oil. “In this
                                                              moves closely for clues about its intentions.                                                   signing Saturday as saying that his company
case, the Saudis could do a lot of the offset of                                                                                                               hadn’t requested any additional crude oil
the cessation of sales by Iran,” John Kilduff, a                                                                                                               from Saudi Arabia. — MCT

    Egypt army’s invisible hand
                       Its vast business interests hold economy in tight grip, deter it from ceding power

                                            An Egyptian worker fills a customer’s car tank at a petrol station in Cairo on Jan 16, 2012. — AFP
By Joseph Mayton                                       less evident. In one of the most unusual intra-        sought to transplant Western technology to the         tary and business has become more visible and

                                                       government transactions of the year, the mili-         country. The army’s role expanded when Gamal           controversial. All these industries, says economic
          ahmoud Yussif runs a mobile phone            tary loaned the central bank $1 billion to help        Abdul-Nasser created a state-dominated econo-          analyst Gamal Abdel-Salam of CS Securities in
          shop here in the Egyptian capital. He        support the sagging Egyptian pound last                my in the 1950s and 1960s.                             Cairo, lead to a conflict of interest. “The military
          fields customers in rapid-fire succession    month. The transaction not only pointed up the             The military’s businesses enjoyed another          runs all these companies, factories and tourist
explaining his products thoroughly, answering          relative wealth of the two institutions but also       spurt of growth after the 1979 peace treaty with       destination spots, and now is in charge of the
questions quickly and efficiently, and locating in     the extent to which the army has access to mon-        Israel led to a smaller army and the need to find      government, so it means they are giving money
seconds a cellphone or anything else in his small      ey beyond the reach of the civilian authorities to     jobs for demobilized soldiers. In 2008, as bread       out and supporting industry that in essence
but crowded shop. Started five years ago, it’s a       whom it is supposed to be reporting.                   riots exploded across the country, the govern-         they are already in charge of,” he says.
prosperous business but a very small one. Yet             Amr Hamzawy, a political analyst and newly          ment ordered the giant network of army bak-                Topping it off, military businesses are free
even a tiny store like Yussif’s isn’t beyond from      elected member of parliament, estimates that           eries to supply hungry consumers. The military         from government oversight and are not
the long business arm of Egypt’s army. The own-        the military controls as much as a third of            in Egypt “has a long history of running business,      required to pay taxes, which Abdel-Salam says
er of the space that he rents is a general, who        Egypt’s economy. Paul Sullivan, a US National          and they are stronger economically than any            means that as the government gets poorer, “the
has also his creditor, and between those two           Defense University professor and expert on             other institution in the country”, the former gen-     military and its leaders are getting wealthier, so
roles takes a big chunk of the store’s profits. “I     Egypt’s military, told Time magazine last year         eral says. “Don’t be fooled by their power, it is      why would they want to leave power if they are
don’t own the shop itself,” Yussif told The Media      that the military accounts for some 10 percent         now political and economic and they like it this       winning on all sides?” Abdel-Salam contends
Line as the afternoon rush hour frenzy of cus-         to 15 percent of the economy. Mohamed Kadry            way.”                                                  that the generals “see an opportunity to push
tomers comes to an end. “The owner of the              Said, a retired general and a military analyst for         The reach of the military’s wealth and influ-      forward without fear of government oversight,
space, who really just gave me a loan, takes 20        the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic        ence over business extends beyond its formal           because they are the oversight and that is why
percent of my earnings every month.”                   Studies in Cairo, puts the figure at 8 percent of      holdings to a vast cadre of retired officers who       they are silent on their role in the economy.”
    The unnamed general dabbles in real estate         gross domestic product, a seemingly small per-         move into influential positions in government              Yussif, the shopkeeper, says he sees the mili-
and lending as a private sideline. But it illus-       centage but, in Egypt’s $180 billion economy,          and companies. “Retirement here in Egypt from          tary controlling all aspects of society, from politi-
trates the extent to which Egypt’s army is             one that puts the annual turnover of Egyptian          the military is never final,” the retired general      cal to the everyday functioning of businesses
engaged in business as the owner and operator          Army Inc. at more than $14 billion.                    says. According to Jane’s, the Egyptian military’s     with a tighter grip than the former Mubarak
of a vast empire of factories, tourist resorts and        As Egypt moves on its rocky road toward             budget is some $5 billion annually, supplement-        regime. “At least before there were places that
real estate developments. No one knows the             democracy, observers say the army’s efforts to         ed by $1.3 billion of American financial aid - far     they couldn’t get to and didn’t control, but now,
extent of the Egyptian military’s economic hold-       preserve its business interests are likely to be a     more than the country receive in economic              if you argue or fight for your rights, they can
ings because successive authoritarian regimes          major barrier. More democracy will almost cer-         assistance - as well as more in the form of budg-      arrest you and charge you with crimes against
have made sure it was kept secret.                     tainly entail more accountability and perhaps a        ets for joint training and excess military hard-       the government,” he says. “I don’t like it. My
    But since the military came to power in Egypt      direct assault by the country’s civilian politicians   ware. But Ahmed says the army’s spending is            friends don’t like it.” He recounts the story of a
as the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces             and economic reformers on the military’s eco-          probably higher, thanks to revenues gleaned            fellow shop owner who was sent to jail because
(SCAF) almost a year ago after a popular upris-        nomic power and privileges. Many doubt that            from its far-flung business. “It’s a fine line         he refused to continue paying the officer a share
ing ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the armed          the generals will relinquish power so quickly.         between what is legal and what is not, because         of the profits. “It had been 10 years and their
forces role in business has come under                 Among those is Mohamed ElBaradei. who                  there are no laws here that prevent the govern-        contract was supposed to be finished,” says
increased scrutiny. For people like Yussif, the        announced over the weekend that he had                 ment, the military and others from owning and          Yussif. “It’s a tough time we live in.”
grip of the army-dominated economy’s invisible         dropped out of the presidential race, saying he        running businesses at the same time,” the for-             Overcoming wealth and power in Egypt may
hand has also become tighter. “They haven’t let        saw no hope that the election due by the end of        mer general says.                                      be difficult to achieve, even if a new constitution
me sell any SIM cards without their first being        June would bring a real end to the military’s              As an institution, the armed forces own and        - which the military wants to ensure contains no
registered, which has hurt business because the        rule.                                                  run much of the food industry, including plants        oversight over its budget and income - is estab-
ones from former clients were cheaper. I get              “They use their businesses to maintain their        manufacturing olive oil, milk. bread and bottled       lished in the next few months. Indeed, for the
calls weekly to know how my shop is going,” he         power now more than ever. They own restau-             water - all of which are subsidized by the very        former general the revolution that toppled
says.                                                  rants and tourism companies, so for the leader-        government they are in charge of. They also run        Mubarak is starting to look like the one that top-
    Concrete information on the extent and             ship today, stability and crushing the opposition      a number of cement factories, gas stations and         pled King Farouk in 1952 and inaugurated near-
holdings of the army’s business operations is dif-     to their rule is paramount to maintaining their        refineries, clothing and kitchen facilities, vehicle   ly six decades of military rule.
ficult to come by. The armed forces are secretive      wealth,” Ahmed, a former general who asked             production - one local newspaper reported the              “What we are seeing,” he says, “is Egypt’s mil-
but have portrayed themselves and the govern-          that his name not be used, told The Media Line.        military is in partnership with Jeep to produce        itary taking a very Soviet-style approach to
ment generally as poor and hemorrhaging mon-           Army-owned factories first sprang up in the            Cherokees and Wranglers - as well as resorts and       things and one we have seen before, in the
ey. In the case of the government, that is cer-        1820s to produce uniforms and small arms as            hotels.                                                1950s with Nasser and look how that turned out
tainly the case, but in the case of the army that is   Muhammad Ali, the founder of modern Egypt,                 Since February last year, the role of the mili-    for the country.”— Media Line
                                                         niv rsar


   FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2012


Actress Elizabeth Banks attends
a special screening of "Haywire"
hosted by the Cinema Society at
the Landmark Sunshine Cinema
on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 in
New York. —AP
                                                                                                                                                 Te c h n o l o g y

        Leaner and meaner
    Ultrabooks dominate electronics show - but who needs them?

    f you believe the hype coming out of the     outlook in North America could not stimu-      thick, use flash drives for quick activation     Envy Spectre 14 which sports a new
    world’s largest electronics show this        late consumer PC demand in that region,”       and boast battery life of at least five hours.   tougher kind of Gorilla Glass on both the
    week, your life will just not be complete    said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner’s principal         According to Intel some 75 models             screen and exterior for a dazzling look.
until you get your hands on a sleek new          analyst. He pointed out that even the intro-   meeting these specifications are being               Even more innovative is Lenovo’s
ultrabook. From Dell to HP, from Lenovo to       duction of ultrabooks could not stimulate      introduced at CES. Most of these will run on     IdeaPad Yoga, whose full touchscreen has a
Samsung and from Intel to Microsoft all the      demand: “They didn’t seem to draw con-         Intel’s Ivy bridge processor and will hit the    180-degree hinge, allowing the laptop to
big guns of the tech world are raving about      sumers’ attention.” Intel hopes to change      market in June, featuring nifty features         turn itself into a tablet. It’s probably the
these new products as though they had            that with a 300-million-dollar ad campaign     such as Smart Connect which periodically         best example of a tablet/laptop hybrid to
just reinvented the wheel. So what’s all the     to support what it has dubbed a “new era       wakes a system from sleep to update your         date but since it only works with Windows
fuss about? A new category of sleek laptop       in computing.” To qualify as an ultrabook,     e-mail, calendar, social media. Among the        8 it won’t be available before the end of the
computers that weigh less, start up faster,      Intel says the slimline laptops must weigh     most talked about models on the show-            year, and even then it will scare most peo-
last longer and of course costs a lot more       less than 1.4 kg, be no more than 21 mm        room floor at CES was HP’s 1,400-dollar          ple off with a sticker price of around 1,300
than that trusty old device you’ve been lug-                                                                                                     dollars. Many of the other ultrabooks on
ging around in your backpack for the last                                                                                                        show fail to stand out from their competi-
several years.                                                                                                                                   tors, leading the laptop analyst from PC
    An estimated 75 new ultrabooks were                                                                                                          Mag, Eric Grevstad, to complain of “ultra-
put on show this week at the Consumer                                                                                                            book overload.”
Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas,                                                                                                                 “Are ultrabooks the second coming of
according to Intel, the world’s largest mak-                                                                                                     the laptop, or just a desperate, futile
er of computer chips which is behind the                                                                                                         attempt to fend off the tablet revolution
recent fad. But the real catalyst was Apple                                                                                                      and maintain some relevance in the mobile
Inc, whose slimline MacBook Air, released                                                                                                        market for more traditional PCs?’ asked
in 2008, made every other computer look                                                                                                          PCWorld’s Tony Bradley. There’s no doubt
ugly in comparison. Apple’s hugely suc-                                                                                                          that ultrabooks represent an improvement
cessful iPads, not to mention the iPhone                                                                                                         on what’s currently available. But many
and its Android rivals, have also cut into the                                                                                                   observers doubt that they offer enough
sales of computer makers, and forced them                                                                                                        advantages to justify their premium and
to realize they have to jazz up their prod-                                                                                                      reignite the flagging PC market. “Intel is try-
ucts if they want to stay in business.                                                                                                           ing too hard to invent something that’s just
    PC sales figures released Wednesday by                                                                                                       the natural evolution of laptops,” said Kevin
research firm Gartner highlighted the prob-                                                                                                      C Tofel of the tech website GigaOm. “Its
lem, as fourth quarter sales declined by 1.4                                                                                                     branding of Ultrabooks is more about solv-
per cent from the holiday period a year ear-                                                                                                     ing Intel’s problem - less reliance on its
lier, with particular weakness in mature                                                                                                         devices - than solving a consumer prob-
markets like Japan, the United States and                                                                                                        lem.” — dpa
western Europe. The problem is that most
consumers appear happy to browse the
web and watch videos with their existing
laptops - and see little reason to upgrade.
    “Expectations of a healthier economic

Cathy Gendreau, 51, divorced last year after 26 years of marriage, poses for portrait in Apopka, Florida. —MCT

                  When marriages get                half the state’s rate for those 50 to 64 - 6.25,    transition. Bad marriages can be made worse. If       half her husband’s retirement in the divorce
                                                    compared with 12.2. The lower rate likely           one or both of the spouses experienced                but struggles to keep up with the payments.
                                                    reflects the area’s large Hispanic population,      divorce in the past, they are more at risk to         She admits the house feels a little empty at
                                                    which tends to have fewer divorces, Brown           divorce later in life, Brown said. The divorce        times. “It’s lonely,” said Gendreau, 51, of
                                                    said.                                               rate for aging boomers is twice as high for           Apopka, Fla. “I still have our big, old, beautiful
                                                        The increase in more people getting             those who were previously divorced than               house, but I’m working my butt off to keep it.”
                                                    divorced later in life is the continuation of the   those who were on their first marriage.                   Gendreau, who works several jobs, includ-

      ucie Elmer’s life follows the familiar tra-   pattern of divorce and remarriage among the            Lucie Elmer’s first divorce when she was           ing as a tutor and financial adviser, said she
      jectory of her generation: marriage at a      baby-boom generation and the life-cycle tran-       young proved to her that she could survive a          never thought too far ahead while married but
      young age, divorce and remarriage. The        sition that takes place upon retirement. Retired    second divorce in her 50s. It wouldn’t be easy,       is now focused on her 12-year-old son - the
second marriage lasted 28 years, and when it        couples often face difficulties in adjusting to a   but she knew what to expect. “It’s a roller           youngest of her four children - and a better life
ended a couple of years ago, Elmer joined the       life together that doesn’t include work.            coaster, but the roller coaster does level off,”      ahead as she reaches retirement. “I’m going to
legions of other baby boomers who are raising       Spouses who once defined themselves by              she said. Elmer says she has no intention of          work as hard as I can for as long as I can so I can
the divorce rate among those in their 50s and       what they did at work can experience an iden-       ever remarrying, but as she ventures into the         enjoy my old age,” she said. And though many
60s. “Even though I was a very independent                                                                                                                    older men may be looking for wives to take
person, when it came to being divorced at this                                                                                                                care of them in their old age, some women
age, now it’s just you,” said Elmer, 54, of                                                                                                                   don’t want - or need - that responsibility. Elmer
Orlando, Florida. “It’s frightening and excit-
ing.”                                                 Aging baby boomers boost                                                                                sees herself in a committed relationship in her
                                                                                                                                                              future, but not as a wife. “I see myself as single,
    While the overall divorce rate in the United                                                                                                              but with a significant other, someone you can
States has declined, divorce among those
aged 50 to 64 has spiked. What once was con-
sidered unusual - older people getting
                                                       divorce rate among older                                                                               do things with,” she said. “It could be dinner; it
                                                                                                                                                              could be travel; it could be the arts festival.”
                                                                                                                                                                  That scenario - lots of old people, single or
divorced - is now becoming commonplace.                                                                                                                       living together but not married - raises serious
“Historically we thought, ‘Older people, they       tity crisis once they stop working. Meanwhile,      world of dating again, she finds men her age          issues as to who will take care of them when
don’t get divorced,’” said Susan L Brown, co-       spouses accustomed to being alone most of           are often looking for someone younger.                they do become ill and infirm. Traditionally,
director of the National Center for Family &        the day must adjust to having somebody else         “They’re still looking for Barbie,” she said.         care for the elderly has been the duty of the
Marriage Research at Bowling Green                  around, disrupting their routines.                      For those looking to remarry later in life, the   spouse. “If, historically, most older adults have
University in Ohio. “Now one in four people             And sometimes retirement simply means           pool of potential mates increases for men             been married and have a spouse to provide
getting divorced is over the age of 50. In 1990,    two people who have been married for a long         because the ratio of women to men increases           care, increasingly that is not going to be the
it was less than one in 10.”                        time must reintroduce themselves to each oth-       with age. For women, it becomes harder to             case,” Brown said. “If we don’t have that
    Brown’s research found that the divorce         er. “You really have to redefine together what      find a potential husband. There are other             spouse present, then it becomes a challenge
rate for those 50 to 64 increased from 6.9          your understanding of retirement is like and        issues as well. Late-life divorce can be financial-   for society.” —MCT
divorces per 1,000 marriages in 1990 to 12.6 in     then talk about how the two of you together         ly devastating, with the woman qualifying for
2009. At the same time, the overall divorce         are going to make that happen,” said Toby           half the man’s retirement savings. Remarriage
rate in the United States dropped from 18.95        Weber, 64, a Leesburg, Florida, “retirement         also raises concerns over estates and inheri-
to 17.92. Metropolitan Orlando, Florida’s           coach.”                                             tances among the couple’s children.
divorce rate for aging baby boomers is about            Good marriages survive that retirement              Cathy Gendreau said she got the house and

                                                                                                                               Everyday cooking
                                                                                                                             By Sawsan Kazak

                                                                                                                                t seems with these cold ‘win-
                                                                                                                                ter’ nights, many people have
                                                                                                                                been getting sick. And one of
                                                                                                                             the oldest remedies for the com-
                                                                                                                             mon cold is vitamin C. Oranges
                                                                                                                             are the quintessential vitamin C
                                                                                                                             fruits. But just eating oranges all
                                                                                                                             day can get boring. The following
                                                                                                                             recipes include the refreshing
                                                                                                                             taste and therapeutic powers of

                                                                                                                                 Send your suggestions to:

                      fa              N      avel oranges are                          orange
Fu n

                           named that because of the belly-button for-

                         mation opposite the stem end. The bigger the
                       navel in an orange, the sweeter it will be.
                        When is an orange green? When it’s a Valencia!
                  Sometimes warm weather causes the skin to regreen, or
                 reabsorb chlorophyll, giving it a greenish color. But it will still
               taste great.
                   Eat oranges and stay young! Oranges are high in antioxidants,       5 scoops vanilla ice cream
              which neutralize the effects of free radicals, unstable oxygen mole-      5 cups orange juice
              cules in your body, believed to cause aging and some diseases.           1/4 cup milk
                  Moro oranges are also called blood oranges! But don’t worry.         1/4 cup frozen orange juice con-
               That’s just because the pulp is bright red. They’re really a sweet      centrate
                treat.                                                                 Orange peel for garnish
                    After chocolate and vanilla, orange is the world’s favorite

                                                                                          n blender, combine ice cream,
                        Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seeds                orange juice, milk, and orange
                       and seedlings to the New World on his second voy-                  juice concentrate and blend
                         age in 1493.                                                  until mixture is smooth and frothy.
                                                                                       Pour into 2 tall glasses. Garnish
                                 (                                     with orange peel, if you like.

 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken

 1 egg
 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

                                                                                                                                                                       orange chicken
 white pepper
 oil (for frying)
 1/2 cup cornstarch , plus
 1 tablespoon cornstarch
 1/4 cup flour
 1 tablespoon gingerroot , minced
 1 teaspoon garlic , minced
 1/2 teaspoon crushed hot red chili pepper
 1/4 cup green onion , chopped
 1 tablespoon rice wine
 1/4 cup water
 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

 Orange Sauce

 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
 1 1/2 tablespoons water
 5 tablespoons sugar
 5 tablespoons white vinegar
 1 orange, zest of

        lace chicken pieces in large bowl. Stir   deep-fryer to 375 degrees. Add chicken,        seconds over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon          en, stirring until well mixed. Stir water into
        in egg, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon     small batches at a time, and fry 3 to 4 min-   oil. Add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until     remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch until
        oil and mix well.Stir cornstarch and      utes or until golden crisp. (Do not over-      fragrant; about 10 seconds. Add and stir-         smooth and add to chicken. Heat until
  flour together. Mix flour mixture and egg       cook chicken). Remove chicken from oil         fry crushed chiles and green onions. Add          sauce is thickned. Stir in sesame oil and
  mixture. Add chicken pieces, stirring to        with slotted spoon and drain on paper          rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange          orange zest if desired. Serve over jasmine
  coat. Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or        towels; set aside. Clean wok and heat 15       Sauce and bring to boil. Add cooked chick-        rice.

Winter                                                                                                                                             Orange        cookies
orange salad                                                      2 cups white sugar
                                                                  1 cup shortening
                                                                  2 eggs
                                                                  1 cup sour cream
                                                                                                                1.Cream white sugar and shortening;
                                                                                                             add eggs and stir. Add sour cream and 1
                                                                                                             teaspoon vanilla; stir and set aside. Sift
                                                                                                             together flour, baking powder, baking
                                                                  1 teaspoon vanilla extract                 soda, and salt. Add little by little to the
                                                                  5 cups all-purpose flour                    creamed mixture and stir well. Add 3/4
                                                                  2 teaspoons baking powder                  cup orange juice concentrate, and 2
                                                                  1 teaspoon baking soda                     tablespoons orange zest. Drop onto
                                                                  1 teaspoon salt                            greased cookie sheets by teaspoonfuls.
                                                                  3/4 cup frozen orange juice concen-           2.Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees
                                                                  trate, thawed                              C) for about 10 minutes. Frost cookies
                                                                  2 tablespoons grated orange zest           when they are cool.
                                                                  1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest               3.To Make Frosting: Mix together 1/2
                                                                  2 tablespoons frozen orange juice con-     teaspoon orange zest, 2 Tablespoons of
                                                                  centrate, thawed                           the thawed orange juice concentrate, 1
                                                                   1 teaspoon vanilla extract                teaspoon vanilla, 4 Tablespoons of melt-
                                                                     4 tablespoons butter, melted            ed butter, 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
                                                                        1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar      or enough to make frosting of spreading

                                                                              Orange       cake
           * 2 tablespoons sugar                                                                                        1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
           * 2 tablespoons minced shallots                                                                              1 (3 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
           * 3 tablespoons vinegar                                                                                      3/4 cup orange juice
           * 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice                                                                           1/2 cup vegetable oil
           * 1 teaspoon dry mustard                                                                                     4 eggs
           * 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil                                                                         1 teaspoon lemon extract
           * 1/2 teaspoon salt                                                                                          1/3 cup orange juice
        Salad:                                                                                                          2/3 cup white sugar
           * 3 cups orange sections (about 3 large oranges)                                                             1/4 cup butter
           * 3 cups torn romaine lettuce

           * 3 cups torn red leaf lettuce                                                                                      rease a 10 inch Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165
           * 3 cups baby spinach leaves                                                                                        degrees C).
           * 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
           * 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese                                                                       In a large bowl, stir together cake mix and pudding mix. Make a well in
                                                                                                                        the center and pour in 3/4 cup orange juice, oil, eggs and lemon extract.
                                                                                                                        Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on

              o prepare vinaigrette, combine first 7 ingredi-
              ents in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Set                                                              medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for
              aside. To prepare salad, combine orange sec-                                                              50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire
        tions, romaine, red leaf lettuce, and spinach in a                                                              rack and cool completely. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook 1/3 cup
        large bowl. Add onion and cheese. Pour vinaigrette                                                              orange juice, sugar and butter for two minutes. Drizzle over cake.
        over salad mixture; toss gently to coat.
99 Mystical Noor Stones carry all that is left of the wisdom and knowledge of the lost
civilization of Baghdad. But the Noor Stones lie scattered across the globe - now little more
than a legend. One man has made it his life’s mission to seek out what was lost. His name is
Dr. Ramzi Razem and he has searched fruitlessly for the Noor Stones all his life. Now, his luck
is about to change - the first of the stones have been rediscovered and with them a special
type of human who can unlock the gem’s mystical power. Ramzi brings these gem - bearers
together to form a new force for good in the world. A force known as ... the 99!

Baghdad lies in ruins, destroyed by the marauding armies of Hulagu Khan. The brave
librarians of the great Dar Al-Hikma rush to save the glory of the ancient world’s
accumulated wisdom, little knowing that centuries later their efforts will bear strange
fruit. While the Noor Stones were created to save the library, their power has transcended
that task and in our own time has provided extraordinary abilities to an international
group of young people, the world’s newest superheroes known as… The 99.


                                                                                                  The 99 ® and all related characters ® and © 2012, Teshkeel Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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                                                                                                                                                                          Moscow for the visitor can
                                                                                                                                                                           seem tantalizingly over-
                                                                                                                                                                            whelming. The city’s so
                                                                                                                                                                          large it can be difficult to
                                                                                                                                                                           determine what the best
                                                                                                                                                                             things to do in Moscow
                                                                                                                                                                                          really are.

                             Moscow                                                                        Must-See Sights
       ourists, foreigners, and            to the grandeur of Russia past. Don’t      mentaries from the 19th century will      some not-so-unusual souvenirs here.
       Russians themselves flock to         forget the Amory Museum, either,           make your skin prickle with their         You’ll have more than one artist,           Pushkin Fine Arts Museum
       Moscow to see what makes            which holds precious relics of             messages. Repin, Vrubel, Kandinsky,       musician, or juggler vying for your            While the Tretyakov Gallery hous-
this city pulse. Moscow is busy and        Imperial stature, such as gold-gilt        Chagall, and many more Russian            attention, depending upon the sea-          es Russia’s greatest art works, the
fast-paced with its efficient subway         carriages and silver-threaded royal        artists are represented here-open         son and the time of day. Old Arbat          Pushkin Fine Arts Museum holds a
system and 11 million people, but it       garments                                   any book on Russian art and most of       Street is completely pedestrian,            vast collection of foreign born artists’
is also steady and reliable with its                                                  the significant pieces will be hanging     which means it’s great for people           masterpieces. If you like
cultural and historic relics that are      Red Square                                 in the Tretyakov. However, a book         watching.                                   Impressionism, Post-Impressionism,
still an integral part of the Russian          Just outside the Kremlin is the        can’t do these paintings justice!                                                     and Renaissance art, you’ll enjoy the
consciousness. Moscow for the visi-        famous Red Square. There you can                                                     Victory Park                                Pushkin Fine Arts Museum.
tor can seem tantalizingly over-           watch the changing of the guard at            Izmaylovo Market                           Moscow’s Victory Park memorial-
whelming. The city’s so large it can       the Eternal Flame or visit Lenin’s            This is the main souvenir market       izes the Great Patriotic War, other-        Boat Tour of Moscow
be difficult to determine what the           Tomb (be prepared to stand in line         of Moscow, and here is where you          wise known as World War II. This war            Adam BakerSay goodbye to
best things to do in Moscow really         for more than an hour for an “attrac-      can find all things Russian at all         took a huge toll on Russia, and elder-      Moscow with a boat tour through
are. So, in order to get a taste of        tion” that is less impressive than it      prices. Folk crafts, jewelry, antiques,   ly Russians are revered for having          the city. In summer, boat tours are
what Moscow means to Russia, what          sounds). If St. Basil’s Cathedral is       chess sets, and anything else             survived this difficult time. You’ll find      pleasant and relaxing, and this alter-
should you see if you don’t know           open, explore it-it is as beautiful on     “Russian” will tempt you in any vari-     WWII memorials all over Russia, but         native view of the city is charming.
where to start?                            the inside as it is the outside. A final    ety and color. Getting there is easy,     Victory Park is Moscow’s home for           The towers of the Kremlin, as well as
                                           suggestion for Red Square: visit it in     too-just look on any metro map and        these monuments, sculptures, foun-          other significant architectural monu-
The Kremlin                                the quietude of the evening and            find the Izmaylovsky stop. Once you        tains, and obelisks.                        ments, will peak over the treetops.
   The Moscow Kremlin is a must-           experience it without the tourists. It’s   exit the subway, any passer-by can                                                    Stand on the open-air deck and use
see for visitors to Moscow and one of      magical!                                   point you in the direction of the sou-    Sparrow Hills                               your last roll of film to snap pictures
the best things to do in the Russian                                                  venir market.                                 Get a panoramic view of Moscow          of the buildings on the river’s banks.
capital city. Once inside, you can visit   State Tretyakov Gallery                                                              from Sparrow Hills. This vantage                (
Cathedral Square, whose historic               The State Tretrakov Gallery has        Old Arbat Street                          point allows you to get a good look
cathedrals were worshiped in by the        the best collection of Russian art. The       Adam BakerOld Arbat Street is          at the expanse of the city. Perfect for
tsars and their families. Also on dis-     likenesses of Catherine the Great and      Moscow’s most famous thorough-            photographs, a romantic moment,
play are the Tsar Bell and Tsar            Pushkin will confront you in its gal-      fare. Old Arbat Street is tourist-ori-    or jotting down thoughts in your
Cannon, two immobile monuments             leries. Larger-than-life social com-       ented, and you’ll be able to find          travel journal.
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Brusselicious 2012:
                     The top 10 events at the Brussels food festival
      he French may beg to differ, but        miss the chance of presenting at least     September, bringing together all of
      for my money the Belgian capi-         one over-the-top surrealist event.         Belgium’s gourmet influences, chefs
      tal is often a far better place to     From 22 June, and lasting for three        and producers. Taking over one of the
eat out than its more famous neigh-          months through the summer, the             city’s prettiest parks, the Bois de la
bour, Paris. So when the Belgians            urban landscape of the city will sud-      Cambre, more than 100 marquees will
decide to organise a year-long food          denly become the canvas for XXL, an        be set up, with visitors having the
festival - Brusselicious - you can be        exhibition of gigantic sculptures of       choice to join cooking classes, watch
sure that it will reveal some creative       Belgium’s favourite foods. Local           chefs demonstrating haute-cuisine
haute-cuisine from the city’s out-           artists have been given carte blanche      recipes, sample chocolates, waffles,
standing young chefs, as well as             to come up with eye-catching               p‚tisseries, stop off at a wine bar or tra-
being fun, irreverent, surreal, and          designs for giant chocolate bars,          ditional beer estaminet, and compare
quirky. There are dozens of events           brussels sprouts, mussels, pints of        experimental molecular dishes with
organised throughout the year, with          beer and of course, a mega cone of         traditional carbonnade de boeuf a tra-
reservations on             frites.                                    ditional beer and beef stew.
already open. Here are my top 10                                                        Admission and demonstrations are
events.                                      Dinosaur dinner                            free; guests pay for drinks and food.
                                                 The Museum of Natural Sciences
Sky-high dining                              is one of the most innovative and          Brussels Wine Week                           weekend. For a country famed for          and chenin to riesling and gewurz-
    The most gastronomic and breath-         exciting museums in Brussels, and at           While Brusselicious will host a beer     brewing hundreds of different beers, it    traminer, while reds are mainly limited
taking event of Brusselicious is the         the heart of this sprawling building is    festival over the first weekend of            can come as a surprise that there are     to gamay and pinot noir. Belgian
four-week extravaganza in June that          a visually stunning Gallery of                                                                                                    winemakers have also made a big
lives up to its vertiginous title - Dinner   Dinosaurs, just as popular with adults                                                                                            impression when they have taken
in the Sky. Just imagine a 22-person         as kids. Throughout March, while the                                                                                              over estates in France, Italy and Spain.
dining space, with a Michelin-starred        Museum will hold an exhibition                                                                                                    All these diverse vintages can be tast-
chef in the middle, suspended high in        exploring the five senses, the                                                                                                     ed during wine week at dozens of
the sky from a towering crane, with          Dinosaur Gallery will be transformed                                                                                              locations around town, from wine
guests strapping on safety belts             into a venue for a unique series of                                                                                               bars, cellars and restaurants, to stalls
before being allowed to nibble the           meals created to explore our taste,                                                                                               in the Grand Place.
amuse-gueules. Each week, this float-         touch, sight, sound and smell.
                                                                                                                                                                               The chip walk
                                                                                                                                                                                   For the Belgians, an old-fashioned
                                                                                                                                                                               “chippy” isn’t a shop or cafe, but rather
Brussels’ year-long food festival is as                                                                                                                                        a fritkot or baraque ‡ frites, a ram-
                                                                                                                                                                               shackle street stand where customers
ambitious and wacky as the name -                                                                                                                                              huddle and brave the elements all for
                                                                                                                                                                               a cone of chips smothered in mayon-
Brusselicious - suggests, with events                                                                                                                                          naise. Everyone has their own
                                                                                                                                                                               favourite chip stall, and during
taking place everywhere from a gour-                                                                                                                                           November, Brusselicious will be run-
                                                                                                                                                                               ning a fiercely-contested competition
met tram to a restaurant suspended                                                                                                                                             to find the best in town. To discover
                                                                                                                                                                               the top 10, follow the Brusselicious
above the city, not to mention a tour                                                                                                                                          “chip walk”.

                                                                                                                                                                               A slow food week
of the best frites in town                                                                                                                                                         From 17-23 September, Karikol,
                                                                                                                                                                               the city’s Slow Food Convivium,
                                                                                                                                                                               organises a week-long celebration of
ing restaurant will move to a different                                                                                                                                         sustainable, carbon-zero cuisine and
emblematic site in Brussels - the            Moules frites at Brussels beach                                                                                                   biodiversity under the banner
Atomium, Parc du Cinquantenaire,                 Like many European cities, Brussels                                                                                           Bruxelles Potagere, or “Brussels, the
Palais Royal and Cambre forest -             has embraced the concept of the                                                                                                   vegetable garden”. Farmers from the
accompanied by a different celebrity          urban beach pioneered by Paris Plage,                                                                                             surrounding countryside will bring in
chef. The price is expected to be sky        where city river banks are transformed                                                                                            their products for tasting sessions,
high too, in the region of €150pp, but       each summer into sandy beaches                                                                                                    organic markets, picnics and gourmet
it will unforgettable, so book early.        complete with palm trees and deck                                                                                                 promenades are on the agenda, while
                                             chairs. The Belgian capital does not                                                                                              70 chefs will come up with slow food-
Gourmet tram                                 boast a grand river like the Seine, and    September, a far more offbeat event is        also vineyards dotted around the          inspired menus for their restaurants.
     Trams trundle all over the centre       instead has to make do with the Quai       Brussels Wine Week from 28 May-3             Belgian countryside, producing quite
of Brussels, and one of the flagship          des Peniches, alongside a gritty indus-    June - which is really more of a long        reasonable whites, from chardonnay        Foodie Films
Brusselicious events that will run from      trial canal. But the Belgians make up                                                                                                 Running throughout the whole
Tuesday to Sunday every week during          for this lack of glamour with their                                                                                               year of Brusselicious, the city’s
the whole of 2012 is a futuristic white      infectious enthusiasm for partying, so                                                                                            Cinematek will run two different
gourmet version. During a two-hour           as long as the sun decides to come                                                                                                movies a month, each themed to a dif-
trip through the most beautiful parts        out during the month of July,                                                                                                     ferent aspect of a gourmet meal,
of the city, guests will be served an        Bruxelles Les Bains will be a fun venue                                                                                           beginning with aperitifs and appetiz-
haute-cuisine meal created by a              with one enormous dining table for                                                                                                ers in January and ending with
legion of Belgium’s two-star Michelin        hundreds of people laid out with                                                                                                  desserts in December. The season
chefs. Not cheap at €75 per person           steaming cauldrons of succulent mus-                                                                                              kicks off with Who is Killing the Great
all-inclusive, but still necessary to        sels and plates piled high with chips,                                                                                            Chefs of Europe? on 12 January.
book well in advance. The tram rolls         everyone’s favourite meal - moules                                                                                                Entrance will be €12, which includes a
into action on Valentine’s Day.              frites, for around €25 a head.                                                                                                    tasting session at the end of the
                                                                                                                                                                               movie. —Guardian
Brusselicious XXL                            Brusselicious Festival
   Brussels is always eccentric, as              Flagged as the showcase event of
befits the home of Magritte, and the          this gastronomic year, the
organisers of Brusselcious couldn’t          Brusselicious Festival will run from 6-9
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                                    Book review

           ow do you write an instant book            lads take their shirts off, wrap them around       world or the democracies of the eurozone,       fresh and persuasive, but the technological
           about something as fast-moving and         their heads and dance in front of a fire           Britain and the United States. Yesterday’s      ones are slightly less so. For a couple of
           diffuse, as half-finished and unpre-         they’ve lit ... just out of projectile range -    upwardly mobile graduates have turned           half-chapters, his usual wiry, empirical style
  dictable, as historically pivotal or, possibly,     they hope - from a platoon of police.”            into today’s angry unemployed, he says,         gives way to the airier assertions of digital
  trivial, as the sudden surge of protest                Such disorder has become so familiar,          with their networking skills intact and sud-    evangelism. Should it really be claimed
  around the world since 2010? The most up-           and yet also remains so dizzyingly at odds        denly politically potent. The expansion of      without reservation, for example, that the
  to-date pages of this slim, ambitious vol-          with the seemingly steady, semi-tran-             higher education means that they can no         smart phone has “expanded the power and
  ume are dated 26 October 2011 - almost              quilised state of things in much of the west      longer be dismissed as an unrepresentative      space of the individual”? That might come
  three months ago; a small eternity in some          from the end of the cold war until quite          elite, as they often were in the past. And      as news to the employee electronically
  of the feverish and ongoing political stories       recently, that there is great value in the        once-obscure theorists of protest have          chained to their desk or the protester inti-
  it covers.                                                                                                                                            mately tracked by police. Elsewhere, there
      Even the use of the present tense in the                                                                                                          are also a few sections that read more like a
  title is a risk. The protest wave has had its                                                                                                         diary of Mason’s fascinating assignments
  lulls: in recent weeks, the Occupy move-
  ment in London and New York, for example,
                                                             This is an admirable analysis of                                                           than scenes from a global revolution. “A
                                                                                                                                                        Journey Through Jobless America” and an
  has begun to seem a little becalmed. One
  day, these lulls will turn out to be terminal.
                                                                  recent global protests                                                                anatomy of slum life in Manila feel relevant
                                                                                                                                                        only in the broadest sense, as economic
  Revolutions, if that is what the protests add                                                                                                         and social context for the political
  up to, as this book passionately argues, can                                                                                                          upheavals. The book also touches on
  make fools of excited writers as well as            journalist who can simply make you register                                                       phone-hacking and WikiLeaks too briefly to
  complacent politicians.                             how much the world has changed. Yet                                                               incorporate them convincingly into the
      Paul Mason, as an experienced BBC               Mason is also much more sophisticated and                                                         overall thesis. Meanwhile, last August’s
  Newsnight correspondent and the author              thorough than most reporters in explaining                                                        English riots, and how much their partici-
  of one of the best instant books on the             exactly how the new protest cultures came                                                         pants, tactics and general atmosphere had
  financial crisis, Meltdown: The End of the           into being and developed.                                                                         in common with the more obviously politi-
  Age of Greed (2009), is shrewd enough to                In Egypt, he anatomises the hastily built                                                     cal street happenings in England and else-
  accept - or at least to seem to accept - the        coalition of slum-dwellers, union activists,                                                      where, is left tantalisingly unexplored.
  limitations of this volume at the outset.           unemployed graduates, faith groups and                                                                Mason does briefly refer to the riots as
  “This book makes no claim to be a ‘theory of        even football hooligans that drove Mubarak                                                        “uprisings” and “an insurrection”, and
  everything,’” he writes with disarming, con-        from power. When history is being made on                                                         emphasises poverty as a cause. From that
  versational directness on page two. “And            the streets of his chosen countries in 2010                                                       stance, and his enthusiasm for socialist
  don’t file it under ‘social science’: it’s jour-     and 2011, Mason, it seems, either sees it                                                         thinkers and protest in general, he could be
  nalism.” Yet, a page later, he summarises           happen himself, or can always locate the                                                          taken as a leftwinger. But intriguingly, there
  the protests in terms that suggest a much           key witnesses and participants. The writing                                                       are other political currents swirling round
  less modest study: “We’re in the middle of a        style of this reportage is compact, urgent,                                                       this book. “The plebeian groups that kicked
  revolution caused by the near-collapse of           present-tense, declarative, addictive. There                                                      things off,” he writes on the concluding
  free-market capitalism,” he writes, “com-           are one-sentence paragraphs, a hint of                                                            page, “possess ... skill, ingenuity and intelli-
  bined with an upswing in technical innova-          machismo in the fondness for military and                                                         gence. Info-capitalism has educated them.”
  tion” - he means mobile telephony and the           other muscular metaphors (“why it’s kicking                                                       The failings of the free market - from the
  internet - “a surge in desire for individual        off”), and frequent, breathless digressions                                                        malfunctioning of the graduate job
  freedom and a change in human conscious-            that charge off like a breakaway group from                                                        machine to the lethal spike in world food
  ness about what freedom means.”                     a student march. The fast-talking, economi-                                                       prices - may have given the protesters their
      The 10 concise chapters that follow             cally encyclopedic Mason familiar to                                                              cause and opportunity, but the free market
  alternate - sometimes seamlessly, some-             Newsnight viewers is very much present,                                                           has also given them some of the means to
  times more jumpily - between reportage              but let loose from his BBC shackles.              made their way from the margins to the          take political advantage. It is a paradox this
  and more analytical sections on the history,        Towards the climax of a particularly fizzing       mainstream of academic life. At last year’s     book is grown-up enough to examine.
  economics, technology and philosophy                chapter on the political power of social net-     London student actions, “Many students              Where do the protest movements go
  behind the protests. The reportage comes            working, Mason asks whether the truly             were familiar with [Guy] Debord and his sit-    from here? Mason zigzags between eupho-
  from Egypt, Greece, Britain, the US and the         empowered citizen envisaged by Karl Marx          uationist movement, for the simple reason       ria and doom. Sometimes he sees the pro-
  Philippines, a handful out of the dozens of         in the 1840s can, thanks to the internet,         that he is taught on every art course.”         testers as all-conquering, the wave of the
  countries affected. Covering himself again,          exist simultaneously within capitalism and            Unlike in the 60s, and in subsequent        future; sometimes as confused and vulnera-
  Mason explains: “Some theatres of the con-          in fundamental conflict with it - the anti-        periods of crisis and opportunity for the       ble. Sometimes he portrays the world they
  flict have been ignored, simply because I            banker activist with the Apple Store habit. “I    young and politicised, he says, this time a     are changing as approaching an abyss, like
  couldn’t get there.”                                don’t know the answer,” he writes, “but           dire economic situation has coincided with      1914 or 1939, rather than some new
      Is there much value in describing again         merely to pose the question is exhilarating.”     the exhaustion of conventional political        plateau of prosperity and social justice.
  the demonstrations, encampments and                 Occasionally his descriptions of the world’s      ideas and a whole new array of organisa-        “Right now the future hangs in the bal-
  activist movements already covered, seem-           discontented “youth” (his favoured term)          tional tools for activists. Perceptively, he    ance,” he writes. I’m looking forward to the
  ingly exhaustively, by the traditional and          are a little star-struck.                         suggests, protest no longer feels as old-       updated edition. — Guardian
  new media over the last two years? The                  Yet Mason also effectively deploys his         fashioned in the west as it often has done in
  quality of Mason’s observation and story-           less sexy knowledge of modern western             recent decades, when it still revolved
  telling quickly dispels any such doubts. This       business culture and free-market econom-          around 19th-century-style activities such as
  is from Athens during one riot last summer:         ics, and their possibly fatal flaws. Pithily and   leafleting and massing in public places to
  “In the side-streets - abandoned by police,         authoritatively, he describes how globalisa-      hear speeches. Crucially, the new activism
  shops shuttered - you see isolated individu-        tion, assumed by many supporters and crit-        goes instead with the grain of modern life:
  als, masked, texting; some people are ham-          ics alike to produce economically vigorous,       freelance projects, fluid switching between
  mering at a piece of marble, breaking it up         politically docile societies almost in perpe-     electronic and physical space, informal
  to make rocks. A few yards away, couples            tuity, has in fact since around 2000 increas-     alliances, little emphasis on hierarchy or
  who have been protesting walk hand in               ingly produced societies that are neither,        ideology.
  hand ... shambling wearily ... Two young            whether in the dictatorships of the Arab              The historical parts of this argument are
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  By Council on Foreign
  Relations/Foreign Affairs                             By Kenneth M Pollack

        he New Arab Revolt: What Happened,

                                                              ven the most seasoned Middle East
        What It Means, and What Comes Next                    observers were taken aback by the
        sets the intellectual stage for under-                events of early 2011. Protests born of
  standing the revolutions in the Middle East.          oppression and socioeconomic frustration
  This collection brings together more than             erupted throughout the streets; public
  sixty articles, interviews, congressional testi-      unrest provoked violent police backlash;
  mony, and op-eds from experts and thought             long-established dictatorships fell. How
  leaders, including Bernard Lewis, Fouad               did this all happen? What might the future
  Ajami, Richard Haass, Lisa Anderson, Martin           look like, and what are the likely ramifica-
  Indyk, Isobel Coleman, Aluf Benn, Dirk                tions for the United States and the rest of
  Vandewalle, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The            the world? In The Arab Awakening,
  volume includes seminal pieces from                   experts from the Brookings Institution
  Foreign Affairs,, and                tackle such questions to make sense of In addition, major public statements         this tumultuous region that remains at the
  by Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton,              heart of US national interests.
  Hosni Mubarak, Muammar al-Qaddafi, and
  others are joined by Egyptian opposition
  writings and relevant primary source docu-
  ments. Even if you have been paying close
  attention to the extraordinary events unfold-
  ing in the Middle East, this book pulls
  together what is needed to understand the
  origins and significance of the new Arab
  revolt, including a special introduction by
  Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose.

  By John R Bradley                                     By James Petras                                  Gulf and the historic confrontation between
                                                                                                         the Arab democratic revolution and the

        rom the author of the book that unique-

                                                               he popular uprisings in Egypt and         imperial backed satraps; between Libyans
        ly predicted the Egyptian revolution, a                Tunisia have overthrown the public        fighting for their independence and the
        new message about the Middle East:                     face of the imperial-backed dictator-     Euro-American naval and air forces ravaging
  everything we’re told about the Arab Spring is        ships in the region, and inspired supporters     the country on behalf of their inept local
  wrong. When popular revolutions erupted in            of popular democracy worldwide. As the           clients.
  Tunisia and Egypt, the West assumed that              Arab revolt spreads from North Africa to the
  democracy and pluralism would triumph.                Gulf and deepens its demands to include
  Greatly praised author and foreign correspon-         socio-economic as well as political demands,
  dent John R. Bradley draws on his extensive           the Empire is striking back. The ruling mili-
  firsthand knowledge of the region’s cultures           tary junta in Egypt has cracked down on the
  and societies to show how Islamists will fill the      prodemocracy movement and looks to its
  power vacuum in the wake of the revolutions.          autocratic “partners” in the Gulf and the
  This vivid and timely book gives an original          Arabian Peninsula to drown the civil society
  analysis of the new Tunisia, Egypt, Syria,            movements in a blood bath. While standing
  Yemen, Libya, and Bahrain by highlighting the         by the crumbling dictatorships elsewhere in
  dramatic spread of Saudi-funded Wahhabi               the region, the United States, France and the
  ideology, inter-tribal rivalries, and Sunni-Shia      United Kingdom raced to intervene when it
  divisions. Bradley gives a boots on the ground        seemed the revolt had spread to Libya. NATO
  look at how the revolutions were first ignited         was deployed, using the UN’s new “responsi-
  and the major players behind them, and                bility to protect” doctrine authorizing
  shows how the local population participated           humanitarian intervention. Already NATO
  in and responded to the uprisings.                    intervention has exceeded the UN mandate
                                                        by bombing the Libyan capital and inflicting
                                                        civilian casualties. Meanwhile, western gov-
                                                        ernments openly pursue regime change in
                                                        Libya while seeking to forestall it elsewhere.
                                                        These essays chronicle the growing milita-
                                                        rization of US policy in North Africa and the

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                        eing eager to find out how to make hair thick-        your fingers on the scalp in circular motion for about      eating habits are crucial in making hair thicker and
                        er is but obvious when you are aspiring to           2-3 minutes. In addition, use hot oil treatments to        fuller. Therefore, embark on a nutritious diet consist-
                        grow fuller, healthier hair and prevent hair         improve circulation, stimulate hair growth and make        ing of a variety of vitamin, mineral and protein rich
                 loss. This is particularly true for individuals having      your hair strong.                                          foods such as carrots, soy beans, tofu, spinach,
                 thin textured hair. Given below are some useful hair            You can use a combination of essential oils by         legumes, green bell peppers, cheese, yogurt, whole
                 care tips and suggestions to make your hair thicker.        mixing three drops of rosemary oil, three drops of         grains and other fresh citrus fruits and green leafy
                 Your hair care routine and choice of products play a        lavender oil, two drops of thyme oil, two drops of         vegetables.
                 significant role in making your hair thicker and fuller.     cedar wood oil and half an ounce of jojoba oil. A              Consider taking multivitamins in case you have
                     Therefore, it is suggested that you maintain your       simple mixture of almond oil and aloe vera gel can         any nutritional deficiency. Certain types of hair
                 hair in healthy condition by following proper routine       also be applied for at least half an hour. When wash-      styles also help in making hair look thicker and volu-
                 for hair care and choose the hair care products like        ing your hair, try not to use hot water.                   minous. For example, thin textured hair that usually
                 hair oils, shampoos, conditioners etc wisely accord-            In case you are looking for ways on how to make        fall limp can be kept short to make them look fuller.
                 ing to your hair type. You can also apply mousse or         hair thicker naturally then you can make use of dif-       Long hairstyles can make your hair look thinner.
                 hair spray to add body to your hair.                        ferent types of hair masks. For instance, prepare a        Plus, straight hair can be cut in layers to make them
                     Besides, use therapeutic hair oils like extra virgin    banana hair mask by pureeing two bananas in a              appear thicker.
                 coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil etc and invest in       blender and adding a tablespoon of extra virgin                Moreover, brush your hair with a boar brush as it
                 light, unscented conditioners and mild, protein-rich,       olive oil and three tablespoons of mayonnaise in it.       helps distribute natural oils throughout the hair and
                 preferably organic shampoos.                                You can also add a few drops of rosemary, thyme or         makes them lustrous. If you are wondering how to
                     Avoid shampoos containing sodium lauryl sul-            any other aromatic oil in the mixture. Make sure that      make hair thicker with a brush then just lift the hair
                 fate. Wash your hair about two to four times in a           the mixture has a smooth and even consistency.             outwards from the head while brushing to add vol-
                 week to keep them clean and avoid hair problems.                Finally, apply the homemade hair pack for about        ume to your hair.
                 Make sure you do not brush or comb your hair                half an hour and then wash it off thoroughly.                   (
                 immediately after washing them because your wet             Besides, you can simply apply whipped egg on your
                 tresses tend to break easily. When using a condition-       hair before shampooing; works as an excellent natu-
                 er, focus on applying on it on the ends of hair             ral conditioner. Similarly, mayonnaise works as a
                 instead of scalp.                                           good conditioner for dry hair.
                     Avoid using heating tools like curling rods, rollers,       Put about 100 gm henna leaves in 250 ml mus-
                 flat irons etc. Restrict the use of hair dryer as well.      tard oil and heat the mixture to let the essence of
                 Plus, do not color your hair too often because most         henna mix in the oil.
                 of the hair colors contain harsh chemicals that make            Then, cool and strain the mixture. Store it in a
                 hair dry and brittle.                                       bottle and apply it regularly on scalp, at least once in
                     Massage the scalp regularly by gently rubbing           a week to thicken thinning hair. Healthy diet and

 Foods that help your
   hair grow faster
           illing to give up unhealthy diet but wondering what food helps your hair grow faster?
           As hair is primarily made up of protein, you can very well understand the importance
           of consuming protein rich foods in making hair grow fast naturally.
    Some such protein rich foods for hair growth are soy products, beans, eggs, fish, milk,
cheese, yogurt, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Moreover, fresh green vegetables, like spinach,
lettuce, lentils, broccoli and legumes are valuable in making hair fuller and thicker.
    Spinach, in particular, is a highly beneficial food that helps your hair grow faster because it is
loaded with antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, asparagus, mush-
room, tuna, salmon and other such niacin or vitamin B3 rich foods help alleviate stress and
hence prevent hair loss caused by stress.
    Vitamin B3 also helps release energy from the foods you eat. Nonetheless, do not have vita-
min B3 in excess or else it can lead to liver malfunction. Besides it is suggested that you take
judicious amounts of brewer’s yeast, whole grain cereals, rice, milk, potatoes, chickpeas, lima
beans, wheat germ and other vitamin B complex rich foods to promote healthy hair growth.
Biotin and folic acid particularly help your hair grow faster and prevent hair loss.
    Further, consume a variety of Vitamin A, C and E rich foods like fresh carrots, peaches, apri-
cots, bananas, avocados, strawberries, kiwi, other citrus fruits, cabbage, cheese, dried beans,
Brussels sprouts, green bell peppers, tomatoes, raisins, black currants etc to stimulate faster hair
    Moreover, dark green vegetables such as Swiss chard and kale are rich sources of iron that
assists in hair growth by carrying oxygen to hair. You can also have onion, garlic, cabbage,               You can take multivitamins and nutritional supplements after taking advice from your doc-
asparagus and other sulfur rich foods for nourishment of hair follicles. Simply adding culinary         tor in case you are suffering from nutritional deficiencies. Moreover, regularly drink adequate
herbs such as parsley, oregano, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, basil, sage etc is also beneficial        amount of water to keep your skin and hair healthy. Hence, take good care of your lustrous
for hair.                                                                                               locks and have a healthy, well balanced diet consisting of optimum amounts of foods packed
    Nuts and seeds like walnuts, cashew nuts, Brazil nut, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin            with vital hair vitamins to enhance hair growth and revitalize your hair. However, when deter-
seeds, fenugreek seeds and other such foods contain good amounts of zinc, magnesium, sele-              mining what food helps your hair grow faster, make sure you do not over indulge in that food
nium and other such minerals that make hair grow fast naturally. For instance, you can easily           because eventually, excess of anything is bad.
consume raw sunflower seeds or add ground flax seed in cereals, salads or smoothies. Needless                (
to add, do not have foods that you are allergic to.

               Rosemary honey
               hair conditioner
                   he extremes of heat and cold we endure throughout winter can make
                   even the greatest of hair look and feel like straw. This nourishing con-
                   ditioner blends honey for shine; olive oil for moisture and essential oil
             of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

                 1/2 cup Honey

                 1/4 cup warmed Olive oil (2T for normal to oily hair)

                 4 drops of essential oil of Rosemary

                 1 tsp. Xanthum gum (available in health food stores)

                Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a
             clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid.

                Apply a small amount at a time to slightly dampened hair. Massage scalp
             and work mixture through hair until completely coated. Cover hair with a
             warm towel (towel can be heated in a microwave or dryer) or shower cap;
             leave on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove towel or shower
             cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal and enjoy
             shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way.


  Hyperthyroidism: Symptoms and treatment
       yperthyroidism is a condition in which an overactive     disease) and a thyroid scan using radioactively-labelled       variables including the underlying cause of hyperthy-
       thyroid gland is producing an excessive amount of        iodine (which concentrates in the thyroid gland) can help      roidism, the age of the patient, the size of the thyroid
       thyroid hormones that circulate in the blood.            diagnose the underlying thyroid disease. These investiga-      gland, and the presence of coexisting medical illnesses.
(“Hyper” means “over” in Greek).                                tions are chosen on a case-by-case basis.
   Thyrotoxicosis is a toxic condition that is caused by an                                                                      What’s best for you?
excess of thyroid hormones from any cause. Thyrotoxicosis                   How is hyperthyroidism treated?                      If you are concerned that you may have an excess
can be caused by an excessive intake of thyroid hormone           The options for treating hyperthyroidism include:            amount of thyroid hormone, you should mention your
or by overproduction of thyroid hormones by the thyroid
gland. Because both physicians and patients often use
these words interchangeably, we will take some liberty by
using the term “hyperthyroidism” throughout this article.

  What causes hyperthyroidism?
  l Some common causes of hyperthyroidism include:
  l Graves’ Disease
  l Functioning adenoma (“hot nodule”) and toxic multin-
odular goiter (TMNG)
  l Excessive intake of thyroid hormones
  l Abnormal secretion of TSH
  l Thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland)
  l Excessive iodine intake

   What are the symptoms
   of hyperthyroidism?
   Hyperthyroidism is suggested by several signs and
symptoms; however, patients with mild disease usually
experience no symptoms. In patients older than 70 years,
the typical signs and symptoms also may be absent. In gen-
eral, the symptoms become more obvious as the degree of
hyperthyroidism increases. The symptoms usually are relat-
ed to an increase in the metabolic rate of the body.

  Common symptoms include:
  l Excessive sweating
  l Heat intolerance
  l Increased bowel movements
  l Tremor (usually fine shaking)
  l Nervousness; agitation
  l Rapid heart rate
  l Weight loss
  l Fatigue
  l Decreased concentration
  llIrregular and scant menstrual flow
   In older patients, irregular heart rhythms and heart fail-
ure can occur. In its most severe form, untreated hyperthy-
roidism may result in “thyroid storm,” a condition involving
high blood pressure, fever, and heart failure. Mental
changes, such as confusion and delirium, also may occur.

   How is hyperthyroidism diagnosed?
   Hyperthyroidism can be suspected in patients with:
   l Tremors,
   l Excessive sweating,
   l Smooth velvety skin,
   l Fine hair,
   l A rapid heart rate, and an enlarged thyroid gland.
   There may be puffiness around the eyes and a charac-
teristic stare due to the elevation of the upper eyelids.
Advanced symptoms are easily detected, but early symp-
toms, especially in the elderly, may be quite inconspicuous.
In all cases, a blood test is needed to confirm the diagnosis.
   The blood levels of thyroid hormones can be measured
directly and usually are elevated with hyperthyroidism.
However, the main tool for detection of hyperthyroidism is
measurement of the blood TSH level. As mentioned earlier,
TSH is secreted by the pituitary gland. If an excess amount
of thyroid hormone is present, TSH is “down-regulated”            l Antithyroid drugs                                          symptoms to your doctor. A simple blood test is the first
and the level of TSH falls in an attempt to reduce produc-        l Radioactive iodine                                         step in the diagnosis. From there, both you and your doc-
tion of thyroid hormone. Thus, the measurement of TSH             l Surgery treating symptoms                                  tor can decide what the next step should be. If treatment is
should result in low or undetectable levels in cases of                                                                        warranted, it is important for you to let your doctor know
hyperthyroidism. However, there is one exception. If the           Treating the symptoms                                       of any concerns or questions you have about the options
excessive amount of thyroid hormone is due to a TSH-               There are medications available to immediately treat the    available. Remember that thyroid disease is very common,
secreting pituitary tumor, then the levels of TSH will be       symptoms caused by excessive thyroid hormones, such as         and in good hands, the diseases that cause an excess of
abnormally high. This uncommon disease is known as “sec-        a rapid heart rate. One of the main classes of drugs used to   thyroid hormones can be easily diagnosed and treated.
ondary hyperthyroidism.”                                        treat these symptoms is the beta-blockers [for example,
   Although the blood tests mentioned previously can            propranolol (Inderal), atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol           (
confirm the presence of excessive thyroid hormone, they          (Lopressor)]. These medications counteract the effect of
do not point to a specific cause. If there is obvious involve-   thyroid hormone to increase metabolism, but they do not
ment of the eyes, a diagnosis of Graves’ disease is almost      alter the levels of thyroid hormones in the blood. A doctor
certain. A combination of antibody screening (for Graves’       determines which patients to treat based on a number of

     Balanced diet: Balanced life
     he key to a healthy balanced diet is       portions than the other two principal cate-       er important foods (such as olive oil on sal-       doesn’t increase your sense of fullness, so
     not to ban or omit any foods or food       gories. These food groups also contain            ads, a scraping of spread on bread, or a            think of ‘down-sizing’ rather than ‘super-
     groups but to balance what you eat         nutrients essential to our diet, so it’s impor-   sprinkling of sugar on some tart fruits).           sizing’ for most foods, except fruit and veg-
by consuming a variety of foods from each       tant not to leave them out altogether.                                                                etables.
food group in the right proportions for                                                                     How to eat a balanced diet
good health.                                                 Milk and dairy foods                    l Eat a variety of foods to obtain all of                        Energy density
                                                   These should be eaten in moderation            the essential nutrients                                This is the amount of stored energy in
             Fruit and vegetables               because of their high saturated fat content,         l Too much as well as too little can be          food. Just 1g of fat provides nine calories,
   These should make up about a third of        but they’re an important source of calcium,       bad for you - balance is required                   which is more than double the calories in
your daily diet and can be eaten as part of     which is essential for healthy bones and             l Everyone’s plate will look slightly dif-       1g of protein or carbohydrate. This means
every meal, as well as being the first choice    teeth. Choose low-fat or reduced-fat ver-         ferent as we all have different requirements         you can feel fuller on fewer calories if you
for a snack. You should eat at least five por-   sions.                                            depending on our body’s shape and size,             choose the right foods, and in the long
tions of fruit and vegetables each day.                                                           and our levels of activity.                         term you’re less likely to gain weight.
Research suggests this can help to protect                 Meat, fish, eggs and beans
against cancer, obesity and various chronic        This food group includes both animal               Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet                            Healthy living
diseases such as heart disease. This is         and plant sources of protein, which is a             The Food Standards Agency’s eight tips              Food is there to enjoy, which is often for-
because of the unique package of nutrients      major functional and structural component         for eating well are:                                gotten amid all the media hype surround-
and plant compounds they contain.               of all cells. Protein provides the body with         1.Base meals on starchy foods                    ing various food items. Just remember to
                                                between 10 and 15 per cent of its dietary            2.Eat lots of fruit and vegetables               keep a check on portion size and energy
        Bread, rice, potatoes and pasta         energy, and is needed for growth and                 3.Eat more fish                                   density.
   This food group should also make up          repair.                                              4.Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
about a third of your diet and contains the                   Foods and drinks high                  5.Try to eat less salt - no more than 6g a day          Food habits change slowly, but
starchy carbohydrates that are the body’s                       in fat and/or sugar                  6.Get active and try to be a healthy                l try new foods
main source of energy.                             This group makes up the smallest sec-          weight                                                 l join a local cookery club to boost your
   When selecting products from this food       tion on the eat well plate and includes              7.Drink plenty of water                          culinary confidence
group, choose unrefined carbohydrates            foods that should only be eaten sparingly            8.Don’t skip breakfast                               l have a positive attitude about food -
over those that have been refined, as they       because, although they’re an important                                                                it’s one of life’s pleasures
will contain the whole of the grain.            energy source, they contain very few nutri-                        Portion size                           Exercise helps to maintain your body
Wholegrain foods are rich in fibre and other     ents and are often known as ‘empty calo-             In recent years, portions have been              weight by balancing your energy intake
nutrients that have many health benefits,        ries’. Foods from this group are high in          gradually getting bigger with the introduc-         (food eaten) with energy output (exercise).
and people who consume wholegrains              unhealthy components such as saturated            tion of king-size chocolate bars, bigger                Take small steps if you’re new to exercise
seem to have a reduced risk of certain can-     fat, trans fatty acids, sugar and salt - all of   bags of crisps and super-sized meals.               - use the stairs instead of the lift at work,
cers, diabetes and coronary heart disease.      which are associated with an increased risk          Larger packets and plates can encourage          get off the bus one stop early and walk the
   The final third of the eatwell plate is       of developing certain diseases.                   us to eat greater quantities of food, which         rest of the way, or try to exercise with a
made up of three groups containing foods           They should only be eaten as occasional        increases our energy intake. Studies have           friend.
that need to be consumed in smaller pro-        treats, or to increase the palatability of oth-   found that consuming additional food                                             (
                                                                                C h i l d re n

                           maze       alfa-search

                                    Can you find the hidden words? Each word begins with the letter J. The words may be
                                  horizontal or vertical.

                                     JACKAL, JACKET, JANUARY, JAZZ, JELLY,   JUDO, JUGGLE, JUICE, JULYJUMP, JUNE,
                                  JESTER, JETTY,JEWEL, JOIN, JOKE, JUDGE,    JUNGLE, JUNIOR, JURY.

                                       Spot the difference
                                                                                                                                                           C h i l d re n

           The Story of Cinderella
         nce upon a time... there lived an unhappy young            stepsisters also wondered who the newcomer was, for nev-           never be content until I find her!” So the ministers tried the
         girl. Unhappy she was, for her mother was dead, her        er in a month of Sundays, would they ever have guessed             slipper on the foot of all the girls... and on Cinderella’s foot
         father had married another woman, a widow with             that the beautiful girl was really poor Cinderella who talked      as well... Surprise! The slipper fitted perfectly. “That awful
two daughters, and her stepmother didn’t like her one little        to the cat! When the prince set eyes on Cinderella, he was         untidy girl simply cannot have been at the ball,” snapped
bit. All the nice things, kind thoughts and loving touches          struck by her beauty. Walking over to her, he bowed                the stepmother. “Tell the Prince he ought to marry one of
were for her own daughters. And not just the kind                   deeply and asked her to dance. And to the great disap-             my two daughters! Can’t you see how ugly Cinderella is!
thoughts and love, but also dresses, shoes, shawls, deli-           pointment of all the young ladies, he danced with                  Can’t you see?”
cious food, comfy beds, as well as every home comfort. All          Cinderella all evening.                                                Suddenly she broke off, for the fairy had appeared.
this was laid on for her daughters. But, for the poor unhap-            “Who are you, fair maiden?” the Prince kept asking her.            “That’s enough!” she exclaimed, raising her magic wand.
py girl, there was nothing at all. No dresses, only her step-       But Cinderella only replied: “What does it matter who I am!        In a flash, Cinderella appeared in a splendid dress, shining
sisters’ hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but               You will never see me again anyway.” “Oh, but I shall, I’m         with youth and beauty. Her stepmother and stepsisters
scraps. No nice rests and comfort. For she had to work hard         quite certain!” he replied.                                        gaped at her in amazement, and the ministers said,
all day, and only when evening came was she allowed to sit              Cinderella had a wonderful time at the ball... But, all of a       “Come with us, fair maiden! The Prince awaits to present
for a while by the fire, near the cinders. That is how she got       sudden, she heard the sound of a clock: the first stroke of         you with his engagement ring!” So Cinderella joyfully went
her nickname, for everybody called her Cinderella.                  midnight! She remembered what the fairy had said, and              with them, and lived happily ever after with her Prince. And
Cinderella used to spend long hours all alone talking to the        without a word of goodbye she slipped from the Prince’s            as for the cat, he just said “Miaow”! (
cat. The cat said,                                                  arms and ran down the steps. As she ran she lost one of her
    “Miaow”, which really meant, “Cheer up! You have                slippers, but not for a moment did she dream of stopping
something neither of your stepsisters have and that is              to pick it up! If the last stroke of midnight were to sound...
beauty.”                                                            oh... what a disaster that would be! Out she fled and van-
    It was quite true. Cinderalla, even dressed in rags with a      ished into the night.
dusty gray face from the cinders, was a lovely girl. While              The Prince, who was now madly in love with her, picked
her stepsisters, no matter how splendid and elegant their           up her slipper and said to his ministers, “Go and search
clothes, were still clumsy, lumpy and ugly and always               everywhere for the girl whose foot this slipper fits. I will
would be. One day, beautiful new dresses arrived at the
house. A ball was to be held at Court and the stepsisters
were getting ready to go to it. Cinderella, didn’t even dare
ask, “What about me?” for she knew very well what the
answer to that would be:
    “You? My dear girl, you’re staying at home to wash the
dishes, scrub the floors and turn down the beds for your
stepsisters. They will come home tired and very sleepy.”
Cinderella sighed at the cat.
    “Oh dear, I’m so unhappy!” and the cat murmured
“Miaow”. Suddenly something amazing happened. In the
kitchen, where Cinderella was sitting all by herself, there
was a burst of light and a fairy appeared.
    “Don’t be alarmed, Cinderella,” said the fairy. “The wind
blew me your sighs. I know you would love to go to the
ball. And so you shall!”
    “How can I, dressed in rags?” Cinderella replied. “The ser-
vants will turn me away!” The fairy smiled. With a flick of
her magic wand... Cinderella found herself wearing the
most beautiful dress, the loveliest ever seen in the realm.
    “Now that we have settled the matter of the dress,” said
the fairy, “we’ll need to get you a coach. A real lady would
never go to a ball on foot!”
    “Quick! Get me a pumpkin!” she ordered.
    “Oh of course,” said Cinderella, rushing away. Then the
fairy turned to the cat.
    “You, bring me seven mice!”
    “Seven mice!” said the cat. “I didn’t know fairies ate mice
too!” “They’re not for eating, silly! Do as you are told!... and,
remember they must be alive!”
    Cinderella soon returned with a fine pumpkin and the
cat with seven mice he had caught in the cellar.
    “Good!” exclaimed the fairy. With a flick of her magic
wand... wonder of wonders! The pumpkin turned into a
sparkling coach and the mice became six white horses,
while the seventh mouse turned into a coachman, in a
smart uniform and carrying a whip. Cinderella could hardly
believe her eyes. “I shall present you at Court. You will
soon see that the Prince, in whose honor the ball is being
held, will be enchanted by your loveliness. But remember!
You must leave the ball at midnight and come home. For
that is when the spell ends. Your coach will turn back into a
pumpkin, the horses will become mice again and the
coachman will turn back into a mouse... and you will be
dressed again in rags and wearing clogs instead of these
dainty little slippers! Do you understand?” Cinderella
smiled and said,
    “Yes, I understand!”
    When Cinderella entered the ballroom at the palace, a
hush fell. Everyone stopped in mid-sentence to admire her
elegance, her beauty and grace.
    “Who can that be?” people asked each other. The two

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    Word Sleuth
     Solution                                                                          ACROSS                                     25. Genus of East Indian trees or shrubs.
                                             1. Thin fibrous bark of the paper mulberry and Pipturus albidus.                     27. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey).
                                             5. Affect with wonder.                                                               28. A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful cus-
                                             10. A white linen liturgical vestment with sleeves.                                  tody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted per-
                                             13. South American armadillo with three bands of bony plates.                        sons serving a sentence).
                                             14. United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914).                           30. A committee in the executive branch of government that advises the presi-
                                             15. A unit of length of thread or yarn.                                              dent on foreign and military and national security.
                                             16. Cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables.          31. Herb of the Pacific islands grown throughout the tropics for its edible root
                                             17. A feeling of intense anger.                                                      and in temperate areas as an ornamental for its large glossy leaves.
                                             18. Light informal conversation for social occasions.                                32. Group of people related by blood or marriage.
                                             19. An Arabic speaking person who lives in Arabia or North Africa.                   35. Soft creamy white cheese.
                                             20. A light touch or stroke.                                                         37. A room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter.
                                             22. A state in midwestern United States.                                             39. Tropical American trees with palmately compound leaves and showy bell-
                                             26. The seventh month of the Moslem calendar.                                        shaped flowers.
                                             29. Declare invalid.                                                                 41. The cry made by sheep.
                                             33. Title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey).                     44. (trademark) An antacid.
                                             34. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens.                 46. Climbing vine native to China.
                                             36. A port town on the Atlantic coast of Portugal southeast of Lisbon.               48. An appearance of reflected light.
                                             38. Elegant and stylish.                                                             50. (Polynesian) An alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava
                                             40. A mature blood cell that contains hemoglobin to carry oxygen to the bodily       shrub.
                                             tissues.                                                                             51. In bed.
                                             42. A flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism.                      52. The persistence of a sound after its source has stopped.
                                             43. The presence of potassium in the circulating blood.                              53. Designer drug designed to have the effects of amphetamines (it floods the
                                             45. A city in northeastern Ohio.                                                     brain with serotonin) but to avoid the drug laws.
                                             47. The United Nations agency concerned with atomic energy.                          54. Leaf or strip from a leaf of the talipot palm used in India for writing paper.
                                             49. Jordan's port.                                                                   55. Evergreen trees and shrubs having oily one-seeded fruits.
                                             57. An esoteric or occult matter that is traditionally secret.                       56. A platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to the per-
                                             59. A diacritical mark (,) placed below the letter c to indicate that it is pro-     son on it.
                                             nounced as an s.                                                                     58. (informal) Of the highest quality.
                                             60. (Old Testament) Adam's wife in Judeo-Christian mythology.                        59. A white metallic element that burns with a brilliant light.
                                             61. English scholastic philosopher and assumed author of Occam's Razor (1285-        62. A colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses.
                                             63. Flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for
                                             ornamental purposes.                                                                                          Yesterday’s Solution
                                             64. A unit of absorbed ionizing radiation equal to 100 ergs per gram of irradiated
                      Yesterday’s Solution   material.
                                             65. Abnormal dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eyes.
                                             66. An associate degree in applied science.

                                             1. The basic unit of money in Bangladesh.
                                             2. Someone who copies the words or behavior of another.
                                             3. A metabolic acid found in yeast and liver cells.
                                             4. A peninsula between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.
                                             5. Before noon.
                                             6. A percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone
                                             (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as
                                             by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance.
                                             7. According to the Old Testament he was a pagan king of Israel and husband of
                                             Jezebel (9th century BC).
                                             8. An angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions.
                                             9. The compass point midway between northeast and east.
                                             10. Primitive chlorophyll-containing mainly aquatic eukaryotic organisms lacking
                                             true stems and roots and leaves.
                                             11. (archaic or Scottish) Faithful and true.
                                             12. A small cake leavened with yeast.
                                             21. An aromatic balsam.
                                             23. A loose sleeveless outer garment made from aba cloth.
                                             24. Used of a single unit or thing.

             (From left) Members of staff pose with awards amid waxwork models of film stars British actress Judie Dench, US actor Morgan Freeman, British actress Kate
             Winslet, US actor Tom Hanks and British actress Helen Mirren at Madame Tussauds in central London, to mark the launch of the Awards Season Party display
             running from 18th January - 29th February 2012. —AFP

                                                                                                                                    Why is the sky blue?
Queen’sfriends at bay
‘little bubble’ keeps
                                                                                                                                     Kids’ questions parents fear
                                                                                                                                          hey range from the easy, like “would a shark beat a
                                                                                                                                          dinosaur in a fight?” through the tricky, like “why is the sky

                                                                                         :Biographer                                      blue?” to the near-impossible, such as “how much does the
                                                                                                                                    earth weigh?” Kids bombard their parents with questions every
                                                                                                                                    day on all manner of subjects and now a survey has found the 10
                                                                                                                                    most feared by the grown-ups. Top of the list: “Why is the moon

                                                           ueen Elizabeth II’s friends dare not ask her about her personal          sometimes out in the day? Others include: will we ever discover
                                                           feelings because of the wall of privacy around her, according to a       aliens? and how do aeroplanes stay in the air? A quarter of British
                                                           US journalist given access to the British monarch’s entourage for a      parents find themselves puzzled by their children’s science and
                                                   new biography. “Elizabeth the Queen” by Sally Bedell Smith is already a          maths questions on a daily basis, the survey found.
                                                   hit on both sides of the Atlantic as Britain starts commemorations for the           Researchers found that 26 percent of parents think their chil-
                                                   monarch’s diamond jubilee. Bedell Smith, a writer for Vanity Fair, has pro-      dren are more knowledgeable about maths and science than
                                                   duced biographies of Princess Diana, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, and            they are, with more than half of parents dreading questions
                                                   Bill and Hillary Clinton.                                                        about subjects they cannot answer correctly, leaving them frus-
                                                        Bedell Smith was given tacit approval by Buckingham Palace for her          trated and embarrassed. The study found that a third of parents
                                                   latest project and spoke to advisors, courtiers and relatives of the woman       would actively research to find the answers, whilst many admit
                                                   she calls “the most public and the most private person in the world.” In         they either make up the answers or deflect the question onto
                                                   the book, Bedell Smith tells of the queen’s fears over the divorce between       their partner. Polling 2,000 parents with children aged 5-16, it
                                                   her son Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana and many other dra-           found that many parents believe their youngsters’ curiosity for
                                                   mas in her reign. Speaking in New York, the American author and histori-         science and maths has been fuelled by educational TV programs.
                                                   an said that the queen has devoted friends but because she lives “in her             Many of the parents interviewed wished they had taken more
                                                   own little bubble and own little world” it is “a different kind of friendship.”   of an interest in maths and science in school and 10 percent of
                                                        “She tries to be amusing and she gives them very good advice                mothers say their limited knowledge is due to the lack of support
                                                   although they are very careful about not being presumptuous and calling          and encouragement they received in these subjects when they
                                                   upon her for that,” Bedell Smith said. “She is very interested in their fami-    were at school. The survey was carried out for the Big Bang UK
                                                   lies and what is going on. But there is a kind of a scrim in front of her,”      Young Scientists and Engineers Fair which takes place in
                                                   said the writer, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and former New York       Birmingham from 15-17 March.
                                                   Times reporter. “They dare not really ask her about her personal feelings
                                                   and personal life. She keeps a lot of that to herself. One of her cousins        The 10 most awkward questions:
                                                   told me that when she gets frustrated-there is a weed in Scotland called            1. Why is the moon sometimes out in the day?
                                                   the sticky willy-she goes out into the fields and pulls it up.” Elizabeth            2. Why is the sky blue?
                                                   ascended to the British throne on February 6, 1952 after the death of her           3. Will we ever discover aliens?
                                                   father King George VI. Mass national commemorations are to be held                  4. How much does the earth weigh?
                                                   from June 2-5 across Britain.                                                       5. How do aeroplanes stay in the air?
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II receives flowers in        The biography reveals the queen’s fears after the 1996 divorce of              6. Why is water wet?
this December 25, 2011 file photo from well-       Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The former archbishop of Canterbury,             7. How do I do long division?
wishers following the Royal family Christmas       Lord Carey, says in the book that Elizabeth was worried that her eldest             8. Where do birds/bees go in winter?
Day church service at St Mary Magdalene            son would give up his place in the line of succession for Camilla, just as          9. What makes a rainbow?
Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, in the east        King Edward VIII gave up the throne in 1936 to marry his mistress, Wallis            10. Why are there different time zones on earth? —AP
of England. —AFP                                   Simpson. —AFP

       Wahlberg                                                                                                                                                                           In this film image
                                                                                                                                                                                      released by Relativity
                                                                                                                                                                                    Media, Gina Carano and

       sorry over                                                                                                                                                                       Ewan McGregor are
                                                                                                                                                                                     shown in a scene from
                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘Haywire.’ —AP

    9/11 comments

                                                                                      Carano kicks butt in

   Actor Mark Wahlberg arriving at the 83rd Academy

   Awards Nominations Luncheon. —AP
          ollywood star Mark Wahlberg apologized Wednesday for
          comments about the September 11, 2001 attacks, in
          which he claimed he would have overpowered the
  hijackers. The 40-year-old hard-man actor, whose latest movie
                                                                                      ‘Haywire’ film debut
  “Contraband” topped the north American box office last week-                                  straight-up action picture may         and not only did she do all her own            escape; it’s intentionally disorienting,
  end, said his remarks were “irresponsible” and “insensitive.”                               sound unusual coming from              stunts, she had to do them in a way that       but that’s part of the fun.
      Wahlberg, who was nominated for an Oscar last year for “The                             Steven Soderbergh, but as he has       she wouldn’t injure her male co-stars,             Among the excellent cast, McGregor
  Fighter,” made the offending comments in “Men’s Journal,”                            demonstrated repeatedly throughout             including Ewan McGregor, Michael               plays Mallory’s obviously slimy boss,
  when asked what he would have done had he been on one of                            his career, he is keen to experiment with      Fassbender and Channing Tatum. Her             with whom she shares some sort of her
  the planes which hit the World Trade Center. “If I was on that                      every genre imaginable. And if you look        dialogue delivery may seem a bit stiff,         nebulous romantic history. Tatum is her
  plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did,” he                     closely at his latest, “Haywire,” you’ll find   and she has acknowledged that                  partner on the Barcelona job, who may
  told the magazine. “There would have been a lot of blood in that                    it reveals glimmers of some of his great-      Soderbergh made some tweaks to her             or may not be trustworthy. Fassbender is
  first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land                       est hits. It is a revenge thriller like “The   voice in post-production, but she has          the British agent with whom she is asked
  somewhere safely, don’t worry’,” added the actor, who was born                      Limey” (and comes from the same                tremendous presence: an intriguing mix         to team up on a follow-up mission; their
  in a poor working class district of Boston.                                         screenwriter, Lem Dobbs). It features a        of muscular power and eye-catching             scenes smolder with an old-school
      In a statement released by his publicist, Walhberg-who was                      color-coded palette scheme to corre-           femininity.                                    James Bond sense of glamour and
  rapper Marky Mark when he was younger-apologized for the                            spond with each new location in this              Mallory works for a private contractor      intrigue, as well as danger. Michael
  comments. “To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to                     globe-trotting tale, like “Traffic.” It has a    that performs secret missions for the US       Douglas plays Mallory’s government
  begin with, and to suggest I would have done anything differ-                       ‘70s-style aesthetic sensibility reminis-      government. Her latest required her and        contact and the one person she seems
  ently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible,” he                      cent of “The Informant!” It boasts an all      her team to rescue a Chinese journalist        to be able to trust aside from her father
  said. “I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my                    star cast like Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s”          who’d been kidnapped and was being             (Bill Paxton) who, like her, is a former
  answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my inten-                      movies, “Full Frontal” and, most recently,     held captive in Barcelona. The mission         Marine. And Antonio Banderas is her
  tion,” he added. —AFP                                                               “Contagion.” But at its center is an           itself (pretty much) went down as              Spanish connection, a role he plays in
                                                                                      actress who never had appeared in a            planned, but afterward she finds she has        almost as cartoonish a fashion as his
                                                                                      major feature film before, like “The            been set up. Now, her task is to figure         “Puss in Boots” character.

  Rascal Flatts preps new
                                                                                      Girlfriend Experience” and “Bubble.”           out who has double-crossed her and                 Regardless of the setting, the oppo-
                                                                                          So since we are in the midst of mak-       why. All of this takes place out of            nent or their motives, Soderbergh is
                                                                                      ing comparisons, we will just say that         chronological order as it hops around          smart enough to emphasize Carano’s

  album for April 3 release
                                                                                      “Haywire” feels like minor Soderbergh:         between upstate New York, Barcelona,           strengths. He lets the elaborate fight
                                                                                      zippy, hugely entertaining and well-           Washington, Dublin, the scrub-brushed          scenes play out, lets us see every kick,
                                                                                      crafted as always (since he once again         buttes of New Mexico and a Mexican             punch and body slam, without a lot of
                                                                                      serves as his own cinematographer and          beach at sunset. (That last location is one    needless edits and even without any

      he last time Rascal Flatts recorded an album, the trio ditched                  editor), but not one of his more impor-        of the most beautiful, with the warm,          music. The battles provide their own
      dreary Music City in the winter for sunny California. This time                 tant films in the broad scheme of things.       jagged rocks serving as a striking back-       rhythm, and afterward you may feel as if
      around they stayed closer to home when recording new album                      It does, however, mark the auspicious          drop for one of the film’s most intense         you’ve been worked over as well. But in
“Changed.” Well, bassist Jay DeMarcus’ home. “We actually cut the                     film debut of MMA superstar Gina                fights.) Mallory tells her story to the poor    a good way. “Haywire,” a Relativity
whole thing at Jay’s house, in Jay’s studio,” singer Gary LeVox said.                 Carano as special-ops bad-ass Mallory          schmo whose car she has to borrow              Media release, is rated R for some vio-
“We mixed it up and did something a little different.” “Changed” is                    Kane. Carano had never acted before,           (played by Michael Angarano) for               lence. Running time: 93 minutes. —AP
out April 3 and follows “Nothing Like This,” their sixth straight plat-
inum-selling album and the first with the Big Machine Label Group.

                                                                                                                                           Four-legged ‘Artist’
Only three other country acts have matched the band’s streak of mil-
lion-selling albums. LeVox says the band, which also includes guitarist
Joe Don Rooney, believes “Changed” could be Rascal Flatts’ strongest

                                                                                                                                        co-star eyes Golden Collar
album yet. They hope the Dan Huff-produced record will build on the
success of “Nothing Like This,” which spawned their 12th and 13th No
                                               1 singles and a top five
                                               hit. “Banjo,” the first sin-

                                               gle from “Changed,”                                                            ggie the four-legged co-star of silent film    News Daily. “We’re thrilled to have Penelope and
                                               has been released to                                                           “The Artist” is tipped to win his own         Uggie announcing the Golden Collar nominees,”
                                               radio. “It’s really excit-                                                     canine accolade, to go with the growing       the canine news outlet’s boss Alan Siskind said
                                               ing some of the songs                                                   haul of honors bestowed on the movie in              after the launch by Penelope Ann Miller, who
                                                                                                                       Hollywood. The trick-performing terrier, who         plays the wife of silent era star George Valentin.
                                               we’ve got set to go,”
                                                                                                                       saves his master’s life in the black and white film       “It’s an honor to have both of them on stage
                                               LeVox said. “It’s proba-
                                                                                                                       which won three Golden Globes and is hoping          to let the world know which canine thespians are
                                               bly the most really
                                                                                                                       for Oscars glory, was nominated Wednesday for a      being formally recognized and acknowledged for
                                               good, up-tempo stuff
                                                                                                                       newly-minted Golden Collar award from Dog            their tremendous performances in film & televi-
                                               that maybe we’ve ever
                                                                                                                                                                            sion in 2011,” he added. The 1st Annual Golden
                                               had pitched to us. And                                                 Uggie, the dog, from the film ‘The Artist’
                                                                                                                                                                            Collar Awards ceremony will take place on
                                               we wrote some really                                                   poses backstage with the award for Best               February 13 in Los Angeles, with red carpet
                                               good stuff. ... I think it’s                                            Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical dur-               arrivals and a private cocktail reception benefit-
                                               musically at even                                                      ing the 69th Annual Golden Globe                      ing Los Angeles area dog rescue organizations
                                               another level.” — AP                                                   Awards . —AP                                          and shelters. —AP

            Hospital says
Brooks’ gift came without obligation

                 Photo shows country music stars Garth Brooks, right, and Trisha                      Photo shows Country music star Garth Brooks, center, shakes hands with
                 Yearwood leave the courtroom at Rogers County Courthouse, in                         Logan Eller, left, and Tod Weiesnbach at Rogers County Courthouse.
                 Claremore, Ok. — AP photos

     awyers for Garth Brooks and an Oklahoma        money back?’ hospital lawyer Terry Thomas said.      But the singer’s lawyer, Lisa Riggs, told jurors   construction of a women’s center has not start-
     hospital clashed Wednesday over whether        “Because it was sent anonymously.” According      the hospital had lured Brooks. She said the hos-      ed.
     the facility promised to name a women’s        to Thomas, Brooks and hospital president James    pital deliberately and falsely claimed it would           Under questioning by the singer’s lawyers,
center in honor of the country star’s late mother   Moore never reached a naming rights agree-        build a women’s center and display Colleen            he said a women’s center would be more
after he made a $500,000 donation. Brooks           ment and that, after the $500,000 gift arrived,   Brooks’ name “like the Hollywood sign in Los          appealing to Brooks than having his mother’s
wants the Integris Canadian Valley Regional         Brooks telephoned Moore to say it was from him    Angeles.” “This is not what Garth Brooks had          name on an intensive care unit.
Hospital in his hometown of Yukon to return         and to add conditions for its use. “I know you    bargained for,” Riggs said. “Over six years after         “We knew he was very passionate about his
the money, claiming in a lawsuit that hospital      don’t have to, but I hope you’ll name something   the donation, nothing is named after Colleen          mom and we were passionate about women’s
administrators reneged on their pledge to name      for my mother,” Brooks said, according to         Brooks.                                               issues,” Moore said. Brooks attended the trial
a part of a medical complex after Colleen           Thomas. Thomas told the lawyers that the hos-        “It was a simple deal: $500,000 and mom’s          with his wife, country singer Trisha Yearwood.
Brooks. Jurors began hearing arguments in the       pital agreed to nothing, and even sent Brooks a   name is on the women’s center,” Riggs told            The couple lives near Owasso, a Tulsa suburb,
case Wednesday.                                     receipt telling him he had received nothing of    jurors. “In (Brooks’) words, it was an easy deal to   about 130 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of
   “Some might ask ‘Why didn’t you give the         value for his contribution.                       get done.” Moore, the trial’s first witness, said      Yukon. —AP

    YouTube plots ‘Your                                              Jennifer Hudson would
  Film Festival’ for users                                                 gain weight for movie role
        ouTube is launching a film

        festival that will play out                                        ven though Jennifer Hudson has dropped more than 80
        online and ultimately send                                         pounds (36 kilograms), the singer and actress said she
 10 finalists to the Venice Film                                            would have no problem gaining weight for Hollywood if the
 Festival. The Google Inc-owned                                     proper movie role comes her way. “When I do films, it has to be
 video site announced yesterday                                     led by something through me - like my passion for it,” Hudson
 that Your Film Festival will take sub-                             said before a book signing in suburban Atlanta on Wednesday. “I
 missions of short films up to 15 min-                               just don’t want to hop into anything. So if I commit myself to
 utes in length between Feb. 2 and                                  something, then it’ll be worth it no matter what character it is.”
 March 31. Fifty semi-finalists will be                              Last week, Hudson released her book, “I Got This: How I Changed
 selected by Scott Free Productions,                                My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down.” The book touches
 Ridley and Tony Scott’s production File photo shows                on how she dealt with her weight issues throughout her career
 company. Those 50 films will form a executive producer              before she lost the extra pounds.
 channel on YouTube:                    Ridley Scott                    In it, Hudson - who is both a Grammy and Oscar winner - also participating in a press             talked about how she turned down the lead role in the 2009 film
 val. There, users will be able to view conference for the film     “Precious.” The role ended up going to Gabourey Sidibe, who was
 the films and vote for their favorites. ‘Cracks’                    nominated for an Oscar for playing an obese 16-year-old girl who      Oscar and Grammy winning performer Jennifer Hudson
     The 10 finalists will be flown to during the Toronto             had an abusive mother, an incestuous father and faced extreme         poses with a copy of her memoir, ‘I Got This: How I
 the 69th annual Venice Film International Film                     poverty. “I felt it was too graphic for me at the time,” she said     Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down,’
 Festival, where their films will be Festival in Toronto.            Wednesday. “It’s something I didn’t want to do at the time, but I     Tuesday in Chicago. — AP
 screened in August. Ridley Scott will                              would gain weight in a heartbeat. I have no issues with that at
 lead a jury in selecting a winner,                                 all.” Hudson is a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers and wants to        am health conscious.” Hudson, who first earned fame as an
 who will receive a $500,000 grant from YouTube to produce a        remain physically fit along with her fiance David Otunga, who has       “American Idol” finalist, won a Grammy for her self-titled album
 work with Scott Free. “Through this program, YouTube will give     recently been wrestling for the World Wrestling Entertainment.        and a supporting actress Oscar for her role in “Dreamgirls.”—AP
 filmmakers the opportunity to reach a vast audience, screen             They both want to set an early example of staying in shape for
 their work during the Venice Film Festival and potentially be      their 2-year-old son. “We really didn’t realize how important
 rewarded in a career-changing way,” Robert Kyncl, global head      health was until we were adults,” she said. “We wanted to make
 of content at YouTube, said in a statement. —AP                    sure we set an example for our son. He’s health conscious, and I

                                 upermen strode the catwalk on day one of the Paris

                           S     menswear shows Wednesday as Mugler sent out sharp, futur-
                                 istic suits for autumn-winter, worn under giant-shouldered
                           jackets and military-style capes. Best known as Lady Gaga’s stylist,
                           the label’s creative director Nicola Formichetti took “formal, mili-
                           tary dress uniforms” as his starting point to explore the idea of
                           male heroes, almost “superhuman” in their proportions. “It is that
                           exaggerated, heroic silhouette, hyper-masculine and formal that
                           we were interested in, and how it transforms men,” he said.
                               Formichetti and menswear designer Romain Kremer threw
                           open the creative process in preparing the collection, streamcast-
                           ing the run-up to the show online and inviting feedback from fans.
                           Higlighting the open process, the first two models stepped out to a
                           pounding dance soundtrack with cameras on harnesses strapped
                           to their bodies. Followed sharp-cut suits in deep red, blue, green or
                           black, that paired tapered pants with cropped jackets, overcoats
                           and military-inspired capes-all round-necked and big-shouldered
                           in a nod to vintage Thierry Mugler designs.

    Models wear creations by Nicola Formichetti, and Sebastien Teigne for Thierry Mugler fashion house’s Men’s fall-winter 2012-2013 collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday.

      Sexy ironworkers stepped out bare-chested with long aprons
  worn over slimline trousers. Natural wools, cottons and leathers
  were given a plastic, rubber or lacquered finish, while heavy silk
  jacquard fabrics were reworked as head-to-toe patterns, like on a
  maroon three-piece suit worn with outsized overcoat. Earlier, a duo
  of young designers opened the five-day menswear shows, with
  Japan’s Arashi Yanagawa at the label John Lawrence Sullivan citing
  David Bowie as a key inspiration for his colorful, dandyish autumn-
  winter line.
      The designer, a former boxer who named his label after a 19th-
  century boxing champion, contrasted checks with stripes, shiny
  with mat fabrics, luminous greens and violets-and also threw the
  occasional boxing glove or knuckle-duster into the mix. Newcomer
  Yohan Serfaty showed a collection for his label Y. Project built
  around leather, suede and sheepskin, with pants cropped at mid-
  calf, roomy boots zipped open at the back, and high zippered col-
  lars to keep out the cold.—AFP
                                                                         Models wear creations by Japanese fashion designer Arashi Yanagawa for John Lawrence Sullivan
                                                                         Men’s fall-winter 2012-2013 collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday.

   Models wear creations by French fashion designer Yohan Serfaty for Y Project fashion house’s Men’s fall-winter 2012-2013 collection, presented in Paris, Wednesday.
                                                                                                                                                                — AP photos

            A biography of Joan Jett is one of the over 3,500 books on the shelves at the newly-opened Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Library and Archives in

 Rock Hall of Fame opens archives to public
                                                                                                                                                                         Charles Hughes, 29, a
                                                                                                                                                                         graduate student at
                                                                                                                                                                         the University of
                                                                                                                                                                         Wisconsin, Madison,
                                                                                                                                                                         looks through the
                                                                                                                                                                         Jerry Wexler
                                                                                                                                                                         Collection in the
                                                                                                                                                                         reading room and
                                                                                                                                                                         archives at the
                                                                                                                                                                         Rock Hall Library
                                                                                                                                                                         and Archives.
                                                                                                                                                                         —AP photos

                                                                 he Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened its          tories and scrap books. Leach said the Rock Hall has done a
                                                                 new library and archives to the public on Tuesday to         great job of telling the story of rock ‘n’ roll. He said he sees the
                                                                 give scholars and fans access to the stories behind the      library as bringing the museum more recognition and show-
                                                           music through such “artifacts” as personal letters from            ing “it to be a serious place of research.” The library collection
                                                           Madonna and Aretha Franklin and 1981-82 video of the               also includes movie posters, photos and memorabilia related
                                                           Rolling Stones tour. The collection, catalogued over the last      to Alan Freed, the DJ credited with coining the phrase rock ‘n’
                                                           few years, includes more than 3,500 books, 1,400 audio             roll; a handwritten list by Elvis Presley of songs included in one
                                                           recordings and 270 videos, and is housed in the new four-sto-      of his concerts; and personal letters from Mick Jagger. Visitors
                                                           ry, $12 million building. Thousands more books and record-         will not be allowed to check out items, but anyone can use the
                                                           ings and hundreds of videos will be added as previously            library reading room to browse through books, listen to audio
With a photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono reading in the    stored items and new donations are catalogued, said Andy           recordings and watch videos. A smaller archives reading room
background, visitors check out a book.                     Leach, director of the library and archives.                       allows supervised access to certain items.
                                                                “We hope to serve music scholars, teachers, students and             Steve Waksman, an associate professor of music and
                                                           the general public,” Leach said. “We hope to see all of them       American studies at Smith College in Massachusetts, did
                                                           here.” Tuesday’s opening of the building on the Cuyahoga           research at the library prior to its opening for his book on the
                                                           Community College campus in Cleveland, not far from the            history of American live music. “It was very useful, with material
                                                           Rock Hall, occurred without a lot of fanfare. The low-key open-    that I haven’t found anywhere else,” Waksman said Tuesday.
                                                           ing allows the public to enjoy the library before a grand open-    “They had a lot of material regarding the stage sets of music
                                                           ing April 9. The college funded the building, which the library    performers from the ‘60s and the ‘70s, such as David Bowie and
                                                           and archives share with the college’s Center for Creative Arts.    the Rolling Stones.” Elizabeth Papp Taylor, 53, of Shaker Heights,
                                                           The Rock Hall financed construction and furnishings of the          was at the library opening day. “I’m looking forward to coming
                                                           interior of its section of the building.                           back for a look at the archives, but my first visit was exciting,”
                                                                The library also offers photos, albums and covers, oral his-   she said in a phone interview. “It’s very impressive.” — AP
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                                                                                       environment.                                                                         Cambodia             00855       Morocco              00212
                                                                                                                                                                            Cameroon             00237       Mozambique           00258
                                                                                                                                                                            Canada               001         Myanmar (Burma) 0095
                                                                                                                                                                            Cape Verde           00238       Namibia              00264
                                                                                                                                                                            Cayman Islands       001345      Nepal                00977
                                                                                                                                                                            Central African Republic 00236   Netherlands (Holland)0031
                Gemini (May 21-June 20)                                                               Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)                                 Chad                 00235       Netherlands Antilles 00599
                 Your planetary ruler works strongly in your life, especially                                                                                               Chile                0056        New Caledonia        00687
                                                                                                       Others have probably noticed that you seem to know what              China                0086        New Zealand          0064
                 today. Your professional life is improving—your sense of              others want before they do. Obstacles that are in your way at work this day
responsibility is strong. There is focus and determination to finish what you                                                                                               Colombia             0057        Nicaragua            00505
                                                                                       will be easier to handle than you think. You are learning and growing in your        Comoros              00269       Nigar                00227
have begun this day—you could be working after hours. You have the men-                job or profession and you knowledgably and intuitively have an understand-           Congo                00242       Nigeria              00234
tal concentration and discipline to work out details that will put an end to old       ing into ways of handling the difficult people or problems successfully. Your        Cook Islands         00682       Niue                 00683
projects. However, situations that call for negotiation should be put on hold          concern for others is gratifying. Social work, if you are looking for work, is not   Costa Rica           00506       Norfolk Island       00672
for now. Money is a subject you may ponder at this time. The problem with              out of the question. Psychology and social sciences captivate you and keep           Croatia              00385       Northern Ireland (UK)0044
savings and the lack of same continues to haunt you this year. Now is a good           you busy either reading or into some sort of continuing education. There are         Cuba                 0053        North Korea          00850
time to set aside funds for the thin times. Plan a new budget. Your sense of           some positive boosts to your income now and you may be encouraged to                 Cyprus               00357       Norway               0047
responsibility is strong and takes over when you visit relatives this afternoon.       invest—do not be afraid to ask questions.                                            Cyprus (Northern) 0090392        Oman                 00968
                                                                                                                                                                            Czech Republic       00420       Pakistan             0092
                                                                                                                                                                            Denmark              0045        Palau                00680
                                                                                                                                                                            Diego Garcia         00246       Panama               00507
                                                                                                                                                                            Djibouti             00253       Papua New Guinea 00675
                                                                                                                                                                            Dominica             001767      Paraguay             00595
                                                                                                                                                                            Dominican Republic 001809        Peru                 0051
                Cancer (June 21-July 22)                                                              Capricorn (December 22-January 19)                                    Ecuador              00593       Philippines          0063
                                                                                                                                                                            Egypt                0020        Poland               0048
              There may be work to do, but you would rather call in sick.                            You may find that many people move into a more sensitive self
                                                                                                                                                                            El Salvador          00503       Portugal             00351
              Okay . . . this, however, is not exactly a day to dream impossi-                       at this time. This can be rewarding or damaging, depending on          England (UK)         0044        Puerto Rico          001787
ble dreams. The distance between your ideal world and the real one may                 how you handle it. If you focus on others, your understanding will enable you        Equatorial Guinea 00240          Qatar                00974
suddenly seem oddly insurmountable. As the clever person you are you can               to fit into any group. This ability is helpful for any job. If, however, you         Eritrea              00291       Romania              0040
encourage yourself to work by creating a goal for your next vacation. Rest             become caught up in your own feelings, you are likely to see only what you           Estonia              00372       Russian Federation 007
early tonight and a change of diet may also give you a positive boost.                 want to see. This attitude can cause lots of problems. In any event, save the        Ethiopia             00251       Rwanda               00250
Consider having a horoscope chart done and you will see new reasons for                decisions that require clear logic for another day. Take your time to decide         Falkland Islands     00500       Saint Helena         00290
creating new and better goals. Continued success on the career level will              which way you want to go. Remain in the background the rest of this month            Faroe Islands        00298       Saint Kitts          001869
encourage you to bide your time until you can apply for a change of scenery,           and keep a watch on your energies to make sure they are in balance. Work,            Fiji                 00679       Saint Lucia          001758
be it landscape or office. Your general income will have an opportunity to             school, business luncheons or dinners—all get a plus for today.                      Finland              00358       Saint Pierre         00508
move up the scale of earnings.                                                                                                                                              France               0033        Saint Vincent        001784
                                                                                                                                                                            French Guiana        00594       Samoa US             00684
                                                                                                                                                                            French Polynesia     00689       Samoa West           00685
                                                                                                                                                                            Gabon                00241       San Marino           00378
                                                                                                                                                                            Gambia               00220       Sao Tone             00239
                                                                                                      Aquarius (January 20- February 18)                                    Georgia              00995       Saudi Arabia         00966
                Leo (July 23-August 22)                                                                                                                                     Germany              0049        Scotland (UK)        0044
                Phone calls from relatives or friends may have you changing                           This is an important year for you, professionally. If you are         Ghana                00233       Senegal              00221
                your plans for an upcoming weekend. You now may be                                    already in a job that calls for authority, you may find some          Gibraltar            00350       Seychelles           00284
choosing whether you want to go to a reunion or a sports game or some oth-             recognition and rewards coming your way. You feel like blowing your own              Greece               0030        Sierra Leone         00232
                                                                                       horn today. Just remember to play on key. You may be in a position to tend           Greenland            00299       Singapore            0065
er big event. If you are in a position of authority at work, you may feel a bit                                                                                             Grenada              001473      Slovakia             00421
guilty about being preoccupied. You will, however, help several people with            to another person’s needs this afternoon and this is where you shine. You
                                                                                       need an audience and a good performer can keep it enthralled, no matter              Guadeloupe           00590       Slovenia             00386
your support as well as your ability to pull out the most creative and work-                                                                                                Guam                 001671      Solomon Islands      00677
able ideas. Personally, money matters continue to be an issue. Get into the            what the subject. Good luck—or, as the theatrical adage goes, “break a leg!”
                                                                                       You could be most persuasive and eloquent in speech and communication.               Guatemala            00502       Somalia              00252
habit of asking yourself if you really need an item. There is a definite urge to                                                                                            Guinea               00224       South Africa         0027
rid yourself of some of the clutter in your life. If you have not enjoyed a pos-       You will be able to enjoy and value your own life situation. While shopping
                                                                                       this evening, you will be smart to keep your antennae out for a good buy.            Guyana               00592       South Korea          0082
session in the last two years, it is time to let it go. Expect a sense of support                                                                                           Haiti                00509       Spain                0034
from loved ones.                                                                                                                                                            Holland (Netherlands)0031        Sri Lanka            0094
                                                                                                                                                                            Honduras             00504       Sudan                00249
                                                                                                                                                                            Hong Kong            00852       Suriname             00597
                                                                                                                                                                            Hungary              0036        Swaziland            00268
                                                                                                                                                                            Ibiza (Spain)        0034        Sweden               0046
                                                                                                                                                                            Iceland              00354       Switzerland          0041
                Virgo (August 23-September 22)                                                         Pisces (February 19-March 20)                                        India                0091        Syria                00963
                                                                                                                                                                            Indian Ocean         00873       Taiwan               00886
                  There is a major life event now that marks the beginning of                          Do not buy into every story you hear—a co-worker may want            Indonesia            0062        Tanzania             00255
                  more independence. There is increased responsibility and             you to cover or work or find mistakes for him or her. Smile and just say no.         Iran                 0098        Thailand             0066
accountability. This is a good time for deep thought and review of self. If you        Several people could divide the work and help but one person’s work is too           Iraq                 00964       Toga                 00228
feel that the scales are a little out of balance in your life, whether it is work or   much for one day. This afternoon, marriage and other close relationships give        Ireland              00353       Tonga                00676
personal, take the steps necessary to make changes. This may mean more                 rise to great expectations now. This is a time to enjoy and appreciate your ties     Italy                0039        Tokelau              00690
education, counseling or simply a pen and paper to write out your goals. Do            to others and to seek and promote harmony in the interaction between peo-            Ivory Coast          00225       Trinidad             001868
not give in to the restlessness, indecision or worry that may creep in from            ple. This evening may be a good time for soft lights and romantic reveries.          Jamaica              001876      Tunisia              00216
time-to-time. A plan of action will get you where you want to go, especially if        You may wish that your loved one were a fairytale prince or princess. First,         Japan                0081        Turkey               0090
it is intelligently created. Take a little trip, or get outside this afternoon. This   appreciate him or her as a member of the real world. Second, dress the way           Jordan               00962       Tuvalu               00688
evening is a wonderful time to be involved with friends or family in some sort         you would dress if you really were playing the part . . . it might catch on.         Kazakhstan           007         Uganda               00256
of fun activity.                                                                                                                                                            Kenya                00254       Ukraine              00380
                                                                                                                                                                            Kiribati             00686       United Arab Emirates00976
                                                                                                                                                             W h a t ’s O n

                                                                                                                                                          Upcoming events
                                                                                                                                                      Infoconnect expo to be held in Kuwait
                                                                                                                                               From January 29th till February 4th Infoconnect will
                                                                                                                                               be held at the Kuwait International Fair Grounds.
                                                                                                                                               Infoconnect is one of the most professionally organ-
                                                                                                                                               ized trade shows in Kuwait, dedicated exclusively to
                                                                                                                                               the computer applications and information technolo-
                                                                                                                                               gy sector. The show ranks high on the popularity
                                                                                                                                               count, drawing in a large number of exhibitors as
                                                                                                                                               well as qualified business visitors at each of its edi-
                                                                                                                                               tions. The line of products put on exhibit at the show
                                                                                                                                               is quite extensive and includes computer peripherals,
                                                                                                                                               IT security tools, softwa]re solutions, data warehous-

          Launch of TEDxSafat                                                                                                                  ing systems and a host of other related services and
                                                                                                                                               accessories. The show draws in active participation
                                                                                                                                               from eminent professionals from both the public as
      Conference in Kuwaiti version                                                                                                            well as the private sectors and the latest innovations
                                                                                                                                               and developments in the IT industry are closely
                                                                                                                                               looked into here. The show is held over a period of

        mid the huge and over-expected audience, TEDxSafat             ing and implementing private projects turning the dream into            seven days at the Kuwait International Fairground
        conference launched its activities in its Kuwaiti Version,     one of the most powerful youth projects.                                and enjoys large scale media coverage too.
        sponsored by WAY Communications under the slogan                  Sulayman Al Bassam was one of the speakers who present-
“Ideas Worth Spreading”. TEDxSafat, which is officially accred-        ed a speech titled “On frontiers: moving beyond what we                                   Kuwait Boat Show
ited from TED International organization in USA, included a            know”, where he spotlighted on his works that were produced             Kuwait, in the cradle of one of the most ancient and
group of Kuwaiti leading thinkers and innovators who shared            and presented both within the Arab World and at leading ven-            most-contested corners of the world, is best
their ideas and experiences that have the potential to make a          ues internationally. He explained to the audience his expertise         described as a city state. The burgeoning capital,
difference in Kuwait and beyond.                                       in making study of his work part of higher education curricu-           Kuwait City, is like a magnet: indeed it has been
    TEDxSafat conference, which was sponsored by Ministry of           lums at various universities including Boston University and            attracting Bedouin people from the Arabian interior,
Information, VIVA as a main sponsor, and the participated              The Baghdad Institute of Dramatic Arts, and has been the sub-           in search of a sea breeze and an escape from recur-
sponsors Abyat and & Fox Media, hosted the high-level audi-            ject of several PhD Theses within the Arab World and in                 ring drought, for centuries. Today the metropolis is
ence including a large number of seniors from different lead-          Europe over the past 5 years.                                           still an oasis in a land of desert plains, but rather
ing companies in Kuwait, in addition to the remarkable pres-              An active participation from Sheikha Intisar Salem Al Ali Al-
                                                                                                                                               more of the cultural and epicurean kind. Excellent
ence of the youth from different nationalities. Of noteworthy          Sabah, who is the founder of a unique publishing house
                                                                                                                                               museums; a corniche ornamented with combed
mention is the attendance of the Kuwaiti youth, where they             named Lulua, lectured on “how inspirations found me”.
believed in the idea of such events that highlight their role in          Maha Al-Ghunaim took part in this significant conference             beaches and extravagant restaurants; modern shop-
the Kuwait society.                                                    talking about the “Passionate at all Times” where she illustrat-        ping complexes and marinas, and long and lazy
    In this occasion, TEDxSafat aimed to create a platform to          ed how passion reflects positively on the final result of the           retreats at new beach resorts mark the Kuwait City
share ideas and to promote the spread of innovative ideas              work presenting a perfect job.                                          experience. The organizers of the Kuwait
and new concepts in the society. Way Communications                       “The Game of Life” was the title of Dr Ahmad BouShehri               International Boat Show expect more than 100
availed the opportunity for talented and creative Kuwaitis to          topic, the Faculty member of the Electrical Engineering                 marine companies to display their latest products,
present their ideas and experiences that can make a positive           Department, and the Co-founder of the INC lab (Information,             boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines and
impact on attendance.                                                  Networks, and Complexity).                                              thousands of boating accessories from major marine
    The conference was attended by high-caliber speakers                  TEDxSafat conference talks were concluded by Khaled Al-              manufacturers. The Boat Show encompasses more
who are creative Kuwaitis and owners of the practical experi-          Kulaib who is an Entrepreneur, and works in several voluntari-          than 120.000 m2 of space, both on land and in water.
ences of successful ideas that deserve to be spread. The ses-          ly projects. He narrated his story of founding his volunteer            Where: Souk Sharq Marina & Water Front Kuwait
sions addressed various topics, including global issues, suc-          project called “Kuwait Oasis”, an endeavor to create oasis’ in          International Boat Show Timings: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
cess stories, technology, design, entertainment, science, arts,        Kuwait’s deserts, and therefore achieving the dream of green-           Local exhibitors & for more info kindly contact Mr.
architecture, and many other remarkable ideas.                         ing all deserts in Kuwait. Al-Kulaib has passed through his lec-        Abdulla Al Manei (Exhibition Manager): 2538-7100
    The conference commenced with Dr Saad Al-Barrak talk,              ture many great ideas to the youth on how to start small busi-          Ext: 172, 9978-8130, 2539-3872, 2539-8123, 9444-
who addressed a talk on the leading change, talking about the          nesses encouraging them to never hesitate to contribute in              9102,
importance of the change in every individual’s life aiming to          developing the country.                                                 International exhibitors & any additional info kindly
develop his own competencies and skills by exerting all his               It is noteworthy to mention that The WAY Communications              contact Mrs. Kaya Gabrielcic info@kuwait-
efforts to achieve real change, and therefore get the tangible         hosted TEDxSafat in Kuwait after the success of the           
benefit.                                                               Conference of the TED regionally and internationally in vari-
    “Somalia, No end in sight” was the topic of Dr Ghanem Al-          ous countries around the world, besides it has been hosted in                             Kuwait Bike Show
Najjar talk, Professor of political science at Kuwait University       many countries of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia,              The Kuwait Bike Show is an annual bike show organ-
since he was the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights in              Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Ramallah, Muscat, Beirut,             ized by Harley Davidson of Kuwait. The show this
Somalia, appointed by the UN Secretary General Kofi Anan               Cairo and Baghdad. Moreover, the name TED stands for                    year will take place at Marina Mall the most popular
from 2001 until 2008. Being one of the founders of Nuqat,              “Technology - Entertainment - Design” whereby the X means               shopping destination in Kuwait. The bike show is a
Hussa Al-Humaidhi talked about her experience in establish-            that the event is organized independently.                              competition with different categories, where judg-
                                                                                                                                               ment will be taken on certain points by experts.
                                                                                                                                               Invited participants will include chapters from all
                                                                                                                                               over the Middle East. It will be held January 26th -
                         Announcements                                                                                                         27th.For further info
                                                                                                                                               Email: or cmc@harley-
                                                                        Sunday, January 29; which features two separate camps each held
                     Santhwanam anniversary
  Pioneering Indian voluntary organization, “Santhwanam Kuwait”        for a one week period. The event features various activities that
                                                                       include visits to the aquarium and iMAX theater, as well as a            Comedy-play to be hosted with Indian celebrities
  announces its 11th anniversary-cum-Annual General Body
                                                                       ‘behind the scenes’ trip to watch fish and shark feeding process.       The Indian Cultural Society of Kuwait (ICS) proudly
  Meeting on Friday, Jan 27 at Abbasiya United Indian School audi-
                                                                       Registration in the event is available for children aged between 6      presents a new concept comedy-play titled “Mujhse
  torium at 5 pm. The volunteers welcome all expat Indians for the
                                                                       and 12. The activities will take place every day from 9:30 am to 2:30   Shaadi Karogi”. The play will star well-known
  anniversary function.
                                                                       pm.                                                                     Bollywood film celebrities Bhagyashree and Akshay
                          Cultural programme                                                                                                   Ananad for the first time in Kuwait. This latest roman-
  On the 10th of February 2012, Friday at 3:30 pm. A cultural pro-                        Grand cricket tournament                             tic comedy will also feature other Bollywood actors
  gramme will be staged at the Carmel School Kuwait, Khaitan. This     IMA Youth Wing is organizing a Grand Cricket Tournament on 3rd          such as Krutika Sharma, Prairna and Navin Agarwal.
  will include a Book Fair and an Art Competition with a Musical       February 2012 from 7 am to 5:30 pm at South Khaitan (Opp to             ICS is known for organizing cultural events and won-
  Drama (JanatarDak). It is written n Directed by Rafiqul Islam Bulu   Crowne Plaza). Winners will take home attractive Prizes. 27th           derful quality entertainment for music lovers in
  and organized by the Bangladesh Udjapon Committee Kuwait.            January is the last date for registration. To register your teams       Kuwait! The event will be held on Friday, February
  This is an open invitation, All are welcome.                         please contact the below persons or register online by visiting our     17th at 7pm the American International School (Dr
                                                                       website Fahaheel - Br. Ayaz Ahmed -                Kamil Al-Rays Auditorium), Near the police station,
                            Spring camp                                65064722, Khaitan - Br. Ibrahim - 94025249, Salmiya - Br. Nawazish      Maidan Hawally. For more info: 9727-0386, 6703-
  The Scientific Center is set to kick off its 2012 Spring Camp on     - 60364711, Hawally - Br. Salman - 99660183                             0839 Email:
                                                                                                                                                                        W h a t ’s O n

      Kuwait University, Shell sign agreement
       uwait University and Shell yesterday           entering into a valued partnership with Shell,            implementations of the “Shell Natural Gas Chair”
       signed a sponsorship agreement to estab-       laying practical grounds for the “Shell Natural           at the College of Engineering & Petroleum in
       lish a new Professorial Chair in Gas for the   Gas Chair” at Kuwait University, to energize sci-         partnership with Shell.”
College of Engineering and Petroleum. The new         entific research in the sphere of sustainable                 Ahmad Atallah, Chairman of Shell Companies
chair, to be known as the “Shell Natural Gas          energy and strengthen institutional potential             in Kuwait said: “This new initiative is part of our
Chair” will focus on the development of a             and capabilities in the natural gas sciences,             ongoing partnership with Kuwait University and
research and teaching program for the safe and        through advanced research, training and knowl-            in line with our commitment to supporting
efficient management of the natural gas fields in     edge-sharing.                                             Kuwait lays the foundations for a sustainable
Kuwait, the conceptual basis for which was initi-         “I anticipate a new generation of Kuwaiti engi-       energy future. Natural gas is a critical resource for
ated by Dr Ali Akbar, the Chairman of Petroleum       neers, nurtured in a scientific environment, devel-       Kuwait; hence the successful and efficient
Engineering Department at Kuwait University,          oping specialized skills in the field of natural gas.     exploitation of this major resource depends
with long standing experience and expertise in        And assuming key roles in developing and                  heavily on the use of advanced technology and
the field.                                            advancing the local gas industry, which is a vital        skilled engineers.
    The signing ceremony was formalized in the        energy resource for the State of Kuwait. With                 “The Shell Natural Gas Chair will establish a
presence of Prof Abdullatif Al-Bader, President of    “Shell Natural Gas Chair”, we take our first step in      specialized research program in Natural Gas, and
Kuwait University, Ahmad Atallah, Chairman of         this direction, and express our sincere thanks to         will provide a learning platform for young engi-
Shell Companies in Kuwait, Prof Hasan Al-Sanad,       Shell for providing our students and researchers          neers to gain valuable background and knowl-
Vice President for Research, Prof Husain Al-Khaiat,   with opportunities for raising the spectrum of sci-       edge needed to continue the future develop-
Dean of Engineering. Dr Ali Akbar, Chairman of        entific research in this critical area at Kuwait          ment and growth of this important industry in
Petroleum Engineering Department, and many            University.”                                              Kuwait. Shell is committed to helping the next               Seminar
other representatives from Kuwait University and          Elaborating on the purpose and expectations           generation of Kuwaiti engineers to tackle natural
Shell Companies in Kuwait.
    Speaking on the occasion, Prof Abdullatif Al-
                                                      of’ the “Shell Natural Gas Chair” at Kuwait
                                                      University, Prof Hasan Al-Sanad, Vice President
                                                                                                                gas-related challenges professionally, so that
                                                                                                                they are equipped with the right skills when they
                                                                                                                                                                             on Swami
Bader, President, Kuwait University, mentioned
that Kuwait University added a significant new
                                                      for Research, said that “our objective is to create
                                                      an enabling environment that could encourage
                                                                                                                enter the business world.”
                                                                                                                    Shell’s contribution over three years aims at
international dimension to its scientific pro-
grams by launching the Research Chair program
                                                      scientific research in the field of natural gas, a val-
                                                      ued energy resource for the state Kuwait. The
                                                                                                                establishing an academic and research program
                                                                                                                in Natural Gas Studies. The “Shell Natural Gas                today
during 2010, providing basis for attracting world     intent is to bring home the benefit of established        Chair” is intended to develop and sustain an

renowned scientists and international experts         scientists in the field of natural gas, by offering a     internationally recognized research program in                    n the occasion of Swami
who could strengthen the institutional scientific     dedicated research chair, which would critically          Natural Gas Studies, while overseeing the long-                   Vivekananda’s 150th birth
foundations through their expertise, experience       involve them in advancing research in the sphere          term development and delivery of related aca-                     anniversary, Vichar Bharati, an
and caliber. Today, Kuwait University makes a         of natural gas, enriching our capacity and capa-          demic goals at Kuwait University, and its wide           affiliate of Seva Darshan Kuwait, will hold
strategic new beginning in this direction, by         bilities. Kuwait University looks forward to the          recognition in the Gulf region and beyond.               a seminar on Swami Vivekananda today
                                                                                                                                                                         (January 20) at the Indian Central School,
                                                                                                                                                                             Swami Vivekananda is regarded as the
                                                                                                                                                                         patriot saint of modern India and an
                                                                                                                                                                         inspirer of her dormant national con-
                                                                                                                                                                         sciousness. His philosophy and vision
                                                                                                                                                                         became the eye-opener for millions
                                                                                                                                                                         across the world. Vivekananda’s unique
                                                                                                                                                                         message still remains as “an unopened
                                                                                                                                                                         gift” to mankind and Vichar Bharati aims
                                                                                                                                                                         to enlighten its members and well wish-
                                                                                                                                                                         ers with the message of this great vision-
                                                                                                                                                                         ary. Eminent speakers from the Indian
                                                                                                                                                                         community in Kuwait will deliver speech-
                                                                                                                                                                         es on various aspects of Vivekananda’s
                                                                                                                                                                             Suresh V Balakrishnan, HOD, English
                                                                                                                                                                         Department at Bharatheeya Vidhya
      Telugu people pay tribute to NTR                                                                                                                                   Bhavan will deliver a speech on Swami
                                                                                                                                                                         Vivekananda and Man-making. Sajeev K
                                                                                                                                                                         Peter, Business Editor, Kuwait Times will

      elugu people, living in Kuwait paid grand       and his services. Pravasandra TDP president M             Bharat Ratna. Paritala Yuvasena- Kuwait com-
      tribute to Telugu Desam Party (TDP)             Subbaraudu, Pravasandhra TDP officials Suresh             mittee members Reddaiah Naidu Chundu,                    speak on the role of Swami Vivekananda
      founder and former Andhra Pradesh chief         Babu, Peram Ramana, Pidikiti Srinivas                     Pattabi Naidu Kaperla, Nagendra Naidu                    in propagating Indian culture and her-
minister N T Rama Rao on his 16th death               Chowdary, Damu, Perugu Srinu, B Lamipathi,                Marathu, Chandra Babu Naidu, Enduri Rajendra             itage. Dr Srikumar T S, Scientific
anniversary Wednesday different places in             Prakash, Sudarshan, Ch Raja Shekar, V Raja                Naidu, Manohar Naidu Paidi, Yegi Ravindra                Consultant, Kuwait Foundation For The
Kuwait. NTR, a popular Telugu actor, had              Sekhar, Rama Chandra Naidu, Lady wing leader              Chowdary, Paladugu Sreenivasulu Naidu, Siva              Advancement Of Science, will deliver a
launched the TDP in 1982 on the slogan of             Jyothy Laxmi, Telugu Lalithakala Samithi                  Naidu Gandra, Prasad Naidu Chavana, Naresh               speech on ‘Swami Vivekananda, the
Telugu self-respect and created a record of sorts     President Mohan Babu, Gulfwide Nandamuri                  Naidu Thlapaneni, Ravindra Naidu Manyam,                 Patriot and the Voice of India.’ Krishno
by coming to power within nine months, end-           fans association President Polineni Santha Ram            Ramana Naidu Orgunta, Ravindra Naidu                     Sarkar (Planning Engineer, KNPC) will talk
ing the single party rule of the Congress. He         Naidu, Secretary O Divakar Naidu, Vegi                    Singana,Sreeramulu Naidu Thota, Sannapaneni              on ‘Swami Vivekananda - The Role model
lived for poor people welfare.                        Venkatesh Nadu played a lead role in the event.           Babu Naidu,Chandra Naidu Yegi, Kuncham Ravi              of the Youth’ while Satyanarayanan S,
    Pravasandra Telugu Dasam organized a                 Paritala Yuvasena organized the other of N T           (Raju), Raghavendra Naidu, Venkatesh Naidu               Electrical Supervisor, Al Julaih Petroleum
meeting of N T Ramarao’s 16th death anniver-          Ramarao’s 16th death anniversary meeting in               Kakarla, Nagesh Naidu Polina, Jothi Polina,              Company, will speak on Spiritual
sary in Hawally. Pravasandra TDP President,           Maliya. Ratakonda Laxmipati and others praise             Venkatesh Naidu Polina, Damodhar Naidu                   Perceptiveness of Swami Vivekananda.
Mulakala Subbarayudu Naidu and others and             the NTR welfare atcvities for poor people and             Marathu, Suresh Naidu Nallani participated in            For more details and information please
others remembered the founder of the party            demands Indian government to honor with                   this event.                                              contact

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                                                                                                                                                                        Flapjack                                     20:05   Tech Toys 360
00:50   I’m Alive                                                                                                                                                       22:50 Cow & Chicken                          20:30   Ecopolis
01:45   Animal Cops Philadelphia                                                                                                                                        23:00 Ben 10                                 21:20   Catch It Keep It
02:40   Wildest India                                                                                                                                                   23:25 Ben 10                                 22:10   How The Universe Works
03:35   Baboons With Bill Bailey                                                                                                                                        23:50 Courage The Cowardly Dog               23:00   Tech Toys 360
04:00   Baboons With Bill Bailey                                                                                                                                                                                     23:25   Tech Toys 360
04:30   I’m Alive                                                                                                                                                                                                    23:50   Ecopolis
05:25   Dogs 101
06:20   Animal Cops Philadelphia
07:10   Monkey Life                                                                                                                                                     00:00    Connect The World
07:35   Wildlife SOS                                                                                                                                                    01:00    Backstory
08:00   Gorilla School                                                                                                                                                  01:30    World Sport
08:25   Dick ‘n’ Dom Go Wild                                                                                                                                                                                         00:00 KIM POSSIBLE
                                                                                                                                                                        02:00    The Situation Room                  00:25 Fairly Odd Parents
08:50   Talk To The Animals                                                                                                                                             03:00    World Report
09:15   The Really Wild Show                                                                                                                                                                                         00:50 Fairly Odd Parents
                                                                                                                                                                        04:00    Anderson Cooper 360                 01:15 STITCH
09:40   Breed All About It                                                                                                                                              05:00    Piers Morgan Tonight
10:10   Extraordinary Dogs                                                                                                                                                                                           01:35 STITCH
                                                                                                                                                                        06:00    Quest Means Business                02:00 REPLACEMENTS
10:35   Cats Of Claw Hill                                                                                                                                               06:45    CNN Marketplace Europe
11:05   Dogs 101                                                                                                                                                                                                     02:25 REPLACEMENTS
                                                                                                                                                                        07:00    Erin Burnett Outfront               02:50 EMPEROR’S NEW SCHOOL
12:00   Michaela’s Animal Road Trip                                                                                                                                     08:00    World Sport
12:55   Snake Crusader With Bruce George                                                                                                                                                                             03:15 EMPEROR’S NEW SCHOOL
                                                                                                                                                                        08:30    Ireport For CNN                     03:35 STITCH
13:20   Wildlife SOS                                                                                                                                                    09:00    World Report
13:50   New Breed Vets With Steve Irwin                                                                                                                                                                              04:00 STITCH
                                                                                                                                                                        11:00    World Sport                         04:25 REPLACEMENTS
14:45   Animal Cops Philadelphia                                                                                                                                        11:30    African Voices
15:40   Wildest India                                                                                                                                                                                                04:50 REPLACEMENTS
                                                                                                                                                                        12:00    World Business Today                05:15 Fairly Odd Parents
16:30   Monkey Life                                                                                                                                                     12:45    CNN Marketplace Middle East
17:00   Dick ‘n’ Dom Go Wild                                                                                                                                                                                         05:35 Fairly Odd Parents
                                                                                                                                                                        13:00    Backstory                           06:00 HANNAH MONTANA
17:30   Talk To The Animals                                                                                                                                             13:30    Talk Asia
18:00   The Really Wild Show                                                                                                                                                                                         06:20 RECESS
                                                                                                                                                                        14:00    World One                           06:45 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE
18:25   Dogs 101                                                                                                                                                        15:00    Piers Morgan Tonight
19:20   Your Pet Wants This                                                                                                                                                                                          07:05 SUITE LIFE ON DECK
                                                                                                                                                                        16:00    News Stream                         07:30 SUITE LIFE ON DECK
20:15   Snake Crusader With Bruce George                                                                                                                                17:00    World Business Today
20:40   Breed All About It                                                                                                                                                                                           07:55 PHINEAS AND FERB
                                                                                                                                                                        18:00    International Desk                  08:10 FISH HOOKS
21:10   Dogs/Cats/Pets 101                                                                                                                                              19:00    World Report
22:05   Wildest India                                                                                                                                                                                                08:35 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE
                                                                                                                                                                        19:30    News Special                        09:00 JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES
23:00   Whale Wars                                                                                                                                                      20:00    World Sport
23:55   Untamed & Uncut                                                                                                                                                                                              09:15 JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES
                                                                                                                                                                        20:30    Inside Africa                       09:25 HANDY MANNY
                                                                                                                                                                        21:00    International Desk                  09:40 THE HIVE
                                                                                                                                                                        22:00    Quest Means Business                09:48 MINI ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE
                                                                                                                                                                        22:45    CNN Marketplace Africa              POOH
                                                                                                                                                                        23:00    The CNN Freedom Project             09:50 Fairly Odd Parents
                                                                                                                                                                        23:30    News Special                        10:15 SO RANDOM
00:20   Casualty
01:10   Eastenders                                                                                                                                                                                                   10:40 HAVE A LAUGH
01:40   Doctors                                                                                                                                                                                                      10:45 HANNAH MONTANA
02:35   Last Of The Summer Wine                                                                                                                                                                                      11:10 Suite Life On Deck
03:05   Keeping Up Appearances                                                                                                                                                                                       11:35 JAKE & BLAKE
                                                                                                                                                                        00:15    Destroyed In Seconds                12:00 JONAS
03:30   The Green Green Grass                                                                                                                                           00:40    Animal Cops South Africa
04:00   Balamory                                                                                                                                                                                                     12:25 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE
                                                                                                                                                                        01:35    Dirty Jobs                          12:45 PHINEAS AND FERB
04:20   Tellytales                                                                                                                                                      02:30    Overhaulin’
04:30   Bobinogs                                                                                                                                                                                                     13:10 SO RANDOM
                                                                                                                                                                        03:25    Ultimate Survival                   13:30 SUITE LIFE ON DECK
04:45   The Roly Mo Show                                                                                                                                                04:20    Mythbusters
05:00   Buzz & Tell                                                                                                                                                                                                  13:55 SUITE LIFE ON DECK
                                                                                                                                                                        05:15    How Stuff Works                      14:20 SHAKE IT UP
05:05   Tweenies                                                                                                                                                        05:40    How It’s Made
05:25   3rd & Bird                                                                                                                                                                                                   14:55 HAVE A LAUGH
                                                                                                                                                                        06:05    Dirty Jobs                          15:00 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE
05:35   Nina And The Neurons                                                                                                                                            07:00    Mythbusters
05:50   Balamory                                                                                                                                                                                                     15:25 PHINEAS AND FERB
                                                                                                                                                                        07:50    How Do They Do It? Turbo Specials   15:50 FISH HOOKS
06:10   Tellytales                                                                                                                                                      08:45    American Chopper
06:20   Bobinogs                                                                                                                                                                                                     16:10 SHAKE IT UP
                                                                                                                                                                        09:40    How Stuff Works                      16:35 SUITE LIFE ON DECK
06:30   The Roly Mo Show                                                                                                                                                10:05    Cake Boss
06:45   Buzz & Tell                                                                                                                                                                                                  17:00 SUITE LIFE ON DECK
                                                                                                                                                                        10:30    Border Security                     17:25 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE
06:50   Tweenies                                                                                                                                                        10:55    Auction Kings
07:10   3rd & Bird                                                                                                                                                                                                   17:50 FISH HOOKS
07:20   Nina And The Neurons                                              ACROSS THE HALL ON OSN ACTION HD                                                              11:25    Deconstruction                      18:00 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE: THE ROAD
                                                                                                                                                                        15:30    Deconstruction                      TRIP MOVIE
07:35   Last Of The Summer Wine                                                                                                                                         16:00    Overhaulin’
08:05   Keeping Up Appearances               08:20   What To Eat Now - Summer         08:45   Jelly Jamm                       02:20 Bakugan Battle Brawlers                                                         19:35 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE
                                                                                      09:00   New Yogi Bear Show               02:45 Bakugan Battle Brawlers            16:55    Ultimate Survival                   20:00 HANNAH MONTANA
08:35   The Weakest Link                     08:50   Masterchef Australia                                                                                               17:50    Mythbusters
                                             09:35   Masterchef Australia             09:25   Puppy In My Pocket               03:10 Best Ed                                                                         20:25 PHINEAS AND FERB
09:20   Eastenders                                                                    09:50   The Garfield Show                                                          18:45    Cash Cab Us
09:50   Doctors                              10:20   Bargain Hunt                                                              04:00 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien                                                          20:50 SHAKE IT UP
                                                                                      10:15   Pink Panther And Pals            04:25 Adventure Time                     19:10    Border Security                     21:15 FISH HOOKS
10:20   Chimp Family Fortunes                11:05   Antiques Roadshow                10:40   The Scooby Doo Show                                                       19:40    Auction Kings
                                             12:00   Come Dine With Me                                                         04:50 Generator Rex                                                                   21:35 GOOD LUCK CHARLIE
11:10   The World’s Toughest Driving Tests                                            11:05   Tom & Jerry                                                               20:05    How It’s Made
                                             12:50   10 Years Younger                                                          05:15 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated                                                22:00 SHAKE IT UP
12:00   The Green Green Grass                                                         11:30   Dastardly And Muttley                                                     20:35    How Stuff Works
                                             13:40   Celebrity Fantasy Homes                                                   05:40 Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy                                                22:25 SHAKE IT UP
12:30   Last Of The Summer Wine                                                       11:55   Top Cat                                                                   21:00    Cake Boss
                                             16:00   Fantasy Homes By The Sea                                                  05:55 I Am Weasel                                                                     22:50 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE
13:00   The Weakest Link                                                              12:20   New Yogi Bear Show               06:55 Powerpuff Girls                     21:30    American Chopper: Senior vs
13:45   Eastenders                           16:45   House Swap                       12:35   Puppy In My Pocket                                                                                                     23:15 WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE
                                                                                                                               07:45 Angelo Rules                       Junior                                       23:35 SONNY WITH A CHANCE
14:15   Doctors                              17:30   Bargain Hunt                     13:00   Jelly Jamm                                                                22:25    How Do They Do It? Turbo Specials
                                             18:15   Cash In The Attic USA                                                     08:00 Casper’s Scare School
14:45   Chimp Family Fortunes                                                         13:15   Baby Looney Tunes                08:30 The Amazing World Of Gumball       23:20    Wheeler Dealers
15:35   The World’s Toughest Driving Tests   19:00   What To Eat Now - Summer         13:40   Bananas In Pyjamas
                                             19:30   James Martin’s Brittany          13:55   The Jetsons                      08:45 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
16:25   The Weakest Link                                                                                                       09:15 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
17:10   Last Of The Summer Wine              19:55   What To Eat Now - Summer         14:20   Duck Dodgers
                                                                                      14:45   Scooby Doo Where Are You!        09:40 Batman: The Brave And The Bold
17:40   Doctors                              20:25   Indian Food Made Easy
                                                                                      15:15   The Garfield Show                 10:05 Angelo Rules                                                                    00:20   SPECIAL AGENT OSO
18:10   Keeping Up Appearances               21:15   Antiques Roadshow                                                                                                  00:40    The Gadget Show
                                                                                      15:40   Pink Panther And Pals            10:30 Chowder                                                                         00:50   JUNGLE JUNCTION
18:40   The Green Green Grass                22:05   Celebrity Fantasy Homes                                                                                            01:05    The Gadget Show
                                                                                      16:05   The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop   10:55 Adventure Time                                                                  01:15   LITTLE EINSTEINS
19:10   Doctor Who                                                                                                             11:20 Eliot Kid                          01:35    Colony
                                                                                      16:30   Puppy In My Pocket                                                                                                     01:40   HIGGLYTOWN HEROES
20:00   Survivors                                                                                                              11:35 The Marvelous Misadventures Of     02:25    The Tech Show
                                                                                      16:55   Looney Tunes                                                                                                           02:10   JO JO’S CIRCUS
20:50   Lead Balloon                                                                  17:45   Tom & Jerry                      Flapjack                                 02:50    Bang Goes The Theory                02:30   SPECIAL AGENT OSO
21:20   Ideal                                                                         18:20   The Scooby Doo Show              12:00 Ben 10                             03:15    Bang Goes The Theory
                                             00:05   Johnny Bravo                                                                                                                                                    03:00   JUNGLE JUNCTION
21:50   Live At The Apollo                                                            18:45   Scooby-Doo And Scrappy-Doo       12:25 Sym-Bionic Titan                   03:40    Science Of The Movies
                                             00:30   Scooby Doo Where Are You!                                                                                                                                       03:25   LITTLE EINSTEINS
22:35   Little Britain                                                                19:10   Scooby Doo Where Are You!        12:50 Courage The Cowardly Dog           04:35    How Does That Work?
                                             00:55   The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop                                                                                                                                  03:50   HIGGLYTOWN HEROES
23:10   The Weakest Link                                                              19:35   A Pup Named Scooby-Doo           13:15 I Am Weasel                        05:00    How Stuff’s Made
                                             01:20   Droopy: Master Detective                                                                                                                                        04:20   JO JO’S CIRCUS
23:55   Chimp Family Fortunes                                                         20:00   Jelly Jamm                       13:40 Best Ed                            05:25    Man Made Marvels Asia
                                             01:45   The Flintstones                                                                                                                                                 04:40   SPECIAL AGENT OSO
                                                                                      20:15   Baby Looney Tunes                14:05 Cow & Chicken                      06:20    Catch It Keep It                    05:10   JUNGLE JUNCTION
                                             02:10   Johnny Bravo                     20:40   Gerald McBoing Boing             14:30 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey          07:10    Sci-Trek
                                             02:35   Duck Dodgers                                                                                                                                                    05:35   LITTLE EINSTEINS
                                                                                      21:05   Bananas In Pyjamas               14:50 Eliot Kid                          08:00    Space Pioneer
                                             03:00   King Arthur’s Disasters                                                                                                                                         06:00   HIGGLYTOWN HEROES
                                                                                      21:30   New Yogi Bear Show               15:15 Bakugan Battle Brawlers            08:50    How Does That Work?
                                             03:25   The Scooby Doo Show              21:45   Pink Panther And Pals                                                                                                  06:30   JO JO’S CIRCUS
00:40   Antiques Roadshow                                                                                                      15:40 Ben 10: Alien Force                09:15    How Stuff’s Made                     06:50   JUNGLE JUNCTION
                                             03:50   Popeye Classics                  22:10   The Garfield Show                                                          09:40    Bang Goes The Theory
01:35   What To Eat Now - Summer                                                                                               16:05 Courage The Cowardly Dog                                                        07:15   HIGGLYTOWN HEROES
                                             04:00   Tom & Jerry                      22:35   Dastardly And Muttley                                                     10:05    Bang Goes The Theory
02:00   James Martin’s Brittany                                                                                                16:30 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated                                                07:45   HANDY MANNY
                                             04:25   Popeye                           23:00   Tom & Jerry                                                               10:35    Science Of The Movies
02:25   James Martin’s Brittany              04:50   The Jetsons                                                               16:55 The Amazing World Of Gumball                                                    08:00   SPECIAL AGENT OSO
                                                                                      23:25   The Garfield Show                 17:10 Adventure Time                     11:25    Man Made Marvels Asia
02:50   Indian Food Made Easy                05:15   The Flintstones                  23:55   Dexters Laboratory                                                                                                     08:15   JUNGLE JUNCTION
03:20   10 Years Younger                                                                                                       17:35 Regular Show                       12:20    Catch It Keep It                    08:45   MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE
                                             05:35   Looney Tunes
04:10   Fantasy Homes By The Sea                                                                                               18:00 Cow & Chicken                      13:15    The Gadget Show                     09:10   THE HIVE
                                             06:00   Pink Panther & Pals
04:55   What To Eat Now - Summer             06:10   Tex Avery                                                                 18:25 Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders        13:40    The Gadget Show                     09:20   HANDY MANNY
05:25   James Martin’s Brittany              06:35   Duck Dodgers                                                              18:50 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien             14:05    Sci-Trek                            09:30   SPECIAL AGENT OSO
05:50   James Martin’s Brittany              07:00   The Garfield Show                                                          19:15 Angelo Rules                       14:55    How Does That Work?                 10:15   MINI ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE
06:15   Indian Food Made Easy                07:15   Pink Panther And Pals            00:40 Samurai Jack                       19:30 Total Drama World Tour             15:20    How Stuff’s Made                     POOH
06:40   Come Dine With Me                    07:30   Bananas In Pyjamas               01:05 Samurai Jack                       19:55 Hero 108                           15:50    Space Pioneer                       10:30   JUNGLE JUNCTION
07:30   What To Eat Now - Summer             07:55   Baby Looney Tunes                01:30 The Marvelous Misadventures Of     20:25 Sym-Bionic Titan                   16:40    The Tech Show                       10:45   THE HIVE
08:00   Cash In The Attic USA                08:20   Gerald McBoing Boing             Flapjack                                 20:50 Adventure Time                     17:05    Catch It Keep It                    10:55   MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                       TV Listings

11:20   IMAGINATION MOVERS                    22:10 Disappeared                          15:00   Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled   15:00 Home-PG15                                                                      14:00 Remember Me-PG15
11:45   LITTLE EINSTEINS                      23:00 True CSI                             15:30   Hunter Hunted                         17:00 Adventures Of A Teenage                                                        16:00 Unstoppable-PG15
12:10   IMAGINATION MOVERS                    23:50 Autopsy: Most Shocking Cases         16:00   One Man & His Campervan               Dragonslayer-PG                                                                      18:00 The Spirit-PG15
12:30   JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES                                                     16:30   Mega Factories                        19:00 Dear John-PG15                      00:00   C.S.I.                             20:00 Harry Potter And The Deathly
12:45   LazyTown                                                                         17:00   City Chase Marrakech                  21:00 Nine Dead-PG15                      01:00   Rescue Me                          Hallows Pt.1-PG15
13:10   HANDY MANNY                                                                      17:30   World’s Toughest Fixes                23:00 City Rats-PG15                      02:00   Supernatural                       22:30 Get Him To The Greek-18
13:25   JUNGLE JUNCTION                                                                  18:00   Somewhere In China                                                              05:00   Psych
13:40   IMAGINATION MOVERS                                                               18:30   World’s Deadliest Animals                                                       06:00   C.S.I.
                                              00:00   Departures                                                                                                                 07:00   The Cape
14:05   THE HIVE                              00:30   Superfish                           19:00   Going Bush
14:15   SPECIAL AGENT OSO                                                                19:30   Geo Sessions                                                                    08:00   House
                                              01:00   Food School                                                                      12:00   Two And A Half Men                09:00   Psych                              01:00   Trans World Sport
14:25   LITTLE EINSTEINS                      01:30   Bondi Rescue                       19:30   Inside
14:50   LazyTown                                                                         20:00   Earth Tripping                        12:30   Will And Grace                    12:00   The Cape                           02:00   Cricket Twenty20
                                              01:30   Super Factories                                                                  13:00   Just Shoot Me                     13:00   The Ellen DeGeneres Show           05:00   Trans World Sport
15:15   MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE                02:00   Food Lover’s Guide To The Planet   20:30   Situation Critical
15:40   JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES                                                     20:30   Travel Madness                        13:30   Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne      14:00   House                              06:00   Volvo Ocean Race
                                              02:30   Mega Factories                                                                   16:30   The Office                          15:00   C.S.I.                             07:00   European Challenge Cup
16:05   HANDY MANNY                           02:30   Naked Lentil                       21:00   Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled
16:35   THE HIVE                                                                         21:30   Naked Science                         18:00   Raising Hope                      16:00   The Cape                           09:00   WWE NXT
                                              03:00   First Ascent                                                                     18:30   Happy Endings                     17:00   The Ellen DeGeneres Show           10:00   Cricket Twenty20
16:45   SPECIAL AGENT OSO                     03:30   The Best Job In The World          22:00   One Man & His Campervan
17:30   HANDY MANNY                                                                      22:30   Bite Me With Dr. Mike Leahy           19:00   30 Rock                           18:00   Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior   13:00   European Challenge Cup
                                              03:30   World’s Worst Venom                                                              19:30   Perfect Couples                   19:00   Glee                               15:00   Volvo Ocean Race Highlights
17:45   JUNGLE JUNCTION                       04:00   David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 2         23:00   City Chase Marrakech
18:00   THE HIVE                                                                         23:30   Fish Warrior                          20:00   The Tonight Show With Jay Leno    21:00   Drop Dead Diva                     15:30   Live Snooker
                                              04:30   David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 2                                                       21:00   The Daily Show With Jon Stewart   22:00   Damages                            21:30   Volvo Ocean Race Highlights
18:10   THE HIVE                              04:30   World’s Toughest Fixes
18:20   HANDY MANNY                                                                                                                    21:30   The Colbert Report                23:00   Supernatural                       22:00   Live Snooker
                                              05:00   David Rocco’s Dolce Vita                                                         22:00   The Big C
18:30   JUNGLE JUNCTION                       05:30   David Rocco’s Dolce Vita
18:45   HANDY MANNY                                                                      00:00 Storm Warning-18                        22:30   The Ricky Gervais Show
                                              05:30   World’s Deadliest Animals                                                        23:00   Family Guy
18:55   JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES          06:00   Departures                         02:00 Blood Out-18
19:25   THE HIVE                                                                         04:00 Luster-18                                                                         01:00   The Rig-18                         01:00   Futbol Mundial
                                              06:30   Megastructures
19:35   LITTLE EINSTEINS                                                                 06:00 2012-PG15                                                                         03:00   Harry Brown-18                     01:30   European PGA Tour
                                              07:00   Food School
20:00   MINI ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE                                                    08:45 The Librarian: The Curse Of Judas                                                 05:00   Saw VI-R                           06:00   FIVB Beach Volley Ball
                                              07:30   Bondi Rescue                                                                     00:00   American Idol
POOH                                                                                     Chalice-PG15                                                                            07:00   Bangkok Adrenaline-PG15            06:30   FIVB Beach Volley Ball
                                              07:30   Superfish                                                                         02:00   Rescue Me
20:05   MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE                                                           10:15 The Hunt For Red October-PG15                                                     09:00   Age Of The Dragons-PG15            07:00   European Challenge Cup
                                              08:00   Food Lover’s Guide To The Planet                                                 03:00   Psych
20:30   ANIMATED STORIES                                                                 12:30 The Three Musketeers-PG15                                                         11:00   The Lost Future-PG15               09:00   Futbol Mundial
                                              08:30   Naked Lentil                                                                     04:00   In Treatment
20:35   HANDY MANNY                                                                      14:15 The Librarian: The Curse Of Judas                                                 13:00   Secret Window-PG15                 09:30   ICC Cricket World
                                              08:30   Super Factories                                                                  04:30   In Treatment
20:50   JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES                                                     Chalice-PG15                                                                            15:00   Age Of The Dragons-PG15            10:00   World Cup of Pool
                                              09:00   First Ascent
21:20   THE HIVE                                                                         16:00 Across The Hall-PG15                    05:00   Good Morning America              17:00   Clash Of The Titans-PG15           11:00   World Pool Masters
                                              09:30   The Best Job In The World
21:30   MINI ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE                                                    18:00 The Three Musketeers-PG15               07:00   Law & Order: Los Angeles          18:45   Fighting-PG15                      12:00   US Bass Fishing
                                              09:30   World’s Toughest Fixes
POOH                                                                                     20:00 Restitution-PG15                        08:00   Emmerdale                         20:30   Shutter Island-18                  13:00   European Challenge Cup
                                              10:00   David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 2
21:33   A POEM IS...                                                                     22:00 The Collector-18                        09:00   The Ellen DeGeneres Show          23:00   The Daisy Chain-PG15               15:00   ICC Cricket World
                                              10:30   David Rocco’s Dolce Vita 2
21:40   JUNGLE JUNCTION                                                                                                                10:00   The Martha Stewart Show                                                      15:30   Live Snooker Masters
                                              10:30   Mega Factories
21:55   MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE                                                                                                         11:00   The View                                                                     21:30   ICC Cricket World
                                              11:00   David Rocco’s Dolce Vita
22:20   JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES                                                                                                   12:00   American Idol                                                                22:00   Live Snooker Masters
                                              11:30   David Rocco’s Dolce Vita
22:35   SPECIAL AGENT OSO                     11:30   Hunter Hunted                      01:00 Homecoming-18                           14:00   Law & Order: Los Angeles          00:00   Love And Mary-PG15
22:50   LITTLE EINSTEINS                      12:00   Departures                         03:00 Miles From Nowhere-PG15                 15:00   Live Good Morning America         02:00   Bob Roberts-PG15
23:15   TIMMY TIME                            12:30   World’s Toughest Fixes             05:00 The Boys Are Back-PG                    18:00   The Bachelor                      04:00   The Lizzie McGuire Movie-PG
23:25   HANDY MANNY                           13:00   Going Bush                         07:00 Mars Needs Moms-PG                      19:00   Glee                              06:00   Bubble Boy-PG15
23:40   JUNGLE JUNCTION                                                                  09:00 Freakonomics-PG15                                                                                                            02:00   European Challenge Cup
                                              13:30   Geo Sessions                                                                     20:00   American Idol                     08:00   Tom And Huck-PG15
23:55   MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE                                                           11:00 Adventures Of A Teenage                                                                                                      04:00   World Cup of Pool
                                              13:30   World’s Deadliest Animals                                                        21:00   Drop Dead Diva                    10:00   Babe: Pig In The City-FAM
                                                                                         Dragonslayer-PG                                                                                                                    05:00   World Pool Masters
                                              14:00   Earth Tripping                                                                   22:00   Damages                           12:00   Nanny Mcphee And The Big Bang-
                                                                                         13:00 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star-                                                                                           06:00   US Bass Fishing
                                              14:30   Megastructures                                                                   23:00   In Treatment                      PG
                                                                                         PG15                                                                                                                               07:00   European PGA Tour
                                              14:30   Travel Madness                                                                   23:30   In Treatment                      14:00   Big Fat Liar-PG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            11:30   World Hockey
                                                                                                                                                                                 16:00   Love And Mary-PG15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            12:00   Futbol Mundial
                                                                                                                                                                                 18:00   Guarding Tess-PG
00:25   Kendra                                                                                                                                                                                                              12:30   Golfing World
                                                                                                                                                                                 20:00   She’s Out Of My League-18
00:55   Style Star                                                                                                                                                                                                          13:30   European Tour Weekly
                                                                                                                                                                                 22:00   The Lonely Guy-PG15
01:25   E!es                                                                                                                                                                                                                14:00   Live European PGA Tour
02:20   E!es                                                                                                                                                                                                                18:00   European Challenge Cup
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 UAE        855    DUBAI                                  8:30    UAL        981     BAHRAIN                                23:00   KAC   743    DAMMAM             16:15
 ABY        125    SHARJAH                                9:00    PIA        215     KARACHI                                23:30   KAC   773    RIYADH             16:25
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                                   player, fog lamp, rear sensor,                                          65179245. (C 3828)                          Applicants must send CV to        Business management
   ACCOMMODATION                   remote key etc, wanted price                                                             15-1-2012                       teacher with doctoral degree
                                   KD 3450. Contact: 60099305.                                                                                                          12-1-2012        for universities, institutions,
                                   (C 3830)
Sharing accommodation                                                  Parents settled in US invite                                                                                      corporate & all student lev-
                                                       17-1-2012                                             SITUATION VACANT
available for decent Indian                                            proposals for their daughter                                                                                      els. Over 10 years experi-
Christian bachelor or couple                                           age 27 5”3”, completed                                                                   TUITION                  ence. Call 66495951. (C
next to Salmiya garden. Cable      Internet for sale, 3 DSL service                                        Required house cook, Indian
                                                                       Bachelors degree, doing                                                                                           3817)
TV, landline facility available.   for ready use, 3 months for KD      Masters in Physio-Therapy in        nationality - male, attractive
Contact 66884273, afternoon        25, 1 Mbps speed and subscrip-      USA. Currently on vacation to       salary. Contact: 99062666. (C                                                                     16-1-2012
                                                                                                                                                       Business       management
2:30: 25657832. (C 3829)           tion periods with the ability to    Kerala, on short visit in           3822)
                                   upgrade any time, valid before                                                             15-1-2012                teacher with doctoral degree
                    16-1-2012                                          Kuwait (Jan 21st to 25th)                                                                                         Mathematics        teacher,
                                   29 February 2012. Contact:          invite proposals from                                                           for universities, institutions,
                                                                                                           A gift wrapping and gift bas-                                                 Intermediate and secondary
Full furnished single room         66203674. Email: francisappo-       Christian     parents      of                                                   corporate & all student levels.
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with separate bathroom                         Doctors/MPharm/Engineer.                                                        Over 10 years experience. Call
available with small Muslim                                            Contact:                            knowledge on flower                                                            Exams from past years with
                                                           (C 3825)                                                                                    66495951. (C 3817)
family in 3 bedrooms and 3                                                 arrangement required for a                                                    solutions. 97301901
                                                         15-1-2012                                         high end gifts shop.
bathrooms C-A/C flat in                                                                      (C 3831)
Hawally, Tunis Street, near        Mitsubishi Gallant 1998 for
Sadique roundabout behind                                              Parents settled in US invite
                                   sale. Passing till November
Commercial Bank. Contact:                                              proposals for their daughter              No: 15334
97794619.                          2012. Owner wants to leave
                                                                       age 27 5”4”, completed
                    (C 3826)       Kuwait for good. Please call        BPharm from India, doing
                                   66372366.                           MD, residency/rotation in
A two bed room central A/C                                             New York. Currently on vaca-
flat with two bathrooms and         Mitsubishi Nativa 2008, 66564       tion to Kerala, on short visit in
large hall for rent. Most of the   km, black color, excellent condi-   Kuwait (Jan 21st to 25th)
household furniture for sale       tion, KD 3,560/-, negotiable.       invite proposals from
including bedroom set with         Contact: 60306273. (C 3827)         Christian       parents       of
two cupboards, IKEA dressing                             14-1-2012     Doctors/MPharm/Engineer.
table, Fridge, Two coffee                                               Contact:
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                                   gray color, alloys wheel, sensor,
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                     12-1-2012     ty 3 years, price KD 4,950/-.
                                   Contact: 55522942.                     SITUATION WANTED
                                   (C 3818)
        FOR SALE                                                       Accountant: young, smart,
                                   Mitsubishi Lancer 2004 GLX,         first class B.Com graduate,
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     Blackhawks send Sabres                                                                                                                                     NHL results/standings

    to 10th straight road loss
                                                                                                                                                                 NHL results and standings on Wednesday.
                                                                                                                                                                 Washington 3, Montreal 0; Chicago 6,
                                                                                                                                                                 Buffalo 2; Colorado 4, Florida 3 (OT);
                                                                                                                                                                 Anaheim 6, Phoenix 2.

        Capitals crush Canadiens to top division                                                                                                                            Eastern Conference
                                                                                                                                                                             Atlantic Division
CHICAGO: Jonathan Toews had two goals, and           shots, one night after they managed a previous       division. Neuvirth was making his first start in 11                  W L OTL GF GA PTS
rookies Andrew Shaw and Jimmy Hayes also             low of 17 in a loss to the New York Islanders, but   games but showed little rust even as he faced         NY Rangers 29 11         4 125 90 62
                                                                                                                                                                Philadelphia 27 13       4 149 129 58
scored, as the Chicago Blackhawks handed the         their new philosophy proved more than                17 shots in the final period. The Canadiens (17-
                                                                                                                                                                New Jersey 26 17         2 126 126 54
Buffalo Sabres their 10th straight road loss, 6-2     enough to earn their fourth win in five games.        21-8) remained at the bottom of the Northeast         Pittsburgh    24 17      4 136 117 52
on Wednesday. Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland          “This year, (coach Dale Hunter) is a big believer    with their fourth loss in five contests. Newly         NY Islanders 17 21       6 106 134 40
also connected for the Blackhawks, who won           in being conservative. If you don’t have a play      acquired Rene Bourque, playing in his second                      Northeast Division
their second straight and are 4-0-1 in their last    and you’re not 100 percent sure, then live to        game with Montreal since being traded from            Boston        29 13      1 156 88 59
five. Jason Pominville scored both goals for          battle another day,” forward Mike Knuble told        Calgary, faced Washington for the first time           Ottawa        26 16      6 149 150 58
Buffalo, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Sabres      reporters.                                           since he delivered a hit to the head of Nicklas       Toronto       22 18      5 139 140 49
from extending the team’s record road-losing            “(Former coach Bruce Boudreau) was a big          Backstrom on January 3 to earn a suspension.          Buffalo        19 22      5 114 140 43
streak. Corey Crawford made 25 saves in the                                                                                                                     Montreal      17 21      8 116 126 42
win. Buffalo’s Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots.                                                                                                                               Southeast Division
                                                                                                                                                                Washington 25 18         2 128 127 52
          AVALANCHE 4, PANTHERS 3, OT                                                                                                                           Florida       21 14 10 115 127 52
    At Denver, Ryan O’Reilly scored 3:55 into                                                                                                                   Winnipeg      21 20      5 116 133 47
overtime with a shot that trickled through the                                                                                                                  Tampa Bay     18 23      4 126 159 40
legs of Florida goalie Jose Theodore as                                                                                                                         Carolina      16 24      8 124 156 40
Colorado rallied to win. Paul Stastny tied it late                                                                                                                          Western Conference
                                                                                                                                                                             Central Division
in regulation, and Peter Mueller scored twice -
                                                                                                                                                                Chicago       28 13      6 156 135 62
his first goals since April 2010. Mueller has been                                                                                                               Detroit       30 15      1 149 105 61
dealing with concussion-like symptoms the last                                                                                                                  St. Louis     27 12      6 116 94 60
two seasons, missing all of 2010-11 and a good                                                                                                                  Nashville     26 16      4 125 123 56
portion of this season. Stephen Weiss, Marcel                                                                                                                   Columbus      13 27      5 110 149 31
Goc and Tomas Kopecky scored for the                                                                                                                                        Northwest Division
Panthers, who lost their seventh straight road                                                                                                                  Vancouver     28 15      4 151 117 60
game. They haven’t won in Denver since Jan. 2,                                                                                                                  Colorado      25 21      2 124 137 52
2003.                                                                                                                                                           Minnesota     22 17      7 106 118 51
                                                                                                                                                                Calgary       21 20      6 112 133 48
              DUCKS 6, COYOTES 2                                                                                                                                Edmonton      17 24      4 116 131 38
   At Anaheim, California, Francois Beauchemin                                                                                                                                Pacific Division
equaled a career high with two goals and Jonas                                                                                                                  San Jose      26 12      5 125 100 57
Hiller stopped 25 shots as Anaheim beat                                                                                                                         Los Angeles 23 15        9 105 105 55
Phoenix. Anaheim All-Star Corey Perry had a                                                                                                                     Dallas        24 19      2 122 129 50
short-handed goal, and Niklas Hagman, Jason          CHICAGO: Jimmy Hayes #39 of the Chicago Blackhawks battles for the puck with                               Phoenix       21 19      7 122 125 49
                                                     Ville Leino #23 of the Buffalo Sabres at the United Center on January 18, 2012 in                          Anaheim       16 22      7 119 140 39
Blake and Matt Beleskey also scored for the
Ducks. Lubomir Visnovsky, Andrew Cogliano            Chicago. — AFP
and Nick Bonino all had two assists. Kyle
Chipchura and Daymond Langkow scored for             offensive guy. Dale’s thing is if we’re good          Backstrom has not played since. The bad blood        49ers, Giants to
the Coyotes.                                         enough defensively you’ll create your chances.”
                                                     Mathieu Perreault and Marcus Johansson each
                                                                                                          from the incident quickly came to the surface
                                                                                                          as Washington’s Matt Hendricks fought                 play for Super
            CAPITALS 3, CANADIENS 0
   An opportunistic offensive performance
                                                     scored in the first period and Alex Ovechkin
                                                     converted his team-leading 19th goal of the
                                                                                                          Bourque just 1:15 into the game. “I didn’t want
                                                                                                          to be dealing with it all game, so I wanted to         Bowl berth
helped the Washington Capitals overcome the          year in the second. Goaltender Michal Neuvirth       get it out of the way early,” Bourque said. “As      NEWYORK: The San Francisco 49ers and
struggling Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on                 made 31 saves for his second shutout of the          soon as I got on the ice I could hear him calling    New York Giants both wanted to play each
Wednesday to move top of the Southeast               season and the Capitals (25-18-2) jumped one         me and you know what? Just step up to the            other and the two teams will be granted
Division. The Capitals produced a season-low 16      point ahead of the idle Florida Panthers in the      plate there.” — Agencies                             their wish as they get set for a Sunday
                                                                                                                                                               showdown with a Super Bowl berth at

                No 14 Texas A&M women
                                                                                                                                                               stake. But it might be a case of “be careful
                                                                                                                                                               what you wish for” when the quick-strike
                                                                                                                                                               Giants featuring receivers Hakeem Nicks

               overpower Missouri 78-52
                                                                                                                                                               and Victor Cruz face a heavy hitting 49ers
                                                                                                                                                               defense to determine which team
                                                                                                                                                               advances to the Feb 5 Super Bowl in
COLLEGE STATION: Texas A&M coach Gary Blair didn’t spend any                      Texas A&M (12-4, 3-2) used a 14-2 spurt, keyed by 3s from Tyra                   San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis,
time celebrating his 200th win with the Aggies on Wednesday                    White and Adrienne Pratcher, to push its advantage to 72-46 with                who had 180 receiving yards and two
night. Instead, he was worried about getting his defending nation-             about three minutes left. Missouri was led by Christine Flores, who             touchdowns, including the game-winner in
al champions to enough wins this season to make sure they get a                had 13 points. White added 15 points for the Aggies and had six                 a 36-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints
spot in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, which the                    rebounds and five assists. Kelsey Bone helped out with nine                      last week, said he had been pulling for the
school is hosting. “It doesn’t mean anything,” Blair said of the mile-         rebounds, six points and three steals. Carter said Elonu emerging               Giants to beat the Green Bay Packers. New
stone. “Twenty wins this year will mean something to me because I              as another scorer to add to what she and White contribute is                    York’s 37-20 win eliminated the top seeded
know that I won’t be selling popcorn up top in the first and second             important for the team.                                                         Packers and booked their spot in the NFC
rounds. We don’t want to (not make it.)”                                          “It really helps us out, we need another threat,” she said. “I think         title game in San Francisco.
   Sydney Carter and Adaora Elonu each scored 16 points and No                 with us having balanced scoring and each of us being a threat in                    The NFC West champion Niners beat the
14 Texas A&M beat Missouri 78-52 to give Blair the milestone vic-              each game, it makes us hard to stop. We complement each other                   NFC East-winning Giants when the teams
tory. It is Texas A&M’s eighth straight win over Missouri (10-6, 0-5           because we have such great chemistry.”                                          met in San Francisco last November but
Big 12) and leaves the Tigers winless in Big 12 play. Carter, a senior,           BreAnna Brock, who was coming off a career-high 26-point per-                 New York is riding a hot streak with four
applauded Blair’s accomplishment. “It’s big,” she said. “I’ve been             formance in Missouri’s loss to Kansas, added 12 points and had                  straight wins and a belief they can ride that
with him four years now and it’s nice to see him reach those mile-             nine rebounds. The Aggies took advantage of 25 turnovers by                     momentum to the Super Bowl. “It’s fun
stones that he wants to get to and continue to be successful with              Missouri which they converted into 39 points. Freshman Kyley                    when you’re playing good football, when
what he’s doing. We’re just happy for him and proud to be a part               Simmons committed 10 of Missouri’s turnovers. “They’re known                    everybody is executing, when the team is
of him and the history he’s making here at A&M.” The Aggies were               for their tenacious defense,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said.               playing well together,” said Giants quarter-
up by nine points early in the second half before going on an 8-0              “We have a young, inexperienced point guard, and they scored 39                 back Eli Manning. “Offense doing our part -
run to extend the lead to 58-41 with about 10 minutes remaining.               points off of turnovers. You just can’t afford to give up that many               scoring points, third-down conversions,
Missouri’s Morgan Eye hit a 3-pointer before                                   points off of turnovers.” — AP                                                   making big plays. — Reuters

        European soccer’s fight                                                                                                                                    Spanish League Preview

       against racism not yet won                                                                                                            Villarreal search
                                                                                                                                             for missing spark
PARIS: For fans of soccer, Feb 1 promises      start gathering evidence in March.           because they were also your own black
to be a sad day. John Terry, one of the        “We’ve got to be ever vigilant, to make      players.” Nir Inbar, CEO of Israeli first divi-   MADRID: Villarreal have fallen a long way
most rugged, fearsome and admired              certain that racism doesn’t make a come-     sion team Hapoel Tel Aviv, is a propo-           since losing narrowly to Arsenal in the 2006
defenders anywhere in the world, a natu-       back,” Rotheram said in a phone inter-       nent of punishment. At a Dec 28 game,            Champions League semi-finals and goalkeep-
ral leader who captains his club, Chelsea,     view. Some countries fight soccer             Beitar Jerusalem fans racially abused his        er Diego Lopez believes now is the time for
and his country, England, will appear at a     extremists with greater determination        Nigerian-born striker, Toto Tamuz. “They         the “real men” in the squad to prove their
London courthouse to face a criminal           than others. Some believe the only effec-     were singing, ‘Give Toto a banana,’”             mettle. The team known as “yellow subma-
charge that he abused a black colleague        tive way to punish and ostracize extrem-     Inbar, who was at the game, said in a            rine” after their canary-coloured shirts are sec-
with a torrent of vile, racially insulting     ist fans is by punishing their clubs. For    phone interview. “It is horrible to have         ond from bottom in La Liga with just under
language. Terry insists the whole affair is     others, a long-term solution is to educate   racism in a country (where) most of its          half the season gone and face a crucial match
a misunderstanding. Born and raised in         fans so they police themselves and no        citizens are Jews. It shouldn’t be here.         at home to fellow strugglers Sporting Gijon
the ethnic melting pot of east London,         longer tolerate bigots in their midst.       Racism is in our dark history. We suffered        on Monday.
he has played with or alongside black          “One of the reasons why the UK and           a lot from racism.” Rather than merely              They were beaten in all six of their
players all of his sporting life. Yet video                                                                                                  Champions League Group A games this sea-
from an Oct 23 Premier League match                                                                                                          son, scoring just two goals and conceding 14,
appeared to show him shouting, “You —                                                                                                        and their elimination from the King’s Cup at
——- black ——” at Queens Park                                                                                                                 the hands of third-tier Mirandes last month
Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand,                                                                                                            prompted the dismissal of Coach Juan Carlos
whose brother, Rio, has long been Terry’s                                                                                                    Garrido and the promotion of B-team boss
partner in the England defense.                                                                                                              Jose Francisco Molina to replace him.
    Terry was quick to issue a statement:                                                                                                       As well as the departure of their best play-
“People have leapt to the wrong conclu-                                                                                                      er, midfielder Santi Cazorla, to Malaga in the
sions about the context of what I was                                                                                                        close season, they have suffered a spate of
seen to be saying.” He vowed to “fight                                                                                                        injuries to key players, including first-choice
tooth and nail to prove my innocence” at                                                                                                     forwards Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar.
the West London Magistrates’ Court. Still,                                                                                                      However, there is also a sense of a club in
this and other incidents in England and                                                                                                      decline, struggling to stay competitive in a
elsewhere in Europe are raising ques-                                                                                                        league where Real Madrid and Barcelona, the
tions about whether efforts to stamp out                                                                                                      world’s richest clubs by income, take the
racist behavior in the world’s No 1 sport                                                                                                    lion’s share of revenue from audiovisual
have taken a big step backward after                                                                                                         rights. “The first thing to do is to accept the
having made so many strides forward in                                                                                                       reality because we are second from bottom
the past decade or more. Have racist fans                                                                                                    and that means we all have to give more, indi-
and players simply been lurking, unre-                                     Chelsea’s captain John Terry                                      vidually and collectively,” Lopez said at a
pentant, under the surface, instead of                                                                                                       news conference on Wednesday.
being hounded out? Have soccer author-         Germany, I would say, have been so suc-      fine Beitar, Israel’s Football Association           “I would like to see a lot more pugnacity,”
ities, led by world governing body FIFA        cessful in tackling this problem is          docked two points from the six-time              the former Spain keeper added. “We have a
and its European cousin, UEFA, eased up        through the peer pressure that was           champion, a significant punishment for a          very young squad, with a good atmosphere,
too early in their often-stated determina-     exerted toward those fans who were           club in danger this season of relegation         but maybe we need a bit more character. “We
tion to rid the global sport of all forms of   being racist - when people used the logic    from the top division. “That’s what needs        are living on the edge and we need the real
discrimination?                                of ‘Well, how can you abuse the opposi-      to happen to tackle racism. That is how          men to stand up and be counted.”
    “We were winning,” said Steve              tion black player when we have black         supporters understand the lessons, you
Rotheram, a British lawmaker who suc-          players of our own?’” said Piara Powar,      know?” Inbar said. “Because they did not                             BARCA HIGH
cessfully lobbied for a parliamentary          executive director of the FARE network,      learn the lesson when the club is getting           The latest round of matches was post-
committee to take a new look at racism         European soccer’s anti-discrimination        fined, they say, ‘OK, the club has enough         poned from the opening day of the season
in sports, following the Terry case and        group, partly funded by UEFA.                money.’” “If it was up to me, yes, I would       due to a strike called by the players’ union
others. However, “people have started             “When that became the dominant            use this punishment more often.” In              (AFE) over unpaid wages. The games original-
to ask about institutional racism and, you     feeling on the terraces and in the stands    Spain, no club has ever been docked              ly scheduled for this weekend are due to be
know, whether or not the sort of               that was the start of a dynamic, which, in   points because of racist chants or behav-        played at the start of May.
improvements that we’d all hoped have          footballing terms, one couldn’t chal-        ior by fans. Yet there have been occa-              In between the two legs of their King’s Cup
happened over the past 20 years are            lenge,” he said in a phone interview. “It    sions when such punishment might have            quarter-final tie, leaders Real and second-
actually embedded.” The inquiry will           was nonsensical to abuse black players       been warranted. — AP                             placed Barca are at home to Athletic Bilbao
                                                                                                                                             and away at Malaga respectively on Sunday.
                                                                                                                                             Barca are on a high after coming from a goal
                                                                                                           German League Preview             down at Real’s Bernabeu stadium to win the
                                                                                                                                             first leg 2-1 on Wednesday and host their
     Bayern to welcome back Schweinsteiger                                                                                                   great rivals for the return leg at the Nou Camp
                                                                                                                                             next Wednesday.
  BERLIN: German league leaders Bayern Munich look set to            win and have a good start. “On the pitch you can react and                 Third-placed Valencia, who host city neigh-
  welcome back star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for             change something, in the stands you can’t. “We want to get              bours Levante in a Cup quarter-final first leg
  today’s clash against Borussia Moenchengladbach as the             back to the form we had before my injury and dominated the              later on Thursday, play at Osasuna on Sunday
  Bundesliga resumes after the winter break. Germany star            opposition. “It’s up to us whether we are under pressure or             having slipped seven points behind Barca
  Schweinsteiger has been out since breaking his collarbone in       not. “We have high expectations and it’s important that we              after last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Real
  the Champions League win over Napoli at the start of               work as a team.” Schweinsteiger will be up against                      Sociedad. Unai Emery’s side were boosted by
  November, but despite sitting out training on Tuesday with a       ‘Gladbach’s key midfielder Marco Reus, who will play for                 the news on Wednesday that their Argentina
  knee injury he is hopeful of playing. Bayern have a three-         defending champions Borussia Dortmund next season, and is               midfielder Ever Banega had agreed to extend
  point lead at the top of the table, but suffered consecutive        one of the best midfielders in Germany this season with 10               his contract until the end of the 2014-15 sea-
  defeats in the wake of Schweinsteiger’s injury last November       goals in 15 league games.                                               son. Sevilla coach Marcelino is under pressure
  and the star is eager to recapture the form he showed before          Having only avoided the drop after winning last season’s             ahead of the local Andalusian derby at Real
  injury struck. “It looks good for ‘Gladbach, I have no worries,    relegation play-off, ‘Gladbach have been a surprise package              Betis tomorrow.
  but of course I want to get back to top form quickly,” said the    this term and Schweinsteiger insists Bayern will not take                  Sevilla are on a run of three defeats and a
  27-year-old with ‘Gladbach fourth in the league.                   Lucien Favre’s team lightly. “It will not be an easy game. They         draw and have dropped to seventh, putting
     “I practiced (on Wednesday). It was quite good. I’m not         have some high quality players, not just Reus,” said                    their bid to qualify for Europe next season in
  worried, but I want to be in my best shape when I start the        Schweinsteiger. “There’s (Venezuela midfielder Juan) Arango              peril, while Betis have climbed to 11th follow-
  match. “I hope the knee will be getting better and better          and (Germany striker Mike) Hanke for instance, but it’s clear           ing three straight wins and a 4-2 loss last
  before today. “I’m very excited. It’s important for us to get a    the we have a lot more quality in the squad. — AFP                      weekend at Barca. — Reuters

              Beckham re-joins Galaxy on 2-year deal
             LOS ANGELES: Former England cap-           here. My family and I are incredibly      World Cup, eventually becoming             out him. “We look forward to trying to
             tain David Beckham will be returning       happy and settled in America and we       English football’s global ambassador,      replicate that success this season with
             to the LA Galaxy on a fresh two-year       look forward to spending many more        and just as he turned a lean trophy        David once again in a Galaxy uniform.”
             contract, the Major League Soccer          years here.”                              spell in Madrid into a success with a La       Simon Fuller, Beckham’s business
             (MLS) team said on Wednesday.                 Beckham joined the Galaxy from         Liga title for Real, Beckham won over      partner and manager, said there was
             Beckham’s initial five-year deal ended      Real Madrid in 2007 amid a wave of        his detractors. He finally won his first     still much more to achieve in
             after the Galaxy won the 2011 MLS          publicity, signing a league record $6     league title with Galaxy on Nov 21, the    Beckham’s American adventure.
             Cup and there had been speculation         million a year contract with MLS hop-     MLS Cup victory over the Houston           “When David and I discussed making
             the former Manchester United and           ing his high-profile would attract big-    Dynamo completing another turn-            the move from Real Madrid to the LA
             Real Madrid midfielder was consider-        ger crowds, more sponsors and more        around for one of the game’s most          Galaxy back in 2007, our minds were
             ing offers from Paris St. Germain and a     mainstream media attention. However,      polarizing figures.                         firmly focused on the massive oppor-
             number of English clubs. However,          Beckham faced criticism for his deci-         The Londoner was second in the         tunity of helping to grow soccer in the
             Paris St Germain said earlier this month   sion to travel back to Europe for         league for assists, visibly worked hard    United States,” Fuller added. “We have
             the Englishman would not be joining        England commitments and for his loan      in the 26 games he featured in and         made great progress over the past five
             the big-spending Ligue 1 soccer club       move to AC Milan in Italy, which ended    showed off his dead-ball and crossing       years in raising the profile of soccer
             due to family reasons.                     in a serious injury. An Achilles tendon   ability throughout a season in which       domestically and the MLS on a world-
                 “This was an important decision for    injury wrecked his contribution to the    the Galaxy were unbeaten at home. “I       wide stage, and we are encouraged by
             me,” Beckham, 36, said in a statement.     Galaxy in 2010 and cost him a place in    am thrilled that David has chosen to       all the results. “However, clearly this is
             “I had many offers from clubs from          England’s World Cup squad at the          re-join the Galaxy, especially as he had   an ongoing mission and this new deal
             around the world, however, I’m still       World Cup in South Africa. Last year,     numerous options where he could            confirms our commitment to continu-
             passionate about playing in America        though, the critics were unable to find    continue his career,” Galaxy head          ing our journey and making sure the
             and winning trophies with the Galaxy.      any cause for complaint.                  coach Bruce Arena said. “I felt that he    world’s biggest sport, soccer, contin-
             “I’ve seen first-hand how popular soc-         Just as he came back from being a      was one of the best players in all of      ues to grow in the world’s most pas-
             cer is now in the States and I’m as com-   public enemy in England after being       MLS last season and we could not have      sionate sports loving nation, the
             mitted as ever to growing the game         sent off against Argentina in the 1998     achieved the success that we did with-     USA.”— Reuters

     Brazil must
     have beer at
      WCup: FIFA
RIO DE JANEIRO: Beer will sold at the 12 venues of the
2014 World Cup finals, FIFA general secretary Jerome
Valcke said on Wednesday as he attempted to close all
further discussion on a controversial issue in Brazil. Voting
on the bill for the World Cup Law has been held up over
differences between the tournament hosts and world soc-
cer’s governing body, notably on the sale of alcoholic
drinks at sports venues which is banned in Brazil.
   The bill was scheduled to have been voted on by the
chamber of deputies at the end of last year but it has
been delayed by several issues including the sale of beer,
                                                                 MADRID: FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi from Argentina lies on the ground holding his hand after Real Madrid’s Pepe of
with FIFA demanding protection of sponsors’ trademarks.          Portugal stamped on it during a Copa del Rey quarter final, 1st leg soccer match on Wednesday Jan 18, 2012. — AP
“Alcoholic drinks are part of the FIFA World Cup, so we’re

                                                                      ‘Shameful’ Pepe under
going to have them. Excuse me if I sound a bit arrogant
but that’s something we won’t negotiate,” Valcke said.
“The fact that we have the right to sell beer has to be a

                                                                      fire after Messi stamp
part of the Law,” he told the foreign press corps in an
interview in Rio de Janeiro, where on Thursday he will
hold a meeting with the World Cup local organizing com-
mittee (LOC).
   Alcoholic drinks have been banned in Brazil’s stadiums        MADRID: The normally loyal Madrid-          the behaviour of a footballer in a high-     win in 13 ‘Clasicos’ since he took the
since 2003 as part of the Supporters’ Statutes, aimed at         based sports papers rounded on Pepe         level match should be,” Marca wrote.         helm in 2008 and came on his 41st
preventing violence among hardcore fans at football              yesterday after the Real Madrid defend-     “What’s more, his problem is that he is      birthday. His only reverse was in last
matches. Alexandre Padilha, health Minister in President         er’s stamp on Lionel Messi’s hand dur-      a repeat offender,” the paper added,         year’s King’s Cup final, when Cristiano
Dilma Rousseff’s government, and other members of par-           ing Wednesday’s King’s Cup quarter-         recalling an incident at the end of the      Ronaldo netted an extra-time winner in
liament linked to health matters have put pressure on            final first leg defeat by Barcelona. The    2008-09 season when Pepe kicked              a 1-0 victory.
Congress to maintain the ban in the World Cup Law. One           behavior of Portuguese international,       Francisco Casquero while the Getafe              Real coach Jose Mourinho, who told
of FIFA’s longest-standings sponsors is the US brewer            who was playing in an unfamiliar cen-       player was on the ground, an action          a news conference Pepe should be
Budweiser, which belongs to the world’s biggest beer-            tral midfield role, was “shameful” and      that earned the Portuguese a 10-match        punished if the stamp on Messi was
selling group Anheuser-Busch InBev. “Our partner here is         “intolerable”, Marca wrote in an opin-      ban. “The Casquero episode cannot            deliberate, was also subjected to severe
                                                                 ion piece, while As columnist Luis Nieto    now be seen as an isolated one but           criticism in Marca and As. The former
in fact a Brazilian company,” said Valcke referring to the
                                                                 said he deserved “general condemna-         instead must be viewed as the sad real-      Inter Milan and Chelsea manager’s tac-
local AmBev which is part of AB InBev.
                                                                 tion” and should be punished. Pepe,         ity of a player who goes beyond over-        tic of allowing Barca to dominate pos-
   Another point of discord between the government and
                                                                 who had been booked for a late tackle       excited.                                     session and rely on swift counter-
FIFA is half-price tickets for students and senior citizens
                                                                 on Sergio Busquets, deliberately trod           “Pepe might be an excellent person       attacks had proved a failure and should
which is the rule in Brazil. Valcke said this issue would be
                                                                 on Messi’s hand about 20 minutes from       away from the pitch - and he is - but        be abandoned, As columnist Alfredo
resolved by creating a special category of tickets worth         the end of Barca’s 2-1 comeback win at      someone urgently needs to make him           Relano wrote. “Mourinho’s latest pirou-
$25 each with 300,000 available for the group phase to           the Bernabeu in an incident apparently      reflect and help him to correct these        ette was his worst,” Marca’s Santiago
several groups of people including students and the eld-         missed by the referee.                      shameful actions.” The outcry over           Segurola added. “Spanish football has
erly. He said, however, there needed to be strict controls          His theatrical reaction after tangling   Pepe’s behaviour deflected some of the       seen many teams with far fewer
of the people who qualified for these tickets. “It’s unfair if   with Cesc Fabregas earlier in the sec-      attention away from Real’s latest failure    resources who have made life more dif-
a person who can afford a category one ticket buys a cate-       ond half, when he rolled around clutch-     against Barca, who host their arch-rivals    ficult for Barca. And with greater nobili-
gory four ticket. We must guarantee this won’t happen            ing his face, also drew criticism.          in the second leg on Wednesday. The          ty.” Real’s next game is a La Liga clash
because apparently it’s very easy to obtain a student card       “Violent, with excessive aggression,        Spanish and European champions’ vic-         at home to Athletic Bilbao on
here,” Valcke said. — Reuters                                    play-acting and a long way from what        tory was coach Pep Guardiola’s ninth         Sunday.— Reuters

 Shark adds bite
  to new-look
    PGA Tour
CALIFORNIA: Greg Norman’s participation at
this week’s Humana Challenge in La Quinta,
California is one of several signs that the 2012
makeover of the pro-am celebrity event has
already achieved success. Previously known as
the Bob Hope Classic, the $5.6 million tourna-
ment had lost much its luster in recent years
and struggled to attract a quality field with
many players unhappy with its 90-hole format
and some of its venues. This year’s edition, the
first held in partnership with the William J.
Clinton Foundation established by the former
US president, has been cut to 72 holes and
boasts world number eight Dustin Johnson
and twice champion Phil Mickelson among its
    Also competing is former world number
one Norman, who has not played in the event
since 1986 and had no plans to return until he
received a timely phone call from Bill Clinton.          DUBAI: England’s captain Andrew Strauss (second left) leads his team off the field
“He asked me if I would come and play and I              of play after being defeated by Pakistan yesterday. (Inset) Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal
said yes,” Australian Norman, popularly known            leaps in the air as he celebrates taking the final wicket of England’s batting
as the ‘Great White Shark’, told reporters at La         innings, that of Graeme Swann. — AP
Quinta on Wednesday while preparing for

                                                      Pakistan rout England
Thursday’s opening round. “Simple as that.
“We had a very frank conversation about the
opportunities and the format and how can the
tournament be resurrected and he was obvi-
ously leaning towards doing what he’s done.
    “The Bob Hope was such an iconic event ...        DUBAI: Paceman Umar Gul took 4-63 to help            rising delivery that caught Cook in two minds      missed Broad and Chris Tremlett off succes-
from the celebrities, from the sponsorship            Pakistan beat the world’s best Test team,            as the left-hander gloved it to Adnan, who         sive deliveries.
stand point, from the people in Palm Springs          England, by 10 wickets in the first Test inside      had no trouble in gathering it.                       Ajmal took the last wicket by getting
and this area. We hate to see events like that        three days yesterday, gaining a 1-0 lead in the          Kevin Pietersen, who has yet to score big      Swann caught, much to the delight of his
disappear.” First held in 1960 when golfing           three-match series. The 27-year-old fast             on tour, made it 25-3 when he hooked a Gul         team-mates and the few hundred people in
great Arnold Palmer clinched the inaugural            bowler dismissed Andrew Strauss (six) before         bouncer straight into the hands of deep            the stands. In the morning, Adnan had
title, the Bob Hope Classic was a pro-am              lunch and then accounted for Alastair Cook           square-leg fielder Abdul Rehman, leaving           boosted Pakistan’s lead with a gutsy second
celebrity event played over five rounds and           (five) and Kevin Pietersen (nought) in his hos-      England in more trouble at 25-3. Ajmal then        Test half-century. Adnan scored a career-
four different venues. Its list of winners            tile nine-over first spell on a spin-friendly        got in on the act when he trapped Ian Bell         best 61, adding another 50 runs after
includes heavyweights such as Jack Nicklaus,          Dubai Stadium pitch.                                 plumb in front of the wicket for four. Bell        Pakistan resumed at 288-7. Adnan, who hit
Billy Casper and Johnny Miller while Bing                 Spinners Abdul Rehman (3-37) and Saeed           wasted England’s second referral as televi-        eight boundaries during his 129-ball knock,
Crosby, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra and Kirk        Ajmal (3-42) - his second 10-wicket haul in          sion replays showed he was hit on the back         put on a 30-run stand for the ninth wicket
Douglas have lit up its glittering cast of            Tests-supplemented Gul to help Pakistan              leg, in line with the stumps. Rehman ended a       with Ajmal, who made 12. His previous best
celebrities over the years. Much has changed,         bundle out England for 160. Pakistan notched         fifth-wicket partnership of 39 by dismissing       of 53 came against Bangladesh in Dhaka last
though, since then.                                   the required 15 runs in 3.4 overs to hand            Eoin Morgan (14) caught behind, while              month. Swann had Adnan stumped to finish
                                                      England their first defeat in 10 Tests, since los-   Ajmal trapped Matt Prior to leave England at       with figures of 4-107. The second Test starts
               ‘A-LISTERS’ WANED                      ing to Australia at Perth in the 2010 Ashes.         87-7. Stuart Broad (17) and Graeme Swann           in Abu Dhabi from January 25, while the
    Long-time tournament host Bob Hope, a             England’s batsmen, wrecked by Ajmal’s                (39) delayed the inevitable by putting on 48       third will again be played here from
four-handicapper who ranks as one of                  career-best 7-55 in their first innings of 192,      for the eighth wicket before Rehman dis-           February 3-7. —AFP
Hollywood’s greatest golfers, made way for            were again clueless against the spin and
comedian George Lopez and the number of
                                                      played some rash shots as they sought to
‘A-list” celebrities waned. The initial rotation of                                                                                           SCOREBOARD
                                                      score runs on the pace of Gul.
venues - Thunderbird, Tamarisk, Bermuda
                                                          Jonathan Trott top-scored with 49, but fell
Dunes and Indian Wells - was entirely replaced
                                                      to an irresponsible shot, trying to force a            DUBAI: Complete scoreboard after the first cricket Test between Pakistan and England
by courses more suited to the high-tech
equipment and power hitters of the modern             short delivery from Gul and being caught by            at Dubai Stadium here yesterday:
game. The Arnold Palmer-designed Classic              wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal, who finished the
                                                      match with seven catches. Trott, who passed            England 1st innings 192 (M. Prior 70, G.         A. Cook c Adnan b Gul                  5
Club took over from Indian Wells in 2006 but                                                                 Swann 34; Saeed Ajmal 7-55)                      J. Trott c Adnan b Gul                 49
its location in a veritable wind tunnel made it       the boundary of 2,000 runs when he reached
                                                      18 in his 24th Test, hit six boundaries during                                                          K. Pietersen c Rehman b Gul            0
an unpopular venue for many of the players,                                                                  Pakistan 1st innings (overnight 288-7)           I. Bell lbw b Ajmal                    4
among them Mickelson who stopped compet-              his 111-ball knock but became Gul’s 150th
                                                                                                             Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Swann          88          E. Morgan c Adnan b Rehman             14
ing in the tournament after 2007. “From a             wicket in his 41st Test. Pakistan skipper
                                                                                                             Taufiq Umar b Broad                  58          M. Prior lbw b Ajmal                   4
player’s perspective, he (Clinton) was very           Misbah-ul Haq admitted he had not expected             Azhar Ali c Prior b Broad            1           S. Broad c Shafiq b Rehman             17
astute in asking the top players what their           to win so comfortably. “We didn’t expect that          Younis Khan lbw b Trott              37          G. Swann c Shafiq b Ajmal              39
opinions were of the event,” said Norman,             it would come so easily,” he said. “Ajmal put          Misbah-ul Haq lbw b Swann            52          C. Tremlett c Hafeez b Rehman          0
who will play in the company of Clinton in            us in a strong position with his seven wickets         Asad Shafiq c Prior b Anderson       16          J. Anderson not out                    15
Saturday’s third round.                               in the first innings and we batted well to take        Adnan Akmal st Prior b Swann         61          Extras: (b4, lb1, nb2)                 7
    “Modifying it (the tournament) is step            a good lead.”                                          Abdul Rehman b Anderson              4           Total:                                 160
number one of elevating the structure of                  Strauss expressed frustration over his             Umar Gul c Morgan b Broad            0           Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Strauss), 2-25 (Cook), 3-
getting the name players that you want to             side’s abject surrender. “Obviously it’s disap-        Saeed Ajmal c Cook b Swann           12          25 (Pietersen), 4-35 (Bell), 5-74 (Morgan), 6-
get here on a consistent level. It’s a process        pointing to lose in this manner,” he said. “We         Aizaz Cheema not out                 0           87 (Trott), 7-87 (Prior), 8-135 (Broad), 9-135
                                                      lost five early wickets and it’s disappointing to      Extras: (b2, lb5, nb2)               9           (Tremlett)
to build it up.” This week’s event will be
                                                      bat like this but we are not going to press the        Total:                               338         Bowling: Gul 19-5-63-4 (nb2), Cheema 7.2-1-
staged at just three venues, the Nicklaus                                                                    Fall of wickets: 1-114 (Umar), 2-128 (Ali), 3-   9-0, Hafeez 2-0-4-0, Ajmal 17.3-4-42-3,
Private and Palmer Private courses at PGA             panic button and will show resilience in the           176 (Hafeez), 4-202 (Younis), 5-231 (Shafiq),    Rehman 12-2-37-3.
West and the hosting La Quinta Country                second match.” England had another disas-              6-283 (Misbah), 7-288 (Rehman), 8-289 (Gul),     Overs: 57.5
Club. Americans Johnson, world number 11              trous start as Strauss was adjudged caught             9-319 (Ajmal)
Matt Kuchar and 15th-ranked Mickelson                 behind, pushing Gul to the leg side and see-           Bowling: Anderson 30-7-71-2, Tremlett 21-6-      Pakistan 2nd innings
head the field-all three of them making their         ing the ensuing edge well taken by the wick-           53-0 (nb1), Broad 31-8-84-3 (nb1), Swann         Mohammad Hafeez not out             15
first appearances of the year on the PGA              et-keeper. Strauss instantly challenged the            29.5-3-107-4, Trott 8-2-16-1.                    Taufiq Umar not out                 0
Tour. Long-hitting Venezuelan Jhonattan               verdict but was left to trudge off the field           Overs: 119.5                                     Total: (for no loss)                15
Vegas will defend the title he won last year          after television umpire Steve Davis of                                                                  Bowling: Anderson 2-1-7-0, Broad 1.4-0-8-0
in a playoff with Americans Bill Haas and             Australia upheld the original decision. Soon           England 2nd innings                              Overs: 3.4
Gary Woodland. — Reuters                              after the lunch break, Gul produced a sharp            A. Strauss c Adnan b Gul              6          Result: Pakistan won by 10 wickets

        Wizards break Thunder streak
             Big Shot Billups lands winning blow for Clippers
WASHINGTON: John Wall scored 25 points, Nick Young had
24 and Jordan Crawford added 18 to lead Washington to a
105-102 victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday, ending
the Thunder’s seven-game winning streak and giving the
Wizards just their second win of the season. Russell
Westbrook scored 36 points and Kevin Durant had 33 for
Oklahoma City, which lost for only the third time in 15 games.
During one stretch bridging the second and third quarters, the
duo accounted for 21 of the Thunder’s 23 points. Both slowed
down after resting at the start of the fourth, missing 11 of 17
from the field.

               NUGGETS 108, 76ERS 104, OT
   At Philadelphia, Andre Miller scored a season-high 28
points and Nene had 20 points and 14 rebounds as Denver
outlasted Philadelphia. Miller scored Denver’s last 10 points in
regulation and got another big basket in OT. His jumper put
the Nuggets ahead 106-104 with 42.9 seconds left. Miller then
made a steal on Jrue Holiday’s errant pass to seal the Nuggets’
fourth consecutive win. Thaddeus Young scored 22 points
and Evan Turner added 20 for the Sixers.

                   SPURS 85, MAGIC 83, OT
    At Orlando, Florida, Tony Parker scored 25 points, including
16 in the fourth quarter and overtime, as San Antonio held on
to beat Orlando. Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10
rebounds as the Spurs also snapped a streak of 10 consecutive
road losses overall, dating to last season. Dwight Howard had
24 points and 25 rebounds, and Ryan Anderson scored 17, but
it wasn’t enough for Orlando to overcome a dismal shooting
                                                                     LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (right) puts up a shot as Dallas Mavericks center Brendan Haywood
                   NETS 107, WARRIORS 100                            defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012. — AP
    At Newark, New Jersey, Deron Williams scored 24 points, 11
coming in crucial stretch of the fourth quarter, and had 10
assists and eight rebounds to lead New Jersey to its first home                                                   NBA results/standings
win. The Nets entered the fourth quarter trailing 83-80, then
took control with a 12-5 run. Williams had five points in that         NBA results and standings on Wednesday: San Antonio 85, Orlando 83 (OT); Denver 108, Philadelphia 104 (OT);
stretch, including a 3-pointer that made it 105-96 with 3:26           Washington 105, Oklahoma City 102; New Jersey 107, Golden State 100; Phoenix 91, NY Knicks 88; Boston 96, Toronto 73;
remaining. The Nets held on the rest of the way, going score-          Atlanta 92, Portland 89; Minnesota 93, Detroit 85; Memphis 93, New Orleans 87; Sacramento 92, Indiana 88; LA Clippers 91,
less for almost three minutes. MarShon Brooks had 22 points,           Dallas 89. (OT denotes overtime win)
eight rebounds and six assists for the Nets, and Kris Humphries
had 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Warriors, who had their                                  Eastern Conference                                           Western Conference
two-game winning streak snapped, got 30 points from Monte                                   Atlantic Division                                            Northwest Division
Ellis and 17 from Dorell Wright.                                                            W           L          PCT        GB      Oklahoma City        12          3          .800       -
                                                                       Philadelphia         10          4          .714       -       Utah                 9           4          .692       2
                      SUNS 91, KNICKS 88                               NY Knicks            6           8          .429       4       Denver               10          5          .667       2
   At New York, Steve Nash had 26 points and 11 assists and            Boston               5           8          .385       4.5     Portland             8           6          .571       3.5
Shannon Brown hit a crucial 3-pointer as Phoenix ended a five-         New Jersey           4           11         .267       6.5     Minnesota            6           8          .429       5.5
game losing streak. Brown and Grant Hill each scored 14                Toronto              4           11         .267       6.5                          Pacific Division
points for the Suns, who bounced back from an embarrassing                                  Central Division                          LA Clippers          8           4          .667       -
118-97 loss to a Chicago team without Derrick Rose a night             Chicago              13          3          .813       -
                                                                                                                                      LA Lakers            10          5          .667       0
earlier. They got help with a lucky bounce on Brown’s 3-point-         Indiana              9           4          .692       2.5
                                                                                                                                      Phoenix              5           9          .357       4
er from the corner that nearly hit the top of the backboard            Cleveland            6           7          .462       5.5
                                                                       Milwaukee            4           9          .308       7.5     Golden State         5           9          .357       4
before falling in that gave them a five-point lead with 35 sec-
onds left, and Nash closed it out with six free throws in the last     Detroit              3           12         .200       9.5     Sacramento           5           10         .333       4.5
16 seconds. Former Suns forward Amare Stoudemire scored                                    Southeast Division                                            Southwest Division
23 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight.                 Atlanta              11          4          .733       -       San Antonio          10          5          .667       -
                                                                       Orlando              10          4          .714       0.5     Memphis              7           6          .538       2
                   CELTICS 96, RAPTORS 73                              Miami                9           4          .692       1       Dallas               8           7          .533       2
    At Boston, Rajon Rondo scored 13 of his 21 points in the           Charlotte            3           12         .200       8       Houston              7           7          .500       2.5
first quarter and left with a sore right wrist in the third, as        Washington           2           12         .143       8.5     New Orleans          3           11         .214       6.5
Boston cruised past Toronto. Rondo was knocked out of the
game after being leveled on a flagrant foul by Linus Kleiza late
in the third quarter. Kevin Garnett added 15 points, Paul Pierce                     HAWKS 92, TRAIL BLAZERS 89                       fourth to beat Indiana. Francisco Garcia scored 10 of his 16
had seven assists and reserves Mickael Pietrus and Brandon              At Atlanta, Joe Johnson scored 24 points and came up          points in the fourth quarter as the Kings outscored the Pacers
Bass also made big contributions for the Celtics. Gary Forbes        with a key defensive play down the stretch to lead Atlanta       26-8 in the period. DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points and tied a
scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 11 for the Raptors.           to its fourth straight victory since losing All-Star center Al   career-high with 19 rebounds for Sacramento, which shot 30
                                                                     Horford. Atlanta was up 84-80 when a wild sequence went          percent. Darren Collison and Danny Granger scored 16 points
                 GRIZZLIES 93, HORNETS 87                            the home team’s way. Jamal Crawford missed on a drive, but       each for Indiana.
    At New Orleans, Marc Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds         Wesley Matthews picked off an outlet pass to apparently
to help Memphis win its fourth straight. Mike Conley hit four 3-     give the Blazers another chance. Johnson then hustled up                         CLIPPERS 91, MAVERICKS 89
pointers and finished with 18 points and 10 assists for the          behind Matthews to steal it back, then lobbed to Jeff               At Los Angeles, Chauncey Billups hit a winning 3-pointer
Grizzlies, who had five players score in double figures while        Teague for a dunk. Crawford, who led the Blazers with 22         with 1 second left, and Mo Williams made his first seven shots
sending the Hornets to their fifth straight loss and 11th defeat     points in his return to Atlanta, hit a last-gasp 3-pointer but   and finished with 26 points off the bench in his return to the
in 12 games. Jarrett Jack scored a game-high 27 points and his       the Hawks held on.                                               lineup as the Clippers stunned defending NBA champion
pull-up jumper got New Orleans as close as 87-85 with 1:28                                                                            Dallas. DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and nine rebounds for
left, but OJ Mayo’s 20-foot jumper helped the Grizzlies hang                          KINGS 92, PACERS 88                             the undermanned Clippers, playing their third game in three
on as New Orleans struggled to score or get key rebounds in            At Sacramento, California, Marcus Thornton scored 17           days. Dirk Nowitzki and Delonte West each scored 17 points
the final minute                                                     points as Sacramento rallied from 14 points down in the          for Dallas. — AP

                                                                       Serena swats aside Strycova
                                                                                            American wins her 500th match
                                                                       MELBOURNE: Serena Williams said
                                                                       before the start of the Australian Open
                                                                       that even with just two warm-up match-
                                                                       es under her belt she was ready for
                                                                       Melbourne. More than ready it seems.
                                                                       The American, with lattice-work strap-
                                                                       ping snaking up from her injured left
                                                                       ankle to behind her knee, brushed aside
                                                                       Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0 6-
                                                                       4 in just over an hour to reach the third
                                                                       round yesterday. Five-times champion
                                                                       Williams was unable to aim for a hat-
                                                                       trick of titles last year due to injury and
                                                                       there were concerns she would not be
                                                                       ready for the season’s first grand slam
                                                                       after pulling out of the Brisbane
                                                                       International with her sore ankle.
                                                                           After shaking off the rust in the first
                                                                       round against Tamira Paszek, Williams
                                                                       was on song from the outset yesterday,
                                                                       blasting baseline winners past Strycova
                                                                       and racing through the first set in just 22
                                                                       minutes. Her Czech opponent won her
                                                                       first service game of the second set, elic-
                                                                       iting enthusiastic applause from the
                                                                       crowd, but the Williams response was
                                                                       predictable, the 30-year-old winning her
                                                                       next serve to love and breaking Strycova
MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return                      to go 3-1 up. Williams had her first wob-
against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in their men’s sin-               ble while serving for the match at 5-3,
gles second round match on day four of the 2012                        giving Strycova a sniff of hope, and the
Australian Open tennis tournament yesterday. — AFP                     American looked in trouble when a
                                                                       change of direction left her sitting on
  Djokovic, Murray                                                     the sun-baked court grimacing. But
                                                                       Williams got back to her feet and             MELBOURNE: Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic hits a return
 stroll; Roddick out                                                   promptly broke Strycova’s serve to seal
                                                                       the set 6-4 and earn her place in the
                                                                                                                     against Serena Williams of the US in their women’s singles second round match on
                                                                                                                     day four of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament yesterday. — AFP
MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray hit top gear yes-            third round.
terday as warhorse Lleyton Hewitt capitalized on Andy Roddick’s            Williams, who racked up her 500th         tape really, really helped.”                  whose own fiery temper saw her tarnish
retirement to reach the third round. Serena Williams was also at       match win with the victory, said her             Williams, who will play Dominika           the US Open final against Sam Stosur
her destructive best with Petra Kvitova the only top seed given        ankle was still causing her problems, a       Cibulkova or Greta Arn in the next            with a sensational outburst at a chair
trouble on day four. And Hewitt was handed easy passage when           potential issue for tougher tests             round, thought it was “really, really cool”   umpire last September.
Roddick strained a hamstring, ending the clash of the old stagers.     ahead. “It’s fine, I just have really wob-    to have reached 500 wins but had no              “I sometimes break them in practice,
“It’s a nightmare for both of us,” said Hewitt, who was leading the    bly ankles,” she said in a televised          plans to rest on her laurels. “The first       just not in a match anymore. I think
night match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 when Roddick called it quits. “He            interview. “I wasn’t meant to be a bal-       thing I asked, of course, ‘Is there anyone    when you’re young it kind of maybe lets
stretched something high in his leg and it was hard for me to          lerina or anything.” Much has been            that achieved 1,000?’ I guess not. I never    out a little frustration. It’s just is a way to
concentrate at the other end. “You know Andy is hurting and you        made of Williams’ fight to stay healthy       will get there either. “Five hundred is a     express yourself. “I got to a place where I
try to block it out of your mind and it’s hard to do. Without          after a catalogue of injuries kept her        lot of matches to play, let alone to win,     could see how many places I could crack
sounding too mean, you try to run him around a lot more.”              off court for most of last year, but the      so it’s pretty cool.” After Marcos            in a racquet. I got five. But it’s definitely
    The one-time world number one, still battling on despite five       world number 12 said she felt fine and        Baghdatis smashed four racquets in a          not the best way to release your anger. I
major operations in the past four years, now faces another big         that her tumble yesterday had not             spectacular fit of pique in the third set      think the older you get, you realize
server in Canada’s Milos Raonic. But the despondent Roddick,           exacerbated her ankle issue. “It’s total-     against Stanislas Wawrinka on                 there’s more different ways.” Williams
who tried to play on after injuring his right hamstring tendon in      ly fine, it was my good ankle,” she said      Wednesday, Williams was asked if that         was in awe when told Baghdatis has
the second set, said he would probably be out for three weeks.         in the post-match news conference.            kind of outburst helped or hindered a         smashed four racquets in a minute. “I’ve
“You can try to ham and egg it against a lot of guys. But he’s real-   “There was no extra pain, it was fine. I      player. “I actually used to break a lot of    never done that. That’s impressive,” she
ly intelligent. He knew what was going on,” said the American.         twisted it but it’s all taped up, so the      racquets on the court,” said Williams,        added.— Reuters
“Then you’re out there and you’re wondering, listen, even if this
goes your way, you’re not going to play in two days. So it’s a mis-
erable, terrible thing being out there compromised like that. It
really sucks.” Djokovic has been in commanding form at the
year’s first major as he bids to repeat last season’s astonishing
                                                                             Kvitova struggles; main rivals cruise
haul of three grand slams among 10 titles, with a 41-match win-          MELBOURNE: Second seed Czech Petra          who bundled Venus Williams from the           back the gallant Spaniard, eventually
ning streak along the way. And the Serb expended little energy in        Kvitova battled her way into the            tournament in 2009. Kvitova won the           winning a tense encounter in 1hr
his 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 hit-out against Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo as he      Australian Open third round yesterday       first set easily but grew visibly frustrated   47mins. Earlier, five-time champion
speeds towards an expected semi-final with Murray, his victim in          as rivals Serena Williams and Maria         as she lost the second and had to come        Williams brushed off fears about her
last year’s title match. “I try to not underestimate any opponents       Sharapova steamrolled their opponents.      from a break down in the third to win 6-      injured ankle as she beat Czech Barbora
in early rounds,” Djokovic said. “Santiago came out early hitting        Russia’s Vera Zvonareva and Serbian         2, 2-6, 6-4. The reigning Wimbledon           Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-4 to record her
the ball quite flat. But I knew that sooner or later he’s going to        glamour girl Ana Ivanovic also won in       champion was in great touch in the first       500th career win.
drop the rhythm and I just have to hang in there. I’ve done a            straight sets as the cream continued to     set, serving well and breaking the                The American 12th seed, who pulled
good job,” he added.                                                     rise to the top of the women’s draw.        Spaniard twice in a commanding dis-           out of this month’s Brisbane
    Two-time finalist Murray, whose new coach Ivan Lendl sat              Two-time grand slam winner Svetlana         play.                                         International after rolling her ankle on
swathed in a towel against the evening chill, raced through the          Kuznetsova of Russia was pushed to the         But at the start of the second Kvitova     court, fell awkwardly in the final game of
first set in just 23 minutes as he beat France’s Edouard Roger-           limit by young American Sloane              seemed to lose focus, missing easy shots      the match. “It’s fine, I just have really
Vasselin 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. Williams brought up her 500th career win,        Stephens before scraping through 7-6        and allowing Suarez Navarro to dictate        wobbly ankles,” she said. “I wasn’t meant
against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, to keep up her record of             (8/6), 7-5. France’s Marion Bartoli, the    the points. The Spaniard, one of only         to be a ballerina.” Sharapova lost just
reaching the third round in every grand slam she has entered             ninth seed, ended Australian interest in    seven players in the top 100 with a one-      one game as she dismantled US qualifier
apart from her debut, in Melbourne in 1998. “It’s fine, I just have       the women’s draw, beating Jelena Dokic      handed backhand, used it to devastating       Jamie Hampton 6-0, 6-1. Sharapova, 24,
really wobbly ankles,” she said, after falling heavily in the last       6-3, 6-2.                                   effect to move Kvitova around the court.       dominated Hampton in all areas, hitting
game. “I wasn’t meant to be a ballerina.” Second seed Kvitova                However, Wimbledon champion             Suarez Navarro took the second and            23 winners to six and making 77 percent
had a trickier assignment against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro,          Kvitova had to survive a second-set         broke to go 2-0 ahead in the decider, but     of her first serves to her opponent’s 50
but she kept her frustrations in check to survive a mid-match            meltdown against Carla Suarez Navarro,      Kvitova dug deep and slowly pegged            percent. —AFP
lapse 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. —AFP
                                                                        Wizards break

                                                                        Thunder streak

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                            swats aside Strycova
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                    Serena Williams
                    of the US serves
                    to Barbora
                    Strycova of the
                    Czech Republic
                    during their sec-
                    ond round
                    match at the
                    Australian Open
                    tennis champi-
                    onship, in
                    Melbourne yes-
                    terday. —AFP

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