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Indo-Kuwait ties hailed
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KUWAIT: Members of a
Kuwaiti media
delegation are seen with
Indian Vice President
Hamid Ansari (center)
(Inset) Kuwait Times
Abd Al-Rahman
Al-Alyan meets
Ansari. — Photos
by Majed Al-Sabeji
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                  From the editor’s desk

           Democracy,                                           Real Madrid fans
          Indian-style                                         attend the team’s
                                                                   friendly match
                                                                 against Kuwait’s
                                                                national football
                                                               team at Al-Kuwait
                                                                    SC stadium in
                       By Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan                        Kaifan on
                                                               — Photo by Yasser

           hile traveling with a delegation of journalists
           to India, I had the privilege of attending a par-
           liament session in New Delhi. I could not stop
 myself from comparing between the Indian and the
 Kuwaiti parliaments. The set up is very similar to the
 parliament in Kuwait. Only, this building in India was
 historic and a sign of how old this country’s democracy
 is and how different it is compared to Kuwait. As soon
 as the political session began and the chairman walked
 in, a small group of lawmakers started shouting in a
 chaotic manner. I felt like I was at home again. The
 scene in Indian sessions is very similar to the fiascos in
 Kuwait but the substance and subjects that are being
 discussed are far from similar. For example, in India
 they don’t discuss banning Valentine’s Day or the num-
 ber of foreign workers in the country or defending a cit-
 izen that has broken the law!
    Speaking of the law, when I arrived at Indira Gandhi
 International Airport, the first thing I saw was the son of
 an influential Indian family drunk and acting like a
 hooligan (after all, every basket has a bad apple). The
 police tried to control him calmly but he resisted and
 started shouting things like “Do you know who I am?
 Do you know who my father is?” (two commonly used
 questions in Kuwait when anyone with ‘wasta’ is
 stopped by the police). The young man refused to com-
 ply with the police and was egoistic to the extent that
 he squared up to a police officer.
    Within seconds the police showed him what they
 thought of him and who his father was and the guy was
 handcuffed and in tears saying: “Please, call my daddy. I
 just want to go home, I am sorry.” If this had happened
 in Kuwait a whole tribe would have invaded the airport,
 smashed a few officers and police vehicles and walked
 away. If anyone gets caught or arrested, then a few
 familiar parliamentarians would rally outside the police
 station, the court or Erada Square trying to make
 heroes out of those arrested thugs. Unfortunately, the
 government will give in and that thug will face the next
 parliamentary elections with the agenda of grilling the
 minister of interior and getting rid of the officers that
 caught and interrogated him.
    I am beginning to understand why some Gulf states
 have Indian police officers. I guess it helps them imple-
 ment the law when they don’t care who they are deal-
 ing with and who their father is and that’s exactly
 what’s missing in Kuwait. If the government does not
 put its foot down and protect its dedicated employees
 that implement and respect the law, then unfortunate-
 ly many people will let things go and not take responsi-
 bility purely out of fear of parliamentary prosecution.
 This is starting to sound like a mafia rather than a par-
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                              Kaffeeklatsch                                                                                                                                          Local Spotlight

                 Race to ruin                                                         Volunteers hard to find
                                 By Shakir Reshamwala

                                                                                                                    By Muna Al-Fuzai

    n the environmental Olympics, Kuwait is a runaway champi-                                            
    on. Despite its small size and smaller population, the state
    regularly leaves larger industrial powerhouses choking in its
smog as it races to the finish line. A perennial gold medallist in

                                                                                   o volunteer is to serve society          garten until twelfth grade, students do         is about human development, ethics,
the per capita water and energy consumption races, Kuwait
                                                                                   through your own interest, person-       not practice volunteer work within their        values and actions. I know that Islamic
grabbed the silver medal in the ecological footprint marathon
this week after a WWF report named it as the world’s second                        al skills or learning, which in return   educational curricula or get exposed by         societies collect monetary donations to
worst offender after neighboring Qatar, followed by fellow Gulf             produces a feeling of self-worth and            school projects to social services.             send to some other countries in times of
champs the United Arab Emirates.                                            respect, instead of money. That is the              Neither do families encourage their         crises, but that is not what I really mean.
     Unsurprisingly, Kuwait is veritable a giant when it comes to           well known definition. But do we misun-         young children or teenagers to get                  I think voluntary work will help many
global environment statistics. The damning ones, that is. An                derstand what the term means here? In           involved in voluntary work visiting the         to upgrade their thinking and ideas
average person in Kuwait sploshes through 500 litres of water a             the Western world, you always find peo-         aged or hospitals. Teenagers spend their        about menial jobs and that nothing in
day. This is evident every morning when millions of gallons of              ple who are ready to volunteer, to give         weekends in the malls or with their com-        this life should be considered too small
water flow down the drains as cars around the country are hosed             their time to others in need or to support
                                                                                                                            puter games. I think parents should take        or trivial, as long as it serves others. For
down, when a simple wipe down would have sufficed. To add                   various organizations. The bottom line is
                                                                                                                            the blame for this self-centered life. They     example, many think a cleaner’s job is
insult to injury, courtyards are then cleaned in a similar fashion          that they give something dear to them
with running water.                                                         for no cost or expectation to receive a         teach their children to adapt until they        ugly and small but if that cleaner stops
     The country also consumes 413,000 barrels of oil daily just to         reward.                                         grow up, and by the time those boys and         collecting your trash for a day or two,
meet energy needs. Despite the blazing sun and scorching hot                    Here in the Arab world, the concept is      girls are in their twenties, they don’t act     then you will realize that what he does it
weather, efforts to harness solar power are woefully few, if any.           totally different and in many cases peo-        like responsible adults. They don’t have        is not small or silly at all. I want to see
Heavily subsidised petrol gives motorists no incentives to car-                                                             much of an idea or experience on how to         more youth groups practice more volun-
                                                                            ple who get involved in volunteer work
pool or use public transport (which also needs a lot of improve-                                                            give a hand to others because they never        tary work in hospitals without expecting
ment), while gas-guzzling SUVs unapologetically clog the streets.           expect to be rewarded at least by media
                                                                            focus. If someone objects to their poor         experienced how to do so.                       to get television interviews or public
     The wastage does not end here. Entire villages can be fed                                                                  In the Western world, school projects       appreciation. I believe that we must give
from the food that is thrown out after weddings and other cele-             performance, they tend to become
                                                                            angry, claiming that they don’t get paid        are very important to pass or get a schol-      a hand to those who need, without
brations in Kuwait. Go to any supermarket and you will see trol-
leys laden with food items that will never be consumed. In spite            for their services. Are we misinterpreting      arship to a good college. But here our          being asked or expect a grant!
of this buying frenzy, tonnes of foodstuff expire and perishables           the concept of volunteer work? And how          boys don’t have to think much of that.
rot in warehouses across the state, which unscrupulous traders              do we change this? Whose fault is it?           Kuwaiti policy ensures that everyone can
still try to sell in a cat-and-mouse game with the municipality                 First, I believe it is the way we are       go to college, which makes it hard for
that regularly announces major busts.                                       brought up and educated. Our educa-             them to consider any contributions to
     Though it may not be noticeable now, this rampant con-                                                                 society and not for themselves. I think
                                                                            tion system does not encourage social
sumption has consequences. We may all be dead in the long run,                                                              human development is not only about
as a smart aleck once remarked, but future generations will defi-           services. It focuses on self serving, pro-
                                                                            viding and provoking! From kinder-              buildings and fancy cars and malls but it
nitely pay the price for our shortsighted foibles.

                                                                           Just kiddin’, seriously                                                                                                        Satire Wire

                      Kuwait is for Kuwaitis                                                                                         Cut Aishwarya some slack
                                        By Sahar Moussa                                                                                                   By Sawsan Kazak


                                                                                                                       ollywood actress Aishwarya Rai is arguably          Other people are just that, other people. Not

     know that the match between Real Madrid              Dual citizenship is a big issue for Kuwaitis,
     and Kuwait national team that took place at      because a lot of non-Kuwaitis have taken                         one of the most beautiful people in the         everyone’s body reacts the same to pregnancy,
     Kuwait Sports Club stadium in Kaifan is the      Kuwaiti citizenship and kept their other citizen-                world. Her piercing eyes, flawless skin and     ageing or diet. And as for looking perfect again,
 talk of the town. Real Madrid won 2-0 in the         ship, taking advantage of Kuwait. They are tak-           astonishing presence is what helped her to win         people need to realize that beauty can take on
                                                                                                                Miss World in 1994. Pictures and videos of the 38-     many shapes and sizes. Saying that Aishwarya
 friendly game. Actually, I have nothing to com-      ing its money, its wealth and they are not even
                                                                                                                year-old actress display her almost super-human        needs to get back to her pre-baby body so that
 ment about the subject except that it was a          living here or contributing to its development.           beauty. About six months ago, Rai gave birth to a      she can be considered beautiful again is unjust
 brave thing that the Kuwait national team            One of the big issues about dual citizenship is at        daughter, and like any mother she has subse-           and a little ignorant.
 played against these giants.                         election times when this problem is ruining the           quently put on some weight. For any new moth-              Yes, she was a beautiful woman in her 20s and
     But what I have to comment on is the inci-       balance of Kuwait. It is manipulating the equilib-        er, a few extra pounds is not a big issue, but for     30s and she will continue to be a beautiful
 dent that happened with MP Mohammad Al-              rium and the numbers of the majority. And the             Aishwarya it sparked an international debate.          woman for the rest of her life. Beauty does not
 Juwaihel last week, where he was accused of          best way to solve this problem is to sanitize the             Many people in the media voiced their unhap-       stand still, it evolves, changes and adapts to dif-
 being drunk during a session at the National         hybrid passports to check the people’s loyalty.           piness and even anger against the actress, stating     ferent stages.
 Assembly. I know that Juwaihel is a very contro-         The second problem that Kuwaitis with one             that she should have been back to her normal               For years the debate over the effect of the
 versial figure, and a lot of his actions are unac-   citizenship only are facing is when they want to          weight by now and that they expect her to look         media on a girl’s self-esteem has been raging. The
 ceptable, but does anyone really think that he       get married. They have to wait a long time                better than she does. The backlash is based on         ‘skinny’ pictures in the magazines, actresses in
 would be that stupid to actually enter the           before they will be able to get a house because           expectations that actresses, or famous people in       movies and models on the runway have all been
 Assembly drunk! From where I see it, it’s a cheap    the people with dual citizenship, who are not             general, need to look perfect at all times. There is   accused of being the cause of anorexia and
 attempt to actually ruin his reputation and dis-     even living in Kuwait, are taking their turn. The         a belief that a beautiful woman cannot ever gain       bulimia. Now that a woman steps out in her natu-
 tract people from opening the subject about          slogan “Kuwait is for Kuwaitis” is a very powerful        weight, age or look disheveled. She needs to have      ral weight, she gets reprimanded for it. You
 dual citizenship. He accused Kuwaiti tribes of       slogan. A lot of people misinterpret it deliber-          pouty red lips and a small waist; even if she has      would think the media would finally embrace an
 taking advantage of Kuwait, a subject which          ately to mislead and influence the crowd,                 just given birth within the year.                      actress showing women around the world that it
 was his campaign theme in the elections.             because it simply hits a nerve for people with                Aishwarya’s beauty might seem super-human,         is normal to gain weight, and that it is not normal
                                                                                                                but she is still just a normal woman who had a         to be the ‘perfect’ size all of the time.
     What happened in the Assembly room is            dual citizenship.
                                                                                                                baby. For the media to turn on her and make her            And finally, when Aishwarya won Miss World,
 somehow comparable to the football match last            So for the giants who are trying to crush the         feel bad about a few post-delivery pounds is           she did so with a combination of outer beauty as
 night where the giant extra-fit champion guests      people who are trying to demand their rights              unfair. People’s expectations of her are not the       well as inner beauty, personality and brains. Now
 easily scored against the Kuwait national team.      and are asking for a loyalty test, first I suggest to     actual guidelines of what is good for her and her      that she weighs a few more pounds should not
 The team themselves admitted their incapabili-       clean your hands from the second nationality              body. The arguments against her new weight             mean that she is no longer physically beautiful,
 ty to win against the Spanish team, but they         before asking someone to clean his blood from             pointed to the fact that others in her situation       and it definitely does not mean that she is any
 tried anyway. The difference is that the game        alcohol. And second, please will you come with            were able to meet public expectations and that         less beautiful on the inside, have any less person-
 last night was friendly, unlike what happened in     a better accusation next time and stop insulting          she has a responsibility to continue looking good,     ality and is any less smart than she was when she
 the Assembly room.                                   people’s intelligence.                                    no matter what happens in her life.                    was a few pounds lighter.

       All in the family
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                           Nepotism a major threat to Kuwait’s economy
By Lisa Conrad

             he prevalence of nepotism is an issue that the economy in the
             Middle East cannot maintain in the long-term. Currently, the cul-
             ture in the Middle East dictates that relationships take priority
over qualifications,” said local economist, Hajjaj Bukhadour. He further
warned, “A lack of qualifications can be very detrimental to development.”
In the case of Kuwait, Bukhadour blamed nepotism as a key issue hindering
growth and development in the country. “One of the reasons why Kuwait
has fallen behind the rest of the GCC is because the management of busi-
nesses is based on relationships and family ties instead of qualifications.” He
added, “It cannot continue like this; this is not the way forward in terms of
development or profitable business.”
    A key issue associated with hiring staff based on personal relationships is
the negative impact it has on existing staff. “It is utterly demoralizing for all
other staff,” said Hadi, an employee at a local company. “I have to spend my
mornings training a fresh graduate who knows absolutely nothing about
our field; not even the basics of business. Yet he got the job because his
father has a senior position,” he said. Hiring unqualified staff, he said, puts
unnecessary strain on the rest of the team, “I’m responsible for this kid’s
training along with another colleague. The two of us have to stay at work
late everyday now because the training is costing us time we need for our
usual work, which we then have to make up for.”
    The position, he added, should have gone to someone with at least five
years of experience. The growing frustration in disenchanted staff members
increases the turnover of staff, an expensive consequence, said Hadi, “I defi-
nitely will not stay here in the long term after being dragged through this.
Another manager’s son is graduating in a year, and I’m not going through it
all again only to watch someone completely incapable rake in nearly double
my salary.” Despite the many negative implications nepotism can have in
the workplace, Bukhadour noted that there may be a few select benefits to
hiring from within family or social circles. “People close to you may be more
willing to accept lower benefits and longer working hours.” He added, how-
ever, that the risks greatly outweigh the possible benefits. “The assignment
of management based on nepotism is extremely risky,” he said. “The initial
founders of a company will have gone through the trials and tribulations
first hand, but if they hire within their circle, the new staff will only have wit-
nessed the hardships they went through,” he added.
    The biggest risk, he noted, comes when the next generations of employ-
ees follow suit based on personal relationships and connections. “The third
generation of employees haven’t experienced or witnessed any of the chal-
lenges that come with starting a business, so they have much less of an idea
of how things work. This overall lack of experience and expertise reduces
the likelihood that wealth will be maintained in the long term.” He added,
“More often than not, they are not at the right level of experience or educa-
tion for the role. Even if they are, the close ties often hinder their perform-
ance.” Hadi, who is experiencing the consequences of relationship-based
hiring first-hand, agreed with Bukhadour’s predictions. “You slowly see the
level of efficiency deteriorate as more and more inexperienced, inappropri-
ate staff are brought in,” he said. “As things worsen, even the good, hard-
working staff lose their motivation and end up following suit as they adopt
the newer, slower, more inefficient norm brought into the office.”
    Jalal, whose father owns a successful company in Kuwait, disagreed.
“When it’s your business or the business of your friend or family, you care
about it more. It’s better to hire people you know and trust because they’re
more likely to defend your interests.” He added, “This is how we traditionally
do business in the region, based on close ties and trust. Not every business
model or ideal is suited to every country.”
    According to Hadi and Bukhadour, the times Jalal spoke of are but a dis-
tant memory of the reality in business now. “Everyone must be competitive
and efficient in business, especially now. You cannot sink your company
because your nephew didn’t feel like looking for a job elsewhere,” said Hadi.
“The only way to counter the inefficiency of companies built on personal ties
is to transfer the entire thing into a public company. Doing so will ensure
that newer, more qualified staff come in,” said Bukhadour.
    “This is the only way to make sure that the problems are fixed, otherwise
they’ll only continue to worsen: personal ties are not easy to break, no mat-
ter how inefficient the employee is,” he said. He added that once Chinese
companies started going public, the country enjoyed a considerable boost
in efficiency and development. The negative effect on development, he
added, is already being felt in Kuwait as the trend has yet to change. For
employees like Hadi, the experience has changed his plans for the future, “I
wanted to stay in my current job in the long term as I thought it had good
prospects. Now, however, I’m going to apply to a multinational company,”
he said. “The multinationals are strict - you work harder, but at least it’s fair.
A heavier workload is nothing if it comes with at least a degree of justice.”
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                 NEW DELHI: Members of the Kuwaiti media delegation meet Indian Lower House Speaker Meira Kumar yesterday.— KUNA

  Indians rush to
 send money home
                                                                              Indian leaders hail
 By Nawara Fattahova

 KUWAIT: The record drop of the Indian rupee against the dollar
                                                                               Indo-Kuwait ties
 and other currencies yesterday boosted money transfers from
 Kuwait to India, since there are many Indian expatriates living in             Kuwaiti journalists visit Indian parliament
 Kuwait. According to Anny from Bahrain Exchange Company,                NEW DELHI: On the penultimate day of their ongoing five-day visit to governments have also maintained regular high-level contacts,” he said,
 more people came to their offices to transfer money to India. “Not      India, the ten-member Kuwaiti journalist delegation visited the Indian welcoming the Kuwaiti journalists. Stressing enhanced bilateral trade
 only did more people come to transfer money to their families           parliament and met the Lower House Speaker Meira Kumar and Upper and Kuwaiti investment in India, he said “there is enough scope for
 and relatives in India, but also the amount was a bit higher. This is   House Chairman Hamid Ansari. Ansari is also the country’s vice-presi- Kuwaitis to make investments in India in different sectors. I assure you
 a good chance to send, so they exploited it,” she told Kuwait           dent. As per the Indian constitution, India’s vice-president is also the that investment in India is always safe and solid with comparatively
 Times. Reports stated yesterday that traders are expecting the          officio chairman of the Upper House of the Indian parliament. Both higher returns. Despite a global slowdown, India has grown at a satisfac-
 rupee to fall further in coming days, with risk aversion hitting        Indian leaders laid out a hearty welcome to the visiting journalists and tory pace since 2008, when a meltdown hit the developed economies of
 global markets. According to the Indian Finance Minister Pranab         expressed hope that their visit will prove to be another milestone in the world.” He said India has set a target of making investments of one
 Mukherjee, the deteriorating international climate is the main          solidifying the close and strong ties between the two countries. Ansari, trillion dollars in the next ten years, and “Kuwait can pitch in here”.
 reason for the fall of the rupee.                                       who paid an official visit to Kuwait in 2009, told the journalist-delegates     On US pressure on India to reduce oil imports from Iran, the Indian
      Tony, a 50-year-old Indian expatriate living in Kuwait, agreed     that both nations enjoy ancient ties since pre-oil times. “Imprints of minister told the Kuwaiti journalists that India and Iran enjoy civilized
 that the recent drop of the rupee is in favor of those living and       Kuwait can still be seen along the Mumbai coast, where Kuwaiti traders ties and Iran meets nearly 11 percent of India’s crude oil needs. “We
 working outside India. “In fact this drop will satisfy our receivers    used to come to trade in spices and other commodities,” he said. He made it clear during the recent visit of US Secretary of State that no deci-
 back in India, as they will receive a bigger amount of rupees for       added that the Indian community working in Kuwait praise their sion has been taken yet to reduce oil imports from Iran,” he said.
 the same usual amount that we transfer regularly,” he stated. “On       employers. “People-to-people relation-                                                                     However, he acknowledged that due to
 the other hand, this drop of the Indian rupee will definitely result    ships are very important as it proves to                                                                   US sanctions on Iran, India has been fac-
 in a price hike in India. Traders will have to pay more for imported    define the foreign policy of any two                                                                       ing problems paying for Iranian oil.
 goods, so prices will increase. Even the price of local products will   countries,” he stated.                                                                                         Touching on India’s foreign policy,
 soon rise, as manufacturers will have to pay more for the raw               Speaker Kumar hailed the age-old                                                                       Krishna said his country wants peace and
 materials used in production. Yet it’s a good chance to buy rupees      friendly ties between the two sides. She                                                                   tranquility in Asia and world over. “Our
 now,” added Tony. Mohammed Sameer from Al-Muzaini                       emphasized that both India and Kuwait                                                                      relations with our immediate neighbors
 Exchange Company advised people to exchange now. “This is the           have democratic set-ups and a written                                                                      in Pakistan and China have been improv-
 best time to buy rupees. I think there is no chance it will decrease    constitution. “Democracy has flourished                                                                    ing recently, and all diplomatic efforts
 even more. Today the price reached 194.5 rupees per 1 KD.               in India for 60 years and will continue to                                                                 are being made to take them one step
 Nobody expected this will happen and it is the best price since         do so in the future. It’s a multi-religious                                                                higher,” he added. On India’s recent mili-
 many years. I noticed more people came to transfer and                  and multi-ethnic country, which houses                                                                     tary build-up across the Chinese border,
 exchange money to rupees,” he noted.                                    the second largest Muslim population in                                                                    Krishna said: “We safeguard our border
      For some Indian expatriates, this drop came at the wrong           the world,” she said.                                                                                      like any other country does. Sometimes
 time. “I would like to exploit this chance, but I don’t have money          On the role of women in Indian poli-                                                                   media reports create problems where
 at present. It’s the middle of the month, and I already made my         tics, she informed the Kuwaiti journalists                                                                 there is none. There is a border concern
 transfer to India at the end of last month,” lamented Saby, a 30-       that there are “one million elected                                                                        with China, and both nations under-
 year-old Indian expatriate. Lenin, a 35-year-old Indian, benefited      female representatives” in India at differ-                                                                stand this. It’s a very long border and
 from this chance and transferred some money when he heard               ent levels, from villages to corporations                                                                  efforts are being made to resolve all
 this news. “It is a good opportunity to exchange to rupees as this      to local bodies. “Besides, some of the top                                                                 border-related issues.” Allaying fears of
 is the best rate since many years. Of course I’m not happy that the     positions in Indian politics, like president,                                                              tensions between India and China, he
 Indian rupee dropped, but at least our family can benefit from the      speaker, leader of the opposition and                                                                      said Indo-Chinese trade stood at over
 rate,” he pointed out.                                                  UPA chairperson are also occupied by NEW DELHI: Kuwait Times Editor-in-Chief Abd $74 billion last year. “If there was suspi-
                                                                         women,” she added. On the role of Al-Rahman Al-Alyan (left) met with Indian cion between the two sides, such a
                                                                         female politicians in improving India- External Affairs Minister S M Krishna yester- huge trade would never have been
                                                                         Pakistan relations, she informed the del- day. —Photo by Majed Al-Sabej                                    comprehended,” Krishna added.
                                                                         egates that the speaker of Pakistan’s par-                                                                     Yesterday was the last day of the
                                                                         liament is her “close friend”.                                                                             Kuwaiti journalists’ visit to India. Adnan
                                                                             “Recently, I visited Pakistan at the invitation from my Pakistani coun- Khalifa Al-Rashed, delegation coordinator, thanked the Indian and
                                                                         terpart and I was overwhelmed by the warmth and love they showered Kuwaiti foreign ministries for making their visit a success. He also
                                                                         on me. I have also invited Pakistani MPs to visit India in the near future,” thanked the Kuwaiti embassy in New Delhi and India’s embassy in
                                                                         she added. Before meeting the two Indian leaders, the Kuwaiti journal- Kuwait, the KUNA correspondent in India and Kuwait Television for pro-
                                                                         ists visited the Parliament museum, where they got an insight into viding wide coverage. The delegation members included the
                                                                         Indian art, culture, the war of independence and India’s form of gover- Chairman of Kuwait Journalists Association (KJA) Ahmed Yousef
                                                                         nance. Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said India Behbehani, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Anbaa daily Yousef Khaled Al-
                                                                         enjoys close relations with Kuwait and there is a tremendous scope to Marzook, KUNA Editor-in-Chief Rashed Mohammad Al-Ruwaished,
                                                                         enhance bilateral trade, which stood at $12.3 billion last year, Krishna Al-Nahar Editor-in-Chief Emad Jawad Bukhamseen, Kuwait Times
                                                                         told the Kuwaiti journalists yesterday. He said that the free media of Editor-in-Chief, Abd Al-Rahman Al-Alyan, Al-Rai Editor-in-Chief
 SRINAGAR: Kashmiri women walk past a display                            both countries could play a constructive role in bringing the two coun- Majed Yousef Al-Ali, Al-Jarida Deputy Editor-in-Chief Saoud Rashed
 of a garland made of Indian rupee currency notes,                       tries closer and diversifying bilateral links. “Our ties have been defined Al-Enezi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the weekly magazine ‘Al-Yaqaza’
 for sale at a market yesterday. — AP                                    by close geographical proximity and cultural affinity.                       Dalia Mostafa Al-Shater, delegation coordinator Adnan Khalifa Al-
                                                                              People on both sides have known each other for centuries, and both Rashed and photographer Majed Abdul Razzaq Al-Sabej. —KUNA
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                                                                                                             By Nawara Fattahova

                                                                                                                                        ost men and women yearn to remain slim. Overweight or
                                                                                                                                        obese individuals suffering from physical and psychologi-
                                                                                                                                        cal complications are ready to take any risk to lose weight
                                                                                                                             within shortest possible time span. Some techniques work but
                                                                                                                             others do not. Some are safe, while others may be dangerous.
                                                                                                                             Word of mouth plays great role in encouraging people to follow
                                                                                                                                  Recently, many bloggers, mostly women wrote about their
                                                                                                                             experiences using an injection named Victoza to achieve drastic
                                                                                                                             weight loss. It has been touted as the new ‘miracle’, claiming to
                                                                                                                             help them lose between five and seven kilograms within two
                                                                                                                             weeks. All bloggers believe it to be safe, with no side effects, sold
                                                                                                                             legally in the pharmacy and approved by the Ministry of Health.
                                                                                                                                  Huda, a 27-years-old, who has been using Victoza injections for
                                                                                                                             two weeks, is satisfied with results. “I tried everything from laser
                                                                                                                             sessions, burning fat and massages to reduce fat, but these did
                                                                                                                             not work. I read the blog and held many discussions about the
                                                                                                                             injection’s efficacy. I called up the clinic, went for a consultation,
                                                                                                                             and then bought the injections from the pharmacy after the doc-
                                                                                                                             tor instructed me on its usage. I lost six kilograms within two
                                                                                                                             weeks,” she told Kuwait Times.
KUWAIT: The Kuwait Harps Team celebrates a recent victory in Dubai.                                                               “I have been taking Victoza three times a week and am happy
                                                                                                                             with the results. I cannot complain about any side effects. I also
By Ben Garcia                                                   Dubai in 2011, but were unsuccessful and did not win         noticed that I do not eat less and feel comfortable. The doctor pre-
                                                                any title. In March 2012, we bagged most of the catego-      scribed a one-month course to follow, and I will visit him again to

    reland’s famous national sporting event ‘Gaelic foot-       ry’s awards plus the championship title. It was a phe-       take tests and review the results. The doctor told me that with
    ball’ is back in Kuwait. In fact, Kuwait Harps Team is in   nomenal event and we won three divisions. It is really a     time, I can reduce the dosage. I think it is great,” added Huda.
    its second year after reestablishing the Gaelic football    major achievement for us,” he added.                              The nurse at the clinic that Huda visited noted that this injec-
team in late 2010. The game was introduced in Kuwait in             During the last period of GAA activity in Kuwait, the    tion has been available in the Kuwaiti market for about two years.
1997, but some players returned to their countries of ori-      Bahrain tournament in 1998 was the most notable in the       However, it recently gained much popularity. “Many patients
gin, (mostly Ireland), leaving a few players behind.            club’s history as Kuwait sent two full men’s teams and       came to the clinic and used Victoza. None of them have any com-
    When Declan Hayes arrived in Kuwait in 2009, he             two full women’s teams to compete. The men reached           plaints. We received positive feedback. The patients achieved
thought of re-introducing the game. It took him almost a        the finals of the senior’s category competition only to be   great results and were satisfied. Also,
year to decide and gather a new group of players. Gaelic        beaten narrowly. The women’s team won the competi-           any patient in doubt can surf
games are sports played in Ireland under the patronage          tion. These teams were built around a very strong nucle-     the Internet and get more infor-
of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). It is not football    us of Irish players based in Kuwait.                         mation about the drug. The doc-
per se, but comes fairly close to the game as players are           With a new generation of players, the club holds         tor will also provide the patient
allowed to kick and play with the ball with both hands          weekly practices every Friday. Kentz Engineering spon-       with a diet chart to ensure that the
and feet. Gaelic football is played by teams of 15 on a         sors a new kit incorporating the new colors of the club      patient is in good condition. Our clinic
rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end.        which are red, yellow and green. A new football kit with     does not provide the injection, the doc-
It can be played by nine players, as is the case in Kuwait      a new crest was developed as well with the help of           tor prescribes it for the patient,”
and the rest of the Gulf due to lack of facilities.             O’Neill’s in Ireland. One thing Kuwait Harps is renowned     she pointed out. She added that
    Though it is Ireland’s national game, it is also popular    for is the international dimension of their squad of play-   it is not mandatory to engage in
in the United Kingdom, Australia and other parts of Asia        ers. “While many other clubs in the Gulf region can          vigorous sporting activities to
and Africa. The primary objective is to score by driving        depend on a strong pool of Irish players, this is not the    improve results. Moderate exer-
the ball through the goals. The team with the highest           case in Kuwait. While a core of the Kuwait Harps club        cises like jogging or walking will
score at the end of the match wins. Almost every district       may be Irish, it relies heavily on the support of players    suffice. She added that only few
and village in Ireland has a team of players, according to      from the international expat community. We also wel-         patients suffered from nausea or
Hayes. Children aged four to seven are inducted into the        come locals who have shown an interest in the game,”         dizziness. Symptoms vary from
game, he said. “That is how the Gaelic football game is         he added.                                                    one patient to another.
spectacular and ever so famous in Ireland,” he said.                The team is being captained by Mick Savage and is             “Victoza is available at our phar-
    Hayes told Kuwait Times that the re-establishment of        set to play in a scheduled tournament in Bahrain in          macy and it costs KD 66 for a pack of
the Gaelic team in Kuwait has been possible with the            November this year. They train once a week to prepare        two. I can sell it even without a doc-
support and assurance of Kentz Engineering. “Without            for the big tournaments. The next season and Bahrain         tor’s prescription. I do not instruct the
their sponsorship, it would have been very difficult for us     tournament preparations will commence in September.          patient how to take it because it is the
to restart again in Kuwait. But with their pioneering ini-      Players include enthusiasts Hayes, Michael McGeough,         doctor that has to do so. The doctor
tiative, we were able to re-introduce the games here. In        Oliver Gardner, Dale Forrester, Lloyd Collins, Adam          should also inform the patient about the
fact, we have been very successful. We just recently won        Martin, Adam Roddy, Brian Martin Harney, Brendan             dosage. I have noticed rising demand for
the championship title in a tournament which took place         Burns, Calum Erskine, Matt Dawson, Niall O’Aihragain,        it and have not received any complaints,”
in Dubai in March,” he beamed.                                  Mohamed Hersi, Hesham Al-Khamis and Padraig Keane            stressed Ashraf, a pharmacist in Kuwait
    Hayes explained that GAA was abandoned in Kuwait            under manager Declan Sawey. For more information             City.
in 2007 due to a lack of interest as a result of the tran-      about Gaelic football, email Hayes at                             But Daliya, a pharmacist in Mishref
sient nature of expat life here in Kuwait, where there is a or “Like” them on Facebook         warned that the medicine is only meant for
constant ebb and flow of Irish people in and out of the         at Kuwait Harps GAA Club.                                    diabetics. “Victoza is a drug for diabetics,
country each year. Despite this, the Irish community has                                                                     especially those who do not respond to
remained vibrant in Kuwait. As a result, once the time                                                                       medications. It is similar to insulin. If a per-
was right to again to establish a GAA club in Kuwait, the                                                                    son who is not diabetic uses it, he or she
Kuwait Irish Society was there to support, resource and                                                                      may suffer from health related complica-
advise about developing a new club.                                                                                          tions because it decreases blood sugar lev-
    The Kuwait Harps Team started with just a handful of                                                                     els, which may be dangerous,” she
players, but now they have the required number of play-                                                                      explained.
ers in one team and will soon establish additional teams
including women’s teams. “We entered a tournament in
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

    Firemen battle huge Subhan blaze
                           Worker dead after inhaling toxic fumes in Salmiya

                                                                                                            Police crack down
                                                                                                             on social groups
                                                                                                        By Sawsan Kazak                                     civil ID card taken away, but it was returned
                                                                                                                                                            the following day,” says Chris. He was very
                                                                                                        KUWAIT: “Due to recent events in Kuwait             disappointed the evening was cut short giv-
                                                                                                        and the deterioration in the general atmos-         en that “Kuwait law and customs were
                                                                                                        phere surrounding the holding of events, I          respectfully honored”.
                                                                                                        have to inform you that a decision has been             “The Ceilidh is a Scottish night for danc-
                                                                                                        taken to cancel the Ceilidh (traditional Irish      ing and eating,” explained a committee
                                                                                                        and Scottish event),” states an email sent by       member of the Kuwait Caledonians who
                                                                                                        one of the committee members of the                 preferred to remain anonymous. He
                                                                                                        Kuwait Caledonians social group. The “dete-         explained that the social group was forced
                                                                                                        rioration in atmosphere” that the email is          to cancel their yearly event with very short
KUWAIT: Firemen fight a blaze in a warehouse in Subhan yesterday.                                       referring to is the OLEK (Organization of           notice due to the new regulations. “The
                                                                                                        Latinos in Kuwait) festival and the ANZAK           hotel told one of the committee members
By Hanan Al-Saadoun                                that the fire resulted from bad storage and a         (Australian, New Zealand Association in             that she had to sign a paper stating that the
                                                   lack of safety precautions.                          Kuwait) Ball that were were cut short by the        event would not have any dancing.
KUWAIT: A huge fire broke out at dawn yes-                                                               CID (Criminal Investigations Department)            Apparently, the new rule is that you cannot
terday in a large 5,000 sq m warehouse in                        Fumes kill builder                     recently.                                           have dancing, explained the committee
Subhan. It contained batteries, kitchen uten-         A worker was killed and three others were            “A few hours into the party that was held        member, adding, “Not much point of hold-
sils, furniture, tyres and lumber, said security   injured after they inhaled toxic fumes while         in a hotel ballroom, CID officers in plain            ing the event if we cannot dance, so we
sources noting that firemen from Subhan and         working on a water reservoir in the basement         clothes showed up,” says Laila, an expat            canceled the whole thing.” The hotel
Mubarak Al-Kabeer rushed to the scene. They        of a building under construction in Salmiya,         that was present at the OLEK event last             attempted to persuade the group to contin-
were later assisted by seven other fire             said security sources. The sources explained         week. She explained that friends at her             ue with the event anyway but they decided
brigades from the national guard, the army,        that a large machine was being used to suck          table told her to grab her stuff and leave,          not to.”They told us to just tell people to
Kuwait Oil Company and the municipality. Six       underground water from the under-construc-           and that is what she did. “I did not know           stop dancing if police showed up, but who
firemen and two army soldiers were injured in       tion reservoir, but it malfunctioned producing       who was going on until I was upstairs, then         wants to hold an event with that over your
the operation. Head of Operations at Kuwait        toxic gas and fumes.                                 my friends told me that they left in a hurry        head?” she said.
airport Essam Al-Zamil said, “Traffic is normal                                                           because they heard that police had arrived              “I think they have changed the rules
and Kuwait International Airport is not affect-                 Beached whale carcass                    and they did not want any problems. Social          recently. This seems to be a new rule
ed by the smoke from the Subhan fire.” Zamil           A dead whale was found washed ashore at           groups in Kuwait are created to give the            because we have held events in October,
said landings and departures were proceed-         Dhubaieya beach, south of Kuwait City. Fahd          members a feeling of home, to let them              December and January,” said the Kuwait
ing as planned. Another fire broke out in a         Al-Dughaim, Ahmadi Municipality Manager,             connect to their roots even when they are           Caledonians’ member. He has been getting
Shuwaikh industrial area carpentry spread          said the carcass was removed and buried in a         miles away, but when they cut our parties           mysterious phone calls asking for details of
over 1,000 sq m, said security sources, noting     landfill site at Abdullah Port.                       short they prevent us from doing that,”             upcoming events but with no follow-up.
                                                                                                        explains Laila. She recalls that nothing hap-       “Recently, because we have been advertiz-
                                                                                                        pened in the party that called for police           ing more, some people have been calling

  Saadoun urges democracy                                                                               intervention and that the OLEK festival had
                                                                                                        been happening for years without incident.
                                                                                                                                                            me with heavy Arab accents asking for
                                                                                                                                                            details about the events but not wanting to
                                                                                                           “I walked out and past the morality              give their information,” the committee
   before Gulf union moves                                                                              police. I walked slowly and just exited the
                                                                                                        hotel,” says Chris, another expat who was
                                                                                                                                                            member said.
                                                                                                                                                                The Kuwait Caledonians are planning a
                                                                                                        attending the Latino festival, adding, “I was       meeting to try to figure out what the future
 Muwaizri defends decision to sack bank chief                                                           upset that I was not able to enjoy a great          is going to be like for the social group if the
By B Izzak                                         councils. Saadoun also lashed out at the GCC         cultural event - it reminded me of home.”           ‘no-dancing’ rule is here to stay. “We are try-
                                                   security pact which Kuwait has refused to            Chris wanted to stay at the party but the           ing to figure out where we go from here,”
KUWAIT: National Assembly Speaker Ahmad            sign because some of its provisions violate          sudden appearance of the “morality police”          the committee member says. He believes
Al-Saadoun said yesterday that all members         articles of the Kuwaiti Constitution, especially     as he calls them put a damper on his night          that if the new regulations are going to con-
of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should       extradition of citizens which is banned by the       and he wanted to avoid any trouble. “I was          tinue to be implemented, future events are
respect human rights and public freedoms,          constitution. He said that it was reported that      told that the organizer of the event had her        going to have to be held at the embassy.
including popular participation before they        the interior ministers of the GCC states have
develop the GCC into a union. In statements        approved the security pact in principle,
posted on his Twitter account, Saadoun said
that the GCC states are left with no choice but
                                                   adding that Kuwait must not accept the pact.
                                                   The Speaker added that the pact requires             PM heads privatization council
to develop the council into an advanced form       member states to extradite suspects on issues      KUWAIT: HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber            privatization program aims to bolster the com-
of a union in order to confront challenges         that are not punishable by law by a particular     Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah headed yesterday            petitiveness of local companies to improve the
threatening the existence of its member            country, and is punishable under the other
                                                                                                      at Seif Palace the first meeting of the Kuwait         quality of their products, create job opportuni-
states.                                            country’s law.
    The Gulf union, a proposal floated by               In another development, State Minister for     Supreme Council of Privatization. Addressing          ties, end government control of different eco-
Saudi Arabia a few months ago, is inevitable       Housing and Chairman of the state-owned            the council members the premier underlined            nomic activities and increase the contributions
amid fast-paced regional and international         Savings and Credit Bank Shuaib Al-Muwaizri         the important role of the council in regulating       by citizens to the economy,” he said.
changes, Saadoun said. “But it is also             strongly defended his decision to sack the         the state agencies’ privatization plans. “Kuwait is       The prime minister said the privatization pro-
inevitable that such a development in rela-        director general of the bank Salah Al-Mudaf        facing great challenges to end its economic           grams have to protect the rights of Kuwaiti
tions is achieved only among similar regimes       yesterday. Muwaizri said his removal was tak-      dependence on oil revenues and move to a              employees and help them upgrade their skills to
that are open to their peoples, especially in      en following serious violations committed by       diverse economy based on evenhanded cooper-           cope with the market demands, and take the
respecting human rights and public free-           Mudhaf. The minister’s decision was criticized     ation between the private and public sectors to       necessary measures to oblige the private sector
doms,” he said. Public freedoms should             by MPs Mohammad Al-Sager and Ahmad Lari            implement the desire of His Highness the Amir         to protect the environment and raise the quality
include “freedom of expression and the right       who said that the decision was politically-        Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to            of products. He called for launching an aware-
to popular participation in decision making        motivated and based on personal reasons,
                                                                                                      turn Kuwait into a financial and commercial            ness campaign to introduce the advantages of
which we hope will happen soon in all the          adding that it violated the regulations in
GCC states so that the union can be realized       Kuwait because Mudaf was appointed by an           hub,” Sheikh Jaber said.                              the privatization program to the people to
under its umbrella,” Saadoun said.                 Amiri decree and can be removed only by a              He pointed out that the state aims to help        assuage any of their fears. Minister of Public
    The GCC comprises Bahrain, Kuwait,             similar decree. Muwaizri, however, insisted        the private sector lead the Kuwaiti economy in        Works, Minister of State for Planning and
Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United           that he only apply the law and if the two MPs      the near future. Sheikh Jaber said the Supreme        Development and member of the privatization
Arab Emirates, with only the first two coun-        believe that they were right, they should “grill   Council of Privatization will steer the restructur-   council Fadhel Safar said the council signals an
tries having an elected parliament. The rest       me in the National Assembly to learn the true      ing process of state-owned companies to               important step forward towards addressing
have appointed or partially-elected Shura          picture”.                                          achieve the aspired economic progress. “The           Kuwait’s main economic problems.
 FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

   Death toll mounts                                             Egypt                                                                 Mladic trial
   as troops pound                                               Brotherhood goes                                                      halted over


                                                                 into election

RIYADH: Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa (center) arrives to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in this file photo. — AFP

  Bahrain warns Iran against interference
                  Tehran urges Bahrainis to protest Saudi-Bahrain union
DUBAI: Bahrain yesterday warned Iran to          state-backed protests, urged citizens to
stop interfering in its internal affairs while
affirming its support for a union between
                                                 protest against what they called “the
                                                 American plan to annex Bahrain to Saudi              News
the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation          Arabia and express their anger against the                   in brief
Council. Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin      lackey regimes of Al-Khalifa and Al-Saud.”
Ahmad Al-Khalifa made the remarks a day          The calls for protest came after Tehran                        Bomb threat on flight                          Mary Kennedy found dead
after Iran called on its people to protest       warned that Riyadh’s plans to form a union        ISLAMABAD: A bomb threat delayed a                 NEW YORK: Mary Kennedy, the estranged
against the union that Gulf officials say will   with Manama would deepen the crisis in            Pakistani passenger flight bound for Dubai by      wife of Robert F Kennedy Jr, was found dead
start with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.             Bahrain, where dozens of people, mostly           four hours yesterday, with officials clearing it   on Wednesday at her home in a New York
    “The union... is a demand by the people      Shiites, have been killed in violence since       to take off after searches found no explosive      City suburb, an officer at the Westchester
of the GCC,” Sheikh Khaled said according        February 2011.                                    device on board. The Pakistan International        County Medical Examiner’s Office said. She
to the official BNA news agency, adding             Saudi Arabia had earlier told Iran to keep     Airlines (PIA) flight was preparing for a sched-   was 52. Mary Kennedy had four children with
that Bahrain “rejects Iranian interference in    out of its relations with Bahrain, a Shiite-      uled 11:00 am departure from Lahore when           Kennedy, the son of the late Senator Robert F
the affairs of the kingdom.” The minister        majority but Sunni-ruled kingdom.                 an anonymous caller rang the airport claim-        Kennedy and nephew of President John F
said that “every once in a while, we hear        Bahrain’s Shiite-led opposition meanwhile         ing there was a bomb on board. “The plane          Kennedy. He is a prominent New York envi-
Iranian claims that Bahrain is the 14th gov-     has called for protests today against the         has been thoroughly searched and no bomb           ronmentalist. “We deeply regret the death of
ernorate” of the Islamic republic and that       union with Saudi Arabia. Tensions have            was found, it has taken off at 3:00 pm,” Hasan     our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and
Bahrainis want to “return to the mother-         escalated between Iran and its Gulf Arab          said. Civil Aviation Authority spokesman           creative spirit will be sorely missed by those
land.” “This meddling and this Iranian           neighbors since a Saudi-led Gulf force            Pervez George said all threats had to be tak-      who loved her,” Mary Kennedy’s family said
stance is not just directed against Bahrain,     rolled into Sunni-ruled Bahrain in March          en seriously although most turned out to be        in a statement released by her lawyer. It
                                                                                                   hoaxes. Pakistan’s aviation industry has been      made no reference to the cause of death. Her
but against everybody” in the Gulf bloc.         2011 to boost the kingdom’s security forces
                                                                                                   in the spotlight after a Boeing 737 from the       body was discovered by police in a building
    Sheikh Khaled accused Iran of stoking        which then crushed a month-old Shiite-led         private airline Bhoja Air crashed near             at the Kennedy property in Mount Kisco,
tensions with its Arab neighbors, warning        uprising against the regime. Shiite-domi-         Islamabad on April 20, killing all 127 people      according to a police statement, which did
the Islamic republic would suffer the “con-      nated Iran has repeatedly voiced support          on board. Last month, a PIA jet was forced to      not identify the deceased directly. The med-
sequences of these interventions.” On            for the protests in Bahrain and strongly          land shortly after takeoff from Karachi after a    ical examiner’s office confirmed the identity
Wednesday, Iran’s Islamic Propagation            condemned the deployment of Saudi-led             passenger made a hijack threat.                    as Mary Kennedy.
Coordination Council, which organizes            forces.— AFP
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

    Syrian troops pound rebel bastion
                                                                                                         DAMASCUS: Syrian forces sent shells crash-              (Annan) what this is about” when he next vis-
                                                                                                         ing into rebel stronghold Rastan yesterday, a           its Syria. Assad denounced the armed opposi-
                                                                                                         watchdog said, hours after President Bashar             tion as a gang of “criminals” who he said con-
                                                                                                         Al-Assad branded the armed opposition as                tained religious extremists, including mem-
                                                                                                         “criminals” infiltrated by Al-Qaeda. Rami               bers of Al-Qaeda. He also said many “foreign
                                                                                                         Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for              mercenaries” from Arab states fighting for the
                                                                                                         Human Rights said at least 30 shells smashed            rebels had been killed.
                                                                                                         into Rastan in a 10-minute period after mid-                Russia, a key ally of Assad’s regime, cau-
                                                                                                         night, and urged UN observers monitoring a              tioned Western powers on Thursday against
                                                                                                         shaky truce to immediately rush to the town             launching “hasty” wars that could lead to the
                                                                                                         in central Homs province. “The army is trying           rise of radical Islamist factions and all-out
                                                                                                         to gradually destroy Rastan,” Abdel Rahman              regional war. “The consequence of hasty mili-
                                                                                                         said. Rastan has for months been the focus of           tary operations in foreign states usually
                                                                                                         an offensive by the regime as it attempts to            means that radicals come to power,” Russia’s
                                                                                                         regain control of the town, defended by the             premier and former president Dmitry
                                                                                                         largest concentration of rebel soldiers in the          Medvedev told a televised forum in Saint
                                                                                                         country and encircled by the army. On                   Petersburg. “And sometimes these actions-
                                                                                                         Monday, the UN Supervisory Mission in Syria             which undermine state sovereignty-could
                                                                                                         (UNSMIS) reported heavy fighting near                   result in a fully-fledged regional war,” he said,
                                                                                                         Rastan, where activists said at least 23 soldiers       in clear reference to Moscow’s current stand-
                                                                                                         and seven civilians died in fierce clashes              off with the West over Syria.
HAMA: An image grab from video footage shows the body of a Syrian                                        between government forces and rebels. The                   Syria-linked violence flared again yester-
victim of recent violence in Khan Sheikhun. — AFP                                                        Britain-based Observatory alleged regime                day in the north Lebanon port city of Tripoli,
                                                                                                         troops had this week carried out two “mas-              where one person was killed and seven
                                                                                                         sacres” of civilians-one in Homs city in which          wounded, a security official said. The sectari-
  Iran flouts UN sanctions,                                                                              15 civilians were “summarily executed” and
                                                                                                         another in the town of Khan Sheikhun, in Idlib
                                                                                                                                                                 an clashes erupted in the neighborhoods of
                                                                                                                                                                 Bab Al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen and saw
                                                                                                         province, when they gunned down 20 people               both sides using rockets and machineguns,
    sends weapons to Syria                                                                               at a funeral procession.                                the official said. Jabal Mohsen is populated
                                                                                                            Clashes across Syria continue despite an             mainly by Alawites loyal to the regime of
 Tehran seeking banned nuclear items                                                                     April 12 truce brokered by UN-Arab League               Assad, who belongs to the same Shiite
                                                                                                         envoy Kofi Annan as part of a six-point plan            Muslim sect, while Bab Al-Tebbaneh residents
UNITED NATIONS: Syria remains the top des-           tion. It was unclear how long it would take         aimed at ending violence that has swept Syria           support the opposition seeking to oust the
tination for Iranian arms shipments in viola-        the committee to pass the report to the             since March 2011, when the uprising against             president.
tion of a UN Security Council ban on                 Security Council. Last year’s expert panel          President Bashar Al-Assad erupted. Assad, in                Clashes between residents of the two dis-
weapons exports by the Islamic Republic,             report on Iran was never made public                an interview with Russian state news channel            tricts earlier this week left nine people dead
according to a confidential report on Iran           because Russia blocked its publication.             Rossia-24, on Wednesday accused the West of             and sparked fears the revolt in Syria could
sanctions-busting seen by Reuters on                                                                     ignoring violence by “terrorists” and said he           engulf its tiny neighbor. Highlighting divi-
Wednesday. Iran, like Russia, is one of Syria’s                 CIRCUMVENT SANCTIONS                     would demand an explanation from Annan                  sions within the Local Coordination
few allies as it presses ahead with a 14-month           The report also discusses Iran’s attempts to    when he visits Damascus later this month.               Committees, a network of activists on the
old assault on opposition forces determined          circumvent sanctions on its nuclear program            He complained that, since the arrival of the         ground in Syria, threatened yesterday to pull
to oust Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.            but notes that the four rounds of punitive          UN observers there had been an increase in              out of the main opposition bloc over its
News of the panel’s report came as Tehran            measures the 15-nation Security Council             “terrorist attacks” despite a reduction in              “monopolization” of power. The threat came
and the UN International Atomic Energy               imposed on Iran between 2006 and 2010 are           “direct confrontation” between government               after Paris-based academic Burhan Ghalioun
Agency try narrow their differences on how to        having an impact. “Sanctions are slowing            forces and their foes. “The West only talks             was re-elected head of the Syrian National
tackle concerns over Iran’s atomic program,          Iran’s procurement of some critical items           about violence, violence on the government              Coalition in the face of some opposition with-
and as Iran prepares for talks with the five         required for its prohibited nuclear program,”       side. There is not a word about the terrorists.         in the group and rules that require the presi-
permanent council members and Germany in             it said. “At the same time prohibited activities    We are still waiting,” he said. “I will ask him         dent’s rotation every three months. —AFP
Iraq next week.                                      continue, including uranium enrichment.”
    The new report, submitted by a panel of          Among the items Iran has attempted to pro-
sanctions-monitoring experts to the Security         cure for its nuclear program, the panel said,
Council’s Iran sanctions committee, said the
panel investigated three large illegal ship-
                                                     were nuclear-grade graphite, high-strength
                                                     aluminum, aluminum, powder, specialized
                                                                                                                  American jihadi craves
ments of Iranian weapons over the past year.
“Iran has continued to defy the international
                                                     alloys, maraging steel, carbon fiber, magnets,
                                                     vacuum pumps, turbines, electrical switch-
                                                                                                                  fast food, misses family
community through illegal arms shipments,”           boards and helium gas detectors.                      NAIROBI: Top in Bible school, missing his             charges, has issued previous videos calling for
it stated. “Two of these cases involved (Syria),         “The Panel identifies the acquisition of          family, and craving Chinese takeaways: an             foreign recruits, including singing rap songs
as were the majority of cases inspected by the       high-grade carbon fiber as one of a number            American extremist in Somalia’s Al-Qaeda              praising jihad.
Panel during its previous mandate, under-            of critical items Iran requires for the develop-      affiliated rebels recounts his life in an autobi-         “I am not simply a disenfranchised foreign-
scoring that Syria continues to be the central       ment of more advanced centrifuges,” the               ography he has penned. Titled “The Story of           er who is jealous of America,” the 28-year old
party to illicit Iranian arms transfers.”            report said, adding that nations should be on         An American Jihadi” and posted on Islamist            said, writing thousands of miles from the
    The third shipment involved rockets that         alert for illicit attempts to acquire such items.     websites, the book claims to be written by            small town of Daphne, Alamaba where he
Britain said last year were headed for Taleban       Iran rejects allegations by Western nations           Alabama-born Omar Hammami-better                      grew up. “The real fear that Americans feel
fighters in Afghanistan. “The Panel recom-           and their allies that it is secretly developing       known as Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki (the                   when they see an American in Somalia talking
mends the designation (blacklisting) of two          the capability to produce nuclear weapons. It         American). If confirmed, the book-signed by           about jihad, is not how skillful he is at sneak-
entities related to these interdictions,” it said.   has refused to suspend its enrichment pro-            Amriki “still alive and well” on May 16 would         ing back across the borders with nuclear
“The report also takes note of information           gram as demanded by the Security Council              be the first confirmation he is alive after a furi-   weapons,” he added. “The Americans fear
concerning arms shipments by Iran to other           despite being hit with increasingly draconian         ous dispute with Shebab leaders. In March, he         that their cultural barrier has been broken,
destinations.” The kinds of arms that Iran was       UN and various national sanctions.                    issued a video warning he feared he would be          and now jihad has become a normal career
attempting to send to Syria before the ship-             The report said Iran has been trying to cir-      killed.                                               choice of any youthful American Muslim.”
ments were seized by Turkish authorities             cumvent UN and other unilateral sanctions on              “I guess I hope that Muslims around the           Britain’s security think tank, the Royal United
included assault rifles, machine guns, explo-        financial firms by using correspondence               world also take my life as an example,” he            Services Institute, estimates the total number
sives, detonators, 60mm and 120mm mortal             banking relationships with institutions not           wrote in the book, detailing his time along-          of foreign fighters within the Shebab to be
shells and other items, the panel said.              under sanctions, and appears to be relying on         side Somali fighters as well as insurgents from       around 200. He explains he wrote the book
    The most recent incident described in the        Iranians abroad to carry out such transfers.          the US, Britain, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia, Jordan.       because the “war of narratives has become
report was an arms shipment discovered in a          Transfer traffic has risen sharply, it said. The      “Not that I’m extremely special, but then             even more important than the war of navies,
truck that Turkey seized on its border with          panel said it had received information about a        again I haven’t seen too many middle class            napalm and knives.” Detailing his upbringing
Syria in February. Turkey announced last year        small firm set up abroad by an Iranian nation-        ‘white guys’ from Alabama in jihad these              by a southern Baptist mother with Irish roots
that it was imposing an arms embargo on              al that was involved in funds transfers to vari-      days. Hopefully others will say to themselves: I      and a Muslim father with a Syrian back-
Syria. Diplomats said that the panel’s draft         ous recipients worldwide. The firm, which the         can do that too!” Amriki, who has reportedly          ground, Amriki documents teenage crushes
report may be changed by the Security                report did not identify, had processed trans-         been based in anarchic Somalia since late             on girls, deer hunting, and how he was once
Council’s Iran sanctions committee before it is      fers amounting to some $11 billion over an            2006 and is wanted by the US on terrorism             “the best student in Bible school.”— AFP
submitted to the council itself for considera-       18-month period, it said. — Reuters
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                    In Egypt’s vote, revolutionaries lack a candidate
              CAIRO: A black smoke covered Cairo’s Tahrir Square.         ate a cohesive political movement. And the turmoil                stability amid the turmoil and economic woes has
              Around a dozen protesters who had been holding a            turned sections of the population against them, guid-             vaulted two former regime figures to front-runner sta-
              weekslong sit-in demanding an end to military rule          ed by a persistent military line that the protesters              tus - ex-foreign minister Amr Moussa and ex-prime
              had come to the conclusion their gathering was use-         were to blame for chaos.                                          minister Ahmed Shafiq. The latest polls have them
              less. So over the weekend, they splashed gas on their          “We are left with an orphaned revolution. The peo-             slightly on top, though the polls’ reliability is unknown.
              tents and banners, burned them to ashes and left. Last      ple don’t know what the revolution wants to do,” said             Religious constituencies have elevated two Islamists:
              year, Tahrir was the icon on the revolution, where          Rami Sabri, a member of the Popular Socialist Alliance,           the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi and a
              hundreds of thousands massed daily in the uprising          a newly formed party. Support from Egyptians craving              moderate, Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh.—AP
              that ousted longtime authoritarian ruler Hosni
              Mubarak in the name of democracy. Now, it has seen
              better days, dirty and littered with trash. Street ven-
              dors sell everything from sandwiches to socks during
              the day. At night, young men peddle hashish.
                  Ahead of Egypt’s historic election for a new presi-
              dent next week, Tahrir Square’s woes reflect the disar-
              ray of the protest movement that called for a demo-
              cratic transformation in the Arab world’s most popu-
              lous nation. The revolutionary leaders, largely secular
              and leftist, have no viable candidate in the race.
              Instead, the vote has boiled down to a choice
              between former members of Mubarak’s regime, who
              the revolutionaries believe will keep the old system
              intact and will not challenge the military’s grip on pol-
              itics, and Islamists, who they worry will impose an
              equally authoritarian system but based on religion.
                  The youth groups behind the revolution are left
              divided and muddled over the election and how to
              handle the post-election era. Some groups call for a
              boycott of the vote. Many in the movement believe
              that the real confrontations are still to come when
              they press their agenda on whatever new govern-
              ment emerges. But they are divided even on how to
              do that. Some question the reliance on protests since
              Mubarak’s fall. Activists staged multiple protests in
              Tahrir the past year that repeatedly turned in to           CAIRO: A huge advertisement billboard with a portrait of former Arab League General Secretary and presi-
              bloody clashes with police and the military. But they       dential candidate Amr Mussa is seen in Cairo. The first round of Egypt’s upcoming elections will take place
              often failed to reach a unified list of demands or cre-     on May 23 and 24. — AFP

 Egypt Brotherhood                                                           Yemen’s secessionists
  goes into election
     hamstrung                                                               vow to crush Islamists
 CAIRO: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has activated its formi-
 dable grassroots ahead of next week’s presidential vote, but
                                                                               World urged to wake up to Qaeda ‘plague’
 the Islamists may have hemorrhaged the support that                 BEIRUT: Foreign governments should back secessionists who                   abortive attacks the group has planned on US and Saudi targets
 helped them take parliament earlier this year. Pressed in by        want to recreate the vanished state of south Yemen, because it              from Yemen since 2009. Another group, Ansar Al-Sharia, flies Al-
 the military rulers who took charge after president Hosni           would crush the Islamist militants who have taken over much of              Qaeda’s flag over swathes of southern Yemen it seized from gov-
 Mubarak’s ouster last year, and facing an electorate impa-          the region, a secessionist leader said on Wednesday. In an inter-           ernment forces as the uprising gained force last year, and in
 tient with the weak parliament’s performance, the Islamists         view late on Wednesday, Ali Salem Al-Beidh, last president of the           March routed Yemeni troops attempting to retake them. Its
 are desperate for executive power. “They created the circum-        socialist southern state whose 1990 union with the north crum-              advance drew charges that Saleh - long a key to US “counter-ter-
 stances by which they got burned,” said analyst Michael             bled into civil war four years later, said the united Yemeni state          rorism” strategy - had ceded territory to create an enemy he
 Wahid Hanna with US think tank The Century Foundation.              now fighting Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists was too dysfunctional to             would be needed to fight. Beidh cited the use of Islamists against
 “They went along with the military transitional plan that           salvage.                                                                    the south in the civil war as proof of a long-standing relationship.
 increased the military’s power, and they stayed silent with a           “It’s a collection of tribal, military, and security cliques fighting   “This force doesn’t just threaten us; it threatens neighboring
 few exceptions because they saw the military as hastening           over who’ll hold power,” Beidh said of the state led by President           countries and shipping in the Arabian Sea and any aspiration to
 their electoral victories,” he said.                                Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who succeeded Ali Abdullah Saleh in                 civilization,” he said. “We want international and regional powers
     Many voters may not sympathize with the fact that it is         February after a year of unrest. “They are not capable of building          to wake up to this fact and back us in confronting Al-Qaeda, to
 ultimately the ruling council of generals that decides policy,      a democratic, civil state. The northern mentality cannot live with-         deliver our country from this plague,” he said. “With a little inter-
 he added. In the run up to the legislative elections, the           in a state, whereas the mentality of the south cannot live without          national support we could finish off Al-Qaeda.”
 Muslim Brotherhood alienated other parties by breaking a            one.” Secessionist sentiment is rising in the south, where Al Hiraak            Beidh, who has been in exile in Germany and Oman since
 pledge to contest no more than half the seats and ending up         Al Junuubi, a loose secessionist movement, sprang up in 2006-7              Saleh’s troops crushed southern forces in the civil war, said Hiraak
 dominating parliament and senate, which they found to be            around cashiered southern army officers. It leads a protest cam-            forces were playing a role among regional militia now fighting
 largely powerless. After last February, with both houses            paign that security forces have countered with force and, accord-           Ansar Al-Sharia in southern Abyan province. Hadi’s government
 under control, the Brotherhood then tried to dominate a             ing to Hiraak activists, arrests and torture.                               has launched an offensive against Ansar Al-Sharia in Abyan, with
 constituent assembly boycotted by liberals, Coptic Christians           Beidh represents a hard line in the Hiraak which wants the              some participation by military trainers from the United States,
 and the influential Sunni Muslim Al-Azhar institute.                south to be recognized as the sovereign state it was before 1990            which has accelerated its campaign of assassinations by drone
     A court ruled the panel illegal and now parliament must         in talks over the future disposition of Yemen. Others suggest 3-5           strike since Hadi took office. Beidh acknowledged splits in the
 elect a new one. The Islamists’ pressure on the ruling military     years of federal rule before a referendum on separation. Germany            southern movement, but said there was consensus on the goal of
 to sack its government and allow the Brotherhood’s political        is involved in efforts to coax southerners to take part in a national       resurrecting a state which once had relatively strong institutions
 arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), to pick a cabinet         dialogue prescribed by the Gulf-brokered deal that saw Saleh                and better standards of education and development than most
 also led nowhere. “All they see is the Brotherhood unable to        give up power. Those talks would address southern grievances                Arab countries.
 do anything, involved in sideshows, not engaging in policy          within the framework of a unified Yemen.                                        “Ninety percent of southerners, whatever their political affilia-
 making and in fact screwing things up,” Hanna said.                     The uprising last year saw the military split into pro- and anti-       tions, are in agreement about getting back their state, not seces-
 Mahmud Ghozlan, a member of the Brotherhood’s executive             Saleh factions that fought each other and tribal militias, raising US       sion, because we offered it up voluntarily in service of a greater
 bureau, said the movement was forced to put forward a can-          and Saudi fears of civil war and a collapse of the state which              project, and have been occupied since,” he said. He said he was
 didate-breaking a previous vow-after it realized that it could      would embolden the Yemeni franchise of Al-Qaeda. US officials               open to support from the region to advance that cause, including
 not implement its program through parliament.                       say they recently thwarted a plot by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian                from Iran, which the United States has accused of meddling in
                                                                     Peninsula (AQAP) to bomb an airliner, the latest in a string of             southern Yemen to expand its influence. —Reuters
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

  Terror law violates 1st
   Amendment: US judge
                                                                      2 Mexican generals
 NEW YORK: A judge on Wednesday struck down a por-
 tion of a law giving the government wide powers to regu-
 late the detention, interrogation and prosecution of sus-
                                                                      linked to drug gang
 pected terrorists, saying it left journalists, scholars and
 political activists facing the prospect of indefinite deten-                    Highest level military scandal
 tion for exercising First Amendment rights. US District         MEXICO CITY: Investigators are questioning Mexico’s former                   “After 2006, they were more directly involved in public security,
 Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said in a written          deputy defense minister and a top army general for suspected              putting them at a higher risk of contact (with drug gangs),” he said.
 ruling that a single page of the law has a “chilling impact     links to organized crime, in the highest level scandal to hit the mili-
 on First Amendment rights.”                                     tary in the five-year-old drug war. Mexican soldiers have detained                             PAST ARMY CORRUPTION
     She cited testimony by journalists that they feared         retired general Tomas Angeles Dauahare and general Roberto                    About 55,000 people have been killed in drug violence over the
 their association with certain individuals overseas could       Dawe Gonzalez and turned them over to the country’s organized             past five years as rival cartels fight each other and government
 result in their arrest because a provision of the law sub-      crime unit, military and government officials said. Angeles               forces. Worsening drug-related attacks in major cities are eroding
 jects to indefinite detention anyone who “substantially”        Dauahare was No 2 in the armed forces under President Felipe              support for Calderon’s conservative National Action Party, or PAN,
 or “directly” provides “support” to forces such as Al-          Calderon and helped lead the government’s crackdown on drug               ahead of a July 1 presidential vote. Over the weekend, police found
 Qaeda or the Taleban. She said the wording was too              cartels after soldiers were deployed to the streets in late 2006. He      49 headless bodies on a highway in northern Mexico, the latest in a
 vague and encouraged Congress to change it. “An indi-           retired in 2008.                                                          recent series of brutal massacres where mutilated corpses have
 vidual could run the risk of substantially supporting or            Dawe Gonzalez, still an active duty general, led an elite army        been hung from bridges or shoved in iceboxes. Opinion polls show
 directly supporting an associated force without even            unit in the western state of Colima and local media said he previ-        Calderon’s party is trailing by double digits behind opposition can-
 being aware that he or she was doing so,” the judge said.       ously held posts in the violent states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. An       didate Enrique Pena Nieto from the Institutional Revolutionary
     She said the law also gave the government authority         official at the attorney general’s office, speaking on condition of       Party, or PRI, which says the government’s drug strategy is failing.
 to move against individuals who engage in political             anonymity, said the generals would be held for several days to give           Traditionally, the military has been seen as less susceptible to
 speech with views that “may be extreme and unpopular            testimony and then could be called in front of a judge. “The gener-       cartel bribes and intimidation than badly paid local and state police
 as measured against views of an average individual.             als are answering questions because they are allegedly tied to            forces, who are often easily swayed by drug gang pay offs. But
 “That, however, is precisely what the First Amendment           organized crime,” an official at the attorney general’s office said, on   there have been cases of military corruption in the past. Angeles
 protects,” Forrest wrote. She called the fears of journalists   condition of anonymity.                                                   Dauahare himself oversaw the landmark trial of two generals con-
 in particular real and reasonable, citing testimony at a            Angeles Dauahare said through a lawyer that his detention was         victed of working with drug gangs in 2002. Those two generals
 March hearing by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist              unjustified, daily Reforma newspaper reported. If the generals were       were convicted of links to the Juarez cartel once headed by the late
 Christopher Hedges, who has interviewed Al-Qaeda                convicted of drug trafficking, it would mark the most serious case        Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who was known as the “Lord of the Skies”
 members, conversed with members of the Taleban dur-             of military corruption during Calderon’s administration.                  for flying plane loads of cocaine into the United States. Since then,
 ing speaking engagements overseas and reported on 17            “Traditionally the armed forces had a side role in the anti-drug          the Sinaloa cartel - headed by Mexico’s most wanted man Joaquin
 groups named on a list prepared by the State Department         fight, eradicating drug crops or stopping drug shipments,” said           “Shorty” Guzman - has expanded its power and is locked in a
 of known terrorist organizations.                               Alejandro Hope, a security analyst who formerly worked in the gov-        bloody battle over smuggling routes with the Zetas gang, founded
     He testified that the law has led him to consider alter-    ernment intelligence agency.                                              by deserters from the Mexican army. — Reuters
 ing speeches where members of Al-Qaeda or the Taleban
 might be present. Hedges called Forrest’s ruling “a
 tremendous step forward for the restoration of due
 process and the rule of law.” He said: “Ever since the law
 has come out, and because the law is so amorphous, the
 problem is you’re not sure what you can say, what you
 can do and what context you can have.” Hedges was
 among seven individuals and one organization that chal-
 lenged the law with a January lawsuit. The National
 Defense Authorization Act was signed into law in
 December, allowing for the indefinite detention of US cit-
 izens suspected of terrorism.
     Wednesday’s ruling does not affect another part of the
 law that enables the United States to indefinitely detain
 members of terrorist organizations, and the judge said
 the government has other legal authority it can use to
 detain those who support terrorists. A message left
 Wednesday with a spokeswoman for government lawyers
 was not immediately returned. Bruce Afran, a lawyer for
 the plaintiffs, called the ruling a “great victory for free
 speech.” “She’s held that the government cannot subject
 people to indefinite imprisonment for engaging in
 speech, journalism or advocacy, regardless of how
 unpopular those ideas might be to some people,” he said.
     Attorney Carl Mayer, speaking for plaintiffs at oral        KUALA LUMPUR: Mexican brothers Simon Gonzalez Villarreal (left) and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal cover their faces from
 arguments earlier this year, had noted that even                media as they leave the courtroom in police custody after a verdict in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Three Mexican brothers were
 President Barack Obama expressed reservations about             sentenced to hang in Malaysia on drug trafficking charges in the climax of a long-running trial that followed their 2008 arrest
 certain aspects of the bill when he signed it into law.         at an alleged drugs factory. — AFP
 After the ruling, Mayer called on the Obama administra-
 tion to drop its decision to enforce the law. He also called
 on Congress to change it “to make it the law of the land
 that US citizens are entitled to trial by jury. They are not
                                                                      Castro’s daughter Mariela to visit US
 subject to military detention, policing and tribunals, all      HAVANA: Cuban President Raul Castro’s daughter is scheduled to            ple who study Latin America, said she was registered to attend
 the things we fought a revolution to make sure would            visit California next week to speak at a conference of experts on         the conference, scheduled for the speech and likely has a visa. In
 never happen in this land.”                                     Latin America during a rare US trip by a member of Cuba’s ruling          Washington, US Senator Robert Menendez, an anti-Castro Cuban
     The government had argued that the law did not              family. Sexologist Mariela Castro, 50, will discuss Cuba’s policies       exile, said in a statement he was “disappointed by the decision to
                                                                 on sexual issues on May 24 at a Latin American Studies                    give Mariela Castro a visa and questioned whether the govern-
 change the practices of the United States since the Sept.
                                                                 Association (LASA) conference in San Francisco, an association            ment had the authority to do so.
 11 terrorist attacks and that the plaintiffs did not have
                                                                 spokesman said on Wednesday. Mariela Castro heads the com-                    “”Ms. Castro is a vociferous advocate of the (Castro) regime and
 legal standing to sue. In March, the judge seemed sympa-        munist island nation’s National Center for Sex Education and is an        opponent of democracy, who has defended the regime’s brutal
 thetic to the government’s arguments until she asked a          outspoken advocate for gay rights. Her father Raul Castro, 80,            repression of democracy activists,” the New Jersey Democrat said.
 government attorney if he could assure the plaintiffs that      took over as president four years ago from his ailing older brother       “Neither the United States Government nor the Latin American
 they would not face detention under the law for their           Fidel Castro, who ruled the island for 49 years after taking power        Studies Association should be in the business of providing a totali-
 work. She wrote Wednesday that the failure of the gov-          in a 1959 revolution.                                                     tarian regime, like the one in Cuba, with a platform from which to
 ernment to make such a representation required her to               A US State Department spokesman in Washington refused to              espouse its twisted rhetoric,” Menendez added. Menendez said a
 assume that government takes the position that the law          confirm during a briefing whether Mariela Castro had been grant-          US presidential proclamation prohibited travel visas for members
 covers “a wide swath of expressive and associational con-       ed a visa to visit the country, which has been Cuba’s ideological         of Cuba’s government or its Communist Party. A State Department
 duct.”— AP                                                      foe for more than half a century. The spokesman for LASA, an              spokesman told Reuters in an email the same proclamation “pro-
                                                                 international group based at the University of Pittsburgh for peo-        vided authority for granting exceptions.—Reuters
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

       North Korea building reactor
WASHINGTON: North Korea appears to be moving ahead
with the building of a light-water reactor that could be used
to support its nuclear weapons program, according to satellite
images released Wednesday. The signs of progress come
amid fears that the secretive communist state is planning a
new nuclear test, although experts said that the new reactor is
likely still years away from being operational. Commercial
satellite images, taken on April 30 and analyzed by Johns
Hopkins University’s US-Korea Institute, showed advances at
the site of a new reactor at the Yongbyon complex with
added concrete, steel and roof work. “It appears that the
North may now be nearing completion of the reactor contain-
ment building,” said a blog entry on the institute’s website,
   The construction of the reactor, along with a uranium
enrichment plant, “is an important indication of the North’s
intention to move forward with the expansion of its nuclear
weapons stockpile in the future,” it said. But it said the facility
was unlikely to be operational before 2014 or 2015 as North
Korea would still need to install heavy equipment including a
turbine generator. North Korea first disclosed construction on
a new reactor in 2010 to visiting US scientists and also showed
them a uranium enrichment plant that was said to produce
low-enriched fuel for the new facility.
   While both were ostensibly for civilian power, the enrich-
ment plant could be converted to produce highly enriched
uranium for bombs. Scientists say that the light water reactor
could also be run to produce plutonium. North Korea, whose
nuclear program is based on plutonium, has tested two
nuclear bombs and has hinted that it may conduct a third
explosion. Young leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime said it would
suspend nuclear and missile tests along with uranium enrich-
ment under a February 29 deal with the United States. But the
agreement quickly collapsed after North Korea launched a
rocket on April 13 in what US officials believe was a disguised,               KABUL: Mohammed Jawad, 60, sells eggs on a road in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday.— AP
albeit unsuccessful, missile test.—AFP

  With US shift to Asia,                                                    NATO’s rush for exit
   NATO faces new era
  WASHINGTON: With its focus shifting to Asia, the United
                                                                            risks Afghan collapse
  States will seek a less dominant role in NATO in the future but
  will still turn to European allies “when the chips are down,”
  experts say. Washington’s emphasis on the Asia-Pacific
                                                                                  Suicide squad kills 7, injures 12
  region does not render NATO irrelevant but the change sig-          KABUL: NATO’s rush to get out of a             but retreating from Afghanistan,” an         Afghan police uniforms and wearing sui-
  nals a new era in which European states will have to be ready       “quagmire” in Afghanistan risks the col-       ISAF      spokesman,         Lieutenant      cide vests stormed a government com-
  to manage security problems in their neighborhood without           lapse of the state and strategic failure       Commander Brian Badura said. “The evi-       pound yesterday, killing seven people
  expecting the American military to lead the way as in the           for the Western alliance in its decade-        dence of the long-term commitment to         and wounding 12 others in the south-
  past. As NATO gathers for a summit Sunday and Monday in             long war, a former EU adviser has              Afghanistan, particularly in this past       west, police said. The four attackers tar-
  Chicago, the message from Washington amounts to “don’t              warned. “The intervention veered from          month, overwhelmingly shows the              geted the offices of Governor
  count on us for everything,” said Barry Pavel, a former senior      ‘too little too late’ in its crucial early     Afghan people that the nations compris-      Mohammad Ikhpolwak in Farah, capital
  official at the Pentagon and White House.                           years, to one of ‘too much too late’,” said    ing the ISAF coalition have an interest in   of the southwestern province Farah,
      For challenges that do not constitute a threat to all           Barbara Stapleton, who was deputy to           long-term success for Afghanistan and        which borders Iran and is considered a
  alliance members, “the Bosnias, the Kosovos, the US is not          the EU special representative for              the region.” Germany and the United          troublespot for the decade-old Taleban
  going to be there all the time,” Pavel, now at the Atlantic         Afghanistan, in a report. The report for       States have just signed strategic agree-     insurgency. The assault underscored the
  Council think tank said. NATO’s air war in Libya last year, in      the independent Afghanistan Analysts           ments with the Afghan government to          major security challenges as
  which Europeans led the operation with support from the             Network, entitled “Beating a Retreat”,         allow for cooperation until 2024. Britain,   Afghanistan heads to a NATO summit in
  United States as well as non-NATO Gulf states, was an exam-         comes ahead of a NATO summit in                France and India have already signed         Chicago on Sunday with a demand for
  ple of how the alliance could evolve. But for the model to          Chicago that will hammer out details of        their own bilateral agreements, Badura       $4.1 billion a year to bankroll its security
  succeed, NATO’s European members will have to invest in air-        the withdrawal of some 130,000 troops          said.                                        forces after Western troops pull out in
  craft, weapons and training, analysts say. The Libya interven-      by the end of 2014.                                NATO’s senior civilian representative    2014. “Four suicide bombers in Afghan
  tion exposed serious shortcomings in Europe’s military power           Stapleton criticizes the inflexibility of   in Afghanistan, Simon Gass, said “transi-    police uniforms armed with suicide
  and a transatlantic gap in capabilities, with Washington far        the deadline, saying the transition of         tion has been one of the success stories     vests and rocket-propelled grenades
  ahead of its partners.                                              security to Afghan control “cannot be          of the last 10 years-growing Afghan          today attacked a government com-
      In one of his last speeches as US defense secretary, Robert     divorced from actual conditions on the         National Security Forces ready and able      pound in Farah, exchanging fire with
  Gates issued a stark warning that if European governments           ground with respect to security, gover-        to protect Afghans, with ISAF support”.      police,” said Mohammad Ghaus Malyar,
  failed to heed the lessons of the Libya operation and invest in     nance and development”. “The idea that         “As more of the country enters transi-       provincial deputy security chief.
  their armed forces, NATO faced “a dim, if not dismal future.”       the official transition timeline can gener-    tion the Afghan people will feel the ben-        “As a result, seven people were
  Gates, a veteran of the Cold War era, said that without a           ate even minimally conducive condi-            efits of NATO and Afghanistan working        killed-six police and one civilian-and 12
  change in current trends, the next generation of American           tions on the Afghan ground-that would          together. After 2014 such a partnership      others were wounded including three
  leaders might not consider it worth investing in the NATO           substantiate claims that the transition        can only be strengthened.” The United        policemen and nine civilians,” Malyar
  alliance. Although the Pentagon plans to withdraw two Army          strategy can succeed-is a delusion,” she       States led an invasion of Afghanistan to     added. Officials said the four attackers
  brigades from Europe, the United States looks firmly commit-        wrote. Going head regardless, “increases       topple the Taleban regime for harboring      also died. Two of the attackers detonat-
  ted to NATO, with a lead role in missile defense for Europe,        the risk of the Afghan state’s collapse        Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after        ed their suicide vests and the other two
  counter-piracy naval operations off the Horn of Africa and an       and with it, the prospect of strategic fail-   the 9/11 attacks-and has been fighting       were shot dead by police, said interior
  alliance-led war in Afghanistan. By stressing the importance        ure for NATO”.                                 an insurgency by the hardline Islamists      ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. The
  of China’s rise, the United States hopes to nudge its NATO             NATO and its International Security         ever since.                                  ministry blamed the attack on “terror-
  partners to pay more attention to Asia and forge security ties      Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan,                                                     ists”, a phrase Afghan officials use to
  with countries that have strong links to Washington, includ-        rejected the analysis. “Clearly the inter-           AFGHAN SUICIDE SQUAD                   refer to Taleban insurgents and other
  ing Japan, South Korea and Australia, experts say. —AFP             national community is doing anything              Meanwhile, gunmen dressed in              militants.— Agencies
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

               Minorities now surpass whites in US births
             WASHINGTON: For the first time, racial          immigration elements are fueling a divi-      projections are released in December.       from her home to make ends meet for
             and ethnic minorities make up more              siveness and hostility that might take        The annual growth rates for Hispanics       her family and continues to hope that
             than half the children born in the US,          decades to overcome,” Harrison said. As       and Asians fell sharply last year to just   one day she will get a hearing with immi-
             capping decades of heady immigration            a whole, the nation’s minority popula-        over 2 percent, roughly half the rates in   gration officials to stay legally in the US
             growth that is now slowing. New 2011            tion continues to rise, following a higher-   2000 and the lowest in more than a          She aspires to open a restaurant and is
             census estimates highlight sweeping             than-expected Hispanic count in the           decade. The black growth rate stayed flat   learning English at a community college
             changes in the nation’s racial makeup           2010 census. Minorities increased 1.9         at 1 percent. The immigrants staying put    so she can help other Spanish-language
             and the prolonged impact of a weak              percent to 114.1 million, or 36.6 percent     in the US for now include Narcisa           speakers. If she is eventually deported, “it
             economy, which is now resulting in few-         of the total US population, lifted by prior   Marcelino, 34, a single mother who lives    wouldn’t be that tragic,” Marcelino said.
             er Hispanics entering the US. “This is an       waves of immigration that brought in          with her two daughters, ages 10 and 5, in   “But because the children have been
             important landmark,” said Roderick              young families and boosted the number         Martinsburg, West Virginia. After cross-    born here, this is their country. And there
             Harrison, a former chief of racial statistics   of Hispanic women in their prime child-       ing into the US from Mexico in 2000, she    are more opportunities for them here.”
             at the Census Bureau who is now a soci-         bearing years. But a recent slowdown in       followed her brother to the eastern part    Of the 30 large metropolitan areas show-
             ologist at Howard University. “This gen-        the growth of the Hispanic and Asian          of the state just outside the Baltimore-    ing the fastest Hispanic growth in the
             eration is growing up much more accus-          populations is shifting notions on when       Washington region. The Martinsburg          previous decade, all showed slower
             tomed to diversity than its elders.”            the tipping point in US diversity will        area is known for hiring hundreds of        growth in 2011 than in the peak Hispanic
                 The report comes as the Supreme             come - the time when non-Hispanic             migrants annually to work in fruit          growth years of 2005-2006, when the
             Court prepares to rule on the legality of a     whites become a minority. After 2010          orchards. Its Hispanic growth climbed       construction boom attracted new
             strict immigration law in Arizona, with         census results suggested a crossover as       from 14 percent to 18 percent between       migrants to low-wage work. They
             many states weighing similar get-tough          early as 2040, demographers now               2000 and 2005 before shrinking last year    include Lakeland, Florida; Charlotte,
             measures. “We remain in a dangerous             believe the pivotal moment may be             to 3.3 percent, still above the national    North Carolina; Atlanta; Provo, Utah; Las
             period where those appealing to anti-           pushed back several years when new            average. Marcelino says she sells food      Vegas; and Phoenix. —AP

  Police brace for
  ‘Red Shirt’ rally
                                                                          Mladic trial halted
BANGKOK: Thai police are braced for a “huge turnout” at a
Bangkok rally marking the second anniversary of a deadly
military crackdown on “Red Shirt” opposition street protests,
                                                                          over ‘irregularities’
a police spokesman said yesterday. At least 1,200 officers will
be deployed tomorrow in the retail heart of Bangkok, author-                 Prosecution describes horror of Srebrenica massacre
ities said, where the 2010 protests in support of ousted pre-          THE HAGUE: The war crimes trial of for-
mier Thaksin Shinawatra descended into the kingdom’s worst             mer Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko
violence in decades. “We expect a huge turnout but at this             Mladic was abruptly halted yesterday,
stage I have no estimate of the numbers,” said police                  just a day after it opened, because of
spokesman Colonel Preeda Sataworn.                                     prosecution “irregularities” in the high-
    Red Shirt leader Thida Thavornseth said more than                  profile case. The decision was announced
100,000 people from across the country could converge on               by the presiding judge shortly after the
Bangkok for the 12-hour gathering at the Ratchaprasong                 prosecution described the “horror” of the
intersection, close to upmarket hotels and shopping malls.             1995 Srebrenica massacre it says was
More than 90 people, mostly civilians, were killed and nearly          orchestrated by Mladic, the worst atrocity
1,900 wounded during the two months of rallies, which end-             in Europe since World War II. “The hear-
ed on May 19 2010 after the government of then premier                 ing is adjourned sine die,” said judge
Abhisit Vejjajiva sent in armed troops.                                Alphons Orie, three hours into the trial’s
    The Red Shirts have called on the new government, led by           second day at the International Criminal
Thaksin’s sister Yingluck, to prosecute soldiers and officials         Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The
responsible for causing scores of deaths and hundreds of               Hague.
injuries, many to unarmed demonstrators. Thailand has seen                 He said there were “irregularities” in
a string of violent protests since 2005, involving the arch roy-       the transfer of prosecution documents to
alist and nationalist Yellow Shirts, the mainly rural working-         the defense to enable it to prepare for
class Red Shirts and several smaller factions. Rights groups           the trial, but that the court hoped to
say the military-and some armed elements within the Red                announce a date soon for the resumption
Shirts-have so far evaded justice for their roles in the vio-          of proceedings. Mladic, the so-called
lence, causing anguish to the victims’ families.                       “Butcher of Bosnia” is charged with war         THE HAGUE: Gen Ratko Mladic is seen on the second day of his trial at the
                                                                       crimes, crimes against humanity and             Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague. — AP
    “The government needs to prosecute all those responsible
                                                                       genocide over the 1992-1995 war in the
for crimes, whatever their political affiliation or official posi-                                                    ments had survived and that former             after the war, explaining how mixed or
                                                                       Balkan state and in particular the
tion, to end the cycle of violence and impunity,” said Brad            Srebrenica massacre of almost 8,000            Mladic subordinates were willing to testi-     predominantly Muslim municipalities
Adams, Asia director for Human Rights Watch. Yingluck’s gov-           Muslim men and boys. “Mladic himself           fy against him. Now 70, Mladic, dubbed         became exclusively Serbian after a cam-
ernment came to power last year with a promise of reconcili-           was on the ground and personally               the “Butcher of Bosnia”, has been indict-      paign of ethnic cleansing he said was one
ation in the deeply divided nation. Her government in                  involved,” prosecuting counsel Peter           ed on 11 counts of genocide, war crimes        of Mladic’s “strategic objectives”.
January agreed a 2.0 billion baht ($65 million) pot to com-            McCloskey told the court, showing              and crimes against humanity. “Ratko               Prosecutors also hold Mladic responsi-
pensate all victims of political unrest in recent years. But crim-     footage of the former general tri-             Mladic assumed the mantle of the crimi-        ble for the 44-month siege of Sarajevo
inal investigations into the 2010 deaths have yet to lead to           umphantly entering Srebrenica and con-         nal goal of ethnically cleansing Bosnia,”      where his forces waged a “terror cam-
any prosecutions and the government is debating plans to               gratulating his men.                           prosecutor Dermot Groome told the              paign” of sniping and shelling that left an
offer a sweeping amnesty for the violence as part of reconcili-            “We give this town to the Serbs as a       court on the opening day of the trial on       estimated 10,000 people dead, the vast
ation efforts.                                                         gift,” Mladic said in the video footage tak-   Wednesday. “The prosecution will pres-         majority of them civilians. “Sarajevo was a
    The opposition says the proposed amnesty aims to bring             en in Srebrenica after the mass killings in    ent evidence that will show without rea-       model of diversity, a cosmopolitan city,”
home Thaksin, who lives abroad, to avoid a jail term for cor-          what was meant to be a UN-protected            sonable doubt the hand of Mr Mladic in         said Groome. “They (Bosnian Serb lead-
ruption. He also faces terrorism charges relating to the 2010          enclave on July 11, 2005. Prosecutors say      each of these crimes,” Groome said, as         ers) sought to destroy it, to sever the city
violence. Families of the victims have also decried the idea of        Mladic orchestrated the mass killings as       relatives of the Srebrenica victims            in half, with the Serbs living in one part
an amnesty. Nutthaputt Akahad, the brother of a nurse who              part of a brutal campaign of ethnic            watched the proceedings on a live broad-       and the non-Serbs in another part.”
was gunned down in the grounds of a Buddhist temple while              cleansing in the 1992-95 Bosnian war that      cast in Sarajevo.                                 It was in pursuit of a “Greater Serbia”
treating injured Red Shirts on May 19, said Thailand risked            killed 100,000 people and left 2.2 million        The former Bosnian Serb commander           that Mladic allegedly also ordered his
becoming a “lawless country” unless the killers are prosecut-          homeless. McCloskey showed the court           had pleaded not guilty to the charges at       troops to “cleanse” other Bosnian towns,
ed. “We have sacrificed our loved ones, some have sacrificed           photographs of graves in Srebenica, say-       an earlier court hearing last June. He         driving out Croats, Muslims and other
their freedom, but we can’t sacrifice the truth, we can’t sacri-       ing: “This is an example of the horror cre-    faces life imprisonment if convicted. In       non-Serbs. After the war, Mladic contin-
fice justice,” he said at an event on Tuesday in the run-up to         ated by Mladic.”                               his opening address, the prosecutor dis-       ued his military career but went into hid-
the anniversary.— AFP                                                      He said most military orders were giv-     played population maps showing the             ing in 2000 after the fall of his ally in
                                                                       en orally, but that certain “crucial” docu-    ethnic distribution in Bosnia before and       Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic. —AFP
  FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                          London Islamic bank eyes ME expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                              Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
                                                                                                                                                                                              freezes Iran transactions

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ATHENS: A woman withdraws money from a branch of Piraeus bank in central Athens yesterday. Some 700 million euros ($894 million) were withdrawn from Greek banks on May 14,
President Carolos Papoulias said, warning that the situation would worsen in coming days. — AFP

  ECB stops operations with Greek banks
             IMF chief warns of cost of Greek exit from euro
FRANKFURT/ATHENS: The European Central                  um-term borrowing costs rise sharply at an auction        openly. Echoing Zoellick’s comments, Lagarde told        Wednesday and a senior finance ministry official
Bank has stopped offering liquidity to some Greek       on Thursday of 1.5-2.5 billion euros of bonds expir-      Dutch television any Greek departure from the            appointed as finance minister in the early hours of
banks it does not consider solvent, and interna-        ing in 2015 and 2016.                                     euro “would be extremely expensive and hard, and         Thursday, but the administration will have no pow-
tional concern about the euro zone rose as Athens          Highlighting the fragile state of Greece’s bank-       not just for Greece”.                                    er to take political decisions, only steer the country
called new elections that look set to be won by         ing system, the ECB said on Wednesday it had                  In March, Greece agreed to extensive budget          to the election on June 17. “The only thing we are
parties opposing austerity measures.                    stopped providing liquidity to some lenders               cuts as conditions of a 130 billion euro ($165 bil-      doing is waiting,” said a government official who
    Fears that Athens is on the brink of crashing out   because their capital was too depleted, confirming        lion) bailout package organised by the European          declined to be named. An EU official conceded
of the euro zone and igniting a renewed financial       an earlier report by Reuters.                             Union and International Monetary Fund. But the           other Group of Eight countries, whose leaders
crisis have rattled global markets and alarmed             “As recapitalisation wasn’t in place, the ECB          country has had no elected government since an           meet at US President Barack Obama’s Camp David
world leaders, with Greece set to figure high on        stopped monetary policy operations,” a euro zone          inconclusive election on May 6 at which parties          retreat at the weekend, had signalled heightened
the agenda at a G8 summit later this week. The risk     central bank source told Reuters, declining to be         opposed to the unpopular austerity measures that         concern at the deepening political crisis in Athens.
of the contagion spreading to bigger European           identified. That meant the affected banks can no          were part of the bailout did well, raising the           “We have been confronted ... by a number of con-
economies that are vulnerable due to high debt or       longer offer assets to the ECB as collateral for loans,   chance that the rescue funds could be halted and         cerns on what might happen,” the official said.
weak banks has sent stocks and commodities tum-         and would have to seek costlier emergency financ-         push the country towards bankruptcy and out of           “This concern has become more pronounced after
bling, and driven Europe’s single currency towards      ing from the Bank of Greece.                              the euro. The failure of pro- and anti-bailout parties   the result of the Greek elections.”
its lowest levels this year. “The core question will       It was not immediately clear which banks, or           to agree on a coalition forced President Karolos             The leftists argue they can tear up the bailout
be not Greece, but Spain and Italy,” World Bank         how many of them, were affected. One person               Papoulias to call the second election in two             deal and keep the euro, but European leaders say
President Robert Zoellick said on Wednesday. If         familiar with the matter said the capital of four         months, and prompted him to say the chaos                that if Greece fails to meet promises to them,
Greece left the euro zone, the ripple effects could     Greek banks was so low they were operating with           risked causing panic and a run on bank deposits. A       lenders will pull the plug on financing. Greeks have
be very damaging and reminiscent of when                negative equity. International Monetary Fund              new opinion poll confirmed that leftists who reject      withdrawn hundreds of millions of euros from
Lehman Brothers investment bank collapsed in            chief Christine Lagarde warned of “extremely              the bailout are poised to win next month, and the        banks in recent days as the fears grow that the
2008, spreading panic on global financial markets.      expensive” consequences were Greece to leave              two establishment parties that agreed to the res-        country might be forced out of the euro zone,
    Recession-hit Spain, which faces deep concerns      the euro zone, a once taboo possibility that              cue are sinking further. A little-known judge was        although there has been no sign of a run on
over the health of its banks, is set to see its medi-   European leaders have now begun to discuss                installed as head of an emergency government on          Athens bank branches. —Reuters
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                UAE current account surplus quadruples in 2011
              DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates’ cur-          hydrocarbon exports surged nearly 50               The net balance on the UAE capital        a safe haven for last year for foreign capi-
              rent account surplus quadrupled to             percent to 409.9 billion dirhams last year     and financial account turned negative in      tal seeking a refuge from the wave of
              112.7 billion dirhams ($30.7 billion) in       ($111 billion), helped by robust oil prices    2011, reaching 60.4 billion dirhams,          social unrest in the Middle East and
              2011 as both crude and non-oil exports         and higher output as a part of the OPEC        which indicates a net outflow of capital      North Africa. The central bank’s foreign
              soared, the central bank’s annual report       drive to help cover shortfalls due to a civ-   from the Gulf country, the central bank       currency assets increased to 169.4 billion
              showed yesterday.                              il war in Libya.                               said.                                         dirhams in 2011 from 153.4 billion in the
                  The surplus surged to 8.5 percent of           Crude accounted for 81 percent of              “This was due mainly to a net outflow     previous year. Its investments abroad
              gross domestic product last year from 2.4      hydrocarbon exports of the UAE, one of         of capital by the public sector, in the       into highly rated securities, government
              percent, or 26.6 billion dirhams, in 2010,     the world’s top five oil exporters, with       amount of 95.0 billion dirhams, while the     bonds and treasury bills rose to 72.3 bil-
              according to a Reuters calculation. The        the rest almost evenly divided between         net inflow of private capital was in the      lion dirhams from 68.4 billion in 2010,
              2011 calculation is based on a GDP esti-       gas and petroleum products. A Reuters          amount of 34.6 billion in 2011,” it said.     the report said.
              mate by the International Monetary Fund        poll in March showed analysts expecting            Direct investment soared 40 percent           The central bank did not give further
              since the UAE’s statistics office has yet to   the UAE’s hydrocarbon export revenue of        to 28.2 billion dirhams in 2011, the high-    details on the nature of its investments. It
              release GDP data for last year. The OPEC       $110 billion in 2012.                          est level since 50.4 billion in 2008, when    has traditionally kept the majority of its
              member’s 2010 balance of payments                  Non-oil exports jumped 22 percent to       the global crisis pierced Dubai’s property    reserves in dollar-denominated assets
              data has been revised.                         228.0 billion dirhams, while re-exports        bubble. Remittances sent home by UAE          due to its currency peg to the U.S. dollar.
                  Last year’s outcome is smaller than        rose 23 percent to 396.5 billion, the data     nationals working abroad rose to 41.2             The UAE’s economic growth is fore-
              the IMF estimate for a surplus of 9.2 per-     showed. Imports to the $360 billion            billion dirhams last year from 38.8 billion   cast to ease to 3.1 percent this year, a
              cent of GDP, released following regular        economy, the second largest in the Arab        in 2010, the report showed.                   Reuters poll showed in March, from the
              consultations with the country in              world, were also up 23 percent last year,          The UAE, which has one of the high-       IMF estimated 4.9 percent in 2011, partly
              February and March. The value of UAE           at 742.4 billion dirhams.                      est incomes per capita globally, served as    due to a global slowdown. — Reuters

                                                                                               London Islamic bank
                                                                                                eyes ME expansion
                                                                                                 Awaiting approval from Gulf authorities
                                                                                              LONDON: Sharia-compliant Bank of London and                  ventional banking sphere, BLME, which offers cor-
                                                                                              the Middle East (BLME) is targeting the thousands of         porate banking and wealth management, will look
                                                                                              rich Gulf residents who have ties to the UK to boost         to tap into the pools of investment money in the oil-
                                                                                              its corporate and private banking business.                  rich Gulf that have been relatively untouched by the
                                                                                                  Britain’s largest standalone sharia bank was set         global financial crisis.
                                                                                              up in London in 2006 and does not have a presence                It has assets under management of around 100
                                                                                              in the Middle East, although expansion into this             million pounds ($159.2 million) across three funds.
                                                                                              region was always part of the long-term plan.                    Earlier this year, the bank launched a property
                                                                                                  It is now awaiting regulatory approval to start          advisory service for private clients mostly domiciled
                                                                                              operations in the Gulf, initially with a representative      in the Middle East, looking for advice on acquisi-
NEW YORK: Specialist Mike Pistillo, left, and trader Gregory Rowe, right, work on             office this year, and a branch or subsidiary in the          tions as well as help with financing.
the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Stocks are slipping in early              longer term, Chief Executive Humphrey Percy told                 “At the moment the asset class of choice in the
trading as unease over Europe overshadows an encouraging US employment                        Reuters in an interview.                                     Middle East is property, in particular central London
report and good results from big retailers including Wal-Mart Stores. — AP                        “The premise on which we set up BLME, which              property,” said Percy.
                                                                                              was to send skills and products and services and                 Although weathering the global financial crisis of
                                                                                              human capital in both directions, between London             2008 with relative stability, the bank posted its first
 US jobless claims steady,                                                                    and the Middle East ... is just as valid now as in
                                                                                              2006,” said Percy. The bank, which fully complies
                                                                                                                                                           loss in 2011, after a 14.6 million-pound loss on a
                                                                                                                                                           loan to a Turkish manufacturing business.
 labour worries persist                                                                       with Islamic principles, including a ban on interest,
                                                                                              was founded in 2006 with the backing of Kuwaiti
                                                                                                                                                               “This particular client chose very much the
                                                                                                                                                           eleventh hour, literally the last week of the year, not
 WASHINGTON: New US claims for                The four-week average of new appli-             investors, including Boubyan Bank. The UK is the             to repay us and in those circumstances the board
 unemployment benefits were                   cations fell marginally between the             largest Islamic finance centre in Europe, with 19 bil-       felt it had no alternative but to make a full provision
 unchanged last week, according to            April and May survey periods, sug-              lion dollars out of global assets of 1.7 trillion dollars    and pursue them robustly in 2012,” said Percy.
 government data yesterday that will          gesting not much change in labor                and is home to five fully sharia-compliant banks,                Stripping out impairment charges, operating
 do little to ease concerns about a           market conditions.                              data from the UK Islamic Finance Secretariat (UKIFS)         profit for 2011 would have risen 10 percent on the
 recent slowdown in jobs growth.                  Still, many economists think the            estimates. Whilst a fraction of the size of the con-         previous year to 4.35 million pounds. —Reuters
    Initial claims for state unemploy-        April report gave an overly dim view
 ment benefits held steady at a sea-          of the economy, and pin the pull-back
 sonally adjusted 370,000, the Labor          in job creation as payback for a mild
 Department said. The prior week’s fig-       winter that boosted gains in prior
 ure was revised up to 370,000 from           months. The US Federal Reserve
 the previously reported 367,000.             appears disinclined to ramp up its
    Economists polled by Reuters had          support for the economy anytime
 forecast claims falling to 365,000 last      soon unless the recovery stumbles.
 week. The four-week moving average           Minutes from the Fed’s April meeting
 for new claims, considered a better          released on Wednesday supported
 measure of labor market trends, fell         that view.
 4,750 to 375,000. “We are really not             While growth in hiring has slowed,
 showing much momentum in the                 the economy has given other signs of
 labor market at this time,” said Sean        more spark. Data on Wednesday
 Incremona, an economist at 4Cast in          showed groundbreaking for U.S.
 New York. Futures for US stocks              homes rebounded in April and factory
 added to losses following the data’s         activity gained momentum. Wal-Mart
 publication.                                 Stores Inc posted a better-than-
    The data comes on the heels of            expected quarterly profit yesterday as
 three straight months of slowing             Walmart US saw more shoppers come
 employment gains. Companies added            into existing stores and spend more. A
 115,000 new jobs to their payrolls in        report by RealtyTrac showed foreclo-
 April, the fewest in six months.             sure activity on US homes dropped in
 Yesterday’s report on claims covered         April to the lowest level in nearly five        HOBOKEN: In this Sunday, May 13, 2012, photo, gas prices are displayed on a board at a Hess station
 the week for May’s payrolls survey.          years. —Reuters                                 in Hoboken, NJ Oil and gasoline prices are sinking, giving relief to businesses and consumers who a
                                                                                              few weeks ago seemed about to face the highest fuel prices ever. — AP
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

              US sees momentum in Asia-Pacific trade talks
           DALLAS: Talks on a free trade agreement         to help propel US economic growth. It is         for a “yarn forward” rule, which would             eliminated under the pact. The United
           between the United States and eight coun-       seen as an important tool to keep the            require that all the materials that go into        States restricts imports of dairy and sugar
           tries in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region   United States anchored in the region as          clothing originate and be assembled in a           and other TPP countries have similar meas-
           made good progress over the past week,          China’s economic might grows.                    TPP country to qualify for duty-free treat-        ures to protect their own sensitive sectors.
           but tough issues remain, the top US trade           The eight other TPP countries - Australia,   ment. “They don’t want to do this stuff. I         Weisel said negotiators have begun to dig
           negotiator on the deal said on Wednesday.       New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Singapore,             don’t blame them. If you were Vietnam,             into the tough “market access” issues but
               “While we have work ahead, we see a         Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei - comprise the      you’d negotiate the same way,” Kirk said,          the hardest decisions would probably be
           clear path forward toward conclusion of         fourth-largest US market for goods and serv-     adding the United States would just have to        left for the end.
           most of the more than 20 chapters of the        ices exports. Japan, Canada and Mexico           show the same “resolve” in pushing its posi-           US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and
           agreement,” Barbara Weisel, assistant US        asked six months ago to join the talks, but      tion. While the United States has reduced or       top trade officials from the other eight TPP
           trade representative for Southeast Asia and     current members have not made a decision         eliminated tariffs on many goods, its duties       countries will meet in early June in Kazan,
           the Pacific, told reporters at the end of the   on that yet. Negotiators face a host of diffi-   on clothing remain high.                           Russia on the sidelines of the annual Asia
           12th round of talks on the proposed pact.       cult issues, ranging from Vietnam’s interest         Nearly 70 percent of all the duties collect-   Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade
               The nine countries negotiating the          in better access to the US textile and cloth-    ed by the United States on imports from TPP        ministers meeting. Weisel, who resisted
           Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement       ing market to US demands for tough new           countries come from clothing, according to         predicting how soon countries could reach
           will meet again in early July in San Diego      rules on “state-owned enterprises” to make       the TPP Apparel Coalition, which represents        a final agreement, said the nine TPP minis-
           and “hope to use that round to make a           sure they don’t have an unfair trade advan-      U.S. retailers and clothing importers. Weisel      ters would “discuss progress achieved to
           major step forward toward conclusion of the     tage in the region over private companies.       said negotiators were pushing for a “com-          date and agree on a plan forward.” The top
           agreement,” Weisel said.                            US Trade Representative Ron Kirk told a      prehensive” agreement liberalizing trade in        trade officials will also discuss Japan,
               The TPP is a key element of President       textile industry group on Tuesday that           all products, but would not say if that meant      Canada and Mexico’s applications to join
           Barack Obama’s so-called pivot toward Asia      Vietnam was fiercely resisting US demands        all tariffs and other trade barriers would be      the talks. — Reuters

                                                                              HSBC doubles turnaround
                                                                              target, sees revenue boost
                                                                                             Achieves $2bn cost savings
                                                                       HONG KONG/LONDON: HSBC doubled                    savings of $2 billion, absorbing $1.2 billion    Gulliver is also attempting to show the
                                                                       the annual revenue boost expected from            of wage inflation in emerging markets and        bank’s growth potential.
                                                                       its turnaround plan to $2 billion, as             $400 million of extra regulatory costs last          In addition to its core “home” markets
                                                                       Europe’s biggest bank picks 22 markets to         year. It expects savings to rise to $3.5 bil-    of Britain and Hong Kong, he identified 20
                                                                       drive its growth and eyes more cost cut-          lion by 2013.                                    priority growth markets, including China,
                                                                       ting to cope with new regulations in the              HSBC has sold 28 businesses, taking          India, Indonesia, Germany, Turkey, the
                                                                       wake of the financial crisis.                     15,000 staff off its payroll, and releasing      United States and Brazil.
                                                                           Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver said on       about $55 billion risk-weighted assets, the          Those markets account for about 92
                                                                       Thursday that, one year into a three-year         bank said. The sales brought in $5.9 bil-        percent of group profit. “Those are the 22
METHUEN: In this Feb 20, 2012, file photo, customers                   recovery plan, HSBC was on target to meet         lion.                                            countries we are going to focus our invest-
walk into and out of a Wal-Mart store in Methuen,                      profitability and cost savings targets.               A return to higher interest rates will       ment on,” Gulliver said, signalling no
Mass. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 10.1 percent                         Gulliver said his biggest external worry      substantially boost revenues, Gulliver said.     appetite for acquisitions.
increase in first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street                 “is absolutely how the euro zone plays out        HSBC makes money from the massive                    HSBC has 89 million customers in 85
                                                                       and whether Greece stays in, whether fire-        excess deposits it holds, but Gulliver said it   countries and has been accused of “planti-
estimates, reported yesterday. — AP                                    walls are high enough to protect Spain            steered clear of risk. Rival J.P.Morgan last     ng flags” around the world without
                                                                       and, frankly, whether markets take things         week shocked investors by revealing a $2         enough attention on economic returns.
                                                                       into their own hands before June 17,”             billion trading loss as it attempted to make     Gulliver set out targets a year ago to get
 European stocks slump,                                                when Greece holds new elections.                  higher profits from its excess deposits.         return on equity
                                                                           Gulliver wants to streamline HSBC and             HSBC’s balance sheet management                  a key measure of profitability - above
  Euro, dollar hits low                                                focus more on its fast-growing Asian mar-         unit does not take synthetic credit risk,        12 percent, and to cut costs below 52 per-
LONDON: Europe’s main stock markets tumbled yesterday and              kets. It faces regulatory pressure to reduce      and its low risk appetite was why it had         cent of revenue. The bank improved both
the euro hit a new four-month dollar low as worries spiked over        its risks and has conceded it has more            $153 billion on deposit at central banks,        in the first quarter, with an underlying RoE
the eurozone debt crisis that is plaguing Greece and now circling      work to do to revive its lagging European         Gulliver said.                                   near 11 percent and cost efficiency at 55
Spain.                                                                 and U.S. businesses.                                  Having focused on shrinking the bank,        percent. — Reuters
    In afternoon deals, London’s benchmark FTSE 100 index                  “Investors have been sceptical about
dropped 0.92 percent to 5,355.57 points and Frankfurt’s DAX 30         our ability to get our hands around HSBC.
slid 0.45 percent to 6,355.84 points. In Paris, the CAC 40 shed 0.92   The scepticism was about anybody’s abili-
percent to 3,020.55, while Milan’s FTSE Mib tumbled 1.44 percent       ty to move such a large firm and change
and Madrid’s IBEX 35 slumped 1.39 percent.                             its direction,” Gulliver told reporters before
    In foreign exchange deals, the European single currency nose-      a presentation to analysts.
dived to a new four-month low at $1.2667. It later recovered to            “At the year one report card we can evi-
$1.2696, still down from $1.2715 late in New York on Wednesday.        dence that on things we can control we
    “Markets are worried about eurozone bank deposit runs and          are demonstrating significant traction. We
an escalating banking crisis,” VTB Capital economist Neil              are delivering with good momentum giv-
MacKinnon told AFP. Shares in Spain’s state-rescued lender             en a difficult backdrop.”
Bankia plunged Thursday on the back of newspaper reports that              Analysts said the update was reassur-
clients had withdrawn more than one billion euros in the past          ing, but think it will be a challenge hitting
week, while Greeks have also reportedly stepped up pulling             cost targets. “HSBC should come out and
funds out of their banks.                                              be honest about it. In reality, there was a
    Spain’s daily newspaper El Mundo reported that Bankia man-         force majeure in Europe blowing up, and
agers told the board the bank had lost a “similar amount” of           they will need more than three years to
deposits this week as the 1.16 billion euros withdrawn by clients      meet their targets,” said Mizuho Securities
in the first quarter of the year. Spain’s fourth-largest bank had      analyst Jim Antos in Hong Kong.
112 billion euros in deposits from clients at the end of the first         HSBC’s London-listed shares were
quarter. It shares plunged by over a quarter at one point but later    down 1.7 percent at 525 pence at 1040
recovered to show a loss of 13.9 percent at 1.425 euros in after-      GMT, its lowest level for four months, and
noon trading. In another gloomy omen, official data confirmed          compared to a 2.5 percent fall by the             LISBON: Commuters queue for a bus at the Cais do Sodre hub sta-
that Spain sank into recession with a 0.3-percent contraction in       Europe bank index as the sector was rat-          tion during the first day of a partial strike by Lisbon’s subway work-
the first quarter of 2012, matching the decline of the previous        tled again by fears over the euro zone.           ers, yesterday, in Lisbon, Portugal. Subway workers went on strike
quarter.—AFP                                                               The bank has achieved annualised cost
                                                                                                                         to protest salary cuts. — AP
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                                                           Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
                                                                           freezes Iran transactions
                                                                                              ‘Action could affect crude imports’
                                                                        TOKYO: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,             denies. An EU ban on importing Iranian oil,      Americans, and in most cases Iran has
                                                                        which handles most of Japan’s payments           which takes effect on July 1, will also pre-     ignored the legal proceedings in the
                                                                        for oil imports from Iran, said yesterday it     vent European insurers and reinsurers            United States. This case was brought by
                                                                        had frozen transactions with Iranian banks       from covering tankers carrying its crude         relatives and survivors of the 1983 attack
                                                                        after being ordered to do so by the New          anywhere in the world. Sanctions imposed         on a barracks in Beirut housing US and
SEOUL: This handout photo released by LG                                York District Court earlier this month.          by the United States earlier and the meas-       French members of a multinational peace-
                                                                            The head of the Japan’s banking lobby        ures being introduced by the EU have cut         keeping force.
Electronics yesterday shows South Korean                                group said the action could affect crude         oil shipments to Japan, one of the biggest          A judge in Washington ruled in 2007
models displaying a new version LG Electronics                          imports, although the country’s biggest          buyers of crude from the Islamic republic.       that Tehran had provided financial and
Optimus smartphone at an unveiling ceremony                             refiner said it was not facing a problem             The move against Bank of Tokyo-              logistical support to the militant group
in Seoul. — AFP                                                         paying for Iranian oil. The move stems           Mitsubishi UFJ has not affected payments         Hezbollah in carrying out the suicide
                                                                        from a US court decision in 2007 that            for Iranian oil at the moment, Japan’s top       bombing that killed 241 soldiers. The US
                                                                        ordered Iran to pay more than $2.6 billion       oil refiner, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp.        Senate will consider new Iran sanctions
     Global demand                                                      to survivors and victims’ family members
                                                                        of the 1983 bombing of a US Marine bar-
                                                                                                                         said yesterday. A JX Nippon Oil
                                                                                                                         spokesman declined to discuss other
                                                                                                                                                                          yesterday with the chamber’s
                                                                                                                                                                          Democratic leader, Harry Reid, set to
                                                                        racks in Lebanon, a bank spokesman said.         details, including whether it was consider-      seek approval of a new package of oil
      for gold dips                                                         The bank filed an objection to the court
                                                                        ruling on Wednesday, another spokesman
                                                                                                                         ing an alternative payment mechanism.
                                                                                                                             There have been hundreds of billions
                                                                                                                                                                          and economic sanctions aimed at further
                                                                                                                                                                          pressuring Iran to abandon its nuclear
MUMBAI: Global demand for gold fell 5.0 percent in the first            said. Among Japan’s three biggest banks          of dollars in default judgments against          programme, a Democratic leadership
quarter of 2012 but demand in China hit record highs and out-           only Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ received the           Iran levied by US courts in favour of            aide said. — Reuters
stripped that of megabuyer India, the World Gold Council said           order, banking sources in Tokyo said on
yesterday. Demand worldwide fell to 1,097.6 tonnes in the quar-         Thursday. Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ was tar-
ter ended March, worth an estimated $59.7 billion, with gold            geted because it accounts for almost all
prices on average 16 percent higher than those seen in the same         Iranian assets handled by Japanese banks,
period last year, the council said in its latest report.                they said.
    Reduced demand for gold from global central banks, jewellery            Banking sources said the rest of the
and technology sectors outweighed a rise in investment demand           trade was handled by Sumitomo Mitsui
for gold. Yet Chinese consumption of the yellow metal hit new           Banking Corp. “Iranian oil accounts for
highs on investor concerns over inflation, rising 10 percent to a       more than 10 percent of Japan’s oil
record 255.2 tonnes and outstripping rival India which saw a            imports. If banks can’t make settlements
sharp decline, the WGC said.                                            for Iranian oil, this will affect the nation’s
    Demand in India was down 29 percent from a year earlier to          energy policy,” Yasuhiro Sato, president of
207.6 tonnes, hit by a jewellers’ strike, a weak rupee and govern-      Mizuho Financial Group and chairman of
ment policy aimed at reducing gold imports and the country’s            the Japanese Bankers Association, said
wide current account deficit.                                           yesterday at a monthly press briefing.
    “China and India have seen continuing economic growth and               “The issue needs to be addressed by
whilst China’s economy is expected to slow, it will nonetheless         concerned parties including the govern-
surpass the rates of growth in the West,” said Marcus Grubb,            ment,” Sato said. The banking unit of
managing director (investment) at the WGC.                              Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group did not
    In 2011, India saw a 7.0 percent decline in demand year-on-         comment on the amount of assets it has
year to 933.4 tonnes, while demand from China jumped 20.0 per-          frozen. A spokeswoman at rival Mizuho
cent to 769.8 tonnes. Grubb said Chinese demand over 2012 is            said the bank had not received a freezing
expected to outstrip that of India, traditionally the world’s largest   order.
consumer and importer of gold.                                              Although the court case is unrelated,         TOKYO: Pedestrians pass before a logo of the Bank of Tokyo-
    The two countries, which have both been battling high infla-        the development comes as western gov-
tion, account for about half of the world’s gold demand com-                                                              Mitsubishi UFJ in Tokyo yesterday. A Japanese bank has halted
                                                                        ernments are imposing further sanctions
bined. Global demand surpassed $200 billion for the first time in       on Iran to stop the country from pursuing
                                                                                                                          transactions by the Iranian government after a US court ordered a
2011 as demand for the metal as a safe-haven investment surged,         what they say is a nuclear weapons pro-           $2.6 billion asset freeze over the 1983 bombing of US barracks in
the WGC said in its annual report in February.— AFP                     gramme, a claim the Islamic republic              Beirut. — AFP

              Myanmar mega-project on a road to nowhere
           DAWEI: A simple, red sign on a white             which he says has the backing of reformist       tions about Dawei. Energy Minister Than           going ahead. In one big area of scrubland
           beach marks the start of a billion-dollar        President Thein Sein.                            Htay told Reuters in January that the coun-       outside the zone, workers are clearing the
           highway that will, one day, lead to a vast           “I’m staying here,” he told a group of       try could develop home-grown special              land and knocking in support pillars for
           industrial project to be built close to          journalists on a rare trip to the site. “I can   economic zones more quickly, including            two-storey cement houses that villagers
           impoverished Myanmar’s border with               contact the president directly.” The visit       one south of the commercial capital,              will be relocated to.
           Thailand.                                        was laid on this month by the project’s          Yangon, and another on the Bay of Bengal,             More than 1,800 families, most of them
              But with years to go before it is up and      developer, Italian-Thai Development Pcl,         where a China-Myanmar pipeline starts.            reliant on farming, will move there from
           running, the $50 billion port and industrial     Thailand’s biggest construction company,             Slow progress on the project and              five villages inside a 42 sq km zone set
           complex in the southern city of Dawei is         which first made a deal with the Myanmar         Italian-Thai’s own financial difficulties rein-   aside for heavy industry. “We have already
           already struggling to look relevant as           Port Authority in 2008 when few investors        force the scepticism of some analysts. It         paid compensation for about 5 percent of
           Myanmar emerges from untouchable state           would, or could, go near the country.            hasn’t helped confidence that the con-            these areas,” said Panno Kraiwanit, the
           to Asia’s latest Eldorado.                           The tour coincided with the debt-laden       struction of a huge 4,000-megawatt coal-          Italian-Thai project manager in charge of
              Conceived during the day’s of military        company’s struggle to tempt investors to         fired power plant destined for the zone           relocation.
           rule when Myanmar faced crippling sanc-          fund the $8.5 billion it needs for the first     was vetoed this year after an outcry over             In total, about 30,000 people from 16
           tions, the project was at the time a very        phase, details of which it hopes to finalise     the environmental impact.                         villages will move out by the end of next
           welcome offer of major foreign invest-           by the end of the year. Italian-Thai - the           “It’s very challenging for Italian-Thai,”     year, with Italian-Thai footing the bill to
           ment. Officials insist that nothing has          “Italian” refers to one of its founders 54       said Kasem Prunratanamala, head of                compensate them for housing and the loss
           changed despite the rapidly growing list of      years ago - is pressing ahead and has start-     research at CIMB Securities in Bangkok,           of livelihoods from rubber, betel and
           investors looking hopefully at a rapidly         ed to relocate 30,000 people to make way         who visited the site in February. “The com-       cashew nut and other crops.
           changing Myanmar.                                for the 250 sq km (97 sq mile) complex           pany’s balance sheet is not strong because            The company is also committed to pro-
              “It will go ahead,” said Tin Maung Swe,       which will allow in pollution-belching           it has a debt burden, which could raise           viding infrastructure, power and water,
           an official from Myanmar’s Home Ministry         heavy industry that Thailand doesn’t want.       doubts about the viability of the project.”       schools and medical services for the new
           who works as liaison officer on the project          Even the government has raised ques-             But around the site, preparatory work is      communities.—Reuters
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                  Japan’s economy grows 4.1% amid recovery
           TOKYO: Japan’s economy grew at an             northeastern Japan, where many auto         vehicles that sent buyers to dealerships     the quarter ended March from the
           annual rate of 4.1 percent in the first       and electronics plants ground to a halt,    for hybrids and other fuel-efficient mod-    October-December 2011 quarter. That
           quarter amid a gradual recovery from          and other parts of the country.             els. But prospects remained uncertain        was better than the 0.7 percent project-
           last year’s catastrophic earthquake and            The latest data showed that private    for the current quarter because of fears     ed by analysts in Japan, and translates to
           tsunami. The Cabinet Office said yester-      consumption grew at an annual rate of       about the European economy and other         a 4.1     percent expansion in annual-
           day that the preliminary growth figures       4.4 percent.                                factors that could crimp expansion.          ized terms. The latest growth marks a
           showed that a rebound in consumer                  Consumer spending makes up more            “Economic growth is likely to slow       third straight quarter of growth,
           spending was lifting the world’s third-       than half of Japan’s economy.               down and could head into a contrac-          although still at fragile rates. The econo-
           biggest economy.                                   “The numbers show a solid Japanese     tion,” said Osanai. Also robust was pub-     my was virtually flat October-December
              After the March 11 disaster last year,     economic recovery,” said Satoshi Osanai,    lic investment at 23.6 percent, reflecting   but did not shrink. Corporate spending
           many Japanese were in mourning and            economist at Daiwa Institute of Research    reconstruction spending on housing and       was weak during the January-March
           stayed away from stores, theaters and         in Tokyo.                                   other building work in the devastated        period, shrinking 3.9 percent from the
           pubs. That compounded the damage                   Consumer spending got a significant    northeastern region.                         previous quarter, or an annualized rate
           from disruptions to manufacturing in          lift from government subsidies for green        Japan’s economy grew 1.0 percent in      of 14.8 percent. — AP

Toshiba shares jump,
drops TV operations
TOKYO: Toshiba shares surged almost six percent yesterday
after saying it had stopped making televisions in Japan where
a strong yen has hurt exports as slow demand and falling
prices also ate into earnings. The IT-and-engineering con-
glomerate later unveiled its mid-term business plan in which
it forecast operating profit to more than double over the next
three years on the back of emerging market growth.
    Toshiba, the maker of Regza brand televisions, shuttered
production lines at its last remaining domestic TV plant in
Fukaya, near Tokyo, at the end of March. It has already shifted
most of its television production to factories in China,
Indonesia, Egypt and Poland, citing a tumble in domestic
demand for ending its Japanese production.
    “The fall (in domestic demand) was beyond what we
expected,” Toshiba President Norio Sasaki told a news briefing
yesterday in Tokyo. “Over-supply has driven down prices. We
did what we could to counter the trend, but it was beyond
what we could do.”
    Sasaki, however, said the firm would not abandon the TV
market, as some analysts have suggested for rival Sony, which
is mired in massive losses. The move is the latest development
highlighting the plunging fortunes of Japan’s once world-
beating electronics firms. A strong yen, intense global compe-
tition-particularly from South Korean firms-and falling retail
prices of televisions have left Japanese manufacturers swim-
ming in red ink for the past financial year. The industry
received a temporary boost from a now-ended government
stimulus programme aimed at encouraging the purchase of
                                                                     TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda, third right, the new chairman of the Japan Automobile
energy-efficient appliances, but demand has slackened in an
                                                                     Manufacturers Association, poses with the group’s vice chairmen, from left, Yoshiyasu Nao, Mazda Motor Corp.
economy that has been limping along for years.
                                                                     President Takashi Yamauchi, Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito, Toyoda, Nissan Motor Co. Chief Operating
    Domestic television demand also surged when the nation
                                                                     Officer Toshiyuki Shiga and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. President Osamu Masuko, pose for photographers during a press
stopped analogue broadcasting last July, by which time near-
                                                                     conference in Tokyo yesterday. — AP
ly all households and corporations had bought new televi-
sions capable of receiving digital broadcasts. “After those
events, domestic demand fell so we have reduced production
accordingly”, a Toshiba spokesman told AFP earlier yesterday.
    In its earnings report last week Toshiba still booked a profit
of about $918 million in its fiscal year ended in March,
                                                                               New Japan auto chief
although that was nearly half its earnings in the previous 12
months. The firm’s shares surged 5.57 percent to 322 yen yes-
terday.— AFP
                                                                               to keep production
                                                                          ‘Companies working hard should be rewarded’
                                                                     TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp. President        production, technological innovation             Auto demand has gotten a perk late-
                                                                     Akio Toyoda took the helm at Japan’s       and suppliers must be kept in Japan, but     ly from government-backed subsidies
                                                                     auto industry group yesterday with a       the consumption tax hike threatens to        for ecological models, including hybrids
                                                                     promise to keep production and jobs at     “hollow out” the mainstay of Japan Inc.      and other fuel-efficient products. Fears
                                                                     home to help along the country’s recov-       The auto industry provides more           are already growing about a fallout if
                                                                     ery from last year’s disaster.             than 5 million jobs in Japan, including      the subsidies end.
                                                                         Toyoda also sharply criticized gov-    auto workers, suppliers and dealers.             But in the longer-run, Toyota and
                                                                     ernment plans to raise Japan’s sale tax    Japanese automakers including Nissan         other automakers all face serious chal-
                                                                     as a “moral hazard” yesterday, and         Motor Co., Honda Motor Co. and Toyota        lenges in Japan - a market that has been
                                                                     urged what he called overly high taxa-     are all making strong comebacks from         stagnant for years, and where younger
                                                                     tion on car ownership to be reformed       production disruptions caused by the         people are losing interest in driving.
                                                                     first.                                     earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and             Vehicle demand in Japan in 2011
                                                                         “Companies that are working hard       flooding in Thailand last year.              totaled 4.2 million vehicles, down 15
                                                                     should be rewarded,” he said at a Tokyo       Much of that revival is coming from       percent from the previous year, but is
                                                                     news conference to mark the start of his   growth in markets such as fast-growing       expected to grow 19 percent to 5 mil-
                                                                     stint as head of the Japan Automobile      China, India and Brazil. In March, vehicle   lion vehicles this year, according to
TOKYO: Toshiba Corporation President & CEO Norio                     Manufacturers Association. Japan has a     production in Japan doubled from a           the association.”In these tough times,
Sasaki delivers his company’s management policy on the               complex system of taxation on cars esti-   year earlier to more than 980,000 vehi-      we must take up the challenge of
fisical year of 2012 in Tokyo yesterday. Toshiba shares              mated to be about twice or triple those    cles, highlighting a recovery from the       bringing revival back to Japan and of
jumped nearly 6.0 percent after the firm said it had                 in Great Britain and Germany, and a        devastating quake and tsunami last           bringing back smiles to Japan,” said
stopped making televisions in Japan. — AFP                           whopping 49 times the U.S. Toyoda said     year, according to JAMA.                     Toyoda. — AP
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

     Gulf union plan stumbles
     as wary leaders seek detail
                           Project seen as hastily conceived by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain

                 Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders and officials attend a summit meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 14, 2012. — AFP
By Andrew Hammond                                  the union to look like, then they came on          part from a distinctive Indian Ocean coast           Iranian influence in the region, Qatar and
                                                   Sunday to try to work things out and couldn’t      and maritime tradition, said as early as 2006        Oman have hedged their bets by nurturing

      audi Arabia’s thrust for a Gulf Union,       agree. By Sunday night there were strong           that it would not join the as-yet unrealised         good relations with Tehran.
      driven by fear of Arab Spring contagion      rumours it wasn’t going well,” said a Qatar-       single currency project. “The UAE may not be
      and spreading Iranian influence, has         based analyst familiar with the talks. Saudi       as keen on a stronger union because they                          Bahraini Enthusiasm
stumbled on misgivings among smaller               officials were angry and disappointed, he said.    may worry about Saudi Arabia being domi-                 The only country to wholeheartedly wel-
neighbours about a loss of sovereignty and         People with access to the room where the           nant within that,” a Western diplomat said.          come the fast track to Gulf Union appears to
increasing domination by Riyadh. Gulf diplo-       leaders met noted few smiling faces, in con-                                                            have been Bahrain, where many see the pro-
mats, officials and analysts expressed surprise    trast to most such events, and even sensed                      Missile Shield Dispute                  posal as a way of crushing an uprising led by
that Saudi Arabia had opened itself up to          anger among some of them. Revealingly,                 Dubai-based defence analyst Theodore             majority Shi’ite Muslims who they believe
such a public setback. The union proposal, ini-    heads of state from Oman and the United            Karasik said the UAE was also concerned that         have backing from Iran. “I believe the union
tially designed to contain Shiite dissent in       Arab Emirates (UAE) did not attend the sum-        rushing into a Gulf Union could endanger             between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain will hap-
Bahrain and counter the growing sway of            mit, which brought leaders from the other          progress already made in delicate defence            pen 100 percent, with maybe the others com-
Shiite Iran, surprised Gulf Arab leaders when      three member states - Qatar, Bahrain and           negotiations. The UAE and Saudi Arabia are           ing afterwards,” said Anwar Eshki, a Saudi ana-
King Abdullah first unveiled it at a summit in     Kuwait.                                            arguing over where to locate the central com-        lyst and ex-adviser to the cabinet. Bahrain,
December. Rather than fade away, it acquired                                                          mand of a Gulf missile shield that the United        whose economy relies on oil from a field
momentum when a Saudi minister outlined                    Oman, UAE, Kuwait Objections               States has pushed them on as the best means          shared with Saudi Arabia, allowed Riyadh to
plans for shared foreign and defence policy           The Saudis envisage close economic, polit-      of defence against Iran, but they are reticent       send in Saudi troops in an initial attempt to
last month.                                        ical and military coordination and a new deci-     about sharing data. “A GCC military technical        suppress the protests last year.
   Yet when the meetings ended on                  sion-making body based in Riyadh, replacing        committee has been working on a shared                   But the turmoil has revived, economic
Monday, there was little hiding the fact that      the current Secretariat of the 31-year-old         anti-ballistic missile plan for the last few years   growth has been cut in half and a sense of cri-
some leaders in the six-nation Gulf                GCC. Reports from officials, diplomats and         and now there’s a debate about where it              sis pervades an island state increasingly divid-
Cooperation Council (GCC) had put the              media suggest that Oman, Kuwait and the            should be based - the UAE or Saudi,” Karasik         ed by sect where hardliners on both sides
brakes on the project, if not shot it down         UAE mounted the strongest objections to the        said.                                                gain ground. Iran has strongly objected to the
entirely. “These things need to be looked at       union proposals, fearing being lorded over             Kuwaiti parliament speaker Ahmed Al-             Saudi move to formalise its influence over
in depth,” said Ghanem Al-Najjar, professor        by the Saudis as well as difficulties in inte-     Saadoun said equal levels of political open-         Bahrain, with parliamentarians saying it
of political science at Kuwait University. “You    grating varying social and political systems. A    ness in each country should precede a closer         would deepen divisions on the island and
don’t just decide that you will have unity, by     Saudi spokesman was not available to com-          political compact. Saudi Arabia has no elected       speaker Ali Larijani even suggesting it should
trying to create some sort of unified body         ment.                                              parliament, while Kuwait has the most lively         be Iran that Bahrain integrates with. Nabeel
against Iran and to handle the development            “The UAE will not accept a single country       political culture. “Freedom of expression and        Al-Hamer, media adviser to Bahrain’s King
created by the Arab uprisings,” he said, refer-    taking over a union, so that issue has to be       the right of popular participation in decision-      Hamad, tried to reassure supporters after-
ring to street revolts that have toppled sev-      clear,” a UAE official told Reuters, pointing to   making..., we hope (that) will be achieved in        wards, promising a Riyadh summit in coming
eral dictators since early 2011 and have rat-      the UAE’s 2009 withdrawal from a monetary          all GCC states shortly so the union can be           months to sign a unity charter including
tled GCC member Bahrain’s monarchy.                union over Saudi insistence that Riyadh host       established,” Saadoun said on Twitter.               Qatar.
   It will “take time” to get all Gulf countries   the central bank. Asked if he thought the          “Leaders of Kuwait, Qatar, UAE and Oman                  Bahrain’s opposition movement dismissed
on board, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud       union would eventually happen, the official        expressed concern about a loss of identity of        the entire project as just the latest manoeuvre
al-Faisal told reporters after the GCC summit,     added: “Let’s just say it will take more time.”    individual states and pointed to differences in      by aloof, entrenched rulers to put off the day
explaining that Gulf leaders wanted to know           Saudi Arabia is by far the biggest and          law between the countries,” the Kuwaiti daily        when they cede powers to an elected govern-
“details and details of the details” of how        most powerful state in the group of major,         Al-Qabas commented. “A lot of GCC decisions          ment. “This is an attempt to escape a political
Saudi Arabia imagined a “union” bringing           US-aligned oil and gas producers. Although         have still not been implemented. It would be         resolution by putting Bahrain under the hege-
them closer than they are now. He even stat-       the six states look similar on the surface -       better to get these done first.”                     mony of Saudi Arabia, which wants to show it
ed baldly that there was “no step to have a        Arab, conservative Muslim and with similar             Even the rise of Iran over the past decade       is the big power in the region,” said political
special relationship between Bahrain and           social customs - there are wide differences of     and the Arab Spring uprisings have failed to         activist Abdulnabi Al-Ekri. “I think it will be a
Saudi Arabia” - despite fanfare to the contrary    tribe, history, sect and geography among           put all GCC six on the same page, while lin-         failure.” —Reuters
in pro-government Bahraini media - while           them, particularly in Bahrain with its Shiite      gering border disputes have often marred ties
admitting both leaderships would welcome a         majority, as well as in their degree of open-      among states where personalised, dynastic
closer association.                                ness to Western culture. Oman, which has           rule is the norm. While Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
   “They had no idea really what they wanted       long sought to protect its identity deriving in    and the UAE want a strong policy to stem
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012


                         In a photograph taken on May 10, 2012, Pearl
                         Lam, curator of Pearl Lam Galleries, poses in
                         front of art work in her studio in Hong Kong.
                         Top†artists, wealthy collectors and
                         heavy-hitting dealers from around the world
                         are descending on Hong Kong this week for
                         the Hong Kong International Art Fair, Asia’s
                         premier artmarket. — AFP
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

  Dumbbells are not for dumb belles
                                 The truth about women and strength-training

                 anting to gain weight and sexy curves in the                               The Pear Body Shape                         to accentuate the feminine shape you already have. You
                 right places? Forget all you hear about                   The body is classified as pear-shaped if the waist-to-       will look sexy and feel better about yourself!
                 women, weight lifting, and “bulking up”, etc.          hip ratio, i.e., the size of the waist divided by the size of      3. If you lift weights while on a weight gain diet you
      The truth is that gaining weight for women isn’t that             the hips, is 0.80 or lower. If the ratio is higher than 0.80,   will not look fat. In reality you will be performing fat
      different to men. When it comes to putting on weight              the body is classified as apple-shaped. Women who have          burning in the gym while building muscle. Reduce the fat
      you will need to select a plan that is based on your nat-         a pear body shape tend to put on weight on the hips and         around a tight, toned muscle and others will notice.
      ural body shape. The reason is that your body tends to            thighs and not the upper body. In order to gain sexy               Weights can help you achieve the sexy body and be
      put on weight first in places that come most natural.             curves you will need the right weight gain diet plan,           prettier than ever before. Why is that? Because with
      Hence if you want to gain weight all over (as opposed             which is very important, but you really need to focus on        weight you not only burn calories but you target parts of
      to only on your waist) then your weight gain program              certain workout routines to target the problem areas.           your body that you may want to tighten and develop.
      will need to reflect this.                                                                                                           For example you may have hit a wall on development
          It’s important to also realize that it’s difficult to iden-                 The Proportionate Body Shape                      in the posterior area with the stair climber, but lunges
      tify your body shape when you are underweight. As a                   Idealized by many women. The good news is that you          with dumb bells may give that little extra target that you
      result, you might need to adjust your weight gain plan            will gain weight all over. Both exercise and diet is the key.   desire. Lifting weights can also help to build confidence. I
      as you start to fill out and your shape becomes more                  Whenever I suggest to women clients about using             recommend machines for beginners. If you are a begin-
      noticeable. However, there are three generic body                 weights I usually get a lot of push back. I would like to       ner then you may start at the machines. It helps build
      shapes all women should be mindful of.                            clarify myths and share some truths.                            some strength and range of motion to move the weight.
                                                                            1. Weightlifting does burn calories. If it burns calories   But there is something positive in confidence when you
                      The Apple Body Shape                              for men it works the same for the female population. To         can move from machines to free weights. Also move-
         The “apple” body shape is characterized by a wide              really gain quality lean muscle mass you need to pay            ments with weights are not restricted so you can really
      torso and large abdomen. Men who have an apple                    strict attention to your diet to compensate for the effort      target those muscle groups.
      body shape are said to have a “beer belly”, a “pot belly”,        you are making in the gym and to help repair and rebuild           Exactly what does it take to achieve good results?
      or “love handles”. Women who have an apple body                   muscle tissue!                                                  Well, it takes a real dedication to your diet and workout
      shape tend to put on weight in the face, neck, chest                  2. You will not look more like a man, unless you are        program. You would be required to exercise at least four
      and waist. Due to genetics you are more likely to be              taking steroids. Men and women were born with differ-           or five times each week. And more importantly, it takes a
      gaining weight on your upper body but having skinny               ent hormones. Not every man who works out with                  real wanting to see that new lean and toned body in the
      legs. In order to gain a nice shape you will need the             weights looks like Arnold either. Therefore any muscle          mirror.
      right exercise and diet.                                          gain you get as a result of diet and training will only serve                           
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                                                                                                      Everyday cooking

                                                                                                 Canned tuna
                                                                                              By Sawsan Kazak                                                          when we are in a bind. It might not be the fanciest food,
                                                                                                                                                                       but with the right preparation and respect, it can become

                                                                                                    here are some weeks we just don’t feel like doing                  some of the most delicious. The following recipes use
                                                                                                    our groceries. And within a few days, the cupboards                canned tuna and elevate this humble item to gourmet
                                                                                                    are empty, the fridge only contains condiments and                 status.
                                                                                              we are at home starving and regretting the fact that we
                                                                                              didn’t get any groceries. There is one ingredient that nev-                                                Send your suggestions to:
                                                                                              er seems to run out in the kitchen; canned tuna. It’s                                          
                                                                                              almost like this product has a shelf life that would outlast
                                                                                              us. We never remember buying it but it is always there

             Tuna patties
 2 6-ounce cans tuna
                                                                    Tuna Pasta with Peas

 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

                                                                                                                                                           Easy tuna casserole
 1/2 cup white bread torn into small pieces
 1 teaspoon lemon zest
 1 Tbsp lemon juice
 1 Tbsp water (or liquid from the cans of tuna)
 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives, green onions, or shallots
 Salt and freshly ground black pepper
 A couple squirts of Crystal hot sauce or tabasco
 1 raw egg
 2 Tbsp olive oil                                                                             8 ounces dry fettuccine pasta
                                                                                              1 can tuna, drained                                                                3 cups cooked macaroni
 1/2 teaspoon butter                                                                                                                                                             1 (6 ounce) can tuna, drained
                                                                                              1 can peas, drained
                                                                                              8 ounces Classico(r) Creamy Alfredo Sauce                                          1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken

         rain the liquid from the tuna cans. If you are using                                                                                                                    soup
         tuna packed in water, reserve a tablespoon of the                                    1 teaspoon garlic powder
                                                                                              1 teaspoon dried oregano                                                           1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
         tuna water, and add a teaspoon of olive oil to the                                                                                                                      1 1/2 cups French fried onions
 tuna mixture in the next step. In a medium bowl, mix togeth-                                 1 teaspoon dried basil
 er the tuna, mustard, torn white bread, lemon zest, lemon

                                                                                                                                                                                       reheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees

 juice, water, parsley, chives, and hot sauce. Sprinkle on salt                                      ring a large pot of lightly salted
                                                                                                     water to a boil. Add pasta and cook                                               C). In a 9x13-inch baking dish, combine the
 and freshly ground black pepper. Taste the mixture before                                                                                                                             macaroni, tuna, and soup. Mix well, and
 adding the egg to see if it needs more seasoning to your                                            for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente;
                                                                                              drain and set aside. In a large saucepan                                           then top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (175
 taste. Mix in the egg. Divide the mixture into 4 parts. With                                                                                                                    degrees C) for about 25 minutes, or until bubbly.
 each part, form into a ball and then flatten into a patty. Place                             over medium heat, combine tuna, peas,
                                                                                              Alfredo sauce, garlic powder, oregano, and                                         Sprinkle with fried onions, and bake for another
 onto a wax paper lined tray and chill for an hour. (You can                                                                                                                     5 minutes.
 skip the chilling if you want, chilling just helps the patties                               basil; mix well. Cook until heated through
 stay together when you cook them.)                                                           and add cooked pasta; mix well. Adjust
                                                                                              seasoning as needed; serve.

                                                                                                Tuna salad sandwich
                                                                     1 (6 ounce) can of tuna fish (if packed in water, drain it, and add a teaspoon of good quality
                                                                     olive oil)
                                                                     1/3 cup of cottage cheese
                                                                     2 Tablespoons of mayonaise
                                                                     1/4 purple onion, chopped finely
                                                                     1 celery stalk, chopped finely
                                                                     1 Tablespoon of capers
                                                                     Juice of half of a lemon
                                                                     Pinch or two of dill
                                                                     2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
                                                                     1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard

                                                                                           ix all of the ingredients. Serve on toast, either open faced,
                                                                                           or in a regular sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes. For a
                                                                                           low carb option, serve on sliced lettuce.
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012


                                               D    espite some mixed reviews, this book gets a
                                                    special prize for sensitivity. At least that was
                                               the word most used to describe the writing style
                                               as fans got a closer look at the Doors’ John
                                               Densmore and his crazy life. It’s wishful, reminis-
                                               cent, and incredibly honest: something that is dif-
                                               ficult to do when everyone expects perfection of
                                               you. In addition quite a few new fans have com-
                                               mented that the piece itself is well-written and
                                               thought out. Here is an example of a satisfied cus-
                                                                                                                        EMINEM - THE WAY I AM

                                                                                                              E   minem has a way with words. He also
                                                                                                                  has a way with scandals. Seems like
                                                                                                              the making for a fabulous book, and
                                                                                                              indeed he has his share of fabulous feed-
                                                                                                              back from diehard fans. After listening to
                                                                                                              The Way I Am, (originally a song), we
                                                                                                              noticed the same thing many people                        OZZY OSBOURNE - I AM OZZY

                                    KURT COBAIN - JOURNALS
                                                                                                              struggled with: Eminem’s power is in his
                                                                                                              lyrics, not necessarily his prose (yes, there
                                                                                                              is a difference). The main thrill for his fans
                                                                                                                                                                 W      ho could have known! Ozzy
                                                                                                                                                                        Osbourne is actually a good writer.
                                                                                                                                                                 Readers found this book both funny and

   O    ddly enough there is a strong following of people under the age of 20 reviewing and
        rating this book. Sure, combing through the strange and somewhat cryptic com-
   ments was daunting, but we got the message. This is definitely an unconventional auto-
                                                                                                              was the insider information; apparently
                                                                                                              he reveals a significant amount about
                                                                                                              him that has been previously kept under
                                                                                                                                                                 engaging, stating that it was a look inside
                                                                                                                                                                 the twisted mind of one of the most unin-
                                                                                                                                                                 hibited artists of his time. The title leaves
   biography, as it’s a collection of entries from Kobain’s personal journal and was published                wraps. The writing itself didn’t seem to           much to be desired, but the book itself has
   after his death, creating an extremely personal in-depth look at the tormented musical                     draw any praise, but what really got his           been said to be nothing short of just Ozzy,
   genius of Nirvana’s leading man. Readers get a privileged and somewhat shameful                            readers excited was the noteworthy                 clear, uncensored and true to form. It
   glimpse of a Kobain’s most intimate thoughts, and the fans can’t get enough of it.                         spread of pictures and lyric sheets with           makes us wonder though: What exactly is
                                                                                                              his own comments written in.                       it that he writes about?

                                                                                   MICHAEL JACKSON - MOONWALK

                                                        R   e-released in 2009 as a result of MJ’s death, it is
                                                            important to note that despite a million and one
                                                        publications on the King of Pop, this is his one and
                                                        only autobiography. There is little to contradict the
                                                        fact that this is a must-read. Given the controversy
                                                        constantly hovering over Jackson’s head, the rumors
                                                        of his craziness, the color of his skin, his relationship
                                                        with children, it seems the star had become an utter
                                                        joke. Perhaps it is appropriate that after his death the
                                                        re-release of his book allowed him to clarify his story
                                                        for those nonbelievers, and many were deeply
                                                        touched. The perspective is important as well, given
                                                        that the book itself was written in 1988, before “Wacko
                                                        Jacko” ever made his debut and when his moonwalk
                                                        dance moves had just become legendary.

                                                                                            LANCE BASS - OUT OF SYNC

                                                        O    h Lance, you know we’ll always be crazy for you, and you’re always in our hearts. And yes,
                                                             just like our terrible plays on long forgotten N’sync songs, Lance’s book is up there in our
                                                                                                                                                                     GORILLAZ - RISE OF THE OGRE
                                                        top ten least creative autobiography titles. However, given the timing of his book release, signif-
                                                        icantly after the rise and fall of the boy band, it seems more of a ploy to get attention and a
                                                                                                                                                               S   o yes, the Gorillaz isn’t a “real band,”
                                                                                                                                                                   and some may wonder why it is that
                                                                                                                                                               they wrote an autobiography, or whether
          BOB DYLAN - CHRONICLES                        quick buck. It could be those baby blue eyes, but against all odds this book seems to have struck      that even makes sense. But there is some-
   N   o one can question Bob Dylan’s right
       to an autobiography, the man is a
   legend and an icon, and is one of the
                                                        a few of the right notes among fans of all ages.                                                       thing very tempting about this book...not
                                                                                                                                                               to mention its funny and extremely cre-
                                                                                         GUNS N ROSES’ SLASH - SLASH                                           ative. You try writing an autobiography
   more well known artistes of the 20th cen-
   tury (and well into the 21st). While he
   doesn’t need this book to guarantee him
                                                        I ndeed, Slash is excessive. Also extremely addicted to an extreme amount of things and proba-
                                                          bly a lot of fun (against most people’s better judgment). The book, a firsthand account of one
                                                        of the most controversial members of one of the world’s most controversial bands, is a whirl-
                                                                                                                                                               that isn’t about you and is really about the
                                                                                                                                                               lives of imaginary psychedelic cartoon
   immortality, he definitely did use it to                                                                                                                    characters! Perhaps Mr. Bieber can take
                                                        wind adventure, one that has captivated quite a few readers. Noteworthy is the fact that many          some tips.
   give his biggest fans a thrill.                      of these readers were not fans of the band prior to reading the book but felt a deep connection
                                                        to the author. Understandably, they also felt their minds had been opened to many things they
                                                        had never expected.
                                                                                                                                                                   Pe t s
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

    An angel on four legs
peace for
and their

        ell Katherine to go protect her mom,

T       and the diminutive Jack Russell terrier
        jumps to Dolores Starcher’s side. The
companionship is one of the few pleasures
the 75-year-old woman, who suffers from
progressive supranuclear palsy, or PSP, can
still enjoy. Not only is the pint-sized pooch
Starcher’s protector, she is also her buddy
and a constant source of pleasure, said
Susan Oblisk, Starcher’s daughter. “She calls
Katherine her little angel,” Oblisk said.
Starcher, a patient in Summa Health
System’s Palliative Care and Hospice
Services, can keep the dog by her side
because she is enrolled in Summa’s Pet
Peace of Mind program that assists terminal-
ly ill people and their pets.
    Pets are a lifeline and the reason people
get out of their beds on some days, said Lori
Flesher, a licensed social worker and
bereavement coordinator for Summa. “Pets
need us as much as we need them and they
give us so much back. During a serious ill-
ness a person may experience physical and         Catherine, the Jack Russell Terrier, is held by her owner Dolores Starcher in her homein Munroe Falls, Ohio. —MCT photos
emotional changes that may make other
people uncomfortable and so others may            PSP six years ago after moving in with her         much more common illness. Although the              Together, they enjoy birds at a feeder just
pull away or treat the person who is ill dif-     daughter and son-in-law, Reese Oblisk, fol-        cause is unknown, the disease attacks a por-        outside her window. Katherine never fails to
ferently. But pets stick with us no matter        lowing the death of her husband, Al. The           tion of the brain involved in eye movement          greet Starcher when she wakes up each day,
what by providing unconditional love, lis-        couple had a spacious addition built onto          and balance. The damage results in a pro-           said Aikens: “She gets right up there on the
tening to us and providing physical con-          their home just for Starcher.                      gressive lack of coordination, stiffness of the     bed and kisses her. She loves it.”
tact,” she said.                                     Susan Oblisk realized right away that           neck and trunk, eating and breathing prob-             When Starcher isn’t busy during the day,
    Kathy Bailey of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a       there was something wrong with her moth-           lems and the ability to control eye move-           you can find Katherine perched in her lap or
volunteer in the program since its inception      er after she lost her balance, sending them        ment. PSP gets progressively worse over             surveying the activity in the room from the
in 2009, visits Starcher and brings food for      both to the ground in a free fall. To make         time. There is no cure, according to the insti-     back of Starcher’s chair, her preferred place
Katherine, named after actor Catherine Zeta-      matters worse, Oblisk landed on a coffee           tute, but tests are being conducted to dis-         to rest. Starcher, who was an artist, hand-
Jones. The program, funded in part by a           cup with her mother on top of her. “It hurt. I     cover the cause.                                    decorated some of the most beautiful
$5,000 grant from the Banfield Charitable         was crying and I said, ‘Mom, we really need            Starcher, who was the lead majorette at         touches in her former Hudson home, said
Trust and matched by Summa, is staffed by         to find out what’s wrong with you,’” Oblisk        Copley High School, now has limited vision          her daughter. Oblisk has tried to keep her
volunteers, said Summa volunteer coordina-        remembers.                                         and stiffness in her neck that causes her chin      mother surrounded by her favorite things,
tor Angela Tetrick.                                  It wasn’t the first time Starcher had fallen,   to tilt upwards. Her facial movements are           including a copy of the Mona Lisa, family
    “It’s designed to assist hospice patients     Oblisk said. She suspects her stepfather had       restricted and her eyes remain wide open -          photos, her own furniture - and of course,
and their families where they are least able      been concealing his wife’s condition for sev-      all common symptoms of PSP. “This disease           Katherine. —MCT
to care for their pets. We try to help where      eral years. “I think he knew for a long time       is horrible and it affects us all. She isn’t just
there is a financial need for food, supplies,     that something was wrong with Mom and              my mom - she’s my best friend,” said Oblisk.
medicine and veterinary care,” Tetrick said.      covered for her,” she said. The following              As she always did for herself, Starcher
Future plans for the program include dog          week, Oblisk took her mother to see a neu-         insists her caretaker, Shari Aikens, apply her
walking, pet cleanup, fostering, and pet          rologist who immediately gave them the             lipstick and blush each morning. Prior to a
transportation, she said.                         diagnosis.                                         visit last week with Summa employees and
    The most unusual situation where the             PSP is a rare degenerative neurological         Bailey, she insisted Aikens put mascara on
group was called upon was to help with a          disease that affects one in every 100,000          her, too. “I need my eye marker,” Starcher
flock of chickens: “You could tell this           people older than 60. The disease appears          told Aikens as she prepared to have her
patient’s life was all about these chickens.      to affect men more than women, according           photo taken.
The whole house was decorated with chick-         to the National Institute of Neurological              Aikens works with her patient every day,
ens and chickens were all over the back-          Disorder and Stroke. Some of its early symp-       signing words and building puzzles that
yard,” she said. Starcher was diagnosed with      toms mimic those of Parkinson’s disease, a         Starcher feels by touch rather than sight.
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

             Beauty at your fingertips

  How to give yourself a perfect manicure at home
       beautifully manicured hand used to be the
       province of women with enough money to
       spend on a professional manicure on a weekly
basis. Not anymore. With more women working as pro-
fessionals and executives, a manicure is no longer con-
sidered a luxury, but rather an important part of daily
grooming. If you want to keep your nails looking pro-
fessionally manicured, but don’t want the weekly hassle
and expense of salon manicures, you need to learn tips
and tricks of simple home manicures. You can give and
get perfect manicures at home with just a few easy

   Before beginning your manicure, wash your hands
thoroughly with a scrub brush, making sure you get
under the nails. Clean the tops of the nail as well. Let
them dry completely. Use polish remover and a cotton
ball to remove all traces of any old polish completely.
Once your nails are completely clean and bare, look at
them carefully just to make sure there are no signs of
injury or damage to the nails or the cuticles. Applying
polish to damaged nails could invite infection.

   Next, use an emery board to file and shape the nail
on each finger. Start with your little finger, and use
short strokes to file from the outside edge of the nail
toward the center in the same direction. File with two
or three short strokes and then one longer smooth
stroke. If you file your nail this way, you will avoid any
splitting. The single longer stroke blends and smoothes
the edge of the nail so it is uniform. Nails grow in a vari-
ety of shapes and sizes, but there are four basic shapes:
pointed, oval, round and square. Typically, the squarer
the nail is, the stronger it will be. You should consider
what you do with your hands when deciding how to                know the frustration of smeared polish that never even
shape them with your manicure.                                  got a chance to dry.

   Treating your cuticles                                          Manicure maintenance
   Apply cuticle remover, and let it sit for a minute or           When you are all done and your nail polish has dried,
so. Ideally, you should soak your hand in a solution of         clean your tools, such as your nail clippers, with a disin-
antibacterial soap and water for a few minutes. Dry             fectant. Don’t share your manicure tools with anyone
your hand, and then carefully push back the cuticle             else to avoid infection.
with an orangewood stick that is wrapped in cotton. Be             To make your manicure last, try to wear gloves when
gentle so you don’t tear the cuticle; it hurts and it isn’t     performing any activity that will require wear and tear
pretty. Repeat with the other hand. Treat yourself after        on your nails, such as washing the dishes. Also make
this part by giving each finger and hand a quick mas-           sure to use hand cream and moisturize your cuticles.
sage.                                                              Don’t worry if your first home manicure doesn’t look
                                                                salon-perfect. This art is easily mastered. Many women
    Polishing your nails                                        perform their own manicures and never tell a soul. If
    Start with a base coat first. It will protect the finger-   you schedule your home manicure as a relaxing gift to
nail, and it will help your color go on smoothly and last       yourself, you will soon find out how soothing a ritual
longer. Start with the little finger on each hand. Use          doing your nails can become. If you follow this step-by-
light strokes, starting at the bottom and gliding               step guide and practice just a bit, your nails will never
upward. You should use three strokes on each finger.            give away your secrets to a perfect home manicure.
Polish the middle of the nail first and then either side.
As you stroke on the polish, try to get the same amount
of polish on the brush each time so the nail polish goes
on smoothly. Use two coats of polish, but be sure to let
it dry completely in between. Wrap an orange stick in
cotton that has been dampened with nail polish
remover to clean up any stray drips or slips. Finally,
apply your top coat. Try not to skip the top coat unless
you are in a real hurry, as it will help the rest of your
polish last.

  Dry your nails
  If necessary, use a quick-dry product. These little
beauties come in a spray, a pump or a polish, so choose
your favorite but use one. A quick-dry product will dry
your polish in a snap, protecting the surface from
bumps or smears. If you have ever worn nail polish, you
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

  Lil’ Kim’s
     father has
  Alzheimer’s disease

         he rapper-and-actress has taken her dad Linwood
         Jones into her home so she can care for him as he
         has a “small case” of the dementia condition - which
  affects the memory and motor skills of sufferers - and she
  made the decision to put their personal history aside to
  help him. She told the New York Post newspaper: “My
                                                                       Theron ‘hated’ saying
                                                                        mirror mirror, on the wall
  father had ex-wife troubles. Also health issues. He shakes.
  Spills coffee and food. We have to cook for him, pour his

                                                                           harlize Theron “hated” saying the       was kind of a throwback. “In a way it’s like,    moments, provided by the seven dwarves,
  juice. His sickness wasn’t diagnosed, but it’s a small case              line “mirror mirror, on the wall,       ‘My name is Bond, James Bond,’ some-             two of whom are played by English actors
  of Alzheimer’s. I know about ‘Honour Thy Father and                      who’s the fairest of them all” in       thing that is so ... How do you do that in a     Ray Winstone and Ian McShane, who left
  Mother.’ My father and I were estranged, but I’ve taken            ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. The            way that people aren’t like, ‘Meh?’ And          an impression on Chris. Speaking at the
  him in. He lives with me.” Kim had been estranged from             actress plays the story’s villainous Queen    they decided to make me shoot that on            film’s London premiere on Tuesday, Chris
  her father after he decided to throw her out of his home           Ravenna in the modern take on the ‘Snow       my first day so I was just sweating bullets. I   said: “Some of my favorite stuff to work on
  when she was just a teenager after raising her as a single         White’ fairytale, and admitted she “dread-    hated it, I hated it.” While the movie -         and watch in the movie was sitting around
  parent when he split from her mother Ruby Mae when                 ed” having to deliver the story’s most        which also stars Chris Hemsworth as Eric         listening to those guys. “I mean they are
  the ‘Magic Stick’ hitmaker was nine. Kim knows she has a           famous line. She told British radio station   the Huntsman and Kristen Stewart as              iconic on and off screen, Ray Winston and
  reputation as a bad girl because she was jailed for a year         Magic 105.4: “I just dreaded it. We worked    Snow White - shares more of the darker           Ian McShane. The film is heavy, its dark
  for conspiracy and perjury in March 2005 for lying in court        so hard to really find a foundation to        tone of the original Grimm Brothers fairy-       and when they come in there is a whole
  about her and her friends involvement in a 2001 shooting           ground the story emotionally in reality,      tale than the light-heartedness of the icon-     new layer and some humor and there’s
  outside the Hot 97 radio studios in Manhattan, New York.           and that was, for me, the only part that      ic Disney animation, it does have its comic      tragedy as well.”
  But the ‘Superhero Movie’ actress is adamant her reputa-
  tion is unjustified because she is actually a good person
  with morals. She insisted: “People around me know I do
  good. My mom lived with me until I went away. She’s now
  in Delaware. “Nobody gives me a chance. It was difficult
  when I went away. It’s still difficult. But God’s working on
  helping to understand me. Someday people will. I can’t
  help people thinking I’m a badass ... Look, a girlfriend of
  mine got pregnant. Her husband’s abusive. So she’s stay-
  ing with me. I know about respect. I listen to whoever
                                                                                                                                   The Wanted’s
  needs. I take care of all my friends to the fullest. It’s a
  blessing - and a curse.”

Decker was named after a horse                                                                                                   gets homesick
                              he ‘Battleship’ actress revealed her
                              parents loved the moniker of her

                              mother’s best friend’s horse Brooke                                                                          he ‘Glad You Came’ singer - who hails from
                       and decided on the more “formal” version                                                                            Manchester, North West England - has been jetting
                       of it for their daughter. She told Vanity                                                                           all over the world with since finding success with
                       Fair magazine: “I’m named after a horse.                                                                     his bandmates and while he loves being a international
                       My mom’s best friend had a horse named                                                                       pop star, he admits it can sometimes be tough as he
                       Brooke, so my dad suggested ‘Brooklyn’                                                                       misses his home comforts. He said: “I struggle with
                       as a more formal version, and it just stuck                                                                  homesickness quite badly. I’m even homesick in London!
                       - and now I live in Brooklyn part-time, so                                                                   That’s the hardest thing, especially when stuff happens
                       go figure.” The former model married ten-                                                                    at home and you can’t be there. I speak to my mum
nis star Andy Roddick in 2009 and while both are busy forging                                                                       about four or five times a week cos we’re very close, so
successful careers, Brooklyn can’t wait to have kids. She said:                                                                     it’s nice getting to spend time with her. I tell her every-
“I think that I’d like to try to be a superwoman and have kids                                                                      thing ... within reason!” Max and the rest of the British
and work, so we’ll see if I can actually accomplish that. But, if                                                                   boy band - Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuinness, Siva
we’re talking dream scenario, that would probably be it.”                                                                           Kaneswara and Tom Parker - have even taken the US by
Brooklyn, 25, quit modeling at the height of her career in 2010                                                                     storm and he admits they were shocked with their suc-
to focus on acting and although it was a success, she admitted                                                                      cess stateside. In an interview with Top of the Pops
her agent wasn’t too happy with her at first. She said: “The                                                                        magazine, he said: “So many boy bands have killed it at
Sports Illustrated cover was the last thing I shot. That week, I                                                                    home and tried to break America, but something
told my agent, ‘You know what, I really ... I don’t want to be a                                                                    doesn’t translate - I don’t know why; I can’t put my finger
model anymore. I really want to do movies.’ And I think he                                                                          on it. But I think we’ve just caught it at the right
wanted to wring my neck at the moment.”                                                                                             moment, because British acts are doing so well. It’s been
                                                                                                                                    surprising, but lovely.”
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                                                                                                                                  costume collection
                                                                                                                                                    to be auctioned

                                                                                                                                                         ichael Jackson’s costume collection is to be auctioned
                                                                                                                                                         in December. Between 50 and 100 of the late singer’s

          om Cruise has been doing his own stunts since he was 12.      “I’ve broken my leg. The first time [I broke my nose], I got hit by              famous fashions, including his iconic right-hand crystal
          The ‘Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol’ actor is famous    a fastball. Another time, I got hit with a baseball bat by accident.    glove - which is expected to fetch more than $400,000 - will go
          for doing his own stunts - from motorbike chases, to          “Then I rejarred it on a motorcycle. No one thought about hel-          on a worldwide tour this year before going under the hammer at
  hanging off the 124th floor of the tallest building in the world -    mets or pads back then. When I was 18, on the set of ‘Taps’, I          Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, on December 2. The
  and has been teaching himself from a very early age. He told          met the stunt guys. I was like, ‘You train for stuff like this?’ Back   items are created by Michael’s long-time costume designers
  Playboy magazine: “From as early as I can remember, I wanted          in the day there were no videos of this stuff.” Tom continues to        Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, and many of the pieces are
  to ride motorcycles and race cars. I wanted to do jumps and           train hard for all his films, and sometimes surprises even himself      signed by the King of Pop. Michael’s custom shirts, a gold belt,
  stunts. Every birthday I wanted only a motorcycle. By the time I      with how much he bulks up. He added: “For ‘The Last Samurai’ I          jackets seen in his performances of ‘Beat It’ and ‘Bad’, a black
  was 12, I’d bought my own. “I crashed a lot, because I like to go     spent a year training six hours a day, seven days a week to be          stage jacket he donned at his 1993 Super Bowl appearance and a
  fast. I’d create ramps to try to jump over garbage cans on my         able to handle a sword and do it on uneven terrain. You’ve got          leotard he wore on his ‘Bad’ tour will all be sold at the auction,
  bike, figuring it out on my own.” However, the 49-year-od star’s      to build the body up for impact. I remember trying to put my            some of which haven’t been seen in public since Michael died in
  stunts weren’t always successful and he suffered his fair share of    shirt on at one point and couldn’t because my forearms had              June 2009 of acute Propofol intoxication. The collection will
  injuries, including breaking his nose three times. He added:          gotten so big.”                                                         begin its tourat the Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile, before
                                                                                                                                                heading to other South American countries, as well as Europe,
                                                                                                                                                Asia and the US and proceeds from teh auction will go towards
                                                                                                                                                Guide Dogs of America and the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las

 Temperley says                                                                                                                                 Vegas. A spokesperson from the auction house said: “There is no
                                                                                                                                                doubt that Michael Jackson was a global fashion icon as well as
                                                                                                                                                award winning and beloved musician. “His wardrobe dictated
                                                                                                                                                many of the styles throughout the last few decades. Jackson
             new store                                                                                                                          played a very intimate role in the designs and completion of
                                                                                                                                                every costume and piece of clothing he wore both on stage and
         is perfect timing                                                                                                                      in his personal life.’

                                     A                                                                                                             50 Cent hospitalized
                                           lice Temperley says
                                           the time is right for
                                           her to open a flagship

                                                                           Moss gives out
                                    store. The designer’s label

                                    Temperley London is open-                                                                                                 Cent has reportedly been
                                    ing its first ever flagship                                                                                               hospitalized with a stom-
                                    store in London’s Mayfair                                                                                                 ach virus. The ‘In Da Club’
                                    this November and she says
                                    the timing couldn’t be bet-
                                                                          makeovers at Claridge’s                                                rapper tweeted a picture of himself
                                                                                                                                                 surrounded by cuddly toys - includ-
                                    ter. She said: “It just felt like                                                                            ing a giraffe, and elephant and a lion

                                                                                 ate Moss was spotted giving out makeovers at
                                    the right time to enter a new                                                                                - in his bed, saying he wasn’t looking
                                                                                 Claridge’s hotel on Tuesday night.The 38-year-old
                                    phase of expansion. It’s an                                                                                  forward to being operated on.
                                                                                 supermodel came to the aid of a fellow guest, who suf-
                                    important time to be in                                                                                      Alongside the picture, he tweeted: “I
                                                                          fered a malfunction when her ‘magic sponge’ - a hair accesso-
                                    Britain and after 10 years we                                                                                don’t want to go into surgery.”
                                                                          ry used to create a stylish bun - failed to stay in place at a
                                    felt that we really needed a                                                                                 Appealing to his friend, champion boxer Floyd
                                                                          charity event at the plush London hotel. A source told the
                                    flagship. The recession                                                                                      Mayweather, for support, he added: “@FloydMayweather
                                                                          Daily Mirror newspaper: “The girl’s hair had started coming
                                    slowed us down a little, but                                                                                 call my phone why your phone off. (sic)” XXL Magazine
                                                                          loose from her bun and one of her pals mentioned that you
                                    we’re much more solid now                                                                                    reported 50 was suffering a stomach virus, and while
                                                                          could see her ‘magic sponge’. “Kate too pity on the poor girl
                                    about our plans and the                                                                                      Floyd wasn’t specific about his pal’s illness, he asked fans
                                                                          who was struggling to fix it and took matters into her own
                                    future. It’s something I’ve                                                                                  to pray for him. He told US radio station V103’s Ryan
                                                                          hands. “She told her, ‘I can’t let another woman go out there
wanted to do for a long time and it was important to me to be                                                                                    Cameron: “Please keep 50 Cent in your prayers he is in the
                                                                          with her sponge showing. The she grabbed hold of the girl,
more central and to be able to show the world what we’ve                                                                                         hospital and he is extremely sick ... we will remain posi-
                                                                          set her in front of the mirror and whipped out all the hairpins
been up do. It’s nice not to feel hidden.” Alice says she’s work-                                                                                tive.” Although he is claiming to be ill, 50 reassured fans
                                                                          holding her hairdo in place and started again from scratch.
ing hard on the interior of the new store as she wants to get it                                                                                 his latest release is ready. He tweeted: “I’m in the hospital
                                                                          “Within minutes, she was standing back, admiring her handi-
just right. She added to “I’m working with friend                                                                                   but my gangsta grillz LOST TAPE is done so it will be out
                                                                          work and telling her she was good to go.” Later that evening,
to create lots of hand-paintings. We’ll be redesigning the rails                                                                                 on time. (sic)” Floyd also found time to joke, posting a
                                                                          Kate, who attended the Marie Curie Cancer Care fundraising
but a lot of it will be designed from scratch. It’ll have a French                                                                               message under another picture his rap friend posted of
                                                                          dinner with her husband Jamie Hince, helped Ronnie Wood to
salon feel with a decorative twist. There will be an opening                                                                                     him watching an old TV from his bed: “While you’re in the
                                                                          auction his own self-portrait for the good cause, before taking
party nearer the time and a private dressing area too. I’m real-                                                                                 hospital they need to get you a flat screen TV.”
                                                                          to the dancefloor.
ly so excited.”— Bang Showbiz
FRIDAY, MAY 18 , 2012

                                                                       Chuck Brown, pioneer of
                                                                              funk music, dies
                                                                         huck Brown, who styled a unique mix of funk, soul and     Lee, a fan of Brown’s, used go-go for his movie “School
                                                                         Latin party sounds to create go-go music in the           Daze.”“Chuck Brown Will Always Be ‘Bustin’ Loose’ - the
                                                                         nation’s capital, has died after suffering from pneumo-   Godfather of Go-Go,” Lee said through a spokeswoman.
                                                                 nia. He was 75. Brown, widely acclaimed as the “Godfather of         Elliot said Brown had been a father figure since he was a
                                                                 go-go” for his pioneering sound, died Wednesday at Johns          teen when he aspired to be a rocker like Jimmy Hendrix but
                                                                 Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. Hospital                realized he wouldn’t make it that way as a young black man.
                                                                 spokesman Gary Stephenson confirmed Brown had died                When he saw Brown perform, he said he “instantly knew”
                                                                 after a hospital stay that began April 18. Thanks to Brown and    what he wanted to do.
                                                                 his deep, gravelly voice, go-go music was uniquely identified
                                                                 with Washington. That’s where he continued to play the
                                                                 city’s club circuit to a loyal audience late in life.
                                                                     Mayor Vincent Gray said the nation’s capital will be a dif-
                                                                 ferent place without him. Mournful admirers of the musician
                                                                 were called Wednesday evening to an impromptu candle-
                                                                 light vigil in Washington, where a sound truck was to blast a
                                                                 special Chuck Brown music mix to the crowd before a prayer
                                                                 session for him. “Go-go is D.C.’s very own unique contribu-
                                                                 tion to the world of pop music,” he said. “Today is a very sad
                                                                 day for music lovers the world over.” In 2007 Brown told The
                                                                 Associated Press that go-go was influenced by sounds and
                                                                 fast beats he heard early in life, growing up in North Carolina

                Swiftives $4
                                                                 and Virginia, combined with his experience later, playing
                                                                 with a Latin band.
                                                                     “Go-go is a music that continues on and on, and it’s a call
                                                                 and response communication with the audience,” Brown
           million to Country Hall                               said. Go-go was heavy on percussion with drummers as lead         File photo shows master of ceremonies Chuck Brown speaks during
                                                                 players, accented by guitar riffs, keyboards and horns.           a program to celebrate the legacy of the late Martin Luther King, Jr
            of Fame expansion                                    Sometimes the musicians would play for two or three hours         at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington. — AP
                                                                 without stopping. In between tunes, Brown would keep the

                  aylor Swift has taught a generation of kids    thunk of percussion going and talk to the crowd. Brown’s hit         “Chuck Brown is going to live on forever. I’m going to
                  to appreciate country music over the last      “Bustin’ Loose” with his group, the Soul Searchers, helped        make sure of that,” Elliott said. “When they see me, I want
                  five years. Now, she’s donating $4 million     define go-go’s sound. It spent several weeks atop the R&B         them to see a reflection of Chuck because he inspired me so
           to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum          chart in 1979. Rapper Nelly later sampled Brown’s “Bustin’        much.” He added: “The go-go sound is still going strong.”
           to make sure that education continues. The gift       Loose” in 2002 for his massive hit “Hot in Herre,” which won      When Brown was younger, he spent some time in jail. While
           is the largest given to the museum by an artist       Nelly a Grammy.                                                   behind bars, he traded five cartons of cigarettes for his first
           and is the second largest from an individual, offi-       Brown didn’t get credit at first, though, and “had to go      guitar. After he was freed in 1962, Brown played with several
           cials said. It will fund the Taylor Swift Education   through some legalities to get it right, but we knew, once we     bands and then formed the Soul Searchers. To comply with
           Center, an exhibit and classroom space sched-         heard the song, that’s Chuck Brown,” said Gregory “Sugar          terms of his parole, they couldn’t play where alcohol was
           uled to open in 2014. “In terms of what it will       Bear” Elliott, lead singer of the go-go band EU (Experience       served, so they went to churches, recreation halls and youth
           allow us to do, we do education very well now,”       Unlimited.) In 2007, rapper Eve sampled Brown’s song, “Blow       centers. — AP
           museum director Kyle Young said. “It will allow       Your Whistle,” in her hit single “Tambourine.”
           us to do what we do better, serve more people,            Brown told the AP he admired such artists. “Go-Go had
           develop new programs and I’m happy to say that        some influence on rap because a lot of rap musicians come
           as we talked through this opportunity with            to my shows,” he said. “Some of them were students at
           Taylor, she very much wants to be involved in an      Howard University. People like Puff Daddy, he’s been to see
           advisory capacity in what we do. Is there a better    us when he was a young Howard University student.” Spike
           person out there who’s in touch with a young
           audience? I think not. I was joking we should be
           paying her to do that. I was only joking.”
                 The new education center is part of the
           museum’s $75 million “Working on a Building”
           expansion project that will increase the space
                                                                                                                      Britney is    back - and
           more than 200,000 square feet to 350,000. The
           expansion is part of the new convention center
           project in downtown Nashville and will include a
                                                                                                                           so are the brickbats
           new concert theater, more room for exhibits and                                                           ritney Spears hasn’t even taken her         largely shielded from the media since a
           archives, and a shared entrance with a new                                                                seat as the new judge of “The X             career and personal breakdown in 2007 that
           hotel. Swift’s education center will have its own                                                         Factor,” but the pop icon is already        resulted in her affairs being handed over to
           exterior entrance and is 7,500 square feet-plus                                                    getting a lesson in the media glare of live,       her father.
           spread over two stories. It will include three                                                     talent show television. Spears had barely              Mary Fischer at The Stir on website
                                                                                                              wrapped up an appearance in New York     , said the singer was “a hot
           classrooms and exhibit space and will allow the
                                                                                                              confirming she is joining the singing contest      mess” in the cream dress she wore for her
           museum to add to its youth education programs.
                                                                                                              before the celebrity knives were out, raising      New York appearance on Monday before
           The new space will house interactive activities
                                                                                                              the question of how well the singer, who           Fox TV network executives and advertisers.
           such as a musical petting zoo and a “wet” class-
                                                                                                              went through a public meltdown in 2007,            “She might as well have just thrown on a
           room space to make concert posters and other
                                                                                                              can handle all the newfound attention.             nightgown or racy piece of lingerie. She
           art projects. The expansion also would allow the
                                                                                                                  Her dress, nails, shoes, legs and figure       would’ve achieved the same effect (showing
           museum to start new programs and workshops
                                                                                                              have all come in for scrutiny - most of it neg-    off the fact that she’s shed a bit of weight
           and for teens and senior citizens as well as con-
                                                                                                              ative - in a taste of what may come when the       and gotten her groove back), but she would-
           tinuing workshops. The 22-year-old singer-song-
                                                                                                              show returns to TV in September for two            n’t have looked like she was trying so hard,”
           writer is country music’s top-selling artist and                                                   nights a week over four months. The New            Fischer said. She suggested Spears should
           current ambassador to the world. —AP                                                               York Daily News ran photos of the “Toxic”          take a tip from Prince William’s wife and
                                                                                                              singer’s “bloody picked fingernails”. It also      style icon Kate Middleton who “is the defini-
                                                                                                              showed a close-up of her thighs, comment-          tion of being sexy without revealing too
                                                                                                              ing that she “appeared in a short white mini       much skin.”—Reuters
                                                                                                              dress that showed off her famous pop star
                                                                                                              legs - and what looks to be a bit of cellulite.”
                                                                                                              Spears, famed for raunchy dance routines
                                                                 New ‘X Factor’ judge Britney Spears          and music videos in her heyday, is now 30-
                                                                 attends the FOX network upfront              years-old and a mother of two. Outside her
                                                                 presentation party at Wollman Rink           sell-out global concert tours, she has been
                                                                 in New York. — AP
FRIDAY, MAY 18 , 2012

Wearing a dress by Versus, actress             Member of the jury, German actress Diane Kruger               (From left) Members of the jury, Alexander Payne, Ewan McGregor, Diane Kruger, Hiam
and member of the Jury Diane                   poses as she arrives for the screening of ‘Moonrise           Abbass, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Andrea Arnold, jury president Nanni Moretti, Raoul Peck,
Kruger arrives.                                Kingdom’ and the opening ceremony .                           Emmanuelle Devos pose during the opening ceremony at the 65th international film festival,
                                                                                                             in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday. — AFP photos

                   Kruger shines on Cannes red carpet
       iane Kruger must have arrived in France with a lot of lug-         herself perfectly,” says designer Rachel Roy, who is keeping tabs     too - hers a Dolce & Gabbana. Lana Del Rey attended in a black,
       gage. On Wednesday, Day 1 of the 12-day Cannes Film                on the Cannes fashion show from New York.                             scalloped, strapless Alberta Ferretti gown. Some of the men cap-
       Festival, Kruger, a member of the prestigious jury, turned            Of the aqua gown, Roy says, “The transparency and draping is       tured the more relaxed vibe of the seaside resort: Bill Murray put
up in two different outfits. She wore an edgy burgundy cocktail           reminiscent of the Jacqueline Kennedy mint green moment, yet          on a plaid jacket, and Ewan McGregor paired his navy cotton suit
dress with a pleated skirt and black cord-laced straps by Versus by       modern. ... Pure elegance.” Also on the red carpet, Eva Longoria      by Marni with white lace-up shoes and a star-print tie.—AP
Versace for her first photo call, and a fancier, more feminine aqua-      chose a frilly Marchesa column gown in blush tulle with a dramatic
colored silk draped dress by Giambattista Valli later for the red-car-    ruffled skirt and train, and Jessica Chastain wore a light-pink,
pet premiere of “Moonrise Kingdom.” “This girl knows how to edit          scoop-neck gown by Alexander McQueen. Eva Herzigova did pink,

               Cannes’ female-free   Kuwaiti director delighted
         directors line-up criticized for participation in Cannes
                                                                                                                    uwaiti young Director Sadegh Behbahani           Behbahani hailed significance of official sup-

          t this year’s Cannes Film Festival, there         It’s not that women are in short supply at              expressed his happiness for choosing his      port in activating role of the national cinema
          are directors in their 30s and their 80s,     Cannes. They abound - most prominently on-                  film ‘Al-Salheyya’ to take part in the 65th   and taking part in local, regional, Arab and inter-
          directors from Europe and North               screen and on the red carpet. The French             Cannes Film Festival that kicked off in Cannes,      national film festivals. He described Cannes fes-
  America, directors from Asia and the Middle           Riviera film festival is synonymous with female      southern France. He expressed in remarks to          tival as the most important event that con-
  East - but no women. Not, at least, among the         glamour, from Sophia Loren and Monica                KUNA his content of participation in one of the      tributed in presenting the most important
  22 films competing for the coveted Palme D’Or,        Bellucci to Penelope Cruz and Angelina Jolie.        most important international cinema festivals,       actors, actresses and film directors to the world,
  an absence that has drawn criticism from femi-        Women also are plentiful in off-screen cinema        contesting in the group of short movies. He          including Kuwaiti leading director Khalid Al
  nists - and a defense from the festival’s artistic    roles, from the traditional enclaves of hair and     stressed on the importance that young Kuwaiti        Siddiq, who presented his first featured movie ‘
  director. Thierry Fremaux argues it’s not his         makeup to film editing, where experts like           filmmakers join such international events that       Bas Ya Bahar.’—KUNA
  fault that filmmaking remains primarily “a male       Martin Scorsese’s longtime collaborator Thelma       enhance image of Kuwait abroad. The premier
  sport.”“I don’t select films because the film is      Schoonmaker are considered among the best            of the movie received positive reaction from
  directed by a man, a woman, white, black,             in the business. “There are a lot of women (in       filmmakers and Arab critics who praised the tal-
  young, an old man,” said Fremaux, who has led         editing) because they are close to the directors,    ent of this young Kuwaiti film director.
  the festival since 2001. “I select films because I    and the directors are men,” said Colette
  think they deserve to be in selection.                Farrugia, a film editor with 30 years of experi-
      “It wouldn’t be very nice to select a film        ence in the business.
  because the film is not good but it is directed           Female feature directors remain rare,
  by a woman,” he added. Last year, four female         despite high-profile successes like Kathryn
  directors made the main competition lineup,           Bigelow, whose war film “The Hurt Locker” won
  including Britain’s Lynne Ramsay and Australia’s      six Academy Awards, including best director -
  Julia Leigh. The festival’s critics say this year’s   making her the only woman ever to win that
  choice suggests that was a blip, rather than a        prize. Research by the Center for the Study of
  trend. The French feminist group La Barbe took        Women in Television and Film at San Diego
  the festival to task for excluding women with a       State University found that just 5 percent of last
  petition published in Le Monde and The                year’s 250 highest-grossing films were directed
  Guardian newspapers. The letter, whose signa-         by women, a lower level than a decade earlier.
  tories included filmmaker Virginie Despentes          Some have suggested forms of affirmative
  and writer Nancy Huston, said sarcastically that      action, or quotas, for female filmmakers, but
  the lineup “sends a powerful message ... Above        directors oppose the idea.—AP
  all, never let the girls think they can one day
  have the presumptuousness to make movies or
  to climb those famous Festival Palace steps,
  except when attached to the arm of a Prince                                                                (From left) Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby, actor Bassem Samra, actress Nahed El Sebai and
  Charming.”                                                                                                 Egyptian director Yousry Nasrallah pose during the photocall of ‘Baad El Mawkeaa (After The
                                                                                                             Battle’) presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival yesterday in Cannes. — AFP
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

               A worker walks past an artwork displayed at Asia’s premier art fair ‘Art HK’ in Hong Kong on May 16, 2012. The four-day event now in its fifth edition
               opened yesterday, bringing artists, collectors and dealers from around the world to a city whose booming market illustrates a shift in wealth from West to
               East. — AFP

‘Dog TV’ to soothe canine souls
   lead a dog’s life. Good food. Long walks. A fulfilling job chas-    of Americans already leave a television or radio on when they

I  ing off the mailman. So what’s all this about a television
   channel that’s created just for Fido? Dog TV says it’s “the first
television channel for dogs,” with “scientifically developed” 24/7
                                                                       leave their dogs alone, so what’s special about the program-
                                                                       ming on Dog TV? Motion, for one thing-at least that’s what
                                                                       caught my eye when my master parked his iPad in front of my
programming full of frisky hounds like me running leashless in         nose for the sake of journalistic research. I perked up for a few
lush green fields to soothing strains of meditative music. “Most       seconds at the sight of King Charles Spaniel puppies playing
of the time, dogs are interested more in their owners than in          with dog toys. I did it again for an animated ball rolling back and
TV,” Dog TV’s creator Yossi Uzrad, owner himself of a Labrador
and a rescue mutt, told my master the other day. “But if you
leave them alone for a few hours, definitely it will entertain
   Yes. Home alone. Never a good thing for us pack animals.
Humans, take note. Dog TV premiered in April on two cable net-
works in San Diego, California, where Uzrad said the take-up has
been “really much more than we predicted.” Its Israeli produc-
ers, Jasmine Television, hope to see Dog TV on cable systems
elsewhere in the United States and abroad in the coming
months. Don’t have cable? It’s also available as streaming video
for $9.99 a month, along with apps for the usual smartphones                                                                                 flickers,” Uzrad said. “Dogs can’t see the picture in the proper
and tablets. “It’s probably much cheaper” than a day of doggie                                                                               way.” Digital changes everything.
day care, which in the United States can run for $35 to $50,                                                                                     Alexandra Horowitz, a Columbia University psychologist and
Uzrad said. Oh, and no commercials-not even for dog food.                                                                                    author of “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know,”
   Americans own 78.2 million dogs, and even with a sluggish                                                                                 who is not connected with Dog TV, said she welcomed attempts
economy, they’ve kept up spending on their pets-more than                                                                                    to find something dogs will enjoy doing. “Given their sensory
$52 billion this year alone, according to the American Pet                                                                                   experience and social ancestry, though, I would love to see own-
Products Association. Nicholas Dodman, a veterinary behaviorist        ‘Bandit’ watches Dog TV May 10, 2012 in Washington, DC.               ers focused more on olfactory experiences for their dogs-’Smell
at Tufts University in Massachusetts, is Dog TV’s “chief scientist.”                                                                         TV’ would be great-and social outings,” she said. My inner
He says he’s long been recommending television as an antidote          forth, back and forth, back and forth across the screen.              hound can sure relate to that. It’s also possible that Dog TV will
for dogs with separation anxiety. “I call it environmental enrich-        I then promptly went back to snoozing, which happens to be         cultivate a loyal following among folks who just enjoy looking
ment and I’ve been doing it for years,” said Dodman, who point-        another Dog TV theme: yellow retrievers napping to soothing           for hours on end at cute dogs in colorful places. Or it might just
ed to a growing body of published scientific research papers           “bio-acoustically engineered” melodies typically played on a sin-     stir my owners to get off the couch and get the leash, so I can
into how pets relate to television.                                    gle instrument. “The worst (soundtrack) would be ‘The 1812            take them out for a walk. — AFP
   “The point of this is not to have dogs sitting down and             Overture’ or heavy metal,” Dodman said. The programming
watching TV for hours on end like we might,” he added. “It’s just      probably couldn’t have gotten off the ground without digital
that there’s something in the room that breaks the monotony of         television. Conventional analog sets functioned with diagonal
being home alone.” Studies have indicated that 60 to 70 percent        scans that humans couldn’t see, but we dogs should. “Analog TV
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

           Glasses or full resolution?
   There is hope for lovers of 3D films who find glasses annoying
      hree-dimensional home cinema               the active glasses. This makes it not only       ly increasing,” said de Leuw. There are also    current 3D technology,” according to de
      sounds great. But what equipment is        technically more complex but also more           individual television stations with 3D offer-   Leuw.
      needed and are the devices even            difficult and more expensive than the            ings - including films and football broad-         There is hope for lovers of 3D films who
compatible with each other? Perhaps the          polarizing filter technology, said technolo-     casts.                                          find glasses annoying. There is a glasses-
most important question is which 3D tech-        gy expert Peter Knaak from the German                Blu-rays with 3D films are compatible       less 3D technology in the works and the
nology is the best to use. Only those who        consumer protection group Stiftung               with both technologies. And there are also      first devices with the technology are
carefully plan their step into the third         Warentest. “Shutter glasses start at about       no problems with the playing devices for        already in stores. But the technology,
dimension will be happy with their invest-       40 euros (52 dollars) while polarizing filter    the discs - as they in general must be 3D-      according to Knaak, is not yet entirely
ment. Those who want to make their home          glasses only cost 1 euro,” he said.              capable. “Televisions produce their signals     developed. “I still have not seen a really
cinema ready for 3D must first decide                While polarizing filter glasses can be       accordingly,” said Knaak. So users cannot       good demo,” he said. The 3D effects only
which 3D technology they want to use.            used for every device that uses that 3D          really choose a wrong device as was the         appear if the viewers are in a certain posi-
“There are the polarizing filter and the shut-   technology, shutter glasses can be used          case not long ago in the HD format war          tion, but nine people can watch in 3D from
ter technologies, and both work with their       less extensively. “The glasses from different    between Blu-ray and the now forgotten           nine fields of view. However, said Knaak,
own corresponding glasses,” said Christoph       manufacturers are not compatible with            HD-DVD.                                         “the 3D effect is extremely dependent on
de Leuw from Germany’s Audio Video Foto          each other,” said Roland Stehle from                 De Leuw warned about deceptive 3D           head movement. You can very easily get
Bild magazine.                                   German consumer electronics association          films, especially older films that were         out of the field of view, making the 3D pic-
   Every variation has its advantages and        GfU. But that will change soon. “There is        described as 3D movies. “With films that        ture collapse.”— dpa
disadvantages. “The biggest advantage of         already a standard in the works but the pro-     were not originally shot in 3D but convert-
the shutter glasses is that each eye has a       cedure is not yet complete,” he said.            ed and converted retroactively, the picture
completely HD picture,” de Leuw said. They           More and more 3D-capable devices are         can appear very artificial and prosaic,” he
provide a more focused and clear picture         being sold. “Especially larger televisions       said. “Real 3D films are only available on
than with polarizing filter glasses with tech-   with more than a metre screen diagonal           Blu-ray. You should always be sceptical
nically halved resolution. As opposed to         can have 3D,” said Stehle. Usually they are      with 3D-DVD.” The same goes for convert-
polarizing filter devices, not only must the     very good 2D devices that have an addi-          ers that promise to convert two-dimension-
display and picture control be set up for the    tional 3D function. The offering of 3D films     al pictures into three-dimensional. “These
shutter technology but a station must also       on Blu-ray or 3D video games, meanwhile,         devices still work with red-green glasses
be integrated into the television to control     is still pretty manageable. “But that is slow-   and cannot come close to the quality of
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

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    Word Sleuth
     Solution                                                                      ACROSS                                          11. Make anew.
                                              1. 10 grams.                                                                         12. A historical area and former kingdom in northwestern Spain.
                                              4. An engagement fought between two military forces.                                 17. An indehiscent fruit derived from a single ovary having one or many seeds
                                              10. The address of a web page on the world wide web.                                 within a fleshy wall or pericarp.
                                              13. A slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water.   20. (Irish) Mother of the ancient Irish gods.
                                              14. A narcotic drug that contains opium or an opium derivative.                      25. Being one more than eighty.
                                              15. (meaning literally `born') Used to indicate the maiden or family name of a       27. Pulled or drawn tight.
                                              married woman.                                                                       29. A master's degree in business.
                                              16. A thrusting blow with a knife.                                                   33. A human female who does housework.
                                              18. The capital and largest city of Japan.                                           34. A tax on employees and employers that is used to fund the Social Security
                                              19. Australian clover fern.                                                          system.
                                              21. Any branch of Shinto other than Kokka.                                           37. (computer science) A kind of computer architecture that has a large number
                                              22. A compartment in front of a motor vehicle where driver sits.                     of instructions hard coded into the cpu chip.
                                              23. Edible bulb of an onion plant.                                                   39. New Zealand conifer.
                                              24. Being ten more than one hundred eighty.                                          40. An elaborate song for solo voice.
                                              26. A governor of a province in ancient Persia.                                      43. A genus of Anatidae.
                                              28. Diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and charac-      45. A bin for holding coal.
                                              terized by polyuria.                                                                 46. (Greek legend) The greedy king of Phrygia who Dionysus gave the power to
                                              30. Being ten more than one hundred.                                                 turn everything he touched into gold.
                                              31. A soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group.                       47. An inland sea in northwestern Turkey.
                                              32. Liquid containing proteins and electrolytes including the liquid in blood        48. Make anew.
                                              plasma and interstitial fluid.                                                       49. (Irish) Mother of the Tuatha De Danann.
                                              35. The blood group whose red cells carry both the A and B antigens.                 52. East Indian silk cotton tree yielding fibers inferior to kapok.
                                              36. An edge tool with a heavy bladed head mounted across a handle.                   56. Type genus of the Alcidae comprising solely the razorbill.
                                              38. A benevolent aspect of Devi.                                                     57. A state in northwestern United States on the Pacific.
                                              41. An expression of greeting.                                                       58. Someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike.
                                              42. Resinlike substance secreted by certain lac insects.                             59. Offering fun and gaiety.
                                              44. Being one more than ninety.                                                      62. A constellation in the southern hemisphere near Telescopium and Norma.
                                              46. Covered with paving material.                                                    63. An associate degree in applied science.
                                              48. A farewell remark.                                                               64. A numbered compartment in a post office where mail is put to be called for.
                                              50. A crown-like jewelled headdress worn by women on formal occasions.               65. The 17th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
                                              51. The largest continent with 60% of the earth's population.                        66. An official prosecutor for a judicial district.
                                              53. (informal) Of the highest quality.
                                              54. A river in north central Switzerland that runs northeast into the Rhine.
                                              55. A full skirt with a gathered waistband.                                                                  Yesterday’s Solution
                                              57. White crystalline compound used as a food additive to enhance flavor.
                       Yesterday’s Solution   60. Type genus of the Amiidae.
                                              61. Any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient
                                              Semitic peoples.
                                              65. (British) Your grandmother.
                                              67. Using speech rather than writing.
                                              68. A flat wing-shaped process or winglike part of an organism.
                                              69. Squash bugs.
                                              70. A small cake leavened with yeast.

                                              1. Sleep in a convenient place.
                                              2. Your friends and acquaintances.
                                              3. Sea milkwort.
                                              4. A heavy odorless colorless gas formed during respiration and by the decom-
                                              position of organic substances.
                                              5. An organization of countries formed in 1961 to agree on a common policy for
                                              the sale of petroleum.
                                              6. (Greek legend) The greedy king of Phrygia who Dionysus gave the power to
                                              turn everything he touched into gold.
                                              7. African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a
                                              gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread.
                                              8. A highly unstable radioactive element (the heaviest of the halogen series).
                                              9. (of a musical instrument) Intermediate between alto and baritone or bass.
                                              10. Not fully developed or mature.
                                                                                                                                                                 W h a t ’s O n
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                                                                                                                                              EMBASSY OF BRAZIL
                                                                                                                                                  The Embassy of Brazil requests all Brazilian
                                                                                                                                                  citizens in Kuwait to proceed to the website
                                                                                                                                         (Contact Us Form / Fale
                                                                                                                                                  Conosco) in order to register or update con-
                                                                                                                                                  tact information. The Embassy encourages all citi-
                                                                                                                                                  zens to do so, including the ones who have already
                                                                                                                                                  registered in person at the Embassy. The registra-
   Abhijeet, Sharif and Malik to storm Kuwait                                                                                                     tion process helps the Brazilian Government to con-
                                                                                                                                                  tact and assist Brazilians living abroad in case of any

       fter hosting a memorable event        of the most well known stage performers                                                              emergency.
       ‘Ambassadors of Comedy’ with          in Pakistan after his extremely popular
       International artists Aron, Dean      1989 comedy stage plays ‘Bakra Qistoon                                                                                    nnnnnnn
and Nitin, ICS now gears up with full        Paey and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai’. In both
package of cultural entertainment ‘Zara      plays he starred with another comedy                                                                            EMBASSY OF CANADA
Sa Jhoom Loon Main’. ICS will host a         legend Moin Akhter. Much of his success                                                              The Embassy of Canada is located at Villa 24,
renowned playback singer from                comes from the fact that he started to                                                               Al-Mutawakel St., Block 4 in Da’aiyah. Please
Bollywood Abhijeet and world famous          record his shows on videos. ‘Yes Sir Eid,                                                            visit our website at The
theater cum comedy king Umar Sharif          No Sir Eid’ followed ‘Bakra Qistoon Paey’                                                            Embassy of Canada is open from 07:30 to
from Pakistan on 18th May Friday, at 7       that was the world’s first drama in the                                                              15:30 Sunday through Thursday. The reception is
pm. The Chief Guest for the event will be    history of video drama to be recorded on                                                             closed from 12:30 to 01:00 pm for lunch break.
Ambassador of India to Kuwait.               the video cassette.                                                                                  Consular Services for Canadian Citizens are provid-
   Abhijeet Bhattacharya - the name              His videos and shows are very popu-                                                              ed from 09:00 until 12:00 on Sunday through
needs no introduction. He has given his      larity. He has written more than 100                                                                 Wednesday. The Canadian Embassy in Abu Dhabi
voice for actors such as Shahrukh Khan,      stage plays, few films and books those                                                               provides visa and immigration services to residents
Anil Kapoor Mithun Chakraborty, Sunil        are based on Poetry and hit plays or dra-                                                            of Kuwait. Individuals who are interested in visiting,
Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Akshay Kumar,         mas. Indian cultural Society is committed                                                            working or immigrating to Canada are invited to vis-
Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Saif       to bringing young talents and also to                                                                it the website of the Canadian Embassy to the UAE
Ali Khan, Bobby Deol, Salman Khan,           promote talents in Kuwait. There will be                                                             at
Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Ajay          new fragrance of voice from Bollywood                                                                                     nnnnnnn
Devgan, among many others.                   Tarannum Malik. So join us @ Dr Kamil Al
   Umar Sharif World Fame Theater &          Rayes Auditorium, AIS opposite Police                                                                           EMBASSY OF CYPRUS
Comedy King Umar Sharif became one           Station Maidan Hawally Kuwait.                                                                       The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus
                                                                                                                                                  requests Cypriot citizens living in Kuwait to
                                                                                                                                                  register with the Embassy has moved. This
                                  Announcements                                                                                                   registration service is provided so that the
                                                                                                                                                  Embassy can update its contact list and assist
                        Mother’s Day                                                     Open House for Indian Citizens                           Cypriot citizens in cases of emergencies.
  The American Women’s League will be celebrating                       The Ambassador of India will be holding an Open House for Indian          Registration information can be emailed to
  Mother’s Day Breakfast at the Regency Hotel. On Saturday,             citizens to address their problems/grievances on Wednesdays of   or faxed to
  May 19th. From 9:00 am to 11:00 am. For more information              the second and the fourth week of every month between 1500 hrs            22253227 or given by phone to 65906048
  email: Come join us and become a                  and 1600 hrs at the embassy. In case Wednesday is an Embassy              (Mrs Christine).
  member!                                                               holiday, the meeting will be held on the next working day. To                                  nnnnnnn
                                                                        ensure timely action/follow-up by the Embassy, it is requested that,
                        Free Arabic course                              wherever possible, Indian citizens should exhaust the existing                       EMBASSY OF KOREA
  IPC is opening an Intensive Basic Arabic Course for ladies com-       channels of interaction/grievance redressal and bring their prob-         The Embassy of the Republic of Korea wishes
  mencing from June 3 to July 8, 2012. The class will be from 5-7       lems/issues in writing with supporting documents. It may be men-          to inform that it has moved to Mishref. New
  pm for three days a week. Registration is on! For information, call   tioned that Embassy of India’s Consular Wing is providing daily           Address: Embassy of the Republic of Korea
  22512257.                                                             service of Open House to Indian citizen on all workings days from         Mishref, Block 7A, Diplomatic Area 2, Plot 6
                                                                        1000 hrs to 1100 hrs and from 1430 hrs to 1530 hrs by the consular        The Embassy also wishes to inform that it will be
                   Yoga with the Golden Era Club                        officer in the Meeting Room of the Consular Hall. For any unad-           opened to the public on the following office hours:
  The Golden Era Club presents ‘The Eight Fold Path to Yoga’ on         dressed issues, Second Secretary (Consular) could be contacted.           Saturday to Thursday Morning: 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
  25th May; 5 to 7 pm. Yoga here! Yoga there! Yoga everywhere!          Furthermore, the head of the Consular Wing is also available to           Lunch Break: 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
  Yet, few comprehend Yoga’s true nature! Join Yoga Guru -              redress grievances. Similarly, a labor wing Help Desk functions           Afternoon: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
  Aacharya Shashikala Pushkarna - on this unique journey to the         from 0830 hrs to 1300 hrs and 1400 hrs to 1630 hrs in the Labor Hall
  true ‘union’ between the mind, body and spirit. All seniors (60+)     to address the labor related issue. There is also a 24X7 Help Line (Tel
  are cordially invited. Venue- House #34, next to Abu-Tammam           No. 25674163) to assist labors in distress. For any unaddressed                        EMBASSY OF MEXICO
  Intermediate School for Boys, Sate Alhusari St., Block 2,             issues, the concerned Attaches in the labor section and the head of       The Embassy of Mexico is pleased to inform
  Rumaithiya.                                                           the labor wing could be contacted.                                        that it is located in CLIFFS Complex, Villa 6,
                                                                                                                                                  Salmiya, block 9, Baghdad street, Jadda Lane
                                                                                                                                                  7. The working hours for consular issues are
                                                                                                                                                  from 9:00 to 12:00 Sunday through Thursday. The
                                                                                                                                                  reception is closed from 14:00 to 15:00 hours for
                                                                                                                                                  lunch break. The Embassy of Mexico kindly requests
                                                                                                                                                  all Mexicans citizens in Kuwait to proceed to the e-
                                                                                                                                                  mail: in order to register or
                                                                                                                                                  update contact information. Other consultations
                                                                                                                                                  or/and appointments could be done by telephone
                                                                                                                                                  or fax: (+965) 2573 1952

                                                                                                                                                               EMBASSY OF NEPAL
                                                                                                                                                  The Embassy of Nepal has moved from its
                                                                                                                                                  current location to a new place in Jabriya,
                                                                                                                                                  Block 8, St. 13, House No. 514, effective from
                                                                                                                                                  15th April, 2012. Till the new telephone con-
                                                                                                                                                  nections are installed, the Embassy may be contact-
                                                                                                                                                  ed by email:
                                                                                                                                                                                               TV Listings
 FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                                                                                                              08:30   Perfect Couples
                                                                                                                              09:00   Seinfeld
                                                                                                                              09:30   Cougar Town
                                                                                                                              10:00   How I Met Your Mother             00:00   Falling Skies                        00:00 MSNBC Hardball W/ Chris
                                                                                    00:00   Jackass 3.5-R                                                               01:00   Downton Abbey
                                         00:30   Bakugan: New Vestroia                                                        10:30   Melissa And Joey                                                               Matthews
00:45 Untamed & Uncut                                                               02:00   Men In Black-PG15                                                           02:00   Combat Hospital
                                         01:20   Powerpuff Girls                                                              11:00   The Tonight Show With Jay Leno                                                 01:00 MSNBC Politicsnation
01:40 Maneaters                                                                     04:00   Men In Black II-PG                                                          03:00   American Idol
                                         02:10   Courage The Cowardly Dog                                                     12:00   Mr. Sunshine                                                                   02:00 Live NBC Nightly News
02:35 Wild Britain With Ray Mears                                                   06:00   Fighting-PG15                                                               05:00   Scandal
                                         03:00   The Amazing World Of Gumball                                                 12:30   Weird Science                                                                  03:00 MSNBC The Ed Show
03:00 Wild Britain With Ray Mears                                                   08:00   So Close-PG15                                                               06:00   Falling Skies
                                         03:25   Ben 10                                                                       13:00   Seinfeld                                                                       04:00 MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show
03:30 Snake Crusader With Bruce George                                              10:00   Cross-18                                                                    07:00   Emmerdale
                                         03:50   Adventure Time                                                               13:30   Melissa And Joey                                                               05:00 MSNBC The Last Word W/
03:55 Snake Crusader With Bruce George                                              12:00   Ladder 49-PG15                                                              07:30   Hot In Cleveland
                                         04:15   Powerpuff Girls                                                              14:00   Wilfred                                                                        Lawrence O’Donnell
04:25 Wildest Africa                                                                14:00   So Close-PG15                                                               08:00   Surface
                                         04:40   Generator Rex                                                                14:30   How I Met Your Mother                                                          06:35 ABC Nightline
05:20 Wildlife SOS                                                                  16:00   Men In Black-PG15                                                           09:00   Scandal
                                         05:05   Ben 10: Ultimate Alien                                                       15:00   Cougar Town                                                                    08:00 MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show
05:45 Escape To Chimp Eden                                                          18:00   Men In Black II-PG                                                          10:00   American Idol
                                         05:55   Angelo Rules                                                                 15:30   The Daily Show With Jon Stewart                                                09:00 MSNBC The Last Word W/
06:10 Last Chance Highway                                                           20:00   The Eagle-PG15                                                              12:00   The Chicago Code
                                         06:00   Casper’s Scare School                                                        16:00   The Colbert Report                                                             Lawrence O’Donnell
07:00 Echo And The Elephants Of                                                     22:00   Law Abiding Citizen-18                                                      13:00   The Ellen DeGeneres Show
                                         06:25   Eliot Kid                                                                    16:30   Mr. Sunshine                                                                   10:00 ABC World News Now
Amboseli                                 06:50   The Amazing World Of Gumball                                                 17:00   Late Night With Jimmy Fallon      14:00   Surface                              10:30 Live ABC World News Now
07:25 Baby Planet                        07:15   Adventure Time                                                               18:00   New Girl                          15:00   Falling Skies                        11:00 NBC Early Today
08:15 Dick ‘n’ Dom Go Wild               07:40   Regular Show                                                                 18:30   Happy Endings                     16:00   The Chicago Code                     11:30 ABC America This Morning
08:40 Extraordinary Dogs                 08:05   Grim Adventures Of...              01:00 The Killer Inside Me-18             19:00   30 Rock                           17:00   The Ellen DeGeneres Show             12:30 Live ABC America This Morning
09:10 Safari Sisters                     08:55   Courage The Cowardly Dog           03:00 According To Greta-PG15             19:30   Modern Family                     18:00   Castle                               13:00 Live ABC America This Morning
09:35 Safari Sisters                     09:45   Ben 10: Ultimate Alien             04:45 Pirates Of The Caribbean: On        20:00   The Tonight Show With Jay Leno    19:00   Glee                                 13:30 MSNBC First Look
10:05 Wildest Africa                     10:10   Ben 10: Ultimate Alien             Stranger Tides-PG15                       21:00   The Daily Show With Jon Stewart   20:00   American Idol                        14:00 Live NBC Today Show
11:00 Animal Precinct                    10:35   Powerpuff Girls                    07:00 Just Wright-PG15                    21:30   The Colbert Report                21:00   Smash                                17:57 Live MSNBC Hardball W/ Chris
11:55 Animal Cops South Africa           11:25   Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated   09:00 According To Greta-PG15             23:00   Curb Your Enthusiasm              22:00   Survivor: One World                  Matthews
12:50 Vet On The Loose                   11:50   Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated   10:45 Pirates Of The Caribbean: On        23:30   Late Night With Jimmy Fallon      23:00   Combat Hospital                      18:38 Live MSNBC The Ed Show
13:15 Vet On The Loose                   12:15   Ed, Edd n Eddy                     Stranger Tides-PG15                                                                                                              19:19 Live MSNBC The Rachel Maddow
13:45 Wild Africa Rescue                 13:05   Ben 10: Alien Force                13:00 Just Wright-PG15                                                                                                           Show
14:10 Wildlife SOS                       13:30   Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders        15:00 Date Night-PG15                                                                                                            20:00 MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports
14:40 Wildest Africa                     13:55   Redakai: Conquer The Kairu         17:00 Love The Beast-PG                                                                                                          21:00 MSNBC Newsnation
                                                                                                                              00:00   American Idol                     01:00 Men In Black-PG15
15:30 Echo And The Elephants Of          14:20   Camp Lazlo                         19:00 How Do You Know-PG15                                                                                                       22:00 MSNBC Martin Bashir
                                                                                                                              02:00   Downton Abbey                     03:00 Men In Black II-PG
Amboseli                                 14:45   Powerpuff Girls                    21:00 Faster-PG15                                                                                                                23:00 MSNBC The Dylan Ratigan Show
                                                                                                                              03:00   Scandal                           05:00 Bats-18
16:00 Dick ‘n’ Dom Go Wild               15:35   Angelo Rules                       23:00 The Roommate-PG15
                                                                                                                              04:00   Damages                           07:00 Blank Slate-PG15
16:30 Growing Up...                      16:25   Grim Adventures Of...                                                        05:00   Good Morning America              09:00 Odysseus: Voyage To The
17:25 Dogs/Cats/Pets 101                 17:15   The Amazing World Of Gumball                                                 07:00   The Invisible Man                 Underworld-PG15
18:20 America’s Cutest...                17:40   Adventure Time                                                               08:00   Emmerdale                                                                      00:00   The Town-18
                                                                                                                                                                        11:00 Largo Winch 2-PG15
19:15 Wildlife SOS                       18:05   Regular Show                                                                 09:00   The Ellen DeGeneres Show                                                       02:05   The Flyboys-PG15
                                                                                    00:30   The Daily Show With Jon Stewart                                             13:00 Rocky II-PG15
19:40 Escape To Chimp Eden               18:30   Ben 10                                                                       10:00   The Martha Stewart Show                                                        04:00   Justin Bieber: Never Say Never-PG
                                                                                    01:00   The Colbert Report                                                          15:00 Men In Black-PG15
20:10 Killer Jellyfish                   18:55   Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge                                                    11:00   The View                                                                       06:00   Diary Of A Wimpy Kid-PG
                                                                                    02:30   Curb Your Enthusiasm                                                        17:00 Men In Black II-PG
21:05 Wildest Africa                     19:20   Hero 108                                                                     12:00   American Idol                                                                  08:00   Family Gathering-PG15
                                                                                    03:00   Perfect Couples                                                             19:00 Empire-18
22:00 Into The Dragon’s Lair             19:45   Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated                                             14:00   Good Morning America                                                           10:00   Call Of The Wild-PG15
                                                                                    03:30   Wilfred                                                                     21:00 Road To Perdition-18
22:55 I Was Bitten                       20:10   Courage The Cowardly Dog                                                     16:00   The Invisible Man                                                              12:00   Country Strong-PG15
                                                                                    04:00   Weird Science                                                               23:00 Dread-PG15
23:50 K9 Cops                            21:00   Ben 10: Alien Force                                                          17:00   The Ellen DeGeneres Show                                                       14:00   Soul Surfer-PG15
                                         21:25   The Powerpuff Girls                04:30   The Tonight Show With Jay Leno                                                                                           16:00   Family Gathering-PG15
                                                                                                                              18:00   Castle
                                         21:50   Cow And Chicken                    05:30   Seinfeld                                                                                                                 18:00   Unstoppable-PG15
                                                                                                                              19:00   Glee
                                         22:00   Codename: Kids Next Door           06:00   Mr. Sunshine                                                                                                             20:00   Hop-PG
                                                                                                                              20:00   American Idol
                                         22:50   Ben 10                             06:30   Melissa And Joey                                                                                                         22:00   Scott Pilgrim vs. The World-18
                                                                                                                              21:00   Smash                             00:00 French And Saunders Still Alive-18
                                         23:15   Ben 10                             07:00   Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
                                                                                                                              22:00   Survivor: One World               02:00 Snow Dogs-PG
                                         23:40   Chowder                            08:00   Weird Science
00:00 Newsday                                                                                                                 23:00   Damages                           04:00 A Pyromaniac’s Love Story-PG15
00:30 Asia Business Report                                                                                                                                              06:00 Everybody Wants To Be Italian-
00:45 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                       PG15                                         00:00   Test Cricket
01:00 Newsday                                                                                                                                                           08:00 Happy Ever Afters-PG15                 07:00   Premier League Darts
01:30 Asia Business Report                                                                                                                                              10:00 Princess Diaries 2: Royal              10:30   Live Super Rugby
01:45 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                       Engagement-FAM                               12:30   European Tour Weekly
02:00 Newsday                                                                                                                                                           12:00 The Open Road-PG15                     13:00   Live Test Cricket
02:30 Asia Business Report                                                                                                                                              14:00 Inspector Gadget (1999)-PG15           21:00   Futbol Mundial
02:45 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                       16:00 Princess Diaries 2: Royal              21:30   Live Super League
03:00 Newsday                                                                                                                                                           Engagement-FAM
03:30 Hardtalk                                                                                                                                                          18:00 Jack Goes Boating-PG15
04:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                    20:00 Evan Almighty-PG15
04:30 World Business Report                                                                                                                                             22:00 Cemetery Junction-PG15                 00:30   Trans World Sport
04:45 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 01:30   NRL Full Time
05:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 02:00   SPL Highlights
05:30 World Business Report                                                                                                                                                                                          02:30   Total Rugby
05:45 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 03:00   Sevens World Series
                                                                                                                                                                        01:15 Stand By Me-18
06:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 06:00   Futbol Mundial
                                                                                                                                                                        03:00 The Chamber-18
06:30 World Business Report                                                                                                                                                                                          06:30   SPL Highlights
                                                                                                                                                                        05:00 Blind Mountain-PG15
06:45 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                                                                    07:00   Trans World Sport
                                                                                                                                                                        07:00 Shipwrecked-PG
07:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 08:00   Mobil 1 The Grid
                                                                                                                                                                        09:00 Celine: Through The Eyes Of The
07:30 World Business Report                                                                                                                                                                                          08:30   Futbol Mundial
07:45 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                                                                    09:00   Super Rugby Highlights
                                                                                                                                                                        11:00 Glorious 39-PG15
08:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 10:00   Total Rugby
                                                                                                                                                                        13:15 Star Trek III: The Search For Spock-
08:30 Hardtalk                                                                                                                                                                                                       10:30   Golfing World
09:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 11:30   Premier League Darts
                                                                                                                                                                        15:00 Celine: Through The Eyes Of The
09:30 World Business Report                                                                                                                                                                                          15:00   Trans World Sport
09:45 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                                                                    16:00   Super Rugby
                                                                                                                                                                        17:00 Secretariat-PG15
10:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 18:00   NRL Premiership
                                                                                                                                                                        19:15 Phone Booth-PG15
10:30 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                                                                 20:00   AFL Premiership
                                                                                                                                                                        21:00 The Maiden Heist-PG15
11:00 GMT With George Alagiah                                                                                                                                                                                        22:30   Total Rugby
                                                                                                                                                                        23:00 Elizabethtown-PG15
11:30 GMT With George Alagiah                                                                                                                                                                                        23:00   Super Rugby
12:00 BBC World News
12:30 World Business Report
12:45 Sport Today
13:00 Impact                                                                                                                                                            01:00   Beautiful Boy-18                     02:00   Futbol Mundial
13:30 One Square Mile                                                                                                                                                   03:30   Like Mike-PG                         02:30   Premier League Darts
14:00 Impact                                                                                                                                                            05:09   The Last Airbender-PG                06:00   Golfing World
14:30 World Business Report                                                                                                                                             07:09   Paper Man-PG15                       07:00   European PGA Tour
14:45 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                       09:00   Marmaduke-PG                         12:15   NRL Full Time
15:00 World Have Your Say                                                                                                                                               11:00   Legend Of The Guardians-PG           12:45   Live NRL Premiership
15:30 World Have Your Say                                                                                                                                               13:00   9-PG                                 15:00   Live European PGA Tour
16:00 The Hub With Nik Gowing                                                                                                                                           14:30   Senna-PG15                           19:00   Total Rugby
16:30 The Hub With Nik Gowing                                                                                                                                           16:15   Marmaduke-PG                         19:30   Super Rugby
16:40 Weekend World                                                                                                                                                     18:00   The Dilemma-PG15                     21:30   European PGA Tour
17:00 The Hub With Nik Gowing                                                                                                                                           20:00   127 Hours-PG15
17:30 World Business Report                                                                                                                                             22:00   Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps-
17:45 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                       PG15
18:00 World News Today With Zeinab                                                                                                                                                                                   01:00   WWE SmackDown
Badawi                                                                                                                                                                                                               03:00   WWE Bottom Line
18:30 World Have Your Say Extra                                                                                                                                                                                      04:00   UFC Unleashed
18:40 Weekend World                                                                                                                                                     00:00   Ramses Of Egypt-PG                   05:00   Live UFC The Ultimate Fighter
19:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                    02:00   Bat Cat And Bitsy-FAM                06:00   UFC Unleashed
19:30 Middle East Business Report                                                                                                                                       04:00   The Lucky Dragon-PG                  07:00   WWE SmackDown
20:00 BBC World News America                                                                                                                                            06:00   Ramses Of Egypt-PG                   09:00   Live V8 Supercars
20:30 World Football Focus                                                                                                                                              08:00   Globehunters-FAM                     10:30   WWE Bottomline
21:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                    10:00   Mars Needs Moms-PG                   11:30   WWE Vintage Collection
21:30 Sport Today                                                                                                                                                       12:00   Alex & Alexis-FAM                    12:30   Live AFL Premiership
21:40 Weekend World                                                                                                                                                     14:00   Cats & Dogs-PG                       15:30   V8 Supercars
22:00 BBC World News America                                                                                                                                            16:00   Garfield’s Pet Force-FAM             17:00   LIVE Scottish FA Cup
22:30 One Square Mile                                                                                                                                                   18:00   Mars Needs Moms-PG                   19:30   UFC The Ultimate Fighter
23:00 BBC World News                                                                                                                                                    20:00   Paws-PG                              20:30   UFC
23:30 Newsnight                                                     LAW ABIDING CITIZEN ON OSN ACTION HD                                                                22:00   Alex & Alexis-FAM                    23:30   V8 Supercars
                                                                                          FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012


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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                                                                                                        Darvish steers Rangers
                                                                                                            past Athletics
                                                                                                        ARLINGTON: Texas’ Yu Darvish pitched 7           three-run homer and Vernon Wells added a
                                                                                                        2-3 strong innings to steer the Rangers to a     two-run shot to lead Los Angeles over
                                                                                                        4-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on            Chicago. Jim Eppard was with the Angels
                                                                                                        Wednesday.                                       for the first time as hitting coach after
                                                                                                           Darvish (6-1) struck out seven. After giv-    replacing Mickey Hatcher, who was fired on
                                                                                                        ing up his only run in the first, Darvish set-   Tuesday.
                                                                                                        tled down and retired 11 of the last 15 bat-        Los Angeles starter Jerome Williams (4-
                                                                                                        ters he faced. He lowered his ERA to 2.60.       1) won his fourth straight decision, allow-
                                                                                                           Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer for         ing two runs over eight innings with five
                                                                                                        the Rangers. Oakland rookie pitcher              strikeouts and no walks. White Sox starter
                                                                                                        Tommy Milone (5-3) gave up four runs in          Gavin Floyd (3-4) surrendered seven runs in
                                                                                                        seven innings.                                   six innings, including both home runs.
ATLANTA: Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton follows through with a two-run home run in
the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves . — AP                                                Rays 2, Red Sox 1                              Twins 11, Tigers 7
                                                                                                           In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jeremy                In Detroit, Jamey Carroll hit a two-run
                                                                                                        Hellickson pitched six solid innings to          double in the sixth to give the lead to
   Marlins down Braves                                                                                  guide Tampa Bay to victory and end
                                                                                                        Boston’s five-game winning streak.
                                                                                                                                                         Minnesota, which outlasted a sloppy
                                                                                                                                                         Detroit. The Tigers made four errors in the
ATLANTA: Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit a           pitched a perfect inning of relief for the Reds         Hellickson (4-0) allowed one run and          first three innings yet still led 7-6 when
two-run homer and possibly saved two runs          to take the win.                                     struck out six en route to winning a career-     Carroll came up with men on first and sec-
with a diving catch as the Marlins beat the                                                             best sixth consecutive decision, dating to       ond in the sixth. His double off Duane
Atlanta Braves 8-4 on Wednesday, adding                         Padres 4, Dodgers 2                     last season.                                     Below (2-1) scored both runners.
another win to their impressive May record.            In San Diego, Chase Headley homered,                Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for             Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer for
    Miami is 12-3 this month after a slow start    doubled and drove in three runs, proving to          the save. Luke Scott had a tiebreaking sacri-    the Twins in the second, and Trevor
in April. The Marlins moved three games over       be the difference for San Diego against Los          fice fly for Tampa Bay. Red Sox starter Clay     Plouffe’s two-run shot in the ninth made it
.500 for the first time this season. The Marlins   Angeles.                                             Buchholz (4-2) gave up six hits over five-       11-7. Minnesota’s Alex Burnett (1-0) got the
led 6-1 off struggling Braves pitcher Mike             Headley’s efforts helped Padres starter          plus innings.                                    win in relief after starter Nick Blackburn
Minor (2-3) before Atlanta scored three runs       Clayton Richard (2-5) snap a personal five-                                                           lasted only two innings. — AP
off Mark Buehrle (3-4) in the sixth.               game losing skid, giving up two runs in seven                   Blue Jays 8, Yankees 1
    Stanton’s homer, which drove in Austin         innings.                                                In Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit a
Kearns after his second double, pushed the             Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (5-1) took a       three-run homer and J.P. Arencibia added a
lead to 8-4 in the seventh. Kearns and Emilio      2-1 lead into the sixth. Cameron Maybin and          two-run drive in Toronto’s win over New
Bonifacio each had two hits and drove in two       Chris Denorfia opened the inning with singles        York.
runs. Omar Infante had two hits and scored         before Headley doubled to bring them both               Jose Bautista and Kelly Johnson added
two runs.                                          in.                                                  solo home runs as the Blue Jays tagged
    Minor (2-3) gave up six runs in 4 2-3                                                               Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (3-5) for sev-
innings, the fourth straight start he has                          Phillies 9, Cubs 2                   en runs, matching a career-worst. Blue Jays
allowed six or more runs. His ERA is at 7.09          In Chicago, Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking         starter Kyle Drabek (3-4) snapped a four-
and his spot in the rotation looks shaky.          solo homer in the eighth inning as                   start losing streak, notching five strikeouts.
                                                   Philadelphia overran Chicago. Ruiz’s homer
            Nationals 7, Pirates 4                 off Shawn Camp (2-2) was followed by a six-                       Orioles 4, Royals 3
   In Washington, Adam LaRoche broke open          run ninth inning, highlighted by Hector                 In Kansas City, Adam Jones homered in
a tight game with a homer and a three-run          Luna’s first career grand slam in his first at-bat
                                                                                                        the 15th inning, lifting Baltimore to a
double to bring up his 1,000th career hit and      with the Phillies. Jose Contreras (1-0) pitched
                                                                                                        marathon victory over Kansas City.
power Washington past Pittsburgh. LaRoche,         a perfect seventh to earn the win.
                                                                                                           Jones was hitless in six at-bats before
with his 999th hit, and Xavier Nady hit con-
                                                                                                        connecting for his team-leading 12th home
secutive homers off Erik Bedard (2-5) in the                     Astros 8, Brewers 3
sixth. Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez (5-1)           In Houston, Carlos Lee had three hits,            run of the season- nine of which have
struck out 10 batters in seven innings, taking     including his first homer in more than three         either tied a game or put the Orioles ahead.
over the National League’s strikeout lead with     weeks, and three RBIs in Houston’s win over          With one out, he sent a pitch from Nate
60, ahead of teammat Stephen Strasburg.            Milwaukee.                                           Adcock (0-1), the fifth Kansas City pitcher,
                                                      Lee’s home run was a solo shot in the sev-        far over the left field wall.
             Cardinals 4, Giants 1                 enth inning that put Houston up 8-1. Lee also           The Orioles improved to 5-0 in extra-
   In San Francisco, Jaime Garcia matched his      singled and scored in the second then drove          inning road games. Baltimore’s Kevin
career high with nine strikeouts, directing St.    in two runs with a single in Houston’s three-        Gregg (1-1) pitched two hitless innings for
Louis over San Francisco. Garcia (3-2) gave up     run third.                                           the win. Jim Johnson earned the save.
one run in 7 1-3 innings.                             Astros starter Bud Norris (4-1) yielded just
   David Freese hit a go-ahead solo home run       one run in seven innings while notching a                       Indians 9, Mariners 3
in the seventh inning, while Skip Schumaker        season-high nine strikeouts. He improved to             In Cleveland, Ubaldo Jimenez overcame
added a two-run double in the eighth for the       3-0 in his past four starts and helped Houston       a shaky start to guide Cleveland to victory
Cardinals.                                         end a four-game skid. Brewers starter Randy          over Seattle. Jimenez (4-3) gave up three
   In a matchup of the past two World Series       Wolf (2-4) allowed seven runs in four innings.       runs over six innings.
champions, the Giants didn’t do enough to                                                                  Travis Hafner hit his fifth homer and
back Madison Bumgarner (5-3). He gave up                        Rockies 6, D’backs 1                    drove in three runs, while Shin-Soo Choo
four runs in 7 1-3 innings.                            In Denver, veteran Jamie Moyer pitched           had three hits for the Indians, who hit a
                                                   neatly into the seventh inning and even              season-best five doubles.
                 Reds 6, Mets 3                    drove in two runs with the bat as Colorado              Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (3-3)
   In New York, Todd Frazier homered twice         defeated Arizona.                                    gave up six earned runs in only 3 2-3
in Cincinnati’s win over New York. The Reds            The 49-year-old Moyer legged out a base          innings. He and Jimenez combined for a
put together three straight hits off Jon Rauch     hit in the fourth when he dribbled a two-run         34-minute, 59-pitch first inning that ended
(3-2) in the eighth, ending in Brandon Phillips’   single between the pitcher and the first base-       with Cleveland ahead 4-1.
game-tying single. Rauch was replaced by           man who made a futile lunge in an attempt
Tim Byrdak, who gave up the go-ahead run;          to tag. Moyer (2-3) allowed one earned run in                  Angels 7, White Sox 2                  ARLINGTON: Texas Rangers starting pitch-
Jay Bruce’s sacrifice fly. After another change    6 1-3 innings, striking out five. He outpitched        In Anaheim, Albert Pujols welcomed his         er Yu Darvish (11), of Japan, throws
on the mound, Frazier homered off D.J.             Patrick Corbin (2-2), who gave up six runs in                                                         against the Oakland Athletics during the
                                                                                                        new hitting coach to town with a go-ahead
Carrasco’s second pitch. Jose Arredondo (3-1)      six innings. — AP                                                                                     first inning of a baseball game. — AP
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

                             Devils edge Rangers, tie series
            NEW YORK: David Clarkson’s deflected goal early in
            the third period stood as the winner as the New
            Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on
            Wednesday to even the NHL Eastern Conference
            finals at 1-1.
                Ryan Carter and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored for the
            Devils, while defenseman Bryce Salvador added two
            assists, and Martin Brodeur stopped 23 shots.
                “We had to keep going to the net, and we were
            doing some good things,” Clarkson said. “We’ve
            been playing some good hockey and we’ve got to
            continue to do it. That is a big win for us.”
                Marc Staal and rookie Chris Kreider scored in the
            second for the Rangers. Top-seeded New York,
            which had 24 saves by Henrik Lundqvist, hasn’t had
            a two-game lead at any point in this postseason.
                Game 3 will be tomorrow in New Jersey. The
            Devils got their elusive first goal of the series late in
            the first period. After Brian Boyle was sent off for
            slashing Zach Parise, the Devils controlled the puck
            at the Rangers end through the powerplay.
                Marek Zidlicky curled with the puck to the center
            of the blue line and slid a pass down to the left circle
            to Kovalchuk, who calmly and patiently drifted in
            and snapped a shot up and under the crossbar for
            his sixth goal of the playoffs and fourth on the pow-
            er play. After spending much of the first penned in         NEW YORK: New Jersey Devils’ David Clarkson (23) celebrates after scoring during the third period of Game
            their own end, the Rangers managed to not only              2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series as New York Rangers’ Derek Stepan
            equalize but go ahead thanks to their previously            (21) skates away. — AP
            inept power play.
                With Alexei Ponikarovsky off for interference,          give the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 12:19. Anton Stralman      the start of the third and were soon rewarded with
            Staal fired a shot that sailed wide of the net and          let go a shot from above the right circle that ticked     Clarkson’s winner, as he tipped in an Adam Henrique
            struck the back boards before popping back in front         Kreider’s stick and fluttered past Brodeur.               shot.
            and pinballing into the net off Salvador and Brodeur            Late in the second, New Jersey got even at 2-2            Clarkson has three goals in this postseason, and
            at 2:23. The goal was originally credited to Derek          when Salvador wound up for a shot at the blue line        every one has been a winner, including the clincher
            Stepan but the puck managed to miss him both on             and fired a drive that Carter — with his back to the      against Philadelphia in Game 5 of the second round.
            the way toward the net and on the bounce back.              net — brilliantly deflected past Lundqvist. Marian            “Mr. Clutch? I don’t know about that,” Clarkson
                Staal nearly netted another moments later when          Gaborik perhaps should have done better in trying         said. “I’m going to skate up and down and finish the
            he ripped a drive that Brodeur had to lunge fully to        to block the shot, and he was benched, even during        checks and just bounce off people. It’s just a great
            his left to snare with his glove.                           New York’s power play in the third.                       feeling to be able to contribute. To get a tip on that
                Kreider scored for the second straight game to              The Devils kept the pressure on the Rangers at        felt pretty good.”—AP

                                                                                                                 Greece prepares to hand
                                                                                                                 Olympic flame to London
                                                                                                               ATHENS: Greece formally hands over the            born in east London where the new Olympic
                                                                                                               Olympic flame to a London delegation led          Park has taken shape, will play a role in the
                                                                                                               by Princess Anne and including David              proceedings with five young Britons chosen
                                                                                                               Beckham late yesterday at the Panathenaic         for their commitment to sport and promot-
                                                                                                               stadium where the first modern Games were         ing Olympic values. The youngsters will join
                                                                                                               held in 1896. Seb Coe, chairman of the            Princess Anne, who is president of the British
                                                                                                               London organising committee LOCOG,                Olympic Association, in receiving the flame.
                                                                                                               spoke of a ‘massive, massive moment’ as the           Greek rowing world champion Christina
                                                                                                               clock ticks down to the Games opening on          Giazitzidou will carry the flame into the stadi-
                                                                                                               July 27 while London Mayor Boris Johnson          um, built in 330BC and reconstructed for
                                                                                                               was typically ebullient.“It’s an amazing day      1896, after it travels from its overnight perch
                                                                                                               for us. This is the moment when we prepare        on the golden rock of the Acropolis down
                                                                                                               to take the torch and the eyes of the world       through the centre of Athens. The final two
                                                                                                               are swivelling to London,” Johnson told           torchbearers will be Greek weightlifter Pyrros
                                                                                                               reporters.                                        Dimas and Chinese gymnast Li Ning, who lit
                                                                                                                   “I think they will see a city that has made   the cauldron at the 2008 Beijing Games.
                                                                                                               phenomenal progress in getting             The lighting at ancient Olympia last week
                                                                                                               any measure, London is extraordinarily well       by an actress playing the role of high priest-
                                                                                                               prepared.” Princess Anne, daughter of             ess brought bittersweet emotions for some
                                                                                                               Queen Elizabeth and a member of the               of the spectators, emphasising how far
                                                                                                               International Olympic Committee (IOC) as          Greece had fallen from its glorious past. Coe
                                                                                                               well as a former Games competitor, will           said the response to the torch relay around
                                                                                                               receive the flame from the president of the       Greece since last Thursday had been extraor-
                                                                                                               Hellenic Olympic Committee, Spyros                dinary, despite the economic difficulties. “It’s
                                                                                                               Capralos, in the ceremony. Greek president        reminded them that, for all the current chal-
                                                                                                               Karolos Papoulias, whose debt-stricken            lenges, you can’t expunge 28 centuries of
                                                                                                               country risks bankruptcy and an exit from         history. This is uniquely theirs and a moment
                                                                                                               the European single currency, is also due to      of celebration,” he said. The flame will be
                                                                                                               attend after naming a caretaker Prime             kept overnight in lanterns at the British
                                                                                                               Minister in an emergency government on            embassy in Athens and then flown on the
                                                                                                               Wednesday to lead Greece to new elections         golden-liveried ‘Firefly’, British Airways Flight
ATHENS: A torchbearer runs with the flame during the Olympic flame relay for the 2012 London                   next month.                                       2012, to a navy base in Culdrose near Land’s
Olympics, in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens yesterday. — AP                                               Former England soccer captain Beckham,        End in south-west England.—Reuters
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

              Willstrop looks to turn tables on Matthew
             LONDON: World number one James               fought 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6 win over        the final to beat the brilliant former World   him again.”
             Willstrop believes he can end his losing     another England colleague, Tom                Open champion from Egypt, Ramy                     Matthew, however, denied there will
             streak this weekend against World Open       Richards. Willstrop’s problem is that         Ashour, in straight games.                     be extra pressure on him as the titlehold-
             champion Nick Matthew to tip the bal-        although he played brilliantly and held a        “Nick’s game has stifled me at times,”      er. “I don’t go into this week feeling like a
             ance of one of the sport’s most high-pro-    match point against Matthew in the last       Willstrop admitted. “He has had it over        defending champion,” he said.
             file rivalries in his favor.                 British Open final three years ago in         me quite substantially. He’s won our last          “I feel like one of many with the same
                 Top-seeded Willstrop reached the         Manchester, he has since lost 10 times in     16 or 17 matches. That’s a lot. He’s been      possibilities, as one of those who is trying
             quarter-finals of the British Open at        a row to his life-long rival on the PSA       on this run against me because, for two        to win the tournament. And I’m still look-
             London’s O2 Arena late on Wednesday          Tour. But as the younger man, he believes     years, he was the best in the world.           ing to be number one again.”
             with a tenaciously carved-out 9-11, 11-7,    his chance will soon come. “Nick was             “But now I’m number one. And at 31,             Willstrop has earned a meeting on
             11-7, 11-5 win over his former England       number one for a long time and then, in       Nick’s at his peak, and I’m 28 and getting     Friday with Mohamed El Shorbagy, the
             colleague Alister Walker, suggesting he is   January, I took over,” Willstrop told The     better all the time.” Willstrop also denied    former world junior champion from
             in a rich vein of form.                      Guardian newspaper.                           that the defeats have left psychological       Egypt, but has both Ashour and Amr
                 But Matthew is the defending champi-        “He beat me in February and got it         baggage.                                       Shabana, the four times former world
             on and even though he is only seeded         back and then, in March, I was deter-            “None of them have been devastating         champion, in his half.
             three here, he may be many people’s          mined to become number one again.”            losses and he was beating everyone else            Matthew could progress to a semi-
             favourite to triumph again in Sunday’s       That happened after the North American        as well,” he pointed out. “I look at my        final repeat of November’s World Open
             final. Matthew joined Willstrop in the       Open at Richmond in Virginia, where           defeats sensibly and realise I’ve played       final with Gregory Gaultier, the former
             quarter-finals on Thursday with a hard-      Willstrop said he had played “a blinder” in   very well against Nick. I’m ready to beat      world number one from France. — AFP

                                                                      Celtics, Thunder roll
                                                                    PHILADELPHIA: Boston’s Kevin Garnett
                                                                    scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds,
                                                                    and dominated the second quarter to
                                                                    set up the Celtics’ 107-91 win over the
                                                                    Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday and
                                                                    establish a 2-1 lead in their NBA Eastern
                                                                    Conference semifinal series.
                                                                       Whistled for a costly illegal pick late
                                                                    in a Game 2 loss, Garnett responded by
                                                                    crushing the Sixers early and never let
                                                                    them think about a fourth-quarter
                                                                       Garnett scored 13 of Boston’s 32
ROME: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after losing a point          points in the second quarter as the
during the match against Juan Monaco of Argentina at the            Celtics won comfortably after two tight
Italian Open tennis tournament. — AP                                games to start the series.
                                                                       Rajon Rondo had 23 points and 14
  Djokovic into                                                     assists for Boston while Paul Pierce, play-
                                                                    ing with an injured knee, had 24 points
                                                                    and 12 rebounds. Game 4 is today in
 Rome last eight                                                    Philadelphia.
                                                                       Garnett yapped his way down the
ROME: Holder Novak Djokovic staged a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 come-            court after several big early buckets and
back over Argentine Juan Monaco to earn a place in the quar-        clearly enjoyed taking it to the Sixers. He
ter-finals at a windy Rome Masters yesterday.                       buried those 10 to 16 footers with ease
    With gusts making life a challenge on the red clay, top seed    in the second quarter to turn a seven-
Djokovic had to smash a racquet into useless bits of compos-        point deficit into a 13-point lead.
ite material to get himself going after losing the opening set         Pierce is coping with a knee ligament
to “Pico,” best friend of Rafael Nadal on the ATP.                  injury that has robbed him of his jump
    The outburst came after the Argentine had finally convert-      shot and slowed him down on both
ed on a fifth set point in the blustery conditions. The Serb        sides of the ball. He scored only 21
went down a break in the second set but got it back with one        points combined in the first two games.
                                                                                                                    OKLAHOMA: Steve Blake No. 5 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives around Derek
more for insurance as he levelled at a set apiece. It took a           He charged the lane in the first quar-
                                                                                                                    Fisher No. 37 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western
break for 5-3 in the final set to put the Serb into position to     ter for a couple of angry-looking dunks.
                                                                                                                    Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. —AP
close out victory on his second match point.                        He even pounded the backboard for
    Djokovic finished with 16 winners and 40 unforced errors, a     emphasis after one as if to show the               Durant scored 22 points for the              Thunder the ball back with the chance
symptom of the windy conditions which have bothered play-           Sixers he still had some lift in those legs.   Thunder, who trailed by seven points             to take the lead and Durant was able to
ers all week. He now leads Monaco 6-0 as the pair played for           Thaddeus Young scored 22 points             with two minutes left before surging             make it happen.
the first time on the South American’s preferred surface.           and Jrue Holiday had 15 for the Sixers.        back with a series of defensive stops by             Steve Blake missed a 3-pointer with
       Rome is one of the four Masters 1000 titles which            Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks each              its stars as the Lakers got nothing from         about 5 seconds left after Metta World
Djokovic has won in multiple editions, along with Indian            scored 13. Starters Elton Brand, Spencer       their last six possessions. The Thunder          Peace (formerly Ron Artest) couldn’t get
Wells, Miami and Canada.                                            Hawes and Evan Turner combined for             suddenly came alive after a timeout,             the ball to Bryant on the inbounds play.
      Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer knocked out French 11th       only 11 points.                                with Los Angeles holding its largest lead        Durant was then fouled with 0.3 sec-
seed Gilles Simon 6-0, 7-6 (7/5), while Madrid finalist Tomas          Young scored three baskets and the          of the game.                                     onds left and made his first try before
Berdych, seeded seventh, reached the last eight as he put out       rest of the Sixers had only two in the             James Harden drove for a layup               missing the second on purpose.
Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.                            decisive second quarter. Boston coach          before Durant used his height advan-                 The Lakers got a desperation last try
    On the women’s side, top seed Victoria Azarenka faces a         Doc Rivers kept Rondo, Pierce and Ray          tage to reach up and tip away a pass             but World Peace’s long pass for Andrew
French Open fitness battle after a right shoulder injury forced     Allen in the game until the final minutes      from Kobe Bryant, who he was guard-              Bynum was intercepted by Harden.
her to withdraw before her third-round match.                       even though the game was well out of           ing. Durant ran out for a dunk at the                Westbrook added 15 points for
    The Belarus player pulled out prior to her third-round          reach.                                         other end before Russell Westbrook               Oklahoma City, which matched its low-
match, handing a walkover win to Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.                                                        forced another turnover by aggressively          est scoring total of the season but still
    With just 10 days until the start of the French Open, the                Thunder 77, Lakers 75                 challenging an outlet pass to Bryant             got the win.
Belarusian will hope for a quick recovery ahead of her bid for a       In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant rat-         along the sideline.                                  Historically, the loss makes a huge
second straight grand slam title.                                   tled in the go-ahead basket with a run-            Harden made the next stop, blocking          difference. Los Angeles is 29-12 when
      Wimbledon winner and fourth seed Petra Kvitova battled        ning shot from the baseline with 18 sec-       Bryant’s jumper on the next Lakers pos-          splitting the first two games of a seven-
to overcome Romanian Sorona Cirstea 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 while             onds left, completing Okahoma City’s           session and getting a layup in transition        game series and has lost 17 of 19 when
German 12th seed Angelique Kerber beat German compatriot            thrilling comeback win over Los                to cut the deficit to one in the final           falling into a 2-0 hole. Bryant and Bynum
Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-1. Italy’s Flavia Pennetta continued to        Angeles, taking a 2-0 lead in their            minute. Bryant couldn’t connect again,           scored 20 points each for the Lakers,
thrill home fans, crushing Petra Cetkovska 6-0, 6-1. — AFP          Western Conference semifinal series.           this time on a 3-pointer, giving the             who will host Game 3 today. — AP
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

  Montpellier must                                                     Chelsea, Bayern bid for glory
    finish the job                                                      in Champions League final
   before partying                                                 LONDON: When the draw for the later
                                                                   stages of the Champions League opened
  PARIS: Montpellier must stay fully focused as they still         the way for Barcelona and Real Madrid to
  need one point to secure their first Ligue 1 soccer title,       meet in the final in Munich, not many peo-
  coach Rene Girard warned ahead of their final game at            ple would have placed their bets on one
  Auxerre, even though fans are already planning a wel-            involving Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
  come parade.                                                         The prospect of a dream El Clasico
      The Southerners, who are on 79 points, three ahead           played out between the Spanish giants in
  of second-placed Paris St Germain, will be crowned for           Munich seemed highly likely, if not
  the first time since the club was created in 1974 if they        inevitable.
  get at least a point at relegated Auxerre on Sunday.                 But German club’s semi-final penalty
      If PSG fail to win at Lorient, Montpellier will clinch the   shootout win over Real and Chelsea’s hero-
  title regardless of their result in Burgundy. Players and        ic rearguard action in Barcelona has pro-
  fans are already planning to celebrate Champions                 duced an intriguing showdown to an
  League qualification with the team riding a double-deck-         unpredictable competition.
  er bus to the city’s main square on Monday.                          Bayern’s dreams of lifting the trophy in
      Girard said the party would be a success only if they        their home stadium had been at the top of
  finished the job. “It’s always difficult to keep everybody       their agenda since before the start of the
  focused,” he told reporters after being named best               season.
  coach of the season.                                                 Chelsea’s billionaire Russian owner,
      “The boys are fully aware that if we want to give our        Roman Abramovich has had his eyes on the
  story a proper end, we need to go get this title.                trophy since he bought the club in 2003,
  Otherwise, something will be missing.”                           although even he must have thought the            COBHAM: Chelsea’s Fernando Torres (right) takes a ball around Salomon Kalou
      Montpellier will be without suspended playmaker              chances of lifting it this season were slight     during a training session at the Cobham training ground. Chelsea will face
  Younes Belhanda, who said this week he wanted to stay            as their campaign appeared to disintegrate        Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Munich tomorrow. —AP
  at the club next season after having previously consid-          under coach Andre Villas-Boas.
  ered moving. In Paris, no party has been scheduled as a              But after Villas-Boas was sacked in           er Branislav Ivanovic and midfielders           Champions League title with Real Madrid
  Champions League spot was the minimum goal for the               March and replaced by caretaker Roberto di        Ramires and Raul Meireles. Defenders Gary       in 1998. Advancing in the Champions
  Qatari-backed club and players say they still have a small       Matteo, Chelsea’s season came alive and           Cahill and David Luiz could be fit after        League proved an easier task than imag-
  chance of stealing the league crown if they win at strug-        they find themselves on the brink of being        injury but midfielder Florent Malouda is        ined, but an injury to Bastian
  glers Lorient.                                                   crowned European champions for the first          50-50. Bayern have home advantage but           Schweinsteiger and a loss of form for
      “We know it will not only depend on ourselves but it’s       time. However, they did not recover their         go into the game after losing 5-2 to
                                                                                                                                                                     winger Arjen Robben spelt trouble after
  soccer, everything is possible,” midfielder Blaise Matuidi       league form sufficiently to finish in the top     Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup
                                                                                                                     final last weekend and also have three          the winter break as champions Dortmund
  told the club website (                              four and ended sixth, their lowest position
      “We have to throw ourselves completely into the                                                                players suspended - defensive midfielder        galloped away in the league with Bayern
                                                                   for a decade, which means if they fail to win                                                     dropping to second place.
  race, as we have done in the past three games. This is           on Saturday, they will not be in the              Holger Badstuber, and midfielders David
  our last chance and we must be sure we won’t have any                                                              Alaba and Luiz Gustavo.                            Their domestic loss of form, however,
                                                                   Champions League next season.
  regrets,” fullback Christophe Jallet said.                                                                             Only two sides have lifted the European     did not spill over into the Champions
                                                                       It is one of the reasons Di Matteo’s
      Paris will be without suspended winger Jeremy                                                                  Cup at home: Real Madrid in 1957 and Inter      League with the Bavarians crushing Basel
                                                                   future is still in doubt, although he said at
  Menez, while centre back Alex and midfielder Mohamed             his first pre-final news briefing on Monday:      Milan in 1965, and the last team to play at     7-1 on aggregate to book their quarter-
  Sissoko are doubtful because of minor injuries. Lorient,         “I am not thinking about myself.                  home - AS Roma in 1984 - lost on penalties      final spot. Another devastating perform-
  who are 14th on 39 points, one above the relegation                  “What is at stake is that we have a                                                           ance against Olympique Marseille, where
                                                                                                                     to Liverpool. Back in the summer club
  zone, will fight to stay in the top flight, along with seven     chance to bring the European title home                                                           they won both legs 2-0, set up a mouth-
  other teams.                                                                                                       bosses feared even getting to the Allianz
                                                                   for the first time in this club’s history - and                                                   watering semi-final against nine-times
      Nineteenth-placed Dijon, who are two points from                                                               Arena for the showdown would be a long
                                                                   that’s all that is important.                                                                     winners Real Madrid. “We have eliminated
  safety, travel to seventh-placed Stade Rennes, who are                                                             shot after they were drawn in the “group of     the Spanish champions and the English
                                                                       “We go into the game with the quality
  on 57, one behind fifth-placed Girondins Bordeaux, and                                                             death” as club CEO Karl-Heinz                   champions,” said Bayern sports director
                                                                   and experience to win it. I have the motiva-
  are chasing the Europa League qualifying berth.                  tion to do something extra-ordinary for this      Rummenigge called it alongside                  Christian Nerlinger this week. “We have
      Girondins, the 2009 champions who recovered from a                                                             Manchester City, Villarreal and Napoli. Few     dominated in this competition and this
                                                                   club. This will be a one-shot chance and
  poor start to the season, are one point ahead of sixth-                                                            would have thought it would be Bayern           final overshadows everything else,” he
                                                                   with all the problems we have with injuries
  placed St Etienne whom they visit on Sunday.—Reuters                                                               and Napoli that went on but Bayern pro-
                                                                   and suspensions it’s causing me a                                                                 said as Bayern hope for a fifth European
                                                                   headache.” Chelsea will be without sus-           gressed steadily under Jupp Heynckes, in        Cup success on a glorious night — at
                                                                   pended captain John Terry, fellow defend-         his third spell at the club and winner of the   home.—Reuters

                                                                   Universidad hold Libertad in Copa
                                                                   SAO PAULO: Universidad de Chile                      The return leg of the quarterfinal is        World Cup in 2000. Vasco is trying to
                                                                   earned a 1-1 draw at Paraguay’s                   next Thursday in Chile and Universidad          win Latin America’s most important
                                                                   Libertad in the opening match of their            can advance with a 0-0 draw because it          club competition for the first time since
                                                                   Copa Libertadores quarterfinal                    scored an away goal in Paraguay.                1998. Juninho, a member of Brazil’s
                                                                   Wednesday.                                           Vasco da Gama and Corinthians                squad in the 2006 World Cup, had one
                                                                      In Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian clubs             played cautiously under pouring rain at         of Vasco’s scoring chances late in the
                                                                   Vasco da Gama and Corinthians played              the Sao Januario stadium and will               first half but couldn’t get a shot off
                                                                   out a 0-0 draw in their first-leg                 decide a place in the semifinals in next        after clearing two defenders inside the
                                                                   matchup.        Playmaker      Gustavo            week’s second leg in Sao Paulo.                 area. Eder Luis also came close in the
                                                                   Lorenzetti scored the equalizer for                  Alecsandro scored with a header in           51st with a low shot saved by
                                                                   Universidad de Chile with a long-range            the 71st, but the goal was disallowed           Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio.
                                                                   shot in the 56th minute. The ball                 because the Vasco striker was ruled off-            Corinthians threatened with a head-
                                                                   deflected off a defender before hitting           side. It was a matchup between Brazil’s         er by Jorge Henrique in the 60th, but
                                                                   the net in the far corner.                        most successful teams last year.                Vasco goalkeeper Fernando Prass
                                                                      Midfielder Victor Caceres opened               Corinthians won the Brazilian league            made a great save to keep the score
                                                                   the scoring for Libertad with a shot              and Vasco captured the Brazilian Cup.           even.
                                                                   from inside the area in the eighth, slid-         Vasco also was runner-up to                         The other two quarterfinals will be
                                                                   ing feet first to convert a low cross by          Corinthians in the Brazilian champi-            played on Thursday: Velez Sarsfield of
                                                                   Luciano Civelli.                                  onship. Corinthians is Brazil’s second-         Argentina will host defending champi-
                                                                      Universidad de Chile won last year’s           most popular club behind Flamengo,              on Santos of Brazil, while fellow
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil’s Vasco da Gama’s Romulo (left)             Copa Sudamericana, the most impor-                and the Copa Libertadores is the only           Brazilian club Fluminense will play six-
fights for the ball against Brazil’s Corinthians’ Emerson          tant South American competition                   major competition it is yet to win.             time champion Boca Juniors in
(right) during a Copa Libertadores soccer match.—AP                behind the Copa Libertadores.                     Among its titles is FIFA’s inaugural Club       Argentina.—AP
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                                                                Djokovic into
                                                                Rome last eight
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                                                                   OKLAHOMA: City Thunder forward
                                                                   Serge Ibaka (left) tumbles over Los
                                                                   Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum
                                                                   during the first quarter of Game 2 in
                                                                   an NBA basketball playoffs Western
                                                                   Conference semifinal. —AP

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