MIA A BRIDGE VETTEL ON HAROLD BETWEEN INDIAN & KUMAR MODERN AND GRAND ON A TRADITIONAL PRIX THIRD ART POLE OUTING PAGE 13 | NATION PAGE 28 | SPORTS PAGE 29 | CHILL OUT www.qatar-tribune.com First with the news and what’s behind it SUNDAY OCTOBER 30, 2011 DHU AL-HIJJA 3, 1432 I Newsline I Nationline I Businessline I Lifeline I Sportsline VOL. 6 NO. 1882 QR 2 DOW JONES 12,220 QE Qatar up in Doha film fest ends 8,535 +11 +71 PTS PTS SENSEX 17,804 CURRENCY +516 Indian Rupee 13.39 World Bank on musical note PTS Philippine Peso 11.70 HOT AND HAZY WEATHER 0 0 HIGH: 33 C | LOW: 25 C Newsline 75 dead in S Sudan clashes rankings CATHERINE W GICHUKI DOHA IT was a ﬁtting ﬁnale to a spectac- SIXTY rebels were killed on TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK places through improved per- ular show. A parade by stars on the Saturday when government forces DOHA formance, particularly in the red carpet, awards presentations repelled an attack by them in oil- area of “Getting Credit”, for- and a musical performance rich South Sudanese Unity state in QATAR has risen in the annu- merly its weakest category. marked the concluding day of the which 15 civilians also died, the al business environment Qatar gained 40 places in this ﬁve-day third edition of Doha state’s information minister said. rankings compiled by the area because of the develop- Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) at “There was a militia attack at 5 or World Bank. The benchmark ment of the national credit Katara, the Cultural Village on 6 o’clock in the morning in ‘Doing Business’ report bureau, which is helping Saturday night. Mayom county,” said Gideon released last week ranked banks assess loan requests Leona Lewis, a renowned singer- Gatpan Thoar, adding that another Qatar 36th in the world and more rapidly and accurately. song writer and the winner of ‘The 18 were wounded. (PG 12) third in the region. The bureau covered 32 per- X-Factor’ competition closed the In the category that reﬂects cent of the adult population event with a brilliant musical per- the ease and cost for compa- as of June 2011, according to formance that saw the audience 13 US troops killed in Kabul nies of securing power sup- the data used in the World tapping their feet. She mesmerised plies, Qatar ranks 18 on Bank’s assessment. the visitors with her diverse vocal TALIBAN struck a NATO military account of electricity subsi- Qatar’s strongest category style at the Katara’s open air theater convoy in Kabul on Saturday, dies. packed to capacity. killing 17 people, including 13 Qatar also gained two CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 The concluding day’s proceedings US troops, in the deadliest attack started with a bevy of ﬁlm stars US actor Robert De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower De Niro (second right) at to hit Afghanistan in months. directors, producers and crew the DTFF, in Doha, on Saturday. (MANEESH BAKSHI) NATO said at least 13 Western whose ﬁlms featured at the festival military forces died and US ofﬁ- walking down the red carpet oozing tured screening of the Luc Besson inventive, even comical schemes to cials conﬁrmed they were all glitz and glamour. ﬁlm The Lady. The 127 -minute save their community from surren- American. (PG 10) Hollywood legend Robert De biopic tells the true life story of the der to violence. Niro and his wife Grace Hightower Myanmar’s democracy icon and Audience Awards for Best De Niro stole the limelight with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Documentary Film and a cash prize 20 Syrian soldiers killed their surprise appearance at the and her husband Michael Aris. of $100,000 went to Morgan closing night gala. Earlier, awards were presented to Spurlock’s documentary Comic- TWENTY Syrian soldiers were However, there was a little bit of the winners at a glittering ceremo- Con Episode IV: A Fans Hope, a killed on Saturday and 53 wound- disappointment for the fans of ny. Nadine Labaki’s ﬁlm Where Do ﬁlm exploring the dreams of fans ed in clashes with presumed army Antonio Banderas, renowned actor, We Go Now bagged the Audience making annual pilgrimage to deserters, while 10 security agents director, producer and singer when Awards for Best Narrative Film and Comic-Con- at San Diego conven- and a deserter were killed in an he failed to appear on the red car- a cash prize of $100,000. The ﬁlm tion which began as a fringe comic ambush. The violence came as 12 pet. However, he appeared at a shows how women in a Lebanese book meet-up in 1970 and is the civilians died and several were press conference earlier in the day. village coming from different reli- wounded in gunﬁre. (PG 2 & 12) The last day of the pageant fea- gions band together and resort to CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 QT SPOTLIGHT ON PAGE 20 02 Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com GULF / MIDDLE EAST Dozens more bodies found in flattened 3 killed in Homs, residents Qadhafi hometown AFP SIRTE crossroads of Dubai and September 1 streets, Libyan charity Jabal al-Akhdar report heavy gunfire VOLUNTEERS are still told AFP more than 50 REUTERS ﬁnding dozens of bodies in bodies of civilians were BEIRUT Moamer Qadhaﬁ’s home- found under the rubble of a town of Sirte that fell on several-storey building ﬂat- SYRIAN tanks pounded an October 20, including tened in a NATO air strike. old district in the city of Homs those of Libyan civilians “There are more than 50 on Saturday and three people killed in a suspected NATO civilians under the rubble, were killed, activists said, air strike. of women, of children. It’s after one of the bloodiest days Twenty-six makeshift horrible. We can’t get of the seven-month-old upris- and unmarked graves cov- access. It would take bull- ing against President Bashar ered by breeze-blocks were dozers,” said a teary-eyed al Assad. discovered at a water treat- member of the charity, Activists and residents ment plant in Number Two Mohammed Muftah. said Syrian forces shot dead district where pro-Qadhaﬁ Ayman Ibrahim, another 40 civilians on Friday when ﬁghters put up a ﬁnal stand charity member, said “the they ﬁred on demonstrators after several weeks of heavy building collapsed after a calling for international pro- bombardment. NATO air strike.” tection from Assad’s crack- With the pungent odour Local residents backed up down. The Arab League and of decomposing bodies ﬁll- the account of an air strike United Nations condemned ing the air, the shallow that left behind a huge crater the violence. graves in the sand were of the type that could not UN Secretary-General Ban scattered amidst the plant’s have been left by weapons Ki-moon said Assad must devastated buildings, an used by Qadhaﬁ’s ﬁghters or respond to demands for AFP correspondent said. their foes in the National change with serious reform, According to Ibrahim Transitional Council. “not repression and violence”, Suleiman, one of the volun- Another volunteer, and called for an immediate teers collecting bodies in Mohammed Yunes al- halt to military operations, Sirte over the past week, Hemali, said they are his spokesman said. they were of pro-Qadhaﬁ tipped off about corpses by One activist group said ﬁghters hastily buried by returning local residents. ﬁerce ﬁghting broke out in comrades as new regime “Often when they return Homs on Friday night forces closed in on the city. home, the families ﬁnd a between dozens of army Suleiman said he and his body or a makeshift grave deserters and forces loyal to colleagues have buried a in their property,” he said. Assad. Seventeen soldiers total of more than 500 bod- The 32-year-old Hemali, a were killed when the defec- ies across Sirte since former taxi driver, has been tors attacked two security Syrians living in Egypt wave national ﬂags and raise slogans during an anti-government protest in front of the Syrian embassy, in Cairo, October 23, most of them carrying out the macabre posts in the city, it said. on Saturday. (EPA) believed to be ﬁghters. It task of collecting the bodies The report by the British- was unclear if other teams for the past ﬁve days. based Syrian Organisation for start of protests in March, of authorities to crush dissent two by machinegun ﬁre Friday’s violence prompted were doing the same work. “We drive around, we Human Rights highlights the Syrian authorities have and the growing ranks of between Assad’s forces and Arab ministers to issue their “We buried more than search, ask people. emerging element of armed blamed the violence on gun- defectors have combined to defectors. strongest call yet on Assad to 500 bodies since last Sometimes people come to insurgency alongside mainly men they say have killed make Syria’s turmoil one of Residents said tanks ﬁred end the killing of civilians. Sunday, and we keep on us to tell us they ﬁnd bodies peaceful street protests 1,100 soldiers and police. the most intractable con- anti-aircraft guns, which the The Arab League’s commit- ﬁnding more throughout the on their property. Families demanding an end to 41 years Syria has barred most frontations of this year’s Arab military is using to hit ground tee on the Syrian crisis said it city. Most of them are ﬁght- who return to Sirte often of Assad family rule. international media, making uprisings. targets, as well as machineguns had sent an “urgent message ers, I think, but I am not ﬁnd a body or a makeshift The United Nations says it hard to verify accounts from The Syrian Observatory in the old district of Bab Amro. ... to the Syrian government really sure,” said Suleiman. grave on their property,” he 3,000 people, including near- activists and authorities. said three civilians were killed Explosions and gunﬁre could expressing its severe discon- In the centre, at the said. ly 200 children, have been But the resilience of the in Homs on Saturday morn- also be heard in other neigh- tent over the continued killing killed in the unrest. Since the protesters, the determination ing, one shot by a sniper and bourhoods, activists said. of Syrian civilians”. Calm returns to cradle of Arab Spring AFP SIDI BOUZID CALM returned on Saturday to the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, after an overnight curfew imposed because of violent post- election protests. The unrest appeared to have been sparked by the disqualiﬁca- tion over campaign ﬁnance viola- tions of a party led by a former member of the regime ousted in January by Tunisia’s pro-democra- cy revolution. The riots had threatened to tar- nish the country’s ﬁrst free elec- tions, which won praise from world leaders keenly watching develop- ments in a country setting the pace for democratic uprisings across the Arab world. “There were no incidents during the night,” a police ofﬁcial said. A burnt bus is taken away from the city center of Sidi Bouzid, in Tunisia, on The town’s weekly market was Saturday. (AFP) open, and residents were going about normal activities as teams sustained and we are maintaining wide uprisings that have since top- worked to clean and repair public this measure until further notice,” pled long-standing leaders in Cairo buildings that were vandalised dur- he said, adding that no injuries and Tripoli. ing two days of unrest. were reported during the protests. The October 23 election saw a A few tanks remained stationed Several newspapers accused massive turnout and conﬁrmed the by the police headquarters and some players still loyal to ousted dominance of pre-poll frontrunners town hall, however, and schools dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali of Ennahda, despite efforts by secular remained closed. stoking unrest by tapping into pop- parties to counter the rise of the Late Friday, Hechmi Haamadi, a ular discontent in Sidi Bouzid, a Islamist party. businessman whose Popular particularly impoverished town. Results show that Ennahda took Petition won in Sidi Bouzid, 90 of the 217 seats in the con- appealed to the town’s residents to A few tanks remained stituent assembly, a body which is halt the protests, echoing an appeal stationed by the police seen as the custodian of the revolu- by the head of the Islamist Ennahda headquarters and town tion and will be tasked with forming party which won Sunday’s polls. hall, however, and an interim government and writing Tension had remained high late schools remained a new constitution. Friday despite the curfew, as dis- closed. Some rioters targeted Ennahda’s gruntled groups were threatening party ofﬁces in Sidi Bouzid. further damage and the army It was in Sidi Bouzid that fruit Analysts have said that boosted patrols in the town, an AFP seller Mohamed Bouazizi, an unem- Ennahda, even in a majority correspondent reported. ployed university graduate, set him- alliance, would be unable to “dic- An interior ministry spokesman self on ﬁre on December 17 last year tate” any programme to the assem- told AFP Saturday that the curfew, to protest abuses under Ben Ali’s bly, and would be obliged to which was in effect from 7:00 pm 23-year-old regime. appease coalition partners, a mod- Friday to 5:00 am (0400 GMT) on He died days later, but Bouazizi’s erate-minded society, and the Saturday, would be maintained as a desperate act sparked the popular international community on precautionary measure. revolt that toppled Ben Ali less than whose investment and tourism the “Calm in Sidi Bouzid has to be a month later and ignited region- country relies heavily. GULF / MIDDLE EAST Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com 03 Iraqi PM slams Salaheddin Saudis swear allegiance to vote for autonomy AFP BAGHDAD new crown prince AFP RIYADH IRAQI Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki sharply SAUDIS begun swearing alle- criticised a bid for greater giance on Saturday to the new autonomy by Salaheddin Crown Prince Nayef bin province, claiming Abdulaziz, described by the Saddam Hussein’s Baath local press as the “man for the party wants to make it a job” and praised in “refuge,” a statement Washington for his commit- from the premier’s ofﬁce ment to ﬁght terrorism. said on Sunday. Nayef — who served as It is the prime minis- interior minister for nearly ter’s ﬁrst response to a four decades and led a crack- Thursday vote by the down on Al Qaeda in the provincial council of kingdom — was named in a Sunni Arab majority royal decree on Thursday to Salaheddin in central succeed Prince Sultan who Iraq for it to become an died in the US last week fol- administratively and eco- lowing a long illness and was nomically autonomous buried in Riyadh. region similar to The new crown prince Kurdistan. received his subjects in the “The Baath party royal palace in Riyadh, wants Salaheddin according to state media. province to be a secure The ceremony was open to refuge for Baathists, but all citizens, who poured in to this will not happen,” a greet the new crown prince, statement from Maliki’s in keeping with the tradition office quoted him as in the absolute monarchy. saying in an interview Citizens in other regions in with Al-Iraqiya televi- the vast desert kingdom will be sion, which is to be able to pledge allegiance on broadcast later. Sunday to provincial gover- nors, all of whom are members Article 119 of of the Al-Saud royal family. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al Saud at a military parade in the Saudi holy city of Makkah, on December 3, 2008. (AFP) the Iraqi consti- Thursday’s appointment of tution does not Prince Nayef, 78, as crown vice prime minister to ﬁrst man for difﬁcult missions.” ing regional peace and securi- Reputed for being an iron- dom with a bloody wave of mention a prince, “was a source of satis- deputy. Nayef has also head- US President Barack ty,” Obama said in a state- ﬁsted man, Nayef has become attacks between 2003 and requirement faction for all Saudis,” Al ed the ministry of interior for Obama welcomed the choice ment on Friday. a bastion of the Al Saud 2006. that requests Watan daily said, praising 36 years. of Nayef as a successor to the “The United States looks dynasty, overseeing a highly- He cracked down on the be made to the him as having the qualities of “He is the man for the job,” throne of the oil-rich king- forward to continuing our successful ﬁght against Al- network, forcing its leaders cabinet, nor to a “man of state.” because internal and regional dom, a major US ally in the close partnership with Crown Qaeda, but also dealing swift- and its members to ﬂee to parliament. He “well deserved the posi- dynamics “require an experi- Middle East. Prince Nayef in his new capac- ly and sternly with all forms Yemen where they continue tion given his security and enced and determined man” “We in the United States ity as we strengthen the deep of opposition. to threaten Saudi interests. “Federalism is a consti- political experience,” said Al in power, said Al Jazeera, know and respect him for his and longstanding friendship Under his leadership, the He also dismantled charitable tutional issue,” Maliki Riyadh daily of Nayef, who another Saudi paper, in an strong commitment to com- between the United States and interior ministry faced the organisations that collected said. The “Salaheddin was promoted from second editorial under the title “the bating terrorism and support- Saudi Arabia.” rise of Al Qaeda in the king- donations for the network. provincial council does not have the right to announce this.” Instead, the province should have presented a request to the cabinet, which would then pres- 5 killed in Iraq violence ent it to parliament, after AFP police ﬁrst lieutenant said. It was which the request would BAGHDAD unclear why the woman was targeted. go through other proce- Meanwhile, a civil servant in the dures, he said. ATTACKS across Iraq killed ﬁve peo- ministry of science and technology was However, Article 119 of ple, including two brothers shot at a killed by a magnetic “sticky bomb” the Iraqi constitution does family jewellery store, security ofﬁcials attached to his car in the Al-Ilam not mention a require- said on Saturday. neighbourhood in Baghdad’s south- ment that requests be In the deadliest incident, gunmen west, an interior ministry ofﬁcial said. made to the cabinet, nor broke into a jewellery store in the town to parliament. of Al Hafriyah, around 50 kilometres The gunmen used Instead, it states: “One (30 miles) southeast of the capital, and silenced weapons, they or more governorates killed two teenage brothers who were robbed the store and shall have the right to opening it before their father’s arrival. escaped without anyone organise into a region “The gunmen used silenced weapons, seeing them. based on a request to be they robbed the store and escaped with- voted on in a referendum out anyone seeing them,” a police ofﬁ- Bomb and gun attacks in Mosul in submitted in one of the cer said, speaking on condition of north Iraq, Baghdad, and Fallujah, just following two methods.” anonymity. A witness in the town told west of the capital, also left ﬁve people These are: “A request AFP that one of the youths was killed in wounded, including two soldiers and a by one-third of the the store, while the other died of his young child, security ofﬁcials said. council members of wounds on his way to the hospital. The violence comes with barely two each governorate In the town of Deli Abbas, northeast months to go before all US troops must intending to form a of Baghdad in restive Diyala province, withdraw from the country, under the region,” or “a request by an alcohol store owner was gunned terms of a bilateral security pact. one-tenth of the voters down in front of his home, an ofﬁcial in Violence has declined nationwide in each of the gover- the Baquba operations command said. since its peak in 2006 and 2007, but norates intending to A woman in her 30s was killed by attacks remain common. A total of 185 form a region.” gunmen in a market in the centre of people were killed in September, the main northern city of Mosul, a according to ofﬁcial ﬁgures. Rejection of 1947 partition plan was a mistake, says Abbas AP Abbas told Channel 2 TV in a rare rejected, while Palestinians say that JERUSALEM interview to the Israeli media on talks never actually reached a point Friday. “But do they (the Israelis) where a ﬁrm offer was on the table. THE Palestinian President, in a punish us for this mistake 64 years? Abbas claimed that he and remarkable assessment delivered Olmert were “very close” to reach- on Israeli TV, has said the Arab The Palestinian and ing a peace agreement in 2008, world erred in rejecting the United Arab refusal to accept before the Israeli leader left ofﬁce Nations’ 1947 plan to partition a UN plan to partition under the cloud of corruption Palestine into a Palestinian and a the then-British-con- allegations. Jewish state. trolled mandate of “It was a very good opportunity,” The Palestinian and Arab refusal Palestine sparked he said. “If he stayed two, three to accept a UN plan to partition the widespread fighting. months, I believe in that time we then-British-controlled mandate of could have concluded an agree- Palestine sparked widespread ﬁght- Abbas also addressed his negotia- ment.” ing, then Arab military intervention tions with former Israeli leader He conﬁrmed Olmert’s account after Israel declared independence Ehud Olmert, now in the spotlight that the Israeli leader was prepared the following year. The Arabs lost because of the publication of the to withdraw from 93.5 percent of the war. memoirs of former U.S. Secretary of the West Bank. The Palestinians, “It was our mistake. It was an State, Condoleezza Rice. Abbas added, responded by offering Arab mistake as a whole,” Rice backs Israel’s account that to let Israel retain 1.9 percent of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Olmert made a peace offer that was West Bank. 04 Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA 3 killed in shootout at shopping Peaceniks call for end to fighting, mall in Philippines army bombings in Mindanao DPA AGENCIES MSN urged both the gov- MANILA MANILA ernment and the MILF peace panels to “implement the THREE people were killed AN ALLIANCE of peace prompt and effective use” of on Saturday during a rob- advocacy groups in Manila existing mechanisms such as bery at a shopping mall in has joined calls for a stop to the joint Coordinating the Philippines, police said. military bombings in Committee on the Cessation The heist occurred short- Zamboanga Sibugay and of Hostilities, the Ad Hoc ly after the popular mall in asked both the government Joint Action Group and the Damarinas City in Cavite and the Moro Islamic International Monitoring province, just south of Liberation Front (MILF) to Team to “help defuse the situ- Manila, opened for the day. use mechanisms in the peace ation and prevent further loss Chief Superintendent talks to defuse the situation. of lives.” Agrimero Cruz, a national “We fully support the It urged the two sides’ police spokesman, said the President’s stand that we can- negotiating panels “to pursue victims were two security not create the supreme injus- with more vigour and deter- guards and a teller of a for- tice of pushing more soldiers, mination the quest for a eign exchange shop on the rebel mujaheedins and inno- speedy resolution of the mall’s third ﬂoor. They had cent civilians to die in an all- Mindanao Question so as to just arrived at the shop with out war in our desire to bring bring peace to the whole 5 million pesos (116,280 to justice a few erring ele- nation.” dollars) withdrawn from a ments,” the Mindanao Meanwhile, activist priest nearby bank when the gun- Solidarity Network (MSN) Fr Robert Reyes and mem- men declared the robbery, said in a statement. bers of the Mindanao People’s triggering a brief shootout. It added that the best way Caucus are scheduled to run Cruz said one security for justice to be served for the for peace in Davao City on guard died on the spot, soldiers killed during an Sunday morning from the while the teller was ambush by MILF members in Davao Medical School declared dead on arrival in Basilan as well as for all “vic- Foundation to the a nearby hospital. tims of war” was to fast-track Brokenshire College. The other security guard the political settlement of the “We want to show that A wounded soldier being taken to a military hospital, in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines, recently. (EPA) expired while being treated armed conﬂict in Mindanao we’re not for all-out war. for his wounds. Police said and the Bangsamoro issue. We’re weary of war, and Run for All-Out Peace in hope in true and lasting “Are we planning to head tary solution because the the gunmen, some of whom “We wish to remind every- because of this, Muslims are Davao City is an expression of peace.” for the same disastrous sce- problems in Muslim were believed to have been one that peace does not come going back again to evacua- the Mindanaons’ frustration MSN observed that 30,000 nario that we witnessed dur- Mindanao are multi-faceted – wounded, were able to take from dropping bombs, that tion centres. We’re back to over the vicious cycle of war people have ﬂed their homes ing the wars in the past? poverty, lack of basic services, all the money being carried war solves nothing. Nobody zero,” Shirley Mercado of and peace. Muslims and in Zamboanga Sibugay and Experience has shown that economic injustice, deﬁcien- by the victims. wins in war. We are all vic- MPC said by phone. Christians run and pray to Basilan after days of military the Mindanao crisis cannot be cies in governance, criminali- tims,” it said. Reyes said: “The All-Out strengthen solidarity and operations. solved through a purely mili- ty, terrorism,” it said. Floods may ease as river Vietnam rejects US push for new defences hold: Thai PM rules on state-owned firms AFP authorities had sped up the must closely monitor the situ- Trans-Paciﬁc Partnership proposal was not necessary. annual summit of the 21- BANGKOK ﬂow of runoff through canals ation during high tide. Please REUTERS (TPP), a free-trade zone that Despite the disagreement, member Asia-Paciﬁc in the east and west of the be a bit patient and after that HANOI would stretch across much of President Barack Obama and Economic Cooperation FLOODS engulﬁng parts of capital. “If everyone works I believe the water level will the Paciﬁc Rim. leaders of the eight other forum. All the TPP countries the Thai capital should start hard ... then the ﬂoodwater in start to recede because the VIETNAM on Friday reject- “We don’t think there is a TPP countries are expected are also members of APEC. to recede soon, the prime Bangkok will start to recede water ﬂow is easing and part ed a US proposal to establish need for speciﬁc provisions to announce next month in Washington wants strong minister said on Saturday of it is ﬂowing into canals.” new trade rules for state- for state-owned enterprises,” Hawaii they are committed rules on state-owned enter- after barriers along Bangkok’s “If everyone works Yingluck, the sister of fugi- owned companies, which Vietnam’s trade negotiator, to ﬁnishing the talks and prises in the TPP partly swollen main river prevented hard ... then the tive former premier Thaksin Washington says often bene- Tran Quoc Khanh, told have the “broad outlines” of because the pact could a disastrous overﬂow. floodwater in Shinawatra, has been in ofﬁce ﬁt from unfair subsidies and reporters. a ﬁnal deal. It could take as become the foundation for The city of 12 million peo- Bangkok will start for barely two months and protections. He said Vietnam’s state- much as another year to con- future trade talks with China, ple was on heightened alert to recede in the her administration has faced The United States ﬂoated owned companies already clude the ambitious negotia- a country with more than because of a seasonal high first week of criticism for giving confusing its plan in negotiations this complied with World Trade tions. 20,000 state-owned tide that was expected to November,” she advice about the extent of the week on the nine-country Organization rules, so the US Obama is hosting the companies. coincide with the arrival of said. ﬂood threat. runoff water from the central in the ﬁrst week of For a third day running plains, where people have November,” Yingluck said in there was minor ﬂooding in endured weeks of ﬂood mis- ery. Prime Minister Yingluck a weekly radio and television address to the nation. Yingluck later told Bangkok’s riverside areas, including by the Grand Palace, but the high tide of 2.5 Malaysia’s Bakun Shinawatra, who has previ- ously warned the ﬂoods could last for weeks, said the reporters she expected the sit- uation “will improve in one or two days”. She added, “Thais metres (eight feet) above sea level was lower than feared and most of the city was dry. dam goes on stream, criticism persists AFP “It is a chicken-and-egg BAKUN DAM (MALAYSIA) game,” Zulkiﬂe told. “I am conﬁdent there will be a lot of THE ﬁrst turbine is spinning, demand for electricity in electricity is pulsing out, and Sarawak.” the water level is climbing in But dam opponents say the the Borneo jungle behind situation conﬁrms warnings Malaysia’s huge $2.2 billion about Bakun as an ill- Bakun hydroelectric dam. planned and unnecessary But questions continue to boondoggle. swirl around the viability of a The facility is located on project described by critics as the Balui River, a mighty a graft-plagued human and waterway that drains a vast ecological disaster — and as rainforested area of northern opposition mounts against a Borneo — home to orang- dozen other planned dams in utan, spotted leopards, rare Sarawak state. plants, and a renowned bio- The ﬁrst turbine from diversity. French giant Alstom began The project was ﬁrst producing electricity in approved in 1986 under August and the dam’s reser- then-premier Mahathir voir in the Malaysian portion Mohamad as a cheap electric- of Borneo island has swelled ity source for more-devel- to the size of Singapore since oped peninsular Malaysia impoundment began a year even though the country is a ago. net oil and natural gas After years of warnings exporter. about the impact on But in a 2005 report, anti- Sarawak’s pristine jungles graft watchdog Transparency and the forced removal of International termed the thousands of local tribespeo- dam one of the world’s ple, the dam’s head Zulkiﬂe “Monuments of Corruption,” Osman sees light at the end citing years of delays, owner- of the tunnel. ship changes, and overall During a tour of the facility, costs that more than dou- the managing director of bled. Sarawak Hidro who has over- “No users have made any seen construction since 2000 legal written commitment for defended the dam despite an the usage of the energy,” said electricity surplus in the state Elli Luhat, a former Sarawak and the lack of a market for forestry ofﬁcial, now an envi- its power. ronmental activist. UNITED KINGDOM / EUROPE Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com 05 17 detained in Serbia 2 dead in suicide attack on Queen to carry back after attack ‘fond’ on US embassy Turkish ruling party office memories of Australia AFP AFP PERTH AP ANKARA BELGRADE BRITAIN’s Queen A FEMALE suicide bomber Elizabeth II Saturday SERBIAN police on Saturday killed two people in Turkey’s thanked the Australian detained 17 people suspected southeastern Kurdish region crowds who have turned of belonging to an extremist and wounded 12 others, out in their thousands to Islamic sect following a shoot- authorities said. see her on her 16th tour, ing incident outside the US The attack occurred in a saying she would return embassy in neighbouring main street of the mainly- home with fond memories. Bosnia. Kurdish city of Bingol, The 85-year-old The arrests in the southern, Governor Mustafa Hakan monarch has been met Muslim-dominated region of Guvencer said. There was no with rapturous receptions Sandzak, were made before immediate responsibility in Canberra, Melbourne, dawn by an anti-terrorist unit. claim, but Kurdish rebels who Brisbane and Perth on her Computers and mobile phones are ﬁghting for autonomy in 10-day visit which some belonging to the suspects were Turkey’s southeast have car- have speculated could be impounded. ried out suicide bombings in her last to the distant On Friday, a man from the past. realm. Sandzak ﬁred an automatic Guvencer said the attack was Addressing thousands of weapon outside the US on one of the city’s busiest ﬂag-waving wellwishers Embassy in Bosnia in what streets and three of the wound- gathered in sunshine authorities called a terrorist ed were in serious condition. alongside the banks of attack. A policeman and the The blast shattered glass and Perth’s Swan River, the gunman were wounded. The shop windows in surrounding queen said that she and embassy said none of its buildings. He said the attacker Prince Philip had enjoyed employees was hurt. was a woman. their latest tour immense- The shooter was identiﬁed Interior Minister Idris Naim ly. as Mevlid Jasarevic from Novi Sahin said the blast was near “I can think of no more Pazar, the administrative capi- the local branch of the ruling ﬁtting way to end my visit... tal of Sandzak. party, but the building was not than in this idyllic Swan Serbian ofﬁcials said he is a the intended target. The attack River setting which I have follower of the Wahhabi sect, a came on the 88th anniversary enjoyed on so many occa- conservative Islamic teaching of the founding of the Turkish sions,” she said. that is rooted in Saudi Arabia republic. Damaged stores after an explosion in Bingol, Turkey, on Saturday. (EPA) “Once again we will and linked to religious mili- Television footage showed return to the United tants in parts of Afghanistan people running away from the launched massive anti-rebel The last suicide bombing more attacks. stricken Van province would Kingdom with fond mem- and Pakistan. site of the explosion, while oth- operations in both southeast- was in September, when the Meanwhile, rescue teams in be called off because hope of ories of our time here.” Police said in a statement ers urged people to evacuate ern Turkey and across the bor- attacker detonated a bomb eastern Turkey who have ﬁnding anyone else alive had The queen, who last vis- that 18 houses were searched. the streets. Some were seen der in northern Iraq – where outside a paramilitary station worked around the clock for run out. ited Australia in 2006 to The arrested people are surrounding a corpse. the rebels maintain bases – near a Mediterranean resort the past week will wind up the Six more bodies had been open the Commonwealth believed to be Jasarevic’s asso- Turkey’s conﬂict with the killing dozens of rebels. Those town, wounding two others. search for quake survivors by recovered, he said, pushing the Games in Melbourne, is a ciates, it added. rebels of the Kurdistan operations were spurred by Ten days earlier, a car bomb in nightfall, Deputy Prime toll to 582. In all, 231 survivors much respected ﬁgure “The action against the Workers’ Party, or PKK, has coordinated rebel attacks on the capital, Ankara, killed ﬁve Minister Besir Atalay had been rescued from scores Down Under despite fre- extremist Islamic Wahhabi killed tens of thousands of peo- military and police posts near people. A Kurdish militant announced on Saturday. of collapsed buildings follow- quent murmurings about movement started at ﬁve in ple since the insurgents took the border that killed 24 sol- group, the Kurdistan Freedom As the death toll rose yet ing last Sunday’s 7.2 magni- the former colony breaking the morning,” Serbia’s Interior up arms in 1984. diers – the deadliest one-day Falcons or TAK, claimed again, a solemn Atalay said tude tremor. Over 2,600 peo- ties with Britain and Minister Ivica Dacic told state The attack comes 10 days toll against the military since responsibility for the operations in Ercis, the worst- ple had been wounded in the becoming a republic. Tanjug news agency. after Turkey’s military the 1990s. car bombing and threatened hit city in the earthquake disaster. 06 Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com OPINION HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI CHAIRMAN ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER 3, 2006 ADEL ALI BIN ALI MANAGING DIRECTOR Berlusconi on Sticky Wicket DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI AJIT KUMAR JHA EDITOR -IN-CHIEF EDITOR Italian PM has neither loyalty nor clout to put economy back on track PRINTED AT ALI BIN ALI PRINTING PRESS P RIME Minister Silvio ELISABETTA POVOLEDO AND NIKI KITSANTONIS | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE Berlusconi of Italy has prom- ised fellow European leaders a Westside quick series of wide-ranging changes to get Italy’s imperiled economy back on track, but it is not The European Deal clear that he commands enough loyalty and political clout to enact them, leav- ing the country and thus the entire euro zone still at risk. Forcing cuts in exchange for bailouts will make matter worse Whereas his Greek colleague, Prime Minister George A Papandreou – whose collapsed economy is far less significant E UROPE’S leaders did better than expected, but expectations were low to start. After Wednesday’s all-night summit ble for weaker economies to generate enough growth to pay down debts. Of this week’s commitments, the write- to overall European performance – has clinched backing for draconian meas- ures despite fierce street protests and meeting, they announced a greatly down plan has advanced furthest. Greece’s political wrangling, “Berlusconi, who at strengthened financial rescue plan that nongovernmental creditors – banks and 75 has been the dominant Italian politi- includes bigger write-downs of Greek debt private investors – were told to agree to cian for almost two decades, has and new injections of capital into weakened “voluntary” swaps and reschedulings that watched his support slide precipitously European banks. Still, far too many of the would yield them roughly 50 cents out of in recent months over everything from crucial details have been left to work out every dollar now owed to them. Markets the economy to his own trial on charges over the days, weeks and months ahead. value this debt at close to 40 cents on the of tax fraud, corruption, abuse of office Until those are known, it will not be clear if dollar, so the Institute of International and paying for sex with a minor. Europe has finally mobilised enough cash Finance, representing leading global Echoing the sweeping tone of his and political will to stop the unraveling that banks, has agreed to go along. Greece is German counterpart, Chancellor now also threatens Italy, Spain and even nowhere near out of the woods and won’t Angela Merkel, in her remarks on France. And Europe is still grappling only be for years to come. There is a lot that it Wednesday to the German Parliament, with the financial symptoms of the crisis, must do for itself to regenerate growth – “Berlusconi warned on Thursday that not the underlying causes. including liberalising labour markets, Italy’s credibility was on the line if the One of the biggest of spreading tax burdens government failed to maintain its com- those is that while Europe more fairly, decreasing mitments, as outlined in a letter he pre- Leaders of the other two main trade had staved off bankruptcy. “Without has a unified currency, and the size and increasing sented on Wednesday to the European unions said they would strike over the their incredible efforts, everything independent central bank, the efficiency of the state Commission. proposed labour changes. would have ended in May last year,” it has no lender of last resort bureaucracy and selec- The reaction at home was sceptical. Business leaders reacted more posi- “Papandreou said, referring to the date – like the Federal Reserve – tively privatising state- And even as “Berlusconi was delivering tively. Giampaolo Galli, the director that Greece was offered its first rescue that can supply unlimited owned properties. But if his plans to EU leaders, his government general of Confindustria, the industrial- package by the European Commission, emergency funds to govern- Europe keeps insisting lost two votes in Parliament – a signal ist’s association, said on Thursday that the European Central Bank and the ments and banks that need on fiscal austerity pro- of the tenuousness of his position. the plan “reaffirms Italy’s strong com- International Monetary Fund, known them. And there is Europe’s grammes unrelated to More serious for his future, Italian mitment to balance the budget by collectively as the troika. “We would continued insistence on these reforms, Greece media reported on Thursday that a 2013.” have defaulted and would be facing imposing punitive austerity cannot grow and cur- number of lawmakers from his Peoples For some, it came as a surprise that tragic circumstances.” in exchange for bailouts, rent reform efforts will of Liberty coalition had signed a letter Italy had managed to draft a plan of Finance Minister Evangelos which will make it impossi- sputter out. asking “Berlusconi to step down to action at all. The government had been Venizelos, for his part, called the deal allow for the creation of a government deadlocked since the summer, when the for Greece a “historic decision” and said that could garner enough support to European Central Bank pledged to start it deserved the support of the opposi- push through the proposed changes. buying Italian bonds on the condition tion parties in Greece who have been Eastside The letter “Berlusconi presented to the commission contained a substantial that Italy would propose measures to stimulate economic growth, which has insisting for weeks that they would vote down a new Brussels pact in checklist of measures to make Italy been sluggish for years. Parliament. Reconciliation in Afghanistan more efficient and competitive, stimu- They might have dragged on indefi- Outside the government, reaction late growth and cut the public debt. But nitely had German and French leaders was less uniformly positive. The the broad scope of the plan, with meas- not insisted last weekend that Communist Party said the deal signaled ures ranging from scaling back the state “Berlusconi come to the midweek crisis the “slaughter of the workers,” while the US & Pakistan know that Afghan problem can’t be solved by force to accelerating privatisations to loosen- ing up labour laws, and its rigidly drawn summit meeting with a plan in hand. “All that this letter shows is that the right-leaning Popular Orthodox Rally, known as Laos, spoke of a “national timetable make its passage in government wasn’t able to take impor- humiliation.” The left-leaning coalition, O PERATIONALISE has become a key concept in the US-Pakistan relation- ship, mentioned by both the US secretary however, the mechanisms, parameters and goals of the reconciliation process seem to be shrouded in confusion. One Parliament an uphill battle. The plan contains “commitments and dates that would be very difficult to tant actions on its own,” Camusso told Italian television. A visibly tired “Papandreou hailed the Syriza, accused “Papandreou of fobbing Greeks off with “tall stories.” Although “Papandreou’s governing of state and the Pakistani foreign minister example of this is the repeated mention by respect,” Dario Franceschini, leader of EU debt deal as marking “a new day for Socialist party has a wafer-thin majori- last week. It was used in reference to a both sides of the September 29 all-party the opposition Democratic Party in the Europe and for Greece.” It calls for ty of three in Greece’s 300-seat number of plans for regional security, but conference resolution as an indication of lower house of Parliament, said on banks to write off 50 percent of the face Parliament, it is widely expected to gain the focus seems to have been on Pakistan’s willingness to support dia- Thursday. value of their Greek debt, a major step approval for the pact. Without the back- Afghanistan’s reconciliation process. This logue. That is broadly true, but dialogue The bold-faced headline on the left- towards working out an overall deal to ing of opposition parties, however, the was confirmed on Tuesday when State with whom? Insofar as it offers specifics, leaning daily Il Fatto Quotidiano was safeguard the euro. government’s mandate to enforce the Department officials said the next step the resolution states Pakistan should talk more blunt: “Dead Letter.” “We now have the chance to settle our deal is expected to be questioned. forward in US-Pakistan relations is to “with our own people in the tribal areas” Susanna Camusso, leader of the accounts with the past once and for all, Asked about the decision for troika flesh out the operational details of the dia- and makes no mention of the Haqqani CGIL, Italy’s largest trade union, said to be relieved of our burden and to enter officials to be based in Athens perma- logue. Given the mixed achievements of network or the Afghan Taliban, despite her organisation would fight the pro- a period of growth,” Papandreou said in nently – unlikely to be unpopular in the ISAF and Afghan military effort next the fact that the conference took place in posed changes, which include changes Brussels early on Thursday after 10 Greece – “Papandreou indicated that door, this is a welcome move, demonstrat- the context of American accusations about to labour law to make it easier for finan- hours of difficult talks. “It’s a new the final word rested with the Greek ing an acceptance that force alone is not Pakistani support for the former. Second, cially troubled companies to fire people. beginning for us, but the work must not authorities. “It is down to us to fix going to resolve the power struggle in while not specifically mentioning North “They go in the opposite direction of stop.” Greece,” he said. “We should not expect Afghanistan — at least not before the Waziristan, it states that defending what’s needed to help the country “Papandreou thanked the Greek peo- others to do it.” Americans leave in 2014. Pakistan’s sovereignty is a “sacred duty” grow,” she said. “Giving young people a ple for their ``sacrifices” – a raft of tax (Niki Kitsantonis reported from Despite Clinton’s claims that the US and and that “national interests … shall guide future means guaranteeing their rights, increases and public spending cuts over Athens. Gaia Pianigiani con- Pakistan have agreed on most issues, Pakistan`s policy”. not taking them away.” the past 18 months – saying that they tributed reporting from Rome.) (The NYT/ Dawn) Why Does a Single Survival Story Evoke Empathy? Presented with a governing narrative of death & despair, it’s natural to get attracted to a single story of life and hope I N the midst of overwhelming too ghastly.” And what is certain is that, LIBBY BROOKS| GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE asters, a child is mercifully untainted by why so many other children died under destruction, here was a moment of long after the hundreds who died and the political affiliations of his parents or western bombs. They offer the opportu- rebirth: the post-partum body a the thousands who were injured and left dren. Consider Rosita Pedro, born in a the conflict around him. Twelve-year- nity to tell a story - perhaps even with a ruined apartment block; the mid- homeless have been forgotten, Azra will tree in Mozambique in 2000, as the old Ali Ismail Abbas became the child pleasant outcome - in a context where wives rescue workers, clumsy and be remembered as the symbol of the floodwaters lapped below, and the face of the Iraq war when, in April 2003, no straight narrative exists. And it is a alien in their fluorescent suits as they Turkish earthquake of October 2011. memorable image of Kiki, the seven- his home was hit by a US missile that story that prompts feelings rather than craned tenderly around the naked My friend, of course, nails the para- year-old boy pulled after a week from killed his parents and left him horrifical- thoughts, which can be a relief when the infant. The two-week-old girl, named as dox. It’s inevitable that, presented with a the rubble of last year’s Haitian earth- ly injured with both arms amputated. political circumstances are seemingly Azra Karaduman, was pulled from the governing narrative of death and quake, smiling broadly with his arms Within days of his discovery in a intractable. rubble in the Turkish town of Ercis, 48 despair, we are attracted to a single outstretched. Perhaps this touches on Baghdad hospital by a journalist, four This is not to doubt the sincerity of hours after the quake that devastated story of life and hope. Natural disasters some deep-set Darwinian imperative to British newspapers had launched sepa- those donors. As Susan Sontag wrote: the country’s eastern province. can be so mammoth, so unending in protect the most vulnerable of our line. rate fundraising appeals and when he “Compassion is an unstable emotion. It The word miracle may have been their scale that a solitary survival can Less comfortingly, it raises the ques- was finally flown out to Kuwait, it was needs to be translated into action, or it devalued, denoting as it does these days appear to have more power and mean- tion of whether white western audi- reported to have been following a per- withers.” Perhaps there is no equitable face creams, weight loss or stain ing than the whole because it offers, if ences, and the media that serve them, sonal intervention by Tony Blair. way for an individual to deal with disas- removal. And the strictly unsentimental not a happy ending, then at least some find it easier to feel sympathy for a dark- Like Irma Hadzimuratovic before ters - you can’t gift the month’s salary or were quick to point out that babies often temporary closure. It also turns at least skinned child than a dark-skinned him, whose airlift from Sarajevo in pack a spade every time the news bul- fare better in the aftermath of earth- one of those unfathomable numbers adult. Every famine appeal I’ve seen 1993 prompted “Operation Irma”, letin reports a tremor. But the alterna- quakes, surviving in small pockets of air, back into a human being. But we are not would suggest that the answer is in the bringing other injured children out of tive needn’t be complete paralysis, while this child had the added advan- emotionally capable of remaining in a affirmative. It certainly is easier to Bosnia, or nine-year-old Kim Phuc, either. We set limits to our empathy for tage of being buried with her breastfeed- permanent state of shock at the relent- empathise with the universal familial photographed burnt and naked as she sanity’s sake, but sometimes those lim- ing mother, who was also pulled from less global onslaught. People have lim- bond than with the realities of living in a fled a napalm attack on her its are influenced - unconsciously or the building alive. its, and are required to exercise them on country where the vicissitudes of nature Vietnamese village in 1972, Abbas otherwise - by bigger, vested interests, But still, however much one might a daily basis. It is where those limits are extend far beyond the wrong sort of came to symbolise not the complexities by the superpowers and the multina- suspect the visceral emotional response, set, and how they might be manipulated snow, and defences against them are of the conflict but a clean, tidy and con- tionals that ultimately benefit when our watching the footage, Azra’s rescue felt by media coverage or political interests, much less developed. And a child in dis- tainable response to them. There is a attention is diverted here, rather than like a miracle. “The baby made me tear that is worth interrogating. tress is arguably free of the stereotypes moral clarity that comes with donating there. Maybe the least powerless option up,” one friend told me, “when none of It is notable, for example, that these that attend her race or culture. money for the rescue of one child that is to ask who and what is selecting the other coverage did because it was all miracle stories typically involve chil- Similarly, in the case of manmade dis- does not attend the examination of where that empathy is directed. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY. ANALYSIS Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com 07 The adulation some of Apple’s Health is established customers have for the brand and its products is not Bloggers’ only a result of the company’s Wealth ground-breaking innovations but those products were backed by Borough HEALTHDAY RICHARD BRANSON| NYT NEWS SERVICE top-notch customer service. SIR GORDON CONWAY | THE HUFFINGTONPOST New Generation Birth Can We Feed Seven Control Pills Raise Blood Clot Risk CUSTOMER CARE IS Billion People? A ROUND the world, 200 million children’s growth is stunted. That is one-third of all T HE US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it “remains concerned” that a newer generation of birth control pills may raise the odds for serious blood clots more than older forms of the Pill. The announcement concerns oral contracep- KEY TO SUCCESS children in the world under the age of five years old. In some African countries, the pro- portion of children stunted is as high as 50 percent. These are shocking statistics. As US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has said, “These deaths are intolerable because they are tives containing a newer type of progestin hor- Retention of clients is more important to any company than chasing new ones preventable.” We have known how to prevent mone called drospirenone, which includes them for a long time: the answer lies in a com- H Bayer’s Yaz or Yasmin. According to the FDA, OW a new company treats our flight crews are our most impor- At other companies, executives bination of breastfeeding and better diets, the new study found a higher risk of venous its customers is often the tant asset – without them we would and managers who want to learn including adequate minerals and vitamins, thromboembolisms (VTEs) — potentially dan- deciding factor in whether be just another airline. The new $1 how to improve their operations along with various medical interventions. gerous clots — in women on the drospirenone- it will be successful. Great million simulator is crucial to our must step away from their desks These are immediate problems which we containing pills vs. those on older forms of oral businesses – the ones who expansion plans. and get to know their staff. If your urgently need to tackle. But we also need to contraceptives. have gotten it right – are good at Not every business needs to build company is too big for regular worry about how we are going to feed a planet The FDA-funded review involved the med- turning customers into advocates a training facility; indeed, many do meetings, spending a few hours that by 2050 will have an extra two or more ical histories of more than 800,000 American for their companies. This means that not need high-tech solutions. But handling customer complaints billion mouths to feed. women, all of whom were on some type of birth their marketing efforts are support- after reconnecting with the team at yourself or working on the factory The arithmetic challenge of increasing food control between 2001 and 2008. The study ed by customer word-of-mouth and Virgin America and seeing how they floor will help you to understand production by a third or more is not too diffi- found that women taking the newer oral con- positive comments on review sites go about training their new employ- what’s really going on and also to cult, at least technically. The current rates of traceptives experienced a higher rate of clots and social media channels – some of ees, I came away with three key les- break down the silos that can increase in yields should do it. However, the than women on older forms of the contracep- the most important influences on sons that can be applied at any com- emerge in some businesses. problem is much greater than this. Incomes tive pill. people’s buying habits today. pany, whether it is a Virgin opera- 3. Make sure employees per capita are rising, especially in the emerg- The review also found that women on two Many of the world’s most success- tion or the start-up you’re planning have the tools they need to ing nations of China, India and Brazil. This other forms of birth control — the Ortho Evra ful businesses provide terrific cus- to launch. succeed: The training at Refresh means diets are changing: more people are patch from Johnson & Johnson and the tomer service. I recently wrote about 1. An investment in your teaches Virgin America employees eating meat and consuming milk, cheese and NuvaRing from Merck — had a higher rate of the profound impact that Apple co- employees is an investment in to learn how to solve problems on other dairy products. To rear the livestock clots. For now, the FDA is not advising that founder Steve Jobs had on our lives your company : All airlines must their own – a key to great customer requires more grain and oil seeds. There is most women switch to another form of contra- through the technology his company ensure that everyone on staff, from service. This is an unusual also increasing demand for crops as the feed- ception. “If your birth control pill contains developed. But the adulation some pilots to ground workers, have rigor- approach; most businesses impose stock for a growing biofuels sector. drospirenone, do not stop taking it without of Apple’s established customers ous operational, safety, security and restrictions on their staff in terms Added to these increasing demands are dif- first talking to your health care professional,” have for the brand and its products even medical training, but at Virgin of the types of problems employees ficulties with supply. Rising oil prices mean the agency said. “Contact your health care pro- is not only a result of the company’s America, that’s just the beginning. can solve and the authority they greater transport costs and higher prices for fessional immediately if you develop any symp- ground-breaking innovations; those Our staff must also complete a have to do so. But our experience fertilisers and pesticides. We do not have sig- toms of blood clots, including persistent leg products were backed by top-notch broader immersion in brand values shows that the best solution is to nificantly more land to cultivate so we will pain, severe chest pain or sudden shortness of customer service. Apple employees through a two-day annual “brand provide people with the skills and have to do more with what we have by produc- breath. If you smoke and are over 35 years of are known to be energetic and bath,” which the company calls confidence they need to deal with ing higher yields on the same land area. Water age, you should not take combination oral con- knowledgeable, which ensures that Refresh. At those retreats, they focus problems on their own, without is also getting scarcer. By 2025, three billion traceptives because they increase the risk that few people have a bad experience at on improving customer experience sticking to a script or following a people will live in water stressed countries, you could experience serious cardiovascular an Apple store, and most return to across the airline. flow-chart. having less than 1,700 m3/person/year - the events, including blood clots.” buy the latest device. The flight crews are brought Most often, what’s missing is threshold for meeting the water requirements Thursday’s announcement was not the The retention of customers is together with colleagues from differ- information. If, in your meetings for agriculture, industry, domestic purposes, FDA’s first word on this issue, nor is likely to be important to any company; after all, ent departments and trained in con- with your staff or during your time energy and the environment. Land and water the last. The agency issued a similar warning in it makes more sense to keep the flict resolution, hospitality and emo- on the factory floor, you notice that are becoming increasingly polluted and other- September, and in a statement released on good customers you have than to tional intelligence training. The pro- employees are groping for answers, wise degraded. Thursday said that, “given the conflicting continually chase new ones. In the gramme is designed to help employ- it is time to take action. Remove On top of all of this, we have to worry about nature of the findings from six published stud- travel sector, companies have to take ees to truly understand the cus- limits on access to databases; invest global warming. This is already leading to ies evaluating this risk, as well as the prelimi- customer service seriously if they tomer’s perspective; to resolve issues in new information technology; do shorter growing seasons in the developing nary data from the FDA-funded study,” it plans hope to succeed, because a wonder- and not push them up the chain. whatever it takes to make sure that countries and reduced yields cause by high to host a public meeting on the issue on ful flight, train journey – or soon, we As an entrepreneur, how can you they can take initiative on their temperatures and lack of rainfall. Climate December 8. The announcement on Thursday hope, a space trip – begins and ends bring your team together to solve own. Celebrate successes in inter- change also means more extremes of weather, comes a day after the release of a study in BMJ with great service. While a company problems and build their trust in nal communications, to encourage more frequent and more intense tropical that also found newer birth control pills were may be able to find ways to improve each other? At a small business or others. cyclones and droughts. tied to a higher risk for clots. In that study, the interiors of their planes or trains, startup, this might be accom- In tough times, when your com- We will have to have the capacity to respond researchers reviewed data on all Danish perhaps installing more comfortable plished with a low-tech solution, petitors are cutting costs, it might rapidly when weather disasters strike. women, aged 15 to 49, who were not pregnant seats and serving better meals, that like starting a tradition of eating be tempting to follow their lead and Altogether, this requires a doubling of food between January 2001 and December 2009. expensive technology and luxurious lunch together and talking about cut back on customer service. But production by 2050. How do we do it? First, During that time, more than 4,200 first design will count for nothing if cus- how work is progressing. remember that slashing prices is we need all the technologies we can lay our episodes of VTEs occurred. tomer service is shoddy. 2. Lead from the front: At not the only solution. Every cus- hands on: Traditional technologies - such as Women taking birth control pills with a I was recently reminded of how Refresh, David Cush, the CEO of tomer is valuable; in the long term, cultivating local varieties, so-called land races; newer progestin hormone had twice the risk of important customer service is for all Virgin America, often holds ques- a thriving company is built on rela- Intermediate technologies - for example, clots compared to those who took the older businesses, both new and estab- tion-and-answer sessions with tionships, not just the bottom line. using treadle pumps to irrigate land; form of contraceptive pills. Compared to lished, when I visited Virgin employees to ensure that he person- ((Richard Branson is the Conventional technologies - but used more women who did not use birth control pills, the America to open their training simu- ally addresses their concerns. This founder of the Virgin Group precisely, such as fertilisers in a cola bottle cap risk of VTE was three times higher among lator in Burlingame, Caliornia, just is the first step in building bonds and companies such as Virgin placed in the planting hole with the seed; those who used pills with levonorgestrel and outside San Francisco. At Virgin, between front-line staff and senior Atlantic, Virgin America, Modern platform technologies - such as nan- six times higher among those who took pills where our brand is built on the managers, which helps to create Virgin Mobile and Virgin otechnology, biotechnology and information with drospirenone, desogestrel or gestodene. promise of providing terrific service, easy and open communications. Active.) and communication technology, which Africans are already using in innovative ways. But there is no magic bullet. Technology, even if productive and environmentally friendly, will not be enough on its own. Farmers need access to seeds, fertilisers and other inputs. The thousands of agro dealers - Have small village stores - that are springing up in Africa are part of the answer. They, in turn, will have to rely on the innovative small seed your say US pullout REFER to the edit-page article “American pullout” published in Polls in Tunisia APROPOS the edit-page article “Tunisia leads the way with clean “Wow! F1 drivers in India: It shows the country’s growing economic might.” and fertiliser companies that are being creat- ed. Micro-credit is also a challenge. African banks have the funds but we need to find ways of helping them provide inexpensive loans to farmers, backed up with forms of Qatar Tribune on Friday. polls” published in Qatar Tribune R AJESH R OSHAN micro-insurance. I thank the President Barack on Friday. At the other end of the chain, farmers need Is there an issue you feel Obama’s for announcing the with- Kudos to Tunisia for holding a D OHA to access markets for their grain and other strongly about, or an article drawal of troops from Iraq by the year-end. clean election with an enthusiastic turnout and highly encouraging products. Village cooperatives, various forms of contract farming and use of mobile phones you want to comment on? QT The war which was started by results. The three parties that have to enable farmers to get the best prices can Obama’s predecessor George W come out on top in the most demo- all help. will carry your voice to the Bush in 2003 has caused the death cratic of north African states have Farmers are part of the private sector. They public and to places where it of 0ver 115,000 Iraqis and more than 4,400 American troops. no links with the country’s upper middle class that benefited from are often entrepreneurial and innovative. But they are usually very small. 80 percent of matters. Write to us at The US president deserves credit the ousted Ben Ali dictatorship. African farmers are smallholders with less for fulfilling his campaign promise However, the biggest challenge than two hectares of land. 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SOHEB ALAM RASHID KHAN Maybe the 7th billion people will be born DOHA DOHA lucky - in Ghana? 08 Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com UNITED STATES Generators seized from NY anti-Wall Street protesters REUTERS political strategist Hank NEW YORK Sheinkopf. “The strategic move is not to have violence.” ANTI-WALL Street protest- Ken Sherrill, a professor of ers’ plans to camp in a New political science at Hunter York park throughout the College in New York, said any city’s harsh winter were dealt kind of conﬂict would be bad a blow on Friday when the for the city’s image and that ﬁre department conﬁscated Bloomberg was no doubt generators and fuel because hoping that the protest would they posed a danger. fade as the weather wors- With the ﬁrst snow forecast ened. to fall on Saturday, the “That doesn’t mean that Occupy Wall Street move- the mayor wants to make life ment against economic easy for the demonstrators,” inequality lost the generators he said. “Other than perhaps that had been powering heat, ratcheting up the inconven- computers and a kitchen in the Lower Manhattan camp New York Mayor they set up six weeks ago. Michael Bloomberg “They think that taking the said the six gener- ‘power’ away will take the ators and fuel power away, and that’s were confiscated absolutely not true at all,” because they were said Occupy Wall Street considered a safe- spokesman Michael Booth. ty hazard and it The movement has was not a bid to sparked so-called occupa- remove protesters. President Barack Obama (right) meets with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas, in Washington, on Thursday. (AP) tions in cities across the United States. But recent White House orders probe evictions in places like iences, there’s not going to be Oakland, California, where anything more intense and I police used tear gas and stun think that would be ill-con- grenades, and Atlanta, have ceived anyway.” New York protesters on edge. But Occupy Wall Street However, unlike protesters spokesman Ed Needham said into clean energy loans elsewhere, who rallied in city the removal of the generators parks which typically have a was “certainly a directed curfew at night, those in New effort to thwart our situa- York set up camp in a pri- tion.” He said solar powered vately-owned park open to generators were being the public 24 hours a day and brought in to replace those AFP gy because he understands thorough and candid assess- month. President Barack early warning system to iden- cannot be removed unless taken. WASHINGTON that the jobs developing and ment.” Obama’s Republican foes tify concerns with managing the owner, Brookﬁeld Ofﬁce “It makes us feel like this is manufacturing these tech- The White House have been hunting for evi- the program. Properties, ofﬁcially com- a confrontational relation- THE White House on Friday nologies will either be created announcement came after a dence that politics at the Allison will also be author- plains to the city. ship between the city and the ordered a probe into US gov- here or in other countries,” Republican-led Energy and White House improperly ized to bring in a team of out- New York Mayor Michael park, and that’s not the type ernment loans to clean energy Daley said. shaped the Energy side experts to assist in the Bloomberg said the six gen- of relationship we’re trying to ﬁrms, after a solar panel com- “While we continue to take An official said Department’s decision to pro- review of the portfolio and erators and fuel were conﬁs- foster,” Needham said. “We’ll pany took a half billion dollar steps to make sure the United that the probe vide Solyndra with a $535- preparation of the report. cated because they were con- do just ﬁne this winter. Our Energy Department loan States remains competitive in conducted by Alli- million loan guarantee. One report suggested that sidered a safety hazard and it volunteers are as creative and guarantee and then went the 21st Century energy econ- son would last 60 The White House has White House ofﬁcials pressed was not a bid to remove pro- resourceful as they are com- bankrupt. omy, we must also ensure days and would denied acting inappropriate- for a decision on the loan to testers. mitted.” The announcement by that we are strong stewards of conclude with a ly. An ofﬁcial said that the Solyndra so Vice-President “As long as they don’t take A possible showdown White House Chief of Staff taxpayer dollars.” public report. probe conducted by Allison Joe Biden could announce away anybody else’s rights to between Occupy Wall Street William Daley came as The independent analysis Commerce subcommittee of would last 60 days and would the approval at a ground- say what they want to say, or and New York police was Republicans crank up pres- will be led by Herb Allison, a the House of Representatives conclude with a public report breaking for the company’s to not say anything, to go averted two weeks ago when sure on the administration former Treasury Department scheduled a meeting next to the administration that new factory in September about their business safely ... Brookﬁeld Ofﬁce Properties over the loan made to ofﬁcial, and will focus on the week to decide whether to includes an evaluation of the 2009. at the moment it will contin- postponed a cleanup of the California-based Solyndra Department of Energy’s loan subpoena White House docu- current Department of The Washington Post ue,” Bloomberg told local area, which protesters feared and other outlays designed to portfolio. ments on Solyndra. Energy loan portfolio. report was based on emails radio. Some analysts said was a bid to remove them. spur green energy jobs. Daley said Allison was Energy Secretary Stephen It will include recommen- between the Ofﬁce of that Bloomberg’s strategy Protesters say they are “The President is commit- “tough, always tells it like it is, Chu will also face a grilling dations on how to improve Management and Budget and toward the protesters was upset that the billions of dol- ted to investing in clean ener- and we look forward to his before the committee next the system and establish an White House ofﬁcials. simple — contain them and lars in bank bailouts doled ensure there is no violence out during the recession like that seen in Oakland, allowed banks to resume where former US Marine earning huge proﬁts while New citizens sworn in at Statue of Liberty gala Scott Olsen was badly injured in clashes with police. “Everything is about con- taining it, if it goes on for a average Americans have had no relief from high unem- ployment and job insecurity. They also believe the rich- REUTERS the celebration in the stat- ny, and were forced to watch cians from the West Point long time they are prepared. est 1 percent of Americans do NEW YORK ue’s shadow. from a boat ﬂoating a short Military Academy per- Let them live and be well and not pay their fair share in Hundreds of It began with a naturalisa- people took fer- distance offshore. formed patriotic songs. it will come to an end,” said taxes. SHE arrived in the United tion ceremony for 125 immi- ries across New “We have come a long way The actor Sigourney States from France 125 grants from more than 40 York Harbor to and we celebrate that Weaver, dressed in a red years ago, and has wel- countries, who would leave Liberty Island on a today,” Salazar said, “but we jacket with a blue and white comed her fellow immi- the island as US citizens. “If cold but sunny also acknowledge and recog- scarf, read the “The New grants ever since. you look in the visitors’ faces Friday for the nize that we have a long way Colossus,” the famous son- And although far fewer when they come over here celebration in the to go.” net by poet Emma Lazarus people literally sail past her you know they got the name statue’s shadow. The “Star Spangled that appears on a plaque on their ﬁrst arrival to US right,” David Luchsinger, Banner” was performed, but inside the statue’s pedestal. shores, much was made of the National Park Service’s so was “La Marseillaise”, Although the interior of her enduring symbolism at superintendent of the statue, freedoms.” France’s national anthem, the statue will shortly close a ceremony on Friday mark- said in a speech, referring to Ken Salazar, the Interior recognizing that the copper- for about a year for renova- ing the 125th anniversary of the statue’s proper name: Secretary, said the statue clad statue was a gift from tions, new webcams some the Statue of Liberty’s dedi- ‘Liberty Enlightening the was a reminder that “liberty the people of France to the 300 feet above the ground in cation. World.’ “It’s such a simple itself is a work in progress.” people of America and the statue’s torch were acti- Hundreds of people took and profound statement,” he He pointed out that unac- designed by the French vated on Friday and will give ferries across New York said. “It tells us that every companied women were sculptor Frederic Auguste Internet users a virtual Harbor to Liberty Island on human being on this planet banned from attending the Bartholdi. Broadway stars, sense of what it is like to a cold but sunny Friday for deserves the same rights and original dedication ceremo- schoolchildren and musi- ascend the statue. Police ofﬁcers keep vigil , in New York, on Friday. (AP) In tough times, economy tests limits of US presidents’ power AFP Unfortunately for Barack ment rates,” said Richard forced to abandon plans for a potent economic tool — what been able to do.” WASHINGTON Obama, the buck is stopping Carroll, author of “The $447 billion stimulus pack- Theodore Roosevelt called But some analysts doubt at 9.1 percent unemploy- President as Economist.” Unfortunately for age. Instead, he has “the bully pulpit.” that the president can make PRESIDENT Barack Obama ment, record national debt “It also seems that people Barack Obama, announced a host of much “The economy is partly much of a difference even occupies the most powerful and a measly growth rate of do a poor job of apportioning the buck is s smaller measures that can be based in conﬁdence, con- when the pulpit is used and political ofﬁce in the world, 2.5 percent. responsibility to other insti- topping at 9.1 per- done by executive order, sumer conﬁdence and conﬁ- Congress is pliant. but when it comes to manag- It is a legacy that no tutions like the Fed and to cent including the creation of a dence in the president,” said “The mainstream view is ing the economy he — and incumbent in modern times the previous administra- unemployment, website for business. Abshire. that it is just a question of his predecessors — are more has been able to overcome to tion.” record national “I think that presidential He pointed to Franklin turning the right knobs and impotent than many retain the presidency. Although the constitution debt and a measly leadership here is not where Roosevelt and his ﬁght pushing the right levers,” Americans believe. But how much can Obama gives the president sweeping growth rate of 2.5 it is on article two of the con- against the Great Depression said Russell Roberts, an It is a truism of American or any US president actually powers in many policy areas, percent. stitution, where he is com- as one example of that pulpit economist at George Mason politics that the president manage the economy? Not in practice the White House mander in chief,” said David being used effectively. University. “The evidence is carries the can. much, according to some has few economic tools that Abshire, a former advisor to “One thing that Roosevelt extremely mixed at best.” Whether it is a war going presidential historians. do not depend on another Federal Reserve. Ronald Reagan. did, he had an extraordinary “The president has sour or a roaring legislative “I think people do overesti- branch of government. The limits of executive But according to Abshire, ability to communicate with tremendous potential to do victory years in the making, mate how much inﬂuence Congress controls the power are currently being who now heads the Center the people and keep the peo- damage to the economy. I as the sign on Harry the president has over ‘bot- purse strings of ﬁscal policy, seen in Washington. for the Study of the ple on his side with his ﬁre- think it is an open question Truman’s desk put it: “The tom line’ indicators like GDP while monetary policy is Faced with a hostile Presidency and Congress, side chats, in a way that as to what the president can buck stops here.” growth rates and unemploy- largely the domain of the Congress, Obama has been presidents do have one recent presidents have not do to make things better.” WORLD Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com 09 23 killed as vehicle overturns Commonwealth fails to set in China AFP BEIJING AT LEAST 23 railway up human rights watchdog AFP expressed resentment at out- workers were killed when PERTH (AUSTRALIA) side inﬂuence. a vehicle transporting Nevertheless, Gillard point- them to work overturned COMMONWEALTH leaders ed to another recommenda- early on Saturday in on Saturday failed to estab- tion of the Eminent Persons northwest China, state lish a human rights watchdog Group — to establish a com- media reported. for their 54-nation bloc, but mon charter of values — that Five people were insisted that progress had was endorsed on Saturday as injured in the accident been made during their sum- a sign of progress. that occurred as the mit to promote democratic “The charter will be workers were being taken values. ﬁnalised in 2012 and it will in an as yet unspeciﬁed Australian Prime Minister bring together the vehicle to a railway con- Julia Gillard said unspeciﬁed Commonwealth values, prin- struction site in Lintao nations among the group of ciples and aspirations in one county, Gansu province, mainly former British clear and powerful state- Xinhua news agency said. colonies had rejected a key ment,” she said. However the It was unclear how reform proposal to set up a wording of the charter was many workers were rid- commissioner overseeing not ﬁnalised. ing in the vehicle when it human rights, democracy and Members of the Eminent overturned in a mountain the rule of law. Persons Group had earlier tunnel, the report said. “Australia and a number of expressed concern that the Xinhua initially report- delegations indicated that fate of all their 106 recom- ed 21 dead in the incident, they were supportive of this mendations for reform may but two other workers proposal,” Gillard told be ignored or sidelined. succumbed to their reporters following a day of Other recommendations injuries after being taken talks with other made by the group including to hospital, the agency Commonwealth Heads of ending homophobic laws in said later on Saturday. Government Meeting many member nations that A preliminary investi- (CHOGM) leaders. are contributing to the spread gation determined that “But there were a number of HIV-AIDS, and to help brake failure was the of delegations concerned by it small island states deal with cause of the accident, it and the Commonwealth is an climate change. said. Earlier this month, organisation that involves (From Left), Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani “If this CHOGM does not China’s railways ministry consensus in its decision- at a joint news conference during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Perth, on Saturday. (REUTERS) deliver such reforms, it is our ordered delays to ongoing making.” duty to sound the caution to rail projects following a The three-day CHOGM of its failure to address forces committed war crimes two years ago to look at the But while rich countries you that this CHOGM will be deadly high-speed acci- summit began on Friday human rights abuses among in 2009 as it ended a decades- human rights issue and other such as Australia, Britain and remembered not as the tri- dent between two bullet amid warnings that the member states. long civil war against Tamil problems within the organi- Canada favoured a stronger umph it should be, but as a trains in July that left at organisation representing Sri Lanka had been under Tiger separatists. sation had recommended focus on human rights and failure,” said Abdullah least 40 people dead and two billion people was sharp focus in the lead up to An Eminent Persons Group that an independent watch- other contentious issues, Ahmad Badawi, the group’s nearly 200 injured. becoming irrelevant because CHOGM amid accusations its that CHOGM commissioned dog be established. many developing nations chair. According to Xinhua, the railway workers killed on Saturday were work- ing at a site on the Lanzhou-Chongqing line, but the report did not say Peru reopens probe into forced China passes new if the line was a high anti-terrorism law speed railway. China has developed its vast transport network at breakneck speed, build- sterilisations by Fujimori govt REUTERS BEIJING who support the use of ter- ror, Li said. ing the world’s largest AP say. “It was a premeditated state policy. meeting. “It was pretty amaz- State media said the law high-speed rail system LIMA development policy because it Ofﬁcials in the Fujimori ing.” CHINA passed a new law will deﬁne “terrorist acts as from scratch in less than a was done fundamentally, in administration have denied The prosecutor who will on Saturday to give a clear those which are intended decade. PERUVIAN prosecutors have areas of extreme poverty, that women were forced to oversee the case, Victor legal deﬁnition of what to induce public fear or to But the government reopened an investigation rural and Andean,” said undergo sterilisation and said Cubas, said through a constitutes an act of terror coerce state organs or has been accused of over- into evidence that thousands Francisco Soberon, executive they signed consent forms. spokesman that he was too as it steps up the ﬁght international organisa- looking safety in its rush of women were forcibly ster- director of APRODEH, Peru’s But activists say the women busy on Friday to answer against what the govern- tions by means of violence, to develop, most notably ilised during the 1990-2000 leading human rights organi- were deceived or threatened. questions about the investiga- ment views as a “real sabotage, threats or other after the July high-speed government of Alberto All related investigations tion. threat from terrorist activi- tactics”. “These acts cause rail crash near the eastern Fujimori, a practice rights Rights groups say were shelved in 2009, but Cardenas said the Peruvian ties”. or aim to cause severe city of Wenzhou and a groups say was ofﬁcial state they have proof President Ollanta Humala representative told activists The law deﬁnes how harm to society by causing metro collision in policy and constituted a crime more than 2,000 revived the sterilisation cases on Wednesday that the gov- security forces should deal casualties, bringing about Shanghai in September against humanity. Peruvian women as a campaign issue before ernment was looking into with such acts, and gives major economic losses, that injured nearly 300. Rights groups say they have were forcibly defeating Fujimori’s daughter assuring it would have the the government the power damaging public facilities In the weeks following proof more than 2,000 sterilised under Keiko in a June runoff elec- necessary resources to reopen to name publicly those it or disturbing social order,” the July crash, the gov- Peruvian women were Fujimori. tion for the presidency. all the cases. suspects of involvement the ofﬁcial Xinhua news ernment announced a forcibly sterilised under On Wednesday, a senior “We know that we will have and freeze their assets, ofﬁ- agency said earlier this halt to new train projects. Fujimori. But they believe the sation. It was also racist ofﬁcial from the Peruvian to keep putting on pressure,” cials said. week. “Instigating, funding In February, rail minis- number is closer to 200,000. because it chieﬂy targeted attorney general’s ofﬁce she said. “Our country is facing a or assisting with other ter Liu Zhijun, who had Most of the victims lived in indigenous Quechua speak- informed the InterAmerican In 1999, a year before real threat from terrorist means are also terrorist pushed forward the rural areas, were poor and ers, Soberon said. Commission on Human Fujimori ﬂed into exile amid a activities, and the ﬁght will acts,” it said. building of the high- barely educated or illiterate. Alejandra Cardenas of the Rights in Washington that the corruption scandal, his govern- be long-term and complex, China says that militant speed rail system, was The goal was to reduce New York-based Center for chief prosecutor’s ofﬁce, a ment reported that 300,000 and it gets more acute day- groups allied with Al sacked and placed under poverty by lowering the birth Reproductive Rights said that separate agency, had decided women had undergone sterili- by-day,” legal ofﬁcial Li Qaeda and Central Asian investigation for graft, rate among the poor, who at not since Nazi Germany has a on October 21 to revive the sation in the previous ﬁve years Weishou told a news brief- militants operate in its state press reports said. the time accounted for one in government employed forced cases. “It was a surprise,” as part of a birth control pro- ing. restive far western region two Peruvians, the groups sterilisation an instrument of said Cardenas, who was at the gramme. The lack of one uniﬁed of Xinjiang, seeking to set law to tackle the problem up an independent state had resulted in uneven called East Turkestan. enforcement, he said, and Many experts do not Kenyan troops not to quit Somalia early lists of suspects and terror groups would be published as the government saw ﬁt. The new law will help China’s international par- consider Al Qaeda or its supposed ally in Xinjiang, the “East Turkestan Islamic Movement”, to have anywhere near the AP cross-border attacks and kid- ticipation in ﬁghting those inﬂuence China portrays. NAIROBI nappings blamed on Somali gunmen. Kenya also hosts KENYAN troops will stay in around 600,000 Somali southern Somalia until refugees who have ﬂed the Kenyans feel safe again, the ﬁghting and famine in their chief of Kenya’s armed forces homeland. said on Saturday, raising The government is deeply questions about whether worried about the rapidly Kenya risks becoming bogged swelling refugee camps in the down in an open-ended occu- north, which it considers a pation of its war-ravaged severe security problem. neighbour. So far Kenya has suffered That problem eventually one fatality due to al-Shabab forced both UN and ﬁre, Karangi said, although Ethiopian forces to withdraw ﬁve people were killed when from Somalia, though their helicopter crashed. General Julius Karangi told He said hundreds of al- reporters that Kenya does not Shabab were believed to be have a timeframe for leaving. General Julius Karangi, Kenyan Chief of the Defense Force, during a military press breiﬁng, in Nairobi, killed although he had no Kenya sent troops into on Saturday. (AP) way of conﬁrming that direct- Somalia earlier this month to ly. ﬁght Al Qaeda-linked al- Karangi said. occupying Somalia and is criticised the Kenyan inter- Karangi says that although Shabab militants. “Key success factors or working alongside the weak vention but Kenyan ofﬁcials Kenya has bilateral military “When the Kenya govern- indicators will be in the form UN-backed Somali govern- said they expected “clariﬁca- agreements with countries ment and the people of this of a highly degraded al- ment, which only holds the tion” from a high-level Somali like the United States and country feel that they are safe Shabab capacity.” capital with the help of 9,000 delegation on Monday. Britain, those allies are not enough from the al-Shabab But Karangi says Kenya has African Union soldiers. Kenya sent troops into directly militarily involved in menace, we shall pull back,” no interest in permanently The Somali president has Somalia following a string of the incursion into Somalia. 10 Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com PAKISTAN / SOUTH ASIA Afghan refugees Rogue Afghan soldier kills reluctant to 3 Australian troops return from AFP KABUL Pakistan: UN AN Afghan soldier opened ﬁre on foreign forces on Saturday, killing three Australian army trainers in AP The agency said most of the volatile south of KABUL the refugees hail from inse- Afghanistan, NATO and a cure regions of Afghanistan local commander said. THE number of Afghan that have seen “limited The alliance force said two refugees returning home development,” and that service members were killed from Pakistan fell by almost many had cited the still-pre- and one other later died of 60 percent this year, the carious security situation his injuries after “an individ- United Nations’ refugee and lack of opportunities to ual wearing an Afghan agency said on Saturday, restart their lives as reasons National Army uniform reﬂecting the reluctance of for their reluctance to return apparently turned his many to return to the war- home. weapon on Afghan and coali- ravaged country where secu- Millions of Afghans ﬂed to tion forces.” rity concerns abound a Pakistan, Iran and, to a less- It said the shooter was also decade after a US-led inva- er extent, other neighbour- killed in the incident but gave sion to oust the Taliban. ing countries, as the nation no further details. The UNHCR said that was gripped by decades of General Abdul Hameed, 60,000 Afghans have conﬂict. Pakistan is home to commander of 205 Atal corps returned so far this year 1.7 million Afghan refugees, in the south said an Afghan under its voluntary repatria- and the UNHCR said half of soldier with three years’ tion effort — 43,000 coming them were born outside of experience had carried out home from Pakistan and Afghanistan and own no the shooting in the volatile 17,000 from Iran. property in the country. US troops prepare to remove a blast victim from the site of a suicide attack, in Kabul, on Saturday. (AP) southern province of While the number return- While returnees from Uruzgan. 13 Americans among 17 ing from Iran was double the Pakistan registered a sharp He said six other Australian level for the same period last decline, the number of troops and one Afghan ofﬁcer year, 59 percent fewer Afghans returning home had been wounded. returned from Pakistan, the from Iran doubled compared “At around 8:30 this morn- agency said. In Pakistan, to the same period in 2010 — ing an ANA soldier named killed in Afghan blast most of the Afghan refugees a spike apparently linked to Darwish who had been serv- live in two trouble-prone Iran’s ongoing economic ing as an ANA soldier for the northwest regions that border challenges. past three years opened ﬁre Afghanistan — Khyber As part of an effort to cut on a group of Australian mili- Pakhtunkhwa and costs by a government under tary ofﬁcers, killing three of Baluchistan. international sanction over them and injuring six others A NATO push over the past its nuclear program, Iran’s AFP aimed at bridging peace. another blaze nearby, Over the past few months a as well as one ANA ofﬁcer,” couple of years forced the president ordered that subsi- KABUL The interior ministry said footage on private television series of attacks in the capital said Hameed. Taliban to shift operations dies on food and other basic three bystanders and a channel Tolo showed. have shown the resilience of “The attacker was also outside its traditional goods, including fuel, be A TALIBAN car bomber policeman were killed, while NATO’s coalition forces the Taliban, more than ten gunned down by ISAF sol- strongholds in the south. sharply reduced. Critics had struck a NATO military con- NATO’s alliance force said at were seen carrying the years after the Islamist diers.” Fears of inﬁltration Afghanistan’s eastern assailed the plan, saying it voy in the Afghan capital on least 13 Western military charred bodies of some of movement was toppled from within the Afghan army provinces have become par- would lead to a spike in Saturday, killing 17 people, forces died and US ofﬁcials those killed away on stretch- power by a US-led invasion. ranks have risen as Western ticular hotspots in the war- inﬂation. including 13 US troops, in conﬁrmed they were all ers from the wreckage of the Eight other major inci- backers fund and train a ravaged nation where U.S.- So far, about 4.6 million the latest in a string of major American. bombed bus. dents have hit Kabul since huge expansion of the ﬂedg- led NATO forces, for the past Afghans have returned since attacks to rock the war-torn “Initial reports indicate “It was a huge explosion, I the beginning of the year, ling national force ahead of decade, have been battling 2002, helped by the nation. that 13 International saw at least 10 bodies of for- including a complex attack the withdrawal of all foreign the insurgents. UNHCR and its government The attacker blew up his Security Assistance Force eign forces taken out of their on a luxury hotel that killed combat forces scheduled for The al-Qaida and Taliban- counterparts. In total, about Toyota sedan next to a US- (ISAF) service members died capsized bus and evacuated 21 people in June, a deadly 2014. Lieutenant General linked Haqqani network 5.7 million have returned run bus travelling through following an improvised by two helicopters,” one wit- suicide bombing on a British Asif Yasin Malik, who is operates out of Pakistan, from Pakistan and Iran, or the southwest of Kabul at explosive device attack in ness told AFP at the scene. cultural centre and a siege of supervising military opera- striking into east roughly 25 percent of the 11:20 am (0650 GMT), rais- Kabul earlier today,” the Half a kilometre from the the US embassy and NATO tions in the northwestern Afghanistan and into the country’s total population, ing tensions in the city force said in a statement. explosion, shattered win- headquarters that killed at province of Khyber capital, Kabul. the agency said. already troubled by a spate At least one other soldier dows and scattered pieces of least 14 in a 19-hour siege. Pakhtunkhwa, told reporters of recent high-proﬁle insur- was wounded in the massive twisted metal showed the The assassination last that his troops would not gent attacks. explosion, US ofﬁcials told scale of the massive blast. month of the government’s leave the area until complete The bombing was one of AFP, warning that the death The attack was the dead- chief peace broker, former security had been ensured. three deadly incidents for toll could rise. liest for the coalition since president Burhanuddin “We will take action foreign forces across the Thick black smoke could the death of 30 US troops, Rabbani, also in Kabul, against the terrorists in our country and comes as NATO be seen rising from an ﬁre including 25 US Special underscores the vulnerabili- area and NATO and prepares to hand large areas still raging at the scene, cor- Operations Forces, whose ty of the capital as Western Afghanistan should also take of Afghanistan to local doned off by Afghan and helicopter was shot down in governments look to with- action against them (terror- forces, and ahead of two ISAF soldiers, while ﬁre mid-August south of Kabul draw their troops from the ists) in their area across the international conferences hoses were putting out in Wardak province. war. border,” he said. Pakistani probe panel plans visit to India PTI attacks. said. The statement did not In a related development, tion in the Lahore High Court ISLAMABAD Malik conveyed the direc- give any details about the the Rawalpindi-based anti- asking that the case against tion to High Commissioner to members of the proposed terrorism court conducting him in the anti-terrorism INTERIOR Minister Rehman India Shahid Malik during a commission or the date for its the trial of seven suspects court be transferred from Malik on Saturday directed meeting, said an ofﬁcial state- planned visit. Malik conveyed charged with involvement in Rawalpindi to Lahore. Pakistan’s envoy to New ment. Malik and the envoy a goodwill massage to his the Mumbai attacks on Lakhvi said he had no conﬁ- Delhi to inform the Indian discussed matters related to Indian counterpart P Saturday adjourned the case dence in the anti-terrorism government about the the visit of the judicial com- Chidambaram. Malik and the for a week as a higher court is court’s judge, whom he planned visit of a Pakistani mission. “The minister also envoy also discussed the fol- yet to decide on key accused claimed was being inﬂuenced judicial commission that will directed the High low-up of the Home Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi’s by the government. interview key persons linked Commissioner to inform the Secretary-level meeting petition against the judge. Anti-terrorism court Judge to the probe into the 2008 Indian government on the between Pakistan and India, Lakhvi, the operations Shahid Raﬁque adjourned the western Indian city Mumbai planned judicial commission the statement said without commander of the Lashkar- case till November 5 without Members of an Afghan refugee family, in Peshawar, recently. (AFP) terrorist visit to India,” the statement giving details. e-Taiba, recently ﬁled a peti- any proceedings on Saturday. Suu Kyi may contest upcoming parliament by-election REUTERS power in March to a civilian would stand in a by-election at shedding Myanmar’s pari- YANGON government and it has intro- after the party’s re-registra- ah status and giving it some duced some reforms and tion, Nyan Win said: “I think legitimacy with the interna- MYANMAR democracy started a dialogue with she will and I personally tional community, particular- leader Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel Peace Prize laureate want her to.” ly the Association of South might stand for parliament Suu Kyi. Asked by Reuters a month East Asian Nations (ASEAN), in an upcoming by-election Her National League for ago if she would stand in a of which Myanmar is a mem- after her party re-registers Democracy (NLD) party was by-election if the law was ber. itself to enter politics, a party ofﬁcially disbanded for amended, the 66-year old Since coming to power this spokesman said. refusing to take part in last Suu Kyi said she would have year, the new government Suu Kyi has been blocked year’s election although it to get the approval of her has stopped criticising Suu from politics and detained has continued to function. party’s central executive Kyi and issuing veiled for long stretches of time NLD spokesman Nyan committee. A set of by-elec- threats and instead sent an since returning to her home- Win said the party was likely tions is expected late this envoy, Labour Minister land from abroad in 1988. to get re-registered under an year. Aung Kyi, to meet her on But after holding the ﬁrst amended party law that Analysts say the govern- three occasions. They are election in 20 years last drops clauses the party had ment’s reforms, including the due to meet again on November, Myanmar’s mili- objected to. recent release of about 200 Sunday, government and tary nominally handed Asked if Suu Kyi herself political prisoners, are aimed party ofﬁcials said. Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (left), in Yangon, recently. (AP) INDIA Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com 11 Metallica officials held, charged with cheating DPA Saturday because of tech- NEW DELHI nical snags. Irate fans damaged the FOUR executives of the stage and some equip- company organising ment, broadcaster NDTV Metallica’s maiden show reported. in India were arrested on Saturday, a day after the event was cancelled. Metallica said Metallica was scheduled the reason for to play on Friday in New the postpone- Delhi suburb Gurgaon in ment on Friday the ﬁrst of a series of F1 was concern Rocks concerts being held over the safety along with India's inaugu- of fans. ral Formula One Grand Prix. Rajesh Chandwani, Besides New Delhi and the operational chief of adjoining areas, fans had event management ﬁrm travelled from southern DNA Entertainment states such as Kerala and Network, and three mem- Andhra Pradesh and bers of his team were north-eastern states such Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna (left) with his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba, in Tokyo, on Saturday. (AP) arrested, said Maheshwar as Assam and Manipur, Dayal, the deputy com- the IANS news agency India, Japan to resume N-deal missioner of Gurgaon reported .Some had come police. from China, Nepal, They have been accused Indonesia and Singapore, of cheating. “The organis- the report said. ers have not come up with In a statement on their talks, explore rare earths a satisfactory explanation website, Metallica said for the cancellation. The the reason for the post- Gurgaon police have ponement on Friday was received many complaints concern over the safety of in this regard,” Dayal said. fans and the show had to Less than two hours be cancelled on Saturday IANS change and the evolving East said at a joint press confer- Nuclear negotiations with diversify rare earth supplies before the band was as the required permits NEW DELHI Asia architecture. They also ence with Gemba in Tokyo. India have been a sensitive as Beijing controls more than scheduled to play, with could not be secured at discussed ways to celebrate “After my discussions political subject in Japan, the 90 percent of global supply. more than 25,000 people such short notice. JAPAN on Saturday agreed to the 60th anniversary of the today, I am optimistic on this only country that has borne Expressing sympathy with gathered at the Leisure The heavy metal band is resume civil nuclear negotia- establishment of Indo-Japan score,” he said. the brunt of nuclear weapons. Japan following the March 11 Valley grounds in scheduled to play at a tions with India that were relations next year. In another key develop- earthquake and tsunami, Gurgaon, the organisers concert in the southern stalled after the Fukushima The discussions, which last- The discussions, ment, the two countries Krishna said India was “ready announced they were city of Bangalore on disaster and accelerate the ed over an hour, have set the which lasted over decided to spur their high- to help in whatever way postponing the event to Sunday. joint development of rare stage for the visit of Japanese an hour, have set technology cooperation and required”. earth material deposits. Prime Minister Yoshihiko the stage for the collaborate in the develop- “We also discussed the In a development that will Noda to India in December. visit of Japanese ment of rare earths. Japan India-Japan-United States be closely watched by China, Japan indicated its readi- PM to India in has removed seven Indian trilateral dialogue. We agreed External Affairs Minister S M ness to resume civil nuclear December. entities from its Foreign End that it will be held very soon. Krishna, who concluded the negotiations with India that User List this year, which It will cover regional and ﬁfth round of strategic dia- were stalled after the March The two countries “will move included Indian Rare Earths international issues of con- logue with his Japanese coun- 11 Fukushima radiation disas- forward talks on the civilian Limited. “We now look for- cern to all three countries,” terpart Koichiro Gemba in ter and the ensuing political nuclear cooperation pact while ward to greater cooperation Krishna said. Beijing is Tokyo, said the India-Japan- uncertainty in that country. paying consideration to between Indian and Japanese uneasy with the trilateral dia- United States trilateral dia- “I also discussed with nuclear disarmament and non- ﬁrms in the rare earths sec- logue and sees it as an logue will be held soon. Foreign Minister Gemba the proliferation”, Jiji Press quoted tor,” Krishna said. attempt to contain its rise in Krishna and Gemba dis- status of civil nuclear cooper- Gemba as saying. “The two countries will Asia. Krishna also thanked cussed a host of issues that ation between our countries. “We agreed to resume move ahead with a joint Japan for maintaining the Four ofﬁcials of a company involved in organising rock band included jointly combating As you are aware, we have negotiations at the working development,” of rare earth level of its Ofﬁcial Metallica’s concert after being arrested, in Gurgaon, on piracy and terrorism to civil had three rounds of negotia- level so that we can surely deposits in India, said Development Assistance Saturday. (PTI) nuclear cooperation, climate tions on this subject,” Krishna move towards it,” he said. Gemba. Tokyo is seeking to (ODA) to India. 30 drowned in Assam Sonia discusses steps to check Core panel not to be disbanded: Kejriwal bridge collapse spiralling food prices IANS GHAZIABAD Arvind Kejriwal said after a ﬁve-hour meeting of the core committee in this suburban PTI briefed her about inﬂation. “Similarly, prices of milk, received feedback from state TEAM Anna on Saturday town of Delhi. AP NEW DELHI Sonia Gandhi is concerned meat and vegetables have governments. There are declared that its core com- He said Team Anna was GUWAHTI about high food inﬂation. We gone up largely because of some changes. We will start mittee will not be disbanded forced to campaign against CONCERNED over high discussed how to tackle this change in the consumption preparing the ﬁnal bill next and threatened that its mem- the Congress in the Hisar A FOOT bridge span- food problem and the areas that pattern and rise in income,” week,” he said. bers will campaign against Lok Sabha by-election as ning a river in north- inﬂation, Indian National the government should give he said. Indian Finance Minister the Congress party during the party did not come for- east India collapsed Congress President and thrust on,” Thomas told PTI. Thomas noted that the Pranab Mukherjee had asked next year’s assembly polls if a ward to support the Jan on Saturday, and United Progressive Alliance Food inﬂation accelerated average food inﬂation, which the state governments to strong Lokpal bill was not Lokpal bill. police said 30 people (UPA) Chairperson Sonia to a six-month high of 11.43 stood at 7 per cent in 2006- send their comments on the passed in the winter session Referring to Prime were feared drowned. Gandhi on Saturday dis- per cent for week ended 07, rose to 14.5 per cent in draft bill at the earliest to of parliament. Minister Manmohan Singh’s Police and paramil- cussed with Indian Food October 15, driven by soaring 2010-11, and is ruling now in help the government ﬁnalise “There is no question of the Oct 10 letter to Hazare assur- itary forces rescued at Minister K V Thomas steps milk and vegetable prices. the range of 8-11 per cent. On the bill for introduction in core committee being dis- ing the government’s com- least 28 villagers from required to check price rise “I told her (Sonia Gandhi) the proposed National Food the winter session of banded. The government is mitment to a strong Lokpal the river, senior besides reviewing progress that there was no inﬂation in Security Act, Thomas said he Parliament. The proposed attacking the core committee bill, Kejriwal said if the letter police ofﬁcer Kyle Aya on the proposed Food foodgrains and prices were told the UPA Chairperson bill aims to provide legal which will be strongly replied had come earlier, there prob- said. One later died in Security legislation. stable. In the case of edible that the Food Ministry would right to subsidised food- to. We will not allow atten- ably would not have been the a hospital. “I apprised her of the pro- oils, prices have gone up start ﬁnalising the draft bill grains to nearly 70 per cent tion to be diverted from Jan need to campaign against the Many of the people posed Food Bill. I also slightly because we import. next week. “We have of the country’s population. Lokpal bill,” team member Congress. crossing the bridge when it collapsed were women and chil- dren, Aya told the Associated Press. The swift current was hindering rescue operations, the Press Omar gets cold feet on AFSPA withdrawal in J&K Trust of India quoted AGENCIES Budgam , Jammu and police as saying. SRINAGAR Singh said as part Samba before the annual The bridge crosses of the overall plan, darbar (civil secretariat) the Kameng River in THE Jammu & Kashmir gov- the RSS first used moves from Srinagar to Arunachal Pradesh ernment will decide on yoga guru Baba Jammu on November 12. state. The region is revoking the Armed Forces Ramdev, then That stirred a controversy nearly 370 miles (500 Special Powers Act law from Anna Hazare and with the Army and state kilometers) north of some areas of the state after was now planning Congress leaders opposing Gauhati, the capital of there is a consensus of all to utilise spiritual the move. Several Congress Assam state. stakeholders on the issue. guru Sri Sri. leaders said the CM did not It was the second The state cabinet dis- discuss the issue with them bridge collapse in cussed the issue on Friday told the cabinet that he had before making the India within a week. though it was not the part of informed Union home min- announcement at a public Last week, 31 peo- the agenda after chief minis- ister P Chimdambram about function on last Friday. ple died when a ter Omar Abdullah raised it. partial withdrawal of AFSPA The state cabinet though wooden bridge col- The chief minister instructed from some areas of J&K , approved amendments to lapsed in the that minutes of the discus- said a minister present at the the Public Safety Act follow- Darjeeling district of sion on AFSPA at the cabinet meeting. The CM had earlier ing which a person detained West Bengal state. meeting should not be said AFSPA would be lifted under the Act can now be Policemen disperse Kashmiri government employees during a protest, in Srinagar, on Saturday. (EPA) recorded, sources said. Omar partially from Srinagar, kept in the jail for one year. 12 Sunday, October 30, 2011 www.qatar-tribune.com THE LAST WORD Syria criticises CHEERLEADERS IN F1 PIT Indian dancers ready to perform ahead of the third practice session of Formula One’s Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International circuit, in Greater Noida, New Delhi, on Saturday. (AFP) 75 killed in South Sudan Arab League rebel attack AFP ahead of talks JUBA SEVENTY-FIVE people were killed on Saturday when gov- ernment forces in the oil-rich DPA television reported on South Sudanese Unity state CAIRO Saturday. The committee, repelled an attack by rebel headed by Qatar, comprises militia, in which 15 civilians AN Arab League message the foreign ministers of also died, the state’s informa- expressing concerns over the Algeria, Egypt, Oman and tion minister said. continued killing of civilians Sudan. “There was a militia attack in Syria was criticised by the In a crisis meeting in at 5 or 6 o’clock in the morn- government on Saturday as Cairo on October 16, the ing (0200-0300 GMT) in being “based on lies.” Arab League gave the Mayom county,” said Gideon The SANA state news Syrian government two Gatpan Thoar, adding that agency reported that Foreign weeks to initiate talks with another 18 were wounded. Minister Walid al Moallem the opposition. Thoar said rebels, most of received a message late Meanwhile, on Saturday, them ﬁghting under the ban- Friday from the head of the seven people were killed in a ner of the South Sudan Arab League’s committee on government crackdown on Liberation Army (SSLA), Syria, which the regime says the two ﬂashpoint provinces attacked Mayom town and was “based on lies spread by of Homs and Hama, accord- that the majority of the civil- inciting television channels.” ing to opposition activists. ian casualties were residents Three people died in Homs gunned down while “running The Arab League’s and ﬁve were wounded in an for shelter.” committee of for- attack by security forces, the “We are counting the bod- eign ministers is Syrian Observatory for ies now but over 60 militias due to meet on Sunday in Doha. Its members held talks on Wednes- Human Rights said. Clashes erupted between government troops and armed groups -believed to be Qatar up in World Bank rankings were killed and many more wounded,” said Thoar, adding that 15 civilians were killed in the attack. day with Syrian army deserters - and explo- CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 improved their performance, Among the dead was the President Bashar sions were heard, the notably Morocco. Overall, 13 notorious rebel ﬁghter al Assad on ending London-based group added. MENA countries advanced in Colonel Ruadheal Gatwech, the unrest. SANA reported that 15 sol- remains “Paying Taxes”. It the index and only ﬁve fell, an he said, adding that SPLA diers and police ofﬁcers, ranks second in the world encouraging sign that the government forces also cap- At least 40 people were killed allegedly by “armed given its simple tax system and business environment in the tured one soldier in Mayom killed on Friday in anti-gov- groups,” were buried low rates—there are no per- region is improving. town and three more in the ernment protests demanding Saturday. The government sonal taxes and foreign com- Saudi Arabia continues to east of the county. the imposition of a no-ﬂy has repeatedly blamed “ter- panies pay a ﬂat 10 percent tax lead the region in 12th place, “The situation is under con- zone in the country to protect rorist, armed groups” on locally sourced proﬁts. as a result of concerted efforts trol by the SPLA. The rebels civilians from government allegedly ﬁnanced by foreign The largest LNG exporter over recent years to improve are still being chased away,” crackdowns, according to powers for inciting the also performed well in “Dealing its performance on many of Thoar said seven hours after opposition activists. unrest. with Construction Permits”, a the indicators upon which the the attack. The Arab League’s commit- In Cairo, dozens of Syrian critical area, given the ongoing index is based. Thoar said the last serious tee of foreign ministers is due activists demonstrated construction boom that is rap- On the other hand, Morocco attack in Unity was early to meet on Sunday in Doha. Saturday outside their coun- idly transforming Qatar’s is the most improved country October, when the rebel Its members held talks on try’s embassy, demanding an industrial base, infrastructure in the world, rising 20 places group was suspected to have Wednesday with Syrian end to al Assad’s rule. and residential sector. to 94th, leaping ahead of four laid an anti-tank mine that President Bashar al Assad on The protesters raised pho- Qatar still ranks just below other MENA countries to killed 20 people in a passen- ending the unrest. tos of who they said were chil- average in four areas, which in its ranking. Nonetheless, it Spain and Luxembourg. make it the highest ranking ger bus, and before that Al Moallem is to attend the dren and old people killed by means that there is plenty of is already ahead of some A number of other countries non-GCC country, aside from another mine incident in Doha meeting, Syrian state government troops. room for future improvements European countries such as in the MENA region have also Tunisia. September. Doha film fest ends on Early storm buries US musical note East Coast in snow AP the snowfall totals much lower along HEBRON the coast and in cities such as Boston, National Weather Service meteorolo- ,A storm was chugging along up the US gist Bill Simpson said, with 1 to 3 inch- East Coast and expected to dump any- es (2.5 to 7.5 centimeters) of snowfall where from a dusting of snow to about forecast. 10 inches (25 centimeters) throughout October snowfall records could be the region starting on Saturday, a broken in parts of southern New decidedly unseasonal date for a type of England, especially at higher elevations, storm more associated with midwinter. National Weather Service meteorologist A mix of rain and snow was falling in Bill Simpson said. The October record the mid-Atlantic, with more snow far- for southern New England is 7.5 inches ther inland. Cherry Grove, West (19.05 centimeters) in Worcester, Virginia, on the edge of the Massachusetts, in 1979. Monongahela National Forest, got 4 More than 6 inches (15 centimeters) inches (10 centimeters) of snow of snow could accumulate in parts of overnight, according to the National Maine on Saturday. Parts of southern Weather Service. Vermont could receive more than a foot Communities inland are expected to (30 centimeters) of wet snow Saturday get hit hardest by the storm. The heav- into Sunday. iest snow was forecast for the In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Massachusetts Berkshires, the Malloy warned residents that they British singer Leona Lewis at the Litchﬁeld Hills in northwestern could lose power due to the anticipated closing night of Doha Tribeca Connecticut, southwestern New wet, heavy snow. Film Festival, in Doha, on Hampshire and the southern Green In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia was Saturday. (MANEESH BAKSHI) Mountains. expected to get 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.5 The heavy, wet snow combined with centimeters), its ﬁrst measurable CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 fully leafed trees could lead to downed October snow since 1979 â?? with 2 to 4 tree branches and power lines, result- inches (5 to 10 centimeters) in some sub- pop cultural event of the year. ing in numerous power outages, ofﬁ- urbs, meteorologist Mitchell Gaines said. Commenting on the festival, cials said. Allentown is expected to see 4 to 8 inch- DFI Executive Director Ama- Relatively warm water temperatures es (10 to 20 centimeters), likely to break nda Palmer said, “We worked along the Atlantic seaboard could keep the city’s October record of 2.2 inches had to make the festival a (5.6 centimeters) on October 31, 1925. huge success. I hope the com- “This is very, very unusual,” said John munity enjoyed the festival. LaCorte, a National Weather Service We met our expectations. I meteorologist in State College, think we are all incredibly Pennsylvania, where heavy snow was ambitious. I am really excited falling on Saturday morning. to see so many people show LaCorte said the last major wide- up at the Family Day event. I spread snowstorm to hit Pennsylvania am also happy to have The this early was in 1972. Lady screened on the closing “It’s going to be very dangerous,” he night because I can see not added. Rain and snow are expected to fall everyone out here gets visit an most of the day Saturday in New York international ﬁlm festival. We City, with just snow falling overnight. are proud because the ﬁlms Forecasters predict 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 featured in the festival here centimeters) will accumulate. were the best among the October snowfall is rare in New York; best,” she said there have been just three October days Michelle Yeoh, the leading with measurable snowfall in Central actress of The Lady said, Park in the last 135 years when record- “When I read the script, I was keeping began, according to the move. This ﬁlm is a true story National Weather Service. The largest of indefatigable grit and Snow falls onto ﬂowers in the East on record was in 1925 when eight- determination and is really Village neighbourhood of Manhattan, in tenths of an inch (2 centimeters) fell in touching.” New York, on Saturday. (AFP) Central Park.
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